The Houston Post. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 1908 Page: 6 of 14
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Houctort Texas Thursday Jan. 2 1908.
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' the buying classes In Houston and
South Texas than any other paper.
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BAKE DEPOSIT DfSTTRAU'CX.
Just why the effort to induce Governor
; Campbell to convoke the legislature for
ther purpose of providing Stated Insurance
- c deposits in State banks should con-
ttnue ii beyond the comprehension of
The Post Section CO article of the
conatftulon of thl State reads as fol-
. The legislature shall have no power to give
or to lend or to authorize the giving or lend-
ing of the credit of the State in aid of or to
. any person association or corporation
whether municipal or other or to pledge the
' credit of the State in any manner whatsoever
for toe payment of the liabilities present or
i prospective of any individual association of
. individuals municipal or other corporation
' This language is so explicit that It is
v Bselesa to dHcuss the subject of State
Insurance further. There is nothing to
. prohibit the banks from organising a
: Without suggestion from the State. Many
of the officials ot State banks have de-
. Glared In favor ot deposit Insurance. If
they really favor it they can proceed at
'v vni u vwuniaruy aevwe) a pian to m-
.jrar their depositors against loss and a
' Corporation organized by them will af-
ford Just as much protection as It Is
possible for the State to give. The Na-
tional banks or their officials are at 11b-
ejrty to likewise organize for deposit in-
The State Itself can not be made lta-
. ble for the losses of men who deposit
their funds in a State bank. It would be
inanladjbtly unjust to put all the property
of the people of Texas behind the money
of State bank depositors. Ourbanklng
' system may be Imperfect and doubtless
Is but to place the risk of the business
upon the State l not a reasonable
method of perfecting the system. The
hoarding ot money by Individuals will
stop as soon a? the hoarders know the
ha&kS will pay deposits on demand and
when the hanks announce their readiness
to resume payments In full the present
depression will be relieved so far as It Is
possible to relieve it by artificial meas-
. ures. f -
HE. RIDGELY'S ADVICE.
Jilt ts the duty of the banks." says Mr.
Elflgely comptroller of the currency "to
restore huslness to normal conditions by
' resuming their functions as promptly and
as fully as possible" and that Is what The
Tost has been saying for several weeks.
If there be' hoarding at this time it. Is
r' in ply because people who have cur-
toncjr do not care to put it In a bank
:;0 long as they do not know they can
ret it again when they want it. Why
Vioiild a man with J 11.000 deposit It in
a bank it the bank does not agree to pay
it on demand? Naturally if he contem-
plates Using his money he will keep It no
that Jt may be available for use when he
needs It.' If the bank?; will fully resume
their functions the people will not hesi-
t te U deposit their currency for all
doubt M to the BOlldttV of the hank 8 has
lung sines been removed.
At present nearly every legitimate
f i notion ot the banks Is in Ruspense and
i'lplr cask reserves are much larger than
ibUaU .The Comptroller says the largest
serves arc In the Texas cities showing
' t thSr Texas banks are extremely cau-
is and In good condition. Normal
Iness conditions will quickly follow
resumption of unlimited currency
merits and hoarding will stop.
" I.e many expedients some of them of
. most ; paternalistic character aug-
j aS a 'Corrective for hoarding would
ntlrely nnneoessary if the banks will
w the comptroller's advice. The con-
1 ot the Country 1 good. The farm-
throughout the country have pro-
erj good rops which on the whole
0 been sold at good prices and what-
r. remains lh thelr; hands commands
1 prices eyed at this time when busl-
f i "Pension naturally tends to de-
. fees. With Industrial conditions
.-re. Is no exonss for the pro-
osloa of buaioaMs. Kven
I those Industries which are more or less
at a standstill the lumber industry for
instance will gradually resume opera-
tions when other linos ot business re-
sume. The Houston bankers all agree that
the prospects (or the current year are
good on the wbolo. There is going to
be a market for the products of the
State. There is much cotton yet in the
hands ot the farmers that will gradually
be marketed and there is another crop
coming on that will be worth at least
$200000000 and It may reach a total
value of $250000000. The world needs
eTerythlng that Texas produces and will
hare to pay for it Therefore prosperity
depends entirely upon the resumption of
business. The foundation of our pros-
perity the great productive industry of
the State is unimpaired. The people
rely on labor and not speculation and it
these facta are properly considered by
those who' control the finances and com-
merce of the State business will Boon
reach normal proportions and the trou-
bles ot 1907 will soon be forgotten.
Comptroller Rldgely's advice Is timely
IGNOEAHT CRITICISM FROM THE
The Troy (N. T ) Press says: "Gov.
ernor Campbell of Texas pardoned fifty
convicts from the penitentiary by way of
Christmas gifts. The Hartford Times
calls this 'carrying mawkish sentiment
to an extreme.' Is it? A leading char-
acteristic In the llf of the Master was
forgiveness. He was slow to condemn
and swift to pardon the fallen. The con-
vict set free as a Christmas gift and
who returns quickly to crime must be
uncommonly hardened Perhaps some of
these fifty appreciating the boon of free-
dom bestowed in Jesus' name will turn
their faces toward good living and the
truth and vindicate nobly the mag-
nanimity Governor Campbell exercised in
Quite a number of outside newspapers
that know nothing of the pardons granted
by Governor Campbell have taken occa-
sion to criticise him and several like the
Hartford Times have characterized his
action as an exhibition of "mawkish sen-
timent" when it was nothing of the kind.
Governor Campbell i. no abuser of the
pardoning power. Investigation will
show that every act of clemency was
proper and that in each case the ends of
justice had keen attained. livery appeal
for clemency is first rigidly scrutinized
by the board of pardons and It Is upon
the recommendation of thla board that
the governor bases his action.
The governor of Texas is not a man
given to mawkish sentimentality. He
has no sympathy with lawbreaklng and
he stands for the enforcement of the law
and the administration of justice. When
he grants a pardon the people of Texas
are pretty well satisfied that the law has
been vindicated and Justice satisfied and
we are not certain that the matter con-
cerns any but the people of Texas.
A MESSAGE FROM JAPAN.
Walter Wellman one of the ablest and
most experienced members of the press
gallery In Washington says that Secre-
tary Taft brought this message to the
rresldent from the emperor of Japan
"We want peace with the United States
and nothing but peace now and always."
And Mr. Wellman says this message is
in full accord with all the Information
which our government has received
through the regular diplomatic channels.
The understanding between Washing-
ton and Tokio. whicb Mr. Wellman de-
clares ts complete is given by him In
BubBtance as follows: "The Japanese
government undertakes to cooperate
with the government at Washington to
the extent of Its power in minimizing
the emigration of coolies from Japan to
the I'nlted States. The Japanese gov-
ernment has for long time been doing
this. It will continue to do so in the fu-
ture redoubling its efforts. At Tokio
they hope to be able to restrict emigra-
tion through various consular and other
regulations t6 such small volume as to
remove that which Is considered the
chief If not the only danger to the cor-
dial relations which exist between the
This understanding Is In full accord
with everything the president. Secretary
Taft and the Japanese diplomats have
been saying on the subject for many
months but it Is not quite consistent
with what a member of the administra-
tion recently told Mr. Wellman with re-
spect to the motives which prompted the
sending of the Atlantic fleet to the Pa-
cific. The member of the administration
al'itded to plainly stated that it was the
discontent In Japan growing out of the
San Francisco school trouble that
alnrmed the administration and that It
was deemed advisable to make a dem-
onstration of strength In the Pacific as
.in object lesson for the Japanese.
Mr. Wellman l no faker. He doesn't
guess at things' and when he says the
source of his Information was reliable
certainly the newspaper world will be-
lieve him. It seems therefore that de-
spite the understanding between Wash-
ington and Tokio there was a lack of
faith at Washington In the professions
of the Japanese government and that it
was deemed best to make a warlike dem-
onstration while professing to accept
The more the Pacific cruise is con-
sidered In the light of all the facts the
more inexcusable appears the blunder
which resulted in its dispatch to the Pa-
cific. We may wall doubt according tit
Mr. Henry BeuUrdabTs recant rtnaala.
HOUSTON ijAltt FOSTt THUHBDAY MORNIKG.JAKUARY 2. 190a
Hons an- Mr. Reutordahl is with the
fleet that the cruls Is likely to prove
an Impressive lesson to Japan. And the
-bureaucratic methods of the department
as illustrated by the present controversy
between Admiral grown son and Surgeon
General Rixey affords further testimony
of the futility of making a warlike dem-
onstration which may result in proving
conclusively our lack of preparation for
R. M. Johnston Texas member of the Na-
tional democratic executive committee waa
reported in conference Sunday with Roger
Sullivan discussing plans to defeat the nomi-
nation of Bryan. Roger Sullivan belongs to
that type of politician who it in politics for
his business. He practices influence by the
wholesale in the senate to make all the money
he can representing corporations and their
officers. Mr. Johnston naturally is not for
Bryan. Mr. Bryan does not belong to the
commercial brand of statesmen that appears
to be attractive to Mr. Johnston. Mr. John-
ston misrepresents the democratic party just
in proportion aa he if against Bryan Grttn-
Now in the first place Mr. Johnston was
in no "conference" with Mr. Sullivan; he did
ot discuss "plans to defeat the nomination
of Bryan" with Mr. Sullivan nor with any-
body else. In the second place Mr. John-
ston is not opposed to Mr. Bryan and never
has been. Mr. Johnston was fighting the
battles of Mr. Bryan when many of these
overzealoua recruits in Texas were denounc-
ing him (Bryan) as an anarchist. Mr. Bryan
knows this ; and he fully understands further
that the fact that Mr. Johnston believes Texas
has the proper material for a president in
Charles A. Culberson and has aaid so in-
volves no unfriendliness to the great N'e-
braskan. Thoae people who hate The Post
and its editor because of their friendship for
Senator Bailey will have to do better than
circulate fake stories like the one quoted
above if they hope to accomplish their ap-
The very idea of assembling any State
legislature for the purpose of restoring con-
fidence. While we can not state definitely when the
Houston banks will resume full currency pay-
ments it ia safe to aay that the Houston re-
sumption will be far saintlier and more re-
fined than the rasping and ill-bred resump-
tion of Resumelcss Richmond.
The desire for office in Texas is much sin-
cerer and far more yeamish than the morbid
and crafty office hunger of South Carolina.
The soft silk-like fofes that now and then
envelop Houston are far leas irritating and
less suffocating than the coarte-fibered membrane-destroying
fog that are breathed by
the people of Muggy Manhattan.
Governor Folk's mother says she never
spanked him. It would be a novelty for the
presidential chair to be occupied by that kind
Quentin Roosevelt aged n has fallen des-
perately in love with a girl of 17- This goes
to show that presidential progeny contains
ahotit the same quality of human nature that
other kids have.
If the president really want to know why
he failed to bag a 'possum in Virginia we
will state that we ate the last 'posurn of Vir-
ginia in 1878.
The chief difficulty in the way of Tennes-
see supplying the country with any more presi-
dents is that all presidential material now be-
ing born in North Carolina i promptly migrat-
ing to Texa.
An Ohio prophet says the time will come
when State lines will disappear in this coun-
try. When that happens the country will go
by the name of Grand Old Texas. (
It will be impossible to tell until all the
returns are in whether 1907 was most fatal
to the last surviving captors of Jefferson
Davis or the sole survivors of the charge at
The Pt. Louis Cardinals will do their warm-
ing up in Houston as usual. This may be
taken as the highest tribute St. Louis can
pay to the Houston climate and beer.
Mrs. F.ddy's "next friends" who are np-
posing her effort to rut a million dollars
to found a charitable institution are diligent-
ly striving to Rt next to the million them-
s Iw s.
No spirited ard high stepping beauty of
(.rand Did Texas ever discards a sweetheart
or orders him from her presence forever with
out first removing herself from his lap.
Sir Herbert Beerliohin Tree declares there
will he a great revival of the drama in 1908.
This gives hope that Iternard Shaw will be
one of the earliest arrivals at the mourners'
The ( hattanooga I'ress club is arranging
to pull off a hanquel. aged in the wood and
bottled in bond. It is designed no doubt to
further enrage the Knoxville journalists.
Kvidences are multiplying that no rule of
the union will be necessary to suppress the
Jelf Davis paragraph. The blight of sena-
torial tradition seema to already rest upon it.
Asparagus stimulates the kidneys.
Reetroot is fattening and good for people
who want to put on flesh.
The town of Rtversidr N. J. with a popu-
lation of 4000 has no paid police force nor a
The Ahhe lorret. who climbed every im-
portant peak in the Swiss and Italian Al..
is dead at 70.
Krnesto Nathan is the first Jew to lie
elected mayVir of Rome. He was horn in
England and is a past grandmaster Mason.
Kngland had to pay $565000 to have ( zar
Nicholas visit London ins 1844. Of this $60-
000 was spent in redecorating Buckingham
It is estimated that people in ( hirago spend
$jooooo a year in keeping their shoes pol
ished. Of this amount profits are said to ie
Mayor Morrow of Benton Harbor. Mich.
threw the key of his grocery store into the
canal five years ago and the place has not
been locked since.
All records in the transportation of pas-
senger across the Atlantic were broken dur
ing the first ten months of 1907 during which
j.ooo.ooo traveled across.
C. Wetley Wootton of Germantown Pa.
who recently pronounced Whitman aa "an
offensively dirty person" has now referred
to Tenriysexi's poetry as sounding like "tear
Some "Other E&torials
Retrat.ng to Fight Again
(from tk Peri Worth Record.)
Now the anti-Bailey folk here do not con-
cede that Senator Bailey will be one of the
delegates at large to the National conven-
tion but they say 'if he should be elected
that fact coold not be takes as a popular in-
dorsement and it would not settle the Bailey
question. They base this assertion in the
first place upon the fact that since the con-
ventions to be held for the purpose of select-
ing delegates te the National convention have
as entirely different object in view it would
be impossible to sqoarely join the issue aa
to Senator Bailey; and ia the second place
they point oat that the delegates will be
chosen not by the primary election or direct
vote system wherein every voter would have
an opportunity to express bis choice and
r.ave that expression recorded but instead
by the old convention system which some of
them declare is not a safe method of de-
termining matters of personal choice. Dallas
By which it may be seen that the anti-
Bailey folk are already on the run and are
seeking another battleground.
It was they who pitched the fight on Mr.
Bailey as s delegate to the National conven-
tion. As we recall it Mr. Senter announced
their purpose to deny this customary honor
to the senator and to bring about through
this means the appearance of a popular re-
buke. The fight was to be made in every pre-
cinct and county through a complete anti-
Bailey organization to which contributions
were pleadingly solicited.
Evidently they are already hearing from
the country. They realize now that Senator
Bailey can easily win the fight they have
brought upon him and that their hope of a
popular reproach is about to be turned into s
popular indorsement. Hence they are try-
ing to discount the foregone conclusion.
The publication means also that they will
refuse to accept as final any indorsement Mr.
Bsiley may win and that they will retreat
to other ground and to the swamp and the
political ambushes like the guerrillas thst they
are to carry on the warfare so long a a cor-
poral' guard remains.
The truth is that in pitching the fight for
the May convention they chose their most
favorable oppportunity. The masses of the
people rarely take an active interest in con-
ventions to send delegates to the National
convention. Usually precinct and county
politicians have a free hand in these gather-
ings and it is difficult to get an expression
of real public opinion. It will be especially
so this year in the absence of sny opposition
to Mr. Bryan as the democratic presidential
Therefore if Mr. Bailey is indorsed a a
delegate it will be a victory of peculiar sig-
nificance for it is known of all men that his
chief opposition lies among the petty politi-
cians who usually manipulate the local con-
ventions. His greatest strength lies among
the masses especially among the democratic
farmers and if he carries a majority of the
local convention it will demonstrate a weaker
opposition than his most sanguine friend
In this early weakening the Record ee
more hope for Mr. Bailey than it had pre-
viously entertained in respect to the cam-
paign for delegate.
Evidently Mr. Senter's call for recruits and
for the sinews of war has brought disappoint-
Houston's Growlrlg Greatness.
(From the Cameron Herald.)
Hon. John Duncan of Tyler who was reg-
istered at the Rice hotel yesterday intends to
moe to Houston about January 1 and will
practice his profession here. Judge Duncan
has been a resident of Texa since 1859 and
is one of the best known men in public life
in this State. As a lawyer he stands high
and he has been honored by his people serv-
ing more recently in the legislature from
MI have decided to come to Houston" said
Judge Duncan "because I think that Hous-
ton is the best city in the State and is de-
stined to become the best city beyond a
doubt in the South. I have carefully watched
the growth of Houston and am satisfied that
no other city in the South has a great a fu-
ture as it has. It has had no false booms
but its growth has been steady and substan-
tial. With deep water and in the center of a
great rice oil and cotton section there is
something substantial here for the making of
a great city.
"Then too. I have lots of friends in Hous-
ton. I have been coming here for many years
and like the people and so that I know I will
like the change from a personal as well as a
professional standpoint. I expect to come
here to permanently reside about January 1."
Judge Duncan went to Dallas a few weeks
ago and "spied out the land"; then went to
Houston. The above is his decision. He is
an astute man ; one of our "elder statesmen" ;
has been in Texas a long time since his in-
fancy ; worked on the first Texas iron fur-
nace knows the State as few men know it
and concluded not to follow Judge Kinley and
other Tyler statesmen to Dallas but to the
coining metropolis on the edge of the pine
and magnolia groves and the coast prairies
that are swept hy the temperate and delight-
ful Rulf breezes and where the flower-scented
zephyrs steal arrtund one at the ringing (if
the angrlus and lull the careworn nerves at
eventide into a sweet reit and forgetfulness
of the cares of the day's toil and business
troubles. And Houston will spread until it
teaches Harnsbur. There will be some large
and prosperous stilmitian towns on the trolley
line between there fnd Galveston. .-fYeady
South Houston w lm h this w riter knows to
be in a most beauiitul convenient healthful
and advantageous huation is taking on great
proportions. The 1 .an who invests down
there now will make a paying business move.
Judge Duncan is wise when not making
Is it Just to the Railroads?
(From thr Waco Tribune.)
It is said the I exas railroads propose to
fight the proposed reduction of passenger
rates. That is a mixed and important ques-
tion and a nun who wants to be just and
conscientious in reaching a conclusion as to
what ought to le done finds himself in a
dilemma. The I rtbune freely admits that
as to its own attitude. So far as the rail-
roads are concerned the paper has no call to
feel sympathy lor them. They have given us
the hot end of the stick or the "marble heart''
to a degree and we have reached the conclu-
sion that of all intitution that will ride a
free horse to the limit the railroads stand
at trie head. Hut then comes the thought
of the admitted wonderful developing influ-
ence and value of the railroads. They have
helped to make Texas what it i ; they will
help more and thiy have a right to ask and
expect justice and fair treatment. We have
seen them looted and imposed on without
cause and we do not know whether they can
stand the propoe I reduction snd get the re-
turn they ought t get on their investment.
It is big questio i snd it challenges the sense
of justice and wisdom of the people of Texas.
Therefore what is done should not be done in
haste or in any nti-corporation spirit.
It Affects the Pocket.
From tin Port Ltvata Wave.)
The assessment law ts again being widely
discussed over the Stats. Ivery paper takes
it mp sad the question ei sawssssng property
4 asssgteg sssre Mmtt.mm- mm
Gossip ot the Corridors ;j ; The Paragraphers Trust j
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Cullen who have
apartments at the Macatee are greatly dis-
tressed at the death of Gyp. Mr. Cullen is
the monologist appearing this week . at the
Majestic theater. Gyp is a fox terrier known
far and wide as the pet of Colonel and Mrs.
Charles E. Bray of Chicago. Colonel Bray
is the general manager of the Orpheum cir-
cuit of vaudeville theaters and has traveled
all over the world in the interest of that cir-
cuit always carrying the dog with him.
"Mrs. Cullen is especially grieved at the
death of the dog" said Mr. Cullen "the news
of which reached us today. Every year is was
her custom to send a Christmas present for
Gyp. It was usually a box filled with things
for the dog to play with. It was always tied
up so that Gyp could easily unfasten it and
the fox terrier invariably had a 'tot of fun.
Others besides my wife ent the dog Christ-
mas gifts and the holiday season was one of
much joy for Gyp.
"Thi fox terrier was the most intelligent
animal I ever saw and Mr. Cullen and I
were greatly attached to it while the devo-
tion the Brays had for Gyp was marked.
They never went anywhere without their pet
and the hotel that objected to dogs couldn't
get their patronage. When traveling they al-
ways engaged a state room so that they could
have Gyp with them.
"Gyp's friendship for me was lot the last
time I was in Chicago when Mrs. Cullen
and I were the gueau of the Brays at dinner.
The dog always ate at the same table with its
masters. I wa at its place. Gyp didn't like
this a bit and she died without havipg for-
"Gyp was a scrapper and she died game.
Ten days ago she had an encounter with a
St. Bernard no dog was too big for her to
tackle which resulted in the death of the fox
terrier. She died before the last Christmas
box from my wife reached her."
Mr. Cullen has been on the Orpheum cir-
cuit for the last ten year and i one of the
most popular monologists now appearing be-
fore the public. This is hi first trip to
Texas and he said yesterday that the au-
diences at the Majestic were as appreciative
as any before which he has ever appeared.
For two years Mr. Cullen appeared in Eng-
land at the best houses. "You have to ex-
plain everything to them over there' he said.
"For instance whenever I sang a parody I
always had to say 'Ladies and gentlemen I
am now about to sing a parody on "Tommy
Atkins."' Those in the audience wear their
hats smoke vile pipe make all kinds of
noises and otherwise make it pleasant for the
Colonel Wiley Mangum Imboden who for
years buried his feet in the red sands of
Fast Texas while his head surmounted by a
rough brown plug hat was in rivalry with
the towering pines of that section was at the
Rice yesterday. Colonel Imboden is citizen
statesman lawyer and man of letters but dur-
ing all his varied career he has pinned his
faith firmly to Texas in general and East
Texas in particular and his efforts have been
directed toward making shadow of every
other ection of the universe while Texas wa
the main object in the bright view of the
Colonel Imboden was once the controlling
power in East Texas politics. He went to
the senate of Texas when he was yet a beard-
less youth and since then he has been news-
paper writer and lawyer dividing his ener-
gies in those two professions between Pales-
tine Rusk. Nacogdoches and several other
towns in the piney woods. Over there they
think a lot of him and when he wanted to go
to congress they refused to let him because
they wanted to keep him at home and did not
want to see him weaned from his first love
but to soothe his disappointed political feel-
ings they made him district attorney and he
had the job just as long as he wanted it.
He is a sage when he is at Rusk and
when he takes his accustomed place on the
court house square with knife and stick to
whittle there gather about him a large part
of the citizenship willing to sit at the feet
of learning and acquire wisdom. About a
year ago he locked up his green hag and li
brary. turned over all the indictments and
capiases in his district attornev's office to a
successor and moved upon the capital of
the State where he is the presiding genius
of the editorial columns of the Austin States-
man which boasts that it is the oldest paper
in Texas but one. He has livened it up since
he has been there has provoked a contro-
versy or two in some of which he has come
out first best and he has spoken a few
political pieces that are interesting the read-
ers. Colonel Imboden is a man whose feelings
are never ruffled ; he is the same day in and
day out and since he has been at Austin he
has demonstrated that he is very fond of
"punkin" pies. His friends here were Rlad to
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Keaton and the little
Keatons are guests at the Macatee during tne
period of their engagement at trie Vajesttc
theater. This is the first time that the
Keatnns have played in Texas although the
head of this interesting family in not un-
known to the Southwest.
Mr. Keaton was one of the original hoom-
ers of old Iklahoma. Leaving his home in
Terre Haute. Ind. in 188.1. with a long-
haired individual calling himself Dklahniua
Bill Joe Keaton went to what was reprc
seined to he the promised land. Dn the way
to Oklahoma he discovered that some of the
members of the party were coming West to
become "outlaws" so he spent $S for cart-
ridges for the Winchester his father gave
With the crowd was a pleasant young
Canadian liy the name of Charley Anderson.
He and Mr. Keaton secured adjoining claims
three miles and a half northwest of Rdmond.
Sooners outlaws horsethieves and desper-
adoes were numerous and the relation of Mr.
Keaton and the ( anaduul l ecatne as two
brothers. It was a constant watch for
marauders who would steal anytning that
could be carried away or who would take any
chance however desperate in securing .1 farm
from the honest settler. At intervals of every
few days Mr. Keaton and his friend would
visit each other in keeping the vigil watch
and driving away the lonesomeness of the
surroundings. Many a thief or claim juniper
was ousted with the assistance of the faithful
Winchester and the $8 worth" of cartridges
for Mr. Keaton had become an expert marks-
man. A few months passed when Mr. Keaton
found on going to call upon his friend a
stranger plowing with the Canadian lad's
team and wearing his friend's clothing. "I
asked him of the whereabouts of my friend
Charley" said Mr. Keaton. "1 have hougnt
the tarm of your friend and he has gone bac
to his folks in Canada" answered the
stranger. "I knew he was lying" said Mr.
Keaton. "Charley snd 1 were pals and he
would not sell out and go away without tell-
ing me of his intentions. Something told me
on the instant that this man had made away
with my friend. I had the old Winchester
and throwing it down un him I accused hun
of murder. He made no reply but walked
on plowing. I went to F.dmond and told a
man named Bob Galbreath now the Glenn
Pool millionaire of my trouble. He and two
or three of his friends and myself went back
to Charley's claim snd burning the grass dis-
covered his body buried in a shallow grave
with the knees sticking out above the ground.
He had been shoV through the head. We
went to the dugout where the stranger was
eating hi dinner and with the old Winchester
we marched him out Aeetawd of the murder
he confessed the dims sod Jutttos was meted
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HOUSTON POST ECHOES.
The Houston Post man was deluged with
rose at Christmas time red ss the towns
were psinted. Atlanta Constitution.
The Washington Pot call down George
Bsiley for speaking of "Washington puh."
It is "pull" tn thst unsanctified Rooscveltian
center. Jacksonville Times-Union.
The Houston Port complains that outside
?pers do not tell "the whole truth" about
exa snd some of the outside paper have
hinted that The Post should confine itself to
"nothing but the truth" about the same sub-
ject. forgo (N. D.) Call.
The Houston Port give thi whack at Vir-
ginia: "The president will get some very good
exercise in Virginia but be will get no pott-
sum. The 'possum hss been extinct in Vir-
ginia for some twenty-two years." It will
now be "up to" the Virginia journals to show
that the little animals are still very much
alive in that State. Colorado Springs Tele-
graph. The other day the valued Houston Post
contained this paragraph which although at
the time was only a bit of pleasantry con-
tained more truth than the author wist: "The
Chattanooga Times accuses Knoxville of be-
ing a blind tiger lair. Poor old Knoxville.
Superb old Chattanooga." The arrest of
Christmas drunks in prohibition Knoxville
reached 28 ; in Chattanooga 7. The Post's
observations seem to be about correct. Chat-
The other day a writer for The Houston
Post who was popular with the boys went
off to run his own paper and The Post up
and called him red-headed in plain words
and more it said that he was a red-headed
Irishman and it had no apology to offer. -Temple
Tribune. The Tribpne is probably un-
aware of the fact that the highest flights of
George Bailey's vivid imagination can bring
to mind no higher compliment than that which
is conveyed by the term "red-headed." San
Colonel R. M. Johnston editor of The
Houston Post is being boomed for the dem-
ocratic vice presidential nomination. We are
for him first last and all the time for the
reasons that Colonel Johnston is a true blue
democrat that he formerly lived in Savannah
and for some time wrote excellent editorial
articles for the Morning News. If we could
see Johnston of The Houston Post asd
Hemphill of the Charleston News and Cou-
rier in the senate our cup of joy would be
full to the brim. Savannah News.
RED-HEADED AND DIMPLED WIDOWS
When s Texas man wants to commit sui-
cide he just marries a titian blonde. She is
certain to promptly become a dimpled red-
headed widow in that State. Chattanooga
"A Berlin artist is to marry a widow worth
$5000000" says the Baltimore Sun. Now
if The Houston Post's "red-headed dimpled
darlings" can show figures like that well .
Carrie Nation is at present in New Orleans.
She is supposed to be en route to Texas to
be enrolled among The Houston Post' squad
of dimpled widows. Aunt Carrie is a grass
widow you know and is eligible. Augusta
The Houston Post announces that Texas
has more widows per capita than any other
State in the I'nion. This is probably due to
the fact that they gallantly limit themselves
to shooting the men only in Texas. Chicago
Good news comes in a dispatch from Sugar-
land Texas where. "the excessive rainfRU has
done no great damage." Sugarland is evi-
dently the source of The Houston Post's sup-
ply of dimpled red-headed matrimonially in-
clined Texas widows. Of course they had
sense enough to go in out of the excessive
rainfall. Louisville Courier-Journal.
GRAND OLD TEXAS.
Mr. Bryan has met Texas and she is
his'n. M ontgomery Advertiser.
Texas pays great taxes and would pay more
if there were not so much room to hide out.
Maybe that Texas poetess wrote "It is a
pleasant thing to lie for those we love"; and
the printer let it up "die" because he couldn't
find a sub. .Vjjit'illr Ametiian.
The New York holiday was too tame lor
John W. Gates so he spent Christmas in
Texas where they neither know nor care
what day it is. Atlanta Constitutmn.
If that Texas goat which swallowed a copy
of the president's message didn't miss a few
sheets we dn not blame the beast for being
too full for utterance. Los Angeles F.ipress.
A lady poet who sings in Texas declares
that "it is pleasant to die for those we love."
If it is not impertinent we would like to ask
whether she has ever tried it ? -Chicago Rec-
ord. hi erald.
John W. (rates is reported interesting Rich-
ard Canfield. the other great N'ew York
gambler in some Texas oil enterprises. I'rob-
alily Gates is planning to get even. Wash-
ington 7 imfj.
TEXAS RIFLE BALLS.
Don't sigh for the "good old days." We
didn't have any telephone rural mail deliv-
ery nor appendicitis then. Keep a moving.
The Americans are very largely a nation
of spenders. The part of our education hav-
ing to do with frugality and saving seems to
have been sadly neglected. Demson Herald.
Office can not make a man great and the
sooner the people get the idea the better it
will be for all concerned. A man must bring
greatness to the office else he will have none
of it. Terrell 7 ranscript.
That only a limitd few of the many thou-
sands who try to jump at one bound from the
lowest to the uppermost round of the ladder
of success succeed does not signify that many
are not badly injured in the strenuous effort.
Texas has no need for a State prohibition
campaign. Local option was adopted in Texas
as a means of avoiding another State-wide
conflict on the liquor question and local op-
tion communities have nothing to gain from
a State election. Wealherford Herald.
Colonel Bryan has made some good talks
in Texas of late and feels happy in the
thought that even if all Texas democrats do
not feel certain that he is the Moses the p.ir-
ty yearns for yet all respect his ability and
honesty and will give him loyal support.
Wolves In 8heep's Clothing.
From the Austin Statesman.)
Editor Green of the Tyler Courier and
Times is somewhat alarmed at the appear-
ance of strange if not altogether new faces
in the democratic party the coming cam-
paign. In view of the fact that such people
habitually undertake to run the whole "kit
and bilin' " immediately upon their return to
the rank of the party that they forsook in
the hour of its direst need creates occasion
for alarm. The Statesman confesses that it
shares the antipathy of its democratic con-
temporary from the capital of Smith county
to any such surrehder to those who propose
to train with snd te boss the affairs of the
democratic party in Texas for the sole rea-
son that they have discovered that they can
not wreck and have been unable is destroy
sss fartr BX easwgsf usnnng n.
V. iV ' -
Tampering;' Witlv Trifles
.Br Juno Mostimi kiwrsj1
'. ' - .' "VOVRS. '
The mist is an the city's street ;
And on the trees the dew v.
Is jewelling each slender twig
nun uui gumpac 01 oiuc. : ' . .'.- .i'- -
Comes through the mist that wraps the world 1
And not s glimpse of blue
At all at all at all
And not a bird trills forth a song
Or gives its morning call.
The day is muffled in a sheet
Whose every fold is gray;
The noises of the sombre towa
Are muffled and the sway
Of the wet limbs of the tall trees
Is ghost-like like the close
Of an old year in winding sheet
Or new in swaddling clothes.
I choose to think however 'tis
The new year coming in;
The old year ssid good-bye to me
And went out with s grin
A sort of reminiscent grin
Whose memory linger yet
A year of goodly day and ways.
And little to regret
S 4 1 1
The New Year in its swaddling clothes
Lies quiet on Time's knees t
With sll the world at tiptoe gaxe -
Each reaching out to seize
It and to fold it close
In the gray day and dim.
And to turn back its hood to see.
If it will smile at him.
And it will smile on those who smile
And reach their hand to hold
And those who love it will repay
In love an thousandfold ;
Those who are good to it will get
Fair treatment from it too
Make of the New Year what you will
Time hands the babe to you.
SONGS IN MERRY MOOD. . ' .
Robert S. Pemberton of the St. Mary's (WV
Va.) Oracle sends me for the New Year his '
"Songs in Merry Mood." If there is a better
way to start the new year than with songs in
merry mood I have not heard of it. Pem-
berton is a true humorist a true singer and
a true friend. May he live long t make .
the world brighter better happier. Let ilia
poem "It Is to Laugh" be an introduction
preliminary to that personal introduction he
will get to the Texas public when he cornea
here next year with the American Press 4
Humorists. ' ' fast
IT IS TO LAUGH.
Grant me O Muse the power to sing
The simpler songs of life.
To cheer the heart distressed and bring
The soul away from strife ;
To move humanity to qrraff
The nectar of a childish laugh.
I ask not for the royal gift
Of epics sung to kings;
Nor yet the bristling mane to lift
By sounding martial strings -
'Twerc cowardly to stand afar
And urge one's brothers on to war.
Nor yet the sorrowful refrain
That draws the glistening tear;
The rankling of some ancient pain.
The waking up of fear;
It were a churlish thing to do
To give the sky a darker hue. '
Light-hearted as the happy bird
Now singing on that bough; A;-.''
A jest a smile a cheery word
This gift to me allow;
Word-pharmaceutist if you will
To sugar-coat a harmless pill.
I'd rather have the world to smile
Than look with solier eye ;
Grant me the gift to cure the bile.
To quash the mournful sigh "" aij
To strike the lihter strings of mirth
And make a pleasant place of earth I
MY FIRST LETTER OF THE NEW YEAR
As I seated myself at my desk yesterday
with my letters stacked before me for my at-
tention the first one to be opened and read
was the following:
Mr. J. Mortimer Lewis.
Pear Sir: Enclosed find $10. This is the
Lord's money and I wish you to use it for '
the benefit ofstoine of His needy little ones.
Please pardon the presumption but I am not
in a position myself to place this money di- "
recti) where it will do the mrst gord in His
name. You will confer s faor upon a '
stranger and perhaps make some little orreV
lives a little brighter by accepting this trust
and I am satisfied you will receive your re-
ward hereafter. Yours very truly
An Old Orphan.
There is nothing in all this glad holiday
season that has pleased me more or' that has
played with so tender a touch upon my hesrt-
strings. In my department in Spare Mo-
incuts published at Rochester N. Y. we are
carrying out a plan originated in that pub-
lication eighteen months ago of finding home-
less babies for bahyless homes and babyless
and appreciative homes for homeless babies.
Slowly and carefully we are perfecting our
organization with the hope and the belief
that before very long we will have repre-
sentatives in every city and village in every
Slate in the Union and we hope and expect
tn cross the dividing lines into Canada and
into Mexico and to cross the seas. We have '
correspondent.? now in St. Vincent and
Jamaica British West Indies in Ceylon
Singapore and the Philippines and are every
month reaching farther and accomplishing
more. Those families applying for babies for
adoption are most rigidly investigated noth-
ing is left to supposition everything is done
for the baby's sake first the grown-ups come
next; and after the baby is placed it remaina
under our observation always. Sometimes we
are compelled to refuse people children. A
woman who wrote that she wa the owner
of a large farm in Pennsylvania asked for a
15-year-nld boy for adoption stipulating that
he must be strong .md healthy very destitute
and without relatives or friends. Our reply
was to the effect that none of our wards were
without friends and tint we were not fur-
nishing hired men for farms but babies for
homes where they would be cared for loved
and educated. $
Another dear little couple in the East who
hsd just been married the man was SO and
the woman lR years of age asked for a dear
eet little girl baby for adoption. I bated -to
do it. but I wrote them to hang up their
storking and writr a litter to Santa CUua
inrl if pl the evniralinn nf a eminli. nf vAfS i
he had not responded w-e would see what ws '
could do for them.
In this work we have played for the hearts
ol our public and never for their purses Cttr
agents work for love of the work; there are
no salaries paid. We have expenses but have
been meeting them ourselves and saying noth-Vn-ing
about them. We are heart sad soul in '
the work. We have many shut-ia little folks ;
to whom we send sunshine in various kinds v-'
of packages according to their needs and Sua
rnncnlinn of their n.it anil thia S f A Wrfll T
go s great ways and carry as much Sunshine '
into darkened lives as sny Sto that has ever
neen expenaea in a similar cause f ' :r;si-. i
I hope my readers will pardon tne for get-
ting so serious in a funny column but 1 am
a fool about -babies and -ones started est-ths
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