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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXX. SETTING EXAMPLE Democratic National Administration Teachew Business Dishonest} by Its Flagrant Abuse of Book keeping Rules In the past month the government has had a number of young business men arrested for the crime of obtain ing credit through falsifying their accounts by transferring items in their liability account over to their assets, thus showing a solvent con dition when in reality they were in solvent. These men as a defense have called attention to the fact that they are only doing in their private af fairs what Secretary McAdoo of the treasury department and son-in-law of the president has done in the nation’s busincss affairs and with the sanction of the president. On September 3t' the books of the treasury department were closed with a balance of ap proximately forty million dollars, showing an alarming decline of forty five millions since the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1. Next morn ing though, on October 1, the nooks were opened showing a favorable bal ance of $128,000,000. This was ac complished by the simple device of taking items which had for years been carried in the liabilities and amounting to over forty millions out of that column and placing them in the assets. Secretary McAdoo calls this a judicious change in improving the department’s bookkeeping, but they are arresting the poor young men who attempted to improve their bookkeeping methods in the same way. That dishonesty doesn’t pay is being demonstrated to the administration now, for this forced balance is dis appearing so rapidly now that it is almost down to the September 30 figures again, and Mr. McAdoo now has to resort to the disagreeable ne cessity of withdrawing some of the funds he so generously presented free of interest charges to his southern banking friends. Enterprise Not Checked President Wilson is so accustomed to dealing in vague rhetoric in dis cussion of domestic affairs, avoiding all concrete illustrations, that his po litical opponents have been at some thing of a disadvantage. It is diffi cult to answer a prose poem with tables of statistics. But by inadver tence, the president ocasionally makes a specific statement. In a speech some time ago he said: "For twenty years enterprise in this country has been checked.” The Globe-Democrat at the time mustered an array of outstand ing facts in refutation of the asser tion. Now comes Jonathan Bourne, who specializes on such subjects, with a formidable showing of figures glean ed from statistical abstract prepared under direction of that world famed champion of efficiency, William C. Redfield, secretary of commerce. Mr. Bourne shows by these figures that in 1895 we had a population of twenty-three to the square mile, while in 1914 it had increased to thirty three. The national wealth in 1915 was slll7 per capita, while in 1912 it was $1965. During the same per iod the national debt decreased from sl3 per capita to $10.41, although we had in the meanwhile fought the Spanish-American war and built the Panama canal. The per capita of money in circulation increased from $23.24 in 1895 to $34.35 in 1914. The clearings grew from fifty-one billions in 1895 to one hundred and sixty-four billions in 1914, over 200 per cent increase, although the population in creased but 43 per cent. The individ ual deposits in national banks, sav ings banks, trust companies and pri vate banks increased during the same period 350 per cent. The annual per capita exports of merchandise more than doubled, the total wheat crop practically doubled the cotton production more than doub led, coal production trebled, pig-iron production more than doubled and the sugar production trebled. During the same nineteen years the annual rail THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO. WEDNESDAY. DEC. 1, 1915. ’ way passenger tralfic increased 100 per cent and freight traffic 200 per cent. The gross revenue of the postal service increased nearly 300 per cent. What would not this country havt done during those twenty years if en terprise luid not been “checked?”— Globe-Democrat. Discredited The Underwood law was discredited in peace, and war has changed the situation of commerce and business. The end of the military struggle will still further alter our circumstances. Already the lessons ure written for those with sufficient wit to learn them. The menace of an industrial struggle of unprecedented intensity is over our manufacturers and merchants, their workers and all who are depend ent on them. Has Mr. Wilson recog nized it, or is he blind to the danger on the one hand and insensible to the wonderful opportunity on the other '.’ With a tariff adjusted to its needs and its situation, with schedules de signed to meet the facts of business, and not the economics of the hustings, the United States can regard with confidence the assaults industrial Europe will launch when it stops kill ing its men; but with the Underwood law in force, this nation will be at the mercy of the most skillful ami desperate competitors the world has ever known.—New York Sun. President and the Republicans The announcement of the Presi dent’s purpose to consult with re publicans regarding his plan for na tional defense indicates a change iu , his attitude almost as great as that shown by his shift on the question of ! military preparedness. It is only ten months ago that Mr. Wilson went to | Indianapolis and made his Jackson Day speech. His utterances then dem onstrated his opinion that the repub | lican party merited no consideration ; whatever in national affairs. He de j dared the party to be* a “covert and a refuge for those who are afraid.” 1 Is that why he is now turning to the i republican party ? la he afraid that his belated conversation to prepared ness cannot be imposed upon the party in congress and is he therefore turning to the republican party as “a covert and a refuge.” At Indianapolis, last Jonuary, Pres ident Wilson assured a partisan meet ing which he there addressed that “this country is not going to use any party that cannot do continuous and consistent team work.” The democratic party is showing that it cannot do this. Bryan, Kitchin, Bailey, Fitz gerald and others, on one subject or another, are at odds with the Presi dent. Though commanding a majority in both House and Senate, the Pres ident cannot bring his party to work with him on the vital question of na tional defense. “Continuous and con sistent team work” is no longer a democratic characteristic, and this country is not going to use that party any more. It is rumored that the White House has picked the democratic candidates for New Jersey next year. A Mr. Katzenback is to run for Senator and a certain Judge Haight for governor. This is certainly kind of Mr. Wilson to relieve his party of all trouble in the matter of nominations—but sup pose his party should insist on mnking the nominations for itself! Entirely Too Enthusiastic i A big revival is in progress at Evansville. Indiana, and one of the new converts got so happy and en thusiastic the other night that he bit I off the ears of the two fellow con , verts nearest him. This is certainly carrying fervency in the cause too far. Religion is a good thing within rea sonable bounds, but most of us don’t care to swap loose fragments of anat omy’ for it. IT REFLECTS SEVERAL REFLEC TIONS Chiefly that the Country Must Get Back to a Sound Basis Through Protection “Duty-free imports comprise 71.6 per cent of the total imports for September, 1915, and 61 per cent of those of September, 1914. Their in creased percentage this year reflects the marked growth in imports of factory’ materials, mostly • the free list.” —Athens (Tenn.) Athenian. This is quoted from the advancc statement of our September trade. I issued by the Department of Com- 1 merer. A great many other things arc re flected in that paragraph. It also reflects the marked growth in im ports of meat and dairy products, farm products generally, fish, etc., which ure coining in free of duty. But it does not reflect any decrease in Un cost of living. The reason why th» average rate of duty on all imports for the past year hovers between 11 and 12 per cent is reflected therein, which, in turn, reflects the reason why the a<lministration would like to filch republican plumage and restore sugar, wool ami other articles to re publican rates, with the declaration that it is “primarily for revenue, with incidental protection." and this sudden conversion reflect.- the ap proach of a campaign year. It re flects so much that it gives a good cause for reflection, and that is ex actly what the American people ure doing today. The result of that re flection will find Uncle Sam in 1917. r»*ady for the gong to sound which announces the beginning of the bat tle royal for commerced supremacy that is scheduled to ta place with the cessation of war. iT means the return of the Federal government to a sound business basis, and that means the restoration of the republicans to power. You can’t stop ’em! Duty-free goods continue to pour in to this country. The value of imports for the week ending October 9, 1915, at the thirteen principal customs dis tricts of the United States was $32,- .”.64,630, on which duty was collected to the amount of $.”.,691,113, or an average ad valorem of 11.4 per cent compared with the annual average ad valorem of 17.6 per cent for the fiscal year of 1913, under the republican tariff law, a law which gave ade quate protection to American indus tries and labor, and handed the demo cratic party a handsome treasury sur plus with which to begin business. Democratic inefficiency and extrava gance have changed that surplus into a large deficit. Foreign producers ure reaping the benefits of a Free- Trade tariff law, and Secretary Mc- Adoo is at his wit’s end to devise methods of patching up the leaks in the treasury reservoir. Meanwhile the cost of living does not decrease, as was promised by the democrats. Uncle Sam’s Expensive Lottery Imprisonment is the legal penalty for conducting a lottery however fair ly it may be managed. An individual would soon find himself in trouble who would announce a grand drawing for 700 prizes, tickets one dollar each, 30,000 tickets to be sold. Such an act is supposed to be harmful to those engaging therein, and this harm is further supposed to more than coun terbalance whatever benefit the prize winners may obtain. This being the case, what excuse is there for the United States Govern ment conducting a lottery .’ f*i No vember 4, a drawing was held >n North Dakota at wljich 700 j rii.es were distributed to as many more or less lucky winners. There wer * 29,- 861 losers. The prizes ware home stead sites in an Indian reservation thrown open to settlement. No tick ets were sold at one dollar each to players v.ho could then n*r iri at home and g » ahead with their regular occupation v.hi.e awaiting the result of the drawing. Only an immoral concern like the old Louisiana Lot tery Company would run matters that way. No tickets were sold. The par ticipants had but to pay railroad fare to Minot, Bismark or Plaza, where the land offices are located. There they could register free of charge and wait for the drawing. In addition to railroad fare, they lost whatever their time was worth. In some cases, this was several weeks. The losers are worse off us a result than if they had been allowed to play the Louisiana lottery. The worst feature of it all is that the proceeding was unnecessary. There is much more than enough un used land in the United States to fur nish better homesteads to all who want them than is in this reservation. Hut the United States Government I and all the state governments insist on encouraging the owners of unused land to keep on holding it out of use. Then, having done so much to render • the people landless, the government I offers them a gambler’s chance at more than an ordinary gambling risk to acquire a home. To call such a • policy discreditable is to state the case* mildly.—Salina Union. Odd Bits of News Can Francisco, Cal.—Thomas Thorn ton, a carpenter, nailed his feet to the floor in church in an effort at self crucifixion. Thornton doesn’t feel any pain because, he says, he has the faith. I’hysicians say he is a relig ious fanatic, and his diseased hrnin makes him immune from pain. Clinton, Md.—Delmar Gentry and wife have the smallest baby ever born in Missouri. At birth it weighed 16 ounces, and was placed in a quart cup. At two weeks old, it measured 12 inches in height. An ordinary band ring will slip over the hand of the baby and up to its shoulder. It is healthy and thriving. Hammond, Ind. —Two minutes be fore Riley lane died, a noise was heard at the door, and when opened Dobbins, Lane’s old horse, walked in-! to the room and stood at the bedside r until his master died. London, England—lard Charlemont eighth viscount of the Irish noble fain- 1 ily of his name, is to join the Tin-! platers' union. He has been working : in a munition factory earning from 6 to sl7 a week and, having learned his trade, wants to join the trades-; union. Whaddaya Mean The Pueblo Chieftain's headlines J the othc r morning announced that "Dr. Smith’s Pioneer Wife Dies.” Can it he possible that the Doctor has : such a predilection for matrimony that his earlier “ventures” are spoken of as pioneers? Tut! Tut! Mr. Wilson Last Friday's associated press dis patches contained the information that President Wilson cancelled his Thanksgiving day date with Mrs. Galt ami spent the day with his type writer. Evidently he is enjoying his freedom while it lasts. Still in the Ring Before starting to Washington to aguin take up his temporarily inter rupted duties as a congressman, “Uncle Joe” Cannon gave a big dance to his neighbors and constituents. The liveliest man on the floor was the seventy-eight year “young” states man himself. The majority in con gress will soon discover that he is still some live-wire. Country Saved At last our people with a great sigh of relief feel assured that the country' is no longer in danger—at least for a short breathing spell. No longer will the citizens go about their daily vocations with bated breath fear ful that the government will not last the day out; no longer will they lie awake nights oppressed with terror lest the country go to the demnition bow-wows while they sleep. Eddie Keating is back in Washington ready to assume the guidance of the gov ernment, while our president, bowed down by great cares, goes courting. NUMBER 27. SHOULD STRENGTHEN NATION AL GUARD Lite Proposed Continental Army Will Be impossible to Recruit Heads of the Colorado National Guard declare that the plan of Presi dent Wilson and the Secretary of War for a Continental Army of 400,- UOU citizens to be enlisted during the next three years and trained for na tional defense in case of emergency is doomed to failure. Like the National Guard ollicers of 40 other slates and territories who heard the first otlicial details of the administration Continental Army pian at the recent San Francisco con vention, the Colorado militia heads say the plan is impractical. 1 heir opinion is nut based on any desire to hamper the national ad ministration, and they would endorse any other practical plan submitted, but all are skeptical about the Con tinental Army. These ollicers believe that the Con tinental Army would be an unwieldy mass of recruits, which could not be assembled at the rate of 133,000 u year nor kept in training for two months each year for a period of three years. Ami where, they ask, will the government provide the necessary staffs of ollicers to handle the train ing of such a mass of men, provided the recruits could be kept together for thut long? It is pointed out that the war de partment is now using 3,200 officers and spending $3,000,000 to keep up our present comparatively small standing army and securing new re cruits. As far as recruiting the Continental Army is concerned, Colorado militia officers point to the popular indiffer ence toward recruiting even in the Nationul Guard of this state and al most every other state. “This pres ent apathy on the part of the public to their duties to their country and state Is deplorable, but it exii ta nev ertheless,” says one prominent of ficer of the Colorado National guard. “Every young man in Colorado should have the training which the Guard offers —the training which would enable him to answer his coun try’s call in case of attack by a for eign nation. It is a duty not only of patriotism and state pride, but one fundamentally of self-interest. “But regular army and National Guard officers everywhere know the recruiting problems and the difficul ty** of their solution. How then can th' national adminiiitrution hope to assemble 400,000 recruits for three years and transform them into de pendable soldiers with the facilities at hand ? The logical alternative is the strengthening of the National Guard.” Nothing Matters Now The daily papers of Sunday an nounced that President Wilson and Mrs. Galt .->at for an hour in the rain at the football game and didn’t mind it : bit. They were probably holding hands and didn’t know it was raining —it works that way the first time, at least. Our Citizens Slighted All Colorado is up in arms over the insult Henry Ford has offered to Alma Lafferty and Pearl Jolly in not inviting them to go along on that “peace or bust” trip. Ye gods; Think of it! A free trip und free board and those patriots not invited. They defy anyone to show w’herc any freak in the crowd has anything on them. Getting Wise Henry Ford, who at first thought he could get a lot of free advertising out of taking a menagerie of freaks over to Europe to talk peace, is beginning now to soberly consider the question and ponder over what may happen to him when he puts them on exhibit over there. Consequently he has now decided not to land but to have them talk to foreign statesmen by win less. With that ship having Bennie Lindsey, Helen Ring Robinson and Jane Addams all on board wandering around over seas, the German sub marines have a wonderful opportunity to prove they are really worth while and that Germany is truly our friend.