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Washington Standard OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON ■AOLE FRESHWATER Editor If. L, WORTMAN Advertising Manager Member of the WASHINGTON STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION. 9nbarrl»tl«a Price. |LM • Yea*. AN AROUSED PUBLIC. The universal ami spirited indignation through out the length and breadth of tin* land at tin filibuster in the United States senate which de feated the armed neutrality hill and tied the pres ident's hands in the international crisis, points the way for the senate to reform itself, however reluctant it may be to do so. The senate's rule permitting unlimited discussion and preventing a vote on a measure so long as one member objects has been railed at times without number in the past, but not in recent history, at least, has it or the senators who used it in the closing hours of the last congress been subjected to such criticism as has been hurled at them this week. We are but repeating what everybody else has said, including President Wilson, when we char acterize it as the most reprehensible, the most de plorable incident in the legislative history of the United States, because it affects the position of the United States among the nations of the world and holds us up to ridicule and scorn of all of them. That a dozen members of the highest leg islative tribunal of the nation, no matter how sin cere or how earnest or how honest they may be. can thwart the desire of a majority six times as great and prevent that majority from expressing its views on the issue at stake, and that having that power they use it, regardless of all attending circumstances, is something so detestable that it is difficult to express a person's feelings regard ing it. The people of the United States do not favor rach tactics —they have based their government upon the will of the majority, have been willing and confident to trust their affairs to the judg ment of the majority and have exerted their part of the conduct of the government upon the rule of the majority, from the beginning of things. The very senators who hid behind the unanimous con sent rule and conducted the filibuster were elected by majorities, not by unanimous consent; all our officials, in precinct, ward, city, township, county, ■tate and nation are elected by majorities. In only the United States senate must unanimous consent be obtained before the membership may decide an issue, and it is the only legislative tribunal in the world where such a rule prevails. When we say the people of the United States do not favor that rule, when we declare it should be changed to permit such an overwhelming majority as in this instance desired to vote, we do not mean that it is necessary for the senate to go to the other extreme and adopt rules which would enable the employment of the "gag rule." But we do believe that when two-thirds or three-fourths of the members of the senate desire to limit debate and vote on the issue under discussion, they should be permitted to do so and not be prevented, as they were in this instance, "by a little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own." "WILHBLM L. JONES." Our views concerning a senator who went from this state to the national capital bearing the name Wesley L. Jones, are published on another page, together with the stinging rebuke of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has sponsored the indi vidual in most of his recent campaigns. We shall content ourselves by adding here just another short castigation of him who so grossly misrepre sents the, state of Washington to its sorrow and shame—for the state to disown and disavow him, as the Post-Intelligencer declares, is too mild treatment. We should bury him in an avalanche of indignation, smother his blatant mouth, and retire hiqp to the privacy of his own home as quickly and as quietly as we can. Or else send him to Germany. HO LOVE FOR A "DOUBLE-CROSSER." Strangely enough, but very little attention has been directed to the surprising change in the sen timent of the people of the United States caused by the revelation last week of Germany's plot to ally with her Mexico and Japan to attack the United States in case we did not remain neutral. Yet that revelation marked the turning-point in the attitude of the people of the United States toward the European struggle and our entangle ment with it and cemented the nation into still greater unanimity in approving the president's policy. Prior to it, even after the break in diplomatic relations, there was practically no enmity in this country against Germany of an excitable or en thusiastic or demanding sort. We did not like her tactics and we approved the president's course in protesting to them, but there was no general popular hatred of <i'-rmaiiv. nor any general de mand that we "ili>r in and 11<• k her Hut that r>'\elation showed th< people of the United States how (i«-rmatiy. all the while >hc was telling the I'nited States one thing and express ing desire to maintain peace and friendly rela tions. was plotting behind our hacks to attack us, to stick ;i knife into us when the time came And because it is in born into an American to hate a "double-crosser." JI wave of seutimetit swept over this nation and removed the la>t shreds of sympathy and support <iermany had in the popu lar esteem. For two years and a haif, amidst the turmoil of a world at war. holding ourselves in leash only by the exertion of the greatest patience, we had con tinued to take Germany at her word though there were many incidents that hurt deeply; but pa tience and trust eventually reach a breaking-point, and our> came with the revelation of the German intrigue. Then we almost unanimously decided we were through—wc had had enough. Vet there is no strong sentiment in the I'nited States today favoring the entrance of this nation into the European war. The people of the United States do not want to go to war—they prefer to remain at peace and will remain at peace tinti 1 every agency of averting war has been exhausted. Hut the revelation of the German intrigue has served to align the sentiment of the nation against Germany, nevertheless, as no previous incident of our international relations had done, and if we are finally dragged into the conflict, it will be with a far more unified public opinion, a far more gen eral determination, than if Germany had not been revealed as a "double-crosser." THREE EDITORIALS. Elsewhere in this issue are published three edi torials clipped from last week's Saturday Evening Post, discussing as many phases of the present domestic and international situation. We are re printing them because they appear to us to be the best comments on the situation we have noted in the current press, because they are eminently sane and understandable and do not attempt to arouse or excite their readers, but to state the circum stances as calmly and clearly as can be and to discuss them from that viewpoint. We want to direct your particular attention to the one, "The Difference." Summed up in its short second paragraph is the nub of the whole international situation. Both England and Ger many have been violating international law— admittedly so —and both have trampled upon our rights as a neutral, and to the acts of both we have vigorously protested; but the controversy with Oermahy has attracted more attention, achieved greater prominence and resulted in graver consequences than that with England, be cause it started from the loss of human lives. If you go out on your farm to your neighbor's and set fire to his barn and destroy it, the neigh hood is only temporarily excited about it, knowing that the damage can he settled in court or out of it. But if you go over to your house and murder him or some one in his family, the neighborhood is immediately up in arms, demand ing the limit, of punishment for you and that right away. So it is with England and Germany. The former has commandeered our ships or blockaded our trade, but it has not killed any of our citizens. Germany has. The adoption of the resolution by the legisla ture Monday, without a dissenting vote, pledging the resources and citizenship of the state to the president for whatever use he deems necessary in the present crisis, is the crowning rebuke to our mis-representative, Wilhelm L. Jones, and strik ingly shows the president that the people of this state do not approve their senator's course. Let is be said to the credit of Senator Poindex ter that he finally switched around, supported the. president and did not participate in the senate's closing filibuster. Let us be thankful that one, at least, of our representatives in the senate discov ered his patriotism and Americanism before it was too late and did what his own people and the people of the United States generally wanted him to do. If tile next congress passes the bill preventing shipments of liquor in inter-state commerce, as many of the national capital observers think it will, the days of the "wets" in the United States will he numbered. Root-legging there will lie. of course, just as there are murders and thefts and other crimes in spite of the statutes, but the liquor traffic as an open, sanctioned and licensed busi ness. will IK- Hearing the end. The members of the legislature got peeved, of course, when Governor Lister "called" them for their patronage graft, but the people of the state not oulv should know the situation but who is re sponsible for it. and the governor's veto of the ten-thousand-dollar deficiency appropriation and its passage over his veto, fixes the responsibility where it belongs. There wasn't any "passing the buck" in that instance. Tin: WASHINGTON STANDARD. OLYMPIA. WASH.. FKIDAV. MARCH 9. IMJ7 If Bettman is on the label, you're safe. First Showing of jS? Spring Vfcfa There are two extremes in dress which make a person conspicuous in public. One is sha!>- biness. the other is freakisliness. The happy § 1 medium combines good style with good Jwj\ sense. We have it in Clothcraft Clothes. |j BETTMAN Everything to Wear for Men and Boys. • • • ee mm ••••* #• i: WHAT OUR FATHERS READ ABOUT | : | IN THIS PAPER FIFTY YEARS A6O J From The Washington Standard for Saturday Morning, March U, 1807. Vol. VII. No. 18. Illinois has purchased from Mrs.; Douglas the plot of ground In which | the remains of Stephen A. Douglas' were buried, paying therefore the] sum of $25,000. One week from today we are to ,hold our precinct meetings to select delegates to the county convention. The coming election will be perhaps a more important one than has here tofore transpired In tho territory, both considering the issues involved and the number of officers to be elected. "The New World"—This elephant In the shape of a steamboat arrived last Saturday. What to do with her is the next question. If she steams along at paying speed, the "Ander son" will beat her; if she the throttle-valve, the greenbacks fly up the smokestack. The Herald pre dicts a crash in "Washoe" stocks. Already the forest looks thinner. A man named Wilson fired six shots ffom a revolver at one Thomas Lee, near Percival's wharf, last Mon day morning. Singular to state, neither shot took effect. Wilson was bound over in the sum of S2OO for his appearance at court. The bill authorizing steam mall service between the United Stateß and the Sandwich islands has passed both houses of congress. There are good grounds for saying that the president, if arraigned be fore the senate on impeachment, will decline to recognize the validity of a congress which denies representation to a part of the states. Hartford, Feb. 14. —The Republic ans have nominated P. T. Barnum for congress from the Fourth district. 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