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T"n Illustrated Beb Published Weekly by Th- Bee Publishing Company, lies Building. Omaha, Neb. Price, Co Per Copy Per Tear. $2.00. Entered at th Omaha Postofflce as Second Class Mall Matter. For Advertising Rates Address PuWtelwr. .Communications relating to pnorgraphs of articles for publlcnUon Miouti be ad dressed. "Editor The Illustrated Iiee, Omaha." Pen and Picture Pointers w 1TTII T1IK coming of the rural free delivery of mall by the general government CHWie the develop, ment of a number of collateral features of which the nrlfflnal promoters of the scheme probably did not Episodes ii uii m iAuutiiiN has been a powerful politician for more than n generation, but has rarelv t' endeavored to make himself felt Vm mi outside of Brooklyn, During that time Tammany has seen numerous leaders come and go, but lias never seen the day when McLaughlin was not supreme In his party, no far as concerns Brooklyn. He Is now over 70 years old, with white hair and countenance seamed by age, but he Is hale and vigorous, bright of eye and naturally alert as of yore. President Roosevelt lias broken another record by sending to a candidate of the opposite party a "good luck" message. The candidate In question Is Mitchell U. Erlanger, nominated by Tammany for sheriff In Now York. The president and Mr. Kiianger were classmates In the Co lumbia law school, and have been warm friends ever since. In 1S8R, when Mr. Roosevelt was running for governor, the Tammaay man Kent him a "good luck" telegram, repeating it In the campaign when his old r las mute whs elected vie president. In complimentary return for these good wishes the president sent the .message In question. Major Elijah Alllger, formerly a wealthy resident of New York, died In 8C Lula the otlier day In abject poverty. Before the war he wua reputed to bo worth nearly, ft million dollars, nnd was a leader In so cial and business circles. Ho was one of the companions of the prince of Wales, now King Edward, on his western hunting trip. and served with distinction In the union army during the war of the rebel lion. He lost his fortune In bucking a -patent air brake, was deserted by his wife and daaghter, went west to Denver, where he led a precarious existence for several years, and a few moot ha ago made Ida way to St. Lamia, where he died in a charitable . Institution. The young duchess of Manchester, says apt.1! t niMni. D . , . CI repute was holding forth In a -- ...v, . iii aitiu um II l II I last week. He had pulled off the customary hot air exordium about the accomplltdiments of hla party. Its deeds In war and peace, and "had drawn the oriflamtne Ub-er-teo across "the asure aky" until it shadowed the earth from Manila to San Juan and fiom Nome to Tnnbuctoo. "Now, my friend ,' lie ex claimed, placing his foot on the treoieio pedal, "what la the question confronting us In tli'a campaign!" "How old Is Ann," piped the unpatriolia partisan. Then the lights e it out. $ Anions Lawyer "Abe" Hummel's re cent clients was a woll groJineJ, stylish young lady, relates the New York Time. "I am In great dl'trcsa, Mr. Hummel, a ltd I seek your advice," the began. "Well, madam, please state your case." "I have received four proposals of mar riage and 1 don't know which one to ac cept." "Which muii has the mst money?" In quired Hummel, with a smile that spoke volumes. "Why. If I was sure I kuew, do you Huppore I would crme to you or any other lawyer for advice?" S John C. 8heehun employ a a large number of laborers, reports the New York Times. Most of bin foremen are Irfchinen, but the utuWUngs embrace men of all nationali ties. The other day one of the foremen had use fcr a niuul on a certain piece of work. He said tu a green Irish laborer who was near: Go up where that other gang is working and bring the maul." m In a few minutes the Irishman returned with about twenty-live laborers. THE ILLUSTKATED BEE.' dream. Not the least among these Is the National Association of Rural Free De livery Carriers. As oon as the service was gotten Into good working order the carriers began to see points in which it could be Improved, especially those affect ing the ctftrler himself. These detal?s had not been carefully worked out In the orig inal plan, and needed attention. Hi on local associations were formed, and finally. In September, at a conaentlon held in Wash ington, a. national organization was ef fected. It alma to look after the Interests of the country mail carrier exclusively and Will work to secure him better pay and such other advantages as rightfully belc ng to him. Frank R. Cunningham of South Omaha, who In June wna active In secur ing the convention of Nebraska rural fiea delivery carriers, which met at Lincoln, was made president of the national organi sation, and is now engaged in Its bnsIniB in addition to looking after the affairs of the government along his route. He has opened headquarters in South Omaha and and Incidents M. A. p., the daughter of Eugene Zimmer man of Cincinnati,' was brought up fairly, quietly and simply. In spite of her father s wealth. She has little love of show, but a great Idea of the deference due to an Eng lish duchess. Not long ago site was stand ing In the hall of an Irish hotel, waiting for the duke, when an excited American rushed up and Inquire d f he was Miss , a lady for whom she was waiting. The duchess drew herneir up and replied, stiffly enough: "I am the duchess of Man chester." "Oh-h." replied her compatriot. "I'm from Cincinnati, too.", Abe Gruber. the New York lawyer, was cross-examining a witness In a country town not long ago. The man appeared to be abnormally stupid, but in fact he was determined that the New York lawyer should get no Information that could be kept from him. At length Mr. Gruber sail: "Well, at least yon ean surely tell the Jury how this road runs." The witness appeared to think Intently for a few moments. Then he said: "Well, when I'm coming to town it runs up, and when I'm going hone it runs down. "That will be about all," the little lawyer with a big sigh. tld On account of his peculiar methods of work considerable notoriety falls to the lot of Stephen Ronan, leader of the chan cery bar In Ireland. On leaving the courts In th afternoon he goea home and dons an old suit of clothes, lights a Urge pipe and buries himself In briefs until o'clock, when he takes a short wslk. Then comes dinner, a chat with some neighbors and to bed at M. Promptly at midnight he gets up and Into his old suit, lights his pipe and strolls about Hie streets until X, when he returns and works until in the morn ing. This la followed by a cold bath and bed until 1ft. when he gulps down a light breakfast and hurries oS to court again. . : $ On of the most eloquent republicans tn New York slate Is ex -Governor Frank 8. Black, who recently told soma friends Gleanings From the "What did yeu bring these men here for?" asked the foreman. "Sure, you told me to bring thlm all.' nd I brought Ivery mother's son of thim I could find." was the reply. The late James Abbott McNeill Whistler, though expatriated no hong, numbered many Americans among his friends especially Americana who stayed at home most of the time and so stood lest chance of becoming a target for one of his friend-shlp-deatroytng remarks. Mr. Royal Cor tissos. the art critic ef the New York Tribune, was one of these, and amomjr other reminiscences he is fond of referring to the artist's queer habit of wearing an utterly tintethcred single eyeglass; If by unlucky chance this optical orphan dropped out he would calmly take another from his waistcoat pocket and deftly slip It Into place. "I'm afraid I could never entirely vm. patnize with Whistler s- belligerent tude toward the wholt wurM." says attt- Mr. Cortissos. "much as I en loved the .tl.i incidents of the warfare. One clay I said to him, after be had made some unusually cutting remarks about certain contem poraries: " 'But It seems with you there la never a time to bury the hatchet.' " 'You are mistaken,' came In bis softest manner, 'there is often a time to bury the hatchet in the side of the enemy, and to think of hint no more.' " "Many men have fada," said Mark Twain the other day. "Some collect one thing and some another. Among the most curious is that of a man near my summer home at Eimlra. who has a collection of snakea. They are of many varieties. The man who has them thinks a great deal of them, and, In fact, would not take for a year at least will direct the national organization from that point. Nebraska's citizen-soldiers come back from the mimic warfare in which they were engaged at Fort Riley covered with glory, Just as Nebraska's citizen soldiers came back from actual warfare, followed by the highest of praise. The National Guard of the state has surely won its light to the respect of the people of the state. Tn what ever place the guardsmen have been found, or whatever duty they have been called on to perform, they have ncriultled them selves with credit. The praises of general ofTlcers of the I'nlted States army follows them on their return from the field, whether of actual or Imitation warfare. Omaha's share in this Is not small: the three companies of Infantry here being among the most efficient of the organ isation, and that means that they take high rank In the National Guard of the United Stales. It Is not so very many years since the Thurston Rifles held one emblem of -the national championship, won in Lives of Noted People how he acquired his ability as a speikcrr. "When I was a young man," lie said. "I went down from Troy to New England to make my fortune. I soon found that for tune was not running arter me and when my funds ran low I took the only Job In sight, that of agent for a sewing machine. I traveled through the country districts selling machines and In that way built up whatever eloquence I possess. You have no Idea how hard It was to sell a machine in the backwoods In those days. Some of the farmers thought they were Inventions of the devil, ' while others regarded them as a swindling device. Holding a conven tion spell-bound la a cinch compared to the difficulty I had in convincing a farmer that a sewing machine Is a good thing." Senator Keb Vance of North Caro.ina. a famous raconteu:, told Senator Sherman and myself of his having recently pur chased a yoke of oxen to be used In clear ing his mountain farm, from which he had Just come, relates Senator Vent In the Saturday Evening Post. "I had some dif-" Acuity," said Vance, "In ending a pair of oxen that suited me, but finally succeeded in ran-chasing tw oxen exactly matched and thoroughly broken. After paying for them. I inquired of the seller what were their names and he replied that the oxen were full brothers and had been raised by him. The on ox,' he said. "I named Pete and have never named his brother, be cause he -does exactly what Is done by Pete, and when I sneak to Pete they move together.' When I found this to be the case," said Vauee, -I named the name less ox myself and now call them Pet and Repeat." Senator Sherman looked at Vance and said: "Vance, yon nave made a mistake. These names are too much alike and the oxen will be confused by the similarity of sound." Daniel lroy Dresser, whose testimony In the Shipbuilding company'a case at New York has attracted much attention, was the organiser, president and managing Story Tellers' anything for them. The other day, how ever, his physician told him that If be did not take something for them he would die." , As one of the very few occasions when the wit of R-jfus Choate was foiled, an In cident Is recalled when that brilliant law yer was examining one Dick Barton,, chief mate of the ahip Challenge, relate 8uc cena, Choate had croaa-exa rained him for over an hour, hurling questions with the peed of a rapid-a re gun. "Was there a snooa that night?" "Yeaelr." - "Did you see it?" "No, sir."' "Then how did you know there was a moon?" "The Nautical Almanac said so, and 111 believe that sooner than any lawyer In the world." "Be civil, sir. And now tell me In what latitude and longitude you crossed the equator?" "Ah, you are Joking." "No, sir, I'm in earnest and I desire an answer." "That's more than I can give." "Indeed! You a chief mats and unable to answer so simple a qneetlon!" "Yes, the simplest question I ever was asked. I thought even a fool of a lawyer knew there's no latitude at the equator." Colonel Henry Watterson, the editor, be lieves In good English, and not only writes it himself, but tries to get his young men to write it also, relates the Saturday Even ing Post. A bright young fellow who went to re port a national convention with Colonel Watierson turned In an article one ulgbt that was loosely wrlteu and somewhat slangy. November 1, 1903. in competitive drill, and the Omaha Guards held another, probably the only Instance In which two military companies In one city held both national championships at the same time. The third company, the Millard Rifles, Is the youngest, but under the efficient direction of Captain 8ue Is fast following In the wake of Its older comrades and is making great headway as a military organization. Omaha Is always willing to welcome home its soldiers from crimp or battlefield, for the people know they will come back with glory. Sacred Heart academy students scatter . throughout the central west, but they still recall the days spent within the gentle restraint of this institution of polite and religious instruction and welcome the op portunity that permits them to gather there for a reunion. Such an occasion was recently celebrated, a number of young women and some who have taken on the cares ond responsibilities of matrons, meet ing for a day of reminiscent pleasure and reunion. owner of too Narragansett Web company, which haa lio failed, carrying with it a large amount of Newport money. Mr. Dresser's family ond connections are mil lionaires many times over. Mrs. John Nicholas Brown is Ms sister, nnd George W. Vanderbilt Ills brother-in-law. He is the grandson of one of the merchant princes of New York, and mnde a brillUnt marriage in his alliance with Mfcs burn ham. A Junior officer on the flag-l,In com manded by Admiral "Fighting Bob" Evans writes to a friend, saying that the chapbiln on one or two occasions tonic Kvans to task because of the profanity In whkih the lat ter so frequently indulge. The ndmlral took these rebukes good-naturedly, but did not seem to have profited greatly thereby. One day the chaplain found him reading the "Sermon on the Mount," ami made the somewhat ungracious comment: "Glad to see yon doing that, admiral. I hall tell the men of it, to offset the oaths you ut ter." "All light, chaplain," said the ad miral, "and while you are about it, tell them that my profanity is like your piety only skiu deep." The Roma Trlbuna recently related that, contrary to report. Pope liu Old not on his election as pope put his cardinal's cap on Mgr. Merry del Val's head as a sign that the monsigtior would soon be made a car dinal. Instead, his holiness folded the cap up and pat It In his pocket. When re minded that lie had not followed the usual custom in regard to the secretary of the conclave, the pope, according to the Trl buna. replied: "He will reeelve something else before the purple." The new state secretary h quite a young man for the post. He Is about 41 years old, and Is the son of Don Merry del Val, who was at one time Spanish ambassador nt the court of St. James. He speaks fluently, besides English. French, Spanish and ItuBan; Is well known as a preacher, and Is an 'ex pert In ecclesiastical law. In 18S7 he was appointed j.apal delegate to Canada. Pack The colonel read it . with portentous frowns. "Here, here, young man," he said, this will never do. You roust improve your style." "What can I do to Improve it, colonel?" the young man asked. "Read, sir, read; read books." -Yea, colonel, but what books V "Read Thackeray; start with 'Penden nla.'" That night there was much excitement. Important news developed. Colonel Wat terson waited for his young man's report. It came to be 11 o'clock at night and he had not submitted a line. The colonel started on a search and found the young man In his room with his feet on a table, smoking a cigar and reading a book. "Here, sir, shouted the colonel, "what are you doing? Where is your article? You have written nothing that I ean find. What are you doing here loafing in this manner while the paper Is waiting for the news?" "Why. colonel," the young man replied with pained surprise. "I am carrying oat your orders. I am reading 'Pendennls' to Improve my style." George Ase attended recently a dinner of theatrical people in Boston. The stage folk sang songs and told stories, but Mr. Ade. who Is very quiet and retiring, would neither aing nor speak. He was, he sold, no good at anything of that kind. Finally, though, the calls for Mr. Ade became too vehement. The young ir.aa bad to yield Ho rose and ssM: "I will tell you of an excellent trick kt parlor magio. Ytu take a tumbler and fill It two thirds full of filtered water. Then you Insert In the water a lump of ugar. aud a spoon, and you begin to stir. In a few minutes the sugar will Vpooms Invisible."