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heart*. ^-Othello.
The Senatorial Appointment
Alabama is entitled to two repre
sentatives in the United States Sen
The governor of Alabama has made
an appointment. His appointee should
be seated, and should hold the seat un
til the legislature of Alabama provides
for the successorship under the seven
teenth amendment of the constitution.
Punishing the Speeder
A Birmingham chauffeur ran his
car at excessive speed and struck a
little negro. Instead’ of stopping to
ascertain the extent of his victim s in
juries, the driver attempted to escape.
He was arrested and tried before the
recorder, a fine of $25 and a jail sen
tence of 30 days being imposed. He.
appealed, of course.
But there was a rude awakening to
this speeder's dream of freedom
■when his trial in the criminal court
was concluded. The decision there
was guilty, with a fine of $100 and a
prison sentence of six months. The
possibilities of appeal have not been
exhausted yet, but a precedent has
been set which may deter those con
victed before the recorder of violating
the law from believing implicitly that
arraignment in the lower tribunal is
just a legal formality.
The speed demon has long been a
menace to Birmingham. His doings
are as great a source of irritation to
the careful automobilist as they are
to the pedestrian. All the anathemas
hurled at his head by press and public
are of no avail. The courts must cure
his disease, and if drastic treatment is
necessary, it should be resorted to.
Succeeding Mr. Stover
Charles B. Stover, park commis
sioner of New York, walked out of
his office October 16, and none of his
associate office holders have heard
from him since. Several times in
quiry regarding Mr. Stover’s where
abouts was addressed to Mayor
Kline. “I don't know,” was always
Mr. Kline's answer. “Everybody
knows Stover. The way he is acting
is no particular surprise.” Mr.
Stover is regarded as the acme of
honor. There has not been the slight
est intimation that there was anything
wrong with his books, or that he had
not administered the affairs of his of
fice in strict accord with his ideas of
his duty.
But Mayor Kline has gotten tired
■pf awaiting the return of Stover. Un
der the authority of a special ordi
nance, a successor to the park com
missioner has been appointed for 30
days. If Mr. Stover hasn’t returned
by the expiration of that period, when
he does come back, he will find him
self out of a job.
This all seems fair enough. It will
be approved by nearly everyone who
believes that a man should do the
work he is employed to do. Wouldn't
it be a good idea to apply the Kline
way to congressmen and all others
who flagrantly absent themselves
from their work?
The Fiery Cross
When “King” Larkin, as he is
dubbed by some of his followers, was
released a week ago, after serving a
jail sentence for fomenting riot in
Dublin, he announced that he was
going to England and raise the “fiery
cross.” “King” Larkin should have
pondered the fate of Roderick Dhu,
which followed fast upon that chief's
bidding Malise to speed with the em
blem of yew seared by fire and
quenched is blood. “King” Larkin may
not succeed in raising the fiery cross,
but he has already succeeded in rais
ing the constabulary.
England has had its share of agita
tors. Jack Cade, Wat Tyler and
Lord Gordon are names that come
readily to the mind in this connection.
Mrs. Pankhurst has made the calling
prominent of late. “King” Larkin
w-ill find the country ripe for the
stirring of elements of unrest.
-The suffragettes, notwithstanding
the newspaper notoriety given them,
have accomplished nothing for their
cause. In fact, conservative observ
ers say they have set it back a quar
ter of a century. "King” Larkin will
hold the public eye a little while and
then vanish into oblivion. Merrie
England today is still as once char
acterized by an eminent and witty
Frenchman. It is like a barrel of its
own beer, froth at the top, dregs at
the bottom, but in the middle fine and
For Birmingham's Financial Relief
Every intelligent citizen of Bir
mingham realizes the necessity of
early legislative action providing
means of financial relief for this city.
The only way this relief can be ob
tained is through the legislature, and
a committee of twelve prominent men
will wait upon the governor of Ala
bama and urge him to call an extra
session. This committee is the result
of a mass meeting held under the
auspices of the Chamber of Commerce
in the chamber’s auditorium yester
day afternoon. It was a large and
representative gathering. Jefferson
county’s senator and several members
of the county’s delegation in the lower
house participated in the meeting.
Judge Lane, who had conferred with
the governor in regard to calling an
extra session, made a report which
was altogether optimistic. He thought
that if a good, strong committee were
to stress the grave financial problem
confronting the city commission and
urge the governor to call a special
session of the legislature, he would
comply and iss'ue a call at an early
The meeting was not only repre
sentative in character, but the get-to
gether spirit was strongly in evidence.
Some citizens and property owners
have been in favor of increasing the
tax assessment rather than the tax
rate, but it is believed that the ma
jority of the people here who under
stand the situation are in favor of an
advance in the rate from $1 to $1.50.
That would give the city all the reve
nue that is needed, whereas some of
the- revenue accruing from an in
creased assessment would go into the
county treasury, and some into the
state treasury.
Several animating speeches were
made at the meeting, and when the
committee calls upon the governor,
they will feel assured of practically a
unanimous Birmingham backing.
The legislature once in session, there
would be no doubt about it passing
without hesitation a bill submitting
the necessary constitutional amend
ment providing for an increased tax
rate here. That amendment proposi
tion would not be ratified until the
regular election next year, but the
very day the legislature agreed to
submit the matter to the people, the
city’s credit would improve and the
banks would feel sufficiently assured
to finance the city through its wait
ing period.
The outlook is decidedly encourag
ing. _ *
The Hunting Season
The quail is being routed from his
covert, and the buck from his bed.
The hunting season is on, not only for
him with shotgun and rifle, but for
the reportorial nimrods who con
stantly trail the odd and bizarre
story with the idea of marketing it
with some unsuspecting news editor
at the other end of a telegraph wire
several hundred miles in length.
For the shortness of time the sea
son has been open, splendid bags are
being displayed. Here are some of
the showings of the journalistic Bah
Henry Severson, 65 years old, a
wealthy retired miner, fought against
death by starvation or thirst or from
being killed by wild animals several
days before he succumbed. It seems
that Henry set a bear trap in the
wilds of New Mexico. He stumbled
into it himself. His body, torn into
shreds by the claws of wildcats and
mountain lions, has been recovered by
his friends.
This seems pretty good for a
starter. But it is just a preliminary,
as i twere, a warming up heat before
the typewriters got well in action.
Vernon Rider of Kingston, Wis.,
while hunting deer, had a most un
usual accident to befall, as told in The
Age-IIerald a few days ago. To keep
from being gored by a wounded buck,
Rider seized the animal by the ant
lers. A sudden toss of the deer’s
head, and Rider was astride the buck’s
back. Now, gallant Mazeppa, show
there’s something in your patronymic.
He did. Rider rode, nine miles,
through thorn and bramble, o’er dale
and dell. Peter B. Marvel, an old hun
ter—it is strange how these old hunt
ers hang around awaiting the psycho
logical moment—saw the approach of
steed and jockey. Blooey, Blooey!
Down came the buck with a load of
shot—buck shot, of course—through
his withers. Rider was once more a
walker. And Peter marveled.
It takes little to amuse us these
days. _
A crusty old bachelor says lie is not In
favor of votes for women because moi>t
women are narrow. Weil, they are bound
to follow the prevailing style, even if they
can’t walk.
An artist committed suicide by inhaling
gas because of the belief that he was be
coming the living image of his master
piece, "The Human Derelict.” A much
more common sense performance would
have been to repaint the picture.
Sidney Moulthrop, Senator J. Ham
Lewis’ discharged stenographer, at one
time maintained three domestic estab
lishments upon his modest salary. Cur
rency legislation is not particularly needed
by such men as he.
A Tennessee man who got out an In
junction restraining his relatives from
visiting him, could have solved the prob
lem with less publicity by moving into a
house that had no spar© bedroom.
Chauncey Depew seems to think that
the American girl is not as pretty as sho
was 50 years ago. Perhaps Chauncey
hasn't as good an eye for feminine pul
chritude as he used to have.
A Brooklyn woman was married 22
years before she told her sisters about it.
At this late day they will probably refrain
from saying that she might have made a
better choice of a husband.
So it was fermented mare’s milk that
made the prohibitionists roar In days
gono by? The Tartar who still likes It
has never tasted the stuff that’s distilled
Ip. Kentucky.
Lillian Russell advises girls to quit
biting their lips. But what else are they
going to do when they say things that do
not sound exactly lik^ they lntende^?
Kaiser Wilhelm has come out in a vig
orous denunciation of the tango. The
Kaiser’s absence from the news columns
evidently has begun to pall on him.
A Frenchman of talent would fain fight
a duel, but can find no second. Is it pos
sible that his thirst for gory vengeance
must remain unsatisfied?
When “King Harkin’’ reached Hondori
trouble started. “King Harkin’’ seems to
be much more of a storm center than
King George.
A new bacillus deadly to the human
race has just been discovered. Excuse
us for not joining in the rejoicing.
Sifted down, the explanation of the
Frisco receivership seems to be that the
road needed money.
The Down-and-Out club has appointed
a committee to receive Huerta and Mur
Pavlowa says the tango “gets on her
nerves.” Pavlowa is courting popularity.
A part of your Christmas shopping
should be with the poll tax collector.
Chattanooga Times: Alabama newspa
pers may soon have to use logarithms to
estimate Underwood’s majority.
\ -
Montgomery Advertiser: Hobson says
$3,000,000 is being spent by the liquor in
terests to beat him. Is there a man in
Alabama who is dunefe enough to. believe
Camden News: Mr. Hobson’s frequent
statement that Oscar Underwood grows
weak as the days come and go, reminds
us of a boy trying to keep his courage up
by whistling when he passes a grave
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
There were never before so many
Writers as there are today. There are
books and books and books. There are
books In every language and on all
topics. But quality suffers as quantity
soars. The public hungers for a really
great book; it has hungered so long that
its taste may have become impaired; per
haps it would not recognize a great book
if one were to appear.
The Nobel trustees are compelled once
a year to award prizes for the highest at
tainments in literature. During the 10
years since the establishment of the prize
such worthy writers as Mommsen, Bjor
son, Mistral, Sienkiewics and Kipling
have been honored. It is a comment on
the fairness of the judges that although
they are all Swedes they have awarded
the prize to but one Swedish writer, Sel
ma Lagerlof. who Is also the only woman
who has been thus distinguished. Kipling
is the only writer in the English language
who has been deemed worthy.
It is quite apparent that the judges have
had much difficulty in seeking out men
who measure up to the high standards of
worth which have been set. So difficult
has It been that this year they hav^
passed over Europe and America and
have made their award to a Hindu.
Rabindranath Tagore, who receives the
Nobel awfird of 1913, is an Indian gentle
man of occidental education. He is a poet
said by those who have read his w'orks to
be gifted with high qualities of spiritual
ity and imagination. He writes not only
in hi "native tongue, which is one of the
myriad languages of modern India, but
also in the classical Sanskrit and in mod
ern English. It is certain that he is a
man of high excellence, notwithstanding
the fact that probably no one in America
ever heard of him before the Nobel judges
thrust him forward as better than the best
of tile Occident.
Even those who have never heard of Ta
gore will not bo inclined tg quarrel with
the award, for they appreciate the pres
ent lack of literary quality in western
lands. Only those who object to the giv
ing of any honor to an Asiatic, no mat
ter how meritorious he may be, will find
fault with the learned men at Stockholm.
There should be satisfaction in knowing
that the Nobel prizes are literally open to
the competition of all the wrorld.
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From the Chicago News.
Beware of toy pistols and platonic love.
The demand for information bureaus ex
ceeds the supply.
Marriage is more often a disappointment
than a failure.
A lazy man seldom complains because
lie is unable to lind work.
The luckiest day for getting married
has not yet been discovered.
Some engagements are announced by
the mother and denounced by the father.
It isn’t necessary for a man to have
money to burn in order to keep the pot
Some men try to console themselves
with the thought that they could be bet
ter If they tried.
If you don’t believe a woman can keep
a secret, just ask her age of "one on the
shudy side of 30.
At some period in a man’s life there is
one woman he is trying to get and another
he is trying to get away from.
Holiday Trade Active
“There may have been some lull in busi
ness this fall in certain sections of the
country, but I believe the holiday trade
will be as brisk as ever,'* said M. •?.
Rawlins of Chicago.
“In fact, there is much activity right
now. Out west business in nearly all lines
is good and in the south, especially in the
cotton states, business conditions are
highly satisfactory. Money for 13-cer.t
eottoA is now pouring into this section."
The nirinliigham Spirit
“I was glad to see the real Birmingham
spirit—the get-together spirit—pervading
the citizens' meeting at the Chamber of
Commerce,’’ said M. E. Linnehan last
“The occasion was of prime importance,
and a discussion of the city of Birming
ham's financial condition and the reasons
why an extra session of the legislature
should be called to afford the city relief
received close attention. Most of the
speeches were light to the point. I think
that everyone there felt that the gover
nor of Alabama, when all the facts were
laid before him, would call an extra ses
St. I'atil'fl Itaznr
Large crowds are attending the bazar
being conducted by the ladies of Sc.
Paul's church on Second avenue, adjoining
Norton's drug store. It will last until
Thanksgiving night.
[ “I am glad to know that the St. Paul
I bazar is being well patronized and that
j che dining department is filled from noon
until 2:80 p. m..’ said Johif L. McRae.
, "Three years ago when the ladles of St.
i Paul's held a bazar in the First National
bank building tho .‘Jo-ccnt dinners were
extremely popular, and the dinners served
now are as fine and in Just as great de
mand. Three tickets are being sold for
a dollar, and I am told they are going
First Visit to Birmingham
‘‘I have been here a week, and I am
greatly pleased with the city,said Harold
Ames Bromlelgh of Washington, D. C ,
who is identified with a prospective Cath
olic work in 10 volumes.
‘Of course, I had heard a great deal of
Birmingham and expected to see a large
city, but when I think of its compara
tively youthful age, I am amazed at the
magnitude of Its development. I had no
idea that I Would find so many towering
office buildings. The big hotel near
ing completion will be one of the most
beautiful In this country. J have been
admiring very much the Terminal station,
it is artistic architecturally, and is strictly
modern. Fine railway stations and fine
hotels naturally impress the stranger. 1
was never in this part of the country be
fore, hut when I got off the train and
walked through the station I felt that
Birmingham was a real city.”
Birmingham'** Metamorphosis
“I felt as though I were in a dream
this morning as 1 looked at the streets
of Birmingham while trying to recall the
scenes of my youth," said J. S. Allen, one
of the oldest citizens of the district.
"I could hardly realize that these paved
thoroughfares, tall buildings of steel
frame or concrete, and the bustling
throngs of business men could have re
placed the white fields of cotton, the long
rows of ripening corn, the wooded hills,
and the rural population of 40 years ago.
"I was born within a mile of the pres
ent site of the city hall some three score
years ago, and I have shared the varying
fortunes of the district. I came out of
the war without a oent. When I reached
home I settled down to hard work, and
while I worked I saved. Although [ have
overlooked real estate bargains which,
had I only foreseen some of the changes
undergone in recent years, would have
made me extremely wealthy, I have man
aged to accumulate enough by toil and
prudent investment to enable me to feel
Independent in old age. I have plowed a
bull yearling over land which has now
become the most valuable business prop
erty in the city.
“Although this vast Improvement
spreading around seems only a dream,
when I hark back to the old times, and
as I consider development in this district
as it came, step by step, I see that my
dream has become reality through the
enterprise of those who could appreciate
the vast natural resources lying dormant
and hidden to the untrained eye.”
Underwood Sentiment Everywhere
“I have just returned from a trip
crt 10 days to Ohio, New York and
Pennsylvania, where I went to confer
with associates in the mining, busi
ness,” said Charles Sumner, "and what
impressed me the most everywhere I
went was the lively interest in the
success of Oscar Underwood's sena
torial race.
"The first slop was at Toledo. In the
splendid Hotel Secor I met many men
who expressed the wish that Alabama
would not disappoint the people of the
United States in the matter of main**'*
taining her well established reputa
tion for sending men of marked abil
ity to the Senate and that Underwood
would sweep the state. I assured them
he would be elected.
“In Buffalo I met numbers of in
fluential men of all shades of political
opinion and each and every virtually
said: ‘Of course Alabama will send her
great statesman, Underwood, to tha
Senate.’ Supreme Court Judges Pooley
and Wheelen, whom I’ve known for
some time, and with whom I am In
terested in mining enterprises, de
clared that the democrats of Alabama
would fall short of their reputation
for choosing able men for the Senate
if Oscar Underwood is not honored by
a well nigh unanimous vote. Former
State Senator Loomis said to me'. ‘Sure
ly Alabama does not seriously con
sider sending an actor and public en
tertainer to fill the seat of such men
as Morgan and Pettus and Johnston.
Why, do you know, Oscar Underwood,
in tlie minds of many New York dem
ocrats, is the most admired man in
public life today, certainly the greatest
‘‘In Utica, two of the largest depart
ment stores' proprietors, Mr. Wells and
Mr. Capron, both said: ‘Certainly there
can be no question but that Under
wood will be properly honored by the
Alabama democrats.’
VIn Philadelphia and two other Penn
sylvania ctles I found the Interest in
Underwood's success so evident I camo
home proud of the state and its dis
tinguished statesman, Oscar W. Under
From Leslie’s.
One idea for a “turkey” dinner is to
have tlie table coveroc with a paper cloth,
showing a border de*<gn of turkeys, the
napkins to match. For a centerpiece,
there could te a large papier mache tur
key, harnessed by red and yellow ribbons
to a scooped out pumpkin. Fill the pump
kin with red apples, oranges and grapes.
Pickaninny favors ore made from wish
bones, or bits of stiff cardboard in wish- i
bone shape, if it is not possible to Ret
enough of the real ifrtlcle. To make
| them, the extremities aro covered with
l blade or bipwn scaling wax. The tiny
features can be molded with a little pa
tience by slightly warming the wax over
a cundle, sticking in white beads for
eyes, and a curved line of red paint for
i the it:< nth. The pickaninnies should bo
dressed In bfts of bright gingham with lit -
t'e aprons and shawls. The arms are
mad a of folded strips of gingham sewed
| on at the neck. A gay bandanna should
j be added to get the most realistic ef *
j feet.
There are many dainty ways of carrying
out the red and yellow combination In
serving vegetables and dessert. Real ears
of dry yellow corn can be whittled out
i into canoe shape, and the cranberry jelly
served in them. Yellow turnips about
I the size of small apples can have the base
j sliced off so that they will stand firmly
on a red autumn leaf doily. The center
I is removed to get the desired cup shape,
land creamed turnip dice are served in this
I member, accompanying the baked coun
j try ham.
From "Tho Humors of Mountaineers," In
the Wide World Magazine.
; Nearly every adventurer upon the Alps
nowadays carries a camera. It is a sign
of the times; people have become obsessed
with the importance of realities, and the
camera is the only possible agent to en
able you to show realities to your friends,
j It is not of much uso to tell them about
some strange sight, or of some curious
| conformation of nature you may have
met with in your climb. You must show
| It to them.
I A feature of the high Alps today is tho
number of worthies who earn their bread
| by means of the camera. There is an old
gentleman at GrindeUvald, for instance,
who makes quite a comfortable com
petency by standing in front of his chalet
when visitors laden with cameras are
coming up the side of the mountain, and
I blowing upon a tremendous horn.
"How very quaint!" exclaims the un
suspecting tourist. "The dear old shep
herd is calling home the cows." The
dear old shepherd, however, is a man of,
sound business principles. lie doesn’t
drag his antiquated instrument about his i
house for the fun of the thing; neither
does lie perform upon it for the benefit
of his flocks and herds, for he owns none.
Hut he will tell you frankly, when you
ask him to stand "quite still.” that he
will Aery willingly pose in whatever man
ner you like, but you muit first pay hint
a couple of francs for his trouble. That
old gentleman Is probably tile best known
character In the Grisons, anti the hero of
many local tales.
iEdgar Allen Forbes, in Leslie's.
It Is tile dreariness and isolation of to
day's life ulong tho Yukon thut give suc-h
properity to the saloons and keep abroad
the trail that lends to the high barri
caded beyond which the hireling harpies
dwell. It is now a bachelor's country
yiien ' it should be u land of homes. At
Eagle, for instance, I met the school
teacher at the Indian school and asked
him where the white children got their
education. lie replied that ttiere was
only one white child in the district, and
it was under school age!
Something should be done at once to
make life along, the Yukon worth living
to the sturdy pioneers who have gone In
and possessed the land. They want no
subsidies nor other form of philanthropy;
they want home rule. Just like other
Americans have. They know that the
irksome restrictions of today will be re
moved, but they want the relief now, while
they are alive.
And what is his reward for all Ills suf
ferings, for the sites of future cities, for
the leagues of water frontage, for the
virgin ore beds worth a kingdom? None,
save the pitiful sample nuggets which
prove his llndlngs. "The clever chaps
that followed” get It all, tracking him
by the camps lie quitted; they rediscover
all his rivers, go hack and do the talk
ing, and are acclaimed the pioneers!
QtKEH hi him. customs
From the Wide World Magazine.
In the minds of most bush peoples no
hard and fast line.seems to exist between
the living and the dead. Ghosts are
thought to exercise great Influence over
those who still dwell on earth. At all
ceremonies of importance the names of the
principal ancestors are Invoked, and at
feasts part of the food is always laid
aside for them, in some such words as the
"Bisten, my family. Here is the offering
(goat, sheep or cow) which we have
killed for him who lias died. Here Is your
portion. It Is time for us to eat."
A libation Is also poured out in order
that the dead may drink with the living.
By a beautiful fancy, any stranger wlio
dies in a town is buried on the road
by which lie entered It, so that his spirit
may easily And the way back to his home,
or at least watch the road thither and
listen for the coming of friends.
Among many tribes those objects most
used by the dead man while in lll’o are
broken and laid around ills grat e, so that
their Bplrit, set free by the breaking of
their earthly forms, may be borne by
their owner Into the world of ghosts.
From Popular Mechanics.
A show window which renders objects
on display as clearly visible as though
there were no glass at all has recently
been Installed in one of the bjj; New
York department stores. The new
"shadow-box" window eliminates all re
flection and thus avoids the common and
annoying fault In the ordinary display
window which reffeots sky, buildings,
street traffio, etc., more brilliantly than
It displays the merchandise the store of
fers for sale. The new type of window,
which Is patented, is divided into an upper
and a lower light, the latter extending to
a height well above the head of a very
tall person, and each glass is curved In
ward. The curve, which has been deter
mined after careful study of optical laws,
diverts the rays of light from the street
downward or upward, at an angle at
which the diverted light rays strike a
blsx'k plate which absorbs them.
From the Strand.
Projecting from the wall of a house
overhanging t-he I-ake of Thun. In Swit
zerland, may be seen the bow of a small
lowing boat, with the name Petronella
painted upon it. The wife of the owner of
the house was drowned from this boat
while rowing on the lake. Her husband
determined, as a memorial to his wife, to
build the boat into his house. The room
destineo to contain it, however, proved
too short for the whole length of the
boat, and the bow projects from the wall,
just beneath the balcony. The house
Is close by one of the steamboat piers,
and the unaccountable appearance of this
strange memorial excites^ much curiosity
among the passenger* on the steamers.
It's wiser being good than bod;
It's safer being meek than fierce;
It's litter being sane thun mad,
My own hope is a sun will pleroe
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;
That, after lust, returns the first.
Though a wide compass round bo
That what began best, can't prove
—Robert Browning.
It's braver being glad than glum;
It's better being warm than cold;
It's nicer to be glib than dumb;
It's luckier being young than old;
My own hope la that, after ail
The eager faith or foolish doubt.
It may not be my fate to fall
In where I never can crawl out.
—Chicago Record-Herald.
It's liner to be kind than mean,
It’s cleverer to be true than great.
Pure thought* are nobler than unclean.
It’s manlier to love than hate.
My own hope is through every Bhock
That comes as on through iife I wend
That some day I may buy a stock
That really pays a dividend.
—Detroit Free Presa.
It's better to be free than slave;
It's easier to loaf than work;
The sure way to an empty grave
Is always working like a Turk.
My own hope is that with a few
More years the way we re going now,
We'll get the work ave're doing through.
And have more Idleness, somehow.
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
It's better to be bright than dull,
It’s Jollier to smile than frown;
And faith Is stronger than a "puli”
To help a fellow when he's down.
My own hope Is some day that I,
With heart care-free and bosom light,
May feel myself, nor question why, _
Those "cheer up” moods of which ^
—Birmingham Age-Herald.
It’s better to be happy, Bp,
Than wealing grouches 'round with
It's better, but—and this I know,
That It is bo milch harder, too.
My own hope is that some glad day,
O'er pretty lea, and fen, and dale,
• I'll hunt—and no boneheuded jay
Will shoot me for a festive quail.
—Johnstown Democrat.
It's sweeter sitting close than coy.
It's harder making talk than spoon,
It's sillier having doubts than joy.
My own hope Is that, pretty soon,
Some evening when the light Is dim—
When lamp giobes not too much con
She'll leave off being stiff and prim.
Will slop her trifling, and say "yes."
—Nashville Banner,
'Tis better to be sweet than sour,
'Tis better to be fat than lean,
'Tis better to be clothed with power
Than to have hall* upon one’s bean.
My own hope is the Christmas tree
Will not to me bring grief or tear,
That no sweet friend will send to me
A single purple tie this year.
—Houston Post, f
"You say Bllfur's chances of winning
this race are highly problematical?"
"Yes; about as problematical as pey
day in the Mexican army."
"There goes a man who spends a great
deal of his time tempering Justice with
"An admirable character, no doubt. |
What Is his business?"
"He Is a famous photographer of wom
"We live In a rapid age."
"And we die In a rapid age. An auto
mobile funeral was stopped In New York
for exceeding the speed limit.”
“The young men who compose this quar
tet seem to he agreeable fellows."
“Quite so. The only fault I have to find
with them Is that they disagree so dis
tressingly when they try to sing.”
The dame, we fear.
With caustic tongue,
Will never hear
Her praises sung.
A Birmingham chauffeur who was fined 1
$3 and given a sentence of 30 days ap
pealed to a higher court, where he waa
fined $100 and was given a sentence of six
months. Hereafter as he motors through
tills mundane sphere he will probably let
well enough alone.
"There is no hope for the girl who says
Beat It.' ”
"Oh, that depends on whether or not
she is referring to a carpet."
"Dtlberry called you a hippopotamus.”
"He did, eh? Well, the very next time
I see him I'll tell him to his face that he
misjudged the thickness of my skin."
IN the “Interesting People” department
of the American Magazine appears a
sketch of Rudolph Blankenburg. The
following extract from the article gives
some Idea of the kind of man Blanken
burg Is and also some Idea of what he
has accomplished:
“Blankenburg says that the women and
children of the city elected him. At one
of the ward meetings held In a factory
district where Mr. Blankenburg's oppo
nent was in the ascendency a woman
rose in the audiencer* she was a poorly
dressed, worn, frail creature, and the men
assembled stared as she began to speak.
It was a pitiful story of a hunted soul
struggling in the toils of that fiend in
human form, the loan shark. Tighter and
tighter the net had wound until at last
everything had gone and life seemed not
worth the struggle. Then had come to
her help, unexpected, unsought. Out of
her despair she had been lifted, freed from
the persecution that had hunted her down,
sent on her way with new courage. The
man who had done this was Rudolph
Blankenburg. With tears streaming down
her cheeks she. asked their votes for him,
this man who had saved her and thou
sands like her. The opposition let the
speech remain unanswered.
“The day lie entered office he promised
the citizens a business administration.
He began by writing to all the leading
shipping agencies in the world calling at
tention to Philadelphia’s transportation
facilities and low freight rate westward.
Mayor Blankenburg Is also Manufacturer
Blankenburg, with a succesflil business ,
career behind him. The agencies believed
! and the city profited. Recently seven
ocean liners arrived in port on one day, -
a number undreamed of a year before. ■
He introduced Into the legislature a bill
which will permit the city to acquire
and control its docks and wharves. He
stopped waste everywhere, saved $222,000
on the garbage contraoj, $50,000 on the
electric light contract, lie put an end
i to the enormous^graft of paying damages
to people whose property lay along pro
posed boulevards, and adopted a system
[of paying the assessed value plus 10 per
cent on all property needed for city pur
poses, and this without recourse to con
demnation proceedings.
“He is a big man, this clean, wholesome,
lovable German, fathering tHe children,
espousing the caues of the women, play
ing with all his might, and working with
all his might as well, at 70 tackling one
of the most difficult tasks that America
offers. ■ !
From Leslie’s.
Mexico! Peace In Mexico means much ,
to us. It is a near neighbor and a good
customer. Its welfare is |therefore our
concern. Mexico never has had a fair
chance to develop, or show what it could
do. All tlie world knows this. Every
financial center is wat'! ■ wtth greedy
eyes for a chance to <1 :* the untold
riches of our nearest n- Few real- (
ize the,mLneral wealth < Mexico. It is
among the leading p: * •'« of sliver,
copper and gold, and i urface of its
mineral territory 1 • has been
scratched. Recently '• has forged
to the front as the i.. ui producer of
petroleum In the world, last year ex
porting nearly 20,000,000 barrels ol oil.
There are those who believe that our beef
problem could beat be solved by Mexico,
with Its limitless ranges and vast areas
of grazing lands especially adapted to
the raising of cattle. It Is not surprising
that American capita! has been invested
so generously in Mexico, and that the
fear of our supremacy in the southern
republic has much to do with the anxiety
other nations feel over our attitude toward
affairs in that country. Wo fear that
President Wilson does not fully realize j
the materialistic Bide of the question.
Moral and ethical considerations should,
of course, bo considered, but we should
not altogether overlook the practical side
that other great nations consider. The
United States is the greatest customer of
Mexico. It buys more of its products than
any other nation, and it sells to it half
of Mexico’s imports. This simple state
ment is worth considering. Wo should
treat Mexico as a friend, a neighbor and
a good customer. But site must recipro
“There seems to be something ridicu
lous, if not quite Improper, In being
known as a matinee idol," says E. II.
bothern in the December Strand. ‘’It
seems to suggest that one courts the ad- |
miration of impressionable women for
one’s ow'ii person as distinct from one’s
“That an actor's portrayal of parts
which depict the qualities of youth, cour- 1
age, high purpose and self sacrifice should
win the commendation of women who at
tend matfnees is, of course, to be de
sired. The enthusiasm of the ladies is
necessary to the success of these imper
sonations, and it is particularly the
young and ingenuous females .w'ho should
find such qualities admirable.
“I used to play that sort of role myself
and was rather glad to think that I had
won the good will of young ladies and old
j ladles for the excellences of the hero In
the play. It Is when the young man who
interprets these characters takes the en
thusiasm to himself as a person that hs
becomes 'tiresome to other men.
"Persons who really win the Victoria
Cross or rescue drowning maidens or do
feat several ruffians single handed art
usually modest and eager to hide under
the nearest bushel. It is rather conics
therefore, to see the fellow who has only
pretended to do these things strutting
about in the open. And when you speak
of the matinee idol, perhaps you fancy
him behaving in this somewhat public \
manner. As a rule, however, you Will
find him an unassuming party—fond of
his home and much concerned about his i
wife and children—a man of parts in j
more senses than one.
"Now and then a more gay and reck
less spirit appears who becomes an au
thority on waistcoats, and after a short
and palpitating career repents at leisure
time and opportunity wasted. This does
not happen often, however, and whon It
does it must excite respectful sorrow
rather than indignation—for it is a very
hard job to be that kind of a matt new
Idol; one has to walk about a great deal,
and waistcoats don’t lust for ever. Also,
they go out of fashion.’’
From the Popular Magazine.
Daniel G. Reid ami Judge W. IT.- Moore,
the capitalists, are known in financial
circles as the Siamese twins of Wall
street. They wondered over to Jersey City
one day to attend an annual meeting of
the American Can company, in which
both are heavily interested, and from
which both are said to have reaped mil
lions. Returning to tho ferryhouse on I
their way back, Mr. Reid strolled up to
the ticket window and calmly said:
After going through all his pockets lie
turned to Moore. "Judge,” he said,
"you’ll have to blow to tho tickets. I'm
"How much?" said the Judg«.
"Six cents," answered Reid. \
"Gad," said Moore, "thut’s a life-save.*.
I’ve got just one dime."
THE mill) LET LOOM), j
By Thomas Moore. / '
The bird let loose in Eastern skit*?.
When hastening fondly home, -
Ne’er stoops to earth her wing, nor files
Where Idle warblers roam;
Rut high she shoots through air and light,
Above all low delay, f
Whore nothing earthly bounds her night.
Nor shadow dims her way. !
So grant me, God, from every cure.
And stain of passion free.
Aloft, through Virtue's purer air.
To hold my course to thee! |!
No eln cloud nor lure to slay if
My soul aw homo she springs: I
Thy sunshine Cn her jryful way, •
Thy lrecdom In tier wrings l
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