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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, MARCH 14, 1901.
Million. 4 MlUia r Militarism Bat
S'e a Oat fr I rr( c'i and Hon
fr tfee l'pl.
VafL!rsot, D. C. Feb. S The
txiw irxiuj-uratioa of iltKinley with
:f Us it..; aai kpiendor rarant the
tx-iurtntioa cf a policy of govera
tr.t gi - us a standing army
and a -:--j of imperial fovtrntaeiit
u.r o;ir .-p---r.dficies tbore absolute
tte ithi i rc.M-1 uy any European
!: r.t MtKIt'ey in LI inaugural
&4r-.-s orr. :?:-! ati mention of the
-2sy k;5e of hi firt administration.
A-rUi:x to i.';ra everything was love
ly r,i ! -;- liiiiy that this
o: ,-r I i r!:i' -i war taxes to tun
ti forty-one cillioms of dollars.
fit- if: 4 Li.t point out that the fifty
:!h iT,r-?a hvi put a burden of
o'.s fourteen hui.ci .-'-! millions on the
;-'!'- st.1 that the war taxes have
taen from th" pi:p the enormous
um of S-.' .'..' Of course we
rhouM be thacl-fcl for even a tmall re
ia,.ioa if the burden, but it is Just
i IJ :.ot to forjret the relative pro
p,iiloss of tht tbirg.
(iz.r of thf mot sensational episodes
i f the jt r. i cosgres was Senator
rt r" fiit in tHkit.g the river and
c arbor 1 111 to 4 3th In the closing
tors of the Ion.
IVr?-i:.j!!y Carter had a grievance
!-4U- t ite tad been ignored in
it r ."! for an rppropnation lor
irr;ri!i"n p-irjo s. fh- n Carter was
ts o a c.r.r riz!or any ay and had
tot hits furtte.- to expect.
Put ur.1r ?!l thi is the real ront of
t . r -jttr Lich t f e imisi&tration
pre- is er-fuily corsee aliag.
Thr rp'J!--'!' ?n l:"ie$ in th sen
it . r r ' unwilhr.r to have :he
nr if.d barter ball dfat J. Its de
. .',f tj- rrrer.t eor:ri from the
t !:. -f titc a bU'.lon f rid a baif con
Th ajprnprJatioTis fall now
.jt oier thr fo jrt-n hundred million
1 Ti a jttirtifivt ration force were
'l..d to pr-d ;he racy on the mili
tary and ;rr:;rl4l fmtur of poveru
:r,i j.t sr.-l the domestic affairs of
lis t ro'ittry to thitt for themwlres.
1: i a ir.d station of the policy that
so : v;:rn1 in ti.e future. Our
ri"- r d Lartor ran wait for ini-r;!-c"k
rr. O'tr crld lards can re-
,c :.': i.ful d-t-n. but at each
. . trf-M tL jijj!e will be
t.tx-d jij'-llioa t L-ep up a bi army
fr the work cf jnj.fi. duty that is
a:."ri; over the tdpies natives in
.;r isu!ar po.iaiom while the fav-'r-.
fnxid of the admixilftration rob
l h vi.
1 . really amuinu to see the re-
:-i!,;k-ir. fr-tidi:iK to lie alarmed
! r !t- df-at of tLe rivr and harbor
i 'i L3 it i what they had de-
Wh-3 t.e M'tiit' of the fifty--'enth
n.rirr tr, t its extraordinary session
ira rugately after inaujruration. Sena
tcr Piatt of onnerticot offered a res
olution t aJ.ioli.frh the t!m honored
fre-4ota of debate and to permit the
rt rjty t frce u voti upon any
s-?f"r' h n - r i ?.':.
Of nouj- th rnajority pretended
that thTe W3 slmays great danger of
the rs ic-writ y defeat i cs legislation un
dr th pr -nt ru? of uciiniiled de-?-
and no doybt Senator Hanna with
rre5ic-r" of the cip subsidy defeat
ft nini. fet that the present
ti.isni of the ttate is a mischievous
The riajority are often willing to let
a erasure ar-parently le talked to
dith 1 y tLe nj:r.ortty when there are
.-.:fr-:.'S ir. the ranks of the ma
jority. This was the ease with the ship
ub:dy bin. The majority did not
&r-- rji Hanta and felt that it was
iici to pass the bill.
It as r-s!!y worth while to journey
to th cap:tol to s-e Itooevelt pre
: i:zir o-r ti. senat1. He didn't do
rt m ry ! iily. The senators were
; rr .f x art ! did not permit him to un
drard the f ill extent of his Isnor
jn d:ritis the three days that he
Bjt Lre v. is the high courage and
f?rnwai it of the rwash rider. All
tor". ltee!t 1ked pale and wor-
-f. 5!- f r.r a r-ady ear to the
; :rrr r t ics r.f the c-rk and repeated
s if,r. l:ke a tvhno! loy who fears
r. ! t t to -h fcxix of the class in
The hero -f San Juan looked dread
fully frijrht; :.' i atout half the time
irrrr. c.- !y thankful the balance
ef the t: ihs.t coihicg fcerious hap
p"nej to him.
The real performance will begin
r. xt witter h a ltn-v;t gets over
h: friLt &r.d ie:t.s to tell the
nate fc.at it oaght to do.
Consrtman UtineUine points out
; . lor to j :rs prior tc the j;pan-Ht-Ame!can
war the army cost little
i. r ieiity -thr mili.cns and but
little ottr f.'.'ty-. x millions dsr;n?
tL- -. rt eoit rtd by the ftfty-fourth
-r in but for lt'1 and 1C it ctsts
sarly two hundred and thirty mil
!.or.. Yt la these to years w are
;re.asJ to be en a j-ace footing
nrr;,; of cu;ee for that troublesome
i.tt ins-urre-tion In the Philippines.
J4 Oet fr II ;. c .X p p r p ri at I un In the
tJr 4 KmW Hilt 4 tk IXr
(bXitAM t aUla-4 t lilvr
There has a great deal appeared In
the dailies loth east and west concern
ir. the last dsys of congress in which
the cl arse coritantly sppears that
deciorrs-ts sold out to the republicans
a i.d having delivered the goods as
rorr.ied. the republicans simply bun
tvd the whole outfit. It was first
tartfd in the New York Journal in an
?!':- by Creelman. It has been re
l;ted in r-Vtir.ti2.lly the same form
m many diierest papers. The Inde
pendent is in receipt of a letter writ
ten before the Creelman article ap
peared, written by as well posted a
man as there Is in Washington, treat
ing upon the same subject. While the
letter was not for publication, the fol
lowing extracts are given:
"It cannot be doubted that in
shrewdness tho republican leadership
is far superior to that of the demo
crats. Perhaps you would call It 'vil
lainy but It is that thing that enables
the republicans to go forward in the
most astonishing way in a course that
borders closely upon revolution, with
out any real opposition, and that, too,
when a large minority on the republi
can side have no heart in this new
departure or are actually opposed to it.
The democratic leaders have been ca
joled, wheedled and deceived by. the
simplest means. Take the case of
Senator Morgan whom they have held
in leash, when If his power of invec
tive and the withering sarcasm of
which he 13 capable had been turned
against their plans of exploitation, he
could have made the whole lot of them
infamous. But they succeeded in keep
ing Morgan so quiet and gentle that
they could lead him around with a
"They were able to do this by prom
ising him to pass the Nicaragua canal
bill to which he has devoted the last
fifteen years of his life and which is
of so much importance to his own
Ftate and all the south. Morgan is
absolutely honest and of very great
ability, but he is not the man to fight
the unprincipled managers of the re
publican party on the floor of the sen
ate. He will not believe in their total
depravity, accepts their word of hon
or, and will be buncoed out of the
passage of his bill. Not only that, but
tbew scoundrels will laugh at him for
being taken in.
"Morgan belongs to a class of states
men who have passed away. They
were men who would keep their
pledged word even if it cost them their
lives. Another class of men took
charge of the republican party with
the arrival of Mr. Hanna. Many of
them are in a position where it is Im
possible for them to keep their pledges
however much they might so desire.
The trusts and the corporations would
not have put so much money into the
last campaign had they not been cer
tain that they could control matters
after the election was over. Mr. Mor
gan should have considered that it
would be Impossible for these senators
to allow the passage of the canal bill,
when it was against the interest of the
railroads. . ,
"I have no doubt that there ha3 been
an agreement made with democratic
leaders to allow the Spooner bill to
pass, although it is within their power
to prevent it. To buncoe the democrats
on this measure will be just as easy as
it was to buncoe Mr. Morgan. They
will promise to modify it and they
will promise to give large appropria
tions to democratic states. They will
tell them that if it don't pass, they
will call an extra session and pass it
any how that their opposition will
be of no avail, and from what I learn
the shell game will be played on the
democrats, with as little trouble as
upon a country bumpkin at a county
fair. If the river and harbor bill,
which is the veMcle that is to convey
this loot to quiet the democrats, is
passed a thing that I very much
doubt there will be constitutional
questions raised or the treasury will
devise schemes to prevent its delivery.
"I believe Senator Jones to be an
honest man, but he has not a single
qualification enabling him to meet the
shrewd, corporation lawyers, trained
to all manner of tricks in contests in
the courts before they are sent to the
senate. I would not advise an attempt
to compete with these sharpers on
their own ground, but put up a fight
to the death against every scheme
they Inaugurate and leave the conse
quences to the judgment of the people.
There may be much said on the other
side, but I believe that if a continuous
fight had been made for the ancient
principles of the government, from the
day that congress opened until it
closed, that the American people could
have been called back to the old love
of liberty which has fired the hearts
of four generations of men."
That letter was written before the
river and harbor bill was defeated by
being talked to death. Now the charge
is openly made that the democrats laid
down and allowed the Spooner and Cu
ban resolutions to be passed by brib
ing them with large appropriations in
the river and harbor bill, when the re
publicans never Intended to pass it.
fktae of the republican papers are
openly loasting about the ease with
which they buncoed the democrats,
and seme of the democratic papers are
.'enouncing their own leaders for the
course they pursued.
P was the receipt of the letter from
which the above extract was made that
inspired the article which appeared in
The Independent of February 28 The
1rst paragraph of that article was as
follews. It is repeated here as an
evidence that The Independent is never
lead astray and keeps its readers
"The real crucial point where a fight
to death must bo made has been
reached in the United States- senate.
The Independnt has advocated from
beginning that there should be no fac
tional opposition to legislation de
manded by the republican majority.
If this majority of congress wanted to
appropriate a billion dollars let them
do it. If they wanted to pass a sbip
subsidy bill, let them Co that If they
desired to create a standing army of a
hundred thousand men, let them do
that. But this question of the abdica
tion of the power of congress to legis
late and the passing of that power over
to the president should be fought to
the bitter end. We can stand the tax
ation Imposed. The standing army can
bo reduced at any time by a refusal to
vote appropriations to sustain it, but
this Philippine business. is a horse of
H Paid $30,000,000 for a Shadow to a
Party that Didn't Own it and Couldn't
Dlirer it if He Had.
The Independent having noticed
that a good many republicans had
come to the conclusion that Mark
Twain had gone crazy or had softening
of the brain, the only conclusion that
any sensible person could come to was
that he had been writing something
that was very logical and reasonable,
so much so that no imperialist repub
lican felt able to answer. The matter
was looked up and the article which
these gentlemen declared was proof
that Mark Twain had become non com
pos mentis was examined. The said
article was printed in the February
North American Review. That the
readers of The Independent may judge
for themselves? whether Mark Twain
has gone crazy or not, a portion of that
article is here reproduced:
"Our case is simple. On the 1st of
May, Dewey destroyed the Spanish
fleet. This left the archipelago in the
hands of Its proper and rightful own
ers, the Filipino nation. Their army
numbered 30,000 men, and they were
competent to whip out or starve out
the little Spanish garrison; then the
people could set up a government of
their own devising. Our traditions re
quired that Dewey should now set up
his warning sign, and go away. But
the master of the game happened to
think of another plan the European
plan. He acted upon it. This was, to
send out an army ostensibly to help
the native patriots put the finishing
touch upon their long and plucky
struggle for independence, but really
to take their land away from them
and keep it. That is, in the interest of
progress and civilization. The plan
developed, stage by stage, and quite
satisfactorily. We entered into a mili
tary alliance with the trusting Fili
pinos, and they hemmed in Manila on
the land side, and by their valuable
help the place, with its garrison of 8,
000 or 10,000 Spaniards, was captured
a thing which we could not have ac
complished unaided at that time. We
got their help by by ingenuity. We
knew they were fighting for their in
dependence, and that they had been at
it for two years. We knew tney sup
posed that we also were fighting in
their ' worthy cause just as we had
helped the Cubans fight for Cuban in
dependence and we allowed them to
go on thinking so. Until Manila was
ours and we could get along without
them. Then we showed our hand. Of
course, they were surprised that was
natural; surprised and disappointed;
disappointed and grieved. To them it
looked un-American; uncharacteristic;
foreign to our established traditions.
And this was natural, too; for we were
only playing the American game in
public in private it was the European.
It was neatly done, very neatly, and it
bewildered them. They could not un
derstand it; for we had been so friend
ly so affectionate, even-i-with those
simple-minded patriots! We, our own
selves, had brought back out of exile
their leader, their hero, their hope,
their Washington Aguinaldo ; brought
him in a warship, in high honor, un
der the sacred shelter and hospitality
of the flag; brought him back and re
stored him to his people, and got their
moving and eloquent gratitude for it.
Yes, we had been so friendly to them,
and had heartened them up in so many
ways! We had lent them guns and
ammunition; advised with them; ex
changed pleasant courtesies with
them; placed our sick and wounded
in their kindly care; entrusted our
Spanish prisoners to their humane and
honest hands; fought shoulder to
shoulder with them against "the com
mon enemy" (our own phrase) ;
praised their courage, praised their
gallantry, praised their mercifulness,
praised their fine and honorable con
duct; borrowed their trenches, bor
rowed strong positions which they had
previously captured from the Span
iards; petted them, lied to them offi
cially proclaiming that our land and
naval forces came to give them their
freedom and displace the bad Spanish
government fooled them, used them
until we needed them no longer; then
derided the sucked orange and threw
it away. We kept the positions which
we had beguiled them of; by and by,
we moved a force forward and over
lapped patriot ground a clever
thought, for we needed trouble, and
this would produce it. A Filipino
soldier, crossing the ground, where no
one had a right to forbid him, was
shot by our sentry. The badgered pa
triots resented this with arms, without
waiting to know whether Aguinaldo,
who was absent, would approve or not.
Aguinaldo did not approve; but that
availed nothing. What we wanted, in
the interest of progress and civiliza
tion, was the archipelago, unencum
bered by patriots struggling for inde
pendence; for war was what we need
ed. We clinched our opportunity. It
is Mr. Chamberlain's case over again
at least in its motive and intention;
and we played the game as adroitly as
he played it himself."
At this point in our frank statement
of fact to the Person Sitting in Dark
ness, we should throw in a little trade
taffy about the blessings of civilization
for a change, and for the refresh
ment of his spirit then go on with
our tale: ,
"We and the patriots having cap
tured Manila, Spain's ownership of the
archipelago and her sovereignty over
it were at an end obliterated annihi
lated not a rag or shred of either re
maining behind. It was then that we
conceived the divinely humorous idea
of buying both of these sceptres from
Spain! (It is quite safe to confess this
to the Person Sitting in Darkness,
since neither he nor any other sane
person will believe it.) In buying those
ghosts for twenty millions, we also
contracted to take care of the friars
and their accumulations. I think we
also agreed to propagate leprosy end
smallpox, but as to this there is doubt.
But it is not Important; persons af
flicted with the friars do not mind
"With our treaty ratified, Manila
subdued, and our ghosts secured, we
had no further use for Aguinaldo and
the owners of the archipelago. We
forced a war, and we have been hunt
ing America's guest and ally through
the woods and swamps ever since."
. Who's Who?
Who rules the islands of the sea?
Who pulls the reins of destiny?
Who is the autocrat and czar;
Who governs with a rod of war?
Our great and mighty emperor,
Who is the power behind the throne?
Mark - Hanna.
Who forms an escort to his own?
Who buys- up everything he sees,
From senate seats to suffrages?
Who constitutes the whole blamed
Who is the heir unto the crown?
The mighty warrior of renown?
Who wears a self-knit laurel wreath?
Who grins so that his dazzling teeth
Flash like a falchion from its sheath?
Who make up swell society?
Our codfish aristocracy?
Who yell and howl till they are
To see the serried ranks of force,
To which our rulers have recourse?
Who pull the strings behind the
Who hbpe to loot the Philippines?
Who get up all this glory show
To cover up the deals, you know,
By which they gather in the dough?
Who stand in silent apathy?
Who get the husks of liberty? .
Who are supposed, to rule the land.
And yet who cannot understand
They're robbed Sfc'd dirped on - every
J. A. Edgerton.
Populism Invad "Kurop and is Conquer
ing State After State Even In Re
At the election held in London the
other dav that city went populist by
an overwhelming majority. London
now will own its own waterworks, its
city lighting plants, its telephones ana
many other things that have been pri
There is not a day when dispatcnes
like the following from St. Joseph,
Mich., do not appear in some of the
"Intense interest was manifested Dy
thA citizens in the SDecial election held
today to authorize the issue of bonds
to the amount of $12,000 for tne con
struction of a municipal lighting plant.
The fight was bitterly contested be
tween the city and the St. Josepn ana
Renton Harbor Electric Street Railway
and Lighting company, which is owner
of the present lighting plant operated
in the city. The proposition favoring
city ownership of an electric lighting
plant was carried Dy a majority oi iia
or 70 votes more than the necessary
two-thirds provided by the state law."
The initiative and referendum has
taken possession of the lower house of
the Wisconsin legislature. By a prac
tically unanimous vote one member
only voting in the negative that body
has passed va bill providing that on
petition of 10 per cent of the voters of
anv citv in that state any franchise
which may have been granted by the
city council shall be submitted to a
vote of the people. The committee
which had the bill under consideration
exempted the city of Milwaukee from
the operation of the law, but this
amendment was killed in the house af
ter one member had made a sensa
tional speech regarding the corruption
existing In the Milwaukee city council
and declaring that nowhere in the
state was the right of the people to
vote on franchises so badly needed as
An initiative and referendum bill,
relating to state laws only, is pending
in the Colorado legislature. It permits
a certain percentage of the voters to
demand submission to the popular vote
at the next succeeding election of any
measure already enacted by the legis
lature; it permits a percentage of the
voters to demand new legislation,
which must be submitted to popular
vote, and it permits the legislature to
submit such measures as it pleases, of
its own will, to popular vote.
The legislature of Oregon has just
decided to submit a similar constitu
tional amendment to the people of that
Everywhere,- both in Europe , and
America, the fundamental principles of
populism are being enacted into law.
The things for which we were ridi
culed and abused six years ago are now
defended and taught in the great uni
versities. Aren't you glad that you
are a pop?
The Independent wishes to secure
an agent and representative for every
village and precinct in Nebraska and
adjoining states. Liberal pay; easy
work. Address with references, .
HE INDEPENDENT, Lincoln, Neb.
NOTHING FOR THE WEST
But Thousands of Dollars to Make Navi
gable Creeks With Six Inches of
Water in Them Down
Washington, D. C, March 11. In
the session of congress just closed the
senate fully recognized the national
importance of the irrigation move
ment. In the Indian appropriation bill the
senate amendment appropriated $100,
000 to complete the surveys and pre
liminary tests of the foundations for
the San Carlos dam in Arizona.
The chairman of the house commit
tee on Indian affairs, Mr. Sherman, of
New York, defeated it in the house and
The senate increased the appropria
tion for irrigation surveys by the
geological survey from $100,000 to
The chairman of the house commit
tee on appropriations, Mr. Cannon,
with Mr. Moody, defeated this increase
They declared themselves on the
floor of congress in favor of state ces
sion, though it involved a repudiation
of the platform of the republican party
in the last campaign. That platform
"In further pursuance of the con
stant policy of the republican party to
provide free homes on the public do
main, we recommend adequate na
tional legislation to reclaim the arid
lands of the United States, reserving
control of the distribution of water
for irrigation to the respective states
These declarations are utterly irre
concilable with state cession.
The senate amendment to the river
and harbor bill appropriated about
three hundred thousand dollars for
reservoirs in Wyoming and South Da
kota. The bill, as it was prepared by the
house committee, carried appropria
tions aggregating $60,000,000. The sen
ate cut this amount down to $50,000,-
Twice the bill was sent to conference
and twice Mr. Burton, chairman of
the house committee, and the house
conferees, refused to concur in the res
ervoir amendments. They were ready
to pour money out of the treasury with
reckless wastefulness for work on in
significant creeks and streams in the
east, but unwilling to spend a dollar
for reservoirs In the west.
, They, no doubt, thought the senate
would yield' as it did on the Indian
bill and the sundry civil bill, but in
this instance they reckoned without
The arbitrary and unreasoning op
position of the chairman of the house
committees cannot continue for long
to stand in the way of the reclamation
of the west. The sentiment of the
country favors progress, and this sen
timent is rising like an ocean tide,
slowly it may be, but steadily and
surely, and it will sweep away with an
irresistible force the opposition of a
few men who seem willing to use their
temporary power to stultify their par
ty. But between now and the next ses
sion tireless and unceasing work must
be done to broaden the influence and
extend the organization of the Na
tional Irrigation association. Success
can only come to this great movement
through the widespread campaign of
education and organization which this
association is carrying on.
THE REAL FACTS
One Newspaper Man Left Who Has the
Courage to Write the Facts and the
Enterprise to Get Them.
The Independent long since ceased
to rely upon the Associated press for
the news of the real transactionsTak
ing place in Washington. Until this
year there has always been someone
there who would try to keep the peo
ple informed of what was going on,
but it seems that the whole crowd
have relapsed into inocuous desuetude.
At present there is only one man there
that has a particle of snap left in him
and he writes for the Voice. He tells
the readers of that paper the real facts
about the inauguration of our imperial
president. From his correspondence
the following is quoted:
Republicans Inaugurated today the
Methodist president who w-as elected
last fall by the great rallying of the
church people of the country, and to
night the city Is turned over to rev
elry and wholesale debauchery.
Within the last half hour there have
been five or six drunken fights on
Pennsylvania avenue. Squads of in
toxicated republicans are now march
ing up and down the streets, holding
up peddlers, robbing them of their
wares, upsetting peanut stands and
committing other similar depredations.
The saloons on Pennsylvania avenue
are packed with crowds that in many
places extend clear out to the middle
of the street.
In the disreputable district 70 or SO
liquor selling brothels are packed with
drunken patrons. The crowds in some
cases half fill the street in front of the
place. They are hammering on win
dows and doors and clamoring for ad
mission. In front of one dive a porch
overloaded with intoxicated republi
cans has just collapsed.
In the pension office building, where
government business has been stopped
for many days past to allow prepara
tions for the occasion, the great in
augural ball Is now in progress. s
Of course, it is a very elevating occa
sion, for the ball was opened by the
great and good Methodist, whose elec
tion, according to the testimony of a
bishop, forwarded toward victory ev
ery cause that has its root in the Ten
Commandments and the Sermon on the
Mount; but a law-breaking "blind
pig;" . is doing business in the cloak
room, where the initiated can be
served with intoxicants just the same
as if the president just Inaugurated
were an ungodly reprobate.
There is not a brothel or dive in all
Washington, so far as I can learn,
that is not decorated from mudsill to
rafter with bunting, flags banners and
photographs of the Methodist presi
dent. So far as I can learn, there is not a
church in all Washington that is deco
rated with so much as a five-cent flag:
The old brown steeple of the presi
dent's church pierces the sky tonight
like a copper lightning rod on a
During the past few days all of the
vacant stores along Pennsylvania ave
nue have been taken up with "Turkish
Dance Houses," "Oriental Palaces,"
"Paris by Gaslight" dives, "Oriental
Attractions," "Gay Burlesquers In
side," with loud-mouthed patriots
bawling out a list of smutty things
within and crowds of small boys
standing by trying to borrow enough
money from each other to see the
Tomorrow night a "grand Sacred
Concert" is to be held at the "Bijou,"
a joint where unclean performances
are habitually held, the nature of
which are periodically reported to the
chief of police. They might as well
be reported to Balaam s Ass.
Following the "Sacred Con ;ert" Sun
day night at the Bijou, the fete t
Monday will occur. The features as
told in advance by the daily papers are
suggestive of civilization.
"Forty cousins of "Teddy" Roose
velt are advertised to attend.
Mrs. McKinley will wear a fifty-dol
lar prize bonnet.
A battalion of native Porto Kico
troops will follow close upon the in
augural chariot. A
Bessie Mulhall, the "she cowooy," is
advertized to lead a band of cowboys
through the streets.
Badges are being worn with a beer
bottle attached with such inscriptions
as "When I Am Full, Send Me Home"
with a line left blank for the wearer's
The indorsement of the Methodist
bishop to which Mr. Johnson refers
was as follows:
"I not only believe that President
McKinley is one of the best and purest
and bravest men I ever knew, but I
believe him to be a worthy successor
of Abraham Lincoln and that his name
will shine in history as one of the
greatest presidents this nation ever
had. I believe that every cause that
has its root in the Ten Commandments
and the Sermon on the Mount will be
helped to victory and success by h's
re-elction." Bishop Charles C. Mc-
Cabe, of the Methodist Episcopal
church, in the Chicago Times-Herald,
October 31, 1900.
In the beginning of this fight the
populists kept two correspondents at
ashington to send out the news that
was suppressed. In those days the
party had the facts and Were full of
fight. Now populist members of con
gress do not seem to think that it is of
any importance for their supporters to
have the news. The old pop farmers
will have to do as they did in the be
ginning chip in and send some good
newspaper, men down there at the be
ginning of the next congress so he can
keep them posted as to the facts.
All He Asks is a Bronze Medal and the
Thanks of Congress.
The editor of the Naval Service Ga
zette comes forward with the state
ment that he had a conversation with
the admiral on board the Brooklyn the
day after Cervera's fleet was destroyed.
When Schley was congratulated on the
previous day's victory, says the editor,
the commodore (as he then was) dis
claimed his right to any special credit
for what he simply called the perform
ance of his, duty; but what he was
chiefly delighted at was that the Am
erican fleet was in such a state of prep
aration as to make the winning of the
battle so easy. A third person who was
present at the time said to Schley:
"Of course, you'll get a substantial
reward for yesterday's work; but If
you could name your own reward,
what would yqu have from the presi
dent and congress?"
After saying that it was not for him
to measure the value of what had been
done, and reflecting a little while, the
commodore, still according to the edi
tor of the Naval Service Gazette, who
was present, said:
"I would suggest this as a good and
sufficient reward: Let the president
or congress have struck off bronze
medals commemorating the victory.
Let one be given to every officer and
man who participated in the battle,
one of these medals to go to me. I
would value it highly. You know, I
don't believe in special medals of gold
and silver, just plain bronze medals
for all alike. Then there is one more
reward which I would like. It would
mean much to me. It is 'the thanks of
congress by name.' That's all I ex
pect; all I hope for. With it and
ray own consciousness of duty done,
I shall be satisfied."
The editor of the Naval Service Ga
zette, in publishing now this conversa
tion with Schley for the first time,
adds that the admiral's views have
not changed in the least since that day
and that the senate, If it so chooses,
can satisfy Sampson and his friends
by giving him all the titles he wishes,
without annoying Schley. With mere
ly "the thanks of congress by name,"
and a plain bronze medal commem
orative of the victory, would the hero
of the Santiago victory be satisfied;
and without a touch of envy would he
see the emoluments of the victory and
the title of vice admiral, with the ac
companying increase of pay, go to Ad
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