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NO. I, VOL. IX.
The Gazette is eight years old to
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During the eight years of its
uneventful career The Gazette has
tried to contribute its share toward
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making its influence felt, it is not
for us to say. We will state, how
ever, with a pardonable degree of
pride, that we have done the best
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A SNOBBISH ADMIRAL.
- Admiral Sampson, who gained
some notoiiety after the naval en
gagement of Santiago by a most
discreditable attempt to appear as
the only hero of that battle, has
again placed himself in a very un
enviable position. It seems that
Sampson would have an aristoc
racy in this country, immeasura
Sbly more objectionable than the En
glish nobility. This esthetic ad
miral is in favor of ostiacizing every
poor boy who has not enjoyed what
he terms "social advantages."
It appears that Charles Morgan,
a maty young fellow who enlisted
in the navy as a "third class boy"
-.the lowest rung on the ladder--has
,made an admirable record. The
i--following lines concerning his
5>icareer are from the Times-Demo
--e e was born of reputable parents in New
.-IHe went to school till he was sixteen years
tthe age of seventeen he'enlisted "iin
thrd class"-the bottom of the ladder
SUnited States Navy.
out his life he was noted for his
-intelligence and quickness of de
- In personal appearance, in personal
, i personal conduct, he was uni
aigentleman, although straps shone
i: pasied to thechief gunship with a
record. - .
the dedii ss of Rio de Janerio
.hatt he was praised by the
---the United States navy the
i sm."aanship medal dur
krisnianship prize inJ
be Utitcdl ttads esu opetit-I t.
He asu transferred to the battleship
Maine whean it went to Havana, but on ac
t of delay in the trsosntission of papers
was not aboard the ship at the time of the
He was the chief reliance of the Maine
Investigation committee in Havana harbor
and held the record among the divers who
took part in that work.
He fired the first gun of the Spanish war
at the bombardment of San Juan.
He was intratsted with the fitting out of
the Merrimac before tiobson took her to
be stink in the entrance of Santiago harbor.
When Rear Admiral Simpson planned to
force an entrance to Santiago harbor, Gunner
Morgan was put in command of the expedi
tion by which two small launches were to
make the desperate venture of countermining
the torpedoes of that dangerous channel.
lie was the only ofticer of the United
States navy who was given a sword by his
townspeople during the course of the war.
He was given a sword and a diamond
medal by the people of New Orleans; a
sword by the citizens of Erie, Pa.; a sword
by the citizens of New York, and another
sword by friends of his in New Jersey.
At the risk of his life he rescued in a
runaway accident members of Senator
Matthew Stanley Quay's family.
While stationed at Newport, R. I., he
was made secretary of the Laurence club.
It is not surprising that with such
a good record Gunner Morgan de
cided to apply for promotion. On
Feb. 13, x9or, he addressed Samp
son these modest lines:
"I served on the flagship New York dur
ing your o,manand of the fleet; you will
know whether my abilities. whatever they
may be, are of such merit as to warrant me
in tilling the position of ensign. If in your
estimation I am worthy of this position, I
should be most grateful to you if you will
recommend me to the department."
Sampson not only refused to in
dorse Morgan's application but he
gratuitously added insult to injury.
He wrote that he appreciated the
merits of the applicant, but did not
consider him a proper or fit person
for promotion because he "was
recruited from a class of men who
have not had the social advantages
that are a requisite for a commis
sioned officer." "Once these war
rant officers are commissioned,"
writes the self-praised hero of San
tiago, "they will have the same so
cial standing as other officers."
T'hat would be too bad, indeed. In
other words Sampson argues that
Morgan would do very well in war.
but in time of peace he would not
be a fit person to associate with the
snobs and toad-cating upstarts of
whom Sampson is the most conspic
Sampson is a snob. He is a disgrace
to the American navy. He would
withhold from a gallant and brave
soldier his just reward, simply be
cause he is not one of the curled
darlings of the American aristoc
racy. He would deny all chance
of promotion in the navy to every
young man who did not move in
the society of the "smart set."
It is incomprehensible that a
man of Admiral Sampson's edu
cation and experience should have
uttered such foolish sentiments.
The greatest men of this Republic-
statesinen and warriors- -were born
of poor and humble parentage.
Ben Franklin was a candle-maker's
son; Andrew Jackson was of most
obscure origin; Lincoln was a rail
splitter. In the opinion of Samp
son those immortal patriots would
have been unworthy of naval pr,
motion )because int their early years
they lid not "enjoy social advan
tages." Paul Jones, having been a
gardener's son, would not have had
the ghost of a show with our mod
Wants Imperial Powver.
A Washington dispatch from a
special . correspondent which we
published yesterday with regard to
McKinley's craving for imperial
power, deserves more than a mere
passing notice. "The itldea seems
to be gaining ground," said the dis
patch, "that the president wants
absolute, if not imperialistic, power
in the administration of the affairs
of both Cuba and the Philippines."
The dispatch further said in the
same strain: "The Spooner amend
ment to the army bill has provoked
opposition on the D)emocratic side.
It is said that several Democrats
intend to speak against the amend
ment anti that a vote on the bill
may not be reached until to-morrow
evening. Senator Caffery to-day
opposed the amendment. He held
that it placed too muich authaarity I
in the hands of the Cnief Executive,
who was given supervision not only
of the military, but of the civil af- 4
fairs of tme archipelago. This was t
power never contemplated by the I
spirit crj.ltter of the Constitution <
and shoull never be granted,"
There is not a shadow of doubt (
with regard to the truth of these I
allegations. McKinley, with a con- c
siderable endowment of the "pride y
which apes humility," is an auto- t
crat at heart; and his ambition in t
whatever he undertakes, whether in
the government of Porto Rico,
Cuba, Philippines, etc., is to be
,"the whole thing." Unless he be
allowed to rule just as be pleases in
Porto Rico or Cuba or the Philip
pines, he will have nothing to do
with it; Congress must attend to it.
A worse piece of autoCratism
than first his military dictatorship,
through Otis and MacArthur in the
Philippines and now his civil dicta
torship through the Taft Commis
sion, has seldom been seen in any
conquered territory. It is three
years since the Philippines have
been under McKinley's rule; and,
apart from Taft's would-be en
deavors to set-up so-called munici
pal governments, in which McKtn
I ley's word conveyed through Taft,
is law, there has been no attempt
made to give anything in the shape
of constitutional government to the
Filipinos. Their constitution, sta
tutes and everything else have been
neither more nor less than McKin
*"That when all insurrection against the
sovereignty and authority of the United
States in the Philippine Islands shall have
been completely suppressed by the military
and naval forces of the United States, all
military, civil and judicial powers necessary
to govern the said islands shall, until other
wise provided by Congress, be vested in
such person and persons and shall be exer
cised in such manner as the President of the
United States shall direct for maintaining
and protecting the inhabitants of said islands
in the free enjoyment of their liberty,
property and religion."
This is the sort ot vague, inde
I finite, unrestricted authority to do
as he likes in the Philippines that
McKinley wants. He wants the
Congress to give him carte blanche
to govern according to his own
whims and fancies, without any
restriction from Constitution or
anything else; and then he knows
he will never be called to account
for illegal assumption of authority.
These have been in all ages the
ways of autocrats; and the C'on
gress is lending itself with painful
ease to be a mere registry of the
This is Senator Caffery's last
week in Congress. All in all, the
senator has made a very creditable
representative. He has shown more
independence of character than is
usually found in public men now a
days. He opposed the administra
tion's land-grabbing policy from
start to finish. He was among the
first to point out to the people the
dangers of imperialism, and we be
lieve it can be truly said of him
that he was never lured from the
path of duty by pelf or promise of
reward. His course on the tariff
question may not have gained for
him any popularity at home but
who will say that it was not in ac
cordance with Democratic princi
ples. His last word in the Senate
was uttered against the ship-subsidy
fraud. It is true that he made a
most grievous mistake in 1896 when
he opposed the Democratic nominee
for president and in 1898 when he
supported Don Caffery, Jr., for
governor of Louisiana. He was
surely wrong, but was his deviation
in '96 and '98 a greater sin against
his party than that which was com
mitted by his colleague, Senator
MlcEnery, who voted for the
The re;gn of King Edward has
been inaugurated by one of those
cases of scandal in high life that
appear at regular intervals in the
upper crust of English society.
The king has had some experience
in such matters in endeavors to
keep the scandals under cover, but
the case that is now exciting Lon
don and all England is too big for
suppression. The co-respondent is
no less a person than the young
Duke of \Vestminster, the wealthiest
of the nobility, while the injured
husband holds a high command in
the Prince of Wales Lancers, a
crack regiment for exploiting the
military genius of the aristocracy.
He is reported to, have refused an
indemnity of $200oo,00ooo to hush the
matter up, and the probabilities of
an adjustment are remote, eveix
with the king taking part. The
scandal reaches into the home life
of the nobility as well as the war In
South Africa.-Daily States.
Cuba was never so thoroughly
'searched by Spaniard or insurrecto
for his foe as it is now beibg by the
adminstration for some shadow ofan
excuse to violate the the promise of
Cuban independence made before
the beginning of the Spanish war.
If the Cubans would only revolt
or something like that! But they
won't. That the promise to turn
Cuba over to Cubans must be
broken seems to the major premise
of the arguments of the imperialistic
press-how to justify violation of
the promise is what torments
them.-Utica (N. Y.) Observer.
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