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Editorial :: View :: Point Unless the signs of the times greatly deceive the student of passing events, especially in this country, the aftermath of the late world war will develop the question of: Is the United States of North America fully capable of self government? In the North the capitalist and the mechanic are in a rule or ruin fight for supremacy and in the South the whites and the blacks are all but ready to fly into a fight to a finish. If therefore, all of the above elements become active in trying' to enforcs their respective forms of govern ment, it will then be quite apparent that none of them can prevail and governmental chaos is bound to fol low fast and furious, which would mean the gradual falling to pieces of this once magnificient govern ment and perhaps the same become a vassal or tribu tary to Japan and Mexico. President Elect Harding is now in the throes of making up his official family for the ensuing four years .which very thing has caused all presidents elect of this country much mental worry, if not actual agony, for it often happens that the president on taking charge of affairs is forced to keep a clos er watch upon the ambitious and refractory members of his official family than he does of the opposite parti sans, and so, Mr. Harding is making haste slowly in selecting his cabinet. Cliques and clans are already laying wires to defeat Mr. Harding's renomination, and in ileu thereof, nominate some one of their number for the presidency. Much is expected of the new year, the first month of which is now fast fading away, and that too almost from every angle of the civic affairs of this country. After the fourth of March the Republican politicians expect the Democratic politicians to be turned out of offices, which they have so religiously held for the Past eight years, and many, if not all of their number, be given the places thus vacated by the unfortunate Democrat*. The working men expect the Now Administration to put the idle wheels of industry once again in motion and thereby give em ployment to the idle. The colored citizens expect this to be the year of Jubilee for them in the passing from power one hostile to their uplift and the coming of one. who will know no man by the color of his skin. Any legislation either local or national in its nature) having for its object the prevention of aliens, and that too without qualifications from owning lands in this country is a splendid move in the right di rection. Foreigners, who acquire lands in this coun try, do so purely for speculation and by no means to help build up the country, and the citizens hereof, aro not in the business, using the vulgar vernacular of the street, of fatening frogs for snakes. Our citi zens are not only working for themselves in the de veloping of the country, but for, their progeny and they are no L willing to add value to the holdings of aliens, on which they can profiteer at the citizens expense. CAYTON'S MONTHLY For more than a century the question of whiskey or no whiskey in the United States has been the burning issue and while no whiskey has been written upon the statute book, yet the question of the hour at this timo is, shall the law be enforced? Breaking the prohibition law weighs lightly upon the minds of many of the alleged law abiding citizens and, like the moonshiner, justifies their actions, in having been robbed of their personal perogatives. It is bad enough for alloged law abiding citizens to drink liquors in the dark, but it is little short of a heinous crime to serve liquors at a public banquet and doubly so when served in places where such shoulld not be seen even in wide open saloon days. Paris, France, se?ms to have had more automo bile accidents last year, in the shape of passing autos hitting pedestrians, than any other city in the. world, the sum of 40,000 persons having been struck, many of whom died from their innjuries. If other large cities main'ain the same ratio of mishaps and ac cidents then it would seom that the automobile in vention was, and is, a menace to the present civiliza tion and far from being the much heralded elixer of life everlasting. Automobiles are still more or less a luxury, confined for the most part to either the idle rich or the half strainer, and the question arises, if so many accidents undeir present circumstances, what would happen if the auto was an ordinary util ity? Despite th:< fact Uncle Sam has developed into the world's banker, yet he himself seems to suffer the periodical outbreaks of financial distress, probably due to either over-speculation or wreekles i ex travagance at times when conservatism should pre vail. The pendulum of the financial clock always recedes just as far backwards as it does forwards and that too despite the fact that men of affairs in this land of opportunities have the reputation of be ing the shrewdest business manipulators of the civ ilized world. There seems to be mo reasonale excuse for the fat and lean years so common to this coun try and in the future they should be eliminated and the get rich quick man should go way back and sit down. ]Januar,y to the colored citizens of this country not only brings its new year, but it likewise brings to them the pleasing memory of the Emancipation Proclamation of the immortal Abraham Lincoln, which unshackled four million of their ancestors and bade them to be as free as the white citizens who formerly held them ts chattels. Even when pracitcally every vain and vestige of the once prolific African descend ants in this country will have been lost and a great mongrel race will appear on thei scene substituting both the white and colored citizens January will then have its soothing memories.