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Washington Standard
If. L, WORTMAN Advertising Manager
Member of the
9nbarrl»tl«a Price. |LM • Yea*.
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
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
Everything to Wear for Men and Boys.
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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
"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.
Madrid dispatches say the king
consort has been exiled from Spain
on a charge of plotting for a regency
of the kingdom.
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