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Wisconsin Tobacco Reporter
PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY F. W. COON, - Editor and Publisher. Entered as Second-class Mall Matter at the Postofflcein Edgerton. Wisconsin. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1911 Thanksgiving Day is the day set apart when everyone is expected to give thanks that the price of turkeys are no higher than they are. It is said that an income tax creates liars; but any old tax is pretty sure to promote profanity this year. Two years ago the legislatures of forty-nine states passed 664 laws to regulate railroads. During the pres ent year forty legislatures have passed 276 laws upon the subject. It has be come a mania with an element in the political life in this country to enact laws good, bad or indifferent effecting railroads and other corporations, and in most cases, indirectly burden the peo ple who must pay the freight. But the slogan seems to have been elsewhere as in this state for a certain type of demagogues to howl “Sock it to the railroads” and the people have been buncoed. The insurgents for the past few years have tried in every possible way to injure the manufacturing industries of this country, if not destroy them, and throw thousands of men out of employment. Should the tariff be re moved from the products of one indus try, it should be removed from all, so that all may have a fair chance and not be burdened for the benefit of any one industry. The insurgents have not been honest, and the leaders now be gin to appreciate the fact that they and their democratic allies have done ! incalculable injury to the country in j appealing to a selfish and unthinking \ electorate.—Watertown Leaker. Exhorbitant earnings of the great j express companies were brought to i light in the first interstate commerce J commission hearing an investigation of j the express business in New York Wed- j nesday. Thirty-eight percent has been ! the average ratio of operating net in- j come to the cost of the real property j and equipment of the thirteen leading | express companies in the United States j for the past three years. Their enor- j mous business handled on this basis of ! cost affords exhorbitant profits, and one j way in which they cover up the actual j percentage of earnings is in watering the stock of the companies. In the case of the Great Northern Express company the ratio of profit in 1909 was declared to be 882 per cent. Small wonder the public cries aloud at the ex cessive charges of the express com panies. Quit Multiylying Offices. It is high time to call a halt to the frightful extravagance which prevails in official circles at Washington, and to a less extent in some of our states. The desire of administrative depart ments to regulate everything is increas ing public expenditures at an extrava gant rate. There is also an increasing tendency for officials to prove that they are “serving the public” by harassing almost any and every form of asso ciated effort upon the grounds that the same may possibly violate national or state anti-trust laws. And how much money has been wasted by the various official commissions to investigate the high cost of living! These remarks are emphasized by this latest proposition to add to the costly department of agriculture by es tablishing another burean therein “to investigate the marketing of farm pro ducts, recommend the fairest and most direct methods by which such products might reach the consumer from the producer, and keep the public inform ed, through reports, of the best meth ods and the best markets.” The nigger in this particular wood pile lies in the fact that the official at the head of the job is to have a salary of $6,000 a year, with a whole lot of subordinates at fancy salaries. Away with such useless extrava gance! The American people do not need an expensive bureau at Washing ton with a kid-gloved director at a big salary to tell them what to do. This is paternalism gone mad. Recent revela tions in the agricultural department in dicate that it should clean house before taking on more. The future historian of this era will view with amazement the conditions which this latest foolishness illumin ates. On the one hana, the legal de partment of the government indicts and seeks to put in jail the officers of a milk producers’ union, and possibly other forms of co-operative distribu tion or of associated selling togeher and buying together by the farmers. On the* other hand, the government seeks to multiply officials to investi gate marketing! The absurdity of it! Now, what our American farmers most need is to be let alone by the gov ernment. They simply want a fair field. They want state and national laws that will give them a chance to so organize they may, in a business like and successful manner, reform ex isting abuses in distribution. They don’t want to risk going to jail when they undertake wisely to improve their condition by associated effort. Today the farmers are in a quandry. Since the federal government has in dicted the secretary of the New Eng land Mill Producers’ union for conspir acy under the Sherman anti-trust lavv, there is no telling what form of agri cultural co-operation will next be in dicted by the United States district at torney. American farmers do not seek to establish a monopoly; there is no danger that co-operative effort among farmers will ever become monopolistic. It is true, though trite, to say that ! the farmer is the backbone of the state, i The least the law can do is to let him alone and afford him a chance to work out his own salvation. The farmer does not care to be beholden to an in creasing horde of public officials. It is equally true, but also equally trite, to repeat that the best govern ment is that which governs least. There is grave danger here in the United States of legislatures forgetting this old-fashioned axiom. It is human na ture for the public officials to constant ly seek to increase their power, per quisites and pay. The common people must be vigilant against this tendency, especially in a republic, and in an era of economic and social evolution such as is now being experienced.—Orange Judd Farmer. The government realized $484,562 from the corporation tax collected in Wisconsin the past year. The International Live Stock Expo sition will be held at the Union stock yards, Chicago, December 2-9, 1911. All who are interested in live stock and know its value to the farm will cer tainly visit the exposition and examine the stock on exhibition at that time, which will be well worth seeing. For two deaths resulting from an accident an hour after the supreme court handed down a decision affirming the constitutionality of the workmen’s compensation act, LaCrosse county is liable, says a news dispatch, for $3,000 damages in each case. The two men were killed at the county farm school while making repairs in the employ of the county. The new law makes all official bodies responsible for injuries to workmen without the optional pro vision made in the case of corporations. This applies to counties, towns, cities and villages. By the terms of the court decision and the law, there is no escape from the position in which these bodies are left respecting liability. Now watch damage claims pile up against towns, villages and incorporated cities! Red Cross Christmas Seals. K 1 All is in readiness I for the opening gun oi the Red seal campaign on the morning of Friday, December 1. Distributed among more than 800 local campaign managers throughout the state is the ammunition for the anti-tuberculosis fight—2,sß4,ooo seals, each one to sell for a penny and each a bullet in the side of the common foe of mankind, consumption. Prizes aggregating in value about $5,000 will be offered in this year’s campaign, according to announcement by Campaign Manager Otto F. Bradley of j£the Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis association. There are awards for cities, schools, colleges, and individu als making highest per capita sales, totaling more than twice the number of prizes offered last year. All articles have been donated by friends of the association who, deepiy interested in its work, have endeavored in this way to stimulate the seal sale, the proceeds from which constitute practically the only support of the anti-tuberculosis campaign in Wisconsin. Don’t fail to use the Christmas seals on all pack ages and help along a good cause. The Building of Homes. Dwelling houses may be constructed of anything from paper to concrete. When built of paper they consist of ground plans, front elevations and mortgages. When they progress to something more substantial they do not resemble in any way the front ele vation or the ground plan of the paper stage aud are therefore disappointing in these particulars. The mortgage, however, always comes up to expecta tions. The houses of the elect may be distinguished by the butler’s pan try, the middle classes by the recep tion hall aud those of the hoi polloi by the parlor. Houses are useful to eat in, sleep in, bathe in. dress in, hide in, be seen in. die in, store junk in, in sure and burn down. Dignity in houses is typified by a parking in closed English country place, romance by a southern planter’s mansion, poetry by a rose embowered cottage and hu mor by a modern flat.—Life. •, Serpents and Mursic. Barnard concludes from his person al observation of cobras in Ceylon, says the Scientific American, that the serpent’s traditional love for music is a pure fable and that the only ef fect of music is to arouse the reptile’s curiosity, which is excited by any loud and acute sound. The cobra protrudes its head from its burrow alike on hear ing the snake charmer’s flute, the rat tling of a chain and the sounds made by beating the ground with a switch. It appears to perceive only sounds of high pitch, for it pays no attention to the low notes of the flute or the beat ing of the drum. Barnard also con firmed. in Ceylon, the results of ob servations made in the London zoolog ical garden on the supposed power of fascination exerted by serpents upon birds, and he concludes that this pow er of fascination is also purely imag inary. Blow ths Steam Aside. The wise woman sent a sudden vigor ous puff of breath at the jet of steam rising from the copper teakettle she was tilting, repeated it hastily as she filled the blue teapot and set the ket tle back on the stove with a nod of tri umph. “That trick has saved me many a scalded hand,” she asserted. “Wheth er I read it or was told it I am not sure, but until I tried it I was always getting most painful little burns. Steam is so easily blown aside if you have the presence of mind to remember it that you can easily keep it from reach ing your hand until you can set down the kettle or pot. Don’t forget it next time the lid slips or the steam comes unexpectedly from the kettle spout. You will bless me for the hint.”—New York Tribune. Public Baths Abroad. Londou probably possesses more pri vate baths than any oilier city, but in the matter of public baths it can not claim first or even second place, says the London Chronicle. Tokyo, Japan, has over SOO public baths, where 300,000 persons bathe daily at a cost of about one halfpenny each. Constanti nople probably ranks second; then comes St. Petersburg, famous for the vast vapor baths to which the Rus sians flock in thousands every Saturday evening. The finest public bath in the ■world is at Vienna. It has a basin 578 feet long by 156 feet wide and can accommodate 1,500 persons. The wa ter is changed thrice daily. PRINGLE BROS. Cs KELLER Christmas Will Soon be Here Ours Is the Real Toy Store All Kinds of Dolls j All Kinds of Mechanical Toys ' All Oil Display NOW. All Kinds of Musical Instruments / Department Store. Edgerton, Wis. WISCONSIN TOBACCO MARKETS. (Continued From Page /.) new in the business, who had been for tunate enough to make a good thing out of his 1910 packing. The news of his buying created a great deal of en thusiasm among the growers, who er roniously conceived the idea that it foreshadowed a rush of activity. The packers are holding off until the tobac co is stripped. The weather since the crop was housed has been of the kind that produces pole-burn, and, aside from having heavy commitments of 1909 and some 1910 tobacco left, the packers prefer to see what the 1911 looks like before buying. The farmers are asking twelve to fifteen cents, but the packers believe the crop will be taken up at not more than ten. The 1910 goods have been disappear ing from the local market, the few packers having any to sell making a very small showing. A good market exists for old goods in the First Penn sylvania and First New York revenue districts. The manufacturers want to bacco now, and are willing to pay the prices our packers have been asking. Just about half the crop was scooped up by the American Cigar Cos., the United Cigar Manufacturers Cos., Otto Eisenlohr & Bro. and a number of big Western firms. So comparatively lit tle was left for the small manufactur ers. The 1909 goods are now coming into demand and are selling all the way from fourteen to sixteen and a half cents, according to grade. The cigar industry in this part of the country is booming, and many factories are doing night work. A brisk Christ mas trade is in sight and heavy orders are coming in. Interesting Local Hints For Sale— Two stock hogs. —W. B. Wentworth. 52t2 —Large sample line of ladies’ waists suitable for evening wear at one-third discount.—T. P. Burns, Janesville, Wis. For Sale— l offer for sale my resi dence property on Broadway. It is a recently built, ten-room house, water and sewerage connection. Good lot and good location. Inquire of Carl Bartz. 51 tf Duroc Jerseys. Thoroughbred Duroc Jerseys for breeding purposes. Enquire of Atwood Bros., R. F. D. Edgerton, Wis. Phone 309 —2 long. 52t2 [First publication Dec. 1, 1911 j Notice of Hearing:. <2TATE OF WISCONSIN, County Court for Rock County.—ln Probate. Notice is hereby given that at a regular terra of the County Court, to be held in and for said county, at the court house, in the city of Janes ville, in said county, on the first Tuesday, being the 2nd day of January, 1912, at *9 o’clock a. in. the following matter will be heard and considered: The application of Mary Harrington for the appointment of an Administrator of the estate of Michael Durnin, late of the Cifv of Edger ton. in said County deceased. Dated November 28. 1911. By the Court. J. W. Sale. County Judg?. What to Buy and where to get it! Big Display of Gifts suitable for any one from the baby to grandmother Fancy Goods Toilet Sets, Manicure, Glove Boxes, Handkerchief Boxes, Collar and Cuff Boxes, Work Boxes, Music Rolls, Shaving Sets, etc. Pictures — Prints to Pastels Fruits, Landscapes and Marines. At 10 cents to SIO.OO Books — For Boys, Girls and Grownups Picture books, Story boods, Gift books, etc. Toys— A great variety from 5 cents to $3.00 Fountain Pens — Parkers, Conklins, Moores, etc. Stationery, Post Card Albums, Pennants, Pillows, Diaries, Wood to Burn, Candies, etc., etc. i Gibson Art Line in Calendars, Booklets, Xmas Letters, Cards, Tags, Seals, etc. , ■ 1 1 ■ < Come In and See the Display. ! A pleasure show you the goods whether you buy or not. < FRANK ASH. ; Santa Claus Is already the main topic of conversation. So that you may find your holiday task an easy one, we are calling your attention to our ability to take good care of your holi~ day wants. A Bright, Clean, Up-to-Date Stock of Christmas Goods at Your Com mand. JOHNSON’S Emporium Another New Lot of Fancy Work JUST RECEIVED. Table Runners, Pillows, Work Bags, Laundry Bags, Handkerchief Bag Corset Bags, Spoon Cases, Pillow Cases, Darning Bags. Pin Cases, Card Cases, Recipe Cases, Washcloth Cases, Towels, Match Scratchers, Stamped Aprons, Center Pieces of all kinds See V/indow Display Tennis Gowns Ladies’ Tennis Gowns — in pink and white and blue and white, with collars, also col larless, good quality, at 50 cents each Ladies’ Tennis Gowns — White and colored, with and without collars, lace trimmed, also with fancy bands, sizes 15 to 20. at 75c, 80c, 90c, SI.OO, $1.25, $1.35 each Children’s Sleeping Gar ments 50c to 75c each M. H. JOHNSON Henry St. , Schmeling Bldg.