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sent him as begging the senator from New, York
to become a member of the cabinet. Even Mr.
Harrison's enemies give him credit for better
judgment than that.
Doubtless Russia will point out the fact that
if the nations had followed her plans at the
peace conference there would not now bo any
Manchurian trouble to deal with.
Those who have noted the mis-government of
American municipalities will appreciate the ad
ministration's declaration that Americans must
teach Cubans the art of self-government.
The promising young railroad official who
suggests that it would be well to let the railroads
own and operate the postal system seems to over
look the fact that the railroads arc getting all the
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sired change in address.
The St. Louis Fair Board of Commissioners
threatens to be a regular ox-senatorial body.
The Philippine situation continues so pacific
that the rush to get reinforcements over there
threatens to embarass the transport service.
President Hadley went to Boston to deliver
his speech against trusts. JTo was wise in getting
as far away from Stanford University as poss.iblc.
Great Britain continues to hold that the Clay-lon-Bulwer
treaty is in force whenever it suits
Great Britain to demand its enforcement.
Possibly the transcontinental lines oppose the
Niearaugua Canal for fear it will require so much
water that none will bo left for railroad stock.
A man who would oponly advocate the break
ing of a solemn political plcdgo may boast of his
business integrity, but it would bo just as well to
If Mr. Conger does enter the gubernatorial
race in Iowa he is likely to find that the seigo of
Pokin is mild in comparison with a skirmish with
Perkins, Cummings, ot al.
Experience is teaching some new lessons.
Delaware, for instance, finds that "consent of
the governed" is not sufficient in a senatorial
contest. Consent of the gas company must also
According to the dictionary of the reorgan
izes, a democrat is a man who votes the republi
can ticket in national campaigns, but is generous
enough to allow democrats to vote for him in a
Up to the present time the transcontinental
railroads have not shed any great amount of tears
over the failure of the Nicaragua canal. The
transcontinental roads can stand that sort of afflic
tion with great fortitude.
It sho'uld be remembered, in connection with
the Boer war for independence, that it took the
Revolutionary fathers eight years to win, and
there were times when their cause seemed about as
hopeless as the Boer cause does now.
"It looks as if force and greed rule the Avorld,"
said Mr. Harrison the night before he was stricken
with fatal illness. This was not a benediction,
it was an indictment of the imperialism which is
carrying the two leading nations of the world
back toward the dark ages.
The Duchess of Marlborough has, honored
herself and the country of her birth by refusing
to dine with the Prince of Monaco because of
his connection with Monte Carlo. If society be
gins to ostracize the high toned gamblers who
make Iheir living by the ordinary games of
chance, there is hope that the market speculators
who play with loaded dice may yet become unpopular.
The Pan American Exposition at Buffalo
promises to be the most beautiful and artistic yet
held. The grounds are laid out on a magnificent
scale, the buildings are attractive in their style of
architecture and the colors employed in ornamen
tation break the monotony that was noticeable a(v
the "White City.''- The failure of Congress to
make the additional appropriation asked for will
not interfere with the success of the enterprise.
Senator Dopow, by boasting of Mr. Harrison's
high opinion of him, shows that he has little rev
erence for the memory of the late ex-President.
It is no complicant to the dead statesman, how
pvor gratifying to Mr. Depew's vanity, to ropre-
John Sherman, the greatest financier in the
republican party, repudiated the Philippine policy
of his party; Benjamin Harrison, the last repub
lican president before McKinley, repudiated the
Philippine policy of his party; Thomas B. Reed,
the most distinguished republican out of office
has repudiated the Philippine, policy of his party.
These things might disturb the President, but for
the fact that Mr. Hanna is ever near and keeps
the finger of destiny pointed toward the Orient.
It appears that the trusts were very well satis
fied with Mr. John Griggs, of New Jersey. At
any rate Mr. Griggs, of New Jersey, will remain
in the cabinet for a time. It may be that Mr.
Knox, of Pittsburg, did not have his trust busi
ness in shape to turn over to a successor.
The President has announced that he will go
to San Francisco soon to witness the launching
of a battleship. There is, still work for the
peace society when the chief executive of a great
nation travels across the continent to celebrate
the completion of an engine of destruction.
President Lincoln said that labor deserved
much higher consideration than capital. Mr.
Carnegie says that labor and capital deserve equal
consideration. It is quite a step from the doc
trine of Lincoln to the doctrine of Carnegie, but
the Hanna doctrine is still "worse for it puts capi
tal first and labor nowhere.
The news that Uncle Russell Sage has lost
some money wilL not start people to searching
for it. It takes something more than the likeli
hood of finding a penny to induce people to grovel
in the slime of New York streets. But that's
what Uncle Russ gets for investing in $8.49 suits.
The pockets are never good.
General MacArthur offers to trade a Filipino
prisoner for each rifle turned over by a Filipino
insurgent. Before making such offers MacArthur
should tighten the censorship. It is annoying to
have people asking how insurgents can be per
suaded to give up their rifles when according to
the MacArthur reports there are no insurgents.
After listening to all the praise bestowed upon
Senator Carter for his having talked the river and
harbor bill to death it is humiliatinor to learn that
he did not do it through patriotic motives, but
because the managers of the bill would not in
elude an appropriation for the building of store
age reservoirs in Senator Carter's section of the
If Mr.-Wells is, by any chance, elected mayor
of St. Louis, the Fair Commissioners should pro
vide a booth (preferably in machinery hall) where
he can be exhibited daily. The loyal democrats
of Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding states
will be interested in fleeing a man who is so fas
cinating that he can be elected upon a democratic
ticket without severing his connection with re
The republican governor of Utah has acted in
the interest of the Mormon Church as well as in
the interest of the Gentile population of his state,
in vetoing the bill which was intended to prevent
the prosecution of persons guilty of polygamy.
The practice of polygamy, at one time endorsed
by the Mormon Church, is now renounced by the
church and prohibited by statute. It is not sur
prising that there are occasional violations of the
law, but these will become less and less as the