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SATURDAY, JANUARY b, 1907
That the people of t'ne state of
Cnlilorniii ilo not auree with Presi
dent Roosevelt in his attitude in the
Jfpanrse Sun Francisco &elion.
question may be seen from the follow
Injf editorial which appeared in the
San Frani;iseo Chroic'e of tlio 5th
It is difficult to treat with the re
spect due 1 he office regardless of
the individual the astonishing out
burst of the President in that por
tion of his messape which refers to
the law of California under which the
children of Asiatic parents are
taught in separate schools in the
public schools of this city. We care
nothing whatever for Mr. Roosevelt,
but we do desire to at all times speak
with respect of the President of the!
United States. It is necessary, how
ever, to say that the President has
degraded his position by assertions
which are untrue, assumptions which
have no basis in fact, recommenda
tions which can only excite ridicule,
implied threats which he has no
power to execute, all presented in a
tone calculated to arouse national
and international passion, and the
worst of all is that he is evidently in
sincere. The President says "to shut o'.t
the Japanese from the public schools
is a wicked absurdity." They are
not shut out from the public schools
That is the untruth. The President
demands more power "to enforce the
rights of aliens ui.der treaties." The
context shows that his assumption is
that Japanese have a treaty right to
enter our schools. There is no basis
of fact for that assumption. He re
commends that Japanese be by
special law admitted to naturalize
tion. That is the proposition to be
ridiculed. Its natural effect must be
to cause the Japancsd exclusion act
to be pressed. He eays "in the
matter now before me affecting the
Japanese" that is, their education
in separate schools in this city "all
of the forces military and civil, of the
United States which I may lawfully
employ will bo so employed." This
is an implied threat to use military
force to put Japanese children into
our schools, when he well knows that
he has no authority to do anything o(
the kind and that any such attempt
could only lead to his own impeach
ment. That expression and the
whole tone of the paragraph will
strike the country as an exhibition
of Impotent rage which it Is very
mortifying to see in a formal message
of the President.
But the worst of all is the Presi
dent's evident insincerity. When re
ferring to Hawaii, he says:
Hawaii is now making an effort to
secure immigration fit, in the end, to
assume the duties and the burden of
full American citizenship.
That language and the context
show that the President recognizes
that the immigration which Hawaii
has been receiving is not so fit. That
immigration, however, has recently
been almost exclusively Japanese. Of
those paying poll tax in Hawaii in
1904, 33,474 were Japanese as
against 19,724 of all other nationali
ties. Of those engaged iu gainfull
occupations 75.63 per cent were Jap
anese and Chinese, with the Japanese
largely in the majority. How, the
President in thus recognizing that
the Japanese were unfit for citizen
ship ana tie does not dispute it in
that connectiou-proves himself either
to be v'Aflncere in recommending Con
gress to enact a law for naturalizing
Japanese, or toJbe guilty, in a fit of
wrath, of advising Congress to admit
to citizenship those whom he' knows
to be unlit for it. In another passage
the President says: "The Japanese
have won iu a single generation the
right to stand abreast of the fore
most and most enlightened nations of
Europe aud America." Hut, in re
forring to the raids on the seal is
lands, he says the following:
Uu July loth and mh the crews
from several Japanese vessels made
raids on the island of St. Paul and
before they were beaten off by the
very meager and ins'ifilciently armed
guard they succeeded lu killing
soveral hundred seals and carrying
oil the skins of most of them. Near
ly all the seals killed were femules
and the work was done with fright
ful barbarity. Many of the seals
appear to have been tkinm d alive,
and many were found half skinned
and still alive.
Aud those are the savages whom
the President recomiieuds Congress
. . special law, to American
c-itizthip! This is the first message
of an American President of which
the American people have had reason
to feel ashamed. We m:y leavp its
proper characterization to our dole
gation in Congress. One evil etlvct
of it we shall seek to prevent. We
shall hope that in-wjll lead no one to
vituperative attacks on the Japanesev
Our controversy is not with them but
with the President. We 'have per
fect respect for the Japanese natln.
Cut we do not want Japanese coolies
here. And we will not have. Japanese
pupils in the public schools attended
by our children. If the coolies are
excluded the school question will dis
appear. And there is no reason ex
cept the President why all this should
not be quietly and peacefully accom
plished. . ,
The Fr-uii Trade.
The fruit trade of 1907, owing to
the brisk demand for Hawaiian v
i ieties ou tlie mainland and the in
creased facilities for growing and
packing recently introduced here,
will probably double for the year now
closing. Pines will constitute the
leadng shipment, as they have tor the
past three or f jur years. In this line
the mainland packers are wholly
eclipsed in the quality and price of
the fruit, methods of packing and
the artistic appearance of labels,
the last being a very essential factor
in making any commodity a seller.
The closer the local pineapple men
bold togethey the more independent
they become of the middle men of the
coast, and it is satisfactory to note
that the dealers here are gaining
fiuanrial strength and commercial
acumen every year, ihe business
so thrives on its own profits that
very little out side capital is called
for when extensive j.nprovemen1s
are launched. The banana trade
prospers, but it has some drawbacks.
Jireu G. Smith has beeii urging the
planters to adopt the jBluetield va
riety, the best kuow shipper in the
world, but the Chiuese Iwjio aro the
principal growers, adhere to the Chi
nese variety, wh!ch sometimes perish
on the sixday voyage to the coast.
The Chinamen nuy understand their
business, but they are being beaten
tit along by the banana men of
(Jentt al America. There will be a
surprising increase of alligator
shipments next summer.
In Lighter. Vein.
In small country newspaper offices,
where the copy goes from the editor
to the compositor, then, after print
ing, directly to the subscribers, the
need of a proofreader is ofteu left.
In this connection William Alien
While, the Kansas newspaper v man,
tells of an amusing break made by a
boy in the office of such a newspaper
in that State. In "making up" the
forms the boy got the galleys mixed,
with the following result:
The first part of tho obituary ot
an impecunious citizen had been
dumped in the forms, and the next
handful of type ciyne from a galley
in which was a description of a fire.
The subscribers were greatly start
led when they came to the paragraph,
which read thus:
"The pall bearers lowered the body
to the grave. It was consigned to
the flames. There were few, if any
regrets, for the old wreck had been
an eyesore to the town for years.
Of course, there, was individual loss,
but that was fully covered by insur
ance," New York Times.
the basis of it.
Towne -Of course, Meanlcy made
his vast fortune himself.
Browne (Veil, I believe he inheri.
ted the foundation of it from h;s fa
Towne You're mistaken: his fa
ther was quite poor.
Urowne Yes, but he was aiso
mean aud stingy, and the sou inheri
tod those truiW. Philadelphio Press.
THE GREAT DIFFERENCE.
Friend How did you come out
with your first appearance on the
stage? Did you get a laugh?
Amateur actor No; I got "the"
laugh. Detroit Free Press.
"Did you ever experienee stage
fright?" a.-ked the new reporter.
"Only once," replied Mr. Storming
ton I'm ns, "and that was when the
stage was held up by highwaymen
during my tour of Arizona. Chicago
Mrs. Shopper 1 'wish to buy a
present f o a servant girl. Can you
suggest sonething appropriate?
Shopman - Certainly! -'Give l.er a
EVER NOTICE IT?
"The reign of a prize-lighter is
usually brief," remarked the sporty
"Most soaking rains are," rejoin
ed the casual observer. Chicago
"Lives of Great Men" stands behind
Stamped iu gold and bound iln blue
Every bonk tries to remind me
That the no t installment's due.
AGREEABLE TO HIM.
Sim No, Harry; I'm sorry, but
I'm sure that we could not get along
together. You know I always want
my own way in everything.
He But, my dear girl, you could
go on wanting it, you know, after we
are married. Ilustrated Bits.
-Has your wife a
cook now? ,.
Suburbanite I don't know. I
haven't beeu home since morning.
WHERE THE BETTORE GO.
Spoart You say he follows the
Wise Yes; the race horses keep
Spoart All! Bookmaker?
Wise No; pawnbroker. Philadel
HOW COLORS CHANGE
O, ye who uightly paint the town, -
A taste for red begets dark brown
The Catholic Standard and
It is 10 P. M. They are seated in
No," she sajs, bowing her head.
Pasays 1 am too young to become
It is just-1:30 A. M. They are
still seated in the parlor.
Suddenly from somewhere up
stairs, a gruff voice shouts: "Hen
rietta, if that fellow waits a little
longer you'll be old enough to accept
Woman's Home Companion.
TESTS OF STRENGTH.
"That butter is all right," said a
boarding- house keeper. "It is fir
kin outter and tastes of the wood a
"If that is the case," rpplied a
boarder who is a contractor, ,,I
should like to get some of that wood
to make railroad bridges out of."
IN THE CHOIR
"The soprano gave the choirmas
ter a canary for a birthday gift,
remarked the contralto, ,,and he's
named it after her."
"Quite appropriate, eh?" replied
"Yes; I understand the bird can't
sing a little bit." The Catholic
Standard and Times.
DON'T DO IT.
"There is nothiug .that destroys
one's illusions so much as going be
hind the scenes in a theater."
"Oh. I don't know. Have you ever
been in the kitchen of a cheap re
staurant?" Philadelphia Press.
A SWEET TOOTH.
Old Ladj Gracious, little maul
"Ya-a-a-a! I fell iu de molasses
bar'el and me mudder licked roe!"
THE DESPAIR OF SCIENCE
"How about that engagement be
tweeu Cholly Oldtree and Miss
"That died a natural death."
"What wai tho matter?"
"Heart failure, 1 believe." Balti.
. . ILLEGAL.
Ethel That 10 year old boy asked
me to marry nun.
Edith And you threw him over?
Ethel Yts; told him it w as against
the law to catch lobsters so young
jjeutist women are much more
careful with their teeth than men.
Patient- I guess that's right. Mv
Wife locks hers up every uignt. Ex
ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPELT.
Teachei S)ell "through."
Pupil Roosevelt or Webster?
Policeman Say, Pat, why is it I
see you on th? street so frequently of
Pnt Faith, an' it's ineseif thrt do
the afraid t' stt.uy at home.
Pat Of'm 'lfraul Oi'll be arristed
for loitorin', bgorry, Chicago Dailv
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Contractor and builder
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