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Washington Bureau Age-Herald 1421 G. ■treet, N. W. Short arm'd ignorance. —Troilus and Cressida. Americans in Mexico. Mexico celebrates on September 1G her Independence. That day is to her people a Fourth of July, and the re port had gone out that on that day there would be attacks throughout the republic upon Americans. This report led to no little uneasiness, for Mexico holds many Americans and probably half a billion of invested American capital. We have built up, too, with that country a large trade, and when the Warrior is opened the coal, coke, Iron and steel of this dis trict would find there no small de mand. Ambassador Thompson soon heard theBe stories concerning anti-Ameri can demonstrations on September 1G, and he at once caused investigations to be made in nearly every port an.l city in Mexico. He reports as a gen eral conclusion that the current stories are baseless. President Diaz says they are without foundation. No American will be troubled on Septem ber 16, and no American dollar en dangered. A handful of adventurers located in St. I.ouiB are endeavoring to stir up feeling in Mexico against President Diaz, but they are accomplishing little indeed. Mexican working men are not coming to their aid. Some racial jealousy has existed among minor railway employes, and a strike was started, but it was speedily adjusted without leaving traces of bitterness behind. President Diaz is working to give the country good government—to make the people happier and better. He wants no anti-foreign feeling. He wants all the capital he can secure, and if Americans employed on the Mexican railroads and in Mexican in dustrial plants would be sensible and tactful, no feeling against them would arise in any part of the republic. Georgia’s Patriotism. Georgia is more generous in pen sioning Confederate veterans and their widows than any other state. All told she lias paid to them since the war $10,789,745, and each year now adds about a million dollars to the ag gregate, which is greatly to her credit. The upper house of the Georgia leg islature passed a bill providing a pen sion for every Confederate veteran who is worth less than $600 in world ly goods. The bill was sent to the lower house in the last hours of the session, and in the whirl of bills it was lost sight of. If it had been taken up, it would undoubtedly have been passed by the lower house also. Nor is this all that Georgia is en titled to credit for. In May of next year an equestrian statue to the mem ory of Gen. John II. Gordon will be unveiled on the rapitol grounds. The Georgia legislature appropriated $15, 000 for that purpose, and private sub scriptions will t carry the total to $25, 000. The sculptor is Solon Borglum, and it is believed that a work of art will come from his hands that will re call age after age Georgia's dashing soldier. New York Politics. As the month of conventions ap proaches, September, politics becomes confused in New York, and it goes rapidly from one stage of confusion to another. On the republican side Governor Higgins desires a renomlna tion. He controls the state patronage. Ex-Governor Odell ahd Senator Platt are opposed to his renomination, and between them goes the control of the machine. Where President Roose velt stands it is not easy to say. It is believed, however, that he would pre fer to see Mr. Hughes nominated. Hughes is the man who led the insur ance investigations to final victory. The republican nominee will be Hig gins, Hughes or a dark horse. It is any one's guess at present, and no ono seems to be able to name a man who THE NEXT STATE SENATOR. It is unfortunate, indeed, that in this time of prosperity and development in the Birmingham district efforts should be made, merely for political purposes, to arouse prejudice against the great iron and steel corporations of this district which have done so much to make Birmingham what it is today. The only word which has been or can be uttered against Nathan L. Miller in his candidacy for the state senate from Jef | ferson county is that many representatives of the concerns I " hich go to make up the Birmingham of today are in their per I sonnl capacity in favor of him. Insinuations have been made that the concerns as corporations are for him. Why shouldn’t they be ? And why should not every citizen of Birmingham who owns something, or who is working for something—who is industrious and who believes in fair play—not lie for him. Nat Miller from his boyhood has been a resident of this county. Every man, woman and child in the county who knows him, admires and respects him. There has never been a man to say aught against him, nor is there one today who will not place him among the conscientious, honest, ambitious, Chris tian gentlemen of Jefferson county.. Because prosperous men are for him is no discredit to him. The substantial though less prosperous men are for him likewise. And almost every man in Jefferson county, who was not pledged before his an nouncement, intends to vote for him. They know that he repre sents no interest, no organization, no clique, but that he is a broadminded, honest, active citizen, with the determination, brains and courage to do that which he conceives to be the right on all occasions. When in the senate, every citizen of Jef ferson county, whether he be miner or operator, clerk or mer chant, painter or plumber, will have an equal hearing and be fairly and justly treated in the consideration of matters affect ing him which might come up for legislative action. Without disparagement to any one The Age-Herald knows of no more worthy aspirant for political office in the state of Alabama than Nathan L. Miller. can poll the full republican vote in a year when every vote will be needed. Tumultuous as politics is in the g. o. p. it is ten times more so in the democratic ranks. Mr. Hearst threat ens an independent' candidacy, and so does District Attorney Jerome. Both are democrats, and what is the democratic convention to do under such circumstances? If Mr. Hearst should become governor he would doubtless remove from office both Mayor McClellan and District Attor ney Jerome. Both McClellan and Jer ome will combat Hearst, but neither nor both can defeat his nomination by the democratic convention if Tam many decides to support him. What Tammany will do is the chief puzzle of the month in New York politics. The conventions are both to meet on September 25—-the democrats at Buffalo, and the republicans at Sar atoga, and until then no one will be able to see clearly the nature of the November contest. Missouri a Battleground. Missouri does not name a governor until 1908, but she will elect in Novem ber some judges, minor state officers, a legislature and sixteen members of Congress. Two years ago the republi cans swept the slate, sendiilg to Con gri ss nine men out of sixteen. They elected all state officers except a gov ernor, and they controlled the legisla ture which ousted General Cockrell to put Mr. Warren, a republican, in the Senate. The democrats say the Bryan move ment, will give them back control of the state. They expect Mr. Bryan, John Sharp Williams anl Governor Folk to stump the state. The republi cans will, however, fight back, and their chief speakers are to he Taft, Cannon, Shaw and Warner. The Kan sas City Star, an independent paper, says it will be a fight every foot of the way. And yet Roosevelt's vote in 1904 was only 7000 greater than McKinley's ir. 1900. The trouble came about through the refusal of 60,000 democrats to vote for Parker. The 60,000 will be in line in November, together with all others that Governor Folk’s fir.e record will attract. A democratic victory is moro than probable, and a gain of about six Congressmen Is equally promising. In 1904 the republicans carried sixty-four counties, and the democrats only lifi.v. The three largest ci'.iss in the state went republican. The democrats will fight determinedly to regain lost ground, and they will not yield an inch except by compulsion of numbers at the polls. No town is complete that hasn't a grand opera house, a metropolitan hotel, a first national bank, a great one-price clothing store, and a grand central lunch counter. A political manager should be sta tioned on each street corner bearing little tin cups into which dollar cam paign subscriptions can be dropped. --- ■ i|. Nick Longworth has joined the movement which has been organized to pry the New York Life and the Mutual Life loose from Wall street. The thirteen express companies in the country ask for more time in which to file schedule of rates. What ails existing rates? Edward Everett Hale, chaplain of the United States Senate, is the sole survivor of the Harvard class of 1839. Ann Odelia Dlss de Bar is out on a ticket of leave, which means that she must do her hypnotics cautiously. The laboring man has a chance to get rich in San Francisco. Wages there are the highest is the world. President Gompers is carrying or ganized labor boldly and openly into politics in Mr. Littlefield’s district, down in Maine. Emperor William is anxious to pay this country a visit. We can promise him a bombless welcome. "Uncle Joe” has been renominated for Congress and boomed for the pres idency at the same time. A watermelon building should be erected to represent the colored con tingent at Jamestow'n. It is now held that in automobiling it is safer to have the chaffeur and the passengers sober. Admiral Dewey has had eight years to reflect upon the sad effects of Ills affair in Manila bay. Hetty Green warns the general pub lic that her daughter is not a candi date for high society. In Jamestown’s Warpath the squaws will don the war paint, and the brave3 will foot the bills. 1 In Chicago straw hats go out of commission on September 15 regard less of weather. Flies and tobacco worms stopped a revival in Kentucky. Prayer didn't do any good. The dummy bank director is the one that should be held responsible first of all. The Texas democrats nominated a reformed railroad manager for gov ernor. Nick Eongworth has duly dispatched to the campaign committee one simo leon. Only the inside circle ever sees John D. Rockefeller with his wig off. The Sultan of Morocco removes his capital by simply changing his mind. The dollar subscriptions do not as yet tally with the registration lists. The world is wondering what Em peror William said to his Uncle Ed. Upton Sinclair has written a love story In which Cupid is exposed. Walter Wellman probably deems dis cretion the better part of valor. It doesn't pay to laugh at the Rus sian troops, if you are a woman. A good many business consciences should be reprocessed. There are two more crops to be harvested before 1908. The finding of Dlx and Stensland goes on apace. Bumper harvests fill the land. DEATH MASK IN SNOW. From the New York World. With the Imprint of his face In the snow, forming a perfect death mask, as the only means of identification, the skel eton of Bernard E. Ivissam, formerly of Plainfield. N. J.. and later of Bong Island, has been found by the Canadian Mounted Police In the Klondike. Kissam was hunting near Kluahue, on Sheep Creek December 8 last, and was overtaken in the mountains by a blizzard and was finally carried into a canyon by a snowslide. His friends and mount ed police searched for him during the winter, but without success. With the coming of spring the mounted police kept a sharp lookout In the neighborhood where Kissim was last seen. . The fact that the body had been re covered was announced in a letter re ceived yesterday by Mrs. Milton C. Bark alow. of North Plainfield, a sister. The letter said that identification was certain because of the perfect imprint of her brother’s face In the snow, where he had' fallen face downward. REFLECTIONS OF A BACHELOR. From the New- York Press. If rain cost money, the days would all be sunshiny. Girls don’t take much interest in swim ming when there are no men around. Maybe the punishment in purgatory Is being in a public job and trying not to lose it. When a couple is engaged it doesn’t necessarily follow’ that they will never have any sense. It isn’t making money, but getting what the other fellows make, that counts lu growing rich. IN HOTEL LOBBIES Alabama Corn Crop. •'Alabama has the promise of a bumper crop of corn this year,” said a traveling man at the Hotel Morris last night. | “The crop Is practically made now and I believe It will be the largest and finest produced In this state for years. The agitation for a reduction in cotton acreage for the past two years has led the farm ers to turn their attention more to the raising of cereals and other food products. ‘‘Added to the increased corn acreage is the exceptionally fine seasons that have prevailed, all contributing to the large production. "Alabama this year will come nearer to producing the corn necessary to the corn sumption in the state than ever before. Alabama should, and, I believe, will, in the years to come, produce all Its food stuffs of almost every description." Clay County Water. “Wonderfully rich in mineral resources is Clay county—but I have been especial ly impressed with the fact that the water flowing from the springs in that county is singularly health giving,” said the Rev. Hugh A. O’Brien, who made recently a missionary journey through Clay. “I know nothing of the chemical analysis of the Clay county water, but it tastes good and makes the person drinking it feel good. It is a great beverage indeed.” E. C. Tanksley. “E. C. Tanksley, for a long time night clerk of the St. Nicholas hotel, has ac cepted a position as traveling salesman with the large importing house of Reiley, Taylor & Co., Ltd., of New Orleans, cof fee, tea and extracts,” said a man about town last night. “His headquarters are in New Orleans and his territory em braces the states of South Carolina, Geor gia, Florida and Alabama. “While located here, Mr. Tanksley was one of the best known and most popular young men in the city. As clerk of the St. Nicholas, his invariable courtesy and gentlemanly demeanor won him hosts of friends among the traveling public, who recognizing his abilities, are confident that ho will make a success of his new venture in the business world. Mr. Tanksley has been on the road for but a short time. He was in th« city shaking hands with friends today.” About Aestehtic Temperament. “The temperament of the Birmingham citizen," remarked an out-of-town man some days ago, “is not at all aesthetic. This town shows on its face that it is ‘new,’ and one of the strongest evidences of this fact is found by the observant man in the class of theatrical entertain ment which draw the crowds in the local theaters. When a noted singer comes here there is a rush for seats, In many cases, it is true, and big prices are paid for them, but Birmingham people do not go for the love of the singing, but be cause it is the proper thing to do. “Everyone who makes any pretense of being well educated wishes to be able to say that he has heard madame so-and so sing, or has witnessed a performance by such-and-such a grand opera troupe, but It is my honest belief that if these I same attractions were put on in a popu lar-priced house where the fashionable element were not in the habit of going, they would draw' very poorly, even though everyone be aware of their merit. The town is merely not educated up to the plane where it can enjoy art, music, or the finer forms of the drama. Of course many ladies will rave over some painting wrhich they have heard described as a masterpiece and will call the playing of some great pianist ‘divine,’ and will praise to the skies the histrionic ability of some actor whom they could not be gin to appreciate, simply because It is ‘the thing’ to appear in this role. “I believe, however," concluded the gen tleman, “that age will improve the ‘Magic City’ in this respect and that it will some day learn to love art for art’s sake and not for the sake of the opinions of others." About Persons. Dr. J. A. B. Lovett, candidate for com missioner of agriculture, was ip Birming ham yesterday. Dr. Lovett left for Cherokee county, where he will continue his campaign, afterward returning to end it In Jefferson county. HERALDS HIS DEBUT. An Arkansas city editor makes this un ! nouncement: | “In order to break into society—without [ being compelled to lay myself liable for using a jimmy—I beg to announce that | I have lately received permission from the College of Heralds to use my ances tray coat of arms. The device is very beautiful, consisting of a jackrabblt ram pant spitting In the face of a bulldog couchant. on a shield quartering green, yellow, red and pure white. The green Is emblematical of the color of my fore ! fathers, the yellow of that streak we all have in common at times and upon oc casions; the red what I sometimes get in my eye and what I used to pay 15 cents a drink for, and the white is em blematic of my bank book at present and my intentions all the time, the whole surmounted by a crown of lambs-quarter greens and three green onions abashed. 1 The motto is ‘In hoc fricassee,’ meaning, 'my great grandfather was one of the 3000 or 4000 Continentals who crossed the Delaware in the same boat with Washlng ! ton,‘ I might also add that my wife is i distantly related to Lord Nelson, whose father was one of the best section bosses on the road from Cork to Dublin. Look out for my coming out function.” HOTEL KLEPTOMANIA. From the New York Press. It Is the fashion of our modern hotels to write off $10,000 a year as the loss for silverware and china taken by guestfi in , the course of twelve months. Many per | sons will have souvenirs of their visits to New York and take spoons, knives, forks and any sort of small ware which they can slip in their pockets. The craze has grown so that the big hotel men now purchase cheap hardware for the use of transient guests, but the figures of loss run up in three of the city hotels to the $20,000 mark. The women are blamed for this sort of theft and the proof seems to be against them. It is not regarded as theft, but as a smart fad, and I have yet to hear of one woman denouncing the practice. On the ocean steamships this souvenir business has grown out of bounds. On one trip of a New York liner to this side one-half the butter plates and one-third of the spoons were out of ser vice before Sandy Hook was reached. j ALABAMA PRESS j Headland Post: Regarding that Roose velt third term rumor, “methinks he doth protest too much." Montgomery Advertiser: “Bank clear ings'* were very large in Chicago one day last week, when one man cleared out with a million dollars of one bank's money. Andalusia News: If we had to go to hell in an automobile, and go by way of Gantt, we would be glad when we got there. Don’t you think we ought to have better roads? Mobile Register: There are pome nail roads In the country that are very glad there is to be a railroad rate law that the railroads agree they will live up to. Acting fairly themselves, they have now the assurance that the other roads will act fairly towards them. They expect a large gain of Income on this account. Montgomery Journal: The Philippine currency is again under discussion in consequence of the rise In the price of silver, which has led to the withdrawal of the silver peso from circulation. Our republican statesmen seem utterly unable to legislate on Philippine matters, either on the money question or on the tariff. Why not give the Filipino a square deal? Canebrake Herald: There has been a child labor problem in Alabama for the last twelve years—it came with the cot- j ton mills, and will stay as long as they j are here. The railroad organs never got Interested in it until they began their ! systematic efTort to divert the people's attention from the question of lower j freight rates. Jasper Mountain Eagle: Hon. T. C. 1 McClellan of Limestone county, candidate for the democratic nomination for asso ciate Justice of the state supreme court, visited Jasper Thursday and made him self very agreeable with all whom he j met. He is a nephew of the late greatly ! lamented Chief Justice Thomas N. Me- j Clellan, and has every appearance of being a chip off the old tlock of brainy j men. He would, if known, get a good vote in Walker for the position to which he aspires. Columbia Breeze: We are pleased to see so many of our citizens taking pride in their horses. The word “home,” next to that of "mother,” is the greatest ever uttered by human tongue. What a refuge the home is when the darkness gathers! How glad one Is to get a glimpse of home when time and space have separat ed him from It if but for a brief period! There seems to be a good natured riv alry here in an effort to make “our home” look a little neater and thus be the more inviting to the occupants than all others. Such rivalry is certainly par donable. Prattville Progress: Next week Is the last week of the political campaign. It will be well for the people and our state when the campaign has ended and every thing resumes its normal condition. How ever, it is a good indication that the people are not becoming too excited over the political contests. It is the duty of j every voter to exercise the rights of citi- j zenship by voting for those men he be lieves will make the most competent of ficers. The Progress is glad to note that the candidates are carrying on a friendly contest for county offices in Autauga and that there will be no bitter feeling after the contest is over. Bet this feeling ex- j 1st among the voters, and let the 27th of August settle all differences. WHEN WEBSTER WAS WRONG. From the Detroit Times. It is easy for even a good man to be mistaken. Daniel Webster was a good man. Yet | Daniel was positive that a steam rail road could never be made to work. He was quite willing to concede that a locomotive might be able to skate along at a pretty good clip while at tached to a string of cars running on ! iron or wooden rails. But having admitted this much, he > arose to call attention to an insurmount- , able obstacle to the further success of the undertaking. He said the train, once under way, could not be stopped—that ! it would keep right on going and ulti- | mately crash into something and kill everybody aboard. Thus we see that even with the best intentions it is easy to make mistakes. t>aniel Webster didn't own any canal boat stock nor was he for any other sel fish reason desirous that railroads should not come into existence. He simply was expressing an opinion about something he had never seen In operation. And unfor tunately for his reputation as a railway expert, he saw things that weren’t there. From the Liverpool Daily Post. EDUCATING FILIPINOS. From the New York Sun. In the Philippine Islands 800 American and 0000 Philipplno teachers are busy edu cating nearly 500.000 pupils of all ages. Mr. Scott, chief clerk of the Philip pine board of education, said a few days ago that 10 per cent of the population of the Philippines, nearly 800,000, now speak English, and that the Philipplno boy un til he reaches the age of 19, is mentally superior to the American boy of the same age, but there his superiority ends, and our educational system has not existed long enough to enable us to determine his capacity during the second period of his mental development. The Philipplno boy is Inferior physi cally to the American boy at all stages, but the girl of the islands, according to Mr. Scott, though of small physique in early years, exceedes at the age of 1»> the stature of American girls, and is in comparably superior to her native brothers. All the American teachers and 300 of the Philippines are paid by the insular government. The others are paid by the municipalities. SUMMER NIGHT. By Alfred Tennyson. Now sleeps the crimson petal, now Hie white; Nor waves the cypress In the palace walls; Nor winks the gold fln In the porphry font; The firefly wakens; waken thou with me. Now drops the milk-white peacock like a ghost, And like u ghost she glimmers on to me. Now lies the earth all Danae to the stars, And all thy heart lies open unto me. Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves A shining furrow, as thy thoughts In me, Now folds the Illy all her sweetness up. And slips into the bosom of the lake; So fold thysolf. my dearest, thou, and slip | Into my bosom and be lost in me. I ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES I^^KEOKUK, la., August 17.—(Spe 1^^' cial.)—Paul O. Stensland, presi ■ V dent of the looted Milwaukee Avenue bank of Chicago, was seen here today, going west. He needed a shave and seemed fatigued. Stensland was rec ognized by a Swede who used to run a restaurant in Chicago. El Paso, Tex., August 17.—(Special.)— Paul O. Stensland, defaulting president of the Milwaukee Avenue bank of Chi cago, was recognized in a gambling house here tonight. He did not play, but was positively identified by the manager of the place who had known him in Chicago. Stensland is believed to be making his way to Mexico City. Vincennes, Ind., August 17.—(Special.)— A man who is believed to have been Paul O. Stensland, defaulting president of the Milwaukee Avenue bank of Chi cago, was seen in a Pullman car at the union passenger station here tonight. The stranger was not positively identi fied, but one of the city poets who used to know him in Chicago says he is sure that it was Stensland. Tampa, Fid., August 17.—(Special.)—Paul O. Stensland, former president of the Mil waukee Avenue bank of Chicago, is be lieved to be lurking in this vicinity. A person answering to his description was seen here last night. Chicago, August 17.—(Special.)—Paul O. Stensland was seen on the street today by a cousin. He said, "Don’t give me away." AN KoITOR. For thirty years he labored hard To make a little pile And never wore a decent suit Or lived in any style. A score of papers floundered w'hile He battled at the helm And all his journalistic barks The waves would overwhelm. It’s true he made a living but It was an awful grind— The patches on his trousers spoke The troubles on his mind. Subscribers wouldn't settle up, His rivals heaped abuse, And politicians stole his space By any sort of ruse. At sticking type, or writing leads Or patching up the press, Or clipping wisely with the shears He was Al, I guess. x-...ewise, he was the kindest man A fellow ever saw, Who wrestled conscientiously For Justice and the law. He never had a holiday But when his life was spent They laid him where he never would Be troubled by the rent. And while he seldom went to church— No praying mRn was he, The chances are he’ll play a harp Through all eternity. The man who Jets a phonograph say his prayers will never get to heaven. When Trouble comes around tell him you are not at home. If at first you don't succeed, get a puli and try again. The easy going man seldom climbs high. It is stated that Kansas has $100 in the bank for every man, woman and child who lives in the state, but every man, I woman and child In Kansas can't draw out $100. A remarkable example of misdirected energy is that of a Kentucky man who fired at a cat and struck a baseball pitcher. Birmingham’s new jail will be a pleasant place to stay. STUNG. A smile, a word And then she went. Nobody knows How much he spent. Professor who speaks of American wives and mothers as “house cats" must have a wife who scratches. There is nearly always a mysterious woman lurking about Oyster Bay when the President is at Sagamore Hill. A COMPLAINT. 'Tis summer, A hummer And hot as it can be. A fellow'd Be mellowed If booze and mint were free As ’tis now He must bow To fate's iron-clad decree And pay for The liquor To start hilarity. Cheer up! It will soon be time for ice to form in the bath tub. After you succeed vou .v*ll li.we th« privilege of tell:ng others h.»w to do it A RUSSIAN * \AHLY. Mother’s mixing up explosives, Getting ready for the fray, Father’s in the cellar filling Deadly bombs to give away. Brother’s hunting for a grand duk* Hoping soon to lay him low, Sister’s in the kitchen garden Where jahe’s learning how to throw Five new creations are credited to Lu ther Burbank. Nature will grow jealou* of him before long. An egyptologist says that the calendar is 6147 years old. It thus antedates potted ham. Senor Bryan is in Spain. Some coffee ought to be investigated after it is made. JUST TALK. “I feel the call of nature,” said A hard-worked city man. “I long to breathe the rustic air, The country side to scan. I’ll watch the peaceful herds a-browse While tramping o’er the hills, Recuperating daily and Forgetting human ills. The simple food will do me good, I’ll sleep a lot at night, I’ll get up early in the morn Before it’s broad daylight. The trip wil cost me little and I’ll gain a lot in weight. For just a little while I’ll go An easy sort of gait.” L’ Envoy. ’Twas thus he talked of rustic bliss And yet—it was a pity— Instead of going to a farm, He “did” Atlantic City. PAUL COOK. BANKER’S RISE AND FALL From the Chicago Tribune. \\/ZP HE man who would be king’’— of Milwaukee avenue! This is ■ the Paul O. Stensland, forger, bank wrecker and refugee—a 'hunted thing fleeing the sight of his friends, with no less winged feet than are carrying him from his enemies, his deluded subjects and the inquisitions of the law. Unbounded confidence built out of the fabric of acknowledged unpopularity! Grocer Stensland began this; Real Estate Agent Stensland took it up; Banker Stens land neared the goal of its miraculousness and King Paul Olson Stensland main tained the throne of it for a year—and a day. Then abdicated. Twenty-one years ago last March a little store burned down in Milwaukee avenue just north of Indiana street. It was a typical Milwaukee avenue general store. Naturally enough, a considerable line of insurance was carried to protect the two men who owned it under a co partnership. Considerable of the stock was saved, even more considerably dam- , aged by fire and water. This residue was loaded into trucks and carted up Mil waukee avenue to a vacant storeroom on , the west side of the avenue, just north i of Carpenter street. Absolutely with no relation to this fire and this removal of the damaged goods, a young man had arrived in Chicago to take the superintendency of the old Hum boldt school, in that neighborhood. He reported to the president of the board of education for assignment and instruc tions. “I’ll tell you," said the board’s presi dent, “you go out to a little store full of fire-sale stuff at the corner of Milwaukee avenue and Carpenter street and ask for the committeeman of the district there, he’ll attend to all that." The new principal of the Humboldt school went out there, entered the blank, jumbled storeroom smelling of the un mistakable evidences of burned substances flooded by water, to see a man of blond ihair, blond, bushy whiskers and unkempt dress, sitting upon a bale of dry goods. “I am the school committeeman for the district—yes; what can I do for you?” And the school committeeman whs Paul O. Stensland. with his partner, burned out of business only a day or two before, yet sitting patiently cheerful there, re garding the possibilities of a vacant store front just across the avenue, and wedged j there to a sharp point between Milwau kee avenue and Carpenter street. _ “I’m going to rent that corner^for a real estate office just as soon as we can close out liere,” said the school commit teeman, speaking in measured, perfect English, with only a slight mark of the Norseman’s accent. Today that wedge point in the two streets is the shell of the gutted Milwau kee Avenue State bank. Stensland closed the lease for the ground floor corner in the wedge building. It was a bigger space than he needed. At the north angle of the Carpenter street side he cut off a real estate office from the main floor w’ith a partition of Georgia pine. A florist rented from him a strip of the same width opening on the west into Milwaukee avenue. A sub-station of the Chicago public library took the ex treme wedge point between the two streets, while in the central space a cigar stand opened for business. Sub-letting his own leased ground floor was Paul O. Stensland’s first real estate experience, and tiiere were thos® thai recall that It was a good, sharp, practi cal piece of business, too. Looking back, it is hard to recall when Stensland was not seeking to rule. That act is hard to find which, under scrutiny, does not point to the ambition. How many subtle selfishnesses, numbering into the millions, to this one ambition of am bitions is impossible of suggestion. A foreigner on a strange soil in a col ony of his clansmen, unschooled in great measure, he spoke English in its per fection of grammatical and rhetorical forms. Critics of the English tongue have sat pleased at the perfect English of his interesting conversation, ungrudging ly allowing for the occasional mispronun ciation of a word. Shakespeare and the Bible—those wells of pure English—have been traced as t’he fountain heads from which he drank. Bible history, rather than biblical precept, was has study, and Bible history, rather than biblical pre cepts, frequently lent point to his natural argumentativeness. Widely traveled and of wide experience, his talk seldom degenerated to business topics, when he was among his friends. Talking, he had the trick of seeming to obliterate himself and 'his personality; he talked with his auditor, not at him— sometimes to the end that he revealed to the shrewd observer of men that his trick of self-effacement was a trick. He talked in detail of experiences—interesting de tail—but in the pleased repetition of soma of these, where conversations in quota tions abounded, his egotism was not to be so easily veiled. With the coming of the pointed beard and the rounded figure of the developed man, an unquestioned taste in dress marked him in a public gathering, how ever large. He was not a good speaker in public, but he was an admirable drink er. He knew wines and liquors as he knew his Bible and his Shakespeare. As a man who would be king he made this serve his ends. Anywhere in any event in which he figured and into which wines were to be bought, Stensland was the connoisseur, the maker of the wine list, and the purchaser. He knew wines no better than he could buy wines, and his economy in the wine account was as marked as his unquestioned judgment in vintages. Conservatism came to him with his na tionality. More than t'hls, the aristocracy of the Norse peasant was his by birth. Long occupancy of the lands of Norway by the Norwegian peasant—occupancy which results in giving to the peasant as a family name the name of the farm which he and his ancestors have filled for generations—makes for a peasant aris tocracy. This man who would be king in a colony of his kind had few conces sions to make in a social way. Near sighted. he had fewer still. And beyond even these the fact that he would ba financial king merely simplified the situ ation more than all. He began bankrupt of popularity. He set about with avari cious intent to build a fortune upon con fidence. HER PROUDEST MOMENT. Suffragette—The proudest moment of my life was when 1 was a passenger on an American liner and fell over the side. Friend—The proudest moment! But how do yo\f mean? Suffragette—A sailor callod out "ltu overboardl"