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Every Evening Except Sunday by The Tacoma Times Pub. Co.
One Cent a. Copy, Six Cent* a 25 Cents a Month, $3 a Year,
Week, by Carrier or by Mail. by Carrier or by Mail.
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The City of Tacoma has a brilliant future before it.. Nobody doubts the fact
who ha* kept track of the rapid development of manufacturing interests here and
the steady, influx of population.
There are other cities on i'uget Sound with bright prospects. The era of pros
perity has done much to develop the entire i'uget Sound country, and all the
dweller* along the Sound are satisfied.
The people of Tacoiua have no time nowadays for petty disputes between cities
and towns as to which is destined to be tun greatest. They are all "best." Bick
ering merely waiftes energy that can be devoted to more useful purposes.
Again, the citizens of Tacoma arc contented with the present prospects of their -
• city. The one thing to do is to work together for the development and upbuilding
of Tacoma.
It always happens. Every year somebody bobs up with a proposition to abolish
Christmas. -
This year it is a preacher m New York state who nays that Christmas has
become "completely setumlized," an occasion for extravagance and overwork, a
weariness and a reproach to religion.
"Better abolish the festival," he »ay«, "than to make it a serai-pagan satur
[fit is quite possible that .Santa Claus, with his sweet traditions, redolent of
■ brotherly love, charity and the impartial love of the Universal Father of us all,
li.is done more for the promotion of real religion than many preachers in the
• world. . .
■ /i'aku Santa Claus and the spirit sentiments and emotions he stands for out of
the world for ■ single gent-ration, and the true message of Christ would become in
■ comprehensible to the indifferent human mind.
Real, blood-warm, heart-deep sympathy with and love for humanity such aa is
reptei.ented in and aroused by Santa Claus at Christmas time—the sacrifice without
hope ol credit, the giving for the mere sake ol the blessed joy of giver and re
cipient— are all an "imposture" and a "«emi-pagiuK' saturnalia in the mind of
that narrow incarnate selnghnesu which Bctks Hi religioin only the salvation of its
own stingy little soul. - - a
Santa: Claug may be an "imposture," but the joy he brings to millions of little
In hi le. is genuine.
Christmas may be a "semi-pagan saturnalia/ but it mellows the hearts of mill
; ion» ol men.
The world cannot afford to lose either. Nor will it.
There's a charm in the name and a spell in (lie air that exhilarate youth as
nothing else can and bring back to old age tin virgin emotions of childhood. Its
spirit is holy, its traditions ennobling and its sweet superstitions are sainted.
i'.veiA instinct lying at the source of man? moral nature requires that then
be a time in the year when for a few brief hour* Mil may be forgotten, when the
he.ut, may turn tender and the coarse paisioiib soften; friends may be drawn more
clohely and enemies forgiven, peace may descenu upon us and the glad soul revel
naked in the glorious benediction of the iiletim glow.
V A semi-pagan: saturnalia, indeed!
it was a pagdn saaturnalia once. While the Christ was yet unborn, our sun
.woi shipping ancestors, accepting the perceptible lengthening of day at this time of
.the;year as a triumph of their god over the hosts of darkness, instituted thin fes
tival ot" magnanimity and merrymaking, ana it has descended through the centu
; lies, the growth of human knowledge and sympathy adding to its beneficence and the
;■ graces of religion pen,.. 1 inn its beauty, until it is a festival that knows no creed, no
dim no age, no people, but is the glad jubilee of all humanity, as natural as it is
a beautiful. •' ,'... s -: ■ '■■. .•, . ■ J, • ■•
Hie time is approiulnni; when the people of this city will demand other
luib-oad l.uilitie« than thos<> of the Northern Pacific.
| Tacoma is growing to bo too large a place to be much longer dominated by one
railroad— or any railroad, '•'if A isns^f
While Tacoma has been' helped in many ways by the Northern Pacific in the
past, and those favors are not forgotten, the people see that other cities in the
Northwest are reaching out and inviting first one railroad, and then another, to
come and help swell the volume of their trade.
.'And the railroads come. ' ,
| In these days the cities with the most railroads have the advantage. Railroads
are indispensable to development and progress.
A few days ago Union Pacific officials were in Puget Sound cities looking
around. They said that the Union Pacific would enter the Northwest.
Have any steps been token to invite this railroad here?
Its advent would develop more business and give enjoyment to many more
Then there is the (ireat Northern. It minaes Taeoma at present, and the name
of Taeoma is not upon it s folders scattered throughout the country.
The advent of the (Jieai Northern would bring trade. It would furnish many
citirens with work.
If, as MMU prokibl.'. the Noithern Securities company is dissolve.l and with it
I lie community of interests Lie t ween the Norl hern J'acilie and the Creal Northern,
eaimot the tattW be mdue.il to enter this city AM) COM I'KTK?
These are questions of the day. They mean everything to the City of Taeoma.
> Great truths ere common property. Ko man, merely because he utters them,
can call them exclusively his own. Other., > may have uttered them before him.
T/ioutands may have thought them witnout uttering them.
All the great writers of the world have been accused at times of more or less
. • plagiarism. Shakespeare was particularly "guilty." Emerson had to write a defense
of himself, a large part of which is said to have been plagiarized.
And so it goes. Nowadays anybody accused of appropriating • somebody else's
thought may respond Ivy quoting Emerson, who in his turn only quoted somebody
•else. :,.•"..':.- ->■'■<■■: ■ ■
iii general, nenrtly all great writers, mostly more or less plagiarists themselves,
have seemed to agree that anyone ii perfectly free to use anybody else's ideas, pro
vided li,' can put them in more forceful words, enlarge upon them, extend them to
> a wider circle of minds, or apply them to a definite purpose.
« ■•• These somewhat trite observations are called forth in recognition of the charge
- that President Koosevelt lias incorporated in his late message some things said m
a recent interview by District Attorney Folk, the famous St. Louis prosecutor of
boodlew. These short extracts are examples:
t Bribery has not been included in ex
tradition - treaties heretofore, aa the
necessity for it has not arisen. While
I j»there may have been as much official
. I corruption: in former years, there has
been more developed and brought to
light in the immediate past than in
H the preceding century of our country's
? history. It should be the policy of the
■' United States to leave no place on
• - earth v where a corrupt man fleeing
from this country cum rent in peace.
The exposure and punishment of the
public corruption is an honor to a na
: tion, no ta disgrace. The shame lies
in toleration, not in correction.
In the face of these resemblances an authorised statement was made at the
White House that 'no one except President Roosevelt had anything to do with the
message.' , v*' ■'-■
Thai means, of course, that the president fully recognizes his right to make his
own any -thought not nailed down.
; It officially places plagiarism among the inalienable rights, such as those of life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. , •■'■-^l-,. »'j"!A'i.'nii^ijia-i— *
tWlluge wave broke up a poker game on the liner Oceanic and scattered a jackpot
of $350 all over the room. Too much water is bad for any kind of speculation, it
appear*. ' i
! Bribery lias not been included in
treaties heretofore, because then has
been no necessity for it. There have
been more eases of bribery in the Unit
ed States in the past two years than in
the hundred years preceding. It may
have been just us common heretofore,
but the evidence of it was not brought
to light. If the present program is
carried out, and there seems to be no
reason why it should not be, there will
not be ■a ■ civilized country on earth
where boodlers fleeing from the Unit
ed States can rest in peace. Sure and
swift punishment of public plunderers
is a state's honor, not its shame. The
disgrace is in toleration, not in corrup
| Come With Me to China \
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linger Duma at. MM dm 01 a lutdi m < hull
nit Ma, LCI OljU&* yiu a lkumll ol Uol wunr
ami a Hot. tuiKi. in tin.-) nut euiu.iie —
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uiy juu aiu gluhuj letiesiicu, auu tujo>
me sweei. beiiaaiioii 01 letting, vi must,
ni|ioiariiy tool.
-uw-i out- luoriung s hot towel, Jeu
->gotig aiiu m\.ieu utjua i.ioie uailie our
nay uiiougu me river cnut aim over 10
no -Mini, i>lin_u 10 uitecny across iroiu
i niton.
oaieiy arrived on the Ho Kara side, our
rauipau OMWi IBM a little slip, or uiiud
canal, with steps leading uown 10 11. litre
we iji-iiuKl burning boys, mothers washing
miniature recalcitrant images of them
selves, and the kind of water buftaloes
you see in magazine pictures of Manila.
1 lie water bunaloc-s are nose deep in the
slimy slip of water. They are ridding
themselves of gnat* and flics, as the fox
rids himself of fleas.
It is tb» DOOn hour. No Ham is dis-
porting itself. ■ Porters have laid aside
their poles, vcn the beggars have ceased (
begging. And all seem betaking them
selves to the Hoi Tong monastery, whtiher
we are in like bound.
The''.,bare, or soft clad, feet of the
streaming multitude give out little sound
as they glide and slip along over the cen
tury-worn flagstones leading to the monas
tery, It seeme we are going east, but di
rections are hard to tell in China. \ IJupKK
yet to tee a rooster saveather vane with tile
old familiar X. S. E. \\'., and a Watch and
the sun seems about the best "way. to de
termine the matter. ' . \
• leu Ngong is bare headed, is clad in
the filmiest of filmy fabrics that you can't
see through, and wears no socks, but a
pair of liaht rubber slippers. Jen Ngong
is sensible. 1 am sweltering. Ami that
isn't .all. The tacks in the heels of my
burning "vuis" cause me to slip and slide I
like a tellow with his lirst pair of roller \
skates on, the flagstones arc so .smooth and
A> we draw near the monastery a drone
begins to make itself heard. It is the
drone of human voices and each step we
take bring! it more noticeably to. our
Am We paat under the .strangely roofed
portal, .leu Kgong .stops me to call my at
tention lo the monster Buddha* at each
side. Their only claim to attention is
that, fitting, they an each twenty-three
feet high. Had 1 Men them first f would
have "marveled greatly," but Huddhas are
so common in China one nnnnM to marvel.
\\ hat interest* me motfe is the sight that
grwta im eyw in the gnat open court
Beyond, Here are group* of hundreds and
hundreds, to say nothing of kiu>ts of ten
and blocks <if five. The individual is rare,
unless it lie y.nn,. sleeping coolie or un
noticed beggar. What are thej all hen
for, and what are they doing? Let's go
■low and see.
NEW YORK, Dec. 22.-Fifty million
dollar-* for Christmas present* in .this one
city. That is the estimate which I a de
partment store officer made yesterday, lie
said it was very conservative. In another
store they told me they'd wrapped up and
sent away almost ' $50,000 worth of stuff
right horn their back door. These {people
laughed at the $50,000,000 estimate and
said $75,000,000 would be nearer. But
then they'd just had John W. (iatcs in
the shop. ■
There you have New York's Christmas
spirit measured in dollars. The lump sum
iitif .lie two men playing c-uineae
Liii-nvciM in lue snaue. Oa uiia side is a
vtuuie ounca; apparently doing nothing.
We* yoiiut-r is a story, tdier teiluig atones.
• >ii. litre we are. iiere something
jusi. nKe i.omc. Here » a fellow mating a
.-(/ in h. unut cUiKTeiico Uoes it inaiu.' if
\ic 'an l uuueisuiiiu him? v\ c can listen
to Uia .->ounu 01 ma voiu: and note iil* ges
lu'i-, can t we?
Jsu ->«"-"'« says "come along," but I'm
going io slop. .evidently the peripatetic
ul ■"! is as common an institution in
v viva as he la at home and in other parta
vi me world.
i lie 1101 long monastery of Mo Nam,
with its all connected up buildings,
eprcads over almost a quarter section ot
ground. Its courts seem countless, its
ijuuiiiias plentiful, and an American with
out a guide would be irretrievably lost in
trying to thread the mazes of us corri
dors and galleries. it is centuries old;
much older than the eight feet in diameter
ca&t iron rice bowl ot which it boasts.
ilie rice bowl is only a little over a cen
tury old, and is cast in one solid, hollow
seini-Bpherical piece, with a flat tour-inch
Hare around the top which supports it
above the square brick oven beneath. The
bowl and oven were devised to cook 1,000
portions of rice at a cooking. Famine,
stark famine, caused its making; and, be
cause of the remembrance of how the
Minnks fed the poor at that time, the pres- . ',
cut day inhabitant! of Canton and Ho I ,
Nam contribute freely to the support of i
the handful of shaven-head monks who I
still linger in the shadow of Hoi Tong's '
departed glory. For. with the enlighten- j
men I ol southern China in recent years,
many monasteries and temples have been
■owed to fall into decay, and their idols
arc more tolerated than revered.
In the gardens beyond the walls of the
ni.i 'long monastery are the tombs of
the first monk and his immediate asso
ciate) in the founding of the institution.
Pasting out through the last tortuous
turning of the last long corridor, past
damp cells, long locked, a vision of peace- I
fill loveliness, bathed in green, greets the j
g&», In then gardens we find that i
Strangely dwarfed tree, grafted and grown |
into the shape of n perfect fan, whose '
dotted designs are made up of the tiny
green leaves of the aged pigmy itself.
Here, also, are strange and rare flowers
and plants, trained into shapes of liuddha,
with Buddha* carven and painted head
surmounting each. Scummy ponds of stag
nant water are indicated by a profusion of
water lily leaves, and smoke-like willows
dangle down to kiss their brilliant bloom«
hard by the edge.
Three hundred years ago the Hoi Tong
monastery wm rounded, but it is a safe
prediction that in less time than that it
will be given over to railroad yards. For
they are digpnwring the flower-boat peo
ple over in Canton to make "made
ground" for that purpose. And the rail
road lias reached a point within three
miles of that city.
In connection with Canton's "made
ground" I was struck by the fact that
then air no tin cans or bottles in it. Tin
cans and bottles are not—in fact, nothing
i> thrown away in China. Everything ia
utilized to its fullest extent.
takes your breath awaj. But, measured
in simli-s and lack of grouch, it's even
more impressive. When several millions
■ of people .ue either stripping themselves
to buy these scores of millions of Christ
mas gifts or working twelve hours in the
day to sell them, there's bound to be a
; bi« tension. With it all, somehow, the
patience of the metropolis never snaps at
i Christmas time. Above the hollow-eyed
(hopgirl, driven from sunrise till late even
ing in her fetid i>en behind the counter,
above the distracted hubby, doling out
till-Fbt'ruarj- money in his wife's clutches,
The Home ,£}
•By cyjtTMA. CREy
In the first place, don't fail to signal
at least three tars ana gel on two 01
them Ixlore you discover tuat you are go
ing east when you should go west.
M hen Urn westbound tar comes along,
don t lorgtt to stand on the wrong siiiu
ot the Btrett, and alter rushing trauiiuuily
alter the ear, having been BUecessi'ul in
catching the conductor's eye, don't forget
to glare spitefully at the conductor as
you leisurely mount the steps. Your unal
leisure Will impress him with your dig
nity and your dagger glance will make
him fed that it is all his lault that women
wont learn where the car stops.
lAm't tail to choose us the hour for
returning from a shopping excursion that
hour when everyone else, especially worn
out working people, are going home.
Don't forget to pass the length of the
crowded car looking significantly to right
and left until some man far more weary
and deserving of a seat than you are, rises
and otteis you his seat. Be sure not to
thank him, for it is "no more than he
should do,'' and, besides, you may be sav
ing his life by forgetting a "Thank you,'
which would be likely to bring on heart
failure due to surprise. Then men have
no feelings; they are a queer kind of an
animal; they feel uncomfortable seated in
a car; they prefer to stand. It rests
I'liKM to hang to the straps.
He sure to drop into your seat and set
tle yourself comfortably, pushing back un
til the men at your sides are pushed to
the edge, then remember to wriggle your
elbows constantly, especially if your neigh
bors are reading papers. And under no
consideration forget to read over the shoul-
there seems to preside a sustaining spirit.
You can't squeeze it out in the sardine
box elevator, nor dampen it in ankle-deep
slush, nor fret it away in the grating cash
trolleys that still bear off the government
lithographs when all estimates are over-
The hub of the city in this Christmas
shopping week is Twenty-third street. One
long spine, studded with shops, up and
down Sixth avenue at this point, directs
the whole activity of the 4,000,000 of
Greater New York. For a mile, from the
old shopping tenter of Fourteenth street
up to Herald square, the new breastwork
of tlie big stores, the people are wearing
the (lagging down. From breakfast until
theater time thousands on thousands of
Christmas givers swarm like ants in and
out of the huge caravansaries along the
route. Every inch of curb and foot of
cobble is disputed by hundreds of trim
coupe*. In a turbulent sea the shopping
bound vehicles toss backward and for
ward, eddying about and dashing up their
elegant freight at the gaping maws of the
shops. Down from the elevated railroad
chute? is vomited a constant black Hood
of counter-bound humanity. Over the plat
forms of passing street cars great clumps
; of shoppers are thrown off or injected. Up
, and down the broad sidewalks moves a
| constant army of jostling, eager, tireless
men. women and children.
To thread the streets is not easy. To
navigate the straits between the counters
inside it* at times an impossibility. You
back from your goal at the counter, and
clutch to hold it. You have scarcely
marked the probable location of the thing
you're after before you are swept back or
beyond it. At all times you must give
your toes to be stepped on, your nbs to
be bruited, your breath to be crushed out.
But, withul, a. temper is seldom shop
What are the presents? Oh, any and
every present you ever heard of to begin
with. Then, any and every present that
anyone in the city ever had or heard
of. And on top of that, thousands of
presents that no one but the gentlemen
who invent presents in Switzerland, India
and all over the world ever heard of. It
is the toy display that makes this gi
gantic babar look distinctly a thing of
Christmas. Of course, one glimpse sets
the children wild. You can be sure of
one hand of the child you're dragging
through the toy maze. Its head, eyes,
ears, feet and off-arm, though, are stray
ing beyond control. And yet the grown
ups never seem to tire of the toy para
It seems this year ao though there was
a toy miniature of every real thing in
the world. They range from the $200
electric railway with six trains, stations,
switches and four trades, which I saw
young Cornelius Vanderhilt nor his head
for, to the old-time rag dolls that the
subway laborer gives his spare nickels for
down on the East Side. Everywhere you
will find Santa Claus. He towers four
storiles high in the inner court of one
of the big stores. He circulates in cos
tume about another with presents for the
In a hurried trip along the line yes
terday I saw Charlie Schwab, the steel
ex-king, nodding a beaming o.k. as two
shopgirls held up, one after another, and
laid away hundreds of dolls and toys of
every description. The jolly steelmaker
was having them shipj>ed, I was told,
to orphan asylums in his home town and
state. John W. Gates was plunging hia
thick fingers through a tray of thousand
dollar baubles at a jewelry store. Up on
the Waldorf route of the millionaire's
shops I came across Mrs. Fish sitting in
judgment on the kind of bric-a-brac you
shudder to think of about your feet or
So, million on million, the Christmas
gifts are mounting up this week, and the
t!i! e °L. f™e-B Pent casli Will only alack
when Christmas eve releases the army of
exhausted shopgirls and handlers. But
there will be a Christmas for these slaves
too. So everybody is keeping cheerful.
Nathan Bradfield. son of Patrolman
Bradneld, who died yesterday, will !*>
buried from St. Leo's church at 8 o'clock
tomorrow morning.
W. W. Wingard, Manager, Phone Red 245. C. E. King, Phone Black 1025.
. hV vestern Detect/ y
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Office Phone, Black 1625. Lock Box 967.
der of one or the other of your neighbors,
and when he looks around pretend you
were not reading.
liy all means so manage th .t you won't
isee the conductor collecting fares" until he
says, "Fares, please!" and it is custom
ary to have previously arranged that your
purse is in the front of your shirt waist,
buttoned up under a jacket. Have numer
ous handkerchiefs, small parcels and vari
ous ribbon ends ready to make their exit
with the purse and in your blushing con
fusion and liaßty scramble after the ribbon
ends drop your purse. That is the only
way to divert the conductor an dlie en
joys bumping heads with three or four
other men who bend at the same time to
recover the fallen purse.
Grab the purse when it comes up as
if you never expected to see it again. Men,
especially conductors, respect a woman
who knows enough to keep an eye on
Find the ticket in a compartment of the
purse wiiich you had forgotten, and just
as the ticket catches the light have your
veil drop over your eyes and obscure your
Don't fail to signal the car to stog three
streets too soon, and by no means discover
your mistake until the car has come to a
When you arrive at your street stop on
the rear platform, or on the ground witli
one foot on the step, to explain to the
conductor that you "never knew X street
from Ystreet because the two corner gro
ceries have the same pictures in their
windows." Take plenty of time to go
into details, for the conductor has by thia
time become attached to you and will
hate to see you go.
For Tacoma anil vicinity: I'artlv Cloudy
tonight and Thursday; coder tonight;
light to fresh variable wind*, probably
-hifting to easterly Thursday.
Buy a 11
Appropriate for a present
to anybody—all sizes arid
kinds for the little boy and
girl, big boy or girl or the
full grown man or woman.
All the latest kodak goods.
Kodaks $ I to $25 ■•[
Gailey Supply Co.
Paul T. Shaw, Mgr.
919 Pacific Aye., Provident Bldg.
Wheeler & Wilson
New Family Machine is a great improve
ment on anything ever made in the way
of a Sewing Machine.
Drop Head Machine, Slightlj Used
$11.50,516.50, $22 and $21.50
Fully Warranted.
Child's Chain Stitch Hand Machine given
with each purchase as long as they last.
State Agents W. & W. Mfg Co.
Phone Main 476.

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