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Franklin's Paper The Statesman
Twenty-First Year A PLEA FOR GOOD TREATMENT FOR OUR CITY’S BENEFACTORS Editor Statesman —I note the inter est being displayed in the water ques- ( lion, a discussion of which you have! invited in your columns. 1 wish to j sary a word lam pleased to see that 1 you are not biased, and that you are willing to be just to the Denver Union Water Company, an attitude, by the i way. which Is little found in the ordi- 1 nary discussion of this question. It : Is all very easy to claim that the water company is a robber concent. but .lt requires dw* prejudice to twist the services of this company to this community so far from their true im port. Denver is a new city, grown over a great area, sparsely settlod, as compared to most cities, spning like a mushroom into greatness, yet the water service has kept pace with its growth I am told, and it looks plausible that for 14 years the stock holders passed the dividends on their money Invested, voluntarily depriving themselves of their Just due. in order that a greater amount might be ex-1 pended on the needed extensions I What laboring man would deprive himself of his wages in order to help the community? Yet those capitalists who work through invested capital are now called robbers, whore they are really public benefactors 1 will not pretend to pass Judgment on the equity of the valuation placed upon water plant by the appraisers. Four teen millions is a large amount, an staggers tho mind, but we laymen had | better leave such valuation in the * hands of trained men like the ap t prhisers rather than contest their Judgment merely because the price they s<t is greater than we can com prehend. The Denver Union Water Company is unfortunate in some of Its em ployes. Sulky. Impudent, overbearing inspectors, ofllce help and the like, have given it a name* for being ty rannical. and now the dog has the bnd name. There are some nice men em ployed by the water company, but the few undesirables have grown large in DENVER, COLORADO. SATURDAY, DE :EMBER 18, 1909 the public eye hidden the good j men. Voters should discriminate be- j tween the set rules of the companyl and the impudence of its worst agents.! By all means let us consider whether the present rates are commensurate with the service rendered and the cost of the same. • Let us consider whether we can secure better service under a change of conditions. A con tinuation of the franchise of the Den ver Union Water Company will mean a continuation of conditions we under stand A change means to fly to dev ils we know not of. and now that Denver Is on the threahhold of great ness, with capital seeking Investment here, with good citizens pouring In, with the state prospering as never before, contributing to our city's greatness, we need the more to con disaster. Sincerely yours for Greater Denver. A BOOSTER. LA JUNTA, COLO. The N. U. G. Club met at the resi dence of Mrs. McKenny, and was opened by original quotations. Paper. ’The Lift of Ivdgar Allen Poe.' by Miss Yetna Jones. Next was a general discussion of the Club's mot to. “Nothing Unless Good.’’ opened by Mrs. J. W. Winchester. The meeting then adjourned to meet with Mrs. Ver non on December 16. Mrs George Gross, of Swtnk. Colo., was the guest of Mrs. J. W. Marshall. Father Turner is the guest at the parsonage this week. Mrs. J l*. Watson is making a short visit in Pueblo. Miss Annie Moore, of Denver, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Saunders Mrs. Thomas Carney went to Pu eblo to meet her little niece. Miss Corinia Brown, of Salidn. Mrs. Green is on the sick list. The Masons, at East Turner Hall, Dec. 27, Qlve the big event of the holi daye. Meet your friends there. WE DESPISE A SYCOPHANT. Gloomy View o Taft'* Present Atti tude Tov ard the Negro. President Ta t has just recenily closed a long and most interesting tour through tb ? south and west. He has beeu tnakln ; addresses of more or less importance ou matters of national concern. Once iu awhile he has had something to bj y U|m>h the race ques tion. He visltet Jackson. Miss.. where he eulogised tb 1 late president of tbe Confederacy,~T» Imtoti t>ut ire are informed t at the Negro cirtteus of that city fall d to enthuse and posi tively declined o make a spectacular affair of them elves, saying frankly that they did t >t like the president’s Negro policy, at d we give them credit for their tnauh «od and honesty. We despise a syeop ant. If you don't like a thing, say so. The Freeman doesn't see very much ncouragement for the race in the pi .-sent attitude ot the president town d us as a race. He seems to be la *oring under the Idea that we are yet a child race aud must not think ourse res out of the primary department. Hi figures that for ns to lose the fra neb it » in the south wouldn’t do the nice any special harm. and. be sides, if this is ccomplishcd. why. the gain would be i aormous for the party. Eleven southeri states would be gain ed for tbe Rep' bllcnu party and thus the obliteration if the Masou and L>lx on line and a sure enough reunited country at the « spense ot the poor Ne gro. Tbe Negro who has always been true to the Rej ablican party aud has helped to make it what It is aud has even helped lar ;ely In the electiou ot the present etiii f executive. Is uow to be giveu what Is blessed Master bad offered him on i ie cross-"vinegar aud gall.” From o e cause and another the Negro has *een a ball, tossed be tween the politi a I parties of the coun try. and ebarg s and countercharges have done but little to relieve him But he is now wounded in the house of his friends" Will he profit by the lesson? We sh II see what we shall tee.-lndlaoapoi s (lnd.i Freeman. PROMOTION FOR B. O. DAVIS. Ttilth Cavalry': First Lioutonant At signed to N« v Pott at Monrovia. Tba war dci arUpeut hat detailed Five Cents a Copy hirst Lieutenant Benjamin u. Davis. Tentb cavalry, now stationed at Fort Ethan Alleu. Vt.. to the legation ot the United States at Monrovia. Liberia, as military attache. The success of the European powers, as shown by the report of the recent commission sent by this government to Liberia, in effectively controlling the many tribes of uatives who inhabit the African interior, chiefly by means of military bodies in the uature of a police force or constabulary organized from among the uatives themselves and officered by Europeans, has creat ed a desire on the part of this govern ment to study the methods of the colonial authorities in Africa and the organization of their military forces with a view to the utilization of such information as may be so obtained in dealing with the native inhabitants of our own tropical possessions, where conditions somewhat similar to (hose in the interior of tropical Africa ob tain. having especial reference to the southern portions of the Philippine Is lands; hence the seudiug of Lieuteu ant Davis to Monrovia, which appears to be Hie moot available place for the detail of an American army officer and the oDe affording the best opportuni ties for the purpose of this government. The republic of Liberia has request ed the assistance of the United States in organizing a police force of its own. and the presence of an American mil itary man at Monrovia will be of great assistance to the government in work ing out the details of such a plan of assistance should t be government, upon a full consideration of the Liberiau commission's report, decide to comply with Liberia's request. Industrial Homs's Successful r-alr. The third annual fair and turkey din ner. which was given for the benefit of the Industrial Home For Afro- American Girls at Pittsburg Thursday. Dec. 9. under the auspices of the board of managers, was an encouraging suc cess. Dinner was served from 11 a. m to 3 p. m. and. besides being cooked in a very appetizing wanner, included many of the choicest things of the sea son. The booths at «hc fair in the evening couslsted of a. candy booth, a fancy booth, a prize booth, a Japanese tea booth in chargr of the young wo men's auxiliary, which has already do nated $170 to the home; a china booth and ice cream booth and a fancy trim med hat booth. Orphan Asylum's Annual Dinnsr. The annual southern dinner of the Brooklyn ih»ward Colored Orphan asylum, which is considered one of the most important social events of the in itltutiou. will lie given this year on Wednesday. Nov. 17. under the ladles' iuxillary to the hoard of managers. 9ui>erii)tendem James H. Gordon is XHiducting the affairs of the asylum In an able and businesslike manner tnd has the confidence of the public.