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THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 19. 4908.
Rule of jhe fo
.(Special. Washington 'Correspondence of
The Argus.) v';-' ''
' TLe prowipjr insistence of the presi
dent" upon his right to dominate legis
lation ami --particularly upon his un
; qualiUed and. .-unhampered power over
the United. States army and navy has
been pretty vigorously discussed in the
sennto of late..
'i It 18 a mutter of notoriety that there
are in existence three letters from the
president to United . States senators
bearing partly upon the -Brownsville
Ineiilout, partly upon the singular ease
of (j'olonel Stewart of the coast artil
lery, who has been sent Into exile, in
Arizona. In these letters the president
notifies h'is , senatorial correspondents
that if the senate passes Mr. I'or
aker's bill for the: reinstatement ofthe
trooi)s dismissed on J. account of the
Brownsville incident he' will veto the
bill. If congress passes It over hLs
Teto, he will refuse to pay attention to
It lie holds that his 'power over the
army and the navy as commander In
chief is superior to that of congress.
Beyond conceding congress the power
of making the necessary appropria-1
tions for -the support of the armed serv
ice of the United States he gives Uk
legislative branch of the government
no authority In the premises. -' .
The story was curreut about the enp-
ltal a day or two ago that in explain
ing his position on the subject to a vis
itor Mr, Uobsevolt pointed out that
King-'Edward VIL was conunauder in
chief of the British armed forces and
that parliament could not ' Interfere
with his direction of them. The pres
ident is said to have. wound up his re
marks with the statement, "In this re
spect I am like the king of England."
One of the senators to whom this re
mark was repeated said explosively:
"We all wish- he were more like the
king of England. King Edward ad
dresses parliament once at - each ses
sion with a very brief speech prepared
by his ministers. lie does not boiu
" bard the legislative branch every two
or three days with messages covering
everything from race suielde and spell
ing reform to battleships and forest
reserves. With- the title of king, Ed
ward -VII.' seems to repose some con
fidence iu the ability of the English
people to govern, themselves and to
select'- members of ; parliament - who
may be trusted to carry-out'the 'popu
lar will. While he-ls in charge nomi
nally .of the army and navy," he has
not, p far as I knovr,; put a doctor in!
command of the army or a surgeon in
command of a navy vessel.' While
Edward is .content to be a king in
name and influence' the government
only by quiet and personal-suggestions,
Mr. Koosevelt seems desirorts of being
not merely king, but emperor In fact,
with tlie big stick for a scepter." -i
There is more-of this sort of talk
about, the. capital ; thau .most. people
would imagine. .The growing autorracy
of thf'aduiluistratinu .'has1' produced an
undercurrent of gliostiHty to Koosevelt
and his immediate circle that every
now . and , then breaks out into open
protest. This' feeling hns'uot boon less
ened by the remark of Admiral Ev-j
ans, the -naval pet of the admiuistra-!
tlon, at San Francisco recently, that
what "this nation needs is more bat
tleships and fewer statesmen." Some
of the. statesmen remember that the
president threatened to veto their pub
lic building bill unless given- his full
programme of four battleships, and
they think Evans took hrs cue 'from
this. : "There'll be fewer statesmen,"
said one Republican representative in
melancholy tones, "at least fewer Ke
pubiieau statesmen, in the next con
gress if the man In the White House
and liis satellites hold to their present
The Stewart Case.
Tills is one of the most curious mys
teries of government today. Colonel
, William K Stewart -is colonel in the
coast artillery service. . Suddenly he is
detached from his command and or
dered to, an abandoned military post
in the middle of Arizona, twentf-six
miles t from a village or habitation,
thousands of miles from the coast or
any artillery, and is given command of
exactly-one private,-who accompanies
him to attend to his comforts. What
Colonel 'Stewart's crime has been no
body knowsj He has been as silent as
a snhinx. so far as. any public state
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ment Is concerned. He" did appeal to
the war department and was Informed ;
that If he would voluntarily retire his
retirement would bo accepted, but if
he refused to retire he must remain lu
exile. Having nearly four uSore years
to serve before the age of involuntary
retirement, he declined that1 proposi
tion. Some friendsf Interesting them-
V selves In his case, he was transferred
fnm the Arizona, desert to another
abandoued post near St. Augustine,
Fia., but had not nnpacked his goods
and chattels there before he was per
emptorily sent baok. AH of this has
been done to this man, who has si?nt
LI lifetime in the service of "the Unit
ed States and Is a veteran of two
.tfnrs, without one word 'of explana
lion. He has not been court martialed
ncr even been granted a court of ln
V Iry. What tho high crimes aud uiis
3emeanors are for ,-which he Is con
demned to solitude In the sagebrush
unless" willing, to retire from the army
The discharge from t the army of
three- companies of soldiers without
trial and the apparent 'persecution of
Colonel Stewart are incidents -width
would not be likely to make the serv
ice popular if Mr. RoosevelLwere much
longer to continue to be commander La
chief. ' ,.
The Closing Days of Congress.
With an overwhelming majority in
the senate and the. house i and ..with
continued ! and noisy protestations- of
devotion to the president's programme,
congress has thus far passed throngU
the house only two of the multitude of
bills which lie has urged. The -second
one, that involving child labor in the
District of Columbia, passed only with
the aid of Democratic votes.- Nothing
yet has come of the recommendations
for' free wood pulp and print paper,
for the amendment to the anti-trust
law, for publicity ' of ' campaign con
tributions or any of a half dozeu neces
sary laws for the government of the
District of Columbia.
.The editor of u weekly newspaper of
national reputation sitting iu the pi-ess
gallery with . me .the otjier day and
watching the perfect 'discipline with
which Speaker Cannon. Leader Tayne,
Dulzcil, Hepburn and Tawney worked
together To prevent anything of really
national importance from being brought
to a vote on-the, floor said:
"I can't understand the theory on
which these men are working. Here
the entire Associated Press ' and the
American Newspaper Publishers' asso
ciation, htue united In a demand that
wood pulp and print paper be put on
the free list, yet all they can get out of
this congress U the appointment of a
commission obviously intended to carry
the subject over, until next winter and
which is conducting the investigation
in such a way as to make" it perfectly
apparent tq all who attend fhe hearings
that the cards are stacked against the
publishers. The newspaper Owners
are threatening reprisals. In this pres
ent house there are thirty-live Repub
licans sitting whose districts are so
close that a change of a thousand votes
from the Republican to the Democratic
side wouid retire each one of them.
"The Democratic- minority has put it
self on record as a unit for free pulp.
A petition asking that the bill be called
up has beeu signed by "every Democrat
in the house. Only one Republican
dared sign it against the speaker's op
position. What will the press of the
country, do V The moral sentiment of'
the country is a unit In favor of the
national publicity .law, yet the speak
er and his cabal will not allow It to
be voted on iu the house. If the Re
publican party in to go before the na
tion on the record of Roosevelt, the
Immediate answer Is that the Repub
lican congress has repudiated him by
refusing to accept his recommenda
tions. 'If the record of congress is to
be the Issue, it is one of Impotence and
dereliction of duty. One almost thinks
that that gang down tliere whom wo
all know at heart are hostile to the
president and to Taft are systematical
ly plotting treachery for the overthrow
of both." " . .
The Singular Senator From Arkansas.
If Senator Jeff Davis desired to at
tract attention irrespective of what
sort. -of attention It might be.-he could
have hardly done better than he uid
with his.speech a. week ago in the sen
ate. " This 'paragraph" addressed: to
fiocke'feller and Jtforgan, afford a fair
example of its general tope: ' "
" Let the scavengers of plutocracy- howL
Miserable. travesties upon' noble manhoott,
postgraduates jn all arts of slander or
defamation, I challenge the subsidized
prtss. Go, damnable . irrips -.t pelf -and
Breed! I defy your taunts! Tear to'frag
ment' my political career If It-comport
with your execrable, will. S:lfle and dis
tort my every utterance. Not satisfied, if
such be yottr brutal i'retizy. lash my poor
for.-ti into ' insensibility. . Then, ' if it.be
your further - pleasure. : gnaw from my
stlftenhig. bones every vestige of, quiver
ing - nosh. .Howl in wretched bestiality
through my own innocent blood as it
drops feom your fiendish visages. -."'.
Thls-is, of course, balderdash. Yet,
however foplisft may be his ranting in
thej st'uate, there Is a shrewd side to
Davis character which has enabled
him to (hold his own 'in bis state. I
heard a story of a clever trick he
played on an opponent for the nomina
tion for governor. His rival was a
member of an old Arkansas familyra
tall,' stately, dignified, man. , In the
joint debates which they conducted
thronghout the state- he was carrying
every audience with him. Davis saw
that .something must le done. Just
before one of his biggest meetings Tie
let . the rumor be circulated that If
Judge ' -, attacked him, on the stage
Cg'iiii as he had ieeu doing he (Davlsj
would take, physical vengeance upon
him. The judge's friends became per
turbed. They went . to him aud .told
him that he must-go tf the next lffeet
iug armed. "Rut I never carried
weapons," protested the judge. Still
they insisted and finally persuaded
lihn td slip a pistoj Into his hip pocket.
In the midst of his speech Davis, who
was then governor, turned dramatical
ly to his rival and, declaring himself
to be an officer of the law nnd.one
who -reverenced and oleyed the jaw
demanded to know whether even then
tho gentleman confronting him wnsnt
violating the law by carrying a dead
ly weapon. The judge, could not lje.
could not defend himself, and, ' with
a passionate appeal to all his hearers
to maintain at all times' the sanctity of
the law, the Hon. .Jeff Davis won that
meeting for his own. .
The Democratic Race. .
It is becoming perfectly apparent that
Mr. Bryan's strength in the convention
tvill result'- in his nomination on the
frst ballot. IThere:has been talk of op
position to him in -Louisiana and ru
mors of exceeding activity on the part
Df the. Johnson forces in Alabama and
In Virginia', but the opposition in
Louisiana does not appear wnen sougnr
for, and the boomers' activity has thus
far resulted in nothing.
Washington, D. C.
WILLIS J. ABBOT,
-1 The Helping Hand."
Au blind newsman $tood In the early
evening1 on the 'curb-at- Forty-second
street and Third avenue. The papers
he Sought were at a depot on -the op
posite, side of the, avenue.. He stood
silent. : Presently n young man slipped
out of an idle group' near by, took the
blind man by the arm, piloted him
across the car tracks, left him and
ipassed, on. Neither said a' word. . .
Hating obtained his papers, the blind
maii turned again to the curb, standing
patiently. . A - woman, bareheaded and
evidently a tenement dweller near by,
walked up the avenue, paused, .stepped
aside, took the newsman by the arm
conducted him back across the avequa
and resumed her errand. Neither spoke.
It's just a way they have over thare
on the east side. New York Globe.
A Rule For Dramatists.
A dramatist must never keep a se
cret' from his audience, although this
Is one of the favorite devices of the
novelist Let us suppose for a moment
that the spectators were not let into
the - secret of Hero's pretty . plot in
"Much Ado," to bring Beatrice and'
Benedick together: Suppose that, Jike
the heroine and the hero, they were led
to believe that each was truly in love
with the other. The inevitable revela
tion of this error would produce
shock.'of surprise that would utterly
scatter their attention, and while they
were busy making over their former
conception of the. situation they would
have no eyes nor ears for what was
going on upon the stage... In a: novel
the ' true character of a hypocrite Is
ofton .bidden until the .book Is. nearly
J through; .their "when the 'revelation
comes the readter-tias plenty' of time to
I, think back and"see-. how deftly be has
been deceived... But In a play a rogue
must be known to be a rogue at his
first entra'noe,i. The other characters in
the. play may be kept In the dark until
the" last act, but the audience must
know the-secret' all-the time; In fact,
any situation!;vhicft,Wows,'a character
suffering from a lack of such knowl
edge; as tb6 audience holds' secure al
ways produces a telling effect upon the
stage. :' The '.spectators are aware of
Iago's , villainy,, and - know, of Desde
mona's innocence. The play would not
be nearly so strong if, like Othello,
they were kept ignorant of the truths-
North, American Review. ;
i Apostrophe to a Champion. Cow.
Hail, champion nurser of the hn-
man racet (.nalli ' O quiet chewer of
nutritious cudl- Blessed be peace and
open air, beasts and sunlight, and espe
cially blessed be tbfe cowr of ber we
sing. ; Hall, Pauline? number 43.426 If
that nam yon love; butter champion
of the world! ;Think of . giving 104.4
pounds of milk in a single day and also
at a high average of fat! ,
think I could turn and live with anl-
mals. they are bo placid' and self
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their
condition. ,7 . . -They
do not lie awake In the dark and
weep for their sins. -
They do not make -me sick discussing
- their duty to uod. .
Not one is 'dissatisfied, not one is' de
mented ' with the mania of owning
Not one kneels; to another nos to his kind
. that lived thousands of years ago.'.
Not one Is respectable or. unhappy over
the whole 'earth.
.Would the. pen of Homer were- our
own, for we have no taste to celebrate
the feats of 'admirals and presidents,
prizefighters and millionaires and would
fain da justice to the cow, for she by
her own. - unaided, might can support
thirty babies on -this earth. Collier's
Weekly.',.. , ;. ' ;
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: 'A Sermtfln' lit Rhyme.
An ' English ' sporting . parson , who
wished to shorten the Sunday morn
Jngs servicers?. that he might join
some kindred. ..spirits delivered the
briefest and meatiest sermon on rec
ord.., "Dearly , beloved." he said, "the
subject of our discourse this morning
fcr Life.' I shall divide it into three
parts' and a Conclifslon first, man's in
gress to the world; second, man's prog
ress through the world; third, man's
egress from the world, and, to con
clude; man's life after departure:
"Man's ingress td life is naked and bare.
Man's progress through .'life is trouble
"and care. 1 'Z, : ' '' ''
Man's egress from-life fs'nobody" knows
If we do well here, we will da well there.
I -could tell you no more if I preached a
. whole year." .it
"v t : Boston Post
.;'''. '-' - Satisfied, i ,
i "Please, sir,", piped he tiny, cus
tomer, whose head scarcely reached the
counter,! "father, wants wdhie oak var
nish::. ";;:;" :".r- : .
"How ' much does your, father want,
my little man?" asked the shopman.
"Father 3ald you . was to fill this,"
said the 'little fellow,' handing over a
half.gallod can. .
It was duly filled and-handed over.
ratherwiir pay you . Saturday,
aaid the recipient casually. '
And then the face of, the shopman
' ' ' r -- '. t
' We don't give credit here," he said
"Gimme back the can T' " ''
Meekly the little lad banded back the
can, which was'etnptled and handed
back to binv with, a, scowl.
Thank yon,: sir,'! he said. "Father
said you'd bp',, sure to Jeave enough
round the. sides for him to finish the
job 'hd. wants tt klo.'nnd I think you
'ave, sir." London Scraps.
; I - Most Important Work.
- A reporter recently, took a journey.of
considerable length for the purpose of
inteirviewihg a-rising- literary light as
to his next-novel- , 0a-reaching the
bouse be discovered the author seated
in . his garden engaged in earnest con
versation with a little boy who had a
large towel pinned .around his neck.
The., author.' received . his visitor cor
dially, but seemed rather absentminded.
"Are yon willing to tell me a little
a doue your next important worn r
asked the reporter;.
The literary; man clicked a pair of
shears and patted the boy on the shoul
der., !. .1-! ''4
u We. were ."just talking about it as
vou came no." he-said. - "Willie thinks
k I ought to, do It; with a bowl, but L
j think I can-do it without What would :
you . advise , v Yon see , his mother has ,
always cat. u Deiore, but sne a away
jusy nowt Hom Magazine. '
" Tha Povyar of .Advertising.
' The, power xt -advertising is told by
- toaiiagef of the' tbllef department of
a large New York department store.
"We have six different .makes of one
toilet article,?, be said, "and they are
so: near ahTtetif' qliality that even ex-;
pertilcarft .lEifiC the difference between
thtm, yet we soli1 as1, much of one as
do of all,tbe..others together, just
because the, manufacturer is everlast
ingly .adtertistjljr.it' The ; other five
sell in proportion to the amount of ad-vertlslng-gtTen
to them.' If there Is
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northerp,. mtetxesa handed her a
lsitingicord.i,1'4lj .lady 'wha' gib me
dla -is, iH$j?k'lor,', she explained.
VDoy'a anaodefiiadyvon de do'step,"
-"Graclbmt,uMandy., ' exclaimed the.
inlstress, "why didn't yoa ask both of
them to ootnil" I 1 . ' - -
; j "Kase, ma'am ginned the girl, i'de
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