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When It comes to polities they do some
funny funny things la South Omaha.
If Governor Savage only pursued his
good Intentions more he would have to
explain loss.
The name of Governor Savage is not
a thing to conjure with In republican
primaries at Omaha.
No name should be placed on the re
publican state ticket for which an ex
planation or defense will have to be
The republican state convention should
steer clear of the dark horse. Tast ex
perience, with dark horses has not
proved satlsfactoryi
Hardly much likelihood of any fusion
convention In Nebraska requiring more
than 150 ballots to reach a choice as to
candidates this year.
It is to be hoped that in the revision
and equalization of taxes the Board of
County Commissioners will not make
flesh of one and fish of another.
Omaha still holds its position as the
econd pork packing center of America,
and the prospect is that it will continue
to hold it for some time to come.
Irrigation means more land for culti
ration in the semi-arid regions and more
land for cultivation means more settlers
to consume the products of mill and
factory, from which labor derives em
ployment. If State Treasurer Stuefer reads the
temper of the rank and file of repub
licans aright, he will relieve his friends
by reasserting his determination not to
accept a rcnomtnatlon at the hands of
the state convention.
A comparative table of the amount of
dog tax collected . at Omaha, Kansas
City, Denver and Council Bluffs reduced
to per capita percentages may be looked
for in the next bulletin to be issued by
the railroad tax bureau.
county commissioner Connolly . pro
claims an ardent doslre to reform the
ttounty hospital manuguiunt by taking
It out of politics. This Is a frank ad
inlsslou that the hospital management
has iM'en a football of politics right
Nebraska contingent id Oklahoma
keeps well up in the front of the federal
pie counter. John Jensen, formerly a
very active factor in Fillmore county
pontics, mis just Deep, reappointed as
agent of four or five Indian tribes in
Indian territory.
Later in the campaign, when the
stream of literature under congressional
frank begins to flow out of Washing
ton, the people will understand better
that most of the oratory with which
congress is being regaled from day to
day is Intended solely for home con
When it comes to selecting a camll
date for lieutenant governor Nebraska
republicans in state convention should
not fall to realize the Importance of the
position. No one can foretell when the
contingency may arts to impose upon
the Ik-utenunt governor the duties and
functions of the governor.
. i .iu
la spite of the fifteenth amendment,
which prohibits all discriminaton on ac
count of race, color or previous coudl
tlon, the commissioner of Internal reve
nue has Just issued an order to tax
compounds of lard and cow fat traveling
under the label of home made butter
whenever it is given an octoroon color.
If united States revenue offlcers can
violate tha constitution with impunity,
wbat ara w coming to next
Several prominent gentlemen hare
sent a petition to congress nuking that
Joint ppeelal committee be n pointed
to Investigate conditions In the I'hlllp-
Ines, pnst and present. They suggest
that the committee le of sutllcleiit size
to command puMIc confidence by con
taining representatives of toth parties
and advoeates of nil different lines of
ollry, to the end tlmt full Information
may bo elicited "and the greatest ios-
sible volume of variant light shed upon
the duties and obligations which this
people have had forced upon them or
oluntnrily assumed." They request
that the committee be so constituted t
to enable it to cover the entire Held of
Investigation within the limited time at
its disposal and suggest that it should
be accompanied by a body of experts.
military and civil, representing the med
ical, sanitary, industrial and other scl-
ntlfie phases Involved "In the great
nd complex problem to be considered."
In the. opinion of the petitioners "on the
spot and in this way only can the Amer
ican people be properly and fully nd-
Ised as to tLe duties and obligations
now Imposed upon them."
The first question that presents Itself
Is as to whether such a committee Is
necesRiuy and whether Its investigation
would have any real value. It Is pro
posed by these gentlemen that the gov
ernment shall spend many thousands of
dollars lu sending a number of men of
varying views to the Philippines, ac
companied by scientific experts, and
hat assurance enn there be that such
committee would give congress nnd the
country more complete nnd better In
formation regarding conditions In the
rchlpelngo than can be secured through
the Philippine commission and the mil
itary authorities in the island? The men
composing the commission are capable,
honorable and trustworthy. There are
officers In the army fully qualified to
give Information upon the scientific
phases of the problem. It would seem
that these sources are ample from which
to obtain all the Information that con
gress may require and that to send such
committee to the archipelago as
Messrs. Adams, Carnegie and the
others propose would be a waste
f money. Doubtless there are some
things yet to be learned In regard
to the Philippines, some conditions as to
which fuller and more accurate knowl
edge is desirable, but It Is not apparent
that It Is necessary to send a special
committee and a body of experts there
In order to obtain whatever additional
Information congress may need or wish.
We have the means of securing it al
ready In the Philippines and it can be
had without drawing more money out
of the national treasury.
It seems safe to assume that this
will be the view of a majority in con
gress. ExlBtlng conditions in the Phil
ippines appear to be quite satisfactory.
The Insurrection is ended and the work
of the civil authorities Is making prog
ress. Legislation is pending which If
enacted will promote good feeling and
bring about a general Improvement in
conditions. We cannot see any sound
and sufficient reason for sending a spe
cial committee to the Philippines.
The nomination of Moses P. Klnkaid
as the republican candidate for congress
in the Sixth Nebraska district ought to
insure the redemption of that district
to the republicans in the next national
house of representatives. Judge Klnkaid
went into the nominating convention as
the leading candidate and held his
trength without diminution through 170
ballots and won out by the steadfast
ness of bis supporters. Having twice
made the race under adverse conditions,
it was ho more than fair that he should
be made the candidate again, when
everything points to success, provided
only a vigorous and aggressive cam
paign Is waged. For this the wide ac
quaintance of Judge Klnkaid in the dis
trict and his experience In previous
canvasses will surely serve In good
The people of the Sixth district have
been enjoying unprecedented and con
stantly increasing prosperity since the
administration of national affairs under
republican policies. The effects of re
publican prosperity have been seen In
the steadily weakening grip oi me iu
sionlsts, at one time all-powerful there.
which ought to be entirely shaken oft
at the coming election. The ability of
Judge Klnkaid to represent his coustit
ueucy with credit in congress is con
ceded by alL He is closely identified
with the various interests of his section
of the state, whose advancement will
certainly be substantially promoted by
bis election.
The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce
a few days ago adopted a resolution ask
ing congress to pass such legislation as
will confer upon the Interstate Com
merce commission power to enforce its
findings and it will ask all chambers of
commerce lu the United States to Join
with it in petitioning congress for this
legislation. Undoubtedly there will be a
favorable roepouse from most if not all
of these commercial organizations,
which represent the shipping interest
of the country and have iu the past ex
pressed themselves in favor of strength
euiug the authority of the Interstate
Commerce commission.
It the petitions of these bodies are to
have any effect at the present session
of congress they must be made promptly,
is now indicated the session will las
but a few weeks more and It appvurs
very doubtful whether tl;e proposed
amendments to the interstate commerce
law will be acted upon at this session
There are two measures proposing
amendments which differ In important
respects aud utiles a compromise shall
be effected, which is questionable, the
matter is likely to go over to the next
session, which being the short session
would give opportunity to those hostile
to the proposed legislation to defeat
action and thus leave the question for
the next congress. Of course the rail
road Influence will be exerted to this
It Is to be regretted that the com
mercial Interests of the country hare
not manifested greater concern In this
cry important matter and taken earlier
the course now advised by the Pittsburg
haniber of Commerce. An earnest np-
lenl to congress early In the session by
the commercial bodies of the country,
followed by active and persistent effort
to secure consideration for the needed
legislation, would probably have had the
desired result However, present action
by thes organizations may not be
Tho mist In which tho Mercer cam
paign has been enveloied and en
shrouded is gradually lifting and a
glimpse of the chessboard on which our
non-resident congressman proposes to
maneuver for a sixth term nomination
s furnished by the Omaha corre
spondent of the Lincoln Journal, who
gets his Inspiration direct from the Mer
cer board of strategy.
It Is an open secret thnt the plans for
the stealthy capture of Sarpy and
Washington counties for Mercer were
carefully laid In Omaha and approved
at Washington weeks ago. Being cock
sure of Sarpy county, the call for the
county convention expressly provided
for the election of delegates to the con
gressional convention whenever and
wherever It might be held. In Wash-
ugton county, however, a loophole was
left open by having the call Ingeniously
worded so as to negative the selection
of delegates In case the congressional
committee failed to call a district con
vention before June 7. With full knowl
edge that no call for a congressional
convention had yet been issued, the
Mercerlte contingent in the Washington
county convention elected fifteen dele
gates to the congressional convention
and pledged them to Mercer.
The unexpected outcome in Sarpy
county, where tho issue was squarely
fought out in the primaries, followed by
the election of an anti-Mercer delega
tion, completely upset the original plan
and now It Is given out thnt Mercer's
congressional committee proposes to ig
nore the action of both the Washington
and Sarpy county conventions by reviv
ing the Blackburn call of two years ago,
which overrides all the couuty commit
tees and arrogates to Itself the power
of making the apportionment of dele
gates to the congressional convention
by ward and precinct and conducting
the primaries under its own arbitrary
regulations designed to embarrass Mer
cer's competitors and place them at a
But the plans of men and mice oft
gang aglee. The republicans of this dis
trict will not countenance any Jugglery
or trickery that would either disfran
chise the majority or foist upon the
party a candidate" who is not the free
and untrammelled choice of the iua-
ority of the party.
Issuing misleading bulletins may be
entertaining diversion for the railroad
tax bureau, but the question to be an
swered by the supreme court is Why
should the railroad franchises, which
constitute the most valuable part of
their property, go untaxed, while prop
erty owners without special privileges
have to pay disproportionate taxes?
The announcement is made that Web
ster Davis is through with politics and
will remove to New York. This Is not
entirely exact. Webster Davis got
through with politics two years ago,
when he made his lightning change
transit from the Philadelphia convention
to the Kansas City convention.
Some of the Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, who are now seeing the sights
In San Francisco, may be disinclined to
furnish a schedule of detailed specifica
tions of the sights when they come
home. That also will be handed down
to future generations among the sublime
By the way, what has become of the
monthly statements showing the
amounts and whereabouts of county
funds that County Treasurer Elsasser
started out to give the public? Are
these exhibits reserved only for the
period Just before and after election?
Dade Jolts for Cupid.
Cleveland Leader.
Eight Injunction have been Issued In Ne
braska to prevent the marriage of a frisky
octogenarian. Who will say that the power
of the courts is not being abused in thai
Good Head for Business.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Italy's youDg king must have a long head
for business. His Investment In American
coal mines shows that he Is an intelligent
student of the world's industrial commer
cial development.
Innovations of Peace.
Minneapolis Times.
Swords will not be beaten Into plowshares
In South Africa nor spears Into pruning
hooks, but It U said that arrangements
have been made for the sale of the barb
wire trochas to the Boers at a nominal
price for use in making fences. Thus the
wire that stopped the fierce Boer, or tailed
to stop him, will keep peace-loving klne
within proper bounds hereafter and may
it serve warlike uses no more forever.
Misdirected Generosity.
Kansas City Star.
Cuba confers no favor on this country
In grautlng amnesty to all Americans con
fined in its pririons. By this act Neeley,
the convicted postofflce boodler, goes free.
It would have been much better if the
Cubans bad chosen some other method of
showing their gratitude to the American
people. Creating justice to oblige a coun
try that Is not concerned for the libera
tion of thieves is good feeling sadly mis
directed. Canada Eiuerleaces a Chill.
Philadelphia Record.
Consternation has been created in Canada
by the proposed syndicate boycott against
outside steamship lines running to Can
adian ports. It Is feared 'that Immigration
to Canada may either be obstructed by
excessive charges or diverted by antagon
istic solicitation through syndicate agencies
In Europe and arrangements with trunk
Uses of railway la the Inlted States. There
is already talk In the Canadian newspapers
of the maintenance of an efficient trans
atlantic jmasenger service. If. It b" neces
sary, by the aid of a government subvention.
School ntlona Banished.
Wsshlngton Tost.
Hon. William M. Stewart declares that
when a state has money it doesn't need
sympathy. This la sufficient to prove that
the gentleman from Nevada has been able
to rid bis Intellectual system of all the
virus It ahsorbed from "Coin's Financial
Cry In "Hold, EnonKh."
Chicago Chronicle.
No matter what the motive of the sen
atorial opposition to the Danish treaty, the
opposition la to be encouraged. No sane
man who is not financially Interested will
contend that we want any more Islands.
The recent Job lot is enough for all needs
during the next half century.
Bound to Be Curbed.
Cleveland Leader.
The bigger the trusts grow and the
greater the power they wield the more
surely they will come Into contact with
the authority of the nation, represented
by its chosen officials. That is a'ceitainty
based not merely on laws, but on the vital
elements of human nature. -When organiza
tions become great enough their very size
must make their character and effects the
urgent business of the state.
Timely Word of Caution.
Norfolk News.
The Omaha Bee wisely cautions Nebraska
republicans to exercise great care in the
selection of candidates for the state legis
lature. Many questions of prime impor
tance will be submitted to the coming body
and men who are thoroughly reliable should
be nominated. There will be no election
of United States senators to interrupt the
work of the body and the men nominated
should be selected with a special view to
their fitness for grappling with questions
of purely local Importance. Ia so doing
the republicans will not only pave the way
to succeea In their various districts this
fall, but will be Instrumental In securing
a legislature that will be a credit to the
people and of value to the state, and there
fore strengthen ' the republican party for
ensuing campaigns. Voters attending the
primaries and caucuses should ' remember
this sound advice and see to It that men
are choacn, not merely because they are
good fellows and have a political pull, but
because they have an ability to quickly
and permanently get on the right side of
questions of vital concern to tbe state.
Opponents of the republican party will be
prompt to take advantage of any weak
nesses that may be left In the legislative
ticket by, a neglect to observe wiee discre
tion in tbe selection of candidates.
Serious Objections to a Scheme Likely
to Breed Paalc.
Phljddelphla Ledger.
Something akin to a bank trust la about
to be organized, hut there is, fortunately,
no danger that it will gain a monopoly of
the business. The present company, with
a capital of $5,000,000 and surplus of 145,
000,000, is not to engage directly in the
banking business, but is simply to buy a
controlling Interest In banks throughout the
country and direct their affairs in combina
tion. It is to own a national bank in New
York and the offlcers of tbe corporation
are to be the officers of the banks. In the
chief financial center of the country and
in each of the state capitals a controlling
interest in one '.national bank will be pur
chased and the affairs of all the institu
tions will be .directed from New York.
There can be no run upon the parent cor
poration, for It will not be doing a banking
business, but there might be a run upon
one or more of the banks in the combina
tion and the several banks would be so in
timately connected that disaster to one
would probably bring ruin upon all. There
would also be great temptation to a con
centration of capital in New York for spec
ulative use, with its attendant dangers. Tbe
prospectus states, of course, only the fa
vorable view of the combination, such .as
facility in making exchanges and the trans
fer of funds from one part of the country
to aaother to meet 'the varying demands of
the seasons, but it Is extremely doubtful
whether these advantages outweigh the
risks Involved.
The healthiest banks are local concerns
whose stockholders and officers are known
to each other and whose business is pro
moted and closely watched by all. The
officers of the new corporation recognize
the necessity of having local stockholder!
interested In the branch banks, and for
that reason do not propose to hold any
thing more than a bare majority of the
stock in such banks, leaving tbe remainder
to be taken by local business men so as to
Interest them in the bank. Large as the
proposed corporation appears to be, it is
insignificant compared with the vast bank
ing interests of the country and there is
little danger that it would grow into a
monopoly or in any way gain control of tbe
banking business, but It might do a great
deal of mischief to other financial Inter
ests in an indirect way. Its failure, for ex
ample, after It had established its chain of
banks throughout the country or the break
ing of a link in the chain would probably
create a panic, that would affect disas
trously all other financial Institutions. The
tendency of the times is toward comblna
tlons with great capital and there is in one
sense no more reason why such a comblna
tlon should not own banks than there la
why another should not own sugar mills or
another steel works. But In addition to the
objections brought to bear against all great
combinations of capital tending to the cre
ation of a monopoly there Is special objec
tion to a combination dealing with money
and exchanges. The alightest accident to
such a combination, after It should be well
established, might bring (temporary) dis
aster to the entire nation.
, M.
If Yoa Wish to Live Lon "choose
Long-Lived Aaeeators.
American Medicine.
A new book upon centenarians has lately
been published, written by Mr. T. K. Young.
late president of the Institute of Actuaries
of England. The records of life insurance
and annuity societies have been ransacked
and among over 800,000 insured persons be
has been able to find only twentytwo cases
of centenarians. The oldest of these waa i
woman who lived 105 years and 8 months
He accepts as demonstrated the mythical
character of the story of tbe bfe of Henry
Jenkins, who, it bas been believed, lived
169 years, of Thomas I'arr, 152 years and
months, and of others. It seems difficult
to believe that the dozen or more in
stances of people living 125 years or over
are also all "mythical." And yet the life
Insurance companies should have found
at least one such well-'authenticated case.
It Is a strange kind of weakness that ruakea
people proud of great age, but this vanity
often becomes ridiculous and has been tbe
cause of the numerous cases of exaggera
tlon. It is extremely doubtful If anyone
has ever lived 110 years. The subject has
always been of Interest, both to the scien
tific and the lay public. Those who have
Investigated it find that the most clearly
ascertainable cause of longevity Is longevity
Itself. If one wishes to live long, he should
choose long-ltvlig ancestors!
Superior Journal: R. D. Sutherland tells
us that he has withdrawn from the race for
fusion nomination for governor. We give
Mr. Sutherland credit for considerable
worldly wisdom in making this decision.
A state campaign is a very expensive luxury
when the hope of election Is as "light as
It seems to be for any fusion nominee this
Neligh Yeoman: We have so much avail
able timber for the governorship tiiat the
Yeoman is at a loss to know which of the
many whose names have been prominently
mentioned would prove the strongest can
didate. If Bryan would allow hie name to
come before the convention the rest would
probably stand aside, recognizing him as
the strongest man before the people. But
we understand that he will decline to have
his name come up. In that case the two
men whose candidacy strikes us most
favorably are M. F. Harrington and J. C.
Sprecher. Both of these have proved by
long service in tbe party that they can be
relied on to stand by the principles of the
party in any contingency that may arise.
We can support either most cheerfully, but
between two worthy men we stand by our
neighbor, M. F. Harrington, while he has
any show of being nominated.
Cass County Democrat: While the dem
ocracy is casting about for timber with
which to down Mr. Burkett, it should be
borne in mind that if Cass county cannot
furnish available material, there lives in
Nemaha county a gentleman who is in
every way fitted for congressman and a
man who could secure hundreds of republi
can votes from his section of the district.
The gentleman referred to is the Hon.
William H. Kelligar, of Auburn, a true-blue
democrat, an honest and upright lawyer
and a talented gentleman every day in the
week. If tho democracy will persist in
nominating a Lancaster candidate against
a Lancaster republican, no 'other county in
the district will ever be represented in
congress. Give the nomination to Kelligar
and you will be surprised to see what the
field against Lancaster county" can do.
The republican party are proud of Paul
Jessen as a jurist. The democratic party
would feel equally proud of Billy Kelligar
as a congressman.
Columbus Telegram: There will be no
trouble in getting 'together at the Grand
Island cenventlons. The proposition re
cently submitted by the Telegram to give
the democrats the leadership with the nom
inee for governor and give all the other
nominations to the populists, seems to have
met popular approval. That proposition
will be favored at Grand Island by demo
crats and populists from every section of
the state, save here and there, where the
personal Interests of certain aspirants may
conflict. In his grand appeal for the nom
ination of Bryan ex-Senator Allen prac
tically concedes that a democrat will be
nominated for governor. In fact, nearly
all the populist leaders now concede that
some such democrat as Thompson, Vlfquain
or Smyth will be placed at the head of the
ticket. This is a happy solution ot tne
situation. Our republican friends will be
greatly disappointed at the ease with which
pops and democrats will get together at
Grand Island. But no matter. It is the
business of pops and democrats to disap
point republicans. And we'll do it at
Grand Island.
Columbus Telegrams Our distinguished
friend, ex-Senator Allen, emits a line of
loeic difficult to understand. Two weeks
ago he declared it would be suicidal to
nominate any democrat for governor, and
here he comes this week with a demand
that Bryan shall be nominated. While
yielding first place to none in point or
loyalty to Mr. Bryan, the Telegram insists
that it is neither politic nor fair towards
Bryan to ask him to make the race. Today
Bryan stands as the idol of all Nebraska
demoorats. In every matter affecting his
interests he has behind him the undivided
support of the democracy of the state. If
we should elect him to the governor's chair
the making of appointments devolving upon
him would ' necessarily pave the way for
two factions In the party, where there is
only one faction today, and that one a
Bryan faction. We should make this cam
paign upon state, rather than national
issues. If we should nominate Bryan state
issues would be lost to sight, and we would
be compelled to fight along the line of na
tional issues, whether we want to oo so
or not, because Bryan is larger than any
or all state issues. We believe Bryan could
be elected but we do not believe he could
in honor accept the nomination. Never a
Frenchman went down at Waterloo more
loyal to Napoleon than have been the
Thompsons, the Smyths and the Vifqualns
of Nebraska to Bryan in his two great
battles, and it cannot be that the great
commander of the national democracy could
consent to take now the leadership In state
affairs which one of these aides has so
justly won. The Telegram cannot presume
to speak for Mr. Bryan. He never employs
mouthpieces when he desires to make his
position known but we dare predict that no
Influence can or will be brought to lead him
to become a candidate for governor, or to
accept a nomination however unanimous.
W cannot understand Why Mr. Allen is
demanding the nomination of Mr. Bryan.
Mr. Allen takes many positions bard, for
the average democrat to understand.
The British treasury Is cheerful and hope
ful. Next year's revenue, It Is estimated.
will come within $120,000,000 of meeting
expenses, and tbe rest can be easily bor
A thousand miles of tbe Honolulu cable
are ready to be uncurled. At this rate it
will take considerably more than forty
minutes to finish that girdle 'round the
The late General Charles H. T. Collls
made the bequest In his will that bis two
regimental flags be deposited In the tomb
of his old comrade. General Ulyases S.
Charles J. Osborne, dean of the Associated
Press service, will retire July 1. He was
the manarcr ot the telegraph office in which
Andrew Curnegie was employed as a mes
sengar boy. . '
Christian Smith, tbe oldest locomotive
engineer In the country, lives near Har
ptr's Kerry, Md. He ran the first engine
on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad at a speed
of from six to eight miles an hour, which
was considered rapid tor those days.
A pilgrim from Honolulu with an eye
peeled for number one expressed keen re
(ret because Mauna Loa did not spout
Instead of Pelee. It would have given the
Islands a great free ad and drawn thither
hundreds of visitors. But Mauna is silent
and grief abrouds tbe keepers of hotels and
boarding bouses.
The New York Herald Is authority for
the statement that several of the large op
erating companies have together 1,355.000
tons of anthracite coal In theHr storage yards,
SO. 000 tons of it being at Salem, Mass. Some
of the coal at these points has been in tbe
heap since 1SS9. The total supply of an
thraclta mined and on hand la estimated
at from 2. 000. 000 to 5,000,000 tons.
Ex-Governor PattUon has a large and
healthy contempt for the punctilios of
social form. He thinks there's a great
deal of an American flubdub about such
matters and Illustrates his views on the
subject by adding that be never came
across anything superior to a reply a Penn
sylvania politician received from a friend
whom be bad Invited to a reception: 'Yours
received. I will be there," was all of It,
"and quit enough, too," says tbe ex-gov-
Custer County Republican: There is said
to be several candidates for state treasurer,
which would Indicate that there will be
several delegates In the state convention
who will not be for tbe renomlnntlon of
Mr. Stuefer. Whether the opposition will
be able to get together is another question.
Grand Island Independent: The Indica
tions are that there will be no flghT In the
republican state convention exctptlng on
the treasurershlp and governorship candi
dacies. The delegation from Stuefer'a own
county was not Instructed for him It ap
pears that he had some little trouble in
giving it even a friendly appearance. On
the other hand, there will be some pretty
strong candidates agalnet him. notably, Mr.
Mortenson of Ord.
Ord Journal: State Treasurer Stuefer has
published a statement of the condition of
the state treasury, but he failed to comply
with the resolution of the last republican
state convention and tell In what banks
the state funds are deposited. The Bee
and other republican papers which are
wanting good government intimate that
Stuefer will have to take a back seat when
the republican state convention meets. It
he don't do it there he will at the polls.
St. Paul Republican: This Is no year for
the republican party to go into the vindi
cation business. State Treasurer Stuefer
may have made an admirable record and,
BBlde from the Otoe and Cuming county
bond deals, he doubtless has done so. He
asserts that he has not received a cent
from the office outside of his salary, and
there is no reason to doubt his word. There
Is no question but that he has administered
the affairs of the office more honestly and
more intelligently than any of bis reoent
predecessors. And yet It must be admitted
that the disclosures with reference to the
bond leals which were made several months
ago have never been satisfactorily explained.
They proved that, excellent as his ad
ministration bas been, Mr. Stuefer permit
ted the payment of heavy commissions to a
bond speculator which might just as well
have been saved to the school fund. They
prove that he was, to say the least, in
discreet in doing this business through a
fellow-townsman and a former business as
sociate, although It does not necessarily fol
low, nor has any attempt been made, to
prove that he shared In the profits ot the
deal. But If Mr. Stuefer Is nominated all
these charges will have to be met and ex
plained away. They will have a tendency
to weaken the entire ticket. Tbe party is
In no position to make a defensive cam
paign this year. Other dead-weights have
already been removed. We believe Mr.
Stuefer is too good a man and too loyal a
republican to Insist upon an action which
will jeopardize the chances of party suc
Ripples on the Carreat of Life In the
The Pennsylvania Railroad company has
agreed to pay the city of New York the
sum of J2.650.200 for the privilege of carry
ing its tracks In a tunnel under North
river, across Manhattan Island, under East
river and into Brooklyn. Originally the
cost of the franchise was estimated at
J1.3S2.500, but at a conference, of the city
officials and President Cassatt of the Penn
sylvania company, last week,' the revised
figures were submitted and accepted. This
sum represents tbe cost of the franchise
for twenty-five years, based on a rental
of 60 cents a toot for 69,000 feet of track
age each year for ten years, and $1 a foot
each year for fifteen years, together with
a rental of $100 a year for twenty-five years
for maintaining its bore under the river.
Tbe company must also pay for station
rights along the line and for the closing
of West Thirty-second street
The street will be abandoned from Sev
enth to Eighth avenue, and from Eighth
to Ninth avenue, leaving Eighth avenue
All tbe buildings along the line have
been bought by the railroad corporation.
For tbe grant of the right to close this
street the city will receive between $700,000
and $800,000. and additional sums will be
paid for ether station sites and Incidental
rights. The amount exacted by the city
in addition to the trackage rental is about
Blue-eyed Herman, the "mayor's boot
black," was back again shining shoes In
front of the city' hall after an absence ot
nearly a year, during which he won and
lost a fortune. His story of his poverty,
bis rise and his tumble was told by hlin
in a shower of tears.
Previous to last June he had been doing
business in City Hall park, and three or
four mayors were his steady patrons. Craps
was tbe foundation of his fortune and
horse racing Its brittle walls. With a
capital of $46, which he had laboriously
accumulated, be won $300 one day in an
uptown gambling house, and the next day
he went to the race track.
"During the first week," be said, "I waa
$8,000 to the good, and when the season
closed I had $40,000 put away. During the
winter I made a few bets In the pool rooms
and lost tbem. I opened the season with
$24,000 cash. My luck changed in April,
and from that on everything I touched
went wrong. Last week I sold my kit for
$1 and put the dollar on a 20 to 1 shot, and
that was the last ot a big fortune. 'Shine,
sir!' "
The elevated places of amusement are by
no means so well patronized as they wero
a very few years at,o, and laet summer a
number of them were compelled to go out
of business owing to a lack- of patronage.
Aside from the unquestioned disrepute Into
which the roof gardens fell, owing to tbe
drinking feature, which was the cause of
so many unpleasant scenes, their gradual
effacement from the picture as contributory
sources of amusement 'a New York during
the summer months bas been considerably
hastened by the great Increase in the num
ber of v well-cooled and well-conducted
tathskellars and music gardens.
There are literally dozens of such places
In New York nowadays where no charge
Is made for admission, where the cost of
the refections dispensed is extremely rea
sonable, and where actually good music
may be listened to by folk not in search of
dissipation or anything of tbe sort. Quite
a number of the free concert gardens pro
vide vaudeville bills In every way as pleas
ing and satisfactory as those given on
roofs where charge ef $1 or $2 is made
for admission. '
Nostalgia drives certain of the foreign
born residents of New York to tbe tat t try
Park Ba-wall in thk spring, just as surely
as migratory instincts drive the birds from
their southern feeding grounds. On sunny
mornings such as these, says the Evening
Post, the long rows of benches facing the
sea are full of men and women with bright
head-dresses acl gayly colored shawls,
watching the ships come in. They chat
animatedly, and their manners are viva
clous. Tbelr talk Is of home, of Tuscan
hillsides, of the vineyards, of Cretan vil
lages and of the old Mediterranean cities.
At regular intervals wben the boat from
Ellis Island brings Us load of newly ar
rived immigrants to the barge office there
is s rush of tbe homesick ones to the edge
of the sea-wall. The peasants on the boat
wave their hats or brilliant neckerchiefs,
and sometimes there is a call of greeting
from across tbe water. Those who sit en
the benches do not go to tbe park for the
clean, cool air, but to satisfy demands that
are aesthetic and psychological.
"Twenty-eight ysars la that same seat,"
said the curious reader at the Astor library,
pointing to nn old man sitting before a
pile of heavy vulumes. He went on to
explain: "He's a translator. I saw htm
with a German book, some Russian re
views and an Italian newspaper. I cal.l to
him: 'I see you read many lanuaes.'
He said ho made translations from nearly
every language, for all forts of purposes
books, articles, novels. He bas been at It
twenty-eight years. Ho must always have
his sent, too. I've seen hlin come In late In
the morning, find his scat occupied, and
wander about in a helpless, Irritated way
until an attendant volunteered to ask the
Intruder to move. And wben you see him
settle down with a sIkh of relief and steady
bin palsied hnnd against the railing to get
a focus on the page, you d be glad to move
If you happened to have Intruded in hla
old place. Twenty-eight years Is s long
time, and tbe same seat every day!"
Rethlesa Raid on Klsalnsr at Railroad
Kansas City Star.
Watchers for fresh evidence of the
clutching of "soulless corporations" upon
the people's throat will roll ss a sweet
morsel under their tongues this order by
the Pennsylvania system:
"All trainmen, gatenien and ticket ex
aminers In charge of the Jersey City exits
will stop all persons from exchanging
kisses upon the arrival and departure of
trains la this station. This order must
be rigidly enforced."
The company explains that during rush
hours the entrances and exits are blocked
by the protracted exchange of greetings be
tween travelers and their friends. But the
true nature of the order Is apparent on its
face. Evidently it is another dynamite
cartridge placed under the palladium of
liberty. Of course a kiss between two
women is not all that Cyrano pictured to
Roxane. But, still it is an essential part
of the female economy. It Is just as neces
sary that a woman kiss a friend at parting
as that she adjust her hat In passing a
mirror-like store window, or that she Insist
on feeding guests stuffed tomatoes set on
lettuce because they look so pretty. Society
could no more get on without the conven
tional kiss than without dancing or white
lies or ping pong. A blow at kissing is
aimed at the whole social structure.
Fortunately the public is used to stand
ing up for Its rights. "John Marshall has
made his decision, now let him enforce it,"
said the fiery Andrew Jackson. The Penn
sylvania system may Issue antl-kisslng
orders a dozen times a day. If It likes, but
how will It execute themt The case would
hardly seem to call for a policeman. Idle
threats and vain entreaties are the only
weapons available for the employes. And
what would these profit against that most
potent feminine defense tearB? It Is easy
to conjure up the fate of the gateman who
should try to Interrupt a parting scene.
The Pennsylvania Is a powerful system, but
It cannot run over the ancient institution
of kissing.
Hemocacy Said to Be Tnrnlns Again
to Principle.
New York Times tlnd. 0cm.)
Mr. W. J. Bryan spurns the nomination
as candidate for governor of Nebraska. He
feels that he Is consecrated to the usea of
the nation. How can he listen to a twit
tering little state when the whole broad
union bawls in his ear?
But is Mr. Bryan quite sure that he at i 1
hears the voice of his country? The In
dlana democrats Ignore him and his Kan
sas City platform, not by inadvertance, but
of deliberate purpose, after a fight in tbt
convention committee. The democrats it
the Firth congressional district in Texas,
once tbe banner Bryan state, likewise
avoided all mention of him and hla plat
form. At the harmony meeting held in the
democratic state headquarters at Albany
Senator McCarren's declaration that If any
man owed gratitude and loyalty to the dem
ocratc party It was W. J. Bryan, "and that
the time bas now come for him to "go 'way
back and sit down," evoked no protest.
That was plainly tbe sense of the meotlng.
Democrats are soberly turning again to
democratic principles. Bryan sticks to his
Idol of populism. He will not "sit down,"
nor will he be either grateful or loyal. It Is
Impossible that he should receive a third
nomination from the party, but he will not
let a democrat be elected on a democratic
platform if he can help It.
The reorganize and leaders of the dem
ocratic party have to reckon with a per
fectly selfish man, incurably obstinate and
prepared to go to any length for the de
feat of a candidate whose success Involves
his own effacement.
New York Sun: Mag Say, Mame, yer
hat's crooked.
Mame Is dat straight?
Mag On de level. (
Washington Post: "When you thinks
about marryln' a man to reform Mm, Miss
Lady," remarked I'mie Eben; "remember
dls; It's mo'n he'd ebber do foh you."
Detroit Free Press: Wltsor What did
the Burgeon charge you for performing the
Kidder Well, you see he and I belong
to the same lodge, and he made a cut ratu
for me.
Phllndelphla Press: Stlnjay How did you
like that r liar I gave you? It was an
"Admiral," you know.
BhHrpe What an appropriate name for
It. There's something about that cigar su
gcHtlvrt of an admiral.
Htinjay What's that?
Bharpe It's rank.
Somerville Journal: Chicago Girl How
hUh is the thermometer anyway?
Boston Girl Th- thermoinetor Is about
five feet from the floor. Hut perhaps what
you wish to know Is thu altitude of the
mercury. It stands at 87 degrees.
ChlcaKO Poat: "You expect to be a suc
cess In the law business. Jo you?"
"I don't see how I can fall If my plans
go rlKht. If I can fix It so as to serve a
year or so on the bench first I'll have no
trouble In becoming general counsel for a
Ilnltlmore American: "Yes," said Miss
Gad. lie. "when I told Mr. Frnnk that I was
twenty-five he seemed s'liprls-ii."
"I believe he did Intimate that he. couldn t
reconcile that aB 'lh the way you
talked "
"(Iraclous! I hope he didn't consider my
conversation too frivolous."
"Oh, no, h- merely remarked that you
talked like sixty."
W. L. Wilson in Puck.
O! what Is so long a a day In June.
Wben the last irm of school Is closing!
Then the boy's nig heart Is all atwno
With the summer sounds of the aicernoon.
And the swirl of his thoughts nigh mukes
As Ii'e" dream" at his desk, half dozing.
Tho woodpeckers dance their r'sadoon
I'd the side of the riew-li aved oiik,
Amf the bluejay g.iuiilly dressed buffoon
With his hari-h luuab scream his Jose.
O' the school term's closing days are slow,
And the lessons a boy la saying
Man naueht to him. He tan only know.
While Imprisoned Ulers and depressed with
That batting for him In the brooklet's flow.
The slim speckled trout are a-playln.
You'll never keep a boy's wild thoughts,
I trow, . .
Within the bounds of a ok.
While under the bank where the alders
Thee" a place for his Una and hook.
O' what Is so long as a day In June.
When the school's last term Is ending,
Wben the great summer choir Is all in
From i he birds' high notes to tbe Insects'
While the boy yearns all through the aft
ernoon i To follow his thoughts far wending!

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