The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, June 19, 1910, SECTION FIVE, Page 10, Image 68

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(Copyright, 1910, Associated Literary Press.)
HON. EDITOR of The Oregonian,
who I reverence more than all
other printers.
Dear Mr. Sir:
iYou will please feel slightly suprised.
BVIe & Cousin Nogi, by dent of stingy
frugality, has saved sifflciently. cash
money to have $650 -which we have just
(payed for a retired rubbernecking otto
onoblle. This machinery, though slight
ly decomposed, is quite intelligent &
.experienced. Therefore, we have named
(this Joyful Wagon '"Seeing America"
land we shall spend the Summer "months
getting rich by showing all persons
.tourlshly inclined whatever places of
Bl arming interest are to be found.
JThusly we shall prove to Americans
fthat they need not spend their money
ton Europe in foolish travel, and that
travel at home can be made just as
hfoolish and expensive as anywhere else.
Cousin Nogi shall be chauffeur for this
educational wagon. Everywhere we ar
rive to I shall talk lectures with mega
phone voice to resomble Hon. Roose
velt. Price to look-see shall be follow
ing list:
Thin p""" i T1 apiece each
"Fat persons... . $2 apiece each
j because they oftenly occupy 2 seats
land therefore see twice as much)
Children & suffragettes, 20c extra, be
cause of their screaming habits.
If you wish to send me affectionate
postcards this Summer, Mr. Editor,
please address me, "Hashimura Togo,
care United States." I shall be found
omewheres in that neighborhood show
ing the place. You must not come
with me on these trips, Mr. Editor,
because It is not good-healthy for you
to know too much about America.
f-Also, who would print the news, if you
was not there to write it? Ah, no!
You must remain located at your desk.
Do not worry for me. I shall write
' you weekly envelopes to remind you
about these Trips.
First Tour was yesterday when we
made look-see at Niagara Falls. Its
granduie was lectured by me. This
ride was for the benefit of new-joined
bride-couples, because nobody is prop
erly married unless they have taken a
honeyspoon trip to Niagara Falls. My
price for this trip was $1.50 per couple,
which was very bargain sum but how'
could I dare charge $2 for 2 people who
only occupied the same space as 1
single persons? I could not be so
skinflintish of heart.
14 of these new bridles couples got
on to my wagon at Buffalo. 2 more
pairs started, but they came from New
York City and was so anxious for a
divorce that they got off. In excess of
these 14 honeyspooners was 4 Famus
Americans who went along for idle
curiosity. Following is their names.
Kav. Mr. Mayor Gaynor, prominent
Tammany reformer of New York.
Hon Buffalo Bill, famous historical
character (retired).
Hon. Elbert Hubbard, dealer In literary
Hon. Hetty Green, who has saved vast
fortune by not spending It.
Rev. Gaynor say-so: "I wish see
Niagara to be sure It is a proper the
atrical show for young folks. Other-
Bhe Illustrious Prince, by E. Phillips Op- ,
penheim. Illustrated. $1-50. Little.
Brown & Co., -Boston. Mass.
As a writer of international romances
of the sensational order. Mr. Oppenbeimer
ts the busiest among modern novelists
and his books have a large sale. Oh his
canvas appear no common fpersons Mr.
Oppenhelm rather deals In emperors,
kings, princes, American Ambassadors
and diplomats. Up to now "A Maker of
History" was the most interesting of the
Oppenhelm novels and It was supposed- to
ihave reached high-water mark.
But the place of honor has toeeo won
Jby "The Illustrious Prince," the said
aristocrat being Prince Maiyo, cousin of
the Emperor of Japan, and a roving Am
fbassador of Japan in Europe to find out
the real reasons for the a round-the-world
cruise of the American battleship fleet,
.ordered by President Roosevelt. The trou
ble is, however, that In fashioning Prince
Maiyo. the portrait suggests a perfect
god rather than a mortal man. Maiyo is
b. hero of heroes, a prince of all trades, a
tieing who is so versatile that- he does
everything well, and It is surprising to
learn that he is not depicted as having
Solved the mystery connected with the
elixir of life, at least. It is also wonder
ful that bo didn't discover the North
Hamilton Fynes, a dispatch-bearer from
the American Government, is supposed to
carry to our Ambassador at London, Eng
land, secret papers relating to the com
ing of our fleet around the world, and
!Fynes Is stabbed and klllled by an un
known assassin, in a cab being hauled
alone a London street. The dead man's
dispatches are stolen. Another attache
of the American Embassy, Richard Van
derpole, is strangled to death in a taxi
cab, near Melbourne Square, London.
Miss Penelope Morse. m American girl
and a relative of the Duchess of Deven
tiam, is a friend of both the murdered
diplomats and works to discover the mur
derer. Prince Maiyo comes on the scene like
a Napoleon, Julius Caesar and General
U. S. Grant rolled in one. Maiyo is de
scribed as the great cavalry leader who
was. credited with a brilliant flanking
movement at Mukden. He Is of mixed
Japanese and English blood and "was
dressed with the quiet exactness of an
English gentleman. . Only a slight nar
rowness of the eyes and a greater alert
ness of movement seemed to distinguish
him In any way, as regards nationality,
from the men by whom he was surround
ed." Maiyo sneers at the Occident and
Intimates that heaven is really Japan.
Several English girls of remarkable
beauty fall in love with him, but he will
have none of them.
On the occasion of a visit to Prince
Maiyo's house in London, Miss Morse
saw a curious coffer standing on an ivory
table, and when the Prince touched a
secret spring, the lid flew open, showing a
cavity containing a. dagger of fine blue
steel and a roll of silken cora. I did not
knew that anything was In the box," said
Maiyo salmly. T am sorry if its con
tents alarmed you." Miss Morse was sure
I that Prinoe Maiyo was the person who
had stabbebd Fynes and strangled van-der-pole,
but she decides to wait for fur
ther proof.
James B. Coulson. a secret agent of our
Government, appears with a, confidential
wise it must be closed." Hon. Buffalo
Bill say-so: "'I am anxious for see
this "Wild East performance of water
works. I am proud to know it is so
near the City of Buffalo, which ' is
named after me." Hon. Hubbard say
so: "It is better to be Right -than
to be President. It is not neces-sary
to be Either. This wisdom is printed
by Boycroft Press, bound in half a rub
ber boot for sale by the quart or
pound." Hon. Hetty say-so: Travel is
cheaper than hotel bills. Go , ahead!"
Pretty sopnly we arrive to Niagara
Falls Cousin Nogi wheel our joy-motor
to front porch of this reat natural
downpour. I was glad to see it was
spouting so nicely. The necks of all
my Tourists begin to Inflame with rub
ber immediately. This is very joyful
for me. So I press Hon. Megaphone to
my voice & make considerable Lecture.
Thusly it was:
"Ladies & Tourists: Please notice
Niagara Falls! It is the loudest spot
in Nature. There is nothing to equal
this, not even among our Traveling
Presidents. - Puny. Man appears minus
compared to it. O pompous sprinkle of
considerable water! By its fluid qual
ities it reminds us of poetry. What
Human Being could seem important
beside such a splash? What States
man, however energetick, can stand like
these Falls- spouting day & night for
11,000 annual years? I ask to know!"
All Lady-Brides listen with great su
prise. All Gentlemen-Brides seem
slightly jalous. I appear so Sublime
that Niagara seem quite neglected. So
I continue onwards:
"Please observe with your ears! O
such rumpage & rore of fractured bil
lows! Is it not a noise? Sousa's Band
never made anything so hideous. Look
how it rolls in all its peeved grandure,
looking just as natural as a moving pic
ture show. It is the greatest living
curio. It is more wonderful than the
Panama Canal, because It seems to flow
without any visible help from the Re
publican Party. What causes this
wonderful phenomenal? Answer is:
The convenient arrangement of Nature.
Lake Erie, magnificent pond of ex
treme freshness, arrives suddenly to a
great spasm of rocks 10,000 feet high,
where it Is forced to jump off. So it
do so. . This make Niagara Falls."
"What forces Lake Erie to jump oft?"
require Hon. Elb Hubbard, who was
there to ask literary questions.
"High cost of living," I report be
cause I was not sure. "That catter-act
has been behaving like you see it ever
since July 4, 1776, when it was discov
ered by Hon. Chris Columbus while he
was searching for America. Simple
foreigner, how little ho knew that this
Niagara, so carelessly stumbled over,
would some day be as famus a land
mark as Coney Island or Hon. Jo-Uncle
"Another remarkabillous thing about
Niagara Falls is the dampness of its
material. It seems like 1,000,000 soda
siphons working simontaneously In the
supreme quench. Touch it with your
hands and see how wet it feels. And
this is a truthful fact Niagara Falls
contains nothing but solid water.
Bravely it has resisted the efforts of
the Drug Trust to adulterate it with
cologne, banjoate of soda or other in-
letter from President Rooseveltr-dis-.
guised as Mr. Jones asking what the at- I
titude of Great Britain . would be in the
event of war between Japan and our
country, and the British diplomats give
non-committal answer. Maiyo voices
the assertion that money-making in Brit
ain and " America has killed patriotism
and that the latter exists only in all its
purity in Japan. He also thinks that
Great Britain, as a first-class military
power, has ceased to exist, that love of
the motherland is no longer a religion
with young Britons, and that Japan's
best ally In the years to come Is a China
of Japan's own making. The clew to the
two murders In the story l hidden near
ly to the end of the novel and then some
thing drops. -
Miss Morse and Sir Charles Somerfeld
keep up the love interest.
The Butterfly Man, by Georre Barr Mc-
cutcneon. illustrated. j-zd. lwuu,
Mead & Co.. New York City.
Here is another delightful 'Summer
story, with a light plot that sparkles
and fizzes. Just the society novel you
can take Into vacation land with the
certainty that you will be entertained
and amused without any undue call
on brain power.
Sedgwick Blynn. 28 years old. floater
of bogus and water-soaked financial
deals, society man. Beau BrumrneL pro
fessional loafer, lover- and liar, is de
scribed perfectly In "the tmtterfly
man," and useless drone generally. He
is - the living incarnation of self, self,
self Yet the description of his career
is well worth the trouble of reading
about it. Blynn Is so much of a so
ciety king that he dares to delay the
starting of dinner parties three-quarters
of an hour, because he calculates
such a move will cause added attrac
tion to his entrance. He Is addicted to
club life, when he ought to be at home
with his aged mother and two elderly
sisters, who live on an income left
them of $3000 a year. Blynn does las
best to dissipate this slender fortune,
and makes his best man-friend George
Rennington lose money so that he,
Blvnn. may share in the loot.
Miss Bessie Carnahan. daughter of
a multi-millionaire, is a girl too young
to know what life Is. and she thinks
she loves Blynn, who is in love just
then with several other girls, and mar
rled women. Kate O'Brien, forewoman
in a dressmaking shop, looms up, and
action -materially changes. It is with
satisfaction one reads that Blynn ulti
mately gets what is coming to him.
Mr. McCutcheon has not previously
written in such a cleverly sarcastic
rnniiiHnTi. Af PnwrMK lit Pemorratic Gov
ernment, by Governor Hughes, of New
York. 41.13. Yale University Press, New
Governor Hughes is peculiarly fitted
to speak on such a subject as this, and
this volume, comprising the Dodge lec
tures of 1909-1910 at Yale University
on "The Responsibilities of Citizenship
ought to be within easy reach of all
vounar men Just within voting age. The
language used, and the easy natural
phrasing, recall the charm of Grover
Cleveland's literary style, one of the
most admired of our generation. Gov
ferior drinks. Would not this sight
bring sober thoughts to the drunkest
heart? Please think of it with your
brain! 60,000,000 gals of solid water
falling downwards 10,000 feet before
your face and nose. Is it not wonder
ful?" "What is so -wonderf nK" require Hon.
"To see 60,000,000 gals of solid water
falling downward 10,000 feet," I report
with bore of tone.
"It would be sightly surprising If It
ernor Hughes Is at His best when he
asks for a wider appreciation of high
standards t decency and Justice, and
disousses the attitude and responsibil
ity of the average citizen In relation to
them. -
The worth of political parties and
leaders is shown, and pleas are made
that our judge system of nomination
and election should be taken out of
party politics, the conclusion being that
this office is the last place that should
be used for the purpose of party
awards.. National party obligations are
released when nudges are to be chosen.
our author says, and he thinks that the
same ought to be true of prosecuting
attorneys. The selection of party can
didates directly by a secret ballot cast
by properly enrolled members of the
party, and the direct election in a simi
lar manner of members or party com
mittees, are other recommendations.
Theee views are, of course, open to
It is to be regretted that Governor
Hughes did not touch on one sore in
our political system the iaiiure
thousands of our citizens who register
at the primaries to vote at the actual
elections. Other alleged citizens refuse
to either register or vote then they
have the effrontery to complain that
their city is badly governed. In some
European cities, failure of citizens to
register and vote at elections means
first, a fine, and second, loss of citizen
ship. Karl Man: ma Ure and Work. By John
Spargo. Price, it-60. Illustrated. B. W.
- Huobach, New York City.
Socialists love to speak of Karl Hein
rich Marx as the Aristotle of the 19th
century at least those of them who be
lieve in Marx and not in their ability
to dodge a Job. To the general reader
Marx' name is coupled with "Das
Kapltal" very much the- same as
"Wealth of Nations" Is attached to
Adam Smith's name. Marx is remem
bered in a general sense, as a really
great political economist and the tire
less worker in the Marx sociological
theory of evolution.
Twenty-six years have elapsed since
Marx died, and curiously enough correct
biographies of him have hardly existed.
Mr. Spargo has nearly made a life study
of his subject, and has been assisted
In his search for material by relatives
and other intimate friends of the intel
lectual giant who is accepted as the
real founder of modern scientific Social
ism. Marx certainly made mistakes, but
the thinking world wants his record as
a worker and here it is. Mr. Spargo
has done his work with unusual ability,
tempered by calmness and-wlthout un
fair appeal to the multitude. His book
Is a clearly printed one of 359 pages.
Letter to Banehia, by Maurice Hewlett. 90
cents. Charles Seribner's Sons. New York
City, and the J. K. GUI Co.. Portland.
The character of John Maxwell Sen
house is the most daring and original
in English fiction of the present day.
It is not given' to every novelist to
make a tramp, idler and natural wan
derer who is a poet. Yet. Mr. Hewlett
has accomplished this. Senhouse is
the leading character in two of Mr.
Hewlett's novels, "Open Country" and
fell upward to the height you mention,"
dib Hon.' Hubbard like a squash. "But
I cannot be amazed at water when it
merely falls down."
"Go back to East Peoria!" I dement,
while Hon. Hubbard depart away under
his flop-brimmed hat.
'Ts there any historical event or other
untruthful anecdote connected with this
Falls?" require Mayor Gaynor with
hopeful expression of a Democratic
"I can easily make you one," I re
ana ,
"Men willingly
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"Rest Harrow." An expression has
come to read his rare letters. In more
convenient favor than In a novel, and
here is Mr. Hewlett's answer:
Senhouse is the son of an English
landed proprietor, and although he
port chivalrously. "When the Pilgrim
Fathers landed at Plymouth Rock they
was dissatisfied with that chicken
named place, because real-estate was
spoiled by disgusting Indian neighbors;
so they take that yacht 'Mayflower'
and they sail up the Delaware River.
Captain of this ship was- Hon. Benj.
Franklin, the man who discovered
lightning. For pilot him . where to go
was Miss Poky Hauntus, beautiful In
dian palmist. Hon. Franklin knew even
less about rivers than a members of the
believe what
was educated at Cambridge Univer
sity, by instinct and desire he is a
tramp. He is charming, ridiculous, a
natural botanist. He travels over
England, lives in a tent of his own
stitching, which he carries about ia
Rivers and Harbors committee, so he
were very glad this red lady was- along.
"So they floated upstream 40 or 60
days. Tiresome fatigue felt by all.
But one brite rfternoon. Miss Poky
Hauntus begin to show nervus symp
toms of thumbs and elbows.
" 'Benj Franklin,', she say Indianoml
cally, 'if you continue floating up this
river you will eventually hit some- i
"What should we hit, sweet copper
maiden? require Hon. Franklin with
flirting eyebrows peculiar to Philadel
phia. ;
" 'Niagara Falls, please, contuse lit
tle Poky.
"'Poosh & tish!" dib Hon Benj.
seornly. I have never heard of
Niagara Falls. How can we hit some
thing I have never heard ef? Nextly
you will be telling me we shall be. hit
by Halleya comet.' Pooh-pooh, for
" 'Ah, magnifluouB fat sir," decry Poky
Hauntus. -'I shall not deny your Profes
sor mind. But Niagara Falls hurts
when he hits. We shall be killed. It
is not good for Indians to be killed.'
" 'A dead Indian does not spoil." decry
Hon. Frankltn, who was fond of quota
tions from Kipling.
"But suddenly, whilst he spoke, O
SMASH!! That ship "May flour was
tunked against Niagara Falls with such
a bounce that it was gashed to tooth
picks. Nearly all the ancestors of Bos
ton was drowned in the flossy water.
But Hon. Benj Franklin and Miss Poky
Hauntus swum affectionately ashore
arm-in-arm. Beside each other they sat
on a rock for dry-clothes entertainment.
" We have been hit by Niagara Falls,'
explain Indian Maid pointing to this huj
flop of water spilling like an ocean fall
ing out of a balloon.
" 'I shall notice it next time I see it.
commend Hon-. . Franklin with Saturday
Evening Post expression of jokes.
"So they was married: because it is
improper for Young Persons to look at
Niagara Falls unless they are bride and
When I finish this historical event all
new-married couples present blosh. so
loud you could hear it above the whoop
ing of th Falls.
Next sight to seen was 1 Bridal Veil
Falls where Cousin Nogi took us by tal
ented crank-up of Hon. Ottomobile. Them
15 new-wedding couples ariz upward on
their feels to see this great matrimonial
scenery. All see with joyful oh-cries.
So I upraise my megaphone & parade
following intelligent lecture: ,
"Newly groomed brides, I wish for you
to look at this Nature now rushing be
fore you. It is called Bridal Veil Falls,
because it look like 4 miles of Irish lace
tumbling across the rocky face of Na
ture. Why ia this famus downpour like
Marriage?" (answer of "Why is?" from
16 double voices.) "Because Marriage
chuckles smoothly until it hits a sharp
cliff, then it jumps off with a bellow of
angry rages loud yellup of disgusted
whirlpools, splatter and fractured puddles.
until Love arrive down with a splash and
quit lorever. Matrimonial marriage is
oftenly thus." ,
"How like Ella Wilier Wheelcox you
talk!" snuggest Mayor Gaynor, who is
educated in all classic illusions.
Ignoring this rude explosion I continue
on with my lecture.
"This Bridal Veil Falls, aside from
sentimental photo it makes In the mind,
is a high horse-power waterworks. I
will- give you some statistics. If
a tilt-cart drawn by a lean horse
called Rosinante. He is beloved by
tramps, vagabonds, gypsies and other
wanderers who are shy on bathing and
change of clothing. Yet Stolnhouse is
an educated man and cannot separate
himself from educated people. One of
his correspondents is a young woman
whose identity Is disguised under the
name of Miss Sanchla Percival, and ex
tracts from Senhouse's letters to her
make up this book. Here is one ex
tract: I shan't go to bed at all; lt' too good.
I shall swim In the elided sen whll t-tie
coffee is a-maklng, then paint what l can re-
memoer oi tnis astounding slory: ana tben
shove along- the soak to Ely. There ousht
to be a letter for me there. Address me:
"Care of Mrs. Webster, basketm&ker." Hhe
lives in a caravan and smokes a pipe: but
she's an honest woman. She shaves twice
a week. Good bye. Sanchla. Don't think me
mad, and remember me in your prayers.
Leagues of marsh cotton here exquisite
clouds of burnt silver. And samphire like
wet emerald.
The Maeter Gtrl. by Asbton HUllera. LJ5.
G. P. Putnam's Sons. New York City.
A strange novel evidently written
by an Englishman, of before-the-flood
times when the hunter went out into
the prehistoric wilds to capture a wife.
This particular man ' was .Pul-Yun,
seven feet tall, a member of the Sun
Disc tribe, and his wife was Deh-Yan,
six feet three inches tall, one of the
Little Moon tribe. She was the first 1
governess, and the first nude savage
clever enough to invent and use the
bow and arrow. In her time, wives
were often eaten, but her wonderful
Inventive and fighting ability made her
tribe regard her as an advance Joan' of
The novel has brilliant imagination
and the primitive neauty in description
of a prose poem. It ought to be one of
the novel successes of a season already
wealthy in good stories. "The Master
Girl" is better than the much discussed
"Before Adam."
The Channel Islands, by Dr. Charles F.
Holder. Illustrated. 2. A. C. MoCIurs
& Co.. Chicago. III.
Brightened with nearly 150 illustra
tions from photographs, and 12 maps,
this holiday, amusement book, describ
ing the Channel Islands along the coast
of California approximately from lati
tude 31 degrees to 35 degrees, is one
of unusual charm and worthy of a re
gion that ia one of the great National
playgrounds of the people. Hunting
and fishing especially deep-sea fishing
where the tuna is king are attrac
tively written about.
A White Paper Garden, by Sara Andrew Sha
rer. Illustrated. $2.50. A C. McClurx A
Co., Chicago. 111.
An art book of beautifully expressed
thoughts, such as Ruskln wrote when
he discussed reverently and poetically
the charm of nature in growing things.
The book describes. In fancy, a garden
for each month of the year, the message
being given with an appeal to that In
ner sense we call for want of a bet
ter word soul. Just the attractive
book to keep handy where you can
read it again and again, and feel re
freshed. The Pursuit, by Frank Savile. Illustrated.
41.50. Little. Brown & Co.. Boston.
Fiction of galloping interest, depict
ing Tangier, where an attempt is made
to kidnap an American child, who is
heir to millions of dollars, and cul
minating in Messina at the time of the
earthquake. '
A latiKuare' series, hv Tt r ufnDi mnA
A. L- Rafter. 40 cents: a school bonk on
English for fourth, fifth and sixth-year a H m Iro Kl ir nT...n ' T . . -
i (Aiii. 1 1. . V. 1 r. P
a sood, old-fashioned novel, the hero of
hitched to a garden-hose it would
squirt 6 times around the world, drown
the British Navy and run lawn
sprinklers over the Saraha Desert. If
hitched to a derrick it could pull over
the Singer Bldg and uplift the entire
colored race. What could not this en
tire energy of Falls do if employed In
some honest work?" (No reply for
my statistics.) "And yet Water Falls
should not be used for such sordy uses.
They are Nature's Milllnary. When Na- ,
ture decks her hat with fruits and
vegetables, she look around for extra
trimming till she finds a waterfall
which she drapes carelessly around the
brim so it will sweep splashingly over
the left shoulder. The effect is stun
ning." "Are it not sinful extravagance to x
pend a 60,000.000-ton waterfall for trim
ming mere milllnary?" require a pale
bridegroom with horror-thought of what
be must expect.
"Nature is a Lady," I expound. "There
fore, when she goes out to trim a hat
she takes what she likes and lets some
body else pay the Bill."
Next drive for Cousin Nogi was Hor
shoe Falls. All Bridal Couples snuggle
in close pairs during this joy-trip.
"Ladies i & Tourists," I holla by mega
phone, "kindly to observe Hon. Horshoe
Falls. Is it not a sublime Pour? Kindly
observe with wrapped hearts. O the
Beauties of Scenery!" (silence from all).
I look around with peev. All them 16
Bridal Couples set wrapped together
gazing into each other's optical orbs.
"How thus!" I yall with peev. "When
Niagara Falls is be front of you, why
you no look, please? - Have you no soul
to gaze at the Beauties of Nature?"
. "We are!" they all collapse in unicorn.
"You are what?" I holla.
We are gazing at the Beauties of Na
ture," they commune eentimentarily, as
they continue to peek into each other's
eyes with illuminated expression peculiar
to glass.
"Drive onwards, Cousin Nogi!" I dib.
So he crank-back Hon. Ottomobilej and
we elope down road by gasolene all' ex
cept Hon. Hetty Green, who set by Nia
gara figuring with pencil how to save
50c by staying away from N. Y,
Hoping you are the same
Yours truly
P. S. Mr. Editor, kindly to please do
me the much-obliged favor to put this
adv. in your paper and owe me whatever
it is worth:
Get on the Japanese Schoolboy's
Joyful Wagon.
See America!
He will Show You Things
in Your Country which You
never Suspected Was There.
A Meaty Article
Showing that even Pork is Uplifting
And that Lard can be Refined by
Nobody can take this Tour without
enjoying Rubbet- symptoms in Neck.
which is John Andrew Downey, lawyer,
Seattle, Wash. (Saalfleld Pub. Co.)
Whirlpools, by Honryk Stenkiewlcx. $1 50;
a translation from the Polish of a favorite
novel by a master. ((L.tttle-TtTown.)
Legislature of JS9 9 Confirmed Hor
ticultural Society's Choice.
PORTLAND, June 15. (To the Edi
tor.) There seems to be a little mis
understanding about the adoption of
the Oregon grape as the state flower of
Oregon. Its history is this:
At a meeting, of the Oregon Horti
cultural Society at Newberg in 1890 I
Introduced a resolution asking for the
selection of a state flower. The mat
ter was referred to a committee com
posed of Dr. J. B. Pllklngton, of Port
land, and E. W. Hammond, of Wlmer.
in Southern Oregon, both botanists of
excellent qualifications, with instruc
tions to report or name a flower, sub
ject to the approval of the society, at
the next annual meeting. That meet
ing was held at Grants Pass April,
1891, but the committee made no re
port and asked further time. This was
granted, but the committee was re
quested to report at the next meeting.
This was held In Hood River on July 12,
1892. Each member of the committee
made a report. Dr. Pllklngton favoring
the galllardla arlstata and Mr. Ham
mond the Oregon grape. Qn my motion
the report of Mr. Hammond was ac
cepted and the Oregon grape was form
ally declared the state flower of Ore
gon. In order that the choice might have
the sanction of Ijegislative approval, in
a conversation with the late Mrs. J. C.
Card In 1899. then prominently identi
fied with the Woman s Clubs of Ore
gon. I suggested that those organiza
tions, through the State Federation of
Clubs, might prevail upon the Legisla
ture to approve the selection made as
above indicated. The federation.
through a committee, placed the mat
ter before the Legislature during the
session of 1899, and by resolution of
that body the choice of the Horticul
tural Society was confirmed.
The first reference to the Oregon
grape known is in Pursh's "Flora of
North America," published by James
Black & Son (second edition). London.
England, 1S16. There it ts referred to
as "Berberis Aquifollum, Pursh, the
Oregon grape, or holly-leaved bar
berry." It Is fully described in the
work mentioned and illustrated in col
ors. The botanist mentioned secured
his specimens- in St. Louis by making
selections from a lot of shrubs and
plants which Lewis and Clark took
home with them on their return trip
in 1806.
The idea prevails in some quarters
that the state flower was adopted by
a vote of the people, but this was not
the case. GEORGE H. HIMES.
A Frmyer of Unselfishness.
Charles C. TUllnghast. In the Watchman.
Help me to do away with selfish thought,
Performing what I ought.
And thus to grow from hour to hour
In hidden power.
Help me to bear my heavy load,
Not needing goad
Nor meed of empty praise from lips of men
To strive again.
Grant me to bear the other's urgent cry.
My want cast by.
Not noticing Ambition's voice
Nor my own choice.
when others superseding, reach my goal.
In swift control
Grant me to give them, wishes of gooa io
Without alloy.