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Washington Bureau Ag°-Herald 1421 G etreet, N. W. O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant, bloody seep* ter’d, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again? —Macbeth. Iowa’s Peculiar Campaign. Dlngleyism is before the republi cans of Iowa as an issue, and it is a warm issue at that. Governor Cum mins is a candidate for a third term, and he stands for revision all along the line. He Is opposed by Editor Perkins of Sioux City, who Is a stand patter and a supporter of Mr. Shaw for president. It is believed that Gov ernor Cummins will be a winner In the convention, for the Iowa republi cans have not yet adopted primaries. The contest Is, however, close and ex citing, and neither side feels sure of victory. Secretary Shaw Is stumping the state In Perkins' behalf, and in some way the impression was made that ho came as the representative of the President. Mr. Shaw himself declared ♦hat his standpat policy was endorsed by the President. This drew from the White House a distinct disclaimer, and the Iowa republicans know now that the President stands neutral in the Iowa contest. Ho favors neither Cummfngs nor Perkins. Ho simply proposes to keep out of the Iowa fight. In no Btate have the republicans apoken out more plainly In favor of a revised tariff than they have in Iowa. The lines have been drawn, and the contest will go on to a conclusion either for or against Dlngleyism. Secretary Wilson’s Long Term. James Wilson of Iowa, formerly a member of Congress, became secretary of agriculture when President McKin ley formed his first cabinet on March 4, 1897, and he has held the post ever elnce, despite the cotton estimate leaks and Inefficient Inspections of the packing houses In Packlnglown. Ho Is a apry old gentleman, almost as much so as Speaker Cannon, and ho may weather the meat-inspection atorm. Some think, however, he will not be able to do so, and that he must Bt length make room for a successor. Mr. Wilson has already exceeded William H. Crawford’s term of eight years and four months at the head of the treasury department. Mr. Craw ford w-as a Georgian, and he served Under both Madison and Monroe. Mr. Wilson has but the term-of Albert Gal latin to outdo at present In order to gain the distinction of the longest service as a cabinet officer. But Mr. Wilson cannot reasonable hope to equal Gallatin’s terra, for to do that he would have to hold out until Decem ber 1, 1909. At that time a democrat will occupy the White House, and Mr. Wilson certainly will not then the secretary of agriculture. Mr. Gallatin Berved over twelve years, when he de clined further service In the cabinet, preferring to represent the United States In other countries, and finally becoming a banker In New York city. French Income Tax. The radical-socialists control the chamber of deputies, and the govern ment has decided to lay before the chamber at an early date an income tax bill. The demand for it has grown in exact proportion as the radical ■trength in France has grown. The control of both the senate and the chamber is in radical hands, and no one at present anticipates a turn of the tide. The "Bloc” demands not only complete separation of church and state, but also an Income tax. The truth is, the government needs more incofiie. The French debt now stands at the stupendous total of $fi, 076,000,000—over six billion dollars, or over six times the size of the debt of the United States. The interest rate ranges from three to three and a half per cent, and no attempt Is made to cut the Interest rate down to two per cent, chiefly because the debt !s SU held at home. This is why no — complaints are made over the size of tue debt. The annual interest charge is $227,7^1,491. So great an Interest charge, to gether with heavy army and navy ex penses, renders the task of keeping French revenues up to the needs of the country difficult. A deficit of $50, 000,000 is looked for tlfis year, and the government says the money should come out of the pockets of those who nave large Incomes. Taxation is al ready heavy, and the radicals say that an income tax is the beJt solution of fiscal troubles. If the proposed tax is laid by parliament, and it proves fruit ful, no doubt the “Bloc” will next de mand the long-promised old-age pen sions. The country is fully in the hands of radicals, and the conserva tive groups are scarcely recognized. All told, they are not numerous. Pig Iron Production. The coke and anthracite stacks turned out in May 2,098,748 tons of pig iron, as against 2,073,222 tons in April. Tins is not an increase in production because May is a month of thirty-one days. Great as production Is, consumption keeps step with it, or very nearly so. On June 1 the south was carrjVig but a little over 100,000 tons. The addi tion to stocks in the south was less than 5000 tons. Accumulations else where were light. Just as soon as the size of the crops of wheat, corn and cotton can be as certained melters will begin to buy more freely. If the three crops are large the Iron market will remain strong a full year to come. The win ter wheat harvest is progressing, and a crop fully up to average is antici pated. All other crops are promising. Stocks in foundry yards are said to be small, and large orders will cer tainly be placed, covering needs in the last half of the year, if the crop out turns are favorable. All in all, the situation is encouraging. The general market is in a strong, healthy condi tion, and heavy buying in the near fu ture is anticipated. Guarding the Gult Coast. The quarantine bill has passed both houses, after a prolonged stay in a conference committee. The bill is a credit to a republican Congress, for it relates to and protects districts that are represented by democrats. The bill provides for maratime quar antine only, and $500,000 is voted by It to the uses of the Marine Hospital service along the gulf coast. As passed the bill lacks section 7, pre sented by Judge Richardson, which would have permitted a passenger reg ularly started from an Infected point to go through a state in a railroad car. The truth is, the bill encountered op position of various sorts. The Btate boards of health dislike it, and they dealt it many a blow. All extreme states rights men stood against sec tion 7, because it enabled passengers to cross a state without the state's consent, and Texas fought the bill be cause it desired to manipulate quaran tine affairs to build up trade. So far as the public health is con cerned section 7 Is not essential. That Bectlon would have lessened the hard ships of epidemics, and there was no reason why it should not have been retained. It was stricken out in order to remove opposition to the bill and to enable the conferees to agree upon a report. Louisiana claims credit for the pass age of the bill, and no doubt the claim Is good. It is to be hoped the admin istration and Louisiana will speedily co-operate in pulling the bill into ef fect, for it does not come too late to be operative and perhaps beneficial this season. Stephen Collins Foster, forty-two years dead, has received in his old Kentucky home the recognition that was long overdue. Foster Day will no doubt be an annual feature in Ken tucky's home-coming weeks. The disappearance of free passes and the unpopularity of tainted cam paign contributions promises to leave the republican party no ground to stand on. Chairman Wadsworth and his meat inspection bill stand condemned at the White House. The President again takes the side of the people. Dresden, Saxony, may not know Mr. Bryan, but that does not matter, for Dresden is not entitled to delegates In the national convention. Congress should also plan relief for San Francisco before it adjourns. The haste to adjourn is without rhyme, reason or patriotism. The razorlmck hog Is not smirched by the Investigators, or even by Upton Sinclair. It is the only feature that got away untouched. -- .. Marshall Field was the wealthiest man who has ever died in this coun try, but there were no pockets In even his shroud. Secretary Shaw has a fight on his hands in his own state, where the Cummings tariff revisionists are strong. Convict Patrick is beginning to wear out his welcome in this world. Chancellor Day Is the only true con servative of modern politics. , Quorums cannot be maintained in Congress when dirigible airships are sailing around the dome of the capltol. Farmet Coburn has always, says the Kansas City Star, been particular about the company he keeps. Dr. Dowie says the grave won't hold him long, in which case Voliva had better look out for spooks. Chancellor Day seems to fear the octopus will be slain before he gets his remittance from it. Governor Hoch told the newspaper folk that they ruled the world. He is not yet out of politics. Another model postofflce clerk has gone wrong. The model man will bear watching every time. Ball teams that play in Chicago now take precautions against being doped with canned meats. Mr. Schwab's Inning promises to be a long one, with heavy gate receipts as an incident. The world-tour treatment Is not warranted to land all men in the White House. His Highness of Baroda is still cir culating around, but has ceased to cut much ice. If Pullman cars are included in the rate bill, the tips to porters are up to a crisis. —■■ ■ ■>».— .* - - The American hen's canned eggs are above suspicion. No boracic acid in them. The human ostrich is not worried much about the situation in Packing town. Men may come and men may go, but the tide of immigration keeps thia way. Canned vegetables have no occasion to cast stones at even potted chicken. Charlie Schwab is still at Monte Carlo and the bank is still unbroken. All the vacancies in the Senate have been filled except New York's. Kansas is looking around for labor to harvest the wheat crop. Mme. Bernhardt sheds tears as copi ously as she used to do. Chancellor Day seems to think "ne is an ee-poch himself. Panama hats, well done, make pretty fair breakfast food. Denouncing is a cinch. Genuine re form is hard work. Mrs. Corey is taking her time about that divorce. Oklahoma may be pardoned a slight exuberance. Are you on for a safe and sane Fourth ? "Gas" Addicks now wears the “23" mark. — -■». MR. POLLOK’8 LETTER. From the Cullman Democrat. A letter from Hon. Ignatius Poliak to the republican and independent voters of the Seventh congressional district appears In this issue. While we believe all repub licans arc wrong in their ideas of gov ernment and that the democrats are gen erally right. Mr. Pollnk’s letter is the best document we have read from a re publican. Mr. Poliak seeks the republican nomina tion for Congress, and while this is none of our business, we believe him head and Shoulders above his fellow republicans who have been picturing him as a “Little Dutchman from Cullman, who can’t speak English.” We have known Mr. Pol iak many years; he Is one of the best educated men in the state, he speaks the most perfect English, also German, French, Italian and Ijatin. If the parties who have used influence or money to get matter derogatory to Mr. Poliak published in the newspapers of Birmingham were in any sense his equal, they would be above such petty jealousies as is shown in the articles. As a democrat and publisher of a dem ocratic paper we are opposed to the elec tion of a republican to office, hut as a fellow- townsman and a friend of Mr. Poliak we demand a square deal for him. BRYAN AND LINCOLN. From the Washington Post, "Bryan is much like Lincoln In many ways,” said former Governor William Pitt Kellogg of Louisiana, at the Shore ham last evening. He knew hotih men well. Is the last surviving elector on the Lincoln ticket In 1860. and Lincoln made speeches In support of his candidacy for the legislature of Illinois 'way back In '58. His appointment ns collector of the port of New Orleans was signed by Lin coln the day before the latter died. "I have noticed In hearing Bryan speak In public, and In talking to him. that he uses the same sort of epigrammatic ex pressions that Lincoln used," the governor continued. "He has the same way of find ing the hearts of the people. He Is just as earnest and sincere, and has something of Lincoln's depth. He Is a handsomer man. and n far more eloquent, though not more Impressive. I verily believe he will yet be President. "It was during his debates with Douglas that Lincoln seconded my cause In 1858. He was running for the Senate against the ‘Little Giant,’ and debated with him every ten days until the sixth meeting, had been concluded. In the meantime he made speeches for his candidates for the legislature. He came to Fulton county, and at the county scat we had a big meet ing, and I sat on the platform with him as he addressed the crowd. He told very funny anecdotes as he portrayed Ills more serious thoughts, and was a most popular talker. Hut I was running In a democratic county, and lost by 87 votes." REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. The thing that makes a pretty hat is the face under it. Hardly anybody would like to get the cursing a millionaire has without his money. The meanest man is the one who won't kiss a doll for a child when she thinks it has been hurt. When you see a man looking pretty cheerful In town it's a algn his family Is away for the summer. A very useful thing about an amateur garden Is It's such a nice place for the Cos to bury his bonsa. 4 IN HOTEL LOBBIES Birmingham Boys at College. “I think more Birmingham boys are going off to college this fall than ever before,” said a college graduate last night. “About six High school boys are going down to the University of Alabama, while Auburn will also get several. A number from both the public and private schools of this city will go to colleges, and uni versities in various parts of the coun try. “In this connection it is Interesting to note that more hoys ar^ seeking a college education now than formerly. It is large ly a result of the Increased attention that is being paid to preparatory and Sec ondary schools, which are bridges between the gram/mar schools and colleges.” Dry Spell Broken. “The long dry spell in Bibb county has been broken,” sa4d a Bibb county man yesterday. “A most beneficient rain to the gardens and crops fell all over the county Thursday night. Bibb county has been suffering from a drouth for several weeks and rain was prayed for by many of the truck farmers and cotton pro ducers. “The prospects for a large corn crop in my section are good, but the cotton plants are very small for this time of year, being stunted by the continued drouth.” Pleasant Sight. "It is a pleasant sight to see the child ren on their picnics, listen to their laugh ter and look Into their happy faces as they cheer the people on the highways,” said J. Lawler Darby yesterday. "Forty one years ago a group of five Confed erate Veterans from Talladega, who had stacked their muskets at Appomattox, were walking along the road in Talla poosa county. For four years they had heard nothing but war and seen noth ing but suffering. Tho charm and beauty of life had been hidden by a cloud, al though now and then a glimpse of peace ful nature might be seen. But it was only for a moment, then the hard march and battlefield. Only a soldier returning home can have any idea of the difference between the song of the musketry and the song of the children that fine morn ing as they stood by the clear waters of the Tallapoosa. They were children then, but they are mothers now, and should any of them see these line I want them to know that I am the only one left of the soldiers they met that day and to whom they w’ere so kind.” Travel Is Heavy. "I have never seen travel as heavy in j the south as It is at present," said War ren L. Rohr, western passenger agent of the Norfolk and Western railroad with headquarters In Chattanooga yesterday. "The travel out of Chattanooga Is the heaviest on record, and it is almost im possible to get sleeping car reservations on certain of the trains. "The conditions in Chattanooga are bet ter than they have ever oeen before. We ore to have a $500,000 hotel, the site for which has already been bought. Tho plans are complete and work will com mence on the hotel shortly. "I think that by fall work will com mence on three skyscrapers in Chatta nooga. We need them and I do not think that there would be any trouble in rent ing all the offices In the three buildings.” Real Melodies. "One of the last places in town that one would expect to hear music," said a po liceman, "is the very place where some genuine melodies may be heard. It is tho city Jail. I was standing by the warden's office in the alley yesterday when a num ber of negro women prisoners, standing at a window on the second floor, began sing ing some old-time hymns. Every one knows that in the negro's voice, when it rises from the cotton field, there is a pe- ! culiar quality—a pathos that is very sweet. But the music that these women made. ; grouped around tho bars as t‘hey were, ' and singing out into the alley, w’as more weird and sweeter still. "I suppose the setting heightened the effect. Opposite the window at which they W’ere standing there is a blind alley run ning to the back of a negro restaurant. In the afternoons a crowd of habitues take air, smoke and talk. These form the audience, which dreamily listens to title song of the jail blrls. To them It is as good as a grand opera, an II Trovatere. W'ith the 'Mlsere’ sung like the wail of a lost soul and the part acted out to the life." Good Memory. "Speaking of remarkable memories,” said a man who had reported the loss of Ills watch to the police, "Detective George Bodeker has one that is wonderful when it comes to remembering the num bers of watches. "It has been a year since my watch was ! lost and Just as a test I asked him if he had forgotten its description. Without a moment's'hesitation he told me its num ber, 45ti,7»53. and also the make and all. He can go into a pawn shop and call off a string like that without reference to a memoranda of any kind. "From circumstances with which I am | familiar I know’ his memory as to fac^s is equally as good. I think he must have ; some sort of a mental kodak with which he takes snap shots," About Person*. C. 8. Howland of Scottaboro was regis tered at the Hotel Hillman yesterday. • • • T. B. Thompson and wife of Montgom ery were registered at the Birmingham hotel yesterday. • • • R. H. Cobb of Anniston was registered at the Morris hotel yesterday. • • • R. A. Gray of Gurley was registered at the Metropolitan hotel yesterday. • • • E. E. Cobbeck of Greensboro was among the number registered at tile Metropolitan hotel yesterday. • • • The Rev. D. O. Adams of Bessemer was registered at the Metropolitan yester day. • • • H. T. Butler and wife of Carbon Hill w-ere registered at the Morris hotel yester day. PERIL IN THE HANDSHAKE. From the Boston Herald. The hygienist has kindly discovered there are millions of microbes in a hand shake. What patience and exactitude he must possess! But let us be brave and go on exchanging them. If It pleases sci ence to count microbes the lay world can do no less than give science permission to proceed with the stunt. However, recollect there are good microbes as well aa bad ones, * i I —— ALABAMA PRBSS Andalusia News: Cotton is in bloom and the corn tassel has ceased to be a cur iosity. Eufaula Times: Some people are asking about the boll weevil. They think it's ebout time he was here. Hartselle Enquirer: The south's best product is a w’ell bred family of boys and girls in every home. Sumter County Call: It is said that “every dog has its day.” It looks now as if the meat trust has had its day. Camp Hill Times: When It comes to stirring up a smell it must be admitted that Upton Sinclair rakes muck as is muck. Tuscaloosa Times-Gazette: Kentucky s “Home-coming” and the confession of Jett were two good things that came close to gether. Collinsville Courier: Birmingham is agi tating the question of having a better and bigger state fair next fall. This is what the people want. Franklin Times: The G. O. P. leaders are troubled over the continued demand for tariff reform- coming from the strong republican state of Iowa. Troy Messenger: The Birmingham people still toll ns that they Intend to stop all gambling in that city. They have been strenuous thus far, and it looks like they mean business. Fort Payne Journal: In other words, the Senate committee on privileges and elec tions was of the opinion that Mr. Smoot should be declared out, and Mr. Burton should be fired out. Marlon County News: Bryan and Folk would make a pretty good ticket for dem ocrats to vote for whether we win or not. If we continue to do right our suc cess Is bound to come. Dadeville Spot Cash: What a relief it will be when we can pick up an Atlanta paper without Clark Howell and Hoke Smith looming up before us in some cam paign scandal or other. Luverae Journal: Alabama’s nick name is in the Common Sense dictionary, as the ’’Land of Cotton,” and the Inhabi tants are called "Lizards.” We would like to know by what authority our peo ple are called "’Lizards?” We resent the name. Elba Clipper: Oh, no, Hon. B. B. Comer is not an anarchist—he is worth about a million dollars—no man of means is an anarchist. But, whatever he was when he made his entry int*> Alabama politics, one thing is certain, he Is a very smooth politician. Scottsboro Citizen: Who ever dared to haul down the American flag raised upon territory once ours? According to Senator Morgan, who should be good authority. General Wood hauled down the American flag on the Isle of Pines without authority and the administration is trying to keep it down. Mobile Register: The Birmingham Age Herald proposes that Alabama have a "home-coming” festival, after the style of Kentucky, and nhmes October as the suitable month. That may do for Birming ham but not for us in South Alabama, for obvious reasons. Put it off to April next. Sumter Sun: The money lost in cotton speculation >the past season by Sumter county people would build a nice cotton factory, and give 200 poor people em ployment. This get-rich-qulck business won’t do; remember that thousands of men do nothing but set traps for the un wary. Columbia Breeze: The happiest married people are those who keep on flirting with each other, the man feeling interest ed In giving his wife a thousand small attentions, and the wife dealing him a bit of coquetry now and then to keep life interesting. Carbon Hill Enterprise-Democrat: Smoot's seat is safe until next winter. The Senate committee on privileges and elections has postponed further action un til after the fall elections. What a fine thing it is to be a polygamist and a re publican senator at the same time. Sen ator Burton of Kansas should get a few more wives, and have Uhem on hand when the supreme court takes up his applica tion for a rehearing. Baldwin Times: For telling the truth about embalmed beef being fed to our soldier boys General Miles was hounded and reprimanded by a republican admin istration. Now we know that the whole country has been supplied by the beef trust with similar foul and diseased pro visions and the present administration has known it for a long time without publishing the facts. Greenville Living Truth: The season is again at hand when joyous, buxom, ath letic American womanhood starts forth for health, recreation and "broadening influences," leaving the stingy, antiquat ed, tiresome husbands to encumber the earth at home. More of a menace to the country than the soulless greed of trusts or the outrageous demands of labor unions is the growing vacation habit of the country. Andalusia Times: Some of the war-like statesmen in Washington are clamoring for $11,000,000 warships—about twice the cost of the Oregon, built only a few years ago, and one of the finest ahips In the American navy. Senator Bacon of Georgia is somewhat appalled by such extravagant strides, and is fearful that the next ad vance would be to a $15,000,000 ship. The level-headed statesmen of the south are not one whit behind the leaders of the north in patriotism and national pride, but they are conservative and safe and may be depended upon at all times to op pose reckless expenditures of the peoples money. But unfortunately they are in the minority. WEALTH OF POLITICIANS. From the Boston Globe. Here is a New York estimate of a few politicians who are Just now in the lime light: Charles Warren Fairbanks, $6,000, 000; William R. Hearst, 10,000,000; Frank Wayland Higgins, $3,000,000; William Jen nings Bryan. $500,000; Joseph G. Cannon, $2,000,000; Elihu Root, $2,000,000; Leslie M. Shaw, $100,000; William H. Taft. $80,000; George B. Cortelyou, $15,000; Francis Bur ton Harrison, $2,OOMOO; Joseph W. Folk, |50,000. It’s an Interesting list. COMMENTS ON MEN AND ' MATTERS OF THE TIMES HE machinery of government at \jC|) Washington was thrown out of ■ gear by the antics of a festive aeronaut who sailed around the Wash ington monument, cavorted over the cap itol and frisked around the White House with a cheerful disregard of consequences. Everybody was thrown Into excitement and the populace looked on In awe, but it will not be long before airships will cease to attract attention. In a few years, it is safe to assume, airship accidents in passenger traffic will become of fre quent occurrence, the sailing dates of trans-oceanlc ships will be published daily and aerial airship lines will be in the hands of a new order of magnates who await the oportunlty which the future holds in store. Then will come aerial races and aerial chauffeurs who will do them selves proud In smashing speed records. Those will be blithesome days, tho man’s tenure on life will be a slender one and airship collisions will spill many un lucky mortals earthward. THE TEA KETTLE SONG. It's a pleasant sort of song That the steaming kettle sings, When fond recollection flits To the past and swiftly wings Over happy childhood days And the joys we used to know, When the fire wa« burning bright And we frolicked in the glow. When a millionaire cracks a Joke none laughs louder than his secretary. When one considers that Sherlock Holmes brought Sir A. Conan Doyle a sum approximating £70,000 it is easy to see why the author dropped him with re gret. THOSE FREAK COUPLES. One thing, in truth, I’d like to know. Provided there’s no charge. Why Is it, when a man Is small, His wife is always large? William Pinkney Whyte wants it dis tinctly understood that his seat in the Senate Is not an old man’s easy chair. President Roosevelt, who has always been an Indian to some extent, is a Red Man now. A PERISHABLE THING. The city man bewails his lot. Likewise his great expense. The straw hat that he bought last week Now looks like thirty cents. | A voice from Boston: "When all else fails, eat beans." The difference between a doggerel poet and the other sort is that one means It and the other does not. It develops that Chancellor Day is an autocrat. He has been talking here of late like a plutocrat. Speaking of bargains, Mrs. CongeV bought a Chinese rug for $90 and sold it for $7000. THE BRYAN MAN. A rhesty man who walks fcbroad. With shoulders thrown well back, Doth lord It In t'he public view And no attention lack. His sun Is rising in the east, His words are hearkened to; He's complimented fulsomely And takes It as his due. He wears an air of victory, i As one who’s freed at last From all the stigma of mistakes Committed in the past. He sights a dizzy future when His hero wins the prize, A governmental sinecure Confronts his dazzled eyes. Altho it's two years till the day When Bryan makes the race. Already he beholds himself t Rewarded with a place. The new star becomes Columbia's brow. Now that Dowte confesses to, seeing things at night, perhaps he can see his finish. "Marse” Henry was In the clouds when he said, "I have stood upon the margin of a distant sea and watched the Ships go by, envious that their prows were westward bent. I have marked the glad naves dancing to the setting sun. heart slc.. with thoughts of home." Columbus, an old Genoa boy. Tittle dreamed that he was paving the way for Packertown. SORRY SHE SPOQUE. A woman who bought a new toque Considered it quite a good joque On her husband, poor man. But she finds that she can Not have a new dress, for he's broque. i When a man begins to dread the penalty he has to pay for staying out late at right it Is a sign that he Is growing old. It is a small man who Is not called a "prominent citizen” at least once In his life. Buy your firecrackers now. DEDICATE MATTER. A little w<hlle we linger here And then we go away. The place where some of us arrive I wouldn’t like to say. Now, Dr. Shonts, let's have the canal. June brides are ripe. PAUD COOK. SAVING OLD SOLDIERS DUTY OF THE NATION From the Washington Poet. AR he it from us to question the Tt^V wisdom and benevolence of any 1 measure boomed by the combined statesmanship of two such congressmen as Bowersock of Kansas and Gardner of | Massachusetts. Thedr very names stand I for righteousness and altruism. In “Bow ersock” we catch the reverberations of gigantic moral upheaval. In “Gardner” we seein to find glimpses of almost super human graqp and tenderness. Perish the thought of opposition! Away, also, with the very faintest nimbus of an Incredul ity! Canteens at government homes for the old soldiers are anathema. Messrs. Bowersock and Gardner have said it. And who are we that we should mutter in our beards? But it is sad to think of the fast-dying veterans of the civil war—the most titanic ! conflict the world has ever known—de prived of a solace which, wicked as it may be in theory, is nevertheless an Im portant factor in their scheme of happi ness. Custom, long usage, previous ignor ance of the immorality involved, have I made these poor old men somewhat de pendent upon red liquor for their com fort and content. Their lives are over. They have fought the good fight, have bled, and starved, and suffered for the nation's sake. All that is left to them is a peaceful corner, furnished by the people’s gratitude, and sucn little physi cal delight as may come to them at times through artificial agencies. Every thing is behind them, save only the mem ories of the outpost, the bivouac, the weary march, the battle, the wound, the suffering, the martyrdom. They never heard that it was sinful to take a drink of whisky until some one else told them so, and even then they doubted It. Most of them had made the acquaintance of good, red liquor before Mr. Bowersock got out of school. Most of tnem had been drinking and fighting and saving the union before Mr. Gardner became a can didate for swaddling clothes. They stood the test of manhood, all the same. They made thedr title clear to the American people’s everlasting gratitude and admir ation, and no one accused them of de cadence or branded them with Infamy. It Is only now, in the pathetic twilight of their lives, that they are charged with sin and degradation by men who never shared their sacrifices or their pains, nor yet exhibited thedr patriotic valor. So, now, these fast-vanishing relics of a heroic and a splendid time are to be tutored, moralized and saved according to the pattern cut by malingerers and novices. Until quite recently they have been allowed to cheer themselves accord ing to their need. They have dreamed by the roaring fires of winter or in the warm suns of summer—dreamed, harm lessly enough, of the pleasant hours of youth and early manhood. A drink or two of whdsky and the tired lids would close, the misery of age and loneliness pass away. The old soldier would live again in memory. He would hear the voices of the spring, feel the tough of vanished ec stasies, experience the rapture of awaken ed passion, and the quickening of ar dent hope and purpose. Before his vision passed the glorious pageant of a resur rected youth. A vista of green trees and running streams and gracious landscapes, a recollection of harvest homes and rus set fields, and happy laughter and the throbbing cadence of the dancers danc ing in tnne; an opening of long-trodden graves from which* trooped forth a thous and holy and delightful memories. Old, feeble, lonely, helpless, crippled and for lorn, the dying veterans could still recall the joys of youth and live again those eager, pulsing, and celestial hours. He j did no harm—to himself or any one. He sdttply passed beyond the reach of sor row and decrepitude and felt once more the unutterable ichor in his withered ▼eixua But Messrs. Bowersock and Gardner know best. They open wide their vast, yearning:, and, of course, enlightened solicitudes. The soldiers’ homes must be recovered to chastity and'virtue, and the occupants thereof shall know righteous ness at any cost to their own untutored and depraved .proclivities, It is hard on dying men who have never known the truth. It is right, though. It must be. TOO MUCH FOR HIM. Mills Thompson Meets Formidable 8tory Teller. From the Washington Post. There's ft human being In Washington who can tell you more about the travels he never took than a fisherman can about the fish he never caught. He Is what may he called a Christian Science traveler, only his Imaginary ex periences are handed out in good old fashioned allopathic doses. Mills Thompson came across this walk ing Baedeker yesterday morning on F street and Mr. Tohmpson only wishes now he had not. The dose came near be ing too much for the artist's constitu tion—which only goes to show that It takes something more substantial than conversation to tickle an artist's palate. "Beg pardon,” said the stranger, “but can you direct me to the Corcoran Art Gallery?” "What you want is the Zoo,” thought Mr. Thompson, whose eyes are ever alert to see a joke. "Just go straight ahead until you come to the president's stables— then cross the street there you are.” “I’ll surely find It,” said the stranger, with thanks; "a good traveler never loses his way.” This was Mr. Thompson's cut. “So you are a traveler, are you?" "That Isn't the word for It,” proudly answered the other; "the fact Is, thera Isn't a single spot on the globe I have not visited. I've scaled the Alps, been burled In the lava of Mount Vesuvius, suffocated In the fogs of London, dined with African chiefs and South American presidents, hunted gold In Alaska, cor nered the Ice market In Greenland, fed the lions of St. Mark's, and—” Mr. Thompson's exit was hasty but graceful. AN INSTANCE. From the Louisville Courier-Journal. "I've heard a good deal about senatorial courtesy. What would he considered sen atorial discourtesy?" "Well, for one senator to holler ‘stop thief In case he saw another senator trying to frame up a little game of loot.” THE ROSARY OF YEARS. By Father Ryan. i Some reckon their age by years. Some reckon their life by art; But some tell their days by the flow of their tears, And their life by the moan, of their heart. The dials of earth may show The length, not th* depth, of years; Few or many they come—few or many they go— But our ttme Is best measured by teats. Ah! not by the silver gray That creeps through t?ie sunny hair. And not by the scenes that we pass on our way, And not by the furrows the finger of care. i On the forehead and face have made; Not so do we count our years; ■ Not by the sun of the earth—but th# shade Of our souls and the fall of our tears. For the young are ymiettmes old. Though their brow V- bright and fair; While their blood beats warm their heart lies cold. O'er them the springtime—but winter Is there. And the old are oftime* young. When the hair Is thin and white; And they sing In age as in youth they sung. And they laugh, for their cross was light. A thousand joys may foam On the billows of all'the years; But never the foam brings the brave bark home; It reaches th* haven through tease.