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AJ/TOX WEEKLY TRLJBGBAPH, THtJKBDAY, JAN. 18, 1900. ALfON WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, 8V THE ALTON TELEGRAPH PRINTING CO Pflct, fi.jgPer Ye»r( I'lIK .subscription fund for Gen. •' irvton's family now amounts to $'o.l(ll. 11 will probably go M As TIIK TKLKUUAJ'H staled tin- day lift •!• Ciov. Tanner's attack on Senator (.•(>] linn, was likely to he the case, the evidence i* dally growing that the attack will help the Senator ruther than hurt him. Between the Governor a iii Senator Mason, Senutor Cullotri i likely to be re-elected with little op- p >sitton in the Republican party. AT LAST Win. .). Bryan confesses there is one thing ho is not sure of. He favors President Hartley's phm for society boycotting the trust owners, hut he says he docs not know how it w. 11 work. This is evidence that as years come to Mr. Bryan they are bringing some of that experimental eonsyrvutisni which admits that its possessor is not all-wise. There is hope still for Bryan. If he lives until ho is fifty years old, and is then a. candidate for the presidency, he will no doubt admit many times that he does not know how every chimerical seheme»advanced by thinkers, us they are called, will turn out. Two years ago Senator Mason delivered an address in the Senate in which he denounced President McKinley because he was not swift enough to go into war with Spain. At the close oi the Senator's speech, Senator Wol- i-qtt. of Colorado, arose and delivered to .Senator Mason such a word-casti- gati >n as few men ever received. It, i-ettl ;d the junior Illinois Senator for a year. Senator Wolcott, on Monday, gave the old scold from South Dakota, a taste of the same lash applied to Mason two years ago. Pettigrew, however, is not likely to close his mouth, He is known as a man who never has a kind word for any one. Pettigrew needs the prescription given by an Alton doctor to one of his patients who was grumpy and sour, and that was to take a table spoonful of soda, every morning before breakfast to aid him in the dissipation of the acids in his stomach. THE twentieth century discussion is not the worst feature of the advent of the. year 1900. The matter of abbreviating the date is causing no erid of trouble, and good authorities say that it is not correct to abbreviate. A bank clerk is thus quoted in the Philadelphia Call: "There's a whole lot of people writing letters, without printed or engraved letter heads, who abbreviate the year in the date line, writing, for instance, instead of'189!),' '99.' During this year, of course, writers cannot abbreviate '1!)00' in the samo way. When we reach 1901 it will be all right again. 'January 1, '01, can be used with good reasons. •.January 1, I'OO,' would mean nothing, and throughout this year banks and commercial organizations will be forced to write the year. This will be . done throughout the year many millions of times, and, as a matter of fact, the multitudinous writing of these two ciphers will involve the loss in the aggregate of much time ,'.and t,he using up of thousands of pens and much ink. But it is an ill wind that blows n.tbody good. The writers' loss here is the ink makers and pen manufact- • u 't'i s' gain." Barrett, to Slam, on Sa'i rduy night, in an address at Lake Forest University of Chicago, named uam< ;d Senator Hoar as theman who was the cituse of the Philippine Insurrection. Mr. Barrett said he was in Hong Ko'ng when Senator Hoar's speech w*as de- live, ed in the Senate; that the next day he met the leader of the Filipino junt.i In the hotel at Hong Kong; that the latter showed Mr. Barrett the speech of Senator Hoar, which had been cabled him at a cost of $4,000. Mr. Barrett asked the Filipino what he was going to do with it and received for ii reply that it would bo be sent to the Filipino soldiers in the Held about Manila. This was done and the Filipinos were led to believe that the American nation was not with the President, and caused them to In gin the rebellion. If Mr. Barrett's HtuU'inent is correct, it will not only load Senator Hoar down with the sat-' ritlco of all the, lives so far lost in Uu Philippines, both American and Fili- pino,butwill give him upluco in historj that will be fur from enviable. Nearly all readers of newspapers will remember Hour'K|npeech, delivered about one yuur ago, in which ho urrulngcx Hi'vei'jly thi) administration for i! policy in the Philippines and proclaimed that i ho people were against it. Time has shown that Hour was very badly mistaken in his estimate ol the people of the United Btutes. But nojloiiglh of timojlwill wipe out tin bloody Ktuln which Hour's word* have canned by inciting the sliiiple-mindei I ili 'HIOH to revolt, ,'i'MO cull forJmcutlngH to symputiti/c with the Boers) hu» wturk'd British Bymputlii/ors to hold meeting* to sympathize with Kngluiul, On Saturday night a meeting was held in Music j Hall Chicago, which tilled that place from pit to dome, with wildly enthusiastic audience singing British songs, shouting for the Queen, passing resolutions of sympathy, and raising money for the Mansion House fund for the families of British soldiers. L"iigthy resolutions were passed 1 to be cabled to the ( x )iiccn. expressing syui- puth with Knghind in her warfare against the Boers. A similar meeting is being prepared for Milwaukee, find no doubt, other meetings of this kind will follow all over the country, until we shall have Boer meetings and British meetings, 'and our citi/ens will bejhokling rival camps to sym- pathixo with the foreign natioYiH at war. It is all brought about by over-xealous Boer sympathizers. Meetings to endorse any foreign nation at war with another foreign nation is wrong—and lacking in public policy. We are all Americans,whether born in this country or across the ocean. Having left the old country for this new country for a betterment of condition, the older countries should be left to. settle their own affairs ih their own way. While we may, have our sympathy for the nation from which we came or for the people from whom our fathers sprung, we should be content to express those sympathies without a public meeting and without ill feeling. We have our own affairs -o care for, and while it is our privi- « be intelligent and interested in the affairs of other nations, it is not jood policy for Americans to mix up in their numerous wars. Let us up keep ourselves from entangling alliances and especially from dividing into ival camps to champion the cause of nations thousands of miles away. Kentucky, Oh, Kentucky. All doubt as to whether the Repub- icans intend to hold the State offices, no matter what decision may be reached in the Goebel contest, now before the Kentucky Legislature, vanished Sunday morning when Governor Taylor personally arranged by wire for the transportation of several companies of troops to Frankfort. The 3overnor made arrangements to have rains in readiness to carry to" the capital the State guards companies at Pineville, Lexington, London and some of thej .Louisville companies. They are to be ready to move on a moment's notice. Trains are to be available on and after Tuesday afternoon, and it is believed that practically all the State troops will be massed at Frankfort by the end of the month. Trouble is in the air and no one ap- paars to see how the gubernatorial contest is to be settled without the shedding of blood. Some of Goebel's friendsjsay if he is kept out of the capital by the presence of soldiers he will establish a separate State government at the Capitol hotel, installing into office there all the candidates on the regular Democratic ticket of last November. Taylor has been elected without a reasonable doubt, and he is likely to make it warm for Goebel if he at- iampts to seix.e the State government. The Cnlloni-Tanner Mix-Up. The contest betweenJSenator Cullom and Governor ^Tanner is us peculiar as it is Ilikely to be warm. The ,wo men have been political friends for a quarter of a century, and until Tanner became Governor there was no break. It now looks as if the knife was to be driven not only into politics,but into society, as the lady friends of each at the State capital are '.aking the matter up and dividing into cliques. Indications are that Springfield is to be the hot-bed of the light, as it is the avowed intention of Governor Tanner to capture the primaries of Sangumon county us against the Senator. Mayor Loren Wheeler and Senator Dave Littler, fast friends : of the Governor, have gone over to the|Senator. Postmaster Louis H. Miner, and editor of the SpringfleldJJournal, who was appointed postmaster at the request of Senator Cullom, champions the cause 'of the GovernorJ in Jhis paper. This loaves thoJSenator without u newspu- per in tho| capital. It is said that Senator Littler lis||ln Washington for the purpose of gutting fMr. Miner's postmaster's scalp, The line of cleavage is cutting old friends apart, and in some instances uniting men who have been estranged, Twentieth Century Commission. In addition tohtlio names published yesterday of those attending the meeting of the Twentieth Century Commission at the First M. E. church, there, were present Rov. ,'loslah Abel, Alton; W. K. Bradley, Stiiunton; J. A. Hampton, Shlpmiin; G. \V. Handle, Bothalto; II. II. Young, Bunker Hill; K. I,, (.'arson, KUuh; Rov. F. M. Van- Trooso Lebanon: ,f. A, Largo, Upper Alton; Dr. McKay If, Chamberlain, President of MeK'endivo College, itl, Ix'liuiion. Dinner and suppe.r were served to the vUitorm muter tho auspices of the Look-Up committee of Un- church, After-dinner toasts were responded to as follows: "Methodism iu the Twentieth Century," Dr. K, M. Van- Troeso. Ixtbunon; "Whut bus Mutlio- clism done for tho Nineteenth Century," Rev. J. A. Hampton, Shipman: "Some Peculiarities of Methodism," llev. U. G. Johnson, Brighton; •'Methodism as un Educational Force"' Dr. M. H. Chamberlain: "Methodism as an Evangelistic Power in the Twentieth Century," I lev. .1. H. Young, Bunker Rill: "A Forecast of what the Next General Conference will do with the Time. Limit' and the 'Woman Question,' " llev. K. L. Carson, Kl- sah. it was announced by Presiding Kl- der VanTree.se that, a general rally of the ministers of Alton District will be held here some time during February. Tanner and Cullom. Governor Tanner has declared himself against Senator Cullom's reelection in 1901. The Governor's op- .position is rather of u selfish nature than otherwise. • He says that he (the Governor) has supported the Senator for every office he has had for many years, and yet Senator Cullom has never referred to his administration, largely upon which the issues of next summer's campaign must be made. The Governor says the Senator has grown gray in public office, and that there are other men in Illinois who could and would represent the State as ably as Senator Cullom. Undoubtedly; but would they be elected? Senator Mason is a much younger man than Mr. Cullom, and fully as able, but what Republican in Illinois, after comparing the course of the two Senators, does not turn away from Mason to Cullom with a sense of relief and patriotic fervor. If there is any thing that has made Illinois Republicans almost solid for Cullom-, it is the course of Senator Mason and the statesmanlike conduct of Senator Cullom. Governor Tanner predicts that Senator Cullom will never again fill the office he now holds. Possibly not. The Senator may die before the time for reelection; or he might in some way be incapacitated, so that he could not again fill the office. Such events happen frequently. If, however, Senator Cullom lives until January, 1901, and his health and vigor remain as now, he is quite sure of reelection. Senator Mason has already contributed largely to make Senator Cullom a favorite with all patriotic Republicans, and if Governor Tanner p3rsists in his present course he will no doubt make the Senator's reelection unanimous. Facts and Figures on Prosperity. THE Chicago Tribune has prepared statistics that indicate with an accurate measure the degree of improvement of the financial condition of the country. The comparison of present conditions with those of a few years ago is effectively made by these statis-' tics which show with remarkable fidel^ ity the great change for the better in the World of labor. No more striking comment can be made as to the improvement of business conditions than these statistics. The comparison is based on the number of applications for work in 189" with the available places and the present applications for places and the places to be had. In the Tribune of Jan. 10, 1897, 600, people who were out of work advertised for positions. In the same issue 359 people advertised for help. In the Tribune of Jan. 14, 1900, 855 people who were out of work advertised for it. In the same issue 1,039 people advertised for help. In other words, there are' at present nearly three times as many new or vacant positions to bo filled as there wore three years ago, while the number of people advertising for work has not increased to any considerable extent. Three years has made a great difference in conditions. Perhaps the greatly increased demand for skilled labor is the most significant and important of all. Where in 1897 there were twenty-live tradesmen advertising for work and the same number o places to be filled, there are now forty- five men out of .work and no less than 176 places waiting for them. Where there were just nine places for tine nine boys who advertised for work in 1&97 there are now but seven boys who want work, with forty-six places for them to pick and choose from. Where there were thirty-six coachmen and teamsters out of work in 1897, with not a single open place for that class of labor, there are now but eighteen who want places, with live jobs to distribute uinong thorn. Three years ago fourteen mule stenographers wanted jobs and three business men wanted male stenographers. On Sunday twenty-two mule stenographers advertised for work arid thirty places wore offered to them. U IN intemstiiig to note the difference in (lie point of view of those advertising for work and those advertising for help. The boys, for instance, who advertise their desire to go to work, announce thoiusevos as "willing to work," us "willing to work for experience," as "well experienced in general work,,' us pus- Housing "the highest references," and us "wishing to learn." The men who advertise for boys in a majority of o»»»cs demand that the boy they engage must be "bright." Usually he must also be "intelligent," and ufUm "strong" and "clean." • hi many cases It is u desideratum that lie 11 vo with his parents and have "a fair education." Among the domestics who advertise for work'a largo number declare themselves to be "competent," "reliable." or "lirst-eluss." Advertisers seem to be especially insistent that the women they employ be "capable," "willing." "industrious," "trustworthy," and, especially, that they ho good cooks. i M I'lwv KM ~K yr'sTxiiiKK TII K BU'KFS. iiinir Hiiilwiikniciil Completed Truck Lit itl on It. The Bluff Line has completed laying rails on the embankment built along the river from Watson's quarry to the Water Works, and when the connection with the old main line is made at the two ends of the new main line track, trains will begin to use the. new short cut. All the space between the old track and the new embankment has been levelled off for use as yards and the place is no longer recognizable. It is stated that 20,000 yards of earth was used in making this embankment which is one-half a mile in length. The steam shovel is now being used to remove the earth from the ground where the county road is to be laid out, between the blutV and the new track. When the improvements now under way are completed the road bed of the'Bluff Line will have lost some of its sinuous character and a heavy grade between the ' Watson quarries and the Water Works, which prevented the hauling of heavy loads, will be avoided. ^It is said 'the Bluff Line will make the crossing over, the county road within a few days and will then change its main line to the track on the new embankment. The steam shovel will then be put to work making a bed for the track around the old vinegur factory building. STREET-CARCONDUC'fOBS UNIOS. The Men are Engaged in an Effort Organize a Union. The spirit of unionism has spread to the street railway'conductors and motormen and an effort has been made to organize a union. Some of the employees said today that a movement has been going on for two months, with the object in view | to organize a branch an Amalgamated Asssocia- tion of Street Railway Employees. The men intended to organi/.e and then to demand shorter hours or more pay. When the union should be formed the demand was to be for $50 a month, and Mr. Porter, when approached on the subject, had agreed with the men to pay them higher wages when the Sixth street line is completed. It was reported the men hud applied for a charter in the Amalgamated Association of Street Railway Employees, and that the union would be organi/ed within a few weeks. Illinois Terminal-Kelt Line Dispute. A meeting of the council committees on railroads and ordinances with the Mayor, Corporation Counsellor and representatives of the C. & A., Big Four and Illinois Terminal was held this afternoon to take preliminary steps toward adjusting the differences between the Illinois Terminal and the Belt Line. Mr. H. H. Ferguson said at the meeting that the Terminal has asked the Belt Line to set a fair price on one-half interest in the track but thfet the request has been ignored. A committee consisting of Mayor Young, Alderman Armstrong, Daienls, Messrs. H.' Watson, - L. D. Yager, K. E. Rutledge, H. H. Ferguson, H. G. McPike, was appointed to bring about a meeting of the representatives of the two roads. It was agreed that no steps toward revoking the Belt Line franchise will be taken unless the Belt Line officers arbitrarily refuse to enter into, negotiations. A Sad Affliction. Little Margaret Lockyer, the seven months-old child of Mr. und Mrs. E. J. Lockyer was found dead in IK«! Sunday morning by her parents when they arose at 7 o'clock. She hud been ill with a slight ailment of tho stomach and at 1 o'clock was apparently in no serious codni- tlon. When found dead sho was cold and stiff and death evidently hud taken place live hours previously. Coroner Bailey held an inquest und a verdict of death by strangulation from croup was found, The funeral took place ut 2 o'clock p.m., Monday from the family home, Rov. H. K. Sanborne officiating.. Death of John Recher. John Recher, son of John IU;cher, died Thursday ut the family home utHll Kust Third street, after an illness of olio week with pneiimoiiia, lie, was employed ut the glass works und was well known und,liked by till who knew him. The funeral was .Saturday* ut.V a.m. and services 'wjio in St. Mary's church. Tux Hooks Delayed. Township Collector H. T, Cramer said today that that owing to tho delay in the arrival of tux books ho will not be roudy to receive tuxes before January 25 or 20. The rate for tuxes are: Suite, -12; county, 70; township, K); roads und bridges, 1">: city, 2.00; wchoul, l.W); total, W.in. HOWLAN1) .J. HAMLIN Candidate For Attorney General. ROWLAND J. HAMLIN was born in St. Lawrence county, N. , Y., on . the 13th day of July, 1850. He was educated .in the district schools, und at Lawrenceville Academy, ut Lawrence- vine, N. Y., and finished his education at the State Normal University at Potsdam, N. Y. He came to Illinois in 1870 and was engaged in teaching in the Public 'Schools in Shelby and Moultrie counties for some time. He was Superintendent of the Public Schools at Windsor, Illinois. He read law with Judge Anthony Thornton, Ex-Judge of the Supreme Court of Illinois, and George R. Wend ling. He was admitted to practice at the Supreme Court in June, 1875. He at once entered into partnership with Judge Thornton and George R. Wendling, which partnership continued until Mr. Wendling retired from the firm and entered the lecture field. The firm then became Thornton & Hamlin, and the partnership existed for several years, until Judge Thornton removed to Decatur, Illinois, when Mr. Hamlin became the head of the present firm, Hamlin & Kclley. Mr. Hamlin has been one of the most prominent lawyers in Central Illinois for several years. He has prosecuted and defended some of the . most noted criminal cases tried in the State. He has been actively engaged in the practice of his profession in nearly all of thecounties in Central Illinois, and many in Southern Illinois. He has also had quite an extensive practice in Chicago. He is considered among the-most successful lawyers at the bar in the State. He is known to be a rnan of the highest integrity and his reputation as a lawyer is without blot or blemish. He has been prominent in Republican politics for a long time. Has served upon the State Central committee for several years. He was a delegate to the National Convention that nominated Mr. McKinley. He was Chairman of the last Republican State Convention and in his speech made before that convention outlined the policy that should be pursued with regard to the questions of expansion. In 189(5, when the Free- Silver craze swept over the State, Mr. Hamlin was called upon by the Congressional Committee of the Eighteenth District 'to speek in each county in the district. He spoke at Vandalia early in July and the speech made there was made into a campaign document, and was circulated throughout the district. It was pronounced a complete answer to the Free Silver and Free Trade arguments advanced by his opponents. He is regarded as one of the ablest campaign speakers of the State, 1 and no name that has yet been mentioned for any office on the State ticket would add more strength to the ticket than that of Mr. Hamlin. Shelby county has never before asked for a State office. The. Shelby County Leader, one of the leading Democratic papers in this section of the state, in speaking of his candidacy, says: ' While the Leader will have no voice in the matter, we take pride in the fact that Shelby county has men of sufficient breadth and Intellecuallty to be capable of filling any state or federal ottlce, such as Mr. Hamlin is. For years he has been a successful lawyer, winning always the respect of the judges oefore whom he pleaded, while in the outer circles his logical reasoning and eloquence have made him hosts of friends and admirers. His close application and natural judicial turn of mind have j made him more than ordinarily succesful, and should he be chosen to fill the office to which he aspires, Illinois will have an Attorney General whose fitness for the office is conceded by the best judicial talent of the state.. "Where Rolls the Oregon." FROM AN OLD CONTRIBUTOR. EUGENE, L§NE Co., OHEOON, Jan. 1, 1900. To the Editor:— In compliance with a request 1 am in receipt of a copy of the ALTON WEEKLY TELEGRAPH. Please accept thanks for same. I assure you it was like taking a long, absent friend by the hand to get it. I am an entire stranger totheeditor, but not so with the good old TELEGRAPH, whose columns years ago. were perused by our entire family, and by none with more pleasure than yours truly, In the spring of 1843 -fifty-six years ago, my widowed mother, and a 'number of boys and girls, all just arrived from England, located at the crossing on Indian Creek, on the road leading from Alton to Vundaliu. ten miles east of Alton. Perhaps in a futurte letter 1 to your columns, if this is not ut once 'consigned to your waste basket, 1 may speak more of our family. I have scanned the copy of your paper now before me, to see the names of my old friends of half a century or more ago, and ilnd but two, H. G. M'Pike, whom 1 met on your streets when on a visit to Illinois seventeen ago, is one, and Mrs. Anna Rowe Colby, lately deceased, is the other. If not in error, Mrs. C. was a little girl when the writer was acquainted with her father's family in the earlu '50's. Mr. Rowe was a tallow chandler, and acquired a competence in making soup and candles, each of them very necessary articles in their time, but electricity has in a part measure supercoded the latter, with many other things. Robert Kelsy, of Bethalto, a brother- in-law of the writer, was a trusted em- ploye of Mr. Rowo for a number of years, und no doubt that "Bob" laid the foundation of his present wealth. When we settled in Illinois the writer, tho youngest of the children, was not yet in his teens, but now ho is riouring the "three score and ten" murk, unu the change in that time is truly won- theful. 1 um not sure if Judge John Bull- ache was the founder of tho ALTON . but recollect that he WUH the proprietor in the ourly '50'n, and when his son, Willium H., had acquired un education, ho assisted his father in its management, but subsequently went to California, where ho "iigagud in journalism On this beautiful spring-like day, when tho earth In these partw of our glorious Stuto in covered with a green e.urpot of fresh vegetation, when the MIU Is shining witli tho splendor of summer, und the warmth of spring, th« birds lire Kinging und we have to consult the almanac to ho sure it is Xow Year's day, nineteen hundred, Unit JUKI inuketi a fellow feel like making complimentary remarks in regard ti» tho usual topic of convorsutlon. Wo huvo had plenty of ruln.'no snow, and but little frost. Many flowers are in bloom, and as I write loads of green grass, cut with a scythe, is passing my window. Or.egon is not famous for reptiles, but a snake was observed on our streets a few days ago. / On the 22nd of March, 1854, the writer, with a number of other young men, all citi/.ens of "Old Madison," with the family of Beniah Robinson, started from Edwardsville for Oregon, the journey at that time requiring*all the spring, summer and part of the fall. Mr. R. was a pioneer to Illinois in 1813, and was county survey or'in Madison Sounty for many years. With the permission of the editor I will give some account of our journey "the plains across," in my next. With the compliments of the season to your many readers. SAMUEL HANDSAK.ER. [*NoTE--Lawson, A. Parks and Richard M. Treadway were the founders of the TELEGRAPH. The first issue was January 14, 1830. Mr. Bailhache become edilor shortly after the death of Mr. Treadway. 1 The McthotliHt Mmion Fund. A meeting of the Twentieth Century Commission of the Alton district was held in the Methodist church Monday afternoon. The commission consisting of Rev. G. W. Shepherd of Alton, U. G. Johnston and Dr. Horine of Brighton,. C. O. Kimball of Edwardsville, O. A. Culver of Kane and J. W. Becker of Jerseyvllle, met to apportion to Alton District of the M. E. conference its share to be raised for tho "Twentieth Century" $20,000,000 fund. The money Is to be raised as a memorial to extend the Ichurch work. Nrmt Per Sale In Jefterion couoty. 80 ucrt a on public road, all smooth rich land, made 50 bushels corn per acre la ft year and 30 bushels wheat per acre. Frame boose aud email barn, good cistern. This is one of tbe best bargains In the oounty. It belong* to a uon-reeldent, who will take only 925 an acre and gl\ e possession now. 40 acres, all In cultivation, on public road i Rood f rams bonne and barn, and orchard. Cheap at $1.200. Five miles eust of Mt. Vernon, III H80 aoroa, on public rottrt, all nmootb, rich prairie, good bouse, barn and orchard; a splendid stock farm, Price %S6 an gore, In naymunts, UKO, W. OOPLBY, Agent. Godfrey, 111. for Sale. A Fraisler cart, Apply to Dr> L>. F. Bobussler, Alton, III. Eulldlop tol Cine»ion itone In any quantity ut E. J. Lockyi'i' 1 " quarry, W. 2d M. Tel., 1594; res., W» '