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Vol. VL—No, 51. PURPOSE. Look up. and not down, my brother; Faint not 'neatli the burden of life; That you live is a hope for the future; Yield not like a coward the strife. In the purpose and plan of all being. There’s a place and a meaning for you; And the thought that can shelter the sparrow Remembers the wanderer, too. Not an atom that dwells in the mountains. Not a tiny stone crystal that glows. Not a blush on the cheek of a maiden. Not a hue in the heart of a rose. Not a ripple that ruffles the river. Not a bird song that floats to the sky, Not a night wind that kisses the lilies. Not a bright star that twinkles on high. Not a dewdrop that shines in the meadow. Not a flash on the fair dawn above, But breathes of the hope of creation And the infinite purpose of love; But you who are bowed with your sorrow. Regretting the hour of birth. Are more than the glory of Nature, The splendors of Heaven and Earth. For you havd a soul that can suffer, A soid that can think and can pray. And through suffering, wish for the higher And look for the light every day; And there's help in the Universe dwelling— Oh, brother, you need not despair— For the wisdom that follows the atom Holds you in the clasp of his care. —lda Estelle Crouch, in Denver News, CHINESE EXCLUSION Friend and Foe—Justice and Prejudice Express Opinions of the Chinaman. Men who talk of the hardships that the Geary law imposes on the Chinaman should stop and consider the restric tions that are imposed on foreigners in China. Which are the most severe? It may be harsh, but it takes harsh meas ures to accomplish such an end as was contemplated. But there are one or two things which we ©Tight to bear in mind. A Chinaman never becomes a citizen. There is not one in live hundred who makes and supports a home. They swell that large class which is the curse of America, that is, the floating popula tion. The Supreme Court, however, has settled one great question—the right of exclusion. Even if the law is not en forced, the knowledge of possessing the legal right is a consolation. Mac. * * * The Geary law, while of recent origin, brings to mind a picture of the past which would seem to question its mod ernity. The picture presents the ghost ly outlines of a personage whose life was so brief, whose reception so stormy, and whose exit from the world’s ken so sudden as to have left scarcely a trace. “A truculent demogogue A brawl ing, sedition-fomenting fanatic A riotous disturber of the public peace, whose utterances should condemn him to prison walls were there no question of his sanity.” It was thus we greeted Dennis Kearney when he came into momentary prominence and proclaimed from the Sand Lots: “The Chinese must go! ” Thus antedating a few years the bill that has made Mr. Geary famous. The confession is humiliating, but we are forced to admit that we, as well as Jerusalem, know how to stone our prophets. J. F. R. I think the exclusion law should be enforced as far as the fund appropriat ed will allow, and then, when congress meets, let them appropriate sufficient means to deport every Chinaman who has not complied with the law. Princess Eulalia had her expenses of 8300 per day paid without appropriation being made. The American people also raised a fund of 8200,000 to relieve the financial em barrasment of the Duke of Veragua. I think the American people are too willing to assist foreigners, instead of looking to their own interests. I wish the whole Chinese population of the Par cific states could be placed in the Eastern and Northwestern states, then some thing would quickly be done to force the Geary law. The Chinese must go! We don’t want them. If China retali ates, well and good. This country can get along as well as it did before it made any treaty with China. A. E. , * . ❖ ❖ The combined force of the vast army of missionaries, assisted by the majesty of the law, would fail to make the “ IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND.” STILLWATER, MINNESOTA, JULY 27, 1893. “ Heathen Chinee ” equal to an Ameri can; especially that class which lands on our shores. They are undesirable to the good of our Republic. Is it to be wondered at that the American serving girl is a scarce article when she must humble herself to the level of an im moral opium fiend? They work for one-half what the American sons of toil can or will work for. They can live on a few pence a day and take their savings to China and live in luxury. A bird's-eye view of the Pacific coast — the slums of San Francisco—the Seattle riots —the opium dens of our cities, are sufficient cause that the Geary act of deportation should be enforced. All lovers of virtue and morality should use their combined strength in this cause. America has no use for, “Me no sabbe." * Brigham. Whatever position we assume upon the question at issue, none can consist ently deny that the Geary act strikes at one of the fundamental principles of our boasted free government. For by abrogating the right of the Chinese to seek "life, liberty and the persuit of happiness" upon our shore, we deny the right of any race to do so; and thereby establish a precedent by which our own right may, in the future, be annulled. It is contrary to our declara tion of rights, to our constitution, to all sought treaties with China, contrary to all principles of right, justice and equality. It is prejudiced class legisla tion, and if it stands, then have our law makers—the sons of immigrants—lost the true American spirit, and have rendered useless the enormous sacri fices in life and wealth that were made during twelve years of war, to make all men black, yellow or white free and equal. Leonardus. • The exclusion act declares the Chi nese to be beneath the level of all other nations. It brands them as the most degraded species of humanity—a pesti lence whose breath would taint the air of this land of boasted equal suffrage. Why this policy of exclusiveness? Why bar the gate against one nation and* turn our backs, while the others climb the fence? Away with selfish exclusiveness. It is in conflict with the grandest passages in the constitu tion. All men are equal. Therefore this country should meet all nations upon neutral grounds and treat them with equality. If we admit the subjects of one nation let us admit all others. If we deny one nation the privilege of allowing her people to emi grate to this country, let us deny that prerogative to all. Down with exclu siveness. China has never encouraged her subjects to emigrate to this or any other country. The United States should have used a little forethought when it encouraged Chinese immigra tion. C. C. The constitution of the United States emphatically declares all men have equal rights. If we are to maintain the constitution in its integrity why have we so stultified ourselves before the world as to pass a law excluding one race from this privilage. A law restricting aliens would be perfectly just and proper if it restricted all aliens but to pick out one nationality and im pose on them an indignity is not seemly in a great nation. The Chinaman has as much right to go unphotographed as Paddy from Cork or the Cossack or the Italian or any other semi-civilized beg gar w’ho comes here to struggle for a living. The whole trouble seems to be that John is too patient and industri ous a laborer and for that reason he is jumped on by those others who do not want to work too hard for the money they get—who would rather not work at all. If Geary and his supporters are right in any particular, let the law be expanded and photograph and register every alien. A. H. C. The Chinese exclusion act is grossly unjust. It is contrary to our avowed and cherished principles, “ that all men •i have the right of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Who are these mighty statesmen that trample upon the prin ciples of that grand document that her alded the birth of our Nation? They are men whose ancestors were wild and naked savages when the Chinese—a civ ilized people—were studying and follow ing the doctrines of the great Confuci us. He was the author of such maxims as: “Return kindness for kindness, for injury exact justice without revenge.” “How should I know anything of an other world, when I know so little of this?” When the Chinese were build ing asylums for the insane, the fore fathers of their present detractors were racking, thumb-screwing and burning witches. Yet this progeny of so late a savagery presumes to use the Chinese as if they were not human. The Chi nese are men and under our Constitu tion have as much right to choose an abiding place as Mr. Geary. Sunol, . * , * * The Chinese exclusion act will ever remain an important and conspicuous one for two reasons: First, as an act characterized by the blackest treachery: Secondly, as an example of what can be accomplished upon unfounded assertion by unscrupulous politicians and dema gogues. The passage of the act was not only a violation of existing treaties, but also a repudiation of official docu ments issued under the authority of the United States and accepted in good faith by the Chinese. Even to-day, not withstanding the hue and cry against John, the pursuit of fruit culture and attending industries has been found impossible without his assistance. Sun daf'SchOOlE have organized their child ren into bands, Indians, Mexicans, and Negroes have been imported and em ployed but none possessed the patience, delicacy of touch and ability to stand the heat, as John. Excluding China town in San Francisco, where the worst element congregate, the Chinese as a class are clean, civil, honest, industrious and peaceful. Place them in juxtapo sition to the average immigrants of southern Europe, dirty, quarrelsome and anarchistic, and all unprejudiced persons must admit that the Chinese are infinitely superior. Observer. . * , * & The Chinese with an ancient and no ble ancestry; a religion, and a language of which we have but a faint concep tion, have an individuality which is as marked as it is unique. We have heard how compulsory and exacting is their education, each male must write with either hand, and must be equally well versed in the history and love of his na- tion: How they hold all other people, not of the “ Flowery Kingdom,” to be barbarians; and that, until within a few decades, they held no intercourse with the rest of the world. When we con sider a few such facts, must we not concede that here is a nation well gov erned and highly civilized ? What do we know, what can we know of their political economy and autonomy, other than that they have an Emperor, and ministers, and a court. How meagre is our information! And yet when a handful of this mighty people, simple in their wants, unassuming in their manner, and frugal and industrious in their habits, land on our shores and seek a habitation and living under our free Eagle, they are denounced, vilified, murdered, and finally, by the Geary act, driven away from the land. Well may the proud bird of freedom on our ban ner, sniff in disgust at such legislation. Raymond. Public Schools A school supported by the state, where everything is open to the poor est child from the primary department to the university, might well fascinate us. But the managers of these schools overlook at least two important consid erations: First, that only a small por- tion of all the children of a state ever do, or can, avail themselves of such op portunity: Second, that a system of ed ucation that can only be finished by the Tcdmo. i sl -°° P er year. in advance, i tKMo. , gj x >i on ths 50 Cents. university cannot be adapted to the majority. Is it not true that those who do gain this higher education for the sake of entering on some professional life are generally aiming at personal ends. The man who is preparing him self for the practice of law is looking only to make money for himself, then why should his bills be paid by the pub lic any more than he who is trying to learn the machinist’s trade? I think the public would be better served by fewer lawyers and more mechanics and I fail to see why my poor neighbor should be taxed to pay for my boy’s learning Greek any more than I should be taxed that his son should learn the carpenter’s trade. One is as private and personal an end as the other. As to the second consideration; a graded system of teaching that begins with the pri mary and ends in the university, is not the best one adapted to the needs of the great majority who hardly ever get through the grammar school. The re sult is they get a smattering of the first part, which is of very little practical value. The simple truth of the matter is that only a small majority ever get through the grammar school, and only a portion *of that fraction ever get through the high school. Those then who share the advantages of a univer sity can be easily estimated. Alexander the Great. Can Alexander of Macedon properly be called “ great ? ” What did he do to deserve that title? Did he anything for the advancement of mankind? Did he rise above his surroundings ? History tells us he was far beneath them. He did not unite Greece, for his father had already done that and provided the army that Alexander destroyed after commit ting innumerable causeless and arbi trary murders. Was his greatness shown by brutally dragging the gov ernor of the captured city of Giba, hooked by the heels to his chariot in full sight of his victim’s friends, till life became extinct ? Surely not. Did he crown himself great when he accept ed from the beneficiaries of his surplus plunder the title of god? He only re ceived a sought after and unmerited aggrandizement. I do not mention this incident as a slight upon the ancient priesthood; as a body I believe them to have been as sincere as their anti-types of to-day. I do not think they were bribed to this act of glorification. When we speak of God, we refer to a power of good. When the Greeks of old spoke of a god, they were just as liable to re fer to a malevolent as a beneficent pow er. I think, therefore, that the wily, priests reserved a mental right to style him w'hat we call a devil; and, what I think he really was. Was he not known as a promoter and patron of new vices ? Can such a man be called great ? We must select some other word to dis tinguish him from Washington and Lincoln. Suxol. Consolation. Let not your heart be troubled nei ther let your minds go astray after the things that have brought us into cap tivity of the law and its punishment. Let us rather study things- that will do us good in the time to come. There is a time for all things; we have put in the time breaking down our good name; let us now put in time building up our mind and character so as to begin to regain our lost inheritance when we re gain our liberty. A desire to get riches which was not ours brought most of us here, let us then not seek after riches in the hereafter, let us study content ment ever bearing in mind our Mirror motto “ It is never too late to mend.” H. T. W. An Unpopular Improvement. Clerk: Now, these shoes have the improved shoe-lace —warranted not to come untied. Fair Customer (in haste): Oh, put the old kind in them, please.— Puck. Brioiiam.