r r r A SINGLE )i TAX V, DILEMMA ' ELNA PAULSEN FIRE DANGER AT SEA. I came Into a biggish town 'Twas big In point of size, I met a melancholy clown ! With misery In his eyes. "Good slr," quoth I, and glanced about, "What alls tho town and you, Is everyone vacationing, And have they naught to do?" He fixed his mournful eyes on me, And sadly shook his head I glanced at all who wandered past And In their faces read Despair 'Twas plainly written there' That all who ran might read, "Good sir," cried I, "Pray answer me To my demands give heed. "The town is big, but empty quite And when I last was here The streets were swarming day and night" The native shed a tear. "Why, stranger, have you never heard What happened here of late? Upon the last election day We held within this state? "No! you shall hear the story now," He cried with loosened tongue; From one who witnessed all the row row And saw how It begun. "You see, the Single Taxer men Accomplished their design And I have lost unto the state. The farm that once was mine. "And when I've earned a little coin I'll hie me to a train And leave this town far, far behind, And ne'er come back again." This tale they told me far and wide, The reason now I knew For hopelessness on every side, As towns more empty grew. "The outcome of the Single Tax, Or tax on land alone. Which puts all on land-owners' backs" They answered with a moan. 'Twas sad to see the once strong heart, Into hopelessness relax, And to know that all the wrong thus done, Was caused by single tax. Hew Flames Can Swoop the I mid of Even a Matal Ship. The danger from lire on a transat lantic liner Is more serious than is gen erally believed. It Is much greater than the danger from collision and Is becoming mo" and more dangerous with the liictt sod outlay upon luxury and display. The inn in structure of the ship and most of Its essential parts are of metul, but many of the fittings, near ly every feature of ornament and every trapping of luxury,' are highly inflam mable. No one who has not been aboard the Spanish wrecks at Santiago can con ceive how fire can sweep the inside of even a metal ship. Admiral Cervera described to me the experience on board the Teresa In these words: "The second shot that came on bourd set us on fire. The fire main was damaged. Soon we were unnble to cope with the fire. It swept through her from bow to stern. There was not a space as big as the palm of your band where life could hare been sustained. An insect could not have lived on board. We had to get overboard or be burned." It is lrue the Spaniards had not cut out their woodwork and thrown over board nil unnecessary inflammables, as wp had In the American fleet, but the inflammability of one of their war shlpH was much less than that of a luxurious ocean liner. Captain Rich mond Penrson Ilobson in Engineering Magazine. PINEAPPLE PLANTS. MORE THAN AN ENTIRE YEAR They Do Not Die After Fruiting, but Reproduce Themselves. Pineapples do not grow on trees. Im agine a plant -four feet in extreme height from the ground to the tip of leaves, a single stalk at the surface, but dividing at once Into swordlike blades os leaves, fifteen In number, from the center of which appears a stiff, upright stem, at the top of which is the fruit This stem is short, and the crown of the fruit when fully growu Is a foot or more below the points of the leates. At the end of a year and a half from planting each plant produces a single fruit, even as a cabbage plant produces a single bead. But the pineapple does not die after fruiting once. t)own on the stem below the fruit and among the long, narrow leaves? a sucker ap pears. If allowed to remain this will soon become the head of the plant, and within another year It will yield an other fruit This process may go on for a term of years. In the meantime, however, other suckers will make their appearance. .These are broken off. and when stuck Into the ground they put out roots and become other plnnts. Thus a single pineapple plant may produce a dozen or more others while It Is yielding fruit from year to year. i.,iJBlBj m 75 THE NEW Irevala- 1 TION By DEAN COLLINS U'Ren the Moses of the modern day, Hath lifted to High Fels, his mystic eye. And heralds forth the latest message gleaned From solemn Oregon City's Sinai; Letting us wandering, baffled tribes men know That which .should fill us with sublime elation That U'Ren, who hath led us on so long. Hath doped us out a new tax revelation. Far had we wandered, 'neath th' Egyptian code Of private ownership of land, which founded The base of all our state's prosperity And led to growth, with certainty surrounded. Fondly we dreamed of greater, sta bler growth; But a new vision to the Seer ap pearing, Leads him to warn us that the promised land Lies farther on, in Single Taxer's clearing. Neath the old code, by U'Ren sup plemented, We wandered on, well guided In the light time By bright cloud castles, and also conducted By pillars of hot air within the night time. Now he would cast those tables down and bust them. Whereon Is graved our present tax ing system, And carve anew his Felslnsplred commandment 1 The latest revelation of his wisdom. Oh, "Moses," we have followed you some seasons, i And were beginning to learn how to take them The laws by which you strove to lead from Egypt, ' But now. alack, you're planning to remake them. Some of the dope you carried to adoption Might, after all, be quite the part of wisdom. But the thin soup of Single Tax doth drive me To he the fleshpots of our pres ! ent system. . The Intruder. A certain boat coming up the Mis sissippi one day during a flood lost her way and bumped up against a ' frame house. She hadn't more than 1 touched it before an old darky ram- mod bis bead up through a hole in the j roof, where the chimney once came i out, and yelled at the captain on the , roof : "Whar's you gwine wld dnt boat? i Can't you see nothin'? Fust thing you knows you gwlne to turn dis bouse ober. spill de old woman nu' de chil'en out In de flood an' drown 'em. What you doio' out here In de country wld your boat, anyhow? Go on back yan der froo de co'nfields an' get . back into de rlbber whar yon b'longs. Ain't got no business sev'n miles out in the country foolin' roun' people's bouses nohow!" And the boat backed out L'.fe. The Largeit Described Snake. Speke In his narrative of the Jour ney to the source of the Nile describes the largest snake that has ever been seen by man. "I shuddered," he says, "as I looked upon the effects of his tremendous dying strength. For yards around where he lay grass, bushes and saplings in fact, everything except full grown trees were cut clean off. as If they bad been trimmed with an immense scythe. The monster when measured was fifty-one feet two and one-half Inches in extremo length, while around the thickest portions of Its body the girth was nearly three feet" ' ' Looking Ahead. It was the first night of a new play. "1 say," remarked the author to the manager, "that scene shifter over there is a most peculiar looking fellow." "Yes; he's an Eskimo," aald the manager. ' "An Eskimo! What on earth made you take him on?" "Oh. I thought it would be a com fort to see one happy face if the play turns out to be a frost!" "iS OF Pairing lite Bargain Period Ending Oct 31, 1912 To New or present Subscribers Who Hand Us Their 75c. Now Mail or bring' your subscription today to tbe office of Bargain Day Agents of The Weekly Oregonian Fashionable Suits in hepherd Check" Cases In Point. Rivers Brooks, that's the second time I've heard you use the phrase "aching void." I wish you would tell me bow a void can ache. Brooks Well, not to speak of a, hol low tooth, don't you semetlmes have, a headache? London Telegraph. r In the Mountains. . Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own fresh ness Into you. and the storms their rnergy. while cares will drop off Ilka autumn leaves. John Muir. Punishment For Whomf Boss Barber What? Tou have cut the gentleman four times? Well. Just for punishment you must shave him ail over again right away! f llegende Blatter. hepherd Check Worsteds are in the height of good taste now, and are being selected in the making of the Season's mo fashionable garments. The genuine Shepherd Check Worst eds we are showing are handsome, ser viceable fabrics with great textile strength. We will make to your order and fit a suit in three button style sack or in any style that you select for . . Shepherd Checks wear satisfactorily and make up into natty attractive suits. Call on us and look over the Fall and Winter line of Detmer Woolens including Shepherd Check and other novelties. $ 5.00 Jb necm.cn HEPPNER, The Best Tailor OREGON 8 i i '2! '6 8 i s iv'i BANK 'OKNGLAND Tragic and Romantic Episodes tn Its Historic Career. DEADLY BATTLE WITH A MOB. :o The Bloody Climax to the Attempted) Raid by the Lord Gordon Riotore A Financial Coup That Was Spoilad kj the Duchess of Marlborough. No other banking Institution ba so romantic a history as that pertaining: to the Bank of England, the "Old La-iy of Threadneedle Street." One of the bloody episodes In the fei tory of tbe bunk is that embraced itt the story of Charles Walter Godfrey line of Its early partners in the bemta. It appears that Godfrey while cross4c the channel In the midst of a territic- torm and laden with i 10.000 in draft for the aid of King William, who w Just then besieging Namur against tbs forces of Louis XIV., Insisted upon bis right to deliver the warrant for the money Into the bands of the king. tbea In tbe trenches under hot tire. As her banded the document to the king, say ing. In response to William's growl ot remonstrance. "Am I. then, more ex posed to danger than your majesty? a cannon ball swept away his bead. Not so very many years ago there stood over the massive fireplace In th directors' room of the bank three rurtjc snectmens of the old "P.rown Bess." to gether with a number of ronghljr shaped bullets. In these relics was eiu- bodleri a nicture of the November nisi it In 17S0 when tbe mob of Gordon riotf ers marched down from Newgate, - tine fire to everv Catholic Chanel ca the way and advancing with a force off 6.000 upon the bank itself. Tbe clerks, armed with mosksMj. were annrovided with shot Before them lay rows of leaden lnbstaBds. suggesting the possibilities of ft Bw nse. In less than half an hour tbe toto- standa had been melted and tnrwdl Into bullets. The muskets were team ed. At every window of the banae stood two marksmen, their guns trail ed on the mob below. Yet the rtotr cam on until they were within w yards of the bank gates. Then sttann and clear above the frightful din. the order to fire, and from th vnim- dowa poured a deadly volley. Wteeai the smoke finally cleared away. lay dead or dying Id the open spar now covered by the esplanade- tiw Royal Exchange. The attacking- arras wavered, stooped, broke line ana BMt and the Gordon riots were at an enA During the first part of the reign- em George IL It was the practice of hnnk tn rlve a recfiint In payment of a deposit, the receipts being passe from hand to hand ana serving n same purpose as the check of today. At that time Childs' bank, a privat concern, which had the backing of m great part of the English nobility, ex hibited such signs of future greatness that the Bank of England became greatly alarmed, especially In view of the fact that the "Old Lady's" note were at a discount of 10 per cent fe little by little, through their agents, the managers of the Bank of England bought op every receipt bearing the Childs signature, allowing the colleo Hons to accumulate each year until to Hmo should be ripe, during a shortage- of gold, to present the receipts In one- great mass for payment it was ureu ed a certainty that Childs' would nc be able to meet the demand and wonl thus be ruined. rrh. nrincinnl flirure In tne a ram that ensued was no other than the fa mous Sarah Jennings, In whom cmiaar hunk found its stanchest supportea: One night there came a wild clanging: flf th hell of tbe great gate of tba- town of Blenheim a clanging thatsoo awakened every one In the town. A white faced, travel stained man staff gered Into the ducal hall, begging a audience with her grace. When tbe ducbesa. In ber dressing gown, appeal ed, demanding to know tne reasoa ie thia unseemly visitation, the man ex plained that the Bank of England b the Childs' receipts In the amount f (520.000. that those receipts would b presented for payment at uoon folloias Ing. that there was not at ChiU2f enough gold to meet tbem, that kg- ian th dpmand could be satlstloa wrtav. ln eight hours Childs' was ruined asd that there was but one person in ta world her grace to whom tuey tmgoe turn. Wherenrjon the redoubtable ducbes sat down and wrote out a check. wtUck she banded to the agent It was as order on the Bank of England ror tn nqvmpiit of 700.000. He was Instruct ed to take this check to the Bank oT England and to say that if it hesitated for a ainele instant in paying it U duchess would proclaim it as a defaulter. At 12 o'clock that day there appeal ed at the Childs' counter an agent of the Bank of England bearing a big bna; ful of receipts and blandly suggennc Immediate payment At tbe same mo ment tbe Childs' agent was In Thread needle street receiving cash oa tb check of the duchess. The cashiers at Childs naturally took their own time in scrutinizing the re ceipts, spending fully half an hour over lhA first hutch alone. Tbe? were atthe lend of the first hundred when tbrtr messenger arrived. Then they quick ened the procedure a little, and wlthhe ten minutes the Bank of England next been paid in its own coin. The net; result was that Childs was many thou sands of pounds richer. Harper's. I j We never see the target a man tin at In life. We see only the target ae hits. Jordon.