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Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Memorable in the magazines,   pp. 621-625 PDF (1.5 MB)

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             MEMORABLE IN
the United States, with suggestions for
avoiding them. He claims that as the
weight of the locomotive has increased
there should have been a corresponding
change in other details to properly accom-
modate this tremendous increase. Instead,
he says: "We still hold the rails to the
ties by the primitive method of spiking
them down." The freak locomotive on
exhibition in Chicago, in 1893, was called
"The Director General." It weighed one
hundred and two tons. Conservative ex-
perts were of the opinion that it was too
heavy to maintain a high speed on a track
of the American construction. Yet the
engine on exhibition at St. Louis weighed
two hundred and forty tons and is de-
signed for regular service on an Eastern
railroad. The Santa F6 Railroad Com-
pany has eighty locomotives weighing two
hundred and twenty tons each. Herein,
the writer claims, is the danger. Other
things have not increased in size and
strength to keep pace with the locomotive.
  McClure's is doing good service for hu-
manity in a variety of ways, but it seems to
us, in no way better than in the article by
Ray Stannard Baker in the January num-
ber on "A Southern Lynching." There
is no denying the fact that an unpreju-
diced Northerner on going South gets a
very different idea of the Southern ques-
tion from what he had at home. Before
we can be thoroughly united as a nation
this better understanding must become
general. It is folly to suppose that all the
errors are confined to the South.  Mr.
Baker sets forth facts that demand the
attention of all who wish for the best
things for our common country.
   In Everybody's Magazine Theodore
 Waters continues "Six Weeks in Beggar-
 dom."   This is an attempt to solve the
 question, "Shall We Give to Beggars?"
 He shows that if the beggar were not able
 to collect one cent from the passer-by, he
 will not necessarily starve, as the various
 missions are always ready to give to the
 "honest wayfarer." He describes certain
 resorts in the lower Bowery, the special-
 ties of the different beggars. His final
 conclusion is that promiscuous charity is
 always harmful.   If the money that is
 given on the streets of New York to pro-
 fessional beggars were distributed from a
 central fountain, there would be no such
 thing as an honest beggar left in New
   The Harper's Bazar has two articles on
 women that will interest everyone. One
 is "Japanese Leading Women and the
 War," by the wife of an Admiral of the
 Japanese navy. Both she and her hus-
 band were educated in America. The in-
 tense loyalty of the Japanese is well por-
 trayed. She says that many a Japanese
 soldier loves his country better than his
 home. The other article is on "Helen
 Gould," by Anne O'Hagan. Miss Gould
 is described in her personal appearance and
 as hostess, but she is most important as
 Lady Bountiful. She has added modern
 improvements to the old type, but hers
 is the old-fashioned charity with its sweet-
 ness and its immediate helpfulness. Sick
 children smile at her from cots in the hos-
 pital, lame children drop their crutches
 through her beneficence, soldiers in far
 countries read books of her sending. She
 is-in the main-a timid woman, not in

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