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Editorial*, Comment*
Humor, beatwre*
Published every evening by the Spokane Newspaper Co. Telegraph
service furnished by United Press.
116 Division Street.
Entered at Spokane, Wash., as Second Class Matter.
Telephones—Business, 375; Editorial, 376.
THE PRESS DELIVERED—By carrier in the city, 25c per month.
By mail, payable in advance: One month 35c; 6 months, $1.75; one
year, $3.00. By suburban carrier, 30c per month.
The Making of Multi-Millions
The world is beginning to see how the miracle was
wrought—how a few men managed to get hold of scores
of millions while the mass of men were struggling for
Some thirty years ago, a swarm of grasshoppers settled
down on the prairies of Minnesota. These grasshoppers
"disturbed business" for three successive years to such
an extent that thousands of settlers left the country, and
the Dutch investors who had begun to build the St. Paul
& Pacific, a railway which went nowhere in particular by
means of three different branches, became utterly dis
"J. J. Hill, Wood & Coal," doing business on the river
bank at St. Paul, saw his opportunity. He interested two
Canadians and went after that railroad. These men knew
the grasshoppers would not stay always. That is where
their GENIUS came in. The rest was comparatively easy.
One of the trio went to Amsterdam and came back with
an eight months' option on the railroad. "That cost
money." you say. Yes, one guilder—FOßTY CENTS.
Big things happened before that option expired. THE
GRASSHOPPERS LEFT. That changed the whole lace
of the situation. Settlers now poured in faster than they
had poured out before. The Minnesota legislature grant
ed a valuable franchise, and a good stroke of land busi
ness was done with the government at Washington.
The road was purchased at one-third its original cost
with the profits of its new-born traffic, plus a bond issue.
Jim Hill and his associates, Donald B. Smith (now Lord
Strathcona) and George Stephen (now Lord Mount-
Stephen) had put in for surveys and promotion after
everybody saw the value of their purchase, the sum of
$28.'?",000. *
That was only the beginning. The straggling railroad
became the Great Northern, the Great Northern swallowed
the Northern Pacific, and the two together acquired many
other lines. At every turn of the wheel, the millions were
multiplied by means of clever mergers, bold stock water
ing, and the steady and enormous rise of land, including
iron ore land, which fell into the hands of the bold finan
In about thirty years, Jim Hill and his partners piled
up fortunes so vast that it is hard to calculate them, for
tunes that have enabled them to dominate not only the
business, but the politics, of an empire.
Some will say they "earned" it. Certainly they had
the imagination to foresee what must happen in the ex
pansion of the great northwest. They had the brains to
discern the strategic points, and the courage to take pos
session of them.
But after all the credit fairly due them is acknowledged,
three outstanding facts remain.
First, these men capitalized the future by watering
stocks and bonds, then levied tribute upon the industry
of the region to make those fictitious securities pay divi
Second, they acquired vast areas of natural resources
originally belonging to all the people and realized the
profits which came with the inevitable development of
these resources.
Third, by means of their monopoly of transportation,
they took to themselves a tremendous share of all that
was produced by the presence and the labor of multitudes
of men—by society. j
Without these three sources of profit, they could not
have made their multi-millions. NO MAN SHOULD BE
DARE to do! Wellman and Dr. Cook got two bits per word for tell
ing how they failed to do.
• •••••
THAT New Yorker who voted for Rockefeller for U. 8. supreme
judge maybe believed iv taking the short cut, as he saw It.
• •••••
HAVING over $550,000 in the interest reserve fund, her street rail
way companies will have to give Cleveland at least six months more of
8-cent fare.
• •••••
OWNERB lost $50,000 on the Johnson-Jeffries fight pictures. Simply
made a mistake as to the public love of high art.
• •••••
DICK WAITS, Mountain View, Cal., marshal, holds the record. He's
suing for divorce, being sued by two women for divorce and is charged
with deserting a third woman. Marshal Waits is to resign, so's to give
his entire time to women, perhaps.
• •••••
WE hope that there's nothing in the scandalous report that the first
thing Bristow did was to go to Taft and ask for something—appointment
of Judge Hook to the U. S. supreme bench.
• •••••
PORTLAND, Me., changed her city complexion from republican to
democratic Monday. That Maine is a right fine state at looking the
aame "before aud after."
LARGE country! Big snowstorm, Monday laat, sent 20 New York
ers to tbe hospital and at San Diego, Cal., fresh strawberries went down
to 15 cents per box.
c c • • • •
STOPPED for not paying taxes, Tacorns street railway companies
got an Injunction from a federal judge, and resumed business, tax-dodg
ing being Included In "business."
• ••see
MR. WALL, father of Isabel, aged 8, excluded from Washington
school because she Is a negro, has the circuit court by the short hair.
Court decided that one-sixteenth negro blood made Isabel a negro, and
Wall asks why fifteen-sixteenths white blood doesn't make her white,
c • • • • c
BUT you couldn't expect the president to rip, snort and kick up his
heels with hilarity in a message Bent in right after the death of the
White House bull calf, could you?
UNCLE KITCHEL PIXLEY writes: "Failing to stir up the town to
bsryin' hUn a bade, that old fly-blown Beth Beardsley, constable, hex
take* to wealing a big garter-buckle on his coat. Being that Beth's a
bachelor, Magadore society's all tore up over a coming sensation in
official circle* that'll be pretty yeller, I swan."
Cop—Hey, what are you doing?
Suspicious Character—Er —I'm just doing my Christ
mas shopping early.
Chocolates, assorted flavors, 1b.20c
French Cream Mixed, lb 20c
Cut Rock Mixed, lb 20c
Ribbon Mixed, lb 20c
Broken Tatty, lb 20c
Caady Cmmm. lb 20c
The Wave
Spokane Is entertaining the prin
cipal owner of the Youth's Com
panion today.
Up at his hotel a well built,
healthy, benevolent looking man of
past 60 is ready at any time to talk
on the subject of "Boys." He
ought to know, for his magazine
has appealed to the boys of sev
eral generations.
This is W. N, Hartshorn of Bos
ton. He is on a 12-000-mile tour,
chiefly in the interest of the Sun
day school associations of the coun
"I want boys to be good, to be
healthy, to be strong, to be clean
minded," he said. "The church
and the Sunday school are power
ful aids to right living and right
growing en the part of the boys.
They are both part of the bigger
Mr. Hartshorn didn't start the
Youth's Companion. He worked
into a resopnsible position, then he
married Into a position of control.
For his father-in-law was the late
Dr. Ford, for many years at the
helm of the great boy paper.
The Perry Mason company is list
ed as the official publishers, but
as a matter of fact there is no such
man or men as Perry Mason.
Mr. Hartshorn told something of
his life story.
"I was a farmber boy," he said.
"I was handicapped by lack o,
money, by lack of friends, and most
of all by the fact that I stuttered."
They are all old favorites. We start them—you finish them.
Christmas morning dawned
bright and fair. The fields and
lanes far as the eye could reach
wore an immaculate mantle of
feathery whiteness. Not a soul
was astir but Benny .1 oik ins, bound
hoy at the hard-hearted old Farmer
Squashseed's. He was doing his
chores as if this were any ordinary
day. For there was no Christmas
and no Yuletlde cheer at hard
hearted old Farmer Squashseed's;
no stockings hung up, no tree, no
plum pudding—no, not even bread
pudding. A tear trickled down the
orphan boy's chapped cheek at tha
thought that somewhere happy*,
well-to-do children, yes, children
with loving mothers and kind fath
ers and parents
;• • •
The ruddy firelight flickered and
danced on the rich polish of the
wainscoting in the library of a
grand mansion. Everything be
spoke luxuriance. In the depths of
a huge upholstered easy chair sat
a man whose temples were frosted
with many years of conflict with
the world. But the world had paid
dearly for the struggle. For Uriah
Leggenpuller was rich, aye, fabu
lously wealthy, if gold means
<vealth. But he was despised and
distrusted and had no chick nor
child to call his own. And there
be sat with a cynical smile on his
mush, thinking bitterly how little
this glad season meant to him.
Forty years ago the only woman he
had ever loved repulsed him and
married a poor, but honest, gambler
and naught had been heard of her
except that she died and left a
wee baby that was the image of her
own self, which had been lost in
the maelstrom of the great city.
Just then
V • • •
Geraldine, the poor match girl,
dolefully counted her unsold wares
on the gusty street corner under
the flaring gaslight, and her heart
sunk within her. She still had
eight shillings' worth of palm leaf,
fans to dispose of before she could i
return to the hovel she called home j
and receive a beating from the
cruel old hag who called her grand
child. The sleet whipped and stung
Our Growth Speaks
Most Eloquently
Non residents should bear In mind that we are now so organ
ized that we can do their entire Grown, Bridge and Plate work In
a day It necessary. Positively painless extractions FREE when
platea or bridges are ordered. Bom* points to remember In con
nection with this establishment.
Lady attendants at the service of all patients at all hours.
Every patient receives the best treatment that sclenoe affords.
We guarantee onr work. Bach operator la obliged to become
individually responsible for his work. We conduct our business
strictly on a cash baais, and therefore give all the full value of
their money—the best work at the lowest possible price.
Our satisfied customers are legion. Patients come from all
parts of the northwest. Nervous and weak hearted people can
have tbelr teeth extracted, filled, bridge work and teeth applied
without danger or pain. >
New York Dental Co.
CMtmrtat £tage
71414 Riverside Aye.
Next to the Crescent Store.
When he first left the farm, a
tiny boy, without acquaintances in
Boston, he was up against it for a
while. He couldn't get a job. He
was hungry. He solved the diffl-
her pallid face a3 she turned to
! ward the pastrycook's window to
feats her eyes upon a prime roast
goose that would grace some more
fortunate person's mahogany dur
ing the morrow's festivities. All
about her hastened throngs of mer
ry shopper.-), taking home cranber
tles, whelks, 'arf-and-'arf and other
Christmas delicacies, unmindful of
the wretched waif starving there
on the sidewalks of Lunnon, when
Geraldlne felt a kindly hand placed
upon her head and a still kindlier
voice saying, "Tell me, little one,
have you change for a fi' pun
Please patronize John E. Lyon,
low price plumber. Repairing a
specialty. Tel. M. 3597. Corner
Third and Howard.
Cancer Removed with a plaster.
Cure guaranteed. Home testi
monials. Some wonderful cures are
being made with Casey's Cancer
Cure. J. H. Casey, Res. 517 Queen
Aye., P. O. Box 141, Hillyard. Waah.
"We Never Sleep."
Owl Cleaning Works
Cleaning, pressing, repairing.
Goods called for and delivered.
Open day and night.
308 Post St, Phobe M. 2273
The Barrington
Steam heat, central location.
Two front rooms vacant.
W9ll Sprague. Phone M. 2512.
The Bo ston School of MUliaery
and Dressmaking
We teach the latest French
Tailor System of Dressmaking
and the art of modern millin
S:iQ? Howard St. Phone M.5709
culty by tacking a card on himself:
"Please help a stutterer."
He walked the streets with this,
and it keep him in food for months
till finally a store keeper felt sor
ry for hhn and put him to work.
He curtd himself of stuttering, and,
encouraged by this success, tried
tor and obtained a job with the
Youth's Companion.
He was still a youngster then,
but he stuck to his job. As time
went on he got promoted again and
again, till he was in one of the prin
cipal position in the business or
ganization of the magaslne.
Then Cupid came and he mar
ried the publisher's daughter.
When Dr. Ford died, he succeeded
ed to his holdings.
Better Not Miss That
Great Closing Out Sale
of the Famous "Hart,
S chaffner Sr Marx"
Clothing Now in Full
Blast at Wentworth's.
for $25 suits, over
coats aud raincoats.
Al other quality garments reduced in a like pro
portion. With each garment goes our guarantee of
satisfactory wear for one year or a new one in ex
change free of charge.
ONE-HALF PRICE for all New Xmas House
Coats, Bath' and Lounging Robes, and we just iut
ceived a big new express shipment so you maydP
sure of having a large and beautiful variety from
which to choose.
39«* for the famous 50c "President" suspenders in
pretty Xmas boxes.
Clothing House
Spokane, Washington
Dte. 13, 1910
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky., Deo. 13.—
After gagging and binding George
Davenport, an attendant, Arthur
Miles and J. William Proctor? 3k
mates of the Western asylum for
the insane, seized his keys and es
caped from the fifty story of the
institution. Miles murdered Bessie
Stlth in Louisville In March; Proc
tor Is an epileptic.
Joel Cook of Pennsylvania lies in
a semi-conscious condition at his
hotel apartments here today as the
result of a stroke of apoplexy and
grave fears for his recovery are
Parisian Dye Work
605 First Aye. Phone Main 2137
L. A. LEHMANN, Prop.
No solicitors.
O.R.&N.New Cot of
Wallace, Burke
Two trains daily. Leave Spokane
8 a. m. and 2:45 p. m. Arrive Wal
lace 11:45 a. m. and 6:30 p. m. The
new scenic route. Short trip on fast
new steamer "Harrison" across
Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Connection dally with both trains
for Chatcolet and St Maries.
$1.00 a Month
Admits you to our one suit a
week pressing club. We call
for and deliver.
WlOl2 Fist Aye. Pbope M 4919
It's the greatest and
most unexpected sale
event ever held in
this city during the
month of December.
for $15 suits, over
coats aud raincoats.
for $18 suits, over
coats and raincoats.
for $20 suits, over
coats and raincoats.
for $22.50 suits, ove,
coats and raincoats.

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