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ASHEBORO, N. C, THURSDAY, JULY 27th, 190?.
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A Well Known Core for Piles.
Cures obstinate torn, chapped hands, eo
' same, skin dlssases. Makes bum and scalds
painless. Wa could not Improve the quality
M paid double the Brloe. The best aalTa
that eaperlenoa can produce or thai money
Cures Piles Permanently
DeWItt's Is the original and only pure and
genuine Witch Haiel Salve made. Look fat
the name OeWITT on every bos. All others
are counterfeit. rssraasD rr
E. C. OeWITT CO., CHICAGO.
Ask for the 1U05 Kodol Almanac
and 200 veur Calendar.
Standard Drug Company,
Asheboro Drug Company.
Dr. S. A. HENLEY,
Phyaiclan - and - Surgeon.
ASHEBORO. N. C.
Office over Spoon A Itr-diling'a &tnro neii
etnmtnrd Drug Co.
You "Need a Hat!
You Need it Now.
We have Uiem in styles ami prices to mi it
yon. We are im mising our stock nidi
week, by so doing we get the newest and Itcst
W'e also havo n altractivo line of Itell
Burkles and Ureas Seta and many other
novelties. Come to see me. .
Mrs. F. T. Blair.
A C McALISTER & CO.
"" Asheboro, N. C.
FireLLlfe and Accident Insur
ance. The bent companies represented. Offices
over the Biink of Randolph.
DR. D. K. LOOKHART,
Asheboro, N. O.
ofllt-o pit-can-d Ut r-tlfp
dVuUMry In II. viirlons briiut-lu
Moved 9 3
Having; bought out the
jrrocery business of Jos.
Norman I have moved
to the building formerly
occupied by Morris &
NEXT DOOR TO HOLLADY
POOL HARDWARE CO.
on Depot street, where I
will be glad to see all my
old customers and new
W. W. JONES.
S Sryaat, Presides J. I. Cele, Caskkr
Dak.uk of Randlem&.n.
Randleman, N. C
Capital $IZ0(XX Surplus, $2,000.
Accounts received "U favorable
terms. Interest paid on savings de
Directors: W K Hartsell A N
Bulla, S G Newlin, W T Bryant, C
L Lindsar, N N Newlin, 8 Bryant,
11 0 Barker and J H Cole.
O B GOX, Piwldcnt Wl &RMK1KLD, V-l'rcs
W JABatFlKLD, Jr Csshier.
The Bank of Randolph,
.ia.ali.aVboxo. 1ST. C.
Capitol aud Surplus,
Total Assets, over
With ample , exarXsnce and protection.
Wi itlleU UM taMiMMkof Uit banking public and
feel aale In ylu w an (rcvaiul and wilUnf
to extend to our oMamen everr facility and as
eneaawdatton eooalasiul with aale bauatuc.
Hue farts, Sr., W I AnnaaM,w Wood,
Harris, c O atnAlimr. I at Aiukkl oat
W raeddlac. Ben MuBU. Th. J Redding. AW
My Work Pleases!
When you wish aa easy share
Aa good aa barber ever gave,
. Jast cad oa m at ary salooa.
At snoraiag, are or aooa,
I cut and dreaa the hair with Brace,
To suit aha jontOOT of the face.
My mnai is aeal and lowela Hran,
nriuaora aearp ana rason kern.
And everythins I think you'll and.
To rait the tat ami plea tho mind.
u And aH aif art and aktll can do.
If you juat call I'll do for you.
Nest door ta rostofirs.
The News of Our Neighboring
From the oluntgoniriun.
Mr WilliamHobinson nnd fttmily
have moved from Uoberdcl to Troy
and are occupying a cottage in the
factory part of town.
We are sorry to announce the death
of Mr William Ledbctter which oc
curred at hid home in npper Rich
mond lust Sunday. I
Miss Maio anT'Mr Bnrnie Shami
bergcr of Bisaru- with two visitors,
Miss Myrtle Shambergor of Hickory
and Mr George Hannali of Siler City,
were visitiug in Troy Monday.
A very pretty entertainment was
given to a few of the junior young
Indies of town by Mrs Urn T Wade
from live until eight o'clock Tucsdav
evouiiie, in honor of her sister M
Margaret linkers' of lUlciuh. Jiis
Lola Bruloii helped to entertain and
it is needless to ear that those who
attended bad a pleasant time indeed
We learn that there weio forty-
eight converts to the cause of Christ
(luring the recent series of meeting:
held at Mt tiiliitd bv Kev Wm Black
There was a very enjoyable party
at Mr C 0 Wade's Monday night
given by Mr and Mrs fiugh L Bor
ing complimentary to Mr Hal Bor
ing of Lexington.
Miss JNora Ui utoti, who has been
visiting relatives and friends at
Wndevillc, was on the early train,
Saturday, returning to Concord
where she holds a position as s'cu-
Mr Marvin lle.tne, of Jackson,
Ten it, is visiting his parents, Mr and
Mrs U M liearne. Marvin is in the
lailroad service with headquartersat
Mr A M Staler moved a saw mill
from a few miles north of Troy to a
location near Onvil last week. The
mill was one recently purchased of
Mr Redding of Raudolph, a former
lumberman of this section.
Mr C A Yarboro who no lives at
Booami La, called in to see ns Mon
day. He bat been at the bedside of
his sick brother Mr J D Yarboro at
Hoffman N C for several days. He
reports that his brother is improving.
1 here is of late a great aeal being
said by some of the Republican pa
peis about the failure of State and
eouuty officers to enforce the "Watt's
iw." This may be true to some
extent, but if the federal authorities
.would first do their duty there would
not be so much violation of the
Wait's la .v. This law was uot made
to take the place of federal law, but
it seems .that the revenue officers
think it was and that all they have
to do now is to catch up a few whs
voted agaunst ltoosevclt. Until they
enforce their part of the laws, the
Republicans should sav nothing
about the Democrats failing to en
force the Watt s law.
Now that the old soldiers of Mont
gomery county are to meet m Troy
on August 15, a notice of which ap
pears in another column, let ' every
body, and especially the people of
Tioy, try to make it a pleasant
gathering, Let us show by our acts
that these time honored veterans are
welcome to our town, and that, al
though their number is steadily de
creasing, our love and esteem for the
remaining few is not relaxing. With
a little time and money the oUl sold
iers can be made to feel' that they
hold a warm place in the hearts of
tho younger generation, and every
citizen should feel that he is not
only invited but urged to contribute
in any way tbat will add to tne
pleasure of the gatheri wr. Let every
cue do his part and success is assured.
Great Wheat Harvest.
It is said tbat the wheat "crop in
the United States this year is seven
hundred million bushels, the largest
ever known except the record breaker
The yield w 150,000,000 million
bushels more than it was last year.
The crop lust year was larger than
it had ever been known to be before
except in the crop of 1901 when it
was 748,000,000. The cotton flop
is nndobtedly an exceptionally
short one but the corn crop will pro
bably be a record breaker. It is
estimated that the crop this year will
reach 2,634,000.000 bushels, this
will be greaterthan the crop in 1902,
which was more than 100.000,000
millions fewer bushels than this
estimate. The oat crop it is said
will reach 900,000.000 bushels,
which will be the largest yield ever
prodnoed in the United Utatea.
Billions Bill was agitated,
Aad was mnch debilitated.
People said he had consumption.
That was evervona'a Dreaa motion.
'Vherj he learned what was the mat
Bill taade all the doctors scatter.
Haw he is hi own adviser.
Swears by LITTLE EARLY
RISERS, hold by Standard Irng
vo, Atnetmro lirng Vo.
i'rof Joseph Moore ' formerly of
Guilford College, bat for several
! ,n imifuynr in tVrlhtn rV,ll.. 1
I Kicnmonu, xna, aiea last week.
IMPRESSIONS OF CALIFORNIA
The Land of Fruits. Flowers
Sunshine Palm, Magnolia.
Orange and Lemon Groves.
Tho lust glimpse from our ear
windows on Saturday night was the
desert with its drouth-stricken lands
ami the sage, cactus and yucca.
Sunday morning found ns in
Riverside, Cal., having arrived there
some time after midnight. When I
raised the shade of my window I
wondered whether I was u ream in
or really was in Fairyland. Here
we were in the laud ot units, now
crs and sunshine. Just outside the
car window stately palms towcit-d
above the top of the car over be
yond the sidewalk was the station
park, with all kinds of palms and
ilowers perfectly kept lawn and
walks, pavilions covered with vines
and rose bushes, rustic bridges and
everything to make a traveller
notice the woudcrful transformation
since the day before it reminded
one of the story of Aladdin and his
wonderful lamp. Ucadquarters for
the party was at theulcnwood hotel,
a beautiful hotel built after the
old mission style. The mission idea
earned out from tho smietnre
f nrnUliings to the tags un ton r-
i.-ia .satchels and a umbers on kcys
e'.i'il siflivetiirs were given us ill th
shape of mission bell stick pins.
Here we saw the foreign element at
vork. Japanese bovs acting as but
lers, house bo)S and doing outside
work in the orange groves. As a
rule Japanese are satisfactory. After
b.v.ikfast we were shown the city
through the c-i:irtcs)of tin; Hoard of
M.MiNOI.IA IIUIVK AM) OUAS'tlE
We went out Magnolia Driic, one
of the most famous drives in the
United States. It is seven aud one
half m. les long and Jiordered with
palms, magnolia, eucalyptus and
pepper trees, the t'.vo last named
were new to me. 1 lie eucalyptus
came oiiginally from Australiu, it
has a body some thing like our syca
more; the pepper tree) is one of the
prettiest 1 ever saw having leaves
very much like ferns; they also bear
pods of pepper at a distance they
are some thing like weeping willows
in the centre of this drive are the
palms net small like ours growing
in pots, but sure enough large palms
20 feet high or more. On one side
is the street car line and on the
other is the carriage drive, instead of
using asphalted streets altogether,
crude oil is used on the streets two
or three times a year, it forms a
crust and keeps down dust and is
much more even than streets nearer
home at present. Along Magnolia
Drive we saw elegant homes, with
Mowers everywhere, roses climbing to
tops of houses, rose hedges, calla
lillv hedges and hedges of different
plants that we grow in hot houses.
A great many orange trees wre in
the yards. Often a small orchard is
n the side or at the buck ot tne
houses. A little further on but still
n the citv were tiieorange orchards.
Usuallv a live acre orchard supports
a family. A Uu acre orchard means
a handsome living for a family. The
trees are symmetrical in shape, uni
form in nine and make a beautiful
picture with their white bloom and
golden fruit. These orchards are
cultivated as are our gardens, and
mulched with good rich soil. 1-or
feur a good many will think that
California is so far superior to North
Carolina I want to say that irrigation
is the salvation of Southern Califor
nia withont it, there would be noth
ing but desert land the same as in
Arizona, lingaliou cauais cxienu
for miles out Main street. Small
canals go through groves and ia that
way every thing is kept in a growing
condition. It must be remembered
that there is no rain in California
from April until November. Water
is brought in canals from artesian
wells ten miles away Irom Kiversiuc.
It costs from four to live hundred
dollars a year to water a ten acre
Sherman Institute, is an Indian
school, supported by the government.
It is conducted something like tne
Agricultural and Mechanical College
at Raleigh. There are between five
and six hundred Indian boys and
girls from eix to 20 years old here.
V e happeued there at Sunday scnoul
hour so went in aud sat dining the
remainder of the service. An Indian
girl was organist. After the 8)Lg,
"There is Suushinn in my Soul,"
she began a lively march and the
pnpils left the chapel. There are
only about 100 there during the
summer months, livery llnug around
the Institute was in tericct order,
grounds beautifully laid off and
flowers of all kinds growing.
I failed to mention the lemon
orchards but there are numbers and
numbers of them, you can tell the
trees from the orange trees by the
color of the foliage, the leaves have
more of yellowish tint. Alfalfa is
considered a very profitable crop as
from six to ten tons to the acre can
fMr0tiem tub rim arjrasorM aD
&cre lor frao ample
; rcrrrr a nowst, camiaia,
full Si re. I. Nl. Yor.
$gc a&4 .oo j aU 4
be raised average price is $7.50 peri
W O M 1 1 K 1 1 f U I . I ) K V K I . ( 1 1' M K N T.
it vei.u ,o j ears ago was a Mieen
numb, and a very poor one at tha so
our guide told us, now it has 11,000
l'"l" ".u" T" ""8'-'By
market in the world 1 1 shipped
six thousand car bads of oran
. jea- oes.ues .eu.ouo,
tiiw uncuiuvateu .iW
.verside with water rights
p25U per ac.v and it is said
is about $
the expense of developing an orange
farm, including water aud care the
first year, costs ijilOO per acre. The
county of Riverside is about as laig
as the State of Massachusetts and
has a population of only 20,000,
Riverside people are extending lnvi;'
tatious to prospective settlers.
As we left Riverside a box of
orangcj was handed on each car nnd
as some friend presented his friend
in our car a box, this gave our cat
two boxes for the trip to Jjos Anele
eiAiy-nix nines awuy. ms inj. wi-
mij iiitniiu uue going us wu uih
through orange and lemon grove4,
alfalfa liel.U and in sight of monn -
turns, all tho tune. 1 he only objeo-
tionablo thing I saw was people
working all along on Mmday. Mow jllgs. Tender foot as usual was one
mg machines going, gardeners utl0 the fortunate ones. Catalina
work and evei lhing l.. ing d'm-thai
we would have .lone during tic
l.o.s a.niiki.es, tiik ( rrv ok aniiki-s.
John L Stoddard says the fint A valou is the largest town, wtth
thing for an Easterner" who enters '. well kept hotels, curio stores, board
Los Angeles to do, is to take the soft I ing houses and other adjuncts of a
sound of 'g' out of the city's name and
to remember that the Spaniards und
Mexicans pronounce e like the Jin-
giioua in mie. i uEouceuuiigutou io0f he visit to Catalina was a trip on
the pronunciation and soon decided , tlc bottom boat to see the
that the name "the city of Angols" ,.,,.;,,.. ,,rnwi.b. The water is ns
was a very appropriate one. lhc;r.lwir as crvstal and thronih the
climate is line, just the kind people
long ,ior uere wueu n is en ner uot or
cold "the ull-the-vear-roillld Cli- I
mate" as it is called. This means
that in Southern California, it is
never extremely hot nor cold. The
ct ion usually i-ferred to us
Southern California includes seven
San Bernardino, Riverside, Sun
Diego, Ventura nnd Santa Barbara.
1 he area is about equal to that of
Pennsylvauin. Some one has sug
gested that as Switzerland has been
termed the "play ground of Europe
that Southern California might be
called with propriety the playground
of the United States.
LOS ANGELES A COSMOPOLITAN CITY.
During the past ten years it has
received accessions to its population
from everv state, in the Union aiaaV
from almost everv countrv in the
woild. Mue tenths ot the inhabi-
tants went there from the East less ;
than 20 years ago. '
Someone wanted to see a native
Californian; this was a great joke ns
there are no natives. North Carolina
bus done her part in sending people
there, even in our short ptay; I met
up with several from our state.
MT. I.IIW'E 0,100 FEET A HOVE SKA
There are a great many interesting
places around Los Angeles contc-
uently it is a nice place to spend
several days. On Monday we took
the Mt Lowe trip which was a most
interesting one. Electric cars carried
us out through l'asadena and Alta-
dena to the bast Rubio Canyon 2200
feet ubove sea level here we got on
a cable car which accomodates 2K
people, and by the way the track is
as near "straight up as any I would
o'r0 gU,0Ver- , -,U TliD? " Te!;
3000 feet long and in direct ascent
is about 1400 feet The grade be-1
gins at 60 pur cent, is G2 cr cent !
after passing the "Turnout then .
drops to 58 and 48 per cent; that
means that on the steeliest grade the ;
car rises 63 feet in every 100 feet
iraveieora ngm, iunuy miog nap-
penea once on tn's car ana I tnmk , meni ,vag defeated by a majority of
was told the t'ay we went np to three on the motion to reduce the
make us feci more comfortable. A membership of the Irish land corn
nervous old woman asked the con- puny. Power at last slips from the
ductor what would happen if the niuulh of Balfour and John Red-
nblc should break. "Oh he said
there is a clutch on each wheel and
then." He said "my dear madam
that would depend pn how von had ,
been living," it has impressed me a.
being a better joke since I got down '
than it dil then. After "reaching
the top of this incline we got in
trolley cars and wound around
dizzy" heights and zigzag peaks to '
Swiss architecture nestled in the
forest of live oaks, fir aud sprnce.
We had dinner here and enjoyed the
scenery. A wonderful view of the,
Sau Gabiiel valley, with Los Ange-!
les and the Pacific ocean in the dis
tuuee, aiountain peaks every way
aud canyons. Altogether this is the
most beautiful scenery 1 ever saw.
A gentleman who had speut several
months abroad said he had crossed
the Alps and had never seen finer
scenery. 1 would advise all persons
who ever expect to go to Los Ange.
lei to put Mt Lowe in their schedule.
BEAUTIFUL PASADENA. '
I remarked when we were going
over the city if any one were to ask
me to describe it I would say it is a
Paradise on earth and I feel that 1
am unable to describe Paradise, even
on earth, bnt most .try. To begin
with, Pasadena seems to be the home
of millionaires, in fact there are so
many that I imagine those who are
any thing leas than that, would con
sider themselves "poor folks," we
were told by the gentleman who
showed ua the city that seven mil
lionaire widows lived on one street,
fr.y millionaire men on another,
(but young ladiex who re id this,
these were tnarr.td meu). The
scription, palms, and plaiits u( all
kinds growing in the v inls, roses
hm rauiuuis hvenl.y feet high,
heliotrope bushes instead of plants!
0n Orange avenue v saw the
beautiful home of Ml Robert J
jilmk.Ul, M,s (iarliehl also lives in
Iwl(,m icl, , 5
!,.,.,. n,.,,,,. After the drive over
the citv, which was given ni b
j chumbor of Commerce, we'
gITcn nwi,ti,, at the Mar
hotel and each person was presented
with a beaulilul book contiuiiiu
pictures of homes in Pasadena.
SANTA CATAI.IKA ISLAND.
We left Los Angeles on Tuesday
morning on a special for San l'edro
the great harbor and shipping point,
Whore we -boarded the steamer,
Cnbrillo, for Catalina Island about
thirty miles out in the Pacific the
billows rocked the ship like a cradle
and a rood mnnv who nnd Htulionpil
themselves outside to get n good
view of tho "deep blue sea ' took
J refuge insiUo the cabin, some on
1 8euts and some ou tho lloor. Some
w10 declared they were not sick but
sleepy finally gave vent to their fecl-
: isiami was ,irscvereil 'n 1542 by
(Sbrilb.; it is 22 miles long and
; 7 miles wide, and contains 44,000
I acres. Ihu climate is perfect,
prontuuie pleasure resort,
! kuiimaiii su o.ltlKS8
One nf th mimr. nleaBiinr. fWlnrea
,boaU ,vit,u gi;1S3 bottoms one can see
objects at a depth of 150 ami 200
f.f tlierr were nmm fern
jiowers, hrul;j aud trees. One plant
js paitieularly prolific and beautiful
it is called the "Iodine Kelp" mv.l is
ticd in the composition of iodine, it
has broad yellowish green leaves and
grows to the height of from 100 to
200 feet. Fish of all kinds may also
be seen. It is said that nowhere in
the world, can such a strange and
fascinating panorama be seen as near
a city of 100,000 inhabitants.
We had dinner on the island, and
great many of the editors took their
annual bath. On the way back, we
had experiences similar to those go
ing over. I have never known our
Atlantic ocean to upset people who
w re out for such a short trip. The
Paoifio is evidently much rougher
and it is certainly much bluer.
J ncre are several popular resorts
"ear Los Angeles, Santa Monico
Long Beech and other seaside resorts
ai wen as niimuers or. mountain re-
sorts. 1 didn t understand how any
one could snowball on the mountains
in California, pick oranges in the
valleys ami iiikc a piunge in tne
Pacific in one afternoon, until
recently. I didn't do it myself but
Two receptions were given in
honor of the Editors by the Los
Angt les people.
.More about California later.
Tfiree Oond and Just Reasons.
Tin-re are three reasons why
mothers prefer One Minute Congli
Cure: First. It is absolutely harmless:
Se.-ond, It tastes good children love
w', Co h whcbn 0'tht.r lrvme.
, , :i ' l. nP
Co, Asheboro Drug Co.
, , , ,
Two hundred deiths were caused
hv the hot weather in New York
A scene of excitement followed
the vote in the English House of
Commons last week when thegovcrn-
m0nd the Irish Liberal leader is full
The Charlotte News in the issue
of July 19th publishes the complaint
" tta"J K7" ;iT
Charlotte Observer company mwh ch
$50,000 m damages is asked for the
lll.csat:i of an article by Mr J P
the editor of the Charlotte
OWnrer. The a, t.cle complained
of, coutaius severe criticism of Dr
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Falling hair means weak hair.
Then strengthen your hair;
feed It with the only hair food,
Ayer's Hair Vigor. It checks
falling hair, makes the hair
grow, completely cures dan
druff. And it always restores
color to gray hair, all the rich,
dark color of early life.
Wr 1..tr wa. r.mtw ant hmAtf .t I
afmul I wmil.1 taw. .U. Tlii. rr "
Hair Vlrwr. 11 nui.klj ttpwl Ci. f.llm, .ait
aud. in. t'Air .11 1 eottM wl.h H u l .
homes were beautifi.il beynn l
Every Department Honey
Combed with Rottenness and
Graft A Get Rich-Quick
Craze The Money Mad
Craze for Government Pro
tection Making Fun of Fair
banks Railroad Regulation
Fraud Railroads to Help
Keep Republicans in Power
Advice to Democrats
Siveiul CorrufitimiU'iicv of the Conner.
Washington, 1) C, July 21. The
Republican administration is
vcribible Symmes hole with never a
ladder in sight, from the statidtioiiit
of "graft. Every department in
Wasbingtou seems to be honey-comb
ed with rottenness aud graft. It is
a Inst of loot, a riot of rapacity and
a fiduciary fandango, to a plumb
As I frequently have written in
this letter previously the whole tariff
fattened gang begins to believe that
this government was made for them
and their especial benefit; that they
aic Ihu Almighty s anointed and
tbat the great coniuiou people of the
countrv were intended to be hewers
of wood antl drawers of water for
them. They steal the people's
money and then look hurt and have
the injured innocence appearance, if
a Grand Jury or a District Attorney
gets busy with ono of them.
the latest is the Government
Printing Oflice, which has its story
of graft or corruption requiring in
vestigation and perhaps a dismissal
or two. Where is this to end?
MustsPresident Roosevelt devote
his entire administration to discover
ing scandals in the departments?
If so, it is a very hard fate for a
man who is himself believed to be so
upright. But if he has much more
of this work to do, he may find it
worth w hilo to go behind all the
trouble and inquire w hy it is that
the Post Office Department had its
Machens, Beavers and others, the
Agricultural Department its Holmes
and other departments their quota of
grafters and thieves, and why he has
hod to dismiss eight army officers
this year and bring so trial six more
all for embezzlement It is the
get-rich-qnick craze which has ben
stimulated by the Republican theory
that government exists to help peo
ple make money, either by creating
new offices, obtaining colonial pos
sessions, or by artificially raising
wages aud prices by means of pro
When the history of this period
of corruption and speculation iu and
out of the government comes to be
written up, some decades hence, he
will be but a poor historian who fails
to perceive that the Bpirit of pro
tection is at the bottom of it all.
The spirit of protection the
money-mad craze that has taken pos
session of the people of the country,
and has kept the Republican party,
the party that has so long and per
sistently advocated the policy of a
few getting rich off the many, in
office, is responsible, absolutely, for
the great era of graft that has made
the last three Republican adiniuislra-
ioiis rotten to the core.
The grafters who have grabbed
the offices fvlt Secure in the jobs, for
they believed the people hud given
the Republican party an unlimited
lease of power. They proceeded,
rtpon this hypothesis, to grab every
thing in sight and store away as
much loot as possible with the
results every day visible of graft
coming to light.
If every executive department in
Washington were investigated by
honest, impartial men, the rankest
compound of villainous smell that
ever offended nostril, arising from
departmental rottenness and official
decadence would assail the people,
the long suffering people, of the
It is safe to say, however, that a
Republican Co'igress will refuse
absolutely to older a free and full
investigation of these departments,
is it did a year or more ago to order
in investigation of the Post Office
Department when the Democrats in
Congress dared them to do it.
let the people continue to elect
Republican Congresses. Are Un
people enamored of gtafl, theft, lot
tenness and corruption in oflice?
In the face ot all these peculations
aud dishonesty in oflice, do thev
think the Republican party still
worthy of trust.' ill they usk for
a railway regulation ac, that will
place 25,000 more Republicans in
office and give them opportunity for
graft? It is up to tne people to tlo a
little thinking on this subject.
I his administration is having all
sorts of fun with ice-President
Fairbanks. The statesman from
Indiana, with the frozen front,
thinks he is running for President
in 1908, and seems to think the
victory belongs to the man with the
longest legs, instead of the best gray
matter under his hat. He has been
sprinting valiantly luUly and be
lieves mat in every place ne nas
made a speech the people sent for
bint. Poor deluded V P. When he
spoke at F'lint, Michigan, Secretary
Sbaw, of the Treasury Department,
was the man first invited, the same
at Cleveland, Ohio, on the occasion
of his late speech in that city. He
also spoke lab-.ly at Urbana, Ohio.
Senator F'oraker was the man first
invited and could not be there.
Fairbanks then was invited to "fill
in." When President Roosevolt
was isked to send some one to repre
sent him at the opening of the Lewis
& Clark Exposition he picked Secre
tary Sbaw. When Shaw could not
go lie then asked Fairbanks. It will
be seen that Fairbanks is a (tlii'inic
second choice, a filler in and a regu
lar "butt in-' all the way through;
yet he thinks ho was "it" every
time, and I liiuks he if running for
President like a j:ick. rabbit with a
hungry coyote camping on his trail
IV-or old Fairbanks. Teddy is mak
ing a mmikey of him.
I'liiilicians hie already discussing
l.-f-in s lor the Congressional campaign
ol I ;iiiii. and the Presidential cum
puigu that will follow. Radicals
among 'he Democrats are canvassing
the tfiicngtli of government owner
hiii of public or quasi-public utili
ties as an issue. The conservatives
on the other hand go a bit slow when
this is talked of. They point to
Mayor Dunne's piantical failure iu
Chicago and his acknowledgment off
defeat for his schemes as to public
ownership of city railways. Th';y
a'so point out the deficit in the Post
Othoe Department which is an ab
solute government monopely, and
which has yearly Jailed by several
million dollars to pay its way. What
would be the deficit with sipiil.ir gov
ernment management of milwavs
I was in New 1 ork the other day
and found the leading men of the
party floundering. They first want
to know what Teddy the F'irst is up
to. It is deep water to get into any
way, aud they think the party should
be sure of a landing place before
taking a plunge.
1 lind a growing belief that Roose
velt is insincere iu his talk for rail
road rate regulation, and that he is
simply aiding those Republican
leaders who believe that the best
thing they can do to itistiro continu
ance in power is to iuduee the Demo
crats to come out flat-footedly fer
government owuership. Those leaders
are a pretty shrewd lot, and their
hauchmcn get pietly close to the
great mass of the voters in the
large cities and know hew thessmav
be huddled. Your perfectly honest
voter is a soarce commodity. Men
who stand for principles, as do the
leaders of the Democratic party are
getting too few for safety. Repub
lican political managers trnst to the
mercenary voter tc seeure his ma
jority. Tlicv have decided that there
are-enough of these in the market
to carry through any plan that the
party leaders may decide ou. Where
to secure the funds to do the pur
chasing is the only question. They
look on the railroads and monopolies
who are profiting from high tariffs
as good game. Railroads especially.
The situation seems to be resolving
itself into something like this:
Roosevelt is -to secure for them, if
possible, some sort of legislation from
the coming Congress, which he may
age as a club to force the railmads
to contribute from their wealth to
help keep the party in power.
What u club it might be made a few
minutes thought easily reveals.
Under Section 11 of the Interstate
Commerce Act, it is provided, iu ef
fect, t'-iat three members of the com
mission which constitutes a majority.
shall be of the dominant party. Tke
Act does not read exactly that way,
but says "not more than three of the
Commission shall be appointed from
the same political party." That
insures the body Icing a political
machine. If they are granted the
powers that Roosevelt a?ks for as a
part of his political programme,! hey
not need to exercise it. It is
dollars to doughnuts they won I. Re
publican leaders who talked some
what freely about the matter up Aew
York way, are free to admit this.
Their argument is that the public
will be satisfied with the legislation
and that it will be a good party move
to make it. lint thev have no idea
of making tbat legislation effective
for the people.
They don't want to pound the rail
roads until things look like a bunch
of shredded wheat biscuit. Not
much. What they want is to have
this legislation on the books and then
they can go to the railroads and say
"Open up your dough bags aud let
us dip in it or there will Ik- the devil
to pay with railroad rates."
Meanwhile they win have the
chance, be increasing the clerical
force of the Commission to an enor
mous size ou the ground that it is
needed for additional work, to build
up a practically invincible party
machine as 1 have previously pointed
out. Firmly entrenched us, they
then will be with one hand iu tbe
dough bags of the railroads and the
other hand at the throttle of this im
mensely increased and powerful
political machine, they can run
tilings to suit themselves, tmd noth
ing short ot a social upheaval can
destroy that power. Then the last
state "of the common people will be
worse than the first.
Democrats of the good old Jeffer-
sonh)n stripe who have looked this
matter in the face, believe there is a
heap more than speculation in this
outline of what the Republican party
proposes. Tbey do not believe that
this cry for government ownership,
begun by socialists and taken up by
well-meaning but ill-advised Demo
crats, is one that will or should win.
It ll too dangerous to experiment
Put on your thinking caps,
brother Democrats, acknowledge
Roosevelt's combine insincerity and
political shrewdness ia the railroad
rate regulation business, and do not
get too gar over government owner
ship of public utilities on'il we find
t where we are going to fetch np,
aud if we hare m good post to hitch
Meantime don't let Roosevelt's fair
pronouncements induce you to aid
the Republican schemers by sup
porting bis railroad legislation plans
whose only purpose is to strengthen
the Republican machine.
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