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New York, cnam fcer of C"m^^^"ildJln; , , _ TEN~DOLLARS REWARD The above reward will be paid for the arrest and conviction of any person "aught stealing The Herald after delivery to a patron. —i • CIRCULATION STATEMENT • a William A Spalding, General Manager of The Herald • I PubUshtng Company, being first duly »WOrB. depoMJ and . • says: That the average daily circulation of -he Los An • • le» Herald for the six months ending Sept. 30 IS9S, was • • Daily Herald •}.»*> • t Her3;< wiLLTAM A.-SPACING • • Subscribed and sworn to before me thit 7th OO- • • (Seal) Notary Public in and for the county of a Z Los Angeles, state of California. f WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER !>. ISBS. No comprehensive review of the results of yesterday's elec tions can be formed at this hour, but the indications are strong that Henry T. Gage of Los Angeles will be the next governor of California. The THE RETURNS most remarkable surprise comes from San Francisco, where it was generally believed that James G. Maguire would secure a substantial majority. At midnight returns in San Francisco showed: Gage 17,235, Maguire 14,689, with over 23.000 votes still to be counted. The most hopeful sign for the union ticket is in the race for the associate justices of the supreme court. In 21S out of 2104 precincts, Van Dyke leads, with 6037 votes, McFarland 5971, Conley 5747 and Van Fleet 5742. The most interesting- struggle yesterday to Californians Beyond the state was the election for the governorship of New York. The victory is conceded to the intrepid soldier and politician, Colonel Theodore Eoosevelt, by about 20,000 ma jority. Millions of American voters, deciding by ballot the most momentous questions of government, present an interesting .spectacle for royalists to contemplate. There are about fourteen million voters in the United States. A vast majority of this ELECTION RETROSPECT number voted yesterday. From California to Maine, everywhere except in states that had already voted, ballots were dropping into boxes, noiselessly as the falling snow flakes but potent in determining important issues. And now that it is all ended, the exciting canvass and its decisive finality, these millions of Americans are satisfied with the verdict, taking the result good-naturedly, whatever it may be. It is a spectacle that speaks eloquently for popular government and for the soundness of our political institutions. In the early days of the republic the monarchists of Europe were wont to ridicule our elective plan of choosing public officers. They had no faith in what they called "the experiment of repub lican government." it was their belief that popular elections would soon drift into a corrupt scramble for otlices, and that eventually a condition of anarchy would develop. In fact some of the elections, when the republic was young and 1 a little un steady in its bearings, gave some cause for the ominous predic tions of monarchists. The dear old "fathers of the republic," whose memory we all love and venerate, sometimes "did poli tics" in a style that would astonish politicians of our day. It is unquestionable that the ballot box is a purer institution in the United States, in these closing years of the century, than it ever was before. We make no exception of any period, run ning clear back to the beginning of the government. Contem porary history of olden time polities shows that it was no cleaner, to say the least, than the politics of this period. And in comparison with political methods of, say a generation ago, ; the improvement now observable is beyond question. This comparative purification of the ballot-box is doubtless due to the change that has occurred, within a recent period, in the method of voting. We are probably no purer, politically, than our ancestors were. The Australian ballot, however, in connection with general Improvement in the voting system, prevents in great measure the former opportunities for fraud. In these days we never hear the injunction to "vote early and often." The "repeater,'' who in the good old times made a pocketful of money by an all-day job of voting, is entirely un known now. The ballot-box will stand a good deal of purifica tion yet, no doubt, but it is far less rank than it was not very many years ago. And now, after a century of our "experiment of republican government, we may proudly call the attention of our European friends to the spectacle of yesterday's elections. Prob ably ten million ballots dropped into the boxes. They decided the complexion of one branch of congress, the government of many states, counties, cities and communities. Everybody is satisfied, the campaign is now only a memory, and we all turn to business again with characteristic American zeal and deter mination. Three weeks/from next Monday congress will assemble. The session will last three mouths less one day, and will be one of the most important Bhort sessions in the history of congress. In addition to ordi nary business, there will be a vast amount A BUSY CONGRESS SESSION suiting from the war with Spain, it will be necessary for the senate, in the first place, to consider the agreement that may be made between the peace commissioners at Paris. Present indications point to stubborn opposition tv the ratification of the treaty if it provides for annexation of the Philippine archipelago. Several Republican senators are known to be opposed to such policy, and three or four have expressed their views very emphatically. As it will require a two-thirds vote of the senate to ratify the treaty, and as there is not a Re publican majority in that body, it will be seen that a warm and protracted discussion is probable. A form of government will have to be devised for Porto Rico and Hawaii. A plao for the latter has been prepared by the commission that was sent to Honolulu for the purpose, but there is likely to be strong opposition to some of its features. The sugar question is sure to provoke animated discussion. Then, the Cuban question will come up for settlement, and it is a safe guess that it will prove to be a tangle hard to unravel. The Nicaragua canal project will necessarily consume con siderable time, particularly in view of the complication caused by the concession tb the new syndicate. Fortunately there is great unanimity in congress, regardless of party lines, in favor of the construction of the canal. It is understood that the president, in his annual message to congress, will urge decisive »nd immediate action relative to the building of the canal by the government. It will be seen, therefore, that an unusually busy and im of work iv the adjustment of matters re- portant session is assured. Even the average business of a short session is sufficient to make lively work during its brief existence. With all the extraordinary work cut out for the coming session congress will not be able to enjoy the compara tive luxury of the eight-hour labor system. Charges from several sources have been made that Abner McKinley, the brother of the president, has interested himself in procuring contracts for furnishing clothing aud other supplies for the army, and that he has done so as an intermediary and for BROTHER ABNER profit. It is regrettable that such charges have been made, and more especially so if there is a basis of truth in them. We cannot avoid thinking that, at the best, there is some foundation for these charges, as it seems monstrous and impossible that they could have been manufactured out of whole cloth. He is a hardened and unpatriotic sinner who will Invent so infamous a thing as to involve the brother of the president of the United States, and bring disrepute upon the government. We shall hope it will turn out that nothing wrong has been done by brother Abner, for we deplore anything that shall lessen re spect for our government and institutions, and especially that which comes so near to the occupant of the presidential mansion. The country has become somewhat suspicious, since so much misconduct has been alleged in connection with the management of the war, and no small percentage of the charges has been established by irrefragible proofs. In addition the reasoning is that corruption on the part of those close to the president is simply consistent with the methods employed to carry the election in ISO 6 for the Republican ticket. That unprecedented sums of money were contributed by the wealthy classes engaged in trusts and syndicate operations, and were expended to hoodwink or corrupt voters are undented facts. Such sums were not contributed merely out of love and affection for a good cause, but in expectation of receiving the money back through favoritism and special interests. It is a known fact that Hanna and some of the relatives of McKinley engaged in making promises of official rewards during the campaign for the nomination, in order to secure delegates favorable to their candidate, and that those promises were kept after the installation of the president. It would be unfortunate indeed, after all the shocking things that were done during the presidential campaign, and also during the period in which troops were raised and organized, and the war was inactive progress, to have it established that one so near the president as a brother has been guilty of doing a brokerage business, in fleecing the government and imposing on the patriotic men who grasped the rifle in defense of the honor of the flag, and who endured hardships, suffering and death that the glory of the republic should be enhanced. We shall be glad if brother Abner shall be able to exonerate himself, and save the president from an implication that does him and the nation an infinite harm. Respect for popular govern ment rests upon the unassailed virtue of officials. Like Caesar's wife, they must be above suspicion. When a man be comes president his family does not become royal, nor are rela tives licensed to do that which the code of morals and respecta bility forbids. They are bound beyond others to the exercise of circumspection in their conduct. The election returns in this morning's Herald, from all over the United States, are a reminder of one thing that thi9 gener ation has to be thankful for, as compared with readers half n century ago. The first telegraphic message ever sent, on a regu larly strung line, was "What hath God wrought!" That was on the line just built from Washington to Baltimore. The next message related to ret urns of the presidential election. That was in 1844, when Polk and Clay were the candidates, respect ively of the Democratic and Whig parties. It was not until well in the "fifties" that the telegraph reached out as a great factor in transmitting election returns. Before the advent of the telegraph two or three weeks generally elapsed before it was known, with any certainty, how a presidential election had gone. From New York we get an indication of the way Algerism pervades the administration. A man and his wife were arrested at a hotel for blackmail and extortion. They had filched 3167 and a diamond pin from their victim, and they were trying to get $5000 more. When arrested it was found that the man had in his possession the papers, signed by President McKinley, ap pointing him United States consul at Durban, South Africa. The man's home is in Cleveland, and probably he is a protege of his townsman, Hon. Marcus A. Hanna. It is remarkable that presumably busy men like President McKinley and Collis P. Huntington should have enjoyed such a wealth of leisure on Monday, just before the election. Mr. Huntington called at the White House and remained with the president an hour. The great magnate, in reply to an inquiry, said he merely called to pay his respects to the president. It is more probable that the call related to something which Mr. Huntington wishes to avoid payment of —the Central Pacific's debt to the government. The president's journey to Canton to cast his ballot proves that he is no mere political guide-board. He does not simply point the way for his party —he goes himself. And he de serves credit for it. In war or in politics the place for a leader is in the lead. It is stated that the president traveled on a special car. He is a comparatively poor man, and we should think he could hardly afford such luxury. We hope, however, that he paid his way, and has not laid himself under obligations to a railroad company. The Hon. Benjamin Harrison says, disparagingly, that "our British cousins have the good habit of standing by when their nation is conducting delicate and irritating foreign questions." We have no recollection of Americans taking to the woods under such circumstances. There is a wide difference between stand ing by the government and standing by incompetence and rascal ity, developed in departments of a Republican administration. We are feeding the hungry and clothing the naked of Europe on reasonable terms. From one port, Philadelphia, 25,000,000 bushels of wheat and corn have been shipped since the begin ning of this year. Meats and canned goods we are sending abroad as never before. Our cotton, wool and clothing fabrics are familiar everywhere in Europe. Under such conditions a fair share of the cash returns should lighten the burden of labor. It is orilv a new coal supply, not a route for a California and Salt Lake railway, that the Southern Pacific surveyors are looking for. The rapid increase of coal consumption in South ern California makes any such effort of discovery interesting. We are paying from two to three times the prices paid for coal in the east, and yet it is believed that an abundant supply might be obtained comparatively near home. That wandering war board had reached Chicago at last ac counts. There must have been some mistake in the selection of witnesses there, if we may judge from testimony given by Dr. Schooler, a division surgeon, who was stationed at Camp Thomas. This witness said there was scarcity of hospital beds, "and practically half our nursing force was sick or in the guard house for insubordination." Canadian manufacturers are making a bold strike for trade in eastern Siberia. It is believed that an immense trade will be opened up when the transsiberian railway is completed, and that event is not far distant. A line of steamships, to catch this trade, will accordingly bo established between Vancouver and Vladivostock by the Canadian Pacific railway management. When at St. Louis lust Monday, on his way home, Colonel William J. Hryan refused to be interviewed. When asked why he declined to say anything about the political situation, he replied: "Because I have military lockjaw." Happily that kind of lockjaw is curable. It will have entirely disappeared when the colonel marshals the Democratic hosts in 1900. Now let the party managers from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the lakes to the gulf, give their weary consciences a long and much-needed rest. The strain of continual lying about majority "claims" is enough to impair a cast-iron con science. LOS ANGELES HERALDt WEDNESDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 9, 1898 Through Ethel's Spectacles I like Ethel very much indeed. That is | partly the reason, 1 suppose, that 1 asked her to marry me. She doesn't like me so well, not nearly; and that is partly the rea son, I am beginning to think, that she con sented to do so. I presume it will all be very different when we are married, though. But you can't quite tell. I thought it would be different too —very different, when we were engaged. "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," you know, and all that sort of thing. o o o Ethel doesn't really wear spectacles at all. She never would in the world. Even if she was obliged to she wouldn't all the more. That is a peculiarity of Ethel's. I used to think it was very cunning, but now I sometimes stub my toe on it awfully. What she does wear is "glawses." To help her see: Oh, dear no; to help her not see. She can see a great deal better without them but she can't be blind a quarter as easy. Why, with her "glawses" on, more than half the time she can't even "see the point;" not even if I explain, and that is dangerous, o © o Ethel seems to be burdened with a deep responsibility to bring me up correctly— since we were engaged. That is one of the things I thought would be different —aud isn't. I had an idea I was all brought up to date some time since, and she used to appear to think so too. The other day we were about to board a Grand avenue car and I held up my cane to signal the motorman. "Arthur," said she, severely—and with the most school-ma-am ish air, "in a large city when you wish to hail, a car it is not necessary to make a dem onstration. "Well, I'm glad you told me," said I, "if you hadn't, like as not I'd have thrown my self across the rails." I thought that rather neat nnd cutting nnd glanced at her to see how she took it. But bless you, she never saw the point, through those specs. When got aboard the car she asked me to tie her boot lace, just as casually as if we had been conversing about shoes for an hour. o o o Ethel's specs are the hardest things in the world to bank on, as to just what is "good form," but they're mighty particular. Now I like to look in at some of the shop windows as we walk along Spring street, and so does she —some. Jewelers' windows are the very best form of all, according to the "glawses;" and they just revel in diamonds. "Ob, aren't those rings just too sweet for anything?" she will say, with a little ecstatic twitter; "and s-e-e, that lovely big one all by itself." Then her eyes will drop down under the spesc to glance at that little lump in her own glove. By Jove, she'd think that one big enough too, if she was paying half her month's sal ary on the installment plan for the con founded thing. © © © When the diamonds are used up the next on the list is the millinery* shop 9 and she will keep me hours looking at "shapes and trimmings," she calls 'em. But let me ask her to look at a lot of com fortable looking furniture! "Why, Arthur," she'll say, "people will think us straight from the country." And do you think she will help me select a hat or a necktie? "Such awfully bad form," 6he says. I don't know where the difference comes in unless through those "glawses." © © O The other evening, walking down the street from the theater we stopped a group of friends, and after a moment's chat I turned to find those dear little glasses hold ing in a storm. Ethel was crying! "Take me borne, quick," she sobbed heart-brokenly. I yelled for a cab and in about a minute we were rumbling down the street. "Don't you dare to touch me, sir!" was heT first tear soaked and intelligible remark as I tried to take her and comfort her and find out what was the matter. "Everything is over between us," she went on in the same lucid strain. "Here, take back your ring"— and she began to tug at her glove. Was ever a fellow struck by such sudden lichtning out of clear skies? T wouldn't have minded having that monthly drudge ease up but if it meant giving up Ethel, too, —not much. 1 reflected with a secret joy that the band was mighty tight. She could never fetch it without soap. Besides she was getting calmer anyway. She had only got one thumb out of her glove so far. Ethel's papa lives in the middle of the Harper tract, and by getting the cabman to take us there via Westlake and other sub urbs we were a reasonably long time in ar riving. And was I busy? you bet. When finally I got her head on my shoul der and the hand with the vacant thumb in mine, I said: "But what made you cry, sweetheart?" "Wouldn't any girl cry?" she sobbed. "Of course she would, but what was the reason Ethel?" "Oh, Arthur," she burst out, "how could oil talk to that horrid Helen Heideman?" "Why, dear girl, you introduced her to me yourself and told me Ehe was one of your dearest friends, don't you know?" T never did, and anyway that was before we were engaged, and besides she and I I quarreled yesterday and she said the mean est things. And now the horrid thing will think she has got you away from me and I I shall die. Oh dear, oh dear." o © © 1 might have told her that not having any knowledge of this ebb of friendship, 1 felt less definitely guilty. But I didn't. I said a good many other things though. After some time spent in said "other things" we finished taking off the white glove, and—we —looked at the ring, and —we —agreed not to take it off. (Nothing but a saw could have done it anyhow now.) © © © Though I may have had some disappoint ments in the engaged line I can recommend —to inexperienced parties—that the break ing engagement period, if it doesn't quite come to the actual breaking point is all right-all right.. HARRY B. LUMMTS. Joseph Leiter's Treatise on Wheat A few months ago and the world paid Joseph Leiter tribute as the wheat king of the earth. He has repaid them by a pro duction from his pen written over his sig nature and named "Wheat and Its Distri bution." This article, which appeals in the Novem- Iber Cosmopolitan, is Mr. Leiter's first ap j pcarance in literature, but he handles the I pen with a bold, firm hand that shows him j a man of resources. The former wheat | king's treatise is philosophical, historical snd suggestive of remedial legislation, cal culated to benefit the farmer, the miller and the banker.—Chicago Times-Herald. In the Fashion Snipper—That Smuggins grabs everything he lays his hands on. Snapper—Sort of an imperialist, eh?—Rox bury Gazette. Short Stories of the Day One day, while Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner were walking together they happened to begin a '' Mulberry discussion of the mod- Sellers" eru novel, and one or the other suggested that it might be a good plan to burlesque it, says the Pittsburg Dispatch. Later, while journeying together to Bos ton, this suggestion took definite shape and on their return the work was begun, one author writing a chapter, the other taking up the thread of the story the next day and both critically examining the result each evening and asking the opinion of their wives at each stage of the undertaking.. Finally they collected all the manuscript, of which there was too great a quantity, nnd jointly condensed it. It was owing to a suggestion by Mr. Warner that the chief character in the tale was called Col. Eschol Sellers, and it is a fact that the man whose name was taken—a man supposed to be long dead—made a fiery demand for satis faction, visiting Hartford for that purpose, ln later editions of the story the name "Eschol" was changed to "Mulberry." •o © o Here is a story told of Robert Burns in his youth, according to the Syracuse Stand ard: Burns was liv- Dinner for ing in the town of a Story A >' r » sad, although still young, had at tained to local reputation as a poet. One day he was passing through the main street of the town and saw two Btrangers sitting in one of the inn windows. With idle curi osity he stopped to look at them. Seeing him, and thinking that the rustic might afford them some amusement while wait ing, the strangers called him to dine with them. Burns readily accepted the invita tion and proved a merry, entertaining guest. When the dinner was nearly finished the strangers suggested that each should try his hand at verse making, and that the one who failed to write a rhyme should pay for the dinner. They felt secure in the challenge, believing that their rustic friend would pay for the meal. The rhymes were written, and Burns read the following: "I, Johhny Peep, saw two sheep; two sheep saw me. Half a crown apiece will pay for their fleece, and I, Johnny Peep, go free." The strangers' astonishment was great, and they both exclaimed: "Who are you? You must be Bobbie Burns." © © © A small Scotch boy was summoned to give evidence against his father, who was accused of making a The Scotch disturbance in the Witness street. Said the bailie to him: "Come, my wee man, speak the truth, an' let us hear all ye ken about this affair." "Weel, sir," said the lad, "d'ye ken In verness 6treet?" "I do ,laddie," replied the magistrate. "Weel, ye gang along it and turn into the square and cross the square—" "Yes, yes," said the bailie, encouragingly. "And when ye gang across the square ye turn to the right and go up the High street, and keep up Hight street till ye come to a pump." "Quite right, my lad; proceed," said the magistrate. "I know the old pump well." "Weel," said the boy, with the most in fantile simplicity, "ye may gang and pump it, for ye ll no pump me." —Albany Law Journal. Pierpont Morgan's Gift to Yachtsmen The New York Yacht club held its final meeting of the year at the Madison Avenue club house Friday night, and Commodore J. Pierpont Morgan presided. It proved to be one of the most enthusiastic meetings held for years, and in view of its antici pated importance there were nearly one hundred yachtsmen present. Following the routine business, which was quickly dis posed of, the committee on site for a new club house in the city made its report. The committee recommended either of two sites situated in the new up town club house dis trict. The report being accepted and open for discussion, Commodore Morgan electri fied his brother yachtsmen by saying that if the club would prefer the larger site, he would present the club with the land if a house were built upon it. The munificent offer was received with prolonged cheers, and it is unnecessary to say that the gift of land was accepted by a unanimous "aye." —New York Herald. High Lights The man who tries to satisfy everybody doesn't even please himself. The world expects widows to be resigned and then talks about them if they are. Crops are that part of vegetation which always gets too much or too little rain. The longer some people stay away the less they have to tell when they get home. A family in fashionable society often de pends on one man who hasn't time far any society at all. —Chicago Record. WHEN THE COWS COME HOME "Clink, clink, cllng-cllnk, a-cllnkety cllnk"— Through the ragged brush of the pasture path, And the "old boss" stops at the brook to • drink, And' tosses her head with a Jest of wrath. With hoofs sunk deep in the brook's black loam, And muzzle deep ln the lazy stream, She waits for the laggard herd to come. With ears that droop and eyes that dream. Her sleek sides bulge with contentedness, And her udders drip with an overflow That blotches with white the watercress That sags with the current to and fro. The eddies whirl where her long tall flings Its tufted end with a listless toss, And the Burgling water swings and sings Like whirling wings in the brookeide <moss. As the water clears of its mutMy rile And the old boss drinks, with nostrils flared, The dusk, slow stealing, mile on mile, Grows dark where the deep woods stand ensnared In the east horizon's farthrest rim, And out of the twilight's hazy height. Where the Dog star loiters, white and dilm, A drifting swallow pipes'good'night. Then, drowsily, with a soul-deep breath, The old boss raises her head and sighs, And, bright as a sword from Its guarding sheath, The sunset gleams In her glowing eyes. It turns the bell at her throat to gold And silvers the red in her silken coat, And the tell-tale leaves of the year grown old Turn pale ln the pods where they lie afloat. Out of the silence, shrill and' high, A voice of the farmyard quavers through: "Come, boss! come, boss', come, boss!" its cry, And the old boss softly answers "Moo!" Only the call of the cow—that's alii ' Only a wistful moo, and' yet It seems that I heard my childhood call— And the dusk is here, and [my eyes are wet. —R. C. It., in Chicago Times-Herald. 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Bsport of easts ml free. 41 »H So»u spring St., Loi ang*ia», Oal SPIRIT OF THE PRESS Divided Against Itself The bitter hostility engendered in several southern states by the unnecessary aud causeless fever panics, each state against its' neighbors, is something remarkable, but the hate and malignity does not stop there. The people of one community or neighborhood are set against those of the others around them, so that they are ready to kill each other in their zeal to prevent communication. Some of the most inhuman atrocities of which hu man nature is capable have been engendered by these shotgun quarantines. A few more seasons spent by the people of sou£hern states and communities in trying to destroy each other will result in the destruction of the entire business and prosperity of the whole. —New Orleans Picayune. Every Worker Needed Just Now The collector of the port of New York is actively engaged in partisan work at the party headquarters, which amounts to a pretty strong hint to his subordinates that they will be expected to follow the example. This is the first time in a dozen years, it is said, that the occupant of that office has been 6een hustling with party workers for paruy success. Other cases of the kind are reported from various parts of the country as a consequence of the word from the execu tive circle at Washington that officeholders could participate in politics freely.—Spring field, Mass., Republican. Harvest Time for Trusts More trusts have been formed sinoe Presi dent McKinley was inaugurated than in five years preceding his inauguration, although a week after his inauguration the supreme court of the United States announced a de cision that was broad enough to break down every trust in the land, and was designed by the court to bring about just that result. That decision was against the Trans-Mis souri Traffic association, an illegal combina tion of railroads west of the Missouri river.— Columbus, 0., Press-Post. Reassuring Calmness in Stocks If there is any connection between the tranquillity of the stock markets of the world and the prospects of continued peace the in dications are all in favor of peace. The stock market refuses to take any notice whatever of the alarming rumors of impend ing war which have been flying so thick and fast during the week.—New York World. Difference in War Ministers France seems to find it impossible to keep a minister of war. But there are worse things than ministers of war who won't stick; for instance, some ministers of war who do stick. The United States could give France some straight tips on this point. —Louisville Courier-Journal. Learning Hade Easy "I don't know that there is much use of my keeping my school open more than a month or two each year," said the German pedagogue. "Why is that?" "Our emperor has simplified matters to such an extent that when you ask the name of the world's greatest poet, painter, musician, general, traveler or monarch, there is only one answer to all the questions."— Washington Star. The One Who Didn't Laugh A little 3-year-old girl went to a children's party. On her return she said to her parents: "At the party a little girl fell off a chair. All the other girls laughed, but I didn't." "Well, why didn't you laugh?" " 'Cause I was the one that fell off."— Tit-Bits. A Close Guess "How do you know that th. young couple opposite are married?" asked the man with large business interests of his wife as they. sat in the cafe after the theater. You caa't tell anything about it." "Oh, can't I? She wanted lobster and ha ordered a couple of ham siudwiches. They're married all right enough."—Detroit Free I Press. The Real Ordeal "I hear he refused to take chloroforsa when he was operated on." "Yes; said he'd rather take it when ha paid his bill."—Detroit Journal. Before and After Singleton—Before she married yon youl wife was always very pensive. Benedick (sadly)— Yes, but she's ex-pea* sive now. —Brooklyn Life. Cause and Effect A man of short stature gives as a reasoa for his stunted growth that he was brought up as a child on condensed'milk.—New York Observer. j One Bad Effect Tight lacing makes a spendthrift of a woman. She waists her substance. —Neat Orleans Picayune. IN THE PUBLIC EYE Professor Edgar W. Bass of the United States military academy at West Point, who has just been retired, has held the chair of mathematics in that institute since 1878. "Old Man Hearst," the veteran prospector, who was Mark Twain's partner in the days when the material for "Houghing It" was gathered, is still a miner, and is working a claim near the Black range in New Mexico. The recent political activity of Carl Schurz reoalls a remark made thirty years ago by George D. Prentice: "Personally, Mr. Schurz is an estimable gentleman, but politically he is an Amsterdam, Rotterdam, gotterdam fool." "• A man named William Smith robbed the railroad depot at Hunter's Creek, Mich., of some express packages recently. The agent's name is Smith, as is that of the ex press company's representative at that place. The latter succeeded in running down the culprit, who was brought before Judge Smith of the circuit court and sentenced to the penitentiary. Miss Emily Vanderbilt Sloane, grand daughter of the late \V. H. Vanderbilt, and John 11. Hammond, son of the late («nera John H. Hammond, whose engagement to marry has just been announced ,are both al truists, and the young lady, who is ver; wealthy, has compiled several books devotei to the furtherance of such ideas. Mr. Ham mond is a successful New York lawyer. Henry Zeigenheim, mayor of St. Louis, is an illiterate man, and proud of it. He got his start in life as a carpenter and builder, and became president of a bank. He has come to the front solely through force of character. Speaking of his lack of educar tion, he said: "I could hire plenty of men to write speeches for me, but I won't do it. What I say comes from the heart, and I mean it. I don't have to pay no money for fine words." The American Legion of Honor, which is composed exclusively of those to whom medals have been awarded by congress for saving persons from drowning and the perils of the sea, has elected as honorary members President McKinley, because of his official position, and King Leopold of Belgium, be cause he is the head of a similar organization in his own country. Both of the new mem bers have written letters of acceptance to the Washington headquarters of the society. The Workingmen's college, in Great Or mond street, London, which is to be en larged', was the scene of some of Mr. Rus kin's earliest efforts in the way of practical art teachings. Subsequently, finding the work too hard, Mr. Ruskin engaged an assist ant, who took charge of the figure drawing class. The assistant teacher, who main tained for some years his connection with the college, was a struggling young artist, who was afterward to become famous as Dante Gabriel Rotsetti.