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Prosecuted Politicians. The Dallas Morning News of October 21st says: Formerly the man in politics could do anything he preferred to do, and his blind partisans, dupes and hirelings would whoop for him and fight for him just the same. It is different these days, and the rascal in politics has begun to go to the peniten tiary just as other rascals go. Nevertheless and notwithstanding it will be ob served that the politicians are going to the peni tentiary with great reluctance and slowly! Is it not true that one great reason why poli ticians have been so successful in keeping out of penitentiaries is that through their great power they have muzzled the press? When the press is fear less, fair and united, as it has been at times in New York, Philadelphia and St. Louis, politicians pay the penalty for their misdeeds. It seems to require peculiar qualities in the pub lic prosecutor to successfully carry on a criminal prosecution against a politician in power. Perhaps Mr. Heney has been the most conspicu ous among the prosecutors of public men: It seems to be his specialty. The Oregonian, in a recent article, taking the San Francisco Examiner to task for its attacks on Mr. Heney, describes his characteristics as those necessary for success in his field of action. In its editorial comments the Oregonian says, in part : Again, an insidious and unrelenting newspaper warfare, such as the Examiner has undertaken to wage upon Mr. Heney, might break the spirit and destroy the resolution of some men. It might harry them into a fit of disgust with the public service, which demands the most toilsome devotion and so often repays it with contumely and ingratitude. But * it may be asserted very confidently that Mr. Heney is not that kind of a man. Detraction seems to stimulate rather than depress him. He thrives upon ingratitude and relishes calumny as other men do praise. He attacks his work with a passion which opposition only fans into a fiercer flame. It would be difficult to imagine anybody speaking of Mr. Heney as a tolerant man. On the contrary he is intensely intolerant. He is a good hater, as the great apostle of common sense in morality used to say, and he has selected the objects of his hatred with a keen and beneficent discrimination. Is it not Mr. Heney's intolerance that makes him efficient? Have we not made too much of a fetich for the last fifty years of that limp and spine less doll which is called "toleration"? Is the man who hates nothing, blames nothing and fights noth ing of much account in the world? Has the human race advanced by fondling its enemies or by slaying them? The so-called virtue of tolerance is a highly composite affair made up of indolence, cowardice and indifference with other less conspicuous ingre dients. One who believes nothing strongly is quite willing that everybody else should believe anything or nothing as they please. All faiths can live together in a happy family when all of them are half dead, but not otherwise. A man who sees little difference between vice and virtue can discover no reason for violent attacks upon vice. What is the use of making such a fuss over tweedle dum and tweedle dee? Wrong left to itself flourishes and spreads throughout civil society like a corroding cancer. It can be checked only by positive opposition, and men will never op pose it effectively unless they hate it. It is the flam ing passion for righteousness that has saved the world in all its crises, and it is that same passion that must save us now from the corruption that is eating its way to the vitals of government in our municipalities. Mr. Heney is peculiarly the man for thè times because he is of relentless intolerance for what he knows is wrong. And that there is so much of wrong in our politics everywhere is be cause of the easy, indolent tolerance which we have cultivated thinking it was a virtue, when in reality it is an unpardonable vice. In matters of fashion and taste it is well to tolerate the most diverse conduct; where principle is involved, toleration in variably signifies a yielding to evil. Sugar Production. The Coeur d'Alene Press : The sugar beet harvest is on in full blast at Hayden Lake this week. Fully 100 men are pulling beets on the irrigated tracts near Avondale school house. * * There are over 1200 acres of these beets to be gathered, all of which are shipped to the sugar beet factory at Waverly, at the rate of from four to five carloads daily, there to be converted into sugar. The per cent of sac charine is 18, which is said to be the highest in sugar beets. The yield is, on the whole, very good, aver aging, where the crop was not destroyed by cut worms in the new ground, it is claimed, from ten to eighteen tons per acre. The producer receives $5 per ton when delivered on the cars at the electric station. * * * Another year, it is thought, the yield will be better. On account of the ground hav ing been worked it will be freed from pests. The Northwest is the ideal country of the world for the production of beet sugar, because of the large beet crops which can be raised through irri gation and also because of the great percentage of saccharine in the beet due to natural soil ingredients. Java is the great cane sugar country, producing al most as much as Cuba. The yield is so great and labor so cheap in Java that it sells sugar in our markets, paying the full duty. It is the only country able to pay the duty and still compete with free Hawaiian and favored Cuban sugar and also with our domestic beet sugar. Sugar raisers and experts claim the Philippine Islands could easily outstrip Java in sugar pro duction. B/tj Grop of Apples. Says the Caldwell News : W. S. Hawkes, who owns a fruit ranch near Roswell, says he will have $1000 worth of commer cial apples on five acres. The Eastern buyer who bargained for the same said he had never in all his experience seen such a crop of Jonathans as were grown on this place. Mr. Hawkes used to be a Congregational preacher, and a good one, too. From this it seems he has other qualities entirely worth while. Here is a crop which yields its pro ducer $200 per acre. This crop exacts but small portions of the strength of the soil and by judicious irrigation it is readily rehabilitated. There is no such thing as fabulous price for land which can give such account of itself as this. Idaho has thousands of just such acres. Republican Default. (Troy News, Rep.) It is admitted that the Republican party of Idaho is in anything but a hopeful condition for the ing struggle, now but a few months off. It does not require much of a sage to determine the cause, but the remedy is harder of solution. To the News there is but one possible hope of success. There is just one avenue of escape from certain and whelming defeat, and unless that policy prevails all is lost. What, then, is the solution? Simply this: The Republican party of Idaho must make no at tempt to defend the record of the last Republican Legislature. It cant do it. It will be repudiated at the polls. And it must go one step farther, publican politicians and leadeVs, responsible for the present disgraceful state of things, must gracefully retire to the rear procession. They have forfeited their right to leadership. What then? Having repudiated the party record and relegated its thors to the rear the leadership must be taken by those Republicans who, through every struggle, stood for the honor and integrity of Republicanism. To be plain, the party must now openly admit that those Republicans known through the last Legis lature as insurgents and termed bolters were right. And having made this admission the party must follow their leadership. This element of the party must write the next Republican platform, and Idaho Republicans, if they would win, must ask the people to support no man whose record is not in hearty accord with such a plan. The insurgents and Democrats in the last Legis lature voted together for legislation demanded by the people. They formed a combination for this purpose, and kept their agreement with each other. It was not a "spoils" nor was it a political com bination. The people through the party platforms and votes at the polls had plainly made known their wishes. The "insurgent" Republicans and the Demo crats voted to make these expressed wishes effect ive. They stood for a primary election law; they stood for an eight-hour labor law; they stood for an anti-trust and an anti-pass law. com over Re au up They stood for anti-Mormon church legislation, including the enforcement of the constitutional test oath, a change of venue and an unlawful cohabita tion law. All of this legislation was beaten by the Mormons, aided by the Governor and Republicans controlled by the Mormons. The distinction of the insurgents and the cause for their being denounced as "bolters" was that they joined with the Democrats against the domination of the Mormons in our politics. The Troy News is correct. The Republican party must throw off the domi nation of the Mormon heirarchy and accept the leadership of the insurgents. The Anti-Pass Order. An exchange says : It is estimated that prior to the anti-pass order of the Pennsylvania Railroad, 20 per cent of the passenger traffic of the United States was carried on passes. Some states in addition have passed anti-pass laws. Texas is one of these. The Cooper Review, of that state, remarks that : It is claimed that since the anti-pass law went into effect in July only three members of the Legis lature have visited Austin. Upon this the Dallas News makes the following comment : The absence of the legislator in Austin is keenly felt and generally remarked. Formerly, when this class rode on free passes, hardly a week passed with out the Capital City being honored by the visits of scores of lawmakers. But now all is changed. And, in this connection, it may be stated that a smaller number of newspaper men visit the capital than for merly. The legislators saw to that, and smile when they remember just how they got revenge. The Wilson County Journal of the remarks : The Governor says he is receiving letters from wives of Texas editors commending his course on the anti-pass bill, saying that their husbands now stay at home and spend less money than before their mileage was taken away from them. All of which reminds The Scimitar of which happened long enough ago to be safe to relate : An official in Idaho was the possessor of nual pass and also a hog ranch. The hog ranch was far removed from his home, but both situated on the same line of railroad, travel from his home to his hog ranch checking empty trunk on his pass. He would kill and dress a hog at his ranch, put it in the empty trunk and recheck it to his home station. This worked beauti fully until the careless handlers of baggage one day threw the trunk off at the home station with such force that it broke open and exposed the contents to the gaze of his disrqayed neighbors. Then the railway company served notice that the pass was only for one hog at a time. same state a story an an were He would an Union of Strenuosities. Perhaps the President's statement that he would rather live in San Francisco than in Boston is not surprising. Boston is sadly lacking in those dyna mic features that have distinguished the Pacific tropohs.—Boston Transcript. me lt is a high compliment which the Chief Executive thus pays to the city of the Golden Gate; view of our knowledge of his character, is in accord with Western expectation of San Francisco's grow ing importance and the commensurate growth of Pacific activities. and in If the President were to have a century to live, and his admirers wish it might be he could not do better than to locate his marvelous energy in San Francisco, where within the to come, the world's commercial events will be de termined. Before the opening of the year 2000, an upbuilt Pacific Coast for us and an awakened China across the water, will be exchanging commerce and finance as now s< » century New York exchanges with Europe, union of strenuosities would please And that both.