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THEAGEHERALE
E. W. RAKKGTT.Edltoi
Entered at the Birmingham, Ala.,
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der act of Congress March 2, lfttf.
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THE AGE-HERAUD.
Birmingham, Ala.
Washington bureau. 207 Hlbbs build
ing.
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Covent Garden, l*>ndon.
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department!*) Alain 4900.
I feel wltliln me
A peace above all earthy dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
—Henry VIII.
I BEGINNING THE DAY—“Love
Tour enemies and pray for them
which persecute you.** One applica
tion of this law of Christ Is toward
the state’s prisoners. Prison sys
tems are not for the punishment of
criminals. They are for the tem
porary protection of society by the
detention of criminals, and for the
perihancnt protection of society by
the reform of criminals.—H. AI. E.
Art in America
Cornelia B. Sage, director of the
Albright art gallery, Buffalo, N. Y.,
predicts that the present war in Eu
rope will be followed by a nev; art
which will make the twentieth cen
tury notable and will have its incep
tion chiefly in America. It is no longer
customary to regard the works of
American artists as inferior to foreign
masterpieces and there is unquestion
ably an artistic awakening that ex
tends throughout the entire country.
The esthetic side of the American peo
ple is being cultivated in a variety of
ways. There is no community too
email or too remote for some form of
artistic endeavor.
Heretofore we have been so en
grossed in the business of making
V money that scant attention has been
paid to the finer things of life. The
f moret settled, more highly cultured na
tions of Europe have sneered at our
rampant commercialism and our lack
of artistic appreciation, but America
is now the richest country on the
globe and the possession of great
wealth makes it possible to encourage
art on a liberal scale. Not only are
the moneyed classes stimulating the
artistic life of the country, but there
is a notable striving after esthet
icism among all sorts and conditions
of people.
It is not generally known how suc
cessful American artists have been
abroad. They have won distinction in
other lands which is denied them
here, but the American collector has
at last been forced to recognize na
tive talent. The American school of
landscape and marine painters have
achieved lasting fame and are said, in
fact, to lead the world. If the twen
tieth century is to witness a renais
sance of art, though it may not be
confined to America, there will be no
lack of appreciation on the part of
Americans who realize what art has
done for Europe.
A Book for the Farmer
TTjo Year Book of the United States
department of agriculture, recently
issued, is of great educative value
and should be in the hands of every
farmer in this country.
When the agricultural department
was created in 1889 and its chief
added to the President’s cabinet, prac
tical results were expected, but ex
pectations have been more than ful
filled. At first the activities of this
new adjunct of the administration
were limited for the most part to
entomology, soil analysis and the col
lection of statistics. But the scope of
the department gardually broadened
and today this branch of the govern
ment has come to be recognized as of
incalculable benefit to the class it was
intended to serve. The department’s
farm demonstration work has been
worth millions upon millions of dol
lars to the farmers and through its
bulletins, issued from time to time,
it has conducted a far-reaching educa
tional campaign.
This year’s Year Book of over 700
pages is neatly bound and is well
illustrated. While many thousands of
copies have been distributed the num
ber should reach into the millions.
Numerous phases of farm life and
agricultural economy are treated in
terestingly by specialists, and the last
annual report of Secretary D. F. Hous
ton, which covers the first 60 pages of
the book, is in itself a compendium
that would make the publication well
worth while for any farmer’s library.
Among the subjects discussed by
| various writers connected with the
department are' clean water on the
farm, retail public markets, co-opera
tive marketing and financing of mar
keting associations, the economy of
farm drainage, the preparation of fer
tilizer from municipal waste, eggs and
poultry, household equipment, nema
todes and their relationships, and
finally the American woman “as she
sees herself.
Such articles as have a distinctly
scientific side are prepared by tech
nically educated men, but they are ex
pressed in simple, every day English
so that the farmer, no matter how
small his “book learning,” can under
stand and profit when he reads what
the specialist has to say.
The Year Book is not only informa
tive, but to the intelligent husband
man it will prove of real charm.
Harding's Analysis of Cotton Situation
Not only have cotton producers, but
business men as well, been keenly in
terested in W. P. G. Harding's article
on the cotton situation which ap
peared in Sunday’s Age-Herald. Mr.
Harding has been a close student of
agricultural and economic conditions
and has long been recognized as an
authority on every' question relating
to cotton. His crop estimates, there
fore, have been accepted as of almost
equal value to the government re
ports; and being a member of the
federal reserve board his views are
widely sought on all matters pertain
ing to finance and the south’s great
staple.
Mr. Harding, in analyzing the sit
uation, points out that while cotton,
unlike grain, is “a commodity, the
market value of which depreciates in
time of war,” and that while the south
as a producer of cotton has suffered,
the statistical position of this product
is stronger than it was a y'ear ago;
‘‘so much stronger and financial and
other conditions so much more fa
vorable that there can be no doubt
that if the south will keep cool and
will refrain from doing things that
will mer^y weaken its own position,
the present nervousness regarding the
market for the growing crop will soon
disappear.” He further remarks that
“even in the face of all the adverse
conditions during the past twelve
months, the average price of cotton
has been about what might have been
expected from a 17^)00,000-bale crop
had there been no war.” He says
there is every reason to believe that
the average price of cotton during the
next twelve months will be higher.
He concludes his discussion of the
situation by suggesting that southern
bankers and all men interested in
southern trade co-operate in secur
ing for the cotton producer the bene
fit of this average price. That, Mr.
Harding thinks, is the real question.
At at rate he makes it plain that in
his judgment the cotton south will
pull through in good shape.
This entire section hopes that Mr.
Harding’s prediction will prove cor
rect. With cotton prices maintained
and the pig iron and steel trade in
creasing in activity the south should
witness a high degree of prosperity
throughout the remainder of the year.
A Sparrow Falleth
Every once in a while some trival
incident happens which brings forci
bly to the attention of the thinking
person the helplessness of man—with
all his boasted power—before even the
smallest natural force.
Of course much has been done in
the way of utilizing natural forces
and working in harmony with nature’s
laws. Man is disposed to boast of his
accomplishments in the field of elec
tricity—and very rightfully so. And
yet a sparrow, just an ordinary little
brown-winged English sparrow, the
other day stopped the entire street car
Bervice of San Antonio for nearly an
hour, and for that length of time
halted all electricly-driven machinery
in the city.
The loss of time caused by the little
sparrow would, if it could be com
puted, aggregate a staggering total—
not to mention the money loss.
When the electric power was shut
off in San Antonio that morning, due
to a short circuit somewhere along the
line, “trouble” men were sent out in
all directions to seek the cause. Finally
it was located.
A little sparrow had settled on a guy
wire, then fluttered over on a feed
wire carrying a voltage of 6600. A
short circuit was instantly formed.
The bird, of course, perished.
Thus can so insignificant a thing
as a little winged creature pausing in
its flight from field to nest, confound
the work of scientist and skilled la
borer.
“What is man that he should ex
alt himself ?”
Now that Harry Thaw is a free man.
some way should be devised to keep Eve
lyn from talking for publication.
General Carranza professes to admire
Thomas JefTerson, but General Villa prob
ably doesn’t know he's dead.
A bathing suit fashioned along conserva
tive lines Is best when the wearer Is
knock-kneed.
George Bernard Shaw's favorite saying
Just now Is, “I told you so.’’
A Chicago woman sold her husband for
|600. Maybe war sent the price up.
. -..--a..-iaT-. .. . i i'lhliif'f VitlWlirlW '-asfl
Prepaid postage Is less than a century
old. It was originated by Rowland Hill
of Kidderminster, England, who was
knighted in 3860 for his services. It is
related that while Mr. Hill was still quite
a young man he was making a walking
tour through the English lake country,
and while passing the door of a small
cottage he saw a postman deliver a letter
to a woman and overheard her say, as she
returned it, that she didn’t have the
money to pay the postage. Mr. Hill had
seen the anxious way in which the wom
an looked at the envelope and his sym
pathy was aroused. In spite of her pro
tests he paid the shilling required. When
the postman had gone the woman broke
the seal and showed him why she did not
want him to pay. The sheet of paper in
the envelope was blank. The woman had
arranged with her brother that as long
as all was well with him he should send
her a blank sheet in that way once every
quarter and she thus had tidings from him
without paying postage. The incident set
Mr. Hill to thinking, and after making
investigation he declared that it would
be possible to establish a penny post
throughout the United Kingdom. He met
with discouragement at first, but his plan
was popular with the'people and Parlia
ment finally granted an inquiry. The re
sult was a report in favor of the scheme.
F’enny postage went into effect January
10, 1840. In 1846 a public testimonial of
$65,000 was given to Mr. Hill and other
honors were showered upon him.
One of the crack Canadian regiments,
the Fifth Royals, left Canada last Feb
ruary, 3100 strong. There are now 37 mem
bers left, and they are prisoners in a
German military camp. “Cannon fodder”
is soon consumed.
The German government hns notified
union officials afid the Krupps that no
strike in the Essen gunworks will be tol
erated. That's one advantage of living
in a country where the individualism is
not made a fetich.
If the tiny lake submarine which burns
oil can travel across the Atlantic and
back again without replenishing its fuel
supply, it seems to be the- kind of craft
we are looking for.
The Liberty hell is safe in California
after a memorable trip across the country,
and the railroad officials charged with its
safe conduct are now breathing freely.
Recent pictures of Italy's King show
him wearing the pleased expression of a
monarch whose country is not suffering
from a lack of preparedness.
It is reported that Miss Billie Burke
will receive $40,000 for five weeks’ work
in moving pictures. And even the term
“work” is hardly applicable.
Evidently the Kaiser can't see the ad
vantage of supplying the Turks with arms
and ammunition to fall Into the hands of
the allies.
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It is announced that gowns will button
j up the back next year, thus giving a new
lease of life to a well worn wheeze.
Hygenic conditions of Constantinople are
said to be deplorable. However, the Turk
never was a crank about hygiene.
The allies may yet have to assist Rou
mania In making up her mind.
EVERYBODY SATISFIED
From the Providence Journal.
And now. we ate told that the taking
over of the Sayville plant satisfies Ger
many, and that the German ambassador
•'does not contemplate lodging any com
plaint with the state department.”
Ir fact, “It Is stated on authority that
he had for a long time considered re
questing the American government to take
charge of Sayville.”
We are quite sure that Count Von
Bernstorff has been lying awake for
mtmy nights trying to find out how he
could compel the United States to take
control of the Sayville wireless station.
It is quite reasonable to believe that this
good, honest gentleman would have
forced us into war if we had any longer
refused to kick out his personal spies and
plotters at that plant.
In the meantime, that patriotic Amer
ican, Herman Metz, the dummy’president
of the Atlantic Communication company
and head of the German dytstuff or
ganization in the United States, has pub
licly declared that Secretary Redfield
closed up the Sayville station because he
is anti-German, and has gone so far as to
openly hint that Mr. Redfield had been
swayed in his motives by an alleged for
mer connection with a large munitions
factory plant. It is time that either the
officlaly representative of his Imperial
I master or some official of the United
States government picked up Mr. Metz
by the ear and had a heart to heart talk
with, him.
COURTSHIP AND “SNOOPERS'’
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
If, then, courtship is a right, an in
alienable one, in this land, w hy should it
be prohibited in the parks, if it is con
ducted within the boundaries of ordinary
propriety? And why should young people
be subjected to the prying inquisition of
•’snoopers,” collective or individual, pri
vate or official? Why should they be
spied upon as suspected criminals, be
cause of the propinquity that Is an ac
companiment of all courtships, Indoors or
out, chaperoned or free? The park police
man should be competent to take care
of the palpable breaches of decorum, and
even they should temper Justice with dis
cretion, and have hearts In sympathy with
Cupid.
THRIFTY lllLL
From the Providence Journal.
Mr. Bryan wants $500 and a guarantee of
an attendancse of 60,000, to be the orator
of the day on the occasion of a “peace
pageant” under the auspices of the St.
Louis Neutrality league. The committee
of arrangements is understood to be balk
ing at the terms, hut w’hether they hesi
tate to part with the money, or are afraid
to listen to thrifty Bill, is not disclosed,
that 60,000 people Qould not be induced
I IMMATERIAL
From the Savannah Press.
Virginia Is to ship the Europlan armies
300,000,000 cigarettes. A few’ coffin tacks
more or less in this wfar does not matter
much.
NOT ISFUL
From the Pittsbu n.
It is a fair betti opoaltlon that Gen
eral Huerta, whi still a prisoner at
Fort Bliss, doesn' It that at aU«
IN HOTEL LOBBIES
Predict* Brisk Coal Trade
“The coal business is still quiet but
expect to see it very'brisk in the nex
three months," said James Bonnyman
the well-known mine operator.
“In times of depression the coal trad'
usually is about three months in slow
ing down and when Industrial prosperity
returns it Is, as a rule, a Jew month;
late In responding. There is certainly
a good deal of prosperity In the country
now. It Is being felt here In Birming
ham and in time coal will catch up wit!
the other industries. The future looki
bright."
A Real Boom
"Business is now booming in most sec
tions of the country," said J. V. Shirlej
of Boston. "In the east, wherever tht
steel industry is established mills ari
operating at a great clip, and in Ne\*
England the cotton spinners are thriv
ing greatly. In the middle west and th<
West generally prosperity is in full swing
"Six months ago, when I was in Blr
mingham business seemed quite dull, bui
it is very different now. This ie a busj
city." /
Local Btialne** Barometer
"There has been a decided improvemeni
in business in the retail district," salt
George McCleery, manager of the Kress
store. "At least, it is so in my branch 01
trade, and that is an excellent barome
ter.
"During the past three weeks our sales
have been Increasing right along and
Monday started out with a rush. I am
confident that improvement will continue
It looks as if a period of good times had
set in."
Will Make Effort to Secede
"Notwithstanding reports to the con
trary the citizens of Ensley are in earn
est in their desire to secede from Great
er Birmingham," said F. G. Moore. "It
will be recalled that the legislative com
mittee to whom'the Greater Birmingham
bill was referred, reported the bill ex
cluding Ensley by a vote of 17 to 1, and
that the governor refused the bill unless
Ensley was included. By a large major
ity vote the people of the Steel City
decided against being absorbed by the
greater city and it is believed that a still
larger vote to withdraw from Birming
ham could be polled at tills time.
"We realize that we have but a short
time to present our bill before the legis
lature, but according to indications, a
recess will be taken and in that event
we will have time to get our forces In
shape. We propose to prepent a state
ment of facts concerning the status of
Ensey at the present time end before her
identity was destroyed. We believe we
will convince any fair-minded man or
set of men of the merits of our conten
tion.”
lilhrnry Henning on Holiday*
“Tt would surprise one to observe how
many people come up here to read on
holidays nnd Sundays.” said Miss Lila
May Chapman, librarian of the Central
Public library. “Of course, when we first
inaugurated the policy of ‘keeping open
every day In the year,’ not so many peo
ple came on holidays and Sundays. The
first Christmas we kept open hardly any
one came, but on the Fourth of this
pionth and the fifth also, the reading
rooms were wOU filled throughout the day
and there Was considerable circulation of
books.
“It looks rather hard to keep any of
the library attendants at work on a
holiday, but the girls don’t mind and
then they get it made up to them dur
ing the following week, so it really does
not matter. I have observed how grateful
many people were who would otherwise
have had nothing to do or anywhere to
go had It not been for the fact that
the library was open.
“I feel sure that our ‘every day In the
year’ policy has met with wide approval
by the public.’*
Talks of Improved Conditions
“There is no doubt in my mind that
the iron and coal business is picking up
considerably,” said Walter Kirkland, who
travels for a concern in the Industrial
line of trade. There was a feeling of con
fidence in almost every city I have visited
recently. A great deal of coal and coke
is being Imported at the present time,
and the general feeling is that this branch
of business will resume its normal con
dition shortly.
“I notice that conditions in New Orleans
are improving rapidly. That city ships
an abundance of cotton, and the war in
Europe had a very demoralizing effect
on the staple; however, there seems to
be a great deal rflbre activity in this
line than has existed heretofore.
“In none of the cities I have visited
recently has the improvement been so
marked as in Birmingham. If anyone
thinks the people of this city are pessi
mistic over the future, all he has to do
ie to talk to some of the business men
who have watched their trade closely for
the past few months. In pearly every
instance he will find that the increase
over the previous months has been
marked and that collections are much
better. There is no stopping Birming
ham. It Is a real city and Is recognized
as such all over the country.’* *
LANGUAGE GROWTH
From the tToungstown Telegram.
Every invention adds new words to the
English language. It would perhaps be
wrong to say that every invention adds
wealth to the language as some of the ad
ditions to the tongue we speak are too
atrocious to be classed as assets. Within
less than a score of years new and strange
expresfions have come into use because
new and strange devices have become part
of our daily life and we found ourselves
curiously unable to describe them at all
or able to describe them only with cum
bersome and hyphenated expressions. The
automobile and the airship made neces
sary the borrowing of words from neigh
bor languages or caused us to go back
to roots and invent new ones. The mo
tion picture is even more Incessant in its
demands. The barbarous term of ’’movie”
we may discard, but apparently we must
accept “photodramatics,’’ “camera wise,”
“screened,” “filmed’’, and numerous other
! woids that are expressive if not wholly
oorrect. Lexicographers and savants may
not avail against the demand for short
cuts to English.
INDISPENSABLE ADJUNCT
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
It appears that the German attacking
line in Arras has regained possession of
the Souchez cemetery. A cemetery would
appear to be a much-desired conven
ience.
INDUCEMENTS
From the Pittsburg Sun.
Dallas. Tex., wants the next democratic
convention. If they promise side trips to
Mexico and a safe place from which to
watch a Villa or a Carranaa victory the
city might be favored*
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SOUTH AMERICANS AS READERS
From the Christian Science Monitor.
That South America possesses a litera
ture distinctive and important, that the
nations to the south have newspapers
which compare in every way with the best
' published elsewhere, that the people as
a whole read much and are well in
formed, are matters which are becoming
known more generally as intercourse with
i these countries is increasing. To those who
(j have visited such cities as Rio de Janeiro,
, Buenos Aires and Santiago, and who have
entered wholeheartedly into the every
day affairs of the,southern neighbors, it
has been borne home that in point of cul
ture the Spanish-speaking people, as well
as those of Brazil, are keeping pace with
t{ie world at large. True, the immensity
of the southern republics, and the sparse
ness of population in tnost of them, are
factors responsible for a considerable
amount of illiteracy still existing there.
But in the cities education is at a high
water mark, and even newspapers reflect
this condition. The best of the South
American newspapers differ from those
in the United States in that they feature
literature as part and parcel of daily
journalism. The leading editors in fact
are also among the most popular writers
of books. Statesmen who may have
weighty things to say to the daily press
may have in the same issue of one or
the other papers a short story or part of
a continued novel. The European corre
spondence of these papers before the war
was of a quality that stamped it as liter
ature, and the correspondents abroad were
frequently those wiio, whether in Paris,
London, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Rome or
other capitals, held high rank in the
profession.
Since the outbreak in Europe the South
American newspapers have changed con
siderably in their make-up. One who
picks up a copy, of the Jornal do Commer
cio. La Nacion, El Mercurio—respectively
of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and San
tiago—may read war news about similar
to what is found In newspapers in North
America. However, this change may be
but temporary, for South Americans want
literature matters, or such news as lends
Itself to artistic treatment. It is, of course,
to be remembered that many of the best
continental writers are now at the front
and their output has been curtailed in
consequence.
There has been seen in recent months a
turning,to the United States for material
for the newspapers of South America. Just
as the trafte propaganda is bringing re
sults, so also in the domain of arts and
letters the ties between the big republic
this side the Rio Grande and those below
are being strengthened.
IN TROUBLE AGAIN
From the Louisville Courier-Journal
First It was the dock laborers, then
workers In the munitions factories, and
now It is the miners In South Wales "hut
are making trouble for the British govern
ment. It has been the fashlojj in this
country to damn the English laborers out
of-hand for want of patriotism at a time
when their country Is engaged ill a life
and-dealh struggle. Much of the criticism
Is merited; In almost every Instance the
desertion of the laborers Is Indefensible.
But this Is not the whole case for Groat
Britain's difficulties. Any impartial dis
tribution of the blame for tho unhappy sit
uation must hold the government Itself
accountable for a deal of blind meddling.
The crisis precipitated by the dock labor
ers was solved only by the assertive ac
tion of Lord Kitchener, who took the mat
ter in his own hands without waiting for
the government to act. The munitions
situation Is Anally on the way to im
provement, but only after a year of costly
blundering brought to an end by Lloyd
George's courage in pushing ou In the
face of the most formidable opposition to
the only solution possible. Now the coal
supply of the navy Is threatened by a
strike which has been foreshadowed for
weeks and which, on the face of it, might
have been forestalled. It Is difficult to
withhold condemnation from the miners
for precipitating such a situation just at
this time. Their grievance—however real
it may be—cannot excuse the fact of their
pressing it, In the circumstances. As a
matter of fact, the miners themselves ad
mit that what they want represents but
a negligible advance over what they ore
now getting. The greater, then, their
fault. Nevertheless, In the Anal view, the
government must bear the major blame.
The coal supply situation was muddled
in the beginning, when the necessary pro
duction was Impaired by the recruiting
of 60,000 miners In the South Wales dis
trict. This sort of stumbling over one’s
dwn feet tries the patience of sympa
thetic observers. Quite possibly the appli
cation of the munitions supply act to this
latest embarrassment may solve the. dif
Aculty. Buf In all reason the thing should
have been attended to before It reached
any such serious proportions as have
now developed.
THE FIGHTING IRISH
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Within the Arst 10 months of the war
120,741 young Irishmen have volunteered
for service with the British armies. This
number is In addition to the "Irishmen en
rolled in the regular army which went
into ictlve service at the beginning of
the war. Estimates based on census re
ports Indicate that at least one out of
every eight men of military age and At
ness In Ireland has voluntarily gone to
the front*
There are, of courae, no better Aghtera
than the Irish, and no race more willing
to Aght In a cause which they consider
Just. This, however, will not account for
the large enrollment. Until very recently
the Irish have been the victims of B^tlsh
mtsgovernment and oppression. Only with
in the last few years has it become ap
parent that the greater nation Is ready
to deal fairly with the lesser. A clear ap
preciation of this new spirit of generos
ity. and a conviction that Ireland's future
.progress is dependent on British success,
have Inspired the Irish to (jive their best
In the cause of the empire.
O'Leary Is today the most popular war
hero of Britain; “Tipperary" Is the
Briton's favorite marching song. The “en
tente cordiale" of the traditionally hos
tile Islands Is one of the really noteworthy
aspects of the war.
FIFTY DOLLARS LOST
From the Andalusia Standard.
We were a little surprised the other day
to And HO on the road beside the hedge
at the corner of a prominent farmer's
house, and more so to And that It had
lain for several weeks unmolested and
was beginning to look much the worse for
exposure. The money was in the shape of
a corn planter, which W.U1 have to be
replaced by a new one before another
season, unless cared for better. If we
liad the money that la lost every year by
neglect of farm machinery we would not
be running a newspaper.
NOT IMPOSSIBLE
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
If Kitchener does not quit working IS
hours a day, the British labor unions may
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ADRIFT WITH THE TIMES
THE STUMBLING BLOCK.
Alack, alas for true love,
For old love and for new love
And couples everywhere who re blithly
weddlhg!
Says she, "These bills are due, love."
Says he, "They’re far from few, love."
And then the bitter tears she falls to
shedding.
Methlngs the course of true love,
Methinks the course of true love,
Would smoother be and oftentimes more
sunny
For those who really do love
And learn forbearance through love,
If no one ever had to think of money!
A TEMPERAMENTAL RIOT.
"Had any excitement in your neighbor-''
hood recently?"
"Oh, yes. We had a great deal yester
day."
"What happened?"
"A hand organ impressario stopped to
give a concert before an apartment house
where there is a colony of soulful musl- j
cians."
FORCE OFsHABIT.
"Mr. Gaffur, the eminent prohibitionist,
nearly gave himself away this morning i
when he went to buy a cigar."
"How so?"
"When the clerk asked, 'Light or dark?’
lie replied absent-mindedly, 'A stein of
dark, please.* "
EXPENSIVE PROGRESSION!
"I presume your wife is like the ma
jority of women in this town and wants
an automobile?"
"Worse than that—far worse than that.
She wants a larger car every year."
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BETTER INFORMED NOW.
"When we were married," said Mr*.
Gayson, mournfully, "you said 1 was all Kill
the world to you,"
"Quite true, my dear," replied Mr. Gay- ll||
son, briskly, "but at that stage of my HH
career I was still a poor man and had^KH
not been able to do much traveling." B£B
PHANTASY. M
Last night you played for me an olden^H
So fraught with love, and memory, and^Bffl
song,
That I again was young, and golden tuneHJi
Into m.v heart crept smiling. I »UH
strong.
—Edmund Leamy, In New York Sun. |Hh|
Last night you played for me an ulden^H
tupe, tilHii
I know you did it Just to be contrary, HH
"Come, now. a song"—I craved it as aHSI
boon, Bjlil
And then you perpetrated "Tipperary."
A FINANCIAL MATTER.
"How does your son stand at collega,M|||
Gadsworth?" asked his friend Plimly. jfB
"Standi" snorted Gadsworth. "Just
to the bad." iiffjlpl
Thereupon Plimly changed the subject.Hfi
THE DIPLOMATIC WAY SB
"Do you consider yourself a good sales-IKi
man?" asked the manager of a depprt<H||B
ment store. '
"Yes, sir," answered the applicant fnr &HB
Job.
"How do you handle a fussy wncnan^B
customer?” Baill
"I always give her free rejn and plenty
of room to turn around In."
"We’re not conducting* horse fair, butHffl
I guess you’lf do.” ||||S
THE MASTER EYE IN SPORT ■
I From the Philadelphia Record.
WEIjL KNOWN authority hua
pointed out that "the master eye
In sport” Is a trait possessed by
most athletes, ball players, runners and
others, and that It Is also a part of the
equipment of billiard players.
In the physiology of sport the eyes, the
brain and the voluntary muscles are the
three most Important factors toward suc
cess, the eye being the most important
of all. Every sportsman who depends
upon Ills vision to measure distance or
the accuracy of some flying object befere
him has what Is called the "muster eye”
—that Is to say, he depends upon one of his
eyes to do the minute calculation. It
may be the right or the left, for men are
differently constructed, and they vary In
their methods accordingly. To prove the
existence of the master eye one hn9 but
to watch the doings of baseball players,
the golfers and the tennis players.
"For example, every time the baseball
pitcher tries to "put the sphere over the
plate” he Invariably turns sideways and
can only see the batter with one eye as
he sends the ball away: the golfer on the
grec-n, as he "addresses” the ball before
he makes the drl#e, has his eje on the
next hole, and as he stands tideways Is
measuring the distance between the
greens with his "master eye.” The same
side movement Is noticeable among the
tennis players, for as the server stands at
the base line and throws the hall in the
air for a good smashing service he turns
sideways as he swings the racquet, all the
time the ‘master eye” having measured
the "fault” llnp of the court. sSlmilar
conditions apply to track and Held sports
and to the men who take part In them.
Pole vaultera, high and broad Jumpers,
all do the chief part of their work with
the eye, and It is a notable fact that men
who hold record for the running broad
Jump never measure their stride to the
, take-off, but trust to their eye. It Is a
fact, also, that they never take “bad
bleaks” In this respect. Every man,
whether or not he might be a sportsman,
hae a "master eye,” »nd it needs but a
simple experiment to And out which eye
it Is.
Any one desirous of hading out ran
take a sheet of note paper and in the cen
ter cut a hole about an Inch In diameter,
placing the piece cut out on the floor.
Then with both eyes open the aheet of
paper ahould be held about an arm's
length away with the piece on the floor
visible through the hole. One eye—the left
—should be closed,.and If the piece of
white paper le still visible through the
hole the right eye la the ‘matter eye.”
Some very Interesting points are revealed
by this experiment. When the paper Is
held In position with the eyes open that
which la tha ‘master” 'will be found to
be In a atraight line with the hole In the
paper, the other eye being to one side of
a line which Joins the hole and the cb
Ject.
Another method of finding the master
era hat Whg been known to gun makers,
i Bhw they want to-fin* out they, get a
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mun to aim at some object and note care-^H
fuly how goes about bis work, and
from his movements that which is theHg
master eye can easily be detected; th&lHl
is, whether the muscles are acting in alH
right or left vertical plane. In aiming ^B
with the gun a jnan usually places the^Sl
master eye on the same vertical oUneHn
as the sights and then points It at the Hi
object the master eye plane has made, It Hi
being the same as the sights on the cent*-\H|
of the barrel. TVhen as the barrel, the eyaH||
and the object are one and the same ^H
plane, the correct elevation Is the onlyH||
requisite needed to cause the bullet to hit ^H
the mark. <^H
In the practical application of the pbysl-^H
Ologlcal facts of the master eye theie is ^B
another factor to be considered, and that^H
is motion—that Is, as it is applied to lheH|
sports and pastimes In which the objects H||
are moving. These may be divided into HI
two classes, one where the object moves, Bg
such as baseball, tennis and clay pigeon HU
shooting; the other class being billiards, HS
golf and target shooting, where the object H
Is stationary. To tie able to hit a moving HS
object one must be able to form an ac- ^H
curate estimate of the speed at which it HS
is traveling. Therefore, when the eye Hi
focuses the moving object the locating H|
muscles of the eyeball must travel In the Hif
same direction and keep speed with the H||
moving- object so that the eye gives the ^H
clew to the brain at what rate the object H|
is moving. It is much the same as one Hi
trying to keep a fast moving object on the Hi
finder of a camera.
IS THIS AN HON HR!
From the El Paso Times. 9H
The first bale of cotton of the crop of Hif
1916 was ginned and made ready for mar- HI
ket at I..yford, Tex., near Brownsville, on ^B
July 8. This is the third year in succes- H|
sion that Lyford has produced the first Hi
bale of new cotton in tiie world. ,fl|
GUARDED NOW tM
From the Washington Star. Hi
Communications by way of Sayvll'.e are HI
now strictly In the nature of guarded uteHS
terances. ^B
THE BRAVE AT HOME H
By Thomas Buchanan Read. '^B
The maid who binds her warriors' sash HI
With smile that well her pain dissem- Hi
bles, M|
Th£ while beneath her drooping laah MB
. One starry teardrop hangs and trembls*, Hi
Though Heaven alone records the tear. Hi
And Fame shall never know her story. Hi
Her heart has shed a drop as dear Hi
As e'er bedewed the Held of glory. Hi
The wife who girds her husband’s sword, lf|||
'Mid little ones who weep or wonder, |1||
And bravely speaks the Cheering word, fM
What though hef heart be rent asunder. Hi
Doomed nightly in her dreams to hear H
The bolts of death around him rattle IMg
Hath shed as sacred blood at e'er ||§(
Was poured upon the field of bati'e! JM
The mother who conceals her grief :H
While to her breast her son she presses, Hi
Then breathes a few orava words and Hi
brief. HI!
Kissing the patriot brow aho blesses, ' HI
With no one but her secret Qod v Mj
.To know the pstn that weighs upon her Hi
Sheds holy blood as e ar the sod S
Received, on Freedaaa’a field of honor. Jg|

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