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$ there shone a star.
f\ II, stars by the mil*
11 lion-fold above!
s\\\-JJ7,y|n
the wide blue
spaces we watch
and love
Stars like grains of
sand by the sea,
Through wheeling
clusters of worlds
they be
But once through the
gates of heaven
ajar,
When a Child was
born, there shone a
Star.
Children they come to
the palace hall
Ti Children they come to
$ the cabin small
To the tent, to the
ship, to the poor
man's cot-
Drear is the home where Uod seuds them
not
But oncc, Just once through the gates ajar,
God's own Child came, and there shone ft
Star.
Over desert placcs Its golden light
Flamed like a torch the livelong night
Bowing low to the woudcrful Bast,
In stately processlou, blug and priest,
And a marvelous, moving caravan
8ought for* tho gift that bad guerdoned
man.
When, banners of glory waving far,
Once, for his people, uod kindled a Star.
The Emperor sat In his purple robe,
Holding the scepter that swayed the globe
Bent the slave to the laboring oar—
Little to him was a groan the more
Wreathed with laurel the conqueror strode,
Trampling hearts on his haughty road
The cry oLihc anguished quivered far,
And lot la the darkness there shone a
Star.
MW In the riven rock
candle~HItflnrwl who will may mock
That thread of flame was the ap«?er sent
From Earth to the Star In tho tlrmaraent.
OB the silence trembled a Babe's flfat
breath.
Child to be Lord of Life and Death
Safe as a bird In the tiny nest,'
In the mother's arms, on the mother's
breast
While the lowing kine stood wondering near.
And the angels sang on the midnight clear.
And the midnight waned, and the dawn's
great «ar
8wept In where brightly there shone a Star.
—Margaret E. Songster, In Woman's Qome
Companion.
WON HIS CHILDREN'S LOVE
't
WBY
THOMAS HALL.
RINKLES of care furrowed
the .forehead of John How
ard, wholesale leather mer
chant of New York, as he
sat in tho library of his
home, and his hair was tossed iuto dis
order by the combing of his nervous f:u
gere. Ilia dull eyes gazed into tho red
depths of a great fire, but read no crim
son pictures there.
This was the man the world had calicd
"complacent John lloward."
Eight years before, when he married,
people expected change in his habits,
but they were disappointed. He had
merely udded another part to his ma
chinery. He had carefully chosen the
kind of woman who would helplessly be
come a part ofcamachine.
When childrafesaiuQ they, too, were
compelled to bec^^pparts of the order
ly, silent machiue controlled by John
Howard. Meek little mites they were.
No one suspected that they were chil
dren.
There were three of them: Mary, girl
of seveu Anna, a girl of five, aud John,
a boy of four. By direction of John
Howard, good, plaiu names were given to
them, names that would wear. Meek
Mrs. Howard would have chosen differ
ently, but she was not consulted.
YVhen the children came, John How
ard laid down the rules for their con
duct nuil keeping and never afterward
bothered himself about them. If ho saw
them once a day it Was by accident. One
of his rules, condition*, was that he was
never to hear them, save when he wish
ed. As a result John Howard wan a
father without children—and the chil
dren hod a living futhcr, but were fath
erless.
All this would have continued but for
one, inevitable little incident in life calicd
"death"—for death, after nil, is a part
of life, and dying very often tho main
part of living. The entrance of Mrs.
Howard into the life of her husband hud
made no perceptible change in it. Her
death had thrown every part of it out of
gear. There were three waifs in his
house who came at his bidding and look
ed at him iu a frightened sort of way.
"How was he to win the love of liis
children?"
How John Howard longed to enter thai
|lay room! But he never dared. HP
was afraid his entrance would drive them
forth, and he realized that this room was
their own little world. Sometimes, in
agony, he listened at the door, and learn
ed how different they were from other
children.
How he longed for them to ask him
for something! What joy ho would take
In granting thein any wish! But they
had beeu brought up to ask for nothing,
to expect nothing, save on one day in the
year.^ThRt duy was Christmas.
..On that day they could expect wonder
ul new presents, they knew, from a mys
terious person called Santa Claus. The
late Mrs. Howard had cultivated this one
dear delusion in them, and so perfectly
that they never dreamed that either she
or their father bad anything to do with
the annual midnight visit of the good
little fat man. Of him they talked
months before he came aud months after
be left. And with the presents he left
they played from one Christmas until
the next, patiently waiting for the new
ones and carefully guarding the old.
ye
Tu
Discouraged at his failure to win even
the confidence of his children, John How
ard hired that hopeless substitute for a
mother, a nurse, to take care of them.
With business acumen and lack of or
dinary common sense he secured a trim
New England school teacher for this deli
cate positiou aud in less than a week
•ho succeeded, by perseverance aud in
dustry, in casting more of a shadow over
the lives of the three waifs than ever
John Howard had. But the waifs had
been taught not to complaiu, and John
Howard knew nothing about it.
Ono liugoring hope remained in his
breast. Could he wake the coming
Christmas so happy for his children that
he could win their love? He resolved
that he would take charge of the holiday
himself, and the preparations ho made
for it were extravagant. The presents
purchased for all the preceding Christ
inas celebrations at bis house were as
nothing compared to the array that stood
before him on the floor, on tables and on
chairs,vthis Christmas eve when he sat so
broken in heart before his grate tire.
Something had happened. A mistake
had been made. The New England school
teacher, in the interests of white-winded
truth had told his children there was no
Santa Claus. This he had learned while
listening at the door of their playroom
that afternoon. And lie, who had so care
fully rehearsed the part of Santa Claus
for the performance that night, felt that
it would be a hollow mockery, now that
they knew, as wo all do some day, too
much.
With a promptness and decision that
had characterized him always in busi
ness, John Howard peremptorily dismiss
ed the New England school teacher, giv
ing her a month's salary and no expla
nation for his strange conduct. Tho chil
dren should have the hollow mockery of
Christinas at any rate. But the essence
of it was ijone.. lie had heard his chil
dren declare, between sobs, that they
would never hang up their stockings
again, and after all it is the stocking and
not the tree that is the essence of Christ
mas—and the mystery of mysteries there
of is the wonderful fact that Santa Claus
can spend so much time and take so
much pains in filling the stockings.
But John Howard was human. He
himself had looked forward to this Christ
mas with greater expectations than had
any of his children.
He rose from bed and put on his dress
ing gown and slippers. Then, with a
little night lamp in his hand turned very
low, be went stealthily into the bedroom
where his children slept. Their clothes
.were laid neatly on three chairs, and
from each chair he took a otocklug and
pinned it where the sleeping children had
been accustomed to pin them in previous
years.
After this he made frequent trips to
the library and brought up load after load
of toys, candies and trinkets. And then
he began to fill the stockings. It was
alow work. He had seen his wife do it
once. He had watched her then in
mechanical sort of way. It wos on the
preceding Christmas eve. She was ill
and nervous and afraid to go about the
house alone. In a grumbling, protesting
way he had accompanied her.
How glad he was now that he had! Ho
dropped a moderately heavy object into
the toe of each stocking to hold it down
—then an orange to make it capacious.
After this he slipped in a present for the
sake of a surprise, and on top of the pres
ent he put a layer of candy. He won
dered that tho "tick—tick—tick" of the
candies as they dropped did not awaken
the sleeping children.
He was slow at the work. It was early
down when he finished. He blow out the
little night lamp aud sank into a chair,
burying his face iu his hands, and his
heart ill memories. Suddenly he looked
up and saw his three children standiug
about him in the arc of a circle.
"It's papa," cried his eldest girl, rush
ing into his arms. "Papa is Santa Claus.
It is papa who has been so good to us
and we haven't loved him."
"It's papa," echoed the younger daugh
ter.
"Papa—Santy Close," said the boy.
And they, too, sidled up to him and
clung to him, their little eyes beamiug
with love.
And then John Howard knew that his
stocking had been filled, also^-with the
love of his children.—Criterion.
Honesty in Christmas Giving
With the approach of Christmas we
hear again the usual talk about- "the ob
ligations of the season, the burdeu of
uhopping, the farce of exchanging res
ents." Wo haven't a particle of sympa-
Itol,
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thy with people who take this attitude.
Christmas and obligation are words
which in their true meauing contradict
each other, and if any regard gift giving
as an obligation and a bore, this is a
good year for them to emancipate them
selves. Christmas is the festival of child
hood, and it is a pity that we cannot ac
cept its opportunity showing thought
ful kindness iu a md\ childlike spirit.
If our giving could only, made sponta
neous, freed from routine, from the fear
of "setting an unwise precedent," from
all suggestion of barter, it would cease
to be a burden and become a delight.
Once in the year we have an opportunity
of expressing friendship in tangible form
—why not rejoice in it? One woman of
our acquaintance claims that a thought
less, unloving gift is dishonest. In a per
sonal letter she writes: "I have some
rather unworldly, aud I suppose they
would be called silly, notions about fiiftn
to friends. Why, just a tiny card,* with
the Christ-child illuminating it and re
minding us what the day signifies, or
some bit of written or printed verse
which is sent 'because it made mc think
of you,' means so much more, and is
truly in keeping with the'good will which
distinguishes the day. If only we would
never insult anyone with a gift that is
not honest clear through!"—The Congre
gationalist.
A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS,
Day Was Observed with Remarkable
Simplicity in Karly Times.
On the first Christmas day in the
White House, it is recorded, snow man
tled the earth to a depth of nearly two
feet. It was a typ
ical old-fashioued
Christmas day, with
all the accompani
ments of wiud and
weather. Old Jack
Frost was busy and
decorated in fautas
tic designs with
films of ice the win
dow panes of the
big white mansion,
Dowustairs in the
kitchen there was a
blaze of li^ht and
genial warmth from
ABIGAIL ADAMS.
the great piles of oak and hickory iu the
broad fireplace, while tho atmosphere of
the building was redolent with the odor
of the viands being prepared for the
Christmas feast.
There were no chefs and assistant
chefs, with scores of white-clad i'.asist
ants, nor such ranges and cooking uten
sils as are provided for the White House
kitchen of to-day. Old colored "mam
mies," neatly clad in bright calico frocks,
long white aprons and bright-colored ker
chiefs on their heads, flitted hither aud
thither before tho roaring blazes on the
hearths, as they prepared the food for
President John Adams and his Yulctide
guests.
Indeed, Mrs. Abigail Adams herself
performed the functions of exec
CHANGING SCORE.
chef. Wearing an immaculate apron, she
busied herself giving directions first to
one negro servant, and then to another.
Mrs. Adams and her corps of assist
ants did their baking in ancient Dutch
ovens, while suspended above the big
log fire by iron chains and tripods were
big pots and stew pans. The two great
turkeys which formed tho pieces de re
sistance at the Christmas spread in 1800
were "hand raised and hand fed" by a
country gentleman In Fairfax County.
Virginia, who presented them to Mrs. Ad
ams with his "esteemed compliments."
The affair was homelike in its details
and the distinguished diners dlscusscd
with equal satisfaction the smoking vi
ands on the homely dining table and the
great questions of state which were agi
tating tho American people at that cru
cial period of our national existence.
There was an absence of stiff formality
and the host and genial Mrs. Abigail Ad
ams bade the guests to feel "at homo'1
and help themselves just as they would
at their own boards.
Christmas dinners at the White House
now are elaborate affairs in contrast with
the simple Christmas dinners during the
days of Adnms, Jefferson and Madison.
To-day many courses are served and the
state dinners continue about three hours
with an acompaniment of soft music by
the Marine Band. Then thero was but
one course. In reality. It was a sort of
go-as-you-please affair aud help your
neighbor and yourself.
SANTA CLAUS' BIG JOB.
Said Santa Claus on Christinas eve, in jolly, good, fat jrl.'O, -1
"To judge by all these stockings here, they've turned the hose on mo."
Tho Now Year.
List, the New Year bells are rloglng
To and fro.
Messages of couifurt bringing
Clear und low.
Over mead and plain and valley,
Where the forest giants rally,
Up through park uud street aud alley
i'aeaus flow.
List, ttie New Year bells are calling
Far nod near,
Like some prayer triumphant falling
On the ear.
Lo, the past Is past forever.
In this hour Its bonds we sever.
And Its clouds shall dnrkcu never .y.r
Our New Year.
:yv
List, the New Year bells tiro swaying
nigh and low,
Pulsing, pleading, praising, praying,
As they go.
Now may every sin be shriven,
And our hearts froui sorrow riven,?.,,
All forgiving and forgiven
Here below.
i.'-i,—Minneapolis Housekeeper.
Trimming tho Tree.
mi
m.
Making Preparations.
"1 want to got a turkey, and a bottle
of paregoric, and some miuco meat, and
some pepsin pills, and Home cranberries,
and some furniture polish, aud a quart of
oysters, and a package of court plaster,
and some sweet potatoes, and a fire in
surance policy."
Ilcro the market man smiled merrily
and inquired:
"Going to eat all that?"
"No," responded tho customer, "but
the family Christmas dinner occurs at my
house this year."—Baltimore American.
Tho Annual Greeting.
"A Happy New Year to you!" This is.
the greeting which Is heard on every side
as we crass tho threshold of the new year.
It has become a custom to repeat it. In
many cases it has little meaning, and is
nothing more than an empty compliment
or an idle wish. How much do you mean
by it? It is very easy to repeat the
formula. It ia a very simple matter to
^Ui^a New Year's card aud enclose it In
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an envelope. But when you send this
greetiug, or speak it, do you regard it as
pledge or promise that you will do
nothiug to make the recipient of it i^i
happy, and that you will do all in your
power to relieve his anxieties and bring
gladness to his heart?-—Baptist Union.
Thoughts for the Now Year.
A good inclination is but the first rude
draught of virtue, but the finishing
strokes are from the will, which, if well
disposed, will by degrees perfect it, or
if ill disposed, will quickly deface it.—
South.
To think we are able is almost to be so
to determine upon attainment is frequent
ly attainment itself earnest resolution
has often seemed to have about it almost
a savour of omnipotence.—S. Smiles.
You may bo whatever you resolve to
be. Determine to be something in the
world, aud you will he something. "I
cannot" never accomplished anytliiug "I
will try" has wrought wonders.—J.
Hawes.
It is the old lesson—a worthy purpose,
patient energy for its accomplishment, a
resoluteness undaunted by difficulties, aud
then success.—W. M. runshon.
Aim at the suu, and you may not reach
it but your arrow will fly far higher than
if aimed at an' object on a level with
yourself.—J. Hawes.
Have a purpose in life, and having It,
throw into your work such strength of
mind and muscle as God has given you.
—Carlyle.
Do uot, for one repulse, forego the pur
pose that you resolved to effect.—Shak
speare.
He who is firm and resolute in will
moulds the world to himself.—Goethe.
A good intention clothes itself whtli
power.—Emerson.
Christinas Feasting.
During the mlddlo ages the whole
Christmas season was given up to rev
els and jollity, in which eating and drink
ing had a prominent part. The Saxon
instinct of our English ancestors led them
to mako of every holiday an occasion
for feasting.* Plenty to eat and to drink
was their idea of a festival, no matter
how sacred might be its associations. On
Christmas they not only lined their stom
achs with good capon, as did Shakspeare's
justice, but stuffed themselves with all
sorts of rich, nourishing food and strong
ly compounded puddings aud pies.
Origin of Mince Pie.
English plum pudding and minco pies
both owe their origin, or are supposed to,
to au occurrence attendant upon the birtli
of Christ. The highly seasoned ingredi
ents refer to the offering of spices,
franklnceuse and myrrh by the wise men
of the East to the Christ Child.—New
York World.
Shattered Her Ideals.
Mies Askit—Why is MIHB Wuuder so
pessimistic about Christmas?*
Miss Tellit—She hung up a $12 pair of
silk hose last yejir, and 8otne one stole
them.
THE STATE OP IOWA.
OCCURRENCES DURING THE
PAST WEEK.
Masked Robbera Mistreat Old Couple
at Boone—Ncjrro Killed In Mining
Camp at Kcb—Mrs. ilossack to Be
Tried Again—Miller'® Awfu Death*
Three masked burglars entered the
homo of Win. Storrier and wife at the
corner of Twelfth and Greene streets,
Boone, about 8 o'clock the other evening,
and after gagging and tying the aged
couple to the bed, tho burglars ransack
ed the residence at leisure. Mrs. Stor
rier was choked and her husband threat
ened that he would be brained iu an en
deavor to make them reveal where the
money was kept. They also threatened
to bum the house down if they did not
tell. The scene of the robbery is almost
in the heart of the city and directly
across the street from the German Lu
theran Church which was iu session at
the time the robbery occurred. The
robbers were more than two hours in the
house nnd left the old man and wife
tied to the bed. Storrier is a pensioned
car foreman of the Northwestern Itail
road. Himself and his wife are each
over 70. No money nnd but little plunl
der was secured by the burglars. There
is no clew to their identity.
Mnrdcr Among Colored Miner*.
At the mining camp or Keb a fatal
stabbiug affray occurred among colored
miners. Frank Williams ami William
Slater had a quarrel over an alleged
Insult which it was said had been offer
ed to Williams* wife. The exact na
ture of the accusations is not known,
but both inen became embittered over
the affair. Williams' wife went after
Williams and took him over to the place
where Slater lived aud it is said de
manded revenge. What happened with
in is not kuown, but few minutes later
Slater came running out of the rear
door of the cabin and he had a deep cut
In his body. He ran abont thirty feet
and leaned up against an outbuilding,
standing there about two minutes be
fore he fell to the ground. Those who
were present nnd saw the affair were
afraid to approach Slater for about half
an hour, when others came and it was
found he was dead. Williams gave him
self up to Justice Stainer and will plead
•elf-defense.
Second Trial for Mra. Hossack*
At the age of tU) years Margaret Hos
euck is preparing to stand trial a second
time on a charge of murdering her bus
baud. The trial will take place ut Win
teract. John Hossack was killed with
au ax as he la? asleep in his bed Dec.
1, 1000. His wife was sleeping by his
Side. She told the coroner she was
awakened by noises as of someone run
ning. She got up and returned to find
her husband bathed iu blood. He was
dying when a physician arrived and
made no statement. Mrs. I-Iosnack was
arrested and convicted of murder in the
second degree. After serving one year
of a life sentence she was rolcasd by
the Supreme Court on a technicality and
silt back to jail, from which she \wis
released on bonds. The only evidence
against her was circumstantial and her
conviction was founded largely on the
assertions of Will Haines, a young farm
er, who became violently insane after
the trial.
Followed by a Large Wolf*
Jack Crowley, who lives three mill's
west of Clare, started to walk from
Tara to Clare, there being no train for
three hours. One mile out from Tarn
he heard a low growl und lookiug around
saw a large wolf following him. The
wolf kept twenty paces behind and Mr.
Crowley hurried. Crowley had a re
volver, but feared to use it until neces
sary, as he only had five shells. He turn
ed and yelled aud made a rush for the
wolf. The big brute slunk back, but
quickly followed again. Finally Crow
ley neured the bridge that spans Lfcard
creek. The wolf seemed to realize that
he could not cross readily and made a
rush. Crowley turned and fired threi
shots, one of which struck the wolf in
the fore shoulder. The creature slunk
into the woods with a howl, while Crow
ley hurried to Clare.
Aged Miller's Awful Death.
Itobert Patterson, aged 70. a well
known miller of Alpha, was killed by his
clothing catching iu some of the machin
ery of his mill. He was alone when the
accident occurred, his body being found
an hour or so afterward. Mr. Patterson
had been In the milling business of Al
pha for thirty years.
Child Burned at Creston.
The 4-year-old child of John ICnight
was frightfully burned at Crestou. It
is supposed that the child found a match
aud ignited its clothing with the same,
while the mother was out of the room.
Within' Onr Borders*
Another pctitiou for mulct saloons has
been started in Tama City.
Mason City has abandoned for the
present the tffort to secure a new fed
eral building.
Clinton Christians contemplate the
erection of a $35,000 church edifice the
coming summer.
The Baukers' Union- lias absorbed the
400 Davenport members of the Inde
pendent Workmen.
Jud Ilitlse. a farmer living near Glad
brook. committed suicide by cutting his
throat, ill health had made him de
spondent.
Robbers blew up the safe iu the post
office at Nichols nnd secured several dol
lars' worth of stamps aud about $75
in money.
Henry Woda and Antone Carlson, la
ln»rers, were instantly killed at the clay
pit in Mason City. A large bank of
earth caved in. completely burying the
men.
ICdwin Olson, the 14-year-old Fort
Dodge hoy who received a bullet In his
brain a few days ago while huntiug, will
probably recover.
The State Agricultural Association has
Aug. 23-2S as the dates for the next
State fair. The reports of the officers
show that the association has ou hand
a cash balance of $30,372.25.
An overheated furnace in L. It. Rose
brook's general store at Coal Field set
lire to and destroyed the building and
its contents. The Haines spread to the
postofficc and the Iowa Central railroad
depot.
The question of erecting a public
school building in the town of Clare
where there is nothing but a parochial
school, may be taken into the courts. A
lively contcst is in prospect.
Waterloo has announced that it will
pave a number of streets next year, and
the representatives of the various as
phalt. brick and macadam companies are
already on the ground contending for the
advantage.
During a quarrel at Cliuton Charles
Grauderson of Sioux City was shot aud
instantly killed. Benjamin Carrol was
wounded twice and Mrs. Carrol was fa
tally shot. The shooting resulted from
jealousy.
The Postmaster General has issued au
order establishing free delivery service
March 3 next at Ceuterville with four
carriers, two substitutes and thirty let
ter boxes.
A company has been organized, head
ed by United States Marshal George M.
Christian of Grinncll, to erect a modcru
six-story hotel in Des Moines. Tho esti
mated cost will be $75,000.
The 2-year-old babe of Robert Ivirk
by of Dubuqu? fell ou a red-hot stove
and received irns that will disfigure it
for life. A week before another child
of the family drank some coH milk and
died immediately afterward from the
effect.
The postofHce at Lafayette hat been
discontinued mail to Alburnett.
Thieves entered the Clinton high school
building and stole $25. No clue.
Three weeks* union revival meetings at
Colfax closed with 200 professed conver
sions.
In a wedding that occurred at Daven
port the groom was 30 years old and the*
bride 67.
A postoffice has been establishod at
Lnnesboro, with Charles H. Peters as
postmaster.
James C. L. Anderson of Iowa City
has been appointed an aid in the geodetic
survey service.
The Washington City Council has vot
ed to pave a number of the principal
business streets.
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Doore of
have just celebrated their sixty-eighth
wedding anniversary.
Thieves stole a large quantity of but
ter and eggs from cars standing in the
freight yards at Clinton.
Appropriations aggregating $232,000
have been asked for Improvements at
the Rock Island arsenal.
Robberies and hold-ups arc becoming
nightly occurrences at Clinton, accord
ing to the papers of that city.
A social and commercial club, with
sixty-five members, has been organized
by the business men of Toledo.
A receiver has been asked for the
Thomas Shoe Company of Atlautic,
which is declared to be insolvent.
Miss Nermi Ivariko of Wyandotte,
Minn., has been appointed a teacher at
Sac and Fox Indian school at Toledo. I
Henry Jackson of Burlington was bad
ly wounded by the accidental discharge
of a gun in the hands of a fellow hunter.
One student at Drake University, Des
Moines, has died of typhoid fever and
several others arc down with the dis
ease.
A combination of matches and email
boy caused a fire at Wcver which de
stroyed a large barn and contents. Loss
$3,000.
Fred Russell, retiring clerk of the
courts of Calhoun County, is a candidate
for a place on the State pharmacy com
mission.
The Hossack trial, takeu from Warren
to Madison County on a change of venae,
•has been postponed to the February term
of court.
James C. Davis of Keokuk, recently
appointed chief attorney in Iowa for
the C. & N. W., will remove to Des
Moines Jan. 1.
Rev. Dr. Robiuson of Nova Scotia has
beeu called to the pastorate of the Sec
ond Presbyterian Church at Dubuque,
and has accepted.
Claus Lohse was sentenced at Clinton
to two and one-half years in State prison
for the larceny of a check for $00 from
a fellow laborer.
The Hampton company, I. N. G., will
not be mustered out, having raised its
standard of efficieucy as required by the
Adjutant General.
Mrs. Josephine Garrett, on trial at Ot
tuniwa for the alleged attempted murder
of her former husband's second wife,
has been acquitted.
The IG-months-old daughter of Geo.
Aarsmith of Zearing is dead as a result
of burns received by its clothing catch
ing fire from a cook stove.
Lorain Chadwick of Mason City suf
fered a bad gunshot wound by the acci
dental discharge of his wtj^pon, while
hunting. He may lose a leg.
A coal company, headed by Geo. W.
Severs of Oskaloosa, aud capitalized at
$300,000, has filed articles of incorpora
tion with the Secretary of State.
The four Dyersville section men con
victed of enacting the role of highway
men, were sentenced to terms in the peu
itentiary of from two to four years.
Mrs. Eugene Bowerman of Council
Bluffs, formerly a member of the Van
Dykc-Eatou Theater company, commit
ted suicide at Omaha by taking poison.
Sixty men searched all night for Ralph
Hammer, aged 10, who was lost while
hunting, near Chariton. He was found
badly frozen, curled up near a corn shock.
C. A. Gustavson of Ottumwa has been
made a general organizer for the national
organization of Journeymen Tailors of
America. His field will be the States of
Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota and
South Dakota.
At Iowa City Judge Wade sentenced
Charles Holada to the penitentiary for
life for participation in the murder of
James Gallaughcr. Itolada pleaded guil
ty to murder in the second degree to the
extent that he confessed aiding aud abet
ting the murderer.
The grand jury at Ceuterville has in
dicted Mrs. John Kreehs for murder in
the first degree for the killing of her
husband at Jerome last October. Her
husband threw cold water in her face to
waken her one morning when she got up
aud securing a sliotguu ran him out of
the house, shooting and killing him in
stantly.
A lone highwaymau held up II. P.
Iiohbs, who was alone iu his jewelry
store at Des Moines, getting away with
money, three watches and a tray of opal
rings valued in all at $1,000. The rob
bery was committed in the afternoon
while scores of people were passing the
store. The thief was pursued, but made
his escape after dropping all but about
$200 worth of the plunder.
The Methodist Church at Swaiedale
lays claim to the honor of having a quar
tette choir composed of the oldest peo
ple ia any choir in Iowa or in the Unit
ed States. The choir is composed of Mr.
and Mrs. John Bardsley and Mr. aud
Mrs. J. B. Hilliar. Mrs. Loomis. daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Bardsley. acting as
organist. This quartette of singer* are
all great-grandparents aud the orgauist
is a grandmother. They furnish music
for the church services twice each Sun
day and for people &£ their. Qge fcr.vc stUl,
exceptional voices.
A fine additiou to the city park sys
tem of Iowa Falls nas been secured by
the donatiou of several acres of desira
ble laud along the banks of the Iowa
river.
The jury in the ease of Lewis Smith,
charged with the murder of Charles Ed
wards at Avoea on Sept. 18 last, return
ed a verdict of murder in the second de
gree.
Miss Ada Bacon, a 17-year-old girl
living at Swan, has disappeared from
her home. Her relatives think she may
be found in Des Moines and have insti
tuted search.
Michael Dunn. James Connors, James
McCracken and Thomas Lawrence, tac
tion men. charged with highway robbery,
were convicted by a Dubuque jury in an
hour and a half.
A prominent Waterloo business man
was swindled out of $00 by au unknown
young man, who presented a worthless
cheek for that amount, after purchasing
a small bill of goods.
A package containing $3,000 worth of
jewelry aud diamonds has been found
and turned over to the Des Moines po
lice. There is no clue to the owner of
the property, but it is thought that the
goods have been stolen from some other
city.
A Council Bluffs jury awarded Chris
Peterson $13,500 damages from the City
Motor Compauy for the loss of both arms
in an accident. The company will proba
bly appeal the case.
Harry Steffy and Tracy Sheldon of
Victor, aged 12 aud 0 years, respectively,
were playing with an "unloaded" gun,
when tho latter pointed the gun at Steffy
and pulled the trigger. Steffy may re
cover.
Lew Mobre, a barber of Harlan, died
following an amputation of his left arm
I for blood poisonitig. He had shaved a
corpse, and infection through small
scratch on hi hand caused the(blood pol
fioninf*
POLITICS
Reform la Postponed.
A lukewarm Congress nnd trust-,
controlled Congress will leave the
trusts undisturbed. The tariff bill con
tinues to protect the trusts and rob the
people.
The fight in the ranks of the Republi
can party on the trust and tariff issues
has resulted in the triumph of the
Hannn faction. "Let well enough
alone," or do as little as possible, is to
be the program in Congress, and not
a vigorous reform of abuses which
was promised before election.
It had been fondly hoped that Presi
dent Roosevelt would add the weight
of his great office to the side of the
people and urge reform. But to the
great regret of nil who believe in
"equal rights to all and special privil
eges to none" the lukewarm recom
mendations In the President's message
Is a victory for the Do Nothings.
Strange to say, there Is no specific rec
ommendation in the whole message for
a law to prevent the extortions of the
trusts or the subsidies granted theui
by the protective tariff. It Is not the
production of the strenuous Roosevelt,
but the glittering generalities of the
anxious politician, intent on pleasing
all factions and especially the strong
est.
If Mr. Morgan or Mr. Rockefeller
had been President and had written
the message or decided upon Its con
tents, It could not have been more con
servative and the Intention made more
evident, that no legislation of conse
quence will be attempted by Congress.
The financial kings of Wall street,
through their Senatorial and Congres
sional allies, appear to have, by the
force of numbers, deluded the Presi
dent into the belief that there is great
danger of disturbing the bu&Juess of
the country, if any reform Is even at
tempted. The Presidential chariot has
been hitched to the juggernaut of Wall
street, which rit Messly Ignores the
cries of distress Hiose under their
feet. The Presidential recommenda
tion for a tariff commission has for
weeks been the demand of the princi
pal Wall street organ, it being well
known that the procrastinatfug work
ings of such a body woufd hinder
rather than accelerate reform. In fact,
President Roosevelt emphasles this
when he says: "The unhurried and un
biased report of this commission
would show what changes should be
made in the various schedules."
"Unliurry" is just what Wall street
and the trusts desire. Furthermore,
the President has been led to believe
that reforming the tariff by removing
the protection that allows the trusts
to sell their products cheaper to for
eigners than to our people "would bo
wholly Ineffective." Thus the beef
trust, tho coal trust, the steel trust and
the hundred other trusts, as far as the
tariff Is concerned, are to have free
rein to continue their exactions. But
President Roosevelt recommends that
the duty on anthracite coal be repeal
ed, though he acknowledges that such
an nmemlmentt would only be of set*
vice in such a crisis as wan produced
by the coal strike. He does not recom
mend that bituminous coal should also,
be free, though that would be of great-,
or benefit in rcgulatiug the price of
fuel at all times.
Regarding the power of Congress t«\,
regulate the trusts, the President Is
evidently in an uncertain mind aud
makes no specific recommendations or
suggestions. He, however, acknowl
edges that It may be necessary to
amend the contitution to give more
power to Congress.
It is safe to say that the present
Congress will pass no legislation that
will injuriously affect the trusts or re
lieve the people from the exorbitantly
high prices of the necessaries of life
that the protective tariff now allows
the trusts to impose. An attempt will
be made In the next Congress to amend
the anti-trust law. and some change
jor addition may be accomplished, in
view of the approaching Presidential
election, but that any legislation that
will regulate the trusts in the public
interest, or prevent them from extort
ing all the present laws will allow, i*
hardly possible, unless the whole pow
er of the administration should, by
some miracle, be thrown ou the side of
the people, and this President Roose
velt evidently does not intend to coun
tenance.
Thus the issues are joined between
the Democrats and the party iu pow
er. and the final battle will be fought
In the natioual campaign of 1004. Who
can doubt the result? On the one side
will bp tHe great mass of consumers,
who find their incomes squandered to
fill the pockets of the trust magnates.
On the other side Is the Republican
machine, with ils Wall street allies.
Tiie machine is discredited In some
States even by the voters of the party
it represents, and would be discarded
the voters everywhere If the con
tributions aud official pa*ff'frn'flfrt*
not so largely used to maintain it. Yet
in spite of a lukewarm President and
a tnist-coutrolled Congress, reform is
certain, and the longer It is postponed
the more radical will be the remedy.
Free Trade in Coul.
When President Roosevelt was on
his slumping tour, lie declared. In his
spcecli at Cincinnati, that anthracite
coal was on the free list. All of the
Republican spell binders echoed the
same declaration. The Democrats
showed that nuthraelte and bitumin
ous coal were both subject to duty
under the Dingley tariff law: they
were denounced as prevaricators.
Election is now over and Presldeut
Roosevelt acknowledges that he was
mistaken and recommends In his mes
sage that the duty be removed from
anthracite coal. It Is now up to a Re
publican Congress to pass such a bill
but so far no steps have been taken to
that end.
It Is well lo inquire why bituminous
coal should not also be placed upon
the free list, especially as tho coal
barons are making preparations to ex
port coal to Mediterranean ports to
compete with foreign coal iu those
markets.
Coal Still Much Too Hiuh.
Hard coal is still selling in Eastern
cities at from $7 to $10 per ton, the
average being about $0. This is at least
$3 above last year's price and is $0 or
$7 higher than it should be. If Con
gress is not derelict iu its duty this
winter, to tho point of cruelty, it will
take the duty off all coal. This is
the least It should do for the freezing
people, and for those who are spend
tog: pioney for fuel tlm^shoi^^j^or
a a a a
or THE DAY
food and clothing. But while the
great majority of Congressmen have
railroad passes in their pockets the in
terests of the coal and all other rail
roads will not suffer, cTMi it the people
do freeze a little.
The President's Message.
President Roosevelt's second annual
message to Congress has one aud only
one advantage over his first—It is
about half as long. In every other
respect It Is siugularly lacking In rec
ognition of the truism incorporated in
its reference to marksmanship In the
navy, "In battle the only shots that
count nre the shots that hit." So in a
President's message the only passages
that count are those that hit, and
upon the real questions before the
country—trusts, tariff and the disposi
tion of the Philippines—Mr. Roosevelt
appears to have used a literary blun
derbuss where the people expected he
would go gunning with a repeating
rifle.—Chicago Record-Herald.
We have in the opening paragraphs
some words dealing with the Ameri
can people as a chosen people who
might, if they would, find their Moses
in the strenuous, the exuberant, the
unrestrained and the combative char
acter which now occupies the chief
executive office of the nation.—Spring
field Republican.
The document displays all the ab
stract ardor and concrete conservatism
of a candidate for Presidential consid
eration. The only possible de
duction Is that he is willing to drift
as the party leaders may dictate.—In
dianapolis Sentinel.
He asserts squarely that "the ques
tion of the regulation of the trusts
stands apart from the question of tar
iff revision." Yet he speaks of depriv
ing trust goods of protection as a
"punitive measure" and plumply de
clares that "the tariff on anthracite
coal should be removed!" Why, pray.
If the trust questiou is entirely apart
from the tariff question?
As a whole, the message is a curious
mixture of bad economics, good homi
ly and Indifferent statesmanship.—Chi
cago Chronicle.
Returning from his unsuccessful
hunt for bears of the South he rec
ommends that Congress pass a law
protecting game and wild auimals.
This is an issue of startling import
ance nnd must make the bears which
the President did not shoot laugh.—
Cleveland Recorder.
Following tlie President's Lead.
The bill introduced by Senator Cul
loin to amend the anti-trust law pro
hibits Interstate commerce in articles
made by trusts, the penalty for viola
tion being a tine of from $500 to
$5,000. The meat in the bill is In the
proposed appointment of fifty special
agents to act as spies to report any
infringement of the law. What a snap
these appointments would be for the
henchmen of Republican Congressmen
of the Rathbone and Neely stripe! But
"the boys" will have to w*a!rsoine time
before the trusts will be called upon to
"put up the stuff" to avoid prosecu
tion. Senator Cullom and the Republi
can majority have no intention of real
ly reforming the trusts or the tariff,
nnd the flood of bills that have already
been introduced are only intended to
please their constituents. Since
ideiVfxJtoosevelt's "conservative
sage ha£^4nen lundejjjtfif
many anti-mtst^Trftt5"1iave been held
up for revision on more conservative
lines, ami more will follow the Presi
dential tip. that there Is to be "noth
ing doing" at this session, and -SftseTr
into the waste basket. The voter*,
expected Republican action against the
trusts or the protective tariff will again
be disappointed.
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KnockH the "Iowa Idco.'*
President Roosevelt entirely dis
agrees with Mr. Ilavemeyer that the
tariff is the mother of trusts and ID
his message to Congress, discusslug
the tariff and trust question, say*!
"Not merely would this (reforming
the tariff! be wholly ineffective, but,-:
the diversion of our efforts in suctfia
direct lou would mean the abandon'
nu-nt of all intelligent atteiupt *^6'do
away with these evils." -v
The "Iowa idea" that the tariff shel
ters ihe trusts is thus also knocked
In the head by thu.chief p41^£lan of
the Republican party, aud
Ise of the Congressmen from the "W
ern States that the Republican party
could be relied upon to reform the
tariff and prevent further trust ex
tortion? is postponed indefinitely. How
do the Republican reformers enjoy the
situation?
Window Glass to Be Free.'
The timeliness of the bill of the
Knights of Labor to put Window glass
on the free list is evident from the fact
that the trust has just arranged to pot
up the price of glass every sixty days.
The three-headed window glass trust
has Yufld.o--r. roiitra(tt^vitfc,Jhe National
fret's^
Window Glass JobmH's^AR^oclatioii
for -150,000 boxes of glass month" for
six months. This, with the continually
advancing prices, promises great pros
perity for this trust. Congress should
take prompt action on this very Im
portant bill.
THE PUBLIC PAYS IT ALU
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FREIGHTS:
550,06001
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