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r.. f i . . r. , -" Stml-Wcckly Founded! Wayne County Organ 1908 of the REPUBLICAN PARTY gWcekly Founded, 1844 65th YEAR. HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1908. NO. 44 ttwett MR. PULITZER FIGHTSBACK Calls President "Reck less Demagogue. "GROSS LIBELER," "Arrogates More Power Than the Kaiser." DENIES VARIOUS ASSERTIONS. Declares That, 80 Far at the World la Conctrned, Its Proprietor May Go to Jail, but Even In Jail It Cannot Be Muzzled Message to Congress Call ing For the Prosecution of Mr. Pu litzer For Criminal Libel Denounced aa Asserting the Doctrine of Lsze Majesty "Mr. Roosevelt's Lamenta ble Habit of Inaccurate Statement" Deplored. New York, Dec. 10. Joseph Pulitzer, proprietor of the New York World, made reply today to the message sent to congress by President Itoosevelt In regard to the Panama canal purchase. As regards the epithets "lying," "li belous," "wantonly," "wickedly,"- "In famy," Iniquity," applied by the presi dent to the' doings of Kir. Pulitzer's newspaper, Mr. Pulitzer calls the pres ident "a reckless, unscrupulous dema gogue" nnd says he "bulldozes judges," "besmirches coir-ess," assails the in tegrity of "courts and has "vilified the honor of citizens," grossly libeled the United States and "maintained a reign of terror." He says: Mr. Roosevelt Is mistaken. lie cannot muzzle the World. While no amount of billingsgate on his part can alter our determination to treat him with judicial Impartiality and scru pulous fairness, we repeat what we have already said, that the congress of the United States should make a thorough Investigation of the whole Panama trans action that the full truth may be known to the American people. It Is a most extraordinary circumstance that Mr. Roosevelt himself did not de mand such an Inquiry. All his protesta tions of outraged virtue, all his torrents of Imprecation and denunciation with the amazing assertion that "there Is nothing whatever In which this government Is In terested to Investigate about this trans action." The World fully appreciates the Impor tance and significance of Mr. Roosevelt's statement when he declares to congress that the proprietor of the World "should be prosecuted for libel by the govern mental authorities" and that "the attor ney general has under consideration the form under which the proceedings against Mr. Pulitzer shall be brought." This Is the first time a president ever asserted the doctrine of leze majesty or proposed In the absence of specific legis lation the criminal prosecution by the government of citizens Who criticised the conduct of the government or the conduct of Individuals who may have had busi ness deallngB with the government. Neither the king of Great Britain nor the German emperor would venture to arrogate such power to hlmBelf. John Adams' attempt to enforce the sedition law destroyed the Federalist party In America. Yet Mr. Roosevelt In the ab sence of law officially proposes to use all the power of the greatest government on earth to cripple the freedom of the press on the pretext that the government lteelf has been libeled and he is the govern ment. It Is true that the World printed the public 'reports concerning the Panama canal affair which resulted from William Nelson Cromwell's appeal to the district attorney's office during the recent cam paign to prevent the publication of a story which was said to be In the hands of the Democratic national committee. It Is true alst that when Mr. Roosevelt made his attack upon Delavan Smith the World called attention to certain state ments which Mr. Roosevelt must have known to be false or misleading and ap pealed to congress to end all scandal by a full nnd Impartial Investigation, if this be treason let Mr. Roosevelt make the most of It. Mr. Roosevelt's lamentable habit of In accurate statement makes it Impossible to accept either his judgments or his con clusions. In his message he does not state correctly even so simple a matter as the pretended causes of his grievance. He says, for example, that the World asserted that there was "corruption by or on behalf of the government of the Unit ed States." No such charge was made by this newspaper. He says It was asserted that there were "Improper dealings of seme kind between agents of the government and outside persons." No such charge was made. He says that "among those persons who. It was alleged, made 'huge profits' were Mr. Charles P. Taft, a brother of Mr. William H. Taft, then candidate for the presidency, and Mr. Douglas Robin son, my brother-in-law." No such charge was made. The World has never said that Charles P, Taft or Douglas Robinson made any profits whatever. Mr. Taft denied that lie was concerned In the transaction In any way, which denial the World pub lished and accepted. It would have been equally glad dfegfprlnt Mr. Robinson's de al! could It Wtr succeeded In obtaining one from lilm, ns It frequently attempted. The World has no evidence that he was associated with Mr. Cromwell and would accept his word to that effect, for Mr. Robinson Is an estimable gentleman of hleh character, whose reputation for ve racity Is Infinitely better than that of his distinguished brother-in-law. If the World has libeled anybody we hope It will be punished, but we do not Intend to be Intimidated by Mr. Roose velt's threats, or by Mr. Roosevelt's de nunciation, or by Mr. Roosevelt's power. No other living man ever so grossly libeled the United States as does this president, who besmirches congress, bull dotes Judges, assails the Integrity of courts, slanders private citizens and who has shown himself the most reckless, un scrupulous demagogue whom the Amcrl n people ever trusted with great power tnd authority. The World haB Immeasurably more re ipect for the office of president of the ITnlted States than Theodore Roosevelt las ever shewn during the years In which le has maintained a relgn of terror and rlllfied the honor and honesty of both mbllc officials and private citizens who ipposed his policies or thwarted htm In lis purposes. So far as the World Is concerned its jroprletor may go to jail it Mr. Roosevelt mrceeds, as he threatens, but even In lall the World will not cease W be a fear ess champion of free speech, a free press tnd a free people. It cannot be muzzled. Progress at Panama. In n direct nnd unassuming manner Colonel Goethals presented in his re cent annual report the story of twelve months' progress lu the vast and diffi cult undertaking on the isthmus of Panama. The report Is devoid of com plaints or apologies or rash promises as to the future. The whole country Is Informed by this plain narrative tbnt the difficulties in the way of ditch ing the Isthmus do not grow less for midable, but the canal problem is be ing solved. Colonel Goethals does not make light of the fact that landslides have oc curred which Impeded progress by in creasing the amount of earth to be re moved, but in removing the earth at these points care has been taken to provide for employing steam Bhovels for this purpose In case of slides in future. Critics who complained that ultimate success by the Panama route was doubtful have been dlsurmed by the steady achievements of Uncle Sam's patient engineers. TICKET SPECULATORS TO GO. New York's Mayor 8igns Ordinance Prohibiting Sidewalk Sate. New York, Dec. 10. Sidewalk specu iatlon in theater tickets will In thirty days become a violation of the law as a result of the action of Mayor Mc- Clellan In signing an ordinance framed by the board of aldermen prohibiting such speculation. The signing of the ordinance prohlb Itlng sidewalk speculation In theater tickets Is the climax of a long fight which tho theater managers have waged against speculators. J. P. Morgan's wonderful collection of books is variously estimated as worth from $0,000,000 to $40,000,000. There are people who would suppose that the latter sum ought to buy nil the books ever printed nnd corner the future product, including the "best sellers" for a hundred years to come. Holland wisely allowed Castro to get away nnd thus avoided having nn ele- phnnt on her hands. To give him bis deserts would be to mako a martyr of him, nnd the whole world will be glad to see htm sink into the oblivion of exile. All a mistake for artists to depict Santa Claus coming In an auto or any thing like that. Ho usually walks be cause his pnek and bulging pockets bar him from the cars. In the craze to do the holiday shop ping early New Year's resolutions sometimes get sidetracked until "the day nfter" comes round. We can believe that those Parisians really stand for reform now that they tried to repulse Castro before separat ing him from his money. Jack Frost's promise of all kinds of ice next summer can never reconcile us to his kind of pernicious activity this winter. For a city of endless fog London makes a big fuss over every trifle In the shape of a war cloud. South American republics simply say to their ex-presldents, "Goodby and good riddance." One would never guess from the message that tho Roosevelt spear baa found a brother. It was not laziness nor decline that kept Mark Twain from launching a new Joke on his seventy-third birth day. He know that seventy-three for him was a Joke on Dr. Osier that the whole world would appreciate. Hard Jl to Unhorse Paul Kever One of those finical men who in sist that facts are facts only when riveted down by spot witness affidavits and vouchers of identity from genera tion to generation says that Paul Re vere must "move on" out of history into tradition and take Longfellow's epic with him. If it must be tradi tion galas a star and Boston's "ragged rebel" won't be lonely touching elbows with the men of Sempacb, Ivry and Thermopylae and other heroes in that twilight land. However, tho ride hat been ridden in imagination by millions of boys and girls who became fathers and mothers and even grandfathers and grandmothers to more riders. One and all, they took it for "true or It wouldn't have beon printed," so it boots little whether that midnight trip to Lexington happened or Longfellow Inrentcd it. Paul Revere is in saddle to stay. That charge into a hot place at Bala- klava never occurred as the poet de scribes it, but the rendering of Tenny son's classic on recitation days was the battle rehearsal for thousands of schoolboys who in the sixties really charged with Lee's "Jeb" Stuart and Grant's "Little Phil." War is always what Sherman found It, but tho spirit to "fight on horseback, footback and every other back" when nagged too far makes for peace as much as a big fleet and in the same way. Also, if Paul Revere could be unhorsed by col lision with a little thing like "histor ical truth," "Horatlus nt tho Bridge," "Arnold Winkelrled" and "The 'White Plume of Navarre" must go too. The new thought has it that to believe an idea Is fact hard enough makes It fact regardless. For certain purposes, not ably sidestepping dry rot in a na tion's backbone, this gospel bubbles with common sense. Wow For a "Good. Trust." There have been many attempts to imitate Barnum in exploiting tho "greatest and biggest show on earth." It remains to be seen what John W. Gates will do with the idea, but this gentleman has never been known to leave anything loose that-can be tled.M He may not have Rockefeller's knack of assimilating rivals. If not, so much the worse for the rivals. Gates will not be satisfied to bead the procession, Unless he can own it all there won't be any procession. When John W. begins to put to gether "Gates Greatest," etc., there will be one field of prlvato ownership of public enterprise where attempt to enforce anti-trust laws would Insure n riot. "You can't indict a whole people," especially when the whole peoplo are chiefly boys. Gates might not be able to rally a vote of confidence at the polls, but be could count on mustering all the stale eggs and cabbages, brickbats and cobble stones necessary to deter a sheriff's posse from breaking up a circus be enuso It was too great and big. Per haps "the plunger" Is going to give us an object lesson nnd get some fun out of It for himself. If a big, big show is not entitled to be "passed unanl mously without debate" for an immu nity bath then from whom or from where shall come the answer, "Pres ent!" when tho roll of good trusts is called. Tbo great hit make by the late Ad miral Coghlan with tho poem, "Hoch der Kaiser," in. an after dinner speech was by no means an isolated achieve ment for tho gallant sailor. He was exceptionally happy ns nn entertainer of good company, nnd wherever he ap peared at tho dinner table he received nn' ovntlon at the hands of bis admir ing companions. President Roosevelt's step lively springs must have been out of temper when they allowed that Washington chauffeur to "rush" him in broad day light. Of course Carrie Nation prays that her effort to teach London suffragettes new tricks won't cause American tin regenerates to "smile" tho more. Now It needs only a Berlin-Tokyo memorandum underwritten by Chan cellor von Bulow to make the Pacific ocean secure in its name. After all, it may turn out that the fiercest "rooters" for tariff revision are people who want protection put on in stead of taken off. For a man crowding n century Pres ident Nord Alexis made- a good sprint ing record in dodging that dusky lady's rolling pin. Throo months is ample time for us to get ready to beat all records at wel coming the fleet, with several lap lead. I Dorando Staggers and Drops In Marathon Race. I INDIAN RUNNER FINISHES ALONE Kalian Had led Nearly All of the Diitance of 26 Mile 385 Yards When He Qollapied. New York, Dec. 10. The Marathon race between Dornndo Pletri of Italy ind Tom Longboat of Canada was won by Longboat. His time was 2 hours 45 minutes fi 2-5 seconds. As on that memorable occasion of bis first Olympiad in England, Dornn do collapsed within sight of the goal, nnd the Indian runner, who had been led by n yard or more nearly nil the way, won the race. The Marathon fever drew u gather ing of over 11,000 persons to Madison TOM LONGBOAT. Square Garden, and many men and women were still fighting for admls siou when the race began. The distance of the race was the same as when Dorando defeuted John J. Hayes, the English Olympiad cham pion, on the same track, 20 miles 385 ynrds, which over the ten lap track meanB 202 laps 53 yards. Dorando's previous time nt Madison Square Garden, when he beat Hayes, was 2 hours 44 minutes 20 2-5 seconds. Longboat won the toss and took the pole position. Dorando Jumped Into the lead and set a steady pace, with the Indian a few feet back. Both were running easily, but at a good clip. The first mile was made In 5 minutes 14 1-5 seconds, Dorando leading by two ynrds. Longboat took the lead early in the third mile, but held it for three laps only, Dorando letting out a link In his speed and running around the Cana dian. At five miles Dorando was lead ing by two yards; time, 28 minutes 27 4-5 seconds. Dorando then continued in the lead and at the finish of the tenth mile was running at n steady fast gait two yards ahead of his opponent. The time for the ten miles was 58 minutes 57 seconds, which is 1 minute 0 2-5 sec onds faster than the time made In the Hayes-Dorando race for the distance, There was practically no change be tween the tenth and fifteenth miles, Dorando leading at the latter distance by three yards. The time for the fif teen miles was 1 hour 32 minutes 2 2-5 seconds. This was 1 minute 41 1-5 seconds better than tho Hayos-Dorando time. At twenty-five miles Dornndo was leading by two yards. A moment be fore Longboat had made a remarkable spurt and put himself on an even foot ing with the little Italian. Dorando Immediately regained first position', and the men were fighting it out In the twenty-sixth mile, with Do rando in the lead, but visibly weaker, The chances of Longboat appeared to Improve in the second and third laps. In the fourth lap, while the crowd was crying Itself hoarse, both men slackened perceptibly. Then suddenly Dorando staggered and dropped. Longboat finished alone. Bread Lands For Bread Liners. England is overrun with nn nriny of unemployed, nnd the British govern ment has conceived n scheme which aught to forestall any largo recruit ment to its ranks by refugees from Ireland. The Idea Is to Increase tho sum formerly appropriated for Irish land purchase to relieve idleness and poverty In the bogs from $500,000,000 to $000,000,000. Tho additional sum will be put Into grazing lands, to be lllotted to peasants for tillage. Tho region to be benefited has long been overcrowded because tho bulk of the land was devoted to grazing cattle In stead of feeding Irishmen. In this country various plans linvo been suggested for getting tho unem ployed out of the cities upon the land. It might bo cheaper lu the end to fol low Great Britain's example than to relieve tho poor In cities by charity contributions. Many of the unemploy ed here are country bred nnd have been gradually lured Into tovnn and clticB In senrch of n living because the rise In tho price of land and tho In crease In tho cost of working It made farming precarious for tho man with out capital. Great Brltalu's plan is to help the Idle who are asking leave to till the soil for their bread. If any number of our native unemployed are In like Bplrlt tho solution for one social problem that confronts the nation Is obvious. Free bread lnuds will reduce au army of "out of works" quicker than free bread lines. The Lineup ou Suffrage. Active woman suffragists will be likely to congratulate themselves that organized opposition Is taking the field. There will be something doing on the national forum henceforth besides' ab stract appeals which only now nnd then arouse serious criticism, but usually draw cheap rldlculo from the crowd. All great causes have thrived In spite of persecution, and sometimes persecution acts as a blessing. Then for tho first the cry goes out, "Who Is not for us is against us," and the lines are formed for battle. It Is not probable that there will be any persecution growing out of the suffrage agitation except In petty so cial matters. There Is room for honest difference of opinion among tho ladles and the gentlemen whose fealty they command. Tho singular thing about It is that both sides insist that they aim for the highest good of the un franchised sex nnd of society. Both cannot be wholly right. It even may be that neither Is wholly wrong and that there Is a middle ground. At present It seems to be a enso for thor ough debate conducted In good nature and with mutunl regard for opposing convictions. Talk of amending the British house of lords was taken as n Joke by the peers until It was actually proposed lu secret committee to abolish the he reditarr debts of tho 520 members composing that chamber to their seats, The new lden is to cut the number in two nnd make all seats elective, which means tho abolition of sacred rights. But with Its trndltlonnl powers re tained, nn elective body might prove as old fogylsh ns the hereditary one. Mars brought right down to earth by that newly Invented telescope leaves one mystery the less for air ship pioneers to explore. If eggs stay high for awhile and then come down as rapidly as they went up nobody will. relish shoulder ing the falling cargo. With American army officers forced to do tho fifty mile walk stunts nnd uavol officers to "say nothing but saw wood," Field Marshal and Grand High Admiral William of Ilohenzollern ought to find tho fatherland good enough for him, even under tbo relchs tag's lid. Many current flings at tho slzo of women's bats arc base Insinuations, but twelve Inches of rim nnd feather sticking out of cnrrlago windows would go as proof in nny court. That man who cut out the pipe after smoking nlnety-flvo years probably felt that ho must either quit or live to be very old. To the question, "Shall tho peoplo rule?" some women nro answering, "Aye, aye, when we nro Included." Sometimes eggs are tough cases, but, you could almost see their price grow of late. The suffragists got tho start of the Jungle folks In trailing Roosevelt up n tree. TAFT PLURALITY 1,244,494. Me Got 7,637,676 Votes to Bryan's 6,393,182. New York, Dec. 10. The total popu lar vote of tho vnrlous presidential candidates at the last national election was made known In an official form. The totals show tho following votes cast: Taft (Republican) 7,G37,C7G Dryan (Democrat) 6,393,132 Debs (Socialist) 417,051 Charm (Prohibition) Hlsgen (Independence) 83,180 Watson (Populist) 33,871 Ollhaus (Socialist Labor) 15,421 rotal for all candidates 14,852,231 rills grand total exceeds by 1,341,531 the total number of votes cast in the presidential election of 1001, when the grand total was 13,510,708. Compared with that election tho can- llilntcH of tlie Republican, Democratic ami Social!! parties Increased their vote this year. The reverse Is true of the uuulldutcs of tho Prohibition, Popiillxt niul Socialist Rubor parties. The biggest difference in a party te Is shown lu an increase for Bry an of 1,315,211 over the total vote cast In 11101 for Alton B. Parker, the Dem ocratic candidate. Taft received 14,- 100 votes more than were polled foi' President Roosevelt in 1004, nnd Debs ran 45,308 abend of his predecessor on the Socialist ticket. Debs received his lurgest voto In Pennsylvania, 30,013; Illinois, 30,711. and New York, .18,431: AGAINST LIQUOR IN JERSEY. Otato Excise Commission Makes a Strong Report to Governor. Trenton, N. J., Dec. 10. Fewer sa loons, fower drug stores, higher license fees, rigid enforcement of Sundny liq uor laws nnd making mayors responsi ble for their observance are leading recommendations of the report of the state excise commission made to Gov ernor Fort. Tho majority report recommends the divorce of the saloou from politics nnd suggests that provision In the law should be made whereby brewers or nny one else directly or Indirectly In terested In any saloon should be Joint ly held responsible with the proprietor of that saloon If It Is run contrary to the laws. The commission declares that Indict ments could bo found In Atlnntlc coun ty for Sundoy selling If Juries were properly draw and not made up of men so Interested as to not find Indict ments. IK MARVEL DIES SUDDENLY. Veteran American Author Succumbs to Acute Indigestion. New Haven, Conn., Dec. 10. Donald Grant Mitchell, the well-known nu thor, who wrote under the nom do plumo Ik Marvel, died suddenly at his home, nenr bore, aged cighty-slx. Acute Indigestion was the cause of death. At the bedside nt tho time of Mr. Mitchell's death were his sons Harold of New London nnd Walter of New nrk and his daughters Mrs. Walter Hart of Rye, N. Y.; Mrs. Mason Hop pin and the Misses Elizabeth, Hessie and Harriet Mitchell, all of New Hn ven. "WASSERMUCKER," NEW WORD It Means One Who Zealously Fights Liquor Traffic. Chicago, Dec. 10. "Wassermucker." This word Is added to tho English lan guage by President Schneider of tho Chlcngo board of education In uphold ing a public schoolteacher who public ly announced her opposition to the liq uor movement. "A 'wassermucker' Is one who dis plays a marked zeal In lighting tho liquor traffic. 'Wnsser' is German for 'water,' while 'mucker' Is recognized by tho dictionaries as meaning u sta ble cleaner, n low, dirty fellow, nnd also as a fall In the mud." PURS AND BARKS MINGLE. Fine Cats and Dogs Assembled In Chi cago Exhibition Today. Chlcngo, Dec. 10. For three days, be ginning today, the Collsoum Annex Is to bo filled with fine specimens of cats and dogs, the exhibits In the annual cat nnd dog show. Tho show Is given Jointly by tho Beresford Cat club, the Western Bos ton Terrier club nnd tho American Toy Dog club. Tho number of exhibits Is greater than ever before, and the show Is tho finest ever given In Chicago. SCHWAB PUT UNDER OATH. tells Tariff Workers What He Knowa About Steel arid Prices. Woshlngton, Dec. 10. Charles M. Schwab, president of tho Bethlehem Steel company, appeared before the committee ou ways and means and gave testimony uudcr oath on the Iron nnd steel schedule. Later In the week Andrew Carneglo will discuss tho snmo schedule. Wil liam Ellis Corey and E. H. Gary will also be called. Weather Probabilities. Fair: colder; vnrlablo winds.