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THE AftGUS. WEDNESDAY. OCTOUEIt LH. l')0;.
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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1906.
The Way To Mark Your
Ballot Nov. 6.
For Cone.roFcni.in. Fourteenth District.
X D- w- M A TT 1 1 n v,s-
oeoroe n. whitino.
For Representative. Thirty-third Sena
EVERETT I WERTS.
For County Clerk,
For County Treasurer.
petition is made impossible.' Tin dem
ocrats, it says, "have material enough
for a campaign against the inequali
ties of the existing tarifT; nor will they
lack republican sympathy." It adds
that "the American consumer does not
look with patience at the sale of Amer
ican goods in foreign countries at low
er prices than he himself has to pay.
"It is this fact, indeed, which has
done most to revive interest in a re
form of the tariff."
THE END OF MATEO.
Senator Lodge says the democratic
party Is a menace. It is to his job.
Competition in switching facilities
w.'ll facilitate industrial development
The Washington policemen have been
ordered to keep their helmets on
straight. It must be nice to have
straight about the police
One would hardly imagine it would
be necessary to bring Billy Mason back
from the down and out club in order
to arouse republican enthusiasm ovc
Forty-six years without a break in
the routine of the county clerk's office
is a trifle too long. The break is to
occur now, and it means the shatter
ing of the court house ring, as well as
the long regime.
Cornelius Donovan may not have sue
ceeded in keeping himself in the lime
light through gaudy uniform during the
past 25 years, but he has been sawing
wood, nevertheless, and is willing to
le known as just what be is a work
Competency vs. incompetency is all
there is in the county tieasurership
candidacy. What would you do if you
were looking for a man to take care of
your own personal affairs in choosing
as between Schafer and Cox? Look
up the records of both at the court
The beef trust has raircd the price
of shoes by shipping cattle abroad and
the leather trust has aided in this iop
ular enterprise by storing great quanti
ties of hide.-, with tbe practical result
of a scarcity f lerther. In 1S9I a 50
pound upper leather hide cost $1.75:
now October. lfC it costs $0.75.
But where does the cattle man come
in? Since the bottom fell out of the
cattle business in lSSr, who. but the
packers, have profited?
Portland Oregonian: Marvelous is
the future of Japan. The only nation
that might stay her continental strides
toward empire is paralyzed by revolu
tionary struggles against a geivemment
whose existence is a monstrous an
achronism. The nations which must
meet her on the world-wide field of in
dustrial war have tied their own hands
with vain economic theories belonging
to a dead time. There is no nation so
practical as the Japanese. What is best
to be done, that thins they do. Their
constitution is not invoked to inhibit
the general welfare and stay up the
plutocracy. Dearl government theories
of a bygone age are dead to them, and
they -modify their political philosophy
to suit tbe future. Though they wor
ship their ancestors, the' care less than
any other people for time-worn opin
ions. The things that we believe ther
retlcally they put in practice.
The Tariff Issue.
The Providence Journal, a republi
can paper published In the very center
of manufacturing industries, regards
tariff reforms as very much the best
issue for the democrats to keep to the
front. On other questions it thinks
the republicans have the best of it. It
says it is very curious that the presi
dent should have "denied that the
trusts he wishes to restrain owe any
part of their power to the exorbitant
-protective duties by which foreign com-J
The fiullt of the Oil Trust.
Of course the oil trust is guilty. No
one has seriously questioned the guilt
of this giant monopoly which has been
conducting its gigantic business in re
straint of trade, by unlawful manipula
tion of prices and crushing of compe
tition in nearly every state in the
union. Rut the problem was how to
fix this-obvious guilt. How was this
to be done in the courts? How were
thP neonlp to cet at this trust? How
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was this trust's influence in congress
in legislatures and over legislation and
law generally to be circumvent eel
How were convictions to be obtained?
Tbe democratic party has been ap
pealing vainly to tbe national adminis
tration to curb this trust. When the
hlnff" was made in fighting the""beef
trust" there was a loud boast what the
ft. O. P. would do to "burst the trusts
but old John I). Rockefeller s face split
from ear ta ear as he beard this "bluff
and the Standard Oil trust went right
along with its criminal methods.
By information and affidavits instead
of by grand jury indictment, the state
of Ohio. David-like, faced the old C.o
liath. and has succeeded in sinking the
stone of law enforcement deep into the
While all this was going on. while
the fight was being made, while the
furv was deliberating and while the
jurors who found the verdict of guilty
were sinaini: their hymns at Findlay
announeing their verdict in vindication
of the law. the president. Attorney (Jen
eral .Moody and others were preparing
campaign speeches tedling about "trust
busting." and the news from Findlay
made them sit up and take notice.
Whv can't the federal authorities do
what Ohio has done? Why are not the
suiltv oil trust and a number of other
brutal and oppressive trusts proceeded
The federal authorities under a trust
administration do their "trust busting"
on naner and on the stump, but never
Dtmocratic congressional victories
this fall will be a step in the right
Two New Cabinet Ministers.
George Von Lcngerke Meyer, whose
apiiointnunt as postmaster general
was announced yesterday, is now the
American ambassador at St. Peters
burg. Ambassador Meyer was born in
Boston June 24. 1K5S, and graduated
at Harvard in 1870. Since leaving col
:it Marvard in 1ST!). Since leaving col
lege he has been engaged in business
as a merchant and trustee. He has
held municipal e)ffice in Boston and
lias been speaker of the Massachusetts
house of representatives. He was am
bassador to Italy from 1D"W to 1005.
Oscar Solomon Straus, who has been
appointed secretary of commerce and
labor. Is the first Jewish citizen to held a
cabinet office. Hewas born in 1S50, grad
uated at Columbia in 1S71 and from
the Columbia law school in 1S7H. He
is well known as a merchant, diplomat
and author. Twice he has been min
ister to Turkey and in 10'12 was made
a member of Tbe Hague peace tribunal
to fill the vacancy caused by the death
of ex-President Harrison.
IHVER 11 IP LETS.
The Helen Blair was in port today.
the Until was north and south and the
Mac went north.
The stage of water was 4.15 at 0
a. m.. and 4.20 at noon.
The steamer Helen Blair has made
its last Sunday trip this season, but
will continue to make weekly trips on
Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays. Af
ter Thursday the steamer Dubuque will
make trips only between Keokuk and
St. Louis. leaving the former on Mon
days and Fridays.
Nearly stationary stages in the
sissippi will prevail from below Du
buque to Muscatine.
itage. light Chge. fall
St. Paul I t 5.2 :0.2 .31
Red Wing 14 H.2 0.1 .S4
Reeds Landing ..12 V.A 0.0 .02
La Crosse 12 4.3 0.0 .74
Prairie du Chien .IS 5.0 n.O .10
Dubuque IS 5.0 o.l .5S
LeClaire 10 2.0 0.1 .01
Rock Island 15 4.2 o.o .G7
D. Moines Rapids S 2.0 0.2
Keokuk 15 n.i .or,
St. Louis 30 0.5 0.1 .58
Memphis 33 0.4 0.3 0
New Orleans 10 S.l 0.3 0
J.M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
$1 00000 wit! b ptron for
IDT BBU9iDcto injurious Kl
Health found la Cslamet..
Copyright. 1906. by Kusrene Parcells.
There was never a more absolute
monarch, no matter what Lis color,
than KingMateo, who reigned over fhree
of the New Guinea islands thirty years
Mateo's father Lad made the mistake
of murdering tbe crew of a trading
vessel, and when word hud been pass
ed around the white men would trade
with him m more. The son sent word
far and wide that all trailers should be
safe with him. and in time many ves
sels called at Lis islands. He Lad
copra and oil and other things to sell,
but be wanted guns and ammunition
He hinil wliite men to drill Lis war
riors and build forts for him. He even
got hold of a number of camion anil
Lad them mounted. He had Ibe largest
Heet of war canoes on the big island.
If his men could Lave been made sail
ors of, the old chap could Lave gone
Into tbe pirate business in first class
For five years King Mateo encour
aged traders and whalers and got
ready lor a grand coup, and then be
struck a blow that made Lis name in
famous in every eastern sea. In bis
principal burbot' were lying two Eng
lish whalers and live trading vessels
when be gave a grand feast. It was
Lis wish that the crews of all the ves
sels lie present, and only two or three
men were left aboard when the feast
began. By drugging the liquor and
food Mateo made about a hundred men
helpless, and when they Lad their
senses again it was t. find all their
vessels captured and every person a
prisoner. WLen the various craft Lad
been robbed and stripjicd they were
towed to sea and scuttled. By this
stroke the king secured manv more
firearms and barrels more of powder,
as well as otlier things t increase LN
wealth and arrogance.
Three months after the attack Cap
tain Williams of an Australian trader
managed to escape to sea in a canoe,
but Lad neither food nor water. He
was picked up by a vessel a Lunilreil
miles away. It was four months later
before a British war vessel started
from Singapore to convince King Ma
teo that there were oilier uionarchs on
the face of this earth. During these
seven months Mateo had grown so ar
rogant that be defied the world. Twenty-one
of the while slaves Lad suc
cumbed to th; climate and Ibe bard
work and scant v food.
No more traders Lad called in. ami.
being angry at this, the king Lad deter
mined on a grand feast at which the
last of his white prisoners should be
slain for the amusement of bis people.
This feast would Lave been held two
weeks before her majesty's man-of-war
Revenge readied tlie islands Lad not
the ruler Lad a spell of sickness. He
Lad issued Lis royal ni'odumatijn when
the armed craft came sailing into Lis
Larbor. She was an auxiliary, but was
ut using steam. For once ibe British
captain resorted to a trick. He made
the Revenge look as much as possible
like a whaler after a 'long voyage, and
Ibe" few men of her crew allowed em
deck were rigged out any old way. She
had six guu. but these were so well
covered that the spies who were sent
aboard did not notice them. They re
turned to the king to report an ordi
nary whaler, and lie invited the crew
to a feasj His invitation was refused.
lie thereupon ordered th? craft out of
Lis harbor. She refused to go.
The British enptain had been in
structed to move carefully and let Ma
teo take the lead in overt acts, lie did
not have to wait long. In broad day
light on the third day, and after send
ing- off word of what he was going
to de, Mateo attacked the Britisher
with seveuty war canoes, each one
holding teu men. They puddled out
I roin shore singing their war songs and
indulging in many boasts. The Re
venge had furled her sails and got
sleam up. and she steamed down to the
mouth of the harbor and waited. When
the first musket was fired at her, her
crew leaped em deck and beg-m to
work the big guns. She was provided
with round shot, shell and grape and
canister, and the sea fight lasted only
fifteen minutes. Fifty of the seventy
canoes were destroyed and most of
tlieir crews killed.
This was the first licking King Mateo
ever received, and it s?t him frantic.
He was game, however. He was lick
ed, but he wouldn't give up yet. He
rallied his battalions and challenged
the Britisher to come ashore and have
it out fair auil square. This was ex
actly what the captain of the Revenge
wanted to lo. He liad come after
those white prisoners, ami be must go
ashore to get them. He had a crew of
25o men, and he landed 1MU ef them,
divided them into three bodies, and
when the natives advanced, still five
to one. they were bowled tver by the
score, flanked right and left and licked
out of their lioots in half an hour.
King Mateo's reign was at an end
forever. Of the white prisoners only
about thirty were left. Of the natives
500 had been killed and as many as
3X) wounded. Two trading vessels
came in on the day of the battle. They
were allowed to loael with the plunder.
Several villages were burned, many
cocoa nut groves destroyed and the king
and eleven of his principal men taken
aboard the Revenge, A new king was
Installed on, the throne and hidden to
mind his . p's and q's, and then the
Itriti slier sailed away.
. The prisoners were landed at Sing
aiore and kept in Jail for a year or so
and when "turned loose became dock
loafers. Mateo Is still p3inted out to
the tourist, aucl the first thing he does
after being called .up is to beg for a
drink: the see-ond is to announce that
the British are a great and wonderful
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