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By the way, where is that Hanna boom
that Secretary Heath was amusing himself with?
Judge James F.Hughes, of Matoon, Illinois,
is interesting himself in a plan to raise a fund
for the benefit of Mrs. Amanda Poorman, who
in her younger days befriended Abraham Lin
coln, then a struggling young lawyer. -
The editor of The Commoner acknowl
edges his indebtedness to the readers who have
been bringing the paper to the" attention of
their neighbors and thus increasing its circula
tion. Last week was the beBt since the sum
mer months began but the books are not yet
full. - '..-. '.' ...
Soon we may expect the administration
literary bureau to got into operation in order
to convince the American people that the ad
mission of Chinese to this country is the very
thing necessary to completely maintain "na
tional honor", "restore confidence" and estab
lish "perpetual prosperity."
If any wage-worker has been deluded with
the idea that a labor organization can hold its
own against a great trust let him learn wisdom
from the sad experience of those who have felt
the power of the steel trust. Tho laboring
man will find it necessary to use tho ballot for
the extermination of trusts; ho cannot rely
-upon tho strength of any organization, how
Don't bet on oleotions. Aside from the
moral prinoiple involved it is foolish to gamble
on a subject where your enthusiasm impairs
your judgment. If your party wins there is
joy enough in the victory; 4f your party Iobcs,
why give your opponents the double happiness
of a party triumph and your money besides.
Instead of risking your earnings on a wager
contribute what you can to the campaign fund.
Andrew Jackson Montague, the Democratic
candidate for Governor in Virginia, has the
brand of his Democracy "blown in the bottle,"
as it were. It is evident that his parents were
admirers of the hero of New Orleans, and Mr.
Montague, while still a young man, has shown
himself to possess the Democracy, the honesty
and the courage which characterized the states
man after whom he was named.
Tho Daily News and Sun of Griffin, Geor
gia, held its fourth annual reunion of employees t
and correspondents recently. The News and
Sun is one of the staunch Democratic papers of
Georgia and the success of. the reunion indi
cates tho popularity of the paper in its vicin
ity. Senator Clay delivered an address and
too.k occasion to deal a few stalwart blows at
the Hanna "Democrats," as he called those
who claim to be Democrats and yet support
The suggestion that the bodyof Czolgosz
should be refused burial upon American soil is
proof of the patriotism of those who advance
it, but the government would not strengthen
itself in the eyes of the world by going beyond
the limitations of the law. When life is ex
tinct the penalty is paid, and the body belongs
to his relatives. If tho parents of Czolgosz
choose to bury him in the ocean no one will
complain, but for the government to insist
upon it would not add to its dignity or increase
the already well-nigh unanimous condemnation
Hon. Alexander Del Mar has just issued
(through the Cambridge Encyclopedia Co,
New York,) a very valuable work entitled: "A
History of the Precious Metals from the
Earliest TimeB to tho Present." Mr. Del Mar
was formerly direotor of the United States
Bureau of Statistics, and has written a number
of books. Attention is called to this one for
tho reason that the editor of The Commoner
is often in receipt of letters asking for infor
mation upon subjects covered by Mr. Del
Mar's work, and he takes pleasure in commend
The announcement that Mr. Goold, ,tho
man recently nominated by the Nebraska Re
publicans for regent of the State University,
was among those who borrowed state money of
Treasurer Bartley and failed to return same,
has created consternation in the Republican
camp. As a number of other Republican lead-
ers are suspected of being in the same fix it.
may become necessary for Republican conven
tions hereafter, before proceeding to nomine
tions, to appoint a committee to visit the peni
tentiary and examine Mr. Bartlcy's schedule of
A roader of Tho Commoner says that the
statistics showing the tonnage on the lakes are
misleading, and asserts that these statistics
show the carrying capacity of the boat and not
the actual weight carried. He says, for in
stance, that a vessel having a capacity of two
thousand tons will bo reported at two thous
and tons when she enters a port, and reported
again at two thousand tons when she leaves
the port, regardless of the actual amount of
freight conveyed from port to port. If this is
true, the statistics do not show the amount of
freight actually carried, but the .amount that
might be carried. If the same report is made
from each port entered and the sums are
added together, tho same freight may be
counted over and over again. The editor of
The Commoner will be glad to have the state
ment confirmed or refuted.
The Populist committee of Jasper County,
Missouri, has adopted resolutions repudiating
the new party movement, and declaring that,
while it believes in perfecting and keeping the
Populist organization in the field, it also be
lieves that so long as the Democratic party
maintains the position taken in 189G and 1900
it is the best for the Populists to act with the
Democrats. This is certainly a wiser course
than that pursued by those Populists who as
sume that the Democratic party will be Repub
licanized, and then proceed to encourage the re
organizers by declaring against fusion.
Congressman Babcock has been visiting in
Europe and on his return to this country gave
to the newspapers an interview in which ho
"What I saw and heard in Europe in regard to
trade interests and the influences exerted upon
old world industrial conditions by American com
petition has served only to strengthen the views
I have long entertained, that our tariff should bo
revlBed to meet new-conditions. Indeed, I regard '
that as conclusive." " :
If the Republican party opposes tariff re
vision it is safe to predict that Mr. Babcock, if
lxe adheres to his views, will find himself a
stranger to the patronage crib.
A reader of The Commoner inquires i,
whether thesilver dollar is an unlimited legal,
tender. It is, except where specifically ex
cluded by the terms of the contract. The law
of 1873 suspended the coinage of silver, but
did not affect its legal tender, The law of . .
1874 limited the legal tender, but the law of
1879, providing for the purchase and coinage
of silver bullion, provided also for the unlim-,
ited legal tender of the silver dollar except
when contracted against. While the advo
t cates of the gold standard have desired to
limit the legal tender of standard silver dollars
they have not yet succeeded in doing so.
An organized movement has. been set on
, foot in Texas for the promotion of industrial
education of the children. Reports from that
state show that the work is rapidly progress
ing. The organization has already secured tho
passage of a bill establishing an industrial col
lego for girls and is now proposing to
introduce normal and industrial training
into the public schools. The leaders of
the movement contend that the building of
factories and the development of other indus
trial enterprises to utilize the industrial re
sources of the state . demand such an improve
ment as will fit the students to take advantage
of the opportunities offered by these industries.