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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY,' AUGUST 24, 1899.
VOL. XI.
NO.
ROBBER RAILROADS.
They Balsa the Far $10 00 and Demand
Cash In AdTanee Fromth Boys of
th Fin Nebraska
For the last ten days Gov. Poynter
has devoted most of his time to try ins
to" raise a Innd to bring the First Ne
braska home on a special train. Mon
day eight be bad to give up. He issued
the following statement to the people of
this state in regard to the matter. '
"Omaha, Nsb., Aug. 18,-To the peo
ple of the State of Nebraska: It is with
profound regret that I am compelled, to
announce to tbe people of Nebraska that
the members of the First Nebraska regi
ment at San Francisco will not be
brought hone at public expense. Appre
ciating the splendid record made by this
regiment and observing that other
'states were preparing to return their
regiments on special trains, I conceived
it to be my dnty as governor of Nebras
'. ka to take advantage of every plan and
exhaust every resource in tbe ttfort to
accord dns honsr to Nebraska's regiment.
I have exhausted every resource and
every possible plan has been devised and
worked toau unsuccessful conclusion in
the hope that Nebraska, in its attitude
towards the soldiers, should occupy a
position second to no other state. I
therefore deem it my duty to make a
plain statement of facts. , .,. ,
"While ia San Francisco I commis
sioned Adjutant General Barry and Con
great-man Stark to take steps for the
purpose of returning tbe Nebraska sol
diers on special trains at public expense.
Y It develoied that the rate for soldiers
from Ban Francisco to tbe Missouri river
prior to Ma.v 1 wae $25 per man. It
also developed that this rate i a 1 been
increased to 137.50 per man. This was
second class accommodations with a
' tourist Bleeper at $10 per section. . Thus
the soldier's rate including sleeper would
be f 40 S3 per man. Every possible
effort was made at Han Francisco to ob
tain a reduction on this rate, but this
was without avail.
"I concluded that more effective work
might be done at the N-braskaend of
tbe line. After returning home I took up
the work with the railroads. I made
every possible effort to iuduce the rail
road managers to return tbe soldiers
and to aceept a claim against tbe state.
It was made apparent very early in tbe
proceedings that the railroad managers
wouiu no i. accept a claim against tbe
state but would require a cash payment
I then asked the co-operation ot news
papers for the purpose of obtaining an
answer from individual citz-ns.
"While this plan was being agitated j
continued my efforts with tbe railroads.
At my request Congressman Stark culled
upon the president of, the Union Pacific
and the general manager of the B. & M.
It is due to history to say that Congress
man Hiaik received ecaut courtesy at
tbe Union Pacific headquarters, and it
will b entirely correct io say that he
was Hiibj'Cti to extreme discourtesy at
thefcnndsof the president of tbe Union
Pacific.
BURLtaSTON C0URTK0U8.
"The Burlington officials were entirely
courteous aud showed a willimm-es to at
least give consideration to Nebraska's
proposition.. Tbe ti. & M. managers
made a written proposal offering to re
turn the Nebraska soldiers at a rate of
$'17.60 without tbe tourist sleeper. Tbe
Union Pacific had no proposition to
" make. Tbe paseenger ageut of that
road subsequently visited Lincoln and
called upon me, but submitted no offer
than to eav that, tbe rates 'as agreed
upon' were $37.10.
"Finally 1 ba t a conference with an
ag"nt of the Santa Feroad and that
official seemed anxious to come to terms,
lie visited Omaha, however, and ha t a
conference with railroad offloiWH in that
city, after which he concluded, as bue
railroad agent explained it to me, ?He
did not want tin business.'
"Having exhausted everytffort to in
duce 'the railroads to carry this train by
accepting a claim against the state for
all tbe money, I Bared to pay $U.000
- in cash. This off-r wa rej cted. Hav
ing been as-ured of $10,000 from the
" guarantee fund provided by tbeuews
papers, I determined to make an effort
to obtain the $25,000 additional. From
one citizen ot N bra-ka whose name I
am not at liberty to give, I had the as
surance of $5,000 This mads it neces
sary that $20,000 more should be ob
tained. I appea'ed to the moneyed men
of Lincoln but tbey declined to mike the
advance. . I came to Omaha aud bad a
couHul'atiou with the baukers ot this
city. After an extend! conference I was
informed that, the way by which this
' money could be obtained would be on a
bankable tore at 6 per cor offered
to all of these gentlemen, as I had fftred
to the railroads, my promise to ask the
legislature to reimburse tbem by the
payment of the principal advanced,
together with 4 percent interest. This
wMnthe last resort and the result was
failure.
1 desire to return t banks to tbe gen
erous peonlrt of this state who would
have co-operated in this good effort and
who have off red toodvance their own
money for the accomplishment of thm
wise purpose. I am satisfied the time is
not far distant when all Nsbraekane will
Tvr h failure of thin sta's to accord
the Nebraska regiment tbe same practi
cal honors that have been given by other
states to their regiments.
"In tnisciniiectiou 1 desire to say tbat
. . . - . I M l 1.1
ine raiiroaas otntenogia eoraeKis nave
shown that they are mors tnteres'ed in
- adhering to these so-called 'traffic sgree-
meats,' otherwise knowo as uuholy com
bleat ion thafi they are in advancing
either the general Interests of Nebraska
or in giving enoouragmeut to practical
patriotism. Tbe Minneapolis Times is
authority for tbe statemeut that a rate
has been secured for tbe Minnesota
troops of $30 80. These troops must
travel about 250 miles further than the
Nebraska troops aud yet $37.5Uis tbe
lowest to be obtained for tbe Nebraska
troops, I caused inquiry to be made at
tbe Minneapolis Times as to tbe identity
of tbe road makiug this rate, and the re
ply returned is as follows:
" The Times made private rate. Not
at liberty as yet to state route.'
"1 have also learned that in the city of
Omaha any one may purchase over
either the B. A M. or tbe Uuiou Pacific a
second class ticket from Omalia to Hau
Fraucisco for $32.50, aud yet the Na-4
braska soldiers returning from the
Philippines must pay $37.50 for second'
class ticket from San Fraucisco to
Omaha. It may not be important to
inquire how happens this discrimination.
I am satisfied tbat it is to Nebraska's
interests.that tbe soldiers bs returned at
public expense. I have no patience with
those honors that are limited to empty
words. '
I would not erect a triumphal arch for
these bove to march under after tbey
had been required to pay their own fare
home, while the soldiers of other states
are returning on special trains. 1 would
prefer to pay them a tribute tbat means
something. I would prefer tbey be
spared the humiliation of returning at
their own expense wbile soldiers of other
states travel on special trains at public
expense.
, 'I have exerted my bust efforts to pro
vide a practical demonstration of the
fact tbat Nebraska is proua ot us sol
diers. Although these efforts have re
sulted in repeated failures I do not re
gret them, for 1 have done only tbat.
which I coueeived to be my duty. I ara
sure, also, tbe people of Nebraska will as
a whole deeply, regret tbe failure, but
they may be consoled by the refaction
tbat their good purpose has been
thwarted only by a combination of rail
road companies, a combination tbat i
plainly unlawful as it is unpatriotic. In
conclusion Ideetre to express my heart
felt thanks to the Omaha World Herald,
tbe Nebraska State Journal, the Ne
braska City News and tbe Beatrice D ily
Express for their splendid co operation
in this work W. A. Poyntek.
This shot seemed to go home. There
was a great uproar as soon as it was
printed and a hurrying to aud fro
arooBg the railroad men and bankers.
Gen. Manderson came to the aid of tbe
roads vith an argument to show why
they could not do differently from what
tbey had done. He ' also put in a few
good words tor the bankers. The rail
roads are very fortunate in having such
an able champion on their salary lists as
Gen. Maridereon. He did the very best
that could be done under the circum
stances. Finally D. E. Thompson of
Linloln came to the tescue and put up
$20,000 of bis own mouey. Tbat
amount, added to tbe popular subscrip
tion obtained by tbe newspapers will
furnish a special train for tbe boys of
tbe First and tbey will come home in the
same manner tnat tbe volunteers from
other states will come. It is tberesuh
of this vigorous letter of Gov. Poynter.
Tbe boys of the First will remember this
kindly act of D. E. Thompson. There
is not a particle of oubt but that the
next legislature will refund the money
with interest.
SAMPSON'S PRIZE MONEY
Characteristically Admiral Sampson
shows more agility in an endeavor to
capture prizs money from tbe govern
ment than be displayed in capturing
pniHi for the govern men t.
Recently the eminent rear admiral lias
put in a claim for prim money on ac
count of tbe destruction of Cervera's
fleet off Santiago, July 8, 1898. ...
i His petition dfc!ares tbat be was coro-mauder-in
chief of the American ,6V t
blockading tbe Spanish' squadron in
Santiago bay, that Comrood'r Schley
was commanding offior of a division of
the fl t under bis order, and tbat o' her
officers participated in tbe action. He
then recites the history of tbe destruc
tion ot the Spanish vessels and claims
bis share of tbe prise mouey, , which is
one-twentieth of tbe whole for tbe com-roander-in
chief.
It remains ro be seen what will be
dons with 8tmson's cliin. It iaal
leged that before Orvera's fleet made
the dash out of Santiago biy Admiral
Sampson signaled to "disrMganl th
movements of the command r-in chief,"
aud that: he then steamed away with
tbe New Y rk, bis fl ig-hip, to Gjmta
namo for ih purpose of holding a con-'
ference with Geueral Shaffer in regard to
the situation at Santngo. He was over
twelv miles away out of "signalingdts
tance," a the law says when Cervera
ran out with hi ship
After tbat Admiral Schley In command
of the fl -et, wnt into action nd sunk
the ships of Cervera. Now, who was in
command? The man who won the bat
tle or the man who was out of signaliuir
distance until the victory was secured?
Chicago Dispatch.
WHY DON'T HE?
Since William McKin'ey was on such
intimate term with Providence as to
bring about a famine in all the cereal
producing countries of the world outside
the United States, two years airo, we
should thmk he ought to be able to
do the trick again this year. Wheat
and corn are on the toboggan slide and
it is necessary that something should be
done Tbe Bayonet.
THREE CONVENTIONS
The Sturdy Beformers of Nbraka Knew
What They Wanted, and did It
with Determination.
The three reform conventions, the pop.
ulists, democrats and silver republicans
met at Omaha according to the an
nouncement and straightway, without
any fuss or feathers .went to work and
nominated Silas A. Holcomb upon tbe
first ballot for judge of tbe supreme
court. There was a handful of kickers
in the democratic convention, a thimble
ful in the populist convention and none
at all among the free silver republicans.
All of them were allowed to have their
say to their hearts content, but the
great mass of delegates in all the con
ventions had made up their minds be
fore they went to Omaha.
Populists first studied out the princi
ples that they believed should be the
basis of legislation, but It has not been
until lately that they have learned how
to flght. Tbey are not to be fooled any
more by , the tricks of the republicans
they have been fooled once too often.
There are a few who have something
yet to learn, but even tbey are getting
their eyes open. To populists over the
state it was very clear when the sniffling
committee started out, that their sole
object was to prevent the refopn forces
from nominating Holcomb. Republicans
knew that with him In the field their
chances were as good as nothing and
their only hope was to beat bis nomina
tion. Not a populist paper in tbe state
was fooled by that trick and it is to be
regretted that tbe same cannot be said
of tbe democratic papers. Three or four
of tbem were taken in by it. However
the old workers in the democratic party
who have stood by Bryan from tbe be
ginning of his flght in this state, who
were never found mingling with Graver
Cleveland crowd, all Stood-by the nomi
nation of Holcomb from the beginning.
Some of them have grown gray in the
flght of reform and they could not be
fooled bv any sortota republican trick-
The conventions were largely attended.
They were harmonious from start to
finish. Tbe enthusiasm was as great as
at any previous convention ever held in
this stafB. The men wbo were therein,
tend to go home and work from morn
ing until night until the polls close to
elect the men nominated.
The democratic convention sent an
invitation asking senator Allen to ad
dress them and when Allen talked
straight populism to tbem they nearly
raised tbe roof with their cheers. He
told tbem there wonld be no settlement
of this corporation question until the
government owned tbe railroads, the
telegraphs and the street franchises
The populists -ent an invitation asking
Bryan to address tbem and wheB he
came, be was received with such an ova
tion as only a populist convention can
give. His talk was good enough to
please tbe most radical pop.
After tbe nominations were made, tbe
convention, while all delegates were
present, went to work to plan .for the
campaign and elected a state committee
whom they all believed wonld be work
ing members. Not satisfied with tbat
they proceeded to elect astate chairman.
J. H. Edmisten was chosen and tbe sec
retary was left to be chosen by bim. He
chose E. W. Nelson, deputy in tbe land
commissioner's office.
The regents for the university were
taken, one from the democratic party
and one from the' silver republicans.
Both Mr. Rich and Mr. Teeters are emi
nently qualified for tbe position.
Of course all tbe formalities were gone
through with in the regular way. Com
mittees on conference, committees on
platform, etc. Toe readers of this paper
all know howt hose things are done and
it is not worth while to reproduce tbem.
There were no objection made to any of
tbe selections. Congressman Sutherland
wa-i both temporary and permaneut
chairman. Nearly everything was done
by unanimous consent. There has never
been a populist convention in this state
that was so nearly unanimous upon
every proposition that was brought cp
for action. Tbe populiets seem to be
unanimous for ouce. Tbe same is prac
tically trus of tbe democrats and wholly
so of the silver republicaus.
We are ready now fur tbe flght. Mark
Hauna may pour his money into this
state in any q iautity tout be sees fit.
Tbey may send all tbe big guns that
tbey have, but Silas A. Holcomb will be
elected.
POPULISTS
The committee ou sesolut ions reported
the following plai form.
"Tbe eoples ind. pndent party of No
braeka, in its teutb anuual state con
vention aseembled, adopts the following
declaration of priiicilen:
Firt Ws reaffirm onr devotion to
the natioual pi I form of iBDtt aud to
every plank thereto eootaiued. -
1 "Second We declare the Monroe doc
trine to be tbe doctrine of national self
preservation, and that safety is to be
found alone in avoiding tbe qulcksnnds
of imperialism and thedangerous waters
of militarism. And we oppose all foreign
political alliances and all interference in
European and Asiatic politics.
"Third We hold these truth to be
self evident that all men are created
equal, and that they are endowed by
i heir creator with certain inalienable
rights; atnoug these are life, liberty and
tbe pursuit of happiness; and, that to
seen re these rights, governments are In
stituted among moo dsriviog their just
powers from tbe consent of the gov
erned. ' - - ".:
'Fourth We .condemn the adminis
trative poiio.y which baa converted a
war for humanity into a war of conquest.
We believe that the Filipinos should
have received tbe same treatment as tbe
Cubans, and that as the Cubans were
assured of ultimate Independence and
protection so tbe heginnlug an assur
ance of our nation's intention to give
tbem independence as soon as a stable
government could be established and
protection from ; outside interference
should have been made., Such assur
ance should be given now. ,
"Fifth We condemn the republican
national administration for its complic
ity with unlawful combinations, whiob
have increased nearly 100 per cent with
in the laeHbree years, as a result of its
failure to enact and enforce laws in the
interests of the people.
"Sixth In dealing with trusts and
corporations having a monopoly of
public necessities we claim tbat the law
of the land requires that tbey shall serve
the public for reasonable compensation,
and iu the absence of any legislation up
on the question. Tie trust danger ot
this couu'ry is so appalling that tbe evils
thereof must be com bat ted by every
branch ot the government; we demand
judue who will obey the law tbat vests
tbe judiciary with jurisdiction to pro
tect the people from unreasonable and
oppressive rates,
"Seventh We declare that the repub
lican party has needlessly increased tbe
rate of taxatton, that it is guilty of
needlessly causing tbe aunual d. Beit in
t be current reveuues of tbe government
by useless aud prodigal expenditures of
tbe people's m iney, to be made good by
additional taxation, or the issuance of
additional interest bearing bonds, and
tbat its at temps to retire the greenbacks
and turn over the issuing power of
paper money to private corporations is
a shameless and inexcusable surrender
to the money power.
"Eighth We heartily' andorse all
efforts of organized labor to better its
condition, and we believe that all classes
of citizens and all legitimate enterprises
should receive the protection of the law,
and tbat all at temps to coerce honest
labor by iujnnction or by the use of tbe
military ia a violation of tbs constitu
tion and the established rights of Amer
ican citizens.
"Ninth Municipal ownership ot publio
Utilities is a public necessity.
"Tenth The history of the three
splendid military organ'sttionn fur
nished by Nebraska in - the . Spanish
American war is tbe jnst pride and glory
of evey citiz-n. And for tbeir bravery,
valor and tbetr devotion to duty we
offer tbem the heartfeft gratitude of tbe
patriotic oeoiile of tbe state. '
' Eleventh We most heartily com
mend the able, patriotic and conserva
tive administration of Governor Poynter
and bis official associate, and we con
gratulate the people of the state on his
success in securing free transportation
for the gallant First Nebraska to their
respective homes. ,
William V. Allkn, f
Chairman.
Elmer E. Thomas, Secretary. ,
THE DEMOCRATS
Following is the democratic platform,
the reading of which was punctuated
by repeated cheere: .
"We the democrats of tbe state of Ne
braska, in convention assembled, indorse
and emohasiZ' each and every plank of
tbe national platform adopted at Chi
cago in 1890.
"Our confidence in tbe principles set
forth in that platform has been increased
as those principles have been vindicated
by events. Tbe gold standard is leen de
fensible now than it was in 1M90 since
tbe president has confessed its failure by
sending a commission to Europe to se-
curo.foreign aid is nddd proof that the
people of the Uuited States must act
alone if tbey expect relief. The present
legal ratio of 10 to 1 is the natural end
necessary ration and the opponents of
that ratio have! nothing to offer in Its
place but. the evasion and ambitious
jihraseolngy which for years furnished
Id the gold standard advocates a mask
behind which to bide while tbey secretly
labored to make void mono irieteliem
permanent. Any improvement in busi
ness conditions due to the increased
production of gold or to a fsvoralde
balance of trade, instead ot support in if
the gold standard doctrine, shows that
more money makes Twtter times and
points the way to bimetallism as the
means of eecimojr a permanent increase
in the volume of 'standard money
throughout the world.
"The republican scheme to lessen the,
volume of standard money by makinic
Hold the only teical tender money has at
last become apparent to alt and must be
rescinded by the debt paying and wealth
iro lu- ioif classes of th country. The
plan tn retire the greenbacks In them
terest of national hank no'es. denounced
bv the democrats in 191, but then de
fend-d by the republicans, has boldly
stalked forth from its hiding place and
threatens the formation of agigantto
paper money trust
"Arbitration srnws more necessary
every year and government by injunc
tion grows more dangerous to tbe lib
erties of the peopls.
"The Industrial trnts, springing no
on every hand, testily to thnadminU
tration's indifference to monopoly or to
Its Inability to cop with U.
( Continued, oo pagw $.)
Mews of the Week
Tbs populists and democrats tailed to
fuse in iie Sixth district. After a long
and stormy session the populists nomi
nated Neville and the democrats Har
rington. Although Mr. Harrington
Anally withdrew, tbe democratic conven
tion still held out, and declared tbey
would not endorse Neville. As the popu
lists have majority io the district over
both the democratic and republican
parties the quarrel will not result in any
thing serious. '
Mr. Bryan took occasion while in
Omaha last Saturday to render an un
qualified deuial of ihs assertions ot tbe
Chicago Record that he, while in iVs
Moines, had agreed to give up the ratio
ot 16 to 1 and let silver take a minor
plaoe in ths next campaign. He declares
positively that he never said any such
thing.
Tbe anti-Goeble democrats'held a state
convention in Kentucky in which every
county in tbe stats was represented and
nominated an Independent demccrailo
ticket Many of the leading democrats
of the state were present and tbe con
vention seems to have been a success in
every way. Tbs time was when tbe
members of the democratic party would
never have thought of doing such a
thing but the p iputlst party has Injected
some of its independent spirit into all
parties, The time has passed wheq the
voters of any party will submit to tbe
manipulations of a few bosses who pat
up schemes and name candidates and
adopt policies tbat are not in accor
dance with the wishes ot the voters.
rTbat sort of thing is still strong in the
republican party, but tbe withdrawal
of a large number of .republicans from
tbe last national republican convention
shows that in that party, the old habit
of submission to the dictates of a few
manipulators could not bold to tbe
ticket even the old boss ridden republi
cans. The voters of tbe populist party
were the men wbo first inaugurated tbat
sort of thing, when two millions of them
walked out of the old parties and formed
a new one. It seems that a large num
ber of tbe democratic party have caught
the same spirit of independence.
Ths Dreyfus trial still 'drags-along.
The utmost excitement prevails every
wherein Frauoe. Riots are every day
occurences. Tbs great dailies in tbis
country continue to print from five to
six columns of cablegrams each day con
oeruing it. To Americans the investiga
tion going on at sVnnes is a travesty on
courts. None of tbe forms observed in
tbis country in trials is observed there.
Witnesses are not confined in tbeir testi
mony to what tbey know, but are al
lowed to make long arguments, tell
what their beliefs are and report all the
gossip and hearsay that they want to.
Some one should send to the authorities
in Francs copy of Greenleaf on evi
dence or some other good authority,
and the court martial should adjourn
until it read it, then re-convene and be
gin anew.
The Jacksoniau club of Omaha bad a
great time ou last Saturday. Champ
Clark of Missouri made the leading
speech. Silver, 16 to 1 was the cry of
tbe whole crowd, Mr. Bryan was pres
ent and spoke in the evening.
The president has called for ten ' regi
ments more to go to the Philippines. It
is announced from Washington tbat
tbey will be enlisted aud ready to take
part in the coming dry season compaign
in the Philippines. However there has
been no reports of increase in the enlist
ments. The last statement given out
was to tbe titac tbat tbe ten regiments
previously called bad not been quite
filled. How tbis additional 13,000 are
to be secured in so short a time we arc
not informed. '
It is announced also that Gn. Miles
is to go to tbe Philippines. Tbis writer
has no faith in tbat statement at all.
Of course bs will go if he is ordered, but
he will make no r q'Hst of that sort
There has been an overhauling of the
war department since Secretary Root
took charge. It is not for any love of
Miles, but from dire uecsssity tbat Cor
bin has been confined to his duties as
adjutant general and Miles has been re
stored to tbe commmd of the army.
When Alger was . secretary, Cor bin was
tbs actntl commander. There has b en
more disgraceful scheming and lees
tff-ctual work iu the war office sioce
Mctvmley took charge of the govern
ment than la all it history before.
Affa rs got into such a disgraceful shape
that something had to bs done. Tbere-
fore Miles Is reinstated In command.
Senator Hoar has been rally log tbe
anti-imperialist forces of Boston. It
now appears tbat tbe following classes
will not vote tbe republican ; ticket If
McKiuley is nominated and the present
policies of the administration adhered
to, First in importance come ths Ger
mans, next the Irish and then follow tbs
negroes and then a large number of the ,
most influential republicans. That will
leave the republican party In very
small minority in the old Bay Etate. In
New Hampshire under the lead of Sena
tor Chandler there is just : aboat as big
a bolt as there tain Massachusetts.
Chandler has always been at heart a
blmetallist and now bs has many other
reasons tor dissatisfaction with tbs re
publican party. Many stranger, things
have happened In politics In tbis coun
try than would be tbe turning of many
ot ths eastern states over to Bryan.
M' KIN LEY DESPOTISM
Ths Cincinnat Poet sent a special sor
respondent to Idaho to investigate ths
establishment of military despotism un
der ths orders of McKiuley, at Wardner.
The correspondent reports tbat:
"Martial law continues in Idaho. Stats
govern mm t has been suspended, and tbs
United States troops rule absolutely.
The situation is ths most startling that
has confronted tbe American people for
years. Men licensed of no crime bave
been herded lor tb res months in a bull
pen near Wallace, Idaho.
"The true facts regarding ths striks
situation iutheCoeur d'Alens country
bare never before be.'U printed, When
military government was established a
press censor was established, and bs has
plus-penciled from all dispatches to
uewspapsr all reference to the trus situ .
atlon. - -. - ' ' . ..
"Little has been printed In tbs great
dailies concerning the Wardner matter,
and many believed that military rnls
bad been practically suspended. . It
evists in as severs a form as it did three
months ago. Governor Steunenberg an
nounces tbat martial law iu Hboshooe
county the heart ot the rich Coenr
d'Aleiie country, and in which ail tbe 7
mines are located will continue until
his term expires on Jan. 1, 1901."
OUR ARMY
The adjutant general's offlce has issssd
a tabulated statement of ths nilitary
forces of the United States gifing tbs
total enlisted strength of tbs regular
srmy og Aug. 4 as 60,423 men, of wnoin
16,642 are in the UiAtd States, 2,815
irt Porto Rico, 12.2t4 in Cuba, and 22,
800 in tbe Philippines. When present
pi an 4 ara completed there will bs an ar
my of 50.870 officers and men in the
orient. With tb regular army recruited
up to ifsfauthoriited strength of 64,000
men, tbs total military forces at ths
Uuited States will be as follows: '
Regular armv, authorised strength,
strength, 65,000. v
Three rvuiuients organizing In Philip
pines, 8,805.
Ten regiments organising in tbsU. S.,
18.000.
Hospital corps, 2,400. Total 84,855.
To bleb must be added over 2,600
officers, makiug tbe grand total of offi
cers and men in the service of ths UniUd
States for tbe next two years foot np
nearly 87,000 men.
BEFORE AND AFTER TAKING.
Lumber ia advancing in price because
the lumber trust, assisted by the Disg
ley tariff have full control of the Ameri
can lumber market. A bouse that
wonld cose you $2,000 today wonld
have cost but $1,500 before the prohib
itive tariff went iuto t-QVct. But yon
don't get any mors for your farm pro
duce. '
BeforS the Dingley bill went into effect
you conld buy fenc- wire of our local
merchants for $2 25 per hundred, now it
costs you $1 to $4 23. But do jou get
twice as much for for your produce, your
hogs, yonr c-tttie? Aii manufactured
goods handled by trusts enpported by a
republican prohibitive tariff have mads
a corresponding raise in price. ludepen
dent Era.
DANGEROUS COPPERHEADS.
A very large number of the returned
f-nldiers from the Washiuuton and Ore
gon regiments ha v askl for material
in c.rder thatthy may become dissemin
ators of the nnti imperialist docirine.
Tbee valiant fighters know by experi
ence what imperialism meaus;they know
also tbat it poe senses neither honor nor
patriotism; and tbey fei that tbey can
not serve tbeir country better than by
warning it egainst the Impending peril.
They are dangerous "copperheads and
imperialist wonld do well to give tbem
a wide berth. Valley Democrat-
CAMPAIGN LIAR.
Not long ago we read tbe testimony of
a republican editor dnring an investiga
tion uf a public matter, in which bs de
clared that he generally told the truth,
except in political campaigns. When he,
was asked whether he thought tbat
lying was honorable during a political
campaign, be said he tnnught it was.
Here is a standard of morality and ot
bouor which a great many otherwise es
timable Keutlemen "eem to thiuk good
enough for tbem. Ths Bayonet. .
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