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WASHINGTON POST: WEDNESDAY, FKBBU4B* 13, 1907, TIbc publication 0tOcc: Pennsylvania Avenue, near Fourteenth Street ITetma of Subscription. Vclivereb be carrier in TO**bin«ton an» . Blexanftrf* . Daily, Sunday fqguded, one month .to TO Daily, Sunday included, one week 2* Daily, Sunday excepted, one month... 91 Daily, Sunday excepted, one week *$ *t»««. PortMe toxiufe. Daily, Sunday excepted, one year. $6 r» Daily, Sunday included, one year. ..,. 7 5* Daily, Sunday excepted, one month../.... 5* Daily, Sunday included, one month 79 Sunday, one year , x 5» Remittance* should be made by drafts, check*, post-office order*, registered letters, or CJ^CM orders, payable to Cbe Traasblnflton post Co., HOUubinoten* 9. c. Entered at the pcut-ofltoe at Wafchlncton. D. C., a* sccond-clara mall matter. New York Office, Flatiron Buildinj. PAUL, BLOCK Manager. Chicago pfcce. Unity Bulldlnc. PAUL, BLOCK, Manager. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 13. 1907. LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY. AH things considered, Abraham Lincoln stands out as the most unique figure in human History. Great warriors and statesmen crowd its pages, and from early days till now give Interest and luster to many a dull and dusty page. "We have a philosophic concern in tracing the stream of tendency which we call history, and In studying the phenomena and statistics which accompany it, but we get a true understanding of it only as we gain Insight into the lives and characters of the great men who have helped to make it and best illustrate It. There are but few, however, whose names stand for a period, or without whom we can not imagine that events would have transpired much the same as they did. Some, like Buddha, Mohammed, Caesar and Napoleon. Galileo and Newton, Luther, Cromwell, "Washington, and Lincoln, mean epochs, so inseparably and closely are they related to the great periods and events of history. Who can say that without Washington the revolution would not have failed, or that had a weak or even an average man been chosen President in .3861. and there had one "to ride the whirlwind and direct the storm" of civil war. as Lincoln did. the country would not have been disrupted. But it is not so much in his marvelous rise from obscurity and lowliness to the highest place, his towering eminence as a wise leader, wiser by far than all his advisers and contemporaries, nor in his commanding- influence in shaping the destiny of the country, that we find him so unique, but that with all these he possessed a nobleness and sweetness of soul. a human lovableness and lovingness, a tenderness almost womanly, and Godlike patience and unfailing sympathy, w h i c h have belonged to no other of the grreat men of history. Truly, it may almost be said of him. without offense, that lifted up hp draws all men unto him. for there is no palace or cottage the broad land over, a n j few beyond seas, where A b r a h a m Lincoln is not loved and rever- pnred. or where the benign and uplifting i n f l u e n c e of his character is not felt. N i n e t y - e i g h t years ago yesterday he was born, and forty-two years ago in A I r i l . w h t n but fifty-S'x years old, he fell at his pos'. Xothlng that men say of him now can add to his fame or change the place lie holds in the affection of m a n k i n d . r, WAR. ON XOISE. Many times in the last two or three decades residents of various cities nave risen up In formidable numbers and cried aloud and strenuously protested against w h a t t h e y deemed an unjustifiable affliction t h a t disturbed them much by day and v e r y much more by night. The cause of all these uprisings and protest- ings has been noise, or rather an almost infinite variety of noises due to a. practically u n l i m i t e d number of causes, including bells, whistles, roosters, ramsliackly vehicles, ar.a prayer-meetings. To most persons "the sound of the church-going bell" which, according to Robinson Crusoe, would have been.a precious boon to him in the "caverns and rooks." where late compelled him to reside "solitary and alone" u n t i l the advent of his man Friday, is not unpleasant. But "too milch of a good t h i n g is sometimes worse than nothing." Bells that are rung very loud and often, not only in the daytime, but occasionally splitting «ie weiKin at night, are a serious disturbance to most of the people who .are compelled to hear then?. It is probable that if the bell had t:ot antedated the clock, it would not h a v e gone into universal use. In these days, when clocks and watches are in t-very house and when almost every person who has grown out of childhood wears a w a t c h , it Is evident that however sweetly "the sound of^the churchgoing bell" may greet the_hearts of the pious and sentimental. It is not greatly needed for its original use--that is, to let the people know it is time to attend divine service. But the protests against its r.eing made offensive have not been Inn f f f c t u a l . In nenrly ail cities there is a marked d i m i n u t i o n of bell ringing on Sundays and on secular days. Still, there are so many pleasant associations connected w i t h it. so much of the sentimental, that its abandonment may be considered very far off. More_ than twenty-five years ago the first successful movement against · the rooster In this city ,was made by a venerable statesman from New York.' It happened to be the misfortune of that statesman to occupy a sleeping apartment not far from the roost of a particularly noisy rooster. It was a still greater misfortune to the rooster to hare that statesman for a near neighbor; for the law, as administered by a just as well as learned judge, condemned the fowl to deportation or death. At the present time, as for some time past, crowing at night inside of the city limits is a rather risky exercise, and the numbers of these brave, beautiful, and gallant fowls kept w i t h i n those limits has been dwindling greatly: has, in fact, shown the same "rnarcid trend" that, according to the Nashville American^ long has characterized the Democratic party. Prayer-meetings have been dispersed by the police in a good many localities because they were great disturbers of the people. They produced loud noises, and the trouble was. kept up until late at nitfht. therefore they were properly hushed up. But this does not by any moans imply that in any American city, twwrn, or village there is opposition. to. any proper religious observance. Just now, "Stop the whistles" . is the outcry In Boston. TbA Post.of that city says that the legislative, committee on mercantile affairs has before it several propositions for the silencing of steam whistles more or less completely. It appears ihat thS whistling ot locomotives within the city limits is already forbidden, and no disadvantage has "been nor tlced. But there remains "th« ·wor^ft Infliction of the factory whistle, which needs to be abolished as strictly." And after showing tjie uselessness ofthe whistle as a means of ndtlOcaUon, our contemporary, directing Us voice toward th top of Beacon Hill, tells the assembled lawmakers .-of. the Commonwealth that "tty»re should Ibe, an "end of the chorus of the Bteam whistles that wakes the sleeper* i^t 7 o^clbftlc In- the-- morning." There are otfier. titles la. -which the steam whistle Is more or less a nuisance. A Q,TJESTJO!C OF POtlTKMHSS. The question of ,£be Increase of the salaries of Congressmen and clerks has been discussed frpw njaijjr points of view, and numerous and cogent reasons stated 'why, conceding- the propriety, of the action taken In the case of the former, the latter should also be Included. Fairness, justice, the fact that no increase has been made in .many years, while trie cost .of living has. nearly doubled, have all been urged, but nothing has 'been said ; ot the requirements of politeness and good manners Wtiich, after all, ought* to cut some figure in settling the matter. Congress. sits at the head of the national table and does the helping. "When the new extra dish was recently brought on, instead of acting .the usual part of a well-bred and hospitable host, and passing It down the table to the hungry »nd expectant boarders, who had long felt that the bill of fare was- a scanty- one, and that they were not getting enough to eat, it helped Itself bountifully, sat back with a comfortable and satisfied look, and In response to the murmurs that began to be heard lower down, lighted a cigar, and said: "Sorry, gentlemen, but it's all gone, and there's no way of getting any more at present. Besides, people eat too much. You Will have to get along with what is on your plates, or was." Now, leaving out -all other considerations. Is that well-mannered and polite? THK SANTO DOMINGO TREATY. The new treaty with Santo DomirigOj submitted to the Senate yesterday by the President, provides th«t the United States shall guarantee the payment by "the black republic of a bond issue which is intended to be devoted to the extinguish- ment of it-s foreign debt. The sale of the bonds, it is said, is assured as soon as the Senate ratifies the compact. The bonds will not bring par, although they ought to be as good as United States bonds with this government's guarantee, behind- them. It is proposed by the treaty that the United States' shall collect the" customs revenues~of Santo Domingo for a period sufficient to insure the payment of the bonds. The bonds are ,to run for fifty years, and it is supposed- that the occupation* of Santo Domingo's custom-houses by l\morican officials will last that lonfr- In order to make certain that the revenues will be collected, the United States binds itself to preserve order in the island. The chaotic state of affairs in Santo Domingo and the large claims held by foreigners whose governments cling to the policy of collecting private claims by force, when necessary, require that some kind of action should be taken by the United States If it is to avoid disputes with European governments. The occupation of Santo Domingo for fifty years by the United States will be-regarded, we believe, as preliminary to the Inevitable annexation of the country. But what Is the alternative? Can the United States acquiesce In the occupation of Santo Do- mingQ for any length of time by any foreign power? If It cannot, what excuse can it offer for its attitude of refusing to intervene between Santo Domingo and Its creditors and at the same time preventing the latter from obtaining redress otherwise? The President's argument is that if the Monroe doctrine is to be enforced, the United States is bound to see that Santo Domingo settles her obligations to foreigners. The tjuestion arises whether this government is imperatively required to run Santo Domingo's financial machinery in order to keep European powers out. The United States does not use force in the collection of its citizens' claims against other nations, yet it has not objected, up to the present time, to the employment of force by other powers against delinquent American republics under the protection of the Monroe doctrine. Is it not time that such a policy staould be adopted? If the United 'States was strong enough seventy-flve years ago to prevent the permanent occupation or colonization of American territory by any European power, it should be strong enough and courageous enough now to prevent the collection of private debts by force. American citizens dealing with foreign governments do so with the knowledge that this government will not lend its guns to the enforcement of their contracts. Europeans should be made to understand that their dealings with American republics cannot be followed by the use of force on the part of any power. WII-I. THE RAIliROADS BEHAVE f If all the railroads of the United States had only practiced what President Baer, of the Reading, preaches, there would have been no railroad problem, no railroad commission--national or State--no rebate, no rate bill. The railroads would have had jCHends and champions everywhere, and enemies and assailants nowhere. Mr. Baer tells us that the only way the roads "can get traffic -is to fix rates which will enable the manufacturers, merchants; and producers o f - e v e r y , kind to sell their products in the markets of the world." But that Is what the roads have not done. They have juggled rates and given rebates in order that, some producers might have access to the markets of the world, and have contrived that rival producers should be. shut out from the markets of the world. Thus the roads were run on the twofold plan of making millionaires and making paupers. · That is the way the roads were operated for forty years. Nobody could compete with the oil trust/or the meat trust, or the steel trust, or--the sugar trust, or the salt trust, or the whisky trust, or the tobacco trust, or the.,coal trust, or any other trust that the roads gcave the advantages and privileges of rebate. AH over the West and.'South west are towns and v^lla^es made "busy marts by the railroads, and there are in those sections, also,- towns /and villages made somnolent by th6/railroads.' It is only an arbitrary fixing- of rates advantageous to and adverse to another, and the thing is done. A rebate of 10 cents on a barrel of sugar, a cents on' a barrel of salt, a trifle on a carload' of household furnishings or farm machinery, and. ,'.;Hft|s vai.'· towiL'1» frequently given a Btom 3tor- the-:be|asjoh that railroad officials own corner Uots within*ite limits. Railroads are creations of law and capital^ the government fwrnlStttis the law and j the stockholders furnish the capital, ft is the office of the law to require the" roads to mete to every customer the same treatment they accord to every other customer. It the road* bad held to this rule and never deviated from it, , the government would have given them no mtfre concern than the, grand Jury *ly«s T the' ;«ood citizen;, Innocent of offense. ' .'' ' . · ' - ' · ' ; . But the roads would not. They violated the 7 i«rtr, they outraged juatlce* and now the octopus-chasers are after them.I .They : have .their) iwn ; g^e** »*»*. their own^wrongr to thank" tot ;lt, .and unlessi'jtlHSy mend "th*ir manners-; the discipline will be made much Itoore se' * * ' ' ' ' · · · · · · · · · · - · . · PROMOTION FROM TBOD »A»niKS lt'is..Ke»ti|ylttgr to the American to be informed that twenty-eight enlisted men--twenty-eight yoWMf men Jtrom -the rahks--recently passed examinations and will soon be commissioned as second lieutenants. The Army and Navy Journal give* these young men hearty consra^ur lations, bespeaks for them a cordial welcome into the brotherhood of army officers, and promises to follow their careers with unflagging interest and sympathy. It sees in their success In an honorable ambition another proof that "the enlisted force of the United States army is made up of young men whose average of mental capacity, perseverance, and pride of calling Is at least proportionately equal to' that of : any body of men engaged in any other pursuit in the country." A second lieutenant's commission, whether presented to a graduate from our incomparable military academy at West Point or to ah enlisted man, is very far removed from an assurance that the name it bears will remain on the army roster until resignation or death or the verdict of a court-martial for bad conduct removes it. The amount of study which wins a ct^n- mission is but an introduction to the continuous studying that insures promotion. Failure' to pass ari examination for promotion displaces a name and cuts short an army career. These examinations are not child's play,, and 1^0 officer, can pass one of them unless he has learned a good many things that are taught in o^her army schools tHan, West Point. But the course at the Military Academy gives advantages that are not accessible to the enlisted man, however strong or intelligent or ambitious of promotion he may be. Therefore, the twenty-eight bright young fellows from the ranks will find it necessary, as have their many predecessors, to dig into hard work and keep on digging for a long time--work that must inevitably .be harder fon them than for their brother officers who step from West Point into a second lieutenancy. Judi?e Parker's assertion that President Roosevelt Is "all right" comes in the nature of an amendment to his assertion of 1904 that he is not all right. A Savannah preacher advises young people to take a book with them wherever they go. And the one they will find the most use for is the pockektbook. Omaha is reported to be favoring the adoption of a plan to pay children for going to school'. Then it will not be long before we hear of them striking for shorter hours and more pay. California's most beautiful woman attributes her beauty to her habit of plowing for one ' hour every morning. Women who have no plow handy might secure the same 'results by pushing the lawn mower around this coming summer. Booker Washington, "acting Senator for Ohio," wasn't chosen by direct vote of the people, either, if anybody should ask you. When it came to a question of her hirsute exhibit in the Senate, New .Jersey seemed to prefer the paint brush to the feather duster. Philadelphia's mortality rate is so high this winter that It begins to look as if some of her numerous politicians are already being counted in with the dead ones. "February is long enough." says the Baltimore Sun. Especially for those who will not see another pay day until the 1st of March. The Thaw trial Is likely to' last long enough for the newspapers to "work off ail their Evelyn Thaw pictures once more, and then some. Pennsylvania Republicans have chosen a man named J. J. Seeds for chairman of their central campaign committee. Seeds ought to hold the farmer vote In line all right. In Illinois a bill has been passed prohibiting persons under eisrhteen years of age and pupils In the schools and universities from smoking cigarettes in any public place. Which will rob cigarette smoking- of half Its pleasure. "It's cold enough in Chicago to Jreeze the day of Judgment," remarks an exchange. Impossible. Chicago's day of judgment is bound to be a warm affair. Lawyer Delmas is reported to have leased an office in New York for a term of years. It is to be hoped that he does not expect the Thaw case to drag along indefinitely. Admiral Nebaga'ti^n*, who will be confined in a Russian fortress ftr the next ten years, can console himself with the reflection that it will be at least that long before the terrorists can get at him. During every session Congress receives an enormous number of petitions and papers tha't might well be referred to a committee on freak communications. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 'told his Bible class that people do not need half the money they think they do; but the fact remains that just now they need about twice as much as they are getting:. Six-wheeled automobiles are now to be put upon the market. It seems that the four-wheeled kind occasionally miss a victim. , ·Dr. Mary Walker says - the scent of onions will keep disease jrerms out °f a rooml We have known a breath composed of equal parts of onion and 1 whisky to drive everybody else out of a room. President Roosevelt has requested the Mothers' Congress to give some thought to "the father In the home." Which may result In the mothers thinking up a few more odd jobs about the house for fattier. . '" · The ground- hog has been knocked so much this year that he ought to know how -it feels to be running tor office. A Chicago woman 'paid $50 for a kitten and then was unable to pay her rent. According to newspaper accounts 'her unfeeling landlord, acted real-nasty a'jout .it There may be just a little truth in the story that Cassie phadwick is "wasting away.".but at all,events,she is not wasting other Deoble's- money now. ,- · A physician -claims to have discovered that ice cream,-will cause lockjaw. W~ always, did "think married men ought to: treat .their wives to ice cr«am oftener than; they do., . · ; / · - . . -../;.j--'": .;;-';,,,:,.Prof. Ma4Fadyen. ^of London, says.: he- lias'found 600.OTO.dOO microbes vljr sixteen drops" of, iriilR- twelve hours old:".?iphe microbieis : evidently need -no lecf^S;-- on: race -suicide.:. ; -·. ' ·- ··' - ", '".;'',"."'''·" A New Jersey man over eighty years of age ftavA U0 smoking and died afew days thereafter- Everjr-fobacco deafer in the country should tell- his customers about lit. , " " . · , , POLICE IWSKEfeTS. Member* of the Cleveland Force Trained ' to Act Like Women. Cleveland Dtepatcli to the Chicago Chronicle. , A detail of policemen, told off to don women's^ clothes is the "best chiers" latest frill In the way of making hia force the best ever. Great secrecy has" been resorted to In the preparation of this feminine adjunct-to the detective department. ... ."· , ' : , . - . . . , , · '/ : '. '". ; 'To the outspoken protest of the wife pf one of the men of the detail is due the dlscovpry of the plan. She objected to the.levy made upon her wardrobe, and said so. , :_"-··,,:'·· - _ . , " " . · · ; , - . / . ',.' Chief Kohler saw the necessity of women detectives: They were needed In ferreting out the hiding- places of stolen goods,,"for there are few crooks without' their .feminine confidants and associates. They would be useful In gaining information for use against women' offenders of all kinds. Then, there are the -'mashers" and others who delight in annoying women. "They might help In catching a murderer or two," thought the chief as he turned the matter over in his mind one night two months ago. It is a fact that Chief ''^Kohler"- thinks out his brightest schemes in the night season. Next morning there was a "heart to heart'\ talk with Inspector Rowe, and lines were laid "to carry the idea into effect. It was decided that a start would be .made with six men working in pairs. All heavy work in the police department is done in pairs. One pair were to assume the role-of "grass widows." That is, women on the right., side of thirty possessed of good looks and lots of "go." This pair will frequent downtown drinking places, becoming acquainted with the habitues there. ., The second pair were to be "real widows," who would maintain a strong flavor of habitual respectability. These two were designed for department stores, and wherever women congregate in large numbers. The third pair assumed the matron's role, and their usefulness was to be confined to being decoys for the pickpocket, the purse snatcher, and-the man who makes a specialty! of stealing furs on the street. ' 1 j "Now," says the chief, "these men must be specially trained. I remember when Detective Shibley , was looking "for that man out In the Bast End who was hugging and kissing women on the street he wore out a, pair of shoes without getting a. single hug or kiss. "He was dressed in women's clothes: but he didn't take. These men must te trained how to wear woman's togs, Jaow to talk like women, and how to walk. When they learn this and get to work there won't be 'a masher In the city of Cleveland-." A teacher has been found and the work of teaching six policemen just how to don .feminine lingerie and display real feminine- curves has begun. PRAISE FROM SIR HUBERT. ' ' · United States Senate, Washington, D. C., Feb. 11, 1907. Editor Post--While there have been many good cartoons In The Post In which I have been depicted, first In one role and then in another, I feel constrained to express my appreciation and satisfaction at the one which recently came out, entitled "Willing to Give His Last Crum(b)." I have heard many Senators express their opinion that this is one of the best cartoons t*hat has ever appeared in your columns, .arid if Mr. Russell shall have many such conceptions and work them out as admirably, he will certainly be a great acquisition. Very truly yours, B. R. TILLMAN. A CELTIC V A L E N T I N E . From the Chicago Record-Herald. Mavourneen, your eyes are like stars in astronomy. Lavishing twinkles with naught of economy. Faith, if I tried to, I couldn't tell how many Lads lost their hearts to those charmers of blue. Poetlc'ly speaking, sure no one supposes That eyes are real stars or that cheeks are real roses. But were I e. .poet, my verses would close as Tributes endearing to tell tales on you. Political science and ancient biology, Latin and Greek sprinkled over psychology, Sandwiched In bundles of quaint archeology, ' Aren't as-complex as some of your wiles. True, 'tis, Indade, you'd be great in sas- siety, Every grand dame would in vain try to vie with ye; Potheen is sweet, but it doesn't come nigh to ye, Setting my heart all awhirl with your smiles. The Rainbow Patient. ' From (be New York American. The case of Mary Elghplz, the three- year-old girl on whose skin have appeared ralnbow-hued markings that change with the weather, has become more-mystifying to the surgeons in Bellevue Hospital. The girl was reported yesterday to have recovered, so far as diagnosis could determine. No discoloration could be found on her skin, and she exhibited a vivacity that belied her apparent malady. It was believed that the child was suffering from pupura hemorrhagica, a disease so rare that physicians are puzzled to account for its cause, to follow its course and to find a cure for it. The skin seems to partake of the nature of a chameleon. Colors offerisivej to the eye, hues which delight the beholder,, and tints that seem to-'have, .no individuality, but blend In a heterogeneous mass, appear and disappear. To the physician it seems that the skin of the patient is a barometer, as every variation in atmospheric pressure, every change in the density of the humidity," affect the coming and going of these colors, which heretofore, in almost every other case, presaged death. Yet the little girl in Bellevue has euchred fate, apparently. There is absolutely no trace of unusual hues on her body. Her skin la of the whiteyand-pink combination, wh^ch spells health ahd vigor, i There has not been sufficient time for research to determine whether the attack of rheumatism suffered by the child two weeks ago was either a first or a contributory cause of the strange malady which has-attracted the attention of physicians ail over the country. Yesterday being cool, clear 'and -Try, there seems reason to believe that If-the patient really suffers from the disease, thi atmospheric change banished, the ugly spots from her skin. Usually the discoloration rea/ppears whenever the sun shines. Left-handed Hones. F*rom iiie New":york Sunj : "Tony Salvatorl, a driver,, living at 87 Mulberry street was arraigned in the Tombs Police 'Court yesterday charged with; violating: tlie- rules of the road by having, Ms horses drawn : up r to the' left curb instead of the right. VMy horses are left-handed, and 1 couldn't get them to stand at the right- hand curb," was the. way $|arc Moustakl, the Interpreter, rendered Tony's reply ihta English. /; · , - - , - ·· , ..- · - ,. · - ' ..- - ..-.; -\ . :.-., .teach your horses to«he right-handed, 1 -' replied Magistrate Steinerl. "I'll ftae you $2, W .for each hor*e. Dont delay their education, for it'll cost you more next time." the flu*. ,, - KING EDWARD AS HEAD OF CHURCH People ore BO much accustomed to regard King Edward as a man of the world, devoted to statecraft, sport, and pleasure --in one word, to things mundane--that it comes ..upon the public in the'light of a surprise to learn that he la engaged just at present in directing;'the revision of the Prayer Book--that; is to say, of the Liturgy--in conjunction with the primate. It serves to recall the fact that the Monarch has been since 'the- 'days- of- Heniy. AfaEITi of Bluebeard memory, .tne supreme head of the Church of England, a soft of -lay surnmns eplscbpus, and that In him is .vested the sole authority of the control of 'the church. It .is tlufyKIng who appoints all bishops and archbishops. Sometimes he asks the prime minister of. the day to redommend -* divine for preferment. But he Is not obliged to do this, and owing to the prejudice entertained by the late Queen against Samuel Wilberforce, the latter's -undoubted claims to the primacy were of no avail. The King exercises his authority over the church, independently/of the cabinet and/ of Parliament, through his privy council, which merely registers his acts, though Its members can be impeached by Parliament if they participate in any violation of the constitution. It Is natural that he should seek the advice of the Archbishop of Canterbury In making any modifications of the Llturary. But he is not obliged to do so or to defer to the views of any bishop In the matter; bejng. moreover, entirely independent of the convocation, which is a Sort of ecclesiastical parliament. - . Fortunately, Edward VII is extremely tolerant and broad-minded in matters of religion, and abhors bigotry. The present Archbishop of Canterbury is a prelate of the same character, and together they may be relied upon to modify the Prayer Book in such a fashion as to broaden its scope, to eliminate,features dating from ages when religious strife was most bitter, and to avoid exaggerations In the direction of either Ritualism or Low Church. Unless I am much mistaken. It will be the first revision of the Liturgy since the reign of James I. Marital Troubles of the Strozzls. Don Piero St,rozzl, who Is likewise Duke of Bagnolo and Prince of Forano, has issued a denial-of the report that his palace at Florence, the historic and majestic Palazzo Strozzi. is for sale or that any steps have been taken to alienate what has been the home of his family for 500 years. It is a masterpiece of^ medieval architecture, and built of such first-class material that It stands to-day as perfect in every detail and as uninjured by the lapse of time as away back in the fifteenth century .Of course, it, will always be Identified more especially with the name of Fllippo Strozzi, the adversary of Duke Cosmo de Medici, and who. when subjected to torture, put a sudden end to his sufferings by'seizing the sword of one of the guards and running himself through the body before any one could interfere. Volumes could be written of the Strozzis, whose name figures on every page of the annals of Florence, and under the circumstances the promise by Don Ple/o that if his family were to become exUnct provision had alre'ady been made for the beauest of the palace, of Its treasures, and especially of all the archives of his house, to the city of Florence has created much satisfaction. The reports with regard to the sale seem to have originated with the matrimonial differences of the prince and of his wife, who have separated. The princess Is by birth a. Countess Sophie Branicka, a daughter and heiress of the colossally rich Count Branicka of Poland, who had established his abode In Paris, where his children received their education. The. princess is a dame d'honneur of the Empress 'of Russia, and a lady in waiting to the Queen of Italy; but, like her sister, Princess George Radzl- wlll. js terribly spoilt and capricious, and seems to .have tired not only of her Italian husband, but also of-Italian, life, ·preferins that of the French capitai. It. was rumored that she held a large mortgage on the Strozzi Palace, which she proposed to foreclose. But this is denied by her husband; and, moreover, no one ivho knows her would believe for one moment that she would be' willing to show such a lack of regard for the historic name which she must continue to bear, since there is no divorce In Italy. The ill-matched couple have no .children, but the prince has two. brothers-Robert, who is a cavalry officer, and 'Leone, who has a couple of daughters, neither of whom have made their debut-and he also has a sister, married to Count Guicctardlnl, the former secretary of state and cabinet minister. , Princess a Philanthropist. From St. Petersburg comes the news of the Illness of Princess Alexander of Oldenburg, who has never recovered from the shock of the murder of Gen. von Launitz by a Terrorist on the occasion of the inauguration of the School, of Experimental Medicine last month, an'institution which owes its creation and endowment to her husband's munificence. She is_deeply attached to her husband, and when the general, who was standing a few paces behind the prince, was shot down by the as- sa'ssln, she believed at first that it was her husband who had been killed, and crying "Alick! Alick!" fell Into a dead faint. " Of all the royal and imperial personages at.St. Petersburg, there are probably no two who are so safe from any injury by the Revolutionists as precisely this Prince and Princess Alexander of Oldenburg, who may be said to devote all their life, and the greater portion of their wealth, to philanthropy. In fact, there is ho end to the number of philanthropic institutions, hospitals, and especially orphan asylums and technical schools, that have been founded and endowed by this royal couple in. St. Petersburg and all over Russia. In the so-called Oldenburg Institute more than 2,000'boys and girls are taught trades and receive technical education, more than half of them being furnished with board and lodging, all at the. expense of the prince and princess, who, moreover, have established a sort of people's palace on the lines of the one which Sir Walter Besant organized In London, and where the poor can obtain either for a nominal price or else gratis food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as theatrical and musical entertainment. The prince, although In the immediate line of succession to the grand dttcal throne of Oldenburg, la a Russian rather than a German, having been born In Russia, where he spent hia entire life. As the imperial house of Russia constitutes part and parcel of the Oldenburg dynasty, he hap always been treated as a member of the «njeriai family. His wife is one o'f the daughters of the union of Grandduehess Marie of Russia with the Duke of LeUchtenberg, himself a son of Eugene de Beauharnais, the stepson of the first Napoleon.:' Princess Alexander Oldenburg Is therefore, pn her father's side, a great-grandchild of the Empress Josephine, and, on her mother's side, a great-granddaughter of the celebrated Queen Louise Of Prussia, the heroine of the German war of liberation at the beginning of the eighteenth century. MARQUISE: DE FONTENOY. Feet Big as Hams. ' From the Chicago Inter-Oeran. · "If people keep on dancing along, present lines, the comlng.generatlon wilt have 'feet as big as :hams," said Rev. A. C, Dixoh, pastor of the Moody Church, last night. "The pastime as now Indulged in has. become unhealthy, ungodly, .and most decidedly ungraceful. ; " /'The cause of the downfall of more than 70 per: cent of fallen women can be traced directly to dancing and" its accompanying evils. Private dancing is bad endugh, hut': the public dance hall with .its attendant bar Is the'greatest, agency for] bad we have , WHY SHE SELLS BEAUT. Portland Woman Gives Reason foi Offering Her Head to Highest Bidder. Portland" Dbpatch to Chicago Record-Herald. A Portland woman, through on Eastern syndicate has put up her brain, to he sold .for dissection, to the highest bidder. The .brain la to be delivered after the owner's :death.. · . .. · , . · ,",;:.' , ' - - · '-·-, Dr, Ella. K. Dearborn, at Portland, to the woman, and when interviewed --the other day she, not onlsr 1 confirmed "-the report, ttf her ummual offering, but said'that she was Very much in earnest about making- the sake, and that when she bad found a satisfactory buyer she would not hesitate to bind herself by contract for the delivery of the goods to the purchaser. "?Ww you ijee it is this way/' said Dr. Dearborn, as she moved aside a stack of big books on psychology, criminology, insanity and kindred subjects and seltlcc herself in a .cavernous leather chair: I have always been much Interested in the , study, of the human brain and .of what brain development means to the human family. "It is to brain study we must lool for the remedy of a great many of our social evils, the weeding out of our criminals, moral perverts, idiots, and imbeciles. We have got to knotf more about "the human brain before we can wrestle successfully with tlie problem of how to minimize the criminal and the degenerate elements of our civilization, . and how to keep the better side of human nature to the fore. . Our great scientists all agree on this point, and that brain study must go further. But the question. Is, -where are they going to get the brains to dissect and study? "Do you know' what sort of brain lobes our scientists have got to work on? Why moat of them are those of paupers, idiots, and criminals. These are. all .well enough In their way, but what the scientists want is the brain lobes of moral, well-balanced, noncriminal people, and of pepple of culture, of diversified study and brain development. @uch brains are hard to get for dissecting purposes, and when a few weeks ago I picked up a medical journal and read a particularly good article 'setting forth the great need of these scientists and autonomists, and telling how they were handicapped by the difficulty of securing the right sort of brain lobes to dissect, why, I immediately sat down and wrote out,an offer to sell niy brain to the highest bidder, and sent It out for publication In the East.'" "Then you propose to sell your brain for the benefit of science, as well as for whatever price it may command In the market?", was asked. Dr. Dearborn laughed merrily. "Why, yes," said she, "and I .don't.think any one need call me mercenary, either, just because I am asking for bids. You see, that Is one of the things that will make my brain worth studying--the business center of it Is quite well developed. The purchaser can see that from the fact that I want the money to use during my lifetime, and that the brains are to be delivered after death." When asked what price she expected to secure foit her brains, Dr. Dearborn hesitated a moment. "Why, I really do not know," she said "1 have heard of scientists offering )1,000 and $1,500 for good normal brain lobes, and while I do not wish to appear conceited, I think my brain ought to'be rather an interesting one to dissect. In fact, if it were physically possible, I should very much like to be present at the dissection of my own brain." Here Dr. Dearborn sighed regretfully. LINCOLN. W. H. P., la the Ohio Magazine. Dark were the clouds that hovered over thee. Dear land, deep the encircling gloom, Blasted the.fate of blood-bought Liberty, 'Wide yawned the nation's waiting tomb; "When from the West, whither thy fortune ran. Up from the woods and plains God raised a Man. The wild bird takes its long, unerring flight, t -.. s ;, By what strange guidance "none shall sav; Stars In their endless courses ride the Night, Sunbeams unfold the curtained Day; Waves of the ocean find the distant shore. Winds of the trackless air blow evermore. No inspiration, faith, or prophecy The Ways of Providence reveals; No miracle from Life's deep mystery Its dearly treasured secret steals; Who holds it in the hollow of His hand, He, only He, can see and understand. Spirit of Lincoln, giv'n a, while to men, To teach and save, thy mission o'er, " His voice it was that called once again. And softly through the open door Of starry ways', miraculous, led on-And nations bowed their heads when thc-u wert gone. Shower of Greenbacks. Prom the New York Sun. While Policeman Fitzgerald of the Williamsburg/Bridge station was on duty at the Manhattan terminal of the bridge early yesterday morning he saw greenbacks flying around and began to pick them up. The first was a ten dollar bill and then two fives. He kept chasing them until he had $102. He also picked up checks aggregating $54. He looked around but failed to find anyone who had lost the cash and checks. He took his find to the police station and turned It over to Sergt. Nichols. While the latter was counting the,cash Samuel Pfelffer, of 1623 Eastern parkway, entered the station and said he had lost $177 somewhere on the bridge and $54 In checks. He described his loss so accurately that the police were convinced that he owned the money and checks found by Fitzgerald. Pfeiffer insisted that $75 was missing and policemen were sent to the Manhattan terminal Thpv found the remnants of greenbacks clinging to the car tracks. Some of the greenbacks had been run pver by the cars and ground to pulp, Othter bills probably had been blown off the bridge. Pfelffer told the police he had lost the money and checks while running for a car. HIS HAND AND PEN. from the Ntfw York Sun. For sums to work on his pineboard sla'te, A book he made of table and weight; Under the bushels and pints' of it This la his schoplboy doggerel writ: "Abraham Lincoln, his hand and pen, He will be good, but God knows when." Head .of the nation in war's duress, Justice and mercy his guides In stress, While Wise men quibbled of means and need, . ' One stroke and a race from chains was freed: Abraham Lincoln, his hand and pen Fought for th.e good, and God knew when. Weakfish in an Oyster. From the New York World. Finding an enormous oyster In a lot of Lynnbrooka received three weeks ago, L. D. Fays, a dealer at Jamaica, set it aside to show his, customers. The oyster "acted uneasy." It opened and shut at frequent Intervals. After' a. week Fay opened It. To his astonishment he found between the'oyster and' the lower shell a tiny weakflsh,,or sea trout, two Inches long. He dropped the fish, into some water and it swr.fn about, as if relieved. . , . . "Churches, have to .fight" .this: Iii doing so" we are constantly met wlthv,thet.sta(te- ment that the: Episcopal Church · does. Tiot object to danctog. Principles of this old- established church are all right, but many of Its bishops and rectors are Oo;n everything they can to bring It, to dii | POINTED PARAQRAPH From the Chicago Newt. From the feminine viewpoint an engagement ring 'M B. tollrable thing to h»v« round. Satan 1» wilting to let man go to church on Saji- .J»y 'If they work (or htm the remainder ot the week. ;' · ; _ .V One ot th«. timed to get busy I» when you: are discounted 'ana thin)c there Is no use trying any ·men.,-» ...' . , · · ' , - ; ' . Some men are.not Mttafled when they kill two birds 'with one atone unless they cln get the atbaj ·BicIfcV' '..' ,-·,. · ' - - '- . ' - . ,, ' ' Did you erer observe the look of contempt on a plump Btrl*« face -when -die tt;( 'n thin oce croaking a muddy afreet? Some nun are like some horxn; they win stand without hitching, bat tie them to a port and they VOTES OK LINCOLN. Some Recollections of the Martyred President in Civil Var Days. ffront the. New York "Tribune. President Lincoln, as he Impressed a girl not yet out of her teens was the timely subject of a.paper read by Mrs. Mary Coffin Johnson at the monthly meeting of the Daughters of Ohio in Nsw York, held .yesterday, afternoon. Mrs. Johnson herself was the girl," and her er was. made up of notes which she,. ed down at the time. - "Married at seventeen," she said, "I was fond, -like many other- girls* of taking tittle trips to Washington" Like a school girl, I-was given to writing, down in my diary the things I, saw and heard, .and I mode careful note of every tin.e I looked at Lincoln. "The first time I saw him he v.-u3 standing up at his full height, calm and unconcerned, apparently in an open barouche, opposite my door in the street of a southwestern etty. The carriage moved slowly, the street being blocked by masses of people, and I, like everyone else, gaped at -him with all my eyes. Unattractive he was in his personal appearance, 'unpolished, with no pretensions in hia manner to superiority, and yet something about him, something in his dignity and simplicity and the strong individuality of hia presence. Impressed me very deeply! 'And I was not easily impressed at that time," Mrs. Johnson remarked parenthetically, "by any serious person.. "Lincoln was a' thorough Kentucklan in appearance. At the time of which I speak his national reputation was a matter of months only. He had no thought at. that time of interfering with slavery in the States where. It already existed. He had won the high confidence of his party arid a reputation for wisdom and telling oratory by his speeches in his controversy with Stephen A. Douglas; and now, being newly elected to the Presidency, he was on his way to the capital to take his seat. Even then many of the States were wavering, signs of the coming conflict were visible, but none of us dreamed as we looked at Lincoln how serious ths conflict would be, nor that we were looking at the great protagonist to be. "Three years later I was in Washington. My first- glimpse of him., there, was at a formal function, where I had the pleasure of a handshake and a brief word from the President. The following Sunday I sat but a few yards away from the pew which the President occupied at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, and I was struck by his careworn look, by the lines which the past three years had drawn in his face. "Near the close of January, 1865, I went again to Washington. With our party were several · men who represented a noble, unpaid charity which the civil war had brought into existence, the United States Christian Commission. These men had an interview .with President Lincoln at the White House by appointment, and I was allowed to accompany them. "We arranged ourselves in the great East Room, and after a little delay the President came in. We rose to our feet. George H. Stewart, president of the commission, addressed him, speaking of the trust the people,had In him and alluding to the sympathy he had shown the poor fellows in the Southern prisons, and thanking him also for the aid the commission had received at his hands. "The President stood with clasped hands, tall and gaunt (that familiar description is really the only one that tits his figure). He was even more haggard than when I had last seen him, a year before, " 'You owe me no thanks," he said, Tor what I may have been able to do for you or for our brave men in the fleld, and if I reay be permitted to say it, I owe you no thanks for what you are doing so well We are alike working for the cause, and it is because the cause Is just that we find joy In the work.' "Then the President shook hands w i t h the members of the commission and asked the party to come into the Blue Room. He wanted some 'personal conversation,' he said. I remember him as he sat in his chair, in the same awkward position made familiar to us by the pictures of him. He conversed with the same freedom he would have shown if he had been making a neighborly call back hi Illinois. "Two evenings after that there was gathered at the Capitol one of the most distinguished assemblies eyervconvened in. America. The members oC the Diplomatic Corps were there, and. the Cabinet, including Secretary of War Stanton. Schuyler Colfax was present; so were James G. Blalne and Admiral Farragut. In full uniform. The occasion of this meeting -was the anniversary of the United States Christian Commission, and its special feature a discussion of the dreadful conditions of the soldiers confined in the Southern prisons. Presently President Lincoln came in, followed by two officers, and slipped into a seat in a row occupied by 'plain citizens.' The most telling recitals were the ones made by Chaplain C. C. McCabe (afterward Bishop McCabe), and by a war correspondent, A. B. Richardson, who but a short, time before had escaped from the Salisbury stockade in North Carolina, and after weeks of wandering In the, mountains had finally ' reached the Union lines. As Mr. Richardson stood and talked, so weak from his- experiences that, he had to cling to a table for support, I saw President Lincoln's arm go up to his eyes. . . "During the evening Philip Phillips, at that time a well-known singer and composer of hymns, sat down at the piano and sang a song which had lately seen written, 'Your Mission.' Tlie President took a scrap of paper from his .pocket and w r o t e ' a note, which he handed up to tire chairman. Afterward I saw that note. It was: 'Near close of vening let us have "Your Mission" repeated by Philip Phillips. Don't say I called for it.' "The 'song was repeated, and the chairman announced that it was by tlie request, of 'one whose authority was not to be questioned.' Of course, every one knew that that meant the stoop- shouldered, sad-faced, attentive figure sitting in the middle of the hall, aiong with the 'plain people' he loved. "Two months after this came the tragedy of Lincoln's death-." Enormous Diamond Hidden. From the Tankers (N.. Y.) Statesman. The American Magazine offers a complete and authoritative account of the recent discovery of the greatest diamffnd of the world. This gem is twice as big as' the bigget egg the biggest hen ever laid, and it is invaluable. Nobody knows what it '.B worth, but $5,000,000 is a reasonable price. A man stumbled onto it In South Africa in a remarkable way. At this moment tie monstrous stone Is reposing in a bank on Holborn Viaduct, in London, quite close to the home of the diamond merchants in Hatton Garden. The- very name of that bank is kept a profound secret, for in its strong room is a treasure fit to tempt the most skillful criminals on earthl And so costly a matter is the showing of it to the representatives of Oriental princes, to commercial syndicates, and International associations of diamond dealers, that a number of crystal facsimiles have been made, and prospective buyers have to be satisfied with .these replicas. If, however, it is seen that, they mean business on a gigantic scale, the insurance company Is notified and a heavy jremium paid by the owners for the removal of the stone from the strong room of the bank. Cartridge ill His Pipe. Freeland P».) Dispatch to the Kew York Times. While Burgess George Hartman was smoking 'his pipe to-day an explosion occurred; cutting his nose ahd filling hia eyes with tobacco. | Investigation revealed a piece of copper n the:bowl of the-pipe, while across the street a .bullet had pierced a window. It hen occurred to Hartman that while In Tarnaqua,' recently, he picked up a small cartridge, which he plaited in his pocket, PEOPLE MET IN ~ HOTEL LOBBIES, "Bryan will doubtless b* nominated by the Democrats next year, but I do «"J think toe can carry Nebraska." - declared. R. B. Schneider, of Fremont, Nebr.. at the Arlington. Mr. Schneider, who to a member of the State KepiibMcan committee of Nebraska, was formerly national committeeman, and accompanied Senator Hanna on his memorable. tour «f the State in I960, "Mr. Bryan Is very popular to. Nebraska, and would come nearer carrying the State than any other man the Democrats oould name, but I do not think any Democrat can secure the electoral vote of Nebraska again unless the conditions are extraordinarily abnormal," he continued. "In 1896, when Bryan carried Nebraska, the State was in the doubtful column. Whether Mr. Hanna's visit in 1900 saved the State to the Republicans or-not, it is impossible to say. His visjlt undoubtedly did a great deal of good. , It is saf^ to say now, however, that Nebraska !· a solidly Republican State. The people believe that the prosperity of its citizens is due to Republican administration, ana they are not only willing but anxious t» continue in oower that organization. It will make no difference whom the Republicans nominate, he will get the vote .of the people of Nebraska in 1908. I repeat that Bryan will make the strongest fight of any man the Democrats can nominate, but not even he will be able to wrest the State from the Republican column." "Chicago is now in the throes of an epidemic of typhoid fever, diphtheria, and scarlet fever," said S. L. Watde. of that place, at the Raleigh last night. "From 300 to 360 new cases are reported every week. The authorities are doing everything possible to combat these diseases, but there has been no appreciable decrease in the number of new cases. "Typhoid fever is the- worst. This Is more prevalent In the Italian and other foreign quarters where sanitary conditions are not so good as in other Motions. The city has been laid off Into districts and 1,~SOO physicians have. been delegated to watch for new cases. The doctors attribute the prevalence of typhoid in a large measure to the milk supply. Many of the cases of this disease, it is said, have been directly traceable to that cause. Others have been due to unwholesome food. There are many cheap restaurants in Chicago where any article of food can be purchased for 3 or 5 cents, and these are located mostly In the f o r - eign quarters. "It is believed that these restaurants, where necessarily the food served cannot be fresh and pure, have contributed largely to the spread of the disease. The people are thoroughly alarmed, though they are confident the city will be able to cope with the situation, and as soon as the measures that have been taken are in good working order, they look for a betterment of conditions." "I have been in Washington a number of times, and as often have visited the Capitol and listed to the debates in the House and Senate," said John A. Kelle- liar, a lawyer, of Minot, S. Dak., at the Ebbitt. "Never before, however, was I so profoundly impressed with the absolute wisdom of the framers of the Constitution when they -provided for a Senate and a House of Representatives in the national legislature. Persons may talk all they like about the Senate being the millionaires' club, and say other unknind things about It; but If it were not for the Senate the legislation of this 'country would be in a sorry state. "The Senate is the safety valve of the legislative branch of £he government. It's a mighty good thing for the citizens of the United States that the members oi the Senate are not elected by direct vote of the people. I used to be in favor of that scheme, but I have changed my mind, after listening to debates in both Houses and having weighed the arguments made on both sides of the Capitol. The men in the House are not, as a rule, swayed by sentiments of national policy. They are thinking all the time what their constituents will say about their speech or vote on a certain Question. Representatives are useful and necessary, doubtless, to look after the details of legislation for the States, but It is the Senate that controls the destiny of the nation. If that body were as radical as the House it would be a sad state of affairs in this country, and we would not now be regarded a« the greatest nation on the globe." F. W. Fratt, of Kansas City, who nas been at. the Raleigh for several days. left last night for his home atfer the House had passed a bill granting permission for the right of way over the Mi 3- souri River of a bridge at that point. 'There has been too much 1 of, a hue and cry against corporations for the gooi! of the country, i n - m y opinion," said Mr. Fratt. "Take Washington, for instance. The agitation against the street railways I think is ill-advised. As I understand, the railroads were, compelled to Install the conduit system of electric transportation, with the stipulation that the city should be at liberty to use these conduit.? for any purpose It might see fit. It wer.t to a great expense to do this. Now, wit'i the rapid march in the Inventive and electrical world, there is no telling when the self-propelling street car will be perfected, and then the companies will have to do away with all their equipment and buy new cars and other material. "It takes a great deal of money to keep street car appliances and transportation up to date. The companies have to bw continually mailing chanegs in electrical machinery and in the style of cars. Many of the latter have to be discarded after a comparatively short service. The people do not take into consideration, ,-the great expense the companies are put to n providing the most modern street, car accommodations, but they are quick to raise a cry when they discover that "any company Is behind the times. "It is the same with other corporations. The men who are largely. Interested In uhese companies are not men who reek Investment of their capital In mortgages where their money Is absolutely safe, an..l where fhey would get probably five per cent. They are the men who want a little better Interest, but are willing to take a chance to g«t It. And unless there were some men who would take big risks occasionally, there would be very little progress in this world of ours." NEBOGATOFF. and in filling his pipe to-day the eart- rjdge W7l* muted With hl» I - : hl» tobacco. W. J. L., fn the New York World. [Note--Admiral Nebogatoff, Rurclan r.afT. hai een sent to prison for ten years for falling to fight In the Japan Sea.] Hard luck it seems to f'C For one who kindly saves His sailers and his fighting sh!p« From finding watery jjraves. Hard luck it se»ms that one Sho-iid get ton years m hock For quitting when be kn«w there waa ·' No sort of use to knock. Hard luck. It seems--and yet It Isn't hard at all. It's good luck, if you stop to think. An3 Russia's state recall. No man In that disordered land Of any prominence Jould just now get his life Insured For forty-seven cents. There's not, a Russian gambler who Would take an oven shat That any man would live ton years In that uncertain spot, Sxcept, of course, the man. shut up ( And safe from'bombs and things Which blow their victims up to where They put on angel wings. So Nebby's safe, and., ten veal's hence. When those who did him wrong- Have gone the way of blown-up men, He'l! come forth well and strong. And as he sips his vodka tod He'll hear their requiem Along the zoad to yestenlrty. And fcava the la ugh" on than*. lEWSPAPERf NfcW'SPAPERr

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