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JANUARY 22, 1902,
Tf Coal Teat - lUolutI Statehood
Bill DolllTcr's tdrhip Land
, lattnc-Chaadler and 20 to 1
Washington, D. C, Jan. 19, 1903.
(Special Correspondence.) Free coal
is now an established fact and the
duty that was placed on this product
in the Dingley bill as a concession to
the coal barons and the railroads has
been removed. - It is true that the
various schedules of which the Ding
. ley bill is made up were drafted and
' enacted as concessions to some large
- and wealthy interests (that might be
expected to respond when campaign
funds were needed) and all of these
have been allowed to stand. But the
widespread suffering and distress
brought about by the coal strike and
the famine in. the supply aroused pub
lic sentiment to a degree that the re-
publicans did not dare ignore it. Th ?
time may come when other highly
. protected articles wfll become as dear
to the people as is coal, and it is only
fair to presume that public senti
ment will again compel the republi
cans to allow some measure of relief
unincumbered by the sacred fetich of
- the tariff. . It is more than passing
strange, however, that the people will
continue in. power a party whose rule
is responsible for. such conditions and
which never permits relief to the
people until its rule is threatened
The average republican will insist that
fhe tariff is sacred and howl pros
perity until he is black in the face.
The fact that he does not know when
his next meal is to come from makes
no difference to him. That's the way
he's been taught.
The Vest resolution introduced in
the senate last week to place hard coal
on the free list passed both houses
in the senate unanimously, and in
the house 2S5 to 5. The iive opposi
tion votes were all republicans, one
of them being Mondell of Wyoming.
The democrats sought an opportunity"
, to amend the bill so as to provide for
free coal for all time, but were not
permitted, therefore no limitation as
to time was made.
During the controversy Senator Till
man made a characteristic speech de
claring the president and attorney
general were responsible for the coai
famine by reason of their unwilling
ness to enforce the Sherman act,
which would have restrained the coal
owning and coal-carrying railroads
from plying unmolested their nefarious
The senate has passed the militia
bill, with an amendment striking out
the section providing for a reserve
force of trained men. The house will
The statehood bill still remains the
regular order of business in the sen
ate with no prospect of early settle
ment. Some fifteen senators have
served notice of their intention to
speak thereon, and it is feared that be
cause of the shortness of the session
the republican leaders will be able to
talk and filibuster it to death.
The house this week passed the
- army appropriation bill, and engaged
in discussion- of the diplomatic ana
consular appropriation bill.
Senator Dolliver has gone on rec
ord as the leader of the tariff revi
sionists among republicans and de
livered quite an extended speech Wed
nesday on the "Iowa idea," in which
he severely criticised eastern repub
lican senators so firmly wedded to a
high tariff as to defeat the reciprocity
treaties with other countries. It
would appear that there is still con
siderable division over this subject,
among republicans, with both sides
endeavoring to do the popular thing.
No action will be taken by the
house committee on military affairs
on the canteen question at this ses
sion, and no consideration is being
given to any measure proposing the
restoration of the canteen to army
The naval appropriation bill carries
a little less than the amount appro
priated last session, and authorizes
the construction of three large battle
ships and one cruiser, two steel train
ing ships, and one wooden training
brig On the land leasing question,
the Nebraskans in congress have sub
mitted to the state legislature a let
ter asking their views on the matter
in question. There is some division on
the matter among the members. Mr.
Shallenberger pioneered the opposi
tion to the syndicate bill, proposed
by Senators Millard and Dietrich, and
is backed up by the receipt of numer
ous petitions and letters and by pub
lic sentiment in general.
During the discussion of the army
bill in the house, Grosvenor of Ohio,
republican, and Champ Clark of Mis
souri, democrat, engaged in a rough-and-tumble
discussion of the future
prospects of the democratic party
which occasioned much amusement
and generous applause on the floor
and in the well-filled galleries.
Grosvenor charged that the demo
cratic party was dead beyond a hope
of resurrection, and Indulged in some
Mr. Champ Clark replied to Mr.
Grosvenor in a characteristically
breezy speech. He took up the elec
tion figures to show, as he said, that
the democrats had at least an "even
chance" in 1904. In the course of
his remarks he had a sharp alterca
tion with Mr. Bartholdt.of Missouri,
over the local political situation in
his state. While Mr. Clark was argu
ing that the change of a few thousand
votes in certain states would give tht
democrats the presidency; Mr. Wacht
er, of Maryland, interposed with this
question: "While you are making
those changes," he asked, "do you sup
pose we will be sitting with our hands
on our laps."
"No," retorted Mr. Clark, "you will
have your hands in the treasury up to
the arm pits, just where they always
are." (Democratic applause and
While Mr. Clark was talking about
the congressional gerrymanders in
northern states, he crossed sword"?
in turn with a dozen republicans, and
each side cheered on its speakers.
Clark is contesting with John
Sharpe Williams of Mississippi for
the minority leadership of the fifty
eighth congress and has the backing
of the west
The Hoar resolution, recently passed
by the senate, to change the date of
the inauguration of the president and
vice president to the last Tuesday in
April has been voted down by the
house judiciary committee, as were
also several other propositions pro
viding for various dates. This action
precludes any possibility of a change
being made at this session. A change
seems to be desired, but a majority
cannot agree on what the change
The president is now having trou
ble with the national industrial coun
cil of the ex-slaves association, claim -irg
to control 320,000 colored voters.
This council has asked the president
tc consider the feasibility of taking
from charity institutions in the south
about 200,000 negroes, thus relieving'
southern taxpayers of supporting
them. The president indicated that
he, could not view the matter in a
favorable light, whereupon the lead
ers of the council declared that the
president had done the black race
great injury in the south by appoint
ing so many negroes to office, there
by stirring up white prejudice and
encouraging negroes to . idleness and
office-seeking, while at the same time
denying protection to aged colored
men. All this is to be regretted. Any
action that would take away from the
republicans a sure asset like the col
ored vote can be viewed in no other
way than a national calamity.
Congressman Shallenberger has re
ceived and accepted an invitation to
deliver an address to the law school
of the Georgetown national university
on February 14.
A glance at the record shows that
congress has passed 10,000 private
pension bills in the last 40 years, a
circumstances responsible for some
acrimonious debate last Friday in the
Secretary Hay has at last supplied
Senator Morgan with a statement of
the expenditures made on account of
the isthmian canal commission. The
statement shows that each member has
been compensated at the rate of $1,000
a month, with all expenses added,
since 1899. For all the good accom
plished, most people will feel the pay
to have been at least ample.
The senate bill fixing and increas
ing the salaries of United -States
judges has been favorably reported to
the house and will likely pass, being
a very considerable increase all along
the line. A decision was reached yes
terday by giving the chief justice of
the court of appeals $G.500, $6,000 to
each of the associate justices of the
court of appeals, and $G,000 to each
of the justices of the district supreme
court, being an increase of $1,000 over
the present salary for supreme court
judges, but no increase for associate
justices of the appellate court.
The salaries for other courts, as
provided in the bill, are as follows:
United States supreme court Chief
justice, $13,000; associate justices,
United States circuit judges,' $7,000.
United States district judges, $0,000.
Court of claims Chief justice, $G,
500; associate justices, $6 000 each.
Reform measures seem to be gain
ing renewed impetus with every turn
of the wheel. A few years ago the
advocate of government ownership
was termed a fanatic and yet this prin
ciple bids fair to be enacted into law
within a few years at most. As an in
stance of just what headway the mat
ter has reached. Congressman Jenkins,
t Wisconsin, chairman of the house
Judiciary committee, has Introduced a
resolution in the house suggesting the
advisability of an inquiry into the
question of government control of
coal mines and all lines of coal trans
portation. If, in the opinion of the
committee, the power exists to lake
this step, the resolution authorizes
the committee to prepare a bill de
claring the necessity . and to exhaust
the power of congress in this respect
The resolution reads:
"Resolved, That the committee on
Judiciary be and is hereby directed to
investigate and report to this housj
with all convenient speed the opinion
of that committee as to the power
of congress to declare that a necessity
has arisen for taking possession of all
coal, coal beds, and coal mines in
the United States, and all lines of
transportation agencies, instruments
and vehicles of commerce necessary
for the transportation of coal, and
that if in the .opinion of that commit
tee the power exists, and a necessity
for the exercise of such power has
arisen, that the committee forthwith
report to this house a bill, declaring
the necessity, providing fully and m
detail the occasions, modes, condition
and agencies for said appropriation
that will fully and completely exhaust
the power of congress in that regard."
The resolution was referred to the
committee on rules for the purpose of
squelching it, which will be done. The
introduction of the same is enough,
however, to show the growth of the
sentiment, and will be hailed with de
light by reform workers everywhere.
Congressional circles are somewhat
stirred by recent utterances of promi
nent men on the question of imperial
ism and the money question. Presi-,
dent Roosevelt has decided to send
General Wood to the island of Min
danao, Philippines, to establish a col
onial government such as that of the
English in India, so it Is authorita
tively announced from the White
house. This has prompted Dr. Schur
man, formerly of the Philippine com
mission, to declare the islands should
be granted immediate independence.
Ex-Senator Chandler advocates the
remonetization of silver at the ratio
of 20 to 1 by the nations of England.
France, Germany and the United
States. In discussing the matter in an
authorized interview he said:
"Silver is the metallic money of
more than half the human race, and
has been slowly sinking toward its
value as a metal only and not as
money; as gold would so fall if it were
demonetized. Four thousand millions
of silver is becominghas practically
become merchandise instead of mon
ey, which it had been .from the dawn
of civilization down to 1874. This
demonetization' is bringing poverty
and distress to half the people on the
globe. Remonetize and the misery
will cease and China can easily pay.
"Moreover, it is best for the United
States to be wise in time. When the
present bubble of fictitious capitaliza-
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