THE CONTEMPORARY PRESS
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
The Reverence for the
"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,
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.
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
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
There is no ground for the
recent report that Queen Victoria has relaxed the rule
against divorced women appearing at
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
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
And the blood letting
still goes on. Surely the Irishmen have reason to throw up
their hats and toast good Queen Victoria this jubilee
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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
MY FIRST KISS
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
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!
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.
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.
"Blotwor" (?) is a new explosive ten times the
strength of gunpowder, exploding without smoke or noise. A
Russian invented it.
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with the Burleigh self-locking combination mail box and put
them in for a trifle above cost, which will be one
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A Washington Wailer.
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
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.
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.
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
A New Thing in Real Estate.
Lots sold without any money payment or building
obligations. Inquire of
TWENTY CENTS PER HUNDRED
State Journal Counting
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.
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
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
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
"Do you find a good sale for your verses
now, De Wigg?"
"Yes, indeed, Le Digge. I've struck a
"Ah! What is it?"
"There is a great demand for posthomous
poems by Edgar A. Poe, and I am engaged in supplying