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Washington Bureau Age-Herald 1421 G. ■treet, N. W. Where love is great, the little doubts are fear; Where little fears grow great, great love grows there. —Hamlet III, 2. Per Capita Fire Losses. The average destruction of property by fire in this country Is two dollars per capita, or about $160,000,000 an nually. But this is the normal amount in a year free from great conflagra tions of the Baltimore or San Fran cisco sort. More property was de stroyed in the latter city than was de stroyed In an entire average year in the whole country. But accepting two dollars as the normal per capita fire loss In this country, let ns see where we are at. In 1906 the fire loss in Birmingham was fifteen dollars per capita. Blast St. Ixtuis and Council Bluffs, la., stood at Birmingham's side last year. Cedar Rapids, la., burned up property to the amount of forty dollars per capita, and among the cities burning from fire to fifteen dollars a head last year wero Mobile, Montgomery, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville. Cities that reduce their annual loss per head to that, of the country as a whole have no difficulty whatever in securing low insurance premiums. The high premium naturally goes with a high loss per capita. Cotton Seed Crushers. The cotton-oil mills are all located in the south, and they constitute one of our great industries. All told, there are 800 oil mills in the south in which about $100,000,000 has been invested. They give employment to a large num ber of persons. In Alabama there are 65 mills. These mills are located in Alexander City, Albertville, Andalusia, Birmingham, Brewton, Boaz, Cullman, Demopolls, Dothan. Florence, Dadeville, Enter prise, Eufaula, Epes, Eutaw, Ever green, Faunsdale, Greenville, Greens boro, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Lafay ette, Luveme, Linden, Llnevllle, Lin coln, Mobile, Montgomery, New Deca tur, Oxford, Opelika, Ozark, Pine Ap ple, Pell City, Prattville, Roanoke, Belma, Sheffield, Sprague, Sylacauga, Talladega, Thomnsville, Troy, Tuske gee, Tuscaloosa, Union Springs and Unlontown. It will thus be seen that Alabama is pretty well supplied with oil mills, but Georgia has more than twice as many, South Carolina and Mississippi have each many more than Alabama, and the list of mills In Texas Is very large. The Industry has by no means at tained its maximum, and It will not until cotton oil is preferred by all con sumers to bog’s fat. The vegetable product Is wholesome, cleanly and un tainted with disease, for the cotton plant is not subject to diseases that hogB are, and the vegetable oil ts ren dered pure by the boiling that the seed undergoes before It reaches the crush ers. The truth Is, cotton seed oil, properly refined, should be placed upon the markets on its own merits. It should no longer be combined with animal fats, and sold under all sorts of pretenses. For cooking purposes It is superior to lard, and the man who raises the seed should give it prefer ence. Coal Supply of the World. The scientists admit there will be coal “to burn" in the year 400G. This country has, according to the best esti mates, 700 billions tons of unmined eonl. We consume just about a billion tons every three years. Our supply will therefore at the present rate of consumption keep us going 2000 years, providing we find enough additional seams to make good the growth in population. In a broad country con taining many coal fields this ought not to be difficult. Germany has 280 bil lion tons, and England 193 billions. The coal supply of Europe may there fore be exhausted in about 400 years. But a German scientist says one Chinese province has as much coal as North America and Europe combined, and In the long run we may all be burning Chinese coal. In Seattle anil other Pacific ports Australian coal is in free use today, and Chinese coal would be available in all parts of the world, especially when the Panama canal Is dug. Africa may hold big seams of coal. Some have been discovered in South Africa, and possibly Central and Dark est Africa may contain countless tons of black diamonds, but it seems to be pretty well determined that there is little or no coal in South America or in Mexico or Central America or in Canada. The world's annual consumption now stands at Slid million tons. It will not soon rise to a billion tons, but even if it should the world’s supply would not be exhausted in less than one thousand years, and probably not in two thous and years, because more seams deeper down would be discovered. There may be a coal famine after a while, but it will be many, many generations hence. Pleasant Climate. With new capital for Industrial de velopment rolling into the Blfming ham district the demand for labor in creases. Work for thousands of indus trious foreigners may be found here and employment at high wages awaits skilled steel and iron workers of Penn sylvania and Ohio. Many of the lat ter class have come to the district within the last three years, but the inflow would be greater than it is If northern wage earners were better in formed regarding climate and educa tional and social advantages. Notwithstanding the steady and wide dissemination of Birmingham lit erature there is much misinformation concerning conditions here, especially with regard to climate. It is safe to say that nine out of ten mechanics living in the north have an idea that Birmingham is as hot and enervating as the tropics. The fact is Birming ham suffers less from heat in summer than Cleveland or Pittsburg, while its short and mild winters are proverbial. Every northern man who has come here to live has been most agreeably surprised in the summer temperature. This section has hot periods as a mat ter of course, just as every part of tho country is afflicted with scorching days in June, July and August; but the difference in favor of northern Ala bama as compared with Pennsylvania and Ohio is that our “hot spells” are of shorter duration. After two or three days of heat come cooling spells. More blankets are used in Alabama in sum mer than are in evidence in Pennsyl vania, and certain it is no part of the union is more salubrious than the Bir mingham district. As for educational and social condi tions few northern families that have taken up their abode here make any adverse criticism. The public school system of Birmingham is well-nigh ideal. In view of the exceptional de mand for skilled labor in this district at. this time an organized effort to set forth the facts is in order. End of a Roue. A man who was one of the foremost architects in the United States, who was a brilliant painter in water colors and endowed with all the attributes of genius, was shot down in Madison Square roof garden by the husband of a woman he had wronged in her girl hood. With the last fatal shot which penetrated the body of Stanford White the whole rotten fabric of Ills life came tumbling down, laying bare a career of profligacy and debauch that would put a Nero to shame. It is almost In conceivable that a man could rise so high in hts profession and achieve such distinguished success while In dulging in practically every vice in the calendar. The day before White wa3 murdered he was known to the world at large only as the noted architect, but when he lay dead in his magnifi cent home newspapers were devoting columns to a relation of his exploits In the Madison Square tower, where he had sumptuous apartments and where he carried on gilded orgies. Nobody seemed to care much when the news of White's death was spread broadcast. His widow was "calm,” while former associates who were asked to confirm or deny the stories of his debauchery remained silent. His home was the place where he was least known and the probabilities are that his son is thinking more of the dis grace brought down upon his head than of his father's loss. While the body lay waiting for the grave only a few persons came to view it, although White was known from one end of the country to the other. It was the usual pathetic end of a roue. In this case the man had really accomplished something worth while, but his success In the world of art served only to accentuate the infamy of his private life. It is presumed that Grover Cleve land is still Ashing, or sleeping. At any rate, he is not discussing Bryan. The magaziues are beginning to quote from newspapers. Maybe after a while they will get up to date. It takes an exceptional man to ride out iu his first automobile for the first time and appear unconcerned. Senator Bailey didn't mention David Graham Phillips' name, but that esteemed muck raker is responsible for “The Treason of the Senate." Some newspaper desirous of boom ing its circulation should give a prize to the person who could count the number of holes in a peek-a-boo. Fortunately. King Edward did not do some of the stunts suggested by cartoonists when he entertained the Longworths. Just to show how fast people live nowadays, they use two straws at a soda fountain, when they formerly used but one. William J. Bryan is now worth over $100,000, so If he falls to get the presi dency he will manage to make both ends meet. Senator Tillman has a good eye for detecting crookedness and a caustic tongue for laying it bare. A Texas newspaper Is bragging about Texas girls, as if there were no girls anywhere else. Whenever there is a "pogram” in Russia there are fewer Jews than there were before. I there were not so many new books to read, people might read something worth while. It is rumored that Upton Sinclair is sounding the steel trust, preparatory to jungling. Instead of being summer resorts, some towns seem to be the resorts of summer. A contemporary takes the chances and dubs President Roosevelt a met abolist. This potted meat agitation has played havoc with picnic arrange ments. Wisconsin is on the Bryan band wagon, but there is room for many more. -«. The percentage of freshmen who smoke is large. Some get over it, how ever. The wooden leg factories are keep ing pace with the trolley car accidents. If you know any candidate for a home-coming, invite him home. Stanford White was a "chorus girl connoisseur." Enough said. The crop of snake stories this year is below the average. King Haakon no doubt feels that he Is entitled to a rest. It’s hot enough for everybody now, Including you. The country Is full of successors to Darius Green. Cupid loafs in the parks a great deal these days. It was 117 degrees In Barcelona the other day. Walter Wellman Is poling his way to fame. Might, as well getThat arnica salve ; today. The pure food bill Is both safe and sane. CAN’T WADE. From the Kansas City Star. Apparently the only reason Tammany dreg not go out and meet Mr. Bryan half way Is that the water Is too deep. ALABAMA QUILT FACTORY. From the Lafayette Sun. In the little town of Livingston, In Sumter county, there Is a unique plant, a quilting factory, the only one In the state. It turns out fifty dozen excellent quilts a day. HER FORTUNATE RECOVERY. From Punch, London. At Swansea, last week, a mouse jumped down the throat, of a child who was coughing. We are glad to hear that the child Is getting well. Tier recovery, we understand, will he mainly due to the fact that there were no complications, such as a cat going down after the mouse. BEHIND THE T1ME3. From the Chicago Tribune. "You oughn't to make love to me and try to ltlss me before we have been acquainted five minutes," protested the unsophisticated maiden, readjusting her pompadour. "That’s where you push the wrong button," said the young man. "When this little affair of ours Is worked up Into a modern love story we shall have done over a thousand words of scintil lating. rapturous courtship Inside of three minutes. Qi It turning your face away!" CHEAP FOOD IN MAINE. From Country Life In America. Many of the newspaper articles on the cost of yachting are grossly exaggerated. You can live very well on the Maine coast at a cost of $4 a week per month. This Involves catching a certain amount of fish yourself and likewise digging clams and quohogs. T assume, however, that you will find those pursuits a part of your pleasure. Fresh vegetables, fruits eggs and wonderful milk may be ob tained of the natives at mirth-provoking prices. For example, a peck of green peas picked while you wait may cost •JO cents, or a quart of milk and a half peck of new potatoes may come to a quarter, with rhubarb and soda biscuit thrown In to make good measure. Fresh meats, of course, can be had only at the larger harbors, but unless truly epicurean In taste you will be content to All out I the menu with occasional canned sup plies. REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New York Press. A boy 'hardly ever grows up to have as little sense as he thinks his father has. Marriage wouldn’t be so had if It wasn’t such an awful sort of court-plaster thing. What makes it so hard to be good is there Is no punishment If you get caught at It. It’s the man who has the .eompletest outfit of yachting clothes that hasn’t ever any yacht. When a woman has a new dress it is a sign she will not ctay home till every body 1U0M U IN HOTEL LOBBIES The Parson’s Fee. "I have one suggestion to all prospective j bridegrooms,” said a minister, who mar- ! rles a good many couples. “I feel sorry T did not make it the first of June. 1 thought, however, there may be a few marriages in the future. I consider it a j very Important suggestion, both to the minister and to the man to be married. ! It is this: “Let the man decide what fee he wants to pay the minister for the service, ard put It in the envelope containing the ; license, and don’t, for heaven's sake, take the minister aside after the ceremony, , and say: ‘Well, parson, what do you ! charge?' That makes the parson' sorry immediately that lie ever married a sweet, innocent girl to a fellow that didn't have any more sense than that." Insurance Field. Colonel H. R. Shorter, who resigned the position of state insurance commis sioner on the 18th of this month to ac cept a position as southern representative of the Mutual Reserve Insurance com pany of New York, with headquarteis in Birmingham, was at the Hotel Hill man l.ast night ”It is known that few politicians die, and none resigns,” said Colonel Shorter, “but this trick I have turned to accept the position of southern representative of the Mutual Reserve In surance company. All the south Atlantic and gulf states come under my jurisdic tion. “It shall be my policy to try and In augurate a system among life insurance companies having in view a high stand ard of character among the agents. So many agents have unfortunately a dispo sition to misrepresent life insurance con tracts, which is the primary cause of so much lapse of insurance. There are quite a number of agents who have nothing in view except in the way of commission. This unhappy situation has reached a point where It is almost impossible for an Insurance agent who Is absolutely straightforward to secure an interview with a business man. The business man is justified in being cautious, for he hard ly knows when he Is getting the truth. It would be better and more healthful If insurance agents would talk the merits of their own company, rather than tho demerits of other companies.” Politics Quiet. “I have never seen politics so quiet in Tuscaloosa during a state campaign,” said George A. Searcy of that city at the Metropolitan hotel last night. “There is absolutely nothing doing either in county or state politics, but I believe that in a few more weeks the fight will open up down our way, and I expect that we will have two or three lively contests. “None of the state candidates have spoken in the county, and the people seem to be waiting to hear from some of them before they become interested. “The legislative and state senatorial contests promise to become very inter esting before the close of the campaign, but at present the people are saying noth ing. and watching Tuscaloosa grow. Our little city is growing very rapidly, and every line of business is prospering. The people down my way are too busy to worry with politics.” Pretty Business Section. “Birmingham has the most attractive business sections of any city In the coun- | try that T know’ of,” said the Rev. Dr. | John W. Stagg yesterday. “The streets are wider, they are well laid off, and with little effort, the city could be made fa^ mous for the beauty of Its business sec tion. It is already becoming famous for its residence sections and their beauty. "The time was not long ago when Bir mingham had the reputation of being the ‘bad city.’ This naturally made people 1 believe that it was an ugly city, and we ! must get rid of that idea and Impres- I sion. The thing that has kept that repu- | tation standing so long Is the county Jail, ( which is an eyesore to the citizens and the j visitor. The people should rise up in j their might and remove such obstacles and give the city the name of the ‘City Beautiful,’ in stead of the ‘bad city.’” City Growing. "Birmingham is the growing city of tlie south, and there is no doubt about that fact,” said B. M. Stalnhack. Joint lessee and manager of the Bijou theatre in Mem phis, who was In Birmingham yesterday with Jake Wells, head of the Wells syn dicate. This place grows faster than any city in the south, and we Memphians are look ing to our laurels. Big buildings are go ing up here, the merchants are expand ing and the theatre business is growing better all tlie time. I like Birmingham and like to see the city forge ahead." Fourth District Meeting Today. R. D. Walker and R. E. E. Nlel. mem bers of tlie executive committee from Dallas county, on the Fourth congression al district committee, were in the city last night, on route to tlie meeting of the committee which will be^held in Tal ladega at 10 o'clock today. While Mr. Walker Is a Comer supporter and Mr. Nlel a Cunningham advocate and consequently differing as to tlie gu bernatorial situation In I>allas, they are firmly agreed In the opinion that W. B. Craig will receive the nomination for Congress in that district. practically without opposition. They state that Mr. Craig will receive the undivided support of Dallas, ids home county and that ills friends in the other counties of the "shoe string'' district have given assurances of a large following. At present Mr. Craig is the only announced candidate in tha district and his friends are confident of ills success. WASHTUBS AND WASHTUBS. Kind Our Foremcthers Used and One of the Sorts Used Today. From the New York Sun. "What would our foremothers have thought," said Mrs. Flatdweller, "or those of them that on wash days went out to tlie wash bench and put on It two big round wooden washtubs. one to be filled' with cold water carried to it from tlie pump, and tlie other with hot water car ried from the stove, while in one of these tubs xvas placed a wooden washboard on which to do tlie scrubbing, and finally the tubs had to be carried out Into the yard to be emptied—what would our fore mothers have thought, 1 say. If they could have seen the modern set washtubs of porcelain, set side by side, each supplied with cold and with hot water to toe had -at will toy the turning of a faucet, and to be emptied by the pulling of a plug, while in the inner conveniently sloping front of one. and without any legs for the clothes in tile tub to get tangled around, were moulded the corrugations of a porcelain washboard! "They may have dreamed of many things, but probably never of this.” ALABAMA PRESS Talladega Mountain Home: Begin to count your children, as the school census takeis will coll on you in July. Union Springs Herald: Those Pana inans who want United States troops at the polls must be republicans. Bullock County Breeze: Another Rough Rider appointed to office. That Rough Rider regiment must have been a bri gade. Eufaula Times: When yon come to think about it, wouldn’t this bo a queer old world if everybody was agreed on pol itics and religion? Collinsville Courier: A lot of men who believe they are going to win heaven because their wives are religious are go ing to be sadly deceived. Greenville Advocate: Every time we read of a German going to jail for less majesty, we wonder what would happen to congress if it met in Berlin. Gadsden Journal: We don’t bear so much these days about the doings of the Russian grand dukes. The douma seems to have crowded them off the stage. Roanoke Leader: Has It come to pass that the crowd rather than the speakers furnish the elements in a joint debate that determine which speaker is victorious in the contest? Livingston Southern Home: When Wil liam J. Bryan received intelligence that ex-Senator Jones of Arkansas had pre dicted his election, he must have felt that he was really drawing nearer home. Huntsville Tribune: We were Informed this morning that an interurban car line was contemplated between Decatur and this city. That it was merely incident to the dispensary . A pipe line •would bet ter answer all the purpose In our judg ment. Ozark Southern Star: The real evidence of Ozark’s prosperity is the spirit of build ing and improvement In general conditions so manifest on all sides. The town has never had a boom, the present status be ing born of the merit her environments possess. Marion Standard: Birmingham and Montgomery are each making an effort to have a “home-coming” week on account of their fairs to be held this fall. Selma might knock the persimmon from both these others by having a home-coming of Dallas couhty politicians on the oc casion of her fair. Mobile Herald: The candidates for al ternate senator are doing so little that Alabama may decide that the entire bunch Is too slow to represent her at Washing ton. Governor Johnston alone has given evidence of activity and his campaign through the columns of the newspapers shows that he appreciates the power of the press. Troy Messenger: Birmingham has ! issued an Invitation for a home-coming week for all former Alabamians, the pro gramme to be held at Birmingham on October 15 to 20. The programme will likely be on the order of that in Kentucky recently. The idea is a fine one, and all Ala bama should join In making the move ment a successful one. Parties from out of the state would come to Birmingham, attend the meetings tUere, and then visit their old homes In the several parts of the state for several days. The tickets would likely be on the excursion plan and last about a month. Selma Journal: They are talking of set. ting aside a special “home-coming week for Alabamians, and Birmingham wants to have It during her fair. The idea is a very good one, and worked well In Kentucky. We hope many Alabamians will come back home that week and see what a good thing they went away from. As for the Black Belt, there is nothing new or novel in the idea. Any time the price can be raised is "home-coming j week” w'lth the average “black belter,” no matter where he has roamed or how he bus prospered. MIXED THEIR METAPHORS. % Amusing Blunders Made By Members of British Parliament. From the London Daily Mail. Frequenters of the House, an authority writes to the Daily Mail, have for a long time marked a woful depreciation In the part of parliamentary speaking. Notable exceptions are Mr. Balfour, Mr. Chamber lain. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Mr. Asquith, Mr. John Redmond and Mr. T. Healy; the lapt named, during an Irish land debate last session, delivered one of the finest speeches it has been my plasure to hear. Curious enough is the fact that prob ably the best grammar and the most lucid and finished sentences come from the Labor side in the example set by Mr. Keir Hardie. Only an unfortunate, but no doubt conquerable jerkiness of delivery prevents the labor leader from being numbered In the front rank of modern parliamentary orators. The mixed metaphor gives many unsus pecting members a fall. Mr. Asquith not long ago amused the House with the phrase: “Our tongues are Med. our hands are fettered and we are really beating the air to no purpose.” Mr. John Burns improved on this by de claring, in refernoe to the childrens em ployment bill, “1 will now repeat what I was about to say when the honorable member interrupted me.” Then there was the wealthy manufacturer member who, dealing with the legal position of trade unions, asseverated that “the interests of the employers and employed are the same nine times out of ten—nay. I will go further, and say ninety-nine times out of ten." A member of the present Opposition, ob serving signs of dissent from a Liberal, exclaimed: * Ah, the honorable member opposite may shake his head, but he cannot shake mine.” “Sir,” said Mr, Wal ter Long on education matters, “we are told that by this legislation the heart of the country will be shaken to Its foun dations.” The House of Commons is too hurried, too strenuous, too utilitarian in these times to encourage the ornamental in ora tory. Moreover, every member in the chamber appears anxious to have his say. Up to the present some 400 legislators out of 070 nave delivered speeches during the session. These are regarded as the principal causes of the decadence of par liamentary *?yle. Mr. Charles Seymour, the elocutionist, who coaches many parliamentary candi dates and before whom not a few mem bers rehearse -the speeches they hope to deliver before the House, pronounced the suggestion of a class for politicians im possible. "Members who honor me with their pat ronage,” he said, “creep stealthily into my studio. They would not have their mission known under any circumstances. It Is not shame; it Is shyness." COMMENTS ON MEN AND MATTERS OF THE TIMES CORESIDENT ROOSEVELT eats (13J/ hal’d-boiled eggs for breakfast. 1 thus proving beyond cavil that his stomach Is Roosevelti&n. Most people look on a hard-boiled egg, regardless of the hour, with distrust and well founded suspicion. It hath the consistency of a brick and is sometimes lethal without provocation. The average person Is afraid of a hard-boiled egg, except on a picnic where discretion Is thrown to the winds. However, Mr. Roosevelt is not an average Iverson. Without any other qualifications than his daring nature, he could eat liard-bolled eggs for breakfast and thrive. ' but he has been trained on the plains of the wooly west; he has eaten bear meat cooked on a stake and above all he lived on embalmed beef in Cuba. As a result, hard boiled eggs appear to him tame and trivial. MEAN PRACTICE. It isn't far we have to go Along the road of life, But now and then a married man Thinks so and blames his wife. The Fourth would be a good day for putting a match to the powder trust. Seems as If there were more June brides than June bugs. Adam didn’t have much excuse for spending his evenings away from home. IN A SHOE STORE. Divinely fair, the maid bent low, Her tresses brushed his head. Alas, no romance have we here! "I’ll take that pair," she said. It’s a short lane that hasn’t a pair of lovers in It now. Yea, money hath many wings in vaca tion time. 9 If you can smell and write, be one— a muck raker. THE MILLIONAIRE. He’s only a man with money to spend. He’s only a poor millionaire. His shoulders are bowed with the weight of years, He’s minus the most of his hair. Altho he owns riches to throw awray And lives on the best to be had, There's no mark of joy betrayed on hi* face, No evidence that he is glad. He knows not the love of his fellow man-< A treasure no fortune could buy. His heart withered up in the struggle foil gold. And the wells of affection ran dry. He draws to the end of a miserable life. Cut off from esteem and good health. Ah. pity the plight of the old millionaire Who gave all he had for his wealth. "I don’t care! I’m starving!” cried « gaunt looking man in a Birmingham res taurant. “Give me an extra Porterhouse, rare, from Packingtown, and a pot of coffee. And, say! Bring me one of those fusel oil cocktails with a dyed cherry in It right away!” Thrice blessed is the town that can entertain an !c.e war in the summer time. The average interview with Commis sioner Bingham looks like this: “Yes, — -! What the -! -!!!!!! Who? H-! ICE MEN CALLED. Five strong men of Toledo Who manufactured ice, Combin<*d against the people And boosted up the price. One hears that they’re in limbo— The law's devoid of tact. We would not be the ice man In Toledo—that's a fact. Nearly every store and the postoffics were robbed in Ravenna, O., but the burglars got only $30. Wonder what Ra vennians use to trade with? When two or more women are gathered together—listen. Why does the sea-serpent appear in the summer time? Answer: The bathing girl. IMMUNE. It’s sweet to hear the mocking bird Release a flood of notes. As if a chorus of the glen Did ope their feathered throats, But sweeter, still, to realize That he has not, so far. Been butchered by a phonograph. As other singers are. Have you peaches-and-creamed yet? ♦ PAUL CO-.M CHINESE NEWSPAPERS APPEAL TO PATRIOTISM From the Century Magazine. IV® years ago a man reading a newspaper of which very few 1 were then published In the whole empire, was ridiculed as a follower of the foreign devils. Almost the only pa per published in the capital was the Pekin Gazette, containing the decrees and doings of the court. Now there are ten daily papers pub lished In Pekin, among them one of the few women's dailies In the world. This paper is interesting as being largely ed ited by women, and dealing just now with such topics a3 popular astronomy, geog raphy, physical geography, the care of infants and the training of children. The general newspapers are read by all classes, and are constantly Increasing their circulation. They contain Reuter’s telegrams* news of the country and city, and articles of considerable length and acumen on live topics. Some are pledged to the correction of old-fashioned customs and the contents are extremely Interest ing, worthy of a separate article. By the way of advertisement, or more likely because of the zeal of reformers who are responsible for the newspapers, copies are posted on blank walls and on beards set up for the purpose, so that their contents may bo perused by those who would not buy. In addition a remark able plan to secure the attention of the masses has been followed. In different places in city and suburbs have been litted up reading halls, with benches and tables, where tea is served free, and in the even ings capable men are engaged to read and explain the papers. These men are said to be volunteers, and the halls, over twenty in number are fitted up and sup ported by voluntary contributions. There seems to be entire freedom of the press, no censorship being exercised. The papers are decent sheets, with numerous advertisements, but as yet poorly .print ed, for the most part with movable lead types, which rapidly deteriorate, making reading by a foreigner very difficult, even of those sheets which are published in current Manchuria, the language of the masses. These newspapers keep before our at tention one of the most remarkable move ments t'he world has ever seen. Each day is published a long list of names of per sons, including women, who are subscrib ing to a fund for wiping out the indem nity which the empire is paying for the Boxer uprising. All classes are giving liberally, in proportion to their means. All kinds of societies, Christian churches, and even primary schools, have been of fering the contributions of their members. Recently was published a list of blind story-tellers, whose living Is earned by going from house to 'house with banjo, singing and telling romances. Where will it end? This wave of patriotism has swept over the country. Everywhere the same feeling is shown. There is no doubt that these gifts evidence possibilities in tho Chinese nature of which the w'orld has never dreamed. With our knowledge of t'he systematic economy of the Chinese masses, the selfishness, the sordid par simony of Individuals; with our ideas of their lack of public spirit, such phe nomena cannot he reconciled. SUPERSTITIONS OF SOCIETY. Removing Curse From an Unlucky Piece of Ground. Whatever may be the cause, there never was a period since wdtchcraft ceased to be an indictable offense when Buperstltution was so current and indeed so fashionable as at the present day. Every second person one meets has some pet form of It, Bays the London Tribune. You go to see a great lawyer and you find him gazing into a crystal. You call upon a diplomatist who made European history and find him Immersed in columns of figures. He is not, as you first think, engaged In the study of prices of stocks and shares with a view to some specula tion. He is forecasting events by "Pytha gora’s wheel.” There Is one form of superstition from which no one probably is altogether free— reluctance to have anything to do wlth_ unlucky persons or places. I heard a quaint Instance of tills iir regard to a site on which now stands among other buildings, a great hotel and a great thea tre. The story goes that when the monastery which stood there In Henry VIIT.'s reign w«s broken up the superior of the order with all the solemnity of bell and book set hia curse upon the spot. Anyhow, there had been within recent memory a perpetual series of disasters connected with 1t. Buildings erected on It were burned down, syndicates formed to de velop It went bankrupt; but a group of shrewd city men formed a scheme for purchasing thfs sits and making ar. enor mous profit out of the speculation. The eo-operatlon of a certain canny Scot—one of the shrewdest men In the city—was Invoked. He hnd almost given In his adhesion when he heard the story of the curse. He did not break off ne gotiations, but he suspended them. Qulel lv he made inquiries as to the where abouts In England a branch of the order which had been evicted In Henry's time. There was such a hranch In Devonshire. The canny Scot hastened down there, made the acquaintance of the superior. Invited him around to his hotel, softened his heart wilh cigars and whisky and then unfolded his tale and asked what tt woulo take to remove the curse. A hundred pounds, said the superior. No. said the shrewd man of business he would not go beyond £75. The superior reflected that an ancient curse was not an easily realis able asset; £75 was a substantial sum. He consented. The curse was removed as solemnly and ceremonially as it had been imposed. Let him woo Is absolutely without pne grain of superatltutlon affirm that the money was ill spent. The fact remains tha-t a piece of land out of which no one liad been able to extract anything but misfortune had become one of the most valuable sites In London. POCKET CAUGHT HOME RUN HIT. Baseball Crawled Into Auto Driver’s Coat for Refuge. From the Minneapolis Journal. Dr. C. H. Kohler has a baseball which he would not sell for love or money. It was not given him. nor did he take it. It crawled Into his pocket, and thereby hangs an interesting little narrative of the queer things appertaining to the national game. Tuesday afternoon Dr. Kohler was driv ing his automobile up Nicollet avenue. Suddenly he felt a bump on his right side. Inside the inclosure the man of heal ing could hear the populace yelling like a tribe of Indians at a beef issue. H# i turned on the power of his car to the I limit to get to t'he game in time to par ' ticipate in the whooping. As a whooper nt the ball game the doctoa is a willing worker, and never shirks his free born privilege of yelling as often and as loud as he pleases. Once inside the fence, having parted company with his 50 cents, the healer sat him down with a group of friends and demanded an Immediate explanation of the yells. They explained with gusto how Jimmy Hart,*the hard hitting first base man of the Minneapolis team, had just put the ball over the fence for the long est hit ever seen on Nicollet field. The spirit of the physician warmed at the thought of the great hit and the stuck his hand in his overcoat pocket for a handkerchief to wave at James. He drew out—not a handkerchief, but a new baseball with a deep dent In one side of it. He had caught Hart's long fly in his pocket w'hile speeding up Nicolett avenue In his automobile. It is the record catch of a home run in baseball history, but the umpire did not see it. As Minneapolis won by one run Tuesday the ball is highly valued. WAGES. By Tennyson. Glory of warrior, glory of orator, glory of song. Paid with a voice flying by to be lost on an endless sea— Glory of virtue, to tight, to struggle, to right the wrong— Nay, hut she aimed not at glory, no lover of glory she; Give her the glory of going on, and still to be. The wages of sin Is death: If the wages of virtue be dust. Would she have heart to endure for ths life of the worm and the fly? She desires no Isles of the blest, no quiet seats of the Just, To rest In a golden grove or to bask la a summer sky: Give her the wages of going on and not to dl*.