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The Ceredo Advance.
T. T. MoDOUG A L. Publisher OKRKDO. • WK:,T VIRGINIA THE LOST. Down In tin* crowded, busy street A little child was lost; He ran with weary Itttle feet Where hurrying hundreds crossed; „_ Ktom those who stopped he turned asld«w . And. tilled with sudden fear, H«* wildly, pitifully cried Kor one who did not hear. His anxious father came at last And clasped tin* weeping boy. And many a one who hurried past Concealed a tear of Joy. The father kissed the little face With all the stains It bore. And blissful trust was In the place Win re fear had b--en before. I am but a child that's lost; By dreadful doubts oppressed r-' I think of gulfs that must be crossed, r And fear is in my breast % O. will my faith return to me. Will He come back some day To where I linger doubtlngly. And lead me on the way? —S. E Kiser, in Chicago Record-Herald. Th. KIDNAPPED MILLIONAIRES A Tale of Wall Street and the Tropics By FREDERICK U. ADAMS ^ - ■ > »—.—He Copyright. 1901, hv l^throp PuhtUhlns Comptw. All rii^litn I'Oscrvfd. < llAl»Tl«;i; 1 f ^-CoxriNi-K.n. ( ertaiiily lie |ur<>pose.l a remedy,” ■l/ying to tlie *J.i|»|M»rt stalT.' ‘‘lie demanTlM . of the anti trust law to operation, will re itegrution of <-riminal ■ a political platform, Hammond. “You l»c f the kind. You are ivare that no effective anti trust law will he affirmed by the courts. Kvery time a test is made. Uie \;irious courts pronounce such B laws unconstitutional. Twenty stat-s hu\e passed anti-trust enactments, ami all have met the same fate. I do hot believe it is possible by law to prevent any two men. 20 men or 100 men from consolidating tlirir inter ests and thereby saving and in reus ing their profits. The trust is the inevitable result of revolutionary forces. It possesses certain advan tages. These must he conserved. On the other hand, tlve trust of to-day pos messes certain features which menace our veri existence as a peo ple. A remedy must he found; hut it must he h natural remedy. You knou my views on this subject, and I d» not propose to abuse your hospi ^ r —L*t' indicting anew on you the ^kpViails of my pet theory, which may or may not he worthy of considera tion.” “If we could but devise some plan to bring about a national or interna tional congress of such men,” said Hestor, taking out his pencil and jot ting down a list he had in mind. “I ran imagine the headlines, ‘College of Financial Giants,’ ‘Millionaires as Re formers.’ ‘Syndicates t«» the Rescue,’ ‘Trusts Tremble,' ‘Wealth Willing to Compromise.* It would be great! If we could get some foreign financiers with titles to stand sponsor for the idea, our home product would be more likely to follow their lead. It Is worth thinking about. I am going to fable Van Horne and suggest it to him.” “No. I do not think it possible to brin^ such a body of men into a con fer* nee.” continued Hammond, as HTestor remained silent, with a far away expression in his eyes. “In the first place they would not meet; in the second place, they would not talk. They are not willing even to defend their methods, to say nothing of tak ing the initiative towards reforming them. We must possess our souls in patience; do the best we ran. anil let the sequence of events work out its deatiny. It is our good fortune that we can better afford to wait than most of those who think they have reason to complain. A millionaire lawyer with a good practice, and the millionaire correspondent and special uny of a newspaper, should !»«• able o withstand the onslaught* of trust negnates for a considerable |w*rh*d.” “I am going to form a trust,” said •Jest or suddenly. "Yes?” “You need not laugh. I am. 1 am >ing to form a newspaper trust.” "All right, Walter '' rejoined Ham .ond, who was familiar with lien or's moods. “It is too late f«»r you ,»» begin to-night. bet me know hen you are ready to draw tip the apers a nr I I will render you my ts-st r* ices as yoqr attorney. Thus far have Iwen more successful in or eani/.ing trusts than fighting them.” “I will need your service* in a short Ime," said Hestor. with some excite irnt, which Hammond attributed to he wine. “I am not jesting. Of course this is confidential.” r*dy fn d!<->perr -*r. “Jrnt hern use yntt I *«rkr«l nFl you wish, hp must nil I run atom? home fil»e ^oimI little pirls. i * ®in R'olnp to Rive a supper party [soon, and it will last until everybody has talked as mueh us they eare t«».**’ And with this awful threat Miss T.e Hoy was raptured by Mr. Ilestor and »w»y In her »*nrriatfe, n<ir £id lier sinilifare show that b«?i* resent* meut was deep or Instinjr. c ll.\I»TKli I If. MH IIKCTUR PLANS A NEWSPAPER Tltl’ST. The morning after the supper ITe» tor appeared at the Record office at an early hour. Jle looked over his mail, and then wrote a note to Pal mer J. Morton, the great financier and railroad magnate, requesting an early interview on a matter of some importance. This off his mind, Hcs tor made the rounds of the office, lie chatted awhile with Mr. ( haliners and then drifted into the art depart ment. Hr was in effervescent spirits, and seemed highly satisfied with all the world. Finally lie returned to hin room and proceeded to work off the exuberance of his animal spirits by performing a clog step to a live ly tune, fie words of which lie sang with more regard for speed and ex act time than for expression: ’There was an «>ld geezer, and he had a Wooden leg; N«» toharr « could he borrow, no tobacco could tie beg; Another old geezer was as cunning as a fox. And he always had tobacco in his old to hacro box.” (Spirited breakdown and repeat--) "Yea. he always had tobacco in his old tobacco box.” .\s tin* versatile Mr. llegtor paused to contemplate with much satis faction. the success which hail been attained in this terpsichorean di version Mr. ( haliners. the managing editor, entered the room. “by the way. Chalmers,” sa’d Hes tor, as he paced up and down the room, ‘Why wouldn't it he a good scheme to h t the women of New York assume entire charge of the Record for a week, (let some well-known society woman to net as editor-in d icf, and advertise for women I w riters of all kinds. Of course you | will have to look after the mechani cal anti routine part of the paper, but let them collect and write all the stuff. Select young women to report the horse races, prize fights, the po lice news, the courts und to handle all departments of the paper. They could run just as much or as little foreign and out-of-town stuff as they pleased. Thev would write all of the editorials and draw all of the pint 11 res. Creat scheme—don’t you think snV" Mr. Chalmers said it would prob ably drive him into an insane asylum, but that it was nothing short of an inspiration. lie agreed to outline a plan and to confer with some pro gressive women he had in mind. While they were discussing this project, word was received from Mr. Palmer ,1. Morton that though vely busy he would be pleased to see Mr. Hestor alxint four o’clock that after noon. The financier was not unac tptainted with the erratic correspond ent of The Record, and while not in sympathy with the aims or methods of that paper was not inclined to in cur h«*stiI'lty by refusing the request made by Hestor. At four o clock the Hestor automo bile wheeled in front of a broad wav office building, and a few minutes later the famous correspondent was nshrrrd into the magnate’s private office. This apartment was severely plain. Mr. Morton was a large, broad shouldered man, with a close-cropped l>eard which must have once been black or dark brown. Shaggy grey eyebrows stood guard over eyes of steel blue-grey; eyes which looked you full in the face as if to bid you tell your innermost thoughts; and to tell them quickly. Knormous hands were knotted with muscles of which the foreman of a railroad section gang might be proud. A dark suit of blue; a scarf of the snmc color, J without any pin; and a modest I watch chain, were features of ap I pare) which distinguishec I .Mr. M or I ton from the well dressed attend I ants who ushered Hestor into this I office. “1 him glad to see yon again. Mr. J Hestor. Take a chair. You will find that one more comfortable. | trust, you do not intend to interview me. Von know my rule." Mr. Mor ton looked sternly at Hestor, who smiled and replied that he had long ago abandoned that enterprise as a I vain pursuit. "I have called on a matter of bus iness, “aid .Mr. Hestor, briskly, ns be removed his gloves, and leaner! slightly forward in his chair. "You arc a busy man and I will alt inpt to stair* my proposition as concisely J as possible According to popular report anrl f<» general knowledge you have Irern rept the moving spirit in t hose great finaneinl undertaking which have resulted in the rcorgani I ration of various industries. Your ■ standing is sueh that your name is j Ktiffieienf t* guarantee the xiieccvs of any undertaking of this charnrter. I»ir| it e\*>j- occur to you that there ix one great indu try which never yet has tc ted the benefits vvhir-h come from a community of owner* I ship.* In other woid-. have you eon >.irler«sl the possibilities of a new |»a|»er I rust?"’ Mr. fie tor pan ed. T» * stern old millionaire did not ;.n vv». for a mo , mint, and scemr-d V> be waiting for I the editor to continue, lie-tor was j content to wait. I "I Im e thought of it. but I did not j imagine the first suggestion would I eome from a representative of The Uleconl." said Mr. Morton. Hestor not the least abashed responsible for what up lifer1 ■ so ! .Ill . ^...| kno.v enough about newspaper*. anrt es pecially metropolitan papers, to un derstand the exigencies of polities,” In* said. "1 ou will concede that our criticism of trusts has not serf ?usly interfered with your plan*. In [ any-” “I do not concede that.” interrvptcd Mr. Morton. “That, however, has nothing to do with your proposition. Slate your plan. I am willing t;» lis ten to it.” “There is no industry in the coun try offering so great an opportunity for trust management ns that of the newspaper press.” said Mr. Ifestor. with earnestness. “It is true that we have the Associated 1‘ress service, which is a eo-operative affair, but this, while an invulnerable adjunct, is really a small item in the total ex pense of a great paper. It simply does on a email scale what can and should lie done on a large scale.” “V on would have a syndicate of pa pers one paper in each of the large cities.” suggested Mr. Morton. “I would ha\e a syndicate which would own two papers in all cities tuning populations in excess of hin, ()«•().” replied Mr. llcstor. **s. I see. One republican and one democratic paper in each city. Ah-uin-m. That would he quite a "I HAVE THOUGHT OF IT." SAID MR. MORTON. plan, said Mr. Morton, drawing his hand slowly over lus stuhhlcd chin. “Both under one general manage ment, 1 suppose?” *'( 'ertainly." "Have you made any general esti mates of the expense of such a plan, or prepared any synopsis of the way in which it could he Executed?*' asked Mr. Morton, with the Irst manifesta tion of real interest. "I did not rare to go m the trouble and expense of doing so until I bad a conference with you.” replied lies tor, who guarded himself against over-enthusiasm when he saw that he had made some progress. "It will require considerable capital, much work, and good judgment in the exe cution of the plans; and more than all, the most rigid secrecy must be maintained. You are tin* only man to whom this subject has been ■ broached, and I need not ask von to regard this matter as strictly confi dential in case you should decide to do nothing in the way "f its advance ment.” Mr. Morton nodded his head and growled a consent to this injunction, which he evidently regarded as un necessary. I would start this syndicate in a chain of .50 cities, with two papers in each," continued Mr. Hestor, who rapidly noted a list. "Hero are the cities I have in mind: New York. Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia. Bal timore. Washington, Rochester, Buf falo, Atlanta, New Orleans, Louis ville. Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Mil waukee, St. Paul or Minneapolis, St. Louis, Omaha, Galveston, Kansas City. Denver, Helena, Seattle, Taco ma. Portland, San Francisco and Los A ngeles.” Mr. Hestor thf*n entered into ;t de tailed and comprehensive explanation "f the proposed newspaper trust. He submitted figures showing that 00 pa pers could be purchased for less than $115,000,000, and proved that these pa pers were then earning $7,500,000 a .vepr, or more than five per cent, on the required investment. Hestor pro posed retrenchment in three impor tant departments, vi/.: the Sunday papers, the editorial staffs, and the abolition of the advertising agency. Instead of preparing 00 Sunday pa pers, tlie syndicate would print four, • •aeh of surpassing excellence. These four papers would give all syndicate papers in contiguous territory a dis tinct Sunday paper. Kaeh of these four Sunday papers would have n marked specialty, and each would strongly appeal to a certain class of readers. One would make a special ty of amusements; another of litera ture; the third of fiction, and the fourth of science and art hut each would be a complete magazine. ||es tor showed that four such Sunday magazines could afford to employ the highest literary and artistic genius of the world, anti proved that no competition with them would be pos sible. I he saving would amount to Hot le’.s than $i,000,000 a year, in the '•ing't *♦ cm of Sunday papers. I lie editorial department would be conducted on a similar plan. Instead of 400 editorial writers n« at pres '•nt he would have a sfalT of 20; ac knowledged authorities in their re I ~ peel j v e specialties. The editor in eliief would keep in touch with the owner-* of the syndicate, who would thus le able to dictate the thought "f the country in the leading repub lican and democratic papers, I he reduced expenses of the edi torial department will be about $700, ooo,” said Mr. Hestor. “You can place your own estimate on the financial benefits your syndicate will receive fiom being able to inspire and regu .ate tfii* t hour It t of a nation." IlcKtor thejiS^xpl.lined how millions could be saved V deal advertisers without the iiT '»f ’!'*• advertising agency, 1 characterized as the “most survival <>f the middle-man systgfl? Me explained that the agency levied tribute on advertiser and newspaper, and that an enormous percentage was absorbed by a worthless parasite. Mestor said that a staff of ten men could do the work now performed by several thousand. “The expense of securing advertis ing will be practically nothing," eon eluded Mestor; ‘‘the average rates will be doubled, and we will receive all of the enormous fund which now goes to the agencies. This will be of benefit to all concerned, except to the useless nnd decadent advertising mid dle-man. i would not dare place any estimate on the added revenues from this much-needed reform. It certain ly will far exceed any other item of saving." “You make out a strong ease,” said Mr. Morton, after an interval. In which both gentlemen said nothing. "This is too important a matter to decide off-hand. I should not care to go into it without consulting with some of my associates. What tinan dal interests have you in mind in this connect ion?" "I propose to leave that matter en tirely in your hands," replied Mr. Mestor promptly. "I do not know Mint I am on unfriendly terms with any of the men who are reported to be your associates in similar organ izations. I stand ready to invest $10,000,000, provided a company is fi nanced for a total of $125,000,000 or $150,000,000. I have talked tins mat ter over vvilli Mr. Yan Morn**, and you can count on his co-operation." "You have the proper confide net* in your plans." said Mr. Morton. "I will discuss this project with some of my associates. If I find they deem it worthy of more careful examination, it might be well to arrange a confer ence and settle on some definite mode of procedure. Mind you, 1 ntn not holding out any promises. If these gentlemen evince a decided interest in th«* matter I will communicate with you. The secrecy of the plan will not leak out through the men I have in mind." "W hen can I reasonably expect to hoar from you?” “Four of the gentlemen I have in mind meet here to-morrow afternoon at a director's meeting,” said Mr. Morton, consulting a memorandum. “Later they dine with me at an up town club. 1 will see what they think about it and send you word when 1 can see you. In tin* mean time it will he a good idea to reduce your plans to writing. If possible, make an es timate of the amount annually ex pended by your Go papers for com missions paid to advertising agen oies. Make your report as comprehen si\e as possible. I can give this no more time to-day. I have an engage incut at five o’clock.” Mr. Morton arose, closed his desk, and shook hands with Mr. Ilcstor. That gentleman joined the crowd of clerks who had finished their day’s work, descended the marble stairs and stepped into his automobile. [To Re Continued.] RUINED HIS REPUTATION. Ilovi nil tfrlcnn Ketlnh Man Ousted mi KiikIIhH Doctor Who find Mnpplunted Him. A hunter and explorer who has so journed for \ears among the African natives tel the following amusing story, says t ass**IPs •Journal. fine day an Lnglish doctor, a young fellow of roving disposition like my *elf. appeared in the native village, where he stayed as my guest for some months. Ilis medical skill soon gained him a great reputation as a medicine man, and tin* native fetish man soon found his occupation gone and his own healing powers utterly discredit ed. for liis patients all Hocked tu the white doctor ■'One day the fetish man was found in a trance, hut everybody, myself and flic white doctor included, believed him dead. I lie natives proceeded to bury him. when lie suddenly came to himself and naturally vigorously re sisted burial. Hut his frantic asser tion that lie was not dead was em phatically negatived by his won Id tie undertakers. " ’You dead, sure ’nufTl’ they in«-isl ed. •White doctor say so. White doc tor know best. \ on know nothing.* “And they would actually have bur ied the unfortunate wretch alive had not tin* white doctor got wind of the proceedings and come running up. Of course he at once indorsed the fetish man’s frantic statement that the lat ter was alive, hut by doing so be ruined his own reputation in the riu tiw\s' eyes, for they thereafter looked upon him as a blunderer and an Ig orant imposter, while the fetish mib was raised to high honor as a mighty magician who could die and coni* alive again whenever he pleased.” t Srhoolboj '» I.(title. I ndi fTrrent correspondent* will sympathize with the lad. who. aftei lie had been at a Ironrding-school for a week without writing to his par ents. penned the follow ng letter: “l)ear people I am afraid I shall not he aide to write often to you, because you sec when anything is happening I linten t time to w rite, and wlum nothing is happening fhe e's nothing to write about. So tt'>v, guoy-hy, from your ( leorgie." l,\erpool Cost Pratt Piwffi»e. I.ittle Mattel l-'tliel must think \ on re hits h* Iter than any of her ot her I tea u x. Mr. Spoona (gratified and hlush i"g) Why. <1 hit lie Mali tecnuse she let m€ wta\ in tin* r when you call, ami he don't whf e others call. -Stray btorica. “The gre the inaintenanl It will be reil la ration will ap] adopted by the of this state la: declaration of but in the circtud sary. It is necei tlie people of this<? men to whom the peoj ed the duty of managing, fa re to beer it conatantl^ I he declaration was nccessar^ the keeping of it in inind is necessary, because the faction of the denif>cracy that is endeavoring to reorganize the party is making an attack upon Ihe principle upon which prosperity rests the basis of the proposed reorganiza tion. says the Albany Journal. Lacking in clearness, directness and force as Grover Cleveland's published expression of views as to the future of the democratic party is, it makes plain beyond doubt the iDlent of the would be reorganizers to rally the majority of the democrats of this country around a banner bearing the inscrip tion “Tariff for Revenue.” The propo sition that import duties should be reduced without the slightest regard for the principle of protection will be the democratic paramount issue from now on tint il the votes for presilient ini electors are ca;>t in 1904. if the would be reorganizers, whose chief is Grover Cleveland, have their way. It was the reinstitution of tlieprin r pie of protection that brought Lack prosperity after the election of 1896; It is that principle that has been main ly the cause of the marvelous growth of prosperity since tTuit time; pros peiity rests securely upon that prin ciple. An attack upon protection is therefore manifestly an attack upon prosperity itself. It must be met firin ly, aggressively and with unflagging determination by all who desire that prosperity shall be maintained. It may appear, after due considera tion. that certain changes in the tariff schedule are advisable. 'There never was a tariff law framed that was abso lutely perfect in every detail, nor will there ever he one that will not be sub ject to legitimate changes from time to time. But no change must be made, or attempted, that is a menace to the principle of protection. Only the cer tainty that a proposed change will be of advantage to American commerce and industry will be justification for the adoption of such change. 'There must he no general tariff-tinkering, for the sake of the tinkering. Much hns been said recently of the material increase in imports, to which the decrease in the balance of trade in our favor is largely due. Since such increase hns come even while a pro tective tariff is in force, it is easy to see how greatly imports would be fur ther increased if import duties were generally reduced, and how soon we should be transformed again into a debtor nation. fiermnny, whose commerce and indus try is in a condition similar to that which prevailed in the I nit eel States during President Cleveland’s second term, attributes that condition to lax ity in the matter of imposition of im port duties, and is working out a tar iff system not only for greater revenue, but also for l>etter protection. The importance of the plan of cam paign outlined 6y Mr. Cleveland for the proposed rejuvenated democracy must not be underestimated. He is the leader of the faction that is trying to accomplish the rejuvenation. He is competent and authorized to speak for for it. to declare its purposes. Its principal purpose is to effect horizon tal reduction of the tariff, which would mean the breaking down of the pro tective system and the consequent col lapse of prosperity. All who may manifest undue zeal ami eagerness to make sweeping changes in the present tariff schedule will be aiding the Cleveland faction of the democracy in its attempt to gain rontro! of the democratic party and of the nation s affairs. The changing of any pnrt of the tariff law is a task ♦hat needs to he unnVrtaken, if it is nndrrtaken at all, only with the great est deliberation and the coolest judg ment. And as the Kvening Journal has said repeatedly, no change which Tn the slightest degree would affect the principle of protection to its detri ment should l>e considered at all. Whatever some individuals may say. tlw’ fact has been established beyond ♦ he possibility of doubt that the majority of the people of the Cn ted Stntes approves of protection. The return to the house of representatives of a majority of members of the party that has always adhered to protection for American Industrie- is the most recent evidence of popular sentiment in regard to this matter. CURRENT COMMENT. as Grover < leveland was an nouncing that the democratic party had once more reached a sound foot ing Abram S. Hewitt allowed it. to hr known that lie had renounced the faith. Dr* Moines Register and Reader. C’Democratic governors ami I nitecI States senators are fast disappearing from the voting states of the Rock\ mount n ns. where the silver craze brougl, la rge crop of them into prom inenre and fat oflicr*. t leveland Reader. i r Republican majorities are oftl flnlly repoitert ns follows: Illinois, r»0.t,7S; Iowa, 79,211. and Kansas, 4?, 991. Missotiri's nearest neighbors on Uie east, north and west are showing the true political roa-i for 1904._St Roijla Globe-Democrat. of thi. Bt reorganize.- rehabilitate a the Bay Mate democracy. The of Mr. Oaston did not succeed tr. M isaachusetts or breakir* reVub' 15?/.* Its ctvief practical effect was the * vtl conservative common wealth of -the heaviest socialist vote In the union. A year or two more ard socialism will have absorbed our Massa chusetts democracy, root ar.d branch. Those ko'.cI democrats whi. have left their party and become republican* are d ir.tly justitle** by the cov.tse of this year * • ectlons. The ilemocracy Is escaplr.i? from Bryandsm to fall Into socialism. It Is sim ply isolr.K from bad to worse. It is passlr under th»* spell of the riost (far. serous de lusion which this party Oi opportunism hew ever embraced. The Journal is of the further belief that the conservative democrats ns well as tbe few mistaken republicans "ho voted for Mr. Gaston, will soon be coming to the republican party “on the run.' and tlirat the line will be verv sharply drawn in the commonwealth between tin* forces of conservatism aid the forces of radicalism. It con cludes thus: “One docs not need to be a prophet or the son of a prophet to read the meaning of the straws on the stream of politics or the drifting clouds in tl»** sky.’* The signs arc not confined to Massachusetts. That a large proportion of the democratic party everywhere is deeply tainted wiih socialism is indisputable. If if, were not true David B. Hill could never have so slickly put through his govern ment coal confiscation plank nt his state convention in Saratoga, nor would the Bryan doctrines, many of them purely socialistic, appeal so strongly to the rank and file. lh<* truth is the democratic party as a whole for years has been steadily mo\ ing toward socialism. The coali tion in some states with the populists - who politically are but one degrefl removed from the socialists—ns fat hack ns 1892 was one of the first an*h most notable of the outward and vis-\ able signs of this drift. Sonic demo-\ ernts who winked at tliat combination . t hen have seen the folly of it since, and instead of following the path which led into the Bryan camp have taken the hack track and are today in much more general sympathy with the re. publican party than with their own. It is probable that with this socialistic drift con11tiucd there will be a new alignment of political forces. As mat ters arc going there will soon be no choice between republicanism and socialism and the self respect ing. con servative democrat who doesn’t like socialism is not likely to be very long in reaching a decision as to which side he will take. RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE. Tlie Trne Source of Political Power la Properly Recnitnlseil by tlie licpiihl Ioa nn. Without loss of time, tke Vermont legislature, largely republican in both branches, has acted on t he main issue in the recent state campaign, and called for a vote of the people themselves on the bill passed. The leading question referred to was whether the long es tablished prohibition law should stand. at4ended with many admitted violations, or he replaced by local op tion and high license. This hotly de bated point divided the republican party of Vermont into almost equal ports ami the election of governor went to the legislature. That body has passed a law and provided for its submission to a special election in thfc state January 0. The bill calls for an annual popular vote on the licensing of saloons and sets a minimum fee of $ >00 and maximum of $1,200 for a gen eral license, with a $2.">0 license for idl ing fermented liquors. An anti!rent ing clause is included in the bill. Mas sachusetts lias a law similar in many respects, and local option there re sults in actual prohibition over most of the state’s area. At the recent election. Illinois made a distinct advance with the referendum principle. Vermont applies it practi cally. Oregon and South Dakota have embodied it in their constitutions. Iowa has authorized it in municipal affairs. AH these are republican states. Here is another illusttation, says the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, of the fact. ♦ hat the republican party A*'t.s while other parties occupy themselves with dodging, dissembling or empty talk. The now- moribund populist jmrtv lias had much to say about the referendum, but nothing practical in this respect, came from its sordid fusion with the incompetent and undemocratic demo cracy. In a few weeks the people of Vermont will legislate on their most vexed question by their direct votes at. an election in which no other issue will be presented. The republican party' alone in this country genuinely recognizes and respects the true source of political power fhe people. **Tt is all very well for a candidate, ora leader, to la be I himself a democrat, but the name has been made of ro of nt years to cover so many brands of political villainy that precise jpeoi Hentions are necessary. Is he l. cor ruptionist. like Gorman, n rcckles; agi tator like llrynn, a demagogue with a brass band attachment like Tom John son. or n creeping thing like Hill?—• N. Y. Post (Free Trod * i