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and Corruption. T IS ONE of the peculiar features wf this campaign that the most telling Republican arguments can be secured direct from Democratic sources. Last week I we printed the scathing arraignment of the Denver fire and police board by the Democratic county judge, B. B. Lindsey. He charged them with being in league with the criminal elements and of conducting their office in such a manner as to everlastingly disgrace their party, their city and their state. The charges made by Judge Lindsey have never been denied. Their truth is evident to every one who lives in Denver or occasionally visits that city. This scandalous condition of affairs is enough of itself to condemn the party tolerating it to everlasting oblivion. But it is not alone in Denver and Arapahoe county that corruption exists. It is rampant at the state house. On August 16th of this year the Denver Post, a valiant Democratic organ, printed the following as a double-leaded editorial: Two years ago the people of Colorado, discouraged by the tangle into which the public finances had fallen, demanded an honest, straightforward, common-sense business administration of state affairs. The Democratic party undertook to supply that demand. In response to the general public feeling that a practical business man —one who had made a success of his own business affairs —should be placed at the head of the administration, the Democratic convention, after much travail, chose as the leader of its ticket the name of “Honest Jim" Orman. Mr. Orman had had large experience in a busi ness way, was a successful railroad contractor and a large employer of men, and it was felt that he could be trusted to bring to the executive office that practical knowledge and understanding of business details which was so greatly desired. The people evidently concurred in this view of the situation, and Mr. Orman was elected. How well the hopes of the people have been realized is told by the facts published by the Post yesterday and to-day regarding transactions at the state house during the past eighteen months. Distressing as these facts may be they appear to admit of no very flattering explanation. From them the conclusion is inevitable that there has been either gross carelessness or glaring incom petency upon the part of those who are responsible for the state’s financial transactions. A fund of $251,000, appropriated by the last Legis lature for —among other things—the purpose of paying the emergency warrants held as a debt of honor against the state, appears to have been largely divert ed to other uses not authorized nor contemplated by the law —in direct violation of it, in fact. In the meantime, not a cent of these emergency warrants has been paid, upon the plea that the Legis lature did not directfy authorize each expenditure. Yet much of this fund has been used for other purposes not even remotely specified and never even contemplated by the lawmakers. Not only this, but for purposes plainly forbidden by the general statutes. The state auditing board, consisting of Governor Orman as chairman and Auditor Crouter and Attorney General Post as members, is directly responsible for the administration of this fund. It was placed under their sole guardianship and control. No bill against it could be allowed or paid without their majority consent. Irregularities in the use of other funds are also apparent. The printing bills paid amount to the enormous sum of SIIB,OO0 —fully $20,000 more than the sum ap propriated—and among them are many glaring over charges such as have called down severest condemna tion upon the heads of the Arapahoe county commis sioners. Many other questionable transactions of a scarce less serious nature remain to be explained—if, indeed they are explainable. Upon the whole, the present administraton does not appear to have been any improvement over any of its predecessors. The state’s finances are in a more deplorable con dition than ever. There appears to be an utter disregard of law in the handling of the state funds, and appropriations are juggled to suit the purposes of those who have control of them. The people demanded and hoped for a really con scientious business administration at the hands of "Honest Jim" Orman and his responsible associates. Instead they appear to have been served with the same old brand of which they have been complaining for these many years. * • * On the 18th of August the Post printed another leading editorial on the same subject in which it said: The Post has several times taken occasion to com nend the prompt and vigorous action taken by the proper public authorities in the matter of the county printing scandal. Now that it has been conclusively shown that even more serious and far more extensive irregularities have occurred during the past eighteen months in the handling and disbursement of state funds, the Post confidently anticipates that similar prompt and vigor ous action will be taken in this case, also, to bring the responsible parties to justice and protect the in terests of the people. t . No public official should be allowed to escape the consequences of dereliction to duty or malfeasance in office. Be he governor or be he county commissioner, be he of exalted or humble station, be he of one political party or another, he should be made amenable to the penalties for maladministration of the trust imposed upon him. The authorities whose duty it is to enforce the laws against public offenders have made a most ex cellent beginning in respect to county affairs. Now let them act with equal promptitude and vigor in bringing to the bar of justice those who ignored the law and permitted gross irregularities— to employ the mildest term possible—in connection with the disbursement of state funds. Let there be one law for all, and that law be strictly and impartially administered. Let justice be done in behalf of the people of both county and state. The facts presented by the Post in its issue of yesterday and the day before prove beyond a possi bility of controversy that a very large share of the emergency fund of $241,000 appropriated by the last Legislature has been diverted to purposes entirely foreign to its provision and Intent. This has been done without semblance of legal authority. It has, in fact, been done In direct violation of both statutory and constitutional law. The truth of these charges are practically ad mitted in an interview accredited to State Auditor Crouter in this morning’s issue of Senator Patterson’s newspaper, which has evidently taken up the defense of the state administraton, notwithstanding the uncon trovertible evidence of its official misconduct. The attitude of Senator Patterson, and the News, however, has nothing whatever to do with the merits of the case. It does not in any manner affect the duty of the authorities in the premises. The fact is that there has been gross mismanage ment of the state funds, aggravated by utter disre gard of the plain provisions of the law and by the most extreme negligence or incompetency in the audits ing of bills and in the drawing of warrants. For these shortcomings—again to put the matter politely—Governor Orman and his administration must answer. The integrity of the public service requires it and the interests of state and of the people demand it. * • • From another article in the same number of the Post we quote the following: Among the numerous matters the taxpayers will have to be shown are these: Why $20,000 in excess of the amount allowed by law was„expended for printing. Why the Smith-Brooks Company was paid twice as much for printing as during any previous admidistra tion. The tangible results the state has got from SIIB,OOO paid to the Smith-Brooks Company. Why over SIOO,OOO was used from the $251,500 after March 31, 1901, when expenditures from the fund were limited by plain letter of the law to this date. Why a horde of clerks in the auditor’s office and board of equalization that are not provided by law were paid out of moneys intended for the payment of the state’s debts of honor. Why secretaries and clerks were allowed to draw extra salaries and have their warrants drawn in the name of a third party. Why the state printers have been allowed to charge extortionate prices and evade their contract in various ways when the law creating the incidental fund expressly says that no bills for printing can be paid by the auditor unless approved by the auditing board. The contention that the secretary of state and measurer of printing check up all printing bills to see that they correspond with the contract is not good. A reference to the various statutes quoted in the Post yesterday, showing all incidental and printing funds to be under the control of the auditing board, while printing bills must be passed upon by that board, dis proves such a contention. If the board does not audit printing bills and de pends on other officials to do so, then it is guilty of further neglect and looseness. It is announced that Mr. Bryan is to make a tour of Colorado in a special train, and try to rally the apathetic and deserting forces of Democracy. Mr. Bryan, as well as every other intelligent man, knows that the next national Democratic convention is absolutely certain to repudiate the Chicago and Kansas City platforms. The gold-standard wing of the party, led by ex-Senator Hill, is in control, and it will see that Mr. Bryan and his friends are given seats way back. What Colorado has to hope for from a party led by Mr. Hill and Mr. Gorman and Mr. Cleveland and Mr. Whitney is past our understanding. The attitude President Roosevelt has taken in the great coal strike in Pennsylvania is receiving universal commendation from both Republicans and Democrats. It is strengthening his already firm hold on the confidence of the people. If his life is spared he is as sure of a re election in 1904 as the sun is to shine. Colorado proposes to climb into the band wagon this fall along with the other wideawake, progressive states of the Union. The adoption of the Rush amendment to the consti tution giving home rule to Denver will do more to purify the politics of the state than any other one thing. The governor should hs v e no more right to control the police of Denver than the police of Pueblo or Cripple Ot*eek. VOTE FOR THE? AMENDMENT. Voodooism the Power In Haytian Republic (Special Correspondence.) Hayti, which may be annexed to the United States to escape the grisly horrors of voodoo rule and revolu tions, ranks second only to the for bidden lands of the lamas in its mys terious present. As for a past, it is such that even the Haytian patriot scarcely may find pride in it, and for the future, the ominous throbbing of the voodoo drum is significant of that isle of mystery, lying frog shaped in the blue of southern seas. Old Gen. Tiresias Simon Sam, who reigned recently as president of this “black republic," has had seventeen predecessors in office, none of whom served out his term of office, and some of whom died at the hands of the open assassin, or immediately after the deadly Mamaloi or Papaloi, with their secret nostrums, had gained entrance to the presidential kitchens. There is not a night, year In, year out, that the traveler in any part of the island cannot hear the strange, awesome throbbing of the voodoo drum. Its sounding makes one think with a tremor of the tales of the Afri can explorers, and with reason, for the voodoo drum is a direct importa tion from the Gold Coast and the Congo. When that drum throbs, Hay ti knows and bows down to its real master. Not long ago a priestess of voodoo boasted openly in Port au Prince that if she were to beat the drum in the market square the most powerful persons in the city would not dare to disobey her summons. It always was a matter of common belief that Hippolyte was a votary of voodoo, and it was believed almost as commonly that he belonged to the sect that sacrifices the "goat without horns.” The “goat without horns" is a young child, and it is eaten after the ceremony. Voodooism holds its strength in the islands not only because of the love of the people for that form of worship but because it is inextricably mixed wtth the political intrigue that is go ing on forever. It is said to be dying out. But no man can tell. One may spend ten years in Hayti and the land still be mysterious to him. The news papers of the “republic” dare not print anything about voodoo. And the bet ter classes fear the voodoo priests for the reason that voodoo and poison have a fearful and close connection in Hayti. The Mamaloi and the Papaloi are past masters in the knowledge of strange vegetable poisons. The is land is singularly rich in trees and plants from which drugs may be ex tracted, and Mamaloi and Papaloi know them all. There are strange diseases in Hayti. One of them causes a person who goes to bed feeling well and sound to wake up a raving madman. Another brings death after an hour of agony, during which the skin is covered with huge yellow blotches. There is a death that comes after one has put on a shirt on which has been sprinkled a liquid fur nished by a Mamaloi or Papaloi. Again, some of the diseases that Haytian Soldier. come to a person who has made him self objectionable do not kill. One will waste the victim day after day until death seems only a few hours off; then will come a hint that a voo doo doctor can cure. If the victim is wise, he will pay the priest whatever he asks; if he doesn’t, the disease will end in death. There is another di sease that causes sudden blindness. That, too, can be cured suddenly, swiftly and mysteriously by a voodoo priest* after the doctors have given it up. Thus inquisitiveness in Hayti is a danger at all times. Your host may be a cultured black gentleman fresh from a visit to Paris, and speaking English and French with an elegance The Incantation. that will oppress you, and yet it will be as well not to mention voodoo with out having carefully and minutely felt your way. For he may be a worshiper of the serpent himself. The voodoo drum is a bamboo, with a depth of two feet. A piece of goat skin, with some of the hail still at tached to it, is stretched over the top and is beaten with the knuckles. Led by the drumming, which was plain to hear all over the town, the writer witnessed a typical voodoo ceremony not far from Jeremie. It was attended by at least 300 blacks of both sexes. The drummer was a white haired woman, holding a white rooster in one hand while beating the drum with the other. The blacks all swayed back and forth, keeping time with the drumming, and chanting a monotonous song of three or four notes, which nev er varied in intensity or pitch or rhythm from beginning to end. The Mamaloi, a tall, fine looking woman, was dressed in a loose gown of white, with red ornamentations on her shoulders, and with a white and red cloth tied turbanwise around her head. She began a slow, swaying dance and with such few steps that she hardly lifted her feet from the floor. The Papaloi, a thin, whiskered black, crouched at her feet. Suddenly the Mamaloi screamed twice and froth appeared on her mouth. She swayed a little faster and turned up her eyes till nothing but the whites showed. Then she stooped, seized the rooster, and held it flutter ing over the heads of the worshipers for an instant. In the next she had swung it so sharply and savagely that the beheaded body of the fowl went flying across the room. She thrust the severed neck into her mouth and fell, writhing horribly, among the specta tors. Then the Papaloi brought out all kinds of uncouth images and smeared them with blood. After a while the Mamaloi recov ered and repeated the operation with a second fowl. The blood from this one was gathered in a vessel and she danced into the open air with it and painted the door posts. Then she re turned and made the sign of the cross in blood on the forehead of each vo tary. This was the signal for shouts and songs and dancing. Women be gan to fall here and there. Men frothed at the lips. The excitement rose steadily and culminated in an orgy the details of which are too disguisting to describe. In many respects Hayti is one of the strangest of the world’s strange coun tries. A thin strip along the coast is all that white men ever see. There are no roads to lead into the dark in terior. Once there were highways here and there, but the stupendous tropic vegetation has eaten them up. ‘‘Hay ti for the Haytians” is the motto of the country, and that means Hayti for a proportion of pure blooded black men, many of whom pride themselves on tracing their lineage back to the Congo. This powerful class hates and fears the white man, loathes the mul atto, mistrusts the mixed breeds of all kinds, and aims to keep Hayti in the condition of a negro kingdom.