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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 1007.
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, TRAPES COUNCIl
Tuesday, March 12, 1907.
HrnirniloT It. It. Heynolil' onmlldncy
for county Jmlice. Ilf U rirlencel.
apahtr. nml worthy, and nk the of
flcr only oa hU merits.
Thp paramount duty is municipal re
Improve the city morally, while it ;s
going ahead industrially ami commer
cially. It would take a lively set of motion
pictures to show all the chief engin
eers at Panama who have jumped the
job of immortalizing; themselves.
In other words the democrats are
free to he non-partisan in the ap
proaching election, so far as the gen
eral city and the township tickets are
Whatever the democrats do in the
coining campaign they should not get
so far away from party lines as to for
get that they have a candidate in tho
field for county judge, and a very le
berving one at that.
It is said that Andrew Carnegie is
about to make a gift That will cause
Mr. Rockefeller's $32.0OiUH to look
like 30 cents. By the time this cruel
warfare is over the fear is the price of
oil will be about $l.iS a gallon.
John D. Rockefeller is reported as
saying that the recent testimony bo
fore the interstate commerce commis
sion is the funniest thing he ever
heard. Unfortunately, the great ma
jority of the people are not in a posi
tion to appreciate the humor of the
For some thirty years Mrs. Astor haa
been undisputed leader of the New
York 4(H). She is now 77 years old,
tinder the constant care of physicians
and nurses, and is failing rapidly. It
was she who, when she thought the
social list was growing too rapidly and
too big, boldly cut the number that she
considered eligible to 400. That act
created a furore in and out of society.
Ir. was Mrs. Astor who made Ward Mc
Allister the arbiter elegantorium. The
rules laid clown by him for the guid
ance of society became law because
thev were the wishes of Mrs. Astor.
Senator Spooner, who resigned to
make money, is in a fair way lo
achieve his purpose. Hill and Harri
man are both bidding for his legal ser
vices, and there promises to be a mer
ry war of the dollars, with the Wiscon
sin statesman as the gainer. With a
salary equal to that of the president,
the senator's present fortune. $:Mi.0ftfl,
will quickly be augmented to respect
New York Sun: Everybody of the wick
ed world loves to gibe at Boston, not
because she is so admirably sufficient
to herself larger cities are more large
ly so but because a small but deter
mined class of her citizens has the
means and leisure to have no other
business than to mind that of the rest
of the world. The old town bas admir
able qualities that have not changed.
Civic patriotism and the inclination to
intelligence and the habit of baked
Admiral Lord Charles Beresford com
manded a naval brigade in the Sudan
when the British forces were there
One day when, the Arabs were making
a terrific onrush the admiral's life was
saved by a mule which fell dead upon
him. When the square had been re
formed and the Arabs were repulsed
Lord Charles was rescued. He looked
at the mule for a moment and then re
marked gratefully: "Now, that jioor
beast did what I should call a brother
What are we to do with President
Roosevelt Is becoming a live political
Issue. Some of the trusts and corpora
tions and most of the republican poli
ticians want to send him to Halifax or
Panama or any old place, but the edi
tor or a V irginia . democratic paper
wants the democratic party to nom
Inate him on the democratic ticket
But as long as Teddy stands for ship
subsidy and continuing to protect the
trusts by refusing to recommend re
form, he Is too much of a republican
for the democratic party to swallow.
RoerH lo Utile TraiiHvaal.
The election just held for the first
parliament in the Transvaal under
British sway has resulted in a victory
to the Boers. The progressives, or
British party, won 21 of the seats in
the chamber, while the net volk, or
Dutch party, gained 37 seats. The rest
of the seats in the chamber will be
held by C nationalities, 3 laborites and
2 independents. All of these minor
groups are allied with the net volk on
the main issues, which gives the Boers
a majority of 23 in the chamber.
There is a big mixture of elements
in Jie parliament, but it is believed
that legislation will be enacted which
will not be antagonized very strongly
by any group. The progressives arc
the English speaking party, and com
prise the mine owners and a majority
of the merchants and the professional
class. The laborites. the nationalists
and the independents are also English
speaking people, most of them being
British colonists, but they unite with
the Dutch on the larger issues. Most
of the Dutch party, or het volk, ar?
engaged in farming, as they were be
fore the war of 1S99-1902.
Ptemier Campbell-Bannerman is de
nounced by t lie tories in England for
giving to the Transvaal the sort of
home rule which has put the Boers in
control, but as they comprise a large
majority of the population, the premier
could not devise any sort of a fair
scheme of representative government
which would have prevented them from
getting into the ascendant. All ele
ments of the population want prosper
ity; no harmful legislation against any
important interest is likely to be at
tempted. Gold mining is by far the
biggest single concern in the colony.
It amounted to $ll!t.(MtO,nM) in the cal
endar year 1!)im;, and will reach $14(,
(lOO.noo tor 1!miT. according to the pres
ent outlook. General Botha, the last
of the Boer warriors to be "reconstruct
ed," is pur at the head of the ministry
under the new dispensation, but peace
is the true interest of Boers as well as
As the Boers, under the new consti
tution, get many of the things for
which they fought, they have a special
incen'ive to accept the situation.
Democrats iii Coiiiiiiu Election.
The democratic city township con
vention last night, not only failed to
nominate candidates for either city or
town offices in t he approaching muni
cipal election, but determined by
unanimous vote that such nominations
lie passed, although discretionary pow
er was left with tlie committee to lill
vacancies should the exigencies of th.
situation develop occasion for such ac
tion. What will be the result of Hie con
vention's course, so far as the vote of
tho party is concerned, is at this stae
of the election problematical. The
Argus has for its own part, nothing to
say either in censure or commend ;
tion of the policy the convention ha:
adopted. Keeking rather to serve
than to dictate to the party, and an
nouncing, as it. did. at the time the
citizens' nonpartisan movement was
launched, its purpose to abide the ac
tion of its own party, it. has not sought
in the intervening time to influence
the party's disposition. Duty demanded
that it protest against insincerity in
whatever might be done. Yielding only
to this prerogative. The Argus main
tained that the party through its chos
en representatives should be straight
forward above all things, and in no in
stance give way to what might have
the appearance of sham by favoring or
countenancing a candidate likely to be
tray the party or use it for trading pur
In just so far as advice was offered
that advice was accepted last night.
The party has not been moved by in
sincere motives. On the contrary
has acted with extreme frankness. Tho
convention has released its represent
atives to go as they please for the in
stant. as pertains to the election of
general city and town officers. Whil
the aldermanic nominees have been
left, so to speak, as orphans, the ac
tion of the convention can in no way
be construed as removing the party
obligation to the aldermanic nominees
A large percentage of the party will
feel (Iisaonointed that the default as
to nominations pertains to the town
ship as well as to the general ci'y
ticket, the conviction being that in
view of the fact that there is but one
other town ticket in the field the dem
ocrats who might, have been favored in
this respect would, owing to the pecu
liar circumstances existing, have stood
a reasonable show of endorsement at
the polls. This fact was repeatedly
urged prior to the convention by The
Argus as one worthy of consideration
While a number of leading demo
crats have since the convention openlv
declared their determination to sup
port the republican city ticket in some
respects, there are a great many oth
ers who have been equally positive in
announcing their allegiance to the citi
zens' movement, declaring th.it
democrats are under no obligation lo
the republicans, whose representatives
declined all overtures of fusion be
fore the primaries, whereas the citi
zens' convention recognized the demo
cratic party In two places, in naming
W. H. Lamont for the Important office
of city clerk and G. O. Huckstaedt fo
the city treasurership. The latter of
fice was the only one on the city ticks
that such influential republicans as wer
consulted nerore any lineups were
made, would admit might be turned
over to the democrats as a basis r
At the time the democratic city com
mittee met and determined to call a
convention. The Argus spoke at length
of the arbitrary disposition of the re
publican party toward the democrats
holding then, as it reiterates now, thut
while republican candidates would Jie
very glad to have democratic votes i;
the polls, they were unwilling to con
cede that the party had any rights to
representation before the people.
The democratic party has not gone
out of existence in municipal politics
as a consequence of last night's con
vention action. As a matter of fact
it never was better or stronger in its
organization which will be on duty not
only in the pending aldermanic cam
paign, but a year hence to call the
party together again. Than Joseph
Grotegut, who was unanimously elect-
d chairman of the city-township com
mittee last, night, succeeding George
H. Wright, who has served the party
well for two terms, and who declined
reelection, no more stalwart democrat
could be found. He is admirably
equipped for his duties, and the con
vention made no mistake in chosing
him in preference to anyone aspiring
for the office at this time.
As the outcome of the convention
proceedings, the contest on the gen
eral city ticket is brought out square
iy between the citizens' non-partisan
nominees and the republican candi
dates to be selected tonight.
The Future of Ihe MiKNiKhippi.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: Thera
need be no fear that the greatest river
m the western world will ue sngnie.i
permanently. The influences in the
last congress that have visited upon
the river a policy of disparagement
md pushed it into the background have
aroused a protest and a sentiment cer
tain to tell hereafter. The term of
the house has expired, another con
gress, the Cuth, has come into exist
ence, and it is already, foreshadowed
that the improvement of the Mississippi
ind its leading tributaries will be han
dled in a way to compel just treat
ment. Something has been gained as
matters stand. Attention has been di
rected to the system by which rivers
and harbors appropriations are manip
ulated so as to benefit chiefly the routes
from the lakes to the Atlantic. The
Mississippi valley will not consent to
be so saeiificed again. Several west
ern senators have given notice, Sena
tors Allison and Culloni among others,
that the Mississippi river must have a
fair deal hi the list of appropriations
which will be acted on at the close of
the next congress. At intervals of at
most two years the subject will come
up again. Meantime, the improvement
of any inland channel, including the
lakes, must promote the eventual im
provement of the Mississippi river, the
great trunk American waterway to the
In his closing remarks, intended to
belittle the Mississippi. Chairman Bur
ton gave some figures that, upon analy
sis, refute his own favorite argument
that the present limited commerce of
the Mississippi is a reason why the
pending of money upon it is inadvisa
ble. He said in his final report to the
house: "We have been spending on
the Mississippi river within the last 23
years more money per annum than is
expended by the government of Ger
many on the Rhine, on which there is
a traffic of between 30.000.n0ti and 40,-
000.000 tons. The total on this stretch
of the Mississippi (between St. Uiuis
and Cairo) has dropped off in 10 years
from 1,2(10,000 tons to 440.000 tons."
Why is there such a great tonnage on
the Rhine? Because a sufficient depth
of channel is assured at all seasons.
Boat builders there proceed with a cer-
ain assurance that, their vessels incur
no risk from low water. The Missis
sippi is greater than the Rhine in itself
its affluents and its prospects. It
reaches into more fertile and populous
egions, stretching from Pennsylvania
to Montana. If the Rhine s tonnage
now approaches 40.000,000 a year, how
great will be that of the Mississippi.
with similar fixed facilities in the
channel? Mr. Burton's comparison is
sufficient in itself to justify all that is
asked for the Mississippi.
Internal Improvements, as a policy.
are given a better footing by the bill
just passed. The appropriations ex
ceed $s:,000,000, the average of the
past, having been $19,000,000. In a
period ef great prosperity it is wise to
make this increase. Every dollar ju
diciously spent on the rivers will re
turn many fold in business expansion
and the regulation of freight rates.
Rivers and harbors bills will not be
considered of minor importance here
after, nor will their various provisions
lie accepted without close examination.
The subject, has been shaken up in a
way that points to the coming of a new
?ra in intelligent and liberal internal
improvements. If money has ever been
wasted on the Mississippi, the fault is
not in the river nor its opportunities
for improvement. Right methods with
'he mighty stream will bring results
as sure as those that Mr. Burton com
mends in the Rhine. He has supplied
a vital fact, though with his own mis
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D. N. Walker, editor of that spicy
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A POINTER IN STOCKS.
Benedict Lamont -was a New York
stock operator. He didn't buy or sell
stocks for the reasons people usually
buy and sell. He lMiugbt aud sold
them because be was iu with those
who iui tbein up and put them down.
Mrs. l.auiont was some fifteen years
younger than her husband, very pretty
and fond of admiration. She was also
fond of the stock market aud would
occasionally have taken a flier herself
had her husband permitted her. He
did not even inform her bow he operat
ed. Not having confidence either in
her ability to keep a secret or to make
money in stocks, he gave her no satis
faction whatever. This and the fact
that she was by nature a bit of a gam
bler greatly irritated her. Then, when
on one occasion the clique with whom
her husband operated was outgener
aled by another clique, to the disad
vantage of the former, ami Lamont es
pecially, the wife made up her mind
that she knew quite as much about
stock jobbiug as he did.
About this time came Lansing Van
Brunt, a memler of the old Knicker
locker society. Into which Mrs. La
mont was desirous of gaining a foot
hold. He. being desirous of gaining a
foothold In Mrs. l.aniont's affections,
humored her views on all subjects aud.
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Range in Prices
tercet ving a point in which he might
drive a wedge between her and her
husband, was not slow to take advan
tage of it. He told her that the only
way for any person not a manager of
the companies whose stock was oper
ated in was by a itointer. usually t ailed
a tip. Oue day he announced to her
that he had received a tip on I). Y. and
j. common stock which was perfectly
reliable and advised her if she felt in
clined to speculate to buy some of it.
Her husband had recently given her
$1.MH) for the purchase of a diamond
brooch she desired to Mssess. and
after hesitating some time between the
brooch and her wisli to show him that
she knew a thing or two she yielded to
Van Iirunt's representations and put
her money in HH shares of D. Y. and
Q. Vau lirunt really believed In the
reliability of his Information and con
sidered the lady's chance of at least
doubling her money almost certain.
Iiuiont was aware of Van Iirunt's
attentions to his wife; but, being a
man accustomed to work behind a
screen, he made no comment, leaving
bis wife free to act for herself with
out admonitions from him. Van liruut
knew very well that Lamont was au
operator whose slightest word in refer
ence to the market would be consid
ered of great value. One day on enter
ing Lamont's private room at home he
saw lying on a desk a paper. He did
not scruple to read It and found it an
order to Ijimont's managing broker to
send out orders to buy various large
amounts of 1. Y. and Q. common stock.
The envelope, addressed, was lying lie
side the order, the writer having evi
dently forgotten to take them with
liiin when he went out. Van liruut
left the room just as Lamont returned.
The latter took up the order uud en
velope, went out and downtown. This
was the source of Van Iirunt's infor
mation, though be did not reveal It to
I. Y". aud Q. common stock rose a
few points, and Van Brunt said to
Mrs. La moot. -I told you so." Then it
sank a point, and lie said, "Wait." He
was laughing in bis sleeve that the hus
band should have given him the wedge
between himself and his wife. Then
the stock began to sink gradually, re
covering, fluttering like a bird unde
cided whether to fly to a higher or a
lower limb. Then there came a slump
In the market, and Mrs. Lamont's in
vestment was wiped out.
If the lady had been in love with
Van Brunt, possibly the incident might
not have turned her against him. Wo
men unless they lore are not prone to
amiability toward persons through
whoRe instrumentality they make
losses. Mrs. Lamont bad lost her
brooch, and she held Mr. Van Brunt
accountable. Had he been rich he
might have made It good to her, but
he was simply a society man, not a
millionaire. Besides, he had lost heav
ily by his pointer himself. . At any rtte.
in Prices From
tue lady (iisii.isseu linn from the posi
tion of her cavalier, and b- was obliged
to seek other fields f.r Ni:iquot.
"What's become of Van Brunt?" ask
ed Lamont one evening. "I haven't
seen him around here for a week."
Now. Mrs. Lamont had made a vow
that she would never reveal the secret
of her loss to her husband, but curios
ity had come in to render the keepiug
of it very hard on her. She bad ex
pected her husband would have been
much depressed on account of bis
losses in I. Y. and . stock. On the
contrary, he was chipper.
"Perhaps." said the wife for a feel
er, "he thinks you have made losses in
stocks lately and doesn't feel like see
ing any one."
"I lost iu stocks? How did he get
that idea? I've just made a pile vt
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money, lty tlie bye, my dear. Have you
bought your brooih?"
Mrs. Lamont struggled for a time
against tears, but they overcame her.
Her husband took her in his arms.
"Never mind, sweetheart. I suspect
ed Van Brunt was advising you and
left an order on my desk for him to
S"e. He was not too honorable to read
and act on it, and I take it for grantinl
that you have lost your thousand dol
lars. 1 had sold out all or nearly all
the stock referred to at a great profit.
Since I sold a part of what was left
to you and Van Brunt I'll make your
loss good. He can get bis loss back
on another tip."
Mrs. Lamont got her frooch and left
speculation to her husband.
F. TOWNSENI) SMITH.
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