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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 13, 1901)
Marriage Franklin Prico of Chicago,
Is not a wno recently celebrated his
Failure. golden wedding, has compiled
a list of 125 couples who havo
lived together from fifty to seventy-five years.
It is not pretended that this list is at all com
plete, but Mr. Price's worthy motive is to give
corroboration to the claim that after all mar
riage is not a failure.
Such a showing is not at all necessary be
cause in spite of the noisy reports of the divorce
courts, in spite of the differences and difficulties
of married life so frequently made public in
the columns of the newspapers, the men and
women who turn their attention to the broader
field where the overwhelming majority of hus
bands and wives live in contentment and peace
know that instead of being a failure, marriage
is the most successful product of civilization.
Dodging The St. Louis Globe-Democrat
the Trust gays that Vice President Roose-
Question. . velt's Minnesota address was
"the most interesting address which labor day
called out anywhere in the country." Then
the Globe Democrat points out certain features
of- that address and omits to touch upon the
most important point that wherein the Vice
President frankly admitted that it is "more
and more evident that the trust problem must
be grappled with by the federal government."
It is true that the address was a most inter
isting one. Perhaps because of Mr. Roosevelt's
conspicuous position in the republican party
it would be fair to call it the most interesting
address of any delivered on labor day. , But
why is it that republican organs hesitate to
touchupon the all-important feature of Mr.
Roosevelt's Minnesota speech V
Senator James K. Jones and
former Governor James P.
Clark of Arkansas are rival
candidates for the senatorship.
The gentlemen have agreed to make a joint
. canvass, speaking from the same stump and
submitting to the entire body of democratic
electors in each county and state senatorial dis
trict, at a primary election, the question as to
whether Clark or Jones shall bo the ohoice of
the Arkansas democrats. These candidates
agree to abide by the instruction given at the
primary elections and in this way the popular
election is made as near a reality as is possible
under the existing laws.
The Commoner congratulates Senator Jones
and former Governor Clark upon the demo
cratic method they have adopted in determin
ing which of the two shall succeed to Senator
Jones' present term in the United States Senate.
The Manila Times reports that
Congressman Hull of Iowa,
who was visiting in the Phil-"
ippines, took offense because
hewas limited to one ticket rit the inaugura
tion of the civil governor. It is claimed that
space being limited, none of the other guests
received more than a single admission ticket
but Mr. Hall created a scene and addressing
tion of U.S.
an officer, announced that he was "Congressman
Hull, of the Committee on Military Affairs."
Finally aa though to make the impression tho
more complete, Mr. Hull declared, "I havo
made lots of officers and I can unmake them."
This loads tho Kansas City Star to observe
that Mr. Hull was very near the truth when ho
boasted of his power. Concerning Mr. Hull,
tho Star says:
One of his sons served on staff duty as a major
during tho war. Later ho was transferred to tho
judge advocate general's department as a lieuten
ant colonel of volunteers. When the army reor
ganization bill was adopted it was found to con
tain an unsuspected clause under which the con
gressman'a son was mado a major in the same de
partment in tho regular service. Ho Is only 27
years old, and if his father lives may become judge
advocate geenral of tho army within fifteen- years.
Another son has been mado chief surgeon of tho
soldiers' homo at Leavenworth. Two or three of
his relatives hold government positions in Wash
ington. Mr. Hull is a powerful man. The army
must bo careful how it treats him. He may
The Chinese In its issue of AuguBt 15, tho
Exclusion New York Times printed tho
Act following dispatch:
"Washington, Aug. 14. The impression is jen
tertained by officials of tho treasury department,
who have necessarily become aware of opinion on
the subject, that there will bo some difficulty in tho
next congress in passing a bill to renew tho Chi
nese exclusion act. It is assumed that organized
labor will make a demonstration in favor of still
further excluding Chinese, and that Pacific Const
organizations will repeat the argument mado
originally to forbid free Chinese immigration. But
there are many indications that a body of citi-.
zons larger than all bodies of organized labor
combined will appeal to the senate and the house
to abandon a course toward China that has been
regarded by the best men of that nation as a con
stant affront to a friendly people."
It will be remembered that during the cam
paign of 1900 it was frequently pointed out
that it was the intention of the leaders of tho
republican party to permit the Chinese exclus
ion act to, die with the expiration of the exist
ing act. It is not surprising now to be told
that the Treasury Department officials "who
have necessarily become aware of opinion on
the subject" entertain the impression that there
will bo "some difficulty in the next congress in
passing a bill to renew the Chinese exclusion
The war department has issued
a statement comparing United
States exports of manufac
tured iron and steel with the
exports of the same clasB of goods from other
countries to the Philippine Islands. In this
report it is stated that in 1900 as compared
with 1899 the Filipinos increased their pur
chase of American iron and steel by 204 per
cent. The New Tork World has taken the
trouble to investigate this war department re
port, and as a result says:
"The plain facts are that $30,281 worth of our
iron and steel goods were exported to the Philip
pines in 1899 and $136,626 worth in 1900. This Is
a 264 per cent increase sure enough, and at the
same time a most paltry addition to our foreign
"Great Britain and Germany both sell much
moro Iron and steel to our 'Asiatic possessions
than wo do, and though neither of those countries
increased its exports of such goods by 264 per cent
over 1899, their actual gain of trade was larger
than ours. Great Britain, for example, exported
$13,371 worth of iron and steel to the Philippines
in 1899 and $600,976 worth in 1900-a gain of $477,
604, against tho United States' gain of $100,345.
But that is not a British increase of 264 per cent,
though it Js nearly five times as large as ours
which Is 264 per cent.
"Tho percentage flim-flam almost justifies the
cynic who divided all truth-killers into three
classesplain every-day liars, infernal liars, statis
ticians." Great BrltUn's Some idea of the surprises
South African which Great Britian has en
Surprises, countered in South Africa may
be obtained when it is recalled
that in October, 1890, the Chancellor of tho
Exchequer estimated that the Boer war would
cost Great Britian not to exceed $50,000,000.
In an article printed in the North American
Review, Harold Cox sayB that, aside from tho
large increase in Great Britains current expen
ditures, the Boer war will add $500,000,000 to
tho funded national debt. Commenting on
these facts, tho New York World makes this
"Our own war of independence, which added
$440,000,000 to tho national debt of Britain, was
comparatively an inexpensive affair. Tho Crimean
war, which lasted four years, made it $144,000,000
larger, or about one-fourth what the Boer strug
gle has, addeA Jto it... The high-water mark, how
over, of tho British' national jdebt was at the. end
of the Napoleonic wars, when it amounted to $4,
510,000,000 more than four. and a half times as
large as it is today, after all this vast expenditure
II South Africa.
"Remembering that the population of Great
Britain has doubled and her assessed wealth moro
than doubled since the close of the Crimean war,
a national debt less than one-fourth as large as
-was borne by the nation in 1815 seems relatively
light. But the British people of today are not
ar patient under needless war burdens as were
those of a century ago, and Lord Salisbury's call
for another loan is sure to provoke a storm of
popular protest." "
The Kingliest Kings.
B Gerald Mabsey.
Ho! ye who in noble work
Win scorn, as flames draw air,
And in the way where Lions lurk,
God's image bravely bear;
Though trouble-tried and torture-torn,
The kingliest Kings are crowned with thorn.
Life's glory like the bow in heaven,
Still springeth from the cloud;
Soul ne'er out-soared the starry Seven
But. Pain's fire-chariot rode: ,
They've battled best who've boldliest borne;,
The kingliest Kings are crowned with thorn.
The martyr's fire-crown on the brow
Doth into glory burn;
And tears that from Love's torn heart flow,
To pearls of spirit turn,
Our dearest hopes in pangs are born;
The kingliest Kings are crowned witn thorn.
As beauty in Death's cerement shrouds,
' And Stars bejewel Night,
Bright thoughts are born in dim heart-clouds,
And suffering worketh might.
The mirkest hour is Mother o' Mora,
The kingliest Kings are crowned with thorn.
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