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Lowery's Claim 1906-03-01

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cut them up, selling the meat as lamb,
and the bark to the tanneries.
Amateurs rush in where experts fear
to gamble, especially in the newspaper
business.    ���
MARCH, 1906
9*= Bg te- -*������: -. ���	
la devoted to Truth, Humor and Justice, and is published monthly at Nel-
���son, B. C, Canada. It is sent, postpaid, to any part of the world for $1
a year.    Advertising rates are $2  an
inch each insertion. If the moon was not dumb she would
Lowery's Claim has never been raid- be powerful opposition to gossips and
ed hy the sheriff, railroaded by an in- iia.ily papers.
In some of our fashionable churches
today Christ could not find a place to
sit down.
If the west continues to grow it will
not be long before the seat of Federal
government should bo located ln Winnipeg.
If you crave for the simple life in
all its glory, come west and grow up
with the fruit trees in the mountains
around Nelson.
In Nevada water is so scarce in some
of the mining camps that saloons cannot afford to put it in the whiskey.
It is said that the days of the umbrella are doomed. This will be sad
news in Vancouver.
Special interest is behind every kind
of a graft. Graft can never be thoroughly stamped out until special privileges are abolished and equal rights
given to all.
The yeast of religion is still doing
business. In Turkey last month 27
villages were burned and the inhabitants murdered because of a disagreement over the best route to heaven.
dignant populace, nor bulldozed by the
brokers who tissue tickets on heaven
tor a consideration. It does not believe
In the fall of man, ner the hydra-headed god waved before a long-suffering
public by those who peddle theologic
dope, and subsist upon the fears and
superstitions of the human race. It
-believes in everything good, and hopes
that a method will yet be discovered I in the east the wolf is getting ready
that will smelt all evil out of the world ; to catch the lamb with Cobalt mining
and leave nothing but gold in the heartj Htocks.
of man.   If you believe as we do send 	
4n as many subscribers as possible eoi \t jB not an gold in Nevada. There
tbat we cau keep the press running ui -, js some cactus and white sand mixed
til  a process is discovered  that  will; lu with the yellow metal formation.
Jar all misery from this universe and 	
annex tt to the flower gardens in the;    In  Vancouver  the  saloons have  re- in Toronto this winter, anel some'think
Isew Jerusalem   . j ceived   their   death   warrant,   and   the
rain has lost a strong competitor.
A. J. McCall and those other chaps
in the States who have had their
holdout in the insurance business held
up to the public might do well in Canada. They should be able to stuff a
ballot box in our western provinces
without making it bulge on the top.
Hell  has  been  thoroughly  discussed
Editor  and   Financier.
The  ballot box  saves  many a  liar
from exposure.
A selfish city cannot draw generous
You cannot think much with bile on
your brains.
Men  and  women  seldom    tell    the��� Sundays,
truth when it damages their own interest.
that it is the cause of the mild winter back east. Strangers with a thirst
can  always  find  hell  in  Toronto  on
An owl has a wise appearance, but
he knows nothing about the Higher
He is wise indeed who knows when
to split a pair to draw to a flush.
The weaker a creed the more sensitive its followers are of criticism.
In the game of life always copper
the man who knows it all.
What's  the  matter  with   the  Irish?
The mayor of Dublin is an Italian.
Possibly the noblest work of creation
is the editor who never lies about his
In Hamilton, Ontario, the streets at
night are filled with young girls in
search of male companions. The police are trying to stop the evil by making arrests, but no one advocates giving the girls more wages where they
are employed.
The employer who drives    his help
with a whip for small wages, and the
Remember,  sonny,   that  you  cannot employee    who    watches    the    clock,
punch a big hole in a bank   safe   with i "soldiers,"  and  eternally  talks  Union
a cigarette.
A nickle in the pocket is worth six
In  the slot machine.
Boston is fond of publicity. It's bean
bill last year amounted to over $6,000,-
In dull mining camps the flre fiend
has an abnormal appetite for hotels.
Priests and parsons can tell you all
about eternity but none of them can
tell what next summer will be like.
The average Ixmdoner uses 34 gallons of water a day. Needs it to wash
the fog away.
Judging from the press reports the
Presbyterians have failed to capture
China. The yellow race will not stand
for a desecration of their own gods.
are both in the same canoe. Both invite inward damnation by frying
their  souls.
Vice, crime and misery are almost
entirely produced by environment. If
poverty could be crucified by changed
social and economic conditions the
days of jails, parsons and policemen
would be remembered only as hideous
dreams of the past
In Paris, France, stolen dogs are set
dom found by the ownsrs,    Butchers j a '��lMlVV^ted''on Christ;
In China the Roman Catholic missionaries display wonderful tact. In
the  pictures  displayed  to  the natives
In Germany the sausage mystery has
been solved. It has been discovered
that the finest Berlin sausages are generally made from rotten meat, rancid
butter, and anything else that ls tough
in tho way of fat and meat. From now
on the sausage in Germauy will be less
mighty than lager b��sr. liOWBRT'S CI.JUM
More About Fiends
The hypo fined is found more In the
west than in the east. The flends who
carry a "gun" and shoot morphine or
-cocaine into their veins every little
while are up against the real thing in
manias. Fifteen years is about the limit
of time that a hypo devil will live
after the seductive crate grips the nervous system. Under the influence of
morphine ancl similar drugs, the fiend
floats on air, and heaven becomes s
reality. The birds sing, the flowers
bloom, honey flows, the band playa.
and the sweetest perfumes spill their
fragrance ihrough the ethereal ozone.
When the  fiend  Is divorced  from  his
hypo for a short time he suffers tor-i n7 ihlng wh�� own* a title*.' He'may
lures that will beat anything in a slow ^ m buiulu, uf mor9i\ rand physical
walk that has ever been pictured In mrtn wrmppwl |n flM ltne��a. bad debts.
Dante's Inferno, or that old-time scare- gnd ^^^^ lo hii bald bead with
crow-the    Christian    hell.      Outrage* , J<M,ofor|ll   bm  lh���  t
The tuft hunting fiend belongs to
both sexes and adores anything with
i title, or that has been touched by
royalty. Tbe moat malignant form of
the mania ia seen amongst the unhitched belles of American on the high seats a
With millions si their command, made
by parvenu dads, they swell In the upper stupe and muai have a duke for
a hubby, even If hia breath smells of
balsam of copaiba, and he Is sans
aenae enough lo dodge a trolley car.
It is so nice, you know, to be called
the Duchess of De-Blase-Roue. Instead
of plebian Hannah Goold, Usee Two
spot or Bridget Spooney. Great God!
How vanity does lead the American
female butterfly, money -touch-ad, to ths
title trough. They will tramp ovsr
each other tn order to marry any old
mania for hockey aad footh.iii.~~
the  savage from  dying out1 k**
fellow  sliding  to  first  baa/   TJ Si
LSsTeS2!    ��/k  *��**** an!
balls caught on  the fly.    playin* T
race* brings pain or pleasure to man*
a Wrtlng nend who sees nothings
golf, tennis or marbles. Thus from
dsy to dey each flend pursuo, *1
mania until Death tap?, hlm with ih
bony fingers and wrapa him in tin
formation, with or without slow rat*
A   BASHrTL   BRH>l��mooM
A   bashful   young   man   It*.in* nrar
Vernon recently gr��t married and a t>��
day�� afterward delivered himself thu*
ly to a sympathetic friend      You dont
uft-huntlug  teta^e!^ *"* ***hful I ���� h* murmur
nerves calling for do|>e make the flend     ... .       ,  ,      h       ,ik    m chicken-     "     ^h* **"* 'u*1 worry **+ *M* out
.. shivering m-uzle*. lo.,   ,.f   human ^l^l^luZ M.   pr.��ld-S mS �����* J"-    W"'�� ' ���** "> * "< ��*���*
clajr crying   aloud    for    morphine or ,r.*"Z ,"" ,���. ln .,,���'���,,, IWraae   rU>,,  lh*y   ��"   *******>  ��n'1  ��-��"- ��������
���leath.   while  his  brain   ll  filled   with **'"J* "*" 'T.  \.."'l      '    "�����  mlnlater a��k��l  mo    If  Ll    ���....   thu
s��,rp.o���s. am. his soul U ..she.. In a ^SfjjK^****** * US, ��*���"�����* * ���� *��'��� ' "'"��� **��
sea of agony against the cruel rocks "r1 " "V lhlL .' Ihi, ai^-rd mnd well, ibankee. end *h-**n he proof terror, despair and remorse The P.'^.yjJ..."^:^!!; aouared us man and wife* ��nd said,
birds, the ��� flowers, the honey and per-  *���*" ^t��^a,HJ.      ***  <**  *��** )eil��^  together Lt no
fume sre all gone, and In their place ���  ��S  ^ J**.^^Zubla la^ "*
slimy reptiles and hand-painted red ?��n��l n�� ton U; * ZZxllV a\\ min
devils mock the poor flend In the hor- W��� ^r^"^^!,^ Tul
ror of his terrible suffering. It la bet- *��* ��2* "J ��� . J^ffSLstSm
ter to cross the Styx ln your early days iboee who hawk ihem In *******
than to be chained to any form of the  matrimonial market  are  usually  dat-
short on  brains  and  money,  but  bins
man rip apart,' I bruke etown and
bawled Oh! it was horrible But
that's nothing to what��. In ������on*** Bout
eleven oclork the old nun set. m
he Your room' head a* 'he stain.' 1
waa so  akewnrcMl  thst  wh��*n  l tried to
damnable  drug habit.    Beware of  the ,nw,v u"  ������  "MM ��T i   ��~^L ...     iI sUUid up my legs gave s��ay and I N
hypo and the white stuff, fur tbey make  ^Ire   AUe^V^.t "eTnP an* I �����  ** <**  ���* |*    =    "   *~
all other  manias    and    miseries  fade  *,mln*   A. ll#   -Wonaetll,   even   it .._ ,     _,._, .Itl
away until they look like a toothpick  d*d  **'  *'*  lo
ci>uld  have  marrU*d  even  a  king,   bul
to hed.  iheii nrawlea  Bpetalri Hke ���
afloat and alone upon the Pacific ocean.  �������  ����-,"���, The  rlev er  men    na    ��t�����   ^lef.     I   was   afraid  to p in
The mania    for   swallowing    patent  PreffrwL011* "f J J*  r !*^ '"**��� a?,  an   I   aal  on   the  stair*  and  ifcifMeJ
medicines is very* common In England
and America.   Fiends ac
by reading advertisement
ing the suggestions to work
imaginations until they become
live to the land where the starry flag
ion in England "v* "�� ����� ������� wn��" �� "^ "T*  i. -"      w   aes I   wol s g..t n ���� **
quire the habit ��wtahea   In   the  uson*      May   she   be   ir��� ����<J ^Jf1 '; 3^  , thf dari
ats. snd allow- l��ngworth    the    admiration    of    th��i; J^ 1 ^ ����� ^ u   *-^  ,  ^ ,
ne st least >����    ���trenuotia    <*}***   IP"   ���   ��!\tmd   nulled   lhe   cover  over  my
mentally  dis.-ased.  aid   hand tHri women  of  America.     When   Alice   waa 1 and   P^l��*|
red   thousands of   tufl-hunttng   flenda^n   laid on hi "
writhed In agony.   They could not get; morning      P^>J^ >"+* JJ fMd
 r>w- ^��� ,'  ^^  sn^-. ...iir-a  tw.r   to see If t ��>uld get up ani ��*���^_
dollar for what is generally a mixture  *��*   thouaanda  of   tuft-huntlng   ?<���'-.*
of alcohol,   water and  a  flavoring of
���l \*A
In   the
t fln-pr*
near tbe door to see Alice spliced nor  ��� t^ " .:j~~:Zmmmnm\'p ���p   and hml
get t piece of weddiag cake to hoard   ft out   fore ahe ���?��.��P.J - mia
herbs. They could buy whiskey and
water for quarter ot the money, bull
there la no romance for the flend In [ "P ����� *n heirloom for future genera
that kind of a transaction. He muatitlona. As a rule tuft hunters are ser-
get something with s fsncy label on it. I vil* lo lh<ww ���l*1** lhMn *n rmnl1 in<'
and sip the contents three times or tyrannical to those whom they con-
more a day out of It until he gets *l<l,,r beneath them.
tired of the dope and switches for somej The sporting flend ia of many kinds
other brand. iiisease comes from! Borne are batty over billiards and nm
wrong mental or physical living, and: to seed chalking <ruf*4 while others
patent medicines can no more effect sj dream of the day when they will put
cure than a shingle can atop the ocean 15 balls In the porketa from the break
from rolling against a rocky ahore. The pug. flend has a loud mouth snd
Still, the fiend will go on with his a mind thst gloata over battles In the
mania until his room is full of empty ring. He loves beer snd pigs' feet
liottles and his stomach smelling like snd will pay H to see a conpls of
s soap factory hit by a cyclone until l windbags slug each other to aa exblbt-
he becomes the leading character ln s Hon finish quicker than he would pay
funeral, or awakens to the fact that.i*n cents for a de luxe edition of
the world is full of cunning fakers who Shakespeare. He ls a blood relative
prey upon the weakness of the human t��f the flend who thinks that rock flghi-
race by lying, although skillful and Ing ls the seme of human bliss. Fiends
suggestive advertising. Millions of dol- who can see pleasure ln the suffer-
urs are wasted every month upon Ings of men and birds would lie de-
ESS. m<MUdn':* ft��a the pre*sa Is Hshted to peep Into tbe orthodox hell
nm lLTrUil^ Ior ll   H they did trough   a   telescope     Most  of   lUtu
^iS'^'e^s^ct1" mmm ���*���� XM{A* ��<*��* *"* *
hy the trend of circumstances.    The
me If I wasn't in bed with the old m��
sn' woman.*'-Kx.
A defeated Texsa ***��*��
the   following   expense   ����'^m i0
shows  thai   democrat*  wen down
Texas don't  have fair aa I ��K      in?.
������|^>st 4 montha. 23 day*. ;n;^|on.
U40 hour, thinking sN-;^/^. .
a arrra of coiton; 25 *��r , ^p; I
whole swest poi*�� c���- ,/ 2 root
���hosts end I beef to Jartje <^ ��� J
taeth   and   a  conalder��b e ��� ^    ,:
hair in ��� nerwonsl ^nl^ ^
plugs of tobacco; 7 W�������> l|c0
Us.ka. I pair of IfPf^- W
dresses. 7 dolts nttd W ^W ^
"Told 2.m Ilea: ^jok he ni ���
times, talked enough to hsits ,
print 1,000 lens volum^ ��������  ��^j
klw*'-.    ��-"
i hn**'
office    reisirts;
kliidle.t    15   kit
cords of wood;  plaW J��e        ^
cotton;  helped to pull 7 waf>
of corn;  dug  14 buahcla of r*
kindled   15  kltcb-n   Irei^     ' ndl 0f
toted 27 buckets of water; put up 7
stoves; was dog bit 5 times; watch
broken by baby which cost $3 to have
"Loaned out 8 barrels of flour, 20
bushels of meal, 150 pounds of bacon,
57 pounds of butter, 42 dozen eggs, 3
umbrellas. 13 lead pencils, 1 bible dictionary, 1 mowing blade, 2 hoes, 1
overcoat, 2 boxes paper collars, none
of which has been returned.
"Called my opponent a perambulating liar���doctor's bill $10. Had 6 arguments with my wife���result: 1 flow-
sr vase smashed, 1 broom handle broken, 1 dish of hash knocked off the
table, 1 shirt bosom ruined, 1 handful
of whiskers pulled out, 10 cents worth
of sticking plaster bought. Besides
spending |1,768."-tEx.
Judicial murder must brutalize men.
It cannot beget a respect for life. The
murderer ls to be pitied. We should look
upon him ln sorrow, not in anger. His
crime does not give us the least warrant for injuring him. It rather puts
us under greater obligation to do him'
good, for his need ls great
��� If the state is to have hangmen,
would it not be appropriate to draft
for that service the preachers who
profess to be disciples of the Nazarene
and still defend the gallows? What
right has a man to claim the name
"Christian" who does not acknowledge
the duty to return good for evil?
No man can believe in capital punishment when once he comprehends
the truth of Victor Hugo's assertion
that the slums are the product of social injustice and that vice and crime
are but thee vomit of the slums. It is
monstrous for society to condemn and
kill the victims of its own stupidity.
Most criminals aie more sinned
against than sinning. Let the murderer be taken care of for the protection of the state and his own good. In
our condemnation of his act, let us
not forget our share of responsibility.
The social wrongs, of which we are
guilty, chief of which is land monopoly, have filled our cities with the disinherited children of hunger and neglect, and these furnish our criminals.
Justice, not punishment, is the
safety of the state.���Herbert S. Bigs-
package of darning needles, and told
her husband so.
"Now, Abigail," he said, "what's
ther use of gettin' so 'stravagant?
Winter's comin' on, an' thar's that fodder cutter ter buy; can't yer get along
somehow  with  less?"
The argument ended hy a reduction
to a single needle. Squire Meadows
took a fresh laid egg down to the country store and inquired of the storekeeper whether he would trade a darn-
(lag needle for an egg. The owner
was willing and the trade was made.
Now it seems that this store, in addition to being a grocery, dry goods
establishment and postoffice, was also
one where liquid refreshments ;,were
dispensed. The owner was known as
a man of great cordiality to his customers, often inviting them to a "treat
on him."
The Squire, having made the trade,
looked around at the array of bottles
on the shelf, and, smacking his lips,
"Why say, look yere, Perkins, they
say yer treat yer customers pretty well
at times ter somethin' stronger'n water?"
"Sure," responded the storekeeper,
"what'U  yer  hev?"
"Oh, I guess mlne'll be sherry'n
Perkins went over to the shelf,
brought out the egg just traded in by
the Squire, broke it into the glass and
was prepared to pour in the liquor,
when  Meadows yelled out:
"Say, look yere, Perkins, that thar
egg I brung yer is a double-yelker;
don't yer owe me another darnin'
Pat was in the habit of going home
drunk every night and beating his wife
Biddy���not because he disliked her, but
because he thought it was the thing to
do. Finally Biddy lost patience and appealed to tbe priest. The priest called
that evening, and Pat came home drunk
as usual.
"Pat," said the priest, "you're drunk,
and I'm going to make you stop this
right here. If you ever get drunk again
I'll turn you into a rat���do you mind
that? If I don't see you I'll know
about it just the same, and into a rat
you go.    Now you mind that."
Pat was very docile that night, but
the next evening he came home even
worse drunk thnn ever, kicked in the
door and Biddy dodged behind the table
to   defend   herself.
"Don't be afraid, darlint," says Pat,
as he steadied himself before dropping
into a chair. "I'm not going to bate
ye. I won't lay the weight of me finger on ye. I want ye to be kind to
me tonight, darlint, and to remember
when ye loved me. Ye know his riv-
when ye loved me. Ye kno whis river! nee said last night if I got elhrunk
again he'd turn me into a rat. He
didn't see me, but he knows I'm dhrunk
and this night into a rat I go. But I
want ye to be kind to me, darlint,
and watch me, and when ye see me
gettin' little, and the hair growin' out
on me, and me whiskers gettin' long,
if ye ever loved me, darlint, for God's
sake keep yer eye on the cat."
Squire Meadows, who lived down at
Four Corners, was classed as a "mean
old son-of-a-gun." He didn't mind
buying new farm implements every
year and allowing them to rust and
ruin out in the winter rains and snows,
but he would not buy his wife a sewing machine or a dish-washing machine to lessen the labors of housework. She was never allowed spending money, and whenever anything
necessary was wanted for the house
the Squire always went himself to the
village store and made a trade of some
farm stuff for the article desired.
One  day  the  good  wife  wanted  a
That more than a million infants
nave been sacrificed to the various concoctions known as soothing syrups and
pain killers, and over twice that number killed by impure milk, is the declaration made by Professor H. W.
Wiley, chief of the chemistry bureau
of the United States department of
agriculture. "We do not know anything about the milk we have left at
our homes, or the conditions under
which it wss produced," he says.
"There are a thousand and one possibilities which might have combined to
mako what nature intended for a food
the most virile poison that chemistry
can produce. I have found that the
foods we daily consume are so fraught
with germ life of a harmful nature
that 1 am almost afraid to go to the
table. The butter is painted; there is
little other to be found anywhere.
Canned goods are kept years and sold
for the genuine article. I speak particularly of condensed milk. If we
know nothing of the fresh milk we
get, surely our knowledge is more
limited as to the product that is put
up in cans. The Lord intended us to
resort to cans only to tide us over one
season; until green fruits could be had
again, but the canneries don't know
this. There is no law requiring them
to stamp the date upon their goods; if
they did it would kill the sale."
William had not exactly married his
wife for her money. At the same time
she had helped to stock the farm to a
very considerable extent. And when
William, in his sudden affluence of circumstances, spoke of "my cart" and
"my pigs," she was a little hurt But
when he persisted in this method of
speech she felt herself bound to remonstrate. "Really. William," she said,
"considering all things, I think it would
sound much better to say 'Our cows.'"
Three days later he had his revenge.
They were going to a friend's house for
the evening and she was ready first.
Tired of waiting, she called upstairs,
"What's delaying you, William?" "My
dear," he replied, in a distressed voice,
"I'm looking for our trousers."
There  was  a  little  lawyer  man
Who softly spoke, as he began
Her dear, dead husband's will to scan;
He smiled when thinking of his fee,
Then said to her so tenderly,
"You have a nice fat leg-a-cy."
And, as he lay next day in bed,
With bandage on his wounded head,
He wondered what in h��� he'd said.
These are the days when the pen
touches of Blakemore can be seen in
the Victoria Week. His forceful work
is appreciated by those who appreciate
good literature. LOWERY'S CLAIM
Hell and Torrey
Dr. Torrey and his side kicker, Alexander, captured Toronto this winter
with one of the oldest bunco games
known to wise men. Unlike Christ,
who in the early days always hit the
pike and landed in a new camp with
sore feet, these magnetic spielers stepped from a parlor car and opened for
business in one of the largest halls in
the city. With a hurrah devoid of reason, and singing that would drive the
soul of a musician into the tall timber
of frenzied despair, they opened up
their game of gush, gall, prayer and
Jerusalem, while the crowd fell under
their hypnotic sway holy bolus like a
band of country Rubes chasing a pea
In the shell game at a fall fsir. With
Jesus in one hand and hell in the other as points of suggestion, these hypnotic jugglers of theological dope entranced the crowd until thousands
rushed to the penitent bench like flies
hutting into a spill of molasses. Like
true denizens of the cent belt they
thought they saw a bargain and wanted to grab Christ before the price went
up. Thousands in the same city stampeded in a similar way years ago when
cheap mining stocks was the hypnotic
suggestion held up by the dollar press.
Conversions at the penitent 1 ench remind one of scenes in battle, wbere
men crazed by the thirst of blood will
do anything.
,  Dr.   Torrey   preaches   a   religion   of
fear   and   insanity.    He   admits that
when about    to    commit    suicide  the
prayers of his mother saved him. That
alone brands him as a madman, crazy
on hell end Christ, but sane when the
long green Is passed around.    He declares that the bible is all true gold
from  cover  to  cover;   that  hell   ls  a
mental and physical reality;  that the
body burns as well as the soul for all
eternity, unless you admit that Jesus
was the clear goods, and died to save
sinners.   It does not cost anything, according to Torrey, to escape the formation where the brimstone is on flre and
the water system is dried into a warm
blister.    If sane people could swallow
Torrey'8 hell and Christ hallucinations
the round-up for Jesus would beat anything ever seen on this earth, for no
Individual cares to fry eternally in a
place where  the  ice  crop  is  a  total
failure,  and  hideous  devils  hold   you
on toasting forks in the blaze of perpetual  flre.  when  a whisper  to  Jesus
in the right tone would usher you into hsrpland.   None but the foolish and
ignorant,   or   those   whose   minds   are
susceptible   to   deranged   or   designing
hypnotism would place any dependence
in the warm theologic dope that Torrey
and  others  of  bis  ilk   peddle  around
the   universe.    Such   elope  savors   too
much of the lunatic asylum, and when
freely  flung into the  tainted ozone of
a crowded hall has a tendency to mentally debauch all who bear It.
Torrey has no regard for fact and
truth. Like a bull In a field of red
flowers be tramples upon everything
In sight and draws a crowd with his
bellowing. He handed Toronto the rush
act in a superb manner. Many of the
city parsons attempted to turn the multitude aside, but Torrey had them going, and In something like three
weeks' time 230,000 people listened to
his ravings about hell and the only
sure way to keep out of tt. In the excitement the crowd dropped over $5,000
into the collection plate, and stole over
4,000 hymn books, while over 2.000 admitted that they were wicked and took
the vaccination against future damnation. It was a hurrah time to a dead
certainty, and Torrey had a $1,600
check in his Jeans before he left the
city. With all his roaring about the
horrors of hell and free salvation he
could not refuse a large chunk from
the root of all evil. All of which goes
to show that with hell ln the hole,
and Christ in the sky. you can bluff
the ordinary mortal and cop his dough
when a game of reason would nol take
in enough to buy the dummy a pair of
wings. The world loves dreams snd
bunco. Imagination is stronger than
realism. It ts rumored thst Torrey
will in a short time open up with his
old-time specialties In Nelson. He will
be assured of a hearty welcome, es-
jpeclslly If he can save tbe Slocan.
Lately it seems to have gone to hell
Seeing that we occasionally worship,
even drunken judges, In British Columbia, the following from the Farmers' Tribune ts of Interest:
"The Free Press is still shocked by
a remark that, tt claims, the attorney
general made in the legislature the
other day tn regard to Canadian judges
���a remark, hy the way. that the attorney  general  denies having made.
"The remark. It would seem, was not
complimentary to some Canadian Judges!    Horrible!    Rank sacrilege!
"How long ts this sickening Judge
worship to be kept up tn Canada?
"It is a transparent piece of hypocrisy; everyone sees through It; everyone laughs at lt In private���yet ell
profess, ln public, to take lt seriously.
"The Free Press pretends to regard
anything but fulsome praise of the
judiciary as 'grossly Improper.'   Why?
"Our judges are but human. Some
of them are able men; some of them
are not Some of thero are entitled to
high respect; some of them ere not.
"Lawyers as a class are not held In
higher esteem than the average business man. And who ere the Judges but
lawyers who  have secured  Jobs?
"Our judges are not even chosen from
the most distinguished lawyers at the
har. They are chosen because of their
distinguished party, not public, service.
Sometimes a lawyer who has rendered distinguished parly service ts
such a man as will prove to be a real
ornament to the bench; more frequent-
i ly be ls not
| "Tbe judges should be a lioely of men
of such character and ability as would
make criticism unnecessary, tf not im
1 possible.
"Unfortunately, as at present constituted, the judiciary ls a body of men
who are not only open to criticism, hut
deserve much more than they get
"It ls time for this silly Judge worship to be thrown upon the rubbish-
heap with the Greek gods, divine
Caesars and the golden calf. It ls but
a battered  relic of another day.
To the good all life Is tbe voles
of God's  love.
The object of service Is society
rather than science.
He hath riches sufficient who bsth
enough to be charitable.���Sir Thomas
Great abundance of riches cannot by
any men be both gathered and kept
without  sin.���Erasmus.
The way to speak and write what
shell not go out of fashion Is to speak
snd write sincerely.���Emerson.
Nothing can bring you peace but
yourself. Nothing can bring you peace
but the triumph of principles.��� Euier-
Our endurance, our self-sacrifice, our
bitter conquest of wrong, are latent
forces that set free In a changed sir.
become strength, ecstasy, the peace
.that passeth understanding.���Stopford
A.  Boroke.
Duty wins more than beauty. Lov*
is better than art; and within the range
of common life, fulfilling a daughter's
and a wife's devotion, may be embraced ell sweetest traits of womanhood.���W. D. Slmonds.
The week-dsy side of our life has s
great deal more to do with our spiritual life, and with the building of our
character, with our growth In grace,
than many of us think. Some peophi
seem to Imagine tbat there ts no moral
or spiritual quality whatever In Ufa's
common task-work. On the other
hand, no dsy can be made beautiful
whose secular side Is nut as full and
complete as Its religious side.���J. R-
Miller. D. D
Take smallpox rather mors readily
than If unvacclnated. From ths report
of the British royal commission ol
vaccination theee facts ars gleaned:
In England and Watee, with 71 per
cent of the population vaccinated from
80 to 90 per cent of the smallpox cases
are of persons who have been vaccinated. ..
Sir John Simon told of 53.579 smallpox cases, of whom 41.061 had been
vaccinated.    (Vol.  1.  p.  11)
Dr. Wm. Oayton told of 10.403 smallpox casee. over 8,234 vaccinated. (Vol.
2*   P-   242)* ...   ymktm
A. Wheeler testified. In High-few
Smallpox hospital, over 10 per cent
of casee bad been vacclaated. (Vol. *.
p.  101.)
In spite of so much piety and prijw
chime le on the Increase In good, w*
dry Toronto. ������-     ..-..,
'-  ��� '-    -������ -
New York Sun.
While a party of men waited in an uptown barroom for the first news of the
prizefight between Britt and Nelson, one
of them said:
"Receiving the news of a fight in these
days Is nearly like seeing the bout
from the ringside. I reckon I am the
only man In this room who was living
at the time when Heenan and Sayers
met inside the ropes.
"I was a boy at the time. I lived in
a town on the Missouri river that was
about five days travel from St Louis
by steamboat There was no telegraph
system there then. The news from the
outside came by stage or steamboat, and
for the river towns the latter was the
quicker way of getting the mail.
"The whole country was stirred up
over the Heenan-Say ers match. Interest was not confined to sporting circles.
I remember that my father, who was an
exemplary elder in the Presbyterian
church, talked so much about the coming fight that my mother, who was one
of the leaders in the congregation, called htm down in the presence of the
cauldron for being worldly minded.
'The only daily newspaper received in
my town was printed in St. Louis, and
those who took it were yearly subscribers. They were sent by boat The papers were confided to the clerk of the
boat end he had the bundles thrown
off at the landing.
"In some way my father learned that
a fast steamer was to leave St. Louis
with the papers that contained the news.
of the Heenan-Sayer affair. The steamboat was due at my town Sunday morning. The night before, my fathej called
me out to the barn and gave me a message, which I was to deliver on the following morning.
"On your way back," he said, "and
before you go to Sunday school, run
down to the levee and if the steamer
from St Louis is in sight wait until she
lands and get my St Louis paper. Bring
It up to the store, as 1 have to go there
In the morning before I go to church.
I have spoken to your mother about it.
so you will not need to get her consent Just go away quietly after break**
"I carried out my father's instruc-
tions. When I got to the levee I was
surprised to And him there . Not only
wee he welting for the arrival of the
steamer but several other citizens were
on hand.
All the talk was about the prize fight
The postmaster of the town, who was
an elder in my father's church, was more
vehement than the others, for he said
if J. C. Henan didn't lick Tom Sayers
he would resign his office. I remember
this because I had heard a number of
men say that they believed that the
postmaster would never give up his job
until he died.
"It was tne most excited crowd I had
ever seen on the levee. When the
steamer came to the landing tbe clti-
sens made a rush for the gang-plank
before it touched shore, and one, the
landlord of the leading hotel fell Into
the water and was barely rescued. The
clerk of the boat was nearly mobbed
before he could hand out the papers.
"When they read that Heenan was
the victor they sent up a cheer that was
caught by the crowd ashore. For some
minutes the group of respectables hovered about the bar of the steamer and
drank to the prowess of the American
"When the party went ashore it separated, each member going his way. My
father took me by the hand and led
me to church.
"When we reached his pew the minister had just risen to deliver the opening
invocation. As soon as the amen was
pronounced my father whispered to my
mother���I wast seated between them.
" 'Heenan licked that Englishman,
all right, as I said he would.'
"My mother made no reply, but she
looked many things. When the service
was over the wife of another elder,
whose pew was just ahead of ours, shook
hands with my mother and asked her
if all was well. My mother replied,
right off the bat:
" 'Philip informs me that Heenan
has won.'
"Philip was my father. The good sister who had heard the news from my
mother said:
" 'I am glad. I must hurry home to
tell Richard���he was unable to be here
this morning on account of unexpected
business at the office.'
" 'Richard' was the postmaster whom
I had seen on the levee, and who had
sworn that he Would resign if Heenan
failed to win. If I have had a tendency
to be a little sporty now and then I
lay it to the interest which the good
citizens of my town evinced in the
Heenan-Sayers  fight"
by persons who know of the facts whereof they write. One of these letters tells
the following characteristic story:���*
Away back in the 70's a customer of
the house from St Joe Mich., B. T.
King, happening to learn that Marshall
Field wanted a good norse, brought one
over and exhibited it to him. After
looking the animal over carefully Mr.
Field asked the price. Mr. King thought
he was worth $350. Mr. Field thought
$S00 was about the right figure. That
was finally agreed upon, and the bargain closed. Some years afterward, Mr.
Field happening to see Mr. King on the
street, stopped him, and, taking $50 from
his pocket gave it to Mr. King, remarking as he did so: "That horse I bought
of you was a better horse than I
thought," and without more words
walked away.
It's a wise son who knows when to
ask his father for money.
The best policy is paid up life insurance.
A law suit is the thief of time.
A dollar in hand is worth two loaned
to a friend.
Do a man today; he'll do you tomorrow.
It is folly to be wise to all you see
and hear.
Where there's a will there's a feast
for lawyers.
It is never too late to love or go home.
Nothing will be done well that you do
yourself if you don't know how.
Go slow and get left.
When the cat Is away the night is
A friend In need is a friend to steer
clear of.
An honest man's word is as good as
his bond when you've nothing to lose.
Don't look before leaping when an
automobile comes scorching your way.
A crop of pleasing reminiscences of
the late Marshall Field is coming to
light ln letters to the Chicago papers
Fletcherism and vegetarianism, one
meaning the chewing of meat and the
other the eschewing of it, have done
much to cause the butcher to grumble,
but the latest cult of the well to do
whose indigestion has been impaired by
too many dinners is quite enough to
drive the worthy purveyors of meat
frantic with rage, says a London cablegram to the New York Herald. Nuts
now form the staple diet of many people
who find that a French chef is superfluous. Even the festive vegetable cutlet are considered inedaquate for the
purpose of the advanced diner. "Lord
Charles Beresford," says Vanity Fair,
"has for some time been a vegetarian,
and now Lady Charles Beresford has
adopted the same form of diet and lives
principally on nuts. The earl of Buchau
and Neville Lytton are also among the
recent recruits."
The nuts are served hot or cold and
constitute the principal course at many
a lordly mansion nowadays. "If the unemployed only knew," said a nutty
convert, to an express reporter, 'they
could live luxuriously on two or three
pence a day on the finest food in the
world, and it could be varied so much
that there would bb no monotony of
A booklet by Sir W. E. Cooper entitled
"Errors in Eating" gives some curious
figures, purporting to show the difference in the utriment contained .in
nuts as compared with flesh foods.
Here are some nuts: Total nutriment
in chesnuts. 89.3 per cent; walnuts, 88.2;
filberts, 69.5; Brazil nuts, 94; cocoanuts,
50.5;  pine kernels, 95; almonds, 87.3.
Flesh foods���Lean beef, 28 per cent;
veal, 29; mutton, medium fat, 34.8; fat
pork 61;   venison,  22.7;   chicken, 32.1;
What will become of the Monday
morning papers if Canada gets a
stricter Sunday law? It is impossible
to get them out on time without working on the day so many call holy.
George Brown, being a good Presbyterian, once tried to get out The
Globe in Toronto without any work
between the two midnight*, but failed
in the attempt ft
tuer-jt -r nt*** 9*
A Friend's Letter
Early rising is doubtless the correct
thing for those whose pursuits require
it as for example the yeoman whose
stock must be fed, watered and otherwise cared for; likewise the laborer
who is docked for lost time if he is
not at his post when the whistle blows
at 7 o'clock, and for all other persons
who are obliged to earn their daily
bread or else go hungry; but fortunately for me I was long ago emancipated from that sort of servitude and
can lie abed all day if 1 please without
fear of losing my job. For after all,
what difference does it really make in
the final result whether you toil at
the oar all day like a galley slave or
sit on the shore anu watch the procession as it goes by? What are we
here for, anyhow? Is it to work from
the cradle to the grave for the board
and clothes which is about all that
most of us get out of existence? If
this is all then It is indeed true that
to the man who is engaged In business
life is not worth the living. Does the
man who is engaged ln "business"
spend his time more wisely and well
than  I?    John  A.   Howland  tells   us
that the whole commercial world ofl.^^ of th<J worl<L Cnmuim,
Chicago is "honeycombed with lies have armlej| ^unu^ ^ HV��rtl mll-
and that you cannot believe a wordj HoM of meQ Th g^ hundred8 o!
said by any man where his interests lronclad ^^^n flUed with missiles
are involved; which is true1 not only, f dealh floall from n to ^
o Chicago but of every other town.; ^ ^ JJ^Of ^ km ^
big or little, in this and all other ChrigUail Maoll u ^r^ by !ortlfl.
lands    It is utterly Impossible to con-      U0M ^ nt    other    Chrtlllian8
tinue in business without lying, either from cuUl   " the|r throatJ|    The Qal_
directly   or   indirectly, and   the   man u     and Ma\lm lh��� n#eala rinei|
who  tries  to  be   honest   has-as   myjtne ^     caMon  ^ dynamUe shells
father used to fay-as much chancejh        �� ^    lnvenle4 by the p^pie
as a cat would in hell, wrapped up in' -       ���   ^^K    -nvtd.will
a straw blanket" In this fierce scramble for money not only are truth, honor.
self-respect and common decency disregarded, but even human life is coldly sacrificed. A few days ago a child
. died from eating some of the poisonous candy hung on a Christmas tree;
recently two men in the western part
of this state died from drinking lemon extract prepared from wood alcohol,
and �����--- ��<va .i����iKq 1.. i-ntr.'ii last
thirty  years ago  to  drop out of  the
arena and  retire  to  a  spot where  I
would not be ashamed to look my conscience  in  the face?    if  I  were  "in
.business"   I  should   be compelled  in
self-defense to lie and cheat and steal
just like the rest of the gang, putting
my honest convictions Into my pocket
and   keeping  them  there for  fear of
losing customers, as thousands are doing all over the land at this moment
I think it is Addison who says la his
"Cato," "When vice prevails and impious men bear sway the post of honor is a private station," and certainly
vice is prevalent enough today in spite
of the serene and confident assertion
of optimists that this world Is growing better.   It would be Interesting to
learn in what respect that betterment
is manifesting itself.    Isaiah declared
more  than  2,000  years  ago  that  the
time  was  at  hand  when  the  people
should "beat their swords Into plowshares and  their spears Into pruning
hooks:  nation shall not lift up sword
against    nation,    neither    shall    they
learn war any more"; and Jesus Is alleged to have inaugurated this ere of
"peace on earth and good-will to men";
and yet afler r,9O0 y*sars of Christianity and peace we find that "the nations  called  Christians  are  the  most
warlike of the world.   Christians now
[ indorsemout by his presence of ths
��� brutalities of football, when he well
knew that during the past season
twenty players bad ben killed outrlgbts,
more than one hundred snd fifty seriously injured, with many* minor casualties. He attended the game at Princeton, during which several men had to
be carried from the field, and he was
within a few yards of the scene thus
described by the reporter for the Philadelphia Record: "The play was fierce
and bard, and after each scrimmage
one or more players were stretched
on the ground writhing in the agony
of their injuries." Roosevelt saw all
of this aad yet at the conclusion of
the slugging match his only comment
"By George, it's a great game; but
tt should be materially emended so as
to avoid such injuries as have occurred
In this game,    it is deplorable."
Tbis was decidedly cool when ws
consider that he knew of the deaths
end cripplings that had already taken
place eud that the Princeton affair
would undoubtedly add to the score,
tbe contestants being stimulated to do
tbeir worst by his presence as a spectator. The New York Herald prints
a letter written by James B. Corey of
North Braddock, IVnn.. to his grandson, who Is a student at Monmouth
College, and here Is part of It:
have an oe-eu imcuv��. ..,,
who said "Peace on earth, good-will
to men." Even in our so-called
"sports" we exhibit a brutality of
which savages would be ashamed, as
witness our murderous football contests
and the shocking revelations of hazing in our colleges and at the naval
academy, where the very cream of our
 '������^     ��*Th     he*     rOUKrc>*-
I send you a copy of a despatch
sent by the editor of tbe Chicago
Tribune to President Roosevelt, calling
bis attention to the football fatalities
for the year 1905, Roosevelt's own
son's nose being broken In one of these
games. That the highest office In the
gift of the American people���an office
adorned by such names as George
Washington. Thomas Jefferson. John
Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln-
should be filled by a vain, egotistic,
self-conceited politician who, losing
sight of the dignity of the high office
to which he had heen elected, lends
his personal Influence to such Inhuman
snd barbarous aports as have carried
sway the students of our schools snd
��� ���- -��� __��     ��� #�� 1     , 1...      \ .,,..rl*-:in
academy, wuci-c w        '      ^ -nonare- - sway me aiuuenis ui uu.  nvuw- ---
civilization  is W^^^^Sa. colleges, does not afford the American
his state died  from anun.uB  �����    fated.    What sort 01    g*�� humor I people any brighter hope for Its second
xtract prepared from wood alcohol. Uwm whOB���  ideas, ol wi. ��� cenluryH experiment st popular sover
and more than 300 deaths occurred las11^   expression   In   co^inpeu^ than chart|.|rr|Md lut, Brat can-
Jear in New York from    whiskey   hat I     m 1>anlontl   to   stand   on   l^ or; tnry of  a  government  of.  by and  for
was adulterated  with this  same stuff, i     tU   lhey   faint  tjom��gni.       L^'pn   .       ,   u ig rarely If ever
SUtS '00.000 childre,.died In M*��^*y��^��& ��. &*&  *   *���*  ��*Z*^��
More man iw.vw v.-..-��� ���
United   States  last  year  from   impure
foods, and experts declare that we ere
(annually 'defrauded  of  more  than  a
billion  dollars by  adulterations,  even
our    medicines    being      sophisticated.
Only a few months ago it was discovered  that makers  of, Htef-preSbrv��rs
had placed bars of Iron ln their wares
in order to bring these up to the required standard of weight,  and  it ls
well  known  that  many  of  these  so-
called "life-preservers" have been stuffed with straw and other rubbish, all
of  these  frauds  being  the  legitimate
result of the bitter struggle for existence in  the commercial  world  which
Impels men to resort even to murder
ln order to undersell their competitors.
In view of this widespread deceit and
scroundrelism will anybody deny that
I did well when I elected more than
get  under  me   wmi��   ��.*-..
periors" dine, or do other similar idl
otic  ���stunts''   which,  as   Dr.   Gladden
truly  says,  would   not  be   considered
funny even by a Sioux  Indian?    We
'have the teetlmony of the midshipmen
(themselves that the prise fights among
them are encouraged  by  the o..clals
of the academy, who have winked at
these violations of the law and would
not today be taking any action had not
the killing of one cadet and the serious Injury of otheis made tt Impossible for the navy department to longer
remain    Inactive.     1 think    President
Roosevelt is himself  largely   responsible for this  reign of savagery,  he
^having  repeatedly  expressed  his  approval of   what    he   euphemistically
calls   "strenuous"    pursuits.    He   has
heen severely arraigned because ot bis
me peopie.    ...    n ���*-*-* ��� *�������*������#  ������  -
allowable   to   speak   disrespectfully  or
rulers and men In authority, but realizing aa  i  do the terrible evil consequences  that  have    already    followed
and will continue to follow the president's most unchristian, unwise snd undignified abuse of the nlghest office in
the gift of the American people In giving bis approval to this Inhuman, barbarous sport tt calls for the -trongeat
possible    condemnation.     Such soar
baroue  sentiment  might   * ��*Ud
to predominate a champion bear hunt
er or expert football boxer   but doea
not adorn the character of the Pje��
dent of  eighty  millions    of   civilized
P*��Ple-" ��� *   A that
Since beginning this letter I find thei
1 am not entirely alone In^loft
opinion that the cure for poverty and
lack ot employment in Engianu LOWERY'S CLAIM
is  part of an editorial
from    the    Milwaukee
elsewhere, as well as the famines in
Russia, India, Ireland and other landa,
is to be found in a reduction of ths
births among those who are not able
to even maintain themselves, but who
persist in forcing existence upon those
who are brought into the world only
to increase the sum total of human
misery.    ""
which  I
"A distinguished English lawyer has
been contending in a series of letters
ln the London Times that England's
epidemic of idleness and poverty may
be ended only by limitation of families
among the poor. His contention is twofold:
"That human beings ought not to be
multiplied recklessly when there is no
prospect of maintaining them, nor of
tbeir being able to maintain themselves.
"That feeble and unfit stocks should,
as fsr as possible, not be perpetuated.
"The  doctrine    has    speedily  found
echo among  some American    sociologists, who want it applied to our own|
large cities.
If this doctrine is good for England
at present it must be good for all the
world at all times, for Idleness and
poverty  are  everywhere,  always.
"It has been estimated that more
than 30 per cent of town dwellers are
neither strong nor healthy. Could these
30 per cent be prevented from having
children, then in the course of a generation instead of there being, as there
are now, too many men for the available jobs, there would be too many
jobs for the available men."
I think we may safely defer an attempt to cross that bridge until we
come to it. There will be time enough
lo attend to the feeble town dwellers
after we have found some means of
Ifveventing the hopelessly poor from
grinding out children merely to gratify their lust. We are assured that in
England at least one-fifth of the population is receiving indoor or outdoor
relief, and Robert Hunter estimates
that in our own prosperous land we
have ten millions who are "in helpless
poverty, out of work out of health,
out Of heart with the world���broken
driftwood, vagrants ancl tramps.'' and
many of these millions are constantly
engaged in the manufacture of fresh
crops of idlers, broken driftwood, vagrants and tramps, just as the famine-
stricken natives of India and Russia
are Industriously turning out new recruits for the legion that will starve
ln their turn. A few days ago a man
in San Francisco committed suicide
when his ninth child was born, he being discouraged by the prospect of supporting so large a family, his oldest
being only fourteen years of age. It
requires no argument to prove that not
one of these children was born because
he wanted it, but that he forced them
Into this world merely that he might
gratify his animal passions. And the
woods are full of just such parents.
Laws are at best necessary evils, as
Paine said.   Injustice is worked by most
of  them, but against  no  creation  of
legislatures can such an indictment be
brought as lies against the Sunday law
wherever it exists.   Its fruits are class
privilege and class distinction; it works
religious oppression and robbery; it produces Inequality before the law by permitting labor and exhibitions    termed
sacred or religious and prohibiting those
which are secular; it is invoked for the
ends of spite or business   rivalry;    it
makes busy-bodies and meddlers out of
one class of the community, and makes
another class their victims.   It is more
evil than anything it forbids.   It turns
the merchant into a briber, and corrupts
the officers of the law the   police,   by
giving  them    opportunity    to  receive
bribes. It vitiates any statute book that
contains it, and furnishes a precedent
for other legal invasions of the liberties of the citizen.    AU these are the
evils that follow in the train of Sunday legislation, which brings no human
being   any   legitimate    benefits     that
could not be secured in some other way
without corresponding injury to some
other citizen.    The law had its origin
in bigotry, and is perpetuated by the
same  malicious  sentiment    With  the
exception of the motives and the religion that support it, the Sunday law is
mankind's worst heritage from a barbarous and superstitious past���Truth-
achieved succes who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much; who has
gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of little children; who has
filled his niche and accomplished his
task; who has left the world better
than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed
to express it; who has always looked
for the best in others and giving the
best he had; whose life was inspiration;
whose memory a benediction."
My son, I pray you mark her well,
For she is false as she Is fair
And bitter-sweet   The Circean spell
Is woven in her odorous hair;
Her mad'ning beauty is a snare
By .Satan set for foolish feet.
It is not given tongues to tell
The victims of the Bitter-Sweet
Her luring laughter sounds the knell
Of those high heart resolves we swear;
Her flattering honey-lips dispel
Our dreams like vapors in the air.
No hope we have that she will spare;
Ambition faints before her feet
' The jewels of our souls we sell
To pleasure her, the Bitter-Sweet.
1 Her siren-tongue that sounds so well
(Her heart is false, her words are fair)
My son, is like a warning bell
Whose notes forever cry, "Beware."
Subtle of heart, she watches there
Upon a corner of the street
With many a tempting lie to tell
The simple ones, the Bitter-Sweet.
My son, I pray you mark her well-
In no man's house abide her feet,
And all her ways go down to hell
By primrose paths, the Bitter-Sweet.
Thomas Lomax Hunter.
The parrot preachers in England have
a hard time, and if they had more manhood and less lazy piety they would not
stick to a profession that has only
plums for the big.fat bishops. A despatch from London says: "It is a thing
which has been often pointed out, but,
put in a few straight words, as by the
Rev. William Sinclair Archdeacon of
London, preaching at Eastborne today,
the extreme poverty of a great number
of the Anglican clergy in this country
seems almost a piece of news.
"The people do not realize, said the
Archdeacon, that the Church of (England
needs re-endowing. A large portion of
the clergy are improperly fed, and sometimes m they are almost on the verge of
starvation. 'It was not my turn at dinner today,' was the remark of a growing boy, the son of an East of England
parson, when told by the squire to hurry
home to dinner after delivering a message.
"More than half the beneficed clergy
of England, added the preacher, receiv-.
ed less than $180 annually, and very
many received far less. It was true that
a great number of these men did not
have enough to eat Many in extremely
cold weather did not have fuel to keep
themselves warm."
This is a horrible state of affairs, and
the poor chaps should be brought to
Canada where they could at least get
plenty to eat
The Mainland   cigar   has a brother
called the British Lion.
A Kansas woman, Mrs. A. J. Stanley,
of Lincoln, has been awarded a prize
of $2(50 by a Boston firm for the best
answer to the question: "What Constitutes Success?"   She wrote; "He has
A well-to-do Chicago real estate
owner came into a hardware store and
asked the proprietor for a pound of
nails. The small package was made
up and the price, a nickel, handed to
the merchant, when the customer asked
if the purchase could be sent to his
residence, which was in a distant part
of the city. The merchant assented,
and calling an errand boy handed him
the parcel with the nickel he had just
received for it and said:
"Here, Johnny, take the car and take
this package out to Mr. Blank's house."
"What!" said the customer; are you
going to give the boy a nickel to take
the package to my house?"
"Why, certainly," said the merchant
"I wouldn't think of asking him to
walk so far."
"Well," said the meanest    man    In
Chicago, "if you would just as soou
give me the five cents I will take it
lout myself!"���Minneapolis Journal.    A 8
A Sad Condition
In Fronde's most excellent sketch of
Julius Caesar there is a description of
the state of the decaying religion of
Rome before the Christian era, which
is marvelously suggestive of the state
of the organized Christianity of today.
Froude writes:
"Religion, once the foundation of the
laws and rule of personal conduct had
subsided into opinion. The educated,
in their hearts, disbelieved it Temples were still built with increasing
splendor; the established forms were
scrupulously observed. Public men
spoke conventionally of Providence,
that they might throw on their opponents the odium of impiety; but ot
genuine belief tbat life had any serious meaning, there was none remaining
beyond the circle of the silent patient,
ignorant multitude. The whole spiritual atmosphere was saturated with
cant���cant moral, cant political, cant
religious; an affectation ot high principle which had ceased to touch the
conduct, and flowed on in an increasJ
ing volume ot Insincere    and    unreal
Is not all this as true of American
Christianity in Roosevet's time as it
was of the religion of ancient Rome ln
By "religion" we allude, of course,
not to the all-abounding spiritual principle which is from everlasting unto
everlasting; but to the organic forms
in which it is garbed, and the ministers
in the mass who represent it
As Froude observes concerning the
dying reiglon of Rome, there was a
surviving "circle of the silent, patient
ignorant multitude," among whom
there still flourished a "genuine belief
that life had" a "serious meaning."
And doubtless this multitude was spiritually served by faithful ones who still
believed that the old forms were vital
with spiritual purpose, who affected
nothing, and whose volume of speech
was neither Insincere nor unreal. So
it is here in our day.
We have a simple multitude, not ignorant in the sense of being unlettered,
but densely ignorant of the religious,
social, political and financial forces
that are in play all about them; and
this multitude, silent, patient, simple
and sincere, is spiritually served by
many devoted ministers and priests.
But how is it with our organized church
as a social force? Is this making for
social righteousness, as the unsophisticated patiently trust, and their devoted servitors sincerely assure them?
Does it not rather respond to the subtle touch of business classes that affect
principles which have ceased to govern their conduct, and follow in the
wake of unscrupulous financiers and
subservient newspapers, all saturated
with moral, political and religious cant?
Of religion as represented by the organized Christianity of today may we
not slightly paraphase Froude and say:
"Religion, once the foundation of our
laws and rule of personal conduct, has
subsided into paganism on the one hand
and hypocrisy on the other. The sophisticated in their hearts disbelieve it
Churches are still built with increasing
splendor; the established forms are
scrupulously observed. Public men and
newspapers speak conventionally of
Christianity, tnat they may throw on
those wbo do not, the odium ot impiety;
but ot genuine belief that lite has a
���Christian meaning, there is none remaining beyond the circle of the silent,
patient, unsophisticated multitude. The
whole churchly atmosphere le saturated
with cant���cant moral, cant political,
cant religious,���an affectation of hign
rubral and spiritual prlncl{% whicli
has ceased to touch commercial, Industrial, political and ecclesiastical conduct, and flows on ln en increasing
volume of insincere and unreal speech."
When the question of property in human flesh and blood was at Issue in
this country, the churches stood for
vested property rights and against natural human rights. Not merely did
they silently acquiesce in tbe one, as
Witb all propriety they might, but they
preached against the other. Professing
to represent tbe Fatherhood of God and
the consequent brotherhood of man.
they minimized the Christian texts
which enjoin love of the neighbor, while
thep emphasised the Paulist text which
commads obedience to masters. Why?
Because the privileged property interests of the time commanded the agencies of organized religion.
Not until fraticidal war resulted, did
the churches take part ln the slavery
question; and then their part in it was
only incidental to their deeper interest
in the war���those on one side of a geographical line being incidentally for
slavery; those on the other being incidentally against it; those on each being primarily concerned with winning
the war for Its own section.
Professed advocetes of the brotherhood
of man, they had been defenders of
human slavery; Institutional representatives of the Prince of Peace, tbey
became sectional partisans for war.
So it was again when the British
across the ocean and the Aemrican republic here, embarked upon careers of
conquest by war. The organized church
did not oppose; It did not even bold
aloof. It applauded these movement anel
*a|isumed to sanctify their invasive,
domineering, and bloody purpose, with
the approval of a religion the very essence of which is love and Its professions peace. Why? Because business
interests demanded It Organized
Christianity, like the organized piety of
the Rome of Caesar, had become paganized at the extremities and commercialized at the heart
���Consider the reign of oppressive privilege, to which a disinherited world is
awakening and against which it revolts.
What part is organized Christianity
taking in this drama? Does It speak
for the despoiled? Not as a body; not
through the leaders; and only here and
there through any of its ministers.
Does it admonish the despoller? Not so
long as he keeps out of jell, avoids per-
sona**! scandal, abstains from petty
gambling, and does his drinking at a
wealthy club instead of a cheap saloon.
Does lt even hold Its peace, preaching
abstract religious doctrines and leaving
concrete communaf problem's to the
individual conscience? No, not even
this does It do. The agents of organised Christianity are so completely at
the service of the privileged clssses,
who in their hearts disbelieve it yet
erect its temples and observe Its forms,
that these classes have only to say
"Come!" and this degenerate church
comes; or "Go!" end lt goes.
When labor organisations strike, the
pulpit thunders; but, with only here
and there an exception, its thunderbolts
are leveled at the organised men whose
struggle ie for a bare living for herd
work. Seldom ere they leveled at the
organised manipulators of oppressive
privilege, who struggle is to get something for nothing.
Against labor strikers the pulpit Is
seldom slow to thunder Its anathemas.
But how many pulpits bave thundered
against the wholesale sacrifice of children in factories and mines for the enrichment of men who contribute temples and observe forms? How msny
pulpits have thundered against grabbing public highways, by millionaires
toward whom tbeir occupants turn for
financial encouragement? How many
pulpits have thundered against the private appropriation of God's common
bounties by builders of temples and observers of forms, who have thereby Impoverished their brethren? How many
pulpits have thundered against Institutions that enrich some by Impoverishing
snd degrading others?
That some pulpits bave done snd am
doing all this is true, but they are ex*
ceptlons,���noble instances, but rare exceptions.
As en institution ths pulpit, snd as a
class the clergy, ere allies of despoiling
privilege. While they are more or less
active against superficial communal
evils of the disreputable sort, mere surface manifestations of deep seated and
hoary communal wrongs, and are occasionally very active In this regard,
they are never cooperatively active
against the wrongs which produce those
At the present time there are two
cities in the United States In which the
privllegcfd owners of street car franchises
realise that these privileges are slipping away from tbem. The people are
demanding their own. Nothing could
be more acceptable to the beneficiaries
of these valuable privileges, at such s
time, than some temporary public excitement over other questions. And
curiously enough, preclaely that boon
ia lieing furnlahed y moat of the ministers in those two cities, snd only there.
In Cleveland. Mayor Johnson's long
contest with the street car ring Is coming to a successful Issue, a ody of ministers is demanding that Mayor Johnson enforce a Sabbutarian law against
orderly saloons. They raise no question of disorder; disorderly iwooni are
suppressed. They raise no fair question of law enforcement; Mayor John
son is enforcing the law rationally anei
^nvites  their  cooperation.    The  omj '<**��
real question they raise is whether he
shall enforce it In his own rational way,
which is proving progressively effective
or in their spectacular way, which has
always and everywhere proved futile.
He ls proceeding along the line of least
resistance; they demand that he proceed
along that of greatest resistance. And
this at a time when the street car ring
needs something to baffle him with!
In Chicago, where   Mayo r Dunne's
contest with the street car ring is at a
critical  point,    a similar   anti-saloon
crusade has been started; and as this
has fallen rather flat, if has been supplemented by a general church crusade
for an increase of saloon licenses.   And
what is especially significant, the unconcealed object of the increase is not
to suppress or regulate the liquor traffic, but to get a greater public revenue
out of it   With a city full of rich prit-
ilege-ownlng tax dodgers, the pulpit is
silent about tax dodgers, but goes on
a crusade to raise   further   revenues
from the liquor   traffic   by a method
which does not excite the opposition of
ths large manufacturers, and wbich it
is conceded will not curtail their trade!
And this at a time when the street car
Interests, many of the beneficiaries of
which are builders of temples and observers of forms, are   desperately   in
need of something to divert public attention from their plundering purpose.
In this connection, and as a further
indication of the moral degeneracy of
the pulpit as an institution, it is to be
noted that the Cleveland ministers, in
replying to Mayor Johnson's fair-minded letter not only demanded that he
adopt their own spectacular, but futile
method of enforcing their Sabbatarian
law, but brushed aside as "academic"
his Invitation to join him not alone in
suppressing vice and crime, but In abolishing the legal privileges which, by
robbing the many to enrich the few,
constitute the primary causes of most
vice and crime.
Think of a body of professed followers
of the Carpenter of Nazareth brushing
aside a suggestion to cooperate with an
efficient public official in abolishing unchristian privileges, and brushing it
aside because the suggestion is "academic"!
Testimony might be piled mountain
high, to show that the Christian pulpit
as an institution has come to be what
Roman paganism was ln Caesar's time
as Froude describes it It is a living
and pliant tool which beneficiaries of
privilege manipulate, a sort of moral
policeman whose functions beneficiaries
of privilege utilise to shield their own
big crimes by assailing the petty vices
of other people.
But this does not mean necessarily
that such is to be the history of the pulpit for long. Not only are masses of
men, Christian In spirit If not in form,
finding outside of organized churches
better spiritual food than is commonly dispensed within them, but within the
sirganlzed churches themselves >here
are Indications of aa eruption, a genuine spiritual awakening, a hopeful
moral revolution. It is not impossible,
nor even improbable,   that soon   the
money changers in the temple may
come again under the lash, and that the
Christian pulpit may have a rebirth
and resume its original mission of proclaiming the universal Fatherhood of
God and equal brotherhood of men���
The Public
(Deploring the craze for collegiate
athletics, Dr. S. Weir Mitchell told the
Pennsylvania alumni that he had "once
really seen college men enthusiastic
over Socrates.")
What?   Enthusiastic about   old   Socrates?
Oh,  foolish  waste  oi  youthful  vim
and spirit!
Could Socrates have pitched  a curve
of 45 degrees?
Or done a hundred, scratch, in nine
or near lt?
Could Soc, upon a muddy field, have
hit the line and sped
Ten  yards   through    guard    before
they had him tackled?
Or,  on defence,  have  gouged  an eye
from out some fellow's head?
Or "kneed" another's chinbone till it
Be candid now!���could Socrates within
a shell have sat
And pulled four miles at forty strokes
per minute?
Could Socrates have caught a foul, red
hot, right off the bat?
Or won  a  game,  when  hits  alone
could win it?
Could Socrates have put the shot, or
vaulted with a pole,
The hammer thrown, or run a fast
Could Socrates, old Socrates, have neatly dropped a goal,
With leaping fiends before him good
and plenty?
If not, then by the gods of sport, what
man could e'er enthuse
O'er such a two-spot, dub, mut, stuff,
and lizzie?
The husky Greeks in days of old the
discus used to use.
But, discusly, did Socrates get busy?
Aw, ring him off!    He never made one
single bid for fame;
He may have made debating teams,
annexed a few  degrees,
And had cum laude added, but there's
nothing in that game,
Now,    fellows,    ready.     One���two-
three!   To h with Socrates!
��� i! ���Puck.
George Horton is coming west this
month. He sells cigars that can be
smoked indoors.
The boom stil 1 continues at the
Kootenay saloon in Sandon, and the
muckers are kept busy wheeling out
empty bottles. Both doors are always
unlocked and the bartender never
Bleeps on shift The shaft to the cellar is in good working order, and the
checks in the rack are red, white and
blue. , .. .
A despatch. from Sandon says that
all the McPhersons and McDonalds
have been run out ot Scotland and
sheep put in their place. The report
has not been confirmed.    ^     	
Here's a hero that ought to get a
medal and a place in the hall of fame.
His wife being greviously ill, he found
himself without means to pay the doctor or to buy for her the necessary
medicine. Ragged and penniless he
suddenly thought of the gold teeth and
fillings in his once prosperous mouth.
He broke out a tooth and sold it to a
goldsmith for $3.75. When he had expended that sum on his wife he broke
out another tooth. Then he got a nut
pick and began to gouge out the fillings
of old cavities In his grinders. Wasn't
that fine of him? A friend found him
mining away his face and reported his
case to the humane society, and now
he's out of trouble.
Anybody who has paid dentists' bills
will agree that the pawnbrokers, beloved
uncles of a struggling race, should be
willing to take a well dentisted mouth
for security. Many a man's face would
be his fortune in such a case. Right
now in Helena there is a man who spent
$1000 to have his teeth filled and built
up with gold and he hasn't the price of
a dairy lunch.   It Isn't right���Exchange
"Dyspepsia would no longer be the
national disase in America if the people
of the country would adopt a plain diet
similar to that of Norway and Sweden.
Gout is unknown among Swedes and
Norwegians, and the rosy young people
of those countries are the result of the
simple food the children eat," the United
States consul at Bergen, Norway, says.
"Hot rolls and white bread are rarely
seen in Sweden. Knackbrode, or hard
bread is the standard article of food. It
is made of ground oats and rye, There
is no yeast in the bread, and it is rolled
into thin wafers, which are baked and
hung up where they will keep perfectly dry. Swedes eat this bread and drink
milk for two meals a day and have one
meal at which they eat meat and potatoes. Sweets are almost unknown.
Children are allowed to eat candy only
on state occasions."
Freedom of thought is a blessing,
not a curse. A man who is free from
prejudice, bigotry, superstition and
hatred of man respects the rights and
opinions of all persons. He knows
that it is imfossible for all persons to
think alike on the same subjects. As
long as a man holds hatred against
his fellow man he can not become a
free thinker. A free thinker does not
fear the truth; it is his strongest
friend. A free thinker is a true humanitarian. He is opposed to all wars
and cruelty of all kinds. The selfish
man hates the truth, except it will
profit him something. But when the
truth is against him he fights strong
to keep it from showing what he does
not want made known.���Ex.
Easy money generally proves a curse
to the one who gets it. 10
That Tired Feeling
W. G. Staubly.
It is a common belief that to have a
"tragedy" we must have a physical
corpse done to death by some violent
act, and the belief is so common as to
be tiresome. The sensitive soul in the
living, breathing body furnishes more
tragedy than all the cold and clammy
corpses that ever resting on a cooling
While doing repertorial stunts at one
time in my emigrant life, I bumped into
a letter written by a deserted lover or
husband to his recalcitrant mistress or
wife���whether- it pertains to a "cele
brated" cases of not cuts no figure;
here is a section:
"There is more tragedy In life than
in death, and I would rather have looked on your dead face than to have
known what has come to me thro' you."
"Not many years ago I would have
sworn by the white soul of our dead
child, to your love, loyalty aad devotion. I would have sworn by that same
sacred token that a falsehood could
never find lodgment in your heart nor
escape your lips, the heart which held
your lover's life, the lips he loved so
well and which were given to him in
all their heavenly purity."
"You were then a devoted mistress,
a loving sweetheart, a tenderly passionate mate, a radiant woman ever; true
as truth to your lover loyal as faith to
the father of your children. Had you
died then there would have heen left to
him a memory fragrant of every virtue
and undying.   You lived to desert and
betray him.   You have given his place
in your heart to the oaf and the harpy,  ter in baby dialect, and He understand
You have followed strange gods, for
you have wished to be of the world and
your lover's heart was too contracted a
sphere for you."
"You are dead to him now, and but
for the memory of the first -years of our
love remains. In our living child I am
interested, not thro* love, but thro'
duty���I loved her only because of her
mother, and love fails the child as the
mother fails the sire."
jealous! Aye, jealous of the sun
ray which nestled In your shining hair,
jealous of the garments which clung to
your white flesh, jealous of the pave
which kissed your dainty feet, but jealous of any human nev*er, for I should
have myself cucold and dishonored of
men had I felt myself jealous of my own
Tragedy in that man's life, eon?
Some; yes, and tragedy which will
abide. But that ls only a part of the
story which must be worked out The
putrid pimp through whom she deserted
hed lover and robbed the father of his
child, in a few weeks lost his cheap position and Is now a hopeless paralytic
without brains or body. The woman
herself still survives���somewhere���but
by an inevitable decree of fate will come
tbe time of unutterable loneliness, that
comes to every womaa who allows the
fair and passionate love of an honest
man to be pushed from the heart by the
putrescent paw of lust or lucre. The
life of the child may round out the tragedy; only the I nii ni to knows. Time
assuages the pangs which follow tbe
death visitor, but the living wound festers long and leaves an ineffaceable
scar on the heart.
When the loving mother and father
learn thai their beautiful girl* child has
been bred for harlotry do they not feel
hat physical death were better for the
lost one, and would not this same father
and mother prefer to look upon the face
of a son's corpse than to gaze through
prison bars upon the uniform of a felon
child? Are uot the drunkard, the convict the harlot, tragedies worse than
death to some one? Is there nothing
tragic in poverty and dishonor?
lt is the living tragedy, son. that
leaves its mark on the human heart and
soul and wails from its victims make
even hell ashamed of itself.
Further along in the deserted man's
message to his recreant mate I found
"So far as earthly companionship is
concerned. I am made totally bankrupt
by your act, but I am being consoled
by a presence which visits me at intervals while I sleep. I mean our baby
boy. Probably you do not remember
him. His spirit left his beautiful body
some seven years ago at Omaha, and
being expected by the heavenly hosts *f
Paradise, was duly welcomed at the
pearly gates and jasper walls of the
blessed city -in God's Great Forever.
Taken into the breast of the Master he
was made one of God's elect but the
iittle fellow, happy tho' he was. was
aot entirely content, and wanted to go
back to daddy���just for a little visit
"He made bis wish known to the Maa-
ing, for there is much baby talk there,
let the loyal little man come back. I
call him loyal, because as he lay In my
arms on the day of his earthly death,
his beautiful lips smiled a farewell to
me, his fading eyes laughed a goodbye
into mine, and with his chubby fingers
clasped tightly around my own he went
away. You were not with him, for you
knew not how 111 he was, but I held him
and we knew each other, and I thank
God for the memory of that last smile,
ancl handshake, for In my desolation 1
am reminded that he but awaits my
coming somewhere, in some land."
"I say he comes to me���when he can
���in his own shape���the form of a little
boy, hardly a twelvemonth old, and
standing by my cot, as I sleep, he patters to me In childish cooings and pulls
my hair, and rubs has velvety cheek
against mine until I awaken. Then he
Is gone, and I am alone once more, but
I know he will come again-whenever
he can���and I find something comforting
even in the tragedy of death."
Well, I don't know exactly why the
womaa deserted the father of such a
child as he describes, but I believe she
excuses hr perfidy by saying that tbe
man "drank." Well, that may be so.
I've heard, ln my life, of several men
who "drank." The drink tragedy ls a
common one, hut I would rather be
drunk twenty-one timet a week, and
tcntertaiu a whole menagerie of carnival
"willies" in a continuous perforuiauce
than to be tbat woman who forgets her
first love child, in deserting lu father,
and places a life tragedy In her mate's
soul by ruthlessly robbing him of bis
living child.
"The man drank." Is that so? Because the mar drank the woman must
necessarily be faithless. Great Gawd!
If that proposition obtained what a
bunch of light o' loves would make their
nests In the gutters, and drag their shining locks In tbe sewers of infamy. "The
man drank." T'ell; and for that reason
she must allow the filthy fingers of the
world to reach down Into her heart and
pluck from it the lover of her youth,
the father of her babies, end leave nothing in his stead save an untried passion, or the lust of a fleeting worldly
Drink! No. son. not altogether, for
In reply to a note he sent her, sfter
learning her whereabouts through a
"gent fren'," she said. "Why speak of
disagreeable things; I'm tired and hsve
been for the past nine or ten years."
And I guess the "tired feeling" will explain tbe tragedy. But when the fact
Is known aa I know It I must think
that the lady ought to receive a good
billet in some vaudeville theatrical
company as a "lightning chsnge srtist"
���for she had been mate to the man for
Just nine years, anu must have been
made "tired" somewhere In the first
hour tbey were mated. That's good
mathematics, I believe. Yet she tarried with him long enough to bear hlm
two children. The divorce court and
the criminal bar are filled with "tired"
A couple may meet, marry end mate;
they may raise a bunch of kldlets large
enough to stock a Morman ranch, yet
a time will come when the he partner
will discover that his other seciioi. is
getting a hump In her back, and seams
near the eyes. He also discovers that
abe Is cross, slovenly and a gsdder par
excelence. when he imedletely hies htm
to the divorce mill and has ground for
him there separation papers on the
ground of "incompatibility" of temper.,
port, or something. He does not say
anything about that "tired feeling." but
he knows that that la what alls him.
him, and the only cure he can think of
for the compalnt is e get-away from the
old mate and a quick splice with a young
and succulent fairy whom he had beeu
"noticing" some time.
And the lady, bless her heart; she
was "so-young" when she married the
middle-aged person, and be has turned
out so "difTrent" from what she expected, that if she doesn't do a hurry up
business with the divorce court, alleging drunkenness, inflidellty. "crewelty,"
or cold feet, she'll skip out with a
young and lusty cigarette pom pry who
has not en earthly possession but a
bunch of pawn ballots or a punched
meal ticket She doesn't say that she's
"tired," but the fatigue producing microbe has been at work somewhere In her
spiritual or physical economy, you bet,
and the middle-aged gillie who at ons
time owned her can thereafter play a ��� *���*. . .1,.*-..... I ,..
lone, lonesome and lonely hand; there'll
he nobody to "assist" He will suffer,
of course, but as In the case I have mentioned there will come a time for the
woman, when her abject and absolute
loneliness will cover her as a pall, and
her agony will make the bloody sweat
of Gethsemane seem as something light
ln comparison. This of course if she
have the remnants of a conscience left;
If not, she will drift to the sewer and
flow as garbage to the putrid sea of
Infamy and oblivion.
The Kronlc Kicker read with much
Interest and no little feeling of shame,
the article In the editorial columns of
a recent Outburst in which mention was
made of the fact that a forlorn and inebriate Englishman had been sentenced
to ten years in the penitentiary for
Stealing a few cigars and a five-dollar
bill. While the Kronlc Kicker has no
knowledge of the brand ot the cigars
which were pilfered, he believes it entirely probable that thy belonged to the
"rope" variety, and, if such is the case,
the burglar probably rendered the public a service by removing them from
eight But be that aB it may, the sentence was surely excessive, in view ot
the fact that the culprit was not known
as an habitual criminal and was merely
endeavoring to satisfy a craving for
drink. A year, or two, at the most,
would have constituted a punishment
sufficient for the crime. But somehow
Justice seems to go hand in hand with
cash or with "pull."
Several high-toned (?) murderers,
guilty of crimes that would freeze the
blood of a turnip, nonchalantly walk the
streets of this city today and mingle
with the business man of standing and
reputation upon terms of equality, heedless of the brand of Cain. A few days
ago a man was brought before the petty
courts charged with a crime which the
police were unable to fasten upon him.
"But" said the Justice, "your demeanor
ln the court, and the familiarity with the
procedure In the justice court convinces
me more than anything else that you
are guilty of the crime with which you
ere charged." And so, because this unfortunate faced his accusers like a man,
refused to cringe, and argued his case
with a fervor worthy of better results,
he was held ln Jail until the police had
been given an opportunity ot "working
up a case" against a defenseless man.
But these guardians of the people must
be given an opportunity ot "making
' good." They appear to be incapable of
finding the real criminals, and so society ls appeased, and ls allowed to pursue Its smug career of self-satisfaction
hy the occasional distribution of sentences that are unjust end unwarranted
by facts. But the victims are always
poor and friendless; what care those
with decent homes and staunch friends
If a poor nameless, shambling human
creature ls condemned to expiate another's crime? The daily papers stand
ln with the judges and with the poltce,
and the poor devil, caught like a rat in
the trap ot official incapacity aad doddering Btupidlty, rota his life away la a
cell. But society is protected; the police may resume their naps until another
carnival of crime is inaugurated and
then another sacrifice must be found.
The church tries to close saloons, the
only places where these poor devils are
welcomed with warmth and humanity,
but not one step does it take to introduce the comforts of true Christianity
where they would, perhaps, save many
souls from damnation in an undeserved prison. Let the churches get to the
hearts of the poverty stricken and the
unforunate. They may the nbe elevated
above the realms of incapacity, fatuous
bigotry and selfish graft which they now
occupy.���Spokane OutOburst
"Now, Johnny, what is a Legislature?"
Please,' mum but it is a body of men
surrounded by the gas and other trusts,
and individual members are sometimes
offered as high as $2,000 for their votes."
"For what purpose does a Legislature
"To make laws with holes in 'em and
give taxpayers an Idea that there is
something doing."
"Of what does a Legislature consist?"
"Of a Senate, a House, a lobby, a dozen lawyers, about $50,000 in cash and
lots of gab."
,"What is Congress "
"A larger body of men selected by
the railroads and trusts and surrounded by more temptations than a Legislature."
"How is it formed?"
"Ot a Senate, a House, unlimited
boodle and more or less prerogatives."
"What is a prerogative?"
"Stealing Government land, whacking up with rings, selling inside information to speculators and heading off
committees appointed to investigate the
Beef trust and the railroads."
"Correst, Johnny. You look pale and
tired and you may now take your seat."
���Town Talk, of Newark, N.J.
Many eat and drink and smoke because others do. Worry causes indigestion more than any thing else in the
world, as it causes the blood not to
properly circulate. The healthiest man
on earth is the contented man. Life is
worth living and the best way to live
is the best way. Catarrh is another
name for piggishness. The Thanksgiving dinner is where people often make
pigs of themselves for the glory of
God. We are a nation of gluttons, so
we are a nation of dyspeptics, and because of dyspepsia we area nation of
doners. Eat like intelligent human beings, and the muscles and brain will
strengthen; you will then enjoy life
"Adam," Bald Mother Eve, "I wish
you would put a tew cutworms on my
favorite fig tree."
"What and have all the nles leaves
bored full of holes!"
"Certainly. I wish to make an openwork   shirt   waist."���Houston, Chron-
���Mrs. M. W. Swift, the president of the
National Council of American Women,
was making a brief address on the subject of Christmas gifts.
"Don't give presents," she said, "that
demand on the recipient's part a certain special kind of knowledge. Don't
for instance give a Japanese toy dog to
a woman who scarcely understands fox
terriers. Don't give a white Persian
monkey to a woman who can't keep a
cat. Don't give an aquariam of Ceylon-
ese gold fish to���
Mrs. Swift bit her lip to hide a smile.
"A friend of mine in Santa Barbara
got from her husband last Christmas a
superb aquarium of gold fish," she said.
"The fish did well till my friend changed her parlor maid. Then they began
to thin and to weaken.
"One morning, finding two of the fish
afloat on their backs at the surface of
the aquarium, my friend called the new
maid to her.
" 'Harriet,' she said, 'have you given
the fish any fresh water lately?'
"'No, madam,' Harriet answered.
'They haven't finished the water I gave
them last month yet.'"
I've wandered to the village, Tom, and
tried to find the tree
On which we carved our names one day
when we were happy, free;
But there was nothing doing, Tom; the
tree'd been stricken low
By the village lumber company���since
twenty years ago.
The little old red schoolhouse, Tom, that
stood upon the hill.
Is gone, and in its place a sign reads:���
"Try a Purple Pill."
Where once stood gnarled   old   apple
trees, with fruit a-bending low.
They've built a modern brewery, Tom,���
since twenty years ago.
Do you remember Geraldine���she of the
sunny hair?
None in all the village, Tom, was halt
so swet and fair.
I lost my heart completely, Tom,   and
tried to be her beau-
She's fat, red-faced���six children, Tom���
since twenty years ago.
I wandered to the village green, where
we, when heedless boys,
Played one-old-cat  and  pull-away and
knew so many joys;   .
And, Tom, that green is on the hum;;
it really grieved me so
To find potatoes growing there���since
twenty years ago.
'Tie sweet to dream of all those things
that we in boyhood knew���
The school, the green,   the meadows���
where the fragrant blossoms grew;
And. Tom, I'm not aknocker, hut don't
pay out hard-earned dough
For railroad fare   to visit   scenes   of
twenty years ago.
���Milwaukee Sentinel.
Nelson needs a swimming bath where
the water will always be warm.j Enthusiasts should call a meeting and
build one.
mm��i. aaaa
Man and Religion
By Annie Lillian Swett
Mankind generally lack breadth of
mind, but ln regard to religious matters
people are the narrowest Men and
women, as a usual thing, will talk about
anything else and try to took at It from
every point of view, but when it comes
to religion they will nave no discussion
of the subject They seem to think that
that is something on which they are
Tale is true of all the peoples of the
world, the Hindoos, Chinese, Japanese,
Jews, and Christians. Each people
thinks it religion Is the only true religion. This idea le keeping the world
down. When men look at religion that
way they forget what religion ia There
is a time ln the history of every people,
after they have reached tha stage of
observation and speech, when they realise that there are powers greater than
themselves in the world. They soon
begin to worship these powers. They
personify them aad consider them as
men with god-like attributes. Men of
unusual ability spring up among them.
They become leaders. They write things
which they claim the god* have told
them. With their writing tbey mix
myths of the past, history of the people,
superstitions, and the ignorant ideas of
tbe age. In time those writings come
to be considered a bible by that people.
There are seven Important bibles in
tbe world. Most people admit that tbis
is true of the bibles of the orient hut
when it is claimed of the Old and New
Testaments of the Occident they deny It
The great scholars of the world, however, say the same of the Christian Bible.
The Old Testament ls simply myths
that has been handed down by word of
mouth to the Jewish people for centuries, with history and some -food precepts mixed in.
How people of thought can believe
tbat the Bible is inspired and a sacred
book la almost beyond understanding.
Snnderland says, "All great sacred
books, so far as we are able to find out
have acquired their peculiar sacred-
ness for the most part, by age. They
might have ben much prised at first or
they might not, not all thought of putting them ln a category by themselves,
as sacred books, was, as a rale, absent at
Urst, and only came In after times end
by slow degrees. As they grew older
they grew sacred. Al men passed on
away from tne times and circumstances
of their origin, they came by degrees to
think of that origin aa supernatural."
Tbie includes onr Bible. A little Investigation ought to convince us of this
faet Of course there are some parts of
the Bible that are inspired, aa there are
books today that are Inspired. The
writers reached the fountain of knowledge. The spirit of truth waa in them
and they made things known to men.
The writers of the Old and New Testaments were Inspired aa writers are today when they recognise a universal
truth and In no other way. The ancients
really did not have the opportunity to
see tbe truth that we today have, for
tbey lived in a time of great intellectual
darkness. Broad-minded people most
look at it this way. Otherwise they will
believe polygamy, human sacrifice, burning and stoning of witches and slavery
are right, for our Bible upholds those
things. The greatest Bible scholars today say that the Pentateuch which Includes the first five books of the Old
Testament, is largely mythical. The
account of the creation is certainly as
much a myth as the story of the founding of Rome, so is the account of the
flood. The stories of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Jonah and Job are simply stories. The persons who wrote them probably considered them only as such. There
are a great many mistakes, scientific,
historical and moral in the Bible. Does
any person who reasons believe that the
sun stood still for Joshua and all the
other miracles of the Old Testament?
Certainly not Neither can he believe
In the divine conception of Jesus. Ail"
of the religious books of the world have
stories in them of miracles and of divine
conceptions. If we read such stories in |
Confucius, the Vedas, the Zend-Avesta
or the Koran, we would laugh and say
they were not true. Should we believe
them any more In our own Bible? No,
reason will not let us. There are many,
many historical inaccuracies, and no
one can deny that the moral teachings
of two-thirds of the Bible are not what
they should be. Nearly all the evils of
ancient world were practiced and upheld by the people ln the Old Testament There have been more crimes
committed in the world because of the
Bible than almost any other one thing.
The world has run with blood because
of a belief la the teachings of that
book. It doesn't cause as much sacrifice
now as it did in the past, but it is keeping men down mentally. It says in the
New Testament that any one who does
not believe In the one true god and Id
Jeans as the savior of men will be
thrown into a furnace and burned forever. This ls equivalent to saying that
all those ln distint lands wbo never
heard of our religion and such men ln
ancient times as Clnclnnatus, Pericles
and Aristldes, will be damned forever.
Now any sensible person knows that It
would be the lowest deed In the world
for an all-powerful god to make himself
known to only one people, and then
damn other people because they had
never heard of him. People today who
have any sense of justice at all do not
believe that, but the majority of ministers and members of churches do. The
church la something that owes Its existence to the Bible. The church is really
a parasite. It is feeding on the life
blood of the people and ia not doing any
good. It Is teaching that by believing in
Jesus men can be saved and that everything in the world is for the beat Those
beliefs are paralyzing to humanity.
After men are told those two things
they are Inclined to alt down and do
nothing. Jesus probably never aaid
them.   They were no doubt pot In by
hia over-zealous disciples.   If Jesus did
say them he waa mistaken,   aa   every
thinking person knows.   The truth la
we get nothing ln this world either mentally of spiritual that wa do not work
for. It is only right living that will
prepare us for anything, bring ua anything Thia la true of our Uvea from
beginning to end. If we do not work for
good health, morality and intellectual
attainments we do not get them. Those
things are not banded out to ua ln packages by a providence. They come to os
only after effort on our part Now if
work is the only thing that will enable
ua to live in thia world, it stands to reason that by working would be the only
way we could prepare for a future life.
The majority of churches do nothing
but teach such doctrines aa those two 1
have mentioned. Their Idea is not to
help the world but to build op their Individual churches. If mankind would
quit building churches and paying ministers aad use the money thus spent In
the slums and by-ways, relieving and
helping man, they would pretty nearly
do away with all the suffering In the
world. There would be no churches If
man did not have a wrong understanding of Jeana's words. The keynote of
Jeana'a teachings waa simplicity His
words were mostly of deed. Who can
Imagine Jesus going Into a big fashionable church aad enjoying the service!
if the man Jeans should come on to the
earth at the present time he would not
recognize the members of chnrchee as
followers of hia I do not think that
Jeatts would be allowed In hardly any
church today. He would not be "orthodox."
Some think If there were no churches
there would be no morality. The opposite ls true. It waa morality in the
world aad a longing tor truth that led
mea to found religions and churches in
the first place. It waa mans primitive
way of acknowledging the forces ln the
world which he did not understand and
expressing hia longing for knowledge.
There la another tiring that can be
traced to the Influence of the Bible, and
that la the position that womaa occupies In the world. It Is because of
Paul'a teachings. Paul was aa Itinerant
preacher. He wasn't any more Inspired
than moat such men are. He said that
women on account of their Inferiority
should not uncover their heads In public and should have no voice la anything. That la ridiculous and yet one
chruch today, the Dunkard, believes
that, and whet la more, enforces It The
Influence of Paul'a teaching can be seen
everywhere, In our laws aad home life.
The early Grecians and Romans who did
not hate any Fan! to tell them how to
live, did not keep women down. Paul'a
Ideaa on marriage are wholly at variance with tboes ot the advanced think*
era af today. He aaid nothing to people
about marrying for mutual benefit aad
help. There are many wrltere today*
whose writings on thia subject are much
more saintly than Paul'a are. I aaid
something of this kind to a woman lata*
Iy, a very devoted church goer, aad ana
aaid that aha would rather believe Paul
than any advanced thinker of ths age.
Another foolish Idea that the Bible haa
given people ia that all marriages are
made in heaven.   Thia belief has caue. A
4. --.-��.
ed untold suffering. Such is the attitude of most people towards the Bible.
Audtaken this way, literally, looked at
as an Inspired work, an immutable book
the Bible, as Sunderland says, has stopped growing. He says that when the
Bible "had grown to be considered as
Sacred it petrified the religion it taught
���had cut off the possibility of future
progress and improvements, bad made
"You look as though you had lost a
friend! exclaimed the girl in the empire coat as she took a seat on a Riverside park bench beside the girl in the
gray broadcloth.
"I've lost worst!" cried the girl in
gray es she listlessly moved over to
make room.   "Look!" she added, point-
sacred every crudeness, every imperfec- in*   to   a common-place-looking   man
tion every childish rite or ceremony, as strolling beside a baby carriage and a
moral lesson���a thrilling example" to
all young men,, and a desperate warning to girls���and he hasn't lived up to
-his role! He's burled bis one talent.
Here they come back again. For goodness sake let me get away. Why, Isabel,
look!���look! He's actually pushing the
baby carriage himself!"���New York
well aa every false doctrine, which
but for the notion of a sacred book, ia
due time would have been outgrown."
The Bible itself does not claim to be
infallible. The Jews themselves didn't
consider lt so, authorities say. In regard to this, Sunderland says, "The doctrine of the infallibility of the Bible ln
the rigid sense In which It Is widely
held and taught now, was unknown to
the early Christian church. Indeed It
did not come into existence until the
sixteenth century, not having been held
even by the earliest and greatest of the
"*Tbe plain truth is that the Bible consists of a number or different books, not
one book but many���written by different
people living in different times.   Some
of It was written during   the   darkest
period of Jewish history.   Other parts
of It were written when they had reached
a somewhat higher plane of civilization.
It la simply the literature or rather a
part of the literature,   for   not all the
books ere in our Biole���of the Jewish
or Hebrew people.    It contains much
that Is false.   The following is what G.
Vance Smith, member of the revision
committee, has to say about the Christian Bible:    "The collection of books
which forms the Bible, ls, In its great
part, the remains of the ancient Hebrew literature.   It Is not a creed nor a
creed book, which men are caled upon
to receive under the penalty of damnation.   It nowhere claims to be so.   Nor
Is It a body of immutable laws for our
times or for anyother.  Many ot its Ideas
on creation on the Divine Being and his
intercourse with men, and on various
other subjects, are simply such as were
suited to the Infancy of the human race.
The Bible may, nevertheless, be a help
and an Influence to guide and enlighten.'
Man when reading the   Bible   should
Judge tt as he would any of the other
works of ancient times.   He should separate the truth   from   the   falsehood,
looked at this way,   man could   learn
from the Bible the same as from any
other book,    Jesus  was certainly  the
greatest teacher that the world has ever
seen.   It ls only when we consider him
as divine that there Is trouble.   If men
generally could realise this, the Bible
would not be the stumbling-block that
It ia at the present time.     It   would
cease to be a bone of contention. When
all men learn that their religious book
It only one of many such books   and
that there Is something to be learned
from all of them, when all men become
broad enough minded to
"Seise upon truth wherever found,
On Christian or on heathen ground"
then will real progress begin.���Truth-
more common-place looking woman.
"I've lost an illusion! And there it
"Looks more like a de-lusion!"
marked the other girl flippantly.
"Well, it's both. It's everything!"
groaned the other. "That man used to
be the boldest, baddest, most unscrupulous flirt and clubman in our home
town. He was perfertly dreadful���and
���end���fascinating, you know, that our
mothers forbade us to have anything to
do with him, and our fathers threatened
to turn us out of house and home, if
they saw us in his company. Of
course he was terribly handsome in that
dashing style, stunningin a Tuxedo,
dreamy in yachting flannels, and tantalizing in tweeds."
"He doesn't look it now," rejoined the
other, glancing after him with a sniff
of disapproval.
"Look It! Why, you wouldn't know
bim if It wasn't for his face! And just
see how he has changed!"
"Well, 1 should think you would be
glad to know he has reformed and is
msking some girl hoppy. He looks
quite domesticated."
"You are perfectly stupid, Isabel. I
thought you had some artistic taste,
more sense of the fitness of things. Think
of the village villain turning out tame
and domesticated! It's like putting a
nice glaring photograph of Mephistoph-
eles in a white and gilt frame. Why,
that man once realized all my ideals of
a heart-breaker. There was scarcely a
girl in our home town whom he hadn't
trifled with, or at least flirted with, to
the ruination of her happiness. Just
to be seen is his presence stamped you
forever after as worldly. He had the
reputation of being able to drink more
than any fellow who belonged to his
club; he owned the fastest yacht on the
Sound; drove the fastest horses ln the
county, and they said he had gambled
away half a fortune. I tell you he was
ideal���that is from an artistic standpoint When he lost all his money and
left for New York, everybody, of course,
predicted that he would go straight to
hades, and we all had mental pictures
ot him making love to society women
here and running away with somebody's
wife, and breaking the bank at Can-
field's���and now���look at that!"
"Now he's Just turned out nice and
respectable, and "
"And ordinary!" cried the girl in gray,
disgustedly. "Tha't iust it He was a
perfectly beautiful villain As a good,
honest husband, he's a failure."
"Looks to me like he's a great success." interjected the other girl.
"Oh, you never did have any ideals!"
cried the girl ln gray crossly. "Don't
ton h* that Nature intended htm for *
South McAlester (I.T) News.
The editor of this paper begs to acknowledge receipt of the first bribe of
his editorial career. Some days ago we
made inquiries of one of our society
young ladies concerning a news item
and elicited the following reply: "Yes,
It's true; but ple-e-ase don't print it in
the paper. If you leave it out I'll give
you a nickel's worth of peanuts." We
are not passionately fond of peanuts,
but gallantry is our long suit. So we
omitted to print the story. This morning a Senegambian gentleman, preceded by about six inches of pleasant smile,
wafted into the editorial sanctum with
a package under his arm about the-size
of a week's washing. Peanuts? The
whole family will be kept busy for a
week eating up the outward and visible
manifestations of our venality. We begin to appreciate the joys of a boodler.
A Candian paper remarks: "John
Ruttan, of St. Thomas, Ont, couldn't
get a job on a Detroit street railway
because he refused to foreswear allegiance to King Edward. It has just been
decided by the United States federal
courts that the relatives of a Canadian
or any other alien who gets killed on a
railay in Pennsylvania have no right
to collect damages, even If the fatality
was due to gross negigence on the part
of the railway company. Two bits of
evidence that your Uncle Sam is not as
big a man as he looks."
Widow Lovey���I'll never attend another dark seance, because I'm In
doubt  about  the materialisation.
Alice���Not distinct enough, eh?
Widow L.���Well, it was this way:
njhe medium said my husband was
there and wanted to speak to me. It
wss too derk to see plainly, but I supposed It was Jim alright, and I kissed
A.���Was it Jim?
W. L.���T'he spook had a lovely
W. L���Jim never had one, so what
I want to know is does hair grow after
death ?���Exchange.
In Spokane the parsons are denouncing spiritualists, trance mediums and
fortune tellers. They claim that no one
can tell the past or the future. That
being the case why do preachers continue to live upon what they denounce
ln others? Are they afraid ot oppose
tion? 14
In a Drop of Water
By M. A. Lane.
In a single drop of water from a park
pond may be seen, in little, the tragedy
that goes' on perpetually in the world
at large; for io that little drop there Is
a whole universe of life with all ito terrible and death-dealing competition,
with all its mystery and woe.
It was a French biologist who invented the method by which this wonderful state of things is demonstrated.
He called the method the "hanging drop
slide." and it is beautifully simple. A
drop of water from the edge of an ordinary pool is placed ra a hollowed out
space on a small strip of glass and
sealed with a bit of thinner glass. And
now day after day and night after night
the hideous business going on in that
one drop of perfectly clear, and apparently pure, water may be watched and
studied at the leisure ot the observer.
The drop of water ia a world in itself.
Multitudes of animals swim about ia it
with plenty of room. The alow-moving,
bulky amoeba; perhaps the slipper animalcule, with its brush-work of cilia,
which lash the water Into waves; giant
worms, with tremendous, swishing tails,
of whose approach one is made aware by
the confusion and panic of the small
creatures which scurry out of the way
in fear of their lives; and countless bacteria Inhabit that drop as their permanent and proper home and their ranging place.
In It all these creatures find ample
room for and means of existence���all of
which can be seen when a moderately
high power of the miscroscope assists
the eye. Looked at in that way the
drop of water becomes a great ocean,
different areas and different, depths of
which may be brought into view hy
slightly turning the adjustment of the
instrument or shifting the "slide"
about on the stage.
But the most thrilling part o fthe story
is the struggle for life tbat goes on here
in this tiny world of action. In order
to live, the animals in the drop must
have food; and so they eat the vegetable
germs which, although they multiply
rapidly, do not multiply rapidly eaough
for the enormous demand. Food centers
may be made out by noting how the
animals crowd about some one spot
near which floats a great thick log or
other breeding ground for vegetation.
Hither and thither rush the animals
with as much purpose in their motions
and in the "get there" aspect of their
methods as ons sees in a business
man about banking hour. One can see
them hustling along in perfectly definite
directions and can note how they ingest
the food particles from the water and
disgorge the Indigestible portions.
They fight for choice bits, threaten
one another, explore new localities, and
so the struggle goes on, day after day,
until all the vegetable organisms are
devoured and only the animals remain.
But the animal life In this drop of
water ls much the same as In ths great
world Itself. There are herbvlora, carnivore; and when the vegetable food lsl
exhausted the omnlvora and carnivore
turn upon and devour one another. One
can aee the stronger ones tearing their
weaker fellows to pieces. By degrees
the weakest are all eaten up and then
the stronger onee Join battle among
Hour by hour the activity in the drop
of water haa diminshed. Fewer and
fewer have become Ita inhabitants, and
soon the number ia ao small that one
may easily count the ferocious cannibals that remain. Of these, again, the
weaker ones are devoured by the stronger and thia elimination continues until
the sole survivor dies of starvation, and
ail life ln this wonderful drop of water
has ceased forever.
Thee highest power of the microscope
now no longer discloses the slightest
action, the slightest trace of life. The
drop of water Is a dead world, and looking into ita vast depths one can see only
the wreckage of the terrific struggle so
lately finished and ao disastrously
To aay this tragedy in the drop of
water la a picture in little of the struggling going on in our world itself ia to
say the simple truth and nothing more.
That is precisely what it ls ,and, with
the story of the drop of water before
us, we can Imagine what may be the
end of thia world of life of which ao
much unphilosophlcal fuss Is made.
There could be no animal life without
plant life. Flesh casters live on plant
eastere. Should the earth become too
cold for plant life���say a little above
freeing���why, then; save yourselves
who can. All life would vanish in a
short time.
The crisis may seem a long way off.
but that is because this earth is to ns
a little larger than a drop of water la
to the minute and highly sensitive creature whose world It la To an Intelligence as large aa a man is large, when
compared with a drop of water, this
carta of ours, with all Its multiplex
tragedy, would be quite as insignificant
and quite aa short-lived aa the drop of
water to the observer who studies it
with tbe aid of a compound microscope.
By Herbert R Bigelow.
If a man's thought is at sixes and
sevens, his life is apt to be full of Inconsistencies. A false idea is next door
to aa Immoral act Straight thinking
is essential to right living.
From the galleries of the city council
chamber I heard a councilman advocate
the passage of the gas franchise. He
began by declaring that he waa a friend
of the worklngmen. He favored giving
the franchise to the gas company because the directors of the company were
our richest citizens, they gave us our
skyscrapers, they gave employment to
our laborers; and, therefore, as a favor
to our worklngmen, the council proposed to give the franchise to their employers. To be sure, the franchise sent the
stock of the gas company up $1,000,000,
but the Intresta of labor have to be looked after, no matter what crumbs fall to
the respectable business grafters of the
While the council man was making
his speech, aome one near wondered
how much the gaa company had to nay
!2f/< volunteered
the opinion that the councilman was
honest and well-meaning. "Well said
the first man, "suppose he is honest
Does that help any? Can you tell me
cuMrhat earthly use is an honest, damh
In state legislatures and city councils, the crooks and fools usually vote
together. It matters little to the people
whether the legislator is a smart thief
or Just a dupe.
���Some people thing as a calf walks*
and If a man wabbles In his thought he
wabbles through life.
The man who rides home with you on
the street car can tell you about the bin
of goods he sold yesterday, about the
show he saw last night, or the beefsteak he ate for breakfast But that ls
his depth. If you try to talk religion,
politics, taxation, municipal ownership
referendum, you will find his mind confused, and hopelessly so, for he wiil
think himself wise. The less he knows,
the wiser he ls.
If thoughts were things, the furniture
of some men's minds would make a
second-hand furniture store look like a
Tiffany palace . What a lot of clap-trap,
rusty junk and frayed rags of thoughts
men carry about in their minds, and set
before yo-i. without shame and without
Here is a man with a defective heas-t
valve. It does not kill him. But he is
handicapped by it He Is short of breath.
He has fainting spells. He must always guard against over-exertion. Because of that defect he gets less service
out of the other organs of the body.
Now, lt is just as impossible to have
a false idea in the mind without damage as It ls to have a diseased heart
without lowering the tone of the bodily
health. And if the error pertains to ao
basic a thing as religion, if one haa a
false philosophy of life, the damage will
be serious.
There is not a leper spot on the body
politic which is not due to bad thinking.
Isaiah declared that social distress waa
due primarily to man's Ignorance, and
his words are full of significance today.
New York Medical Journal.
Her father had undergone an operation for appendicitis, and five-year-old
was making her first call. When nurse
came to take her away, she hung back
for a moment.
"Haven't I been very quiet, papa?
"Yes," whispered the fond parent
"And haven't I been very good?"
Her father admitted it
"Then won't you do me a big favor,
"Certainly.   What is it, my child?'
"Let me see the baby."
ln France the trade unions are striking against the sale and manufacture of
absinthe. In America not a union has
ever struck against beer or whiskey. ewrmHmBxaopTjpnsWBii**w*,e*'s-
Dr. A. Milloy
Aberdeen Block,
John Hutchison & Go.
Headquarters  for
aBBE*0"   Cranbrook, B. C.
Bells Furniture. Coffins. Billiard and Tool
Tables.   Wall   Paper.   Mirrors
and Bar Fixtures.
S. J. Mighton
r, Has the largest stock of Pipes, Tobaccos,
Olgars and Smokers' Sundries in the interior of B. C.
Mall orders receive prompt attention.
in 10 and 20 acre Blocks
For sale on easy terms.
Sharp & Irvine
Mining Brokers
Real Estate and Insurance Agents
Shops* tn all  leading towns.    Contrncts
solicited  to  supply  armies  and   railroads.
Calgary; Alberta.
Provincial I.anel Surveyor. Crown Grants
Obtained. Fifteen years' experience in
eoal mines of B.C.. Reports furnished on
coal properties.
Civil   Engineer   and   Provincial   Land
The Strathcona
Is situated on a slight eminence, just a block from tue busy
scenes on Baker Street, snd is within easy touch of everything in the city.   From its balconies csn be seen nearly
all the grand scenery that surrounds thc beautiful
city of Nelson.   Few hotels in the great west
equal the Strathcona, and tourists from
every land will (Ind within its portals
all ths essentials that create pleas-
. r* ant memories within the
. *���**    ���i
mind of those who
B. TOMKINS, Manager,
Is the leading hotel of the city. Mountain trout and game dinners a specialty.
Rooms reserved by telegraph.
HUGH NIVEN, Proprietor
Has a line of nerve bracers unsurpassed
in any mountain town of the great weat.
A glass of aqua pura given free with
every shot of spirits mentl.
���   ' a a        "   i
The Pernie Ledger
FERNIE,   B.   C.
Is the best newspaper in the Crow's Nest
Pass coal region.    Two dollars   a   year.
D.   V.  MOTT,   Editor.
The Kaslo Hotel i*n ^5VSI
In the city. COCKLE & PAPWORTH.
TWa Pilh-oi** ,n Sanson,   B.  C,  Is  a
lUtJ ��11 UtJIL pleasant   home    lor    all
McL60d Hotel on?/' Arsl-ciaes* hotel In the city.   Sample rooms.
rrrL- D_ -^l -4.4. is the best 11 a day
lUe XJariieil hotel in Nelson. Only
white  help  employed.
Tremont House SS"* &. %&��
ican and European plan. Nothing yellow
about the house except the gold In tho
Newmarket Hotel ?��"& SK
ists  and  millionaires  visiting  New  Denver, b.  C. HENRY 8TEUE.
CU   PUa  is   the     leading   hotel   in
Ob. IllIIlO   TRAIL. B. C
JAS.   DAWSON,   Prop.
Starkey & Oo.
Wholesale Dealers in Produce and
Wadds Bros.
y*l le
Tlie leOooald-Donlop
Co., limited,
Wholesale Commission Merchants
and Manufacturers' Agents
Limited Liability
The 'Lnmsden  Roller  Mills.
The Wapella Roller Mills.
Lever Brothers "Sunlight Soap."
Dalton Brothers '"Dish-Towel" Soap.
The  Vogvi  Packing company.
The Baltimore Lime M'fg Co.
The Manitoba Canning Co.
The  W.   &  R.   Jaooba  Co.,   Ltd.,
cute Manufacturers.
The  Guelph   Foundry  Co.,   Ltd.
The "Armur" Co., Ltd.
The Moyie Mill & Dumber Co.
The Hygiene Gola Wine Co.
Fruit and  Produce of all  kinds
respondence solicited.
Kootenay Engineering Works
Nelson. B. C.
Founders, Machinists and Iron Workers. Makers of the Crawford Aerial
Tram; Castings* Builders Materials,
Mill and Mining Machinery.
P. 0. Box 493 MANAGER.
Kootenay Bail way 4 Navigation Co.
Kaslo eft Slocan Railway Co.
International   Nav.   &  Trading  Co.,   Ltd.
P.O. Box 363, Calgary, Alta.
Plainfand Cigar
Int. Navigation ft Trading Co.
7:00 ana.  Iv Kaslo Ar. 9:26 p.m.
8:00 a.m ..Ainsworth  8:16 a.m.
9:40 a.m. Ar. Nelson Lv. 5:46 p.m.
Calling regularly at Ainsworth and Pilot Bay and all  way landings on signal.
If you have aome friends whom yon
think would like to see a sample ot
this Journal, send ua their nemos and
we will do the
For particulars as to prices and kinds
of monuments and headstones, write to
the Kootenay Marble Works*, Nelson
B. C.
Kaslo ft Sloean Railway
8:00 a.m leave ...Kaslo....  arrive 3:* p.m.
10:26 p.m. arrive  ..Sandon...  leave 1:30 a.m.
Ocean steamship tickets and ratea via
all lines will be furnished on application.
For further particular* call' on or address
P.   H.   WALSH. H.   E.   DOUGLAS,
Supt.. Kaslo, B. C.  Agt., Kaslo, B. C.
Cranbrook, B.C.
Is convenient to all depots, telegraph
offices and banks in the city. Special attention paid to tourists, commercial and
oterwlse. The cuisine is excellent, and all
guests receive courteous attenUon. Touch
the wire when you  want rooms served.
Hoggartb & Rollins, Proprietors
Pitfier & Leiser
Victoria, Sole Agents.
Munro's Old Highland
and Whiteley's Liquer
Whiskies are the beet
CiTas. Burt
Agent, Nelson.
Home industry.   Catalogue free.
Seed House and Greenhouses,
3010 Westminster Road, Vancouver, B.C.
About Float.
Float is not a periodical, It to a book
containing 83 illustrations, all told, and
is filled with sketches and stories of
western life. It tells how a gambler
cashed In after the flush days of Sandon; how lt rained in New Denver long
after Noah waa dead; how the parson
took a drink at Bear Lake in early
days; how justice was dealt in Kaslo
in '93; how the saloon man out prayed
tbe women in Kalamaaoo, and graphically depicts the roamings of a western
editor amongst the tenderfoot ln the
cent belt. It contains the early history of Nelson and a romance of the
Silver King mine. Fn it are printed
three western poems, and dozens of ar-
tkdes too numerous to mention. Send
for one hefore it la too late. The price
la 25 cents, postpaid to any part of the
world.   Address all letters to
It T. LOWBRY. Nelson, B. C.
"He has no enemies," you say;
My friend, your boast ls poor.
He who hath mingled ln the fray
Of duty that the brave endure.
Must have made foes!   If he heth none.
Small Is the work that he hath done.
He has hit no traitor on the hip;
He has cast no cup from perjured Up;
He has never turned the wrong to right;
He has been a coward in the fight
are Union Made Cigars, made by  w.  P.
Kllbourne A Co., Winnipeg,  and sold on
the  road  by GEORGE  HORTON.
For monuments and headstones write
to the Kootenay Marble Works, Nelson,
B. C.
If you want a newspaper started lo
your town-, send particulars to Box
1090, Nelson, B. C.
Newsagents and newsboys are wanted in all unrepresented districts to sell
LOWERY'S CLAIM. Write for partic-
Twelve back numbers of LOWERY'S
CLAIM, and a copy of Float aro sent
postpaid to any address upon receipt of
one dollar.
A blue touch here means that thia
is a sample copy, aad that your are
requested to send a dollar for a year's
' 4_
The Summer Girl will soon be here
with all her radiant charms, and then In
gay abandon she'll leap in Neptune's
arms. O, would that I were Neptune
for but a single day. to clasp so much
of sweetness es then would come my
way. I'd press the hand of every girl,
her ruby lips I'd taste, and for a blissful moment my arm would twine her
waist O. yes, I envy Neptune���his place
I'd gladly take; I'd learn then what the
ladles use, those sofe, round curves to
make.���Corpus Christ! Caller.
A travelling man received the following telegram from his wife:
"Twins arrived tonight.     More   by
He went at once to the nearest office
and sent the following reply:
"I leave for home tonight. If mora
come by mall, send to Dead-Letter Office.
A promlnetnt divine says that all
gamblers are either fools or'thieves.
Fools when they lose and thieves when
they win. Something similar can be
said of heaven boosters. .If they believe everything they utter in the pulpit they are fools, and if they do aot
believe li they are Hare.


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