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I.M j Dally, by mall or carrier. «lx months «.» | Dally, by mall or corner, one year «.M Sunday Herald, one year l"ii" , Postace free In United States and Mexico; elrewhere prstaKe added. - THE HERALD IN BAH FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND-Los An?elea and Southern Callfcrr.la visitors to Ban Francisco and Oakland will Dad The Herald on «ale at the news ttanda In the San Francisco ferry building an. on the streets In Oakland by Wheatiey tnd by Amos News Co. A die of Th» Los Angeles Herald can b« •ten at the office of our English representatives. Messrs. B. and J Hardy * Co., 30, 31 and 83 Fleet street. London. England. fre« ef charge, and that firm will be glad to receive news, subscription* and advertisements on rur behalf. On all matters pertaining to advertising address Charles R. Dates, advertising man«g*r. Population of Los Angeles 327,685 CLEAR, crisp and clean frVCSTLGIAJN.LJLLA^ M( RETRORSUM fl) AT THE THEATERS AUDITORIUM —"Mr. Hamlet of Broadway." MASON —"The Man of the Hour." 11l UHANK— "lnvasion." , UELASCO— "The Hood to Yoaterday." HAJK9TIC— "Tha Soul Kiss." ORFHEUM— Vaudeville. GRAND "The Toreador." M)S ANGELES— Vaudeville. riSCHER'8 — Mvi.-lc. comedy. UNIQUE — Music ana comedy. OLYMPIC —Comedy. m ■ » HOLLYWOOD CLAIMS of Hi Hywood tn become a pan of Greater Los Angeles have rowing steadily In popular favor ilnce th y were tint presented in the columna of Los Angeles Herald. The final decision for an adml campaign will bo taken at a meeting t.i I-. :" |<j thli ■ vi nlng in Ho'lywi od, and on account of the probable annexation nf the beautiful and pri üburban n on power and harbor bondi ha* been poi - poned from January 26 to February 16. The ( Ity attorney will arrange to ha\c the annexation election h.-id In January, pn that th I Trltory mi y be in line in th b the bond llMue is authoi I Greater Los Angele la growing by expansion and by annexation, the lwo pi ihat mark the succesßful growth of every great city the world lias ever known, | rly of New York, London and Chicago. And wiih the ex] od annexation and consolldat I i i onu Invariably ■ i tor home ruli and for local i terests that appertain to th ■ city or iOl • 1 citimately within Ita icop« and influence. A self-gover control of all d its and of p ibllc utilitii . . from interi. n nee I interests, r lllroad, political I Is <if course an Idi Ind ■ ' and m atcivic patriotism and n to take Info an int.r.st In nt and all the affair of their city the days of the "toy a icanlsm within <i\ iiboundarli a as > oil le c .pan-' of thi the Xorth Amerli in Union. HARMONY HARMONY has been restored in Christian Science circles, md what might have been a disruption at Boston has been averted. The outcome of the Stetson case is a tri\imph for the Christian Scientists. Most of the Christian churches have Just force by disruptions caused by incidents like thai which in Boston liar been closed with prudence and sagacity. For many years, every new "idea" and every now "heresy" meant a new church. Christian Scientists may well take con lon in the reflection the heresies of today are the en eds of tomorrow, Nearly every great church now in existence fought its way to recognition through trials and tribulations far greater than have ever befallen the Christian Scientists or are likely to befall them. Whatever may be the opinion * talned as to i !hi Ist '■■•■< :-• lence (and •■many mi n, ml are free), thera la no gainsaying the fact it ha Btlr In tl world, hai the mo class of mankind, lias "rescued the perishing," and has been of notable and undeniable service to mankind. GOOD GOVERNMENT IMPROVED buslnflss conditions in Los Anfelei have characterised the Alpxandor administration, and for bualnaii reasoni alone, if we mny (or the moment disregard ethical and moral Valuei, It is of the utmost )m---1 portance that the citizens of Los Anprripo r ahould provide themselvei with (rood povprnment. Not only Is good government desirable from higher ron■lderatlons, but good government Is one of the most valuable aasets this community can have. Projects Involving vast expenditures of money and calling for the exorcise of business prudence, sagacity and experience are on the Los Angeles program. The average weekly gain In Los Angeles bank clearings runs from 15 to 30 per cent. Is this condition to |bo disturbed? Why subject prosperity I to the slightest risk? The Owens river project, the successful completion of which will mean the dawn of a new era for Los Angeles in manufacturing expansion and Industrial prosperity, will involve the Judicious expenditure of a gigantic sum of money. Why subject this money to the slightest risk or expose to the slightest haaard the Oweni river water and power supply by Interfering with the continuity of good government? When It elects Georgn Alexander hm mayor, Los Angeles Will give a guarantee to the country and to the world that It is determined to pursue the path! of progress and prosperity which Invite financial confidence. And John 8. Myers, who represents all that Is best In business life, should be elected to the Important office of city auditor. Regard for the business interests (if Los Angelrs make tho election of John 8, Myers a buslnesf lty. City council candidates who represent honesty and good government should be returned In order that the next Alexander administration may he strengthened by the support of a eoun, I composed "f merltoiioifl citizens alert and alive to their responsibilities and careful of the best Interests of Los Angeles. Th" best Interests of Los Angeles will be consulted and respected belt by the election to the city council of John D, Works, Martin V. Betkouskl, W. J. Washburn, Robert M. Lusk, JOSlaa J. Andrews. Miles S. On .■ Wiiliams, Richmond Plant and T. L. O'Brien. Citisena who sup] Tt : c sup] ortlng good rnment and am the topment, upbuilding and prosperity of Greater Los Angeles. FORWARD: NOT BACK GITEFTTL for newer rind bi I conditions. T.os Angeles looks back with horror and disgust at the old days of protected vice, wh. n public ofßi ' :-- pis '■'! an Illegal an l corrupt tariff on disgraceful and disreputabie practices, Ind'sputabli sei un d proving the ofl who should have guarded tin Inti of the city had bandi d themseh gether '" hind the friendly aegis of the - n Southern Pacific machine to and encourage d< pra> Ity In ord ir the t rlbute money blai kmalled from th ■ 'i. alers In vl c might be dlstributi i the machine's prot Machtn i ule and Immorality ai . This has I n, n.n only In Li I but in every city whi< h has had to re«ort to a i I inlng up ] r I to institute a new kinJ ..i" government, founded not upon graft and vice but on patriotism an i morality. Tin' prosperity which is reported from del v tmi nt of industry in Los ■tiy attributable to the Ii n ■■• w hlch gave a new Impetus in finance and business when the bood- OUt "f POW ir and clean and just men were summon >'• by th" people to take control of the public on , Words cannot overstate th" magnitude of the misfortune Invited by a i it! m of anti-Alexander con l - It. in ty be said ol a patient that i i uiiK from an ill\\h"n there is a relapse 'he last • than th' 1 first and "ir rromc Los Angeles i.-; id in tlie rU-ht direction. Bualimlng, Hopi . conl ■ i outage id the onward man h. i-t be ii" backward and proved all I municipal, let us hold fast to that 01, And we believe our i . ful, culturi ■!, ■ and laudably ambit lo i-, win ""iitlnue to go forward. For that's tn.• U>a Vng l( ■ way. TRUSTS MOT TRUSTS AN EASTERN judge haa become famous on account of htfl ■..■tinltion of the phrase "Conspiracy In ro- Btralnt of trade." Most people would think the word t. here used jnlfy any kiml of gain-prod atlon. But with the (■astern a trade's a trade, a profession's a profession, an occupation's an occupation, a calling's a calling and a I i,i iult Is a pursuit. Therefore, according to Solomon Si cundus, a newspaper writers' trust (can you Imagine such a thing?) is trust, a musicians' trust la not a ii,! t, the theater trust is not a trust, and nothing Is a trust thai savors of mal lifo. us a wide avenue for the Let the Beef Trust be-1 t the oil Trust coagulate, eel Trust ro to. (Yes, this is ntence.) ■ will the trusts that arc not I to form themseh is! The o] ■ ■' trust, thu artists' : players' trust, (links and Binlster), the poets' trust, editorial writers' trust, arc not in the meaning <>t the law! <;<-i busy. Smith and Alexander. Machine versus people. Program Versus free will. Hooze-and-gratt versus boost. Adversity versus prosperity. LOS ANGELES HERALD: THURSDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 18. 1009. PUBLIC HEALTH ONE of th" iiiom Interesting papers road at tiie convention Of Los Angeles District Feder tlon of n's Clubs was that of Dr. Bullard, on the suhj,- t of "Public Health Education." If there Is one subject as to which t!' public can be accused aweeplngly of itrnorance (and we are all equally cuipabll i it is the matt"r of health. Any table and learned physician will tell you that If ordinary hygienic laws were popularly honored and observed—lf the A B C of hy- I glene wore practiced —them would be an Immediate shrinkage In cases of disease, and a diminution of the death rate. It is only within recent years the public has been awakened to the Importance of discouraging the acttvi- . ties of the house fly, and people are j not yet sufficiently trained to know that If a person devours fruit or other eatables th.it have born exposed to public contagion of any and every kind, he is taking a hundred risks ' with every bite, and If he should escape evil results, he may give thank? for his digestion, which protects him ( I from the results of his comestible im- h prudence. Not only in the question of food, but j in regard to ventilation, correct j breathing, germlcidal measures, cor-j ,-,., i exercise, and many other matters of physical moment, the public needs Instruction The board of health | should have a lecturer at work eon- i stantly, giving public advice and ad- j monition on matters hygienic, and when necessary Illustrating his talks with stereoptlcon view*. Roosevelt is all right. All the perils that were supposed to have beset him are imaginary. Good government, the cause with which the name of Roosevelt is Identified, la all right in Loa Angeles. There are perils, 'tis true, but they will he passed safely and triumphantly, in the Los Angeles way. Publicity will mark every feature of the good government campaign, All persons who are in sympathy with the organisation or in harmony with the movement are Invited to at nd the meetings. Col. Roosevelt and party are all well. However, there has been considerable mortality among certain tribes of wild animals encounter! d by the former president of the United States. . Secretary MacVeagh says he will probe to the bottom the sugar trust custom house frauds. The retary proposes to dig to the very bottom of. this "sugar bowl." Government weighers are still being targetted In connection with the sugar frauds. Government Inquirers might hit a more important bull's eye If they turned higher up. _ Frightful blizzard In th< laki inshlne In the Los Angeles : 'j'liui's the Los An.ui-lis v. ay. rjss«siji )\v (lod has made her body fair @H§ As a tall lily, white II &1 N '!1(1 awe-strook at her vesper prayer |rJb?^| Within the pale moonlight— And left her soul convulsed in pangs, With scarlet stains of hell, And given her beauty serpent fangs To sting, X cannot tell— Saw that T plucked a rose one day, Then spread the boughs apart And saw that a green serpent lay Coiled at the rose-tree's heart. Delights of the East Don't You Wish You Were Back in the Old Home State? AVIATION WEEK I | VIATIOX week plans are being dell veloped successfully, and the *■*• project is Raining the support it deserves, it ought to be boomed an I .1 by every citizen of Lot Angeles. We congratulate the organizations that are taking part In the preparations fur Aviation week. They are engaged in a patriotic and meritorious undertaking, the luccen of which will constitute one of the greatest triumphs ever scored by Los Angeles In all its wonderful history of triumphs. Nature has made this city and section the aviation headquarters of the United States, a fact that the success of aviation week will demonstrate to all the world. Popular Interest in the week is being increased, and we anticipate the successful completion of preparations which will attract to our city | the most expert aviators of the world. | and will make Los Angeles for a week ' the center of international interest. — The founder of the Crittenton homes I is dead. Not until the news of his ; death reached the public was any statement made in regard to his.preeminently useful life and valuable achievement!, We wish our readers to : realize that in the death of Mr. Crlt- j tenton America has lost one of its , greatest, noblest and moil useful men. He was the founder of seventythree rescue homos for friendless girls, and at the time of his death was Interested In the Florence home, Los Angeles. Civic bodies as well as other organizations should give at least their moral support to Aviation Week. It j 13 a project well worthy of enthusiasm. it will help Los Angeles, and will be j of great advantage and benefit to the American government and to the na- I on. Mayor Alexander advises caution ; with regard to the purcbaae of a new city hall site. in an Important matter like this it is of course advisable to be sure that a proposed course of action Is right before any committing steps are taken. California exhibitors won 800 awards at the Alaskan-Tukon-Pai Be exposition at Seattle. Our state was easily the foremost in the land in the quantity, variety and quality of the exhibits. if election reform la to be com pi ly successful it must be accompanied by ballot reform. The party circle is inconsistent with absolute and unquestionable fair play at the polling booth. li U my profound conviction tlirtt a determined effort N necessary to tare national partial from demoralization Inevitably consequent upon municipal spoliation, ami an a Republican, zealous for the welfare anil reputation of my party, 1 advocate the foundation of n noii-paitl'-an civic movement. Ulihu Hoot. Any mm who put* party Interests above I the welfare of his city or state i» a traitor ; to his oily or stain. —Joseph \V. Folk. PARADOX ODELL SHEPARD Public Letter Box TO COnitliM'OMlfcNrs—letters Intended (or publication niu»l he accompanied I*/ the i>.in,. .!...* v cm of iltr ....»..> mi it .til! glvea the widen! latitude to correspondent*, but Kiumn no re»ponftlblllty for their vlcm*. QUESTIONS THE LOGIC IN ATTACK ON SPIRITUALISM PASADENA, Nov. 17.—[Editor Herald.): Vaj stone, while criticising spirituallsta tor their alleged link of logic, gives us some weird samples of hij own ability in that direction. He assumes tiiat because Eusapla Paladlno li n bei n .!•■,■ i (• i in ,ii, . (Tort to deceive, therefore, in spite of the testimony ol scores of the keenest observdrs, all she does is trickery. It this is logic let us carry il out in all cases and See Where it will lead. If a man is detected in passing a counterfeit coin, then i>> parity of reasoning, all the coin he has ever passed ivas bogus, if you purchase an adulterated ar! tiele then the merchant who .sold 11 to you never dealt '" any but adulterated goods. Are there any errors in the Blbli or in Shah ■i the Bible Is all ttction anU Shakespeare never uttered a truth. My son, did you ever in your lif3 ■ lie i ..fin- now, ie- s up like a little man. You did? 01 course you did. Then, equally, of cour.se, you never told anything but lies; "Logn, Is logic' I —take your own medicine, my boy. Another queer specimen of logic was the llustration of the street fakir who pretended to t>-.n his own wares. Suppose the purchaai < himself hud i the ring and found it real, or as represented, the fai t that all the re t of the stoi k was bogus would not weigh a feather against the (v nuineness of the one, The entire article shows lack of knowledge of the methods of scientific investigators of occult phenomena. It i.-> i safe assumption that Fiofessor Lombroso, Flnmmarion, ('arrington— ti.e latter an expert at legerdemain— and the many other scientific men who testify to the genulm ness of the Italian medium, are better qualified to pass judgment on the case than on>who views the matter from v distance of several thousand miles. Only i.n-.<uaii! prejudice will inspire such sweeping condemnation and denial of facts testified to by the brightest and ablest minds of the age. \V. P. P. CLAIMS SERIOUS PURPOSE NOT DILETTANTE DIALECTICS T-Ofi ANGELES, Nov. It 'K'itor ild]: Nothing, I think, in Savonarola'd long letter calls for my notice ii tli.- last line his vlclons little Christian ('.'> dig about seeking "to saddle your meanness on v remote ancestor." It Is so like the controi methods of a theologian to try to blink or ; a Inseparable Implication tiiat where we saddle our meani we also saddle our virtues and ■ reatness." Hut it won't suit our tii. ml to admit this, though he cannot deny it. Another example of the erratic method in argument peculiar to the theologian and metaphysician is our frl ii i R, x. I have answered "the head off" his position--Of "oppositions" perhaps I ought to say—so completely on previous occasions that I could answer him atrain without one furth'T word of argument, simply by referring him to date, page and line of the various answers I made In an earlier controversy; but what's tho use? Ho can't see ''in opposing argument though It be as bis as a l>-\rn door; yet the tiniest crack Into which a quibble may be driven patches his eye at once. Even *ny simple little postulate that "no one knows wlmt is the iimfte of God" he cannot accept straightforwardly, giving the words their current face value, but seeks to torture them into some sort of a roundabout, backhanded implication or "Inference that such a likeness exists. And then he says that I "Juggle!" Such methods might be excusable among schoolboys playing at dialectics, b t with grownups", taking the propacrnnda of ideas seriously, it is a different matter. T confess to some amusement at first when R. N. and others I could name used to march up, waving their bogey arguments, and then, when they got them riddled through and through, would bring them forward again under a new covering with a "never touched me" smile. But to one who Is in the field from humanitarian motives it grows tiresome. Because I know that all there Is to The Anti-Saloon League Frederic J. Haskin SHE thirteenth national con-, vention of the Anti-Saloon League of America will maei In Chicago on Monday I" Ctmber 6, the same day congress convenes in Washington. For a week het'ore the assembling of the convention the superintendents and field workers of the league will be In conference, preparing plans to be submitted to the national body. The extermination of the Illinois league to force the anti-saloon ls-| sue to a finish fight in Chicago will provide a local interest greater than ever before aroused by such a convention. The reports of the otMcers of the league, covering the two years since the last convention, will show a Wonderful achievement of the work undertaken by the organisation. The Anti-Saloon league is a remarkable Institution, .It Is the most potent organisation in politics, outside or the regular political parties, ever known In! the I'tilted States. It Is avowedly and openly a political Institution, yet it has so localized Its activities that it works with either or both of the two principal parties as Its best Interests dictate. It 1 does not hesitate to change from Republican to Domooratlc over night, and sometimes it forces both parties to accept its men and measures. The league, by the adoption of these tactlCS, has had much to do with the' growing tendency to settle political; battles without regard to national Issues. Powerful as It has become, the Antl- Baloon league is not, strictly speaking. an organization. In the language of Its general superintendent, the Rev. Purley a. Baker: "it is a league of or* ganizattons, It is the federated church In action against the saloon. Its agents are of the <hurch, and under all circumstances loyal to the church. It has no Interests apart from the church. It goes just as last and just as far as the. public sentiment of the church will permit. It has not come to the kingdom simply to build a little local sentime;.!, or to assure the passage of a few laws, nor yet to vote the ailoons from a few hundred towns. These are mere Incidents in its progress. It has comet to solve the liquor problem." widie die Anti-Saloon league does not represent the churches by virtue of any ecclesiastical authority, It is nevertheless true that the league is In fact a confederation of churches and churchmen opposed to the saloon, it is made up altogether of men prominent in tile pulpit and in the pews. In Its political work it often allies Itself with political organisations which are distinctively not of the church, nnd such alliances invite the wholesale condemnation of the opposing alii noe between some political organization and the saIOOBS. Practically all churches ;<re represented m the league. The Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Disciples, Unrversallsta, Congregationaiists, united Brethren and several smaller bodies have Indorsed the league by formal action and havo appointed delegates to its councils. The Protestant Episcopal church Is represented by Bishop MeVlear of Rhode i i, who is one of i 1 \i i preslof the national league, and by many cleigymeri In all parts of the country. The Koman Catholic church has no ecclesiastical connection with the league, and many of its leaders have opposed the organisation In politics. The Catholic Total Abstinence Union, however, has a formal alliance with the league. Archbishop Ireland was one of the first vice presidents >f the national league, and the Key. Father James M. dean of Minneapolis is now a national vice president While there are many leaders, both clerical and lay. In all the churches who are com] I lied by their consciences to oppose the work of the Anti-Saloon league, It remains n fact that this organisatlon more nearly approiti b federation of the churches than ever before his been seen in this country, rs in the movement declare' that pessimists who weep for the downfall of the church, und who declare that religion has lost Its influence, would clo well to consider the power manifested by the federated churches in the fight against the saloons. Certainly the Antl-Baloon ... whether for good or evil, has proved Itself a powerful factor In i olltics In the past decade, The most remarkable feature of the work 0T the league, us contrasted with other antl-Ilquor fluhts, is that tht>| Anti-Saloon league is not always for| prohibition, it "goes just as Cast and just as far as the public sentiment Of the church Will permit." For this reason the league sometimes comes Into direct opposition to the prohibitionists. For Instance, at this moment the ultraprohibltionlstS in Missouri are Insisting upon a State-Wide referendum Vote in the question of absolute prohibition. 'lie Ant -Saloon league leaders an not convinced that Missouri is yet ready for such a radical step, and they are lighting to maintain the present Status of the local option law. The late Bishop Chart?* B. Galloway of Mississippi was opposed to state-wide prohibition for a long time, but when the hour came he turned the intluen n the human plant is its heredity, plus Uii> air, sun, .-oil and water of environment i"i Hi' 1 denial of any or nil these thing!), I am everlaatlngly concerned for tin 1 Improvement of environment In this llei the only hope of the human race; b« auae, ai 1 have pointed out more than onoe alraadyi Improved envlronment tor this generation m ani Improved heredity for the next. Heredity ami environment are one ultimately, heredity in ing made up o£ a environment, Freedom of the will is not only a myth it li a ouraed delusion, wre iking hideout cruelty upon the helpless individual while bidding social obligation sleep upon its pott. F. F. S. ENGINEER SUGGESTS GOOD PLAN FOR A CIVIC CENTER LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16.—[Editor Herald]: Some of the pioneer residents of Los Angeles have worked out what they believe is a good plan for a Civic center, and I herewith submit the plan in outline. Condemn the territory bounded by Broadway, First Hill and Temple streets and here locate all public buildings. Rcgrade and build five-foot retaining wall around the entiro square. Terraeo the block from liroadway to Hill street and grade it in such a manner as to make a gradual grade from Spring to foot of terrace. Place walks of easy grade on terraces to intersect flights of steps leading to crown of hill. In the center of the square erect an arched court, facing Broadway, with a huge fountain in the center. At the rear of this court erect a towor at least thirty feet higher than the top of the roof of the. city hall. On top of the tower place a roof garden. Have tower equipped with at least four 25-passenger elevator?. The tower should be connected with the city hall so that every floor of that building will be easy of access, the same as though It were built on the level. The city hall should bo built in the form of a hollow square with an open court facing toward each street named already. The courts should be enhanced in beauty with flowers and plants, etc. Rows of seats should also be provided in the of the Anti-Saloon league In that direction and the state went dry. The Anti-Saloon leaguers are all for prohibition eventually, but they are willing to take a little bit at a time and to bide a wee. The campaign waged by the Anti- Saloon league la unique In the history of so-called "moral reforms," In that it takes into account the essential value of expediency. The "abolitionists." who fanned the fires of anti-slavery agitation before the war are comparable to the straight-out "prohibitionists' of today. Neither accomplished much In practical results. Hut the Issue of the "abolitionists" when adopted by an organlstlon with a regard for expediency resulted In the Republican party. The Anti-Saloon league In one state may be lighting with the regular Itepubllcan organization for straight prohibition. Across the border In the next state It may be fighting with the Democratic organization for a county unit local option bill saying never a word about prohibition. In one city it may bo allied with a "citizens' " movement to oust a regular party organization from municipal power. In another it may be allied with one of the regular party machines for fighting for nothing 'more radical than a tight Sunday "lid" as its issue. It is inevitable that an organization Which thus seizes every opportunity to advance any part of Its propaganda should make alliances with forces which invite the severe criticism of the opposition, and often of the prohibitionists. it is also inevitable that a movement which has manifested such great power should attract to It a certain typo of self-seeking politician Whose conduct bring! the league into bad odor. The leaders of the Anti- Saloon league say they realize these things, but that in their great fight they are willing to accept aid from any source. What the league, wants is results. At the convention In Chicago the principal feature on the program Will Be the call of the states. The names of the states will be called In alphabetical order, and the league workers from each will report the progress of the campaign in his bailiwick. Nine states will report "all dry." Of these, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi voted out the saloon as the direct result of the campaign waged by the league. From every state in the Union the league workers will report victory in the majority of battles In which the organization has engaged. Twenty-three governors of states, half of all the governors in the Union, are committed In part or In whole to the support of the league. More than half the people of the United States live in prohibition territory, and a great deal more than half of the land area of the country Is "dry," so far as the legal sale of alcoholic beverages is concerned. During the two years since the last meet- Ing of the National league, the organisation has won political victories of one sort and another in every state, and in the whole country has won more than three-fourths of the lights in which it has engaged. A striking feature of the propaganda of the organization is that, In its light on the saloons, it devotes more argument to the economic and political phases of the question than to the socalled moral issues. The evils result- Ing from the control of political machines by tho saloons and the economic losses Involved In the business are dwelt upon, while there Is not nearly so much said about "drunkards" and "horrible examples." . Thus far the league) has done very little in national politics. It has been fighting for certain federal legislation and has put congress on notice that It must sooner or later deal with the question of prohibition for the District of Columbia. If the league should take up an active campaign in favor of the proposed legislation by which congress resigns to the states the right to regulate Interstate shipments of liquors, then the tight will become national. At this time the leaders of the league are divided in opinion as to whether or not the time has come to enter the national Held as an aggressive political force. Interests opposed to the Anti-Saloon league and organizations flglfting it in politics are confident that the league is at the high tide of Its power and influence. It is believed that an era of reaction Will follow the prohibition wave and that tho saloons will come back to the towns from which they have been driven. The leaguers declare that the hopes of the opposition are groundless and that the league is stronger and more potent today than ever before. Whether one believes in prohibition or not, whether one believes in sumptuary legislation or not, whether one believes that "blind tigers" are worse than licensed saloons or not; whatever one may believe with relation to the Issues revolving about the saloon, the meeting of the National Anti-Saloon league in Chicago is fraught with Interest to every American. —National Corn Exposition. courts. The city hall should be at lr;ist uoOxL'Oo feet and three iloors high, A building similar to the city hull could be comtructed for the library ami municipal an gallery. The Tempi* stiii t frontage could bo used for an exposition and convention hall site. These are but brief outlines of the plans. Tha projector! have worked out tin- plat) in detail, even going so far as to arrange the color .scheme. We believe that our plan Is entirely feasible and should be adopted. ENGINEER. REVOLT OF SPIRIT NEEDED TO BRING ABOUT CHANGES LOT ANGELES, Nov. lfi.—[Editor Herald]: I nm glad to find Twain Mlol.elsen raising again tlie question of our treatment of criminals, and particularly in the form of comparison between methods in vogue here and in Japan. He refers especially to the latter's conduct toward female prisoners, as described recently In The Herald, and I desire once again to call attention to the fact that H. Norman, investigating conditions in the Tokio prison, found only twenty-nine out of two thousand inmates employed In unskilled labor. He also reports that there was but one punishment cell and it had not been used for a month. What a contrast is this with such conditions, for example, as are now b. in; reported by the legislative committee that Is Investigating the treatment of convicts in Texas. One reads of men whipped to death, not as an exceptional case, but as a by no means out of the way occurrence. It Is to be hoped that the book which, as I understand tho Prison Reform league has now In press, will throw a much needed light on this inf my of torture and murder by officials. I say "much needed," because, so 16ng as we remain indifferent to these barbarities and worse, all talk of reforming or radically changing our social system is the mere rattle of a dr" pea in a parched pod. As Ibsen so indefatigably tnught, preliminary to nil radlpa] change in a revolt of the spirit. Savagery will endure until disgust with savagery has eaten into the marrow of our bones. T. K. O. •" ■— ■ g^- <z£&/z.ne: r'.7~'
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