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THE IDAHO SeiMITAR.
SCIMITAR PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY, Ltd. FRED T. DUBOIS CHARLES E. ARNEY, EDITOR BUSINESS MANAGER PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY At Boise, Ada Gounty, Idaho. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE OF THE IDAHO SCIMITAR. Including postage in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; $2.00 a year: $1.00 for six months. Subscription to all foreign countries, within the postal union, $3.50 a year. Single copies, 5 cents. Payments should be made by Check, Money Order or Regis tered Letter, payable to The Idaho Scimitar. Address all communications to The Idaho Scimitar. Application made for entry at the Post Office at Boise, Ada County, Idaho, U. S. A., as second-class matter. Post Office Box 474. Bell Phone, 157. Independent Phone, 767. Rooms 303*305-307 Overland Building. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2. 1907 It took only a series of striking events to prove the quantitative theory of money to Wall street. 4 * 4 * 4 » A bear from every state is said to be the Presi dent's ambition ; and most of the states reciprocate. 4 4 4 In calling the President the man of the century, one of his corps of magazine adulators seems to imply that we are to have ninety-three years more of strenuosity. 4 + + When Smoot, the Mormon church apostle Senator, sneered at the noble women of the W. C. T. U. he betrayed an evil instinct, which no pretense of sanc tity can conceal. 4 4 4 But suppose the President should be away on a hunting trip, beyond the speedy reach of mail wire, when the Republican National Convention meets. How could he refuse? 4* 4* 4* It is complained of Bryan by a Roosevelt ad mirer that the Nebraska statesman does not know or how to catch fish. In early youth Bryan adopted the advice to be thenceforth a fisher of men 4* 4* 4* How can there be a permanent depression for a country whose agricultural product alone for year is valued at the full amount of all the metal money of all the world—eight billion dollars? one 4 4 4 ' Fighting Bob Evans, with the greatest fleet of battleships ever assembled under one command, sail ing the Pacific as our peace ambassador, is a pleas ant jest supported by sixty eighteen-inch laughter compelling guns; and any Japanese who cannot see the suave humor of the situation is invited to a trial of naval jiu-jitsu. 4? 4* 4? Either to exploit reformed spelling or to blast an evil, the White House called Hearst a "demagog" last year. There must have been a sudden eration or degeneration, for in this campaign the New York Republican allies of the White House regen have fused with Hearst's Independence League. Which was it, ascent or descent ? R. E. Lockwood. R. E. Lockwood had accepted the position of managing editor of The Scimitar. Before assuming his chair and one week before the first issue, he was accidentally killed by the discharge of an auto matic pistol. Sudden death is always shocking. The case of Mr. Lockwood is peculiarly so. unusual character. Every one had perfect faith in him. The sincerity of his motives tioned. His ability was of a quality. His utterances carried conviction because His was an was never ques rare and striking they rung true. A great career of usefulness was open before him. His ideals were high, his ability marked, his char acter robust. A vein of pure humor, always bub bling, made companionship with him and his writ ings a constant pleasure. He was one of those rare men who disarmed jealousy, and for whom his friends and acquaintances hoped and expected no table development and achievements. The great new Northwest needed him—it will miss him. He was among its most attractive and lovable figures. The People's Struggle. That there is a necessity for reform in business and political methods throughout the United States is recognized and conceded. Almost if not every large municipality, and nearly if not every state is to a greater or less degree affected. The people had become tolerant of abuses by those leading in business and politics ; they were apathetic. They did not and do not condone corruption and corrupt methods. They needed an awakening. It was necessary that they should shake off their leth argy. They are stretching themselves now. They are awakening. Unparalleled prosperity and the unbroken doini nance of one political party afforded and were the prime causes of abuse of opportunities, out of which has grown corruption. Satisfaction with their own personal condition so far as immediate material wants were concerned, led the people to accept quiet ly, if not to view with complacency, wrongs which their better instincts warned them were most dan gerous and pernicious. This satisfaction with the material prosperity so abundant and general induced them to continue in power the political party under whose administration it flourished. The unequal distribution of easy money did not disturb them much ; they did not care if some were accumulating vast wealth so long as they were getting enough to make them comfortable. They knew that they were enjoying luxuries which had been denied them and their fathers before them, and they had no particu lar disposition to inquire how it was that a few were gathering to themselves wealth, never dreamed of in the world's history. Had the few been content with less, and granted the many a little more, the day of reckoning would have been postponed, and if more opportunities had been granted the many, there might have been no day of reckoning, possibly being needed, of the few to absorb all opportunities and deal them out to whomever they wished, much more than their none The plain and unmistakable intent accumulation of enormous wealth, forced the revolt and made possible the reforms, see nothing in the future, if the few were allowed to continue their method of absorption, until every avenue of opportunity was closed to them, unless and until the gate was opened by the few, and they were allowed to enter and to remain only so long as it pleased the few. As soon as the many really determined to examine into the methods employed The many could by the few to seize and hold the opportunities which belong to the many, a shocking condition vealed. Corruption seems to have entered the most was re sacred precincts. The funds set apart for the widows and orphans and supposedly held, by the great life insurance companies as the most sacred of all trusts, were used to enrich the custodians of the funds, and, as if in contemptible irony, to corrupt and debauch society. It is unnecessary to portray the extent of corporate abuse in detail ; tensive with the country's area, ruption and corrupt methods it is practically co-ex The fact that cor arc so widespread, while alarming, is not necessarily a sign of deca dence. It does not afford just grounds for pessimism. The fact that the people are awakening to the true situation, and are determined to attack corruption, punish corrupt men and eliminate corrupt methods, is the hopeful sign. This awakening and demand for reform is as widespread as are the abuses. In our great Northwest we have the railroads, the lumber trust, the lead trust and the sugar trust, con spicuously, which are enriching themselves beyond reason, and are using their vast power to deaden the moral conscience of the people. In several states of the Northwest we have in addition the Mormon organization, the most corrupting, debasing and dan gerous of all the trusts. The difficulties which sur round us in the great conflict now going on are as great as confront the people of any section. Our vast natural wealth and paucity of people offered an inviting field to organized wealth, and it is strong ly entrenched. Yet the methods employed to secure this great wealth which nature had planted here, and the use made of the power which these vast posses sions give them have aroused the people. They un derstand their duty and their responsibility. They are the culled people from the older states who are filling up the Northwest. They came prepared to endure hardships. They came to make homes and to build states. They are willing + o compete. They demand equal opportunity, however, and abominate corruption. The Northwest will take its position fully abreast of the other reform forces and will not cease its fight against corruption until there is a complete victory. This is the opinion of The Scimitar, and it will be the pleasure and duty of The Scimitar to stand with those who insist that the constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Idaho shall be lived up to, and that there shall be no favoritism to corporations or individuals under the law, or through lack of enforcement of the law. The Intent Of the L<IW. It is a dangerous thing to teach that laws are framed to encourage fraud. The Stone and Timber Act was passed to allow individuals to acquire gov ernment property for their own use and benefit. It was in accord with the unbroken policy of the gov ernment, to encourage the home-builder. It .followed the generous design of our national law-makers to encourage citizens to build up new country. It was passed before the day of grasping lumber trusts. It was not contemplated that these unconscionable cor porations would make use of the act to acquire vast possessions by corrupting and debauching ties, and inducing individuals to acquire timber lands through perjury, and turn the lands over to them for a consideration. The law is faulty, but it does not justify perjury or subornation of perjury. commum Is It a Coal Trust? The people of the inter-mountain country are suf fering and in the coming winter likely to suffer still more grievously on account of their own mis fortune or crime in dwelling in the vicinity of un limited coal measures. Provident Nature may lavish bestowal of vast reaches of fuel; anthracite in some localities, in others bituminous, and in still others, lignite coal; barely shielding them from the ele ments with a sufficient overlaying stratum to tect them from wastage during the countless turies of pro cen erosion, while leaving them readily cessible to man. The enterprise of railroad builders may establish the means of transportation from the coal fields to the consumer's door, and then whim of diabolism enters into the equation and ruins the hope and refuses the need for cheap and abund ant fuel. Many of the cities of the inter-mountain ac some country pay more for coal in this land of coal than is paid by the large manufacturing and populous centers of the East and Atlantic seaboard. Are we of the Northwest the victims of sportive mood of Nature in which she denies to the utilization of the gifts which she bestows; are we sufferers under some evil but removable dition of humankind, which makes our fuel the more costly and inaccessible because of its natural opu lence and availability? In other words, is there a coal trust in the North west and in the inter-mountain country? The householder and the some us or con consumer in general will have some months of distress if not actual suffering in which to answer this question and in which to decide upon a remedy for the evil.