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PORTLAND, WEDNESDAY. JUNE 14. 1003.
WIIAT HAS BEEN GAINED.
The Oregonlan believes the object it
had in view -when It called attention
to the proposed sale of the Portland
Consolidated Hallway franchlfes has
been accomplished. Certainly it Is in
the way of accomplishment. That ob
ject was to apprise the people of Port
land and of Oregon that here was a
property, selling for the prodigious sum
of six millions of dollars, for which not
a dollar had been paid. From proceeds
of the sale of bonds the lines had been
built; but the right to use the streets
had been capitalized and was selling
for three times what it had cost to ere
ale the material property. Here was
"high Jlnancc," right at home exactly
a counterpart of operations that the
country has been complaining of,
through which so many colossal for
tunes have been made. The people's
own resources have beeli capitalized lor
immense sums, all over the country,
and sold out as at Portland, or held as
at other places, for perennial divi
dends. It was not the object of The
Oregonlan to "kill" this particular sale.
but. by presentation of a concrete ex
ample, to notify the people of their
rights. It believes it has succeeded. It
Could not Tiave succeeded so well, had
not the sale been effected; for the sale
has established beyond cavil the value
of this and other municipal and state
franchises, for the purposes of taxaflon.
Consequently the principal purpose of
The Oregonlan has been accomplished.
That purpose was to drive the main
facts as to these franchises, the man
ner In which .they were obtained, their
actual value, and their liability to taxa
tlon on such value. In upon the public
mind. This illustration of the subject
will now have wjde application.
For the franchises of the Portland
Consolidated, tnus sold, are by no
means the only franchises In Portland
that have a great cash value. For the
right to occupy and use the growing
streets of a city Is the basis of all the
values which these "public utility cor
poratlons" possess. Portland already
has still another street railway system.
and a third Is Just now to begin oper
atlons. And here are gas and electric
light and telephone companies, using
the streets, and more to come. "What
The Oregonlan has done has been to
bring to the fore the whole subject and
situation as to the status of these fran
chises, their value, the policy of deal
lng with them, and the public right of
taxation and control. Even in their
present state these public franchises,
now in private hands, have a cash
value of not less than ten millions of
dollars. It is proved by the one recent
sale. This valuation is to be added to
the taxable property of Portland, and
as the city grows It will be Increased
"Likewise as other cities and towns of
the state shall grow, the subject will
be of increasing local Interest to them
Should it be found Uiat the statutes
of the state are net now sufficient for
taxation of a species of property with
which the state and its cities hitherto
have had little experience, the Legisla
ture certainly will provide an adequate
remedy. The Slate of New York has
shown the way. and its act has been
upheld by the Supreme Court of the
Municipal ownership may not for a.
long time yet come to the front in Ore
gon, and may never, if the Just de
mauds- of the people are not resisted
and turned down by intermeddling of
these corporations with legislative arid
judicial powers. The Northwestern
Miller has these remarks, worth quot
ing: "The principle of municipal own
crahip is prominent only because of the
outrageous debauching of municipal
bodies by public service corporations,
The agitation for Government owner
ship of railroads Is merely a phase of
the real trouble, which Is that the pres
ent statute-book Is totally -unfitted to
deal with present conditions. The d
mand for destruction of large corpora
Uaps has little support; the real de
mand is that the corporations fiha.il only
obey the law and shall keep their lobby
ists from .the "Legislatures.'
KILLING OCR ORIENTAL TRADE.
Within the past five- months more
than sixty steamships have departed
from Pacific Coast ports for the Orient.
They have carried cargoes aggregating
more than 500,000 tons of American
products, valued at more than $30,008,
000. The flow of this golden stream has
suddenly swollen into such great pro
portions that from the Atlantic to the
Pacific and from the Lakes to the Gulf
our commercial and financial leaders
are pointing with pride to our rapidly
increasing Oriental trade. But trade
requires two parties buyers and sell
ers. And the buyers who have enabled
us to make this" tine showing arc on
the verge Of a. strike. They are threat
ening to boycott American goods and
destroy in a few months a business
which it has required years of commer
cial effort to establish. The worst feat
ure of the situation lies In the fact that
the Oriental buj-ers have a grievance
that warrants them In taking the most
drastic possible methods to remedy It.
The protest made to President Roose
velt by members of the American-
Asiatic Association Is one that demands
immediate consideration and action. It
was formulated largely by the repre
sentatives of the cotton. Iron and steel
Industries, but every stumbling-block
placed In the way of those commodities
will also hamper the movement of flour,
lumber fruit, fish and other articles
which the Pacific Coast Is now selling
to the Orient in Increasing quantities.
Chinese students, literary men, mer
chants and travelers are welcomed to
all other countries except the 'United
States. In this country they are re
pelled by severe administration of an
cient law which is so humiliating that
no eelf-respectlng Chinaman will ever
again set foot on our shores unless com
pelled to do so. An ovorzealous immi
gration department has enforced' the
exclusion laws so rigidly that large
numbers of Chinamen have been de
ported without being permitted a hear
ing. "We have denied to cultured, well-
educated Chinamen the privileges
which we have freely extended to thou
sands of low-bred, swarthy Ignoram
uses from Europe. Having been guilty
of such offenses against a friendly nar-
tion. oan we for a moment expect any
thing else but retaliation from the in
jured people? Wilt they continue to
send us millions of dollars for American
products If we continue to Insult and
deport without a hearing the innocent
Chinese who only by the straining of a
technicality can be guilty of any- of
fense against our laws? All that the
Chinese government has asked is that
the Immigration department cease
classing all Chinamen as coolies, and
that they admit all other classes of
Chinamen on a certificate given by
their own government and counter
signed by officers of our Government.
By our unfair attitude regarding the
Chinese we have stirred up an antag
onism that will cost our exporters mil
lions, unless amends are speedily made.
But trade with China is not all of
the commercial Interest we have In the
Orient, for Japan, which has come into
prominence as a world power with
greater rapidity than any other nation
that ever emerged from obscurity. Is
also a target for Insult. An organlza
tlon known as the Japanese and Corean
League has been formed In California
for the purpose of securing legislation
that will bar from our shores the "Yan
kees of the Orient" One of the prln
clpal resolutions of the platform of this
organization reads as follows:
ReeJved. That the terms i the CMtieee
exclusion act sheW tbe riarced and ex
tended so as t permanently exelttfe frem
the Vnlted States and Kf Itwtitar territories
alt claRM ef Japanefx and Ooreas ether
than these exempted by the preet terms
of that act.
It may not be possible for this
newly suggested method for killing
trade with the Orient to be molded Into
a law, but. If It ever does, the United
States will lose the trade of Japan so
suddenly that a panic will strike every
big concern now reaping large profits
In that rapidly growing trade. Not
only will our trade be cut off. but the
cocky little Japanese will hustle every
American out of their country In short
order. The question involves! is not a
political one. but it is one which must
be settled on a business basis in such
a manner that our rapidly growing
trade In the Far East will not be ham
pered and destroyed. No more Im
portant question has yet come before
the President for consideration, and
speedy action Is a necessity.
DOCTORS WHO DISAGREE.
We have been greatly interested In
the current Issue of our luminous con
temporary, the Medical Sentinel, be
cause of the broad and fearless manner"
in which it discusses many subjects -of
vital concern to the profession and to
all laymen. For example, we find a
brief but admirable article on "Pros
tatectomy," In which the Important and
Interesting announcement Is made that
"perineal prostatectomy Is of unlimited
applicability," but this satisfying dls
covery Is tempered somewhat by the
qualification that "partial supraprosta
tectomles have not on the whole proved
successful," which Is much to be re
gretted, indeed. Details are lacking,
but we confidently look forward to a
subsequent issue to supply much-desired
light as to whnt became of the
patient though we realize that It is a
somewhat unprofessional Inquiry, and
But we do get exact if superfluous
knowledge in another highly Intelligible
discussion on "Bronchoscopy for Re
moval of Collar Button From the
Lung." After fourteen months of pain
ful experience with the button on the
inside of his neck instead of the out
side, "the patient made an uneventful
recovery." Passing over a somewhat
trifling dissertation -on "The Treatment
of Epidemic Cerebro-Splnal Meningitis
"vVUh Injections (chiefly Intrasponous)
or Diphtheria Antitoxin," we come to
the real flesh and bones of the number,
which Is an address "To Our Seattle
Brethren." The controversy which re
cently arose between the Portland doe
tors and the SeAttle doctors over cer
tain funds for the entertainment of the
American Medical Association is dis
cussed in most diplomatic terms. "For
their displeasure (L e.. Seattle's), we are
genuinely sorry," remarks the Sentinel.
"Whatever has been said, however,
forms but a ripple on the surface of the
placid waters. . . . The time is not
far distant when Seattle, with its push
and progress, will want to make a bid
Itself for the annual meeting of the
A. M. A., and it will find that Its suc
cess in Its aspirations will be largely
promoted by the success and brilliancy
of the entertainment that the visltingjjnoet liberal contributor to tho fund is
doctors .will receive at the hands of
Portland." That sort of language Is
plain enough for anybody but a doc
tor to understand, so we cheerfully In
terpret it for- the benefit of the Seattle
profession. If Seattle don't help Port
land now, Portland will not help Se
attle later. We might hot be moved to
take so deep and friendly an Interest in
this little affair, but for the objurga
tions of the Sentinel on the "Philistine
press." which it accuses of having ex
tensively aired the little differences of
the medical brethren. Softly denying
the harsh impeachment, we turn the
other cheek, and de our level best to
promote a better understanding all
OREGON AND RAILROADS.
Oregon seems to have found her voice
at last. Trie report of the transporta
tion committee of the Willamette Val
ley Development League, presented at
the Independence meeting on Monday
last, is to the point While dealing with
genera! propositions, the committee Is
on solid ground. When figures are I
specified, giving earnings of the O. R.
& X. at $5,000,000. and the Blggs-Shan-
Iko, or Columbia Southern, Railroad as
paying over 20 per cent annually on its
capitalization to Mr. E. H. Harriman.
a door is opened for reply from the rail
roads In question denying the accuracy
of the statement The committee might
rejoin that 11 had made a strong effort
te secure exact and official figures, and
had been foiled and was therefore
Justified in using' the best Information
it could obtain, and that It bad guarded
Itself by specifying Its figures as esti
mates only. In passing. It may be
noted that the mystery Invariably
maintained by the big corporations as
to their earnings and profits reacts al
ready on" them, and will surely. In the
future, be an effective weapon In the
hands of the advocates of public owner
ship. The old proverbt "Whatever is
vague and mysterious Is magnified," Is
true as ever. Let note be taken also
that It Is far harder to remove a belief
formed by assertion than to prevent Its
formation by open truth-telling in ad
vance. So long as the corporations pre
serve silence and secrecy. Jut so long
will an interested public lend an ear to
every tale that Is told of their profits.
And the Legislatures of the future will
be very apt to do things based oil com
mon beliefs, even now being formed.
The firm ground of the committee Is
the unquestionable fact that railroad
construction In Oregon Is far. very far,
behind the needs of the state, the ad
vance of its population, the develop
ment of its Industries.
Except in so far as past experience
foretells future action, this calling up
of broken promises and falsified expec
tations docs no good. The immediate
question Is not what the people of Ore
gon, rightly or wrongly, demanded of
Mr. Harriman. and his great system. In
the past The history of the last few
years, since Colli? P. Huntington died,
and E. H Harriman succeeded to his
throne, and extended the bounds of his
empire, is an open book. Every move
on the great board standing for the in
terests of the Pacific Slope, past and
present so -far as Oregon is concerned,
demonstrates the fact that our wagon
m stucK in tne mire ami tnat our
prayers to Jupiter to haul It out are
Therefore, let us take stock of the
situation as it is. and see what courses
are open to be followed. First, we may
offer a Jew more prayers, a few more
statements of what Oregon has done, or
has refrained from doing, to and f6r her
railroads in the past "Peradventure
he sleepeth. let us awaken him."
Second, there may be other deities in
the railroad Olympus appeal to them.
Possibly they will give ear. Never has
there been greater Inducement and
opening for an invasion of this Oregon,
which, after all, is ours, and is neither
the domain nor the 'preserve of one
group of New York capitalists. Let us
invite and make easy the way.
Third. Mr. J. J. Hill has shown how a
great railroad can be built opened, op
erated and mad, profitable
land grants, and In the face of opposi
tion as hard as can possibly follow In
dependent "action by Oregon people.
But, it Oregon people are to do this
work, united and harmonious co-operation
will be needed. The results will
tell as much for Portland as for outside
counties first to be reached. But jeal-
ousy between Portland and the .great
country outside of It must be burled for
good and all.
Fourth, we can drift, as we have
drifted, grumble, as we have grumbled,
and. for want of action, slide back In
the race of states.
WORK FOR r,IIB TAX COMMISSION.
Questions of grave responsibility. In-
voivmg me ngnts ana amies or prop-
erty-owners. large and small, will come
before the State TaxCommlsslon. That j
body effected an organization st Salem
Monday, and will for the present hold
its meetings In this city. If the work
of this commission Is faithfully and In
telligently done, justice and equity will
In a large measure succeed Injustice
and favoritism that have so long com
pelled the relatively small property
owners and farmers to pay an undue
proportion of taxes throughout the
In wiles more Inexpert, the man with
the small home which he maintains by
his labor; the farmer, who literally
earns his bread in the sweat of his
face: the small tradesman, who pros
pers In a moderate way through serv
ing himself and practicing strict econ
omy, pay taxes upon their modest pos
sessions and equipment, while the own
ers or large utilities "manage" their
holdings and escape their Just burden
of taxation. An "evening up" in this
matter is hoped for from the labors of
the Tax Commission. Every effort will
be made by tax-dodgers of high degree
to evade processes looking to an equal
ization of the tax burden. It remains
to be seen whether the State Tax Com
mission will b'e able to match the sa
gacity of the tax-dodger In covering his
property with the alertness of the tax
regulator In uncovering it for purposes
of assessment The tax code that the
commission will prepare will be looked
for with miich interest by all classes
Every year, prior to completion of
the free swimming baths in this city,
a number of- boys lost their lives In the
river. Since these baths were complet
ed, three years ago, not a life has been
lost Boys will go in swimming wher
ever there Is Water, and. unless some
safeguards are thrown around them,
distressing fatalities will be frequent
A comparatively small sum is needed
to place the baths in good condition.
and public subscriptions are solicited.
for that tntrDOs. The fact that tfi
the father of a boy who was drowned.!
before the baths were established ought I
to be a most persuasive factor with
those whose boys are still with them
and can enjoy the pleasures of the river
without courting Its dangers.
Good, old-fashioned hospitality will
reign at. the Armory in this city next
Thursday. The statebullders men and
women will be there In force as guests
of the city; and with flowers and mu
sic, with cordial welcome and sympa
thetic greeting, with tender reminis
cence and with a renewal of old friend
ships, the long June afternoon will pass
away. At Its close a banquet will be
served, to which every pioneer who
oame to or was born in Oregon prior
to 1S39 is bidden, and each and all will
be bountifully served. "Old Settlers
day." they hall such an occasion In the
Middle West "Pioneer day" it Is
proudly and affectionately called in Ore
gon. What It means to a slowly pass
ing multitude will be attested again, as
it has been attested many times before.
by the smiling faces and appreciative
words of the grayhalred guests of the
city, as they share Its welcome and
partake of Its good ;heer.
Seattle has many active young men
who have had much to do with making
it a prosperous and growing city; but
it Is not wholly a young man's town.,
H. G. Struve, who has Just died In New
York, was long time a resident of that
city, and yet longer of the territory
and state.' He had much to do in
earlier days with territorial affairs, both
as citizen and public official. He Was
for years at the Head of Seattle's lead
ing law firm, and was widely known
through his active participation In gen
eral affairs and his prominent connec
tion with Important industrial interests.
Judge Struve was trusted by his cli
ents as few men are trusted, and his
advice, always careful and sound, was
Implicitly followed. He was a man of
much personal dignity, wide Informa
tion, exceptional Industry and simple
and straightforward character. His
work, now done, was well done.
Life has no longer any charms for
Norman Williams, murderer of Alma
Nesbllt-Wllllams. his wife. He says
so. and. though not a man of veracity,
there Is no reason to doubt him. It is
mistaken kindness If. It Is intended as
kindness that allows any considera
ble length of time to Intervene be
tween penalty and Its execution In the
case of a condemned murderer. Will
iams expressed this view when he said,
on receiving sentence, that his execu
tion had been set a week farther off
than was necessary of desirable. It Is
the play of the fisherman with his
game before he lands it. of the cat with
the- mouse before he finishes It The
motive Is different In the case of the
condemned murderer, but the effect Is
only to prolong suffering without af
fecting the final issue.
Up from the peppery Central Amer
ican land has drifted a party of Guate
malans who are formulating plans for
another revolution. The periodical di
version Is slightly delayed at this time
on account of the illness of ex-Presl-dent
Barillas, who Is desirous of at
taching the prefix which he now bears
to the title of President Calvera. The
revolutionary gentlemen from the trop
ics are making a rendezvous in San
Francisco, and. when their warm
Southern blood becomes heated to the
proper temperature, they will swoop
down on Calvera and there will be more
opera bouffe war down where the chile
con carnc and tortilla thrive. One
striking feature of these affairs is the
lack of fatalities In connection there
The Farmers Packing Company, un
dismayed by the report of Mr. Garfield.
who stated that there Was a profit of
but $1 per head for the beef trust in
handling cattle, has organized with a
capitalization of 51.500.000. and will go
I into the packing business on an ex
tenslve scale. The farmers may not be
come enormously wealthy In fighting
the trust, but they will at least discover
why dressed meat advances lit price
simultaneously with a decline in the
price of livestock. The trust managed
J to pay some very respectable-sized
I dividends on the dollar-a-head profit
which It exhibited to Mr. Garfield, and
by close attention to business the farm
ers may do equally welL
"God help them." said the Govern
ment Indian Superintendent when re
porting to Washington the fact that
the assembled country editors were be
ing fed on buffalo meat. No reason to
appeal to Divine Providence The av
erage country editor has to wrestle so
j mucn tt-llh tne wcddlnf; and such
. fha. ,,frnin mM ., v Mm
i great dainty. The country editors six
hundred of them are now on their way
to Portland, having been lured thither
by rumors about the beauties of the
Exposition and visions of Hood River
strawberries and June roses. They are
going to see such things and eat such
things as they have never before seen
The great subway in New York was
turned last Monday into a channel
through which the released floods of a
large water main rushed and surged
madly for many hours. This was a
contingency not reckoned with by the
constructors of the great tunnel. It is
one with which, as a matter of fact. It
Is practically Impossible to reckon.
There is no quicker way to kill base
ball than Jo put the sport into book
makers' hands. In the interests of the
National game, it is earnestly to be
hoped that San FrancJsco "sports."
tarred with horseraclng. may be throt
tled In their attempt to get In on the
Pacific Coast League.
Vaudeville managers of the Pacific
Coast are organizing, to prevent extor
tion by "artists" whom the public really
wish to see. Whether $25 or J250 a
week, the laborer is worthy of his hire.
The country Will do Well t6 heed G ro
ver Cleveland's latest utterance: "We
can better afford to slacken our pace
than to abandon our old. simple Amer
ican standards of honesty."
Roogevelt must be having a hard time
dodging the bouquets from London, St
Petersburg and Tokio. We cannot re
member when we had a President so
Umpire Bray., -of the Pacific Coast
League, has already achieved well
merittd unpopularity. Hfs stupidity
show that he ail not been incorrectly
If Norway and Sweden get Jhto ' a
war. on which side will the Norsk
Nightingale sing? William F. Klrk
wlll please answer.
William Allen White, in a speech to
the National Editorial Association, asks
what President Roosevelt would da If
he were editor of the Oyster Bay Tri
bune. It Js quite probable that he
would take oysters on subscription, but
would turn down lobsters, just as ho
A Call Upon Cnrncgle.
"Who Is Victor Murdockr inquires
the High and Mighty Nobs. Ltd.. who
has charge of the Carnegie hero fund.
What? Not know who Victor Murdock
is! Mr. Carnegie must have Imported
a most uncanny Scotchman to serve as
disbursing officer for his hero fund.
Victor Murdock is a Ufesaver. It boots
him nothing that he is Congresman
from the Seventh Kansas. Jerry Simp
son's old district and that he was
elected by the biggest majority ever
given a winner in that district His
fame has become worldwide at a single
bound. He made the bound himself.
At Ocean Park, Cat. a few days ago he
bounded Into the briny Pacific and
saved two young females from a wa
tery mausoleum. In a letter home the
Congressman's bright young cousin, a
vivacious Kansas maiden, thus Immor
talizes Victor Murdock. after describ
ing In detail his daring, desperate,
darling deed: "Uncle Marsh rallied
round the flag, ran to the house and
got some Thompson's rye, and In a few
minutes the two ladles were able to
walk, to their cottages. Victor's rheu
matism Is better. He lost his hat"
Perhaps here we And the secret of tha
Carnegie henchman's scorn. Of course.
he knows who Victor Murdock Is, but
he docs not propose to reward a man
who already .has been rewarded for his
brave deed by having his rheumatism
helped. But the fact remains that Mr.
Murdock lost his hat. Is he not en-
tltled to some reparation for this? Is
Victor Murdock. tho redheaded comet
from Kansas, to flare through the fiery
Armament of Washington politics un
roofed, undomed. his dazzling glow un
shaded? If so. the world will behold a
light, that never was -on sea or land,
for not Aurora, rising from her maiden
plungo In ambrosial baths of gold
hath locks to rival those of the gallant
Kansan. not the aurora borealls Itself
can hold a candle to the unhattcd head
of Victor Murdock. We plead to the
end that other Congressmen may have
a chance to shine, that the Carnegie
hero-fund custodian bestow at least
$2.30 upon the rescuer of two helpless
females for the purchase of a hat
Uncle .Robert's Essays.
No. 3 The Pipe.
Ther are many kinds of pipes. Gas
pipes, perhaps, arc the most unpopular,
because they are family connections of
.meters that run Ananias a close race
for the championship. Sewer pipes are
usually very low-down pipes, and.
therefore, not to be mentioned in po
lite society. Water pipes are the dread
of householders and the delight of
plumbers, for when they freeze up nnd , morcov6n d0Pfl not accornpl!sh the ends about cruel punishments when the sub
burst they demand 0 cents an hour for J of justice. It merely adds sin to sin. ject of a whipping post Is brought up. but
repairs and the plumber takes his own j In this generation, when so many how about the cruelty of permitting a big
time. means of discipline that are both brute to beat, abuse ahd desert a woman
But It Is not any of these
pipes that Is now under discussion.
The subject of this sketch, as the obltu
arlan would say. Is the smoke-pipe.
Smoke-pipes arc of many varieties, but
In one respect they are all alike; they
SO out If no attention is paid to them.
In this respect the pipe Is the most sen
sitive object In the universe.
Some pipes are meerschaums, while
others are mere shams. Mark Twain
once became possessed of a mere sham.
It was when he was working "as a
newspaper man. He smoked a pipe
whloh had been handed down since the
time of Ptolemies; current report ha'd
it that the pipe 'was taken Trom the ( dames, arrayed In silks and satins, who
tomb of a mummy. Perhap's this was pasSod her by with mincing step and dis
why" It was known In that particular j Gainful glance.
newspaper office as 'The Remains."! Some weeks "ago. as Mrs. W. A. Clark,
The other Journalists on the staff ' h. T(..,,rTIPrt to Rntte after an absence of
thought to play a trick upon Mark.
Twain and get rid of The Remains"
at the same time. They made up a
purse of 30 cents-r-and spent 20 cents
of It for beer and the remainder for a
Pipe. It was a pipe that presented a
respectable appearance on the surface.
Dut. it was a mere snam. iney pre
sented it to Mark Twain with a flourish
of oratory, and the recipient responded
feelingly, at the same time tossing
'The Remains" Into the back yard.
The other men were happy, but Mark
wasn't. He discovered thai his gift
was a mere sham, and the next night
they found him In the office smoking
the odoriferous "Remains," which he
had picked up out of the back yard.
A year or two ago I asked Mark
Twain If this story was true, and that
was the only time I ever saw him mad.
He gave me this characteristic defini
tion of a practical joker:
"A pradtlcal joker Is a coward; his
head is full of stewed oysters Instead
From which I gathered that the pipe
story must have been true.
When My Ship Comes In.
(With apologies to everybody.)
When my ship Monies In,
When my ship comes In.
I'll be loaded down with ducats.
I'll be lousy with the tin!
I'll be Rockefeller mingled
With Carnegie, don't you know,.
And I'll quit my dally labors;
And go out and blow and blow!
Oh. I'll blow the merry millions.
And I'll scatter scads like sin
When my ship comes In.
When. my ship comes In!
When my ship comes In.
When my ship comes In,
I'll no longer be the lobster
That i guess I've always been;
But I'll be the big leviathan.
The loud and lordly whale.
That controls the seven oceans
And ker-swats them with his tall;
ril Indorse the billion checklet
With my own end-dorsal fin
When my ship comes in.
When my ship comes In!
But alas ahd lack-a-daisy!
I'm afraid my ship has sunk
In the maddened wastes of fortune. .
Going bottom wards ker-plunk!
I'm afraid that little rowboat
That' I sent to breast the seas
Took a plunger for the bottom
When it felt the ocean sneeze;
So I guess I'd better hustle.
If I ever hope td win,
'Stead Of sitting d&wn to stagnate
Till my ship" onvs ini -
A SYMPOSIUM ON WIPE-BEAtERS
CerreseaaBt Exares Vljcsrou Oplatoas an the Whlpplaje Post
"Lay oa fce Kaeat," Saya One "No," Say Another The Unhappy
Wile's Eiperleaee llovr fiey Do in Iadlaaa.
OAK POINT. Wash.. June 13. (To the
Editor.) Anent the communication of
Bandmaster Innes In The Oregonlan of
June 9. asserting that the "whipping
post" as a means of punishment Is de
grading and disgustingly brutalizing,
allow mo to say that none but degraded,
disgusting, brutalized, brutes need have
the least apprehension, of being brought
within the pale of this salutary Influence.
Instead of the next Legislature repealing
this law let them be sure to give It fur
ther scope! Let the law Include all foot
pads and hold-up men. Let It also include
all those demoralized brutes who do not
hesitate to touch off dynamite to avenge
their real or supposed wrongs upon the
community, or upon the indlvlduat Let
the law also bring under Its ban those
lecherous brutes who live oft the earnings
of fallen women. Let It also include that
other class of moral lepers, both men and
women, who, while living vicious and de-i
moralized lives, masquerade under a thin
cloak of pretended decency. Let the wo
men of this class be put In the pillory
and send the men to the whipplrtg-pOst
Do not be alarmed about a "dark cloud
being thrown on the fair fame of the
great State of Oregon." A few Judicious
applications oT the "cat" upon the above
named gentry will do more to clear the
fair famo of the great State of Oregon
than all the mawkish, sentimental ser
mons ever preached. As to "fifteenth
century barbarism." If It requires a fif
teenth century medicine to cure a nine
teenth century ill. then let tho doctors
prescribe the fifteenth century medtcino
and purse the moral atmosphere and rid
decent seclety of the above vicious, class.
And I hope that every true man and wo
man throughout the great State of Ore
gon will lend the courts and the Legis
lature their whole moral support In this
Please do not throw this into the waste
basket as too radical for sentimental
ears. W. NEWELL.
INJURIOUS AND DISGUSTING.
This Correspondent Makes Vigorous
Protest Against Whipping.
MORO. Or.. June 13. (To-the Editor.)
In my opinion the flogging of Wife-beater
McGinty by Jailer Grafton, June 6. was as
Injurious to the people of this state as It
was disgusting. Certainly it has done any
thing but hasten In the least the cause of
decency and righteousness. McGinty him
self It has not bettered, but made
w'orse. His unhappy wife must now And
herself In a condition more distressful
than ever, and Upon the children of the
ill-mated coUple. If there be any. has .been
cast the most mortifying sort of dls-
grace and humiliation. The Judge who
appointed the punishment, the Jailer who
Inflicted It and the multitude that have
read of It In the Portland papers, all
by It have been either degraded or pain- i
fully shocked. And whatever of good the
affair may have contained as an example 1
and a warning for other wlfe-beaters. was
much more than counterbalanced by the
sorry and disgraceful spectacle of a great
state employing a form of punishment As our Iftw stands, the wife who Is beaten
which has for a century been generally I or otherwise abused has but two alterna
consldered most barbaric and outrageous. tlves either she must bear it as best sho
"This whipping." said Jailer Grafton. ' can for the sake of'the children, or she
"is going to hurt me more than you." must find some way of earning a living
The sympathetic officer might haVe said for herself and the little ones, and then
more. He might have added with perfect i ask the divorce court for relief. The only
truth that It would hurt countless others i punishment the law permits Is lmprison
ln the State of Oregon, yea, and the state ment. and this means no support while
also, even as much as himself. I the husband Is In prison.
eneciuni ana accent are at tne commana
of all civilized peoples. It Is neither ncces
sftry nor proper to tie a man's hands to a
cell door and beat his bare back with
20 stripes of wilh one. By any humane
method punish the wife-beater. Imprison
bim for a while, if you will, in the peni
tentiary, but don't fioK him. The state
cannot afford to do that. A witness of
A SWEET REVENGE IN BUTTE
From the Boston Herald.
The young wife of Senator Clark of
Montana lived not long ago In poverty
with her parents In Butte. . As Miss La
Chapclle she had friends, warm and firm:
but there were. It appears, high-born
several years. Some of .the most prom
inent women of the city, leaders of the
first circle and there ore circles in so
ciety as Dante found them In his In
ferno nrom-otlv called at Mr. Clark's
housc ..pa,atlal mansion." or "stately
resldcnce The buUer took the cards.
and while they Waited they heard a
"gentle, familiar voice" instructing the
servant to tell the callers that Mrs. Clark
was not at home. Other women were
turned down In like manner, women de
scribed by the passionate correspondent
as "stately dames, many of whom have
been leaders In Butte society for many
years." but the women who had been
friendly to Mrs. Clark In her humble
days were welcomed cordially.
There are details In the story that
ntlght require explanation. The correct
Englishman wilt smile at the thought of
a butler reviving cards at the hall door,
but too often In this country a butler
is a genteel name for a man of ail work,
who blacks boots, runs errands. looks
after the furnace fire; nnd why should
he not wait on the door If he has nothing
else to do? The visiting foreigner might
also Inquire curiously into the age of
Butte's "bist society." not knowing that
Butte was a social place from the very
start, and that leading etymologists aro
Inclined to trace the brlglrt of the phrase
"to butt in" to the ease with which
strangers entered society in Butte In the
But these details are. after all. of
slight Importance. The great lesson to be
learned by women from the entertaining
episode Is this: Treat kindly every Poor
and good-looking girl, shop girl, telephone
girl, stenographer, for at any moment
she may become the wife of a muUt-mll-llomlre
and a society queen. This or
dinary bread thrown on the waters will
return to you as pumpernickel. Tou will
be bidden to pompous feasts, you will sit
in opera boxes. yoU will be driven In
parks, esteemed and envied; nay, more,
you will be Invited to aUtotaoblle parties
In France.. England and Italy, and pre
sented at foreign courts.
What boy In a small town has not
longed for the day when, returning as a
man enormously rich and powerful, as a
pirate king or the discoverer of Solomon's
mines, he can wreak vengeance on his op
pressors school teachers. constables,
sexton and the boy that rubbed his face
tn th nnw In the wesence of his adored
i Arabella-i-and raise to a proud eminence
the playmates that stood by 7 uniy yes
terday we heard a man of 53 say. "I
have at last got to e position where I
can say what I rtally think to whom I
please." And he chuckled and he rubbed
his hands together, and he ordered an
other Scotch and soda. This speech IS
merely a variation of the old wish of the
vuvff ttft'er-do-well. who dreamed of
the years when he should have money
enodgh to sit on the tavern steps, hire
a Band and tell the neighbors what he
th&ught of them. Mrs. Clark how tastes
thelft delights. As a result the sOdal at
fosphere of Butte may be cleared.
Tuesday's affair was right when he said
that It was worse than ten hangings.
A month ago The Oregonlan observe
that the best way to bring about the repeal
of a bad law Is rigorously to enforce it
It Is my earnest hope that In order for the
very bad law against wlfe-beaters to be
repealed no further enforcement will be
necessary. JAMES H. BLACK.
KNOWS WHEREOF SHE SPEAKS
A Woman Who Has- Suffered From
a Brute Husband.
PORTLAND. June 13.-(To the Edltor.1
T tv-rmM tn ka.v a. f tv wnrHs In an-
awer to F x. ln"nes reCcnt statement
concerning the whipping post. Has Mr.
Ines ever been thrown In the company of
wlfebeaters? If he has he would S3y
there is ho punishment too severe or de
grading for one. ' There are many poor,
unfortunate wives, who. I am sure, will
agree with me.
Mr. Innes speaks of refined people pro
testing against It Do you find wife
beating amongst the refined class? It is
not very common. Somo refined peopln
do not quite understand what it really
I speak from experience. I. myself,
have had the misfortune to have a brut?
for a husband. If there had been such
a law at that time I would have been one
of the first to have him punished. I am
not a manhater. but I think there is no
punishment too great for wlfebeaters.
MRS. G. MILLER.
OREGON AS AN EXAMPLE.
Unhappy "Wife in Indiana Must
Enrn Her Own Living.
dregon has a law for punishing wlfe
beaters by whlpplnpr. and the first to feel
the smart of the last was one McGinty.
The McGinty family has been In hard
luck ever since the original went to the
bottom of the sea dressed in his best
suit of clothes, and the Oregon branch
seems to. be no exception. At any rate
the McGinty who was officially whipped
at Portland writhed and groaned as the
lash fell upon his bare back and promised
to be Rood. It is to be hoped that he will
keep his promise, and the chances are
that he will either do so or remove his
family to some such enlightened state as
Indiana, where he can beat hl3 wife at
will, safe In the assurance that she will
not have him punished, since the. only
way he could be punished would be by
imprisonment, which would deprive hs
family of his earnings, ana thus cause
' more hardship to hi wife than to him.
in accordance with our enlightened Ideas
of humanity, we feed and clothe the brute
that abuses his family, while he is In dur
ance, and leave the wire and little ones
who have suffered from his brutality to
And thus it happens that there Is so
much wife beating by brutal husband"
ahd so little complaint about it in Police
Court, while there Is a great deal of
complaint about It In the divorce court.
I ai wiiij wnen a man unacriaKes me rr
sponslbllltles of marriage and fatherhood
the law should -give him to understand
that these responsibilities are real ones,
not things to be taken up lightly and
thrown away at will. And the only way
the law can do this Is to provide adequate
physical punishment for the crimes of
wifebeating and desertion.
i JAPAN MIGRATES WESTWARD
New York Sun.
Along with the Russian ships. Admiral
Togo's torpedoes blew out of the Pacific
last Saturday an American bugbear. Ex
cept as it exists in the imagination of- the
fanatical, there Is probably no more "Jap
anese immigration problem."
Whatever the terms of peace, now that
Russia Is beaten. Corea will fall absolute
ly to Japan. Further, a big piece of Man
churia will probably yfall Under her direct
or Indirect control. The new territory
should nearly double the area of the em
pire. These new lands are thinly populat
ed, as oriental countries go. and very
rich in possibilities. Corea, for example.
Is said to have resources as great acre for
acre, as those of New York State and big
mineral bodies In addition. The adjoin
ing district of Manchuria, as the Russians
knew when they staked It OUt. Is hardly
less valuable For the next generation
Japan will be Improving, expanding, build
ing. Her contractors and her promoters
will need laborers, mechanics, farmers and
settlers. They will prefer, of course, their
own people, by virtue of both principle
That is just why Japan fought this war
to find an outlet for her surplus popula
tion, a tiny fraction of which is sifting
through San Francisco, causing the dem
agog to roar, The arrivals at the port of
San Francisco are about 300 a month.
Including both coolies and students. This
Is no great number when set alongside the
arrivals of Lithuanians, say, or POles or
Italians in the port of New York. Tfiesa
countries. With smaller populations than
Japan, are less crowded. Why haven't
there been more Japanese?
The fact Is that the coolie of Nippon
emigrates with the greatest reluctance. No
emigrant to the United States leaves more
fun behind him when he leaves home. Tho
pretty ceremonies of Japan, tle art In lit
tle things, which appeals to the poorest
and most stupid of a nation of artists, all
these things the coolie loves. He would
take a cut In wages at any time for a
chance to be near Nippon. Arid When
Corea, run by- the Japanese, becomes hot
only a new Japan, but a land of oppor
tunity, the coolie will waste little time In
making choice between that peninsula and
the United States. Japanese coolies em
ployed on western railroads and Irriga
tion works are as well paid as unskilled
It is paradoxical that the students, riot
the coolies, are the greatest present dan
ger to American labor. These ambitious
young men land In the United States at
ages ratiging from 12 to 18, and take Jobs
at any wages so long as they get a chance
to learn English and go to the public
schools. Many of them plug their way, in
this fashion, clear through the Pacific
Coast universities. Boys who wllldo all
the drudgery of housework for $6 a month
or so are a boon to the housewife: In mod
erate circumstances, but the labor leaders,
not altogether foolishly, ask, "How about
the American servant girl?"
The Japanese victory will tend to check
this stream also. The Island people are
building their own schools, colleges, tech
nical institutes. Every year there Is
smaller reason for a student, wanting a
thorough education In any line, to leave
Japan. In this war the Japanese hav
measured themselves with their occidental
teachers and found how little they have
to learn. Home education will probably
come to be ad popular ltt a few, years as
foreign education Is now.
'You propose to run this state Oil re-,
finery by convict labor?"
"Yes. l we cOuld only put tho Standard
Oil peWSplft ill jail arid make them hlp to
irun it; we'd be aarfectly satiated."