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JANUARY 2, 1910.
MACE OF THE HOUSE THE mace Is the "symbol of the office of sergeant at arms, and Is barns by that officer while enforcing order on the floor." Such Is the def inition given In Hinds' "Precedents of the House of Bepresentatives"; but, as a matter of fact, the mace Is the real authority of the house, and about the only thing that Is respected by mem bers of that body. The symbol Itself is about three feet long, and consists of thirteen ebony rods bound together transversely with silver bands. These rods represent the thirteen original states. Each Is tipped with a silver spearhead. The whole thing Is topped with a solid silver globe of the world, upon which Is perched an eagle, also of massive sil ver. It Is really a representation of the Boman fasces, and the Roman senate is the only other representative body that ever used a similar symbol. There Is nothing like it in the world at present. The mace was adopted In 1780. The first one was destroyed by the British at the burning of the capitol, August 24, 1814. For twenty-five years rfter that, cross sticks of wood were used, and It was not till 1842 that the pres ent mace was made. It has been In constant use ever since. Though handled comparatively little, the out lines of the map of the worll on the silver globe are now almost entirely effaced. During the sessions of the house the mace Is kept In an upright position on a marble pedestal on the right of the speaker. It Is not taken down during a recess; but when the house Is in committee of the whole It is re moved. As soon as the speaker re sumes his seat It Is put up again. When not in the house it Is kept In the office of the sergeant at arms, al ways well guarded by a member of the capitol police force. In fact, the mace Is never without an attending guard day or night. Even when it has to be taken from the capitol to be re paired, as has happened on several oc casions, a policeman accompanies it and watches over It. No attempt has % ■'. '.'*'. ".*■•; ■. ;■ "Mm______^'<%s& sv..,'\': v ;" : Aw*ji.'*ol*m*'*' SHnBHV*^ 5- * &§£?&s£>«£& % *^$w9r^ I Jfe. *ft»t 1 K3s! iFJf^jH *- -*V\l**S*M_c_^________Sff?^CM E. W. WOOLSEY PROPRIETOR WATTS PHARMACY The pioneer druggist is a man you want to look up to In any town, tor he often saves you, by suggestion, from calling a doctor for yourself or some member of your family. _ .; .. When Mr. Woolsey came to watts there wasn't any railroad station; goods were put oil in a vacant lot, and the consignee had to pack his own goods to hla store. So well has Mr. Woolsey catered to the wants of the people of Watts that they don t want, or need, another drug store in their city Though born in New York, Mr. Woolsey took Horace Greeley's advice at an early age and "went west." locating flrst in lowa and later In Kansas, where at both Burden and Atlantic in Cowley county, that state he did a lucrative drug business, and when Anally the "call of the wild" led him to California, there was no more Inviting field than Watts—and today you will And at "Woolsey's" store not only drugs, but all the attendant lines of sundries as car ried by any drug store In the largest cities Any time you are not feeling well just pick up either phone and ask Mr. Woolßey to send you up what you desire. He Is your druggist, and he won't keep you wait- Ing ...__..- ... LOS ANGELES HERALD SUNDAY MAGAZINE ever been made to steal it, but the sergeant at arms takes no risks. At the time the Democrats were fili bustering so strenuously two sessions ago the house did not adjourn from day to day, but took a recess. The mace had, therefore, to remain in Its place to the right of the speaker's chair day and night, and a member of the capitol police force had to sit be side it all night long in the dark and behind closed doors, a rather lonesome vigil for eight hours on a stretch. The story Is told round the capitol that one night an officer on his rounds did not see the man and the mace In their accustomed places. He started to unlock the door to the house, but when he got in the mace was up and the man on guard. It is suspected that the man grew sleepy, took the mace to a lounge In the lobby, and slept alongside of It. Technically he had adjourned the house. The real use of the mace Is to pre serve order. Whenever a member on the floor refuses to take his seat or obey the speaker's commands the ser geant at arms can be ordered by the speaker to take down the mace, pro ceed to the floor of the house and hold the mace over the unruly member. That member Is then In contempt and he cannot again resume his duties and privileges as a member of the house of representatives except by vote of his colleagues. It Is not often that a speaker has had to resort to such dras tic measures; for the members as a rule respect his authority. The oldest employe of the house can remember only one Instance In the last twenty years when the mace was put to Its Intended use. That was when the late Jerry Simpson of Kansas was trying to make it hot for Speaker Reed and refused to subside. The mace did the work and order was restored. At a recent session of congress Rep resentative John Wesley Games of Tennessee came near to having the mace held over him. Mr. Games re fused to take his seat when told to do so by Speaker Cannon, and the speak er finally ordered the sergeant at arms to take the mace down. He took only two or three steps before Games sat down, and that ended lt. Strange to say, the senate has never adopted a similar symbol. DRAWING THE LINE Babies who are too sweet-tempered to protect themselves by crying and being cross about it have to endure a good deal in the way of being kissed by a host of relatives and friends with whom they are not acquainted. A story of a little maiden who finally asserted her rights Is related In a western paper. She was only 3 years old, and it was her flrst visit to a number of relatives. Aunts, uncles and cousins crowded round her, and kissed her over and over again. She stood it patiently, and gave every kiss that was asked for without demur. After a while, when she had run the gauntlet of affectionate relatives, Uncle Tom said: "Now, baby, I'll take you out to see the cow." Outside the door she stopped and shook her little head. "Uncle Tom," she said, "I won't kiss the cow!" And Uncle Tom took pity upon her and did not Insist. m #^.¥B 1 BT L > ____w________V^ w^^^','t',W' .-■...:.■-:.:■■;■:■■.-.■-•*•.- .BB* '":': J. T. Whaley, City Recorder Watts W. ■ ■■ " -rf '■ —~;-,y'^ ■**■ •*■'■..'' 'y- . •"•'*■ ft' . f^^BJ| „ y%.i yt^mt <tt -ey gift; i ; ; : ftftftft; ft' '.^P'-'ft "% ~~* 7\ m | ■■Hr- §*§f* silr-r?* .J'L | ! ; *'"'■* " ■*- *f fi ! %. Residence of J. S. Lange, Watts P^— I — mmwm W^ WlW m^ ——^^^^^^^^^^^W Mhef''*h SE ffl Is hP* ■ ":>^*> iiftji'wji,- ' * Residence of Chris Donovan, Watts ■ ■'ft.■-■:':'ft\:ft-::''-■/ yssy\x IB __BBh____^____& i»• I*" ilf I P?Wwi fijj^BsPoF £B6afc'^ felp ''*="■*; ****** xt *s_Sll 1 ' 5^ &MSkm mTmm^^HmßSfc*' *^ Jt_h i *+* is 88881 B8 i -I 11 J ■ ..::IWI tmm I ' V"i%^___sk^_k^_________^__S ■'*'■ •*? ' $■ *_ r *~ Rial * < - . .ftSS.K^ ipftcft;H!i:ft^ i .-.>..-■-.-. 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