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4 THE WESTERN WEEKLY ,
I THE WESTERN WEEKLY
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I E d i t o r i a 1
H ANOTHER EXPLANATION.
B There are a number of joys experienced in conducting the edi-
M torial department of any publication and this paper is no exception.
H Many favorable letters of comment are received encouraging us in
1 our efforts. Then again some communications reach us that rather
1 criticise and condemn our course. We print a sample of the former
B in this issue, and we will make some observations concerning one of
H the latter kind.
H Very recently we published a series of cartoons and sketches
M about a number of the State's most prominent public men, the cartoon-
M ist's imagination was called upon to good-naturedly depict the ap-
M pcarancc of these men twenty years hence, while in a more or less
M facetious manner a story was written about each man, giving an
M idea as to his condition at that future date.
H We received a letter a few days ago from a man who is our
M iiicnd; a representative citizen, an intelligent person, an influential
B member of society, a Republican in politics, and a leading church-
M man in his church. In the course of his letter he remarks aDout as
M follows: "I was very much aggrieved to notice the light minded
M manner and almost frivolous spjrit in which you treated Apostle Reed
M Smoot in one of your recent issues. I think that it is ill advised that
B you treat one of the leaders of the church with such scant deference."
fl . Ordinarily we would pay no attention to a communication of
thi i kind, but out of our high regard for the writer, and feeling that
his opinion may be shared by others we will briefly explain our views
H on thi1; matter.
M We have no war with Senator Smoot. We admire his courage.
M We respect him for his convictions. We think highly of his ability
B and as an honorable, honest, clean-minded man we think he has lew
superiors, but as a politician and as a statesman, we think he is en-
titled to no more regard or consideration at the hands of a public
periodical than any other man in public or official life. A man who
seeks and obtains public position in this free country of our does not
by virtue of that fact become a superior master of the people, lv.it
he becomes their servant, and as the servant of the people his cou-
duct and acts, like the conduct and acts of any other servant become
matters in which the public is more or less interested.
The fact that Senator Smoot is an apostle in the Mormon church
deep not absolve him in the slightest degree from having his affairs
treated in the same manner that other public men's affairs are treated
in the pi ess. And we do not believe Senator Smoot claims- that he
Miould be entitled to any more immunity from the comments .if ihc
j public press than other men. If he does then the argument made by
his opponents that, as an apostle, he should not be a senator. :s true,
because the moment a high ecclesiast in any church steps into the
j political arena he must do so on the same ground that all other men
lVj occupy, who would be public servants, or else he is claiming an unfair
H advantage. If a man aspires for public place and attempts to sur-
round himself with a priestly cloak that shields him from criticism,
comment and observations of the public and press then he is taking
a position un-American and unfair. We do not believe Senator
Smoot nourishes such opinions, and we think any of his friends who
would presume to suggest that as a senator of this State, or as a cin
m didate for public office, that because he is an apostle he is entitled
m to more consideration and deference than any other aspirant for
m office, is doing Mr. Smoot an injustice and is hurting his cause.
m Again we will say that nothing has appeared in the columns of
iH this paper regarding Senator Smoot for which we offer any apology.
sH j -?Z? treated him jst as we would treat any other public servant
m and if his friends think he is entitled to more consideration than other
m public men then we must say we most heartily differ vith them.
sH! 1- ne time when Abral'am Lincoln was being discussed for pub-
H he office some one asked "What has Lincoln got?" and some one else
H answered, "Nothing but lots of friends." If this knt statement were
H true and we think it was, then Abraham Lincoln was a richer and
more fortunate man than are most men.
A leading thinker once remarked that all the real capital that any
man ever obtained was friends. Did you ever stop to consider the real
value of having friends? If you are in business, if you are a profes
sional man, a tradesman, an artisan or anything else, friends are in
valuable. To have someone who is lenient and mild concerning our
weaknesses and who is strong and forceful in defending your virtues '
is something that cannot be overestimated. How many professional
men are there who would have sat for days and possibly years, wait
ing for clients had it not been for the quiet and unnoticed work of
friends? How many business men owe their start to the plugging of
Many men, who have achieved high place and position, are in
debted for their first opportunity to the faith reposed in them by
friends. Some men after having been elevated to honorable positions
by the faithfulness and industry of their friends, when they have be
come powerful and influential have sometimes forgotten what they
owed to their friends. They thought it was because of their own
superior talent and ability that they rose, but after all there are but
few men, however talented or gifted, who did not have some friend 4
who was the means of first directing attention toward their superior "
According to the words of the Lovable Man of Nazareth, "A
friend is one who would lay down his life for his friend." This being
true is there anyone who can say that the winning of friends is not tht
greatest wealth a man can achieve. Yes, Lincoln was rich, very
rich, even though he had "nothing but lots of friends."
A WORD OF ADVICE.
A political campaign is now at our doors and we extend to every
one this piece of trite advice: Don't get excited, keep cool.
In this part of the country in the past we have many times be
come too heated and super-heated in political campaigns and have
wasted and dissipated much energy uselessly away.
You know when it is all over the sun will continue shining about
as it has done for the past few million years ; the earth will continue
meandering around its orbit; the waters will still keep within their
bounds ; the earth will yield forth its crops and the mountains will con
tinue contributing their wealth ; the honest man will still be honest ;
the rogue will still be crooked; the industrious will still work, the
shirker will still shirk and the dear old world will go along about as
before no matter what set of 'officials is elected to office.
What we need more than anything else in political campaigns is
honesty and sincerity among men. If you elect honest men to office
your affairs will be fairly well taken care of and if you elect a thief or
grafter to office we care not on what ticket or platform, he will
plunder or rob you.
The parties nationally have put forward honest, capable, straight
forward men to fill the chief executive office of the nation and our
state will likely do the same. So that unless one is seeking public
office or private gain he need not lose any sleep concerning the future
of the state and nation during this campaign.
Editor The Western Weekly: Aug. 1, 1908.
Out of pure admiration for your courage and the excellence of
your leading editorial today I enclose check for $10 as payment for
five new subscribers for the Weekly. My own views are as you have
expressed it. A year or two ago the News helped to rob its readers
out of thousands of dollars by advertising "The Boy Phenomenal,"
who nightly held forth on the corner near the county jail on Second
South. This quack was said to have carried $35,000 out of this city
before he was driven out of the city by an action charging him with "f
niining a young girl in Cache county. I am utterly disgusted with the
Yours for consistency,
VACATION IS OVER.
The long days of sunshine and summer are now drawing to a
close, most men have taken their vacations and have returned. Some
went to the sea coast, some to favorite watering places, some rusti
cated in the mountains and canyons, others quietly rested beneath the
shade of their own quiet homes, but nearly all have now returned to
their usual vocations and all should be benefitted and strengthened so
that better work and better resua. than ever may be achieved by the
individual and by society. If this be the result then our vacation has v
not been in vain.
D'Annunzio, whose pen apparently knows no r st, has finished
tm,ara"!i aTdrama j modern passion, and the lib. otto of an opera,
entitled, The Rose of Cyprus." He has also put the finishing strokes
to a new version of "Nero."