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experiments of the Bland and Sherman laws. What that no practical proposals were brought forward. silver wanted was not the demand, for that is uno He insists that the United States alone cannot eslimited. Silver has never yet lacked purchasers. tablish the double standard, and that free coinage in What has been lacking since the abolition of the America would only mean a shift from the single double standard is the fixed place of exchange be gold standard to a single silver standard. He de. tween silver and gold, which can only be created by clares that an international agreement is the only unlimited demand for both precious metals at a method by which a double standard can be estabfixed ratio of values. Hence, limited coinage or lished, and that European sentiment is working limited purchases, such as were made in the United slowly but healthfully and surely toward that conStates from 1878 to 1894, are altogether inadequate. clusion. His practical advice to Americans thereThey wrought harm to the bimetallist cause, be fore is to maintain the gold standard without comcause their failure was exploited by the gold party, promise for the sake of bringing Europe the more and because they stimulated the silver production. speedily to the point where an international bimetalHad the United States declined every compromise lic agreement will have to be made. and solely aimed at international bimetallism, the silver depreciation and the scarcity of gold would have been more severe in Europe, and a transition CARNEGIE ON POLITICS AS RELATED TO to bimetallism would long ago have been found.”

PROSPERITY. As to the consequences of success by the silver party in the United States, Dr. Arendt makes the

NDER the title of “The Ship of State Adrift,"

Mr. Andrew Carnegie contributes the openfollowing prediction:

ing paper in the June North American Review. He WARNING AGAINST SILVER MONOMETALLISM. points out the extraordinary prosperity of this coun“If it is now desired to perpetuate the gold stand

try under President Harrison's administration, and ard in Europe, let the government at Washington

the frightful contrast which the past few years have

shown. adopt free coinage of silver at the ratio of 1 to 16.

Mr. Carnegie attributes the existing unfor

tunate conditions primarily to the legislation beginAt present, after the closure of the Indian mints, this step could not possibly have any other result ning with the Bland-Allison bill of 1878, which atthan to make the American standard a silver stand

tempted to push the United States from the solid ard. The price of silver of course would rise, but

rock of gold as the standard of value and to induce

by artificial means a rival standard.” He considers not to 59 pence and not permanently. The United States would have a standard not materially differ

this a forcing of poison into the hitherto pure blood ent from that of Mexico. All the disadvantages and

of the body politic, which from that day to this has all the advantages of a fluctuating and depreciated Speaking as a Republican he takes the blame upon

slowly and surely undermined the national health. money standard would follow. Gold monometallism would be replaced by silver monometallism;

his own party. Even if President Harrison had the double standard would become nominal. No

been re-elected in 1892, Mr. Carnegie thinks that the bimetallist can approve of this. Free coinage of

country's business troubles would not have been silver in the United States would result in harm to

averted. He thinks, on the other hand, however, Europe no doubt, but also in advantage. Perhaps

that these troubles were greatly aggravated by the the harm would predominate; but one thing is cer

passage of the Wilson tariff bill, and that if the Retain: the absorption of the American gold, the con

publicans had remained in power the depression

would not have been so severe. tinual supplies coming from the American gold pro

He sums up as fol.

lows: duction, would for a long time to come relieve the

“ We have here, then, the two causes which are European powers of all anxiety for their gold standard. The monetary anarchy would thus be

responsible for the drifting of the ship, for the lack

of enterprise, for the stagnation in business, and for perpetuated for a space of time beyond estima

the failure of the United States to continue upon a tion. Only by insisting in all countries in an un

career of progress. equivocal manner on the international solution of

“1. By her silver legislation she has lost the confithe currency question can international bimetallism be attained. No more experiments !” is therefore

dence of capital throughout the world and also at the only appeal which the European bimetallists ad

home. Europe will no longer invest its surplus in dress to those of America; no silver purchases, no

our railway bonds, real estate, or other securities. silver coinage, otherwise than on the basis of inter

On the contrary, it has drawn hundreds of millions national agreement; and no more abortive attempts

of capital from investment here, thus draining the to bring them about."

country of its gold. Capital at home is almost as

timid. It will not invest gold dollars worth one WHAT SHOULD BE DONE?

hundred cents permanently as long as a section of Dr. Arendt, who was present in Brussels at the the people threaten to repay in silver dollars worth time of the Monetary Conference of 1892, declares one-half in the markets of the world. that the failure of that conference was due to the “ 2. The country has been shaken by a violent fact that it was called at an inopportune time, and cbange in its fiscal system, and duties upon imports

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no longer produce sufficient revenue, because duties the identical volume of hot air which blights their have been lessened upon the luxuries of the rich, crops has traveled many hundreds of miles. The and the ad valorem system, substituted for the spe truth is that the hot winds, while they may prevail cific, opens the door so wide to frauds upon the rey over a very large extent of country on the same enue through undervaluations that the government days, are always of local origin, and are caused by does not receive more than two-thirds of the duties the rarefaction of the air on broad areas of uncultiit pretends to levy."

vated and sun-scorched plains.

“ The natural conditions must be combated

either by drawing upon the store of subterranean OUR SUB-ARID LANDS.

water through artesian wells, or by methods of tillN the Forum for June Mr. E. V. Smalley, author age which will retain the surface moisture in the

of our character sketch of Mr. McKinley in soil of the growing crops—if the many millions of this number of the REVIEW, writes concerning “ Our rich acres which now lie open and vacant are ever Sub Arid Belt.” He defines the sub-arid belt as fol. to be made into farms and peopled by a race of inlows:

telligent cultivators, like that which already occuWHERE IT LIES,

pies, with contiguous homesteads, the adjacent

It This region has no natural boundaries.

prairie of the eastern portions of North and South

Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas." merges insensibly into the distinctively arid country on the west and into the humid country on the

HOW IT WAS SETTLED. east. It extends from the Saskatchewan Valley on

Mr. Smalley proceeds to show how, during the the north to the Gulf of Mexico on the south, and

flush times of the latter 'seventies and the early may be said, roughly speaking, to have a breadth of

'eighties," there was much railway building, fol. about two hundred miles. It has no topographical lowed by a large immigration, in this sub-arid redistinction from the rest of the great plains, except,

gion. This rapid settlement happened to be coinperhaps, that it is less level than the country to the

cident with a period of two or three years of excepeast that receives more rainfall, and less broken

tionally large rainfall and consequent good crops; than the country farther west that receives less

but those who made haste to choose this region for rainfall. The soil is a brown loam and would be

homes soon became disillusionized. The lack of rain highly productive if nature would only furnish

in the summer time has made farming fatally unabout a dozen more inches of annual precipitation.

certain. The consequence has been that most of the The region is traversed by great rivers, fed by melt towns in the sub-arid belt have lost half the popuing snows in the distant Rocky Mountains or in the

lation which they boasted ten or fifteen years ago. nearer Black Hills ranges; but streams of local

To put these assertions on a statistical basis Mr. origin are few and far apart and are nearly dry in ' Smalley proceeds as follows: summer. Perhaps the most characteristic of these local streams is the James River, in the two

DESERTED VILLAGES OF KANSAS AND NEBRASKA. Dakotas, which has a course of more than five hun “ In 1890 Kansas had 1,427,096 people. In 1895 dred miles, draining a larger area than the entire the state census found only 1,334,668 within her state of Ohio. It has hardly any perceptible current borders. The counties in the eastern part of the during the months of July, August and September, state, which enjoy a sufficient rainfall for agriculand can be forded at almost any point. In the dry ture, exhibited gains, but in the western-central and season it becomes little more than a series of water western counties there was an absolute loss of about holes. Indeed at one place in South Dakota a farmer 200,000 people—a greater number than is contained sunk a well in the bed of the river last summer to in the entire state of North Dakota. In some localiget water for his stock. The James River is said to ties population has almost entirely disappeared. In be the longest unnavigable river on the continent." sixty-two villages there was a total loss during the

past year alone of 15,827 inhabitants. All these LIGHT RAINS, HOT WINDS.

200,000 people were forced to leave the western part “Light showers fall in June, but there are usually of Kansas because they could not make a living. six or seven rainless weeks in July and August, and They were not frozen out, but they were dried out during this period there is always danger from hot by the arid climate. They went to Kansas with winds that blow for two or three days, sucking the high hopes of being able to make permanent and moisture out of the growing crops. In spite of the prosperous homes for themselves upon her rich general diffusion of knowledge about climatology, prairie soil and in her mild climate, but they failed many settlers on the great plains continue to blame to reckon with nature and to take account of the the regions south of them as the birthplace of these fact that it is impossible to farm safely with only dreaded winds. Thus the North Dakota people sup fifteen or twenty inches of annual precipitation. pose that these winds start in South Dakota; the No state census was taken in Nebraska in 1895. South Dakota people attribute them to Nebraska; The causes which produced the partial depopulathe Nebraska people to Kansas, and the Kansas tion of the western part of Kansas were equally oppeople to the Indian Territory,-all imagining that erative in western Nebraska, and if a census had

been taken it would undoubtedly have shown a de- ern side of the Missouri River, in South Dakota. A cline in the total number of inhabitants during the single statement will show how important this five years in question, in spite of a considerable gain · movement has become. There are now more than in the eastern counties, where the rainfall is fairly eleven hundred wells completed or in process of adequate for general agriculture. The state census boring. In many cases townships have bonded of South Dakota for 1895 showed a total population themselves to carry on this work; in others, farmers of 330,975, against 328,808 in 1890, a gain of 2,167, have combined to buy machinery and sink wells for which is far short of the natural rate of increase of themselves. Financial projects are now being fora community of that size under the healthful condi- mulated by which wells will be sunk by stock comtions of farm life. The extreme western part of panies and sold to farmers on annual payments, this state embraces the Black Hills mining region, with security in the form of mortgages on the land which is prosperous and gaining steadily in popula- to be watered. The subsoil in this artesian basin tion. Between this region and the region of suff. holds water so well that experience has shown that cient rainfall in the eastern part of the state lies a it is not necessary to irrigate a field every year. belt of semi-aridity, similar in its general conditions Once thoroughly soaked the land will produce good to that which extends across Nebraska and Kansas, crops for two and perhaps three years without furand in this belt there has been a noticeable decline ther irrigation. This is a very great advantage, for of population. In North Dakota no census was it doubles and trebles the irrigating value of a given taken in 1895, but the vote of that year showed amount of water. Of course the natural rainfall some increase over that of 1890, warranting the con helps out the crops and lessens the duty of the irriclusion that the loss of population in the central and gation system. Thus good crops can be raised in western counties has been more than counterbal. this region with perhaps one-third or even less water anced by the gain in the Red River Valley, which than must be applied in more arid regions, such as receives enough rainfall for prosperous agriculture." Colorado, Utah, and Idaho, where little aid can be

expected from rains and where the subsoil along the ARTESIAN IRRIGATION.

river margins is usually gravelly. The results of As to the future of this region, Mr. Smalley is not irrigation in South Dakota have been very favor. altogether sanguine, but on the other hand he does able. Irrigated fields produced last year thirty-five not think the case hopeless. A large part of the bushels of wheat to the acre, while adjoining fields region may become regularly fruitful through irri- which depended on rainfall produced only twelve. gation by means of artesian wells.

It will be seen that with this enormous gain in the “It already begins to be evident that this vast yield of crops, a well costing from two to three belt of fertile land, as wide as Ohio and in length thousand dollars and watering an entire section of reaching across the whole United States and a por-, six hundred and forty acres will pay for itself in a tion of Canada,-a belt already traversed by many single year.” railroads and occupied by a thin skirmish line of How much of the sub-arid belt may be reclaimed agricultural settlement, —will not be allowed to re- by artesian wells, is a question for further experi. lapse into its former condition of a cattle rangement; and Mr. Smalley believes that this work of without another effort to subdue it for the uses of investigation should be undertaken by the United the farmer. In South Dakota a remarkable move. States government under the direction of the Dement is in progress for irrigation by artesian wells. partment of Agriculture. The agricultural experiNearly the whole of this state and of its northern ment stations also can do a great deal to discover neighbor is underlain with the water-bearing for and inculcate the best methods of soil culture in mation known to geologists as the Dakota sand. these regions of limited rainfall. stone, which forms a vast artesian basin, fed by the rivers that flow over and the rains that fall upon its western rim in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains,

THE STATE OF OHIO. the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills. This formation has been fairly accurately traced already In the July Harper's President Charles F. by government explorations and by the sinking of 1 Thwing, of Western Reserve University, has artesian wells here and there to afford a water sup- an informational paper on " Ohio" which possesses ply for towns, and the recent borings for irrigation an added interest now by reason of the large part wells confirm the earlier theories of the geologists. which that State and its leaders are playing in the The water-bearing stratum is found at Yankton, in coming Presidential campaign. President Thwing the extreme southern part of South Dakota, at a points to the fact that Ohio's development was geo depth of six hundred feet. It is about a thousand feet graphically favored above most Western States by below the surface in the central region of the state, means of water communication. A great river was and at Jamestown, in North Dakota, the well that on its southern and eastern boundary, and on its furnishes fire protection and local water supply is northern a great lake, and the progress of a people down about fifteen hundred feet. The irrigation in a new country is so largely measured by means movement is at present confined to the lower James of communication and transportation that the presRiver Valley and the counties lying along the east- ence of these water routes possessed great impor

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AN IDEAL NEWS SERVICE. tation were supplemented by the Ohio Canal

HE TELEGRAPH MONOPOLY” is the and the Miami Canal, so that when in 1842 the system was finished, there were found to

tive series of papers now running in the Arena. be 796 miles of navigable water open to com

The author, Prof. Frank Parsons, in considering At the beginning of the century. Ohio had

the evils of the present system, devotes much atten45,000 people, ranking eighteenth among the States,

tion to the control of press dispatches now exercised but already by 1820 it had sprung to the fifth place

by the Western Union Telegraph Company, and in with more than half a million ; it now holds the

this connection suggests a model system of newsfourth position in order of population, as Illinois has

gathering which we are sure many of our readers passed it in 1890 to take the third rank.

would rejoice to see adopted. President Thwing shows how Ohio resembles the

“ It is a good thing,” says Professor Parsons, “ to Massachusetts Bay Colony in having been developed gather the news to a central point and edit it to the under the leadership of great men. What the Win

country. An enormous amount of useless repetition throps, the Mathers, the Adamses, the Brewsters,

is thereby avoided, and a better distribution of news and the Everetts were in Massachusetts, Putnam,

secured. But very careful provision should be made Manasseh Cutler and Moses Cleveland were to Ohio.

to insure the impartiality of such editing and disOHIO MEN IN PUBLIC LIFE,

tributing If the association were to open all He says it is significant that the great men of newspapers on equal terms, and the editor-in-chief Ohio had usually been men engaged in political life. were elected by all the newspapers, each casting one “ There are, of course, certain exceptions to which vote, and were sworn to impartial service, subject I shall allude, but on the whole the great men have

to removal by a vote of dissatisfaction on the part been statesmen and generals. There are a few law. of 15 or 20 per cent. of the constituent papers,.-if any yers, Ohio born and bred, who can be seen from be paper or papers choosing to pay extra for a yond the boundaries of the State so tall are they." special representative could have one entitled to President Thwing mentions Chief Justice Waite, a seat in the editing chamber with full access Stanley Matthews and Thurman as examples. He

to all materials received, and authority to add a notices the similarity between Ohio and Maine in supplement to the chief's report, to cover imporiant having their great men political leaders.

matters omitted or misstated by the chief, -if the " The origin of the remark made half in jest, half report and supplements in full were sent to central in earnest, as to the ubiquity of the Ohio man, lies points in various parts of the country, set up and largely in his ubiquity and power as a statesman. sold as plate matter, at uniform rates, to all subThe causes that have contributed to this civic great scribing papers,—if each and every paper were free ness are, of course, general and particular. One to criticise the dispatches.then we should have laid cause to which I allude is the ubiquity of the Ohio

the foundation for a free and impartial press. The college. Ohio is a State of colleges. And yet it very presence of the supplemental editors would must be acknowledged that many of the great probably, as a rule, prevent the necessity of supplepolitical leaders were not college men. Giddings mental reports by their potential effect upon the was not. Wade was not. Chase was a graduate

chief's reports. of Dartmouth. Ewing was a graduate of Ohio “ The first step toward the establishment of an University, at Athens, and received the first degree unfettered press is a National Telegraph System of A.B. ever given in Ohio. Hayes was a graduate carrying the news or renting wires at very low of Kenyon. Garfield was educated in part at rates on condition of impartial editing and distribuHiram, in Ohio, but finished his education at Wil. tion of dispatches on some such plan as that outlined liams. But the rank and file of these men who above or a better one. The chains of the Allied have made Ohio history have been college trained." Monopolies will thus be broken, and the co-ordinate

The typical Ohio college of forty years ago was a growth of intelligence and co-operation will gradvery sorry institution, except in the nobility of its ually free the press in larger and larger degree from purposes and in the character of two or three men the limitations placed upon it by ignorance, prejuwho sat in its professors' chairs.

There were

dice, and the strife of competitive business and of course, exceptions. The old Western Reserve politics.

UNIFORM NEWS REPORTS. College, at Hudson, was an exception, in which such teachers as Laurens P. Hickok, afterward president I hope the time will come when the news reof Union, Professor Loomis of mathematical fame, ports in chief and supplemental will be published Barrows, the great Hebrew scholar, President Bart each day at central points on sheets of uniform size lett, Clement Long, Henry N. Day, Professor devoted exclusively to condensed and classified Charles A. Young and the elder Seymour were statements carefully indexod and divided into sec gathered. But any college, poor in money and re tions with black-faced headings. A file of such sources, if it be true and honest, may do a great sheets would constitute a day-book of the world's work for the student if he be honest and not too history free of all extraneous matter. A man could poor.

buy the news without purchasing several rods of

exceptionally low and immigration was likewise naturally affected. These years cannot, therefore, properly be taken as a basis for comparisons. It is also true that since about the middle of March there have been detained at this port an unprecedented number of immigrants, either for special examination or for deportation, but this condition was not due to any unusual undesirability on the part of these immigrants, but solely to the strict enforcement of the latest law (of March 3, 1893), which made it the duty of the Inspectors of the Immigration Service to detain for special inquiry every im. migrant who was not clearly and beyond doubt entitled to admission. That it has been possible with a very small force of available employees to preserve order and peace to the fullest degree upon Ellis Island, although as many as 1,020 immigrants, of whom over 500 were sentenced to deportation, have been detained over night, is convincing proof at least of the fact that the Italians, who form the largest percentage of the detained, are by no means as unruly, violent, dangerous or anarchistic as they have been assumed to be by the imaginative newsgatherers of the public press.'

FORMERLY BIRDS OF PASSAGE.” Dr. Senner reminds us that of all the Latin peoples the Italians alone have developed the migratory tendency to a degree almost equal to that of the An. glo-Saxons, and that it has not been the policy of the Italian government to interfere with emigration. Heretofore for a good many years the Italian laborers have been in the habit of crossing and re. crossing the ocean, spending the busy part of the year in the United States and carrying their gains back to Italy. Certain sections of Italy have shown an especial prosperity due entirely to this fact.

But these advantages to the old country are about to cease definitely. The rigid enforcement of the Federal statutes since 1893 by the United States immigration officials has made it very hard for Italian “birds of passage' to come and go at their pleasure. Besides, quite a large proportion of those who originally came to the United States with no intention of acquiring residence found the coun. try so advantageous and congenial to them that they changed their minds, sent for their families and settled permanently within the United States, ac quiring, in time, rights of citizenship.”

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advertisements, and the cost would probably not exceed twenty-five cents a year to each subscriber. For the local news of towns, bulletin sheets, or, in inany cases, bulletin boards would be amply sufficient. Some such organization of the business of distributing news is sure to come because of its inherent economy and its manifest advantages over the infinite confusions, entanglements, and duplications of the present system.

* With the growth of co-operation advertising will no longer be a battle of rival wares, each seek ing to force itself upon the public by the size and multitude of its appeals, but will shrink to the moderate bulk required by its true function of affording information to those upon a quest. The mass of this service will also probably differentiate into a series of bulletins devoted exclusively to advertising

“ Freed from the burdens of obtaining, arranging and printing vast duplications of news and advertisements the papers will be able to devote themselves to the criticism of men and events, the enlightenment and amusement of mankind, and the molding of public opinion Papers would live then, not because they controlled the press dispatches or had a large advertising patronage, but because they said something the people wished to hear, because their editors were leaders of thought, selected by the subscribers to represent large co-operative in. terests as is now the case with the church papers and trade journals, or drawn to the work by their love of it and adopted by a wide constituency because of demonstrated power.”

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IMMIGRATION FROM ITALY. THE newspapers for several months past have counts of the great increase in immigration from Italy to the United States, on the part of young Italians desirous of escaping the chances of being forced into the war of Italy against Abyssinia. The whole subject of Italian immigration is discussed with great care and with fullness of knowledge by Dr. J. H. Senner, United States Commissioner of Immigration, in the North American Review for June. Dr. Senner informs us that the newspaper reports have been greatly exaggerated.

THE STATISTICS.

"To dispel the notion that this year's influx is unusually large, I need but refer to the facts that immigration from Italy to the United States amounted in the fiscal year 1887-88 to 47.622, in 1888-89 to 51,558, in 1889-90 to 52,003, in 1890-91 to 76,055, in 1891-92 to 61,631, in 1892-93 to 69,437, the largest part of which in each year was crowded into the-spring months.

“ It is quite true that this year's immigration from Italy exceeds that of the two preceding fiscal years, 1893-94 and 1894-95, of 42,074 and 33,902, respectively; but during that period the tide of all commerce was

The Italians are now giving up this habit of passing to and fro, and those who have had some experience of the United States are coming here for good and for all. Dr. Senner shows this to be the case by very interesting statistical data which he has gathered in the past three years. The Italian workmen already here are sending for their families, although when they first came over doubtless many of them expected to go back.

“ The statistics carefully prepared at this station reveal the astonishing fact that, of some 94,700

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