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A republican speech, would not sound well
at a wool growers meeting this year.
Mr. DcLiraa is one man who understands
ttlbe decision in the Porto Rican case. Mr. De
Xiima gets lixs money baolr.
One striking difference between General
lrcA Grant andhia father is that the father
never spoke unless he had something to say..
Mr. Charles Grosvonor of Ohio is prognos
ticating again. "Wh.cn Mr. GroBvenor is not
prognosticating lie is shouting that a tariff is
not a tax.
The IForaker and Hanna booms have not
,yei met. This fact is noted so that no one will
mistake the cause of the littlo earthquako that
Tisited Ohio a few days ago.
The truth of the old adage that "reading
rnakcth a full man" was neyer better shown
than after a reading of all the diverse opinions
of the supreme court on the Porto Rican ques
tion. Mr. Morris K. Jessup likes to prate
about the "bonds between Great Britain and
the United States." If the bonds stopped
drawing interest would Mr. Jessup take so
Dr. Hcrron'a defense merely goes to show
that when a man wants to do a particular
thing ho has no trouble in convincing himself
that he should do it after making up his mind
to do it anyhow.
The identity of the democratic candidate
for president in 1904 is not yet known, but it
is known Ihat whoever he is he will not bo
a demooiat nominated by republicans for re
publican jmrposes only.
Tho 2Tow York World says: "Sound
money, which means abundant money, pre
vented the panic from spreading." And yet
when tho bimotallists insisted that "sound,
money" meant abundant money they were
laughed to scorn by this same New York, news
paper. The French gentleman who insists that the
president has modified his tariff views should
take steps to secure a guaranteed cure for the
habit of tarrying too long at the liquid that
moveth itself aright in tho glass.
Senator Bevcridgc's visit to Russia has an
object. Having read tho Supreme Court de
cision he probably thinks ho can get some
points from the Czar in regard to tho proper
management of a government which puts a
"perhaps" before political rights.
The courts have recently been called upon
to restrain market speculation. In this case the
Judge held that tho dealers could not legally sell
stocks which they did not own. This would seem
a very simple proposition, and yet if the prin
ciple wero firmly established it would go a long
way toward preventing stock market gambling.
The railroad consolidationists always figure
on the benefits that will accrue to them by
reason of the consolidation and never on tho
benefits that may be afforded the public. When
the public is as unanimous in seeking the ben
efits belonging to it as the consolidationists
are in securing benefits, a long step will have
been taken in solving tho transportation prob
lem One' of the counts in the indictment drawn
against King George III by the Revolution
ary fathers was that he had insisted upon
taxing them without allowing them representa
tion in the lawmaking body that enacted tho
revenue laws. For upwards of a century that
count was sustained, but at this late day it has
been decided that the revolutionary fathers
were wrong in their contention.
The Salvation Army has wrought a great
work and its power was reduced when a misun
derstanding between the elder Booth and his son
caused the withdrawal of tho latter from tho
organization The Salvation Army does a
work that tho ohurches have not undertaken to
do in the past, and any division of its forces
naturally results in a lessening of that work.
Tho Booths should practice tho religion they
profess and heed the admonition, "Let not the
sun go down upon thy wrath."
A reader of The Commoner inquires if, un
der the decision of the Supreme Court, it is
not possible for congress to sell, any of tho ter
ritories? Ho also suggests that oongress might
sell tho District of Columbia, and tho Capital
itself, to England. This would be an unneces
sary formality, as the republican congress has,
since 1800, surrendered to England the control
of our financial policy, and has been following
England's example in the adoption of a colon
It is easier for tho English financiers to con
trol this country through a republican congress
than to control it directly and it is also cheaper.
Senator McLaurin will find it an easy task
to explain tho difference between his views and
Senator Tillman's views, but wait until he un
dertakes to explain tho difference between his
principles and republican principles the real
work of his campaign will begin then. Tho
Kansas City Journal, a thick and thin republi
can paper, says: "True, Senator McLaurin rep
resents principles and measures which are re
publican doctrine, but ho is making his fight as
a democrat, and republican help would do him
more harm than good." This is high authority
but it is safe to say that Senator McLaurin will
not ciroulato among his constituents tho repub
lican papers that are endorsing his course.
The semi-centennial of the Young Men's
Christian association is of great public impor
tance. The Young Men's Christian Associa
tion movement has accomplished a splendid
work for young men, and the results of that
work are in evidence on all sides. Anything
that inculcates higher ideals, counteracts temp
tations that beset young men who are alono
in the world and teacheB lessons of self-help
and Christian fortitude is worthy of the hearty
support of every good citizen. The Young
Men's Christian Association has saved
many a young man from himself, and by
saving them has given good citizens to do the
work that must bo done in every land and
in every clime.
on the Side.
The Chicago RccordiHerald, a
stalwart republican paper
throws some light on tho
manner in which judicial decisions are ren
dered in this country. It had been reported
that an extra session of congress would bo
called for tlio purpose of providing a plan of
govcinment for the Philippines. The Record
Herald's Washington correspondent reported
to his paper that no extra session would bo
held. The ground for the impression that an
extra session would be called was that the Su
preme Court had not yet passed upon the caso
involving the legality of a Philippine tariff.
The Record-Herald in an editorial of Juno
Cth says that the President "probably has good
authority for believing that whatever the reas
oning of tho judges may be, the policy desired
by tho administration will be upheld. "That,"
continues tho Reoord-Herald, "undoubtedly is
the lesson of tho Porto Rican cases. When
the President started upon his western trip wo
may bo sure that it was without any pestering
anxiety that what he had set up would bo
knocked down. A man who makes judges is
not likely to be kept in the dark by tho bench,
in a matter of suoh vast concern to him and
his party, and tho calm .assurance which per
vades the oxectivo mansion strengthens Mr.
Wellman's prediction that tho Philippines' de
cision will be another government victory."
So according to this eminent republican
authority tho only thing of interest to be looked
for in a judicial decision is tho reasoning of
the judges." In other words, general interest
will attach only to the ingenious excuses which
the judges may make ip arriving at a conclus
ion by which "the policy desired by the ad
ministration will bo upheld?'
A very frank a,nl candid statement to bo
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