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Goodwins Weekly, I
Vol. XIV SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, MARCH 6, 1909. No. 18 I
The New President
THE inauguration has taken place; the Re
public has a new President and Vice-President.
The splendor of the cei'emonies in
Washington on Thursday was in keeping with
i the Republic's adwtfcing power. The new chief
magistrate comes into office with, perhaps, more
perfect equipment for the place than any prede
cessor of his ever did. A finished scholar, a great
lawyer and judge, by years of experience in many
of the great departments of the government and
by personal observation as to the workings of
our system of government in every state and pos-
' session of the country; in the prime of life, pos
sessed of a temperament which is not disturbed
by cares and vexations, physically and mentally
equipped to do any amount of labor and trained
to systematize his labors so that there is no dis
order, and over all, a patriot, whose highest am-
, bition is to so wear his great office that the ut
most may be accomplished for the glory of the
land and for the advancement of all classes of the
people; in contemplating him, we think the whole
people may repose their utmost confidence in him,
and, with that confidence, nurse a hope that under
him the nation will be safeguarded at home and
abroad.
"We look for a calmer administration than that
of his immediate predecessor; we look for nothing
spectacular, nor erratic, but there will be no negli
gence; no surrender of the right; no swerving
from duty; but such an administration as a strong
and perfectly equipped chief magistrate, intent
upon the right and backed by a tireless energy
and unflinching courage will give. ""
We think the country is to be congratulated;
we think the congratulations that will come from
foreign lands will be more sincere than they ever
were before.
And the peaceable change of chief magistrates
with only good wishes coming from the whole
American people is, in itself, a new manifesta
tion of the exceeding greatness of our country
and of the clear intelligence and patriotism of the
American people.
The Retiring President
THEODORE ROOSEVELT is once more a plain
American citizen. He has filled many of
fices, and for nearly seven years past has
occupied the most exalted office in the world. He
is still young. If his life and health are spared
him, we shall yet hear much of him, for his rest
leas soul would chafe the life out of him, were
he compelled to be quiet for six months. He has
one of the strongest of brains, no end of courage
and force, and an energy that drives him on like a
thousand horsepower motor. He never was much
disciplined; from the beginning he has deter-
! mined to have his own way and has always been
impatient of restraint. Ho has, moreover, plenty
of ogotism. "Wo can easily imagine him laying
down a volume of Hannibal's or Caosar's, or Na-
poleon's campaigns, md murmuring to himself:
"I could have done all that, and I would have
avoided a whole lot of mistakes that this soldier
made." And he would have been sincere, too. And
in all his life he has never been steadied by
what men know as a judicial mind; "that kind of
I a mind which reasons a problem out by weighing
1 it in all its bearings, and finally reduces the ques-
m
tion to a certain conclusion; that order of reason
ing which is the exact opposite of impulse. We
think this lacking on his part has been the mother
of all his mistakes. And that it was never made
directly apparent until the death of John Hay, is
to us almost conclusive proof that Mr. Hay had
an Influence over him that no other man ever ac
quired. We think, the turning point of his life was
when the treaty between Russia and Japan was
negotiated. The acclaims of the whole world in
his praise was more than he could bear. It was
after that his supreme egotism began to play
pranks with him. He grew more and more im
patient if crossed at all, and it did not matter
from whence the cross came. He was as ready
to hurl a lance against the supreme court or
the United States senate as he was to ride after
a bison on the plains. And yet the texture of his
brain is naturally fine. His recent speech before
the cabin in which Abraham Lincoln was Born, is
a masterpiece. There is, too, in him, a great
store of most boisterous humanity. He was glad
when he could get away from official cares and
have a real cowboy time, with his rough riders.
We are told that he is now to be associate editoi
of the Outlook, and the impression is that on his
return from Africa he will devote his time to that
publication. It ought to be a good school for him,
for that will give the boys with the fabers a
chance to fight back, and some of them will fight
hard. We do not oxpect that he will ever be a
great editor. At least, his writings up to date
do not indicate that he has a particle of the sixth
sense, and without that, if driven in his work, ho
will soon descend to the commonplace. But it will
be good schooling for him.
A Standard News Falsehood
THE NEWS on Tuesday again asserted that
the Mormon Church was not in politics,
that it would be very wrong for it to be,
but admitted that its high priests do express their
Individual opinions as American citizens,, even
as they should, and that Apostle Heber J. Grant
had been strenuous in urging prohibition. In
the same article It talked learnedly about the ex
pressed voice of 75,0()0 people, as represented by
their petitions for prohibitive legislation.
Now, will the News pretend to estimate how
many of the 75,000 would have signed those pe
titions had the call came from Mr. Webber, of
the Co-op, or Mr. Hills, of the Deseret Bank? or
any other prominent Mormon business man, or
any professor in any Mormon college? or any
prominent Mormon lawyer or doctor?
It knows the response was due solely to the
fact that Heber J. Grant is an apostle, and that
the people of his creed have been taught from
the cradle that it is their duty to obey his com
mand, or advice. That the First Presidency and
the apostles are the Mormon Church from day
to day. Then why does the News, day after day,
continue to assert that the church is not in poll
tics? Does it deceive any one? Is there a Mor
mon who does not laugh in derision whenever
he reads the falsehood in the News? Would not
the News editor rather face the rack! r.an dis
obey a command from that source? Why does
the slave continue to put out that appalling false
hood day after day?
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American Ships and Men 9
THE VOYAGE of the American battleship fleet H
around the world, a voyage that added
20,000 miles to the world's circumference, '' M
and its safe return in perfect condition, is the J M
greatest triumph ever achieved by a war fleet M
In time of peace. Foreign powers have always 11
been shy about sending their heavy armorod f
ships on long voyages. England, France, Ger- M
many and Italy have sent cruisers occasionally M
to this country, but never that we recall a bat- M
tleship. But there were sixteen battleships in M
tho fleet that Admiral Evans started with. Two M
of the ships were detached at San Francisco and M
sent ahead of the fleet, but two new ones were 11
added at the same time, and last Monday they fl
all pulled into Hampton Bay in perfect condition. , M
They faced the storms of every ocean and rode 11
them out grandly; twice on the way they stopped 11
for target practice; every moment they were
ready for any duty they might be called upon to I
meet. They entered and departed from a dozen M
strange ports on their journey, but there was not j
an accident, and they came home with bands lH
playing and great guns roaring in salute. Tho
world will have to concede that not only were
the ships tried as battleships were never tried
before, and proved absolutely worthy, but they l
must further admit that they were handled with .M
consummate skill on every day of the fourteen
months they were absent.
'
Who Are the Real Robbers? V
BY A majority of only three, the House of
Representatives defeated the ship subsidy ,
bill on Tuesday. The argument against it, WM
or rather the charge, for It is not an argument, M
was that it amounted to nothing but to open the iM
Treasury to the grasp of tho hands of men ak lM
ready rich a mere scheme to loot the Treasury. M
That Is generally sufficient to decide the minds 'M
of Congressmen who do not think. Hon. Champ M
Clark led in this. Suppose he were called upon jfl
to prove the charge, what could ho offer? Could
he cite any examples to sustain his charge? Since M
Mr. Clark was born, Great Britain has paid more 'fl
than $500,oqp,0t)0 in ship subsidies. She has H
thousauds of merchant ships, but within the past M
two years she has advanced one company $10,-
000,000, that It might build two ships superior In H
all respects, but especially In speed, to any other M
ships afloat, and pays that company $750,000 as M
an annual subsidy, and this particular company M
has been thrusting its hands into the British treas- M
ury steadily for more than half a century. And M
what has Great Britrln received in return? She M
has a market for her wares in every important H
port in the world, to which her ships pay regu- M
lar visits every month, fortnight or week, accord- M
ing to the Importance of the trade. She has much M
more. Her home coasts are lined with shipyards, M
where thousands of men are steadily employed,
and they aro supplemented by thousands more jH
working in her iron and coal mines, in her smel- H
tors and rolling mills. And her flag, meanwhile, m
has a prestige unequaled all around the world. If M
the bill had passed and become a law, the first M
thing these "rich robbers" would have been jH
obliged to do, would have been to set out own jH
shipyards ringing, and behind them have added H
some thousands of miners to tho workers in coal H
and iron mines, and when the ships were ready, H

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