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/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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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'
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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
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:
"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
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
"The words of the Lord are pure
words: as silver tried in a furnace of
earth, purified seven times. (Ps. XII:
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
To one has been given the honor of
the rank of bishop, that order being
the highest of the three orders of the
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.
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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
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
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
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. _
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.
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