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THE SCRANTON TlflJJUNE THURSDAY MORNING. MARCH S. 1891.
F. EL. WOOD,
rrtii.ienrn daily and weikly in Si ham
ton. Pa., "t tai l'mun publuhwo
Com pa nt.
Nrw Yoim Orrioit: TuinttNE Hrii.mso,
Frank b. Ghat. Maaokil
Isiftrril at the 1'itttoflcr uf Strimlcin, io. as
Secvnd Clast Matt Hatter.
THE SCRANTON TRIBUNE.
SCRANTON. NABOB 1801.
TARIFF AND BUSINESS.
It goes without laying that the tfrest
1'ody of Amoriean bMlMM mm nro
heartily Hrtd of this Interminable po
litical tinkrriui; with tho tariff. In
ateiul ot balng a naam to a national
una patriotic end, to the end of general
prosrwrity. protection and tranquility
ia tiie ootnmoo Interehantfai of bull
ous Md tinauce, the tarill'. under t!ie
manipulation of clover politicians bent
primarily upou lelNaggrandlseinent,
has become a miro football between
eonteuding partisan, subject to change
without notice, accordingly as one
party rplaw s the other in power. To
eipect commercial stability under inch
au unsettled svstem is to ezpaet the
impcssible As well lipiot water to
flow up hill.
Of current propositions to place a
catoknpon thosi who, Indifferent to
the geueral results, ui:ik "tariff" or
"no tariff " a professional Hvleibood. the
most notable is the bill in which Sena
tor Cullom provides for a peruiaueut
tariff commi-sion of nine members, to
be appointed bv the president subjvct
to the approval of the seuate. and to
ervo for three yours, not more than
four members to belong to one politi
cal party. The bill, in detail, arranges
for auniial report! ou the tusis of the
unit of quantity an I the unit of time of
wages paid in the United States and in
foreign countries in tho manufacture
of articles which may WDM into com
petition with artlelea mile in this
country. The commission is to prepare
schedule! of cuitoius duties. A pre
viously ascertained formula is to be
mployed for each schedule to insure
t rate of tariff equal to the difference
u foreign and American wages. O i
I hose imports in which labor is not an
important element or upon articles of
Inxiry or upon such as do not come
into competition with native products,
cn- commission shall prep ire schedules
if duties, to be submitted to congress,
with reasons for the conclusions
reached. The commission is to rocom
nend annually to congress ou the
irsr, Monday in December such changes
n schedules as it deems necessary for
nirposii of revintu and to prevent
Impression in wages of American worit
iien an 1 Injury to Amerioin indtn
ries. Eich commiaaioner Is to receive
i salary of $5,000. A presidsut is to be
lected from tue number, a secretary
at 3, 000 a year and clerks aud em
ployes to be hereafter authorized by
The enactment of this measure would
transfer the detail of tariff schedule
lramin? from crude cmmittes where
it is too often gone at with the blun
dering indifference of purely partisan
politics animated by a demagogical
concern for votes, to xprt working
upon a purely business basis and per
sonally uninterested in the wordy wars
cf the torchlight colonels of economics.
But with the turning over of its rec
ommendations to the house, the pro
posed tariff commission would coma to
the limit of its responsibility and we
shrnld, it is to be feared, still have the
old spectacul ir battles of badly digest
ed statistics and gallerv oatehing rhet
oric as annual incidents to a perpetual
fight over tariffs. To msks. Mr. Cul
lom's scheme practical there ia needel
first a robust popular sentiment against
political jngglery with a thing so vital
to our national prosperity, and next an
amendment to the constitution prohib
iting general ehanges in the tariff of-
tener than once in at least ten years.
The txnvmCI of one per like liose
bery in nvery ten. like the average
British aristocrat, would savo the lords
from the wrath to come.
This is the import of the libel law
(hat Wisconsin editors ask their stato
legislature to pnt on the statute books:
The principle of exemplary or punitive
Ismsges to be abolished except, where
malice ii shown; the existence of
malice to be made a matter of proof
and not accepted as a matter of pros'-mptlon;
a parson aggrinved to be re
quired to call for a correction before
bringing suit, the publication of a re
traction to be taken as evidence of no
malice and to serve as a bar to an ac
tion for exemplary damages, when
prompt and satisfactory retraction is
mude and absence of m-ilice shown, re
coverable damages to be limited to
actnal damage com mensuratj with the
extent of injury proved If there is
any unfairness in this kind of a law it
would take a microscope to discover it.
To Pennsylvania' shams be it siid
that wo have no such law here.
Tun wauty of inul, like morcy, is
not strained in Scran ton
THOSE FIRE LOSSES
Karly this month the Middle Depart
merit of Fire Underwriters, meeting at
Bethlehem, decided upon an Increase
In insurance rates. Tne new rates
Hinging from 5 to IS psr cent, higher
than the old ones, and the district af
fected by the change comprises part of
New Jersey, Maryland, the District of
Columbia, and the whole of Pennsylva
nia ontside of Philadelphia and Pitts
burg. During 1899 the companies com
prising what is known as the I intern
association lost money to such an ex
tent that they foarod bankruptcy unless
something should be done to re
coup their lossss. It was first
decided to make an even more
radical advance, ranging from 28
to 85 per cent., but discussion elicited
that this would frighten patrons and
re-act upon the Insurance companies.
The new schedule is now In force
throughout the territory affected,
nnd will not, it is said, be deviated
The fact that with every month add
ing its lavish quota of unimproved
methods, material! and appliances to
the work of scientific building there
should continue a steady increase in
tho percentage of liability to fires is a
humiliating one for which explanation
is sought in vain. Not even in tho era
of all wood-houses, lightod by whale
oil or tallow dips, was there such a
ratio of (Willi destrnctiveness as them
is in this day of structural steel, asbestos
walls, tilted Boon, iron or marble pil
lars and slate ihinglM laid upon metal
rafters. To be sure, a large share of
our lires nowadays have their origin in
defective electrical wiring and another
considerable share must be attribute 1
to I ho juxtaposition, in our newer
cities, of houses of modern construe
lion with tumble down frame shanties
bequeathed by a more primitive period.
Hut even this is not infilclint, in face
of the steadily increasing effectiveness
of our municipal fire departments and
the continually improving quality of
building materials aud of our building
regulations, to account for the great
and growing annual totals of our losses
by lire, totals far outstripping either
onr growth in population or the in
creased valuation of the houses that we
build, There may be a solution in the
fact that building! nowaday! are
erected more closely together, showing
it greater economy in ground, but if
so, it is an unsatisfactory one The
problem is one that seems to baflU M
planation aloug lines creditable to
popular intelligence. But there is one
thing of which we may feel sine, which
is that if Americans will persist in
growing more careless as they grow
older and wealthier, they should not
be unwilling to stand the pecuniary
TBI PROM MKKT Republicans of Lu
zere who have been honored with sug
gestive mention as possible candidates
for congress are wisely taking their
publicity coolly aud maintaining the
placid tenor of their respective ways
Tha evidently thiuk that sufiicieut
unto the day is the Hilarity thereof.
In TROY iris clsaily apparent that
every ballot means a bullet.
Willi PRACTICAL business men in
charge of tho tariff revisiou. instead of
mere posing and trimming partisan
politicians, does anybody suppose we
would have tho tariff tink-red at every
veeriug cf the partisau weather van? ,
i'here is need of greater stability in the
treatnmit of our business interests,
aud these interests will nun of these
fine days iusis: upou their rights
- - -
It is a curious fact th it uimy of the
most conservative of ( thaiu news
papers are beginning to express doubt!
of Dr. Talmage's sincerity. The Even
ing Post, in its merciless politeness, has
called him prettv uearly every name
not coming under indictment as libs!
and now the Tribune, which is, upon
religions matters, perhaps the most
cautious aud obatitable of all the great
American dailies, intimates that the
pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle
could, with spirituil protir, cultivate a
higher sincerity and a more uniform
regard for the truth.
The in!i lent of Dr. Talmage' an
nounced resignation and again of his
reconsideration of that resignation,
based as he has himself based it, noon
considerations of money, will, it seemi
charitable to say, grate somewhat
harshlv upon the legibilities of those
old-faabiond Christians who retain so
much of the belief in a gospel without
money aud without price as disap
proves of too evident an introduction
of mammon into the lervics of Ood.
Whether or not Dr. Talmige's course
has been misconstrued by these eritics
is immaterial, compared with the fact
that his own words iiwite such miscon
strnction an 1 render diflimlt a rejsc-
jeetion of the thought that cash, or its
equivalent, entered into his thought in
determining his future connection
with the church in which hi, fame has
Nevertheless, the most prjuliced
disbeliever In Dr Talmage's sincerity
will be constrained to admit that this
pastor's popularity has been a national
resource, sending into millions of
homes beautiful thoughts and inspiring
truths that, whether uttered in all sin
cerity or coined as a player coins the
elrajnence of a Shakespeare, have
stimulated a higher morality and ox
cited a keener appreciation of the joys
of true religion. There were mn who,
after the Tilton scandal, could never
abide the mention of Henry Ward
Beecher's name; yet no fair-minded
man,' whether believing or disbeliev
ing in Bepcher's Innocence, can deny
the immortal character of his public
words and work, nor shut eyes to the
great impress for good which Itaechir
the preacher and teacher, left upon tho
plastic mind of this generation.
Th one fact which stands promin
pntly ont In the careers of great men Is.
that it Is triMr vlrlns and their trnths
which are immortal , and not their
MURPHY KIOHl get his man counted
In as mayor r Troy, but the victory, all
things considered, is not one that he
will be proud of.
The GOTHAM business man who told
' Holland," one year after his first ex
nltation over Cleveland's election, that
he would readily give $10,000 ont of his
since shriveled forlnne to nndo his
share of the responsibility for that
election, did not overstate the casp.
Thero nro thonsands like him, at least
in the percentage, If not in the ensh
valno of their regrets.
When tiie Republican party becomes
courageous enough to stand up to its
full duty toward victims of the fran
chise bulldozer, it will enter npon a
new era of nsefnlrisHi and power.
ONE MAN'S POWER.
One notable example of the Influence
of a single tdVOOftt, w irking disinter
estedly for the best interests of his
i '(immunity, is supplied in New York
by Abram H. Hewitt's successful light,
before the ohatuber of commerce,
against the tiropased indorsement of a
plan to lend the city's . ... In and put
of the city's money to a private cor
poration that Intended to put into op
eration a gigantic scheme of under
ground transit. The point raited by
Mr. Hewitt was precisely that which
reappears at intervals in all American
cities, and sometimes in congress; that
is to say, tho ned of granting publio
franchises in such a maimer that the
publio will get the hnutfit,
He opposed the fT-rt to m all i a cor
poration'! catspaw ont of the city
credit, claiming that the nuderground
rights were a municipal resource, which
ought either to be operated by the city,
for the geueral profit, or else leased to
private control nt a specified rental un
der well defined lestrictions and sub
ject to Mnosllatioo ul"" Wlutsi to ful
fil Ibis voluntary contract. Mngle
handed and alone, niiiiiiist a large body
New York's most prominent business
. it-- M
limn predisposed lo concur in ui" ""
idea of corporate extortion, Mr. Hewitt
UrgOVd his point, until In the end tit
had the uncommon satisfaction or see
ing tho president of the proposed pri
vate sub-way comp my concur in the
practical sense o( his conclusions, and
was instrumental in couvertiug the
whole chamber to his bilief.
This victory is typical of that which
must generally follow the mmly. per
sist. ut and disinterested presentation
of the people's rights, b'fore bodies
lothed with tho power to Issue irnn-
7 . rt I.I 1
onues and iiuttiorii', grains oi puuuu
lomaln. In many cities th i popular
ntelliioncw U rlpi tot alum oruvaav
against those excesses in corporate
activity which illustrate h w A system,
will and neo-ssary m its original con
ception, can, through popular iudif-
fcrenoi, fall Into grave ibuse. I'.vory
munUipsJlty needs its Abram ft
lUwilt; aud needs him in duplicate.
triplicate and manifold. Although
leiuagogues go to the other extreme.
and are therefore nurtful and danger
OU!, sound and sensible business nun,
working disinterestedly in behalf Oi
the public rights, form a resouree in
valuable in the development of our
UaviHol Flow Kit's failure to sign
the uon partisan election inspector's
till in Troy takes top rank as the prize
eirorof this blundering Uiuwrsw
seuiou. Ill its awful resulti it bVOOIBM
nothing less than a downright crime.
IvMp riniKr.it Inland! to sue every-
hii.lv nrho suanects that his electoral
methods are not strictly immaculate,
he will bs kept busy in ipiM ot mo
Ami sun. there is no Democrat
brave enough to face tho gubernatorial
usuc. Must it, alter ail resolve it
self into Uuckalew by dlfauhl
Fnmi an outside standpoint it looks
as if Field Marshal Wright had had
I rrow enough, without counting this
last cruel blow.
The bluebird's s.mg athwart the moor
In eadincl loud doth sweep;
Hut when tho blizzard tomes his way
Tho springtime song will gradually
Sink toa dreary peep.
Court fan you discriminate between
truth and falsehood?
Wituess-I reckon so 1 am a newspaper
Uilly Professor Madd's music is just
tiki the meades.
Billy Why, how do you make that out?
Dilly So catchiug, dou't you know.
President of Life Insurance company -"What
did you mean by writing a policy
for that weather-bearen wreck9 '
Aeent "Why. sir. he's all ri?ht; he
draws a pension." IFaaftingfon New.
Student 1 wonder why it is that they
always say that orators are born not
o:d Surly Probably bepaw no one
would want to own up having manufn:
Hired the majority of them.
"How do you like that colored valot you
imported from Alabama?
"He won't do."
"What's the matter9'
"I told him last night to get out what 1
Meded fur th! ball, and Im brought mo my
razor.'' PUUiurg DUpatek.
l'oet Uid the editor place my manu
script, on Hie?
Mease ngir Boy Dnnno. lie said he'd
put you on a rock if ho had you there,
Old Lady ito niece who is nortionleM)
Bow is it, my denr, that yon have never
kindled a II one m the DoaOD of a DID?
Niece I he r.m-on, dear nuut, Is, ssynu
mill know, tnat 1 am not a good matco.
Blanky In what reippct dons Dr. Tal
magn resemble the Delaware peach crop?
Lanky (live It Up, Rgpltlu.
Blanky In tho nnocrtalnty of sprint,'
Ta.-kit: "Why do the mathematici ins
make x represent th i unknown .) inn
Laeklti "Because it stands for 110,
Some Parsing THOUdHTS:
The position of a "has been" win I in
nKi'iP" that, ho "still n," at tirn h heroine"
If it. worn not. for the pet flog! many
basbandl WOOM ntnnd quite a show In
their wives' affp' tinns.
It is barely poeaihle Hint there arn goml
people left in the world licsi dps ourselves
I,t us not be cynical.
Itellglous creeds that do not Interfere
with onr natural inclinations nre alway"
The man who line never arronipllRhed
anything is generally the most BDOOn
A great many men csn kick Bpqnlte n
row in R limited circle; but In mender
I'd Ids they spread thin.
Tomorrow is the j man's hustling
Fii little words lay i lnlm to mo each pnsslna
fOSJOMi mind, MM. I WOL X dOM. -mm.
I ni;lit that Is thl la v Hod on my heart has
The murk for Whloh my Km Is with stroni
1 Muat that ll the Isiund set either ltd! ll
llynnluro and thl World, M Dial I shall not
I Clin Hint inesBUrcs out the 'sever Intrusted
Of lutlon. know leiUe. tut. ..kill and deilerlf.
i win no higher orown m human bead can
Tla freedom's ikttMt seal OpOO the soul itn
I Tliiro Is the delee which oiitiio will )on rend
Bi freedom's nimn .i.m.i- a in,u for time or m ..i
I Ala) amoiiK them nil Hover., uiicrrtidnl) :
The moment BUI l nt lilt decide what It shall
1 ought, I mind,! enn, 1 will. I dare! I mu
Tho nix lay rlaim to mo eucli hour of every
Teach me, 0 tlodl and then, then shall 1 know
That which I oiu;ht to do, must, cim, will, dare
"Wisdom of Uie Hrjihinln.
Tfcli Ii the Peepls's Ysar.
(iral.r, !,,,. , I. I I, , to I li.nnrnl Illlst-
ingi to nave the Indorsement of his old
neigboorf, who will be represented In the
Btate oonventlon by oi'tSovvrnor Beaver
nnd nnothsr well known and promlninl
citizen of ('enter coiuity. It Is evident that
he can spare the delegates rrom Oentir and
a good man) other OOUDtles and still I1"
nominated eaitly, ah the countlei so tar
ending Ininofed delegates baTodonoaj
sue i eeii r nepnoncani uia uu ihshiwwh
for Uniting!. Hois having it all his own
way, nnd the failure or any oilier aiUdi
date to Hike the Held or so. uio a delegate
up to tins tun., shows that ii" can go about
hlM liiiviiifiHi. i.ml to,, i nii.ii'ii Will Hike
care of itself. Thl Butting! boom ia boom
Tim Kent Onlprit
There are no crimes on the catalogue Of
which this sMnrnhf nina" in Trof has
not been guilty III order to I p thl DtntO
raticnartv Hi MlWir. Hut wh ) is inn
mora gnlltyf The brutal, Ignorant Initrn
mints who did tho dirty work of itufflng
registration lilt! nnd ballot bOlls, of forg-
tnllv sheets and inl.-.in;; riots ar
in. pole, nnd committing murder! or too
man under whose leadirshto theaoorlmoa
imvo been mado powlbla and who site in
lie lilgliest leglMlaliv.i lio.iy oi IDO WBUI
Three Wise Men.
As soon ns my Vessel reaches port, "
Nild Hie sklpp ', with a wall,
'As soon MS my Vessel roaches pot t
1 am going to set my sail."
'As soon ns my trade picks up a bit,"
Said the in. i . ha. ii. looking wise,
"Ah hoou iih my trade plckn up a bit
1 am going toiKiemisa,"
'As soon as my Hold of grain is grown,"
Bald the f armor, Horn m need,
'Ah soon ns my Held of grain is grown
1 mil going to sow tho need."
Wittltim Florence in "itrainn."
Appearances iton't Goven
I have jest nlsiut concluded,
After flggirln tjnlti a ipull,
That appearance! don't govern,
And Ihnt hlood don'l ullua IclU
Bomitimei the ihallir plowin
Will raise the biggest Crop,
Ami It ain't the tallest mipll
Alius runs thl swistest sap,
It ain't the rlohestt rankest graal
The eatUellkea the bast)
Tnin't likely nil the cus we Ond
Are the bin's that madl the nest.
Tim tallest stalk of em u that growl
III my twenty nere Held
Ain't got u nubbin on It
Nor uny stun of yield.
The likeliest SPpll tree th.it growl
In my nilbor'i orchard lot
I- full of blossoms every bprlng.
But tho fi ult la sure to rot,
While the crooked, orn'ry secdllu
Stiitidin outside by thu road,
Comes up smiiin every season
With i beapln wagon loud.
The larm'it shlip of nil the llnck
May urovv thu coarsest Wool
TIip linest horse apon tho funii
May hulk before he'll pull.
The bcruhble.t nnii upon the true!
May Win the longest heat,
While tho one that has the liuckia
May be tho easiest lxat.
The sweetest drink I ever took
I drank from out a gourd;
The deepest water In the ereuk
Is Jest above tho ford.
ISO I'vo Jest about coucludcd.
After flggeriii nuito a spell.
That aupcaran.es don't govern.
And thnt blood don't alius tell.
Will V. l'frimmor.
SEE WHAT . . .
Will buy in the
way of a
F-rodigal in Promises
But niggardly in fulfillment, that is the "Modus Operandi" of some houses. Not
ours, though, depend upon it. We don't deluge you with figures or glittering ver
bosity, but give instead big values that most stores would probably like to give
you, but can't.
rurepenn IMnn I'int-clnsi Bar ntt ipliet
In tuit for l'.i i liner KukcI's Tnmihiniincr
I, L Cot 15th and Rltal Ms,, Philadi
"Vest dftimbts for residents of N B, I'onn'
rylvniits All roi.venlenciw ler ttnvelers
to M I trom Mrtm.l Btreet ststh n nnd thu
'Jwelfth nnd Msrket Striwd stfitlon. D.s
ilmMo for Tlsltlnii Sei i i ' o nnd pe
1 1 In the Anthracite, llenlon.
T. J VICTORY,
AT ABOUT HALF
Our reason for doinj this is because we have decided
to abandon this department for the lack of room. Our
stock consists of no shabby-made stuff, but all of the lat
est and most stylish garments to fit boys from 4 to 12
years, such as Jersey Suits, Corduroy Suits, Velvet Suits,
Cassimere Suits and Knee Pants. Those who have bought
their boys' Clothing of us for the past six years know that
we kept only the best.
'1 his is a new Wash Dress Fabric with a Crepe effect
that is pronounced a sure go. We arc the first to intro
duce it. A lare line of them to hi; seen at Gingham
Hl'KClAL OFFEklNfi OF
Lot 1. IS mm. wnrffi Sfin r.nf to 0!ta
MOire SllkS Lot 2. 23 pieces, worth 75c, cot to 50c.
A NEW BARGAIN IN
All of our broken lines of 1-button Mn.isnuftta.re
tf -J fjf-xwia, Dressed and Undressed, formerly sold at $i and $1.25.
rIU VilUYug Your choice of Blacks and Colors, 79c.
Our Celebrated Glovine, the greatest glove cleaner in
the world, reduced to 25c. per bottle.
EDWIN G. LLOYD
423 Lnckawannn Avenue.
Victors iMercereau & Connell
With tVio "Mo tit Valvsq LACKAWAXXA AVBNUI&
U HH 111'; A. Kj TV V Ml T w W
Out of Sight
Our new Bicycles are now
to be seen at our 314 Lacka
wanna avenue store.
And a full line of Hoys' and
Girls' Wheels. We arc mak
ing extremely low prices on
Second hand Wheels.
J. D.WILLIAMS& BRO
314 Lacka. Ave.
Ofllce Supplies of all kinds
Inks and Mucilages
W I R T, W ATERM A N aud FRAN K
LLN FOUNTAIN PENS,
ah Quran tud.
Aponis (or Crawford's Pens and
Buck's Flexible Rubber Stamps.
Inwrtad i THIS TH1DUNK m ti,
rata uf ONE CENT A WOIIU.
Stnllonors ntitl I v -i
ni7 LACKAWANNA AK
FOR THE LENTEN SEASON
mi 1 .... 1. I'M-aii FI1I1 milvid dally
I 11111-3. ''""'"I Hilll'ilit,
RoahawwYi Wiaaassaaka iii.
Nanrlia niM.r Coi and
hU SI. .11 (Ian.-. Shi Imp,
W. H. pierce:,
and I7inc Jewelry, Leather Goods,
Clocks, Bronzes, Onyx Tables,
Shell Goods, Table and Ban
quet Lamps, Choicest Bric-a-
Brac, Sterling Silver Novelties.
All Prices and all Sizes,
Foote & Sliear Co,
513 LACKAWANNA AVE.
KING'S WINDSOR CEMENT FOB
SEWER PIPES, FLUE LININGS
Office, 813 West Lacka
Quarries and Works,
NORWAY I H'
Mi M U DIAMOND
RXTR V BPfiCIAL
WILEY A RUSSELL AND WELLS BROS SCREW
i i tTING MACHINERY
w .,ii w HEELS
15 1 MS
R, 15. SPIKES
Wliolosslo ami retail iloalor.V in WaKonmitkiN' rtiul lilat-ksmitlis'
THE DICKSON MANUFACTURING CO.
HHANTON AND WILKKS IUKHK. PA MANUFACTUKKRS O?
Locomotives and Stationary Engines, Boilers,
HOISTING AND PUMPING MACHINERY.
OflMftl OBoft BORANTON, PA.
ASK Y0UB GROCER AND INSIST UPON HSS FURNISHING YOU WITH
DKL.ICIOUS, MIL,I3 STTO-A-n. OXJXlJ3X ABSOLUTELY XXJH.E
EVERY HAM AND PAIL. OF LARD BRANDED.
Wtll STOWERS PACKING CO., SCRANTON, PA
HE DUTHEIL STUDIO,
01 r LACKAWANNA AVBNUBL
010 tCBANTON, l'A.
AliMl ni -it. 11 ri'iurnri nun h
frHini' fiu't.iry to turn out l.nnii
Irani.1 Dnsfim now iiml t lir 5
ii.hh. 1 nisn Mnnnmitit'o totin. pud-
5$ lii'ltuit 1 will lima. n HKN171NK
UAiw ruiii KAir iniiii'U ir. m
nuv small onn AWSOLUTIJLY KltEE OF
I.ATI..M ITYLKB of rBAMBI FROM
r rsiue iiUpur cent, less than regular prlo i
IS. UUXHEIL, Artist.