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TMD Mopnjag.ALGoyA, IOWA WDBNISDAY JANUARY 2^ isos, i r ,n«mh. , „.„ „.,.-*. ?...„. ..^. _ J ...^,.. J ...^ J .,...._.. ,..,,.. ..................„,.,...,.. ,. ,... - - MAKES ITS REPORT. ttecbmmendK ft Board of Control, Which C'ttn Save 8800,000 Kach Biennial Period. DKS MOINES, Jan. 18. The present management of Iowa In- iane asylums, penal institutions, and other Institutions outside of the state university and agricultural college at Ames and State normal school cost the state $300,000 or 10 per cent more each biennial period than they should. Besides this the sixteen Institutions with thirteen boards of some seventy-five tnembers are paid $33,000 In salaries and expenses, which should be saved. These startling statements, together With charges of ignorance on the part of trustees, mismanagement and misuse of funds, make up the most sensational report ever submitted to the Iowa legislature. The report Is from Ihe hands of the special committee nppolted lust wintej to Investigate state Institut.-ons and recommend Improvements, It Is composed ot Senator Thomas D. Healy of Webster, republican; Representative Cnlude U.Porter of Appanoose, democrat, and Representative Frank F. M-err!am of Delawre, republican. For six months this committee has worked hard and energetically and the result was lain before both houses today In a special report of some flfty columns of ne.wspner ty,-ie. Thle committee finds that the Institutions have been running the state, Instead of tho state the Institutions, that many trustees knew nothing of their duties, that the Institutions expend mo.ney foolishly and wind up by recommending a central board of control, similar to that of New York and other states. Representative Merriam goes further In a separate report and snys the stnto educational institutions should be included In the general house cleaning. There are sensational charges In the re- R ort as well. The trustees of t'he soldiers' ome are criticised for taking per diem •when not entitled lo It. for buying goods at retail nnd for a drug bill of $3,600 a year. The whisky bills of $100 a month are particularly noted. At the Glenwood institute the treasurer Is criticised for not turning over premiums on warrants nnd for accepting a salary as treasurer when a member of the board. The guard service at the penitentiaries Is roasted and the suggestion made that the selection of the warden should lie taken out of politics. There Is evidence all through the report that the Institution of this investigation has created a desire upon the part of the management ot the various institutions to picTc up tho lax threads of business. In nearly every case the visits of the committee have called forth unasked tho assurances that some of tne most glaring evils shall not be repeated, the manifestation of a disposition much like \ jO small boy who promises never to repeat stltutlon-- ; other boards ot trustee* are paid from the state treasury. None of «tl» n 3i* have ob , 9e r v ea the limitation that tne expense of a true-tee shall not exceed five cents per mile for the iittmber of miles actually traveled. Five of the commissioners were examined by the committee and declared they did not Understand this limitation applied to them. They hrve also Incured expenses In mak- "S trlys to other states, visiting other institutions, attending conventions of They have also Incurred expenses in making trips to other states, visiting other to buy supplies nnd equipment. Trolr expenses for the year ending June 80, 1897. aggregated W.8R2.S3. an Increase of $2,600 over that of the year 1891. J. R. Ratekln was commandant when the committee visited the home and they stn-Ie that no expenses wre pnid for him for trips outside the state." He attended conventions and visited other homes at his own expense. The committee says It found considerable friction In the board of commissioners, that a former treasurer, n.so a resident commissioner, refused to turn over his books to his successor, and other manifestations of discord were apparent. Even since the home was established It has been drawing Illegally from tho support fund by a computation based on the number of inmates on the hooks, and not the number actually domiciled. It has drawn a per capita for men who have never received any support from the home except a few dollars' worth of clothing. The commissioners said had they known of the practice they would not have permitted It. The committee called the attention of the state auditor to the prac- Ice. He secured an opinion of the attorney general and the hohiB Is now understood to be gettlntr Its proper allowance. It Is estimated that about J38.f.70 was drawn In excess of the legal amount dur* Ing the period covered hv the Investigation of the committee. The commandant, who was formerly a member of the' board of commissioners, said ho simply fol- .owed the method employed by his predecessor nnd hfid no knowledge of It until he became commandant. . There Is no system of competltlve*hld- d!ng for the purchase of supplies. Commandant Rntekln and Quartermaster Longley Inaugurated a system of requisitions on the nnrt of emnlnves In the use of supplies, which Is hl«7ily commended as the most perfect found nt any of the institutions, estimated bv tho commandant to make a saving of J1S.OOO per year. The committee doubts this, but says the reduction is unusual. The other books are severely criticised. In spite of the penal offense for diverting an appropriation from the purposes for which it was made $1.000 of the contingent fund was transferred to salary and wages account and never returned Other instances of the snme violation are cited. 1-or Instance, the Twenty-sixth general assembly nppronrlated $2.000 for purchasing furniture, while the commissioners exnended over Jii.OOO for lh° same purpose, drawing the. sum of $3,000 from tne support fund. The committee listened to certain charges and eomnlalnts niminst the miar- termnster, but after careful consideration found no loundatlon for them, holding tlon, ftnd a failure to draw at the stated intervals shall not deprive the management of the annual per capita allowance, but It win remain a credit In the state treasury until needed. The benefits of such a provision are many and obvious. _ ' Tl i e state treasurer should be authorized to dispose of all warrants issued to the Institutions, and which the state haa not tho funds to pay. Our report indicates the need of this amendment, and particular reference may be made to tha managements of the institutions for th« feeble minded, the normal and industrial schools. "The recommendations as to tho reduc. !! on »°* the P er capita support are entitled to consideration, for in no other way has the legislature the power to limit extravagant expenditures under a system or making maximum per capita appropriations. The temptation to draw and expend the maximum Is ever present and sometimes irresistible. "Much of the discussion regarding the merits of state or county care of the insane will be unnecessary under a more economical management which will reduce the per capita allowance for support purposes. The failure of the state to show a reduction in the support of Inmates, though It is evident that such a reduction should be had In the last seven years, may be taken as one reason why many counties are building asylums to house their Insane. Thoroughly convince the people and members of boards of supervisors that the per capita allowanca for Insane Is not greater than Is required, and this question of county care will solve Itself, for all must grant that tha state hospital Is the place to either curg or care for the Insane. The state must not surrender entirely to the medical departments of the hospitals the duty ol m ,". k ,'v nff the budgets for such Institutions. The statute should limit the number of days service expected of the vlsltinc committee for the Insane hospitals. If n central or supervising board Is created, such visiting committee will have outlived Its usefulness. "The establishing of a system of uniform accounts which Is required of thfl executive council by the terms of the ne-w code is a great and much needed reform All the Institutions cannot have tl'o sarni kind of books, but Institutions of like kin." should have similar books, and tho com. mlttee believes this matter of Instituting a thorough and uniform system of accounts Is not fully appreciated. If n central or supervisory board Is created this duty may well bp puiced on it, foi 1 i li a matter of roue' 1 labor and grea' "The preeendent of creating tax levies for state institutions should not be fol- BASE BALL GOSSIP, CURRENT NEWS AND GOSSIP OF THE GAME. tathnm Want* to ftotnrn to Playing In Fniiter Company—favor* the Present Pitcher's Top. Position—Base Hall Is on National League. He remained with Pittsburg until 1896, when Baltimore secured him in a trade. He is a consistent batsman and a valuable player. the offense It he can but escape punishment this time. The report was written by Senator. „. lllt .„,,Healy and shows careful studj- of the | Phasing department of the home Is cred- BUbject throughout. It is very possible "'I" 1 , 0 .- , F ] nc l! n *i, tllnt much litigation has that stHl more interesting information will be drawn out in debate over the bill embodying the recommendations which will be Introduced at once. KEPOKT Of JNsTl'MTTIOXS. Insane UonpOtnlg Have Many Faults — liepnrt by that his participation In securing a more economical administration of the pur- resulted from the action of the board of commissioners in dealing with the pensions received by tho Inmates-the courts --••'.*..*. 11...V *J1Z l\Jf as It gives under present man. agements and conditions a discretion In expenditure that distracts too much from legislative powers and functions. ''The precedent of one legislature mak- Ing appropriations for a period lonirei than two years and which are to be expended after the succeeding leglslntun convenes, cannot meet the sanction ol him who Is cognizant of the uncertainties dangers nnd abuses of thus anticipating the needs and revenues of the future by Indirectly affecting the legislation of another general assembly. The reflection that a.l extraordinary appropriation? should remain In the state "treasury un. til expended merits in the judgment ol the committee more than passing notice. ' " |'\..'..•!€»£, JIVJ L.^lJ* The executive counoil, or other propel body, should be eranted the riijht to mulM hnvlnp- decided that the are depend ont relatives and should receive all of the The four insane hospitals are given first j pensions in excess of Srt per month, pro- attention. A detailed account of the ! V °K°S discontent on the part of the In- methods of doing business in each one • mates ami relntlvos. i t sa ys tlie lepisla- ~ a "° committee .-iscertalncd that is given. In each of the now operating It is claimed .„ , mlttee that a reduction in the per capita i allowance " ' - -- . ments were Istration oy ioose.,,i;it(uuotfLuiioi.>i--i?.-}. iiiti^iauu!. ,, - ^ •"• ..--..._ competitive system of bidding for the i influence- from local dealers. The homo i« construction of buildings or the purchase I C.bnrget^ with ^an extravagant druer bin of supplies. The systems " " "" ' ~ Where there are any, an one at Mount Pleasant uenu; me ocsi. i - ~, ,.,..-. The superintendents, except in the case of lnp Committee believes the law shoi'ld Clarinda hospital, are compelled to give I 1'° "mended so tbnt a mombr> r of the their attention to matters of building and 1 "" „ , commlss'iners should not b ...,* ... t ..,.. „„>.- . . ,,,„•--- - - ....... - ..,-^,.v- . e three that are : tu , re p hould definitely name tho parties i l "° question the ed by the com- i ' v i,? nro entitled to excess monev. | over - v standpoint privilege to the executive council.' Other Wrongs Beside Financial. After disposing of the financial end of t,nthatn Want* Faster Company. OU can't keep a. good man down," said the old friend of the Columbus fans, W. Arlington Latham, the comedian of the diamond, Is a striking example of the old saying. When the "Dude" was cast aside by St. Louis In 1S96 he turned down an offer from Columbus and went to Scranlon in the Eastern League, where he pulled the manager's leg for a larger salary than he secured in the major league. Scranton stood for this a short time, and then arranged it so Arlle could get away. Latham immediately boarded a train for Columbus, and, as the Senators were minus a third baseman, the "Dude" flnlsned the season here. Last spring It was deemed wise to play Genins on third until McGarr was secured, and Latham drifted Mansfield in the Interstate League, where he played a fine first base, stole bases with impunity on the Rube catchers, and won many a game by his stick work. Lathan escaped reserve and has been trying to better himself. He is willing to umpire in the major league, accept the management of anything from the St. Louis Browns to the Crossland Blues, or play ball again, with a leaning toward a position as first baseman. To Arthur Irwin, of the Toronto team, Latham has mentioned his qualifications as a first baseman, and Irwin is said to have decided to turn Jack Carney down and give the "Dude" a chance, realizing what a drawing card the comedian would be. Rase Hall on Top. A pretty good expression this, coming from the Pittsburg News, in which journal we find it sandwiched in an excellent article on base and football: "Football and other variety of games In which a ball of some description figures may come in between the baseball seasons to attract attention and physical energy, but the great national game is the thing after all, and there is no weather so cold or any winter so long that the interest weakens. There is almost about as much Intensity about the games won and lost around the winter fires as in the championship contests in mid-summer. The American spirit is so strongly wound up in the game that nothing but extraneous causes will lessen the interest in it." Adherents to football can never hope to see the sport dominate in this country. Unfortunately it is a game that cannot well be played in summer. That is the time the people give their attention to clean, healthy sports almost as a regular diet; and they turn to baseball. Hood's Sarsaparilla Absolutely cures scrofula Salt rheum, Dyspepsia, rheumatism, Catarrh and all diseases Originating in or promoted By impure blood. It is The great nerve tonic, Stomach regulator and Strength builder* Kustat-e Newton. Six weeks ago the writer tried to locate pitcher Newton, the big left- hander purchased from Norfolk, and sent a lettter to his old home at Hope, Ind. INO word came from him, however, until last Wednesday, when the young man wrote from Indianapolis, where he now resides, and sent along a photo of himself. In an inclosed note he said: "My career having been a short one, any notice of my work must also necessarily be brief. I began playing ball at Moore's Hill, Ind., in '95, pitching for the college team in that place. I then drifted over to the blue grass region tlie following season and pitched well enough for the Maysville independent team to be signed for Norfolk last spring. Of my work there committee says: "From , , - , we are of the opinion (Il(5 i that a change in the govm-irnent nf miinf' ' " ' "ins is not only advisable leratlvely demanded. By of business prudence, nagements cannot be secured by methods that are obnoxious to every commercial instinct and usage. i of bookkeep-ng : fl'irinsr the lost year, it amounting to S3. i There are sixteen institutions Incliid nsr re defective the r " 5 - f1 "r!ng some months whiskies b»!iur ' Cherokee insane hospital. There are being the 'best purchased to the nmount of $100 " ' thirteen separate boards, making about , seventy-live trustees In all, recelv'ng $S3 COO in ai: in salaries and expenses in 1S97. S ur '"? thc biennial period closing June ............... -.. .« ....... ...,„. .„..„..„£, . lilu ! ,.,,,. , ....... ............. ,, ,„buying to the exclusion of personal care I ''hglble to tho position of comm.ind.irt " Ol 1S9<> tlie pt:lte expended for these In- of the inmates. They are paid expenses i durlne the term for which he is elected stltutlons $2,SK>,!i:!-M4 for purposes of sup- *""~~ J1 - --- -" .---... .--.!-... for making trips to annual conventions of superintendents of the United States, . which the committee holds was never contemplated by I-aw. The law passed by the last assembly providing for the dra'wintr of the quartely " .... tals in advance no advantage the daily der Irst assembly superintendents tion has nri-se legislature to •which is fixed of trustees. T In no instance will the trustees reduce i the compensation voluntarily unless ad- ' v.'sed by the Ian- officers.ot tne state that i no greater Borne tals At has tickets tion tho hospital and the city of Independence, •jit is hargely a bonus to the car comuanv -ta retain the operation of the line for the and two years thereafter. Institution: Tor I-Vphlp Minded. At Glpnwood the resident trustee is acted as treasurer. cbarrred with havin port and maintenance and the sum of J f95».240 for betterments nnd yew buildings making a total expenditure during the last biennial period of $3,214,204.S5, which is about TO per cent of the total o-xpendi- has reimbursed the i amlnatlon before the committee a want of for for then the sa Ponitenti/!rip«. that information respecting the institutions which might be supposed would be known to any citizen. There are some ex- - -•bencfU of the hospital, and the committee i ment In prison discipline as shown bv the ^recommends that it be abolished. It has ' number of convicts that escane voar'V hnvo had' f,na n : — "-- >• «.«• nppoint better men and reduce the number \t Anamosa there is a chance for imnrove- .>llne i • number of convicts that e.=cane yoar'v a business involving annually the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars." The committee then says in substance •"been ascertained that docYors7"not Von°. i Here some of tbe"trnim]s"havf>'"had" > finVnl ! thnt the trustees may know how to connected with the hsopital, and emn'ovprl i c ia ' transactions with the convi>t= ThU • 'luct their own business, but they do not ..occasionally at $10 a day to assist in on- ! committee listened to oomplaint<f ;u-ain*t ; f ". m '- ifir , lze hemselves with the business , erations and give lectures in the'trafning ! P- w - Madden, the now ex-warden at An- I ol ..i he institutions. -.school for nurses, an unusual expenditure • amosa. but found most of them unfoimd , • • i? ]owa Governs its public —' one mude by no other state institu! ! efl - "ndlng nothing in the records P""!,! I instituuons by separate boards of trus- • , - oial manner-merit, or in tho accountins ! tor expenditures to reflect upon his int"P j l ' " »? supervisin Rhode ***: .; " "' " i jinr m -ann5 ? ment;Vr"fn-thV'acPobmVn« i I^IT^ 1 ^ ^J?^i*in^ authority At Mount Pleasant the salaries paid are higher than at any of the other hospitals. The superintendent is receiving The steward receives $1.SOO per year. Two clerks of tire two prisons render more .service and have greater responsibility, and receive but $200 per year. In spite of the law providing that no approprla lions shall be drawn from the state treas ury unless needed for use within thirty days from the date of requisition, this hospital has at times drawn several thousand dollars which has remained in the hands of the treasurer for a pt--iod of twelve to fifteen months unexpended, i auditor discovered the 'habit and "refused The intimation is m-ide thnt The treasurere receives from $fiOO to $1.300 i to honor the requisition, which resulted members of t e leglslTi^ re do noHnvVs: per year. The hospital has been com- in the new law. This it is believed will rf- tigatf allegr-d abuses ror fear of effect pelled to pay exchange on remittances (luce the expenses of the institution from ! on themselves auuses ror Iear or eftect purchased at the banks where he keeps i four to sc-vc-n thousand dollars annually, j "If a change is thought nroner bv the his deposes. This is unusual the com- | The committee recommends that the state i legislature, the boardsT shouhT be civen tnittee snys. but is explained by the fact pay off tlie indebtedness of the institu- j administrative and executive nowerT n that such is the custom at the Mount tion and put it on its fe f -t again. Then ! must not on^y have the po^er P to advise Pleasant banks. The hospital is shown radically change its methods and practices : bi-t the power to administer the crav' to have raid J5.000 annua'.ly to a pi vate ! so that it can live within its income, ! J. Vent of the institution S Ihe trustees do not j whch the committee says is now inad- i ."The three great educational institu- is might be omitted, for their boards is | of trustees, as shown in the report, are institutions by boards of control. Ho far as the committee knows, no state but one. that has once provided for such the amount of No Change Needed. Of late there has been considerable agitation on the subject of shortening the pitching distance from its present stretch of 60.5 to Go feet. To the big majority it seems as though there was nothing wrong with the present distance. It can not be said that the games of the last few years—or since the pitching distance was increased to 60.5 feet—have been less interesting than those of previous years, when the dista-nce was not so great. It required some time for pitchers to become accustomed to the increased distance. When they did master it, games went en just the same. We have had 1 to 0 games in as large numbers recently as when the distance was 55 feet, and also as many games with big scores. The increasing or decreasing of the distance seems to have had no effect on making the pitchers less effective. However, the decrease now contemplated would naturally increase the efficacy of the pitchers who are now accustomed to the 60.5 rubber. It would reduce batting to a minimum and cot in any way increase the science of the game. Record pitchers would hail with joy a rule decreasing the pitching distance. The public, which likes scientific play, with just enough batting to allow of clever base running, would object to anything that would curtail batting, as does the proposed shortening.—Cincinnati "Times- Star." EUSTACE NEWTON, the recently published averages will show. I am not yet of age, weigh ISO pounds and stand an inch over 6 feet." Newton's brother is a physician, ant] it is said Eustace himself is studying surgery.—Louisville Dispatch. Baltimore'* Center Fielder.' Jacob Stenzel, the great center fielder of the Baltimore Club, was born June 24, 1S67, at Cincinnati, O. After playing with several local amateur teams, with considerable success, he, while yet in his minority, accepted an engagement with the Wheeling Club, of the Ohio State, for the season of 18S7. His excellent work that year led to his re-engagement with the Wheeling Club for the season of 1888, when corporation for gas. _ .._ justify this expenditure and the superin- -., tendent claims that tlie state was asked j The Orphans' Home at Davenport twice to appropriate, money for the equipment of the hospital with a gas plant. The resident trustee owns shares of stock in the gas plant. The committee recommends that the legislature forthwith equip the hospital with its own lighting plant. It is shown that one of the trus- exorcising to a greater degree the n'ower vested in them by law. and there is force commended as the most economically administered government among tho state , .,.,,, lllcll . ,, „„,.„ institutions. The educational institutions i in the suggestion that the development many of >v i.J-- ai L r . a< M?^! 1> L w .r oi: }? as i ? f l . he university as a sent of learning that can the schi at round to De as radically wrong as | of the university as a sent of learning of the others, yet they have ways | involves considerations that have no ap- Mn be mended. I- f< r Instance, one of , plication to the charitable and pnnal £°°'* J^Cl°^A e *: 1 : e .': s :'!"«'_"« T e _- i "?? n 9 Ie . B of . th ?. s tate. .Tho number of the any merchandise lo the hospital under the statute. T In gresslonal district on tho board is to give way to a fiction that is no longer, if It J 1 ' rf T 8 , GCt hDOUbt !, e A0tl011 ' i I" 5 " : ^"Sr 1 ^"^ oKiVle'lZr'™: \ it. , cl ° rl ' 1 , (Ja w, h ?, n the legislature f <-'r to abuses inhering to the trustee sys- authorizea the building of this hos- ! tem a thorough measure of reform is the pitttl the work of construction was i OIll y remedy. We attempted with some given Into the hands of a building com- I care to prepare a list of proposed stat- nilssion. Subsequently the board of trus- I utory amendments but on reilectlon it t e ^?ji was creat ed and the work of the ! was ascertained that the greater number building committee done by this board, ! °f such amendments can properly form which Js now acting in a dual capacity. ! "• Part of a measure creating a central The cpmpensaUon of the members "as i °r supervisory board " trustees is paid by warrants out of the I The different methods of amendment of state treasury the compensation of mem- l the different ' that it is within the nf this legislature by proper save ten cents on every dol- .. by the state. This saving will be made by less approprlat'ons and the economical expenditures of those made. In New York in 1R03 a law governing purchasing of supplies for insane hospitals saved $200.000 out of a total expenditure of $2.0pn.ooo. The committee Is therefore not without precedent In say- Ing that it is reasonable to expect _that bere'for services on-thrbuiidingcommis: ! S?».-Tnduw 'extr^a^nce" 0 "DWerent i wh\ a «%«M.«KM 1 ^pent bTennufuy!" - paid out of the appropriations j funds are mingled in violation of law. Mr. IWorrlnm " rton is paid out of the appropriations i funds are mingled in violation of law. I Mr. MorrUun DiwHOiit.s. '™™ 1 " 1 roaae by the legislature for such build- Statutory limitations on expenditures for Mr Merriam does not assent to nil th« *"?,!;„J^J'T* 668 «»ve incurred more I specific purposes are not observed. In conclusions oT Mr n"aly and Mr Porte? f?,?l ll ^5 n l. d r a w? greater mileage for many places there is no auditing of bills SS Set forth He believes n thF^nt'ion trijja over the st-ate and into other states $han those ot any other institutions. Jn investigating,Cherokee hospital now |p process of erection the committee has 'Ascertained that If left in 1U unfinished Cfin.c(JttaR Cor .a time no injury will be to the property, and in a mild way ts that further wprk on it for u be postponed, in view of the present condition of the state's finances and the facilities for patient s which ' now has, Blveo second ce ap.4 <sonifl9 Jn for a large share of , Ttje statute doas , ,rovwe tor a ver diem for the six amlseipner? Pf the hopie, but thes; have P^P)YH is 09} m tmfe °l w t». and at otht-rs the auditing is only uad after the bills are paid. Institutions of the same kind pay different salaries for like services. Appropriations are secured from the legislature on ex-parte statements. The coats of the improvements are therefore unknown. And it is only by chance that a proper appropriation Is made. This vicious practice will deplete & treasury." • In speaking of the rivlary and distrust of the different institutions the committee closes by saying: "In one instance at a , management employed members ot the (ward at considerable expense to the state to attend the assembly sessions and prevent the state from enactips what wa» ternwid 'hostile legislation.' This waa an expc-nditure for a purpose wholly inexcusable." "We eubrolt that the legislature snoul4 consider tbe e««lfe»t*ons an>andln« the «o th fund shall not as set forth, He believes In the of a central board with extensive supervisory powers similar to that under which New York has made a great saving. He also contends that whatever central board the legislature may see fit to establish, clothed with whatever powers is deemed prdueijt, should be a board suitable to exercise functions over all the in' stitutlons of the state. "The educational institutions— the university, the normal school, the school for the blind, and the argvjcultural college- should all be subject to the same pcpn'> omy and sup.ervislon in the expenditure of the state's monies as are other Institutions. The same eriticsimp as to business methods are (o be found in some of them, and in as aggravated a form as at any of the institutions visited by this committee, jf ten cents on the dollar can be saved on the funds expended at 0119 place, why not attempt g, like saving, through the same pjpney JACOB STENZEL. that club was a member of the Tri- Stato League. In 1SS9 Stenzel was with the Columbus Club. Steuzel began tlie season of 1890 with the G-al- veston Club, of the Texas League. Later on, however, he and Luby joined the Chicago Club, of the National League, where ho remained only a few weeks, when he was released, in 1891 Stenzel went out to the Pacific Coast and joined the Spokane Club, of the Pacific Northwest League, in 1592 Steuzel was with the Portland Club of the Pacific Northwest League, and ranked first In the official batting averages of that organization. In the fall ot that year he was signed by Manager Buckonberger, of the Pittsburg Club, for the season of 1893. He tool? part during that season in 51 championship games, a»d racked first Ift t&9 official patting averages ot toe Pointers for Yoniifr. "When President Young, of the National League, is making up his staff of umpires, it would be well for him not to hew too close to the line of the resolution adopted at the fall meeting to give the preference in appointment to old players. That resolution will act as a handicap to him in making up his staff, for just the qualifications needed for a good umpire are those in which, in nine cases out of ten, an old player is lacking. Thus, the prime requisite of an umpire is good eyesight. Do the moguls, who in a commendable desire to help those who have grown gray in their service, realize that one of the first signs of advancing years in a player is impaired eyesight? It is that that makes a player of little use to his club, and, if he cannot bat, his failure in that direction being a primary cause of his release, is it to be supposed that he can see and quickly judge a fast play that is being made? It is questionable whether a ball player at any time makes a good umpire, but certainly an old one would, in my opinion, be of no more use than he would be to the team that last released him. The duties of an. umpire are judicial^ and yet how few players possess the breadth of mind, firmness, agility, coolness to fill such a responsible position? Certainly very few new ones- equally certain still a less number of old ones.— "Philadelphia Ledger." Fustest of All, Catcher Jack O'Connor is wintering in St. Louis, and between indoor ball games and diamond searching expeditions, for Jack is a connoisseur on precious stones and invests his savings that way, he finds time for occasional chats with the sporting writers Speaking of speedy catchers, Jack says the fastest twirler he ever caught was none other than Mark Baldwin, when he was the projecting end of the Columbus American Association team's crack battery. Silver King was speedy in his palmy days, and Cy Young can also shoot 'em over the plate with lightning rapidity, but >, Connor says they all have to step aside when Baldwin's name is mentioned, as Mark was surely the speediest pitcher he ever handled Tliey Deserve It. •'Married men," observed the philosopher, live longer than single ones " ™, if they do." ans A Family Threat. First rooster— "What's your hurry?" Second rooster— "If I'm not in by Ifl o'clock my wife'll be laying for me." WHERE HARD TIMES ARE NOT KNOWN. Described toy a St. I'unl Paper its tha New Star of Liberty. A corre- s p ondent, in a co'm- municatlon to this paper, say.s during tha past few months s o much has been said and written of Western Canada, and the new provinces forming It, he has been led to give the subject some inquiry, and he has been shown letters written to the Canadian government from delegates sent out by friends to inspect the country. One of these delegates who was sent to Western Canada says: "In undertaking to give a description I fear I shall not be able to give it justice, for I hardly know where to begin or when to end. For a plea for my judgment, I will assume, for an illustration, the experience of a man who went from place to place In search of a wife, and finding so many of good qualities and attractions, was unable to determine which to choose, so in looking for a home in Western Canada I like the country well, and two of my boys are going this fall (they have since gone, and each has a homestead), where I am satisfied they will do well. The lands which I have seen are far superior in every respect and beyond my expectations. Lakes and streams to be found in all districts abound with innumerable kinds of water fowl, while fish are very abundant. On all sides we see innumerable stacks of grain, proving beyond doubt the fertility of the soil. On either side of the track can be seen in addition to the grain herds of cattle, horses and flocks of sheep. I have traveled over a great portion of the Western states and I have seen nothing to compare with this country. One hundred and sixty acres of land are given free to actual settlers, and I saw cases where as high as ?20 per acre had been cleared in one year. I do not wish to advise anyone, but as for myself I shall leave as soon as I can arrange my affairs." The agents of the Canadian Government are now at work organizing excursion parties, and the Department of the Interior at Ottawa, Canada, will be pleased to supply the information to those who are not within reach of an Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please. — Pythagoras. __ Beauty In Hlood Oocp. Clean blood makes a clean skin. No beauty without it. 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