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Vol. I. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, AUGUST 23, 1902. No. 15. ( I
C. C. GOODWIN, Editor.
J. T. GOODWIN, - - - - 'Manager.
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HE WILL NOT SERVE.
A gentleman, a member of the last Utah Legis
hitme from n ourhcrn county, was in the city Elk
week and was led Into a conversation by a resi
dent. It was something like this:
Resident "Are you coming back to the Legis
lature this winter?"
Visitor "No, I think not."
Resident "Why not? Did you not enjoy your
Visitor "Not especially. Rather 1 'enjoyed'
Resident "Why, you astonish me. You were
a leading man in the legislature and your views
were much respected. What was the trouble?"
Visitor "Well, to begin with, there was a Sen
atorial election. During the campaign it was told
me that several very wealthy men would be can
didates and that there would be plenty of money
for the taking. I would not sell my vote, of
course, but I had a mortgage on my house and
a payment was coming due on my stock and I
knew if I could tide things over for six months
I could pull through. So my thought was, be
fore voting for senator to go to him and borrow
the amount I needed.
"But hardly had the Legislature convened when
I received a notice that I was one of the members
"set apart" to vote for Mr. Kearjis and that.it
was the Lord's will that I make no mistake. You
know, there was nothing to do but obey. Now you
know that the amount paid and which the other
candidates were willing to pay, if divided up
among the different counties would have been a
great help, especially in the farming regions. But
It was not to be.
"Then there were two or three bills introduced
which, with a little good management, would have
brought a few of us considerable reyenue, but
when everything looked auspicious, down came an
other message that the Lord did not look favor
ably upon these measures and they must be de
feated. Then there were a couple of measures
introduced which some solid men for solid reasons
desired to see defeated and they were willing to
Pay for the worry and trouble of defeating them,
when a third message came that It was the Lord's
will that they pass, and there you are.
Finally, when it came time to adjourn and
our salaries and mileage were figured up, there
was an impressive sermon preached in the Taber
nacle the burden of which was in two sections.
The first was, that the Lord loved a cheerful giver,
and the second was, that those who did not
Promptly settle their tithing would be denied all
prosperity here and make but a sorry spectacle in
the world to come. Of course we left 10 per cent
of our salaries to go where the purchase money
of the Senatorshlp went, and also the money paid
to pass or defeat the bills, and If I had not been
In possession of a railroad pass I should have had
to walk home.
The sky did not look quite so clear, the stars
did not shine quite so brightly the night I left the
city for home as they did on that night when I
took the train with the thought that I should In
a few days be a successful statesman. And the
mortgage is still on my house and it took half
my stock to meet the other payment.
"On the farm I am making three blades of
alfalfa grow where before a horned toad could not
get nutriment enough off a ten-acre field to keep
head and horn together. I am quite a success
as an alfalfa creator, but not so, pronounced a
success as a statesman, and this winter I will
stay by the alfalfa."
Resident "But why do you people stand that
sort of work? You are under oath in the Legisla
ture. Does the obligation of an oath count for
nothing with you?"
Visitor "Not as against the Lord's will."-
Resident "Is there any accounting for the mo
ney paid to the Lord?"
Visitor "Of course not."
Resident "But are you satisfied with an ar
rangement which seems so one-sided?"
Visitor "0, yes, only sometimes we think of
the converted Chinaman who had become a little
weary of meeting church assessments, who cried
out at last: 'What's matter, Lesus CHstle he all
time bloke?' "
A friend of Senator Kearns who received a let
ter from him a few days ago is chuckling over
the Senator's latest Malaprop stunt. Mr. Kearns
saw an Indian Prince, in his recent European
travels, and in his description of the gentleman
he says "he has thirteen wives and as many porcupines."
The News has an editorial to show that the
Mormon church is not a menace to this nation..
When the chiefs of the Mormon creed cease to
interpose their priestly power in the politics of
this country; when they cease to dictate to Gov
ernors, Legislators, City Councils and voters, as
they promised to do when the state was admitted,
they and their church will cease to be a menace
to this country, but not before. So long as they
sell United States senatorshlps for money, they
aro a menace. Moreover, it is not a square deal
with the members of the Legislature who cannot
be real statesmen when compelled to live on husks
arid hot air.
Our government was fashioned on the theory
that Church and State must be alike free and that
neither should ever Infringe upon the province of
the other.4 When that distinction is once-lost
sight of, our country will swiftly descend to the
level of old Spain.
If a former or present short-coming of the
managers of the Mormon church is mentioned, the
News never fails to ascribe it to personal hate, no
matter what may be the connection. But hardly
an issue of the News is ever struck off that some
editorial does not contain nasty sneers at "the
so-called Christian creeds" and swashbuckle black- '
guarding of Christian ministers. ' The consistency
of the News long ago lost its jewelry.
MONEY AND BRAINS. ) JM
The dividends and interest scheduled as paid VtM
in New York City from the first of January to 1 'H
the first of August of the present year amounted f . '
to $629,416,219. That Is a' mighty sum in net jl'fl
profits. As wealth comes only from labor, that f
sum gives an Impression of the gigantic work 'v' fl
which is being carried on In this country. At that 'j' ! :fl
rate it would not require much time for this coun- ' V H
try to buy and pay for the world, out of its profits. , . ! fl
, Most of that profit came from agricultural pro- h k B
ducts, which last only-a year and from manufac- ! ji' , fl
tured articles that quickly wear out. It would j f fl
be little more than barter except for the vitaliz- J jll
ing force which has, during the past fifty years, f 'H
been given to the nation's finances by the steady j " jH
flow of gold and silver, newly created money, j! , H
from thfe west. But the coffers have been filled j H
and now the business of the country has become .! H
something so tremendous, that it is really a men- ! jlij ,H
ace to the material interests of all countries that j j j H
rely upon their manufactures and trade for , '''L'l
their profits. The machinery of the United States , j'fl
so multiplies its productive capacity, that before j fHH
it less well-equipped countries stand aghast. Then I r J
the railroad property of this country foots up a t( fl
value of probably 8,000 millions of dollars. It jj t ";
is in the interest of this property that goods from ( fi M
.abroad be received for transportation, that a lf'tB
market be made abroad for the almost illimitable ' J j B
products of this continent. Hence, we see Mr, , ; M
Morgan buying up the ocean transportation lines ) , M
one after another, that the ships may become but i f M
a continuation on the trackless sea, of the long ' ' ,H
lines of steel tracks which span the land. What j'll'i H
is going to long compete with such combinations? j,i ', H
Of course New York City is the great commer- j ' H
cial capital of the country; wealth and the pos- , H
sessors of great wealth have a tendency to gravi- !l
tate there, but there are immense trade centers 'I .' ', K
outside. Boston and Philadelphia have vast divi- j ' H
dends to disburse; Baltimore, San Francisco, and jl' H
the Great Northwest are all forging ahead, while !!' ,H
a dozen other cities of the interior are all centers j 1 H
to which trade and the profits of trade gravitate ! . lM
naturally. jfj' t H
Against all this the slower outside world is ' H
trying to make head and is steadily losing. Only ! H
one nation any longer can pretend to make a sue- 1 H
cessful fight. That is Germany, and this is pos- J j H
sible with her solely because while making her , I 'H
struggle for commercial supremacy she has been .' I'H
careful to train the brains of her artisans and to f) i H
make it profitable fur her scientific men to use i H
their special knowledge In a practical way to H
further the industries of their country. When a 4t H
scientist finds a new star or elaborates and makes f , H
plain a new proposition for the advancement of I 'H
mankind, he gains glory. But i.. he invents a tj -fl
new, and superior baking powder, two most de- ! , , H
sirable results follow: One he gives to his fellow j "n H
men better bread; the second, is he reaps a re- j jH
ward in money which makes him independent of I 'H
the world's exactions. ; fH
So for many years, some of the foremost schol- 1 !M1
ars of Germany have devoted their talents to i j Kb
practical science, the making of new designs, ex- M! fiH
ploring chemistry to place in commercial form IP SSHI
such substances as will command the patronage lilSHl
' of the world, to perfect mechanics until power iyH
can be gained at the least possible expense and ffimfflfHI
waste, with the result that the most 'magnificent IHffi