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Aln't it fine!
—Baltimore News. I A Happy Mistake ,%^i' ACINO In automobiles has now become practically Synonymous with suicide and murder. Some of the victims of the accidents which happened during the furious run frotn^'ersallles to Bordeaux, France, were •eated In the coiffpetlng vehicles, and some were Innocent bystanders. Seven or eight persons were killed, three of theu* being burned to death under overturned machines. *hat the mortality was so small Is wonderful. The owners fcnd drivers who reached their destination without mishap Jver© really as culpable as those who ran down and fatal* Injured spectators. They knew what they were about, an dthelr failure to slay any ouc must be regarded more as a matter of luck than skill. The winner of the race trav eled 3-43 miles at a mean speed of 40.4 miles an hour, und bis average outside the city and village limits Is said to have been sixty-two miles. Few railway expresses do so well, and the large number of fatal accidents which have already occurred In the last two or three years from fast running ought to have warned the participants In the Paris Madrid race of the danger attending their venture. It is FISHING. Loafing with a book and lino"*^''^ Where the waters swirl about, Whipping up the stream—it's fins When the speckled trout are out Working up the sparkling shallows Where the sun the water hallows*— Laughing when the fish begin Rolling, tumbling, falling in: Loafing with a hook and line— Ain't it fine! Leaving all our care behind Leaving all the dally toil— Going out to feel the wind And to hear the shallows boil. Going where the sun is gleaming, Nature with her joys teeming- Whipping up and down the stream In a plscatoriul dream Loafing with a hook and line— Ain't it fine! Loafing with a book and line Where the waters whirl about, Whipping up the stream—it's fino When the speckled- trout are out H"buslue*s"tronble WHW waters bubble, fi'liya the speckled trout begin Rolling, tumbling, falling in Loafing with a hook and lln©- fr-wi-H'-l-M-H1 I 1 1"i DSan It not possible, my dear Lettice," nskod Miss Vynor, having conic to end of ber stock of patlcnco, "to And some occupation that will em ploy your time more usefully and per haps with less annoyance to other peo ple?" "What would you do. auntie?" she snld, her hands clasped behind her back, her curly brown head a little 011 one side, as though It were considering weighty subject, "what would you do, do you think, If you were to re ceive two offers by the same post, and you didn't like one any better than the other—the people who sent them, 1 mean?" "I cannot—if you refer to proposals of marriage—I cannot at all imagine such contingency," replied Miss Vy nor stiffly, stooping over her knitting to pick up a dropped stitch. "Surely, Lettice." continued Miss Vynor, "you do not intend to tell mc that yon know of any person of our acquaintance who has compromised herself so far?" "Well, no, I cau't say 1 do," an swered Miss lattice—which was very true, In one way, for she certainly did not mean to tell her aunt anything of the kind. "Then I think, my dear Lettice, that you might occupy yourself more profit ably than In making these Idle supposl tlons." said Miss Vynor. "Yes, auntie, you're right, as usual. I'll see If I can't And something better to do," and Lettico gladly seized the opportunity of escape from a conver gatlon that had seemed In danger of be coming too personal. She ran lightly upstairs to lier own room and, after ckrefully closing the door, drew from her pocket two envel opes and settled herself In a chair to read their contents, not for the first time. "Very odd they should both have written, and chosen exactly the same time," Bhe said to herself softly. For quite a long time Lettice sat wllJ the letters before he?,' consider ing, for she was In a serious diffi culty. "I like Humphrey Forde best, I do believe, but he's so grave and so quiet, anU somehow—it's too ridiculous—but sometimes he seems almost afraid of me! His voice quite, trembled once or twice when he spoke to me the oth er day. A man can't be up to much If he's afraid of a girl! No, it must be Will Haywood: he Is a dear boy, so bright and full of fun, and ready to enter Into everything we are sure to get 011 well together. And yet—I'm half sorry." She gave a quick little sigh then rose, drew together her writing mate rials, and began to write. Only a brief message on ench dainty sheet it was all sbo could muster courage for. On one she wrote: "Come this evening at 7," and addressed the. envelope to W. Heywood, Esq., and 011 the other, In hasty, uncertain characters: ".Forgive me, oh, do please forgive me, but I cannot I" As footsteps mounted the stairs to ward her room she thrust both notes tke envelopes and bid them hastily. DEATH WINS. THK GREAT PARIS-M APKID AUTOMOBILE RACE RESUMED IN A HALF A DOZEN FATALITIES AND MANY INJURIES. The next moment her aunt rapped at the door and entered. "1 cannot say that I approve," re marked Miss Vynor, In ber precise way, "of the habit that young people of the present day seem to have form ed of spending so much time in their own apartments. In my owu young days a bedroom was a bedroom, and was not Intended to be used as a sit ting room also and it appears to mc that the habit Is conducive to a great waste of time, for there seldom seems to be any visible result from It. I came to propose that we should walk this morniug. It is a pity to waste the best part of the day Indoors, and especially Is It wasted if spent In one's sleeping apartment." With the help of the walk and other Binall occupations the hours somehow passed, but never before lmd a day seemed so long to Lettice Vynor. At length, however, the afternoon drew to close, and she fonnd herself alone, ber aunt having an Invitation to spend the evening with an old friend. Per haps Lettice had counted on this wben she dispatched ber notes In the morn ing, lut now the time was drawing near when the favored lover might be expected, sbe would have given a great deal to be able to delay his visit. Twenty times did she wish vainly that she lmd sent a different answer, even if it hud resulted in the loss of both her friends. Will Heywood as a de voted friend and admirer had been everything that was pleasant but now It came nearer tho Idea of Will Hey wood as a prospective husband—on, that was a different nffalr altogether! For she knew that that was what she hud meant her message to Imply, and that he would be quick so to under stand It. Then at last the doorbell rang, and Lettice heard footsteps crossing the hall. The drawing room door opened and shut again, hut her heart was beating so loudly tlmt site did not hear the name that had been announced, and she advanced to meet her visitor without raising her eyes from the ground. The next moment she felt herself caught In a strong pair of arms, and kisses were being rained upon ber face. "Xry sweetheart—my sweetheart!" a man's voice whispered passionately again and again, as if It would never tire of that delightful repetition. But what—what was this? The room whirled rouud, her eyes closed, and for a moment she could make no effort to reieas' herself. For this man who held her su masterfully, who was showering his kisses on her face, und whispering passionate endearments In her ear, was not the Will Heywood she had expected, but Humphrey Fordo! Humphrey the grave, the quiet, whom she had imagined to be afraid of her! Why was he here? And why, why had she not known before what those kisses all at once had made clear to her—that this was the man she loved after all, and had loved all along? Then suddenly it flashed across her what had happened. In her linste she had doubtless inclosed the notes In the wrong envelopes, andlie had received the one meant for Will Heywood! But he must know the truth! To the girl's delicate sense of honor no other course was possible even If it meant the loss of his lovo she would not keep It by acting a lie. "Oh, you mustn't, you inustu't! I've made a dreadful mistake!" she gasped almost Incoherently, finding voice at last, and striving frantically to disen gage herself. Humphrey's arms suddenly loosened, and ho held her away from htm to look Into ber face. "A mistake?" he repeated, slowly, incredulously. "Was that what you really said, Lettice? Do yoti mean, then, that you do not love me after all?" The color flushed over the fair little face from brow to chin, and she bung her head In silence. No, she could not say that! "Speak, Lettice!" he said, bis voice grave and almost stern. "I Insist ou your telling me this. You knew when you wrote It what your letter must Imply. Do you mean you were mis taken in thinking that you loved ine?" "No, no, not that!" sbe whispered^ as If the truth were being forced from her. Humphrey could feel bow the slight form trembled. He placed her gently In a low chair, and drew another be side ber. 4* amazing that the French government should have given the business the slightest encouragement. France already hat stricter regulations than any yet adopted In this country, and these were deliberately suspended by an official permit, without which there would have been no contest. The e/Tect of this disgraceful episode will be to array public sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic more strong ly than ever against any approach whatever to racing on common highways. Speed competitions should be per* mltted only on special race tracks or speedways, from which all other types of vehicle are rigidly excluded, and to which even pedestrians should not be admitted. Con tests between automobiles should be conducted only under substantially the same conditions as between horses. The restrictions should be even severer, because the former In volve the public 1u far greater peril than the latter. The law steps in to prohibit that form of sport which sacrifices the life of pigeons. Why should It not scrupulously protect human beings from so hazardous an amusement as auto mobile racing?—Utica Globe. "Come, let me understand," he said more kindly. "Y011 say you love me— Is It so? Very good very good. Then where lies the mistake? Now tell me I mean to know, and at once." "I wrote—I wrote two letters," Let tice stammered in desperation, and hid her face In her hands. Only four words, but they flashed the truth upon Humphrey Forde. "I understand—at last," he said, and, though be spoke quietly, the girl shrank as If she had received a blow. "You wrote two letters—at tho same time, 1 suppose—and, somehow, by mistake, you sent to me the message Intended for another man—for Hey wood? Is that your meaning?" "It must have been so. Oh, can you ever forgive me?" she cried misera bly. Humphrey rose from his sent with out a word, and paced up and down the room, his brows knit, his face dark and stern. The silence grew unbear able to Lettice. If he would only speak, even to cover her with re proaches! Anything would !»o better than this. He turned at last, and came and stood before her. "You told me Just now that you loved me. and yet you meant to marry Heywood," he said, as if a thought bad Just struck blm. "Do you love him, too?" "I—I like iilrn," Lettice answered, with an effort, "more even, or so I thought tills morning, than I liked you. But I kuow now that I could never •have loved him, and I thank God that at least my mistake has saved me from doing him a cruel wrong." Suddenly Humphrey took the girl's two hands In his own with a grasp that was almost rough. 'Lettice, when did you find this out?" be asked in a tone that loft her no choice but to nnswer. I found It out—when you kissed me," she whispered, so low that he had to stoop his bead to catch the words. Oil, can you care for me still, now you know everything?" she cried. Do you think my love, then, so slight a thing?" he usked gravely and tenderly. Child, do you know tlmt you hold my heart—nay, I think my very life— in the hollow of this little hand? I think there has never been a time when I did not love you. Nay, sweet heart, look up and smile! This Is no lime for tears. Are you thinking of Will Heywood? He will console him self In time, never fear. Things do not go very deeply with so light a nature as his. All the same, I do not think we will let him know how near a thing it was for him, eh, little girl?" Iettlce looked up with an April face, smiling through her tears. "I think you deserve something bet ter than to be married by mistake," she said. "A happy mistake for me, my Lot tlce," he answered. "And my wife shall be a happy woman if It lies In my power to make her one."—Balti more Herald. Artfbl Cabby. It was a busy thoroughfare In Edin burgh, and, as the old lady was ex hausted with the stir and bustle she hailed a passlug cab. The driver was at her side In a moment. Opening the door, he stood back to allow the lady to enter. She made one or two weak efforts, but was unable to mount the step and at last, looking imploringly at the driver, she said: "Help me In, my good man, for I am very old." The driver gently assisted his faro Into the cab, and then he gallantly said: "Well, mem, nae matter what age you are. you dlnna look It." His fare was Increased by a shilling when the lady reached her destina tion. And he deserved It. Not a Negotiable Scroll* "Why don't you try to write your name on the scroll of fame?" "My friend," said Senator Sorghum very earnestly, "I have never yet seen anybody tearing leaflets out of the scroll of fame and getting them cashed at the .bank."—Washington Star. i&Jk Too Past for Her.. M1S9 Elden—There are so many fast young men nowadays. Miss Youngly—H'm—yes you do •eem to have difficulty In catching one. —pwindelphlf Bulletin. ||p THE STATE OP IOWA. OCCURRENCES DURING PAST WEEK. Railroad Laborer Craxsd by Clear* et Allegation Against leaX Hoy la Disproved—Court Uecfetoa la Liq* aor Case—Valuable Pearl Found. Frank Miller, one of the Illinois Cen tral grading gang snd victim of the cigarette habit, woke up the other morn ing a eras? man mid attempted to com mit murder. He had arrived from Chi cago in company with A Justice Brewer, presiding judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, allowed a writ of error Jio the Supreme Court in the case of the American Erpress Com pany vs. the St-ate of Iowa. The case grows out of the r»ixure for destruction of liquor shifted into Iowa and held by the company's agent at Tama. The State Supreme Court held the express company resjfonsiMe for violation of law even though its representative were ig norant of the contents of the package** containing the liquor. Pearl Worth $3,000 Fonnd. A pearl weighiug forty and' one-half grains was the find of Bert Roby, a shell digger in the Mississippi near Muscatine. He wai* offered $2,000 for it, bnt^ refused the offer, holding the pearl to be worfih $3,000. It Is the largest find known to have been made in these water?* Two llrl1ge« Gone* Three spans of the big steel bridge at KHUiurne have boon washed out by the I)es Moines River. The bridge was com paratively new and better than any bridge in the city of Des Moines. The town is flooded. Ftate Wow# la Briei* Weliman will celebrate the glorious Fourth. Davenport police made 197 arrests in May. Thirty-four deaths were reported in Burlington during May. A great show of Iowa apples will be a conspicuous part of the exhibit to be made at St. Louis. Charles Ferguson, a farmer who lived near Panora, was struck by lightning and instantly killed. Che.-ter claims the oldest woman in the State in the person of Mrs. Noouan, who is 107 years old. Au ordinance has been passed nt Mus catine directing, all telephone wires to be placed underground. J. T. Coleman of Philadelphia has been called to become physical director of the Waterloo Y. M. C. A. The armory planned for Council Bluffs will cost about $25,000 aud will seat in the neighborhood of 5,000 people. Illinois Central machinists at Fort Dodge struck for an increase in wages, but later returned to work pending ar bitration. A project has been started for the building of an electric lin,? from Mt. Ayr to Hatfield, Mo., a distance of eigh teen utiles. The State Marshals* Club convention at Grinneil voted to divide the State Into five districts for work along prohi bition lines. Olaf Johnson, a laborer on the new bridge at Des Moines, fell from that structure into the swollen stream and as drowned. Joseph Ferguson, a 14-year-old boy nt Mt. Sterling, was killed by a stroke of lightning. lie sought shelter under a tree during a storm. A number of button workers at Daven port struck because a few of their co worker* had been discharged, us they claim, without cause. About 7,000 pounds or upwards of $1, 000 worth of butter Is shipped from Grundy Center each week during the spring and summer neaeons. A number of Waterloo doctors have paid $25 for worthless certificates mak ing them members of the stuff of the Christiau hospital of Chicago. Washington is to have a hoppital. Charles H. Kefck has donated the $10, 000 residence of his lately deceased fath er as a home for such an institution. tSeorge Heede of Davenport drove livery horse to death, and after paying for the animal, was arrested at the In stance of the humaue society and heavily fined. The following have been appointed members of the Executive Committee of the lowu Good Roads Association: E E. Hart, Council Bluffs F, G. Hurper of Burlington, J. S. Morgan of Dubuque, and J. U. Berryhill of Des Moines. llattie Pinnlnger, believed to have been several times the unwilling victim of "dope" fiends, attempted suicide nt the home of her parents in Des Moines. The Armour butterine case at Des Moines is to have a third trial. Judge Given having decided that there was a flaw In the indictment at the former trials. George Mutheson, who shot Deputy Sheriff Baker of Pottawattamie County while resisting arrert, has surrendered to the authorities and has been released on bail. He claims the shooting was ac cidental. Davenport barbers are discussing the advisability of closing their shops Sunday. In very few cities in the State are the shops now kept open on the fir.it day of the week. The Supreme Court has reduced the sentence of J. W. Sale, convicted in Page County of murder, from fourteen to ten years. Sale killed a man named Richard son iu a quarrel over cards at Shenau doah. The Milwaukee depot at Ruthven, where the express office is located, was broken into aud the money till torn out with about $3 in it and expreu packages to the amount of about $50 taken. As yet there Is no clue. Chairman Cownie of the board of con trol suggests that the rock pile would be a good thing to furnish exercise for the inebriates that are sent to the State hospitals for treatment. An effort is being made to secure the release of Frank Baird, the Sujlivnn rob ber, from the penitentiary on bonds pend ing appeal for a new trial. Baird prom ises to furnish some sensational evidence if again brought into court. It appears that a large number of the veterans who will attend, as delegates from this State, the G. A. R. encamp ment at San Vraucisco, will vote In favor of the proposed reunion tff the blue and the gray at the coming world's fair. ilStpi number of other laborers and wnn living in the camp in the western part of Webster City. An other member of the gang, Ralph Robin son, pulled open the flap of the sleeping tent and started to enter the tent when Miller, who wan sleeping near the end of the tent, grabbed heavy rlub and shout ed, "Don't come by here or 1*11 brnin you!" With a Inugh the other man con tinued on his wny, when he recrfvcd a crushing blow on tho head from the club In the hands of Miller. Officers were pent .for and they arretted the assnilnnt and plnced him Iti the city jail. Robin son will recover. A Bensatlonal Yarn Dlaprorcl. A wild story, originating with irrespon sible parties in Muscatine, to the effect rhat the young man named Burnett, who committed suicide recently nt West Lib erty, and who it wa« alleged made confession tv»«his father which his father refused to make public, was responsible for the death of Arthur Meade has been run to enrth and entirely disproved. Offi cers went to the Burnett home and there Interviewed the father and there Is no reason whatever to connect the rfend young man with the murder. Writ of lirror Allowe). Burlington wants a garbage crematory. A $30,000 hotel will be built at Cald well. THE A $40,000 tile plant is to be erected at Gowrie. Marshalltown postofllcc clerks are now uniformed. I.afe Young will deliver the. Fourth of July oration at Ottumwa. Frank Jordan of Camanche found a $2,000 pearl in the Mississippi. Keokuk retail merchants have formed an organization to help their trade. St. Mark's Episcopal parish at Water loo is to be revived and a pastor recured. Burglars stole a $200 watch from the home of James O'Neill at Council Bluffs. Next year's convention of the Iowa Episcopal diocese will bo held in Des Moines. Mr. and Mrs. John Van Scoy of Belle Plainc celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. A new edifice to cost $30,000 will take the place of the present St. Columbklll's Church at Dubuque. John Noouan, an aged resident of Len ox, was seriously injured by the explo sion of a gasoline lamp. Michael Mnjernr, a farmer, was struck by a Great Western train at Graf sta tion and instantly killed. Matt Williams, a Jackson County farmer, was drowned while attempting to ford a swollen stream. Burlington street car conductors have received orders to eject from their cars all persons who spit on the floors. Tho commencement exercises of the University of Iowa will be held in a tent capable of seating nearly 3,000 people. Mrs. Bauman. the grass widow accus ed of stealing $125 church money, was found not guiity by a jury at Keokuk. Work has begun on the grading for the Illinois and Iowa Inter-urban line, to be built between Davenport and Clinton. The railroad laborer killed in the rail road yards nt Davenport has been Iden tified as Con Mullane of East St. Louis. William Fronh went to sleep on a rail road track in the Des Moines yards and was run over and killed. lie was ind icated. Two thugs attempted to hold up Frank Farrell at Council Bluffs, but were so badly whipped they were glad to beat a retreat. William Hale, a farmer living near Fort Dodge, was struck by lightning. He suffered from convulsions for some time, but will recover. The' body of Abe Langford, who was drowned at Davenport Jan. 27 by falling through the Ice, has just been recovered from the Mississippi, E. P. Dickerson, the Clinton traveling man who shot himself .several days ago with suicidal intent, is dead as a result of the injuries inflicted. A number of cases of glanders have been discovered among horses in the neighborhood of Ackley. The affected animals have been killed. According to the figures just complet ed by the County Cierk there were 591 births, 210 marriages and 110 deaths in Sioux County during 1902. The State board of control will ark the executive council for $15,000 to tem porarily repair the buildings damaged by the recent storm at Glenwood. A number of free delivery routes In Buena Vista County may be abandoned because the patrons have failed to live up to their promise of better roads. Major J. A. Hull, sou of Congressman Hull, had been promoted In the United States army service and now ranks as lieutenant colonel, with the salary and perquisites Walter Schoonover of Des Moines was shot hi the abdomen by a friend named Lohre. He will probably recover. The boys were fishing aud were carelessly handling the gun. The Toledo schools closed without any graduates, owing to the fact that the school board last year added oue year to the high school course, making it four years instead of three. Lightning tore a hole in the roof of the Utiea clothing store at Des Moines. The upper story was flooded by a heavy rain that followed and the stock of goods damaged to the extent of $1,500. At Atlantic, the Nishnabotna river is the highest it has been for twenty years and thousands of dollars' worth of dam age has been done. The Atlantic Can ning Company alone estimates Its loss at $10,000, nearly 125 acres of their grow ing pea crop having been ruined by the flood. At Des Moines, the damage suit of Carpenter vs. the Rock Island Railroad ended in the District Court In a verdict directed for the defense on the ground that the perron killed had entered upon the tracks at his own risk and that he knew of the danger. The case was for $25,000 damages by Margaret Carpen ter for the death of her husband, who was killed on the Rock Island tracks at DeSoto last December. The committee of Congregational min isters who have been hearing the trial of Rev. J. L. Countermine at Carson have arrived at an understanding aud Mr. Countermine was dismissed from the church. Rev. Countermine was pastor of the church at Carson for two years and recently left for Colorado. It was then discovered that he had borrowed money indiscriminately about town nti4 left without making any arrangement for payment. The Colonial Dames of Iowa held their annual meeting at Davenport, half a hun dred delegates being entertained at luncheon by Miss Alice French (Octave ThaneO, State president. The election of officers resulted: President, Miss Alice French, Davenport vice-presidents, Mrs. Simon Casndy, Des Moines, and Mrs. W. C. Wadsworth, Davenport board of managers. Miss II. Van Duzee, Du buque Miss R. Graham, Cedar Falls Miss Elisabeth Putnam and Mrs. S. F. Smith, Davenport. President John Gordon of Tabor Col lege, elected to the presidency of How ard University, Washington, 1). C., has resigned and has notified the trustees of Howard University that he will accept their offer. A 10 o'clock rule for callers is to be put into effect for the State University co-eds beginning next fall. This is the announcement made by Dean Alice Young. The co-eds have accepted the rule without complaint and have prom ised that it will be strictly obrerved. Exceptions will not be made to the op eration of the rule. The semi-centennial anniversary of the establishment of the city of Des Moines will be observed with a grand celebration Tuesday, June 23. Invitations have been sent to Gov. Cummins, Congressman Hull, Mayor Brenton and other notables to deliver addreraes during the duy. Gu8 Benson was shot In the stomach with a bullet from a 32-callber revolver in the hands of E. E. McSweeney iu a saloon at Fort Dodge. Both men were laborers. Benson and McSweeney both claim the shooting was accidental, saying that the latter was displaying $e revolv er to Benson when the weapon was dis charged. Benson's condition Is serious. McSweeney was arrested. A tramp entered the hardware store of H. F- Bosquet at Pella and asked Art Bosquet, a son of the proprie tor, to be shown a revolver. He filled It with shells and then walked out. When young Bosquet followed him he threat ened to shoot. One of the other clerks captured the tramp after a long^chase and took him to the city marshal. The Mayor fined him $10 and thirty days in the county jail. Charles R. Keyes, for the past two years Instructor of German iu the Uui versity of California, has resigned from the faculty to accept a position In the German department of Cornell College at Mwot Veriwq, %£k It may be heresy, but we would like to suggest to the Equity Society that there Is another aud an easier and more certain way for the farmers to accomplish the result aimed at, and it docs not involve tho risk, and almost certain failure, of attempting to Imi tate the manufacturing trusts. The farmers have never succeedod, and probably never will succeed, in forming a trust which will enable them to force up the price of any im portant product 40 per cent. Not only But the tariff on manufactured goods Is effective because there are compara tively few manufacturers in any line, because they often have a monopoly of the minet) or materials used and be cause they usually have potential or actual competition from foreigu goods In our home markets—which wheat growers do not have. Because of these and other reasons, the manufacturers have been able to form successful trusts and to take advantage of the high tariff duties. They have thus forced up the prices that the fanners must pay for manufactured goods un average of about 40 per cent since the Dlngley tariff bill became law. The prices o£ many articles, such as barb wire, wire nails, tin plate, window glass, etc., have been forced up 100, 200 or 800 per cent in our markets, though sold at very low prices to for eigners. If tariff duties on trust products were taken off, manufactured goods which now sell for $1 would sell for only 00 cents. The fanner could then buy as much with his bu«hcl of wheat, selling at 75 cents at Chicago, as he would get If he could force the pricr* of wheat up to $1, while paying the present high trust prices for his goods. It Is entirely feasible for the fanners, by voting for no tariff on trust goods, to reduce tho cost of what they have to buy. It Is not at all feasible for them to get together long enough to ar tificially raise the price of wheat 80 per cent or 40 per cent. The farmers are the backbone of protection iu this country, although, as a leading repub lican—Hon. Ben Buttcrworth—said in 1890, "The manufacturers and the Trusts get the protection and the pro fits of the tariff—the farmer gets the husks aud humbug." As was clearly shown by the 1902 election, the wurklngmun of the great cities voted against the trusts and the high tariff which have so greatly in creased the cost of living, while the farmers voted strongly in favor of both. Just why farmers should con tinue to vote for a system that takes money out of their pockets and puts none into them, Is one of our unsolved political problems. If instead of agitating for impossible dollar wheat, (unless produced by natural causes in the rest of tho world) the Equity Society will advise farmers to discuss the tariff-trust question in their grange and other organizations and to vote for their own pocketajnU the time, just as the manufacturers have always been doing, great good will result, not only to the farmers but to all laborers, mechanics aud professional men. The cost of living will be greatly reduced and entirely at the expense of the trusts. In fact, both farmers and laborers generally will be benefited by the givater amount of manufactured goods which would be used. If they were sold at more rea sonable prices. As more factory em ployes would be needed to make more gools, not only would factory wages tend to rise, but the farmer would soon hav^ a bigger home market for his products. The doom Qt protection vjU be seal- &•?. *3? $ POLITICS sane Attalng in ths Wrong Directtlou* The American Society of Equity of Indianapolis has issued a bulletin to the farmers of the United States, de manding an Increase In the price of wheat, arguing tlmt the minimum price of wheat should be $1 a bushel and urging the farmers of the United States not to sell for less than $1. Tho society was organized a year ago with that city as national headquarters to maiutain higher prices for farm pro ducts by co-operation of the fanners of the country and this is the llrst formal demnnd for the Increase in prices. The bulletin reasons that be cause of the low visible supply of wheat and the high cost of production owing to high prices for most other commodities, that $1 nt Chicago is only an equitable price for wheat. It says: "Farmers, keep this matter in mind, keep dollar wheat at Chicago, before you, and you will get it as sure as the sun rises in the east and sets In the west. We Implore you, don't be fools." ••SOMETHING DOING*1 IN THE POSTOFFICE SCANDAL are tbcre too many farmers, very widely scattered, but tbey are not, as are the manufacturers, protected by tariff duties on their products—except on sugar and a few other less Impor tant products which we do not raise In sufficient quantities to export large ly. In the case of wheat, the price is fixed In Liverpool aud it is not certain that If our farmers should refuse to sell and we erased entirely to export, that the foreign price would reach the equivalent of dollar wheat at Chicago. r« OF THE DAY E3«3SS^e33SEBE©EBBBa ed when the farmers begin seriously to discuss the tariff question and to real ize what it means to them. This dis cussion is what the Republicans are trying to prevent. They tell the farmer that the tariff is politics and must therefore be tabooed in the grange and other farmers organizations. What nonsense. The tariff Is business: just every Mlay common dollars-and-cents business to the farmers. When the farmers find this out and begin to get an idea of what "protection" has cost them they will be mad all through and will be looking for somebody to kick them all around a ten-acre field.— Byron W. Holt. Old Foggy George Washington* George Washington's view of the Presidency as an office that "should neither be sought nor declined" Is old fashioned and antiquated. In fact George himself is a back number. When he lived there was no telegraph from Walla Walla to Cleveland over which he could notify the politicians, a year in advance, that he was out for a renomination aud that "ho who is not for me is against me." Kooocvelt'a Words and Acta* In one of his speeches. Mr. Rooso velt said: "No law will ever make a coward brave, a fool wise, or a weak ling strong. All the law can do is to shape things that no injustice shall be done by one to another and so that each man shall be given the chance to show the stuff that Is in him." And yet Mr. Roosevelt Ib the faithful cham pion of a tariiTJaw that takes money out of the pockets of the many to re plenish the pockets of the few. He objects to the destruction of the shel ter which the trusts find In the tariff and he does not appear to be disturbed because under Republican administra tion the law Is molded to shape things so that Justice Is done, to the benefit of a comparatively small number of men to the great disadvantage of the masses.—The Commoner. Political Pot PourrJ* The worst feature about the Post Office scandal Is that so many Con gressmen must have been aware of some of the misdoings and partici pated in the pluuder to the extent of getting their friends appointed to office or the salaries of those already tin re considerably raised. The Republican program for the in coming Congress Is to avoid any po litical legislation and adjourn In May. There is to be no tariff or trust leg islation, but a financial bill is to be p:iss-.d. This Is certainly not a stren uous program, but then sometimes plans of the wisest miscarry and tho voters ,may not be satisfied with a do-nothing policy when trust prices prevail. The Agricultural Department detail ed an expert last year to examine Into the fmllng grounds of canvass back ducks, which, from the changed flavor of tint expensive luxury. It was feared were running out. Tills year another expert Is on the same errand. Farmer Wilson, who is supposed to run the Department, and probably wants, to help his millionaire and trust friends who are fond of canvass back and tovapin. The Republican organs are very busy selecting the Democratic candi date for President and of course de clare that no matter who is nominated he cannot win. They will find that the Democrats, whcji tho time comes for selecting delegates, will send their best men to the convention and they will agree on a platform and candi dates that will command the votes of nil Democrats and keep the Republi cans busy until the votes are counted. A foreign consul at Manila reports to his government that business in the Philippines Is stagnant and Manila Is flooded with unemployed Americans. The government censor does not ap pear to tell us the whole truth about our new possessions and tho Repub lican newspapers and politicians would not publish it. Even the President, who must know the exact condition of affairs, does not at all agree with the consular report. Uncle Ram—Tins reminds me of the old Star Uoute days.—New York Her -vv. •. vis n. Nell—"You say that Just before be proposed lie took your hands and kissed you'/" Kate—-"Yes." Nell— "Well that's what I call Imprudence.** She—Why do you suppose tltey have all the telephone wires so high In the air? He—Oh. that is so they can keep up the conversation, I suppose.—Yon kers Statesman. Tramp—"Is dls all yer kin gimme— er cupful uv cold water?" Kind Lady—"Of course not. You can have as many cupfuls as you want."—Chi cago Dally News. Edyth--"Yes, Jack Is Inclined to flirt a little, but his heart Is In the right place!'' Mayme—"Indeed! How long has It been in your possession?"—Chi cago Dally News. A rainy day race: "So you lost again?" "Of course." "Couldn't tho horse you bet on run?" "Yes he could run very well. But he couldn't swim." —Washington Star. "A number of her old flames have combined to present her father with a fire badge." "Why?" "Because of the speed and completeness in which ho put them all out."—Judge. Frllllla—"Was your dinner a social success?" Clorlnda—"Yes, Indeed. You see, I was careful to iuvite only people who have the same kind of ner vous prostration."—Brooklyn Life. "Where did yonr daughter and her husband spend their honeymoon, Mr. Goldbug?" "Blest If I know. I can't even find out where they spent all tho money they did."—Washington Times. "He had three days of grace left In which to pay the note, and he moved at once to the Arctic regions. I won der why?" "Well, you know the days there are six months long."—Town Topics. Advantage of position: "Hold on!" exclaimed tho boy who was under "let's arbitrate this thing!" "There ain't nothin' to arbitrate!" panted the boy on top, pummellug him vigorous ly.—Chicago Tribune. Ready tor En&ter: Deacon Cobbs— "William, If your father should liavo $10 aud some one should-glvc blm $5, what would he have?" William— "Nothing. But ma would have a new hat."—Chicago News. She—"The milliner told mc that sho had been down to the dentist's to have a nerve killed." He—"Well, from the prices she asks for hats, I should say the dentist must have killed the wrong one."—Yonkers Statesman. "Oh, let roe like a soldier die!1' ex claimed the leading man of the barn stormers. "Oh, if I only had a gun!" exclaimed some one in the gallery, In a tone that savored of genuine sym pathy.—Chicago Daily News? "To what do you attribute the prop erties of your springs?" asked a visitor at a health resort. "Well," answered the proprietor, thoughtfully, "I gtogf the advertising I've done has hi something to do with it."—ruck. Automobile perils: "Yes, our 'Black 8pook, waft demolished by running into a barn." "Then I suppose you httd to walk?" "No, we bad'tb"TunT The farmer came after us with a pitch fork and a bulldog."—Philadelphia Record. Overwhelming evidence: Judge— "You deny persistently that you com mitted the act, and yet the description fits you exactly—a beautiful face, youthful appearance, pretty little foot." Woman defendaut—"Judge, I coufess all."—Tit-Bits. New phase of It: "Yander goes another specimen er de race problem!" exclaimed Brother Dockey. "W-' "Right yander—dat man behind nigger is de sheriff, en de nigger is leadlu' him by oue hundred yards!" —Atlanta Constitution. "So you are not going to Europe again?" "Not for a long time." an swered Mrs. Somrox. "It Is our In tention to live in America, thereby calling attention to the fact that wo can afford to pay the highest prices for everything,"—Washington Star. -h "I }?5 S 'yp iSiU lit. Mrs. Hiram Offeu—"That will do! You'll leave on Saturday, and you needn't bother me about a recommen dation." Bridget—"Sliure, 01 hov no intiutlon of givin* ye a recomminda tlon. Ol'll tell the truth about ye to 1 ivery gurl that axes me."—Phlladel phia Press. That first wife of mine never could take a joke." "But she took you once." "Don't get personal. When she got $ her divorce from Belmoollt last week I sent lier a message wishing her many happy returns of the day. and now she refuses to even uod when we meet."—Chicago Record-Herald. Dealer—"These are the most beauti ful cutglass tumblers we have $4|8 a dozen." Mrs. Housekeep—"I'll tatye them, but I waut you to label them 'Seconds. Imitation cut-glass, $1.50 a dozen.*" Dealer—"That's rather tr. re markable request." Mrs. llousekeep— "Yes it's merely to deceive the servant girl."—Philadelphia Press. "Professor," said the bad young man of the class "the scientists tell us the anthracite supply of the world will he completely exhausted in a little over sixty years. What are we to do for fuel theu?" "My friend," replied the 'j venerable man, "by that time, In all probability, you will have gone where jjj tho fuel supply is inexhaustible."— $ Chicago Tribune. I Show Places and Their Revenues. Under the new regulations for ad mission, Windsor Castle will take the premier position among the remunera tive show places of England. Its vis itors number annually about 100,000, so that the fees will swell the charlta ble revenues of Windsor b.v $15,000 or $20,000 a year. The toll to the subter ranonn wonders of Welbeck Abbey yield a steady Income of $0,500, which the Duke of Portland distributes among the Notts hospitals. Tho Duke of Devonshire forgoes $17,000 a year by admitting the 70,000 visitors to Chatsworth gratis. An Exeuae. "Balcony seats!" sniffed the haughty beauty. "I assure you, Mr. Stlnjay, I am not accustomed to sitting In the balcony." "Well—er—you see," stammered Stln jay, "to te)i you the truth, I would have askea for seats downstairs, but I didn't /know whether It was pro nounced 'parket' or 'parkay,' aud I hated to show my iguorance."—Phila delphia Press. A man'^^ttiper imprQvei wit^ user U&i '•si«.•« yW J. T" »L "V»v 1 1 '•rvm