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THE WESTERN NEWS.
HAMILTON, MONTANA. A cycle path for wheelmen may be considered a good thing on the side. At last all is made clear. lie Is called ■he unspeakable Turk because money Walks. A contemporary asks In an editorial deadline "Were our ancestors black?" Some of their deeds were—very. Thors Is a movement on foot to or «ganize a banana trust It will require ?ao Supreme Court to take the hide off ftfaat The latest thing in railway inven tions Is a elgar-shaped train. It is fceing puffed by some of the seien tille Journals. ■"Bobs" Is still the way the English .papers refer to Lord Roberts, although they confess he's made a bigger name tor himself. * An Italian opera company Is reported to have been wiped out by yellow fever In Brazil, but some mean people will probably claim that the chorus died of old age. Word comes from Texas that a cy <«ione recently picked up a girl, carried her half a mile and put her down without even a bruise. Texas cyclones Shave now done nearly everything but hatch out eggs aud chum the butter. Prince Alexis Dolgoroukoff has been <ln this country investigating the stand ing of American capitalists for the .Russian government. If he limited his researches to a consideration of the ■tax lists he found that American capi talists are generally a very poor lot. All the momentary indications to the contrary notwithstanding, we venture "■he assertion with great confidence Hthat never were character aud a good ..jaameof as much value as business as sets as they are to-day. Time was (When by a change of environment and the formation of new connections a Easiness man who had kept within the KtevUed Statutes to the extent of keep out of jail could balance the record •«C bis past and open a new account 'With fortune. This Is becoming iu -prcaslngly difficult. The very perfect machinery of investigation maintained t>y the commercial agencies, supple mented by the even more searching smtaiysis of the associations of manu ^Cacturers, merchants and financial in stitutions formed for mutual informa d 0 on and protection, give the man with shady past or a record clouded by Wrongdoing very little chance to es recognition, however disguised. I - There is bound to be a reaction ■ggainst the present popular form of faction, with its dueling duchesses, gam hUng princesses and abnormally ar 4fem lovers. The realists will have ^beir day and we shall know* just how W»eiina felt when she w*ent to market the morning, and just how the car f s and cabbages were arranged in ! grocer's window. There is much be said for these still water come ss, and even the relation between the usekeeper and her grocer is full of psychological subtleties. For the gro <mr knows exactly w*hat his customer's standard of crispness, both in life and fh lettuce, is, and just what degree of ness It will be possible for her endure. It i 3 time that the world ■Bailed that the eternal love theme is m*t the only legitimate subject for ■■©vela. All of the lanes of life are not Jprers' lanes, with the altar aud orange JAossoms at the end of them. There :fis some pretty sequestered paths mbere platonic friends love to wander *nd where all sorts of lofty relation ifhips are formed. It would be gratify ing to many readers should the novel teta take to these paths when In pur milt of subject matter. Sn his monograph prepared for the «educationalexhibit of the United States qtt tlie I'aris exposition Prof. Nicholas ^Murray Butler feels calkd upon to jus tify the multiplicity of small colleges "örtlich is often the subject of foreign -criticism. There are 472, aud he ad tplfs that the number is enoromus aud that many are small and weak aud ill cndowed, and that the criticisms ..gyjaliist the existence of many are jus attfied. Yet he says It should not be for gotten that almost any college exerts helpful Influence upon the life of its ■■locality. The fact Is frequently over looked that all American colleges de JsDd for their student attendance in Auge measure upon the residents of «heir own immediate neighborhood. ïfmw draw from the nation at large, rand even in these few the greater num ber of the students are from within the litetitutlons' own State or the limits of their own section of the country. For «■sample, of the 27,956 students attend Htag «wlleges In the North Atlantic divl MÜOB of the United States 26,393, or sHLAl .per cent, are residents of the states included In that division. Of '■he«A 29 students In the colleges of abuMachusetts 5,562 are residents of «N State and 88.37 per cent are resi gn* of the North Atlantic division. YSSie colleges In Oregon draw 99.87 per «■eni. of their students from the Pacific mamtt and 96.09 come from the State. It IQs safe to assume that most of these ■fthhinls would have to do without a «aSlflntn education were It not for the «■mal colleges In Oregon. The report tmf the University of Michigan excel latently illustrates the truth of Dr. But ilsr's contention. Although the Ûnlver ■f Michigan draws from all the world, yet of Its 3,447 students 2,009 are reported as residents of the State. Public events that have come home with peculiar force to the people of this nation seem to call for a repetition of the' homely aphorism, "Honesty Is the best policy.'' If there wore no Christian religion, if "thou shalt not steal" had never been Inscribed in holy writ, the truth would still hold good that the risk of dishonesty is out of all proportion to any possible gain. It la said that most newspaper men are pes simists—that they are, as a class, cruel and unfeeling. There may be some» thing in the.charge. Their work brings them in contact with so much that is insincere, with so much of misery, with so much of crime, that, unless they be broad enough to understand that their lives are narrow, they are prone to think the world is made up of these things. But the newspaper man usually learns early that "honesty is the best policy." Almost daily he comes in con tact with the hardship, the disgrace and the misery that follow dishonesty almost as surely as night follows the setting sun. A trusted employe sudden ly "resigns," and when the reporter comes to look into the facts he finds a sorrowful employer, a crushed and pen itent ex-employe and a family, half crazed with a grief that is worse than death, imploring that nothing be print ed of the matter. Nothing appears about it in the paper, of course, but the young man, "short in his accounts," never re covers from the blow. A building as sociation or bank has been looted by Its managers, a commercial enterprise has been w recked by dishonest prac tices, in almost any of the cases that occur, always comes the same stagger ing load of sorrow and shame. We are in the world to gain as much of happi ness as we can. Let any one look among those he knows best and ask himself who, among them, are the happy ones. Invariably he finds them to be the ones that have lived the best lives according to the Christian code of marais. Whether they be rich or poor seems to make little difference in the sum of happiness they are able to extract from life. If their records be clean, if they have nothing to be ashamed of, if they possess the proud consciousness that they have accomplished good In the world, if they have the confidence and respect of those that know them, riches beyond a comfortable competence can make little difference In their happi ness. HOW SHE WON FATHER. The Old Man Was Amused at Her Little Deceit. This Piety hill family is rich, Influen tial and free from the weaknesses of the parvenu. The daughter in question has an admirer who pleases her. But she is the only one in the whole domes tic circle who is under the spell of his attractions. He is a fine fellow, perhaps a bit too fine, for he has some very old fashioned ideas aud lives up to them. The other day she had a battle to have him with them for dinner, says the De troit Free Press. They had just begun to enjoy the soup when he turned to the father and effusively thanked him for a picture re ceived as a birthday present. It was as dainty and pretty a piece of work as he had seen in a long while, and it was particularly welcome from her father. All but one of bis hearers, father in cluded, looked stunned. He cleared his throat and, while sparring for time, caught the eye of the favor te daughter. It was shining, knowing, aud command ing. "Ah, yes, yes; glad you liked It." And the head of the house deliberately burned himself with the soup. "What was it?" And the mother lowered the temperature of the room until the more timid shivered. "I presume it was a water color," said the daughter, hurriedly. "Some thing pastoral, no doubt. George likes such things. Dark frame, of course." "Guessed it the first time," smiled the father. "It was so good of you," murmured the visitor. "You darling old popsy," she whisper ed after dinner. "I knew you'd und r stand. We never show him any kind ness, so I just went down and bong t that picture and enclosed your ca.d. Isn't he grateful?" It tickled the o'.d gentleman. He felt important and like a protector. Before the family separated for bed he made an emphatic announcement that the daughter should marry any one she wanted to and he would allow no inter ference. it a a Irritation of the Lip Causes Cancer. "Cancer of the lip," a city physician says, "is caused more frequently than one would think by the toothbrush. Let me illustrate this by a typical case which I am treating now. John Blank smoked a good deal, and, to keep his teeth white he cleaned them hard three times a day with a brush whose bris tles were like wire. He brushed a little patch of skin from his lower lip. Afterward be was careful, and the sor? spot healed. But then he forgot, and the spot became sore again. This went on a year or so. Two days out of the seven this one place In Blank's lip was sore. Finally, it began to pain him; it hurt him all the time; It smarted even when apparently healed. He would awake In the night with the sharp plnèhing pain there, and the pain was like the clutch of a crab's claw, for he had cancer now—cancer due to the Irritation which he had ap plied thrice dally for a year to that one spot with bis stiff-bristled brush."— Philadelphia Record. Some people go through Ufe looking as if they were sorry they had ever started. AMERICA'S PROGRESS GROWTH OF THE UNITED STATES IN A CENTURY. sir Historical Events of National Import Recalled by the Celebration of July Fourth — Great Strides Which Onr Country Has Taken. NE of the wise men who signed the declaration of inde pendence is said to have expressed the wish that he might arise from his grave a hundred years later in order that he might wit ness the manner in which posterity ob served the Fourth of July. If this wish had been granted, it is safe to say That the worthy gentle man who expressed' it would have been exceedingly surprised. During the cen tury's sleep, says the St. Louis Repub lic, America had advanced from a state of tutelage into a vigorous state of inde pendence, and the joy of her people nt finding their forefathers' dream of liberty fully realized was never more character istically shown than on the day that marked the centennial celebration of the country's greatest holiday. Verily, the visitor from the land of shades would have been amazed at the sights aud sounds of that splendid anniversary. In a word, he would have found himself in an entirely new world. IIow. amazed this worthy eighteenth century patriot would be if he could only shake off his shroud and take a look at his Fatherland during the Fourth of July. He would then see how great are the strides which the country has taken since that evcr-memorable day, when he bravely signed his name to the most im portant document that was ever formu lated in America, and it would not take him long to realize the fact that the Unit ed States have grown greatly in many directions since their people celebrated the centennial anniversary of the Fourth of July. Indeed, there are many thou sands of Americans who would tell him that the country has cause to rejoice on this Fourth of July. Great A 'hievements. Is it necessary to enumerate the many reasons for national rejoicings? Do we not all remember how American seamen gave the death blow to Spain's colonial power on that memorable day before the Fourth of July, 1898—on the day when the gallant but luckless Admiral Cervera steamed out of Santiago Bay right into the arms of a vigilant foe, with the result that he was captured and his entire squadron was practically annihilated? Can we forget the story of El Caney, the charge of the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill, on the memorable days of July 1 and 2, and the many other stirring inci dents of the Cuban campaign, or is there a true American living whose pulse does not beat faster nt the memory of the GROWTH OF THE UNITED STATES IN A CENTURY. P L L m W5 £ 0*4 n ■v ,«» vv Pacific oct/tn Yg** %5ssr nk ** 1 76! mo 7 / eu Li or mjuco I I THEN. Population, about............................ 3 , 000,000 Area (in square miles)........................3-45,065 Wealth, about..........................$ 1 , 000 , 000,000 —St. Louis Republic. doughty deeds doue by Dewey uud his men iu Mnnila Bay? A history of the previous celebrations of this day would form an interesting hook, since it would show that some re markable events in American history have taken place on the Fourth of July. Among these three are especially promi nent—the battle of Gettysburg, the sur render of Vicksburg and the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Strictly speaking, the battle of Gettys burg began on July 1, 1863, and ended on July 3, but ever since it took place it lias in the minds of the people been as sociated with the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died within a few hours of each oilier on the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of independence. Jefferson died first, and, curiously enough, Adams' last words were: "Thomas Jefferson still survives." Singularly enough, our method of cele brating the Fourth does not differ in many respects from thnt which was in vogue half a century ago. Then, as now, patriots everywhere made the day an oc casion for delivering speeches, for eating dinners, for attending picnics, dances and other forms of merrymaking, and for ringing bells and firing off cannons. The small boy of to-day has a better toy pis tol than his grandfather had when he was a boy, but it ia doubtful if it makes more noise than the old-fashioned blun derbuss which was the favorite Fourth of July weapon among youths in the old days. Similarly the fire rockets of our day may ascend to a height and produce a more dazzling effect than the old rock ets were ever capable of, but are we quite sure that they add more to the gen eral hilarity and enthusiasm than waa FOURTH OF JULY ON THE FARM. *.n V \>^ 'X» 7 Vv jühI H VI r* JT. -XT - r 7 /) jr iras added in the old days by the tar barrels of our fathers? Happily the tar barrel has not gone out of fashion. The small hoy delights in the blaze that rises from it, and as the small boy is usually lord of the Fourth, the resinous barrel will doubtless continue to feed flames for some years to come. To hypercritical and ultrasensitive souls our method of celebrating the great est of American holidays seems awfully barbaricj, nnd it is quite true that noise is the predominant feature of the day's celebration. Noise, however, is also the predominant feature of battles, and though they, too, are in a sense awfully barbaric, the world does not yet seem to have arrived at a state of civilization which will ren der it safe for the nations to turn their swords into plowshares. And, after all, a thing ma.v be barbaric nnd yet quite useful. Sickly things, whether nations or children, seldom make much noise, nnd whatever noise they do tnnke is generally of the whining order. It is the healthy children and the healthy nations which make the most noise in the world, and they, too, usually fare best in life. This apparent npotheosis of noise may rouse the ire of persons afflicted with in somnia, who invariably look forward with dread to the night preceding the Fourth, knowing well that their ears will be racked with the tintinnabulation of bells, tlie boom of cannon nnd the bang bang of firecrackers. Such pefsous ure deserving of sympathy, hut they ought to remember that this of all days in the yeur is the one on which Young America loves to show its patriotism, nnd that it has not yet discovered, nor, indeed, is likely in the near future to discover, any more suitable manner of manifesting its pat riotism than by making all the noise pos sible. AFTER THE BATTLE. Hla Only Regret Was that He Had Missed So Much. It was the evening after the Fourth, as the glorious sun was sinking to its gorgeous couch of red and white clouds and blue sky, and the small boy, packed in cotton, lint and a splint or two, was lying with his face to the west, while his father sat by his side fanning him. He was doing as well as could be expect ed and waa already able to talk. "Papa," he said in a dreamy, langor ous tone, "did they have a Fourth of July when you waa a little boy?" "Oh, yes, my son," answered the fath er. _ "Just the same kind they have now?" "Just the same." "And did yoU celebrate when you was a little boy?" "Yea, but I waa more careful than you were, and didn't get hurt so." "I guess yen didn't have much fan, did you?" he asked, trying to turn toward hla father. The father looked at the combinat! oa afj NOW. Population (Including Islands)..............85,000,000 Aiea (In square miles).....................3,408.365 Wealth, over..........................$80,000,000,000 bandages and boy on the bed and smiled. "I thought I did, but perhaps I was mistaken," he replied. At this point the doctor eame in nnd made it unpleasant for the boy for some minutes. Then he went nway and the boy sniffed awhile and resumed conversa tion with his father. "Is the Fourth going to keep on every year?" he asked. "There's nothing on earth can stop it, I guess," replied the father with patri otic pride. "That's good, ain't It?" "We all think so in this country." "And how long since it started?" per sisted the boy, who should have been trying to go to sleep. "Ever since 1770; about a hundred and twenty-four years." A shade of disappointment swept over the boy's face. "Gee, pop," he exclnlmed, "how much I've missed," nnd then the father insist ed that he must stop talking and try to get some much-needed rest. A Fourth of Ju y Joke. It was n hot, close evening, the third of July, many years ago. A young law yer and some friends were sitting outside of his office in Springfield, 111., to get a I I Pack. breath of the evening air. They lounged about comfortably in their chairs, tipped them back against the wall of the build ing, and amused themselves tulkiug on different subjects. The conversation turned upon the crow ing of cocks, and the young lawyer re marked that he could set all the cocks in the region about to crowing. So he gave a shrill, clear "Cock-a-doo-dle-doo-oo!" Tn a second came a response from a rooster not far away, then another took up the refrain, then nuother, nnd so on until all ee roosters residing in that region had had something to say about it. The small boys of the town, awakened by the lusty crowing, nnd taking it as a signal of the dawn of the glorious Fourth, jumped into their clothes with the speed that is impossible on any day but thnt one, and in a few moments bang! bang! bang! went crackers, torpe does, small cannon and everything else employed on that day to make a noise. All over the town resounded the boom and bang, and doubtless, many an inno cent sleeper was aroused from sweet slumber by the untimely announcement of the Fourth, while the young lawyer and his companions enjoyed a hearty laugh at the joke that had been played on the boys. j 1 'his young lawyer afterwards became t resident._ 1 Forgot the Fireworks. 1 Farmer Jones—Let's see. Bally, I guess we've got everything for the Fourth now —sticking plaster, lint, sweet oil, splints. crutches, bandages- I Mrs. J one*—But, good gracious; Bilasl you're forgot to buy tbo fireworks^ HOMESPUN PHILOSOPHY. Observations on Commonplace Thine« by the Atchieon Globe Man. The only time rubber-necking la ex» disable in a man ia when his wife ap pears In new clothes. When a man plans a wicked thing, circumstances all shape themselves to assist him in doing It. We are forced to respect some people who have been in jail more than a lot of people who have never been there. When a cut glass atomizer gets out of order, It has to be kept from gen eration to generation as an ornament. If you feel that you must occasion» ally yield to the temptation to tell a lie, tell one so big that no one will be» lieve it If a man was a generous uncle to hla sister's children before he married, she always looks upon bis children as In terlopers. When a married daughter lives next door to her mother, she can save some money by getting along without a nurse girl. So many of the new novels have an Immoral tendency, that people are gos siping about them Instead of their neighbors. Who says there is no place like home? There are lots of them, but only people whose sense of duty la great go there. When a busy man has time to think about It, he wonders b*rw the Idle peo ple with no means of support manage to dress so well. A girl of fifteen Is behaving above re proach if the neighbors have never said that some one ought to "speak" to her mother about her. Our Idea of a bright man Is one who remembers in an hour of leisure the things he lias been putting off to do when he had time. It makes ol4 people cross every time they see a young person because the young person fails to appreciate what a good time he is having. It is a pity thnt every one hasn't the privilege enjoyed by a lawyer of send lng In a bill to those who Insist upon telling him their troubles. To give the proper flavor to fried chicken, It should be served with a written guarantee that It is the fowl that tore up your garden. If a woman keeps the same cook aa long ns six months, other envious wom en say that they wouldn't hnve such a cook in their houses five minutes. When a boy gives another boy to un derstand that he wants to see him behind the barn, it signifies nothing so Important as the women folks think. It is a girl's idea that wheu a wash woman sees a new shirt waist worn by one of the family, »lie begins to gloat over the fun she will have in fading it. The desirability of electric light or gas is that a light is made for a caller without an apology from the hostess for the condition of the lamp chimney. A man of 30 is too old for young peo ple's social parties, but a man of 50 seems to be still young enough to at tend young people's meetings at church. One of the funniest sights in the world Is a woman who has reached the age when she can easily weigh 175 pounds, appearing with her college class pin on. We- have often wondered what the little cups are for thut stand on a table In a woman's parlor, aud have found out at last; they are to make something more to dust. When a woman makes a hall seat by effectively covering an old trunk with a piece of Turkish drapery, and putting a cushion on it, she is said py other women to be "artistic." Leasing Pacific Islands. The lease of Laysan Island from the Hawaiian Government by H. Hack field & Go. has drawu attention to the chain of deserted islands stretching westward across the Pacific from the Hawaiian group, aud it is quite prob able that others will find lessees und tenants. Laysnn Is nearly 700 miles from Kauai, aud Hackfeld & Go. have placed twenty-five Japauese under an overseer on it It Is rich in guano, and the lease is expected to prove very prof itable. Bird Island, which is only 115 miles from Kauai, is also being Investi gated, and If deemed ricb enough will be leased. Other islands in the loug group are known to be very rich. Bird Island is one of the rugged rocky sen tinels of the Pacific. It was visited In the last century by both Douglas and X !" """ Vancouver. One of the most interest lngr ,slands 111 the group Is Midway. It ,s mles from Bird Island, and was once used as a midocean coaling and supply station by the Pacific Mall Steamship Company, but was abandon e d years ago. A revival of the plan has been suggested at various times. It would prove bandy at times. Making the Best of it. "Will you have this here woman to be your .lawful wedded wife?" "That's wbat I Towed I would." "Will you love, honor and obey her?" "Ain't you got that switched Toun', Ba ^ d g™ 0111 - John, said the bride-elect, "don't ? ou reckon the parson knows his busl ness? Answer the question I" "Yes," said the groom; "reckon I'll have to."—Atlanta Constitution. j ______ Two Important Words Lacking. 1 There Is no word in the Chinese Un - 1 gunge that conveys an Intimation of what we term public opinion, nor In there a synonym for patriotism. I __ 7 Wh ." > . * CTt * * man °® street be attributes It to ber sharp