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A GREAT POSTPONER
Taft For Tariff Revision At
Some Future Date.
BRYAN'S APT DESCRIPTION.
Raforma Advocated by tha War Secre
tary Are Always to Be Accomplish
ed Tomorrow The Cleveland Mayor
Ity Fight Platform of the Con
teatantt Soft Speech and Big Stick.
By WILLIS J. ABBOT.
Tlio political world of Washington Is
wondering how Mr. Bryan foiiud out
the wonk polut of Secretary Taft and
with utiorriui; jtultfineut put Ills llngor
In his speech nt Oklahoma t'lty sotno
days ago Mr. Itryun cleserlhed Secre
tary Taft in two words, as the "great
postpone!." Mr. Bryan pointed out
that Taft was for revision of the tariff
at some future date; that lie was for
nn income tax at some future date; for
an inheritance t:ix. hut later; he was
for the independence of the Filipinos
nt so'.!;e future date and that he tstood
for statehood for Oklahoma and the
Indian Territory, hut always at some
I have been interested to hear cer
tain time's roncertdtijt Taft from peo
ple here in Washington. inot of whom
are Kepulilicius. Put all of whom ap
plaud the Bryan description of his
fharader. Men who have business
with the war department have found
out that this sro.id uatuivd. gonial, jolly,
fnt secretary of war never determines
anything for himself. Always it Is to
be done tomorrow; as the Mexicans
say, Mamma." It Is so iu trivial
things and in yxcat Issues.
Taft's Passion For Postponement.
Some time nun it was rumored In
rittsbr.rjj that the war department had
under consideration the elevation of
the bridges across th" Allegheny riv
er between lMttsluirg and Allegheny.
These bridges were private bridges on
which a toil was charged. They In
terfered with navigation. The war de
partment, as everybody knows, has en
tire authority over the navigable riv
ers. Attorneys for and against the
various interests Involved came to
Washington. They met Mr. Taft. Al
ways diplomatic, always pleasant, In
variably courteous, he said. "I haven't
been able to take the matter up yet,
but I shall soon." one of these attor
neys toid me today that I e had lieen
cngagci! on the case, speiidlui; half of
his lime iu Washington and the other
half in l'iitslmrg, for something more
than two years, lie still hopes that
the matter will be taken up soon.
When Mr. Bryan described Mr. Taft
as the "..Teat postpone!'" be no doubt
spoke oi.iy of the secretary's position
on public ipiesinuis. l'.ut here iu
AVa-liln.-lcn even Mr. Taft's friends
itdl'iii that If be can possibly postpone
a decision on anything, even upon a
matter which comes to his desk ap
proved by ail the subordinates in his
department, bo v. ill put it off as Ions
as may iie.
A striking illustration of ibis tend
ency was furnished when he went to
l'aran.n on a warship of course ho
member of this administration ever
travels except o- a warship, ami the
president must have from three to five
battleships to escort him. There was
n little labor trouble at IMnninn.
Some lino men were discontented -,ith
their work. If there had been ti(H) men
any where else discontented, sny on
the llrie canal work or on n railroad,
seme responsible othVrr would have
jumped on a train, taken a berth in a
sleeping ear. found out what the trou
ble was and either settled it or fought
It out. Not so Taft. With dignity and
unlimited funds for expenses ho goes
to Tana ma ami investigates. When he
returned to Washington the newspa
per correspondents asked him what he
was going to do. "I shall report my
opinions and put it up to the presi
dent." As a matter of fact. Secretary Taft
is tho absolutely authoritative head
of the ranama canal work. There is
sio iiiore reason why he should submit
"the determination of a labor Issue
there to tlte president than that lie
should make his political beliefs and
Ids political utterances wholly sub
servient to Mr. Itoosevelt's views.
But he does both.
Burton and Johnson.
The news that licpri'sontntlve Pur
ton of Cleveland is to run as the Ib
publicau candidate for the mayoralty
of that city against Tom I.. Johnson
should awaken wide interest. There
may be much back of the announce
ment which does i-ot appear on Its
face, l'uring the time thai Johnson
has dominated Cleveland there has
been practically no opposition to Bur
ton as a Republican candidate for con
gress. Some men say that tHls has
leen the result of a deal between Bur
ton and Johnson by which tho one
should go to congress as a Uepubliean
Bnd tho other continue ns mayor. Per
sonally I think this is absolutely un
true. Of all the people In public life
who cannot be suspected of political
trading Tom Johnson Is one. But it
is true that Burton has not antago
nized Johnson's street railway policy,
which Is the Issue on which the city
of Cleveland has been, carried three
times by Its present mayor. Moreover,
In his letter expressing willingness to
accept the Republican nomination Mr.
Burton declared that he would only
make the race if assured that the com
mittee In charge of the campaign and
the candidates on the ticket with him
should not be tainted by any sort of
association with traction companies or
with other quasi public corporation
holding franchises granted by the city.
This is an admirable stand for Mr.
Burton to takH. i ..t w ".tancir
it? Because Tom Johnson, tlghtinf
long that lln to my certain knowl
edge for more than twenty yeurs, final
ly enforced ou the people of Cleveland
the conviction that public franchises
belong to the people uud should not
be used for privute protit. Just ex
actly as llr. Bryan has blaaed the way
followed sluee by Koosevelt, who has
found much political protit therein, so
Tom Johnson has lived on the plat
form which Mr. Burton now iiiks that
his own party should allow him to
l'.ut all the same Burton shows cour
ge. He has lKen the leader in the
Ight ou Senator Foraker and Senator
llck. He has been one of the men
who advocated the elimination of
Foraker from Ohio politics. When he
announced his purpose to run for may
or of Cleveland he gave us his chief
reason therefor letters he had received
from President Hoosevelt, Secretary
Taft and Secretary Oartield. The last
of these dignitaries lives In Cleveland;
the other two know nothing about its
municipal needs. Mr. Burton seems to
be willing to run for mayor on a na
tional platform. Tom Johnson, who
has served three terms, is likely to
continue, as lie lias already done, mak
ing himself the candidate of the peo
ple on a platform addressed to the
citizens of his own town and on a
record of accomplishment and of tri
umph. Mr. Roosevelt's Six Speeches. A
Vpoii the very best authority I am
informed that the six speeches which
Mr. ltoosevclt is now writing at Oys
ter Bay for the purpose of delivery
dciing bis western and southern trip
in connection with the deep waterways
excursion ur; to make his l'rovinee
toun speech sound as mild as tho coo
ing of a sin king dove. Anybody who
thought that the president was going
to stop scolding because other people
scolded back will be disappointed.
Persons who had a lingering hope of
a modification of the form of presiden
tial oratory which, as a New York pa
per said, lias made Mr. Hearst's levell
ing Journal a conservative organ are
likely to he amaxed. Somehow as the
abusive oratory of Mr. Hoosevelt be
comes more and more extreme one
can but remember one of his famous
maxims for the guidance of mil. ms.
Speak softly." he said, "but carry a
big stick." If any man has fallen
short of living up to this maxim It Is
its author. No one has known him to
speik soft';.-. In his present oratorical
assault upon corporations, trusts and
monopolies he has exhausted the Kng
li. h vocabulary of vituperation. But
no big stick has domo.ished the men
wl.om ,e attacked. That "one rich
i : i: dual In jail" lias not yet been dls
p'ayed to - But the language of
.b f.eison I'.ritk and his rowdy Journal
h:;s found new place in the speeches
i f Theodore ltoosevclt
fdr. Perry Belmont's Development.
A long Interview with Perry Belmont
in Paris has had some currency in the
1 aired States this week, though main
! eoi'.tined to the press of New York
.Mid adjacent states. Some portions of
ir well demand quotation. To my
i.iinil and I speak with some knowl
edge of the facts and with at least sin
cere conviction of the deductions
drawn from them his discussion of
lho concentration of power in the pres
ident, ids words about the tariff ami
his plea for the publicity of all cam
paign contributions are most impor
tant. These I (piote:
The Concentration of Power.
Onulual concentration and accumula
tion et pnwpr In the hands of our presl
dciiiw has been such during tho last twen
ty years that our chb-f executive has
I "'tn generally consl.ler. ,1 In Kurope and
often In our own country .is n rulT re
sponsible only to public opinion, unre
tMrnlneil by congress nr by the courts.
In his control are nil branches of tho
federal government. Cpen his election
ho becomes the chosen one who can do
no wrong. Criticism of the exercise of
the tremendous powers intrusted to him
Is unpopular nnd Is rarely undertaken,
cHpociiil'.y at the beginning of an admin
istration, while sharp rebuke nnd con
demnation urn frequently visited upon
both houses of congress.
If to absolute nnd unrestrained execu
tive power Is ndded Immunity from un
prejudiced nrtt honest criticism, It be
comes essential that tho president shall
le possessed of a calm temperament and
a. amble character. Fortunately tho great
majority of our presidents have met this
Tariff Father of Trusts.
While loudly proclaiming its Intention
to pur.lsh the violation of law nnd abolish
i--prel.il privileges. It ennnot bo unknown
to the administration (If we are to bellevo
the president's previous professions as a
tariff reformer) that, whatever objection
able features there may be in railway
mnnncomont. railway rates nnd rebates
and the so railed trust evil, the enforce
ment of existing laws would have pro
vetitcd many of these evils, repeatedly
pointed not by Mr. Hryan nnd his Demo
cratic followers, and that the trust prob
lem Itself is a result of the hiyli protec
tive tariff system.
The National Publicity Law,
Vist fortunes have been mnde by the
tnritf b. iieticiarles, who have stood nt the
1 x.rs o the ways and moans committee
for forty years and who have for favor
ing liRlslation contributed largely to the
campaign funds of the liepubllcan party.
Fortunately the national movement for
the puhllelry of campaign contributions Is
now so advanced that It will have a
wholesome Inllucnee In the nppronrhing
campaign. Jint these consolidated inter
ests still constitute the rock upon which
tho Republican political organization
In 1800 Mr. Belmont, though a long
time Pemoernt and for four years a
representative In congress, abandoned
the Iienmeratic ticket. Since then he
has returned to the party In theull
est sense. Whether he would stand
for the free coinage of silver Is doubt
ful, but it Is in nowise doubtful that
no Democrat will lie nsked to do so in
the coming campaign. That issus
sleeps. The work Mr. Belmont has
done in preaching Democracy, and par
ticularly in pushing the national pub
licity law, through which only the
control of political parties by monopo
listic corporations can be checked,
justly earns for him a favorably audi
ence among Democrats.
Washington, D. C.
A Young Fellow Makes His Maiden
I '.Hurt He lb re the Jury.
"This was a trial in Uuacoi
county, east Tennessee", said the
lawyer, "and the indictment of the
defendant was for killing the prose
'The facts were that the piose
cutor lived on the head of a stream,
and the defendant lived about n
mile or two down the stream, and,
iu the month of May, the jnon'ou-!
tor's old sow got out and strayed off ,
down the valley and got in the de-
fondant's Held and rooted up his j
corn. The allegation was that t he
defendant hud killed her, mangling ;
her up pretty badly and cutting her
up with knives.
"A young barrister, named Smith,
who I. ad jtit gotten his license, was
employed to aid the solicitor in the
prosecution. The case was set for 1
trial, tnd the attorney arose and, .
with a very soUinn air, said:
"May it please ymir honor, and
you, gentlemen of the iury. mikv
I he days of the assassination of the
lamented I'reMdent of the I'niteil
iStatos, to wit. Abraham Lincoln, no
such foul crime has stained our
country's escutcheon as the .-.-assi-nation
of ,.1-ick Kd wards' blin k ai d
w hile spotted sow, (u-ntlenie:) f the
jt'.rv, ami ni.iy it please your honor,
0,0 with me to the place of the : r.ig
cdy and cuniciii plate the -cone
and the eiiiicittcdutiees. On tlitvt
lovely inoiti in r in May, when the
t hi t li was driss-d in lnr robes of:
ciceii and the ;it lilted with the!
.-iiicll of swiet .i cnted llowi r- and j
enlivened by the voice of merry !
songsters, us that old sow walked;
forth in lnr innocence down that;
little stream, listening to the music j
of I lie Viators, little did 8lle ti'Vaill ;
that before the king of day hid!
himself behind the western horizon
she would lco tie the victim of a!
1'jul assassination.' !
11. i Williams, one of Com "id's
rising attorneys, was married last j
Thiiisdav to Miss li.-vis, of Crosi
Loads, 1 .iiIkui county.
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