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Quite a number of mills are starting up for
Mr. Carnegie, however, managed to work
quite a few big schemes after he was 35.
Tho 'policy of silence" io also advocated by
the bank burglar and the porch climber.
It is quite evident that by "not l running
amuck" was meant doing absolutely nothing to
curb tho trusts.
Tho trusts who bar from work all men pver
35 will keep right on putting tho tariff tax on
men of all ages.
The trusts seem to think they can decpive tho
worldngmen by making the dinnerpail smaller
in order that it may be kept full.
Mr. Watterson Is meeting with some trouble in
his efforts to drive out tho short' editorial para
graph with seven-column editorials.
"Mr. Babcock of Wisconsin and Senator Spoon
er of the same state are wearing their wig-wag
flags to tatters signalling for help.
Mr. Armour is enthusiastically supporting ,
President Roosevelt. The head of the beef trust
knows an injunctionless injunction when he sees
Among other reasons for asking a policy of si
lence regarding the Philippine situation is the mat
ter of $15,000 a year salary for the governor general.
.The indications are that the financial man
agers of the g. o. p. committee are doing con
siderable "big sticking" in certain financial cir
K It is to bo hoped that the newspaper man who
has just been made postmaster general will pro
ceed at once to blue pencil a lot of the rascality
in the P. O. D.
The forty million dollar deficiency silence of
Mr. Shaw has b.een rudely shattered by the sten
torian six million dollar surplus shouts of the
Mr, Carnegie says he will have peaco oven if
ho has to fight for it. And Mr. Carnegie will have
a protective tariff even if he has to finance the
whole republican campaign.
It seems, however, that Senator Spooner dtd
not begin to feel sorry about It until It threatened
to defeat him for re-election. That kind of 8or-
row often overwhelms men.
Albion W. Tourgee Is writing campaign docu
ments for the g. o. p. committee. Mr. Tourgee is
holding down a fat consulate at Bordeaux, and is
a stand-patter from away back.
A ?2,000,000 oil company in New Jersey was
sold for ?200 the other day. That forcibly re
minds one of the difference between republican
promises and republican fulfillment.
The postscript to the Roosevelt letter of ac
ceptance is due, overruling the United States. su
premo court oh that common law point. Tho su
preme court must not grow presumptuous.
Congressman Landis says "Indiana will go
60,000 for Roosevelt" The congressman got his
hand two boxes up and two boxes to tho left out of
tho way when ho reached for the first figure.
Tho announcement that Hay will be retained
In the event of Mr. Roosevelt's election is inter
esting only for tho reason that it shows one office
for which Mr. Cortelyou will not be mentibned.
An administration organ declares that tho
United States steel corporation is trying to make
trouble for Roosevelt The campaign may be un
usually quiet, but certainly it is not lacking in
Perhaps General Grosvenor's failure to submit
any election figures is due to the fact that ho
realizes the hopelessness of trying to compete with
Carroll D. Wright's figures on wages and the cost
Governor Corbin bases his opposition to tho
marriage of army officers on the ground that the
cost of living has greatly incrqase'd. Corbin is
breeding a reprimand that wilL make the Miles
snub look like a fulsome compliment.
The Yale News blames the rigidness of the
examinations for the decreased attendance at that
college. It may be possible, however, that the in
creased demands for physical development on tho
football team has something to do with it
The Philadelphia North American is printing
long editorials in advocacy of the. protective tariff.
The North American circulates largely in a com
munity that votes solidly for a municipal system
that filches millions annually from tho pockets
of tho taxpayers, and such a community is fertile
ground for the sowing of protective tariff seetl.
. Can Not
-The Cedar Rapids (la.) Gazette gives a wholo
tariff sermon in one short sentence when it says:
"So far as the farmers are con
cerned they will understand a
great deal better tho benefits re
ceived from the tariff if some one
Will exnlain whv.it makes nn dif
ference to them whether they sell their products
for tho protected market or for exportation." in
other words,, if protection protects the farmer he
should get a higher price for the product soid for
home consumption than for the product sold for
foreign consumption. But tho fact is, the price of
the product sold at home is regulated by the ex
port price. Wheat is "protected" by the Dingley
law, but this country exports wheat instead of im
porting it Thousands of Nebraska and Kansas
farmers vote in favor of a "protective duty" on
lumber when thef? states have no native supply
and are compelled to buy from outside states and
of a lumber trust that is bulwarked behind that
same tariff. The tarTK is a good thing for tho men
who make tho goods and are enabled to .add tho
amount of the duty to the profits, but what about
the millions who have to pay the added profits?
J. Ogdon Armour says he likes Roosevelt be
cause "he is a man of decided views." He seems'
to have decided to tlio complete satisfaction' of
Mr. Armour and his beef trust.
The St Louis Globe-Democrat complains be- '
cause the Filipinos aro holding meetings looking
to independence. A little dip into history vlll
disclose that the Globe-Democrat is merely trying
to imitate George III and Lord North
Speaker Cannon declares that the election of a
democratic house "would be a calamity." From
opeaKer cannon's standpoint
perhaps . it would. He would
lose an $8,000 job, the trusts
would lose their grip on the
pockoidooks of the people, the
railroads would bo compelled to accept just what
the public must accept In the way of laws and the
enforcement thereof, the carpetbaggers in the Phil-
!SSJVJliW0Uld iavxt t0 l00k around for some other
profitable graft, the postofllce swindlers would
either have to fly to some foreign shore or goto
jail the trust magnates would find themselves con
fronted by criminal prosecutions instead of in
junctions that did not enjoin, thj hangers-on at tL
public crib would find their supply of sustenance
-.cut off, the corporation lobbyists wouldifind them
selves compelled-tQ give honest, work for the ap
propriations they secured, and an army of useless
clerks appointed for political reasons would have
to return to their homes and go to work, indeed
calamitydire calamity-would befall a whole lot
of beneficiaries of special interests if a democratic
congress should be elected oh tho eighth dav at
A little study of history will reveal that Cha
tam anu Barre were also admonished to keep still
because their talks had the effect of stirring the
American colonists to renewed efforts for inde- '
tT Mj-j.?10' lat0 attorney general and now a
United States senator by appointment at the earn
A 0. est solicitation of Frick and Cas
A yuestion satt, is stumping the country for
For the republican ticket. At Phila-
Mr. Knox delphia lie asked: "What individ
ual would dismiss a faithful, ex
perienced, competent and successful management
of a great business enterprise and substitute one
without experience, aptitude or sympathy with its
purposes?" The answer is quite easy no wise
individual would do such a thing. But what in
dividual would retain in his employ a blustering
maker of promises that were never fulfilled, who
Ignored tho rights of fellow business men, wasted
the receipts of the business by employing useless
incompetent and dishonest underlings, and con
stantly ridiculed as "old fogy and antiquated" tho
business ideas that made the individual employer
wealthy, influential and respected of all men? Be
.ing so free to ask questions Mr. Knox should not
object to answering one occassionally.
Secretary to the President Loeb should read
up. It is quite evident that he is not familiar
with the writings of his illustrious-
chief. Recently Captain
Glenn, democratic nominee for
governor of North Carolina,
madfi URO nf n mmfntfrm frnm
one of the Roosevelt books to the effect that "there
ran through the veins of tke southern people a
streak of coarse brutality." Thomas S. Rollins,
chairman of tho republican state committee of
North Carolina immediately wrote to Secretary
Loeb and asked him if Mr. Roosevelt had been
correctly quoted. Secretary Loeb's reply was im
mediate and emphatic, but sadly lacking in truth.
He replied: "The statements you refer to are ab
solutely false" Mr. "Roosevelt is the author of
a book entitled "Life of Thomas H. Benton." The
book was copyrighted by Mr. Roosevelt in 1886. On
page 161 of "Life of Thomas H. Benton" will be
found the following sentence, written by Theodore
Roosevelt: "Slavery was chiefly responsible tor
the streak of coarse and brutal barbarism which
ran through the southern character." This is proof
positive that paptain Glenn's statement was not
absolutely false." And the proof was so near to
Secretary Loeb's hand that he can not be excused
for being ignorant.
The Milwaukee Sentinel, commenting upon
Senator Spooner's speech delivered few nights
before, says: "A more eloquent
appeal for the maintenance of
representative government, a
more vivid portrayal of the dan
gers that threaten sfilf-erovern-
mont, a more patriotic, inspiring call to arms in
defense of the ideals of the fathers of the republic
it would be difficult to conceive." All of which
sounds very pretty, but when put alongside the
acts committed by the party to which Senator
Spooner .belongs it shows the folly of the sen
ator. Imagine, if you can, the fathers of the re
public holding such, an "ideal" as that contained
in the republican party's Philippine policy or
lack of policy. Reflect for a moment upon tho
spectacle of a man making eloquent appeal for
self-government, and denying the right of self
government to a people who want it enough to
die for it, but who aro held in subjection by the
party of the man making eloquent plea for self
government. And then Imagine, if you can, a man
making eloquent appeal for the maintenance of
representative government and boasting of his
fealty to a party that makes mock of representa
tive government and caters to the trusts and cor
porations. Representative government, forsooth!
Senator Spooner's party is ,the party that stands
In the way of reform in the method of electing
senators "because popular election of senators would
give the people and not tho trusts representation
in the senate. Senator Spooner's "eloquent plea
forqibly reminds one of tho youth who murdered
his parents, and when adjudged guilty and asked
what he had to say before sentence was pro
nounced, entered a plea for mercy on the ground
that he was an orphan.
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