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Tribune building, Chicago. Ths 8. C. Beckwith Special Agency, agents for eign advertising. TELEPHONE! Bell (private exchange vonaedlif all departments), No. 4000, The painefnll warrior fnmosed for worth, After a thousand victories once foil’d, Is from the book of honour raxed quite. And nil (lie rest forgot for which lie toll'd. —Shakespeare's Poems. The Teaching of Spelling Prof. C. B. Glenn, assistant super intendent of Birmingham public schools, in a short address Wednesday before the conference for institute in structors in session here for three days, said that spelling was “common ly admitted to be the poorest taught of any subject in the curriculum.” He thought that bad spelling might be traced to the “absence of a public con Icience which demanded good spell ing.” He pointed to the fact that the sign boards in shop windows and on the streets purposely misspelled words and that the street cars were “filled with advertisements and signs which have no regard to proper spelling.” No intelligent person will deny the importance of correct spelling. Occa sionally some eccentric scholar startles the public by speaking disparagingly of spelling. Our forebears of culture were often shaky on orthography but in modern times spelling has been re duced to something of a science and po one can be considered educated who does not spell correctly. Spelling, like everything else, changes from time to time. Within the past 25 years there has been an effort on the part of some authorities to simplify our English orthography. An drew Carnegie has been one of the promoters of this so-called reform. He might know more than the pverage person about iron and steel but no one will regard him seriously as an au thority on grammar or spelling, al though he writes fairly good English. But with all the spelling reform agi tation the spelling of very few words has been changed and in all of the schools, public and private, correct spelling as it is commonly known should be one of the first things feimed at. No matter how much light some people make of spelling the fact re mains that no applicant for entrance into the military academy at West Point, the naval academy at Ann apolis, ..he Massachusetts School of ^Technology, Cornell or any other high class technological institution, or in the civil ^vice of the United States government' is accepted unless he be proficient in “spelling, punctuating pnd.paragraphing.’’ He must be able to write a letter with some style and, above all things, the letter must be correctly spej^d. Now that Professor Glenn has brought the matter to public attention it is hoped that in all th<y schools of Alabama there will be no cause for complaint in the future about the teaching of this fundamental branch of education.__ k Good Road Days • The proclamation of Governor O’Neal appointing August 14, 15 and 16 “good road days" is a call to the people to show their patriotism and earnestness to serve their country in a manner very difficult from that in which public service is generally ren dered. This proclamation is not accompan ied with beat of durms and blare of trumpets calling to arms; it is an ap peal addressed to the intelligence of the state of Alabama. The response to this proclamation will be a pretty good index of the presence or absence of that public spirit which is the ani mating influence of progressive peo ple. The success of the enterprise will depend largely upon the well-organ ized system under which the w'ork is laid off, and the allocation of the forces at the places and in such num bers as the occasion may require. To meet such contingencies as these the engineers and supervisors should have a fairly accurate idea of the number of men, horses and wagons, and the implements that will be available, (his information is to be ob tained only from those who are will ing to contribute money or services. An enrollment of volunteers could be secured by appointing a centrain day or days for that purpose and the pub lication of these lists in the local pa pers. There is none too much time be tween now and the appointed days to make all preparations and to arouse the enthusiasm of the people. What is principally wanted is enthusiasm, and this is the spirit that needs wak ing up. The work that could be done by 100,000 men in three days would practically put the state of Alabama 20 years ahead of present conditions and add many millions of dollars to the value of the farm lands of the state. “Good road days'’ were well observed last year. It would be a great misfortune to let this oppor tunity pass next month since its suc cess will be attended with such bene ficial results. Exactions Upon Congress As the country grows, as its impor tance increases, as its pursuits become more varied and multiply the more continuous become the sessions of Con gress. The board of directors of a great country like this doing a busi ness of billions annually cannot find much time for rest and recreation. James J. Hill, the great financier and railroad magnate, was quoted as saying a few days ago that the coun try would be better off if Congress would adjourn for 10 years. No doubt such a course would be highly pleasing to Mr. Hill and many of the other great captains of industry who resent the recent activities of Congress and the authorities at Washington in at tempting to place some check upon the monopolistic tendencies of the great corporations of the United States. Instead of adjourning for 10 years, Congress should and probably will de vote most of the time of the next 10 years, and Continuously thereafter, in considering public business. It is up to Congress to keep the scales of equita ble legislation constantly adjusted and that duty is constantly growing more important and more difficult each year. With a country making the progress that is now being made by the United States, with the constant and kaleido scopic changes in its business and in dustrial life; with its growing pres tige among the nations of the world, there must naturally be a constant necessity for a wise and thoughtful legislative body to keep a guiding hand upon the rudder if the republic is to fulfill its destiny. Each year the sessions of Congress are becoming longer, and the periods of adjournment shorter. As we become greater and more populous the more multitudinous will become our laws arid the greater the necessity of Con gress spending most of its time in Washington. ^ The Park Concerts The free band concerts in Capitol park are being greatly enjoyed every night by a multitude of men and women. The ladies of the Music Study club, who have made the concerts possi ble by collecting the fund, deserve and are receiving the thanks of the public. A band much larger than any hereto fore employed is rendering the same high order of music that is heard in the parks of New York, Chicago and other northern cities. The programmes are made up mostly of standard com positions but they are not over the heads of the average audience. The contributors to the concert fund have been most generous. The fund is now sufficient to pay the band for seven or eight weeks. It is hoped that it will be increased by $1000 or more so that the concerts may be con tinued into September. Few civic en terprises have been so much appre ciated as the open air music and it would be regrettable indeed if the concerts had to stop before the sum mer was ended for the want of funds. The Best Army Brigadier General James Parker's articie explaining why, in his opinion, the United States soldier is the best soldier in the world and the United Stages potentially the greatest nation on earth, an outline of which was pub lished in last Sunday's Age-Herald, is of interest not only to military men, but to all patriotic Americans. The regulhr army is recruited from sturdy young men of good habits, good intelligence and fair education. Re cruiting officers accept no illiterate man. Some of the enlisted meif in the army are college graduates, but the majority of them are of high school training. A decided majority of the regulars are American born. General Parker says that many of the soldiers of the regular army “enlist because they have the military instinct, the instinct which fills our army in time of war with volunteers.” He says that “few join the army because they are forced to it through poverty.” A’fine physique is demanded and anyone who sees a battalion or a company of regu lars cannot help applauding and feel ing proud of his country. The law provides that the total en listed strength of the army shall not exceed 100,000. The enlisted strength, staff and line, is now about 81,000. From the time that the army was reorganized after the civil war in 1866 until just before the Spanish-American war the maximum enlisted strength was 25,000 men. Not only was the army small, but in efficiency it was very weak, owing to the fact that the standard set for recruiting was low.’ Many soldiers who could not speak the English language were enlisted and no attention whatever was paid to the moral character of the regular soldier. It frequently happened that men of in fluence who had inebriate sons or other black sheep in the family put them in the regular army. A system of weeding—a system of selection— began even before the army was in creased. But within the past 15 years the standard has been notably in creased so that now, as General Parker points out, the United States soldier is the best in the world. Among other qualifications Chicago suf fragettes think women police should have had experience in society. Personally, we don't believe a social butterfly could sub sist on the valary she would get on the police force. -...-. A man may sit back in his luxurious of fice and long ior the days when he leaped off a muddy hank into the old swimming hole, but if he wire to try it now lie would feel dirty for a month afterward. The new poet lav.reate of England pro- j serves the best traditions of his office, yet ' he was scarcely thought of when poets j were being sugegsted to fill the vacancy, i — ->—-% Pneumatic boxing* gloves have been pat tented by a Philadelphia man who doubt less wished to devise a less painful meth od of putting pugilists to jsleep. Baseball games have proved the salva-1 tion of the peanut business. Circuses don’t come but o icc or twice a year, but baseball games are numerous. A Maine woman who thought she was in Boston fainted when told that she was in J Kansas City, no doubt thinking herself de- j cidedly off the beaten path. A California man 107 years old boasts that he is not married. Another exception to the rule that bachelors don’t live as. long as married men. Perhaps one reason why young' lady school teachers are soulful is because they don’t get enough salary to make i them sordid. A certain young man waited for excur sion rates before going to marry the girl of his choice. Lochlnvars are not built that way. Charley Gates says fie gives away a “million plunks” a year in tips. No won der a poor man can’t get any service! Secretary Bryan's automobile may or may not be .a concession to the people who frowned on ills lunch basket. Moving pictures that show bathing beaches and bathing peaches are being lib erally patronized. John D.’s pew is reported to have been struck by lightning. Socialists may be able to explain. A man can make almost as many ene mies on a motorcycle as he can on the stump. The price of wireless messages has been reduced. Now if food—but what’s the use?; Queen Mary Clings to the side saddle, which makes her cling to her horse. The Greeks seem to remembef Ther mopylae wit-i a vengeance. HI II,DINGS ALWAYS l\ MOTION From the Christian Herald. By day or night u modern city Is never wholly at rest. A hundred disturbing fat tors are constantly setting up curious vi brations which travel in every direction. ' The tracing out of these vibrations and their accurate measurement is a new prob lem among builders. This problem of feeling the pulse of buildings is not lim ited to great cities, but often arises in comparatively small towns throughout the country. Let a train rush past the foun dations of p. high 'building, or even a low one, 01 a powerful windstorm beat against its walls and the entire structure may vi brate like a giant tuning fork. Inci dentally, the problem is so well understood that accidents from excessive vibration are practically unheard of. The cradle may rock, but it never falls. The measurement of the pulse like vi brations is made mucti the same as those of an earthquake and almost as accurate ly. The marvelously delicate instruments which are depended upon for these records trace curious pulsing lines which show at a glance just how wide an arc the build ing swings through and how regular Is the recurrence of the movement. These read ings are accepted in court as absolutely conclusive, and it Is not uncommon for damage suits involving Immense sums of money to be decided by these delicate tracings. Public opinion is all wrong, or nearly so as the amplitude of the vibrations of buildings, both large and small. Every one has felt such vibrations, but one's sensations are apt to he very misleading. It is a surprise to many that the most vlol§j\t vibrations are not felt in the ex tremely high buildings, as is commonly supposed, but in the comparatively low office buildings, and as a rule those of solid construction. A vibration of three sixteenths of an inch is extremely violent, for a movement of one-hundredth of an inch is readily noticeable. As the records show, there is a peculiar method of rhythm In these movements, the building swaying back and forth through a given arc with the regularity of a pendulum. LOVE'S LABOR LOST From the Pitsburg Chronicle Telegraph. Flushed and beratnless, young Binks at last succeeded in picking up the hat, blown by the wind, which he had been chasing vigorously along the street, and, with a sigh of relief, leaned up against a lamp post and, panting pitifully, tried to recover some of his exhausted energies. Just then another man. also breathless, came running up. and, taking the hat from Binks’ hand, remaiked: *‘I am very much obliged to you, sir." "For what?" “Well, this is my hat!" said the stranger, smiling. "Your hat- Then where’s mine?" gasped Binks. “Oh, yours is hanging behind you at tilt end of a string!" IN HOTEL LOBBIES Alnliama** (iron lag Cotton “The growing cotton in Alabama Is in splendid condition.'’ said W. D. Nesbitt yesterday. “It is a mistake to think that It lias been hurt by the hot, dry weather. The temperature we have been having is just what the cotton lias needed. There will be abundant showers this week, but the plant would still be thriving. The outlook for a great crop in Alabama is bright in deed.” Concerning; Market Price* ‘T was interested in reading in the Flor ence Herald that butter, eggs and other farm products are selling from 8 to 10 e^nts lower in that city than in Birming ham, said a man who keeps track of Morris avenue quotations. “Of course, Florence is so situated as to make for low prices. The farmers do not have to ship their products, which, naturally, helps to keep up the high prices In this market, and keeps the Florence market relatively low. The quotations in the Florence Herald are: ‘Butter, 15c lb.; eggs, 10c doz.; hens, 9c lb.; fryers, 13c lb., and ducks, 8c lb.‘ The quotations on Mor ris avenue are: Butter (country), 20®20c; eggs, case candled, 17® 18c; bens, 14@l4^c; fryers, 20®26c, and ducks, 14c. The people of Florence can have chicken for break fast every morning at a much cheaper price than the people of Birmingham can eat any kind of meat.” Virginia Newspaper* MI*iu formed “There is quite a tilt on between the Richmond Virginian and one of the Nor folk papers over the question of popula tion, extension of boundary lines, etc.,’* said a meFnber of Birmingham’s Virginia colony. “The Virginian, which is one of the more recently established papers in Richmond, had this to say: ‘By reaching out into the surrounding country and gathering unto itself all the outlying territory with in a radius of 10 or 15 miles the city of Birmingham managed to leap into the 1007 000 class in population. From 30,000 popu lation it jumped to 132,000 by annexing every village in the county and several in one or two others.’ “Every Birmingham citizen recognizes the falsity of that statement. The great er Birmingham measure incorporated only suburbs that were naturally a part of Bir mingham. In Birmingham’s expansion it not only did not go out of Jefferson coun ty, but it did not include several large and prosperous towns in the county, notably the city of Bessemer. “The editor of The Virginian must have got Birmingham mixed up with Atlanta and Richmond Atlanta, in order to make a big showing in the census, went outside of Fulton county and Richmond went out of Henrico county—it crossed the James and ‘took in’ Manchester. The Norfolk Landmark says in reply to the Richmond paper: “ ‘For all we know to the contrary, the facts are exactly as here stated; but when residents of glass houses begin to throw stones they incfulge in a dangerous pastime. If Birmingham, within the last few years, has gathered in more outlying, territory than Richmond, it is surely some gatherer. Already the Capital City has pushed its corporate limits on the north out into tlie very heart of the Henrico wil derness; while on the south they are rap idly aproaching Petersburg. And still tlie reaching out proceeds apace. At the pres ent rate of annexation, another decade will see -within the municipal boundaries of Richmond a larger area of cultivated iields than is to be found in a Texas county.' ” Mr. Buek Visits Birmingham C. E. Buek, formerly of Birmingham, but for several years a residence of Chat tanooga. spent yesterday here and was greeted by many of his old friends. While most of Mr. Buck’s large industrial in terests center in Chattanooga he has valuable interests in the Birmingham dis trict. The Chattanooga furnace which he operates is now* idle on account of tlie low price of lion. “Business is somewhat quiet in Chatta nooga.” said Mil*. Buek. “When I rehabili tated the Chattanooga furnace and put H in blast iron was selling at a price that yielded a fine profit. I am now shipping iron sold some time ago. hut 1 concluded that it was better to shut down the fur nace at present prices and wait for a re vival. Just when the market will take an upward turn I am not prepared to say.” Active BiinIucmn Condition* “Business in Birmingham is very ac tive at this time,” said John L. Parker, druggist, florist and seedsman. “My business has been better this sum mer than ever before and the outlook for fall tra!de is excellent. As far as I know the merchants of Birmingham are all prospering. Taken altogether, general trade hereabouts is not only as good as It was last summer, but better. And that Is saying a good deal.” The Hotel Biinlne** “I have never kept a hotel, but having traveled a great deal in this country and abroad. L believe that first class hotels, as a rule, pay,” said Edward L. learner of Philadelphia. “I spent some time In Atlanta recently and I am told that every hotel there Is reasonably profitable notwithstanding the fact that the bar privilege Is absent. In Richmond, where I spent several days in the spring, the hotels are all making money. “Birmingham has been criticised for not having modern, fireproof hotels, but It will soon be In that class and there is no doubt about the two steel frame hos telries having all the business they can well handle. In’New* York. Chicago and all the great cities of this country the hotel business is notably profitable.” The Iron Market The local iron market is without change. Rogers, Brown & Co.'s, Cincinnati report for this week says in part: "The Indications of improvement in tha iron market continue, at some points, more pronounced than others. There is less range in southern iron than has been the case recently, minimum figures hav ing been withdrawn and advances of from 25 to 50c per ton registered. "In the south production has been de cidedly decreased and it is reported on July 1 that there are five more idle fur naces than on the first of the previous month. "The holiday of the past week intro duced some features in the way of closed plants and curtailed production and ship ments, for which the holiday alone ise responsible. A good line of small buying | continues to be the rule, a majority of j it done quietly and without general so , licitation. "Northern iron is irregular and in | q ill lies, while not noticeably greater, con tinue at about the same rate. Tn the east much better inquiry is reported with ! considerable business in sight for third and fourth quarter delivery.’* WHY NOT READ IN BEDf “Affairs at Washington,” Joe Mitchell Chappie in National Magazine for July. One notable phase of the current news is the destruction of old theories, and an nouncements of something new.. Now comes into the arena a physician who proves that reading in bed is not injuri ous. He has practiced it for JO years, he says, and claims that it Is all in knowing how to hold the book and shade the light. Careful directions are given on how to arrange the bed or couch so that the light falls full upon your page. Then you must hold the book at light angle with a line drawn from your eyes to the printed page. Reading in this way gives the body a rest and the brain full play to absorb what is read, even better than wdie sit ting up, so the luxurious reader can go to bed and turn on the switch or keep the gas burning without loss of health and vigor. So much for reading In bed—now for the destruction of an astronomical the ory. The moon, we are told by a noted scientist, is not round, but oval—no refer ence to green cheese. The Information comes from Portugal, and “cinemato graphic” pictures of an eclipse are offered in evidence. Now when lovers linger under the witchery of the mon or a mod ern Norval speaks of the moon, “round as my father's shield,” these impressions • re delegated to the limbo of obsolete fig ures of speech or poetic license, for have we not the negative of a photograph to prove the affirmative? Our traditions and beliefs in regard to the very elements are dissipated by these new discoveries. Min eral water Js not better than hydrant water, declares one new scientific doctor, and some famous mineral waters are no better than t-ea \Vater. Possibly a sea drink at the soda fountains will soon be In favor, and some enterprising firm will begin to bottle the Atlantic for commercial purposes. So the world wags ow, and as old theories are exploded, new ones are brought out to help along the current of news. SUMMER HOTELS Prom Safety Engineering. Safety of life in a resort hotel and the character of its assurance receive little, if any, thought from the average recrea tion seeked. That which concerns most persons is the character of attractions a resort hotel offers. No doubt the suggestion that the rates for accommodations in resort hotels be scaled ill accordance with fire resistant characteristics would be received with protest by hotel owners. Yet it is no more than fair that safe resort hotels should be entitled to charge the highest rates. If guests in unsafe hotels are called upon to risk their lives that risk should be com pensated by reduced rates. In five years, 19GS-1912, 327 resort hotels burned, or more than 16 per cent of the number listed now as resort hotels. The aggregate loss was $15,000,000, the average loss $40,000. 1-ast year, 1912, the total loss, $3,500,000, was a little above the yearly average. That was nearly 4 per cent of the resort1 hotel Investment, and the number of fires, 76, was in similar proportion to the total number of iiotels. Every five days 111 1912 marked the pass ing of a resort hotel. That average has been fairly constant for five years. in what states have these fires occurred most frequently? This list will show: Number State. of Pires. New York . 72 New Hampshire . 24 Massachusetts . 21 New Jersey .17 California . 10 Michigan .,]S Maine . 15 Pennsylvania .16 Virginia .12 The most frequent causes of fires in re sort Iiotels, easily preventable, are de fective chimneys and heating and lighting apparatus. 11 ANDSONE COAGRE8HME\ • Affairs at Washington,” Joe Mitchell Chappie, in National Magazine for July. In studying the personnel of the Sixty third Congress it is often remarked that the members of the House and Senate are an unusually hai.dt-:ome lot of men, and that events will probably develop new leaders for coming* campaigns. Professor Michael of the University of Turin has ad vanced tlie idea iliat the most powerful aid to political power and leadership is beauty In some form. It Is especially Im portant, he declares, in helping a politician to rise. He points out many examples and incidents to prove his theory in Italy, especially in cases of socialist leaders who have been .successful rather because >f their attractive personality than because of their beliefs. He also calls attention to the fine forms and features of the mem bers of the chamber of deputies in France who have taken fhe reins of public af fairs. With dogmatic scientific precision Pro fessor Michael enumerates five qualities which he believes necessary to a party leader, all of which many of the young men at Washington possess: energy of will, which enables a man to dominate weaker characters; superiority of knowl edge, which compels respect; deep convec tion—a force of ideas often bordering on fanaticism; self-confidence pushed (o the point of self conceit, but having the power of being communicated to the mass of the people, and last and most Important of all, goodness of heart and absolute disinter estednes. All these requisites are aside from the qualifications of face and form which are not to be regarded lightly. Is this aspect foreshadowing the entrance of women in politics? Will the element feminine ever be able to eliminate the old fashioned ad miration for Adorn* on the stump or Ap pollo in a moving picture campaign? Only the women themselves can answer. IT DID Prom Everybody's. A Bostonian was showing a British vis itor the sights of the Hub. They were driving past Bunker Hill monument. Not wishing to make any pointed reference to the fact that at one time we had been fighting with our cousins, the Boston gen tleman merely indicated the monument with his thumb and said: "Bunker Hill." The Englishman looked at the hill in tently and asked: "Who was Mr. Bunker, and what did he do to the hill?" “You don't understand," said the Bos tonian. "This is where Warren fell." The Englishman screwed his monocle into his eye, leaned hack, and looking at the top of the towering shaft, remarked lnquirflngly: "Killed him, of course?" Ol II NON-SMOKING CITIES Prom Pouler. Among the cities which are making practical efforts to abate the smoke nuisance are Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver. Detroit. Indianapolis, Jersey City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, Mil waukee, Minneapolis, Newark, New Or leans, New York, Philadelphia. Pittsburg. Portland. Providence. Rochester, San Pranclseo, Seattle, St. Louis, St. Paul and Washington. ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES THE VICTORS. Though the dreams that we cherish may never come true And the end of it all is the grave. To cling to our dreams In spite of life's rue And still to be hopeful and brave, Turns the dart from the heart that is con stant for aye And gives us the strength that we need To battle undaunted and conquer each day The world, with its hate and its greed. A SMALL. INSTRUMENT. “I understand Dobble is a musician.” I “Yes, in a small way.” “How is that?” “He plays the piccolo." HIS JUST DESERTS. Therefcwas a man in our town Who dearly liked to squabble; He got his fill of that one day— He said his wlfey’s hobble Would make a camel laugh, but when Around on him she swung And blessed him out, he found she had No hobble on her tongue. LAND OF CARELESS ATTIRE. "A writer says Bohemia Is a state of mind.” •‘I’ve always thought it was a state of! deshabille.” TOO WARM. When life flows on like a summer sryig And never a sigh is lifting, And we walk in a world where roses throng. Sweet fancies idly drifting, Misfortune will leave ns and care be for got. And there’ll be no more labor that’s tir ing. But dreams of Utopia fall flat when it's hot And a fellow’s kept busy perspiring. A SMALL BEGINNING. "My love,” said Mr. Bloekspur, striking a pose, “I feel that I was born to be a leader.” , “Is that so?” asked Mrs. Bloekspur, mildly. “Well, you might begin by leading the cat out. It is nearly time for us to retire.” HOPING FOR THE WORST "Ratherby is an optimist." "How is that?” "He says so much is happening to the Bulgarians, maybe something will happen to tlie Bulgarian blouses." LIMERICKS. There was an old codger from Ghent, Who lived in the woods in a then!; “1 don't get steam heat," He'd cheerfully bleat, "But I don't have to pay any rhent." —Boston Advertiser. There was an old fellow from Platte, Who lived in a two-by-four flatte And chortled In glee To his wife, “It suits me, 'Cause there Isn't any room here tt spatte.” LOVE’S RATIO. An evangelist says that 15 kisses a day will prevent domestic trouble. For the man who comes home to lunch they might be divided thus: Five in the morning be \ fore leaving home, five on returning for lunch and five when he comes home to i dinner. It is presumed that he will spend the evening with his wife, either around the domestic radiator or some place of amusement, the temperature of the radiator having but little to do with the season of the year, being about as cold in winter as in summer. The five morning kisses would of necessity be the rapid-fire sort, due to the hurried departure of hubby for town. The other kisses could be regulated according to circumstances, the man who lunches down town having to “bunch" his more than the man who goes home for lunch. We believe that 15 kisses a day will preserve domestic harmony— when bestowed on one's wife, and not one's stenographer—but a great many people manage to stay married on two or three kisses a day after the honeymoon Is over. PAUL COUIv. OUR KINDLY CARICATURISTS From the New York Post. PARIS will have something like a cause celebre if the threatened suit of Mme. Jane Catulle-Mendes, widow of the poet and novelist, against Andre Rouveyre, newspaper artist, act ually comes to pass. Mme. Mendes is one of the unfortunate celebrities, as she re gards It, whom M. Rouveyre has pilloried with his pencil, and not once but three times. First, he made her unhappy in the pages of Mercure. Then he published the picture as one of a series in book form. Then the paper Comoedla, presumably in a review of the book, reproduced the "un namable thing under which M. Rouveyre has dared to put my name.” Readers who will turn to yesterday’s Sun and com pare Mme. Mendes as the camera sees her with the eartoonist’frconception of her will sympathize with the lady. A young woman of more than usual beauty and charm has been changed into an elderly fury reminiscent of nothing so much gs of one of the knitting women around the guillotine in "A Tale of Two Cities." Crit ical-opinion in Paris seems to side with the lady. The test of good caricature, as one writer puts it, is that beneath the ex aggregation and the burlesque something suggestive of the original should stand out. The picture ought to be recogniz able; whereas Mme. Mendes in tlie artist’s vision plainly is not. She is right in pro testing against the artist's "porcine mani festation” as a travesty or lampoon rather than a caricature. The art of newspaper caricature as car ried on abroad is savage to an extern, that we. on tills side of the Atlantic, neither practice nor even understand. In the first place, the continental artist ranges mucli w’ider for his game. He caricatures a class of celebrities in whom we have little concern. Artists, men and women of letters, men and women of the stage, are part of his staple material. To the extent that the American cartoonist Is interested in non-political subjects, they present themselves only as a type. The theatrical columns of the lighter news papers may occasionally be adorned with burlesque presentments of the latest queen of opera or vaudeville, but they are al most invariably intended as a comic illus tration of the text. There is no intention or attempt actually to comment, as the true caricaturist does, on tne personality he depicts. In Paris, social prominence is , as good a title to the artist's attention as professional prominence. Mme. Mendes, for instance, is not particularly well known as a writer or in the arts. The public for whom she is caricatured can only be the comparatively small circle of her friends. That makes M. Rouveyre's transgression all the more cruel. To be held up to public ridicule without the com pensating advantages of fame Is unfair. What the distant public thinks usually does not matter; but It comes hard to have one's Intimates whisper; "How mar velously the artist has caught the soul of her; would you have ever thought she was really like this?" We are more kindly here In the people we spare and more kindly in the way we handle people who are legitimate prey for the caricaturist. Our artists, as a rule, aim to represent, the victim as gro tesque; they do not make him hideous. In Ills physical presentment, for example, Charles K. Murphy can have no complaint against C. R. Macauley, who vlsullzes the master of our local destint# as an rotund, full faced genllemun with a shrewd eye, aesthetically more attractive in caricature than "Uncle Joe" Cannon is in real life. Compare Mr. Macanley's Murphy with the portraitures of the Kaiser’s chancellor In I.ustlge Blatter or Slmplicesslmus-—a pale and lean anatomy of a man, made up almost entirely of length, knees, hands and a melancholy Adam's apple. Our newspaper artist would have humanized Von Bethmann-Holweg, made him a little less knock-kneed, a little less protuberant outside his shirt cuffs, and much less dour of visage. Mr. Gaynor, as Boardman Robinson sees him, is not unlike the European manner In the greater stress laid on physical appearance. The pencil bites in more than usual, with us, but the emphasis Is, after all, on the Inner man. It Is easy to see how the Pa risian or Berlin artist would have turned Mr. Gaynor into a nightmare. Caesare's Bryan comes even nearer to the European model. There is a touch of bitterness in the round and oleaginous contours and the broad, thin lipped mouth; but consid ering how the Sun dislikes Mr. Bryan, the Secretary of State comes off very well In comparison with what might happen to him abroad. Very likely, work like Boardman Rob inson’s and Besare’s, both in Its technical excellence and Its sharper animus, Indi cates a general approach toward European standards. Our good natured cartoons on bosses and their legislative henchmen are the reflection of our criminal good na ture to evils In public life. A sharper civic consciousness should make the cartoon ist’s pen dig in deeper. As the light be tween new and old ideals grows tenser, the pictures of Murphy and Penrose may grow actually repulsive. Nevertheless, it will be some time before party spirit reaches the point of Intensity that ani mates a Forain when he depicts M. Jaures, or a Munich anti-clerical caricaturist when he draws a picture of a Catholic bishop. I.IKE M'UIKE SAYfi From the Cincinnati Enquirer. A girl can lall in love *?t lirst Sight, hut she usually takes a second look after mar- * iiage and rails out ugaki. Two can’t live as cheaply as one. But they can have a battle every day trying to. A woman can’t see why she should pay ca.sh for things when she can brag that she has credit at the grocery store. It is a good thing clothes were invented, because if i wasn’t for the difference in fronts one man would be as good as an other. Keep your mouth closed. The moment you open it too wide the Damphool Mi crobe pops in and makes you want o bray like a jacka-s. There are 7,»>9S.niir».5rjl kinds of Trouble, and the married man who lets a girl sprin kle a few drops of her favorite perfume on his coat lapel is going to meet every .blamed one of them. A boy w’ouldn’t wear bis brother's up - , dershlrt. But when there are two girls* in the family they are always swapping corset covers. When they wore the invisible skirts last summer they used to drop an awning as far down as the knees. This year they are trying to get along without any awn ings. If a girl has a swell lavaliiere she is go ing to wear a low out dress, no matter how many bones she exposes. When a woman announces that she lias nothing more to say. that means that sue will be through gabbing in about th’vo hours. You can always gain a man’s friendship hv telling him that he Is working too hard. They may mean the same thing. - but when a man hires a stenographer he makes a big distinction between ‘‘rapid ’ and ‘‘fast.’* , I. IK H THK CAVE VI AX l-'ioni the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A professor In the (’Diversity of Illinois favors '‘(oping In.” It Is true that the primitive man toed In. The cave man toed in so badly that he -had lo step over one foot with the other in order to make progress. The human Infant sleeps with the top of one foot In the hollow of the other. The Kgyptlans of Ptolemy day* toed In. Cleopatra toed in so thoroughly that ehe had to wear papyrus pads on her sandals to reduce the frtettpn of her in terfering toes Vet we can't help preferring the arti ficial outward swing of the human foot. A man who toes Is not calculated to arouse admiration by Ills gait. Ami a woman Is atlll less calculated. SYMPATHY By Paul Laurence Durtbar. I know what the cagetf birl feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass. And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings ahd the first bud opes, And the faint perfume from its chalice steals— I know what the caged bird feelsi I know why the caged bird beats his wing Till its blood Is red on the cruel bars; For be must fly back to his perch and cling - When he fain would be on the bough a-swing; And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars, And they pulse again with a keener sting— I know why he beats his win$! I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore— When he beats bis bars and be would be free; It Is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core. But a plea, that upward to heaven ho flings I know why the caged bird sings!