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Tribune building, Chicago. The 3. C. Beckwith Special Agency, agents for eign advertising. TELEPHONE Bell (private exchange connecting nil £epartments)9 No. 4900. To set so rich a main On the nice liaxard of one doubtful hour. —I King Henry IV, Rich Men in America The facts gathered by treasury ex perts for use in income tax questions show that only 5,000,000 out of 100, 000,000 population in this country have bank accounts. It should be re membered, too, that the head of the family is the property holder and the property is therefore held as a rule by 20,000,000 out of 100,000,000. But the treasury experts have compiled a table which is believed to show with considerable accuracy the distribution of wealth in this country as follows: Per cent Persons Average Aggregate of U. H. engaged. income. income. total. 87,815,(100 $ 601 $22,725,590,000 79.950 326.000 4,600 567,000,000 3.995 178.000 7,600 1,385,0(10,0(10 4.696 53.000 3 2,500 . 652.500,000 2.295 24.500 37,500 428,750,1X6) 1.508 10.500 22,500 236,250,000 0.830 21.000 37,500 787,300,000 2.770 8,500 75,000 637,500,000 27243 2,600 175,000 4:17.500,000 1.539 650 375,000 206,250.000 0.725 350 750,000 262,500,(6X1 0.923 300 1,500,0)9) 150.000,000 0.527 88,240,000 828,426,140,000 100.000 In other words, there are but 121, 000 people in this country who have incomes exceeding $10,000. Birming ham is big enough to hold all of them. There would be hut 12,000 millionaires in the entire lot, for no one can he considered a millionaire who does not have an income of $50,000. Fortun ately the 121,000 are not gathered in one city, but are scattered thinly over a vast country—over 48 states full of cities. These figures came from the treas ury department, and they are as trust worthy as experts in it can gather. They go to show that the wealth of this country is not concentrated in New York. It is as equitably distrib uted as twenty-eight billions can readily be. Mr. Willis’ Sudden Bill Representative Willis, an Ohio Republican, is preparing a bill based on the recent suggestions of the Min nesota rate case. He wants the inter state commission to control absolutely dll rates either within or without a state. He wants the time-honored rights of a state cut down to the minimum. The Willis bill will not be far ad vanced in the Sixty-third Congress. It may never be heard from again, for Congress at present is not engaged in assailing states’ rights. Mr. Willis should put his hill away until the old guard regains control of both branches of Congress, and this time may not coon come. The power of Congress is fully sustained in the Minnesota case, but the will of Congress is quite another matter. The Willis bill cannot be passed in either house, certainly not in the House, where the friends of states’ rights are seated in great strength. As a rule the states are handling intrastate commerce satisfactorily and there is no call in public sentiment anywhere for any exercise by the fed eral government af the power out lined in the Minnesota case. Record Yield of Wheat A wheat crop that may exceed even that of 1901 is predicted by the de partment of agriculture in its June crop report. The government experts estimate the crop at 744,000,000 bushels, of which 402,000,000 bushels will be winter wheat, and 252,000,000 bushels will be spring wheat. A large acreage and favorable growing condi tions account for the promising crop. It is practically determined that the crop of winter wheat will be the largest ever harvested in this coun try. The harvesters are at work in it. The crop is made. The wheat from Texas is already coming into the mar kets. Favorable reports come from every part of the wheat belt, both in this country and Canada. The spring wheat crop will be harvested in Au gust and September, but by July 1 great cargoes of winter wheat will be •ent across the ocean to foreign lands. After the wheat crop becomes as sured public interest will b© centered in the corn, find cotton crops, find 4£ these, too, nr© larg© the money* tnar ket© will become easy find prosperity will reign from one end of the country to the other without much regard to European liquidation. flood Road Building While many counties in Alabama are still very backward in the matter of good road building, in not a few there has been a decided awakening. In different parts of the state a good deal of road building is in progress now and here in Jefferson county the new board of revenue has set out to make a high record. It is employing the county convicts on the roads and these, w’ith other labor, will bring large results before the summer is ended. The county convict system was started in Jefferson only a few weeks ago, but it has been tried long enough for it to be proclaimed a success. The regret is that Jefferson county had not made road builders of its convicts several years ago. If it had done so this county would today be pointed to as the model county of the south in the matter of highways. But now that the board of revenue is determ ined to make this distinctly a good roads county it will not be long before property values will be materially en hanced hereabouts. It is only a question of time when Alabama will be employing state con victs on the public highways. The meeting to be held in Birmingham to morrow for the purpose of organizing for a vigorous campaign against the use of convicts in mines and lumber camps will mark a large advance in the entire convict system. Public sentiment is unquestionably opposed to convicts being leased to coal opera tors and when they are all ultilized for improving the roads of the state such a thing as a mud road or a rough road will be unknown. In the meantime, let every county do its part in improving its roads this summer. The prospects for a large cotton crop and a large corn crop are excellent. This will probably be a banner year in Alabama from an agri cultural point of view. Big crops mean more prosperity for the farmers and in view of the buoyant situation this should be a great year among the road builders. Unnecessary Arrests , One-half of the arrests in this city are unnecessary and Chief Bodeker again asks each and every policeman “to try to cut down thq number.” This is by 'no means the first time that Chief Bodeker has issued an order of this nature. It is not the first time that he has told his men that they are not paid to render the police department self-sustaining, but that they are paid to protect the life and property of every citizen, even the humblest. To arrest the humble while the proud go free is not treating all classes alike, and the chief tells the police that that is their duty. This will soon become a serious proposition between the police and the head of the department. When all classes are treated alike the number of arrests will be reduced one-half. The time has about come when the chief should cease to lecture and pro ceed to punish. He can stop unneces sary arrests, and an example or two would open the eyes of the officers who resort to arrests from the force of habit. When Cadet Klizshetn Nye of the Sal vation Army, one of the survivor* of the Titanic disaster, was promoted to captain by the commander, JMva Booth, in New York, cuptd won a\signul victory. The sole remaining barrier to her marriage with Capt. George Darby, leader of the National Staff band, was removed. If she had befen made only a lieutenant the lovers would have been forced by the Salvation Army regulations to wait two years be fore they could marry. Captain Darby was the first man the young woman saw when she arrived with the rest of the res cued passengers aboard the Carpathla. "Cadet Nye proved herself Just the kind of material out of which Salvation Army officers should he made," said Comman der Booth In handing her a captain’s com mission at the Salvation Army headquar ters In West Fourteenth street.” She did all possible to save other pasesiigers, and only entered the last boat, when an officer of the ship told her she would be forced into It if she refused to’ go of her own accord.” Heavy loss s suffered by King George I In the recent oig slump uf the s*ock mar ket were the occasion for a prolonged audience which Sir George White, the King’s private solicitor, had with the King the morning after Derby day. The consul tation was to arrange for the realization on certain securities held in trust for the King by LorJ dtau.fordham and another member of the household, and the Queen took part In the conference. The Kings losses are understood to have resulted from extensive operations undertaken on his behalf in Canadian Pacific. Last ween Glut stock declined 14 points in the Lon don market, and 'he Kings loss is stated to be $100,000. Lord Revelstoke is the King's private financial adviser, but the operations in Canadian Pacific were un dertaken contrary to that banker's ad vice. It lias been decided that a catcher should not throw dirt at an umpire. It is an as sault on his laundry bill. Rhode Island alwuys shivers when Wall street gets a chill. 1 Eight thousand business and profession al men and farmers In Northeastern Mich igan recently made road laborers of them, selves and constructed more than 250 miles of roadway between Bay City and Mack inaw City, where there had been at sun rise mile after mile of corduroy road, sand holes and swamps, nightfall found an al most unbroken strip of gsaveled highway. The new road forms part of the state highway from Detroit tu Mackinaw City. The section built passes through 48 town ships. Four thousand teams and 750 au tomobiles participated In the work. The women of tile country also did their share of the work, 2500 of them being engaged in the task of feeding the workers along the route. "By January i, 39)5, anything that floats can pass through die Panama canal," said Col. Oeorgo \V. Croethals, chief engineer of the canal zone, who arrived In New York Oil the steamer Paatores from Co lon. "I shall send a vessel through tiie canal just as roan as we get wuter into it," continued the chief engineer. "I promised that the Fram, used by Amund sen in discovering tne south pole, should go first, but die ir.ltiul passage probably will be made by a smaller craft.” Each United States senator now has a salary of $7,300, 20 cents mileage, a pri vato secretary, a private office, and a clerk. He now wants two clerks, and pretty lie may want an automobile. It is proposed to turn the lobbyists I11 Washington into white wings and set them at work to clean up the squalid sec tions of the city. The impression gains ground that at least two or three lobbyists have been seep in Washington. ' President Wilson, it appears, is the con sumers* lobbyist, and he is the only one they have on ;.he job. William Jennings Bryan will soon be in position to serve either Florida or Nebras ka in the Senate. Timothy L,. Woodruff of New York has deserted the Bull Moosers. He is a rest less politician. The illness of Poet Noyes is attributed to the fear that he may be appointed Poet 1 .aureate. We are now asked to remember that cold waves in June are by no means un* usual. The good Mexican is the dead Mexican, for he is not trying to kill some one. New York is glad that only 10 per cent of its teachers are illiterate. If canal tolls are too high the route by ('ape Horn is always open. The beef trust admits that its sales have fallen off Id per cent. ROME IX MAY From the Atlantic. Home has moods of glory which meet and challenge- the most exultant heart. Take her In mid-spring, when the roses are blooming everywhere, rioting over the walls and the gateways, climbing the stems of the tall stone pines, lurk ing amid the ruins, dancing from win dow to window down the length of a sober street; when the fountains flash in the open squares, and dream among the bird haunted shadows of the ilex groves; when the Forum and Palatine are soft with vines and gay with pop pies; when the marbles in the museums glow and the mosaics in the churches sparkle like jewels: when-the Cainpagna grass is so thick with flowers that one can hardly walk, and ihe larks singing over it are “unbodied joys.'* Rome i.s a sheer intoxication then. There is nothing to do but give one's self over to her in her present aspect, not ro rnemberiijg her past or speculating upon her future, but glorying utterly with her in her immediate day. One sits by the hour in the Borghese or Medtci gar dens, dreaming with the fountains; one occupies an intense, narrow shadow on the edge of the Colosseum arena, and looks up at the great sweep of the sun baked walls, with little care for their significance, but witii a dazzled appre ciation of their mountain range effect against the vivid sky; one even kneels on the old pavements of the serene, cool churches, and forgets that they w'ere not made yesterday. Color and fragrance, warmth and song—that is Rome in May. VNCONVENTIONAUTIES Prom the Chicago Tribune. “Slopplnger, If you had Just a few grains of sense you'd know what a gib bering idiot you are.” "I won’t dispute your assertion, Kiljor dan, but when I make a statement like that I want somebody to have nerve enough to tell me I’m a stupid, turtle headed liar.” “When I look at you, Murdlestone. I can’t help wondering if you’re Worth the! atmosphere you displace.” “It’s hardly necessary for me to tell you, Blim, that you are the last man on earth I’d want to share a stateroom with, but all the others on the boat are taken.” "Yes, sir. I’ve read the manuscript of your story, and It’s absolutely the rotten est I ever waded through. Here It is. You may leave the door open as you go out.” AM. IT WITH DAD From the Detroit Free Press. To Exchange—Fu'l dress suit and Tuxe do, practically new, size 34, for first class gocart, or what have you? Address Box 0-6. POINTED PARAGRAPHS From the Chicago News. Neither does it pay to crow over un spilled milk. Trying to be a good citizen has made many a man unpopular. Just the same, it’s a poor rule that re fuses to work our way. The aeroplane chauffeur hasn’t anything on the flight of time. Seek and ye shall find,” but not neces sarily the political office desired. Cheap people are always looking for something cheaper than themselves. Never put off till tomorrow what anyone Is willing to do for you today. Every dog has his day and every roos ter takes the morning for his very own. Occasionally *t woman can tell a man "hat she thinks of him without thinking very hard. The Lord pays more attention to a short prayer from the heart than to a long one from the lips. And many a manidea of being stylish ly dressed is to wear a necktie that would start a riot at a funeral. If a w oman 3vor does find her ideal man she almost invariably discovers that some •ther woman n^s a prior claim on him. IN HOTEL LOBBIES Iroa Market Outlook "The outlook for the iron market la brighter and I am expecting to see higher prices before the end ef this month," said a man who Is In close touch with the metals trade. % "Prices have been weak for some time, but the market has a way of starting up suddenly. Statistically there is every reason why a brisk buying movement should set in. T think it is a safe prediction that iron will be at least $1 to $1.50 higher in July than it is now. When there is an active de mand for iron at good prices business generally is active.” Fairfield a Popular Place "It is quite the fashion now for au tomobilists to visit Fairflejd.” said a business man. “It presents a more live ly scene than it did even two years ago, when it was attracting wide* at tention as a model industrial town. • "Work on the wire mill is being pushed and a great deal of construc tion inside of Fairfield is starting up. It will be an exceptionally busy sum mer and it is estimated that by the end of the year Fairfield's population will be well up in the thousands. With in the next two or three years its pop nation will probably l»e between 15, ooo and 20,000." lOiigllMh Wen of I.efler* "The Victorian period was notable for the large> number of eminent men of science and letters that Kngland produced, but today there is a com parative dearth in that respect," said a professional man. “Of course, there are some great men in public life and some of fair literary standing ’but there are no Tennysons, no Ruskins, no Carlyles, no Darwin*, and no Her bert Spencers. Of the group of dis tinguished agnostics or free thinkers only Frederic Harrison and John Mor ley (Viscount Morley) are now liv ing. Harrison is over 80 and Morley is well advanced In years. "Moncure D. Conway, the Virginian who spent 30 years of his life in Lon don and attracted attention as a man of letters and a free thinker, was close ly identified with the famous coterie. The glimpses which Conway, in his biography gives of the home life ami the personal traits of the celebreties he knew are singularly enlightening. Af ter his first visit to Ruskin Conway says: “lie. Rusk ill, was affable and kind ly iu manner, but with something re tractile about him, as of one over sensitive and on guard over too quick sympathies. He hud the look'and vdlce of an idealist, but not the calmness of tile optimist, lie was emotional and nervous and bis voice, though rich and sweet, had a tendency to sink into a hopeless tone. His large, light eyo was soft and genial, his mouth thin and severe. The brow was prominent and suggested power; the chin was reced ing and weak. I felt at once a dis crepancy between the man and his home; the home meant contentment and peace—the man meant restless striving, ideals unfulfilled, lie showed me ex quisite works of art by masters; but turned away from them, one after an other, ns If a tantalus seeking fruits and finding only blossoms.’ “ Pathetic Side of the Keuuloii “The sad and pathetic side of the Get tysburg reunion is already coming to pub lic notice,” said a son of a Confederate \eteran, who is much interested in the occasion. “The prospects of many deaths among the aged heroes of both armies is al ready discounted by preparations on the ground. If something like 40,000 men of an average age of 72 go through the physical and mental strain necessarily attendant upon a railroad Journey, sleep ing in tents, with change of water and diet, together with the heat of midsum mer. not to mention the excitement, in terest and unusual exercise of going over dramatically historic ground as the two I or three miles of battlefields about Get | tysburg, the death list will be somethira; over 150. The statistics show that one veteran dies in the U pi ted States every 14 minutes. There are ample hospital ar rangements both in the town of Gettys burg and the 280 acre camp reservation. “Gettysburg is a thriving town of about 5000 population. At the time of the bloody campaign of '63 it was about 1200 souls There are about 1100 homes of every class in the ‘burg,’ and each expects to house 15 persons, but the question of putting away the other 135,000 visitors (not vet erans), is giving the management serious trouble. Both the Pennsylvania railroad and the Western Maryland have double tracked their local lines to Gettysburg. “A Philadelphia paper says that the people of Gettysburg are more of the class of southerners, in their ‘soft voices, genial manners and hospitable tempera ment.’ * "To the suggestion of any probable embarrassment of southern veterans while at the reunion* Governor Tener cf Penn sylvania has written an Alabama friend that he will be personally responsible for putting any man in the penitentiary who offends by speech or manner any veteran from the south.’* The Park Coacert* “I am glad to learn that the Music Study club Is making good progress in raising a fund for the park concerts this summer,’’ said a member of the Can’t-Get-Away club. “There are hundreds of citizens who can afford and who would willingly con tribute small amounts, and I hope they’ will not delay In reporting their sub scriptions to Mr. Thomas Bowron, as sistant cashier of the First National bank, who has consented to receive subscrip tions In the name of the Music Study club. “In addition to the appropriation of $1000 by the city commission and the con tributions of corporations it will require many small contributions to bring the amount up to the $3000 which Is sought to be raised. With $6000 a band of 25 or 26 can be employed and a band of that size should be able to render stand ard music in fine style.” City Politic* "Since we are to have no primary for the city commissionership it will be well if the campaign is deferred until later In the summer,” said a member of the Chamber of Commerce. “As all political contests are exciting and as some of them are hurtful to business, the longer they are put off the better. In New York state campaigns are short, sharp and decisive and I would like to see it that way In Alabama." caroaxserinpbabmbtc From the Boston Globe. Victim of on ailment epidemic amona college Btudents at this particular season of the year 1s Felix Metzger Rosenstock ol Columbia university, who will not recel.i his degree of bachelor of art* until U< passes the swimming requirements of the institution. Summoned to ‘he pool recently to prove his ability to dive and float, went to the physical director and presented a physician’s certificate which read as fol lows: “Mr. Rosenstock is suffering from the skin disease, Caron nserinusabmetu. which would be seriously aggravated by entering the water.” He would have been excused from the test doubtless If it had not been discov ered, with the aid of a Latin lexicon in the library, that the compound medical term, translated, meant: Caro, flesh; an serinus,.the goose; ah metu, from fear. Gooseflesh caused by fright! A cure for that malady has been found at Harvard, where Dr. A. T. Davison, di rector of the'chapel choir, has arranged a novel series of ten minute organ recitals to he given every June morning at 9 throughout the three weeks of the final examinations. After listening to a little music, an un dergraduate becomes so unterrified, it Is said, that he cfl2i pass almost any old thing without wearing cuffs. A MEDICAL TRIUMPH From the Chicago Journal. One of the greatest triumphs of modern medicine was won l ist spring in the flood ed regions of the Ohio valley. A few years ago such a disaster would have been follow--1 by pestilence. Small pox would have broken out among hud dled refugees. Typhoid would have spread from infected water supply. These two diseases would have killed several times as many as perished in the flood, and caused, perhaps, a greater total of suffer ing than even the invading waters. Today, there is-.no epidemic in the flood ed lands. The Marine Hospital Service was on band to show people bow to ren der their water supply safe for drinking. Vacine points anil antityphoid serum were supplied from army stores. As a result, cases of smallpox have been rare, and ty phoid is no more prevalent in the flood re gion than outside. Modern medicine prevents disease, in stead of waiting to cure it. THE END SEAT INCUMBRANCE From the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The street car patron who is alluded to I as the end seat hog appears to be indi genous to New York and Chicago. At least, the mayors of those cities are offi cially considering his status—if that's the proper word to apply to a sitter. The mayor of Now York holds him i i light esteem, md the mayor ol' Cincin nati is credited with saying: "The legs of th 1 end-seat occupant are just as easy to climb ovfr in boarding a car as ip getting out of it.” Years tyto when Cleveland suffered from the breed, an end sealer made a neat r*3 tort to a fat man who stood on the run ning board and tried to dislodge him. “Move along, you porker!” snarled the fat man. "And make room for another?” retorted the porker. "Not on your life!” And he didn't. GLIMPSES OP THE PAST From the Chicago Tribune. “Xantippe,” ventured Socrates, “if 1 should be a little later than usual in com ing home to dinner this evening, on ac count of a pressure of business, would it make any differem *?” “It would!” snapped Xantippe. "Would that difference,’ he inquired, differ materially irom the little differ ences we have had at different times in the past?” “Wh-what? Yes. it would!” “Ha! Don't you see, then, that to differ from previous 'inferences is differing dif | ferentiaily from-” "Stop right ‘here!" exclaimed Xantippe “You can use your little copyrighted ‘So cratic’ method of arguing on other people, but don't you try it on your wife or you’re going to have trouble!” Socrates didn’t pursue the subject any further—and lie came home to dinner that evening on time. SHAKESPEARE DIDN’T KNOW From the Pall Mall Gazette. E. Armstrong, In a lecture on Floren tine tragedies 1.. the Royal institution, le dared that Shakespeare achieved in "Ro meo and Juliet” "on* of the greatest lit erary ‘howlers' jyhich lias ever been pei petrated,” anil added that it was one to he thankful for. In Dante’s day, lie said, the conflict of family factions was the keynote of Italian history In almost every town except Ve nice. From families the feuds grew into sects. There never was such a family as the Capulets. The “Cappelletti” were a sect in Verona who wore their hair long, and were ready at any time to fight their short haired antagonists; but Shakespeare had evidently read Italian history wrong ly, and built up the great love tragedy in the belief that the feud was between two families fighting under a couple of local patriarchs. _a ...___ SAD CASE OF “MURAK-KALI” From the Chicago Record-IJerald. General concern will be felt for the wel fare of "Murak-kali,” the giant boa of the Lincoln Park zoo, ff only because he lias a name, as fine as any in the "Jungle Rook." "Murak," having dined not wise ly but too well, lapsed into dreams, and has been sleeping for a fortnight, where as his schedule calls for ten days. This prolonged beauty sleep roused the fears of Cy De Vry, who decided to give his,pet an electric massage on the top of his flat head, together with repeated applications of the hot towel. ‘‘Mueak" is reported to have dined on a rabbit. If only it had i been of the Welsh variety, all trouble would have been averted. HONOLULU HAS A NEW DRINK From Town Topics, Honolulu. A new drink has been invented in Hon olulu. It is ta.cen immediately after see ing a friend off on .1 steamer, and is called a "tearwiper." The recipe as furnished by Joe Ratta of the Kentucky Bar is: Grenadine syrup, 2 bar spoons; juice of one-half lime, Scotch whisky. Shake well and serve in a cocktail glass, squeezing a piece of lemon rind into the mixture. N. B.—A tear may also be added if so desired, same being supplied by the drink er unless otherwise requested. HOW FEW FLIES THERE ARE From the Kansas City Star. You hear that remark frequently now adays. There’3 a reason. There are two rea sons. One Is that the war on flies Is having its effect. The other is that the season has been backward. Wanner weather means more flies. Even one fly is too many. It feeds on flltn ard next alights In your food. There is danger in its touch. Kill the individual fly, but devote your energies to cleaning up the places where flies breed. ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES A CONTRA8T. THE wealthy man grumbles and grumbles again, But you'll find happy faces in Pov erty Lane, Where riches aren’t needed and never will be, For Love rules as king there in exalted degree. His subjects are many and gladly endure The labor that sweetens their lives with the lure Of home when the night falls and the day's work is o’er And the light of the hearthstone gleams warm through the door. Though grandeur and riches may wear a proud smile, So cold do they seem that we think all the w’hile Behind them lies emptiness, sorrow’ and pain, Of a kind never met with in Poverty Lane, Where at least, if Dame Fortune her favor declines. The sun of each morning more cheerfully shines And the “faith that moves mountains,” fair hone and sw’eet trust Make life *.vorth the living, though its fare be a crust. CHANGED. A year ago Dubbs was my friend But now he doesn’t know me: Alas, how foolish ’twfas to lend To one who’ll always owe me. We might be genial as of yore And keep the old town humming, But something seems to’ve made him ; sore. He hates to see me coming. - • GRAFT. Graft is a monster of so frightful mien That to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet though crushed down It lifts like' any cork— Now here, now’ there, but mostly in New York. —Cleveland Plain Dealer. Yes, Graft's a monster of such frightful mien That legislators hate him till they’re “seen;” Yet seen to often with marked bills and such, They do hot pity or embrace him much. —Springfield Union. Graft is a monster of such frightful mien Jurors, lawmakers, all call him unclean. And turn from him with contempt in their laugh— When they suspect a listening dictagraph. —Houston Post. Graft Is a monster of so frightful mien. As featured each month in a muck mag azine, That people who read what muckrakers prepare. Are led to believe that It lurks every where. A BID FOR POPULARITY. This time o’ year a great man in pub lic life can get wonderfully close to the masses by letting it be known that he hap gone fishing. between innings. Today I take my pen in hand, Or. Shooting at the truth, I mean I slip a new typewriter -band Within the fold of my machine* And then J set a hectic pace, Like I Ion us Wagner up at bat. To fill my little bunch of space— And let It go at that. —Grantland Rice, New York Mail. Today I take my shears in hand And clip Friend Rice’s verse and glue It down, although, you understand. The idea is not very new*, And then I set a hectic pace To write a follow-up that’s pat. So. tilling up no little space, I let It go at that. —Johnstown Democrat. Today, I also take my shears And clip this welcome "tiller’' out; My mood this morn is one of tears. Upon my path sit Gloom and Doubt. No pleasure ills In what I do, Thte Job seems very stale and flat: * And so I’ll add a stanza, too, And let it go at that. HARD TO BELIEVE. Whoever expected to see June wearin turs? The world’s upside down. HIS GROUCH EXPLAINED. T do not love the world," said Dobb, "As much as erst I did." No hair adorns his shining knob, The wind blew off his lkl. PUT TO THE TEST. "Don’t get In the way of these work men." said the foreman. “Sir," replied the idle one, with an ae sumption of great dignity. "I stopped her to watch the construction of this buildin because I believe in progress." "You believe in progress, eh? V. el prove It by moving on." SHE’S EXPLICIT, TOO. "Dinkle says he doesn't know what t do with himself when his wife’s out o town." "I'm not surprised. However, he know what to do with himself when she’s 1 town, because she tells him." BUSY. "I have here," said the insinuating boo] agent, "a little work, which I am sur will interest you. Now-" "I have here," said the man at the desk as he pointed to a pile of letters hefor him, *'a little work in which l happen t< be already interested. You will find th door immediately behind you, and I shal not complain if you happen to leave i open when you go, as the weather ii quite warm. Good day.” PAUL COOK. HIGH PRICE.FOR PICTURE -—-— Paris Special to the New York Sun. Wo hundred thousand dollars, the record price paid for a work ot art offered at public auction, was paid Monday for Rembrandts “Bethsabee” at the sale of the Steen gracht collection of ancient paintings at the Galerle Georges Petit. The Rem brandt was valued at $16,000 only. The Puvoen Brothers, who purchased the canvas, told the Sun correspondent that they were buying for themselves because it is a rule of their firm never to buy on commission. • "We have been negotiating for two years with the Steengracht family .for tiie picture,” said the purchasers, “but they have always refused to sell. We are glad to acquire the picture even at such a high figure. We shall ex hibit it here, and then in l^ondon.” The auction room was thronged for the sale and there was intense excite ment while the bidding for the precious Rembrandt was going on. Nedesco and Wildenstein both gave the Duveens a sharp run for the possession of the canvas. Rembrandt’s Bethsabee is thus de scribed in the catalogue of the Steen gracht gallery: “In a garden near a pool which Is to he seen at the left In the foreground Bethsabee, her body and face turned three-quarters to the left, is seated on a stone bench w hich is covered with a rich Oriental tapestry. She is nude save for a white cloth draping her right thigh; her left hand is held against her breast while she leans upon the other. Near her at the left Is a rich vase and a necklace lying upon a tray. On the left crouches an old woman clad in a violet dress with a yellow' nedker chlef about her throat, her head cov- | ered w ith a black hood and spectacles on her nose. At the right a negress combs the blond hair of tlie young woman behind whom she is standing in the shadow'. In the foreground on this side a peacock is sitting at the top of the marble steps which descend to the. pool. In the foreground w'itli trees to right and left rise the walls of a castle on the terrace of which King David is to be seen.” Of this painting E. Michel in his ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••a “Rembrandt. His Life and Times." says "It should he numbered among thos^ in which Rembrandt best expressed foh male lovelinc as.” Lord Itonald Gower in his work oi # the- art galleries of Belgium and Hol land speaks of Rembrandt's "splemlit Bethsahee, Infinitely to be preferred l<j his Suzanne,” and adds: “For in tills picture of Bethsahee h< has not only given the wonderful ikst tints we see in the other, but the lig* ure seems to be alive and (how rare a thing in Uembrnndt) she has a beau tiful face; the attitude is also mosJ graceful.’’ * The Steengracht Bethsahee bears the date 1643. Rembrandt treated the saim subject in much the same way in 16.74 this lator painting hangs in one of tlie galleries at the Louvre. The picture was sold in the collection of Willem VI in Amsterdam in 1734 for 26-7 Dutch florins (6106.53); in 17 41 for 374 florins. In 17 80 for 2 400 francs in 1791 for 1200 francs, in LS14 for 10 francs. In 1S30 for 150 guineas, in 1831 for 153 guineas, in 1832 for 240 guineas in 1841, the lust time the picture was previously offered for sale, for 78(H guineas (6 11,370). The total sum realized from the day’s sale was 6845,180, which greutly sur prised the dealers, who had predicted,1 a total of $000,000. II LOW AT YKfiKTA KIA.MSM From the New York Times. Paris—A vigorous attack on vegetarian* ism has just been uade by Professor Gau tier in a Sorbonne lecture on the value oi various foodstuff... "Vegetarianism," he declared, “In nr way meets the -ccii.irements or actlvitl'-" of modern nations, and, as a fixed regi men, is anything but desirable, as it r.v duces the energy, weakens the will power and lessens the ctrarity for prompt de clsion." 'Vine Professor Gautier considered to In a good instead of a harmful drink. "Alcoholism," lie said, "is almost un known in wine growing districts, when the wine, which strengthens and cheer;, takes the place of spirits, which onh stupefy." Professor Gautier's views are the sub ject of much discussion’, us there are t good number of vegetarians and total ab stainers in Paris. ..... THE PICTURE IN MY HEART . By Samuel Mlnturn Peck. IN each man's sou! there lives a dream Lit by a woman’s eyes, Whose glance Is like the tender glean That thrills the evening skies. j It Is a dream i.'.at never IVLus Though weal or woe befall But haunts the heart, and softly palm A picture op Its wall. It Is my dream at midnight, And in the crowded mart. That darling face With gentle grace— The picture In my heart. t In each man’s heart there floats a voice • That speaks to him alone. The voice of her, his spirit's choice, He longs to call his own. i The days may hasten like the wind, Or lag with sullen feet, Some day his wandering heart shall flnd The face he longs to meet. It Is my dream at midnight. Its dear eyes ne’er depart. 3h, where Is she, . My bride to be— The picture.In my heart? Oh, some hearts range the wide world through And through to flnd their mate, And some amid the darkness rue That they have met too late: A wistful glance betrays to each What neither dares to sight The bonds of wediock ban the speech . That’s uttered by the eye. f It is mv dream at midnight. It makes my pulses start. O Pate be kind. And let me flnd Th« picture in my heart.