The Humeston New Era from Humeston, Iowa on December 29, 1909 · Page 3
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The Humeston New Era from Humeston, Iowa · Page 3

Humeston, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 29, 1909
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Ofeeiv · Keefcr HIS Is one of the few cities in the country where the old-fashioned custom of keeping open house on New Year's day holds unchanged. T h e men who are fond of digging into matters historical say that the New Year's c a l l i n g practice originated among the Dutch on Manhattan island. Washington began the practice in the year that the city was founded, and it has kept it up with all its social formalities from that day to this. The greatest New Year's reception that the world knows is held every year in the White House ·with tlie president and his wife and the cabinet officers and their wives in the receiving line. The guests are a multitude, and they come dressed in all sorts of raiment from the blue and gold trappings of the ambassadors and array officers of all nations, to the toil-stained clothing of the laborer and the calico gowns and bandannas of the old-time plantation negress. The White House, of necessity. must be democratic, for this is a democracy, and the same greeting is given the workmen that is given to the ambassador of all the Russias. There is no more .picturesque affair in the country than the White House reception on New Year's. Long before the gates are thrown open the avenues leading to the executive mansion and Lafayette square, "which outlies the president's grounds, are jammed with people, and it is the duty of the police to Just Like Him. Howell--Do you think that Dr. Rowell will make much of a record in th« legislature? Powell--Sure; the first thing he will try to do will be to perform an operation on the foot of the calendar. SORE EYES CURED. Eye-Balls and Lids Became Terribly Inflamed--Was Unable to Go About .--All Other Treatments Failed, But Cuticura Proved Successful. "About two years ago my eyes got In such a condition that I was unable to go about. They -were terribly inflamed, both the balls and lids. I tried home remedies without relief. Then I decided to go to our family physician, but he didn't help them. Then I tried two more of our most prominent physicians, but my eyea grew continually worse. At this timd a friend of mine advised me to try Cuticura Ointment, and after using it about one week my eyes "were considerably improved, and in two weeks they were almost well. They have never given me any trouble since and I am now sixty-five years old. I shall always praise Cuticura. G. B. Halsey, Mouth of Wilson, Va., Apr. 4, 1908." Potter Drag Chein. Corr.. Sole Props., Boston. You can t uicxiiic LUC man who ha3 got his winter's coal in for feeling just a little better than the rest of the neighborhood. A dealer sold imitation Spearmint. His customer gave it to a friend. The dealer lost his customer. The customer lost his friend. You cannot hurt anybody without receiving a greater hurt yourself.-Cobden. RTJSS BLUE! IS GOOD BLTTO Preserves clothes and makes and keeps them white as snow. Ail grocers 5c. It "worries a modest girl if a man tries to kiss her--and it worries a young widow if he doesn't. "More life to that flavor than any gum I have ever tasted." WRIGLEY'S SPEARMINT. Money may not make the man, but take some men's money away from them and there would be nothing left. get the immense crowd in line and to maintain order. President Roosevelt came into office in the month of September, and because of the assassination of President McKinley while holding a public reception in the Music hall at Buffalo, It was urged that the New Year's receptions at the White House should be given over. It ·was feared that some half-crazed person might succeed in getting to the president's person and repeat the awful crime of Buffalo. Mr. Roosevelt, however, would not listen to the arguments of the fearful ones, and the reception ·waa held as it always had been held, and Mr. Taft will keep up the custom. There have been no interruptions to the New Year's day receptions during the history of the republic. Precedence of necessity has to be considered to some extent at the president's receptions. When the officials of Washington life have passed in front of the president and his wife and have exchanged the greetings of the New Year, the plain civilians and their wives, daughters and sons, follow in whatever order they may have happened to reach their place la line. If the millionaire does not want to be preceded by the poverty-stricken he can stay at home unless he chooses to get up early enough to make sure that he can get a first place If any discrimination were shown the president would hear of it, and there would be ao end of a row. i Out ot courtesy to the men who in a sense are guests of the nation, the ambassadors and ministers and the attaches of legations are received first. The ambassador who has been longest in the Washington service heads the line and it makes no difference whether he comes from a great power or from a weak power for the length of his Washington resi- dence'alone decides the matter. The master of ceremonies at the White House takes the diplomatic list and the American official list and studies them for a week prior to the reception. If he should give place to some official which by precedence right belonged to another, there would be sulking, Indignation and very likely loud complaint. It is one of the most dellcnte tasks in the world to arrange the official guests at a New Year's reception so that there will be no friction and no heart- burnings. Following the ambassadors and ministers of foreign countries come the members of the su- court of the United States. In their trail come the senators and representatives in cougress, and then come the officers of the army and of the navy. Then the bureau chiefs and the higher officials of the various departments of government greet the president, and after them the ordinary citizen has his place On New Year's day President Taft shakes hands with something like 8,000 of his fellow citizens and citizenesses. Mrs. Taft does not shake hands, for if the president's wife should attempt it she could not hold the pen for a good many days thereafter. Shaking hands is a more trying occupation than most people may imagine. Grover Cleveland had to give over the practice for some time because he actually lamed his right hand and right arm until he could not lift them without pain. Mr. Roosevelt had a handshake which enabled him to give a seemingly hearty grip to everybody and yet to spare his own hand the slightest muscular strain. Mr. Taft must have had the Roosevelt secret imparted to him, for he gives the same kind of a hand greeting that was given by his predecessor. At the White House reception on New Year's day affairs move forward as smoothly as the proverbial clock work. The guests enter at the main doorway which opens toward Pennsylvania avenue. Their course toward the president is lined with watchful men in civilian dress. The line moves quickly and it is accelerated in its course by the politely worded requests of the ushers, requests by the way which have the force of orders, although the words are spoken in such a way that the guest has no thought that he is being unduly hurried. When consideration is given to the fact that thousands upon thousands of people must greet the president within a limited time, there is every excuse for the championship by the ushers of what may be called the "forward movement." President Taft has said that he will carry out the Roosevelt policies. He does not consider it necessary, however, in order to keep his pledge to say: "delighted" to everyone whom he greets. "Glad to see you," Is the president's stock phrase of welcome and as his intonation Is as heartily sincere as is his smile, he leaves a pleasant impression. Once in a while In the course of a New Year's reception, the president will "hold up the line" long enough to chat for a moment with some one whom he knows well personally, or with some official who has come from a distance to pay his respects. Mr. Roosevelt had a habit oE holding the line up quite frequently, and as a result his receptions were likely to be rather long drawn out. II Mr. Roosevelt ever had seen a man before, no matter how many years back, nor in what kind of an out-of-the-way place, he was sure to remember him, and as a result his acquaintance was very wide. He never liked to let a man whom he had once known pass by with merely a prefunctory handshake. Receiving with the President and Mrs. Taft on New Year's day are the vice-president's wife and women of the cabinet who range themselves to the right in order of the cabinet rank of their husbands. Mrs. Sherman has the first place and then comes Mrs. Knox, the wife of the secretary of state. Then comes Mrs. MacVeagh, the wife of the secretary of the treasury, and so on in order of cabinet precedence, until the wife of Mr. Nagel Is reached who holds the last place in line as the wife of the head of the department most recently created by act of congress. A few other women in official life are invited by the president's wife to assist her In her duties as hostess, and it is not at all an unusual thing to Invite some of the older residents ot Washington whose families have no government connection. The cabinet officers and their wives remain with the receiving party until the reception is about two-thirds ended, and then they go to their homes where they hold semi-public receptions of their own. The vice-president and Mrs. Sherman receive on New Year's day, and anyone who will, may call. At the White House no refreshments are served because it would be a physical impossibility to care for the wants of the enormous crowds that are present. At the houses of the vice-president and the cabinet officials, however, great tables covered with good things to eat, and in some houses, with good things to drink, are prepared for the visitors. The women of official life In Washington In the main, are just as good politicians as are their husbands. The humblest caller on New Year's day is treated with all the consideration which Is shown the most prominent people. The inconspicuous one of to-day Is likely to be the conspicuous one of to-morrow, and no one appreciates this better than the trained wives of officialdom. It Is probably true In some measure at least, that more ambitions have been killed by the mistakes of the wives of persons newly appointed to high office than by the mistakes of the officials themselves. Washington Is full of storios of resentment caused by the failure of the wives of new cabinet members to recognize persons who supposed that all the world knew them. These mistakes are confined largely to the officials and their wives who are new to Washington society and new to the political lite generally Men are appointed to cabinet positions frequently who never before held office. The congressman who finds himself promoted to higher ol- fice knows what is called the social game as well as he knows politics and his wife by association knows it as well as he does. So it is that at the great receptions on New Year's and other days, the hosts and hostesses who are accustomed to the ways of Washington, manage to get through the rying hours of crowded receptions without giving offense to anybody. It is the bounden duty of every subordinate official in Washington to call on his chief on New Year's day. After all the officials have paid their respects to the president, they go at once to the home of the chief of the department in which they serve. From the Sing major general of the army to the youngest second lieutenant on duty at the cap- fta" 111 the officers call upon the secretary of war The naval officers from Admiral Dewey lown to the stripling ensign, make their way to The house of Secretary of the Navy Meyer. nj I.M.-VX n 1 _ n m r +~h£it\r* T**»«5T1I3PTS there, in order New Year's DO NOT ACCEPT A SUBSTITUTE when you wantPcrry Davis' Painkiller, us nothing Is as good for rheumatism, neuralgia and similar troubles. 70 years in constant uso. 25c, %0 and 5UQ. It's easy for a woman to paint a pretty face--if she has one. Mrs. Wlnglow's Soothlnp Syrup. For children teethlnK. softens tho Kitma, reduces In- flummation, allays pain, curea wind coliu. 25ca bottle. Don't worry, and you'll have nothing to worry you. WESTERN CANADA What Prof. Shaw, th* Well-Known Atfri* culturlftt. Says About It: receptions given by the president and his wife during the winter which are semi-public in their nature but to which admission is by card only The first of these receptions is given on the second Thursday after New Year's day, In the evening. It is called "the diplomatic reception," and the guests are invited to meet the ambassadors and ministers who are accredited by foregin governments, to the United States. Another reception Is given two weeks later and the guests of honor whom the other guests are invited to meet are the justices of the supreme court of the United States. The third reception is for the senators and representatives in congress, and the fourth and last, is for the officers of the army and navy. Nearly every aay of the year the president greets visitors in the offices of the White House at noon, and so it is possible for the American citizen to exchange greetings with the chief executive even though circumstances prevent his saying "Happy New Year," on January 1st, at the great White House holiday gathering. Thought Much of Pet Dogs Four metrical epitaphs reveal to us a pleas- Ing and unexpected side of the Roman character. They are epitaphs on pet dogs. One was a great white hunting dog named Margarlto, who coursed through the trackless forests, aa she tells us on her tombstone. Another "never barked without "reason, but now he is silent." Myria, the little Gallic dog, barked fiercely if she found a rival lying In her mistress' lap. The stone of Patricus, an Italian dog, at Sa- lernum contains this tribute from his mistress: "My eyes were wet with tears, our dear little dog, when I bore thee (to the grave), a service which I should have rendered thee with less grief three lustrums ago. So, Patricus, never again shall thou give me a thousand kisses. Never canst thou He contentedly In my lap In sadness have I buried thee, aa thou deservest. In a resting place of marble, and T have put thee for all time by the side of my shade. In thy qualities, sagacious thou wert like a human being. Ah, me! what a loved companion have we lost!"--From "So clety and Politics In Ancient Rome." **I would sooner raise cattle In Western Canudu than in tho corn belt of tho United States. Feed is c-heuper and climate 1 hottur for the purpose. I Your nmrkot will 1m- provo fiiMtor than your runners w i l l produce the supplier Wheat can bo grown up to tho GOth par- l u l l o l {800 miles north ot I tho International bound- larvl. Your \ucant lund I will bo tnkon at a rato Ibejond proHont concop- Itloiu ,V o ha\o enough Ipc'oplo m tho United *btates nlono who want homes to take upthiH land.'* Nearly 70,000 Americans will onter and inaUothflrliomca li;i AVfstcm Ciiritifia tills t'Jir. 1009 produced unotJicr lurse crop of wlieat, oat« and barlry, lii addition to wlilrh ilio cnUlo exports wan an Iinincn»o Horn. Cattle raising. dairylnR. miiod Tiirminn; nnd gmln growina in tho provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Free UoincMtcud and pro-omp- tlou ar«ua» us well UB littulH hold by railway nnd Iand companies, will provide horneH for million^. Adaptable «oll, ln-althful oil- matt*, splendid HclioolH and churches, and (rood rallwaya. For sottltTB* ratr-H, dcHcriptive literature ".Last JJi'Bt Went," hoTf to roach tho country and other particulars, write to Sup't ot Immigration, Ottawa, Canada, nr to th.6 Janudiuu Government Agent. E.T.Holmes, 315Jackson St,,St.Paul,Mlnn.; W.V.Bennett,Room 4 BIB Bldg.,Omah3.Nab (LJb« uddrc-ss ncarobtyou.) (2? The Wretchedness of Constipation Can quickly be overcome by CARTER'S LITTLE LIVER PILLS. Purely vegetable ^ ---act lurcly ami Bendy on the fiver. Cure Biliousness, Head, ache. nezi, and Indigestion. They do their duty. Small Pill. Small Dole. Small Pric*. GENUINE must bear signature: ^^^^^^^ A Grateful Man Says of UNCLE Breakfast Food AS A CURE FOR CONSTIPATION "Enables me to go to stool without syringe or medicine, A thing I have not been able to do for four or five years." WILLIAM RITCHES. Such voluntary testimonials ara constantly received. ASK YOUR GROCER ABOUT IT HE CERTAINLY KNOWS U. S. B. F. Co., Omaha KWSPAPERl .'SPAPERf

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