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The Presidency-^What It Pays and What It' Costs
T TPWARD of a dozen men have en
I I? terid tho quadrennial race for
s>"*^ tho presidency. Tho coureo over
which they will run lo (strewn with
broken hearts and wasted gold. How
- much will the victor protlt by, hlfc
laurels, und what will 'thoy cost him?
The purso offered is ?300,000 for tin
term. This means ?75,000 a year, S206.-18
a day, per waking or rlceplng
.Such is the wage for the ofllco which
George Washington offered to fill with?
out pay. When hi, the country's fa?
ther, and his successors, for a half
century and moro, traveled about
on public business they paid the toll
keeper, the Innkeeper and the coach
driver out of thMr official tiilary of
125.000 a year. Xow the government
allows a President for yearly travel
money a sum equal to that, full salary
of all our early Presldonts from Wash?
ington to Grant. In other words, the
President dieted this year will bo ablo
10 draw from tho Trcaiury four times
?i- much In salary and allowances us
ivua given to Washington, Jefferson.
.Tacktou, Lincoln and Chief Mlglstrates
of their time; twteo us much as was
fctven our Presidents front Hayes to
IJut even at this rate the Increase
In the presidential salary lia.fi not kept
pate with tho growth of the responsi?
bilities attached to the ofllco.
Servant ot Many More Masters.
President Taft is the servant of
IWenty-four times as many exacting
? masters housed and criticized George
Washington. To put It In another way,
there are .<<5',000,00') more cltizms super
1 Bing Mr. Taft s Job than directed that
0? the country's father. Then, too, the
Isttej'a employers had no telegraph
? notes of what ho was doing, nor could
they get at him v?ry easily, this being
op account of inconveniences ot travel,
for one thlug. and his excluslvencss,
for another, for it was against his rule
to receive a citizen unless he Lame In
trodtlcVd by a Congressman or some
other high official of .State.
Besides the purso of 1300,000 and tho
il?ht to spend, during ins t?>irm. |LO0.
<m.i more In travel money (without giv?
ing any account of. its use) (he winner
of tho presiucnUal race win be present?
ed with a tour-year lease upon the
most stately and most famous oid co?
lonial mansion upon our hcmlBpnere.
upon whose enlargement the govern?
ment Spent 1510,00b t<:ii years ago. The
next tenant of the White Houcs wlil
enjoy the conveniences of an oftlco
budding twice the tlze of that which
Mr. Taft found when lie took possos
sl?n throe yi?ars ago. for the execu?
tive offices have been enlarged under
i:lt direction.
Another expansion made upon *lr.
Tart'3 recommendation has been In the
salary of lb* private secretary to the
I .. Bldonti now the most tried official
upon the government's pay roll. Ho
drawp tlie full pay of a l.'nlted States
Hepa tor, or J/,500 per year, whereas all
Presidents until Buchanan hau to pay
1 lie I r 8icreiarl*s out of their own
fr'sgc of 126,000. Tho first salary al?
lowed a private secretary was J2.50'), or
ptr rent, of tho president's pay?
the fame percentage now allowed Mr.
Hille?, the Taft secretary.
Trebled -Id.-,- Lincoln's Time.
Thut tho remuneration of both the.
Chief Executive and the head of Iiis
Iflce force have bem tiebicd since
.'.Incoln and his faithful Nlcolay oc?
cupied the White House offices. Indeed,
.'our of tho clerks and stenographers in
Mr. Taft's office receive as much salary
as was allowed John Nlcolay, while
above them Is on executive! "lorli re?
ceiving SS.non, and a chief clerk draw
? ng $1,000 a year. At lower pay effi?
cient men could not be kept nt their
desks In tl^se deys. They would soon
f>.> tempted away by outside business
*;id financial concerns recognizing that
/neti picked for the President's own of?
fice arc the. cream of the civil ecrvicj
clerical force.
Tho pay roll of this force now
amounts to 171,820 a year, and this
r.oes not include a contingent fund of
(25,000 annually appropriated ? for the'
ttatloncry, record books, telegraph and]
telephone service, furnishings and con
yeyariecp used by the executive office,
beeiden auch new hooka as aro nesded
toy the Whito House library and "Mis- j
Cbllancoua items at the discretion of I
the President." In othor words, a sum'
total of $50,000 is annually expend id at i
tho Chief Magtstrato's discretion for
traveling expenses and oftlce mainten?
ilia business correspondence goes
through the mxtlB frie. He hao to!
buy stamps only for private corre- j
epondence with hie sisters, ills cousins ]
and his aunts, or near friends. Wbeit
he gives a ntate function there is a
messenger at hand to go about town,
leaving Invitations at the doors of th:
invited guests.
Itcep Worries From Him.
Ho has men to read tho papers for
BSjp ^\ of Poisonous Gases and
^^Kk gg?&S\ Insure Good Health!
^fiSra7?ftL \SSs&&i^i \ Conqnerino la guaranteed to
fjffiBtt,M, TCv-SSS^&X euro 'ndlgeetlon, Constipation.
ySSm^^y^K^mSt^\ ? Dyspepsia, Nervousness and all
?Hfc!?r V?i?^IeTO* 1 Stomach Troubles. * Recom
\ wBS?l^)^<\^ VnM mended and prescribed by lead
^M^?L/ (ptys^/iwM Snc' Physicians everywhere,
T?isk (5^J^*ei?>^\ "Lynchburg, Va.
^HSk^g?Ss- \W "Leftwlch Chemical Co..
A ISr ^s?J^SS^^m Lynchburg. Va.:
ra. ygBT V\ "Dear sirs.?I have
T? , , t W?b vV\ used ConQuerino for Indl
OOttlC W \t\ gestion and dyspepsia and
\? \\\ find it invaluable. It re
, I "WTil 1 NiA lleved me of an acute at
?\ "l" <>j???5?*- tack of indigestion in 20
1 y-i ? ?y ^3nStt>Pj^i?,. <*vt\ minutes. I always keep
Oive You Irak " ?n hand. as 11 19 th?
NSBSISn ,f.< V-^<??^J1 very finest stomach medl
Pfnmnf raSfe J^KUttS^^M cine 1 have ever used.
rrompi. ^rejgriflHr "?' ***McDANIEL"
Bold at al^rus stores^ fn ?6o? Ion 'SBBHffi^^^^ \ |
I ^ Guajanteo^d ^under Pure Food Iaws. ^ - '^^^^^^^^^^
President'* private vraltlnir-roota, Unlo?
Marion, WanhJnston.
him and clip such Itorns as will Inter?
est htm, men to answer by formula
thousands of lotttrs which hi never
sees or hears of, men to keep away
from him overy patty and annoying de
The residence portion of the "White
House offers far greater conveniences'
to a prospectlvo tenant than Presidents
enjoyed until very recent years. Until
after the Mexican War the mansion was
lighted solely by candles and oil lamps, |
while there was no central heat'ng or
Ventilating system until a fow years I
before the Civil War. Water for use |
In the house was dipped out of o ?
spring beneath ^hat le now the front I
portico. To-day, however, tho most
j modern, systams of electric llght'ng, |
heating, ventlletlon and plumbing are!
I installed, and a colonel of engineers Is
Intrusted with the task of keeping
! theso In repair. Whenever thi nest
I mistress" of tho White House wishes .
(any repair made, any now furniture or !
new decorations she will call upon this
officor and hs will pay for the improve- j
ments out of an annual fund it $35,
000 allowed him for "care," "refur
Bi6hlng" and "ropalrs." It hss ever
been a tradition of both political par- |
ties that the President's abode shall
look spick and span, that none of the
furniture shall show a scratch or a
worn spot, that none of thi draperies
or decorations In use shall be allowed
to fade or grow threadbare.
Uncle Sam pays for all this, as well>
as for all of the fuel, heat, light and
flowirs used 'n tho house, offices and
surrounding grounds, the appropriation ?
for all of those items during the cur?
rent year being 501,GOO.' Of this S6,
000 is used for fuel, ?S.600 for light on
1 tho buildings and grounds and $12,000
I for the care, maintenance and repair of
the greenhouses, which supply flow;rs
for public and private entoratinmcnts
as well as for family uec and the beau
tlflcation of the extensive park sur- 1
rounding the house.
Purclmie WUat They Want, ,
1 Out of the flat fund for care, repa'r
and refurnishing past mistresses of the
White House have made purchases as
they have seen Ot. Thu9 Mrs. Grant
purchased for $1,000 a silver canoe,
which still contaJns flowers at state
functions; and thus Mrs. Hayss, for
$15,000, had painted the gaudily flow?
ered china service which was retired
?when Mrs. Roosevelt purchased the
,present Wedgwood service for $30,000.
And It r->ay be added that it was out
of this -^1 fund that Andrew Jack?
son bought, at second-hand, the ances?
tral service of the Russian Uaron do
Tuyll. All such articles, of course, be?
come the property of the government
ary3 remain in rite White House when
the purchaser moves out. i
So Uncle Sam will take good care ol i
him who carries oft the grand prize '
in thj presidential sweepstakes next
summer. He will pay a valet :o shavt
him, cut hi3 heir anu press his clothos,
the maid who wails upon his wife, th?
gloom of his stables, the laundressef
who care for the Whlto House linen and
ths corps of domestics which dusts,
waits on tho table, washes the iv*ndows
scrubs the floor end polishes up the
handle of the big front door.
If he keep riding horses he will, as
eommander-in-chief of the army, be
provided with an orderly to fetch and
take his mount and accompany him
.when Indulging In equestrian pleas-;
ures. I
His Military Perquisites.
Indeed, by virtue of his rank as eom?
mander-in-chief of both the land tnd
sea forces, he will be entitled to sev?
eral perquisites not stipulated In the
appropriation bills. Handsomest among
these, perhaps, Is the authority to use
at any time tho yachts Mayflower and
Sylph. Th? former, of 2,000 tons, was
originally purchased by Mrs. Ogden
Goelet for $S0O.O00, and was sold by
her to the government during the Span?
ish war. Mrs. Roosevelt and her chil?
dren availed thomsolves of the uss oi
this for a cruise to Cuba, and Mr. Taft
has used it in connection with the naval
cercmoples off tho Atlantic coast. The
smaller yacht. Sylph, is more frequent?
ly used by tho presidential families, es?
pecially to avoid tho Intense heat of
Hie military rank also entitles the
President and family to the free medi?
cal attendance and free medicines guar?
anteed to every officer In either branch
of the sorvlce. A surgeon will be d ?
tailed to reside- near the executive
household, whorever It may happjn to
be, and protect Its health. When the
President travels, he will be entitled
to the s- rvlces of this, physitlan to
treat his throat after an ordeal of
speechmaklng or to tako his pulse any
temperature upon occasions of exposui5 i
or ovo-strain. If. by any 111 fato, th? |
victor of this y?ar's contest should dU '
in the presidential office, tho govern-i
ment will pay for his otato funeral-?
an<2, besides granting his widow a
pension of $5,000 a year, will carry her i
letters in the mail fr*e of charge. !
Wherever he goes he will be entitled ?
>o the services of an army' or naval
officer dotallad as his "personal aid,"
such as -1b always attached to the *d
rnlral of the navy or commanding gen.
oral of tho army.
Will Do His Right Hand.
This officer will be at Iiis right hand
day and evening, If he so directs.
Major Archibald Butt, who, in full uni?
form, is a familiar ilgurc in the back?
ground of all snapshots of President
Taft, has filled this post with fidelity
during the past three years. He is th'
guardian of tho chief executive's mem?
ory string, the keeper of h's privy
purse and tho custodian of Ills en?
gagement calendar. Tho presidential
1 hou?ehcdd is entitled also to the ser
j vices, upon 6tato occasions, of a detail
of young oincurs, who act as ushers at
tho official 'levees. In command of this
"social staff" Is a master of ceremon'es,
tho samo colonel of engineers who ex?
ercises a mechanical supervision over
the house equipment and appointments.
Whenever next November's victor and
his family desire to go out for a spin
they will find two b?g automobiles,?
one of the limousine and the other of
the touring car type?ready and wait?
ing for them In the executive garago
The head chauffeur who will drive
them about receives $100 a month, and
he has tho assistance of a second n.Vn
also upon the government pay roll.
When the cars wear out Congr/jss will
appropriate for new ones. The two
now in uso cost 512,000.
i Escapes Housekeeping Details.
She who assumes her'station as "first
lady of the land" next spring will b?
relieved of all petty details of house?
keeping. The government will give hot
her choice of a bonded steward or a
housekeeper to take command of th*
domestic force and supervise the mar
It et '"ng.
A housekeeper Is In command of the
Taft cuisine, as was the case during
the McKinley regime, while Preafdento
Cleveland and Roosevelt seleored a
steward, who received S1.S00 a year
from the government, and who gave
bond for $30.000. The cards of hoi
guests will bo brought to the chato
lalno of the mansion by ushers and
1 bujlers paid out of tho United States
Treasury. Sho will have to return nc
calls whatever, unless some foreign
ruler brings bis wife to Washington
and all of the details of her socla] cor?
respondence will bo attended to by hei
own private secretary.
When 6he goes upstairs sho will bo
carried by an electric elevator. In mo.
ments of leisure she can sit down at 3
goldon piano?a gift to the nation,
which coat $15.000.
As 5.he steps ttom room to room
she will Inhale the porfumo of the rar?
est of flowers, dally renewed ?n tht
vases, and her eye will fall upon ar?
ticles of virtu presented to the gov?
ernment by several generations of the
proud rulors of the world. At her en?
tertainments the Marine Band wlb dis?
course whatever music she relects
And many of the great muaUal geni?
uses of the world will vie with one
anothor to entertain her guests, with?
out cost. Whenever she wishes a boa
at the theatre one win be provided lot
her and her guests without cost. In
fact, one of the Washington theatres
employes a "social attache" whose func?
tion It is to invite tho families of such
high functionaries as the President.
Vice-President and foreign ambassadors
to nil Its bo.\es.
While House More Comfortable,
The family which assumes possession
of the White Houeo next year will en?
joy far grseator living space than Mr.
Roosevelt and his largo family of chil?
dren found there when thoy moved in.
Thomas Jefferson, the first tenant of tho
finished building, "bad the use of an
offlcG upon the site where Mr. Taft's
now stands, and the White House prop?
er was used for a roMdonee. But lat?
er Presldenta encroached upon the up?
stairs portion of tho mansion for office
spneo Until Colonsl Roosevelt called a
halt and moved tho ofllccs and Cabinet
room to tho new western annex.
So the upstairs space now Includes j
Here's An Odd State of Affairs!
It's a SURPRISING FACT that the wonderful values we give in Nemo
Corsets actually PREVENT some women from, buying them!
This is WHY: A certain class of women who are accustomed to pay $10
or -more for their corsets can't understand and don't believe that they
can get BETTER corsets in the Nemo line for $3.00 to $5.00.
Many dealers encourage this belief, and very naturally?for the dealer's
profit on Nemo Corsets is fixed by us at a fair figure, while on most other
corsets the dealer may charge whatever profit he likes?and it's often
100 per cent.
Our policy is to serve the public well, and to insure greatest values to all
women who ?wear Nemos, while giving the dealer an ample living profit.
Next time you buy a corset?BE A WISE WOMAN!
Ask for the NEMO, and INSIST upon having it.
There's a Nemo for every figure, from very slender to extra-stout?
$3.00, $4.00 and $5.00.
Ia Good Store? Everywhere <8) KOPS BROS., Mfrs., New York
i eight bedrooms, with a private bath
j to each suite; a large library and a
j rtudy?tho former Cabinet room?
where the President may now hie him?
self to escapo offlceeeekere and the
dally delegations brought to Ute execu?
tive offices by politicians.
I It may be added that tho presidency
Is a safer office than it was a decade
ago. An attack upon tho life of the
chlof magistrate Is now a Federal of
! tense, and even an unsuccessful at
I tompt to kill him Is punishable by
; death. To prevent, as far as possible,
j a repetition of the Garfield tragedy, a
' separate wins of the new Union Sta?
tion Is Bot apart for the President's use
' when when he passes through that
structure, and Instead of mingling with
I tho public throng while waiting for
I his train of conveyance he now has
his elegantly furnished private suite,
including a reception room and retiring
rooms. Moreover, the McKinley trag?
edy has resulted in a much more In?
genious system of espionage over per?
sons approaching the President upon
public or state occasions. Since Mr.
I Roosevelt succeeded to the office the
, hands of every person approaching the
I Chief Magistrate upon those publlo oc
1 casions are carefully watched, and
j near htm If stationed a guard, who
; Insists that all hands bo taken out of
pockets, and whoso argue eyes never
I leave any package that is In evidonco.
Mannte,i by Worry.
Nevertheless, no man, however brave
'. can assume tho presidency without
being haunted by the almost unceasing
knowledge that somewhere there is a
fanatic or a lunatic gunning for him
Mr. Taft srerns to have suffered less
from thl3 dread than his predecessors
?for he has greatly reduced the Whlta
House poltce guard?but the news that
I some crank is apprehended at the
White House almost weekly cannot
I escapo the members of his househould.
Another burden which will be placed
j upon the bock of November's victor
when the laurel Is put upon his brow Is
I the suffering Inflicted .by calumny upon
' even tho most morally courageous of
mortals. Washington, while President,
; was openly charged with being a mur
! derer and a thief, as well as having
overdrawn his salary tS.?OO, und the
I most able of his successors have boen
j unjustly branded as bostards. drunk
; ards. wtfe-beaters. roues and corrup
tlonlsts. Jackson used to say that the
slanders uttered against him killed hls>
wife during his campaign. At the
White House a disgruntled officeholder
once pulled his nose Temperance a ri
tutors wore forever hounding Cleve?
land, -who during his presidency de?
nounced a preacher-critic as "a dis?
seminator of wholesale lies and -alum
nles not leas stupid than crusl.*' And
McKinley, despite his abstinence, was
continuity harassed by the sam?
charges. A New York Representative,
during the last administration, uttered
'In the Hou is an absurd ca'umn> which
had It that President Roosevelt had
angrily struck the horse of a young
woman rider, alleged to have crowded
him on the road whilo he was riding.
The House expunged this speech from
tho record, and the mother of tho girl
wroto a denial' of the story.
No detail of tho private life, of each
contestant In thl3 presidential handi?
cap -wMl encap.o public scrutiny during
tho coming months. All of their ances?
tors will bo dug -ip. and If my one
of thorn, oven to tho remotest degree,
was over hanged for stealing sheop, the
public will got full details, not to men- i
I lion plenty of omlNollIsliment. An ex-1
ample of how far this Interest Is car?
ried Is a newspaper heading which 1
noted some years ago. It nad3: "Dies
of Drug In London. Divorced Husband
of Roosevelt's Unclo's Stepdaughter a
I Victim."
Victim of the Curious.
! Of this public scrutiny Into the af?
fairs of himself and family, the man
elected President (especially if h? be
a new Chief Magistrate) will continue
to bo a victim during the four years
of his term.
Modest Martha Washington had the
sanctity of her very bedchamber In
I trudod upon by Inquisitive tourists
! who inspected the first Executive Man
I sion In New York, and the game has
I been going on ever since.
The presldmcy is, ot course, an ex?
pensive office, in spite of the Increased
' salary and allowances. Colone I Roose?
velt is generally supposed to have spent
I his full salary of ?5n,000 a year on
entertainment, and some think that bo
'went beyond It. The old state dining
room, as he found it, held forty guests,
! and by Increasing Its capacity to over
! 100 he greatly Increased the burden
i of hospitality to fall upon men pos
i sessed of Ijss personal wealth. Each
I year there have always been three state
I dinners, and Mr. Taft baa added one
j more. He has also established the ex
p;n6lvo custom of serving a supper at
each of the great state re :ept'ona,
Thorel'ore ho mu3t spend more for
viands then any of his predecessors.
Not having a country home of his own,
at a distance convenient to Washing?
ton, hs has also been put to the extra?
ordinary expenses of renting a sum?
mer estate at the seashore, that ho
might escape the tropical heat of Wash?
ington. The Item of travel-money a4~/'
lowanco given to him and to Presides.
Roosevelt mas by no means a compar/'
tivo gain to them, as fot genoratlq/ ?e
all of their predecessors were haul .
free by the railroads In luxurious pf
vate cars. The only ilnanclal affect/
the new arrangement has been that tj
by the railroads and the Federal Ttiw
It does not take much of a ? ; I
to figure 'out that the profits a,- i
by the presidency (and we have n it
gone into the Items ot. everlasting
fame and enduring glory) more than
balance the losses. Thus It la that
tho most enthusiastic contestants are
those who have already won this goal
of goals, have heard the chink of the
winner's purse In their pockets, and
have felt the victor's laurel upon their
(Copyright. 1912. by John Elfreth Wat
Help Is Always At Hand
r a MiE INVASION of the rural districts bythe
1 Bell Telephone has been so extensive that
there are few highways and byways where
the tourist or the native are out of the range o*
the Long Distance Bell Telephone.
What is more welcome to the disabled tourist than a farm?
house equipped with a Bell Telephorie? How quickly "Long
Distance" makes the connection! How soon assistance comes
from a distant garage! ^
* The Long Distance Bell Telephone can serve yon as effi?
ciently in your every-day business and social life if you will let
it. Try it and see how satisfactory.it is.
?" By the way, have you a Bell Telephoagt

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