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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
LEWISTOWN, MONTANA ................. 'N_______ Entered at the postoffice at Lewistown, Montana, as second class matter. SUBSCRIPTION: ... v TOM STOUT ....... Publisher and Proprietor POPULARITY WANING. A careful perusal of the inde pendent daily and weekly papers of the country which may be depended .... x. i r * 1 . « . « upon to reflect fairly accurately the ever changing sentiments of the peo ple clearly indicate that President Roosevelt is rapidly losing that pop ularity which, three years ago, swept him into the presidential chair with the greatest popular majority ever given a candidate for that high of fice. For a long while the people of the country "stood for'' the bad breaks which President Roosevelt made for the simple reason that they considered the man honest at heart and a true friend of the masses. But his repeated offenses against much boasted, so-called policy of the "square deal' have begun to tell on a large number of people who for merly were wont to believe him in fallible and the result is a decline in prestige and in the affections of the people almost unprecedented in the political history of this country. This is said not as a result of po litical bias or prejudice for this paper has ever been ready to accord to President Roosevelt due credit for his meritorious acts. But we hold that a man and as a president, he has made mistakes which would have made almost any other man about the most unpopular man in America. One thing which is beginning to jar on the nerves of the average cit izen is the manner in which Roose velt has ever been willing to prosti tute the dignity of his great office in order to vent a personal ill feeling. He has engaged in numerous con troversies with public officials and private ctizens and in almost every encounter, he has been badly worsted but his commanding position in the nation has prevented him from suf fering the consequences which would have been his had be been on an equal footing with men with whom he started the trouble. During the last campaign, Judge Parker, the democratic nominee, publicly accused the republican cam paign managers of accepting cam paign funds from the large corpor ations. Mr. Roosevelt made an in dignant denial of this charge, even descending so far as to call Judgt Parker a "deliberate falsifier." A few months later, the insurance investi gations, conducted by Charles E. Hughes, now governor of New York, clearly proved that Judge Parker was right. President Roosevelt never made any move to make the amende honorable for his unwarranted and utterly evil atack on Judge Parker. President Roosevelt publicly branded several thousand men who are members of the Western Federa tion as "undesirable citizens" when he had absolutely no knowledge of the stiuation in Idaho, Colorado and other western states where that or ganization held its membership. By innuendo, at least, he has also branded every man who happens to be in the cattle raising or the sheep raising business in the west as un desirable citizens and were congress to adopt his urgent recommenda tions, the business of thousands of these men would be wiped out of existence. Coming down to bed rock facts, Mr. Roosevelt's real accomplish ments do not measure up to the noise which he has made. He fired a few broadside at a few financial pirates on Wall street and hit almost every legitimate business interest in the country. Ever since President Roosevelt en tered the White house, he has de lighted to tilt at every wind mill in sight. One had but to disagree with him in the slightest particular to be immediately catalogued as an "unde sirable citizen," a "falsifier," "repre hensible," "disloyal," etc. In this connection it is interesting to note the remarks of the Springfield Re publican, the ablest edited inde pendent newspaper in this country, as follows: "A highly interesting legal study might be made of the president's powers of rebuke. Reference is made not to his linguistic powers, which are truly terrifying, but to his powers under the constitution and laws of the United States. No president has ever done so much rebuking as Mr. Roosevelt. He oetran very early when he gave Gen. Miles such a dressing down in the executive offices of the White House, in the hearing of many visitors. The tendency grew. All claims and all kinds of people have felt his cate, pianissimo touch. While the del, ' were the aristocrats of the Roose ve Itian objurgations, the other not nltlP V' 1 f* 4 1 m c .1 : Ananias club is an ultra select circle of the unfortunates, comprising as it able victims form a large and im pressive body of citizens. The latest victims are too well in mind for us to call .special attention to their wounds, but "Dear Maria," the Na ture writer, Dr. Long, and Admiral Brownson can never be omitted from the immortal list. Now, when the president rebukes a civilian, in his masterly way, he doubtless speaks as one civilian to an other, exercising his inalienable con stitutional right of free speech. The legal aspect of that is clear enough, and the citizen rebuked enjoys the constitutional right to "sass back" if he desires to butt against so exalted personage as a president of the United States. Dr. Long exercised this privilege, and, deplorable as it may seem, his retorts to the great rebuker delighted a large number of undesirable citizens. But in the case of men in the army and navy, what then? The regulation governing the two military services carefully define the affenses against authority, decency and propriety of which an officer may be guilty, and also the penalties therefor. They de fine the conditions, moreover, under which officers may be officially re buked by their superiors. We cannot help wondering what legal right the president had, for example, to pil lory Admiral Brownson as little bet ter than a traitor in a letter ad dressed not to Brownson but to the secretary of the navy, when that of ficer had been guilty of no offense known to the navy regulations. When such cases arise, isn't the great rebuker taking a grossly un fair and even unlawful advantage of a man who can talk back, as the peppery Dr. Long can? For the ad miral is still in the navy and he salutes his superior officer. These points are respectfully submitted." PRESIDENT AND BROWNSON. The final publication of Rear-Ad miral Brownson s letter of resigna tion eliminates most happily the criticism of the president which was directed against his apparent refusal to permit the admiral's side to be heard by the public. The surprising failure to include the Brownson let ter in the correspondence between the president and Secretary Metcalf is now explained as due entirely to inadvertence. With the Brownson letter at hand, one may the better form some opinion on the point whether the president's ugly charge that the of ficer was disloyal to the navy and the country in resigning under such circumstances was justified. Such an accusation is exceedingly grave in the case of a naval officer. Ordi narily it would justify a court martial or a court of inquiry. Even if the admiral's act was no worse than a "gross impropriety," "un seemly," or "reprehensible," it might be urged that his case called for an official investigation. When the president, however, intimates in no equivocal language that Rear-Ad miral Brownson's resignation was an act of disloyalty, it would seem as if that officer must demand a court of inquiry in order to protect his pro fessional honor from an attack in the highest official quarter. It is clear from the Brownson let ter itself that this officer, who had reached the retiring age after a life time of unblemished service, held an honest conviction that circumstances had arisen requiring his resignation. He even believed that the order of the president in the case of the hos pital ship was in violation of law. What standard of discipline forbids an officer from resigning under such conditions? Granted that the offi cers view was wrong—although the president admits there was ground for "entirely legitimate differences of opinion as to law and policy—could he not properly resign in response to the dictates of his judgment and his conscience? If we take the special situation into accont—the fact that no emergency of war confronted the department and that it was possible easily to replace the admiral—it is manifestly absurd to charge the of ficer with a serious offense. As a plain matter of fact, he exercised his rights, both legal and moral, in pur suing the course that he did. The president's suggestion, it might fairly be said his charge, of disloyalty against an honored and deserving officer is another instance of a certain ugliness of temper he . sometimes displavs toward men who 1 happen to get in his way. It is not a trait that makes people love him MUSSELSHELL TRAGEDY. From the best reports obtainable at this time, Fergus county must bear the odium of another terrible murder case, a Mrs. Schleuter and four children having been wiped out of existence by some friend, at their little home on the lower Mussel shell. The neighbors have a certain person under suspicion and the of ficers who are down there at the present time will, no doubt, make a most thorough examination of all the facts in the case That part of Fergus county in which this latest tragedy was com mitted is one of the wildest regions, topographically speaking, in the en tire Northwest. Houses are few and far apart and there are scores of immense cuts and deep ravines where the evidences of crime can easily be hidden beyond all hopes of re covery. Several dark tragedies have occurred down there, the latest be ing, by far, the most horrible of the number. Sheriff Martin and his very ef ficient force have shown diligence and success in ferriting out the per petrators oi crime in Fergus county and while, from the known facts, they have a hard joo on their hands in the present case, they will use every means at their command to lo cate the unspeakable' wretch who caused the death of this defenseless widow woman and four helpless children. BUMPS. Butte Inter Mountain: That the paternal policies of the administra tion meet with less and less approval becomes evident each day. Yester day a noted German statesman openly held President Roosevelt's brass band tactics responsible for financial conditions the world over. In the convention of woolgrowers in Helena, almost at the same moment, Mr. T. J.Walsh delivered himself of a few remarks, pertinent or other wise, upon the president's land policy. At about the same hour, Senator Foraker declared in the up per house that federal patronage is being prostituted in order to carry out political bargains—bold words! Now comes a dispatch from Denver that at the coming session of the National Livestock association, a chief topic will be the president's edicts upon the public land, and judging from former expressions by this same body on the subject, Mr. Walsh's remarks will seem mild be side the Denver oratory. Time was when it was nothing short of lese majestie on the part of any to crit icise the president, even in a friendly spirit; but developments have jus tified the views of those who fore saw danger in paternalism and were not afraid to say so. THE TRAITOR ADMIRAL. From the letter of the president we take the following phrases. They refer to Admiral Brownson, whose resignation from the bureau of navi gation because of a difference of opinion as to the command of hos pital ships is made the text for the letter: Unseemly. Improper. Injurious. Discredit. Gross impropriety. Childish. | Reprehensible. Personal pique. Wounded vanitv. Factional feeling. Disloyal. These epithets, applied to a brave and capable officer by the nation's chief executive, will not be indorsed by the nation. They will be re gretted, and, we might add, resent ed, by none more than by the large body of citizens who are proud to call themselves Roosevelt republi cans. Bozeman Chronicle: In a time of profound peace, a president elected on the democratic ticket sold bonds to obtain money with which to pay pensions and meet other running ex penses of the government, the treas ury surplus having been exhausted by his predecessor. Criticism of that act has not ceased for one moment from that time to this. In a time of profound peace, a republi can president sells bonds and ob tained money which is deposited, without drawing interest, in certain favorite banks, and by them loaned a high rates of interest to persons engaged in stock gambling in New York. Yet, not even a chirp of crit icism is heard from the republican press of the country about this act. A witness in the Thaw trial testi fied that Harry Thaw was very "ner vous" while playing whist at his club with John A. Drake, John W. Gates and Charles M. Schwab. 1 the stakes were very high (as they undoubtedly were) most any one would be nervous when in a game with that bunch of sports. Mr. Littleton, who is the chief counsel for Thew, is the man who placed Alton B. Parker in nomina tion at the St. Louis convention four years ago. Unless Thaw has a lot better luck than Mr. Littleton's pres idential client, his name is Dennis. President Roosevelt will take small comfort from the reports from the annual convention of woolgrowers at Helena last week. The Cee of Sarcasm. For many years one of the state* was represented in the senate by a man who possessed many fine qualities but who frequently injured the cause* he advocated and alienated those whe desired to be friendly by his sarcastic manner both in speaking and in writ ing. The senator had an intimate friend who had written to him to urge the appointment of another friend to a position under the government To this letter the senator returned a very sar castic answer, declining at the same time to recommend the appointment. It is said that be never forgot the merited rebuke he received from the friend who had suggested the appoint ment. "My Dear Senator—I think it would be well for you to reserve your sar casm for the rapidly increasing num ber of your enemies instead of offering it to the decreasing number of your friends, of whom I am one." Soon after the senator received this communication he brought about the desired appointment. A Prehistoric Monament, In southern California, in the county of San Luis Obispo, there is situated one of the most remarkable prehistoric monuments known to the archaeolo gists. From a distance it looks like an immense rock rising from the plains of Carissa, but upon nearer approach it is seen to be a temple of extraordinary dimensions and of unknown antiquity. The inner court has a level floor 226 feet long and 125 feet wide, and the ceiling is from 60 to 100 feet high, ac cording to situation. The building was evidently used by prehistoric man, but for what purpose and how long since no one knows. It has been suggested, however, that it was either a temple of worship or the capltol of some ancient government. The walls and portions of the ceiling are beautifully decorated with paintings in colors red, white and black, many of them supposed to have some symbolic meaning. Christmas In England. When Cromwell ruled England he Is sued an edict against all festivities at Christmas. The festival was altogeth er abolished, and the displaying of hol ly and mistletoe and other emblems of the happy time was held to be sedi tious. In 1644 the long parliament commanded that Christmas day should be observed as a strict fast, when all people should think over and deplore the great sin of which they and their forefathers had been guilty In making merry at that season. This act bo pro voked the people that on the following natal day the law was violently re sisted In many places. Though these scenes were disgraceful, they served their purpose and put an end to an un just order. When Charles II. regained the throne the populace once more made Christmastide a time of rejoic ing. The Great Bed of Ware. In Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" Sir Toby Belch urges Sir Andrew Ague cheek to pen a challenge and to put In it "as many lies as will lie in the sheet of paper, although the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware." This enormous bed, which was a wonder in Shakespeare's time and still exists In Ware, is seven feet six inches high and ten feet nine inches square, so that twelve people can lie comfortably in it Beautifully carved, it is a splendid specimen of antique furniture, dating from the days of Queen Elizabeth. This wonderful bed is naturally an ob ject of curiosity and interest to many visitors. In the same room there hung a pair of horns, upon which all stran gers formerly were sworn. Evfla of Anxiety. Anxiety is the poison of human life. It is the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where ev erything is doubtful, where you may be disappointed and be blessed in dis appointment, what means this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can your solicitude alter the cause or un ravel the intricacy of human events? Can your curiosity pierce through the cloud which the Supreme Being hath made impenetrable to mortal eye? To provide against every important dan ger by the employment of the most promising means is the office of wis dom, but at this point wisdom stops.— Selected. The Simple Life. For a cultured person to relinquish his wonted mode of life, to dwell in a three roomed cottage, to be clad in corduroy or fustian and to fare sump tuously every day on beans, cabbage soup and black bread would not be a return to the simple but to the sordid life. One can live a simple life just as well in a castle as in a cottage.—Race Builder. The Whole Thing. Jackson Parke—What do you consid er the two most important places in the world? Gotham—Oh, that's easy, of course— Jackson Parke—Oh, don't say New York for one. Gotham—I •wasn't going to. I was going to say '"Manhattan and the Bronx," of course. —Philadelphia Ledger. Making a Splash. "I see that our friend has taken a hand in politics." "I am not sure," answered Senator Sorghum, "whether he has taken a baud in it or merely put his foot in it" —Washington Star. Talk and Sleep. Doctor—Do you talk in your sleep? Patient—No; I talk in other people's. I'm a clergyman. The ritualistic use of candles In churches was forbidden in England In 1648. At Your Beck and Call Our estimate man is at your beck and call any hour ot the day. He is ready to confer with you in regard to any piece of printing, small or great; to advise you expertly in regard to the form and style, and to give you full in formation in regard to every point of cost. Let him see you, by all means, before you place any order for printing. FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT Printers, Publishers,. Stationers Mutual 'Phone 7 Beil Phone 161 ...WRITING PAPERS...' OF GOOD TAS1E Our unusually choice offerings in very fine stationery will especially appeal to persons of refinement. 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