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Membera of Congress "Haze" Op
ponents of Free Seeds.— Confusion
Precedes Final Vote on Bill-—Agri
cultural Oratory.
When the House of Representatives
took np the agricultural appropriation
bill, quite a discussion arose over the
elimination of the usual free seed item
by the committee on agriculture. The
House gave to the country during the
days of debate, a spectacle that else
where than on the floor of that parlia
mentary body, would have been known
as "rough house."
There was a great tendency to
"haze" members when they spoke in
defense of the action of the committee.
Much was said about the attempt to
strike down the hard-working farmer
and take from him that helping hand
in the shape of free seeds which had
been held out to him for so many
None of the advocates of free seeds
emphasized the fact that the total val
ue of the package containing five
small packets which forms the quota
sent to each farmer cost the govern
ment 1 Vi cents, and that each member
had the enormous sum of $150 worth
of these seeds to distribute among his
entire constituency. The arguments
advanced sought to prove that the
withdrawal of this subsidy of less than
2 cents to each farmer would drive the
entire agricultural voting strength of
the country into bankruptcy.
Some of the speeches made will g©
rolling down the "corridors of time"
as specimens of that matchless elo
quence always on tap in the House of
Representatives when a great national
issue is up for consideration.
Mr. Henry, of Connecticut, submit
ted innumerable letters from his con
stituents and from organized granges
urging the abolishment of the free-seed
practice. Mr. Mondell, of Wyoming,
delivered himself of a humorous
speech in which he poked fun at the
Department Mr. Burleson, of Texas,
opposed free seeds because he did not
believe the intelligent farmers of the
country expected the government to
aid them in tueir business. Farmers,
under all circumstances, he said, had
supported the government and never
expected the government to support
Mr. Burleson paid his respects,
rather sarcastically, to certain mem
bers who advocated free seeds on the
floor and then in the cloak rooms
sneered at the "Reubens" and "hay
seeds" who demanded them. Mr. Bur-
"Where Are Buried 2G.000 Union and Confederate Dead.
1. Monument to 2,111 "Unknown Dead."
2. Mansion House of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
3. Amphitheatre Where Memorial Services Are Held.
leson challenged anybody to show a
single resolution" passed by an organ
ized body of farmers favoring this
"species of graft."
Mr. Mondell held the attention of
the House until he had concluded, and
his speech was the one cool, dispassion
ate episode of the day. "The question
is," said he, "Shall we continue to en
dear ourselves to the hearts of our
constituents by distributing among
them a few packages annually of seeds
of unknown vintage and uncertain
heredity of the fragrant onion, the
luscious rutabaga, and the humble but
glorious — 'the kind that mother used to
make — pie promoting pumpkin, or shall
we, with Spartan self-denial, forego
this ancient and potent promoter of
our claims to statesmanship?"
Mr. Mondell concluded by convulsing
the House with a famous poem writ
ten by the "poet lariat" of his State
on the subject under discussion by
the House.
When Mr. Cocks, the representative
of President Roosevelt's district on
Long Island, began to denounce the
free-seed evil he soon had the House
by the ears. Messrs. Sulloway and
(Continued on next page.)
The Amador Ledger.
Regulations In France Which Rigidly
Prohibit the Cornering of Neces
sary Commodities.
It seems that our anti-trust and mon
oply crusaders might learn something
from the methods employed in our
Sister Republic of France. There,
capitalists are limited in their opera
tions of "cornering" commodities. This
applies particularly to those products
which are considered necessities of
life, such as grain and its products,
bread, meat, wine, vegetables, fruit,
butter, vinegar, coal, wool, silk, etc.
Any "cornering" of such articles Is a
criminal offense in France. It has been
so, with varying forms of penalties
dealt out, since 1793. The offense has
been made so broad and sweeping that
it now includes all persons who de
stroy or permit to perish merchandise
of prime necessity, whether it is their
property or not.
The criminal code prohibits mani
pulations tending to bring about an
advance or fall in price that is not
warranted by the law of supply and
demand. The law does not include
tobacco, of course, for tobacco is a
government monopoly and controlled
absolutely by it. The punishment met
ed out to the violators of this law con
sists of both Imprisonment and fine,
the term and amount being measured
by the magnitude of the offense. In
addition to this the offending manu
facturer, merchant, or manipulator has
his factory or business establishment
placed under police supervision, the ex
pense of which he pays for from two to
five years. There is no more trouble
in handling offending corporations
than individuals. Every director or
employee in a managerial capacity is
responsible. For a second offense, the
penalty is so severe that It would re
sult in the extermination of almost
any establishment.
No memorial day, or Decoration
Day, as it is more generally known,
has ever come around, since after
the institution of the observance, more
than thirty-flve years ago, when a
better state of feeling existed between
the North and South, and between
the men who fought in the war, than
now. There has been a decided ten
dency this year to all sorts of Blue and
Gray proceedings. The, Grand Army
posts an 3 the Confederate camps have
m'xed themselves up in a most genial
This does not mean that the special
value of the day, to the northerner, as
a commemoration of the services and
death of the Union soldier has lost its
fine edge. On the contrary, it has
gained in zest The soldier died for
the Union, and those who lay flowers
on hisgrave cannotdo so without think-
ing of the Union and its sacredness.
But the Union is now secure forever.
The rancors of war time are dead.
The work of the hero of that war is
complete. There is now no further
occasion for maintaining the conflict
that he had part in.
At the side of the soldiers' graves,
in this year of 1906, many stalwart
grandsons of men who are buried
there will stand with flowers in their
hands. 1865 was a good while ago.
A certain amount of the decorating
this year will be done by veterans'
great-grandsons. For there were old
fellows iv the ranks of Bull Run and at
Gettysburg on both sides. But there
were youngsters, too, and thousands of
these we have with us still. They are
honored above all other men, and pro
perly, on Memorial Day. It is their
day. Nothing can be more impressive
than their annual turnout. It is the
nation's most beautiful spectacle, and
the honoring of it weaves into Amer
ican lives the enduring pattern of
Boston baa a public school teacher —
Miss Clara Doane — who has taught
continuously for fifty-seven years.
Constituents Idolize Him-But They
are Preparing to Hold an Election
to Decide on Successor— in Case He
Something unusual is happening in
Alabama. The people unanimously
want Edmund Winston Pettus to con
tinue to serve them in the United
States Senate as long as he lives. Yet
they are preparing to hold an election
to decide upon his successor. The rea
son is that when Senator Pettus' pres
ent term expires, in 1909, he will be
88 years old, and the election is to be
held because Alabamans fear he will
not live longer than that. But "Grand
pa" Pettus is indignant. He says he
is as spry as he was at 60 and that he
expects to live out the whole six years
of another term. He is candidate for
re-election on the platform: "A man
is as young as he feels."
Senator Pettus had reached the time
for chloroforming, according to the
so-called Osier doctrine, back in '63 —
about the time he was performing
deeds of daring in defense of Vicks
burg, fighting with the Confederate
army. It seems that the situation had
become desperate; volunteers were
called for a forlorn hope. A brigade
of reckless Texans offered for the
service, and Pettus offered to lead.
And he did lead — led where fight was
hottest, and at the head of the column,
his six feet four looming large in front,
that protruding lower jaw set on tak
ing those works at any cost. Where
that tall figure rose and that black
straight mane waved those Texans
followed. They loved him for his dar
ing, and when all was done and they
learned that he was from Alabama
and not from Texas they insisted on
adopting him for their State, and by
one acclaim he was christened "Old
Texas." Pettus was a Forty-Niner.
He rode from Alabama to California
op horseback with a company of some
forty of his neighbors. He was a mere
lad then of twenty-eight, but had al
ready had adventures in the Mexican
war, in which he fought. At eighty
five his record is said to be something
like this: Enjoys a game of cards,
reads his Bible, loves flowers, runs no
bills, carries a red bandana, calls his
wife sweetheart, has a fund of subtle
humor, and being a Senator who works,
hasn't time to think whether the Grim
Reaper is twenty or only ten years
off. That, his friends believe, is a
good enough platform in itself.
Joys in Tree Planting.
In the early spring the tree fakir is
thriving upon the fad for foreign trees
and shrubs. About the time the snow
disappears in early spring the tree
fakir takes his grubbing hoe, his prun
ing shears and a ball of twine and goes
into the woods. There he grubs up tree
sprouts — sumach, oak, alianthus, hick
ory, beech, poplar, chestnut — or almost
anything else will serve his purpose.
These he trims and prunes and ties up
in bundles for removal to the place
where they are to be stored.
When the spring tidying up of the
home garden commences the tree fakir
makes his appearance in public. He
will show pictures of rare Japanese or
Chinese or Mexican or East Indian
shrub trees and offer to supply you
sprouts at a figure that is most invit
ing. You see an opportunity to get &
plant worth $12 for $1, and then you
think of the envy which that queer,
red-leafed, wide-spreading bush will
excite in the breast of your neighbor —
and you buy.
By and by you shout with Joy and
call your wife out to see the tiny
leaves, and then you begin to brag and
look down upon your neighbors. You
invite them in to see the wonder, and
you talk learnedly of horticulture in
Japan or the East Indies.
And then your glorious tree hursts
into leaf — when you discover that you
have bought an ordinary, common,
everyday sumach or a maple, or, per
haps, a scrawny little peach tree. Then
you lie in wait for him, and you meet
with another disappointment. He
doesn't come around any more.
The ratio of married couples living
to celebrate the golden anniversary is
1 to 11,000.
According to Pekin reports, the Chi
nese bandits are almost as active as
East Side rioters in New York.
A Milwaukee poetess won a barrel
of flour in a poetical contest. Few
poets are so lucky in landing the
"Chicago bristles," says Henry
James, proving that they took him on
the usual sightseeing trip through the
stockyards — hogs and cattle.
The baby that was born in a parlor
car on the Lake Shore road can claim
that whatever success he achieves later
in life was due to early training.
Henry James calls himself a "frus
trated American." Those of us who
have tried to understand Mr. James'
books belong in the same class.
The Washington State Supreme
Court has given George H. Melse $14,
000 for the loss of a leg. George's
financial standing is now assured.
Dr. Wiley, the Government Chemist,
is looking into the question of how long
refrigerator plants may keep food with
out detriment to the consumer. He is.
of course, after the cold facts.
The Best Way to Get Brooms Was
to Beg the Money and Buy Them.
A veteran of the civil war, in com
menting on the so-called Panama
circumlocution office, gave some amus
ing reminiscences of the working of
the "rep tape" during the days of 1861.
"I was quartermaster sergeant in a
New York regiment and had been
detailed to assist in handling a bunch
of recruits," he said. "At the end of
the first week I discovered that we
were out of brooms, and when I re
ported the matter to the lieutenant he
told me to stop off at the ordnance
store when I rode in to get the rations.
President United Daughters of the Confederacy.
I made out a requisition for half a
dozen brooma and he signed it. When
I got to the store I showed it to the
sergeant in charge and he laughed at
" 'You must get it signed by the
major,' he said.
"I finally hunted up the major and
he told me that the order must be on
army form 790.897K, and not on
foolscap. I told him that my party
were recruits and we had no station
ery. He told me to go or to send to
Washington and get some. I explained
that this would take long and that the
brooms would not do any good if we
did not get them sooner. He then
asked if the lieutenant was the com
mander of my corps. I answered that
of course he was not. 'Then,' I was
told, 'he must put under his name
"For Officer Commanding.' "
"I went back to camp, and after
writing out a new requisition had the
desired improvement made. "When I
returned to the major he explained
that it was all wrong. Instead of
saying 'required for such a regiment
and company, six brooms,' I should
have concluded it with 'brooms six.'
I scratched out the line and rewrote
it. I was then told such corrections
were not allowed, and a new requsi
tlon was necessary. I drew up a new
one and asked if it was all right.
The major reluctantly said he thought
it would pass. I then rode back to
camp and got it signed. Taking it to
the ordnance store I was informed that
nothing could be issued on such an
>rder. It had to bo registered. I asked
for further particulars, and was in
formed that this could be done at the
major's office. Once more I trotted
back and eventually a corporal placed
my paper under a little stamp and in
flicted a mark something like a no
tary's seal. Again I went to the ord
nance store.
" 'Is this all right now,' I asked.
" 'Yes,' answered the sergeant. 'It's
a bit irregular, but it will do.'
" 'May I have the brooms now?'
" 'You can't have them at all,' an
swered the sergeant, severely.
"'Why, in Heaven's name, can't I?'
" 'Because,' he replied as he turned
away, we haven't any. We are all
out of them.' "
Scrutinize your change carefully; a dan
gerous counterfeit thousand dollar bill has
been discovered.
Pirates have stolen a Standard Oil vessel.
There Is apparently no longer honor among
members of the profession.
Dr. Wiley, chief chemist of the Agricul
tural Department, says that bottled whis
key Is the safest. Of course It Is, as long
as It stays bottled.
The Chicago News says that a man may
flirt with some of the girls all the time
and all of the girls some of the time; but
that no man has a right to flirt with all
the girls all the time.
It Is solemnly assorted that the two great
political parties together, only spent four
million dollars during the last presidential
campaign. How could they manage to pay
for stationery alouc with such a miserly
Strove for Years to Unite Various
Southern State Organizations-
Active Worker in Many Charitable
Few have accomplished more for
living patriotism as well as perpetuat
ing the memory of the heroic dead of
the Southland than Mrs. M. C. Good
lett, of Nashville, Term., the founder
and first president of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy. No
one but a woman of such force of
character united to the social training
that comes from inheritance through
a long line of ancestors, together with
parliamentary experience, could have
conceived and firmly established In so
short a time a society that now num
bers 40.000 members.
Mrs. Goodlett is very modest in
speaking of this cherished child of
to make a million people believe that so good a —
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hers, whose birth has given monu
ments and loving tribute to both liv
ing and dead Southern heroes. Her
object in uniting the women of the
South was to bring them together, to
pull shoulder to shoulder with the
Confederate -veterans in extending all
necessary aid to the needy survivors of
the war between the States; to protect
historic places of the Confederacy; to
record the part taken by Southern
women, as well in untiring effort after
the war in the reconstruction of the
South as In patient endurance of
hardship and patriotic devotion dar
ing the struggle; to honor the memory
of those who fell In the service of the
Confederate States; and to cherish
ties of friendship among the members
of the society.
She worked for years striving to
organize the United Daughters 6f the
Confederacy before even her own
association of which she was presi
dent would co-operate with her in call
ing a convention and Inviting other
Daughters of the Confederacy to unite
in forming a national association. At
this time, besides being President of the
Tennessee Daughters, she was a mem
ber of the National Conference of
Charities and Corrections, the ational
Prisoners Association, and the National
Humane Association, and was edu
cated up to the point where she could
see the advantage of consolidating the
scattered forces of Confederate work
ers who were few and far apart Her
work with the national associations
showed her the great possibilities in
concert of action, and, having time,
means, and social influence to back her
in the work, she determined to carry
out her plans, and unflinchingly fought
opposition from start to finish. The
result was that on September 10, 1894,
the Society of the United Daughtera of
the Confederacy was organized at
Nashville, Term.
When the Tenneseeans announced a
little over a month ago that they pro
posed to have a portrait of Mrs. Good
lett painted and placed in the museum
at Richmond, Va., appeals came at
once from the chapter of the States re
questing that they might also con
tribute toward honoring their founder.
The requests were complied with and
the portrait was unveiled at Nash
ville, Term., June 8, 1905.
At the Grant family dinner Major
General Frederick D. Grant told this
story on himself:
"I was booked to speak at a large
dinner in town and the toastmaster
felt it incumbent upon him to make
my path as smooth as possible. He
therefore spoke of my father and said
I strongly resembled him. This had
the desired effect on the people present,
and they gave me their best attention.
"Although I spoke as well as I could,
I felt that everyone was disappointed
in me and I sat down with relief that
it was over.
"The toastmaster rose and smiled
at me. Then he said to the guests:
" 'Didn't I tell you he was just like
his father? He can't speak worth a
cent' "

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