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» . W. BARRETT..,. Editor Entered at the Birmingham. Ala., poat offlce as second-class matter under act of Congress March 8. 1879. Dally and Sunday Age-Herald. Daily and Sunday, per month.J® Sunday Age-Herald, per annum.2-(W Weekly Age-Herald, per annum.1-00 Subscription payable in advance. I*. H. Russ and J. F. Keeley are the enlv authorized traveling representatives of The Age-Herald in It* circulation de partment. No communication will be published without its author's name. Rejected man uscripts will not be returned unless stamps are enclosed for that purpose. Remittances can be made at current rate of exchange. The Age-Herald will not be responsible for mondy sent through the mails. Address THE AOE-HERADD, Birmingham, Ala. Eastern business office, rooms 48 to 50, Inclusive, Tribune building. New York City; western business office, Tribune building, Chicago. The S. C. Beckwith Special Agency, agents foreign advertis ing. Washington Bureau Age-Herald 1421 O street, N. W. Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks Lives like a drunken sailor on a mast; Ready, with every nod, to tumble down Into the fatal bowels of the deep. —King Richard III. r.if:—"--jjc Mr. Roosevelt's Limits. The President's proposition to tax Inheritances is by no means new or singular. Both income and inheri tances taxes are as old as civilization Itself, and today Great Britain. Ger many, Prussia, Italy, France, Japan. Netherlands, Sweden and Norway Im pose such taxes. If a flve-by-four de cision of the supreme court had not knocked it out the income tax of the United States would be in operation today. England has, too. graduated death duties, beginning with a tax of one per cent on small estates and cul minating in a tux of eight per cent on estates exceeding a million pounds. In this country Massachusetts, Pennsyl vania. Virginia, Louisiana, North and South Carolina levy income taxes, and nearly twenty states have inheritance tax laws. Mr. Roosevelt is a little more frank In his opinion than European coun tries—that is all. He would lax large properties so as “to put It out of the power of the owner of one of these enormous fortunes to hand over more than a certain amount to any one In dividual.’/ This is. perhaps, the most radical proposition ever put forth by a President, or for that matter, by any man In high office in this coun try. It Is too early yet to say how it will be received in this country. Thus far republican senators and congressmen are accepting it as freely as demo cratic members, but all that can be said at present about it is, it has brought the subject directly before the people and it will stay before the people until it is pretty fully sifted and understood. Mr. Roosevelt him self says his object tvas to accomplish Just 1 hat much, and he will no doubt succeed in accomplishing what he has undertaken. Judge Humphrey's Decision. In the beef trust eases District Judge Humphrey, !o fame unknown, turned loose the offending and con spiring officers and corporations, not because they had been promised im munity in any shupe or form by the commissioner of corporations, but be cause the commissioner had in the course of investigations secured from them some information. We give the President's own words as they art presented in a special message lo Con gress. He said: “But Judge Humphrey holds that If the Commissioner of Corporations laml there fore If the Interstate commerce commis sion) In the course of any investigations prescribed by Congress asks any ques tions of a person not called as a witness, or asks any questions of an officer of a corporation'not called as a witness, with regard to the action of the corporation on that subject, out of which prosecutions may subsequently arise, (hen the fact of such questions having been asked oper ates as a bar to the prosecution of that person, or of that officer of the corpora tion for his own misdeeds. Such inter pretation of the law comes measurably near making a law a farce; and I there fore recommend that tile Congress pass a declaratory act stating its real Intention.' The trouble with Humphrey's law Ik that no appeal on the part of the government was possible. The ruling of the unknown district judge not only released the beef trust magnates, but it Btands as a precedent throughout the country. If the decision had been unfavorable to the packers they could have taken their grievances to a high er court, but the government could not. How or why this deadlock Came about we need not stop to inquire. The President asked Congress to pass an act putting an end to final power in a district judge, and the house has already acted. The bill has gone to the Senate, and if that body can shake off the I rusts no doubt the House bill will become a law, and the government will have lights of appeal that will enable it in common with other suitors to carry legal issues to the United Stales supreme court. This would be a blow lo the remarkable district judge before whom the pack ers were tried, but it would not be a blow to consumers, or lo the cause of justice in general. The question is before the Senate, and its action thereon will be closely watched. Inviting the Veterans. The citizens who met in the Com mercial club rooms should maintain the work they have begun, looking to the holding of a reunion of Confeder ate veterans in this city at an early period. Possibly the reunion of 1907 will be held In Richmond on account of the unveiling of the monument to the memory of Jefferson Davis, but Birmingham's desire should be made known at. the approaching New Or leans reunion. Friends can be made there for Birmingham, and this city can be given a lead that will surely result in its designation at Richmond next year as the place in which the reunion of 1908 shall be held. Tlie work done this year at New Orleans will ripen at Richmond, and that is why a strong and numerous committee should go to New Orleans next week. Every citizen named at the recent meeting should endeavor to put aside private affairs while he puts jin a few days for the good of this city and for the cause which all hold sacred. If every member of the com mittee will go to New Orleans the re union of 1908 will he held in Birming ham. and they should regard the call to this duty made in the rooms of the Commercial club one they are scarce ly at liberty to decline—certatnly not for any light or passing reason, for the real work will be done at New Orleans, the real initiative will be taken there, and an impulse will be imparted in that city that will be irre sistible a year later.. Relief of San Francisco. Death and ruin have come to a wide extent of California, but there is prom ise now that the extent of the horror has been measured. The work of re building the ruined streets will now be taken up in all courage, and a new' and finer city will arise at the Golden Gate to become the country’s western metropolis. Congress has appropriated a million dollars for the suffering and home less in California, and all parts of the country will freely and quickly re spond to the call for aid. The sym pathy of the country will he expressed in dollars as well as in kind words, and those dollars will all he needed— If not at the Golden Gate,’then at the lesser cities that have been seriously damaged. The lesser towns have not behind them San Francisco’s commer cial Importance, and the work of res toration in them will be slow and dlf cult. Let us give them a start, in words and also in something more substantial. President Roosevelt advises that all contributions be entrusted to the American National Red Cross, because it. Is in a position to apply such funds wisely. This Is no doubt good advice. Any money sent to Charles Hallam Kep. Red Cross treasurer, Washing ton, D. C„ will surely go where it is sorely needed. The Red Cross agents are at work in California, and they can he trusted to make every dollar con tributed do the utmost possible good. From Sea to Sea. About 100 miles southward and eastward from Vera Cruz is the gulf terminal of the Tehuantepec railroad which will be completed and opened to traffic July 1. The rails are laid, and the terminal facilities for a great interoceanic trade are well progressed. A line of nine first-class steamships will ply between Salina Cruz and San Francisco and Honolulu, between Coatzacoalcos and New Orleans and New iork. The ships of (lie Pacific Mail will also call at Salina Cruz, and a German line will connect Hamburg with the new trans-continental rail road. William E. Curtis of the Chicago Reeord-Herald says tile termini of the Tohuantepee railroad are unsurpassed. Panama and Colon are outclassed in every respect. The new trans-conti nental line is but 150 miles long, and the rehandling of goods Is to lie done in the most modern manner. The differences in distances all run in favor of I he Meicans and against the Panama railroad, as follows: Via Tehu- Via anteper. Panama. From New York to San Francisco . 4.923 6,107 New- York to Puget Sound. 5,647 6.633 New York to Yokohama.. 9.9«4 11.211 New Yol k to Hong Kong. .11.597 12.645 New York to Manila .10.666 11.962 New York to Melbourne. .11.068 11.471 New York to Honolulu.... 6,566 7,705 New Orleans to Snn Fran cisco .3,561 5.415 Liverpool to San Fran cisco . 6.274 9.071 Liverpool to Yokohama ... .13.223 14.175 Liverpool to Melbourne.. .14.113 14,436 The Germans are largely interested in the new trade route, and it will not be a bit surprising If the new Mexi can line does not control interoceanic trade until the Panama canal is dug. It is almost a water route between New Orleans and San Francisco, and the distance is not so much greater than the all-rail, line as to make much difference in point of time in the deliv ery of freights. While we may be mistaken in ottr ideas regarding nicotine, it would not be healthy to try to controvert ttc cepted theories by smoking forty cigarettes a day. Gorky is accustomed to trouble and turmoil, and he will survive New York's spasm of virtue—a spasm, by the way, that would not be a misfit in Newport In requesting the newspaper men not to annoy him at Cowes, King Alfonso showed that the fierce light that beats upon a throne is already getting tire some. Senator Depew's secretary denies that "Buster'’ Depew said "Damn the newspapers.” Whether he said it or not, damning does not always damn. The outfield of the Coal Barons is beginning to bat. "Horseshoe” Smith led off on Thursday, and the rest will yet rise to his standard. Tsi An and Teddy can talk about things over a direct new' cable, which will make for peace, trade, and a good understanding all around. Carlos Smith should move to Bir mingham and become the great and good successor of Mayor Ward. We need a batting mayor. Alcohol that has been denaturalized, to use a dictionary word, becomes de naturized, to use a congressional word of modern coinage. As the savants would make nothing by giving a short w’eight, it is probable that Mother Earth will be correctly weighed. It is regrettable that the ln^rne team cannot regain its percentage “1000.” One little misstep took that from us forever. In the future a man in reduced cir cumstances may be merely a billion aire who has had his fortune regulated. A lock of Dickens' hair brought $40 the other day. A copy of “David Cop perfleld" would be more valuable. Many of the smaller towns in Cali fornia need aid—Santa Rosa, for ex ample. No dollar will go amiss. Souvenir postal cards furnished many newspaper pictures of San Fran cisco that appeared yesterday. South Dakota's chief industry is suffering front a solar plexus, blow de livered by the supreme court. Ellis Island is the only crater wo have in this country, and it is covering the land with human beings, Russia's great leader has an impos ing name at any rate. Petrunkeviteh is not a name to trifle with. It is an event of unusual moment when Ida Tarbell makes a talk without referring to Standard Oil. Birmingham begs to assure Atlanta that It has a baseball team that knows how and when to score. Gorky’s companion is a woman with j a revolutionary past, to say nothing of her social chapters. The worst in San Francisco is now known, and the work of restoration will lie begun at once. A New York novelist Is to marry her publisher. This is one way to settle royalties. Gorky did not know that he was in Spotless Town when he stepped foot in New York. Carnegie's defence is brief and to the point—he says the Atlanta woman did it first. Maxim Gorky finds it. difficult to keep out. of jail in Russia, and in a hotel in America. After all, Dowie had to fall back on a practical and prosaic injunction. Carlos simply has to bat up to his Birmingham name—"Horseshoe." Gorky has disappeared in a hole and drawn the hole in after him. ft _^. Cold cream a -° ce cream will usher in the good c‘ " immor time. d lr a How wo> ho,you like to carry the bats and get ' Fl'?jr nothing. -r( ■ ----• San 1 , .lcisc.- will rise again, fairer and gro; er than ever. Burglars also believe in limiting the size of great fortunes. The new issue is fortunes swollen beyond healthy limits. 'Phe object of the* Aero club is to get off the earth. GOOD ADVICE. From the Knoxville Sentinel. Stick to your flannels until they stick to you. WE’D WIN. From the Memphis News-Scimitar. If we only knew about those long shots in time. GREAT SPEECH. From the Charleston News and Courier. | The recent speech of Senator Bailey was even greater than his shirt-front. HE SAW THE FIRST ONE. From the Chicago News. Smiles—T wonder if old Adam was strict ly temperate? Olles—1 guess not. Didn't he see the first snake? REFLECTION OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. A girl can be Jealous about a man even when she doesn't like him. People who aren't married have very optimistic views about wedded bliss. A woman can have an awful nice cry thinking how hard It would be on her children if she weren't such a good mother to them. It would be a good investment to have so much money that people who borrow from you would be too afraid of you not to pay you back. A man has to lost- a good deal <>f money on the races to feel as bad about |t as he does when he gets stung for a small subscription to a charity. IN HOTEL LOBBIES Telegrams for San Francisco. “As the newspapers throughout the country are now receiving and publish ing all information from the Pacific coast that it is possible to obtain, the Postal Telegraph and Cable company will de vote its entire facilities to the handling of important telegrams for the relief of the San Francisco sufferers and for the patrons: and will not issue any further bulletins unless some important change occurs in existing conditions,'’ said an official of the Postal. “Owing to the destruction of San Fran cisco and tilt consequent scattering of its people, it is almost impossible to find individuals in San Francisco to whom telegrams are addressed, and all telegrams are still subject to indefinite delay. “Our company is, however, sparing no money or effort to re-establish effective telegraph service. We have arranged to open an office at the Market street ferry building. San Francisco, where telegrams for that city will be sent. It is impossible to make deliveries, but we will placard the city announcing the opening of this office and requesting any one expecting telegrams to inquire for them. The same course will be pursued at Oakland, with all telegrams which cannot bo delivered there.” Sixth District. T,. B. Musgrove, manager of the cam paign of Cap. Richmond Pearson Hob son for Congressman from the Sixth district, and H. P. Gibson, one of the 1oc4l1 managers, weflo dn Birmingham lust night. Mr. Musgrove stated that the race had assumed new' interest as the result of developments within the past few days. He further said: “Every county in the district will give Hobson a majority with the posible exception of two counties, and the majority in those two counties will amount to practically nothing, as? the vote in them will be about a tic.” Congressman Bankhead’s folow'ers are also making strong claims for their can didate. The primary In the Sixth dis trict wil be held next Monday. Cotton Situation. Said a Birmingham student of the cotton situation: “Tho 10 per cent increase in cotton acreage estimated some weeks ago seems now, according to general reports, to he verified by facts. The fertilizer sales also show an Increase still more marked than that In the matter of acreage. “Cotton In southern Texas is said to he up to a good stand and the weather as a whole has been more than commonly propitious. Added to this is the recent Han Francisco horror which, considerably affecting the finances of the country, also affected tlie cotton trade. Millions of dollars will be drawn to tho Pacific slope from New' York. All this tends to re strict speculative activity. Yet despite these depressing influences the price of cotton is well maintained. One cause for this may he due to the firm attitude the interior spot holders, which position is undoubtedly strengthened by the scarcity of high grade cotton. “According to the New York Com me r* clal the cotton that lias been received there lately is the dirtiest that has come in for twenty years, and the percentage of rejections is unprecedented. After all. however, in the last analysis of the cot ton situation, manipulation and its high prices must not be overlooked in the game.” Walter Damrosch. Robert Lawrence, representing the fa mous New York Symphony orchestra, of which Walter Damrosch Is conductor, spent yesterday in Birmingham complet ing arrangements for a grand concert at the Jefferson theatre Wednesday night, May 2. The appearanc of Damrosch will be the greatest musical event of tho season. He brings with him Miss Zudie Harris, a brilliant pianist, who will be on the pro gramme for a fine concerto of her own composition. This is the twenty-first year of Mr. Damroch's activities as an orchestra leader In this country. When only 23 years of age, 'he served as assistant di rector of the Metropolitan Opera House, and was active in securing the services of such artists as Lehmann, Alvarey, Fischer and Seidl. ITis German Opera company attained a great vogue in the metropolis, his successes in this field pav ing the way for the achievements that followed In the realm of orchestral mu sic. Since the New York Symphony Or chestra was organized, its advance lias been steady under somewhat adverse cir cumstances, until now it ranks with the best organizations of Its kind In America. With a subsidy to aid in bringing It to a high standard of discipline and re hearsal. the orchestra’s popularity has continued to increase, as may bo Judged from the fact that nearly 300 concerts are now given yearly. In addition to his work in the field of opera, oratorio and symphonic works. Mr. Damrosch has giv<m frequent lecture recitals on the Wagner music dramas and kindrec^ subjects. Many important compositions have received their first pro duction in this country under Ills baton, notably Cornelius' opera “The Barber of Bagdad." Goldmark's "Merlin,” Salnt Saens' “Samson et Delilah," and Pade rewski's “Manru." About Persons. Tile friends of Dr. J. A. B. T.ovett. can didate for commissioner of agriculture of the slate of Alabama, will be glad to learn that he Is very much Improved In health at his home at Blountsvllle. Dr. T.ovett has tieen confined to his room for several weeks with pneumonia. • • • T. L. Woodruff of Montgomery Is regis tered at the Hillman. • • • J. Morrow of Mobile Is stopping at the Birmingham. • • • George W. Harrison of Eutaw is at the Morris. • • • F. M. Abbott of Selma is stopping at the Metropolitan. • * • S. T. Smith and J. G. Jennings of Opeli ka are at the St. Nicholas. ... y H. P. Adams of Corona is registered at the Birmingham. ... W. H. Watkins of Opelika Is at the Hill man. ■ • • Mrs. B. B. Barnes of Eutaw is stopping at the Morris. ... N. T. Underwood of Russellville is reg istered at the Metropolitan. • » • J. H. Samuel of Talladega Ts at the Hill- j man. ALABAMA PRESS Marlon Standard'; The friendship be tween Mr. Roosevelt and Judge Thomas G. Jones is extremelf personal. Eufaula Times; That Connecticut judge who ruled that a man could control his wife should be ousted upon the ground of disqualification.' Pine Belt News: Forecasting the weath er at long range was done with great success as far back in history as the days of Father Noah. Andalusia News: If they put Vardanian of Mississippi in the United States Sen ate, oOr good friend, Mr, Tillman, will not he “the whole show.” Abbeville Timas: rl\he campaign for governor is getting some life in it. What once seemed to be a dull affair is warm- j Ing up into a “red hot” campaign. j Montgomery Advertiser: It should be I borne In mind, however, that “denatured alcohol” Is not suitable for the founda tion of mint juleps or things of that sort. . _ Fort Payne Journal: The Chicago so cialists are said to be In favor of the municipal ownership of breweries, es- i pecially as the brewers have raised the price of beer. Headland Post: The farms of Alabama I will never be doing all God Almighty in- I tended they should do until the produce ! every pound of supplies the people of Alabama need. De Kalb Record: After the foam was blown away Mayor Rose is found to have been defeated for re-election to the office of Mayor of Milwaukee, but the town’s fame plows on. Greenville Living Truth: Whether or not government seeds are good for anything has not yet been decided but it is quite clear that the subject has caused the seeds of dissension to sprout. Sylacaga Progress: Strikes us that it Is all a mistake to encourage those Filipino college students to learn to play football. Think what an insurrection trained foot ball players could pull off on that Philip pine archipelago. Sumter County Call: Tills is indeed a great country. Last week Boston, Mass., was wrestling with a big snow storm, while down here in Alabama we were jn our shirt sieves lighting ategomylas to a fare-you-well. Baldwin Times: The cry for "exposure” and “turn the offenders out” at Wash ington seems to have abated somewhat. It has had a tendency to raise another cry, "turn out the whole bunch.” The result should he a democratic Congress. Gadsden Tlmes-News: The Birmingham Age-Herald says “You never did see a moving picture show of how the Panama canal is being dug.” And the probability is that you will not for many years to come unless someone with a gigantic Imagination fakes a film. Sheffield Reaper: Gold mining in Ala bama is conducted on a larger scale than is generally known. Three companies are operating jn Tallapoosa county, and their ; product last year reached $46,000. This year it is estimated that the output will be over $100,000. For variety of products Alabama leads all the states. Canebrake Herald: Apropos of tlie re cent "dodging" escapades of our multi millionaires. the New York Times says It is difficult to draw a distinction between a subpoena dodger and a fugitive from Justice; and the Atlanta Constitution thinks the difference is about like that between a thief and an embezzler. Figure it out to suit yourself, and you’ll end by deckling that Its “tweedle dum and tweedle-dee.” Franklin Times: There is in New York a watch dealer who is selling American made watches, with a profit to himself, at prices less than the manufacturer Is selling them to retail dealers. This mgn has agents in Europe who buys the watches when shipped by the American manufacturer to Europe and reships them to America. 80 much for the protective, trust tariff of the G. O. P. GREAT FIRES IN UNITED STATES. From tho Cincinnati Enquirer. Richmond, Va.—Theatre, Governor and many leading cltlxcns perish; December 26, 1811. New York City—600 warehouses de stroyed. loss $20,000,000; December 16, 1835, Washington, D. C.—General posfofftee and patent office burned; December 75, 1836. Charleston, S. C.—1159 buildings con sumed; April 27. 1838. • New York City—46 buildings burned, loss $10,000,000; September 6, 1830. Pittsburg, Pa.—1000 buildings, less $«,nno, 000; April 10, 1848. New York City—1300 dwellings de stroyed; June 28, 1845. New York City—302 stores, four lives, loss $6,000,000; July' 19, 1845. Albany. N. Y. —800 buildings, steamboats, piers, etc., loss $3,000,000; September 9, 1848. St. Doula, Mo —15 blocks of houses. 23 steamboats, loss $3,000,000; May 17, 1849. San Franotsco. Cal.—3600 buildings de stroyed, many lives lost, loss $3,500,000; May 3-5, 1851. San Francisco, Cal.—500 buildings, loss $3,900,000; June 22, 1851. Washington, D. C.—35,000 volumes Con gressional library burned; December 24, 1851. Syracuse, N. Y.—100 buildings, loss $1, 000,000; November 8, 1856. New Y'ork City—Crystal palace and ex hibits destroyed; October S. 1858. Portland, Me.—Almost destroyed, 10,000 people made homeless, loss $15,000,000; July 4, 1886. Chicago, 111.—Great fire, 17,450 buildings, and 200 Uvea lost. 98.750 people homeless, loss over $260,000,000; October 8-9, 1871. Michigan—Forest fires. 18,000 persons made homeless, villages destroyed, 4,000, 000,000 feet timber destroyed; October. 1871. Boston, Moss.—800 buildings destroyed, loss $80,000,000; November 9, 1872. Brooklyn, N. Y.—Theatre Brooklyn, 295 lives lost; December 5. 1878. Hoboken. N. J.—Steamship piers, 250 perished; 1900. Taterson. N. J.—26 business blocks burned, loss $18,000,000; February 9. 1902. Cincinnati. O.—Pike opera house, loss $1,5110,000; February 26. 1908. Chicago—Iroquois theatre. 572 burned;, December 30, 1903. Baltimore, Md.—20 lives lost, 800 build ings destroyed, loss $45,000,000; February 7. 1904. New York—Steamer General Slocuin, lv20 perish; June lft, 1904. COMMENTS ON MEN AND MATTERS OF THE TIMES \ FTER all, the old world Is not suc h IWl a bad placet We talk <about " ■ man's inhumanity to man and bewail the sordid greed of the times—t'he selfishness, tho egotism and the heart lessness—but let a disaster happen and note how quick and universal is the tender of aid. The whole country rushed | to succor stricken San Francisco in the . hour of her desolation. Rich men, poor men, cities apd towns 'have responded j nobly. From across the sea come words of sympathy and offers of assistance, while Columbia lias folded her drooping daughter t,o her breast. Sometimes the good in men is forgotten; sometimes, in the battle for supremacy, growing ever more tense and soul-wracking, people forget to perform small deeds of kind ness, but when a crisis comes the depth of humanity is revealed. The world has not yet lost all pity, nor will a cry for help go unheeded. A WORLD OF RACKET. All around us are pianos Being pounded night and day, While cheap phonographic records By the ton are worn away, 7 There's the noise of booming trolleys, And the puff of auto cars; Full a million sounding shops are Sending racket to the stars. i There’s the rush and roar of traffic. There’s the noise that people make; There’s a throbbing, chronic pounding That would make a mountain quake. We cannot, however weary, Stop the wheels of industry. And we can’t be still a minute, On the land or on the sea. Now, with all this darned confusion— And it’s just as we allege— It would lhardly be surprising If our temper’s on an edge. The American people arc not disposed to let Maxim Gorky forget the girl he left behind him. In course of publication: "Some Kis sers I Have Met," by A. Carnagy. Benjamin Franklin has entered upon his two hundred and first year. A PROCRASTINATOR. There is a man in our town Who would not have to borrow If he could do the things today That he will do tomorrow. A word to wives: If you think he has had too much ask him to say "statistics." If people could have Imaginary happi ness as easily as they have imaginary woes there would be more cheerfulness in the world. Now that Professor Petrie has solved the riddle of the Hykios by discovering the remains of the famous Tel-El-Ya hoodieh, we can breathe eaaier, What # the score? IT S UP TO YOU. Want to make a sounding name? It’s up to you. Want to have your share of fame? It’s up to you. Hew your fortune, lead the way, Mix up briskly in the fray. Try to get there and to stay— It’s up to you. Want to lead a happy life? It's up to you. W ant a home and loving wife? It’s up to you. Fortune waits the man who tries, Hustle on and take the prize, Climbing Is the way to rise H’s up to you. W'ant to be a lucky man? It's up to you. WTant to win out if you can? It’s up to you. Nothing pleases like success Nothing wanted more, I guess, Yet, old chap, I must confess— It’s up to you. A bill has been Introduced In the city council of Kalamazoo to put any employe of the city in jail who accepts a baseball pass. T nder the circumstances a walk out w'ould be justified. Some wonderful cures are reported in the papers these days, but they are most ly advertisements. Jerome K. Jerome and Charles Battel! Loomis received a cordial welcome in Montgomery, which is considerably more than they got in Birmingham. HOOKS EASY TO THEM. Hots of people that you know Often wonder why You can make a living and Never seem to try. There is an element of tragedy in the lifo of an incubator chicken. There ara no feathers and no cluck attached to an incubator. Streams are purling, breeze is blowing; flowers blooming, grass is growing; fish are biting, birds are mating, yet folk* keep on roller skating. PRETTY BUSY. Tho busy is the little bee. He can not hope to get As busy in the spring time as The little cascaret. Tt would be rather dull for jokesmiths if coal and ice were free. Burglars find it advantageous to keep u copy of “Who’s Who.” It tal^es a smooth man to ride in an automobile when he ought to be riding in a trolley car. PAUL COOK. JOHN BUNYAN’S PARABLE OF THE WORLDLY MAN From John Bunyan's “Pilgrim Progress.” IIE President's recent address on ICf) “Muck Rake Journalism’' lends ■ interest to the origin of a figure which is used to characterize those writers and critics who are accused of looking wholly for the faults in public men and of passing by much that is good in our system of government and in the. representatives of the people. The man with the Muck Rake in the Pilgrim’s Progress was one w'hose mind was fixed on carnal things and who could not be. • jersuaded to lift his eyes to the celestial joys which might have been his.—Kansas City Star. Then ran Innocent in (for that was her name), and said to those within, Can you think who is at the door? There is Chris tiana. and her children, and her com panion. all waiting for entertainment here! Then they leaped for joy. and went and told their Master. So he came to the door, and, rooking upon her he said, Art thou that Christiana whom Chris tian. the good man, left behind him when he betook himself to a pilgrim's life? Christiana—I am that woman that was so hard-hearted as to slight my husband’s troubles, and that left him to go on his journey alone; and these are his four children; but now I also am come, for l am convinced that no way Is right but his. Interpreter—Then Is fulfilled that which also is written of the man that said to his son, “Go w'ork today In my vineyard. And he said to his father, I will not; but afterward be repented, and wrent.” (Matt. ,\Xl„. 28-29. Then said Christiana. So be it, Amen. God make it a true saying upon me. and grant that I may be found at the last of him In peace, without spot, and blame less! Interpreter—But why standest thou thus at the door? Come in, thou daughter of Abraham. We were talking thee but now', for tidings have come to us before, how thou art become a pilgrim. Come, children, come in; come, maiden, come in. So he had them all into the house. So when they were within, they were hidden sit down and rest them; the which when they had done, those that attended upon the pilgrims In the houso came Into the room to see them, ^Yud one smiled, and another smiled, and they all smiled for Joy that Christiana was become a pilgrim. They also looked upon the boys; they stroked them over the faces with the hand, In token of their kind reception of them. They also carried It lovingly to Mercy; and bid them all welcome Into their Master’s house. After a while, be cause supper was not ready, the Interpre ter took them Into his Significant Rooms, and showed them what Christiana’s hus band had seen some time before. Here, therefore, they saw the man In the cage, the man and his dream, the man that cut his way through his enemies, and the picture of the biggest of them all. to gether with the rest of those things that were then so profitable to Christian. This done, and after these things had been somewhat digested by Christiana, and her company, the Interpreter takes them apart again, and has them first in a room where was a man that could look no way but downwards, with a muck rake in his hand. There ’stood also one over his head, with a celestial crown in his hand, and proffered him that crown for Ills muck rake; but the man did neither look up nor regard, but raked j himself the straws, the small sticks, and the dust of the floor. Then said Christiana. 1 persuade my- ' •elf that 1 know somewhat the meaning of for this is a figure of a man of this world; is it not, good sir? Interpreter—Thou hast said the right, said lie; and his muck rake doth show ills carnal mind. And whereas thpu soest him grive heed to rake up straws and sticks, and the dust of the floor, than to what he says that calls to him from above with the celestial crown in his hand; it is to show’ that Heaven is but a fable to some, and that things’ here are counted the only tilings substantial. Now, whereas it was also show’ed thee that the man could look no wray but downward*; it is to let thee know’ that earthly things, when they are with pow’er upon men’s minds, quite carry their hearts away from God. Then said Christiana, O deliver me from this muck rake! That prayer, said the Interpreter, has lain by till it is almost rusty. "Give mo not riehes/’ it scarce the prayer of one of ten thousand (Proverbs xxx, 8). Straws, and sticks, and dust, -with most, are the great things now’ looked after. With that Mercy and Christiana wrept and said, It is, alas! too true. SAN FRANCISCO. From the Cincinnati Enquirer. Metropolis of the Pacific coast, and United States’ gateway to the Orient. Population, 1900, 342,782; 1906, 450,000. Area, 41 square miles. Founded as a Franciscan mission, 1776. Took its present name in January, JS47, then a village of 450 persons. Prosperity began with the discovery of gold in California in 1849. Visited by five great fires in 1849, 3850, 1851. Ruled by vigilance committees, 1851-1856. Almost ruined by epidemic of Fraser river fever, 1858, when population emi grated to British Columbia and real es tate sold for half its value. Greatly damaged by earthquake Octo ber 21, 1868. Other shocks In 1891, 1894, 1888 and 1900. The city hall, just ruined, cost over $5, 000.000. The Palace hotel cost $3,000,000. Assessed valuation* of real estate, $550, 000,000. Foreign commerce, exports and imports, exceed $100,000,000 a year. Bank clearings exceed $1,500,000,000 a year. Has 35 bands, with assets exceeding $190, 000,000. Ranks first in the United States in use of telephones. THE POET. From tho Kansas City Times. He strove to sing a deathless song; To wake the thunders of acclaim; To crown himself and her he loved, With the bright aureole of fame. But, lo! tho song that was to be; it would not ripple on his tongue. The note that lives In rhapsody, Was ever with the songs unsung. His masterpiece he wooed In vain, Youth and high purpose hastened by; The cloudy night came up and on. And spread its net across the iky. The compromise was made with sin; And in his soul, hope's altar flame Was blown by gusts of sobbing loves. And spattered with the tears of shame. And as he pressed a wasted hand Against his Sorrow furrowed brow He saw a form before him stand And heard it whisper, "Take me now!" And now he sang because lie must (lone was his lust of love and fame And. lo! it was hU masterpiece And woke the thund rous world * ac claim.