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Washington Bureau Ag?-Hcrald 1421 G street, N. tV. O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the devil. —1 King Henry IV. Congress Should Not Adjourn. Congress has no moral light to ad journ until it has acted on the Tillman bill. That bill prohibits contributions of corporation money to national cam paign funds. The Senate has passed the bill, and Congress should not ad journ until the Hourp acts on it, and the bill is sent to the President for his signature. The President talks freely when canal or rate or meat inspection propo sitions come before him, but not a . word has been hoard from him on the subject of political conrtibutions since Ills annual message was sent in. He said in that message, "All contribu tions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law." A few words by him now on that subject would pass the Tillman bill in the House. Will they be spoken? Can the republican party afford Ip adjourn with the Tillman bill in a pigeon hole? True, the Tillman bill does not un cover the slush funds of 18911, 1900 and 1904, the three greatest scandals in the entire history of the country. But the republicans dare not do that. That task goes over to the first democratic House that is elected, probably the one to be elected in November next. In the meanwhile Congress should pass the Tillman bill. If it does not do so—if it adjourns with that bill hung up—It will simply repeat to the public Vanderbilt’s famous remark, and proeed to work the trusts and cor porations for still larger slush funds. ,rr*r —--: Statesmen Stampeded. The young man who suspended all business in Washington, legislative as as well as executive, was an emissary of A. Roy Knabenshue, of Toledo. O. I.incoln Beachey, a young assistant of Aeronaut Knabenshue, was in charge of the airship that toyed familiarly alike with the top parts of the Wash ington monument and of the Capitol's own dome. Statesmen tumbled over themselves to get where they could watch Mr. Beachey’s capers in the air. A fitful northeast wind was blowing, and yet the airship was under perfect control. It could be brought to any spot on earth, and in the air it obeyed Peachey’s slightest touch. So intent was Congress In watching his every motion that neither House could trans act any business until he returned to his home in Virginia, four miles down the Potomac. He came down once at the White House in order to deliver a note to the President, and then he sailed down the avenue to the capltol, where he again came to earth in order to fill his gasoline tank. His tuff-tuff will not Boon be forgotten in Washing ton. But Mr. Beachey should not overdo the business in the closing days of the season, when Congress has much busi ness to transact. It is plain that legis lation and aeronautics cannot go on together. It is plain that airships are more attractive to statesmen than roll calls or even congressional speeches. The difficulty is new, and Beachey should not push it to a crisis. Licks at Panama. With a vigor and suddenness that has almost taken the breath away from Mr. Aldrich’s Senate, the House has declared that not a cent of the item of $26,000,000 in the sundry civil bill shall be spent on a sea level canal. The vote was 110 yeas and 36 nays. That, together with President Roose velt's threat to veto a sea level propo sition. settles the matter at once and for all time. The House in the last hours of the session is asserting itself, and the Senate will simply have to acknowl edge that in the last round it has lost its grip on affairs. It prefers a sea level canal, but its wish has been turned down by the House, which Is In full rebellion and has its knife cut, 'J'hcre }s no room for compro niiae. The stand taken by the House cannot be gumshoed away by Mr. Al lison or dark-closeted out by the es teemed Mr. Aldrich. It is 1n the sun dry civil bill to stay, and the Senate may as well get ready to swallow it, however bitter It may be. The pent-up revolution in the House against the Senate finds vent in the Littaner res olution, and the House stands ready to spend the rest of its official life in Washington in order to defend it. Fortunately for all and for the treas ury the type of canal is selected, and there is nothing now to do at Panama but to dig it. It should be completed in 1912 or 1913 at the fartherest, and if the government engineers know what they are talking about, its total cost will not exceed $140,000,000. Not a cent of that sum need come from bonds, although Secretary Shaw is said to have an itching in the direc tion of more bonds. The national banks want bonds, but no one else does. ‘•Looks Like Bryan.” Under (lie foregoing title the Mont gomery Advertiser frankly proceeds to seat it self in the Bryan bandwagon, predicting even before the band begins to play the nomination of the Nabras kan because, as it. expresses the situa tion, he seems to hold "the trumps." The coming over of the Advertiser is significant and satisfactory. It springs from the feeling of hopeful ness that permeates the democratic party of today. Union is easy when there is hope. When there is none disintegration is just as easy and natural. The democrats are getting together, sinking all minor, obsolete and non-essential differences, simply because victory is in the air. This is why the bandwagon is filling up rap idly. But there is room for all, even for the Mobile Register. The Advertiser intimates that Mr. Bryan has abandoned "his old-time heresies." It is, however, mistaken. The heaven born ratio is abeyance only because the per capita circulation has risen to about $33, whereas in 1896 it was down to about $21. The gold mines have fljled the pockets of the people. If the gold mines should give out, Mr. Bryan would no doubt again bring forward his "heresy.” Nor has the Man from Nebraska changed his viewR on the need of an income tax, on the direct selection of United States Senators by the people, on the initia tive and referendum, on the trusts, and particularly on Dingleyism. He stands where he has always stood—in favor of government of the people, by the peo ple, for the people. He stands for the re-establishment of the competitive principle, and this means that the trusts must in some way be dissolved. The word "conservative” that the Advertiser uses so glibly has a damp, grave-like smell. It comes from the catacombs of the nineteenth century. It has no relation to or place in the progressive twentieth century. This Is not a hold-back age in any country, least of all In these United States. The Advertiser is now calmly and firmly seated In the Bryan bandwagon, and it should at once blue-pencil the word “conservative” In its dictionary, for it will have no further use for It. Home and Chicaqo Chickens. Whatever grounds of complaint against Packingtown other sections may have, the Washington Post thinks the south has none at all. "There has never been," it goes on to say, “the smallest reason why the southern peo ple should not feed themselves from their own herds, flocks, fields, dairies, and barnyards. The south is rich in farming and grazing lands, and tHe in habitants thereof can raise beef cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, and vegetables of the very finest quality and in unlimited quantity if they choose. Why need they go to Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha, or any other distant market for food which they can produce them selves? And if they persist In a policy so unnecessary and improvident, they might have the grace to realize that It is their fault and refrain from con demnation of others. The pastures of the south can turn out as good beef and mutton as the stockyards of Chicago can. Southern farms are capable of furnishing as high class butter, milk, eggs, etc., as any farms in Iowa or Kansas. Why, then, do not the south ern people help themselves instead of calling upon Hercules to help them and filling the air with complaint and im precation when lie fails to answer to their satisfaction? Like <he Secretary of Agriculture, who built two bouses when Congress ordered but one. the south will have to plead guilty to the indictment drawn by the Post. The Indictment is well grounded, substantial and sound. The southern man who eats potted chicken ‘■made in Chicago” has no right to complain—no kick coming. He should eat his Chicago canned chicken at least as long as his stomach will stand it, and even then he should not kick unless indeed he can contrive in some way to kick himself. Let his stomach do the work, while the preachers get all the yellow-legged chickens of home production. I<ong live the preachers. The Fairbanks boom is more ramp ant and aggressive ln'Alabama than in Indiana. Congressman Smith of Iowa defends Secretary Wilson of Iowa. Iowa men are simply standing together in Wash ington, which is more than they are doing at home. The Fairbanks boom in Alabama is to be dry-nursed by ex-Congressman Aldrich of Shelby county.' Chairman Thompson is sawin' wood and sayin' nothin'. Mr. Bryan has been hobnobbing with the extreme radical wing in the Duma, particularly with the leader of the peasant workmen group. John W. Tomlinson's refusal to en ter the alternate senatorial race closes the list no doubt. But there are seven entries, and that will do. The Russian Duma is beginning to think it is to keep out of prison after all. It is trying to send the bureaucrats there as substitutes. The House of Commons has a had attack of stomach trouble over the dis covery of potted chicken from Chicago iTl its restaurants. Senator Benson says that he is no "darned fool." Foolishness is not the chief complaint of the United States Senate. Mr. Bryan may be a rolling stone and he may gather no moss, but. ho Is certainly gathering supporters galore. The quakes In San Francisco are more damaging to confidence in the capitalistic breast than U> anything else. Mr. Bryan is studying liberty at its fountain head in the Duma at St. Pe tersburg. No trust taxes or rules Rus sia. People who can not go away are be ginning to convince themselves that their towns are ideal summer resorts. The populist vote has been assimil ated and no longer exists as an inde pendent quantity or factor. The White House stables also need an inspector or two. This is becoming an age of inspection. Seventy thousand Kentuckians are at home this week drinking out of the little brown jug. Bernhardt has sailed away to la belle France. It Is probably “an revolr" and not "goodbye.” Congress still hesitates to pass a bill to denature potted chicken of the Chi cago variety.. Why does Speaker Cannon hold up the Tillman anti-corruption campaign fund bill? Potted chicken from Chicago killed the Kaffirs even after it had taken a sea bath. Chicago has been rendered doubly famous by its justly esteemed potted chicken. Grover Cleveland's silence at. pres ent is intense enough to be cut with a knife. The Senate has been de-Burtonlzed, but it should be de-Aldrichized also. The Dongworths turned King Leo pold down without ruffling a feather. Senator-elect Dupont is the head of a trust, but it is not a gns trust. The insurance grafters are a long way from being out of the ruire. Englishmen who have been eating canned goods wnnt to know. Senator Depew continues to consist ently take the rest cure. “.Timmy” Bryan has dropped from the steamship trust. The Mizners are still at odds, and nobody cares. Young Bryan seems to think well of his pa. Speak up, Grover. WHEELING THE BABY. Opinions of Young Lawyer Who Trun dled Perambulator. From the New York Globe. A certain young lawyer whose business connections bring him much 1n touch with some corporation interests has not had his 'head swelled by his rapid rise in the last few years, and has vetoed some of his wife's ambitions to climb the social lad der. He has a baby daughter to whom he is very much devoted, and occasionally, on a Sunday afternoon, will take the youngster out for an airing In her per ambulator. A few Sundays ago the lawyer and his wife were out with the baby carriage when they met the head of one of the big concerns for which the lawyer holds n retainer walking with a friend. "I never was so mortified in my life!" exclaimed the wife, after the magnate had paased. "You must not wheel the baby carriage in public again!" "Nonsense." replied her husband. His further remarks were interrupted by 'his brother, who had been hurrying to over take him. "I heard a compliment to you just now, Jim." said the brother. “You kno.. the traction man?" "Just met him." said the lawyer. "So did I." said his brother. "He was talking with his friend about you. T | heard him say. ‘A very promising young | lawyer—must be a decent sort of chap, too. He's making a lot of money, but ho isn't loo proud to push his own baby carriage. I'll have to keep an eye on him.’ Pretty good, wasn't it?" The lawyer’s wife hasn't had anything to say about the family dignity since the incident. REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. By any other name the devil would be as tempting. A woman seems to have a special grudge against any kind of chair that Is com fortable. It's a good deal meaner to have money and not spend it than to spend when you haven't got it. A girl has to have a mighty poor com plexion not to be afraid It might get ^polled by sunburn. The thing that puzzles a man is how it is that a woman can't get on the shoe of another whose feet are ao much big ger than hers. IN HOTEL LOBBIES Increase Membership. “The movement to increase the mem bership of the Commercial club to 1000 j members is a most excellent one,” said j one of the committeemen yesterday. "The day when Birmingham's Commercial club ^ can set still and wait for things to come to It has passed and we must go forward now on bigger .and broader lines. “We ought to keep a high priced man on the road working for new industrial plants, for desirable immigrants and for conventions. We must advertise and talk Birmingham as never before, and all this can't be done without members and with- i out money. If President Jemison and his new administration can accomplish this, they will have done a great work. "The club's idea in having a permanent exhibit on the fourth floor of its building, to show* the resources and manufactured products of the district Is one of the most effective advertisements the club has un dertaken in a long while.” Cotton Being Hurt. “The cotton crop in Georgia has been damaged at least 25 per cent by the rains and winds In the past week,” said a man from the cotton belt of that state. "This Is a conservative estimate of the loss. “Corn and other crops have been very badly damaged, particularly in South and Middle Georgia, where the rains were heaviest and the wind fiercest. Much harm is likely to result from cotton lice, which will cover the plants unless hot sunshine and warm nights come soon. “Grass Is taking hundreds of acres in South and Middle Georgia, and farmers are unable to work their fields on account of the Incessant rain and fierce winds.” Majestic Theatre. "R. E. Rlcksen, vice president of the Inter-State Amusement company, ls~ ex pected In Birmingham In a day or two," said Robert E. Murphy lost night, "to make a final Inspection of the new Majes tic theatre. The finishing touches will he given this pretty playhouse under his direction and every thing will be put In readiness for the formal opening next fall. “The Majestic theatre will prove a sur prise and a delight to Birmingham the atre-goers when they enter It for the first time. Not only is the house a model of cosiness and convenience, but the in terior decorations are exceedingly hand some. They are In perfect taste and there is nothing garish about the color scheme. “The seating eapacity of the house be ing about twelve hundred, will make It quite a roomy theatre—much more so than most people suppose. It Is proposed to make a first-class family theatre out of the Majestic, ralering especially to women and children with refined vaudeville pro grammes." Dangerous Practice. "The practice of a number of drivers of a.utamobiles of speeding pass Five Points is a dangerous one," said Police man Dickison. who Is etaitioned at that place. "Sooner or later some one is going to run over a child ait Five Points and then It will be too late for them to be sorry. * "There are only a few people who run their cars recklessly on the Highlands and I have warned them that It must stop. Several have been arrested and fined by Judge Feagin, but I do not like to make arrests when there are other ways of getting people to obey the laws. ■'Children are almost always playing around Five Points and in the streets on the Highlands, and the drivers of auto mobiles should be very careful about the speed with which they run theJr machines. If one of them were to kill a child they would never forget It as long as they lived." Highland Avenue. "Highland avenue Is probably the Attest residence street In the south," said a visitor to Birmingham recently, “and when tho Improvements under way are completed it should easily outstrip Peach, tree street In Atlanta, which has previous ly held tho record. "Peachtree is straight and flat. There are no natural sites for the erection of handsome homes, whereas on Highland avenue every 100 feet brings a new' bit of scenery and a picturesque place on which to build a handsome home. “Another advantage that Highland ave nue has over other streets Is that the homes are all new and modern in their construction. Very few of them are over ten or twelve years old. and a large num ber of them have been constructed with in the past year or two. All of the homes are handsome and many of them are In the center of well kept lawns with trees atvd flowers. Few Fires. "We have remarkably few fires on the Highlands." said Chief Bennett of the fire department. "Tt is a very rare thing that we have a house totally destroyed on the Highlands, and I account for the fart in several ways. Principally the houses are all well constructed and there Is nothing to originate a fire.'The heat ing plants and the flues are new and there is very little woodwork exposed to a possible ftre.” About Pereone. "Al." Ellis, a popular representative of the Southern Cotton Growers' association, is in Birmingham. Mr. Ellis has many friends in the city who welcome him on his periodic visits. * • • J. H. Landman was registered at the Morris hotel yesterday. • • • H. D. Cow den of Roanoke was regis tered at the Metropolitan hotel yesterday. • • • W. G. Tlodge of Greenville was regis tered at the Birmingham yesterday. • • • \\\ j. White of Sheffield was registered at the Metropolitan hotel yesterday. • • • R. H. Clarke of Mobile was registered at the £t. Nicholas yesterday. • • • H. .1. Smith of Mobile was registered at the St. Nicholas hotel yesterday. • • • H. O. Sargent of Hamilton was reg istered at the Morris hotel yesterday. • • • Jack King of Coosa valley was regis tered at the Morris hotel yesterday. EXPLANATION. From the Gadsden Journal. The weather in Gadsden must be sultry when preachers preach In shirt sleeves. The truths of Christianity are not a mat ter of elothes—Age-Herald. Wrong again! The weather up here is Ideal. The preacher simply wanted to be sociable and took off his coat to show that be was a good fellow. ALABAMA PRESS Atmore Spectrum: We hear a "still small voids” which says: **W. J. Bryan for President, 1908.” New Decatur Advertiser: No one has had the hardihood to nominate Upton Sinclair for President. Brewton Standard: A few more probes Into the beef trust will make people wish they had never eaten beef. Coosa River News: We presume, again, that Congressman Burnett won’t have any opposition this trip. Good. Talladega Reporter: And now for the Fourth of July, the time to fire cannon, float the flag, and to let the eagle scream. Dothan Eagle: We always wondered how they got potted chicken out of a slaughter pen, where they make soap and sausages. Guriev Herald: Of course It would ruin the party to investigate how much the railroads contributed to the republican campaign funds. Sheffield Reaper: Carrie Nation Is in Memphis selling souvenir hatchets. If she doesn't And occasion to use a few real hatchets in Memphis, ether cities may feel exempt from raids by her. Huntsville Tribune: The press of the cities of Alabama are snickering and grinning because Huntsville claims to be a city, but wants to put on a dispensary which is recognized as village trousers. Florence Herald: The new' Christian Science temple of the -mother church” at Boston has been completed at a cost of $2,000,000. It will seat 5000 people. The Christian Scientists are evidently will ing to pay for their faith. Sampson ledger: The Birmingham Age Herald condemns the present Alabama law as regards the payment of poll tax, and says it should be changed so as to make the payment compulsory. We heart ily agree with The Age-Herald and would also like to see a law enacted making education compulsory. HEAD FULL OF DIAMONDS. Strange Tale of Gem Stuffed Idol In Philadelphia. In the head of an antique and hideous stone Idol, the whereabouts of which Is puzzling the Philadelphia police, Is be lieved to have been smuggled Into this country gems valued at fil.OW.OOO. The Image was discovered In a stable of a furniture firm In West Philadelphia, and placed In a store show window as a decoration. Shortly afterward the members of the firm were warned In an anonymous letter not to give away or sell the Image, a re ward being promised If It should be re placed in the stable. The firm did noT: wish to part with It, however, and noti fied the police and their employees to prevent it being stolen. Notwithstanding all precautions, says the Star, the Image mysteriously disap peared. Policemen outside and clerks within had been on the watch all evening. About 8 o’clock, when one of the clerks turned to look at the Idol in the window after having been engaged In another direction only a few minutes, the Image was gone. On Wednesday the promised explanation came. It was a tale of adventure In strange lands and of an Ingenious me thod of smuggling stolen jewelry Into the country. According to the story told by the letter, the writer Is an Italian who after various vlssltudes In earning a living In Europe was sent by Ills employer to South Africa to assist In the selection of diamonds. After arriving In Cape Colony he made the acquaintance of Cecil Rhodes, and by the consent of his employer went to work for the magnate. Leaving him In after years, he fell In with Harney Barnato, and went with him to the diamond fields at Kimberley. Here he fell In with another man, whose name he does not give. "Kaffo,” as the writer called himself, and his friend secured a lot of diamonds. The climax came In a thunderstorm In which his friend was killed by lightning. Kaffo was stunned, but soon recovered and unearthed the precious stones ac cumulated by his friend and prepared to leave the country. His great problem was to conceal the stones, so as to smuggle them out of the country. Ills eyes fell on the Idol. The head of the Image was hollow and It had been used as a water cooler. He dropped the diamonds in through the eye holes and stopped the holes by cementing paste diamonds In them. He came to Philadelphia, where a fellow countryman, whose acquaintance he made at a boarding house, appeared to he fas cinated by the Image. One day this new friend anil tile Idol were both missing The friend he found In a dying condition lr, a hospital. He confessed to stealing the image, and told where he had con cealed it In a stable. Tills was a month after Its disappearance. The next night Kaffo went to the stable, only to find that the Idol was gone. On November 18 he saw a picture of the Idol In a Philadelphia paper. Then came the correspondence and the theft. FRESH AIR rUH wmt wuBatns. New Respiratory Apparatua Tried In France. From L'Tllustratlon. The Society of Mines at Courrleres has just undertaken In shaft No. 4 a series of experiments with a new respiratory apparatus called pneumatogen. Every appartus designed for nllowing the stay In a deleterious environment must fulfill three essential conditions: exclusive com munication of the respiratory organs with a reservoir of respirable gas; together with a light weight, sufficient capacity of this reservoir to supply a man for a certain time; elimination of the expired carbonic acid, which would poison the pure air. The pneumatogen. which seems happily to realise these three conditions, Is based upon the method of the renewal of vitiat ed air devised several years ago by M. George F. Joubert. It consists of an India rubber bag. worn in front, about waist high, and supported by a strap passing up one side of the miner's chest, around his neck and down the other side. Into this bag by means of a mouthpiece he 'sends the products of respiration, which are compelled to go through two tubes containing grains of oxyllth. The oxyllth. or stones of oxygen, has the prop erty of retaining steam and carbonic acid while setting free a corresponding quan tity of oxygen. The vltihted air therefore finds itseir renewed when It becomes stored lit the bag.' The experiments made at Courrleres have given excellent results. The miners furnished with the new apparatus have been able to work more than two con secutive hours hi shafts where the air was absolutely unresplrable. COMMENTS ON MEN AND \ MATTERS OF THE TIMES EACKBERRY pies are In our midst again. There Is a certain indefinable charm attached to blackberry pie that inspires eloquent thoughts and lifts a man above his coarser self. There are pies and pies and pies. Some of them are good and some of them are bad; some are made with chemicals and others are bona fidq. Some will su perinduce stomach complaint and others nestle within a man like a hot brick to his feet on a cold night, bringing nought but comfort. There bo men who con tend that mince meat pie deserves the palm among pies, and others contend for pumpkin, while gooseberry, potato, lemon, apple, peach, strawberry, cranberry, ap ricot, prune, plum, scuppernong and all the other varieties have devotees, but in season nothing is more fit than blackber ry pie. The most attractive feature of blackberry pie time is that huckleberry pie Is also here. May the pie belt spread broader every day and may the Ameri can appetite for pie never grow' less! DON’T BE A TARGET. It's hard to be merry When things go wrong, You’d rather be grumpy Than sing a song. But fussing won’t help you When you are sad. For people just laugh at The* man who Is mad. Those darned muck rakers will be in the breweries next. The Memphis News-Scimitar says. “We suggest blinders for the man who doesn’t like peek-a-boo waists.’’ Better find him first. - When a girl has a brilliant wedding nothing very important ever happens to her after that. THOSE WONDERFUL PASTS. It’s funny when a man you know Tells what he used to do He adds a little here and there And multiplies by two. Even the erogsest man will do nothing worse than grunt when he has had a good dinner. A certain amount of worry is good for a man—enough to make him work. Let us all rejoice with the poor steam ship trust which has had its first good year and is now out of debt. A RETRACTION. “Oh, life's a Joke,’’ a fellow said, Then stepped upon a taek. To save his life couldn't laugh. So he Just took it back. Mayor Dunne says that any man whA has served as Mayor of Chicago deserve*® to go to heaven. But will he? Elihu Root has a string of six LL.D.'* from six different colleges and yet h* hankers after the presidency. Eminent Spectator Bryan got an early® look-in on the Russian parliament. THE GRILLING MEN GET. Ever felt your spirits drooping, When your heart was sick and sad? Ever thought that you were done for, And the world was to the bad? Ever had a wretched feeling That you couldn’t last for long. When your friends seemed cold and heart less And you couldn’t right the wrong? Ever thought you'd like to drop out— Quit the game and step aside? Ever lost enthusiasm, With your courage and your pride? Ever wished that you could lie down In the woods somewhere to sleep, When you wearied of the struggle And your misery was deep? Ever pined away for freedom From the grind of daily life? Ever dreamed of peace and comfort In the din of worldly strife? Ever turned aside and sickened At the spectacle displayed, When you felt your strong arm weaken And your heart was sore afraid? If you have you know the legend Of the years that weigh you down— Of the tear drops and the heartaches And the cares that brought a frown; Secret of old age and wrinkles, And the soul that’s hard opprest. You’ve been up against the racket And you've suffered with the rest. When reformers fall out the deuce is to pay. “Wealth laughs at law." says Jeroms. You bet it does—a loud “Ha! Ha!” Gentleman of North Carolina who used dynamite under his balky horse adopted a certain way to make the animal move. SURE. Life Is Just A little while. Might as w'Cll Cheer up and smile. A good pair to draw to: The Lord's prayer and the constitution. Next time the maharina visits Packing town she will leave her gorgeous oriental ! robes behind. Even the packers acknowl ! edge that they are not running a millinery ' shop. PAUL COOK. FAIR PLAY BIG FACTOR IN THE BOOM FOR BRYAN BY SEWELL HAGGARD. |7v E YORK, June 16,-(Bpec!al.)—If I W. J. Bryan Is nominated by the * ■ democratic party and elected to presidency-and political leaders of all faiths say that such a thing is by no means a remote possibility-it will be largely due to that spirit of fair play that Is so strong in the breast of the American voter. Events have helped Bryan, even his defeats have made him stronger. The public say those who reckon the Nebraskan's chances good, won t forget that he had more votes than McKinley, that Insurance >ind other corporation money was used to bring about his de feat, and that the men who controlled the convention of 1904 which buncoed him , out of the nomination was controlled by August Belmont and other corporation servants. Then, too, Bryan is getting much of the credit of starting the fight on bossism and the agitation for reforms generally, which has reached earthquake proportions all over the land. Ray Stan nard Baker, in a recent article on "Popu lar Unrest,” takes this view of the sit uation: "The east has been Increasingly conscious of west winds. The storm In reality be gan rising years ago, but it is only with in a year that It has reached cyclone proportions as far eastward as Wash ington. There tjave recently been quak Ings even In the superstructure of the ■ capitol. "For the present storm of political and social unrest is essentially western in Its origin. Broadly speaking, the east is conservative and the west radical; the east Is rich, while the west Is rela tively poor. Finally, the east reasons where the west feels, and progress or at least the demand for progress springs more naturally from emotion than from logic. "Bryanlstn, for example, was rignt in Its feeling, however mistaken it may have been In ils reasoning. Without Bryan and the essence of the thing that he stood for, not free silver, but what men call 'democracy' or 'liberty' or freedom,' we could not have had Folk of Missouri or La Follette of Wisconsin, or Tom John son of Cleveland. Without that spirit we should not have had bosslsm overthrown last fall In Philadelphia or Jerome elect ed In New York. And think how Impos sible It would have been four years ago for a president of the United States to have written such a message as Mr. Roosevelt sent last winter to the con gress. It would have been declared rev olutionary; and yet today the president undoubtedly lags behind rather than leads the sentiment of the country. Bryan is more largely responsible for Roosevelt than many people Imagine.'' The man to whom most of the credit of this upheaval Is given was In 1896 an editorial writer and political correspond ent for the Omaha World-Herald at a sal ary of *30 a week. He has also been a country lawyer, a member of congress an author and a lecturer. Mr. Bryan went to the Chicago con vention in 1896 as a member of a contest ing delegation from Nebraska. They had almost no claim to regularity, and it Is well known that Mr. Bryan himself did not expect that his delegation would be seated. It Is equally true that they would not have been seated If the little clique of democratic United States sen ators who thought they could control the convention had dreamed that Bryan would he nominated for president. In the pre liminary discussion among the party leaders it was debated whether or not they should abolish the two-thirds rule or seat enough contesting free silver dele gate to make the free silver vote two ' thirds of the convention. The latter course was decided on, and the contes tants from Nebraska, Michigan and oth er states were seated by "That good old rule, that simple plan, that he may take who has the power, and he shall keep who can." d The democratic senators who thought they could control the convention were Vest and Cockrell of Missouri, Bate and Harris of Tennessee, Daniel of Virginia, White of California and Tillman, of South Carolina. Their candidate for the nomina tion for president was Senator Henry M. Teller of Colorado, who had bolted the republican convention at St. Louis ten days before, walking out of the hall with tears running down his cheeks. Teller wras so confident of getting the nomina tion that he w'hs in Chicago, staying at the Auditorium hotel, ready to be called into the convention to make a speech of acceptance. Bryan received only 119 votes on the first ballot, but he had planted the seeds of stampede by his "crown of thorna and cross of gold" speech and gained rapidly on the succeeding ballots. It is well known that Bryan wfas not the orig inal maker of his nomination-winning pro gramme. The same phrase in substance had been used some year before in a speech to congress by Representative Mc Call of Massachusetts. Bryan made the closing address in the debate on the plat form, and at the close lie uttered in hi! most, Impressive style the famous phrase: "You shall not place upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.?" For thirty-six minutes following the close of his speech the convention was a howl ing mob. If the inmates of 100 mad houses liad been let loose In a hall that seated 18,000 persons they would have appeared sane and orderly in comparison with the national convention that nominated Wil liam J. Bryan for president In 1896. Bills Approved. Washington, June 16.—President Roose velt late this afternoon approved the dip lomatic and consular appropriation bill. MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME. By Stephen Collins Foster. The sun shines bright in our old Ken tucky home; ’Tis summer, the darkies are gay; The corn top's ripe and the meadow's In the bloom. While the birds make music all the day; The young folks roll on the little cabin floor. All merry, all happy, all bright; By'mby hard times comes a knockin’ at the door— Then, my old Kentucky home, good night! Weep no more, my lady; O weep no more today! We’ll sing one song for the old Kentcky home, For our old Kentucky home far away. They hunt no more for the ’possum and the coon, On the meadow, the hill and the shore; They sing no more by the glimmer of thg moon, On the bench by the old cabin door; The day goes by, like the shadow o'er the heart, With sorrow’ where all was delight: The time has come when the darkles have to part. Then, my old Kentucky home, good night! The head must bow and the back will have to bend Wherever the darky may go; A few more days and the troubles all will end In the field where the sugar canes grow; A few more days to tote the w^ary load, No matter, it will never be light; A few more days till we totter on the i road. Then, my old Kentucky homt, food night!