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J. F. WALLACE, Publisher. WINSLOW, ARIZONA. j Saved by the Sexton j I By A. A. Smith. I —Written for this paper, t >9 Author’s Note: "Saved by the Sexton” ts a story based upon facts, which were widely exploited by the newspapers at the time. For obvious reasons fictitious names of the parties to the grewsome adventure are used, and the name of the city near which it occurred is purposely omitted. Newspaper readers with retentive mem ories, however, will be able to recall both the parties to what may aptly be termed a providential crime, and the locality in which it occurred. The lady who owed so much to the desecration of her grave lived for eight years afterward and became the mother of two healthy children, but the guilty sexton did not long survive the shock resulting from his ghoulish night’s work. IT WAS by no means a tenement house picture upon which the sexton gazed as he stepped across his own threshold. The room was small and poorly fur nished, but it did not present the gaunt aspect of poverty in the lowest degree. There were four rooms in the little house and they contained all the es sentials for comfortable living, even though the carpets were made of rags and the scant furniture was worn and faded. The most dismal feature of the place was the discontented face of the woman who was facing him in the low rocker. “What makes you so late, Thomas?” she asked, fretfully. “I had to finish digging the Whitnell grave,” the man replied. “The fu- Deral’s to-morrow, and there’s a lot to do. Three dollars is not such a bad day’s work for us, is it, Mary?” “‘llad,” she repeated, turning wearily away. "It’s all been bad ever since I could remember. What an aspiring man jou are, Thomas, to talk about a beggarly day’s work as if you had found a fortune.” Sexton Williams only sighed as he went in to his supper. Long experi ence had taught him the futility of try ing to dispel the fretful melancholy of his wife. "The same old bill of fare again,” sighed the querulous woman opposite him. "Who wouldn’t get tired of the same old things over and over again? I do wish we could live like somebody for awhile, just for the novelty of it.” “Why don’t you talk?” she demand ed, as Thomas ate his supper in silent constraint. “One would think it was gloomy enough without bringing your graveyard manners into the house. I suppose the Whitnells will make a swell affair of their funeral to-mor row?” "Indeed they will,” responded her husband, brightening with the thought of having something of interest to im part to his wife. "She is to be buried in her wedding clothes. There’s an ele gant necklace and some pearls, and— diamonds.” “Diamonds!” exclaimed the wife. “The idea of putting them into the ground. It’s a shame.” “Worse than the barbarians,” replied the sexton, “but she requested it, and the mourners seem more anxious than anything that the corpse shall present a striking appearance. The under taker said it would be done, and I saw her laid out in them myself.” “Oh, dear!” fairly groaned the wom an. “And all that shameful waste while I can’t have as much as a pair of new curtains to replace these wretched rags. If I were a man I’d—l’d rob that grave before those jewels should be put to such a shameful use.” 11. It was a night well suited to the work of ghouls. The wind came in great waves, shrieking at the height of its fury like a soul in torment, then dying away in a sighing breeze. Great billowy clouds were swept across the BEFORE HIM LAY THE UNCOVERED FACE. sky, while a driving mist would break at intervals into a sudden dash of rain as a great storm cloud was swept along. In the grewsome churchyard, where marble shafts gleamed weirdly through the rain and darkness, the light of a lantern plajed fantastically about a new-made grave. Bending over the soggy clay was the figure of a man. With desperate energy he plied the spade, and as he threw aside the little heaps of rain-soaked earth his eyes shot fearful glances into the weird and ominous night. To his guilty senses the howling of the wind seemed like the voices of offended spirits of the dead, and from out the rain and dark ness he could see in fancy the accusing menace of ghostly hands. Great drops of perspiration fell from his face and mingled with the rain trickling in rivu lets down his rubber coat. “Curse the rain,” he muttered, straightening up and resting for a moment. “But it’s a lucky touch. No danger of interference on such a night as this. Mary’il get her curtains all right enough.” For an hour he tossed aside the sticky clay, and ihen his task grew easier. The grave sheltered him somewhat from the wind, and the earth became less rain-soaked and heavy. Another hour ar.d his spade scraped upon the cover of the box inclosing the casket. He carefully scraped away the remain ing clods and threw them out, and then as he prepared to remove the cover the unspeakable terrors of his task swept over him again. With chok.Ag: breath he stood up and peered over the edge of the grave he had desecrated, his tortured fancy halting between the terrors of the churchyard and the aw ful proximity of the thing beneath his feet. “The first time; the first time,” he muttered, striving to regain his com posure. “And 1 wouldn’t do it now, only it kinder seems as if I owed it to Mary. And she”—he glanced shudder ingly down at the box beneath his feet. “She doesn’t need them any more, and it was wicked to bury them with her.” Controlling himself with a great ef fort, he completed his grewsome work. Standing close against one side of the grave, he lifted the cover of the box from beneath his feet and threw it out upon the pile of earth. Then, kneeling upon the lower part of the casket, he quickly removed the screws from the upper lid and threw it, too, outside of the grave. The sexton had reached the climax of his task. Before him in the dim light of his lantern lay the uncov ered face of the dead woman, white and cold in the repose of death. In the mo ment of the greatest tension the sexton grew a little calmer. He lifted the dainty hand and sought to pull the pre cious jewel from the finger. It would not yield to his effort, and he lifted the woman’s head aad removed a costly locket and a string of pearls. Then he returned to the sparkling ring upon her finger. It would not yield. lie tried again and again, and as he worked all the wild fancies of the night rushed over him again until he was on the point of ileeing from the grave without the jewel. Then with sudden resolution he took a knife from his pocket, intend ing to amputate the finger. He pressed the keen blade upon her finger, and then — Throughout the city of the dead there echoed one awful, frenzied scream, then another and another. From the desecrated grave out leaped the sexton, like a fiend escaped from torment, and, dashing down his lantern, he rushed away from that fearful place as though all the wild fancies of his guilty brain had taken form and were rushing in pursuit. 111. Twelve o’clock found Mr. Whitnell pacing restlessly up and down the par lor of his lonely mansion. He could not sleep, and his own room contained so many reminders of his departed wife that he could better endure the parlor, where he had last seen her radiant with health and happiness. The stroke of one echoed drearily through the house, and still the grief stricken man paced up and down. For another hour he wrestled with the mem ories of his wedded life, and then ex hausted nature warned him that he must seek repose. He turned sorrow fully to leave the room, when, quick, clear and distinct, above the roaring of the storm, he heard the summons of the doorbell. Mr. Whitnell was not a man to be op pressed by superstitious fears. He de spised such weakness in others, yet now a nameless dread swept over him. He went to the window and peered into the night. Despite his self-command, he almost cried out aloud, for in the fan tastic glare of the electric light he be held a ghostly,white-robed figure stand ing at his door. For a moment the firmly-grounded beliefs of a lifetime were swept away, and Mr. Whitnell was thrilled with the superstitious fancies he despised. Then a shriek echoing through the house recalled him to his senses. A servant had opened the door and seen the ghostlike figure and then fled, crying that the spirit of his mis tress was standing at the door. Mr. Whitnell’s quick brain grasping at a suggestion of the truth, he ran down and caught in his arms the cold, wet. trembling, yet living, form of his res urrected wife. IV. In the evening papers of that day the marvelous story was told, needing no coloring of imagination to make it more sensational. They told how Mrs. Whit nell had been awakened from a cata leptic trance by the pressure of a knife upon her finger; how she had sat up with every sense awakened to feel the cold, damp walls of the grave about her; how, with those awful screams ringing in her ears, she awoke to a realization of the truth, filling her with a terror scarcely less great than the sex ton’s; and how, with returning reason, she had climbed out of her grave and made her way through the storm tc her own home. Graphically they de scribed the appearance of the grave, which hundreds visited —the heap ol earth, with the spade and lantern ly ing upon it, and the casket lid and eovei of the box, They pictured the joy oi the reunited family, but in it all there was no definite mention of the shat tered, half-crazed sexton, whose mind would never recover front the terrors of that night's work. Powerful influ ences from a grateful, reunited family had been at work, and the papers con tained only the statement that, while the would-be grave robber was known, the happy ending of his ghoulish at tempt had not only saved him from prosecution, but had brought him sub stantial reward. Reflections of a Bachelor. Every woman has an idea that she 1 “holds her age well.” Life's thorns were created to keep people from acting hoggish with ttie roses. Love is a dream. Whether it is a nightmare or not depends a lot on what you had for dinner. There was never but one really brave man. He told a woman he didn’t thinh her baby was unusually bright for its ' age. Religion mat- say what it will; but there comes a time to every human soul when it knows that there can be no ’ Heaven for it where some one other ' human soul is not. —N. Y. Press. ► The Little Things. 1 She —It’s strange that the little things in life offer the greatest difficulties! He—That's so! Last night, for in stance, I could find the house all right, but for the life of me I couldn’t find the keyhole!—lleitere Welt. Electricity In Glass Making. Electricity has been applied to the manufacture of glass. A pot of “batch” can be thus melted in 15 minutes that ' formerly required ail hours. $ ipl | The Cause of Free Silver. 1 $ SIGNS OF THE TIMES. Mow the Gold Standard Takes Yalne Out of Property anil Pats It Into Money, A friend has sent us a copy of a New York paper containing a notice of a large number of sales of property in that city under foreclosure of mort gages. In every instance the money lender got the property, and generally for less than the amount of his debt. Os course in such cases the owner loses his property and is still in debt to the money lender. This is a good illustra tion of the process by means of which the gold standard takes value out of property and puts it into money; and if the process continues the money lend ers will soon own both property and money, and the masses of the people will become their tenants and serfs, says the Mississippi Valley Democrat and Journal of Agriculture. In one in stance a large factory and the ground on which it stood were sold to a New York bank for $39,000, that being $22,- 000 less than the amount of the liens on the property. We presume from these facts that this property was worth at least SIOO,OOO when the loans were made, for if it had been worth less than that sum the owner could not have bor rowed $61,000 on it. Now he loses his entire equity and is still $22,000 in debt. In another instance a four-story brick store building was sold under mortgage for $1,000! If this is not plain rob bery under the fiction of a fraudulent law, then what is it? The same paper contains an account of the sale of the famous “Oakwood” grounds and man sion of Henry Probasco, in the suburbs of Cincinnati, which cost the owner $500,000. They were sold at assignee’s sale and brought $G7,000! Some years ago Mr. Probasco retired from business a millionaire. He was a public-spirited citizen and gave away large sums of money to charitable institutions, but the gold standard caught him and crushed him. The gold standard was never intended to benefit people who have hearts. Instances like these are occurring every day in all the large cities. As a rule, when one borrows money and pledges his property as se curity, the property either goes to pay the debt at the end of the term, or the owner borrows from some one else and extends the agony over another period of years. But the inevitable end is reached at last, and the property owner finds himself a pauper. If these were exceptional cases they might reason ably be attributed to bad management or the legitimate results of the fluctua tions of trade, but when they are the rule, as they are and have been for years past, they prove that a wrong principle is in force. The conditions are worse in the coun try than in the city, for notwithstand ing the “abundance of money,” those who have it do not seek rural outlets. The Democrat and Journal are not in the money-lending business, but hard ly a day goes by that we do not receive appeals from our country friends, who have read accounts in the daily papers about the abundance of money in the cities, begging us to help them secure loans to keep their property from be ing sold. Such a letter is now before us, written by a man who owns one of the finest farms in Montgomery coun ty, this state. He says: “The people here value land at SSO and S6O per acre. The bank has a mortgage on my place (naming an amount less than half its value), and insists on payment. Money is so scarce here that no one has any to loan.” This is the burden of all the letters of this class that come to us. The inevitable result will be that this farmer will be sold out by the bank and lose the savings of the lifetime, while the bank will get liis property for less than half its value. Looking at the matter in the light of these inci dents, you can readily see why money lenders can afford to let their money accumulate and lie idle, or lend it on gilt edged security at rates that bring them but little more than the annual taxes. They are well aware of the fact that money has no intrinsic value, that all value is in property, and that money is merely the measure by means of which property is exchanged. There fore, if you constantly shorten or con tract the measure, as we have been do ing for 30 years, it is only a question of time when all property will pass into the hands of the money lenders. The process is hastened by the concentrat ing - power of interest, for, when a man becomes so wealthy that his interest brings him more than he spends, or re turns to public circulation, he has only to wait a given time to acquire both principal and interest. The man who imagines that he can beat the combina tion of interest and steadily declining prices and make a decent living for his family has more faith in his ability than experience and common sense jus tify. Ready for Battle Again. These who claim that the battle for free coinage of silver has been fought a id lost, and that it will never be the leading issue again, do not realize what must yet be done, and how slowly in accomplishment in order to establish the gold standard. The next step to he taken by the gold standard powers will be to treat all silver and silver certifi cates as credit money, redeemable in gold. The secretary of the treasury has already announced that he will direct ly redeem the silver in gold when, in his judgment, there is any necessity for so doing. After that policy is firmly established the gold standard nations will attempt to absolutely destroy all silver as money. They will claim with irresistible logic that if silver money is redeemable in gold it is nothing more than a promise to pay gold; that a promise to pay can be printed on paper at a small fraction of the ex pense required to buy silver bullion and coin it into money. The gold ad vocates of this country will claim that it is foolish for the United States to have nearly $300,000,000 invested in silver coins when they are merely promises to pay gold.—lllinois State Register. Mistakes. The average man is usually too busy making mistakes of his own to profit by the mistakes of others.- -Chicago Daily News. INTERCHANGEABLE MONEY. Framers of Constitution Foresaw Financial Pinch to Which Me Have Come. Doubtless the framers of our consti tution foresaw the possibility of just such a state of financial pinch as the great masses to-day are undergoing in this country, or they would not have designated both gold and silver as a commodity that congress should have power to coin as money. But read as one may, between the lines, and no where can it be reasonably concluded that that instrument empowers con gress to make either the superior, or, in other words, one redeemable in the oth er. Both metals when coined under our constitution are irredeemable. Our gold standard friends who really under stand the financial question are fully aware of the fact that to make coined silver redeemable in gold coin would be a flagrant violation of the constitu tional right in regulating coinage. Nor do we apprehend that they seriously be lieve that the great mass of the voters of our country would tolerate such a vi olation, even could a congress be elected corrupt enough to attempt it. Is it not, rather, reasonable that a diversion of sentiment is really more their aim, so as to keep unlimited coinage of silver from becoming a fixed fact? With the present conditions all products are measured by the gold dollar as effect ually as if the silver coin were redeem able in gold coin, says D. T. Stephen son in the Mississippi Valley Democrat. The law of supply and demand has en hanced the purchasing power of the gold dollars; but let unlimited coinage of silver obtain and the plenty of our cir culating medium will as naturally de crease the purchasing power of gold as will a plentiful harvest cause the farm ers’ crops to sell at lower prices than if there were a general crop failure in all crop-producing countries. Policy ac tuates the money lender and the mil lionaires and trusts and combines of our country. A few poor truckling politi cians, who know better, dance to the interest of the money power, some for popularity, and some for what there is in it to them individually. But the mass of the votes that were cast in 1896 were cast from prejudice and a blind infatuation to follow certain “disgrun tled” demagogues, right or wrong. The great mass of our voting population are both intelligent and honest, and cor rupt leaders cannot impose upon them indefinitely. Nor will party name deter or blind them when they see, and real ize by experience, that those leaders are wrong or knavish. True, a few, per haps, would vote for Satan were he a candidate nominated by their party up on any platform. But not so with the majority. What the mass of voters to day want is plenty of money; and thal good money. However, there is some difference of opinion as to the methods by which it can be accomplished. All agree that an interchangeable circulat ing medium is good enough, provided it is one and the same in purchasing power. Hence, when we say open the mints to coin both our gold and silver and issue coin certificates so that hold ers of either gold or silver coins can swap paper, dollar for dollar, or vice versa, who will say that one dollar is not as good as another? Os course na tional banks and millionaire money lenders could not be expected to ap prove of such a currency, but it would suit the great masses. No “rock-ribbed democrat” who truly understands the financial issues should have any desire that there be any money redeemable save that of paper issued by our gov ernment, and let either gold or silver do it, at the option of our United States treasury, the same as the applicant can choose whether he exchanges gold or silver for the coin certificates. Free coinage, sixteen to one, and coin cer tificates would claim enough interested voters in 1900 to carry the day and down the money trust. OUR FOREIGN GOLD DEBT. The Difficulty About Paying Out Gold on Our Present Gold Stand ard Basis. We often hear it said byway of ob jection to free coinage that if gold should go to a premium, and retire from circulation, while we could use silver or paper for Uoal trade, our for eign creditors would take nothing but gold, and we would have no gold to give them The answer to that objec tion is very simple. Even if gold should go to a premium and retire from circulation it does not follow that we could not get gold. Any na tion can get gold if it has anything to buy it with. Russia has been c. silver standard country nominally, bu with a paper currency. Nevertheless Russia has succeeded in storing away in her war chest something like SIOO,- 000,000 in gold. India is a silver using country and she is supposed to have from $600,000,000 to $1,000,000,- 000 in gold hoardc-d away. So with other silver countries. If we were on a silver basis to-morrow it would not make our command over gold any the less, but on the contrary greater. In the first place every dollar that was expelled from the United States would add just so much to the stock of Europe, where our surplus commod ities must be. largely sold. This would raise prices there, and give us more gold for our wheat, cotton, petro leum and breadstuffs. Our mines would go on producing- gold just the same, and if we were to stop using that metal for money at home, every ounce that we could get from any source would be available for the pay ment of our foreign debt. Under ex isting conditions we have to pro vide g-old both for home use and to satisfy the foreign demand as well. "When the foreign demand becomes unusually strong and a heavy export of gold follows, the cry of “danger” is raised, and the whole country is nearly or quite thrown into a panic. That is because we are attempting to maintain a gold standard with an in sufficient supply of gold. If we were upon a silver basis or a paper basis either, it would make no difference to us whether there was much gold or little gold in New York.—lliinoii j State Register. GO SLOW, MR. PRESIDENT. Tlie Radical Departure or the Ad ministration May Have Se rious Results. President McKinley’s expansion pol icy is said to favor the permanent hold ing of the Philppines and their gov ernment by three American commis sioners, to supplant the military gov ernment when the Aguinaldo rebellion shall have been crushed. It is reported from Washington that the president will urge this policy upon congress, and use all the influence at his command to bring about its adop tion. In view of his recent strong declarations in favor of establishing American supremacy in the Philippines ! there is no reason to doubt the accu racy of this latest outlining of his plans. Whether the people of the United States will support the president in this radical departure from well-grounded American principles is the greatest is sue of foreign policy presented since those which led to the war of ISI2. It is upon adherence to the Monroe doc trine that the United States govern ment logically bases its claim to su premacy in this hemisphere —keeping hands off the old world and requiring the powers of the old world to keep hands off the new. The people of this country recognize the fact that the problem of the perma nent disposition of the Philiippines is seriously" perplexing and that it de mands the most earnest deliberation be fore conclusive action is taken. They hope, however, that the settlement of the problem may rest on a consistently American basis. They know that from tlie moment the United States takes formal and final possession of the Philippines a new epoch begins for this country, and they are apprehensive as to the developments of that epoch as bearing upon American principles and institutions and the welfare of the coun try. It must be acknowledged by unpreju diced thinkers that there is a menace attaching to permanent American sov ereignty in the far east. It necessai’ily means the maintaining of a big army and the inevitable fostering’ of a spirit of militarism. It nullifies the Monroe doctrine and opens the way for further colonial acquisition beyond the limits of the western hemisphere. It vastly increases the chances of war with the great powers of Europe and renders im perative a constant state of prepared ness for such wars. It changes com pletely the attitude in which this gov ernment has stood before the world throughout all its previous history. If we are to remain a liberty-loving and liberty-fostering republic, legiti mately supreme in one-half of the world’s territory, will it be wise to take the risks inseparable from the perma nent holding of the Philippines? Is it right to do so? Is it safe for American institutions? Will it not be better to at least make an effort toward giving the Filipinos a chance to demonstrate their capacity for self-government? The peo ple of the United States are not partisan in contemplating this problem. They are looking at it through American eyes. It will be well for the president to consider their attitude before sur rendering American principles to the rapacity of land-grabbing syndicates, whose Americanism is limited to a wor ship of the eagle on the face of the American dollar.—St. Louis Republic. REPUBLICAN MISRULE. Pnlilic Money AVnsteil anil Human I.lves Sacrificed to Greed for Gold. With the advent of Mr. McKinley to power the republican orgies began, with the enactment of a tariff framed in the interest of the monopolies and trusts, designed for the payment of campaign debts and to lay the favored sections, classes and interests under fresh obligations to the present ad ministration as the dispenser of wealth. This was followed by the declaration of war against Spain, under the false pretense of assisting the people of Cuba to achieve their independence, without any ulterior thought of ter ritorial greed or aggression on our own part. When the enormous outflow of patronage and favoritism caused by the Spanish war was checked by the premature termination of hostilities with Spain, Mr. McKinley paid $20,000,- 000 for the privilege of starting another war in another quarter of the globe against an unoffending people, whose only crime was that they, too, like the Cubans, desired to be free. And the republican Saturaniln goes on. The public money continues to be wasted like water and the blood of Americans and Filipinos is mingled in one stream to be coined into dollars by the favored few who have influence or “pull,” and can be expected to work for Mr. McKinley’s reelection. —Balti- more Sun. Mnile l»y McKinley. The Philippine situation has been sim plified for the democrats. They have been contending that if the administra tion would promise the Filipinos the same sort of government that was pledged to the Cubans there would be no necessity for the long, costly and bloody war that lias ensued. They in sist that if such a promise were made now that the war would come to a speedy close. The Filipinos would throw down their arms and diplomacy would accomplish what war has failed to do. McKinley has made this impos sible and must take the full conse quences of the terrible struggle that must yet ensue before the libertv-fov ing Tagals are crushed by superior force. From a political standpoint the democrats have reason to rejoice at the issue he has made.—Chattanooga News. The republican party has been committed to a course in the Philip pines that is daily growing more unpop ular. The administration can neither advance nor withdraw without inflict ing a fatal wound on the party. The mistake it has made has been in insist ing on a course which has left the Fili pinos no choice between a continuation of the war which they unfortunately be gan and a surrender of all their rights. They have no other ground to stand on. —Atlanta Constitution. There are many hopeful signs of democratic unity and harmony in the coming presidential election. The pol icy and conduct of the McKinley admin istration will naturally compel all well meaning men to act together for its overthrow in 1900. —Seneca Falls Re veille. A BREEDER OF TRUSTS. Mischievons Influence of Dingley i>m In Several Important In dustries. Within the past few days we have had a practical and an oratorical dem onstration of the truth that the Ding ley tariff law is no deadhead in the trust-creating enterprises. That it was bound to become a iiernicious factor in stimulating and strengthening oppres sive combinations was forcibly urged by the more conservative and far-sight ed republican congressmen and news papers while the tariff bill was before congress in the special session of 1597; but moderate and thoughtful counsels were feeble and ineffective when op posed bv the persistent and lusty clam ors of the favored interests for a large share of the tariff plunder. The impressive object lesson referred to was the complaint of the American florists against the tariff-created glass trust—a pernicious combination which is protected by the glorious protective doctrine in its systematic plundering of the consumer. The delegates to the convention did not hesitate to register their hostility to a tariff policy that places the American people at the mer cy of extortioners. But this sort of injustice is an old story in the annals of republican tariff legislation. The favorite testimony of the mis chievous influence of Dingleyism in the direction of oppressive combinations was furnished by State Tax Commis sioner Campbell at a farmers’ festival at Hillsdale. Mr. Campbell went after the trusts with the ferocity" that recent ly characterized his pursuit of fraudu lent insurance companies, and he fur nished fresh evidence of his temerity wjien lie declared that the protection on trust articles should be slashed down to the lowest revenue point. A state ment like this sounds very much like heresy when uttered in a section of the state where the sheep raisers have been taught that a republican tariff bill is more sacred than the parable of the Good Shepherd. But it was sound talk, nevertheless, and the fact that it proceeded from a stanch republican and an officeholder suggests a growing hostility to Ding leyism that will make it exceedingly difficult for the administration to prove the consistency and sincerity of its anti trust declarations next year.—Detroit Free Press. AS TO PROSPERITY. Republicans Claim AII CreiSit for Le gitimate Resnlts of WorltZ AVide Conditions. With their usual disregard of truth the republican politicians are claiming that the business prosperity of the United States is owing to the election of McKinley. Doubtless the business prosperity oi' the European nations is also otving to the election of McKinley. When wheat went up to a dollar or more a bushel the republican shouters claimed that “McKinley did it.” But men of sense know that the fam ine in India and the short crop in Ar gentina did it. jS’ow, what was the direct result of McKinley’s election? Let William J. Bryan tell you. He says: “More banks failed the first six months after the election than ever ir. the history of the country. If I had been elected it would have been laid at my door. More business houses failed the first six months after the election than ever in the same period of time be fore. If I had been elected all this would have been my fault. “Times got so bad that some people thought that I had been elected, and one man from Texas wrote and congratu lated me. But I have not been drawing a salary nor have I been appointing new cabinet officers to fill the places of those who have resigned. “Times got better, and the goldbug came out and said: ‘See; didn’t I tell you what would happen if the gold ticket was elected? Didn’t I tell you that gold would be discovered in Brit ish Columbia?’ and did not every man who discovered gold in the Klondike ad mit that he had been mistaken? The people who said in 1896 that we had enough gold were the ones to do the most rejoicing when that was discov ered?” How plainly a frank statement of facts exposes the hypocrisy of these falsifiers who claim credit for acts of Providence and seek to fool the people by preposterous assertions. If there is prosperity, the people should give thanks to world-wide con ditions which make it possible, and not to McKinley.—Chicago Democrat. PARAGRAPHIC pointers. With the north pole, it is just as it is with republican virtue; something always happening just as you think it is going to be discovered. Albany Ar gus. There is no excuse whatever for Otis lying awake any longer. McKin ley has assumed the entire responsibil ity for the Philippine campaign—St. Louis Republic. McKinley organs are condemning John Bull for trying- to steal the Dutch re public. The boss is in tlie same busi ness.—Kansas City Times. logical stand and one consistent with the traditions of the party, they will have every advantage in the trust argu ment next year.—Minneapolis Times. Those men who see in the plat form of the lowa democracy a disposi tion to sidetrack silver are warned that it is time for them to consult some skilled oculist. —Omaha World-Herald. We observe that none of the im perialist organs has courage enough to put its own tag on the Philippine im broglio, although all protest against calling it McKinley’s war.—Columbus Press-Post. Having acquired the old home with the historic veranda, at Canton, President McKinley begs leave to an nounce his readiness for the 1900 series of heart-to-heart talks with excursion izing voters.—Albany Argus. Mr. McKinley is slow in recogniz ing that in his Philippine war he has in voked a trouble that cannot be over come brun Ohio stump speech or by pious platitudes. He was directly an tagonized by Gov. 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I know exactly how things are conducted.” “Something that will thrill the reader to the marrow and make his hair stand on end. “I thought you said you wanted some thing out of the ordinary.” “ rhat’s what I am after.” ‘‘Well, in that case, we won’t have any thnll m it. Os course, it’s there, but it comes so suddenly and is so soon over that you hardly have time to know what thrilled you. If you want to get right down to hard-pan realism and sound the keynote of the soldier’s general experience,* you want to leave out most of this description of a hero rushing headlong through strug gling men and over fallen horses, waving a gun with one hand and the star spangled banner with the other, while singing ‘My Country, ’Tis of Thee,’ at the top of his voice. We’ll get out of the beaten track of fiction and relate how manv hours a day he spend currying his horse and polishing his weapons, and how manv miles a day he traveled, and how often‘he wanted to talk back and didn’t dare, and how he Would have been willing to give four dollars a square inch for a beefsteak, and all the rest of the little details which play so im portant a part and which writers of fiction have hitherto so strangely neglected.”— Washington Star. A Narrow Escape. The man with the court plaster on his nose was talking about a cyclone and what a narrow escape lie had when one of the group asked: “Where were you when the cyclone hit your house?” ‘‘Down cellar,” was the reply. ‘You knew it was coming and had fled for safety? “Oh, no! I had a jaw with my wife and she had locked me up in the cellar half a day previous.” “And when the house went a-flving a frag ment hit you on the nose?” “Well, no. 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