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POLITICIANS; ANCIENT AND MODERN [By ;s Member of Class E.] When the senatorial bee began to buzz in the bonnet of a Roman politician, he straightway went forth and proclaimed to his beloved coun trymen that he conceived it to be his duty to serve his country; and lie would also announce, incidently of course, that if there was anyone who did not believe him to be the proper per son for tiie position he sought, why, lie had the proper kind of “argument” with which to con vince them of their error. It was well under stood by the Roman voter what this argument consisted of. and they were in no way backward about calling for their share of the aforesaid argument. In fact, when a Roman wished to gain an office he had to deliberately buy it; and he made no bones about doing it either. A can didate’s fitness for office cut but little figure with the noble Roman voter. The one question of importance with them was: "What is the size of his pile?” If that question was answered satis factorily, the office seeker had some chance of being elected. If, on the other hand, the ques tion was not satisfactorily answered, the candi date with senatorial aspirations would most likely, to use the vernacular, be snowed under. Our modern politician differs from his proto type of 2000 years ago, inasmuch as he does not, so he will tell you, seek the honor of serving his country, until he is waited upon by a delegation of his fellow citizens who convince him, only too easily, that he is a man of destiny and will prove a Moses to his party. In accepting the proffered candidacy, he wishes it to be distinctly under stood that he does not do so for personal gain, oh, no, in yielding to their demands and becom ing a candidate, lie is sacrificing his own person al interests. Now, no one would think for a moment that such a man could possiby prove dishonest, or that he would become corrupt and attempt to buy his way into office. Yet, after every election, strange to say, the papers are full to overflowing with stories of bought up districts. But perhaps the papers do not tell the truth, you may say. Perhaps not, but it has never been known that the accused ever called them to account, therefore, there must be some truth in their assertions. Instead of progress ing. we have retrograded. The methods used by the politician of the present day, are the same as were those used by his counterpart of 2000 years ago, with this difference, however; the Roman bought his votes in open market, as it were, and made no concealment of the transaction, while the 19th century politician tries to hide his little transactions under the cloak of hypocricy. TWO ROMANS. [By a member of Class D.] The Romans were a people not unlike the people of to-day, for two of the most illustrious among them, Caesar and Cicero, were possessed of an intense feeling of vanity; a feeling which, in the end, brought them Doth a reward. The way in which Caesar refers, in his commentaries, to the advantage lie took of his enemies and how he slaughtered them like so many sheep, is con clusive proof that he wished the world at large to distinctly understand that Caesar cared no more for a human life than he did for that of an animal. When we think of it, however, perhaps he was not so much to blame after all, for his enemies would have “done him up” the same way, if they had an opportunity. “All is fair in love and war,” and war, in those days, was all the “go.” Cicero was a man whom, people claimed, it was hard to "down” as an orator. No doubt he was. He was a different man from Ciesar though in many ways; ami one of these differences was that he could “take a tumble” once in a while, and be taught a lesson. For instance, on the occasion of his return from Sicily, he expected to be met with an all-around public congratula tion; but he was "badly left.” He was about as vain and ambitious as men ever get to be, but he took the rebuff as a lesson, and made up his mind that in order to win the praise his vanity craved, he must "sit right in among them” and compel them to keep their eyes upon him. Shortly afterward, his oration on the conspiracy of Cataline, won to him the title of Father of his Country; yet, after lie had won such honor, it did not save him from banishment. Surely the Homans were a iickle minded people, for they hailed him as the father of his country, and, al most in the same breath, they sentenced him to banishment. He did not remain in exile long, however, for the same fickleness which banished him, recalled him after about a year and a half— about the same as a two year sentence to this place, allowing good time. On his return, he met with a glorious reception. The right hand of good-fellowship and welcome was held out to him from everywhere. That was what Cicero had longed for all his life; why, he would have willingly remained in exile for twenty years if the end would bring him such a welcome. He said himself that that one day was like immor tality to him; and if that lie true, he could afford to have remained in exile all his life but that one day. In my opinion, these two noble Romans did not feel but little, if any, of the love they pro fessed for their country. Their idea was to keep the good-will of the people in order to gain their end. C;i“sar succeeded so well in this that the people hailed him as the mightiest of warriors. A man to whom war was a pleasure. Well, a Koman assassin gave him his reward. Cicero was the orator—the only and original orator. He was the man to stand up in public and tell what he thought of Marc Antony, and Antony had his head brought to him just as a hunter would bring a wolf’s scalp to a county clerk for the bounty. A man who is willing to die on the gallows or run the risk of assassination, provided a few thousand people witness the affair, must be pos sessed of abnormal vanity. It is my opinion that Cicero and C:esar were both of that class. “ Thus their tragic end: The grim reaper chuckles in glee, •O! Romans! Noble Romans! Lost again through vanity.’ ” Henry Watterson says that “the angel who keeps the book above will blot out with a tear the lies told to save pain and smooth over difficulties. Life would be unbearable if people always blurt ed out the truth.”—Ex. Nothing in This World Is so cheap as a newspaper, whether it be measured by the cost of its production or by its value to the consumer. 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