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Goodwin's Weekly I
(Copyright 1911 by Goodwin's Weekly) ' r H
f VOL. XX SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, FEBRUARY 17, 1912. jili No. 18
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' The Political Outlook
np HERE are many pronounced candidates for
the Presidency In our country just now.
f " Many others who, remembering the coup in
the Democratic national convention in 1896, are
wondering if it is not possible that the lightning
v may strike again.
Most of these are hoping for a nomination on
the strength of the reforms they are promising.
And the chiefest cry of all is to picture the men
1 who are toilers in the land, as an abused class,
borne down by the tyranny of trusts and soulless
r" corporations, who are drawing to themselves so
much more than their share of the nation's
wealth, that "the poor laborer is perpetually
oppressed." This has been going on for several
years and the objects of attack have been mostly
the great industrials, the companies that pay the
great majority of laborers their wages. It has
to be admitted that they are paying higher
wages than were ever paid in any other land,
or in this, in any ago of the world.
But is is said, in response to that statement,
that the rates of wages have not increased as
much as has the cost of living. That is doubt
less true, for it is an inviolable law that it should
be so. When times grow hard, everything else
falls before wage rates; when times improve ev
erything else advances before wages do.
i But the government is prosecuting these in
dustrials in a dozen states, and demagogue
politicians and newspapers are doing what they
can to fix an impression upon the minds of the
g. people, that these great corporations are all dis
I honest and that their chief delight is in oppressing
' - the poor. We see in a current magazine a picture
I of J. J. Hill of the Great Northern and North Pa
i ( ciflc roads as one who has rown rich in corrupt
t. ing courts and grinding the faces of1 the poor.
Now, J. J. Hill has added more to the value
of the property of the United States and has
given more thousands of men profitable employ
ment than almost any other man between the
seas; we do not believe that he ever wronged
any man out of a dollar; and in addition, he has
l given his fellow citizens and the government
i above him more clear brained, useful advice than
f fy any other man whose name we can recall.
One result of all this clamor has been to
cause the majority of the working men to lose
I I that old intrepid tenacity which led them to be
' lieve that they could work out a 'competency all
by themselves. Another result has been to
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is to .get something for nothing and to work
themselves up into the belief that in a country
with as much wealth as this, some of it belongs
But the one thing needed, the complete re
vision 'of the present system which makes the
masses, of the men in the United States mere
servitors of the great money combines of the
East, is not attmpted.
With a great flourish of trumpets the Demo
crats the other day made the bluff that they
meant to investigate it; they clamored loudly
for a little while, passed the resolution with a
shout, and then referred it to a committee, where
It will probably sleep in peace until after elec
tion. In their appeal to the prejudices of the masses
the politicians have overlooked what the country
really needs, and hence on the different platforms
as so far outlined, it will not much matter who
may be elected, provided the man is known as
a real American and an honest man.
The Father Of His Country
NEXT Thursday will come again the anni
versary of the birth of George Washington.
As the years advance and recede the mem
ories of men generally fade, and while the names
of some linger on the lips of men, most of them
cease to awaken any thrill when they are
But some men seem -to be raised up for a
special purpose, to these a special interest'
clings, and the abrasions of time merely burnish
them brighter year by year. Again, now and then
a maji by his marvelous genius secures for him
self a fame that nothing can dim.
George Washington had no special genius, but
that he was raised up for a special purpose only
a total unbeliever would doubt.
His early life was not different from those of
the young men around him, except that he was
the foremost horseman of them all, and he un
dei stood woodcraft like an Indian.
Then at the first opportunity he became a
soldier and swiftly gravitated as by natural se
lection to the first place.
General Braddock was sent to the colonies to
head an expedition against the French and In
dians in the country which includes the head
waters of the Ohio. Braddock was an old-time
British soldier of the same school as Clinton,
Howe, Burgoyne and Cornwallis, of that unfor
tunate class of which, accomplished in such
schools as England provided in that day, had
reached that point of British exclusivonesB,
bwoll-headedness and obliviousness that the idea
that there was anything more for them to learn
was ridiculous, and to accept a suggestion from a
subordinate, would be disgraceful.
So when Braddock led his command into the
wilderness and Washington, not liking some indi
cations which he thought he understood, cau
tioned Braddock to go slow lest he be ambuscaded,
that officer only crowded on his command with
increasing recklessness, until suddenly the cata
clysm was upon him.
Then the soul of Washington blazed out. In
trying to save the remnant of the command, he,
with an utter recklessness of courage, rode over
that field until he reduced the chaos to order and
drew out begffin,addock's body with him. H
That was the firstsign that he was raised up for H
some special purpose. H
After the fight, one sachem, describing Wash-t
ington, declared that with a fair aim and at a H
short distance only he fired at him five times
and that he was never to be killed by a bullet.
What he did in the Revolutionary war is M
familiar history to the world. He led the shabby M
armies of the colonies to final victory, and while
fighting the armies before him, he had to beat M
back want and danger and hardships unparal-
leled, for seven years. Then the greatest test M
of all came. What form of government should
be evolved? His countrymen would gladly have M
made him king. The high place had not one M
alurement for him. The thought that struggled M
up until it took form in his mind and in the M
minds of that august am,y of men around him, M
was, though it never found specific expression M
that it must be a government of the people, by
the people, and for the people. H
And so the structure that was upreared was H
a new style of governmental architecture, which, H
when completed, the world looked with awe and H
wonder upon, and the amazement increases rather H
than decreases every year. Washington did not H
plan that, but his unerring judgment steadied H
and reinforced it until its foundations were H
secure and his judgment, his courage and ex- H
altcd patriotism were its bulwark until he was H
no longer needed. And when at last his work H
was finished and he folded his arms for the final H
sleep his countrymen and the world fully realized H
that among all the children of men his was the H
first place. H
AS all people know, the late Joseph Pulitzer
left a great endowment to Columbia Uni-
versity with which to establish a "school of H
journalism. Dr. G. W. Hosmer, in the current H
Review of Reviews, describes what Mr. Pulitzer H
had in mind when he framed up his gift. His H
thought was that journalism "is the only great or- H
ganized force which is actively and as a body up- H
holding the standard of civic righteousness." He M
never dreamed that any school could make a H
great journalist. His thought was to move some M
obstructions out of the path of young journalists, M
to give them a better chance; to dignify the pro- H
fession of the journalist, to more firmly fix the M
impression of what tho press should be. The H
details of his plan are not given, only the gen- H
eral outlines. H
All of us probably have our idea of what the H
press should be: most of us are grieved that it H
does not come nearer fulfilling its high mission. M
Maybe it will after awhile, but it does not yet. M
Richeleau is made to say: "Tho pen in M
hands entirely great, is mightier than the M
sword." But the trouble is to find the hand. M
Tho greatest journalist of the last generation, H
after all had no higher respect for his profession IH
or foi the public, than to use the columns of his m
journal to gratify his personal spites and to H
punish those whom he held as his personal H
enemies. That is the trouble. His columns could H
not have been purchased for any amount of M
money; his judgment was infallible when applied H
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