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THE COLVILLE EXAMINER
Issued Every Saturday by the Stevens County Publishing
Cjmpany, Inc. Subscription Price $1.50 a Year; 5c a Copy
J. C. Harrigan, Editor and Manager
James J. Hill states that the railroads of the
country need more support. The truth of this is
evident with some roads, which not only need
greater support, but better ballast and new rails.
The houses of national congress convened Mon
day.- Joe Cannon of Illinois was re-elected speaker
of the house by the votes of 207 congressmen.
John Sharp Williams of Mississippi was the choice
of the democratic minority.
Speaking to the caucus which nominated him,
Speaker Cannon said ' 'We must face the responsi
bility for government without regard to the past.
* * *We are to be judged by the work of the pres
ent, not by the record of the past." This is indeed a
genteel manner in which to absolve the republican
congress from past responsibility. Of course
republican legislators do not wish to be
judged by the past. Throw the past onto the
democrats. Or, if the years of inaction have pro
duced results too severe to be laid at any one
party's door, hand them around to the other
parties. Give some to the populists. The fact
that republicans have had practically continuous
control for half a century need not be taken into
account—if they are not to be judged by the past.
Political justice is a thing curious and wonderful.
Of course the common voter, the man away from
Washington, may not fully understand all the in-
tricacies of a case in which congress is not to be
judged by its past. For their benefit the republi
can press committee is probably already active,
and the explanation will be looked for with
The Portland Oregonian has left the ranks of re
publican supporters. In the announcement of this
fact it says that "It is tired of the effort to appeal
on principles political, social, financial, national
and historic, to men who don't care for anything
of the kind, but are actuated merely by selfish
piques, petty desires and trifling personal ambi
tions." The Oregonian has many friends in the
west who can realize the anomalous position in
which a newspaper is placed in attempting to
support the republican party and at the same time
to preserve a measure of self respect in presenting
to its readers the best interests of the people.
Not only democrats but all other honest voters
welcome the fearless, independent press, in which
class the Oregonian now places itself.
Last week's issues of Colville papers contained
the following number of square inches of editorial,
local and county news:
Reveille, Nov. 28, 287.
Statesman-Index, Nov. 29, 359§.
Examiner, Nov. 30, 658£.
The Reveille is on its 9th year of publication.
The Index assumes credit for being on its 19th
volume. Yet in its sth issue the Examiner pub
lished more news than both of its competitors
Last week's issue of the Statesman-Inkeg be
wails the fact that the Examiner has been and is
publishing more home news than either of the
other Colville papers. Owing to the worn-out type
and poor presswork on the paper, the article was
difficult to read, but from the general tenor of re
marks where legible we judge that another slaugher
of English was being made in an attempt to dis
credit the Examiner's statement. Inasmuch as
the Examiner was neither started with the con
sent of the Ingex or with intent to force it out
of existence, remarks from it on this subject
are desultory—though perhaps amusing for the
reason that the In ex has been obliged to reduce
expenses to a degree which will not allow it
to exchange with the Examiner. Purely as a
matter of information from a printer to a
non-printer the writer offers the statement that
last week the Examiner printed 5,589 ems of
editorial, county and local news more than the
Statesman-Index for the same week, and 11,469
ems more than its protege the Reveille. This can
be easily verified by consulting any printer. For
the average reader a square inch basis is perfectly
clear, hence its continued use in this paper.
Throughout the eastern and central states the
effort of the republican party to handle the labor
ing vote is becoming apparent. Two methods
are used, in manners best fitted to the different
localities of operation. Wherever possible the
strongest attempt is being made to rebind or re
blind the eyes of wage earners that they may not
see behind the curtain of republicanism. If at all
possible their votes must again go to the support
of republican congressmen. But the congressional
scene shifters at the great play called ' 'Republican
Prosperity" carelessly let the curtain pole drop
through the gaudy setting of the full dinner pail,
and through the rent a house filled with spectators
can see the crude stage settings in their reality.
Millions of dollars worth of national bonds and
rubber money have been thrust into the gap until
new scenery can be obtained (to be paid for by the
people). The audience is asked to trust the
management a little longer and the political ushers
are profuse in their apologies that the negligence
or incompetence of house officials should have de-