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THE Herald
HINC MIHI BALUS
The Herald Publishing Company
WILLI Art A. SPALDING,
President and General Manager.
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LOS ANGELES DAILY HEBALD
SWORN STATEMENT CIRCULATION.
State of California. County of Los Ange
les.—ss.
L. M. Holt, superintendent of circulation
of the Los Angeles Daily Herald, being
flrst duly sworn, deposes and says: That
for the five months from February 1. 1897,
tc June SO, 1897 (Inclusive), the total circu
lation of the said Dally Herald was 1,290,635
copies, being an average daily circulation
Of 8604.
That the week-day circulation during the
above time was 1,071,567, being a daily aver
age of 8308 copies
That the Sunday circulation during tha
above time was 219,059, being an average fot
each Sunday of 10;43l. jj HOLT,
Superintendent of Circulation.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
19th day of July, 1897.
FRANK J. COOPER,
Notary Public In and for the County of Los
Angeles, State of California.
FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 3, 180 T.
THE STRIKE QUESTION
There Is an antagonism between labor
and capital as a matter of fact, whether
it is right or wrong, and the question has
to be dealt with in that aspect. Strikes
are the outgrowth of organization, on
both sides. Organization of capital Is
easy, because the number interested Is
comparatively small. Labor organiza
tion Is more difficult on. account of the
greater number and more diverse inter
ests necessary to be brought into har
mony.
Labor produces the wealth of the
world, and not only material interests
are promoted by its welfare, but hu
manity demands that the vast body of
wealth producers should be provided
with comfortable homes and elevating
surroundings. Hovels, filth and poor
food are not the surroundings that en
noble men.
Strikes are most numerous in coun
tries of the highest civilization; they
proceed from the aspirations of men to !
improve their condition. Nobody can
question the fact that they are lawful!
if they proceed no further than to cease 1
work when terms are not satisfactory. 1
The cessation of work by one man, or a
few men would have- no influence, and
therefore to secure what is just it la
necessary that there should be co-opera
tion on the part of masses Conditions
have so changed that production, in
many respects is the result of co-opera
tive capital and of labor, individualism
on both sides is in the main a thing or
the past. While interests on the two
sides are ir. conflict, they are after all
correlative, and the welfare of the one
depends upon the welfare of the other.
The difficulty lies ln the fact that the
two sides view each other with askant
eyes. Capital, conscious of its power.
Is liable to be exacting, to demand more
than its share; labor has come to a re-
alization of this through the immense
accretions to capital in enterprises which
involve the employment of both money
and labor. There has- been a modiflca-
tion of the character cf strikes In that
there Is less tendency to violence and
destruction of property. Experiences
have demonstrated that destructiveout
_,.bursts are hurtful not only to employers
and to the business of the country, but
to the strikers themselves.
Capital and labor can never be brought
into harmony and become mutually help
ful unless there Is Intelligence on both
aides, which enables each to understand
Its true interests, and a disposition to
concede to each other what is properly
due. To degrade labor by r.on-compen
eatory wages, while capital receives
more than its share of wealth, will pro
duce caste ar.d turn back the wheels of
human progress.
Mankind is a family, and civilization
will advance In the proportion that the
whole are made prosperous. When these
principle's are respected there will be
no striker, no collision between employer
and employe.
We deprecate strikes and all disturb
ance* to business, but until human re
latkons are and controlled by
just principles, dissatisfaction and dis
turbances will ensue, and prosperity ln
the highest measure will not be real
ised. Capital should not be extortionate,
and labor should ruot be unreasonable.
DR. ANDREWS TRIUMPHS
President Andrews of Brown unlver
' slty has been requested to withdraw his-
Resignation. That action was taken in
a letter addressed to Dr. Andrews by the
corporation of the university, which ex
presses the wish that the eminent edu
cator may continue at the head of the
institution in behalf of which he has ac
complished so much.
The letter admits the silver issue as
the cause of the breach and of the de
mand of the trustees for Dr. Andrews'
resignation, but asserts that the action
of the trustees was merely a request
to the president to drop silver and give
more time and attention to the affairs
of the university.
Admitting this construction, which no
Intelligent person can for a moment re
gard as the correct one, the action of the
trustees was no less an insult to Dr.
Andrews. It was granted that there was
absolutely no fault to be found with Dr.
Andrews' management of the college.
He had Increased the attendance several
fold and been, the cause of a number of
liberal bequests to the Institution, and
had raised the standard generally. All
this is admitted, even by those who
sought to oust the learned friend of sil
ver.
The long and short of the whole matter
is that the trustees made a gigantic mis
take. They tackled the wrong man, and
in doing so they brought a hornet's n,est
about their ears that will be a remem
bered incident so long as Brown univer
sity shall exist. Even in this dollar age,
public sentiment has not reached the
point where the policy of our leading
educational Institutions may be dictated
by the desire to win, the favor and the
riches of the immensely wealthy, at the
expense of principle and honestly ex
pressed individual opinion. This mistake
the corporation of Brown university is
endeavoring to repair.
What Dr. Andrews will do remains to
be seen. He Is fully capable of deciding
the question right, without outside as
sistance. But The Herald mistakes the
spirit of the man if he reconsiders his
resignation on any basis that will re
strict him in the expression of his honest
opinions or will Involve the renuncia
tion of any of his principles.
The incident is perhaps one that was
needed, even though it has been some
what in the nature of a reflection upon
our educational institutions. It is to be
hoped that there may never be a repeti
tion, of it.
A REMEDY FOR INJUNCTION
ABUSES
Labor leaders at their recent confer
ence at St. Louis severely arraigned the
courts for interfering with the liberties
of the people through injunction pro
ceedings. Similar charges were made in
connection with the Debs case.
Injunction is not a novel remedy; or.
the contrary, it is as old es the common
law equity system, and hr.s been, resorted
to wherever that law and system have
prevailed. It Is indisputable, however,
that there has of late been a tendency to
resort to It more frequently than for
merly, and also to enlargeltsscope. The
fear that abuses may be practiced in its
employment arises from the- fact that
disobedience to its command is a con
tempt of court, which may be punished
by fine or imprisonment, or both, In the
discretion of the court.
Contempts are of two kinds; one com
mitted in the presence of the court or
so near it as to interfere with its pro
ceedings, and of which the judge takes
judicial notice and punishes summarily;
the other is committed out of the sight
and hearing of the court and punishme nt
is inflicted only on proof of the fact.
This proof, according to the usual prac
tice, is taken before the judge, who de
cides the case and sentences the offend
ers.
Contempt of court is constituted a
crime, and Is punishable by deprivation,
of liberty ar.d property. It Is maintained
by many conservative and law-abidins
men that when an alleged fact is put in
issue the question should be submitted
to a jury', as in other criminal cases—
that the party charged should have the
rlght to be tried by his peers, and not
by a judge who Is jealous of his dignity
and jurisdiction. If such be not the law
now, It E'hould be made the law. Trial
of such a question be-fore a jury would
relieve a judge from the charge or sus
picion of unfairness. It would be a
protection to the court as well as to the
citizen.
Under the prevailing practice there
seems to bo an open door for the possi
ble commission of abuses, and that It is
bes>t on all accounts to close it as far
as possible by legislation.
It is wise to throw every practicable
safeguard around the constitutional lib
erties of the people, and to protect them
ln> their property- rights. Juries pass
upon the guilt of persons charged with
larceny, burglary, murder and all other
crimes, and why should they not decide
the question whether a person charged
with contempt is guilty or not? His lib
erty and property are put in Jeopardy
by the charge. Such a proceeding would
in no wise impair respect for courts nor
their efficiency, but it might in some
cases afford protection for the innocent.
HAWAII BOBS UP AGAIN
The monthly Hawaiian sensation pe
tered out. as usual. It is not at all likely
that President McKinley will have the
nerve to call congress together In ex
traordinary session twice in one year,
even to carry out the political designs
of his party, and the strong denials that
have been made were hardly needed.
The news that the Hawaiian congress
will meet next week for the purpose of
ratifying the annexation treaty recently,
LOS ANGELES HERALD. FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 3, 1597
signed ln Washington is not In the least
sensational, and the little republic will
violate no rule of diplomatic procedure
ln taking action ln advance of thiscoun
try. The annexationists are undoubtedly
on top there, and the course outlined was
inevitable.
What our congress will do Is an alto
gether different matter. The longer an
nexation Is delayed the more evident it
becomes that the people do not want 11.
and the more difficult It will be to carry
out the plan that has been taken under
the wing of the Republican administra
tion at the behest of some mysterious
Influence.
There was undoubtedly a time when,
the majority of the people of the United
States desired the annexation of the
island republic, but that w-as when they
did not understand the situation as well
as they do now. The annexation of Ha
waii would be another great mistake,
and the country has had to struggle with
more than its share of mistakes during
the past few years.
A CASE OF SPOIL
The Wimberly controversy in Wash
ington and New Orleans, which relates
to the question of the incumbency of the
office of collector of the port of the latter
city, has added one more chapter to the
unspeakable naatiness of the "spoils"
system as adminfstered by Mr. Hanna.
Of course it Is assumed that every in
telligent citizen understand* that the
entire control of the federal patronage
is the special right of Mr. Hanna, by
virtue of a contingent agreement ante
dating the sitting of the St. Louis con
vention. The Indications all point to a
condition that reduces the executive
function to an act, or acts, of unques
tioning acquiescence.
The collectorship of New Orleans Is
now the case in point. A. T. Wimberly.
the aspiring candidate, is declared
through an exhaustive protest of several
hundred women of the first families of
New Orleans to be a person of such a vile
character that his appointment would
be an insult to the people of that city as
well as a disgrace to the public service.
But Wimberly was one of Hanna's polit
ical agents during the presidential cam
paign ar.d has claimed the fulfillment of
Hanna's pledge of the collectorship, and
Hanna has acquiesced.
It was at this stage of the upward,
march of Wimbarly that there was
plaoed before Secretary Gage the protest
signed by more than five hundred women
of New Orleans, directed against the
candidacy of Wimberly. In this protest
the aspiring boss was subjected to such
■an arraignment upon moral grounds as
might reasonably suffice to drive even
the filthiest Turk to hide his lecherous
head for shame.
Secretary Gage promptly declared that
he would surrender his portfolio before
he would appoint such a man to office.
The energy of the secretary's denuncia
tion ssems to have transiently impressed
the president, and Wimberly's appoint
ment was deferred. It was then that
Wimberly reminded Hanna of the glow
ing promise of 1896, and Hanna came to
the rescue. He visited the president, and
as a result the commission of Wimberly,
duly signed by the president, was handed
in to the secretary.
And now the question is one between
the president and the secretary. The
latter refuses to approve the appoint
ment. Hanna is insistent that his favor
ite be recognized and the president
makes a demonstration in support of
Hanna, notwithstanding that the facts
of Wimberly's record were laid before
him by Secretary Gage.
It Is not recognized at all, except by
the secretary, that the public morals,
or public ciecency, or the public interest
have any rights whatever In this mat
ter. It is enough that political services
have be-en rendered. The terms of the
compact stand implied. They are some
what of this cast: The struggle is for
the control of the national treasury ln
all Its ramifications. If we win, our cap
tains will be cared for without regard to
character or fitness, in proportion to the
value of the services renewed. Public
office Is the reward for political services,
and this will be dispensed and no ques
tions asked, in the hour of success. All
this time the president's official signa
ture is attached to the commission of a
man whom the secretary declines to re
ceive into his department on the grounds
that the appointee is a man of such
notoriously bad character that he Is un
fit for tbe responsibilities of official in
cumbency.
THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
PRESS
Southern California Is to be congratu
lated upon the possession of a great
many advantages, natural and acquired,
but she has not many things that re
dound more to her credit than her state
pres-v
It Is an indisputable fact that a state
or a community may be known by its
newspapers. If the newspapers print
the news of the community ln which they
are published, if the editors have opin
ions upon the issues that interest that
community, and express them ln clear,
vigorous English without fear or fa
vor, it may be taken for granted, that the
community is worth living In. A poor
community will not support a good news
paper.
The Heraldihas been greatly impressed
from time to time ln glancing over its
Southern California exchanges, with the
general excellence of the state papers
that come to its table. It believes that
they are not excelled, paper for paper, by
the country newspapers of any state in
the Union, and It Is sure that there are
very many states whose newspapers as
a whole fall far below the Southern Cali
fornia standard.
We And that the average weekly paper
in this part of the state pays much atten
tion to the local news; that it is familiar
with state affairs; that It has opinions
and is not afraid to express them; that
when national topic* are up for discus
sion, the editor has an intelligent opinion
to express. There is probably less crib
bing of etfltoriat matter on the part of
the Southern California papers than may
be found elsewhere among the same
class of papers. In fact, offenses of this
kind, are comparatively rare.
There are no communities of the same
size in the United States that can show
newsier, better ed'ltedi papers than the
dallies of Pasadena, Santa Monica, Long
Beach, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, San
Diego, IRverside, Santa Ana, San
Bernardino and Redlands; or better
weeklies than are published in the same
cities, and in Pomona, Anaheim, Ven
tura, Monrovia, Colton, Ontario, Orange,
and a dtozen other towns that might be
named.
These newspapers afford, Indisputable
evidence of the average high standard of
Southern California communities, and of
a country of bountiful res-ources back
of those communities. The Herald is
proud of Its Southern California exchang
es. May they prosper in accordance with
their merits, and may they be appreciat
ed in the same degree that they have
wrought and strugsrlediin behalf of their
respective communities.
While Brer Henry Watterson insists
that, like one David B. Hill, he is still
a Democrat, he is not cocksure of his
political mawnin's mawnln'. Listen to
him:
At this moment we are passing over
that tract of political territory which
intervenes between a definite past and
a possible future. We can look back and.
see very clearly all that lies behind.
But In front of us the way is not so
certain. Mists obscure it; and through
the mist we hear strange, diesonant
voices. All that we surely know Is that
it Is beset by many difficulties.
While the lamp holds out to burn the
Kentucklest sinner may return. Come
back into tbe fold and all will be for
given.
The "50-cent doljar" may not have
"gone up" with wheat, but it will buy
100 cent's worth of the grain, just the
same.—Los Angeles- Herald.
Which is about the slimmest defense
of the silver dollar we remember to
have seen. Will it buy the wheat be
cause it is worth as much?— San Ber
nardino Sun.
Most assuredly. If it were not worth
s much it would not buy the wheat.
Comptroller Eckels, who only received
JSOOO from the government, will get
$15,000 as the manager of a big trust.
When a man proves satisfactory ln a
government position the trusts stand
ready to promote him. Unfortunately,
it takes more than one kind of satisfac
tion to entirely satisfy.
Secretary of State Sherman will de
liver one speech, and only one, in favor
of the candidacy of Mark Hanna for the-
United States senate somewhere in Ohio
this month. Aren't the conspirators
afraid that the secretary will deny his
remarks after he has made them?
A combination has been formed of all
the distilleries in Kentucky. It has not yet
been decided whether the price of drinks
shall be raised or the size of the drinks
lowered. It would be well to consult
public opinion in the Blue Grass state
before making any change.
The Louisville Post wants to know
how to protect the city from the va
grants, "who are pouring in in a steady
stream." Just sprinkle a little prospei
ity along the thoroughfares most used by
the vagrants.
If It is really necessary to hair kill a
freshman at Berkeley as a preliminary
to his receiving the benefits of a college
education, a life insurance adjunct would
seem to be an essential safeguard.
If President Faure can only keep a
few minutes ahead of the exploding
bombs, he bids fair to live out his term
as the head of the French government.
A little delay might prove- fatal.
The Republican papers are now declar
ing that Napoieon looked like McKinley.
This is on a par with their crediting the
Dingley bill with having caused the ris;
in the price of wheat.
A New York paper wants to know
how to look into a Boston girl's eyes if
she wears glasses. Take the glasses off.
The alumni of Brown university are
being heard from The people will be
heard from a little later.
HOW IT HAPPENED
I pray you, pardon me, Elsie,
And smile that frown away
That dims the light of your lovely faco
As a thunder cloud of day;
I really could not help It —
Before I thought 'twas done—
And those great gray eyes flashed bright
and cold
Like an Icicle in the sun.
I was thinking of the summers
When we were boys and girls,
And wandered in the blossoming woods,
And the gay winds romped with your
curls.
And you seemed to me the same little girl
I kissed ln the aider path—
I kissed the girl's lips, and, alas!
I have roused a woman's wrath.
There is not so much to pardon—
For why were your lips so red?
The blond hair fell ln a shower of gold
From the proud, provoking head.
And the beauty that flashed from that
splendid eye
And played round the tender mouth,
Rushed over my soul like a warm, sweet
wind
That blows from the fragrant south.
And where, after all, Is the harm done?
I believe we were made to be gay,
And all of youth not given to love
Is vainly squandered away.
And strewn through life's low labors.
Like gold in the desert sands,
Are love's swift kisses and sighs and vows
And the clasp of clinging hands.
And when you are old and lonely,
In Memory's magic shrine,
You will see, on your thin and wasting
hands,
Like gems, those kisses of mine.
And when you muse at evening
At the sound of some vanished name,
The ghost of my kisses shall touch your
lips
And kindle your heart to flame.
—JOHN HAT.
SHIPS THAT PASSED
Down the White river, in Arkansas,
where the atmosphere is only a saturat
ed solution of malaria, and the unaccli
mated stranger pants for one breath of
fresh air, Gregory Warner was waiting
for an answer from his brother to a
telegram for "assistance." He was also
expecting that his brother would puli
him into a situation in the county re
corder's office out on the Pacific coast.
The young' man would r.ot have been
recognized by his brother as he sat on
a log in the edge ot the White river.
Naked to the waist, he dangled his feet
in the water and souzed his shirt,
rubbed it between his hands and spread
it on the branches to dry. On the bank
lay his coat, slices arid hat; on the log
beside him a lunch of cold fish and bis
cuit. The little waiter had told him
' supper was ready," but he had pre
tended not to hear, and the waiter
"caught on" to the unusual kind of
tramp and brought out a liberal feed.
This was the boy's first meal since the
previous morning, when he had sold
his revolver for two bits and bought
some rye bread and sausage and shared it
with a big hungry darkey in a box car.
Munching the grub and wondering
why he did not feel hungry, he gazed
meditatively at a johnboat half full of
water lying a few feet away. A log raft
came around the bend above him, the
two men working terrifically at the huge
oars, trying to keep it in the channel.
They had evidently lost control of their
craft, and one of them yelled to Greg
ory:
"Hello thar, stranger!"
"Good morning."
"Onhitch that thar' boat un git aout
hyar an' ketch this line an' head this
hyar raft aroun'!"
He sprang to thejohnboat, spilled out
what water he could, seized the awk
ward home made oar and paddled out
toward the raft. The men heaved a
rope at him, which he failed to catch.
The- men cursed, and seeing the slight
build of the rescuer, bid him close to th?
raft, and jumped into the boat, one pull
ing the oar, while the other held the
rope. They got the raft headed righ:
and returned to it, climbing back and
leaving Warner in the boat, about ready
to collapse from malaria, hunger and
nervousness. The raft struck a bar un
expectedly, the rear swung around, Ihe
corner smashing the boat and Just miss
ing Warner, who in a moment was strug
gling feebly under the raft. As the raft
swung clear around, changing ends, the
bar under it held it long enough for the
boy to float out from under, and be
picked up by the lumbermen. They let
the loosened raft follow the now straight
channel, while they thumped and pumped
thet water out and the miasmic air back
into Warner's lungs, then poured whisky
down him and covered him with blankets
under their hut.
In the telegraph office at Newport, now
passed a couple of miles, lay a telegram:
"To Gregory Warner, Newport, Ark:
Send $60 by Wells-Fargo. Job all right.
Answer. FRANK WARNER."
In the office of the Border Ruffian, tht
newly elected county recorder was talk
ing to the editor.
"I can't wait any longer, Warner. It
you don't hear from your man by this
evening I'll have to give the place to
one of Johnson's friends. Your paper
done me lots o' good, an' you're entitled
to the place, but Johnson fetched me a
heap o' votes too."
On the raft Gregory Warner, A. 8..
ex-tutor of Myoming academy, kicked
off a mass of blankets and quilts sat up
and remarked: "You fellows w-ould do
well to kick a little less football and
dig a little harder on these verbs. If
you don't bail the old thing out she'll
locate an imaginary point at the bottom
of the bay. Rah! Rah! Rah! '86! Half
a length the winner! Whoop-la! Rah!
'S6!" Then a pair of knotted hands
pushed him down again, piled the covers
on, and poured another dram down his
throat.
Frank Warner remarked to his wife
at supper: "That's the last cent Oreg'll
ever get out of me—the ungrateful pup
py. Just like him to get mixed up that
way and lose his job. We won'e hear
from him now till he's broke again."
K.
Expenses Must Be Kept Up
So soon as It appears that the pension
list is likely to fall off another scheme
for pensions will be on hand. An ex
pense which makes large revenues a
necessity must not be allowed to lapse.
It is due to protection that means be
found to keep expenses up to the high
est notch. The ex-slaves arc now out
for "relief." It was not enough to give
them their freedom at the cost of a ter
rible war, but now they must have pen
sions. What a field it would open for
the claim agents. Klondike mines would
fade into insignificance beside a pension
for ex-slavee.—Milwaukee Journal.
Nuisance Not Easily Abated
It is imposisble to suppress the tramp
with our present legal facilities and al
most equally impossible to detect him
in the commission of crime, while he has
at command a system of terrorizing
which makes a man, or even a commu
nity, afraid to antagonize him, leet he
take stealthy but summary vengeance.
In short, the tramp is a law-defying and
law-escaping nuisance, who grows bold
er and more of a nuisance continually,
but whom society has yet found no ad
equate means of abating.—Philadelphia
Ledger.
The People Bled for Their Folly
Another beneficent effect of the Ding
ley act is to be found in the proposed
organization of a window glass trust.
Since the exclusion of foreign competi
tion such an organization to bleed the
consumers has become possible. We trust
that it will not fall to make full use of
Its power. People who will permit the
enactment of legislation to promote their
robbery ought to be made to feel keenly
the effects of their monstrous folly.—
Rochester (N. V.) Herald.
Greetings Before the Battle
Some people may wonder whence
comes talk of a general European war,
when potentates are giving one another
the glad hand and murmuring pledges
of undying friendship across the flowing
bowl. But it must be remembered that
Just before two pugilists set to work
hammering each other they advance
smilingly to the center of the ring and
ehake hands amid the ringing cheers of
the populace.—Duluth News-Tribune.
The Stimulus of Restraint
Reporter —Well, I've Interviewed her.
Editor—Did s>he talk without restraint?
Reporter—She wouldn't say a word un
til her husband came ln and told her to
keep still.—Detroit Journal.
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THE PUBLIC PULSE
(The Herald under this heading print*
communications, but does not assume re
sponsibility for the sentiments expressed.
Correspondents are requested to cultivate
brevity as far as la consistent with the
proper expression of their views.)
A Voice From Santa Monica
To the Editor of the Los Angeles
Herald: It seems to me that the present
prices of wheat and silver clearly show
that European nations have heretofore
been doing just as certain speakers and
writer have maintained they were—
namely, buying our silver (as cheaply
as possible, or course) and trading It for
wheat In India and Argentine, greatly
o the disadvantage of our wheat grow
ers.
It is, perhaps, not worth while to re
fer to this now,, but the gold bug press
persists in such enormous perversions
of the truth that it Is nearly Impossible
to remain silent. The forthgivings ot
that crowd are an insult to the intelli
gence of the people. It is as much as to
say that the people are all fools and
will believe any old rotten He.
GEO. W. ROWLEY.
Santa Monica, Aug. 31.
The Government's Old Guns
The navy department has on hand a
large stock of old guns which it would
like to dispose of. These guns are the
accumulation from the war period and
are of the abandoned type of ordnance
known as muzzle loaders. The depart
ment, by a law enacted a year or two
ago, is prohibited from disposing of the
guns except to military associations or
soldiers' cemeteries and kindred institu
tions, and in such cases the government
will not bear the cost of transportation.
The guns are so heavy that it is hardly
worth while paying the freight on them,
and the requests for them have been
surrendered as soon as it was learned
that the government would not pay the
railroad charges. Meantime the Brook
lyn, Boston, League Island and other
yards are encumbered by these old guns,
which are of no use, and which, under
the law, cannot be sold even for the oid
iron that is in them. The government,
in many cases, would be glad to have
them taken away, as they are mere en
cumbrances. There are several hundred
of these guns at the various yards.—New-
York World.
Take His Word, but Not His Note
No man is so wonderful that he Is not
an effective gossip; people will not take,
his note, but they take his word for a
scandalous story.—Atchison, Kas.,
Globe.
The Editor and the Almanac
Sunday came one day too early this
week. It should have come today. Per
haps the almanac was wrong.—Santa
Monica Outlook.
Pure Love
She—Mr. DAuber is wedded to his art.
He—Well, there's nothing mercenary
about the union.—Life.
A SIGNIFICANT OMISSION
The poet sings of a garden,
Where the dear old flowers grew;
Where hollyhocks were always red.
And cornflowers always blue.
He praises that dear old garden.
Where his grandmother planted seeds,
But leaves out all the fights they had
When she made him pull the weeds.
Cbtoago Record.
CALIFORNIA OPINION
An Expert Opinion
There are a few California editors up
north who are not under arrest for crim
inal libel, but the output is growing
smaller as the returns come. We should
like to hear what the Sacramento Bee
thinks of the criminal libel fad.—Los
Angeles Herald.
Don't think.
Don't know.
Don't care.
If the Bee should wrong anybody it
is always willing to apologize.
When it is in the right, however, It
looks upon a libel suit with the same
complacency as a duck views a rain
storm.—Sacramento Bee.
Senator Morgan's Visit
The Pacific coast has no better friend
in congress than Senator John T. Mor
gan of Alabama, who will soon visit
California. He has been a staunch and
true friend of our every interest, and
should be made to feel that we appre
ciate his stand in our behalf. He is the
especial advocate of the building of the
Nicaragua canal and has practically
kept that enterprise alive in the senate
for the last six or seven years. Cali
fornia should receive Alabama's senator
with distinguished consideration.—Fres
no Expositor.
A Sensible Change
The Los Angeles board of education
has sensibly decided to delay the open
ing of the Los Angeles city schools until
September 27th. It took them a long
time to tumble to the climatic differ
ences between the east and west, and it
is a wise change. Let us hope that it
is one that we will »cc worked ln our
own schools before long, although it Is
not so necessary here as in the interior
cities.—Santa Monica Signal.
The University Bush
The University of California authori
ties have discouraged the rush without
prohibiting It. But it has been forbidden
at Stanford and other universities where
the young men are not milksops—where
they raise good athletes, as the Berke
ley boys will admit—and we think the
time has come to exclude it from the
University of California.—Oakland En
quirer.
The Home Trade League
The Ladles' Home Trade league Is an
excellent organization, and it is to be
hoped that its members Will live up to
their tenets. It Is the female eide of
the house that the merchants of a town
have to mainly look for their support
and every recruit gained for home In
dustry that way means so much for ths
battle won.
Or Half a Loaf
Indications up Klondike-way all point
to a trying winter for the Argonauts.
Many of them, doubtless, will! experi
ence a feeling, before spring again ap
pears, that a loaf ot "mother's bread"
would be more acceptable than all the
mines ln Alaska. —San Francisco Post.
Do Bight, and Be Happy
Los Angeles, after a good deal of fusa
and controversy, has agreed to open Its
schools on the same day that Pasadena
does—September 27th. That's right, Loa
Angeles, just follow Pasadena and you
will wear diamonds and be happy.—Pae
adena News.
Let Well Enough Alone
The opening of the Los Angeleeechools
has been postponed until September
27th. Still another week later would
have been Star.

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