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38th TEAR.
NO. 49
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A Perplexing Question at
Hard to Tell Whether a Cer
tain Civil Service Law
Will Be Revoked.
(Dy Clyde H. Tavonnor.)
Washington, Nov. 30. Everybody
wants to know about the distri
bution of Patronage under the new
administration. Every member of
Congress of .Democratic faith Is re
ceiving lnqulrle8 and applications
by the hundred.
I came on ,to "Washington at an
earlier date than I Intended, to try
to discover the prospects of what
will be done in a gdheral way, but
have found out nothing valuable or
tangible. There is much guessing
and newspaper talk; but that is all.
All things concerning the distribu
tion of patronage are up In the air,
so to speak. President-elect Wil
son, who la resting In Bermuda, has
not, so far as Is generally known,
given any Indication of hU inten
tion on this subject. Nothing def
inite will be known until he speaks.
The only things certain at this
writing are:
1. President Taft has by execu
tive order placed all the fourth
class postmasters under tho Civil
Service; that Is, all postmasters
drawing less than $1,000 per an
num. This means that th0 present
fourth-class postmasters will hold
for life, or during good behavior,
unless "President "Wilson revokes
President Taft's order. Whether
"he will revoke It nobody knows.
2. Most of tha places worth hav
ing except those which have to be
confirmed by tho Senate have been
, for some time under civil service.
This greatly lessena the number of
positions formerly available,
i 3, For twenty years the cuBtom
'Tia8 been for federal offlclals ap
pointed for four years, such as
postmasters, U. S. Marshals, etc., to
serve out their terms unless they
f-took part In polltlcs during their
f,termB. Whether this , custom will
i be continued It is impossible to say.
4. President Taft is said to have
declared hl8 Intention to fill all va
' fancies as Bon as they occur. But
whether the Senate will confirm his
appointees, or hold up their nomi
nations, it is Impossible to even
guess. .
; 5. The custom has been for tho
patronage of any particular State
to be directed 'through tho Sena
tors and Representatives thereof
who are of ,tho same political per
suasion as the administration, if
any such there bo, and if nono
, such, then through the national
committeeman or some dependable
friend or friends. Under thlB ar
rangement Representatlvea are de
pended upon to recommend post
masters In their own districts while
"Senators are depended upon to rec
ommend postmasters In Congress
ional districts not reprsented by
Congressmen of the same political
faith as th0 President. Senators
are also depended upon to recom
mend for marshalshlps and offices
of that kind, Including department
al positions and places in th0 consu
lar and diplomatic service, and In
fact all offices not local. Of
course, as a rule, the Senators con
sult with Representatives In these
matters, all trying to do the most
possible for their constituents.
G. Whri schemo for selecting
postma'stbrs, etc., President Wilson
nnd his Cabinet may adopt Is whol
ly conjectural. Some advocate one
'plan - and "some -'atiolher. Conse-
, quently It might be best for those
Intending to be applicants to let
matters' reit until the
clears up somewhat.
.i.vubu M uiuu aau umiuiiii Hlir I
The" femarkabha race madeby
fCongrefisraaiirBen $ Johnson , lnj the !
Fourth "dlstnct'ljj sn,qw$ ijyi the of-
ed tho district by less than a thous
and, Congressman Johnson won ov
er Ed Bassett, his "Bull Moose"
opponent, by 15,261 plurality, and
had 8,540 majority over Bassett
and J, C. Thompson, the regular
Republican candidate. It did not
cost him a cent either. For the sec
ond time Mr. Johnson has the dis
tinction of carrying every county
in the Fourth district, he having
performed the same feat In 1910
against Dr. Caddie, his Republican
Ellzabethtown, Ky., Nov. 30.
Special Judge W. J. Sandldge, of
Russellvlllo, reconvenedi the Hardin
Circuit Court in extra session this
morning to try a number of equity
cases continued from last week.
The most notable Incident of the
day's proceedings was the sentenc
ing of the Rev. Thomas J. Duvall, a
well-known Baptist minister, to Jail
for contempt of court. Mr. Duvall
was sued by his wife for divorce
and alimony some time ago, and
Judge Sandldge, who was then
presiding as special Judge, ren
dered a decision In the alimony
suit which highly Incensed the min
ister, who considered it oxcessivp.
Mr. Duvall has since been making
public addresses against divorces In
The minister to-day, while court
was In session, endeavored to talk
In open court, when the Judge com
manded him to sit down and to
keep quiet.
The minister answered: "Tho
court and tho lawyers ner0 have
robbed me of everything I had,"
whereupon Judge Sandldgo sent the
preacher to Jail for twenty-four
hours. Mr. Duvall was formerly
the pastor of, a .Baptist church In
Louisville and Is well known
throughout this State and Missouri.
Washington, Nov. 30. Presi
dent Taft, through tho Department
of Justice, to-day removed from of
fice Eugene Noltke, United States
Marshal for the Westorn district of
Texas, and D. E. Lyon, Marshal
for the Eastern section of that
Tho two Marshals were removed
"for the good of tho service." and
were charged with "pernicious po
litical activity" In behalf of Col.
Cecil Lyon, former Republican Na
tional Committeeman from Texas,
who was the leading suppoter of
Col. Roosevelt, in that State.
Bert J. MacDowell, of Del Rto,
was appointed to suceed Noltke and
Phil E. Baer, of Paris, to succeed
Lyon. These removnls were the
first President Taft has made "for
pernicious political activity" since
the election.
Frankfort, Ky., Nov. 30. Form
er Governor J. C. W. Beckham, this
morning Issued his formal an-nC'iMti-ent
as a o.nn.ld Un for the
Lr'irV States Sein'e H says that
when he retired from the 'Inreinor
ship it had been his Intention to
give up public life, but that he has
received so many assurances of sup
port from the press and the people
that he decided to enter the con
test. Ho stands on hl3 record as Gov
ernor. He says he has always been
frank with the people nnd his views
on public questions are known. He
Is heartily in favor of the progres
sive measures outlined In the Dem
ocratic platform.
Mr. Beckham announces his can
didacy subject to the Stato-wlde
primary next August.
Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 0. Arti
cles incorporating thj Owensboro
Tobacco Warehouse Company were
filed In the County Clerk's office
to-day. The capital stock Is placed
at 50,000 nnd Is divided into 500
shares at the par value of $100 a
share. Of the Incorporators, J. H.
Nave owns 100 shares; J.'F. Vlck
ers, flftv shares, and I. P. Barnard,
of Louisville, 350 shares. The two
Stockholders first named live In Ow
ensboro. The company will engage
in the buying and selling of tobacco
and v'lll sell tobacco at n commis
sion for the farmors.
More than 85,000,000 lied Cross
Christmas seals .have been placed
on sale to aid In the fight on,. tuber
Remain About the Same
As for Months.
Something of How the Miners
Live in Their Every-
Day Life.
McHenry, Ky., Nov. 30. Four
teen hundred coal miners and their
families, living in and about Mc
Henry, are facing a desperate sit
uation, due, they claim, to failure
on the part of the Illinois Central
Railroad Company to furnish cars
sufficient to carry away tho output
of tho coal mines of Ohio county.
For the last eighteen months they
liave worked on an average of but
two days a week, and were It not
for the fact that they are being ex
tended credit by the company stores,
many would be on the brink of
starvation. They arc fast approach
ing that point, however, for tho
reason that their limit, in the mat
ter of credit, has almost been reach
ed, and tho day Is not far distant
when the company stores, It Is
feared, will turn a deaf ear to tho
men and womeu who seek supplies
without money.
Although conditions are border
ing on the critical, they are not as
desperate as one not knowing the
thrift of the miners would Imagine.
There have been but one or two
cases of absolute destitution, and
these have been speedily relieved
by the more fortunate the moment
they were discovered, there being a
fellow feeling among tho men who"1
work underground here that s
rarely found among other classes of
people. The constant danger at
taching to the work of tho miner ,ls
said to be responsible for this, and
the men of McIIcnr" and adjoining
mining towns would divide their
last crust with a fellow workman.
Were all the miners entirely de
pendent upon the mines for their
support the limit in Ohio county
would have been reached long ago,
but such is not the ense. When
the mines are being worked full
time, the miners leave them at 4
o'clock in the afternoon, and some-
times cailter, and return to their
homes, where they put In their time
during the suihmer working gar
dens and looking after stock, such
as milch cow8 and pigs. Nearly all
tho miners, or their wives, raise
chickens, making their table In the
summer cost comparatively little.
In the fall they kill hogs, putting
away their own meat, explaining to
a large degree the reason why the
crisis has not been reached here be
fore now.
Figuring solely upon the absolute
necessities of life, the cost per
month of maintaining the average
miner's family, five In number, Is
$47.65, while during the past eigh
teen months the average miner has
been unable to earn more than $20
a month, showing a balance of
on the wrong1 side of the !
ledger at the end of each thirty
days. Robert Yoham, who has
worked In the coal mines in and
about McHenry for the past ten
years, itemized the cost of living as
Rent, per month, $7.00.
Doctor's fee, per month, $1.00.
Dues to union, per month, $1.00.
Smithing, 75c.
Groceries. $25.00.
Incidentals,' Including clothing,
Coal, $3.00.
Total, $45.65.
"This Is the very cheapest a fam
ily of five can live." Yoham said,
"and the 4 average mnor'n family
consists of fivo pprsons. There aro
some who have as many tig ten In
family, but In such instances ther,e
t usuallv more than ono bread
winner, some of the boys being able
to help their "daddies."
Not only are the miners and
those dependent upon them for
trade affected hv the. altered short-
ago on tho pnrt of the Illinois Cen-I
trpl Railroad Company, but the coil t
operators (ire losing monov as well,
"Thev havo plentv of orders," a
man who has lived 'In McHenry for
years said, "but they can't get the
cars to fill them. Whether tho
mine Is ln operation or not.there Is
a fixed cost of about $75 a day at
tached to It, fdr tho reason that the
mine Has to be kept dry nnd conse
quently the pumps are kept going."
Probably because It Is to the In
terest of the oporators to keep the
miners about their plants ln the
hope that present conditions will be
remedied soon, they are carrying
the miners on their books to the ex
tent of thousands of dollars.
"Tho company stores have credit
ed the men to the extent of $5,000
doubtless," said Charles Vance, who
has been mining coal In Ohio coun
ty for the last twenty ears. "The
men have no fault to find with the
operators. They are doing all In
their power to relievo conditions,
but their hands are tied. They tell
me that they have the orders for
coal, enough to keep tho men busy
six days out of the week, If they
could but get the cars, but they
can't. The railroad company Just
won't furnish them.
"Conditions have reached a
point," he continued, "where the
operators are compelled to begin
withdrawing their support from the
men. I cannot blame them. The
stage has now arrived where a wo
man .when, with tear8 In her eyes,
sh0 asks the company store for a
dollnr. Is given a half. It is the
beginning of the end, and unless wo
receive Immediate relief, the crash
will come speedily."
Those In charge of the various
mines In Ohio county are silent con
cerning tho cause for present con
ditions. "Their lips are sealed," said
"1'nclp Charlie" Vaneo, "because
they fear the railroad. They havo
been told by the mining company
heads to say nothing for fear the
railroad will go a step farther than
It has already goue, and they are
following orders. It would b0 as
much as their Jobs are worth to dis
obey." When asked why It was that the
railroad company was unable to
supply the mines with enough cars
Ho handle their output, "Uncle
Charlie," considered th0 sage of the
miners In Ohio county, stroked his
chin knowingly and said In a whis
per that there was a belief on tho
part of some that the railroad Is at
tempting to coorco the operators Int
to selling to It, at the railroad's I
own price, all their coal. j
"Of course, I don't know," he j
said, "but It seems funny to me that '
the three mlne8 In Muhlenberg
county that dispose of all their coal
to the railroad are supplied with all
the cars they need. Another odd
things about the matter is that
j jU3t before the miners and opera-
tors reached their wage scale agree
ment last summer and there Was a
possibility of a tie-up at the mines,
empty coal cara were standing on
sidings in and about McHenry all
the time.
"The company says It hasn't got
the cars, and maybe It hasn't, but
It Is furnishing them In Indiana
and Illinois, and to non-union
Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 30. The
courtroom was packed with a crowd
of several hundred persons this af
ternoon when County Judge W. W.
Owen, after hearing the evidence In
the case of the Commonwealth
against Edwnrd Eback. 1 5 years of
age, charged with the murder of
Dewey Loutnlnghouser, 14 years of
age, dismissed the boy after an ex
amining trial. With the announce
ment of the Judge the crowd broke
into cheers, the demonstration last
The little fellow, who early in
the week stabbed his companion to
death In a fight, went to the Judge's
stand and thanked him. He was
then surrounded by women who
had taught him In the public school
and was showered with kisses. It
was proven In court that the Loum
lnghouser boy, who wa larger than
Eback, had threatened him and had
often abused him.
lng for several minutes.
Postmaster frank Fisher, of Pa-1
ducah, who has beon enjoying
good salary under Undo Sam for '
mnnv, many years. Is preparing to
Jet go h'a place, and to that end he
will be mpn'ger of the Century Ho
tel at Dawson.
For Eczcmn. Tetter mill Snlt
Th0 Intense itching characteristic
of the?0 ailments is almost Instant
ly allayed by Chamberlain's Salve.
Many severe cases have been cured
by it. For sale by all dealers. m
Such Is Announcement of
President Taft.
May Become Leader of the
Movement to Strengthen
Party Lines.
Washington, Nov. 30. President
Taft haa quietly Informed frlendB
that no matter how active his par
ticipation in a reorganization of the
Republican party may be, he Is not
to be regarded or referred to a8 a
possible candidate of tho party In
The President has made It plain
that he does not wish to be consld
eied as In any way having an eye
on the fist place on the Republican
ticket four years from now. He in
tends to do all In his power to help
rejuvenate the party, and probably
will make many political speeches
before March 4 and after he re-enters
private life. According to close
friends he is In the tight to continue
the party nnd rgturn it to power,
a8 a man who has been Its stand
ard bearer for four years, and not
as a man seeking a renomlnatlon.
These facts have been developed
here during the last few days, In
connection with discussion of a pro
posed gathering of Republican
leaders to formulate plans for
bringing the Republican factions
together. Within the last week
nearly a dozen Republican national
committeemen have called at the
White House for brief conferences,
either with the President or with
his secretary, Charles D. Hllles.
A meeting of the Republican
leaders at New York or- Washington
some time In January Is being con
sidered, but the Plans are as yet
Indefinite. President Taft and Mr.
1 Miles are being urged to tair "rt
In hc movement to establish nctl
"nil'ltant" headquarters for t'
party, to open at once, and h ' ad
a general paity reorgar -don
movement during the ncu four
It Is said that President Taft
may actually become the leader of
the movement to strengthen party
des, but If so It will be with the
understanding that he does not un
dertake It with any plan that he Is
to be the candidate for President
four years hence.
The Republican committeemen,
who have been In Washington re
cently, liave offered various sugges
tions for the reopening of party .
tlvltv. The majority of them fa
vor a general publicity anil educa
tional campaign, to strengthen pub
lic support of Republican princi
ples, and to place the party In a
position to take advantage of aiy
"mistakes" the Democratic admin
istration mav make.
The President Is epected to
speak nt a Republican dinner In
Now York In Januarv, but It Is said
here that there has been an under
standing that no speaker at that
dinner, whenever It Is held, shnll
refer to the President as the pros
pective Republican standard-bearer
of 1916. His Indorsement of the
dinner Idea Is said to have been
contingent upon such an under
The Owensboro Messenger s.iys:
It has now been definitely deter
mined by th0 vote of a majoilty of
the stockholders in the Rural Home
Telephone company that tho entire
plant of the company l8 to be sold
and that the business affnlrs of the
company aro to be liquidated. The
decision was reached nt - meeting
held by tho stockholders nt a re
cent date.
Tho compiny vns orankc! In
August, 1903. and at this tlne
about seventy-five per rnt. of tho
stock Is held by Russell. Hrewsfr
&. Co.. whllo thercmaIndor of It I
hld nHl cv."ied bv Owensboro nnd
Pavlcs countv rcoplo, L. Newman
Birk being tho largest individual
The company has for a number
of. years been operating exchanges .
at Stanley, Sorgho, Whlteevllle,
Maceo, KnottsvIUe and Elisor, and
It lB stated that the property repre
sents an Investment of $50,000.
It was agreed that tho property,
should be offered for sale at public
outcry at the court house door In
Owensboro, on Friday, December
ChicDgo, III., Nov. 29. Wah-Hah-flun-Ta,
which translated Into
English, means Wiley Wlmpuss, fire
maker, the 131-year-old Blackfoot
Indian from (Jlaeier reservation, Is
In Chicago to sec the United States
land show. Chief Firemaker is the
oldest human being In the world,
having been born In the region now
known as Glacier National Park In
1781, according to well authenti
cated tradition.
Tlie big chtnf was a stalwart
young brave of eighteen at the time
of George Washington's death In
1799. He was the first red man
from the fnr West to lslt the great
White Father, and his Journey to
the national capital when President
JofTerson was In the White House
was a memorable event ln his life.
He Is regarded ln his tribe as an
At the tlme of his birth, so the
Indian legend goes, the father of all
spirits, standing on a mountain,
shot an ariow near his father's te
pee. The prophecy, as Interpreted
by the medicine men, Is that ho
would lle foreer and assist tho
gods in their councils. The aged
Indian l8 a chieftain of his tribe,
aud In his jounger days was a great
huntsman. He has killed 3,000
Finnkfort, Ky., Nov. 2S. Play
ing at "taking medicine' was fatal
to Thelma and Frances Tracy,
children of Dorsoy Tracy, of tho
Pe Ridge neighborhood, this coun
ty, last night. Joseph Tracy, their
grandfather, who lives with them,
has cancer, and morphine 18 kept ln
a box for hiB use to relieve his suf
fering. This afternoon the two lit
tle girls got the box, nnd it Is sup
posed thov were Imitating their
giandfather. When found they
were both unco -Blou8 nnd died be
fore a phjslcial fuld arrive. Thel
ma was " and 1 'ices & years old.
Wnxahachle, Te.,Nov. 30. Bur
rell Oats, a negro, convicted of mur
dering Sol Aronoif, of Dallas, eight
years ago, was hanged here to-day,
closing therby one of the most no
table legal incidents In Texas Juris
prudence. Oates, without money or Infiuen
wa8 the cause of two changes
aud was the cause of two changes
In Texas statutes during his long
and lcmniknblu legal fight against
the charge of murder.
Oats' fight for life was made all
the more remarkable by the fact
that every one of his seven Juries
found him gi'llty of muuler aud sK
of them condemned him to death.
The other Jury, being unable to
agree over a penalty, caused a mis
trial, although declaring the negro's
guilt. Technicalities and at times
more seriou8 Jegal errors have been
used repeatedly to secure new trials
for Oats. The sixth trial was de
clared void becauPe the jury In
writing Its verdict inadvertently
omitted the words "In first de
gree'' In finding Oats guilty.
Lai-gest Woman Dead.
Montreal, Nov. 2S. Justine Mas
son, who weighed 780 pounds and
Is said to have been the largest wo
man In the world, died hero to-day.
Several months ago she became
Insane and was taken In charge by
the Assistance Publlque. In the In
stitution sho becam0 notoilou3 for
exploits of strength when in a
frenzy. Even the walls of her room
failed to restrain her, and It was
necessary to build a roundhouse,
outside the main building especial
ly for her.
A specially built coffin will bo
Foils Foul Plot.
When a shameful plot exUts be
tween liver and bowels to causo dis
tress by refusing to act, take Dr.
King's New Life Pills, and end such
abuse of your system. They gontl
compel right action of stomach,
liver and bowols, and restore your
health and all good feelings. 25o
at James H. Williams. m

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