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THURSDAY, MAY IS, 1899.
THE PEOPLE NEED NO PROXIES,
r i -
An ardent bear-hunter out west got
upon Bruin's trail, and followed it with
great pluck and energy for some miles
through a tangled wilderness. At
length the signs of the proximity of the
animal grew numerous and warm; but
as the track grew warmer, the ardor of
the hunter grew cooler; the chase be?
gan to tell upon him, and that tired
feeling which so easily persuades a man
that he has done enough for duty, and
that It is time to be getting toward
home to relieve the anxiety of his wife,
children end friends, caused his legs
to acho and stumble. Finally, the trail
became so hot that the hunter con?
cluded that that was not a good day
for bears, anyhow; and he turned In
his tracks and left the bear for an?
One Is reminded very vividly of this
old story by the course pursued by cer?
tain gentlemen In the pursuit of Sen?
atorial reform. "The peoplel Yes; the
people! Reform Is there, and to the
people we must go. Who's afraid of
the people? Come on!" But these gen?
tlemen euddenly pause and turn Ihelr
backs upon the people, as they near
that sovereign body. "Yes: the peo?
ple!" they continue to shout, as they
turn from the people. "They must
elect the Senator; but we will nominate
him! See! We will relieve the people
of the labor and difllculty of choosing
the man, being delegated and empow?
ered thereto by them, but they shall
have the honor, power and glory of
Ah, gentlemen, we, too, are in favor
of going to the people Indeed and truly;
and not only in this matter, but in
others. But, dear friends of the people,
why worry the peoplo at all in this
matter, if you, or other "middlemen,"
are at last to be the result of this labor
of the mountains? Why talk of a con?
stitutional amendment to give the
"choice" of U. S. Senator to a conven?
tion, -when that is certainly no more
tho people than their leg.filature? And
-what matters it who do the electing, if
you, or other "representatives, are to
nominate or "choose" the Senator? As
far as any practical change is or can
toe effected by this proposed reform, It
is in taking tho "choice" from the leg?
islative caucus and placing i; In the
caucus, or clique, or steering commit?
tee of the party convention. Prece?
dents do not alter the fact; they too
often show us how and where we, or
somebody, blundered. That Is all. Hel?
ler keep quiet about them, or the peo?
ple may rise to incptire why they should
not nominate, in all cases, as well as
elect; or do both In one motion.
Certainly, in this case, where the ap?
peal is directly to Die people, and the
movement begun, we must decline to
be side-tracked and send on a delega?
tion or committee. We Insist on going
all the way. The shadow for us, the
substance for you; for you the kernel,
for us the hull; these are pretty forms
and Ingenious devices, but as we are
called to take this matter in our own
hands, we shall do so.
Where the Washington Post Is not
Specially and strongly interested, It has
a level head, and its views aTe of
tvorth and weight. The Post Is content
?with tho existing law inder which U.
B. Senators are chosen, but tt has not
taken an extreme position in opposi?
tion to reform and constitutional
amendment In regard to choosing Sen?
ators. In fact, It Is rather In the at?
titude ot sa impartial observer, and 1
not as a partisan of either side, that |
! our Washington contemporary regards j
j tho whole matter. It lo therefore well
to hear It on the recent Senatorial con
! ference at Richmond and the doings of
I that body. It says:
The reouest to be laid before tho
State Committee for the holding of a
State convention cannot. In our opin?
ion, be granted. It is plainly out of the ]
province of the committee, under tho |
Democratic plan of organization, to j
recognize a mnss meeting, especially
when tho participants therein propose |
to repudiate the action of a regularly i
I constituted State convention. A con- |
ventlon called by the committee under
! tho circumstances which now exist '
would be neither legal nor binding. If
the rennest should be granted, a very
dangerous precedent would be estab?
lished. Within the next few months,
I for instance, other agitators might as?
semble and demand a State convention ]
to determine any question which trou- \
bled their uncertain minds, nnd their j
appeal would be as worthy of atten- ]
tion as the one which is presently to bo I
submitted to the State Committee. The j
moment the well established and time- |
tried rules of party organization are
broken through irregular and spasmod- )
lo action, that moment a Pandora's
box is opened and disorganization is
It would be particularly unwise, also,
for a State convention to be called, be?
cause the remedy for existing condi?
tions. If remedy be needed, Is in the
hands of the people. The conference
recognised this when It appealed to the
voters to send no man to the legisla?
ture who Is not unequivocally commit?
ted to tho principal of popular election
I Except that tho Post does not go into
i the dangers of the convention itself, it
I seems to be well in accord with the
views uniformly expressed by THE
VIRGINIAN-PILOT, and we trust that
: tho Democratic State Committee may
feel that it is Just at this crisis in State
I and National politics that Its duty is to
i allay and compose all dissensions, and
not afford opportunities for local dif
! ferances that may well wait.
I THE MAIN ISSUE.
To be dominated by one idea to the
exclusion of every other; to value noth?
ing, consider nothing, remember noth?
ing but one thing, when there are
others, or another, far more imaort
ant; this Is very d ingerous to any man
and especially so to the young man who
has a public career before him, and
hopes to succeed;?for this domination
in such a man, at such a time, Is his
subjection to an issue, and that a side
one, instead of advancing and rising to
that leadership which nothing should
obscure, unless It be some grand end
worthy of every sacrifice.
Let the Democratic patriot remember
tho duty and opportunity that now oc?
cupy the hour as they should occudj*
his heart and soul;?paramount, en?
grossing and as diflicult as they are
i worthy of every energy. Here is the
post and test of honor, faith, nnd de?
votion. It Is the Joint call of liberty
j and country; the adjuration of patriot?
ism and humanity. To be deaf now Is
imbecility; to not take heed is per?
The main issue, to the true vision, is
the rising sun, before which all smaller
things fall back, out of sight. While it
is called to-day, It Is sur-eme, the
guiding star, the light of head and foot,
the centre to which all things converge,
the crown of glory und the mead of
j The Washington Post, comparing Mc?
Kinley and Aguinaldo with each other,
says that "it is Aguinaldo, not Presi?
dent McKinley nor General Otis, who
is trying to forge the chains of slavery
for the Filipinos" What a wonderful
and terrible fellow this Aguinaldo Is?
A mere adventurer and self-seeking
barbarian, he has raised an army of
Filipinos, without law, authority, gov?
ernment, or revenue, nnd Is inspiring
them to fight like tigers every step the
Americans ore making in the Islands.
These Filipinos madly revolt from tho
mild, lawful and elevating sway of Mc?
Kinley, the Deliverer, rind rush into"
treason, hardship, slavery and death
for a turbulent rascal, of "no homing,
nor likelihood," and are helping with
steadfast courage, devotion and enthu?
siasm "to forge the chains of slavery"
for themselves and their country!
Mr. McKinley, on the other hand, is
full master of the situation on the
j American side, with power to end the j
j war any moment, send army and navy j
j homo, proclaim peace, liberty and In?
dependence and allow the Filipinos "to j
' hnve iholr own ngain." They are seek?
ing no more.
Tho revolt of Rev. Or. Briggs from
tho Presbyterian rrcrd, and his recep?
tion in the Episcopal Church as an or?
dained priest, have caused much dis?
cussion, not only of the creeds panic
ularly involved, but of the whole Chris
tlan faith; but it all happily ended last
Sunday by tho ceremonial ordination
of Dr. Pr.KKs by Rlshop Potter In New
York. There was much feeling for and
?gainsI tiie doetor In both churches, ,
I ar.d It wa? feared that some unseemly
: wrangling or protesting, if not worse. .
would occur on his ordination; but all !
oas-sed quietly, and Dr. Briggs will now i
take a trip to Europe. On his return,
? he will labor among the poor of thf
Bast Side of New York, as a mission?
ary of Christ and the Gospel.
God forbid that any of our evangeli?
cal churches shall be rent by strife. If
Dr. Briggs be right on the main quos
l tion of faith, may God oiess him. say
we most devoutly.
The great heart of the i>e iple?not the
little organ of a mob or faction?un?
derstands and appreciates William J.
! Bryan.? estimates him at his true val?
ue, and yields him gladly its devotion,
trust and ildellty. Mow can politicians,
oflice-scckcra and nil the tiihe. of sel?
fish aspirants for wealth, power, or
fnmo comprehend a man so different
from themselves,- so unselfish, so ded?
icated by his nature to right, truth
and liberty, so modest, so unassuming,
and so utterly without tho "airs" that
common men "put on" to hide their
deficiencies and their aims? They can
only look on, wonder, and mlsrepre
i sent, as the uninformed iron contemns
and fears, wonders at and despises, the
magnet whose spirit so attracts and so
truly points the one way that brings
order out of chaos and makes a
straight path through all the maze of
The rallrocd massacro at Exeter was
a trifling affair: only twenty passen?
gers, or excursionists, murdered or
massacred and about thirty, more or
less, wounded. The only loss of any
account is the damage to the ears,
and possible damages ths Company
may be forced to pay for dead and
wounded. Nobody responsible for one
train putting Itself In position to be
crushed, nor for the other coming on.
Just In the nick of time, to knock out
a long string. Whnt is the prize to be
awarded the Company killing and
wounding the most people, with least
damage (to Itself), Is not yet disclosed.
Probably somebody has kept count, and
can toll us which of the competitors
Is ahead so far.
As we said yesterday, the thing to
do Is to regulate these trusts by law,
to make them the servants of the peo?
ple, to prevent them from Injuring the
people or trespassing upon anybody's
personal rights, to force them to do
the work of a good and efficient ser?
As far as words go, nobody Ehould
ask more, and we- thank our con ternpo
; rary for its concessions to common
j sense and common right. But a trust
! may grow so great and strong as to
i defy law and government, and we
challenge the Times to cite an In?
stance in the modern his'ory of Eu?
rope where any such organization or
combination has been found compatible
with government, or private right, no
matter what Its professed objects
charitable or religious.
A contemporary suggeflts that pan?
taloons are lndellcaie,-if not Indecent
and Immoral, and that it Is unjust to
make a modest man wear such gar?
ments, when he would prefer a gown.
This seems a novel complaint, as the
usual thing is to hear that women are
too much given to wearing the
breeches. In 6pite of law. Our contem?
porary, too, forgets that if breeches
were not compulsory, many a. male
human animal would assume the fe?
male garb to the disgrace of both sexes,
whereas In breeches he Is a disgrace
only to his own sex, and can be more
easily Identified and kicked.
To some simple good people, It Is In?
credible and foolish that human lib?
erty cajt be destroyed lu this Republic.
To them It Is predicting ice In the tor?
rid zones, or pointing a picture of the
I South pole all In flowers. Thoy do not
know the law of the pendulum, as ap?
plied to opinions and morals, nor that
of the meeting of extremes In conviction
and sentiment; yet it Is In accord with
well ascertained principles and estab?
lished precedents, that this very day.
In this country, the most ultra advo?
cates of tyranny?ay. of absolutism?
are numerous and rampant.
The high-handed proceedings of Gen.
Merriam In Idaho, under Federal au?
thority. In ordering the disbandment of
the Labor Unions of Idaho, have cre?
ated great excitement In that State and
throughout the labor organizations of
the whole country. The President and
his administration and party are gen?
erally held responsible for Gen. Mer
. riam's course, and the affair tends to
strengthen the rising tide against Han
! na Imperialism in all sections of the
I Union, and In the Republican party as
: well. All things seem to be working to
] gcther for a grand Democratic victory
I for liberty and the people in 1900.
The greatest enemy any party, or
movement can have Is the obstinate and
self-opinionated gentleman who never
fails to make his multiplying foes its
foes by holding himself and hfs views
of far more Importance than their wis
| dorn, or the success of the parly or
; movement. Pig-hendedness of this acute
type Is always caused, or accompanied.
1 by less brains than in any other cere?
bral disorder. In fact, post-mortem ex?
amination reveals the presence of no
grey matter to the closest scrutiny.
It Is a common, but curious mistake,
io suppose that Jones doesn't know that
he Is tiiller than Smith or stronger
than Brown. Vet It Is a mistake often
made?none oftener. You may be sure,
too. that Jones knows he can't sing,
nor play the fiddle, nor euchre, just as
well as you know It, if not better. A
few nu-:i have what is called "a blind
side;" but they are usually feols.
It Is a great pity that so many of
cur strongest, best and most exores
slve words are outlawed by social con?
vention. It Is significant of the fact,
however, that much truth Is banished
from good society with the words that
can alone express It.
"Come to dir.neri" cries New York
to Admiral Dewey. "Pray excuse me,"
responds Dewey. "Will not another of
my Manila captains do? 1 can neither
dance nor sinR, nor te'.l stories out of
school; nor am 1 accustomed to your
Taking towns from the Filipinos does
not seem to he a very difficult matter,
but holding them afterward is calcu?
lated to make the McKinley adminis?
Conscience makes cowards of all men.
What a pity it can't make all men
honest. . .
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POPULAR STUDIES IN LITERATURE.
XIII.-LITERARY CLUBS OF
BY JOHN EBENEZER BRYANT,
When the literary clubs of London
are mentioned, the lirst ona that comes
to mind, almost the only one. Is that
famous club of which Johnson was the
founder and for many years the lead?
ing spirit. Clubs in the lust century
were different affairs from the clubs?
the great communal restaurants?that
are so popular to-day. Johnson de?
fined the club as being "an assembly
of good fellows, meeting under certain
but a pleasure. He loved, as he said,
to fold his legs and have his talk out.
He was ready to bestow the overflow?
ings of his full mind on anybody who
would start a subject, on a fellow-pas?
senger in a stage coach, or on the per?
son who sat at the same table with him
in an eating house. Hut his'conversa?
tion was nowhere so brilliant and strik?
ing as when he was surrounded by a
few friends, whose abilities and knowl?
edge enabled them, r.s he once express?
ed It. to send him back every ball he
threw. Some of these. In 1764. formed
themselves Into a club, which gradually
became a formidable power In the com?
monwealth of letters. The verdicts pro?
nounced by this conclave on new books
FROM THE PORTUAI TBY REYNOLDS IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY.
conditions." The "conditions'" that
Johnson most regarded were those that
lent themselves easily to genial conver?
sation. These were found to be the;
gathering of the "good follows" to- j
gether at stated times, generally at I
night, and the enjoyment in common j
of a supper or dinner. Membership
was a matter that In Johnsm's opinion!
could not be too scrupulously guarded.
When once It was reported to him. not!
long after the Institution of the "Lit-j
erary club," that Garrlck proposed to>
Join it?that ho had said "I like It
much: I think I'll be of you." Johnson
was furious. "He'll be of us!" he
growled. "How dee? he know we'll'
permit him? The first duke In England
were speedily known all over London
and were sufficient to sell off a whole
edition In a day or to condemn the
sheets to the service of the trunk
maker ;nd the pastry cook. Nor shall
we think this strange when we con?
sider what creat and various talents
nnd acquirements met In the little fra
lernlty. Goldsmith was the representa?
tive of poetry and lirht literature,
Reyrolds of the arts, Burke of politi?
cal eloquence and political philosophy.
There, too, were Gibbon, tho greatest
historian, nnd Jones, the greatest lin?
guist of the age. Garrlck brought to
the meetings his Inexhaustible pleasan?
try, his incomparable mimicry and his
consummate knowledge of stage effect.
Among the most constant attendants
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has no right to hold such language." I
Tho reputation that the Literary club :
enjoyed in its early days arose partly j
fruni Johnson's own reputation as the
"dictator" of literature, and portly ;
from the reputation of Johnson. Buike,
Reynolds and ottier members of the
club as talkers. No club, ?.nd Indeed no
unofficial association of any sort, has
ever entered Into literature and be
ce- ic. as it were, a part of the com?
mon literary Inheritance of the world
ns this famous "Literary club" has
Here Is Mncaulay's well known por?
traits c of the club in its years of
"To discuss questions of taste, of
learning, of casuistry. In language so
exact and so forcible hat It might have
been printed without the alteration of
a word, was to Johnson no exertion,
were two high-born and high-bred
gentlemen, closely bound together by
friendship, but of widely different
cr sraeters and habits?Rennet Lang
ton, distinguished by his skill in Greek
literature, by the orthodoxy of his
opinions and by the sanctity of his
life*: and Topha.m Beauclerk. renowned
for his amours, h'.s knowledge of the
gay world, his fas idlous taste and his
sarcastic wit. To predominate over
such a society was not easy. Yet even
over such a society Johnson predomina?
ted. Burke might have disputed the
Minremacy to which others were un?
der the necessity of submitting. But
Burke, though not generally a very pa?
tient listener, was content to take the
second part when Johnson wns pres?
ent: nnd the club irself, consisting of so
many eminent men, is to this day pop?
ularly designated as Johnson's club."
The Institution of the Wierary cluh
was duo to 61r Joshua Reynolds. Rey?
nolds was himself a hospitable en:or
talner. "For above thirty years," says
Malone, his biographer, "there was
scarce a person In the three kingdoms
distinguished In literature, art, law,
politics or war who did not occasion?
ally appear at his tables." His dinners
were famous. This was not becst.se ot
the material pleasure they afforded, for
generally more guests were Invited
than there were seats for. and "as for
waiting," we are told, "It was every
man for himself." It was because of
"the feast of reason and the flow of
soul" which Invariably accompanied
the dinners. The enjoyment which
these promiscuous gatherings gave
suggested to Reynolds the idea that a
definite association should be formed
by which "good fellows" of kindred
spirit could regularly assemble for
mutual delectation. Johnson fell In
with the Idea and at once set about
carrying It out. Ho had established
such an association some fourteen years
before, and the memories of its meet?
ings were very dear to hlm. So upon
the model of Johnson's Ivy Lane c'.ub
of 1750 the Literary club of 1764 was
auspiciously formed. The original mem?
bers were nine. Six of them were
among those described by Macaulay In
the passage above quoted?Reynolds
and Johnson, Goldsmith and Burke,
Langton and Bcauclerk. Garrick was
not admitted until 1773. Jones was ad?
mitted the same year. Gibbon was &
At first the club met weekly on Mon?
day evenings at 7. In 1772 the day ot
meeting was changed to Friday. In
1775 It was decided that the club should
dine together once in every fortnight
during the sessions or parliament. Tho
historians Macaulay and Hallam were.
In their time, constant attendants at
theso fortnightly sessional dinners.
The club began with a membership
fixed at nine. This was soon enlarged
to twelve. Several enlargements were
subsequently made, but In 1780 tho
number was definitely fixed at forty.
The original place of meeting wan at
a coffee house called the Turk's Head,
in Gerrard street, and this Is the place
of meeting most famous In the history
In the club.
"I believe Mr. Fox will allow me to
say," remarked the Bishop of St. Asaph
on the night of his election, "that the
honor of being elected into the Turk's
Head club is not Inferior to that Of be?
ing the representative of Westminister
or Surrey." The point of this remark
lies In the fact that Fox. after one of
the flerce:-;t fights known in parliament?
ary history, the. whole strength of tho
court and government b?lng directed
against him, had Just been elected
member of parliament for Westminis?
One of the original members of the
club was a Sir John Hawkins, a "pom?
pous, conceited, parslmonluB" attorney,
who afterward became a'biographer of
Johnson. Hawkins had been a member
of the earlier Ivy Lane club, and for
that reason Johnson, In whom tenaci?
ty of friendship was the strongest of
characteristics, had proposed him as a
member of the club In 1764. Uut Haw?
kins became so unpopular in tho new
club that even Johnson was forced to
admit that he was "a very unelubablo
man" and out of place th.-re. Finally,
because of his rudeness to Burke, he
was "elbowed out." Hawkins had ob?
jected to Goldsmith's being a member,
alleging that Goldsmith was " a mere
literary drudge, equal lo the task of
compiling nnd translating, but llttlo
capable ot original and sllll loss of
pottic composition." And yet Gold?
smith had already written "Tho Vleas
ot Wakefleltl," and In a year or twfc
more was to be recognized as the first
poet of his age.
Hawkins, however, favored Garrlcks'
pretensions to membership. Johnson,
with obstinate Inconsistency, objected
to Garrick. "He will disturb us by his
buffoonery," he said. To his friend,
Thrale, he declared that If Garrick ap?
plied he "would blackball him." "What
elr," exclaimed Thrale, "Mr. Garrick
1 ?your friend, your companion?wouht
you blackball hlm?" "Why, sir." re?
plied Johnson, "I love my llttlp David
: dearly?better than nil or any of his
flatterers do. But surely one ought to
Sit In a society like nuts 'unelbowed by
: gamester, pimp or player."
Subsequently Goldsmith took up Gar
r>lc's case "It would give an agree.
! a Me variety to our meetings to have
! an Increase of membership. We have
] traveled over eafh other's minds," he
said. "There can be nothing new
among as." Johnson relented, and
; once having relented, he cqrdlally a;.
! proved. Garrick, though hot much
given to clubs, became a valued mem?
ber. When he died 11770) Johnson de?
clared the ciuh "should go Into widow?
hood for a year," and accordingly no
new members were permitted to ba
elected durlnr tho year. Johnson's
-magnificent tribute w"ll occur to oveTy
one. Tn his "Lives of the Poets."
speaking of Garrick's d?ath. he said,
in words thai seem destined to be Im?
mortal: "Tt had eel lived the gayety
of nation* and diminished the stock of
Note-This study will be continued
EXAMINATIONS AND CERTIFI?
At the end of the term of seventeen
weeks, a series of questions on eaeh
! course, prepared by 1'rofessor Seymour
I Eaton, will be published In the Vir
| glnlan-PUot. nnd blanks containing tho
j questions will be furnished every snb
i scribcr malting application t?i* name.
I Two weeks will be allowed after the
I courses close, tor the receipt of exami?
nation papers containing answers.
These papers will be referred to u
Board of Examiners, who will assist
Professor Eaton, and as soon ns the
work of examination Is complete, the
result will be reported, nnd certificates
Issued to the students entitled lo them.
L. H. WHITErlURST.
Wish to call attention to the following:
India I.inons, from f.c. and up; Lawns,
le. and up; Organdies, from 10c. and up.
Just received a beautiful line of Runga
bad Madras, 36 Inches wide, at 12V4C., also
Dimity Dlaphane, ?,1 inches wide, at 12'.4o.
Bach of them elegant for Dreys or Waist.
A new line of Parasols, Kidles and Child?
ren.,,. Ties and Scarfs, Kid Gloves. Corsets,
p>. ft O. and W. P., SV ndow Muslins and
ftirtalns. Silk Ginghams, ??c.
L. H. WHITEHURST,
No 336 Main Street,
New phone 857. OLD STAND
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