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The Colville examiner. (Colville, Wash.) 1907-1948, December 28, 1907, Image 3

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Issued Every Saturday by the Stevens County Publishing
Company, Inc. Subscription Price $1.50 a Year; 5c a Copy
Entered at the Colville postoffice as second-class mail matter
J. C. Harrigan, Editor and Manager
Encouraging reports come from the national
capitol. Statement is made that congress will
probably take some action on the currency ques
tion at its next session. As the next session will
convene in less than a year, the outlook is indeed
favorable for the people—provided there is any
money left in circulation by that time. No par
ticular reasons are given why congress can or will
not handle the matter properly at this present ses
sion. The inference is that congress is too busy
with more important matters. This is evidenced
by the work so far accomplished. The first appro
priation was for a $50,000 seed deficiency. A
suffering country may not have been aware that
there was any deficiency at all in the seed market,
although at times it may have appeared to some
that there was a corner of this commodity at the
c?.pitol. Financial interests have not fully deter
mined what method of legislation is best for them
to introduce. Congressmen in consequence are
not able to formulate any definite method of action
in further aid of capital. Until the country's ' 'cap
tains of industry" can gather themselves together
and devise a system of asset currency, boomerang
securities or aqueous money, congress is compelled
to occupy its time in buying garden seeds, and dis
cussing the relative merits of china and porcelain
cuspidores. And in the meantime the people are
advised to renew their courage, pluck up greater
confidence, put their money in the banks, and trust
to providence and congress for the future. Taken
all together the outlook is indeed encouraging—for
a change in congress next election.
For several weeks a series of articles has ap
peared in a local organ called the Statesman-Index
which gave warning and advice to Colville mer
chants as to their methods of advertising, and in
piteous appeals begged them not to seek publicity
through mediums other than those controlled by
the Index editor. These have been graciously ac
cepted by the editor of the Examiner, owing to the
fact that he himself has not resided long enough
in Colville to feel capable of advising the business
men as to methods of conducting their business.
This may have been a grievous error, but observa
tion has taught the writer that a successful busi
ness man sometimes has ideas of his own, regard
less of the copious fund of information generally
retailed by a country newspaper. The editor of
the Index has been here longer, and having had
opportunity to test the tenor of local merchandising,
has presumably concluded differently. Time will
show the Examiner whether the narrow-gauge
opinion of the Index regarding Colville merchants
is correct, but it is just to state that the writer's
ten-weeks residence in Colville has led him to be
lieve that local business men are not only capable
of looking out for themselves, but are able to com-
pete with firms of larger cities in managing ability.
If admonishment be needed by any, Index advice
only costs a dollar a year and is certainly cheap—
advice. The encyclopedia of advertising knowledge
at the Examiner office is held at $1.50 a year, but
owing to the fact that merchants seem to be long
on that line, the management has deemed it advis
able to put the space into reading matter. Since
this method has apparently proved acceptable to a
majority of the citizens, and no great clamor has
been observed from the lack of a weekly letter of
advice in the Examiner, the ' 'handy hints to mer
chants" column will continue to be filled with
actual news.
Andrew Carnegie has made public utterance that
1 'our efforts should be to get legislation turned
from the wrong to the right path by introducing
to some extent asset currency." The extent to
which Mr. Carnegie would have asset currency in
troduced would probably depend upon the extent
to which a long-suffering people would stand for it.
Carnegie is a shrewd man, and can see that a com
plete system of asset currency can not be intro
duced all at once. It must be forced upon the
people gradually. Campaign time is so close that
the matter must be handled carefully until another
republican congress is elected. Then the corporate
interests can do as they wish, although Mr. Car
negie's advice to them is to go slow until the whole
financial system is changed to their benefit. ' 'Let
the people become accustomed to the yoke before
other burdens are added" has been the successful
republican method of introducing legislation. The
present financial flurry shows that people will take
clearing house checks and paper promises in lieu of
cash if are they forced to it. Next time it can be
worked easier, and by the time all the country's
gold and silver are in eastern bank vaults the asset
system can be hurriedly introduced "for the
emergency" and the coup will be complete. How
ever the people are not to say anything all this
time. They are presumed to be asleep, particularly
the voters. Sudden interruption would complicate
matters, and possibly disarrange the valuable
machinery which has been patiently built up in
congress for the furtherance of corporate interests.
The complimentary statement has been made re
garding the state of Washington that it is all fixed
and will be sure republican. And it surely will be
republican if corporate campaign funds and repub
lican soothing syrup can keep it so. The democ
racy of this state does not desire to see this

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