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Not every emperor wears a crown.
A Congressional inquiry: "Have you some
thing equally good for a constituent of mine?"
"Tricked, and by our friends!" exclaimed a
Cuban orator. And the one exclamation tells it
General McAvthur has not deported an editor
for several days. Can it be that the military
situation is no longer menaced?
It is barely possible that Mr. Carnegie is try
ing to give all his money away before Di Harper
catches him and takes it from him.
Luckily for a number of ex-Senators and ex
Congrosmen, Thomas Carter did not talk the St.
Louis fair appropriation to death.
Perhaps it whs an oversight, but the second
inaugural address clid not contain anything about
maintaining the integrity of the civil service.
Beginning with April twelfth, The Common
er will contain twelve pages and a limited amount
of space will bo devoted to advertising matter.
Abraham Lincoln said that the nation could
not survivo half slave and half free. Neither
can a republic long survive half citizen and half
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"When can we get out of Cuba?" is not the
question that is worrying the administration man
agers. " What can we got out of Cuba?" is the
William Waldorf Astor stipulated that his
book should not be published nor offered for sale
in the United States. As a result it is bomg sold
at a rapid rate.
A great many republican organs that print
long eulogies of Benjamin Harrison would do
better to follow his advico on matters of current .
The fact that Sampson will get $3,000 more
prize money than Dowey, is another good argu
ment in favor of doing away with the old prize
The man who stops to throw a stone at every
cur that snaps at his heels is not a good man to
send for the doctor when a member of the family
is seriously ill.
John Bull might explain his failure to catch
DeWet by admitting that while running he often
stumbles because he has to look over his shoulder
in the direction of AdamZad.
The Chicago Record asserts that Canada will
rely on its tariff to prevent monopoly by trusts in
the Dominion. The lawmakers responsible for
that policy are evidently striving for reputations
Tho last recorded words of Benjamin Harri
son were words of sympathy for the struggling
Boer republics. In writing those words Benja
min Harrison sealed for all time his right to the
title of American citizen.
.An Ohio judge has decided that a 3-cent
street car fare is unconstitutional if the street
car owners object to it. It was also an Ohio
court that gracefully backed down when an oil
corporation gave the signal.
The only argument advanced for making the
salaries of the judges in tho Philippines $20,000
a year is that the salary must be large enough to
insure honesty on the part of the judges. Why
not discourage horse stealing by giving everyone
Attorney General Griggs is to leave the cab
inet on the 31st of this month. If his successor is
another trust lawyer it is appropriate that he
should enter upon his official duties on April 1
all fool's day. His administration will be a farge
joke on the people.
The report that keoroseno on the water in
swamps and morapses will remove the mosquito
pest explains several mysteries. It explains why
tho Standard Oil company can declare such big
dividends, and also explains why that com
pany organized under the laws of New Jersey.
When Weyler adopted the reconcentrado
policy every newspaper in the United States de
nounced it as brutal. Now that a similar policy
has been adopted by tho United States in tho
Philippine islands the administration organs only
look wise and talk about tho "duty of Christian
The clouds that float above us, come and go
at their pleasure it is not within the power of
man to control them. Not so with the "war
clouds;" these seem to bo manipulated by foreign
correspondents and are used to relievo the monot
ony of market reports. Ever and anon wo are
startled by tho announcement that some European
nation is about to engage in war "with some ojher
nation, but in a few days the rumor is denied and
the excitement subsides. A short, time ago Eng
land and Russia were about to clash over Chinese
territory, but now we are assured that the Lion
and the Bear are entirely harmonious and are go
ing to withdraw from China together. So let itbe.
Mr. Thomas C. Piatt seems to have undergone
a process of evolution. Instead of being the
"Me too" of the New York senatorial pair, he
has stepped up ono pace and allowed Chauncoy
Mitchell Depew to occupy the old position. As
a result, Colonel Sanger is drawing a comfortable
salary in the war department.
The first year of the Twentieth century will
make up ono of the blackest pages in the history
of civilization. Well armed and disciplined
troops routing and slaughtering unarmed, timor
ous and fleeing Chinese may be war, but men re
sponsible for that kind of warfare will have to an
swer for murder in the final judgment.
Republican logic is a queer thing. When
asked for a defense of this republic's un-American
policy in the Philippines the republicans will
quote: "My country, may she ever bo right;
but right or wrong, my country." Then, when
asked why they sympathize with England and
denounce the Boers they assert that the Boers are
in the wrong.
The advocates of municipal ownership note
with pleasure the result of the election for mem
bers of the city council of London. A majority
of the members of the new council favor the
municipal ownership of municipal franchises.
When the largest city in tho world, especially in
England, can undertake this reform the republi
cans will have to speak respectfully of the demo
crats and populists, who object to bestowing
valuable franchises upon private corporations in
Some of the papers are complaining because
Charles Schwab is to receive one million dollars
a year for managing the steel trust. Those who
are opposed to trusts will not complain, for the
people need enlightenment on the subject of mo
nopoly and this object lesson will be of great
service. When a corporation can pay a salary
twenty times as large as the salary paid to the
President and two hundred times as large as the
Balary paid to Senators and Members of Congress
the voters will see the necessity of placing a limit
upon that fictitious person called a corporation.
Hon. Webster David is engaged in writing a
book on tho Boer war. His acquaintance with
the subject, together with his great ability, ought
to make the volume a very interesting one. The
press dispatches which, however, aro-not always
accurate stated that he received $180, 000 for tho
copyright. Whether the sum mentioned is above
or below tho mark, his many friends will hope
that tho remuneration was ample.
The moral courage displayed by him in resign
ing his position in tho interior department and
the zeal manifested in the campaign of 1900, have
endeared him to the opponents of imperialism.
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