Newspaper Page Text
volume xxm. DEMOCRATIC SENATORS IN A TANGLE. No More Conferences Likely—Bills May Be Dropped. Denver, Feb. 6. —No more Demo cratic caucuses among the senaiLore of >Chat party during the session of the Seventeenth general assembly. That is what was reported this morn ing, after the Ineffectual efforts yes terday to reach an agreement concern lug tihe “platform bills*’ introduced in the assembly. The situation would be laughable to Republicans, did it not have such a tinge of real trag edy. All the caucusing and rowing, and making up and falling out again is a part of the fight between Mayor Speer, of Denver, and former Sena tor Thomas M. Patterson, to control the Democratic organization. The action now taken la another defeat for Patterson, who has been' so often overthrown In the last few years, always to “bob up serenely” again, that It Is looked upon as a regular thing in every Democratic campaign or even movement to try to do some thing. A little history repeated from a ♦tale told only a few weeks ago. will make the situation, plain to the most • obtuse. When the Democratic com vecitLon met last fall, the Speer dele gates were Instructed to trade evei thing for seats on the committee on .credentials, while the Patterson men, •despairing of controlling the conven •tion< nominations, traded industrious ly for places on the platform com mittee. There, therefore, came out <of that convention a Speer ticket, istanding on a Patterson platform. When the candidates had been elect ed, they considered the platform had served. Its purpose, so tossed the plflnttg into the woodpile. Now, Patterson is trying to force the men elected to carry out the ten eta of the platform In which the men do not believe. A movement of that kind has never yet succeeded, and the present legislature Is not pre pared to break any records. With the deflnate endings of nego tiations among the Democrats —that is, if it la definitely ended—the out look for legislation la not any worse tfimn it was, for not at any time since the Seventeenth, assembly was called to order has there been thought to be the slightest chance for any of . the party measures to get through. The house was organized e'sainst : radical legislation at its opening, and ..Since Senator Adams has vaulted in .to the saddle in the senate, in his usual cowboy style, what little pros pect ever existed there for getting ; anything through has gone with the .winds. The attitude of the Republicans -will cut very little figure. That pnr ty has a good working minority in itlhe senate, enough to keep the Deni ■oerats from passing any radical leg islation. But, with the split In that party, the Republicans need do noth ing. The Democrats will do it all: -they will kill all their own bills, and cause tihe state to return at the next election a Republican majority that will astonish the natives, and there are some pretty sanguine nat ives in Colorado, at that. Kansas-Colorado Affairs In Tangle. Complications have arisen in the -affairs of the Kansas-Colorado Rail road company, but the directors are , making every effort to protect all interests and it is highly probable , tinat without much delay the com pany will continue work which has been started. A. B. Hulit, the gen . eral contractor. Is now in St. Louis. He stated that he would return to Pueblo In a few days. Directors of the road make the as .aextion tihat Mr. Hulit has failed to .make good promises which he made, .and that it was necessary for them to step In to protest those who have invested heavily In the enterprise. Two claims have been filed against Mr. Hulit in the district court, hut the company Is not involved, the creditors taking that method, they petty. The directors of the company, while facing a crisis in the affairs of the organization, believe that in a tew days’ time the trouble will be smoothed out, and that it is an ab *olut€. certainty that the work on the Turkey Creek line will be push -4541 to a successful conclusion.-Pueblo Chieftain. The Passing of the Racetrack. “The sport of kings” has been •playing in. decidedly hard luck in the last year. It has been outlawed from most of its former strongholds, in eluding New York, and now the Cal ifornia legislature has given It a bodv blow by enacting a bill closely modeled after the Hughes law pass ed a rear ago by the New York I.eg “totaie. The law prohibit., pool sell to<! -bookmaklng. or gambling on heme racing, and provides a heavy .jwialty for violation, the offense he The Lamar Register lug made a felony punishable by im prisonment In the penitentiary and a heavy fine. Of course the usual arguments were made by Its opponents to the ef feet dliat Its passage would kill (he horse-breeding Industry of the State and destroy millions of dollars worth of property. This is almost the ®ole content lon of the racetrack people but It Is easily met. Perhaps It Is true that racing has done something to improve the breed of horses, but if so, it has improved only the rac ing breed and has done nothing at all for other strains. As for the de struction of the property concerned .tihat U of no more consequence than the destruction of the paraphernalia seized by the police in a raid on any gambling establishment. Horse racing Is a noble sport, en etvjoyed by thousands of people who do not bet and have no interest in it other than the desire to see an ex citing contest between thoroughbreds, and. It is a pity that the Influence of the bookmaker has brought it into disrepute. The effect of anti-race track gambling legislation that has been enacted all over the country Is sure to be harmful to racing, but not necessarllly fatal. Of cours“ the racing men contend that the sport can not exist without gambling, but in the absence of proof this conten tion Is open .to question. There will be less excitement and the crowds will not be so large, but in such centers of population as New York. San Francisco and most of the other cities, which are affected by the new laws, there certainly are enough peo pie who will patronize the races for their own sake to make the sport pro fitable. But whether tills Is so or not, the fact remains that It must be suppressed, even at the cost of entirely abolishing racing.—Colorado Springs Gazette. Prohibition In The South. Governor Patterson’s veto of the drastic law passed by the Teiuuessee Legislature prohibiting the manu facture of intoxicating liquors after January 1,1910, is hardly likely to check *the prohibition wave tna, la sweeping his stale, it is said u> be a foregone conclusion that the Leg islature will pass the bill over -the veto, mo tine only effect will be to put the Governor out of sympathy with the prevailing sentiment ol his people. Undoubtedly the new law will be hard to enforce, but ii lias mare hard commonsonse benlno it than the laws which seek merely to prohibit the sale of liquor. It L» perfectly plain that whisky will be sold so long as it is made; therefore Che sensible plan would be to go after the manufacturer rather than the seller. —Ex. State Control Of Trusts. Control of a trust by a state gov ernment is a question, not of con stitutional authority, but of official activity. When a state government does its full duty and excercJbos the powers possessed by it, practically any trust can be brought under con trol In respect of its business in that state. This was demonstrated by the de cision of the supreme court of the United States affirming the decision of the Texas courts, which assessed a heavy fine against the Waters-- Pierce Oil company—a branch of the Standard OH company—and ex pelled It from the state. The fruit of that decision so far as the state of Missouri is concerned has been seen in the effort of the Standard Oil company to Induce the MLssourl courts to refrain from driv ing It out. It has taken an humble attitude; and it is possible that, in stead of depriving it of the privilege of doing business in Missouri, the court having the matter under consid eration will subject it to the pay ment of a somewhat heavier fine Chan the one already Imposed. What ever may In this particular be done, it is already clear that the Standard Oil company Is willing to comply henceforth with the Missouri laws in order to continue to do business in that state. The Standard Oil has always been held to be the king of the trusts ami as an organization which could set state governments a defiance. But now we see that it has been brought to its knees In both Texas and Miss ouri. What those states have done with fthe Standard Oil company, any other state oould do with practically any other trust. Hence there was no sense in, the assertion so often made up to a short time ago, that the power of the trusts was greater than that of a state. —Denver Repub lican. FOB RENT. We have a few farms of from 40 to 60. acres for rent. Beet, small grain and alfalfa land. Qood Im provements. Call at the American Beet Sugar Co. Factory, Lamar, or S. E. Browne, Farm Supt., Manvel Farm, Granada, Colo. omctaL zrE'arapjLraK ©sr PKO'urEiia covwtt LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1909. Do You Know That McLEAN BROS. The ©ld Reliable STATIONERS. DRUGGISTS. and JEWELERS Employ a FIRST—CLASS JEWELER and GRADUATE OPTICIAN? Why then patronize traveling fakirs and would-be opticians? Don’t you know if they understood their business they would not have to peddle from house to house and the ones at home who advertise as opticians wouldn’t have to turn their business over to strangers. We guarantee all work done by our Graduate Optician, Mr. Hanson, the only resident Graduate Optician in Lamar. Our prices are as low as good work can be done and we guarantee satisfaction. McLEAN BROS, RULE PRICES BY TRUSTS, IS GOV. HADLEY'S PLAN. Missouri Executive Will Urge State to Control Monopolies and Warns of Danger in Extermin ating Great Corpor ations. Jefferson. City, Mo., Feb. 7.—lt la probable that within the next few days Governor Hadley will send a message to the legislature asking for regulation of the prices charged by monopolies. He said to-day that he had not determined fully as to whether t will be advisable to seek such regulation through a commission separate from the other state de partments or to constitute a commis sion out of existing offices. The gov ernor then went on at length to show the difficulties of prosecuting monopolies and the dangers from ex tirpating them. The Standard Oil Company is chreatened, through a recent decree of the Supreme Court, with destruc tion. so far as its holdings in this state are concerned. "A rigid enforcement of the anti trust laws of Missouri," he said,”will drive fully one-third of the business enterprises out of exlstance. He declared that there are mono polies that It Is better to control than to desroy. Through business channels commodities naturally drift Into monopolies. Sometimes It ie not to the best Interests of the pub lic to destroy them, for the public would suffer. It is the governor's idea that mono polies enjoying corporate privileges under the laws of Missouri are sub ject to statutory regulation as a part of the price they must pay for privileges. This recommendation of the gover nor will open a wide field of possi bilities, together with the litigation that always follows such upheavals. Tae East laughed at Attorney Gen eral Hadley when* he went to Now York to hale the officers of the Standard Oil into court. These same officers are not making merry at his expense now. It seems the governor has reach ed the conclusion that It would be the part of wisdom for the state to *eek to regulate groat monopolies that are so Involved with trade con ditions that their destruction would be little less than a public calamity. He has not worked out all the de taiLsi of his plan yet. but there is no doubt that he will present his views to the general assembly and ask for legislation that will place Missouri la the front in showing other com monwealths how It Is possible to reg ulate and not to kill business enter prises that, under corporate charters, have grown Into monopolies. JUDGE TAFT’S VISIT TO PANAMA. The visit of the president-elect to the Panama canal zone has ended; and it appears from what Judge Taft said Just before his departure for New Orleans, that he is greatly pleas ed with what he saw and especially with the spirit shown by the entire working force, from the highest of ficer to the most humble laborer. Every one seems to be prompted by a sincere desire to push the work, so that the canal may be completed as soon as possible. Judge Taft ha 3 been supplied by this visit with much valuable Informa tion which it would have been Im practicable to obtain without personal observation. In the light thus throw upon the situation he will be able -to roach cone 1 unions in u manner much more satisfactory to himself than he could possibly do were he dependent exclusively upon report.-* made by olh ers and thus to shape the policy of the government so far as the duty to do so may devolve u]»on him. From the fact that he has made this visit one may obtain a forecast of his administration ll promises to be business-like and thorough, with no steps taken without deliberation and knowledge of tin- ground to be t raversed. The Influence of Its head will ibo felt throughout, while, with admirable tact. Judge Taft will scour the co-operation anti sopiK>rt of lead ing men who may be able to render aHsistance.—Ex. THE UNLUCKY MR. KERN. For sheer hard lin k In politics the Indiana Democracy offers a prize-win ner in the person of the llou. Joim Worth Kern, late candidate for the Vice Presidency and a few other things. He was joyfully acclaimed the candidate for Governor of Ind iana In 1899 and again in 19U1 —wneu ills party hadn't a ghost of a chance of winning. In 1908, when the Dem ocrats of Indiana elected a Governor, he was bnsy running for Vice Presi dent as tall to J!ryan Kite. In 1905 Mr. Kern was the unani mous choice of his party for United States Senator- - when there was a bout as much chance for a Democra tic senator being elected iu Indiana as there was of a republican being chosen In Texas. And in 1908, when there was a fair prospect of a Democ ratio Senatorial victory In the Hoosie state, the unlucky Mr. Kern was turned down for another. He was willingly permitted to run for Vice President, but the Senatorial vacancy —.nay, nay. Somehow. Mr. Kern has always happened to get In the game a little too late or too early. Whenever the time comes round for a ibumt offer ing he is laid on the sacrificial altar, but when there i-i pie tto be distribut ed he Is convleniently forgotten. Ex. And how about Mr. Bryan. He is not to be overlooked as a willing sacrifice either. Right Now—This Week ...TODAY... is your opportunity to buy Wall Paper and Decorations At prices that cannot be dupliated. Badness in these lines is quiet now, and we want to get things mooing. You are to haoe the ben efit, and you should realize it. ALL PAPERS ARE RIGHT HERE IN STOCK. You do not haoe to wait tor some one to send away and order more than you want and make you pay for it, or less than you want and >»ake you wait a week or two for the last strip. Csme and see our new Wall Paper Room. See the large stock carried The UP-TO-DATE COMPANY 20 YEARS AGO Notes from The Lamar Register of February 10, 1889 The thermometer for the past week ranged .from 12 to GO, there being freezing weather every day. The Carr Iso Current office was raided by masked men one night last week, the press broken, type pled and the office generally wrecked. The cause of .the trouble was that the outfl' was about to be moved to a rival town. We hear from Denver that the members of the legislative committee on new countles say that Hon. C. C. Goodale'a speech before the commit tee was the most complete am I beet presentation of the division senti ment that was made to them. Mr. Goodale has proved himself to l»e the right man In the right place for Lainnr. “PUT MONEY IN THY PURSE” said Shakespeare. We echo his sentiments, but in a different way. “Save money on your clothes/’ say we, “and every penny you save is something gained.” Buy your Clothes NOW before the busy season begins, and save from $2.00 to $B.OO on every Suit or Overcoat The fabrics reduced in price are all up-to-date, and represent the very essence of Fashion. Get your Measure Taken to-day, and put money in your pockeL Coover, the Tailor THE HOUSE THAT IS UP-TO-DATE JO5 1-2 SOUTH MAIN STREET 105 1-2 SOUTH MAIN STREET Try It One Month Take advantage of our Electric Light Service for one month and you will never again return to the use of smoky, ill smelling kero sene oil lamps. Let us have your house wired at once The Lamar Light, Heat and Power Company. Phone Lamar 8 A. E. BENT, President W. P. BELL, Manager 10 Pages NUMBER 35.