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THE RED CLOUD CHIEF
1 A. C. HOSMER, Publisher.
THE ANCIENT MINER'S STOAT.
-"in jes. la hxed jis eoiiil, sir, as most of folks
j you see:
U !ca-t the coyote Poverty i.as ceafedtosniiT
.That in no is worth a million down Uiat is. it
is iu-lay: "
iVhat it mii-lit cot to-raorrow, ihoush. 1
couldn t exactly bay.
i lnjy in old Connecticut tbls Urcam I used
What if the cc'lar of our bouse should sprinjr
a leak with jrold.
And 1 lr.iin then-at any timo a shinlnir lump
1 oiild tinner
I've pot a cellar in this rock that's just that
tort o thinx.
Tiie sum my father plaved himself for twenty
j cars to pay
Tve taken out ot that there hole in less than
hail a day:
If I could lead him up yon path, I'd make him
Miule. at leu t:
31i.t h. old lahor-hnrdcncd hands arc mold-
eriu;? m the Kat.
I'd pack my mother up this hill, and open to
I her lew
L'nouali to j-ive a benefit to all the poor she
-'d pan a heap o' happiness out of her dear
Jlut moth-r s struck a lead or gold in ouite a
f diaercnt place.
"My pirl? Well, may-be this is sort; but since
the i-uestiou"-. put
I wouldn't tod this to anv one except "a ten-
AVe u.-ed to climb thoe Kastern hills (she was
a eliarmiiiB witchi.
And prospect on what we would do when I
' hud .; ruck il rich."
Hut her old father hadn't tho heart to let us
.And m 1 shook off Yankee dust and took a
3Iy trip it a-ted several years. The old man
rneved. no loubt.
J swore I never would come back till I could
buy him out.
Tou don't know what it is to bunt and dls
i I nun day to da v.
"!fJ striko a vein that almost shows, then
dodges clean away.
You do.' Well, ye: but have you starved, and
iM'Ksred, and almost died.
"VTith tn-a-ure- that you couldn't find heaped
up on evcrj- side?
-And tiicn her lettr wandered, like: then ta-
jM-ieil to itn end:
3. woudcied on it lor a while, then wrote a
nd jus: a I had struck this mine, and my
old heart be .t linrh.
'There e.im a letter up the ulch It was my
"She" bei-ti a-wanderins- in her mind; the
other at tcriioon
She went within the asylum walls, as crazy as
-A. ruh acrr the barren plains, a snailisn
And 1 was in the asylum, too, a-kncclin at
y iier side.
v. thought -.lie knew me, just at lirst: but soon
she -hra.ik away.
And never locked lit me aeaiu, whatever I
She vw uler- round or crouches in a weetern
Jiui says: "My love will eonie to me when he
has 'struck it rich.""
No word or look for me. Oh, tiut the Eastern
' lu.ls wete cold!
-And soiiietiiiur seemed to always say: "Go
luck an.l love your jroldt"
Ami I came hack; and in this hut my purpose
, i to stay
LA. mier. w.tli his treasure bright already
stow ed away.
Tin President. Cashier and Hoard of ouitc a
Wah none except myself to please and no
oneel-e Jo thank:
S Jlut iH'iliiiiir makes my heart beat fast and I
4 am rowinsr o!d.
"With n t a tiling to love or leave except this
pile ot poid.
Hut I liav learned a tiling or two: I know as
sure a- 1-ite.
"When we leek up ourlives for wealth, thcjrold
, kev ro.n"- too late;
' .And that I m noorer now Than through those
happy davs in wh:eh
.J owned a'l eatt. and did not know that I had
"struck it rich!"
IV.U aiifU.n. ' IIiirjKr' U'eeMj.
AX INDIAN GIRL'S RE VENUE.
The legends of tin various Ind'an
tribes of -outh America furnish no more
terrible one than that of r-uw-na ila-wa.
the "Berry Hunter."' a y-oung girl po-
i sesed of more than ordinary beaut v for
-one ol her race. The daughter tit the
Chief ii the Aburanian tribe of Guate
mala, she wa naturally proud ot her
blood and Marion, and re-.enijeftil of an
insult to very desperation, tiften had
5-he been wooeil. but never won. The
arrow thai was to reach her breast ap
peared not to have been feathered until
y "aios E-tale-, an agent for a lur house,
' took up h'x abode in the vicinity of her
eople ami tilled her ears with a glow
ing account of how I'oeahon'as had
been rMeeted and treated, 'l hen her
pride awoke as it never had before, and
s!'e htired lor stteh a position. Her
umine-s f r attention was Haltered by
h..- eonstaut visits to the wigwam of her
in' her. ami her love of dres pampered
b hi- -ho.v jueseuts. Mie held her
head -till higher above her eotnpanions
as-ed them with a eold stare ami
fcaughjy tretd. and took but little paiti
to l.-gui-e her detenu nation to become
the wi e of tiie white man.
Ami. so far from other female society
that was at all attractive, it was very
plea-ant. u it bout doubt, for E-tale. to
eoouo'te with the Indian girl to have
i her watch f ir his coming to see that
.she dreised and decorated herself ev
dusively for him, and to feel that she
loved him. But it was a ery danger
ous pastime. '1 he fo was not more
craft ' nor 1 h rattlesnake more trracli-yroi-
and bitter for him if he had made
Ci her of them a companion. Yet the
iirl iovcu him to adoration, lie was
lw far the most handsome man that had
ever trodden her shores; one. in fact,
thai an girl would gladly have accept
ed for a lover, bringing, a- he did, the
charms of education and money to back
tho.-e of manly bearinir and beaut.
During the entire winter he had been
i attentive to the Indian girl, and with
the cominj- of the warmer months they
often i.oated over the crystal waters of
the rive.s or wandered through the
fvergrem wood. At lirst Estalez had
thought nothing of her save as a pleas
ant companion: but as the days p ssed
Jiis sta protracted, and or.iers coming
for him to remain another year he be
an to re; li.-e she was very necessary
tor his com ort, and his liking grew
into 'otneti.ing ery like to love. '1 hen
he built a wigwam of much greater
pr-ten-ion- than imy in the village, and
r solved that she should nil it; m short.
ie his wile -wife, as such man age:
were ieucd by him that is. simply
marriages of conveniences, to be entir?-
J.i' ignored by the husband when he de-
jmru-d. no matter though half a dozen
hr.If-bri ed children had the right to call
him ath r.
1 here was one of the number that
constituted Carlos" am that looked
more cleaf ly and honorably at the mat
ter than did Carlos. Old Pedro Miguel
had jeen a trader and trapper among
the red men in that locality for more
than a score of years. He knew their
character too well to judge them other
wise than aright, and he &hnok his head
solemnly as he saw the matter verging
toward a climav.
"What are you taking so much trou
ble about that wigwam for, Carlos?"
he a-ked Estalez one day, as he saw the
rude but eonilortable 'structure near
"To live in, 1'edro," was the answer.
"Wasn't the one you wintered in
"No; it was cold and uncomforta
ble' "Are you going to live in it alone5"
asled the o!d man. turning his head, as
if ashamed of the question.
"Can't tell yet. I5ut there goes the
Kerry HunlerV and 1 want tisee her."
And he dashed down to the water's
edge, hu'led her as she was passing in
her canoe, ..umped in, and was paddled
away toward one of the little islands
that lined the shore, Hashing with their
dense foliage like emeralds set in a
changiti!- sheen of turquoise.
"There goes a man to his ruin," mut
tered the old trapper sorrowfuiiy, as he
took up his rifle.
Often had he intended to warn Esta
lez, but he was his superior, and, in
lirm of purpose, he put off the evil day.
But the young man gave little heed to
the words he had spo en. From the
moment he had seen the Indian girl all
other thoughts were, bauished from his
mind. With her light canoe dancing
over the waters, and dressed with far
more than ordinary brilliancy with
scarlet Uowers woven in the heavj
braids of her intensely black hair, with
her eyes lighted at the sight of him she
loved, and from whom she hoped so
much- with a smile upon her face and
sweet words of welcome upon her red,
ripe lips, it would have beeu strange if
it had been otherwise.
The little island reached, they moored
their canoe, and wandering away from
the shore and completely out of sight as
well as hearing, seated themselves upon
the short and velvet-like grass, mosaiced
by myr ads of t ny flowers.
"IIow beautiful you look to-day!"
said Carlos, as he took her hand within
"Is the daughter of the red man as
fair in the eyes of the pale-face as those
of his own people?" asked the girl,
raising her eyes so as to look him fully
in the face.
"There are few as handsome as you
are. 1 know thousands that would give
all thev have for vour figure and eves
"But they are Eke snow, and the
daughters of the Aburanians are as
brown as the hill-side when the Mani
tou of the Frost has breathed upon it."
"Pshaw! ou are the fairest of all
your tribe. You know that I have often
told you of Pocahontas. 1 doubt if she
was as white as you."
"And yet was looked up to bj tho
Yes; went to England, man'ied one,
and lived in such splendor as you never
Never before had Estalez fully deter
mined upon his plan of action. Now
he had made up his mind to win her at
all hazards, and throwing his arms
around her waist he drew bcr to h's
side, whispered burning Words of love,
and for the lirst time kissed her. And
thus they sat s'ie loving and dazzled
by tiie -plemior he promised shouid be
hers when he returned to eivdization,
and he forgetful of all but the passion
of the hour. With the declin ng sun
they returned to the shore a pro nised
man and wife, though as yet no time
had been fixed upon. That was a sweet
tleeis'on le't for the future.
The old trapper, Pedro, saw them as
they Ian led saw their parting. It was
such an one as lovers have indulged in
-ince Eden, ami will until the end of
lime. He saw the tender embrtce,
could almost hear the kiss, and resolved
to be reticent no longer.
"I want you to tell me one thing,
Carlos,"' he said, astiey sat by their
bright camp-lire, smoking, afiwr a late
"Well, Pedro, what is it?"
"Do you intend to marry that pretty
Whv? will it make anv difference to
"Certainly not, but it will to 3011, if
I don't miss my reckoning, and 1 am
not apt to do it when there is anything
of the pre-cnt nature about the matter.
I've lived too long among the Indians
not to know them thoroughly."
"Well, I intend to marry her."
"You hail better not. She's just as
dangerous and treaenerous as a pois
oned .-erpent. if she is fooled with."
"What makes you think so?"
"Wi.at would make me think there
was a snake around if I saw her glide,
or a beaver if I saw her dam? i al
w.t3s k'low what k.nd of an animal is
about the moment I -ee the ta 1."
"You are much mistaken about her,
Pedro, she loves me 10 distraction.'
"Very likely, now; but I reckon it
won' t always be so. You don't expect
to remain in these woods until you
'No, thank Heaven: another twelve
months will see me clear of them for
"And what are you going to do with
the Berry Hunter' when you leave?"
"What makes vou ask such a ques
tion?" "To know whether 3011 are going to
take her to -our home when 3011 leave
"No, I don't intend to. Hundreds
nave marneu me ceremony is only a
mere farce marred squaws before aud
left them whenever they pleased."
"And vou intend to do the same bv
Berry Hunter?' "
"Ceitainh. Do 3011 think I would
be fool enough to take home a wife like
Berry Hunter?' Oh! nc not 13 any
"Then 3-ou had better change 3our
tactics and leave the Indian girl "hon
orably alone. That is all I have got to
s.:ry, and -what in the name of thunder
ll:s quick ear had heard a slight rust
ling in the bushes, and in a moment af
ter there was a plunge in the lake.
"It was only a u-sed otter," he eon
tintied. as he proceeded to arrauge the
wood apon the lire.
An otter? How quickly he would have
changed his mind if he had seen the
form of "Berry Hunter." as she crawled
upon the shore at a little distance and
darted along the homeward trail, al
most :is swilt aud noiseless as the wind.
She had listened to everv word - knew
that she was to be made a wile and then
d'-serted knew that all the promises of
her wbite lover were lies! Ah! if there
ever was a hell raging in a human
bosom ever a brow blacker than a
thunder-cloud -it was hcr's, as she
rushed toward her xigwum with her
lingers placing convulsively with her
But the next d-13, when she met Esta
lez, she was as caunas a summer morn
ing. She 3'ielded to his embraces she
returned them with interest she showed
her love so warmly that if he had an3'
doubt he was more than sntislied now.
"Come," he sa d, "tell me when 3-011
will be my witc-
"Let the pale-face be at yonder rock,"
she replied, pointing to a distant one,
"before the sun has drauk up the dew.
There let him remain until the 'Bern
Hunter' comes. She will not be long.
Then she w.ll answer."
And so it was decided, and the gray
of morning found the white man at the
tiysting p.ace. But the hours crept
along, and he was 3'ct alone.
The sun rose and began beating all
around him. Something must have de
tained the Indian girl, he fancied, and
determined to wait yet' longer. Sud
denly, however, he was aroused by a
startling hiss. He turned, and saw a
huge rattlesnake crawling up the side
of the rock the was unarmed, and there
was not even a stick for defense near.)
He would have descended, but was met
b3 another. For a moment he stood,
overpowered with fear. Thea he saw
the scah monst-rs crawling up toward
him in cvcr' direction kuew that the
hot sun-ra3's had lured them from their
holes knew that he was stand.ngover
their den. and thousands upon thousands
were surrounding him!
"Oh! my God, what shall I do?"
burst from his lips in the terrible agon3
of the moment.
A wild, ringing, almost fiendish laugh
rang upon his ears, as it m reph. and,
looking up, he saw "Beny Hunter"
standing upon a rock high above him.
"Bern Hunter! Berry Hunter! For
Heavens sake, save me!" he shouted,
and the answer came back, boruc lw
the winds, to his cars:
Th" paleface's t ngue is as false as
the serpent's. He would have made
her his wife and then de.-erte I her. The
very night that she promised to bo his.
shecrawled to his wigwam and bt ird
all. She told him to come here here
to the very center of the serpent . den
for his answer. The poisoned teeth
and iier tongues will give it to hira.
The pen is powerless to describe the
scene that followed. Tiie Indian girl,
from her loft v look-out, saw all saw a
human form light ng with couutless ser
pents, wlio-e fangs were driven deep
into the quivering flesh. She saw him
fight with all the desperation of despair.
She heard his prayer for mercy, and
answered with horrid, mocking laugh
ter. She saw the maddened wretch,
completely covered with a net-work of
scah coils, leap headlong from the rock
knew that she va- terribly revenged,
and calmly sought old Pedro and told
him that his master wanted him. Ah!
how the old man -huddered when he
found the disligured corpse, and read
at a glance the true history of the mat
ter. His eves could not be deceived,
no matter what another's might be. He
made a coffin of bark, and was prepar
ing tc bury the remains when he saw
" Berry Hunter" standing at a little
distance, laughing and making ges
tures. This action exasperated Pedro,
and he determined upon revenge.
"Cod forgive me," he muttered be
tween h:s teeth. " It may be wrong to
take a human l.fc. but "
The ringing of his rife cut the sen
tenee short, and at the same time ao
arrow from the unerring bow of Ber
ry Hunter," uiio saw Pedro's intention,
j ien ed the old man's heart, while sim
ultaneously a bullet from Pedro's rife
crashed through the brain of the u.'i
fort nate Indian girl. Thus closed a
traged, short hut terr.bl! ii; its ending.
Toitr Eojs Did It.
It was nothing-nothing but the bouy
of a laboring man suspended to a limb
of a tree on Seventh street, moving like
a pendulum as the n'ght wind swayed
it. A woman who was" return. ng liom
the grocery caught sight of the ghasth
spectacle and dropped two bars of so:qi
and a pound f candles on the walk,
and ran s -re lining aw a. Two boy--came
along and took a skip through the
mud aud raised a el', and the driver
of a milk-wagon stopped his horse and
rang his bell in a w:t3 to bring a dozen
householders out doors. A half circle
was formed about the tree, a policeman
sent for, and a sudden hush fell upon
"Probably out of work aud driven to
it," whispered one.
'No donbt he had t.rouble with his
wifo," sighed a second.
"hooks to me like a man who had
drained the cup of.sorrow to its dregs,"
said a third.
l3-and-b3' a policeman came hurry
ing along, pulling and blowing and fol
lowed by a crowd of bovs.
"Statfd back all of 3rou stand bade!"
cried the otlicer.
Nobody stood back, of course.
"Now somebody get me a step-ladder!"
Fifteen or twenty persons suggested
that somebody run for the Coroner, but
no one started. A dozen others sug
gested that it was against the law to
cut a body down unless the Coroner was
present, but the ladder came and the
officer mounted it and opened his knife
"Now, then, three or four of 3011 come
here to case the body down when I cut
Four or live men stepped out. but they
had no sooner seized the suicide's legs
than they fell back. In half a minuto
more the olliccr backed down the lad
der. Then a general titter ran through
the crowd, and a small boy called otit:
"I seed 'em when the3 did it! It's a
straw-man, and four bo3-s 1 ung him up
and ruuu'd away. "'Detroit Fric Press.
The New York District "Messenger
boys have been ordered to wear clean
clothes, standing collars and short hair.
.Y. Y. Sun.
Our Best Young Hen.
" Wha's all's talk 'bout that Texas
fellah and this Easker business?" asked
one of our best young men, as he stood
with his friends inhaling the madden
ing Ititnes of the destrov'ing cigarette.
A long silence followed, which was
at lenuth bioken b3 the best 3"outig
man who makes a living by sucking tye
head of a cane. After pondering the
question fully for a long time,, he said:
"What Laskcry talkin' 'bout?"
The lirst -best -oung man was evi
dently annoyed bj- the question. He
looked sadly at his toothpick shoos,
hoping for some inspiration from them,
but none came. He sighed heavily,
east an appealing glance toward the
well-informed best young man, who re
mained silent, however, and the first
"Saihc Lasker fellah that got into
trouble with Ti'xa- fellah Doubiltrce,
was Texas fellah's name, b'lieved.
Some kind of -er ah trouble, b.
Tiie eves of all the best 3oung mcu
now turned toward tho well-informed
best 3'oung man. He was always lookid
up to in political discussions, because
he once drew a salan in the custom
house for doing something or other he
had forgotten what it was that he did
in the custom-house, but he did it for
scv-rai 3ears. In answer to the glances
bent upon him in mute, but intelligent
inquiry, the well-informed best 3oung
"Aw yaas. I know. I said at the
time thcre'd be trouble. Said when
" Who's he seo-etary of?" asked the
best young man whose mother takes in
"Dash if I know," said the well-informed
be.-t young man, after a painful
silence; "some club or othah I've just
forgolten what. Well, I said when Sec
retar3 Steward bought Alasker of tho
Proos ans said then Bismarck make
trou le 'bout it sonic da3, 'n he ha.t."
"Wha'd he buy it for?" asked the
be-t voting man, who generously al
low.- his s'ster. who teaches school,
nearly one half of her salar".
"Don't know,'' said the well-informed
best young man. 'Spect want
ed to build on it. or or -or some
thing," he added, with a sudden glcini
of knowledge that dazzled him.
"Wha's Texas fellah got to do with
it?" asked the best voung man who
used to assist at the ribbon counter.
"Whv," "vtdjiined the well-nnormed
best young man, "Texas fellah's some
thing to do with ("overnment; he's
Land Conimis-ioncr. 1 b'li ve; some
thing f that kind; he's in with Govern
ment someway, anyhow. Name's
Oglesln. Texas fellah s uame is. Has
soine interest in Alasker, reckoned."
And the bestj'onng men wandered on
to a place that sold scented cigarettes,
marveling greatly at the breadth and
depth of the knowledge of the well in
formed young man. Still, it isn't even
young man who could enjo' that young
man's opportunities. But these are
stin'ing times, and when we rcllect that
1)3 ami 113 the youth of to-d:i3 must
man and guide the ship of state it is
very gratifying to see our best Aottng
men tt' king an active interest in p -lilies.
Hubert J. Jiurileltc, in Brooklyn
Women .-.ml Umbrellas.
Long-continued observation has con
vinced us that the welfare of ociety de
mands immediate consideration of the
question as to whether women should
be allowed to cany umbrellas. It may
be urged in defense of continu'ng the
privilege that to icfuse it won d be in
violation of the inal'enable right of the
pursu't (.f happiness. But if a w mian
gets an happiness out of knocking oil
people s hats and gouging out their
av., to say nothing of tangling up the
points of the umbiella ribs in the hair
of other women, she ought to bo in
duced either by moral suasion or legal
c mpuls'ou to pursue happiness in some
other wav. It is a well-recognied
principle that the rights of one jiers m
end where t oe of another begin; ami
since a 1von1r.1t se-ms to be unable to
keep her umbrella outs de of the t orpo
rate limits of other people it is quite
evident that she ought to be limited in
the e.ercise of her right t- cany um
brellas to the Sahara, the alkali plains,
ami the Russian steppes. If a woman
were capable of being educated in the
proper ca-iying of umbrellas there
would be some hope that wall the proc
ess of education and development she
night learn t wield her present death
dealing w.-apon above lhe d ngcr-line.
But it is a phsical iinposioilit. She
is burn that way. She cau no more
carry an umbrella as it ought to be
earned t an she can throw a stone with
out those indescribable g3rations, or
catch a ball when she doesn't wear an
apt- 11. It is too true, but she must ac
cept the cons -qii -nee- just as she must
accept the consequence of being unable
to throw straight, the inevitable conse
quence of never hitting anthing. This
being true, and moral suasion having
failed to bring about the des'red end,
not'iing remains but to protect ihe hats,
ej'es and hair of the community 13 legal
means. And it will be si-en at once that
this is a fit subject for constitutional
prohibition. The aim is to s-cure a
large portion of the e immunity in the
possess.on of their inalienable rights of
wearing their hats on the tops' of their
heads and keeping their natural e3es.
"Will 3-ou do me a favor?" said
young Brooks to his wealthy friend, Si
mon Hansom. "I wish you" to lend nit
1U." "Call at my counting-house,'
-joined Han-om. George was not long
hi pa3ing his respects. "What securit3'
.van you give me, 3'oung gentleman?"
'My personal securit, sir." "Very
veil, get in here," said Hansom, lifting
up the lid of a large iron chest. "Get
in here!" exclaiired George, in aston
ishment; "what for?" "Why, ths is
where I alwa3s keep m3. securities."
George did not press the loan. Buffalo
The aiobeetio (Tex.) Panhandle
ives a graphic description of the recent
"dry C3-c!one" at that place. The sky
was without a fleck of cloud the wind
attained a velocit of sixt3 miles an
hour, the sand whistled in eddies in the
air several hundred feet deep, three 01
four houses were torn to alwus and oth
ers injured mora or lose.
THE LAY OF SIR HENRY WAT
TERSON. Tho lay of Sir Henry A'aterson,
Kt-ntu k's and the Musc'J dearest son.
And Hericr than the nery Hun.
A marshal of Dmocracee,
A eh ef and Wir Mii-rwuinp was be.
And rattled about rnht iuerrilie.
Full nf fr-nius and full of flcht.
Mold could he speat- and fa.rly write.
He ulways knew that he was light.
Oh, shritlv did his trumpet blow,
As. vaulting to his saddle-bow.
He cried in a voice ot thunder, "Hoi
"I am a Revenue Only man.
And more than nuht Republican
I loathe, and wholly bar aud ban
"Each caititT fell Protectionist.
From out the Democratic list.
Traitors must no; that I insist.
"The Robber Randallitcs must walk
Tho plank; this trusty tomahawk
Shall cleave the wretch that dares to
His pennon's fair device displayed
Two death's head couchant oii a spade:
A Wattersou; Free Trade, Free Trade!"
Cbeerly he raided the battle shout.
And blithclv pranced and capered OUC
To put the RaudallKes to rout.
Down on those caitiff ranks he bore,
His tomahawk he steeped in pore.
And cried: "Fee, Fawl 1 thirst for more."
Odd's nitikin's. a frruesoinc stent!
Carlisleite there with mandallito
In savago shindy soro did tUht.
He raised aloft hisVnnfalon:
"A Wnttcr-oii! A Watter-ou!
He cried: "the llffht Is weli-nij-h won."
Alas! what skills his victor crow?
oon must another music blow.
Soon must he lace a direr toe.
While that ho battled in the van.
This starkest Revenue Only man,
A uiignty host Republican
Fell on his forces spent w.'th flcht:
And soon were turned in hendlon-r
Carlisleite and eke Randailitc.
Tn sooth, they were y-thumped well.
Oh. Ion-, Ion? shall the minstrel tell
What warriors in that conflict fell
Rut he, Kentucky's noblest son.
When- was he when th fray was done?
Where was Sir Henry Watterson?
There on that chill November day.
lileediiur. "but beautiful, he lav."
Till the ambulance carted hltn a'way.
Thevhore him off from the field of fume,
And the leeches and chirurtreons came:
"He 11 live, but he'll be a little lame."
riif- wounds arc stancho 1. tho fray Is done:
"We're licked, but I've had a pile of fun,"
Said bold Sir Heury Watterson.
.V. 1. i.un.
A Suggestive Spectacle.
The pending conllict in the Demo
cratic part3 over the tariff issue is not
only amusing, but instructive. It
shows, in a direct and glaring way, the
ntter'want of fixed principle or well-defined
purpose on the part of that organ
ization which is accustomed to boa-t of
the fact that, amid all the mutations
and adversit:es of our politics, it has
preserved its identit and gone on vot
ing the straight ticket with uuwavcring
regularity and confidence. The ques
tion with which it is now wrestling is
not a new one. There has not been a
time in the last fifty years when the
tar.ffwas entireU outside the lino of
current political discussion. It has been
debated more abundantly in this coun
tr3 than an3 other one topic excepting,
perhaps, the immortaIit3 of the human
sou!. If there is arrything upon which
the Democratic mind might be sup
posed to have reached a definite and
unchangeable conclusion, it is this mat
ter of the tariff; ami vet the truth is
that it is as thoroughly at sea in that
connection as if the subject had arisen
There was a time when the Demo
cratic part had a tariff policy of a
coherent, harmonious and aggressive
character. It was then in favor of pro
tection to an extent never since advo
cated b3 any part3 and levied the high
tot duties ever imposed since the foun
dation of the ('overnment. Its lea ling
men, like Martin Van Buren, Sihis
Wright, James Buchanan and Andrew
Ia"kson, were open and vigilant op
ponents of free trade, and contended
lor the mos. stringent measures to pro-Hi-.te
American manufactures by shut
ting out foreign competition. So
earnest and determined was the attitude
of the part3 in this respect that when
John C Calhoun and' his friends in
South Carolina raised the banner of
"a tariff for revenue otih." and claimed
that a Mate had a right to disobey a law
designed to protect home indtistn,
Jackson came down upon them in "a
swift and positive wav and crushed
them out. and the party honored him
for this courageous aud" effect vc vindi
cation of the highest tariffknowu to our
history, notw thstanding the fact that
the inischievo'is "reformers" in the
ease were otherwise Democrats in gootl
That was a good while ago, however.
A great main things have happened
since then, and the Democratic part
has been through a varietv of disturb
ing and confusing experiences. The
Van Burcns and Wrights and Jacksons
have been succeeded b3 leaders of a
very different order; numerous experi
ments at subterfuge and double dealing
have been tried with unprofitable re
sults; and the general process of Demo
cratic thinking has come to be loose,
variable and distracting. During the
last twenty-live jears the platforms of
the part3 have been constructed to meet
temporaty emergencies, to catch pass
ing breezes, to take advantage of tran
sient fluctuations of public "sentiment
Every former declared principle aud
proiession nas oeen in turn antagonized
or abandoned, and it is impossible for
a Democrat to furnish a reasonable or
satis actorj statement of his political
belief. The moment that any question
of prevailing interest comes up for
treatment, and the part3 undertakes to
assume a position upon it, there is dis
agreement, uncertainty and violent
clashing of preferences and prejudices.
How such a party contrives to avoid
falling to pieces from sheer lack of ex
cuse lor holding together is one of the
mysteries of American politics; by all
the rules of logic and philosophy it
should have ceased long ago to vex the
course of affairs with" its superfluous
and unsavory presence.
The condition of the Republican
part3. on the other hand, is that of an
organization with its mind made up.
and its ob'ects plainly formulated aud
announced. Its course has been con
sistent, and its plat "onus do not reverse
and mock one another. A Republican
cau tell you what his polit'cal faith is.
why he votes as he doe-, ami what end
he expects to be acconinh-hcd by a
given policy. Nobody needs to be told
where the Repub'ican party stands oa
the tariff question. It has demons rated
its feelings and intentions in that direc
tion, and is able to point to work done
and benefits conferiod in proof not
only of its clearness of conviction, but
also of its ability and disposit on to car
ry out what it professes. Putting aside
all considerations of abstract moral
and sentimental significance, such a
party has claims upon the commence
and "support of the people from a
.simply' practical point of. view that are
sullicfcntto justify an expectation of
continued victory-. The voters of this
country are, as a rule, intellig-nt aud
quick to see where their material in
terests lie, aud what party can
best be intrusted with the control and
direction of those vast and vital con
cerns upon yvhich general prosperity
depends. If the Democratic party yvero
absolutely immaculate in a moral and
patriotic sense, it yv uld still be unlit
for the task of solving the financial and
industrial problems of the time. No
amount of possible goodness could alter
the fact that it hasn't sense enough, nor
prudence enough, to deal carefully and
SHecostul!y with issues of a practical
business character. Any lingering
doubt upon this point in the mind of the
average citizen must be removed b3 the
present spectacle in Washington, of
which the principal Democratic states
men are the conspicuous and wrangling
figures. A part3 that has to resort to
bulldozing and the reading of the riot
act to determine where it stands on the
tariff is certainly not the kind of party
that the people of the United States are
go'ng to place in charge of the Govern
ment; and all prophecies of that nature
may sa ely be laughed to scorn. SC.
The Caucus and .Mr. Randall.
The wideby-advertised Democratic
caucus must inevitably be voted a grand
failure b3 the yvhole'couutry. People
of all shades of political opinion had
looked forward to it with keen interest,
and no matter yvhat the nature of their
expectations yvere, its lame aud im
potent conclusion yvill prove a wet
blanket of disappointment to all classes.
Ardent free-traders yvho had looked
forward to tho pleasing spectacle of
seeing the obstreperous protectionists
limp ng forth from the caucus yvith the
brand of H nry Waterson's 1 ot poker
still smoking on their excoriated per
sons must bitterly feel that the3 have
been grossly deceived. Democrats yvho
3-earn for the long denied solace of Fed
eral offices. :.nd consequently believe in
the necessity of harinonious'uni n until
the control of the Government has been
secured, can take no comfort in the
suret3 that the conflict evaded by the
caucus is rendered a certaint3 on the
11- or of the I ise: and the Democrats
yvho are in favor of capturing the offices
first and yvrestling with distract ng
question-- of principles afterward are
unquestionably tho larger portion of
Mr. Randal!, however, has no reason
to be dissatisfied. He is certainly
master of the situation. At his back he
has a following large enough to beat any
Tariff bill proposed, yvhether it be hori
zontal, perpendicular or diagonal.
Aud ho has notified his opponents that
he is opposed to the present agitation of
the tariff question. He has the serene
satisfaction of knowing that his con
stituents loy-ally share his .sentiments and
indorse his" course. Furthermore, dis
pite all the gasconading talk of reading
him out of his party, he has now the
profound satisfaction of knowing that
he has been conceded the right 01 taking
an3 course on the tariff question he may
please without having his partisan Io3al
tv questioned. The effect of the caucus
upon his fortunes as an aspirant to tho
Presidential nomination must be of the
most decisve character. Every passing
day renders it mor certain that Penn
sylvania yvill back his pretensions sol
idly, ami now that he has emerged from
the caucus the possessor, of the only
substantial advantages conferred b3 it,
the protection sentiment of his party
can hardly fail to ciystali.e around his
name. Sational Republican.
This Year the Appeal is to Reason,
The first duty of the Republican par
ty in 1881 is to carry Maine and Ohio
in the early fall. The next is to elect
the yvhole National ticket. Congress in
cluded, in November, and thus save tho
important National measures with
which the Republican part3 is identi
fied. Both matters are wortlry of the
energy and enthusiasm of an united
party" Success yvili conquer for four
years stability in the laws and a fair
show for business prosperit3. Dercat"
yvill add to the business depression now
prevailing, upset a great amount of ex
cellent legislation, and throw the
affairs into confusion. Republicans
should plant their banners now, and
rally everv man in even town and ham
let in the country to the yvorkthat is in
hand. No matter if it does look like a
good bearing year for the organization
that has so happily and victoriously
ruled the destinies of the Republic since
the Democratic overthroyv of tyvent3
four 3ears ago. No good ever came
from sitting on one's doorstep aud
watching the crops groyv. They have
to be tilled diligently and earnestly; and
the harvest is always the product of la
borious and intelligent toil.
Time yvas yvhen elections yvere won
by an appeal to sentiment. That time
ni-iy come again. But this year the ap
peal must be to reason. "Republican
growth in the South is almost yvhollv
uuu iu ints apreauiug appreciation oy
thinking men, that the material inter
ests of that section yvill thr.ve best un
der the Republican National policy.
Conviction is alwaj's slow to take hold
of a man; hut it comes at length from
the continued presentation of solid facta
aud arguments, and thus must be the
plan of the campaign in 1881. Repub
lican strength in 1884 will be chiefly due
to the impregnable position of the partv
on all matters affecting the moral anil
material interests of the countn. Suc
cess iu September, October and No
vember yvill be the more certain and
more brilliant, the greater the energy
yvith which the party employs tho
moral arguments at command. A. Y.
Mr. R. T. Booth, tho temperance
roomier, saj-s that since he went to
!n'?L1Jrit:in he ,K'3 Persuaded over
1 00,000 persons to lake the pledge and
over l.OuO.000 persons to wear the blua
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