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WASHINGTON Matters Concerning the Law Makers and Events of Import ance at the National Capital. Washington, D. C., December 28.—it's lucky that the holidays have come, for the buzzing bees have been buzzing so haru that there might have been danger that they would have buz zed themselves to death1 in another week or more. In the republi can fold it is doubtful if any of the leaders seriously question but that President Taft will be re nominated, but the LaPollette candidacy is being pushed with all the vigor that an energetic camp of enthusiasts can put be hind it. Despite the protestation of Colonel Roosevelt and his friends, the demand for the ex president will not down. The move ment in Nebraska to put his name on the primary ballot may require some energetic efforts on the part of Mr. Roosevelt to check tho attempt to run him for the presidency against his wishes,,' since the same performance may I be duplicated in other states! where the presidential preference plan is in vogue. The intimates of President Taft. meet all these movements with the declaration that it is the usual prcconvention fashion, and that it is only a part of the regular plan of making history to go after the party lead er and stir up all the opposition possible prior to the time when the real work of cliosing delegates! comes around. The democraticj situation lias been shifting with the compass for many months, buti the Champ Clark people claim! that most of the breeze has beerf in their direction and certainly they are quite right in this, but Wilson and Harmon have both. ^•Jieen quite as much in the fore ground at different stages of the! game as the gonial speaker. The astute ones have their lids cock ed askance towards the prairies of Nebraska, and there are others ready to faint when asked about, Hearst. Matters are reasonably well defined in the republican' party, but guessing on heads and tails with the coin flying high in the air is easy, as compared with what is going to turn up when' the spotlight falls on heads and tails of democratic presidential, candidates. The coin has only, two ways to turn while in the othe instance things may flop any one] of a half a dozen ways without! jarring the wise old guessers about Capitol Hill very much. I Some people charge that the! senate is slow, but this is not al-| ways. The regular congressional pay day falls on January 1st, but there were a lot of congressmen I who have different engagements' with Santa Claus, and they took• some of the senators into their confidence. In just sixtv seconds the august senate advanced pay day for the suffering represfenta tives ten days or thereabouts. Pgr a few days it looked doubt ful whether the report of the tariff board on the wool industry would be given to the country, owing to the opposition in the house of representatives to plac ing it in print—the reason being assigned that it was too long and dry for popular consumption. However, publicity finally won out, and the country will be abl« to study the wool question in all its phases by securing a eopy of the report. Senator Kenyon, of Iowa, has introduced a bill to begin tho practice of democratic economy in the capitol isetlf, and his mea sure would abolish the barber shops and bath room* maintm'n ed by the senate out of the public treasury. Mr. Kenyon has dis covered that these senatorial luxuries are costing about $20, 000 to $25,000 a year, and he say there is no more reason why the goyernment, should pay for the baths and shaves of its senators than for their meals The retirement of Vice Presi- Roundly dent Sherman at the expiration of his present term is one of the political predictions of the past few days that seem to have been generally accepted. The tariff board's report on the wool industry is in. The tariff board will immediately go to trial for its life, unless its work meets with the overwhelming ap proval of the country, the demo cratic majority of the house of representatives is likely to refuse further appropriations for the board, in which event it will In obliged to close shop. Everybody connected with legislation has noi but kind words to say of the little shepherds who herd their flocks. The wool on the back of Mary's little lamb and all the other sheep si a matter of intense concern to «very statesman holding a com mission from the American voters and since the democratic repr sentatives and the progressive re publicans of both houses of ".ongress refuse absolutely to a: «.ept the position of the presiden and the tariff board which li champions, the prospect of legis lation that will pass congress an escape a presidential veto in every remote. Everyone has been tak ing kicks at Schedule since went into the Payne-Aldrich bill, but just how there is going to brought about a "revision down ward", such as everyone seems to desire, is anything bnt c!c since there are about four dif ferent elements in congress, all hauling in different Erections -«V with a goodly portion of the whole number willing to accept mostly any kind of a final com promise to put President Taft ii. a hole before the opening of the campaign next spring. Congress has adjourned for tlu holidays, having accomplished during its short career of the sixty-second session another long step in the direction ot pensi legislation. The census e partment, which is decidedly ui: popular among statesmen was the cause of no .small amount ol coi: trovi-rsy as to granting sufficient appropriations. The director ask ed for a million dollar*, but only a portion of the amount.. The disposition to "play politics' crept out in many ways, the most striking illustration from the Washington viewpoint being the manner in which politcal capital was manufactured in the mattei of abrogating the treaty with Russia. All parts of the country are deluging Washington with in quires as to what congress pro poses to do with many phases o! legislation, and the answer in variably is that no one hero knows. There is intense interest in lite peace treaties and it will not be at all strange if the a would be sufficient to enable the president to compel tin haughty United States senate to back up, and take the long step forward that has been proposed in the matter of universal peace. IHaMnn Urcklg &fcmfotrii SIK8ET0N, ROBERTS COUNTY, 8. D.. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1911-10 Pages Home Print Pirn? Edward Hines, the Chicago lumberman, who is generally ac credited with bleing the man who "put Lorimer over" in the Illi nois senatorship election has been giving further testimony before the investigaitng committee dur ing the past week and excited at tention by resenting questions that appeared to reflect upon his veracity, and most extraordinary the public and the newspapers alJ seemed eager to lend their sym pathy to the one man who, if there was corruption in the Lori mer matter, is looked upon as t.h instigator of it all Or in other words, investigation appears t.c have settled upon Hines, and if he is found guilty, Lorimer is to suffer. Shortly after the holidays the senate itself will take up the Lorimer matter, and speculation is even as to whether the Illinois st uator will stay or ©t Tim go Not content with investigating the steel and sugar trusts, the democratic house seems entirely serious in contemplating taking up the suggestion of Mr Lind« berti of Minnesota, who demands hat the "money trust," includ ing Wall street, be made the sub ject of a sweeping inquirv. So far it is clear that the numerous investigations have not been pro ductive. and if the the larger field of Wall Street Lenxs of great and frenzied finance are to be /tackled, it is fair to wonder irt advanco just how nvch the aver age congressman mar be able t.o tell about what he finds he gets through when* One of the great paintings that hangs in the capitol, and which every visitor coming to Washing ton has viewed, was slashed by a vandal, a few- days ago. The mo tive prompting the deed has stir red the city, but no reasonable explanation has been forthcom ing. ANNUAL MEETING Of School Officers and Teachers of Roberts County An annual joint meeting of school officers and teachers ol Roberts county has been (tailed by the county superintendent to be held in the Opera House vn Sisseton on Friday, January 12, 1912. at the hour of JO o'clock a. m.. for the purpose fo discuss ing questions relative to the bnf terment of our schools. State Superintendent C. G. Law. rence will be present and deliver an address, in which he will dis cuss some of the most vital edu cational needs of today. An im portant feature of the day's pro gram will be the Round Table for the consideration of practical sub jeet.s. such as heating and venti lation, lighting and arrangement of blackboards and other school furniture,.sanitation and care of school grounds and building* A full program will be ariven In next week's issue. "J0 ni W A STIff SENTENCE A Year and Three Montihs In Penitentary and a Fine of $1, 500 Imposed on Banker Hyde, of Pierre. Friday, Dee. 22, was sentence day in the United States court at Sioux Falls, and a number of de fendants, who either had entered pleas of guilty or had been con victed by juries, faced Judge El liott. The greatest interest wa» the case of Charles L. Hyde, a wealthy real estate dealer of Pierre, who was convicted on three counts of an indictment charging him with using the mail to defraud in conncetiou with his real estate business. The sent ence of one year and three months imprisonment and a fine of $500 and costs on each of the three counts, is one or tho heaviest imposed in the federal court for some time. The im prisonment periods are to run concurrently, meaning that if Mr. Hyde is taken to the federal peni tentiary at Leavenworth, Kan., he will be required to serve one he will be required to seerve one year and three months, while the aggregate fine amounts to $1,500 and costs. When asked if he had anything to say why sentence should not be pronounced, Mr. Hyde stated that he had never in his life sold a piece of real estate without thinking that the purchasers had made a good investment. He had made a mistake in the character of his advertising mat ter. He qjso referred to his poor physical condition, saying the limit of endurance had about been reached. His attorneys gave no tice of appeal from the sentence of the court, and this will act as a stay of judgment. Ernest J. Warner, Elmer E. Weeks nnd W. It. Hutterfield. who entered pleas of gfiiilt:y to in dictments ehai-ging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States of public lands, were each sentenced to a term of one year and one day in the federal peni tentiary at Leavenworth and finec $100 and costs, the sentences tO| commence at noon December 22. These are the cases arising on the ceded portions of the Cheyen ne River and Standing Rock In dian reservations, the north central portion of the state, and they have attracted wide atten tion because of the prominence ol the accused and the nature of the charges against them, some of the features of some of the eases being the covering up of numerous quarter sections of public lands by the filing of sol diers' declaratory statements. Charles Davis, of Moody coun ty, was sentenced to thirty days imprisonment in the Moody coun ty jail and fined $100 and costs, for selling liquor without having paid the required gover nrnent special tax. In imposing sentence extennating circumstances in thf Judge Elliott stated there were ease. John S. MeCue, who some days ago entered a plea of guilty to an indictment charging him with sending an objectionable letter through the mails, was sentenced to imprisonment, in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth for a oeriod of two years and to pay a fine of $100 and costs. MeCue when asked if he had anvthing to say before sentence was pronounc ed, stated that, he did not intend to violate the law and made othe* excuses for the predicament, in which ho found himself In reply to this Judge Elliott severely criticised the defendant, stating among other things that the letter in question was one ^ory of the vilest imaginable This was the first time Judgo Elliott has presided over a term of United States court in Sioux Palls since his elevation t.o the judgeship and the expectations if his friends were fully realized by the manner which he conducted the affairs of his court and his fairness in passing upon onest'on» comiue before him. and the opin ion was strengthened that tj*. would make a fine record M. judee of the United States ?oni+ of South Dakota.