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The Madison daily leader. [volume] (Madison, S.D.) 1890-current, December 01, 1908, Image 1

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Coal Company's Plan to Educate i
Anthracite Workers.
Idea Obtained From Diligence of On*
Man Who Wanted to Rise In th»
World—Foreigners Wishing to Leartt
English Do So by Utilizing Thelf
Leisure Time.
One man's diligence has led to all
the anthracite mine workers having an
opportunity of being educated, of train
ing themselves to become officials at
the collieries and of advancing rapidly
In the profession If they have the am
bition and the energy to do it. There
are about 18.j,000 mine workers, and
as the great majority of them have lit
tle or no education the ability to ob
tain the instruction which is to fit
tlicm for higher positions and better
conditions appeals to thousands of
The idea of doing this was aroused
in the minds of two of the leading min
ing officials of the region by a hoist
ing engineer in a Lehigh Valley col
liery. Not long ago Ueneral Manager
S. D. Warriner and his assistant, Fred
erick M. Chase of the Lehigh Valley
Coal company, while on a tour of in
spection stepped into an engine house
and to their surprise saw the engineer
in his idle moments working on a
sheet of powdered paper, using a car
penter's tool to draw mechanical
sketches. It was crudely done, but
there was merit in it, and the officials
questioned the man. He said that he
wanted to learn to be a mechanical
draftsman, but had not the education
to permit him to take a course at any
of the correspondence schools which
gave instruction that he did not have
the educational basis upon which to
build the structure of his ambition.
When the officials left the engine
house they were impressed. They talk
ed about the incident with minor offi
cials of the company at the various
collieries and learned that many of the
young and ambitious workmen had of
ten expressed a desire to study in their
hours of leisure and regretted that
they did not have the common school
education which would permit them to
take up other studies.
The outcome was that the Lehigh
Valley company has decided to estab
lish schools wherever it has collieries
in which the men free of charge may
be instructed in the ordinary English
branches and fitted for taking up va
rious courses in mining, mechanical en
gineering, mining engineering or any
of the various occupations about the
mines requiring skilled men, says a
Wilkesbarre (I'a.) correspondent of the
Chicago Tribune. This idea has so im
pressed the other companies that one
by one they are also taking it up and
are now busy perfecting their plans, so
that it is predicted it will not be long
before these company schools are es
tablished in every place throughout
the mining region where there is a
coal mine or a coal mining hamlet.
The companies' interest in this plan
is a double one. In the first place
they expect that the free instruction
will be appreciated by the men and
make the bonds between the workers
and the mining officials closer, and in
the second place they realize that the
education will result in making the
men more careful in their work, make
them cognizant of conditions which
are dangerous and make them able to
appreciate the danger as well as giving
them the knowledge of how best to
overcome the dangerous condition.
This will result, it is believed, in a
decided decrease in the loss of life in
the mines yearly, for the men who are
bping educated in mining methods will
not only know how to avoid danger
themselves, but their influence and
their knowledge will aid the others.
As 007 men and boys were killed and
1,740 were injured last year, any sav
ing In such a slaughter will be worth
It is proposed to engage skilled pub
lie school teachers for these miners
schools, which are to be in session five
evenings a week, and they will in
struct all who care to attend In the
primary branches of English and fit
them for the first step toward acquir
ing a greater knowledge of mining.
On some evenings mining officials will
be present to make addresses on va
rious mining topics and in this man
ner instruct the men in important fea
tures of the scientific side of the min
ing industry.
These lectures will be on timbering,
ventilation, the use of high explosives,
the work of electricity in the mines,
treatment of mine gases and on other
practical subjects. At the same time
the men as soon as they feel them
selves fitted to do it may begin receiv
ing instruction through a correspond
ence school course and being helped
in this theoretical work by the prac
tical work that they can secure in the
The education will not be compul
sory. Any employee who desires can
attend, but once entered each must at
tend strictly to the work and make a
good showing.
ILWUU* u.tifisciaMtjaa&JMiaft
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of teaching the humorous foreigners
In the region the English language and
Instructing them regarding American
institutions and laws and customs. As
many of these foreigners nre naturally
bright and almost all are energetic,
they will get along rapidly with the
ild of these schools, the first of which
has just been opened by the Lehigh
Valley company at Lost Creek, in the
Schuylkill region.
u S othal
i.-Jito Suitor to Add G:m Each Year
tj EngaQcrrscrit Ring.
The engagement of Mrs. Margaret
Dulles Irwin, daughter of Mrs. An
iew Cheves Dulles of Philadelphia,
did Ettore Komano Fontana of Koine,
liich was recently announced, is of
in Interest to society in Philadel
phia since it is said that Mr. Fontana
is to introduce a very novel fashion in
rings, both engagement and marriage.
Lie is a quiet man of about thirty,
nod to look upon—in fact, quite band
i) me— but noue the less unassuming
nd with a manner particularly pleas
Unlike most of the Italians who mar
ry American women. Mr. Fontana has
no title. In common with them, he
lias no fortune with which to endow
his wife. In fact, while in the United
States, it is said, he has been engaged
in teaching his native language in
New York city. Briefly, he is a jilain
Italian gentleman, earning his living in
approved American fashion.
It is said that Mr. Fontana has
shown great originality in that most
important tribute, the engagement
ring. He will choose no bromidic dia
mond solitaire, but ailing that shall
mean something." that fond desire of
all lovers, and that shall grow in value
from year to year, sentimentally and
therwise. It is, they say, to have a
mounting of such a nature that a stone
may be added each year upon the an
niversary of the wedding. The idea
faintly suggests life insurance, but if
artistically done it should be a capti
vating bit of jewelry and a gift that
any woman would joyfully receiv®.
Instances of the New York Postmas
ter's Remarkable Memory.
Many stories are told of the extraor
dinary memory and the grasp of de
tail possessed by Edward M. Morgan,
the postmaster of New York city, who
was recently shot by a maniac. The
fat volume of postal laws and regula
tions that lies on Mr. Morgan's desk
is termed the "Bible" in the federal
building, and he is credited with know
ing every act and amendment by
heart. Names, faces and voices are
equally imprinted on the postmaster's
memory, and the stock anecdote told
of him Is about a stranger who came
to him years ago and borrowed $10
with which to go west, on the strength
of a mythical acquaintance with the
postmaster's brother In Denver. Many
years after a man came into Assistant
Postmaster Morgan's office xHth a
complaint about the late delivery of
some mail.
"Yes, but how about that $10 you
owe me?" said Mr. Morgan without
looking up. He had recognized the
stranger of years before by his voice.
Another tale describes Ell Perkins,
the humorist, as complaining about the
delivery of his mail. A carrier was
sent around to his house to explain
the hitch, but Perkins would not lis
ten to his explanation and began:
"My friend, there is one above us
who knows all things and to whom
nothing is hidden."
"Oh." said the letter cafrler, "I
know who yon mean. You mean Ed
New Marriage Doctrine.
A MW doctrine of domestic economy,
promulgated by Dr. W. N. Ferris of
Big Rapids, Mich., has caused West
Chester county (Pa.) school ma'ams to
wonder what Is this world coming to
Scene from the First Act of "The Devil", Madison Opera House, 1 hursday, December 3
Never Frowned While Campaign
ing, Says James Markham.
Always Bubbling Over With jfy,
President Elect Was Happiest When
Mrs. Taft Joined Him, Says Member
of His Bodyguard—Humorous and
Pathetic Incidents.
Unique experiences of President Elect privile#re of sewing the buttons on the
William II. Taft on his campaign tour
through the United States were recent
ly told by James Markham, secretary
to Chief of Police Shippy, who return
ed to Chicago and his duties after
traveling with Mr. Taft fcr forty-one
days as a member of his bodyguard.
"We traveled forty-one days, during
which Mr. Taft made from three to
twenty speeches a day and covered
18,000 miles, yet during all that time I
never saw a frown on his face and he
never showed any irritation," said Mr.
Markham to a Chicago correspondent
of the New York Sun.
"We had many experiences. Some
were funny, and others had a touch of
pathos in them. In Brooklyn at a
Jewish voters' meeting over which
Oscar Straus presided the various in
fluences which affect voters were il
lustrated. Mr. Taft held the audience
by a splendid talk upon the various
Issues of the campaign, but it was
when he assured those present that he
would see to it that under his adminis
tration an American passport would
be respected when carried by Jew or
Christian in every country of Europe
and that the Jewish ieople would get
their just measure of protection as
citizens both at home and abroad the
crowd literally went wild with joy.
They shouted hurrah for the pass
ports first and then for Mr. Taft un
til the rafters of the hall shook. There
was no mistake as to the subject clos
est to their hearts in the campaign.
"In one Missouri town where the
train stopped a tall and powerfully
built negro pushed through the crowd
and, with a btoad grin on his face,
shouted, 'Mr. Taft, you is de man I
"The crowd looked at the man when
Mr. Taft, with his usual smile, turned
and said, 'And you is de man I wants.'
"The negro replied, 'You is got me
now and on election day, too,' at
which the crowd became satisfied thai
the man wanted Mr. Taft as president
and not for some other reason or pur
"In a skating rink in an Indiana
town a young man perched himself on
one of the beams close to the ceiling
and fell asleep waiting for Mr. Taft's
arrival. When Mr. Taft stepped upon
the platform the man sleeping on the
beam awoke with a start, swayed fr
ward and only by seizing the beam in
stinctively (lid he save himself from
falling upon the heads of the people
in the audience.
'That was a narrow escape you
had!' shouted a man from the audi
ence to the man on the beam.
'I couldn't tumble, for I'm with
Taft,* retorted the young fellow, and
the crowd cheered.
"At Binghamton, N. Y., an old man
with snow white hair stepped before
the crowd just before Mr. Taft began
his address. At the top of his voice
the man shouted, "Fremont first vot
ers, arise!' and about fifty veterans
stood up. 'Salute your next president,'
was the next command, and they did.
'Be seated,' was the next command,
and silently the old men sat down.
"Then, turning to Mr. Taft, the old
man said, 'Now, sir, proceed,' at which
there was a thunder of applause, in
which Mr. Taft himself Joined heart
"At Wilmington, Del., the crowd was
so large that It was dlfficult'to keep it
anyway. The doctor Is one of the in
struetors at the county teachers' in-! In check. It was an open air meeting,
stltute, and he impresses on his hear- and the crowd be-an to sway to and
era his opinion that no woman has fro, endangering the safety of many,
right to marry until «fc»4A
port a husband. til 34*.
pushed the people aside, pkked up the
lad, put him over his shoulders and
placed him in a safe place upon the
platform. The crowd went wild with
enthusiasm, for the boy clasped Mr.
Taft as he would his own father when
he rescued him out of the perilous
"At Frankfort, Ky., an enthusiastic
admirer of Mr. Taft showed his joy at
greeting him In such a demonstrative
manner that when he was through Mr.
Taft's vest was minus two buttons.
The man felt somewhat chagrined.
When we reached Louisville we found
six girls waiting for us. They were on
hand to sew the buttons on the vest,
and they did. Later they called on Mr.
Taft to receive his thanks and to tell
him that they were honored by the
yest of th() nex( prpKk1ont.
"On the whole, enthusiasm greeted
Mr. Taft everywhere. The police of the
various cities, irrespective of parties,
did splendid work In caring for and
protecting Mr. Taft and his party. Ev
ery day Mr. Taft was in communica
tion with members of his family, and,
although always bubbling over with
good cheer, he was happiest when Mrs.
Taft joined the party In Now York
Red Rooms For Despondent and Blue
For Violent Insane.
Two cottage buildings erected by
the state of Illinois at the site of the
Illinois Hospital For the Insane at
Bartouville. ill., at a cost of $100,000
tions of the walls.
The rooms are built for the purpose
of testiug the theory that despondent
insane patients are enlivened when
placed in a red room and violent pa
tients soothed In a blue room. Opal
is said to aid the consumptives.
^Elixir sfSeruw
acts gentl^yet prompt
ly on the bowels, cleanses
u\e system e||ectually,
assists one in overcoming
habitual constipation
permanently. To get its
benejieial ejects buy
the genuine.
fiunujnetuce by the
Dentist Tells How African Menkeys
and Squirrels Fill Teeth.
Monkeys and the large gray squir
rels that overrun the jungles of Africa
are their own dentists. They till each
and equipped with eight solarlums for other's teeth with consummate skill
the work of phototherapy will be.dedi- and often kill an aching nerve. At
cated on Thanksgiving day. Two of least this is what Dr. L. Frank Derby
the solariums are equipped in ruby, Pierce of W est Itoxburj, Mass., sajs,
two in violet, two in amber and two and he is going to lecture before Chi
in opal The incandescent lamps are dentists on the subject.
of these colors and also the decora
1 Tw
Dr. Pierce, who spent several years
in the jungles of Africa, says that
monkeys and squirrels have discover
ed a blue clay much the same in color
as that which covers the diamond
fields, aud in this clay is a large per
Rose the National Flower.
The Ainerieau Beauty rose is til#
tion 1 flower of the United States. An
overwhelming majority was rolled up
for this flower above all others in the
first national flower show which re-
centage of creosote. When the anl
mals have the toothache they plaster
this clay Into the cavity as a remedy
The creosote often kills the offend
ing nerve.
Need of Protecting Birds.
A naturalist asserts that If the
earth were birdies* man could not in
habit it for more than nine years. All
cently came to a close in the Coliseum the sprays und poisons in the world
at Chicago. The official sanction of
the Society of American Florists will down the insects, which would eat up
be given it. everything.
Crist Rensch,
be quite inadequate to keep
There are'many points
about the construction
of the Stewart Heater
superior to other
makes in {regard to
we naVCJWJOT seinng
stoves lor the past
thirty years, always
alert in buying the
best brands to recom
mend to our customers
Kitchen Plumbing.
Good plumbing in the kitchen is a matter of great importance
because your health depends on the sanitary conditions existing in this
room where all food is prepared. Old fashioned sinks with dosed
in piping are lodging places for vermin, moisture and dirt which bring
about serious illness.
the plumbing
of your
thy, let us quote you a price on installing
At 25c per pound
The Best in Good Groceries
~~oTAll Kinds
is old,
doctor bilk/
Madison, S. Oak.
unsightly and unheal­
snow-white "£fariaa4"
Porcelain Enameled sink with open plumbing. Our prices are rea
sonable our work high class and what you pay (oc this
modern kitchen
may aava you money in
|We have exclusive sale of
At 35c per pound
F. G. Ball and F. Stoltzman
Insurance lands City Property
We have a large list of LAKE COUNTY
FARMS for SALE at Reasonable Prices*
We have in CITY PROPERTIES some spleni 4
did values, in fact real SNAPS.
We have in SOUTH DAKOTA several THOUSANDS of acres and
on easy terms, and in NORTH DAKOTA we have improved or
unimproved farms at very low prices, terms to suit purchaser,
can sell you a fine farm on CROP PAYMENT plan, one half the
crop each year, no CROP no PAY, also we can furnish you with
COWS on time and give you a chance to pay for them, and you all
and MONTANA is raising the GRAIN ahd STOCK.
In MONTANA we have several tracts, including the great
JUDITH and LAKE BASIN districts, where the conditions for
GRAIN and STOCK raising are not second to any place in the
whole UNITED STATES, in the LAKE BASIN district the
Government LANDS was only opened for HOMESTEADS April
23rd, 1908, and you can procure just as good a FARM of 160 as
you ever saw anywhere. Just talk with parties that went there
with us Oct. 20th, '08, who got HOMESTEADS and purchased of
us LAND. Others are going, WHY NOT YOU?
again. COME, go with us. We show you the LANDS FREE, mi
pay your railway ticket if you BUY OUR LAND.
TTT Call at Office in I. O. Q* Block Pboo* 232£for
Folders and Information.

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