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Vol. I. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, SEPTEMBER 20, 1902. No. 19. !I -I
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C. C. GOODWIN, Editor.
J. T. GOODWIN, - - - - Manager.
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THE PLACE WE OCCUPY.
Before the on-sweep of the great Republic of
the United States, the world stands awed and ap
prehensive. Everywhere present is an energy, an
aggressiveness that brooks no restraint; the work
accomplished year by year is something im
measurable, and slower nations unconsciously are
saying to themselves, "What is the culmination
to be?" The grandfathers of this irresistible host
fought under Washington when the forests of the
New World came close down to the sea; now the
continent has been swept over, subdued, trans
formed and, commanding both oceans, this new
race stands forth as if about to undertake the con
quest of the world.
That is all true and it has all come about
through natural causes. At first it was a fight for
life. There was but a stubborn, rocky soil out of
which to obtain food. Then before that s6il could
be tilled the forest had to be felled. Then there
was the savage in the path that had to be pushed
back or annihilated. Then the lubricating fluid
of commerce, money, was so scarce that all that
could be done was by barter. There were no
manufactures, few mines, only the stubborn soil
was given them, the soil and the privilege of go
ing out against the Atlantic gales to fish or to
carry away the raw products of the soil to ex
change for the goods of other lands. By land and
sea it was but a fight for life. Who kept the rec
; ord of the brave lives that were thus worn out, of
the overborne hearts that under the mighty bur
dens oroke and made no sign?
But all that time a national character was
Ifoiming, such a character as would naturally
crjbtalize around a people that depended upon
nothing except their own exertions, that feared
nothing save God. Then men, North and South,
" began with a determination that their new home
should be made sacred to liberty. They knew
the history of Europe; they knew that for fifteen
I hundred years its soil had been soaked with
blood; that it had been swept by a thousand wars,
and that almost every one had been instigated by
either the merciless despotism of kings or priests
I and they determined from the first that the peo
ple should rule and that there should be an abso
lute and perpetual separation of church and
State. When the time was ripe they vindicated
their determination through the blood and suf
foing of an eight years' war against the mightiest
Power of the earth and were victorious. Then
ame the framing of a new government and the
wisdom was given them to fashion it in a form to
give expression to the dream that had been
nuised by five generations of ancestors. Then,
vith neither king nor priest to interfere, with the
Miction of no oppressive law to restrain their per
fect freedom, the mighty work before them, the
work of building up a great nation was entered
upon with an enthusiasm that was contagious.
Then steam came to take from man his heaviest
burdens, steam and labor-saving machines with
out limitation, and finally the magnetic telegraph
began its work of gathering daily the world's his
tory of the previous day, while the perfecting press
picked up the rude sheets, transformed them and
laid them clear and beautiful before the people
every morning. Then when the continent beyond
the great Western river was subdued and the peo
ple were disciplined and matured, precious metal
mines were given them to reinforce their trea
sury and credit and to supply wings for their
commerce and material for their factories, and
that flow of gold has been a stream of steadilv
increasing volume for now more than fifty years,
with the result that no other such progress was
ever seen, no other such industrial miracles were
ever before performed.
It has all been natural, too, for two reasons.
First, when men undertake and carry through
great enterprises they grow mentally with the
work. When all the millions of a people are thus
engaged, the result can but be a superior people.
Second, when men are unhampered by useless or
oppressive laws, when in their souls they know
that they may do any legitimate thing without
restraint or question, with love of such a country
comes the ambition to excel in it. Then as the
possibilities of the land opened more and more it
finally became apparent that there was no limit
upon an American boy's achievements except in
the measure of his own courage to dare to grasp
the triumphs within his reach.
Is it any wonder that ours are a great people?
Is it any wonder that the cramped and lagging
nations of the old world look on dazed at the pro
gress they behold on our side of the Atlantic?
But looking back we discover that all that has
been accomplished has been due first to the form
of government which the fathers framed and the
spirit which they breathed into it, and, second, to
the honest work of our people. These truths
should mako us humble and still vigilant. We
never for a moment should forget that as the pro
gress was brought by labor, labor in all the in
dustrial and intellectual fields, so it can only be
maintained through continuous labor. Again, as
the work was made possible through the absolute
personal, political and religious freedom of our
people, so with a jealous care must that freedom
bo guarded, for when any shackle of tyranny or
superstition is put upon man his energies are
dwarfed, his clear vision is weakened, and when
a man learns to believe that certain exalted
privileges of right attach to some men which priv
ileges he does not possess, then his walk takes on
the shambling steps of the slave.
THE OPENING OF THE SCHOOLS.
Tho school boys and girls have the right of
way again in the streets. Boys and girls with
swinging satchels, dainty girls and boisterous
boys, going and coming, boys shouting, girls chat
teringthe leaven which leavens the whole lump
of society, which keeps men civilized, which
reconciles weary women to life. How clear eyed
they are, those urchins, .how confident are they
that no mistakes will be made when they have
charge of things; what hopes they are nursing,
what dreams of triumphs yet to come are theirs.
Sisyphus rolling the ever-returning stone was not
more confident of reaching the Elysian fields at
last than are they of the conquests they are to ' , !
mako. And who knows? There may be Morgans t j 1 1
and Goulds and Ericssons and Edisons and Emer- ' '
sons and Sheridans and Shermans and Clays and -
Calhouns in embryo in the company. One feels '
an awe of them as they troop by, for who can 1
estimate the possibilities of those opening souls? j
They have the right of way. Let them swing I '
their satchels; let them whistle and whoop; let f;
their morning be sunny for the heat and the bur- h ft
den is just beyond, care and toil and heartaches K
will come soon enough; le.t them shout now and t ' :
be glad. ,' i
THE WOLVES AND THE LAMBS. )
The same disquieting dispatches are being ' i
sent from the East that come every year at this Jl i
season, that the vast amount of money which the 1 A
seacoast cities have to send West in order to 1 y
move the crops, makes a stringency of currency '?
in those cities. The effort is always to carry the u :,
idea that the bankers in the great Atlantic cities 5 If'i
are straining every nerve to oblige and support j 111 ,
the dependent West. The truth is that the West 4'
is only asking for its own. f Jj'
Every considerable bank in the West has de- f 1
posits in Eastern banks; many of them have tre-
mendous sums deposited East, and what makes l
the Eastern banks squirm is to have these de-
posits drawn upon. The benevolence of the East- v '
ern banks is shown by their reluctance to give 1 ' j
up to the owners the funds in their keeping. This j j i
Is a somewhat sore subject with Western men. I ,'
When in 1893 to assist Mr. Cleveland in his de- j J i
termination to utterly crush silver as money, those 1 ,&
New York bankers a score or two of them sent I f
out circulars to all Western banks to call in loans : ,
and extend no more credits; naturally there was a I' iH '
crash. A storm was raised that the conspirators .f
could not ride and finally they, to escape utter M,
ruin, had to get back to back in what were called " hm
clearing-house certificates to certify to each oth- I
er's solvency. Their doors were practically closed $ k
and hundreds of perfectly healthy banks in the f t
West went to the wall solely because those East- , r
ern bankers could not honor drafts for money $
which they had placed in those Eastern banks to '
draw against. t ij,
Since then whenever Western men read that j tilt.
New York currency is depleted because of the ef- iljft
forts of those philanthropic Eastern bankers to Jl '.-
supply the means to the needy Westerners to i &g
move their crops, each individual swears or laughs j L
according to his disposition. l ' Iffl
The humiliating feature is that the telegraph '' fl
and the average newspaper help to circulate the ! j'L
slander upon the West, and to continue to pic- rp
ture those lofty-aired pawnbrokers as great flnan- ' M
ciers, great statesmen and at the same time as 4& fl
men whose hearts are running over with the milk 1 JIiM
of human kindness. f? fl
AN UNWORTHY RETREAT. 1 ,M
Some weeks ago the distinguished editor and U ijJJlU
lecturer, Hon. Henry Watterson, declined permit- I MffilM
ting his name to be mentioned as a candidate for Sllnffl
Governor, and gave as his reason the corruption ralaiM
of politics saying that no unclean dollar had ever flnnfl
passed through his hands, and closed by wishing IHmI
success to his party. If that was all the reason fifPliH
the Colonel declined for, it indicates that some lit II 81
of his old courage is gone, for if politics are cor- if !fH