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ffHE 'ARGUS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1904?,
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Saturday, December 24, 1904.
A Joyous Christmas to all.
Will the Republicans revise the tar
iff? Will the millennium arrive la our
day and generation? Atlanta Consti
Wrestling is said to be the leading
recreation anions the Japanese sol
diers facing the Russians faouth of
Mukden. Probably preparing to "tak
a fall out of Kuropatkin next spring.
The oldest active democrat in the
country Senator Pettus. of Alabama
who is &3 years old refuses to be cast
down by what happened to bis party
Nov. 8. He thinks the only thins the
party needs now is a watch cry.
-Watch and pray is what he says.
"Watch the republicans and pray for
A curious question has arisen in the
Maine courts. La&t winter he vera
important case were tried at the Jan
uary session for Androscoggin county
and marked "law court." Immediate
ly after the term ended the court sten
ngrapber died, and no one ran be
found who can translate his notes, be
cause of bin peculiar syttem of short
hand. There is eonquently no tangi
lIe record of the cases.
While enjoying the bounty and bless
ings that have come to you at the
Christmas M'asun. remember those
whom Kind Fortune has faild to
cheer. There is many a home in cv
ery city to which by naon of the
woe of poverty. Christmas becomes an
occasion of torture rather than one of
gladness in which all the world
should Joiu. Have a thought for the
Mior at Chrimas time.
As for Port Arthur, an officer of the
French geucral staff concludes that
the Russians can neither hold it nor
the Japanese take it. "It looks. h
says. as If we shall get the astonish
let; spectacle, unprecedented iu his
tory. of a place which belongs no long
er to any one. abandoned by the de
fender, untenable by the assailants.
and this situation, failing the arrival
of help for the defenders, will be in
definitely prolonged. Hut that ought
to delight every lover of war. since it
would present the military art iu its
logical climax of perfection.
Quint y Herald: It is announced
that all the candidates for speaker
have agreed that ov. lX-neeu bhall
have full wing in organizing the gen
eral assembly. This is Just exactly
what the people do not want and is
what Lowdcn and Shermau made their
war upon in the gubernatorial cam
paign. They opposed the idea of the
governor's usurping the legislative
functions. Just as men of all parties
made objection when Roosevelt assum
ed the powers and prerogatives of con
gress. It makes of the governor's of
flee a jKTtonaI and not even a parti
san machine, aud centralizes iower
that is dangerous in the hands of any
man. no matter bow pure his motives
and Intents may be. The people elect
members of the assembly to represent
varied constituencies and not to be
mere pawns upon the chessboard of
Problems for Democrats.
William Jennings Bryan iu an arti
cle contributed to the "Saturday Kvcn
Ing Post vu "The Reorganization of the
Reorganized iM-moi-racy" says iu part:
"Though it will require four years
for the country to form an estimate of
the value (or eonti of tbe rei-ent vic
tory. It Is already evident that tbe
overwhelming character of the defeat
lias put an end to the attempts of the
so called Vouervatlve lemH-rats to
etnai-ula te tbe Itentoa-ratia crwL Tbe
fact that the party, notw HbManding
Judge Parker's 'gold telegram.' was
defeated by a larger plurality than
even when t fw platform contained a
sixteen to one plank has made it Im
possible fH- tbe eastern wing to tempt
acalf ly a promise- of tl-fry.
"In the Im ginning of the campaign
so cue of tlie literature mmt out con
tained efitraU from New York pa
pers U-lrinc that lite party had re-podUt-1
'p-tiihim and was again
"safe and iie. It was not long be
fore it wa dincovered that such litera
ture w a harmful, arl during the lat
ter days of the campaign the real dan
ger Lecame apparent, and earnest ap
TOti -ITcre made Jo l"22ewt2 were
fighting for' economic and Industrial
That there is need of reform Is al
ready apparent to millions, and It will
become apparent to increasing num
bers aa tbe years adrance. Tbe extent
to whieh the public Is being exploited
today is not fully realized by any large
proportion of the people. If it were
the Republican party would be turned
oat of power by a vote largely in ex
cess of that by which it won in the re
cent campaign. It is the duty of the
Democratic party and a duty which It
Is now free to perform to present to
the public the reasons for refusing
longer to trust the government to Re
"Take, for Instance, the railroads.
They are stocked and bonded for ap
proximately twice what they are
"The trust question presents some of
the same phases as the railroad prob
lem. Nearly all the trusts are over
capitalized and rely upon their control
of tbe market to collect dividends, and
besides this they are constantly nar
rowing the field of Independent enters
"The Democratic party has declared
in two platforms that a private mo
nopoly Is indefensible and intolerable.
It has demanded tbe enforcement of
the criminal law. and it has also de
manded that the privileges of inter
state commerce be. withdrawn from tbe
trusts. It has a chance to bring this
question before tbe public with in
creasing emphasis, and it will profit
by tbe public sentiment which must
ultimately condemn private monopo
lies of every kind.
"If the Republican party is afraid
to promise tariff revision during tbe
campaign it Is not likely to make any
material revision after a victory.
"Tbe Labor question is growing in
linirtance. Tbe manufacturers are
organizing to fight the legislation ask
ed for by tbe wage earners. The tend
ency of this is necessarily to widen
the gulf between labor and capital, and
the situation cannot help being aggra
vated If for any reason there is a
falling off In production and a decrease
in the number employed. The Repub
lican administration must meet this
"Though the production of gold fees
for the time being made less acute tbe
demand for tbe restoration of bimet
allism, still there are other phases of
tbe suhjeet that are likely to present
Issues which will embarrass tbe Re
publicans. "The growth of municipal ownership
In tbe cities has been accompanied by a
growth In public sentiment favorable
to tbe extension of governmental ac
tivity. "There is an increasing demand for
an enlargement of the money order sys
tem to meet tbe needs of rural delivery,
and this, of eourse, meets with the op
position of the banks.
"The coisnol Ida tlon of the trunk lines
of railway, the raising; of the freight
rates and the political Influence exert
ed by the railways-these, taken to
gether, are Increasing the number of
those who believe that railroads should
be classed among natural monopolies
and taken out of the hands of private
Individ uaU and corjioratious.
"The demand for the election of sen
ators by the people Is strong among
the masses, but this, too, is opposed by
the corpora t ions.
"As the expenses of the navy continue
to Increase that subject Is likely to be
come more and more an issue.
"Attention has been called to some
of tbe problems (and there are others)
which tbe Republican party mut meet:
they are problems intimately connected
with the welfare of the country, and
the Republican party is not In position
to offer a permanent solution of any of
them. It Is too much under tbe In
fluence of the great corporations to set
tle these questions upon tbe people's
side, and they can never be settled un
til they are settled upon the people's
"There is every indication that the
Democratic party will now address It
self to these reforms, and thus, by de
serving success, lay the foundation for
a real victory.!
The Tariff and Reciprocity.
It is frequently stated tli.it a com
mercial union between anada aud the
United States Is Impossible, and we
quite agree with this conclusion that
Is. for all present purpose. We may
furthermore add that the ground taken
five years ago before the American
members of the Anglo-American Joint
high commission by tbe committee of
the Bos Jon chamber of commerce seems
to us now, as it did then, a sound posi
tion to take that what the United
States wishes is to have an opportuni
ty to send Its produces to Canada upon
Just as favorable terms as those ac
corded to England and that to obtain
this we should le willing, because we
could well afford so to do, to make lib
eral concessions In our tariff schedules.
Fight Will be Bitter.
Those who will persist in closing
their ears against tbe continual rec
ommendation of Dr. King's New Dis
covery for Consumption, will have a
long and bitter fight with their trou
bles, if not ended earlier by fatal
termination. Read what T. R. Beall.
of Beall. Miss., has to say: "Last fall
my wife had every symptom of con
sumption. She took Dr. King's New
Discovery after, everything else had
failed. Improvement came at once.
and four bottles entirely cured ber.
Guaranteed by Harts 4c Ullemeyer,
druggists. Price SO cents and $1.
Trial bottles free
Children eat. leep and grow after
taking Hoilister's Rocky Mountain
Tea. Brings rvcy cheeks, laughing
eyes, good health and strength. A
tonic for sickly children. 23 cents, tea
or tablets. T. II. Thomas pharmacy.
(Written For The Argus.)
It takes something more than the
25th day of December to make Christ
mas. Do you remember the first Christ
mas you ever spent in a cheap board
ing house? If you do, then you know
what I mean.
Disasters and visible misfortunes
may cause acute suffering but they
have the benefit of public sympathy,
while the sickening melancholy that
settles down over the victim of a lodg
ing house Christmas must be worn out
in silent misery.
On Dec. 24 at exactly 8 o'clock in the
evening. Jack Winton sat in the "bar
room" of a small country town "hotel
resting his feet on the rim of the sand
pit surrounding an egg-shaped stove
that seemed to have been constructed
for the express purpose of making a
fire one of the dismal affairs of life.
Just why the little stuffy wainscoted
room, festooned with cobwebs and
carpeted with tobacco stains, should be
called a "bar-room" is one of the un
solved mysteries. The only semblance
of a bar it contained was a short pine
counter jutting out from the wall, upon
which rested a dirty, ink-blotted regis
ter and a tin tank bearing the painted
legend, "ice water."
The whole house was so saturated
with the fumes of frying meat, boiled
cabbage and tobacco smoke that the
composite odor which makes boarding
house chuck a travesty on cookery,
oozed out from every crack.
Through a half open door, Winton
watched the awkward movements of
tbe waiter girl putting the finishing
touches to the dining room table, pre
paratory to an early breakfast. Some
time during the morning the temper
had been taken out of her hair with a
hot iron. Her clothes seemed to be a
relic of another age. She hadn't an
attractive feature to which you could
bitch a thread of romance, but she was
the only remaining sign of life about
the place, and every time she left the
room Winton found himself eagerly
watching for her return. A sick spirit
cries out for companionship. Winton
wanted to speak to her but before he
could decide on an excuse for doing
so she slammed the door behind ber
and failed to return.
Snowflakes fetruck obliquely against
the dirty windows and the cold outside
made the hideous old stove breathe
with a wailing sound that assassinated
any thought of cheerfulness.
"Times have changed since I was a
boy," mused Winton, regarding the
thin, blue smoke as it ascended spirally
from the end of his cigar, "Christmas
doesn't amount to much any more."
Winton was homesick and homesick
ness is incipient insanity almost
"Christmas is a sort of evening up
time; a day when social obligations are
balanced and friendly debts discharged.
Christmas Is a sort of clearing house
for presents. Rich people advertise
their wealth by princely donations to
mernlK-rs of their own families and
poor folks impoverish themselves try
ing to imitate them."
Snow drifted under the door and lay
in a white mat. the only unpolluted
object In the room. A biting wind hunt
ed for the infirmities of the old build
Jack Winton wasn't cold for he was
a big, strong fellow, full of the hot
blood of vigorous manhood. He grab
bed the long iron poker and rammed it
into the fire because, unconsciously, his
feelings of disgust found expression
"What child now-a-days could be in
duced to consider the possibility of
Santa Claus coming down that battered
stovepipe,, and dragging a pack of toys
after him, too, through the roaring
fire?" he queried to himself. "All the
sentiment is choked out of Christmas.
Why about all the distinguishing feat
ure about it is having the 25th of De
cember printed in red figures on the
Winton's eyes were watching little.
black clouds of smoke as they puffed
out around the edges of the ill-fitting
stove door, but in his mind's eye he
saw a big. old fashioned fireplace with
a wide throat and a generous hearth
extending well out in the room. The
wood mantle that crowned the great
rocks arching the fireplace was a rest
ing place for all tbe family keepsakes.
At one side of the -fireplace sat an old
man in a rush-bottomed - arm chair,
his long, white hair falling over the
plush collar of his dressing gown. Near
him. and with a time-withered band
resting on his arm, was a lady whose
head was covered with a white lace
cap. Her eyes were bright with ex
citement as she pointed to a pair of
stockings pinned to the edge of the
mantel. She wiped a pair of square
rimmed s-icctacles with her apron and
readjusted them on her note.
"These are Jack's stockings," she
said, taking hold of one of them.
"Why, mother," said the old man,
"Jack's 25 years old and he hasn t
been home for two years."
"Well, he's coming tomorrow," she
replied, flatting the old man's head in
almost childish glee, "and I Just want
ed to hang up his stockings once more
like we used to when he was a boy.
lou don't mind, do you, father?"
A little shiny drop of water fell on
Jack Winton's hand. He jumped up
aud rubbed his eyes.
"Chri.tmas is just the same, he
cried. "It's just the same, after all.
It's all in a fellow's heart. There must
be love and happiness and friends and
children at Christmas."
He grabbed his great coat, putting
it on as he walked across the floor.
When he opened the door a shower of
snow fell on him. The cutting wind
almost took bis breath away. lie but
toned up his coat and stepped out into
"By ginger!" be exclaimed, clapping
his gloves over his ears. "I'm hap
pier right this minute than I've been
Wf a year. I feel like a kid going to
a Christmas tree hello, here," he
cried, bumping against a fellow going
the other way, "excuse me for trying
to run over you."
"Pretty wild night." said the fellow.
"I wouldn't wonder if it would keep
old Santa guessing to find all the kids
"Sure thing." replied Winton. "By
the way, who lives in the little shack
where the light Is?"
"Oh, that's an old shoe cobbler. He
lives there with his grandson, a little
tad about 10 years old. Guess old
Saint Nic won't keep them awake to
night. Good-bye, I'm about due down
at my rookery. The kids will think
All evening the cobbler hammered
away on an old pair of boots that
ought to have been in the garbage pile
months before; but he was happy.
The half dollar he was to receive for
them would buy a Christmas 'dinner.
As he worked away he told wonderful
stories about Santa Claus and Christ
mas to a wide-eyed boy who sat on
the edge of a cot next to a decrepit
stove. About all the boy knew about
Christmas was through these marvel
ous stories and oh. how he wished
some of them might come true.
There was a loud knock, but before
the old man could answer it the door
flew open and Winton walked into the
room. He stamped the snow off his
feet and dropped a big sack on the
floor that rattled like an earthquake in
a tin shop.
"Keep quiet," he said, making a
warning motion with his hand as the
astounded old man started to speak
"you just keep mighty quiet because
I've had a regular rough and tumble
tussle with old Santa Claus and he
may be skulking around looking for
me yet. When old Santa got out of
his sled to go up on the roof of one
of the houses down the street, I nat
urally sneaked right up and jerked
this sack away from him."
The little boy stared at Winton and
his mouth opened wider and wider as
he listened to the daring of this
"You see," continued Winton, "I
was afraid old Chris couldn't get
around to all the boys this ' stormy
night so I thought I'd help him out but
you just bet I had to get out of sight
as soon as possible. We'd better see
right away what old Santa had in this
sack." Winton sat down on the bed
beside the boy and pulled the sack
up between theiu.
"Here's a drum as sure as I'm a live
man." he said, lifting that article of
torture out of the sack. The boy grab
bed the drum and pulled the sticks
from under the tension strings. He
raised the sticks in the air, but Win
ton shouted at him:
"Gee whilllkens, kid. don't beat the
drum before Santa Claus gets out of
town, he might take a notion he want
ed it for some other boy. Hide it un
der the bed, quick. We don't want to
take any chances." Winton - dove
down into the sack again.
"There's a sword and a gun and r.
knife and a top and a new pipe for
grandpa and a big poucli of tobacco
and and a sure enough train of cars
goodness gracious! and an engine
tender and all. Whoo'ee," he cried
turning the sack upside down .and
spilling the toys out on the bed, "we've
made a great haul this time."
The old man got up from his bench
and tottered across the floor as fast
as his wobbly legs would carry him
and shook Winton's hand. "You're the
right sort." he said, "you "
Winton interrupted him. "Grandpa
I'm on my way home. I missed con
nections and have to stay in this meas
ley little town until 1 o'clock tonight
and I haven't been home for two
years think of it. I.got so mad that I
began to think there was no such
thing as Christmas. I went to sleep
while sitting by the fire in the dinky
hotel and I dreamed that I saw my
mother hanging up my stockings over
the old fireplace at home and I woke
up with my heart in the right place.
"I tell you what, -old man, it's all
in the Jieart. As long as a fellow
can dream of mother and home he'll
not lose Christmas.
"Well." said the old man, "if I don't
hear Gabriel's trumpet before morn
ing I'll miss my guess"; but Jack Win
ton was gone. The cold wind rushed
into the room and rattled the windows
as he closed the door behind him and
the old man kept repeating to himself
those magic words. "It's all in the
heart all in the heart."
FRANK D. BLAKE.
Rock Island, 111.
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