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SATURDAY, November 5:
Tri-Weekly Courier.
Founded 8th August, 1848.
A. \Y. LHH, is
ilAS. F. POWELL,, .Business Manager
Dally Courier, 1 yeav, by mail $3.00
-Tri-Weekly Courier. 1 year 1.50
2^cei 17-U9 Bust Second street
Telephone (editorial or business of
floe) No. 44.
Addreps the Courier Printing Co.. Ot
tumwa, Iowa.
Entered as second class matter Oc
tober 17, 1003. *t the postofflce. Ottum
wa, Iowa, under tho Act of Congress of
March 8. 1879.
For President.
of New York.
For Vice President.
of Indiana.
For Electors at Large.
For District Presidential Electors
First—COL. W. B. BELL.
Second—W. H. WILSON.
Third—F. B. BLAIR.
Tenth—A. D. CLARKE.
Eleventh—F. F. FARIELLE.
For Secretary of State.
of Adair County.
For Auditor of State.
of Davis County.
For Treasurer of State.
of Winnebago Cour.iy.
.. For Attorney General.
of Blackhawk County.
For Railway Commissioner.
of Marshall County.
V""''. TICKET.
jt |lf„ J, 'lS.'
For Congressman, Sixth District.
of Mahaska Countv.
For Representative.
of Columbia Township.
For County Auditor.
of Center Township.
I\ ~t*'
Clerk of the District Court
of Center Township. :v
For County Recorder.
,j" of Polk Township.
For County Attorney.
of Center Township.
For County Supervisor.
of Columbia Township
For Justices of i'eace.
For Constables.
For Trustee.
For Clerk.
For Assessor.
There is only one argument ad
danced In favor of the biennial election
that it will cut down the expense
Df elections, and even that argument
is wrong.
It will not cut down the expense of
printing and counting but it will add
to that item of the election expenses.
If the state and county officers are
elected only once in two years, then
the ticket will have to be twice as
large as it is now it will contain twice
as many names and will take twice as
much paper as it does under the pres
ent system. A type form necessary to
print a ticket two times as large as the
ticket that will be used this year,
would be such a bulky affair that the
printer would have to charge extra
ff j, f*
for handling it. In fact there is not in
the city of Ottumwa, a printing press
large enough to print at one impression
'a ticket two times as large as the one
that will be used in Wapello county
next Tuesday.
:i Any man who has worked through
the tiresome hours of the night count
ing ballots of the ordinary size, knows
that it gets very monotonous going up
and down the columns of the
"scratched" ballots, and we ask that
man, what time during the next day
the would expect to get through if there
were twice as many names on the tick-
V:c?5ts? As the progress of counting must
'•be slower with the big sheet than with
',khe small one, as it would be harder
to handle and the names twice as
many, It would require more than
double the time to complete the count,
~y "or it would require more than double
the number of clerks and judges to
%pount the ballots in the same time as
.Is consumed under the present sys
tem. Thus it will be seen that there
Is no saving in this feature of the plan
and that the force must be at least
doubled in order to get the returns
/complete before noon of the day fol
,, -lowing the election.
Under the present system of holding
elections in Iowa, there is more or
less change In the county and
stato offices every year. Never
at the same time, are all the offices
N filled with men who are new and un-
who has visited adjacent towns since
1891. will Ue at uttumvva, Ballingall
Hotel, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1904i
day only)- and return once, every
2S days. Office hours. 8 a. m. to 6
p. m.
FAIRFIELD, Leggett House, Tues
day, Nov. 29, 1904.
SIGOURNEY, Merchants' Hotel.
Friday, DBG. 2, 1904.
Cures permanently the caneu be under
takes and sends the Incurable hon-.e with
out taking a fee from them. This .Is why
he continues his visits year after year,
while other doctors have made a few vlslt»
sud stopped. Dr. Shallcnberser Is an
nently successful specialist In all chronic
diseases, proven hy the many cures effect
ed In chronic oases whi.^h have baffled the
skill of all other physicians. HIR hospital
experience and extensive practice have
made him so proficient that he can name
and locate disease li a fow minutes.
Treats all c.irahlp cases of Catarrh, Nose,
Throat and T.iing diseases. Eye and Ear,
Stomach. Liver and Kldnevs. Gravel,
Rheumatism. Paralysis. Nanralg1is. Ner
vous and Heart diseases. Blood and Skin
diseases. Kpllepsy, Brleht's l)lxens» and
Consumption In early stace- diseases at the
Bladder and Female Oreans. T.lqr .r and
Tobacco habit. Rtammer'.ie cured and sure
methods to prevent Its recurrence given.
never-f.illlne rrmedv for Bltr Nook.
PILKS. FISTTTT.A15 .-.nil RTTPT nRR guar
anteed cured wltiinut detention from html
Incus. Special attention Riven to all Rnrjtl
cal cases, and all diseases of the Eye. Ear.
Nose and Throat.
Granulated Lids. Cataract. Cross Eyes
strn!phtor»orl Trlthmit nnlp.
Are you nervous and despondent weak
and debilitated tired mornings no ambi
tion—lifeless: memory poor: easily fa
tigued excltnble and Irritable: eyes sunken,
red and blurred: pimples on face: dreams:
restless, hangard looking, weak hack: de
posit In urine and drains nt stool: distrust
rul: want of confidence: lac of energy end
Diseases of Men and Private
Diseases a Specialty.
Blood Poison. Spermatorrhea, Varicocele,
Hydrocele, Debility, Nervousness,Dizziness,
Defective Memory, etc.. which ruins mind
and body, poslt'-el.v cured.
Perfected In old cases which have been
neglected or unskillfully treated. No ex
periments or failures. He undertakes nl
incurable cases, but cures thousands
given un to die.
Consultation Free and Confidential
145 Oakwood Blvd., Chicago.
Reference: Drexel State Bank.
accustomed to the work to be done,
and this insures efficient service to
the taxpayers. Every year there are
new men coming into office, getting
accustomed to the work, checking up
the books of their predecesors and ob
viating the formation of "rings," for
the purpose of "graft" or the continua
tion in office.
The states where biennial elections
are held are the states where "graft"
flourishes. And "jraft" 1c generally
a bigger expense than elections.
As an educational feature alone, the
elections are worth much more than
they cost to the state and to the na
tion. The elections are the greatest!
educational feature within the reach of
the naturalized voter who makes this
country his home after he has passed
the age to attend the public school.
It is through the conversation and lit
erature attendant to the campaign,
that he learns of the government and
of the duties and responsibilities of,
citizenship. We have never yet met
a man who said he knew too much I
about these matters. I
It is certain that there is no nation I
on earth where the prosperity of the
people is so dependent upon the policy
of the government as in these United
States. That beii^g the case, then the
policy of the government should be
dictated by the highest intelligence
and knowledge. In this country the
neople are the government and they
should at all time3 be interested in
the affairs of their government. Peo-|
pie take an interest and are concerned!
in only those things with which they
are familiar or desire to become fa
miliar. If the number of elections
is decreased one-half, then people be
come less familiar, with them, lose in
terest in them and they will certainly
be dominated by men who will take
advantage of this lack of interest, to
further their own ends at the expense
of good government. If all the people
vote, we are certain to have good gov
ernment. Abraham Lincoln said that
he never feared the result of any elec
tion when all the people went to the
The Courier Is firmly convinced
that the election system of Iowa has
done mSich to place this state at its
present high standard.
There should be much thought and
consideration before any change is
made. It is not a proposition of leav
ing well enough alone—to make the
change now advocated is to throw
aside the best there is in any state
and take up something that has
proved bad in other states.
We believe that every voter should
make a cross opposite the word "No"
on the amendment ballot.
There Is only one cloud in sight In
the political firmament today. It
should be impressed upon every repub
lican voter throughout the "country
that there is yet danger of losing this
election, because of over-confld9noe
which seems to prevail that" Mr. Rcor-e-,
velt's vote will be.
that he cannot posnibly be dofeated. Itj
,lAj.ftaeta.'* A. ,.-rt
is this very over-confidence which has
before lost more than one presidential
election, and It should be guarded
against in 1904 to the extent that not
a single man should make any plans
whatever which will conflict with his
casting a ballot early on next Tuesday
morning. He should, moreover, see to
it that not only is big own ballot cast,
but that his neighbors and his friends
as far as possible do the same thing.
That being done the election is sure,
but unless that is done Parker and de
mocracy a^.d free trade with all that
may come through the success of their
party, may succeed Roosevelt and re
publicanism and protection. The risk
Is too great and the danger Is too ap
parent to allow a single republican
worker to relax his efforts to bring out
a full vote in his eleotion district next
Tuesday. Not only should the work
ers be awakened to the situation, but
every Individual voter himself should
take the matter to heart to such an
extent as to resolve that nothing on
o?.rth shall possibly prevent him from
registering his vote fo his candidates
and his party.
Careful study of tho situation fails
to show any reason why Iowa should
cast aside her present system of elec
tions and adopt the biennial plan sug
gested in the proposed amendment to
tho constitution upon which the elect
ors of the state will vote next Tues
day. The constitution of this state is
a good one. For more than fifty years
It has stood the test and new states
which have sprung up have been glad
to model their constitutions largely
after that of the Hawkeye state. This
constitution provides for annual elec
tions. This allows half the officers in
both state and county to be elected
one year and the other half the next
year. In this way the formation of
"rings" of office holders is made diffi
cult, for with a chan& being made
every .year no scheme of underhand
organization can be carried into ef
fect before another set of new officers
begin their duties. A good illustration
of the advantage is shown by the con
ditions now existing in Iowa and Wis
consin. In the latter state biennial
elections are held and all the officials
are elected at the same time. Now
that state Is divided into half a dozen
factions because of alleged "ring" pol
itics on the part of some of-the state
officials. Graft can be carried on much
more easily when a gang can bo or
ganized, each member of which runs
the same risk and must square his ac
counts at the same time, than if the
officials were changing oftener and the
grafter did not know 'ho might hap
pen in upon him just at the height of
his success as a trickster.
Never has the state of Iowa had to
shoulder a charge of "ring" graft
among its public officials, and it is
largely due to its constitution that this
has been almost impossible. This is
no reflection upon the men who have
held offices in the state for their repu
tation would make anything of that
kind foolish and impossible. But the
fact remains that the constitution is
a good one and the conditions as they
now exist are good. Why not, then
leave them as they are
This is not a case of simp.'y letting
well enough alone. It !s discarding a
plan that has been proven good and
practical by fifty years' experience and
adopting in it, stead one that has
proven uns Misfactory In at least one
case, and one that, as can be easily
seen, could be unsatisfactory and an
assistance to grafters In any case.
Vote against the adoption of the
biennial election amendment.
The principal criticism of extrava
gance comes from the beneficiaries of
tho large expenditures. Beggars al
ways have been ungrateful and they
are no exception in the matter of gov
ernment appropriations and expendi
tures. Senator Culberson, of Texas,
was the first democrat to discover that
the present administration had an
enormous military budget and he
counted in all the appropriations for
river and harbor improvements as a
part of the expenses of the army. A
very little examination would have"
shown the Texas senator that his own
state had more than $1,000,000 of the
expenditures for the war department
last year, and that this money was
spent on some of the most questiona
ble improvements that have ever been
saddled upon the federal government
by over zealous and selfish senators
and representatives. These expendi
tures were authorized by congress
after that body had ben held up by
southern senators who took advantage
of the lax rules of the senate, and they
have for years been looked upon as
tainted with jobbery.
There are several millions more In
the "military budget" which went into
rivers and harbors in the south for
which congress made appropriations
because the southern people demanded
them as absolutely necessary, though
the principal necessity so far apparent
has been the distribution of the money
in southern states.
Senator Culberson, of Texas, and
Senator Tillman, of South Carolina,
have been the principal critics of the
expenditures for the war department,
and they both have been openly
charged with using brigand methods
to compel congress to make the appro
priations which leave the secretary of
war no alternative regarding the ex
If Judge Parker should become pres
ident and authorize an investigation to
determine what expenditures by the
war department were useless and
tainted with corrupt practices, he
would find them In the river and har
bor appropriations for southern rivers
and harbors. He would also find that
Senators Tillman and Culberson had
been charged with employing methods
little short of those employed by high
wv robbers In compelling congress to
give up millions in appropriationr., and
that neither of these southern gen
tlemen ad resented such charges.
The best way to keep down appro
priations and expenditures would be to
keep a few men like Tillman and Cul
berson at home.
Only one thing remains to be done
in thi? nampoign and that is to go to
tiejJol'.B and' vote. We have heard all
the speeches, road the lltoi'&tura,
to ton
talked it over at the store, at home, on
the sidewalk, and every place where
men gather, and it's pretty safe to say
that every man has his mind made up
as to how he feels on this election.
Now, the next thing is to vote the
way he feels. Don't take it out in
thinking. Your thoughts won't do the
country any good unless you vote as
you think. A man In war time might
as well have Iain behind tha trenches
and thought hard about the enemy and
have forgotten to shoot, as to reason
this campaign out and forget or neg
lect to vote.
There are momentous questions at
stake. This is no mere by-election,
with a few minor offices in the bal
ance. The control of the federal gov
ernment is at stake the house of rep
resentatives and practically one-third
of the senate are up for election. There
is something doing.
If the federal administration is
changed, It means handing over to an
other party the presidency with the
appointment of many Important offi
cials the treasury department, with
power to materially alter the adminis
tration of the financial system the
state department with many great In
ternational questions Involved tho
war department and the navy 'the
postofflce department and the rural
free delivery all theso to go into un
friendly hands.
It means that if the house of repre
sentatives Is changed, the legislative
policies which have been approved by
the people for many congresses will
be assailed.
Republicans, independents and gold
democrats who have endorsed the wise
policies inaugurated by McKinley and
the congress that came In with him,
and which were sustained by Roosevelt
and successive congresses, should
turn out on election day and vote to
keep the ball rolling.
It is important to you, to your fam
ily and to your neighbor that you go
to the polls on election day.
This is a great country and we are
doing a great business, but neither the
country nor the volume of industry
are too great to be affected by adverse
political conditions. A vote for a
democratic congress will constitute
the adverse political conditions, if
enough votes are cast. See to it that
you don't swell tho volume.
One year from now, if a democratic
house of representatives should be
elected at this election, the men who
voted for democratic congressmen will
look back with remorse upon their ac
tion. For, as sure as night follows day,
the election of a democratic house will
bring business and commercial dis
A tariff system that has brought to
the people of the United States the
prosperity which they are now enjoy
ing is worthy of being maintained. It
cannot be maintained If the demo
cratic party comes into power. That
is a proposition which is self-evident.
Can it possible that the people
have forgotten what happened to them
when they put the democratic party in
power in the last Cleveland adminis
tration? Has recent prosperity wiped
out the memory of those bitt/ days?
We cannot keep that prosperity If the
democrats come into power again.
The first voter should ask whether
he prefers the President's foreign pol
icy or that of the Sultan of Turkey,
who would eagerly approve the crip
pled navy and starved army advocated
by the democratic spellbinders.
There is no danger of an insurrec
tion in the Philippines, but it is no
fault of Judge Parker or the demo
cratic candidates for congress who
have been throwing verbal sop to the
If you are looking for a democrat on
election night you will probably find
him at home. The music of the tele
graph instrument ,on election night is
the democracy's annual elegy of grief.
A famine In servant girls is re
ported. This can be remedied by vot
ing the democratic party Into power
and forcing the wives and daughters
of workiDgmen to seek employment.
Judge Parker should be familiar
enough with the law not to attempt to
reinstate the imperialism case after it
has been settled in the people's court
cf last resort, the ballot box.
Massachusetts democrats have nom
inated a shoe man for governor. He
will have the real democratic feeling
of being on his uppers after November
8, 1904.
Western farmers have marketed
their wheat and are looking for invest
ments for their surplus money. Demo
crats have abandoned the west.
David B. Hill says he will not be
one of President Parker's advisers if.
the democrats win. Hill does not ad
vjse. He simply issues orders.
Tammany's method of selecting can
didates for congress is an illustration
of the party's detestation of anything
that smacks of "imperialism."
Colonel Bryan has refused a chal
lenge to a joint debate. He is busy
enough holding a joint debate with
the Bryan of 1896 and 1900.
No democrat cap spread himself
oyer the wide range covered by his
party's platform. The platform is
sectional, not national.
It Is difficult for Bryan to support
Judge Parker, but not so difficult as it
would be for him to answer Tom Wat
son's arguments.
"The democratic party is the coming
party," says Bourke Cockran. Yes, but
It is always four years behind the re
publican schedule.
Judge Parker's chief regret is prob
ably that tne campaign is about over
and he will not have time to change
..is issues again.
Throughout the country there is the
greatest peace, prosperity and indus-S
Thousands of people are afflicted
with Rupture. Many children are al
lowed to wear a truss in hopes that
they will be cured by such means.
There are but few cases cured by
wearing a truss. So you are wasting
time by allowing your child to go
through life ruptured. A young man
or lady who is ruptured is handicap
ped for life. I cure such cases easily
and leadily. I have not failed to cure
a single case among children or young
I have cured Mr. B. F. Harmon of
Bladensburg, who is 76 years old, who
tried all kinds of cures and trusses.
I cured Mr. G. C. Bartlett of Ash Grove
who was ruptured from Infancy (56
years). Mr. John Yeomans of Free
mont, who was ruptured all his life.
I have lately cured a nephew of Mr.
B. F. Harmon and his brother-inf-law,
who is 75 years old.
You people ask your family physi
cians about my treatment and many
of them have not had the experience
of treating by my method and they ob
ject to it and say "The knife is the
only method." Yes there Is more
money In curing a patient with the
knife method.
Hospital, b'lls, chloroform and a big
parade over a surgical operation but
let me tell you it Is no more successful
than my method and there is no dan
ger pr loss of time. I have many
cases call on me who are ruptured and
have had the knife operation. I have
lately cured Wm. Carr of Hilton, Mr.
S. D. Thompson, Mr. C. V. Nlchol and
son of Albia, Mr. Wm. Gibson of Albla,
little boy with three ruptures for
E. Selgel, East Main street, and dozens
of others.
Hydrocele and Variocele are cured
with a very short time.
Piles, Fistula, Fissures, Rectal Dis
eases cured. I have cured hundreds
of case of Catarrh of the Nose and
Throat and such diseases as Rheuma
tism, Sciatica, Neuralgia, Kidney and
Bladder Truobles, Dropsy Private
Blood and ^kin diseases.
In fact I do an office business in
treating all Chronic Diseases.
I have a bath department of four
teen rooms, where you can get any
kind of a bath. Turkish and Steam
baths help your circulation and cures
many diseases medicine alone will not
I have the finest X-Ray machine in
Iowa and cure many diseases by the
use of the same.
Write for my book on Chronic Dis
eases. Address,
Dr. J. C. B0NHAM,
Comer Green and Second Stt..,
Ottumwa, Iowa.
crops men are at work in the mlllB
and on the railroads merchants' are
doing well. The general prosperity
makes place and wage for thousands
of salaried-people.
Do you want a change? If you
change the political complexion of the
country, you are bound to change the
business aspect. Do you think it wise
to do that, knowing that the change
will be for the worse?
Think It over carefully and when
you have made up your mind be sure
to go to the polls and register your
The Russians are going into winter
quarters the middle of November. The
democratic hibernation will take place
on November 9.
It will be only natural that most of
the bets on the roulette wheel in Tag
gart's casino will be on the black next
Tuesday night.
Before engaging the democratic
party again it might be well to ask
for recommendations from its last
The democrats argue that the gold
standard is secure because, with a re
publican senate, they could not do any
A party that is intellectually weak
commands no more confidence than
an individual similarly afflicted.
Still, it is a little difficult to blame
the printer for setting it up Fudge
"It is a matter of general satisfac
tion that the great church body in ses
sion at Boston has taken such a stand
on so Important a matter," says the
Burlington Hawk-Eye referring to the
divorce question. "While It will not
alone be aMe to stamp out the evil its
example and action win have great in
fluence and will encourage more
stringent measures by,, other church
"It is charged that Tom Dennlson is
using a barrel of money to accomplish
the defeat of County Attorney Fallon of
Logan, who would prosecute him for
complicity ,ln the Pollock diamond rob
bery," says the Dubuque Times. "Mr.
Dennison may be laying up grief for
try. Farmers are gathering good clares that the political situation is so
Guthrie Center Guthrian de-
i'' ':*'E
By the President. y/
John Hay, Secretary of State.
quiet in Guthrie county this year that
you can hear a pin drop In a 100 acre
blue grass pasture.
—O—— ,r.
"Are you aivare Tint within a month
the Thanksgiving turkey joke will
have made Its appearance?" says the
Des Moines Capital.
"Every good housewife, on next Sat
urday morning," says the Council
Bluffs Nonpareil, "should beam on her
liege lord across the breakfast table
and address b'm thusly "My .dear,
have you registered?"
Mr. Wilcox, the democratic candidate
for congress In the ninth district, de
clares himself "unalterably opposed to
a protective tariff." "Are we to Infer
from this that the gentleman favors
the duty on pearl buttons?" asks the
Dubuque Times, shyly.
"It would add Immeasurably to the
sum of happiness If the brain and the
hands were alike educated," says the
Dubuque Telegraph. "If men who
have great means to be expended for
education would employ a part of their
wealth In founding technical schools
they would render lasting service in
their day and generation."
"There was recently compiled by the
state librarian, we believe, a list of
.'K,*r- jM .., 4-Tsr '^.rj?-S -V/.H.'/C',f
The, Presidents Thanksgiving
has pleased Almighty God to bring the American people In safety and
honor through another year, find, in accordance with the long unbroken
custom handed down to us by our forefathers, the time has come
when a special day shall be set apart In which to thank hi«n who
holds all nations in tho hollow of his hand for the mercies thus vouchsafed
to us.
During the century and a quarter of our national life we as a people
have been blessed beyond nil others, and for this we owe humble and
heartfelt thanks to the Author of All Blessings. The year that has closed
has been one of peace within our borders as well as between us
and all other nations. The harvests have been abundant, and those
who work, whether with their hands or brain, are prospering
greatly. Reward has waited upon honest effort. We have been en
abled to do our duty to ourselves and to others. Never has there been a
time when religious and charitable effort has been more evident. Much
has been given to us and much will be expected from us. We speak of what
has been done by this nation In no spirit of boastfulness or vainglory,
but with full and reverent realization that our strength Is as nothing unless
we are helped from above. Hitherto we have given the heartiest strength
to the tasks alloted to us as they severally aroee.
We are thankful for all that has been done for us in the past, and we
pray that In the future we may be strengthened In the unending struggle
to do our duty fearlessly and honestly, with charity and good will, with re
spect for ourselves and with love toward our fellow-men.
In this great republic the effort to combine national strength with per
sonal freedom is being tried on a scale more gigantic that ever before
In the world's history. Our success will mean much not only for ourselves
but for the future of all mankind and every man or woman In our land
should feel the grave responsibility resting upon him or her, for in the1
last analysis this success must depend upon the high average of our indi
vidual citizenship upon the way In which each of us does his duty by him
self and his neighbor.
Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States,
do hereby appoint and set apart Thursday, the twenty-fourth of this No
vember, to be observed as a day of festival and thanksgiving by all the
people of the United States, at home or abroad, and do recommend that on
that day they cease from their ordinary occupations and gather In their
several plnces of worship, or In their homes, devoutely to give thanks unto
Almighty God for the benefits he has conferred upon* us as Individuals and
as a nation, and beseech that In the future his divine favor may be
continued to us.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of
the United States to be fixed.
Done at the city of Washington this first day of November, in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and four, and of the independence
of the United States one hundred andtwenty-nlnth.
"If war has killed Its thousands ty
phoid has slain Its tens of thousands,"
says the Marshalltown Times Republi
can. "We organize peace tribunals
and offer mediation to fighting na
tions, which are losing less human life
In a year of battle than typhoid takes
in ten days. All the time we continue
to pour the seeds of typhoid fever Into
the streams whence our neighbor Is
forced to draw his water supply.
There Is need of a campaign of educa
tion on the question of sewage dis
posal. We are killing more people
through ignorance and carelessness
than are slain with the sword."
"Tom Dennlson's contract to defeat
L. W. Fallon for county attorney of
Harrison county is doomed to mis
carry," says the Council Bluffs Non
pareil. Tom Is getting desperate. He
has lost his perspective. He no longer
seems able to tell a mountain from a
molehill." .'y., '-y'y
"Japan has protested against the
wearing of Chinese costumes by the
Russians," says the Des Moines News,
and adds: "Hard to understand why
the Russians should want to wear
them nobody could run very fast In
one of. those Mother Hubbard rigs."
"What Happened "When We Gave
the Old Democratic Party
a Chance.
Twelve years ago, a good many of us who had been voting the republi
can ticket, thought we would try a change.
Business was good in 1892, Just as it Is now, and there was no especial
reason why we should have altered our vote. But we felt that we had been
voting one way for a long while, and we thought we would try a change.
And then the democrats told us If we would put them in power they
would make us even more prosperous than we were. They had ideas about
tariff. They told us, if we would let them reduce the tariff upon Imports the
result would be that we would not have to pay so much money for tha
goods we bought.
The proposition sounded promising so, when election day cam*
around,, we said, "We'll just give the old democratic party a chance, and
see how its ideas will work out."
It was not like tho time wben some of us voted against Blaine. There
was a principle in that. This time we voted just for a change, and we gave
the democrats a clear field. We gave them the presidency and we gave
them the senate, and we gave them the house of representatives, so that
thoy could do just as they pleased.
.Well, it was their chance. They had four years of it—and the record of
those four years is something more than a campaign statement. S* \§1F/'
Every living man who voted at that election remembers what happened
after it was over and the democratic party was placed in power. He re
members how the whole country went to ruin. How business houses failed
how manufactories shut down how banks burst like bubbles how working
men earned no wages, and how those who held investments drew no divi
dends. He remembers how a good many honest men fed their families from
the charity of the soup-kitchens instead of from the family market-basket,
and all the other dreadful things that happened to us.
The democrats told us it wasn't their fault. But the fact remains that
we paid a mighty high price for our fancy voting. And now the question U,
Shall we try it again?
So how are we going to vote this year?
Theodore Roosevelt.
Iowa books," says the Cedar Rapids
Republican. "It was a meagre list,
short and not very good. Iowa must
get down to better work In these lines.,
In art matters the state Is hardly an.
Infant crawling on the gTound. But
all these things will come In time. In
the meantime every man who loves his
state ought to give every possible en
couragement to those who wont to
work along the higher lines."
"Talk about the Joys of October!"
exclaims the Sioux City Journal.
"What is finer than to sit down coally
near a warm radiator and read of tha
glories of autumn in the woods?"
Des Moines Register and Leader.—
It is not entirely without significance
that the reader of the reports of- the:
great Iowa championship football con-'
test between the state university and
state agriculture college stumbles upon',
such phrases as these
"Ames, confident of victory for
weeks' sent down a train load of root
ers, numbering 700 or more. They
flourished great, plethoric rolls of bills,
which they offered to bet at odds rang
ing from even money to 4 to 8, that
'Aggies' would win.
"Iowa -money was a Bvatd4
noise was plentiful."
In politics betting odds have com
to be accepted as a stable subject of
comment. In fact as a very conclusive
campaign argument. But have we ar
rived at a time when betting odds are
to be accepted as the settled accom
paniment of amiateur athletic contests
between college boys representing our
great state supported Institutions of
The Register and Leader does not
recall having seen in connection with
the great football contests of the east'
any conspicuous reference to betting
odds. Even professional baseball la
not attended bv open betting, nor are
odds quoted towards the close. of tha
season on the leading nines. Horse
racing and politics seem thus far to
hove monopolized open and notorious
gambling. Are the amateur athletics
of our colleges to be added to what
may be properly listed as America's
great sporting events?
We suggest this latest tendency of
college athletics to the assembled unl
verslty presidents as a subject worthy
of their serious consideration. Would
it not be well for educational Institu
tions at the earliest opportunity to
set a definite standard of athletics,
with "great, plethoric rolls of bills''
very rigidly eliminated?

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