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You have many enemies, that know not Why they are so; but, like to village curs, Bark when their fellows do. —King Henry VIII. South Carolina’s Dispensary. The Morgan bill to abolish the state dispensary, and to give the counties local option, was passed by the South Carolina house, the majority in Its fa vor being about twenty, but the senate killed the bill. The state dispensary system will therefore stand In that state one year longer. The legislatures bf South Carolina meet annually 1n November, and public sentiment will have another chance to assail the dis pensary system next fall. In the meanwhile, each county can act under the law passed one year ago. tinder that law' a county can go “dry,” but It has no other way of getting out of the range of the state dispensary system. Several counties have already voted whisky out, and others may do so. The chief objection to the state dis / pensary system consists In the corrup tion that almost necessarily goes with It. The purchase of immense quanti ties of liquors naturally Invites cor ruption, and it is well established in South Carolina that her dispensary system has not been free from taint. Senator Tillman appeared before the dispensary investigating committee. He still favors the Mate dispensary* ■which he was instrumental in estab lishing. Perhaps his influence was felt in the state senate. At any rate the Morgan bill was killed in that body, and the subject will not come up again in South Carolina until next winter. Pitching the Crops. The Uniontown Herald says that "all old fields and cast-off hill lands throughout this entire section of the county are being plowed, preparatory to planting it in cotton this year. Thus our planters and farmers seem deter mined to raise another bumper crop, which will, if the season be favorable, reduce the price of cotton to probably 6 cents per pound, or even less. Thts would bring to naught all the good that, has been accomplished through the untiring efforts of the Southern Cotton association.” No doubt the Herald presents good advice when it urges diversification of crops and Intensive farming, hut after all Alabama never suffers when her Tarmers get busy. The crop grown in 1904 in this state was nearly a million and a half hales, and we have land enough to grow that number of bales and yet grow enough food crops, but we have not labor enough. Whether by hard work on the part of all cultivators we could make in a good season 1,600,000 bales and also a maximum of food eropR is perhaps problematical. Possibly not. But the line should not be drawn where it encourages laziness or limits energet ic and ambitious effort. The truth is, each farmer will draw the line for himself, and that Is about all the sit uation calls for. He knows the cost of fertilizers and mules and labor, and he knows a great deHl more about price probabilities thjn he is generally given credit for. Independent Voters. Prof. Edwin Mims discusses In the South Atlantic Quarterly the surprising result In Missouri when Folk was elected governor, and the electoral votes of that once unswerving demo cratic state were handed over to The odore Roosevelt by a good round ma jority. Professor Mims seems to think that Missouri is essentially a southern state even though it be at the same time a border state in the central west, and he anticipates an ex tension of independent voting to states further south. “The Independents,” he goes on to 6ay, ‘‘In the south have to face the 6 a me state of affairs that the tnde j^sdent of the north did in the ‘80s— all the better traditions connected with one party, and most of the re spectable people belonging to the same party.” But the weapons of crystalizing public opinion are less dreaded than they were twenty years ago; and perhaps twenty years hence Professor Mims’ dream may come true. But It will never come true while the Crumpackers and Keifers full of sectional hatred and prejudices—ha treds that sprang up oven before the civil war—continue to devise schemes for despoiling the south. The south will remain solid while such men con spire against her. Nor is the conspir acy against southern representation confined to the ancient Keifer and the absurd Crumpacker, fot; the last repub lican national platform invites a raid upon this section. It is Idle to ex pect the rise of an independent move ment in the south under such demands and threats. Justice and fair treat ment might lead to independent vot ing in the south, but Injustice and impending robbery never will. Cottan and Wheat, The corn crop and the hay crop have eacl) in time been accounted the country's most valuable crop, but as both are as a rule fed out on the farm neither be considered In discussing cash crops. Nor is wheat a wholly cash crop, for no small part is con sumed on the farm. The only abso lutely cash crop is cotton, every pound of which is carried from the farm to find ready sale at cash prices. No crop equals cotton as a cash crop. Nor does wheat equal in value at home or elsewhere the cotton crop. We give below the values of the two crops in the last five years: Wheat. Cotton. 1900- 1901 .$467,350,156 $554,000,000 1901- 1902 . 422,224.117 512,000,000 1902- 1903 . 443,024,826 552,000,000 1003-1904 . 510,489,874 673.000,000 1904-1905 . 518.372.727 683.000,000 Total for 5 yrs..$2,361.461,700 $2,974,000,000 In no year of the last five has the cotton crop been worth less than the wheit crop, and the total difference in favor of the cotton crop in five tyears ims been $613,000,000. And yet the acreage of cotton has never exceeded 31,700,000, while the^ acreage of wheat runs from 44,074,000 to 49,895,000. In the five-year period the average value of wheat per acre has been $9.31, against an average \alue of cotton per acre of $20.80. So far as cash returns, and espe cially export values, are concerned, cotton is the country's chief crop and perhaps ever will be. It is incontest ibly the crop that brings money at all times and under all circumstances. It is never unsaleable, and its price is always known, and there is no hag gling over that price. Buyers never do get enough of it. John D. Rockefeller is either cruis ing in South American waters or else he is prowling in the Pocantlco hills— no one knows which, and most people are not anxious to know. The American eagle may be doomed to extinction, but the American hen cannot be spared, and she will live to cackle after the republic becomes his tory only. The Panama mosquito has never at tained to the size or the rapacity of the New Jersey insect, and it never will unless its rations are enlarged. China has a friend near by that is a terrific scrapper, ami she will not prove as humble as she was when she bad no friend anywhere. Cromwell's position in the Kilchen cabinet has not been shaken. He is not outranked in it even by Jacob Riis. Santo Domingo lias more presiden tial inaugurations than any other re public. It sometimes has one a month. Miss Alice's fairy godmother left nothing before the wedding to be sup plied. She covered the entire ground. The United States Senate and the Hepburn rate bill are face to face, and something has got to happen. The censor is swinging his blue pencil again in Russia and the autoc racy Is resuming step by step. A new dictionary is to be brought out in order to define in a comprehen sive manner the word "graft.” Derby Neck resents outside criti cism. It wants to know who Is run ning its library, anyway. Premier C, B. must now take the hard knocks, while Mr. Balfour lies back and enjoys himself. The habitat of the octopus is not confined to New Jersey. It is at home In all the states. The trousseau is now a thing of the past. It is surprising how quickly such things pass by. There is only one thing certain about John D. Rockefeller—he is not in Missouri. Washington's storage warehouses are of limited capacity, and are easily overtaxed. Helen Gould was right—an old maid is better than a French countess every time. ..ashington society will now tone it self down to every day life. Mrs. Nicholas Longworth has more pickle dishes than pickles ■ Cotton bears may have a picnic now and then, but the bulls will have their biggest innings between now and April. With backward farm work, reduced acreage and scarcity of labor 15-cent cotton will look cheap. The backbone of winter was broken last year. It hgd nb bone to break in this new year of 1906. The spring poet may now begin to sing. Basketball is catching up with base ball as a national sport. It Is in evi dence every day in the week except Sunday. Nick Longworth is now son-in-law to the United States, if lie behaves him self. LONDON NOT SO BAD. From the Kansas City Star. If Jack London were as disorderly as the Derby Neck, Conn., critics seem to think, he would probably change his name to Jaek»Chicago. SHAKESPEARE'S SHORTCOMINGS. From the Baltimore Herald. The theatrical syndicate haH decided to drop Shakespeare. That is the hard s punishment for forgetting to put a double sextet and a leap for life into each of hts plays. WE WANT TO KNOW. From the Pensacola Journal. Mr. Shonts admits drawing two salaries. *30.000 per annum for his services ss chair man of the Panama Canal Commission and $12,000 as president of a railroad. Puz zle: Which one Is graft? “GOING SOME." From the Denver Republican. It must make Uncle Sam feel old to be told that the one-time pride of his heart and navy has become a hack number and will soon be a navy yard curio. We must be going some to outstrip the Oregon. STRING OF ’EM. Washington Correspondence Nmv York World. "! never posed as an Adonis." Mr. Bede continued. "My wife always Insisted that she would never marry any but a six-foot man, one with a big black moustacho. But she married me, and now we have a string of six little Bedes." BEST MAN PERKINS. From the New York Sun. Thomas W. Perkins, best man at the Longworth-Roosevelt wedding, Is a good all-around athlete. While at Harvard he was prominent in all sports, and was stroke of the 'Varsity crew. Since then he has been prominent in yachting, and has been mainsheet man on the 18-footer Bat, owned by his chum. Charles Francis Adams second. Perkins is one of the best amateurs at the mainsheet In East ern waters, and Is a rattling good sailor. DOG-GONE KANSAS. Texas Editor's Dream Broken by a Kansas Cold Wave. * From the Fort Worth Record. Wasn't yesterday a joy! Sunshiny as a bride’s face and sweet as | baby fresh from the bath! It wasn't a spring day. for there was a lingering feel of frost, but there was a challenge of spring In the smell of the air. You could almost hear the sap start ing in the peach trees, and the mother rose bush seemed to be trying to proclaim the horning bud. The housewife went out and looked at the sweet peas and hummed a song under her breath. The farmer man examined his seed corn and whistled a tune. The small boy tarried by the window of the sporting goods store and examined the fishing tackle. The weather wise had predicted rain, and the rain-soaked, mud-bespattered peo ple who are early in bed went to sleep frowning. The dry goods man groaned, and the milliner wished she were a man so she could say what elie wished. Only the shoe man chuckled and wished he hod a bigger stock of rubbers. The school children were glad, and hoped for a soaker to keep them at home. The all nighter knew better. He hnd got home in the wee small hours with a clear moon and bright stars lighting his wobbly way. When the folks waked up It was a little cloudy, and the day seemed doomed. Breakfast was glum and dolir. The bis cuits were soggy, the coffee was druggy and the milk was sour. It was all slush and bad words getting to the cars. Then the miracle. The Bun climbed over the fog bank In the east, and It was resolved Into sweet vapors. The washerwoman hung out the clothes, the rooster crowed and the dog chased Ida tall. The housewife turned the hose on the front steps and let the fire lij the grate die down. A bird sang and the whole of creation thrilled. Down town the dry goods merchant grinned. The milliner put away the win ter hate marked down and brought out the spring confections marked up. The shoe man threw the rubbers in a box and put spring slipperR In the show window. The butcher telephoned to the packing house for lamb, and wondered where he could find some mint. The haberdasher got out his new ties and white vests, and the tailor tacked up hts spring style sheet. Anon milady came tripping along, and the clerks got busy with parasols and fluffy stuff. The afternoon falrlj- sung itself Into a delirium, and the night came down like an Intangible fleece that was golden with the sunset ami then silver as the moon light. pinned against the sky with a mil lion diamonds. Love walked abroad naked and un ashamed and sent swift arrows Into throb bing hearts. Lullabies and kisses filled the cup of Joy and God smiled his benediction. Oil, it was glorious! jJml then by S o’clock a howling norther came swooping down from Kansas. Dog-gone Kansas! REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. Maybe if women had talking circles they would do some sewing. Lots more people would be honest If there was any money to oe made by It. There ia hardly anything that troubles one more than looking for it and not tindlng It. When you ask a man to drink he knows you are mean because you expect him to ask you to have another. The more men a girl thinks she has been in love with, the harder It la going to hit her whan It really happens. IN HOTEL LOBBIES . J. J. Cotter. Superintendent J. J. Cotter of the Bir mingham division of the Southern Rail way company, who quits the service of the company March 1, will continue to re side in this city. He has made highly advantageous business connections and will be in evidence in the mining world. Mr, Cotter is one of the most popular men in the Birmingham district and his friends will be glad to know that he is to remain-here. General Superintendent C. S. McManue, who has been in Birmingham for a week or more, leaves for Washington thia morning. In speaking of Mr. Cotter s resignation Mr. McManus said last night, j "Superintendent Cotter notified me sev j eral months ago that he wanted to ue | relieved of his office and asked me to i find a man to take his place. He Is going ! in business for himself and the very best wishes of the Southern railway officials will attend him. He will be successful in any enterprise in w'hich be may choose to engage. The Southern railway is sor ry’ Indeed to part with him." W. M. Deuel, at present assistant super intendent of the Southern railway * Bir mingham division, succeeds Mr. ('otter in the superintendency. The HiHningham division requires strenuous action and any man who makes a. success of the position is almost certain to be promoted to a general office. Rivers and Harbors. "The rivers and harbors committee headed by Chairman Burton," said Sec retary Babb of the Commercial club yes terday, "has decided to leave \\ ashing | ton, March 7. It will visit Georgia points ' and go to Columbus in that state. From Columbus It will go to Gulfport. Miss. From Gulfport It will go directly back to Washington. Col. Pete Hepburn, chairman of the in terstate and foreign commerce commit tee, and several other members of that committee will accompany the rivers and harbors committee, and ** will be a dis tinguished official party. "If Birmingham desires to entertain the party it must catch them on their re turn trip from Gulfport to Washington. Congressman Bankhead is a veteran^ mem ber of Mhe rivers and harbors commit tee, and no doubt through his kind^ of fices a stay’ of a day in Birmingham can be arranged. But in order to bring it about action should be had before the itinerary becomes too firmly established." _ Atlanta's Fourth Dally. "I see that John Temple Graves is to launch the fourth dally newspaper *ln Atlanta," said an old newspaper man last night. “From time to time during the past twenty years a number of attempta were made to get a third daily on its feet in Atlanta. All failed signally unt)l the News was started about three years ago. Mr. Graves' personality has had a great deal to do with the success of the News but It seems to have reached a point where It can stand alone and l believe that It will continue to grow and prosper “I cannot see room In Atlanta for four dally papevs and 1 am of the opinion that It will take considerable more than any man's personality to make a fourth dally succeed. However, Atlanta, with Its many failures in the past In the journal istic field, Is a good newspaper town and my hat is off to John Temple Graves, who has the courage to make the effort. First Methodist Church. "The sermons Dr. Duncan, pastor of the First Methodist Church. Is preaching every Sunday, are attracting wide atten tion," said a church member last night. "Dr. Duncan has completed the sermons addressed particularly to young ladies, and now Is preaching to the young men. •"yfmlght every available aeat and every foot of standing room was taken before services commenced, and probably several hundred people had to be denied admit tance. Dr. Duncan Is an unusually happy speaker, and his congregation 18 always large, but his series of sermons to the young women and to the men are at tracting special attention. "The Vanderbilt Glee Club sang tonight. "Crossing the Bar," verses by Tennyson, was beautifully sung. Other numbers were also rendered. The Glee Club added no little to the pleasure of the evening." Governor Jelks. Governor Jelks, who arrived In Birming ham Saturday, returned to the capitol yesterday evening. Today or tomorrow he will appoint a chief justice of the su preme court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late Thomaa N. Mc Clellan. The Jefferson county bar hopes and believes that he will appoint Samuel D. Weakley. The Stock Market. Henry Clews In hla Wall street letter of Saturday's date says: “The tired feeling In the stock mar ket which began about a month ago Is dally becoming more pronounced and rapidly developing into a more decided downward tendency. Stocks have been steadily sold by insiders on all good news, this being particularly noticeable since announcement of ,the copper merger and the increase in t’nion Pacific dividend. Following both of these events the mar ket became weak and dull, demonstrat ing that, as usual, their good effect had been fully discounted in advance. The truth Is. It Is impossible to find a new bull argument which has not already been overdiscounted, and the conviction grows that the boom Is over, for the present at least. Investors will not buy stocks at present figures and the shrewd er class of large holders have been stead ily emptying^ their strong boxes into the laps of big speculators and plungers, who have been the chief buyers and supporters of the market at recent fic titious values, and who must now carry the load as best they can. For some time to come the drift of the market will be back to normal conditions. This is as it should be. “Among the most adverse features is the monetary situation. There Is plenty of money available for really good In vestments at reasonable prices, as Is demonstrated by the freedom with which capital is flowing into real estate and other forms of new enterprise. At the same time the bank reserves at New York are lower than for twenty years at this time, and that at a time when they ought to he strengthening to meet the de mands Incidental to April 1. It need cause no surprise if we see some uncomfort able moments in the money market be fore the next six weeks have expired.” About Persons. K. H. Parker of New Orleans is at th« Hillman. A. C. Wilson of St. Louis is at the Hillman. • • * L. B. Grimes of Gadsden is registered at the Hillman. • • • C. J. Jones of Jasper Is at the Hill man. \ • * * Thomas H. Robertson of Fayette is at the Hillman. • • * Robert C. James of Anniston is at the Birmingham. * • * Charles T. Rallbws of Mobile is at the Birmingham. * • * H. H. Harvey of Sylacauga is at the St. Nicholas. * * • C. P. Lewiston of Decatur is at the St. Nicholas. * • * John T. Fox of Gadsden Is at the Morris. * * * John/J. Johnson of Opelika i4 at the Morris. STATE POLITICS yi’est Blocton Messenger: There now seems very little doubt that former Gov ernor Joseph F. Johnston will make the race for alternate United States sena tor. With John B. Knox, ex-Gov. William C. Oates and Col. Dick Clarke all In the race, we may look for a breezy, brll-' ltant campaign. They are all Intellectual giants and fine orators. Selma Times: This district has a right to be proud of Its congressman. Mr. Bowie la not making any grand stand play but an observer of events cannot fall to note that he Is always on the spot, cool, alert and well prepared when any question affecting the Interests of his people comes up. His recent article In the Independent on the question of the reduction of the south's representa tion In Congress was clear, lucid and logical. It presented the entire question In a terse, non-partisan way that Is bound to appeal to all fair minded men who read it. . Carbon Hill Knterprise-Democrat: It appears that there Is going to be a full crop of candidates out for the alternate senatorshlp. There are several gentlemen in the state who wanted to run for Uni ted States senator straight, but the ac tion of the state committee nipped said aspirations In the bud. The committee virtually said that Senators Morgan and Pettus must have no opposition, and a man who would enter the race under the circumstances would he practicably a bolter. A NEW EDITOR FOR PUNCH. From the New York World. Punch Is to have a new editor, the fifth in line. Sir Francis Burnand has resigned after a quarter of a century of service. Burnand succeded Tom '£gylor, who was editor from 1874 to 1880. Ahead of Taylor were Shirley Brooks (1870-74) and Mark Lemon, who began when the paper did, July 17, 1841. Owen Seaman, who has been assistant editor, succeeds Burnand. There is probably no publication so widely known and, outside of Its insular province, so little understood as Punch. It Is pre-eminently and peculiarly a Brit ish institutions. Except .for the Ameri can fun-maker Artemus Ward and the French cartoonist Caran d’Aehe, It has never gone conspicuously outside the circle of British contributors. Perhaps this very limitation has been of effect in making the paper’s files for nearly sixty-five years stand, as they do, a so cial, political and pictorial history of England, expressed in native humor and satire. Burnand, the retiring editor, achieved his earliest fame as a writer of bur lesque. His predecessors and all the Punch contributors have been happy in light veins of work. Yet the paper start ed with anything but a laughter-sug gesting programme. It proposed to and did abolish the Fleet and Marshalsea pris ons. It was also to do away with capital punishment, an issue which it afterward dropped. — John Leech attained with Punch his stature as a caricaturist. Du Maurier, Tenniel, Harry Furniss and Phil May are four in a roll of famous Punch artists. For the paper, in years following. 1842, Thackeray wrote his "Snob Papers,” "Ad ventures of Policeman X" and parodies on the works of Disraeli and other novel ists. Douglas Jerrold and Tom Hood were other contributors. A change In editors will not mean a change In Punch. If it were otherwise all England would protest. A WEDDING COUPLE. From the New York World. THE BRIDE: MRS. MIZNER. (Formerly Mrs. Charles T. Yerkes.) She is fifty-one years old. She is fond of travel. She is devoted to art. She loves the companionship of young persons and clever persons. She Is very charitable. She is to build a hospital. She is worth $1000,000 In her own right, has jewels estimated to be worth $1,000,000, and enjoys the Income on $7,500,000 for life. THE BRIDEGROOM: WILSON MIZ NER. He Is twenty-nine years old. He is cool, worldly wise, and a typical man about town. He Is fond of travel, and has been al most all over ,the United States, and spent three years in the Klondyke seeking gold. He Is just six feet three Inches In height; has broad shoulders, large blue eyes, black hair, and strong, even, glis tening white teeth. His nerve has made him the hero of many tales of daring out in San Fran cisco. SPOILED THE "CHINKS.” From the Kansas City Star. Miss Bret Harte, with the aid of a num ber of her father's English friends, has opened a typewriting office in London. She Is a proficient typewriter, and an American Journalist calling to have some copying done complimented her on her skill. "My skill, such as It is. is due to practice,” said Miss Bret Harte. ”lt was acquired very painfully, like the marks manship of one of my father's Western friends. My father used to tell of a man called Redwood James, a character of California. jAmes In a bar one night drew a revolver and shot the ashes from a cigar of a friend on the other side of the room. The friend laughed and calmly drank off the remainder of l^s cocktail. My father said to Redwood James: 'That must have required considerable practice.’ 'Practice,' Redwood James replied. I should say so, young man. 1 • guess 1 sp'iled more'n three doaen Chinamen a’learnin' that there trick* GROWING ANNOYANCE OF THE CAMERA TRESPASSER From the New York Mail. NEW YORK newspaper publisher! IWl yesterday a snapshot of two wo ■ ■ men evidently taken against their will, for one of them had her hand before her face, and the other’s features were burled In her muff. Over the Illustration was this line, “Polllon sisters evading ef forts of photographers.” Under what cir cumstances the photograph was secured we gather from our own cblumns of the day before: “Mrs. PoTllon made a dash | and grabbed the representative of- one j paper by the vest. His camera went to I the ground. At the same moment her ] sister rushed to the other photographer, i She deftly caught him a blow in the faoe | which sent him reeling.” It goes without saying that photogra phers should be in better business than hounding defenseless women and compell ing them to take to their heels—or their Angers. Does it not also go without saying that a newspaper should be In better busi ness than setting its “bright young men” 1 at tasks which subject them to well earned kicks and cuffs? Is It so much of an achievement to hold up a woman In the street and photograph her against her will that any newspaper should pub ! llsh the visual evidence of her humll&tion and Its brutality? “This is simply awful,” Miss Roosevelt said, when she had to run the gaunlet of camera men on her shopping tour In this city several weeks ago; and later the daughter of the President was compelled to plead with the photographers to save her hostesses from a mobbing and snap shotting. Not long before a photographer Interrupted the course of justice In Mis souri’s Standard Oil proceedings here by taking a flashlight and escaping amid the alarm and confusion of the court room. According to the District Attorney of Suffolk county photographers lured away the constable who was watching Wisnew ski, the Polish lad wanted as a witness In the Horner homicide case at Northport, Tj. I. The doctors had ordered that he be kept as quiet as possible, as fears were entertained for his reason, but these men entered his quarters, pulled him out of bed, propped him against the wall, and took several flashlights. Next morn ing he was raving. The man who photographs another against his protest is in the same moral class as-the man who against his protest robs him of his purse on the highway. We believe a test case would establish a claim to damages. Camera trespass, as much as any other, is an invasion of the rights of the individual. Every American citizen, and especially every American wo man, has a legal right to be free from the danger of being pictured to the world against an unpleasant background, or in an odious connection, or in a ridiculous attitude. TITIAN CROWNED GIRL WINS HER WAY IN WORLD From the Chicago Chronicle. WOMEN wjth red hair are at a premium in Chicago. That fact was developed yesterday when representative men and represen tative women were asked to express themselves upon the statement made by Congressman Stanley in the House of Representatives on Monday. “What would you do if you saw a man beating his wife?” asked Representative Gaines. “That depends on the man and the woman. If she was red headed even my southern chivalry would not tempt me to interfere,” answered Congressman Stan ley. Chicago men and women resented that statement. No one could be found who would support it or for a moment counte nance it. “The red headed woman is never in the police court,” said Justice Caverly of the Harrison street police court. “She’s an excellent business woman,” said H. M. Davis, assistant manager of The Fair. “8he’s the most charming woman in so ciety,” attested Mrs. Charles Henrotin. “She possesses more artistic tempera ment than her sister,” said Carl King, stage manager at the La Salle theatre. “She's an ideal philanthropist,” added Miss Jane Addams. “The congressman comes from the south where there are no red headed women,” said Dr. W. A. Evans. “What would you do if you saw a man whipping his wife?” was asked of Justice Caverly. “Take the wife’s part. Arrest the man and fine him the limit.” “If she had red hair?” . “What's that got to do with it?” queried the Justice. “Congressman Stanley of Kentucky says he would not interfere If she- had red hair." "In the language of the diplomat, I beg leave to differ with the distinguished gen tleman. In the words of the newsboy, I don’t think he knows where he gets off. The day when men can crack jokes at the expense of the red headed woman has passed. "You don't see her in the police couit. That’s one proof she isn’t as bad as the funny men paint her. Either that or she does the job so thoroughly that her victim Isn't able to secure a warrant. The women who give the officers the most trouble are the ones with the black hair. I should say there are ten brunettes In the police court for every blonde. sAnd there are fifty golden haired women there for ohe who has red hair. “And when one comes it is upon some trivial offense. You don’t hear of red headed women committin gmurder. Usu ally a red headed woman possesses con siderable temper. It isn’t the kind that broods and broods until the slight of fense Is magnified into something serious. If she has anything on her mind she says it. The next moment she has for gotten or has asked for pardon. If all women could have their hair dyed red and change their temperament at the same time I’m afraid some of the judges would be seeking new positions.’’ “What would you do If you saw a man beating his wife?’’ was asked of Mr. Davis*of The Fair. “Well, I'd do what I could to assist the ✓ woman,’’ was the answer. “Even If she had hed hair?” “What’s that?” It was evident Mr. Davis didn’t quite understand. “Congressman Stanley of Kentucky says he wouldn’t interfere If a man was beating his wife if she had red hair.’’ “Well, the red headed women do pretty well at this place,” answered Mr. Davis. “Make good salegirls?” “Excellent. You see, a red headed girl can adapt herself quickly. It doesn’t make any difference whether she is asked to set! neckties m Aie men’s department or whether she is told to fill a position in fhe women’s underwear* department. She sells one with the same success as the other.” “What would you do If you saw a man beating his wife?” was asked of Mr. King. “What’s the Joke?” he queried. He was standing on the stage of the La 8alle theatre. The . curtain was about to arise for an act and he was a busy man. “Congressman Stanley of Kentucky says he would not Interfere if the woman was red headed." “Well, I know the show business would be a whole lot better off if there were more red headed girls." “Can they be managed?" “Easy. The red headed girl Is an ambi tious girl. I never saw one that wasn’t." HIPPODROME FOR LONDON. Manager Returns From Europe With Option on Oxford Street Plot. Fr#i the New York Herald. Mr. Frederic W. Thompson of Thomp son & Dundy, proprietors of the Hippo drome and Luna park, returned from a seven weeks' trip to Europe Tuesday on the Kaiser Wilhelm II, bringing the news that he had obtained an option on a site for a big hippodrome In London and of a coming Importation of seventy-four train ed polar bears, which will form one of the attractions at the New York Hip podrome next autumn. Mr. Thompson has been rushing ener- 1 getlcally over half of Europe looking for i new attractions, visiting England. France, Germany and Italy. "I did not see much that was new," he said. "Taken altogether It was the worst lot of shows I ever saw. I didn't see one that would make a success over here." The ground on which Mr. Thompson has an option Is In Oxford street, about 160 feet west of the Oxford Music hall. It consists of a whole block, already exca vated, on which It was the intention to erect a hotel and a theatre. "My polar bears I got from Mr. William Hagenbeck at Hamburg," said Mr. Thompson. “There are three big groups whtch will be combined. They have never been in America and Mr. Hagenbeeks son Is coming over to show them. They will vfrork in two big groups preceding the polar pantomlne, and sixty of them will plunge Into the tank at every perform ance, swim about and catch fish. "After their performance they will re tire Into a circle of cages and will reap pear in the pantomlne, coming out of an Iceberg—mechanical, of course. In their plunging act they will slide down an In cline thirty-five feet and jump over a precipice.” A GULF STATE FAIR. From the Farm and Floral World. Theri is no better way to advertise the Gulf States and to make known to the world their varied resources than the holding of an annual fair on a large scale In one of the large cities where annual exhibits of all kinds of farm products, animals, poultry, etc., together with the manufactured products and the mineral resources of each county in the five great commonwealths comprisng the Gulf Slates. Such an organisation could easily be formed If the financial and commercial organizations, and the railroads, land owners and real estate men could get to gether and formulate a plan—but it re quires some one to take the lead in such a movement. Farm and Floral World would be much pleased to see the New Orleans Progressive Union take the mat ter up and call a meeting of the repre sentatives of the various Interests named above to meet in New Orleans st an earljr date, and discuss the possibilities of such a movement. AGAINST THE SIMPLE LIFE. By Milton, “Comus, a Mask." O foolishness of men! that lend their ears To those budge doctors of the Stoic fur, And fetch their precepts from the Cynic tub, Praising the lean and sallow Abstinence. Wherefore did Nature pour her bounties forth, With such a full and unwithdrawing hand. Covering the earth with odors, fruits and flocks, Thronging the seas with spawn innumer able. But ill to please, and sate the curious taste? And set to work millions of spinning worms, That In their green shops weave the smooth-haired silk To deck her sons, and that no corner might Be vacant of her plenty, in her own loins She hutcht th' all-worshlpt ore, and pre cious gems To store her children with: If all the world Should In a pet of temp'rance feed on pulse, Drink the clear stream, and nothing wear but frieze. Th’ all-giver would be unthanked, would ho unpralsed, Not half his riches known, and yet de spised, And we should serve him as a grudging master. As a penurious niggard of hlwwealth, And live like Nature's bastards, not her * sons. Who would be quite surcharged with her own weight, And strangled with her waste fertility, Th' earth cumbered, and the winged air darkt with plumes. The herds would over-multitude their / lords. The sea o'erfraught would swell, and th* unsought, diamonds Would so imblaze the forehead of the deep. And so bestud with stars, that they below Would grow Inured to light, and come at last To gaze upon the sun with shameless browa.