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. The Philippine whistle costs entirely too much
considering the music that comes trom it.
Lord Milner has resigned as high commissioner
of South Africa. They still continue to stagger.
Wo can build more, and better battleships than
any other nation in the, world but what's the
Senator Knox is talking learnedly about the
law these days. "When he was attorney general
he seemed to be woefully ignorant of certain
phases of the anti-trust law.
Who ever thought that the publicity depart
ment would became the secret service branch of
the republican machine and be used to mint the
trusts for campaign purposes' ;
Senator Lodgo is now able to meet a reciproc
ity resolution in the road without hopping the
fence, and taking to the woods. The-senator evi
dently figures on a re-election.
Secretary Loeb should improve his lirst lei
sure moment by posting up on what his illus
trious chief has written into bool s in the days
gone by. It might prevent a recurrence of that
Postmaster General Wynne is a newspaper
man. Ho is doubtless able to edit all the testi
mony in postal fraud cases so that the public will
be properly solaced.
Some newspapers lay great stress on the fact
that General Kuropatkin receives a salary of ?100 -000
a year. That Is a lot of money, but the av
erage man would hardly take Kuropatidn's place
for double the sum.
Philadelphia papers are now discussing a pub
lic loan for municipal purposes. The people will
be made to believe that it is' a public loan, but
the grafters of Philadelphia fully realize that it is
another public donation.
Walter Wellman asserts that he has found
3,000 first voters, Sons of Indiana democrats, who
will vote for Roosevelt next month. A few years
ago this same Mr. Wellman asserted that he was
sure to find the north pole.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat says that "It
is charitaole to suppose that Mr. Bryan is not fa
miliar with the details of Missouri politics."
Thanks. But Mr. Bryan Is quite familiar with
Globe-Democrat tactics, thank you.
Perhaps General Kuropatkin Is contemplating
the relief "of Port Arthur by going the longest way
President Rposovelt found it easy to overrule
tho supreme court, having already abrogated the
Iowa has no child labor law, but it has a re
publican majority that la tho g. 0. p. boast twenty
lour hours a day.
Tho Commoner's subscription offer is liberal
and should bo seized upon by loyal democrats who
are anxious to advance democratic principles.
Senator Boveridga says that under republican
administration the American worivingmcn drinks
three cups of cohee to one that he drank under
a democratic administration. Well, why not? Ho
needs more stimulant to enable him to stand it.
Republican managers are still protesting
against a "mud slinging campaign." -The pro
tests are especially vociferous whenever a demo
cratic newspaper or orator quotes from ''Lite of
Thomas H. Benton," or some other Rooseveltiau
Senator Fairbanks has been discussing the
wool question. He insists that a tariff on wool
benoflts the sheep raiser by increasing the price
vof wool, and in the next breath tells the woric
ingmen of the country' that a tariff on woolen
goods cheapens them. No wonder a sheep is
afraid of man.
"Country Life in America" submits figures that
prove that It would cost $4,500 now to build a house
that could have been built for $2,800 in 1897. This
is calculated to make Carroll D. Wright again vo
ciferously call attention io the marked decrease in
the price of putty.
The New York Tribune's political chart needs
revision. It shows about everything to be due
to "wise republican management" save-only-the
enormous and uncalled for increase in the na
tional expenditures. The Tribune fails to men
tion that important Item.
A veteran of the UnJon army claims to have
recently found his gun, which he hid under a rock
during tho first battle of Bull Run. Ho will have
to explain how he found time to hide it before
his story will bo generally believed.
"No other political business," remarks tho
SIoUx City Journal "is In order until the motion
to elect Theodore Roosevelt president of the Unit
ed States is disposed of." in less. than two weeks
the. motion,. will be laid upon the table
r "VOLUMM 4; NUMBER 4,
charges that negroes are being "drivnn n
Mississippi tor .taring accumulated propm
Whereupon the Houston Post calls attend .&
fact that the property owning negro of M?fiQth)
..is allowed to vote whether he is ilHtera i orSil,p.1
while in Massachusetts the illiterate man "ffi
or black, is not allowed to vote, even though ho
be tho possessor of a fortune in goods 31 ,
estate. The Herald complains thft fegs S
.being driven from Mississippi for "publishw
newspapers," -and for "riding in their n ?
riages," whereupon the Post shows by the censim
that negro-owned and published newspapers an
constantly on tho increase in Mississippi an3
that more Mississippi negroes own carriages now
than oyer before in history. Further, the Post
shows that negroes own inorey property in Missis
sippi now' than ever before. The proporty-ownlnc
negro Is not the negro who becomes a disturbing
factor. Southern white men know this to bo true
and as a result encourage thrift on the part of
tho black man. But the lazy, shiftless black man-
. well, the Boston. Herald may fly. to his defense
but it -would hardly defend the idle, shiftless il
literate, criminal white man of Massachusetts Tho
Boston Herald should lay aside its prejudices long
enough, to acquire some knowledge of real facts
Tho discovery of a bogus "patent medicine"
factory in New York city is being written about,
and the accounts show that the factory's products
are very similar to a republican platform.
The New York Press says: "For a nation that
has been ruined by Rooseveltism this country is
just 'rotten with money.'" The Press is among
tuo large number believing that money is tne
whole thing. "Will it pay?" is 'always their query.
Is It right?" never seems to worry them.
A republican paper credits the republican
party with making this nation "a world power."
This country was a world power before the re
publican party was, bornmore of a world power
when it ruled by Its ideas than it will be if It
follows ,the republican plan and rules by 'torce.
General Funstoh has moved from the north
west to Chicago, whero ho will assume command
of the department of the lakes. The press dis
patches announce that he and his family traveled
In the private car of the manager of the Harriman
system. If It is necessary for our generals to
travel In private cars, such cars ought to be fur
nished by the government. It is not well for
army commanders to be obligated to the great
corporations. It is against the interests., of labor.
As tho campaign progresses it becomes more
and more evident that the trusts are working
for Roosevelt's election. They would not do this
If they did not have an iron-clad agreement that
will protect them from punishment, it cost the
people hundreds of millions when to secure his
ronomination ho put the trusts in charge of tha
attorney general's office; it will cost the peoDie
hundreds of millions more if the trusts elect him!
The Houston Post very promptly reprimands
tho Boston Herald for makintr th onm n7nis
CllURfttTR nrwl rmfV. . . .
n, . ,"" "" u mistake
of believing that ignorance of
southern conditions is knowledge
JJle " JE1?": .And Tn
exposes a very common qual t7 o? uort lorn hT
pocrisy.as well as ignorance. The Boslol I HeraW
The enormous loss 'of life 1n railroad accidents
.during the last two or three months offers anoth
er ana weignty argument in fa
vor of -public ownership of ra'l
roads. As long as selfishness is
the basis of railroad manage
ment, tho disregard for human
A thousand npnnlo oro i?utn,i
railroad accidents in America for every cne killed
in the countries where the railroads are publicly
owned. The strenuous chase after the almighty
dollar breeds disregard for human life. The
slaughter of men and women on American rail
roads is on the increase .despite laws requiring
safety appliances. .
life will exist'
The Brooklyn Eagle has issued its orders that
all discussion of the question of imperial sm bo
dropped. This is interesting only
because it shows the Brooklyn
Eagle's inability to grasp tho
real and fundamental principles
Of ((.mno.rao-v Tt nlcn nrnvoa
useful because it calls renewed attention to the
Brooklyn Eagle's dense ignorance of puolic senti
ment on what is really the most vital question at
issue iri this campaign. Fortunately there is not
the least likelihood that any attention will ho
paid by democrats to tho order, and the liable
may go right ahead with its dispute with the New
York World as to which is entitled to the credit
for. being the "original 'personal organ" of the
William B. Curtis seems to have become iden
tified with the republican national campaign bu
t reau, for he is now trying to
Tho Curtis' prove that Judge Parker erred in
Viow his estimates of Philippine ox-
Too Narrow Penditures and fatalities. Tlso
- trouble with Mr. Curtis is that
he falls to take into consideration any expense
save that actually paid by the government, and
does not include in the death list all who have
been killed outright or who died of wounds. The
pay of the soldiers and sailors and the cost of
feeding and clothing them is not the only ex
pense attached to our occupancy of tho Philip
pines, and neither is the death list to be con
fined to American soldiers and sailors. Mr. Cur
tis should include in his death list "all over ten"
who were killed by order of an American officer.
The American newspaper paragrapher never
loses an opportunity to' make sport of what he is
pleased to torm tne -impiu-nounceable
Russian names." But
when he does so it is clearh- a
case of tho pot calling the ket
tio hinnw with Pfsratamiis, Da-
mariscbtta, Mattawamkeag and Wytopit'ock, In
Maine; Oktibbeha, in Mississippi: Hechscherville,
in Pennsylvania, and other names enually dilll
cult of pronounciation, to say nothing of tho
names of many of the lakes and rivers, it seems
that the Russians" might retort in kind. And the
Englishman is in no better position than the
American. The English town . of Rh"dlaxton s
pronounced "Ribson" by the Englishman, s-at
Fleetby Is pronounced "Sollaby." and St. Oth s is
pronounced "Toosy." If thoro Is anything K"s
aian that can compare with that the fact naa i jiot
been brought out slnco the opening of hostilities.
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