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Things which cannot be
altered are to be borne, not
blamed; follies past are
sooner remembered than re
dressed, and time lost may
well be repented, but never
EITHER the new so-called rate
law needs amending in some
particulars or else the inter
state commerce commission should
modify its construction of certain por
tions of the law. It was to be ex
' pected that the railroads, or some of
them, would construe the law or seek
to have it construed so ss to make it
unpopular, and it seems that the com
mission is accommodating them to
the extent of its ability.
The commission, for example, has
ruled, it is said, that a round trip
ticket cannot be extended, so that a
person cannot in any emergency
postpone the homeward trip; that if
a person becomes ill on s journey and
has to stop off he cannot on recovery
continue his trip on the same ticket;
that tickets in every case whatever,
even in the case of newspaper pub
lishers who have advertising accounts
with the railroads, must be paid in ac
tual cash; and has laid down very
precise and narrow rules in other re
spects. We cannot suppose thst the com
mission is endeavoring to do what it
Can to make the Jaw odious by snch
rulings, but this will be the effect.
and it is just what such railroads as
wish to get rid of the law desire.
The people did not demand a rate
regulation law for any such purposes,
but for the correction of large abuses.
These interpretations of the law, re
sulting in no benefit to anybody but
only in petty annoyance to' individ
uals, are distinctly Pharisaical in char
acter; they magnify the "mint and
anise and cummin," while neglecting
the "weightier matters of the law."
The provisions of the law requiring
these unimportant but vexations ob
servances, if they exist, were no
doubt incorporated in it for the very
purpose of rendering the law obnox
ious. When they perceived that they
could not, or dared not, defeat the
law, the Republican leaders sought to
make it as faulty and difficult of en
forcement as possible, and results
will probably show that they suc
ceeded pretty well.
The better they succeed, as shown
by results, the greater will be the
number of people who will reluctant
ly agree with Mr. Bryan that mere
regulation is doomed to failure.
AFTER the season of unpre
cedented prosperity, what?
For such prosperity, though
beneath the surface it be not all that
it is represented to be, cannot be ex
pected to continue indefinitely and
uninterruptedly. Though a period of
depression, to use the common
phrase, has not occurred for an un
usually long time, and is not yet ap
parently imminent, and though such
a "panic" as that of 18937 may never
recur in this country, or not for a
long time yet, the flood-tide of pros
perity cannot reasonably be expected
to maintain its flow continually. In
the nature of things there must be an
ebb, unless there shall be a marked
modification of industrial and eco
nomic operations, s reformatory ad
justment of business forces, though
this reflex movement may not be as
harp and severe as it has formerly
been. Not only this country but
Other countries are prosperous, as
they have not been before for many
years. One evidence that the tariff
lias nothing to do with our prosperity
is j the fact thst England is as much
snore prosperous than it was a few
years ago as the United States is. It
is .a period of which the future his
togjan may ssy: "The world went
very welt then."
Is the world, and this great country
in particular, going to continue doing
Ttry well, and to go on from good
to better Are world-wide waves or
r t depression and panic over
at last? Have the industrial, eco
nomic and financial worlds so prof
ited by s long period of what is said
to be "abounding prosperity" that
some successive leaner years, if they
should come, would create no great
amount of disaster and distress? How
much has been and is being gained in
actual, solid, dependable resources
rather than' speculative assets and
bubble values. Is not our present
prosperity largely mortgaged on the
chance of its permanency? Towhat
extent is the business world dealing
in futures, gambling on chances, tak
ing risks blindly? We think this
country, and the world, are better
fortified now than ever before against
a financial and industrial storm, have
more solid assets than ever, yet a
pinching time would burst many big
bubbles and crush many hollow shells
Signs that our prosperity is not all
that might be desired are the dissatis
faction, the unrest among so great
a proportion of wage earners, and the
voluntary idleness of so many who
might be earning good wages but ob
stinately refuse to work. It is cer
tain that many industries cannot af
ford to pay indefinitely such wages
aa are demanded, but on the other
hand it is perceived that in many
cases combinations of employers,
trusts and corporations, are piling up
millions upon millions of profits while
wages hsve not been increased in
proportion to the cost of living.
Workingmen sre perceiving this
more and more clearly, and are chaf
ing at the inequitable division of the
profits of their labor. In brief, the
labor element in our vast industrial
machine is likely to cause trouble
some friction and disturbing if not
disastrous inharmony of operation.
An Australian student and writer
who has been visiting in America and
studying conditions here for some
months, predicts in the near future a
great and destructive conflict between
labor and capital, an industrial war
that will convulse the country and
rend our cloak of prosperity to tat
ters. And unless there shall be some
readjustment of relative conditions as
to multimillionaire trusts on the one
hand and workingmen who can gain
but an existence on the other, his
predictions may come true. In time
of prosperity people should prepare
for adversity. As individuals, many
do, but as a mass or as a nation, they
do no, at leart to such an extent as
they should. In a word, only
greater measure of justice can insure
continued prosperity or prevent an
A SUDDEN TRANSFORMATION.
HE Oregonian says: "Up to
the election of Mr. Roosevelt,
the Republican party had
been for some time dominated by its
plutocratic element. The middle
class had not only lost power, but
by the combined efforts of the rail
roads and the trusts, it was being an
nihilated." It is assumed thst the election of
Roosevelt has entirely transformed
the character of the Republican party
and that whereas up to two years ago
it was dominated by plutocrats it is
now the political agency of the "mid
dle classes." It is to be observed, by
the way, that the Oregonian support
ed the Republican party during all
the years that it was "dominated by
the plutocrats" just as earnestly as it
does now. Of course that paper's
character has been transformed along
with that of the party. In brief
space the Ethopian has changed his
skin, the leopard his spots.
"The country," continues the re
generated morning paper, "has en
tered upon a new phase of politics.
The old issues are dead. The old
slogans have lost their meaning. The
inevitable struggle has begun
between the middle class and
the proletariat." Of course every
body who isn't a Republican now be
longs to the "proletariat." But how
do we know that such a tremendous
transformation has been wrought in
two years? Roosevelt has made
some vigorous reform motions, it is
true, but the real Republican leaders
have "gained very great concessions
from him, and are looking forward
greedily to the day when he will be
succeedeed by some president more
surely "safe and sane."
The idea for the Pacific northwest
to units in one big joint building at
Jamestown is a good one, if they
can do so without quarreling and
they should be able to do that.
ii ii u
Just a year ago the Lewis and
Clark fair closed, and the crop of
the seed sown in holding it is already
beginning bountifully to appear.
, The enemies thst Hearst has made
among the grafters and plutocrats of
New York City ought to gain him a
good many votes in the country.
Everything real estate sales,
building permits, bank clearances, and
A Little Out
THINGS PRINTED TO READ WHILE YOU WAIT.
Coffee a Barometer.
"A cup of corf no, after bains; sugared,
forms a by no means bad barometer,"
declares a scientist.
Whan the augur dissolves quietly In
the coffee without stirring, numberless
little bubbles of air rise to the surface
of the liquid. If these form a frothy
mass in the middle of the cup you may
an rely rely upon fine weather for some
"On the other hand, if the froth col
lects In a ring round the margin of the
cup, heavy rain may be expected.
"Again, when the froth remains half
way between the side and the center of
the cup, the weather is sure to be
changeable; but should the froth flow
in spots and lumps toward the sldea of
the cup, we may look for gentle rain."
The) Lowly Ufa.
A little flower so lowly crew
8o lonely was It left,
Thst heaven looked Ilka an eye of blue,
Down- in its rocky cleft.
What could the little flower do.
In auch a darksome place.
But try .to reach that eye of blue
And climb to kiss heaven's facet
And there's no life so lone and lew
But strength may still be given.
From narrowest lot on earth to grow
The atralghter up to heaven.
.;ifeThe Sultan's Menagerie.
The sultan Is very fond of animals,
and has a wonderful collection at Ylldls.
His pets are kept on a small island,
and are of all sorts stags, road ear,
gazelles, rare goats and sheep, and birds
of every land. They are all tame, and
are said to be very fond of their royal
master. A special kloak la given up to
doga. of wjilch a few fine specimens
are generally Imported every year, es
pecially from England. There is also a
cat house, but the most luxurious of all
are the aviaries. These are under the
care of a Kooahjee Baahl, or head
fowler, with to attendants. All the rest
of the menagerie Is under a director,
with 39 helpers. Ths only wild beasts
are a few lions, panthers and such-Ilka,
presented by King Menellk.
Another Idol Gone.
"The lark's reputation for early ris
ing- la altogether undeserved." says a
naturalist. "That much celebrated bird
la a sluggard, aa it does not rise until
long- after the chaffinches, linnets snd
number or hedgerow blrde have been
up and about.
'As early aa half-past one in the sum-
other indicia show that Portland's
population must hare increased by at
least 25,000 in a year. Yet according
to the figuring of the Oregonian it
will not have 150,000 population till
The intolerable fool whdrj kills an
other person for .a deer ought to be
educated for a few years at the Ore
Hill may build a port at his pro
posed new site of St James, but he
can't induce Portland to move down
By Johnston McCuIley.
In "Lady Huntworth's Experiment"
the Baks rites have scored again. The
play opened tha weak yesterday after
noon to a crowded houaa, and tha ap
plause testified to the popularity of the
company and tha worth of the play.
Lillian Lawrence la the bright, par
ticular atar thla week, with William
Dills and Frances Blosaon and William
Oleaaon tied for second honors Miss
Lawrence In the role of Lady Hunt
worth gives a pleasing interpretation.
William Oleaaon aa Csandy, the man
servant, plays with artistic fidelity to
the character Frances Sloaaon makes
a delightful lova-lorn maiden, and Wil
liam Dills aa tha Rev. Audjey Pilllnger
la all that could be desired. Howard
Bus tell makes the most of a amall
part. airs. Oleaaon does well, and so
doea Richard Thornton, while John
Balnpolts makes a thoroughly accept
able Lora Huntworth. Ethel Orey
Tarry playa an awkward maid servant
very well. That is all there Is to the
cast nine characters. ,
And, therefore, the. members of the
east keep themselves busy dishing out
the situations. The play Is new to
Portland. . The sctlon opens in tha
vicarage garden, where It becomes ap
parent that Lucy Pilllnger, who is be
trothed to Captain Dorvaston, a friend
of her dead father, ia aecretly going to
be married to a young curate. Rev.
Henry Thoreaby. It la also hinted that
the vicarage possesses a wanderful
cook! Rev. Mr. Pilllnger, when his
slater Is not about, makes lora to the
cook. So does Csptsia Dorvaston, and
the man aervant. Cook gets wise to
the elopement plans of the young couple
and gives tham all tha aid in her power.
Meanwhile the -party discusses ths re
cent divorce case of Lady Huntworth,
It appearing from the evidence at hand
that the lady was ths aggressing party
and that Lord Huntworth Is entitled to
sympathy, when tha truth of the mat
ter la that Lady Huntworth la inno
cent of wrong but allows her character
to be besmirched In order to be free of
a beast of a husband. There comes to
ths vicarage a Mr. Crayll to see the
captain. The cook meeta him acci
dentally and In a dramatic scene It la
disclosed that Crayll Is her divorced
husband. Ha demands to see her that
evening, when aha will be alone, and aha
tells him to come to the kitchen st
8:10. Later the captain desires to see
her and ta to to oome at , and finally
tha Rev'. Mr. Pilllnger also requests to
Impart Important Information to her
and la told to appear at 1:30.
The second scene shows tha kitchen,
where compllcattona oome thick and
faet. Crayll makea his appearance and
pleads for his wife to return to him.
She refuses, and ha becomes drunk In
her presence. Hearing the preacher
coming the cook throws her divorced
husbsnd In the scullery. She finds On
tha floor a paper he has dropped which
explains the reason ha desires to take
har back ahe has fallen heir to money
left by an uncle, and her husband, de
void of funds, desires to marry her
again because of thla. The preacher
enters and begs the cook .to marry him.
he refuses. They hear the captain
coming. Tha preacher has last time
enough to get Into the larder. Ths
captain, also, Implores tha oook to
of tkc Common
mar morning the greenfinch, which la
the earliest riser amongst the common
amall biros, beams to pipe. The black
cap follows at about half -pass two. It
is nearly 4 o'clock, and the aur is
well above the horiaon, before the first
songster appears in the person of the
"The thrush starts half an hour later
the chirp of the robin beglna about the
same length of time before that or the
wren; while the house sparrow and the
tomtit occupy the laat place on the Hat."
In a Word.
A piano contains a mile of wire.
Rio Janeiro's harbor is the finest
In Tibet the law allows every woman
Bouth American ' ants have been
known to construct tunnels three miles
long a work proportionately greater
for them than It would be for men to
build a tunnel under the Atlantic from
New York to London.
An npparatua for measuring the sev
enty-millionth part of an lnoh haa been
made by Dr. P. Bhaw of Nottingham
It works upon the principle of electric
touch, and eonaista of a fine micrometer
screw and six levers.
The spparatus Is so sensitive end dell
eate that it is impossible to manipulate
it before an audience. It Is hung by
rubber bands, covered with thick felt.
and must be worked at dead of night
when there Is no trafflo or factory
The smallest distance that this mech
anism msasurea la about the distance
between a solid and a liquid molecule.
A Oantle Cynic.
From ths New York Times.
The first scratch on her new furnit
ure is apt to convince the bride that
marrlaawle a failure.
Tha fellow who tells a girl he would
lay down his life for her often balks
when he has to tell her father.
Wheat a girl begins to eall a fellow by
his first name, it generally Indicates
that she has designs on his last.
A woman always feels that Fate la
unkind to her if the poor man she re
fuses to marry turns around and makes
When a fellow tells a girl he would
kiss her if he thought no one was
looking, ten chances to one she will
shut her eye.
If you ge about It right, a quarter
will make as much nolae dropping into
the collection plate as a five-dollar gold
marry him, and while ha la doing so
tha preacher's sister, mistress of the
vicarage, returns unexpectedly and the
captain goes ento tha broom closet.
While the mistress ia giving the cook
orders for the next day the captain
makea a noise and Is discovered. The
preacher's sister, raising har hands in
horror, looks upon tha scene' with deep
suspicion, and threatens to expose tham
in tha morning and,- Mfygats. her niece, to
whom the captain is engaged.
In the third act the elopement of the
youngsters takes place, the oook aiding
them. It is explained that the cook is
Lady Huntworth, that she Is innocent
Of the crimes with which sba ia
charged. Vnd this Is worked out by the
captain, who freely forgives the niece
for the deception of the elopement.
Lady Huntworth goea away, and the
play closes with the captain packing to
follow her, while tha newly married
coupla are In each other's arms In the
center of the stage.
The play has Ita weak points, but It
Is a rattling good comedy. It wilt be
tha bill all week, with matinee Satur
day. Pete Peterson.
The stew bill at the Empire for the
week la "Pete Peterson," a drama of
ths "Ton Tonson" type, which ia satis
fying and introduces many original
scenes not found In ths oldsr Swedish
dialect playa With this weak tha Em
pire Inaugurates a new price scale and
becomes a 10-20-J0 houas. Yesterday at
both performances tha house was crowd
ed and hundreds of people were turned
The play ia full of heart Interest,
comedy and thrilling climaxes. Jack
West was excellent In tha leading role,
while Kittle De Lorma pleased by her
atage appearance and her careful acting;
The remainder of the company is good.
There are trained dogs which play an
Important part in the ahow.
There is no doubt that "Pets Peter
son" is a hit and ona of the best shows
that has been to tha Empire thla year.
It will be the bill all week, with mati
nees Wednesday and Saturday. Nothing
better at ths price.
At the present time Belgium depends
mainly upon Franca and Holland for
lean cattle, and finds the supply inade
quate to the demand. Under praaent
provisions only fat cattle, which must
be slaughtered within three days after
arrival, are allowed to enter at Belgian
porta, the duty being only some SO
cents per hundred pounds llvs weight.
I have recently taken the matter up
with the farmers and cattle dealers snd
find tham all inclined to procure thla
class of stock from tha United States,
If arrangements to permit it can be
made by tha two governments, and at
my suggestion some tOO Belgian farm
ers and cattle dealers have petitioned
ths minister of agriculture to extend
the regulations permitting shipments
from Franca and Holland' to tha United
Statea, and under the same restrictions,
via: a duty of II cents per hundred
pounds live weight.
Just Human, After All.
From the Newberg Graphic.
Tha Statesman very truthfully savsr
"The Oregonian has one serious trouble
as a public utility. It cannot brook any
criticism, no matter how good natured,
without becoming abusive to the verge
of silliness. The scornful manner with
which It brushes other newspapers aaldo
as 'paltry' and lacking In honesty Is a
little dlagustlng and subjects that paper
to much deserved ridicule. The editor
of the Oregonian must not forget that
he la only human, because the rest of
tha craft all know It."
As She Ie Spoke. ,
From Mlddleton ,N. Y.) Times-Presa
Whlls driving through s mountainous
country over near Greenwich, Nsw
York, on Wednssday, I stopped st a
store kept by a native and overheard a
customer try to buy some eggs, (t
sounded like this: Resd It aloud:
"Ain't got any eggs. Is yah?"
"Ain't said I alnt"
"Alnt aakln' yeh Alnt yah' Is L I'ss
sskln eh is yah?"
Li on temporaries Dis-
Method in Meekness.
From tha Minneapolis Journal.
Tha Minnesota railroads have shown
that they are ready to yield to aa or
ganised and aroused public sentiment.
The agitation for lowsr rates, started
by the laat legislature, haa borne ma
terial fruits in aa order of the railroad
commlaalon reducing mere handles rates
to the measure of a maximum schedule.
It is now announced that the railroads
will accept thla schedule without resort
ing to the courts. They have already
made voluntary reductions in thalr rates
on grain, and tha northern roada have
reduced coal rates.
Theae concessions havs evidently bean
wrung by ths fear that resistance would
Inflame the public mind and produce
some radical measures.
There ta a lesson In this attitude of
the railway companies. The reductions
they have made are Just, and leave the
railroads a reasonable profit atill, or
thay would nsver havs bean agreed to.
Yet they ware not made till popular agi
tation forced attention to Mlnnaaota'a
relatively high rates. Thsy are not
maae rrora philanthropic motives, or
even from the "enlightened self-tntsr-aat"
that ssaks the ultimate prosperity
of tha earrier by creating a prosperous
tributary population. They are mads
through fear of radical or revolutionary
measures. Our benevolent despots ware
not so benevolent as that
From tha Sacramento Union.
Thoaa who conduct the buslneas of
railroads are alwaya actuated by the
wish not only to get ail that la coming
to tham. but something mora. If ever
there was a railroad company dlaposad
to be unselfishly fair in all ita dealings
with ths public anxious to accept noth
ing more than public Interest would
Justify, the name of that company has
faded out of human remembrance. It
Is to be ex Joe ted that In asking for
franchises every railroad company will
aeek to get all that is possibly obtain-.
abla It remains for the municipal au
thorities tor thoss who represent the
people to guard tha public interest.
Now, we are told that the Southern
Pacific Railroad company in applying
for a apur-track privilege in Sacramento
aake for an exclualve right for a period
of fifty years Tha impropriety of this
demand is manifest. Any child ought
to know that no single railroad ought
to be granted an exclualve privilege for
auch a period or for any fixed period In
a elty situated like our own.
There la Indeed, but one sound rule
In such mattsrs, snd thst la to make all
privileges of tha kind asked tor revoca
ble at pleaaure by ths power which
Railroad Experiment Worth Trying.
From the Nebraska State Journal.
Tha news now cornea from Ohio that
the 2-cent passenger law promises to
fores profits Into the pockets of ths un
willing railroad corporations. That Is
to say, tha reduced rates that wore
fought as "confiscation" and robbery of
the defenseleas stockholders have not.
only brought back a good ahare of ths
travel that was lost to ths electric Unas,
but will without much doubt be Bsource
of tncreaaad profit to the companies
when the time comes for an accurate
accounting of this part of the bualnaaa.
Tha experience of the Ohio roads has
had tha effect of greatly reducing the
opposition to tha enactment of a sim
ilar law in Indiana. It la now pre
dicted that It will be paSssd during ths
coming; winter without opposition from
Oregon Needs Railroads.
From the Eugene Rag-later.
If a complete analysis of Oregon's
gain In population could be had at thla
time It would clearly ahow that tha few
localities touched by rail are the only
onea that have received any material In
flux, and by reason of ths faot that we
have so few railroads has given to the
towna and countlea that are reachad by
rail lasa nsw population than they
would have otherwise received ware
competing lines In operation by which
additional Inducements ware offered for
Investment of capital and energy In
building up the country. Investigation
of tha vast territory Isolated from rall
roada win snow little or no increase.
It la a truism that railroads are ths
forerunners of progress, development
and population. Oregon muat change Ita
tactics and Instead of confining Its hue
and cry to "mora population" it must
be changed to more rallroada.
While Oregon haa neglected the rail
road feature of Ita development, the
rallroada themselves have not been alow
to aee their opportunity and are push
ing this war with fair proapect that
several trunk Unas will soon be In the
field entering new territory thst will
bound to the front with marked rapidity
st the approach of the ateam whistle..
Oregon haa waited long for the good
time that Is coming, in fact haa waited
whan ahe should have been at work
telling to transcontinental llnea what
golden opportunity awalta tham hare,
and which If taken advantage of years
ago, would havs placed Oregon on an
equal footing with Washington and Cal
ifornia In population and induatry.
Railway Accidents in One Tear.
From the Taooma Ledger.
The report of the interstate com
merce commisaion ahowa that in the
twelve months ending June SO, 190B, 117
passengers and S.tOt other persons,
neither passengers nor employes, were
killed on the railways of ths United
States. Of the latter number i.ttt were
trespassers upon railway rights of way
and tha others were killed at oroaalngs
or at statlona, where they had a right
to be. The number of employee killed
waa 8.31. It cannot be questioned thst
these large numbers sre wholly Inex
cusable and form a blot upon tha other
wise admirable management of Ameri
can railroads. Tha slaughter of pas
sengers waa far larger than It ahould
have been and the number of employee
killed and Injured a total of 70,194
is a disgrace to our civilisation. Vet
ths fact remains that more than half
tha people killed by the railways died
aa a result of being where they had no
bualnaaa to be. They ware themaelvaa,
In moat cases, primarily responsible for
their own death.
Petttgrew WiU Help.
Ex-Senator Pettlgrew of Bouth Da
kota, who haa' cast his political for
tunes with about every party or move
ment that has sprung up during tha
past quarter of a century, has accepted
an Invitation to hslp William R. llearat
In his Nsw York campaign.
From tha Marehfleld Times.
If sny evidence of ths rapid growth
of Portland were needed, the fact thst
she ean't build schoolhouses fast enough
to accommodate har scholars ought to
satisfy tha Incredulous
f TIMELY TOPICS
SMALL CHAN OR.
New York men with lots of whiskers
are expected to vote for Hughes,
Tha approach of colder weather doss
not seam to check tha divorce mtua
The way to get things Is to keep ham
merlng away but not aa knockers,
In time of strikes and lockouts, tha
public has nothing to say or do but to
l loss and auffar.
All tha big New York papers, axoapt
Hearst's, were also opposed to him
when hs ran for mayor.
Aa soon as Cuba la quieted, tha 10
people, more or less, on tha Isle of Pines
may start a revolution.
Tha leading Democrat of Kansas Is
named Bill Ryan. Ha lacks a letter of
being aa big aa mil Bryan.
Oh. probably ths country wouldn't
Immediately sink to tha bottomleaa pit
if Hearst should ba elected.
It la about aa reasonable to credit s
party with prosperity aa to thank a
weather forecaster for good weather.
Tha sugar and tobacco trusts may de
cide to give Cuba another trial If it
agraas to whatever the trusts want
Wall, Oregon, except as to lack of
transportation facilities for fuel, is
pretty well prepared for a hard winter.
Mulea can't reasonably kick about
tha prices they bring. But maybe a
mule sometimes kicks without good
Even tha Salem members of ths leg
islature won't send back their paaaes.
They -want to come to Portland occa-
However high Mount Hood may be
found to be, there ought to be a good
road to It next year, and later if not
then an electrlo Una alao.
The new conductor of the Boston
Symphony orchestra. Imported from
Germany, ia Pro feasor Muck. But he
brought over no rake with him.
Another needed reform ia tha aboli
tion of the marriage license, fee. Tha
country ahould be ashamed of Itself for
taxing young people who marry,
-An exchange says that the man with
nothing to do baa ths hardsst Job of
anybody. Thla Is a good deal Ilka tha
rich man who Ss miserable because he
The astrologer who predicted that
100 would be a year of unuaual disas
ter ssams to have guessed pretty
straight. But the baleful atar a were
not squinting at Oregon.
Some Superstitions of tKe Sea
THE EBB AND PLOW OF THE TIDES.
"Seamen love to hear and tell
Of portent, prodigy, and spell;
What galea are Bold on Lapland's shore,
How whistle rssh bids tampeats roar:
-Of witch, of mermaid, snd of sprite,
Of Eric's Cap and Elmos ugnr
Foam-created waves are usually
termed "sea horses." but on the Walsh
coast they are supposed to be tha shsep
of Owenhlddy, a mermaid, and the
flaher folksay: "Beware when you sea
Owenhlddy driving har flock ashore."
Every ninth wave which breaks upon
tha beach Is Said to be larger than tha
rest, a belief which Tennyson mentions
In "Ths Holy Orsll":
'Wave after wave, each mightier than
the last :
Till last a ninth ons, gathsrlng half the
And full of voioaa, alowly rose and
Thla is cslled Owenhlddy"s rsm, or
the dasth wave, snd according to a
When tha ninth wave breaks
Ths earth shskes."
Another superstition speaks of foam
crested waves aa "ths sheep of Nor
way," which sre under the charge of a
shepherdess named Aslauga,
Har flock along ths white Norwegian
And It Is considered an ominous sign
when Aslsuga's sheep make their ap
'Who knows what Ula of wreck or
death tomorrow may be told.
For the wild white sheep ef Norway
ars coming to the fold."
a a a
The ebb and flow of the tides srs
under tha control of a giant, who lives
fsr down In the depth of the sea. The
wavaa bear witness ss to the stats of
the giant's temper. When hs Is angry
thay ars lashed to fury, snd they sink
to rsst aa bis temper coola Children
give ths tltls of "soapsuds; to the lumps
of froth thst sre churned by the action
of the wavee. and they say that "ths
glsnt hss been washing his hands"
when they sea
"Crlap foam flakes scud slong the level
Tom from the fringe of spray."
a a a
Tradition declares the haddock to be
ths fish In whose mouth St. Peter dls
oovored the tribute money. In proof
of thla assertion ths dsrk spots upon
its body Just beyond the gills aro
pointed out as ths Impression left by
St. Peter's first finger snd thumb:
"Haddock, which appesr
With marks of Roma, St. Peter's finger
The dory disputes with the haddock
for the honor of being St. Peter's fish,
but another tradition attributes tha
marka upon tha dory to St. Christo
pher, who Is said to havs csught ona
whilst wading through an arm of tha
sea. bearing our Savior upon his shoul
a a a
The electric light which often playa
about tha masthead of ships la known
by various names. Such aa St Elmo's
Stars, or ths Feu d'Helene. Ons flama
only Is s sign of foul weather. Two
flames, which wars known to the an
cient Romans ss Csstor and Pollus. are
a favorable et.tn:
"Safe comae tha ship to haven
Through billows and through salts.
If onse the Oreet Twin Brethren
Sit ahlnlng on the sails "
Tn Horace's Odea, too, wa read:
'Whene'er the sons of Lads shed
Thsra are 1,000 places la and around
Albany to hallo to.
s ' a .
Over 1,000 tons of prunes wlU be
dried in Union and Cove.
Another big sawblll. 40,000 capacity,
will be erected in the Calapooia valley.
' a a
North Band Is to have a kindergarten
school,' by the liberality of Captain
A Tygh valley young man haa "ac
cepted a position" in a blackamlth shop
to learn tha trade.
Edenbower la to have a wadding soon.
No aett lament has a mora appropriate
name for auch an event
a a . ' V
Big deals and consolidations are a
vsry common ocurrence in Rainier
nowadays, saya the Raglstsr.
Btnger Hermann wrltss to friends In
Douglas county that he and his famllv
are having a very ntoa time In Europe.
Mr. Hammond will have to hit tha
high places If ha can keep at a dlatanca
six miles from Tillamook City, aava tha
A Warn la bay of 11 accidentally shot
and killed hla brother of t. What could
be expected whan boys of that age are
allowed to take a gun and go hunting?
Drunken Indiana are troublesome In
Yakima, and It Is supposed they gat
the whiskey from Chinamen. If It were
not for red. yellow and black sklna,
what a nies country it would be.
A DeUes man who came to Oregon
some years ago has gone bsek aaat
three tlmee with the Intention of re
maining, and haa Just returned to Ore
gon again, resolved to stick to it this
Lakevlaw Herald: The hills about
the Tippy Wells canyon are aUva with
man. and the sound of hammer and drill
interspersed with detonations of giant
powder awaken that part of ths world
to the new Ufa
Butte Creak valley, In Klamath coun
ty, embraces sbout 179,000 acres of ag
ricultural land a. A colony of Dunkards
from the aaat have already purchased
16,000 acres snd are now negotiating for
another 10,000 acres adjacent to Mount
Hebron. A townalte named Jorrls has
been laid out.
Albany Democrat: The Immense
string of the fallen beautlea taken out
of Albany on the oars alone, to aay
nothing of those captured by home
hunters, are enough to indicate that the
supply sf birds altogether is simply
enormous. They have become scattered
all over the valley from foothill to
Their star lamps on our vessel s head,
The etorm winds . oease, the troubled
Falls from tha rooks, clouds pass away.
And on tha boaom of the deep
Jn peace the angry blllowa eleap."
a a a
According to a Scandinavian nfyth,
storms sre caused by the flapping of
the wings of Hrssvallg, the gigantic
eagle stationed st ths root of. the tree
whloh supports the world.. Many
charms used to be employed in order
to secure Immunity from storms. At
Mont St. Michael, Ie Normandy, nine
druldeases uaad to sell arrows to sailors
for this purpose. The arrows hed tb ba
discharged by a young man on his
twenty-fifth birthday. In Lapland favor
able winds were often sold to sailors,
a a a
Whistling on board ship Is said to
bring "both bad winds snd bsd luck."
Brio, king of Sweden, wss often called
"Eric Windy-cap," from a popular le
Uef that tha wind would blow from tha
direction in which he turned hla cap,
Souther mentions St. Cyrtc aa ths
patron saint of sailors in "Madoo,"
where ha aay a:
Tha weary mariners
Called on St. Cyric's aid." .
But it waa St. Clement who waa gen
erally regarded as the sailor's saint,
whilst St. Nicholas wss the special
patron of the fishing community,
a a 'a
Sailors havs a decided preference for
a vessel that has been christened by a
woman. If the bottle of roaewater does
nbt break when thrown over tha bows
tha vasset Is not properly christsned.
and it is sure to ba ons day loat wish
all hands A similar fate awalta the
veaaal whose name has been changed
In soma European countries ths name
of a boat muat not be divulged before
It is launched.
To sail sfter a Saturday's moon ie
quite aa in, fated aa tha well-known
superstition concerning a Friday's voy
age, but a horseshos "that haa been
found" Insures a boat's safaty if nailed
to ths mast with Its ends upward. A
bootjack or red garmerta of any kind
are strictly tabooed by sailors, and It
la considered to be an evil omen If a
stray bird rests upon ths yardsrm of a
vassal. It is unluoky to pick up a
drowning man, aa he Is sure to do you
"Save a drowning man at sea,
And he'll prove your enemy."
May Be Pessimistic.
Knock and the world knocks with you,
boost and you boost alone, when you
roast good and loud, you will find that
the crowd has a hammer as big as your
own. Buy sad ths gang la wlflj you
rnlg and tm game Is off. for th. i.j
wit!) the thirst will see you first. It you
don't .proceed to couah. ru rih .a
the gang will praise von. ba ,
at they pass you the Ice; you're a warm
young buy when you start to buy,
you're a slob when you haven't the
price. Be flush and your friends are
many, go broke and they aay "ta-ta";
when your bank account burns you
will get great returns, when it's out you
Will eat the ha-ha. Be gey and the mob
will cheer you. they'll shout whlls your
wealth endures; show a tearful lamp
and you'll see tham all tramp, and It's
back to tha woode with yours. There's
slwaya a bunch to beast yon. while at
your money they glance, but you'll find
tham sll gone on the cold gray dawn.
wasa tee rringe snows up en your ;