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THE AGE- HERALD
KW. RARRKTI. I.ditor Entered at the Birmingham, Ala., post office as second-class matter under act of Congress March 3, 1S79. Dally and Sunday Age-IIerald. Dally and Sunday, per month. Sunday Age-Herald, per annum.2.M Weekly Age-Herald, per annum.1-M Subscription payable in advance. J. F. Keeley, W. F. Jordan and W. D. Banler are the only authorized traveling representatives of The Age-Herald in Us circulation department. No communication will he published without its author’s name. Rejected man uscripts will not he returned unless stamps are enclosed for that purpose. Remittances can he made at current rate of exchange. The Age-Herald will not be responsible for money sent through the mails. Address THE AOE-HERALD, Birmingham, Ala. Eastern business office, rooms 48 to »0. 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 G street, N. W. Men do their broken weapons rather use Than their bare hands. —Othello. State «f Oklahoma. It is practically agreed that the ter ritory of Oklahoma and the Indian Territory are to be welded together to be admitted as the state of Oklahoma, the forty-sixth of the Union, leaving but New Mexico and Arizona in a ter ritorial condition of all the great sweep of mainland from sea to sea. The new state will contain 69.S30 square miles of land, as against 52,250 in Alabama. The estimated popula tion is 1,600,000, and Its railroads are 6273 miles long. It has 241 national banks. It is full of cotton growers and still fuller of farmers who grow corn. The keeping of territories rich In all material things as well as in population out of the Union has been a political scandal. They have been kept out because of the fear that there are more democrats than republicans in them. The scandal would be maintained if the device of joining them together in one state had not been devised. In that way the democrats will be robbed of two senators, but a gain of two senators is better than no gain at all. So whatever may be done with Arizona and New Mexico It seems probable that. Oklahoma and the In dian Territory will become the forty sixth state, and the event will proba bly be elebrated throughout both on the Fourth of July. Reorganizing Frisco. Gold and silver coins were stacked up in San Francisco banks while they were kept closed after the disaster by legal proclamation, and when th^ banks in that city that were able to 6ecure temporary quarters were open ed last Wednesday, they had more specie than they had held at any time In the course of their existence. There was no run therefore—no sign of one. Everybody knew they were "heeled,” and every depositor was content to let his money stay where it was safe and well fortified by cash reserves. The reopening of the banks in San Francisco will go far to restore con fidence and to remove friction and In conveniences. Supplies are pouring In and no one goes hungry. The city la really pretty well organized In all re spects except In the respect of build ings, and time will be required in which to rebuild the city properly and handsomely. It Is much too early to say that the new city will lack a Chinatown. At least forty Chinese merchants own lots where Chinatown stood, and they can rebuild whenever they are so minded. The chances are that China town will be rebuilt, and if the work of renewal is substantially done, there is no reason why the Chinese should be specially legislated or lobbied against. Free Passes Before Congress. The vote in the Senate by which the free-pass exemptions were adopted was sixty yas and sixteen nays. The Sen ate thus stood overwhelmingly in favor of exemptions that would permit the interstate railroads to grant to about aeven or eight millions of people free transportation really at the expense of the remainder of the population, for on railroads as everywhere else the consumer pays all. All are con sumers in a railroad sense. There is not a single citizen, male or female, white, black or yellow, who does not pay tolls to the railroads -of the coun try, and when a pass Is issued it means that the rest must pay a little more because of it. But the Congress put their ear to the national telephone, and they as certained without difficulty that the people at large consider the Senate pass exemptions a monstrosity, and so they proceeded to prepare a new sec tion, and that new section prohibits tne rsuarice of a pass to any person, but it ia not to go into effect until January 1, 1907. This will enable the army of deadheads to taper off. It will, too, enable the railroads to work off their stock of blank passes. But ax,er January 1, 1907, as things are now planned, there are to be no dis criminations in transportation, no bribes, no gratuities, in the form of passes. It will be a big departure in this country, which has long stood alone in that respect. This country | is about to fall into line with the rest of the world, that’s all. Voting in Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser says The Age-Herald “seemingly favors a change in our organic law requiring payment of poll tax by those subject to it as a prerequisite for voting.” The Advertiser does not mean to be unjust, but still it wholly misapprehends the position of The Age-Herald. The ar ticle that it objects to asks, “Is the cumulative feature of the poll tax wise or a bit needful?” This question sums up the position of The Age-Her ald on this subject. Registration and the payment of the poll tax of the year, to be paid ou or before the first day of Februajy, are needful conditions of voting in this state, and no one should desire to see tnem abolished, but Alabama no more needs the cumulative poll tax provis ion than a dog needs two tails. Not more than two or three states have adopted a cumulative poll tax provis ion. Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama are the three. Virginia re quires the prepayment of poll taxes for three preceeding years before vot ing. As a rule the payment of a poll tax for the current year suffices. This is the case in Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. In three-fourths of the states tax paying has no relation what ever to voting. Section 178 of the constitution of 1891 needs amendment. Instead of reading, “all poll taxes due from him for the year 1901, and for each sub sequent year,” it should read, “all poll taxes due in the year in which he of fers to vote.” This in addition to reg istration under the requirement of be ing able to read and write any article of the federal constitution wrould give u.e state a good electorate, and it would not fill the state with disfran chised w'hite voters. There are proba bly 100,000 whites in this state who do not vote, ami who cannot vote even when they become 45 years of age un less they first, pay all poll taxes that had been assessed against them since and including that of the year 1901. The Chicago papers say the people have got to have meat no matter what Upton Sinclair, Professor Neill and James B. Reynolds say. An army of inspectors will be need ed In the Chicago packing houses, and u.en tainted meat, may slip into sau sages and potted ham. The publishers who refused to bring out Upton Sinclair’s book feel like hiring some stalwart citizen and sov ereign to kick them. Senator Beveridge is trying to ren der Chicago potted ham and sausages pure and proper. Hercules’ tasks were light alongside. That untimely bomb cast a damper on all Madrid's wedding festivities. Even the bull fight was a tame affair. Major Fremont tried to lead a high life on an army officer’s salary, an un dertaking that Invariably brings ruin. Senator Burton is simply trying to draw all his salary and all his mileage. His term will end next March anyway. Potted ham is suffering now from too much publicity, and so is lard potted from cholera stricken hogs. John D. I paid so much for his state rooms uie' ship can afford to squirt oil on the sea from shore to shore. The meat reports are to be uncanned today, which is more than should happen to Chicago potted meats. Chairman Shonts always has an optimistic interview up his sleeve. He talks like a press agent. President Raer believes in himself and that counts a great deal in the scram ole for position. — The denaturing of alcohol will soon become a favorite art in patent medi cine manufactories. The packers are now trying to pack Congress so it will not pass the Bev eridge amendment. Princess Ena adopted the name of Queen Victoria, and the bomb of course missed her. John L). I is on the high seas, and if those seas do not behave he has the oil to quiet them. Upon what meat hath these our peo ple fed—this is what Congress should proceed to know. -.—«»» ■■ —— The new Queen Victoria will, it is feared, begin to distrust some of her loving subjects. The packers are now utilizing the squeal of the hog, which was once Drown away. Alcohol is to be denatured, but a dehorned pure food bill hangs tire in Congress. Gorky says he likes Boston. Looks uu.e he is fishing for a compliment. Senator Tom RJatt’s record of good things done is b/ief to a fault. J Wood alcohol should also be dena tured until it cannot make those who drink It blind drunk or even dead drunk. If you can't afford an outdoor vaca tion you may read the numerous out ing magazines and get the “atmos pnere.” Speaker Cannon has a decisive way of sitting down on a member of the House. American diplomacy at Madrid felt strong enough to sit through the bull fight. Addicks says he Is not out of the senatorial race, but Addicks may not know. It is the vegitarian who wears the smile at present that does not come off. There is something doing politically all the time now in Russia. An army of June brides! Birming ham breaks the record. NO DISCRIMINATION HERE. From the Columbia State. Race discrimination In the south? Non sense. Why our best lynchers can't tell white from black. j ALABAMA PRSSS j St. Clair Herald: Own your home is a plank in our platform. Gadsden Times-News: And Smoot and Burton will both be smote. Cullman Tribune: The festive mosquito is beginning her summer serenades and presenting her bill—as unwelcome as bills usually are. Jacksonville Record: Investigators are cautioned to go gently with the ice trust this summer. If you want it hoi it may announce a shortage. Talladega Reporter: Birmingham has apparently been too busy marking down its baseball score of late to pay much attention to the location of Vulcan. Bullock County Breeze: What Alabama needs Is national aid for public road build ing. Men of enough statesmanship to get that will get the gratitude of Intel ligent citizens everywhere. Gadsden Journal: At last there seems to be a definite move to make Smoot and Burton get out of the Senate. This Is good so far as It goes, but there arc others who should be included in the forced exodus. Moulton Advertiser: To .date 37 coun ties In Alabama have voted for the special school tax, and wre think old Law rence will declare in favor of it when she has an opportunity. Clio Free Press: From the way things look to *‘a man up a tree,” Hon. Horace Hood will be our next auditor, and if so the state will have honored one of her brainiest journalists, who will make a popular and efficient officer. Thomaston Post: Henry B. Gray seems to be having it all his own way in the race for the lieutenant governorship. Where is Marengo county’s candidate? It’s time for him to be up and doing. Huntsville Mercury: Since the lynching fever has spread so rapidly in the states above the Mason and Dixon line, the sen timent against it seems to be growing In the south and the officials are becom ing more active than ever to put down tho mob spirit by arrest and prosecution of the participants. INTIMATE SIDE OF MR. TILLMAN. Is Tender and Considerate In His Private Life. W. A. Lewis In Success Magazine. “Ben” Tillman, lolling back in an arm chair, Is one personality. Senator Benja min R. Tillman, on the floor of the United States Senate, is something entirely dif ferent. The contrast is wonderful, but unstudied. There is no Individuality In American public life so ungroomed and earthy as Tillman. Beneath the tousled hair, be hind the solitary brown eye, is an Intel lect colossal and majestic, contemptuous of the exaltations of position, despising all platooning of self, Inveighing against whatever savors of sham and humbug. Tillman dearly loves the hardships of steadfast principles, and revels In the hardest forms of a righteous hatred of lies and liars. He Is anything but a novitiate; still he Is extraordinary and a surprising proposition in the geometry of suddenness. He is neither clever nor ponderous. But he bends with no syco phancy, shakes with no vacillation, snaps with no disloyalty, wobbles with no Ir resolution. His intellectual weapons are wit, satire, invective, Irony, and scorn, wielded with the edge of daring and the swirl of strength. In the Senate chamber he always clutches a brand—unlit, aflame, or charred. He is tirelessly a-buckle and a-fray, spurred and ungloved, a storm born blow-giver. But, reclining in an arm chair at his I ease, his mind undisturbed by the fumes i of the day that has died, unagltated by the expectations of the day unborn, a mis chievous smile playing about his mobile lips, the responsibilities of statesmanship laid aside, the strife, conflicts and strug gles of public life for the moment aban doned. with Just the sweet sympathy of bis little family circle to calm him, the undisguised admiration of the woman sit ting opposite him, the playful humor of his domestic side, and you have another and distinctly opposite Tillman. A tender mildness comes into the brown eye; a musical cadence pervades the worn voice; and a languor that constitutes positlvo luxury to this glutton of labor, thought, and toll converts into relaxation the ex hausting tensions of a mammoth organ ism of nerves. No other senator can arouse bis com peers to greater activities. No other man exhibits a fonder tenderness to his family, or can provide more genuine hos pitality to his guests. REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. A man's riches are his children and they spend themselves. Boys would learn a good deal move in school than the doy if they grot punished for it. There Is something about reform that rives those who do it mighty mean dis positions. f The needle in the haystack seems a good deal easier to find than the public official who is for the public*. Hardly any woman oould stand the monotony of life in small communities If there wasn't so much scandal there. IN HOTEL LOBBIES j Mr. Crockard. Frank H. Crockard, the new vice presi dent and general manager of the Tennes see Coal, Iron and Railroad company, and vice president and district manager of the Republic Iron and Steel company, arrived in Birmingham last night and is registered at the Hotel Hillman. Mr. Crockard is a man of family and has leased for his residence the Mayberry house on the South Highlands, which had been oc cupied by Don H. Bacon. Mr. Crockard comes from Wheeling. He was the general manager of one of the constituent companies of the United States Steel corporation. He enjoys a high repu ti**lon as an engineer, furnace manager and steel works manager. "I think I shall like Birmingham,” said Mr. Crockard. "I was here a few week3 ago looking otfer the plants. The weather was pleasant then and it is pleasant now. I understand the summer season in Bir mingham Is well nJgh Ideal.” Differences In Play. In reply to a question recently, young Jay Gould had the following to Say about tennis in America and In England: "The two games are identical as to plays, courts and everything except the balls with which we play. I find that the English ball cannot compare with ours. The American tennis ball is filled with twine, whereas the English one Is stuffed with, bits of rag. This makes It slow, and misleading. It is not so well made or as quick as ours. “English players, as a rule, do not seem to conserve their energies as well as they might. They knock the ball about the field more or less promiscuously, where as American players try to make every stroke count. The Americans are swifter, and more skilful In serving, and play a snappier game altogether. Some of the English players, however, put up magnifi cent tennis, and I have had to work very hard to win as many victories as I have. I only began playing tennis four years ago. I have a fine court at Lake wood and learned under the coaching of Forester, who accompanied me to Eng land." Use of Parks. "No matter what good cause you un dertake, you will always find 'kickers' to oppose your plans of progress," said a citizen. “This spirit of fault finding seems to become chronic with a certain class. "I understand that there are persons who oppose the movement to erect a mar ble statue to Miss. Mary Cahalan In East Park. Whatever may be their opinion as to the worthiness of the subject for this form of memorial, they ought at least to concede that the large number of citizens who have contributed to the monument fund, representing apparently the sentiment of the majority of the peo ple, have the right to do so if they choose ’to spend their money and to express their ndmiratlon in this way. The parks are the property of all the people, and out of consideration of the delicacy of the question Involved, those who have con tributed nothing to the fund ought to con tribute nothing in the way of Ideas as to Its disposal. “Birmingham parks are few enough and small enough I know, but when citizens desire to beautify the small space that we have, and at the same time commem orate a life that was at' least worthy of emulation, there should be no opinions from those who are not in a proper posi tion to •express themselves.” Gray Ores of Alabama. "One of the most Interesting and val uable contributions to the Iron ore liter ature of tile world will be found in John Sharshall Grasty's article In the last num ber of the Baltimore Manufacturers' Record.” said a mineralogist. "Mr. Gras ty Is a young specialist in mineralogy, lie received his theoretical knowledge at Johns-Hopkins university, but has been working in the field In Alabama for two or three years past. 'The Gray Ores, or Siliceous Hematites of Alabama, is the title of his article. Grasty starts out by saying: " 'The exploitation and development of the stratified siliceous hematites of Tal ladega county in Alabama may mean to the furnaces of the eastern portion of that state as much or more than the discovery and utilization of the Lake Su perior ores meant to the iron and steel Industries of Pittsburg; in fact, the prov ing out of these great beds has more than a local significance'. For, while there are beyond peradventure many hundred millions of tons of calcareous red ores In the state of Alabama, for some years there has been a threatened famine 1n good siliceous ores, so desirable for mix ing with these "limy" ores which consti tute the mainstay of the fast-growing iron and steel Industry of the region now generally known as the Birmingham district. " ‘There are two distinct districts In Talladega county within which these ore bodies occur in stratified form and of a quality suitable for the requirements Just Indicated. Tlteso are both embraced within the area shown on an accompany ing may, and together constitute what is probably the largest sedimentary ore de posit of Cambrian age in the United States. " ‘The existence of these deposits has long been known, but their value has but recently been demonstrated. They were overlooked and ignored largely because, being neither “red" nor "brown," they were outside of the category of what had been tried In the Alabama furnaces, and so failed to meet, with the approbation of the practical miners wlm In the early days of Alabama's development were at once the geological and metallurgical "ex perts" of that section. Moreover, their resemblance in color to titanlferous mag netites of other regions caused them to be put In that class. Through Ignorance of their true type and character these deposits were called "gray” ores, and the name has stuck. It may be as well not to try to change It, although as a matter of fact they are hematites pure and simple, except where metamorphosed into magnetites.' “Mr. Grasty's article is well illustrated, and covers nearly four pages of the Man ufacturers' Record. It will be largely read In iron circles." Birmingham Steel Rails. "I have known Birmingham for many years," said Thomas P. Grasty of Balti more. "X have known it in boom days and in days of depression, and I am glad to say that Birmingham in this period of Its steel-making is regarded by the world at large as a far more important place thaji ever before. Everybody in Baltimore and New York is talking about the superior quality of steel rails made in thiB district. “A few days ago I was In a broker’s office‘in New Yoik. I met a feilow there who was selling Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad stock short. Said I to this man: *Do you know that the finest steel rails turned out In the United States are manufactured by the Tennes see company In the Birmingham dis trict?’ '* ‘I do not know it. I do not believe it,’ said the man. ‘Then you had bet ter Investigate and team what every j well-informed person knowrs.’ The next day, when I met this man he told me that he was satisfied that the best rails rolled in the United States came from Birmingham. '‘The Tennessee company’s success! In rail-making Is the talk of the east, and few there be who are not familiar with the fact. I have no interest in the Ten nessee company, but I would be willing to bet that Its stock will touch $200 within a comparatively short period. Independence Day. "No less a person than Thomas Jeffer son was authority for a Btory to the ef fect that had there not lteen a swarm of flies In Independence Hall on the day of the signing of the Declaration of Inde pendence. Americans would have been compelled to celebrate the completion of that famous instrument on some other day titan July Fourth," says one of the magazines. "According to this story, the weather was warm and from a neighboring livery stable came swarms of flies that lighted on the logs of the Fathers of the Re public. and. biting through the thin silk stockings then in fashion gave inflndte annoyance. "It was no uncommon sight, said Jef ferson, to see a member making a speech with a large hankerchlef in his hand, and pausing at every moment to thrash the flies from his thinly protected calves. "The opinion of the body was not un animous in favor of the document, and under other circumstances discussion might have been protracted for days, If not weeks; hut the flies were Intolerable. "Efforts were made to find another hall, free from the pests, but in vain. As the weather became warmer the flies grew worse, and the Happing of handkerchiefs was heard all over the hall as an ac companiment to the voices of the speak ers. "In despair, at last some one suggested that matters be hurried so that the body might adjourn and get a/way from the flies. "There were a few mild protests, but no one heeded them; the immortal Declara tion was hurriedly coined, and, with hand kerchiefs in hand, fighting flies as they came, the members hastened up to the table to sign .the authentic copy and leave the flies in the lurch. "Had it not been for the pests front the livery stable, there is no telling when the document would have been completed, but It certainly would not ha^ve been signed on the Fourth of July. Railroad Development. Henry Clews In Ills Wall street letter ot Saturday's date says: “Our railroad system Is still behind the country's requirements, the expendi tures of the last four or five years hav ing been Insufficient to meet national growth. Most of these outlays have been devoted to modernizing our railroads and providing better terminal facilities. Now, with the development of the great west, comes the Imperative call for new mile age, as well as completion of improve ments. Many important new projects are already under way. and others are pending. It is stated that fully 15,000 miles of new load have been projected in the south, and it the same ratio Is observed In western states—which is more than likely—it is easy to see that the next two or three years will witness an unusual period of new railroad con struction. This will, of course, be bene ficial to the country at large and prom ises continued prosperity for the iron and steel industry. But what will be its effect on the stock market? Prices of securities are already difficult to find. The bond market Is still congested by a lot of unsalable issues held by bankers In the hope of lodging them In investors' strong boxes. “Ordinarily an increase In the supply or securities Is apt to weaken the mar ket, especially when values are high. This situation leaves the financing of new railroad Issues a somewhat difficult prob lem. The needs of the railroads are im perative, for the country is growing, and these great projects once started cannot be held up without Involving serious loss. Owing to high rates for money and a limited demand for new securities the railroads have once more been forced to the unwelcome expedient of short term notes In the expectation that when mone tary conditions become more satisfactory they may be changed Into fixed obliga tions. With such possibilities, therefore, the outlook Is not favorable to very low rates for money, and the efforts neces sary to finance these new ventures may be an Important factor in the market for some time to come.” About Persons. Dr. W. M. Cunningham of Cordova past through Birmingham last night en route to Boston to attend meeting of the American Medical association, June 5-8 • • • 8. D. Logan of Centrevllle Is among the guests of the Morris. • • * H. A. Bishop of Sylacauga is at the St. Nicholas. • • • F. G. Bishop, R. A. Wright and H. A. Paine of Atlanta are registered at the Birmingham. • • • Robert E. Steiner, Jr., of Montgomery Is stopping at the Hillman. • * • W. W. Battle of Jackson is at the Metropolitan. • • • George W. Jones and V. C. Griffin of Montgomery are guests at the Morris. • • • J. F. Durroh of Gordo is registered at the Metropolitan. * • • L. R. Robinson of Wetumpka is stop ping at the Hillman. * • • L. P. Hill, editor of the Ensley En terprise. spent yesterday at Blount Springs. Memorial Exercises. New Orleans, June 3.—Confederate me morial day was observed with the usual ceremonies here. At the Confederate monument In Greenwood cemetery the veteran organizations assembled and heard an oration by E. Howard McCaleb, Sr. Flowers were placed on the graves of the noted Confederate dead in the different cemeteries. The Grand Army veterans sent a handsome floral offering. CHILDRENS’ DEPARTMENT PLANNED FOR CABINET From the Chicago Tribune. WILL the new year ad da de partment of children to the cabinet? In the face of the great child movement which is now agi tating the country, legislation seems a slow and inadequate instrument with which to work out human problems, es pecially the problems of the little ones, tho least of whose woes are only begin ning to be guessed. In spite of the slowness with whidh the idea is percolating to the minds of the people that the ohild is a public charge, which tho public neglects at its own peril, and in spite of the fact that the ma chinery to make children wards of the nation is one of the slowest to set In motion, there are groups of thinkers here and everywhere who believe that the child question must soon focalize into na tional legislation. The definite form which this has taken is the bill soon to come before the Senate for the establishment of the national child’s bureau. The history of this movement is at once the hope and the despair of the worker. The idea started in 3904, when the atten tion of the President was called to the advisability of creating such a depart ment. To study the many phases of the child problem, including desertion, Illit eracy, delinquency, orphanage, adoption, infant mortality and all the other “cy’s” and “es’s,” by turning a searchlight on them from Washington, was the Idea presented to the President. In short, as Miss Jane Addams puts it. far more ele gantly, but with the same Idea, “you can’t protect children adequately If you pay too much attention to state lines,” and she pointed out 4-hat the railroads which were not held in by state boundaries were un der interstate authority, and that it Is the children upon which the country depends far more than on railroads. “And yet,” she said, “the nation is quite unmoved when the laws let tho children* of West Virginia be crushed and brutal ized by night work four years earlier than the children of Ohio.** i “Let children be protected as are fish in the United States fishery buerau, build the future citizen with the same care with which the government now builds warships, classify their rf^eds and study their environment in the same scientific way that the Department of Agriculture adapts the seeds to the soil," is the gist of the plea which the committee mode to the President. As everybody knows, the President In corporated this plea, together with that on child and woman labor, into his message of a year ago. This is the first time such a trlval thing as the good of its women « and children has ever been mentioned in the stately document of any President. Senator Crane of Massachusetts intro duced the bill which provides that the child’s bureau shall be under the control of the Department of the Interior and un der the charge of a chief to be appointed by the President and wibh the advice and consent of the Senate. "The bureau shall investigate and report on all matters per taining to the welfare of children and child life, and shall especially investigate the question of infant mortality, the birth rate, physical degeneracy, orphanage, juvenile delinquency and juvenile courts, desertion and illegitimacy, dangerous oc cupations, accidents and diseases of chil dren of the working classes, employment, legislation affecting children in the sev eral states and territories, and such other facts as have a bearing on the health, efficiency, character and training of chil dren.” This is the measure which is pending. Before it, and, as those hopeful for both bills believe, strengthening it, is the bill before Congress for the appropriation of $300,000 for a commission to Investigate child and woman labor. "Little enough would be a'department in the cabinet toward the great question of child saving.” This is the cry of the men, and particularly of the women, who are being aroused from apathy by the a tremendous Interest taken in all the prob- I lems voiced in such books as the “Cry " of the Children.|* GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME AS SEEN IN WASHINGTON From the Washington Post. JUNE came in yesterday with a thunderstorm. We risk little in ^ predicting that it will go out with a furnace blast. It is dangerous to make weather forecasts in this towTn so far as concerns the months of March, April and May, for our springs are quite as likely to furnish shivers as to lend themselves to perspiration. But June is nearly al ways safe. You can say what you please on that subject, provided you make it hot. Last June—or was it the June before?— the then editor-in-chief of the Atlanta News took up his harp and wandered forth into the grass and sang to a rever ently listening world as follows: “The loving kisses blown to her from rosy lips, long moldered into dust, would fill a thou sand Cleopatra sails, and yet with all the sunny largess of her life she comes to us a matchless miracle, forever new.” We do not see the connection altogether, but what of it? Let us dance along: “Six thousand times the tender hopes and fears, the longing and alarm, which flow in ceaseless cycles through the heart have met their mirrored image in her liquid eyes—those splendid orbs bequeathed by ox-eyed Juno to the ox-eyed June.” That’s what the Hon. John Temple Graves thought about June when he was run ning the Atlanta News as a symphony or chestra, and wo freely confess that there's a whole lot of gooseflesh in the music. For our part, however, while wTe have no intention of disparaging a fellow-artist, we shall have to say that summer’s ad vent doesn’t impress Washington quite that way. June, as it reveals itself to this particular community, is the opening of the heated term. It calls in the stiff hat, the three-story collar-four for 50 cents—the laced shoe, and the hard un compromising shirt. On the other hand, it calls out little Birdie, with her sailor hat, her gossamer shirt waist, her dainty skirt, her tan shoes, and her "openworks.” Wo don't know anything about "Cleopatra sails," In this old town. Maybe there are some ivory triremes, left over from the golden age. now rotting in the Georgetown basin. Maybe not. Of course, we know nothing about "loving kisses blown fro;., rosy lips." It wouldn't be right. More over, our acquaintance with things that "flow In ceaseless cycles through the heart" are limited. We are dead sure, however, that summer is a mighty inter esting season here, what with Willie in his light-weight pants apd Ruby in her dashy little frocks, and soda fountains splashing everywhere, and the park hum ming with soulful gulps and whisperings and every bench overpopulated, and t - thoroughly Informal lawn parties in the White Lot and the Mall. Wo don’t soar to the Atlanta altitudes of rapture, as they are defined by the above-mentioned troubadour, but make the most of the' material at hand. It’s all right about those “moonlit nights and mellow noons," Brother Graves. We have ’em here ourselves. But we are not in terested In the "language of fervid hours" that have to be "fanned by breezes sweet with summer dreams.” We are rude and strenuous men In these here parts, and we prefer to work the fan ourselves. At lanta may take her Thisbe and her ham I adryads, and make the most of them. Atlanta may content herself with "blown" kisses and with ecstatic dreams. Little "Sweetheart," though. Is good enough for us. We’ll take her simple muslin skirt, her tender little summer appetite for deviled crabs, her honest, human hand, her unassuming and substantial person ality. Our brother poet, the Hon. John Temple Graves, may corner the fairies, the visions, the nimbuses, the metaphors, and the aureoles for all we care. KENTUCKY MAN. Has Eight Court Clerkships and Gets $28,000 a Year. Washington Cor. New York World. Clerks of United States courts appear to have no difficulty in accumulating for tunes from positions not regarded as un usually lucrative, according to depart ment of Justice officials who appeared be fore the house committee on appropri ations. Attention was called to Mr. Finnell, who holds eight separate appointments as clerk to the federal courts in Ken tucky. He has four appointments as clerk of the district court and four as clerk of the circuit court. He is entitled to draw a salary of J28.000 a year, if the fees aggregate that sum, before the gov ernment gets a cent. The clerk In the northern district of Mississippi charged 151 per diems for the quarter ending March 81, when the court was actually in session but one day. Since the supreme court held that a clerk can transact business without the Judge present clerks all over the country are charging up from double to ten times as many per diems as were formerly charged. Examiners have found that court clerks receive large sums of money for costs, fines, penalties and forfeitures. There la no law requiring them to account for such funds. The aggregate amount han dled by the clerks Is millions of dollars annually. In the Maryland district Is was found that the clerk had no record of the fees earned In any civil case. In the eastern district of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, it was found that the clerk simply taxed lump sums and was overcharging every litigant having business before the court. An Investigation made In the district of Oklahoma, which resulted in the elimina tion of fraudulent accounts, saved nearly $200,000. ■ Colonel Clay, chief clerk of the depart ment of Justice, declared that the fees annually amount to $15,000,000. The lowest estimate Is $10,000,000, and sometimes reaches $30,000,000 a year. There has been no accounting of this money and the force of examiners Is so small that proper supervision cannot be maintained. Wv MORGAN AND PETTUS. From the Washington Post. “The action of Senators Morgan and Pettus in voting against the rate bill has had no effect whatever on thetr political fortunes," said Milton Humes, a lawyer of Huntsville, Ala., at the Raleigh yester day. "Senator Morgan, having been a gen eral In the Confederate army, a leader in the effort to wrest the State from negro domination in reconstruction times, and for thirty years in the United States Sen ate, is truly the grand old man of Ala bama. He votes as he thinks right, no matter what his people may think, believ ing that he is not their delegate, but their representative. I remember that some years ago the legislature Instructed him to vote for a certain measure, but he re fused, and little was heard of it. At the present time the people of the state are In favor of the rate bill, but there is no criticism of either Senator Morgan or Senator Pettus. The}' will remain where they are until death overtakes them.” NATIONALIZING “AMERICA." From the Knoxville Sentinel. Patriotic men are trying to nationalize the national air, “America," by adding to It stanzas descriptive of other grand divisions than New England, to which refers the line "Thy woods and templed hills.” Dr. Henry Van Dyke wants a line for the Pacific coast, to read— "Thy capes and giant trees.” Very good! We want one for ’Way down South in Dixie, to read— "Thy pines end oyster beds.” —Mobile Register. And for East Tennessee we bespeak the following: "Thy mountains full of stills." THE SHELL. Eugene Field in The Wanderer. Upon a mountain height far from the sea I found a shell. And to my listening ear this lonely thing Ever a song of ocean seem'd to sing— Ever a tale of ocean seem’d to tell. Strange, was it not? Far from its native deep, One song it sang; Sang of the awful mysteries of the tide, Sang of the restless sea, profound and wide— Ever with echoes of the ocean rang. And ns the shell upon' the mountain height 8ang of the sea, So do I ever, leagues and leagues away— So do I ever, wandering where I may. Sing. O my home! sing, O my home: of thee!