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few days? and I won't be long be
fore I am aroun.d, but I cannot go to
a hospital because it would mean
there .would be no one to look after
the' children, 'so I must stay b.ere.' But
I don't know.
"We never, never had to ask any
one to help us, and it seems as if no
body cares What becomes of one.
How could we go back to Missouri?
It cost us $25 railroad fare, to come
here, and doesn't it seem funny that
the county would pay that much fare
to send us back, yet wouldn't give us
food when we were hungry? And
back there my husband wouldn't
have work, either."
The reasoning of the statistical
charities 1s too hard to follow or to
fathom, but statistical charity stands
as a black blot when it is compared
with that charity that comes from
hearts fu.ll of love and pity for humanity.
GORE; ACQUITTED; SPOILS SYSTEM CONVICTED
Blind Tom Gore has been a senator with clear moral ' vision a pro
gressive from conviction. In the bitter fights attending the launching of
the progressive movement he assayed true gold.
He. was more interested in principles than in spoils. Thus he didn't
move fast enough to suit the appetites of Oklahoma's hungry horde. Re
sult, a "frame-up" to hog-tie or ruin him. ,
The country has read the details of the case, most of them unsavory.
The country, we guess, soon saw through l;hem. It concurs in the verdict
of the lesser jury and cordially proffers congratulations on 'the senator's
The lesson, though, is bigger than a personality or a state. It 'teaches
the infernal viciousnessof easy money.
The mainspring of this abominable attempt to besmirch a brilliant public-career
was the ambition of a coterie of politicians to get a living without
work. They wanted Gore to get then jobs; political jobs; snaps. When he
refused, viper-like, they struck.
These men were husky and quite able to earn their way. But .they
preferred to be carried. They were so eager to ride on a blind man's back
that they didn't hesitate to set in front of him the meanest kind of trap.
' That is the spoils system at its worst.
This administration has seemed at times to be wobbly on civil service
reform. Gore's experience ought to stiffen its backbone.
LIVE ON SUGAR AND FLOUR
Washington, Feb. 19.. With the
exception of sugar and flour the cost
of living continues to mount in spite
of the tariff. The latest figures com
piled, hy the government bureau of
labor statistics show that on October
15, 1913, retail prices -were at a
higher level than at any other time
during the last 23 years and 10
On that- date the average of prices
of food this average being weight
ed according to the average con
sumption in workingmeh's families
was 70.9 per cent above the aver
age prices for the ten-year period be
tween 1890 and 1899. Moreover it
was 7.9 per cent above the price for
the year .before, and 16 per cent above
the price for the year before that.
For these compilations the govern
ment has taken the forty largest
cities throughout the United States.
The record covers the following
articles which have advanced as fol
lows: Potatoes, 42.3 per cent; eggs
14.2; round steak, 12.9; ham, 10.6; rib
roast, 8.8; sirloin steak, 8.3; bacon,
8.2; hens. 7.5; pork chops, 6.3; but
ter, 3.7; milk, 2.7; cornmeal, 1.7, and