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THE AGE-HERALD
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department*), Main 4900.
I do love my country** good with a
renpeet. more lender, more holy and
profound. —Corlplpnn*.
Causes for the Cost
A government investigator after
careful inquiry computes that the cost
of living in the region of Kansas City
has advanced 69 per cent in the last
10 years, while the compensation for
skilled labor has gone up only a little
more than 29 per cent. For unskilled
labor there has been little change in
the wage. The demand is not greater
than the supply.
No encouragement is to be found in
these figures. It is the ambition of the
American to live better and better
each year. What would be considered
luxuries in the countries of the old
world are necessities here. Each man
wants for his family the comforts and
conveniences possessed by the fami
lies of his neighbors. A mother seeks
to dress her daughter just as well as
the daughter’s school girl friends. She
wants her child to have the advant
ages of lessons in art, music, or what
ever is her hent or inclination. Who
can say that these traits of fathers
'and mothers are reprehensible?
As Mr. Trayer, the government;
agent who made the Kansas City in
vestigation, says: “The common school
has proved a factor in increasing the
cost of living by teaching higher ideals
until w'e cannot live as we did several
—rA„-rs ago. The Hi-year-old daughter
of a man earning $2.50 a day, if she
has had average training in the com
mon school, wants a piano, and he
must buy it for her on the install
ment plan.”
Today there are home conveniences
available that each family thinks it
should not do without. And they do
add to comfort, so why shouldn’t they
be purchased? Father’s lot is a hard
one. The demands upon him are grow
ing constantly. And all the money that
lie spends does not go to buy silk
stockings and French heeled shoes for
his daughters, either.
Hennessy Presses Charges
John A. Hennessy, the “fighting ed
itor,” who took Uk> most spectacular
part in the campaign which has just
resulted in the overthrow of Tam
many, announces that simply because
Charles F. Murphy has been shorn of
his power the charges of graft and
corruption against the chief and oth
ers will not be dropped. Hennessy
claims to have in his possession evi
dence sufficient for the obtaining of
indictments, and says that much more
can be found if it is searched for with
due diligence.
Governor Martin H. Glynn has prom
ised to do all in his power to root out
graft from the various stale depart
ments if any exists, and to assist in
bringing to book all persons who might
be responsible for crooked conditions.
Only too often investigations begun
with a beating of drums and flourish
of trumpets come to a sudden and in
g^>rious end. If half of what Hennessy
has charged is true, many men are
now walking the streets of .New York
and Albany who should be behind
prison bars. It is not a case of jump
ing on the tiger just because he is
down. The tiger was on his feet with
all claws in splendid working order
for a number of years.
If Tammany has so fur been able
to conceal any questionable methods,
note that the opportunity is afforded
for a complete probe, it should be un
dertaken. If Tammany is as clean as
^ It professes to be. it should have no
trouble in vindicating itself.
Fine Tribute to Gorgas
tyhen Col. W. I.. Sibert, an Ala
bamian, said while in Birmingham a
few days ago, that the mosquito kept
the French from digging the Panama
canal, he paid a magnificent tribute
to Col. W. Gorgas, another Ala
bamian. Both are mebibers of the ca
nal commission. Colonel Sibert is the
nginecr in charge of the stupendous
Vorks about Gatun and Colonel Gor
an M. ])., is director of the health
■ mosquito has long been the
1 bane of the tropics. It has infected
I thousands with disease germs, and its
elimination was necessary before
North Americans could stay in Pan
ama with any degree of safety to
their health. Colonel Gorgas had al
ready cleaned up Cuba before work
was started in the canal zone, and he
was prepared for the big job cut out
for him. The health and sanitation
department in Panama might be
taken as a model. Conditions that
once were a terrible menace to life
have been rendered as ideal as it is
possible for man to do so.
Colonel Gorgas today is the world’s
best known sanitary expert. Colonel
Si'bert has made a name for himself
that will live long in the history of
engineering. In them Alabama has
two sons who reflect honor upon it.
Land Credit Hank
A feature of yesterday’s session of
the Alabama Land congress was W.
P. G. Harding’s presentation of a plan
for a land credit bank of Alabama.
Members of the congress were most
favorably impressed with tKe propo
sition. and it was adopted unanimous
ly. Mr. Harding’s plan is clearly ex
pressed and can be readily understood
by the general public, which is cer
tainly much in its favor. The sug
gested capital is placed at $2,000,000,
the subscriptions to be opened first
to bona fide residents of Alabama.
In Mr. Harding’s plan it is provided
that there shall be no commissions.
The land credit bank is not to re
ceive deposits. It is proposed that
half of its earnings over dividends
will be paid to the state, the other
half to be set aside as a surplus until
the sum equals 25 per cent of the capi
tal, and then all excess earnings shall
go to the state. It is further pro
vided that the funds of the bank shall
be invested ^n first mortgages on
farms in cultivation on a basis of not
to exceed 50 per cent of the actual
value; loans to be distributed as
equally as may be among various
counties in proportion to taxable
value of farm lands and to be made in
periods of from 10 to 50 years at an
interest rate as nearly as possible of
(I per cent, the exact amount to be
determined from actuaries’ figures
carefully checked—the interest cover
ing amortization and all other
charges. The bank is to have power
to place its real estate mortgages in
trust and secure issues of coupon
notes or bonds to bear interest not
exceeding 4 or 5 per cent, according
to money conditions, with interest*
guaranteed by the state.
As Mr. Harding’s plan will require
an amendment to the constitution,
steps will be taken to submit the
! proposition to the voters. President
J. O. Thompson of the land congress
will appoint a committee shortly to
look after legislation needed for the
submission of a constitutional amend
ment.
Street Naming Plans
In several quarters opposition is re
ported to the plan for renaming many
of Birmingham’s streets and avenues
drawn up by City Engineer Kirkpat
rick. These objections, it is under
stood, are based on the ground *that
the scheme is complicated. But is it
nearly as complicated as the system,
or lack of system, now in vogue?
The present catalog of street
nomenclature is confessedly a hodge
podge. It is complex, confusing, exas
perating. There are endless duplica
tions, house numbers have no mean
ing, and the wayfarer when he sets
out had best know exactly where he
i§ going. All are aware that these
things are the inevitable outcome of
the amalgamation of a number of mu
mcipauues.
The city commission bus shown no
disposition to rush through the Kirk
patrick ordinance. Its aim is only the
bettering of a condition that is per
plexing and annoying. If there are
sound reasons for amendments to the
proposed changes, they will be given
the most careful consideration.
It is peculiar that a scheme, con
sidered studiously for months by an
expert with the sole purpose of sim
plification, should have brought
against it the charge of confusion. But
perhaps the chief opponents of Mr.
Kirkpatrick’s report will not contend
that it is more abstruse than the ex
isting derangement.
After three victorious campaigns far
governor of Massachusetts as a democrat,
Eugene Foss, running this time as an in
dependent, gets only about 20,090 votes
out of approximately half a million. And
yet Air. Foss thinks the Underwood Mil
is going to prove ruinous to democracy.
First reports of the finding of the Annie
M. Parker put the fate of that vessel in
tile class with the Marie Celeste as a true
mystery ol’ the sea. Hut part of the crew
of the Parker have been rescued, and the
Marie t'nleste remains the real riddle of
the deep.
Tile evangelist who talks about halting
the gravel” for heaven, might perhaps
choose u more elegant metaphor, bat if he
means that the road to heaven Is one
where a man s footing is never certain,
Ills nords are quite appropriate.
Uncle Stun seems determined to U > tile
paternity of the Harvester trust on t'yrus
McCormick.
It is a famous victory for the militants
whenever they break tile law und escape
arrest. •
The London Graphic thinks the re
sults of last Tuesday’s elections are in
dicative of this country’s warm appro^l
of President Wilson s Mexican policy.
Yes, his Mexican and other policies.
A new island has been found in the
North Atlantic, but sinco it will bo only
about “three feet out of water” at low
spring tide, colonization projects will
have to be held in abeyance. •
A Chicago visitor says .Birmingham
people must -work more with their
muscles and less with their jaws. Must
have attended a public dinner where tin
speeches were too long.
Home fellotv in Cohoes is charging that
the election there was fraudulent. Such
charges are bound to arise, and they may
ns well come front Cohoes as anywhere
else.
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King Otto has been deposed as mon
arch of Bavaria, but doesn’t know it.
Huerta is about to be deposed as dictator
of Mexico and knows it only too well.
The high cost ©f living in Kansas City
lias actually gotten into the papers. Still,
that isn’t the sort of advertising that
docs a town any good.
Mrs. Pankhurst says the women of Chi
cago must make good with the ballot.
They are quite capable of doing so with
out Missus P.’s help.
Suffragette Emersou was knocked down
in London the other day. It’s a dull day
when something strenuous doesn't happen
to Sister Emerson.
The Tammany tiger, in the opinion of
all observers, won’t need a manicure in
a long time, its claws having been effec
tively clipped.
Alabama is now paying more than two
fifths of its entire revenue for the support
of the schools. Money could go for no
better purpose.
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King Otto has boen deposed, some
thing that should have been done a long
tlmo ago. Royalty Is still a fetich In
some lands.
CHOKING A TIG Eft TO DEATH
A writer in the November Wide World
Magazine gives the following interesting
account of a Chinese soldier’s plucky light
with a tiger. ‘ In the mountainous prov
ince of Kirin, formerly one of the three
provinces of Manchuria, dispqtches are
conveyed by soldiers, who ride from <>ne
district to another. One day last Novem
ber a soldier was on his way back to
Kirin City, the capital of the - province,
when he espied a large tiger coming to-#
ward him. Dismounting, he aimed as best
he could, with a. rifle not of the most
modern pattern, and ilred. The animal,
though wounded, was not disabled, and
sprang in a fury toward the soldier. For
tunately for the man, lie kept his head,
and, with the rifle tightly clasped and
supported against his chest, awaited the
oncoming of the animal. Just as the tiger
was read for the final spring, with his
paws wide open, the soldier jammed the
point of the rifle with all his might
through the mouth, against the base of
the skull. The force of the animal’s
spring as he rushed forward no doubt
helped to end the. stnfcglc, for in a few
minutes the tiger was lying on its side
and breathing his last. The jJlucky soldier
rode to the capital, SO miles away, and re
ported the incident to his commander.
Half a dozen other soldiers then accom
panied him to the spot, and between them
the animal was carried home and photo
graphed 1n front of the commander's
house, with the damaged rifle in situ.”
SIC 'EM!
From the New York Telegram.
Speaking in Chicago, Mrs. Emmeline
Pankhurst is imploring the women of
Illinois to vote.
"If you fail here in Chicago.” she said,
"it will be a blow to the 'whole suffrage
movement. If one set of women fail,” she
continued, "all women fail together. But
if you succeed, as I hope and believe you
will, you will give a great impetus to
the woman's movement, all over the world.
The world is watching the newly enfran
chised women of America and particu
larly of this great city. You are on trial.”
The women of IUln-'-™ ™
were given the ballot
they see fit, Woting in school and such
other matters.
If anything is calculated to induce nor
mal women to refrain from voting it is
the frenzied appeals of an arch disturber
like Mrs. Pankhurst, but, of course, the
militant one can’t realize that.
I NUKHWOOD’S VISIT
From the Talladega Homo.
Hon. Oscar W. Underwood will be in
Talladega Friday. No political signifi
cance attaches to his visit here, as he
ecir.es simply to participate in the one
hundredth anniversary of. the battle of
Talladega, and to lie the guest of honor
of the city. He will be the orator of the
day and in his own peculiar and pic
turesque style will pay tribute to those
pioneer heroes who battled in the march
of civilization during the dark days when
men’s souls were tried.
Mr. Underwood's record in the national
House of Representatives lias stamped
him an eloquent and forceful orator, and
this, together with his magnetic per
sonality, has gained for him world-wide
prominence. His influence in national leg
islation has been of tremendous propor
tions and every Alabamian, whether he
bo for or against him in Ills political as
pirations <an but admire him lor his
achievement.".
POIKTKD PARAGRAPHS
From tiie Chicago News.
And cowardice makes liars of us all—or
nearly all.
People who talk the most disseminate
the least wisdom.
A well bred child never reproves its pa
rents in public.
Just because a mail doesn't drink is no
sign lie isn't thirsty.
Occasionally we meet, people who are al
most tus smart as we are.
The greater the cost of living, the cheap
er it Is to remain single.
Love will push a man into matrimony,
but it takes a lawyer to pull him out.
Scarcely any man’s veracity Is unim
peachable after he acquirer the Ashing
hubit.
Occasional!) a man is so lucky that he
gets Just what he wants without even
wanting it. % #
Once In a great while you meet a woman
who thinks her husband really appreciates
her.
Some married men would bh only too
glad to wettlo down If their wives would
quit stirring them up.
If a man is in love with a woman she
can make him believe black Is white—
until he discovers that she is in love
with him. •
The packers shouldn't be discouraged,
even If one can’t make a silk purse of a
sow's ear. They may eventually be used
for hat trimming.
1 IN HOTEL LOBBIES
Itlriiiliixlinm'* Solid Growth
"Birmingham is going ahead in a
very solid way." said F. A. Wells of
Wells Brothers, the New York contrac
I tors engaged here in the erection of
the Hotel TutwHer and Major Tul
! wller’s Bid gel y apartments. "Since J
Ilrst saw Birmingham there has been
marked improvement on all sides. This
is a very fine city now, and it will be,
of course, still handsomer within the
next few years. Birmingham’s big
future cannot be well overestimated."
Mr. Weils said that while the work
j on the Hotel Tutwiler was slow at the
start, it was now going ahead fast. He
j said that he Expected to complete the
| building early next spring. He thinks
| it tfill then be ready for the installation
of furniture by March.
Healthy IliiMitieSN Conditions
"Business conditions of this country
j are sound, and as we have" big crops
there is now much activity in most sec
tions," said L,. T. Wosrner of Chicago.
"I keep in close touen with th* west,
and decided prosperity is in evidence in
all but one or two western states. The
south is exceptionally prosperous at this
time. Having spent a week in the cot
ton territory I will say that the south
was never so well . off as it is today.
This is my first visit to t;i2 south in five
years. The progress In that time has been
great indeed."
The Iron Trade
The local iron market remains quiet.
Kuger.s, Brown & Co.’s Cincinnati cir
cular says in pant:
"While an optimistic feeling is pres
ent, the pig iron market is dull and
quiet In all districts. Furnaces for the
most part have their output well taken
for the balance of the year ana con
sumers are ordering their tonnage up I
to contract specifications. The outlook
is promising, as2very little iron has been .
bought for 1914 and there is still great
reluctance on the part of furnaces to j
quote for next year's delivery except at
an advance over figures ruling on this
year’s business.
"The undercurrent of thought that
conditions must soon change has had
no appreciable effect recently. The sit
uation in the iron market has resulted i
in the reduction of output and some |
irregularity of prices in the north. Jn
the south production is reported to be
somewhat less than consumption.
Stocks of iron at all furnaces are im
mensely reduced and continue to shrink
each month. A bird’s eye view of the
market indicates a waiting attitude on
the part of all concerned.
"Furnaces are still a considerable
distance away from being troubled
with any hand-to-mouth policy in mov
ing their product, as orders previously
taken will permit of shipment of their
product for sometime to come without
the addition of new business."
Hoad tluildiiiK' iu (ho South
"While there has been marked prog
ress in good road building in the south,
much yet Pemains to be done,” said a
member of the Alabama Good Hoads as
sociation.
‘‘President John Craft of our {Asso
ciation has been wonderfully energetic
in working up sentiment in favor of
good roads, resulting in many coun
ties issuing bonds for building first
class highways. In the next two or
three years good roads in Alabama will
be doubled or mo^e in mileage.
*Tlie Alabama Good* lioads associa
tion is sending out an illustrated book
let which makes striking comparison
between good and bad roads in the rural
districts. No hotter form of presenta
tion of the situation can be devised
than this practical method. The bookiei*
referred to should be in the hands of
• very farmer in Alabama. Addresses and
articles written in favor of good roads
are not quite so convincing as these
illustrations from real life. In the wake
of good roads there comes improved
educational conditions and nearly every
other sort of improvement and uplift.
As Alabama is in the public view as a
good farm state, no county can afford
to lag in providing hard roads in the
place of the old mud highways.”
liusliteMM Men's Lundies
“Within the past few years I have
but when it comes to a midday luncheon
man’s lunch about once a week, and l
glad to note the Improvement in one
respect—economy of time,” said a mem
ber of the Chamber of Commerce.
• When we are attending a banquet
at night where speeches are to be made,
we expect to be at the table from three
nnd a half to four hours. Three hours
is not too long for a banquet, perhaps,
but when i tcomes to a midday luncheon
one hour is regarded as a reasonable
lim.it. It used to be that the ^one-hour
lunch was ntretched out to an hour and
a half, but now the chairman or toast
master keeps Ids watch before him and
is careful not to allow the affair to
run over an hour, or an hour and five
minutes at the longest.
“Culpepper Kxum, who lias been pre
siding at the free dispensary commit
tee’s lunches, is certainly a model man
from the time-saving point of view. Ho
arranges for several short speeches and
a discussion of practical details and
gets through in one hour. Tlio Rotary
cluli affords another instance of the
modern business system at the social
board. The members of this now famous
club lunch together once a week, and
they are seldom at the table longer
than one hour.”
A fat Ion 1 ait crested In t oiler wood
“Few senatorial contests in any state
: in recent years have attracted so much
1 attention as that in Alabama,” said W.
I F. Durrell of Philadelphia.
“1 have never voted the democratic
ticket, but I have como to believe in
tariff revision downward; and as an
American I feel proud of Mr. Under
wood, the democratic House leader, who
is now a great celebrity. My democratic
friends, as a rule, are hoping to see
Mr. Underwood elected to the Senate.
Should he fail to defeat his opponent.
Captain Hobson, people would generally
ask. ‘Wliat was* Alabama thinking aboutV
llut I suppose Mr. Underwood’s election
is practically a foregone conclusion.”
THE “EAR OF IHOXYSll S”
Prom “A Wanderer in Sicily,” in the
November Wide World Magazine.
fjlioily Is rich in Greek antiquities. Some
of the best are clustered together on the
outskirts of the old town of Syracuse. A
very popular one is the “Ear of Diony
sius,” in the J-utonia del Paradise*, an
old quarry Used us a prison by the Greeks.
The walls of this quarry are over 100
feet high, and lean Inward, at an angle
of about 30 degrees. The idea was to pre
vent any possibility of escape on the part
of the hapless prisoners confined here, and
as u further precaution Dionysius had
chiseled out in the solid rock a vast cav
ity, very similar, as seen from without,
i to a human ear, by means of which he is
said to have listened to the conversation
of the captives. The interior of the cavity
is in the shape of the letter "S,” and
gradually tapers until at the extreme
.summit you may perceive a small hole
through which the daylight comes. It was
iH'g'e that Dionysius did his eavesdropping.
Tire acoustic properties of this “ear” arc
extraordinary, the slightest whisper be
ing distinctly audible, with a loud noise,
like tlie slamming of the door which gives !
access to the “ear,” produces a rapid
.succession of deafening reports.
I.l lift? M LliKE SAYS
| From the Cincinnati Enquirer,
j Job may have had his trouble, but he
didn’t have to use a cheap fountain pen
when he wrote his lamentations.
Every now and then you run across a
man who -has so little to do that he can’t |
sleep at .night worrying because the j
country has no national anthem.
If hard looks could kill, about 9,000,000
women would bo arrested for murder
every day in the year.
Women have been talking themselves
out of paradise ever since Evf started
the thing.
lie sure yort arc right and then ask your
wife.
Sunday should l»e a day of rest, but lots
of preachers labor through their sermons.
One half the world can’t understand
why the other half wants to mind its own
business.
One reason why we hold our political
campaigns in October is because the nuts
are all ripe at that time of year.
Every now and then mother calls a spe
cial session and father has to vote
“aye” on an appropriation bill.
A woman agrees with her husband
when she wants to, but a man agrees with
his wife because ho has to.
The reason daughter has to go to a
gymnasium for exercise is because mother
loves to do all the hard work around
the house.
If there are four children in the house
next door it always sounds like 4000.
A green baby that looks like a scalded
monkey is always the perfect imago of
the relative who has the most money.
A woman can believe she is liberal
minded because she is always giving her
husband a piece of it.
A POET-PVUII.IST
From tlie Chicago Record-Herald.
The story that Oscar Wilde Is still
nlive la no longer fresh enough to thrill,
but its latest revival brings forward an
Interesting type—the young man who tells
; he tale anew. This is a nephew of the
aesthetic, resident in Paris and described
as following the professions of poet and
prize fighter.
Such a combination nowadays would be
difficult anywhere except in the French
capital, where the more genteel manifes
tations of pugilism have lately coino Into
favor, and where poets, always in order,
have developed fiber and stamnta in the
course of their pursuit of veritlsm and
other Isms calculated to promote strcnu
oeity in literature.
The French are fond of calling them
selves the modern Greeks—or at least (in
moments of self critical abasement) the
modern Byrantlnes. The Greeks were suc
cessful in combining athleticism and aes
theticism. and it may be that Mr. I.loyd.
(as he is known in the first field), or Mr.
Cravan (os he calls himself in the sec
ond), may bo a legitimate continuer of
a great, tradition.
As for the story Itself, our poet-atlilute
may have been caught on his less ma
terial side.; looking upon the absinthe
when it was green perhaps brought on
hallucinations. Yet the significant facts
remain that he versifies in his own period
ical and has been amateur champion
heavyweight of France—an arresting com
bination. and a possible harbinger of the
coming union of force und grace.
••MURAL” PI.AYS
From the Chicago Record-Herald.
Mile. Deslys, the French dancer, Is
headed for our shores with a moral play
let. She will give it op Sunday evenings
in towns that ,do not permit Sunday
dancing. It is called, “Should a Woman
Tell?" and has to do with a girl who, on
the eve of V wedding, is asked by her
fiance for the story of her life.
A moral play, like a moral novel, would
appear to have become, by general con
sent, one that contrives to end with con
ventional decorum, no matter how long
and boldly it may have skirted the edge
of evil, nor how many intimations and In
sinuations of impropriety, or worse, it
may have provoked on its course. It is
regarded as a ray of light undergoing
refraction; this is held to come from the
direction in which it finally enters the,
eyes, all intermediate divagations being
overlooked or forgiven.
But. readers and spectators are ns much
influenced by the course taken in the
handling of a theme as by the end,
reached. Or even more so. Too many
plays and stories are hypocritically try
ing to settle moral points by means un
nettlingly immoral. Somehow we do not
welcome the aid of Mile. Deslys and in
cline to believe that the most moral
plays are those which do not bring ti]i
questions of morals at all.
SYLVIA OX PARADE
From tlie Ixmisville Courier-Journal.
A dispatch from Duquesne, a center of
population in Iowa to which the silt skirt
idea seems to have penetrated after t'lic
falling of frost on the pumpkin, is as
follows:
"Miss Sylvia Pendleton was the cause
of 5000 mill-men quitting work, two freight
train crews refusing to move a wheel,
and a near riot here today when she ap
peared in a ‘slit skirt' and swept down
Grant street, exposing her shapely legs,
only partly stockinged. In fact, she wore
socks.
"When the young women reached a
point alongside the Duquesne plant of the
Carnegie Steel company thousands of em
ployes began swarming out on to the
street, leading off the unabashed and un
afraid young women.
"The police were Anally compelled to
charge the crowd several times before the
streets were cleared."
It does look unfair. It was Sylvia Pen
dleton's show. If the spectators were to
be charged the charge should have been
made by Sylvia.
I SKI’’1.1,
From the Anniston Star and Hot Dlast.
Mr. Underwood may be a "tool” as
•charged by ills opponent, but Woodrow
Wilson evidently believes that he's a
pretty handy one to have around when
Congress is in session.
PREFERENCE
From the Columbus Enquirer-Sun.
The Montgomery Advertiser says "the
colonel says we have only changed from
Cannonlsm to Underwoodlsm." Most of
us would rather be Underwood than Can
non.
MEN OF NOTE
From the Washington Herald.
Oscar Underwood is almost as big a
tnan in Alabama as Ty Cobb is In Geor
gia. _
ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES
A FAITHFUL ALLY.
IIow dear to my heart Is the old type
writer,
In newspaper parlance described as a
‘•mill;”
Though work on a new machine might be
lighter.
Affection remains for the old rattler
still.
*
It may make a noise that is truly dis
tressing.
The keyboard so battered no novice
could read.
But when we’re behind and the printers
aro pressing. .
There’s nothing like the old "mill” for
getting up speed.
MODERN EDUCATION. ,
’’How is your little hoy getting along at
school?” ,
"Oh, we're very proud of his record.
His mark is high in the nose blowing
drill and Ids teacher says that there Is
not another little hoy at school who excels
our Bobby in the tooth brusli drill,”
RATHER HOPELESS,
"If Opportunity should knock on your
door, do you think you would profit by
her visit'.’"
"I’m afraid not. Somebody else al
ways steals my newspaper. What chance
would I hnve with Opportunity?"
A WOMAN OF PARTS.
"Here is a newspaper account of a
sorvant who cooked for the same family
more than 40 years.”
"Do you suppose she could get a vau
deville engagement?”
"Perhaps not, but the woman who man
aged to keep her that long ought to make
a fine lyceum lecturer.”
ONE’S ENOUGH.
Sometimes we merely
Take one look
Into a widely
Boosted book.
THE idea:
"I've had fifty arguments with that ph
headed Blostcr, hut I've never been able
to make him see things ir®- way yet."
"Well, has he ever succeeded in mak
ing you see tilings his way?”
“Of course not!”
RARE SrORT.
"I see where English gunners have been
shooting at a target that cost 18,000,MX).’
“Tlie gunner who takes aim at an ex
pensive target like that must have tha
Eame luxurious feeling a small boy has
when he throws a rock through a stained
glass window.”
PALS*
\\ bo'll shed a tear for Murphy,
Now humbled in the dust?
who'll shed a tear for Murphy?
McCall will, if die must.
UNDENIABLE.
The man who aspires to write his
country s songs has a laudable ambi
tion.”
To be sure, but tile man who aspires to
syncopate his country's songs is an unmit
igated nuisance."
TOO FASTIDIOUS.
“Women urn inconsistent creatures."
"How about men? Don't they do things
to get themselves put Into prison and then
complain about the accommodations?"
Gabrielle D'Annunzio threatens to com
mit suicide in order to experience a “new
thrill.” While common sense is never
thrilling, if Gabo would try being sensi
ble for half an hour he would find the
sensation decidedly novel.
I PAUL COOK.
ROMANCE OF A POOR GIRL
From the .Kansas City Star.
WHENEVER Lady Cook talks pub
licly it is always about some
thing startling. So, when with
eyes flashing and vigorous gestures, this
widow of St. Francis Cook, knighted by
an English king for his benefactions, ad
vocated before a Pittsburg audience a
few days ago the branding of men physi
cally unfit for marriage, she was merely
giving her hearers something for their
money.
Now about 70 years old, Lady Cook lias
put behind her a dozen careers that have
included poverty, obscurity, notoriety,
fame, social position, wealth and a title.
Any one of them might have filled an or
dinary life, but not so for the resource
ful woman of almost three score years
and ten, whose energy, and activity be
long to progressive young womanhood or
today.
She can talk as entertainingly on the
subject of woman suffrage as upon pur
ity of the lK>dy, mothers lying to their
children, international peace, magnetism,
hypnotism, or—but Lady Cook would
scorn the topic of free love, upon which
she was once wont to discourse and write
when other sensational subjects had
ceased to shock or attract publicity that
could bo converted into dollars through
the medium of a weekly newspaper. That
was in the past, in the days when she
was Tennessee Claflin, a young American
woman with a resourceful, brilliant mind,
struggling to wrest from unpromising en
vironment money and friends and influ
ence as stepping stones to larger fields of
human endeavor.
Home GO years or more ago Tennessee
Claflin and her older sister, Victoria, were
children in an Ohio village. Their father
was poor, their mother a spiritualist, and
you would not have believed there was
much of a chance for the 10 shabby
youngsters that swarmed in their little
home. But shortly after they had reached
their teens two of them—-Tennessee, who
was the youngest ami prettiest of the
lot., and Victoria, her older sister- be
came women of the world and.indepen
dent wage-earners. This they did by
starting a magnetic clairvoyant estab
lishment and exploiting Tennessee as the
“child wonder.” For many years dating
from this time it was alleged that Ten
nessee had wonderful magnetic power.
Perhaps she had. At any rate, the sis
ters were successful and acquired a large
clientele.
But they were looking beyond the re
stricted horizon that bounded tho mag
netic power business. They went to New
York. Did they spend their time looking
for somebody that wanted to hire them?
They did not. Victoria and Tennessee, who
was now calling herself Tennie C. CTaflin,
possibly because it savored less of hum
ble origin, appeared in the brokerage
business in Wall street. Within a month
tiiey were doing better than a good many
men brokers in the street. It was the
day of .Tim Fiske, Jay Gould and Com
modore Vanderbilt, and there was always
some business they could put in the way
of the clever sisters who had taken the
plunge into tho business world where
women were then rare enough to be re
garded as curiosities. Victoria at that
j time is described as fine looking, but a
! cold, commanding woman, while Tennie
was a beauty, more nervous and high
j strung, yet with a sympathetic, winning
j manner.
The brokerage business did not hold
them long. They had soon branched out
in the publishing business uhd were get
j ting out a weekly called Woodhull and
Claflin's Weekly. Victoria had mean
while met and been married to a Dr.
Channing Woodhull, her senior by a good
many years. Their weekly didn't have
very much to say about spiritualism or
| magnetism at this time, but it did have
u good many startling things to say about
J free love, equal suffrage, morality of a
type somewhat advanced for that day,
I sociology, humanitarianism and kindred
doctrines and theories.
I Victoria had flown in the face of public
i opinion by marrying Col. James Blood
of * Missouri without being formally di
vorced from her former husband, Dr.
Woodhull, and this seemed to certain
readers of the weekly like the outward
and visible sign of certain convictions on
the free love doctrine touched upon in the
weekly's editorial columns. It w'as at just
about this time that tho weekly printed
a full story of the Beecher-Tilton scandal,
in which Henry Ward Beecher, the fam
ous Brooklyn preacher, was accused of
intimacy with Theodore Tilton s wife. New
York gasped.
The /whole edition of tht weekly was

confiscated and the two women editois
found themselves in the Tombs for the
night—not, however, before the story had
become known and tlio whole country
stirred at the gravity of the charges.
Public opinion was aroused against the
Ciafiln sisters, the weekly was on Its
last legs, tlie brokerage business was pet
ering out, damage suits confronted then:.
They were at the end of tiictf rope In
America. They sought the more congenial
atmosphere of England, and for a few
years dropped out of public view as far as
America was concerned. But both were
brilliant women and botli were busy writ
ing and lecturing in London, and grad
ually they won a following over there
and resumed the publication of a week
ly paper. Mrs. Victoria Wopdhull-Blood
was fortunately freed by the deatli of her
twro former husbands and she met and
won a rich banker, John Blddulph Martin,
witli a fine home in Hyde Park. Money
and social position were hers at lust.
The progress of her younger, handsomer
sister will even more romantic and start
ling. Francis «'ook, a mlllidhalro silk
merchant, heard her lecture, fell in love
1 with her and married her.
| Through her wise direction of the plac
jiiig of his personal charities and benefac
tions lie was knighted and became Hit
■ Francis Cook and Tennle bccamo Lady
i Cook. Sir Francis Was also Viscount of
[ Montserrat, with a beautiful residence in
I Portugal and a picturesque scat in Bicli
! mond, Surrey, overlooking the Thames,
[ called Doughty House. Tennio became
| mistress of its beautiful lawns, its stables,
I conservatories, Its ancestral halls. She
had at last reached, if not the innermost
circle of English high society, at least
a position so enviable that many of the
women who had formerly known and
scorned her would have given their right '
hands to have possessed it.
When her husband died at the good
1 old age of 90 he left ligr a good part of
| Ids fortune, dividing it with children by
| a former wife. Victoria had meantime
j lost her husband by death, so that the
1' 'laflin sisters became wealthy widows, de
I voted to suffrage, educational and cliuri
I table enterprises, go it Is that Lary Cook,
jtiie Viscountess of Montserrat, visits tills
| country occasionally now to lecture. Al
together, this story of these two unknown,
lowly horn Amoyioans, now living In state
like princesses after their long, uncer
; tain career, piny Ing the part of grande
[dames at the English capital, sounds like
the pages of romance.
M IX MUST LIVE"
From the Kansas City Times.
Socrates could have escaped with ms
lift.* if lie would have agreed to give up
teaching the young men of Athens, lie
refused, “i know not. what death is,*’ ho
said. "It may be a good thing, and I am
not afraid of it. But I do know that it is
a bad thing to desert one‘B post, and 1
prefer what may be good to what^I know
is bad.”
A modern expression of the same idea
is in Mrs. Charlotte Stetson Oilman’s
verse, "A Man Must Five,” which ends;
"There are times when o man must die.
imagine for a battle cry.
From soldiers with a sword to hold
From .soldiers with the flag unrolled
This coward’s whine, this liar's lie—
A man must live!”
ACCOUNTING JS DUE
From the Chattanooga Times. #
It is charged that Mr. Hobson spent only
1G days in the national House during a pe
riod of more than live months. Under
wood was on the job all the time. The
people of Alabama will make the ac
counting.
THE STONE REJECTED
By Edwin Markham.
For years it had been trampled in tiio
street
Of Florence by the drift of heedless feet—
The stone that Buonarroti made confess
That shape you know, that marble loveli
ness.
You mind the tale—how he was passing
by
When the rude marble caught his Joviaa
eye.
That stone men had dishonored and had {
thrust J
Out to the insult of the wayside dust. f
He stoopt to lift it. from its mean estate,
And bore it on his shoulder to the gate. d
Where all day long a hundred hammer* g
rang: x
And soon his chisels round the marble
sang.
Till suddenly the hidden angel shone
That had been waiting, prisoned in the
stone.
i Thus came the cherub, with the laughing
fact
That, long has lighted up s*n altar place.

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