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AN APOLOGY FOR STEALING
I Chicago clerk, who stole $12,000 from his employers at the rate of $100 a day,
gave ax li Mvi ).,■ ".-iient the DKMf living like a white man" and that
"a while iii.iii fami'.t live on ijK) a W
hike all nmiM for stealing, thin is a p»Of one. If there are .my comparative de
|NM hi i stealing, thiH is about the poorest one thut could |K)»<ibly be
l''.r it ik an inmnte-lalilf' fact that the color of a man's skin has nothing to
do with the HOMQ OMt of his living.
It in equally ineunte.stalile that no BM who spends a day is living like I
"white man." particularly if he Iteui the money.
There is un ol<l tradition of ■ tliief who pleaded: "Hut, your honor, I must
"1 fail," said the judge, "to perceive the necessity."
That may be a liiiisli judgment. A thief may have a right to live, but he
certainly has no right to live "like a white man" on stolen money at the rate
of $100 a day.
One thing that this apologist overlooked wan the fact that neither the common
law nor statute requires a man to remain in a position where he is paid only if!(
He was quite free to find some other employer, if he could, who might pay
him according to his own estimate of the value of his services. Jsut that he would
find one to pay him $100 a day is doubtful. He no doubt baa an exaggerated idea
of his importance. '
The rrmm "1 couldn't live on my pay" is worn threadbare. In this instance,
as iv moat others, it is a lie. Many "white men" live for less than $9 a week.
It is always bad policy for an employer to pay less than living wages.
ltut it il even worse policy for a employe to imagine that he has any right to
spend more money in living than his serv ices are worth when offered in the highest
ANOTHER OF THOSE FOOL WEDDINGS
A Chicago youth and mi Indiana girl were married a few days ago. They
promised to love, cherish und obey—all t lie things that Ut a part of the regular
maniugi. service, and mean much or little, as the case may be.
Tin- man and woman mi .strangers. They met on the day of their marriage.
The oonrtahip had been a matter of corren|>ondence and the correspondence was the
WqilOl to a wager made by the youth with, his college chum.
Why will men and W— trille with matrimony?
They wouldn't invest $100 in a gold watch without a thorough investigation.
They would ask for a guarantee. They would be certain that what looked like
gold wan not brawn. They would commit an expert. They would be sure that the
timepiece was a real bargain.
And \et a man will wed a woman of whom he knows no more than that her
face in pleating, her Bgan well molded. Very often he is sorry. Very often the
home bwMBM a section of hell. There is vituperation and scolding; nagging that
drives :i weak man to drink, and love—w liy, husband and wife discover that there
never was a"> love, even in the beginning.
And it in worse Tor the woman.
When sin marries .she imniH her bridges behind her. She gives her future to
n man. She m helpless. She is entitled to consideration, tender affection, sympa
thy, thorough undettteading. You we she gives up much more than a man has to
give when she marries. What ehaiuc has she when she weds a stranger?
Smilv an alhiime for life is of moro importance than the purchase of a WJrtcl),
M a horse, or a dog. or any material tiling.
And when you read ol a sudden man• iuge in which romance and folly are mixed,
JTOU wonder about tha parents; why they couldn't care enough about their niil to
warn her, .\ ise her, prevent her from taking a step that spells RUIN nine Limas
I lie man who is entitled to a good wife should be man enough to open the
doore of his life and court inspect ion. The woman who is worth having is also
worth winning in the old fashioned way. It takes time, uild it makes happiness.
Nou'ro eorry for the Indiana girl and the Chicago youth.
ENTITLED TO RESPECT
John 1). Bpreckeh, Jr., hai none to work. He geU $100 a month. Ho sells
Ueketi over a Ban Rraneim •taamship oiiice counter, takes orders from a down
persons, and is trying to make a Inisincfs man ol himself.
lli> Father ha.-. 110,000,000 or more
That is what puts a tinge of romance into the affair. It makes some folks con
sider the young man a tool; others kick because a man who does not have to
v\oik, works, thereby displacing Homebody who needs a job; and the people who
think an' ready to commend the son of a CroeeUe who is trying to be A MAN.
Wot money is a handicap for young men.
Think of as many miiis oi American millionaire! bi you can and pick out the
ones who inuc made loawthing of their livee.
Dozens of then have diigraced family names, brought team to the eyes and
-li to the heart! of their parent*. They have made reputations as buyers ot
wine, as patrons of the low and indecent things that ale always waiting fur the
youth with money. They have wrecked health and morals. They are older At 30
than tluir lathers were at 00. They know more about sin in its pleasant forms than
their fathers ever dreamed Of . They have gambled, ■moked, drank, been dragged
through the divorce court, Violated all the laws of decency, and the public wonders
why it is so seldom that a great man's sons are also great.
kionej is the handicap of the average rich man's son. He who earns it alone
knows the value of it.
\nd when the xon of a millionaire forsakes I is red automobile, his o|)era box,
his greenroom connections, the gambling table and the race track, and deliberately
start.s at the bottom to lean the business and puts himself in a position to handle
great sum* of money wisely, he is entitled to respci ' and encouragement.
John 1). Spreckels is a great financier.
If John l>. Bpreckda, Jr., doesn't By the track, if he sticks to his good resolu
tions, there is a good chance of his becoming a useful citizen and a Credit to the
name he bears.
NOBLE PRIZES AWARDED
Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and philanthropist, is long since in his
grave, but Ins work goes inarching on. Strange that a man who did so much to
make war terrible should have a secret yearning for universal peace.
He left EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS, the annual interest of which is awarded
in five priMe for the most important invention or discovery in physics, in physi
ology,' or medicine, in chemistry, literature, and for the best work done in the
interest of universal peace.
The third annual award has just been made in Sweden. One prize was divided
between M. and Mine. Currie, and with them is placed M. B«oqu«rel, who assisted
in the radium discoveries. In chemistry, Arrhenius, a Swede, ■ writer on elec
tricity, was given ■ prize. In physiology, Dr. Finsen, who heals with light raw. and
who lias done much to drive disease from Europe, was deservedly rewarded.
Finsen has never cared for money. All he has asked from Destiny is an op
portunity to be of assistance to his race. The thousands or' men and women who
have been healed by his light rays will testify that a king's ransom would not
suffice to reward him for his genius and philanthropy.
Itjornsen. poet, gained the reward h'l litciatui, . and an Bnfjiih.mil). Mr,
MT, secretary of the International Arbitration League, has the pri«e lor ad
valuing the cause of intern,itional peace.
S<> tv no Amen.an has iv.,-ncd an award, but tlic prizes are Well worth work
ing for. not only for their money value, but because a! their meaning.
m who has not helped humanity can hope to l>e rewarded under the
will of Nolk>l.
And to think that the author of so much that is good and progressive was the
inventor of dynamite.
The official board of the First Chris
tian church held its annual meeting last
night. One of the most important mutters
coming up for consideration was the ques
tion of securing a location for a new
chinch edifice. It wiu ' generally agreed
that the new building ; should be placed
farther back on the hill, but no definite
letion was taken. The present ohureh is
located at Thirteenth and E streets.
Tin- church organization wea effected by
re-electing W. H. (Jilstrap president, t;.
Minions, secretary and Miss Vera
Kshcintan. otgaakt. The official board is
Ooaapoaad of three trustees. 1.. J, IVnte
. o,t. \\ 11. Cilstrap, and \V. H. Michael;
lour elders and six deacon*. Rev. Morton
L. Koae ig pastor.
THE TACOMA TIMES
THE LATE CHICAGO HORROR
Tin* Taooma Ttmni leorifwl today from tin 1 Newspaper Bbterpr&e Association, of irhicfi it \m a member, the Snl authen
tic picton ■ attcndinn the Iroquo is oppra house fire in Chicago.
The magnificence of the building is revealed by the photo of the foyer of the thwter, having the grandeur of a royal
While hundreds were being crushed and burned to death, a few more fortunate ones were finding means of egress from
Ihe doomed open house. Workmen in the adjoining University building shoved ladders and boards from the nearest win
dow to the sill of the theater window across the alley. Acroil this bridge, 50 feet above ground, women, children and men
nowled to safety. The escape of these is thrillingly portrayed in the third picture. ;
After it was over, after the Bnt horror of the holocaust had spent itself, came the second grewsome horror the gatlni
iag up of charred, croahed and hhu-kened dead.
Hie last picture, taken from a photograph made within a few hums after the fire, shows the corpses and their living
guardians the police force of Chicago, foaaaed to preMrve order among the frantic mob surrounding the charnel bouae and
to keep ghouls and robbers from ■tripping the dead.
ROMK. .Fan. 5.—A remarkable story
cornea from Bardello, near Vans*. A
native of that place fougkt at Adowah
seven years ago, and he was severely
wounded. The man managed to conceal
himself and eventually escaped, but he
found it impossible to rejoin the Italian
With nothing but his rifle he wandered
1 for years in the depths of the Abyssinian .
forests lie tired on wild roots- until his
clothes dropped off in rags, and eventually
he became deaf anil dumb from the long
Finally a native woman took pity upon
him, clothed him and led him to the coast. I
The next scene portrays the terrible
rush from the gallery, which resulted
from the sudden panic of the audience.
This picture was made after a careful
investigation of the spot where the fright
ful catastrophe occurred.
From there he found his way to Italy.
When he arrived at his native village he
«as hardly recognizable, but to a small
• extent he covered his speech and was
able to give a marvelous tale of the great
ruby hoards existing in the heart of the
forest in which he had so long wandered.
In his possession were two or three
beautiful rubies. These he said he had
found by the side of a ruined temple
which he had come across in his travels.
There were quantities of rubies taken
from the mint's anil other vast treasures,
lie s.iid. hut baton he could divulge any
positive information he died of fever.
The names of Mrs. Henri Lemenager
and two children have been added to the
list of relatives of Taeoma people wttOM
lives were lost in the Iroquoil theater
Hre. This news was brought here yes
terday by a telegram to F, W. Chovil, a
brother-in-law of Mr. l^emenager. The
family resided in Taeoma for a numlxr
of years. Mr. Lemenager was employed
M a draoghtunaa in the land department
at the Northern Pacific headquarters.
Dorothy Ivemenager, one of the children,
was born in Taeoma.
Rev. Mark Guy Pearce, known as one
of the greatest living Methodist preach
ers will be in Tacoma next week and will
speak in the First Presbyterian church
January 13 and 14. The two meetings will
be undenominational in character and the
public is cordially invited.
Rev. Mr. Pearce is now in Victoria,
B. C, on a tour of America. He was as
sociated with Hugh P. Hughes in what
is known as the "VVesleyan Forward Move
ment," and is the sole leader in the West
London mission. He is a man of strong
personality, a gifted orator, the author
of several books, and ranks as one of
England's most noted divines.
Last night members of the First United
Presbyterian church on Sixth avenue held
their annual congregation meeting and
the following officers for the ensuing year
were elected: J. W. Stewart, president;
Mrs. Forbes, secretary; W. M. Perrin,
treasurer; J. W. Stewart. W. Tonneson,
Hugh Stewart, A. Campbell and E. S.
The report for the year showed an im
provement in every branch of the church,
work. Twenty-five new members were
received during the year and the Sunday
school attendance has increased nearly 75
The church was established 13 years ago
by Rev. A. F. Kirkpatrick, who still has
charge of it. ....<»
OF A/IT. TACOn/IA
The board of trustees of the Chamber
of Commerce met last evening and heard
read telegrams from Washington, D. C,
concerning the award of the government
contract tor forage. A discussion oi the
A request from Congressman C'ushman
was received asking lor pictures of Alt.
Tacoma. He is anxious to have increased
the appropriation for the improvement of
the National park there. The Chamber
ut Commerce will give attention to this
A I anquet at the Donnelly cafe will be
given tonight by the members ol Industri
al assembly >10. 104, of Taeoma, United
Artisans. The business meeting of the
Artisans will be held in Oddfellows' hali,
after which the members will adjourn to
gather in the banquet hall at the Donnelly
FOR POILTRY SHOW
Tacomu fanciers will be well represented
at the poultry show which commences in
Seattle tomorrow. Some of the rinest
chickens from this city will be candidates
for blue ribbons. Fred A. Johnson of 518
Thirty-fifth street has .sent 26 birds to
the show; Miller Brothers of Fern Hill,
25 birds; C. B. Staples, 10 birds, and Mr.
Moulun. 6 birds.
A number of Taeoma poultry fanciers
will attend the siiow.
The grain receipts for the month <f De
cembrr show a decide] decrease comj-arod
to November's report- This past month
only HiiG curs of grain have been received
at tide water, while in November a record
of 1,043 cars was made. Rumors of an
Asiatic war II thought to be the factor
that affected the December market.
CHILD Ar OPTED
Joseph M. White and wife yesterday
adopted a little boy. the child of Mami.
Dorcas, born at the White Shield b.«i i j
last June. Mr. and Mrs. White have
cared Tor the child since shortly after its
bittb. It was given the name of Korlin
SEATTLE, .lan. s.—Laura L. Moore,
an Independent telephone operator, stop
ped the attempt of a footpad to hold her
up yesterday morning just before daylight
by beating him over the head with her
umbrella. She was on her way to work,
when a man overtook her on Fourth ave
nue near Seneca, and, onlering her to
■top, approached nearer and demanded her
pocketbook, at the same time presenting
Without hesitation the girl began bast
ing her assailant over the head with her
umbrella,. She succeeded in knocking the
revolver from his hands, but lie then at
tempted to prab her purse. He pulled it
open, but she held on and the man ran