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The Passing of Woodrow Wilson
(From tho Washington Star.)
Whon Gon. Smuts placed tho name of Wood
row Wilson bosido that of Washington and Lin
coln on tho roll of America's great, a large
number of tho newspapers of the country agreed
with him. Tho majority, however, seem to hold
with tho Pittsburgh Dispatch (independent) that
nolthor this "idealized estimate nor the de
nunciatory criticism of his more rabid op
ponents" will guage the retired President's true
place in history. More Democratic than Repub
lican papers, naturally, are vocal.
Timo must olapso boforo cool justice can be
done to this American President, whose work
and alms aroused bo much of controversy and
stirred such depths of partisan hatred. The
contemporary mind must disappear, indeed, from
tho earth before a true balance of judgment
can bo reached concerning Woodrow Wilson.
Springfield Republican (independent).
Wo are glad to have had the use of his
strength of egotism and will when it was needed.
Wo are sorry for the tendencies he has
strengthened in a nation badly composed to be
subjected to them. Chicago Tribune (independ
Ho is one of the very small number of great
men who in groat times have done great things,
and in history of tho world war no figure will be
inoro commanding than Woodrow Wilson.
Philadelphia Record (independent democratic).
As tho head of tho nation during a world war
and as tho champion of an ideal of international
peace to which the aspirations of tho world
have rallied, Mr. Wilson has written a record
of success. Ho can await the verdict of the fu
ture with equanimity .--Now York Evening Post
No other American has made so much world
history as Woodrow Wilson. No other Ameri
can has ever bulked so largo in the affairs of
civilization or wielded so commanding and in
fluence in Bhaping their ends. New York World
History may say that he was not a successful
diplomat. But it was his rare privilege to put
in words as 'tho aspiration of America a prin
ciple which the world has accepted as its stand
ard. Milwaukee Journal (independent).
History will write Mr. Wilson down as one
of tho outstanding world figures of all time.
Houston Post (democratic).
His experiences offer a much longer record of
errors to be avoided than of examples to be
emulated. 'But it is duo to him to say that he
earnestly wished to make the world a better
place to live in. Buffalo Express (independent
With the passing of the Wilson administration
there goes the noxious theory that any man, how
ever highly placed, can speak for all of us at all
times and places. Thore disappears the idea that
the President is somehow above and beyond the
people, instead of being their temporary agent
directly responsible to them.- Providence
He stands with tho most achieving of those
who have served the world. Atlanta Journal
Yet we have faith to believe that because he
was tho idealist, because ho first stood before
men as a champion of an internationalism that
was simple Christianity. Woodrow Wilson's
fame will grow with the succeeding years
Chicago Post (independent).
Ours has been no mean leader, but one whom
far distant generations will acclaim as among
the best and truest servitors of man. Omaha
World-Herald (independent). vmauu,
If Woodrow Wilson, like Lincoln, had died
shortly after re-election, his name would have
gone down into history as that of a groat and
successful President. Baltimore Sun (independ
ent democratic) . ,
Wilson will stand out in that long perspective
as one who sought at least to raise men higher
which is true greatness. Whether we like it or
not, whether we like him or not, the namo of
Woodrow Wilson will fill a largo place rtthl
future.-St. Louis Globe-Democmt SbHcan)
Any impartial study of the colossal Jon,,;
will show that it was We almost wliol ly K
fects in the character or tho tenmerimo S- S
fv-phuaaeiphia Jrass too-
The broad pages of tho achieva P i
Woodrow Wilson has been aaSi
tho United States great not only in spiritual
purposes, but in practical accomplishment.
Rochester Times-Union (independent).
He ws always the leader and his leadership
was invariably toward the right. His faults were
never those of intention and will soon be for
gotten. He becomes a citizen, but he will bo
America's first citizen so long as he shall live.
Nothing can wrest that distinction from him.
Worchester Post (independent democratic).
In creating this world-wido sentiment for
brotherly international co-operation and point
ing it toward a definite goal no other man has
exerted an influence in any way comparable to
that of Woodrow Wilson. Columbus pispatch
History has a habit of pardoning faults in men
who havO accomplished big things. Probably it
will be kinder to Woodrow Wilson than most
Americans of his own time expect it to be.
Cincinnati Times-Star (republican).
Whether Mr. Wilson will take his place among
tho great presidents of the nation it is too early
to tell. Our own-opinion is that he will, al
though we do not believe that he will ever stand
upon the same pedestal with Washington, Lin
coln, or oven Roosevelt. Buffalo Commercial
Possibly never in the history of the United
States, certainly never since the days of James
Buchanan, has any President retired from office
so generally disliked and so thoroughly dis
credited as Woodrow Wilson. Fort Wayne
News and Sentinel (republican).
Woodrow Wilson ranks with Lincoln and Web
ster in the lofty utterance he gave to the soul
of America. He expressed in words of glorious
distinction its reality, as a land of dreams, of
high purpose, of the brotherhood of man. Yet
he lost the leadership of this nation more ut
terly than any one-who ever possessed it In such
measure. New York Mail (independent).
He has laid his contribution into the exchequer
of the common good and has passed straightway
into immortality. Charlotte (N. C.) News
He determined to have his own way with the
world and make it over, and the world, which
has small patience with tyros, pushed him aside
as in the end it always pushes aside those who
get in its proper and natural pathway. Detroit
Free Press (independent).
Numbered with the mighty who wrought for
mankind. Richmond (Va.) News-Leader (independent-democratic).
It is highly probable that historians will be
less interested in his statements of principles
than in the extent to which those principles werl
put into effect. When his achievements are
SHn?'?? niT ,m ai U?mpr0misinS yardstick it
is not at al likely that posterity will be over-
ChSl 7ith fwe-TRoclie8ter Democrat and
His ideals live, and when history deals with
Woodrow Wilson he will be given a place arrTon
the great men, the country he loves so weo?
the world, has produced: perhaps the creato J
intellect the United States ever throned in the
ffiKJK a"ginaw News-Si11 (t
PUBLIO OPINION DIVIDES SHARPLY ON
fromaWaThTneSdDnr t0 ?e Phicag0 Tribe,
sayThf mKat?d TnttyalZt It
taxJliabePre?ectUhL?nhVb8 "" th SalQS
means committee and by the hous?878 ?nd
possibility, however that nYf? here is a
added in the senate ' a salea tax may be
by banking interests and bI?buBiM, ?
tax burden to the consumer. DUSines3 to Pasa tho
There is reason to believe that Q .
former kaiser Wilhelm read lhat th he
emperor Charles was on his lv t trf Cmer
to demand back his crown he belan tn ol?Ungary
notice things again Th 11 ? sit UP an
which Charfes weHghtVS Tda? i
again was scarcely equalled bvthlSdowi1
Played in his advance. BJPeed ho dis-
WILLIAMS AGAIN OPAKES HIS PEN IN HAttn
ON 'STEEL' u
Tho Washington staff correspondent to the
Chicago Tribune under date ot March 25, f01
lows: John Skelton Williams, former controller
of tho currency, today released for publication
a statement in which he replies to statements
attributed to Elbert H. Gary, chairman of the
U. S. Steel corporation, regarding the profits of
In the statement the former official seeks to
answer the declaration that it would have been
"Utopian" for the corporation to have charged
figures less than authorized -by the price fixing
committee dur'ny the war.
Mr. Williams asserts that official figures indi
cate that steel charges in excess of normal prof
it were nearer $35 per ton than $30, and then
quotes the annual report of the corporation in
an effort to show that surplus accumulations
after payment flf $380,000,000 in dividends ia
creased over $400,000,000 since 1915.
Mr. Williams also contends that high prices
of steel and iron products "artificially main
tained" are blocking the roaS to prosperity, and
alleges that the "desperate condition of our rail
roads is partly due to exorbitant prices of steel
and iron materials, of which railroads are the
biggest users." He asserted also that the cost
of money required to buy a freight car is 500
per cent above the cost in 1914.
Mr. Williams has written a letter to Mr. Gary
replying to his defense of the price schedule.
Having been advised by the corporation that his
letter of March 16 to Mr. Gary would be held
for the latter's return from Panama, a month
hence, Mr. Williams explained that he had de
cided to make public the statements contained
in his letter.
He charges that the excessive prices for steel
and iron have now become an active cause of
unemployment and of widespread suffering.
He gives official quotations in an effort to
show that steel and iron products, from ore to
structural steel, are being maintained at prices
100 per cent above the pre-war basfs, while other
metals, such as copper, lead, tin, etc., in the
production of which, he says, tho United States
Steel corporation does not have the same domin
ating influence that it has in steel and iron, have
returned to a pre-war basis or less.
MR. BRYAN'S BIRTHDAY
T, sol?e old-timers it seems impossible that
William Jennings Bryan can be 61 today. Why,
it seems no time at all since we were hailing
him as the "Boy Orator of tho Piatte" and lying
awake nights worrying for fear he should get
into the white house and turn things upside
down. There is no doubt as to the extent of
the scare Mr. Bryan threw into the east in 1896.
, After that first defeat and when it had become
a?!a i of his t0 run for President the country
f ?o? mre calmlv- Probably if he had won
m 96 the responsibilities of tho office would
niLeLSObT5d and, steaied him. Certainly in
subsequent campaigns he became somewhat less
i .tbough he always had in tow some fad
orSof't"?? that did not aPPeal t0 e ma
i n lus,fellow countrymen. "Free silver"
nwSJS 0We? ?7 "-imperialism," public
dlnSc P n ralroas and guarantee of bank
l2o035rSofertuIly turnod down by thG
Since the campaign of 1908 Mr. Bryan has
I?.6 aPny ruinine for president, his favor
Ch,H2o G?erC ?e heine swinging around the
conSlfZ CirCUlt' wnere he has Proved a more
fS?mfn!.nt drawlnS card than either the per
ClnXifnH008 5r, tne Swlss bell-ringers from
is fuUv dL111811!?,.0' "sIIver toneued orator"
hte i fhn enre?'. Thero Is a Peculiar charm in
enue 0Tknl'that Is essentially Bryaa
has not alClntion of hIs Personality, also,
tor of a ?i?f iniBh5d With the yeara- For a quar
lowin wiUry,he. has held h,s enthusiastic fol
toont m?H ?d,m fGrs nuer many of a dif
E? foP litlcal falta' William 3. Bryan, they
firm den3arTand BinCer6' a fa,r fler and a
oPrtoiS9 rn ,s moral baclbone seems made
nothing mi, S ?SS0 he has demonstrated that
ten not iv !?B llke failure' HIs name Is wrlt"
books 0f nLn ecro11 of fae, but in tho
?n w Un and BraJstroet. If his mental
has never lnfCaTSVal,ly BliQ the past, ho
Hocks ami hQ S balaUCe at the bank Q owns
ntheLtM?uan St0cks and bonds' based
whiter hnmd gid Btandai& a summer and a
Mke Mr TSAanda statQsnTan's frock coat. We
who Hk6fl Z?' SJf or the fashion of the dyspeptic
and hoM hnn?18 that don'fc aeree with him
ford ed?toHni T HV0 many morG rear to af
Pntt ull days.-.
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