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1 HE ONLY DAILY NEWSPAPER IN ALASANI A
As If an angel dropp’d down from
—1 King Henry IV.
All Are Democrats New.
All the Johnston papers are loyally
and patriotically falling into line. The
Greenville Living Truth, which warmly
supported ex-Governor Johnston, now
The tight Inside the party Is settled ar.d
the leader agreed upon and It behooves
the party to heal up alt differences and
unite In a solid opposition to the repub
lican candidate for governor. That this
fight will come Is as certain as fate and
the democratic party must present to It
an unbroken front. The past light was
only a family difference which should be
healed leaving no hard feelings. The
next one promises to be along different
lines and the democratic party should
be united the better to maintain and con
centrate Its strength against the republi
can candidate. The primary has settled
the question and all should now be loyal
to Gov. W. D. Jelks.
So, too, the Opelika Industrial News,
which was perhaps the hottest advo
cate of the Johnston-Waller ticket in
the state. It says:
With good will towards every one the
the News tips Its hat to nominee Jelks
and to his successful supporters here In
Lee and elsewhere, and guarantees that
the democratic ticket will find In no one
a more loyal supporter than It will find
In the News.
One more quotation will suffice. The
Blocton Messenger frankly and square
, Mr. Jelks has been nominated by the
democrats of Alabama, for the high po
sition of governor. While the Messenger
supported the claim of ex-Governor
Johnston, the fight Is now over and we
are for Jelks. The primary system was
an experiment, and the honesty of the
election is questioned in no quarter. The
people have spoken and their voice Is
These quotations are quite enough
to show that the democratic party will
line up solidly in November against all
comers. Like all family quarrels, the
recent contest was bitter while it
lasted, but It loft the contestants ready
to fight all who assail the entire fam
ily. The republicans who propose to
carry the state or to make inroads into
the democratic ranks will therefore
find they have bit off more than they
President Roosevelt in the South.
The President is Coining to Chatta
nooga, and it is believed he can be in
duced to extend his trip to Birming
ham, where he would be warmly wel
comed by all classes of citizens—by
men of all parties, and by the women
and children of this district, too, for
he commands a personal popularity
and Interest that few of his prede
cessors have ever been blessed with.
All feel that Theodore Roosevelt !s
a man of honest impulses. He may
make mistakes, as men who think and
act as quickly as he does are apt to
do, but his honesty of purpose has not
been and cannot be intelligently ques
tioned. He is tied to Dingleyism, but
at heart it is believed ho favors tariff
revision, and be openly advocates reci
The people of this district would
give him a warm welcome. They
would turn out by thousands and even
tens of thousands to see and hear him,
and no effort should be spared to in
duce him to come here in the course
©I his present tour. Mayor Drennen
end the Commercial club will be amply
austained in any efforts of this nature
they may make. Not since President
Harrison's administration has a Presi
dent visited this district, and the peo
ple are beginning to think it’s a long
time, not between drinks, but between
Close of the Cotton Year.
The year of varying prophecies is
ended, and a crop of nearly 10,665,000
bales will be recorded. The official
figures will Boon be at hand, and there
is no longer need of guessing. From
start to finish the year was one of con
flict among the experts—the talent—
and at times the planters and ginners
on the one hand, and the cotton ex
changes on the other, were two mil
lion bales apart, and at no time were
they within hailing distance of each
other. The government’s estimate on
December 3 was 9,674,000 bales, or
almost one million bales below the
It is difficult to say how the mills
fared in the year of differing reports
and differing prices. The southern
mills took about 2,000,000 bales, or
about 300,000 bales more than they
ever absorbed before in a single year,
and it is not reasonable to assume that
they were losing money throughout tho
year. Mill building was well main
tained, and when the facta are ascer
tained it will doubtless be seen that
the southern mills did fairly well.
Statistician Hyde of the department
of agriculture Is left in a poistlon
where he sadly needs vindication. How
he Is to get It Is not plain. He will
never get it unless he reforms his sys
tem of gathering statistics. A system
that sends out figures a million bales j
out of the truth needs repairs. It j
should be readjusted, or perhaps re
constructed. Another guess of that |
sort would put the department among
the discredited. No one questions the
honesty of the department, but its
methods, are not above criticism, or
The crop will probably prove to be
about 10,665,000 bales, as compared
with 10,383,000 bales in the previous
year. While It was 282,000 bales larger
it brought less money to this section.
The best figures for the crop Just
ended are $438,000,000, compared with
$494,467,000 for the crop of 1900-1901;
$363,784,000 for the crop of 1899-1900;
$282,772,000 for the crop of 1898-1899.
Before these years came two crops of
more than 11,000,000 bales each, one
of which brought $320,500,000, and the
Superintendent ot Education.
Mr. Bulger was beaten in the first
primary, not because of unfitness or
unpopularity, but because the people j
will not put a politician at the head
of the public schools, and the people
are right, as they ever are. Mr. Cory
encountered defeat, because of the
light vote cast for Governor Johnston,
whose private secretary he had been.
"Too much Johnston” did it.
These defeats leave Messrs. Harris
and Hill in the second race—both men
of practical experience in school work,
Mr. Hill being a teacher, and Mr. Har
ris having served as superintendent of
education to the satisfaction of the
people at a time when the public
school system in this state had not
been at all developed.
As between the two who are left to 1
run a second race the average voter I
will be apt to ask himself, "Which one
will do the more to bring school books i
in Alabama down to the prices that i
Tennessee parents pay?” The ques- j
tion of the second primary should re
late to cheaper school books. The
parents of this state are confessedly
taxed by the trust 40 per cent beyond
a fair price—40 per cent beyond prices :
paid in states that have uniform text !
book laws. How does Mr. Harris stand
on this question? How does Mr. Hill
stand on this question? The voters
desire to know, and upon the nature
of the replies will turn many votes.
The issue is this, "Are you in favor
of the enactment in this state of the 1
Tennessee law?” A categorical, rather
than an elusive or delusive, reply is
called for, and the reply that best
suits the case will secure many bal
lots. No reply at all will be correctly
The time has come when It should
be decided, once for all, whether the
book trust or the people of Alabama |
are the bigger—whether the trust
j shall be permitted to exploit the state
j at will, or whether fair prices for J
| school books shall be established. Let j
us hear from Messrs. Harris and Hill
on this subject.
The mock war now going on is very
tame because Crumshell and Corbin
are both miles away. And Miles is
packing his satchel preparatory to a
trip to the Philippines. Our truly
great warriors are not in it.
General Miles has not volunteered to
help General Alger in his senatorial
campaign, and his early departure for
the Philippines will deprive him of
that great pleasure anyway.
The trusts will have a breathing
spell while Attorney General Knox is
in Paris engaged in putting the Pan
ama canal on its feet.
Ellen M. Stone is going back to Bul
garia, but she has been notified that
hereafter she must provide her own
it will take at least four Futurities
to make good the Colorado backset, but
Gates is on their track.
New York should buy Kansas corn
for fuel, until the coal operators ha?e
something to arbitrate.
Grand Duke Boris prefers light
operas to war maneuvers, and chorus
1 girls to West Pointers.
The man behind the gun is much
Bafer than the man behind the auto
The water in industrial stocks is
merely the Dingley tariff capitalized
as it were. *
There are many in every state that
could be spared for North Pole expe
The country’s mock war goes mer
rily on. No other kind should ever be
Railroads are now held up—in Wall
street—instead of railroad trains out
The impeachment of President
Palma is already a live issue in Cuba.
The automobile Is more fractious
than a striped-legged mule.
Labor Day Is always duly celebrated
In this district. Nothing is more nat
There is always something doing
when Mr. Gates of Chicago is around.
The President is turning southward
towards the land of cotton.
LOST A GOOD MAN.
From the Selma Times.
The Times Is sarry that Chap Cory got
left, but It consoles Itself with the reflec
tion that no better man or one beter qual
ified will be selected. It Just so happened
that a majority of the people of Alabama
one time failed to recognize a good thing
when they had It In their power to grab
UNPUNISHED PISTOL TOTERS.
From the Edwardsvllle Standard-News.
Just to think how cheap the "pistol
toters" value human life. They do not
hesitate to take the life of their fellow
man for almost anything, and this evil
Is growing daily. These law-breakers
and man-killers have no fear of the law;
In fact, they think all they have to do
when arraigned In court Is to put up
a plea of "self defense” and they will be
protected by the strong arm of the law.
Then who Is to blame for so many mur
ders? The courts, and the courts only,
are held responsible for th- continuance
of these crimes. There should be a law
to make the punishment for carrying
concealed weapons more severe and
there would be less crime.
PRESIDENT HUNTS WILD BOARS.
Killed One at 100 Yards—Notes and
Newport, N. H., Correspondent New
Dressed in a corduroy hunting salt,
with old blue overalls shielding him to
the waist. President Roosevelt spread
terror among the wild boars of Corbin
park on Friday. Efforts were made to
keep the details of the hunt a profound
secret, even from the Immediate mem
bers of the President's party, but It Is
known that Mr. Roosevelt succeeded In
killing one boar.
It was a long shot. The boar ran on
for 100 yards and fell at the President's
second fire. The first shot had pierced
both lungs. The second grazed the boar's
Mr. Roosevelt had planned not to hunt
In Corbin park, but simply to look about
and rest. But Senator Proctor had a
hunting suit In readiness at the club
house, and his sporting rifle and cart
ridge belt lay at the bottom of the car
riage that took the President to the park.
"Now that you are here Mr. Presi
dent,” said the wily Senator, "it would
be unpardonable folloy not to have a
"But I have said all along that I did
"That's all right, Mr. President,” In
terrupted the Senator, "but just carry
my rifle while you are looking around."
So It came about that the President
put In a strenuous afternoon at his fa
vorite pastime. Last night he was a
guest at the clubhouse, sleeping in a
little room barren of wall paper and car
pets. His bed was a cheap Iron-frame
affair no wider than a cot. His windows
looked out over Corbin park, 34 miles In
circumference, and richly stocked with
buffalo, moose, elk, deer and wild boar.
Only Secretary Cortelyou and Dr.
Lung were with the President last night
at the clubhouse. The other members
of the party were given a glimpse of
the vast park, and then were conveyed
back to Newport without even a sight
of the President In his hunting garb.
PARTING WITH “GENTLEMEN.
America Will Endeavor to Survive the
Loss of the Van Alen Type.
From the Philadelphia Ledger.
The announcement of Mr. Van Alcn
that America Is ‘‘not a fit place for a gen
tleman to live In,” and that he will, for
that reason, make his adieux to us to
expend the remainder of his days in Eu
rope, does not come os a complete sur
prise. We had earlier received fair no
tice, as it were, of his Intention to quit
us for more congenial haunts, and in
bidding Ills Godspeed, while we sorrow
for the circumstances which made his
going necessary, we discern an Instruct
ive lesson. He is one of the several gen
tlemen whom England has lately gained
at our expense, and it Is Impossible to
avoid the thought that their place is not
The case is sufficiently familiar of the
rather untraveled American who, upon
going abroad, heard the word gentry for
the first time. When he was informed
that they were persons who did nothing,
he remarked, “Them’s what we call
tramps.” To him there was no good
leisured class. To do nothing was to for
feit right to honorable part In the Ameri
can system, and the Incident serves to il
lustrate an idea. It Is a country and a
time of aggressive Industry, without
place In the scheme for the man who has
reached the point at which he wishes to
devote Ills life to pleasure, and If he finds
fuller opportunity to gratify his fancies
elsewhere no one would deny him liberty
to join the band of expatriates and go
where his taste inclines.
Tho departure of a "gentleman” now
and then testifies to the virile value of
our social life. The American pact was
and the present and future are lor men
who vow their lives to labor. Even our
pleasures breathe the spirit of our work.
Restless seal at the task before us and
an eagerness to progress and achieve are
the characteristics of Americans of every
class In every undertaking In every part
of tho republic, and the atmosphere, if
it be not conducive to the gratification of
aristocratic sentiments, will not bo alter
ed on that account. It Is all a part of the
land. It is bred into the bone and sinew
of the people, and If In the progress of
events wc develop these wno do not fit
Into the scheme and there is a country
to which they by sympathy adhere, we
should take their going not too sldly.
They have tried us, wo have not pleased
them and In all fairness wc should let
them go in the hope that they may have
lovelier experienced elsewhere.
Power of Whisky.
From the Philadelphia Record.
"Whisky,” shouted the lecturer, "will
take the coat off a man’s stomach.”
,rVVorse than that.” grumbled the man
with the pawn ticket; "It will take the
coat ofT his back.”
REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR.
From the New York Press.
Nothing fails like failure.
It is of no use to read the Bible unless
you remember it.
No girl la ever so pretty as her mirror
pictures her to herself.
To be a gambler a man must care a
whole lot for himself and nothing for
Anybody else In the world.
“The parade of union labor was highly
creditable but a far greater showing
could have been made If all the outlying
towns in this district had been In line,”
said a coal operator last night.
"Had the white members of the United
Mine Workers’ organization and all the
other wage workers scattered through
Jefferson county joined in the parade tho |
labor column would have been many miles !
long. In proportion to population this ■
county Is the strongest In the country In
the number of union wage w'orkers.”
The Dancing Master.
"That the occupation of the dancing
master has Its philosophical aspect Is a
fact which Is likely to be better recogniz
ed in the future than it has been in the
past," said a man of taste.
"Here is an opinion full of truth and
good sense which I find In an English
“ 'The three elements of grace are
gravity, flexibility and force. Physical
culture should educate each muscle of
the body, and when the body is under
the complete control of the will, if the i
mind have high Ideals and ennobling
thoughs. the man will be graceful. From
this flow's the wonderful quality of per
"If we could see this principle more
extensively acted upon we should find
that there Is In dancing a science of
musical motion from which great and
beneficial results would be obtained.”
Dr. Dew is Coleman Morris will leavp
this morning for a visit to relatives In
Virginia. He will be absent about tvjn
During his stay in the Old Dominion Dr.
Morris will spend a few days at
"Clazemont,” whlh 1** the name of the
ancestral estate m Hanover county.
Clazemont Is a grand £3d place, and Dr.
Morris Is having the manor house thor
oughly renovated. The home of the Mor
ris ancestors in Wales was called Claze
mont, hence the name of the Virginia
estate. Clazemont, In Hanover county,
Is ten miles from a railroad, Beaver
Dam on the Chesapeake and Ohio rail
way being the nearest station. It is a
large estate and includes about 1000 acres
of primeval forest. Nearby Is Oakland,
the Virginia home of Thomas Nelson
Page, w'ho is a close kinsman of Dr. Mor
ris. Hanover is accounted one of the
poor counties of Virginia, black-eyed peas
and watermelons being the principal
products, but It is rich In colonial history
“Irish potatoes were very high In the
spring but they are cheap enough now',
and consumers will be glad to know that
they will remain cheap throughout the
fall and the coming winter,” said a Mor
ris avenue merchant.
“Fifty-five cents a bushel Is the price,
and that is low enough for all pocket
books. Cabbage is another vegetable that
is cheap enough for the multitude. It
sells for a cent a pound, and that will bo
the fall and winter price. Large crops of
potatoes and cabbage account for the
“Regular patrons of the Highlands
street car line have been saying that if
the Birmingham Railway, Light and
Power company would make a rule re
quiring the colored passengers to sit in
tho back seats instead of in front it
would be appreciated,” said a well-known
“For obvious reasons we would much
rather have the negroes relegated to the s
rear, especially in hot weather. The
street car company could arrange this
easily, I think. It would certainly cost
The Seaboard Air Line.
W. E. Christian, assistant general pas
senger agent of the Seaboard Air Line,
says his road was never so prosperous
as it has been this year and this he nat
urally takes to be an evidence of the
general prosperity of the south.
Mr. Christian has been a close observer
of southern conditions for many years
past and when he talks of this section his
words tell. He says the south has started
on an Industrial development that will be
the marvel of the world.
“An Englishman, ir. discussing social
conditions, quotes an Anglican bishop,
who had declared that women are re
sponsible for three-four*.* of the evil of
the world,” said a club man. “And this
ErgHsbn pn adds*
“ 'We have been in the habit of think
ing and saying that they were the salt of
the earth—the element that has kept and
is keeping society from corruption and
death. Can it be that all of us aro wrong
and that the good bishop is right? This
is what he says: 'If the women of the
lor.d were larger minded, more thought
lul, more intelligent, thre?-fourths of tho
depravity and sin that cu.*se present-day
| life would disappear. The seat of the
development of the child Is in th9 home.
To woman man must leave the training
of tho boys and girls that are to be tho
fathers and mothers of tho future. Shall
the be fslae, ungrateful and traitorous
to the trust man has reposed in her?’ “
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Nabb have returned
from their vacation trip to the east. They
spent several weeks at Atlantic City and
a week in New York.
* • •
Raymond H. Loder, who Is to bo the
solo baritone at St. Mary's church and
an assistant teacher at the conservatory
of music, arrived from Cincinnati yester
day. He enjoys the reputation of being
an exceptionally fine musician.
■ • •
L. T. Beecher of New York, secretary
and treasurer of the Tennessee Coal, Iron
and Railroad company, arrived yesterday
and will remain In the city for a week or
two. He Is accompanied by his father,
the Rev. F. M. Beecher of Wellsvllle, N.
Y. They are stopping at the Hillman.
The Hon. Archie Arrington, judge of the
recorder's court of Montgomery, and a
prominent eltlsen of the Capitol City,
was In Birmingham yesterday en route
home after a vacation.
Frank N. Julian of Tusoumbla was In
the city yesterday.
• • *
John Leihles of Montgomery was In
Explosion In Dynamite Plant.
Louisiana, Mo., September 1.—A terri
ble explosion occurred this morning at
8:30 o’clock «t the Hercules plant, elevgn
miles north of here. The shock was felt
distinctly here. The acid house was the
scene of the explosion, which utterly
annihilated the buildings and all its con
tents. Owing to the early hour of tho
explosion, the men had not yet com
menced work, and none was hurt.
THE UNENDING CROP OF FOOL8.
Never-Falling Is the Harvest Gathered
By the Plucker of the Avaricious.
From the New Tork World.
When postofflce inspectors the other
day landed a gang of "green goods” men
In Newark they caught also a Connecti
cut man who had just paid, as he sup
posed, *300 for *1500 In counterfeit money,
and who was much surprised to find in
the box he was about to send home mere
ly a choice assortment of waste paper.
A doxen "gold bricks" were also captured.
Some people prefer to be robbed that
way; It s all ono to the operator.
The real counterfeiter never advertises,
lie has retiring ways and "shoves the
queer" himself In small lots. The “green
goods man" knows nothing about counter
feiting; why should he when fools who
think themselves knaves are born with
sufficient frequency? He sends circulars,
meets his victims with caution, shows
them "samples" of good money and final
ly packs the visitor's box or valisa with
bundles of blank paper whose edges are
tinted green. If tho come-on" discovers
the cheat the operator "throws a scare
Into him," as Mr. Appo phrased It before
the Lexom committee. He has attempted
a crime; he mokes no complaint.
The plated "gold brick" fraud Is adopt
ed for even more crude intelligences.
Sometimes—if very "smart"—the buyer
insists upan sawing the brick through to
see how It looks Inside. It Is "no trouble
to show goods"' the brick Is promptly
divided—having been provided with a thin
“pay seam" In Its braxen middle where
the saw 1b to run.
Of course the newspapers all over the
country chronicle this arrest with all its
details. But the constitutional "come
on," as he reads the account of his back
porch to the shrilling Of the katydids,
will mutter; "They can't ketch me that
way.” Really, he Is only waiting for the
chance to be caught. There Is no "close
season” for the fool who thinks himself
a shrewd knave.
UK. l-AKUtr Rtcumiviciiutu.
Will Be Appointed Archbishlp of New
York to Succeed Corrigan.
Rome, September 1.—The propaganda,
after a lengthy sitting today, decided to
recommend the pope to appoint the Right
Rev. John M. Farley, D. D„ auxiliary
bishop of New York, as archbishop of
New York in succession to the late most
Rev. Michael Augustine Corrigan and
Right Rev. George Montgomery, bishop
of Los Angeles, Cali., as coadjutor to
the most Rev. Patrick William Riordan,
archbishop of San Francisco.
Cardinal Gotti, perfect of the propa
ganda, presided. The other cardinals
present were Seraflno Vannutalli, Vin
cent Vannutelli, Satolli, Steinnuber,
Segna, Cretoni, Vives, Tuto and Martin
ell!. The discussion lasted three and a
Cardinal Martinelli, who was charge^
to set forth the case to his colleagues,
made a minute and detailed report about
the different candidates. The information
received showed that Dr. Farley was
qualified as the most worthy candidate
for the post, both in the list of the
priests and bishops and in the reports
of the archbishops of the United States.
After a discussion in which all the
cardinals present participated Cardinal
Gotti summed up the expressions of
opinion of those present with the result
that the choice of Dr. Farley was unan
imous. The ralflcation of the pope is
necessary to make the appointment
Monslgnor Veccia, secretary of the
propaganda, will report today's meeting
to his holiness some time during this
week. The lormallty of the confirmation
of the decision reached by the cardinals,
however, is sometimes delayed.
The qualifications of the candidates for
the post of coadjutor to the archbishop
of San Francisco were outlined by car
dinal Satolli, whose euology of the Right
Rev. George Montgomery resulted In this
prelate’s nomination almost without dis
cussion. It is expected that Dr. Farley
will nsk for an auxiliary bishop on ac
count of the sise and Importance of the
archdiocese of New York.
MUCH YACHTING TALK.
The Expecation of Another Challenge
From Great Britain Stirs Americana.
New York, September 1.—Expectation
of an early challenge from Great Britain
for another international yacht race for
the America’s cup has stirred up spec
ulation in yachting circles. Much se
crecy surrounds the plans of the English
challenger and the intentions of the New
York Yacht club also are Bhrouded in
There Is talk of a syndicate to build
a new defender, but it is certain that
August Belmont and the yachtBmen as
sociated with him in the ownership of
the Constitution will take no part in a
new craft. They believe that the .Con
stitution oan be Improved so that it will
be much faster than last year.
However, it is argued that the club
may feel itself In duty bound to build
still another defender and not trust too
Implicitly to the Constitution and Co
lumbia, as should the challenger beat
either of these the club might come in
for much adverse criticism.
There is no lack of patriotism or money
In the club and just as soon as the chal
lenge comes to hand vigorous action may
BALLOON STILL GOING.
Ballast Thrown Out and Balloon Goes
In Southeasterly Direction.
Denver, Colo., September 1.—The latest
report of the progress of the balloon
which was sent up from this city yester
day afternoon in an effort to establish a
new long-distance and time record, was
sent in from Castle Rock last night. It
was to the effect that near that point.
Just at dark, a quantity of ballast was
tossed out and Immediately the balloon
began to ascend until a height of 4000
feet was reached. The balloon then start
ed in a southwesterly direction, and
when It passed from view was apparently
going at a high rate of speed.
The story that a descent to the ground
was made anywhere since the start Is
vigorously denied here by those who
should know. It la expected that the oc
cupants of the balloon will release one of
its parachute messenger carriers, the
contents of which will be telegraphed
In the Days to Come.
From the Chicago Tribune.
The quick puff, puff, puff of an auto
mobile was heard in the back alley.
And then a plaintiff, long-drawn-out
voice pealed through the air:
"Ra-a-a-a-ags ’n’ ole I'unl’
MARCONI SAYS GERMANS
STOLE WIRELESS SYSTEM '
Car. New Orleans Picayune.
Kiel. August 30.—The Picayune's corre
spondent met Marconi today on board of
H. M. cruiser Carlo-Alberto, lying at
anchor here, and obtained rrom h'vi an
Interesting statement regarding the Ger
man system of wireless telegraphy,
which, he says, 1s a piratical undertak
ing founded cn his own Invention and
goldly stolen from him under false pre
tensions by '.he aid of a letter of Intro
duction fiom the German emperor.
But before talking business Marconi
would have his say on his meeting with
"Emperor Nicholas,” he cried, "Is the
most amiable man I ever met, and cer
tainly the best lntentloned monarch in
the world. He Is likewise a man of vast
practical knowledge, not book knowledge
so much as genuine wisdom gained from
his Intercourse with well-informed snen
In all classes of life.
"While I was with him I never once
had the feeling of talking to a sovereign,
the mightiest In the universe. In all he
did and said he Impressed me like a pro
gressive private citizen bent upon doing
as much good as possible for one man
to accomplish. .
"Several times, when we walked from
one room to the other, I precede his
majesty upon his own wlBh, delicately,
but firmly, expressed. At first It made
me feel quite eshamed of myself, but I
certainly could not help It. 'After you,
Signor,' the czar used to say.
** 'I beg your majesty's pardon, Inven
tors come a long way after emperors.'
" 'Nay, nay, Signor, you’re a guest In
my house: I pray you go ahead.’ ”
Your correspondent had mentioned the
name Slaby several times before Marconi
would sidetrack his Russian reminiscen
ces. When at last he caught on he cried:
“Ah. Slaby, don’t remind me of that man!
He is responsible for many of the trou
bles I am encountering.
"Just think of It, Slaby—beg pardon,
Professor Slaby—visited me at my hotel
In England, bringing a letter of Introduc
tion—from whom do you suppose? Sie
mens A Halske or Krupp? No; fr*n th6
"Consequently I treated him like a
friend of the kaiser, who, on his part. Is
my own king's ally. Though aware that
Slaby Is an Inventor, or would-be In
ventor, no shadow of suspicion with re
gard to the purpose of his visit entered
my mind. I trusted him because I had
faith In the emperor.
"What do I 'do? I turn myslde Inside
out, showing him everything, explaining
out, show him everything, explain every
thing to him, Kaiser William’s friend!
What does he do? He goes home, changes
his court dress for the overalls of the me
chanic and Industrialist and takes out a
patent on my Invention. A German pat
ent, It Is true, but a patent Tor all that.
"I allowed myself to be buncoed, but
It's a good lesson. Hereafter, not a word
to anybody about my Inventions until
they are patented in all countries, Includ
ing Kamchatka. No one shall get a
sight of my apparatus; no, not even a
smell of them If he brought letters of In
troduction from—what shall 1 say—from
the devil himself."
"Have you computed your probable
losses on account of the Slaby patent?"*
asked the correspondent.
“They are not overwhelming." replied
Marconi,'with a sarcastic smile. "Once,
because the Marconi Telegraph com
panies in New York and London foot the
bill, and again, because the Slaby appa
ratus Is N. G."
“Do the companies named own all your
rights In the Invention?”
"Not all; the control of the rights In all
countries except Italy, which I reserve
"And the Slaby telegraph, according to
your Idea, does not work?”
“Oh, yes, It works—on a distance of
forty to forty-five miles. We, you know,
telegraph 1626 miles. 'That is the differ
ence between the Slaby and Marconi sys
terns so far. You see, the real father cl
the Invention Is still a few necks ahead
In the race.
"It amused me very much,” continued
Marconi in a confidential tone "when
some little time ago, the German papers
lashed themselves Into a fine frenzy 'be
cause a Marconi station on the English
coast had refused to answer the Blaby *
telegrams of a German vessel.' Why,
they couldn’t be recognized, though the
distance was considerably less than fifty
Marconi’s latest reports show that at
the present writing there are thirty Mar
coni stations In England, "four or five”
In America and several In Italy, while
the central station for Europe, on Monte
Carlo, In Rome, Is nearly completed.
"Besides," he said, "with a few ex
ceptions, all the big German merchant
ships carry the Marconi apparatus.
"When you ask German navy officers
what kind of a wireless telegraphy they
employ, they will answer at first: 'Of
course, Slaby,' but when they have a few
glasses In them they are perfectly will- 'i
ing to admit that their Slaby, so-called,
is a Marconi.”
"But how could they obtain your ap
paratus?” asked the correspondent. "Did
you ever sell any to the German navy?”
Marconi shook his head energetically.
"No, no," he cried, "we never got a
pfennig from the kaiser's naval office.
As far as I know, German warships
never paid a cent for a Marconi license.
I dare say, though, they have some sec
ond-hand apparatus. These must bo
very antiquated, alrrfost valueless by this
time, but, even so, they are better than
Slahy's. However, how they got them is
not my funeral; let the American com
pany look out for that.”
Marconi and several of the officers of I
the Carlo-Alberto complained of the lack
of sympathy shown them during their
stay in German waters. "We were over
whelmed with clviltles In Kronstadt and
Portsmouth,” they said, "but aside from
paying us the regulation official visits,
the German authorities have taken no
notice whatever of our presence here.
Even the Turks are treated better in
Kiel than we.
"The Turks,” remarked Marconi dryly,
“owe a lot of money in Germany, and
we have Just signed another treaty for
the perpetuation of the trtpple alliance."
Marconi would not say a word about
the new Inventions he Is working on—“the
Slaby experience was enough for him,”
he cried—but the officers of the Calro
Alberto volunteered some interesting in
formation in that respect.
"Marconi,” said the second officer, "has
about completed a self-acting alarm ap- I
paratus at sea. If two vessels fitted with
the appartus come dangerously near to
gether, the electric alarm goes oft, Indi
cating at the Bame time the direction
from which the danger is approaching. If
only one of the vessels has the apparatus,
Its captain Is warned In the same man
“Marconi,” continued the officer, “has
been working on this invention for sev
eral months, day and night, hardly tak
ing enough rest for meals and sleep. Ha
Is Indefatigable and works with the sim
plest means. For instance, he began op
erations with the alarm system with a
couple of empty soap boxes.”
“Do you hold any official position on
board this warship?” asked your corre
spondent when taking leave of the inven
“Of course: I rank as electrician,
drafted for one year's voluntary service,
and my pay amounts to one-half a franc
10 cenuts) a week I have to scrub the
deck like the rest and do other stunts.”
"And you have no special news for four
friends in America?”
"Yes, good news—I forgot all about It.
I hope to be able soon to send wireless
telegrams 2600 miles. And this,” he add
ed with emphasis, "shall be accomplish
ed by slmplyfylng the system now In
use " HENRICO DO.
THEY 8TILL HAVE A TOWN CRIER.
One of the Survival* of the Old Time*
On Quaint Cape Cod.
Provineetown Letter to the New York
"Ding, dong, ding!" clapped a shrill
"Notice! Notice! Shall be sold—tonight
—Ice cream—at the Methodist church—a
sociable!” came the cry In a cracked
voice, now high, now low.
It was only the town crier. The people
of Provineetown do not notice him, un
less they happen to be particularly In
terested In what he Is crying. The New
Yorker marvels and Is Inclined to follow,
as he did the clrcuc parade when a
Provineetown Is proud of the fact that
the list of Its officials still Includes a
town crier. He Is not a salaried officer,
but Is paid according to the work he does.
One dollar a cry Is the regular rate. A
"cry" consists of a single tour of the
long, straggling main street, a tramp of
three miles. For a trij> down the street
and back again the crier gets $2. The
present Incumbent Is the most Interesting
character In Provineetown, an old sailor
named Ready, who has been almost
everywhere, and, according to his story
has done everything worth doing. He
is not hard to meet. One can Introduce
one's self If necessary. He receives one
with a flourish which he picked up In the
Orient, and a bow from somewhere away
“Come up to my house,” Is the Invita
tion which “Captain" Ready extends af
ter he has talked with you a few min
utes. "I'd like to Introduce you to the
wife of Oeorge Washington."
“The wife of George Washington!” you
"Don't be surprised," he hastens to
caution one. "She’s up at my house all
right, and I'm sure she'll be glad to see
One wonders if the town crier is not a
little off in his head. It all comes out
when the visitors calls upon him.
"Allow me to present you to the wife
of George Washington," he says, bowing
before a kindly old woman.
"Ah, go on with you," she says, smiling.
"When will you get tired of playing that
joke, George Washington Ready?”
And George Washington laughs heartily
and shows one about his place, which is
about as big as the deck of a ship.
He tells sea stories by the yard, does
the town crier. No one believed many of
them until in 1833, when a big ship was
wrecked off Highland light. There was
I no way of telling from the shorts what
' the name of the vessel was. heady Was
with the crowd on the beach, and no ono
studied the wreck more closely.
"She's the good ship Jason,” he said
Anally. I sailed In her In 1871.”
"Another of your sea serpent dreams,”
said the crowd, recalling the time when
Ready claimed to have been chased by a
sea serpent across the sand dunes. He
had the nerve to take a large crowd out
on the dunes and show them what he said
was the trail which the serpent left.
"That's the Jason or I'll eat my hat,”
repeated Ready. "If you go out there
you’ll And my name carved on one of the
bunks In the forecastle.
Strange to say, the wreck was the Ja
son, and when the wreckers Anally board
ed her they found Ready's name on the
forecastle bunk, as the crier had pre
M'LEAN AND JOHNSON.
From the Boston Herald.
Not long ago John R. McLean of Cin
cinnati and Washington made a savage
attack on Mayor Tom L. Johnson of
Cleveland He was Intolerant of all pre
tensions that Mayor Johnson was a lead
ing democrat of the state. The reply to
this detraction Is the capture by John
Bon's friends of the Cincinnati delegation
to the state democratic convention. This
means much, for MrLean has long had
supreme authority In the democratic par
ty of Hamilton county, and much of that
time a controlling Influence In the coun
cils of the state organization. At one
time he cherished aspirations for a place
on the party's national ticket. Apparent
ly he has had a fall In favor. That the
party should be tired of him Is not
strange. There Is nothing to recommend
him but his unscrupulousness, his wealth
and his newspaper, the Cincinnati En
quirer. Tom Johnson Is a man of Ideas
and of a large-minded public spirit. He
Is ambitious and wonderfully energetic.
Since he became mayor, he has kept the
republican state government very busy
devising plans to prevent his policies of
From the Philadelphia Record.
"This paper says that some Inhabitant*
of the Philippines are barbarians,” re
marked Willie. "What are barbarians?”
"Barbarians, my boy,” replied Willie's
pa, "are people who fight with bows and
arrows Instead of repeating rifles.”
TWILIGHT AT SEA.
By Mrs. Welby.
The twilight hours like birds flew by,
As lightly and as free;
Ten thousand stars were In the sky,
Ten thousand on the sea;
For every wave with dimpled face.
That leaped upon the air.
Had caught a star In Its embrace
And held It trembling there.
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