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THE AGE - HERALD
l. W. HARRRTT. Ktfltor
Entered nt the Birmingham. Ain., post
offlce ns second-class matter under act
of Congress March 3. 1879.
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THE AGE-HERAL.D
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ing.
Washington Bureau Age-Herald 1€’l B
& etreet. N. W.
What trick, what device, what start
ing hole, canst thou now find out. to
hide thee from this open*and apparent
•hame?
— King Henry IV.
Insurance Reform a Aibr
Fifty life insurance companies, says
the New York Commercial, met in New
York last weak and decided to onpo ■
before the legislature on March n the■ -
propositions of the Armstrong commit
tee:
1. The restriction of Ins ('xtmcnUs.
1 The limitation of the contingency re
•erve fund.
3. The proposlton that there shall l>r no
forfeiture of .a policy so long os tin re
serve upon it justifies its being carried
4. The prohibition of deferred dividend
policies.
5. The standardization of politics, espe
cially as applied to outside companies.
fi. The restriction of expenses to the
loadings on the premiums plus the mor
tality gain.
*7. The proposition to make every viola
tion of the insurance jaw a misdemeanor.
9. The limitation of business.
9-10. Two other collateral recommenda
tions relating to the curtailment of ex
penses and the restriction of business.
Every cornpan of importance in the
country was represented in the Nov.
York meeting, which was held in the
offices of the New York Life. No lob
byists and no lawyers are to be em
ployed, but. actuaries have been se
lected to present at Albany the objec
tions of the insurance companies.
This is all sound and straightfor
ward. The Insurance companies are
entitled to a hearing, and their actu
aries are men who can suggest reme
dies as well as present objections. Tint
the New York Times intimates that
individual companies will not confine
their opposition to public hearings and
to actuaries. It intimates that the Yel
low Dog will appear in Tony Hamil
ton’s old-time paths.
The insurance companies will make
a serious mistake if they resort to
lobby efforts again. Open opposition
should not be denounced, but opposi
tion of the Hamilton sort would de
stroy what confidence Ihe public bas
in the life companies. What they need
above all else is the restoration of pul)
He confidence, ami tills can be secured
in only one way—by opposition of nn
open nature conducted on a high plane.
Anything short of that would provo
Hurtful, and ought not to he influential
1 8t Albany, where the need of reform is
’ known and appreciated.
China’s MissitnaryTliots.
Local mobs have in the course of six
months attacked missionaries on two
. occasions only in Chinese cities. Five
American. Presbyterian missionaries
■were killed at Lienchow in October of
last year, and recently six Roman
Catholic missionaries front France lost
their lives at Nanchang.
The trouble tit Lienchow grew out of
Cl festi\*al outside the city of Lienchow.
A platform built for tlie occasion en
croached slightly upon the grounds of
R hospital belonging to the American
Missionary society, rir. Machle, who
had charge of the hospital, seized three
“consecrated cannon on the altar." He
did this to secure the removal of the
platform. The seizure of the "conse
crated” cannon angered the village
people, and a riot followed. The Amer
ican board investigated the affair, and
' it decided to file no claim for punitive
damages. It evidently thinks Dr.
Machle committed an indiscretion.
TJiere was an equal want-of discre
tion at Nanchang, where the French
priests issued an appeal' for subscrip
tions to their church in the form and
■with the characters used for official
t documents. This assumption of civil
authority excited resentment among
the native population, especially afler
the priests had refused to acknowledge
they had done anything wrong.
It is plain that both eases were local.
' Both sprang front a lack of tact on tbe
part of missionaries who have difficult
parts U) fill. There is no evidence in
- either case of a general uprising or
eentiraent similar to that of the boxer
movement in 1»00. There is nothing
In either to justify the bluster that this
cc, extending to China. All our
1 Ditentatious war preparations—our
Kiinstons and Leonard Woods—need
not deceive anyone In this country, for
Congress has not declared war against
China, ^»nd Congress still has some
control over such a matter.
Holland, Not Morocco.
The German ambassador at Wash
ington. Baron Speck von Sternberg, in
sists that Germany has large and sub
stantial interests in Morocco, but she
has no interests there that justify a
resort to war. She cannot possibly se
cure a trade with Morocco equal to
that of France and Spain, the two
countries (hat fairly surround Morocco.
Nor-can site acquire a trade with Mo
rocco equal to Great Britain's. She is
too far away, and there is not a foot
of German territory on the Modi ter
rain an, nor is there any immediate
probability of any German acquisition
there.
A London cablegram tu the New
York: Sun attempts to explain tlio
hitherto inexplicable conduct of Ger
many on the Moroccan affair. If the
powers represented at Algeeiras decide
that the possession of special interests
by France, or by France and Spain, by
reason of their proximity, give them a
right to claim special .rights in ihc sol
taimte, tlien Germany will turn about
ar> i apply the doctrine to Holland,
which she bus long coveted. She would
noi annex I-lolland and her valuable
colonial possessions ;tt. once, but she
would negotiate a commercial treaty
while asserting special rights in lhat
minor country. If a German* prince
should come to the throne of Holland,
annexation then might become, possi
ble.
The Rhine flows through Holland,
and thp frontier of Prussia and that of
Holland are one and the same for many
miles. What, is good In Morocco to
France's gain, is good in Holland to
the greater gain of Germany.
If all this be trite, Germany will not
go to war if the Algebras conference
decides in favor of France's claim to
special rights in Morocco. She will
hide her time in Holland. It is this, it
is thought, that Ihe subtle Kaiser has
up his sleeve. He wants Holland, and
he may want a portion of Austria, on
like, grounds, in case of a break-up in
that country after the death of Francis
Joseph.
Tornado Clouds,
The weather man of the New York
Herald is considered wise in his spe
cialty, and w^en he discusses at long
range the Meridian tornado he brings
to bear upon it all known science. He
says the tornado In question was fully
developed and typical, and that it was
traveling northeastward in the custom
ary manner of such storms. It was,
says the Herald, "an eddy in the cur
rent prevailing in the southeast quad
rant of a very extensive depression
then covering most of the Mississippi
valley." Its central whirl was not over
fifty rods in diameter.
The Herald attributes the loss of life
in Meridian to the late hour the tot
nado approached t hat city. Many did
not see it coming in time lo take refuge
in cellars or to flee out of its narrow
path. Ordinarily such clouds.approach
in daylight hours, and they are as a
rule visible when several miles distant.
"When this is the case,” adds the Her
ald, "a close observer may instantly
detect its line of motion and possibly
elude the monster by a rapid flight,
directed to the north or south of the
storm's path, as the circumstances may
Indicate. But under no circumstances
should he turn lo the east or or north
qast, as ho would thus enter the zone
of greatest peril.”
Iroh and Steel Prices.
The production of pig iroj at the
rate of 25,000,000 tons a year is begin
ning to overtake consumption, and may
after a while pass it. Buyers see the
situation, and they are buying in a
hand-to-mouth manner. Their buying
in February was cut down to the lean
est possible figures in order to bring
about lower prices for iron, and
through iron for steel. In a crisis like
the present common bar iron may have
to be cut iu order to bring back the
buyers who are staying out of the
market at present.
And yet it is conceded that' struct
ural steel is in active demand, and
probably will be throughout the re
mainder of the year. It is'also con
ceded that llte rail mills will be pressed
with orders to the last day or the year.
Electric traction lines projected or h.
contemplation would almost unaided
keep the rail mills busy.
The warm season of the year is com
lug on when wire and wire nails and
various other products of the mills will
be needed in great quantities in a great
country, and a rush of orders may
change the present aspect of the Iron
and steel markets, and prices may
again go upward. The great industry
has reached a critical point, and the
■present month will perhaps determine
the course of prices during the rest of
the year.
Nicholas I.ongworth (brought Uncle
Joe Cannon a cigar front Cuba eighteen
inches long, if Uncle Joe is careful he
can smoke it for the remainder pf the
session.
The Longwortbs are now' in Wash
ington sorting out duplicates.
The McCurdys will find Andy Ham
ilton in Paris, where he is awaiting the
| subsidence of the agitatibn before he
puts the finishing touches to his justly
celebrated health.
Theodore Roosevelt has three years
lacking three days to serve hefore Wil
liam Jennings Bryan or some other
good democrat moves into the White
House.
A day laborer in Iowa presented
$5000 to Drake university to help found
a Carnegie library. No onb is barred
from philanthropy these days.
The (V'orge Goulds now have seven
children, the new little girl being No.
7. Race suicide is not recognized in
that plutocratic family.
Speaker Cennon is the House and
Senator Aldrich is the Senate. The
two constitute one branch of the gov
ernment.
With a hot summer coming on ice
has been advanced 25 per cent In
northern cities, where they despise
artificial ice.
As things are going it will soon be
difficult: to sav which is the democratic
side of the Senate, and which the re
publican.
Bishop Andrews says that modern
literature makes empty pews, yet some
say that there Is no literature nowa
days.
The dry dock Dewey Is all right itself.
Its rivets are, however, loose, and they
are to lie tightened at the Canaries.
Witness Cromwell has been set free
subject to recall whenever Senator
Morgan feels that he needs him.
A poultry man thin'ks he has discov
ered a way to make hens lay colored
eggs, but what's the use?
Japan is again demonstrating her
sound common sense by going after
the world's commerce.
General Grosvenor cannot prevent
the administration from thrusting a
foreign appointment on him.
Tom Lawson says he can with one
hand tied behind serve a subpoena on
John D. Rockefeller.
Ex-Governor Hogg died with an un
satisfied ambition. He aspired to the
United States Senate.
Mr. Wu says China needs reform in
spots, but he omits to say what Spring
field, Ohio, needs.
When our biggest billionaire gets up
against a process server the latter se
cures a clear right of way.
Witness Cromwell is an even better
forgetter than Witness Rogers. Both
had much to forget. <
Senator Morgan seems to think Wit
ness Cromwell is Sphinx enough with
out going to Egypt.
Mr. Rockefeller has time to think
now there is one thing money cannot
buy—Missouri.
Kansas has dropped the fight against
Standard Oil. Is Standard Oil whip
ped? No.
The bluffing al Algeciras lias nearly
run its course, and hands must soon be
shown. 1
The Czar is not an autocrat in his
own cabinet, whatever he may be out
of it.
The negroes of Springfield, O., need
a subway, reaching to Canada.
Count Bont is all right, for the vaude
ville stage yawns for him.
-~—
The Japanese are crowding through
the open door in China.
Birmingham’s new skyscraper will
soon be doing it.
These days promote the fresh air
cure.
Lent is avearing itself out.
INCIDENT OF MOSCOW REVOLUTI
Albert r-dwards, in Harper's Weekly.
It was Impossible to go quietly about
your business even In those parts of the
city wher/2 there had been no disturb
ances. A dozen times a dt^y you were
peremptorily ordered to stop, and had to
submit to an offensive search by more
or loss drunken soldiers. This of course
did not trouble the insurgents, as there
were not enough soldiers to search at
every street corner, and those who car
ried arms found it possible, almost with
out exception, to avoid the patrols. But
It' you were In a hurry to get anywhere
you were sure to he held up two or three
times. 1 was searched twice In two min
utes at the Iberian Gate. Another time T
was riding along the Leontiefskaia with
a friend. Our sleigh was stopped and we
both had to get out. A young officer,
having searched the sloign-M suppose for
bombs—-allowed my friend to get in again.
He then turned to me find began—rather
nervously to search me. By rhnnee I hail
a large pipe in my pocket, and through
my heavy overcoat it may have felt like
a revolver. He cried out an order, and
three soldiers with fixed bayonets rush
ed to protect him. My friend told me
afterwards that 1 looked like tlie statue
of Arnold von Wlnklcrled gathering In
the lances of the Austrians and making
way for pberty. At the time she was
thoroughly frightened as she thought 1
might have a revolver 1 didn't have time
to think about statues. 1 was wondering
Whether the soldiers were sober enough
to search me first or whether they would,
as often happened, sl/ioot first and search
afterwards. I had to stand there “hands
up,” while tiie officer unbuttoned my
overcoat, and gingerly pulled out the
pipe. This Incident (hail Its humor, but
more often there waaj nothing to laugh at.
REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR.
Kmin the Sew York I’rcss.
Women would he crying nearly all th.
time if it didn't make their noses f
red.
A girl ealls It flirting when she tin
a man for giving her a seat in a •
car.
Tlierif is a lot of fun in mukinr
believe you are having more t
are.
After a woman has tried nb
marry off her daughter she
letting the girl herself try.
You are not so purlieu)
having been told how mucl
like a piece of raw bf
' around the edges.
[OTEL LOBBIES
financially Depressed.
| J n, custodian of the city hall
. an« the police court and a
ma haps has held more different
pos the city government than
any non, lias many interesting
stories to tell of the days when Bir
mingham was still in its swaddling
clothes.
“The Mayor and Aldermen * wanted to
whitewash the old market house, which
stood on that part of the property oc
cupied now by the fire department in the
city' hall, and the treasury was de
pleted,” said Custodian Curran yesterday
afternoon. “Whether it was a scheme
of the entire, council I cannot tell, but
anyway the man who was then Mayor,
and It has been years ago, advertised for
bids for the work. Several .painters do
ing work by’ contract submitted bids, and
the Mayor summoned the official having
charge of the license department to ascer
tain if all had taken out the required
license to do business In Birmingham.
One poor fellow’ Who offered to do the
work for $60 had not secured a license
and he was immediately arrested and
fined in the Mayor’s court for doing busi
ness without a license. He coiild not pay
his fine and was sent to jail. The next
morning as his task he was assigned to
whitewash the market house*"
Ancient Skating.
"Roller skating in the south is over
forty years old," said Capt. P. Sid Jones
yesterday. "I started the first skating
rink soutlj of Louisville about thirty
eight years ago in Nashville, Where 1
rented a theatre, renovated it and put
in a floor. The theatre was on the corner
of Cutup and Cherry streets.
"We used the Plimptom patent roller
skate with lignUin vitae wheels. These
wore the first oscillating skates manufac
tured, and it was just about this time
that we first had fancy stunts on skates.
We had regular professors and profes
sionals, who traveled front one rink to
another giving exhibitions.
"Mr. Barwise of Cincinnati was in con
trol of the southern territory and sold
rights to open rinks. We hud to 45>uy our
skates from him.
"I had a man In my employ named St.
Clair, who was a noted skater on both
ice and roller skates. The floor was
controlled in those days by an indicator,
which designated fancy skating, profes
sional skating, serpentine skating, with
a partner, and vther desirable movements.
We never allowed promiscuous skating
and we always had a band which played
appropriate music for each, kind of skat
ing.
"We also had clubs formed of the best
people and we had masquerade skating
carnivals, fancy dress carnivals and oth
er exclusive affairs when only invited
guests were allowed In the building."
The Late General Schofield.
"Lieut. Gen. John M. Schofield, U. S.
A., retired, who died in Florida Sunday,
was the last of the great commanders of
the union forces in the civil war," said
a Confederate veteran.
"General Schofield was every inch a
soldier and dfter the bloody strife was
friendly to the south in a marked de
gree. He was always a democrat. When
| he was in command at Richmond, he
won many friends. His friendly policy to
ward Virginia mado him. indeed, almost
I an Idol in Richmond.
"The last time J met General Schofield
was in Washington just before the Span
ish war. He was called to Washington
by President A^'Klnley as military ad
visor to tlie administration. He was then
on the retired list but his experience and
his military genius rendered him a most
valuable adviser. General Miles was
the commanding officer of the army and
be and his friends resented the fact that
General Schofield was acting as adviser
I to the President. The retired Lieutenant
General was proverbially tactful and find
ing tha^ Miles was hurt at being super
ceded even In an informal way, quie%
left Washington and was heajjl of no
more"in official military circles."*
Weather and Baseball.
‘‘I have Just returned from a stay of
several weeks in the country before go
ing back to work in the north," said
j John H. Evans at the Birmingham hotel
night, and the people' whom .1 met
are of the opinion that there will be
no more cold weather this season. They
appear all to think ttiat the -spring will
be jivet, alleging that an open winter is,
always followed by a rainy period last
ing several weeks.
"I will not object much to the rain
except that it will very likely inter
fere with the ball players. This Is the
time of year when the young man's fancy
turn*# to thoughts of love, the young girl's
to her new Easter gown and millinery,
and the athletic man's dwells upon the
national game. A rainy period now would
dampen things In more ways than one.
and It Is to be hoped that even the
most hard-hearted employer of labor will
not wish for any such calamity to be
visited upon us."
Drummers Talk.
“Birmingham is getting right along in
every way,” said Milton If. Andrews of
Chicago, at the Morris last evening. “I
am only an ordinary everyday traveling
man, but 1 am in a position to' tell
whether <>• not a city or town is grow
ing, by the size of my orders. Ordinarily
1 spend only two or three days lu Bir
mingham, but this trip l found it neces
sary to remain over a week in order
to meet and take orders from all my old
customers and several new.
v People must have footwear, just as
they must have hats and clothing. A
certain amount of trade of that sort *
ways expected from any town. T’
folks begin paying a hie"’
order to get a better
nearly till of then"
the satin* thing
that money is
have discove
mingliam
lleve t«
they
cry
O. B. Cooper of Auburn is at the Bir
mingham.
* * *
Charles Spark os of Shelby is at the
Birmingham.
• * *
Dr. \V. H. Hutchinson of Childersburg
is at the Birmingham.
Li. J. Cartwright of Lewisburg, Maine,
is at the Metropolitan.
• * • \
Simon Klotz of Cullman is at the Met
ropolitan. #
• • *
Andrew • Weigel of Andalusia is at the
Metropolitan.
• * *
N. T). Frith of Lansing, Mich., is at the
St. Nicholas.
* * *
Oscar Moore of Memphis is at the St.
Nicholas. ,
* * *
J. R. Caldwell of Gadsden is at the
Morris.
• o *
Dr. M. C. Thomas and H. A. Weaver
of Belle Ellen, are at the Morris.
* * *
J. F. Holmes of Soottsyiile is at the
Morris.
• • * •
C. A. Ware and J. T. Jones of Flor
ence are rtt the Morris.
ALABAMA PRESS
Anniston Hot Blast: Secretary Taft
ought to find it easy enough to dig the
Panama canal, with all the newspaper
editors in the country giving him sugges
tions.
Gadsden Times-News: The story of regi
ments, brigades ami machine guns being
used in an Ohio city to protect negroes
from qiob violence reads' like the story
of a Russian revolution.
Dothan Siftings: Senator Tillman is go
ing to South Carolina for a few days.
Possibly he is after a supply of hoine
, grown pitehfolks to be used In defense
j of the mte bill.
SOUTHERN REPRESENTATION.
Some Arguments Offered Against Mr.
Keifer's Pending Bill.
{ From the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
| The bill introduced in Congress by Rep
resentative Keifer of Ohio, providing for
the reduction of the representation at
those southern states which have dls
I franchised negroes, probably owes its ori
j gin to a "request" from some of Mr.
j Keifer's constituents. Similar bills intro
| duced at former sessions have gone only
I to the pigeon holes of committees.
I The Keifer bill provides that Alabama,
j Arkansas. Florida. Georgia, Louisiana,
! Mississippi, North Carolina-, South Caro
: lina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia shall
j be deprived in -the aggregate of thlrty
i seven members of the House of Repre
I sentatlves. The seeming authority for tins
| reduction of representation is to' be found
i in the Fourteenth amendment to the Con
| stitution:
"When the right to vote is denied to any
of the male inhabitants of such state, be
ing twenty-one years of age and citizens
of the United States, or in any way
abridged, except for participation in re
bellion or other crimes, the basis of repre
sentation therein shall be reduced in the
proportion which the number of such male
citfzens shall bear to the W'hole number
of male citizens twenty-one years of age
in such state."
This is clear, emphatic, unmistakable. It
is no answer to say that Massachusetts
and several other states with property,
educational, or other qualifications at
i tached as conditions precedent to the ex
j ercise of the franchise are equally liable
I to the enforcement of the constitutional
provision. Those states might also be dis
ciplined.
There is, however. Plater provision in
the constitution in the Fifteenth amend
ment#
"The right of citizens of the United
States to vote shall not bo denied or
abridged by the United States or by any j
state on account of race, color, or pre
vious condition of servitude.
"The Congress shall have power to en
force this article by appropriate legisla
tion."
Does th.- Fifteenth amendment take the j
place of the Fourteenth amendment and !
nullify its representation provisions? It j
seems so. The earlier amendment says j
that if states deprive their citizens of the j
right to vote they may be punished by
losing members of the house. The later j
amendment declares that states shall not
deny or abridge the vote. There are no
conditions and no punishments provided
except that Congress shall have power to
enforce the amendment.
How this to be done? Apparently in j
one ,wa§* only, and that is by sending
troops into the southern states to take
charge of the state governments by force |
of arms. Does anybody think that Mr.
Keifer’s bill is feasible legislation?
Wants Government Powder Plant.
Washington, March ^-Representative
Williams, the minority leader, Introduced
a hill today appropriating *750.000 for a
government smokeless powder plant.
THE GARDEN OF PROSPERPINE.
By Algernon Charles Swinburne.
Pale, beyond porch and portal.
Crowned with calm leaves, she stands
Who gathers all things mortal
With cold immortal hands;
Her langlud Ups are sweeter
Than love's who fears to greet her
To men that mix and meet her
From many climes and lands. ’
She waits, for each and other.
She waits for all men born
Forgets the earth her rr*''
The life of fruits •'
And spring: an*’
Take win"
Whe**
COMMENTS ON MEN AND ■
MATTERS OF THE TIMES
IRMlNGlHAAI theatregoers have
again hud ^the pleasure of wit
noising James O'NelH’s match
less performance of “Monte Cristo.” There
is a strange fascination Inspired by the
novel and the story in dramatized form.
The adventures of Dantes are a com
pound of those elemer^s which appeal
most to thV human heart. The charm of
the book lies In Its mystery, in the daz
zling leap- from prison to splendid wealth
made by its hero and the never flagging
interest created by a man with a won
derful past. There is love and vengeance
in the story, but love is subsidiary to
vengeance ami n majority of critics will
agree that neither the one nor the other
Is the story’s strongest claim to popular
ity. That part of Edmund Dantes’ career
which most attracts the reader and the
playgoer is the fortune which ho found
on Monte (fcristo. Riches, the splendor of
Parisian drawing.rooms and a title of no
bility fell to a man who was at first only a
poor sailor.
\ ENOUGH SAID.
While few of us chaps have money
And physical beauty is rare:
We stlfl have pipes and tobacco.
So what in the deuce do we care?
Louisville protests against the inference
drawn from the recent action of her
postmaster in mailing a copy of the city
directory to a man who wanted a list
of “unsaved” In the town. Louisville, like
the wronged girl In the play, Insists that
she is not as bad as she is painted.
DON’T DISCOUNT THE PRESENT.
We talk about the early days.
And pleasures that are past.
The good old times we used to have
Which wore too good to last.
We say the stuff we eat today
Is nothing like the food
That graced the banquet hoard when we
Were In a merry mood.
No writer of today can write
Like Dickens, *>urns and Scott,
No gallants are so hold today
And in their loves so hot.
No romance can compare with that
Which everywhere was found,
No statesmen nowadays are half
So broad, so deep, so sound.
The life today is not so gay
As that we used to live.
Nor are the people of today
So free to take and give.
With eyes upon the past we look
Through panes of colored glass.
For those were days, we oft opine,
V\ nich these cannot surpass.
And yet. while life in those old times
Was rich and rather pleasant,
Of modern joys there are a few.
So don’t discount the present.
Five thousand people stormed a theatre
In New York and ripped off doors in their
eagerness to hear Mark Twain deliver a
lecture. It was a striking evidence of
^he popularity of a man whose kindly
humor has endeared him to the nation.
The trouble about leading a double life
is that sooner or later somebody is going
to draw the “deadly parallel.”
EASIER REVERIES.
By Phyllis, at this time of year,
The fashion page is read.
The E^Astjr hat is on her mind—
Twill soon be on her head.
A man who was declared a bankrupt
and lost his wife wept for her and then
made his money back.
SOLILOQUY OF A GERM.
A little germ
Was heard one day
To air his woes
And talk this way:
“In olden times
lived at ease, v
“Could walk out and
No one displease. /
All undisturbed y 1
1 spent my days
In calm pursuits
And pleasant ways.
My life was sweet
And free from care,
T lived in peace—
Went everywhere.
Rut now. alas,
The world is changed,
From former joys
I am estranged.
The bold savants
Are after me.
Altho it’s more
Than I. can see—
Why they should make
My life a bore
And chase me till
T'nl sick and sore.
I cannot get
A win£ of sleep,
I cannot rest
Or even keep
A domicile,
A place to go. s
Where I can hide %
And lay me low'.
I'm written up
Tn magazines.
I’m pictured In
All kinds of scenes. •
I’m vilified
And roundly cursed,
I’m routed where
1 once was nursed.
The people think
T am a pest, /
I'm harried north.
South, east and west. 9
You’d take me for
# A pirate, or
A brigand with
His lotiis d’or. %
I dare not show'
My face at all
Upon this fum
igated ball.
Egad, I’m sick
Of noise and strife—
This hot abuse
Ami ragtime life.”
No, Maudle, the "young married man”
whose domestic duties keep him at home
most of the time, interview'ed in the Age
Herald yesterday morning, is not one of
the new kind. It should have been
"woman.” Another one on the typo.
ONE OF THE FAMILY.
No doubt you’ve often seen a man
Beside a pretty girl
Appear so bored and sullen that
You thought him quite a churl.
However, you should not remark,
The scene is true to life.
The girl may be his sister dear,
Or probably his wife.
A great many people would not sub
scribe motley for public charities if fhere
were no newspapers to publish the list.
A Birmingham trolley car ran into a
steam roller yesterday and wrecked it.
A steam roller is one street vehicle that
even the most overbearing automobile
avoids. RAUL COOK.
MANSFIELD SAYS THAT
HE IS MLSUNDERSTOOD
Special' to the Chicago Record-Herald.
E\V YORK.—Richard Mansfield
t-y 1 at last has come out in the
• ^ 1 open and says that he is a mis
understood man. Instead of being a cold,
hard-hearted, self-centered cynic, with
an unpleasant tempo* and disposition,
this actor insists he is of a Jovial nature,
loves society and good fellowship, enjoys
life and sunshine ami all the pleasant
things of the world. Circumstances have
been such, mainly on account of Mr.
Mansfield s fervid devotion to his profes
sion, that lie lias had no time to indulge
his natural bent for good humor and the
pleasantries of life. Mr. Mansfield, In dis
cussing hls purpose to quite the stage, ex
plained that lie had been working at high
tension for twenty-five years, and added:
"And what ll the result? It Is that for
a number of years 1 have been pretty
generally misunderstood. I have been
thought unapproachable and the possessor
of a violent temper. In fact—and all my ;
Intimate friends know this to be true—
I am just the contrary. To be sure, l
am a bundle of nerves, and discordant
notes Jar on me and prick me. Perhaps
I am supersensitive in th&t respect. At
any rate, it seems to have been the fash
ion to exploit anything ttiat seemed a
bad trait on my part or.what would
throw a slur upon me as a man.
"Somehow the public appears to be more
interested In learning of unpleasant things
about people In public life than of the
pleasant ones. At least, that .has 'been
my experience, atul I liave fe,t It \ery
keenly. You cgnnot Imagine how all these
reports—and I am liappy to say In ninety
nine cases out of a hundred they have
been fictitious—have affected and annoy
ed me. i' have suffered them In silence
for the good reason that deni®1
evil story never o»*"‘
also ti'~*
the stage hand, ‘why don’t you go some
where out of the way where you won’t
disturb me?’
“1 went along to my dressing room, but
as I did so I heard him mutter as ho
slipped away: ‘The d—n crank: how in
h—1 did 1 know I was going to sneeze?’ I
suppose it is incidents of this kind that
have given me this unfortunate reputation
I have been saddled with. But I submit
that it is annoying and upsetting in the
midst of a fervid and impassioned lqvc
scene or some prayerful episode where
your soul and heart are uplifted to the
situation, with a deathly stillness all over
the house, to have a stage hand blow his
nose.
“It Is when these misconceptions and
interruptions occur during a performance
that I feel them most keenly. I have been
seated in my dressing room while the
dresser was making up my hands, adjust
ing my wig or doing some work of that
kind, from which njy thoughts were far
aWay, screwing myself up to the needed
pitch in the coming scene, with my atten
tion riveted on the stars, my mind's eye
entranced with glorious and supernatural
visions, my whole being far away from
the confines of the make-up table and the
world around mo, when would come a
knock at the door, and bang! down would
tumble my air castle and my house of
dreams—and an actor would come in and
ask to have his salary raised!
“Years ago, when a young man, I had
an idea that when I became a star a*»d
traveled about the country I would be
met with a delegation headed by tlie
mayor, the board of aldermen and a
brass band at each city. Nothing of the
kind ever happened to m* T
met by a
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