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What the Poll Showed.
The industry of the New York World during the three or four weeks in which it was trying to prove that the Democrats of the Nation did not favor the nomination of Mr. Bryan for the presidency would have been valuable in a better cause. The World sent a number of men to Washington to gather the opinions of Democratic senators and rep resentatives as to the availability of Mr. Bryan, ex pecting to encounter a sentiment against his nomi nation. Forty-four out of seventy-six senators and repre sentatives to whom The World question was pro pounded replied without hesitation that Mr. Bry an was the only possible nominee. Thirteen believed it would be possible to find some one else and eleven made no answer. Governor Johnson, of Minnesota, found favor in the sight of one and Lieutenant Governor Chanler, Senator Cul berson and Governor Folk were hinted at. But the overwhelming voice of the lawmakers was for Mr. Bryan and The World had to admit it after its search for opposition. The New York paper fights unceasingly the ris ing popularity of Mr. Bryan. It has been running in its columns a map upon which was marked out the territory that had become Republican under the leadership of the Nebraskan and it was unfair enough, or forgetful enough, to include the states of Missouri, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and Colorado, which rejected the Democratic ticket under the lead ership of Judge Parker, the ideal candidate of the party in the estimation of The World. It omitted to mention, in another lapse of memory, that in 1900 Mr. Bryan polled G,300,016 votes, while Judge Parker polled 5,079,041 votes in 1904. It does not mention that, but for the opposition of the Her ald breed of Democrats, Mr. Bryan would have been elected in 1896 and probably in 1900. But it goes into the haunts of distinguished men for proof that the party does not want him and fails as it has always failed. Admitting the situation, the New York paper con vinces its understanding that, while the Democratic party does want Mr. Bryan for its candidate, it wants him on the kind of a platform that The Herald itself would favor. This is a species of illogical rea soning that will not influence belief, for it is the principles of Mr. Bryan that the masses admire more than the man. It is what he stands for that brings him new adherents as the years go by. If he repre sented the beliefs of the New York Herald, he would not be mentioned in connection with the office of President of the United States. It is probable, however, that the fight in New York against a candidate of the people will continue and that in the end the Nation will have to refuse to lis ten to the voice of its metropolis. The Herald and other papers of New York are as bitter in their opposition to Mr. Roosevelt as to the Democratic favorite. Democratic Anti-Mormonism. Although the city of Salt Lake achieved an im portant victory over the Mormon hierarchy under the name of the American party, there is no move ment in Idaho for the general organization of a new party with which to encounter the evil of polygamy. The lines are already distinctly drawn. As an organization, the Republican party repre sents polygamous interests and the Democratic party opposes those interests. This has been made clear by the trend of events. It was an issue during the campaign of 1906 and also in 1904, with the Demo cratic party squarely on the record as the opponent of the Mormon church, on account of its polygamous teachings and practices. The issue was placed on broad ground in 1906 by the chairman.of the Democratic party of the State, who said in an address to the people of Idaho : No partisanship has dictated the course of the Democratic party in presenting this issue (polygamy and unlawful cohabitation), for at all times, disre garding the possibilities of deriving advantages by truckling to the Mormon hierarchy, the Democratic party has sought to occupy the high ground of citi zenship which looks solely to the welfare of the State and the preservation of those homes which are at once the glory and safeguard of a republic. We affirm unhesitatingly that polygamy is not only practiced in this State but is increasing to an alarm ing extent, and if the people of Idaho will entrust the affairs of the government of the State of Idaho to the nominees of the Coeur d'Alene (Democratic) convention and the legislators from the various coun ties who endorse the Coeur d'Alene platform, we will pass such laws at the next session of the Idaho Leg islature as will enable us to prove this assertion. The State has a party well founded in its inten tions to uproot the evil and there is no demand for any other organization, as there was in Salt Lake. It has taken the step in advance, has divorced itself from Mormonism and it invites the cooperation of all good citizens that it may, in their name, over come a practice that is blocking the progress of the State of Idaho. An Agreement Fulfilled. On the day that Oklahoma became a State, 560 saloons in the Oklahoma territory portion of the State were closed not to open again. In the Indian territory portion of the State, prohibition had long been in effect. The State placed a prohibitory clause in its constitution because it was required by Congress for the protection of the large Indian population. But for its agreement to abolish the traffic in liquor, admission would have been denied the State. The act of the people by which 560 sa loons were closed was therefore compulsory, and while constitutional prohibition was made irrevocable for a term of years, it is clearly revocable. Clothed with the garments of statehood, Oklahoma becomes sovereign. It can amend its constitution. It can destroy it and make another. The United States has had some experience with constitutional promises and enabling act commands in the cases of Idaho and Utah and it knows how readily such agreements can be dishonored, although they are organic. It was stipulated in the contract with these two States that the practice of polygamy should cease and never be revived. It did not cease. and in the State of Idaho the legislation to carry out those provisions of the constitution prohibiting polygamy was repealed. It may be that a majority of the people of .Okla homa, the voting people, are in favor of prohibition of the liquor traffic, and if so they will have no trouble in maintaining the constitutional provision that shut up 560 saloons in a single day. Practical prohibition is "local option'—it must be sustained by public sentiment to be effective. It is understood that Oklahoma joined the sister hood of States in a petulant mood. The territory had long been deprived of its rights and was still denied its rights unless'it would agree to the terms of Congress. It accepted everything, but perhaps with a mental reservation like the one that reposed in the mind of the Mormon hierarchy when it was casting off Federal authority. In his inaugural address, the Governor of the new State of Oklahoma delighted his constituents with the remark that "the sun has lighted the pathway of a million and a half of people emerging from the disorder and discontent of bureaucratic government, restricted to the point of helplessness and neglected to the point of oppression, into a condition of liberty in self-government." There was no gratitude in the heart of the Gov ernor for the boon conferred by the National Con gress and he declared that it was not the mission of the people of the State to "thank the public officers in overgracious terms who have finally per formed a long and unjustly deferred duty, and that it "would be in the nature of hugging the feet of a dilatory debtor who finally pays his just indebted ness. Who can say what will happen in Oklahoma that it has shaken off Federal authority through a now promise to be strictly good in its future years, as goodness is interpreted under the dome of the Na tional Capitol and at the White House? The Indian territory half of the new State is in terested in the existence and enforcement of pro hibitory law in common with the ex-slave States of the South. It has a large negro population and experience testifies that the man of color is a better citizen when all alcoholic stimulant is eliminated from his system. So the State may take kindly to the new order of things and maintain and perpetuate the agreement it has entered into with the Federal authorities. Its case is an interesting one in connection with the violated promises of the Mormon church, which demonstrate that ante-statehood agreements with the National Government are not binding upon the State and that the delinquent party may even be sustained in its delinquency by the political power that governs the. country. An Error Corrected. Under date of the 3d of December, The Scimitar is in receipt of a letter from Bear Lake County, posted at Montpelier, which says : I take the liberty of setting you right upon the statement made in the second column, page 8 of The Scimitar, regarding Walter Hoge. Walter Hoge is not the brother in-law of President William Budge, but the father-in-law of Judge Alfred Budge. Judge Budge married Walter Hoge's oldest daugh ter. Walter Hoge himself is a polygamist; all his sons are by his second wife, whose maiden name was Beck. The Scimitar bows in humble retraction of the statement that Bishop Budge was a living example statement in the presence of this unsigned andum, and begs to give it to the public with apology for publishing anything of an anonymous character. meinor an This reminds The Scimitar of a burst of fury from Bishop Budge some three years ago. In a speech at the Weiser convention in the early stages of the campaign in 1904, some speaker made the of polygamy and that he domiciled in Paris "with his four wives. The bishop took exception to the soft impeachment and over a signed article in one the Idaho papers said that the speaker knew better, for he was "only living with three wives and the speaker knew it." This same Walter Hoge above referred to is the one that was mentioned in The Scimitar's issue of the 23d as being a member of the Republican State central committee at the present time. Whether Mr. Hoge is father-in-law to Judge Budge or brother-in-law to William is not of material con sequence outside the family, as the point sought was that one of his established Mormon principles and polygamous affiliation ought not to be made spicuous by any political party, edgment of an alliance. The error pointed out does not make it necessary for this paper to budge from i ts position as a chronicler of events within a nu merous domestic establishment, Spokane has spoken, through its Chamber of Corn so con It is an acknowl merce, its Merchants' Association and its Grocers' Association, as representative of the Inland Pacific Northwest, against the recommendation of the ident's message in behalf of a parcel post system, suggested by the Postmaster General. Spokane serts that a parcels post system would be harmful to the retail and wholesale trade of the Northwest, retarding development and crippling business, pres as It feels that the great centralized department stores would be too strong for country dealers to cope with if assisted in their transactions by the Postoffice De partment. Yes, ma,am, : the convict was saying, jist for trying to flatter a rich man." "The idea!" exclaimed the prison visitor. "Yes, ma, am. "I'm here I jist tried to imitate his signature Tit-Bits. on a check.