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TRADES TmiJ COUNCIL
Tuesday, January 14, 1908.
The most generally satisfying thing
that the present legislature could do
in all its career, would be to adjourn
Senator Beveridge has introduced a
bill for a tariff commission. Fancy
Beveridge acknowledging that he needs
the aid of a commission to tell him
how to vote.
As Senator Aldrich is the father of
the currency bill pending In congress,
It will be nothing but prudent to try
and discover the "nigger in the wood
pile." perhaps carefully hidden there
by the Standard Oil trust attorneys.
The administration, after months of
labor, has arranged a reciprocity
treaty with France. It will be of im
mense advantage to the "common peo
ple" of the United States, -for it re
duces the tariff tax on champagne.-
Secretary Taft had to answer some
embarrassing questions at the meet
ing in New York addressed by him
Saturday night. He was unable to
satisfactorily explain why he had
changed his- views on the necessity of
more of dollars than of decency,, law
and justice, those two men, one a con
fessed grafter and the other a convic
ted grafter, belong in prison, where
they were, sent by a trial court which
evidently considered the astounding
violation of law and the crime against
common honor of more importance
than some trifling technicality which
relatives and friends of the convicted
men have fount after a Ion? exhaus
Public officials who "graft" become
public enemies. They are the worst
class of law-violators. They are more
to be despised than the professional
criminal. The laws can be made none
too drastic in dealing with officials who
make a private snap of a' public trust.
Unfortunately thfs class of law
breakers is harder to detect and con
vict than the common thief, yet their
thievery places them upon a lower
plane of moral cowardice than that
where stand the ordinary crooks who
fill the jails and penitentiaries.
pendence,4 written by the founder of
American - democracy, Thomas Jeffer-j
sou; aud ever since then it has been i
one of the i tenets of the democratic
party that governments derive their j
i . i a j i '
just power iron me consent oi me
governed, and that people who are
governed without their consent have
the right to protest, and to demand
their release from bondage.
And the exercise of this right . ap
pears to be what a large majority of
the people of the Philippine islands
are insisting on.
RIFLES FOR SCHOOLBOYS.
There Is a growling in the republi
can camp in Ohio over the spoils of
office that may produce democratic
fruit in the future, if the democrats
take warning and get together, so that
like the republicans, they have some
thing to fight for.
The sensational news comes from
Iowa that Senator Allison has ex
pressed himself as doubtful of the ad
visability of revising the tariff on the
eve of an election. The Hawkeye
statesman must be getting garrulous
in his old age. He is not wont to be
radical and incendiary in Ins remarks.
He has been accused of having opin
ions, but never of expressing them.
Fix in your mind, that com
merce is not a swindling trans
action, but a purely beneficial
operation; that every act of honest
trad increases the happiness and
prosperity of all who are concerned
in it; that when we two exchange
products, each is the more comfortable
and the better off for the exchange
for each has given that which he
wanted less for that which he wanted
more. Charles Xordhoffi
Two Kxtremcs for the Same Knd.
The paradox was presented before
the Rock Island city council last even
ing of the two extremes in influences rel
ative to the liquor traffic in the city,
working to the same end the defeat
of the proposition to submit to the
people the proposition to raise the sa
loon license from $500 to $1,000.
While both interests sought to accom
plish the same disposition of the mat
ter and succeeded, they were actuated
by directly opposite motives. The
anti-saloon people, as represented by
the church, petitions desired the coun
cil to defer action at the present1 mo
ment believing that without immediate
proceedings looking to the' regulation
of the liquor traffic, their position
would be stronger in the development
of a sentiment looking to the submis
sion of the local option proposition to
the people in connection with the
spring election. On the other hand
the liquor interests considered only
the present, and fought the submis-
ion of the vote to the people fearing
that it would carry, and maintaining
that the increase would be oppressive
to the saloon interests, discriminating
in its effect, as driving out of business
certain percentage of the saloons
In the relative attitude of the two
influences, the anti-saloon people pre
sented the farsighted side of the issue,
and the representation of the liquor
traffic the shortsighted position. The
anti-saloon influences submitted their
protests in the form of numerous pe
titions addressed to and read before
the council, while the liquor -interests
exerted their Influence by personal" so
licitation among the aldermen in ad-
ance of the meeting.
In view of the pressure brought id
bear from both sources, the majority
of the aldermen were in a state of
pitiful bewilderment. They seemed
have on opinions of their own
President's Plan Put Into Operation
by the National Association.
President Roosevelt's wish that the
American schoolboy be instructed in
rifle shooting is in a fair way to realiza
tion, says a New York special dispatch
to the Washington Tost. The National
Rifle Association of America, in co
operation with the national board for
promotion of rifle practice, as the first
step toward complying with the wishes
of the president anil of the national
board has amended Its bylaws so that
rifle clubs can be organized in schools
and become affiliated w ith it under the
same rules and regulations as govern
civilian rifle clubs.
This schoolboy movement will be in
augurated by a tournament which the
National Rifle association has arranged
to hold from Dec. 23, 1907, to January,
1908. at the Grand Ceutral Talace in
New York. The most important fea
ture of the tournament will be the
presence of teams from high schools of
other cities, notably Washington and
The Public Kncmy.
Springfield Register: The decision
of the appellate court of California,
which declares void the indictment of
Mayor Schmitz, coupled with the dec
laration, of Superior Judge Dunne, be
fore whom Schmitz was convicted, cre
ates the suspicion that justice in Cal
ifornia strikes snags in some pretty
The assertion of Judge Dunne is a
bold one, that it is to be regretted the
hearing of this appeal came up before
a court whose members have relatives
and intimate friends against whom
many indictments were returned by
the grand jury that returned those true
bills. i win further say, the
jury which rendered the verdict
(against Schmitz) will be remembered
with respect and honor long after the
court which set aside the verdict has
Possibly the decision of the appellate
court, that the collection by Mayor
Schmitz of graft from French restau
rant keepers does not constitute
public offense, is supported by some
legal technicality with which the doors
of penitentiaries are often pried open
for prisoners with money; but Justice,
blindfolded though she is, can see the
crime against common honesty and
official decency that has been perpe
Whether Schmitz and Ruef are in or
out of prison ; whether they have the
friendship or not of court judges who
are experts at digging up technical!
ties to protect law-breakers, and
whether they have the friendship or
not of some business men who think
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The Romans and the Sea.
Virgil Is understood to have lived
long on the bay of Naples, and he
dwells repeatedly with unsurpassed ef
fect on the littoral phases of the sea.
but on the element at large he ex
presses little but a sense of vastness,
power, malevolence. It is a toilsome
and perilous expanse, to be hurried
across and escaped.
Across the land the Romans went
with indomitable confidence, marking
their way with those works of pecul
iar permanence, so that today the Brit
on traverses the original roads they
I built, and the Gaul walks beneath their
arches, nut even in imperial times
the voyage from Brundisiuni to Greece
was something of a hardship. The
ocean was a thing "bestrew'd with
wreck and disaster." In its depths or
on its shores lay the bones of those
who never received burial and hence
could not pass over the Styx.
When Tiberius built a yacht he float
ed it on the quiet lake Nenil and very
likely kept it anchored like a palatla'
houseboat. The sea lacked that essen
tial stability which the Romans so
much valued. It was estranging. Ro
man adaptability made it a medium of
empire, but never with the viking spir
it. Sewanee Review.
It Does the Business.'
E. E. Chamberlain of Clinton, Maine
says of Bucklen's Arnica Salve: "It
does the business; I have used it for
piles and it cured them. Used it for
chapped hands and it cured them.. Ap
plied it to an old sore and it healed it
without leaving a scar behind." 23
cents at all druggists.
and would have taken . the side-
witching of the entire question in the
same light that a man awakens from
a horrible nightmare. And now that
all is over for the present some of
the councilmen who voted against sub
mitting the proposition to the people,
attribute their action to the effect of
the anti-saloon communications, others
to the crushing blow the $1,000 license
would have been to the struggling sa
loon, and still others to the fact that
a special election on the subject would
involve an unnecessary expense. And
altogether they the aldermen who
voted against putting the question up
to the people are heaving sighs of re
lief that they wer? not called upon to
act in their official capacity in the ex
ercise of their proper prerogative on
the square-toad issue as to whether
the license should be increased or not.
The Argus has u:ged, and stijl main
tains, the high license measure to be prop-
er. it believes in the increased license
reposes the best solution of the liquor
question from the standpoint of sufficient
regulation and in consideration of the
much needed increase in municipal
revenues. With high license in force
and in position fo a trial would have
developed an argument for a conserva
tive consideration of the saloon ques
tion in all its bearings with promised
beneficial results as against the gen
erally harmful effects of a possible
radical course of action.
The peculiar phase of the peculiar
situation as it developed in the light
of the pressure frpm the two extremes
that influenced last night's action is
that one side or the other may feel
the peculiar effect of the rebound
Nobody wanted the halMoaf.
The Filipino people, according
the most authentic reports, are
much opposed to being governed by a
power thousands of miles away, as
were the colonists of the 13 provinces
in 1776. King George the Third con
siidered this sentiment among the col
onlsts treason, but those who held it
rebels; but Hhe sentiment was ap
proved by, the Declaration ,of Inde-
m 1 .rcx
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SfyeTIrgus Daily Sfoort Story
"Alicia's Platonics." By Beatrice Bennett.
(Copyright, 1907, by P. C. Eastmcnt.)
Deep down in her own heart every
woman has a pet theory. It may have
been exploded a number of times to
her apparent satisfaction, but secretly
and with feminine inconsistency she
clings to it.
Alicia had such a theory, but she did
not keep it buried in so inaccessible a
dungeon as the bottom of her heart.
Indeed, she wore It on her sleeve. It
was her favorite theme of discourse,
and the more It was disproved the
more persistently did she revive It and
And it must be admitted that Alicia's
doubtful "acquiescence, "to you. But
how nbout the other fellow? Was he
"Dick, how silly! Who ever henrd of
Platonic love that wasn't platonic on
both sides? How little you know of
the subject!" scoffed Alicia with a
mirthful little laugh.
"And yet I have known you how
long Is it?"
"Seven months," promptly.
"Aud you ride' your hobbyhorse at
least every other time I see you." he
said, not without marked intent.
Alicia assumed a wholly unsuccess
ful air of hauteur. "Oh. T beg your
1 1 '1 T" i 1 1 1 n lm vorp onrrr T'"n 1 w rml rnil
men friends at least took particular de- j l shM ayoid tbe jn futur5 - SUe
light in-discussing her theories with distant! v.
her and promptly proceeding to dis- "Not at all." my" dear' Alicia. I as
prove them, to that young woman's Bure you it rather amuses me," argued
outward disgust and secret satisfac- Corrlgan, observing her aggrieved nt
tion. Her hobby was platonics spe- titude with little discomfort to him
ciflcally, platonic love. self. "In fact, I don't know when
"It has been proved to me conciu- J any one subject has kept me Interested
slvely," argued" Alicia, with delightful for so long a time."
confidence, as flanked on one side by! "Indeed!"' The comment was preg
the ample person of Richard Corrigan nant with feeling.
and on the other by her squatty little I it was the first time Alicia's self
dachshund Tretzel she strolled toward j styled philosophy had been so derided,
the great stone garden seat near the ' and it nettled her.
sundial. "i should be apt to accept that as a
."Yes." .her .companion, .replied .In coinplltneut," ventured Corrigan.. . lie
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had been watching her pull a crimson
rambler to pieces aud scatter It over
her tiny white shoes.
Apparently she had not heard.
"I say, Alicia," he persisted.
"When you are ready to open a sub
ject that may Ik? of 'more Interest than
any I am able to suggest I shall be
glad to talk to you," she said icily.
Corrigan smiled broadly, but sur
reptitiously. Had Alicia seen him thus
amused he would have leen left with
only the crimson ramblers for compan
ions. "But, upon my word, Alicia. I am in
terested," he said earnestly. "I've nev
er been so absorlied in a study in my
life. Why, my dear girl, if it weren't
for my my belief in platonic love I
might never have known you so well."
Alicia confronted him with a half
smile that, even in its semicompletion,
was most attractive.
"That's the Irish in you. Dick! You
always manage to say something that
will make the worst case of 'mad' turn
to joy," she said, removing her big
droopy hat and dangling it by the
strings. "That's one reason why I
love to be friends with you."
"Then it Is true that Cod is good to
the Irish," he laughed, and, subtle as it
was, Alicia extracted the compliment
and beamed good nature on him again.
"You see, Dick," she began as If she
were commencing a fairy story to an
incredulous child, "it is so well, it is
such a tremendous comfort to be just
friends with a man."
"Yes," said Dick readily. "I'm friends
"Silly! I mean for a girl. She can
go about with him, ask him to do this
and that for her and fel that she Is
not putting herself under obligation
If she's only friends with him, where
as, if he's in love with her, he expects
her to marry him and and it just
"I'm jolly glad I'm not sentimental."
said Corrigan with a' purpose if with
out veracity. "You'd have banished me
"lou can have sentiment without be
ing sentimental," she hastened to ex
plain." And for some reason or other a
flush stained her cheeks, and her eyes
"It's Just as clear as as mud." Cor
rigan laughed in spite of his efforts to
Alicia's eyes flashed. x
"See here, Dick Corrigan. I believe
you are making fun of me. Deep down
in my own heart I know from your
own actions and your whole attitude
toward me that you agree with me.
but Just to amuse yourself you make
fun of me. I'm sure" you"' like "me." she
went on. "just as I like you, or you
wouldn't seek me out and want to be
with me day after day. as you do. and
that that very fact proves to me that
you are in sympathy with my own at
titude. We are friends, and you know
it." she declared chal'engingly. Then
she rose abruptly from the stone seat
and walked over to the balustrade
with her back toward him. "Come..
Pretzel," she said imperatively, as If
railing hei dc fro::; a contaminating
Co.-rigan began to whistle very soft
ly to himself while the small Dutch
dog eyed him accusingly.
"Alicia." said Coriigan's deep voice
fondly from the depths of the great
stone seat, lie had not moved. And
right here it might be observed that
Alicia always selected picturesque set
tings for her discourses. The old gar
den, shady and secluded, breathing ro
mance and the fragrance of roses, was
Ideal for platonics.
"Alicia," repeated Dick when his
first effort gained no response.
With studied reluctance she turned
"I'd like to ask a few questions," he
said, still somewhat indifferently.
"111 be glad to answer them."
The frigidity of her tone moved Cor
rigan almost to the point of turning up
his coat collar, but hhi better judgment
"This old guy, riato' he was be
ginning as he walked toward her.
Her glance and tone froze the words.
"I'm sorry," he said contritely.
"But Alicia. I wonder if he ever knew
the most beautiful woman in the
world? I wonder if lio mnM hnr.
ftteen with her almost dally for seven
months? And yet. no, how could be?
He lived B. C."
In spite of herself Alicia dimpled.
"It was beauty of mind, mental excel
lencies, that he admired," she remark
ed wisely. '
"rerhaps that's what I admire in
you, "but somehow I doubt it"
"My mental powers are not wholly
to be despised." pouted Alicia.
. "Xo. But an ordinary mortal cannot
penetrate so dazzling an exterior,"
Alicia looked impatiently across the
green. Somehow she was out of bar
mony with the afternoon disappointed
in In herself perhaps.
Corrigan turned to her fjuite sudyJ
denly. "See here. Alicia, do you like
platonic friends better than anything
else?" . - - - - ....
"Yes." she said, but the syllable did
not carry conviction.
"Better than husbands, for in
stance?" Alicia's color deepened. Things were
more interesting after all.
"I never had one." she laughed, and
her voice was a little tremulous.
"Then it's only theory?" Corrigan
"Of course," she replied, looking up
into his now earnest eyes.
"Listen," he said sortly. "Couldn't"
you le platonic friends with every one
else but me. Alicia?"
She did not reply, but one by one
the petals of her rose tumbled down
"Couldn't you?" nis big voice was
vibrant with emotion.
"I I might." she admitted, "but first
let me tell you I like you letter than
all the rest. I like you better than I
could a mere friend. I I just hoped
aud hoped you wouldn't agree with
"It's with riato I disagree."
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