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With street enlargement doth dismiss
me hence,
I King Henry VI.
Fourth Class Postmasters
President Pro Tem Gallinger, a
standpat*republican from New Hamp
shire, ruled out the provision re
quiring popular election of fourth
class postmasters. He did this on a
point of order, and he was finally sus
tained in this by the Senate, whieh
was at the time engaged in consider
ing the postoffice appropriation bill.
This gives the southern fourth class
primaries a chance to draw their of
ficial breath a while longer at any
rate. The proposition came from
Senator Bristow of Kansas, a progres
sive. The vote on the proposition to
strike it out is not given. There may
have been no roll call.
Public sentiment is rapidly crystaliz
ing against the effort of President
Taft to fasten upon the country—
particularly the south—the partizan
appointees of the republican party.
President Emeritus Eliot of Harvard
has denounced his scheme, and inde
pendent papers like Harper's Weekly
do not hestitate to say it should be
undone in the interest of justice and
fair play.
The fourth class postmasters in the
south have a hard road to travel, and
the chances are that in some way
they will be upset. No act of the
retiring President was more open to
just criticism than the one which
sought to give the present appointees
life positions.
Wider Sidewalks in Second Avenue
The property holders in Second
avenue are opposed to any further
encroachment on the street space by
the sidewalks, and the city commis
sioners have called a halt on the sub
If the commissioners would take
steps through the patrolmen to make
pedestrians keep to the right, and to
quit holding conventions on the side
walks, the sidewalk space would be
found to be sufficient. It is the idler
and the man who persists on walking
where he should not that congests
the sidewalks. The man who walks
on the left side is the man to be
chiefly blamed. What he does may
be endurable and even comfortable in
Montgomery, hut here in Birmingham
it i6 a misfit. It is a sad misfit in
Second avenue, and later still it will
be in Third avenue.
If all would consider the comfort
of others there would be no conges
tion o»i any sidewalk. It is thought
lessness and a careless way of using
the sidewalks that causes all the
trouble complained of. A few gentle
hints from the patrolmen are needed.
A City Clean Movement
As the spring approaches the city
beautiful idea should present itself
strongly to the public mind. With the
coming of spring conies the thought!
of green sward, flower beds, fresh
^■Jiaint and a general cleaning up. The
city authorities should do their part
energetically. All the alleys should
be cleaned arfd kept clean and sani
tary. Many of them are now r. -.y
thing but presentable.
Property owners and householders
should be made to clean up their back
yards, for no matter how vigorous
the city government may be in enforc
ing sanitary laws we cannot have the
real city beautiful unless the people
co-operate. A campaign of education
is needed for everyone, young and old,
white and black.
No one should throw a banana peel
or apple parings on the sidewalk or
in the street; not only so but no one
should throw bits of paper in the
street. Receptacles are placed by the
city at convenient distances and peel
ings and litter generally should be
placed in the street boxes.
There are cities where civic pride
In muck evidence. Wherever a city
I is kept clean there will be found the
j city beautiful. Birmingham is not
' financially able to do as much for civic
improvements as some other cities
and for that very reason the people
should get together and strive all the
more to promote public cleanliness,
in the end that this may be a model
city. _ __
Friedmann’s Cure for Tuberculosis
Brought to this country primarily
by a New York banker who has a
son-in-law afflicted with tuberculosis,
Dr. Friedmann was welcomed on ar
rival by a physician of the United
States marine hospital service, who
had been officially sent for that pur
pose by the surgeon general. The
new method is to be tested here,
both officially and by private physi
It is based on bacilli taken from a
turtle which had itself been sub
jected to tubercular bacilli taken
from a human being. The process of
cure is admittedly slow. The first ef
fects are not seen until two or three
weeks after inoculation, and a com
plete cure is a matter of months.
Just why this turtle is a necessary
intermediary in this cure is not ex
plained. It will be soon enough to
consider the trouble when it is ascer
tained that a step has been taken in
curing the most dreadful disease of
the temperate zone. The turtle has
as good a right to become a benefi
ciary of the human race as any other
animal, and all will be glad to heart
that it is a capable auxiliary in, the
saving of human lives.
Both the German government and
the government of this country seem
to think there are possibilities of
good in the Friedmann cure, and the
results of the forthcoming tests will
be awaited with deep interest in
many households. ,
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lienaming the City's Streets
It is to be hoped that individual
fads and notions will not be permitted
to minimize in any manner the plans
of City Engineer Kirkpatrick to give
this city a system of street names
that is above criticism. If a single
duplicate name is left it will not be
above criticism. A thorough job is
greatly needed, and now is the time
to secure it.
The addition of numerous suburbs
has rendered the confusion even worse
than it is in other cities that have
not adopted name reform. Now is
the time to give the city a clean sheet
so far as the names of streets are
concerned, and no individual influence
or pique should be permitted to get in
the way of it.
The city engineer should not only
resharpen his pencil, but he should
also stiffen his backbone to the great
est possible extent, for the city needs
now a system of names unmarred by
secret pull or political influence.
Mrs. J. Rockewell Combs Is In Philadel
phia arranging for a caravan trip across
the continent in behalf or woman suf
frage, Mrs. Combs is working among so
ciety women and is supported by Mrs.
O. II. P. Belmont, who is determined to
adopt this plan to canvass the non-suf
frage states. Last summer Mrs. Combs
undertook an expedition of this kind
from Paris to Naples, and Airs. Belmont
brought her to this country to under
take the new campaign. Tiie caravan trip
will begin in May and it is the purpose
of Mrs. Belmont to interest In this work
wealthy women who will support the
cause, but not be compelled to give their
personal time to it. Several wagons will
be taken, with several tents and other
conveniences for stopping here and there
on the way. There will be no spectacular
marching, but actual hard campaigning,
and those who are interested with Mrs.
Belmont are of the opinion that they will
accomplish results by this practical dem
Charles D. Hides, chairman of the re
publican national committee, says that
no cad has been issued for a national
convention for the purpose of changing
the basis of southern representation or to
enunciate new rules which would permit
each state to select delegates to future
conventions in acccudance with its own
laws, instead of am arbitrary ruling by
the national committee.
The refusal of the Senate to confirm the
nomination of Irwin B. Uaughlln as secre
tary of the embassy to Great Britain will
make Hallett Johnson, barely 24, the chief
representative of the United States at
the court of St. James after March 4.
The second secretary is absent on leave.
Young Johnson has had only six months’
experience in the diplomatic service,.
Mrs. Champ Clark, wife of the speaker,
says "Mrs. Wilson will easily be able to
dress herself and her three daughters on
$1000 a year apiece while they are In the
White House." Public sentiment in every
direction upholds Mrs. Wilson in her de
termination to confine her dress expenses
to $1000 a year.
The new nickel embellished with an In
dian head on one sido and a buffalo de
sign on the other will be put into gen
eral circulation tomorrow. Two millions
of the coin have already been ordered.
Josepuh Patrick Tumulty has rented a
house in Washington with two bath
rooms, and this fact has led some well
meaning persons to question the sound
ness of his democracy.
Vassar students can no longer unbend
from their high intellectual attitude by
going to moving picture shows. They
have given their word they will not.
Mexican housewives no longer have to
dodge cannon balls as thejr run down to
the corner grocery.
Mrs. R. C. Burleson, grand marshal of
th© suffragist parade, insists that the
Stars and Stripes shall be carried at the
head of the pageant of March 3.
Congressman Palmer says the selection
of All Fools’ day for calling the extra
session means that we will fool all the
calamity howlers.
Paul Mario Pierre Thureau-Dangin, the
secretary of the French academy, is dead.
Some time in the last century he was a
prolific author.
The Wilson inauguration will be far
more* peaceful thap the Huerta inaugu-'
ration, but the Weather may not be even j
as good.
Government by gunmen lias never be- i
fore been tried in a country holding 15,
000,000 of people, such as they are.
Five million muskrat skins are marketed;
each year, but when the consumers getj
them they are variously named.
Washington chiropodists expect to reap
a harvest when General Rosalie and her!
army arrive.
Time drags on both sides of the fence.
It is as boresome to W. H. T. as it is to
Mexico should be shaken up and told
that this is the twentieth century.
The w'ord “elect” wil soon b© chopped
out of Woodrow Wilson’s title.
After Tuesday next we will have two ]
ex-Presidents who are not in accord on
any known subject.
Huerta is as rhetorical as he is blood
V. Stefansson, in Harper’s Magazine for
There is no reason for insisting now or
ever that the “Blond Eskimos" of Vic
toria Land are descended from the Scan
dinavian^colonists of Greenland, but look
ing at it historically or geographically
there is no reason why they might not be.
We have seen that the Scandinavians
flourished for centuries on the west coast
of Greenland. We know that at the time
when communications between Europe
and Greenland were cut off there were
still large numbers of them living in
Greenland in proximity to the Eskimos.
We know that the habits of the Eskimos
are such, as exemplified in their relations
with the American Indian and the white
man in recent times, that they are inclined
to mix with any race with which they
come in contact. Greenland is not far
from Victoria Land. If there were any
reason for doing so I could go by sled in
less than 24 months from the southwrest
corner of Victoria Land to the districts
in Greenland which the Scandinavians in
habited, or by crossing from Greenland
in a boat in summer I could do in one
year thence by sled west to Victoria Laud.
As a matter of fact, the Eskimos who now
winter on the ice west of Victoria Land
start thence in March, and by August
meet for trading purposes the Eskimos of
the Hudson bay, just above Chesterfield
inlet. There is, then, no more reason
geographically than there is historically to
suppose any barrier that could keep the
Scandinavians from moving west to Vic
toria Land had they wanted to.
Tf the reason that tlie Victoria Land
Eskimos are European like in that they
are of European blood, then the Scandi
navian colony in Greenland furnishes not
only an explanation, but the only ex
planation. It has been suggested in print
that there may be some connection be
tween the blond tribes and the English
explorers of the Arctic islands. A suf
ficient lack of information might make
this supposition seem probable. It is true,
however, that the literature of the Frank
lin expeditions not only is fairly com
plete, but also the Eskimos themselves
still remember such contact as they had
with the explorers. Of all tribes visited
by us only three were shown by our lit
erature to have come in contact with the
explorers, and in all these three tribes I
found men still living who remembered
the incident. The extracts already quoted
show tljat when the first Englishmen
came in\ contact with these people they
found already among them exactly the
same blond traits that we find today, and,
secondly, the amount of contact was so
slight that no physical change of whole
tribes could have been produced. Had
Franklin's entire ship's company of 230
men survived in Victoria Land, and had
they all married among and lived among
the Eskimos, their descendants could not
have been numerous enough to giver us the
condition we find there today. We have
rec'ords, however, of the actual death of
more than half of Franklin’s men, and we
feel certain that they had all perished be
I fore the year 3860 at the latest.
From the Boston Transcript.
A wood which, according to the depart
ment of agriculture, outlasts iron and
steel when placed in water is British
Guiana greenheart. It is used in ship
and dock building, trestles, bridges, ship
ping platforms, flooring and for all pur
poses Involving great wear and tear.
When the greenheart dock gates in the
Mersey harbor at Liverpool were removed
In order that the channel might be deep
ened and widened, the same wood was
again employed in building the enlarged
gates, and wood placed in the gates of the
t Canada dock in 185*> was used again in its
reconstruction in 1894.
The use of greenheart has been speci
fied for sills and fenders in the lock gates
of the Panama canal. Nansen’s ship, the
Fram, and the Antarctic ship Discovery
were built of greenheart. In addition to
its use as timber, great quantities of the
wood are made into charcoal.
Though it grows in parts of British,
French and Dutch Guiana, Venezuela,
Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Trinidad, Jamaica
and Santo Domingo, it Is being cut only
in British Guiana, where It is found along
the sea coast and water courses. Green
j heart used to bring $1 a cubic foot at the
I point of shipment, but the present price
is considerably less.
From the New York Journal.
A visitor from out of town appeared
at the Metropolitan box office recently.
“I would like to have seat No. 90,” she
said to t'hc man behind the grating.
“There is no such seat in the house,”
lie *told her.
“But there must be,” she insisted. “A
friend of mine in Troy told me it was
the best seat in the house, and to be sure
and get it if possible.”
The ticket seller thought a moment
and handed out a ticket. It was marked
Seat G, How T.
“That’s the nearest thing to ‘ninety’ I
can give ycru,” said tie.
When the buyer had departed he said:
"We have all kinds of funny requests.
The other day a funny chap caine along
and asked for the dog seat. 7 told him
dogs were not allowed. Tlitn he said:
•Well, give me I\9, then.’ ”
Comparing Birmingham and Denver
“Returning to Birmingham this week
from Denver, after an absence of two
years and a hall’, I nigrvel at the im
provement seen' on every hand," said
Homer Hesterly.
“When I first went to Denver that
city seemed prosperous and progres
sive. The census of 1910 credited it
with a population of 213,000, but busi
ness conditions there have not been
good of late. The mainstay of Den
ver has been the tourist business and
that lias fallen off largely because
of two severe winters we had there.
In commercial circles there has been
much depression for the past few
“Here in Birmingham everybody
seems busy. I have visited a number
of western cities and some of them
were full of thrift but Birmingham
is so far ahead of other places that
there is simply no comparison. This
was a go ahead city when I lived
here, but it now looks phenomenal,
lltiftliicMK Activity
“A few weeks ago l remarked that
my business last year was 50 per cent
better than that of any previous year
since I had been engaged in business
in Birmingham, and now 1 am able to
state that in January and February
of this year I have made new high rec
ords as compared with the same pe
riod in 1912,” said R. L. Seals of the
Seals Piano company.
“I have been selling pianos here for
more than a quarter of a century, and
I have never felt so optimistic as I
do today. I have always refrained
from boasting about my trade, but
business has been so good that I can
not help now speaking of it. Last
Saturday my concern Bold 27 pianos
and that was certainly a fine day’s
business. The outlook for the year
could not well be brightey.”
Dintiugiiishccl Naval Officer
“Commodore Albion D. Wadhams,
United States navy, who visits Bir
mingham this week, and who will de
liver a public address under the aus
pices of the Chamber of Commerce
Friday night, is wot only known as a
man of intellectual force and large ex
perience in life, but he is a noted
wit,” said Sterling A. Wood.
' Although the commodore is now on
the retired list he still takes a lively
interest in the navy. He was born at
Wadhams’ Mill, N. Y., in June, 1847.
He graduated at the naval academy,
and was appointed ensign in 1869. He
served on the Pacific squadron and was
instructor at the naval academy from
1875 to 1878; served on the coast sur
vey in 1878 and 1879; was on duty at
the Washington navy yard several
years; was executive officer of the
Mohican from 1893 to 1895; has been
inspector of several lighthouse districts
and during the Spanish-American war
was in charge of the eighth coast
defense district. He commanded the
Monongahela in 1899, and later was
in command of St. Mary’s navy yard
Still later he was In charge of the
(Norfolk nav.y yard, lie has been on
(the retired list since 1907.”
The South’* Great Future
“No section of the country has shown
such substantial development, agricul
turally, commercially and industrially,
perhaps, as the south in the past 10
years," said Charles W. Dugan of Chi
"I visit five or six southern states
I every year or two and am more or less
in touch with every one of them. With
out exception all the southern states have
prospered and continue to prosper. 'I
spent the first week of February in
Texas, and it was plain to see that that
state was enjoying a healthy boom. Ev
ery city and town in Texas so far as I
could learn was forging ahead at a fast
rate. Business in Dallas and Houston
was certainly humming.
"Alabama has come forward agricul
turally in the past two years in a very
marked degree and as for Birmingham
as an indusfrial and commercial center,
it is more talked about in the north than
any other southern city."
Prediction About the Cabinet
“It seems settled that William Jennings
Bryan Is to be Secretary of State, but l
think it is a saf^ prediction that he will
not remain in Wilson's cabinet four
years,” said former Mayor W. M. Dren
nen. ‘‘I have always regarded the Ne- .
braska statesman as a man of remark- i
able ability. 1 think he is one of the
smartest in this country. Whether he
is well fitted for the office of Secretary
of State I am not prepared to say, but
friction is almost sure to come, I think.
“Mr. Underwood and Mr. Wilson could
get along well together, but without In
tending to criticise anybody I do not be
lieve that harmony will prevail in ad
ministration circles so long as Bryan is
in the cabinet. He is a man who likes
to dominate. Mr. Wilson has a very
strong will and he is not the sort of a
man to be dictated to. Mr. Underwood is
of the highest importance at this time
and if Wilson's administration is a suc
cess it will be due largely to Underwood’s
statesmanship. The President will cer
tainly need Underwood’s hearty and in
timate friendship.
“It would not surprise m£ to sec a re
organization of the cabinet, as soon as
Underwood’s tariff measures are enacted
into law. It is more than likely that
Underwood will eventually become Sec
retary of the Treasury In order that he
may hlCve a hand in directing the op
eration of the new tariff.’’
Kegarding Sunday A iiiumc kioiiIh
“I believe in Sunday concerts be
cause high class music is elevating
and in a certain sense religious, but
i have never patronized a Sunday thea
tre, nor have I ridden on a Sunday ex
cursion train,” said a member of the
Chamber of Commerce. “As to moving
picture show's, I agree with Mr. Chall
foux, who was quoted recently as say
ing that if biblical and historical sub
jects were presented good might re
sult from Sunday afternoon ‘movies.’
•‘Those who oppose all form of Sun
day diversion in a public hall some
times make exaggerated remarks which
would lead untraveled people to think
that Sunday entertainments in cities
indicate a low state of morals. Well,
1 happened to be in Minneapolis on
a Sunday several month sago, 4and
noticed that the large theatres there
were open for matinees and night ^per
formances. In passing along the street
1 saw' a sign, ’matinee this afternoon.’
I supposed it was a Saturday sign
that had remained over Sunday by rea
son of carelessness, but on stepping
into the vestibule of the theutre
was informed that the sign meant
Sunday afternoon. I wras told that
nearly all the theatres had Sunday
•‘1 had attended a church service in
Minneapolis Sunday morning. The
building had a large seating capacity,
but not large enough to accommodate
all who came, for there were many
men standing in the aisles. On that
Sunday night I passed by a large Pres
byterian church as the congregation
was coining out and there was a vast
throng of worshippers.
“Minneapolis has the city beautiful
idea well developed. It impressed me
as a model city. I remained there sev
eral days and never saw a man on
the streets under the influence of
liquor; never heard of any shootings or
disorderly conduct of any kind. Min
neapolis has a large foreign popula
tion, but the people seem to §e polite
and especially w'ell mannered, and yet
it is a Sunday theatre town. I am not
saying this by way of argument in fa
vor of a wide open Sunday, but simply
to give a bit of information."
I W. D. Howells, in Harper's Magazine for
S March.
The dinner, when we came back to it,
was not very good, or at least not very
wihning. and the next night it .was no bet
ter, though the head waiter had then
made us so much favor with himself as to
promise us a side table for the rest of our
stay. He was a very friendly head waiter,
and the dining room was a long glare of
the encaustic tiling which all Seville
seems lined with, and of every Moorish
motive in the decoration. Besides, there
was a young Scotch girl, very interesting
ly pale and delicate of face, at one of the
tables, and at another a Spanish girl
with the most wonderful fire red hair,
and there were several miracles of the
beautiful obesity which abounds in Spain.
When we returned to the annex it did
seem, for the short time we kept our win
dow's shut, that the manager had spoken
i true, and we promised ourselves a tran
quil night, which, after our two nights
in ordova, we needed if wre did not mer
it. But ^e had counted without the
spread of popular education in Spain.
Under our windows, just across the way,
j there proved to be a school of the “Royal
j Society of Friends of Their Country,” as
the Spanish inscription in its front pro
claimed; and at dusk its pupils, children
and young people of both sexes, began
clamoring for knowledge at its doors.
About 10 o’clock they burst from them
again with joyous exultation in their ac
quirements; then, shortly after, every
manner of vehicle began to pass, especi
ally heavy market w’agons overladen and
drawn by horses swarming with bells.
Their succession left scarcely a moment
of the night unstunned; but if ever a
moment seemed to be escaping, there was
a maniacal bell In a church near by that
clashed out: “Hello! Here’s a bit of si
lence; let’s knock it on the head!”
We went promptly the next day to the
.gentle old manager and told him that he
had been deceived in thinking he had
given us rooms on a quiet street, and ap
pealed to his invention for something, for
anything, different. His invention had
probably never been put to such stress
before, and he showed us an excess of
impossible apartments, which we sub
jected to a consideration worthy of the
greatest promise in them. Our search
ended in a suit© of rooms on the top floor,
Where he could have the range of a flat
roof outside if we wanted; but as the pri
vate family living next door kept hens,
led by a lordly turkey, on their roof, we
were sorrowfully forced to forego our
peculiar advantage. Peculiar we then
thought it, though w*e learned afterward
that poultry farming was not uncommon
on tho flat roofs of Seville, and tliero is
now no telling how* we might have pros
pered if we had taken those rooms and
.stocked our roof with Plymouth Rocks
and Wyandottes. At the moment, howr
ever, we thought it would not do, and we
could only offer our excuses to the man
ager, whoso resources wre had now ex
hausted, but not whose patience, and we
parted with expressions of mutual esteem
and regret.
John Burroughs, in Harper’s Magazine
for March.
Day after day and week after week as
I look through the big, open barn door
1 see a marsh hawk beating about low
over the fields. He, or rather she (for 1
see by the greater size and browner color
that it is the female), moves very slowly
and deliberately on level, flexible wing,
now over the meadow, now over the oat
or millet field, then above the pasture and
the swamp, tacking and turning, here eyo
bent upon the ground, and no doubt send
ing fear or panic through the heart of
many a nibbling mouse or sitting bird.
She occasionally hesitates or stops in her
flight and drops upon* the ground, as if
seeking insects or frogs or snakes. I
have never yet seen her swoop or strike
after the manner of other hawks. It is
a pleasure to watch her through the glass
and see her make these circuits or the
fields on effortless wing, day after day,
and strike no bird or other living thing,
as if in quest of something she never
finds. I never see the male. She has per
haps assigned him other territory to hunt
over. He is smaller, with more bind in
his pluniage. One day she had a scrap
or a game of some kind with three or
four crows qn the side of a rocky hill,
I think the crows teased and annoyed
her. I heard their rawing and saw them
persuing the hawk, and then saw her
swoop upon them or turn over in the air
beneath them, as if to show them what
feats she could do on the wing that were
beyond their powers. The crows often
made a peculiar gutteral rawing and
cackling as if they enjoyed the sport, but
they were clumsy and awkward enough
on the wing compared to the hawk. Time
after time she came down upon them from
a point high In the air, like a thunderbolt,
but never seemed to touch them. Twice
1 saw her swoop upon them us they sat
upon the ground, and the crows called
out in half sportive, half protesting tones,
as if saying, "That was a little too close;
beware, beware;!’ It was like a skillful
swordsman flourishing his weapon about
the head of a peasant; bi*t not a feather
was touched so far as I couli^see. It Is
the only time I ever saw this hawk In a
sportive or aggressive mood. I have seen
jays tease the sharp shinned hawk in this
way, and escape his retaliating blows by
darting into a cedar tree. All tlie crow
tribe, I think, love to badger and mock
some of their neighbors.
From the Newark News.
Coal tar mixed with a mineral and a
vegetable substance Is claimed by the
IJndenhot Chemical works as a success
fu lroad paving substitute for asphalt.
Into a heated vat is placed 1000 parts
of tar and to this is added from 200 to
300 parts of fine sawdust, or even wood
shavings or chips, with from 400 to 500
parts of groung chulk, marl or ashes.
Tlte mixture Is stirred until homoge
nous, tlie temperature being kept between
130 and ISO wegreeS C. The mass can
be molded into paving lilocgs, or it can
be rblley into a uniform and elastic layer,
which resists wear, heat and edit
•'In twenty years from now." said Pete,
"Just look for me on Easy street."
Tlie time went by, with hopeful air
We looked and found he wasn't there.
But one whom we did question said,
The while he wagged a hoary head,.
' I once did know a fellow who
Lived back this way, a mile or two.
"He might have been the man you seek.
He earned, I think, twelve plunks a week
"And had so large a family,
From debt he never did get free.
"And when at last he closed his eyes
And went, I hope, to Paradise,
"He whispered, ere his spirit passed,
'I ve come to Easy street at last!' ”
"I see where a scientist chased a butter
fly for a whole year."
"I once knew a young fellow who
chased a butterfly all around the world."
"How did the chase end?"
"She said 'Yes' In Egypt.”
"There's something grotesque about Pil
kins. I don't know exactly what.”
"Ahem! Have you ever seen his wife?"
"I don't suppose Felice could make a
"No, but you ought to see her mend a
“In a sock?"
"Good heavens, no! In a tire.”
the owl and the pussy cat.
The Owl and the Pussy Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey and plenty of
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above
And sang to a small guitar:
“Oh, lovely Pussy, oh, Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are, _ j
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
Pussy said to the Owl: “You elegant
fowl, '
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh, let us be married; too long we have
But what shall We do for a ring?’’
They sailed away for a year and a day
To the land where the bong-tree grows.
And there in the wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of Ids nosfc*
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one
Your ring?” Said the Piggy: *T will.”
So they took it away and were married
next day
By the Turkey wiio^lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon:
And hand in hand, on the edge of the
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
—Edward Lear.'
“I understand Perdita flirted with some
high rollers at the beach last summer.”
“So she did, and nearly got drowned.”
Henry Watterson, in the Louisville Cour- I
O go to bed in the metropolis of, lot
us say Kentucky and to wake up—
figuratively speaking—in the Ever
glades of Florida is the most startling of
human transitions.
It seems but yesternight that the allied
armies of the besieging north with bat
tering rams of wind and snow were bear
ing down upon the roof and heating
against the blinds; that the outer walls
were encased in ice; and that the cry
was “more blankets" and “another buck
et of coal!" ?Thls morning I am awakened
by the song of birds and the smell of
roses, albeit through wire screens; by the
sound of waves gently lapping the sandy
beach; by the yelping of dogs Impatient
for the hunters and the hunt. Truly Wal
ter Haideman buiided wiser than he knew
when he was caught by the lure of the
flowers and the glimpse of paradise which
had been nicknamed Napies-on-the-Gulf.
I can see him now tugging at his heard
and reading that letter from C’erro Gordo
Williams. General Williams was pos
sessed of a fertile fancy and a sanguine
spirit. Nobody ever accused him of pes
simism. How lie originally came down
here—only a hundred miles north of Key
West, nearly 200 miles south of Tampa—
I know not; but here he was, and that
The fishing? Virginal. You had only
to poke your prow Into a school of mack
erel to come presently into a university
of pompano. The "groupers" danced the
turkey-trot upon the banks just a little
ways out from shore and down toward
Gordon Pass the “snappers" no sooner
heard the fisher’s voice than they came
from their cave-like dwellings under the
mangrove roots to take his line and honor
his draft. Tarpon! The "Silver King"
held his majestic court alike In the Gulf
of Mexico and the Bay of Naples. "Just
atvhile ago," I quote from that renowned
epistle of the Bluegrass statesman, "a
tarpon, escaping a shark, leaped entirely
over the boat and then leaped back again,
falling into Bennett'B lap and breaking
his leg. Be —the tarpon, of course -
“weighed 132 pounds.".
And yet. according to the Kentucky
senator, the fishing was merely pastime
by comparison with the hunting. Deer
stalked round the settlement by night.
Wild turkeys were so unused to the sight
of man that they stood about in flocks of
ten and blocks of five and allowed them
selves to be shot for very love of sport.
The panther and the catamount furnished
a bit of occasional excitement. Now and
then bruin cohld be seen sucking wild
honey from the full trough of a luxuri
ous bamboo. As for duck and quail, they
"were too numerous to mention." They
"just flew into the pot." And over all the
eagle soared and screamed and through
the tortuous undergrowth the rattler
crept, "as fumiliar and friendly as a mem
ber of the family.”
So Gen. John S. Williams wrote and so
Walter N. Haldeman read and tugged at
his heard. "Oh, he’ll get you," I sahl.
And he did, and It lengthened’ and bright
ened the days of both of them and re
mains to this good hour a living memo
rial, as of God's bounty, for, optimist
though he was, the Imagination of the
hero of Cerro Gordo could not overstate
the enchantment of Naples-on-tbe-Gulf.
That was 30 years ago. Ever since Nfl
ples-on-the-Gulf has been a thought to
live for. A third generation is well on Its
way now. Maybe when the canal is go
ing, commerce will strike it. Then, good
by to paradlEe. But not yet, thank
heaven, not yet.
Washington Correspondent Chicago
Senator Root of New York has en
tered the fight which is waging here
between the woman suffrage advocates
and the antis by declaring himself un
equivocally in opposition to votes for
“I am opposed to the granting of
suffrage to women, because I believe
that it would be a loss to women, to
all women, and to every woman,” said
Senator Root, “and because ,1 believe It
would be an injury to the state, and to
every man and woman in Hie state.
“It would be useless to argue this
if the right of suffrage were a natural
right. If it were a natural right then
women should have it though the heav
ens fall. But if there be any one thing
settled in the long discussion of this
subject, it is that suffrage is not a
natural right but simply a means of
government, and the sole question to
be discussed is whether government by
the suffrage of men and women will he
better government than by the suffrage
of men alone.
“The question is, therefore, a ques
tion of expediency and the question of
expediency upon this subject is not a
question of tyranny, but a question of
liberty, a question of the preservation
of free constitutional government, of
law, order, peace and prosperity.
“Into my judgment there enters no
element of the inferiority of woman.
It is not that woman is inferior to
man, but it is that woman is different
from man; that in the distribution of
powers, of capacities, of qualities, our
Maker has created man adapted to
the performance of certain functions
in the economy of nature and society,
and women adapted to the perform
ances of other functions.
“One question to lie determined In
the discussion of this subject is
whether the nature of woman is such
that her taking upon her the perform
ances of the functions implied in suf
frage will leave her in the possessipn
and the exercise of her highest pow
ers and on entering upon a field in
which, because of her differences from
man, she is distinctly inferior.
“1 have said that I though suffrage
would be a loss tor women; I think so
because suffrage implies not merely the
castlng’of the ballot, the genile and
peaceful fall of the snowflake; but suf
frage, if it mean- anything, means en
tering upon the field of political, life,
and politics is modified war. In poli
ties there is struggle; strife, conten
tion, bitterness, heart burning excite
ment, agitation, everything which is
adverse to the "frue character of
woman. Woman rules today by the
sweet and npblff influences df her char
acter. Put woman Into the arena of
conflict and she abandons these great
weapons which control the world, and
she takes into her hands weapons witli
which she Is unfamiliar and which she
is unable to wield.”
R. A. Scott-James, In Harper’s Weekly.
I cannot resist the conviction that it is
tiie localisation of papers, the present im
possibility of their being national papers,
which accounts for so many of their ob
vious defects. It partly accounts for their
commercialism. It partly accounts for
their inaccessibility to ideas. How little
space Is devoted even to politics, except
at particularly exciting moments when
Mr. Roosevelt may be on the war path!
llow great a spaco is devoted to busi
nesses and corporations! The 'leading
article” or editorial is a feature which
no English morning paper has dared to
neglect; but tho corresponding editorial
page Ui America is generally far the worst
part. Usually it is the part that is the
worst written, and it Is entirely lacking
in authority. But I must qualify this re
mark by saying that It does not apply to
the editorial page of the Evening Post—
with which I should generally, as It hap
pens, disagree—and that both the Phila
delphia Bulletin and the Boston Tran
script struck me as quite exceptionally
the serious attention which they gave to
their editorial pages and their special
articles. Dramatic criticism in most
papers resolves itself into stage gossip
and personalities; it is slightly inferior, 1
think, to the dramatic criticism of English
papers, and infinitely inferior to that of
Paris. The literary columns, if not con
spicuous by their absence, have generally
t'he same characteristics as the dramatic
columns; though I must again except two
of tho above mentioned papers. The New
York Times has an excellently arranged
supplement, but the criticism in it is not
superior to that of the Eondon Dally Tele
graph or the Morning Post.
To speak generally, editors who may
happen to be men of broad, general ideas
are not encouraged to apply those ideas
to their papers. For the average uaily
journal does not exist to propagate ideas.
In that direction its promoters have usu
ally no special pride or ambition. They
are business men. Papers arc tho com
modity in which they deal—an elastic com
modity which on occasion may subserve
other business interests. It is their belief
; that the general public—the majority for
which they cater—demands constant sen
sation of the crudest kind; that it de
mands variety; that it detests continuity,
that it prefers the language of slang t*
tho English language. They cater, i»%
fact, to every one who can read, to every
one who lias come under the spell of ele
mentary education. They refuse to igi* w*
tHe tastes of the most ignorant or even
the most brutalized of readers, and they
persuade themselves that these are the
By Leigh Hunt.
Abou Ben Adhem (.may his tribe in
Awoke one night from a deep dream of
And saw, within the moonlight of his
.Making It rich, and like a Illy In bloom,
An'angel writing in a book of gold—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem
And to tUO presence in the room he said:
"What vritest thou1?" The vision raised
its head,
And with a look made all of sweet ac
Answer’d: "The names of those who love
the Lord."
"And Is mine one?” said Abou. "Nay,
not so,”
•Replied the angei. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still and said: “I pray thee,
Write me .as one who loves his fellow
The angel wrote and vanish'd. The neat
night ( ■
It came again with a great awakening j
And allow'd the names whom love of God <
had bless'd, (,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the
rest. • ■ ' -• • '•**'•*

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