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Published Every Evening Except Sunday
By the Spokane Newspaper Co.
Delivered by carrier, twenty-five cents per month, $3.00 per year.
By mall, twenty-five cents per month, $1.25 six months, $2.00 per year.
No free copies.
TO MAIL SUBSCRIBERS—The date when your subscription expires
Is on the address label of each paper. When that date arrives, It your
subscription has not again been paid in advance, your name is taken
from the Hat. A change of date on the address label is a receipt.
812 Front Avenue.
Telephone Main 376.
Postofflce Box 4.
A new religion has frrown up in the west. Its devotees
are sworn to the practice of saving rain.
You think this a joke?* Well, if you do, just read the
proceedings of the National Dry Fanning congress that
has just completed its deliberations at Cheyenne, Wyo.
It was a fine meeting. It was devoted, not to war or con
quest, or any of the usual modes of enlarging boundaries,
and yet, if the new religion of moisture conservation once
wins full acceptance from the farmers of the nation, it
may give us two acres of tilled land where we now
have one.
West of the Missouri—far enough west—there begins
the old "short grass" range where first the buffalo, and
then the herds of the cattle barons, lived on the herbage
cured on the ground in the dry summers. It is fine range
land, but the pressure for farms, coupled with the recur
rence of rainy periods, drws farmers out on the plains,
and they have broken the range up, and are determined to
make farms of it.
But those dry summers that used to cure the grass as it
stood —they are likely to recur and make farming precar
ious. Yes; but here the dry fanning comes in and brings
hope to all the semi-arid west.
And dry farming in nothing but the saving of the rain
that falls from either running off or evaporating.
A man named H. W. Campbel, who now lives at Lincoln,
Neb., has been preaching it to the west for years. He had
the supreme nerve 15 years ago to tell the fanners who
were burned out by the drouth that it was their own fault!
There was plenty of rain, he said, but it ran off the hard
baked fields, and evaporated from the crusted earth and
did the crops no good.
If it had been 2000 years ago they would have stoned
him. But in the nineteenth century they jeered and
derided him. But he went on. No founder of a supersti
tion ever worked harder for proselytes than did Campbell
for believers in his sane and simple religion of making
crops grow where nothing grew before.
He taught them how to plow deep, pack the bottom of
the furrow slice, and leave the top loose. This let the rain
soak in easily, instead of running off, and the loose mulch
cut the moisture off from the wind and sun, and kept it
from evaporating. Then he showed them how to harrow
it whenever it got cmsted on the top, and save rain from
season to season, so that even with the dry years, the
ground kept getting moister year by year.
Nobody paid him to do it, except by subscribing for the
various papers he founded, and by asking him to lecture
sometimes, and purchasing the cheap manuals he wrote
and sold. It never amounted to much. Any successful
ward heeler in any big city can make more money in a
year than Campbell can in 10.
But the feeling that truth must be told makes the tell
ing of it its own reward. The recent dry fanning congress
is proof that the Campbell method has won. And the world
will profit by the k'noweldge that by proper tillage a little
rain can be made to go a long way. South Afrca, western
Canda, the Siberian steppes, Australia and arid South
America, will learn how to utilize their scanty rainfall,
and the growing populations of the world will be fed.
The waste of rain is one of the most ruinous of wastes.
For a long time one of the favorite things to worry
about in England has been "What shall we do when
nature's supply of coal gives out?"
We think that is foolish because the trust has so much
coal that it doesn't seem possible that it can ever be used
up. But England feels the seriousness of the problem
today as we will feel it 50 years hence.
Whenever a new solution is proposed it gets a great deal
of discussion. Just now the proposal of Sir William- Ram
say has the center of the earth.
- Sir William proposes to secure a practically limitless
Buppr»-of light, heat and power by tapping the molten or
semi-molten interior of the earth.
The discussion has brought out some interesting things
on the general subject. Among other things it appears
that governments have already made great and costly
•experiments along this line.
The deepest hole bored into the earth's crust is said to
be the one driven several years ago by the German govern
ment at a place called Paruschowitz, in Silesia, when a
depth of 9572 feet was reached. The bore is three feet six
inches in diameter at the top, decreasing gradually to two
feet six inches at the depth of one mile, at which it remains
for the rest of the distance.
At La Chapelle is a bore of a similar kind, and nearly as
deep, constructed by the French government for experi
mental purposes; and another similar one exists near Stay
, ropol, in southern Russia.
In each case it was the original intention to carry the
bore much lower, but the expense was found to be prohibi
tive when contrasted with the prospective results. That is
the worst of such works. After a certain depth, the cost
increases by leaps and bounds, and the time occupied
lengthens proportionately.
Charles Parsons, of turbine fame, who made a special
study of the question, estimates that to drill a hole 10
miles deep into the earth's crust would cost at least
$25,0(10,000 and would require 80 years.
The estimate a# to money may be correct, but—stupend
ous as the task is—it is doubtful but that American ingen
uity could not cut down the time limit.
It is altogether probable that before many years pass
some gigantic plan to tap the great reservoir of energy
Stored up in the earth will actually be under way.
Entered at Spokane,
Wash., aa Second
Class Matter.
Most AnythinCc
"It ain't what
th' parrot thinks,
but what it says
that makes it
cunnln'. Same
way with an ac
First man, proudly: Yes, sir
I always vote independently In mu
nicipal politics. I vote for men, not
Second man, impressed: Is that
so? Just vote democrat or re
publican alike, regardless, eh?
First: Well, come to think of it,
I don't very often vote for a demo
"The rules may not be Ideal,"
says Speaker Cannon, speaking of
his'n, "but they have stood the
test." Alas, that's the complaint.
Visitor: I suppose you are quite
proud of your family ties.
Small boy: Well, pa's new red
one's a peach, but I don't like this
old blue one he makes me wear.
They've Incorporated Burbank's
The Collector (endeavoring to raise funds for a widow and or
phans)— Now, Mr, Flanaghan, can I put you down for a small sub
Flanaghan (a very hard case) —Shure, it's a very laudable object,
and ye can put me down for three and sixpence, and the Lord knows
I'd give ye the money if I find it. —The Sketch.
Why ThtyDd Hikafkmce
spineless cactus. Burbank should
now see that the stock is water
"Was I ever married before?" re
peats Fanny Rice, the actress, in
a puzzled manner, as she puts her
finger to her forehead. "Why, real
ly I forget." Bet Fanny has been
reading about the trials of some of
these trust magnates.
Gipsy Smith enjoined Gertrude
Hoffman from Saloming at Kansas
City. This is a bad year for art —
except the art of press age.ntry. i .
Here's a wager: "Evven money
that Bill will have to reach for that
Big Stick before he gets through.
Hubby (grabbing hat after din
.ner) —Sorry, dear, but I've got over
20 letters to dictate tonight.
Dear —I'm afraid you're working
too hard, honey bunch.
Hubby (20 minutes later at the
club) —Wait a minute, before you
even shuffle the deck. Sonje one
write down these letters as I dic
tate —a bcdefghljklmno
pqrstuvwxyz. AH right, go
ahead with the game now. I'm a
man of my word.
In getting its food at night a
rabbit sometimes travels W miles.
They thought our neighbor, 3.
Choate Van Biff,
Would laud in the cabinet —
He would have done it quite eas
ily if,
Refusal he had not met.
By Fred Schaefer.
"I intend to solve the Panama ca
nal problem," observed Maj. Byers
dreamily, between sips ot his coffee
In im's lunch wagon.
"Go to it, Maje," said Jim, slap
ping nobs of hamburger steak into
the skillet. "Make the answer."
-"The question, James, is two
fold," resumed the major. "One is
how to finish the canal in the most
economical way, and the other is to
establish whether it is to be lock or
sea level. I notice that the admin
istration is committed to the lock
plan. Nevertheless, it will give
way when my project is presented.
I intend to finish the canal at one
"Bully for you!" said Jim.
"Now, you have doubtless heard
of mushroom spawn?" The major
Yes, Jim had heard of it, he ad
mitted, but had never eaten any.
"Well," said Major Byers, "I in
tend to have Mr. Taft plant spawn
on the ishthmus. Not mushroom
spawn, but earthquake spawn—
earthquake spawn from Messina.
Let them import several shiploads
of it to plant along the survey of
the canal, from Colon to the Pacific.
It ought to flourish in that volcanic
soil and that tropical climate. The
result—it will take root and thrive.
Effect of the result —a cataclysm!
The two continents will be driven
apart. With the debacle, the two
seas will flow together. No grad
ing, no expense, no locks, no neces
sity for upkeep. A perfectly useful
sea level canal by the handiwork of
nature and the bralnwork of Major
Jim thought a while.
"What becomes of the earth
quake spawn? Does it keep on
causing earthquakes?''
"Tut, tut, James; no! I intend to
ship it back to Messina."
"What are you blowing about?"
said the Porpoise to the Whale.
"About 80 gallons of water,"
snickered the leviathan, diving.
Undautned by the raw November
atmosphere, thousands who had as
sembled to witness the great foot-,
ball game rose to cheer the players
as they entered the grounds. The
grandstand was packed; a crowa
pressed the ropes; motor cars were
lined up along the fences; and
small boys had climbed to points
of vantage on roofs and trees as
thick as sparrows.
"That's my boy! That's my
boy!" exclaimed a demonstrative
spectator beside me, as a flaxen
haired giant, marched past with a
blanket over his shoulders. The
man's enthusiasm interested me.
He was pulling at a long-stemmed
porcelain pipe and nervously pac
ing up and down the line. Again,
when another player came forwara,
he went to pieces and yelled,
"That's my boy{"
While the first youth weighed
close to 250 pounds, the second boy
wai diminutive in stature, weighing
only about 110 pounds. The diepar--
ity was great. I soon learned thav
the man near me was a German
professor at the university.
As the game progressed I saw
that the father's pride was justified.
The boys were named respectively
Herrlich Hamburger and Wenig
Hamburger. Many times during
the afternoon they carried the ball
to victory. They were constantly
in evidence. Herrlich ripped,
plunged and tore through the op
posing line like a circus rider goin«
though a paper hoop. Finally We
nig Hamburger snatched the ball,
and after makin ga few movements
like a crazy cat, raced across the
field, leaving the other fellows be
hind. At this, the crowd became al
most hysterical. The professor's
sons were certainly players of the
terrible type.
As I already observed their tre
mendous disparity in size set me to
thinking. I edged close to the pro
fessor, and after making a few ob
servations, asked him about his
boys. "Tell me," I Inquired, "how
do you account for such difference
In size?"
"Ah, that is a great secret," re
plied the professor, as he slowly
looked me over, adding, "You are
from the paper? It Is well. The
world shall know the great secret.
Frau Hamburger and myself, we
alone know the secret of big and
little children. My wife Theresa,
she wanted a big fellok. Herrlich
is so. I wanted a little, active, fel
low. Wenlg is so. You will open
your eyes once when you Bee the
important scientific arrangements."
Never shall I forget the wonderful
revelation which followed my visit
to the home of Herr Hamburger
after the eventful game.
Mrs. Hamburger was one of the
sweetest little housewives I ever
saw.. She gave a musicl laugh
when the professor told her that he
was going to give the world their
secret. "Why, our Herrlich would
have weighed 100 pounds when he
was a year old if we had let him,"
she exclaimed. "You can have your
children grow big o rlittle. It is a
great secret."
They led me through the kitchen,
and there I behald a St. Bernard
dog no larger than a puppy; and
playing with this dwarfed specimen
was a cat twice as large as the or
dinary feline. The Hamburgers
held their sides with laughter at my
suprprise, and then the professor
led me upstairs.
"You see, Herrlich and Wenlg
slept In these rooms while they
were children," explained the pro
fessor. We had passed through
two small anterooms before enter
ing the sleeping apartments. Upon
cloße inspection, I noticed that the
rooms were air tight. The profes
sor continued, "I have made a care
ful study of growth and develop
ment. As you know the air pres
sure is about 15 pounds to the
square inch. When Herrlich was
getting his growth we kept him In
this room at night under a reduced
atmospheric pressure. An ah
pump run by an electric motor kept
tho pressure from his tender body
and allowed him to expand and de
velop rapidly. My, how he grew!
Ho didn't eat much either, and I
had an automatic arrangement to
keep the air renewed. When We
nlg was growing I gave him the op
posite treatment, and Increased the
atmospheric pressure while he
slept. He is small, quick and ac
tlve. It Is all a matter of taste, and
time alone will tlel which is the
better treatment."
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market like It. Something new
and harmless.
By all druggists, or phone Main
2127. •
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Edith Mauro has been granted a
divorce from Mtke Mauro, proprie
tor of the Leßol saloon, on the
ground that he threatened her life
on more than one occasion with n
butcher knife, cut her clothing Into
ribbons another time and carried a
revolver for months for the an
nounced purpose of killing her.
Mrs. Mauro testified on tHe stand
to all the above statements, which
Mauro did not controvert, as he
failed to appear at the hearing.
The latest In the way of educa
tional and social gatherings is the
Pianola club, where several music
lovers meet to study the works of
the great masters. There is no
better way Imaginable than by use
of the Pianola Piano. It gives a
rerfect interpretation and allows
the untrained performer the priv
ilege of personally producing the
music and playing it over and over
until the difficult passages become
entirely clear and fixed in the
mind. The Pianola Piano has done
more to create appreciative music
lovers and give unstudied people
an understanding of great music
than any artist who ever lived.
Recent achievements of the
Pianola Piano have made dealers
handling other player pianos more
envious than ever of its increasing
popularity. Some have used the
name "Pianola" to further the sale
of their own instruments and are
liable to prosecution by the
Aeolian company, who are the
builders and patentees of the orig
inal and genuine Pianola and Pian
ola Piano —sold in Spokane only
by Eilerß Piano House.
For Instance, a certain dealer ad
vertised "Pianolas at $50," and
four people who investigated found
that he had no Pianola, but tried
to persuade them to buy Apollos
and other instruments as a substi
tute. These attempts are usually
unsuccessful because the majority
of people know that the Pianola,
with Metrotyle and Themodist,
costs $300 whether In New York
City or San Francisco; and, furth
ermore, anyone that can really ap
preciate artistic playing can read
ily see the difference between the
genuine Pianola and any Imitation
on the market.
The Pianola Piano, combining
Pianola and piano in one case, is
the popular form of the player, and
many homes are exchanging their
old piano and Pianola for Pianola
Pianos. The used Pianolas wa
take In exchange are being sold at
$90 to $200, according to the style
and the usage they have had. All
are put in first class playing con
dition and guaranted by Eilers
Piano House.
The Pianola is installed only in
four different makes of pianos, all
manufactured by the Aeolian com
pany, each one a magnificent in
strument and a credit to the Pian
ola. They are the Weber, Steck,
Wheelock and Btuyvesant.
We are exclusive distributors for
the Pianola Piano in Spokane.
Your present Instrument will be
taken in exchange and easy terms
of payment allowed. We cordially
Invite the public to inspect our line
of Instruments at corner Sprague
and Post, Eilers Piano House.
Parisian Dye Works
Has no branch offlcea nor
agents. Office 60S First Aye.
Phone 2137. L. A. Lehmann
A fox can dig faster than a boy
With a spade.
We cordinally invite the accounts of Individuals) firms sn'd
corporations, promialng aatiafactory service in addition to
undoubted security.
Deposoitory of United states, State of Washington, County
of Spokane, City of Spokane.
Edwin T. Comsn, President. C. E. Mcßroom, Cashier.
Thos. H. Brewer, Vice Pres. Wm. Huntley, Vice Pres.
=1 it.
Edwin T. Coman, Praaldent
Thoe. H. Brewer, V. Pres.
"c. E. Mcßroom, Cashier
E. N. Seals, Asst. Cashier.
The large capital, coupled
with conservative manage
ment, appeals to -those seek
ing absolute security. A fully
•quipped savings department
offers fair Interest for ths
wage earner.
tbe opportunity to secure a good,
serviceable Trunk, Valise or Dress
suit Case at our special sale will
be sorry when she hears ot the
bargains she has missed. Trunks
for traveling purposes. Durable,
metal-bound and' warranted to
wear well In long service. Prices
away below what they should be]
1 door east Hill's Shoe Store.
Our Prices
Crowns $5.00.
Bridge Work $5.00
Set of Teeth $5.00
Painless Extraction 50c
Our Work
First class—as good
as any produced by any
dental office in tho
state of Washington y
better than most; bet
ter certainly than much
of the work that costs
three times the price.
Our Patients
We have thousands
of them, and among
them all, not a dissatis
fied one.
Come to us when
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