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undue ambition he could play havoc with our theories
of government—that is, after he has become thor
oughly established as a dependable leader. An idol
once made is very difficult to undo. Such individuals
can fly in the face of the usages of years, may assail
fundamental laws, carrying by assault the very foun
dation of government, and supported by the theory
that what's being done is the will of the people. Fur
thermore, we cannot get away from the fact that it
is the will of the people. But it is like the "desire"
of sick men who have been unduly influenced, a sort
of duress which they are willing to deny and de
nounce when at their better selves.
History is full of incidents where the people boiled
over, wrought against their better judgments, and
who, in the calm of after years, admitted their mis
The presidential term of six years is ideal, a
thing discovered out of our experiences. The execu
tive has come to be more than simply a dispenser of
jobs. He needs his time for the increasing dignity
and importance of his office rather than building up
a machine for his own succession. At it is now the
President gets just about eighteen months or two
years of comparative quiet, when he must again be
off for the "war." In even the Senate measure be
comes law, he will not find it necessary to build up
his fences. He will not find it necessary to gallop
over the country in self-defense or for a campaign of
invasion, thus the President and the dignity of the
office will be more nearly related —will, in fact, be
one. —Exchange.
Thirty-one years ago (in 1882) there were only
3,000 miles of street railways in the United States.
Them mil ways were operated with horses or mule cars.
In 1888 electricity was first used as motive power. In
1889 there we:e 8,000 miles of street railways in the
United States.
In 1913 the electric railways in the United States
comprise not only street car lines, but interurban lines,
elevated lines, underground lines, underwater lines
and electrical sections of such important steam rail
roads as the Pennsylvania, the New York Central and
the New York, New Haven & Hartford. P^ach of these
steam railroads is planning large extensions to its ex
isting electrical divisions. The steam railroads enter
ing Chicago will soon begin the work of electrifying
their Chicago divisions.
The vast development of the highway trolley.
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and the recent contsruction of many miles of electric
railway, which do not exclusively occupy the high
ways, have been of immense social and moral influ
ence, not yet fully recognized by the American people.
What formerly were rural districts, or remote suburbs
of large towns, have been brought into neighborly con
tact with these towns.
Distance has been to a great extent eliminated.
This, with the utilization of the telephone, has caused
great productivity in many parts of the country where
before there was slight productivity. Moreover, the ap
paratus is bringing the American people closer to
gether, and within a few years will probably greatly
decentralize the congested cities, since, when the pop
ulation can safely, easily and cheaply be carried back
and forth between rural or suburban districts and the
heart of the cities, it will be sure to follow the elec
tric railway line.
The mileage of the electric lines in this country
today is 43,000 miles, owned and operated by 1,300
railways, Avhich carry between ten and eleven billions
of passengers in a year. They own over 90,000 cars,
employ more than 250,000 persons, represent a capital
investment of five billion dollars, and their gross an
nual earnings are $500,000,000. —Exchange.
The Seattle Republican never doubted for a sin
gle minute, but that either the ti'ial judge or the jury
would smother the ambitions of the young lawyers
seeking to make a hit for themselves at the other
fellow's expenses by making a convict of Jacob Forth,
in connection with the failure of the La Conner bank.
From the very outset this paper had its suspicions
that the would-be prosecutor was either making a gal
lery play for future political reasons or had some ul
terior motive in view in causing his arrest, and it
transpired in the trial that both a gallery play was
being made and an ulterior motive was playing its
part; the ulterior motive being the hope of black
mailing, or bluffing, (if that sounds milder) Mr. Furth
into paying the losses of the bank. Had Mr. Furth
been tried in Skagit county we can not make ourselves
believe that a jury of fair-minded men and women
would have ever found him guilty and that, too, in
spite of the desire to make Mr. Furth come through
with the bank shortage. Had the prosecuting attorney
honestly believed that a crime had been committed
and prosecuted, every one that he thought was im
plicated in it, whether rich or poor, there would have
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been some excuse for the Furth trial, but the real
prosecuting attorney did not seem to think that way
and he seems to have only been an interested spec
tator at the trial, rather than an accuser. That Jacob-
Furth is a shrewd business man and has amassed a
fortune from his shrewdness in doing business no one
denies, but every man, woman and child, who have
done business with him all the years he has been
doing business in Seattle, are willing to testify to the
fact that Jacob Filrth has never robbed a single
one of them, and that being a fact, it is almost pre
posterous to think he would at the age of
three score and ten begin such unscrupulous,
methods, and that, too, when he would not
realize enough from it to pay his hotel bill during
the trial. There is not a struggling business man or
woman on Puget Sound that has appealed to Jacob-
Furth in times of financial distress, to whom he gave
the marble heart or because they were in such straight
ened circumstances he exacted the proverbial "pound
of flesh" for any aid he might render them.
On the other hand, and as said above, all
can and will tesify to having been treated
kindly and fairly by him, and shown more leniency
when it came time to pay back, than the aevrage
banker gives. In view of the fact the jury disagreed
and stood seven to five for acquittal, it is not believed
the case will ever be called again by the prosecutor,
and if called, will be promptly dismissed by the trial
E. W. Andrews, who was one of the accused Seat
tle bankers by the Skagit county prosecutor, is all
smiles to again be at his desk. Only a few weeks ago
The Seattle Republican had occasion to speak of Mr.
Andrews as a man among men, and the high regard in
which he was held by his fellow citizens after twenty
three years of active business life in this city, and it
is glad to be able to say that his recent set-to in the
courts has in no wise impaired his good standing or
besmirched his high reputation. While he is not the
popular enthusiast that you frequently meet about
town, yet he is an ideal character. He knows how to
attend strictly to his business, to let yours alone, and
yet so conduct himself that yo;i and every one olsc
that does business with him entertain the very highest
respect for him. The closing of the La Conner bank
was an unfortunate mishap, but it is hard to believe
that the officers of the Seattle National Bank in any
wise contributed to its failure. Mr. R. V. Ankeny
and Mr. Bailsman are likewise honorable and straight
forward business men of this community and would
hardly be guilty of an offense such as they were
charged with.

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