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Los Angeles Herald THOMAS E. GIBBON, President and Editor. Entered as second class matter at the § post office In T.os Angeles. OLDEST MOUSING PAPER IN LOS ANGELES. Founded Oct. 2, 1873. Thirty-sixth Tear. ;',.">- Chamber of Commerce Building, Phones—Sunset Main 80001 Home 1021! ' .'v ? The only Democratic paper In Southern California receiving full Associated Press reports, - ■ ______^_______ NEWS SERVICE— of the Asso ciated Press, receiving Its full report, aver aging 25.000 words a-day. RATES OF SUBSCRIPTION WITH SUNDAT MAGAZINE Daily, by mail or currier, a month .50 Dally, by mail or carrier, three months 1.50 -Dally, by mail or carrier, six months.. 2.75 Dally, by mail or carrier, one year.... 6 00 Sunday Herald, one year *.60 Postage free In United States and Mexico; elsewhere postage added. - . THE HERALD IN SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND—Los Angeles and South ern California visitors to San Francisco and Oakland will find The Herald on sale at the news Stands In the San Francisco ferry ' building and on the streets in Oakland by Wheatley and by Amos News Co. ■ A file of The Los Angeles Herald ran be seen at the office of our English represen tatives, Messrs. E. and J. Hardy & Co.. 30, 21 and 32 Fleet street. London, England. free of charge, and that firm will be glad to receive news, subscriptions and adver tisements on our behalf. On all matters pertaining to advertising address Charles R. Gates, advertising man ager. ' Population of Los Angeles 327,685 CLEAR, CRISP AND CLEAN rfMEsflGI/T^ULLAtfj tr :retrorsumv m \ What has become of Uncle Joe? Has his cigar gone out? This is'the week the horoscope says something will happen to Sunny Jim and Tiny Tim. All well regulated newspaper offices keep the headline standing In typo: "Secretary Balllnger says again that he will not resign." What are our schools teaching In this important phase of geography? Is Oklahoma City or Guthrie the capi tal of the state of Oklahoma? It is again denied that Abruzzi will marry Miss Elkins, but it is useless for anybody to deny that Bob Chan ler and Ulna Cavalierl were married. In a word, the situation seems to be that everybody is in favor of city and county consolidation except those who would be consolidated out of good jobs. Mr. Edison has invented a refrigera tor without ice, but what we shall need most for tho next six months is a stove that will give heat without fuel. Eastern California people are mis taken In what they thought was a slight earthquake last week. It was the seismograph recording the returns from Maine. Senator Lodge was mistaken, evi dently, when he said the "ultimate consumer is a myth." It is the ulti mate consumer that has been doing the voting in the last few weeks. . Gas men of ' the Pacific coast are holding their convention in Los An geles this week. Perhaps they want to' show that they can make the nat ural as well as the artificial kind. A plucky Pomona woman chased .a Mexican a mile with a shotgun. We are not a Sherlock Holmes, but we venture the deduction that She was not wearing a hobble skirt when she did it. At Atlantic City the Stars and Stripes were raised by the united hands of Confederate and Union veterans. Let narrow-minded people who think the war is still raging take note of the j incident. The vindication banquet Senator Lorimer's friends propose to give In his honor will be a nice function if come distinguished person doesn't muss things up by refusing to attend un less Lorimer is barred. A Los Angeles woman has fallen heir to $1,000,000 in New York. By tlie way, why use the term "fallen" In connection with such a legacy? Most people would consider such luck as '-nther placing them nicely on their 'feet. Eugene Debs is reported as denounc ing the supreme court as an agency of plutocracy and Colonel Roosevelt as dishonest. Mr. Debs was recently reported as quite ill, but he seems to be able to sit up and take notice once more. We are beginning to think tho enumeration for Los Angeles has fallen down behind th" desk of Mr. Durand while he was poring over the important figures for Oskosfa and l'o dunk. Or perhaps it went astray in the mails. j One of the thirteen balloons that left Indianapolis had to descend there be cause it got caught in a snowstorm. If the middle west could nil Its towns ho they could bo raised and lowered at will it might be ah!.- to pick out a climate that was bearable to live in. 'RESIGN! NO CITIZEN can rear! the report of tho special committee ap pointed to investigate the amaz ing incompetence, wastefulness ami general malfeasance of the highway commission, Which is printed elsewhere in our news columns, Without entirely agreeing with the committee that the members of the highway commission ought at once to resign the work Into other hands. The Investigators who make this suggestion have uncovered a mess that is discreditable to every one responsible for the delay in high way construction, and the report de stroys every and any excuse for their longer remaining In charge of the work. Furthermore, the members of the "solid three" of the board of county supervisors, Eldridge, McCabe and Neliis, whose vicious meddling in this great undertaking is shown to he the fundamental cause of a disgraceful situation, ought also to betake them selves to private life. Contrast this highway enterprise, Inaugurated with all the opportunity for success enjoyed by tho other large undertakings here, with the aqueduct and harbor enterprises. In the former, freed from all connection with the petty politician, a competent board and engineers began the vastly greater work of bringing from a distance of 230 miles a water supply sufficient for two and a half million people. In less than three years tho work is nearly 70 per cent completed, and more than a million dollars has been saved from the original estimates. The highway fund of $3,500,000, voted by the people of the county for the immediate construction (or as fast as It could be accomplished) of 315 miles of good roads in this county, was at once seized upon by the majority su pervisors as a rich source of political pap. Only the vigilance of the advisory board J..evented the secret sale of the bonds by the supervisors at a premium that would have meant a loss of ap proximately $400,000 to the taxpayers, and now, more than two years after abundant funds have been at the dis posal of the highway commission to prosecute the work with vigor, a few stretches of road, in some cases two or three miles long, have been done. Nothing worthy the name of a sys tem of roads has been undertaken. Dereliction and incompetence and in difference have characterized the job. The ever-present supervisors, true to their records in other respects, used a weak commission to juggle the work and the money to their own political ends, even to the extent of running the commission, down to the detail of petty clerkships, for political workers had to be taken care of with a part of the public fund. The very situation it was tried to avoid when the commission was named came about in more aggravated form than was ever pictured in the public mind. Finally, when the situation becomes a scandal, an advisory board endeavors to get the machinery going with some regard for the Impatient public, only to stack up against the revelation that the arrogant "Tuss" Eldridge was in full command of the situation and that anything it might do would only bring insults from the triumvirate he does the thinking for. It is scarcely to be wondered at that the board de veloped into a mere scolding committee when it finally found itself a buffer be tween a hostile political board and a disorganized and servile commission on one side and a committee of probers with sharp sticks on the other. So we say, contrast the aqueduct en terprise with this wretched mess to get a full appreciation of Its badness and of what peanut politics, of which "Tuss" Eldridge is our best living per sonification, will do for any job, and then say whether the people of this county can afford to permit the con ditions in the county to go on a minute longer than Eldridge's legal tenure re quires. The recommendations made by the investigators as to a way out of the highway tangle are obviously the only conclusions that could have been reached. The work ought to be, must be, divorced from politicswhich means the supervisorial three. The present commission owes it both to its own good repute and the public to resign and let another commission take up the work, and the new commission must be given a free hand to employ a managing engineer who is a business man as well as a technical expert, capable of meeting all the demands that naturally fall to one who has to cope with so larse an undertaking. Men of the largest obtainable caliber are needed for the work if the big sum at the disposal of the commission is not to be largely wasted and quality is not to be sacrificed in the character of the roads. The Investigators are right in saying, also, that men of the right stamp are not likely to be found willing to take up the work without a remuneration that will make it worth their while. Tho sooner the public can get the bad taste from this muddled affair out of their mouths the better. And the first step in that direction will be the resig nation of the highway commission so that the way will be cleared to take up the suggestions for completing a work that ought now to bo well on toward completion instead of just be ginning. Representative McKinlay told the president the stand-patters Tere on top in the west—and lost his own nomination. He told Mr. Tuft that the Republicans would carry Maine and everybody knows what happened. lb- told the president that Republi can success in Ohio was certain— the New York World confesses thut it Is beginning to have ioubts. Secretary Wilson insisted on paying for having his campaign speech at Ken ton, (<., sent through the mall. If all the other officeholders who have used franks for like purpose should pa,y up the postoffice department would have a surplus instead of running at a loss. LOS ANGELES HERALD: TUESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 20, 1910. ■■■■' ■ Jrw}^ ' jr.!* PARTY ORGANS IN announcing that it will no longer be an organ of the Republican party but will reserve to itself the right hereafter to select the principles and persons deemed most worthy of its support, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has joined a host of newspapers that in the last decade or so have broken away from the tight moorings of party allegiance. There ls no doubt that its step is in line with modern enlightened thought and is for the best public interest, A Journal may be independent and still strongly Republican or Democratic from conviction, but lf it is recognized as following more its conscience than any fixed political creed its influence is infinitely strengthened with its read ers, Just as, if it take the opposite course, whatever it says or does will inevitably be discounted as the word or act of party bins. An independent press means simply a free press, or to put it the reverse way,- the corollary of a free press is an Independent press. There are greater, higher things than the welfare of a party, chief of which is the wel fare of the community. Individuals are recognizing the fact, and party ties never rested so lightly as today. The press is finding in the same attitude a greater influence for good and becom ing a greater terror to evildoers. A hidebound partisan no longer com mands respect. But Independence does not mean neu trality. Political parties are the means of alignment of people who hold con victions, and we shall be very much surprised if the Post-Intelligencer is not in the future quite as ardent a Re publican as in the past—only with this difference: Some day it will refuse its support to platforms or candidates of the party of Its usual allegiance, to the consternation of political thimble-rig gers and the real benefit of the party. A journal of that kind is an agency for good, a real force making for progress, and an effective check on the schemes of designing, selfish men. THE BLACK DEATH MR. HEARST'S papers, having re covered from their attack of epilepsy that was brought on by the naughty proposal of some other parties to reproduce on a screen the prize fight Incidents Mr. Hearst pic tured in the public street with boys stripped to the waist, are now keeping us posted on matters pugilistic, in en tertaining style. We are informed that one Samuel Langford, the "Black Death" of the ring, is out with a sweeping challenge to the world to a debate with the reg ulation weight gloves on his merits as a claimant to the championship belt. Notwithstanding the horror with which Mr. Hearst looks upon motion pictures of prize fights, he finds it consistent to give the news of the "Black Deaths defi to the extent of a good part of a column under a heavy head line. The moral distinction seems to be that the news of a proposed fight Is Important and proper, the fight is all right, the printing of newspaper ac counts and photograph* from the ring slle quite decent and necesary, and the staging of young manikins in the public street tor reproduce the fight praiseworthy, but trie exhibition of mo tion pictures within an inclosure is wicked, debasing, altogether dread ful. When the "Black Death" and Jack Johnson meet don't fail to be on hand early for a good view-point for the staged reproduction In front of the Examiner office. Next morning don't fail-to see the photographs in print that were brought down at great ex pense from the ring by special train. And then, good ladles, get your pens ready for testimonials to the Hearst papers when they open their holy war on the scalawags who bring the de grading (but same) photographs to town . to show on a screen. Only Room for One PUBLIC LETTER BOX TO CORRESPONDENTS—Letters intended for publication must be accompanied by the name and address of the writer. The Herald (Ives tba widest latitude to correspondents, but assumes no responsibility for tbelr views. A DEFENSE OF VAUDEVILLE Editor Herald: Calling your atten tion to the inclosed editorial from your Issue of today I beg to ask that you re read the paragraph marked and note the injustice therein. Why, in view of the facts, is it so often found necessary to refer to some person of notoriety for whatsoever or no reason, .who may desire to go upon the stage, that he or sheusually she —is "going into vaudeville"? Isn't that a graultous and wholly undeserved slur upon the cleanest phase of the amuse ment business? t, Cavalieri has been upon the stage for years, but never got into vaudeville. She has appeared with fewer clothes than is generally permitted—but never in vaudeville. Always in opera. Maud Allan, the nakedest dancer yet seen, did her stunts, not in vaudeville, any where, but in "legitimate" theaters — here, In a theater that is so "clean" that it will not permit uncensored or Sunday shows. The same applies to the other "naked" dancers. They can not get Into vaudeville. To quote the words of Martin Beck, "We have never played a 'Salome' dancer in an Orpheum house because we have always tried to avoid anything that would make it necessary for a family man to witness an Orpheum show first and pass upon lt before he would permit his wife and children to see it. We want it safe for the most discerning matron, to visit the Orpheum's Monday matinee with out a blush." I may add that every Monday's open ing show is witnessed in its entirety by Mr. Drown, myself and others, who watch every word, line and action. And things that are even tolerated elsewhere are excised with fear or favor if Mr. Drown considers them the least bit risque—and every performer knows it. You never saw an "Easiest Way" at an Orpheum—nor -a "Paid in Full," great as both of them are—for some people. Cavalieri will again be seen on the stagebut not at the Orpheum, unless she wear far more clothes than your own pictures show her in. And, by the way, why not aid the Orpheum in maintaining a high moral standard by using some censorship over thoso same photographs? It might help more than throwing mud at "vaddeville." WILLIAM HAMINLTON CLINE; Press Representative, Orpheum. Los Angeles, Sept. 19. CHALLENGE TO DEBATE Editor Herald: In your Sunday issue I notice a letter, signed "Opponent," from Cass Verdugo, opposing the pres ent annexation movement of adjacent territory to Glendale. The writer of the article shows a most monumental ignorance of the ar guments and conditions pro and con. If he had read or listened to one fourth of the matter that has been presented on the subject, the state ments in his letter would be reduced to a sentence. Also, like most of the opposition, he hides his identity under a norn de plume. His information on the electric light, water, street and municipal improve ment questions, appears to be decided ly meager, and likewise erroneous. It is apparent that he hasn't taken a sufficient interest in the movement to come out in any meeting and ex press his opinion, so giving any one a fair chance to debate the subject with him. As to the ulterior motives he ascribes to those who are working for annexa tion, he should prove his assertions or retract them, for his statements are nothing more nor less than vilification. If be can't put up, let him shut up. To give this man, or any other, a chance to fight In the open, I challenge him to public debate on the annexation question, at any time or place, within the affected territory, that he may name. WILLIAM C. WATTLES, 1204 Glendale avenue. Tropico, Sept. 18. - TEST TARIFF LAW Editor Herald: I'believe I have- ■ valuable suggestion. Without delay let some American importer, exporter, ship owner or workman test the con stitutionality of our tariff law. The supreme court would certainly con demn it because It not only restrains yes prohibits trade, but also causes national poverty. ' B. R. BROWN. Tasadena, Sept. 19. CUMMINS DEFENDED ' Editor Herald: Having read your paper for nearly a year I am con vinced that you wish to be fair to every one. In this connection would say that I have read A. J. Barnes' article "In re Cummins," published in your recent issue. Having beon in lowa during the campaigns to which Mr. Barnes refers and having taken a small part in the same, I wish to say that Mr. Barnes apparently does not know Senator Cummins' history. The fact that Dolliver did or did not "roast Cummins to a brown," at the rally Barnes claims to have attended, is of no moment here, except to in dicate that Dolliver was of the stand pat wing of the Republican party in lowa at that time, and Cummins then, as now, a progressive of the most pro nounced type. Cummins, like La Foi lette of Wisconsin, made his record in lowa as a supporter of the people's interests, as a result of which he was elected governor of lowa three times, following which he was elected sena tor, a position he still holds, and which he will continue to hold as long as lowa needs a true representative ln the upper national house at Washing ton. lowa and her people never had a worthier, truer public servant than Al bert B. Cummins. While yet governor of lowa, Cummins recommended cer tain measures to the legislatures that assembled at Dcs Moines during his terms as governor. His suggestions were taken up, embodied in bills sub sequently presented and passed and made laws in that state, among which were and are the following: A two-cent-per-mllo passenger fare law on all railroads in lowa. An anti-pass law. Primary election law. A law limiting the hours of labor of railroad employes. A pure food law. A pure seed law. A law prohibiting corporations from contributing to campaign funds and candidates for office. A law prohibiting watered corpora tion stock in lowa. A law requiring sworn statements of expense from candidates and politi cal committees. Soldiers' rosier law. A law requiring banks to pay inter est on state deposits. These are some of the things that "hoodwinked" lowa people and they are looking for more hoodwlnkers with a view to put them in responsible po sitions to serve their interests. They like Cummins for securing those laws; they love him for his honesty, energy and statesmanship, and they don't think anything the worse of him be cause Dolliver roasted Cummins "to a brown." In fact they laugh when they think how Dolliver "flopped" when he saw lowa took stock in Cummins and had no time for any one that tried to detract from his standing, not that they love Dolliver less, but Cummins more. For Dolliver, like all mortals, make mistakes, and that was one of them. CHARLES E. SALISBURY. Burbank, Sept. 17. DOLLAR EDITORIALS Editor Herald: I read that the South ern California Editorial association Is to attend a meeting at Santa Barbara in the interest of the San Francisco Panama Canal exposition and that a $10-a-plate banquet is to be a feature of the occasion. Now it is a well known fact that country editors, of which the associa tion is almost wholly composed, are not of the class, financially, who are likely to pay $10 a plate for banquets, and the Inference is i that the parties interested in the object of the meeting are putting up the money for it. Therefore when the editors come bac^k and write editorials in favor of a $5,000,000 bond Issue for the benefit of San Francisco it will be in order for taxpayers to consider whether such editorials are really the opinion or merely a polite reciprocation of the hospitality of the proposed beneficiary of the bond issue. CHAS. A. GARDNER. Pasadena, Sept. 17. , «-»-«> ONLY FOOLING It was the happy summertime. Flirtation, 1 confess; Sho took in" seriously, you bet. Too swiftly she said "yes." , She clean forgot the season, ' I asked her Just fur fun, And now the trousseau's waiting, For this belatlng son. Walnut Crop in France (Prom Vice Consul T. W. Murton, Grenoble) The following account of the actual condition of the growing crop of "Eng lish" walnuts (Juglans regla) In this French district covers the period .up to August 1: All through the spring and summer, thins far, the weather has been un usually unsettled^ and unfavorable to agriculture. Cold and rain have pre dominated to an extent hitherto un known, with only occasional and short Intervals of fine, bright, warm and sunny days. It is a noticeable fact this year that every time the tempera ture rises to a normal degree the hu midity, Instead of remaining season able, suddenly becomes torrid and sul try, and the disturbance in atmospheric conditions caused thereby engenders a violent thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain, which, on several oc casions, "has -provoked disastrous in undations in the valley of the Isere and resulted In enormous pecuniary loss So great is the distress of far mers In certain localities that public subscriptions have been organised for their relief. . - . All standing crops have suffered more or less from the effects of this ab normal* situation, fruit especially, which Is rare and dear in consequence. As an example, cherries which last year retailed at 3 to 3 cents per pound have sold this year for 6 to 12 cents. The same proportions exist for all other kinds of garden or orchard fruit. The outlook for the forthcoming The Way They Work It It is managed this way: Mr. Can non and the "leaders" make up a list of the congressmen that have been especially servloable to them. This means the men ln congress who do just as they are told, vote exactly as directed, and can bo depended on at all times in any emergency. Of course, these are the men the trusts and others of the privileged class want back, so they go to them and say: "Mr. So-and-So, how do you stand in your district? What are your chances of being elected again?" Now So-and-So Is from an inland district where the Insurgent feeling is strong, ahd he knows his people don't approve his voting constantly with, by, and for Cannon and those he represents. So he expresses his doubts and fears, and Is asked if he doesn't want a postoffice building for one of the largest cities in his district, or lf there Isn't a river somewhere that could be dredged out so the turtles and catfish' would havo better navigation, or if he couldn't use am appropriation for a park or reserve of some kind, or a few thousand . dollars to drain an old swamp. A Lesson in Finance Little lessons In high finance con tinue to add to the sum of knowledge gained by those who like to take in struction In such matters. The Chicago Journal, for instance, has been particularly Interested ln the sinister manipulation of the com mon stock of the United States Steel corporation. For the three months ending Juno 80, 1910, it finds the net earnings were $40,170,960, and $29,340,491 during the corresponding period last year. The common stock, which In Jan uary drew a dividend of 4 per cent and was selling for $91 a share, is now only $4125 a share, although the earn ings >& the quarter wore $10,000,000 more than last year, and the dividend 5 per cent. And it is also significant that since January, in the face of the fact that earnings were increasing and tne stock going down, the total of sales of all kinds of stocks amounted to 109, --843.200 shares, of which 26,186,160 were common. As the entire number of shires common is only 6,083,025, this Merely in Jest GUARANTEED • Gobsa Golde, accompanied by his daughter. Miss Lotta. picked ' out a Rembrandt at a foreign dealer's, and then, before planking down the cash said very sternly: "Now, see here, sir, do you guarantee this Rembrandt?" "Yes, Mr. Golde." the dealer replied. "A seven years' guarantee goes with the canvas." "Oh, very well," said Gobsa, mollified, and he took out his checkbook and fountain pen. —Pittsburg Dispatch. SMARTNESS "I'm afraid," said the friendly adviser, "that your speeches haven't enough ginger In them." "You are mistaken," replied Senator Sor ghum. "The trouble is that people have be come so used to highly spiced remarks that they don't notice mere ginger. What they want ls cayenne pepper."—Washington Star. CAN YOU BEAT IT? "Sir, are you against the railroad power?" interrupted the man In the audience. "I am!" shouted the Socialist orator. "Huh! You're traveling on a I pass right now." "Sure I am. I hate 'em so that I refuse to pay 'em money."— Leader.. • THE REAL TEST -"She admits that she Is getting old, for she confessed that she was willing to marry any old thing." , » "That doesn't signify," replied her friend. "A woman hasn't lost her grip on life until she's ready to wear any old thing."— Cynic. THE SNAKES OF IRELAND "I've written a book on 'New York Cus toms and Manners.' " "Ah. I see. But It all seems to be about customs." "Yes, sir. I was obliged to omit the second volume for lack of .material."— Exchange. A DISTINCTION OF TERMS "I understand Uncle Rasberry is having chickens right regular these days." "Yes. Is he raisin' 'em." "I dunno whether he's what you'd call raisin' 'em or Jes' llftln' Washington Star.' , ' . ,■ WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN False puffs are harmless. Just suppose the pretty dears Should want to wear an extra nose, or seven ears. —Kansas City Journal. LUCK IN CRIMSON GULCH "What luck did that sheriff who went out after Stage Coach Charley have?" "Purty good," replied Three-finger Sam. "Charley didn't ketch him."—Washington Star. SO DIGNIFIED ' Mrs. Henpeck—You, Charles, what's . that noise down there? Mr. Henpeck—l trust, my dear, that I may fall down the cellar stairs If I wish to. CAPACITY DIMINISHING Mrs. Guzzler— you ashamed to come home in this condition? Mr. Guzzler—Mortified to. death, my dear. I tin.! that my capacity Isn't what lt used to be.—Philadelphia Record. yield of walnuts Is not encouraging. The cold and frosts of early spring, lust when the fruit was building, killed large j quantities of all varieties of nuts and retarded the development of those, that J survived. j But the trees have since' recovered and look pros porous and green, while the nuts re maining appear to he well formed and fairly large. However, for the proper maturing of the fruit warmth and sun shine are essential up to ■ harvesting time, which should be, as usual, about October 18. ' . The crop of "Mayettes," or table nuts, is variously estimated at 8000 to 12,000 bales of 100 kilos each (100 ki los equal 220.46 pounds). From • per sonal Inspection of the region I am inclined to believe that the latter fig ures will be fully realised. However, the yield will probably not much'ex ceed ■ till*! of a good average. crop. The same Is true of "Chabertes," or small nuts, used In tho United States exclusively for confectionery purposes, of tV'hlch lt Is expected that not mora than 12,000 to 15,000 cases of 25 kilos each Will be available for exportation, as against 30,000 to 35,000 cases last year, , . v, t In consequence of this shortage lt Is generally believed that this year opening prices will rule high. In the meantime it does not appear than any contracts have yet been made for for ward delivery, both buyers and sellers holding aloof from the market. ■ • , (Uklah (Cai:> Times) If ho Is from a coast district he can have a lighthouse or two and some life-saving stations, with postofflces, harbor dredging, , river improvements, Indian schools, and perhaps a fort or two thrown in as they seem to be needed. So these Items are included In the appropriations and go through Ugo greased lightning. Then the candidate for re-election ls all right, no matter how he voted en the tariff, rules committee, postal sav ings banks, or anything else. He has tho "dope" to bunco, the people with and he proceeds to bunco them. He sends out "press reports" to the news papers that he knows he can use, be cause they are as easily buncoed as anyone, telling what he has done for the' district, how much money he has secured for the district, what great Improvements he has won for the dis trict, and how deserted and ruined tho district would be without him. This the puny editor enlarges upon, draw ing heavily on his handbook of super latives, and closes by pleading with "our readers" to work their toe nails off for Mr. So-and-So, that ho may bo sent back to congress to continue the good work. (Sacramento Bee) shows they have been sold five times over during the last six months dur ing a declining market. Regarding these shady transactions, the Journal says: "Does any one imagine that the drop in the price from $91 a share to $61.26 had any basis except manipulation? The course of Steel common is scan dalous. Its manipulators are simply running an ordinary gambling house. Their aim, like that of any other gam bling house, ls to fleece suckers." Well, it Is a pretty raw piece of work. The men who arc bearing the stock are not half so honorable as tho holdup man who puts a pistol under his victim's nose and commands him to shell out. In one case there is a chance of knocking the thug down, but the victim of the stock gambling ring is completely at Its mercy. It ls no new thing, this depressing of stock values so that the little fel low must let go at a sacrifice. But there never was a meaner crime than this one in Steel common now being enacted every day while we look on. A drastic law is needed to stop it. Far and Wide ODDS ARE) ALL ON THB CANAL The American people do not seem to care a Gatun Dam how the Panama canal ls pro gressing. Yet it Is the biggest thing we are doingunless we are getting rid of the tariff. —Chicago Journal. ; ONE THING THEY COULD NOT SELL John D. Rockefeller ls not to give out any more Interviews to reporters. Maybe the Standard Oil wants to sell them as a by product,—Philadelphia, North American. DOESN'T WANT TO DO THOSE THINGS - Mr. Taft speaks of th* things he would do If he were a millionaire, when there ar* so many things he might do as president. PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENT Personal—W. H. T., Beverly, Mass., would like to know for certain the Intentions of T. R. of Oyster Baltimore Sun. -4: SELF DECEPTION It Is gratifying to note that Mr. Taft Is go ing right ahead just as lf he thought ' the people Intended him to be president the whole four years.— City Journal. A RISING DRAMATIST All Greece will be pleased to hear that Eu ripides has had a play accepted by Charles Frohman.—Minneapolis Journal. • ♦ ♦ » . A BALLADE OF LADY LOVES Florence and Gladys and Marigold, Mary and Frances and names like these; Are they not written In letters of gold On memory's tablets, to ■ read when I please Blonde and Hrunette, and dimpled and shy, Their virtues their fallingshow sweet to recall; Not one.but deserves to be praised to the ■it, sky— .. - i • i —There la one love that is dearer than all. ,'; Annie was patient, and Dolly was bold; ' Catherine, stately; Mlgnon was a tease; Nelly was sprightly, and I have been told, - That Violet brought other swains to their, knees; ; . , Phyllis was pouting when others were nigh; Amanda I loved at my first fancy ball; - Ah well. I remember how Mildred would sigh! ' But There Is one love that ls dearer than all. '. I '_■ I' - , -_■ Matllde grew more gracious as round the years rolled. Though she flouted me once, on the lake, 'neath the trees: ' | Diana and Bessie were both of them cold \ But with Fanny I drank pleasure's cup to ■ the lees. There was Julie and Cicelyah, how th* . years fly! :'; There was Beatrice, who won me by drop ping her shawl. . - . - --7-< I shall dream of the beauty of these till I -» die— | But —There Ik ona love that 1* dearer than all. >*, ,■>■*,;, LENVOI Prince I am sorry that I've passed it by— Her name was let's see—lt's hard to recall. By Jove! I've forgotten I But still I can sigh! \ For I know there's one love that Is dearer | than all! ■ -" ■ ■ » " —Hector Fuller In Washington Herald.