The Chronicle-Telegram from Elyria, Ohio on January 14, 1906 · Page 6
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Tne Tjnoeon f,- 1'ftt aro the result of ansiits in sheet. We do not keep that Mnd, tut wo do keep the on Shoe ^^ Guaranteed to can sore feet and to prevent such results from overtaking any other teet. Come in and get wis« about them P costs you nothing, to show them is a pleesura to oa, and it will be testing bleesing to yon if we succeed ia convincing yon of their rarite. Pry a pair and notice how easy they are. Drop In and set ear other lines alsoJV dollar's worth every tim« and the biggest dollar's worth you ever had for a dollar. S M I T * The Shoe Man Elyrizv Block »iW^^^ We carry c complete Jlno of Gas Portables, Chandeliers and Natural Gas Supplies. Try ovir True Blue Mantles Our store clows at 5:30 p. m., except Saturday. 523 W£ST BROAD ST. BlueJMondcvy Made Brighter by One of Our STANDARD PERFECTION WASHING MACHINES Sold This Week at Each The Bell Hardware Co. THE FM CENTURY FURNACE For Soft Coal, Lignite and Wood WE HAVE STILL A FEW Heaters OUR PRICES ARE R!QHT LOEFFLER HAZEL Jmes J. Hill, Empire Builder Persona! Side of a Railway Genius Now In the Public Eye Gnat Old A«vU«r ·! the Ifortftweat I* Graff, b«t Kindly--Stfkt Ditci»H iMriMt Who Keep* Everything M«vinf--Omniv«roa» IU*4«r, With K Wonderful MaflMry. Mid Widely Informed--Mow Be A«- compliebed * Fkc»*meMi! Fsai !s J AMES J. HILL, he was christened by hi* parents, but "Jim" Hiir h« has been christened by mankind. He has been called "Tbe Wizard of the Northwest" He has also beei. called almost every other name in the category, cssj cf tLsm uncomplimentary. These things have worried him not at all. He has gone on dreaming dreams and making them come trne, Building railroads, steamships, elevators and what not; talking to farmers, bankers; railroad men and almost everybody else that needed t?":- tng to. He waa born in Canada, but couldn't be kept there, and educated for the medical profession, but that would not hold him either. He started poor and had all sorts of adversities to meet, but what are, adversities to a man who dares to think big things and to do them? He has possessed the rare combination of enterprise tempered by economy, of genius governed by common sense. He has been accused of being a hard taskmaster, even to the polat of Injustice, but he brings efficiency into his system and achieves his ends. He is certainly a strict disciplinarian bft he makes discipline count Hs la charged w+th disliking reforms and reformers, of having little sympathy with popular movements and, of achieving his purposes by almost any means, as in the Northern Pacific merger, If so, then* are a part of the man and must be studied in finding the key to his empire building career. The recent report of Mr. Hill's contemplated retirement and his emphatic things bis notion has to sro. He not only runs his roads, but tells people in the Tlcinity bow to farm, bow to conduct banking, bow to get iinmlgratko and how to manage their towns. Homy tUaftd fewer. Mr. Hill is such an omnivorous reader and has such a retentive memory that he knows almost everything, from the price of a rivet in a lomocotive to the quality of a fine oil painting, and from the yield of a wbeatfield to the way to run a steamboat There may be limitations to his knowledge, but I am not conscious of them, and neither is he. He is a homy handed faru.er, so be knows all about tba i He runs and owns every sort of river and ocean craft except battleships, so he is up on that. He is his own connoisseur in buying paintings, diamonds and other gems, sothe is informed in that line. He knows so much about the history of foreign lands that he gave some Russians and Belgians who visited him points about their own countries that they had never beard. He has been known to tell his oldest engineers how to run tiielr locomotives and to telJ tb« builders how ro make these great machines. When a man once tried to sell him sppie locomotives Hill showed him that his pricfc waa toe high, telling him In fletai! the cost of every component part, from bolts to driving wheels and from whistle to cow catcher. At another time when his special train WAS passing through a wheatfield Hill asked one of his men to estimate the yield, and when be failed to do so estimated JAMES J. HILL. 587 BROAD ST. denial of the rumor, coupled with the banquets given him in St. Paul, have again called attention to this man who is sever entirely out of the vision of the public. Tbe (treat Northern Mogul. As to the rumor of his retiring, this is not the first time it has been sprung. There have been at least two other occasions, years ago, when the newspapers started the Btory that Mr. Hill intended to retire, either voluntarily or Involuntarily, but Hill failed to see why bis life should be regulated *by rumor, so be stuck. He Is still sticking. If puns bad not been made a capital offense, a remark would be in order here that the Great Northern president is not of a retiring disposition, but that is b«yond the limit Something about the eternal Hills could likewise be rung in, but that is also barred. Harriman once tried to chase 'Jim Hill off the map, but tbe Great "Northern mogul refused to be chased. If Harriraan corld not scare him into relinquishing his job there is no hope that a mere newspaper item can -do it The only influence that will cause Hill to retire is an old gentleman with an hourglass and a scythe. Hs prevails on us all fo quit the game sooner or later, and there is no probability that Hill, with all his money and organizing ability, can circumvent old man Tim 2. Some wise man has said, "Yon must either agree with Jim Hill or kill him." Tfcere is a third alternative--you need not work oa his roads or live in tbe northwest. But if you do you might a well get in lin? or prepare to le flrert or to fipht Sill has his own notion about .things and ae he owns the tt himself and did it so closely that he showed wheat raising '-.at' no mysteries for him. The govfnroent may distribute seeds, but l*.l~.' has it beat to death on this line, for ne distributes not only seed, but fine blooded stock, to the fanners along his lines, and Hk*wise tells how the seed should be planted and how the stock should be brad and cared for. He takes a paternal interest in the municipalities along his roads, instructing them how to build up, get rid of disreputable resorts and the like. As to state governments, ho has been accused at various times of running most of those in his territory. But his activities do not stop here. When he goes to Wall street which is frequently, he gives the high financiers tips on how to do things right In fact, Jim Hill is almost as universal a character as Huperor William. He is the Gratd Old Adviser of the northwest The only reason that region has not been called the Hill country is because nobody ever before had the temerity to spring such a rank pun. Or maybe it has been so called, only I should hate to think of any one else as being so abandoned. James Jerome Hill was born on an Ontario farm in 1838. His father's early death took the boy ont of school, and young Jim went to work. In a short time he concluded that Canada was too small to contain all the things he intended to do in the world, so he struck out for the States, Before go ing he mowed a large meadow for · neighbor to earn enough money to start him on his vay, going barefoot In the hayfield in order to save his boots. Everybody says Jim was * good boy in Ontario, never robbed birds' rests, stole peaches or did those things which After reaching this country the boj fooled aiouud in the east t'll he lost all his ^jowiug money, theu struck out for the wast, it i* saia be tramped into St. 1'aul \\itlioiu a dollar in his pocket. Somehosv all these -aptalns of iiiUubtry do that w a y -- w a l k iuto towu \vitliout a cent. After they have beK on the ground long euougU to let their marvelous instincts get into play most everybody else walks out of town without a cent. The captain of industry has it all. It took Kill a loag time 10 learu the game of high iiuance, but when be did learu it the public pocketbook knew that it was either a annexation or a foot race. In the meantime i he was first a roustabout on a Mississippi steamboat and then a mud clerk. Now, a mud clerk is a maa who stands around at the landing and checks off i merchandise at the loading or unloading of boats, occasionally taking a hand and rustling a box or a barrel himself. It is averred that Jfrn Hill became an expert at shoving freight evea before be had a railroad to shove It over. He kept at mud clerking several years, but all the time he was gritting liis teeth and resolving that he would not work for ether people forever. Now everybody is- working for him. Cy W,.rm.m says that Hill uever got »ut of the lowly walks of life until he received an inheritance of a few Hundred dollars from home, but this may bo only another of Wurman's railroad romances. At any rate, Hiil got possession of some steamboats and ran j them up the Red Itiver of the North, j Then he became a railroad agent at St ' Paul and worked a scheme of reforming things in the traftie_generally. Everybody regarded his plan us so chimerical that he was generally called "Crazy o .in" Hill those days, but when he succeeded the name waa dropped. A successful crazy man is a genius. Two Streaks of Rust, Shortly after this the St Paul aud Pacific railroad was on the verge of bankruptcy. It had a large name, but that was the only big thing about it except its debts. The road itself was two streaks of rust, ending no place in particular. Originally it was intended to push it through to Manitoba cr t/en to the coast but the thing had become discouraged after 200 or 300 miles and stopped in the middle of a prairie. "Crazy Jim" Hill sized up that dilapidated debt producer and decided that here was the opportunity of his life. He told his story to a Scotch friend who had money and after he was through received the cheerful information, "Jem, you are a fool." But he isn't the sort that stops at small rebuffs, and at last he got some Canadian bankers interested, and they furnished enough money to buy the road. Then Hill began one of the most phenomenal feats ever accomplished in American railroading. Without a cent of subsidy he pushed that line through to tbe Pacific. His 01a of campaign was something new to railway men. He made the trade of the road pay for building it onward. Every new mile dust become a revenue producer to build the next mile. When it is reflected that he was traversing practically an uninhabited waste the difficulty of this undertaking may be conceived. There was nothing to do but to build op the country as he went along. To effect this result he advertised it, induced immigration, gave the farmers blooded cattle and bought town sites and induced settlers to take them off his hands. la short, he not only constructed his road, but erected an empire to support it At the same time the Northern Pacific and the Canadian Pacific were being built, both with large government subsidies. Now, in military affairs there are two methods of subsisting an army. One is to keep open a line of supplies, so that the home government can ship in provisions. This is the usual method. The other plan, which Is not billy more unusual, but more hazardous, is to cut loose and forage off the enemy. Sherman did this in his march to the sea. Hi!l conld not cut loose from a government line of supplies, for he had none, but he could and did forage off the enemy. He made the country feed and support him as he went forward to subdue it. Daring !e Big Enterprises. It has been said that no railroad was ever built so cheaply as Hill built the Great Northern. He cut corners and economized at every turn, yet he secured a splendid roadbed and the best of rolling stock. One of the first things on which he insisted was that all space in freight cars should be utilized, that no empties should be hauled either way if possible to avoid it To keep hia cars loaded in both directions, he first established a line of steamers from St. Paul to Buffalo, through the great lakes. On the other end, he hunted for a market until he found it in Japan, then put on a line of steamers from Puget sound to the orient. He reduced expenses wherever possible, yet was iaring in bis big enterprises. If elevators charged him too much he built bis own elevators. Everything he could porsibly do for blmielf he did. He made his general offices a training school for his employee?. Today men from the Hill roads have no trouble in securing situations, for they are known to be tbe best trained railroad men in tbe land. Hill once set Wall street by the ears when he stated that a railroad should be run and maintained for not more than CO per cent of its earnings. "Ridiculous!" cried other railroad men, for it cost then' 70. Now railroads everywhere are adopting bis methods. Another plan he ha=? adopted is to deal honestly wftTf his stockholders. I hardly know why he sboold so dwell «u this point antes* it 19 :o Like all other captains of industry, Mr. Hill gives the secret of his success as hard work. Every high financier KivPs the secret of b;a success as hard work. Work! Work: Work all the time you can. and all the people you can! Meantime th dear public "not enly has to work, but be worked. Dislikes Sells. Jnmes J. Hill is a devoted Shakespeare student. lie has many peculiarities. One is that he dislikes bells- will not have teleohone or call bells about him if he can help it. Another i* that he is very abseutminded. Once he wore bis nightshirt--under bis coat, of course--to a big banquet and reception. He likes to help out his old friends who are in straitened circumstances. He is gruff, but kindly, a bad man to meet in anger, fires his employees without warning, makes his sons work as bard as any man under him and keeps everything moving. He is stcckily built, with long white hair and tangled beard, a hypnotic eye and prominent, gleaming brow that wanders all over the top of his head. He is Protestant, but gives to Roman Catholic charities as much as to those of his own church. This ia on account of Mrs. Hill, who was a poor Catholic girl, whom Mr. Hill educated in a convent. They have a large family, two of the sons being thorough railroad men. One of them, Lewis W. Hill, is slated to succeed his father as president of the Great Northern. At the time of the famous Northern Securities decision Jim Hill said pensively to a friend: "They may spoil it all, aad I may be beaten this time; but, whatever happens, I've made my mark in the world. Here it is." And he pointed to a large wall map of the Great Northern. J. A. BDGEBTON. r"~»" w " ** t "«fr*mrT« tuvrr m | i«t»»*«7?w i hr/ w ^ d a 1 **" ** C. J. Tuicb. ta i'Mk AT*.. K*w ' e»Bli»* atMd M on or jtmt MM; h*tk Stwlioc CMcftfo or N.Y. fc» AUTO TO SHELL CORN. Indian* F*rm«r Operates Impiemeat With Hlffh 5pe«d Machine. Elmer M. Cooper, a progressive farmer near Cadiz, Ind., has found probably more uses for an automobile than most people, says a special dispatch from Knightstown, Ind., to the SL Louis Republic. Mr. Cooper is a sort of an- tomobile fancier. Last summer he gained considerable notoriety In his neighborhood by owning seven different machines, He purchased oae and in a short time became tired of it and bought another, finding each nearer to his liking than the previous one. Mr. Cooper has a gas engine which pnmps Trater all over his farm. The other day this gas engine was disabled and refused to run. It was either pnmp water by band, get the engine fixed or choose some other way out of it. The resourceful Mr. Cooper backed his automobile Up against the pumping apparatus, jacked up one rear wheel, transferred the belt and started his auto engine going. The pump worked admirably, and the automobile pumped enough water all over the farm to water the stock. Before the engine could be repaired Mr. Cooper had to send away for some broken parts. It took some time, and in the meantime the hogs needed shelled corn. The sheller, of course, conld have been operated by hand, but it was too tiresome a process -when one had been used to hating it done by machinery, thought Mr. Cooper, so he hitched the automobile on to the sheller, and in lets time than it would have taken the regular engine sixty bushels of corn were shelled. MUSIC TO REFORM NATION. Educator Sar« It Will Be Vitalizin* Force to Restore Balance. Music as the vitalizing force that will reform national life and restore the balnncp was adroci.ted to reir»dy present ills by Pryfesaor Tomlius oi Chicago in a recent address before the Wisconsin Teachers' association, says a Milwaukee special dispatch to the Chicago Eecord-Herald. "The trouble with our national life/' he said, "is that it is out of balance. Commercialism has turned our heads. Everything else is apt to be sacrificed to the acquisition of wealth The need of today is to have the balance of life restored and to send men Ind women in search of something really worth having. That something is spirit. "What we need is a great composite life, pervading, powerful and beneficent, as much better and stronger than the present degrading life that threatens our country as life i» better and stronger than the darkness it drives away." Professor Tomlins said this would come through the public schools, and music would be the force behind the movement Spaninh Almond For California. The viticultural experimental station of the government at Lodi, Cal., is try- Ing the Spanish Jordan almond with a small measure of success, and it Is toped that within the next few years a system of cultivation and propagation will be reached which will Insure good returns from this great nut tree, says a Lodi correspondent of the Sacramento Bee. The Spanish variety sells for a dollar a pound blanched, while the native nut oalv realizes half this amount Take of Salmon The salmon ?ggs taken up to a recent date by Captain G. H. Lambson from the three United States fish commission stations under his charge, which are situated alLBattle Creek and Mill Creek, In TehiSia county, and Baird. oa the McCloud rlvsr, in Shasta eous- ty, In California, ataocnt to ii7.GOO.000, ·ays a SSsson correspondent of the Sacramento Bee, the largest take of salmon eggs in ona season in *be history of salmon culture la the world. ·fa "You tr« charged with fctsmf Orrnk. What bar* jo* to aajrr denuded Maftetnte Eiaeabrowft wke« Mk*a«t Gallagher waa arraifMd i» «·* £e*tn; police court "Weil, jrer beater, I guea* I tak a little too orach." "Bur much?" demanded th* magistrate. Two flasses full" said Gaitefher. "How big were the glassesr the mit asked. Gallagher did not hear. Reserve Polkeman Fowler stood beside the dock. "How big were the glasans?" he repeated. "Oh, ordinary drinks o' whisky--you know the kind,'' quickly replied Gallagher by way of explanation, and before tbe laugh bad subsided the prisoner had been discharged and was well ont of tbe courtroom.-Philadelphia Record. Tfce LMt Word. He--I have calied this evening to ask your hand in marriage. Will yoo be ray wife? She-No. "Remember, I have wealth ud pori tioss. What do yon say?" "No." "But take time to consider say proposal. Don't you think yon are a little hasty r "No." g "But, come now; be reawnabie" g "No." 1 "Oh, well, I suppose there's no ose! You're a woman, and I suppose jroa'll bare the last word!"-Tenters Statesman , A well known author, according to Harper's Weekly, waa once introduced to a fascinating bat frivolous widow IB Philadelphia. That evening tbe fair one had been Indulging in tender reminiscence of the departed. "An," she sighed, "no other man can ever fill dear Jack's place, I loved him from the bottom of my heart," ·"True," suggested the writer, who was aware of the lady's weak*ess, "bat, remember, there's always room at the topf "Yon say both his legs were shot "Yea." "How did he ever get borne-- seven miles away?" "Why, he said th« shrieks of the wouiided made his flesh creep so that he got borne in a very short time."-Harvard Lampoon. "Things have come to a pretty pas*," stormed the legislator whose request for free transportation had been refused. "No, there Is no pretty pass this year," responded the railroad official, who, while a person of homor, was withal a stickler for accuracy.-- Philadelphia Press. Explained. Her Husband--You are naturally of a pessimistic disposition. I don't believe I ever saw you happy. His Wife--That 1 3 easily explained. Her Husband--Well, how do yon explain it? His Wife--Yon never saw me before I met you.--Chicago Tribune, Worry is the mother of sick, nervous and troubled mentality, upsets the entire physical system. The body is a net-work of nerves. Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea soothes and rebuilds the entire system, 35 cents v Tea or Tablets. Dykeman's Drug Store. 75-6 TRUTH STRONGER THAN FICTION Surprising Statements Vouched for by A. A. Dykeman. All of us wt 1 ) know Mr. Dykemaa are confident that he would make non but straightforward, honest statements, and whfoi he tells yon of the tiany Elyria people who have suffered for years with indigestion and have been cured through using Pepsikola rablets we must believe every word is true. No other remedy so quickly relieves and cures sour stomach, heartburn, coated tongue, nervousness, in somnia, debility, that run-down, tired- out feeling and every other trouble arising from poor digestion. Mr. Dykeman coatisues to sell Pepsikola tablets with the understanding that you can have your 25 cents back in case von are in the least disappointed. In i-he face of these facts nobody should hesitate an Instant to avail themselves of the opportunity to regain perfect digestion, perfect health, renewed energy, new vigor, aod new vitality through the ase of a remedy that does not cost a penny should it fall to do all that is claimed. There is no risk to you whatcrer and we Mlt yco to try it oa Mr. Dykeman's gttanatee. 1-8* uwrjfumiy iu runiuure at a Dig uiscount uunng ifimbach hnday s Big Sale, Funeral Directors'

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