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Anarchy, however, is not the only "organ
ized in New Jersey" infamy that must bo wiped
The 'trouble with some alleged Democratic
newspapers is that they think less' of Demo
'ci'atio' principles than' they do' of seif-in'tore'st:'
When potatoes are plentiful the tariff does
not "benefit the producer. When potatoes are
scarce the tariff is a "burden to the consumer.
I am an anarchist and I did my duty," said
the 'assassin of President McKinley. The
American people are not anarohists, and they
mUsa do their duty.
Miss Anthony says Mrs. Nation should have
tried other and better ways of putting down
whiskey. Miss Anthony, however, did not
mean that as it sounds.
Taciturnity is not a portion of the navy's
make-up. The navy will never be what the
people want it to bo until taciturnity is a large
fraction of the navy's equipment.
The Columbus, Ohio, Citizen has seen a
great light and is now a full-fledged organ of
Democracy. The Citizen has always been a
good newspaper; now it will be a great teacher. '
If the law requiring all persons selling
poison to label it as such is enforced against
newspapers in Iowa, the Des Moinqs Leader
will bo' compelled to call itself a republican
While waiting "for a subsidy to strengthen
their tottering little industry the ship owners
aro organizing a trust with something like
$150,000,000 capital. It would seem to the
unprejudiced observer that these infant indus
tries had reached the knickerbooker stage, at
William Waldorf Astor declares that the
nowspapers of America caused him to renounce
his American citizenship. The value of Amer
ican nowspapers becomes more manifest every
Two new features appear in this issue the
Home Department, which it is hoped will prove
interesting to the women, and the Weekly
Press Forum to which the attention of editors
of democratic weeklies is especially invited.
Chicago University sends out a circular
signed by President Harper offering to furnish
outline sermons for ministers of the gospel.
Can it bo possible that tho Standard Oil Com
pany is trying to corner the pulpits of theland?
Two men in jail on the charge of complic
ity in the murder of Governor Goebel engaged
in a desparate fight over a small sum of money.
These are the men pointed to 'by the defenders
of that bloody crime as incapable of such a
violation of law.
If any one is tempted' to criticise Mr.
Koosevelt for going off on a hunting expedi
tion at a time when the President was critically
ill, let it bo remembered that he could have
given no bettor proof of his faith in the ex
A London minister, not of the established
church, thanked God for what Great Britain is
doing in South Africa. This recalls to mind
another gentleman who once thanked God
that he was not like other men.
J. Pierpont Morgan announces that he. will
let his employes hold steel trust stock if they
have the money to pay for it. This is reassur
ing to those who had an idea they might have
to suffocate when Mr. Morgan succeeds in pro
moting an atmospheric trust.
Chairman Dick of Ohio is the only promi
nent man in the United States who has tried
to joke about the assassination of President
McKinley. His suggestion that the Demo
cratic party withdraw its objection to. repub
lican policies is a bit pf levity hardly, excus
able at such a time.
The New York World is printing the speci
fications for the kind of man who must be nom
inated for Mayor of Now York by the opposi
tion to Tammany. Among other things tho
world says: "He must bo a Democrat." The
World should be more specific. Must ho be a
Democrat who votes for Democratic candidates
who stand for Democratic principles, or a
Democrat who always votes for republican
candidates standing for anti-Domocratic princi
ples? Many people who have been royally enter
tained by the writings of Jules Verne, tho fa
mous French romancer, have well nigh forgot
ten him, and yet many pleasant recollections
will bo revived by tho present day references
to this writer. It is reported that Jules Verne
has, become totally blind. He will have the
sincere sympathy of thousands of men and
women, who in days gone by, found no more
delightful pastime than in the reading of
Staggering It is announced that Great
the British Britian's last war loan will be
Taxpayers. exhausted by October 16,when
it will bo necessary for that
Government to borrow more money in order to
carry on the war in South Africa.
It is becoming more and more apparent that
if Great Britian ever conquers the Boers it will
bo at a price that will stagger the British tax
payers, even though humanity maintains its
"Liberty" con- It is reported that two new
tinucs to be political parties are being
the Cry. organized in the Philippine
Islands and . that both favor
ultimate independence. Perhaps it has never
occurred to republican politicians that even
after the Philippine Islands shall have been
brought completely under our jurisdiction
"liberty" will continue to be the cry among
the Filipinos, exactly as liberty has continued
to be the cry wherever tho seeds of liberty
have been sown.
The bayonet and the gatling gun may de
stroy the man, but something greater than any
weapon devised by human skill is necessary to
destroy the spirit of liberty.
Every time the British censor of South Af
rican news undertakes to snatch a wink of sleep
some bit of information slips
The Boers through and gives the world
Still Fighting. at largo" a new light on tho
1 ' South Af riban- situation.' For
weary months wo have been repeatedly told
that the war was practically ended and that tho
Boers were dispersed and scattered to the ends
of their once beloved republic. But the censor
nodded the other day and the world learned
that a party of Boers rode up to within twenty
miles of Pretoria and blew up a British railway
train, killing seventeen British qpldiers and
capturing a large supply of ammunition and
food-stuffs. It is slowly dawning upon tho
mind of the British taxpayer that he is being
roundly rbbbed for the benefit of a few mining
speculators. The Boers are not yet conquered,
and unless the history of the world is at fault
they never will be, A people who love liberty
well enough to die for it, though of ten. over
whelmed are never conquered.
The growing regard for the comfort of
others is one of the hopeful signs of tho times.
Generally, the worst side of
The human nature is made manifest
Railway in public conveyances. Men
Hog. and women who, under ordi
nary circumstances, exhibit
some regard for the comfort and convenience
of others, seem to exhibit all of their inato
selfishness tho moment they board a street car
or railway train. It is no uncommon sight to
see men and women standing in a railway coach
while some man occupies two seats, one for
himself and another for his baggage. A lead
ing western railroad aunounoes that hereafter
no passenger will bo allowed to occupy more
than one seat, no matter how few the number
of passengors may be. "We are after tho rail-