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title: 'Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, July 19, 1902, Page 3, Image 3',
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GOODWIN'S VBEKLY. 3 If i
ONE OF GOD'S NOTICES.
Not long" since a great steamer was plunging
thiough the Atlantic when a man who was watch
ing a receiving apparatus suddenly began to write
and a little later passed up to the commander of
the ship a message of greeting from another great
ship of the line, which message gave also the lati
tude and longitude of the sister ship, showing that
the two vessels were many miles apart. It had
found its way through the trackless air, above the
trackless deep and, voiceless itself, it had brought
a voice from afar, a voice of friendly greeting,
which for the moment at least took away the lone
liness of great ocean and made those who heard
the message read feel that they were no longer
alone. Science had unlocked another mysterious
door and though it was but a little ajar the glimpse
of the splendor within were almost overpowering
in their magnificence.
The triumph of mind over matter, the new evi
dence of man's dominion over not only the earth
but the viewless elements, were awe-inspiring.
This is the age of gold. Men everywhere are
struggling for it, longing for it, and as one great
combine of wealth after another is being formed,
there is a wide-spread apprehension that the
masses of mankind are slowly sinking into that
most degrading of all servitude the slavery of the
dependent poor to the arrogant rich. This has
gone on until all classes and nearly all occupa
tions are more or less affected by it.
One of the most all-embracing monopolies in
our country is that of the Associated Press.
Think of it, one individual sits in his Chicago
office and dictates what of the news of the day
shall be flashed east and west, north and south by
the genie which along the infinite wires, supply to
the newspapers their news. That one man dic
tates what the wires shall carry, what the lino
types shall set to words, what the perfecting
presses shall fling off for the millions of the land
Necessarily that man is not infallible. First of
all the monopoly he serves is not a charitable in
stitution. The manager knows that the expecta
tion of the owners is that the wires will be worked
to pay a generous interest on their real cost and
working expense and on eight times their cost of
wateied capital. This fact alone is sufPcient to
make the manager lean, unconsciously, perhaps, to
the commercial demands of the country.
B Again, he may be an extreme partisan and it re
B quires a most strong mind to judge fairly between
B the parties in the making up of news. Again, the
B provincialism of the East has its effect upon him,
B a dog show in New York city is more to him than
B the dedication of a great temple of learning in
B San Francisco.
B The news has its effect in forming and directing
B public opinion. This is not all. Only a limited
B number of franchises are given to publish the
B news, and this enables one brutalized man or com
B pany to purchase all there are in a State and
B through his or its newspapers to give to readeis
B what he or it pleases to supply, and the people are
B helpless under the vulgar control. Through this
B the biased news sent out from headquarters can
B be manipulated until what is Anally supplied to the
B people is vicious beyond description.
B We said that to thoughtful people that message
B sent from one ship to another ship miles and miles
B away, sent and delivered in its purity, seemed like
B a notice that God was watching and so swifty as
B needed was extending His knowledge to mankind.
B Why? Imagine that science a little more per
B fected, what will prevent any one from calling from,
B the air and receiving an answer. What will be
B come of the Associated Press monopoly then? How
B then can a rich clown, or ambitious ignoramus
B dictate to that divine invention, the perfecting
B Press, that it shall feed to the people? There will
B then be no more manufacturing of reputations
B tluough the telegraph, no more perverting public
B opinion in the interest of unscrupulous men.
H God js watching, and if men will only keep their
hearts honest and brains alert, keep them in prop
er condition to receive the messages, the messages
will come, for there was a purpose to make the
world better, to bind up the wounded hearts of
the poor and rebuild to real liberty a throne, when
this Republic was born, and the purpose will be
carried out if the American people are great
enough to do their duty.
The head of the dominant church in Utah has
given notice to his people that men who belong to
secret societies will not be received in fellowship
in the church. This is in the face of the fact that
the whole Mormon church, if not a secret society,
has secret attachments much more profound than
have any of the societies against which the chief
of the church inveighs, and if most direct evidence
can be believed, oaths are administered and taken
in the Mormon Temples much more terrible than
were ever heard in any lodge or any secret society
in America, except some of those in which the
Anarchists and canaille of our great cities congre
gate. We know of no secret society that interferes
with any man's worship of God. If this is true
and we do not think it will be denied, then it is
an unwarranted piece of insolence and despotism
for President Smith to seek to Interdict the per
sonal liberty of any man who desires to join a
secret society whose objects are friendship, charity
and a closer drawing of man to his fellow men.
Utah is a sparsely settled State, but every
month its mines supply probably $1,500,000 of newly-created
money. Most of it is being invested
within the State. If any one does not believe that
it will make a transformation before many years,
such an one is deceived.
THE PARK CITY SORROW.
It was terrible that two score strong, brave
men should in a moment die in the depths of two
great mines at Park City. There has always been
over-confidence in that camp in keeping large
quantities of powder underground. For years a car
load of powder was deposited in a drift of the On
tario only a few steps from the main pump shaft,
and this, too, with the knowledge that giant pow
der is exploded by concussion.
But'that is not the theme today. It is that more
than thirty strong men went into the mines on
Tuesday night only to be brought out blackened
corpses before morning. It is heart-rendering. No
calamity that has ever happened in this State
equals it except the Scofield disaster. In all mines
eternal vigilance is the price of safety. The
gnomes seem to guard their treasuies; there is the
dreadful damp, the liability to caves, the swelling
clay, the treacherous timbers, the possible flaws in
machinery these are all natural dangers that
make the miner's life one of perpetual danger, but
this calamity came from a trap in the mine which
men themselves had set, and it is most pitiable.
All sympathy goes out to the stricken families and
to our stricken sister town. As most of the busi
ness of all the mining of the State centers here, so
from this city the most of the help to the sufferers
in Park City should come. We are sure that the
response to the silent appeal for help will be most
generous, and none are so poor that they cannot
The more one thinks over the matter the more
pitiable it grows. God comfort the hearts of the
living mourners. God rest the souls of their dead.
Brave men are in all walks of life. Tho one
thrilling picture in the pitiless tragedy at the
Park was the unselfish heroism of those who went
to tho rescue of their fellow-miners. They took
their lives in their hands to save their fellow
men. Two of these devoted men died in this effort.
Their names should be written here as they are in
the books above in letters al of gold,
MR. BRYAN'S GHOST. u l
Mr. Bryan does not drink strong liquor; we never 111 i '
heard of his using opium or hasheesh, but he has if ti '
moral jim-jams, nevertheless. He seems too, to hrM
have become an intellectual somnambulist walks I3U i i
with wide-open eyes that see not, and follows the ' I t ''
beckoning of ghosts in the air and is careless of the jl '
obstructions in his path. 'fl
His special ghost now is Imperialism and he pic- f
tures our country as having embarked upon a j
career of conquest which is as cruel as it is unjust, i ' l f
and which unless speedily arrested means the i 1
destruction of our own liberties and the turning f '
back of the wheels of enlightenment and progress If! I
for a thousand years. He likens the case'in hand i i "
to the pursuit of Pharoah after the Israelites,. to f
Belshazzar's feast; to Abderrahman's Northern JL
conquest; to Napoleon's dream that he was a child ql
of destiny; to George III., and the only attractive j17 ' .
feature of his creed is the are displayed in weav- i ,
ing ancient legends and facts into argument which g i nl t
lie can set up as a political scarecrow, to beguile Jf 1 '
the hearts of those who would rather see their m J '
country perish than see it progress under any save . t)'
Democratic rule, and who could not to save their . f j
lives tell why they are Democrats, except that it is j j
the opposite of Republican doctrine. ll ' am
Was it Pharoah's purpose to take the Israelites l k ?
back and give them all the liberty that all the u
Egyptians enjoyed? When old Abderraham started 'j '
north was he thinking of carrying safety to the
people of northern Europe and of building school- jjL c
houses for the childred? j )jj Ji
No matter what Napoleon's dream was cannot ofaf f
Mr. Bryan see that he was indeed a child of ilf ll
destiny, that his mission was to quicken in the ii if
soul of Europe the germs which when grown, would I' f
thresh out a thousand old superstitions, break the ml ''f'
tyranny of kings, and in effect emancipate millions f I ,
of people from the thrsildom of old tyranies and iPf' 1
cruelties. w F
He forgets when he babbles about George III. T
that he in fact compares the men of 1776 with tho , ! t
murderous Moros of the Philippines. He tells of j f 1 J
"a colonial policy" and forgets that Louisiana t yw
was able at least to assume her honored place in L k
the sisterhood of States through just such a ! fM
colonial policy. - I J
People weary after a while of reformers who have 'If j ! ; j
no creed except opposition to some other creed. Bti Ijr
The men of the United States are not afraid of 8 ft
Imperialism. They know our country is the most Br Jb
Imperial of all the lands of the earth and are mi WP
satisfied because every citizen is a sovereign. mbIj if)
Mr. Bryan's idea that the Constitution has been Bfr $f
violated reveals, if he is honest, that he is but a Bf a If'
poor Constitutional lawyer, for he assumes that 8f 1 i
the fathers framed an organic law which in its m
limitations took from it tho right of self-preserva- flri'll
tion. The whole theory of Mr. Bryan's argument BiiP
is founded on a false presumption. It assumes mIbjI"
that when our people pushed the savage from out isrlf
their path they were preparing the way and a BfJ A
place for enlightenment, but when they teach a BFJ , 1
barbarous people, who fell as wards to us, the ffl 1
beauty of peace and order and begin to open to Birr
them the book of knowledge, then the whole theory Bl b
of our government is changed, and from a benign Bf lFi
supporter of the oppressed we became tyrants and SI'li
despots of the George III. rule. Oil 1 4
Mr. Bryan is talking to a procession that has HlSteiii
passed him. His eyes have been kept upon the Hlciw
ground so long that he no longer sees the lights Bffi
in the sky above him and does not realize that HI f
he has become a back number. B4ltB
Edward of the House of Hanover or Bruss- BBS
wick ought not to try to fool the people. It is kSBH
three weeks and more since he was operated on fliHI
and he might just as well have walked aboard his H
yacht as to have had the blue jackets carry him. HH
His wound must be as good as healed, flHHI