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Awful Boy "I just ran in for a moment," said the woman from the second floor. "I didn't know you had company." "I'm not company," laughed the other caller. "I ran in from across the hall to talk over some of my trou bles with Mrs. Allen. We are holding an inflignation meeting about that Smidder boy." "That's exactly why I came in," said the newcomer. "It is getting positively unbearable, isn't it?" "It is, indeed," agreed the hostess. "I thought when we came to this apartment building that it was quite an ideal place to live, but do you know we haven't had a moment's peace on account of that Smidder boy?" "You know, Mrs. Proctor," said Mrs. Gray, the woman from across the hall, "there isn't any limit to what that boy -will do. When we first came here there wasn't a bit of noise. It was quiet as could be until the Smidder family moved in. The only children here were Mrs. Allen's two little girls and my boy, and now it's a perfect babel." "It was very quiet befoi the Smid ders came," agreed Mrs. Proctur, the woman fron- the second floor. "When that Smith r boy first invaded the apartment over mine I thought the ceiling would fall, positively." "That naturally does not bother me as much as his yells," sighed Mrs. Al len. "Just as soon as I get settled for a nap, with my own children up the street somewhere, that boy comes whooping down the walk and I can't sleep another wink. You know how it is yourself, Mrs. Gray?" "Indeed I do," moaned the woman from across the hall. "If I want to get a tiny nap I have to snatch it while that Smidder boy is at school, for there's absolutely no hope of get ting one at any other time." "Some parents are so indulgent they never teach their children man ners," said Mrs. Allen. "When we were young we had it impressed upon us that we must be considerate of others and never be noisy in public. I have brought upmy children in the same way and that is the reason we took a first fiat We can disturb no one -where we are." "I thought the Smidder boy's noise was bad enough," said the woman from the second floor, "but the things he does are so much worse." "What's he been doing now?" asked Mrs. Allen curiously. "It must be something perfectly dreadful." "It couldn't be much worse than the time he painted our dog black and red in stripes," said the woman from across the hall indignantly. "I told his mother I should have him ar rested the next time he did it, but she merely laughed and said he was too original to" repeat." "He chased my Delia four blocks just to see if she had a rat in her hair," said Mrs. Allen. "The poor child told him that she had, just as a joke, and she was so nervous after that long run!" "Well, this time he broke the plate glass window in our parlor," said the woman from the second floor. "They say he was playing ball, but he had to deny it, of course actually had the effrontery to say he had been down town all the afternoon." "I understand it was not the Smid der boy who broke your window," ventured' Mrs. Allen hesitatingly. "My Georgie was playing ball in the lot," said the woman from across the hall sharply. "His ball went quite un expectedly through the window. You cannot expect a boy not to have some accidents." "No, indeed," said the woman from the second floor soothingly. "But real ly I think the things that Smidder boy does are never accidents. Do you reme.mber the time he pulled all my flowering geraniums from my boxes?" "It happened not to be the Smidder boy that time either," said Mrs. Allen coldly.. "My little Dot was too youDg to understand that those forlorn plants were thought to be of value." "Such things are small compared to Iris actually breaking the law," aid the woman from the second flooi. "That rifling the mail boxes was the worst." "He didn't," said Mrs, Allen stiffly. "My little girls play paper dolls and they took those, circulars because they wanted the pictures to play with." "I can't be -mistaken about the noise over our heads',' said the woman from the second floor. "It seems sometimes as though he would shake down the chandeliers." ' "The floors must be poorly dead ened," said Mrs. Allen, with dignity. "There are times when our ceilings shake terribly under your family's eteps." "I must hurry home," said the wo man from the second floor, rising. "I hear that Smidder boy yelling in the 'hall now." "That isn't the Smidder boy," said the .woman from across the hall. "It is my Georgie and he isn't yelling. He is calling the dog. 111 say good morn ing." "Good-by, Mrs. Allen." said the wo man from the second floor. "I see that the Smidder boy's toys are clut tering up your doorway as they do mine. I wish the janitor would sweep them all up." "That woman's so peevish," said Mrs. Allen to herself as she closed the door. "I wasn't going to let her know those, toys belong to my little girls." DOCTORING EGGS TO ORDEftMETHOD OF INDUCING'sLEEP Proprietors of. Cuban Restaurants Ars by No Means Absolutely Devoid ' . of Guile. "I have T)een taking fruit and some salt fish for my breakfast practically every morning," said the young man in the window seat of the restaurant, sipping his coffee with an air of con tent. "It's fine to be in a place where one can get the sort of breakfast one wishes, instead; of eternal soft boiled eggs that form the only provender one may get in the morning. That soft- boiled egg statement takes in a large part of the globe, but my grievance at the moment is against Havana, where I have been kept for two or three months." "The' eggs are not even what we would call soft-boiled, but are in Spanish parlance, pasados por agua, or passed through water, and are not even heated. In the Cuban capital I got on to a shrewd trick of what we would call the Yankee vari ety. Many fussy patrons of Cuban cafes wish to make sure that they get fresh native eggs, not imported ones of unknown age. Cuban eggs always are laid in muddy nests and by the mud stains they may be recognized. I noticed that a waiter from one ol the big places in the Prado went Into the side street every morning and filled a tray with nice fresh Cuban mud. After placing this out of sight behind the bar, he carefully arranged upon it white eggs, presumably fresh from their coverings of lime. When ever a particular customer in this restaurant made a special demand for some Cuban eggs he was sure to find what appeared to be the real article, judging by the outer appearance of the shell." TAKES IN CIRCUITOUS ROUTES Letter Journeys Long Distance to Reach Destination Ten Feet from the Starting Point. One of the most remarkable mail routes in the world is that in which a letter journeys in going from Beebe Plain, Vt., to Beebe Plain, Quebec, Canada. While the two offices are within ten feet of each other are lo cated in the same room, in fact a let ter mailed from one office to the other must make a trip of 294 miles 67 miles in Canada and the remainder in the United States. The plain, old-fashioned store build ing which is situated oh the interna tional boundary line contains both the United States and the Canadian offices. There are separate entrances to each, but both are in the same room, have the same lobby and there are no partitions to mark the division between the domain of Uncle Sam and the possession of King Edward. "If you mail a letter from the Ver mont side addressed to the Quebec side," says the postmaster, "it goes from here to the junction, then to New port, then to White River Junction, and back to Lennoxville, Quebec, over the Boston and Maine. There it is transferred to the Grand Trunk and goes to a south-bound mail pouch and comes to Stanstead Junction and then back to this same building, a distance of 294 miles. "If we wish to mail a letter from the American side to Derby Line, it must go to White River Junction and then come back over the official route." Longevity of BircJs. The Duchess of Bedford, in "Brit ish Birds," gives some remarkable instances of longevity among birds in her own collection. A Barbary dove which has been in the duchess's pos session for 15 years was left her by an old woman who also owned it for 15 years and who always said it was an old bird when it was given to her. A Chinese goose has been in the pos session of the family for 57 years. A pintail drake which the duchess bought 20 years ago, when it was an adult bird, still survives. One bird was taken from the nest in 1S52 and died in 1900. "It was chained by the leg to a small hutch," says the duchess, "and lived 4S years undei these miserable conditions." Indian Landmarks in Ohio Woods. In the vicinity of Defiance, -O., can be found trees that many would think freaks of nature. Such they are, but they are created by the hand of man. According to the stories of some of the old timers, these trees are much older than the present generation has any idea of, and at one time served as Indian guide, posts? Jt "Is. said -tthat in the early days, when the Maumee valley was one vast woods, xthe In dians bent these saplings "to" indicate certain paths. The trees,. because of their deformity, grew slowly, and al though they are many years old, never attained the size' of their brethren in the forests. Similar trees exist near Fort Wayne. . ? 1$ Dangerous. A Seattle man attended a moving picture show where a series of pic tures showed "San Francisco at Fleet Time." In the picture he saw his wife with another, man. She had been supposed to be visiting in Spo kane at the time. Suit for divorce fol lowed. Besides being always pre pared for death, people these days I have to also be prepared for the snapshot. Puzzle. "Two halves of the same thing must be equal, n.ustn't they?" "Certainly." 'Then why is it that a woman who admits half her age always chooses to admit the first half?" Self-Suggestion-Plays a Great Part " Worry Is the Main Thing to Be Avoided. The next point to bear in mind la that self-suggestion plays a great part in the production of sleep, writes Dr. S. McComb in Harper's Bazar. Ordi narily we do not sleep by 'accident or haphazard. We resolve to sleep. We go through a variety of actions all suggestive of a change from our nor mal waking condition. We undress, we place ourselves in a comfortable position, we close our eyes. We be lieve and expect that we are going to sleep, and the result is sleep. One of the great preventatives of sleep is the fear-of not sleeping. Once this fear is broken down, we sleep. The insomniac worries about his insomnia, and this very worry deepens the mis chief. Hence the sufferer should sug gest to himself again and again: "If I sleep, well; if I don't sleep I will at least gain rest by keeping my mind calm and my body relaxed." In a word, our chances of getting sleep in crease If we assume the external physical attitude which corresponds to sleep, if we relax every muscle and let it stay relaxed, if we breathe light ly and regularly, If we call up the imaginations of a sleeping person, and talk and think sleep to ourselves, re peating silently and in a quiet dreamy fashion such a formula as this: "There is no reason why I should not sleep. My mind is at peace. Sleep is coming. I am getting sleepy. I am about to sleep. I am asleep." EASY TO DETECT BAD WiONEY Hold Bill Up to the Light and Exam ine the Silk Threads in the Paper. Despite the utmost vigilance of our efficient secret service men, the mak ing counterfeit money in this country has not been wholly suppressed. Spu rious coins and paper tokens occasion ally get into circulation and some of these are so well done as almost to defy detection by experts. Among the latest samples of the counterfeiters' art is a $10 bill,, one of the cleverest imitations on record. A speciment of this issue was received and paid out by several banks, being regarded by all who handled it as genuine. In time it reached the sub treasury at New York and there its spuriousness at once became known. On first inspection the bill appears to be a real product of the treasury department, but when held up to the light the little particles of silk, which in a genuine bill are curved and twisted in the paper, are seen to be straight and hard. A magnifying glass shows some very slight discrep ancies between the face of the bill and that of a genuine one. Subtreasury officials state that the bogus note was engraved by a master in the art who may once have been employed in the bureau of engraving at Washington. Every person who re ceives a $10 bill, says Leslie's Week ly, should apply to it at least the sim ple test above given of holding it up to the light and noting the condition of the silk threads. True to Memory of Beau Nash. The famous Beau Nash was at one time extremely fond of a beautiful girl called Juliana Papjoy, sometimes known as the Bishopstrow belle. She used to ride about the streets of Bath on a fine gray horse carrying a whip with many thongs, a fad which gained for her the title of Lady Betty Besom. Juliana was very kind-hearted and during the last five years of the beau's life she nursed him devotedly. After his death she vowed that she would never again sleep in a bed and took up her abode in a large hollow tree, where she lived for many years, earning a scanty livelihood by sell ing herb medicines and fetching and carrying. At last Juliana became very ill and, knowing she could not possi bly recover, she felt an intense long ing to die in her old cottage" home at Bishopstrow. More dead than alive, she set out on this last journey, and managed to reach the house where she was born in time to die there. Eugene Field's Joke on Dr. Hale. Edward Everett Hale greatly en joyed a joke which was perpetrated on him by Eugene Field, says the Woman's Home Companion. Field celebrated one of Hale's visits to Chi cago by giving a luncheon, . in his honor, inviting a number of . promi nent persons to meet him. "Field was aware," said Hale, "that I was a tem perance man, and therefore I . was somewhat surprised to see that the table on which the luncheon was served was very abundantly sup plied with bottles labeled 'whisky,' 'brandy' and 'champagne.' But when these bottles came to be uncorked they were all found to contain nothing but water." Different. "I wrote him that I was ready to come home.' "Was he glad?" "He wrote me that he woul! have to borrow money to pay my fare." "What did you do?" "I asked him what I should do, and he said he would borrow money enough for me to stay there a while longer." Described. "Pa, what is meant by a nervous wreck?" "A nervous wreck, my. boy. is some thing, that a woman says she is every time 'she gets a headache." Detroit Free Press. ' " KAHSAE CITY POLICE DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPERS LY ING ABOUT DEPARTMENT. The Kansas City police department, having been completely reformed and entirely divorced from partisan poli tics, the Democratic press, lea by the St. Louis Republic, would have the people believe that it has become a part of the Republican city organiza tion. Of course that's a lie one of the bold political lies now being circu lated in lieu of honest campaign argu ments. The Democratic press finds nothing in the true situation at Kan sas City to condemn, so it must in vent something to shoot at. The real truth is that the police department at Kansas City furnished to the Democratic leaders an army ot uniformed Democratic ward and pre cinct workers for many years. Since this army has been restored to the service of the people the Democratic politicians of Kansas City and of the state have been trying to make the people believe that it has been trans formed into a Republican machine. More than half of the policemen being Democrats, it would not be an easy matter to make Republican machiiy? men of thetfi, if the Police Board wished to do so. As a matter of fact the policemen in Kansas City are under instructions to ignore politics and to give their time to police du ties; and they are obeying their In structions, though it has been difficult to prevent some of the Democratic officers following a course of political meddling and activity to which they became accustomed under Democratic control. Case Not Yet Disposed Of. Democratic newspapers are pro claiming the Supreme Court decision in the Roach mandamus case a great victory for the Democrats. May-be-so -may-be-so. But wait till the people are' heard from. The case was not disposed of by that decision. It was just opened up good. The arguments that count for a fair deal and a repre sentative State Senate are yet to be heard, not by Democratic judges only but by the court of last resort in this state the people. They will have an opinion to hand down, too one that will go deeper into the merits of this controversy than the opinion of the Supreme Court goes into the differ ence between a legislative proposition and a proposed amendment to the Constitution, Is Judge Graves Right? ?fot content with assenting to the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in the Roach mandamus case Judge Graves, who was elected in 190S to a full term on the Supreme Bench over his Republican opponent, Judge Cox, volunteered a separate concurring oniuion in which he contends that the Secretary of State has the right to pass upon the constitutionality of a legislative measure or a constitutional amendment to be submitted under the initiative and referendum law. If Judge Graves is right ;hen the quicker thaj. law is repealed or carefully amended the better for the people. If a partisan Secretary cf State can stand between citizens who propose legislation and the people who must vote upon measures submitted under the initiative and referendum law there is absolutely no good in the new law. It can only be used by citizens favored by the Secretary of State. Couldn't Grab All of Them. In making up the present senatorial districts of Missouri the Democratic State officials could not gerrymander all of the counties, because some of them are heavily Republican, and couid not have been absorbed so as to make more Democratic districts, so ihey were set aside as hopeless and allowed Republican representation in the Senate. A glance at the gerrymandered map will show that the counties composing the present districts are not contig uous, as the Constitution requires; that they are not compact and not conveniently arranged, as the Consti tution requires; but, on the contrary, they are arranged primarily to insuits the election of Democratic senators. The whole map ic- a reflection of the desperate and damnable scheme of the Democratic leaders to control the State Senate. It is doubtful whether politicians in any state in the Union have ever attempted a gerrymander of :representative districts so palpably and desperately parisan and unfair. It is a wonder that the people have submitted to It so long. But for the intervention of a partisan court they would undoubtedly undo this gerry mander and administer a stinging re buke to the Democratic leaders who are responsible for it. Our Humane Governor. Putting young convicts in charge of substantial farmers to earn honest wages and to have a chance to reform and become good citizens, while under parole, is one of the many Hadley ideas that affect the hearts as well as, the minds of good people. Our Governor's thoughts and aims take In the humble unfortunates as well as the prosperous business men. He has a way for caring for all classes. It is to be regretted that Judge Lamm, the only Republican member of the Supreme Court, did not write an opinion in the Roach mandamus case. He could have said something quite interesting no doubt about that. Perhaps he thought it would be love's labor lost. Judge Woodson's opinion is generally approved by able lawyers. PROTECTED SUPREME COURT COMES TO THE RESCUE AND SENATORIAL DISTRICTS STAND. But Judge Woodson Denies That the Secretary of State Has Authority " to Pass on Legal Merits of Amendments. Missouri Republicans were not sur prised by the opinion of Chief Justice Fox in the Roach mandamus case. They anticipated it. They knew that the proposed amendment to the Con stitution changing the senatorial dis tricts and changing the law under which they have been gerrymandered since 18S0 was well drawn, was in conformity with the new initiative and referendum law, and a proper matter to lay before the voters at the Novem her election; and they knew that the immense petition for its submission was all right. Yet they felt sure that the Democrats would find some way to prevent a vote on the proposed amendment and to hold to the privi lege they have enjoyed for thirty years of gerrymandering Republicans out of the Senate chamber. The citizens of the state generally are gratified, however, to find that one Democratic member of the Supreme Cou-'t agrees with John Kennish and Judge Brown and Homer Hall and C. C. Madison and other Republican lawyers that the secretary of state is a ministerial officer without author ity to determine the constitutionality o fa measure proposed for adoption by the people under the initiative and referendum law. The dissenting opin ion of Judge Archelaus M. Woodson one of the newer and younger mem hers cf the Supreme Court, is so wise, so clear, so courageous that it de serves space in every newspaper ot the state and the hearty commenna tion of every fair minded and patriotic Missoiuian. Judge Woodson was elected to a full term on the Supreme Bench in 190G. He is a Kentuckian by birth but was raised in Buchanan county and began the practice of law at St. Joseph, where he was frequently honored before his election to the Supreme Court. He is a nephew ol former Governor Silas Woodson. Dis senting from the majority opinion ot the court, written by Chief Justice Fox, Judge Woodson wrote the fol lowing Courageous Opinion. "I am unable to agree with our learned Chief Justice and others ct my associates as to the powers and duties of the Secretary of State in the premises. In my opinion the design of the Legislature in requiring the petitions of ilie voters to be filed with the Secretary cf State was simply to make him the custodian of the peti tions and other proceedings in the ini tiative and referendum legislation in the same manner as the custodian ot all proceedings leading up to the le; islation to be enacted by the General Assembly of the State. And the ques tion of their validity, as well as all laws enacted by the people in pursu ance thereof, are no more addressed to the courts until after their enact ment than as are the proposed enact meats of the Legislature. "It is conceded by all that a pro posed bill, however offensive it may be to the organic law of the state, pending in the Legislature, cannot be controlled by the courts prior to its enactment, for the obvious reason, first, because the courts have no au thority or jurisdiction over the legis lation, and, second, because the bill may never receive the sanction of that lawmaking power; and, in my opinion, the same is true of the initiative and referendum the courts have no pow er to control the action of the sover eign people in the enactment of laws. And they may repudiate the proposed legislation submitted to them for rat ification which would obviate the ne cessity of all action on the part ot the court. "To hold that the courts cannot con trol the people themselves in such leg islation by a direct proceeding .insti tuted against them, but that they can do so indirectly by controlling the action of the Secretary of S'-ate. wno is their representative, is to ignore that legal maxim which prohibits that from being done indirectly which may not be done directly. "In my opinion it would be just as appropriate to pass upon the validity of, or to construe a will, when pre sented for probate, as it would be to pass upon the validity of a lav, or any of its preliminary steps prior to its enactment." A Deep-Going Opinion. The opinion of Judge Fox, concurred in by Judge Gantt, Democratic nomi nee for re-election, and by Juages Burgess and Graves, "goes deep to distinguish between an amendment to the Constitution and the enactment of a law," so the St. Louis Republic says. It goes so deep in that direction that no layman and few lawyers can follow it. It has been conceded for quite a while that a decision of the Supreme Court sustaining the action of Secretary Roach would have to go very deep. If the Democratic leaders have to go with it to its depth they'll find that they Can't Corne Back. The opinion, in brief, holds that the proposed amendment provides only a temporary fundamental law and t bere ft. ie ought not be engrafted on the Constitution, which is the permanent hw. but ought to take the form of a lfgislative enactment. Of course K ran't take that form now under the initiative in time to prevent another tricta, by the Democrats In, 1911! i n o nnininn a oa nninie nr Tnfi tj rr umi me nroDosea amendment -is not im proper form bedauae it does not ex pressly repeal that Dart of Section 7 Article 4, which it would Invalidate if adopted. That section contains the provision of the Constitution under which the Democrats have for thirty years delegated to the Secretary or State and Attorney General and Gov ernor authority to gerrymander the districts. It is as follows: "Provided, That if at any time, or from any cause, the General Assembly shall fail or refuse to district the state for sen ators, as required in this section, it shall be the duty of the Governor. Secretary of State and Attorney General, within thirty days after the adjournment of the Gen eral Assembly on which such duty de volved, to perform said duty, and to fil& In" the- office of the Secretary of State a full statement of the districts formed by them, including the names of the coun ties embraced in each district, and the numbers thereof: said statement to bo signed by them, anil attested by the Great Seal of State, and upon the procla mation of the Governor, the same shall be binding- and effectual as if done by the General Assembly." This proviso is now known as the Democratic "joker," because it per mits a gerrymander every ten years. That part of the proposed amend ment which, could it be adopted, would annul the above proviso and suspend the whole of Section 7 reads as follows: "This division of the state Into senato rial districts shall continue untit the United States census of 1920 shall have been taken and the result thereof as to this state ascertained, when the districts shall, by law enacted by the people, or passed by the General Assembly, be re vised and adjusted on the basis of that census, and every ten years thereafter upon the basis of the United States cen sus, the districts shall be revised anil adjusted by a law enacted by the people or passed by the General Assembly." In their honest and supposedly wise judgment. Republican lawyers believed that any section of the Constitution directly inconsistent with an amend ment adopted by the people would have to get off the bench and take a back seat, but they know more now. You can't get rid of a provision under which the Democrats may continue to gerrymander the senatorial districts without hitting it squarely between the eyes with a legal sledge hammer and then proving to the Secretary of State that your blow was constitu tional. Since the Supreme Court has knocked sky high (according to the St. Louis Republic) the proposed amendment "under which the people might have released the grip of the corporations, the lobbyists and the "interests" on the State Senate by re districting the state, with their own votes, the most immediate and effect ive remedy is to elect enough Repub licans this year to control the Senate and insure the passage of an honest re-districting bill. Otherwise the Sen ate will again defeat any and all re districting bills and thus - empower Ccn. Roach, Secretary of State, wlta the assistance of Attorney General Major, to gerrymander the state just as his Democratic predecessors did in 1SS1, 1S91 and 1901. HALL A CAMPAIGNER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS KEEPS GOING. The Sedalia Democrat-Sentinel, a Democratic paper of the kind that be lieves that Missouri belongs, in fee simple, to the Democratic party, heads an article about Hon. Holmes Hall this way: "He'll Know More Later. Has a Pipe Dream at Springfield." The article repeats an optimistic in terview with Mr. Hall concerning his prospects for election to Congress from the Seventh district. He has been making a close and careful cam paign, being the only Republican can didate, ana has made such a good im pression that his Democratic opponent will find him a hard man to handle. His election is not at all improbable though the district is normally Dem ocratic. He is a member of the State Senate from the Fifteenth gerryman dered Democratic district, composed cf the counties of Saline, Pettis, Ben ton and Hickory, strung out in a line from North to South so as to kill the Republican vote in the three other counties with the heavy Democratic majority in Saline. Hall won the dis trict in 1908 and it looks like he will win the Seventh Congressional district in 1910. It will be well for other Republican candidates for Congress and for seats in the Senate to indulge in such pipe dreams as Hall enjoys. He does the work of an honest and determined candidate, keeps busy every day, and when he has leisure to dream . his dreams are optimistic and cheerful.- Yes, he will doubtless know more at the end of the campaign, and will have more to dream about than ihis Democratic opponent. Mr. Hall's cam paign is the kind that usually wins. He goes keeps on going goes into homes, stores, offices, shops, factories goes everywhere. He shakes hands, gets acquainted, looks honest men in the face and asks them to vote for him. He always has a potent fact or thought of seme kind to put in a voter's mind. He makes no effort at oratory but says what he wants to say and quits before saying what he doesn't want to say. If the Republi cans of the Seventh district respond to the opportunity offered them they will elert a Republican to Congress and the Scdalia Democrat-Sentinel and all the ether Democratic papers in that district will "know more." p very Missnurian who was lured away from his .rood home in this state before a new spir it to'.k possession ot i is now urged to n turn and share in its prosperity and glory. There's room for all and a hearty welcome to those Who May Come Back.