The Lawton Constitution. (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 1907 Page: 5 of 8

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Tracey Ashley, n young northerner,
spent a winter in Now Orleans, where
he met ami wooed Rosalind St. Leger.
a resident of that old southern city.
Miss St. l^eger was a helle and had no
end of suitors, among them a Julius
WnrfieM, born und bred in Louisiana
and heir to a large sugar plantation.
Ashley was an ardent wooer, while tile
southerner appeared to lie rather In
different.
Manli (iras was coining on and with
it preparations for unusual festivities.
Ashley, whose engagements at home re
quired him to leave New Orleans with
the advent of Lent, begged hard of the
lady to give linn an atflrmative answer
to a proposition of marriage lie ha-1
made iier. but Milo would not.
Meanwhile the Manli liras opened.
On the last evening of the festivities
Ashley put on a domino ar.,1 mingle I
with the musqueruder*. Among the
throng he noticed a feminine figure in
a greet domino on the arm of a man
dressed iti a rod one. In the former
was something familiar to the young
northerner. As he passed them the
woman flirted her liandkr iiief at him.
He followed the couple .id at last
made up his mind that she was Miss
fSt. Legor. Then he purchased a ban
quel from a street vendor and, ap-
proaching lie.-, offered It. Sli • accepted
it and slipji -. iier hand within liis ur:n.
Iler attendant fell back. Convinced of
lier identity. Ashley took a fancy to
press his suit without revealing the
fact that she was known to him.
"But supposing," s!ie said in a voice
thinly disguised, "that I am not of
your class." v
"That cannot be" be said. "Oil" to
the manner born c . m; • -..:i<-:_*al it even
in disguise."
"I may ha homely."
"That I will risk."
"You haven't seen my face."
"I have seen your figure. I have
heard your voice. Neither could be-
long to any but a beautiful girl. But
were your face pockmarked, were your
eyes green, your nose a beet, still would
I love you."
She was silent, lie felt her hand
tremble 011 h'.s arm. v
"Oh, to hav; a lover like that," she
responded presently—"to be loved for
oneself by one who loves so well that
a lack of beauty. 11 h'emish, has 110
weight to turn his love!"
"You will find me such. You are
beautiful. I know it. But supposing
some accident, some illness, should
convert that beauty into ugliuess, still
would I love you."
"If you only would!"
"I know 1 would."
"But suppose you should find my
face, which you insist 011 believing
beautiful. 10 1 e hideous."
"I would / e you."
They had passed beyond the crowd
of merrymakers. The torches flickered
in the distance. Shouts of laughter,
the tooting of horns, the tread of feet,
came confusedly. Astiley unclasped
the hand from his arm and pressed It.
"Tell me, sweetheart," he said, "is it
yes?"
"You do not know what you are do-
ing." .
"I know this—that I love you."
"When you see my face you will
spurn me."
"Never!"
"Even if you should wish to keep
your word I would not permit you to
make the sacrifice. A hero once loved
a beautiful woman. She refused him.
Smallpox destroyed her beauty. They
met again, and she accepted him. He
married her. They lived a wretched
life."
"It would not be so with me."
"I would not trust you."
"I beg of you, do not hold me off
longer. I am becoming beside myself.
Send me away from you, and I will
bury my grief under the liosom of the
Mississippi."
"Y'ou don't mean it."
"I do."
"You will surely die if I deny you?"
"I will." •
"Then I must yield."
Removing her mask, she' turned to
ward him the face of a full blooded
Afrienn negress. He started back.
"Reckon yo' been mistaken, mars',"
she said In broad negro dialect.
Ashley drew forth a well filled wal-
let and was about to open it when the
negro snatched It.
"I want It all. Mars' Ashley. Ef yo'
don' gib it to me I'll fell Missy Rosa-
lind."
"You know her?"
"I ought to. I'm her maid."
"Keep It, and if you keep the secret
as well you shall have more." And,
turning on ills heel, lie rejoined the rev-
elers.
An hour later Ashley again passed
the green and red dominos. The wo-
man shook his wallet at him trium-
phantly. He was about to turn his back
upon her when she lifted her mask and
showed the features of Miss St. Leger.
She tossed his wallet to him with a
merry Inngh and turned away. As she
•'.Id so her escort raised his magk and
showed the face of Julius Warueld.
Rosalind St. I.egcr regarded her act
ns a bit of coquetry that would serve
to draw the northerner only the more
closely to her. She was mistaken. lie
left the city the next morning without
a call or n line of adieu. When she
.realised what she had done she bitter
>.v rued her folly. She waited a year.
Roping that he would relent; hut. fall-
ing to hear from him, there was noth-
for iter to do bot complete the part
fhe had played by marrying Wsffleld.
The only comfort remaining to her
WM to send her wedding cards to the
man she reaJly #antod.
HERBBRT DOTJBMAN.
WINTER PLOWING.
I'ornu of
It Kllln Mnny ruelt\
In Meet Life.
It was formerly thought that the
winter plowing of land in the south
was not advisable and that it was la-
bor wasted, hrt this idea has l>een
demonstrated to be wrong, says South-
ern Planter. While we do it have the
severe frosts which so thoroughly dis-
integrate land in the north when plow-
ed in the late fall months, we yet have
usually some frost in January turd
February sufficiently severe to act fa-
vorably on the land in tire way of
breaking down the clods and opening
out tin- tissues of the soli and killing
many destructive forms of Insect life
which hibernate in the soil during win-
ter. But even if we do not happen to
have the necessary frosts for these pur-
poses the breiking of the soil permits
of the absorption of the winter rains
Into toe land and the storing of these
in the subsoil for tile subsequent use
of the crop of moisture. It Is of great
advantage when breaking the surface
of the land also to break the subsoil
by following the turn plow witli u
sub> lil plow. Especially Is this the
ease with land which is underlaid
with a hard pan, as is the case
with so much land in the south, which
has for years never been plowed deep-
er than four or five inches at most.
It is also advisable to subsoil wher
ever the subsoil is a good clay one, as
in this way this subsoil becomes aerat-
ed and fitted to lie worked into the
surface soil, where the Inert plant food
In it becomes of great help in crop pro-
duction. We have suhsoiled scores of
acres of land having a good clay sub-
soil and never failed to derive benefit
from so doing.
POPCORN INDUSTRY.
(Il-i-nlp*! Production l« In the Com*
mercinl t orn Uelt.
The active demand for popcorn this
year leay result iti enlarging the area
of the popcorn belt. This crop has
been steadily moving westward until
its area of greatest production is now
in the heart of the commercial corn
belt. Nearly half the popcorn consum-
ed in this country is raised in a single
county in northwestern Iowa, accord-
ing to American Cultivator. The crop
is mostly raised 011 contract, and for
several years the average price has
been 81) cents per 100 pounds, with an
average yield of about 3,000 pounds to
tile acre. The crop is regarded as prof-
itable even 011 the high priced land of
Iowa. It stands drought better than
large corn and ripens a little earlier,
thus escaping the early frosts. Picking
and husking popcorn is disagreeable
work, but Is a money making job, pick-
ers being paid 15 cents per 100 pounds.
It is certainly a paying crop to the
Iowa farmers. Prices in the east are
enough higher than those paid to west-
ern producers to warrant some exten-
sion of the crop in the older portions of
the country. Especially for the seed
trade there is a good demand at prices
better than the regular market if the
corn can he guaranteed free from mix-
ture. Some of the Boston and New
England commission merchants l av
been advertising for shipments of pop-
corn, indicating that the demand Is
more than equal to supply. Factories
where popcorn specialties are manu-
factured seem to have been increasing
business for several years.
Kfl>) to Itnine liny.
Southern cities are mainly supplied
with hay from the north and west,
while the long summers aud the
abounding rainfall make It easy to
raise hay In the south. When will the
southern farmers realize the advantage
they possess for stock raising and the
improvement of their lands In the pro-
duction of cotton through good farm-
ing? Hay yields large crops per acre
In North Carolina not because the land
Is better than that of Iowa, but be-
cause of the uniform and abundant
rainfall and the long season. Some
day the southern farmers will wake
up to the importance of getting rid of
the cattle ticks and devoting more at
tcntlon to the production of feed for
live stock aud will see the folly of re-
garding everything but cotton merely
as "supplies" to enable them to grow
more cotton.—Secretary Wilson, De-
partment of Agriculture
Senators Intimate Impeachment J
Proceedings.
CHARGED WITH USURPATION.
Secretary Stands Unmoved and De-
clines to Revoke Order Withdrawing
Indian lends— His Unquestioned
Honesty Is a Rarity Among Repub-
lican Statesmen.
It is evident that those western sen-
ators whose constituents have been
mixed up In the land frauds and those
senators whose togas are not entirely
clear of participation are Intent on nt-
j tacking Secretary Hitchcock, who Lis
stood like a lien in the way of the laud
grafters and Indian plunderers. The
immediate cause of conflict is the with
j drawal of 4.000,000 acres of Indian
J lands from allotment which congress
j had ordered made The withdrawal
order of Secretary Hitchcock is claim
j ed by the special committee of the
J senate which has been investigating
J the citizenship and property rights of
j the Five Civilized Tribes of Indians to
j be a usurpation of auuiorlty. But Sec-
retary Hitchcock was evidently un-
moved by the threats of the senate
committee when lie appeared before
them and was requested to explain his
reasons for withdrawing the land,
which he declined to do. except to fur
nisli the opinion of Assistant Attorney
General Campbell, which cites a num
ber of similar cases justifying the ac-
tion of the secretary.
The outrageous frauds discovered by
Secretary Hitchcock in the disposal of
the Indian lands would seem to be
ample reason for his withdrawing the
lands for the time being until the de-
partment can ferret out the frauds.
The senate committee thinks otherwise
and even intimates impeachment as a
threat to uv>ke the secretary rescind
his order withdrawing the lands.
These threats, however, have no effect
upon Secretary Hitchcock, who claims
he has general control over the affairs
of the Indians and the same right to
direct the policy to be pursued with
reference to their lands that he exer
cises in directing the policy to be pur-
sued with reference to the public do
main.
To those of us who have no Interest
in the matter except to see exact jus
tice done it would seem that tire .lttl
tude of Secretary Hitchcock Is to be
commended, for even If he has exceed-
ed Ills authority and temporarily set
aside an act of congress he has done so
to prevent fraud. Fraud vitiates all
contracts, and Oven an act of congress
should be no exception to that most
ancient of legal rules. It may be said
that even senators and congressmen
have been smirched with these land
frauds, and such strenuous opposition
by this special senate committee to
Secretary Hitchcock for his persistent
prevention and punishment of frauds
has a suspicious look. Honest sena-
tors should rather uphold the hfinds of
Secretary Hitchcock, even if lie has
stretched his power, to prevent still
greater land frauds than have already
been discovered.
As Secretary Hitchcock Is about the
only Republican high official that has
shown unflinching honesty, he will un-
doubtedly be upheld by Democrats.
But It must also be remembered that
the Republican administration of the
Indian Territory has been a constant
scandal, and most of the officials ap-
pointed there by the administration
have been a disgrace and a constant
source of corruption.
< iinpena ti a a Kertilir.er.
Cowpeas generally give their best
results if plowed under when the lower
leaves and pods are beginning to turn
yellow. When In this condition a part
of the moisture has been evaporated,
and they are not so likely to sour the
land as when plowed under in the ear
ly stages of growth. They will not
sour the land If properly handled, and
where the growth is light they can lie
plowed under at almost any stage.
Where cowpeas are plowed under the
land should be rolled immediately with
a heavy roller and then harrowed. This
will bring the moisture to the surface
and also form a dust mulch to prevent
the water escaping from the soil. One
reason better results have not beon ob
tained from plowing under cowpeas Is
due to toe filet that the roller has not
been judiciously used.
RorntlHlll (irHHN,
Bermuda grass will give -excellent
satisfaction on banks and hillsides
About (i.onn roots should be used per
acre, and five pounds of Japan or white
clover may lie seeded 011 the ground
when the Bermuda grass is planted
This will furnish pasture from six to
eight months of the year and will have
as great a carrying capacity as the
hast hltw grass. If Bermuda grass Is
utilized for summer pasture the tame
grass pastures can be saved for fall
and winter, a matter of great Impor-
tance to the farmer.—Kansas Farmer.
Petty Grafting.
The Republican machine that runs
the state of Connecticut must be the
most consummate set of grafters in
the Union. Governor Woodruff in his
inaugural address delivered before the
two branches of the state legislature
called attention to the big expense to
the state for gratuities, including those
to newspaper men. The item for
knives and fountain pens for members
of the assembly of the last legislature
amounted to $15,531 and for repre-
sentatives of the newspapers $5,400. It
must be presumed that there was a
big steal in the knife and pen Items
and probably in rnauy other things,
and that the graft to the newspaper
men was to act as a bribe to prevent
exposure. The people of Connecticut,
with all their Yankee thrift, are cer-
tainly an easy mark for the grafters,
which allows that eternal vigilance is
the price of low taxes.
LONGFELLOW DAY
CENTENNIAL
EXERCISES
Cambridge, Muss, F b J7—The looih
anniversary of the birth of Ib-nry W.
Lmgfullow is being clebrati d li re
today with great c remony. The h!
torUial society of Cambridg > Ir s plan-
ned extensile memorial xerci.s. s and
public exercises ar to b> held in Sen-
ders' theatre tonight The princ pa
address, n will be delivered by W Ilium
Dean llowelis, President Churl s W
Elliot, of Hftrv id c:>ll"ge Colonel
Thomas Wnntwortli Higginson and
Prof. EJliot Norton, of Harvard. Tin
cantata, "The Village Blacksmith," ad-
apted-from the poem of Longfellow
will b > sung by a chorus s lected front
the public schools of Cambridge. Tin
entire day In the public schools will b
a "Longfdlow Day." and appropriate
ex- rcis s will be held in C'l/ii school,
will Include brief addr ss s anil h<
tcad:ng of essays upon the poet's li:'1
and work written by the studonts. A
"children's hour," in the new I dure
hall wiK include tile cleldr n's portion
of the program. A special l/ongfeiiow
exhibition was opened in the Cambr-
idge public library this morning, it
consists of portraits, early anil rare t d
itions from private coll ctlons, autogr-
aph copi -s of some of the pa t's wor-
ks and manuscripts, and original pain-
ting of l/ongfeiiow, by Badger, ibout
1£37, shoes of Darloc&Han, peasants sjh
ken of iir Frithof's Sage, brought by
Longfellow on hiis way from Europe
in 1837, and given to him by an Eng-
lish nobleman. Longfellow afterward
pr.se.nLed thea to Professor Noitou
who now lends them for exhibition.
There- is also a bronzo plaque portrait
of Longfellow, a '■ tter to James Rus-
sell Lowell, accot .uiylmg his poem 011
LongfcllowlBt ei .011 01 poems bust
Longfellow, original portrait of I^mg-
fellow anil his daughter Edith, by Hiea
ly; original manuscript of the "Chil-
dren's hour," original proof sheet of
"Hiawatha" with many corrections in
Longfellow's handwriting; poems of
Slavery, first edition, 1842, presenting
copy given to Nathanial Hawthorn;
"Outne Mer,' twcrvolurne3, 1833. Hawth-
orn's copy with autograph in each vol.
Healy's portrait of Longfellow and the
portrait of the first Mrs. Longfellow.
Humor and Philosophy
By DUNCAN M. SK1TII
SKIPPING AIONG.
Whoa!
How she does go I
A copper _ v
Couldn't stop hor.
The your
That Just got hero *1
A day or no
Aro
Is clipping awnv.
Say.
A month has departed.
And all of those things you w« rs
going to do in 1907 are not even
started!
How tlmo fllea!
That's the slxe |
Of It.
8eo It flit
Along
With 8tr« !v: '
And sto.iiv strid*.
T.Ike • tide.
It.walls for no man.
Never ;in also ran.
But first under the wir*
And goln;; every minute Ilk® a
train of ears on Are.
Tireless
As a wireless
Cablegram
Or the fabled Snm
Patch.
It skips along trying to r:itch
And pass
Everything In Its rlnss.
It vanishes still
Like a ten dollar bill
That has beon spent
In trying to squ. ie the house ac-
counts. the doctor's bill and the
monthly rent.
Tea.
Its ticket reads "via the lightning
express."
Forward It chases,
Fli dlng only high places,
IjIHc n March hnre
Or an nir-
Shlp in its liurly burly.
And wo will have to get busy right
away If we want to buy our
Christmas presents early.
PROSPERITY OF TRUSTS
Vast Sum Appropriated by the
Corporations.
0. 0. P. SYSTEM OF PROTECTION.

j While Price* llntf Ad«Mi<ecd 54) I'er
Cent, Uuk«-« Have lncrenned but 2<>
1'er Out—Shall We Mund Tut or
HrtUe ilie Tariff f—A Proposition |
For \ otcra lo I oitaldor.
We aro all impressed with the pro*,
purity that the meat business inter* sis
ut the couutry are euJoying, but some-
how mauy ot' us feel thut we are uot
Kett I tiff our ahare. There is uo (iirtput- i
in,; the prosperity of the few, but there'
C
TICKET COMPLETE
FOR PRI M AM
MARCH 7
Look-r! After Trifles.
"Do you tliln!;
vo'i und Hurry
cm live on K.-
s:il:i
"Wo ought tu.
lie Im Ilk' most
economical ninn
you ever saw.
lie hardly want
nil to burn u bit
of gas all of the
time ho was
courting tne."
From Tuesday's Daily Constitution.
Yesterday was the last day far the
registration of eaaid dates, who wish
tin ir names to conte before the d<nioo
a.jc primary for the nomination of oi-
1;. officers to be .held on March 7th. M.
T. P-fkiiis, secretary city democratic' can get along oil a mere pittance, but
central commitsu. reports the ticket, we Kreatly fear that a mother who
Lame Excuses.
That Indlaun crook who on being
caught robbing a cash register claimed
that lie was born that way und could
not help It should have gone Into poli-
tics or trust floating instead of hang-
lug around and looking for a chance to
crawl through a back window. The
rewards are much greaier.
His excuse, although it may have
looked Ingenious to him, was lame and
trifling by the side of the excuse of the
man who was caught robbing a poor
fund and who claimed that he had ti
steal to support Ills mother. When
the unfeeling Justice asked him where
Ills mother lived he was obliged to owu
up that he didn't know.
There are women in the world who
eimplete ae follows:
For mayor, R A. Jones, J. Con/nor;
city marshal Jos. H. Bdwairds, Heck
Thomas, John Hoathratagton, J. W
OzmiMi, F. C. I.airranc.T,; oity clerk, W.
W. Aiidrews,; police judgip, J. A. Dif-
fendaffer; city attorney, J. C. Norman
Btreet commissioner, W. M. McMiillom,
Lafe Owans, Joe Conatsor; City as-
Fi-Ebcr, C. W. Haines; city treasurer,
W. J. Donald; treasurer school board,
U L. Scouton.
For city councilmen, First wa/ru—H.
K Diehl, L. B. RitUir, ;second ward,
W. XI. Turner; Third ward- P. D. Am-
(Jersifli; Fourth ward, J. P. Dobbins;
Fifth ward, C. 11. Simpson, W. F. Kerr
W. G. Barbee.
Fcr members of the school hoard,
First ward, A. J. Burton, R. L. Camp-
bell; Second ward, W. T. Glenn, W. E.
Hull ton; Th'ird ward, J. G. Crawford,
Burton; Fourth ward, L. C. Knei?,;
ifth ward, J. D. Itams y, J [. Bowni.i
was at all robust would starve to death
on such support as that. It wouldn't
even keep her In hatpin money.
Long Enough.
It seems so strange that winter,
All fresh and younK and nice.
Should last no longer than It docs.
They keep the thing on Ice.
J
Depends.
"Habit is a stubborn thing, don't you
think?"
"Oh, dear, no; uot unless It belongs
to a stubborn person."
PERT PARAGRAPHS.
It is a good thing that it pays to
dress well, for It costs a lot of mouey.
The devil Is always watching out for
Impatient people.
It takes a lot of training In mental
gymnastics to be a politician.
If you could learn everything In a
For commH.tonmH.ii, First ward, FV- without doubt you would by com
Ship Subsidy Shaky.
Thanks to the opposition of all Dem-
ocrats and some few Republicans, the
ship subsidy bill In the present con-
gress seems "to sleep the sleep that
knows 110 waking." • This Is rather
tough on the steamship trust, which
has flnanced the Republican campaign
fund, besides expending more good
money ou lobbyists und enlightening
the public of the extraordinary advan-
tage to the country if It became a law.
Voters should remember that every Re-
publican senator ex(jept Unrkett, Dolll.
ver. La Follette and Spooner voted for
the steal or was paired in favor of
It, and President Roosevelt favored It
in his last message to congress.
They Caught a Tartar.
The Republican poHtlclnns of !few
York have caught more of a (eformar
than tliey bargained tor, a* Governor
Hughes evidently tflfcilai they were In
earnest whan ti ivy advocated refoam
! before election art la now Intent on
firing them a doae that wlH rvtiAe
maa.v of them to private life.
mou consent be sent at once as specinl
commissioner to Mars.
FINE FARM FOR RENT.
10 acres alfalfa. 120 acres unds
plow, 3ti acres pasture. Sere E. Cotton,
2211-2 C Avenue, Lawton, 2-20 wd t
The chorus of "H<*i y Toity" as In
all Wehcir & Fields' productions, :s an
assortment of Good looks as wtJ.1 as
ability and h^lps wrmderfully In mak-
ing it th<s greati«l musical comedy
on the road this seauom One perform-
ance only will be given at the Ram-
sey, March 1st. Price 25 oent# to $1.
Don't be too proud to take orders.
*OJ- r J<r«ffi n/i
Hrrmt ait trer/
ank Ketch, W. D. Turner; Second war
Ah March, Lo<n Caldwell; Third ward,
H. N. Pope, Frank Jones: Fourth war
M. I. I erkiins. Halo 1/mdlfi, Fifth waid Kvery other great man has bad his
W. C" Shaw, Floyd Kimblre
Th • democratic primary will be hold
on the 7th of March, poiils open from
2 p. m., until 7 p m. All democrats
are eligible who are registered for th?
Inst election In 1906, and also all dem-
ocrats who will be eligible to reglstoi
am. vote at the city election to \>t
held April 2, provided that thos? denv
eerutf- who did not register at the Bpr-
llC ?'«cHon of time must b« registered
to vote elth'ir at th** bond election to
be held March 12 or for the general
city election, April 2nd.
When your temper is on u hair trig
per It is a '*ood thing to wear a pad
lock on your ja.v.
Because your boss likes your work It
does not follow that he might not like
some one else's better.
Times and methods change, but fools
don't
It f* a good thing to tell the truth
occasionally Juat to demonstrate that
you can.
a lie in
manner that the fattier of fes himself
would recogulxe bis own.
till stronger evidence that many'
farmer aiul^wiige earners are nut get I
ting ju. what shujld be coming t->l
them. The p.vv . i i-in products, |
With the cxi-'1' *. i >; vie.at, lias in ,
creased, wage, of 1 In nen hove
advanced, and \ ilie greatest econ-
omy is not able I i equalize the greatly
Increased outgo The "Hgures" of Dun's
and Bmdstreet's mercantile ugencle<
show that the price of all eommodl- .
ties ha* risen on an average over fio ,
per cent since l.-ilMl, but the statistics
of the average wages paid indicate au
increase ol only about I'll per cent dur
ing the same period.
The census Jigures show there are
about HO.UOO.OOO people in this country
working for wages, receiving an aver-
age ol' about $tKl0 each per year, so
the total wages paid amount to $1H,
000,000,000. Deducting a) per cent
would give iu 1890 for the same num-
ber of wuge earners $15,000,000,000.
Hut as the cost of living Is now 60 per
cent more than In 1H!M, and It cost all
the wage earners earned in 1NIH1 to live.
It must now cost them J£J,!>00,000,<N>0.
or $000 each per year to buy the same
amount of goods and pay the Increased
rent and other expenses of living
that It did in IS!)'!. Yet the evidence
shows I lint the ivaj e.i paid are but 20
per cent hi ther, or *7-1 per year, iu all
(18,000,0; :.e: ;i. mi uie difference be-
tween what the wage earners of the
country now receive and what the*
should receive if tliey fully participate
In til" prosperity Is S 1.500,000,000. This
amount approximately represents what
tiie protected ("lists, combines ami cor-
porations are receiving In profits over
and above the average proUts the pro-
ducers and manufacturers were get- '
ting In 180(1. Surely the trusts are
prosperous, and their prosperity Is In-
disputable, for (4,500,000,000 is di-
verted by tlie Republican system of
protectionism into the remorseless
maws of the corporation magnates.
Hut how about the balance of us that
are forced by these tariff fostered trust
high prices to pay the extra (1,500,000,-
000, or (180 each for the 30,000,000 (
workers ?
No wonder there is unrest and that
all who earn salaries and wuges are
demanding more pay; but, as the cost
of living is advancing at the rate of 5
per cent annually, It would seem that
•vigt'H and salaries will never catch up
with the cost of living. ^
As it political proposition the voters
must remember that In 18iM! nnd for
three years previous the Democratic
tariff rates were quite high, averaging
38.U8 per cent ad valorem, whereas un-
der the present law the rates exceed
50 per cent, or over 20 per ceut higher.
That enormous Increase fostered the
formation of trusts und combines, '
which very naturally, fludlug they hail
n monopoly, have Increased prices un-
til they now exceed B0 per cent of
what they were In 181)6 under the low-
er tariff rates. As every one is com-
pelled to pay these increased prices, Is
it uot the reasonable and only way to
reduce prices to so revise the tariff
flint at least these high prices may not
become higher, which are now Increas-
ing at the rate of 5 per cent every
year? V
The Republicans suy, "No; we will
stnnil pat aud allow the present trust
prosperity to continue nnd hope that
wages will advance to a par with
prices," which under the present sys-
tem experience shows they will not do.
The Democrats declare for tariff revi-
sion, so that there will be competition
with the trusts nnd force them to re-
duce the price of their products to a
reasonable extent. The voters when
tliey elect the next president and con-
gress must decide betweeu these two
propositions.
The War Expenditures.
Seuutor Hale calls attention of the
people to the fact that "two-thirds of
all the revenues of the government are
devoted to the payment of the burdens
of past wars, like pensions and ex-
penditures In view of future ware." '
And the army and navy are both call- I
lng for still greater expenditures, and
the president recommends they be
made. This enormous burdeu ou the
people provides no return In any way ;
and must be constantly repeated to
keep up the present military estab-
lishments. Every warship we now
have will be worthless or obsolete in
ten yenrs, every gun will be worn out
in practice firing In less time. The
large nrmy Is useless except as a prep-
aration for war, which can only come
when we are unwilling to keep the
peace. Half the number of warships
and half the present army are ample
for ail our requirements.
Anything Will Do.
Senator Foraker acta like a man who
Is bound to get his uame Iu the papers
Rud is not particular whether It la t%*
"negro Issue" or auy other that comM
along to stir up the president.
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