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Wayne County Organ
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HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1908.
Calls President "Reck
"Arrogates More Power
Than the Kaiser."
DENIES VARIOUS ASSERTIONS.
Declares That, 80 Far at the World la
Conctrned, Its Proprietor May Go to
Jail, but Even In Jail It Cannot Be
Muzzled Message to Congress Call
ing For the Prosecution of Mr. Pu
litzer For Criminal Libel Denounced
aa Asserting the Doctrine of Lsze
Majesty "Mr. Roosevelt's Lamenta
ble Habit of Inaccurate Statement"
New York, Dec. 10. Joseph Pulitzer,
proprietor of the New York World,
made reply today to the message sent
to congress by President Itoosevelt In
regard to the Panama canal purchase.
As regards the epithets "lying," "li
belous," "wantonly," "wickedly,"- "In
famy," Iniquity," applied by the presi
dent to the' doings of Kir. Pulitzer's
newspaper, Mr. Pulitzer calls the pres
ident "a reckless, unscrupulous dema
gogue" nnd says he "bulldozes judges,"
"besmirches coir-ess," assails the in
tegrity of "courts and has "vilified the
honor of citizens," grossly libeled the
United States and "maintained a reign
of terror." He says:
Mr. Roosevelt Is mistaken. lie cannot
muzzle the World.
While no amount of billingsgate on his
part can alter our determination to treat
him with judicial Impartiality and scru
pulous fairness, we repeat what we have
already said, that the congress of the
United States should make a thorough
Investigation of the whole Panama trans
action that the full truth may be known
to the American people.
It Is a most extraordinary circumstance
that Mr. Roosevelt himself did not de
mand such an Inquiry. All his protesta
tions of outraged virtue, all his torrents
of Imprecation and denunciation with the
amazing assertion that "there Is nothing
whatever In which this government Is In
terested to Investigate about this trans
action." The World fully appreciates the Impor
tance and significance of Mr. Roosevelt's
statement when he declares to congress
that the proprietor of the World "should
be prosecuted for libel by the govern
mental authorities" and that "the attor
ney general has under consideration the
form under which the proceedings against
Mr. Pulitzer shall be brought."
This Is the first time a president ever
asserted the doctrine of leze majesty or
proposed In the absence of specific legis
lation the criminal prosecution by the
government of citizens Who criticised the
conduct of the government or the conduct
of Individuals who may have had busi
ness deallngB with the government.
Neither the king of Great Britain nor
the German emperor would venture to
arrogate such power to hlmBelf. John
Adams' attempt to enforce the sedition
law destroyed the Federalist party In
America. Yet Mr. Roosevelt In the ab
sence of law officially proposes to use all
the power of the greatest government on
earth to cripple the freedom of the press
on the pretext that the government lteelf
has been libeled and he is the govern
It Is true that the World printed the
public 'reports concerning the Panama
canal affair which resulted from William
Nelson Cromwell's appeal to the district
attorney's office during the recent cam
paign to prevent the publication of a
story which was said to be In the hands
of the Democratic national committee.
It Is true alst that when Mr. Roosevelt
made his attack upon Delavan Smith the
World called attention to certain state
ments which Mr. Roosevelt must have
known to be false or misleading and ap
pealed to congress to end all scandal by
a full nnd Impartial Investigation, if
this be treason let Mr. Roosevelt make
the most of It.
Mr. Roosevelt's lamentable habit of In
accurate statement makes it Impossible
to accept either his judgments or his con
clusions. In his message he does not
state correctly even so simple a matter
as the pretended causes of his grievance.
He says, for example, that the World
asserted that there was "corruption by or
on behalf of the government of the Unit
ed States." No such charge was made
by this newspaper.
He says It was asserted that there were
"Improper dealings of seme kind between
agents of the government and outside
persons." No such charge was made.
He says that "among those persons
who. It was alleged, made 'huge profits'
were Mr. Charles P. Taft, a brother of
Mr. William H. Taft, then candidate for
the presidency, and Mr. Douglas Robin
son, my brother-in-law." No such charge
The World has never said that Charles
P, Taft or Douglas Robinson made any
profits whatever. Mr. Taft denied that
lie was concerned In the transaction In
any way, which denial the World pub
lished and accepted. It would have been
equally glad dfegfprlnt Mr. Robinson's de
al! could It Wtr succeeded In obtaining
one from lilm, ns It frequently attempted.
The World has no evidence that he was
associated with Mr. Cromwell and would
accept his word to that effect, for Mr.
Robinson Is an estimable gentleman of
hleh character, whose reputation for ve
racity Is Infinitely better than that of his
If the World has libeled anybody we
hope It will be punished, but we do not
Intend to be Intimidated by Mr. Roose
velt's threats, or by Mr. Roosevelt's de
nunciation, or by Mr. Roosevelt's power.
No other living man ever so grossly
libeled the United States as does this
president, who besmirches congress, bull
dotes Judges, assails the Integrity of
courts, slanders private citizens and who
has shown himself the most reckless, un
scrupulous demagogue whom the Amcrl
n people ever trusted with great power
The World haB Immeasurably more re
ipect for the office of president of the
ITnlted States than Theodore Roosevelt
las ever shewn during the years In which
le has maintained a relgn of terror and
rlllfied the honor and honesty of both
mbllc officials and private citizens who
ipposed his policies or thwarted htm In
So far as the World Is concerned its
jroprletor may go to jail it Mr. Roosevelt
mrceeds, as he threatens, but even In
lall the World will not cease W be a fear
ess champion of free speech, a free press
tnd a free people. It cannot be muzzled.
Progress at Panama.
In n direct nnd unassuming manner
Colonel Goethals presented in his re
cent annual report the story of twelve
months' progress lu the vast and diffi
cult undertaking on the isthmus of
Panama. The report Is devoid of com
plaints or apologies or rash promises
as to the future. The whole country
Is Informed by this plain narrative
tbnt the difficulties in the way of ditch
ing the Isthmus do not grow less for
midable, but the canal problem is be
Colonel Goethals does not make light
of the fact that landslides have oc
curred which Impeded progress by in
creasing the amount of earth to be re
moved, but in removing the earth at
these points care has been taken to
provide for employing steam Bhovels
for this purpose In case of slides in
future. Critics who complained that
ultimate success by the Panama route
was doubtful have been dlsurmed by
the steady achievements of Uncle
Sam's patient engineers.
TICKET SPECULATORS TO GO.
New York's Mayor 8igns Ordinance
Prohibiting Sidewalk Sate.
New York, Dec. 10. Sidewalk specu
iatlon in theater tickets will In thirty
days become a violation of the law as
a result of the action of Mayor Mc-
Clellan In signing an ordinance framed
by the board of aldermen prohibiting
The signing of the ordinance prohlb
Itlng sidewalk speculation In theater
tickets Is the climax of a long fight
which tho theater managers have
waged against speculators.
J. P. Morgan's wonderful collection
of books is variously estimated as
worth from $0,000,000 to $40,000,000.
There are people who would suppose
that the latter sum ought to buy nil
the books ever printed nnd corner the
future product, including the "best
sellers" for a hundred years to come.
Holland wisely allowed Castro to get
away nnd thus avoided having nn ele-
phnnt on her hands. To give him bis
deserts would be to mako a martyr of
him, nnd the whole world will be glad
to see htm sink into the oblivion of
All a mistake for artists to depict
Santa Claus coming In an auto or any
thing like that. Ho usually walks be
cause his pnek and bulging pockets
bar him from the cars.
In the craze to do the holiday shop
ping early New Year's resolutions
sometimes get sidetracked until "the
day nfter" comes round.
We can believe that those Parisians
really stand for reform now that they
tried to repulse Castro before separat
ing him from his money.
Jack Frost's promise of all kinds of
ice next summer can never reconcile
us to his kind of pernicious activity
For a city of endless fog London
makes a big fuss over every trifle In
the shape of a war cloud.
South American republics simply say
to their ex-presldents, "Goodby and
One would never guess from the
message that tho Roosevelt spear baa
found a brother.
It was not laziness nor decline that
kept Mark Twain from launching a
new Joke on his seventy-third birth
day. He know that seventy-three for
him was a Joke on Dr. Osier that the
whole world would appreciate.
Hard Jl to Unhorse Paul Kever
One of those finical men who in
sist that facts are facts only when
riveted down by spot witness affidavits
and vouchers of identity from genera
tion to generation says that Paul Re
vere must "move on" out of history
into tradition and take Longfellow's
epic with him. If it must be tradi
tion galas a star and Boston's "ragged
rebel" won't be lonely touching elbows
with the men of Sempacb, Ivry and
Thermopylae and other heroes in that
twilight land. However, tho ride hat
been ridden in imagination by millions
of boys and girls who became fathers
and mothers and even grandfathers
and grandmothers to more riders. One
and all, they took it for "true or It
wouldn't have beon printed," so it
boots little whether that midnight trip
to Lexington happened or Longfellow
Inrentcd it. Paul Revere is in saddle
That charge into a hot place at Bala-
klava never occurred as the poet de
scribes it, but the rendering of Tenny
son's classic on recitation days was the
battle rehearsal for thousands of
schoolboys who in the sixties really
charged with Lee's "Jeb" Stuart and
Grant's "Little Phil." War is always
what Sherman found It, but tho spirit
to "fight on horseback, footback and
every other back" when nagged too
far makes for peace as much as a big
fleet and in the same way. Also, if
Paul Revere could be unhorsed by col
lision with a little thing like "histor
ical truth," "Horatlus nt tho Bridge,"
"Arnold Winkelrled" and "The 'White
Plume of Navarre" must go too. The
new thought has it that to believe an
idea Is fact hard enough makes It fact
regardless. For certain purposes, not
ably sidestepping dry rot in a na
tion's backbone, this gospel bubbles
with common sense.
Wow For a "Good. Trust."
There have been many attempts to
imitate Barnum in exploiting tho
"greatest and biggest show on earth."
It remains to be seen what John W.
Gates will do with the idea, but this
gentleman has never been known to
leave anything loose that-can be tled.M
He may not have Rockefeller's knack
of assimilating rivals. If not, so much
the worse for the rivals. Gates will
not be satisfied to bead the procession,
Unless he can own it all there won't
be any procession.
When John W. begins to put to
gether "Gates Greatest," etc., there
will be one field of prlvato ownership
of public enterprise where attempt to
enforce anti-trust laws would Insure
n riot. "You can't indict a whole
people," especially when the whole
peoplo are chiefly boys. Gates
might not be able to rally a vote of
confidence at the polls, but be could
count on mustering all the stale eggs
and cabbages, brickbats and cobble
stones necessary to deter a sheriff's
posse from breaking up a circus be
enuso It was too great and big. Per
haps "the plunger" Is going to give us
an object lesson nnd get some fun out
of It for himself. If a big, big show
is not entitled to be "passed unanl
mously without debate" for an immu
nity bath then from whom or from
where shall come the answer, "Pres
ent!" when tho roll of good trusts is
Tbo great hit make by the late Ad
miral Coghlan with tho poem, "Hoch
der Kaiser," in. an after dinner speech
was by no means an isolated achieve
ment for tho gallant sailor. He was
exceptionally happy ns nn entertainer
of good company, nnd wherever he ap
peared at tho dinner table he received
nn' ovntlon at the hands of bis admir
President Roosevelt's step lively
springs must have been out of temper
when they allowed that Washington
chauffeur to "rush" him in broad day
light. Of course Carrie Nation prays that
her effort to teach London suffragettes
new tricks won't cause American tin
regenerates to "smile" tho more.
Now It needs only a Berlin-Tokyo
memorandum underwritten by Chan
cellor von Bulow to make the Pacific
ocean secure in its name.
After all, it may turn out that the
fiercest "rooters" for tariff revision are
people who want protection put on in
stead of taken off.
For a man crowding n century Pres
ident Nord Alexis made- a good sprint
ing record in dodging that dusky lady's
Throo months is ample time for us
to get ready to beat all records at wel
coming the fleet, with several lap
Dorando Staggers and Drops
In Marathon Race.
I INDIAN RUNNER FINISHES ALONE
Kalian Had led Nearly All of the
Diitance of 26 Mile 385
Yards When He
New York, Dec. 10. The Marathon
race between Dornndo Pletri of Italy
ind Tom Longboat of Canada was
won by Longboat. His time was 2
hours 45 minutes fi 2-5 seconds.
As on that memorable occasion of
bis first Olympiad in England, Dornn
do collapsed within sight of the goal,
nnd the Indian runner, who had been
led by n yard or more nearly nil the
way, won the race.
The Marathon fever drew u gather
ing of over 11,000 persons to Madison
Square Garden, and many men and
women were still fighting for admls
siou when the race began.
The distance of the race was the
same as when Dorando defeuted John
J. Hayes, the English Olympiad cham
pion, on the same track, 20 miles 385
ynrds, which over the ten lap track
meanB 202 laps 53 yards.
Dorando's previous time nt Madison
Square Garden, when he beat Hayes,
was 2 hours 44 minutes 20 2-5 seconds.
Longboat won the toss and took the
pole position. Dorando Jumped Into
the lead and set a steady pace, with
the Indian a few feet back. Both were
running easily, but at a good clip. The
first mile was made In 5 minutes 14 1-5
seconds, Dorando leading by two
Longboat took the lead early in the
third mile, but held it for three laps
only, Dorando letting out a link In his
speed and running around the Cana
dian. At five miles Dorando was lead
ing by two yards; time, 28 minutes
27 4-5 seconds.
Dorando then continued in the lead
and at the finish of the tenth mile was
running at n steady fast gait two
yards ahead of his opponent. The time
for the ten miles was 58 minutes 57
seconds, which is 1 minute 0 2-5 sec
onds faster than the time made In the
Hayes-Dorando race for the distance,
There was practically no change be
tween the tenth and fifteenth miles,
Dorando leading at the latter distance
by three yards. The time for the fif
teen miles was 1 hour 32 minutes 2 2-5
seconds. This was 1 minute 41 1-5
seconds better than tho Hayos-Dorando
At twenty-five miles Dornndo was
leading by two yards. A moment be
fore Longboat had made a remarkable
spurt and put himself on an even foot
ing with the little Italian.
Dorando Immediately regained first
position', and the men were fighting it
out In the twenty-sixth mile, with Do
rando in the lead, but visibly weaker,
The chances of Longboat appeared
to Improve in the second and third
laps. In the fourth lap, while the
crowd was crying Itself hoarse, both
men slackened perceptibly.
Then suddenly Dorando staggered
and dropped. Longboat finished alone.
Bread Lands For Bread Liners.
England is overrun with nn nriny of
unemployed, nnd the British govern
ment has conceived n scheme which
aught to forestall any largo recruit
ment to its ranks by refugees from
Ireland. The Idea Is to Increase tho
sum formerly appropriated for Irish
land purchase to relieve idleness and
poverty In the bogs from $500,000,000
to $000,000,000. Tho additional sum
will be put Into grazing lands, to be
lllotted to peasants for tillage. Tho
region to be benefited has long been
overcrowded because tho bulk of the
land was devoted to grazing cattle In
stead of feeding Irishmen.
In this country various plans linvo
been suggested for getting tho unem
ployed out of the cities upon the land.
It might bo cheaper lu the end to fol
low Great Britain's example than to
relieve tho poor In cities by charity
contributions. Many of the unemploy
ed here are country bred nnd have
been gradually lured Into tovnn and
clticB In senrch of n living because the
rise In tho price of land and tho In
crease In tho cost of working It made
farming precarious for tho man with
out capital. Great Brltalu's plan is to
help the Idle who are asking leave to
till the soil for their bread. If any
number of our native unemployed are
In like Bplrlt tho solution for one social
problem that confronts the nation Is
obvious. Free bread lnuds will reduce
au army of "out of works" quicker
than free bread lines.
The Lineup ou Suffrage.
Active woman suffragists will be
likely to congratulate themselves that
organized opposition Is taking the field.
There will be something doing on the
national forum henceforth besides' ab
stract appeals which only now nnd
then arouse serious criticism, but
usually draw cheap rldlculo from the
crowd. All great causes have thrived
In spite of persecution, and sometimes
persecution acts as a blessing. Then
for tho first the cry goes out, "Who Is
not for us is against us," and the
lines are formed for battle.
It Is not probable that there will be
any persecution growing out of the
suffrage agitation except In petty so
cial matters. There Is room for honest
difference of opinion among tho ladles
and the gentlemen whose fealty they
command. Tho singular thing about
It is that both sides insist that they
aim for the highest good of the un
franchised sex nnd of society. Both
cannot be wholly right. It even may
be that neither Is wholly wrong and
that there Is a middle ground. At
present It seems to be a enso for thor
ough debate conducted In good nature
and with mutunl regard for opposing
Talk of amending the British house
of lords was taken as n Joke by the
peers until It was actually proposed lu
secret committee to abolish the he
reditarr debts of tho 520 members
composing that chamber to their seats,
The new lden is to cut the number in
two nnd make all seats elective, which
means tho abolition of sacred rights.
But with Its trndltlonnl powers re
tained, nn elective body might prove
as old fogylsh ns the hereditary one.
Mars brought right down to earth
by that newly Invented telescope
leaves one mystery the less for air
ship pioneers to explore.
If eggs stay high for awhile and
then come down as rapidly as they
went up nobody will. relish shoulder
ing the falling cargo.
With American army officers forced
to do tho fifty mile walk stunts nnd
uavol officers to "say nothing but saw
wood," Field Marshal and Grand High
Admiral William of Ilohenzollern
ought to find tho fatherland good
enough for him, even under tbo relchs
Many current flings at tho slzo of
women's bats arc base Insinuations,
but twelve Inches of rim nnd feather
sticking out of cnrrlago windows
would go as proof in nny court.
That man who cut out the pipe after
smoking nlnety-flvo years probably felt
that ho must either quit or live to be
To the question, "Shall tho peoplo
rule?" some women nro answering,
"Aye, aye, when we nro Included."
Sometimes eggs are tough cases, but,
you could almost see their price grow
The suffragists got tho start of the
Jungle folks In trailing Roosevelt up n
TAFT PLURALITY 1,244,494.
Got 7,637,676 Votes
New York, Dec. 10. The total popu
lar vote of tho vnrlous presidential
candidates at the last national election
was made known In an official form.
The totals show tho following votes
Taft (Republican) 7,G37,C7G
Dryan (Democrat) 6,393,132
Debs (Socialist) 417,051
Hlsgen (Independence) 83,180
Watson (Populist) 33,871
Ollhaus (Socialist Labor) 15,421
rotal for all candidates 14,852,231
rills grand total exceeds by 1,341,531
the total number of votes cast in the
presidential election of 1001, when the
grand total was 13,510,708.
Compared with that election tho can-
llilntcH of tlie Republican, Democratic
ami Social!! parties Increased their
vote this year. The reverse Is true
of the uuulldutcs of tho Prohibition,
Popiillxt niul Socialist Rubor parties.
The biggest difference in a party
te Is shown lu an increase for Bry
an of 1,315,211 over the total vote cast
In 11101 for Alton B. Parker, the Dem
ocratic candidate. Taft received 14,-
100 votes more than were polled foi'
President Roosevelt in 1004, nnd Debs
ran 45,308 abend of his predecessor
on the Socialist ticket.
Debs received his lurgest voto In
Pennsylvania, 30,013; Illinois, 30,711.
and New York, .18,431:
AGAINST LIQUOR IN JERSEY.
Otato Excise Commission Makes a
Strong Report to Governor.
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 10. Fewer sa
loons, fower drug stores, higher license
fees, rigid enforcement of Sundny liq
uor laws nnd making mayors responsi
ble for their observance are leading
recommendations of the report of the
state excise commission made to Gov
Tho majority report recommends the
divorce of the saloou from politics nnd
suggests that provision In the law
should be made whereby brewers or
nny one else directly or Indirectly In
terested In any saloon should be Joint
ly held responsible with the proprietor
of that saloon If It Is run contrary to
The commission declares that Indict
ments could bo found In Atlnntlc coun
ty for Sundoy selling If Juries were
properly draw and not made up of
men so Interested as to not find Indict
ments. IK MARVEL DIES SUDDENLY.
Veteran American Author Succumbs
to Acute Indigestion.
New Haven, Conn., Dec. 10. Donald
Grant Mitchell, the well-known nu
thor, who wrote under the nom do
plumo Ik Marvel, died suddenly at his
home, nenr bore, aged cighty-slx.
Acute Indigestion was the cause of
At the bedside nt tho time of Mr.
Mitchell's death were his sons Harold
of New London nnd Walter of New
nrk and his daughters Mrs. Walter
Hart of Rye, N. Y.; Mrs. Mason Hop
pin and the Misses Elizabeth, Hessie
and Harriet Mitchell, all of New Hn
ven. "WASSERMUCKER," NEW WORD
Means One Who Zealously Fights
Chicago, Dec. 10. "Wassermucker."
This word Is added to tho English lan
guage by President Schneider of tho
Chlcngo board of education In uphold
ing a public schoolteacher who public
ly announced her opposition to the liq
"A 'wassermucker' Is one who dis
plays a marked zeal In lighting tho
liquor traffic. 'Wnsser' is German for
'water,' while 'mucker' Is recognized
by tho dictionaries as meaning u sta
ble cleaner, n low, dirty fellow, nnd
also as a fall In the mud."
PURS AND BARKS MINGLE.
Fine Cats and Dogs Assembled In Chi
cago Exhibition Today.
Chlcngo, Dec. 10. For three days, be
ginning today, the Collsoum Annex Is
to bo filled with fine specimens of cats
and dogs, the exhibits In the annual
cat nnd dog show.
Tho show Is given Jointly by tho
Beresford Cat club, the Western Bos
ton Terrier club nnd tho American Toy
Dog club. Tho number of exhibits Is
greater than ever before, and the show
Is tho finest ever given In Chicago.
SCHWAB PUT UNDER OATH.
tells Tariff Workers What He Knowa
About Steel arid Prices.
Woshlngton, Dec. 10. Charles M.
Schwab, president of tho Bethlehem
Steel company, appeared before the
committee ou ways and means and
gave testimony uudcr oath on the Iron
nnd steel schedule.
Later In the week Andrew Carneglo
will discuss tho snmo schedule. Wil
liam Ellis Corey and E. H. Gary will
also be called.
Fair: colder; vnrlablo winds.