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E. \V. BAHKETT.Editor —. , ~ Entered at the Birmingham, Ala., fustoffice as second class matter un der act of Congress March 3, 1818. Daily and Sunday Age-Herald, year ... Daily without Sunday . 4.'j0 l>aily and Sunday, per month.®-u Daily and Sunday, three months.. LjU "Weekly Age-Herald, per annum., .ul) Sunday Age-Herald, per annum.. 2.UU O. K. Young. U D. Griffis arul W. D. Brumheloe are the only authorised trav eling representatives of The Age-Herald in its circulation department. Mo communication will be publiaiue without its author's name. Rejected manuscript will not be leiurneu un less stamps are enclosed tor that pur pose. Remittances can be made at current *ate of e&cnaiige. The Age-Herald will not be responsible lor money sent through the mails. Address, THE AUE-HER ADD, / Birmingham. Ala Washington bureau, 141)7 Hibbs build ing. European bureau, 6 Henrietta street. Covent Garden, London. Eastern business otlice, Rooms 48 to 60, inclusive. Tribune building. New York city, western business ©nice, Tribune building, Chicago. The S. C. Beckwith Special Agency, agent* tor eign advertising. TELEPHONE Bell (private exchange connecting «H department*) Main 41HH). Hoy many fond fool* nerve mad jeal ousy! —Comedy of Error*. - .. 1 ’ •* ...' V BEGINNING THE DAY—Lord, I need Thee today. 1 need Thee espe cially lieeaiiNe 1 am starting out mo bravely. Life Meem* easy today. And on day* like tlii* 1 have fallen so often. My pride Iih* Igvltrd my fall, I have fallen even '‘without my ‘knowing It, and have looked hack long afterward to weep over my ahame. I need Thee mo*t when I think I need Thee leant. Amen.— H. M. K. Lifeboats a Failure Writing in Popular Mechanics, H. H. Windsor declares that the sinking of the Lusitania proved the inefficiency of lifeboat service on ocean liners and the sinkability of vessels supposed to be nonsinkable. The latter was even more disastrously illustrated in the case of the Titanic, as there is some ground for suspecting that the Lusi tania’s sinking was hastened by one or more interior explosions. However, there connot be two opinions about the lamentable loss of life that might have been averted if half the life boats on the liner had not been almost immeditely put out of commission by the listing of the ship after she was struck. The launching of others was done in a haphazard and perilous fash ion for which the crew were not en tirely to blame. The sinking of the Lusitania came at a time when the passengers were dressed, the officers were expectant and emergency prep arations had already been partly made, yet the loss of life due in a large measure to the failure of the lifeboats was appalling. When it • is remembered, aF Mr. Windsor points out in his article, that the boat deck of an ocean liner cor responds to the height of an eight or nine-story building, and the boats when suspended over the water at this dizzy height, from an iron ring at each end, are easily tilted over by ex cited passengers jumping into them and are also liable to swing against the side of the ship with tremendous force w-hen the vessel rolls, it is not bard to understand why even the first stage of launching is apt to prove dis astrous. Furthermore, if a boatload of pas sengers are fortunate enough to reach the surface of the water, the wash of the waves against the ship’s side is like that of a heavy sea meeting a sea wall, a condition not at all favorable to a small boat. The danger of capsiz ing is very great. In rough weather the hazard is increased tenfold. The main deck of old-fashioned sail ing vessels was only ten or fifteen f#et above the water and even then launching a lifeboat was no easy task. It is suggested that if lifeboats were placed on lower decks the danger of getting them to the water would be lessened, but radical changes are nee-’ essary both in the construction of the boats themselves and in the manner of launching them. The Tourist Vandal The souvenir collector who com mits theft and vandalism in-pursuit of his hobby has brought Americans in disrepute abroad, and aroused wrath at home. One of the latest depredations re ported is the stealing of the silver plate, bearing the engraved signature of Washington, which marked the pew in Christ church, Alex^pdria, Va., in which our first President sat w'hile attending services. The plate was stolen during the civil war and later replaced. During the turmoil and disorder of war, it is to be expected that some acts of van dalism will be perpetrated, but that in time of peace supposedly cultured tourists should commit such depreda tions is inexcusable. Owing to this propensity for souve nirs, it is necessary to surround ail places of historic interest with guards -~and then the autograph fiend per aists in writing his name and the back-woods village from which he \ hails, on every inappropriate corner. H Really good pictures of these things •M inexpensive and constitute ideal 1 mementoes of vacation trips—so there is no excuse for defacing objects of public ownership and universal in terest. Might it not be well for the public schools to begin a programme of edu cation along the line of respect for historic relics and natural wonders? University's Medical Department It is hoped and believed that the legislature which reconvenes next week will take a large and practical view of medical education in Alabama and enact into law the bill now being pre pared for the removal of the univer sity’s medical college frrm Mobile to Dirmingham. The measure adopted at the winter session made the removal of the col lege dependent upon the action of the educational council of the American Medical association, whos" province it is to classify and standardize medi cal institutions. But this committee or council declines to interfere in local matters when a contention is pending, as in this case. Moreover, it does not desire to place any state institution “lower than the highest standard.” And members of the medical profes sion conversant with the situation as sert that the college at Mobile can not maintain itself in Class A. But even if conditions in Mobile were more favorable than they are, Birmingham is the logical place for the university’s medical department. Abide from the question of Birming ham's central location and eusy acces sibility to people in all parts of the state, the exceptional clinical advan tages found in thin large and rapidly growing city, with its great outlying industrial activities, should be all con vincing und should readily determine the issue. Alabama feels a pride in her charm ing old Guif City. Every true Ala bamian regards Mobile with a feeling of veneration. • But the legislature must be governed by facts rather than sentiment. It has the legal and moral right to move the medical college to Birmingham and as this is a matter concerning the state at large there should be no hesitancy in passing the proposed bill. What Alabama is entitled to have is a university medical department that will not only satisfy thoroughly the needs of Alabama students, but an institution that will attract students from the outside. The records of the university show that during the past seven years 1774 students have taken a medical course in Alabama, whereas 1811 Alabamians have studied medi cine in other states during the same period. Certain it is thut Alabama should be able to take care of her own medical students and at the same time make physicians of hundreds of young men from adjoining states who aspire to the profession. A high authority writing from Washington, D. C., predicts that if the medical school is removed to Bir mingham with its “wealth and variety of clinical material, unequaled south of the Ohio river,” it will in less than fifteen years be recognized as the greatest in this broad southland. After the lawmakers consider the removal proposition up one side and down the other and in all its bearings the vote for the bill should be virtually unanimous. Thrift Society Societies and organizations for ef fecting some reform are so numerous that to enumerate them would create the impression that every conceivable need is met by some organized effort. But the end is not yet. One of the late additions to the or ganization lists is the American Thrift society, which will meet in San Francisco August 9-12. Governor Cap per of Kansas has just appointed four former governors of Kansas to repre sent that state at the San Francisco meeting. The object of this new aociety is “to promote thrift among the common people.” It is assumed that the ap pointment of the Kansas politicians as delegates is evidence of their own per sonal tendency toward economical habits, and their influence on their felow Kansans. , But isn’t this thrift society begin ning at the wrong end, in attempting to promote thrift among the “com mon people?” The rich are proverbially wasteful, but stern necessity makes thrift una voidable to the masses—except the tramp class, with which organization can do practically nothing. And after all, isn't thrift largely a matter of temperament and early training? Optimism Justified Business recovery, slow but sure a few months ago, is now rapid. Pros perity is no longer confined to certain sections, but is becoming nation-wide. A few days ago Financial America made a survey of the industrial situ ation and its compilation of “concrete evidence” shows that “the uplift has been sufficiently general to justify optimism all along the line.” While steel and copper have been the in dustries more favorably affected— Bteel production being about 50 per cent graatar than on July 1—many branches of commerce have shown a large degree of improvement. According to Financial America, war orders have been by no means re sponsible for the upturn in steel. Railroad buying has been an Import ant factor in the market. The Penn sylvania railroad alone awarded one lot of contracts for locomotives and freight and passenger oars involving an expenditure of $8,000,000. Foreign countries have been making heavy purchases of railroad equipment, but It is the domestic buying that indi cates the betterment underlying busi ness conditions. As Financial America says, the copper trade has enjoyed "a great boom” during the last three months at high prices. There is phenomenal activity in shipbuilding. Yards are operating at full capacity, with orders booked for s'everal years ahead. Old yards that had long ago gone "out of commis sion," are being rehabilitated. With this season’s bumper crops, general trade will he wonderfully stimulated and the second half of (he year promises to he notahle for many new Jjigh* records in the business world. .Military operations cannot he conducted without zinc. It has been reported from time to time that Germany was suf fering from a shortage of .this valuable material, but it is believed that the de ficiency has been made up by domeettc ores. Great Britain, France and Russia are dependent on the i’nlted States for the greater part of thtr zinc. According to a writer in the Washington Star, zino is as necessary to armies as copper, although not used in such large quantities. "Fine zinc,” known in trade parlance as "spellerjy is used to make brass, the cartridge rases of small arms ammunition and the "fixed ammunition" of rnptd fir ing guns. The brass cartridge case can not lie madn without zinc. In Germany the annual output of commercial zinc from domestic ores is estimated at 240,000 metric inns and her total production 280, 000 tons, an indioation that she has here tofore depended on some other country to furnish the oich for producing 40.000 tons. ThPse figures apply to peaceful # times. Austria produced 7000 ton* of zinc from native ore and her totnl output was 2<).ono tons. The consumption ot' zinc in the two countries is, however, much larger than these figures, seem to show, as they do not indicate the amount of crude zinc and zinc manufactures im ported Great Britain produces little zinc, but uses it in large quantities. In 1913 she imported 145.000 tons of crude zinc. 05. 000 tons of zinc ore arid 19,009 tone of zinc manufactures. A German editor says "confusion of minds” caused Holt to shoot J. P. Mor gan, the inference being that if the t'nited States favored Geimany against the allies "confusion of minds"'would not make German-Ainericans run afnuek. General Miles should not frown on John I, as a temperance advocate. The for mer champion is one of the most famous j quitters this country has ever known, so far as the booze habit is concerned. Dario Resta has proved himself a speed marvel on a wooden track, but a dirt track Is not to his liking. Evidently be ing a cautious person, Itesta may live to a ripe old age. Perhaps the flourishing condition of the "moonshine" buslnees led certain distillers to defraud the government, so they could compete on an equal footing with moun taineers. The British are a complacent lot. That's why it makes them mad all over for Lord Nor'thcliffe to tell them what is wrong with the British military policy. Now that Prof. Frank Holt is dead it will never he known whether he was Erich Muenter of Harvard who poisoned his wife. t The German note has been delayed again. Procrastination seems to lie high ly regarded in some branches of diplom acy. The unpopularity of tlie tetanus germ has done more than anything else to make a safe and sane Fourth possible. It is thought that coping with strikers will fit Chicago's mayor for the presi dency, which Is by no means a sinecure. Lieutenant Porte follows the illustri ous example of Mark Twain and depre cates the recent report of his death. Aviator Thaw, hero of the French fly ing corps, seems to have carried the fam ily name to considerable altitude. By whatever name a eubmarlne is known, it is now recognized as a highly desirable asset to a navy. When not able to score a victory the Russians And comfort in the masterly way they retreat. - You would have thought by this time that the Turk would be flat on his back, but he isn't. Becker has decided to "squeal." the last resort of the weak and the desperate. LI KE M’LLKE SAYS From the Cincinnati Enkuirer. vs Half the, women seem to be trying to get married and the other half seem to be trying to get single. Time sure doee fly. It is only about 10 years ago since bicycle riders used to be arrested for scorching. If the reformers would spend as much i time minding their own business as they do minding other people's business, this would be a better country. / They call It incompatibility when they sue for divorce. But the real meaning of incompatibility ie selfishness. A new wife and a new hat receive a lot of care. But there iisn’t much attention paid to them after ijie novelty wear* off. A dainty dash of ctilor Improve* a girl’* looks and there Is n'q harm In it. But the trouble is that the drug store* sell the color by the box and a girl Imagine* *h* he* to uii the entire box at on* ap plication. IN HOTEL LOBBIES Gwf Pipe Plant* Rtiay “There is a brisk demand for cast pipe and plants In this district are very busy and have been for sometime,” said Dr. Felix I. Tarrant. w#vo is president of the National Cast Iron Pipe company at Tar rant City. “Our operations are highly successful and we would be hard to please if we were not satisfied with results at the present time.” Summer School* Alrnont Over “The summer schools conducted under the auspices of the Birmingham board of education have been uniformly successful this year,” saifl Prof. T. C. Young, prin cipal of the Barker school. "The schools are almost over now. They have been marked by much work accomplished and a large attendance. 'T expect to leave about July 16 for Greenbrier. W. Va.. where I will be with a boys’ camp school which offers a lad live weeks of recreation with two hours of private tutoring each day. We will return about the first of Heptember. "The camp site is an ideal one, offering every 'possible amusement while the boys are under kindly but strict supervision. There is no game hunting, of course, as it is out of season, hut gun experts will have ample opportunity to improve their aim at trap-shooting. "The boys will have ample opportunity for swimming under competent instruc tion and their entire time will be under legulation. I have been going to this camp now' for eight years and have al ways had a fine time. I expect to take from 10 to 15 boys with fcie from Blrming Metier Thmi l.nut Summer “Generally speaking business is better now than it wa« this time a year ago,” said R. H. Kenyon of Chicago. ”1 have visited several manufacturing centers within the past two weeks and have found unusual activity to be the rule. “A friend in Kansas Cfty writes me that business there was never more hrlsk. than it is now. Another friend writes from New Orleans that prosperity is much in evidence there. When 1 was in New (Orleans in th^ spring of 1011 depression prevailed, but there has been marked im provement ever since early in the present year. “The south seems to be recovering fast from the effects of the low price of cot ton last fall. I learn that the crop out look in this entire section is very bright, indeed. If the farmers will only diversify their crops from now on the south will, in time, become the richest part of the 1 nited States. The south needs more population to consume its manufactured products. It needs more small fanners to develop its great strehes of unculti \ated lands. If the proper efforts are put forth thousands and thousands of home seekers will settle in Alabama within the next fivA years.” ('«: *iilltlon of the Crop* “Now that it seems as though the heavy rains have ceased for a time, the farmers of this state will, no doubt, find their hands full in getting the fields in shape before the dry spell,'' remarked Frank. Spain. "I have just returned from a visit to Lock 5 on the Warrior river, and on. the way saw many fields of young cotton and corn. 1 fpar that in some places where the land lies low and the soil retains moisture the recent heavy showers con tinued too long for the good of the crops. In some fjelds the ground is literally covered with crab grass, and the pro longed damp spell has probably proved rather favorable for the boll weevil. Ill effects of this nature, however, can be counteracted In a large degree by prompt and strenuous work on the part of the farmer. Now is the time for the hus bandman to get in his best licks if he intends to produce good crops." A Gripping AthlrcMM “One of the most trenchant things l have ever in my life seen in the English language was the extract from the address of Joseph H. Finn, the Chi cago advertising man, on T Am The Newspaper’ as it was reproduced in The Age-Herald last week," said YV Blanks EverettL "When I first saw the thing l read It over a half dozen times; 1 simply couldn't take my eyes off the page- It was the most gripping language I have ever seen in print. I cut it out and have framed it as a placard to hang up in my of fice, but sometime ago I learned it by heart. “The man who can write a thing like that certainly must be a genius. I'd like to know him, for to know him would cer tainly be beneficial to any human being If in hia casual everyday intercourse with friends he says anything near as potent as he said in that address*” Birmingham Product* lOvhihlt “The big permanent exhibit of Birming ham products now being prepared and installed In the new four-story building at 1823-5 First avenue, is rapidly’nearing completion and the opening date, which will be made a memorable occasion for the district, has been set for the first Monday in August,” said Secretary J. H. Edmundson. “A pleasing surprise awaits Birming ham’s first visit to her big show place. Thousands are going to marvel at the vast variety of manufacture* products made in the Birmingham district, and all will be delighted with the beauty of the displays and the elaborate manner of their installation. “Besides a show of home products the exposition will provide a deal of statistical Information and pictorial displays that will be of Interest. A sweep of wall panels 8x130 feet on either side of the first floor at the top of the pretty booths will carry artistic paintings of promi nent suburbs, subdivisions, street and mountain scenes about Birnllnghflm. These will be reproduced from actual photographs and drawn true to scale. The best scenic artists In the city will be al lotted the- work. The exposition building is already a beehive of noise and In dustry with painters, carpenters, decora tors, and display m*en getting things In shape for the opening. The programme for this event, which will be a most attractive one, will be announced later. “While all the first floor and much ot the serond and third floor space has been engaged, and booths being rapidly dis posed of, owing to the time required by some of the principal exhibitors to make their elaborate installations, much time will be required, hence the fixing of the date so far away as the first.” DESCRIBING A THEORY From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. The judge w'ho ruled that a woman had % right to flb about her age was describ I ing a condition instead, of promulgating la theory. f Anniston Evening Star: When Uncle Sam quits feeding the greasers, we may hear more plaints. "O for the touch of a vanished hand,” etc. Huntsville Mercury-Banner: The Ala bama banks have paid back into the na tional treasury the emergency funds fur nished the southern banks last summer to tide over the stringency. The commit tee of Alabama hankers had their last meeting in Montgomery Friday and wound up the business. This must mean that the bankers have* sufficient funds to finance the cotton crop this fall. Gadsden Evening Journal: When suf frage is granted the women. Gadsden may offer the state a candidate for commis sioner of agriculture. Mrs. G. H. Mathis is one of the best farmers In the state. Montgomery Times: The Slncumb Ob server editor are eating 49 and 38 pound watermelons sent by amateur growers. Makes us want to go back to the country sanctum again. Opelika Daily News: Diversified farm ing will make of the south within a very few years the most prosperous country in the world. WAR BU1INAT1NU THE HOHHE. From the New York Times. The extent to which the war has de pleted the supply of high class American horses is pointed out by F. K. Sturgis, widely known in financial circles and who as vice chairman of the Jockey club has charge of that organisation's bureau of breeding in New York xtafe. “The economic waste the struggle has created is not generally realized,’’ *aid Mr. Sturgis. "The announcement that we have exported JoiA^OfMKX) worth of horses and mules since the war started will not mean muc h exodfct to thi ini tiated. but it takes on tremendous im portance when we learn that during the entire period of the Roer war, which lasted from October, 1899. to June, 1902, the British government purchased all told 170, H00 horses of which we supplied 109,£19 head. During the same period they bought 149.609 mules, of which we fur nished 81,524 head. ‘‘it appears fratal this that the United .States has furnished for Great Britain, France and Italy in the last 10 months almost as many horses and mules as the British government bought in all coun tries during the almost three years of hostilities in South Africa. When the hundreds of thousands of horses sup plied by other countries are conslder-d ancHt is remembered that the average life of a horse in the actual war zpile is but 10 days, some idea of the necessity of stimulating the breeding interests is ap parent. “Some faint Idea of the rate at which the horse Is being eliminated may be gathered by reference to statistics in connection with the Army of the Potonne during the civil war,” he continued. “The records show that there were 30 cavalry legiments whose "effective strength varied during the six months from May to Octo ber between 10,000 and 14.000 men. Tnis body of cavalry required the following re mounts: May, 5763; June, 6327; July, 4710; August, 5499. September, 5829, and October, 7336, indicating a loss of horses to the man, or a ratio of 5 horses a year. The Secretary of War in commenting on this showing said: “ ’If a similar state of affairs existed throughout all our cavalry Its 233 r*fti I ments would require 435,000 horses an-. ! nually.’ ” i 10*4*1 Kill *G A SCOURGE From the St. Louis Republic. At the annual meeting of the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis President George M. Ko ber outlined the progress which has been made in fighting that disease. The facts are full of encouragement, even though the toll which consumption takes is still shocking. The figures show that about one person in 70 In the United States now has tuberculosis. There are nearly 1,500, 000 of these sufferers In the United States and they are dying at the rate of about 140,000 a year. But against these terrible totals there stands the fact that the death rate from consumption has fallen In about 30 years from 886 In the 100,000 to 140. In proportion to population two and a half times as many people died of tuberculosis in 1880 as die now, and the hope inspired by these facts that tuberculosis may soon be stamped out is setrengthened by the knowledge that the results of sani tation are cumulative. 'The danger of in fection grows less as the number of af fected persons is reduced.' Stronger chil dren are born from healthier people and families have better care when there are fewer sick. With half the battle won the other half should be relatively easy, and with success in sight there Jr sure to be increased enthusiasm. Typhus has disappeared from many countries where it was once common, smallpox is under control, the battle against typhoid gains ground from year to year, diphtheria has been conquered, malaria and yellow fever arc understood and can be overcome. The day when tuberculosis shall cease to he a scourge is also at hand. NEITHER FISH *4)11 FLESH From the Macon News. Anent the appearance here as a Chau tauqua speaker of Seantor Robert M l a Follette it Is interesting to know that In his own state he is the central figure in a lively political turmoil. The senator has more opposition now than ever before, and if it can focus tin a strong man as a candidate lie will unques tionably* have a difficult time securing »*e electlon. In Wisconsin they accuse Senator La Follette, who was ond of the first to de sert the republicans and announce as a progressive, doing so even In advance of Robsevelt—they accuse him of being an alder and abetter of the democratic party. In fact, they say he is neither fish nor flesh, nor good red herring—neither re publican, progressive, nor democratic, but a straightout La Follette man. Mr. La Follette is one of the most in teresting political products of the nation. He Is also one of the ablest men of the United States Senate. To Macon people he presented a new side by appearing as a profound student of Shakespeare snd by exhibiting his talent as a mimic and tragedian. But, if Indications can be believed,"he is going to need all of his ability In every direction to continue his tenure on the senatorship from Wisconsin. CATCHING TARTARS From the St. Louis £pst-Dispatch. Catching a Tartar seems to be far from being that undesirable thing we have al ways been led to suppose it is. Germany has caught several hundred thousand of them since the war began and would will ingly double the number, so well satisfied Is sb# with the results. * w J I THE ONLY THING TO DO' j_i_;_ «---.-. » I . ■ - _ • • —i —Prom the Providence Daily Journal ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES _ t SHUT IN. When skies are blue and sunbeams falling Across the room in mellow gold, And from the hills the birds are calling And summer doth her charms unfold, ’Tie hard to keep on bravely pounding, This oid typewriter's battered keys. A near and far are voices sounding That flood the soul with melodies. A DULL LIFE. “I don't know how we ll get along with out you, Nora.” “Thank, you, ma’am.” “You’ve been with us a long time.” “Yes, ma’am. Nearly seven months.” "And you still refuse to tell us why you are leaving?” "Well, ma’am, if you insist on knowing, it's because I can’t stand the company here.” “The Idea! Our house is frequented by the best people.” "It’s not that, ma'am. I was speaking of my own company. Where I used to work most of my friends were chauffeurs, ma'am. The only man who has asked me to take a ride with him since I’ve been here was a vegetable peddler.” HEALTHFUL PURSUIT. “What are you doing this summer?” “I'm ca'tching butterflies for a natural ist.” “Anything In it?” “A great deal of exercise.” \ the financial, side. "Do you think It a mistake to regard ) a summer engagement serionsly?" asked PUmson. “Not at all.” replied Pulsom, who spoke from experience. "Certain phases of It should be given careful consideration. For instance, I always set aside a certain amount to be expended on a summer courtship. Above that I never spend a penny." THE WORST WAT. 1 "What sort of fellow is Jibworth?” "Very Impractical. He's the sort ol man who would elect to take a sightsee ing trip in a submarine." COLD STORAGE. "What’s the matter with the Flatlys to day? Mr. Flatly is wearing his overcoat and Mrs. Flatly Is a bundle of furs." “It's the iceman’s fault. He left SO pounds of ice by mistake and they had to put it in their tiny living room.” - • THE MUSE OUTDISTANCED. \ ‘‘Poets are queer folk." “Yes?” ‘‘Songs come to them In the most pected places.” , “Perhaps so, but I’ve never heard >f a poet yet who could compose a sonnet while sprinting to catch a train.’’ FROM THE DAY’S NEWS From the Louisville Courier-Journal. BOOKISH persons sometimes say that newspaper reading Is a bad habit because those who become constant readers of the news develop an appetite for news at the expense of a ta»r» for literature. Narrow. Indeed, is the reader who is content with noth ing but news, and perhaps he is also rare. But the press must plead guilty to the charge of providing many snapshots of life that have in them every element of the thrilling novel or short story save the padding. Mystery surrounds the disappearance of many trinkets and a good deal of mhney at Sea Cliff, a Long Island settle ment more or less pretentious socially, and more or less exclusive because of the cost of living, it is found that a young matron, the belle of the “married set" and a congenial companion, the beau of many belles, married and single, have been practicing burglary to raise funds with which to frequent tango resorts in New York. Here is quite as mpeh of a story as is contained In any one of a half dozen dramas of temptation such as filled the theatres a few, years ago. Clothe the skeleton of the story ns you like, according to your bent. Sympathize with a belle who did not marry money, but badly needed it, and with a very young malt who loved adventure for Its excitement and you have “The Social Highwayman" eclipsed by a story with two sociable burglars, between whom, It seems, the need of money and a perfect agreement as to how to get it was the bond; no love affair existed. Raffles and a girl partner who is not an adventuress In the commonly accepted meaning of the term, but merely a trimly built “Missus’" of 21, who finds It great fun to climb porch columns at 2 o'clock in the morn ing and stealthily remove jewel trays and pocket change from homes well pro vided with firearms, risking both life and reputation, has Raffles by himself beat "hands down." The writer of best sel lers, or scenarios for moving picture drama would make a thriller of the facts In the case. Strindberg might make of It a gloomy four-act drama, depicting the decadent young woman of the period, neurotic, yet not erotic, finding a greater thrill In crime than in a mere "affair.” The author of “The Thief"—popular a few years ago In the theatre—might by a stroke of the pen make the young burg laress a devoted wife, ambitious t<h re tain a husband's admiration by being well gowned. The great advantage of the stories from real life as they are found in news columns is that you nsed not accept the views of this or that author as to the motives Impelling the hero or heroine, or the meaning of the drama of Individuality. You may do your own padding and reach your own conclusions. A young mail "pops the question” to a Washington girl whose parents are wealthy and socially well plaoed. The customary Inquiries are made concerning his character and antecedents. He Is found unexceptionable and the match Is sanctioned, and In due course, there is a weddlng. with the customary formalities and frills. Six months later tha young man kisses his bride good-by and makes a secret trip to Pittsburg to murder his father-in-law In the hope of getting' pos session of hla wealth. The victim of a murderous assault eseapea death and for a tlnss refuses to believe that tha rfian ■" . j ' \ who hired the would-be murderer was the likeable young man he had welcomed to his home as his son-in-law. The bride's illusions are shattered like glass. She has only contempt for 'her husband and devotion to her father. A "movie” sce nario complete, with a moral that strikes * the love of money like a battering ram. Why devote t-hree hours to a novelette, or 80 minutes to a film, when the story is told fully an dconcisely in a half-column of news? ' ^ Would you read stories of horrors Of war, the like of which the imagination of the late Stephen Crane, budding genius in the field of fiction, could not picture? Turn to Karl von Wiegand’s correspond ence from the German front. For exam ple, a bird's-eye blew of the fighting ha tween the French and Germans at Lor ette Heights, the observer sitting at he , top of a 200-foot steel observation tower, "too slender to be hit easily by, shells fired by gunners facing *ne sun, and *.oo strong to be brought down by shrapnel which from time to time pierce the sup ports." What was Crane’s one dead man \ sitting in a woodland, with his back to a tree, compared with Von Wiegand - sim ple1 report of 10,000 dead bodies, ‘sending up a pestilential stench” which necessi tates streams of creosote and quicklime being turned upon them within range of a 2-inch hose through which the disinfec tant is forced by an engine, lest tlw trenches become infolerable to the soldier* who are busy making the 10,000 grow to 20,000 "corpses, whose white eyes Mare from faces burned black by the sun,” until the swollen bodies collapse and V shrivel, appearing “like piles of old clothes?” Every day’s news contains stories of fact hardly equaled by tales of fiction. It is neither wise nor necessary to neglect books because newspapers are Interesting, but for breadth of appeal and variety cf material the modern newspaper is an in* stitution unmatched since the invention of printing. The stories which would pro vide fiction writers with plots are but a small part of the news, often of trifling Interest by comparison with news of greater importance. THE PROPER TEST From the Savannah Press. An eastern lover of music want® those who would teach that art to stand an examination. This does not appeal to u« with as much force a* * would the enforcement of a law to nu ke those wno insist upon playing town is to be considered. EASY TO DETERMINE From the Knickerbocker PresB. Dispatch from Kansas says farmers' au tomobile was chased two miles by a bull snake that tried to drive its fangs into the back tires. This is either ingenious tire ad or a lie. . i EASY TO GET ih’om the Macon News. A .man can borrow all th® trouble h® desires without getting any indorser®. PARTING By Emily Dickinson. My life closed twice before its doss; It yet remains to see If immortality unveil A third event to me. So huge, so hopeless to conceivs As those that twice befell; * Parting Is all we know of heavoii And all we need of hell.