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The Reflector Publishing Co.
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' Tom McNeal of the Mall and
Breeze says that he la an admirer of
old Bill White. BUI know how to
. wrjte and, generally speaking, I agree
with him, but Bill ought ts be more
caretul about bin figures.
For Instance, the other day lie
made the statement that the First
imd Third districts of Kansas had
given a majority of 20.000 against
Governor Stubbs. If Mill had looked
up the figures from the published ru
turns he would have four.il that Gov
ernor Stubbs got a majority of a
thousand In the Third congressional
district, and that the majority against
him In the First congress onal 'lis
trlct was l9ss than a tlion ind, so route could not expect to handle all
In the current Issue of the World
Today it an Informing article by
James Peabody, statistician of the
Santa Fe railway, on the commercial
value of the Panama canal; He
shows exactly what will be affectjd
In freight rates and refers to a pre
vious article by Admiral Evanss
which held that the canal would rev
olutionize railway rates. He says
"The Isthmian Canal will without
doubt be of large benefit to the Pa
clflc coast, it will not be because of
any reduction in the actual cost of
transportation. Among the prlncl
pal costs of rail transportation are
the Interest charges upon the invest
ment and the maintenance charges
on its roadbed. In like manner the
interest charges on the $400,000,000
Involved in the construction of the
canal say 116,000,000, and the an
nual maintenance charges of not less
than 110,000,000, will constitute a
transportation charge on all the prop
erty passing through it. The fact
that this charge is paid by the govern.
ment makes It no less a part of the
transportation burden than If it were
proportionately assessed upon each
shipment of freight.
"The present total movement by
the railroads between the Atlantic
seaboard territory, namely, east of
the Buffalo-Pittsburg line, and the
Pacific coast terminals In poth direc
tions, will not exceed six hundred
thousands tons per year. The canal
this traffic, but upon the hypothesis
that It would be able to do so, the
Interest and maintenance charges
that, taking the two dist-lctft together,
he had a small majority.
The returns also show thnt Stubbs'
majority In the Third district Is bb above referred to would constitute
large as the majority Of l'hll Camp- a charge of upward of 140 per ton,
bell, which seems to show (hat me I which of itself Is much more than
standpatters stood as loyally lr the the average rate charged on trans-
governor as the Insurgents stood for con.tnentai freight.
l.ampDeii. i. of course, not Intended to
It is also probable that ir wagstarr ,, ,. ... onIr value of the MnaI
had been nominated Instead of the u ,ta t ... caDaclt A, wel, B.,d
governor, be would have lost as many y the admIral( the Oregon's trip
insurgent nepuDiican votes as omuue ,.nm ,hfl p..,,,. ,,, a.ii- Ar.
- .......... -
lost of the standpat votes.
An editor ought to be fair, whether
he Is standpat or Insurgent, but, as I ,. . .. . ... ... ... .
matter of fact It Is bard for most otherwse 4etermlMd to ,t
ing the Spanish war crystallzed the
public demand for a canal, and the
of us to be entirely fair. Futhermore,
I have no criticism to offer of the
standpat Republican who voted
Against Btubbs, provided he was hon-
est In his vote. If he really believed
tliat the governor was wrong and
that his election would be a menace
to the prosperity of the state, why
shouldn't he vote against him?
Likewise, it Wagstaff had been
nominated and the insurgent citizen
Jionestiy believed that his election
would be a bad thing for the state,
why.should he have voted for him?
The fact is that he wouldn't have
From that standpoint the required ex
penditure calls for no defense, but
any attempt to justify Its construc
tion from a commercial point of view
will Inevitably prove a failure.
To one familiar with the lack of
knowledge of the ordinary layman
in respect of railway affairs, and
particularly of rate conditions, little
wonder Is occasioned by such evl
donee of misapprehension as is ex
hibited by Admiral Evans In l!ie ar
ticle under consideration. It would
however, be expected that on ques-
voted for him if that was the way"0"8 relating to navigation he would
oe better posted, but here also he
makes a serious mistake. He says:
'The Pacific coast, from San Die
go to Alaska, has many fine ports or
harbors where one might expect to
f,ud through municipal ownership
he felt about it, and no beautiful
talk about party loyalty could have
made blm vote for him.
The average citizen these days will
stay by the party nominee, even If
the nominee ts not his personal choice
provided he doesn't think it will make of water-front property, docking lo-
a great deal of difference whether cations available for new ritea'nahlp
bis choice or the other fellow gets lines, but most of 'such pr iperty is
there, but if he really gets worked! now In the hands of railroad corpora,
up about the matter and fee's that! Hons. An examination of the ports
he is dead right and the other crowd on this coast last year disclosed the
It dead wrong, you can't hold him fact that Los Angeles was about the
In line when he Is beat. I only port that hoped to have a water-
Now, there are good, honest He-1 front that could be advintageoualy
publicans In Kansas who really he- used by an Independent line of steam
llfve that this Insurgency business ers. Through the State
)? all wrong, that It Is Just prying up Harubr Boards the railroads have
the foundations of the O. O. P. and it Is believed secured all the va!u
mot stubbs is the neau ana iront able water-front property of the
and embodiment of insurgency. The ports from San Dleao north, ex-cent
nun who reels -that way is not to be n the case of Los Annies
blamed for scratching his ticket. "Whatever may be true as to Port.
On the other hand, there are thou-han( , D0nts north (op d t
canai or ooa Republicans wno loon , not at nand the .dn)ira, ,. much
bat who will admit that the rates
paid by himself are too high.
"If the Integrity and efficiency of
the American railway system- it to
be perpetuated, thlt false idea must
be corrected. Railroad rates
whole are nqt excessive, If Indeed,
they ' are sufficiently remunerative
The fact Is that the latest Issued sta
tistical report of the Interstate Com
merce Commission shows that for
year ending June 30, 1908, 34. St per
cent of the capital stock of the rail
roads received no dividends what
ever and 7.24 per cent of the funded
debt earned no Interest. In other
words, the owners of nearly twenty
per cent of the entire railroad capi
talization of American roads received
no returns whatever on their Invest
ment. Inequalities which need to
be adjusted, the regulative author
ities may be relied upon to remove.
"It follows, therefore, that any
further reduction will constitute an
embargo upon the ability of the rail
roads to meet the constantly increas
ing demands of the public, in the way
of enlarged facilities and efficiency
of service. It Is axiomatic that If
the railroads are to promote the de
velopment of the resources of the
country, their revenues can not be in
definitely diminished. If lt( were
true which it Is not that the build-
Ing of the Panama canal would have
the effect of producing the aggregate
freight revenue of the American rail
ways, it would constitute the strong
est possible argument against the
building of the canal. The history
of American commercial progress Is
coincident wltb that of American rail
way development, and any policy
which tends to check the one will in
evitably react disastrously upon the
other." '
trepld T. R. facing Kermifa camera
wltb undaunted bravery. '
And but let's leave a little to the
Special "Dope" on Some of the Old
Saints' Pleasant Surprises.
Prof. M. F. Anmiller's little son
Is III with pneumonia.
Marriage license: Jnstav Web
er, Herington, Helena Kniebel, White
Marriage license: John H. Cart
ner and Lydla B. Derrick, both of
Abilene. .
' 'Marriage licenser George T,
Hart and Myrtle McAllister both of
Marriage licensj: Thtma W.
McDonougb - and Lucy V. Swayne.
both of Herington. -
a -
J. P. Perrlll of Chapman has
been granted a five year conductor'!
certificate by the state examination
Married by Probate Judge An
derson at the court house: John C.
Evers and Elsie B. Ruty, both of
A good shower fell Sunday morn
ing, laying the dust and giving the
growing wheat some moisture which
it greatly stands In need.
Marriage licenses: Harvey E
Turk, Detroit, and Blanch E. Ham-
merly, Oak Hill; A. J. Carrath, Jr.
and Norma E. Hawley bold of Her-
In Hon.
Advice to parents with an at
tractive daughter, A time clock
would make; a splendid Christmas
gift and think how the beaux would
appreciate it.
on the insurgent movement as the
best hope of good government, and
t'.e only way of saving the party from
mua uu northern ports, the facts as to dock
Stobbs as the greatest exponent of owner,hlp north ot 8an rrand,co
mistaken as to San Francisco and San
Diego, and Inasmuch as little bust-
ness via the canal would seek the
progressive politics In Kanr.as and on
his opposition as utterly and hope-
are ot little Importance in this con
nection. The state owns and son-
.e,,ly wrong. Feeling that way they L,, M of gn
wou'u pare ecrau ueu v. fji.i . n
he had been nominated.
No doubt both the extremities I
lave mentioned are wrong. Neither
one ot them is In a frame nt mind
, .-a fal MnhlnaAjt InriirmAnt 1
simply state the fact. whlca U that o ' the water-
front In the case of the very re
stricted portion of the San Francisco
water-front at present occupied by
the Santa Fe, in conection with Its
freight terminals, that company. In
the standpatters stayed St nearly in
1'ne as the Insurgents wiuld have
(tone If the nominations had b n
, So let us not call names nor cast
Insinuation. Possibly la two years
from bow we may be ab'.e to see
things snore-nearly alike. '
front at its own expense, was granted
a tenure of occupancy for a series
of years, after which It reverts to the
state. In San Diego no railroad
controls a foot of the water-front.
"The most vital objection to the
article of Admiral Evans, and to
otbera of slmlllar Import, Is" that It
serves to. confirm the erroneous im
pression current la the public mind
that the chief desideratum In con
nection, with railway regulation la the
reduction of rates. So persistent
baa been tbe assertloa that the rail-
Watch Lost,
Gold filled, bunting style watch,
la Abilene, or between Abilene and
Donegal. Finder please leave at Re
flector office and receive a rjward.
Hd:ttTwM roads are robbing the people, that It
I has come to be largely believed. AU
SHIFTING SOIL. I rates are denounced as being excea-
Islvt. and many regulative tribunals
Real Eetata Traaafers Rrported by I hare been elected tinder the sledge
J. K. Keel, Abstractor. I of reducing then. There are some
I shippers who are willing to admit
H. F. Emit and wife to Orlando J. I that tbe rates charred the other fl-
Korsman, lots t II. blk J, Shep-jlow may be reasonable, but, broadly
Herds M lie-rrtoa, ilBoa. speaking, ae ens bat yet been fond
By Mary Clirititnias.
Santa Claus Workshop, North Pole
Nov. 18 Santa Claus the progressive
old fellow, Is laying in a supply of
the most up-to-the-minute toys Amer
ican beys and girls ever saw. His
big factories In Europe and America
ave beep working overtime 'making
surprises for the kids, and shipments
are arriving here in large lots.
First In Importance to the boys Is
the aeroplane biplanes and mono
planes, gome are made of celluloid,
some of Bilk, but the most Important
thing of all is that they will fly. ' Dtr'
you get that right? They will fly.
A key winds them up.
Then, for the boys who have a
hankering after war, Santa Claus Is
making mechanical warships, dread-
naughts and cruisers. A wound up
spring will send miniature navies
buzzing around Bathtub harbor or
over the surface of Washpan bay.
For land lubbers, SantaTias invent
ed a half-horse, half-automobile,
ner which ought to tickle the -fellow
ho like plenty of motion.
Toy True to Nature.
Many of the toys piled 'way up to
tbe celling In Santa's storeroom are
built true to nature they are exactly
like their bigger namesakes, and will
do what the real things will, too. Of
course, they are expensive, but then
'Christmas comes but once a year.'
Forget the girls? What an Idea.
Tou bet Santa hasn't forgotten the
girlies. Not on your life. He Iras
dolls with real eyelashes and real
hair, some of them. And he will cap
the climax with the "flirting doll."
She rolls her eyes in the most coquet-
tisn way and little girlie mammas
had better not allow any hand
some wooden soldiers banging
This year the old doll-like expres
sion will become obsolete, for the
haughty blonde and sparkling bru
nette will give place to funny, squat,
humorous, life-like babies, called
"character dolls." They cry, laugh,
or smile, as the spirit moves them.
And because some very litte broth
ers like to play with sister's dollies,
there will be "unbreakables" Includ
ed In this year's supply.
Mrs. Santa is getting ready all
kinds of doll clothes, everything thst
a stylish doll baby should wear, both
at home and when she a-walklng
goes with her little mother. And
there are just loads of doll furniture
that will make ma's parlor set turn
green with envy.
For the wee bit of a kiddle, there
Is a comfortable doll which Is a hot
water bag is disguise. She has a
doll's head and elothea. bat a sub
stantia warm body ,b4ch gives a
warm human feeling, much more
sympathetic than sawdust
But ot all sad words, these to some
will be tbe saddest: . The teddy hear
will be conspicuous by hit absence.
In bis place there will be a too dolly,
with a fur or feather hood, which
when pulled flows make a complete
animal or bird.
Tbea there will be all kinds of dlr-
Igs and wildebeests front ATrtra. aid
aa ! borate gam showing the ia-
Some boys dumped two big sacks
of tin cans in the rear of the house
occupied by Mrs. Oeo. Swick on North
Cedar If the marshal gets hnld ot
them they will see the Inside of the
city basttle.
Thieves entered the Schilling
store at Herington early Tuesday
morning through a window In the
rear of the building and secured
clohing, overcoats, suitcases and $5
In cash from the cash register to the
value of $100.
Bert Walker In Osborne Farmer.
You never want to judge a man's
IT . , . -
Sspeed by the strength of his voice.
Now some men will stand out on the
Street and holler their heads off, and
they can be heard all over the town
ship, but when the real race starts
they have as much speed as a turtle,
It is Just so with automobiles. You
will hear an awful screech around
the corner and think a limited train
is coming, but when you look out the
window you will see a little dinky
machine capable ot traveling about
fifteen miles an hour at best. Then
you will bear a low soft toot and see
a big touring car gliding silently by
at a rate of forty miles an hour. Some
men make very little noise and throw
mighty little dUBt, but they get there
just the same. Then there Is the fel
low who Is a good imitation of a
threshing machine running at full.
speed. He throws dust all over the
right-of-way and causes people tc
b.eak their necks getting out ot bis
path. When night comes this howler
bus threshed out nothing but chaff
and Is holding down last place in the
race, while the silent and careful per
son has a bin full of grain and '
Groat Display of Furs and
Fur Coats
Monday, Nov. 28th, 1910;
4 Mr. Fletcher Price who gave us such a
magnificient display of Furs and Fur Coats last
season will make his second visit to Abilene ?
next Monday, Nov. 28, 1910, and exhibit a line
valued at over $7000.00.
The following letter from Mr. Price 'tells the story:
. Importers of Skins. ,
.Wholesale Manufacturers Furs,
Detroit, Mich. ' ' ( r
. ' Nov. 19, 1910.
J. E. Brewer Co., Abilene, Kansas.
Gentlemen: I will be with yon Monday, Nor. 28. For fur
display have a fine line ot all the latest styles valued at over
' $7,000. 'Will show scarfs at from 95.00 to $200 each; seta at .
from $15.00 to $350.00 each; fur coats at from $10 to $500 each. '
Hope to be of service to your trade, lours truly,-
Mr. Price will be with us one day only, and we Invite the
ladles of Abilene and vicinity to call and see bis display, nothing
like It in central Kansas, an d you will Jiave the opportunity of
seeing a great manufacturer's line at wholesale prices. y
Railroads Willing to Have Physical
, Valuation Made.
President E. P. Ripley of the
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railway
company several months ago announc
ed that his company did not object
to the physical valuation of railroad
property for the purpose of ascer
taining whether the property had
been overcapitalized, but he insisted
that it would be a calamity to the
commercial Interests ot the country
to use the physical valuation as a
basis for freight rate making. The
Santa Fe Officials who are carrying
on a "get-acquainted" campaign over
the lines are keeping the argument
advanced by Pres. Ripley constant
ly before the public mind.
'We don't object to a physical val
uation of our property," a Santa Fe
man will say, "for we know it Is
worth every dollar for which it is
'Then the Santa Fe man will sub
mit Colonel Roosevelt as an expert
witness to Show that the railroads ot
the country are not overcapitalised.
He will quote from Colonel Roose-
tit's Cincinnati speech in which the
statement Is made that the railroad
property of the United States is warth
ts capitalization., -
Then, as if to clinch the argu
ment, the Santa Fe "harmony'' orator
ill put Senator Albert B. Cummins
of Iowa on the witness stand. In a
peech before the Traffic club of
Chicago, Senator Cummins lately
made the statement that he would
not be willing to make a present phy.
slcal valuation of railroad propeny
basis for determining freight rates,
tor the reason that it Is more than
probable that the present capitaliza
tion of between fifteen and sixteen
billions would be increased to-twenty
The railway commission of Min
nesota has fixed the valuation of
committee' Is awarding him first i railroads in that state at $54,201 a
mile. . These roads are capitalized at
144,206 a mile. The Wisconsin com
mission fixed the valuation of the
lines ot that state at $34,460 a mile.
although the roads are capitalized
for only $33,424 a mile. The com
mission of the state of Washington
found the capital of the Northern
Pacific to be $70,278 a mile and the
value, $106400 a mile. ' Tbe com
missions named are not regarded as
friendly" to the railroads. If these
valuations are a criterion of what
an unbiased national commission
would do. Senator Cummins'' esti
mate of twenty billion dollars aa tbe
total capitalisation likely Is conserva
tive. . - -
money at the Judge's stand.
My friend, you are worrying too
turles after you begin basking in the
sunshine of the eternal summer.
Some mighty big men have risen,
flourished and swayed the world wltb
their powers, and then wandered on
across the Styx. But tbe World failed
to slip a cog after they were gone.
Some of the greatest gladiators of
our own forum are now sleeping la
unmarked and neglected spots, but
the world wags on just tbe same. The
people laughed and made light as of
yore and actually forgot the Grer.t
One ere the echo of the tolling bell
had died away-agalnet tbe distant
hills. It will be the same way whea
yon become dreamless dust. The hy
pocrite in the church, the failures of
political partles.the perfidy of friends
we always have had with aa You
can't change them. You will do your
full duty if yon see to it that you are
not helping them by becoming an
atom therein'. Bo get the Idea out ot
yonr head that the world Is going to
smash because It refuses to accept
mach over tbe fact that the world
refuses to ran on the echednle yoa
made oat for It The world rat along
all right for a considerable lengthof
time before yon appeared aa the self
appointed boas -of tbe job. It will
raa oa la about the same way eea
yonr ached ale. Too wll sleep better
sod get core tatlsfecUoa oat of the
scenery wbee It comes yoer tarn to j
:k the jasper streeta. I
which will dally be put through their
paces to keep them limbered up to
resume their road tours next spring.
Oh yes, they have heard about the'
coming of the C. W. Parker shows,
but the chances are they have no
idea of the true size of these shows, -and
will be surprised when tbe hun
dreds of cars are being unloaded. Nor
could 'they form a comparatively ac
curate idea when told that these
shows are the biggest of the kind In
the world.
Although at this time not definite
ly decided, the chances are that a
special animal house and arena will
be erected on the Parker factory
site as soon as the concrete work
on the structure now under wnv is
completed. Efforts to secure ade
quate quarters in the city, were said
tc have been unavailing, leaving the '
show .company no alternative but to
erect the special building.
Owing to the fact that it is neces
sary to keep all show animals work
ing throughout the ' cold months,
there is reason to believe that the
people of Leavenworth and vicinity
this winter will 'have an opportunity .
of witnessing one of the most com
plete shows of the kind in the coun
try, It is Mr. Parker's Intention, -provided
present -plans work out'
properly, to spare no expense in
putting on a show worth while.
All of the Parker shows which
now are touring the south are ex
pected to close the last of next
week, which should bring the trains
to Leavenworth some six days later.
Provisions now are being made for
the reception of the ears in the fac
tory enclosure. ' 1,
Work on the facttpry building
again is retarded because of lack of
material. It Is thought, however,
that additional lumber now en route
will arrive today, after which a full
force ot workmen will resume their
employment." '
C. W. Parker FavsUe to Brcare Ade
aaata Quarters,
There are, ot coarse, many people
la Lea van worth, those blessed with
sufficient of the world's goods to
enable extensive traveling, who have
seen the biggest menageries la the
coaatry, hut there probably are
twk aa maay who have not had
that opportunity. However, daring
tbe aext to weeks there la ex
pected to be on exhibitioa ia that
city 1 a baildtng specially erected
for the punfoxe, what ia considered
one 6f the largest sad moat complete
aseesibUfxa of wild txtvs ever scb
ta th! ot any ether country, all of cemetery.
A. O, Zook of Talmage was in.
town. .
Jesse Buttel of Hope was In the 1
city. . '.''.'
C. 8. Byers ot Talmage was In
Frank Huff was in from Sherman
township. ' . ,'.--.
Wm. Hsnnon of Fragrant Hill was
In the city. f .
James Dunlap of Detroit was an
Abilene visitor.
J.'.C. McDonald of Cbeeves town-'
ship was in town. ' , .
William and Frank Shlppey were
up from Woodbine.
Carl Bechtold and Clen Bow en of
Sj'.na were In the cit.
'' Mr. and Mrs. W. E. McDonald of
Navarre were Abilene visitors.
W. H. Hansen retained from Den
ver with eight ears of fine cattle for
feeding. ,
' Mrs. Ceo. Sn.der and ch;(dres went
to Solomiu tc spend Thanksgiving .
with" bom 'olka. " , '
Mr. and Mrs. i. B. Case left far
Baa Antonio, Texas, to attend the
Traae-Ulasieilppt congress.
Rev. C. A. Oole went to Topeka an
bktfneat connected with the state
St 3dy school work of .(.. Christina
Cal BarTsia ts ap from Wellington
vlaiUBg old "friends. While here he
erected a toons meat ever tbe grave
of his wife who rests in the AM'rae

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