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THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN, TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 2G, 1911 llf 'll Arizona Republican's Editorial Page llllll The-i-Arizoua Republican Published by ARIZONA PC BT. ISM INC, COMPANY. Tlie Only Paper in Arizona Published Kvery Day in the Y-ar. (inly Morning Paper in Phoenix. r'ight Heard President and Manager Charles A. StnuitVr Business Manager Garth W. Cat" Assistant Business Manager .1. "V. Spear Bititor Ira II. S. Iluggett City Kditor Kxclusive Morning Associated Press Dispatches. Office, Corner Second anil .'dams streets. Entered at the Pustoftice at PlmoMx, Arizona, as Mail Matter of the Second Class. Address all communications to THK ARIZONA KEPl'B . t.R'AX, Phoenix. Arizona 'I' K I .KPIIONKS: Business office 4ii City Alitor 4:!:: SL'HSOltlPTlON ll.VI KS: Paily. one inoutiu in advance $ .7.". Dully, three months, in advance i0"t Dally, six months, in advance 4. do Daily, one year, in advance s.tiu Sundays only, by mail 2 . :,o TI.KSDA.Y MORX1NG, MAY :!. l!Ht No (Hie is useless in tliis world who lightens the burdens of it to anyone else. Dickens. The Colombian Blackmail Blackmail is a crime: to submit to blackmail is cowardly. Hut what shall we say of the individual or tlie nation which ncourages blackmail of itself with evident relish'.' Tlie national administrat ion is desirous of fil tering into a treaty with Colombia, one of the terms uf which shall he that this country shall pay to Columbia the sum of j :ia,i.lOii,i"aM for the loss of Panama.- thus giving something more than color to the old libel that this government incited Uie rebel lion of Panama in PH'fi ;unl, secretly aiding tin Panamanians, insured tlie establishment of the m-w republic from w hich wo secured the canal 7oue. ve could give S:'.".,!:!)!!,!!!.,!! i,, Colnmoia on no otln-r theory. The payment of that, or any other sum to Colombia, would be an admission of a national crime against that country. f This is not the first heard of the "crime.'' It was charged soon after the rebellion by the trans continental railroads and their agents, who hat:, in vain, exhausted their opposition to the construction of the canal. ,lt was charged by those, democrats who were partisans rather than patriots, ami poli ticians rather than statesmen. Among the foremost of the partisans and politicians was .Mr. Brjan, whose public life has been one of obstruction, and who in a year has been proved incapable of con struction. The facts regarding- the "crime" are briefly these: Colombia chose to hold up the American , government, .. doubtless incited by the American transcontinental railways and their foreign bond holders. Panama, a northern and progressive prov ince of the republic, was desirous of the construc tion of the canal, as all the Pacific provinces of Colombia were, ami its resentment at Colombia's policy 'if obstruction took the form of rebellion, which naturally enlisted our sympathy. What ex pression was given to that sympathy has been a matter of dispute, but it stands undisputed that a small, progressive and prosperous republic resulted, in bright contrast with tlie turbulent, tyrannical mother republic. It has been officially denied that this government extended more tfUin its sympathy to Panama in that struggle for freedom and progress. It is certainly not lor President Wilson and Mr. Dry an, to assert that our sympathy was active, ma terial and effectual, after their course in 'the Mexican rebellion, in which from the beginning they have encouraged the constitutionalists by every possible means. A special envoy of the president was sen! to brow-beat the tie facto ruler or the country. Other special envoys wen- sent to aid and abet the constitutionalist leaders, one of whom was a notori ous murdering bandit The dangerous anil unheard of expedient of lifting: the embargo on arms for the sole benefit of the constitutionalists was resorted to. and, lastly, the Tampion incident was avidly seized upon for the further crippling of the Mexican gov ernment. The rec-nt course of Colombia has not been such as to invite concessions from this country. When Secretary of State Knox, early in dl?, proposed to visit that republic in the course of a friendly tour of South American countries, he was officially in formed by the Colombian minister at Washington that "in bis opinion the visit of .Mr. Philander Knox would not be welcome," and he afterward declared that he was authorized by his government to make that statement. Two years before that the t'nited States legation at Bogota was stoned and I'nite I States Minister Xorthcntt narrowly escaped injury. In August of liili, American Consul MaeMaster was assassinated at Bogota, after several fruitless at tempts on his life. ' ' It is, now proposed by the. administration to humiliate the limited States and placate this un friendly and disorderly republic by present of S-.'.OOO.tiO'i. The proMHition. of course, has come from Mr. Bryan, whose public life from the day he became famous by Ins meaningless 'cross of KotS and crown of thorns" speech, has been a series of follies anil failures. Here we have another true, Bryanesque. cheap political trick, costly to the coun try, and to the democratic party, to a large and respectable majority of which the foreign policy of the government becomes more and more hateful and disgusting. The American people, regardless of party, will not stand for any policy so iinA merican. They must resent the siipineness and weakness which has characterized our government's dealings with foreign nations during the present administration. Overlooked by Mr. Bryan Mr. Bryan lately presented an analysis of the forces which are supporting the Sims bill for the repeal of the clause exempting American coastwise vessels from the payment of Panama canal tolls. They are divided, according to the secretary of state, into four classes or groups: Those who are opi-iosed to free tolls on the ground that exemption is a viola tion of the May-Pauncefote treaty; those who do not know whether it is a violation or not and cjo not want to exempt American vessels until that matter has been determined; those who arc of the opinion that exemption is not a violation of the treaty, but are opposed to free tolls because they are opposed to subsidies, or for economic reasons; those who believe that free tolls may be permissible under the treaty, and may. under certain circum stances, be wise. Kit think there should be no fit tempt at this time to give this advantage to Ameri can ships. Mr. Bryan's classification is not complete. There is still another pretty well defined group. He gives no place to a fifth class comprising such opponents of free tolls as Senator M'-Cumber and others, whose affiliations with the transcontinental railroads are known or suspected. In times past Mr. Hryan would not have thus overlooked the railroad or corporation element in a great national controversy. We cannot believe that he has done so inadvertently at this time. It is unite possible that he has found among his railroad allies as great a diversity of excuses for opposing exemption as he has enumerated, has classi fied the railroad opopneuts in his list of four, and so has deemed it inaiivisal.de to encumber the record with a fifth, or railroad group, whose interest in the controversy might be suspected of being wholly pri vate, aii.l which is seeking special privilege rather than justice. We discern also the absence from Mr. Bryan's list of another class of objectors to which the presi dent belongs, if he does not wholly constitute it. the fearful that matters of "nearer coiise'iuence" may be disastrously effected by exemption: that we would incur the displeasure of Croat Britain. As the presi dent has been, we believe, the only one to urge that' particular objection, perhaps Mr. Bryan justly de clined to recognize him as a type. An isolated in stance or individual cannot be grouped. Or, .Mr. Bryan may have consigned the president to the fourth group. In the absence of the text of tlie supreme court opinion, practically dismissing the damage suits growing out of the Titanic disaster, we suppose that a majority of the court holds (o the view that there is a supreme being to whom is pi be attributed the recklessness which produced thai horror, in per mitting uncharted icebergs to float about in the way of speeding steams'. ips. While reports come from the Midland oil field that the supply of gasoline is approaching exhaustion the dealers of Phoenix, with their hearts overflowing lor the dow-n-trodden aittomobilist. are cutting the price, trusting to their faith that the producers are running a bluff. We hope that the. new Maricopa County Ber assra-iation will be long lived, its predecessors have been as ephemeral as the long procession of Arizona press associations, some of whom have lingered over night. The will of the laie C. W. Post discloses that there is a good deal of money in breakfast food. Xow, if some greater genius will come along and put some sustenance in it. Mr. Pesquiera believes that the constitutionalists will solve the Mexican problem, while the mediators are being lulled to sleep ' by the falling torrents of .N'iaga ra. So far there has been no suggestion from the weather man as to the advisability of citizens and citizemsses going away for the summer. WILD TRIBES GIVEN THE VOTES A little more than half a century ago eanabilistic feasts were held oy the Maori tribe of savages of Xevv Zealand. Today members of the race are members of the Xew Zealand parliament, and Maori women, as well as the white women of Xew Zealand, exercise the right to vote. They are in many respects the most remarkable savages with whom the white man has come in contact, according! a statement given out by the National ideographic society at Washing ton. W hen the Kiiglish first occupied the islands, in the early part of the nineteenth century, it is esti mated that there were about one hundred thousand Maoris in Xew Zealand." says the statement. "They w ere divided into tribes, each tribe' having its own unwritten laws regarding land, cultivation and other social matters. The tribes were constantly fighting. The Knglish found that they had a genius for war, showing unusual ability in building, fortifying and defending stockades, and they experienced consider able difficulty in subduing thorn The savages tilled the soil with care. As carvers and decorators they were unrivalled in tlie Oceanican world, and they dis-' played great originality in the design and perfection and in the execution of rock painting;;, and in carv ing the ornamental figures of their dwellings, their boats and sacred inclosures. "The Maoris were also noted for their tatooing, which was designed to clothe as well as ornament the body. Whoever refused to undergo the protracted tortures of tatooing required at every important even! of his life was regarded as a person by his own con sent foredoomed to slavery. The men were actually depilated in order to increase the surface for taloo ing. while for the young women the operation vas limited to the lips, whence the term 'Bluelips.' ap plied to them by the English. "There are about thirty-five thinisand Marois left. These have retired to the northern provinces of Xew Zealand, where certain 'reservations' have been set apcrt as their exclusive property. The Maroi children attend schools regularly. Such of them as continue Into the higher branches of learning are said to be worthy rivals of the white students. Some of the Marois have become landed proprietors. They are proud of their right to vote, and especially of the fact that their women were given this privilege at the same time that it was given to the white women of Xew Zealand." A STAGGERER Young wife (four weeks married) Good grac ious, reproaching tie: already because I have bought a new hat! Is it going to be like this every month? i'liegende Blaetter. THEN SHE TOOK HIM "Miss Wombat, will you be mone?" "Never.'' The young man was jarred, but not wholly dis couraged. Presently he came back in this fashion: "Well, will you let me be yours'.'" ASTOR AND BRIDE ON f ? h r ll iff' Y Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Astor Vincent Astor, much improved in health, according to his friends, has sailed away from New York with his bride for a short sea trip. The young couple are on Astor's private yacht Noma and will go as far south as Chesapeake bay. The present trip is the first they have taken since their wedding, April 30. ' , Farm Notes. BY H. L. RANN If you hae a hired man whose ordinary con versation can be heard farther than the town clock and who insists on wearing squeaky shoes, bar him from the hennery. Nothing will disturb the aplomb of a setting hen quicker than butting into her medi tations with a:eoarse greeting which sounds like call ing the cows from the attic window. Some men have a speaking voice which would jar tlie storm windows off a silo, and when they turn it loose in the hen house it will sour every egg on the place. The hen is as backward in to r devotions as an old maid in a kissing game, and if you shout loudly, in her ear when she is cranking her incubator she vvii: turn out .to be a bigger fizzle than a sheath skirt on a fat lady. When the hired man goes out to gather the et,gs, rig him up with a calf's mu.zie -ind gum shoes. A lady reader wants to know if it is ropei to say "pants" or "trousers" when discussing masculine fashions at a meeting of the Ladies' Aid. We are obliged to state again that this is not a fashion sup plement or a pantatoriurn. Still, we aim to please our readers, it is never in good form to use the word pants in connection with a wedding or a church supper, for at these social events everybody is ex pected to wear the conventional black. If you are talking of slapping a quarter of beef into tlie cllar or stabbing a shy pig in the necklace, the use of the word pants, is not only deliiate but .suggestive aud eminently proper. In speaking of a high-c.it gent with legs like ten minutes to six. always say trous ers. Ministers of the gospel and undertakers never wear pants, and you can't make a spindle-legged leader of fashion madder than to ask him how his pants fit. While these words are in a sense inter changeable, great tact is required in their use. THE WAR PRAYER Dr. Henry Neumann, in an address at the Brook lyn Society for Kthieal Culture, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a few days ago. quoted from an unpublished article by Mark Twain on the subject of war. "A few years before his death." he said, "Mark Twain wrote an article entitled 'The War Prayer.' It describes how a regiment gathers in a church be fore it departs for the war anil prays for victory. As the prayer concludes, a. white-robed stranger en ters the church and says: "'1 have been sent by the Almighty to tell you that he will grant your petition if you still desire it after have explained to you its full import. You are asking for more than you seem to be aware ol. You have prayed aloud for victory over your foes, but listen now to the unspoken part of your prayer and ask yourselves if this is what you desire. , "Then the stranger speaks aloud these implica tions of their words: "'O Lord, help us to tear the soldiers of the fop to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with tlie pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavail ing grief. Blast their hopes, blight their lives, water their way with their tears.' ".Mark Twain never published this article. His friends told him it would be "regarded as a sacrilege. Is it really sacrilege to say that men cannot pray for victory in war without asking for these inevitable implications of their petition? What would it mean if we remebered this when the war spirit is abroad?" from the New York Kvening Run. NO HURRY While a reporter was telephoning his story from Sing Sinr early yesterday morning a convict ham mering m the floor made it hard for the reporter to hear. "Would you mind stopping fo a few min utes?" asked the reporter. "All right boss." said the convict, "go to il. 1 got twenty years to finish this job." I". P. A , in New York Tribune. THEIR HONEYMOON leaving for their honeymoon. Fletcherism By WALT MiSON I read a screed by Br other l-Totchcr, on how . w e ought to chew our grub; 1 said. "Its sensible, you hetcher: I'll emulate that thoughtful dub. No more like some old anaconda. I'll swallow all my victuals whole: I'll eat the sort of tilings I'm fond o', but chew them up with heart and soul." And now I'm always at the taole. I have no time to do my chores: the horse is starving in the staiiie, the weeds are giovving out o' doors. .My wife says. "Sav. you should doing some work around this slipshod place." I answer Iter. "I'm busy chewing canst sec tlie motions of my face'."' I have no time to hoe the taters, 1 hc.ve no time to mow the lawn; though chewing like ten alligators, I'm s'.iil behind, so heip me, John: I chew the water 1 am drinking. I chew the biscuit ai;.i the bun; I'll have to hire a boy, I'm thinking, to help me get my chewing done. Some day they'll bear m" on a stretcher to the boneyard. where they plant, and send niv teeth to Brother Fletcher, to make a necklace for his aunt. LAST OF THE MARIE CELESTE There are few people who have not heard of the case of the American brig .Marie Celeste, which in IsTl' was inexplicably abandoned in calm weather off the Azores by a crew never afterward heard from. Few, however, know that it ended its career many years later at the hands of tlie barrator. on its last voyage it cleared from Boston for Port an Prince. Haiti, ostensibly with a cargo of valuable genera merchandise, insured for $.10. nun. When within a few miles of its destination it went ashore near Miragoane and became a total wreck. The captain. Parker, promptly sold the cargo, sight unseen, to American Consul Mitchell f(,r $511(1.' .Mitchell saved it at some trouble, but lived to. wish he hadn't. The weak line in tliis chain of knavery was the testimony of ore of the seamen. He swore that he was sterrmg a sale course when the captain ordered him deliberately to head for the rocks. The master's bribe of liquor failed to close his mouth; indeed, caused the whole scheme to collapse. When the underwriters' agent arrives on the seine to investigate, lie found several funny things about tlie cargo. One- case shipped as cutlery and insured for $ 1,0(111 contained dog collars worth S.".a. Barrels supposed to contain expensive, liquors were full of worthless dregs; a consignment of salt fish, insured for $.),ooii, was rotten, and other articles men tioned in the bill of lading proved to be in keeping. Consul Mitchell, not only duped, but outlawed, stood not on the order of his going, but cleared out for the tall timber. Tlie captain of the. brig was tried in the United States district court in Boston, convicted and sentenced to a long term in prison, where he died three months later. The various ship- The Price of Hay The Jow prices for hay last winter and this spring make it imperative that our farmers should arrange to feed it to their own dairy cows or to beef cattle and hogs in the future. We want, to help them do it and any reasonable, proposition Avill be favorably considered. The Phoenix National Bank A Good Servant We know a n'ood servant who does not ask for Sundays nor holidays. Works night ami day. Never sleeps. Never rests. Demands 110 salary. Is mi the job every second looking after the employer's wel fare. Justifies any confidence re posed in him. All it is neeesarv to do to secure the services of this highly efficient servant is to carry a deposit in our Savings Department. The name of this servant is INTEREST. THE VALLEY BANK "Everybody's Bank." Safe Security for Small Investments Home Builders 7 Special Gold Bonds Secured by choice Real Instate First Mortgages placed with the Phoenix Title k Trust Company, as Trustee. Issued in amounts of $100.00 or more. No better se curity for Trust Funds. Home Builders 127 N. Central Ave. PHOENIX. ARIZONA The Buyer The Seller and the K'eal Estate Man are all protected if the deal is closed throimli the Phoenix Title and Trust Co. 18 N. 1st Avenue Capital -fKM.OOO pers were adjudged guilty of conspiracy, and one of them, unable to bear the disgrace, committed suicide. David A. Wasson, in the outing Magazine. SI'S IGNORANCE The mayor of Si's town needed water for his acetylene lamps one evening and drew up at Si's and sa.id : Si. will you let nie have a little water for my lamps?" "Water." said Si. "Yon meau oil, don't you?" ' No. 1 don't," said Ihc mayor. "1 mean water." Si fruvvned at tne ma.vor in silence. Then he said: "You take my advice and go straight home and sleep it off. Tile hit a -at your age and v on the 'mayor, too ain't you ashamed?" IX'troil Free Press.