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Philadelphia North American: The administration might make a worse appointment to the supreme bench that that of Mr. Garland, but it would have to exert itself.

New York World: The World is in favor of reducing the number and im-
proving the character of drinking places and of making them pay more for their privileges.

Peoria Transcript: Judge Cooley's letter to the traffic manager of the Minnesota & Northwestern railway shows clearly the determination of the interstate comission to enforce the new law faithfully and without favor.

St Louis Globe-Democrat: Mr. Randall thinks that an extra session of congress would be suicide to the democratic party. No doubt he is cor-
rect, althought it is not easy to see how anything could make it more ri-
diculous than its performances in the regular sessions succeeded in doing.

Philadelphia Press: The free traders should build a fence around Tennes-
see unless they want the protectionists to march in and assume control of that promising commonwealth. The star-eyed goddess should not ignore the danger signals.

Galveston News: In the whole state of Missouri there are but eleven republican officials holding presidential commissions, and nine of these are postmasters. The democratic patriots of that state have not been idling away their time during the last two years.

Chicago Mail: The "Big Distillery" at Des Moines must shut down, ac-
cording to the decision of the Iowa supreme court. It is a good sign when the law recognizes no distinction between those who make whisky and those who retail it.

Dayton Journal: Cincinnati will make the greatest effort of her life to obtain the location of the republican national conventionin 1888 in the Paris of America. A little advice to Cincinnati newspapers may not be inappropriate. They should treat the convention a little more decently than they did in 1876. The wounds received from the Cincinnati press that year still rankle in many republican hearts.

St. Louis Republican: The state having failed to make laws for the railroads at the regular session of its legislature, the railroads have determined to make laws for the state at the extra session.

Chicago Times: The czar is dodging over half of Russia in a vain endea-
vor to find a place of security against nihilists and dynamite. But, judg-
ing from Russian marksmanship, his best policy is to stand still. If he keeps on dodging around so lively from place to place, some assassin will hit him after a while.

New York Times: If the railroads are compelled to make their own ad-
justment fairly and observe the spirit of the law in good faith, the diffi-
culties which they themselves are making will disappear.

Milwaukee Sentinel: It was the right of the mugwumps to vote against Blaine. But there is no defense in reason and decency for the course of that faction since the election. They have been vindicative, malicious, unreasonable - obsequoius toward the administration and abusive and slanderous toward republicans.

The Reverence for the Mysterious.

Popular Science Monthly.     
"Few minds in earnest," says Cardinal Newman, "can remain at ease without some sort of rational grounds for their religious belief." But it is equally true, that half-formed, half-developed minds, which means the great mass of people of any age, rather draw back from exposing their faith to a light so common, so secular as that of reason. Plutarch quotes Sophocles as saying that the Deity is
     "Easy to wise men, who can truth discern". But adds that the vulgar look with high veneration upon whatever is extravagant and extraordinary, and con-
ceive a more than common sanctity to lie conceal-
ed under the veil of obscurity. The average mind clings to the mysterious, the supernatural. Goethe, as lately quoted by Matthew Arnold, said those who have science and art have religion, and that is, let them have the popular faith; let them have this escape, because the others are close to them. With-
out any hold upon the ideal, or any insight in to the beauty and fitness of things, the people turn from the tedium and the grossness and posiness of daily life, to look for the divine, the sacred, the saving, in the wonderful, the miraculous, and in that which baffles reason. The disciples of Jesus thought of the kingdom of heaven as some external condition of splendor, and pomp and power, which was to be ushered in by and by by hosts of trumpeting an-
gels, and the Son of man in great glory, riding upon the clouds, and not for one moment as the still small voice within them. To find the divine and helpful in the mean and familiar, to find religion without the aid of any supernatural machinery, to see the spiritual, the eternal machinery, to see the life that now is - in short, to see the rude, prosy earth as a star in the heavens, like the rest, is indeed the lesson of all others the hardest to learn.
     But we must learn it sooner or later. There sure-
ly comes a time when the mind perceives that this world is the work of God also and not of devils, and that in the order of nature we may behold the ways of the eternal; in fact, that God is here and now in the humblest and most familiar face, as sleepless and active as ever He was in old Judea.

   There is no ground for the recent report that Queen Victoria has relaxed the rule against divorced women appearing at court.
   It is related of old Johnny Ripple, who died in Ogle township, Pennsylvania a few days ago, at the age of eighty -seven, that when in his prime he could kick tinware from a store ceiling eleven feet above the floor. Once when rafting on the Monongahela river the raft was wrecked and he escaped by jump-ing over twenty-five feet to a rock. He would place four or five hogheads in a row, jump out of the first into the second, and so on to the last, then jump backward to the first, with apparent ease.
Disasters in Ireland.

Chicago Tribune.
     An Englishman writing to one of the morning papers says that today being Queen Victoria's jubilee day all Englishmen, Scotchmen and Irishmen have reason to rejoice. Mr. Mulhall, the noted statistician, who is connected in some capacity with Lord Randolph Churchill, has just published a jubilee book entitled "Fifty Years of National Progress." The book shows that while the other portions of the British empire has propered Ireland "has retrograded." Under the head "Ireland", page 114, for instance, occurs this significant passage:
     The present reign has been the most disastrous since Elizabeth, as the following statistics show: Died of famine, 1,235,000 persons; evicted, 3,668,000; number of emigrants, 4,180.000. Evictions were more numerous immediately after the famine, the landlords availing themselves of the period of great calamity to enforce their rights. Official returns give the number of families and these averaging seven persons we ascertain the actual number of person evicted:



















     The number of person evicted is equal to 73 per cent of the actual population. No country, either in Europe or elsewhere, has suffered such wholesale extermination."
     And the blood letting still goes on. Surely the Irishmen have reason to throw up their hats and toast good Queen Victoria this jubilee day!


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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Outdone.

Kansas City Star.
     A young man who has made a successful experiment and was inspired to poesy by it sends the verses to the Star. As a guarantee of good faith he writes: "It is not fiction, but fact, as one of your many pretty Kansas City girls can testify to." It is hard to believe that a man could live until he was old enough to toy with big words and spout like an Ella Wheeler passion-geyser before being initiated into the Ancient and Amiable Order of Osculators. But in this case the novice seems to have taken the thirty-third degree without stopping for breath. He diagnosis his symptoms thus:

"Twas this hand - the moment - for moment 'twas
Of duration so brief, it was gone ere't came -
I kissed her! O divine instant!
Upon the vital touch, and for dot of time
Afore and all, mine heart pumped not blood,
But rivers of ecstacy, welling minutest vein.
Then, all mine frame through, waked a thousand eager tongues,
That lapped the rivers of their sweetness dry.
And each distinct rapturous taste recognized.
All nature's sweets compounded, not sweeter;
Remotest, star n ether-filtered ray, not purer -
"Twas sweetness pure; 'twas pureness sweet,
And yet a moment: - moment? - by yo gods 'twas years;
Decades - if sweet ecstacy measure time.

     With all necessary apologies, it is suggested that the fifth line might be effectually amend thus:

My heart no longer pumped; it gushed -
And this is the gush!

Look Out!

Kansas City Star.
     "Forewarned is forearmed," There prevails an opinion that there will be an epidemic of cholera in this country this year. This is the view taken by the Kansas City Medical Index. In its May number it utters this note of warning; "The sanitary officers of this and every other city of North American should take immediate steps for thoroughly cleaning the streets, alleys and vacant lots where accumulated filth forms - a most favorable culture medium for the cholera germ whatever it may be. Every home in Kansas City shoulbd be put in proper sanitary condition, all decaying animal and vegetable matter should be promptly removed from cellars and outhouses, and destroyed. The probabilities are that not a hundred house-holders in the city know the actual condition of their own cellars. Systematic house to house inspection should be made by the proper officers". It may be hoped that the Index will be mistaken in its conjecture that cholera will visit Kansas City, but it is to be congratulated for the earnest interest it has manifested in urging the city to be put under proper sanitary conditions.

Why Gen. Lee Came North.

Providence Journal.
     The bitterness with which some of the southern papers are assailing General Sheridan for "carrying destruction" into the Shenandoah valley back in 1864 may perhaps create the impression that the main purpose of Gen. Lee's attempted excursion into Pennsylvania was to help the farmers till their fields.

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A Washington Wailer.

Dakota Bell
     J. A. Bland, the well-known wailer for the poor Indian, wrote a letter to the Washington Critic a few days ago in which he said that there is not an honest settler on the Crow Creek and Winnebago reservations; that they are every one "speculating land grabbers of the worst type," from Chamberlain and that if the critic understood the matter it would not "utter a word in their behalf, but would sustain the president's proclamation."
     This man Bland is a professional in this line, he used to run a paper devoted to it - and does nothing but howl for the rights of the oppressed Indian. He goes about with one long-drawn bitter wail for the poor, stepped-on red man. The last thing at night and the first thing in the morning Bland buries his face in the haymow and takes one long refreshing weep for the noble savage. All night long he tosses on an uneasy pillow, with feverful brow and throbbing temples, and keeps up the same fierce, tearful and anguish-shaken wail for the flattened-out son of the forest. Day brings no relief, and with a howl of hidden pain he rushes to his room and writes letters to the papers hour after hour and every time a wail for his saint like savages. As a lamenter for a race to which the books don't show any laments as being due, Bland is a glittering success.
     But as a man growing round-shouldered with a weight of horse sense he doesn't loom up so conspicuous as he might.
     He doesn't know what he is talking about even in this one ????. In his letter he speaks of these land grabbers having "crossed the river" to reach these lands. He doesn't even know where the Crow Creek and Winnebago reservations are located.
     Come out where your pets are, Mr. Bland, don't linger in Washington so much - your presence is not really required there. Come out and get in the middle of one of your reservations that is being over-run with land grabbers and wail awhile. There are excellent wailing grounds all over the west - the facilities for launching a successful wail are unsurpassed in the world. Come out and try them and get scalped by the subjects of your lament.

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A Day in June

It is a lifeless day of wilting here. -
A day designed for idleness and rest;
So, while the outer world toils on oppressed,
I obt in listless ease, enjoy the treat.
Contentment leads my soul, for time is fleet;
And idle day with me but transient guest,
Who tarries till the sun fades in the west,
And leaves me with some pleasure incomplete.

The muses, wearied with insipid rhyme,
Have hied themselves to shade and humid stream,
Where linger favored posts blessed with time
To hold full spirit to each proffered theme.
So I'll just doze, let fancy go her way
This day in June, this idle, sultry day.
                    - M. J. Adams

When the Romans Arrived.

Macmillan's Magazine.
     At the first coming of the Romans by far the larger part of the country, was probably covered with wood. During the centuries of Roman occupation some of the less dense parts of the woodland were cleared. In driving their magnificent straight highways through the country, the Roman legionaries felled the trees for seventy yards on each side of them to secure them from the arrows of a lurking foe. So stupendous was the labor involved in this task that they gladly avoided forests where that was possible, and sometimes swung their roads to right or left to keep clear of these formidable obstacles. For many hundreds of years after the departure of the legions vast tracts of primeval forest remained as impenetrable barriers between different tribes. In these natural fastnesses the wolf, brown bear, and wild boar still found a secure retreat. Even as late as the twelfth centruy the woods to the north of London swarmed with wild boars and wild oxen. Everywhere, too, the broken men of the community betook themselves to these impenetrable retreats where they lived by the chase, and whence they issued for plunder and bloodshed. The forests were thus from time immemorial a singularly important element in the topography. They have now almost disappeared, and their former sites have as yet only been partially determined, though much may doubtless still be done in making our knowledge of them more complete. (p 10)

Come Along.

Talmage Tribune.
     Come to Nebraska, the home of the brave, intelligent, social, termperate, moral and religious. For fertility of soil, salubrity of atmosphere, purity of water and splendor of sunshine, Nebraska excels any other state in the union. The schools of Nebraska are second to none in this country. Our church privileges are as good or better than in many older states. One man can cultivate as much Nebraska soil as four men can cultivate in almost any of the eastern states, and one acre of our soil will produce more than can be raised on the same amount in the east.

A New Thing in Real Estate.
  Lots sold without any money payment or building obligations. Inquire of
                           W. Q. BELL
State Journal Counting Room.

An Oddity

The Laureate sat in a baronial hall,
And the dim light fell on the tapestried wall;
It fell on the banners of golden cloth -
Ancestral banners of modern growth,
A gleam of his classic features rolled,
As he grasped his quill like a baron bold,
"I'll write me a poem," he bravely cried,
"I'll write me a poem," and then he sighed,
A beautiful poem, and call it an ode -
A jubilee poem - I will, by - the Rood,"
  But it wasn't an ode, 'twas an oddity.

H suqred (sic) the paper before his breast,
The paper that bore the family crest,
That ancient crest of high renown -
While the dim light danced o'er his lordly crown.
A grand inspiration he meant this to be,
So he took for his subject and title, "She."
And thought out the ode and the great jubilee.
  But it wasn't an ode, 'twas an oddity.

Then he carved away on the page with a will,
He carved away with his trusty quill.
Till the words flew out and the adjectives rose,
And he thought in his heart of hearts it was prose,
But he says to himself, "There's nobody knows.
I don't care one aristocratical jot.
Whether it's reason or whether it's rot;
The gullible public will swallow the lot.
As they did when the Old and the New Year met.
And I told them I stood on a Tower in the Wet,"
  For it wasn't an ode, 'twas an oddity.

Still he tore away like a very Turk,
Till his loyal pen refused to work.
And the spluttering point in consequence,
Brought the Laureatte (sic) back to ??? sense.
So he finished the Ode, and he buttoned his coat,
Then he called for his valet of high degree
And unto that valet he said - said he,
"Take all these precious MSS,
And bear them hence to the printing press."
Then he donned his chapoau without any more words,
And made a bee line for the House of Lords.

The Farmer

Once on a time he used to plough
And rise at dawn to milk the cough.
And drive with merry song and laugh.
To pasture Brindle and her caugh.

Then for the pigs he'd fill the trough
And for the market he would be ough;
Sometimes his mare would bruise her hough
Against a fence post or a rough.

And then he'd switch her with a bough
To teach her better anyhough;
He planted wheat to make the dough
Which, in a drought, was hand to grough.

In winter, when his work was through,
A little sporting he would dough;
He'd wander with his gun and shough
And aim at crows he couldn't knough.

Sometimes he'd hunt along the clough
For birdsthat do not live there nough
And shoot a sea-gull or a clough
Which he with joy would proudly stough.

From swampland, watered by a lough,
He'd make good pasture for his stough.
By buying here and there a sough
While perspiration wet his brough.

Sometimes a snake that shed it spough
Would scare him so he'd run and plough
Till stuck knee-deep with a slough
He'd yell until he raised a rough.

But nough work makes the farmer cough,
And careless hough much people scough,
He lives on boarders rough and tough
Whough vough theigh ??? and eat enough.

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   There are only three cities in the world which have a larger Scandinavian population than Minneapolis. They are Christiana, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Minneapolis has 50,000 Scandinavians.

   Genius is sometimes hereditary. Jay Gould's son George has made a great deal of money this year and recently a younger son has been carrying on successful speculations in oil and railroad stocks.

   The directors of the New York and New Haven railroad have voted to lease the connecticut (sic) valley railroad for ninety-nine years from April 1, 1887, and to make their road a four track line in New York state.

   The Rev. Ethelbert Talbot will be consecrated missionary bishop of Wyoming and Idaho at St. Louis next Friday.

   A lady wearing a celuloid bustle seated herself in a passenger car at Roan, Ind., in close proximity to a burning cigar stump. The lady survives, although she is difigured for life, while the celuloid bustle is a complete wreck.

   The graduating class at Princeton this year will plant a lip of ivy sent them by Mrs. Cleveland, the president's wife.

Getting Rich by Fraud

Pittsburg Chronicle.
   "Do you find a good sale for your verses now, De Wigg?"
   "Yes, indeed, Le Digge. I've struck a bonanza."
   "Ah! What is it?"
   "There is a great demand for posthomous poems by Edgar A. Poe, and I am engaged in supplying it."

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