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........ »»»►!»»»» ♦ ♦♦»»♦■»» ♦»»» «»>♦»>»•*»♦*♦»* •* MMM> Ml I IM tMMI I I M M««»t mm>M > Newark Grocnmg J^tar JAMES SMITH. JR. FOUNDED MARCH 1. 1832. pQbttahtd •rery afternoon, Sunday* excepted, by the Newark Dally Adrertletr pobllaMU# Company. fltotered a* *eecnd-c!aa» matter February DOS, at the Fostaffic* Newark, N. J.. under .he Act of Congreee of March 3, 187?. Weekly F.tl**!«»•■-- I MR ^RN'nm OF rUEEDOM. Eatabllahed 179#. Member of the Associated Prew and Ame rtcan Newspaper Publishers* Aesodatlon. MAIN OFFICE. Bread Street. Newark Telephone 1830 Market ORANGE OFFICE, 14 Cone Street. Orange. Telephone 4M Orang*. I HARRISON OFFICE. £24 Harrison Arenue, Harrison. Telephone Usov Market. NEW YORK OFFICE. 260 Fifth Arena* I • CHICAGO OFFICE, h'teger Building. b BOSTON OFFICE. 24 Milk Street. BtlLJ-BURN OFFICE. Mfllbnrn Avenue. Teleph ne 101-t* Millburn. Mail yvhserlntlon Hate*. (Postape PrenaM within ft*** Postal Union.} One year |3.60; elx month*. fl.CO; three month*. 75 cento; one month. 23 cent*. Delivered toy carders In any part of Newark, the Oranges. Harrison. Kearny. Montclair. Rleomfleld, andT an neighboring towns. Subacriptiona may be given to oewedealere or tent to this •flea VOLUME TjXXIX.—XO. 28-1. THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 1. 1910. THE PROBLEM AT THE FOUR CORKERS. HSD what about the Four Corners? The lives of the people ■who cross there are more or less imperiled at all times dur ing the day. And the crossing dangers increase as popula tion and traffic grow larger. The problem of this congestion has got to be dealt with in a comprehensive way. It is pitiful to wit ness the makeshifts that are resorted to to minimize the daily peril. The greatest obstruction and danger at the Four Corners is the trolley ear. No doubt the congestion could be lessened by for bidding wagon traffic at the Four Corners and giving the trolley cars the exclusive right of way. but business men and manufacturers have rights in the streets as well as the Public Service Corporation. Nor would that reduce the congestion of cars, as all the principal trolley lines converge upon the Four Corners, and there would still be long lines of cars on each block, to be rushed over the crossing in four directions at the peril of human life. The only remedy for these conditions is a subway, as proposed by Mayor Haussling. Nor is it to be doubted that if the Newark community was given a shock by the slaughter of a few people at the Four Corners there would be immediate and feverish activity in officialdom favorable to a subway. Why not plan and begin a subway before the tragedy occurs? Must every public improvement of the kind have for its prelude the slaughter of human life? Is there no better incentive? Have we nothing to learn from experience? BUSINESS MEN AND A PARCELS POST. MEW YORK city merchants are organized in favor of a do mestic pi reels poet system. Similar organizations should be formed in all the cities and towns of the country to make a demand upon the President: and Congress for the same postal facilities that are enjoyed by all the principal nations of Europe. In many commercial bodies the railroad interest, which is allied with that of express companies, is brought in play to prevent them from voicing the popular demand for a parcels post. The rail roads have many representatives in business communities watchful for their interests. Railroad influence has succeeded to a great extent in stifling the demands upon Congress for a parcels post, as well as in strangling bills in committees of Congress. But if boards of trade and chambers of commerce and other commercial organizations will shake off this influence and unite in the demand for a parcels post Congress will enact one despite the Cannons and Gardners and others who stand in the way. Postmaster-General Wanamaker and Postmaster-General Meyer both strongly advo cated a parcels post and showed that while it would effect an im mense saving as well as be a great convenience for the people, it would wipe out the annual deficit in the postoffice department and perhaps also enable the government to give cheaper letter postage. ABOLISH THE PRIVATE SESSION. H COMMISSION appointed by the Burlington County Board of Freeholders to investigate charges against the manage ment of the county insane asylum is to hold its session be hind closed doors. The announcement by the commission is re sented by the public. The commission can. in fact, be compelled to make its hearings public. A particular vice in our State govern ment is the inclination of public boards to meet in secret. Pub licity is now held np as the sovereign remedy for many of the ills that are common in State and municipal government, and it should be made mandatory by legislation upon all public bodies, boards, committees and sub committees. There is no valid reason in any case for excluding the public from commission and board meet ings. There are many powerful reasons why all such meetings should be open and above-board. The “executive session" is a con venient device to obtain secrecy. Lots of crooked jobs have been fixed up in executive sessions. Publicity should abolish the execu tive session, too. And there should be a penalty with the mandate. UPTOWN hERRV CONVENIENCE NO MORE. THE Twenty-third street ferry of the Pennsylvania railroad is now discontinued and all the trucking by Newark manu facturers that has utilised the ferry will now be compelled .to go to Debn sses street and make the long additional haul through the crowded streets of Manhattan. The abandonment of the ferry is an injury to our manufacturers, but the railroad company is evi dently indifferent to that fact. For many years the railroad com pany controlled the Plank Road Company, which kept the road in • wretched condition for travel and imposed oppressive tolls upo wagons and tracks. Our manufacturers finally got released from : that handicap through the courts. There Is no relief for them now.! PUBLIC SCHOOL INSURANCE. DURING the last thirty-fire years the city has paid $52,314 for premiums on insurance of the school buildings and in thirty five years the losses paid by the insuring companies to the city on school property amounted only to $189.60. The record, there fore, shows that school property is an exceptionally good risk. The companies and their agents have cleared the amount of $52,124.40. The valne of school property insured this year is $2,191,800, and last night the Board of Education awarded the insurance for one year to the lowest bidder at a premium of $3,487.16, which is about $1,300 less than the local insurance combine rate. But the figures given constitute a strong argument in favor of a municipal insurance fund. A RIGHT OF THE HOBBLE SKIRT. ®OMPLAINT is made in Jersey City that the steps of the trolley cars should be at least six inches lower, because old per sons and children cannot readily board the cars with the present height of the steps. What is more important is the com plaint that women wearing hobble skirts ure greatly embarrassed in boarding cars because their skirts do not permit them to step high enongh. It seems that so far as the old persons and the children are concerned the complaint might be disregarded. But when we j consider the plight of the woman in the hobble skirt we are im pelled to demand of the Public Service Corporation ■ the imme diate lowering of the steps of the trolley cars. Ijet it be done at once. . ________,__ % ^ "Did I discover tho North Pole?” Dr. | Cook’s query with which he Introduces | an analytical study of his mental con 1 ditlon at tho time of the alleged discov ery. soon to bo published, brlng3 the farce to a laughable climax. Those who dug down for tho price of copy righted articles and lecture tickets may now dismiss the incident with a wry smile. A majority of persons uskod for an opinion of the wisest more for the i Brooklyn physician would have said ho could do no better than to return and brazen It out. There are always plenty of people who are greatly Im pressed by a show of sincerity and who may bo depended upon to rally around tho man who consistently makes it. Posing as a man who had been cruelly understood Dr. Cook might have gathered a substantial group of firm ; friends abort him and lived happy ] until the end of the chapter. After all, if we but knew it, every* 1 thing has its legitimate use. While' the exact status of the appendix, tht> housefly and the white elephant have j not been determined, they doubtless j servo some useful purpose. Heretofore | we had imagined that the bad egg j might be employed solely as a medium of criticism for bad actors—hardly a I legitimate function—but it seems we i were mistaken. In the course of the j report of no less a person than the! commissioner of accounts of New York j occurs tho following sentence: ‘‘Mil- | Hons of eggs in a state of partial or complete decomposition are sold every month in this city (New York) by dealers who make a specialty of 'rots and spots' to bakers who use the eggs in the form of an egg mixturo, for the ! manufacture of sponge, pound, fruit and other cakes.” Lord Rosebery, in a speech, at a meeting of business men in Man chester, during which ho apparently re nounced Liberal policies and associate*, drew several comparisons between po- ! lltical conditions in this country and those in England flattering to thei United States. “What,” asked the for- ! mer prime minister, “would have been the effect If foreign gold had been taken, into the United States election? Why., the persons who did it would be irre- j trievably damned. * • ® Great sue-1 cess and care have been exercised by! the United States to safeguard the | American constitution. Without any! doubt the United States Is the greatest democracy of the world. Do you sup pose that the United States would put a Jot or tittle of their constitution to the hazard of a snap election?" Tragedy seems to sta'k the amateur hunter, but the result of this grim chase is seldom as pitiful as in the most recent case recorded. A Philadel phian killed his brother while attempt-; ing to save him from the charge of a, j wounded bull moose. One of the shots Intended for the infuriated animal struck and killed the young man. i There would seem to be an impression in thl3 country that big gams hunting is a sport to bo taken up at will and mastered with a little practise. Bach succeeding open season for deer fur nishes tragic object-lessons to prove j such an Impression false. In the hands I of a novice a gun is an exceedingly dangerous plaything, even , when the ! broad expanse of the Canadian north-1 west affords the field of operations. A large number of distinguished men who had been Intlmato friends of Mark Twain in life paid tribute to the memory of the great philosopher and humorist last night In Carnegie Hall. It is said that the spirit of the func tion was Just what Mark Twain would have had it could he have been pres ent. Anecdotes and Jests enlivened the evening. Storle, old and new about the humorist were told. And yet, while tears we re banished from the voices of the speakers and the eyes of their hearers, they must have been near the surface. Men who had known hi i best insisted that Twain was ready and even eager to die, but no great effort of the imagination is needed for a realization of how sorely he was missod at last night's memorial. We have been assured that there is no Immediate danger of the extinction of fur-bearing animals. It Is pointed out that arctic empires have as yet not been touched by hunters for the great j fur companies. And yet the prices which certain pelts command Indicate that trappers and huntem are not find ing the animals bearing them in nor- j mal quantities. A trapper In Maine Is said to have received recently $800 for the skin of a silver gray fox he had been fortunate enough to trap. This cots a record wholesale price for a single silver fox pelt. Unusual popu larity for this fur just now may par tially explain the Maine trapper’s luck. PAID FOR MORE Manager—What’s the leading lady In such a tantrum about? Press Agent—She only gqt nine bou quets over the footlights tonight. Manager—Great Scott! Ain’t that enough? Press Agent—Nope—she paid for ten. —Cleveland Leader. NOT SO SUDDEN. “His death was very sudden, wasn't it?” “I don’t think so. Ha'd been aero planing for several \v0ek3 before the accident occurred.’’—Detroit Free Press, ISN’T IT A FACT 7 Y f That Christmas belts will mean a “rinjj” for her ? tltt~f ttl 111111 IMN'tl# t l<I I The People s Rostrum | Tho STAR extends tho privilege of these columns to the public and invites signed communications of not more than one hundred words treating of topics of the hour. Cook or Peary ? To the Hhitor of the Erasing Star: The rather tardy admission of Dr. Cook that ho Is beginning to doubt that he reached the North Polo is, perhaps, sufficient ground for touch ing on a discussion that has for a long time been barred. Eliminating for the moment the question as to whether Dr. Cook really accomplished all that he originally claimed, and passing over the present alleged confession of his failure, one Is Justified In asking if Commandor Peary did any better Tho opinion prevails In many minds that Peary did not reach the pole, and that If his data had been submitted to the same Jury aa was that of Dr. Cook it might have been shown that complete proof of his discovery was lacking. In any event, Peary's ease was con sidered by a body that was decidedly friendly, and, It Is said, prejudged in his favor before the investigation be gan. This may or may not bo the fact, but It permits of no denial that he was on trial before friends and fel low-officers in the service, and the pub lic mind was In a receptive mood for complete vindication of Peary’s claims. Perhaps In the light of more mature thought and cooler Judgment the proofs of Commandor Peary would not sur vive rigid examination, and a closer scrutiny of the facts might reveal that the pole Is still unconquered and the "top of the earth” still an unknown factor In the annals of exploration. ^ MISSOURI. “Tliiinu Nature” Find* Defender. To the Editor of the Breaing Star: "Human Nature,” what It Is and the difficulty of changing It, has been the subject for many a speech by reaction aries. Whenever a reform le proposed in which the honesty of the people plays a big part tho reactionaries tell us that human nature is not equal to the situation and that human nature cannot be changed. "Everybody Is after all that there Is In this life In the way of money and personal happi ness." This and other like phrases have been uttered by politicians and dishonest speakers. A better refutation to these theories than the open-heart edness with which the public responded to the STAR'S fire fund cannot be wished for. Human nature Is not as mercenary as some would have us be lieve. Human nature has a heart that is aching to make known its sympathy for those In need and human nature often deprives Itself of necessities to help others. Human nature, contrary to what some might say, Is changing; it is becoming more sympathetic and more willing to do good than it was In yearn past. The STAR by doing what It is to relieve the fire sufferers la showing human nature what Is expected of It. | <-he readiness with which human nature responds proves that It appre ciates the STAR’S work. Human nature, with the help of such news papers as the STAR, will enact new building laws—laws that will protect human life, even though the profits on manufacture and on factory rental will bo reduced. The STAR Is to bo con gratulated on its splendid work. DERTRj! M G. HUGHES. H«» only- Pralu for Flre-Fighteri. To the Editor of the Evening Star: Allow mo to answer “Plane Street Neighbor’’ in regard to my letter ot Monday? I did not wilfully forget to commend the firemen, and the reaaon no praise appeared in my letter Is be cause I was not on the scene of the fire. I did not praise the Salvage Corps for work they performed at the fire; I men tioned them because they In their auto mobile removed a number of suffering victims to the hospital. I wrote my letter commending only what I ob served, I was at the City Hospital when the first victims were brought In. It was then that I witnessed the work of those I mentioned In my letter. As to plac ing blame for the lack of equipment ot the Newark Fire Department, I dla not blame any one. I personally be lieve that there la a lot of room for improvement In the equipment of the fire department In regard to a more complete life-saving outfit. I think a larger not would have worked to bet _ ter advantage. I do not believe that the spectators at Saturday's Are would have balked at lending a hand to mao. a larger one. You no doubt will admit, "Plain Street Neighbor,” that those whom 1 commended are all worthy of ths praise. I am with you at all times in giving a cheer for the Aro-Aghters of New ark, ae I have watched them perform their duties at a number of Area ana have never seen any cause for a re buke. AN OBSERVER. Jersey and V. S. Supreme Court, To tl'.a Editor of the Evening Star: Let us hope that President Taft will see his way clear to honor New Jersey by appointing one of He citizens to the Supreme Court of the United States It has been a long time since a Jorsey man has held so high an office. It matters not whether the Presi dent sees fit to appoint Chief Justice William S. Qummere or Associate Jus tice Francis J. Swayze. Both are men of legal acumen and of high standing In their profession and In the com munity. Both are residents of this city and have been for many years. As members of the bar of Essex coun ty they showed much ability, and on the bench their decisions, as a rule, have been found to aedord with the best type of Justice. New Jersey, because of Dr. Wood row Wilson’s brilliant gubernatorial campaign, has come much Into the na tional limelight recently. Lot us hope that President Taft will help to keep our bright little, tight little State to the front by naming one or the other of these Justices to Undo Sam’s most Important bench. LAWYER. ~— ..... - - Which Will a burden dependent upon Y r _ perhaps unwilling relatives or YOU uC an independent self-supporting individual? Provide old age comfort and independence by a Monthly Income Endowment Policy in __ ______k IT WAS “NEVER AGAIN." One reason why I like "December" | Is that It rhymes nice with "re member.’’ Aiding a lot .one who would fain Compose In reminiscent vein. Recall the vow last year you heard 'Bout shopping much too long do* ferred ? J NOT VAGUE ENOUGH. "And you Intend to send this poem to a magazine?” "Ye-es," admitted the budding poet nervously, "that was my in tentlon.” “But, man alive, none of thorn would think of accepting it. It’s al most possible to see what you're driving at In It!” BORE IT WELL. Welcome winter to our midst, What kept you so long away? Not that any of us didst Weep overmuch at the delay. DON’T OVERLOOK THAT. In Npwark’s letter to Santy a ne w pavement for Market street should head the list of things wanted. PROFITABLY SO. ■*I see Dr. Qook says he was crazy with the cold.” “Yes, he was crazy, like one of those Arctic foxes.” THAT ALSO. “In spite of everything they can do to restrict the illegal use of cocaine enormous quantities are being sold, I am told.” "Is that so? Why, I understood It was a drug on the market. SALESMANSHIP DE LUXE. “But why. pray, is this typewriter so much more expensive than that one?” I The lady salesman's vtvodout face went blank, then lightened with Intelligent Interest In her work. "Oh—well, you see that—now— this one has the rotary attachment and that one has none," and there was a note of triumph In her voice. "Rotary escapement; what Is u rotary escapement T” "Why, It’s this Jigger here at the back of the machine—seer* replied the lady promptly, indicating the part In question, for she was sure of her ground now. She had en--a tlrely recovered from the nervous ness Incident to the Initial question and all was plain sailing. But the prospective customer was V'' not satisfied. "I know, but what Is It for? Why does it make the machine cost so much more?" v ( 1 1 - . t ;' * « which made up the saleslady's faoe ‘‘Why, don't you see,” she said, patiently, after the manner of one Instructing a very small, very thick child, “that when a machine has a rotary escapement you can—now-— get a lot more for It If you ever care to sell It!” ‘■Oh!” T1S VERY TRUE. The simplicity of the artist la the stumbling-block of the artls the world.—Oulda.