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Physical Director's Experience
Whije Training the President.
LIVELY WORK WITH GLOVES.
Under Dr. Barker's Tutoring Chief
. Executive Develops a Nifty Wallop.
: Hard Man to Throw In Wrestling
- Bout Gym Work to Reduce - From
305 Pounds to 280 For Coming Trip.
Dr. Charles E. Barker of Madison,
Wis, has developed another "phenom"
In- the pugilistic world. The latest ce
lebrity is President William Howard
Taft. Dr. Barker is President- Taf t's
physical director. The president has
been put through all of the gymnasium
stunts known to the doctor, who has
qualified as an expert. Now the presi
dent 19 tpnphincr hia tntnv o r,A n-i.r1.in
bim the time of his life for an hour
each day at Beverly, Mass.
The new "champ" tips the beam at
305, is six feet one inch tall and if it
were not for a bulge in front would
.have a remarkable reach. His boxing
i. partner. Dr. Barker, is a middleweight
-oi iop pounds. He stands five feet
ten and a half inches in his stockinged
.feet and wears au elegant mustache
to be aimed at
The president's mustache puts him
in the erstwhile Champion John L.1
.Sullivan's class. The big blond mus
tache of the chiefs executive is a con
stant banter to Dr.. Barker in the daily
In due regard to social proprieties, nei---
jther the president nor Dr. Barker goes
4or the face, but confines himself to
Jody blows. . . ' .
f v President Has the Punch.
Dr. Barker's experience proves that
-'.the president has a nifty wallop in bis
-Tight arm and a vicjous whip to the
" body with bis left. He is not as shifty
-on his feet as the younger and lighter
.nui Vint o nniiraa In aliiiritisr 1 ki v I ti .
-OJUCtU, U VVU.HV " UUUUVS . WA.U
-will help some. Barker is quick, and
jthe president has a busy five minutes
-WbeA he puts on the gloves with him.
The president does not 'desire to pose
as a ring hero, and he is not encourag
ing ar.v undue talk from the doctor.
Incidentally he is not entertuiuiug any
bidd for the moving picture rights on
juiy of his. bouts.
'Wrestling is another feature of the
'i'aft exercise. Dr. Barker says it takes
- a pretty good man to put the president'
-oft his back, and a tussle with him is
... like a tug of war with a lot of healthy
Bailors. . ' '.' . '. . ;; "-. .
' .Ibe little gymnasium over on the
-econd floor of the Taft garage is fitted
with several kinds of exercisers. There
- re chest .weights, a rowing machine,
3cg weights and a platform punching.
Va.g.i The president plays the whole
string out when he gets started, and
.Robert and Charlie use the gymnasium
-when their father is not engaged in
isis exercises. ,
The work in the morning with Dr.
Uarker is a routine feature of the day.
It begins before breakfast, right after
the president has emerged from bis
tub. He walks abont 150 yards across
ibe t;iwn from his cottage and meets
lr.: Barker, who lives in Beverly and
makes the trip to the garage in a
White House automobile. -
Trained" to Finger Tips.
; Once at the gymnasium no time is
lost. The physical instructor puts Mr.
Taft through muscle exercises even
down to the fingers. A rubdown and a
thorough kneading follow, and then, to
Jooseu up, wrestling and boxing are
begun. After this the president takes
.Iiis shower and is ready for his
breakfast, in the .vernacular " of- the
-ring, "in the pink of condition." Golf
follows the gym work, and it may be
ald that all of the president's waking
-time until 3 o'clock in the afternoon is
-devoted to getting his body in good
bape for his western trip.
That Dr. Barker is succeeding is
shown by the Indicator on the scales.
Jl year ago the president bordered on
350 pounds. Hard work at Hot Springs
and Augusta got him down, it is said,
to 270. The campaign and the long
-tariff siege sent him up to 326 and
then a 0. Q. D. message for Dr. Bar
iker called the physical director from
"Washington. The tramps over the
JSssex links, the automobile rides and
(the daily work in. the. gymnasium
&ae taken off the flesh slowly, but
saleadlly. It Is' the hope of the two
latktetes that the president wilt be
ido.ws to 280 before the western trip
begins.' .... --. :
Good Body Builder.
Dr. Barker's reputation as. a good
body builder was started by ex-Senator
John C. Spooner. He prevailed on
Barker to go to Washington from
Madison, Wis. President Taft. while
secretary of war, heard of him and
got him to prescribe. a diet and a
-course of exercises. After the secre
tary of war became a candidate for
the presidency he sent for Barker
One other doctor will be called in
soon to help the Taft body do its work
ia the satisfaction of the president.
"This is Dr. J. J. Richardson of Wash
ington, a throat specialist He accom
panied Mr. Taft on all of his speech
. making tours and kept his throat so
' -that it could utter audible sounds.
Be has promised to make the western'
-trip with the president. Beverly
4M8SS.) Cor. New York World.
:. Pillow of Wires. ' ,-.
r A wire screen supported at the ends
&y curved metal springs has been pat
ented by an Illinois man as a pillow,
whlch is claimed to. be cool, comforta
ble and sanitary. -
HAY FEVER MEN'S SNEEZEFEST
Thirty-sixth ' Annual Gathering to Be
Held In Bethlehem, N. H.
"Od to Bedlehem, Dew Hampshire!"
Is now the slogan of members of the
United States Hay Fever association.
The thirty-sixth annual sneezefest
will be held in Bethlehem," N.H.. be
ginning Friday, Aug. 27, and lasting
until the supply of handkerchiefs is ex
hausted. William M. Patterson of New
York, the secretary, or main sneeze,
announced recently that all arrange
ments had been completed and that the
meeting would be the most interesting
ever held. - '
Secretary Patterson says that one of
the most important contests this year
will be over the selection of a floral
emblem. Many of the delegates favor
the water lily, while many others are
partial to the onion. Prizes will be
offered for the best sneezes in the dif
ferent classes. . There will be $50 in
gold for the man who can' send his
silk hat the highest on the. first Wow
and a box of silk handkerchiefs for
the man who can break his shoe
strings with one sneeze. Powder puffs
will be awarded to the women mem
bers who show the greatest proficien
According to the annual . report,
there are 3,000,000 on the eligible list.
Candidates have to undergo the strict
est kind of an examination before
they are admitted. They are compelled
to perform before the testing commit
tee, which Is composed of the cham
pion sneezers of the United States.
The dues are 25 cents a year, which
puts it within the reach of all. This
money pays for the convention hall.
There Is no other expense. The mem
bers furnish their own music.
The association . was formed for the
purpose of getting information on the
subject of sneezing from sufferers In
all parts of the United States. At the
annual convention views and sneezes
are interchanged, and Jn this way the
members learn how to get the loudest
reports with the least physical effort.
Besides Mr. Patterson the officers of
the association are Samuel A. Harlow,
Grafton, Mass.. president, and Clayton
E. Delmater, Providence, Jl. il., vice
president. - "... V
South St Louis Aero Club Soon to
Start a Line.
YOu can go up into-the clouds .'n a
special car and express flier or an ac
commodation when the South St. Louis
Aero club's equipment of balloons is
complete, says a Stf Louis dispatch.
The Jat rate for sky tourists will be
M. A. Heimann, president of the
club,' said recently that the two new
balloons, the South St. Louis, -with a
capacity of 78,000 cubic feet, and the
South St Louis, Jr., 17,000 feet, will
be finished within a few days. In ad
dition to these "the 39,000 foot Melba
will still be in commission.
The tariffs will be so arranged that
each member of a party of five will
pay $20 to ride in the largest balloon.
Each member of a party of two will
pay the same price for an ascension
in the Melba. The South St Louis,
Jr., will carry one passenger at the
same rate. This Is the result of the'
recent cut rate, war between the Sout"
St. Louis club and the Aero Club of
St. Louis. The prices originally were
$45 a passenger. .
GODDESS TO BE SCARECROW.
Stone Representation of Justice Pur
chased by Nebraska Farmer.
For twenty-five years a stone God
dess of Justice, twelve feet high, has
purmounted the dome of the Douglas
county courthouse in" Omaha, Neb. In
a short time the goddess is going to
be out of the job she now holds, for a
new courthouse is being erected. The
goddess will be taken out into the
cornfields to engage in the humble oc
cupation of posing as a scarecrow to
frighten the birds away from the
gram of. the farmer who has pur
chased her. . -.
The county commissioners tried to
sell her for lawn decoration purposes,
but there were no buyers. She is too
big for a house ornament. The ques
tlon of her disposition was solved
when George H. -Giles, a farmer resid
ing a few miles northwest of Omaha,
appeared before the board and offered,
$10 for a bit of property that original
ly cost $500. - -
Paris School of Aeronautics.
In November a high school of aero
nautics will be opened in Paris under
the direction of Commandant Eoctp,
who will be assisted by MM. Leeornu
and Painleve and Commandant Re-
nard. The instruction will be on prac
tical lines, the idea being that a pupil
after leaving theordlnary polytechnic
or technical college requires more spe
cialized instruction if he is to take up
aeronautics thoroughly. Former pu
plls of these institutions will have the
right to enter the high school, but
other applicants will be required to
Dass an examination. The cours at
Instruction will extend over a year and
will cover the whole field of aeronau
tics, special attention being given to
the practical side.
" Peaches on Indiana Grapevine.
Mrs. Anna Anderson of Greensburg,
Ind., is exhibiting peaches on a grape
vine, accomplished, by nature in
whimsical mood and which Is aston
lshing persons of Greensburg. A large
grapevine grows in Mrs. Anderson
yard and near it a peach tree.. In some
manner a section of the -vine is now
producing a shoot on Which Is a. clus
ter of tiny peaches. A few are large
enough to show.. , when, cut -open, the
single seed forming, which resembles
In every, way the- full grown peach
seed. '" -
THE TWO PATHS.
' ' By F. A. MITCH EL.
Copyright, 1909, by American Press Asso-
. elation. J - .
A gentleman with an artistic cut of
beard crossed the " famous ' Signorla
square in Florence, Italy, and turned
Into the entrance of the Uffizi gallery.
Passing through the rooms, he stopped
to look at the half finished copy of a
Titian.. The copyist, a shabbily dressed
man, looked up and, divining that the
visitor was a capable"" critic, asked In
good American English for his opin
ion of his work. 'TV.
"You being a fellow countryman of
mine, replied the other, " will give
you a truthful opinion.' You are mak
ing a botch or it.
The copyist sighed.
Let me take your, seat and I will
help you put" f '-"
In half an hour under the visitor's
touch the copy was an exact replica of
the original painting. -
"There!" said the man who had fin
ished It "Come and dine with me this
evening at my hotel. Nothing remains
to complete the work but to take the
freshness out of It" : '
The stranger accepted, ate the first
good dinner he had had in a month,
drank 'a quart of Wine, " lighted a
Havana cigar and asked:
To what do I owe this Interest
from a stranger?" -
Sympathy. I was once a strug
gling artist myself." "
'And bow. 'may I ask, did you come
"By painting pictures." ' '
The guest removed his "cigar from
his Hps and looked at his host in as
"I confess I never heard of you." V
"I have a great many aliases, all of
which you have heard often. , Listen
and I will tell you the story of my
success. Having a fancy for art, I
became, a painter. Having struggled
for recognition for ten years without
getting it, I began to ask myself why.
The answer was that I could -originate
nothing. Then I started in to make a
living copying noted pictures In .for
eign . galleries. I discovered that I
could not only copy; I could Imitate.
"Not long after this an art dealer
i Paris announced that an original
Giotto had been discovered in a se
cret chamber of a building that was
being torn down. He had purchased
it and offered it for sale. I shall not
mention the exact price he got for it
but it was a ' fortune for any . man.
One day an Italian from Florence ar
rived In , New York with a Titian a
head Of a ''girl, stiff as a fourteenth
century girl, but lovely under a head
of sunny hair. He sold it to a mer
chant prince for a fortune. StilMat-
er. one of , the -London - picture shops
stumbled on.a-Guido RenL There
was no one In England rich enough to
buy It, and a subscription was started
to keeD it in the kingdom. The crit
ics vouched for its genuineness, and
thousands of pounds bought It An
art journal published a long article by
a struggling critic enumerating twen
ty-four points in the picture that were
found in all Guido Renl's pictures.
This-, critic is now the Ruskin of
This wine is not to my taster Let
us try champagne. That's better.
At intervals original Correggios,
Rembrandta and pictures of other fa
mous artists were found In .out of the
wav nlaces, most of them incrusted
with the dirt of centuries and the
names of the painters partly illegible.
They were always approved by critics,
though on some these gentlemen air
fered. Nevertheless they were snapped
up at enormous prices."
The speaker paused.
"And you are", ' "'
"Giotto, Guido RenL Rembsandt and
a lot of others who liy,ed before men
had learned how to paint.
"And you perpetrate these?"
"Only as accessory before the fact
I painted the pictures, the dealers did
the rest." .".
There was a long silence between the
two, after which the seedy man said
I have a 'garret across the Arno
with a number of my unsold pictures
In it Will you go with me ana iook
Arriving at the room, the occupant
displayed one painting after another
on an easel. When the last had been
seen the rich man said:
"You have what I lack, originality.
while I "have what you have not the
power of imitation. Besides, you are
a genius. Possibly had you been born
in some village near Munich or Dres
den you might have been one of the
great modern painters. - As it Is you
must continue to be a baa copyist.
Fine pictures to be paid for in Amer
ica must bear a" foreign stamp. " To
produce a fortune they must bear the
name, genuine or forged, of an artist
who has been dead three or four cen
; "Give me an opportunity to soothe
my conscience by accepting a gift from
"What gift?" '
"It may not be too late for you to
achieve that success . which your abil
iTiea are caoable of producing. I will
furnish funds to introduce your wares.
The seedy man drifted away Into
thought Finally, returning to his sur
roundings, he said:
""I do not condemn yon for follow
ing the path you saw before you lead
ing to success. It Is the path of a man
of business -ather than an artist As
for me,' my path, though it leads to
failure, is the one for me. The good
God has glen me a gift that neither
the critics nor the public can tko
awa? the,, (rift to enjoy the beautiful
and some power to portray a.
The Baby Turtle.
Turtles lay their eggs In the sand
ind Jet the sun batch them out They
Ip not lay them all In one place prob-
bly because they think " It safer 'to
jcatter them. . Then, even, though one
je stolen or broken, the others may es-
:ape. The mother turtle covers them
ill carefully up, one after another, with
thin sprinkling of -sand and then ap
parently never gives them another
hought considering her maternal duty
lone. Certain it Is that she has never
xen discovered going near these egg
sables again, and when they hatch at
ast the tiny soft backed creatures at
Mice begin crawling around in search
files and other food as lndependent
as if there were ho such thing as a
mother in the world. A little girl who
found- one of these odd oblong turtle
ggs on a sandy liver -bank in Louisi
ana took It home and put it In a teacup
an the table for safe keeping. A. few
hours later a slight noise was noticed
that direction, and on looking in the
up again she found a baby turtle, full
edged, but tiny, scrambling about
iraong the bits of Its 'broken eggshell'
. Ravens and the Hapsburgs.
Henri de Weiddel tells the story of
the late Empress Elizabeth and the
ravens which Maurus Jokel gave In an
article at the time of . her majesty's
tragic death. Early iu her life Eliza
beth wrote some verses in Hungarian
sn the subject of the raven, the bird
at ill omen, which plays a great part
in the history of the Hapsburgs. Ac
cording to the . imperial poetess, a
Sight of ravens was hovering over Ol
tnutz when Francis Joseph received
from, his uncle's bands the . crown
which was destined to inflict upon him
3ucb miseries. A raven followed Max
imilian and Charlotte on their last
walk before their departure forJUer
ico, and when Maria Christina was
starring to receive the crown of Spain.
which was one day to be so grievous a
burden, a raven flew over the horses
heads and accompanied the carriage to
the railway station. These incidents
were the subject of the poem. West
Room For Improvement.
A certain estimable old gentleman is
at all times worth listening to. though
occasionally his grammar is scarcely
perfect. He was dining on one occa
sion with the local squire, when, much
to the disgust of bis worthy host, a
trifling error on the old gentleman's
part was pounced upon and loudly re
peated by ; the son and heir' of the
house. There "was a painful silence,
broken at length by the host. ,
"My son." be remarked quietly to the
young fellow, "there are times, I ad
mit, when our old friend's speech is a
little peculiar. .At such times you
might be of mutual assistance to each
other." . - " - .i
In what way,, sir?" asked the son.
Well," was the severe, rejoinder.
"you might give Mr. X. a lesson or
two in grammar, in return for which
have no doubt he would assist you
to patch up the boles in . your . man
ners." London Tit-Bits.
Three Reasons For Declining.
Lord Broughton bad a temper which
sometimes exploded in a. most discon
certing manner. It is related that on
one occasion he dined with a large
party at Thackeray's bouse, and after
dinner some specially fine madeira
was produced: In his Usual genial
way the novelist pressed this on his
guests and, patting his neighbor, Lord
Broughton, ' on ; the back,- remarked,
Now. ray dear old boy, you must try
some of this."
A chill fell-on the company when.
the noble lord retorted, "1 am not your
dear boy, I am not old, and your
wine." . '
The Only Thing Left.
Jeremiah Jinks is rich and stingy.
An acquaintance of his met Jinks' son
the other day. "Your father seems to
have lost a good dal of money lately.
The ..last time 1 saw him he was com
plaining and saying be must econo
''Economize! Did he say where he
was going to begin?"
Yes; on his table, he said."
'Then he must be going to take
away the tablecloth," was the filial
A Big Birdcage. -
A very peculiar ..institution: in the
New'.York zoo is what Is known as
the flying birdcage." This magnifi
cent aviary is the largest of its kind
In the world, being 55 feet high, 72
feet wide and 150. feet long. Large
oak and other trees grow in this cage,
and the birds live within Its wire net
ting bounds in the utmost freedom.
The .frame of the cage is built of Iron
pipes, which are covered over with
thin meshed netting.. .
. . r . . Literary Note.
"You write too much," said the critic
to the author. '--
"But my friend," replied the author,
"I've got to live." ,
"How about your readers?"
"Ah, well, we were all born to diet"
,' --:; ' . Parried. .
"And that young man kissed you on
the Hps! ' Why didn't yon offer him
your band?' said the father, .r
."Oh. I didn't have to, papa,, said
the girt "He's going to ask, you for
that" Yonkers Statesman.
A Case For Sympathy. .'
The Proud Mother This boy do
grow more like 'is father every day.
The Neighbor Do e, pore dear? And
'ave you tried everything? London
Responsibility walks hand in hand
wit!- apaclty and power. Holland.
THE SECOND ANNUAL
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6 Horse Races Daily V
National Live Stock Exhibits
Fascinating Midway Attractions
FIREWORKS will be the most gorgeous and magnificent py
rotechnic display ever seen on this Coast This will interest the
whole family. ,. , . -.
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