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TERflS, Si.oo PER YEAR. Entered at the Lrxtngtoa pottofflce u second clau mail matter. I. 0. NEALE, Editor sad Proprietor. Sattrdat. August 31, 1901. ME. BR YAM ANSWERS SENATOR VEST. William J. Brjaa it oat in bis Com niooer ia answer to the Interview given oat by Senator Vest at Sweet Spring a few days aioce in which the Missouri senator U bandied gently yet firmly on the ideas expressed by bim on the oc casion mentioned. As to the personal reference to Mr. Bryan by Senator Vest the nominee of two national con Tenuous onlv says: ' It is not neo- essarj to dUcuss what he says in con detonation of Mr Bryan's leadership Mr. Bryan does not claim to be a leader. He only claims the right to have his convictions and to express them.'' Mr Bryan declares his belief in the principles set forth in the Kansas City platform and ssys that when the deni ocratic party repudiates those doc trines it will place in the lead Cleve land, Carlisle, Whitney, Francis and others, lie commends Senator Vest on bis views on imperialism bat thinks him inconsistent on his income tax proposition. Mr. Bryan says that the income tax scheme is all right but that it will meet the same opposition at tbe bands of the gold standard people as does silver, emphasizing the fight made on a proposition to enact an in come tax law by Senator Hill, Mr. Cleveland and others. If, argues Mr. Bryan, these fellows are so uncompro mising on the free silver proposition why would they not be equally deter mined to defeat any tax of incomes? Touching on trusts Mr. Bryan says: Mr. Vest emphasizes the trust issue, but that is n&t a harmonizing issue either, for the financial influences stand oebind the trusts as solidly as they do behind the banKs. The New York Sun is already declaring that free silver would do but little damage compared with the widespread demor alization whleh would be produced by effective anti-trust legislation." In answer to Senator Vest's asser tlon that 'we must stop hunting around in corners and up canyons for populist, socialist and single tax votes, Mr. Bryan takes the position that it were better these than trust again tbe men who have deserted the party in two separate national campaigns. Anent getting back to the doctrines of Mr. Jefferson, as suggested by Senator Vest, the editor of the Com moner says that in bis interview the Missouriao said nothing about paper money, and asks: "What is more Jeffersonian than tbe greenbacks?' lne Nebraska editor closes as fol lows in reference to Senator Vest's assertion that silver will again be an issue some aay, out that it is wise to lay it aside now for harmony's sake: "If tbe silver question is going to be important again, why turn the party over to tbe reorganizes and allow them to aid the republicans iu making I be silver dollar redeemable in gold? "The senator is anxious to secure 'harmony' but be will find that there cao be no harmony without the sur render of every essential principal ol democracy. The men who voted tbe republican ticket on account of ton silver plank are as a rule opposed to the inconi tax, aod are also opposed to any effective anti-trust legislation. They are in favor of national banks ol issue, and are also in favor of govern nienl by injunction (a subject which Senator Vest did not mention in bis proposed platform). Even on iw. perialism many of tbe gold democrats have no fixed or definite convictions. In fact, tbe only way to harmonize with the reorganizes is to allow them to control tbe organization aod write a republican platform. How much is Senator Vest willing to give up in order to bring the gold corporation element back ? Hit platform Is entire ly too populistic to entice tbe deserters luto tbe fold. Terbaps they might allow bim to write the platform if they are permitted to select a candidate who will disregard ibe platform as Mr. Cleveland did." The effort to push ex Gov. Stone Into the race for the presidency and thereby sidetrack him as a senatorial candidate died aboroin'. Stooe Is a long beaded fellow and is seldom caught oappiog. If Kerens can overthrow Aikens Id Missouri what chance has Roosevelt against the eotire Hanna machine? MILLIONAIRE ViNDERBlLTS PHILOSOPHY. In an interview given out at London one of the world's greatest capitalists, William K. Vanderbilt is quoted at having said: 'My life was never destined to be quite happy. It was laid on lioet which, I could foresee almost from my earliest childhood. It has left roe with nctbing to hope for, with nothing definite to seek or strive for." Surely the inference to be drawn from the language of Mr. Vanderbilt it that happiness is alone to be found in work and we believe he is ricbt. However, it Mr. Vanderbilt ooold foresee his unhappy life from earlist childhood he certainly should have grasped the opportunity to obtain hap piness by seeking some employment that would have occupied his mind and thus tended toward contentment. If it be true that this millionaire fore saw tbe life of misery before him sim ply for the reason that he possessed untold wealth, rendering work on- necessy from a pecuniary standpoint, he certainly owed it to himself to escape if possible the coming condi tions even though every dollar be had should have been sacrificed to that end. Tbe argument that his treat n B ealth "left him nothing to hope for. nothing definite to see or strive for," is puerile and unworthy the great brain that tbe man is said to possess. There are thousands of avenues through which Mr. Vanderbilt could have spent his money, eacb one of which would have conduced to bis general happi ness. We know nothing of the ideas of charity entertained by this unhappy millionaire but as it is nobler to give than to receive it would seem that Mr anaeroiit could and happiness in ministering to the needs of the hundreds of thousands of suffering poor through- out tbe world. Accordioz to his own philosophy be woulJ have been happier if a poor boy. Then, as happiness is the greatest boon to be sought in this life why did not Mr. Vanderbilt turn over his great wealth to those most iu need aod earn bis living bv the sweat of bis brow ai God commanded all men to do. In the face of the fact that this world renowned money bags holds on to his gold while at the same time be argues that wealth is ruinous to happiness it is proof conclusive that be clings to tbe former in preference to the latter, happiness or no happiness. causing the position assumed in his in terview to border on comedy. Hear what Mr. Vanderbilt says iu answer to tbe query: Is inherited wealth a handicap to happiness." "It is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to morals. If a man makes money, no matter how much, he finds a certain happiness in its possession, for in the desire to increase bis business he has constant use for it, but tbe man who inherits it has none of this. The first satisfaction and the greatest, the building of the foundation of a fortune, is denied bim. He must labor, if be does labor, simply to add to what may be an over-sulbciency." Poor fellow! It is heartrending to think of him pining away in abso lute and cankerous misery simplv for tbe reason that ho h. min: luiiiiuua ui money and nothing to do. Tbe world snouid surely sympathize with this heart-broken man of wealth. SAM COOK TALKS. AH Classes Treated Fairly by State Hoard. Ever since Shirley Johns represented the St. Louis I'ost-Dispatch at Jeffer- son wty and commenced liimbhsiincT democrats over the state for not taxing irancnises, mat newspaper has kept up the war, regardless of the fact that there is now a statute on ih i..n.i books placing a tax on this class of property. In anwer to an inquiry as to what be thought of ibe war the Post-Dispatch is making on the state board of equaliziton Secretary of State Sam H Cook said at Jefferson City last week: "Most people in the state feel that the board did fairly well this year In me assessment of railroad, bridge and telegraph property. The assessment exceeded by 310.000.OOO th. h.k. - -- "'fcMCOl figure ever before reached in the state, the Increase in some instance. i,i 100 per cent. The fact. too. tht ,hi! class of property is valued bv Willi.. souri board from 40 to 60 nr .., higher than in any of the adhin, states would indicate that the railroads were not escaping their full share of the burdens of taxation. "The Post-Dispatch, however, in its great solicitation for the welfare of tbt people, and its great abhorrence for the soulless corporations, it not at all pleased with the result and insists on scolding tbe state board for not malt ing greater increases. Tbe fact is the Post-Dispatch seems to be utterly un able to discuss the subject of taxation with any degree of fairness or candor. It makes palpably untrue assertions with tbe recklessness of the most pestiferous pettifogger. For instance, it asserts and re asserts that real estate and personal property lo St. Louis is assessed at 70 per cent of its actual value, while tbe street railroads are- assessed at S3 1-3 per cent. No one knows belter than the Post-Dispatch that the statement is not true. "It has been claimed by the board of assessors of St. Louis that the real estate of that city is assessed at 70 per cent and there is more or less founda tion for this claim. This is done, as the 'Post-Dispatch well knows, by the local authorities for local purposes. But personal property is not only not assessed at 70 per cent but it is not valued for taxing purposes at one-half or one-fourth or in some instances at one-tenth this figure. "Let me cite a case in point: Tbe Joseph Pulitzer Publishing Company better known as the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is capitalized at 11,000.000, fully paid up. Its stock is not on the I market, but its officers swear it is worth 100 cents on the dollar. As a matter of fact, it can not be bought at that figure. An assessment of 70 per cent would, therefore, mean a taxable valuation for the Post-Dispatch of $700,000. An assessment of 33 1-3 per cent, which is the usual rate throughout the state, would make f 333,3.13.33 1-3. Now let us see if the Post Dispatch tells the truth when it asserts that personal property in St. Louis is assessed at 70 per cent. For the year 1'JuO the Post Dispatch was assessed at 24,600, upon which it paid local taxes amounting to f 320 32, and paid the state ?G1.60. The as sessment of tho Post Dispatch this year was increased by tbe local assessors 100, and that great paper will pay taxes for 1900 on an even $25,000. Instead, tberelore, of an assessment of 70 per cent, ibe Post Dispatch is on an assessment of 1 per cent. "The board of equalization against which the Post Dispatch rails, assessed the street railways of St. Louis at more per mile than tbe actual cost of con- struction and equipment, tben added a franchise value of 122,000 per mile, making a total assessment of f 44,000 per mile. In other words, a litti more than half a mile of street railway pays as much taxes under the assess ment of the state board as the million dollar Post-Dispatch payt under tbe valuation fixed by the city assessor. The considerate treatment accor ded tbe Post-Dispatch by the city as sessors is evidently appreciated by that journal. Under tbe circumstan ces it would have been exceedingly unkind of the Post-Dispatch for it to have stated the fact in discussing this important subject that under the law which required street railways to be assessed by the local authorities the street railways of St. Louis were as sessed at but little above 5,000,000 while the slate board assesses lne United Railways company alone at I? 10,500000, or more limn three limes as much. "I know of no othcr'taxpayer in tbe state, farmer, merchant. t,.h,.r- , . mechanic, cerporation or what not hi ousiness may be, who lias attained such colossal success as a iv ,i.i.. Millionaire Pulitzer's St. Louis million dollar newspaper." 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