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Tribune building, Chicago. The 8. C. Beckwith Special Agency, agents for eign advertising. TELEPHOJVB Bell (private exchange con sect lag all departments), Ko. 4800. Let the end try the man. —-Henry Fourth. Hazardous Occupations Whatever excuse there may be for fhe happening for the first time of a catastrophe due to negligence or care lessness there can possibly be none for the repetition of such an occur rence. The tragedy at Binghamton is in every respect, save one, similar to that which occurred in the Triangle shirtWaist factory three years ago, and both of these tragedies were pri marily due to carelessness. While there were not so many lives lost in the Binghamton fire, yet the failure tc profit the lesson of the Triangle fire makes the criminality of the carelessness even greater. In these days of industrial compe titon economy and necessity may com pel the crowding together of a large number of workers in factory lofts but that fact in itself should be suf ficient to make the question of safety so plainly evident that no means would be overlooked to secure it. In stead of the carelessness which per mits the accumulation of heaps of in flammable material and the littering of the floors with such there should be the strictest attention paid to its in stant removal. Smoking, especially cigarette smoking, should be prohib ited with penalty of dismissal for the violation, and more than all, there should be a sprinkling apparatus pro vided. If manufacturers will not take these precautions voluntarily it is time the matter be made a subject of fac tory legislation. It used to be thought that powder factories were the limit of risk to those employed in them, but between the danger of being instantaneously blown up in a powder mill or slowly burned up in a dry goods factory the chances are about equal, but few would hesitate which to choose as a means of exit. The High-Minded Jap Japan naturally feels hurt because America declined to regard natives of the island empire as fit material for citizens of this country. So far the at titude displayed by the Tokyo govern ment toward anti-alien legislation in our western states has been essential ly dignified. Now that protests have been found unavailing, the Japanese seemingly are content to let the mat ter drop, although slightly humiliated because the bar of race has been fixed against them. The Japan Magazine of Tokyo, a government organ, has this to say: “There is no more ground for say ing that a Japanese is Mongoloid be cause his ancestors came from Asia than to say an Englishman is a Ger man because his forefathers were of northern Europe. . . . It is intol erable that the whole Japanese na tion should be put to the humiliation and inconvenience of being refused naturalization in America because some one supposes them to be of Mongolian origin.” The elemental right of a nation to fix arbitrarily the requisites of ap plicants, for citizenship is not denied in this. Furthermore, the proud spirit of the Japanese will not permit them to play the part of supplicants. In the Japanese view, to be a Japanese is the highest of honors. The Japan Maga zine continues: “The question now is whether America is going to treat her Jap anese visitors as guests or trespas sers; will she permit them to be re garded with aversion and suspicion, or will she insist upon their receiving equal treatment with all other for eigners in the United States? In oth er words, will the time soon come when a Japanese will be welcomed to American citizenship upon the same terms as a European? Japan cannot expect less than this; but she will never demand it. . . It would be wholly out of harmony with Japan's conception of national dignity and honor to be obliged to ask officially of any other nation the privilege of renouncing her own citizenship to ac cept that of another.” It is not likely that Japanese will in the near future be welcomed to citizenship in America, yet the United States has nothing but friend ship for Japan as a nation. Califor nia’s action is only a stitch in time to save a race problem which might eventually become very serious. Renewed Business Prosperity Every day last week brought im provement in the financial world. The situation in New York, which was ex tremely depressing in the early sum mer, became less acute a month ago and decidedly bright a few days ago. There is now a general buoyancy in New York that is felt throughout the country. The stock market reflects the better feeling and it is generally be lieved in business circles that genuine prosperity wall soon be in full swing again. The crop reports now indicate bum per harvests. This will be one of our greatest crop years. In some of the crops a new high record will be made. The cotton crop of the south will probably be larger than that of last year, which was next to the largest ever produced. The material resources of the United States are enormous, and given big crops it is hard to keep back trade activity. Business conditions are sound and the great bankers of the east have become optimistic once more. In the financial centers confi dence is again in evidence and during the coming fall millions of new capital will be invested in various new pro jects. The Birmingham district has been prospering all this year and with healthy activity all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific Birmingham will prosper all the more. The year 1913 is almost sure to be Birming ham's banner year. Mr. Henry’s Insurgency Representative Henry of Texas, chairman of the House rules commit tee, is not at all satisfied with the currency bill as framed by Mr. (Hass of Virginia, chairman of the House committee on banking and currency. Mr. Henry contends that the bill as it stands is wholly in the interests of the creditor classes of the country, and he demands recognition for the debtors. He would lend money on cotton warehouse receipts and similar documents. The Texas insurgent claims to be ultra-progressive, al though to many his schemes of fi nance bear some resemblance to the populist propagandas of a political past. Mr. Owen has canvassed the Sen ate and has found that a majority of its members are in favor of currency legislation at the present extra ses sion. This sentiment is not confined to the democrats. Mr. Henry has some backing in the fight he is mak ing in the House, but there seems lit tle reason to doubt that a measure satisfactory to a large majority of the members of the popular branch can be formulated. Such a bill has been drawn, it is said—the real cur rency bill of the administration. Mr. Henry has made several at tempts to pose as a leader, but so far he has not achieved any great de gree of success in that part. He set about to play the role of administra tion spokesman, but received little encouragement from the White House. Mr. Wilson was entirely content to let the House democrats choose their own leaders, and he has worked in close harmony with Clark and Under wood. Contemplation of Mr. Henry’s course brings to mind the old adage that the empty wagon always makes the most noise. Mr. Bryan Changes Some person with a long memory in the office of the Paris Temps has re called that Mr. Bryan’s proposed pro tectorate over Nicaragua is not at all in accord with the declaration of the Nebraskan to a member of the staff of the French paper back in 1908. Then Mr. Bryan said the United States ought to evacuate the Philippines, that this country was big enough, and that it wanted neither colonies nor a navy. The Temps is not so unkind as to accuse the Secretary of State of in sincerity, nor even does it intimate he has proven inconsistent. The French way of doing things is en tirely too polite for that. It merely remarks that “Mr. Bryan’s rapid change of opinion shows once more the practical spirit of the American who knows how to cast off mere theory when the future of his coun try is at stake.” Mr. Chamberlain Mollified _ Mr. Chamberlain, democrat of Ore gon, became irritated because a cer tain schedule of the tariff bill wasn’t changed to suit him, and announced that he did not consider himself bound to support the Underwood-Simmons measure. He contended that his state had been discriminated against, and his seeming defection brought much joy to the breasts of the protected interests'. This jubilation was short lived, however, as it was* found upon the appearance of the Congressional Record that the rebellious declara tion had been omitted. Mr. Chamberlain had spoken in the heat of anger. Then came a "cooling time,” as the lawyers say, and with it some words of soothing admonition from his democratic colleagues. Now Mr. Chamberlain is back on the reservation. Often, when overwrought, statements are made by men in both public and private life that they speedily regret. Mr. Chamberlain's repentance came early, and he has been granted complete forgiveness. Thomas E. Hayden, named as special prosecutor In the Dlggs-Caminetti white slave cases at San Francisco, has re signed because he says he will be out of the state most of the time the trial is on. Some have suggested that that was the reason he was appointed. It was certainly a. generous act on the part of those members of the New York Stock Exchange who took up a collec tion to prevent a broker in hard lines from being compelled to dispose of his scat for $40,000. "I have deemed It my duty to stay here and attend to the business of the pub lic," says Mr. Bristow. But he thought he wanted to be a member of the canal commission and still stay In Kansas. As an administration of oratory, the Wilson regime should live in history. Bryan's lecture tour caused the spilling of many a gallon of printer's ink and Daniels' Seattle address started a riot. George B. Cox, republican boss of Cin cinnati, says the people are tired of bosses, and he has decided to retire. Mr. Cox received a pretty broad hint when Hunt was elected mayor. The per cent of unemployed among the labor organizations of New York shows a steady decrease. Wall street at the present seems about the only dull spot In the United States. A tablet has been discovered showing that 20 per cent was the rate of interest n 2100 B. C. This must seem mighty small to some of the Birmingham loan sharks. 0 Texas fined the Standard Oil company 3f New Jersey half a million dollars, and it was sent on by wire. And Mr. Rocke feller will hardly miss the change. A Boston contractor has agreed to cletn the outside of New York's capitol it Albany for $13,000. It would cost more than that to clean the Inside. Members of the New York legislative L'ommlttee which investigated Justice Co lia'.an all seem to have been directors of the whitewash trust. Atlanta newspapers charge that tlie leg islature is beset with lobbyists. Maybe it's just those school teachers calling around for their pay. Out in California they are using mos quitoes for fish bait. They must be pretty large mosquitoes or pretty small fish. There are 308 claimants to a $IIH),000 estate. Some lawyers are going to he ter ribly disappointed. Mr. Huerta is taking much interest in he question, "What is to he done with our 'X-presidents?” Judge Martin Knapp seems about the most popular little dispute settler we lave. Europe's injunction ‘‘Do it now’ to Mex co ’’ hasn't had effect on Mr. Wilson. Anyhow, Mr. Bryan's Nicaragua pro- • Dosal seems to have met with favor. --- GAV scenes at bum. fight From Harper’s Magazine. Bull fights are indeed the events of the *an Sebastian season; there is no blink ng that fact, whether it he agreeable or itherwise. They supply the pomp and ageantry of the year. There is a great Dull tight at Easter time, a gala fortnight n August, and indeed all through the sea son the sands of the arena are kept red. On the days of a corrida de toros the streets are alive with crowds on their way to and from the plaza, with other crowds standing patiently to watch and envy them. Half the buildings of the town are lay with scarlet and yellow’ hunting. The cab drivers with tlie red basque caps Hack their whips and raise their prices. The hotel restaurants are tilled to over flowing; tiie town, in short, seething with excitement. Gaudily harnessed mules, which will later drag out the victims— Dr heroes, If you prefer—of• the bull ring, prance noisily through the streets toward the plaza. Picadores sturdily seated on their horses pass by, and among the stream of car riages an occasional p&.b conveys a group of matadors in shining, spangled satin cloaks, or a bevy of ladles from Seville, who wear their gay Andalusian costume, and will later hang their wonderful em broidered silk shawls over their box's rail for the encouragement of the southern fighters who have come to compete here in the north. San Sebasitan is on parade on bull fight days as at no other time. A MAX SHOULD WHISTLE From the New York Independent. If a man whistles while at his work it may comfort him to know' that modern psychology is against those, ids co-work ers, w’ho object to the practice. For a man's whistle is the safety valve of hia happiness. If a man be happy and inclined to whis Ae, but for some doubtful conventional reason refrains, he injures himself by just so many notes of praise confined in hia head, silently vitiating his Joy. The ob jector does not think of the whistler as be ing happy, but as whistling. Ho objects to the noise. In this he i3 narrowly at fault. Let him change his mind and suffer no more the pangs of outrage. Let him say of the whisjle, “That is a sound of happiness which I am not happy enough to make, but I am glad that chap is.” Every time he says “I am glad" he will have a little more reason to be. Every time he thinks of whistling as not trifling, he will dislike it less. Every time he concentrates on his own work he will know- less of what his associates are doing with their time, and care less, and ac complish more, and be more worthy to ask silence if he happens at any time to be be set by a “fit of nerves." IN HOTEL LOBBIES (irfat Prosperity Abea*l "It Is well nigh impossible to over estimate the importance of big crops in relation to the general business of the country," said S. T. Singleton of Chi cago. "A month ago it was generally believed that we would have bumper crops and now as the harvest time draws near it is known that the cereal yields will be enormous. There are in dications too of a great cotton crop in the south. "When the country produces grain and cotton abundantly business of every kind thrives. I believe we are going to have the greatest fall trade that has been known in many years. If there was any feeling of depression in the east a few months ago It has disap peared. From this time on we will hear only prosperity talk." (<ood Music I’opii |u r "I have attended nearly all the con certs in Capitol park during tlie past three weeks and I have been strongly impressed with the fact that the people appreciate good music and care less and less about trashy pieces,'! said a well known citizen. "Mr. MemoU's programmes are well selected. Of the six regular numbers, for each concert, two at least will be found of the highest order and the oth ers lighter but at the same time ar tistic. The 'extras' that are played as encores are all beautiful. Memoll plays no ragtime music. "In every crowd one will find some frivolous or light headed person who wants a certain noisy, flippant thing played. The conductor who understands the public taste and who likes good music himsc-lf pays no attention to such requests. Memoll is doing a real edu cational work here." Will He Agreeable Surprise “The democrats will surprise the country, 1 believe, by making- a big success of legislation,” said W. W. Herndon of Philadelphia. "President Wilson is proving to be a remarkably able executive. He seems to be a born leader. And the democratic t'ongress is about to make a tine record for prac tical business sense. I voted the na tional progressive ticket last year. I had been a republican ever since 1 was old enough to vote in 1880, but 1 bolted tile Taft ticket. L had an idea that Colonel Roosevelt would be elected but since lie could not reach the goal I was glad that Mr. Wilson was the winner. "If the democrats continue as they are now going 1 think they will have an easy victory in 1916. The country demands tariff revision and tlie Under wood bill when it tin ally passe* will be well received. It will be popular.” In To (■overnment Snlnrlen “William Jennings Bryan confesses that he engages in the side-line of Chautauqua lectures because he needs the money, and because his present salary is inade quate to pay his living expenses in Wash ington,*' said an old democrat, “and now that the distinguished statesman lias had the actual experience of trying to keep up appearances on a limited fhcorne as a public servant perhaps he will throw his influence toward increasing the salaries of the high officials of this government, who are underpaid. "It Is poor economy in governmental affairs to hold the salaries of offices of great national prominence to the same standard which prevailed years ago when everything was run on a less expensive scale. Our foreign representatives find it ' impossible to live within their incomes— unless they continually embarrass them selves by refraining from taking part in the entertainments and social life around them, which as a matter of fact, be come a part of their duties. “Small compensation for government service has kept many a worthy man, who was capable of rendering great pub lic good from seeking office, and thus lias deprived the country of the services Df a good man, and deprived a citizen nf the privilege of winning laurels for Itimself in the field of politics, simply because be could not afford the expense. For' flie same reason it has induced rich men—who can afford it—to seek these of fices. and in many instances their selec tion was forced because there were no other candidates. “There are hundreds of other ways for Congress to economize. The government can no longer afford to be niggardly In its reward for public service, if it ex pects to get the same class of high grade help that Is obtained by the great cor porations who are more liberal with the pay check." Hulun linking Ihe Cron* “The recent rains have been worth un told millions to Alabama." said Capt. J. Lawler Darby. “A few days ago [ happened to be pass ing through the country near Birmingham and t never saw corn looking better. I am told that before the recent show'ers corn was suffering in some sections for rain. I think it Is now safe to say that we will have very large crops of everything, especially cotton and corn.” American Anilmnnador to threat Rritalu “Walter H. Page, the United States am bassador to the court of St. James, is ev idently making a great hit in England,” paid an ex-officeholder who formerly lived in Washington. “I had a slight acquaintance with Mr. Page as editor of the World’s Work. I recognized in him a man of marked virili ty, but when he was appointed ambassa dor to England I doubted whether be wqjUld fit as well as some other prominent literary men might have done—Thomas Nelson Page, for instance. But since tha ambassador lias got in harness he has been called upon to make a number of speeches and every one has been snappy and tactful. He has certainly made no break thus far.” Egotistic and Egoistic “A writer in the New York Sun gives clever definitions of egotism and egoism, marking clearly the difference between the two familiar words,” said a professional man. "Whafthat writer says is brief and it might be well to reproduce It. Here it is: “ ‘Not for one moment do I believe that one of the first principles of philosophy is not to know that you are a philosopher. To my way of thinking that Is absurd, but though the philosopher is fully cognizant of his qualifications he should not be ego tistic, but egoistic, for the latter thinks for himself, and the former about himself. The egoist offers his thought to his fel low men, while the egotist thinks it is the only thought w'orth their acceptance. There is a struggle for existence among opinions as among all other things, and the philosophical egoist is content to send the children of his thought into the thick of the fray, confident that the fittest will survive. The affectation of modesy is the most ludicrous of all human shams. ** 'Some laughing philosopher has given these definitions: “Philosophy—All my l. ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES A BENIGN old gentleman of the type usually referred* to as "Colonel,” or "Major” in the south, came into a buffet and sat down at a table. Order ing a mint julep, he spread his paper on the table before him and with one hand closed affectionately around the julep glass he peered through his spectacles ;/( the news of the day. "Now, there's solid comfort for you," said an observer. The old gentleman's spotless linen suit, bis broad-brimmed Panama hat and the air of eminent re spectability that became him so well made a pleasing picture. Suddenly the old gentleman ga,ve a loud snort of indignation and was seen to be staring intently at an item of news in his paper with an expression of mingled rage and astonishment. His erstwhile placid features were distorted and his face had turned a purple hue. After he had read the article that aroused his Ire he crushed the newspaper In his hand, left his mint Julep half consumed, scorned the obse quious waiter and strode out, evidently in a furious temper. "I wonder what stirred him up so?” mused the man who had first commented on the old fellow’s appearance. “That’s the way with this world. Something is always happening to spoil one's enjoy ment of life. But I’m not at all supersti tious. Waiter^brlng me a mint julep.” ALIi THE YEAR ROUND. Though summer offers many joys, It vexes us to meet So many people, lacking poise, Who re crazy with the heat. Wo find them everywhere we go, In all the haunts of men; But strange to say, when blizzards blow, They’re just as crazy then. AN OLD-FASHIONED DRINK. A New York man was haled to court for V using water from a horse trough to make lemonade. People who drink lemonade might go further and fare worse than those who partook of this man's lemonade. We are reminded of a story about the ori gin of tlie pink lemonade consumed in great quantities when a circus comes to town. We don't vouch for the truth of the story, mind you, but it is said that the first pink lemonade was the result of us ; ing water to make It with in which a cir cus performer had washed his pink tights. If compelled to choose between drinking lemonade made with water from a horse trough ami the kind made with water from a wash tub, we would prefer the j horse trough variety every time. RETRIBUTION. I never hogged In all my life . The end seat in a car, But what some fellow sat right next And smoked a bad cigar. —New York Evening Sun. I never grabbed a good seat in A crowded “movie" shack That some kid didn't lose his gum Or candy down my back. —Denver Republican. Of cantaloupe I never maced The nicest, biggest hunk But when I got my greedy taste 1£ turned out to be punk. —Seattle Post-Intelligencer. I never tried to kelp a woman With her child a bit But what she bawled me out because She thought I'd kidnap it. —Houston Post. I’ve never sought a bargain yet In any kind of store, But what the sad experience Has left me feeling sore. AN UNTIMELY EFFORT. A woman who was eavesdropping on a party telephone wire was betrayed by a rooster crowing in her yard. The aver age rooster's chances for a long life are not very good to begin with. In (his case chanticleer doubtless went to pot with a speed that took his breath away. \V. J. B. "I won't give up the ship of state.'' Said one whom nothing could nhash; And then lie seemed to hesitate. "Nor yet that good Chautauqua cash." HOW TO "WEAR" AN UMBRELLA Dear Sir: Your article ou the ?itl) Inst., on the word "tote," prompts me to write i you of a somewhat similar Incident. A gentleman passing down the street with umbrella In his hand, using It us a cane, was accosted by an acquaintance as fol lows: "What are you toting that umbrella for? Why don't you wear It? Why don't you wear your umbrella this hot weather?” I suppose lie wanted him to hoist it. This 1 gentleman Is an Intelligent neighbor of mine. I suppose these words are acquired from the southern negro, as I have never heard them used in the north, even by the negro, in this connection. Yours very truly, C. D. AYRES. TAXI TAXES. He took a little auto ride One night when he went out to dine, And when he settled fur that ride He couldn't even buy a shine. —Birmingham Age-Herald. He took a little auto ride. While going out for sport one day, And when before the judge he went, He didn't have the price to pay. —Bessemer Rord. CYNICISM. "A poet sings to Ills lost love, 'Your foot steps echo In my heart.' ” "Better that than her heel prints on his neck." PAUL, COOK. EPITOME OF HISTORY / -—— Krom tlie tieveland Plain Dealer. UK history of nations Is epitomized in the recent history of Bulgaria. To rise through sturdy patriotism and national and racial pride1 to great ness; and to fall, through arrogance, too great, confidence, and overreaching greed —such has been the 11/e of nations since nations began to be. But where the story has usually taken long centuries to tell tile story of Bulgaria lias beau told in 35 years. The end of Bulgaria Is not yet. Bul garia will live on and on. But her history Is written- The history of the Roman em pire ended before the centuries of Byzan tine decadence. The history of Spain end ed long ago. but the ghost of Spain still walks. The history of Venice has been written to the final chapter, but Venice still exists. There is yet a Turkish em pire, but the story of the Turks Is told. The story of Bulgaria is remarkable for many things, but for nothing is it more remarkable than for its extreme brevity. Within half Die span of years allotted to a man s lifetime ihis nation lias achieved greatness and has kicked greatness away. The Bulgarian national existence began in 1878. The signatories of the treaty of Berlin recognized the new aspirations of the untutored Bulgarian tribesmen and granted them an autonomous government under Turkish suzerainty. Seven years I later the .Servians, alarmed at the progress of their upstart neighbor, aggressively made war and were overwhelmingly de | l’oated. Shortly thereafter Bulgaria took | over the government of eastern Roumelia, thereby nearly doubling her area. *n 1908 !the Bulgarian prince, without asking the I pei mission of the powers, formally threw ! off the shadowy Turkish suzerainty and declared himself independent czar. JirllllJ Bulgarlu took the leadership of the Balkan allies and by a brilliant campaign practi cally drove the Turks out of Europe. All this time the Bulgarian nation and the Bulgarian people had been advancing at a marvelously rapid pace. The wild and illiterate tribesmen of .1878 had been succeeded by an educated and, intelligent generation. There was miraculous pro gress made in every line, hut the military progress was most amazing. The Bul garian advance from 1878 to 1913 was an advance from nothingness to a position of power and honor among the nations of thj world. But if the rise of Bulgaria was unprece dented, her fall has been rapid beyonn belief. lT* has required scarcely two months for greed and arrogance to lay low a nation which seemed established for centuries to come. Patriotism, perseverance and a high na tional ambition spurred Bulgaria to her greatness. She has fallen almost as far in a day as other erring and sinning na lions have fallen In the gradual processes of time, and her fall is deserved. Herself not a generation removed from Turkish oppression, she essayed the tactics of the irresponsible bully. Today Bulgaria is begging for peace; two months ago she was the proudest of nations. Bulgaria, like Rome and like Spain, thought she was too great to be van quished. She was contemptuous of oppo sition. The Servians, so soundly beaten by her in 1885, appeared to be an inferior people; while the Greeks had been tradi tional an«l not formidable foes ever since the separation of the Greek and Bul garian churches some years before the first dawn of Bulgarian independence. Surely these states possessed no 'rights which a great new victorious nation was bound to respect. The attitude of Bul garia toward these smaller nations was like the attitude of Rome toward >■ *»»** temporarily useful barbarian ally. Tb£ work on hand accomplished, the next step was to mulct or crush the ally. Bulgaria's rew'ard for patriotism and zealous devotion came speedily, her pun ishment for Beltislmeas ami unwarrantable t ambition has descended upon her with the swiftness of a thunderbolt. The history of the world, as It may oe read In Bulgaria's little tale of 86 years, a tale full of useful morals for Indi viduals as well as for nations. Art-All my eye. Religion—All my ay." I once read a book on "style" and have been thankful ever since that I did so, for from the style of that work 1 learned what to avoid. So let us have philosophy from every one who thinks he is a phi losopher and we will soon have a stock of taboos.’ ” room a man likes Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd in the Ladles’ Home Journal. In New York there is one man who has a room that exactly suits him. His wife wanted a house and got it, upon condi tion that he could do exactly as he pleased with his own room. He did as he pleased. The walls are In two-toned, bright red stripes. A thick rug of solid red covers the entire floor. A big couch is covered with plain red. The furniture he selected from the family discard. It consists of a big oak table, a commodious black walnut bureau, a chiffonier that does not match the bureau, but lias unusually large draw ers, a White iron bed, a white iron wash stand, an assortment of chairs, shabby, unbeautiful, but without exception com fortable-tabourets, ashtrays and matches galore, so that one can drop down almost anywhere end have the making of a smoke handy, a bookcase full of detective stories, sea yarns and history, pictures of girls and horses and boats and dogs, and his wife and Daniel Webster. No curtains. No bric-a-brac. "A terrible room!" groans the mistress of the otherwise exquisitely furnished '"A^iiullv room!" say most of the hus band’s man friends, retreating to it as speedily as possible, from the chaste s, - verity of the Adams drawing room, it all depends upon the point of view. favorite fiction From the Chicago Tribune. "It’s so good to get back to work again.” "Yes, Indeed; the rougher the lake Is, the better I like It." "It thundered and lightened inces santly, but I’m not afraid of lightning. ’ "I dropped business entirely; didn't do a thing while I was away but just rest." "Did I catch any fish? Only a few —Perhaps a dozen or two black bass." POINTED PARAGRAPHS From the Chicago News. Blessings come disguised, but so does ptomaine poisoning. Only another fool ever answers a fool according to his folly. A yard of rope is worth half a mile of sympathy to a drowning man. Honesty, the excuse a lazy man has for being poor, Is worn threadbare by now. A woman's bravery crops out when she has a mouse trapped and at other times. The man with a presidential hee generally gels stung, but there are easier methods. He is a foolish married man who fails to remember that his burden brings compensations. If a wise man really wants to con vince a woman, he uses flattery Instead of rational argument. Even if a girl is color blind site can almost Invariably sen an Ice cream aign clear around the corner. Cl It RENT COM RENT Columbia fc?tate: "It Is whispered that if the proposed legislation regarding sugar goes through. Louisiana wttt turn republican."—Philadelphia Inquirer. Which asylum did they put the poor whisperer in? Knoxville Journal ami Tribune: When the Seattle anarchists "tote" the rad flag hereafter, they will probably say, "tell it not to the marines." Richmond News-Leader: The record of President Mellen of the New York. New Haven and Hartford railway com bination* affords another illustration of going up like a rocket and coming down like a stick. Washington Star: No real admirer of art will hold anything against a cli mate that makes possible the appear ance of Mr. .J. Hamilton Lewis In an attire of cream colored serge and white silk. The Congressional Record should be illustrated. Chicago Record-Herald: Honus Wag ner’s uniform anil his palmless glove may be placed In the Carnegie museum at Pittsburg when the famous player retires. It is so that the traditions of the Big .Smoke gradually accumu late. New Orleans Times-Democrat: No one, it is hoped, will be unkind enough to suppose that Secretary Bryan has put forward his new Nicaraguan pro ject merely to "change the subject." Nashville Banner: The consensus of press opinion appears to be that all the liars except Mulhall are reactionaries. Montgomery Advertiser: If there is so much guile in Alabama, how does It happen that B. R C., king of lilies, can afford to jeopardize his soul by remain ing in thie state? Houston Post: The two widows of ti Chicago bigamist have decided to live together and keep his memory green. That sort of peace is strongly tinc tured with millennial qualities. But, of course, they have nothing to fight over now. St. Louie Post-Dispatch: We find it easier to sympathize with the Turk, now that we know what he has had to deal with in Southeastern Europe. New York Sun: I cannot expect to be a biead winner when the infirmities of ago overtake me.—The Secretary of' State. Tho infirmities of age will need su- ! perlor sprintihg powers if they are to overtake such a trained and seasoned runner as Colonel Bryan. Philadelphia Ledger: It seems that “Paris rejoices in a fad for green hair." And New York for green horns. “JUSTICE” IS SOLD OPENLY From Hie Wide World Magazine. The Corean judge dispenses justice in the open and by etiquette only the judge can sit. Everyone else must stand, excepting the prisoner and his friends, who are forced to remain in a humble kneeling position with bowed beads. Until quite recently these trials- were always very one sided rind shockingly un just. When a man was brought to a judge, it was taken for granted lie waa guilty, and If 'he did not confess he was tortured and made to do so. Witnesses, too, were openly bribed. In | fact, giving evidence for or against an ac cused person meant a living to a portion of tlie community, and these witnesses naturally favored those who paid best. Punishments varied. If the prisons were too full, and tlie condemned could not pay a fine, they were often given a chance t» escape, or disappeared by some means. Though these ure tilings of the past, Ko rean judges, like those of China, posses* a poor idea of the sense of justice. MEi.I.OWEll 1\ FLAVOR From tlie Cleveland Plain Dealer. If there is a difference between rural wdt and any other kind, it is this—that rural wit is mellower in llavor. In this It resembles English wit; the rough corners have been rounded off by the attrition of years, and more nearly per fect jokes result. Ira Beasore drove into town just be fore the big rain the other day, and lie saw Orlo Tuttle setting tubs and barrels und^r all the spouts around hU house. fc>o Ira pulls up and hollers ut Orlo: “Iley, Orlo! What ye doin’?” “Looks like rain, an' I'm a-settin’ out these tul's so’s the woman can have some soft water fer her washin’ Mon day,” answers Orlo, all innocent Ilk* and not thinkin’ about what a great codder Ira is. “Sho!” says Ira. “You won't git no soft water." “Why won’t I?” “Cause its going to rain hard! Haw haw-haw! Git ep!” SO, THEREFORE, THEY MARRIED From Tit-Bits. They were engaged. Perhaps lie repent ed; perhaps he did it only for fun. Said he: “My darling Ethel, what would you say if 1 were to tell you that I cannot marry you ?” “1 would say, my dearest love, that 1 have a big brother, who would make it warm for you, and that l have some of the sweetheart little billets-doux that would make it expensive for you, George, dear.” “But, you know, I haven't, said it." “F know you haven’t, my pet.” “So we’d better get married, hadn't we?” “1 think so, my precious.” WE KISSED AGAIN By Tennyson. As thro’ the land at eve we went, And plucked the ripened ears, We fell out, my wife and 1, We fell out, 1 know not why, And kissed again with tears. And blessings on the falling out ' That all the more endears, When we fall out with those we love, And kiss again with tears! For when we came where lies the chiltl We lost in other years, There above the little grave. > O there above the little grave, We kisaed again with tears.