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..TOM STOUT'S WEEKLY LETTER
II }»<=»»CZ*N0|)0'K = ^«<^^ Written by Congressman Tom Stout for the Wibaux Pioneer A If Champ Clark and other lead ers of the democratic party in congress can prevent it there is not going to be any yawning deti oil staring them in the face when they stnri out next summer for the purpose ol ■•pointing with pride" to the achievements of a democratic administration- As I have attempted to point out in a previous letter, it is no slight job which confronts these selfsame leaders for there are some mighty fetching pleas for big appropr n of them. being various app o lions and many made before trie priation committees of the hou-e. Vi hen the republicans were chang ed with extravagance upon the < c easion of the iirsi " billion dol ai congress', many years ago, their only reply was that this has be come a "billion dollar country". If they chose, the democrats could follow this lead and declare wth equal justification that this is now a "two billion dollar country" but the leaders very correctly Pel that it is up to them to make good on their oft-repeated promises of economy and strenuous efforts are going to be directed 1o that ei d. Espendilures for governmental purposes have been increasing by h aps and bounds during the past decade and any efforts of retrem li inont is certain tc meet with vi o rous opposition. Weareconsta.it ly widening the scope of the g v ernmerits activities ami this can be accomplished only at the cost of millions. We will have poured approximately a hall billion i do; the Panama Canal fund when that great enterprise is completed with in the next year. Our reciat .a-' LOW ROUND TRIP mmm tourst fares TO FLORIDA $ 97.50 from Helena to Jacksonville, Fla. 130.60 from Helena to Key West, Fla. 116.00 fiom Helena to Falm Beach, Fla. > 99.80 from Helena to St. Augustine, Fla. 119.60 from Helena to Miami, Fla. 109.10 from Helena to Tampa, Fla. December 30, 1913 January 6, 13, 20, 27, 1914 Proportionately lew fines from ynir town as well as from all other points in Montana along the Great Northern Railway. Final return limit April 30th, iJi !. Ribera) stopovers allowed, lake advantage ot these low fares arid spend the winter months in Florida Call on or telephone your local agent for detailed information regarding fare from your home town or write Great X J MrGaiighpv Great Northern 1 • C/i 1 Ivs vX Cl U^Ilvj As^t. Gen'l Freight & Pass'r Agent. Northern Railway Helena .*. Monnana. Railway Panama-Pacific-International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915 I tion projects will call for the ex- j penditure of at least a hundred! million within the next ten years and no one, especially in the west will dispute the entire wisdi in of that expenditure. Weave getting ready to make a physical valuation of our railroads and it will lake from ten to twenty million dollars to do this. The disasterous floods which have swept the central Aliss issippi valley states in recent years have emphaeizeu the ncces sity of taking measures to protect i r,he lives and properly of millions residing on those areas and for this purpose, almost untold sums are demanded. The aid of tie government in the construction n| I j | (good tonnage high ways is re nized as a meritorious demand up on the puolic treasury but it not, be worth while beginning on ibut project without being tirst prepared to pour out tons of mil lions. For the development of Alaska's marvelous resources, it will be necessary to extern! thirty will or forty millions for railroads am; other agencies of developnn it. The people are demanding, and have a good right to demand, het ter postal facilities inelndim I great extension of the parcels \ .si and this creates another deni, nd for staggering sums of cash There is a widespread agitation for he acquisition of the telegrapli uc teleplioi e lines by the go ment but before the deal could jconsumated, Rnele Sam will h ivt to go down in his jeens and biing forth not less than two hundred millions in real money. I! we arc to maintain even a moderate arm\ rn be and navy we must stand ready to puugie up better tlmu three hun jilreil million dollars. A truly 'tupendnns offering on the altar ol the god of war. And so it goes a paltry million here, ten millions Inhere and n hundred million in another direction until the mind stands appalled in its effort to (comprehend the vast totals which are piled up every year in order that the wheels of government may run smoothly and its vast and intricate machinery hum in con i sonance with the demands of a somew nnt ex progressive, and travagant people All the big appropriation com mittees of the house are now wrestling with the budget in an end ever to keep within the bounds I of the estimated revenue for the j next t wo years. This is m> easy | task lor the reason that even the [experts in the Treasury Depart-J I mg to rev nines meat have to depend somewhat upon guess work in the attempt :*rmine jutd what Muse: will amount to. it is eas - v to rom P ule with some degree ol accuracy what the receipts will be from the internal revenue sour ee that is, the tax on liquors tobacco. But just what effect t lie next tariff law will have on the new government 's receipts is dif-■, \ j j : e Irastic ro es in customs duties on imports although some of: I ficult to lorecnsl. It is naturally to be expected that there will ;symi" loss through tin diieli ' many ' tiie mor, ' optimistic advocates of P ovvr tar '^ rates express the be j^ u * £ rf,f d increase of iin h ,orts lUK ' er the more favorable !terms of the Cmlcrwood bill -|S° ^ )rwftrc ^ balancing their receipts trom the operations of the new tarit n.-t *»!. tUoi.ei.fthe Pnjbody A drich law. 1 lie income offers income another field for speculation, is expected that sve shall rnisi 11 in the neighborhood of one humirod million dollars from the income i tax but just how near this instinct is to the mark will not be known until the act has been in force for at least a veai. One of ti ese days they are go ing to remove the lid j u the city of Washington and make an in vestigation which will be worth while reading about. It m not al together unlikely that the blowoff will come before the end of the present session. When it comes there will be a lot of shining lights in the gay social and finan |cial life of this sacred city on the (shores of the potomac seeking cy clone collars. At the head of the District of Columbia Qommittee of the house is a gentlemen by the name of Ren Johnson of Ken this city as would a visitation of tucky. To the average Washing-j tonian, the very name Johnson is anathema- The lighting Ken tnckian is about as popular in pubonic plague or yellow fever, It all comes about because Joliu son hns shown a disposition to ex pose to the public gaze the rotten condition of affairs which has been known to exist here for years. He would bring to light Flagaut cn of tax dodging by many of the city's captain of industry and financial transactions wherein the hideous head of graft and corrup tion will be visible to eye. Although the house J is striking ! the naked its stride in getting about routine business of the regular | the senate is yet in the. session throes of that, hangover from the special session, the emreucy tie-, bate. 1 have taken occasion to! over to the seriate chamber | two or three times recently to I hear the members of that august j expound tins great question. ; It was my lortune to hear the: great speech of Senator Root of ; New York in opposition to the 1 democratic measure. Root hasn't!^ much of a voice but no one dis ' pntes that he hns enough brains! to more than make up for his vo cal deficiency. He is beyond all questions the ablest survivor of the old order of things which went to smash one year ago last sum mer. He is the mouth piece, and a most brilliant one, of what has cone* to be known ns the r« action aries If the men who controlled the republican convention in Chicago last year are able to maintain their hold on vvliat is left of that gorgeous political wrock, Root will be their logical 'candidate for president three years hence. Moreo\ er, he would make an ideal president if Manhattan island were the nation and Wall Street were Manhattan Island. Owen of Oklahoma. Root's powerful attact upon the administration bill was quickly met by the democratic leaders, chief among whom is Senator Owen is chairman of the senate banking and currency committees and as such, had much to do with fram ing the currency bill. He is one of the greatest students in the senate and has been giving special thought to currency reform for many years. Owen is a ready de bater and even the omnicient Root met his match when he jumped up this western senator whose fighting qualities may he deducted from the fact his father it Scotch-Irishman and Im mother a highly cultured Cherokee Indian. Debate in the senate differs somewhat from that which ta ^ < ' *'* n< *' in *' ,ie ' 10use * se,1,a ^ e ' *^ e boys are suave and courteous even when making their deadliest thrusts while in the honM . they go nt it hammer and tongs. In the senate they use th~ keen rapier, while in the house 10 bludgeon is frequently the weapon nearest at hand, Congressman Tom Stout.