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—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
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,
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
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
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
A Pennsylvania ‘ pastor says that
small salaries paid to preachers keep
the stork away from the parsonage
door. The ministers will yet have to
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
Bishop David H. Moore says that
idolatry is better tjian no worship at
all. This vindicates the girls at the
Czar Nicholas and Czar Cannon will
soon each have a douma to attend to,
and that will he business enough for
Blanche Ring explains the psychol
ogy of the stage kiss. That is a sim
ple matter overburdened with a big
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
The nomination of Hobson is leading
to a revival of interest in the story of
Dental surgeons in the army will
hereafter rank as majors with a power
Gary is to become a rival, it appears,
of Chicago except in the matter of tun
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
At any rate, (lie golden gate is still
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
"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
"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
REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR.
From the New York Press.
Every man who stays married is a
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,
IN HOTEL LOBBIES
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.”
‘‘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
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
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
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
W. W. Battles of Jacksonville is at the
• * *
W. J. Chambers of Montgomery is stop
ping at the Morris.
* * *
J. K. Lacy of Jasper Is at the Metro
• * *
W. H. Penchall of Henderson and J. E.
Penchall of Garnsey are registered at the
* * •
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
F.ilwarrl F. Dunne. Mayor of Chicago, In
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
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
"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
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
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
From “Diet Delusions,” by Woods Hutch
inson, A. M. M. D., in the April Mc
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
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. |
Will lie do it?
Will he stand
Up once more .so
Can admire his
And bequeath him 1
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.
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
“I 8ee an opening here,” said Mister
1 Skeeter and he straightway entered a
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 is sometimes
Hard to find.
Often harsh and
For she smiles on
Who don’t give her
There would be a lot of excitement If
somebody should try to ‘‘bull” the soda
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
. 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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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*.
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