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Ictlon with the Demondldacy
lor Governor
been accorded such a
iuea man who.aspires
fflce In the gilt ol the
e.' But Senatar Llttlothai
he comes on anHe
says he Is here o
a better leellng he)
-operators and their
be hard to do for the
oglon are all satisfied
et accord with the opee
miners satisfied, the
ed, and the people satof
Senator Llttlepage
scessary. This Is not
r a Democratic polltlirther
his chances for
ment by circulating
ring classes. Senator
it have been a suede
a trip here in lS9d
clouds of the Clevere
Bettllng down with
on all kinds of IndusIt
la different. The
elcome, the stranger
3 as a go-between for
d the miners will find
i better than his comrkahle
feature in the
Is that business men
3 a horror of the presi
who are trying to
ns here. They know
wnat iaoor disturoances mean, vvniie
oilier sections are Idle and the men
. lj);%ant and all sorts of business are
''' a( a standstill, operations In the Fair|p5}<>iit
region go rlgTit on with everybody
making money and owing allejffi
glance to iio outside mischief makers
ffi^|dlsttirbers. So with these few
jjpb^jvwe, Shall be very glad to bid
^p^iofepttlepage good day and ask
^pilnV.to .call some time when his prespj&^.ihlght
be more acceptable to our
^According to recent reports two
^j(rooil*-:men will contest for the honor
g|p^;'being Treasurer of the State ol
^^^jiei'iyirginla for the term beginning
lljsHarch 4, 1909. Hon, Newton Ogdln
IKiju&unces that he Is a candidate for
?!^eiection,. and a mighty good man
|||||5ie" Mr. Ogdln has a host of friends
jjJJwhb will undoubtedly want to give
jj|f?f:hltatanother chance at the same joe.
f But along with the announcement of
IjjiWr. Ogdln comes the word that exi?fj|^litpr
"Stuart F. Reed, of Clarkswould
like to pay off the State's
I for four yeare. Mr. Reed, like
gdJn, is a first class man anil
from a large and Influential
which can make a pretty
claim for recognition. Harrlmnty
has not been very promln
State or National politics so
office holders Is concerned lateIt
Is beginning to ask for rec ill
The next Republican Staie
ltton will probably be puzzled
firhat to do It both Mr. Ogdln
tr. Reed are before It for the
atlon for State Treasurer.
Grafton Sentinel thinks It a
hlng to take salts even If they
ite nasty. It says it. does the
good to have a few out of joints
tlclse the regular organization
e at loggerheads with the miration.
With this view of the
it seeks to palllnte the conknocking
against the State adration
of such papers as the
rsburg Dispatch-News and the
iston Mail, as the latter was
r George Mcintosh. We are not
to fall out with the Sentinel hoof
its essay on the "Uses of
aifv" hut for nnr nnrt we wntil.l
rather 'nave Republican papers stand
ffilg^tttite,- party's policies and defend
ap Joag as they an. Bnch.
jpjfeAfotari Coxey is said to favor government
ownership of railroads and
Is reported that he Is planning to
army, This time he Is
to march to Wall Jtreet, hut just whet
he will do when he gets there wo
|?|nnpt say. He will cot have to be
nHHpt'^tbS tlie"grass for there "air"
Mplpieffla Wall street, but he may he
{Km^tp move to the city lockup. Mr.
Brynn will certainly appreciate his
would be good without T^adflell, tons i
It 1? a great deal better whi bin. j l
The Wheeling Intelligencer Ipeaks i
of Mr. Elliott NorthCott as being .In
Colorado with Governor Dawson and
party. Had the Intelligencer read the
West Virginia*: a little more closely
it would have found that Mr. Northcott
gave up the trip at the last moment
and failed to join the party at
Huntington. No, Mr. Noijhcott Is not
In Colorado, nut Is at his home In the
flourishing capital of Cabell county.
The Parkersburg State Journal has
the following to say concerning Hon.
C. W. Dillon:
"The Fairmont West Virginian gives
Hon. C. W. Dillon a send off for delegate
at large to the next National Republican
convention. Mr. DIlloi) Is certainly
good material for the position
and his friends are only making a modest
request when they ask it for him."
When the Barnum and Bailey show
failed to be put on at the time of Its
visit to this city, tlpe local morning
paper ldamqd the Board of Trade for
It. We suppose it will.now be generous
enough to give that organization
credit for putting on the John Robinson
circus yesterday.
This will fce a strenuous afternoon
at South Side Park. Much depends
upon who wins and it will be a test
nP fhn Attaat If itlin ,
iUt LUC OU1V1IUI VI VliC UI.VVUW ?? ?- ,
Champs have their usual luck and <
Brlcelln doesn't umpire everything will |
turn out allyrlght. i
Senator Littlepage will have to con- .
fine his running for governor to some ,
other locality than the Fairmont mln- (
ing region if he wants to make very ]
great speed In the race. i
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In view of the visit of Senator Lit- j
tlepage to this region. In the interest (
of the United Mine Workers of Amerl
ca, the following editorial from the i
current Issue of the Monongaheln Val- (
ley Trade Journal seems timely: 1
"Inasmuch that, the United Mine s
Workers of America recently gave out
the Information that an effort would
be made to organize this district, reason
asks why should the miners In the
Fairmont region join the United Mine
| Workers of America? Do those be- |
longing to the organization in otner
districts get better pay or more consideration
from their employers? Ex- /
perlence answers with an emphatic no.
If the contrary was true there would
be some incentive for the miners of j
this region to Identify themselves with
the organization. But since the wages (
paid here conform to those paid In
the districts where the organization (
holds sway, while safeguards to life ^
and limb are the most complete pos- j
slble, and the environments In most t
respects superior to those in other localities,
why should our miners im- (
pair an existing condition of confidence ,
and good will by polning a union that c
obligates them to pay about 10 per t
cent, of their enrnings In dues to help c
support the organization and Its ofli- v
cers? That would be a part of the i
programme should the miners here de- j
cide to join forces wi'th those In less
favored sections of the country. It t
would also mean that they would have f
to lay down their tools and stop work c
at the bidding of the'ofllcers of the or- c
gnnlzaflon whether they had n grlev- j
mice or not. Many of the miners In s
this district have worked In other coal r
fields and have experienced the hor- r
rors of a strike, the cause of which t
they neither understood nor enrea s
about. They know what it means to c
be deprived of not only the comforts,
but the necessities of life, and to
have their credit repudiated when 1
their families are undergoing the ravages
of hunger; and all this, in some
Instances, because the officials ordering
the strike wish to accomplish an
end that is beneficial to them, but
which Is detrimental to the organization
as a whole. ^
The miners of this region nave always
heen accorded fair treatment and
whenever any differences have arisen
that nerted . adjustment employr and j
mploye have gotten together and the "o
grievance settled amicably without In- f
terferencr. from outside Influence or c
alien power. This more than anything
else accounts for the prosperous condi- ^
tlon of the Fairmont region.
Had tho organization bad a strong t
hold here when the great strike of
1S97 occurred and the miners been i
compellod to walk out In obedience to g
the dictation of union offlclals, we, as y
a district, would not be of nearly so r
much Importance as we now are. It e
was during the great strike of that t
year that Fairmont coal was Introduc- h
ed Into markets that had not known ];
of its existence until then. As It was t
only a question of gaining the notice t
of consumer and dealer and having t
them give the coal a fair test to con- s
ylnce. !ti ^ C
n 1906 the tonnage mined was 6,760,>42,
an increase or 5,170,621 tons. As
jefore'stated this was- made possible
jecause cotxiHIong here were such as
:o discourage all attempts to organize
while the men here were fully cogni:ant
of the consideration accorded
hem In contrast with the many other
lections where conflicts were dally beng
waged. As a consequence steady
imployment was to be secured here
when practically every other region in
he United States was idle.
The fact that we are trying to imiress
upon the reader Is, that bad the
nintrs of this region gone out In 1897
bat todnv this district's production
vould nut he nearly bo large. That InHead
of a tonnage of nearly 7.000,OOu
innnally being mined in Marlon and
Iarrlson conntles the natural Increase
would not have reached these figures
'or a number of years yet to come.
This region Is now ranked as one of
:he most Important !h the United
States, and the miners who have been
ittracted to the Upper Monongahela
falley by the news that has gone
broadcast over the land of the fair
reatment rendered and the good pay
granted the wage earner are responsible,
In a large degree, for the prosperity
that surrounds the coal cities o!
Fairmont and Clarksburg. Fairmont
loal In now recognized as the peer ol
iny coal on the market. The claim
chat It Is "the best for all purposes"
s not making It -too strong. It Is not
tny longer a question of finding buyers,
but It Is now a problem to secure
sufficient car facilities to fulfill orlors.
That time has proven that it was
wise for the miners of this region to
remain Independent canuot be gainsaid,
and what was best ten years ago
lolds good to-day. Both the miners
ind operators are better oil by choosing
to nettle their own differences
ind in not putting It up to a bunch of
organization officials, who often times
lave only their own Interests ax heart,
md draw their salaries lor -the mismanagement
of the affairs that are inrusted
to them. In othei words we
tve been wise enough to profit by the
)ther fellow's mistakes, and as a conlequence
are forging ahead In the
vorhl.of Industry and commerce. The
eellng among the miners and the pubic
in general is to let well enough
i lnno
An Eye Witness to the Sad Affair Will
Testify to the Fact.
Dditor West Virginian:
Mrs. Thomas Leo, of Youngstown.
)hio, left Clarksburg on the 10:15
t. m? car for Fairmont to visit at
he home of Mrs. Howard Kelley, who
vlth Miss Icie Lee are his first cousns,
to whom and to Mr. Kelley, he
elated (he following.
He said while the car was passing
he Meadowbrook ferry, he saw a
vhlte man (not black) standing with
ine foot on one rope clear of the waer,
and holding with his hands to the
ither rope, while the boat which he
ind been on was still fast to one of
he ropes, with the front part of the
ioat under the water.
The man himself was entirely clear
if the waler, and beckoning to the car
leople to come to his rescue, but the
:ar did not stop at all, hut continued
in to the next station, where, as Mr.
?ee understood, telephoned back to
ome plnco about the man on the
opes. Mr. Lee did not see the colored
nan at all. From the facts In the mater,
it looks like it would be neccsary
to put blood hounds on the colired
man's trail.
WHEELING, Aug. ' 28.-Comradcs
oseph Trax and W. P. Klrkpatrick,
f New Castle, Pa., in charge of the
amous Custer cannon, arrived in the
Ity yesterday afternoon oud are preiared
to lire the national salute at ail
olnts along the line of march follow
d by the veterans .in their reunion
o be held here Thursday.
The gun was made by Comrade
'rax, and in it he naturally takes
:reat pride. It was cast at Fort Pitt,
'ittsburg, Pa., and Is made of lis
ellcs of the civil war coming from evry
State In the Union, relics of both
he Blue and the Gray, perionalty colected
by the owner of the gun. Many
ntereSting relics went into the maleng
of the piece, among which were
wo brass door keys from the Ford
heater, where President Lincoln was
hot, a biitss door doc^ from a B. and
meiiti,' andjlt reontoia 'wher^ saluteis
have beien fired; It weighs 252 pounds
and has a 2-lnch bore. . The gun is
fired by means of the old fashioned
friction caps, used during the civil
war. It is naturally* prized very highly
by Mr. Trax, who spent so much
time and labor in gathering the artlelee
of which It la made. The owner
keeps it highly polished and In tho
best of condition at all times. General
Custer's straps are engraved on
the barrqj.
During the civil war Mr. Trax was
General Custer's orderly. He also has
In Ms possesion a banner which is
of much local Interest, and which will
be a feature oMhe parade. The banner
was presented to the Third cavalry
division by the citizens of Wheeling
when that division was honorably discharged
in Wheeling on June 18,18C5,
at the close of the civil war. The ban
ner is also prized very highly by Mr
The Custer cannon was taken to the
G. A. R. headquarters, corner of
Twelfth and Chapllne streets, Immediately
after its arrival, and placed on
- exhibition in the window, where it will
remain until used in the parade. The
owner of the gun has a number of
medals which he is selling to defray
- the cost of the friction caps used in
firing the cannon, and he also has a
number of interesting relics which he
carries with bim when taking the gun
to the various reunions.
Yesterday morning the streets were
filled with people who came to see
John Robinson's ten big shows that
came here from Morgantown over the
Baltimore and Ohio railroad. The forty-two
cars were unloaded with the
usual dispatch and the tents and circus
paraphernalia were hauled to
South Side Park , where the show
tents, commisaries and stables were
erected. Ten acres of canvas was raised.
The seating capacity of the main
show tent is 10,000 and every seat was
taken In the afternoon performance.
The street parade, witnessed by
thousands, was above the expectations
of the people. The passing of the elephants
was -the greatest attraction ot
all. Many were anxious to see the
mother of Jumbo, the blcentenarian
elephant who had rescued the faithful
engineer from a horrible death In a
railroad wreck by lifting him frdm the
debris and then carrying him to a shade
tree, taking a handkerchief from her
trunk, wiping his forehead and then
stooping down and gently fanning him
with her ear.
One of the chief features of the circus
Is the elephant acts. The "turn
in two" performed by a big elephan.
and a Shetland pony was roundly applauded
when the monster made a big
stride over the body of the pony which
had lain down for that purpose so that
the animals might exhibit their friendship.
' The
bicycle stunts were very clever,
as were also the aerial artists in their
work. The clownB were very clever
and caused many good laughs.
JHe oiever riuing in me wuu west
performance was a fine exhibition of
what can be done. The picking up of
articles from the gronnil by the rider
suspended from the saddle while the
horse in going at its utmost speed;
the pursuit of real Indians and the disposition
made of a horse thief were
given graphically and were of great
Interest to those that were seated in
the spectorinm. The wild west perforniiince
closed the exhibition.
The menagerie in connection with
the circus embraces many animals and
birds that are not usually seen. Those
nre In first class condition.
The evening performance was a duplicate
of the afternooa exhibition. Today
the crlcus is in Mannlngton.
The John Robinson 'show mode many
friends by its visit to Fairmont.
Delayed on Failure of Remains to
Reach Here.
The remains of Mrs. .Vlollle Monagon,
who died on Monday In Washing ton,
D. C., did. not arrive ehre last
evening as expected, but will be here
this evening on 55. Funeral services
will be held on Thursdny afternoon at
the borne of her father, r. W, Shurtlelf,
en Slate strocl, nud will be conducted
by Rev. II. U. Stoelzer assisted by
Rev. J Fngle.
Book cover given free to each purchaser
of school books. Globe Book
Store. tf
Miss Eiinore Scott, who has been
I visiting her aunt, Mrs. A. L. Lehman,
will return to her" home In Mounduvolle
on 55 this 'evening. , \?.
ins<Id's great snow# art .>!
dently trying' tb evade the heavy West
Virginia tax llcente according to Information
received' at Tax Commissioner
White's office this morning.
Robinson's shows were scheduled
to play in Fairmont yesterday. The
circus evidently arrived in Fairmont
on time, but whether'they leave the
West Virginia city on schedule time
or not will not bp known for a few
When. the shoirman called at the
Fairmont court house this morning to
get a license to show In that city he
Informed the county clerk that the
great show was now giving a continuous
performance and therefore could
not be taxed but >75, the price of one
performance. The show exhibited from
one o'clock In the afternoon until ten
o'clock at night, according to Mr. Robinson.
'As to what the tax should be seemed
to bother the county clerk and he
Immediately called the State tax commissioner
to settle the question for
him. It was Impossible for Tex Commissioner
White to settle a question
of facts when he was not In Fairmont
to know whether Robinson would give
two distinct shows or not, but he told
the clerk that It was his opinion that
Robinson was endeavoring to evade the
payment for two shows and It would
be his duty to see that the state received
its correct amount for the exhibition.
The county clerk did not seem to
-be satisfied with the answer of Mr.
White and asked him to talk to Mr.
Robinson who wns in , the county
clerk's office. The showman told the
tax commissioner the show was a
continuous one and they were riot at
iemptlng to evade the law, but liaJ
been doing tbe same thing In other
When asked It the show gave rain
checks or return coupons the showman
said they did when asked for.
Tne vr-teran showman told Tax
C:mml?s.'oner "White that the next
legislature would wipe put the circus
license tax, but the ex-governor, although
not a gambling man, stated he
was willing to stake a small amount
on the proposition and bet that the
legislature would not wipe it out.
As to how much Robinson paid the
county clerk at Fairmont is not
known. He asked the tax commissioner
if the sheriff could attach the circus
property In case Mr. Robinson did not
pay the required sum and was Informed
tha( 11 could be done.
The show left on time- all right, lint
It gave two performances all right and
the people had to foot the bills.
(Continued from Page One.)
advance of the convention. It Is further
asserted that the fight that Senator
Foraker is making to-day against
Secretary Taft had Its exact counterpart
In the one he made against the
candidacy of Major' McKinley, tlie
only difference being that McKinleycompromised
with Foraker, while
Taft Is too much of a fighter to do 80.
It Is figured that as matters stand today
the Secretary would have six hundred
out of the one thousand votes In
the convention on the first ballot. Tho
Taft leaders are figuring on carrying
all the Southern States with their 291
delegates. It had been believed here
that Taft would get the Southern delegates,
but the statement made by Commissioner
Capers last week to the effect
that there Is little Taft sentiment
In the South is laken to mean that
the Southern Republicans have been
assurred from some source that If
they will hold out for the renomlnatlon
of Mr. Roosevelt he will not refuse
the proffered crown. It Is admitted
by the Taft people that the States (
west of the Mississippi are for the re- t
nomination of Mr. Roosevelt, with Taft i
ss the second choice. These States, (
omitting Iowa and Wlseons' have
210 votes, and tho Southern States 1
havo 294. These alone would aggre- '
gate 534 votes, or 34 more than 1
enough to control the convention.
In fact, It Is now conceded by Republicans
and Democrats 'alike that
nothing can prevent the renomlnation !
of Mr. Roosevelt except his adherence
to bis determination not to accept
It And there is a growing he- ;
lief that he will yet yield to the pres- 1
sure of his friends and accept the :j
nomination. In Hmt event It will he J
on the grounds that he could not re- ;
fuse to how to the will of his party,
and that, their construction as to !
what constitutes a third term Is more j
to be regarded thin tils own.
That Pacific Cruise. '
As was stated In this correspond- |
once at the time of the official denials 1
that the proposed Pacific cruise of
the Atlantic fleet would not occur, It
will occur despite those denials. And
the statements that the administration.
did not see any cause for war
talk have been without foundation.
As a matter of (act the Japs have
beei\ a source of serious concern, and
the denials of the administration were
made only, tp qrilet the popular mind. ;
A little Instance of how a local Jap
epUode was belittled will be Interest*
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Both Phones j
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Our August Sale I
We want to cloie out every pair of TPprrnlar
Oxforde In our Store. XvCgUICir j
We need the room for fall atock. Qm|
Wa uilfih tn chow nnlv neur atvles next This !?
We prefer to take our Ion now rather $2.35 I
THEREFORE We offer every pair of lVrpn'C K
We can fit all feet now, but perhapi fllld GlflS I
There's a good saving In buying to-day. j" J
Better buy a couple of pairs. QUC6Q
Smith's Shoe Store,
327 Main Street I
You Can't Be Too I
Careful With;\??j|
Your Eyes I
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* SHUR-ON " fMggn I
If your eyes trouble you?Don't Delay?
them examined at once. The proper hind of eye I j
glasses worn now may save you from no end of | |
pain and inconvenience in later years. I
Jeweler and Optician,
232 Main St. Opp. Court House |
two Japanese spies put out of the lo- pure Action. However, there has been
:al Navy I'ard, where the big guns ample veitfflcitlon since tflien tlatl 3
ire made, and their drawings taken the story was true' In evjory :^et^v,;|(i|S
'rom them. A locak newspaper man la likewise true that 'spies were put
got hold of the story and published out elsewhere, and- It Is saldj to be fjjjj
It. The most vigorous denials were the policy of the ' adm|nls^iiloHo?|
forthcoming from officials of high and see that spies be excluded from such IS
ow degree, and the local populace places, but that no publicity be given
made to believe that the story was a theBe Incidents ,ln the
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