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it ;u>liiuf|ton ? Unv.Uv OLYMFIA, WASHINGTON, l inn A\. >i >in ii I • win. Publish*d ev iry I'r'il ■ by Tin 1 Kffoi.W PuhlMiinsr « oinpniiy EAGLK 1 ItKSHWATKn Kdlto- It. L. VVOItTM AN Adv. tti"ii « Milmiitier v W* A. " •* OKFICIAI. CITY IVAI'KIt. WHAT UK THIS I.RIiISI- ATI Itllf If I his legislature has accomplished nothing else, it most certainly must have impressed upon the voters of Washington the utter inutility and fu tility of their present legislative sys tem. Assuredly no body of men could have been more misrepresentative if they had been selected for the purpose, no session more of a farce, than this. And we want to bear in mind It is not so much the fault of the legisla tors themselves as of the system. It has been the pleasure —the opportun ity— misfortune—call it what you will —of the writer to have witnessed the legislatures of three states in action. He would not be frank if he did not say that Washington's was the worst of the lot. This legislature is remarkable in in that no one man or two men or three stood out as commanding figur es, as particularly capable, particularly competent. An astounding mediocity of ability was displayed In both houses and by the members of all the parties. It was by no means confined to any one of them. Such things will continue as long as the system continues. We may not expect any better legislators, any bet ter legislation, any better results from the legislative branch of our state gov ernment that we got in the session just closed until we re-form that sys tem in some accord at least with mod ern ways of doing business. At pres ent It is too unwieldy, too mis-represen tative, too cumbersome to hope for any good to come out of it. What we need ia a vastly smaller as sembly, possibly one house, possibly two, meeting more frequently and ap plying some little attention, Borne little principle to the enactment of laws. A petition has been presented to Governor Lister,to call legis lators together in constitutional con vention to revise laws. The best thing Ernest Lister can do for Washington is NOT to accede to that petition. Here Is one reason: the matter which should receive the most serious consideration at such a convention should be this matter of revision of the legislative system. No body of leg islators in the Unlte(LJ3tateß, council state or nation, will legislate them selves out of a job. Consequently we could hope for no relief from this ag gregation. Let him limit the membership of a constitutional convention to 26, if it is possible legally to do so, 25 able men who would not be worrying about whether they could be elected again, and Washington will get some good out of a constitutional convention. Men who are free to act as their in telligence and conscience dictates they should act could do much in the revising of Washington's conflicting, unenforced and unenforceable statutes and the re-forming of its antiquated legislative system, but men chosen as were these legislators will accomplish nothing but harm. The younger Democrats of Wash ington are to be banded into a state wide organization. We believe it a particularly wise move and think the older men should work in harmony with the new organization and not antagonize or belittle it. The older men want jobs and so far as the writer is concerned they are welcome to them. Our point is that we would like to see some activity and energy displayed other than that of trying to get an appointment. If some Demo crats had worked half as hard before election as they are working now, it would have been better for all con cerned. THE WHOLE STATE WINS. The state at large against each one of 57 districts —that was the real fight whose climax came last Saturday and whose culmination was reached the first of this week when the road levies of I 1! and 1 mill and mills were passed through the legislature. It was a great fight and a groat victory, and while it was a personal triumph for Ernest Lister it was a greater victory for the whole state. No more stirring scenes have been seen in the legislative halls of Wash ington than were enacted last Satur day. lira;- «• r • • \'r< . • 1 • • b< 1 Usu i as ar- tnarkahl " - •>> 1 •srumatic but also h<-caus« • • stood ' r . as the J< < hainpiuti <>f all tie j people of the state as arrai ;d against t i,.■ ii.dividual intc:- •• at 1 dest. -of tin tie :"7 dis". is. hi.. lit g facts at.'. (Stuns which -o.'irthd *t 1 traded, h<u »ed, machine-ridden "representatives i into a realization of what they wer> uoiug. lie broke a pre -edent when he de livered thai appropriation message in person, hie le broke a "pork 1 art ' ! machine by doing it. l'u' for that speech Washington wouid have been saddled with appropriation- which would have more than doubled its present tax rate. As a result of it, while the appropriations for the com ing bienniunt will show increases, the legislature and not Ernest Lister is responsible. Even a slipper may bring its wearer fame. Not tin way father used to use it, however. COIN A it'TlOA—nil II AIM—IJI:TI:I»- >ll N A'I'll! V One thing that was illustrated in a vigorous way in this fight between the governor and the legislature is this homely fact that nearly all of us are most prone to forget: proper convic tions coupled with courage and stead fast. determination will overcome great odds. Be it said to the credit of Ernest Lister and not some other members of bis party that he had to fight his own party as well as the Republican mach ine to win bis fight. Some of the glamour comes off the reputation of the Democratic legislators when it is remembered that 19 out of the 27 urged him to approve the 1 '/a and 1 mill road levy; practically all of that glamour is lost when it is noted that never more than 12 Democrats In the house stood by him In his fight. Governor Lister was convinced he was right, convictions that were sus tained by hundreds of telegrams ( atid letters he received from all over the state, and he had the courage to pro nounce those convictions and the de termination to stand by them. Lack ing those qualities, he never would have won; with them he broke the Taylor-Sims-McArdle machine. CO-OPERATION GETS RESULTS. One-thing more than anything else we of Olympia are looking for in a business way is results. There fb only one way to obtain them —through co operation. One man cannot upbuild a community unless he have the advice, counsel and assistance of his fellow business men; with that assistance he can accomplish much. Consequently we hope the recom mendation of Secretary H. L. Whiting, strongly endorsed by the new presi dent, Frank M. Kenney, that the mem bers of the Olympia Chamber of Com merce get together at least once a month, Is carried out during the com ing year and is instituted as soon as possible. Patrick Henry's famous ex clamation may be trite but it is none the less true —"united we stand; divid ed we fall!" Just as soon as more of our merch ants realize that what the Chamber of Commerce accomplishes for Olympia Is a direct benefit to them, will that or ganization fill the field it should oc cupy in this city. In no better way can that realization be instilled than through frequent conferences and dis cussions. The monthly meeting will do much toward awakening our merch ants into doing something for their own behalf. When they begin to do that they will give the Chamber of Commerce a wonderful stimulus. We believe it has a directing head in its new presi dent particularly equipped to add fur ther to the high mark set by the Cham bre during the last two or three years and we want to bespeak for him the hearty, energetic co-operation of all its members, present and to come. BTOP THIS NOW A news despatch from Washington this week carried the information that Democratic congressmen from states west of the Mississippi river proposed to effect a combine with Southern Dem ocrats in Congress to prevent any re duction of the tariff on articles manu factured or grown in their respective districts. The foundation for such a report, if it has any, should be immediately un dermined. This country lias no use for that kind of Democrats. The party is pledged to tariff reduction, was placed in power because it advocated tariff reduction and now that it is in power it cannot overlook the fact. We cannot believe the report. We had hoped and still hope that the Dem ocratic party will take the larger view of the tariff problem—the interests and the desires of the country at large —the view the Republicans could not get, and that its representatives would not wreck it on the rocks of petty, com munity interests as the Republican party was wrecked. President Wilson is anxious to re duce the tariff. We believe he will have influence enough to do it. ill; ST A XI) AH I). MAKCII 14. IDIT SO!V!E PhESS COMMENTS >-<• IM I> >•!> «.••* IIENRMO. t (• !•:.:• "Her.) ■ 'Pur f .i. • Maiden >.i; t r :« jti :■ e'rilP nu ) >• nililance to Hill v. H'ii Nye i di ad.) . * * * • 11 ii rrnli fur < I Muni.! (Sniiiiv • ' ' rver.) \\V note with real pleasure that Col (u , 1 Hank .lory, win .-<■ Northwest Kor um has been hibernating like any old grizzly l-ear during the cold winter mi nit lis. has got the roil roariu' rag o' raetion on its vi a hoofs again and is coining down the line after us bloat oil bond-holders with the enthusiasm of a chicken locking < >rn. Colonel Hank has been saving the Yakima Val ley along with the rest of the country so long that the ding-basted place wouldn't be anything like home with out hint . • * * * (limit I'rcnlili'iit ■" Verdict. (Bridgeport liepubllcan.) President Wilson's inaugural address was a masterpiece and 110 citizen can read it without getting many good thoughts and having more admiration for him. "He will make a good presi dent" seems to be the verdict of friend and foe. * * * * Murk* Xew Kpocli. (Chewelah Independent.) At no time since tlie inauguration of Presidents Jackson and Lincoln, has a president taken it is place at the head of the nation, with the good will and confidence of the whole people, as did President Wilson last Tuesday. His inaugural speech marks a new epoch in the office and awakens in the minds of the people the ideal of true Demo cracy. In the selection of his cabinet he shows a true regard for the people, and recognizes the United people beyond the Mason and Dixon line on the south and the Mississippi on the west, recog nizing the whole nation as it is. • • * • Full of Proml*e find Hopeful iit'NM. (Asotin County Sentinel.) President Wilson's inaugural address was one full of promise and hopeful ness, and if he can succeed during his tenure of office in carrying his ideas out in every day practical use, without disturbing the business of the country, which he hopes to do, he will have ac complished much; and many all over the country who are now more or less skeptical as concerns some of Mr. Wil son's ideas, will acknowledge his great ness in practice, as well as in theory. Mr. Wilson's address was a model one in many ways, and not so long but that all people can take the time to read it. • • • • Addrnw Should Be Carefully Read. (Big Bend Outlook.) President Wilson's inaugural address should be carefully read by every citi zen of the United States. It is one of the most notable utterances made by a public man since the time of Lincoln. It shows that our new president fully appreciates the responsibilities of his office and that with the support and council of all patriotic people he will endeavor to carry out his task. • * * • A Prophet!«• MeNNRKe. (Spokesman-Review.) President Wilson's inaugural address is the prophetic message of a states man who has in him something of the seer. It is not in the least political mani festo in the sense of a proclamation of the principles or policies of a party or of a paean in glorification of partizan triumph. It is utterly free from the oldtime cant and rant of party politics. It is a declaration of the political principles that should actuate the gov ernment of the American people. This brief address for it has the rare virtue of brevity, is the message of a I thinker on the philosophy of modern government and the American demo cracy to the sovereign people. It is superb in the bredth of moral sympathy and depth of ethical lang uage and lofty accent of Pericles, Lin coln and Gladstone. It reveals the pressure of social con ditions and moral forces on our newer understanding of the purpose and methods of government. • • • • Four Yearn of Prosperity. (Pasco Progress.) For the first time in sixteen years the Democrats have a president and control of both houses of Congress. There is a general feeling of confidence in the wisdom and ability of President Wilson and a well founded belief that i his administration will be successful in working out. needed and necessary | economic changes in the program of lour national life. Neither does busi -1 ness seem to be alarmed and every in ! dlcation is that, these United States will have four years of fair clean ad ministration coupled with commercial I prosperity. • • • • Will Keep ( Iriir of Hooka. (Big li nd Outlook.) We are now living under a real Democratic administration the first in p........ mmm i 1 (:) LET m SELL YOU | V | Y©mr Easter Suit | I I I . I! | CLOur line of Dresses, Suits and coats for Spring | I 1913 is the most complete line in Olympia. § | CWe are very anxious to get a chance to show § | you and a chance to sell you this season. I | CFor the next 30 days we will sell Suits, Coats | | and Dresses, $5.00 below the actual price and in § I addition make all alterations free of charge and guar- | i antee perfect fit and the best workmanship. 1 I I j| Price of Suits $15.00 to $35.00 (| I Price of Coats SIO.OO to $35.00 || | Price of Dresses $5.00 to $50.00 |i | The Mottman Mercantile Co. J many years, and people generally speaking, regardless of their party af filiations of the past feel an abiding faith in it. There is a sort of secure and safe feeling that under the guid ance of President Woodrow Wilson the ship of state will be kept clear the rocks with which it has been brought in contact so frequently in recent years. * • « * Wilson Han Both, Brother. (Port Orchard Independent.) President Wilson's inaugural address sounds like the honest outpourings of a heart that loves the people. The president's heart is right; but to make a successful president, a man has much more use for a level head and a stiff backbone, than a soft heart. * • * • An Rrn of Progress. (Benton Independent.) A progressive Democrat sits in the presidential chair and he has surround ed himself with progressive advisors. And the nation says that it is well. The hopes of the people are high and Woodrow Wilson will not disappoint them. Perhaps never before in the history of the country did a president assume office under more auspicious circumstances. Backed by the good will of ninety million citizens, he contes to his great task with a clear head and with a lofty purpose. Forti fied by his own sterling honesty, he will be able to withstand the assaults of the unscrupulous men who will try to make him subservient to their wishes. The Democratic party has promised the country many needed re forms. That Woodrow Wilson will earnestly endeavor to carry out these reforms goes without question. That he will be able to accomplish every thing, no one will claim. That he will do much, those who believe in him are certain. The country is in line for an era of progress. • • • • VVIINOII Ilent Kilnralril l'roiildriit, (Elma Chronicle.) The new president is one of the best educated men in America. He is a scholar of rare qualifications, none can surpass him as a ready speaker, and he is a writer of considerable note. Woodrow Wilson is probably the best educated man who ever sat in the president's chair. He knows enough about the history of other nations and of our own government to make an ex cellent president providing he has the ability to make his vast knowledge bear upon present problems of govern ment. Wilson has shown himself to be an unaffected, democratic, American. He .has no frills, 110 blue blood, and a lot of sound sense. Here is wishing him the same good fortune that President Taft so generously and heartily wished him; and may he be of great aid in de ciding correctly the great questions that are now before the government! • • • • Xnlilr Concept of Government. (Columbia ltiver Sun.) Woodrow Wilson's inaugural address lis a noble concept of government. It <f|) ORDER YOUR SPRING mk SDITNOW LADIES' SUITS FROM JS^toW 0 |i|P| MENS SUITS FROM . K w to Ms. 00 Hn FRED WEISS • 709 Main St. stamps the man as an intellectual ideal ist and the country now has a chance to try a ruler of a different caliber from the impetuous and forcible Roosevelt or the sane and conservative Taft. When we have tried all kinds we may reach the conclusion that some faults lie with the people themselves. • • • * A New Typo of I'rrnlilont. (Kittitas 'Spokesman.) With Woodrow Wilson's inaugura tion on Tuesday a new type of states man takes hold of the executive branch of the government. Enigmatic and sphynx-like, he has kept the politleans guessing as to his position on the Im portant issues that will confront, his administration. His silence, his habit of keeping his own counsel, his inde pendence of thought, his aloofness have increased the inability of the leaders of even his own party to size up his future moves. They are in the posi tion of the small boy who knows he is going some place with his father, but doesn't know just where. President Wilson has the confidence of the people in a marked degree and the traits that puzzle the politicians are to a great extent the cause of it. He is a man who looks before he leaps, who thinks before he talks and plans before he acts. • » • * I'ri-Niili-nt Ivt-i'pH IHn Own ('limiKi-l. (Yakima Independent.) The inaugural address of President Wilson is recognized as a classic in form and diction, an ideal worthy of the man and winning universal in j dorsement. There are many to say I that it is ideal rather than practical. ; and they are waiting to see what he j will do about it. One thing at least, he has done with great success, and that is to talk beautifully while saying nothing. No man has better kept his own council before taking the oath of office, and those nearest to him seem , to be still guessing as to what he will (10. His cabinet is in some respects a surprise, and yet there are none ready to show where it might be im proved. The West is disappointed that they have so little represent at iotr in the cabinet, and yet they are ready to withhold judgment until the presi dent has time to size up the westland. Close observers are wondering how long the new president, with his ad vanced progressive ideas, will be able to hold together the extremes of his party so that all will be happy and unite with him in working out his poli cies. These extremes in the Democrat ic forces are as far apart as were those of the Republican party a year ago. The man who can make Champ Clark and William Jennings Bryap pull to gether will be a great man. • • • • fitlxi* llN Wt»l<*oitio WIIMOII. (Lyndon Tribune.) Our new president is a man devoted to the highest idenls of public life; he is a historian, student, economist and a lawyer; a profound thinker, a man of courage, who has the elements of a statesman of high type. He is a thoroughly progressive and the citizens of our great republic have every reason to believe that he will act for the best interests of the masses. Regardless of party affiliation or personal prefer ence, American citizenship welcomes President Wilson. • • * • I)rp<ln llliiNtrnCr \\ IIHOII'M I'onltlon. (Raymond Herald.) The new executive has shown a marked disposition ever since he be came prominent In the public eye to make clear his position by deeds, rather than by words, and that he in tends to pursue this policy may be in ferred from his inaugural address, which is very general in its scope, and leaves the methods by which he hopes to accomplish the changes he deems I desirable to be determined later.