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"General Grosvenor wisely declines to hold
Votli bag and candle. " . -
Mr. Forakcr's ,koynoting .'.continues1 to be
Bounded in the tariff cleft. "",',' ".
Would it not be "bettor to call Philadelphia
;ahoi City, of Boodlery Love? "
' The chief argument in support of the ship
subsidy is that the pro-motors want the money.
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v , The money bought university degree is
very';much liko the purchased medal of honor.
The allied trusts certainly have made note
of .the fact that the Ohio key note was pitched
in b sharp.
French engineers claim .that 'American en
gines burn too much coal. Perhaps they do,
.but we are prepared to sell them the coal.
It is not strange that men liko Dowio should
find thousands of dupes when there are sd many
men who still believe that the foreigner pays
A large number of Tina Commoner's es
teemed republican exchanges continue to i ex
hibit an absorbing interest in the reorganiza
tion of the democratic party.
China's mistake in offering to pay a larger
indemnity than was demanded is calculated to
make the "powers" feel sorry that they did
not follow the example of Oliver Twist.
Mr. Foraker wrote the Ohio platform or
is credited with its authorship and in it he
takes occasion to praise the "gallant and He
roic negroes.". The negro can always expect
plenty of platform sympathy and respect from
tho g. o. p.
The Commoner. ,
William E. Curtis attributes tho prosperity
of the country to war, and there are indications
that certain trust promotors arc willing to have
war continue in order that they may reap the
.Now that Mr. Heath's bank has failed ne
will bo free from financial cares and can devote
himself to to the circulation of literatuie
showing tho p'rosperous condition of tho
When a Chinese bank fails tho bank officials
are beheaded. When an American bank foils
the bank officials are interviewed and express
great surprise at the failure. Bank failures
are extremely rare in China. . . .
"Keep cool mentally that is the main
tiling," is the advice of Dr. W. 0. Heck&rd of
Chicago. Among the various bits of hot
weather advice offered the American people,
this is entitled to a high place.
Wo fail to no.te in the Ohio republican
platform that bountiful rains were to be given
tho great west during the week following the
convention. Clearly this is an oversight on
the part of the clerks appointed to draft tho
platform; ..,,.. . - . . ;..t
"'The "steel workers 'are out on a strike and
olaim that they will stand "solidly together."
Some of these days it may, dawn upon, organ
ized labor that- marching solidly to the polls on
election day is better than standing "solidly
together" between campaigns.
Tho industrial commission announces that
it will begin an investigation for the purposo
of discovering why American made goods are
sold to foreigners at lower prices than are
quoted to American consumers. The" indus
trial commission is evidently a collection of
In response to an invitation from Tammany
to submit a sentiment to bo read on the 4th'.of
July, Mr. Bryan suggested tho following:
"Liberty is not safe without a written con
stitution, and a constitution to bo of -value
must be strong enough to control every public
servant and broad enough to include within its
protection every person who acknowledges al
legiance to tho flag."
Not to be Had "Arbitrary power," said Ed
by Conquest. mund Burke, "is not to bo
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juuu uy conquest, nor. can any
sovereign have it by succession;, for no man
can succeed to fraud, rapine and violence.
Those who give and thotfe who receive arbi
trary power are alike criminal, and there is no
man but is bound to resist it to the best of his
power wherever it shall show its face to the
"Law and arbitrary power,"
said Edmund Burke, "are in
eternal enmity. Name me a
magistrate and I will name property; name mo
power and I will name protection. It is a con
tradiction of terms, it is blasphemy in religion,
it is wickedness in politics to say that any man
can have arbitrary power." The champion of
"destiny" will do well to ponder on these
wordsof America's great friend.
The Haxlm of It was Macaulay who Baid
the Foolish. "Many politicians of our. time
are in a habit of laying it
down as a self-evident proposition that no peo
ple ought to be free until they-are fit to 'use
their freedom. The maxim is worthy of tho
tool in the old story who resolved not to go
'into tho Water until he had learned to swim.
If men are to wait for liberty until they be-
wise and good in slavery, they may in-
ivn.it. fnrntror ' - '"
- It seems that our boasted "oriental trade"
fell off about $15,000,000 during the last fiscal
year. With our oriental trade falling off,
with Spain and Germany cornering the South
American markets and Russia raising the tariff
wall against American goods, perhaps a light
will dawn upon the tariff taxers after a while;
Mr. Hanna told tho Ohio republican con
vention that "this is no timo to experiment with
the tariff." Certainly not. Not the time for
the republican party to experiment with it.
The trusts are satisfied and Mr. Hanna knows
right where ho can get a rich yield of fat when
ho starts out with the frying ,pan in the con
gressional campaign of 1902 and the presiden
tial campaign of 1904.
Mr. Depew may enjoy tho best laugh by en
joying the last laugh over the third term mat
ter. Being the possessor of r. good memoiy,
Mr. Depew has not yet forgotten certain sud
den changes of mind indulged in by tho chief
executive of tho nation, and he may bo par
doned for believing that another vision of
" plain duty" may result in a reconsideration of
the declination to stand for a third term.
Law and Arbl
"deed wait forever.'
The Songs The Indiana Music -Teachers
of the Association has placed a ban
People. on the Moody and Sankey
songs. The president of tho
organization said: "I hope that all the rot of
the Moody and Sankey stylo of music may bo
destroyed for use in churches." The presi
dent added that, "We must recognize the ele
vating influence of classical music."
Commenting upon this, a lover of tho old
fashioned songs said:
"Yes, It Is elevating, but who can want a pieco
more inspiring and better for its purpose than
'Ninety and Nine.' The strength and beauty of
some of the Moody and Sankey hymns, such as
'My Ain Countree,' is undeniable. The ringing
power of 'Christian Soldiers' even this Indiana
professor cannot dispute. Perhaps our hymns are
not classical, but we liko them and will continue
to use them, not because they are M'oody and
Sankey hymns, but because thoy meet our needs.",
It is not at all probable that any resolu
tions or formal decrees can have any serious
effect in disturbing the popularity of the Moody
and Sankey songs. These are the songs of tho
people and so long as there are men and women
who are prompted to give expression in songs
to lofty sentiments and high ideals, the songs
of the Moody arid Sankoy order will continue
to be popular.