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Me thinks you prescribe to yourself very preposterously, —Merry Wives of Windsor. Three State Problems. The selection of legislative represent atives is going on daily in this state In the minds of electors at any rate, and the average voter considers per haps personal popularity in the repre sentative more than what he w ill stand for, or what influences he will be sub ject to. Three questions will come before each representative and each senator next winter, and all three touch every family, almost every person In this state, as follows 1. A secret ballot. The present bal lot is unsatisfactory to every freeman, an outrage upon independent expres sion at the polls. The present election law subjects the ballots to inspection by the inside managers in every county. No scrutiny of ballots can be proven, and the penalties, if proven, are trivial. 2. Unlimited local taxation for schol purposes. Let no one think this reform can be readily procured. It cannot be. The small counties are wholly willing to loot the large ones to the limit, and order to do that they are willing u> condemn unlimited • local jax«ii(?traii nil the counties. The . .'jJj'Ance and unwisdom of forbidding a school district from having as good a school as it. is willing to pay for ks apparent without argument, but the present policy will go on unless the voters study the question, and the illit eracy figures of this slate. 3. A now school-book contract for five years. The present contract will soon expire, and trust agents are busy. Many teachers have all sorts of notions about school books, and they are con sciously or unconsciously aiding the trust In Its efforts to regain monopoly of the book business in tLis stale at monopoly prices. Unless the matter is closely watched new books will be foisted on 700,000 children at a heavy expense with no resultant good except to the hook trust. The small school district far from central towns and rail roads would In that way soon relapse Into a chaotic text-book condition, and all the gain that uniformity has brought to them would be lost. These three propositions should he discussed in every county and election district. They concern all. and each and all of them will be brought before the next legislature for settlement—a secret ballot, local taxation for schools, and uniform text books. Wall Street and the Country. When in the current Wall-street liqui dation a 25-point drop occurred in Great Northern. J. .T. Hill, who is pres ident of that railroad, quietly remarked that not Great Northern, hut somebody else was weak. This presents the sit uation almost in a word. Prices had been unduly boomed until the entire Wall-street market had become top heavy, and no one wanted securities at prevailing prices. As soon as some securities were thrown on the market the bottom fell out. Speculators could i not. borrow money to sustain unreal values, and prices have been reduced all along the line. The prices of railroad securities hive been marked down, and yet the rail roads are crowded with traffic, and the crop outlook presents no dark spots. Industrials are lower, and yet every plant has more orders than it can fill. The country is prosperous, happy and busy. There is no trouble anywhere except in Wa.* street, and tne trouble there Is solely due to over-speculation, over-borrowing and over-infiation of prices. Wall street will soon be back ' to normal, and the great business of the country will keep right on un checked. Wall street Is no longer the whole country, although It be still n considerable part of It from a financial point of view. Confederate Veterans In 1908. The Mobile Item urges Mobile to | make an effort to secjtre the 1908 re I union of the old Boldlers of the war, JUnsinKhami* candidacy was made known at the New Orleans reunion, and many promises were made, Mo bile did not present her claims at New Orleans, and (t dope not seem meet that it should do so now, It is beat that all Alabama should pull together in order to bring the 1908 reunion to this state a4 all, The question should perahps be de cided by hotel capacity and prepara tions for the entertainment of dele gates and visitors, In 1908 the hotel accommodataions of Birmingham will be double those of any other town in Alabama, for to the present list of ho tels will be added a skyscraper holel on a lot 125x140 feet. Possibly other hotels will be built near the new union station. Trolley Birmingham will readily, too, In 190S double In popula tion any other (own in this state. In view, therefore, of Birmingham’s preliminary campaign in New Orleans, and of Its intention to raise a fund of 525,000 for the entertainment of the veterans, it seems to be unwise to ere* ate a diversion at Mobile, The Item should bide a wee. Let Birmingham have yie reunion of 1908, and when later on Mobile desires a reunion no town will support its claims more cor dially than Birmingham. Canal Building in the Senate. The committee on interoceanic canals is easily the leading committee of the Senate today, and It will remain the leading committee until the canal is dug. At present the committee con sists of seven republicans and five dem ocrats. The democrats are Morgan of Alabama, Carmack of Tennessee, Taliaferro of Florida, Gorman of Mary land, and Simmons of North Carolina. '1 no-illness of Senator Gorman and the absence of Senator Carmack has prac tically thrown the minority work of this committee upon Senator Morgan, and he would be fully justified in call ing for assistance. Even a younger man would do that. Senator Gorman’s protracted illness has at length induced him to retire from the committee, and the filling of the vacancy is a matter of deep con sideration on the democratic side of l no Senate. Senator Bailey was urged to take the place. His state is deeply interested in the building of the canal, and in the many problems connected with its construction, and all felt that his ability and energy should be given to the great wbrk. Bui he declines to accept the proffered place. It is now thought that Senator Foster will be selected to take Mr. Gorman’s place. Senator Morgan will continue to give the subject careful attention, but there bhoukl be a division of the minority work of the great committee, for every year of the next ten will add to the burden. Senator Foster is an excellent lawyer who has practically been in public life thirty years. He was gov ernor of Louisiana eight years, and he took a seat in the Senate in 1901. Publicity in Campaigns. The bill that Senator Foraker has been authorized by the committee on priviliges and elections to report as a bill that is highly evasive and will prove highly inefficient. It would, in fact, prove to be no law at all. It sim ply prohibits corporations from con tributing to campaign funds, and the o y. V of a corporation who makes such a coni ribution is lo ho fined $1000 —that is all. The bill contains a pro vision for publicity—no provision for punishing those who receive contribu tions. The proposed bill insults the intelligence of the American people. It should be entitled "a hill to main tain and promote campaign contribu tions in national elections," for that is what it really is. Under it the national political bosses could hunt with im punity for campaign subscriptions, for any corporation could contribute by swelling the salary of one of its offi cials. and no one would be the wiser for It. There is but one remedy, and that is publicity. Every democrat tshoukl stand for publicity, and wliat is needed more than anything else In this matter is a democratic Congress that will send for persons and papers until the se crets of 1896, 1900 and 1904 are un earthed. The democrats should not rest until the whole truth Is brought out. The people—nil (he people—have a right to know how Ihelr Presidents are elected—whose money did it—what ob ligations bind them—what they repre sent. There is no right stronger, plainer or more important than this, and it will never be met and enforced until the democrats control the House, | and this question should be presented j in every district this summer and fall. 'ii.e whole subject is really up to the people, for the Foraker bill is a trav esty upon popular rights. John Alexander talks in Zion City to carpetbaggers, while Voliva holds forth to those to the manner born, the real simon-pure Zionists. Gary proposes to be the first city in Indiana, and if It should spread over the Illinois line it will begin to crowd Chicago for iirst place. Uncle Joe Cannon hns Intensltiad the hoi season by declaring that Congress session until the last )' Tom Johnson has Invented a motor which he hopes will revolutionize rapid trensit. He is Just as certain that it will be a success as he was that he ■would be governor of Ohio. Father Thomas Sherman, who is marching through Georgia over the route followed by his father, General Sherman, can’t expect to arouse much enthusiasm among tlie natives. The Danville News, published in Joe Cannon's home town, has nailed his honored name to its masthead for 1908. Few papers outside of Illinois indulge in mastheads. A Pennsylvania ‘ pastor says that small salaries paid to preachers keep the stork away from the parsonage door. The ministers will yet have to organize. Spotless-Town poetry in street cars leads many unsuspecting people to think that we are as a people becom ing really and truly poetic. The affection with which Nicholas Longworth will welcome Richmond P. Hobson to Washington will not be alto gether disinterested. Bishop David H. Moore says that idolatry is better tjian no worship at all. This vindicates the girls at the baseball games. Czar Nicholas and Czar Cannon will soon each have a douma to attend to, and that will he business enough for either. Blanche Ring explains the psychol ogy of the stage kiss. That is a sim ple matter overburdened with a big name. Father Sherman does not in his march through Georgia lay waste to the country or kill the helpless. Wall street hopes the earthquake waves will soon pass by. It Is accus tomed to things it can control. The rise of Funston and Hobson shows that heroes have their innings as well as other folks. The Jersey mosquito and the Jersey corporation are becoming the twin af flictions of the country. Begging is a profitable business in London, where a mendicant averages five shillings a day. Pretty soon people will flock to Frisco as rapidly as they recently flocked out of it. It is strange but true—the name of Nelson W. Aldrich is never mentioned for President. The nomination of Hobson is leading to a revival of interest in the story of Santiago. Dental surgeons in the army will hereafter rank as majors with a power ful pull. Gary is to become a rival, it appears, of Chicago except in the matter of tun nels. Among those Having troubles may be mentioned Dr. Dowie of Zion City. Rain coats as well as rations are needed in Frisco at present. The seismic disturbances are now chiefly felt in Wall street. The parlor Hoeinlisl is much in the public eye these days. All heroes, Mr. Hobson, look alike to your Uncle Joe Cannon. The color line is quite vigorous out in Kansas. At any rate, (lie golden gate is still intact. JOE LEITER’S LUCK. Front the Washington Post. "It has not been so long since Joe Letter struck the town of Sheridan. Wyo.. where be was scheduled to put in a few hours," said H. T\ Courtney of Chicago, at the Raleigh. "Among tlie other public utilities of Sheridan was an open gaming establish ment which was organized for business litin days in (he year. You will remember what Cy Warnian s-aid of a Colorado town: ‘it’s day all day In tlie daytime and there is no night in Creede.' That is about tlie kind of a town Sheridan was. On the evening of his arrival young Loiter accompanied by tlie cashier of the na tional bank, sauntered Into tho local Monte Carlo and began playing the wheel, tlie cashier having first told the proprietor that he would be responsible for any thing it is plunger frlcml might lose. “At the outset- Letter's luck was villain ously bad. lie lost one big bet after an other until liis indebtedness was away up in the tens of thousands. Still lie play ed on as serene and good-natured as though lie were winning, but it seemed impossible for him to recoup. Finally tho tub showed that lie was $,")0.000 loser, and still ills nerve did not forsake him. Long before that limit had been taken off, for the proprietor was as game as the player. The losings kept mounting up. and when 'tlie $00,000 mark itad been reached some of tlie proprietor's friends suggested that it would be a good Idea to break up the game, even If it involved shooting out the lights. "This was vetoed and the play went on. Not until joe Leiter was loser to the ex tent of ftvS.noo dtd the tide turn and then, us sure as I am a living man. he began winning in a steady streak that knew no change until he quit the game In the gray hours of the dawn not only With chips enough to square his indebtedness, but with $7000 prom. The owner of the place was glad to see him go. for had he con tinued the bank would surely have 'gone broke.' " REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. Every man who stays married is a hero. The trouble with being brilliant Is you. can hardly ever make a living at It. Mosquitoes show awful good Judgment by not appearing till openwork shirt waists come in. A man ran make up his mind he hns grown old w hen a girl isn't afraid of him in (he dark. One good thing about being in debt Is you don't have to lend money tp your relatives so they can be, !--——--——-j IN HOTEL LOBBIES Congressman Bankhead. Congressman J. H. Bankhead of the Sixth district is registered at the Metro politan, but will leave for Tuscaloosa early this morning. He is the picture of health und contentment. He takes his de feat by Richard Pearson Hobson philoso phically, even cheerfully. The veteran congressman is being urged by friends in every party of Alabama to enter the race for senatorial succession. Many of the prominent democrats of the Sixth district who voted against Bank head In the congressional primary have given assurances of their support in the event that he runs for alternate senator. 'T have not decided whether or not I will be a candiate for alternate senator,” said Congressman Bankhead yesterday. ”1 am being urged by friends to enter the race, and it may be that I will announce; but 1 must take a little time to consider.” Pleasing Words. ‘‘Last Sunday morning I was a profited and delighted worshiper at the First Pres byterian church,” said M. H. Wells, a methodise “The pastor. Dr. Stagg, preached a strong sermon. He dealt with living and vital issues. The vast congre gation was pleased; so they expressed themselves at the close of the sermon. “Among the announcements made by Dr. Stagg was on the coming of our general conference. A Methodist preacher could not have said kinder or more gracious things of us as a denomination. I wish he would wrrite what he said and allow it to go into, print. Such a fraternal spirit is refreshing. Dr. Stairs urged his congregation to open their doors to our delegates. The reputation of our cit> ha said was at stake. Dr. Stagg loves Bir mingham and wants the conference to pass off creditably to us. The delegates and visitors expect to pay for their entertain ment. All they wish Is room and welcome. Personally 1 thank Dr. Stagg for his very kind words.” Mr. Beddow’s Candidacy. "C. P. Beddow is making a good race for the office of senator from Jefferson county, although his name was not men tioned in the policital story which ap peared in The Age-Herald last Sunday," said an attorney. "Omitting the name of Mr. Beddow from the list of candidates for county offices subject to the action of the democratic primary in August, was natural, Inasmuch as many have recently confused the name of Mr. Beddow' in con nection with the aspirations for members of the lower house. "The fact is, however, Mr. Beddow is the only regularly announced candidate for state senatorial honors, and his friends in Jefferson county arc confident of his success at the polls." Banquet to Mr. Fairbanks. Arrangements are being made by the Scottish Rite Masons of- Birmingham to give a banquet to Charles K. Fairbanks, Vice President of the United States, who comes to Birmingham this week as a fraternal delegate from the northern Methodist church to the general confer ence of the Methodist Episcopal church, south. Mr. Fairbanks Is a thirty-second degree Mason. Tomorrow night the Scottish Rite Ma sons will discuss the entertainment, and appoint committees. The banquet will be given one night early next week. While In Birmingham Vice President Fairbanks will be the guest of Col. T. G. Bush, at his home on the South High lands. Damrosch Tomorrow Night. "if all the Birmingham people who en joy good music attend the Damrosch con cert at the Jefferson theatre Wednesday night, there will be standing room only," said a local musician last night. "Damrosch has arranged a choice pro gramme and since he brings an orchestra unsurpassed in quality, the tone banquet will be notable in every respect. Every number on the programme comes under the head of popular music." Colonel John’s Preference. "I am still of tlie opinion that the hill just beyond Owenton college would bo an ideal site for Vulcan." said Col. L. W. Johns. "While the representatives of the women's clubs are considering the question of a site it would be well for them to take a look at the eminence which 1 am advocating. Vulcan should be placed where he could command the widest range of view. The hill beyond Owenton Is certainly unequalled from that point of view. "Red mountain is preferable to Capitol park, but why pedestal the statue on Red mountain when the ridge at Owenton is a vallnble?" About Persons. W. W. Battles of Jacksonville is at the M etropolitan. • * * W. J. Chambers of Montgomery is stop ping at the Morris. * * * J. K. Lacy of Jasper Is at the Metro politan. • * * W. H. Penchall of Henderson and J. E. Penchall of Garnsey are registered at the Morris. * * • T. M. Canfield and J. G. Canfield of Mobile are stopping at the St. Nicholas. • * • S. T. Walker of Selma is at the Morris. TELEPHONES IN SWEDEN. Low Rates That Are Charged by Gov ernment-Owned Systems. F.ilwarrl F. Dunne. Mayor of Chicago, In The Reader. In many countries I found the govern ment engaged in the telephone business. In Sweden, for instance, I found the government conducting a telephone sys tem of its own. The state does not pre vent private individuals from running telephone lines, if they wish. But the government, intent that the people shall have necessities at fair rates, caring for the welfare of the many rather than for stuffing the wallets of the few. manages a telephone system of its own. In Stock holm and other Swedish cities even the homes of the members of the humbler working classes are equipped with tele phones, and the rate for local private service runs as low. in some cases, as six dollars a year. A loeul call at a pay station may be had for about one and one-quarter cents, i Business houses, with unlimited service, pay as low as about fifteen dollars and twenty-five cents per year. Those who have paid the exorbi- , tant service rates exacted In Chicago, New York and other cities of the United States will readily understand that condl I tlone are somewhat different. NEW EXPERIENCE MEETIN’. From the New York Sun. Once a year all the negroes who can walk, ride or raise the price of a ticket to Tuskegee get together there to talk things over. Booker T. Washington open ed the last conference with the advice to get down to facts, and the way the darkies did so was most enlivening. One man who began by working on a farm at 50 cents a day said that he now owns a store and 1200 acres of land. An old man owning a “nice little log cabin" of four rooms and forty acres of land in vests his savings in horses, cows, buggies and wagons dnd will put some money in the bank as soon as the "wedder gets warmer." A delegate from Leon county, Florida, made a start twenty years ago with forty acres of woodland, clearing and ploughing it with the help of two steers which he fed on mulberry bushes and moss. He fiow owns 500 acres, besides real estate in Tallahassee and a bank account. "They have got me set down In my county for $10,000," said he, “but I praise God for it all.” A woman from Talladega county owns tlfe house she lives in and 300 acres of laFid six miles from town, also a house in Talladega, which she bought herself.' She sells milk and butter, eggs and chick ens every week instead of depending on cotton alone. This fact Dr. Washington emphasized to all the women present. An old man got pp at this point and complained that he knew a great many people who raised butter and eggs and chickens but grew poorer every year. He was effectually silenced by the woman's instant retort, which was loudly ap plauded : "Yaas, dat’s ’cause de wife stay home while de man go to town an’ sell de aigs an’ de chicken an' den spen* all de money on whisky." The woman who said two years ago that she got her start by swapping a pup for a pig reported that she has left her two room log cabin and now lives in a three room frkme house, owns forty acres of land and has never bought any meat since she made the swap. She advised all to get their living “by the sweat of their eyebrow'." An old man showed the audience his coat, which his wife had made of wool from the back of the same old sheep that furnished the coat he wore at the last conference. DIET FOLLIES. From “Diet Delusions,” by Woods Hutch inson, A. M. M. D., in the April Mc Clure’s. Some diet delusions are of most mod ern date, like the fad which i? now’ de vastating our breakfast tables while oth- , ers are of most respectable antiquity. Among the latter is that very ancient survival, the notion that particular foods are "good" for particular things or ef fects. This is an almost direct descendent of the notion, held with greater or less unanimity by nearly all savage and bar barous tribes, that the flesh or viscera of birds and animals possessing particu lar qualities in those who eat them. Thus lar qualities will be likely to produce the same qualities in those who eat them. Thus Nero used to banquet on nightin gale’s tongues in the hope of improving his voice, and the Ojibwa cut out and de voured the heart of the bear, the liver of the buffalo, etc., believing that the strength and courage of these animals would thereby be transferred to himself, it is probable that the most grewsome of ancestral rites, cannibalism, was largely due to the same belief, although, of course, in Neanderthal days primitive man would have no more hesitancy about eating his enemy after he had killed him | than he would in devouring a bear or a deer. In fact, the early converts of the j missionaries in the South Sea Islands referred to their favorite dish us “long pig. ’ Every known race has at some time been cannibal. There certainly was a childlike logicality and naivete about the conception of the Maori warrior who rounded and com pleted liis conquest of his enemy by eat ing him afterwards and thus acquiring all the vigor and energy which had been wont to oppose him. The story told of the old Maori chief who, upon Ills death bed, when urged by the missionary and his favorite wife to a death-bed repent ance, and told that In order to do so he must first forgive his enemies, proudly lifted his dying head and exclaimed, “I have no enemies; I have eaten them all.’’ appeals to a slumbering chord In us even yet. While certain most intelligent peo ple today would indignantly resent the accusation of reverting to such days and ideas, they will vigorously denounce the eating of pork as an unholy thing, on the ground that "he who eats pork thinks pork.’’ and the more orthodox of them will even declare that while scripture records that the devils entered into swine, we have no assurance ‘hht they ever came out of them. i NOCQUET’S PLACE AS AN ARTIST. Samuel Swift, in Harper's Weekly. | What Paul Nocquet might have attained to. as a creative artist, must remain un certain. Tho sympathetic student of his work could not but see that It was In the same state of divided allegiance as the man himself. Surely it is no reproach to a man or an artist that he be found passing through a preliminary epoch of confused purposes, before the moment of crystallzation arrives. Perhaps within a decade Paul Nocquet's art might have clarifled and taken on a positive and ab solute character, basing itself definitely upon a set of guiding principles. There was a fine ambition to spur him on—he looked forward to larger and more sig nificant work than anything he had done. To the writer he expressed a wish that he might be enabled to carry out In heroic size his "Effort." for some such site as tho Plaza at Fifty-ninth street and Fifth ave nue; this subject he deemed especially American, "the struggle for the forco against matter.” It is quite conceivable that Nocquet's plunge Into the seething life of the New World had deferred the maturing of hie artistic nature. He was delicately sensitive to Impressions; here they crowded upon him so urgently that lie became diffuse and Uncritical in his lnvolutary haste to express what he felt and thought. The Immediate effect may have been even similar to what he feared would happen to him in Rome—an over balancing of his Interpretative powers by the impact of more than lie could for the moment properly aborb and assimilate. When all is said. Noequet was a man likely to have been a factor in American sculptural activity. His outspoken cour age. fortifying his authentic talent, would have ensured that. The world of art will regret his loss: his memory will be cher ished and his name will summon up, when it is spoken, a vlsslon of happy, impulsive youth, of a nature that dtd not live long enough to grow old and tnlght never have done so. j COMMENTS ON MEN AND MATTERS OF THE TIMES I UK author of a rejected poem I writes like this: “Besides being ■ a benefactor to the human race, you are also my benefactor and I shall continue to read your paper above all others.’ Isn’t that an example of Chris tian fortitude seldom exhibited? Instead of this charming humility and jewel-like modesty of soul, how often do we behold the turned down poet wax haughty and blatant? How often do we hear him com plain that genius is not appreciated and editors do not know their business? How many times have we not been pestered by the noise he makes when a manu script comes back rejected and how of-* ten do we weary of his lamentations? Ah, if all poets could possess themselves in peace like this one. If all would lick the hand that struck them, even as the faith ful dog, and bow down to the editorial autocrat who, throws back into their faces the product of grinding toil! What sweetness of temper would prevail throughout the literary realm, and how few real poets would ever get a hearing! Meekness of spirit is an admirable thing I but faith in one’s self is what conquers i the world. | A QUESTION. Will lie do it? Will he stand Up once more .so All the_land Can admire his Mighty frame And bequeath him 1 Greater fame? Think ye, he will Take the chance To put one more In a trance? Tell us. prophets, If you deign, Will Jim Jeffries , Fight again? A man wants a divorce from his wife because she was too indolent to cook pies. Poor fellow. Wonder if he liked lemon? Father Gapon might send a souvenir post card just to let us know whether he Is dead or alive. It might as well be said here as any where else that the latest cyclone in Texas didn’t kill as many people as one feud engagement would in Kentucky. It seems that B. Franklin was nearly everything but an alderman. CHANGED. Feeling fresh and fine today. Full of fun and rather gay. Toll you why, if you won’t scoff. Just this morning took them off. If the present rise of the mercury con tinues it will soon be possible for any body to have a hot time with propriety. In avowing that he is not afraid to compete with Paderewski, a champion long-dfstanee piano pounder should re member that it is quality and not quan tity that counts in music. It is surprising how much fishing poetry can be written by persons who never fish. “I 8ee an opening here,” said Mister 1 Skeeter and he straightway entered a “peekaboo.” In calling the automobile “ubiquitous.^ a writer in Pearson’s magazine does not transcend the limits of possibility. The auto goes everywhere. Ip case of acci dents, it is sometimes difficult to say just where a car will go. A POET S WOES. Poet writes tome little verses, Sends them to an editor. Who doth like the style and meter— Gives the poet credit, or Mails to him a small remittance For the stanzas he has writ, For, thinks he, that unknown fellow Stands a chance to make a hit. When the composition’s printed Many errors here and there Fill the poet, half distracted. With deep sorrow and dispalr. Tho he hoped he would be famous. Typo smiled in cold disdain. Poet men should learn to pass through Such ordeals and try again. FAME. Fame is sometimes Hard to find. Often harsh and Most unkind. For she smiles on Many cranks Who don’t give her Any thanks. There would be a lot of excitement If somebody should try to ‘‘bull” the soda water market. Gentleman over In Morocco who mur dered thirty-six women must have been jilted in his early youth. A paitlietic story is going the rounds of how a young man who was far from home lost his bank roll. No loss can be felt more keenly at times. It is hardly probable that Mr. Roose velt had to take that little outing to recover from the chill he caught from Senator Tillman. . KEEP COOL*. This is the burden Of my song, Don’t hunt for trouble ’Less you're strong. It Is human to err. Maybe that Is one reason why we so often pick the wrong horse to carry our money. You will find some real poetry south' of this department. PAUL COOK. DAVIS OF ARKANSAS IS A “CORNFIELD” LAWYER From the Chicago Journal. RKANSAS is going to send to the (jW\ United States Senate Governor ■ Jeff Davis, who is, like Tillman, a “cornfield lawyer," and proud of it. Staid old Senator James H. Berry has been de feated in the state primary, and Davis’ nomination by the democratic party is be lieved to be equivalent to election. He is a politician who flourishes at close range with a constituency that depends upon oral, not printed, campaign argu ments. He has been attorney general once and thrice governor. He is 44 years old. "Jeff," as he is familiarly known, knows what turn will please the class of voters w hich he w'ishes to reach. The absence of an Issue Is no bar to him. He is the issuo himself. He always has appealed to the "back county” farmer and the laborer, playing upon their sympathies and on their prejudices. He is a good story teller and a man of great personal mag netism, which he know's how to employ to advantage. In ills campaigns “Jeff” de voted the greater part of his time to the smaller towns and to the country dis tricts, for here his strength lies. In his campaign for governor Davis de vised an appeal to sympathy which inci dentally proved a great advertisement for a proprietary medicine, and he went through antics that a street fakir could well have copied as an aid to selling the compound. Charges of trickery and fraud were being hurled at him, from which lie claimed he was under great nervous strain. He would stop In the middle of a vigorous address, the perspiration pour ing from his face, and dramatically un cork a bottle and pour the contents down his back and bosom. He was charged by his opponents with spending more money for this medicine than for his rail road fare in the campaign. His recent race for United States sen ator was devoid of many of the pictur esque plays which indelibly Impressed ills personality upon the minds of the people of his native state. "Do you know what is the matter with those fellows down there in Little Rock?” he w'ould say. “I can tell you. They're mad. They’re mad as can be because they’re not in office any more. 1 turned the whole set of high-collared roosters out when I wra.s first elected your governor, and put the men from the plow handles in their places.” For all that, he had a well-oiled, effi cient political machine. In his second campaign for governor Davis w'ore an old white hat similar to those worn by the residents of the dis tricts which he visited. A pair of home knit white socks could be plainly seen above his shoetops, while fastened di agonally across his shoulders would be a single suspended strap. "Those city folks down there won’t speak to me,” he would say. “I’m not dressed up enough for them,” and off the coat would come and expose one "gal lus.” iterore ms imra term as governor l^avis made a campaign for vindication, so he styled it. He had been charged with ap propriating part of his contingent fund, allowed by the state, to his porsonal use. He was arraigned before a special com mittee of the legislature, and Impeach ment was much talked of, but It failed. Davis recently closed all the gambling houses, poolrooms and Sunday saloons at Hot Springs, and appointed a prosecuting attorney, on the recommendation of the ministers of that city, who, he believes will enforce the law. This followed a coolness between him and tfye Hot Springs officials, who were for Berry in the sena torial race. Davis' political promises always have been made good after election, and he has made tactful use of his appointive power. He is quick to see a decision* is 8, master of details, knows “everybody in Arkansas” and is conceded to be a good lawyer. Those who claim to know him best say that his methods will be more refined after a few months' resi dence in Washington. «>. - CHINATOWN UNDER CHINATOWN. From the New York Times. A curious feature of the San Francisco fire is its revelation of the extent to which “Chinatown” was a place of cel lars under cellars and of long passages far below the streets, Into which white men had never penetrated. The existence of these lairs had long been suspected, and stories of the terrible crimes com mitted in them have been current, but it took the removal of the buildings to show the existence of a second Chinatown un der the first. The one to some degree in view was bad enough, but what went on among the prisoners and jailers of the subterranean city probably passes the Occidental imagination. In the re building of San Francisco an effort should and doubtless will be made to prevent any duplication oft these cave dwellings. They were, of course, the slow growth of many years, and a new Chinatown would doubtless be content with the ordi nary equipment of cellars—for a while. Then the excavation would begin again and in time the old evils would be re newed. The Boston police long ago found it expedient to prevent the establishment of such dens by inventing one reason or another to make the Chinese move from house to house occasionally. That would seem to be a good plan—if the reasons for applying it were sufficiently ingenious. “Colonies” are always bad in direct pro ^rtion to their unlikeness to the sur rounding population, and the Chinese col onies are especially had, not because the Chinese are all and necessarily wicked, but because their dissimilarity is ex treme. It is stated in the dispatches that the Chinese now driven from San Francisco, instead of returning to their old district will found a city of their own at a con siderable distance. This is a rather dis j quieting scheme and. If carried out, it will create a “race problem” of an en tirely new* kind. We have, of course, had small towns in which, for a time, all the inhabitants were foreigners of ono kind, but always there has been the intention of final Americanization, more or less complete, while the Chinese city now pro posed would have as fundamental princi ple a continuous separation from Amer ican influences. It would be an extremely queer place and there is some question if the addition to our diversities woyld be desirable. There is, indeed, some difficulty J in seeing liow tlie inhabitants of such a I city would live, for the Chinese do not | come over here to trade among them* ! selves, but to rriake money out of us. -- “SKY-BORN MUSIC.” By Emerson. Let me go where’er 1 will I hear a sky-born music still; It sounds from all things old, From all that's fair, from all thatr foul. Peals out a cheerful song. It is not only in the rose, It is not only in the bird, Not only where the rainbow glows. Nor In the song of woman heard, But in the darkest, meanest things There alway. alway something sings. 'Tis not in the high stars alone. Nor In the cups of budding flowers. Nor in the redbreast’s mellow tone; Nor in the bow that smiles in showers, But in the mud and scum of things Thers alway, alway somsthmg sing*.