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THE CATHOLIC PROGRESS. Note00 aI00d Commen00s Seattle Mail and Herald. Y t I L The Pathfinder, now in port, is the boat on which Prof. Agassiz made sev- eral extensive scientific expeditions: The Tosa Maru, that took on a mis- cellaneous cargo at the Great North- ern warehouses the past week, is one of the largest vessels that ever enter- ed this or any other port. Her length is 445 feet, and her capacity 6,500 tons, :or about 300 carloads. A walk through Moran Brothers' shipyard is necessary in order to form an adequate conception of the magnl tude of the plans that that company is following out in mking the prapera- tions necessary to the construction of the battleship, The shops now under construction will, when completed, cov- er almost ten acres of ground, all un- der one roof. The new residence of A. B. Graham, at the corner of Ninth avenue and Co- lumbia street, is probably the finest piece of architecture to be foun.d in Seattle at the persent time, Its mas- sive pillars and the two gray stone lions guarding the front entrance are works of rare beauty and skill, and the whole building presents a very pleasing and imposing effect to the ar- tisti'c eye. The excavation work for the new block to be erected at the northwest corner of First and Union, is going forward with all possible speed. This particular bit of improvement work is one of considerable importance, for it not only adds another stately build* ing to that already prosperous busi- ness neighborhood, but also wipes out a host of old shacks and dingy shops which were, to say the least, not edi- fices remarkabie for their beauty. According to a dispatch from Min- neapolis, dated May 1st, seven heavy passenger trains, none of them less than eleven cars each, and all loaded  to the guards, !eft that city for the Pacific Northwest upon the above date. This means that 3,500 people are aiming for this section of the world, and are due to arrive about the time this article is read. It strikes us, as might a gentle breeze from the ocean, that the settler's rates will cause more people to come toour locality this sea- son than is meet and consistent with the general order and development .of a new country like ours, and such a condition of things could hardly work otherwise than harmfully to both the state in general and the fortunes of disappointed home-seekers. Many things that unintentionally vary the sombreness of life come through the mails to a newspaper man in the course of a week. If his paper happens to be one that brings him in close touch with the resident of the rural district this experience is often delightfully intensified. Miller Freeman, the rushing, push- ing editor of "the only Ranch and Range," not long since published a portrait of a blooded bull belonging to a Yakima county German farmer, under the cut of which he stated: "This is a half tone of a Jersey bull, belonging to Mr. ." In a few days he received a letter from the farmer. "Misther Freeman," the letter ran, "de picture of de Bull vas very nice, I tank it vas all right. But you make yon misdake. You say 'e vas a half- ton bull, when in fact he velgh almost yon whole ton." A few months ago there was pre. sented to the business men of Seattle a square business proposition. The firm of Moran Brothers, backed by a record of h0nest industry and invinci- ble energy, said to the merchants and property-owners of Seattle, in effect: We are the lowest bidders on one of Uncle Sam's great new battleships. Our bid is $200,000 above the govern- ment limit of cost. We have already made our figures as low as a fair profit on the work warrants, but we will cut out $100,000 of profit if thereby this cotract can come to Seattle, Will you pledge the oher $100,000 in subscrip- tions to be paid upon completion of the work, and thus enable us to reduce our bid the necessary $200,000 and gain the c6ntractT' The answer came in four days and Moran Brothers are building the bat- tleship Nebraska. Why was the re- : sponse so' prompt and so complete? Sire'ply because it was a combination of sound business sense and local pa- triotism. The contract meant four .million dollars axpended within four years; hundreds of men constantly em- ployed ulon an absolute addition to present industries; a new payroll of $50;000 per month for local expendi- tures; more homes, more real estate sales, more merchandising of all kinds, more business buildings, higher prop- erly'values and rentals; the estab- lishment of a plant which would at- tract future contracts. Put in plain figures, Moran Brothers practically said: "Gentlemen, in return for a sub- sidy of a hundred thousand dollars we will secure the. spending of four mill- ion dollars in Seattle within four years, and establish a great local in* dustry for all time." The merchant saw five dollars increased profits from trade for every dollar pledged; the landlord saw twenty-five dollars re- turning in higher rents for each dol- the owner of town lots saw a: chance a: In val- nations.. All felt the "Seattle spirit," ] 'd: :tli e/subsidy /a:s:!:i;fSfl:. fn': short order. When all is said and done,! however, the men whe,.deserve the most tribute for local  'pat'rloilgm are the. Moran Brothers themselves. They invest their capital, their time, ! their experience, their energy, their reputation, on a certainty of a mighty task and a chance of a small profit and future contracts. Investing ten- fold more than the entire subsidy llst, their'hope of return is measured in thousands; the subscribers to the subsidy may read their title clear to millions. If ever a subsidy demonstrated shrewd business sense the battleship subscription is a most shining exam- ple. Bridge Building InAmerica. Americans are twenty years in ad- vance of other nations except Canada in the art of bridge design and con- struction. The steel of which a bridge is made represents about half of its cost. Steel is now made in the United States at much less cost than in any other country. In Britain labor is so much hampered by trades unionism that it is admitted by one of the lead- ers that the cost of labor in making steel in the United States is not one- half of what it is in Britain. This can be said also of the labor employed in manufacturing. The market for bridges is far great- er in the United States than else. where. The .States have now 190,000 miles of railways, and it has been es- timated that there is an average of one span of metallic bridge for every three miles of railway: This gives 63,000 bridges on existing lines, with- out including those required for new lines. The increase in the United States of the weight of cars and en- gines has resulted in wonderful eco- nomic changes. The average rate of freights on American railways was in 1867 a let- tlo over $5 per ton. Now it averages 95 cents. Any one can figure the sav- ing on 976,000,000 of tons Of freight i moved in 1900. These larger cars car- ry double the paying load of the old ones that they have superseded, and more powerful engines draw more cars in a train. This increase of weight of rolling stock has led to the renewal of the 68,000 old bridges by stronger and heavler ones. This de- mand has brought into existence many bridge-building companies, and they can well afford to equip with the best labor-saving and accurate working machinery, regardless of first cost, as they know it would seldom if ever lie idle, European bridge builders are Bridge building is merely an adjunct increased in weight as they have in ! America. The old bridges answer their purpose, and the demand has been chiefly confined to new ones. Bridge "uilding is merely an adjunct to other business, and possibly the owners are wise in not investing much capital in special tools.--Engineering Magazine. The press dispatches say that J. J. Hill is behind a scheme to consolidate the express companies of the United States. To::Attract ": : Faetories There is a great deal of talk in va- rious towns and cities about inducing factories to locate there. Th..:,ambl- ties to have factories iocate in a city is a commendable one. As we have re- marked before, the modern city is built by manufacturing :industries and without such industries giving employ- G. Newlands tries to explain the rea- runs for Nevada's loss O."oer 8000 polmlation d u'lng: the..past decade. Mr. Newlands' contention is, while. Nevada has produced $600,000,000 of gold and silver, she has not profited by the yield because she is too near San Francisco. He points out that the output of. Nevada mines was so phenomenal as to enlist people of all Occupations in mining speculations; that 'trade and :agriculture partook of: a speculative /character,: and that ther.e was no steady and permanent growth of corn- ' mercial, agricultural, or industrial pur- sufts. ' Nevada:qacked a commercial center, and there:was consequently no accumulation of capital interested in ment to the people, no city can hope state development. to achieve greatness. We are con. I Mr. Newlands' third point is that the vinced, however, that much of the talk policy of the central Pacific railroad i. ill-considered, and some of the made San Francisco the distributing means suggested for securing'factories point for the whole of Nevada, and positively harmful. I so no commercial emporium was es- The city that begins to grant spe- tablishedl like Salt Lak City, in Utah, clal favors to induce factories to lo- or Denver, in Colorado, from which cats will soon find itself in trouble. The paying of a cash bonus is the worst form taken by thl special privi- i lege craze. If it is worth $10,000 to secure a new factory to a city, why is it not worth an equal amount to retain state enterprises might receive ener- gizing direction. The promoters of the Central Pacific, which controlled the transportation of Nevada, became involved in the construction of the Southern Pacific, and, in giving it their one already located? Having hired one best energies, neglected the coloniza- factory to locate in a city, 'all the oth- tion of Nevada. In all this time no er industrial concerns ,,.hould rise up railroad company was interested in in- and demand an equal bonus for remain- creasing the population of Nevada by ing. It would be perfectly fair and calling attention to her great natural consistent to grant their demands. ! resources, while in Utah, Colorado and There are two facts that should be re- tWyoming a different policy was par: membered in connection with the cash i sued. bonus business: I The neglect of capitalists, a hostile First--Something is radically wrong railway policy, the decline of value in with the city that is compelled to hire t silver properties, all led to misrepre- mctomes to locate there " I sentation of Nevada, and the result Second--The industry that has to be was decline in population But Mr. l ought isn't worth the purchase price. ! Newlands contends that now the Cen- Such concerns are like men who will xal Pacific, as a part of the Southern: cell their votes--they will not stay bought. ] While no different in theory, the giving of free sites is different in practice from the giving of cash. Where sites are donated, the donor is usually an individual property owner, r.,o the municipality. There are in most cities owners of large areas of real estate who can well afford to give a portion of it, in order to create a demand for the balance. There is no doubt but that increased liberality in this respect on the part of individual property owners would often prove good business policy.. The best inducements that a city can offer for the location of new fac- tories will be found in its natural ad- vantages and in an honest, econom- ical administration of public affairs. An efficient fire department, good po- lice protection, low taxation, small In- debtedness and a good water supply, nre some of the important features of municipal life that will have most weight in attracting the better class of industries. The manufacturer who locates in a city because he has Investigated the conditions existing and found them satisfactory, is worth a score of those who have been bought.--Land and Ti- tle Register. What Ails Nevada? In an article in a current number of the Independent Congressman F. Pacific system, is interested in the development of Nevada. If the Feder- al government pursues the right irri- gation policy, if a well regulated sys- tem of timber cutting is substituted for the present reckless destruction of the forests, if the public lands in the arid regions are reclaimed by the government, and if laws are framed to secure the occupation of these lands by actual settlers, Mr. Newlands be-' lieves Nevada will be, not many years in the future, the home of millions of people.. He points out that, vhile the popu- at:on of the great mining camps: has ]iminished, the population of the ag- :cultural regions has increased, and e holds that it does not matter what legislation is enacted as to the silver question so that proper attention is given to the railway and the land ques- tions. With these properly handled, Nevada will go forward, he believes as rapidly as Arizona or Utah or Colo- l'ado. A Fellow Feeling, Perambulating Pete---Boss, I ain't an ordinary tramp, but every spring, 'bout April, my wife insists upon clean- in' hou Mr. Boerum Place (interrupting him sympathettcally)My poor man, don't say another word. Here's a dol- lar.Brooklyn Eagle. ,Eoll00ege ' ,,Boys_0000in a PlayiulMood Map Showin Columbia Students Trick a Waiter and Avoid Paying Their Bill. Charles Meyer, proprietor of the Ho- tel Onawa, New York Cityl earnestly seeks four Columbia students who last night put one of his white-aproned em- ployes through a course of hazing. The waiter is also in search of the col- legians. The universitymen went to one of the private dining roomsand ordered almost everything on the me- nu. It is related feelingly by the sole outsider who witnessed the feast that. the undergraduates became so witty: their humor greatly amused the wait- er. When the bill was presented each reveler clamored to pay for the whole. "It's my turn," said the first. "o, mine." "Pardon me," interposed the third. ?You're dining with me," the fourth remarked. The amicable rivalry was being pushed to an extreme when one of the merrymakers said: "Boys, I've an idea." "Lock the doors," cried the second. "Not worth while," drawled another. "You were ever fond of the impos- sible," said a fourth. "Stop chaffing," said he of the idea. "I know how to settle the question." "Unbosom." "Let's blindfold the waiter. He wlll try to catch us. The one he cap- tures shall foot the bill!" All consented with avidity that should have aroused the waiter's sus- picions, but did not. The simple ser- vitor allowed his eyes to bebandaged. All the students ran about the room chortling derisively. He strove to catch them, but failed. Then, while the waiter was still groping, the stu- dents ,one after another, stole down stairs and reached the street. Once on the pavement they sprinted for the quadrangle. When Meyer heard the noise and went up stairs to investi- gate the aproned one was taking flying leaps over barricades of furniture and calling tauntingly: "Come out where I'can reach you. Why are you hugging the walls? Oh this tsa Jolly game." "It won't be for you," returned Mey- er, tearing the bandage off his ser- vant's eyes. The waiter sought to explain, but his employer would not listen. "Find those men and make them pay," said Meyer. "Then I'll let you work for me again," So the waiter searches. ' BULLS AND ROOSTERS. Seaboard Alr Line to Loan Them to Farmers. Directly In line with, and corrob- orative of the service rendered by the railways to the public, aside from the provision of means to carry it and its produce from place to place, is an an- nouncement recently made by the Sea- Indicating Superiority of , , " i :, via ;ka. board Air Line. Southern farmers will be the beneficiaries of a scheme launched by the Seaboard Air Line, the purpose being to loan blls and roosters of the finest breeds to farm- ' : ers along the railroad's route, in or- der to improve the cattle and chicken business. These loans will be made free of charge. Any farmer who wants a rooster or a bull can get one by merely sending an application to the company. The Seaboard Atr Line has already begu to buy roosters and bulls in large numbers, and it is now sending to prospective beneficiaries circular letters setting forth the dif- ferent breeds in stock and naming the conditions under which they can be obtatne. One letter is, in part, as fol- lows: The industrial department of, the Seaboard: Air Line has the following breed.s of full-blooded roost'ers: Light Brahmas, Black Langshans and Black Minorcas, which they propose to loan to those who are located on the' line of the Seaboard Air IAne system for the purpose of improving their breed.' of chickens. These roosters will be loaned to parties for the term of 90 lays, which time will be ample to get the breed of the same. The circulation of the company's bulls is in charge of the same depart- ment, and circulars telling of the breeds on hand and the conditions gov. erntng the loan of them are similar to those for the roosters. The com- pany requests that the bulls and rope. ters be kept fro mannoyanee and pos- :i sible harm, so that the next subscrlb. er may get a bull or rooster In good condition. In.order to insure the wid- est possible circulation .for these cal, sable loans and the greatest benefit to subscribers, the company has di- rected its local station agents to talk up the scheme and interest the local farmers in kine and chicken culture. Soon lithographs and bookle.ts will be ::! issued, and these will be wisely dis- tributed. The public debt statement issued by the treasury department at Washing- ten, D. C., shows that at the close of:: business April 30, 1901, the debt leas cash in the treasury amounted to 072,745.256, a decrease for the month :( of $4,397,658. This decrease is accounted for by the purchase bonds for the sinking fund. There ta $770,842,989 in certificates in treasury / notes outstanding, which are offset by: an equal amount of cash held in the treasury for their redemption. The cash held in the treasury amounts to $1,160,089,789, and against this re demand liabllties out.standing amounting to $858,591,580, leaving a cash balance in the treasury of $306,- : 494,208.. The naval board appointed by the department to report on the fresh water harbors here has not yt public its report, but it is :he entire membership is highly slastic over the advantages of Union and Washington. The .... coahists of Captain Perry, of the battleship Iowa; well, commandant of the naval Commander Peters, Lieut,, Ensign Jensen of the Iowa, and Contractor Heibbs ......