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Be strong and of good courage,
fear not, nor be affrighted at them:
for Jehovah thy Ood, he if is that
doth go with thee; he will not fail
thee, nor forsake thee. —Deut. 81:6
PARENTS who give their chil
dren a real old-fashioned Merry
Christmas give them more than
that —they give them memories, and
memories are worth more as the
years advance than gold or jewels.
They give them —
Memories. Images and precious
That shall not die, and cannot be
The stocking by the chlmney-slde,
the plate of candy toys, the be
spangled tree hard by, the mystery,
the anticipation and the realization
that made our happy dreams come
true —what is there in the lives of
any of us sweeter and dearer than
these, though In actuality they may
lie far back across the years, the
mere shadows of such Christmases
Past as Dickens made old Scrooge
see when he had his miraculous vis
ions in the chapters of the Christ
mas Carol. Only with most of us
no ghost of a dead and gone Jacob
Marley is necessary to recall them,
once a year at least, from the limbo
of the past and gone to the reality
of the present. Every year they
come drifting back to us, bright and
unsullied, to be lived nil over again,
and loved, and fondled In the mind
and laid away for another twelve
Think not that you have no time
to make Merry Christmas. Call up
the old days as you read this, smile
over them, shod a tear for them, if
you will, and then go forth with the
determination that you will do for
some other child what a loving fu
ther and mother did for you. Cele
brate your Christmas as a child,
and it will be a season of laughter
and love, of merriment and Joy, and
you will be the better for It. Give
some boy or girl a Christmas mem
THE ex-Kaiser has an earache.
We wish nobody anything be
yond his just deserts, but we
suspect there would be few tears
shed in America if it became gener
ally known that there are no hot
water bags In Holland, thnt all the
ear specialists are on vacation and
that an earache d.ops famine has
COFFEE was one of the staples
that did not advance in price
with the war. It struggled
along manfully at little more than
the old prices until one day the gov
ernment laid hands on the market,
and since then coffee has been sky
rocketing along with other "con
trolled" articles of food and the end
is not in sight. Government regu
lation in this, as in every. other
instance, has been followed by ad
vanced costs to the consumer.
The Food Administration might
find In this, as In other lines, hints
for action in a booklet Just Issued
by the National Bank of Comnyerce
of New York, in which James S.
Alexander, the president, urges that
prl£e fixing be abandoned as rapidly
as possible. "The liquidation of
war conditions as promptly as is
consistent with the fulfillment of
our purpose in the war Is highly to
be desired," says the writer, "so
that business may return to a basis
of peace and the realisation of ie
gttlmate profits."
The statement is made that prices
can be brought back to reasonable
levels without a commercial crisis
and that.this fall need not serious
ly impair profits in business proper
ly adjusted and efficiently conduct
ed to meet conditions tsansitorlal
employed to keep prices up or that
other artificial means should bo
used for this end, an early decline
of prices to stable levels being de
sirable so that business can go
ahead on a sound basis.
There la much food for thought In
the booklet, which recites In a gen
eral way what has been illustrated
here by reference to the coffee mar
ket. Business Is well able to shape
Its own affairs and healthy competi
tion will soon readjust prices, If per
mitted, to a place where quotations
will be simply sufficient in most
cases to provide fair wages for em
ployes and a decent profit for the
formed Chairman Dent of the
House Military Committee that
the War Department has decided all
discharged soldiers mny permanent
ly retain the uniforms and over
coats they wear when mustered out.
That is a wise decision, hut why
was it necessary to compel the Sec
retary to make such a ruling by
threatening him with a Congressional
' statute taking the matter out of
j his hands? Thousands at soldiers
already have given up their uni
forms who would have cherished
them as their dearest possession if
allowed to have kept them. No
body begrudges the soldier the
clothes he wears. If he isn't en
titled to them nobody is. At all
events the discarded uniform only
would have found its way to the
Junk heap to be burned or sold for
a few pennies. Much better that
it should be laid away to be worn
on holidays and to serve as a con
stant reminder to its owner of the
service he once rendered humanity.
HOW, we wonder, would the
United States feel if Oreat Brit
ain came forward with the
recommendation that we do away
with our navy, or at least reduce Its
strength materially? The proposal
would be far more welcome, we
assume, and since our navy is no
such bulwark of safety to us as is
the British navy to the British em
pire, it Is not difficult to imagine
the feelings the American proposal
to shorten sail has aroused in Eng
There is no doubt that Germany
would have won the war had it not
been for the British navy. Despite
the submarine British sea power
kept the Atlantic sufficiently free
to enable us to feed and supply the
allies with food and provisions the
while we were getting our own
forces into action. So Americans in
general will agree with Lloyd
George that this powerful instru
ment of protection shall not be de
stroyed, or even seriously blunted.
It has stood between civilisation and
the beast once, why may it not be
required to do so on some other
No surer way to sow dissension
among the allies could be found
than to antagonize the British in
their desire to retain intact their
single weapon of defense, for the
empire is so scattered that a fleet
alone can meet its needs in this re
spect. No better bit of German
propaganda could be spread than
this. So it is with hopeful hearts
Americans read that President Wil
son does not mean to press this
point beyond a mere statement of
his beliefs as they affect the navies
of the world in general. With Ger
many finally united under the guise
of a republic, but still Hun at
heart, we may yet have to call for
the good old British navy to stand
by the guns again, as It did when
the German lleet threatened Dewey
at Manilla.
REP CROSS workers who have
been giving their services this
week In the membership cam
paign report that in quite a number
of places* they have been received
with insolence and insulting re
marks. The man or woman who
spurns the Red Cross or who insults
a volunteer in its ranks is not a
good American. Indeed, he or she
is unlit to enjoy the blessings of
this great country. Such as they
are the skuni of citizenship from
which come the anarchists and the
Itolshevlkl who are rendering life
: unbearable in Europe. The ene-
I niles of the Red Cross are enemies
of society. There may be a home
for such In darkest Russia or In the
dregs of Germany, but they have
no place in America. We ought to
know the names of all such. They
should be published in the news
papers in order that their fellow
townsmen may ostracize them. Let
us have their names that life may
be made so unpleasant for them
they will seek more congenial
rIB to be hoped that some way
wilt be found to work out In a
practical way the recommenda--
Hons of Secretary Lane for the or
ganization of an Industrial army from
discharged soldiers who desire to
continue their outdoor life, which can
be used for the reclamation of arid,
swpmp and cut-over lands, after
ward selling to the workers on easy
terms forty-acre plots for agricul
tural purposes. \As some economist
has pointed opt, these small farms
might not prove desirable unless
there could be some reasonable as
surance of a fair return for tlmeand
effort. There are in America more
than 300,000,000 acres of land that
may be reclaimed. Some means 'of
making them productive Bhould be
found, and since such a project
would provide both present and fu
ture employment for thousands of
men who have lost their teste for
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By the Ex-Committeeman
According to opinions of men
from various sections of Pennsyl
vania, who have been here the last
week on business at the State Cap
itol and observations of people ac
tive In politics the sentiment of tho
voters of tho state Is being mani
fested in opposition to the making
of a new constitution for a couple
of years at least. The general Im
pression, according to visitors to
the "Hill," is that the powers that
be and are to be should await the
settling down of things before un
dertaking changes in the organic
law of the state. It Is generally
recognizcd that the state needs a
new constitution, and much dissat
isfaction is shown throughout Penn
sylvania counties at patchwork
amendments, rather curiously em
phasized by the defeat live years
ago of the road loan amendment,
which went through this year with
a quarter million votes und more to
The Idea of a constitutional study
to be made by a commission of em
inent men devoting a couple of
years to the task and reporting to
the Legislature of 1921 which
could then authorize submission to
the voters the question of selection
of delegates to a convention to draft
a new constitution seems to be
meeting with favor.
—Th e Philadelphia Inquirer
warmly praises the speech of Sena
tor Penrose on the revenue bill. It
says he "has been called the fore
most exponent of the principle of
protection to American industry,
and In the really notable speech
which he made in the Senute on the
pending revenue bill he has easily
demonstrated that his political con
victions upon that point are based
upon a thorough knowledge of our
financial conditions and upon the
economic history of the United
—The Allegheny county legislative
delegation has organized for the
Legislature of 1919 by electing Rep
resentative John H. W. Simpson, of
Dravosburg chairman and Repre
sentative Carl C. Baldrldge, of Wll
kinsburg, W. J. McCaig and W. C.
Wagner were chosen to represent
the congressional districts of the
county on the House Slate Com
mittee, the body that distributes the
patronage. The delegation adjourn
ed to meet In the . House Caucus
Room at 4 o'clock p. m. Monday,
January 6.
—The action taken yesterday Is
customary before each session of
the Legislature, and the members,
says the Pittsburgh Gazette-Times,
all agreed that big problems affect
ing reconstruction plans would
come up for consideration and the
leadership of Governor William C.
Sproul could be followed with safe
—Coatesvllle, one of the new
cities of the third class, has set Its
budget for 1919, and has figured
that it will cost the town $186,811.-
79 to operate its business. Appro
priations to the various departments
have been made to cover the above
amount, a trifle less than the city's
—Erie, which gave the Commission
government for third class cities Its
start, is said to have some amend
ments In store which will materially
change that act.
—Pittsburgh people have not In
dicated much desire for new legis
—Resolutions commending the
action of the grand Jury In recom
mending indictments against elec
tion boards charged with ballotbox
stuffing In the.May primaries, were
passed at the meeting of the .Scran
ton Surface Protective Association.
—Pittsburgh's council Is not
showing much regard for Mayor
Babcock'a budget recommendations.
Several items were cut out without
even meeting the mayor.
—Says the Altoona Tribune:
"Lieutenant Governor McClaln is
entitled to the lasting gratitude of
the poople of Pennsylvania for the
splendid manner in which he Influ
enced the board of purdons to dis
pense Justice and not favor."
—An Allegheny county planning
commission is to be created at the
suggestion of the County Commis
sioners to assist in determining what
county improvements shall be un
dertaken and how they shall be
carried out. says the Pittsburgh
Dispatch. There will be twenty-two
members, fifteen named by the
County Commissioners and ten by
the organizations named. The pub
lic Improvements planned by the
commissioners' include roads,
bridges, a tunnel through the South
Hills, and so many other public
works which various sections are
urging, that the Commissioners de
termined to organize this planning
commission and be guided lurgely
by its decisions.
—A Washington dispatch to the
Pittsburgh Ghzette-Tlnies says:
"There is every reason to believe
that the bill appropriating $525,000
or the enlargement of the post of
fice at Scranton, Pa., will be passed
at this session of congress. The
officials of the treasury department
realize the urgent need of greater
facilities for conducting the post
office business in that city and are
anxious to see the bill introduced
by Congressman John R. Farr, of
the laickawanna district become a
law. It was introduced several
years ago and In the last Congress
was passed by the House, but was
held up by the Senate."
New Albany (Ind.) policemen have
Textile workers In Wnltham, Mass.,
are now fully organized.
Taft, Cel., is so well organized that
It has 100 per cent, unions.
The Lackawanna Railroad system Is
practically 100 per cent, organized.
Miners employed In the Alaskan
mines receive 320 per day the year
Canadian woman garment workers
have secured a working week of 48
Bmployes of the American Express
Company have made a request for
higher wages.
Waitresses employed In the restau
rants of Wichita Falls, Tex., have
formed a union.
Membership In the United Mine-
Workers now totals 438,781, of whom
8,443 are Canadians.
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Washington and Lafayette
To the Editor of the Telegraph:
The royal welcome accorded
President Wilson in the French na
tion in his trip to Europe brings to
remembrance the important part
played by France in the American
Revolution by Lafayette. One of the
Interesting incidents connected with
that movement was the Intimate re
lationship established between Gen
eral Washington and Lafayette. The
historians are a unit In saying that
the American Congress In session in
Philadelphia in was at first un
willing to accept Lafayette's services
in the army, although he held a
commission as major general, from
a representative of the American
government in France, authorized
by the Congress itself. Mr. Holland
in his "Lafayette We Come" assures
us that John Hancock, the president
of the body, demurred and shifted
the subject to others. It was not un
til Lafayette actually offered to Join
the army as a volunteer without pay
that Congress passed the order of
acceptance. The reasons offered for
the hesitation were that some
French officers had been a misfit and
gave poor satisfaction, ]t was Wash
ington's influence that cleared the
way fo<"the acceptance as he placed
Lafayette as one of his staff. An
intimacy sprang up between the two,
phenomenal In its origin but which
became permanent. It is an inter
esting study to determine the steps
leading up to this Damon and
Pythias relationship. Still It was
hardly a brotherly affection since
Lafayette was but nineteen years
old and Washington forty-five.
Father and son would express It
more perfectly. Lafayette had an
honorable record at home, was a
man of wealth and was possessed of
engaging manners. Washington may
have been influenced by the heroic
endeavor to cast his lot with Amer
ica and the sacrifices he was mak
ing, and that in spite of the organ
ized opposition at home. Many
deemed it a foolhardy adventure —
silly in its inception and bound for
defeat. To many young men this
would have been bewildering, but
Lafayette's indefatigable spirit rose
supreme in overcoming the obstacles
which increased from time to time.
Washington was a man of that
stamp himself, and at that very
time was cheering his ragged and
hungry troops at Valley Forge. His
affectionate regard for his young sol
diers must have been strengthened
by contemplating his career as an
officer In the army. He discovers
him to be every inch a commander
of force. Skill in management, de
votion to details and frequent vic
tories placed the general, who ready
to acknowledge the same, put him in
special posts of danger and respon
sibility. Lafayette's love of liberty
had become a passion. Nothing could
turn him aside from his purpose to
spend and be spent In the cause of
the colonists.
The men of Lafayette's division
found him companionable, capable
as a drillmaster and alert. When we
remember that the many letters
which passed between them at times,
all of which breathed a rare spirit
of appreciation of each other, and
that Lafayette became a frequent
guest at Mount Vernon, we arrive at
the conviction that this peculiar in
timacy WHS founded upon motives
natural and honorable to both. A
striking similarity In temperament,
methods and purposes must have
existed between them.
General Washington—the Ameri
can public will never suffer the nnme
of your friend, Marquis do Lafayette,
to vanish into oblivion inasmuch ns
it enshrined in the immortal Stars
and Stripes, emblem true of per
sonal and national liberty.
11. C. PARDOE, D. D.,
Altoona, Pa.
Not Beaten, but Finished
The Germans are submitting with
more or less grace to the Allied in
vasion of their country, but they re
gard their uriny as still unbeaten
and capable of n more successful
fight in the next war. Battles and
campaigns are not subject to deci
sion by an umpire under a fixed set
of rules. Each side may deny de
feat, though it may decide to run
away in order to fight another day.
It is true that the German army was
not surrounded and compelled to
surrender, nor was It destroyed, but
for four months it was in retreat be
fore the Allies, suffering terribly In
killed and wounded as it hurried
backers of Christmas Airplane Make Astonishing Claims
(From the New York Mall)
[From the New York Mail]
LONG before any German air
plane or dirigible comes over
the ocean toward this city
American-Invented an.d built, ma
chines will be speeding oyer the At
lantic In twenty-four hours or less.
This was the prediction made here
by one of the men connected with
Dr. William Whitney Christmas in
the manufacture of his new type of
war plan.c which, he believes, will
revolutionize aerial travel.
Speed and safety are the two
points claimed for the airplane de
signed by Doctor Christmas, who is
known as the ">'<ip s t living invest!-
of aero dynamics. He was a
co-worker will, uutiur Langley, in
ventor of heavier thun air machines,
and has built several types of air
plane. In. 1913 he received the first
American aerial mail contract, but
as he had been compelled to use a
Gnome motor, the contract was can
The Christmas plane, looking
more like a giant bird than any typo
of machine now in use, may soon be
Senator Penrose's Speech
(From the Philadelphia Inquirer.)
Senator Penrose has been called
the foremost exponent of the prin
ciple of protection to American in
dustry, and in the really notable
speech which he made In the Sen
ate on the pending Revenue bill he
easily demonstrated that his politi
cal convictions upon that point are
based upon a thorough knowledge
of our financial conditions and upon
the economic history of the United
Stntes. He declared in favor of the
passage of the Revenue bill, but
entered an energetic protest against
the writing Into the measure of the
rates of taxes to be collected in
1920. The purpose of this is plain
enough. We must have a revenue
measure, and the present bill, or ft
least that part of it referring to the
taxes for 1919, really constitutes a
war measure. Presumably the Sen
ator from Pennsylvania, speaking
or himself and most of his Repub
lican colleagues, does not care to
delay the pussage of such necessary
legislation. He will vote for it as a
matter of patriotic duty, and later
seek to remedy such parts of the
measure as are objectionable to the
minority of the Senate.
In this connection Senator Pen
rose calls attention to the impera
tive need of reducing the expenses
of the govrnment. Economy must
be the watchword, he says, and cur
tailment, retrenchment and careful
legislative checks or expenditures,
must be the practice. The army
must be demobilized to the limit of
our continuing responsibilities, and
we must return to our national and
hereditary vocation. He calls atten
tion to the immense importance of
all commerce and Industry and
shows that they constitute "the de
velopment of the arts and sciences,
the elevation of the standards of
men and women, through peaceful
channels, of the destiny of the hu
man race." Then, In an easy and
logical manner, the Senator pro
ceeds to prove thut next to the valor
and the courage of our soldiers, the
industrial might of America won the
Here, then, we are brought to see
the need of a continuance of the
time-honord policy of a protective
tariff. The thoughtless do not seem
to realize that for a period of nearly
sixty years. In one form or another,
we have had such a tariff, and it
has been the means of establishing
our commercial supremacy—a su
premacy which did so much for the
winning of the war. Needless to
say, it is too early to decide upon
the extent and the character of
such a tariff measure. At present
the situation takes cure of Itself.
The war took the place of a protec
tive tariff. Conditions will be unset
tled for a time, but In the near fu
ture we must begin the work of re
construction, and that work must
include preparations for the Indus
trial Independence of America.
They Were Quite Ready
Word wus sent by General Persh
ing to a certain encampment com
porting 5,000 negroes, that 1,000 vol
unteers were wanted for an extra
hazardous piece of work. Where
upon the entire enrollment stepped
seen soaring over New York at two
hundred miles an hour, or even
more, its promoters believe.
On its first flight from Mineola
down Long ikund the machine
made 170 mileq ,an hour, the pilot,
Cuthbcrt Mills, flever having seen it
before he took his seat.
The striking feature of the plane
is the absence of struts and flying
wires, the wings being built on the
cantilever prinrffde, the absence of
wires and struts, giving a complete
streamline effect making the Inven
tor says, for speed and safety.
To "show" thejmachlne the inven
tor plans a flight to Washington in
competition wlt,the Locnlng record
breaking monoplane and the Curtlss
Between now .and spring a huge
trans-Atlantic flight machine is to
be built. It beint| planned to carry
more than forty persons and to
make the trip, following the regular
ocean steamer lanes,, from this port
to Quecnstown In'twenty-four hours.
Already several people who have
seen the first machine fly have ap
plied for reservations for the At-
Unsuspected State Riches
(Pittsburgh Gazette-Times.)
Would it not hi a good thing to
make a careful search In Harrlsburg
for unexpended balances of appro
priations? It might be possible to
find enough forgotten money to case
the adjustment ofjthe state to some
new condition —prphlbltlon, say
without higher taxes.
None but a confirmed gambler, to
be sure, would bid high for the priv
ilege of making the search and
keeping all that fib unearthed, but
great possibilities are suggested in
a news Item from the state cnpltol.
This tells the state department has
been ahle to pay $29,536, which was
the cot* of taking the soldier vote,
only because it unexpectedly came
upon $lO,OOO "unexpended from an
appropriation made during the Civil
War for similar purposes." Ten
thousand dollars of real monoy—
public money—forgotten in Harris
burg for more than half a century!
It Is incredible. Yet it must be so,
for It was slo,oo' "found" which
helped to pay the election bills. How
much more is th?rc "forgotten?"
That question should be answered
as quickly ns possible, but it is not
near ly as interesting as some others
which spring to mind on reading the
astonishing news.
Wide Sleeping Experience
[Private A. C. Jones, In Butler, Mo.,
I've slept In cradle and I've slept
In arms when I was a baby, sufe
from alarms; I've slept on the prairie,
shooting the goose, and slept In the
bush, hunting the moose. I've .slept
on a steamboat, my head on deck,
I've slept In a church, with a crick
In my neck; I've slept In wide fields
under the stars, and I've slept on
trains In ancient boxcars; I've slept'!
in beds of purple and gold, and |
slept In Flanders In mud and In cold. ;
I've slept In a dugout with rat and j
with mouse, nnd in France I have |
slept in a fairly good house. I've <
slept In a barn In an empty horse I
stall, und Ive slept in old sheds 'on j
no beds at all. I've slept in a billet |
on a lloor of hn/d brick, and I've |
slept on a bank alongside of a creek.
And now I'm sleeping on a stretcher
of wire, and I pray that my next
sleep will be near a lire. I'm tired of
wet and of mud and of cold. Oh,
when can I sleep in the old home
Grounds For Suspicion
The fellow, white or black, male
or female, big or little, who enter- j
ed our wffodhouse one' dark night:
last week and stole therefrom a;
brand new axe, costing us |2, we;
believe Is nn thief. —Walnut Ridge
Times-Dispatch, '
But We Fear She Doesn't
It Mexico only knew what was
good for Imr she'd rpfprm and be
come an American winter resort.
There's many In It. —Anaconda
DECEMBER 20, 1918.
We had some trouble once before—
Some stamps or tea stirred up a
row; ' •
We fought you once on sea and
shore —
We're proud to tight beside you
Three years we watched your
Tommies stand.
Before the onslaughts of the Hun,
And meet death In a foreign land
Because a shameful wrong was
You kept the "thin red line" intact,
Held Paris safe against her foes;
Just whi f of guns and men you
The world now only half-way
Out-planned, out-numbered, unpre
Surprised, shocked, slaughtered,
still you stuck.
And what no sane men would have
You did! Thank God for English
We watched that little army grow,
After those first months' agony.
Your strong sons heard your bugles
Across the far-flung land and sa—
Heard. and they answered to a man,
Whate'er their color, caste or creed.
Half-way across tho earth's wide
They rushed to fill their mother's
For three long years we stood aside—
The whys and wherefores matter
But that within our hearts the pride
At what you did was surging hot.
Now on the menacing gray sea
Our ships and yours pass on and
Laden with men to set men free
From barbarous Germany's
treacherous spawn.
And side by side, wlthi smile and
In tent or field or ambulance,
Our boys and yours the self-same
Arc making on the field of France.
i England, whose might strides on be
To strike the curse from Freedom's
We fought you once on Bea and
shore —
We're proud to fight beside you
—Westtnore Wlllcox, Jr., in Life.
Propose Another Commission
, (Altoona Tribune.)
The agitation concerning a pro
posed constitutional convention con
tinues. One of the latest develop
ments consists of a scheme to se-
I cure the passuge through the Legis
lature of a measure providing for
the appointment of a commission,
to consist of about twenty-five per
sons, whose duty it shall 1* to draft
a proposed constitution, to be sub
mitted to a convention which will
I be provided for later. The idea
| seems to be to save time and like
; wise secure the best results by pro
i viding a complete constitution, the
! product of expert talent, as a basis
i for the work of the convention.
| This seems to be a rather promising
i Idea, although the convention is
likely to tear tho best possible work
of .tic best men of the state Into
small bits. Still, much good might
com* from such an agreement, and
it would certainly provide an intell
igent basis to carry on
the business of making a new con
stitution. Of course the commis
sion should be composed of worth
I whfle men.
Wouldn't Miss the. Goose
[Pittsburgh Chronicle-Telegraph]
"Surely you arc not going ao slay
th'at fowl," remarked the Bystander
| to Ihe man In Aesop's story as the
i latter walked, (tx In hand, toward the
! goose that laid the golden egg.
"Yes, I am," replied the ownor.
"What," exclaimed the stranger,
"and that bird producing 18-carut
"Oh, shucks," responded the own
cir of the goose, "I won't miss that
bird much. I've got a cow that's giv
ing To -cent butter and 16-copt milk."
Speaking of Prohibition
Some die-hards and bitter-enders
lamttttg (ttljat
Songs sent to the office of Gover
nor Martin G. Brumbaugh, in re
sponse to a call issued by him about
two weeks ago for the muse of
Pennsylvania to write a song which
would meet the needs of the hour
fn the Keystone State have grown so
numerous that a special file has had
to bo established to keep them. The
songs have been reaching the Gover
nor's office at the rate of from
three to twenty a day and range
from the printed copies of state
songs which have won their own
piuce in recent years, neatly type
written copies, some written on
foolscap and some on ordinary note
paper. Some of the writers have
sent letters setting forth that they
Just wrote down the songs and
would like someone to put them to
music. When the songs first began
to arrive the Governor's office sent
polite latters In which senders were
told of the Interest of the Governor
in tlmlr efforts, but lately these
have been cut down to mere ac
knowledgments and the Governor
lias suggested that the songs be sent
to publishers to Judge of their mer
its. and has said very plainly that it
was not his intention to act as Judge,
but just to arouse the slumbering
song-writing genius of the common
• • •
Some people in Harrisburg may
read with interest this item from
Bloomsburg: "The ostrich farm
passed out of existence yesterday
when the farm was purchased of
Felix Constine, through his counsel,
A. W. Duy, Esq., by William K.
Creasy, son of William T. Creasy.
The consideration was $lO,OOO and
the purchaser gets one of the best
farms along the river. There re
mains, however, the question of what
is going to be done with the twelve
ostriches that are still left. Nobody
wants them and nobody wants to
take care of them. An effort is now
being made to sell them to the man
agement of some zoological garden."
• * •
Men's haberdasheries and exclus
ive women's shops present strange
paradoxes these days. So do the
cigar stores. It is interesting to note
how in the stores devoted exclusively
to masculine patronage, and where
the "feet of women seldom tread,"
the trade these days is largely with
women. Unskilled shoppers most
of them are, trying to buy the ties
and shirts and cigars that they think
would please their masculine rela
tives and friends, and often pur
chasing the commodities with taste
whose results make discreet clerks
get behind showcases to smile! They
are no less inexperienced than the
men who are filling the women's
shops, trying hard to avoid looking
at ulluring "unmentionables," and
also trying to wear an air of non
chalance as they think what size
stockings mothers or sisters wear.
Clerks find the Christmas shopping
period not all work; there is too
much amusement furnished every
day by shoppers who are out of
their element.
• • •
Major W. G. Murdock, the state's
chief draft officer, has Just request
ed the 281 local draft boards of
Pennsylvania to page Clyde Ruth
erford. Mr. Rutherford is not a
resident of Harrisburg or its im
mediate vicinity, but he wants to
find where he is at. Last time he was
heard from he was receiving mail
at Yenangyaung, Upper Burma, In
dia, and he wants to get certain
formalities in connection with the
draft straightened out. He has
written a letter to the major and
wants to know what local draft
board has him registered. There
were something over 2,000,000 men
registered in Pennsylvania and try
ing to locate Mr. Rutherford so that
he can find out where he belongs
in Pennsylvania when he is residing
temporarily at Yenangyuang is go
ing to be something of a Job even .
for the major.
• • •
Commissioners to the Presbyteri
an synod, which closed its sessions
In Pine street church on Friday,
were complimentary of Harrisburg
hospitality and predicted that it
would not be such a lapse of time
as eighteen years until the body
met here again. Pine street church
is unique in that it is the only
church edifice wherein the synod
has met three times since its estab
lishment in 1882. As remarked in
the Harrisburg Telegraph a few
days ago, the central location and
historic Interest of Harrisburg are
commencing to be realized through
out the state more and more.
• • *
—-Representative Hcber Dlthrleh,
of Allegheny county, may not get
here for the opening of the session
as he is in the army.
—The Rev. Dr. A. J. Turkle, elect
ed first president of the board of
education of the United Lutheran
Church, is a Pittsburgh clergyman.
—Congressman George P. Har
row, who Introduced the resolution
in Congress to bring the Kaiser to
account, is a Phlladelphian.
Stephen Stone, Pittsburgh city
solicitor and well known here, Is
taking an active part In the traction
matters in that city.
—Mayor A. H. Swing, of Coates
ville, stands no nonsense. When a Jlt
neyman refused to take people over
rough streets he revoked the
—James Bowers, who has been
acting as a Knights of Columbus
secretary in France, is home again,
in Philadelphia.
—That Harrisburg war gardens
were nbout as profitable as any
In the cities of tbc state?
—The first amusement hall in Har
risburg is said to have been about
Second and Chestnut streets.
More Baby Boys
Figures given In the quarterly re
turn of the British registrar gen
eral show a remarkable Increase of
baby boys compared with girls.
From the average of 1,040 the rata
has sprung to 1,04 8 boys to each
1,000 girls.
The birthrate has fallen from 24.1
In the year before the war to 17.8
In the third quarter of this year,
but the number of births was 6,925
greater than in the same period last
year.—From the Continental , Edi
tion of the London Mall.
Lord of the Sabbath