The Prague Patriot. (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 15, 1904 Page: 4 of 8
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INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS
Published Every Thursday In (he Interest
of Prague and Vicinity.
W. S. OVFRSTREIT, Proprietor flnd
Subscription Price $I.OO
Advertising Rn w Mtvle Known on Appl catlun
Iji Person or by Letter.
Tobacco is now said to make the
hair come out. In the form of cigar-
ettes it is liable to do almost any old
In Paris the women have taken to
Panama hats. "Straws" evidently con-
tinue to show which way the wind
Mike Obuchowski lias been put in
jail at Pittsburg for highway robbery.
He probably used his name to disable
A Chicago man named Ixive has
been ordered to pay his wife $50,000
alimony. But perhaps he loves money
less than liberty.
A Washington man advertises what
he calls "bottled sunshine," but bot-
tled moonshine will continue to hold
its own in Kentucky.
The Governor of Louisiana has
eighty colonels on his staff. The con-
sumption of mint over there must bo
A fellow In Massachusetts has been
discovered who wears a tin shirt.
Must be next to impossible for a girl
to touch that man's heart.
Count Kwamura Is known in history
as the "father of the Japanese navy."
It might be said, also, that Commodore
Perry was its grandfather.
A Minnesota man has invented an
automobile that Is propelled l>y the
wind. Eye-witnesses report that it
goes—when the wind is right.
It has been definitely decided that
no one can collect the insurance on a
man who has been hanged. It all de-
pends on your standing In society.
One of the most noted horse fan-
ciers in the country has Just been
(raptured at Manchester, N. H. lie is
said to have stolen over 100 of them.
"Always wash your hands after han-
dling money," counsels a health au
thority. Ah, yes—and if the stain
still seems to linger, hand some of it
The Philadelphia police recently
"pinched" ninety-four citizens in a
poolroom raid. Have to pinch a true
Philadelphia to satisfy him he is really
The Japanese private soldier re-
ceives 70 cents a month. A poor math-
ematician can figure the value of a
good quality of patriotism to a country
on this basis.
The meaning of the term l.liassa,
the chief city of Thibet, Is "God's
ground." This, however, does not de-
ter the British from the effort to
make it theirs.
The Dowager Empress of China is
reducing her household expenses.
Many a professional man in this coun-
try would be glad to have her tell him
how she is doing It.
Somebody has discovered that the
Flemish word for automobile is paar-
By any other name it would smel!
just as strongly of gasoline.
Don't be alarmed. The man who ac
costs you without introduction or ap-
parent excuse and begins talking wild-
ly is not an escaped lunatic. He is
canvassing for a straw vote.
When his wife has gone to a sum-
mer resort, the husband, left alone in
the midst of his housekeeping Inca
paeity, .ceases to indulge In that cyn-
ical Inquiry of "Why did I ever mar-
Are we to understand from Henry
1 .abouchere's new idea that titles
should be conferred only on those
who are worthy of them by reason of
their big bank accounts that "Labby"
Is at last willing to accept a title for
President Eliot's suggestion thai
education should not cease with youth
but should be prolonged into adult
life, is worthy of general attention.
Doubtless President Eliot himself, al-
though he knows so much, still learn:;
something every day.
Mrs. Wabash—There goes Mrs. Mar-
rimore with her stepson. What a
homely boy he is!
Mrs. De Vorse—Yes, and yet I re-
member several years ago 1 thought
him quite pretty.
Mrs. Wabash -Ah! but you were his
mother at that lime, were you not?
Mrs. De Vorse—Why, yes, I believe
1 was.—Philadelphia Press.
A Logical Inference.
I.ittle Bess—Who is that strange
Mamma—That is Miss Goodwin, the
philanthropist, my dear.
Little Bess—What is a philanthro-
Mamma—it Is a word derived from
the Greek signifying "a lover of men."
Little Bess—Then I guess all women
are philanthropists, aren't they, mam
The Old, Old Stcry.
Ted—Well, ta-ta, old chappie, I must
got away; I have an engagement.
Gus—A pressing one?
Ted—Well, It generally ends In that,
don'tcherknow, when the gas is
Two Ways of Seeing It.
First Lump of Delight—My husband
is so jealous!!
Second Lump of Delight—How ab-
First Lump of Delight—Why, isn't
Second Lump of Delight—Of course
First Lump of Delight—How humili-
Blaming It on the Bread.
"Sick at jour stomach, eh?" said
the boy's mother. "What made you
"I guess," said the boy, reproach-
fully, "It was that bread you made mo
eat at lunch time."
"Indeed? Where have you been ail
"Over in old man Peters' apple or
Looking Over the Family.
Mr. Watkyns—Do you think that
that young Mr. Spryggyns is especial-
ly interested in Mabel?
Mrs. Watkyns—Well, it looks that
way. The last time he called he per-
sisted in having her bring out the old
photograph album and show him the
pictures of all the near and distant
Could Not Believe It.
Jack—I thought that the author ot
this book was famous for his keen
understanding of women?
Jane—Well, do you doubt it?
Jack—Of course. He says that th«
heroine suffered in silence.
Retribution at Hand.
"Mandy," said Farmer Corntossel,
"do you know that one of them board-
ers is the man that got me into a
crooked game in the train last win-
"Are you goln' to have him arrest-
"No, jes' you see that ho doesn't
pay his board in counterfieit money an'
we'll get even all right."
"Is the story you have written n
"No," answered the literateur in
hard luck. "It's a modern novel now.
But 1 guess It will he historic before
1 get it published."
Sue foss N not for him of folded hands.
Sitting with slothlul limbs beside life's
Yielding ills strength to pleasure's silken
With ease and idleness for bride and
Nor yet is it for him who lakes each
And robs it of such joy as it may
Then slumbers by the path that leads to
Till age creeps on him thus, and finds
But rather is suoeess for him who comes
r uli of high purpose uiul with soul
Strong set to riddle out life's tangled
^ n'l passes thus through work's wide
Putting aside the weakening foible-
Passing his slumbering brother on the
Treading beneath his feet the lures that
To stand at lust where night gives
Place to day!
—Caswell's Saturday Journal.
Liquor Traffic Figures.
Woe unto the man that putteth
the bottle to his neighbor's lips," say
the scriptures. I would like some-
body to tell me what beneficial re-
sults are obtained from the use of
alcoholic beverages. I know of none,
and on the other hand I know where
it has produced poverty, caused peo-
ple to lose their positions, made
fiends out of good men, caused mur-
der and filled our jails, insane asy-
lums and poorhouses.
Here are some facts taken from the
National Temperance Almanac for
1902: "In Chicago for 1900, with a
population of 1,698,575 people, there
ivere (>,460 saloons and out of a total
>f 71,914 arrests 40,279 were for
Jrunltenness." And I may add that
1 man must be very drunk and disor-
lerly before being arrested in Chica-
go. Dr. Whitford of Liverpool states
he mortality of infants from suffoca-
ion, due almost entirely to drink,
was as follows: In 1890, 164; 1891,
144; 1892, 164; 1893, 196.
I note that a writer in the Daily
News says that the Germans have
few drunkards among them. Kindly
note the following from the National
Temperance Almanac, page 45: "In
Germany the social democrat party
lias begun a temperance compaign
ird report that 800 patients are treat-
ed annually in Berlin alone for. de-
lirium tremens and in all Germany
12,000 are treated annually for the
anie trouble. Fourteen thousand
drunkards are in German prisons and
3,000 are in lunatic asylums."
As to liquor and work and wages
Ihe same book gives some interesting
figures. In one year the great Guin-
ness brewing firm of Dublin, with an i
invested capital of $70,000,000, em- j
ployed only 2,000 men, paid $500,000 !
in wages, made a profit of $7,732,430
and paid a dividend to its stockhold-
ers of 16 per cent. This was a fine
thing for the stockholders, but not for
the labor market.
The liquor t'rafflc is a curse, as the
groans, poverty and rags of its many
victims attest, and the quicker we
put it out of business the better for
our nation,—T. J. Thomas in Chicago
Drink, Here and There.
The American Consul General at
London, has complied from the statisti-
cal reports of England and the United
States comparative tables which show
how much Englishmen and Americans
drink. The most conspicuous discrep-
ancies in the drink habit of the two
countries are to be found in their con-
sumption of coffee and tea. In the
United States the use of coffee, per
capita, is 10.79 pounds: m England it
is only 0.68 of a pound. In this conn-
try the consumption of tea. per capita,
is in pounds 1.03; in England it is 6.5
It will, no doubt, surprise many
readers to learn that the use of dis-
tilled spirits in the United States is 40
per cent greater than in England. Our
people drink, per capita, 1.46 gallons;
the English 1.05 gallons. But as we
exceed them in the use of distilled
spirits so do I hey exceed us In the
consumption of malt liquors, which is
40 per cent greater there than here.
Englishmen drink, per capita, 30.24
gallons of beer to the Americans' 18.04
gallons. In the matter of wines we
exceed them by 33 1-3 per cent.
These comparative statistics are not
gratifying. The common use of alco-
holic liquors in the United States is a
much greater evil than thd correspond-
ingly equal use by the Englishmen of
malt liquors. The alcoholic poison in
a glass of whisky is ten or twenty
fold greater than that contained in a
glass of beer. It is not uullkely that
in the matter of health the English
are similarly wiser than we are by
drinking tea instead of coffee. W hen
it is considered that in a single year
every man. woman and child is cred-
ited under tho per capita rule with
drink^ig nearly eleven pounds of cof-
fee, it should not be surprising that
under the influence of this strong stim-
ulant the Americans are so often not
ouls a nervous but a dyspeptic prop'-?.
When we add to the quantity of cof
fee consumed by them the one and i
half gallons of distilled liquors, chiefl}
whisky, which they drink, per capita
the surprising thing should be thai
they have any health at all.—Phila
Socialist on the Liquor Problem.
Writing in a Chicago newspaper, C.
N. Ettinger, who is evidently a be-
liever in the principles of Socialism,
"Now as to the causes underlying
the appetite for drink. Among the
first are the stress and strain incident
to the strenuous industrial life of our
time. Everything is keyed to a high
pitch and the nervous tension is sc
great as to make a tremendous draft
upon the vital energy of all. The de
pleted condition calls for some stimu
lant. brace the nerves and sustain
the exhausted energies. And drink is
"It is useless to say to one in such
a condition: 'Alcohol is deadly; touch
it not.' ft is the man's very unfitness
to drink that makes him drink. In
stead of moralizing upon the conse-
quences of alcoholic stimulation, your
reformer might better be looking into
the causes underlying the appetite for
Another drain upon the vital en-
ergy of every man is the ever-present
sense of economic insecurity, the aw-
ful fear of coming to want. Nothing
can be more paralyzing than this, and
the lowering of vital power thus re-
sulting is another reenforcement of
the desire fcr a 'bracer.'
"Poverty is also a fruitful cause of
the drink habit, and so great a preach-
er as Dr. Josiah Strong says: 'The
question of intemperance is a question
of nutrition and ventilation.' In other
words, it is a question of being so
provided with material means as to
enable one to live in decent comfort
and in health. This leads to the in-
evitable conclusion that the only sal-
vation ol society lies in economic re-
construction—in the evolution of an
industrial system that shall insure to
all the material means necessary to
live a complete life. Until then the
evil of intemperance and all other so-
cial iniquities will continue without
A Drinker's Expense Account.
Here is an exact transcription from
a workingman's weekly book account:
Sunday $ 75
Monday morning. 1 whisky 13
Monday noon, 2 glasses beer 10
Monday evening, 3 glasses beer 15
Monday evening, 3 treats for 3. 30
Tuesday (holiday) for self and
friends 15 glasses of beer 75
Wednesday, same as Monday,
for self .10
Thursday, 2 whiskies, 3 beers ,. 15
Friday, 4 beers
Saturday evening, a drunk
Paid standing bill for coal.
Owe the saloon keeper......
Owe for groceries
Owe for meat 1 23
Owe for rent 2 00—?7 "4
Received tor live days' work. $7 5J
This statement was made out on
Sunday, in the presence of his wife
and four children, while trying to keep
warm before an empty grate, with the
thermometer 15 degrees below zero,
says the American Issue. There was
no coal in the house, nothing to eat,
no money, and 110 credit outside.
It shows that for five days' work he
received $7.50, of which $5.75 went for
It further shows that he was "short"
for groceries, meat and rent, $5.25.
That is to say, he had paid all his
drink bill but 25 cents, as his account
shows, doubtless under compulsion of
getting no more drink, while the legit-
imate tradesmen were left to whistle.
This shows where the money goes.
Who foots the bills for this busi-
The landlord, who loses his rent;
the baker, the butcher and the grocer;
the charitable persons who pity tho
children and keep them from starving,
and the taxpayers who support the
jails, prisons, the hospitals, and the
almshouses, where such folks fetch up
Who makes the money? The sa-
loonkeeper, who is privileged to fill
the land with poverty, wretchedness,
madness, crime, disease, death and
damnation; being authorized by the
Are you one of the sovereign peo-
Temperance Instruction in England.
The subject of temperance has not
hitherto been altogether neglecled in
tho schools. In London alone since
the year 1899 the school lectures of
the United Kingdom Band of Hope
Union have given 7,596 lessons in the
schools to classes numbering in the
aggregate 882,844 scholars, or an an-
nual average of 543 lessons to 63,063
scholars. In many instances the chil-
dren reproduced the substance of tho
lesson in the form of an essay or
school composition exercise, and of
such essays the very large number of
544,777, a yearly average of 3S.943,
How to Boil Roasting Ears,
Thers is but one way to boil roast-
ng ears. Put on a pot of boiling
vater and "break" it with a
ittle soda, skim the water, and put
11 another vessel in order to get all
ie lime out of it. Add a teaspoonful
If granulated sugar, several pinches at
lalt, and, when the water comes to a
>oil, put in the roasting ears, cover
ightly, and boil furiously till thor-
Highly heated through—from fifteen to
wenty minutes—aud servo hot. It
vili be cooked in a way that one can
:at three or four ears—my husband
ran and often does eat six ears and
isks for more.—121 Dorado (Kas.) Bo-
"A husband and wife never reallj
know each other," mused Uncle Jerry
Peebles, "until he's seen her in curl
papers and she's seen him shavin"
himself at the kitchen window."
Watch Children's Eyes.
Children in schools should be care-
fully watched in order to guard
igalnst trouble with the eyes, as
shortsightedness is becoming yearly
t more common defect. They should
iot be allowed to hold the books
jearer the eyes than fourteen inches,
nd must not stoop over their work.
Old Man's Secret.
Alpena, Mich., Sept. 5 (Special).—•
Seventy-five years of age but halo
nd hearty is Mr. Jerome K. Four-
lier of this place, and to those who
isk the secret of his splendid health
ae gives tho good advice "Use Dodd's
When asked for his reason for so
strongly recommending the Great
American Kidney Remedy, Mr. Four-
afer related the following experience:
"I recommend Dodd's Kidney
Pills because they cured me of Dia-
betes. I suffered with my kidneys
for a long time and suffered terribly
from those Urinary Troubles that ara
so general among aged people.
"Then I started to use Dodd's Kid-
iey Pills and eight boxes of them
.mred my kidneys, regulated my wa
cer and made me feel like a heart?
Dodd'3 Kidney Pills mafc? the old
feel young because they male soun
kidneys. Sound kidneys mean health
and health is the ether name for
Back to the Flood.
"Macintosh boasts a good deal
about his family, doesn't he?"
"Yes, I think he claims that ths
bead of his family was the original
Macintosh that Noah had with him
iuring that rainy season."
Many Children Are Sickly.
Mother Gray's Sweet Powders for Children,
used by Mother Gray, a nurse in Childrcn'3
Home, New York, cure Summer Complaint,
Teething Disorders and Destroy Worms. At
ill Druggists', 25c. Sample mailed FREE.
Address Allen S. Olmstad, Le Roy, N. Y.
Condemns Linen Handkerchiefs.
• Prof. Calmette, of the Pasteur In-
stitute In Paris, is making wc.r 03
linen handkerchiefs, which he con-
siders a great source of infection,
He suggests the use of specially corn
structed wallets for Japanese papej
handkerchiefs, with separate divisions
for the new and used ones. The lat>
ter are to be burned.
Won't Turn Loose.
"I insist on saying that Hunt's
Lightning Oil takes hold quicker and
lets go slower of aches, pains and sore
places than any liniment I ever saw-
It just won't turn loose till you're
"1 never have a little ache but what
I slosh it on
And ere I get the bottle corked that
little ache is gone."
C. W. Jackson,
Marble Hill, Mo.
25 and 50c per bottle.
Mosquitoes hibernate like bears dun
Handle Huge Sums.
At the recent semi-annual meeting
In London of the Great Eastern rail-
way It was reported that during th«
preceding half year a sum of £3,197;
000, much of it in silver and copper
passed through the hands of the secra
tary and his assistants, and out of that
huge sum only sixpence was losL
Hopeful, But Hopeless.
Closeflst—William Hunt is ths
most hopeful young man I know.
Hardea&h—What makes you thick
Closeflst—He tried to borrow money
process of Digestion.
The French physiologist Fere ha
made experiments which show that
the* process of digestion diminishes
the capacity for muscular work fully
one-half. As regards the effects of
stimulants like tobacco and alcohol,
he has found that while they diminish
fatigue, the effect never lasts more
than ten minutes, and Is followed by a
greater degree of fatigue than would
have existed if they had not been in
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Overstreet, W. S. The Prague Patriot. (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 15, 1904, newspaper, September 15, 1904; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc146693/m1/4/: accessed December 16, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.