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railway system. In these panicky times Hill
would naturally call in his dogs of war. When
the people are unqualifiedly arrayed on the one
side against capital on the other, each must not be
unnerved by any discordant sounds in its respec
tive camp. Governor Mead has proved a fair ex
pedient as chief executive during the calm of
prosperity in this state, but now that there are
forebodings of strife in the field of finance and in
dustry that may auger to the benefit or injury of
the captains of the swag piles, according to the
temperament of the man at the helm of the ship
of state, the Hills, the Harrimans, the Weyer
haeusers and the Rockefellers are not going to
trust their fate to the winnowings of lightweights
like Mead, when they have a Wilson at hand who
has won his spurs in their service.
Last Sunday New York City followed the ex
ample set by Stevens County, Wash., and the city
was ''closed." In other words, the prosecuting
attorney forced people to obey the law. The Kan
sas City Star thus addressed New York on its
When everything's prohibited,
When blue laws arc in force,
When Sunday smoking- is a crime
And Sunday shows are worse,
When joking- is against the law
And laughing is tabooed
And Sunday papers have been stopped
Then will you all be good?
Will each man be an angel child
And fold his hands all day
And say: "Because it la the law
I love (o act this way"?
Or will a lot of folks got sore
To feel they're being driven
And want to cay and do such things?
They'll never get to heaven?
The awaking of the public conscience has recent
ly received great stimulus by officials who have re
quired an enforcement of law. President
Roosevelt acquired his first popularity by insisting
that all laws be enforced—whether they prove
popular or not. If they are not popular, the legis
lators may be called to account. Many cases will
show this accounting to be^heavy, and the years of
inactivity in legislatures and congress are not like
ly to prove an advertising attraction for next
election. Citizens and officials who demand en
forcement of law are simply bringing matters to a
focus for next election. Chicago will be closed
tomorrow. Laws will be inforced. If laws are
not desirable to the majority, let them be changed.
Chicago on June 16th will witness the next at
tempt of a republican convention to name a ticket
and draw up a platform which shall "look good"
to the people until the financial magnates can get
their tools firmly seated in office. The actions of
the present session of congress will give the coun
try a very plain idea of what a republican congress
can and will do in case of urgent necessity. There
are many things which demand immediate atten
tion, but it takes time to make all necessary con
ferences with the moneyed dictators. This is nec
cessary before many congressman dare to place
themselves on record in a vote. If, by mischance,
a measure favorable to the country, should be
passed which in any manner affected the
glutinous grast of the financiers, the legislators
responsible would summarily be divested of future
power to secure republican money for re-election.
This is a matter of serious reflection for republican
politicians in office. Hence it is that this session
of congress will undoubtedly prove too short for
any needed legislative relief.
William Jennings Bryan's suggestion of a
system for national bank insurance is meeting
with much favor over the country. It is a practi
cal idea for present-day need. Were it not for the
uncomfortable realization that it is another good
suggestion from a democratic source, many people
would demand it who are now only anxiously
awaiting the probable inaction of congress.
People have been forced to a position where they
don't take much stock in corporation water. And
hereafter there won't be so much water in corpor
Presidential Possibility Taft is reported to be on
the water sailing homeward. When he arrives and
finds his party's prestige at a heavy discount, he
may be in the air.
One thousand prominent growers and breeders
of horses, cattle, sheep and swine in various parts
of the Inland Empire of the Pacific Northwest have
been invited to attend the fourth annual conven
tion of the Washington State Live Stock Associa
tion in the assembly room of the chamber of com
merce at Spokane Dec. 18 and 19, when among the
speakers from the outside will be Joseph E. Wing
of the Breeders' Gazette, Chicago, and George L.
Walker of Cheyenne, secretary of the National
Wool Growers' Association. The convention will
assemble the morning of Dec. 18. Program for
the day will be: Address, Joseph E. Wing, Breed
ers' Gazette, Chicago; "Cooperation in breeding
better live stock," Prof. H. T. French, director
University of Idaho, Moscow; "Breeders and the
fairs," Paul Clagstone, Clagstone, Idaho; "Some
pointers about dairy stock," E. S. Waterman,
Walla Walla, Wash; "How we can improve market
conditions for live stock in the northwest," Prof.
E. E. Elliott, Pullman, Wash; "The results of
federal meat inspection at Spokane," Dr. C. W.
Deming, U. S. inspector, Spokane; short talks by
delegates to convention. The second day will be
general discussions in the interest of the industry
and there will be reports by committees and the
election of officers for the year. ' 'We expect to
have the largest and most representative gathering
in the history of the organization at the conven
tion" says Secretary Rothrock, "and I believe
much good will result."