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8 THE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 23. 1 1C33.V ) SIjjc Jfcxu JJuxk Gurnet -All tha News That's fit to Print" PUBLISHED EVERY CAT lit TUB TEAR. NEW YORK. WEDNESDAY. DEC. 23, 1903. offices: Niw Yoaxt - Publicum OB1N prkRo5 Harlem erflce i..l2S W I2MH flrw WaJi trt Bouo 8 Bro4 Washiwoton Washington Pot BaUdin PHILADELPHIA....... ....PuMlS Ledr Blxth ni Chestsut Streeta Loo.s: New York Tucks Bureau, IwQueea Victoria KlrHt. K. C ; Entered et the New York Post Office M aso-oka-claw matter. SUBSCRIPTION rates: BT MAIL, POSTAGB PAID. DAILY, pw TV!k i DAILT AND SLNDAT, Wee jT UA1LT, r Month .. IA1LT AND 6UNDAT. per iissta rAlLT, pr Tfr daily and Sunday, per ?tr -w 8VNDAT. with alssaxine ul Financial . 6up!ffvtiU, per Tear "-w TUS NEW TURK TIMES 8ATLRDAY JlSVIJSW, per Yrr ....- J-00 For portage to forlg-n countries for salty and Sunday edllloes add (XIS per moats. SIXTEEN PAGES. MAYO JTCLELLAJTS APPOINTMENTS From the list of. appointments by the Mayor-elect yesterday rooming we single out the name of Mr. T. C T. Cram for comment of a different and more hopefal nature than It is possible for us to make upon any of the other appoint menta. Mr. Chain Is appointed to be - Tenement House Commissioner, an office of Tery great Importance, since the enforcement or non-enforcement of the new tenement house UW depends In the main upon the Incumbent. Demonstrably and beyond doubt It is for the interest of the owners. of tenement houses and of their tenants that the law be enforced. The motive which prompted Its . drafting and enactment was the desire to confer upon the dwellers in tenement houses the blessings of clean and healthy surroundings. ( It is for the Interest of the owners of tenements that their tmlldings should be constructed and maintained in conformity to this law. - Of course, it Is for the general publio benefit that the shocking tenement abuses of the past should be corrected. But the law has not yet been in force ' for a time sufficient to commend itself . to the unanimous approval of those whom it really benefits. There is opposition to It, and until it is better understood, until it has justified Itself in experience, powerful influences will continue' to be exerted upon the Commissioner to persuade or tempt him Into the dangerous path of lax enforcement. Mr. Chain is a Tammany man, one of the favorite orators of that organization. But he is an educated man, a lawyer, and his preferred associates are respectable. lie is ambitious to stand wen in the community, to enjoy the respect -of persons not much given to wasting ' their esteem en the ordinary type of Tammany politician. We therefore entertain the hope and the belief that Mr. Csau will perform the duties of his office In the spirit Which has guided Commissioner Da Forest, one of the most public-spirited, intelligent, and efficient members of the present administration. For this reason we are moved to appeat to the authors, the friends, and j the supporters of the tenement house law to give Mr. Cbadt their cordial co- operation, then aid. and their advice, so far as he shows himself willing to accept them. The tendency which reform-ers have to denounce Tammany men. all and several, ought in this case to be restrained. It is for the public' interest that the new Tenement House Commissioner should not only have a chance to do well, but that every incentive to do well should be offered to him. As for the other appointments of Mayor McCu?xax. do they not abundantly Justify' the comments of Thb .Times upon his election, of which at the time we beard many complaints that they were much too gloomy a forecast? The Tamrtany district leaders are Indeed recognized, as Mr. Muhpht said they would be; the old Tammany names ap-. pear. Incompetence, wast of fitness, and the positive disqualification of bad antecedents, are defiantly flaunted la the face of the public, as If the Mayor-elect were determined that from the beginning there should, be no doubt that he is to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Vam Wtck. The personal honesty of Mr. Patrick Rexnah, who Is to be City Chamberlain. Is not impugned. But what private corporation, of such importance that its treasurer drew a salary of J12.00O a rar. would for one moment listen to the suggestion that it should appoint to thai post an old gentleman who ' passes his days at the race track, and has for years enjoyed no other society than that of Tammany workers?. The hardihood of Mr. McCLzllak in naming Nicholas J. Mates to be Fire Commissioner, must strike any one who reflects that to this exceedingly Important offlcej . upon the efficient administration of Which depends the safety of life and property, there has been appointed a Tammany underling unknown and unheard of .outside the field of political patronage, who has Lever in any way demonstrated Lis capacity to perform dudes Involving judgment and responst-bUlty. , . Th? appointment of F. J. Laxi-ax'to be Commissioner of Correction Is distinctly - the worst of Abe lot He was named at the personal request of ex-Mayor Vax WtcsV which Is perhaps as bad a thing as could be said About him. He is not Only a Tammany district leader, but a leader whose Influence has been evlL whose methods, ways, and example hare been of the characteristlo Tammany kind. From every point of view it is an appointment in which the Mayor-elect has disgraced himself. Those optimistic souls who cherished the hope that in electing a Mayor bear-in- jb honored name and personally re spectable Tammany : had evinced a change of heart, i may now contemplate the wreck and ruin of their hopes. Of the appointees whose names have been announced by the Mayor-elect one was the manager of his campaign, three are Tammany district leaders, and two held office under Mayor ; Vam , "Wtck. Aftsr this frank exhibition of ! the Tammany spirit, after this proof that the clutch of the controlling hand. Is upon the new Mayor, it may be said that a man who still believes that Mr. McCuola trill be hi own master, and will perform the duties of his office 4-lth regard only to the publio welfare, jrould believe anything. . , . ' .. - WHO .Wonj WATERLOO? It Is given to feW men, with or without the impedin enit of a benign polypus on their vocal cords, to waken such far resounding and angry echoes as the German kaiser has stirred up in the United Kingdom. , It was, his toast to the (Hanoverian) German Legion that did it, and the toast was In these words: I raise my glass to the health of the German Legion, in v emory pf Its incomparable deeds, whlc i, in conjunction with Blcxchxb and ' he Prussians, rescued thetEngllsh Army from destruction at Waterloo." There is CO reason to suspect the Kaiser of having willfully or maliciously stirred up this tumult. What he was saying may be a matter of rourse in Germany, t as the opposite belief that' it wan tjie English Army that did all the saving and rescuing that was done at Waterloo Is a matter of course in England. ' it is there almost an additional article of the English faith, making forty In all. that Wellington would have beaten the French all the same if the Prussians had not come up." That belief was first promulgated by no less a person than the Duke himself. The most graphic and Interesting, though not the most heroio version of his exact " claim is given la theCreevey papers, just now edited and published by Sir Herbert Maxwell. CaEiyST saw the Duke in Brussels on June 19, the day after the battle, and thus reports the interview: . The first thing t did. of course. Was to put out my hand and congratulate him upon his victory. He made a variety of observations in Ms short, natural, blunt way, but with the greatest gravity all the time, and without the least approach to anythlr j like triumph or Joy. - " It lias been a damned nice thing, the nearest run thing- yon erer saw.tn your Ufa. Blvbchi lost 14,000 on Friday night, snd got so damyibly licked I could not find him on Saturday morning; sd I was obliged to fall back to keep up my communications with blra." Then, as he walked about, he praised greatly those Guards who kept the farm tHugomont) against the repeate-1 attacks of the French, and then he praised all our trooj. uttering repeated expressions of astonishment at our men's courage. He repeated often Its being " so nice a thing so near'y run a thing." that I asked him if the French had fought better than he had ever seen them do before. No." he said, "they have always fought the same since -I first Saw them at Vlmeira," Then he said: " By 1 I don't think it would have been done if I had not befen there." . Doubtless this disposes, from the British point of view, of the conjunction of Blcscher and the Prussians." But the German Legion was a different affair, the Hanoverians being part of what is known In England as the British but would be more accurately described as the -allied" army, since of the 92,000 men under Weixikotoh's command at Waterloo there were: but 82.000 British troops, the remainder being Hanoverians, Dutch Belgians.1 Brunswlckers, and Nassauers, and the presumption is falr.V though ignored by patriotic" Britons, that the 60.000 foreigners had something to do with the result at j Waterloo, as well a3 half that number of Britons. The controversy which the Kaiser has revived used to rage uith great ferocity. The battle of Waterloo and the sinking of the Vengeur were almost equally exciting topics half a century ago. With regard to the battli , ' the controversy whether the "Engl sh," or one-third English, Army would have won if the Prussians had not cojme up has the advantage of being Quite interminable, seeing that it is concerned with what Samuel 3. Tilden used to call " the consequences of things that never happened." As to the sinking of the Vengeur. with the British version of which Thackeray relates that he used to harrow the souls of his French friends when the question was alive, that clever Englishman with the French, name, Mr. Hilairb Beixoc, has lately written a most j readable account of that sea fight. In which he shows thatj the object of the French in fighting It, was after all attained, since they succeeded in diverting the attention of the British from the fleet of grain-laden merchantmen on Its way to a French port, which fleet did make Its port unmolested while the battle was going on, the object of the French sacrifice being thus accomplished. s THE UNION" LABEL. In a recent comment in these columns concerning the measures already, taken and proposed to check the ; aggressions of badly advised trades unions we ventured the; suggestion that popular opposition to the form of boycott which Is made possible j by the union label was becoming so well defined that it might easily take the shape of a refusal on the part of those who favor individual independence to buy ; merchandise to which the union label is attached. The equality of action and reaction, passes as a mathematical axiom, and the reaction from the excesses of the unions in the matter of the label might very well be what we have suggested. As showing that the feeling which might prompt such an effort on the part of the public to protect non-union labor in the enjoyment o its rights is not confined t0th4 storm centres' of labor disturbance, tike Chicago and New York. we note with Interest hat the Mayor of Fremont, Ohio, has ve oed an ordinance passed by the Council of that place requiring that the union label shall appear upon all city printing. In be statement of his reasons for hit veto Mayor Erf cler points out that its purpose and effect Is to deny to i .11 but those -who have assumed the rtgl t to use the union label the privilege of c smpeting for publio contracts. It ben fits a small and distinct class of citlzc is, snd closes the door of competition t all others. : This he regards as vicious in tendency, contrary to the spirit free Institutions, and" If allowed to go unchallenged certain to work Injury not oily to the commu nity but to the class bought to be bene- fited. Meanwhile, we rhould witness the unhappy spectacle oi a large majority' of the people compelled to contribute by thejir taxes to the support of one class favored by the ordii iance-while themselves denied the prh liege of participating in the benefits lo be derived from suih expenditure of the publio . funds. From his very sugge stive veto message wej quote as follows: ' .-- . - .vJ , M it io passase vc in. J resolution is vrgcu In the sacred cause of labor, let us not forget that substantially all our people, male and female, are labor rs In some field of human endeavor, and ill equally necessary to the prosperity and i ell-being of our city. Let us not be deceive 1 into believing that the welfare of a knaj rity of the laboring people of this city Is r presented by and has been intrusted to a mi lorlty, chiefly prominent by their trespai ss upon the lawful rights of others, I at least equally Industrious, nor to a few, who by their mouth-ings pose as the especJ l1 champions of labor, when In truth they t ?ek some political or other Improper advan age for themselves. This is Ver sensl' le official talk, and that in a town so ominated by trades union Influence tha Us Common Council would prescribe 1 he label for all public printing by crdli ance it indicates no small courage on it i part of the Mayor to state the facta t ius plainly. He will undoubtedly offend he headers of organ ized labor beyond trglveness, but that ipprove and sustain public opinion his action is equalil certain. The ordl- nancw-wsarwholly Improper and should have been vetoed. MANHOLE EXPLOSIONS. The customary diversion for our citi zens in the way 01 manhole explosions, which usually begl is about the first of December and last! until Spring, Is now In progress like a continuous performance of vaudeville. Every day or two we have a change i f programme, but so far as the gas comr anjr la concerned it is the same old song ind dance turn. The only question of 1: terest It suggests Is how long the puhli t will "patiently tolerate the existence oi a menace to life and limb, not to speak sf that to health and property, incident o an enormous leakage of gas under I n pervious pavements from buried and 1 i visible mains, which are accessible for observation and repairs only when t e pavements are destroyed and the str et closed to travel for purposes of excava ion. The latest remln ler that gaa is an energetic explosive 1 1 admixture with atmospheric air , oc urred at Seventieth Street and Amster lam Avenue, where a heavy manhole cc ver was sent soaring skyward with an, attendant escort of paving stones. Fc rtunately, no one was killed. This hapr y Immunity from fatality has attendet so many accidents of is character thajt from the newspaper point of view the have come to be regarded as among he humorous incidents of the day's happenings. When some one is killed and t le descending manhole cover crashes lti way back to earth through the roof f a crowded street car It may appear In i different aspect. The gas company has ieen " playing In great luck " in this mat er, but It cannot count Upon an Indeflnii e continuance of such' good fortune. Tl e conditions are so favorable for such i catastrophe in consequence of gas leal age that the question is whether gas dist: ibution through buried mains Is not an ntolerable public nuisance, demanding suppression at any temporary cost tf public inconvenience. That the gas cor ipany does not see this is not surprising. The Invisibility bf the obvious is a fa miliar phenomenon in corporate history D2. BUT IK'S WARNING. Dr. Nicholas L'RRAT Butler spoke some plain trut is to the New England Society of Brook yn on Monday evening, hearers probably need and though his that kind of ex rtatlon as little as any munity. It is well for class Jn the co them to llstsn t them into the U it and take it out with of the city. of Dr. Butler's piea The substanc was for the prin thers who "we Iples bf the Pilgrim Fa- e seekers after liberty and bullded n law." "That," he in- Misted. M is the undamehtal fact in our history. Kobod of sane mini has any- where at any t ne proposed to found a community in w ich there should be Ub- erty without la to define it. to protect It, to defend 1L e conception that any other course is ssible has been reserved that dangerous type of euphemistically known for discovery b modern lunatic as a philosophic Anarchist." Dr. Butler called attention :o the kgitation in which organized num ers are making - de- mands" lndepe ble with the rig dent of and irreconclla- ts which the law defines and defends, an the obligations the law imposes. This lovenjent is not so much. he declared, an attack on property as it is an attack oon liberty based upon ih pretensions reach the law. When u courts they sel om fall to be met with "a square, dlr ct, historical lnterpreta- tion f the taw " but the executives are not so complet ly to be trusted. . Oor weakness lei too often in tha ItmtA and timorous ex cutives, whose ears are so often to the gr und that they forret the Very oath that llpa They! are her have taken with iKlr 0 intent upon Immediate support and terr. rary popularity that they are willing to contribute thir little all to the undermining of the foundations upon which our civilisation rests. i We have no doubt, and we Imagina very few of our readers have any serious doubt, that in the long run the conception of American liberty which V hava partly Inherited and partly developed for ourselves In the strenuous career the Nation has so far run, the conception ct tha rights of each limited by the rights of others and enjoyed solely under the reg-uUi?.A bf law, will prevail. But nnquss-tionabiy there la opposition to that Conception of a vigorous and vicious sort-There la a definite tendency to set the common desires and United alma oi numbers above the rights which Individuals possesa without regard to what the law may hava to aay. The tendency la dangerous, and it must be contested at every point The situation la precisely one of those In which the price of real liberty la unceasing vigilance. 5J23B3E2SssHsiE3ttMODsSBSEff "PaKSIPaL The text of the libretto of Wagner's great work, which we print this morning, is the authorised translation of the original composition, and the one that win bo rendered by Mr. Conried's company to-morrow evening. "Parsifal " Is a work of intense interest In Itself as embodying the ideas and fancies of the gifted poet and composer, with whom the words were of a high a algnlficanc as the music, and we believe the text will bo found well worth attention by tiose who cannot as well as by those who can hear the opera. There has been touch eager discussion as to certain points in the plot and certain expressions In the text of " Parsifal. It is not impossible that some of this has turned on Impressions received from a version different from that actually to be used. Indeed, wa are suVa that this, la some instances, has been true. That fact makes timely the publication of tha exact text And the only one on which any fair estimate of the work or Of tho propriety of Its production can be based. I TOPICS OF THE TIMES. -Since we commented the other day iipon the distribution of $200,000 among Its employes by a Chicago buslneta house certain tacts regarding that house have come to our knowledge which lead us not at Hs request, or even suggestion, by the way to present the case anew and In a light essentially different This year's distribution, it seems, was not the result Of a sudden Impulse to remedy Industrial Injustice as to the division of profits between capital and labor, and it is not open to any suspicion on the part of cynics as an advertisement f virtuous superiority. It Was. on the contrary, the carrying out of a fixed policy adopted six years ago, and since tben thoroughly understood by the employes as forming a part of the system under which they worked. The money allotted, therefore, is less a gift than a remuneration of faithful and efficient service, and acceptance of It involves no loss of dignity on the one side and ho proclamation 'of generosity on tha other. The firm does, indeed, retain the right ' to decide as to whether business conditions are or are hot such as to warrant these special payments, and consequently the transfer Im not altogether as satisfactory as would be an equal Increment In straight wages for labor performed, but it has practical advantages, or, rather, avoids practical disadvantages, for both parties to the transaction that make the device Seem to be as long a step toward ideal perfection as present circumstances perpilt. And the conduct of this particular firm has given It an especial tight to exercise its Judgment In such mattersa fight which its employes are little likely to question. For it Is the custom of the house to close its business week at 1 o'clock on Saturday the year round, and its working hours per week are less than those of other houses in its cum line. Its wage scale for salesmen, offloe men, and mechanics compares favorably with that of Its competitors. Its managers are Instructed to overlook no worthy employ in recommending salary changes, vacations and sick allowances are the rule In all grades, and all these benefits have been voluntarily accorded. It is small wonder that recent attempts to unionise the company's men failed to interest them, and we are glad to remove any misapprehensions that the unexplained announcement of Its annual dls- ti Ibution may have excited. Col. Wallace of the Fifteenth Cavalry. Juat returned to Washington from the Philippines, cheerfully accepts all responsibility for devising the grisly expedient of burying a pig with Such Moros as are killed while acting the rle of "Jura-mentado," and he Justifies It as of approved efficiency - In discouraging the fanatical Mohammedans of Jolo from seeking the rewards of martyrdom in this particular way. For the pig. according to their notions, fobs the " Juramentado " of all the blissful privileges In the hereafter that death encountered while slaughtering the infldeM would otherwise assure. As a result the Moros, though they still admire these frenzied exits from the World, have practically ceased to utilize them, since when a ptg Snd A man occupy a single grave the future chances Of the one and the other are In their opinion about equal. Such we supposed to be the explanation of the story which so shocked a large number of Sensitive people, and while regretting the necessity of adopting a. plan so repugnant to humane Ideas, we also note that the Moros Can stop Its application as soon as they choose, and therefore we feel no Impulse either to condemn Its Invention or to advise its abandonment The scheme involves the waste of a certain amount of pork, but pork la hot Climates Is unwholesome diet anyhow, and the leas of it our soldiers and other " Infidels " in the Philippines hsve to eat the better for them. The outraging of religious principles, however. Is likely to create a very deep-lying hostUIty as well as to make "Juramenta-dos" unfashionable, and this side of the question is possibly worth more consideration than the rough-and-ready theologians of a cavalry regiment are likely to give It Recurring to ihe subject of land allotments jn severalty to Indians we have felt a morbid Interest In It ever since Mr. Jamzs urged that the red men should not be allowed to live at ease on the product of their leases cannot one admit that the allotment system sometimes or even often works 111 without admitting that It IS therefore a bad system! For , its alternative seems to be some form of the reservation plan, and that si we all know, IS utterly, and completely hopeless, reducing,- as it has done, does, and always will do, the Indians subjected to it to the condition of sulky and hungry csttlh, and having an effect not much better oin a good many of the white men who execute the Incidental contracts. . The revatjlcn, system means the extermination of the: Indians, and whoever wants the Indian problem solved m the quickest snd simplest way need seek no other, but there is a general Inclination to give our red brothers something like half a chanoe to become civilised if they can and wilL Most of ihem probably cannot or will not and with them the allotment system, too, will fail, bnt there Is remnant for whom It does offer an oppor tunlty, and even Mr. Jakes admits that they are utilizing it1 Of course. It Is a most painful spectacle to see Indians living on their rents while white men work for a lvlng, but the Idle and debauched red skins will not last long or have anything to leave to a posterity taj the most part lacking, and the tew who knuckle down to business will in due coarse assimilate with their betters. That tod, is a solution rf the problem, and a better 'one, all things considered, than the other. Again have eur firemen paid their frequent tribute of life to the city they serve, doing it. as always, with a prompt and unpretentious devotion that deserves quite as much recognition as is given to the heroes of wsr. Died in the performance of duty M Is hardly an adequate eulogy on men like Colema and Jotce. . They did more ' than that for they made no minute scrutiny as to Just how far duty called them, and they probably went far beyond any obligation of their service when they penetrated deep into tha burning factory. They only saw what might be . a chance to fight the fire, and they took it. They had every right to consider their own lives, but they considered only public interests. Cols mam left motherless children behind, and they ought hot to suffer from their father's sacrifice. , i . i in in - .i - - STREET CAR RULES AND.CONOUC-j - . 'U TORS. " ! re ft Editor of TM Ve Tor Timet; A letter signed " Lex Medico " appeared in a late edition of the Sunday Tiubs, and while logical and interesting In the main, the writer would like to submit a misinterpretation of fact In one of Its arguments in support of the theory that it is possible, without resort to bribery, to enforce the laws In this city. ' To quote: " When an employe of a transportation company whose business It la to see that the rules of the company are obeyed sees aa Infraction ef the roles, I he n almost certain Immediately to notify the person to desist" And again i "Every such employe of a transportation company well knows that tf he failed to do this be would be quite sure to be punished, and perhaps even lose his position." Any one who has made a study of this matter knows that It Is with the utmost reluctance that the average street-car conductor will notify a passenger to desist from spitting, Carrying a lighted cigar, or even boarding a ear In a beastly stats of intoxication, even when requested to do so, and notwithstanding the posted regulations. I have la mind an Occasion When 1 asked a 'conductor on the elevated why he did not enforce the law in the case of a spltter, and his reply alone upsets tha theory of " Lex Medico." for It Was, " Oh, there's A sign up .about that!" lit may be true that am employe neglecting his duty is sure of punishment, but every one who has inquired has discovered that tbe prospect of punishment or dismissal in the case ot the average streetcar conductor is accompanied with no fear. i If " Lex Medlcq " wul inquire of the fcu-perlhtendent of any of the street-car companies, he will be convinced that the average conductor is unmarried, and without other Incentive to work than a temporarily empty stomach. Is utterly Indifferent as to the continuance of his employment beyond the few trips which will make him the no- aessor of enough money for a square rnU. New York. Dee. 11, 1903. v j - ( ATTIRE FOR "PARSIFAL" J 'i . 19 0 Editor of The Xt Tor Tima: J, Now. that the question of proper attire for "Parsifal" Is being discussed, allow me to suggest that as the perf orvjances are to be given in accordance with Eai-reuth customs the audience should dress as it would there. ' i i' We need not copy our English cousins. Who attended a " Nibelungea cycle f during the V season," but not " Parsifal,? which, being a "sacred festival play," It would be absolutely Indecorous to appear at the Metropolitan decollete. It Is to be hoped the stockholders -vlll hsve the gtod sense and taste at the premiere to fcettle the question for all time by appearing as they would at the matinee, and not returning bom te change their toilette. 7 AN OPKRAROP.B isew i ore, uec. zi, iimas. f NUGGETS. What Made Her Happy. Cobwigger Were you really pleased that the woman next oorhad a new coat? Mrs. Cobwigger Not et first, my dear, but I was as soon as Z found out that it wasn't real fur. Judge.. - i .a. Tha Empty Hand. I thought he married a woman With a million in her own right." "So he did, but he hasn't been able to get his right on any of iC and. so he's rft"-Phlladelphla Press. I The Extremity of Bliss. Tha Parson PIS am tnos pos'tlvely de raos' 'streemly Juiciest chicking I eber put In oiah mouth. Brer Jackson. j Brer Jackson Yes, 6ah, pabson; dat chicking wua raised an brung uo on water-millions. Bah. Leslie's Weekly. . Mora Important Detail. The play in which we .would like you to take a part will open IA Yonkera," announced the theatrical manager. J'yi.tU' K"l Jlot ""en interested In that" replied the aetor. " as I am in how far we will be from New York when it closes." Syracuse Herald. a 11 Perfectly Frank to Hlmsalf. . " . Tou ever take stimulants of any kindT " asked tbe doctor, who was examining the red-nosed ciuidldat for life insurance. . , , . .. "No, Sir. When I drink whisky. I do It without trying to make any excuses to myself whatever." Chicago Record-Herald. THE HOME ROAb AT CHRISTMAS-TIDE. It has, a lonely aspee; although traveled By blrnr crowds than In the airly days. 'barer WOoi now weU-ntga I find myself ambni'st the old-time waya Seen after cjty life, tli home looks smaller. The pastur s dreari.sr fer the yeller sage: The woods is thinner an' the mountains bal er 'mum Jest like myself. little wuss fer age I A feller's thoughts l.t times like this will WUlUCl Somehow to thugs that but to youth be-1 Becalis skylarkln's erott the ridges vender Er courtship. pse. r .o,. remembered song. Fer what wus earth with Its Imagined . . measure OJ strife beyond th circle o' the bills. When all between wus the playground Sleasure, j perwiTsV01" htr,hr tban the whup- Ef ompletefv ch From what It wus when X wus oh the MJL,d, man Ul Touts that Wus Bob wneatiyi That woman gray. Sue Blake o' modest charm? . .. Ef some young blade with buoyant heart an rowdy 1 Could eianp my hand Jest like when wa wus boys' " Er some plump lass could giv me one old As when 'the worUl was gay with bios- somed joysl t The shallow . creek .that by the meadow n 1 1 in m afh fa 'bout the nlzhest thins1 in tint l. - Thourh-mlssln' old tamUyar forms ran. som ere Through its low so kg thir. runs a plain-tlva tone. ... ..-.' And yit the road Is holler while lonsly. Because o absent ones In death's relem-Fer though one time it re'ehed the ho: a. It seems to stretch now to the Lsr t o Feace, WILL T. ItALii tvm HOED SAVE IffllES Orders Seizure of Properties Bought by Mining Company. : Feare That Russia Has Designs en Them Czar's Representatlvaa Hava 8ur- veyfd Port of Chlng-Wan-Tao. TXEN-TSIN. China, Dec 2l-Th Vice-, roy has' ordered -tbe Custom Taotat t take ovef the Port cf Cblng-Wan-Tao once from tbe officers of the mining coza-pany which purchased the Kaiplng tntne. from Chang-TL the Director of Norther Rallroad3. , - ' . The Viceroy's order says that althoura merchants Invested capital la the mlal ig company, u was founded by tha Govern-meat and managed by Chinese official a nd therefore is the property of the Government. Ching-Wan-Tao, It Is further pointed out, likewise belongs to China and cannot be sold to others at the discretion of the mining company. j II Is asserted that the Chinese- local authorities and the Government are endeavoring to regain control of the mines In consequence of tbe designs cf Russia to acquire a port at Chins-Wan -TaJ, of which Bussia Is Said to possess an excellent sur-t vey, as well as a census of the adjacent villages. , , . ,-, ,, . - ( f i . Near ttaiptng. which ' I ; seventy-four tulles northeast of Tien-Tsin, r the rich f?? teln.e' ot TangsHsa. -yielding from 1.000 to l.l00 tons dally. Also In or near Kaiplng are valuable iron miaes and cement worka Chang-Yl was recently graded for having sold the mines in ami was given two months' grace to briag them Hack to Chinese control. . . . . APOLOGY FOR CONSUL DAVIS. Alcxandretta's Governor Expresses Re-v fl ret to American Official At-, tarin Releaeed. ALEXANDRETT Kvria TVtn. tTi Governor of Alexandretta to-day made an eflclal eall upon United States Consul Davis and formally apologized for the Indignities suffered by. the ConsuL Admiral Cotton fcft here to-night on the United BtateS cruiser San Francisco for BeiruL . Attarin. 4ns naturalized American dtisen rret r.y tne Turkish authorities caused United States Consul Davis to leave Alexandretta, baa been liberated. ROXbOrGHES REACH DUNBAR. r -. . Ducal; Party Brilliantly Received, and the Dwcheaa le Introduced to ; ' Her Tenantry. EDlNBUfcQlL Dec 22.-The Duke and Duehess of Roxburgbe arrived at Dunbar to-night and were given a magnificent reception. They were met at the station by the Provost aad the members of the Dunbar Town Otincil, as well as by the tenants Of the Roxburghe estate. The tenants were Introduced to the Duchess ; (formerly Miss May Goelet of New Yotk) by hm Duke, who delivered a brief speech to -the tenants said to the -Dunbar municipal officials, thanking them for their reception. ! Thousands ; of persons gathered outside the, station enthusiastically chexed the couple on their appearance. As soon as the Duke and Duchess entered their carriage the horses were unhitched and tha carriage was drawn by the coapt guardsmen, preceded by pipers and followed bv ilw torchbear-ers to Bronmouth Park, the seat of the Roxburgbes, two miles distant from Dunbar.. The streets of Dunbar were gayly decorated and there was a grand display of fire-vorks in Dunbar and Its vicinity to-night. The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe will remain at Bronmouth Park tor a fortnight. LORD ROTHSCHILD'S GIFT. Bus1 Drivers and Conductors Get Pheasants for Christmas. . Special Cable to Tita New YORK Tivxa LONDON, Dec 23. (Following his custom of several years' - standing. Lord Rothschild to-day presented a brace of pheasants to every ' conductor who passes dence In Plead illy. bus" driver and lils lordship's resi- KISHINEFF SENTENCES LIGHT. London Thinks Trial Resulted In "Gross Miscarriage of Justice. Special Cable to ,The New Yore THresv " LONDON, Dec. 23. London papers which discuss the Kishineff trial are unanimous in the opinion that tt resulted in a gross miscarriage of Justice; All agree that . the punishments Inflicted upon wholesale assassins are wholly inadequate, seeming almost to set tli seal of Judicial approval upon those responsible for one of the most terrlM-a tragedies ever known. - l , i : 1 1 ?' . KISHINEFF, Dec. 22. Durlnf the trial to-day of the rioters who participated in tbe massacre ot Jews here last April, the court quashed the indictments .which charged the accused with collusion prior tit the disturbances. - j -,; ... BIG STEAMSHIP GROUNDED. Unknown Vessel Ashore Near Where ;tha Red Star Liner Finland L.'es j . , Disabled, ', - : , ANTWERP, Belgium, Dee. 23 Aaother large steamship has gone ashore - near where the Red Star Line steamer Finland grounded on Saturday last. Owing to the fog" which prevail ta t observers ashore have been unable to ascertain; the verrs name. The Finland, went ashore at Kiel)-' wersluis, near Flushing. Holland. ' The passengers ot tha Tied Star tine steamer Finland were brought hsre en board two tugs, wtloh stibuently returned to assist In refloating the Fiaiand; Nine tugs are now on tbs spot Vbe Hn-land is resting easily, and up to the present has not sustained ur.y great damage, -, r - , ANOTHER VATICAN MONEY STORY. - i ( . - Roma NeW-pipei Telia ItUo Bxpisld Rumors About tha f.9,000,000, j ROME. Dec. 2. According to the Vies saggier, tha story that Cardinal tlottT, Prefect of the Propaganda, recently hand. ed to the Pope lO.OOO.woo, said to have been confided to the Cardinal by the late Pope Leo XIII, with instructions to turn the money over, to his successor four months after his ricath originated In the fact that In the financial investigation following rope xo s eeai a oencit of over siuauuu was found. 4vAStor,tU":ri4nl 8Mrch appeared evident tnat i'o oniv person who couia where tne money had gone was eertAia juonsiijiiwr living in (ne Vatican first asTted. that he knew nothing of the matter, but being more close I v rr... lie at the eviience against him gathering, he one day said to the Pope: " I -a patient. Ood will provide for th neods of tho Holy Pee." ,rwviu tor the P-ion afu-rward th Monelgnor atinn. with a friend and said that op x? w rounded tbe money j to htm. requesting that it be returned to Leo's successor taur C2AfVS PICTURE FOR MR. BRYAN. BT. PETERSBURG, Deo. 22. --The has sent William f Bryan an autograph photcgraph. : . i Ambassador kteCcrmick save a lunrs.,1 t-uay to Mr. Bryan. Prhice Khilkoff, the Minister of Public Work and Railroada and other high officials. .sJAroaas, f May Laava Borala Apartment ROUE, Dec. 22. -It I reported that Cardinal Morry del Vat the Papal Secretary of 6Ut zocn leave the 'Eor'i'U a;-.rt ment t thu Vatican, tie ecupLi&a t whfch i. tv Cardinal has given rise to sj mucii usc; vJotti HenK- Caraga Company -Uaksa ft Pwpjls? Appeal at tha Vs&$ End Theatre. ; 'rnsea " was the opera eh.osa fer tl pcond night Of tha Usury W. Bavar ca .-jfcariy at tha West End Tieatra, a.--: tf popular appeal of tha colorful grp.-' r Aancs served to attract aa audience c r ?i'ierable sisc, which, thosgss eomewt-' reserved as to applause fcf a part cf t rvenlng. was aroused to cnthuAiasa At t Close of the Spirited Toreador song wt .aerves tor Sscamlllo In the Aecond .' 7tii number, always tielimd ef aisg as of audiescas; Is pretty apt to b euro no matter how lacking the taterpretati. But the fervid applause last evening cn-. not with Justice be ascribed solely tf Ui--sonss appealing quality. . - j 1 Mr. Marsano, tho EscamlTlj of the eve a big, is A man whose general appearance I. sufficiently robust and romastla ta pictar the role, end he sang the heroio number with fino effect His vole 3a at its be, in the forceful passages, but even tn Us more deUcata phases it la ot ft Quality to please a taste somewhat above tha popular ' levef ' '. - " - - - Mr. Gherardl'a Don Jos was) less sa8a-j tying. Ills stage presence la one) that does not lend itself easily to tha neieisary r.iu 1 slon, and his acting by no means soaJo t forphyelcal shortcomings. Mr.: Chf.r " ; singing was uneven, but was nevenet. much applauded. ; Miss lvoll. the Carmen, is' a to woman of abundant physical char- , Insinuating grace, and a eompre.t.. -i mastery of the many wiles and trie : j: which this type of stage femlnlalt i ensnared the susceptible mason hee ti plan heart since time immemerabie. lij ; ing somewhat the ability to suggT entirely tho warm sensuousness of a !- -iv ish gypsy as she has come to bo r.--', . r-i stood In the theatre. Miss IveU ' 1, 1 nevertheless. In conveying the S'iff - .. . ! of a mairnetlo persotuUity exert si cp-- those about her. Her oerf orrcanra J . t ! I Blderable degree of technical ski:'i j ' Ivell s volee. though not of suj . reauzs me general possibilities OT Ul-i e A more liquid orran Is that ci i. Brooks, who tans Mb.haal ' The opera was ninelv moiiTiM k ml. turning being picturesque. The coomSsV THE KNE1SEL QUARTET-- ; Sonja oy C M. Loeff ler G?ven, with : : Quartet by Mozart ana Sctiu-J . '- mann'i Quintet ; . . ; " J The Kneisel Quartet at Its third eoncerf In Mendelssohn Hall Unt aveting, broke" the rule that they have a rarely broken i? including upon their programme a Sertoli of songs, it was clearly made evident that;' j the occasion was an entirely exoepUona( ' one. The songs were the work of Mr. C. J",'! ' Loeffler, songs of such filsttocUon of stylj ? and demanding such unusual qualities in,' their interpreUtion that It was fitting fort! Mr. Kneiset to make s unusual effort to onng them before his own publio. i i Of the five that ITer given, twa ere , written with an obligato accompaniment tor the viola, which Me; Ixwffler himself waa present to interpret,- The singer was Misa Susan Metcalfe, who hag previously shown sympathies- that Would fit her for Socft music as Mr- Loerfrie has written. And. finally, the pianist of the evening, Mr. Kelnrich Gcbhard of Boston, undertook the piano accompaniments which offer ?rob!ems that only aa accomplished pen ormer could eoJve. Mr. Loef fter's songs are of a sort to rate preat conflicts of pinion. They have very little In common with accepted model of song writlni?. " They are settings of poems by Some r,t the younger French poets fustavs Ttr raudelaire, Verlaine with whom Mr. iieefftefs musical nature Is In lntlmcte coiamauton, airing- glimpses off Impnebabla firmaments, of Imaginary Lahore," the '"' odorous rhythms of pure music," the far-off memories of chimes that sonrd in tho mist a cruel and coaxing serenade as of a dead man from his grave tranre and mystical fantasies, evanescent, Intangible moods. These be has Interpreted; in si uric that aeems the very embodiiae&l cf all their essence. It fa a music apart kloof, keen, sensi tire, and delicate in Its imaginative power, milking its appeal only to Imaginations attuned te that which produced Tt. It moves 4 In unfamiliar, unrestricted tonalities, in harmonies shifting and evasive. In melodio t-ontour that seek first for the fitting ex-prtsrto.i o( th tries, as remote from tho tomiw 4speech ot musio as the verse la from tee common speech of poetry. .Yet to those who are willing to submit to Its ' spell. It Is ef subtle charm, full of sensitive appreciation of the finer values ef -color, of exotic fragrance, and ot .haunting ; nieirstiveneiia- Vlr. Loefflers sympathies are tanged with the extreme left among the young French composers, but he writes in a vela of. absolute individuality, snd with a fastidious ft ish of style. To mention only two of the most striking impressions they left, ths accompaniment to Les Paons Is an altogether remarkable piece of subtly pictorial effect and the thrul of terror 15 La Cloche Felee " is one of the rare thlnA in music. Miss Metcalfe sang then with appreciation of their distinctive quail lies; line um now iui iui u outuried moods. Mr. tieonara s accompaa meats were of exquisite sensibiuty ana i" lh ami . tha viols, obblisatos that : M Loeffler played. It seems nsuless to say. wars a run reaiisauon or ms own iaea. Mr. Knelsel pUyed Mosart'a D miner quartet one of the most flawless and lnei-1 beautiful of all the works m Hs for Schubert's quartet movement tn C talis. Intended as the beginning of a work tr for some unknown reason was never 1 : Ifhed. and Schumann's noble piano qulrfi that hrctathaa the breath of SeroetUal E- The movement by 8chubrt is thoroaah . i characteristically Schubertian In its t?rt - though It is not the product of hlr h!5 : , soaring imagination not as that tier so. the unfinished eymphonyMr. Gebtr I who played the piano part In the qui.tt- - 1 i is an artist of high accomplishment. V- K. t In spirit, of crisp end fluent techniqut -1 j .-a finely develops rhythmic sense Pf - ; vigor, and at the same time the se l i1 divided responsibility that marks trt ? ' ensemoie piayer. ARHii "DOROTHY VERNON" B - ' i" i . Lord Chamberlain Refuses to lr..t Performance of Play In Enfc ; J. Fred Zimmermann. Jr., receded r day from the of flea of the Lord Chafcber lain. In London, a notice to . wouli sot be alia wed to produce " Vc .v v, r J-w o HaddQif HaU" anywhere I . :glci Tt . Lord Chamberlaift is th trttir;- . fftcUl censor of the stage, awl li 'i'-n apparently, that some ot '.h: dts ti.row a too lurid light on royalty. The story of the play ! ith bs i-lngs and misdoings of y -e." E uuxbeth. Mary Queen of Scots, $tl, vir.!us or their followers. Though the t lia y ad f ba performed once In Eng;?at rder; to copyrighted, the Lord tttwlyerbinA read of plays evidently l-t It g. IhffU'.tt vlthout paying much attention! v A ' ft-'-!" . 61 nee Mr. Zlmmn-tnani. b " dApesea M the English rights tr Vd Neb'on .ass Fred Terry,, he carf i rf t!ti!o waat tlon the lxrd Cham"jf i? cur iaVa Terry and Miss NHls wll "ve U sufir if it cannot be- pe t es ' NOTES pr T HE S iA?2. 1 A series of martuft . foi ec;lfrsT will begin at the Irving Pi .-je Tnentfo t.morrv afternoon. The fllJperfo-nj'.te1 will b " Clnderena." vTlis vili aif r;i sated Dec 25. an, and It ill bo folio' by M Puss. inBwts '1 Ott ltt. s0 8t Jan.d and 2. , .-, . ' .. - ? , ' r ., - f . f . The ' Shuberts and Aubrey BoucicSUii hava parted obiBpny. The play " Capla Charlie.- In wtlch Kf. Boackault has bee starring, did not rrora trs luccessfnl a might have bcttft, it did not get to K"1 York aa aoo as the star tad. hoped, as altogether tWr.ra dit iut go sjiooUly. Awl so it is now sr.souaoivl thst the comtaB? disbanded for tr.a biV:Zy in a ' Knaland to tip. It s nt! c.nstderd UkT that thy . ' vt'r r-t if viber 'isav w. A. i.r aiy Lti aa Iwumt is " CaptJ ) 4 V

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