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Why Congressmen Strive Hard to Retain Their Jobs THEY LFVElN ORIENTAL LUXURY Marble Palaces Being Built for Them, Where They Will Live Like Sybarites Even in the Old Capi tal the Member From Produnk Leads a Life of Luxury, With Flunkies to Look After. His - Crea ture Wants and All at the Expense of the People. -aeorgeVRbbert Xgnews in the Char lotte Observer. A glimpse at the luxuries generous--iy furnished to themselves -by Con pressmen out of the people's, funds.. Iua3V explain why Congressmen are anxious to retain their jobs, which pay them- only ' $5,000 a year, and demand nearly as m'ueh in order to secure . re-election. .They receive auire than $5,000, when comfort aud usury arc considered. In no coun try in , the world is the legislative body housed with such imperial dis regard of expense. Congress is not satisfied with the accomodations that served for nearly a century, and is building two marble palaces adjacent to the Capitol," ""where prodigal ex pense is used to add to the bodily comfort of the lawmak- Each of these palaces wilt cost a u .11 r $7,000,000 furnished. The f ur niture has not yet-been selected, but it will be of the finest and richest des cription. The buildings are of the. most ornate and lasting construction, built largely by day labor under the direction of the superintendent of the Capitol, who has every incentive to please his only masters, the Sen ate and "House. These great expen ditures are made by Congress with out regard to other-branches of the government. The President, for ex ample, hasr nothing to say for or against the expense and could not stop it if he would. If Congress saw fit to make the pillars of these pal ate of jasper and chalcedonv, there would be no one to say it nav. Under the circumstances it' is perhaps in cuder tb stand aghast at the modera tion of men who have the United States Treasury at' their disposal. Old Capital Not Bad. Int.il the new buildings are ready, Congressmen and Senators must struggle along under the hardships of hfe " under the dome." as the Capitol is sometimes described. Of course, there is no comparison be tween present conditions and those -wWh will prevail when the palaees of legislation have been completed and stored with their treasures of Persian rugs, marble baths, statues, trusted globes, fountains, mural paintings, mahogany desks, feather ouches, velvet carpets, and so on. Iut public .men-manage to extract a little comfort from their present sur roundings, after all, assisted as thev are by an army of flunkies and : a j one or workmen who are forever altering, repairing and improving the ancint Capitol. The Congressman from Podunk, or Smith's Cross-roads, is a little taken aback when he first-experiences the pleasure of life under the dome. This is because he was not fully "onto the ropes." After he is sworn in, he is '."s'.'v,vi ; i leanng all about the ' perquisites. "r He discovers that the KtatiQnery. om is open and that ; Wui Christmas gifts mav.be pur chased there -for a trifle. lie finds a credit of $125 at, this place.' ready to he blown in. He. is obsequiously ad dressed' by old, diplomatic servitors, who take his overcoat and hat and show him the way to the barber shop. J here expert barbers greet him cor dially, shave him, cut'his rustic locks. give him an ' electric shampoo and a massage' and hand him over to. the keeperof the baths. Bevel in Marble Baths. These naths are the joy of a Con gressman serving his first term. -He frequents them oftener than he ever dallied with the tub and tea kettb n the old home kitchen of a T Satur day night. He finds the same kind Id servants ready to help him.. He . assisted in divesting himself of s garments, and his faithful help an., old, darkey who is- carried on rolls as a "laborer"- wraps him a big, creamy Turkish towel. He Pceeds along the warm marble floor Hhegigantic basin called a bath tl It is a solid block of whitest mble, : voluptiously carved into a and jStted with gleaming silver fts, through which gushes filter t or cold water. - The attendant qaf ter the water supply, produces a tb cakfi ff; PTnPiis!ri snan " fn-r t neither and proceeds to initiate ha j man from Podiink never jex pened a bath like that before. He closefais eyes and imagines he is rdf a harem in Stamboul. The h'T gurgle of the water, the ex Pn'tjanipulajtion bfthe attendant, the t 0f attar of roses, and the OItJight of fluffy, blankets and towels a downy couch lull him to immxft6 15 u"'er,'be1. He is j "Wrom telephone, beU or per- ' ,.1 HI CON m M MB sonal call. When bp neA., he i, rubbed hSS seur who is paid a'& a'meespnwr and if he is a little languid and likes the sensation, an electric massage machine is applied to his sensitive shoulders and trunk. If his ", nails need polishing, a manicure is at hii service. Then the - atteudant helps to dress him and he returns via the elevator to the hall of the , House, .ready to Tead the newspaper and write letters to constituents. The morning's pleasures, from the mo ment the overcoat 4is removed by the servant until the luncheon hor, have not cost the Congreseman a cent. ! ' All at Expense of People....-' " These baths, massage treatments, barber shops, etc., are maintained at the excise of th people of the Unit ed Stales. Tkese are about twentv exquisitely fitted haJirponis on EeT House side of the Capitej, eaeh with its attendant ready, to administer the poppy of repose to the. weary states man, without money and without price except :for the oceasionel tip. There are Russian, .Turkish', Roman and Swedish bathing arrangement's, all administered by skilled attendants who do nothing else and who are de scribed officially as laborers; messen gers, or clerks. Some of these bath attendants are paid liberal salaries, but through the method adopted by Congress in paying them, it is im possible to tell what they get. One of the old-time attendants, who de veloped especial skill, and wlut re cently died leaving a comfortable fortune, is suppose to have received $3,0(0 a year in salary and tips. The barber who succeeds in getting a job in the House barber shon is envipd by his fellows. It is a poor year when ue cannot make $12,000, working only six months. The member from Podunk, if he is wise, soon discovers that the House restaurant is a pleasant nlace. with its courteous waiters who have serv ed great men time out of mind. They j iii- . . ueac me new members well, and if he is the right sort he soon finds delicate tit-bits on his plate which are un known to the vulgar horde. The mv sterious word goes down to the cook, "uiuwcs uiuisen m iasnion mg delicacies to suit the jaded. palate vi me 1-oaunk stateraan, whose pre wuu experience has been confined largely to beans, cracklm' bread and pot-liquor excellent nutrition in it self, but not arrogant in its meten sions. The member discovers also a method of buying choice Havanas a little under the regular rate. King in His Committee Boom. In his committee room the Podunk lawgiver reigns a little kiug. ' He, sits at a soiia manongany desk with an tique brass trimmings. His chair is big, roomy and softly upholstered, either in leather or velvet. On the walls of the finer rooms are paint ings, the work of gifted artists brought to Washington especially for the purpose of adorning the walls wUh their art. Occasionallv, when an especially fine painting is in need of shelter, -the Podunk ' Congressman nuds a place for it on the walls of uis, .committee room. Some of these paintmgs are the work of American masters, for which Congress paid as high as $25,000. They represent in spiring scenesr from the national his tory, artfully calculated to arouse the smoulderins" fires of nntrlnfism in the breast of the man from Podunk. At home, in Podunk, the elect of his fellows is ready to drink out of a tin dipper, or even from the old oaken bucket. But at the Capitol he hnds thatApolinaris.- White Rock Great Bear and half, a dozen other mineral waters are necessary. His secretary draws liberally on those supplies, which: , are paid for, of course, by the Treasurv. They are placed in a refrigerator." with plenty, of ice and during the hot months are consumed m enormous quantities. The "general public" discovered Ion ago that expensive mineral water wa tree at. the Capitol, and many a thirs ty hanger-on regales himself at the public expense. Sometimes, the wife of "th mem ber from Podunk wishes to shine' a miie social at small expense. Then ii AorKs tne graft of the Botanic hardens. A government emplove drives to the member's house in a government, wagon -irtid deposits a load, of choice ,tu t lowers, potted plants, -etc;; from the government gardens. After the dinner, Mrs. Po dunk enhances her reputation for charity by sending flowers to the poor. In the course of a winter influ ential' legislators, some times obtain thousands of dollars' worth of flow ers from the government without ex- pending a cent. Medicines Ttrrnished Free. If the feast of good -things should upset the Podunker. 'he lansniidlv touches the bell at his desk and sends' ms iaitntul colored messenger to the Sergeant-at-Arms, with a request for some medicine. The Sergeant-at-Arms keeps himself solid with th rwmat- Lers by .looking after their bodilv health. , In order to do this he must have a good assortment of drugs, and of course, the government foots the bill. There are pills galore, bro mo seltzer, quinine, calomel and a hundred other remedies prescribed by physicians." If a member should be seriously and suddenly ill, there is usually among his 'colleagues a prac ticing physician, .who prescribes for him at government expense. All members of Congress enjoy the "courtesv" of the tWrarl, telephone eompanieWbat il tSey can send messages free anywhere Z I ... .. . . ' ISI'' -..puuuia Ur iurnisned to memDers at theirj residences at re1 auced rates, and Sometimes free Of vourse, tey are entitled to, newspa pers, which are . delivered at their homes and paid for by Uiicle .Sam. Occassionallyva Senator takes.a Iikin to a magazine and has-it sent to his house. -But the bill goes to the Cap itol and is paid by the good-natured bergeant-at-Arms. As the session draws to a close the Podunk statesman finds he lias madj a number of good friends amono- his colleagues, and it pains him to think that he must be separated from them tor several months while he is plod ding away in his dingy law office at i ottunt. .- So a junket is is arranged, BUUW y special ruflman train nr ,kv . special government steamer, for the jWJPo Oof "inspecting" the wild Wgst r Porto Rico, or the Panama cal. These junketing- trains and stBcmsr are luxuriously furnished, and the.Sregeaut-at-Arms has charge of them, seeing that the membeTs are treated to the best food, wines, ci gars, etc., that. jmoney will buv. 'Future Eull of Promise. .When the new House and Senate palaces are. completed there will bea better opportunity for the Srgeant-at-Arms to carry out his pi a us for. the comfort of the lawmakers. He is cramped now, but when he will have everything handy. In the first place, each member will, then have a" stately office, fitted with new mahogany fur niture, costly rugs and paintings. There will be 410 of these offices in the House palace aud the Senate-palace, will contain ninety-nine suites of two rooms each.- A Senator's office will be l(i by 25 feet, with' high ceil ing, and his secretary will struggle along in room -12 by 25 feet in sue. The dining room in the" Senate building will be thirty feet wide and 65 feet long, two stories in height, with an ornate ellipitical ceiling. The House dining-room will be the same size on the second floor with a ceil ing two. stories high. The dining room will be finished in ornamental plaster, with paintings and sculpture, it will overlook the library of Con gress. In each building will be a great ro tunda, not as large as the Capitol ro tunda, but more richly designed, with columns of pure white marble, appro priate statuary, and mural decora tions. Heavy marble intramural stair ways will add richness to the effect, and twelve elevators will be provid ed. ' From the House palace to the Cap itol and thence to the State palace, will be cut a subway, with a complete electric tramway system, supplied with luxurious little cars for the use of lawmakers. The careworn member from Podunk, if he wishes to escape the importunities of his constituent- can descend in an eleva'tor, step into an upholstered car and be whisked across to the Capitol or to the Senate palace. There he can emerge in an other elevator nearly a quarter of a mile away from his tormentors. The public at large will of course be ex cluded from the tramway. The subway will be richly tiled, ventilated and warmed by the same power that pro pels the trams, and brilliantlv lighted. Warm in Winter; Cool in Bummer.' A new power-house, designed to ventilate, light and heat the Canitnl and the two legislative palaces is now m process ot building not far distant, at a cost of $2,000,000. All the appliances will be underground. With the new power-house comnleted the Capiiol will be overhauled and a new ventilatinir sx-stpm incf.n0j which will heat each room indenon- aenuy. Automatic thermostats will j. ii . . .. .. keep the temperataures constant and m warm weather cool air will be torced into the myriad of rooms. The same system will be installed of course, in the Senate and House buildings. When the weather becomes hot to ward Uhe end of a lon sejssion of Congress, Apolinaris lemonade in enormous quantities' is prepared by the culinary department in either end of theCapitol. This beverage is pre pared without regard to expense, and dispensed with a lavish hand. If a tired member wishes stick in it, he has merely to turn 'to his little priv ate cabinet, wherev rare old Bour bon; rye, Scotch, and .various li quors are nestled. Sometimes plebeian beer is preferred, and it is always forthcoming. The sale of- intoxicat ing liquor is prohibited both in the Senate and the House wings, but this does not prevent a Legislator from obtaining the inspiration necessary to make eloquent speecbes and prepare Avise laws for a billion-dollar Con gress? Is it not a billion-dollar Congress? Shall the ox be muzzled that treads out the corn ? Shall the patient assof legislation be ' denied his bundle of thistles? Nay, nay, says the member j from Podunk as he vbtes unanimous ly lor the little perquisite and sal aries for servants who make life bear able for him - in Washington. - These are some of the reasons why Congressmen- from Maine to Califor nia are. fighting furiously to retain their pleasant upholstered seats in Congress. .- There is no subject talked so much about in this country as baseball. There is nothing that is so much read about, notes 7the Ohio State Journal. War extras in the days of the Rebel lion were not more eagerly snatched up' than basefall news of today. They are the daily diet of millions of peo ple who think cr talk about little else. - . r . :. IMl AFFAIRS Items of Interest From Many Parts of the State MINOR MATTERS OF STATE NEWS Happenings of More or Less Import ance Told in Paragraphs The Cot ton Markets. - Charlotte Cotton Market: . 1 lue prices i i"il io va3ons : v Good mi"Hrft;f 1 4- Stnt middling. . Mildlin.... . ...10 . . .10 .9 3-3 t a Good middling, tinged .".;.; totams " -, o - - - ..... ... --1--VICO J.-. General Cotton .Market. Galveston, firm 7 " . ew Orleansfirm..-.. Mobile, steady. ... Savannah, steady . : . . Charleston, steady. . . Wilmington, steady . . . Norfolk, steady. ... Baltimore, steady .... New York. 'quiet Philadelphia, steady.. Augusta, steady Memphis, quiet .. ....9 5-16 ....95-16 .9 X-8 9 13 9 . .,...91-8 ....9 3-8 . . . .9 5-8 .... 9.80 . . . .10.05 . ..9 5-3 91-16 Charlotte Produce Market. Chickens Sprinsr . ..1225 3o Hens Per head.; Ducks Eggs .... .. Rye .. Corn. Cotton Seed. .. Oats Feed.. .. . Oats Seed.... .25 .. ...2422 SO , 7375 IS - ' 4750 .' . . . 5055 Baltimore Produce. Flour dull, unchanged. Wheat sta ler; -spot contract 681-2 to 68 5-8; Southern 45 to 63. Corn firmer; spot 54 to 541-8; Sou thern white 55. to 561-2; do yellow 521-2 to 541-2. Oats firmer; No. 2, mixed 341-2 to 35. Rye steady; No'. 2, Western 64 to 65. Butter steady and unchanged; fancy imitation 20 to 21; do creamery 25 to 26. Do ladle 18 to 20; store packed 16v to 17. Eggs steady 24. Cheese active and unchanged 13 to 13 1-2. Sugar steady and unchanged. On Trial For His Life. Dallas, Special. The trial of John Y. Kincaidof Bessemer City for the murder of Will Brown was "begun in Gaston Superior Court Thursday morning. The court room was crowd ed throughout the day and unusual interest is being manifested in the case. The deed for whicbvKincaid is now answering to the court was com mitted on the morning of August 1st in the back room of a store near the passsenger depot at Bessemer City when he shot Brown to death claim ing that the latter had betrayed his sister. Brown had just that morrrhnr married a young woman of "Bessemer City and had come to the depot with the intention of leaving on an early iram with his bride for a trip to xhiviiic, v a. Claude A. Matthews Dead. Asheville, Special. Mr. Claude A ' Matthews died at 11.45 o'clock Thurs day night at the Kenil worth Inn.. His wife and phild who arrived from Chrlotte at 7:45 o'clock Thursday night, were at his bed-side when the end came. Mr. Matthws regained consciousness about ten minutes be fore he died and, recognized his wife. Mr. Matthews was-. Jbr, a number of years city editor of the Charlotte Ev ening News, and was popular and .well liked. He was a painstaking and careful writer and had won a high place in the esteem of his employers. He was about 36 years old and leaves a Avife and one child. - . New Hotel For Spencer. Spencer, Special. Spencer is to have a new hotel in the near fnt.nrA which will be owned and operated by Murray Brothers, of this place. This firm had leased the Michael & Peacock building", which is centrally located and which will be converted into a hotel with all modern conven iences. - The new hostelry will be op en to the public about November 1st. Reward Tor Alleged Murderer. Raleigh, Special The Governor of fers a reward r$200 for Irvm jpea tross, who on Sunday, ; August 5th, near tne Alt. Airv srranite ouarrv. I'll -. ' Kinea J. r. Timmons. Featross-and his ; two brothers and Timmons had been drinking the 'night before. The next, morning as Timmons was walk ing aiong, a highway Ringing, Pea tross and his brother appeared armed and told his to hold ud his hands. Then Irvin. shot him in the.abdomen. As Tnnmons fell Peatross threaten ed to shoot again hut in a. moment Timmons was dead. Hardin is Found Guilty. Greensboro, Special. The jury in the case of United States vs. R. H. Hardin returned a verotct of guilty o f the third count and not guilty as to all other counts. The third count charges that the defendant neglect fully and designedly permitted James Ledbetter to carry on the business of illicit distilling, with intent, to de-' fraud the government of the taxes on the .spirits manufactured. 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