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THE PJSaJE ABMI.- Continued from page 1. his pay in money of that color and kind for his service during that other fright ful war. If democracy and republican ism wish to perpetuate themselves, they would do well to press congress to the point of passage of the Coxey bills, for then men would not struggle to build up a new party after they had learned that they might promote the general welfare and secure justice through the "direct legislation" method. Populists will withhold their sanction of Mr. Coxey's march to Washington be cause they deem it hopeless to attempt to irfluence congress, for the further and graver reason that they fear that unscrupulous capitalism will create a pretext to assault the Coxey troops and they kaow that the condition of the millions of unemployed is such that but a spark is needed to kindle a great fi -e. It was for this latter reason that I strove to disuade Mr. Coxey. I dread with all the physical cowardice of a woman, who is na moral coward, but who hates a gun; 1 dread to have this war which is now waging against tb? natural enemies, re solveinto a war with guns and awful weapons of slaughter. Oh, why will not you great strong men, wielders of that mighty weapon, the ballot, why will you not eave us from that Why have you not protected us by establishing such condi tions as encourage industry and virtue, and noble manhood? At least be just enough, in view of the failure you have made, to unite our hands; give us the ballot and let us have a chance "to pro tect home industries." What in the woild happened to Brother Kies, of the Commoner! He bo discreet, o oautioui. and bo fltronc to 'so far for get himslf as to utter a threat of "Win chesters?" I could hardly believe my senses when I saw the rash utterance credited to him. Why, why, Brother Kies, child alive, don't you know you ought not to whisper suoh a threat as that, even at midnight, alone in a dark cellar, let alone speaking it out in broad daylight in hard type? Do get a little womanly caution about you, or I may 4 think that men are too hasty and inju dicious to be entrusted with the ballot The Washington Post had an editorial about you, Brother Kies, calling you all sorts of a dangerous crank. If I had never seen your classio countenance I would have though you a second edition of Herr Most But don't say so any more, please, because we must keep the pw;wemust let the other fellows do the ugly talk; we must bide our time, use the ballot, and send the right kind of men to cocgrees; then we can hope to get some good-roads bills and other nec essaries. . Of course, IF enough people would speak out within the next month, the needy and perishing ones might be rescued now, but the if is in the way. . Besides, Brother Kies, don't you know that wheu it comes to a talk about guns, the folks down here own the whole out fit? They shot off one over at Indian Head the other day that could mow down a thousand of you hayseeds atone sweep, and we have a whole navy yard full of great big maa-killers, and we have a "district guard" that have been practic ing the "riot drill" for ever so long. Oh, hush, don't talk about fighting; you peo ple are out of it Wh just listen to what Major Moore, chief of the district police, said the other day to a Post re porter. Speaking of Coxey's peace army, which will come unarmed and marchirg under a banner bearing the motto, "Peace on earth, good will to men," he said: "Coxey can't make any oration, nor bring any procession, nor display es banner on the capitol grounds, Wnen Citizen Cxey, mounted on his white palfrey and bearing the olive branch of peace in his hand, rides into Washington on May 1 at the bead of the army of the commonweal, provided, of course, that all this will happen, he will discover some peculiar things about the District of Columbia. Citizen Coxey is reputed to be a wealthy man, but he will fibd that his wealth will be no excuse when charged with vagrancy under the district laws. Until quite recently a va grant in this city was considered to be a pauper who would not work, and if that law had not been construed broadly, Citizen Coxey would be in danger of being obliged to sell some of his blooded horses and distribute the proceeds among his followers. If the army num bers as many persons as Citizen Coxey claims it will, he would be compelled to distribute many thousand dollars among its members to prevent them from being arrested as vagrants." DEFINITION OP VAGRANCY. The possession of $1 by a supposed pauper was formerly considered in this district to be sufficient evidence that he was not a person without visible means of support. That is changed now un der the construction of the vagrancy law by Judge Kimball, one of the police jadges of the district, and a va grant is "an idle and disorderly person; a person of evil life and fame; without visible means of support; likely to be come chargeable to the District of Columbia as a pauper; found drunk and begging in ard about the streets; found loitering in and about tippling houses; a suspicious person, having no fixed place of residence, and unable to give a good account of himself ; guilty of open profanity and grossly indecent language and behavior publicly in the streets." Mr. James L. Pugh, jr., the special as sistant attorney for the District of Columbia, who prosecutes vagrancy cases in the police court, said yesterday tnat if Coxey and his army came the police would undoubtedly make a gen eral raid on the commonweal forces. "They could be arrested under the va grancy laws," said Mr. Pugh, "and cer tainly convicted under them." But you couldn't arrest Coxey as a va grant," was suggested. "He's a rich man." 'Yes, we could and would arrest Coxey, too," said Mr. Pugh. 4 Under the broad construction of the vagranoy law by J udge Kimball, Coxy would be 'an idle and disorderly person, and a suspicious person unable to give a good aocount of himself.' No suoh gathering as Cony proposes will be permitted here, for the police will not allow crowds of suspicious characters to loiter on the streets." THE MILITIA'S DRILLING. Last night the militia of the district had an emergency drill, the second this week, and the report is that they are preparing for Coxey. Mtj. Moore, the chief of police, is a prominent officer of the district militia. There is scant sympathy with the dis turbers in the national capital; there is an exceedingly well-equipped district militia; there are strong forces of regu lar United States troops, artillery, cav alry, and marines within telephone call; the laws of the district, as above shown, are very stringent upon vagrants; the police justices are men of proved cour age and integrity, who hold their offices by appointment of the president. "Citi zen" Coxey's warriors, if they ever ar rive within the District of Columbia, will be welcomed with "hospitable hands" to unremunerated employment on the district workhouse farm. There, cow, brother Kies, don't you see where you would land if you were to coma to the capital of your country and make your little speech about" Win chesters?" The "hospitable hands" of Gen. Ordway and of Chief of Police Moore would conduct you to a dungeon cell, you would not evea be permitted to stand beside brother Coxey in the work house chain gang. Keep your temper everybody and vote right Annie L. Diggs. P S Some responses which I have received to my appeal for the reading of "The New Redemption," show a miscon ception of my statement concerning its authorship. It was not written by Ed ward Bellamy, but by George D. Herron. Its special mission is to arouse Chris tians to a sense of danger, and to point the way to save the nation through a practical application of Christ's teach ings. I consider it the most valuable book for this special work which has ever been written. I hail it with de vout thankfulness. I should despair of the salvation of our republic did I cot believe that the churches will awaken and come to the rescue. Put "The New Redemption" in the hands of every minister in Kansas. A. L. D. PERHAPS SO. As Grover Suggests a Way May Present Itself. Washington, April 2. "To the house uf representatives: I return without my approval housa bill No. 4,596, en titled 'an act directing the coinage of the silver bullion held in the treasury, and for other purposes." That was the beginning of the presi dent's massage on Mroh 39 vetoing the Bland bill. Ha ooatiuuaa it at great length to give hia reasons for the con- approval, chief of which wa s that it would "weaken faith and confidence in our sound financial tendencies." The message is not of the usual political buncombe, but it is regarded as a weak and sickly defense of a position the writer is under contract to maintain. He says: "The financial disturbance which swept over the country during the last year was unparalleled in its severity and disastrous consequences. There seems to be almost an entire displacement of faith in our financial ability and a loss of confidence in our fiscal policy. Among those who attempted to assign causae for our distress it was very gen erally conceded that the operation of a provision of law then in force which re quired the government to purchase monthly a large, amount of silver bul lion and issue its notes in payment therefor wa9 either entirely, or to a large extent responsible for our condition. Tnis led to the repeal on November 1, 1893, of this statutory provision. "We had, however, fallen so low in the depths of depression, and timidity and apprehension had so completely gained control in financial oiroles, that our rapid recuperation could not be reason ably expected. Oar recovery has, never theless, steadily progressed, and, though less than five months have elapsed since the repeal of the mischievous Bilvar purchase requirement, a wholesale im provement is unmistakably apparent. Confidence in our absolute solvauoy is to such an extent reinstated, and faith in our disposition to adhere to sound financial methods is so far restored as to produce the most encouraging re sults both at home and abroad. "The wheels of domestio industry have ben slowly sat in motion and the tide of foreign iavea'meat haa agiin started in our direction. Our recovery being eo well under way. nothinst should be done to check our convalesce noe, cor thould wt forget that a relapsi et thii time would almost surely reduce us to a lower stage of financial distress than that from which we are just emerging." Raiterating the rot usually employed by the champion of the gold standard, the president calls attention to the de fective phraseology of the bill, which he fears will invite controversy as to its meaning and intent, and concludes with a plea for the further issue of bonds, thus: "This leads me to earnestly present the desirability of granting to the secre tary of the treasury a better power than cow exists to issue bonds to proteot our gold reserve when for any reason it should be necessary. Our currency is in such a confused condition, and our financial affairs are apt to assume at auy time eo critical a position, that it seems to me such a course is dictated by ordinary prudence. "I am not insensible to the argu ments in favor of coining the bullion seigniorage cow in the treasury, and I believe it could be done safely and with advantage if the secretary of the treas ury had the power to iesue bonds at a low rate of interest under authority in substitution of that now existing and better suited to the protection of the treasury. "I hope a way will present itself in the near future for the adjustment of our monetary affairs m such a comprehen sive and conservative manner as will afford to silver its proper place in our currency, but in the meantime I am ex tremely solicitous that whatever action we take on this subj cfc may be such as to prevent loss and discouragement to our people at home, and the destruction of confidence in our financial manage ment abroad." UNHAPPY DEMOCRATS. Washington, Mroh 31. President Cleveland's veto of the Bland bill has re sulted in a proposition for a national convention jof the West and South, to form a cew political party based on the demand for the free coinage of silver. The proposition comes from certain radi cal democratic congressmen who believe the time has arrived when the party's salvation in the West and South de mands it should repudiate, once and forever, eastern domination on finan cial policies. Western and southern democrats, who are at the head of this movement, declare the veto of the Bland bill shows that the administration has set its face toward the single gold standard. Rapresentative McLaurin, (dem. S. C.) has taken the bold initiative in this step. He has prepared the proposition and it will be followed, he says, by a call signed by democratic silver congressmen. Mr. McLaurin says he has talked with many of the southern and western members of congress and ce has yet to find a single demociat who has cot agreed with him that the time has come when eastern financial ideas must be re pudiated. First, be says, it was thought this movement would take the form of a convention of the governors of the states interested, but they were so widely sepa rated, geographically, it was feared united action could not be obtained. It was, therefore, decided to call a national convention. He said in the fight that he believed was to follow, the dividing line would be the Allegheny mountains and the Potomao river the South and West against the Eist Of course many leading 'democrats are bitterly opposed to the movement, while others are doubtful as to the effect of it Mr. Bland was inclined to regard it as chimerical but said the democrats of the West and South would never again ba focUdjLa they had baa.