Page images

“I have no lamp, by which my feet are and disturbs the respectable duckponds guided, save the lamp of experience.” Fol- of their lives. lowing the Virginian, it should not be amiss For these causes of hollow head and holto turn the pages of national experience, and low chest and hollow heart, our Jingofix who have been the Jingoes of our past.

haters fear war. And, fearing war, they set The list is high and honorable. Franklin, their smug, austere, vapid faces against a Adams, Jefferson, Hancock, every soul that navy, as likely to induce war.

Folk of pubsigned the Declaration of Independence, lic sense are well aware that a big navy were Jingoes. Washington, Putnam, Sump- means a big peace. But your Jingo-hater ter, Marion, Ethan Allan, "Light Horse hasn't wit enough to grasp that truth of Harry” Lee were Jingoes. As Jingoes, Jack- state. The sight of turrets, fighting-tops, son, and later Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and twelve-inch guns alarms him

and sickens and Sheridan served and saved the country. him in his soul, that is to say, his pocketbook, Fair, good names, these-manly names, just as the sight of a drawn sword alarmed that smell of patriotism and tall courage! and made soul-sick that royal driveler,

Those feeble people-feeble in patriotism! James I. -feeble in manhood !—who are so fond of By the same token, these Jingo-haters, shouting "Jingo!” possess certain distin- who oppose a navy, are

a clamorous guishing marks. Folk wise in reading hu- unit for an increased army. They want manity will

an army to identify them

do police duty at a glance, and

about the big without waiting

cities, putting for them to

down with ball open their shrill

and bayonet mouths. There

what labor isn't, for one

strikes the thing, a callous

penny-stealhand among

ing avarice of them. What

the trusts hardening work

provoke. they have done

Had the they did with

Jingo-haters their hearts.

prevailed in They own stock

1776, we should in companies,

still be singing and live by

“God Save the stock-hydraulics

King," and and stock divi

living under dends. War

a viceroy might squeeze

instead of a the water from

president. All that stock, clip

things consid

ered and with those dividends.

one eye on a Decidedly, and

source, any man whether honor

would be justiable or dishon

fied in accepting orable, they are

the term Jingo set against war.

as a decoration. War is not only z

It is, when undangerous, but

derstood, no expensive.

more, no less, Taken at its

than just the ta mest and

name that cowleast perilous, it

ards give the is still vulgar, The Colonel says he " isn't running," but he acts as if he were



a penny from

The Real Yellow Peril

By his veto, Mr. Taft, who opposes the

Recall, did more in a moment than all its PEAKING of war, a whispered, white- friends could have done in a decade, to bring

faced tale comes up from Mexico—it is this reform to the notice of American mannot the first of its sort and there may be a kind. Also, the Recall is beginning to be purpose behind it—that secret negotiations understood; and as folk understand it, they are going on between the Madero govern- demand it. Disraeli one day said of somement and the Japanese which, should they body whom he didn't like, “He attempted culminate in the right understanding, will assassination, but committed suicide." It cataract the Japanese into Mexico by thou- would not be fair to say this of Mr. Taft. sands. The story is told upon the assụmp- None the less, in his veto efforts to kill the tion that it is the business of this country to Recall, he strengthened it and only hurt become frightened, and interfere.

himself. The Japanese are an interesting people; Why should


honest man shrink away but why should we fear them? If 200,000 of from the Recall? It merely proposes to do them were to establish themselves in Mexico, in public business what everybody does in there would be twenty reasons for feeling private business. You employ a man for a sorry for them to one for being afraid of certain work. Because of drunkenness, or them. The time to fear a Jap isn't when he dishonesty, or some other disabling reason, lands in Mexico, but when he lands in Cali- he proves himself incompetent. What is fornia or Oregon or Washington. In the your remedy? You dismiss him, you “relatter case, he becomes a peril. Not in the call” him. war, but in the peace sense.

If this right of recall, this power of disThere is a growing impression that the missal, be a good and necessary element in Japanese are more to be feared in peace than your private business, why should it not in war. Of half our population, half our find hearty introduction into your public naval strength, one-tenth our riches, and business? You elect a man to office two-thirds our virility considered as merė your office, not his office. He betrays men, the upcome, in the event of their trying you—betrays you either because he is the grim experiment of war with us, is easily weak, or is owned by robber influences, foreseen. But were we to let them settle or is personally and aggressively dishonamong us extensively, and being settled, est, or is idle, or is muddle-witted, or is bore peacefully into the foundations of our drunk. The public service--your service society, it would be a widely different busi- -suffers. Instead of getting good govness. No one could foretell the finish of that. ernment, you get bad government. But They would surely weaken us, and might he is mayor for four years, or governor one day bring us down. . More nations for two, or senator for six! Is he, with his have been peace-conquered than war-con- drunkenness, or dishonesty, or what else in quered, have fallen before the dollar than his moral or mental makeup is working to before the sword.

the general injury, to remain his full term?

Having betrayed you for one year, must How Taft Helped the Recall you permit him to continue to betray you

for two or four or six? PRESIDENT TAFT vetoed the Arizona The Recall is no longer a simple theory.

constitution because it provided for the It is working practically, as a principle of Recall. That was some time ago, but the government, in the large cities of the Pacific discussion which that veto provoked still Coast. No community adopting it has ever continues unabated.

discarded it. Communities, without it, are There was neither wisdom nor justice in taking it up. The Recall, in scores of inthe presidential action. Arizona was en- stances, has passed the stage of theory and titled to the Recall, if she wanted it. Also, become a working fact. and this is where that want of veto wisdom How is the Recall set in operation? comes in--once admitted as a state, Arizona Two-fifths of the registered voters, or could instantly write the Recall into her con- what other respectable fraction of the elecstitution, and no Congress, no White House, torate may be fixed upon, sign and file a pecould stop her. Arkansas put the Recall tition charging an elected official with whatinto her constitution only the other day. soever in the way of misconduct or moral or mental shortage renders him unfit for the managers, the Hitchcocks and the Penroses, place. Thereupon, a new election for that fear that the name of Colonel Roosevelt in Office must be held within sixty days, and a convention would provoke a Senegambian the proper officers order and arrange for stampede. The Colored Man would leave such special election.

Mr. Taft to rally 'round the Colonel. That no injustice shall be done, the officer The Colored Man doesn't like Mr. Taft. charged with illdoing is, with the others And he does like Colonel Roosevelt. Also, newly named for the place, a compulsory the Colored Man is politically more imporcandidate, and given public opportunity for tant than those who glance casually at such a successful defense. The people are his matters might at first blush think. In 1896, judges. They may remove and disgrace the Colored Man was practically a controllhim. Or they may defeat the Recall in his ing national influence. He didn't know it, favor, and retain him in office.

but he was. There is this to be noticed, and it should As how? go some ways toward calming nervous After this wise. One in every thirteen of souls like Mr. Taft. What publics possess what delegates made up the McKinley conthe Recall, and may unmake an officer as vention of 1896 was a Colored Man. Read readily as they made him, are seldom forced that convention's records. Read the subseto exercise that right. Officers hew hon- quent election returns. You will then realestly close to the line, when working within ize that the Colored Man nominated Mr. the shadow of this power of dismissal. Sup- McKinley, adopted the platform he ran on pose New York State had possessed the and later was the decisive vote-element that Recall. Would Governor Hughes have ve- carried him to victory at the polls. The toed a measure cutting railway fares to two Democrats, resenting the Colored Man in cents a mile? Could you conceive of your- Southern politics, had made a solid South. self as privately owning a township, a The situation left the Republican machinery county, a village, a city, a state, or a nation of the South in the Colored Man's hands. you would no more be wi hout the Rocall The rest followed—the convention, the canthan without a roof to your house.

didate, the platform, the election-like the

tail of a kite. If there had been no Colored The Colonel and the Colored Man, there would have been no McKinley. Man

And may not the Colored Man do in 1912

what he did sixteen years ago? HE Taft managers afraid of Mr.

-to Buckeye

[ocr errors]

running,” but he acts as if he were. The Taft hold on the Colored Man is slight. Mr.Taft's

Hanna senator in 1898 by a majority of one.
And that one was a Colored Man.

Squibs from Editorial Pages

It is hard to say who is the more ready to admit his mistakes, Mr. Taft or the Chinese Emperor. -New York Evening Post.

In Los Angeles, Good Government party made a clean sweep. There were women behind the broom. - Boston Advertiser.

New York now has all-night banks, all-night saloons, and all-night restaurants. We are informed that the churches continue to close early.--Chicago Record-Herald.

In effect, President Taft says in his message on the trust question, If you don't believe the Sherman law has teeth, just let it bite you once.Little Rock, Arkansas, Gazette.

Perhaps King Alfonso was afraid that the Infanta Eulalia might become the Elinor Glyn of Spain. Rochester Post-Express.

Mr. Wickersham's experience with ptomaines should lead to a rapprochement with Dr. Wiley. ---Springfield Republican.

The McNamaras are said to have been merely tools, and it begins to look as if they were of the two-edged variety.--Baltimore Sun.

Can it be that Mr. Taft has his eye on a certain contributing editorship that may possibly be vacant on March 4, 1913?-Cleveland Leader.

In Los Angeles 85,000 women voted, and they voted against a rigid prohibition ordinance, too. Ladies! Ladies!-- Indiana polis Star.

Los Angeles is to have an official press bureau. Gracious! Hasn't the town been getting all the publicity it wants?- Pittsburgh Gazette.

The manner in which the fickle public sometimes bestows fame makes it appear to be more or less in the nature of a call loan.-Washington Slar.

If this espionage craze keeps up the case will be very simple. All the Englishmen will be in German prisons and the Germans in English prisons, and we shall have peace.-Springfield Republican.



You will get here the newspaper editorial interpretation of the events of the day—a con-
densation of what the many editors think of the President's message, the abrogation of our
treaty with Russia, Persia's conflict with the powers, the conviction of the McNamaras, etc.

Taft at His Best and at His Worst


RESIDENT TAFT appears at

ference. While the proper prerogatives of the states his best and at his worst in the

would not be impaired, the field of better coördina

tion of enterprise with the localities where it is carmessage which seemsto the

ried on would be affected, and the peace so needful New York Press,“to proclaim to for the proper conduct of business would be assured.

Congress and the country that he The scope of inter-state law should have the support will have none of the program of Big Busi

of Federal responsibility for the security of enter

prise in the direction of its legitimacy. The proposiness to shoot the Sherman law full of holes.'

tion is too manifest for controversy, save from those After reading the mass of editorial comment whose disposition to quibble leads them to warp the upon the message, which was sent to Con- facts for the destruction of sound reasoning. Here gress, as one paper puts it, on “the install- then are two distinct proposals for the security of

business through the active functions of the general ment plan,” the conclusion is reached that

government. They both present the logical and the Press has about summed up the opinion

necessary progression toward the desired end of of the editorial writers. A majority of the placing business where only the actual offenses papers, irrespective of party, find much to committed will need to be taken account of by the

courts. commend in the message and something to condemn.

There are many editors to take exception In the first installment, Mr. Taft took up to this view of the situation. “The Demothe question of the trusts and the Sherman crats are not going to take kindly to a Fedlaw. The President recommends a Federal eral incorporation law,” says the Houston incorporation law of a voluntary character, Post. The St. Louis Republic is also condefends the plan of reorganization approved vinced that National incorporation will proby the Circuit Court in the case of the To- vide a safe harbor at Washington "for the bacco trust and the Standard Oil Company, great interests which do not find it conveniand favors suitable" constructive legislation ent to meet the legislatures and other reneeded to facilitate the squaring of great quirements of

quirements of the states."

To quote industrial enterprises to the rule of action further: laid down by the anti-trust law."

Mr. Taft, therefore, arrays himself on the side of The prevention of the growth of trusts is centralization and despotism, on the side of greed aimed at in the new legislation, and as the and monopoly, on the side of organized avarice and Baltimore American explains it, “would be

on the side of the speculative money trust.

The power that he and the others would set up a course followed simply to provide the

at the capital would be abused to a certainty. It machinery for its more detailed applica- is not in human nature to resist the temptations tion.” The recommendation for govern

that would attend its use. It would be to a large ment control through voluntary Federal

extent irresponsible and capricious, because it is

intended to a large degree to supplant laws and incorporation has stirred up the most spir

courts and popular rights. That it would soon be ited discussion. Those who agree with the employed discriminatingly and corruptly there can President find their sentiment voiced by the be no doubt. The good trust would be the one Baltimore American thus:

that contributed most to the party campaign fund

or to the party ma ties the polls. The bad This incorporation would protect business from trust would be the one that for any reason had the harassments that often accompany state inter- fallen into disfavor.


[ocr errors]
[graphic][ocr errors][subsumed][ocr errors][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][subsumed][ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

Honest business men ought to defeat this thing diplomatic service. This installment conin their own interest. Republicans and Democrats

tains recommendations that have repeatwith a spark of old-fashioned Americanism left in them ought to fight it as they would empire or

edly been called to the attention of Congress. dictatorship. It is not only a betrayal of the states.

“On the whole," says the Chicago Tribune, It is a betrayal also of the Republic. To degrade the states is to degrade the people. picture of Uncle Sam sitting pleasantly in

this chapter “presents the usual gratifying To overload the National Government is to deliver it into the hands of its enemies and ultimately to

the sunshine of prosperity while the dove break it down.

of peace fans him gently with her wings. ” Is it the aim of Big Business, as it was the similar It goes on thus: wish of an ancient tyrant, to concentrate the people's power in one body, the easier to strangle it?

Of course, we have our little irritations, like the The second chapter of the message de

Russian passport controversy. But as to this, the

President hints, if he does not promise, a satisfacvotes itself to our foreign relations and our tory adjustment. As to recent developments in the

« PreviousContinue »