The Loup City northwestern. (Loup City, Neb.) 189?-1917, July 27, 1900, Image 3

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    Uhe Only
A Fascinating
A-an Adair..
Richard Dempster had never entire
ly trusted Hutchinson.Although he bad
been a member of his firm for years
he had never made him a partner, and
the utmost he had done was to allow
him a very liberal salary, and a com
mission on what he had made. There
fore It was not a difficult matter to get
rid of him; but the interview between
the three men was one which neither
Alan Mackenzie, who, as he told
Veronica, wanted no one to do his
dirty work, was present, and unfolded
document after document of incrim
inating matter. If he had not made
the discovery it would have conie to
It that the Brazilian government
would have arraigned the firm of
Dempster on the charge of selling fire
arms to the insurgents. Rjchard
Dempster knew that the confidence in
them would he shaken unless he be
haved firmly. He dismissed Hutch
inson, offering him no consolation;
the man must consider himself dis
graced. llis imprecations against
.Mackenzie were deep and terrible.
Alan would not have cared if it had
not been for Veronica. After all, the
man was Veronica’s father, although
the girl had never rightly understood
why she had never been acknowledged.
There was a mystery which Hutchin
son alone knew, hut he was a quiet
and reserved man, steeped to the brim
fn plots, and he could be dangerous, as
quiet people alone can.
Dempster’s adleux to Hutchinson
were short. "You would have betray
ed me,” he said to the man who had
been In his employ for years, more
years than he cared to think, "if it had
not been for Mackenzie! My word has
always been well thought of until now,
my firm an honorable one; hut you
would have dragged me down!”
Hutchinson said nothing, hut glared
at Mackenzie. "That young cur!” he
said; "but I will be even with him
When it came to sayying goodbye to
Alan it was another auair. The elder
man had taken a great liking to Alan;
lie had full confidence in him.
“Look here, my lad,” he said, "1
slm’n’t leave you at Santa Rosa—I'm
not sun* it will be worth your powder
and shot; but go there now, and I will
move you on to Sau Iago in a little
Alan thanked him and went. His
head was full of Veronica. The girl
r was about to show her confidence iri
him In the fullest way a woman can.
True she was leaving nothing but un
kindness and tyranny; but Veronica
was young and very beautiful, and
many men would have rejoiced to have
secured her for life.
He had made all arrangements for
the girl. She was to leave Rio at once
and go and wait for him at Santa Rosa.
He had sent her money, and had found
a lady who would look after her until
he came to claim her for himself. They
would be married at once, and he
would begin his life there a married
man. He was looking forward to this
new life. He wanted a companion—
a woman. Sometimes he felt that, if
it had been possible, he would have
preferred a woman who would de
mand more of him, for 3s long as he
was simply Joined to Veronica she
was perfectly happy. Poor child! she
had had so much unkindness 1T» her
short life, for she was but seventeen!
Alan Mackenzie was not a man who
makes plans that come to naught. Be
fore another three months were over
he was established at Santa Rosa,
married to Veronica. She bad a sur
prise in store for him. She told him
that Hutchinson had come home from
the momentous interview vehemently
abusing Alan.
She had stood up for him, and then
he had flown into a violent rage and
had abused her, telling her that she
was not his child, and that she had no
claim upon him. In some strange way
this rather pleased Alan. He bad very
definite ideas as to duty, and it had
vexed him that it was his fate to un
inask the father of the girl he was to
marry. Therefore, Hutchinson's
words that she was not bis child
I,liner n'lisini Him.
Anti now there began snmp months
of quiet, uneventful, pleasurable life.
Veronica was sweet. gentle, loving,
ami very beautiful. It wan Impossible
not to become f*>n<l of her; and though
Alan knew that there were possibil
ities of love within him which she
never drew out. yet he never regretted
hla chivalry. She was not very use
ful, but she made a home She always
looked charming and made the rooms
pretty with flowers and ornameuu.
Sim was always there, too, to talk to
hint when he wanted to talk, to rid"
with him when he wunted to ride. Hh«
tosmed to live simply to give hun
pleasure. True, lie never discussed
any *> rhnts topic with her, and theta
was a part of his nature that was a
Sealed hook to her; hut that did not
prevent Its being a happy. *»*T life
It it it only lasted four months Alan
and Ms chief corresponded two or
three times a Werh hut only «vn Hud
ism affairs If Hit hard npat-r
heard a rumor of \lati » living at Man
la It «a as a married man he did a d
attar h much t us porta me la tt Alan
was doing such good work that he w as
almost wast'd at sm-h a small renter
as Mania k u lie hi»'W It himself
bat he had t. 'a grateful far the op
portualiy of e«t .fcl'shiwg htmsslf
there. Now Richard Dempster wished
him to go further down the coast, to
tha growing town of San Iago, to es
tablish a branch of his business there.
It was four days’ Journey by steam
er. and Alan thought that the best plan
would be to leave Veronica^n her own
comfortable little house, with her own
servants, until ho could find a suit
able place for her in the new town.
The news of this separation was like
a blow to Veronica. She clung so to
Alan that it seemed to him that she
led no life apart from him. But she
made no demur; everything that he
said was law to her. She only lifted
a pale face, down which tears were
streaming, to her husband, and said:
"But not for long, Alan—not for lung:"
"Not for a week longer than I can
help, darling," he said fervently. He,
too, would feel the separation; he
loved her as one does an affectionate
child who idolizes one. She never pre
tended to be on equality with him, and
she was quite content to be Just loved
by him and petted; hut she loved him
with all the force of her nature. She
saw that If she made any difficulties
it would only worry him, and so she
made none; but Alan could not but
notice that she grew thinner day by
day. "Do you mind my going so much,
dear little one?’’ he asked her, on the
eve before his departure. They were
sitting on the verandah together, on
one of those moonlight nights which
always reminded Alan of the first
time he had seen Veronica. He, too,
was feeling sad. His poetical nature
was easily touched, and his wife’s
quiet, dignified grief made it more dif
ficult to leave than any noisy demon
stration of woe. %
"Mind it?" she said, her voice vi
brating with passion. "Mind it? You
don’t know what it is to me! It is like
tearing soul from body!”
He had not thought she had real
depth within her. "If you feel it like
that you will make me miserable," he
"Will I?" She smiled, as if pleased
that she could make him feel miser
able. "You will understand when 1
say that I am pleased, won’t you,
My clear child, it is only a matter
of we ks! I dcn’t suppose that I shall
have been there a fortnight before 1
shall have found something suitable
for you. And then, you know, I have
arranged for this house to be taken off
your hands, so that you may not have
any trouble.”
“It is a dear little house!” she said,
with half a sign. ”1 shall always he
grateful to It. It is the only place 1
have ever been happy in.”
He pinched her cheek. Men do not
always understand why a woman
likes one house and not another. "I
shall remember that you like a ver
andah with flowers round it," he said.
"Have you any other likings about a
house. Veronica?”
"Only that you must be inside it,"
she laughed, with rather a pitiful at
tempt to be merry. "Alan, you must
write the instant you arrive, and you
must not mind if my letters are short;
I write such bad letters.”
"But mine must be long—is that it,
little one?”
She laughed again and then she
stopped. "How many days before you
get there, Alan, four or five? And you
will be on that horrid black water at
night! Oh, I hate the thought of it!”
He laughed outright at this. "And
I a sea captain’s son! Why, I love the
water, Veronica! I could willingly
spend my life on it!”
The very next day lie left. Veronica
had exercised all her strength and
courage, and she nerved herself to wish
him goodbye; but she had dreamed of
the man who she had known as father,
and that always alarmed her. Still,
though she was nervous, she was no
coward, so she kept her fears to her
self. only she prayed earnestly that no
harm might come to her beloved, and
she showed him a bright face before
she left. Alan accomplished his four
days’ voyage In safety, and wrote
home to his wife constantly. As he
had predicted, there was no great dlffl
culty in finding a home which would
suit Veronicn. lie only placed the
necessities iif nf* In It, knowing that
It wvfild n)>-na»* h»r to make It pretty.
He gut servants, nrifl ruw that the
place was full of flow or*; ami though
hia work engrossed him to the utmost,
yet he began to look forward to the
pleasant home life he h id enjoy* <1 in
Sunta Rosa.
“I must not tiecome selfish." he said
to himself, "A wife like Veronica, s j
loving and yielding make* a man sel
fish : hut I will h»i l>> that," lie
thought how he could make her life
fuller, hy encouraging her tu read and
to know more of the outside world,
"Just now I fill up her life," be
thought. I may not always he
enough for h*r **
And thin at last the day fo- h'- de
parture came ||«- had l»nkel her
U-fth for her In o»«- of the l»il of th>
little i ousting »tearners the tie*' wm
1>,il as we re. hi in steamer* and th»U
he waited for his wife The w -ather
wst stormy, and he was gather on
i-s«y Veronica would surely W * hid
sailor end she was not very *•«>««
jnst then tie was •>* llltie u» * I to
think of wt-aiher and wind* lh»i he
was rather a*l'<4tahe| to th ng feoW
nervous h« had he- line Me put II
down *9 hts ho* for fer-.nli a
Anyhow he sst 4< ts st the goay
early on Oie frwrfh nwntli\s, and w
still more uneasy at hrartnj that Lher*
was no news of lbs stosmer. Ha j
haunted the quay all tha next toy,
rather to the detriment of his work,
and it Ticht he could not sleep.
Ttou/dita of Veronica’s fears anu cuf
ferinj. j obtruded themselves. Ha
blamed himself for leaving her, for
not having returned to fetch her, al
though he could not well have left
Slie had always hated the water and
feared it, and he had loved it. The
next day he was down at the quay
again, trying to get some Information
about the steamer. In a little while
not he alone, but the owners of the
boat, began to get frightened. They
could get no news. No other boat
seemed to have seen anything of her.
Hy and by there were stories of some
of the wreckage of a steamer being
washed ashore, and at the end of a
fortnight the haggard man who spent
his days at the quay looking out for
the boat which would never return to
the town had to give up all hope. The
steamer had assuredly gone down, and
all hands with it; and Veronica, his
wife, was lost with the others!
And so ended this brief little episode.
Alan had been very happy with his
gentle wife, and South America was
loathsome to him now. He began to
long, with a longing that had been
stifled during his brief married life by
the drawing out of other parts of bis
nature, for England and things Eng
lish. The white, clear moonlight, the
scent of the tropical flowers, the soft,
dark eyes and liquid accents of the
Spanish women, the songs they sang,
the very guitars they played, remind
ed him of his poor Veronica, now ly
ing fathoms deep under the restless
Hut as she had never stirred the
passionate depth of his nature, so her
death never drew out passionate grief.
He felt lonely, that was all; and the
glowing land, where Everything was so
beautiful and yet scented so ephem
eral, became distasteful to him, so ho
gladly accepted Richard Dempster's
offer to manage the export part of his
business in London, and to return to
English shores.
In a short time bis South American
experiences almost faded out of his
mind. Veronica became a sweet mem
ory to him, which moonlight nights
freshened. He was very successful In
his work, and in four years time had
gained a good position for himself. He
was ambitious, too, and began reading
for the bar, which he found he could
do together with his work for the firm.
And four years after lie left South
America saw him respected and much
made of as any young man of twenty
six might lie who is beginning to lie
known as a man who may become im
(To be continued.)
T)pburi-ecl from Iioyal Presence.
Now and then one hears of society
ladies being offered large sums—and
accepting them—for presenting an am
bitious woman at a drawing room;
but money will not always secure of
of the lord chamberlain's cards of ad
mission. For example, the wife or
daughter of a retail tradesman, how
ever large his business and however
wealthy he may be, is never allowed
to enter the royal presence, and two
or three other classes are rigorously
barred. There Is also an objection to
the wives of company promoters. In
deed, when there is a drawing room
announced the clerks In the lord cham
berlain’s office have quite an exciting
time In inquiring into the position of
those desiring to attend.—London
Rrnlped Tfilrtcen Indian*.
Wichita correspondence Chicago In
ter Ocean; Fred Crabby, aged 64, died
at Strand, Kan., last week. Crabby
made himself famous by scalping 13
Indians In one bunch 14 years ago. He
was traveling through Oklahoma with
his family. Thirteen young Indians
came upon him and demanded his
scalp. He fled to the wagon and ob
tained a lasso. This he threw around
flve Indians ami bound them together,
while his wife held the others at bay
with a rifle. Aft‘>r he had killed and
scalped the flve he killed the other
eight. Such a feat was never before or
since heard of. To commemorate the
deed Crabby settled on the spot where
he killed the Indians.
Immnisitv of ( ItInn.
China and its dependencies have a
total aron of 4.318,401 square miles and
u population of 408,080,000. In area It
include* nearly one-twelfth of the to
tal area of the globe, while Its popula
tion Includes nearly one-third of all
the peo|rie In the world. As compared
with the I'nited States, the hitter's is
land possessions i'elng excluded. Chinn
has 800,0'JO more square milos of terri
tory and mott than nve times as many
liihabitiin's. The population of China
proper per square mile is 393; fUat of
the state of ICusle Island Is 2j4. aud
that of Texas s'x
I’Hum >liwka4 hf %aa<li>*Mtat
Hi» iniir«* or l« *• royal n hifhnm,
tin* I'rlfU't K tluni'n in »!•*. of Hawaii,
at * i4 n<rv In V » York. want iiiw*
11 **« a ri ■ ♦••villa* ah •« th»r* lo »lw
imiuii" If l? a a# a profor pi,«. n i&
tih» hia »if» »«•♦ lhiMI«h th» par*
lnr»**r# a a art 14 < nouah fmai a
Vw V<‘Pk aiaailiviiai w«« gn «t.‘r
»h<» h*"l *hI tiii-'l It aotiM Mot tiit.
for Ifea pri;u*»*
Th* r‘ir*l 1'Nwll of S ^lhimp'ii*
* p i
• ;»>« Hu i- ii!i of '* aatti'tiMry ta
• • > * • • * t o alfcaa K-laanl*, who 1
*>« p *»t*j| of IhU t‘i*. a from IT'Ik W
; II*o
Iuw and Op«!rr lining Re*tored and
NatlvtH Returning to Agricultural Pur
aiiIU Ini prove nicnt* i:?frywhf»re —
1’uatlofllt'e and Telegraph Well i (inducted
Consul Halstead sends from Birm
ingham. June 11, 11)00. the following
abstract of the annual report of the
British consul at Manila:
"The collapse of the insurrection last
Kovetnber and the opening of the ports
'since January 1 having restored confl
uence, great activity iu commercial
quarters has ensued. Law and order
are being restored as rapidly as pos
sible, but the immense slate of the coun
try renders it a difficult task. The
natives, I believe, would willingly re
turn to their agricultural pursuits, but
the influence of their leaders appears
sufficiently strong to keep them from
Prices have increased to such an ex
tent that Manila, which till recently
might be classed as a cheap place to
live in, must now be considered the re
verse. As yet the provision markets
are not seriously affected, though
fruit, vegetables, game, etc., are 20 per
cent dearer; but house rent, servants,
carriages, horses, launches, and labor
of every description are already treble
the price of last year. In consequence
of the great demand, launch hire and
everything connected with shipping
commands its own price. Improve
ments are visible In every direction,
and already the town has quite a dif
ferent. appearance from last year. The
work of draining the filthy town ditch
es and stagnant pools, which is In
contemplation, may possibly entail an
epidemic, but the advantage to poster
ity is inestimable. The recovered
land of the city walls and moat will
provide building sites which Ameri
can enterprise will know how to uti
lize; and although Manila will never
become a fashionable watering place,
it may become a great commercial
power in these waters before the first
quarter of the century is passed.
"The two well-known leading Indus
tries of Manila- hemp and tobacco—
will, 1 fear, suffer very severely for
some time from the late insurrection;
but there are no doubt at present gold
en opportunities for the employment of
capital and talent in many local trades,
lee manufactories, livery stables, ho
tels, and general enterprises are much
wanted; hut 1 most strongly deprecate
young men without capital (no matter
what their education may be) coming
here In search of employment. The
departments of the post-office and tele
graph, being now under American and
British control, are admirably con
ducted. The telephone, the water sup
ply, and the electric lighting are Span
ish, and also deserve great praise. The
electric-lighting plant is being enlarged
and Manila will soon l>e one of the best
lighted towns in the east.
"The Chinese lalior question is one of
great importance in these islands.
America’s experience of it in Califor
nia not being satisfactory, there is
strong influence against it; but, taking
into consideration the natural indo
lence of the Filipino, it will probably
bo found impossible to do without the
Chinese. One of the principal objec
tions is that by their Industrious hab
its they gradually obtain a monopoly
in all retail trades; but this may be
remedied by confining their enterprise
eimply to manual labor, and for this
they are most admirably adapted, and
in the hot season positively necessary.
The Filipinos make excellent clerks,
if they can l>e well overlooked; but if
allowed, they will sirend their time in
gambling and cockfighting. They have
no idea of putting energy into any of
their pursuits, and have no commer
cial instincts; they also care little for
money, loss or gain being to them ap
parently a matter of indifference.”
The British vice-consul at Iloilo
‘ The United States forces have now
successfully occupied the better part of
the (sand, tho end of the year augurs
well for a happier future, and, when
once a peaceful rule is established,
many important improvements will
take place.
• The Island of Negros 1* In n more
satisfactory state, and. although the
crops for 190© may not he very large, to the difficulties which had to
he overcome in procuring labor, the
planting for the 1900-1 crop is exten
4.I*f» III* Opinion »f I' ul >!• Klnlr)*
% it mla Ul r* I Ion.
Tli«* country In to b*» cungratulaUHl
that *»• wrx li> have no chanR* «t iha*
of tht* K*>publhau lit k*'i in tha
c< -niBB cuntnot A favorite
m)!t( ul M> Kllilxy « I* thit "you ran
tnuit ihi' pxopl* " Anti this I*
their ttpiortunUy in »ho» their appre
ciation of hi* ftinilil*»'« in itixlr luilp
rif-nl by truattnn the KMimiriuftl ol
th*tr affair* fur four more yearn in
hi* hnlul* a iiilttlt iii • luriiM'i'wgui Anti Ibi’ Mii"»*a uf the It**
pub lean party m< au * a mliim.ition
uf i iir Ri4U'rt*l il»*xl<.pinfni *n<t prut
pet tty I'lit i r iBtllilalti thin Hut* in*
people nant * man «hu ha* P«n
(riar l an<l nut fuun I w*nitn«f n Man
t*ii at to any *#»»ri*Bi» uti* uho |«
brail and Itherul <*t*>u«h in tat-a* lu
b«y ahffk ul uf lb* raju t Hulatlu* uf
mtHMU. nrhtlu k<'*P H4 tu tk* Pi.lh f
tkirk MBtitNl** nmi to ih* boat in
WtmIi uf our uti rountry A atwtly
of Ik* prtMxat at)Mint*ti«tlu« 4urt««
lb a oo*< tfcma »a*rn to lata* th* 4 »*.
tion that President McKinley I'll* tat
ideal as chief executive. Hie recaon
ality stamps him as a true gentleman
and a loyal patriot, the highest type of
an American, able, conscientious and
devoted to the work which conies to
him in the discharge of his public
duty. His Is a nature in which the
elements aro so happily blended, that,
while his able and dignified public
course commands respect, his private
life wins sincere affection.
Connected as he is with the present
happy condition of our country, as the
result of an entire Republican admin
istration of Republican principles,
there is a feeling of satisfaction and
confidence in the future which will
call for his renomination and re-elec
tion. M. A. HANNA.
Ill* IticrcwiMMl I’rowfHTlty Should I'auae
Mini to SupiKirt M«K|i»l#*y.
"The Republican party Is on the de
fensive. It will talk prosperity, of
course, but we’ll be willing to take
the votes of all the people who have
not had Ihelr share of prosperity, and
leave them the’votes of the people who
have been prosperous,"—W. J. Bryan
at Chicago, June nth, 1900.
The following figures are taken from
the books of the Assessor fur the Fifth
ward of the city of Lincoln, Neb.,
which is the ward In which Mr. Bryan
makes Ills home, and they show the
assessed valuation of his personal
property for the years Indicated:
Years. Assessed Valuation.
1893 .$ 280.00
1894 .5 200.00
1895 .$ 340.00
1896 .$ 270.00
(Lust year of Democracy.)
1897 .$1,485.00
1898 .$2,980.00
1899 .$2,980.00
1900 .$1,550.00
The above figures are official and
prove conclusively that Mr. Bryan
should vote for William McKinley in
this year of our Ivord, 1900.
Over «31,000,000 of Milter and More
Ninnll Money €oln«*<L
For the fiscal year that has just end
ed the enluage executed at the United
States mints amounted to $184,323,793
pieces, valued at $141,301,960, as fol
lows: Gold, 7,662.780 pieces, valued at
$107,937,110, silver 75,359,254 pieces,
valued at $31,121,833; minor coins, 101,
301,753 pieces, valued at $2,243,017.
' In 1899 the total number of pieces
coined was 122,270,945, and the value,
$136,855,675. In value the Increase
over 1896 is considerable, but there is
an increase of 62,000,000 pieces, repre
senting a great deal of hard work for
the mints and showing the activity In
trade circles.
The total circulation of national
hank notes at the dose of business
June 30, 1900, was $.309,559,719, an In
crease for the year of $68,291,023, and
an Increase for the month of $9,070,830.
The circulation based on United States
bonds was $271,115,552, an increase for
the year of $68,851,458, ami an Increase
for the month of $11,026,435.
Kurplufl of 9H1,2^0,000, In the FUcal
1>!IP ilUIlt I'.lllhMl.
The receipt? of the National Treas
ury for the twelve months of the last
fiscal year amount to $508,988,948, and
the expenditures, $487,759,171, making
a surplus for the year of $81,229,777.
The receipts for the full fiscal year
have been derived from the following
sources: Customs, $233,857,958, an In
crease over the fiscal year 1899 of $28.
729,577; internal revenue, $298,299,388,
an increase as compared with the for
mer fiscal year of $22,862,227; miscel
laneous, $38,831,601, an increase over
the previous year of $2,400,000.
The expenditures for the last fiscal
year were $118,313,008 less than for the
fiscal year 1899.
Wool and Sheep Valuwi.
Farmers in Wyoming would do well
to paste the following figures where
they can see them when having their
evening smoke. They show the actual
price at which wool and sheep were
sold in Wyoming In given years:
Cents per
Vear lb. F.O.B.
1893 . 5 to C4
1894 . 8
1895...,,,,.,. 8
1894. 8
1897 . 8
1898 . 10
1899 ... 13
1900 . 16'.*
1894 yearling !••«»... J2 00
j 189s* yearling ewes. 2 oo
1 1*90 yearling ewes. 2 30
i 1897 yearling ewes. 3 25
1X98 yearling #waa.• 4 oo
1899 yearling a.. 4 00
I «|M»r<s of
Prl«>r to 1*93 Import* of nianofn.*
j torts at way s n> emind exports of man
j ufaeturaa In l**a importa of manu*
1 f. > ture* were 2’a time* th» amount of
j eS(M>rta of manufm turea. in 1*93 they
were still more than double Ih
unount of the export*, tn 1*9* they
were nearly 40 per cent greater lhan
j the exports, and in l*tx for the nr*'
■ lime, the exports of mtnifa. tore*
were greater than the imports »«f n> *n*
i ofa- imes. the ttaures fur that year b »
I mg reel pee lively Import* of mano"
I n turn EJI.xtMl* exports nf man
nfaeturea. |hw pm wxl rttn. a th»
[ time exports of manofat turns have
steadily Increase. I and for I ha yaar
( | i*t ended will axesad the tnprti of
manufasiwma h» about | no*
If*4 No Plan by Which to lielld Ip—
( ait Only Tour Down.
The platform utterance of the Dem
ocratic party regarding Americas
.(hipping is a clear index of the inher
ent inability of that party to con
struct. It seems only to be able to op
pose and denounce the constructive
policies of its progressive political op
The foreign commerce of the United
States is regarded the world over as
the most important of all. To this
country come the finest foreign ships.
The greatest and most powerful steam
ship lines vie with each other for our
trade. The largest, the swiftest, the
safest and the most luxurious ships
that are built are for the carrying of
the trade in merchandise, passengers,
specie and mails from and to the
United States.
mu s per cent, or our ioreiga iruue
is carried in American ships. For
eign ships carry 92 per cent. This
carrying is worth fully $200,000,009
each year. All but S per cent of it
goes out of the pockets of American
producers and consumers for paying
foreigners for doing our foreign carry
ing. Not only does it go out of our
people's pockets, but it goes out of the
country. It goes abroad and is there
used to pay for the building and run
ning of foreign ships. It gives the em
ployment to foreigners that the carry
ing of our forlegn commerce creates.
People ask, Why is tills? The an
swer is simple. Foreign ships are
built more cheaply than American
ships. This, however, is a disadvan
tage that could in time lie overcome if
the shipbuilding industry were put oil
a basis of permanency. If a steady and
large demand were created for our
ships very soon the cost of their con
struction would be reduced to the level
of foreign prices. It is the unsteadi
ness, the irregularity, and the uncer
tainty of employment in American
shipyards that keeps the cost of Amer
ican ships from 20 to 25 per cent high
er than the cost of foreign built ships.
Hotter food and more of It is given on
American than on foreign ships. This
also creates a disadvantage which the
American ship cannot easily overcome.
Then again wages on shipboard are
much higher under the American than
under foreign Hags. In the cases of
officers the wages on American ships
are on the average twice as high as
they are on foreign ships.
Worse than all this, however, for
eign governments pay their merchant
ships great subsidies and bounties.
Great Britain spends about $5,000,000 a
year in this way; France spends over
$7,000,000 a year. Germany. Italy,
Spain, Russia, Austria and Japan all
give large subsidies to their ships. In
all the subsidies and bounties paid by
foreign governments to their ships
amount to more than $26,000,000 each
Unaided American ships, It must be
clear, cannot profitably compete with
foreign ships under the conditions
above described. That is why it is
that foreign ships have driven Amer
ican ships from off the seas. The Re
publican party, recognizing the un
equal conditions which confront
American ships in the foreign trade, is
committed to a policy of subsidizing
American ships in that trade. The
amount of the subsidy proposed is
barely enough to enable American
ships to compete on terms of equality
with foreign ships.
This bill Democrats have singled out
for denunciation In their national
platform. They “oppose the accumu
lation of a surplus to be squandered in
such bare-faced frauds upon the tax
payers as the Shipping Subsidy bill,
which under the false pretense of pros
pering American ship-building, would
put unearned millions into the pockets
of favorite contributors to the Repub
lican campaign fund.” The alternative
of the shipping subsidy bill is to keep
on paying nearly $200,000,000 a year to
foreign ship owners whose govern
ments in paying them subsidies en
able them to prevent American ship#
from competing. Rather than have
our government pay a subsidy to
American ships the Democrats would
prefer to have our people send nearly
$200,000,000 out of the country each
year to build und sustain foreign
In their platform the Democrats “es
pecially condemn the ill-concealed
Republican alliance with Knglund.”
When we remember that Democracy's
platform denunciation of the Shipping
Subsidy bill will nowhere be received
with such favor and gratitude as In
Great Britain, whose command of the
sea and especially of American foreign
tarrying the Democrats would perpet
uate. an<l which present British mon
opoly the passage of that bill would
do much to destroy, the insincerity
ami the secret pro-British leanings
of the Democrats are clearly dis
Not a word have the Democrats to
j utter In behalf of a policy that would
! cause the building of the ships our
I foreign commerce employs out of
I American material anti with American
; labor, instead of, as now, their coa
I strucUon out of foreign materials by
I foreign labor in other countries. No
1 policy Is suggested by them they
merely denouic e the It'publican poitry
1 that would substitute American for
British and other foreign »hips in nor
! foreign trade Having no plait of their
town to suggest for building up our
t shipping in the foreign trade esprese
mg no regret at seeing nearly 4Jen -
I (uHt test annually ped by Americans to
foreign «hlp h«i t i< hi» tly llriii«hi
j for tarrying our commerce, the Item
1 least proclaim I hewed tea the elites
of t
Is Orest** I teases s«t
the demand for farm head* In Ktg
. «• is 1st a • la et *•-*# of the demttof
I fit* t*Vpa'B*ttv oratory.