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-Mr. Wright's figures read wonderfully like a
Russian report of Japanese losses.
Ono contribution to the g. o. p. campaign fund
counteracts two federal injunctions against a trust.
Popular election of senators will make the
senate a representative body instead of a poli
tical board of trust directors.
The fact that the New York Sun is supporting
Roosevelt is another indication that Mr. Parker
was born under a lucky star.
It may bo that tho president ig talking as
much as ever, but his voice is drowned by the
rattle of tho contribution basket.
Mr. Parker says the anti-trust laws are not
enforced, and the administration press is whining
about "a campaign of personalities."
The southern watermelon raiser Is just now
considerably more worried about the "black peril"
than he is about perils of other colors.
It is to be hoped that Nicholas will not give
tho .new heir a name that sounds like the cogno
men of one of those bottled-up battleships.
It will be noted that the fiercest opposition to
state ownership of railroads comes from those
who are opposed to anything but private owner
ship of railroads.
The Japanese might secure earlier success
by- leaving a few General Slocumized life preser
vers where the commander of tho Russian fleet
could find them .
When postofflces are given out as a mark of
public confidence instead of as a reward for parti
san activity, there will be few repetitions of tho
It is announced that Chairman Cortelyou is
not going to make any speeches during the pres
ent campaign. Chairman Cortelyou hopes to bo
kept busy signing receipts.
The man who talks about "granting self
government" when the subjects are "fit" for It,"
is the same man who never would go into tho
water until ho learned to swim.
Tho Kansas City Journal continues to talk
about silver dollars "that can not be forced into
, circulation." Has the Journal any silver dollars
' .'on hand that it can not got fid of ? '
It is reported that agents of tho department
of commerce are in Chicago for the purpose of
investigating tho packers strike. This portends a
conjunction between an injunctionless injunction
and a spot cash contribution.
"Gas" Addicks says his fight in Delaware will
never end until ho is "either dead or in the sen
ate. Delaware should repudiate Addicks with
such emphasis next time that' he will realfce tho
impossibility of gQttins into the senate and accept
-the other alternative. ".win.
The only court injunction that tho beef trust
pays any attention to is the one it secures for its
Editors Deirr and O'Brien of Manila now real
ize tho impropriety of running a paper called
"Freedom" in Luzon.
A couple of United States warships are en
route for Smyrna for the purposo of giving tho
sultan of Turkey a post graduate course, in mnemonics.
Union labor is preparing for a great parade on
September 6.. Union labor should also be getting
ready for a practically unanimous parade on No
Those Manila editors have discovered that
they can have anything the carpetbaggers want
them to have, and very few things that they are
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan seems to havo made
up his own- mind and the New York Sun's just
about tho time the Panama commissions began
coming his way.
No matter how ignorant a newly appointed
secretary of the navy may be about shipping, it
never takes him more than a week to discover that
the Dolphin is a mighty fine pleasure bpat.
WH1S somebody please explain the difference
between an elevator that carries people up and.
down in a building and a similar contrivance that
carries people to and fro between buildings?
Tho Denver News says, "Montezuma county
is short on candidates but long on Ben Davis ap
ples." Political conditions must be something
awful in a county that prides itself upon its Ben
It was real mean of the sultan to back down
before Mr. Hay could send one of his grandiloquent
"Pericardis-alive-or-Raisuli-dead" cablegrams. The
g. o. p. end of tho campaign is suffering terribly
for want of a chance to pose arid spout.
Prussia is about to make war uptin its coal
trust, and the way to a successful conclusion is
very clear. By noting what this republic's pres
ent administration has done and" then doing tho
other thing Prussia will land an easy winner.
An exchange asks the coal trust to explain
why it has raised prices if.it has so much coal on
hand that the mines have to run on half 'time.
The aforementioned exchange will sooner or later
learn that the coal trust does not have to explain.
Wo wait with, patience for Chairman Cor
telyou to point with pride to the administration's
record for economy and offer to prove it by
showing that less than ?50,000 of the ?500,000 ap
propriated to fight the trusts has been expended.
The coal trust has so much coal on hand that
it is compelled to put the miners on half time, and
such a small stock on hand that it is forced to
elevate the price 10 cents a ton every day or two.
The coal trust evidently is not worrying about
the shackling of cunning" just at present.
The dispatches tell us of a MIssourlan who
recently died at the age of 87 without ever having
seen a locomotive. But stranger things than that
happen every day. For instance, we've had at
torney generals of late years who never saw the
criminal clause of the Sherman 'anti-trust law.
After mature consideration the Chicago Trib
une has again decided to whoop it up for the z
o. p. and a high protective tariff. The only feature
at all surprising in this decision Is that tho es
teemed Tribune waited until the middle of August
to announce its decision. august
The Illinois educator who proposed that the
text books for the schools should be made by con!
victs at Joliet should hasten to learn romeuSn
The idea of children studying from convkade
books is too repugnant to be considered. BesTdes
it takes printers to make books. resides,
The New York Sun has decided to eunnorr
Roosevelt The Sun is a J. Pierpont MorgaHr
gan. J. Pierpont Morgan is the financial agent of
tho Panama canal commission. The fiStiS
agent is already ?400,000 better off 'by reason or
his position, and there is more in stent p,?i?5
".Why is the New York Sun anpng iLlwltr
"Volume 4, number 32,
Mr Addicks, ho of unsavory fame i r ,
having given vent to tho following ' "tW
...... in Delaware is n 3 H
Parker-it T a?,VL i00seveH oj
dicks." If this bo rue Z
are wonderful oilSi"1?1
Delaware. The result
bo overwholmiritfiv niw , , J8"11 shold ba
torious Addicks that even he, with an J T
bold impudence, would not again darenn
to public office. The mere fact "that such nPlra
as Addicks should have any following afaii T
discredit to Delaware, and as ho has simni ft ?
matters so much Delaware should piceedtoS
him a lesson ho will never forget, ach
"Getting something for nothing" has h
charms for the average man-and woman. This Js
uuuutuiy uemonstratcd in New
York city by what is known as
a 'free straw hat distribution"
On a selected date all the im
t. lt Porting and jobbing houses on;
Broadway throw from their windows their un
saleable stock of straw hats, and the vast crowds
that gather provide entertainment enough to re
pay the "donors." The same motive that impels
well-to-do men to stand around until hats begin
sailing through the air, and then grab for one at
the loss of dignity, impels men to seek the gaming
table in the hope of securing big returns upon
the turn of a card or the roll of the dice. Tho
gambling mania Is v growing in this country, and
its evil effects are noticeable in every day's issua
of the newspapers, which report defalcations, em
bezzlements, breaches of trust and suicide.
It was eminently fitting that "Ehillppiue Day'
at the St. Louis exposition should have been made
the occasion for a great military
pageant. It is reported that
5,000 soldiers were in line in
the parade. Doubtless the pa
rade was beautiful to behold.
but it must have called up sorrowful memories to
thoughtful Americans who witnessed it. The
6,000 soldiers in the parade about equalled in
numbers the soldiers that have been sacrificed
upon the altar of imperialism; about the number,
that succumbed to fever and bullets and disease in
the "colony." But the military showing was not
sufficient to point out all of this miserable Phil
ippine business. It did not include a division made
up of widowed wives and bereaved fathers and
mothers. It Included no division showing the
$600,000,000 worde than squandered in attempting
to engraft the" un-American doctrine of colonial
ism upon our system of government. "Philippine
Day" at the exposition was not fully taken ad
vantage of by those who insist upon holding tho
islands for commercial reasons and attempt to
excuse themselves upon humanitarian grounds.
In giving the names of the members of tho
credentials committee of the St. Louis convention
who joined with the minority in
Mr. Corriga.n asking for a reversal of the IUi-
wocs nois convention proceedings,
Rirfht TKerfl The Commoner inadvertently '
KigJit I hero omitted tne name of j. r. cor-
rigan of Minnesota. Mr. Corrigan was the mi
nority candidate for chairman of the credentials
committee, and ho lent strong support in the
minority's efforts to undo tho brazen and undemo
cratic work of the Illinois convention. The
Commoner regrets the oversight and tenders its
apologies to Mr. Corrigan.
The labor unions of the country are yiaKing
great preparations for Labor Day, which falls upon
Cnnfnmar R this Vflai. I' 10U1 U
quarters cOmo the reports that
the unions are determined to
make this year's celebration a
i.AnWI vnnlrAr Tt is llOtlCeU,
however, that there is a tendency to abandon the
parade feature of the celebration and aevote u
day to social features, thereby bringing the i lanj
and file of labor into closer relations, inis
based upon the claim that the parade, by taking ui.
tho greater portion of the day, and entailing rta
expense and work-, , prevents laboring me" ""
enjoying the day in full measure. Labor Jjay u
.become ono of the great holidays of tho year, , ui
The Commoner rejoices that labor has become
thoroughly organized that it can and does w
out en masse upon that occasion to snw
strength and spirit, Tho Commoner hopes &
day to chronicle another fact that lauoi wm j
as solidly for its own interests upon election j.
as it marches upon Labor Day to show us w
trial strength. - '. ' - ,
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