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VOL.VI.NO. 11.
$1.00 A TEAK.
A Special Wire Prom the Senate Com
mittee Booms to the Headquarters
of the Sugar Trust.
Washington, March 12. On Frida
Senator Ptffer startled the American
house of lords by the introduction of a
resolution calling for an investigation of
the charges that certain senators were
using their official positions for the pur
pose of speculating in stocks affected by
the tariff bill. To-day the resolution
was laid on the table by a vote of 33 to
Diligent inquiry fails to discover any
senator who was prepared to oppose the
Peffer resolution m a speech. Nobody
wanted to talk against it. In the lan
guage of a prominent western senator,
who approves Mr. Pcffer s action, "No
body wants to go into the cage with that
animal." It is the unanimous opinion in
the senate that the Peffer resolution is
The resolution bears on the stories
published in the New York papers that
senators were involved in the recent
sugar speculations. Some of the reports
are extremely grave in character, and if
true will blacken the character of sev
eral United States senators. The story
goes that two democratic members of
the finance committee gave out for pub
lication the statement that raw sugar
was to bear an ad valorem duty of 40 per
cent., while a graduated scale of specific
duties was to be placed upon refined
sugar in such a way as to give the refiner
an advantage of cent per pound. As
a result of the consequent rise in the
market value of American Sugar Refin
ery stock, it is alleged that these sena
tors, with three other democratic sena
tors who are not now members of the
committee, but who were, as the phrase
is, "let into the deal," have made a for
tune in a few hours. The rumor as to
the one senator is so specific as to allege
that he made I68.0CO in two hours Tues
day. It is said that another democratic
senator, who is a member of the finance
committee, but had not been consulted
about the publication which caused the
rise in sugar stock, was so indignant
that he summoned the senators who had
caused the publication inte the finance
committee room, and there, behind
closed doors, delivered to them such a
lecture upon the ethics of legislation,
with incident allusions to the obliga
tion or senatorial courtesy and the true
definition of a "tariff for merits only,"
as they had never before been obliged to
hear. The publication of some of these !
reports of stock speculation by senators
having knowledge of the tariff schedules
not yet reported to the senate has al
ready caused serious talk of an official
Rumors are flying around that several
prominent persons who had manipulated
the market had gathered in various sized
fortunes. The most interesting of these
is a story which gained considerable
credence that Senator Brice, that hard
headed gentleman who has a reputation
as one of the most level-headed specula
tors in the country, was caught short of
15,000 shares or so of sugar, and, in his
efforts to cover, was neatly cqueezod at
par out of several very comfortable for
tunes.' This does not agree with the
stories told in the Witdsor to the effect
that Brice had an inside tip that sugar
would be placed on the ad valorem duty
list at 40 per cent., and that he had
qaietly made a purchase that netted him
The story seems to have come from
headquarters, and is that Moore &
Schley, the brokers who do most of
Senator Brice's business, had been
obliged to cover a large short interest
tor the senator and two other gentlemen
connected with him, that the firm oper
ated through a number of brokers, and
that finally they made a settlement on
several thousand shares cf stock at par.
Without the embellishments with
which suoh stories are decorated in Wall
street, the report current is that Brice
was not really in with the tariff seorets,
and that he knew nothing of a proposed
duty on sugar. In faot, it is believed
that he had a strong idea that sugar
would be placed on the free list, and that
the senator operated accordingly. How
ever that may be, there are few insiders
in Wall street to day who did not be
lieve that Senator Brice had been
squeezed. It was a simple matter to
trace the coverings of sugar to Moore &
Schley through their brokers, and still
more simple to put two and two to-.
gether and loeate Senator Brice.
Senator McPherson caused more con
sternation and wonder on the democratic
side on Wednesday by his remarkable
language on the floor of the senate than
any single senator has caused for months.
In brief, but colloquial expression, he let
the cat out of the bag. Mr. McPnerson
took the floor to make a remark about a
personal statement Preceding it by the
announcement that he had never before
made a similar statement, he called at
tention to an article in the New York
World to-day, in which it was alleged
that Senators Brice, Veet and MoPher
son had been connected with the recent
rise in the sugar market in a question
able way. Mr. McPhe.-Bon went on to ex
plain, with clearness and dignity, that
the charges were absolutely untrue, and
( Continued on page a.)
And Ills Fine Sense of Delicacy in White
washing Fraud.
Washington Correspondence.
Not many years ago there lived in a
city of western New York a man well
known among saloon goers, and political
ward tricksters. His persoral habits
were such that I would not permit my
self to write of them, nor would the
Advocate be allowed to go through the
mails were its pages befouled by their
reoital. He was a man whom wise, care
ful mothers might well tremble to see
attentive to their daughters; a man who
could not have been admitted to the
homes of reapeotabla people had the
same standard of morality been applied
which tabooed hia women companions.
Years rolled on, and this man now re
sides at the White House. How did he
get there? Somebody had to be nomi
nated; and as Senator Ingalls said in his
letter of advice to the republican presi
dential convention of 1884: "The least
conspicuous, and, therefore, the least
complicated man would be the beet." A
man without a national record was
sought and found. Straightway good
writers were employed to exalt this man
of bad morals and of tricky politics into
a 'man of destiny." The very fact that
the man was nationally inconspicuous
was adriotly handled by his biographers
to enhance his mysterious greatness.
Cunning pens were turned into shuttles
and a veil of mystery was woven which
was draped about the great unknown,
for great he must be, else why nomi
nated for the highest office in the gift of
the greatest nation on the globe? The
triumphal march of the beveiled idol
was thenoeforward assured. Men pros
trated themselves before the idol they
had created. A few remain prostrate
bowed down with shame and oontrition.
One stormy, slippery day last week,
the pretty little lighthouse tender,
"Violet," steamed up to the warf at the
foot of Seventh street at the national
capital. It was evident by the air of
alertnees and half-suppressed excite
ment on the part of the attendants that
something important was about to take
place as indeed there was, The man of
destiny was going duck hunting. He is
fleshier than in the bygone years when
he lived in Buffalo. It was a little diffi
cult for him to keep his feet on the up
per deck of the "Violet." A stout sailor
walked ahead of him and swept aside
the feathery snow flakes; another stout
sailor walked behind him prepared
for any emergency, but the fat
man fulfilled the text of scrip
ture, "The wicked stand in slip
pery places." He went down the deck
ladder with an agility which surprised
and delighted the beholders. His safe
descent will go down in history, but for
that matter every move which the man
of destiny permits the world to behold
is recorded as an historic aoL When ha
steps from the White House portico into
his elegant brougham for his afternoon
drive it must be told by the pre a that
the occurrence took place at exactly
4:56 p. m. not a minute sooner or later.
It is told in the newspapers that themaa
of destiny sits opposite his wife at the
breakfast table. If she were to shove his
chair cat-o-cornered like, it would be re
ported as a nutter of much concern to
the reading public.
The man of destiny takes his food from
a table laden with every luxury which
comes from sunny climes, from rip
pling brook, from ocean blue, or forest
dark. The White House conservatory
furnishes choicest flowers to delight hia
sanse of sight and of smell. The White
House service consists of seta of solid
silver and gold, and of tr china made
to order at cost of fS.OOOT The White
House servants who wait upon the man
of destiny and his family are borne on
the pay rolls of the government.
Tne dainty little steamer "Violet" is
manned by officers and crew in govern
ment employ, and their brisk service
goeth free to the man of destiny on this
duck shooting trip.
The United States steamer "Dolphin,"
a great steel cruiser, was brought to the
Washington navy yard two weeks ago,
bar great heart throbbing and her steel
ribs dilating with joyous anticipation
that ,she would be the proud bearer of
the great man when he relaxed his ef
forts to gain his daily bread and went off
for an outing; but the "Dolphin's"
heart is broken and her steel ribs squeak
plaintively; the great man chose the
"Violet." In her coeey little cabin he
has feasted as sumptuously for the past
few days as at the White House table.
And they do say the man of destiny has
killed a bear. Oh, proud Bruin mother,
little she dreamed in the oubhood days
of her cub for what great purpose her
young one was to be reared.
The president is looked for home to
night; back to carking care and the hor
row of the Bland bill.
Poor Mr. Bland had a terrible time
getting his bill through the house, Ita
passage was not accorded the spectacu
lar setting which was furnished the Wil
son bill, but Mr. Bland is a devoted hero.
I rejoice that he sees so far along the
Populist line. He will see the whole dis
tance later.
The senate committee which' has been
vivisecting the Wilson bill have wrangled
themselves into hopeless iUtemper with
each other. Sugar, and lumber, and
iron, and coal have snarled and grabbed -
at each other like greedy catamounts.
(OonUmud on pag$ 9.)

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