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I I 2 dOODWIN'8 WEEKLY.
lllj C. C. GOODWIN, Editor Hi PUBLI8HED EVERY SATURDAY. H fb SUBSCRIPTION PRICE OP GOODWIN'S WEEKLY. it ! Including postage in the United States, Canada and iH) Mexico, 12.00 per year; $1.00 for six months. Sub- p scrlptlons to all foreign countries within the Postal I Union. $3.60 per year. L Single copies, 6 cents. ,.,, MP Payments should bo made by Check, Money ; ) Order or Registered Letter, payable to Goodwin's B L Weekly. M Address all communications to GoodwJn'a H k! Weekly. Hflfl Entered at the Postofllco at Salt Lake City, ill Utah, U. S. A., as second-class matter. j! P. O. Boxes, 1274 and 1772. J I Telephones: Bell, 301; Ind.. 302. ip 221-232-233 Commercial Club Bldg., Salt Lake City l In ' H Id slate of his birth, the state where his manhood l was passed, the city where he died, the com- Iff mercial capital of the nation, and as the day I draws near a sense of what he was to his coun- H: try, makes a thrill in millions of souls. H The prayers of a race in chains had long H t' v vexed the ear of the Infinite, so in His providence li the decree was issued that slavery must he ex- H J I tirpated, and that the people north and south H 1 1 that were responsible for it and had so long pdr- H I mitted it, should pay for the wrong; the stage H i was set for a mighty war, and at last the acts H ' : began to be called. H; A man was horn in oxtreme poverty and m . reared in squallor, who .was to be the emancl- m pator, and the decree further prescribed that I after, all honors should be his, he was to be the final sacrifice of the War. f It was all fulfilled, and the hundredth anni- Bj versary of the birth of that man will be next P Friday. It is most meet to do reverence to his Rj memory on that day; to pray that no other so M I terrible a calamity as that war, is awaiting our m nation. When Abraham Lin 'n was born our fl i, nation numbered but about ten millions of peo- M pie; most of the land was still but a wilderness; H more than half its area was but as a closed hook H i HM to mankind. Since he died its people have been K multiplied by three, and in prestige and in power Hi1, it has increased a hundred fold, but, the mighty H advancement has added in full measure to the H reverence which the whole world holds for the Hl memory of Abraham Lincoln, and on this com- H ing anniversary the story of his life and his H death should be rehearsed, on this and all suc- B ceeding anniversaries, that his services to his B native land may never grow dim, that the meas- B ure of his fame may grow in majesty as the H ages ebb and flow. 1 H C. R. Savage THE DEATH of C. R. Savage takes from this community a sterling citizen and most lov- H' able man. He was foremost in all good H works. Ho was of that disposition that could not H be happy unless those about him were' happy. He H wanted closer walk among- men, a kindlier sym- H pathy, a nearer brotherhood. The path of his life Hi was lined with good deeds, and he goes to his Hl grave mourned by all classes of people. The V' sympathies of the city go out in full measure to Hi his stricken family, for ho was, all in all, in his H; home, and his loss is an overwhelming sorrow. H Peace to his soul and such comfort to those who Hl knew and loved him as comes of a knowledge K that his life was blameless and full of good deeds. Should Get Ready THE flurry about possible trouble with Japan, while amounting to little just now, Is a l notice that should be heeded. The state H; guards of all these western states should be In- fl: creased, and better disciplined. Any trouble with H the Orient would at once precipitate an attack H' upon this coast, and it will be a- good while yet Q before the coast will be placed in a condition to H repel attack. It would have to be met by the jH people of these states, and the preparation for K that must naturally bo elaborate, requiring much time. There are Japanese enough already on the coa3t to make a formidable army, while it Is a clear case that the Hawaiian Islands could be taken almost without a struggle, and that would give the Japanese a base, only five days' sail from all our western ports. The west coast is not half defended, either on land or sea, and the domi nating power of the eastern states will prevent any needed defenses for the we3t coast for a long time to come. We do not look for the completion of the Isthmus canal before 1920, and every dic tate of common prudence suggests that the west coast people rely more upon themselves. The young men, generally, should be trained In the rudiments of war, and should every year practice enough in the field so that a sudden, oall xo de fend the coast would meet an immediate and ef fective response. And being' ready is certainly the best preventative of war. Wars seldom come through sentiment, but a thousand wars have been kindled for trade ad vancement, and by and by the mastery of the trad of the Pacific will be a question that will cause much heartburning. It Is not very Imme diate, for Congress shows no disposition to ever create a merchant-marine, but some Congress in the near future will, and when it does there will be a struggle for the Pacific trade. And the west coast should be ready. Its state militia should be increased and trained, the, young men in the high schools and universities would be the better for such training. "In time of peace prepare for war." . The Voice oi the People IT IS strange what reverance the Deseret News has recently taken on for the will of the people. It has steadily taught from the mouth of apostles for more than half a century that vox populi vox Dei is all wrong, that what ' ought to be vox Dei vox populi. The cardinal principle above all others in the Mormon creed is obedience. Some twenty years ago there were two or three members or the legislature from southern counties who tried to bo a little bit American in their deliberations and their votes in the legislature. Just after the legislature adjourned the spring conference came on and one of the first presidency called together the presidents of stakes in the coun ties from which these representatives came and said to them: "Mr. So-and-So of your county, Mr. So-and-So of your county, Mr. So-and-So of your county in the legislature showed a disposition during the last session not to obey counsel. See that they never come again." And they never did. And so we presume It is fair to interpret the emphasis of the News as to the value of the petitions with which the legislature Is being flooded, to mean: "Inasmuch as the people have obeyed the counsel of Apostle Grant, of A,postle Clawson and Apostle Ivins and signed these pe titions In such volume, the fact that they do not know what they were signing does not count, the fact that they obeyed apostolic counsel is everything and the legislature must heed their wish." And, being still further refined down, what the News means is: "Isasmuch as Apostle Grant has advocated his kind of prohibition and Apostles Clawson and Ivins have endorsed his position, it is the duty of the legislature to carry out their will." That is the extent of freedom in the Mor mon church. The fact that no prohibition was Intended, the fact that the first Intention was but for a graft on the part of the church, need not count. The apostles have expressed their will what should a legislature do but obey that will? The time will come, and It will be a very blessed time, too, although at this writing we cannot fix the date; it may be this year, it may not be until after the second coming of the Mes siah, when the Utah legislature elected by the i nponle to do the people's will and under oath to do the best they can for the state and the peo ple, will assume that a trust is put upon them, not to obey this man or that man, not to chase after some fantasy, but inasmuch as the business ' of the state is straight business, they will come impressed with the duty to serve that state and all Its, people for the best interests of them all. And when they read in the organ of the Lord that a certain business, although it was inaug urated by the prophet and seer that led the first people here, and has been carried on Avith more vigor and more volume by the church than by any other organization or individual, still, it be ing immoral, if men acquired property rights un- - ' der such an arrangement, they have done.it at Iheir peril, and to confiscate that property is something which the courts will sustain on the score of public morals. Imagine some court had construed that question that way here when Brigham Young had a monopoly on all liquor selling in this town; how would the News have rec v a decision of that kind? In those old days It r versed a decision of the supreme court with v any scruples, and with a jaunty air which was as much as to say: "What is any court to us? We have our own ideas." Our advise to the church just now is that it is in a bad fix on this liquor question and it had better call off its crier, especially inasmuch as the governor whom it elected has made a grand stand play for a closer walk among the people, a better feeling among all classes of citizens, a ' more earnest trial to altogether go ahead and build up this city. Railroad Freight Agitation j THE PRESENT agitation of the railroad freight charges on merchandise to this city promises, before it Is finished, to secure material changes in classifying freights. Of course, it is the business of railroad employees to ' do the every best they can for the companies j they work for, but it is the duty of shippers to - keep in mind that railroads are common car- i riers, and when they discriminate against men or places, it is the shipper's duty to kick, and to keep kicking, until redress Is secured. We be lieve that good' to Salt Lake will come of the present agitation. THE THOUGHT. By Thoodosla Garrison? Why, once the very thought of him was vital As is some crimson rose Flaming defiant, in a quiet garden Among pale lily blows. And yet today the thought of him is only A rose closed in a book A lifeless thing long shut between dull pages Where she forgets to look. And yet I think an old love thought forgotten Somewhere not wholly dies. It may be of such roses angels weave us The wreaths of paradise. Metropolitan Magazine,