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The Cruise a Success.
Admiral Evans' fleet of sixteen war vessels sailed into Magdalena Bay on Thursday of last week, completing its cruise around one-half of the Western Hemisphere. It will remain several weeks in that Mexican harbor and then proceed to San Francisco, where the historical event will be prop erly celebrated. Admiral Evans sends word that "the pride of the navy" entered the waters of Magdalena Bay in perfect fighting condition. The test has been a severe one and the readiness of the ships to go immediately into action at the end of a trip of such great length, over a difficult route, attracts the enthusiastic comment of the skilled experts of the navies of the world. By this demonstration the United States has vastly increased its standing as a naval power and there fore its usefulness as a factor in the preservation of the world's peace. Respect is engendered by the ability to enforce respect. When the Evans armada left Hampton Roads on its cruise to the Pacific there was violent talk of war with Japan. Nothing is now heard of hostilities from that source. It is understood that the fleet is under orders to complete the circuit of the globe, passing in review before the nations of Asia and Europe and return ing to the point of departure across the Atlantic. Of the around the Horn cruise, a Paris news dis patch saÿs : Many French officers now frankly say the im pressive demonstration given by the American fleet of its ability to keep at sea raises the American navy to an equality with that of Great Britain, and that if the return journey is as successful as the trip around South America has been, the American navy will have demonstrated that she has no su periors in the world. The French Minister of Marine, M. Thomson, is so impressed with the result of this cruise that he is instructing Lieutenant Commander de Blanpre, the French naval attache at Washington, to proceed to San Francisco and send in a full report of the condition of the ships and the lessons of the cruise. Johnson Can be Used. That Governor Johnson, of Minnesota, has en tered fully into the futile conspiracy of the inter ests to turn the tide of Democratic favor against Mr. Bryan is announced through his preparations to open headquarters at Chicago and probably at New York and Washington. Governorjohnson has stated to the newspapers that his private secretary is in charge of his campaign and that if anything is being done the private secretary is doing it. He does not assume responsibility and does not dodge it. He is in the hands of his friends and the chief factor among his friends is that conspicu ous representative of predatory capital, the New York World. Henrj' Watterson, twelve years a Bryan hater and exponent of the policies of the interests, was the original Johnson man. Mr. Johnson considers it necessary for him to have a platform upon which to ride the tempest uous sea of politics, and he has formulated one. It is not worth while to repeat it, except in one partic ular, for in other respects it does not vary much from the declarations of the Bryan school of Demo cracy. Upon a vital issue, Mr. Johnson says he is "against the trusts when they reach a point where they an nihilate the business of individuals, but believes in corporations whose combinations are simply for the purpose of reducing the cost of production." This is an article of faith that can be made ex ceedingly elastic and, as it must, under the arrange ment, be interpreted by the New York Worldcrowd its stretching capabilities can be imagined without invading the domain of romance. It covers the old distinction between good trusts and bad trusts, embalmed in the delusive language of Mark Hanna and re-phrased by the Democracy of self-interest that abides along the shore of the Atlantic ocean and in the haunts of the slaveholders of ante-bel lum times. Mr. Johnson as Governor of Minnesota, twice elected in a strong Republican state, is one thing and Mr. Johnson in the hands of the despoiling fac tion of the Democratic party is another thing. Ifc no longer represents what he has represented and as an exotic from the west he will droop and wither in the tainted atmosphere of New York. After the Denver Convention he will no longer be able to prevail in his home state, but will take upon himself the political likeness of the effete Judge Parker and become a back-number. Senator Heyburn's Position. The position of Senator Heyburn to the Aldrich bill will commend itself to nine-tenths of the real citizen ship of Idaho. He made a strong argument in the open Senate, to the Senators and to the country showing why the bill should not pass. Senator Borah will not be able to explain his support of this in iquitous measure.» The elimination of the railroad bonds as security for an emergency loan does not cure, nor even touch, the radical defects of the measure. The bill will not relieve the present acute financial distress nor will it prevent a recurrence of the situation now confronting us. The bill is in the interest of the "interests" and offers no relief for the people. Its faults and defects have been pointed out re peatedly, and no one ever claims that it is good legislation. At best it is a makeshift, and no legis lation at all is much to be preferred. The securities which the bill provides for as the basis of emergency loans are now held and will continue to be held in New York, If a Boise Bank, for instance, should want to borrow money from the Government to meet the stringency through which we are now passing, it would be compelled to send to New York for the collateral, provided for in the Aldrich bill, because this collateral is there. The Boise Bank, is not in possession of it, and the New York Banks would charge the Boise Bank, a premium. The bill gives no guarantee to the depositor. It is to be hoped that Senator Borah will join his colleague in opposition to this Aldrich corporation legislation. It Labor Trouble Inaugurated. The beginning of what will probably prove a serious strike by railroad employees was announced at Denver last Monday, when 1,500 railroad shop men of the Denver & Rio Grande went out. This beginning, it is predicted, was the signal for ultimate strikes on all the railroads of the Gould system, of which the Denver & Rio Grande is a part. There is a possibility that 24,500 working men will become involved. The railroad company was the aggressor, posted notices abrogating all contracts it had made with union organizations. It instituted new rules that abolish the nine-hour day and overtime allow ances on Sundays and holidays. They destroy the graduated scale of wages, provide for the open shop and declare it to be the intention of the com pany to change shop rules at will. The railroad company has taken advantage of the depression in the industrial condition, being assured that it can easily replace the strikers, more than half of its normal force of employees havitig been laid off during the winter because there was nothing for them to do. It is feared that the strike on the Gould system may extend to other railroad systems and that there will be a wide spread disturbance in labor circles before the troubles precipitated by the action at Denver are adjusted. It will come as an effect of the money panic of last fall and its course will be marked by distress and suffering among the repre sentatives of industry, who are in no way responsi ble for the financial disaster that prostated business. Orchard Sentenced. In the District Court for Canyon County, Idaho, in session at Caldwell, on the 18th inst, Judge Fremont Wood pronounced judgment upon Harry Orchard, confessed murderer of Governor Steunenberg, sen tencing him to be hanged on the 15th day of May. Orchard had withdrawn an original plea of not guilty and substituted a plea of guilty to the indict ment, which charged murder in the first degree. The final plea was made with full knowledge that the penalty must be death and, against advice, it is understood, the murderer asserting his willingness to meet the penalty for the crime of which he is guilty, believing it to be his just due. The doomed man confessed to participation in a series of murders, all of an atrocious character, en deavoring to implicate officers of the Western Fed eration of Miners. Two trial juries relieved his alleged confederates of complicity and Orchard, standing alone in the tragedy of blood, faced pun ishment with a rare exhibition of calmness, if not courage. The fate that he believes himself entitled to has been provided for and if there is no executive inter position, he will be hanged on the 15th day of May. The Court, however, recommended mercy in the case of Orchard, suggesting a commutation of sen tence to the board of pardons. The Court said it believed he told the truth in his testimony, and in that testimony, it will be remembered, he charged cer tain acquitted officers of the Western Federation of complicity in the crime for which he has accepted the death penalty. Good Cheer at Breakfast. Boston Transcript: Cat for breakfast, a predi lection owned up to by Mr. Thomas A. Janvier in the latest of his charming sketches, appeals to me as at once poetic and reasonable. You don't eat the cat, you know, any more than you eat the roses and can dles at dinner ; you simply have her served alive with your breakfast and bask in the radiance of her personality. Meanwhile, it is permitted to pet her. So, there results from her presence much cheer, and the wise traveler will never put up at an inn over night without drafting stipulations touch ing the usufruct of the cat. Many, I realize, hold breakfast in esteem as being a festival wherein the irascible may indulge their spleen. Far from seeking bliss at the matutinal board, they heap it with crossness, wrath, and all unlovely impulses, thinking thus to rid their spirits of ugliness and start the day with a clean bill. To smile at such persons across the breakfast table is to invite rebuke. They think you aspire to pre vent their getting quit of bad notions and to spoil their day by forcing them to conserve the same. For my part, I think they err. Not far from Boston there flourishes a philoso pher who has printed a placard reading, "Keep cheer ful till 10 o'clock and the rest of the day will take care of itself." Good !—only he might have made it: "Keep cheerful at breakfast, and the whole day will take care of itself." I am convinced that upon breakfast and its mood, which should be joy ous always, hangs our chief hope of happiness here below. 1 care not what means a man employs to jollify this "heure sainte de Cat will do. So will the plan of telling funny stories. An eminent physician, addressing the Wednesday evening class at Emmanuel, said that everybody should tell funny stories at breakfast. And I am equally an advocate of rainbows. Since all rightly-placed breakfast rooms look toward the east, it is easy to hang a prism in the window and fleck the walls with many a dancing spectrum. He who can be cross in such jocund company possesses extraordinary gifts and should think himself too a genius to share his morning meal with mal folks. Nature, I believe foresaw the moral and spiritual potentialités of breakfast and tried to arm us against ill-humor by inventing the sunrise. Ideally (that is to say, normally) the morning meal should be eaten beneath glowing skies. As we have elected to the sunrise, it behooves us to grasp at whatever jokes, rainbows, or cats we can and make up for the loss. cereals and cream. rare mere nor scorn