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vS OF OMISSION.
Ey Hev. Adam Keock.
rJ hi-rofore do him that knoweth to do
and tiopth it not , to him it is sin.
James 4 :17.
I1the presence of / such a text : ill
fill's separate themselves into two
-classJs. like the sheep and tlie goats
In Thb .judgment , and sins of omission
take the left hand , for they are worse.
Fc-w people realize the gravity of these
sihs. "See , " said the young man who
caij.i- running to Clirist , "all these com
mandments have I kept from my youth
up ; what lack I yetV" lie never
dreamed there were sins of omission.
It is not impossible to keep the ten
commandments , at least in the letter.
Thousands there are who do not wor
ship false gods , who do not swear or
lre-k the Sabbath , who honor their
parents and hold sacred the family rex -
x lations. who would scorn to steal or
/.iie. and if possessed of good health
are not tempted to covet. But , having
-done this , have they fulfilled all right
When Jesus had a great truth to ut
ter lie made a parable and at the same
time poured It full of vital truth , so
that the truth would keep the parable
alive and the parable embody truth for
ages ; just as tiie soul vitalizes the body
and the body contains the soul. We
ha\e some of these parables as fresh
and pertinent ns if tittered for the
hour. If we balance the emphasis of
all the parables of Jesus the over
whelming weight rests on this very
point the seriousness and danger of
sins of omission.
Everyone knows well the poor fel
low with the one talent. His sin was
a sin of omission. He neglected to im-
pn-ve his talent. Five expectant vir-
gii svere shut out from the wedding.
THi.nt was their mistake ? They took
no oil with them. It was a sin of omis
sion. In that scene of the judgment
tln-se who condemned were turned
away beoause they failed to help their
unfortunate fellows. This also was a
sin of omission.
While sins of commission have slain
tlv ir thousands , sins of omission have
shvn their tens of thousands. The
study of misfortunes and evils always
re\cals the sin of omission as the tint -
t derlying cause. If events could be reversed -
> versed as easily as moving pictures
tn ° y be we svotild in every case dis-
. -vn ( r the place where an ounce of pre-
Tf ni ion would have outweighed a ton
Wo can measure the results of sins
- -ommission. . and we often are greatly
impressed , but the sins of omission will
not pli-ad their case until we all stand
be ; .re the Judge. There is no premon
itory intimation , and the disclosures
will be astounding. These seems one
dis'-overanle reason why the attain-
mnnts of present civilization should not
have been reached a thousand years
.sooner. We sny "It takes time" to do
-things. In nine cases out of ten it is
simply an excuse for our unwilling
ness to act promptly at the call of duty
and according to the light we have.
There is nothing the matter with
this world , except that it "knows to do
.good. " but hesitates , deliberates and ar-
rhe < ; too late by some circuitous route.
Wo must teach our youth to harness
knowledge , and doing the marvels of
th * present will be eclipsed by great
er. We must swing the whole fabric
of modern life from the negative basis
Jn action , ethics and religion the
"Thou shalt not" regime of the past to
-the positive basis of life suggested ii
one test : "To him that knowcth tr
do good and doeth it not , to him it 5 :
Certainly no man or institution cai
achieve greatness or endure for an >
length of time --r'no knoweth to do good
and doeth it not
: PIETY IN ACTION.
By Henry "F. Cope.
"By their fruits ye shall know them/ '
* -Mass. 7 : 1C.
Fruit bearing Is a vital process. We
care learning to-day to express religion
In terms of life , to measure it not by
its power to repress but by its power
to develop and express the best in man.
The test of any creed is not the an
tiquity of ifs authorities , but the vital
ity of its ideals , its power over the
lier.rts and lives of men to make a new
litMven and a new earth wherein dwells
' 1 hia. is the reason the old creeds pass
4n\ay , because each new day sees a
higher vision , catches larger glimpses
of what man must b > \ Ileligion br-
-conics democratic , it is the voice of the
people crying out for the highest good. , ] I
The spiritual in this world is the soul j
of humanity seeking after truth and I
fullness of life.
In our day religion passes from phi
losophy to practice. Once when i-flig-
ion w-as regar'i.-d ns a pa oka go of truth
contained in : i special casket the all
important thing was to preserve that
package unbr'.k''ii. When we see re
ligion as the soul or humanity sef'k5icr
the eternally good that search forces
ns beyond old truths , beyond tracks
made on yesterday's road , forces us to'
drop the garments < f the past , tJi
packages of ancient philosophies and :
jress into to-day's trutls.
Every true starch for truth
If our vision Is that
> f a new heaven and a new earth , we ,
f we are sincere , seek to have that
icw heaven and new earth at once ,
ight here. Xo man possesses any
deal he docs not seek to express and
calixe. Xo man has any religion ho
Ices not use.
Putting religion into practice becomes
ni once a much broader matter than dong -
ng things at a church , passing the
ilate or serving in the choir ; It means
bringing to prevail in human relations ,
n society , every principle , ideal , and
lop ? that we chersh religiously ; it
nc ins helping men to the perfections
wo may dream of the deity possessing ,
c-n using our dull earth to bloom with
the glory of a long ago Eden and mak-
ng the streets of our city to ring with
the songs of children and shine with
he glory of the new Jerusalem.
Religion is becoming intensely prac-
ical ; it means brooms , bricks , asphalt ,
votes , primaries ; it means honesty ,
iquare dealing ; it means plain , clear.
Dimple justice instead of maudlin char
ity ; it means a fair wage instead of
robbery condoned or palliated by the
< op to Cerberus , the library or the hos-
> ital : it means that a man cannot ex-
; ) res his religion in singing psalms on
Sunday , then pack it away in cotton in
the pious pigeonhole late on Sunday
evening embalming it for a week so
that he may , conscience free , go on his
Modern religion will not lift up Its
voice in pious phrases while It grinds
down the face of the poor , pays to shop
girl a wage that forces them to vice
and to men such a pittance as prohib
its their rising even in ambition above
dull content with being parts of the
money machine. In simplest terms pos
sible , it means that a man will express
his religion through his thorough going
We greatly need to moralize our re
ligion , to make It stand for the work
ing out of right and right relations in
every detail of life , for teaching us to
live together , for bringing us all to so
cial service and social efficiency.
Xot less do we need to spiritualize
our morality. We need that men shall
be good not because they have been told
it pays , not because fashion prescribes
certain forms of conduct , not because
ancient laws mark out the paths of
moral rectitude , but because high ideals
point out these paths with their clear
shining , because one seeks goodness for
the good of all.
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Morality because "it pays" is immor
ality : it Is refined , civilized selfishness.
Morality with the spiritual ideal , the
morality that somehow compele a man
losein the great battle , if but the
cause he loves may win , the passion
that makes ns give up our individual
rights and likes for the right , the eter
nal right of all : this is what morality
means when it is lighted with religion ,
\\irh devotion to an ideal.
The morality becomes simply the ex
pression of religion , religion simply
the inspiration of morality ; both are
seeking truth in life , the true life for
SHOUT METER SEKMONS.
Every life is determined by its loves.
You cannot hold down the man who
The golden' heart does not have the
brass face. >
There is no gaining wthout some
An absentee God accounts for a
Work is always weariness when its
goal is only wages.
It takes more than a home-made
halo to make a hero.
Wisdom is in aging the head and
keeping the heart youthful.
The best of all the churches is the
temple in your own breast.
It's no use believing in angels in
heaven if you cannot discover any
It often takes the barrenness of the
desert to teach us to look up to the
Morality because it pays to be moral
is simply the immorality of civilized
Every time you beat your neighbor
you may be sure your adversary has
The pessimist is the man Avho always
ways goes straight for the chair with
a pin on it.
It is a good deal easier to know the
lives of all the saints than it is to
show the life of one. .
A man has no greater capacity of
heaven than he has _ power to create
heaven about him.
DON'TS FOR CHURCHMEN.
Don't expect too much of God.
Don't discount what is due from
Don't allow the rule of gold to displace
place the golden rule.
Don't resolve to go to heaven and
then take the wrong train.
Don't think so much of yourself that
you have no time to think of others ,
Don't live that double life wherein
the little good is killed by the little
Don't' try to Hurt a way to men's
hearts other than through your own
Don't pride yourself on being a law-
abiding citizen until you obey the laws
D ; > n't concern yourself wtih trivial
things lest you miss your greatest op '
Don't try to satisfy your conscience
with ilie thought that an evil deed coir
ICI-L.S only yourself.
SOMETHING 3OS EVERYBODY
Some of the great Atlantic liners em
ploy leO liremen.
American automobiles sold in 1907
Glass telephone poles , reinforced by
wire , are being used in some parts
Mukden , Manchuria , has forty tan
neries and a large fur trade , both local
and export. Prices are 35 to 20 per
cent lower than a year ago.
A color resembling pewter may be
given to brass by boiling the casting in
a cream of tartar solution containing
a small amount of chloride of tin.
The average cost of supplying 1,000-
000 gallons of water , based on the re
port of twenty-two cities , is $92. This
sum includes operating expenses and
interest on bonds.
Orders have been posted in the shops
of the Pennsylvania railroad system
prohibiting swearing among the men
while at work. The penalty will be an
It is said that the method of produc
ing anoesiN'sia by means of electricity ,
discovered by Professor Le Due of
Nantes , France , is applicable to the
painless execution of criminals.
The aluminum books for the blind
now being printed in Edinburgh are of
thin sheets embossed in the usual way.
They are easier to read than paper
books , do not soil and are practically
indestructible. Their expensiveness Is
Representative Burleigh of Maine is
one of the few members of the House
whose biography omits the familiar sen
tence : "Studied law at the Uni
versity. " lie is a real newspaper man ,
the publisher of the Kennebec Journal ,
und has been governor and state treas
urer of his state.
Father Ehrle. the director of the
Vatican library , has been appointed a
member of the Academic des Inscrip
tions , which is one of the five academies
that make up t-e famous Institut de
France , and the one that presides over
history , archeology and ancient Orien
tal : languages. Father Ehrle is a Ger
man and a Jesuit lie is said to be
the ) living authority on the care of
hooks and on the preservation and re
storation of old manuscripts.
Mrs. Boorman Wells , the "suf
fragette. " ' said at a women's luncheon
in Xew York : "You may ridicule us
.is you please , but when we get the suf
frage in London we shan't abuse it as
romp of your Colorado women do. I
heard two Denver men talking at din
ner the other night 'Hello , ' said the
first , 'here's a Philadelphia genius who
lias invented Inittonless underwear. '
Oh , that's nothing. ' said the second ,
'I've worn it ever since my wife got
a vote/ ' '
For centuries Europe has enjoyed a
monopoly on cathedrals , the highest ex
ponents of Christian architecture. Dur
ing the last few years , however , nearly
a dozen beautiful structures have been
in course of erection or have been completed
pleted in the United States , and tha
time may come -when the whole land
ivill be dotted with these masterpieces
ot' art One of these , now building at
St. Paul , under the direction of Arch
bishop Ireland , will be one of the finest
in i this country.
Aerial letter boxes have been placed
in all large tenement houses and apart
ment buildings in Budapest , Hungary.
When the postman enters the hall on
tin * first lloor of a building he places
the letters in the boxes allotted to the
different families. A spring is then
pressed and electricity does the rest
The boxes are shot up to the floor re
quired , where they remain until
I'mptied , or until the postman comes
again and brings them down by touch
ing another spring.
Before leaving Christchurch for the
Antaictic regions , says the Westmin
ster Gazette. Captain Schackleton. the
commander of the Intst British south
polar expedition , was duly sworn in as
postmaster of King Edward the Sev
enth Land. ! Ie has been authorized by
the postmaster general of Xew Zealand
to open an oflice in that most southerly
of the King's dominions , to issue
stamps and transmit mails as oppor
tunity offers. These south polar stamps
will doubtless be prized by philatelists
und other lovers of curios.
Investigating the effect of compressed
air on health , two British engineers
have shown that a pressure of ninety-
two pounds a square inch more than
six atmospheres may be endured with
out unpleasant results. The pressure
must be taken off at a uniform rate ,
however , at least twenty minutes being
allowed for each fifteen pounds of re
duction , and capillary circulation in
the body must be kept up by muscular
exercise during compression. Slight
temporary neuralgic pain In the arms
was the only ill effect of the great
The Rev. Dr. R. S MacArthur of
Calvary Baptist Church , Xew York ,
said at a dinner , apropos of interna
tional marriages : "Some of these mar
riages are , from every point of view ,
desirable. Some again arc but a dia
logue will Illustrate my meaning. 'Oh ,
Helen , ' cried a girl worth $18,000,000 ,
'do you think the duke is sincere ? '
'Sincere ? ' was the reply. 'Why , rf
course he's sincere. He hasn't got a
dollar to his name. ' " Dr. MacArthur
paused. "Or tin's , " he added : "A
young marquis rushed upon his Ameri
can fiancee and shouted bitterly :
'Cruel , heartless girl ! You swore yon
loved me , and now I discover that your
&ther is a bankrupt"
1388 Karl of Douglas killed at the bat
tle of Otterbourne , Northumberland.
14(51) ( Edward IV. defeated the Lancas
trians at Banbury.
l. r 4 Qticpn Mary of England married
to Philip of Spain.
, ' ) Coronation of James I. of Eug-
' 1001) ) Battle between Champlain and the
Indians in Essex county , Xew York.
f The first Sulpiciaus arrived in
1G151 Schenectudy purchased from the
10SO Forces of William III. defeated by
adherents of James II. of Killccraii-
17CIJ Treaty of Oswcgo , making peace
1711 A British and Colonial fleet sailed
from Boston for the conquest of Can-
1722 Xew England colonies declared
war against the Indians.
17. > S Aniherst and Wolfe captured
17. ) ! ! Crown Point abandoned by the
French on the approach of the Brit
ish. . .English took Ticonderoga from
17G2 Moro fort.-at the entrance to Ha
vana harbor , stormed by the English
under Admiral Pococke.
177o The city of Guatemala laid in ruin
by an earthquake and the eruption of
17SO Rocky Mount , a British post on
the Catawba , taken by the Ameri
cans under Gen. Snmter.
17SO The department and secretary of
"Foreign Affairs * ' created by act of
Congrexs , but changed to the depart
ment and secretary of state soon
ISO ! The American squadron began the
siege of Tripoli. . . .The X'ew York
State Society of the Cincinnati de
cided to erect a monument to Alex-
ISOtt Bnenos Ayres taken by the Brit-
ISIS Duke of Richmond became Gov
ernor of Canada.
1S21 San Martin proclaimed the inde
pendence of Peru.
1S28 Gilbert Stuart , American portrait
painter , died in Boston. Born in
Xarragansett , R. I. . Dec. 3 , 1755.
1S30 Charles X. of France suspended
the liberty of the press.
3833 Lisbon surrendered to Dom Pedro.
1S3S Bolivian troops entered Lima.
1S52 Hudson river steamer Henry Clay
burned near Yonkers , with loss of 52
1S54 The cholera made its appearance
in the Massachusetts State prison at
1S5U Robert Alexander Schumann , com
poser , died. Born June S , 1S10.
1SGS Territory of Alaska organize/ !
Military government ceased in Ar
kansas. Xorth Carolina , South Care
lina. Alabama , Louisiana , Georgia
1S70 Benjamin Nathan , a wealthy Hebrew -
brow citizen of Xew York , found
murdered in his home ; the mystery
of the crime never solved.
1S77 Statue of Richard Cobden unveiled
in Bradford. England.
1 S3 Capt Matthew Webb drowned in
attempt to swim the Niagara whirl
1SS-1 The Imperial Federation of Great
Britain and Her Colonies formed in
1SSO Insurrection in Honolulu.
1SD7 United States Congress passed the
Dingley tariff act
1S98 City of Ponce , Porto Rico , surren
dered to the Americans The Amer
ican troops advanced on Yuaco , Porto
Rico Prince Karl Otto von Bis
marck , German statesman , died. Born
April 1. 1S15. . . .Pngwash , Nova
Scotia , totally destroyed by fire.
1S90 Gen. Iloureaux , ex-president of
Ilayti , assassinated by Ramon Ca-
ceres. . . .Final sitting of the Peace
Conference o The Hague. . . .Reci
procity treaty between France and
the United States signed.
11)00 Russians captured the forts at
11)01 ) Free trade between the United
States and Porto Rico proclaimed.
11)07 ) The foundation stone laid for the
Carnegie Palace of Peace at The
Hague Edmund W. Pettus , Unit
ed States Senator from Alabama ,
died. Born July 0. 1821 Japn
assumed control of Korea.
Oilier Harmful Food Adulterants.
Dr. Wiley , the government chemist ,
snys that the poJon squad experiments
have shown that both benzoic acid and
benzoate of soda should be excluded from
foods as being injurious to digestion , and
to general health.
Mliier.s Uphold Unionism.
The convention of the Western Federa-
tioa of Miners at Denver reaffirmed its [
allegiance to the principles of industrial
unionism and to aid in the solidifying
of the working class.
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Tariff nnd Trust I.s.sue.
Is the Republican party responsible
for the trusts and combines that are
sheltered by the tariff ? As every trust
or combine will be found to have some
monopoly behind it , the party that has
fostered this monopoly , principally by
enacting high and in some cases prohi
bitive tariff rales , which prevent com
petition from abroad , must be held re
sponsible. ] How is it possible to sep
arate'the two questions of tariff reform
and control of the trusts which are so
blended with each other ?
To escape from this dilemma of the
tariff that has fostered and protected
the trusts , the Republicans declare that
tariff : revision and regulation of the
trusts are absolutely separate and distinct
tinct questions. Thus President Roosevelt
velt in 1903 declared In a speech to his
fellow ( citizens :
"One point we must especially keep in
mind. The question of tariff revision ,
speaking ] broadly , stands wholly apart
from ] the question of dealing with the
trusts. Xo change in tariff duties can
have any substantial effect in solving
the so-called trust problem. "
With all due deference to President
Roosevelt , we submit that he is in er
ror. , While it is true that no amount
of tariff revising could effect a complete
solution of "the so-called trust prob
lem ] , " it is and long has been notorious
that a number of trusts are sheltered
by schedules that enable them to prac
tice an oppressive extortion.
Why have the Republicans refused to
reform the tariff schedules that protect
the trusts ? If the Republican leaders
are correct in saying that "no change in
tariff ! duties can have any substantial
effect in solving the trust problem , "
why keep these high schedules on the
statute 'book ? These tariff schedules do
sin produce revenue , because they are
too ' high in most cases to permit the
importation of foreign products. So
why not abolish or reduce them as the
people desire ?
The much boasted trust-busting of
President Roosevelt lias never attacked
those : industrial combines that fatten
by the tariff , but he has confined his
efforts to another class of combinations
ofwhich the Xorthern Securities mer
ger is the type. Results show that was
a waste of effort , for the combination
Btill exists between the Great Xorthern ,
the j Xorthern Pacific and the Burlington
railroads , and the rates they charge
have not been reduced by the dissolution
tion of the merger.
The prosecution of the Standard Oil
Trust , with the resulting large fines ,
has not reduced the price of oil to con
sumers , nor have the fines been collect
ed , and probably never will 'be. ' The
Standard Oil Trust was fined for receiv
ing rebates from the railroads and the
trusts may still be secretly receiving
rebates for aught any of us know. If
the tariff law had not been adroitly
changed by the proviso tlr.it protects
; he oil trust from competition the price
of oil would undoubtedly have been 50
per cent less than it has been for the
> ast ten years. Otherwise the fear of
foreign oil being imported would have
forced the trust to keep down the price
of its products to prevent loss of trade.
If the steel trust and the sugar trust
and all the other trusts were not like
wise protected by the tariff the price
of their products would be reduced for
the same reason to protect their trade
from foreign competition.
It is only now just before election
jvhen the people have been -aroused by
ihe discovery of how greatly they have
ieen plundered by the tariff protecting
; he trusts , that , some of the Republican
politicians are willing to declare for
tariff revision "after election. " If the
iark political clouds should acain roll
by and the people again show their be
lief in Republican promises by electing
a Republican administration and a Re-
pjt'blican ' Congress , would not the Re
publican managers endorse the position
of President Roosevelt quoted above
and decline to reform the tariff ?
Sectionalism in I DOS.
Probably there is less likelihood of
control in the national election this
year through merely sectional politics
than in any Presidential year in which
the majority of voters deciding the re
sults were born since 1S5 < . With
thirty-three years as approximately a
generation , a new generation born between -
tween 185(3 ( and 1S(50 came into major
ity control between 1SSO and 1S90. The
results showed in the sweep which fol I-
lowed the campaign of education in
1S92. They have appeared since in
ways which show that the sectionalism
of 1SGO will always have 1S92 as its
line of division from more modern
politics. Still it would be rash to hope >
or expect that practical politicians
will be wholly or immediately disappointed
pointed In calculations made in ad
vance on sectional feeling as strong
enough to swing half a dozen states by
the sectional appeal , open or covert ,
which will control one of them.
Ideal conditions call for the support :
of principles , not men , with a sort of
second best ideal calling for support
of the best man , no matter what state
he comes from. Xew York , Massachusetts
chusetts and Pennsylvania. Tennessee ,
Mississippi , Kentucky and South Carolina
lina could never be counted together
| PARTY LEADERS SEE BH.YAIT
WUTNEB AT THE POLLS.
Leaders of the Democratic party men ;
who have been stanch supporters of Bryan ,
in the past , as well as men who have been
bitter political enemies of the Nebraska-
commoner after Bryan's nomination
gave out signed statements respecting his
chances at the -polls. These statement
are printed herewith :
The Industrial conditions will make Mr.
Bryan a winner , independent of other
things. What would a man think who had
had his Income reduced and his expenses
Immediately increased ? That thought la goIng -
Ing on over the country. It Is all vary-
well to say that the same depressed
conditions would have taken place under
any President. Perhaps so , but the partj
lu power should have tried to meet condi
tions. Instead of that extravagance baa
Increased In hard times. Conditions for
business men and labor have been made
harder. Many are discouraged. I really
think that it will be better for the commer
cial Interests of the country for Mr. Bryan
to go to the White House. He and I have
had our differences , but that trifling matter
will not Interfere with his being President.
Roger Sullivan , National Commltteeraan
Bryan will win this time. He will have
the popular sympathy. There Is something
about the long and hard tight ho has inade-
whlch will command the respect of the count
try. By his own sheer force and ability ha
has kept himself In the front as a champion !
of the people. They believe In him anS )
have confidence In him more than over. Thla
faith ha * extended to those who woo Id'
have nothing to do with him In 1898 ivnd'
1000. I feel that he will be successful this
time as a President who may have the sat
isfaction of knowing that he has received-
this high honor because he bad a message
to the American people which will causa
them to respond with their highest award.
D. R. Francis , ex-Goveruor of Missouri.
It would not be worth wh41e talking :
about electing Bryan President until wa
could feel sure of carrying Nebraska for
him. I do not mean by that that the vote
of Nebraska Is necessary , but that If we
cannot swing our own State to our faverlta
It means that the Middle West is not giving-
him ; feulllcient support to bring him under
the wire a winner. I think that any hon
est Investigation will snow any observer
that Nebraska is novr for Bryan and will be
for him in November. If that Is so , wa
have a good chance of sweeping the Mlddlo
West. That Is what we propose doing.
J. C. Dahlman , Mayor of Omaha.
I sometimes regret that Bryan does not
pay more attention to hLs political organi
zation , but when I see the reasons I am
ready to think that he Is better off golns
ahead saying over nnd over again what he
wants instead of playing politics. It la
only necessary to travel throagh the Mid
dle West to learn that he is growing strong
er. It is remarkable that so much hns bren
accomplished by one man. This genuine de
votion to him , in niy opinion , will have
more to do with his campaign than any
other feature. I think that he will bo
elected. D. J. Campau , ex-National Com-
mittpeman from Michigan.
Don't overlook the fact that Koosev fC"
has been in a position to appropriate and
to a degree carry out many of the , 'Bryan
Ideas. The people have no confttence la
Taft's ability , and desire to continue this
work aggressively. They will believe that
Bryan will not fall them In this light. IIo
will get more votes than Taft In November
and will be the next President Urey Wood-
son , Secretary National Committee.
Bryan is the strongest man who could ba
nominated for President. It Is nonsense to
say that the country would bo better off
with a reactionary candidate. The nominee
is stronger in our State than any other
Democrat. "We have more than even chances ,
in Ohio , Indiana and Illinois. John W.
Kern of Indiana.
We could not do better In Indiana than to
have Bryan as the candidate. I think he
will get our electoral vote. If he does , it
means that the swing Is with him and that
he will get the votes of the Middle Western
States and his election will be assured.
Thomas Taggart , Chairman National Dem
geographically on an approach to such
a basis. We may approach it much
more closely this year than It has been
approached in living memory. When
they have to understand the entire
United States before they can begin to
use a scratch block for tabulating
probable results , there will be a great
exodus of political experts from the
profession and a very great Increase in
interstate travel and study for educa
tional purposes. When Ohio , Ken
tucky and Tennessee as the first far
Western States took the lead in break
ing down the early combinations based
on Colonial history , that generation
saw a closer approach to such condi
tions than there has been since the
sectionalism which led up to and out
of 1SGO afterwards allowed. But if
there will always be a political geog
raphy which every American who ex
pects to understand national politics
must know by heart , the vote for
principles and the vote for the best
men who represent them is the only.re
liable 1 safeguard against the "delivery
of the goods" on contract to those who
"pay the freight" in advance for the
votes of states in job lots at whole-
sale. So much voting for the best
principles and the best men will be
done this year that the results on the
political geography of the future may
surprise political experts whose educa
tion began with tables headed by 1860
in the political almanacs. St. Louis
A Too lin-sy Life.
The messenger from Mars surveyed
the multitude which had gathered to
meet him with undisguised interest.
Xor did he iiesitate to propound -such
inquiries as his curiosity prompted.
" \Vhere do you all live ? " he asked ,
"I live in the future/ ' said a young
mnn good hnnioredl\ ' .
"And I in the past. " said an old man.
"How odd ! And does none of you
live in the present ? "
There Tvits an awkward silence.
"Pardon me. " said the Martian hasti
ly : "perhaps I press my questions too
At this a voice from the outskirts of
the crowd * roQ up. saying , "We have
not yet learned to live In the present
without interruption of business , "lon't
you know. " Puck.
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