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The Seattle Republican. [volume] (Seattle, Wash.) 1???-1915, August 23, 1912, Image 2

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England Criticizes Police Methods.
The assasination of Herman Rosenthal,
the gambler, has given the German and
English- press an oc
casion for some varie-
England Criticizes
Police Methods.
gated description of
our police and our
morals in general, and a brief quotation
will show what is being said of us just now
"behind our back" in London and Berlin.
Thus the London Daily Mail believes that
"of the fourteen police magistrates on the
bench in New York, at least ten of them
are corrupt and directly responsible for
much of the corruption of the police."
Tammany protection, it is convinced, is
ample to shield any criminal, not only from
conviction, but even from arrest. It goes
"It is in that sort of school that a New
York policeman picks up his ideas of jus
tice. He finds all around him an organized
community of criminals and law-breakers,
living under the protection of his official
superiors and their political and legal allies.
He finds a captain, for instance, in stand
ing receipt of some $1,000 a month over and
above his salary. He finds the district in
spector regularly making four or live times
that amount. He finds the politicians, law
yers, magistrates, and higher officers of the
force all working together to blackmail sa
loons, pool-rooms, disorderly houses, policy
shops, and gambling dens. He finds an in
terlocked system that makes vice profitable
and virtue an impassable barrier to promo
tion. Nine times out of ten he takes the
easier paths."
Germany Says It Is a Disease.
The Berlin press are equally violent in
their vituperation of the corruption of
American police and
politics as they pre
vail in the great
cities of the Union.
Is a Disease.
Germany Says It
Thus the Berlin Morgenpost remarks:
"It is as impossible to cure the American
police of the disease from which they are
suffering as to sweep away the ocean with
a broom. Many futile attempts have been
made to purify American politics, but they
have been hopeless. The evil is in the very
blood of the nation. It manifests itself in
the same ways as breathing, eating, and
sleeping do in the normal life. If the Amer
ican Union had not had gigantic natural
resources of treasures which are ever re
newing its power at command, it would long
ago have been destroyed by moral blood
poisoning. Today it is a question among
thoughtful Americans as to how long the
sap of the nation will be able to withstand
the ever-increasing poison of political cor
ruption. The police in many American cit
ies are not only corrupt, but they are ab
solutely criminal in the worst sense.
"The worst criminals of all are the New
York' police, who love to call themselves
the 'finest.' "
Theodore Roosevelt is a chronic office
seeker. He has held office almost his en
tire adult life. Theodore Roosevelt was the
most extravagant president that America
ever had. His term from 1905 to 1909 cost
the people $3,522,982,846, or more than
double as much as the administrations of
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison,
Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Van Buren,
Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore,
Pierce and Buchanan all combined. His
two administrations cost the country $7,
--740,000,000 or more than double the cost of
the entire civil war.
Theodore Roosevelt in his public capacity
has shown absolutely no respect for the
constitution and law. He publicly boasted
that "1 took the Panama canal zone and
left congress to debate the issue." He as
sisted a fake Panama revolution and the
taking of the isthmus in violation of a
treaty with Columbia. When the senate
was considering a bill to secure justice for
the Negro troops he had summarily dismis
sed at Brownsville, Texas, he threatened to
veto the bill if passed and to ignore it if
passed over his veto. He issued pension
order No. 78, in an effort to curry favor
with the Grand Army, creating a service
pension without the authority of congress.
In his life of Oliver Cromwell Roosevelt
says; "In great crises it may be necessary
to overrun constitutions and disregard sta
tutes." He has evidently regarded himself
as a great crisis.
Theodore Roosevelt's adminisrtation was
a harvest for the trusts. The Standard Oil
Company paid nearly $300,000,000 in divi
dends while he was president, which was
equal to the amount paid in its life of twen
ty-five years preceding. While he was
president the number of combinations in
creased from one hundred and forty-nine
with a three-billion-dollar capital to ten
thousand with approximately thirty-one bil
lion dollars capital.
Theodore Roosevelt, while pretending to
be opposed to "predatory interests" did
more to foster them and to prevent their
prosecution than any man who ever lived.
Lie permitted the steel corporation to ab
sorb, in direct violation of law, its chief
competitor, the Tennessee Coal and iron
Company, thereby creating an absolute mon
opoly. He refused to prosecute the sugar
trust, although sufficient evidence to secure
a conviction was offered him. He prohib-
ited the prosecution of the harvester trust
because the man who is now backing him
He denounced rebating, but although Paul
He denounced rebating, but althoug Paul
Morton had confessed to rebating he not
only refused to prosecute Morton, but put
him in his cabinet. He, according to Gov
ernor Deenen of Illinois asked that E. H.
Harriman be not prosecuted for the Alton
steal on the ground that it would disturb
business. He selected his secretary of com
merce and labor, who is supervisor over
corporations, George B. Cortelyou, to col
lect his campaign funds of 1905.
Theodore Roosevelt used the public serv
ice in his own interest. While declaring
Friday, August 23, 1912.
for the regulations of railroads he com
manded special trains for his own use at
the expense of the railroad companies. He
used a United States vessel for sending his
children to boat races. He ordered the At
lantic squadron to be assembled in front
of his home at Oyster Bay that he might
review it there, although it cost the govern
ment $250,000 to do so.
Theodore Roosevelt has been bitter in his
criticism of men whom the people of the
United States has honored. He called
Thomas Jefferson "the most incapa-
ble executive who ever filled the president's
chair." He accused Madison o£. "bringing
shame and disgrace to America." He called
the Monroe doctrine a "triumph of imbe
cility." He denounced Jackson as "ignor
ant." He attributed Van Buren's success
to his "moral shortcomings." He referred
to Harrison, Tyler, Fillmore, Buchanan,
Polk as "small presidents." He denounced
Pierce as "a small politician of low cap
acity and mean surroundings." In a
speech before the Syracuse chamber of com
merce in 1899 he called congressmen "cat
tle." Although in 1896 he denounced cri
tics of the supreme court as representing
a "species of atavism," saying that "sav
ages do not like the independent and up
right judiciary," he afterward referred to
Judge Anderson as a "crook and jackass,"
and denounced the United States supreme
court as "fossilized."
Theodore Roosevelt has used his official
position for the purpose of insulting and
ruining men in private life. He attacked
the aged Assistant Attorney General Tyner
when lie was on trial, and after Tyner was
acquitted ignored his dying appeal for a
word of vindication. He denounced Moyer,
Hayward and Pettibone, when they were
in jeopardy of their lives, as "undesirable
citizens." He forced Colonel Stewart to a
lonely position in New Mexico "until he
could be compulsory retired." He per-
mitted the age retirement of General Miles
to pass Avithout a word of commendation
for his brilliant service in the civil war and
as an Indian fighter. Because he was ex
posed in an intrigue to secure the appoint
ment of an American cardinal he forced
Bellamy Storer to resign as embassador to
Austria and denounced Mrs. Storer as a
liar. He has denounced so many private
citizens as liars that it has become an in
ternational joke.
Tehodore Roosevelt has not only been
a tool of the bosses, but he has been a boss
himself. His nomination for governor of
New York was dictated by Boss Platt. His
nomination for vice-president came through
the assistance of Platt and Quay. At the
time of Quay's death he telegraphed his
widow, "My loyal friend is dead." While
president of the United States he forced
Taft upon an unwilling party, declaring
"if they don't take Taft they will get me,"
using all the power of patronage in order
to secure the nomination of the man whom
he promised as "combining all the best
qualities of a public man to a degree which
no other man in public life since the civil

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