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Wttfl a dlrautatton of St .000 that fa taken homo and road in fte family, than to hava that of on# with a circulation of a minion that la anly looked at and thrown Into the gutter.— MAVOIt ©AYNOR, OF NEW YORK. t ABRAHAM LINCOLN , DEMAGOGUEf There are among our citizenship men who entertain some quite pos itive ooaviotions pertaining to government and what it ought to be from _ the standpoint cl' the greatest good to the greatest number Thfljr believe that government aa it is could be improved upon, which view finds them directly opposed by other men who oontend that every* thing is lovely and well enough to be let alone. In the first olaes we find citizens who are not absorbed in the game of ' “get the money” and who recognize that there are things other than gold to command the interest of men and governments. We find there men who entertain the conviction that government has been drifting away from the people, out of their hands, and that there exists a government without the consent of the governed. These men we find in favor, for instance, of the presidential preference primary, giving every man a voice in the selection of the highest officer in the land. We find them in favor of the recall of public officers, and advancing the theory that if the people are capable of HIRING their public servants they are capable of FIRING them when they are found dishonest, inconi* j potent or lazy. We find them declaring for the public ownership and operation of pub lio utilities —for ownership of the railroads, for instance, and for a parcels post, on the theory that the government could carry freight and parcels the same as it carries letters and postal cards and packages that are not too big for mail bags. We find men in this class who want the trusts curbed in their law lessness. We find men in this class who go so far as to criticise the supreme court. We find them in sympathy with union labor, to the extent of demand ing a square deal, and only that, for the man who earns his bread by the sweat of his brow. We find them demanding an equal voice in the affairs of government for capital and labor, and never demanding government in favor of one as opposed to the legitimate welfare of the other. We find among this class of citizens, women, also, who demand the right of suffrage and an equal representation in government with men. This being the anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, suppose The Times were to dismiss the day with the cold, blunt statement that Lincoln was a “dangerous demagogue?” That is what the corporate, standpat and reactionary press terms the men and women of the views and ideas to which we have referred. “IN MEMORY OF A DANGEROUS DEMAGOGUE ” wouldn’t strike the average American as exactly the line for a monument to Lincoln, wouldn’t it? We don't believe the corporate, standpat and reactionary press would approve of it, either. . But let's look at the things for which Lincoln stood: Said Lincoln on gold: “GOLD IS GOOD IN ITS PLACE: BUT LIVING, BRAVE AND PA TRIOTIC MEN ARE BETTER THAN GOLD.” Said Lincoln on primaries: “NO MAN IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GOVERN ANOTHER WITHOUT THAT OTHER’S CONSENT.” Said Lincoln on the recall: “THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES ARE THE RIGHTFUL MASTERS OF BOTH CONGRESSES AND COURTS. NOT TO OVERTHROW THE CONSTITUTION, BUT TO OVERTHROW THE MEN WHO PERVE..I THE CONSTITUTION.” Said Lincoln on public ownership: “THIB COUNTRY, WITH ITS INSTITUTIONS. BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE WHO INHABIT IT.” Said Linooln on the trusts: . % . “THESE CAPITALISTS GENERALLY ACT HARMONIOUSLY AND IN CONCERT TO FLEECE THE PEOPLE.” gfjd Linooln oh the supreme court: “IP THE POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT. UPON VITAL QUES TIONS AFFECTING THE HOLE PEOPLE. IS TO BE IRREVOCABLY FIXED BY DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT, THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE CEASED TO BE THEIR OWN RULERS.” Said Linooln on labor: “THE WORKINGMEN ARE THE BASIS OF ALL GOVERNMENTS FOR THE PLAIN REASON THAT THEY ARE THE MORE NUMEROUS. LABOR IS SUPERIOR TO CAPITAL AND DESERVES MUCH THE HIGHER CONSIDERATION.” < Said Linooln on the referendum: “ALLOW ALL THE GOVERNED AN EQUAL VOICE IN THE GOV ERNMENT; THAT ONLY IS SELF-GOVERNMENT.'* Lincoln said on equal suffrage: “I GO FOR ALL SHARING THE PRIVILEGES OF THE GOVERN* MEHT WHO ASSIST IN BEARING ITS BURDENS, BY NO MEANS EX ELUDING WOMEN.” The views shared by present-day “dangerous demagogues” and Abraham Lincoln, alike, are views looking to complete democracy, upon which Linooln said: “IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IT IS THE DUTY OF THE WHOLE PEOPLE TO NEVER INTRUST TO ANY HANDS BUT THEIR OWN. THAT THING IS THE PRESERVATION AND PERPETUITY OF THEIR OWN LIBERTIES AND INSTITUTIONS.” To which end do we find the cause of progress committed, spurred on. Main by the words of Lincoln, Progressive: “THE CAUSE OF CIVIL LIBERTY MUST NOT BE SURRENDERED AT THE END OF ONE OR EVEN ONE HUNDRED DEFEATS.” In An Emergency Adolf Plays- “ Romeo” to Somebody Rise’s “Juliet” - - - - - - By Condo Editorial Pare of The Dctroit Ttmes IF THIS DICTOGRAPH THING GETS INTO GENERAL USE. —From < hlcaic” Xfw*. Honesty Is Wilson’s Political Asset By GKOKGK \. FKKRIS. Governor Wilson's most valuable and effective political asset in the present presidential campaign, is his reputation for sterliup honesty a reputation backed by character. When Wilson says it, the people believe It. If the masses had any reason to consider Wilson with doubtful minds, It is not improbabie that the efforts of his enemies to discredit him in the public eye would have yielded a crop of results and toe schoolmaster would have a batting average of about U 8 with few political hits to his credit. However, under the circumstances, it makes little difference what the representatives of special interests may say, for the people simply suspend Judgment and wait to hear what the professor has to say on the subject. What matters it if Wilson did say that the initiative and referendum were bad. and if he did not teach his pupils in political economy that these progressive notions were objev nonuble. tie says now that they are good. If the people questioned his honesty, they would <a 11 him a demagogue and charge that iie was “playing to the grandstand” or playing politics. As it is, the explanation is simply that he has changed his mind, an hon est man tan change his mind with impunity. This Is a license that goes with the virtue of honesty. What matters It if Wilson did say a few’ years ago that be would like to have Bryan knocked into a cocked hat? He satji it with sincerity. He probably meant every word of it But he thinks and talks differently now. Again he has changed his mind. This, too, might look demagogic If we were not sure Wilson la honest. The Harvey incident, the Watterson attack and the Carnegie medal affair have all been frazzling fizzles from au anti-Wilson standpoint be cause the Jersey man has explained and the people believe he has told them the unjapalucked truth. And thus we are reminded that while honesty is always the best prin ciple it is also, incidentally, at times, any way. the best policy. Don’t take it, dear reader, that the writer of this little essay on honesty want* to infer that Woodrow Wilson is the only honest presidential candi date, but only to feature the potency of one man’s honesty to act as a haven in every political storm and an antidote for the political poison hauded out by malicious enemies. ' The world loves an honest man. From Another Point of View Here’s hoping those promised falling temperatures break. • • • • Or should we let it go in Auditor Buhrer’s ease as "watchdog,” but tied. •** • O Which event culls to mind a constantly increasing number of those who saw him shot. • * • • If plans as we understand them, carry, by tonight in Grand Rapids a Knox will have been gored. • * • • The best reason for municipal ownership of the street car line in this town is the Detroit United railway. • • • • As we understand, the barber called in the Kimmel case testified as to the color of Ktmmel’a whiskers and not the number. « • • • A scientist says it is possible for humans to converse with birds and fowl*, suggesting that the hens may have been spoken to. Taft’s Tribute to Harmon Taft lunched with Harmon at Co lumbus, Ohio, the other day,, and they jilted i- M,ti< „ in a confidential nrnjr and Taft reported that you would be surprised to know how many sib jec * personal and otherwise, we had complete agreement with. Our views of insurgency didn’t differ greatly." Again one sees how little apprecia tion Tfiifr has of the real state of pub- lie opinion. He supposes we common folks are surprised, because he found Harmon in agreement with him. Not a bit of it. We have known that for a long time. But It was rather mean of Taft to tell on Harmon. He couldn't devise any better way of killing off Harmon t'nan (o tell the American people that Hannon and Taft are in agreement on insurgency. Tx>ve may not make the world go round, but It seems to make a lot or people giddy. Very Ignorant Shortly before his death the late C'hiet justice Fuller presided at a church conference. During the pro erers of a heated debate a member arose and begun a tirade against uni versities and education, thanking God that he had never been corrupt ed bv contact with a college. "Do I understand the speaker thanks God for his ignorance?” in terrupted the Chief Justice. * Well, yes.” was the answer, “you can put it that way if you want to.” “All I have to say, then.” said the Chief Justice, in his sweetest musical tone, “is that the member has a good deal to thank God for.” —Hampton Magazine. Brewers as Saloon Owners It is because of the lowness and sodden depravity of those rum shops and doggery owners that make them so dangerous, lacking almost every Instinct of humanity and being a nat ural law-breaker tlie kind of peop»e whom he lures into his* den of In iquity soon become as hardened and depraved as himself. Then they go out into the world and war against tho. peaceful and law-abiding, finally to become a burden to the tax payer and a disgrace to the community. Eliminate the breweries as saloon, owners and saloon “backers” and nine tentlis of the low dives and disrepu table saloons will disappear from the face oi the- earth. We are with Gov. Osborn In his fight against , the brew ery-owned and brewery-backed sa loons. —Adrian Times. WHY DON’T WE SAY fT? pf LOOK Hfg£ . You e,a ? MOO» Do YOU NEED I THE WHOLE ? j fcr-——• Friends and Foes Measure Men The physical exhaustion of Hubert M. laiFollette Is a serious thing tor — 1 1 1 l. M i 4 _ u f .ft. 1 in mtfinnnt tinlttl nc I♦ f 11ttt i? jat/oti in nuixijiitii [luimwii Whether he sits iu the White House or in the senate, In the future, LaFol lette Is and will be an Inspiration for the nation. f If laiFollette never did another thing he has earned a bright page in Americau history.. It takes nerve and endurance to stand out against dead* ening custom and corrupting wiles in Ithe United States senate. By his work and example loiFollette has actually regenerated the senate and brought new life and anew stand ard of virtue to that body. He has given his health, his strength, his pleasures and his for tunes as free offerings upon the altar of his country. If need be he would as bravely lay down his very life. If the progressive movement in the Hepubllrau party is to be carried forward by Theodore Roosevelt two dangers threateu. In the first place Roosevelt's greatest fault was his willingness to take half a loaf. He fought hard and long and brilliantly, but, too often, rather than suffer temporary defeat he has accepted Half victory. It is to be hoped, and be lieved, that if he shall again sit in the White House he will remedy this fault. The second weakness is like unto the first. It is his willingness to ac cept the counsel and support of the enemies of the people who trust him. if the re-election of Roosevelt means the continuance in high places of men like Knox and Root and the perpetua tion o' the control of the Republican party by the old-time politicians, then it will not be worth while. Rut if the colonel will purge his party as ijiFollette in the senate and Gov. Hiram Johnson iu California and George Record in New Jersey have done then there is much to be gained. If Col. Roosevelt would set the pub How To Celebrate Thls is Dickens centennial, and to day you ought to begin reading a book that's good Tor you. Many people find difliculty in read ,ng Dickens. lie Is wordy, his plots are intricate and prolonged, and the climaxes develop slowly, so that many people who have not cultivated liter ary taste have to "educate a taste" for Dickons. Now. the way to de velop a taste is to take a little of it at a tint'*, and so we re going to ask the reader to celebrate reading Dick ens' "Cricket On the Hearth," one or his shortest tales and. perhaps, his best. In these times of divorce and other domestic tragedies, we want you to read a plain, glorious tale of fireside loyalty, love and homely happiness. Turn a moment from the great kings, lawyers, statesmen, generals, presi dents. admirals of today to old “Ca leb Plummer,’ 'the hero of God's make and Inspiration. Hungry, shabby, suf fering. living in the depths of want, old "Caleb" made the blind girl happy in an enchanted home he pictured for her. Day' after day. night after night, he crucified himself, sacrificed himself to make a child happy. Read about, love the glorious old liar, and you will be better yourself, more eager to help others, more charitable toward the weaknesses of others, more confident that there Is good in the humblest of mankind. Take this taste of the great Dick ens and you will have a hunger for him. and you will have celebrated at least one centennial In a way that did you lasting good. Missouri’s Anthem Five hundred dollars was paid some months ago for a state sons for Mis souri. No music has been found that (its the poem, and nobody seems to want to sing it. In the meanwhile 'here had drifted down from the Ozarks a song that has caught the fancy of the Missourians and they are making it a feature of- banquets and reunions. The mouutaineer musicians have been humming it at cpuntry dances for years, and you can almost hear the tap of the fiddler's foot as he drones it along with "swing yer I'm ilners," "gran-right-an left.'" The 'inrtvfcrsA is. Kvery time I come to town Tho boys keep a-klckln' mV dog aroun’; Makes no dlff’rence If lie Is n houn', They gotta quit kickin' my dog uroun - . The second, third, and fourth verses are the same as the first. The tempo is dogtroterino, and the singer is sup posed to have a pack of hounds to howl on the first note. This Ozark anthem may not possess the qualities of” "Maryland, My Maryland,” as an expression of a commonwealth's pride, but it lias attributes that make it pop. ular in Missouri, and it may go fur ther —Collier’s. Monday, February 12, 1912 lie mind at rest ou this score there would be no stopping him. Turning In tho nlhar aiA* ft oue man, Woodrow Wilson, who has sent the chief crooks in the hU*w Jersey Democratic party either to jail or to private life. Eliminating crooks from high places is the essence of reform ufid progress,' lor no matter how good the laws may be written they can be spoiled in exe cution. No matter how bad the laws there cau be fairly deceut government with honest and patriotic officers ou guard. Wilson has not hesitated to break ‘ with millionaire Ryan, who was sug-* gested to him as an available financial ’angel." The virtue of Wilson is best proven by the character of the men who are fighting him. As in the casa of LaFollette, Wilson is to be trusted by the common people because of the enemies he hus made. * Roosevelt is to be feared because of the character of his friends and yet there have ever stood loyal to him Home of the best citizens of the na tion. The future will tell which group he will cleave to, hut even a Roosevelt cannot long continue to play with jjth groups. No better rule can be followed by everyday folks than to Judge public men by their friends and their ene mies Judged on this basis W Hands high and his undoubted ablll lies will carry him far and fast. if it shall be a choice between Wil son and Roosevelt the public will be ' In better luck than for 40 years, and If Roosevelt will only give the toe oil the boot to some of the outfit thar is trying to get into the bandwagon, then the public will be in nn especially happy case. • And T. R. is a mighty smart man. He had a Dog Tray experience at Saratoga and here’s hoping he will avoid another such. In the meantime keep your eye on Woodrow Wilson.—N. E. A. , ’’Millions for defense; not one lor tribute." The American Woolen r o. (which certain radicals call "the Woolen Trust”), is patriotic. It be lieves in education and also in pro* teeting its rights. It spent hundred! of thousands of dollars with maga zines and newspapers disseminating information as to the justice ol Schedule K., and the way it was mak* mg sheep-raisers rich by paying a big price for wool and the excellence of its cloths sold to the American peopls at less than they ought to have paid such a public benefactor. And. then, when a lot of agitators got among Its workmen and Induced them to strike, • it employed an army of guards to pro tect its mills at Lawrence, Mass. St) you see how patriotic and disinterest ed the American Woolen Cos , is. * Aid it wouldn’t pay tribute to the mob' When the state shortened the hours of labor, of course wages nad to be disproportionately. U was * iv. •ng its ftfll hands munificent wage*! * $’ per day, ft; per week, if the mill was running full time. "No* one cent for tribute"—and, of course, that patriotic company wouldn’t pay 22 cents per week to its operatives to that they might have shorter hours and still get per week. You ctfn see that it was so firm in its patriotism that it wouldn't yield even Mr etwr-of tts" misguided operatives _ had to go without food and fire while a New England blizzard raged about their huts. , Oh, yes, a high protective tariff on weoi and woolen goods protects •tabor! PRIDE GOETH, ETC. | Willy—l found mother the other day crying over your book of poems. Mis Sister's Finance (delighted) Oh! Is that so? (Aside) Ah! What glory! What fame awaits me! For a man to bring tears to the eyes of such a flint-hearted womnn as that certainly a great achievement. (Tt*. Willy) She was really weeping, Wil ly? Willy—Yes; she said it nearly broke her heart to think that a daugh ter of hers was going to marry an idiot who could write such rot as that. What a Difference!