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^saaSSiaSSe&S©©©©©® v: Editorial Department ffl D&f A ®A|rn By F. W. Meyers S€33§€3'33@&@@&:e@&:@ THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. 1 *Jep Ma It is gratifying that there are so few really poor people in Denison, We have rich and poor in the comparative sense but cases of destitution are ex ceedingly rare in our busy and pros perous town. Thus being the case there should be no lack of Christmas cheer for those who do need it. A little thought on the part of those having a surplus of comforts will mean an abundance for those who would otherwise do without. We know of a few cases in town where the poverty is the direct result of the intemperance and general shiftlessness of the head of the household, or rather of the man who should be tt.e head of the house hold. But the children are not to blame for this, and in these homes if in no other the blessings of the Christ mas season should be sbowered. Put on your thinking cap this week. Pre pare to act the part of Santa CIRUB to some poor children and you will lift your Christmas out of the rue of an ''exchange of presents" and make it a time of pure delight. SHAW IN THE CABINET. It is now announced on good author ity that Secretary Shaw will remain at the head of the treasury during the next administration. For our part the gossip that has proven so entertaining for so many has never worried us. Theonlyquestion that arose was wheth er Iowa could longer retain two places injthe cabinet/ It is only because Secre tary Shaw and Secretary Wilson have proven so admirably adapted for their positions that the precedent remains broken and one stated is accorded two important cabinet positions. Secre tary Shaw has made one of the best Secretaries of the Treasury the country has ever known. Hi9 critics have been made such by his fearless administra tion of the law and for no other reason. He has been .the most eloquent and convincing of the many republican orators of the period and he is entitled to the recognition he has received. The busy-bodies will now have opportunity to discuss something else and try to stir up trouble in some other quarter. The President knows enough to let well enough alone and we congratulate him upon his wisdom. We also con gratulate Secretary Shaw and the whole country as well, that his calm, impersonal, far-seeing intellect is to remain in control of the finance of the nation. THE COMMERCIAL CLUB. The regular meeting of the Denison Commercial Club last Wednesday was an eye-opener to the business men of Denison as to how interesting and profitable such meetings can be made. Instead of a dearth of subjects for dis cussion there were so many that the club was fairly stumped and laid the majority of questions proposed on the table for future discussion. Rightly used the Commercial Club is bound to become a most useful instru ment for the public good. It promotes good fellowship of the right kind, make for united action and will do much to up-build Denisor, Every bus iness man interested in the growth of our city should become an active work ing member of the Commercial club. The way to get the good out of it is not merely to join but to be part and par cel of all that it does and to have Voice in all that concerns the welfare of the city. The business men of Denison have sihown their hearty appreciation of the Conner bill for reduced postage rates by unanimously passing resolutions in its support. The press ofjthe country jbas discussed the bill most favorably &nd it is altogether probable that Judge Conner's name will be attached to one of the most important acts of legislation that will be passed by the present congress. We would rather have a congressman who can propose practical legislation such as the Conner bill provides thac any wind jammer who ever made the gilded domecrack with oratory. The report is that the defeated democratic candidates have all agreed to stand for renomination two years hence. Well, well, perhaps the demo crats will have something to say about that. If they don't the people will, Now that it has been decided we would again invite the public to "Keep an eye on Shaw." Talk about your easy marks from the rural districts'? After the Chad wick case it will be the guileless city bank er who will sit for the stock cut in the cartoonist's off.ce. Poland Chinas 25 March farrowed shoats, both sexes, or sale. Best registered stock, ARTHUR GIRARD, Schleswig, Iowa h(sT. came lino of any WASHINGTON LETTER. (Bv Olger H. Olson.)- WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 19. 1904. The determination by Congress to bring the impeachment proceedings against Judge Swayne, of Florida, was the principal event outside of routine proceedure in Congress during the past week. The investigation reveals the fact that Judge Swayne is guilty of condnct unbecoming a federal ozScial and an honest man. Atr.ong the irreg ularities with which he is charged is ptdding his expense. In some instances, while holding court outside of his district, he reported hia actual expenses as ten dollars a day, when as a matter of fact it has been pi oven that he ex pended but one dollar and a quarter for this purpose per day. In the caee of a railroad which bad passed into the hands of receivers the Judge, proceed ing on the assumption that the road was in the custody and control of the Court, undertook to avail him°elf of this custody (for was he not the Court:') by utilizing special trains to take his family to California on a pleasure jaunt, and bringing into requisition this trip the dining car, with service and employes of the company, paying nothing for these advantages or for the train itself. These are but examples of his high handed methods in general Congressman Conner during the week introduced a bill in Congress which is of far reaching importance. It pro vides for changing the rates of postage on packages of books or merchandise, not exceeding five pounds in weight, sent out on rural mail routes from the local offices. The bill fixes the rate at five cents a pound for the first pound or fraction thereof. The rate is to apply only on ruial routes, and not to matter sent from one post office to another. The b-.ll meets with the approval of the postal authorities, and is regaided as a particular!*.' timely and desirable measure. It will, if it becomes a law, increase the revenue of the post office department, and diminish, if not re move the deficit which has been verj large under increasing demands ot the department since the establishment of the rural free delivery service and the improvement of the service generally. Congressman Conner has been exceed ingly diligent in looking after the mail facilities in his district since coming to Congress, both as to rural routes and otherwise, and he takes a deep interest in the post office department and its work. Bis bill is meeting with con sideiable encouragement and it is hoped that it may become a law in due time. According to the reports current this morning it is the intention of the presi dent to retain his cabinet officers, ex cept R. -J. Wynne, Acting Post Master General, who will b2 succeeded by Geo. B. Cortelyou, formerly private secre tary to presidents Cleveland, McKinley and Roosevelt. Chairman of the Repu lican National Committee. Mr, Wynne, it is reported, has been omised some appointment abroad in the diplomatic service. The cabinet as it will then appear is a strong one. John Hay, of Washington, D. C., conceded by foreign diplomats and statesmen to be the greatest living diplomat, is at the head of the State Department. Leslie Shaw, ot Iowa, shrewd, practical and energetic, directs the colossal depart ment of finance. Judge Taft, of ohio, whose mental capacity is proportionate with his physical preponderance, lends the lorce of his intellect and personality the management of the War depart ment, W. H. Moody of Massachusetts, formerly secretary of the navy, suc ceeded Philander Knox, as attorney general. Geo. B. Cortelyou will be post master general after January 1st. Paul Morton, of Illinois, ex-railway manager, and a robust specimen of western manhood, is Secretary of the Navy. A. E. Hitchcock, "from Mis souri," and formerly ambaesador to Russia, efficiently looks after the Department of the Interior. James Wilson, of Iowa, is giving the depaxt ment of Agriculture the benefit of his extensive and practical knowledge of farming and stock-raising, and he is demonstrating the magnitude of the commercial significance of American agriculture. Victor Metcalf. or Cali forma, is at the head of the Bureau of Commerce and Labor. This depart ment is one of growing importance and scope. The holiday exodus of congressmen senators and government appointees will soon begin. A majority of the members whose homes are east of the Mississippi, and many wbo live beyond it will go home to spend the holiday recess which is of two weeks duration Tho Christmas festivities here, how ever, are such as to preclude any possi bility of dullness in consequence of these absences. Christmas seems to be more completely a season of festivity in this city than elsewhere. The aspect of the city 13 completely changed weeks prior to the eventful day, and people swarm on the streets admiring the holiday display of goods and toys, and the all-prevailing holly and evergreen. A distinct atmosphere seems to pervade the city at this season not noticeable at any other season. A considerable amount of snow has fallen here since the first of December, which is not usual at this point, and today it is snowing in true western fashion, thus promising a continuance of the sound of sleigh bells, which has lent its music to the tidings of Christ, mas joy. Iu the fiurry and excitement of holiday rejoicing the wanderer or th» trauscient, who either sojourns in a strange plnce, or to whom providence has denied home environment, con tsmplates the passing scene with vary iag etiiotions, and a oreadth of compre-, hension not possible to those whese1 interest is centered upon near and dear onps. It is at least interesting to ob-. serve the diversity of human surround-1 ngs, and the varied aspects of human I happiness and of human woe. On Dupont Circle, the hansom and the carriage, the co'ored coacbman and the swish of silks figure in the play. In Poverty Row small and dilapidated buildings, ragged and unkempt chil dren, slovenly dressed women, and men in tattered and inadequate garment^ provide the background. The space between these places is not vacant. All the gradations of well-being or of indigence and want may be trpced in an up-to-date and progressive c.ty. And this brings me to the brightest phase of the holiday season, the charitable in stitutions. Our pet theories and didactical deductions as to the deterior at.ng effect of organized charity upon pauperism are allowed to take a vaca tion and join in the spirit of work of shedding light and comfort into the sombre retreats of poverty and misfor tune on Christmas day. so that the calloustd and cynical hearts of the un fortunate may regard with some degree of credulity the divine message of two thousand years ago: "Peace on Earth, Good will to men." OLGER H. OLSON. AMONG THE EDITORS. Whether Secretary Shaw remains in Roosevelt cabinet or not, and upon chis question there has been much comment of late, it matters little to the Secretary himself who has given a n-ry satisfactory administration of the oHiee. All the glory there is in such a oiii.ee he has attained long ago and for sucij a man as L. M. Shaw the emolu ments of the office are not tantamount to his earning capacity. It is said that ne is an aspirant for the presidential nomination and perhaps this too oiiuht advance excuse for him to re tire at the end of the present term, March. 1905. It may be that the Secretary does not consider theeways and means sufficient for be is one of the plain practical kind of men, a good Iowa Methodist, who likes to make a respectable and good paying deal now then.—Estherville Enterprise. There is one thing at least, that the rapidly democratic editor of this paper can agree upon with President Roose velt, and that is the enormity of the crime of wife beating.—Manson Demo crat. Did we read the president's message? No not a word of it, haven't bad time, but we endorse every word of it. He is right on the tariff, we are sure of it, don't know whether he mentioned it or not and don't care. He always was right on civil rights, corporations, monopolies, railroads, rubber, rhubarb, rope, raisins and everything else so we won't read it until we wantto, but its all right. Roosevelt is built that way and we haven't time to read. If the tariff should be lowered Teddy will see that is done, if it ought to be "hig'ner ed" we'll leave it to Teddy. He is presidedt of the greatest country on the green eartb, elected by the great est majority, and is endorsed "without any strings on him." He is president and a republican. Congress is with him heart and hand. Four more years of prosperity.—Britt Tribune. CEMENT WORK O A I N S SIDEWALKS, CURBS, RETAINING WALLS, CISTERNS AND CAVES The Best of Cement used and all work guaranteed first class Let us quote you prices. WALKEK Oo ni.-ioii «&> II 0. McCONNAUGHEY DENTIST The I'ltsst-tiger Dup irtmentof the Illinois Genual Kailroad Company have recently Is sued a publication known as Circular No. 12, in which is described the best territory in this country for the RrtuviiiK of early strawberries and ear ly vegetables. J- very dealers in meli products should address a postal curd to the undersign ed at, Dubucjne, Iowa, requesting a copy I DAVIS, Io-\VSl.5 DENISON, IOWA Office Warbasse Block, Crawford Co. phone 259 Strawberry and Vege table Dealers of 'Circular N':. 12." J. F. MKIIUY, Asst. Gen'l I'ass'l Agent. ,/. Ml. WALKER ATTORNEY AT LAW, Real Estate and Collections. OFEICE OVER POSTOFFICE. $ Ladies' Wat.-hes, Gentlemen's. Watches, Lorgnette Chains, Beaded Gentlemen's Chains, Fobs—Gold and Silk, Ladies' Broaches, and Rings, Diamonds, Gentlemen's Rings, Souvenir Spoons, Silverware, Knives and Forks, Gentlemen Shaving Sets Tourist Cases, Tripp!e Mirrors and other styles, Lamps—fancy styles—fine for parlors —a splendid burner. ?#$ Men's Suits Nice stylish Suits, latest weaves and cuts. Handsome Overcoats Nothing better for a substantial present. Fancy Vests The very latest and attractive designs in figure and pattern. IT IS NOT JEWELS THAT MAKE A FIRST CLASS WATCH. IT IS BRAINS. IT IS MECHANICAL SKILL AND PRECISION FIRST, AND THE JEWELS AND OTHER MATERIALS AFTER, THAT HAVE MADE THESE TIME PIECES THE Most Accurate in the World CHRISTMAS NOTES WALTHAM and ELGIN WATCHES HE Denison Clothing Co.* takes pleasure in wishing all a Merry Christmas. We wish also to call attention to the many suitable gifts wc have for sale and below we mention a few! Beautiful Neckw'r. Four-in-hands, Puffs, Bows and Strings. handkerchiefs Fine linen Monograms, Plain and Figured. Fancy Mo^e Desirable presents—all colors and figures. Our flerchant Tailoring Depart ment is Complete. A E A W A S A I 4 Kodaks from Si.00 to S20.00, Supplies for same, Musical Instruments, Lady Attendant. We will treat yoti right, ?. J. L. WARBASSE, 4 Doors North of Postoffice, New Block, DEtflSON. IOWA Compliments of DENISON CLOTHING CO. Yule Tide 1 904 -M Talking Machines, Pianos, Vi-c,?' Organs, Guitars, Banjos. Violins and smaller instruments,"^' Mouth Harps, Accordecns, White Sewing Machines— fV Rotary and Vibrator, Cut Glass—a large line, wife an in a Pi re am in 's- wsijj Ones for the Home, s&fe Clocks—mantel and alarm clocks Boys' Watches. Sheet Music, Engraying, Repairing of watches 41 M: '302 :sii U,% Suspenders. Latest webs, all kinds and prices. Fancy Shirts Night Robes and Underwear Gloves and Mitts Dressed and Tans, all sizes and prices. Hats and Caps All descriptions. Beautiful Mufflers. S r.