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VOL. XXXX-NO. 3.
BOLIVAR, TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1904.
SUBSCRIPTION: $1.00 Per Yeai.
The Two Dromios.
An occurrence took place at Mar
tin a few days ago at the Williams
Hotel that was unusual, laughable
and strange. 13. 13. Itice, of the
Memphis Commercial Appeal, and
B. B. Rice, of St. Louis, registered
the same day. This was the first
time. they had ever met. Being of
the same name, they have given each
ether some trouble, and there was
much amusement in their stories.
On one occasion the conductor on a
train, knowing the St. Louis Rice,
refused to accept the Memphis
Rico's mileage ticket, faying he
could not ride on B. B. Rice's ticket,
:ind he had trouble in convincing
him that he was B. B. Rice. One of
them is married, and the other has
a sweetheart. On one occasion, Mr?.
B. B. Rice opened her husband's
letter, and it was a love letter from
n young lad That gave the un
fortunate B. B. Rice a deal of
worn,, and any amount of explana
tion. They came to a mutual under
standing about how to manage their
.".ffair3 and to keep out of trouble
Hfs Safety Was in Flight.
A man named Ferguson appeared
in Lebanon last week and began to
negotiate with the parents of negro
lads for the services of their son?.
Ferguson represented that he wanted
the boys, as many as he could secure,
to go to Xew York and work in his
stables. lie insisted, however, on
making the parents pay for one-half
of the transportation of their sons.
The authorities became acquainted
with Ferguson's game. Tho citi
zens were notifiel, and if Ferguson
had not fled to the woods he might
have been treated to a coat of
Judge Clark's Job.
Federal Judge C. D. Clark de
livered a vigorous charge to the
grand jury at Nashville last week,
in which he called especial atten
tion to tho alleged tobacco trust,
which lias been brought into special
prominence in that section by the
efforts of Congressman Gaines to
secure Federal intervention against
iis operation. Judge Clark said
1hat complaints hsd been made that
this trust had fixed the price at
which growers must sell tobacco or
remain farmers without a market.
State Y. M. C. A. Officers.
The following officers have been
elected for the ensuing year b' the
Tennessee Y. M. C. A. convention:
H. C. Peters, of Bristol, president;
vice-presidents, Leland Hume, Nash
ville; J. II. Cowan, Knoxville; C.
W. Olon, Chattanooga; Maj. A. D.
Reynolds, Bristol. B. K . Smith,
Chattanooga, secretary; George
Lang. Clarksville, and L. E. Foster,
Maryville, assistant secretaries.
Injured by a Powder Explosion.
An explosion of gunpowder a few
days ago caused the death of Jerry
Sewall, of Medina, and seriously
injured Herman Walker. They
used the powder to blow up a stump,
but did not rijrhtly calculate the
fuse. The explosion caught them
before they were :it a safe distance.
Miners Accept the Reduction.
The miners of district No. 19 de
cided a few days ago, by a vote of 35
to 29 to accept the T per cent reduc
tion, offered by the operators. There
were sixhvfour delegates present,
and about ninety miners on hand.
After an all-day-session the result
Oldest Negro in the State.
''Uncle" Dick Porter, a negro liv
ing at Columbia, is said to be 120
years old, and the oldest person in
the State. The old man is the
father of fifteen children, and is still
-ible to get about. He had a sister
to die in Davidson county this year
a little the rise of 100 years old.
Waylaid His Victim.
Clem Williams Mas shot and
killed last week in the public road
near Chanutc, iri Pickett county, by
Bob Latham. Williams was way
laid and shot to death with a pistol.
McCoy Must Serve Time.
The Supreme Court last week af
firmed the three-year penitentiary
sentence of W. C. McCoy, convicted
of defrauding Knox county of
money by fake pauper burials.
A Big Apple.
The largest apple ever grown in
Maury county, and perhaps in the
State, was on exhibition in Columbia
last week. The apple was grown by
Horace Rains, on scientific prin
ciples. Mr. Rains says he has ap
pliedthese principles that the ap-;
pie might be used for exhibition
purposes. It weighs Si ounces, and1
measures 15 inches in circumference.
It was sent to the World's Fair to be ;
placed on exhibition.
Found Dead in His Barn.
W. W. Wilson, of Kittrell, wat
found dead m his barn a few day
ago by his wife. A terrible wound
on the lower part of the face had
broken his jaw and dislocated hi3
neck. The coroner s jury returned
ft verdict of "death from a mule kick
or some other cause." It is thought
Wilson was murdered, and his rela
tives are sparing no expense to trace
the guilty part'.
County Tax Aggregates.
Tax aggregates of four counties'
were received last week by Comp
troller Dibrell. They are as follows:
Haywood Total valuation, $2,953,-
659; State tax, $10,33781. Hick
man Total valuation, $2,301,863;
State tax, $8,056.52. Humphrey
Total valuation,$l,973,221; State
tax, $6,906.27. Smith Total yalu
ation, $3,376,570; State tax, $11,-
. Disappointed in Love.
' Miss Bessie Wilson, of Buck
Lodge, Sumner county, attempted
suicide last week. Miss Wilson is
20 years of age, and the daughter of
J. J7 Wilson. She was found m
her bedroom with a pistol bullet in
her breast. Tho cause of the at
tempt is said to be a disappointment
Night School for Jackson.
A night school will be inaugu
rated the first of next month, under
the charge of the Jackson Pastors'
Association. The superintendent of
the Jackson city schools will take an
active interest, and will be assisted
by other teachers of the city schools,
who have proffered their services
free. The school will be in the
Main street high school building.
To Erect Big Steel Plant.
Official announcement was made a
few days since by II. M. Lafollette,
promoter of the city of Lafollette
that a mammoth open-hearth steel
plant will be erected at Lafollette
within the next year. The plant
will be one of the largest of its kind
in the South, and will employ sev
eral multireel men.
Mistaken for Jailbird.
Mistaken for a Jail Bird.
Henry Martin, a negro section hand,
at Carter's Creek, Maury county,
last week. Church was on the look
out for negroes who escaped from
the Columbia jail, and he thought
Martin was one of the birds. Ha
tried to arrest him, and this brought
on tho tragedy.
Knoxville Gets Revenue.
Last week Knoxville was paid
it"-i,6'J) as its part of the gross re
ceiots of the Knoxville Gas Com
pairy, or 3 per cent, as per the con
tract with the company for the ex
tension of its franchise. This is the
first revenue from such a source ever
received by the city.
The supplemental registration at
Nashville shows that an unusually
large number of voters qualified for
the November election. Ihe feature
of the registration in that citv and
elsewhere has been the large number
of negroes qualifying themselves.
Excited Over a Panther.
Mount Ilennon is excited over tha
visitations of a panther. The animal
for the past week has made depre
dations on the sheep of seven farms.
A posse started out to hunt and kill
tho beast, but the panther was not
Tho Miller's Wife Saw Snakes.
Folks about Gleason arc deter
mined to down the succulent cab
bage. Mrs. Vail, wife of the miller
of the town, insists that she found
eleven snakes in one poor little cab
bage head. The cabbage was raised
Trustee's Accounts Audited.
State Comptroller Dibrell has re
ceived the final reports from the
trustees of Bradley, Campbell, Madi
son and Monroa counties, which
makes tax accounts of these counties
readv for settlement.
To Regulate Telephone Rates.
The Maury county legislative con
vention has instructed for "Legisla
tion regulating telephone rates, so
as to give to every portion of the
State equal and fair telephone fa
cilities at a uniform rate."
Nashville Freight Sheds Burned.
Fire at Xashville last week des
troyed the new freight sheds of the
Xashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis
raiJway. entailing a loss estimated
at between $200,000 and $300,000,
with not a cent's insurance. The
loss is total, nothing remaining but
the blackened, gutted shell. It is
not known how much freight was in
the biulding, but it was al- des
troyed. The loss on freight will be
KILLED BY AN AVENGING SON
Tragedy in High 'Life Reported
From Peoria, 111.
Children of Fromineut CItiae
Were Jealous of Attentions of
Father to Other Women.
Peoria, 111, Oct. 22. Mrs. Nellie
Thomasson wife of a former promi
nent real estate dealer in this city,
died at 12 o'clock at Lacon Thursday
night, as the result of injuries re
ceived last Saturday noon in a sen
sational encounter with Richard and
Jennie Higgins, children of John O.
Higgins, a prominent member of the
board of supervisors of Peoria coun
ty, and prominent in repuDlican poll
The Higgins children Intercepted a
letter written to Higgln3 senior by
Mrs. Thomasson, in which she asked
him to meet her in the depot of the
Rock Island in this city.
Higgins was at St. Louis, and his
son, Richard, opened the letter. The
missive asked Higgins to be in the
When Mrs. Thomasson arrived
there she was confronted by young
Higgins and his sister. What took
place is a mystery, as only the three
and Douglas McDonald, of Momla, 111.,
an uncle of Higgins, were present.
Some time later, however, Mrs
Thomasson asked E. A. Brant, the
ticket agent, who found her alone in
the waiting room, to assist her to a
train. He did so, and when she was
gone it wa3 discovered that the floor
of the waiting room was covered with
blood. The woman lingered in great
agony at her home in Lacon until
Thursday night, when she died.
Mrs. Thomasson had lain in a com'
atose condition since Wednesday
night, rallying enough to speak a
word or two at times. During- her
last hours she vomited blood exces
slvely. Her body presented a horri
ble appearance.' Her lip was severed,
both eyes blackened, one shoulder dis
placed and her back was covered
with bruises, as evidently inflicted
with a boot or heavy Instrument.
The Intestines and Internal mem
branes were evidently ruptured.
Dr. John Potts, the attending phy
sician, was unable to rouse the pa
tient sufficiently to get a dying state
ment, although this was attempted
by Judge Richmond, of Marshall
county, at whose suggestion the Pe
oria authorities arrested young Hig
gins. John Higgins, the father of Rich
ard Higgins, Iia3 been prominent in
politics and Modern Woodmen affairs,
and Mrs. Thomasson is the wife of
Clem Thomasson, who recently fig
ured in trouble Inside the order.
Young Higgins wept when arrested
"We. had been trying for year3 to
break up the relations between my
father and this woman.
"When we got that letter my sister
and I went down there to see If we
could not make some arrangements
with her. We met her in the waiting
room. I went up to her and touched
her on the shoulder.
" 'Mrs. Thomasson, I believe I
said. She turned around quickly and
" 'Oh, it's you, it is?' and drew out
her hat pin. I then pushed her sharp
ly against the side of the face and
knocked her over on a "chair. My sis
ter then pulled me away and told me
I would be arrested; that we couldn't
do anything with her. That's all
there is to it."
HI sister corroborated the above
Miss Jennie Higgins made the fol
"'I had nothing to do with the af
fair, whatever, only as a witness. I
saw Mrs. Thomasson attack my
brother with a hatpin,, and then he
struck her several times. I did not
engage in the scuffle."
Mrs. Thomasson has not lived with
her husband, J. W. Thomasson, for
three years, and at the time of her
death did not know where he was lo
cated. They were not divorced.
RUSSIAN SPIES AT WORK
Arc Setltlnjf Trace of Japanese Tor
pedo Boat En Ronte to the
Con at. -
Spokane, Wash., Oct. 22. Advices to
the Chronicle from Hillyard, Wash.,
state that men believed to be Russian
spies have visited the Great Northern
railway yards at that place, apparently
seeking to trace the shipment of Jap
anese torpedo boats en route to the
coast. Early in the evening a party
of rough-looking strangers, believed to
be Russians, appeared at the yards.
making inquiries for these cars.
The vardman refused to tell them.
but they learned' elsewhere that the
boats would arrive ' later. When the
boats arrived the men reappeared,
looked at the cars, took the car num
bers and disappeared again. The boats
were shipped west the same night.
They are on flat cars covered with can
vas and billed as machinery.
The Glen Taekera Shut Oat.
South McAlester, I. T., Oct, 22. At
Tishomingo the citizenship court de
nied citizenship in the famous Glen
Tucker case which involved the status
of over 600. Judge Foote held that
there was no proof of Choctaw blood
In the ancestors of the Glen Tucker
Former Minister a, Suicide.
New York, Oct. 22. Word was re
ceived to-night of the suicide of Rev.
Charles G. Adams, formerly of New
York, at San Francisco. The un
frocked Episcopal clergyman went to
t croer fc&J-Jl and turned on tie gas.
III WOODCOCK CASE
Man Giving Name of Thos. Kennedy
Arrested at Harrisonville, 111.
THE MAN DENIES THE CRIME
Further Detail of Hott Pretty- Flea
nora Woodcock Met an Awful
Death at the Hauds of
Waterloo, 111., Oct. 22. A strangei
giving his name as Thomas Kennedy
was arrested at Harrisonville, Monro
county. 111., 14 miles west of Waterloo,
Friday afternoon, on suspicion of being
the assailant and murderer of Nors
Woodcock, the beautiful 18-year-old
girl, whose burned and bruised bodj
was found at two o'clock Thursda
afternoon 200 yards from the home ol
her brother, nine miles west of Water
loo, Monroe county, 111., 25 miles south
of East St. Louis.
The man denies that he committed
the crime, but will tell nothing of him
self. It is stated that the ofllcers at
Harrisonville have evidence that be
was near the scene of the murder
Thursday. The arrest was made by
Constable John Snider, who says the
man was acting susplciouslj'.
There are no bruises or scratches on
the man's face, such as the officers ex
pected to find on the person with whom
Nora Woodcock struggled so long and
desperatelj', nor Is there any mark of
a conflict on his clothing. He is being
held until Sheriff Thomas Ruch, who
has been notified, can take step3 in the
Illood-Stalned Iron Crank.
Friday afternoon searchers in the
vicinity of the spot where the dead
girl wa3 found discovered a blood
stained iron crank to a grindstone, a
black bone button from a man's coat
and four matches. It is believed the
iron crank was the weapon with which
the girl was knocked unconscious be
fore the effort was made to burn her
body. The button was evidently torn
from the murderer's coat during the
struggle with his victim. The matches
were probably used by him in lighting
the heap of hay and brush with which
he tried to burn the unconscious girl.
Three of the matches had been lighted;
one, with a long, square stick and
capped with a red preparation, had not
The iron crauk was identified as one
which had been attached to a grind
stone at the house, and it Is believed
the murderer began his murderous at
tack at the house, and that the spots
of blood found near the house were
from wounds inflicted by him before
the frightened girl began her losing
race with him.
Story of the Crime.
Miss Eleanora Woodcock. 18 years
old, daughter of Richard Woodcock, a
wealthy farmer of nine miles west ol
Waterloo, was assaulted, her skull
crushed and her body burned to a crisp
on the farm, of her uncle, William
Tryor, three-quarters of a mile east oi
her parents' place, Thursday morning.
Richard Woodcock, Jr..oldest broth
er of the murdered girl, also lived at
thfj Tryor farm, where she kept house.
The fiend crept upon the girl while
she was at work in the house, dragged
her out into the open, where a terrific
struggle ensued, the girl lighting
against superior strength to save hei
life and honor.
She was found about 50 yards from
the house by her brother, Richard,
upon his return from town, near a
An armful of straw had been pulled
from the stack by the murderer.placed
over the body of the partly conscious
young woman, and ignited by a sul
phur match. The clothing worn by
Miss Woodcock caught fire, and was
completely destroyed. Her body was
burned from her neck to her feet, her
face escaping the flames.
While enveloped in the fire, accord
ing t the evidence, the girl, in her
dying agony, recovered sufficient
strength to crawl from beneath the
burning pile, a distance of 12 feet'
away, where she died.
The body of Miss Woodcock, found
four or Ave hours after her death, and
the charred fagots and bits of cloth
nearby tell the rest of the story.
Marks about the throat and under
the eyes indicate that the girl was
choked and beaten into insensibility at
the place of the final struggle, and that
her assailant, either believing that she
was dead or in such a frenzy as to
complete his crime, carried hay and
sticks of wood, piled them about the
body, -ignited the pyre and fled.
The flames ate away nearly all of the
unconscious girl's clothing, and evi
dently aroused her, too late to save-her-self
, from her condition of unconscious
She dragged herself, on, her hands
and knees, from the midst of the fire
to a spot 12 feet away. There her
weakness overcame her and she fell
Fonr Trainmen Killed.
Geneva, N. Y., Oct. 22. A serious
wreck occurred on the Pennsylvania
division ofhe New York Central at
the Junciiyn of the Auburn branch
Friday morning. Two heavy freights
collided, killing four trainmen and
Killed in Street Dnel.
Hobart, Okla., Oct. 2". in a street
duel here T. P. Lea. a grocer, shot
and killed Chirles G. Hill, a barber
Lea was shot in both arms, but will
recover. Domestic trouble caused the
M'LEAH COUNTY SENSATION
Suicide of Matthew Cunningham,
Recorder of McClean County, 111.
He Apparently- Preferred to Meet Hi
Maker to Ma. kin ft- Explanation
to Ml Bondsman.
Bloomington, 111., Oct. 22. A sensa
tion was created here Thursday after
noon when Matthew R. Cunningham,
county recorder, committed suicide. He
went to his home shortly after noon,
and, sending his wife, the only other
occupant of the house, to a neighbor's
with a request that she send for his
son, Dr. Cunningham, he laid down
upon a lounge and, securing a revolver,
shot himself through the head. Hi3
wife, who soon returned, was com
pletely prostrated by the ghastly sight.
Recorder Cunningham was complet
ing his first term of four years, and his
successor will assume office December
1. By a curious coincidence his suc
cessor is the present coroner, N. B.
Carson, who conducted the inquest. It
has been known for some years that
the accounts of the recorder were In
a tangled condition. He dismissed a
deputy a year ago to make a place for
his wife, and the deputy released has
been making serious allegations con
cerning the condition of the books.
The grand jury took action and also
the board of supervisors. A committee
of the latter was appointed and made
an examination cf the accounts, but
matters were adjusted for the time be
ing. A few months ago it was alleged
that he was about $5$) short in his
accounts, which his bondsmen agreed
to make good. The bondsmen had'
been making an investigation recently,
and had made an appointment to meet
him at four o'clock Thursday afternoon
for a settlement.
The recorder was a soldier of the'
civil war, and his record was a gallant
one. A son, Edward, is a traveling
agent for the Santa Fe railway. An
other son is a physician in this city.
WILL NOW COME INTO HIS OWN
An Illinois Frnlt Farmer, Disinher
ited Because He Joined the CbIoh
Army, i Now Only Heir.
Decatur, 111., Oct. 22. T. T. Van Al
len, who conducts a fruit farm near
this city, has been called to Elmira,
N. Y., to take charge of a large estate
of which he is the only heir. He be
longs to the Van Allen family, one oi
the most prominent, socially, In New
York state, but when 17 years old went
into the Union army against the will
of his parents, and was cut off from
the family. All the male heirs are
dead, and Mr. Van Allen's mother,
who is past SO years old, has asked
him to come and take charge of the
property and receive his share of ta
FIRE AT WILL'S POINT, TEXAS
One Hundred and Fifty Thomaaf
Dollars' Worth of Business
Dallas, Tex., Oct. 22. Fire swept the
business section of Wills' Point, CO
miles east of Dallas, Thursday afterr
noon, and destroyed $150,000 worth of
The fire originated in the oil house
of a grocery store. A heavy wind was
blowing from the north, and not until
after several buildings, all of them of
brick construction, had been destroyed,
could any headway be made toward ex
tinguishing the fire.
Following is a list of the best build
ings burned: Van Zandt county na
tional bank, Wright Bros. grocery
Ftore, Finney & Swanna'drug store,
Garrett's drug store, JTW. Campbell
FELT AN EARTHQUAKE SHOCK
St. Louis Experienced m. SUcht
Selsmlo Disturbance Early
St. Louis, Oct. 22. A sligth earth
quake shock, traveling from northwest
to southeast, was felt in St. Louis Fri
It was felt In various parts of the
city, and was recorded on the seismo
graph In the weather bureau of the
Philippine exhibit at the World's fair.
Observer Lacson, in charge of the bu
reau, says the disturbance was slight,
but distinctly recorded on the Instru
ments. Reports from citizens are that the
disturbance caused a slight rattling of
lishes, but nothing of greater conse
quence. IN INTEREST OF SCIENCE.
Another Poison Squad Will Test tho
Effect of Adulterant la
Washington.Oct. 22. It is announced
that Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, chief of the
bureau of chemistry of the department
Df agriculture, has chosen another
squad of 12 men to eat foods adulter
ated with different preservatives," al
leged to be injurious to the human sys
tem. In the second week of November
the squad will begin its work.
AN AMERICAN IS DECORATED
Mikado Bestow Ordor of Grand
Cross of Sacred Treasure TJpon
Toklo, Oct. 22. Durham White Ste-
Tens, counsellor oi we Japanese le
gation at Washington, who will be dip
lomatic advUer to the Corean govern
ment, has been granted by the emper
or of Japan the decoration of the
Grand Cross of the Sacred Treasure.
Mr. Stevens will proceed to Corea in
Novenfljer next, to aEume'his flatiea.
Note. The following article has
been widely published and is one of
the most remarkable illustrations of the
value of careful marshalling and analy
sis of facts in presenting a subject to the
The Mission of Whiskey, Tobacco and
The Creator made all things, we be
lieve. If so, He must have made these.
We know what He made food and
water for, and air and sunshine, but why
Whiskey, Tobacco and Coffee?
They are here sure enough and each
performing its work.
There must be some great plan behind
it all; the thoughtful man seeks to un
derstand something of that plan and
thereby to judge these articles for their
Let us not say "bad" or "good" with
out taking testimony.
There are times and conditions when
It certainly seems to the casual observer
that these stimulant narcotics are real
Right there is the ambush that con
ceals a "killing" enemy.
One can slip Into the habit of either
whiskey, tobacco or coffee easy enough,
but to "untangle" Is often a fearful
It seems plain that there are circum
stances when the narcotic effect of these
poisons is for the moment beneficial, but
the fearful argument against them is
that seldom ever does one find a steady
user oi either whiskey, coffee or tobacco
free from disease of some kind.
Certainly powerful elements in their
effect on the human race.
It is a matter of dally history testified
to by literally millions of people that
Whiskey, Tobacco and Coffee are smil
ing, promising, beguiling friends on the
start, but always false as hell itself in
the end. Once they get firm hold enough
to show their strength, they insist upon
governing and drive the victim steadily
towards ill health In some form; if per
mitted to continue to rule, they will not
let up until physical and mental ruin
A man under that spell (and "under
the spell" is correct) of any one of these
drugs frequently assures himself and
his friends: "Why, I can leave off any
time I want to. I did quit for a week
just to show I could." It is a sure mark
of the slave when one gets to that stage.
He wiggled through a .week fighting
every day to break the spell, was finally
whlpped and began his slavery all over
The slave (Coffee slave as well as To
bacco and Whiskey) daily reviews his
condition, sees perfectly plain the steady
encroachments of disease, how the
nerves get weaker day by day and de
mand the drug that seems to smile and
offer relief for a few minutes and then
leave the diseased condition plainer to
view than ever and growing worse.
Many times the Coffee slave realizes that
he is between two fires. He feels bad
if he leaves off and a little worse if he
drinks and allows the effect to wear off.
So it goes on from day to day. Every
night the struggling victim promises
himself that he will break the habit and
next day when he feels a little bad (as
he Is quite sure to) breaks, not the habit,
but his own resolution. It Is nearly al
ways a tough fight, with disaster ahead
sure If the habit wins.
There have been hundreds of thou
sands of people driven to their graves
through disease brought on by coffee
drinking alone, and it is quite certain
that more human misery is caused by
coffee and tobacco than by whiskey, for
the two first are more widely used, and
more hidden and insidious In the effect
on nerves, heart and other vital organs,
and are thus unsuspected until much of
the dangerous work is done.
Now, Reader, what is your opinion as
to the real use the Creator has for these
things? Take a look at the question
from this point of view.
There is a law of Nature and of Na
ture's God that things slowly evolve
from lower planes to higher, a sturdy,
steady and dignified advance toward
more perfect things in both the Phys
ical and Spiritual world. The ponderous
tread of evolutionary development is
fixed by the Infinite and will not be
quickened out of naturalvlaw by any of
man's method b.
Therefore we s'ee many illustrations
showing how nature checks too rapid ad
vance. Illinois raises phenomenal crops
of corn for two or three years. If she
continued to do so every year her farm
ers would advance In wealth far beyond
those of other sections or countries. So
Nature interposes a bar every hree or
four years and brings on a "bad year."
Here we see the leveling influence at
A man Is prosperous -in his business
for a number of years and grows rich.
Then Nature sets the "leveling influ
ence" at work on him. Some of his in
vestments lose, he becomes luxurious
and lazy. Perhaps it is whiskey, to
bacco, coffee, women, gambling, or some
other form. The intent and purpose is
to level him. Keep him from evolving
too far ahead of the masses.
A nation becomes prosperous and
great like ancient Rome. If no leveling
influence set in she would dominate the
world perhaps for all time. But Dame
Nature sets her army of "levelers" at
work.. Luxury, over-eating and drink
ing, licentiousness, waste and extrav
agance, indulgences of all kinds, then
comes the wreck." Sure. Sure. Sure.
The law of the unit is the law of the
mass. Man goes through the same proc
ess. Weakness (in childhood), grad
ual growth of strength, energy, thrift,
probity, prosperity, wealth, comfort,
ease, relaxation, self-indulgence, lux
ury, Idleness, waste, . debauchery, dis
ease, and the wreck follows. The "lev
elers" are in the bushes along the path
way of every successful man aid woman
and they bag the majority.
Only now and then can a man stand
out against these "levelers" and hold
bis fortune, fame and health to the ena.
So the Creator has use for Whiskey,
Tobacco and Coffee to level down the
successful ones and those who show
signs of being successful, and keep them
back in the race, so that the great "field"
(the masses) may not be left too far be
hind. And yet we must admit that same all
wise Creator has placed it in the power
of man to stand upright, clothed In the
armor of a clean cut steady mind and
say unto himself, "I decline to ex
change my birthright for a mess of
"I will not deaden my senses, weaken
my grip on affairs and keep myself
cheap, common and behind in fortune
and fame by drugging with whiskey,
tobacco or coffee, life is too short. It
is hard enough to win the good thing",
without any sort of handicap, so a man
is certainly a 'fool trader' when he
trades strength, health, money, and the
good things that come with power, for
the half-asleep condition of the 'drug
ger with the certainty of sickness and
" It is a matter each individual must de
cide for himself. He can be a leader and
semi-god if he will, or he can go along
through life a drugged clown, a cheap
"hewer of wood or carrier of water."
Certain it is that while the Great
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if some of his children are foolish and
stupid, he seems to select others (per
haps those he intends for some special
work) and allows them to be threshed
and castigated most fearfully by these
If a man tries flirting with these lev
elers awhile, and gets a few slaps as
a hint, he had better take the hint or.
a good solid blow will follow.
When a man tries to live upright,
clean, thrifty, sober, and" undrugged,
manifesting as near as he knows what
the Creator intends he should, happi
ness, health and peace seem to come to
him. Does it pay?
This article was written to set people
thinking, to rouse the "God within"
for every highly organized man and
woman has times when they feel a some
thing calling from within for them to
press to the front and "be about the
Father"s business," don't mistake it;
the spark of the Infinite is there and it
pays in every way, health, happiness,
peace, and even worldly prosperity, to
break off the habits and strip clean for
the work cut out for us. -
It has been the business of the writer
to provide a practical and easy way for
people to break away from the coffee
habit and be assured of a return to
health and all of the good things that
brings, provided the abuse has not gone
too far, and even then the cases where
the body has been rebuilt on a basis of.
strength and health run into the thou
sands. It is an easy and comfortable step to
stop coffee instantly by having well
made Postum Food Coffee served rich
and hot with good cream, for the color
and flavor is there, but none of the caf
feine or other nerve-destroying elements
of ordinary coffee.
On the contrary the most powerful
rebuilding elements furnished by Na
ture are in Postum and they quickly
set about repairing the damage. Seldom
is it more than 2 days after the change
is made before the old stomach or bowel
troubles or complaints of kidneys, heart,
head or nerves show unmistakable evi
dence of getting better and ten days
time changes things wonderfully.
Literally millions of brain-working
Americans today use Postum, having
found the value and common sense in
C. W. POST.
TALKS WITHOUT TONGUE.
Bobbed of Organ by Surgical Opera
tion, New Jersey Man Articulates
Better Than Before.
Tongueless, yet able to talk better
than when in possession of his organ
of speech that is the remarkable con
dition of William Bunting, a wealthy
bachelor of Elmer, N. J., who received
treatment recently in Philadelphia.
Mr. Bunting came to the Hahnemann
hospital to have his throat treated for
what he believed to be inflammation,
caused by a severe cold. Upon investi
gation the doctors found the disease to
be much more serious than the patient
had suspected, and that in order to
save his life his tongue must be re
moved. It was swollen to twice its
normal size, so that Mr. Bunting was
unable to articulate plainly.
After the operation the first words
the patient spoke, "Is it all over?"
were the plainest he had spoken since
his trouble began, several years ago.
Those in attendance were able to un
derstand everything he said.
A prominent physician tells this
story at the expense of the modern
craze for specialization In the medical
profession. A poor woman went to a
dispensary to ask for aid for her little
son, who had had one of his fingers
smashed. At the first room where she
applied she was told by a curt attend
ant that the boy could not be treated
"Wrong place," he explained, "this
is the eye and ear department,"
"Vere is der thumb and finger de
partment?" inquired the woman,, sim
Where the Sin Lay.
A rather plain lady asked the opin
ion of her minister:
"Is it a sin to feel a trifle of vanity
when I am called handsome by a gen
tleman?" "Not a. sin for you, my child, but a
terrible responsibility hangs upon the
Not Too Fast.
Mrs. Weeds I suppose the law in this
state gives the widow her third.
Lawyer Oh! yes; but you've got to
get rid of your second first. Chicago