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THK J5AHIK: WKDNKHDAY, APRIL 8, 1UH.
(Bnrilf. I'ublisliod every Wednesday Morning by A. J. LOOM IS. Entered at tlio postothYo lit Silver City, N. M.i for transmission tlirouxli thu malls at second class ratus. Ofllco on Yanklo Street between Texas and Arizona Streets. Advortisinii Hatos on Appllcutlun. Subscription Unte, I'ostaRe Prepaid i Oiioyiar .)00 Six months ..... i' yo Tliroo montlis . . . . w SILVER CITV. N. M APHIL 8, 1M)0. Silver Lead . .MX A XEW IDEA. The eastern gold bugs have late ly been filled with a new variety of horror. They have heen opposing the admission of New Mexico nnd Arizona on account of the free sil ver tendency of the two territories, hut now a new fear has siezed them. They are afraid that if statehood for these territories is put off much longer tho people of tho territories will get the idea into their heads that the territories are too largo and ought to be sub-divided. Now as each sub-division would increase tho number of United States sena tors by two and as every one of the senators from this nart of the union may be relied upon to vote early and often for silver, those people in the east who have been worship, ing the golden calf for many years are already considering whether it would not be better to admit the territories at once, before there is any agitation for division. The New York Journal recently printed an article bearing on this subject which is by no means un interesting reading and we repro duce it. The article is as follows: Arizona, New Mexico and Okla homa want to have done with the cumbersome system of territorial government and enter into the not unalloyed joys of statehood. Un der our system, of course, it has al ways been contemplated that when the population mjd condition of the territories had reached a standard they should become self-govering communities. Nowdays there is little legislature that has not busings or political expediency as a 1 tor, if not as a basis. It has been the fashion of the east to oppose the admission of western states, because it tended to diminish the power and threaten the political supremacy of tho At lantic states in the national legis lative assemblies. Tho division of Dakota, and the creation of two states, with full powers and repre sentation, when there need only ha vo been one, has introduced a new factor into tho question. Arizona and New Mexico, each 500 miles square as large as all of New En glandmight take it into their legislative minus to split up into two or three states apiece, and so come into the union finally as vast ly more serious quantities in tho make-up of majorities than at pre sent. With silver legislation threatening, and a vast number of other questions to come up in which tho west may bo arrayed against the east, the number of prospective states must bo a mat ter of serious concern. This cold blooded way of looking at it is not as mercenary as it seems. A bit of legislation may be none the less meritorious or meretricious because it is advocated or opposed for polit-1 ical reasons. The legislation on the Cuban question is a caso in I point. I The moral or immoral of all this is that the cowboy territories will become states now or later on, as congress calculates the disadvan tage of having them in and the dose over with in their present sing ular oanaeitv. or oWta I the plural evils later on. REP URL ÍCA .v oprxiow The citizens of New Mexico should tnder a vote of thanks to the republican editor of Leslie's Weekly for being able to crowd moro misinformation about New Mexico into a small space than has ever before been accomplished by even tho most malignant of tho enemies of New Mexico. In an article which appeared in that paper on April 2, entitled "Let New Mexico Wait," there is printed this astounding information: "There is no conceivable justifi cation of a policy which would build a state out of the heterogen eous alien elements which it is pro posed by this bill to constitute as a district autonomy. The population of New Mexico is not only mixed and without coherency of language, customs, or tastes, but it is igno rant and, to a considerable oxt3nt, actually pagan. Only a meagro minority of the people are even ap proximately qualified for theduties of citizenship or the responsibili ties of government, and no greater violence could be done to our re publican system than to admit a territory thus populated, with con ditions so unfriendly,, to theoxerciso of sovereignty as a state of tho un ion." It might do the uneducated edi tor of Leslie's Weekly some good to study the latest census report, lie would be able to discover somo of his errors. In the first place tho proportion of aliens in New Mexi co to the population is vastly less than in New York city. In tho next place, the proportion of regular attendants at divine worship to population is vastly greater in New Mexico than in New York city, where this wonderful editor lives. Again, the proportion of criminals to population in New York is greater than in New Mexico, and finally there are more pagans in New York th in in New Mexico. There is much for the editor of Les lie's Weekly to learn about his own country. Col. Abe Slupsky should tako him in hand. Tiik manufacturers of the coun try are studying the silver question and the probabilities are that with in a year the great majority of man ufacturers will be in favor of the free and unlimited coinage of silver. Manufacturers are, as a class, an intelligent lot of people and all that is roquired to mako a man an advocate of free coinage is a fair amount of intellect honestly and industriously npplicd to tho silver question, hence there are excellent reasons to ho,)e that the manufac turers will be on the right side of the silver question as soon as they have had an opportunity to study the question. When it comes to getting his sons appointed to soft places St. Catron is a hummer.