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fl - jr HE beer being
H/ | II done , the Doctor
Hp ( fl chafed bitterly
B s/Tfo. 'ti , ( If while Jean-Marie
ttffcfSSRfcS finished his cakes.
ii r4MII' [ ( ' v , ' : - "l burn to be
HPSs /fit fe sone , " he said ,
Kf W5 S5 looking at his
/ ' f&Cr > watch. "Good God !
: t ( * S $ > P how slow you eat ! "
Hn P \ . And yet to eat
Bf slowly was his
B ) * own particular prescription , the main
H ? .secret of longevity !
H' \ His martyrdom , however , reached an
Hfi end at last ; the pair resumed their
1 . I places in the buggy , and Desprez , lean-
ft'lng luxuriously back , announced his
Hp | intention of proceeding to Fontaine-
1 lf * 2 > leau.
1 S "To Fontainebleau ? " repeated Jeanj
Hl J .Marie.
H % "My words are always measured , "
mf/ said the doctor. "On ! "
H/J Tne doctor was driven through the
H glades of paradise ; the air , the light ,
Bt ' "Ihe shining leaves , the very movement
K of the vehicle , seemed to fall in tune
# * -with his golden meditations ; with his
f liead thrown back , he dreamed a se-
V Ties of sunny visions , ale and pleasure
h , dancing in his veins. At last he
K-\ .spoke.
: f"I \ shall telegraph for Casimir , " he
H/ said. "Good Casimir ! a fellow of the
A lower order of intelligence , Jean-
f Marie , distinctly not creative , not poet-
rj : 1c ; and yet he will repay your study ;
Hf v ( his fortune is vast , and is entirely
H | fi' due to his own exertions. He is the
B'/ff Tery fellow to help us to dispose of
Hjlt ; * our trinkets , find us a suitable house
B | ? in Paris , and manage the details of
H * our installation. Admirable Casimir ,
Hf \ • one of my oldest comrades ! It was on
V wf * "s advice * may add > tfaat I invested
B wj my little fortune in Turkish bonds ;
B $ f -when we have added these spoils of the
HJ § ' mediaeval church to be our stake in
3r < \ .the Mohammedan empire , little boy ,
! f we shall positively roll among doubi
% _ loons , positively roll ! Beautiful for-
Jp est , " he cried , "farewell ! Though
B sK • called to other scenes , I will not forget
1 lg thee. Thy name is graven in my
m 3f "heart Under the influence of prost
H " " § ? perity I become dithyrambic , Jean-Ma-
m i § . rie. Such is the impulse of the natural
m InL - Primeval man. And I well , I will not
B J * soul ; such was the constitution of
B T * refuse the credit I have preserved my
H m youth like a virginity ; another , who
H | & should have led the same snoozing ,
B B * countrified existence for these years ,
B \ another had become rusted , become
B $ " "t stereotyped ; but I , I praise my happy
Hj \ - constitution , retain the spring unbrok-
Bf\ ' en. Fresh opulence and a new sphere
Hp * of duties find me unabated in ardor
Bt : and only more mature by knowledge.
H "For this prospective change , Jean-Ma-
3"ie it may probably have shocked
K you. Tell me now , did it not strike !
HL you as an inconsistency ? Confess it
HL "is useless to dissemble it pained
HL fyou ? "
H > "Yes , " said the boy.
M\ "You see , " returned the doctor , with
H sublime fatuity , "I read your thought !
R * .Nor am I surprised your education is 1
Kf -not yet complete ; the higher duties of i
HKl men have not been yet presented to 1
K\ 3ou fullj' . A hint till we have leisure ! f
1 must suffice. Now that I am once 1 ;
B * \ more in possession of a modest com-
LJV I petence ; now that I have so long pre- ;
lr pared mj-self in silent meditation , it
becomes my superior amy to proceea
to Paris. My scientific training , my
-undoubted command of language , mark
me out for the service of my country.
Modesty in such a case would be a
snare. If sin were a philosophical expression -
• pression , I should call it sinful. A man
must not deny his manifest abilities ,
for that is to evadehis obligations. I
} must be up and doing ; I must be no
! rakulker in life's battle. "
• * &tJ % & ( C * ° HE rattled on
Efeg S Vv c ° Piously greas
p/S1 \ ins the J ° in'
"T > S f\fc/7 mof his inconsisten-
Wr 'tl A J cy with words ;
'CTtLy/lV Awhile the boy list
ffllv'KfAW tened silentl bis
m. * raii Qj4.eyes fixed on the
1 ivS4JR& horse' his mind
1 MM ? seething. It was
> L us > S all lost eloquence ,
l r no array of words
Jfe could unsettle a belief of Jean-Ma-
ly rrie's ; and he drove into Fontainebleau
mt filled with pity , horror , indignation ,
It and despair.
L In the town Jean-Marie was kept a
! ' * fixture on the driving-seat , to guard
V the treasure ; while the doctor , with
m a singular , slightly tipsy airiness of
fe manner , fluttered in and out of cafes ,
where he shook hands with garrison
jB -officers , and mixed an absinthe with
Jp -the nicety of old experience ; in and out
W -of shops , from which he returned laden
m -with costly fruits , real turtle , a mag-
> nificcnt piece of silk for his wife , a
% preposterous cane for himself , and a
m lcepi of the newest fashion for the boy ;
lL in and out of the telegraph office ,
A whence he dispatched his telegram ,
Wm * ' -and where three 'hours ' later he received
JV \ an answer promising a visit on the
m -morrow ; and generally pervaded Fon-
Rh -tainebleau with the first fine aroma of
| > "his divine good humor.
E- The sun was very low when they set
P * rforth , again ; the shadows of the forest
lb " -trees extended across the broad white
Toad that led them home ; the pene-
trating odor of the evening wood had
already arisen , like a cloud of incense ,
from i that broad field of tree-tops ;
and even in the streets of the town ,
where the air had been baked all day
between white walls , it came in whiffs
and pulses , like a distant music. Halff
way home , the last gold flicker vanished -
ished from a great oak upon the left ;
and when they came forth beyond the
borders ] of the wood , the plain was
alreads' sunken in pearly grayness , and |
a great , pale moon came swinging skyward -
ward through the filmy poplars.
The doctor sung , the doctor whistled ,
the \ doctor talked. He spoke of the
woods < , and the wars , and the deposiT \
tion \ of dew ; he brightened and babbled -
bled ] of Paris ; he soared into cloudy
bombast ] on the glories of the political
cal arena. All was to be changed ; as
the j day departed , it took with it the
vestiges of an outworn existence , and I
to-morrow's j sun was to inaugurate the
new. "Enough , " he cried , " 0 this life
of maceration ! " His wife ( still beau
tiful 1 , or he was sadly partial ) were
to \ be no longer buried ; she should j
now shine before society. Jean-Marie
would find the world at his feet ; the
roads open to success , wealth , honor ,
and posthumous renown. "And oh ,
by ] the way , " said he , "for God's sake
keep your tongue quiet ! You are , of
course < , a very silent fellow ; it is a
quality < I gladly recognize in you silence -
lence ] , golden silence ! But this is a
matter of gravity. No word must get
abroad ; none but the good Casimir
is i to be trusted ; we shall probably dis-
Dose of the vessels in England. "
"But are they not even ours ? " the
boy i said , almost with a sob it was
the 1 only time he had spoken.
"Ours , in this sense , that they are
nobody else's , " replied the doctor. "But
the i state would have some claim. If
they \ were stolen , for instance , we
should be unable to demand their restitution
titution \ ; we should have no title ; we
should be unable even to communicate
with the police. Such is the monstrous
condition ( of the law. * It is a mere inLet -
* Let it be so , for my tale !
stance of what remains to be done , of
the injustices that may yet be righted
by ] an ardent , active , and philosophical -
cal deputy. "
Jean-Marie put his faith in Madame
Desprez ] ; and as they drove forward
down the road from Bourron , between
the t rustling poplars , he prayed in his
teeth 1 , and whipped up the horse to
an unusual speed. Surelas , soon as
her character , and bring this waking
they \ arrived , madame would assert
nightmare to an end.
Their entrance into Gretz was her-
aided and accompanied by a most fu
rious barking ; all the dogs in the vil
lage ] seemed to smell the treasure in
the < noddy. But there was no one on
the street , save three lounging landscape -
scape painters at Tentaillon's door.
Jean-Marie opened the green gate and
led in the horse and carriage ; and almost -
most at the same moment Madame
Desprez j came to the kitchen threshold
with a lighted lantern ; for the moon
was not yet high enough to clear the
garden walls.
"Close the gates , Jean-Marie ! " cried
the doctor , somewhat unsteadily alight-
ing. "Anastasie , where is Aline ? "
"She has gone to Montereau to see
her parents , " said madame.
"Here , quick , come near to me ; I
don't wish to speak too loud ! " he con
tinued. "Darling , we are wealthy ! "
"Wealthy ! " repeated the wife.
"I have found the treasure of Fran-
chard , " replied her husband. "See ,
here are the first fruits ; a pineapple ,
a dress for my ever-beautiful it will
suit her trust a husband's , trust a lov-
er's taste ! Embrace me darling ! This
grimy episode is over ; the butterfly
unfolds its painted wings. To-morrow
Casimir will come ; in a week we may
be in Paris happy at last ! You shall
have diamonds. Jean-Marie , take it
out of the boot , with religious care ,
and bring it piece by piece into the
. We shall 'have
dining-room. plate at
table ! Darling , hasten and prepare
this turtle ; it will be a whet it will
be an addition to our meagre ordinary.
l myself will proceed to the cellar. We
shall have a bottle of that little Beau.
jolais j you like , and finish with the
Hermitage ; there are still three bottles
left. 1 Worthy wine for a worthy oc-
casion. "
"The turtle , my adored , the turtle ! "
cried < the doctor ; and he pushed her
toward 1 the kitchen , lantern and all.
Jean-Marie stood dumbfounded. He
had 1 pictured to himself a different
scene a more immediate protest , and
his 1 hope began to dwindle on the
f > Jjzf HE doctor was
jp ii f everywhere , a little
, , y jl ® doubtful on his
0rF2DJlegs \ \ Perhaps , and
jl now and then tak1
jJyS - ! ing the wall with
t y g
rajijg | | yj2 § his shoulder ; for it
$ gi = sip | P was long since he
j$0 Jf had tasted absinthe ,
* | Sgeg | and he was then
> l 5- reflecting that the
absinthe had been
a i misconception. Not that he regret-
ted i excess on such a glorious day , but
he ] made a mental memorandum to beware -
ware ; he must not , a second time , become -
come i the victim of a deleterious hab-
It He Ihad his wine out of the celar
in a twinkling ; he arranged the sacri
ficial vessels , some on the white table
cloth , some on the sideboard , still
crusted with historic earth. He was
in and out of the kitchen , plying Anas
tasie with vermouth , heating her with
glimpses of the future , estimating their
new wealth at ever larger figures ; and
before they sat down to supper , the
lady's virtue had melted in the fire of
his enthusiasm , her timidity had dis
appeared ; she , too , had begun to speak
disparagingly of the life at Gretz ; and
as she took her place and helped the
soup , her eyes shone with the glitter
of prospective diamonds.
. All through the meal , she and the
doctor made and unmade fairy plans ,
They bobbed and bowed and pledged
each other. Their faces ran over
with smiles ; their eyes scattered sparkc
les. as they projected the doctor's poc
litical honors and the lady's drawing-
room ovations.
"But you will not be a Red ! " cried
Anastasie. *
"I am Left Centre to the core , " replied -
plied the doctor.
"Madame Gastein will present us
we shall find ourselves forgotten , " said
the lady.
"Never , " protested the doctor ,
"Beauty and talent leave a mark. "
"I have positively forgotten how to
dress , " she sighed.
"Darling , you make me blush , " cried
he. "Yours has been a tragic mar-
riage ! "
"But your success to see you ap-
preciated 1 , honored , your name in all
the * papers , that will be more than
pleasure 1 it will be heaven ! " she
"And once a week , " said the doctor ,
archly scanning the syllables , "once
a week one good little game of baccarat -
carat ? "
"Only once a week ? " she questioned ,
threatening * him with a finger.
"I swear it by my political honor , "
cried he.
"I spoil you , " she said , and gave
him her hand.
He covered it with kisses.
Jean-Marie escapes into the night.
The moon swung high over Gretz. He
went down to the garden end and sat
on the jetty. The river ran by with
eddies of oily silver , and a low , monotonous -
onous song. Faint veils of mist moved
among the poplars on the farther side ,
The reeds were quietly nodding. A
hundred times already had the boy
sat , on such a night , and watched the
streaming river with untroubled fani
cy. And this perhaps was to be the
last. He was to leave this familiar
hamlet , this green , rustling country ,
this bright and quiet stream ; he was
to pass into the great city ; and his
dear lady mistress was to move bedit
zened into saloons ; his good , garrulous -
lous ' , kind-hearted master to become a
brawling deputy ; and both be lost
forever to Jean-Marie and their better
selves. He knew his own defects ; he
knew he must sink into less and less
consideration in the turmoil of a city
life ; sink more and more from the
child into the servant. And he began
dimly ( to believe the doctor's prophesies -
sies of evil. He could see a change in
both. His generous incredulity failed
him for this once ; a child must have
perceived J that the Hermitage had completed -
] pleted what the absinthe had begun ,
If this were the first day , what would
be the last ? "If necessary , wreck the 1
train , " thought he , remembering the
doctor's parable. He looked round on
the delightful scene ; he drank deep '
of ' the charmed night air , laden with j
the scent of hay. "If necessary , wreck
the train , " he repeated. And he rose
and returned to the house.
A Siui ] > lc Scheme to Clean the Numerous -
* ous Streets of targe Cities.
Among those who have given consid
erable thought to the problem of
quickly and efficiently disposing of
the snow which falls on the streets of
the city , and which the bureau of street
cleaning is frequently unable to force
street cleaning contractors to remove
as rapidly and thoroughly as it should
be removed , is Robert G. Mueller , an
engineer and architect in the office of
Otto C. Wolf , at Broad and Arch streets ,
says , the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr.
Mueller's plan involves the turning of
the accumulated snow into water ,
which afterward runs off through the
gutters \ into sewers. "This can be
done , " said Mr. Mueller , "both cheaply
and successfully. In melting the snow
I would use electricity upon such
streets as have trolley lines running
upon them. On other thoroughfares
steam would be used. After the sweep
ers and snow plows have thrown the
snow into a long pile between the
tracks and the curb laborers could
thro * it into carts , which would haul It
to 1 the nearest corner. Here I would
have the melting machine. It would
be ' in the form of a radiator , say 9 by 3
feet , on wheels. A wire connects } t
with " the trolley wire. The heat gen
erated by the electric current will melt
the 1 snow as rapidly as it can be hauled
up and thrown on the melting machine.
The water runs out through a pipe at
one corner of the machine into the gut
ter or sewer opening.
"I have calculated that with six men
and carts all of the
• snow on a square
like 1 any of those on Market street be
tween 1 the city hall and the river can
be 1 gathered up and melted in half an
Mr. Mueller estimates the cost of
each < machine at not more than § 250.
The electricity , he thinks , the traction
company < -would be willing to supply for
nothing ; , as it would derive an equal
advantage i with the city in the rapid
removal ; of the snow. Mr. Mueller has
prepared ; working drawings of his plan
and ; will submit them to the bureau
of street cleaning.
] ME. l
HE IS • •
The Tariff Bill living Punhed Rapidly
Ahead Republican Senator * Working :
Together .Democrats Olnruiisertod.
Some Want 1'ree TradeSoine 1'rotcetlon ,
( Washington Letter. )
Special correspondence : The prop"v
osition to utilize Mr. Bryan as a campaign -
paign orator in sundry states and cities i
in the approaching campign is the oc-
ccsion of considerable comment here.
Mr. Bryan visited twenty-eight states i
as a campaign orator during the recent -
cent presidential campaign and sue-
ceeied in carrying six of them , five of I
these ) six having from time immemorial 1
been Democratic states. In all the large i
cities visited by him the Republican
vote was enormous and nearly every
one of them was carried by the Re1
publicans. In thirty-five large cities
of the United States , wnich in 1S92 gave
1C2 thousand Democratic plurality , the
Republican plurality in 1896 was 4C4 [
thousand and most of these cities were
visited by Mr. Bryan during the camt
rushing ; the Tariff.
There have been some interesting de
velopments in Washington during the
present week and some especially sig
nificant in their character. The Re
publican senators have shown their determination -
termination to push the tariff bill with
all possible speed while the Democratic
senators have shown themselves entirely -
tirely at sea in the matter of policy up-
this important question. Both parties
have held caucuses to determine their
action in regard to the tariff bill and
the contrast between the developments
of the two conferences was strongly
marked. The Democrats found themselves -
selves entirely at sea , unable to agree
upon any course with reference to the
important features of the bill while the
Republicans emerged from their caucus -
cus a thoroughly united body determined -
mined to present a solid front to the
enemy whom they know to be in control -
trol of the senate.
That the senate of the United States
is not a Republican body , everybody
knows. That the ability of the Republicans -
licans to pass a tariff bill depends upon
the strength of the protective senti
ment among the Democrats and Popu
lists 1 is conceded. The Republicans are
in the minority in the senate. To pass
the tariff bill they must either have the
active open support of one or more ?
Democrats or one or more members of
the Democratic and Populist parties
must omit to vote against it. There
is i reason to believe that the bill will [
receive the support of at least one
Democrat and probably two Populists ,
if i Senator Kyle is to be classed as a
Populist. He is put down in the Con
gressional Directory as an independ
ent. Senator Jones , of Nevada , who
has 1 been classed as a Populist for the
past two or three years , will , it is un
derstood , support the bill and it is
probable that Senator Kyle will do seer
or at least not vote against it. Senator
McEnery , of Louisiana , Democrat , has
indicated j clearly his intention to sup ,
port j a protective tariff.
It is under these circumstances that
the. Republican minority in the senate
enter u bn the desperate struggle to
pass thejir bill. They have , as above
indicated , the advantage of presenting
a solid front in support of the bill
while the other parties are not able to
solidify themselves upon any feature
of the measure. Their caucus showed
that uoon the numerous questions at
issue not only were they not united
but that they could not unite. The Republicans -
publicans , on the other hand in their
caucus determined to put aside personal -
sonal preferences in regard to the varc
ious items of the bill , each man submitting -
mitting his proposed amendments to
the finance committee , and afterward ,
if necessary , to the caucus committee
upon this subject. They further agreed ,
much as they might desire to enter
upon a general discussion of tbe tariff ,
to forego that undertaking for the sake
of economy of time , and to press at
every turn for active energetic work
upon the schedules of the bill with the
purpose of getting final action upon it
at the earliest possible moment. Not
a speech , aside from the explanation
which Senator Aldrich offered in the
opening day of the debate , is to be
made by the Republicans , other than
the brief responses made necessary in
reply to the attacks which it is expected
that the Democrats will make upon the
schedules of the bill as the discussion
progresses. Thus the public may understand -
derstand that if there is delay in the
passage of the bill through the senate ,
the responsibility will rest with the
Democratic party. If the Republicans
could control the action of the senate ,
the bill would be passed through that
body'within a fortnight and be upon
the statute books certainly by the end
of the fiscal year. If they cannot , the
fault will be with the Democrats.
If the Republicans are able to carry
out their program , the first four
months of President McKinley's administration -
ministration will witness a heretofore
' unheard of occurrence in the history of
the country , the meeting of a congress
within fifteen days of the inauguration
of a new president , the framing of a
great tariff bill and passage through
the house , its consideration by the senate -
ate and conference committee and
enactment into a law all within four
months. If this fails to happen the
public will understand that the failure j
is because of delay offered by Demox
crata , who recognize the fact that
eve ' ry day's delay is a postponment of j
business activity and prosperity , and
that by this process only are they able t
'to create the dissatisfaction which they j
hope \ may result to their advantage in
the coming elections.
Retallntlon Talk.
Much is heard now of the retaliatory
measures about to be adopted by certain -
tain countries in cases where the new
tariff law will affect their merchants
"Retaliation , " as against the tariff
law of another nation , might be a good
thing if it could stop there. But there
is i such a thing as retaliation igainst
retaliation. Those foreign countries
which are talking about retaliating
against our tariff law will think several
times before they deliberately cut off
their markets with the United States
which they now have. For instance :
The Argentine Republic which is talkr
ing so loudly about retaliation , will
discover when it comes to look Into the
case that it sold us last year twice as
much of the productions of its people
as it bought from the United States ,
Austria-Hungary sold us three times
as much as her people bought from the
United States and Japan sold to this
country more than three times as much
as our own people sold in her markets.
When the authorities of those countries
recognize the fact that they will , by re-
taliation , lose a market two or three
times as valuable as the one which they
propose ] to take away from the United
States , they will abandon the idea.
Tillman on President McKlnley.
From the Chicago Inter Ocean : A
Democratic 1 exchange reports a call
made by Senator Tillman of South Cart
olina < upon President McKinley. It was •
purely ] social. It does not appear that
the 1 senator had any favors to ask , or
any points of policy to urge. He simply
wanted to get better acquainted with
the i president of the United States. The '
idea i was certainly a good one , and it
would be well if it were adopted goneri
ally. ; Personal acquaintance is a great
factor i in greasing the wheels and
chalking < the bands alike in business
and i public affairs. Grover Cleveland
made ) a great mistake in discouraging ,
wittingly or unwittingly , the cultivat
tion ' of personal friendships , and that ,
too ' , when he especially needed such
friendships. i President McKinley knew
personally : and was on terms of pleast
ant : personal friendship with a large
proportion : of congressmen and sent
ators of both parties. In this respect
he probably had an advantage over any
president since Van Buren. President
Cleveland , on the other hand , had an 1
exceptionally ' small acquaintance with 1
public men. Senator Tillman is a
unique figure in politics , but his career
only began eleven years ago. Prior to
1886 he was a plain farmer , not a
planter , but a farmer , with no thought ,
apparently , of a political career. His
term in the senate began two years ago ,
and will end with the close of this ad-
ministration. Here is what our Democratic -
cratic exchange reports the senator as
saying about his visit :
"My call on Mr. McKinley was en-
tirely social in its nature , and was
made by me for the purpose of getting
better acquainted with the president.
Our conversation was such a one as
any two men in public life would have ,
the questions of the day being touched i
on only in the most general way , and I
no attempt being made by either party
to introduce questions on which we
knew we differed. I was much im-
pressed with Mr. McKinley and told
him that , no matter what his politics \
were , he had the advantage of coming '
into the white house with the cleanest t J
personal record of any president for '
the last twenty-five years. I am sure i
of the fact that the present executive ,
is an honest man , heart and soul , and ' ]
that , no matter what the influences
are that surround him , it will not be ,
his fault if he does not give an honest
administration , according to the teachings -
ings * of his party. "
There is no man at Washington
more given to harsh and rasping criticism -
cism than Senator Tillman. This peculiarity -
culiarity has earned for him the name
"Pitchfork Tillman , " and when he has
only words of praise for President McKinley -
Kinley it means a great deal. He has
a very large following throughout the
south. The rural whites , no longer
content to be political nonentities , are
asserting themselves in all that region ,
and Benjamin R. Tillman is their lead
er. His favorable report of the Republican -
publican president will do much to
soften the asperities of sectionalism.
ZUr , Bryan Scheduled. .
William J. Bryan has accepted an invitation -
vitation to make an address in Union
Square , New York , on September 6 ,
Labor day.
The active campaign for the control
of the city of New York will then have
been . begun , and politics will be sizzling
if not roaring in the heat of the early
fall. If the silver question has ip-
ceived attention at the hands of the
Democratic managers , that Its importance -
ance demands , then Mr. Bryan's presence -
ence will add to the hilarity of the -jc-
casion and the silver cause , like the
soul of John Brown , will go marching
If , on the contrary and this is a
fateful thought the Democratic managers -
agers , with premeditation and malice
prepense , have artfully , insidiously and
with deliberate purpose , sought to ignore -
nore , sidetrack or otherwise obscure
and make insignificant and inconsequential -
quential , the great silver question , then
the presence of Mr. Bryan in New York
on Labor day will be as a ton of dyna
mite exploded under the Tammany
wigwam : as a stream of burning oil
poured upon the shattered Democratic
hulk ; as the roaring of a pack of Bengal -
gal tigers if those beasts ever went
in packs , which they do not to the
mewing of a puling kitten.
In fact , the presence of Mr. Bryan in
New York on that interesting occasion
will add immeasurably to the gaiety of
politics , if not to the joyfulness of the
nations. Albany Journal. _
* j ]
1 I
Where la "rroo Silver" Now ? I ' % J
The former free silver Journal I I
themselves * furnish ample proof of the > < |
collapse of the "bimetallism" move- ' * I
ment. No better commentary on thai |
change in public opinion whhh ha j t |
taken place in the western states couldl |
be desired than the information fur-J |
uished In the following article from , i
the Orcgonlan , of Portland , Ore. ir |
cays : f ,
. , "The dreadful financial cataclysms ; j
that were to engulf Colorado , along }
with the rest of the world , in case'
Bryan ] was defeated , do not seem toj
be materializing , if one may judge from <
the Denver Times , one of the roost ,
rueful of ante-el&ctlon prophets. '
Speaking for the state. It says : 'Colo
rado boldly challenges any state in tha
union to make a race with her this
spring in the matter of general activ
ity. ' Then follows a long summary of
new and prospering enterprises. Even ,
money matters are buoyant. 'Credits
are being settled rapidly. ' says the
Times , * in the larger cities of the state.
Collections are an even 50 per cent bet
ter . " than they were one year ago.
Easter sales in all stores were better
than they had been since April. 1893. {
Bank deposits have increased from 5 i
to ) 15 per cent , and bank clearings for
the : current week advanced 14 per cent *
over last year. ' This is a melancholy-
prospect for a free silver paper to con
front , in the face of the awful havoc
still being wrought by the gold stand
ard. "
Of all the free silver states in the
last j national campaign , Colorado was
the most rampant and uncompromis
ing i , and of all the advocates of free
silver the Denver Times was perhaps
the most vindictive and threatening. H
It predicted that if the cause it
espoused was lost , ruin would clutch H
the state. Yet now that same newspaper - H
per is proudly boasting of Colorado's 1
increased i prosperity , of the better col- H
lections j , the greater bank deposits and
the larger volume of business which is H
being transacted. It even challenges jH
any other state to show a degree of jH
commercial activity equal to that now ( H
being displayed by Colorado. H
Such testimony as this , which Is to H
be found in scores of journals that H |
once advocated free coinage , is the M
worst blow which silver-at-lC-to-1 M
could pessibly suffer. It knocks the M
last props from under the movement H
and leaves it an absolute and hopeless l M
wreck. , Cincinnati Commercial Trib- H
The President and Cuba. M
Those who were expecting a sensa- J M
tional t message from President McKin- H
ley j on the Cuban situation will be j H
much disappointed. But they should H
remember , that the main object in H
view is the relief of suffering Ameri- H
can citizens in the war-harried island. H
This can be done in only two ways. H
First ] , with the consent and co-opera- H
tion 1 of the Spanish authorities , or. j H
second , in face of their opposition. If H
the \ President had recommended the H
recognition , of Cuban belligerency , and H
if j congress should have followed his H
advice , the Spaniards , though they H
could not rightfully have regarded H
recognition ] as a hostile act , could , and H
probably 1 would , have refused to allow- H
us i to communicate with the interior H
of < the island ; and if they saw fit , to H
establish an effective blockade , it H
would be the duty of the United Statss H
tc j recognize and respect it. M
We think that President McKinley H
has acted with great wisdom in limit- H
ing his recommendations to the sub- H
ject immediately before the country- R
The senate is entitled to credit for Hj
adopting a resolution in accordance M
with the suggestions of the President. H
If the Democrats of the house underBH
the leadership of young Mr. Bailey H
think that they can make political' H
capital by trying to force the recognition -
tion i of the insurgents as belligerents H
ai this time even at the cost of defeating - H
ing ' the senate resolution , they will H
find i that they have mistaken the temper - H
per 1 of the people of the United States. H
The two subjects H
are in nowise connected -
nected ] , and H
they ought not be con-
founded. President McKinley is clearly - H
ly ] right , and he should be loyally sus- H
tained. ' Indianapolis News. H
The Nicaragua Canal. H
Evidences have been given in many |
of the recent dispatches from Washington - H
ington j that the project for constructing H
-Nicaragua t canal will soon come to H
the front again in congress and will be H
supported by the whole force of the H
! administration. Secretary Sherman is. H
known to be favorable to the enterprise j H
and there is every reason to believe |
that President McKinley desires icy H
make its acomplishment one of the- |
\ prominent features of his term of office. |
The importance of the canal is suck H
that every particle of news affecting it H
is a matter of general interest. For H
that reason there will be close attention. |
\ given to the subject , now that if is j H
about to reappear as a practical issue |
before ' congress. While the subject has |
been long under discussion , it ha = ; neer H
become threadbare , because ever- one |
who favors it fully recognizes the M
strength of the opposition and knows H
that unless its supporters are incessantly - H
ly active it can never be accomplished. H
The ; news from Washington will .there- |
fore , revive the agitation on the subject - H
ject all over the country and strengthen - H
en the energies of the friends of the H
measure by increasing their hope cf H
speedy success. San Francisco Call. j H
Telephone Service for Farms. H
Farmhouses in Carroll county. Maryland - |
land 1 , are supplied with a telephone H
service at $15 a year , and it is said by H
those 1 who have tried it that life in the H
country i is made far more attractive | H
when instant communication can be |
had ) with the family doctor , the post- H
office and village stores , to say nothing- H
of i an occasional chat with a distant' , |
friend. : The cost of the service is mora M
than returned in various way3. M

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