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Tariff and Trusts.
argument and will not appeal even to free-traders, that the protective policy was inaugurated to stifle The protective tariff policy has been justified and upheld during the years on the argument that our laborers should be protected against under-paid foreign labor, and our manufacturers and producers against foreign competition, to the point where there should be an adequate reward for our own people. The great trusts have taken advantage of the policy to destroy competition at home, as well as from abroad, and to enrich themselves enormously at the expense of all the people. It is not a sound all competition. All competition has been stifled in many products, by the trusts, which use the vast power and wealth acquired by them for corrupt purposes. The demand of the people is, and it is an insistent demand, that the power of the trusts be broken, and that the controllers and responsible heads of the corrupt organizations be punished. In cidental and as a part of this demand, is an insistence that the protective tariff be reformed. The pro tective tariff does not excuse the trusts for their iniquities, and the people cannot be made to believe that the laws, or lack of laws, justified them in their corruption. This is an opportune time for old-fashioned, com mon, plain honesty in private and public affairs. It is not a good season for technicalities or eva sion. There is a demand for robust honesty. It is not true that large business enterprises must of ne cessity require more or less fraucl and stealing in their conduct. It is not true that politics and suc cessful politicians must be more or less corrupt. Anti=Mormon Politics. A contest is now going on in Salt Lake City to decide whether the American citizens or the Mor mon church shall exercise political control. The election will take place next Tuesday. Idaho and other sections of the Northwest are very much interested, as the identical question in volved there must be fought out here. The Mormon church dictates absolutely in Utah State and does not need allies. In Salt Lake City, however, the Gentiles outnumber the Mormons, and voting strength and control through their great bal ance of power. They all vote the Republican ticket in Idaho, and through this combination the church controls politics as absolutely in this commonwealth as it does in Utah. This control is not secure, how ever, because the Gentiles in the state outnumber the Mormons. The Democratic party of Idaho is the Anti-Mor party. It demands that these people shall live up to the requirements of the State Constitution, the laws of the land and the civilization of the age. It demands a complete separation of church and state, in consequence there is not a Mormon-Democrat in mon Idaho. A great many Republicans are very much dissat isfied on account of the domination of their party by the Mormon hierarchy. There is much talk that these Republicans, among whom are numbered of the very best and foremost men of the party, will endeavor in their next convention to take the trol of their party away from the Mormons and put it in the hands of those citizens who believe in a compliance with the provisions of the constitution of the state. many con All good citizens live up to the spirit of the State Constitution. All people should be required to. A victory for the Americans in Salt Lake will strengthen the opponents of the polygamous hier archy everywhere. It would bring our controversy in Idaho more quickly to a successful issue. There is now, and can be, no partisan politics in Salt Lake City worth while, and definitely, whether the church is to control in politics. There can be no politics in Idaho worth while til it is determined definitely whether this polygamous hierarchy which controls Utah is also to continue to dominate politics here. This question overshadows the differences be tween those Gentiles who call themselves Repub licans and those who call themselves Democrats. It must be decided there, first un same ^11 Ecclesiast Challenged, William A. Hyde, the president of a Mormon Stake of Zion of Idaho, has been writing to the news papers of this state certifying that the church and its people are entirely free from polygamy, church lygamy; and when their crime became so notorious that it was a matter of inquiry before the Senate committee at Washington in the Smoot investigation, the church caused these two men to be dropped from the apostolic quorum; but they still maintain their apostleship, and in no other respect were they pun ished. They are looked upon and treated by the officers and members of the church as being among the most sanctified leaders in the community, and as having suffered a temporary martyrdom at the hands of a wicked and unbelieving world. They still continue to live with their new plural wives, which wives continue to bear children to them in the polygamous relation. The president of the Pocatello Stake of Zion makes a defense of the church in politics and commercial ism by the same kind of argument and falsehood which he uses in denial of the church polygamy. It is unnecessary to go into the details of his absurd apology. The Scimitar calls upon this ecclesiast to cite one instance where the church has ever dis fellowshipped any man for polygamy or polygamous living; to cite any case where penalties have been inflicted by the church upon polygamists for their crime ; and in default of any proof of his silly as sertion, The Scimitar calls the attention of the peo ple of Idaho and the nation to the base falsehood with which this ecclesiast is covering the criminality and the political infamy of his church in this state. The World's Industrial Battle. The battle of the United States with Japan is to be a contest of industry even if not of arms. Setting aside as of no imminent danger the pos sibility of war on sea or land, we are confronted by the assurance which burdens every mail from the Orient, that the aggressions of the Mikado's empire are taking the form of successful financial and industrial endeavor within the provinces of China; and from this quarter, with four hundred millions of abstemious and industrious Chinese ani mated by the activity of the Japanese, may come a contest for a world supremacy. The growth of the commerce of Japan is some thing momentous, and we of the United States have to consider that despite the supposition that the have cast aside party names and are making the contest as the American party. The church forces are divided under the names of the Republican party and the Democratic party. In some of the wards in the city there has been a fusion of the church parties; the Republican-Mor candidates withdrawing in favor of the Demo mon cratic-Mormon candidates and Democratic-Church candidates withdrawing in favor of Republican Church candidates. The fight for the control of the city council is thus plainly between the Ameri cans. and the Mormon church. The church would withdraw one of its candidates for mayor but for the effect on the country at large. An amendment will be pressed in the coming Congress, giving the Government power to put President Joseph F. Smith, Brigham H. Roberts and all other Mormons who are living in the polygamous relation, in the peni tentiary. The church dreads this legislation. It understands, to some extent, the antipathy of the American people to the union of church and state, and fears the consequences of abandoning the sem blance of party politics in Salt Lake City. It pre fers to take the chances of throwing sufficient Mor mon-Democrats to the Mormon-Republican candi date for mayor to elect him. They hope by a semblance of party politics to furnish excuses to a number of Gentiles to vote one the other of the church tickets. They would sooner fail in this and have an American mayor, than to openly proclaim to the world the absolute control which they exercise ,in politics. Idaho is especially interested in this Salt Lake City election because we are involved, as a state, in the same fight. Here the Mormons are about one-fourth of our or interference in politics and church commercialism. His defense of the accused hierarchy seems to be acceptable to the political allies of the church in Idaho, in whose interest the apology is presented for public consideration ; but beyond these interested ele ments, who would receive and approve any kind of hypocrisy from the same quarter so long as political elevation and assistance accompanied the same, it is doubtful if any citizen of this state or nation will be convinced by the argument. The president of the Pocatello Stake of Zion of fers the following plea concerning polygamy : "As to the attitude of the church, it is sufficient to say, that polygamy is under its ban as thoroughly as the law of the church can pronounce it ; and all mem bers who violate its regulations, in addition to being liable to the civil law, will be subject to the severest penalties that the church can inflict." And a pretended servant of Jesus Christ, speaking in the blasphemed name of the Savior, dares to tell that falsehood and ask that he and his criminal col leagues shall be supported and approved by a general acceptance of the mendacity! The church inflicts no penalties for polygamy either new or old. On the contrary, it advances and main tains in the highest stations the men who are guilty of polygamy. The church has never disfellowshipped any man for polygamy or polygamous living. It has never caused the prosecution of any man by the civil law for either of these offenses. It guards all practicers of polygamy from both ecclesiastical and civil suffering. It establishes places of refuge for its polygamists, and it visits its heaviest penalties, politically, commercially and socially upon all who dare to antagonize the practice or to criticise the practicers. Two apostles, John W. Taylor and M. F. Cowley, were known to have entered into new po we export little more than half as much as we import from that country. The figures of the Japanese trade with the world for the last calendar year are as follows : Country— America ... Europe .... Asia . Hawaii .... Australia .. Egypt and other countries. Imports From. Exports To. ..$ 35 , 503,546 $ 65 , 188,312 43 , 108,521 99 , 042,212 1 , 379,110 2 , 112,831 1 , 046,460 85 , 118,822 82 , 918,574 7,035 2 , 064,025 3 , 780,052 $ 208 , 392,054 $ 211 , 877,446 Even this proportion is not likely to be maintained after the Chinese shall have been fully armed with the modern methods by the Japanese ; for when such events shall have been fully consummated, there will be a great change, to our disadvantage, in the present relative proportions, for many things which we now export will be manufactured within the Orient, while the stimulation of Oriental industries and their cheaper raw material and their infinitely cheaper labor, will make an invasion of our own markets and the markets of the world with Oriental goods of the same character as those which we now export across the Pacific. Friend (to the Count who has just married a wealthy American girl)—A thousand congratula tions, old fellow. But how did you manage it so quickly? You can't speak English and she knows no German, I understand. Count—Oh, there was no necessity for words. I showed her my genealogical tree, and she showed me her check book.—Meggendorfer Blatter.