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THE IDAHO SCIMITAR.
SCIMITAR PRINTING AND PUBLISHING COMPANY, Ltd. FRED T. DUBOIS CHARLES E. ARNE Y, ' EDITOR BUSINESS MANAQER PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY At Boise, Ada County, 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. Post Office Box 474. Bell Phone, 157. Independent Phone, 767. Rooms 303-305-307 Overland Building. Entered as second-class matter October 31, 1907, at the post office at Boise, Idaho, under the Act of Congress of March 2,1879. SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1908 . To Subscribers. ^ + Attention is directed to the address slip * 5 pasted on each copy of the The Scimitar. It J £ gives the date to which the subscriber named f X on the slip has paid. T Ip The subscriber can ascertain, by reference 4. to the address slip account, how much is due d* J the publishers (if anything) and they would * £ be pleased to receipt for all arrearages and * 4 * give credit for such advance remittances as n* + can be conveniently tendered. * 41 Subscriptions are ordinarily made payable 4. j* in advance, and a recent ruling of the Post- + ! most obhg P a a ,r y % puwSrerf ,0 wETecond * + class postage privileges have been granted. 4 * * 4 * 4 China has apologized and Japan; being dread fully hard up for cash, has concluded not to wipe out the celestial empire. Next. + i 4 Since the decision, there has been unwonted activ ity in the patronage department at Washington and it is presumed that the political chieftains are hot on the trail of Attorney Ruick. 4 4 4 In making publication of a list of the members of the -State Democratic committee who attended the late meeting at Boise, the name of Frank Harris, of Weiser, was inadvertently omitted. Mr. Harris is member at large of the committee. 4 + 4 An astonishing thing has happened in Pennsyl vania. Four of the capitol building grafters have been found guilty by a jury and are in some danger of going to the penitentiary for two years. Some thing like nine million dollars has been abstracted from the pockets of the taxpayers by the capitol ring and for the first time in a generation the bood lcrs find that the tax payers object. 4 4 i Senator Sutherland, of Utah, has publicly an nounced that he will not support the movement that seeks the re-election of Senator Smoot, of Utah, but it is not supposed that the Sutherland declaration will prove fatal to the expectations of Smoot. If the church dictates the return of its apostle to the Senate, the Republican party will fall in and second the motion and then, to employ a metaphor, the Sutherland interest will go up the flume. Issues of the Campaign. The Democratic party of Idaho has a great oppor unity in the approaching campaign. Whether it wins the election or not, it should win. William J. Bryan has twice carried the State. He has steadily and consistently maintained the principles which he advocated in those two campaigns. The Demo crats can and will appeal to the voters of Idaho to again sustain Bryan, and in him the politics which he represents. It will be a powerful argument be cause it will reach willing ears. The personality and sublime courage and un sullied character of Mr. Bryan in every phase of life will be most potent now, when there is a striv ing for higher and better ideals everywhere. Then, again, the nepotism, the extravagance, the bicker ings, the utter contempt for the people shown by the State administration, will be a fruitful theme on the stump. It will be hard for the Republican orators to answer the plain recital by the Demo crats of the broken platform pledges of the Re publican party by the Republican Legislature. The Democrats will have the great strength of Bryan and his policies on which to appeal to the voters nationally. They can point out most effectively the utter failure of the Republican party in the State and Legislature to meet the most reasonable wishes of the people, or to keep their pledges to them. Of more concern, and much more potent locally, is the demand by the Democratic party that all the people of the State shall live up to the consti tution of the State The Republican party is in an open alliance with the Mormon church, by the terms of which the Mormons shall be protected in their violation of the constitution of the State. The Democratic party d cmands that effect vc legislation . - , , . . ,01 ca,r >' in g the provisions of toe constitution shall be enacted and enforced, in regard to polyga m ous living, voting and holding office. B maintaining the high vantage ground now oc . , " ® ... cupied by the Idaho Democracy, and taking ad vantage of the weakness of the Republicans, the Democrats should carry the State. But even though *">■ "'ere will he victory even in defeat, for their contention is worthy. Giving Attention to Idaho. The official organ of the Mormon church, the Deseret News, published at Salt Lake City, under direct control of the hierarchy, is expending some of its attention upon the state and the people of Ida ho. In its issue of the 12th inst. it demanded the overthrow of the Democratic opponents of polygamy in this state and said : It is now time for the sane men and women of all political parties (in Idaho) to stand up for the law of the land and demand that religious and political issues be kept apart and each settled in the domain to which each belongs. Thus says the godless organ of a bogus priest hood to the people of Idaho. The sane men and women of the state so assailed say in return, take your religion out of our government and we will take our politics out of the pretense you call your religion. The sane men and women of Idaho are here to build for themselves and their future and in their mission of progress they find themselves impeded at every step by an usurping church and whenever they place themselves on the defensive or assume the offensive, the saints cry out, "they are interfering with our religion." And now comes this publication of the church that tempts the wrath of God in every vain parade of its hypocrital cant and tells the men and women of Idaho that they must stand up for the law of the land. The Deseret News represents murder, mass acre, robbery, thievery, blasphemy and all the crimes that the Mosaic law and the law of man forbids— and it preaches obedience to law to the law abid ing people of Idaho. The Deseret News is operating in concert with certain Idaho Jack-Mormons to whom The Scimitar has previously referred and, directed by a church machine in another state, has opened a campaign for the destruction of the only organized politi cal opposition polygamy has in Idaho. The Salt Lake Tribune says: Evidences are multiplying that the church is seek ing to capture the Democratic party in Idaho. It does not need to capture it in Utah, because it naturally has it; and without the church there is no Democratic party, nor Republican party either, in In Idaho there is a Democratic party but the Republican party has fallen into the sad disgrace in that state of being practically the church party. The Democratic party has avoided this far, and has stood for the Constitution of the State demanding that all citizens shall abide by the law and tender their supreme civil allegiance, so far as state affairs are concerned, to the civil authority of the state. It is just this attitude on the part of the Democratic party that the church is now seeking to break down. According to the further information set forth by The Tribune, the church has entered upon a deal with men in Idaho who consider themselves Demo cratic leaders and through them it proposes to pur chase the honor of the party and prostitute it to the same base purposes that have fastened disgrace upon the Republican party organization. Should the hierarchy find itself able to accomplish its de sign, it would have the organized politics of the state under complete subjection and it would no longer need to give voice to the demand that "religious and political issues be kept apart," for in Idaho, in Utah, politics and civil government outside the hierarchy would be dead. Naturally the people of Idaho will resent inter ference in their governing affairs from another state. Most emphatically will they resent it when the inter ference comes from a state that is reeking with the rottenness of decayed morality and seeks to fasten the degradation of an infamous system on the Christian men and women of the state it assails. The degree of emphasis to be manifested will extend itself with no uncertain effect to those men of Idaho who seek to prostitute their own state to the base uses of a priestly oligarchy. Continuing its discussion of the designs of the unholy conspirators, the Salt Lake Tribune says : this state. S( 1 as Those Idaho Democrats who are listening to the siren song of the church with the idea that they will be carried to victory by the church vote this fall, have a good deal to learn about church manipulation and church treachery in politics. The church uses the politicians of one party or the other indiscrim inatelj' to serve its purpose, and then ruthlessly and without the least regard to their feelings, inter ests, or standing, throws them into the gutter after it has used them as a doormat to wipe its feet upon. To such a fate the disturbers might conscientiously be commended, being of very little value to the rep resentatives of decent civilization. This awakened interest of the Mormon newspaper organ comes at a time when the political atmos phere is laden with vague reports of a coalition be tween the hierarchy and the monopolistic brother hood of the east to advance by stealth upon the western stronghold of Mr. Bryan and betray him in to the hands of the Philistines of the capitalistic circle. There are sufficient surface indications to greatly strengthen the suspicion that the tories of the Dem acracy of Idaho have a part assigned to them in this great political drama and that they stand ready to enter upon the role of a Judas that will receive its pieces of silver in the shadow of the convention at Denver if it succeeds in carrying out its part of the disgraceful conspiracy. All of the true Democrats of Idaho followers of Mr. Bryan and The Scimitar admon ishes them to keep watchful eye on the Mormons of Salt Lake, on the Mormon newspaper organ and on the Jack Mormons that have their abiding places in Idaho. are sincere William Randolph Hearst is to have an inning in the judicial contest against the legality of the election of Mayor McClellan, of New York. The Superior Court, some time ago, ordered, an examination of the ballots, at the instance of Mr. Hearst, the posing candidate, and the mayor took an appeal to the Appellate Court, which reversed the Superior Court. The Supreme Court of the state then took the matter under consideration and it has sustained the Superior Court and the attorney general is authorized to ex amine the ballots. op-