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A BRAVE COWARD
By H. I. Olovoland.
John Sloan was trembling. His face was
white, hn eyes wandering, while over his
skin ran cold and hot Husoes. His mother
at by tho big window at the west end of
the dining room. Mary Carr was at the
door, her hand upon the knob. She iu
speaking to John:
"Of course, if you have got to be made to
go, there's no heroism in it. The Tenth
Pennsylvania don't want that class of men.
But if jou love me if jou think anything
of the old flag if you go because you ought
to go why, yoji can come and say good-by
The latch clicked and she was gone. Sloun
looked at the troubled face of iiis mother
and left the house. Mechanically he wandered
to the great red barn and the stalls
where sleek horses stamped. There he battled
The Sloan farm in Pennsylvania, on the
banks of the JuaniU river, has been worked
for a hundred years by men of the same
blood. I think the Irving", the -McClelland',
the Curtins, and last the Sloans -all
been the possessors of the
acreage since tuc Ixittlo ol liranclywinc.
J'ach generation of this family down to the
Sloans had a fighting man in the nation's
It is not to be wondered then that the
Sloans suffered in their pride to find that
they wcie the fir I of the race to be without
a military representative John Sloan,
their only son, heir to their goodly estates,
was a physical coward. Jit- knew it, and so
did his gray-haired father and kindly-faced
Morally, he was a clean, wholesome boy.
Physically, he was tall, ruddy-faced, well
muscled and more than good looking. Vet
it whs a matter of horror and shame to him
that he feoied fitoarms, dreaded ihe blow
piven in friendly contest with other boys,
and was in a tremble if bodily harm
I5ut if the sulTcring had been a sore trial
to him in hi earlier days, John Sloan never
realized its full agony until following (he
operations of the American army in Cub.
and the war with Spain there came the
call for troops to serve m the Philippines,
and the Tenth Pennsylvania regiment was
ordered to prepare for service in the field.
The destination of the regiment was Manila.
Word had gone out from Pittsburgh that
recruits would be accepted bj the regiment.
This mcs&Hge readied the settlement about
the Sloan farm in the Juanita country.
Several young men promptly enmc forward
and declared they would culut. The girl
that John Sloan loved and wished to be his
betrothed Mary Carr askid him if he
did not intend to join. His answers were
evasive. Then she called at the Sloan homy
and asked him directly to enlist. And it
was after this scene that John Sloan fled
to the red barn to hide his misery. .
A woman's will is 'stronger w,.in a man's
when that man loves the woman. John
Sloan won a partial victory over his fears
and decided that he would join the regiment.
At ecning tunc the joung man crossed Uie
fields to the Carr homestead. Hg expected
that Mary would be watching fo!rhinijvbut
she was not at the gate nor on thT front
torch. Her mother greeted hirn with the
i "We had a sudden telegram from Iowa,
' John-that Mary's sister was ill,, very ill.
!Pa hitchYd up at once and Mary left on the
r afternoon train. She's gone to Cedar
ids, 'cause- none of the rest of us could go.
'She left this note for yau."
. The lines within ran like this:
, "John, mother will tell you about my
hurried going. 1 have prajed every mm-
ute since F'left your home that you would
see yourdaty clearly. If when yoa receive
'this youjiave' decided to enlist you will know
J.hat you have made your best friends very
; happy and.dane your duty to your country
and the flag1: Mary."
It is making u long story rightfully short
to say tluf tho next day he left for
passed, through the test of
ivc accepted and asigncd to
V, of the Tenth Pennsylvania. A letter
which his father had written to Col.
Hawkins, commander of the regiment,
cured him some courtesies lie otherwise
-would not have received.
, He wrote to Mary Carr, at Cedar Rapids,
.the date his regiment would leave Pittsburgh
and its route to San Francisco, and it was
after this letter was gone that he was seized
,with an inspiration He made his way to
captain and to'il him frankly that he
would like to 'cove Pittsburgh several days
ahead of tliejicgiiueiit and meet it at Cedar
Hopids as.it traveled wca,t. lie said frankly,
also, that, the'Tenson for his going to Cedar
Itapid .jvas.&yWotiian. Ten hours later he
was fin tin way tcTCh'icago, "dressed in his
regiii. p s. and marked by nil alio
- I. .ii ua u recruit for the Plu.ippiucs.
1 His pence of mind did not increase as the
,JCorth Western carried him fiom Chicago
to Cedar Kapuis, .uiosj the Missiuippi into
Jflie fertile fie'ds of Iowa,
Jy It is not necessary to go into the details
of Sloan 4 meeting with Mary Carr, nor the
ilbte p'eadiug on his part that before
.lie " .. io. 1 jj.ve him !.er plighted
word. When the moment of final separation
was at hand, she said to him:
"You know, and, I know, that I care for
you how much it is not necessary to tell.
Let the way you do your duly at the front
-prove to mehow much or how little lam to
rare for you 1n the future, I am not sending
on to gieatuess, but, oh, John, I want
you to ecme back a proven man, andand
ythc dav you do I will give you my final answer.
(, How, and God be with you, till
nve i set oc.iin."
. Sloan joined his regiment, crossed with
them lbs h.storic Union Pacific and Central
Pacific railroads, nnd came at list to the
J'residio at San Francuco, where the regiment
was stationed for a short time.
The ssihng was on June 15, and as the
transport, passed out of the Golden Gate on
her long journey to the orient, he leaned over
the rail of the troop deck until the land had
entirelj faded from sight, sick at heart, unmanned,
a pitiable object to himself if r.ot
to he companions. One of them threw his
arm nlnut the neck of Sloan and sang out
in g'eeful tone:
'Then stand to your glasses steady
And drink to your comrade's eyes,
Hire's a cup for IhS dead and the dying,
Hurrah for the next ono thai dies."
i Sloan shuddered, broke away, and hid in
his bunk. Overhead was Col. Hawkins,
Harnett, Maj. Cuthbcrtson, tho gentle chaplain,
Hunter, and other heroic leaders.
And although Sloan did not know it then,
there wai one captain above whoso thaught
was upon him,' and whom he was to learn to
call ".My Captain" to the end of his days.
...This captain carried in his effects a letter
from John Sloan's father in which were
"My boy is going to battle in your command.
Years ajo your father and my
'tr";t lirollier went to battle as comrades, and in
fcl. 4tLTl. thahrfitnrollictyo'uratherfel!, wounded
HUsflLj V&Mv blullier carried In in In a nface nf tufrt
and in the end nursed him back to atrengtu.
I ask you to care for my boy as one of mine
once did for yours. He is a good lad, but he
needs a fri.ud now as he never did before."
And this wai the reason why, after the
transport had cleared Honolulu nnd was
on the last tack for Manila, that John Sloan
found himself detached from his company
and on duty in the ofiicers' qua! ten, where,
much to his surprise, a certain captuin
often spoke kindly to him and gave him en-
"I have watched you enough, Sloan, to
know that you are mortally afraid of what
w e are going into. You are a bundle of nonsensical
nerves; but whatever is going U
happen when we are on shore, remember
this, Sloan, don't run."
Men pray even in these hard days, and
John Sloan prayed that night for strength,
prajed as only a man can who knows that
he is a coward, yet is determined to fight to
the end. In the morning, while looking over
his kit, he came acroM a is
railroad folder, which was the only one remaining
of several he had provided himself
with when starting from home, and somehow
it gave him cheer and comfort to repd
the old familiar names in the state, and to
know that back there many were thinking
and living for him.
The landinir was roiseh. Their transport
had nassed ui the harbor by the Oljmpia,
! the Kalcigh, the lloston, flags tlymg, bands
playing, and the great admiral on his bridge
bowing and raising his hat as the troops
cheered, which had come to his aid. Kven
Sloan forgot his fidgets, and waved his cap
high in the air, and yelled;
Manila was still in the hands of the Spanish.
Aguinaldo was seeking to secure recognition
from the United States, and at the
same time to capture Manila and loot the
city. Dewey was holding the insurgents
in check and preparing to take tuc city. 1 lie
Tenth Pennsylvania was landed at Cavite,
and then marched to the trenches at Malatc
in front of the Spanish outposts. Active
service was commenced at once. The first
duty that came to Sloan after the regiment
was in the trenches was that of picket. His
post was on the edge of a thicket, scarce a
mile from the Spanish line. The tropical
rains had commenced, and the fever
was already upon some of the men.
He was given particular instructions to
watch out for a surprise, the Spaniards having
displayed great activity during the day
along the front of their line.
Wrapped in his rough weather coat, holding
his gun underneath it to keep it dry,
Sloan paced up and down his post, splashing
in the water, wondering nl the brilliancy ot
the lightning, and shivering in dread an
ticipation of trouble. A Hash of lightning
showed lnin figures on the plain, in front of
him. moving toward him.
Only the enemy could come from that direction.
Sloan stood still as if welded to the
ground. His hair rose on end. He jelled
nnd fired in the. direction of the advancing
Stnnge, is it not, that that shot fired by
John Sloan, coward jfavo to the American
vr.ry its notice of tlio advance of the
Spaniards at Malate, defeated the encjiy.
and made a hero of a trembling, frightened,
half-boy, half man!
Sloan, after tiring, ran back towards his
own lines and stumbled or fell at the feet
of that captain who had first encouraged
him to do his duty. He jumped up out of
the slush, saturated, and was ordered to take
position with his company. Twice during
the battle did Sloan have the wildest desire
to run. Hut, as it has done many timet before
in the world's history, that name
"Mary" held him to his place and duty.
When ruonrng came and it was realized
that American pluck and valor had won the
daj, it was Moan's captain, who, sending for
"You knew your duty last night. You
have p.iud yourself in line for promotion.
The colonel knows of your service as picket."
Then, on: of tho lioy's heart rushed all
those years of misery and doubt; all those
unnamed fr..r that held manhood back and
kept him the child. There came messages
from far-away home. At the end of his
iuolhci's letter there was a penciled line:
"The Dodd boy have written home of
your bravery at Malatc. We hear jou may
be promoted. Kiep up, John M.iryCjrr."
That kind of a love letter wouid not
all men, but it did satisfy John Sloan,
who tucked it awaj in his blouse and read
it many times in the days to come. He
would sit in the shade of his tent, read the
short lines from Mary Carr over, draw out
his North-Western railroad folder, and on
the ground work out the topographn.nl map
of the long range of country from the Golden
Gate to the Juanita region.
Other soldiers came to watch his self-appointed
task. Some suggested the outlines
of the Missouri valley, others the location of
Ames and Clinton, still others the topographical
building of that beautiful sweep
of Illinois from Clinton to Chicago, The
little time table and folder from which they
drew i he r gmeral plan was preserved as
thong. i in uitnneic value. Nostalgia,
that dread disease of all armies called
in the Gcrn.au 'Ilcimutli," in KnglUh
"IIomesickni'Rj" was fought oil" with this
strip of printed paper and these rounh tracings
on the face of the earth, time and time
Tlicro was r.ot much soldiering to be done
after tho July fight until late in December.
Hostilities with the insutgents commenced
shortly afterwards, and by
real war was again raging on the island of
Luzon. The day and tho night of February
4 will be remembered by Sloan so long as
During the day of February 4 insurgents
kept creeping up on thp American outposts,
and then.- w.w desultory tiring. That night
Sloan was stationed on picket perhaps
200 yards from a Chinese hospital in which
wcru several hundred Filipinos. The
darkness of an oriental evening had
alreo.dy settled down when a number of these
insurgents attacked the American lines or
outposts at tho point where Sloan was
placed. At the first scattering volley that
apprised him he was under fire, lie ran like
a madman toward his own lines. There was
a ditch to cross, and in the brush of its hot
torn was a Kirbcd wire. Becoming entangled
in this he fell and stunned himself,
while his regiment, coming to the front,
pussed over him, and men of the hospital
corps picking him up for wounded sent him
to the rear. There it was quickly discovered
that with the exception of a cut on his head
from the fall, Sloan was uninjured, and he
was ordered back to the front
At daybreak word camo to the Tenth that
a charge whs soon to be ordered. The captain,
of whom Sloan was so proud, was near
him and quietly taking note of his wn'tched
countenance. Of a sudden lie ordered Sloan
to come to him, und when the Utter approached,
"Someone on the picket line ran last night.
Was it you?"
"Yes," said Sloan,' feeling a strange relief
come over him at getting the truth out.
"Well," said the captain, speaking very
slowly, "you ought td be shot. As it is, fight
to daj for God's sake fight "
Sloan went hack to thu hmU all in a flame,
the blood coming hot and then cold in his
veina. Tho bugles rang, oiliccri shouUd,
to any address by W.
that ftrnil'lilniii i,
VSISJ VtWIIIIILOD U'l
i I 'JJ
and the line of American boV. Jui
ward, first very then, gaiiilRIV
mentum, increasing the speed until it wA
mad rush, and every man on his metal
rcacn inc nospuai nrst, biiots were no
ping from it, men were falling, Landia went1
clown ana otners, nut the tush never
Hut the maddest of all sights was John
Sloan, battens, far beyond his own line, running
like a liaro for the hospital, gun well up
but never tiring a shot. Ofiicers yelled in
astonishment as he i-an by them, privates
envying him his gait, shouted in encouragement.
He was a stimulant to the entire
line this coward from th Juanita countrj'.
He was in front of the walled church now,
eager to fight his wa in, Men wem
on all sides of him, and there was the snap
of tlames in the thatch. Suddenly the earth
seemed to slip uiy from him, his head
whirled, he threw- up his arms, and went
down, wounded. Sloan had given his blood
in atonement for his cowardice, and no man
can do more than that. When his senses
returned to him he was in the field hospital,
nnd liis lett done up in bandages.
There ho remained until March, receiving
from home many kind letters, but none so
dear ns the one which ran like this:
"I know all about what you did; everybody
is talking of your bravery; if you were
here 1 would tell you, John, what I think of
you; do, do come home. MAHY CA1UI."
Hut John Sioun was yet to fight at Malolos,
to cross a Filipino river under fire with
Funston, the men swimming side by side, to
be with the Utah battcrj. the Tlaltevtith
Minnesota, the men from Oregon and Nebraska,
and when Malolos was taken he
was to fall in the middle of its main streets,
shot again as he held the colors high for the
cheer of his comrades. It was then he was
taken back to Manila as Scrgt, Sloan, of the
Tenth, and nursed until such strength
back as enabled him to return to the dear
old railroad folder and with pcneil and nancr
this time map out the long journey home
from the Golden Gate over the Union Pacific
and the North-Western to the JuaUiU
The Tenth came into Manila to relieve tha
Fifty first Iowa at Cavite, and theru to it
came the glad news that it was ordered horn
and would go as soon as the transport was
rcadj The gallant rrgiineiit had Oil
days on the firing line, and made a w onderf ul
record for bravcrj . The latter part of Juns
the men went on lxvml ship, anil late in -July
reached San Francisco, bringing into tha
Golden Gate the bodj of Col. Hawkins, who
had died en route.
The Union Pacific and
brought them over the Sierrs, through tH
ICockics, the plains of the Platte and
safely to Chicago. A little later they wem
in Pittsburgh, where rojal greet. ng awaited
them. Hut Sloan could not wait for this,
and hastened to the home of Marj- Carr
John was at the foot of a smah hill, when,
looking up the path to the summit, he saw
her coming For a moment she did not see
him, but paused to guthera Honor by the way.
Then he wa.ked up toward her, one hand
outstretched. Now she recognized him, and
there was n tlamc in tho hazel eyes, and flame,
on the snit checks, and the quick, heart giving
He was by her side now. the white hand
ot the maiden caught in the brown of the
"I have come," he said, all the old fca
gone, "a long waj to toll you that I an
longer afraid I have done my duty." TI
witha touch of pnde. "I wasoftcn troubled:
I did many things I ought not to have done,
but I have conquered myself. Maty, Mary,
I want you!"
For no hero of war or of peace can then
be greater reward than the live of a pure
woman. The emoluments of governments
or the rewards bestowed bj patriotic citizens
sink into significance bidc the giving
to a man of a good woman's heart. There
came nestling into the hand of John Sloan
not one white hand but two, and the face of
Mary Carr was lifted to his' and her lipt
gnen to linn.
Then she turned back with him, and the
two, thus united after sore trial, walket1
their happy wa up to the old farm and the
old folks waiting there. Much had Sloan to
tell, much to go over Mid over again his
fighting, his wound, I. is mjnad experiences
in Malaylnnd but when he had told all he
would that night, he brouzht out the failrd
North-Western folder, and he tossed it into
the lap of Mary Carr, with the words:
"That was a living link with home to us
in the field and at Manila keep it forever,
it did much to save me for you."
And, being a woman, she asked him why,
and in time he told her this story.
Note. Upon receipt of six cents in post
ie stamps, this complete in Iwok
form, handsomely illustrated, will be mailed
II. Kiiiskern, ?. Fifth
STORY OF QUEEN LIL.
A .Vloment of Kinliiirriisaiiirii I nl a
itevriitloii After Mic !,(
Young Al lierry, son of Congressman
Al Ilcrry, of Kentucky, said n
navnl olliccr who vviu in Honolulu
when the Hawaiian ilag was replaced
by the xturs and stripes, was in Hono
lulu in some kind of official capacity
when I was there; once, and was on
particularly good terms with Queen
Liliuokaliiui nml her entire court.
And I may say that in this regard
he wns nbout tho only American who
was. How hc got there I don't know,
but lie was one of your irreslatiblu
kind of KcntiickiaiiK who conquer admiration
in hplte of nil obstacles. Ho
could pay anything lie pleased nnd do
all manner of startling things, but
that only seemed to make the queen's
people fonder of him, nnd when ho
offered to tako me to call on her majesty,
nt a Httlu reception she cava
In the afternoon after the Ilag ceremonies
were over, 1 felt that I was
safe In ncceptlng. It was u very informal
niTiiir and we were soon in tho
royiu presence and I wns duly Introduced.
Then the young man huddenly
upset mo In 11 places at onco and gave
me n fit of the nervous
"Well, your majesty," he snl
that boyish and brcczv manner ,fM
not Jess nt home In n qtieen'a
man on a niuo grans farm, "W
It feel to bo out of a ol)nfjl
I felt like going Uirouiil
but J Jerry never jt ibMi.,m
'oiuut - tnev icei uiiisi e.i
it f'om their inner coiuclousncss,
from tit post history of country and
llr Put rem
ftc im It I'nys.
cut tnlk of nn early
etition In Ohio next year, in
o net the lince nnd cuuril nRiiInst
"nny, opposition to the reiiuininntion of
the Hir sldent which may crop out," In
ftiUjcif nnd slnlllcnncc. Why
suoiuii iiii.vuiiiifr oi son do
iiirecuon, without an
,td cnndlilnte ngninst Mr.
lo nil nppcnrnnce, the next re-
icnn convention will be notliini?
thnn u ratification nieetinir to tuif
through, without opposition or protest,
thojsfcond term pinna of President
nnd Mr. Hnnnn.
TJ it douhtsnntl apprehensions should
be entertained in Ohio is most Rlninilnr
of a. Ohio hnn just recorded, so the
ndrtV.istrntloii ninthemattclnna tell us.
n JhrcUct of (sweeping nppronl nnd
iiulfscnient of the MuKiuley
nl in. F.very vote cast for Nnsh uns.
of f um n vote in fin or of the rcconil
tern ccry ote cast for Jones- was
ctii' nccording to the official
rah 'it explanation, under tin impress
ftliv mill ,iones was n trine
Kb' ry mil 11
trHl' were ki
vol wiih intc
:rtv, from the logic and proprieties of
man .MiMinnci, it tuc
known, probably McLean's
ciicliil as an Indorsement
nnil appnnal of the McKInley mliiilnlv
. ..i .. I.. .11 I... 11-1 1. . ..!.
'ii in iiiij, qucii
lions, need the imce be tet? Who
I conspire to s.et on foot
men against the renoiniiiatlon of n
dent o signally nnd multifariously
guilty conscience, it is km id, needs
An administration con-
n s oi us own utter weakness ntur
f'nrss cannot sliakr oil the fear that,
eer et. opposition from some source
situation, ns an astronomer deduces
vv planet, or a chemist the existence
IMPERIALISM IS COSTLY.
'Tlir of ConllniiliiK I.nrRrs
Oiitllita" Will lit Continued
It i Kpncn,My admitted, the news
rrportn tell tin, Hint no general rher
nntf linrlwr or public, building bill will
lie pnsscd liy the conprciw now in sea-
hIoii. "In .Iew of the- heavy expend!-
I tiircs for the tinny nnil navy," It la
Muted, "nnd the for contlnn
Tho Held may be surveyed in 'Ing large outlays Indefinitely, the re
will ccmpel the nomination of a
sfrorger man. The corrupt but
republican bosses, who have been
ftd with the richest of the iMitronntrr nt
Mr. McKinlej's disposal, will stand by
him onlv as lon its it sroms to Kiy
tllcni toi'oso and well the administration
knows It. So fully do the
ami olllcclinlrfer1 comprising the
rnpubin.m Inner circle rcttlixc the
winl.n.ss. the vacillation, the vulnerability
cf the MrKinley administration,
that tl cannot believe it possible that
the par i rank and tile will acquiesce In
the 'rind term projert President
iMcft.nbv's Ohio friends are pr paring
kill fight in opposition which they can-
-jot n't nut which, in me very nature
cvlously unknown element.
pretended confidence of Mr. Me-
'a supporters In nothing but pri
ce. I hey Know how weak nnd
rnble n candldntc he wilt be; and
liclr only hope, in case
Is that the democrat li?llendrrs
WKl overlook the weak spots, to Mrlke
at those where McKhilevlsni cannot, nt
present, be successfully attacked. Albany
THEY CAN'T SIIAKE BANNA.
The Ohio Itriniltllrnii llnaa !
Disposed to Mrp Dunn .
Whoever started the report
Mark Ilannn would "quit" so long
as he had any political interests or
friends to help, cither did not know the
man. was misled by false information
or willfully sought, for some- purpose,
to create a false inmprct.sion among
Senator Hnnnn is n mild-mannered,
mild-speaking man. So
was "Truthful James," but when, In
the language peculiar to his associations,
It came to u "show down," James
was a frightful terror and bis enemies
took a Filipino gait to the refuguof tall
prairie grass or some friendly bit of
tiifibcr growth In the immediate
The senator has many of the same
attributes, directed, of course. In the
approved channels of n higher civiliza
tion. Some of this may be charged to
environment. The senator grew up
with the lighting McCooks. He used to
hobnob with Kdwln M. Stanton when
court was In session, despite n disparity
In yenrs. He heard Garfield preach,
lived across the creek from
lived In the same vnllay with
nnd In the vciy storm center of
troublo In tho old days.
This was a school for courage, persistency
nnd lasting qualities. lie
fought his way to the front. In the business
world. No one ever got the best
of him without knowing that there had
been nn nvvfiii fight. llu never went out
In Kcnrch of friends, buttliose tovvhom
he professes that relationship can depend
on him through all kinds of weather
nnd nil seasons of theyenr. He known
nothing nbout letting go when, he has
taken hold. He Is not always tactful or
politic, but he is in deadly earnest and
Has the tenacity of porose that
the lamented Zacli Chandler.
Ulght or wrong In the estimation of
apposing critics, when Senator Hniina
;liart out a course he is going to sail
It or go down trying. If tiny of his op
ponents have based their plans on the
ellcf that the prospect of rough
vlll drive him to luirbor they will be
ijo mane uuicrent arrangements.
kNnsh wns out for the
.Viwvo bosses who
s?I1h In both
publican leaders do not feci justillcd in
favoring internal expenditures tbnt
can be deferred."
This announcement la. significantly
typical of the course to be-followed' by
the Imperialist congress prepared to
rntlfy the president's policy of militant
expansion in the eastern hemisphere.
It Is n logical beginning for Imperialism.
It may safely be taken for granted that
"the necessity for continuing large
Indefinitely" for the strengthening
of the army and niny will exist coincident
nnd equal in duration to American
Imperialism Itself. The two evils imperialism
nnd militarism cannot be
separated the former creates the latter,
from which In turn It receives the
Imperatively neceswiry support of the
Under these new conditions, what Is
co natural iik that "icpuhlictm leaders
do not feel justified in favoring Internal
expenditures?" Hiislng their demand
for the large outlay for army and navy
Increase that must be "continued Indefinitely"
upon the nntlonnl rctcnuen
as nt present. In force, It Is seen that for
thelncreascditillltnry evpeudlture there
iiiu.M be n corresponding decrease of
expenses In some other direction. The
retrenchment will be made In Internal
affairs just ns U the case with the
great (lowers of Kunpe, where everything
Is MibordltiHtcd to the necessity of
maintaining big nrmlrs.
It will be well for twopU to understand
why there will be no appropriations
for river nnd linrltor Improvements,
for the erection nml
nntH'e of public building uml for other
Internal betterments by the present
congress. If we arc resolved UHn be-coming
world vower, weinut.mj the
price of kueh powers-pay It in money
and in Amerioan blood nml In the arrested
development of our eountrj '
legitimate growth witjiln lt own
limits. This necejurtty H'n'h Inevitable
umler mi imptriMlisl jnilley ns
that dnrktie.sH shall fotlow ln Mtf Ut.
The price of imperialism will be high,
and the terms will be both "jour money
ihI your life." Are thtf Americnn people
vsilling to jwy lnirislUm'n price
and accept Imperialism's terms? St.
I .on is nepubllc.
METHODS OF TRUSTS.
Uriiilt In Hip Tin IMnlc Inilualrr
TliriiiiKb Hie Inlluenee of
The testimony given before the industrial
commission ut Washington reveals
in ii clear light the purpoc, tho
methods and thu ruMtlts of industrial
The tin trust is n. typical product
of the tnrilT. A tin plate maker of
Washington, Pa., testified that his
company cleared SO per cent, profit
Inst year, when tho price of tin was
S2.f0 per box the lowest ever known
for plate. Since then Ills company bus
sold Its plant to the trust, nml the
price of tin plate has been advanced
to Sl.Co per hundred. This said the
witness, "In out of proportion to tho
ndvnnce in vvnges and raw material."
Under present conditions "S3.S1 would
be u profltnblo price."
The American Tin Plate company
vims capitalized at JiO.OCO.UOO. At the
time the trust was formed tJie plants
comprising the combination could
hare been bought for $12,000,000. To
protect the monopoly member of tlio
trust have secured control of machinery
used in the manufacture and refuse
to m11 It to independent mills.
The witness considered the tnrili' essential
to tho protection of tho tin
plate Industry in this country, but. he
would not say that so high n tariff
ns the present was necessary to Its
As a matter of fact the American
Industry wns drveloped nnd nourished
under tho Wilson tariff, which
was just half tho McKlnley rate. To
complete the story, n tin can manufacturer
testified that the quality of
American plate has deteriorated since
the formation of the trust, owing to
the thinnest; of the coating of tin
the natural result of n monopoly of
the market. N. Y. World.
There may be an alliance between
drent Ilrltnln and Mr.
There in none between Orcat
Ilrltnln and the United States. X. Y.
There can be no efficient reme
dy ngaltist trusts so long ns there nro
high protective. tarllTa In this country.
The fountain must bo cleaned out before
the wuter In the hi renin enn be-come
pure. Peoria Herald-Transcript.
The election frhud disclosures In
Philadelphia show that republican
fctronghold to be tho rqttenest, most
corrupt place In tho country, so far as
elections are concerned. New York
In Iloss Tweed's time nml tho south
In reconstruction days were fairly decent
compared with the workings of
Quay's gangs of repeaters, thugs iinil
perjurers. IsidlnnapoliH Sentinel.
--Marcus A. Hnnnn is credited
with the Idea of organizing the 200,-000
or more men who volunteered for
the tinny nml navy during tho wnr
with Spain Into n "Spanish-American
Wnr Veteran' association" and with
malting them eervlceable to tho
"pnrtv" In the next presidential campaign,
lie would linvn a sort of pre-V-Hn
guard. Of course, Hnnnn Is
.. 'i' promises of pension to tho
JMrt . Mubiirch Post.
M - a -vs.
iW tea - h?L
ON THE MESSAGE.
of llpinticriille Journals
I'mliUnCa I'mier to
It ought to be plain, to every reader
of the message that tho people ennnot
hope for anything -but. Increase upon
lncrrnse ot expenditure ln aid of nil
sorts of projects, chiefly private, so
long ns the pnrty of which Mr.
Is the ohos.cn head remains In power.
It Is a soothing document, with no
Irritating touch upon any sore, subject
of political controversy prcclscly
vvhat might have been expected from
President McKlnley the jenf before
the prtsldentlal election.
will come when Congress shall undertake
the neccssnry task of forcing
the hnnd of the executive. Philadelphia
In the 40,000 words, more or less,
which the president unloaded yesterday
upon n helpless congress, there Is
not one clear-cut, Inspiring thought.
The message has some good points and
some bad, like any average report of u
bureau clerk. Tho president's views on
the Philippines are as vague as his Idear
nlsmt Cuba. Ills wisdom consists In
passing responsibility along.N. Y.
As to the trusts, the president Itsufll
elently frank nnd direct. That "what
ever power congress powessrs over this
most Important subjret should br
prompt l.v nseet tallied nml asserted."
The Post suggest that as n beginning
congress might deal with a few of I he-worst
culprits In nil ei7otijnl inniitici
by making a reduction in the altitude
of the tarilT schedules, the shelter
of which they arc ojHrailng.
Washington Post (Iitd.).
With the exception of half a dozen
sentences there Is Nothing In it that
conveys any new Information or any
new v less s of the irel,.iii' jmiIIkv. It
ha all been nnnounerd or foreshadowed.
It p;it nothing in a rrn" striking
war. It Is filled with platitudes and
ambiguous phrases, with high-sounding
declarations that mean nothing.
The president has soma' pratty boh!
words lo sny about the trusls. I,et us
hope they are ,,nrrrt and not merely
n sop thrown to tlm pawitcful antitrust
srHtimrnt ainantf the posqilcllow
much of sincerity there Is In Mr, .Mcs.
Kliilev'n iilterauers will be slmwn by
the altitude toward tha tnisUnof the
sdiulnlst ration loaders in congress.
The president alludes to the
rebels, thus In lima ting t hot they
have eitlreiisv of the faulted States.
A man cannot vsell tie a reWI or tiwltor
toagnverinuent to which he Iuik' never
owed or acknowledged allegiance. The
presUnt' apparently considers allegiance
? ilurchasflble esuiimodlty,
worth about" t be nil.
Gram! HaiTjJXJinoenit. - ym5t
Scveral'thlngs that the pesiplc would
like to have known, as they are the
government, with the pnwlilont ns
their executive rcpreentatlve, nre not
hinted nt. There is nothing ns to the
rumored alliances that are agitating
the world, nothing about the plans for
keeping the Chinese itooropcu, nothing
b.v I he way of related fuels that wins
not before known. Metridt Free .Press.
When he snvs that nil of the amendments
to the rules promulgated by htm
last May had "for their mnln object n
more elllclent nml satisfactory administration
of the svstem of appointments!
established by the service law,"
be makes a statement widely at variance
with the facts. The whole world
kiiowsthat hesiirrcndeiiid to the
on that occasion. IlulTalo Courier.
In two words the president's
is extravagance niidiuplre.
He perfunctorily reminds congress of
its "rcsiMinsibllltira;" so would sir. It
Is to congress that vie must now turn
for defense against executive, usurpation.
The president's message is in tho
main it long recnird of change of
wrought so far on his
own Y. Fvenlng Post.
And whnt is his rci'ommendntlou as
to trusts? Simply und solelyjthat congress
shall give the subject "studied
deliberation" "resulting In wise and judicious
action." It is a lame ami Impotent
conclusion. It would be gross
flattery to call it a statement of policy
or of principle. It is In effect a confession
of mental sacuWy as to n matter
of iHiIltlcal discussion.-- N. Y. Times.
In his treatment of tho broad question
of n Philippine policy the president
slides easily from unctuous expressions
of liencvoluence to blows
with the Iron heel. The Filipinos are.
"Insurgents." "rebels," nnd they must
be crushed. Mr. McKlnley does not
see that these brown men arc fighting
fur the same right for which our fathers
of tho American republic fought
a century nml n quarter ago. lloston
The message is not n frank, unequivocal
declaration for Imperialism, but n
verbose and labored effort to conceal
the rcul purpose to drag the American
republic uvyny from Its early Ideals,
and, with the glamour of expansion and
high-hounding phrases nbout tho obligations
thrust upon us by destiny, to
blind a people to the
renl chnroetc of the policy' which It .
Is proposed to enforce Louisville
i i '2
There Is n new railroad, car, that bj
Its own motion compresses nmmouln.
gas to liquid, tvtiicli In going through
the pines expands und produces Unnecessary
coldness In the air.
The fastest Huropcnn long-distance
train runs from Purls to Ilonlcaux,
3CC4 miles In blx hour and
minutes, or 12.-' milts uu hour. Including
The Loudon Trnmwpy and Hallway
World nave arrnuircu for an iuwiia
tlonal tramways and light rally
uiuiiiqii, o; its muu