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BY SARAH B. HARRIS
Hiilory, Geography, and Sympathy
J. in Krige, .' ltH' who prefers lectur
ing to lighting, is making a tour of
this country endeavoring to get reso
lutions passed In favor of the Boers
Hid against England. The Boer
speakers give the Impression that Eng
land began the war. The contrary is
true. The Boers gathered ammunition
and practised sharp-shooting for years
and finally fired upon English troops
before the home government was aware
that a crisis was reached.
Judge Cornish introduced Jan Krige,
who is trying to convince Americans
of the cruelty and injustice of English
men. He said:
'All mankind believes the people of
a country should own ajid govern it.
Americans naturally believe in this
doctrine. They have prospered under
it for they have had the liberty of
growing up in their own way. Ameri
cans naturally sympathize with a peo
ple lighting for independence. The
Ieople of South Africa wouldn't be in
the trouble they are today were it not
for the fact that rich mines were dis
covered there and English capitalists
desire a chance to invest there. We
ire met tonight to express our sym
pathy for this people. Nine out of ten
people in the United States today sym
pathize with the Boers. Their struggle
must go down in history as an exam
ple of what a brave people will do
lighting for the rights we have said
in the Declaration of Independence, are
the rights of every free people."
How loosely some judges talk in cis
Mississippi country! Their profession
requires, first of all, in justice to liti
gants, clear thinking. One who thinks
clearly, definitely and sequentially
tunes in time to cast about him for
words to express his meaning exactly
and luminously. However, there would
not be so much business for the judges
and lawyers if briefs, wills and opin
ions were written by masters of Eng
lish, inspired by the creed of clearness
and ready to sacrifice verbosity, sound,
oratoiical effect and the prospect of
drawing a tear or two, to truth, s.ini
plicity and minor articles of the creed.
In the short quotation of 141 words
taken from Judge Cornish's introduc
tory remarks, it Is apparent that in his
long occupation of the bench he has
not grown fastidious in his selection of
woids. Anything that is handy and oc
curs to him seems to have been good
"All mankind believes the people of
a country should own and govern it.
Americans naturally believe in this
doctrine. They have prospered under
it for tluv have had the liberty of
growing op in their own way." On
this continent there are three countries
besides the Central American govern
ments. Only a close student of con
temporary events can tell at a given
time just how many governments the
Isthmus contains. The Canadians have
prospered, though whether or not "they
have grown up in their own way"" only
a man who boldly declares that "all
mankind believes" a certain dogma
can say. The British are a part of all
mankind. The men of England believe
they are doing right in India, Australia,
in Canada, in Ireland and in the va
rious islands which the Englishman
helps to govern. The larger majority
of the men of the United States who
voted for President William McKinley
are a part of mankind and they ex
pressed their satisfaction with his ad
ministration of Filipine affairs. Ger
many has large colonial possessions;
therefore Germans must be excluded
from the judge's sweeping generaliza
tion. "The people of South Africa would
not be in the trouble they are today
were it not for the fact that rich mines
were discovered there and English cap
italists desire a chance to invest there."
The richest mine-owner of all, Cecil
Rhodes, has opposed the war from the
first. If other speculators in mining
property wished to invest their money
In South African mines and develop the
wealth of a country, which as long as
it is hidden in the earth is of no use
to any one, is it a reproach to them-.'
We welcome capitalists to this country
who come to put their money and
spades into American soil. These men
asked only common liberties of devel
opment, liberties which "all mankind
agree that every man should enjoy.
Mr. Bryan said at this meeting:
"There is no ki eater rellection on this
country than the fact that when th
queen of England died, we could send
condolence; when the mother of Em
peror William died, we sent regrets,
but when the wife of President Kruger
died, we dared not say a word. He
thought the United States could by its
moral support strengthen the tax
payers of England to help them ilse
against the gamblers in gold mines and
uale and untruthful relict, because this
country does not approve of the old
man. By his obstinacy, tyranny and
hypocrisy he involved the Transvaal
in this war, a war which England was
strenuously trying to avoid. If we had
sent roses they would have been ac
cepted by Our Onkel as a tribute to his
sagacity and only a few of us in Amer
ica think that he has any, or to his
patriotism, which Is obstinacy, or to
his statesmanship, which is hypocrisy.
Then England, who was our friend
when the other great powers were
eager to help Spain, might have mis
understood. "All mankind" was sorry
for the old man whose old wife died,
but a very large portion of mankind
were not sorry enough to be willing to
give England and the Boers a wrong
impression by cabling condolences. The
former president of the Transvaal has
gone to ' Holland with a very large
amount of money which he made in
the same way that Richard Croker,
whom Mr. Bryan disapproves of, made
his money. Mr. Kruger sold privileges
while he was president to his friends.
All his sons were in companies whose
privileges were guaranteed by their
father and excluded other men who
wished to go into the same business.
Oom Paul is a very rich man but he
took all his money to Holland with him.
These appeals made by Boer emis
saries would be more effectual If the
list of contributions was headed by a
million or two from Oom Paul.
There is little historical analogy be-
MRS. HARRISON ANGRY AT CONGRESS
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Mrs. Benjamin Harrison is said to be greatly chagrined at the treat
ment she has received at the hands ot Congress. While there have been
granted to Mrs. McKinley a pension and the mailing privilege, her own
application for a pension has not been acted upon. The ex-president's
relict is anxiously asking "why?"
diamond fields. The beautiful feature
about the strife was that it would le
dound to the advantage of future gen
erations just as we now experience the
benefits of the suffering of our ancest
ors. The war has cost England blood,
money and most of all, the prestige
of the English soldier. If this nation
should let the world know what it
thinks of the war through its govern
ment, it would do much to end the
struggle. If our friend goes back to
Holland and meets President Kruger
tell him to come to America if he de
sires to know whether we sympathize
with him here."
When Mrs. Kruger died this country
did not send condolences to her obsti-
tween the American colonial revolution
and the war in the Transvaal. What
likeness there is, is on the side
of the Englishmen who were pay
ing four-fifths of the taxes and
were allowed no representation. The
Transvaal was not an English
colony and England never claimed
that it was. England did not
attempt to make the Boers pay taxes,
nor support her soldiery. English
statesmen were negotiating with Pres
ident Kruger for a less tyrannical
treatment of English residents in the
Transvaal when President Kruger de
clared the conclusion of the negotia
tions and ordered his troops to fire on
Englishmen. The greatest war expert
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