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JUNE 29, 1905
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. remains the example of the self-represented i . involved In employing a great force of men.
and stern leader, who has unhesitatingly dis- " Granted that this danger is a real one, it is
patched his own ragged machete -men when occasioned by municipal operation, not by
they were caught marauding as he did the " municipal ownership. The Outlook.
Spaniards, whose uniform was once his own. - t.
Cuba Libre meant to him an honest, orderly
and peaceful republic, in which men might
live without fear of oppression or the dun
geons of Morro castle. New York Evening
Post. ' ' . ' - ' "
MUNICIPAL OWNERSHIP
Some confusion has arisen as to just what
James Dalrymple, the Glasgow street railway ex
pert, really said or meant regarding the ability
of Americans to prevent politics from impairing
''the usefulness of municipal ownership. A news
draper correspondent writes:
.; '.Mr. Dalrymple has been quoted as declar
ing that the municipal ownership of railways '
, in this country Is impossible because of the i
- danger of - building great political machines
Mr." Dalrymple has killed that fiction. He
never said anything of the kind so he em
. phatically declared to the writer. While he
. has not yet made known to Mayor Dunne his
final conclusions as a result of his examina
tion of the railways of . Chicago and other
American cities some of the conclusions that
will be incorporated in his report, which he
will write on his homeward voyage, are these:
That the municipal ownership of railways in ,
this country is not only feasible but advisable. "
That :. this presupposes that they will be run
. upon a purely business basis and that; they r
wifj have no connection with politics.- That
he never said that municipal ownership wa's
impossible here, because it would serve to
... build up powerful political machines. That
the government ownership of the postoffice in
,v this country works well and there is no reason .
why practically the same control of the street .
railways should not work equally as well and
be kept free from politics. That the munici-
.. - pal ownership of railways and, gas plants of "
Glasgow and other cities of Great Britain does
not develop, "graft' nor political machines.
That the municipal ownership of railways has
a tendency to better the condition of the em
ployes in every way. That double deck cars
would not be advisable in this country - be
cause, here cars are run too fast.
. The New York World is pleased that Mayor
Dunne of Chicago has not been disheartened by
Mr. Dalrymple's gloomy forebodings:
It is probably fortunate for the rest of
, ; the country, that Chicago Is obstinate and that
. Mayor Dunne is a professional optimist. The ,
Chicago-experiment will serve a double pur-v
pose. At the outset it will teach public-service :2
corporations a salutary lesson. There is a
limit to the patience of the American people "
They will stand "exploitation about so long,
but when their patience Is exhausted by the
bribery of public officials, by stock-jobbing,
by plundering, by extortionate charges ; and -by
Inadequate service, they will resort to
. drastic. remedies. As a second good purpose,
" the Chicago experiment will teach other
American cities whether public ownership is
a panacea for the existing evils of municipal
government. When Chicago's street railway
system has become a part of the political ma
chine, when extravagant .management can no ,
longer be concealed by resourceful bookkeep-.
ing, when the corrupt politicians are enriching ;
themselves at the expense of patrons of the
lines, all American cities will know, more ."
about public ownership ; than 'r ,t hey do ; how.
New York World. ;
- ... In the first place, it is obvious, on - the
face of it, that the objection, is directed,, not
against municipal ownership, as it purports
to be, but simply against municipal opera
tion. The employment of men on the New
York subway, which is owned by the city, does
not concern the city government at all. The
city can own its public utilities without either
building them or operating them itself; with
out, therefore incurring the alleged danger
V PROBLEM OF ASIATIC LABOR
A Pacific coast view of the ill treatment ac
corded to Chinese is expressed by the Portland
Oregonian, which demands that in the interest
of our rapidly growing trade with Asia all that
China demands be conceded:
We have denied to cultured, well educated
Chinamen the privileges which we have free
ly extended to thousands of low-bred, swarthy
ignoramuses from Europe. Having ' been
guilty Of such offenses against a friendly na
tion, can we for a moment expect anything .
' , else but retaliation from the injured people?
Will they continue to send us millions of dol
lars for, American products if we continue to
insult and deport "without a hearing the innoL ;
cent Chinese who only by the straining of a
technicality can be guilty of any'offense "
' against our laws? All that the Chinese gov
ernment has asked is that the immigration
department cease classing all Chinamen as
coolies; and that they admit all other classes
of Chinamen on a certificate given by their
own government. .By our unfair attitude re
garding the Chinese we have stirred up an
antagonism that will cost our exporters mil
lions unless amends are speedily made.
S .How Chinese coolies are regarded in another
land than ours is told in" "The Bulletin; the lead-;
ing reform paper of Australia, which editorializes
ii' this fashion:
It is perhaps mainly the hope of securing "
servile labor that makes the Fatman of Aus
tralia nowadays so ardent an Imperialist. He '
" sees the result of imperial success in S'Africa
in the hordes of 'Chinese . slaves' packed In
, the coolie-ships for the Rand, and hopes for a
like happy result here.' As he sings of the
. "dear old flag' in his thoughts it i3 waving
over a slave-ship, and the "mother country" .
is the country that can take the rule of Aus-
tralia out of the . hands of Australian
citizens, and give him cheap Japanese
coolies for coal-mine, gold-mine, factory and
field. Whilst Australia is self-governing and
independent, he knows Australia will be.
white. Let Australia be induced to give up
her self-government and become a partner in,
and obedient lo, a council of empire, which is
mostly nigger empire, and he hopes that'
cheap colored labor will flow to these shores.
' JUDGE SEAMAN'S DISTINCTION
. Judge Seaman in his ruling against the Gen
eral Paper companydraws "a sharp line between
the right of an individual not to give testimony
that might incriminate him and the right of a
corporation to prevent an examination of its
books:
:., ... -. -, - --'-,". ,
"I am of the opinion that the constitu
tional privilege-which ejm be-invoked is per
sonal, and cannot extend to' the corporation ,
or be invoked in its behalf. This is a decision
of obvious importance which affects t-e whole
question of government regulation of corpora
tions. If the corporation itself could plead
constitutional privileges in a suit in. which
. it. was, a. party the , government would be ,
" practically helpless." - ;
ALL EYES ARE. ON KANSAS
-V The Springfield Republican pays tribute to
the public conscience of Kansas and to the devo-
tion, which the people of Kansas have always
had for reform; - ? ' ' ''"'- x
Kansas still maintains her radical leader
ship. Wherever there is inflamed fighting V
- in behalf of the people's interests, there the
sunflower waves. The action of last winter's
legislature in providing for a state oil refinery -to
break the monopoly in Kansas of the
Standard Oil company is to be followed next-
month by some vivid reform oratory. To
PAG3 0
k. , - - '.'
help maintain popular sentiment at the right
pitch the Ottawa Chautauqua assembly has
arranged for speeches from Governor. La
Follette of Wisconsin, William Travers Je
rome of New York, Clarence S. Darrow of Chi
cago, Governor Folk of Missouri, and . the re
doubtable Thomas W. Lawson of Boston.
Darrowls to speak July 4, and the governor
of Wisconsin July 6, when the governors of
Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will be
present in his honor, Jerome July 7, and
Lawson July 8. It is very certain that these
utterances will command national attention,
and no doubt the Lawson press bureau will
see that we all have an advance copy of what
"he proposes to say.
MK. KUUtVtUT AND RED TAPE,- . '
The St. Louis. Post Dispatch, In praising the
president's war on red tape in government depart
. ments, declares that the present system fills the
however, that the administration is not blameless
of subserviency to red tape:
Not only in administration, but in matters
. of policy, 18 the same craze for state papers .
manifest. There was the published . announce
ment in a most statesmanlike document that
the government would buy ships and supplies
needed in Panama canal work in foreign mar
kets whenever better terms could be obtained
than at home. Then came an -able document
vnj.mmiut, turn auuuuuvciucuii,, 1 ucu aUUlllC) ,
explaining the explanation. Finally, it ' was
given out that the first announcement meant
that the question was "up to", congress and
that the Panama supplies would be bought In
the United States unless "congress directed
Otherwise. Here was a rich collection of of
ficial utterances of highest academic merit.
By turns the trust question, the extra session
of congress, the tariff and several other such
topics nave been made subjects of discusssion '
in essays worthy of the most distinguished
....commencements day orators. , ', .
TOM WATSON'S SPICY COMMENT
The editorial comment in Tom Watson's Mag
azine for July which has just been issued, aro
in the usual spicy vein:
' The same law which conclusively pre
sumes that twelve jurors have been corrupted
by the five-cent cigar takes no account of the
bribery of the judge. Queer thing the law.
It seems a queer thing ..that we had to
wait for a republican president to reassert the
old democratic doctrine ; that the federal
troops cannot. legally be sent into a state to
quell a 'domestic disorder until the state ap
plies for assistance, s;. r '
When the law becomes the champion of
the criminal, and the property of the people
can be stolen while they are looking on, isn't
it about time for the people to assert them
selves,, exercise that original authority which
dwells in them, and try lamp-post methods a
while? ,.- . " . 'V
Tom Reed once said to me, "We are not
judged by character; we are. judged by mpu
tation.'. Just so; and perhaps that's the very
reason why it is worth while to stress the ...
fact that reputation is not worth the price we
- pay for surely the real value of the man is,
his character and not his reputation. Get all
the fame that flows from a good, Industrious v
life. .Such a frame is as healthy as the light .."
that pours from a star, as unfeverish as the
halo that follows sterling worth. Get all th
money you can honestly get: You owe it to
yourself and to those who depend on, you- to
bring, the vessel into port If you can, safe
; from the storm. The man who says he loves
being poor is a liar, and he takes you for a
fool; else he wouldn't tell you so Win po
sition in life, If you feel that duty calls you
1 there. No man can underrate the importance
of fame, of wealth or of position; but the man
who pays his health and his ; hapinea and . his ;
life for them pays too much :

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