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THE TACOMA TIMES Every Evening Except Sunday by The Tacoma Times Pub. Co. USES THK KSUm M KAK I KL£QRAPHIC NEWS BERVICE. INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS OFFICE. 768 COMMERCE STREET TELEPHONE MAIN 733. On* Cent a Copy, Six Cent* a 25 Cent* a Month. $3 a Year, Week, by Carrier or by Mail. by Carrier or by Mail. 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 ofFoi c-il. 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!( a week. 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 market. 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 in ten. 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. ANNUAL MEETING 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 palace. 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. ENORMOUS TREASURE 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 army. 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 strain. 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. MORE VICTIMS FROM TACOMA 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. NOTED DIVINE COMING 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. ELECT OFFICERS 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. Hill, trustees. 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 per cent. The church was established 13 years ago by Rev. A. F. Kirkpatrick, who still has charge of it. ....<» WANT PICTURES 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 •subject followed. 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 mutter immediately. ARTISANS BANQUET 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 hotel. TACOMA CHICKENS 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. DECREASE 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 Klia White. TELEPHONE GIRL REPULSES THUG 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 a revolver. 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 away.