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E. W. BARRETT Editor Entered at the Birmingham Ala., postoffice as second class matter under act of Congress March 3, 1S79. Dally and Sunday Age-Herald,... $5.00 Dally and Sunday, per month ... Dally and Sunday, three months.. 2.00 Weekly Age-Herald, per annum.. .60] Sunday Age-Herald . 2.00 Subscription payable In advance. W. G. Wharton and A. J. Eaton, Jr., I are the only authorized traveling rep resentatives of The Age-Herald in its circulation department. No communication will be published without Us author's name. Rejected manuscript will not be returned unless stamps are enclosed for that purpose. Remittances can be made at current rate of exchange. The Age-Ileratd will not be responsible for money sent through the malls. Address, THE AGE-HERALD. Birmingham. Ala. Washington bureau, 207 Hibbs build European bureau. 5 Henrietta street, Covenj Garden. London. Eastern business office. Rooms 4S to 50, inclusive. Tribune building. New York city; western business °fnc* Tribune building. Chicago. The S. L. Beckwith Special Agency, agents for eign advertising. TELEPHONE Bell (private exchange connect!** ■11 departments), Ne. 4D0*. _ I pray yon, let us satisfy our eyes With the memorials nod the things of fnme, That do renown this city. _Twelfth Night. Public Business Given Precedence The upsetting of precedents goes on apace in Washington, and public ap proval follows each new departure of the new administration. A correspondent enumerates 18 pre cedents that have been smashed in atout as many days, and the most promising one of the number is the one in which the President declares he will make no speeches during the present calendar year. This simply means that instead of spending his time in writing speeches he will devote all of it to public busi ness—to the determination of ques tions of public policy— to the tariff and the currency and the thousand and one imporatant problems that come before the chief executive of a big republic. If the President adheres to this de termination, he will be a President who will surely win the support of in telligent people. The country has not bad such a President since the days of Abraham Lincoln, who had a task on his hands so great and so absorbing that he simply had no time to travel 20(1,000 miles in making at every stop speeches of short preparation and small value. Lincoln staid in Wash ington, and the country will be glad to hear that it again has a President Who will do likewise. Steadily and surely one can hear or read statements that go to show that the Wilson administration is gaining popular strength daily. The belief grows that it is to be an administra tion that will attend to business, let ting all incidents take care of them selves as best they may. There will be no hoboing, no posing anywhere, and very little if any golfing. The tariff now has the floor, and the Pres ident has begun a long wrestle with it hoping to be able in co-operation with Mr. Underwood to render it better and freer of private graft. From the Fafm to the Larder The new head of 40,000 rural routes 1b an ex-railroad man from Pennsyl vania, Joseph I. Blakeslee. He had served all the way from clerk to trainmaster, and now he takes hold of the rural routes and the parcel post system with a full determination to make both more serviceable. He is particularly interested in the parcel post. He hopes to be able to bring the producer and consumer to direct business relations, especially after the inauguration of a C. 0. D. system on July 1. The parcel post plan authorizes the Postmaster General to make any changes in rates and regula tions that may seem desirable to him, and Mr. Blakeslee will study the sys tem with a view to the suggestion of changes to his chief in this respect. The rural carrier and the parcel post will not have reached the limit of usefulness until the farmer and the city man deal directly with each oth er. The two systems cannot be a bene fit either to producer or consumer un til this is brought about, and if the new Fourth Asistant Postmaster Gen eral promotes this benefit by bringing the farm and the city kitchen in touch he will indeed win the gratitude of a vast number of deserving people. Fourth Class Postmasters The plans for testing under the civil iervice rules the fourth class post masters, whom Mr. Taft endeavored to appoint for life after his defeat had become apparent to all experienced observers, are in process of comple tion. Mr. Taft’s order was a violation of the spirit of the civil service, for no effort was made to weed out the Incompetent. The Postmaster General ■nd the civil service commissioners are now planning tests that will soon be submitted to President Wilson for •his approval. Every holder of a fourth class postoffice will no doubt have to L be examined in accordance with these • tests, and then the successful can didate will be installed to appointment for life. There is no desire to frighten off any applicant whether he be in or out of a fourth class office. ‘Tf,” says the New York Tribune, "the Postmaster General and the civil service commission can devise a fair non-partisan method of testing the abilities of fourth class postmas ters ‘covered in’ to the civil service, and then fill the places of any incom petents found with candidates from competitive lists, no friend of the, merit system need object.” The Trib une certainly speaks for the republi cans, and what it proposes is exactly what the President and the Postmas ter General will attempt to do. The places are to be filled by qualified men, by merit, and not by a sweep ing partisan order issued at the elev enth hour. The Burleson plan, if it be free from all suspicion of partisanship, will commend itself to all fair minded men. Along the Tallapoosa Representative Fuquay of Alexan der City presented last week a very pretty picture of a navigable Talla poosa. He wants five dams instead of one because he wants the federal gov ernment to improve the river until it is navigable to Sturdivant, a point far up the river. To induce the federal government to do this Mr. Fuquay would have to spend the remainder of his days at Washington, for the government is not ready to open the Coosa to naviga tion except t indirectly through im provement companies—and the Talla poosa empties into the much longer and larger Coosa. The truth is, the federal government seems to be will ing to open only one long river in the state, the ’Bigbee and the Warrior, and possibly the Tennessee. After all it is a matter of probable tonnage. The coal, coke, iron and steel of this district will no doubt be barged to tidewater on an improved Warrior and ’Bigbee. There are no such heavy products on or near the Tallapoosa. If Mr. Fuquay will study the ton nage of the Alabama river, he will be able to form an opinion as to the probable tonnage that an improved Tallapoosa would develop. It is true the Alabama encounters obstacles at Mobile and from the railroads, but so would the Tallapoosa. The country is full of rivers and the general government’s first inquiry when an improvement is suggested relates to tonnage. This is a problem that will arise on the Tallapoosa as well as on the Connecticut, the Ohio, the Coosa or any other river in this country of innumerable rivers. Fertilizers From Slag A bulletin from the United States bureau of soils in Washington calls attention to the slag piles that rapidly accumulate at ail blast furnaces. This bulletin says the basic slag in the Bir mingham./district is full of phosphatic compounds and of potash, all avail able for fertilizer purposes. The bulletin goes on to show that the steel companies could turn their slag into dollars by manufacturing fertilizers. They have in their slag phosphoric acid, ammonia and potash, and a German process known as the Scheiber patent enables them to ex tract these elements from the slag at low cost. It will be strange indeed if some in dividual company does not send for the bulletin of the soils bureau and study it “from kiver to kiver.” There may be big money in the slag piles that now disfigure every locality in which iron and steel are made. Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Miss Mary Belle Shedd of Lowell, Mass., who will thus take (he first step in an effort to win a legacy of 53,000,000. Under the terms of the strangest will ever filed In a New Kngla/C court Miss Shedd will lose $3,000,000 unless i he marries and bears children. As soon as this became known the young woman was deluged with marriage proposals, but Ihe daugh ter of the late wealthy perfume manu facturer made her choice some time ago. Freeman B. Shedd died in Florida, leav ing $3,000,000, a widow and daughter, it was understood the daughter would In herit her father's property, but the will was found to provide ns stated. By its terms Mrs. Shedd and her daughter afe provided for in life. They will have the Income of the money, but cannot obtain the principal unless Mary Belle Shedd weds. In case she leaves no Children at the time of her death the money will be diveded among the Berry school of Rome, Ua.; the Northfleld seminary, the city of Lowell an4 the Lowell General hospital. Miss Shedd is also sole execu trix of this strange will which takes the disposition of her father s immense estate out of her hands unless she becames a mother. The last little bubble is the spot, gays the Baltimore Sun, where Huntington Wilson went down. Huntington Wilson goes off to Europe, leaving the Woodrow Wilson administra tion to its fate. Scutari and Adrianople are conducting an endurance contest, and the odds arc on the latter. Alaska has granted votes to women, hut it has no women other than Esqui maux. When Hollow Horn Bear died ot pneu monia civilization was simply at its worst. While Congress at t«he last session lav ishly appropriated money for public buildings, it made no provision whatever to increase the force of the supervising architect's office to assure the commence ment of work upon any of the buildings within the next few years. Unless special reasons require the erection of a building out of its turn the construction work will be undertaken according to a programme which has divided the buildings author ized by Congress into several groups. It will probably require three years to com plete the 244 in the first group. There are in the second group 133 appropriations for new buildings in cities where sites for the structures have been previously acquired, i These projects are handled In the order fixed by the date on which the govern ment received perfect title to the site. One hundred and seventy-one new' build ings are embraced In the fourth group and may not be reached for\ three or four j years. The last group contains 132 new Bites which will be purchased as rapidly as the law’ will permit and which will not be held back by the congested con dition of the supervising architect's of fice. The third group comprises changes on existing buildings. When Miss Cornelia Roosevelt married Baron Zedlitz her property was put in trust. The trust agreement recites that Miss Roosevelt, then 19 years old, had accepted an offer of marriage from Baron Zedlitz and “on the treaty of such in tended marriage it was considered that a settlement should be made before the solemnization of the marriage.” The trust deed was executed the day before the marriage and shows that $239,368 worth of personal property and eight parcels of Manhattan real estate, valued at $100,000, were included in the trust deed. The agreement provided that the income was to be paid to the baroness and that if she died before her husband he was to get $100,000 from the trust j estate, the remainder of the principal to go to their children. The baron aban doned his right to any part of his wife's estate to which hp would be entitled under the laws of Germany. Baron Zedlitz died in 1901 and the baroness is now living in London with her daughter, Mulda. The value of the estate has nearly dou bled and now yields an income of $2000 a month to the baroness. The men who robbed a pawnshop in Hester street, New York, of $300,000 worth of jewels and securities Tvere traced to a hotel in Milwaukee, and a battle was fought writh them in a hotel room. Two were arrested and one escaped. It is conceded that a speech of Miss Jessie Woodrow \\ llson induced the leg islature of Delaware to pass a 10 hour workday law for women in factories. Governor Miller has signed the bill. The will of Winfield Scott of Texas was! broken by his daughter, Mrs. Town send of Denver. Mrs. Townsend gets $1,000,000, the second Mrs. Scott $2,0(10,000, and her son a million. Mr. McCombs declined the ambassa dorship to France because he wants to practice law in New York and elect a democratic President every four years. New York has a new dance called the paresis glide, and it is said to have points that highly commend it, even’ over the bunny hug. The authorities grew tired of prying Sylvia Pankhurst’s mouth open with a steel crowbar and so they turned her loose. Julian Hawthorne whites good stories, and he may gather some new experi ences in Atlanta for a best seller. The Briand cabinet fell in France, but the Bryan cabinet in the United States is all wool and a yard wide. The Keokuk dam flooded an island j and the owner of the island claimed $25,- j GOO. The jury gave him $7500. Huntington Wilson’s snivelling impu dence brings him no compliments, not even In the old guard press. ___ _ **v. Any boy can hope to be President, but only the rich boys should cherish iy>pes of an ambassadorship. British farthings do exist, for the gov ernment coined 8,000,000 of them last year. The Greeks shone at Janina, and they shine daily in this city. BOOKS THAT HELPED DOYLE From the Strand. Discussing the books on his library shelves, Conan Doyle picks out cer tain of them, each one of which, bought in student days when he wrs not af fluent, it had cost him a lunch to buy, and lie selects Macaulay's “Essays" as the'one that had given him "most pleasure and most profit.” Next to this |among hooks that have influenced his i life, he puts the work of Poe, "the world's supreme short-story writer”— “the inventor of the detective story.” He was fascinated, too, by Marbot's “Memoirs,” and later has found hints in him and them toward the character and dashing, dare-devil exploits of his own Brigadier Gerard. He has a fine enthusiasm for the "glorious brother hood of Scott’s novels,” and delights alike in the “Border Ballads,” and Mac aulay’s "Lays,” because of thejr swing and dash, their strength and simplicity, their love of all that is manly and no ble and martial. These and a good story are the qualities that appeal to him, especially in a work of Action. He will never write a problem novel. If he is roused to denounce some injustice, to attempt tlie righting of some wrong, lie takes the most direct and down right way of doing it, attacks it in the straightest possible fashion, and will not wait to build fictions about it and undermine it with a tale. SHEEP AS BEASTS OF RL RDEX From the April Wide World Magazine. All sorts of animals are pressed into service as beasts of burden in various parts of the world. In Tioet, for instance, sheep and goats are used as pack animals, and a flock of these animals, well loaded, Journey from there to the Rampur Fair, in India. The hardy little beasts take over a month on the long and arduous Journey, traversing on tlie way several high passes, where other pack animals would be useless. Once in India and their loads delivered, they are kept in the plains during the winter and then sent back with a stock of grain for Tibet and regions on the border where foodstuffs are scarce. IN HOTEL LOBIES niiftlnrAft mid the Tariff "I hear, golden opinions expressed about President Wilson, even among re publicans," said L*. T. Sayre of Cleve land, O. •T voted the democratic ticket but many of my republican and bull moose friends are speaking highly of the new administration. Republicans in the east felt that Mr. Wilson was too un tried in statesmanship and too much out of touch with the commercial world to make a satisfactory record in the executive offioe but everybody now sees that he is one of the most busi ness-like Presidents we have ever had, and his moral character is certainly of the highest quality. "I feel confident that Mr. Underwood will handle the tariff most acceptably. A few interestes may not approve of certain revisions but the great Ameri can public will be benefited and great ly pleased. There is assuredly nothing in sight indicating anything that would seriously disturb business conditions." Great Musical Artists “It Is greatly regretted that Birming ham is to have no music festival or symphony concerts this spring but, all in all, the musical season here has not been devoid of interest,” said an old music lover. “In fact, we have had more virtuoso performance I believe than in any previous season. We have Indeed had much fine music. “In addition to several entertain ments by local ^alent we have had the Pasmore trio, ZimUallst, the Flonzaleys, Scharwenka, Tina Lerner and God owsky, and we are to have the great est of all violin virtuosos on April 7— Ysaye. It is worthy of note, too, that high class music has been well pat ronized this season. “It is hoped that those active In pro-, moting musical enterprises will find some way to bring one or more sym phony orchestras here during the com ing winter or next spring. We will probably have a splendid auditorium 12 months hence and if it turns out to be so we should try to have a grand opera festival.” Moving Day Almost Here “Arfril 1 will see a great many people moving this year,’* said one of the vic tims yesterday. “One of tile signs of Birmingham’s growth to me is the dif ficulty of renting a suitable residence. I know of my own personal knowledge literally scores of new houses which have been built in the residence sections dur ing the past few months and yet they all seem to be occupied or to have some one ready to go into them as soon as they are completed. “In looking for a new residence this year I have been struck with the diffi culty In getting the s/fene advantages for the same rent that could be secured a year ago. Most of the vacant houses are simply ‘impossible.’ They are old and ill kept and undesirable In every way. And as a matter of fact that is about the only kind of place at a moderate rental that is-vacant. “I was more fortunate than others be cause I had six weeks' notice that the place I had been renting had been sold and that I would have to vacate it. Even at that it was a task to find a place—a task which I am glad I do not have to perform every year.” Trip on New East Lake Line ’’One afternoon last week I took my first ride on the East Lake end of the new Tidewater line,” said a well known business man yesterday. “When the line passes Avondale—it runs within less than a block of the zoo, by the way—it was new territory to me. I had no idea that the section from Avondale to East Lake was so well built up over toward the mountain. “I made the trip* from Twentieth street to East Lake park in 32 minutes and as a matter of curiosity I came back from the park on the Birmingham Railway, Light and Power company line and made it to Twentieth street in exactly 30 min utes. It is fair to say, however, that the Tidewater route to the park is a little longer and a little more roundabout. I found the Tidewater cars very comfort able and though I went In mid-after noon the car I went <mt on was well patronized." Sound* Like Miniature Untile "One of the most Interesting sights on display In Birmingham at. the present time," said O. L. Garl, secretary of the Birmingham Gun club, last night, "is the handicap tournament now underway at the fair grounds. "From tlte time of starting to the time of conclusion, late in the afternoon, the guns are booming continuously, and one 1,earing from afar, might with excusable mistake, reach tho conclusion that a ilt tle battle is raging In the heart of the Birmingham district. • Present at. the shoot are the leading professional of the United States, men who are paid handsome salaries by arms companies to shoot their powder and their shells at different tournaments, it in reasonable to suppose that to the man who is fond of the gun and fond of shooting, the life of the professional is one of the most delightful. “it would require an expert accountant to figure up the number of shots that will have been fire] by Wednesday even ing. or to reckon the cost. It Is safe to presume, however, tnat the cost of the powder to be burned would be sufficient ly large to pay off mortgages on several little homes around the suburbs of Bir mingham." Regarding the Citizen Soldiery “(From all accounts it is extremely dif ficult for the national guard to keep up a largo organization in busy cities and that, is to be regretted," said a member of Birmingham's Virginia colony. “If state ments made about the falling off of the National Guard be ■ not exaggerated we will soon have no military organization hereabouts. "Since the National Guard hns been brought into close relations .with the regu lar army there has naturally been in creased efficiency in the citizen soldiery. The militia used to he a Joke in many states, but now a battalion of guardsmen make almost, if not quite as good an ap pearance as United States troops. "1 lived in Richmond for many years antj from 1S74 to 1879 was connected with the' Virginia volunteers, j wag yolmg and active and 1 enjoyed military prac tice and the atmosphere of the armory. I was a clerk in a large mercantile house, but military duties did not interfere In anywise with my occupation. "We used to drill two or three times a week and although we had no such en forced discipline as prevails in the Na tional Guard now every volunteer took great pride in his company and on pa rade we looked like regular soldiers. \\ e had to pay for our own uniforms and accoutrements. Ten years after the wbt the military spirit was very high in-tne I south and I believe also in the north. Occasionally some large employer wousi ; object to any young man on his pay roll joining the militia, but the majority of business men encouraged the volunteers. The citizen soldiers werex often called upon to do strenuous military duty. "The National Guard in Alabama has done a great deal of military duty and has prevented, I believe, no end of blood shed. If the National Guard dwindles uowrf to practically nothing the state will have to maintain a regular army to bo used to prevent lynchings and to check riots. In Virginia before the war a bat talion of state regulars was maintained to be ready in case the slaves organized and revolted. Today if we wrere to give up the National Guard Alabama would probably employ about 2000 state regulars and the maintenance of such a military •establishment would probably cost $750, 000, even if the men enlisted for a few years for the small pay that Uncle Sam allows. In state troops the esprit de corps is the thlbg and what a young man gets in the way of discipline and charac ter building should count for a great deal." THE “WATER JAG” From the New Orleans Times-Democrat. If you are looking for a strictly new sensation go on a water jag. This you i still may do with legal impunity In America, but in Germany, where this form of tipple was Invented, stringent laws were passed and the vice has been [Summarily stamped out. Strange to say—and it may shock the white ribboner who does not read far enough—the aqua Intoxicating is more violent and serious in its effects than indulgence in opalescent absinthe, fiery schnapps, head-swelling mescal or Just plain “red eye,” and the craze makes one a nervous wreck, it is assured, in a few weeks’ time. Furthermore, the in toxicating fluid is just plain water; of no particular chemical constitution and not to be sought in any particular spring or stream—It is just water. “Well, what's the joke?” we can hear some one asking. There Is no joke at all; it is strictly true, the only pecu liarity being that, instead of being Im bibed by the throat, as in the case with ordinary intoxicants, or by subcutane ous injections, as in the case of the more subtle narcotics, the water is im bibed through the ear. The operation is simple enough. Cold water is allowed drop, to drop slowly and steadily into the ear. At first the effect is somewhat painful and has a boiling sensation, but gradually this gives way—it is said—to a delicious feeling of drowsiness and well-being, ending in oblivion and deep sleep. When aroused the victim remains for a long time dull and stupid, like a heavy drinker of alcohol. A craving for this form of intoxica tion is said to be established easily, and yet, is persisted in, the habit quick ly ruins the nervous system and may easily harm the brain itself, as the un natural chilling of the brain tissue can not but bo injurious/ If this new vice should spread one might have to revise the quotation rel ative to putting something into one’s mouth to steal away his brain and for mouth substitute ear. BATHE WITHOUT CEASING Dr. Woods Hutchinson in the American Magazine. “Our human skin is the most beauti ful self-cleaning fabric in the world. “The masterpiece of nature’s process of self-cleaning is a delicate oily sub stance which bubbles up with the per spiration and is deposited in a thin 1 layer over the surface of the skin. This serves to keep the skin supple | and protect it from cracking or dry ing. Unfortunately it serves to some degree as a sort of fly paper to catch dirt and dust, and in order to get rid of the dirt, we rob the skin of its natural protective cream, far superior to any variety of artificial massage cream or skin food ever invented, no matter how artistically advertised. The same denuding effects may be produced by the use of too hot water, too vig orous scrubbing with mits, brushes or other skin torturers, or by bathing in hard or muddy water. The daily bath should be taken cool enough to avoid dissolving too much of this natural skin cream, as well as to give a pleasafit brace and sense of ex hilaration. Soap should be used spar ingly upon the general surface of the body for the same reason. Indeed Its application should be largely limited to the hands, face, feet, armpits, etc. If tlie water is very hard, the addition to the bath of a wineglassful of com mon vinegar will greatly relieve its irritating effect upon the skin, and for those of sensitive skins without much tat i*yer under them, in cold, raw, | windy weather and particularly in the first snap of severe weather in winter, ( it is well to omit the morning bath on alternate days until the skin has ad justed itself to the new weather sur roundings." Ql'EE.V SLIPS MX Annuno From the Boston Transcript. QUEER SLIPS BY AUTHORS. "From the Mystery of Mary" A roar of silence followed. Saturday Evening Post—Her feet were fswollen from standing in wet, salty water. "The Danger Mark"—Her throat was full of tears. "From her eye teeth, probably," comments a fun maker. "The Master Mummer"—But, Isobel, I am more than twice your age; you are 18 and I am 34. “A Marriage of Convenience”—Like A dels, he had dark brown hair, with enormous black eyebrows, a moustache and a short beard. From a serial—Lord Winter at that time was a favorite at court and the spoiled pet of all the ladles of his sex. G. K. Chesterton—"The two dark eyes on each side of his protuberant nose glistened gloomily, like black buttons. Well fixed for eyes._ “SHERLOCK HOLMES, ESQ.” From the Strand. Conan Doyle receives many letters addressed In all seriousness to Slier lock Homes, Escj.,” says A. St. John Ad cock. One which was forwarded to the popular author recently ran as follows. "Dear Sir—I trust I am not trespass ing tno much on your time and kind ness by asking for the favor of your autograph to add to my collection. I have derived much pleasure from read ing your Memoirs, and should very highly; value your famous signature. Trusting ydu will see your way to thus honor me, and venturing to thank you very much in anticipation, I am^ sir, your obedient servant, etc. “P. S.—Not being: aware of your pres ent address, I am taking the liberty of sending this letter to Sir A. Conan Doyle, asking him to be good enough to forward It to you.” ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES JOYOUS MINSTRELS. Full merrily the poet crew Indite their songs to skies of blue. And birds that trill sweet vernal lays, And violets blooming /by the ways. About this time o’ year, methlnks. The bards appear brimful of drinks. Their souls with so great ecstasy Are filled, spring's harbingers to see. The streams make music In their hearts, Those city-pent to rural parts Would bend their steps, where meadows green And many a fair bucolic scene Allures the eye. Thrice happy hards! I No more grim winter’s frown retards The easy flow of dulcet song, But golden fancies swiftly throng And some there are, no doubt, you'll meet Who’d almost rather sing than eat! HIS MENTAL STATE. "Blue Is a fashionable color this year." "Then Mopplt Is right In style.” "How’s that?” "He's blue nearly all the time.” APATHETIC. "Don’t you think this audience cold?” ‘‘Vers’. The comedian has said ‘Damn’ three times and nobody has laughed yet.” FAR AHEAD. "Plimson Is living ahead of his In come.” "You are right. If Plimson were to stand still for five years I don’t be lieve his Income would overtake him.” CONSUMED. A man great wisdom may acquire And be supremely wise, But all burns up in the glowing fire That’s led by a woman's eyes. NO NEW CLOTHES FOR HIM. The man who dines In a ten-cent "beanry,” But seldom shines In Easter "scenery." MORE IMMINENT PERIL. "Who Is that fellow talking so loud ly In favor of disarmament? Doesn't he realize that it will be a long time yet before the nations of this world will cease to fight?" "Oh. he isn’t worrying about what the nations of this world might do. That man is the father of a local anti hat pin ordinance.” EASILY AVOIDED. “Jagsby tells me he never tah< s * drink in the morning." "Good for Jagsby!" "But he never gets up till boon." A PRIVATE OPINION. I don't think much Of the fellow's mind. Who we^Ts his hat Bow stuck behind. WANING CELEBRITIES. Here is where Old justice socks The kibosh to George B. Cox. —Houston Post. What fills our tender Soul with rue la, Fate's called the turn On J. Ham Lewis* NOT AT ALL. "Had you heard that James J. Jef fries was planning to return to the prize-ring?" "Oh, yes, but I don't attribute the recent atmospheric disturbances to that cause.” a DUPING THE SEERES.S. "A fortune teller informed me yes terday that I would die as the re sult of an aceident." “Didn’t that alarm you'.’" "No. I made her think, I owned an automobile by wearing motor togs." WELL GROUNDED-FEAR. "We don’t seem to hawe many poets who go about nowadays reading their verses to other people." "Oh, I dare say there are plenty of poets who would like to do that, but they lack the physical courage.” PAUL COOK. "a DAY WITH DR. FRIEDMANN From thq New York World. □R four hours yesterday Dr. Fried rich Franz Friedmann stood by an operating table in the Hospital for Deformities and Joint Diseases, at 1919 Madison avenue, administering his treat ment for tuberculosis to patients—prin cipally children—suffering from the •'ex ternal" form of that disease. Just before the lunch hour there was brought into the operating room on the fourth floor of the hospital an 18-year old boy who had been treated by Dr. Friedmann at the office.- fff Dr. Ueorge Mannheimer, 41 West Fifty-first street, a week ago last Saturday- He is suffering from tuberculosis of the knee Joint, and was shown to the physicians present as an example of the effect of the Fried mann treatment. It was explained by Dr. Friedmann that there had been a marked decrease ir. the swelling of the Joint, nearly an inch, and that the alleviation of the pain and the increase in the power of motion had been correspondingly great. As the boy stood off a chair the Joint was closei\ examined by the physicians present M connection with the medical history of the case. While the doctors eagerly listened to the hlBtory of the case and made a close examination of the affected Joint, none expressed an opinion. With one accord they agreed that the time since the treat ment had been too short to render the case a test, even according to the most sanguine claims of Dr. Friedmann. wnile the clinic held by Dr. Friedmann at Bellevue, where he treated pulmonary cases in which the patients were adultB, was held in amphitheatre with all the professional dignity usually Incident to such occasions, the clinic held yesterday was by far the most appealing and pa thetio held since Dr. Friedmann landed in America. With a few exceptions, the patients were children, some scarcely more than babies in arnts. Out of the 35 cases, 29 had been ‘‘brought in." All of them were charity cases. In every instance the mothers of the younger children had gone to great pains to have their children look as well as possible. The little girls had been primped and their hair berlbboned until they looked as though they had been prepared for a party. It was a particularly pretty lot of youngsters; but on the faces of many there was the mark of suffering and on the faces of all there were signs of fright. Six in a row the little patients were seated on an operating table In the small room in which anaesthetics are usually administered. Here they eat bolt up right, their deformed legs dangling over the edge of the table, dazed by the noise and confusion around them. From the operating room would come the word "Next!" a youngster would be picked off one end of the line and an other brought In by a nurse, to maintain the supply. Parents were not allowed to accompany their children after they had been prepared for the treatment, and In the lower rooms anxious mothers paced the floor, waiting lor the time they would be permitted to see their chil dren after they had been treated. The first case was that of a man of 40, whose ailment had been originally diag nosed at other hospltalA>as Inflammatory rheumatism. Motion in the Joint pro duced pain, and to demonstrate to the assembled physicians the sign of acute tenderness the affected limb was pressed, causing the patient to cry out. This was a case of knee Joint tuberculosis. The treatment of this case, with explanations of the history, consumed about 20 min utes. Then a beautiful 14-year-old girl was wheeled into the operating room. This also was a case of knee-joint tubercu losis. Stiffness of the Joint had begun only four days before :,he was accepted as a patient by Dr. Friedmann, three days ago. Before. Dr. Friedmann administered the treatment he announced that the veins in this case were indistinct and that he might have trouble In locating a vein for the Intravenous injection. He found less trouble than he anticipated and the case required less time than the first one. s Case No. 2 was of the same kind- The patient was aji emaciated, pretty girl of 10. She was frightened at the crowd around tier anul cried piteously, more from fright thaji pain. The nurses and doctors soothed .her as best they could until after the injections had been made. Then there was tcarried into the operat ing room a little golden-haired girl of eight. Her hair haul been carefully curled by her mother and was done up in baby blue ribbons. She was quiet until Dr. Friedmann began to feel the*tubercu1osls knee joint. Her cries of ‘'mamma” caused a hush In the room, tilled with physicians inured to suffering. The fifth case was a child suffering from tuberculosis of the hip, sent to the hospital by a Brooklyn physician. Dr. Friedmann was as gentle and sooth ing with the children as tt was possible for a man of nervous temperament to be. "Don’t cry, my dear," he'would say be fore he had treated them. "I won’t hurt you." And after he had treated them he would say, "See, I didn't hurt you, did 1?" And he usually got a smile out of the youngsters before they left his hands. Nurses bundled children in and out of the room In a continuous profcession. Thirty-four of the 85 treated were young children or childish looking on account of stunted growth due to tuberculosis. As soon as they had been carried to their cots from the operating “room the mothers were permitted to sec and soothe them. t One boy of eight did not need soothing. He was laughing when he was brought In and took the entire proceeding as a Joke. His black eyes followed the move ments of the physicians, and he was car ried out by an attendant, laughing as though he had had the time of his young and dreary life. A ROYAL SPENDTHRIFT From the Boston Post. Vienna.—After spending 18,000,000 francs in 10 years Princess Louise of Belgium is back here and is again deeply In debt with the money lenders. Her agent. Captain Mattachich. is bor rowing right and left. This agent, who is attended everywhere by two expensively dressed women and several men friends is an expert in borrowing money and spends it for himself and the princess as fast as he gets hold of it. Before coming to Vienna Princess I<ouise was so badly off that her very furniture was taken away by creditors in Paris and she didn’t have the money to pay for her journey to Vienna. Countess Lonyay advanced her the cash on condition that she retire to one of the Hungarian estates of Count Lon yay. Louise promised everything, but went to the Hotel Astoria Instead, where she hired a whole floor for her self and friends. The Emperor's court marshal in formed her that she would not be per mitted in the imperial theatres. That, made Louise angry and she only visits second class vaudeville houses. She has a gayly colored motor car, or rather several of them, Mattachich burns up her money nightly in gay company and spends his days arranging for new loans. HEARTS COMPASS By Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Sometimes thou seem'st not as thys.-.f \ alone. But as the meaning of all things that ’ are; A breathless wonder, shadowing forth afar Some heavenly solstice hushed and halcyon; Whose unstirred Ups are music's vis ible tone: Whose eyes the sun-gate of the soul unbar, Being of its further fires oracular; The evident heart of all life sown and mown. Even such love is; and Is not thy name love? ' / Yea, by tl\y hand the love-god rends apart J All gathering clouds a* night's am biguous art; , j Flings them far down, and sets thine eyes above; And simply, as some gage at flower or glove. J ' Stakes with a smile the world against heart. \ . . \ !