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PICTURE SHOWS /NOMPLAINTS have been made to I i The Herald that the ordinance yfj regulating- moving picture exhibi tions and entertainments is not being ''properly enforced, and never has been enforced since it was passed in 1908. The complainants believe the new ad ministration will take up this matter find riant it. . They are practical workmen, engaged in wage earning in the theatrical ex hibition business, and they declare it is more by luck than good guiding that Los Angeles children have escaped ac cident, owing to the failure to enforce an ordinance which was meant to raise to an expert basis a business which When safely conducted necessitates ex pert skill. The section of the ordinance which the men engaged in the moving picture business say should be of most prac tical value to them and the public, and is uf least because, according to their statement, no one is worrying over It or oaring whether it is violated or not, runs as follows: •'Before ANY PERSON shall engage in operating any moving picture ma chine In the city of Los Angeles he s'iali register his name and place of residence in a book to be kept by the board of public works in the office of the city electrician, and shall make an application In writing to the said board for a license to operate moving picture machines, and SHALL SUBMIT TO J AN EXAMINATION before the city electrician as to his age, 11 IS KNOWL EDGE OP THE MECHANICAL CON STRUCTION and principal parts of the moving picture machines, AND AS TO HIS PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE! IN OPERATING THE SAME, AND AS TO HIS ABILITY ANU COMPETEN CY PROPERLY TO OPERATE SUCH MOVING PICTURE MACHINE. Such oxamlnation shall be held within five days after such application is filed. If the Bald city electrician, after due and thorough examination, shall find that such applicant is possessed of sufficient knowledge, skill and ability properly to operate moving picture machines with SAFETY, the said city electrician shall thereupon issue to such applicant a license certificate stating that upon examination it has been found that the licensee therein named Is possessed of i-uflic-lent knowledge and skill and abll ity properly to operate moving picture machinal with SAFETY, and duly 11 --, cosing such applicant to operate mov ing picture machines In the city of Los Angetei provided, however, that no mi ii Ucensa shall be issued to any per ■on under the age of 18 years or to any person not of temperate habits. Every in licensed to operate moving pic iiiiv machines shall keep his license . oMpfcuoasly posted on or near the door of the enclosure or room in which jh located the moving picture machine operated by such person." .Mmli of the ordinance regulating nun ing picture machines was suggested by the employes themselves, and the ordinance is businesslike and absolutely i■lvan. It contains neither Joker nor intended Joker, and 1b what it purports to be, a square deal attempt on the part of moving picture employes to im 'poae such restrictions on the business and surround it with such safeguards as shall give the most reasonable as guranoe of tho safety of the employes and of the public. | WEEK OF TRIUMPH BY the discovery of now possibilities in aeroplanes, by the satisfactory practical demonstration of the general reliability of flying machines of all modern types, and by the achievement of records which even the most sanguine hardly dared think probable, the aviation meet at I.os An geles Is more than justifying the great est expectations of those who planned it. At Aviation field a new era has been Introduced, a new age has been begun. The world Is In the first stage of a general revolution. That this revolu tion may be entirely beneficent in Its operation and result is the ardent wish of all men who are good and true. At last the co-operative progress of the race will be made easily possible. At last war will be eliminated from the plans of the world. At last boundary lines will become merely artificial. At last man Is not penned to any country, but may truly believe himself to be a citizen of the world. ; His emancipation has been very slow. In the earlier ages the Intermarried Inhabitants of one village formed a clan and made war on the intermarried Inhabitants of a village over the hill. When a hill road was established the rival villagers fraternized. Then the operation was repeated with states and sections and then with countries. Na tions are as yet incompletely acquaint ed. One civilization sneers at another. The Caucasian despises the civiliza tion of the Oriental. People of one na tion regard the people of another as representatives of a different species, to be feared or to be bullied. Swift ocean steamers have amelior ated conditions somewhat. And Amer ica, the vast fuslng-pot of all races, has to some extent received and com mingled in a common citizenship rep resentatives of nations that under more primitive conditions hated each other, and slew at sight. As the world becomes better ac quainted the same phenomenon which has marked individual types of civili zation will mark general civilization. The private individual no longer tray- els armed, ready to use his weapon on a fellow mortal on alight provocation, civilization will abandon the collective use ot arms by national families. Al ready, according to the export testi mony of the aviators, the "usefulness" (I, c. destructive power) of warships has bean minimized. If airships ever should he employed for warlike pur poses (and it is barely possible they may have to be used JCST ONCE, in order to teach the world the most ter rible lesson of its history), they will render helpless and obsolete all the warships. Naval programs, might as wiil be abandoned. A mercantile fleet carrying armed aeroplanes will be more than a match for any war fleet sent by an enemy to Intercept it and harass commerce. All the merchant men would need to do would be to "lie back and watch results." Or they might use their lifeboats in rescuing drowning men from the shattered war ships of the enemy. Warships are useless. Armies are equally useless. What chance would the greatest* army ever assembled on foot or on horseback or in automo biles have against an airship fleet? For the airship fleet knows no land 1 and no water. It can snil over sea and over shore. The world might as well abandon militarism. The success of our great aviation meet will add to the fame of our glorious city and to the renown of the Los Angeles way. M my and great and wonderful are the achievements of Los Angeles. But glorious, epochal Aviation week is the crowning achlevempnt of all. Greater Los Angeles has provided the facilities, the' opportunity and the finances for a conclusive demonstration the time is at hand when 'the war drums will throb no longer, when the battle flags will be furled, and the councilors of the nations will meet in the parlia ment of man, the federation of the world. GOOD GOVERNMENT CITIZENS of Los Angeles are among the pioneers of a great movement for the restoration of American conditions in the United States. In the ethical world, the Los Angeles Good Government demonstration is of avtn more importance than the Los Angeles aviation demonstration 1n tlie material., citizens look forward to Good Government In the state, and to Good Government in the nation. The same combination of determina tion, fearlessness and patriotism that gave Good Government to Los Angeles can extend it. Similar causes produce similar effects. old political lines are becoming hazy. There are two parties in the Republi can party, and the differences that di vide them will not be easily adjusted, because they are matters of principle. The members of the Democratic party and of the Republican party who be lieve in the defense of the rights of the people from the aggression of privi lege form an American party. They represent and stand for the fact this government was founded in order that its citizens might enjoy life, lib erty and the pursuit of happiness. Their policies are identical with Rooseveltism. because Rooseveltism stands for a square deal and Ameri canism provides for a square deal. The president of the United States, the men who represent the predatory inter ests and the gentlemen called by Mr. Roosevelt "malefactors of great wealth" an 1 not occupying an attitude which harmonizes with the original declarations and pledges of the foun ders of this country. Good Government Is secured by the election of men pledged to Good Government princi ple*: men who contemptuously refuse c knowledge the right of any ma chine or any other form or agent of Interest or interests to interfere with the eflti'ienl management of public af fairs by clean, responsible, well edu i xpcrlenceil, high principled, in dependent members of the public. LOS ANGELES HERALD: FRIDAY MOKMX(.. JAM AHV 1/, 1010. Pity the Poor Rich (Tax Dodgers) ; HERE yer are- "' \-== IT"'* " MA n „ <s.s? | M co*% iaintgot , —==Hllirri M^itiL st. g BUT A MEASLY* <c:--M~^~7~ r- ji ■ L--- =^r S | . ALAS; POOR RICH! PITY the sorrows of the poor rich when the tax holds thorn up! Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mor gan and Ryan have been visited by the Now York tax man, and they have sworn that in personal property, at any rate, they are far from affluent. Everybody thought John D. Rockefel ler was a billionaire. It turns out he is only a paltry millionaire, paying taxes on a miserable J2,G00,000. What's two and a half millions in these days of bloated fortunes? What has Jawn L>. been doing with his "pile"? We hope he has not been guilty of reckless ex travagance, or we fear we may have to bo extra economical with our per sonally conducted oil stove while he is recuperating. And there's Andrew Carnegie, laird of Skibo, lord of Pittsburgh, grand padrone of New York and library builder for the poor old American na tion, which for some reason rrjoicos over the fact the name of Carnegie is Inscribed on many libraries where one •would expect to find the motto of the city and the arms of the American people, by the grace of God free and independent of everybody! Apparently between 'Skibo and the hire of bagpipers to do his blowing in private and the libraries and the hire of* writers to do his blowing In public Carnegie is nimost all blown In. Of course we ought to be more hum ble when speaking about Mr. Carnegie. Have we not seen it stated in print that a number of years ago some news paper writer In Los Angeles l.ad the audacity to poke fun at him, and that ever since Los Angeles has been on his black books? But even If the steel magnate were to take us oft his naughty-bad book and put us on his free list it would not mean much, for, according to his own statement, this once-billionaire's fortune has been re duced to $5,000,000. Poor Carnegie! It is evident he is living up to his famous motto, "He who dies rich dies dis graced." J. Pierpont Morgan owns up to only $400,000. No more grosßly maligned man has ever lived. The victim of constant misrepresentation at last is vindicated. Next on the tax collector's list is Tom Ryan—doughty Tom. He is the poorest of. the quartet. His personal property amounts to a picayune $100,000. Let us all stop calling Ryan a magnate. He has 1 ecu demagnatized. The atrocity of this joke Indicates our wits are becoming impoverished by reason of our extreme sympathy with the unhappy persons over whose re duced circumstances we ask you to join us In a sincerely shed tear. IMPORTANT ELECTIONS HOLLYWOOD annexation January 24, East Hollywood annexation February 18 and harbor and power bonds March 16 are three most Important election dates of great sig nificance in the history of Greater Los Angeles. The dates have been ar ranged in such a way as to permit our fellow citizens of Hollywood, after con solidation, to vote with Greater Los Angeles In the matter of the harbor and power bonds and to take an ac tive part in the development of our great and growing metropolis. — That each date will call out a large percentage of the total number of voters goes without saying. Many problems will be, solved by the three elections. The city will be in a posi tion to "take stock" and to look for ■ward. We believe the elections will be followed by one of the biggest, stead iest and most momentous building and industrial booms, in municipal history. Looks as N X Beck's gyroscope had Bolv-ed the problem. Yet ha isn't in the sky-meet. He thought people L^k. "I hi .Hi ■MiMiailrTaa h-trnPm tPtin ■ ifyfiTiwr * TrTW might mistake hie invention for a form of advertising, but here Is a record breaking case of a " itrical man be ins^ too modest. For as nearly as may be Judged by tho descriptions, the Bock apparatus is more trustworthy than any now in use and after all it Is a safe and trustworthy machine that will attract timid folk and make aviation an everyday commonplace and not an exhibition feat. Half the fortification appropriation of $5,617,200 will be spent on tho Philip pines and Hawaii. As long as Uncle Sam Is expending such huge suma on the Pacific, it isn't too much to ex pect Los Angeles and the entire coast will be strengthened against sea at tack. But how about air attack? Is it not obvious the time has come to end war? All the world should now enter in to a solemn compact to keep the peace, and to submit all international disputes to a court of arbitration. Mankind's greatest triumphs are still in the future. They will be the tri umphs of the age of peace, the world's true golden age and millennium. A new oil boom has been organized methodically. That is to say, it won't be one of your crazy, haphazard, hap py, go-lucky booms, but a most busi ness-like performance, which promises great results to Los Angeles and to the South California oil industry. Goodby, poet Will Watson. In part ing, he said he had found the United States a remarkable country, but had been much disappointed by some as pects of his visit. Well, Bill, this is a nation of gallant men, and we don't like poets who lampoon ladies. Oh, you Los Angeles climate! How proud we are of your beau-tlful be havior! It isn't any wonder the avi tors broke all records in our lovely sunshine, inhaling inspiring lungfuls of the most ozonated atmosphere in the world. San Diego's mayor and council called on Los Angeles' mayor and council. 'Twos a right friendly and politic act. Every citizen of Greater Los Angeles hopes the San Diego exposition may be a magnificent success. Aviation week is the greatest, clean est, and mo^t glorious success of mod ern times. In aviation the American nation as sure as fate beats all creation. Sky high is no longer a figure of speech. It is a fact of recor^. THE WOULD-BE AVIATOR 11V I'AIL (iVI.I.KTKUM I never really knew before How dull aro things below Until 1 saw this strange thing soar Ami ziezag to and fro. It makes mo weary of thn day And earthly things it brings. I only want to rise—away, And join these napless wings. I also "want to dip and dart; To circle up, around. How filly to be Just a part - Of what's tied to the ground. Old Gravity I want to dare— I'm really serious. Of coming: down I have no care, Or landing in a muss. 1 want to skim— I want to glide. 1 want to touch a cloud— Up In the mlßts above to hide, i.i far above the crowd. i want to play at hlde-an'-seek With ov'ry vagrant breeze. I want to be a bird-like streak. And do It all with ease. I want to 'move with eagle rrace. And with the king bird's speed. 1 want to give storm* merry chase— Th« hurricane I'd lead. I want to mount— away— to fly— An aerial King I<arl . • Oh. dear. It really makes me sigh- How tiresome down here' Public Letter Box TO COHRESPONDEJiTS—Letters Intended (or publication must toe accompanied by the name and uiliirente of the writer. The Herald givei tbe widest latitude to correspondent*, but KiuniM no responsibility for their vle»j, FEWER CONVICTIONS ARE NEEDED TO MAKE JUSTICE LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12.—[Editor Herald]: The article In Monday's Her ald containing the letters from prison ers pleading for a chance to "make good" appeals to all kindly disposed people—if they will only act. This is truly practical' Christianity. In my lecture tour through parts of Southern California I asked many audi ences to assist these men, with but littlo response. Why should people hesitate to employ them? Afraid? The la«t published report of the state parolo dncer said out of 77 men paroled only 10 per cent had been returned, and one of the prison board told me that only 1 per cent had beon returned for crime, proving that these men are not criminals at heart and are safe to em ploy. That report makes a thinking person ask questions. If these men are not criminals, why brand them as such by sending them to prison? Far better put them on probation, thus saving expense to the state and disgrace to the man and Ills family—the disgrace of measurements, stripes, rogues' gallery, and the demoralizing education they receivo in our penitentiaries. Do our courts stand for justice or convictions? -lt would seem as though Los Angeles county stood for convic tions, as we are told that more pris oners are sent from this county than any other in the state. "What is the matter with your district attorney's office?" is asked. "They are sending so many men up here." la it any special credit to a jury to have them compli mented on the fact that of all the cases that came before these twelve men every case but one was convicted? Do juries stand for Justice or convic tion? What possible chance has a culprit who stands before a court with a law yer who is an unequal competitor with the legal talent of long experience from a district attorney's office? Something is surely the matter with our laws that will permit such an injustice to the accused. Is it any wonder the culprit perjures himself and pleads guilty when he knows he Is not? It Is due the state prison board and Warden Hoyle to say the reports com ing from the woman's department at Sar Quo-ifi'i are greatly changed un der the new matron, who we are told "rules by love." and the women are more comfortable in every way, which rejoices ail T (;RIFKITH . EXPLAINS VERSE ASKED FOR BY LETTER BOX READER LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10.—[Kditor Herald]: The request of "Thomas" for an explanation of verse 34 in the twenty-fourth of Matthew is a rea sonable and courteous one. And if you will grant me space In the people's forum I will endeavor to answer it as Briefly as possible. .■„.»- It should be remembered that Jesus spake in parables. ■•These thing! have 1 spoken unto you In prove.bs" (John 18:25.) For Instance, "But pray ye tKat your flight be not in the winter." A time of spirit ual diseontunt, unrest, ooklness, a spiritual frost, even to the killing point, caused by the abounding of in iquity, the "Sin in the flesh" (see verso 12 ) "Neither on the .Sabbath day" be ing the seventh or the millenial day. It will be too late to flee from the "wrath to come;" read (II Thess. l: 6-10.) "Woe (Judgment or condemnation) unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck" (to the evil, or sin in the flesh) for the wages of sin is the death, of the body, the second death being the condemnation upon tho soul of the unbeliever. Now a word or two as to "This gen i ration," which aeems to be the stum bling block and rock of offense. This embraces the period of time from the ministry of Christ to the consumma tion or the "end" of the gentile age, or day of grace, or "the acceptable year of the Lord" which you will perceive Is a long day, and year, and generation, being the third generation In which the sins of the fathers are visited up on the children! even to the fourth, which is yet to come. "This genera ii,, n ■• iiien, embraces ail who have lived upon the earth from Christ to the end "f tl"' ■*•■ Not* tin- promise "i Abraham in flint Halley and His Comet Frederic J. Haskin HHE astronomical world Will pause today In Its stiffly Of the approaching comet to pay a mental tribute t<i the man whoso namr it bears, for it was on the 14th of January, 174 L", that Halley died. After lie had recognized the comet, and pre dicted its return in lTfiS, he said that he woull not live to see II ietinn but that he hoped an impartial posterity would do him the justice to remember that he. had forecast its reappear ance, For the third time since then It is now coming: toward us, and for the third time the world will unite in honoring Halley for his astonishing knowledge in predicting it* movements. Kdmund Halley was the son of an Knsrlish soap-boiler, and Ih-st saw (lie light of day in 16r.6. He was a mathe matician from his cradle. The study of the universe of worlds was second nature to him, anil by the time he was •lien the most serious tiling the average boy thinks about is sweet l^a rts -he published a, paper on the orbitl Of tin; principal planets, and had studied a sun-spot so Intently that lie was able to deduce from bis studies the fact that the sun rotates around its tttds the same as the eartn. • • « B-- the time Halley was 22 he <J)ad completed a visit to St. Helena, where lie made a map of the southern half of the heavens. He was only 24 years of ago when he made- bis memorable tour of EufDpe, the result of which was his prediction that the comet Which bears his name would return on schedule time. Ho was tlio first man in astronomical history who so far mastered the movements of a com et as to be able to say whither It went or whence It should return. It was he, also, who led Uio artronomen to observe the transits of Venus, In order to eitablilh the sun's parallax, Upon the determination of the parallax of tlw sun has depended more astronomi cal knowledge than any other one thins- Halley became the royal astronomer of .England in 1720, and continued in that office until his death. One of tho most interesting coincidences in the whole history of astronomy and mathe matics was the fact that he and New ton, working upon entirely Indepen dent lines, had both undertaken to prove that the centripedal force In the universe was one varying Inversely as the square of the 'distance. When he visited Newton for the purpose of en listing his aid in finally determining the truth of his conclusions, he found that the discoverer of the law of gr.i\ i ty had mapped out tho same conjec ture and hod taken the same means to prove it. • • • There Is abundant evidence that Hal ley was a much better astronomer and mathematician than ho was a sailor. In 1692 he had perfected a theory rela tive to the variation of the magnetic needle. Later he was given a ship and sent into tho western seas to make the observations necessary to the con lirmation or refutation of his theory. His crew mutinied and he had to put back to England with his work un finished. But he tried again and his second trip was successful. But while his life was an unbroken record of things accomplished, his name will bo perpetuated more through tlie periodic return of his comet than through all the other things he did. Think of It! A man still too young to be eligible to a seat in tho United States senate, taking into his mental grasp a wandering object in space which goes more than three thounsifnd million milles away from the sun, lay ing out its course as a civil engineer might lay out a mile race track, and foretelling its return with almost as much accuracy as one might forecast the return of a friend who had gone away on a holiday vacation! To ac complish this he had to approximate its speed, its direction, the distance it had to travel, the shape of its or bit, a dozen things which even now are beyond the grasp of the lay mind. The mind cannot conceive of how far Halley's comet has traveled in the three-quarters of a century since it last looked upon the earth. During all these years it has been reeling off dis tance at the rate of more than 76,000. --000 miles a month, or 2,500,000 miles a day, with never a stop for breath. It left us so far behind in space that the little distance of 14,000 000 miles which will separate it from us In May seems no more than a step across lots to see a nextdoor neighbor. • • • Assuming that there is the same pro portion of people over 80 living today as there was in 1900, and that every person who was 5 years old when the comet last appeared, can remember it, there will he about 300.000 people in marvelous vision recorded in Gen. xv; 16 fulfilled in type, but yet to be in substance. The fourth generation to return in substance unto tho mighty <;od of Jacob." See (Is. x:21.23.) Tho "third generation," which is the self same, "tills generation" referred to by Christ will pass away in tho consump tion decreed, when the measure of our fathers is filled to tho brim. Tho in iquity of the Amorltes (tho children uf darkness) fs not yet full, neither Is the generation of vipers yet extinct, which doubtless our friend Thomas will allow. "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Ps. XII: 6-7.) Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve them from "this gene ration for ever," which is still a wick ed and-nn adulterous one. J. R. KITTS. MORE INSTRUCTION WANTED FROM MINISTRY, IS DEMAND fe-ULLBRTON, Jan. 11.—[Editor Her ald]: In reading over the columns of your estimable paper of the 11th Inst. I came across some extracts from ser mons delivered by gentlemen of re nown to congregations composed of young men. To one has been given the honor of the rank of bishop, that order being the highest of the three orders of the Christian ministry. The other Is a gentleman of much learning, and naturally people who go to public places to listen to such dig nitaries as these expect to hear words of wisdom, and something that is ele vating and food for reflection; some thing worth their while. Now wo will take the first sentence of the extract from the sermon by the bishop, and see If we can tind anything wise in it. "I have no sympathy for a great overgrown six-footer, standing around in the corner crying for butter milk. 1 would' like to see such a person dressed up in a woman's outfit and branded a» a woman-man." Now this sentence In itself Is an In sult to the young men who were listen ing to the learned bishop, and if possi ble a greater Insult to all womankind. We consider that parts of the sermon by the other gentleman of learning and dignity are almost or quite as weak, and sound more like simple;talk to a lot of bad llttlo boys than to a congre gation of Intelligent young men, capa- the United States who will be able to say that they have seen Halley's comet twice. Tho last time it was visiblu Andrew .lai kson was president of tho United Stads. and in the very thick of. liis Eight against Hie "money power." It then turned back, and journeyed to ward Infinity until after the close of tlie civil war, when, In the middle of Grant's first term, it started back to ward the earth ai the same mad pace thai had characterized its going. Bach time one of these black sheep of the celestial family, us the comets have been called, appears to mortal sight it Is less bright than it was before. \M they My through space the solid mat ter they cast Off poms over them, with the result that each succeeding return finds them less brilliant. Some of thoSo With short circuits have shown up as mere ghosts of their former selves, and have finally failed to return altogether. Hut about tho time they wore due to return the earth crossed their orbit and encountered a meteoric shower, causing the scientists to understand that meteors are but the flying debris Of an exploded comet. • » «j Thero has been some discussion as to our chance of collision with this re turning vagabond of space. That we may graze its head by a miss of only about 13,000,000 miles is predicted, and that we may even pass through its tall is said to be more than a bare possibil ity. Hut as this tall is less substantial than the best vacuum man has been a I ile to produce, there seems to be lit tle possibility of serious damage, even if we do sail right through it. It la recorded that our grandfathers went through the tail of a comet In IRI9, and that our fathers did the same thins in 1861. Some astronomers think we could collide with tho very head of the comet itself and still escape unscathed, Prof. Pickering thinks we have struck at least one Important comet, and that it did no serious damage. He thinks, the great hole in the earth fit Coon Butte, Ariz., was made by the core of a comet striking there. He calls at tention to tho fact that there havo been ]83 meteorites of iron found in the western hemisphere, as compared with 79 on the eastern, and concludes that inasmuch as they were most abundant in tho country contiguous to Arizona, they are evidences of a collision In which the Coon Butte hole was the principal damage sustained. There were 292 meteorites observed to fall In the ninetecntli century, anil only twelve of these were of iron. Most astronomers believe that Iron meteor ites are of cometary origin, whil« those of stone arc of terrestrial origin, having it some remote time in history been hurled away from the etirth by some tremendous cataclysm. It must have been a terrific explosion that sent them wandering through space, for it has been proven by the scientists that if a terrestrial object is to get away, from the magnetism of the earth it must have an initial velocity of seven miies a second. Of course, the highest explosive known has no such tremen dous power. It is ono of those things which have been theoretically proven, but not practically demonstrated. Comets have different gaitr-. Snms move a hundred miles a spcond. and others loiter along at only ten to twenty miles a secontl. Some of them, have to travel around such a vast orbit that it takes them thousands of years to ma.ko the circuit. Some of them lly In a straight lino, perhaps, through unending years. It would take the kind which travel a hundred miles a second more than $000 years to reach the nearest star. Np men in all the world have such a sense of man's littleness as those who are sentinels on the astronomic Watch towers. We think we are some thing, but they exclaim with a feelins that David never knew, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" The earth looks big to the average mortal, but the astronomers know that it i 3 smaller in proportion to the universe than the tiniest germ that dwells In our blood. They :see one star fo far away that although it travels 200 miles between clock ticks, in a thou sand years it seems to move only through the diameter of thi^e and a half moons. They know that this whole mighty universe is moving on ward at the tremendous gait of twen ty-six miles a second, but when it comes to telling whether it is moving in a circle or in a straight line, whore, the end of the journey will be, or what the source of the infinite power that propels it onward, they stand as help less and dumb as untutored children. They must confess that there aro realms in God's universe where hu man reason cannot go. Tomorrow—Th© Statnft of !*»». ble of holding positions of trust and ability. Let us have something better for our young men from our dignitaries. MARY K. JACKSON. FIRST VERSE OF FIRST CHAPTER IS EXPLANATORY, LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12.—[Editor Herald]: The 34th verse of the twenty fourth chapter of Matthew la ex plained In the first verse of the first chapter, the book of the Generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David; and gives the royal generation (see Gen. 5-1) down to his birth in the city of David. The 24th chapter commences with the disciples calling attention to the. fine building of the temple. Jesus said there Shalt not be left here one stone that shalt not be thrown down. Private ly the disciples asked him three ques tions. Ist—When shall these stones be thrown down? 2nd—What shall be the sign of thy coming? 3d—And the end of the age? This conversation took place ,in A. D. 33. The first ques tion was answered in the destruction of Jerusalem, the other two ■will bo an swered in the "fullness of time." From the fifteenth verse to the twenty-sec ond, inclusive, is a description of the destruction of Jerusalem; the balance of the chapter is telling the signs of His coming; and the end of the age. The fourteenth verso is a very Impor tant sign given. This Gospel of the Kingdom, shall be preached . . . unto all nations (for a witness); then, shall the end of this ago come. -■ When you can count the nations that have not had this witness, and notice the activi ty among foreign missionaries, you must feel the end is near. _ MARGARET BISBEB. IF YOUTH BUT KNEW V\> dance no more when to our Bight That specter. Old Age, thin and white, Steal! in for silent vls-a-vis! Helas! One touch the rhythmic fie* Of foot and viol hushes quite. "II ny a plus jeunesse" write! Upon the red rose comes a Dligm— You whisper as you lean on me "We dance no more!" O Lova again! One measure light Ere turn wo from thnsn revels bright To mourn, «*•»■ nemo but mourners b«; One measure— trip It merrily: . th« oloek strike.-then, Cloodnlfht. dance no morel -Kiuabeth Dupuj la ruck.