Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on November 24, 1905 · 4
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Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 4

Austin, Texas
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Friday, November 24, 1905
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THE AfSTIN" STATESMAN, FRIDAY, XOTEMBEIt 21, 1905. The; Austin Statesman JPubllsued Dally by the State Printing Company. Jt'MUND BOURKE ..President and Gineral Manager. Established J87L Incorporated November 1, 1302 Oflce 01,3 and 403 Coneren Avenue, corner of fctree;, Auaiin, Texas, Fourth rusine Office anuriai Rooma focieiy Eiins TELEPHONES. i:o 63 TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. (In the City by Carrier.) t)n month In advance Vhree month in advance. C'ne yetir in advance......- . hlK tuiuuha in advance 58 2 21 g tit , 2i (By Mall.) One month In advance. n your in advance futiday only, one year In "advance.-VVnekly, one year . SO t i 00 1 &C 1 09 Dally, every day and Sunday; Weekly StateHtnaa and Divar-. ... aifleii Farmer Issued every Wedneeday. tntered. at iht fostef.a at Austin, Texas, as siond-clais mail THE TEXAS RAILROADS. ,iTh Texas railroad commission lias promulgated an or-(Bar cIilnga meeting for December 12 to consider the ad-YisubUly of reducing the lumber rate of Texas 10 per tent. The action of the commission -will, of course, be Jjaoam later. The railroads are expected to how why the tefejt should, riot be reduced and the lumber interest are Cpacted to show why they should be reduced. The cora- InlaaXoa will then decide what they will do. It la cot so many months ego that the commlslson reduced the cotton rate. Bhouid they now reduce the lum ber rates they will have reduced the rates on two of the btj-geBt commodities that the tallroads of Texas are called unoa to handle. Each reductions a. these necessarily reduce the earning capacity of the, Texas railroads. Thus is- one-side of the question presented. The other-side comes to the front In tin ft that each succeeding legislature devises soma ad ditional means of squeezing money out of railroads. Extra tlx levies are made. Extra valuations are placed upon railroad property interests by tar assessors. All helping to boost up the taxes of the railroads on the one band. The railroad commission seeks to reduce the earning capacity on the other hand. The problem, therefore, is how long will th candle hold out burning as it is at both ends7 The- matte is on of serious moment to Texas, and its evarjr interest North Texas may be satisfied with conditions as they now exist. They have railroad sscattered pretty wtll throughout their Immediate section and it is possible that these roads will be able to weather the present trouble, but it is a business proposltlonnthat while hose a the ground will struggle for an existence th outsider whs is al at present Is not going to rush in to destruction. Therefore, if the present condition of affairs is going to hoUt fer any length of time It Is predicted by moneyed interests that railroad building In Texas' en any extensive seal is at an end. Those roads now in th atat may throw out few spurs, but no new road will enter. All south and west Texas badly In need at railrads as it Is will have to suffer for want ef them. Th absence of th railroad is necessarily going to retard th advancement of these sections of the state. The matter of moment, therefor, is, what is going to be dons by those- meat deeply Interested in th development of south and west Texas. Are they g;olng to stand Idly by and permit of this discrimination against their interest upon the part of legislative bodies la excess taxes or are they going to demand more liberal treatment of, the railroad interests? t would seem to the casual onlooker that present conditions were well worthy of the attention of all. Every one is interested in the matter the merchant no more so than the farmer, the capitalist no more so than th general clt-leen and it behooves all to Interest themselves in a matter that may b of little moment to them now, but will likely prove of importance in the future. The railroads may be getting too high rates or not. They may be paying more taxes than they ought to, or less, but that something definite should be known as to the present and future policy of Texas concerning railroad and corporate interests in general is a matter that p-eseuts itself for forcible consideration at tills time. COLLEGE PROFESSORS' PENSIONS. The present is the open season for quail, tourists poekatbooka. ind Everybody is -watching and waiting for the coming of the carnival and the encampment Leaving your footprint on the sands of time isn't in it alongside leaving your money. The San Antonio fair has done the work as a rainmaker. There is no mistaking that fact. Th country ought to be thankful of the fact that there won't be any more elections this year The people of Austin are looking almost anxiously for ward to the coming of another election. London is putting down wooden pavements. Really, the old town is getting too slow for any use. People who want to make hay while the sun Is shining should some time prepare for work during a shower. When the cat's away the mice will play, but it would always be appreciated If they would let the matches alone. Tammany says that it welcomes the investigation. There !s nothing like looking at an awkward situation cheerfully. A Missouri school boy says that a friend Is a person who knows all about you and still likes you. That definition is the best ever. ' The president thinks that Niagara should be preserved for prosperity, and therein he expresses the opinion of every patriotic American. It is said that the word "graft" has never yet been correctly defined. That may all be very true, but everybody knows the meaning just the same. A large number of indictments have already been returned In the New Tork election cases, but up to this good hour "the man higher up" has not been touched . The announcement that New York state is going to spend 5 ".0, 000,000 on its dirt roads is not accompanied by any an-nounoement a to what part of that amount will go to the grafters. About the middle of November the trustees who are to administer the pension fund for teachers in American colleges, recently founded by Mr. Carnegio, are to hold their first meeting. With this fait in view. Dr. Charles F. Thwlng, president of the WesteVn Reserve university, has written an article entitled "A Pension Fund for College Professors," which appears in the November North Ameri can Review, in which he examines the precedents accessible to the trustees when they come to determine the princ iples on which they will base their awards. These precedents include the German system fna- the sustentatlon of the of ficers of the higher schools and their families, which was Initiated about the end of the seventeenth century; the funds established by churches In various countries; city pension funds fcr policemen, firemen or other employes; and pension funds in a number of colleges, such as Har vard, Columbia, Tale. Cornell and Toronto. In these Dr. Thwlng does not think the Carnegie trustees will find aid of serious value, but he Is assured that they will devise satis factory methods of discharging their trust Dr. Thwing concludes: "This great and unique foundation bears a special message to two classes. First, It bears a message to the trustees of American colleges. It is the message that this ben eficence shall not be suffered to Interfere with the still further progress of the increase in the salaries of college teachers. These salaries are increalng, but the increase is slow and the resulting amount is not adequate. College trustees should not, and will not, unload their own duties of making proper compensation to the members of their facualtles upon the trustees of the Carnegie foundation This great gift also bears a message of invitation to young men who are making the great choice of a life's calling. To enter the noble vocation of the teacher in an American college, young men of virile and vigorous stuff do not like to think of themselves as pensioners. This foundation does not oblige them thus to think. It can not fail to render more attractive to the ablest men and best a calling which has, in recent years, been in peril of failing to summon the worthiest" r NEWS of the UNIVERSITY J THE RIGHT MAN. The suggestion that Colonel B. F. Toakum be selected to represent the Texas insurance policyholders in the eastern meeting by the policyholders meeting called for today in San Antonio is a most excellent one. One that should not only attract immediate attention at the hands of the policyholders, but favorable action as well. Colonel Toakum is a man known and respected in the financial world. He has a standing in the eastern money world that would assure him that attention and consideration that would work directly to the benefit of th Texas policyholders in a consideration of whatever grievances they had to lay before the insurance people. He is closely identified with every Interest of Texas. la personally largely interested in Insurance matters, being a large policyholder himself, and that he could be depended upon to work for the best interests of th Texas policyholder is a faot that can not be overlooked by those interests. Colonel Yoakum, is the proper man for such a mission. He should ba selected. NEW ORLEANS' ANGER. Now that it is all over with. New Orleans people are busily engaged in trying to lay the blame on the health officers of that city and are loudly clamoring that they shall be retired from office. A New Orleans article upon the subject reads as follows; '"The natural aftermath of the epidemic at New Orleans has come and the long smouldering resentment of th people has burst over the heads of Dr. Edmond Souchon, president of the Louisiana state board of health, and Dr. Quitman Kohnke, health officer of the city of New Orleans, whom the citizens blame for allowing the fever to enter and for concealing Its presence until It had gotten beyond control Dr. Souchon is held accountable for permitting the fever to enter both are held responsible for the concealment After the first shock of announcement of fever the people scored the boards of health and many were for tak-Ing summary action. Cooler counsel prevailed, however, and the leading men of the city advised against action until the fever was stamped out, and in the interest of an uninterrupted fight against the epidemic?. Their advice was followed, hut a few days ago th first public gun was fired by the Times-Democrat demanding th resignation of the recalcitrant officers. This also has been the demand of many southern newspapers, particularly In Louisiana and Mississippi. The Picayune defended Souchon and Kohnke and continues to uphold them. The Times-Democrat reiterates that the two officials have lost the confidence not only of the people at New Orleans but of all southern states, and this is practically the unanimous view here. It Is charged that political lnliuenc is being brought to bear to retain the two health officers and a bitter flght"Ss about to be precipitated. It is likely that a mass indignation xneetlng will be held to demand the resignations of Souchon and Kohnke. In consideration of th record New Orleans has made in the past regarding yellow fever it does look as though the least said by those people about now the soonest mended. What is the use for them to blame their health officers for withholding the truth when it is well known that had they done otherwise the people of New Orleans would have been the first to talk about mobbing them for stirring up a scare. It has been admitted more than once In the past that New Orleans was rather chary about telling the truth concerning yellow fever, and with that record so fresh in the minds of the public there is nothing to be accomplished by that city trying to make out as though it is angry at its health board tor suppressing facts until an open admission was forced. The health board did merely what has been done often before la New Orleans if past accusations count for anything. It is too late now to try to lay special -blame on the health board. Hall Hayter and Tom Cobbs left for San Antonio this morning. Preston Hutton, who has been the guest of the Chi Phis has returned to his home in Mississippi. J. W. Minton has returned from an extended trip to St. Louis and southern Illinois. Sir. Webb, representative from Shack- leford county, was a visitor at the law department yesterday. Mrs. House of the Waco library and delegate to the federated clubs' con vention addressed the library class at the University yesterday morning. The following pledges to the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity were initiated Wednesday night: Misses Parks and Searcy of Brenham, Mary Stevens of Weatherford, Annie Bob Brown of Longvlew, Annie Bell Erion of Henderson, Annie McCormlck of Dallas, Ber-nlce Allen of Gainesville, and Florence West, Annie Buggies, Runge and Dora Thornton of Austin. Frederick W. Simonds, secretary of the Texas Academy of Science, has issued the following announcement: A regular meeting of the Texas Academy of Science will be held in the chemical lecture room of the University of Texas on Friday evening, November 24, 1905. at 8 o'clock. Program "The Science of Economics," Dr. Lindley M. Keasbey, Professor of Political Science in the University of Texas. V The executive council of the Stu dents' association met at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon to hear the report of the committee appointed to audit the accounts of the 1905 Cactus business management. A synopsis of the man ager's report shows the following: i Receipts. Cash received from organiza tions, classes, fraternities and clubs $S69.95 Cash received from advertisers 302.50 Cash received from business manager of medical "department, Galveston ............. S25.55 Proceeds from sale of Cactus.. 861.00 Total receipts $2359.00 Expenditures. Printing and engraving $1800.09 Miscellaneous expense's 201.44 Manager's discount 239.39 Balance due association 118.17 Total . $2359.00 The auditing committee, composed of Will P. Brady, James F. Johnson and Clifton W. Gray, reported that the above report was correct The repor of the committee was unanimously adopted. Certain rules governing the manage ment of the enterprises under the control of the Students' council were unan imously adopted as follows: First All receipts for all expendi tures shall be filed along with reports. Second All accounts of amounts re ceived shall be accompanied by signature of payer. (a) Voucher books with stubs shall be used for all moneys received; 6aid stubs to be signed by payer, and to be filed with reports. b) That where contracts are made, a duplicate carbon copybook Bhall be used, said duplicates to be filed with reports. Third No paid matter shall be accepted from any University organization which is indebted to the management of the previous year. Fourth All reports shall be accompanied by the affidavit..ty thB respective managers. A committee of this year's Cactus board submitted the question of raising the price of the Cactus to $2 per copy and devote the excess to better the engraving and execution of the annual. The council unanimously voted to Increase the price per volume as requested and on the suggestion of the Cactus manager detlded to refer the same question to a called meeting of the Students' association to be held Saturday, November 25, 1905, at 12 o'clock. His Fear. "Why don't you insist on abolishing the trusts?" inquired the precipitate person. "My friend," answered Senator Sorghum, "political history is already too full of sad cases of the abolisher abolished." The more the average Houstonian thinks about th recent carnival the more he wishes that he was going through it all once more. Th chances are that this longing will land most of the Houstonians up here during the early part of December. There will be plenty of visitors in Austin during carnival and encampment week, and it is in order that we bestir ourselves to s that they are each and all properly entertained. Looking for Solace. "Charley, dear," said young Mrs. Torklns, "we have one satisfaction." "What is it?" "The money you have riven the bookmakers at the races means that much less for wicked insurance direc tors ana trust promoters. rxa: News of the State House General and Personal Gossip of the Various Departments ! RESOLUTIONS Af COMING POLICYHOLDERS' MEETING WHAT THEY WILL BE ASKED TO DO COMMISSIONER CLAY AND -our T. SMITH LEFT FOR ANTON IOk. SAN CHARGE CF GRAFT IS ENTIRELY UNFOUNDED DURING THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THE QUARANTINE HAS BEEN IN EFFECT ONLY THREE CASES OF IRREGULARITIES. ' COD LIVER, OIL. It almost makes you pick to think of it, but -it isn't nearly as . bad , as ? it used to be. The improved method of refining it makes it; much? easier to take, ind whea rMde into Scott's Emulsion almost every one can take it Most children like it and all children that are not robust are benefited by it. When the doctor says Take cod liver oil," he generally means Scott's Emulsion; ask him if he doesn't. They know it i3 more easily digested and better than the plain oil State Insurance Commissioner Cluv and John T. Smith of the comptroller's department left last evening for Sin Antonio to attend the meeting o' policyholder which is to ba heid thore today. Mr. Clay said that the indications pointed to a large attendance from different sections of the state. Mr. Smith said a strenuous effort will be made to have the policyholders work together in this matter. The following is the full text of the resolution which will be submitted for the consideration of the policyholders at today: "Be It resolved by the holders of life insurance policies in the state of Texas: "First We invite all holders of lite insurance policies in this state to -liiite for purposes of mutual protection against mismanagement, extravagance and graft under whatever form, and to compel rjMiiution on the pare of any official rui!t of unlawful expenditure! oi funds belonging to policyholders, the icrsn?ization of each and every company whose officers have bien guilty of pny improper use of funds and the tllmination of all fueli officers from ay part in the management of such companies. "Second "We favor keeping a care ful watch on all legislation in this or any other state in tha interest of policyholders, and pledge our efforts to the securing of such remedial laws as are required for the protection of policyholders and will secure them in their rights in these companies. 'Third TVe favor such economical management and careful consideration of the Interests of policyholders as will reduce the cost of insurance to the lowest charge consistent with absolute safety. We believe that the savings, interest earnings and mortality justify a very marked reduction from prevailing rates. "Fourth We favor the repeal of any and all laws which do not give to policyholders access to the courts in any state whereby the fulfillment of these contracts may be enforced. "Fifth We favor laws which will compel an annual accounting to policy holders and a distribution of dividends annually, or at least once in every five years, as the policyholder may elect "Sixth We favor such laws as will reduce speculation in the investment of insurance funds to the minimum, and will, render such investments equally as secure as the investments of savings banks. "Seventh We pledge our efforts to the securing of such reports from insurance companies as will show In detail any disbursement and exhibit the real condition of the company. "Eighth We pledge our asdstance to every movement having in view the securing of the results named in these resolutions, and to that end will cooperate with such movements in other states and territories of the United States." NEW WOMAN EXPLAINED. Delegate Attending Federation Con vention Tells Captain Bolmes. During the visit of the ladles who are here attending the convention of the Texas Federation of Women's clubs at the state ' house, a party of them called at the pension office of the comptroller's department and made some Inquiries from Captain E. A. Bolmes, who has charge of that particular de partment about the manner in which the warrants were issued, eto. After this Captain Bolmes picked out a charming looking lady in the crowd and asked her the direct question: "Are you the new woman?" After meditating a few seconds, the lady replied sweetly: "No; we are the same old women, but we are a great deal smarter. Plaster Rates. The following decision was handed down yesterday In the hearing held last Tuesday, fixing rates on plaster: 'In pursuance of notice and hearing it is orred by the railroad commis sion that the following be adopted as an item of Texas classification, to govern in the transportation by railroads between points in Texas, of shipments of tha articles named: "Plaster, all kinds made from gypsum rock, Including plaster of Paris, land cement plaster, cement plaster and dental plaster, in straight or mixed carloads, class E. "This will not affect any special rates now applying on any of the articles above named which may be lower than the rating above provided. "This order shall take effect December 13, 1905." DATE IS CHANGED. Hearings Will Be Held on December Twelfth Instead of Nineteenth. It appears that for some time past State Health Officer Tabor has been rather severely assailed by a nows-paptr of tatt Texas on charges thil the state hcElth officer has aur.-ounded himself with grafters, lie says that these charges are the result of personal spleen because the state health oftlcer did not raise the quarantine about two months ago. The records In the state health department shows that ever since the quarantine has been declared against the state of Louisiana and other Infected points there have been in all only three cases of irregularities reported, and as soon as th?se were discovered the offenders were promptly discharged. The facts show that in none of these cases had Dr. Tabor personally known any of the persons offending, they being persons holding subordinate positions in the quarantine service. POLITICS MIXED IN THE PRESENT INVESTIGATION JUDGE SAM WEBB, REPRESENTA TIVE IN LEGISLATURE, DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT COMPANIES SHOULD BE OUSTED. Judge Sam Webb, a prominent mem ber of the last legislature and a banker of Albany, Shackelford county, passed through the city yesterday en route to San Antonio, where he will attend the meeting of policyholders today. Judge Webb does not believe in any radical steps being taken with any of the insurance companies and differs with policyholders who say the companies should be driven out of the state. He thinks that it would be worse for the policyholders if such steps were taken. "While I believe there has been some wrongdoing by these three big com panies," said Judge Webb, "they are perfectly solvent nobody questions that. I believe there is a good deal of politics mixed up In the present Investigation. Why, it would be many years before Texas could organize and maintain companies as strong as these. I think it is all a proposition to get the next legislature to legislate against these companies." Judge Webb also' declared that with such men as Grover Cleveland and Morton the affairs of the Equitable should be well managed. .The Judg said that he is a heavy policyholder in the Equitable and New Tork Life, and he Is directly opposed to any proposition which will drive these companies from the state. After attending the insurance meeting Judge Webb said he will remain for the banquet which is to be given legislative day at San Antonio. PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY GOVERNOR LANHAM HE OFFICIALLY REVOKES YELLOW FEVER QUARANTINE PROCLAMATION ISSUED AGAINST ALL INFECTED PLACES. The railroad commission yesterday afternoon Issued a notice reading as follows: "It is hereby ordered by the railroad commission of Texas that all matters set for hearing before the commission on December 19, 1905, be and the same are hereby reset for Tuesday, December 12, 1905." The reason assigned for the change is that the later date was too close to the coming holidays, so it was decided to have th hearing ob weak earllas. The governor yesterday issued an official proclamation raising the yellow fever quarantine which has been in effect since August 16, 1905, against the state of Louisiana and other infected points. The text of the quarantine proclamation is as follows: Whereas, I have been advised by the state health 'o'fflcer that yellow fever has disappeared in the state of Louisiana and other southern states, and he recommends that Quarantine be raised against all places In the United States. "Therefore, I S. W. T. Lanham, governor of Texas, do, by authority vested in me by the laws of this state, hereby revoke my proclamation of August 16, 1905, declaring quarantine against the state of Louisiana and other infected places in the United States on account of the existence of yellow fever, and I do declare said quarantine raised. "ThiB proclamation to take effect at 12 o'clock noon this dav. "In testimony whereof, I hereunto sign my name and cause the seal of the state to be affixed, at the city of Austin, this 23d day of November, A. D. 1905. ,"S. W. T. LAXHAM, "Governor of Texas. "By the governor, "O. K. SHANNON, "Secretary of State." CAPITOL INVADED. Delegates to Women's Federation Visited the State House. About 500 ladies, deelgates to the annual convention of the Texas Federation of .Women's Clubs, were visitors at the state house yesterday morning. They were taken through the various departments and presented to the state officials. During their brief stay at the state house they made their headquarters at the rooms of the Daughters of th? Confederacy. They were delighted with the cordial reception received at th capitol- CIRCULAR FOR LUMBER RATE HEARING ISSUED PROPOSITION MEANS A REDUCTION OF TEN PER CENT FROM THE PRESENT RATES H EAR-ING SET FOR DECEMBER 12. As announced several days ago in The Statesman would be done, the railroad commission yesterday issued a circular or notice of hearing to all the railroad companies, operating in this st:ite and all persons Interested, that It will take up on December 12 and consider a proposition to establish a commodity tariff of rates, for application between points in Texas on carload shipments of lumber, lath, shingles and other similar articles. The basis of raes- presented In the notice for consideration at the hearing provides for a general average reduction In the present lumber rates of 10 per cent. The maximum rate on lumber at present Is IS 3-4 cents and It Is proposed by the commission to reduce this maximum rate to 17 cents. There are, of course, some exceptions in these rates, but not enough to change the general average of 10 per cent reduction. Thirty thousand pounds shall constitute the minimum weight of a carload. This proposition has been up before the commission for the past two months and it was not without due consideration of the importance of the matter, that the commission issued this notice. The Farmers' union about two months ago presented a petition to the commission asking for the proposed reduction. Judge Lightfoot Returns. Judge Jewell P. Lightfoot, office assistant attorney general, returned yesterday from Port Lavaca, where he represented the state in the case against Fish and Oyster Commissioner I. P. Kibbe, wherein he had been enjoined from collecting the fees and taxes Imposed under the new fish and oyster law. Judge Lightfoot is highly elated over the result of the trial in the case, as Judge Wilson, the district judge, dissolved the injunction, holding that the law was constitutional. NO PROCEEDINGS. Supreme Court Adjourned Yesterday in Respect to Mrs. Shortridge. The supreme court met yesterday morning at 10 o'clock, but immediately adjourned out of respect to the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Shortridge, which occurred Tuesday evening. Mrs. Shortridge was the mother-in-law of Chief Justice R. R. Gaines. The postponed session of the court will be held this morning at 10 o'clock. CHARTERS FILED. New Corporations Which Will Business in th State. Do Charters of the following corporations were filed yesterday by Secretary of State Shannon: The Cumberland Presbyterian church of Clarksville: No capital stock; purpose, to maintain a house of worship. The incorporators are S. M. Temple-ton, R. H. Harris, John A. Eagby and A. P. Corley. The American Railway Equipment company of San Antonio: Capital stock, $100,000; purpose, tha manufacture of railway equipment. The incorporators are C. W. Gill, F. R. S. Dirmars, W. M. Harrison and D. F. Youngblood. Amendments were filed as follows: The Ninety-Nine Pumping company of Houston, adding several counties to its places of business. Adams Bayou Canal company of Orange, Increasing its capital stock from $30,000 to $30,000. Notes. McLennan county yesterday afternoon redeemed $12,000 of an issue of $210,000 court house and Jail bonds held by the permanent school fund. The same county redeemed $5000 Brazos river bridge bonds in the treasury department. Captain W. B. McDonald of the state rangers, stationed at Alice, arrived here yesterday afternoon on official business with the adjutant general's department. Dr. J. H. Florence, ouarant-la in- pector at Brownsville, was here yes terday on business with the state health depaitment. The ra:lroad commission yesterday afternoon issued its decisions in the cases of the Katy and the Cotton Belt, requiring these roads to run their passenger trains on time. J. J. Terrell, land commissioner, left yesterday for east Texas to look after some timbered lands. Judge J. O. Head of Sherman was here yesterday on business with the railroad commission. Judge L. J. Storey, chairman of the railroad commission, left yesterday for San Antonio to attend the fair and attend the banquet on legislative day. Dr. S. T. Colley of Columbus, Texas, was here yesterday on business with the comptroller's department. iiGK HEADACHE Positively cored by these Little Fills. They also relieve Distress from Dyspepsia, Indigestion and Too Hearty Eating. A perfect remedy lor Dizziness. Nausea, Drowsiness. Bad Taste In the Month, Coated Tongue, Pain in the Side, TORPID UVER. The regulate the Bowels. Purely Vegetable. SHAIlPiU. SVillDOSE. SMALL PRICE. CARTER'S w IflVER II PIILS. GARTHS I j IVER ' 9 PILLS. Genuina Must Bear Fac-Simile Signature REFUSE SUBSTITUTES.

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