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VOL. 2
Washington Letter,
By Edward Keating,
From Colorado.
A drama almost without para.-
lel in the history of this nation
is being enacted on the floor of
the United States Senate.
A little band of Bourhon sena
tors, discredited reactionaries, is
endeavoring, under cover of the
antiquated rules of the Senate, to
plunge this country into a de
vastating panic. These men
constitute less than one third of
the Upper House. All but four
of them represent States which
in the last election utterly re
pudiated the Tory party, and
cast their electoral votes for eith
er Wilson or Roosevelt.
They know that the Democrat
ic majority will pass the tariff
bill without material amendment,
and they know that the business
interests of the country are
anxiously awaiting that event,
but they refuse to permit the
bill to come to a vote.
Day after day they drool
through long speeches filled with
directful predictions “concerning
the industrial paralysis which
will follow the success of the
Democratic program. Naturally
these calamitous prophesies are
carried over the country 'by the
great news agencies, and a feel
ing of uneasiness is created in
certain quarters.
An the face of record-breaking
crops and almost ideal commer
cial prospects these Tories would
frighten the nation into a panic.
They would gladly witness the
crash of banks\he destruction of
industrial enterprises and the
sweeping away of hard earned
fortunes if as a result they and
the interests they represent
might return to the control of
the Government.
Apparently some of the great
Wall Street financial institutions
are parties to the conspiracy.
They fear the enactment of the
Wilson-Bryan currency bill,
which ia designated to destroy
the most vicious features of the
money trust.
Fortunately for the people, the
National Government is in strong
hands. Secretary of the Treasury
McAdoohas already announced
that he will use all the power of
his department to frustrate the
machinations of the banks, and
President Wilson and the Demo
cra'ic majority in the Senate
have served notice on the re
actionaries that they must be
prepared to assume full respon
sibility for ihe result of futurd
dilatory tactics.
The country is standing by the
President. Up to this date there
are no signs of a stampede, and
Dun’s and Bradstreet’a, those
two great commercial barometers
fairly exude optimism,
In this connection the action
of Senator LaFollette and his
friends is highly significant.
“Fighting Bob” is not only a
highminded stateman, but he is a
first rate politician as well The
other day he gathered ten pro
gressive Republican senators in
his office and told them the peo
pie of the country were getting
mighty tired of the tactics of the
Smoot-Penrose crowd. At his
suggestion resolutions repudiat
ing the Tories and their methods
were prepared and given to the
press. Since then LaFollette and
his supporters have been voting
with the Democrats on many of
the divisions,-and they have been
making it very clear that they
have nothing in common with the
Smoot-Penrose reactionaries.
The legitimate business inter
ests of the country are also mak
ing themselves heard in no un
certain fashion. Business men
who are not dependent on special
privilege for their existence are
demanding that the Democrats be
given an opportunity to test the
tariff and currency reforms
which they have promised the
The feeling is almost universal
that Congress should dispose of
both measures before October Ist
and adjourn and go home. The
House is prepared to do this, and
the Senate would undoubtedly
fall into line if it were not for the
little band of Tories who are
making a last desperate stand on
the evening of their Waterloo.
The situation in the Senate as'
caused a renewal of the agitation
for the amendment of the rules
of that body so as to place a rea
sonable limit on debate. Sena
tor Owen of Oklahoma, one of
the really commanding figures in
the Upper house, is the leader of
this movement.
He has pointed out that the ex
isting rules enable a pitiful min
ority to control Congress. No
measure can be placed on the
statute books until it has passed
both house;;. However progres
sive the House and Senate and
President may be, they are to a
great extent helpless in the pre
sence of a prolonged filibuster in
the Senate.
Six or eight senators can tie up
the business of the Upper House
for months by merely taikine.
There is no way under the rules
to stop debates. The tools of
Special Privilege simply drown
the hopes of the people in a flood
of words. Senator Owen has
given notice that he will press
his amendment at the regular
session in December. It will un
doubtedly be adopted if it can be
brought to a vote.
Talking of panics, Secretary
McAdoo gave the Wall Street
interests another much needed
illustration of the paper oi the
Federal Government to prevent
made- to-order panics when he
announced that be would lend
the banks of the South and West
$50,000,000 to enable them to ex
tend the credit needed to move
the nation’s crops.
When we get a proper system
of rural credits, such loans will
pass directly to the Government
to the farmers without the inter
vention of the middleman. Eu
rope is doing it. Why can’t we?
Washington is full of revolu
tionists of the Spanish-American
variety. You see them on the
street corners, in the cafes and
on the roof-gardens looking dag
gers and rolling cigarettes.
Most of them represent the two
Mexican factions, and they are
largely responsible for the lurid
tales which find their way into
the newspapers concerning the
relations between this country
and our Southern neighbor. As
I said in my last letter, the man
in the White House is not stam
peding. He will not permit the
country to be scared into a long
and costly conflict. He knows
the interests which are paying
the press agents who are supply
ing the material for the war
stories, and they are not fooling
him a little bit.
It wants you on its reading- list, re
corded on its books and then you will
get it every week and knbw just how it
It will tell you all about the news
in this and nearby towns, who gets
married, dies, is born, and who elopes
or drowns.
There isn't a thing from A to Zthat
tends to help the town, that the paper
doesn’t catch it up and quickly puss
it round. e
It tells ubout your visitors with
titles emphasized, while all their
points of merit are freely generalized.
It tells the story of success but
screens the failure side, and when the
facts will make a mess it simply lets
them slide.
It tells about your virtues, und
overlooks your sins, and puts an
extra emphasis upon the birth of
It never deigns to tell a lie except
in personal praise and then it does it
cleur und strong, and with its choic
est phrase.
In writing up your marriage, it
elaborates with care, and says the
bride was beautiful and the groom
was on the square.
It doesn't matter who it is that
crosses Jordan’s river, the paper
tickets him us suint und safely sends
him thither.
It tells about that darling boy who
hud u dollar raise, leaves out liis
measly little tricks und just recites
his praise.
And there's your daughter on the
street, gadding night und day, of all
the rumor, slow or fleet, it wisely does
not say.
it puints out every blemish on the
picture of your life, and paints in
every virtue of a home that has no
It learns to read between the lines
and find the tender spot, to blow not
cold on young or old when the blow
ing should be hot.
It senses ull the skeletons liehind
the closet door and runs its big blue
pencil through the lines that turn
them o'er.
It knows about your weaknesses,
your little streuks of yellow, just how
to smother ill reports or make them
smooth und mellow.
It knows what families live in peace
und those most apt to jar and whether
its just a birthmark, or a sad domes
tic scar.
It knows the man who pays and the
one who won't and all toy chronic
knockers, und the one who makes a
It knows the financial standing of
every man.in town, an.I whether its
living or cheerless giving that con
stantly keeps him down.
ynlilfe the city dailies that delve in
scandal’s sewer, it eliminates the sew
age and retains the good and pure.—
Onarga Leader und Review.
Limit of Weight in Parcel
Post to be Raised Aug. 15.
Further to popularize the parcel
post system with the public,
Postmaster General Burleson to
day announced that after August
IB the v’eight limit on packages
would be placed at twenty pounds
(it now is eleven pounds), and
.Triennial Conclave
Denver, Colorado
August 12*15
Thousands of Dollars
have been spent in prepar
ation for entertainment of
visitors coming from through
out the country. Denver will
be at her best and programs
arranged provide something in
teresting and novel for every day *
Very Low Fares Via
Standard Road of The West
For information relative to rates, routes, train service, etc., cail on
W. E. YORE, Local Agent.
Or addr* ss
R. S. Ruble
I 941 17th Street
I Denver, Colo,
that a sharp reduction in charge
for the transportation of pack
ages would be made.
He announced also that on the
same date “thebanking by mail’’
feature would be introduced into
the postal savings system.
The reduction in charges on
matter for local delivery is from
the present rate of 5 cents for
the first pound and 1 cent for
each additional pound to 5 cents
for the first pound and 1 cent for
each additional two pounds or
fraction thereof.
For delivery in the first zone
the rate will be reduced from 5
cents for the first and 3 cents for
each additional pound to 5 cents
and 1 cent; for the second zone
the rate will be cut from 6 cents
and 4 cents to 5 cents and 1 cent
for each additional pound. —Den
ver Times.
Hoppers A Syrian Delicacy.
Kansans find profit in Drying
Insects for Eastern Market.
HUTCHISON. KAS., July 31--
Arbtuer Homerg and his brother
living in the southeastern section
of Kush county, have sold nearly
enough grass-hoppers to buy
themselvs a motorcycle. They
use a light wagon with canvas
wings attached which scoop the
hoppers in by the bushel.
The insects are then killed by
starving and dried, after Which
they are shipped to an Eastern
firm which, it is said, supplies
Syrian and Armenian colonies.
These people consider a dish pre
p ared of the hoppers a great deli
«acy,- K. C. Journal.
Interest in club work anion# the
boys of Logan County lias centered
chiefly in corn growing. Forty-dvr
boys in various sections of the county
are each growing an acre of corn un
der general directions of the County
Agricultural Agent. Directions were
sent out at the llrst of the season for
work to be done early, and from time'
to time ns required, other suggestions
relative to the cure of their nre
sent tlie boys.
During the summer the boys will
study score cards and other literature
‘‘egnrdlng corn und later in the season
will be tuught how to select their seed
for next year from the Held before
•oil. M tsliTSf the corn ‘n this re
gion does not mature, but by fiei-si stent
effort in selecting mature ears for seed
from the Held before frost, the early
maturing characteristics will be de
The club work will end for the year
with a Corn Carnival held in Sterling
at the County High School some time
In early December, probably. The
prise* will b? awarded ut that timo
and a banquet will be served the boys.
One of our local lumber Arms" has of
fered as llrst prize a sllO top buggy.
Other prizes will be given for excel
lence along certain lines.
The Coin Club work in the county
is being conducted actoidirg to the
general rules and regulations of the
U. H. Department of Agriculture.
Circular No. I, “Farm Management,
Field Studies and Demonstrations,’ 1
gives a c omplete discussion of the club
work as curried on In Logan County.
The circular will be sent to anyone
for the asking.
D. (’. BASCOM.
County Agricultural Agent,
Sterling, Colorado.
NO 19

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