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I'm growing weak —I must take That’s right—we start out light and And warm up to the subject gradual
acme systematic exercise. easy. ly. I
Why, I feel like a boy again. Three weeks of this has certainly Oh, don’t bother me with a little
made anew man of me. thing like that. Get a' boy to carry
them out. If you don’t want to.
•—Minneapolis Journal.
From ocean to ocean we wander.
From polar to tropical tide;
Alone, and forlorn, and forsaken.
The wraiths of our time-faded pride.
Through the tumult and surge of the
Wave beaten and battered we churn.
The ships of no name and no haven.
The ships that shall never return.
—Boston Transcript.
v* •s**!•• 1* v *******s*
ing on an errund of grave im
port, but stopped long enough at
the foot of a steep declivity leading to
a babbling brook to give her tired
horse a long cool draught of the clear,
swirling water before he forded the
stream. He was a livery horse, hired
at the railway station, no other means
of rapid conveyance being available.
The young woman was home again
after several years of absence, during
which she had improved her time and
opportunities, and she was glad to re
turn to her native heath, the land of
Evangeline, the Acadia of her heart.
She looked far up the woodland brook
with a fond appreciation of its en
chanted beauty. Evergreen trees,
pendent willows, silver birches and
graceful elms fringed the banks,
speckled trout leaped and splashed un
afraid in the sparkling water. To
complete the symphony a single musi
cal note at intervals pierced the odor
ous silence, the call of the bell-bird to
its mate.
"Ob,” cried the girl, longing to hear
a human voice, “surely
This is the forest primeval.
In the Acadian land on the shores of
the basin of Minas.
"Here, too, is Evangeline, but where
(s her Gabriel?”
"At your service,” said a strong,
masculine voice at her ear, startling
her so that she dropped her bridle
rein ov>r her horse’s head. She turned
and saw a man in clerical garb, one
of the traveling preachers of the prov
ince, and looked at him ungraciously,
annoyed at his quick application of
her impromptu question addressed
solely to herself. Giving him a cool
nod, she attempted to secure her bri
dle, which was entirely beyond her
reach. Her horse, feering Its free
dom. sprang forward, fording the
brook with a rapid bound and gallop
ing up the further side at a pace that
nearly unseated his rider.
It would have served her right if
the new Gabriel had left her to her
fate, but after a lapse of time enough
for him to observe her plight, and as
she thought angrily enjoy it. he rode
up gently, not to hasten the speed of
Evangeline’s horse, and caught the er
rant bridle and restored it to her hand.
"Peter Grant, at your service,” he
said, touching his hat stiffly. "I am
on my way to visit a very sick wom
an. Pardon me.” and with a leap his
horse shot ahead and was gone.
"He knows how to ride a horse if he
is a minister,” thought Evangeline.
"Peter Grant! Why. we were school
mates. but he has forgotten me.”
Then she urged her horse forward,
for she. too, was going to see a sick
woman, her dearest friend. Aunt Mag
gie. who had been ailing for some
time, and she had been delayed and
had heard no tidings for some days.
But such is the power of hopeful youth
to look on the bright side and throw
off dark foreboding that she found her
self wondering how Peter Grant had
succeeded In changing his trouble
some red hair of their school days to a
bronze brown, and what had become
of the freckles that had marred his
face a* a youth before > 9 went away
to the college at Wolfville.
•I must ask Aunt Maggie about
him.” she concluded. "He’s a good
iooklng sort although he did not prom
ise much In the old days, and he
knows how to ride and —he did not
recognize me—that pleases me."
A few more miles of hard riding
and Miss West reached a farm-house
of the old Acadiau type, with fifty
year mosses on its unpainted roof and
a well sweep of antiquated pattern,
picturesquely adorning the yard. An
other horse was picketed there, and It
saluted her with a whinny—it was the
animal Peter Grant so vigorously be
“Oh!” she cried out in sudden
alarm, "can it be possible that Aunt
Magg'e is the very sick woman he
was coming to visit? I pray that I
may not l>e too late!”
As she hurried into the kitchen she
found it ailed with women of the type
of many of Aunt Maggie's neighbors,
and a murmur of strange unmusical
voices* saluted her unwilling ears.
They had never in their lives had a
har.ee to peer into the cupboard of
this house before; Auut daggie was
not of their sort, and to Evangeline
their presence savored of sacrilege.
They all started at the stylise figure
in tb' tailor-made costume. nd they
failed to recognize Yangie West tj
“How is she? My Aunt Maggie—is
she very ill?”
“Jest alive —that's all. The preacher
—he's up there now—be you her sis
ter's gal—what she brung up?”
“Yes, yes. What room is she in?
Oh, takes me to her. It is so long
since I was here I feel like a stran
“What hendered ye from cornin’
sooner, miss?” asked a rasping voice,
which Evangeline remembered as be
longing to a layer-out of the commun
ity. Threading her way through the
crowd, the girl sought the room where
her sick relative lay, a strange sound
of monotonous singing leading her
thither. There, tossing and delirious,
lay the sick woman, burning with fe
ver. The room was crowded with
neighbors—women who gathered at a
death with the scent of hawks, yet
who felt —each of them—that theirs
was a religious duty. There, too, was
Peter Grant, lining out a hymn, which
was only sung to the dying. As Evan
geline entered they were chanting mo
notonously these hopeful lines;
“For while the lamp holds out to
The vilest sinner may return.”
Women with corrugated brows and
nasal tones sang the words in a weird
discord, to wnich the preacher added
a robust and melodious bass.
Evangeline held up a vigorous hand
and bade them stop.
“Don’t you see that she is far too
ill for this sort of thing? All leave
the room, please, and let her have air.
I will take care of her now.”
“She should be permitted to make
her peace with God.” the Rev. Peter
Grant spoke, partly from habit and
partly from conviction. He knew who
this young woman was now, and dared
to combat her aggressive action.
“She never had any falling out with
Him,” Evangeline said reverently,
“but now that you know who I am
and why 1 am here, you will leave her
to me. I am her nearest relative, but
more than that 1 am a trained nurse
and thoroughly familiar with fever
case. Where is the doctor —she surely
has medical care?”
"He has given ber up,” said one of
the retreating women, with a sly satis
"Given her up! Hotv dared he? And
why do you speak of such a possibility
before her?”
“Oh, she doesn’t sense anything
that is said now,” complained one of
the cronies, taking a reluctant depart
The preacher took himself off with
the others, but he gained a reluctant
consent to call the next day to learn
how the sick woman was doing. He
did not really expect to find her alive,
and his slow, well-regulated faculties
received a healthy shock when Yangie,
ideal in her nurse’s gown and white
cap and apron, informed him that she
had moved the sick woman from the
south room to the north room, from
which the stuffy carpet and obstruct
ing furniture bad been removed.
“I have telegraphed for ice and a
modern doctor, and she is drinking
cool spring water, and is better al
ready. Have you never heard of Aunt
Maggie’s goodness and charity to all
who need help and consolation —how
she brought up a poor orphan child,
gave her a home and the love of a
mother, teaching her the vglue of
right living and unselfishness? I was
that child. And lam not going to let
her die —not yet.”
“And may I not see her again?”
"Ofc, yes. You may come and
preach the gospel of cheerfulness to
her when I think her strong enough,”
and Evangeline gave her would-be
Gabriel a wicked little smile, that the
man—not the minister —understood
perfectly. It certainly is wonderful
how that rascally god Cupid delivers
his darts regardless of time and place.
—Chicago Record Herald.
Doing, Sayings and Portraits of All
Classes NowaSaya Public Property.
The fierce light that was supposed
to beat exclusively upon a throne has
come. In our modern conditions, to
beat with almost equal fierceness up
on a kitchen. The doings, sayings,
and portraits of the cooks of the truly
rich are nowadays matters for public
record. Meantime our American court
calendar Includes not only the daily
doings of the Presidential family but
also of the families of those of our
millionaires who are iu. and are by
some sup|H>sod exclusively to consti
tute. "society.” Not only this, but
there is a system, especially in what
would be called iu England the pro
vincial press, of recording the doings,
movements, and visitations of pretty
much everybody in pretty much every
community iu the country • *
What effect is ail this publicity to
have upon the average man, woman,
and girl? But. particularly, what ef
fect Is all this famlli. ity to have up
on the world s sentiment with regard
to royalty end high ecclesiastical au
thority? As to these latter matters,
surely there will be palpable effects.
Can the sense of awe continue as great
when there la so little lef. t the ua-
known? One thing Is sure: the sen
timent toward kings and courts and
Vatieans can never remain the same in
these new and remarkable conditions.
The relation between the former and
their subjects and followers may be
none the less affectionate, even rever
ent; It may become more huma , more
close. But the mystery having de
parted, there can hardly be the old
stress. When the mind is no longer
awed and clouded by the dim and the
unknown the appeal to reason must be
Queen Alexandra Encouraging Eng
lish Princesses let Sport.
Queen Alexandra has always been
an advocate of games and athletics
for girls, if kept within reason. She
herself was very fond of all outdoor
games as a child. In running she was
swift of foot as Atalanta, and skating
came as naturally to her as walking.
“Never,” wrote an enthusiastic ad
mirer of her, the mother of the then
rector of Sandringham, “did our dear
princess look more graceful nnd fairy
like than when skimming over the ice
on her skates. She seemed to express
the poetry of motion.” Although fond
of riding, the queen, owing to the ne
cessity of sitting on the wrong side
of the saddle, has not been a great
horsewoman. Driving was at one time
a favorite amusement of hers, and peo
ple living round Sandringham used to
watch for the pretty pair of grays she
tooled along so deftly. On one of her
birthdays a little carriage, with four
ponies, was given her by the Emperor
of Itussia, and she drove these either
four abreast or in the usual four-in
hand style.
Her majesty encouraged her daugh
ters to try every form of outdoor and
indoor exercise, and arranged that
they should receive lessons in boating,
riding, swimming and billiards. They
are all fond of cycling, especially the
Princess Victoria, who has made sev
eral bicycle excursions with her inti
mate friends. The DuchesS of Fyfe’s
favorite sport is salmon iishing, and
few women can throw a fly as skill
fully as she can. Princess Charles of
Denmark is a good tennis player, and
has lately taken up the fancy for cro
quet, a game in which the queen ex
cels. —London Modern Society.
John Brown, of Lake City, lowa,
who claims the distinction of being
tbe shortest CalM fltttM liv-
He remained In the
when he was mas
honorable discharge
John brown. whose height is 4
feet G inches, has in his posesssion an
affidavit which proves that he Is two
and one-half Inches shorter than any
other United States soldier who serv
ed in the Civil War, this affidavit be
ing substantiated by records In the
War Department at Washington.
She Had to Have It Out.
“What do you know about women?”
asked the thin young man.
“Nothing,” said the fat man with
the bald head.
“I guess I don't, either, and I have
been married three months, too. Yes
terday my wife asked me how I liked
the dinner. She does the cooking, you
The fat man didn't know, but he
“And when I began to praise the
dinner she began to cry and said she
feared I loved her only for her cook
“Oh." said the fat man. “she had a
cry coming. That was aJL” —New
York Times.
Nothing In the Way Now.
“Do you think the north pole will
ever be discovered?”
* Sure. It's as good as dis overed al
“How so?”
“Why. they know right where It i*.
Nothing ’o do now but go there and
run up a flag."—Kansas City Journal.
A man is obliged to die before his
will amounts tc anything, hut that of
a woman becomes effective immedi
ately after marriage.
When a woman has twins, all the
other mothers of twins wan t to call
and offer sympathy, but haven't time.
What has become of the old fash
ioned woman who made fashionable
They Are the Damon and Pythias of
tbe United States Senate.
Senators Quay and Vest for years
were the Damon and Pythias of the
Senate, a fact that tends to prove that
opposites really did make congenial
companions. No two men, apparently,
ean furnish more pronounced contrasts
than these two Senators. Quay a
Northern man; Vest from the South.
Quay a pronounced Republican and up
holder of protection; Vest a dyed-in
the-wool Democrat and believer in free
trade; Quay a colonel in the Union
army; Vest proud of the fact that he
fought for the Confederacy, but given
two fishing lines and a pot of bait, and
these veterans experienced that rue
touch of nature which makes the
whole world kin.
A few years age, as a result of the
fierce factional fight in Pennsylvania,
Quay reached Washington will cer
tificate of appointment to the Senate
from the Governor of the Keystone
State. The Legislature had been dead
locked; the question Immediately arose
in the United States Senate —is the ap
pointment constitutional? The lawyers
of the upper house of Congress debated
the proposition for weeks; the practical
Senators counted noses. It was admit
ted by both sides that it was a neck
and neck contest —that a single vote
would decide the issue. At that time
it was asserted and believed that if
Quay were not seated it would sound
the death knell of his political supr m
acy. The Quayites claimed Vest as a
matter of course.
The Missouri Senator had been very
ill, and it was feared would not be in
his seat when the vote was taken. On
the morning of the fateful session the
green baize doors of the Senate Avere
pushed open, and Vest, looking hag
gard and worn, was assisted to his
place. Surely the Issue must be mo
mentous to bring a man from his sick
bed? The roll call proceeded amid the
most intense interest. Every senator
was in his place keeping tab on the
vote. The names Avere called in al
phabetical order and tbe clerk was
near the end of the roll. It AA-as a
Amid heart-breaking silence every
man in the chamber almost at the same
instant realized that Vest Avould have
the deciding Aote. Would he vote
“Yes” to accept the questioned creden
tials of his fishing clium, or “No,” to
reject them?
“Mr. Vest,” called the clerk, with a
monotonous drawl.
Every eye was turned In the direc
tion of the Missouri senator. He sat
motionless, unheeding the call.
“Mr. Vest,” repeated the clerk, In a
rising voice, as if piqued at the physi
cal effort required to call a name tAvice.
Once more every eye turned toward
the veteran from the south, and every
ear was trained to hear his response.
He half rose in his scat, aud then in a
voice that was trembling and husky he
“I vote ‘No.’ ”
Then the man who could not over
come his constitutional convictions
sank back in his seat exhausted, and
the wires flashed forth the news that
his bosom friend had met with disas
ter. Quay's partisans were furious,
but Quay's voice was silent and his
face inscrutable.
That was the act of the drama that
was only half seen and not under
stood by the public. But its sequel Avas
truly Qua.vlike. Two years later the
Pennsylvania Legislature re-elected
Quay to the Senate. His journey to
the national capital was like a tri
umphal tour. Flowers were dumped
into the Senate by the wagonload;
Quay followers packed the galleries.
He took the oath calmly, possibly with
an Inward feeling of elation over his
victory, but after that disappeared in
a most mysterious manner. Admirers
who wanted to give him a dinner were
nonplused. When he returned four or
five hours later a member of the fam
ily Inquired anxiously:
“Where have you been? Tour
friends have been looking for you
“I have been taking dinner with an
old friend,” he said, quietly.
“Who wus it?"
Quay slmted about, like a school
boy about to be scolded, and said,
•with just a touch of defiance:
“It was my friend Vest.”
And so it was. and the friendship
of many, many years still continues.
—Utica Globe.
Dentists Use Mncta Gold.
ff there is a scarcity of gold during
the twenty-first and twenty-second
centuries, dentists, according to a
Gorman statistician, will probably be
more to blame than any one else.
He asserts that they use every year
In filling teeth and other work, about
eight hundred kilogrammes of gold,
the valne of which is $500,000, and
that at this rate the graveyards of the
various countries will contain in three
hundred years from now $150,000,000
worth of gold.
It's a wise worm that stays under
cover and deprives the early bird of
Ida breakfast
UR- of Two Kinds of Fnr in Combina
tion Is Quite General —Coats and
Evening: "'raps Are Very Ornate
This Season.
New York correspondence-
ICH furs ore not
£c. : ng to be tine
enough this winter;
' I \ they must have em-
I I bfllishmeut of some
Ar'X I dylish sort to take
' place in the first
S r :l n k '
Am-.) S* ' ‘l' ere are n °t a great
f(W‘ 1 a\ n,an - v sorts >f trim-
Wjvfi'-J f Comings tint re suit
-S1 eJL ).* -1 '■ nl"jy a kk Tor ibis use,
but the season now
i beginning will have
more than are usu
al. The many tricks
‘**9* * of combining two
kinds of fur are still in force, and are
worked as persistently and as effectively
as ever. But the possibilities iu this di
rection have been pretty well developed,
so r. flew touch lias been demanded and
been put forward. It consists of the use
in a variety of ways of fringes and cords
on tur. These trimmings may lie plac
ed inconspicuously ns mere edging, or
may consist of design work and orna
ments, much like the ornninentation put
on dress goods. In the latter manner
much of this embellishment is A'erv strik
ing. An ermine jacket finished with
black silk cord and ornaments iu liberal
supply will stand out as new, you may
depend. What is hastening the replac
ing of two-fur combinations is the oppor
tunity they give for making good use of
any old furs. This stands for econom
izing, though making over in furs is cost
ly business enough, but the out and out
stylisli affair in peltry must be free from
all such suspicion, according to those who
set fashions. In millinery, fur trimmed
hats are many, and tl.e amount of fur
to the hat is considerable, but rarely is
the ali fur hat seen, as they are deemed
suitable only for severe Aveather. The
light colored furs have the call for head
wear. ermine, mole, chinchilla aud squir
rel nil ranking as stylish.
Coats are so elaborately made that the
shopper doesn’t get much impressed with
the simpler ones until compelled to con
sider them by the prohibitive prices at
which the highly wrought garments are
held. Yet these prices seem reasonable
enough wllen the nature of the garments
has fair study, for fine materials, good
workmanship and the most ingenious de
signing enter into them. Evening wraps
are especially ornate. They run much
to white and very light shades, nnd to
an abundance of rich trimmings. Passe
menteries, embroideries and laces are dis
tributed over them with a lavish hand,
but though the cut usually is of the loos
est, the scheme of trimming ordinarily ,is
such that clever handling of the seem
ingly shapeless garment is necessitated.
It will not do to start with a carelessly
baggy foundation, just because a deal of
trimming is to go on it.
In less elaborate coats loose models
are numerous, and the finish shows orig
inality. The latter statement is true in
such degree that it is difficult, indeed, to
secure n simple garment of sufficient in
dividuality to appear as of the new
styles. The coats and wraps that are
not grand are finely contrived. Some of
these are sketched here. In the first pic
ture is a coat of dark brown broadcloth,
its stole and cane effect ornamented with
shaped pieces of light tan cloth apph
qued on and finished with brown silk
fringe. In the next illustration is a coat
of blue zibelline trimmed with tan cloth
embroidered with tan cord. And m the
concluding picture is a black fcroadeioth
coat fancifully self-banded- Coats of
this last one's general sort are often
made individual by ornamentation of the
seams. Strappings are various for this
purpose. They are left with raw edge
when the material warrants such treat
ment. In elaborate coats seam finish
takes many fancifui and ornate forms.
The sloping shoulder is quite as impor
tant a matter as ever Some of last
•eaaou's models seemed highly exagger
ated in this respect, and hinted that tne
end of this fashion was near. But for
once the exaggeration did not foretell a
shift to some other idea. Instead, wom
en have become accustomed to this very
oddity, and have voted it admirable, con
sequently the winter fashions include
much more of it. Were there only a few
set ways of attaining it, the nation would
have become tiresome long ago, but it is
secured in so many widely different
ways that there's no sameness to it. So
stylish women go on appearing shoulder
less, and each woman in nearly her own
particular way. It is in this great oppor
tunity for individuality that the hold of
the fancy on women’s favor lies. Then
the follower of the idea need not accept
an advanced form of it, for there are
numerous moderate responses to the
style. The costumes remaining in to
day’s illustrations present it variously.
In the model at the middle of the second
picture it comes in an extension on to the
shoulder of the yoke. This gown was
gray mixed suiting and black cord. Be
side it is an example of slope gained
through a cape, a frequent resorr, espe
cially in pronounced models. Fuchsia
Venetian, black cord and chenille fringe
were the materials here. In the next
picture is an odd bertha effect, recalling
the occasional evening gown that makes
the wearer look as if she were pushing
up through her bodice. This was in
two shades of tan Lroadeloth, the lighter
giving sy;aps and bertha. Next this is a
purple voile self-trimmed with circular
folds and enriched with black chantilly.
Here the real location of the shoulder
was disguised by extensions of the bo
lero. Yokes often run away out for the
same purpose, the yoke model of these
pictures being an entirely moderate ex
Fashion Notes.
Blouses of fur are beautiful.
Irish crochet retains its vogue.
Wide crushed girdles are the fashion
able bodice finish.
Crochet buttons adorn one rich yak
Valenciennes figures on many smart
chiffon undersleeves.
Silk cluny is used for entire waists as
well as for trimmings.
I’eau de soie and peau de cygne are
favorite silks for waists.
The lingeriee sleeves of chiffon, with
rows of tiny ruching, are seen.
Coque plume pompons are again very
prominent on hats for utility wear.
Chantilly is in favor. In black it com
bines beautifully with cream venise.
White shaved coney and sea otter
make handsome fur evening cloaks.
Persian embroideries are.seen on some
of the daintiest of white silk stocks.
Fitted jeweled collars top the collnrless
bodice smartly for house or evening
Epaulets characterize many stunning
gowns, contributing to sloping shoulder
Short boleros of cluny or Irish lace,
with elbow sleeves, are to be worn over
silk blouses.
Moleskin plush is especially smart for
a jacket when worn with a cloth skirt
of like color.
Full plaitings of white chiffon and Va
lenciennes lace finish the large sleeves of
many handsome cloaks.
Among the things for children’s wear
are the tiny outseam gloves, that have a
decidedly mannish effect.
A modish brown velveteen suit has
strappings and sleeves of brown cloth
and brown leather belt about the Russian
Handkerchiefs having gay flower de-
signs and bright borders are sold express
ly for making the new handkerchief pil
lows, now so popular.
Voile is shown in ail the new colorings
as well as the modish pastel shades and
is much in demand in the delicate shades
for separate eTening waists.
Velvets are used for frocks for women
and children Ibis season and the shops
are showing some beautiful designs made
up from this costly and exquisite fabric.
Stiff hats for girls of all ages, especial
ly designed to withstand the hard usage
of school wear, are seen in all the shops
and are mostly of rough felts, simpijr
trimmed with Quills.
Hign Tariff and Reduced Wages.
Thirty-two thousand operatives in
the cotton mills of New England have
had their wages cut 10 per cent, and
they do not view lower wages and
high cost of Hying as prosperity for
them, whatever it may he for the pro
tected trusts. Then again the employes
of the American Tin Plate Company—
part of the steel trust —have returned
to work at a 20 per cent reduction of
their wages, and they do not feel pros
perous. If the Republican party had
permitted the amendment to the Cu
ban reciprocity bill abolishing the dif
ferential—extra duty—on refined sug
ar, the saving of seven or eight million
dollars to the cotton and tin plate op
eratives and other consumers would
have helped to tide over the long, cold
winter that has just begun. But the
sugar trust was more influential with
Republican Congressmen than the peo
ple, and by taking off 20 per cent of
the duty on Cuban raw sugar they
presented the sugar trust with the op
portunity to make, as increased profit,
almost to a dollar what the people
would have saved by the abolishing of
the extra duty on refined sugar, which
the Democratic amendment proposed
to abolish. The leaders of this same
Republican Congress have agreed with
President Roosevelt that reciprocity
for the sugar trust and the Cubans
was the most important legislation
that was necessary, and they have fur
ther agreed that no reform of the tar
iff In its shelter to the trusts is needed.
With no reduction or abolition of tariff
taxes, the numerous trusts, that are
protected like the sugar trust, can con
tinue to extort their enormous profits.
If the tariff taxes were reduced to a
reasonable figure, enough to produce
what the government needs, honestly
administered, the trusts would have to
reduce their profits to a corresponding
ratio, or competition from abroad
would come in and supply the market.
That most of the trusts ’ are able to
make ample profits without any pro
tective tariff is shown by their export
ing their products to foreign countries
and selling them in competition with
the foreign manufacturers after pay
ing the high duties which are demand
ed there. In many instances it has
been proven that the price the trusts
obtain abroad are much less than they
charge our own people.
If the trusts were making no profit
on the goods they export, they would
not long continue such business, or be
so anxious to extend this trade by,
sending agents to increase it, so the
excuse that the trusts are losing money
on the goods they are selling in for
eign markets, or dumping their surplus
for whatever it will bring. Is not
borne out by the facts. The trusts,
like other people, would not continue
to do a losing business and lie seeking
more at the same unprofitable rate.
The steel trust is biddiife on foreign
contracts against the English. Ger
man, French anil Belgian manufactur
ers, and successfully, too, at 33 per
cent less on some of Its products. To
enable it to compete with the foreign
ers on their own ground it reduced the
wages of its employes, hut does not
lower the price of Its products at home.
The workmen, the farmers and the
balance of us would all be better off
if the tariff was reduced and compe
tition was allowed to keep the trust
prices down. If the cost of living was
reduced one-third, the workmen could
afford to labor for less wages, and
wlmt a blessing the lower cost of liv
ing would ho to those with limited in
comes. The farmer would get the same
price for wlmt he raises under a low
as he does under n high tariff, because
the price of agricultural products is
based simply upon supply and demand,
and no tariff can change that immu
table law, and the farmer has no pro
tection to aid him except the duty on
wool, and that has proven to he a
boomerang. The wholesale and retail
dealers make a larger percentage of
profits the cheaper they can buy the
goods they sell, so they would gain
by tariff reduction. The whole army
of those who work for wages, be the
wages large or small, are benefited by
a reasonable price for all they buy.
The high tariff adds to those prices di
rectly, and In a much greater propor
tion through the increased profits the
trusts and protected monopolies charge
under the shelter of high ) rotection.
The Republican masses feel that pro
tection is robbing them and are pro
testing, the “lowa idea” being a sam
ple protest, but the Republican leaders
have succeeded In putting even that
small effort to sleep.
The Bristow Report.
The report made by Fourth Assist
ant Postmaster General Bristow as a
result of his investigation into the post
office cases presents a record of brib
ery, blackmail and miscellaneous polit
ical corruption which has few parallels
In recent political history. It Is a rec
ord of criminal collusion and deliber
ate betrayal of a public trust.
The methods pursued by those who
prostituted their offices and entered
Into conspiracies to defraud the na
tion were various, but the end in all
cases was the satisfaction of selfish
greed. For a period of ten years. It
is shown, there has been a system of
organized corruption ramifying through
some of the most important branches
of the Post Office Department and Im
plicating officials holding places of
high responsibility. Apparently the
dishonest crew, of whom Beavers,
Maeben and Tyner were the chief of
fenders. neglected no opportunity
which might be turned to use for their
own profit. Unnecessary and worth
less supplies were purchased, the man
ufacturers and the government officials
dividing the profits of the transaction.
Extortionate prices were paid to fa
vored firms. Leases for post office
premises were canceled and the rent
increased upon the recommendation of
prominent politicians. Clerk®, assist
ants and bookkeepers were hlr?d with
out regard to fitness or the needs of
official business, salaries paid in
some instances where no work was
done. Nor is this all. In some cases
conspiracies were entered into with
get-rich-quick concerns and other swin
dling devices which bribed officials.
According to Mr. Bristow, the per
sonal profits of the boodiers were small
as compared with the losses inflicted
upon the government and the pub
lic. He estimates the sums secured
by the men who debauched the public
service at between $300,000 and $400,-
000, while the loss to the government
considering the needless supplies pur
chased. must mount well up into the
millions. The full loss which the na
tion has been made to suffer, however,
is not to be measured in money. The
ultimate effect of all the proceedings
has been the debasing and demoraliza
tion of the public service and the in
troduction of an element of greatest
danger into national affairs. Presi
dent Roosevelt says in his comment on
the Bristow report: “Self-government
becomes a farce if the representatives
of the people corrupt others or are
themselves corrupted.”
The President makes recommenda
tions as to the desirability of new leg
islation to prevent “boodling." but the
prime need, ns lie recognizes, is the
prompt r.nd effective punishment of
every wrongdoer. Simultaneously,
there must be a steady, earnest effort
to dam the sources of corruption by
putting venal politicians out of power,
not only in executive positions, but in
Congress.—Chicago News.
Strenuous Times.
It is rather a singular coinchlehce
that just when General Wood was be
ing investigated by a committee of the
T’nited Stntes Senate on the serious
charges made of his conduct in Cuba
that the War Department should re
port the slaughter, by the forces under
his command, of 300 Moros in the is
land of Jolo and the balance of “Has
son's forces literally destroyed,” which
consisted in all of 2,000. This reported
carnage may be true; it may he exag
gerated, for the censorship of news
from this extreme point of our de
pendencies is in the hands of the War
Department, and the authorities can
deal out such as they desire. The
T'nited States was supposed to have
been at peace with the Sultan of Jolo,
and had certainly made a treaty with
that potentate and Ids dattos, of whom
Hassan was the principal one, which
continued the control of Jolo in the
hands of the natives, ns it had been
under the Spaniards. No news has
been published of any insurrection, or
other reason, for this sudden onslaught
of General Wood, unless secret instruc
tions had been given him by Presi
dent Roosevelt to clean out these semi
barbarians without the usual declara
tion of war. One circumstance that is
mentioned In the dispatch announcing
the slaughter gives color to such an un
usual proceeding, for It Is stated that
the treaty with the Moros may now be
considered at an end. It is therefore
possible that this sudden onslaught
may have been premeditated for the
purpose of annulling a treaty that lias
always been unpopular, as it guaran
teed polygamy and slavery. If the
news of the slaughter of the Moros
was not concocted to show General
Wood was more than a doctor--In
deed, a strenuous general—and thus
help his case with the Republican
members of the Senate. It will be nec
essary for the administration to ex
plain who ordered General Wood to at
tack the Moros.
Victories at the far end of the line
and presidential pressure close at
home may lend to a favorable verdict
from the Republican Senators who are
Investigating the former doings of Gen
eral Wood. Nowadays It Is well not to
he surprised at anything. Strenuosity
Is in the saddle, and war, pestilence
and famine may he forced upon us at
any time, and we may be thnnful that
nt present those calamities ure so dis
tant ns in far-off Jolo.
Insisting Upon It.
If President Roosevelt shall go on In
this impulsive, restless, overstrenuous,
disturbing fashion of his will there
not be a grave duty and a great op
portunity presented to the Democratic
party? If New York, the pivotal State,
shall soy to the national convention.
“Grover Cleveland Is th*> man for the
hour,” and New Jersey, ("onfieetlout,
Massachusetts. Indiana, Wisconsin
and other debatable and necessary
Slates shall second the demand Is It
conceivable that the South would stand
out against it—the South which now
wants before everything else a Demo
cratic candidate for President who caVt
be elected?
With the logic of the situation call
ing for a candidate who Is the com
plete antithesis of Roosevelt—who is
mature, experienced, serious, deliber
ate, conservative, wise, with equal cour
age and even greater firmness —a Dem
ocrat who Is a sufficient platform In
himself and who will lie removed by
age and service from the possibility of
another election —who could so entire
ly meet these conditions as Grover
If the Democratic party and the In
dependent voters need and want and
call for Mr. Cleveland in these circum
stances and in tills way It would not
b* in human nature and a putrlotlc
heart to decline the summons.—New
York World.
Promoting Harmony.
However much his many admirer*
may regret Mr. Cleveland’s final with
drawal from the political field, all Dem
ocrats will feel grateful to him for
making his position known so long in
advance of the active campaign. He
has not only offered an outright refuta
tion of the charge that he was covert
ly seeking renomination, but by aban
doning a justifiable ambition he has
helped immensely, as It will prove, to
restore peace and unity to the party
which he haa twice led to victory. We
have no doubt that, aside from any
personal motives, it was the dealre to
contribute to the harmony of the party,
so far as In bis power lay, that impell
ed him to speak so plainly.—Washing
ton Times.
At the White House Window.
That nicotine is necessary to the nu
trition of the tobacco plant and uot
waste product is shown by an Italian

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