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I Goodwin's Weekly I
VOL. XIX SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, MAY 20, 1911 No. 5 flj
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O. C. GOODWIN .... Editor
ll How It Has Been and Will Be
-, OMMENTING on some stuff copied from
( an eastern paper, the Deseret News says:
"It is certain that too much politics, partic
ularly in local affairs, is a detriment to business.
Salt Lake knows this to its cost. Our citizens
should therefore be prepared to act independ
ently of professional politicians who make politics
a business, and elect d, commission of capable
business men next fall. They- should give busl
ness a chance and watch results."
And "our citizens" may know in advance just
what the News will do after that election. If the
commission is made up of men, or a majority of
men of the samo faith that the News professes,
J , no matter how stupid or incapable they may be,
V how utterly they may fail in the handling of the
city's affairs, they will have the full approval of
the News. If they should happen to-all, or a ma
e jority of them, be real Americans, no matter what
their abilities might be or how capable their man
agement of city affairs; from the first day the
News would fight them, lie about them, misstate
si their acts, misjudge their intentions, and exhaust
every device to picture the city as given over to
lawlessness, and use all its influence to prevent
itho city's progress. We say this because that is
tho character of the sheet. For forty years, while
tho men of its religious faith ruled here, it never
uttered a criticism over any act of theirs. Though
all the revenues were absorbed by the city of
ficers; though outrages unspeakable were com
mitted by them; though not one public improve
ment that can be remembered was made; the
News, by its silence, endorsed everything done
and left undone; condoned every sin of commis
sion and omission on their part, and fought every
proposed form of progress as though it were a
public enemy. At last, when the mildew of utter
impotency was settling on the place; when people
were leaving by thousands; when all progress
was dead; when, unrestrained, all the vices were
holding undisputed sway; when crime stalked
unafraid up and down tho streets, tho American
party came into power. From the vory first
day tho News proclaimed that the party was the
enemy of the city and pictured its officers as
men actuated by no desire except to plunder the
city, and though, under its administration the
i city advanced more in wealth and population in
five years than it had before in forty; though it
did more in fivo years to drive vice and crime
I away than had been done in forty years of the
rule of the .friends of the News, that sheet never
relaxed its efforts :to prejudice its work, it has
scrupled at no slander; up falsehood, no denunch
ati.on.-.no effort; tostop the transformation which
has 'been going on, and which has changed a mil
dewed village into . a , thriving and modernly-ap
pointed city. For more than sixty. years its oc
cupation has been -to keep welded the fetters on
the souls of; its-dupes and to picture all who
would fain "see Utah Americanized as enemies.
In this it has been restrained by no twinge of
conscience, no regard for truth nor decency; nor
the usual restraints which attach to self-respectful
citizens. So it is easy to anticipate what its
course will b'e if a commission is made the govern
ing power of the city. If the commission is made
up of its religious friends, ifc will endorse all that
is done, all that lacks being done and should tho
commission steal, the revenues of the city, it will
condone tho offense. Should the commission be
composed of real, live Americans", no matter how
capable it may be or how true to every righteous
interest of the city; from the first day It will re
ceive nothing but ribald abuse and blackguard
ism from the blackguard News,
In Mexico
AT THIS writing it looks as though the rebel
lion in Mexico would soon be over, but in
the prospect there is not much promise of
peace. The brigands are now aroused in that
land and will the new government, when patched
up, have the needed power to put them down?
Diaz held a firm hand over theoi. Whenever they
reared their crests, he had the crests shot off with
out any scruples whatever; but what will the new
crowd do? And what means will they have to
compel peace and establish order and security for
life and property?
The most pitiable showing made there has
been made by the so-called Federal army. A re
bellion has been raging for nearly nine months
and not one exhibition of efficient army work has
been given. Either Diaz has been afraid to leave
his capital uncovered, or he has been afraid to
send out his army in any force, lest they lose their
organization and drift into brigandage. Tho pros
pects, even with a peace negotiated do not look
good, and we fear that without the strong arm
of tho old president Mexico will show little more
national cohesiveness than Nicaragua. And there
aro tens of thousands of Americans there and
hundreds df millions of American and European
money invested there which must be protected,
That is what makes the outlook seem so troubled.
Of course we will all hope for the best, but it
is a safe wager that the American soldiers down
on the border are by thousands snying to each
other dally: "Why are wo not permitted to go
over and fix up this business? We shall have it
to do sometime; why put off?" But that is pre
cisely what wo aro all hoping may never become
The Coming Coronation
THE preparat!ons for the coronation next
month ard absorbing London more and
more daily. They have reached the point of
rehearsal now and tho beautiful feature is tho ab
sorbing interest which English men and women are
taking in every detail. Sometimes wo think that sol-
fish people prize what they possess more than do M
generous ones. Old England has given more than M
one proof that she looks out closely for no one, H
but herself, but what she has is In her estimation M
a little better and finer than any other nation has.
No other country has any such king and queen as
hers; no other country has any such glorious old
Abbey as hers, in which to crown a king and
queen; and there must be no mistake, no hitch
in tho -regal performance. H
And all kinds of throats are practicing on the M
national air, so that by coronation day every H
voice in the little isle will be in uccord to sing it.
It will be splendid, too, because down beneath it M
all there will be a patriotism upon which there
will be no taint. A patriotism that were the old M
isle to be assailed would make every man a hero H
In its defense. It is that patriotism which is the
sovereign element in the English character; the M
one which amid all the storms of a thousand jjl
years has held the land steady and been a per- '1
petual notice to the world outside, that to main- '
tain the land's integrity intact every English
heart is a part of her defense. H
Some of us would like to witness thtft coro-
nation spectacle. - Not especially on account or H
George and Mary; that could bo well counter- fl
felted in a cheap theatre; but to be there and to H
listen for the whispers of those, the mighty ones, H
who ' have been sleeping there through the cen- H
turies. Of course the whispers would not bo H
heard, but one could fancy that they were, and
would not that be just as well, when we think rH
"what shadows we are, what shadows we pur- H
Now For Work
THESE are days when the city should bo press- H
ing its work and giving all the men possible H
employment; when private citizens who con- H
template making improvements this year should, H
if they can see their way clear, begin at once; H
when ground should be broken for the capltol, tho H
high school and university, for there are too many H
men idle here now, who need work, and the ef- H
feet of this is in the air and helps to swell the H
cry of hard times; for there is a wireless teleg-
raphy around and above us carrying messages H
from man to man on its currents, and they have '
direct effects on the hearts of men for good or 'H
for evil. The work of production is not slackened JM
In the least; (he mines are doing their part su- H
perbly; the fields and orchards are promising H
more this year than ever before; trade should bo ;
better than ever before, for more supplies aro H
needed; if this can be supplemented with tho !
usual Improvements, the town will be filled with ijH
gladness a month hence, and people will be re- J
peating: "There is no other place for a great j
city within six hundred miles in either direction. lH
For Better Security H
TWO desperadoes broke their bonds last week ' M
and just at the hour when most people give M
up their work for the day and start for their jfl
homes; started on a raid of robbery and murder. M
That was not their first adventure of the kind. fl
Previous successes had made them bold. They M
fill the description of the men who robbed the M
train near Ogden nnditllled one porter and fatally M
wounded another : ' "- better t1 "xn any H
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