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. Goodwill's Wcily I
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I , J, T. Goodwin, Mgr. L. S. Glllham, Bus. Mgr. J
j " C. C. GOODWIN .... Edltof
! ' No Light From This Congress
, i yo, ONGRESS went into session again on Monday
(,last. It will expire o limitation on the
fourth of March. Less than three weeks, in
cluding the holidays, fourteen days this month
m and about forty-five after the holidays. We do
J hot expect much from it. Nearly all the stal-
warts are serving their closing term, and most
jt of them have a feeling that their labors in the
1 past have not been appreciated. If most of the
h ' new men are commanding figures, they have
j not as yet raised to their full statures. The im-
1 pression that the majority are linked with the
I trusts has become fixed upon the country. We
do not believe a word of it. We believe seven
out of every ten of the members are honest, hon
orable and patriotic men, seven out of ten of
the members of "both' partfes. But we believe
that this general impression was the underlying
cause of the revulsion seen at the polls in No
vember last.
In our thought there will be no improvement
when the majority in the house changes and the
majority in the senate is greatly reduced.
The reason for that conclusion is that not
from any man in either party has a note been
sounded that indicates a comprehension of what
the real trouble is, or from whence the cure
must come. We reject the cry that the trusts
i own and control congress or any considerable
I portion of it.
But it is natural for the ordinary man when
I f he becomes very wealthy, no matter how he ob
L tained his wealth, to think that there was no
1 accident about it; that the reason he obtained
his wealth was because of his superior brain, and
that of right, his opinion is of more value than
that of the ordinary man, and that he should bo
I listened to and his superiority acknowledged.
I And there are always sycophants enough to con-
I firm his opinion.
1 Well, the bankers of the country did not
I make a brilliant showing durir, the great war,
! but they did succeed in having established a so-
f called financial system, founded on the debt of
A the nation and calculated to make a great portion
of that debt perpetual and to keep the people
IF paying the interest upon it forever. It is a com-
j; mon theory among gamblers that if a man plays
m at faro and wins as much as he loses, the per-
g centage of the game will eventually make a
W pauper of him.
I Well, when the people began to pay from 6.20
K to 7.4b per cent interest on more than 2,000 mil-
lions of interest-bearing war indebtedness, the
day of their semi-slavery began. But not content
with that, the bankers and bondholders induced
the comptroller of the currency and two or three
senators and representatives to cause, by a sneak,
the demonetization of silver money; this they
knew would eventuate in reducing the value of
property 50 per cent and give to every ?1,000
which they might collect in interest double the
purchasing power which it then had. When sil
ver in terms of gold began to fall in value and
there was a clamor to have it given back its old
recognition, then these men, taking advantage of
their own money, sneeringly asked: "Would you
pay your debts in lightweight dollars?"
When the last great rally to have justice
done, in 1896, came, these same interest gatherers
debauched the whole north by the money they
gave to Mark Hanna to corrupt. Since then that
money power has controlled legislation. Bu$ the
point is reached at last when even that power
does not know what to do. They see our exports
to half the world shut off; they see a depression
everywhere, and they are worried. Congress has
been indirectly under their domination' ever
since Mr. Cleveland's last inauguration; it has
looked to them for sound financial advice, for
in all the past these financial magnates' have
moved only in the narrow circle of their own
Interests, and they can no more look up and
grasp a great national question than a Chinese
girl, foot-bandaged from babyhood, can leap and
The trouble that confronts congress and the
country is the want of an enlightened financial
system. What congressmen will proclaim the
truth and point out the remedy? We look for
little effective work at the present session.
' Then And,Now
THE foxes have holes, the birds of the air
have nests, but, the son of man hath not
where to lay his head." We are told ihat a"
certain creed as taught here in Utah is but the
restoration of the creed that the Master taught
and that one here, just a common man, stands
here the authorized representative of the Master.
Good saints, we would not doubt your sincerity,
but would ask you why you doubt ours. When
we cannot quite swallow what you so easily Swal
low and assimilate. We read the new testament
and try to reconcile the ways and teachings of
the Master with the ways and teachings of the
man whom you tell us is His representative on
earth. Can you wonder if we do not succeed?
We ask you, as we have a thousand times be
fore, to study this thing which you call your re
ligion, analyze the system in any way you please,
and then explain to us: Suppose the system
had not been founded on love for man and love
of God, but that a crafty leader had Intended it
as merely a huge commercial and political ma
chine; through men's superstitious fears, to cause
the money to work for the few, to subject their
minds through superstitious fear to the minds of
a few chiefs; in what way could the present sys
tem be improved upon? You are annually as
sessed 10 per cent of all your earnings, that is
all right if you believe that is your duty, though
bankers are satisfied if they can make their gold
earn even 6 per cent, but does the 10 per cent
secure your release from further assessment?
Suppose you are a farmer and have 500 bushels
F-' T
of grain, and 200 tons of hay. " ; ,r Jthe tith- M
ing fund 50 bushelB of grain a two tons of
hay. But suppose you have ten poor cattle, fifty H
poor sheep, twenty turkeys and 100 chickens and H
you fatten them on the hay and grain you have H
left, do you not have likewise to surrender one H
steer, five sheep, two turkeys and ten chickens? M
Do you find any precedent for that in the new M
testament? Remember that, "The foxes have M
holes, the birds of the air have their nests, but M
the son of man hath not where to lay his head." M
Again, suppose one hundred of you live a lit- H
tie out of town and want a church. You have M
to assess yourselves for it, do you not? But M
when the..priests go down and dedicate it for you, M
what else happens? You have to deed it to the M
parent church, do you not. That is in addition M
to your tithe paying. If it cost $5,000 and you M
shared equally, you are out ?50 each, are you not? M
Then suppose that a month later It is decided M
to send additional colonists to Alberta or Chi- M
huahua, and ten of your hundred are set apart for M
that purpose. What of the $500 that the ten put M
in the church? Is there any refunding? Hardly. M
Now. tell us, please, or ask all your high priests, M
all of them combined, including the Master's rep- M
fesentative, where any parallel to that can be M
found in the teachings of Jesus Christ? M
Again suppose in the early days of the prlml- M
tive church, the disciples, out of the tithing fund M
that had been collected from the people, had M
built a sugar factory down on the rich plain be- M
tween Jerusalem and Joppa, had made the Mas- M
ter president of the company, and though he had M
not put up a cent, had given him 20 per cent of M
the capital stock; that the business had paid M
wonderfully and from the profits more factories M
had been erected, that then after ten years it H
had been discovered that the corporation had H
entered into a combine with some unregenerato M
thieving Gentiles in Damascus and, though the M
freight by camel, was two cents per pound be- H
tween Jerusalem and Damascus, the disciples, H
with the Master's full approval were charging H
the saints in Jerusalem 6 pennies per pound H
for sugar, while at the same time they were, after H
paying the freight, selling the same sugar to the .H
ungodly Gentiles of Damascus for 3 cents per H
pound; do you believe that the religion of Jesus H
Christ would have lasted and have won more H
and more adherents for 1,900 years? Do you be- H
lleve that the record would have come down to H
us as it has, or would it not have read something
like this. .1
"The foxes have had to hunt their holes, and H
the birds of the air have had to hide their nests, !H
or the son of Hyrum would long ago have gobbled ,
both the holes and the nests, and claimed them I
as his right, for Christ's sake." H
Driving The Last Spike Picture II
THE New York Times publishes what it calls l
"The true story of the driving of the last l
spike," when the Union Pacific railroad met II
the Central Pacific at Promintory; the rails were 1
connected and the last spike driven. It also pub-
llshes a newspaper copy of Thomas Hill's picture m
of the scene and Mr. Hill's story of his troubles w
in painting the picture and mutilating it after it II
was first painted, by order of Leland Stanford. H
The story is not at all complimentary to Governor 8:
Stanford, but we suspect that it is true, for it '
corresponds with more than one act of his life. J
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