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THE ARGUS THURSDAY. DECEMBER 15, 1904.
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Thursday. December 15, 1904.
The only trust action that Is likely
to be taken by the present session of
congress Is the tru?t that there will
be no action.
A number of newspapers In this
country nave become almost hysteri
cal over the fact that the president of
the American Baseball league receives
$2,000 a year more than Secretary
Shaw. Why not? It's a good deal
easier to keep track of the country'
money than its ball players.
There Is a distinct novelty being
introduced in Wisconsin politics by
Senator Quarles. who is getting out a
monrter petition to the legislature re
questing his reelection. It is said that
the opposing candidates are going to
do likewise. It will be chiefly interest
ing as making the people believe they
hare ometblng to do with the election
It may be safely assumed that 'the
members of the legislature will re
ceive the petitions and place them on
hie and then wait until the bids are
The New York Herald declare that
the prcidnt has decided to drop the
idea of going in for a revision of the
tariff, as he finda the stand -patter in
urb large majority anmng the party
leaders. It wan hardly thought that in
view of the enormous majority last X
vrmber there would be serious talk of
touching the tariff unless It be to raise
it. About the only thing the demo
crats talked about all through the
puce was the necessity of reducing
the tariff so as to clip the wings of
the trusts, but the people at the pedis
isimply overwhelnu-d the contention.
Tbe Prerogative of President and
The public generally is fa
miliar with the White House
turkey tory published by the Bos
ton Herald and the order of the presi
dent instructing governmental depart
Hnt nt to furnish information to the
paper. While there i no right minded
person wbo would countenance the pub
lication whose lnt toward sensation
alism would lead it to indulge In such
a slander on the White House children.
after all they are no better than the
average children, and any father might
restnt as bitterly as the president has
the attack upon them, yet the president
had no right to use his high office for
the purpose of personal revenge.
The following views of the press on
the order before it was rescinded make
Boston Herald: "Herald readers are
hereby informed that the weather map
which' ha uually been printed in the
evening editions of the Boston Herald
did not appear yesterday for the rea
son that Instructions have been bent
from Washington to J. W. Smith.
the local forecaster, not to furnish the
Herald with any weather maps or offi
cial notice of the weather conditions.
Providence Journal: The order of
the president cutting off the news
source of the Boston Herald because
of the turkey chasing canard applies
to the weather bureau and is evidently
far reaching and serious.
Manchester IN. II.) Union: "If this
principle I to be adopted and sustained
It will obviously be possible for the
president of the United States to dic
tate to any newspaper what represen
tative it shall and shall not employ in
the work of gathering news concerning
the government at Washington. He
will be able to punish a well as re
ward, and that means censorship and
Hartford I Conn.) Times: "Whether
It is the personal resentment of the
president or Senator Lodge which is
finding vent at the present time in ex
ecutive order cutting off various gov
ernment publications from the Boston
Herald office, it is a silly and ineffectu
al proceeding, and the character of it
seem attributed to both."
Xewburyport (Mass.) Herald: "The
story was silly and :e order of the
president sillier. '
Brooklyn Eagle: "The sentence of
exclusion was prompted by anythin,
but good judgment. The invention has
been dignified. It has been exalted
into an affair of consequence. The
ttory he told was not even worthy of
the attention denial entails."
Portjnd iMci Argus: "To punish
the Herald by executive order in this
autocrai av because It has been
imposed upon in this case, which, after
all. is a somewhat triSing though an
noying matter, is a touch of presiden
tial absolutism which will be generally
New York Times: "If the president
has directed that the reporter who
furnished the anecdote to the corres
pondent of the Boston Herald should
thenceforward be excluded from the
White House, including the executive
office and the White House grounds
nobody could blame him. But the ex
ecutive vengeance goes much further,
goes, as we arc sure the president him
self, when he forgets his irritation and
recurs to his reason, will admit, en
tirely too far. For he issues what we
can call only a 'ukase directing the
departments to 'exclude the indi
viduals responsible for this series of
misstatements from all facilities for in
formation. This Is all wrong, in ad
dition to being perfectly un-American
It is a notification that the freedom of
the press shall be denied or abridged
by the privation of the customary fa
cilities accorded to its representatives
at the national caDital. in cases in
which these representatives prove per
sonally unacceptable to the president.
Chicago Inter-Ocean: "Because it
published a silly story regarding his
children, the president of the United
States has been induced to order that
a Boston newspaper shall be excluded
from all federal sources of information.
Much as one must sympathize with the
president's personal resentment toward
the newspaper In question, one must
see that the president cannot rightly
permit his feelings to be so played up
on as to make him forget he is presi
dent of the whole American people.
Annoying, irritating, provoking, as
it all may be. much gossip and often
malicious gossip has to be endured.
Xo president has been able to escape it
and none ever will. Every president
has resented it privately, but none has
gone to the extreme of officially penaliz
ing the American press for repeating
this gossip. Such a policy toward the
American press and through it toward
the American people is plainly impossi
ble. The sooner this is realized gen
erally, we believe, the better it will be
for all concerned.
New Yoik World: "Property, like
. . i S1.I1I.
persons, nas rignis ami itsiiuusiuin
ties; a newspaper is property. It is
more, as uenjanun umMm,
pion of constitutional government in
France, said nearly a century ago:
- ! 1
The press it the trioune ampuueu.
Sneech is the vehicle of intelligence.
and intelligence is the mistress of the
material world.' Upon the newspaper
the rich depend for their news, but
p.or look t It not only for news, but
for literature, not only as tneir uau
library, but as the champion of their
rights. If a newspaper libels any one.
whether in private or public life, that
person has a remedy at law. If it Is
within the iKwer of a puonc omciai
deprive one newspaper oi news, as
ir.iti nt Roosevelt has done in his or
der against the Boston Herald, it is
within his power to deprive an news
papers of the same news. That would
be an end to liberty of the press. That
would be an end o all liberty, tor
where the press is not free the people
The Xew York Herald interviewed a
number of editors throughout the conn-
- ll m
iry. whose opinions iohow .
Clark Howell, editor Atlanta Consti
tution: "While I have not seen anj
the objectionable articles. I do not In
dorse any personal criticism raaue
against the president s family, which is
uncalled for and unjust. At the same
time this does not excuse the presi
dent from assuming to himself a right
which not even congress jiossesses.
that of interfering with or curtailing
the freedom of the press."
John Temple Graves, editor Atlanta
Xews: "While we have nau seam in
formation regarding the circumstances
of the case. I may say general i mat
every true newspaper man must con
demn any unworthy reflections on the
president or his family. At the same
time every newspaper man realizes
that no personal grievances should be
permitted to enter into the official acts
of the president. The president's pri
vate quarrels should not lead him to
suppress legitimate information or to
curtail the guaranteed freedom of the
John S. Cohen, associate editor At
lanta Journal: "Xo newspaper man
would excuse another for lying; that
is indefensible. At the same time that
cannot excuse the president for arbl
trarily closing public sources of in
formation, and his action, which is
based upon no legal right whatever,
must necessarily be condemned."
W. S. Copeland. Richmond Times-
Dispatch: "For the president to refuse
to give to the Herald public reports in
which the readers of the paper are so
seriously Interested Is carrying resent
ment too far. Indeed, we seriously
doubt if the president has the legal
right to withhold such information
from a public journal. If he may thus
punisa a newspaper for personal rea
sons he may also inflict similar punish
ment for criticising his official conduct
and that would be an insolent trespass
upon the right of a free press."
Alfred B. Williams, editor Richmond
News-Leader: "Self-respecting news
paper people of the country sympa
thize with any gentleman who resents
impertinent and slanderous invasion
of his privacy. If the president had
publicly ordered the Boston Herald
correspondent to be deprived of the
customary courtesies and privileges,
his action would have been approved,
even if regarded as unnecessary. Xo
official, however, has the right to grati
fy hi personal anger by seeking to
deprive any citizen or newspaper of
access to public documents and reports
wanted for legitimate purposes. These
things are public property."
John F. Magner. editor St. Louis
Star: "My belief is the presflent has
made a mistake if all the facts are out.
The 'fake story should be eliminated
from newspaper work and 'fakirs'
should be punished. It is scarcely just.
however, to punish the newspaper fori
the act of the reporter until the news
paper has refused to punish said act.
As my information is. this action was
not taken, and I believe the president
was hastv. At the same time I share
his wrath for all 'fakirs. "
Dr. Emil Pretorins. editor West
liche Post: "In the first place, I can
not believe the facts are correctly re
ported, and then my high opinion for
the judgment of President Roosevelt
will not permit me to think that he
would attempt to place himself above
the law. It is the paper's constitu
tional right to have access to all news
departments, and the president has no
right to place himself above the law-
Gifted with as much intelligence as the
president possesses, it is hard to credit
it. Of course, any cUizen In the land
has the right to eject offensive report
ers from his doors and deny them ac
cess to his office and property. If
President Roosevelt "has ordered the
paper's news sources cut off he has
made a serious mistake."
St. Louis Republic: "The St. Louis
Republic refrains at this time from an
expression of opinion on the matter of
the order by which the Boston Herald
is refused access to department news,
with particular reference to theweath
er bureau reports. Th? matter is one
of such grave imports uce that in jus
tice to the administration of President
Roosevelt the Republic will wait a pub
lic statement from the executive be
fore comment is indulged in. If the
order in question is directed against
newspaper and not against an Individ
ual offender, then there can be no doubt
about the seriousness of the action as
an infringement of the gravest sort
upon personal rights."
Thomas G. Rapier, manager Xew Or
leans Picayune: "The denial by the
United States weather bureau of daily
reports to the Ponton Herald was an
outrage on the prjople as well as on
the public press. The weather bureau
Is supported by cuxes drawn from the
Ieople of the United States and was
created and is maintained for public
use and benefit. To withhold this in
formation from the ieople who depend
on the Boston Herald for such new-
wrong many thousands of taxpayers
of their dues for which they are paying
If the president is offended with the
Herald on personal grounds, as is re-
Iiorted. let him seek redress in a law
ful manner and not by committing an
outrage on thousands of innocent citi
DAILY SHORT STORY2
THE ARMY KICKER.
(Copyright. ISM. by T. C. McClure.l
It bad been known tin the .Seventh in
fun try for months that Captain Harper
of Company I and Captain White of
Com pa uy Ci were b fitter enemies. The
bitterness between them dated back
for years way back to the days when
as yoimg men IkHIi loved the same
One day the two companies were de
tailed to reach and bold two gaps in
the mountains five miles away. Com
pany 11 was sent on to eover the
mouth of Green Cove gap. which was
really the post of dauger. At Snicker';
gap. taken by the other company, the
(rail was ho narrow and rough that no
body of troops could be sent through it.
At the cove there was u road over
which divisions had inarched, and their
guns and wagons had followed.
Company J reached its position, roll
ed bow lders together for u breastwork,
and the men In blue stationed) behind it,
A conoral and two men were sent up
the gap a hundred yards to take posl
tion as vedettes, and as they sat down
on a rock one of the privates said:
"Look here. Corp. It seems to me
that there is a sight of fool in around
in this old army of ours. What are
they ex pectin us to do here?'
"Fight, uiebbe." replied the corporal
aa be lighted his pipe.
"Yes. that's Just like General Grant
Here we are. about ninety strong, and
he expects us to hold this gap agin 10,
OuO Johnny fighters. I'm no Land to
Then what you kicking for? de
manded the corporal. "Yon are the
worst old growler In the company
You'd kick if they offered you your
"Look here, corporal, you don't know
enough to walk under a cow shed when
it's ralnin' outdoors, but meblss I can
drive an Idea into your skull. Here
we are, ain't we?"
We ain't anywhere else.
Then that's settled. Down there la
Company I. two miles away. We are
to hold one gap they the other. They
won't see a cussed Johnny down there,
while we'll have a thousand on us be
fore that old brass watch of yours says
It's 12 o'clock noun. Can less'n a hun
dred men liek lO.OUOr
"I've heard of such things, placidly
replied the corporal.
"Oh, you have! We can lick no 10,
000. nor yet 500. but the p'lnt I want to
make 1 that Company D won't more
a foot to back us. That Infernal Cap
tain Harper will see us all wiped out
before he'll give an order.
"Nobody wauU him to back us. We'll
do our own fighting and get the glory
of It. Say. Bill. General Grant give
me a little p'iuter for you the other
day. He said if you'd cut your hair.
wash your feet and stop kicking he'd
make a brigadier of you right off."
"Waal, be might do a heap wuss." re
plied the private as he opened his
haversack to get a bite to eat. "You
jest mind, however, what I said about
Captain Harper. 1 can fight and kick.
too. and you needn't be afraid of my
runnin away, but when the sun goes
down tonight there wou't be no more
of Company D."
Half an hour passed away, and then
the three vedettes caught sight of a
dosen Confederate making their way
down the gap. There was. every, rea
son to believe' that a large force was
"I told you thevfM : 1k cvMiiiu down
this gap!" growlttl the kicker as he
made ready with bis musket. "There's
a whole regiment behind them fellers,
and we'll be run wed up in ten minits."
"I sort o think, we'd better fall back."
answered the cua-poral. "They are com
ing down the gap sure enough, and
they'll be right on top or us next thing.
The Ooufedertttes marching down the
Cap numbered a full regiment, and five
minutest after the retreat of the ve
dettes Company G was fighting for Its
life. Captain White saw at once that
be was Tastly v outnumbered and that
be must be re-enforced, and, though It
went against the grain to do It, he sent
off a messenger to Captain Harper.
Tell him I have uo men to spare and
that be mustthold bis position to the
last man," ream the word that came
The men of (Company G were told of
the message, and after a moment of
cursing they sftvung their bats and
cheered. They could not hope to bold
the position a qtiarter of an hour long
er, but they would obey orders and
die there. The Confiederates had doz
ens of men killed as they charged the
rocky breastwodk, but they came again
and again and always reaped an ad.
They finally brought up a fieldpiece,
and the men Nvho bad been fighting
with a faint glimmer of hope now
groaned out Ifi despair. Three or four
solid shot lore the breastwork to
pieces, and he remnant of the surviv
ors could 'only bug the ground and
continue to fire. There were calls for
surrender, but no orders to retreat. By
and by' the Confederates formed up
again and made another dash, and this
time they carried the gap.
"It was party flghtin," explained the
wounded kicker to bis comrades in
other companies that night at the
camp. "We kept shoot In and sbootin'.
but they kept comln' thicker and thick
er, and almost every man we lost was
shot la ths head as be raised above
the breast" rork to fire. One by one our
men went down, and when the John
nies finally rushed us the company was
about wipe. I oat.
"Say, It w as murder to hold us three
without sup vrt wusa than murder
and Captain .larper was to blame and
ought to be lung, but I ain't sayin
anything more. What is the use of
klekln about anything?"
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