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No dodging; no straddling, no evasion.
Tho "leaders' propose, out the voters dispose.
Cheer up, Mr. Hill. The beef trust Ib able to
givo you a lot of valuable jointers.
Mr. Bristow may not have succeeded in kill
ing any gamo, but his shot made a terrible fluttering.
It scorns that tho reorganizers are stronger
among the "leaders" than among tho rank and
Tho Port Arthur fall Is running a neck-and-ncck
race with tho republican tariff reform
Will Smoot bo kept in because ho is a mono
gamist, or thrown out because ho is guilty of race
, Tho congressional rumpus over tho Bristow
report Indicates a decided bull movement in cho
The American people seem to have discov
ered the color of brass under tho thin wash of
tho Patti gold brick.
Tho president secured tho decision and Mr.
Hill still haB his merger, and both will probably
bo satisfied to let it go at that.
A lot of eastern college professors have fig
ured out that 30 cents a day is enough to .spend
for food. But the college professors will con
tinue to spend a little more than cnat.
Having proved that the Sherman anti-trust
law is constitutional, and that it has been vio
lated, what is tho matter with making a lew oi
the violators feel the weight of that law?
Those oarping critics should remember that a
lynching in a republican state is demanded on
moral grounds, while a lynching in a democratic
state is always a mere matter of politics.
There is a disposition to lay all the blame for
that Springfield affair upon tho shoulders of tho
sheriff. But the major portion of the blamo
properly belongs to tho "prominent citizens" who
composed the mob.
Govornor Vardamann's compliments to Gov
ernor Horrick, and is Govirnor Hernok's lynch
ing doprecation still on straight?
Of course the trusts will not oppose the presi
dent's nomination, but what a price tho public
is paying for it in trust extortion!-
Bishop William Benjamin Derrick is not tno
first man who has attempted to hoist himself into,
fame by advocating the sending of negroes to
The artistic people who aro protesting against
tho bill board nuisance might secure a more
speedy hearing by including the board bill
Secretary Shaw has a now currency plan, but
tho man whoImagines that it Is framed in tho
Interests of tho people should consult a brain
The Colorado gentleman who has succeeded in
raising a seedless apple neednot imagine that he
has accomplished a singular feat. Mr. Knox long
ago invented the profitless injunction mode of
treating the trusts.
The administration organs that threw spasms
of indignation because General Miles wore gorge
ous uniforms are keeping silent in seven lan
guages about the gold lace flunkeydom now ramp
ant at tho White house.
Secretary Shaw's latest currency plan is to
make all, state banks national and have the fed
eral treasury become an underwriter for their
currency. This is another indication that tho
"money question is settled'
Tho men who claim to bo democrats, but who
have not voted a democratic national ticket "in
eight yqars, aro wonderfully worked up lest there
bo a bolt.
"The metgor illegal what next?" queries tho
Minneapolis Journal. An- injunction, probably;
modeled after the famous ono secured against the
It will be some time yet ere loyal democrats
will consent to the reorganization of democracy
by the men who have been voting the republican
ticket and aiding and abetting the enemies of
democracy for eight or ten years last past.
The czar is credited with the declaration that
"it will be a humane war." When the sun rises
in the west, when pigs navigate the air, aid
when rivers run up hill, then the world may pre
pare to see such a thing as a "humane war."
Tho Arkansas Enterprise asks: "It is quite
clear that Mr. Bryan is not for Mr. Cleveland,
but whom does Mr. Bryan favor for the presi
dency?" The Enterprise has asked a question that
is very easily answered. Mr. Bryan favors a
VOLUME 4, NUMBER 10,
was depended upon to do great things with w
dynamite shells, but she signally failed. Tim w
that tho Vesuvius could xlo was to afford the an-iT
writers an opportunity vhich they did not neglect!
Bishop Derrick's plan to solve the race pro.
blem by sending negroes to Africa does not even
have the merit of being new
Come in Neither does it possess tho
Foster Thocii merit of being possible. Booker
They Can Go. ?. Washington has very clever-
ly punctured that plan by show
ing its impossibility. Mr. Washington figures out
that negro babies ar,e being born in the black
belt at a far greater rate than it is possible to
ship adult negroes to Africa. More negro babies
are born every night in this country than could
be shipped during the day with triple the ship
ping facilities now possessed. Bishop Derrick will
have to try for another solution.
The people sleep while franchises are being
stolen and while monopolies are being estab
lished, and then they wake up and wonder why
burglarious officials took advantage of them
Vigilance is the price of liberty.
It is asserted that the commanding general of
tho Russian forces is "a man of few words." He
is entitled to no special credit for tnac, however.
If all Russian words average up with those given
to the strategic points in this war, it would bo
llf f a man t0 CF0Wd Very many into a
The United Mine Workers have decided to let
the mine owners precipitate whatever trouble may
arise within the next few months. And the "trus
tees of providence" will precipitate enough of it
, to cinch a few extra millions of profit.
That the steel trust is well intrenched be
hind special representatives is well evidenced by
the fate of senator Patterson's
amendment to th naval bill.
Senator Patterson's amendment
Chances Now, S0USht to establish a govern
ment armor plate plant in case
it was found that the price of tho plate was fixed
too high by the trust that .controls production of
armor plate for American battleships. The re
publican majority lost mo time in voting down tho
proposed amendment. The time is near at hand
when the steel plate trust, and others, will bo
called upon to make large contributions to the
republican campaign fund, and the republican
managers are taking no chances.
The merger decision will compel Mr Hill tn
compete with himself by managing the Northern
Pacific himself, while he sees to it that the Great
Northern is managed just as he would manage f U
f he were not compelled to have it managed for
him. This may not be at all clear to the average
reader, but it will cut about as much figure a3?ho
merger decision does as long as a republican ad
ministration is left to enforce the antHrustiaw"
nP reV;TC,liarle? StelzlG- a esbyterian preacher
of Des Moines, la., has gone to Chicago Re
about regular conferences between the Minister?
association and the Federation of Labor wil i
t0S?in8,are g00d and he serves sucs taff &
will find-sad to say-the same diffe?enCQ !0
ministers that he does among laymen qLn?
prefer to confer with Rockefeller ii0?Si J?
other money magnates. ' M01san and
The report that the Japanese havo w
ing to throw lyddite into Port Arthur vm
H . the fact that the BritKi -
Hiflh rather unBiHafoiH l8h haa a
Explosives witi rtha ex p& frienco
Failed. Boer war! It wi f the
country spent a Jp
with high explosive l1
- The Philadelphia Public meager Has made a
belated discovery, to-wit: That Reed Smoot could
not have been a successful can
didate for the sznate without
having fiist secured the consent
of the Mormon church. The
Ledger should now investigate
a little more and discover what millions of peo
ple discovered long ago, namely, that Smool's
election was brought about by a political contract
in which the republican campaign committee
through its chairman was party of the first part,
and the Mormon church the party of the second
part. The Utah electoral vote was bargained for
by the committee and the goods delivered, and
the quid pro quo was the admission of Smoot to
the senate. That is a bit of history, and tho
Ledger exposes its ignorance when it admits that
it did not know it long ago.
The spectacle of American newspaper para
graphers making sport of the outlandish names
coming over the cable from the
we tiave a. seat 0f war in the Orient, forci
Few bly calls to mind tho familiar
Big Ones. table of the pot calling the ket
tle black. When it comes to
nomeclature the United States can run a neck-ana-neck
race with the Russians and the Japanese.
A cursory glance at the postal guide reveals such
names at Mattawamkeag, Damariscotta Mills,
Norrldgewock, Machaisport and Macwohoc in
Maine; Passumpsic and Pompanoosio in Vermont;
Kandiyohi and Minnetonka in Minnesota, and
Keya Paha and Naponee in Nebraska. Tho Amer
ican who can pronounce all of these names should
wrience no troUDle in pronouncing any name
tnat has thus far managed to get over the cable
without unravelling it.
G?nea,! KurPatkin is doubtless a great sol
aioi, but he is making the mistake that many
Promts.... another soldier has made--ho
1-remojure Is spendins more time ln taik-
isoasts ing than he is in fighting. Ho
Are Unwise. s quoted as saying recently that
in f, xi. he would soon overrun Japan
Thk r ,?fl4?8n,nB of a peace treaty in Tokio.
enntwCallsthe famus boast of the southern
Smf that he would call the roll of his
QonSii A ? base of Bnter Hill monument,
linn if f ??nt aaid h0 woula "fight It out on this
mer nVi F68.?!! sumier." And it took all sum
miotPi aU of, ?e next wInlor too. Nehemiah is
who linof mainS a cauatic Ply to Sanballat,
-SKi S5 d of,what he was going' to;do to Nehe-
J a Th0 rGply was: "Let not him who glrdetli
on his armor boast himself as he that putteth it
is mnn5-eUlral JCurPatkin may not know what
'??? WAQ? Americaps say they are "from Mis
souri, but that is what they are saying.
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