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Doing His Duty.
Governor Hanlt, of Indiana, possesses some
of the characteristics of the Romans of ancient times.
One of his recent acts has caused a great deal of
comment; and it shows that the governor is per
forming his whole duty toward the people who have
elected him. This action is diametrically opposed
to the opinions held by most office holders. Hereto
fpre it has been customary to stick by one’s friends
whether right or wrong. But Mr. Hanly thinks
otherwise. He believes the principle to be wrong.
In dismissing the state auditor, Governor Hanly
gave expression to the following statement, which is
something new in politics:
“The law of Indiana was violated by the audi
tor of state. David Sherrick, the incumbent, has
for years been my personal friend, but if my own
brother had been auditor, my action would have been
the same. If the time ever comes when my personal
friendships or interest are to stand in the way of my
doing my full duty by the people who have honored
me by voting me into the highest office in their
power, then I will be ready to relinquish the govern
The foregoing is poor policy, but it rings true.
It will stand the test of time. It is practicing hones
ty in its broadest sense. Men like Governor Hanly
would rather be spoken of as being honest, instead
of being apologized for by saying that they stood by
During the past week a turbulent mob in a Mexi
can city pulled down the American flag and trampled
upon it. It is very evident that Uncle Sam will have
to teach the dons a lesson, as they are getting too
During the past few weeks another distinguished
American has stepped into the limelight and received
the applause of the people. This gentleman is
Charles E. Hughes, of New York, who is engaged in
investigating the insurance companies of that state.
Since the advent of Mr. Hughes, the press has
had much to say of him and of his ideals. Here is
one of his maxims that has been widely quoted: “It
is not the man who reaches the corner first who wins,
but the man who knows best what to do when he
gets there.” Those who have followed Mr. Hughes’
course during the past week or two, know that he
has not only arrived at the corner first, but has been
doing some remarkable work since his arrival. He
seems to be as familiar with the profundities of the
insurance business, as those men who are conducting
them. Being an expert mathematician, he is calm
and undisturbed by figures which represent millions
of dollars. Indeed, he has shown himself to be mas
ter of the situation. Nothing escapes his attention.
Each move he makes is watched with considerable
trepidation by those directly concerned. As he un
covers fact after fact, wonder and amazement can be
clearly traced on the immobile countenances of sev
eral men who were heretofore considered pillars of
Mr. Hughes is very much in evidence just at
present If he oobtinnes atengtds i J*e*eut
he Will cobtribute mueh toward modifying existing
qwestorof a century to do this.
Assumed friendship may be convincing for a
time, but the veneer is so thin that any one can see
When Cole Younger gets his railroad in work
ing order it is not likely that he will consult Eastern
experts in regard to what kind of burglar-proof ex
press cars to equip his road with.
Mr. Perkins, of insurance fame, has finally ad
mitted that there was honor among thieves. The
gentleman knows what company he has been in, and
therefore ought to be capable of judging.
Whenever the editorial eye catches sight of a
newspaper article on the broad smooth way that
leads to destruction, it instinctively glances through
it in hopes of copy. That is what we are here for.
In a late issue of our esteemed contemporary,
the semi-weekly Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, we find
the subject fearfully and wonderfully covered. And
among other things the Herald's editor has at least
named, if he has not discovered, a disease that ma
terially assists in one’s progress to the gutter. He
calls it “sorosis”of the liver. Now our medical in
formation is not of the best, but the office possesses
a Dunglison and we have hunted high and low for
that author’s definition but without avail. The name
is strangely similar to the title of a certain well
known society of women, and it also bears a strong
resemblance to the trade-mark of an Eastern shoe
manufacturer. Query, did the editor of the Herald
have either of these in mind when he hobnailed that
The price of oil was raised a few points recently.
Evidently John D. thinks there is a likelihood of
him going to the poorhouse.
The Mora Enterprise has reached our. desk with
the request to exchange. We were glad to place the
Enterprise upon our exchange list, as it is a first-class
newspaper, all home print, and presents a very at
tractive appearance. It is filled with sensible read
ing matter and very much up-to-date in every respect.
The narrow escape that the beef packers had
from the penitentiary will have a salutary effect on
others for some time to come. Many people believe
that several of them should have been sent to prison.
The probabilities are they will be if the offense is
repeated. They are aware of this, and, consequently,
they are likely to be good for some years to come.
Several of the railroads and a few of the large
manufacturing concerns have recently withdrawn
their opposition toward employing men who were
over thirty-five years of age. It was not humani
tarian motives that caused them to renounce their
former opinions on this subject, but policy. They
found they had seriously blundered. The public
did not approve of it. The proposition was too
heartless and out of touch with the sentiment of the
people. As a result, these railroads and manufactur
ing concerns found that business was slowly dimin
ishing with no apparent cause for the decline.
This shows that the arrogant and self-opinion
ated standard of ethics is not always to be relied
upon. Looking out for self may be the height of
business wisdom, but this principle should not be
imposed upon. It is bound to bring financial dis
aster if it identifies itself with inhuman methods. It
must be admitted that men do not engage in busi
ness for the sake of charity. They are seeking
wealth, not wisdom. Still, it is poor policy for any
concern to offend the working class by publishing
the fact that men over thirty-five years need not ap
ply for work. This is bound to cause a concern to
lose p,t one end what they save at the other end.
A few years ago it was no uncommon thing to
pick up a newspaper and be confronted with the fact
that several trusts were organized, each representing
capital that reached the one hundred million mark.
Today we seldom read of such an occurrence. This
might signify that the era of large organizations has
passed. It may also indicate that these concerns
are not as popular today as they were a few years
ago. We are inclined to think that their glory has
departed; for the people who have money to invest
are not as gullible as they were a few years ago.
The people have been taught wisdom by ex
perience. Today the trusts are not considered to be
the acme of honor and integrity that they were a few
years ago. Several shady failures and manipulations
of stock have cast a blighting shadow upon them.
Therefore it is not strange that they are disrated and
looked upon with suspicion. The mismanagement
of one or two was so flagrant and disgraceful that it
will take many months to renew confidence in them*
WW'M" _ 1
A Pittsbubg builder thinks be has filled a long
i! h* intended to. make them WoM<* figartysenii,
kind of a boose, did you?—Minneapolis Tribune.
Age Limit Removed.
The Passing of Trusts.
The time of the year is fast approaching when the philanthropist
donates his straw hat and duck trousers to the heathen.
One of the best boards of education is the paddle that mother uses
when she knocks the dust out of Willie’s pants.
Chauncey Depew will never again look as good in the mirror of
public opinion as he used to, altho Chauncey has squared himself.
One of the reasons why the laundry girls of Troy, New York,
went on a strike, was because they were not allowed to chew the fabric.
A new design in women’s hats is sprung on the public every
month, but men still continue to stick to their old-fashioned “night
Prof. Bat Nelson has started East with a chip, or rather a log, on
his shoulder, but it is only a matter of time until some plug knocks
his block off. *
In seeking a legal separation from her husband a bride of one
year testified that her ideal was not only shattered but that it came
home every night two-thirds shot.
A widow worth $6,000,000 will marry “Kid” McCoy, the prize
fighter, the latter part of this month. When she marries the “Kid”
she will be the only society woman who has a pug with no fleas on it.
The average reformer who goes gunning for boodlers in the jun
gles of graft never uses noiseless powder, but an explosive that makes
an awful loud report. It is evident that he loads his gun with blank
cartridges or else he would bag more game.
A man in Illinois found a purse containing $65,000 and returned
it to the owner who rewarded him with a five-cent cigar for which he
had no use, as he didn’t smoke; but of course the big-hearted fellow
who gave it to him didn’t know that.
The members of the woman’s temperance society instructed their
secretary to write President Roosevelt and ask him if it was true that
he had received and accepted a gift of sixty bottles of beer from a
brewers’ association. Now if our president wasn’t a gallant, big
hearted, chivalrous gentleman, he would have wired the bunch of
female buttinskies that it was" none of their business.
There is a man in this prison serving a five-year sentence for the
crime of larceny by bailee, that is, a friend gave him S2O to keep for
him, but he failed to return it. Now, the officials of our life insurance
companies are appropriating to their own use thousands of dollars that
were intrusted to their care for widows and orphans, but they are not
being sent to prison, and it’s a 1000 to 1 shot that they won’t be.
ODDS AND ENDS.
GRADUALLY the thousands of publications throughout the
United States have been falling into line during the past few
years and absorbing the progressive spirit of producing shorter edi
torials. All but about four or five of the publications which come to
this institution have extricated themselves from the old-time rut, and
instead of devoting all their editorial space to one or two long-winded
editorials that people will not read, they deal briefly with four or five
or more topics.
A LATE issue of the Farm Journal , of Philadelphia, contains a rec
ipe for what is said to be the most delicious and healthful soup
ever made, and it is also one of the cheapest. It is a new kind of
chicken soup, but instead of being called chicken it is named shadow
soup. You simply hang the chicken in the window where the sub
will carry a shadow over to a pot on the stove and boil the shadow
about seven short minutes. The recipe as published, fails to state
whether the chicken should be alive or dead, but why not try both
ways? And why not go a step farther and obtain more healthful re
sults by filtering and sterlizing the shadow?
MR. CARNEGIE has been outdoing all his life and he is still out
doing. His new technical school at Pittsburg will be the biggest
institution of learning in the world. The size of the first one of the
main buildings now nearing completion is beyond the comprehension,
of most if not all of us, it being a mile around lacking eight feet. But
this building is not larger than the scope of the educational training
of the institution which is to be absolutely without limit. No matter
what a pupil may desire to learn he will learn it there, and if no profes
sor on the school roll is capable of teaching a desired study, one will
be secured for the work, no matter at what cost or what part of the
world he may be in. The school opens in a few weeks with one hun
dred and fifty professors, and applications for enrollment as pupils
are said to be pouring in by the thousands, and from every civilized
country on the face of the earth. The admission fee of S2O is but a
few cents more than nothing and in fact it is so near to nothing that
the institution will come within about $1.50 of being a charitable one,
the S2O being a mere bagatelle, compared with the actual cost of the
institution. Why nQt go there and let them secure a professor to in
struct you how to reach the North Pole, how to build automobile
sleighs, automobile ocean carriages, flying machines that will fly, the
aoieace of plant-grafting, so that you can make apples, oranges, peaches,
bears and otherfruit grfow en the same tree, the science of mtoiey
grsfting, fb'fou «*n kdep your pockets fllfcd with money, how to tfeild
Mb Maitept »Mo» -Ml* prifow, tab pcM&mta.
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