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THE AGE-HERALD
E. W. BARRETT EdR«r
Entered at the Birmingham, Ala.,
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act of Congress March 3. 18,8.
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Slepartmenrsl, Mala 4900.
JSe nisn shnnld possess him aar ap
pearance of fear.
—Henry the Fifth.
BEGINNING THE IJAY—Show me,
O God, the txxo men rvho live In me
_the one doubling and fenring nnd
sneering nnd haling: the oilier be
lieving and daring and smiling nnd
loving. And help me, O Builder of
Men, to know the nobler port ns
Thy plnn for me, nnd to nnme II my
true self. Kor Jesus' soke. Amen.
—H. M. E.
New Theory As to Icebergs
A new theory announced relative to
the life and final disposition of an,
iceberg suggests that strange feature
of human character which permits fa
miliar objects to remain a long time
unsubjected to study and careful con
sideration.
Sailors have divided the masses of
ice which frequent the “steamer
lanes” of the north Atlantic during the
epring into two great classes—regu
lar icebergs and “growlers” or “slob
ice.” The former vary in size and
usually float with about three-fourths
. of their dimensions submerged. The
game proportions as to exposure are
maintained by the “growlers,” but
they are never very high above the
surface, about 15 feet being consid
ered the normal height.
These masses of floating ice are
broken off from the glaciers in the
arctic regions and float southward in
the spring and summer. Until re
cently it has always been supposed
that they continued floating to
warmer seas until they were even
tually entirely melted by the gulf
stream or lower latitudes. But now
appears Captain Johnson of the
United States revenue cutter Seneca,
with a new theory as to the fate of the
drift ice and bergs. He asserts that
he has given years of scientific study
to the question and is convinced that
the bergs do not perish in the gulf
stream or warmer waters, but that
when they have decreased about two
thirds in size, they are caught up by
an adverse current of the ocean and
returned to the regions in which they
originated.
He bases much of his conclusion
upon the alleged fact that all of the
icebergs in the state of dimunition
which he has observed were inva
riably floating in a direction due
north and at a rate of about four miles
a day. They appear to leave the gulf
stream off of the Grand Banks,
where it deflects in the direction of
Flemish cape, and slowly proceed
■upon their northern route. Again, no
icebergs are encountered below a cer
tain degree of southern latitude and
their size whfen last observed just a
short distance above this latitude
must preclude the idea that in so short
ja distance and so brief a time they
liad melted sufficiently to render therrf
Invisible above the surface of the sea.
They are caught up by another cur
rent and begin their journey home
prard.
Attracting Homeseekers
The south is attracting homeseekers
How more than ever. The early spring
in this part of the country is in sharp
contrast to the winter conditions pre
vailing in the north, and this will de
termine many a northern farmer of
limited means to come and settle in
Alabama, where good lands can be
bought for little money, and where
all the crops can be produced profit
ably.
The railroads, through their land
and industrial departments, are do
ing much to make known the ad
vantages presented by those states
which the roads traverse. The land
•nd publicity agents are distributing
attractive booklets and disseminating
information in various ways, but
desirable settlers will be induced to
Come to Alabama in even larger num
bers when the Settlement and Devel
opment association gets well to work.
Thia association is organized for the
purpose of building up the waste
places and it will seek especially to
bring farm colonies to Alabama and j
| f
install them in fertile districts and
amid pleasant surroundings.
The Birmingham Chamber of Com
merce has a farm movement commit
tee composed of wide awake men
working, to increase the number of
truck farmers in Jefferson county.
I This committee has accomplished
something within the past two or
three years, and with the co-operation
of the recently organized Alabama
Settlement and Development associa
tion, it should be able to show large
results in the next year or two. There
are about 200 truck farmers in the
immediate Birmingham district now.
There is room for two or three
thousand.
Phenomenal Jump in Iron Exports
The growing power of the United
States in the iron and steel world is
fully demonstrated by the remarkable
record of this industry in 1913. Dur
ing the 12 months $1,000,000 worth
of American iron and steel was sold
abroad for every day of the year.
Nor is this all; the official figures
of American foreign commerce show
that in the past 10 years the exports
of iron and steel from the United
States have increased 182 per cent,
while those of Germany show an ad
vance of only 140 per cent, with the
trade of Great Britain growing but
73 per cent.
In 1913 Germany surpassed Eng
land as an iron and steel exporting
nation, her shipments being 4 per cent
greater than that of the latter coun
try, but Germany's tonnage was one
half larger than ours.
Much of our iron and steel is needed
at home. Mill owners used to say
that the life of iron was about 20
years, and that every two decades it
returned to the furnaces. But build
ing conditions have changed much of
this. The use of steel and iron struc
tures for our modem skyscrapers
causes the metal to be buried, as it
were, and when it once enters these
towering buildings, it is presumabl'
there forever. But Europe is begin
ning to imitate us in this respect and
she needs our iron and steel. While
it is true that a lower tariff encour
ages the importation of European
metal into the United States, compe
tition for foreign business in such
channels has become so acute that
American mills are more than likely to
maintain their increase of iron and
steel in foreign markets and it is most
assuredly not too optimistic to pre
dict that at the end of the present de
cade the United States will have be
come the greatest iron and steel ex
porting nation upon the face of the
globe.
Great Hopes Centered on The Hague
The fact that the next great peace
conference to be held at‘The Hague
will not assemble until 1917, and the
reasons for its deferment of three
years argue that much of almost in
ealcuable value will result from the
deliberations of the assemblage.
The European powers have named
the postponed date from the con
sensus of opinion that time for a
thorough preparation of the pro
gramme for the conference is essen
tial in order that anything profitable
may emenate from the deliberations of
so important a body.
There have been two previous con
ferences at The Hague in the advo
cacy of universal peace, one in 1899
and the other in 1907, and that better
results therefrom were not obtained
has been accredited by leading diplo
matists to insufficient preparation, a
grave error which it has been deter
mined shall not be a factor of the next
convention.
Hope for an almost ideal assem
blage is justified by the interest mani
fested in the next conference by the
leading powers of the globe and the
earnestness with which they have en
tered into preparations for its pro
ceedings. Holland has been advised
by these powers that much of good is
confidently looked for.
The German imperial government
has assigned to several high officials
the task of working out carefully pre
paratory details, and France has al
ready set herself to labor by the ap
pointment of a committee under the
direction of one of her best advocates,
Maitre Renault.
Austriu-Ilungary, Russia and Italy
are keenly alive to the outcome of the
conference and the three countries of
Scandinavia have taken particular
pains to depute the fashioning of the
programme which concerns their in
terest to Hagerup, the Norwegian
secretary of state, Assisted by a care
fully selected committee.
Probably the most salient feature
of the prospective gathering lies in
the fact that the Emperor of Russia,
Nicholas II, has requested his most
trusted adviser, Baron Taube, to pre
pare a special memorial upon the
question of peace, which is to be sub
mitted at the opening of the confer
ence.
With such indications as these ob
taining the dream of yniversal peace
may be nearer and far less chimercial
than most persons have believed.
A buzzer has been placed in the lobby
of a St. Goals church to worn women
gossips when the services begin. Unless
Vs an extra loud buzzer It may r.ot be
heard. j
An unusual operation was recently per
formed at the Baltimore Eye, Ear and
Throat hospital. The entire cornea of a
pig's eye was taken out and grafted on
the eye of a boy three months old. The
pig was brought from Germany for the
purpose. The operation Is apparently a
i success, although as a rule operations of
this character have never been altogether
satlsfactorj'. The child was born blind.
Several weeks ago a more common op
eration was performed by which the sight
of the right eye was made almost perfect.
Dr. William Osier says a man may
take wine, beer and spirits In modera
tion throughout a long life without im
pairing his health. The rampant prohi
bitionists ask nothing better than a state
ment like that to start him on an all-day
argument.
Dr. Harry Thurston F*eck was a ver
satile man. He wrote among other works
"The .Semitic Theory of Creation" and
"The Adventures of Mabel," which as
anybody will agree, are not at all alike.
"Every man remembers when he want
ed a revolver and a mandolin,” says the
Uittshurg Post. Fortunately, few people
are as foolish all their lives as they
are In the first part of their lives.
A prlma dona hired a special train so
she wouldn't miss her afternoon nap.
When every note has a high cash equiv
alent, why not indulge one’s self In a
few comforts?
"To travel hopefully is a better thing
than to arrive," wrote Robert Houls
Stevenson, but he wasn’t speaking of
traveling on an accommodation train
down In Dixie.
King George is given credit for im
proving the situation in Ulster, but is ac
cused of not acting diplomatically. It’s
a hard matter nowadays for a King to
win prestige.
Vice President Marshall recently asked j
permission to stand on his hind legs !
and apeak offhnnd. The informality of
a great man is always delightful.
Bottles of perfume were promised In
order to get women voters to attend a
campaign meeting in Chicago. Vale, the
campaign cigar.
Twenty-five thousand jobs are said to
be going begging in Missouri. News like
that is a severe shock to the army of the
unemployed.
The gentle pipings of spring poets are
ns nothing compared to the noise the
man makes who has spring suits to
sell.
A judge says children are not liars,
but merely romancers. The same thing
might be said of a circus press agent.
"What will not a man give for his life?"
asks a contemporary. Usually he Is will
to give much more than It’s worth.
Cities abandoned 10,000 years ago have
been found by explorers In South Amer
ica. Must have been "dry" towns.
A Boston woman wants to sell her hus
band for $1000. if she thinks that much
of him she’d better keep him.
There are moments when the feminist
movement sems to consist largely of run
ning around in circles.
The new spring overcoat is as ugly a
garment as ever came dowm the street
with a man inside it.
King George^ worries along on 45 suits
a year, exactly 43 more than the average
man can afford.
The secret Is out, President Wilson
rrads detective stories to rest his mind.
It’s a dull day when Cole Blease of
South Corolina doesn’t get into print.
A thin dyspeptical person Is sadly out
of place at a food show.
WOMEN'S VOTES AND FREE LOVE
From the New York World.
Hamlet: "Do you see yonder cloud that's
almost In shape of a camel?"
Polonlus: "By the mass, and 'tls like a
camel, indeed."
Hamlet: "Methinks It is like a weasel."
Polonlus: “It is backed like a weasel.”
Hamlet: “Or like a whale?”
Polonlus: "Very like a whale."
—"tlamlet,’’ Act III, Scene 2.
To the Imagination of the "anti," woman
suffrage takes various portentous and
fearsome shapes. But it has remaij^d for
Rabbi Silverman to see In it a grave men
ace to marriage. "The Infamous ethics of
the feminist movement will destroy the
sanctity of the home," says Dr. Silverman.
"The majority of women who vote will
be those who will advocate free love, and
the result will be that women will be
unsexed."
If women are unsexed, there will be
no perpetuation of the race, and conse
quently no suffragists to worry about.
But what evidence to support his fears
does the learned rabbi find in the states
where women already vote? Is feminist
free love breaking up homes In California
or Oregon?
There are enough logical ana rational
objections to woman suffrage available
for those who oppose It without the need
of recourse to fancied perils. Marriage has
not been affected adversely by men’s vot
ing. Why should voting by women affect
it, except, perhaps, to strengthen Its
bonds? The theory that women will make
use of their new-won political power to
put themselves at a disadvantage so
cially is illogical and takes no account
of the fact that it is to women that mar
riage mainly owes its sanctity.
JM’KKAHBIT SAUSAGE
Ballinger (Tex.) Dispatch to Kansas Cit> j
Star.
It has been discovered that jackrabblts
can be made into excellent sausage. Ex
perimenters say the% sausage is more, pal
atable than*that made of pork. Jackrab
bits are found in such abundance in west
Texas that they are a nuisance and a
ieal menace to growing crops. A wide
spread demand for the sausage would
rid this section of a pest as well as help
to lower the high cost of living.
"Jackrabbit sausage has a taste some
what similar to what chicken sausage
would he," said a Runnels county farmer
who has the delicacy on his table regu
larly. “It also has a tinge of the so
called ’wild’ taste, which makes its fiavor
delightful. 1 first tried mixing the meat
with pork sausage, but found that tne
rabbit meat alone made an even tastiei
food. The wonder Is that the discovery
was not made before this time. The sup
ply is practically unlimited at the present
time, and the manufacture of the sausage
on a commercial scale probably w'ould
prove extremely profitable."
IN HOTEL LOBBIES
Political Campaign*
"Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia are
states that seem particularly given to
political agitation," said J. W. North
rup of Chicago.
"We have a good deal of politlca
in our part ef the country, of course,
but the campaigns are usually limited
to a few weeks. In the south the cam
paigns are long drawn out. When I
was in Alabama last fall the politi
cal contest of absorbing Interest was
that of Underwood and Hobson for the
United States Senate. On this visit
l find many lively contests accompan
ied by some bitterness. I would think
southern people wo'uid get tired of
politics, but I, as a looker on, presume
[ that they like it
"Outside of Alabama there is much
interest in the Underwood-Hobson race
and republicans as well as democrats
think that Mft Underwood is entitled
to the honor of representing this st%ate
in the Senate. The Alabama statesman
has certainly made a great name for
himself."
The Mimic Festival
"All music lovers are eager to see
the project for holding a festival in
May materialize, and (here is good rea
son to believe It will," said a business
man.
"I like the plan which the Birming
ham Music association is now working
on. The association Is a stock com
pany and the shares are only $10. I
understand that the total stock sub
scription is to be limited at the start
to $3000. Should there be a festival
deficit it will be paid out of the treas
ury. This is a more satisfactory plan
than the old way of raising a guar
antee fund and then prorating the
amount to meet the deficit. If the fes- j
tival is held Birmingham will hear a
splendid chorus of 170 voices and one
of the finest symphony orchestras in
this country."
Regional Banks
"The organization committee which
will name the federal reserve bank cit
ies has announced its decision as tu
tlie number of reserve districts In the
United States under the new banking
and currency act; and I suppose in the
next day or so the announcement will
be made of the selection of the 11 cit
ies," said a member of the Chamber of
Commerce.
"I have thought for sometime that
Birmingham stood a good chance of be- I
ing one of the cities selected. When
I wa8 in Atlanta recently I found that
prominent citizens there were telling
It that tips had been received to the
effect that the committe had decided
on Atlanta. To show that there was
nothing in such a report Senator Hoke
Smith just a few dayB ago Insisted
on Secretary McAdoo, chairman of the
committee, giving Atlanta an addi
tional hearing. The Secretary posi
tively declined. I had been thinking
that the federal reserve districts or
regions would be formed with a view
solely to accommodating the banks and
the public without regard to ‘pull,’ po
litical or otherwise Atlanta may be
lucky enough to secure the federal re
serve bank, but if it does, I will
think that politics has had something
to do with it."
More Abont Sooth A Inhume
"I was much interested in Col. J. L.
Dtfrby's communication in a recent is
sue of The Age-Hertd<i in re the honors
conferred upon the survivors of the
Fourth Alabama regiment, after the
bloody sacrifice its men made at the first
Battle of Manassas by the Alabama leg
islature making its survivors ‘Princes of
the Republic,’ ’’ said Percy Clark.
"I desire to add the following facts.
After the death of Col. Egbert Jones all
the other field officers having been either
killed or wounded. Cap*. James Taylor
Jones, senior surviving officer, took com
mand of the remnant and held them in
line. Captain Jones was for some years
after the war an able member of Con
gress from the First district, with a res
idence in Demopolis.
"And it was to the Fourth Alabama
that General Bernard $ee, who also fell
at Manassas, addressed the words that
in the crucible of war were coined into
a soubriquet that will last as long as
tlie phrase, ‘Little Corporal’ or the Iron
Duke’ (Wellington). Before the heroic
advance and sacrifice of the Fourth Ala
bama General Bee rode up to the Fourth
and asked, 'What command is this?’ The
reply was, ‘The Fourth Alabama.’ He
said, ‘Come, men, follow me. I’ll lead
you. Look at Jackson's men yonder
standing like a stone wall.’ They did
follow; General Bee was killed; Stone
wall Jackson was knighted!" '
Concerning Business Conditions
H. A. Brent of Richmond, Va., who
represents a prominent firm of leather
dealers, after spending a day or two here,
left yesterday for Atlanta.
"Richmond has grown to be a great
manufacturing and jobbing center/’ said
Mr. Brent. "Many of its traveling sales
men visit all the southern states and
a few get as far west as ^Denver. My
trade extends over an unusually large
territory, for I not only 'make' all the
southern cities and some or the west
ern cities, but my territory reaches as
far east as New England. Business in
New York and Massachusetts has been
very quiet for some time. In the south
as a whole there Is much more business
activity than there is north of the Fo
tomac. T was in New Orleans a fow
days ago and was sorry to find business
greatly depressed there. Free sugar has
hurt New Orleans, and while I have
great admiration for Mr. Underwood I
cannot help thinking that there waB a
little too much free trade in the demo
(retie tariff revision. It was a mistake,
1 think, to put sugar on the free list.
While sugar is a necessity it is such a
cheap commodity that the benefit the
individual consumer derives from its
freedom from duty is negligble. As the
confectioners use sugar in qrreat vol
ume the democratic measure played into
their pockets, but those of us who buy
cakes and candies in small quantities
pay abou£ the same that we did be
fore the Underwood tariff bill went into
effect. Louisiana will recover from the
business paralysis traced for the most
part to free sugar, but it may take it
sometime to do so. But New Orleans is
about the only city in the south where
one hears much about hard times.
"The cotton farmers are better off
now than they have ever been in my
day. In Mississippi the boll weevil did
much damage last year outside of the
delta, but the delta farmers made big
crops. I was in Vicksburg and found
prosperity prevailing theie.
"Business conditions are good in Bir
mingham.* I transacted us much business
here in one day—Saturday—as T have
done in some other good cities in two
or three days. This city improves rap
idly. I notice many improvements sinca
I was here last year. The Hotel Tut
1-1—
wiler seems to be nearly finished. The
United ^Hotels company, which has leased
the Tutwiler, will conduct It In high class
style. I visit Rochester and Syracuse
frequently and always stop at hotels run
by the same company that is to run the
Tutwiler. I have also stopped at the
elegant new hotel In Worchester, which
Is another one of the United Hotels com
pany's hostelries. The officials of the
United Hotels company are not only
gentlemen of large experience but of
large ideas.”
USE DOGS AS BLANKETS
From Scribner's Magazine.
Every visitor to one of the great Paris
stores will have noticed counters covered
with table cutlery of the characteristic
French pattern—broad, curved blades and
horn or black bone handles, excellent
steel and very cheap. Almost all this Is
made at Thiers and by hand. But there
is no external sign of manufacture, and
a traveler might pass through the town
without suspecting a great industry.
The swift flowing Durolle supplies power
at the bottom of a deep and narrow
gorge, on the steep side of which the
apparently sleepj^ town is built. At one
story below street level we came to the
forges of the chief firm. There, with ex
traordinary quickness and skill the knives
are hand forged—blade, hilt and tang—
from steel bar, then tempered one by one,
and two stories lower down, at river
level, in a long, dark, damp cellar, they
are ground, and it is the method of this
process, unique so far a8 I know, ihai
makes the industry of Thiers worth a
moment's description.
The river turns a score of emery wheels
about a yard in diameter, and above each
of these is a narrow, sloping platform (!
feet long and 2 feet wdde. Along each of
these, flat and face downward, lay a
grinder, man or woman, grasping a blade
by the two ends and pressing it by the
whole weight of the body against the
revolving wheel just below. The long
row of Btretched-out bodies gave a grim
impression of something between a field
hospital and a mortuary.
The foreman assured us that it was
much easier work thus to press against
the wheel by one's weight than to sit and
press by the force of one’s arms. But to
lie thus almost motionless all day long
in a dark cellar, far below the ground
leved, is about as dreary and unhealthy
a way for a human being to pass his life
as can be imagined. The place itself can
not be warmed, but to keep at least a
little heat in their bodies and stave off
rheumatism as long as possible the
grinders have adopted the extraordinary
expedient of training dogs to He all day
Upon them—dogs of all sorts and sizes.
There they lay, curled up on the backs
of their owners' thighs, living hot bottles.
POLITICAL WINDFALLS
From the Manchester Courier.
Several bygone politicians have received
oven more substantial tributes from their
admirers than the brothers Redmond and
Kelt Handle, who, under the will of Miss
Jane Kippen. divide £10,000 between them.
Cobden gave himself up so much to pol
itics that his affairs were always in dis
order, but no man ever had more gen
erous friends. The best of these was
John Pennington Thomasson, formerly a
member of Parliament for Bolton, who
presented him with several large sums,
amounting In one Instance to £7000.
The romantic story of Disraeli and Mrs.
Brydges Williams is another case in
point. There was a spice of mystery in
thin which appealed to Disraeli; the as
signations pressed on him by the lady
with increasing fervor till he went to
meet her, the envelope containing a £1000
note thrust Into his hand, and the be
quest at a critical time in his life of the
whole of the lady’s fortune—all this be
longs to the realms of Action rather than
a w orkaday fact.
The elder Pitt enjoyed two political
windfalls. Under the will of that old
termagant, Sarah Duchess of Marlbor
ough, he received £10,000 "for the nobl*»
defense he made for the support of the
laws of England.” At a later stage in
his career Pitt was left an estate of
some £3000 by Sir William Pynsent, whom
he had never met and with whom he had
never corresponded.
PROFITABLE THIEVING
From the Boston Transcript.
Although he is 80 years of age and has
spent nearly half a century In prison,
Adolf Schafer, who says lie is the oldest
pickpocket In the world, was caught in
Berlin in the act of trying to steal an
omnibus passenger's purse. When the
octogenarian, who is of highly respectable
appearance, was brought before the mag
istrate & remarkable story was told. It
was said that the old man had latterly
been living in a home for aged people. He
received permission to leave on telling the
officials that, as he had decided to marry
end "eettle down,” he wished to earn a
little money to provide a home for his fu
ture bride.
He resorted, however, to his old pursuit
of pickpocketing, and when arrested he
was found to be in possession of a note
book in which he had scrupuloqsly en
tered all his "earnings" as a sneak thief
during the last 90 years.
, The book showed that, after allowing
$15’,500 for $360 a year for living expenses,
he should have been In enjoyment of a
sum of $11*000, as his receipts totaled
$21,600.
Ilf STOCK
From the Philadelphia Public Ledger. ■
T'here is a proprietor of a shop in the
city, a most excitable temperament, who i
is forever scolding his clerks for their
indifference in the matter of possible
sales.
One day. hearing a clerk say to a cus
tomer, "No, we have not had any for a
long time,” the proprietor, unable to
countenance such an admission, began to
work himself Into the usual rage. Fix
ing a glassy eye on the clerk, he said
to the customer:
“We have plenty in reserve, ma'am;
plenty downstairs.”
Whereupon the customer looked dazed;
and then to the amazement of the pro
prietor burst into hysterical laughter and
quit the shop.
"What did she say to you?” demanded
the proprietor to the clerk.
"We haven’t had any rain lately.”
ELBA A GROWING TOWN
From the Elba Clipper.
Elba will be a town of 10,000 people in
side 10 years.
Men who have only a little money now
will be rated In six figures then, as a
result of Elba's growth. Many who pass
the opportunity by will say; “If I only
had known.” •
The big $800,000 water power plant now
running, the fine farm lands which are
beginning to be opened, the unrivaled
health, the fine timber north *f Elba, the
factories that are sure to come, all in
sure Elba's steady growth. Better look
Into it now. Soon all the room on the
ground floor will be occupied,
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ON SAVING THE COUNTRY
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By BILL VINES 0
ASHI NOTON. March 29.—(Spe
cial.)—Members of Congress
have as many various and sun
dry ways of saving the country as there
are various and sundry members of Con
gress. Each individual method is the ab
solutely certain and precise way to save
the aforesaid country, and unless adopt
ed, there must necessarily, according to
advocates of said, method, be no hope.
The country with reckless and aban
doned indifference, in most cases, pro
ceeds merrily on its way, refusing to be
saved. A foolhardy and unappreciative
country, which refrains from rushing into
the many harbors of refuge offered it,
perhaps, does not deserve to be saved,
and ought to be allowed to continue its
tottering course right on down to ruin.
But it is not allowed to do so. At every
corner and Immediately following every
“tot” said couptry is plucked on the
sleeve by a perfectly good saver, who
is anxious to display his line of goods.
He invites the country to be saved by
him before purchasing elsewhere. It does
no good for the country to reject his prop
osition; he goes right ahead and is per
sistent In his patriotic efforts to save
the country. At all costs the country
must be saved.
Louis Brandies is trying to save the
country from the railroads; Samuel Un
termyer is trying to save the couhtry from
the money devil; Martin Dies is trying
to save the country from the pension
grabbers; Hobson is trying to save the
country from th$ demon rum; the anti
woman suffragists are trying to save the
country from the other kind, and the
other kind are trying to save the
country from the anties; the Anti-Saloon
league is trying to save the country; the
National Wholesale Liquor Dealers asso
ciation is trying to save the country; Bob
Henry is trying to save the country
from the trusts; in fact, most every bug
in and out of Congress is bent on saving
the country. If something isn’t done the
only way the country can be saved at all
Is to form a patriotic organization to savq
the country from the country savers.
All these bugs want to regulate some
thing. They can’t regulate themselves,
so they are out with a demand and have
declared open season on their especial
hobby, with a view' of regulating same,
as tne only means of saving the country.
Our forefathers came over to this country *
to escape regulation and to enjoy a sea- j
son of personal liberty. Fortunately for
them they have passed away, and have
remained passed away permanently. If
they were living now, and would permit
our Job-lot of plain and fancy regulators
get a whack at them, they would im- >
mediately become convinced that old King
George and other kings and tyrants of j
their day and time were mere pikers
when it came right square down to reg
ulating. 1
If the country can be saved by the reg- |
ulators it certainly ought to be well and
satisfactorily saved. They regulate what v
we buy, what we eat, what we wear,
what we drink, how we drink it, when
we drink it and why we drink it. They
regulate how we work and how many
hours we work. They have not yet tried ^
to regulate howr_when and who we shall
marry, but they tax us according to
whether w*e are married or not.
The plain people some of these days
are going to become sick and plum dis
gusted with all this regulation and coun
try-saving stuff, and when they do they
will rise up in their might and inform
ail the regulators and savers just where
they get off. The plain people are/get
ting restless under the restraint now.
Each year the yules and regulation^ of
the regulators are growing tighter and
tighter. Each year the individual citi
zens’ rights and freedom of movements
are becoming more and more circum
scribed, and the government is becoming
more and more his guardian. The time
will come* when the people will get sore
and when they get good and sore some
country savers are going to come in fbr
a very bad session. The people will rise
up and kick off all restraint and muss
up the proceedings in due and ancient
form. One thing must not be overlooked,
at least it is not safe to overlook it *
for any great while, and that Is, that
this country belongs to the people. Most
of them haven’t found it out yet, but «l
when they do, they are going to take pos
session of it, and then we are liable to
have “freedom” with most too much
expression in it.
In the meantime, if someone would get ^
some good insect powder and scatter it
among these regulators it might help
some.
GREAT TRIALS OF HISTORY
TRIAL OF MARSHAL NEY
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Marshal Mlche» Ney his familiar
title of "The Bravest of the
Brave," and none of his marshals was
more highly esteemed nor more sincerely
relied upon. Ney may be shld to have
been born a soldier. His father was a
soldier and the boy was brought up amid
the stir of arms, and it is small wonder
that his tastes were entirely military. His
father tried to discourage his military
career and chose for him the law, but
after an honest attempt to follow the
wishes of hiR parent he gave up the strug
gle and Joined the army.
Michel Ney's advance was rapid. Na
poleon placed perfect confidence in him,
and after the Russian campaign and the
abdication of Napoleon, under the res
toration Ney still served France. When
Napoleon came back from the Elba and
Ney was sent to oppose him, he and all
his forces fell under the spell of their
old leader and followed him to Parts.
Previous to' starting to oppose the ad
vance of Napoleon, Ney called on the
King, to whom he (promised to bring Na
poleon "back In an iron cage." Ney was
no doubt, sincere at the time, but when
he arriyed at the head of his army tie
was met by the news that, on all sides
the troops were deserting. The same
evening emissaries arrived from Napoleon
alleging that all the marshals had prom
ised to go over. Finally, when his van
guard at Bourg had deserted, Ney said:
"It Is Impossible for me to stop the water
of the ocean with my own hand."
Ney finally felt himself powerless to
overcome the circumstances and he cast
his lot with Napoleon. Then came the
fatal battle of Waterloo. Ney knew
what it meant to come out of the battle
alive and defeated. He rushed into the
very "jaws of death." Five horses were
shot under him, his clothes were riddled
with bullets, but he was reserved for a
sinister fate. As the British were sweep
ing his army along with a rush, Ney
passed d’Erlon and screamed out to him:
"If you and I come out of this alive,
d'Erlon, we shall be hanged."
In the fight Ney reached Paris and wit
nessed the capitulation and second ab
dication. He considered himself safe un
der the terms of capitulation, and, anx
ious to clear his name for the sake of
his children, he remained hidden in the
chateau of Beasonis waiting to see what
the attitude of the government would be.
It was there he was discovered by a
TOMORROW—TRIAL OF D IT RANT
tnuunmiuu's < A.nr.tiu.i
From the Jacksonville Record.
The campaign is about to close, and
Hon. Oscar W. Underwood has completed
a forceful and effective campaign, and
the thing for which his friends are con
gratulating Mr. Underwood and them
selves is the fact that Mr. Underwood
has conducted a clean campaign. He has
not resorted to any of the coarse cam
paign tactics, in any effort to defeat
his opponents so common among political
opponents, but has stuck closely to bis
post of duty at Washington, while his
campaign has been carefully and sys
tematically looked after by his ardent
supporters at home. The fact that Mr.
ITnnderwood has persistently refused to
take the stump in joint debate with Mr.
Hobson In Alabama at the expense of
his time at Washington has met with an
effort on the part of some of Mr. Hob
son’s supporters to make capital of, but
the people of Alabama know the issues,
they know Mr. Underwood’s ability and
merits, and they know' which man they
prefer to represent them in the Senate;
they know all issues have been met by
Mr. Underwood, hence the unnecessity of
the joint debate, w'hich after all is a mat
ter entirely with Mr. Underwood and Mr.
Hobson anyway. Oscar Underwood will
be nominated on April 6 for the Senate.
DEATH AMONG PHYSICIANS
i From the Austin Statesman.
During 1913, 2196 physicians died in
the United States and Canada. Reckon
ing on a conservative estimate of 150,
' 000 physicians, this is equivalent to an
annual death rate of 14.64 per 1000. Ths
average annual mortality among physi
cians from 1912 to 1913, inclusive, was
115.82 per 1000, so that last year tlu
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of the Egyptian saber Napoleon had pre
sented to him In 1801. He was at once ar
rested and taken to Paris. This was
on August 3. He was conducted to prison
on August 19. On the day following the
prefect of police came to interrogate him.
He said that he had been "swept away by
the torrent. I am not a traitor. 1 was
drawn on and misled.”
The military court appointed to try him
declared itself unable to try a peer of N
France. On Saturday, November 11, the
Duke de Richelieu, president of the coun
cil and minister of foreign affairs, rose
in the Chamber of Peers to move a res- •
olution for the trial of Marshal Ney
in that assembly.
Ttie trial being held In the Palace of
the Luxembourg, Ney was confined in
an improvised prison in the palace to '
avoid having to escort him backward and
forward from the Conciergerie. It was
begun on November 21. During the trial
Ney wore the undress uniforfhs of a
general With both the Legion of Honor
and the Cross of St. Louis on his breast.
He w’as quite calm and self-possessed,
and gravely saluted the court before
taking his seat near his counsel.
The House of Peers found Ney guilty
by a majority of 169 to 19. The marshal’s
lawyers tried to get him off by the sub
trefuge that he was no longer a French
man, since his native town, Sorrelouis, * t
had been taken from France. But Ney
would hear of no such excuse. "I am
a Frenchman,” he cried, "and will die a
Frenchman.”
Then it came to taking a vote as to
the sentence. Thirteen voted for deporta
tion beyond the frontiers, and 342 for
death by military execution. Only one
was base enough to vote for death by the
guillotine.
Early on the morning of December 7,
1815, the sentence of death wras read
to Ney. The officers intrusted with the
duty commenced to read his titles, Prince
of Moskowa, Duke of Elchingen, etc., but
the marshal cut him short: "Why cannot
you simply say ‘Michel Ney, once a
French soldier, and soon to be a heap of
dust?’ ” At 8 o’clock in the morning the
marshal, with a firm step, was conveyed
to the place of execution. To the officer
who prepared to bandage his eyes he said:
"Are you ignorant that for 25 years 1
have been accustomed to face both ball
and bullet?” Ney himself gave the orders
to fire, and thus in Ills 47th year the
"Bravest of the Brave" expiated wh&t ^
his country pronounced was his error.
mortality was below the average. The
chief death causes were senility, "heart
disease," cerebral hemorrhage, pneumo
nia and nephritis.
The age at death varied from 22 to
98, with an average of 60 years 3
months and 12 days. The general aver
age age at death since 1904 Is 69 year*
7 months and 21 days. The number of
years of practice varied from 1 to 78, i
the average being 32 years 11 months
and 7 days. The average for the past ^
10 years is 32 years, 7 months and 23
days.
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WHAT JOHN CLARKE WILL DO
From the Malvern (Ark. 1 Meteor.
John Clark permitted a woman to
faint in his arms at the Iron Mountain
station at Little Rock last week and
lost his watch and chain during the
operation. A^e^re safe in saying the next
woman that faints In Clark's vicinity
will drop the entire distance.
, I.OVK AND NATIRK
L>. A. R, in the London Chronicle.
Lady mine, with sudden dread
Pales the rose: on broken wing
From a heaven whose light hath fled
Props the lark, no more to sing
Haggish night, vainglorious grown
Boldly grasps at beauty's crown ’
AVhen you frown.
Lady mine, the raindrops fall ^
As the tear pearls from vour eyes.
Earth to ocean's anguished call W
Saddest consultation sighs. ~
Birds their nests more closely keep.
Startled sunbeams fear to peep ' ^
When you weep.
Lady mine, the Joyous morn
Breaks the prison bars of nipiht.
Phoehue from the shades re'<-w
Scatters glory, wealth, deiigbe
Man. beneath a subtle guile "*
Dreams of paradise awhile.
When yju smile.
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