Newspaper Page Text
Entered at the postofflce at Birmingham,
Ala., as second-class matter. Eastern Business Office, 48 Tribune Build ing New York; Western Business Office, 509 •‘The Rookery,” Chicago. 8. C. Beckwith, Bole Agent Foreign Advertising. Notice to Subscribers—When subscribers desire to have their papers changed, they must specify where the paper is now going and where they wish it changed to. Watch the label on your paper and see when your time expires. The State Herald will appreciate news from any community. If at a small place where it has no regular correspondent, news reports of neighborhood happenings from any friend will be gratefully received. All communications, of whatever charac ter or length, should be written on only one side of the sheet. TELEPHONE CALLS. Business Office...230 Editorial Rooms.231 All calls after 9 o’clock p. m. should be sent to the Editorial Rooms. THE VENEZUELA QUESTION. Of course Secretary Olncy made no such demand upon the court of St. Janies as has called forth the sarcasm and sneers of the British press, but it is not at. all improbable that the concession made to the subjects of the United States within the despoiled territory may give rise to serious complications. It appears that in September, 18911, Venezuela grant ed to C. C. Fitzgerald, in behalf of the Manoa company, the exclusive right to colonize such national lands as were in cluded within a tract which on the side of the Orinoco river extended so far as the boundary of British Guinea as de fined by the Venezuelans. The purpose of the concession was to develop agri culture, cattle breeding and mining. Within a few months and before the com pany had actually entered upon the de velopment of its concession, the acting government of Demarara, a British ofil cial notified Mr. Fitzgerald that the co lonial government exercised authority and jurisdiction over the territory includ ing this concession and that any persons disregarding or acting in contravention of the laws of British Guinea within those limits would be liable to prosecution. One month later, hearing that the Manoa company proposed to set up a saw mill at the mouth of Baramla river, a British commissioner served formal notice in two letters that no such thing was to be permitted and two months later than this the British legation at Caracas ad dressed the Venezuelan government di rectly on the question, requesting it to take steps to prevent the Manoa com pany from asserting claims or interfering with British territory and threatening to Instruct the British government to em ploy police force to prevent it. This was supplemented by a suggestion that in view of the pendency of the boundary dispute it was important that such inci dents calculated to cause grave incon venience should be prevented. This last action was taken in 1885 and apparently prevented the exercise by the American concessionares of any assertion of their claim from that day until the present time, although the facts were fully known to the State department. In the following year—October 21. 1S8G — the British colonial office Issued the de cree, which is in the nature of one of out presidential proclamations: “Whereas, The boundary line between her majesty’s colonies of British Guinea and the Republic of Venezuela Is in dis pute bewteen her majesty's government whereas it has come to the knowledge of her majesty's government that grants of land within the territory claimed by her majesty's government as part of the said colony have been made or purport to have been matje by or in the name of Venezuela: ntrtice is hereby given that no title to lands or to any right on. in or over, or aff-oting any lands within the territory claimed by her majesty’s gov ernment ns forming part of a colony of British Guinea purporting to be derived from or through the government of Ven ezuelaornny offlcersor person authorized by that government will be admitted or recognized by her majesty or by the gov ernment of British Guinea, and that any person taking possession of or exercising any right over any such lands under color of any such title will be liable to be treated as a trespasser under the laws of the said colony.” This is the decree that faces the Manoa coneessslon, the holders of which, it is re ported. to meet in New York shortly to endeavor to commit this government to a support of its claims. Contrary to pop ular belief the Issue which they propose to raise is by no means new. as is fully disclosed by the correspondence had in past years on this subject by the State department with Great Britain and Ven ezuela. and the decree above quoted was especially drawn to fit the case of the Ma noa company. If the British claim is cor rect and her title to the despoiled territo ry is paramount to that of Venezuela then th<> concession to the United States people falls to the ground, and they must come to terms with the lawful owners of the territory A GOOD MOVE. The Commercial Club at its meeting yesterday afternoon did one of the most practical acts in the interest of Birming ham that it has perhaps ever before per formed. The club voted unanimously to send Its Secretary to Atlanta, there to look after nnd follow up the work that had been done in Jefferson county in making an exhibit of her resources at the exposition. An investment of over JliOOO lias been made by this city In put ting tip the Alabama building, while the various mine owners have Contributed a mineral display worth many thousands more, and yet this would not have Its value without some one to give it praetU cal benefits for this city and section. But to make this movement what it should be every business and professional mail in Birmingham should cheerfully become a member of the club and pay three months dues in advance. There is no doubting l h» fact that Secretary Thompson will secure visitors for Birmingham, whom the club will have to look afier. and ns this will be for the benefit of all there should be a perfect willingness on I lie part of every business man to at least contribute three months' dues for the ad vancement of Birmingham. Tlie press of the Ftate continues to con gratulate Editor Asa Rountree on the special illustrated edition of the Hart selle Enquirer gotten out recently. THE BLACK-WAT80N CONTEST. Mr. Black, the Democratic candidate In the Augusta, Ga., district, has beaten Mr. Tom Watson, the Populist candi date, quite a large majority. There was no Republican candidate, that party sympathizing with Watson and doing all in their power for his success. The Au gusta Chronicle says: Both sides have exerted strenuous ef forts to win, but under conditions that seemed most favorable to the defeat of Congresman Black in the beginning, he has made a winning fight, has vindi cated the Democracy of Richmond and' the district, and will return to Washing ton with a clean commission. Mr. Wat son would raise himself in the estimation of the public if he accepted the result gracefully and yiplded to the inevitable. In any contest the Populists would be at a disadvantage In the matter of ir regularities. The Democrats have acted with the greatest caution in following the terms of the new registration law, and the fact that less than 6500 votes were cast in Richmond, and that Mr. Watson got only 923 of them, shows un questionably that fraud was not needed to compass his defeat. Hardly more than 50 per cent of the voters of Richmond county voted on yesterday, and yet with tliis very light vote Congressman Blaca is an easy winner. DON’T MAKE TOO HARD. Major Boykin Wright, Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee in the Tenth Georgia District, in an open letter congratulating the party upon the vic tory won by Mr. Black, says: The great masses of the people In the country are good und true citizens. They have simply been misled by unwise and selfish leaders. We should not be Impa tient or harsh in our judgment of them. We should all get together again. They are the same men who fought our battles in 1860 and 1S65. They were the backbone of the Democratic party in the dreadful days of reconstruction, and have been ever since, until recently. Agricultural depression and the great financial dis tress have caused our friends in the coun try to look elsewhere than to ourselves for aid, and wiley politicians have lured them Into a new party in the hope of se-i curing the relief promised. They are learning their mistake and the inability of the Populist leaders to fulfill their promises, and will soon leave the Populist party. They have nowhere else to go, ex cept to return to the old Democratic home of their fathers. Let us, therefore, not make their return too hard by abus ing them. In this spirit the Democracy of the Tenth has waged and won the bat tle. SOUTHERN VETERANS IN NORTH ERN CITIES. In the course of a discussion which has been going on as to the propriety of holding an annual reunion of the Con federate Veterans in some Northern city, the New York Sun gives expression to the following: We repeat that it is in New York that the next annual meeting of the Confed erate Associations of Veterans ought to be held. We can give them assurance of a true New York American welcome. It would be proper for the Mayor and Al dermen of New York to Invite the Con federate Veterans of the South to come hare. The city will be hospitable to them. The National Guard will enter tain them. The whole population will offer them salutation and cheer. Per haps the very best time for the parade of i lie 10,000 Confederate Veterans living in New York would be when their breth ren come here from all parts of the South. Verily, as Parson Jasper would say, "The sun do move!" PIIUITS OF INDUSTRY. Under the above title the Central Rail road Company lias issued one of the pret tiest pamphlets that lias yet appeared. The book contains several hundred beau tiful steel engravings of buildings and scenes along the line of that road, both in Alabama and Georgia. It also contains a great deal of very valuable information in regard to the enterprises along its lines of road, and the advantages offered to home seekers by the section of country traversed by the Central. The text of the pamphlet was written by Mr. Pleasant A. Stovall of the Savannah News and is of course delightful reading matter. In is suing the book tlie Central system lias done much In the direction of attracting attention to this section of the country. The London papers are highly satirical In their treatment of the Chruchill-Van (lerbllt engagement. The Truth suggests that it would be a good scheme to create! a stock of titles In America and sell them to native heiresses at a million or two apiece. This would be cheaper, the Truth thinks, than to permit tlie flow of gold abroad with such brides as Anna Gould and Miss Vanderbilt. Under all the cir cumstances, .lohn Bull is hardly to be blamed for advertising his sore shins. It has been a tough season on the old gen tleman. With the Valkyrie in disgrace, the lOnglish athletic team knocked out and one of the best catches among the British nobility gobbled up by an Amer ican girl, there is a kick coming from the "tight little isle.” Mr. Samuel Gompers, late head of the American Federation of Labor, has re cently returned, from attending a con gress of the British trades unions in England. Mr. Compels, in an interview since his return, says: "My impression is that the condition u* the American workingmen is far su perior to that of l he English laborers. The American is better fed, better clothed, has more liberty and is thought to be a much bigger man In every way than the Englishman. I would rather live on the seventh floor of an Amerl can tenement than In the first flat of an Englishman workingman's house. So chilly and economically we are better off." _ The Republican convention of Nebras ka has declared in favor of bimetallism and condemns monometallism in express terms, as follows: Favoring the use of l«otli gold and sil ver standard money, we oppose all mon etary legislation that would result In either gold or silver monometallism, and demand the maintenance of national cur rency every dollar of which, whether in gold, sliver or paper, shall be of equal value and of equal debt paying or pur chasing power. Upon that plank the Democrats of the South and West can stand. It is now said that Mrs. Frances Hodg-< aon-Burnett never hesitaed to spank that model child. Little Lord Fauntleroy, when occasion demanded, and It was by such a rigorous procedure that he was taught' to call his mother "Dearest." Next Friday, October 11. has been de termined upon as the date for Birming ham day at the exposition in Atlanta. Efforts to make the day a grand suce ss should not be spared. If Birmingham is td have a day it must be a success. The Brewton Standard Go age says “Nr*i until the morn y question is settled, and settled tight, can we have perman.nt prosperity." THE COMMERCIAL CLUB Held an Important Meeting Yes terday. THt ATLANTA EXPOSITION Taken Up and Thoroughly Discussed—Bir mingham Day—What the Rail roads Will Do. The Commercial club was called to or der in regular monthly meeting at 4:30 yesterday afternoon by President Rufus N. Rhodes and Secretary Thompson an nounced the following members elected since the last meeting: W. M. Daly, Claude Rewls, Reuben F. Kolb, J. H. Adams, Thomas Purvis and W. K. Douglass. Mr. B. Steiner offered the following res olution: Whereas, A widespread interest pre vails throughout the north, east and west, and among our South American and Mexican neighbors In the Atlanta exposition, and thousands will visit It with tile View of studying opportunities for investment and closer trade relations; and. Whereas, Birmingham has invested in that exposition a considerable sum of money, from which she may expect prac tical returns of great value if properly followed up and looked after, especially now since our Iron works have begun to sell material and finished products abroad, teo o£ five be appointed by the Commer cial club to place these facts before the business and professional men of Bir mingham by a personal visit, and solicit them to become members of the club in order that the advantages and resources of this city may be properly advertised at Atlanta, and the city's Interest other wise looked after there. That the club send its secretary to Atlanta to remain there during the exposition and attend to this work, and that this may be done without local detriment to the club all members are requested to pay one quar ter's dues in advance, and membership accepted from ail who do not desire a longer term for said period of three months. Maj. Frank Y. Anderson favored the adoption of 'the resolution, saying a great deal of money had been expended In erecting the Alabama building and ar ranging an exhibit. He thought this the most practicable way to get good re sults from lids large expenditure. Bir mingham would be more largely repre sented there than any other section of the state, said Major Anderson, and she should have a representative on hand at the Alabama building at all times. Mr. M. V. Joseph also supported the resolution. In agreeing to put up the Alabama building It was understood that Birmingham should be there. In so liciting subscriptions to that fund among Birmingham people we agreed to make a strong effort to divert the large num ber of people who visit the exposition to Birmingham, Mr. B. Steiner said it was as much a Birmingham building as an Alabama building. Birmingham, he said, was the most, talked of place in the south, and everybody should put his shoulder to the wheel and push forward in the move to bring people to Birmingham. The motion was adopted without a dissenting vote. Mayor Vanlloose, in speaking of his scheme to carry a large crowd to At lanta on Birmingham day, said Presi dent Smith of the Louisville and Nash ville, President Nettleton of the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham, Pres ident Comer of the Central of Georgia, had agreed to furnish cars to carry the people to Atlanta, but Vice-President Baldwin of the Southern declined to fur nish cars, engines and transportation on the ground that should he make such a concession to Birmingham other towns might make the same request of him; and having made a precedent, he said, he could not deny others. Mayor VanHoose said he had talked with a large number of operators in this district and all had agreed to co-operate m tne scnetne. .me scneme, therefore, fell through. He said he thought the Commercial club should decide at tills meeting wheth er it would have a Birmingham day at the exposition. He said thp city council did not favor it, as they did not care for a special day unless they could make a greater show than any other city. Mr. Hubert Jamison said he believed it would be a great thing for the district and for the railroads if the Southern and Louisville and Nashville would give three excursions each week around the belt roads of the district. He thought the big guns who would come here should be taken around and shown what we have In the district. He said people coming here ami walking around the streets of Birmingham cannot get an idea of what we have; they must see the district. His Idea was embodied in a motion, and on Its adoption the chair appointed the fol lowing gentlemen on the committee; Rob ert Jemison, W. C. Shackleford, Mayor VanHoose. It. H. Hagood and Dan Ro gan. Secretary Thompson called attention to a number of fine pears on the table, the compliments of ,T. H. Gunn of Calera. Mr. Gunn claims for them that they are as fine and luscious as the California pears. Mayor VanHoose stated that he was in receipt of n letter from Mr. Elirman of Clanton offering to give ten carloads of wood to the poor of Birmingham this winter, and wanted the Commercial club to secure the lowest possible rate from the Louisville and Nashville. In accordance with the Steiner resolu tion adopted, the following gentlemen were appointed to visit the business men and collect three months’ dues in ad vance: B. Steiner, John W. Tomlinson. M. V. Joseph. T. H. Johnston and Charles Roy Mr. Jemison desired an expression from the club with reference to his resolution requesting the Louisville and Nashville and Southern railways to run excursions. Kx-President B. F. Moore of the Com mercial club. MaJ. Frank Y. Anderson and M. V. Joseph were heartily in favor of it, though some of them thought one excursion a week sufficient. In response to a query. Secretary Thompson said the Southern railway had agreed to take under consideration the question of excursion rates from Atlanta to Birmingham. Mr. D. J. Plummer said a Kansas City. Memphis and Birmingham official had in formed him that stop-over privileges in Birmingham would not be allowed vis itors to Atlanta except by special ar rangements. The Lesson ol Black’s Flection. Atlanta Constitution. What is the lesson of the democratic victory in the Tenth district? It is so plain, we think, that he who runs may read. No intelligent democrat can mis take it, and the democratic party In the state cannot afford to shut its eyes to the facts that stood out so prominently in the campaign. Th" democrats won in the Tenth be cause they placed themselves on a plat form that embodied tire true principles o£ the democratic party. The most vital principle of that platform was the dec laration In favor of the free and Inde pendent coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1. There was no dodging or hedg ing, no straddling or evading. The dec laration had all the pith and brevity. It w#s clear-cut. direct and positive. There was no possibility of misunderstanding it. In addition to this, Mr. Black, the democratic candidate, wrote a letter in which he made the same declaration, so that platform and candidate were in perfect accord. There was no necessity of explaining the declaration of the one or the position of the other—both were as plain as day. The result was that In a district wherd the claim was made that Mr. Black had been re-elected through frauds at the ballot box, and where the odds seemed to be against the party, the democratic candidate has won by a majority that will reach 2000. The Tenth district is the stronghold of opposition to the democratic party, but with all his ability and activity Mr. Wat son could not hold his forces together. The democrats had made a platform stamped, as It were, with the hall-mark of genuineness, with the result that the democratic candidate has been elected by a majority large enough to practically put an end to populism in the Tenth disa trlct, and to unify and harmonize the democratic party. There is a lesson in this victory for the democratic party of the state. Any dodg ing or hedging where the traditional principles of the party are concerned, is sure to wreck or demoralize It next year. As long as the party remains true to the people, the people will remain true to the. party; but the moment that it begins to palter with principle or shows a disposi tion to advocate interests opposed to those of the people, then demoralization will ensue. And while the remains of the party, retaining the organization, might make some small show of vitality, It could not hope to make any headway against the indignant protests of the people. The party In the state. In order to re unite all true democrats and restore har mony, which has been sadly broken and, shaken by the disastrous events of the past two years, will have to be as bold and as unequivocal in Its platform dec larations and as fortunate In Its candi dates as the party In the Tenth Congres sional district. The result In that district not only jus tifies boldness of utterance on the line of genuine democratic principles, but makes it absolutely Incumbent on the party in the state to go before the people on a plain, clean-cut, unequivocal declaration In favor of the free and independent coinage of silver. THEY PROTEST. Clanton Retail Merchants Pass Resolutions on the Boycott of the L. & N, To Whom it May Concern: We the undersigned retail merchants of Clanton, Ala., for ourselves and our customers and consumers, hereby earn estly protest against and condemn the recent boycott, or attempted boycott, of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad company by the Southern Wholesale Grocers' association, upon the grounds that the said railroad company declined to yield to the demands of the said Southern Wholesale Grocers' association In that the said railroad company de clined to increase the freight rates on Its respective lines, from 15 to 20 per centum, thereby compelling retail mer chants and consumers to be governed and controlled by said Southern Whole sale Grocers' association. We further call attention to the fact, that this de mand is for the increase of freight rates upon the necessaries of life, which, of necessity, affects to a vital extent con sumers, and further, that this campaign Is not so much an one against the rail road company, as it is against retail merchants and consumers, they being the contingent most materially affected, and for this we desire to express to the said railroad company our sincere and earnest appreciation, for its fidelity to our interests in this fight, and we unite with and solicit the aid and co-opera tion of every retail merchant and con sumer in the southern states in pressing to the front and protesting against and condemning the course pursued by the Southern Wholesale Grocers' association in the premises. W. J. Mullins, general merchandise; IV. M. Wilson & Cro., general merchan dise; Alfred Popwell, general merchan dise; W. T. Callen. general merchandise; Frank Crichton, editor Banner; W. L. Pampy, general merchandise; J. W. Ed wards, general merchandise; W. H. Wright, groceries; W. F. Culp, general merchandise*; S. J. Brock, groceries; J. A. Evans, general merchandise; J. S. Johnson, M. D., physician and drug store; R. Ehrman, saw mill. The Age-Herald. Absorbed. The dpal between the Birmingham State and the Birmingham Age-Herald haa been closed and the State has ab sorbed the Age-Herald and taken pos session of the Age-Herald office, fran chises. etc. History thus repeats Itself. The Herald not a few years ago swept the old Iron Age from the field, and now in turn gives way to its new rival. The conditions are somewhat different. The Age was push'd out by the superior Journalistic ability displayed by the Herald: but the Age-Herald was crippled and almost as good as dead before th“ State was started. It Is possible that Mr. O'Brien would have re-established It had there been no opposition, bnt with opposition, and burdened with a debt, it had very little chance of surviving—one fact being recognized, that there Is not room in a town of Birmingham's size for more than one morning paper. To elr eumstances rather than special display of talent is the success of the State due, and although there will be claim made that the political policy of the two papers was a controlling factor, there Is noth ing in it. Both papers were good news copers. both quite as well edited as could he exported under existing conditions.end the one with the longer purse won the battle. That is the sum of it. In congrat ulating the victor, we pay a Just tribute to the vanquished in saying that its fight was conducted with firmness, good temper and fairness. It leaves behind it a pleasant memory.—Mobile Register. OUR POOR REMEMBERED. R. Ehrman of Clanton Donaies Ten Cars of Stove Wood, Mayor Vanlloose is in receipt of the following: generous letter from IUr. R. Elnman of Clanton, Ala.: Clanton. Oct. 1. >Ton. YanHoose, Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Ala.— Dear Sir: As the winter is at «tr doors and T know the need of the poor In y ur city as to fuel during the ntxt ” six months, 1 therefore offer you. to be dis tributed for that purpose, ten cars of stove wood free of charge. T think if you call on the Eouisville and Nashville rail road people they will be very liberal, and no doubt they will bring the cars free of charge. I am yours very truly. It. EHRMAN. MaJ. William McKinley is doing a great deal of traveling these days, and every where he sees people prosperous, peace ful and at work. Som° sweet day Wil liam will und -stand what a blessing the repeal of hi* monstrosity was to the country.—Terre Haute Express. Detn. Young gentlemen having ambition to play orchestral or band instruments of any kind should consult Professor Weber nt the BlriT^sgham College of Music, bplen* 1% opportunity. G-lili-if .. . Highest of all in Leavening Power.—Latest U.S. Gov’t Report THINGS DRAMATIC. One of the best farce comedy events of the season will be enjoyed at O’Brien's opera house Thursday evening, October 10, on which date those popular enter tainers, Ward and Voltes, and their big company in “A Run On the Bank,” will be presented. The engagement contains added interest in that Prof. T. Wilmot Eckert and wife are with the company. These talented musicians and singers are well remembered by all music loving people In Birmingham. Professor Eck ert was director of the Mendelsohn soci ety and organist of the Church of the Ad vent during the season of 1894, and Mrs. Eckert’s cultivated soprano voice has thrilled her hearers on more than one occasion. Her solo work In the choir of the Church of the Advent will be remem bered with pleasure. This company comes to Birmingham with the most flattering announcements from the press of other cities as a high class musical farce comedy. Charles Rohlfs. Another star will make a bid for pat ronage this season in the serious drama. Mr. Charles Rohlfs, an actor who gained his experience ‘with Booth, Barrett and others of our best players, will inaugu rate his tour of the country with an en gagement at Richard Mansflcld's Garrick theater, in New York. He will be seen as Shylook In "The Merchant of Venice,” which will be given In double bill with Moliere's comedy “Sganarelle; or A Phy sician In Spite of Himself.” “Harwell," a dramatization of "The Leavensworth Case,” and “Richard III” will also be given by Mr. Rohlfs. Each of the plays will be adequately staged and the produc tion of “The Merchant of Venice” and "Richard III” will be on an elaborate scale. WITH JOKERS AND RHYMESTERS. “I am very popular," paid the chrysan themum. “Nearly every man who sees me wants to buttonhole me.”—The Florist. “Let's eo on a bust,” said one man at Key West to another. “What sort of a bust?” "Filibust.”—Pittsburg Chronicle Telegraph. The self-conscious man who is afraid of being ridiculous should lteep hard at work. No one is ridiculous who Is work ing.—Atchison Globe. Hayseed—What might ye be callin' thet tiling ye hev on? City Rian—A sweater. Hayseed—A sweater! Holy smoke! ain't the sun enough of er sweater fer ye?—Judge. “There goes young Van Doodle over there; did you hear that he tried to blow out his brains when the heiress re fused him?" “No; did he succeed?” “They don’t know.”—Brooklyn Life. "How is it that I see you no more with Rliss Sweetser?” “Oh, that is all over. I kissed her and she fired me; that's all there is about it.” “I see; salute for salute.”—Boston Transcript. “Dear," said the sick man to his wife, “I wish you would get another blanket and put it on the bed. I (think that when the doctor took my temperature a min ute ago he took too much of it.”—India napolis Journal. 'Tis now the gentle college youth Enchants the maiden’s eye— By growing hair upon the style Of tile terrier called the skye. —Cincinnati Enquirer. Oh. lightning hug, thou Joyous bird, Who at thine own sweet will May'st hold illuminations gay And never get a bill! —Washington Star. Speak not to me or chaperons Whose years have made them wiser; ’Tie not to ancient dames I’ll trust My dainty, sweet Eliza. But, when with her young man she goes To tills or that or t'other. I’ll simply send along with them Eliza’s younger brother. —Detroit News. *Tis) very easy to reform; With ease we reach this goal. But staying there, ah. that’s the thing That really tries the soul. —Washington Star. NEWSPAPER WAIFS. "Paw," inquired Tommy Tucker, "when it was young: did they call it Boy hattan island?"—Chicago Tribune. “Jones has a good deal of money, hasn't he?” “Well, he ought to have.” Ilow Is that?” "He never pays any out."—Chi cago Record. Little Girl to her Mama—What is a dead letter, please? Mama—One that has been given to your father to post.— Minneapolis Scimitar. “Cleopatra’s needle weighs ISO tens or so I have been told," said Harkaway. "I don't wonder she preferred flirting to sewing," commented Dawson.—Harper's Bazar. Servant (applying for place)—And I shall require the address of your last servant. Mistress—Whatever for? Ser vant—Why. to get your character from her, of course.—Judge. “What is that place down there?" asked she of one of the officers. “Why, that is the steerage,” answered he. "And does it take all of those people to make the boat go straight?”—Tid-Bits. "There is only one thing,” she said to her deureset girl friend, “that makes me doubt Herbert’s affection for me." “What is (hal?" “He thinks that some of the snap-shot photographs he has taken of me are good liknesses."—Wash ington Star. Clinging to Old Methods.—Dr. Upton (on fall hunting trip in the country)—So this is the farm where WO babies were taken care of by the fresli air fund, eh? You Pasleruized the milk. T suppose? Farmer Hays (a little puzzled)—No, sir; jest pasturized the cows; that’s all.— Puck. In the Club Library—"Is Gumpert writing an essay? Every time I come in here I find him poring over a diction ary or encyclopedia." “No. The doctor told him to avoid phlogistlcs. and he was ashamed to ask what that nuans, so he's looking It up. He’s already read over the f’s five times, and now he’s begun at the beginning and is systematically going through the dietionary.”—Truth. Notice. I want every man and woman in the United States interested in the opium and whisky habits to have one of my books on these diseases. Address B. M. Wool ley, Atlanta. Ga.. Box 380, and one will be sent you free. oc27-sat-ly She turned upon him imperiously; "What have you to say for yourself?" The dude cowered before her, abashed, and then passed through the door with out a word. She shook her head sadly. "Once more is tiie old saying verified, ‘It goes without saying.'" She gently locked the door behind him.—Truth. ELECTRIC LIGHTING. Tha System Has Come to Stay, but It Is Still Crude. An expert points out that while In the early days of eleutrlc lighting people thought much move of the mere fact of. having tbo electric light than of the actual officlenoy they derived from It, the consum er of today is usually perfectly well ulilo to tell whether he Is getting foil value In' light for the money he Is paying the cen tral station; so that between the strict ex action of the customer and the compet i tion of rival lighting systems an electria light company can only hope to succeed by the best possible service. The whole subject of lighting Is In a transition state. In factories and large shops the practlco of allowing the rays of, the aro lamp to fall downward will proba bly soon bo discorded. It is found that by Inverting tbfl lamp and throwing the light to the roof, which should be whitewashed or white painted, the powerfully reflected rays are so different throughout the build ing as to give the maximum efficiency without straining the eyes of the work men. Much of Iho present outdoor light ing is oondemhed «s crude and unscion tlflo. The street aro lamps dazzle and strain the eye, throw sharp shadows and waste light. The noxt, improvement will probably be the use of lower candle power lamps, placed at shorter Intervals and having reflecting hoods. Tlio bottom half of the globe will be somiopaque and pos sibly tinted a deep orange color. This would neutralize the painful glare of the aro lamp and give the streets the effect of being Illuminated with Chinese lanterns. In domestic lighting shades having prismatic corrugations on their surfaces are coming Into vogue. They give a good diffusion of light, with but little absorp tion. An authority on decorative lighting says that, although many new ideas have Bprung up in the distribution of masses of light In Interiors, none has yet superseded in beauty and effectiveness the system of putting lamps out of sight tu,d lighting the room entirely by diffused and possibly colored light. This will probably bo the method of Illuminating churches in the future. In cliurohes where It 1ms already been adopted tbe offset Is described us so Infinitely restful and appropriate that In comparison the ordinary methods of church lighting >^m garish and barbarous.—r New York Times. SHYLOCK PROPITIATED. How Edwin Booth’s Company Once Knrted “The Merchant of Venice.’’ Edwin Booth told the following story: Once during the days of hla early strug gles, young Booth was “barn storming” down in Virginia, at a place culled Leo’s Landing. The Improvised theater was a tobaoco warehouse, and it was crowded by the planters for miles around. Booth and his companions bad arranged to take the weekly steamer expected late that night, and between the acts wero busy puckiDg up. The play was “The Merchantof Ven ice,” and they were just going on for the trial scene when they heard the whistle, and the manager came running in to say that the steamer had arrived and would leave again in half an hour. As that was their only chance for a week of getting away thoy wero in a terrible quandary. “If we explain matters,” said the man ager, “the audience will think they are being cheated and wo shall have a freo fight. The only thing is for you fellows to got up some sort of naturalliko impromptu ending for the piece and ring down the ourtaln. Go right ahead, Indies and gen tlemen, and take yourouefrom Ned here.” And he hurried away to get the luggage aboard. Ned, or course, was Booth, who re solved to rely upon the ignorance of the Virginians of thtiso days to pull him through. So wlion old George Huggles, who was playing Shylock, began to sharp en his knife on his boot Booth walked straight up to him and said solemnly, “You are bound to have the flesh, nreyouV” “You bet your life,” said Huggles. “Now, I'll make you one more ofTer,’’ continued Booth. “In addition to this bag of ducats I’ll throw in two kegs of nig ger head torbac, a shotgun and a couple of the best coon dogs in the stato." “I'm blowcd If I don’t do it,” responded Shylock, much to tlio approbation of the audience, who were tobacco raisers and coon huntors to a man. “And to show that there is no ill feeliug, ” put in Portia, “we'll wind up with a Virginia reel.” When the company got aboard the steam er, the captain, who had witnessed the conclusion of the play, remarked: “I'd like to see tho whole of I hat play some time, gentlemen. I'm blessed if I thought that fellow Shakospearo had so much snap In him.”—Life's Calendar. Peculiar Dialect. It is not neeessary to go to the far south or west to find provincial customs or hoar peculiar dialect. There are some very primitive people not farther oft than tho Iliiodo Island bonier of Connecticut. In this thin line of littlo villages the grave faced jheu and womeu still livo as simply and take life as seriously as a Mas sachusetts Puritan. They solemnly make two strangers known to each other by “Mr. Smith, here’s Mr. Brown to you.” “Mr. Brown here’s Mr. Smith at you.” They confuse to an interrupted stato of good health by saying they “Fee mauga the duy;” to a contrary state of well being by, “I am feeling kidgo the day.” Tho Sauntcrer finds mauga good Shakespeare, but “kidgo” is as yet beyond him,—lios i'. Awarded Highest Honors—World’s Fair*': oa MOST PERFECT MADE. A pure Grape Cream of TJtl.tr Powder. Fred from Ammonia, Alum or any other adulterant. 40 YEARS THE STANDARD.