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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN. PORTLAND, APRIL" , 15, 1500."
THE FARCE OF FUSION
Defeat Certain, but Silver Par
THE LAST FAINT GASP OF POPULISM
Offloe-Seeklnir Leadership Deliver
the VartT Into the Hands of De
Bryan's visit to Oregon was Intended
to bo timely, and It was timely. It made
no votes, but It served to brace up the
flagging spirits of his followers, to cement
his hold on all silver parties, and to
remove all obstacles to a union between
them for the coming campaign. Th:re
was, of course never any real question
that tho Populists and Democrats would
fuse; but. If he had not himself graciously
come In person and pointed to his own
star In the political nmament the lustrous
fact that he is the sole sun of the fusion
urdverso might have been somewhat
dimmed. Colonel Bryan enjoys the singu
lar distinction of being looked upon as a
Democrat among Democrats, and a Pop
ulist among Populists, and even as a
Silver Republican among Silver Republi
cans. He Is the lone sultan of the fusion
harem. He has little trouble maintaining
Ills polygamous relations toward his sev
eral admirers. His only worries are the
jealousies of his happy family within It
self. The course of events in state fusion pol
itics has been along the old downward
path. At the conventions of the past
week the Democrats trafficked with the
Populists for office, and the Populists traf
ficked with the Democrats for office.
They adopted a Joint platform, and, with
a minor exception, united on Joint candi
dates. There was no question of principle
Involved in the case where they failed to
agree. It was simply a falling out over
the apportionment of the spoils. The
Populist convention was notable for the
unanimity with which the rank and file
stayed away and with which the chronic
office-hunters came. It was notable, too,
for the lukewarmness with which some
of its former active leaders, like John C.
Toung, of Baker, Frank 'Williams, of Jack
son, and "W. S. ITRen, looked upon Its
proceedings. But it had some active
spirits, like King, of Baker, and Kroner,
of Multnomah, both of whom had their
own special objects to advance. King Is
a, strategist of no small capacity. In his
mind offices were mad ro be sought, and
political parties are a convenient device
to aid In the hunting. He has variously
directed his ambitions in the past, some
times with success and other times with
out. The most conspicuous Instance of hlv
failure to land was in 1S9S, when he had
the misfortune to run against T. T. Gecr
for Governor. Now ho bobs up serenely
with a fusion nomination for Prosecuting
Attorney in tho Ninth District To reach
that coveted goal. King recently put his
residence in a wheelbarrow, and moved
on from Baker to Malhuer counties. He
was the master spirit of the aggregation of
spoils-hunters and assistant spoils-hunters
who made up the pitiful convention of CO
or TO delegates Just held In Portland.
ICroner, whose Machlavellan hand mi
united with King's,, had greater or less
Identity with the fragrant bouquet of po
litical flowers that smelted to heaven dur
ing the rennoyer city administration. He
is shrewd, active and "bold, and he had
his way which was to grease his party
and make It easy for the Democrats to
swallow It whole. John A. Jetfery, of Ma
rlon, who plucked a nomination from the
hands of an admiring constituency, was
another Influential spirit; but Jeffery was
In Inharmonious company. Professor Jory
and others of his delegation who are not
Populists fer revenue only, thought the
party was being betrayed and debauched,
and they quit and went home, convinced
that no political organization was ever
so much In need of reform as the reform
ers. Professor Jory Is an Illustrious ex
ampleof a good man gone wrong polit
ically wrong. When he stops to Teflcct
upon the sad company he has been keep
ing for a few years, perhaps he may be
moved to lead a different life.
From the spectator's' point of view, both
the Populist and Democratic gatherings
were vastly more diverting and Instructive
than the Republican. Beginning with the
Congressional convention at McMlnnvllIe
Tuesday, harmony pursued Its humdrum
and lifeless way through the State and
Congressional conventions In Portland.
That the Republicans are abundantly able
on occasion to kick up a spectacular row
lor the entertainment of all observers
was proven four and two years
ago, and they seem now content
to rest upon their well-earned laurels.
Judge O'Day "being there, the Democrats
had & scrappy time; but on the whole,
they managed to get through without
great losses. F. V. Holman led a for
lorn hope, consisting of himself and his
oratory, against the battlements of silver.
and retired In good order, having Im
planted a well-written speech on the
breastworks of the enemy.
The convention was largely compensated
for his loss by the accession of Hon. E. R
Sklpworth, of Lane County, who signal
ized his return to the fold by making a
brisk effort to capture the chairmanship
of the platform committee. Mr. Skip
worth was suspected of the taint of gold
buglsm and he was unceremoniously
turned down. The things he would have
done to that platform if he had suc
ceeded must forever remain a dark mjs
tery. locked up In his breast and Provi
dence's. As It Is it 'Is announced to a
waiting world that Mr. Sklpworth, whose
capacity for oratory Is reported to be
something enormous, has nobly and In a
touching spirit of forgiveness resolved to
take the stump this Spring and Fall for
The dominant toss of the Democrats
was Jim Townsend. 'What he said went
or, rather, what he tried to do he did, for
he said little, which goes to prove that
deeds, and not words, may count for much
even in a Democratic convention, notwith
standing the Illustrious Bryan precedent.
Mr. Townsend was for Sheridan as chair
man of the state convention; for fusion;
for Pierce and Stewart as electors, and
for Daly for Congressman; and all these
things came to pass. The Democrats
fused on substantially their own terms.
All the sold bricks In the way of nomi
nations went to the Populists. They
gave the Populists two electors, "but they
are Bryan men, so there is on this point
a distinction without -a difference- be
tween the parties. They gave up the
State Food and Dairy Commissioner, who
has not a ghost of a chance of election.
They surrendered likewise the Congres
sional nomination tn the Second District,
where the sole question Is the size of the
Republican majority, and a few District
and Senatorial nominations; and they
kept the First District Congressional can
didate. In the person of State Senator Ber
nard Daly, of Lake. Thero they think
they have a fighting chance of success.
Four years ago, the fusion candidate a
Populist, by the way came near to beat
ing Mr. Tongue. Dr. Daly Is not wholly
at one with his party on the silver ques
tion, but that fact was not prominently
brought out at the convention, else tho
result might have been afferent. The
Democrats kept the Supreme Judgeship,
too, and put up a good man. Judge Ram
sey, for the sacrifice. Because he Is a
good man and will not be elected may
possibly be the reason he was chosen
with such a charming show of unanimity
"Where were the old-line leaders of the
Democrats that the organization should
fall In the hands of the Townsend. the
Henrys and the Millers? "Where were L.
B. Cox, George Chandler. C J. Trenchant,
M. L. Pipes, F. A. Seufert, J. H. Albert,
A. Bush. "W. T. Gray, B. F. Bonham.
Benton Klllln. L. F. Grover, W. D.
Fcnton. J. "W. "Whalley and the old guard
that once guaranteed the Democracy's
respectability and led it to occasional
victory? They were all absent; but some
of them were In the Republican conven
tion. Even Pennoyer Is now only a mem
ory with the party, and the effort of men
like Fred V. Holman to make their In
fluence felt has ended In woful failure.
Either Bryan or nothing Is their motto,
their goal Is both Bryan and nothing.
To return to the Populists. Fusion has
been their ruin, and they know it. The
ultimate of fusion Is disintegration and
entire loss of party Identity and principle.
Its progress In Oregon has been Its prog
ress In every other state. In 1692, the
Populists alone cast 31 per cent of the
total vote In Oregon, or 26,565 votes. In
that year they Joined with the Democrats
on one Presidential Elector, and gave
him a small majority. It was a fatal
example, for the combined parties have
not since that time In a single Instance
been successful In the state or tn the Con
gressional districts; and this, despite a
serious schism in the Republican party
and the running of an Independent Re
publican candidate In the Second District
In 1ESG. In that year, when silver senti
ment was at Its height. It Is possible that
a. single opposition candidate might have
defeated Mr. Tongue In the First Dis
trict, and It was that belief that brought
about a combination against him In 1S3S.
That It failed by 20no votes is well re
membered. In the Second District tne
Fusion candidate was nearly 7000 votes
behind, and the Fusion candidate for Gov
ernor was defeated by more than 10,000.
Look at the vote and see what fusion has
done for the Democrats and Populists In
Oregon during the past eight years:
Rep Dem. Pop. Fus.
lKS-Pres. ... 3I.H1 28.522
If92 Pres J5.002 14.2 26.965 I5.S13
1SH Gov U.131 1.13 Zb.UM ......
1S9S-Pres 48.779 46.C2
1S9S Gov 15,101 3I,"30
With the slncle exception of ISM. when
Republican endeavor was at high tide, the
vote of that party has steadily grown.
Conditions for fusion were perfect in tho
same year, but stl'.l the apparent majority
of the combined opposition was overcome.
Ttetween 1836 and 1S9S the Republicans lost
3500 votes, and the opposition 12 000. "Why?
Because fusion does not fuse.
The real oblect of the two parties In
keeping up the farce of fusion Is, to line up
for tne tail campaign. icn m-cweve
seems to have taught them that they can
get together on Bryan when they can
on nobody and nothing else.
Judge Seneca Smith, chairman of the
state committee of the so-called Silver-Republican
party, was sorely vexed to make
up a delegation to the Bryan convention
at Kansas City. He had been asked to
name 30 delegates, and he responded by
selecting 38, the full strength, according
to his calculation, of the Silver Republican
party of Oregon. But the lltft Includes
at least eight Democrats. Francis Claruo
Is a delegate from the Third "Ward in the
the Multnomah County Democratic Con
vention, which has not concluded Its la
bors. C M. Donaldson, of Baker City,
was a delegate to the Democratic State
Convention. Dell Stuart was a Mu'.tno
mah County delegate to the state con
vention, and Is one of the Democratic
nominees for Presidential Elector. George
H. Thomas eat In the Multnomah County
Convention, and In the state convention
as a, delegate from Multnomah. Ludwig
"Wllhelm Is one of the Democratic nomi
nees for County Commissioner In Multno
mah. Richard Lee, of Astoria, Is a Dem
ocrat. E. Palmer, of Benton, and C. P.
Nelson, of Yamhill, were delegates to the
Democratic State Convention. Excluding
the eight named and assuming that the
remaining 30 are Silver Republicans, we
have 30 as the total strength of the Silver
Republican party In Oregon, and Including
Judge Seneca Smith, who appointed him
self, 21. While there Is no difference, po
litically, between a Sliver Republican and
a Bryan Democrat, yet the distinction was
made In the Democratic State Convention
Friday, and it would have been prudence
If Judge Smith had adhered to It In mak
ing up his delegation. Charles K. Henry,
of Portland, who nominated Mr. Stuart
for Presidential Elector, put him forward
as a Silver Republican. Dr. John Welch,
who has been elected a Democratic, dele
gate to Kansas City, and therefore Is qual
ified to speak for the Oregon Democracy,
as now constructed, subsequently correct
ed Mr. Henry. He declared that Mr.
Stuart Is not a Silver Republican, but a
Democrat, and that be made a clean Jump
from the Republican party Into the Demo.
cratlc party. Dr. Wslch Implied that
Stuart, while In the transition process, did
not tarry In the Silver Republican purga
tory. There is no such thing as a Silver-Republican.
The term Is an anomaly. He
who believes In tbo free coinage of silver
belongs in he DemOcraKe-Populist party.
He who favors the gold standard Is a Re-
are Democrats In principle, and, bo It said
Clarno, Donaldson. Stuart and Thomas
arts Democrats In principle, and be It said
to their credit, havo became Democrats
In fact. They are tho natural political
bed fellows of the O'Days, the Townsends,
the Pierces, the Henrys, the Mllnerc, tho
Montags, the Burkes and the Foley s- In
that camp, also, belong Bishop Barkley,
Klncald of Eugene, Cooper of McMlnn
vllIe and Seneca Smith of Portland, who
still pose as Sliver Republicans. There Is
no room for them In the Republican party
unless they accept Republican, doctrines;
they are not numerous enough to keep "up
a party organization of their own; there
Is only one place for them, and that Is In
the Democratic-Populist camp. In the po
litical upheaval that has taken place In
this country In the post four years, the
Silver Republicans have dwindled almost
to nothing, but apparently they have not
lost their capacity of making more fun
to tho square inch than any organization
In Oregon politics, except the Mlddle-ot-the-Road
Differences Between Colleasrnes In
the National Congress.
A "Washington letter makes the state
ment that the division of opinion among
colleagues In Congress was nev
er so great as It Is today.
In the state of Indiana, for ex
ample, Mr. Fairbanks and Mr. Bevcridgc,
and in tho state of Illinois Mr. CuIlomand
Mr. Mason agree on scarcely any topic,
but they are not half as bad as some of
the other Senators. In 'ew Hampshire
the Hon. "William E. Chandler has been
trying to get bis colleague. Dr. Gallln--er,
Indicted and sent to the penitentiary for
violating the statutes of the United Sates.
Mr. Frye of Maine, and Mr. Lodge of
Massachusetts are the red-hottest expan
sionists In Washington, while their col
leagues are the strongest kind of antls.
It is only recently that Senator Hoar used
a page of a popular weekly to prove that
the policy of the Administration Is wlcktd
and vicious, while Mr. Lodge took another
page to prove that It Is patriotic and
righteous. Senator McComas and Senator
"Wellington, of Maryland, do not speak as
they pass by. The relations between Mr.
Tillman and Mr. McLaurln. of South Caro
lina, are very Utile more friendly. Mr.
Cattery, of Louisiana, Is a gold-standard
anti-expansion free-trader, while Mn Mc
Enery Is a free-silver expansion-protectionist.
The two Senators from Nebraska
are about as different as fire and water,
while Messrs. Pettlgrew and Kyle, who
used to go around arm In arm, have only
an official acquaintance these days. Mr.
McBride, of Oregon, believes In a tariff
ess iiffllMA Si:js
r w , i v. "" n i o . . -r .-i - "-! i
on Puerto Rlcan products; Mr. Simon,
from that state. Is a last ditcher for free
trade. Mr. Ross, of Vermont, Is an antl
expanslonlst; Mr. Proctor would annex"
everything within reach; and so they go.
But there Is no state m the Union where
the harmony between Senators Is Illus
trated in such a beautiful manner as In
Michigan. Mr. Burrows and Mr. McMillan
always agree on everything, and If they
happened accidentally to differ they pitch
a penny to see which shall give in.
rUERTO RICAX DILL.
Senator McDrtde Justifies Ills Vote
On the Menanre.
A few days ago The Dalles Chronicle
contained the following:
Senator Simon ay the orerwrielmms' entl
ment of his people compels him to vote against
the Puerto IUcui tariff bllL Malcolm A. Moody
voted for the MIL Since then Republican con
ventions hav been held In 10 counties out of
18 la his district, and if from th one slnile
vote will go to the conireMlonsJ convention
against Mr. Moody, there la not a roan In Ore
gon knows It. The Senator had better put hts
ear to the ground again.
Referring to the above, the paper at The
Dalles publishes the following telegram to
Its editor, from Senator McBride, under
date of April 10:
I am gratified to learn that Republicans of
Eaoiern Oregon sustain the vote of an over
whelming majority of the Republican Senators
and Republican Representative In Congremi on
the civil government and revenue bill for Iuer
to Rico. I voted for the bill because It Is right.
It removes 66 per cent of tha duties now In force
and empowers the Puerto Rlcan Legislature to
substitute its own srstem of revenue for tne
temporary measure provided In the bill. I can
not believe the people of Oregon desire me to
vote against the only practicable measure of
prwent relief for the dlstreoMd people of Puer
to Rico, nor to lmpote upon thetie Impoverished
people the burdens of our own Internal revenue
and war revenue taxes Instead of the very low
tariff left In effect by the bill supported by
the Republican majority. I am not disposed to
accept the advice nor to follow the leadership
of the Democratic party either on constitutional
or economic questions.
OEORQE "W. McBRlDE.
Sloodr Expects Pnbltc "Will Approve.
The Dalles Chronicle publishes the fol
lowing telegram In Its Issue of the 12th
Washington. April 11. Tne House p&srcd the
Puerto Rlcan bill today by eight majority, nine
Republicans voting against It and three Demo
crats voting for It. I confidently expect the
public will ultimately approve the wisdom of
the measure. MALCOLM A. MOODY.
For Governor of "Waahlnston.
It Is generally conceded by the Republi
cans of the state that the nominee for
Governor will be a Seattle man. and that
gentleman we predict will be Mayor
Humes of that city. Mr. Humes Is of
Irish descent and a veteran of the Cvll
"War, having lost one of his arms In the
defense of his country's flag. He is an
orator of ability and possesses much
magnetism. Attorney Humes Is no blath
erskite or demagogue, but says what he
believes to be right. He believes tbat the
vices of the "Queen City" should le un
der police control. He uses neither In
toxicating liquors nor tobacco. Being an
Irishman. It Is not necessary to say he Is
an ardent Boer sympathizer.
Salaries of Proaecutlnff Attorneys.
If the people think It proper to cause the
District Attorney's salary of the Second
Judicial District to be reduced from J4000
per year they should make a strenuous
effort at the next legislature to have It
so reduced, for the reason that those Inter
ested In keeping the salaries of public
officers high, claim that tht Incumbent
elected to an office when the salary Is at
a certain figure has some kind of a vested
right In the salary whereby it would bo
bad faith to reduce the salary during his
term, which claim exists In Imagination,
but not In law; yet the came parties never
think It Improper to raise a public salary
to tako effect during the term-
X Proverb Rewritten.
It seems that certain members of the
Montana Legislature sold Clark a seat In
the Senate, but tbey have failed to deliver
the goods. A millionaire senatorial aspi
rant and his money are soon parted.
FORM OP ENROLLMENT WHICH MR.
Jackson County Democrats In Hot
"Water Certain of the Reformers
Denounced' as Rln--ters.
During the tour through the State of
Washington, Colonel "W. J. Bryan and
United States Senator Turner, of Spo
kane, prepared a form of enrollment for
Bryan clubs which It Is their desire to have
organized throughout the Pacific Ccast
States for the present campaign. The
form Is as fol'ows:
"We, tho undersigned citizens and voters
of the United States, believing in and
roving every sentiment expressed In the
Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution of our country, and having
an abiding faith in. and love for. our
Republic and its maintenance, deploring
the tendency toward militarism and Im
perialism as manifested by the leaders of
the Republican party of today, hereby
solemnly pledge ourselves to the princl-
SALMON FISHING ON THE COLUMBIA.
"The fish don't seem to run your way, Tom.'
pies enunciated by the Immortal Jeffer
son and advocated by "William Jennings
Bryan for the betterment of mankind,
and hereby band ourselves together for
the purpose of maintaining Inviolate the
Declaration of Independence, the financial
Independence of the Nation and the Indus
trial Independence of the citizen."
In Umatilla County, the Pendleton East
Oregonlan says that local supporters of
Mr. Bryan are planning for the organiza
tion of such a -club, and the matter will
be taken up when the delegates to the
Democratic and Populist State Conven
tions return from Portland.
IN JACKSON COUNTY.
Lively Times In Prospect for
The Democratic convention, so-called,
which met In Jacksonville Saturday last
(to choose delegates to the state conven
tion), demonstrated thoroughly .that a
few self-chosen leaders can, under the
proxy system, stifle any spirit of Democ
racy which may be left among the Demo
crats of Jackson County. ot being a
candidate for any oflice or position of
political preferment, and having only the
desire to advance the true principles of
Democracy, we shall, without fear or
favor, denounce any and all actions of a
few men to estab.lsh gang rule In the
Interest of a chosen few as against the
rank and tile of the majority of the Dem
ocrats of Jackson County.
Ten years ago the Democratic party
was the dominant party In Jackson Coun
ty by a large majority, and Its position
today has been caused, not by a .ack of
believers In those principles, but by a
policy of narrow-minded, selfish Interests
which have raid "We will rule or ruin."
It Is not because we hold any personal
animosity towards Messrs. Nell, Nlckell
or Sollss that we point to them as exam
ples of ring politics, but It Is because
the time has come when the tinsel of
generalities should be laid aside, tna cant
and hypocricy shall be burled, and plain
facts and honest expressions snaii wm
tholr place, and that the Democracy of
Jackson County may be given no more
such examples of minority by proxy
rule, as were given In the Jacksonville
convention on Saturday last.
A "proxy convention" was held at Jack
sonville on Saturday last. Mr. Charles
N'lckell seemed to be the "Joss" of tho
occasion, with Judge Nell and Mr. Soils
"shlnnln" around" as cherubs to the Joss.
J. R, Nell nnnounces that he Is the
"logical candidate" for County Jaage.
"We presume he means that he Is the logi
cal candidate of the Southern Pacific, but
of the Democratic party, never. The s.
P. knowcth Its own. and the ass Its mas
ter's crib. So It Is apparent where the
"logical" comes In.
The primaries forthe election of dele
delegates to county conven Ion at Jack
sonville on April 2S. to n.mlnt1a """
ty ticket, will be held at the usual places.
Saturday, April 21.
An Ethical Essay on the Method of
No Democrat should enter Into n com
bination to force himself In nomta atlon
for by such action he makes It plain thrt
he seeks office for personal ends not to
serve the people, or for what there is In
It. and thus drags down the banner of
Democracy and. makes of public office a
private snap, declares the Pendleton Ea.
Oregonlan. All of the P. influences
and resources of the Individual can be
properly exerted for himself under a
democracy, but when Individuals combine
to stand In and promote one another's in
terests at the expense of their fclon,
they step beyond even the broad liberties
of democracy, and become cnemlts of It.
rather than friends to it. .uemocrncy is at
tacked and destroyed In Just the proportion
that the units composing It solidify to
promote their selfish ends. The man who
believes this U his privilege Is not In good
standing In a party whose corner-stone js
Under democracy the maximum of lib
erty with the minimum of restraint Is
guaranteed to every Individual. Under this
guarantee the Individual con undertake
and carry forward anything' that advances
his Interests that does nor attack the
same right which the guarantee confers
upon his fellows. Democracy cannit be
fruitful of result If the Individual is per
ltted and encouraged to sacrifice his In
dividuality by combining his .rights with
those of another, or others, which Is the
flrat rn tawnrds formlnr clans and
classes and bringing out a solidification oil
Interests, until the Individual tines mm
self without rights of any kinds. The solid
ifying of units the making of men's Inter
ests one has a tendency to make men
alike, and so tar as this Is accomplished
all that Is best In life Is destroyed and
universal chaos comes.
It Is Not So
Great as at First Re
In the midst of the excitement at th!
Democratic convention, when the Popu
lists entered the courtroom. It was an
nounced that there were 52 of the peni
tents, and that 57 had refused to Join with
the Democrats. It has since developed
that onlr 23 Populists with 10 or 12 proxies
had followed their leader. J. M. O'Bilen. .
to the Democratic fold. It was also moved
In the Democratic convent on that tha
names of the 52 be printed at the head cf
the list of delegates of the combined con
ventions. In honor of their efforts In be
half of union of the parties, but no fu:h
New York Cbraraerclal.
printed list has yet appeared. The real
facts In the case appear to be that th:
52 mentioned were the vote cast In favor
of the resolution sent to the Populist con
vention. It was supposed by the Populists
and Democrats that these men would all
unite with the Democrats, but such ap
pears not to be the outcome. They went
home or some place else. The 57 who
voted against the resolution sent by the
Democrats', and many others who abided
by the vote of "the majority, adjourned
subject to th5 call of the chairman of the
Populist convention, and may meet again
In the near future to nominate a county
A Specimen Cnmpalcn Rrlclc
Klamath Falls Express.
The platform. If such may be Its dig
nified appellation, adopted by the Klam
ath County Republican Convention Sat
urday, rather tends to elucidate some of
the features which animate the halter
broken Republican, born with the G. O.
P. harness on and the breeching crowd
ing htm Into the collar. In 1SC many del
egates to the Republican National Con
vention, Including, no, doubt. "William
McKInley, believed In the free and un
limited coinage of silver and gold or. In
other words, blmetallsm. But when the
gold-standard platform was enunciated,
nearly all tho delegates walked right onto
It, being well broke to the harness and
too calloused for collar gall. The Klam
ath Republicans are all ready on any
platform that may be enunciated at the
National Convention, and are apparently
ready to swallow trusts or to be swal
lowed by them, ready for gold or silver,
paper or adobe currency, esthetlclsm,
asceticism, cannibalism or McKlnleylsm.
Thus they are as glorious as Jonah
ready to be swallowed by the whale (be
fore taking), or vomited up by him (after
The Fusion In Marlon.
Some of the prominent Populists who
on Monday were seriously objecting to the
way the citizens' ticket was put up, are
said to be willing to support It If the In
dorsement of the People's Tarty county
central committee can be secured. That
committee meets on April 21 at Salem.
The main objection Is raised to Flnzer
for Clerk (who Is practically placed on
the Republican ticket by the Statesman),
and Hobart for Assessor, who received
one vote for that office before the Repub
lican County Convention. It Is passible
that the Populists will demand to put
straight Populists on the ticket for one
or both of these.
Keep the Blood Cool.
St. Helens Mist
In stirring political times It Is not wise
to get overheated. A man gains nothing
for his candidate, friends or party by un
necessarily exciting the opposition In use
less gabble. It has but a tendency to make
the enemy work all the harder, and while
hurting the prospects of friends who are
aspirants to office, engenders 111 feeling
that In some Instances never wears away.
There Is more profit In calmly discussing
controversial points than by bellowing at
each other, and In Imagining that the very
life of the nation depends upon getting
the better of the other fellow In an argu
ment over political questions.
"Intercstlnnr to Know."
"Weston Leader, April 12.
It would be Interesting to know what
the Republican State Convention, In session-
at Portland today, will have to say
concerning tho Puerto Rlcan question.
"With Senator Simon, who Is right In this
Instance, on record against the bill, and
the rest of the delegation opposing It, the
convention Is left In miserable uncer
tainty. It hasn't even the alternative of
a graceful straddle.
The Defenders nf Riot and Mnrder.
The Dalles Chronicle.
The sight of the Sulzers and Lentzt
storming heavpn and earth to make politi
cal capital out of the suppression of riot,
anarchy and murder by the Democratic
Governor of Idaho Is one for gods and
men to gaze at In astonishment and
Advice of the Season.
Don't shake hands; somebody will take
you Xox a. prof eislonal afaee-seeJur.
IN THE POLITICAL ARENA
VARIETY OF NEWS ITEMS FROM
Senator McBride and Representative
Moody Expect Oregon to Ap
prove Puerto nican Bill.
Opposition to Gocbelirm In Kentucky is
understood to be an offense not admitting
The New York Times thlnk3 "a Demo
crat of brains and character", could carry
the state In November.
The long-lost Silver-Republican party ol
Oregon is found. After sitting In a Dem
ocratic convention. Judge Seneca Smith
admits that he Is It.
Senator Blackburn has ceased his
ppeec-l.-maklng In support of Gocbelkm
&.,uentiy he afraid that his title to a
s-ntor,,i ,.,, mav be ouestioned.
The Jefferson Review says the placing
of Dr. J. N. Smith on the Marion County
Republican Leglilatlve ticket Is regarded
as a hard slap at the Geer administra
tion. On the Lakes, ships worth J9.000.000 are
undec construction, an Increase over last
year of $5,509,000. Water transportation
Is keeping pace with the progress of the
A Bryan paper at Pendleton declares
that the Colonel "had an oration all
through the Northwest." The compositor's
error Is excusable. It was the same thing,
at all points.
As an unanswerable argument for fusion,
a Roseburg paper says: "It Is William
Jennings Bryan's with that every sup
porter of his In Douglas County vote the
Colonel Bryan's tour of Oregon brings
to mind the Colonel's remark after h!a de
feat In 'K that he had lost nearly every
state where he made speeches and car
ried all that he kept away from.
A Linn County paper nnnounces that It
Is "politically for principal." Candidates
who put up the principal of their promises
will have no Interest taxed to them for
running their cards In Its columns.
The Union County fusion Populist con
vention la reported by La Grande Journal
to have been "characterized by faint-heart-
ednca3 and lack of organization among the
delegates," less than half of whom at
At the Republican county convention for
"Wahkiakum County, "Wash., held latt
week, the only resolution passed by that
body was one favoring the election of
United States Senators by direct vote of
The Columbia County Republican plat
form gives nearly twice a much space to
praise of Senator McBride as to ail other
matters, and pledges the county's on
Representative to "continue to support hit
re-election to the end."
The Atlanta Constitution says Georgians
have eold their cotton at from $5 to 110
more a bale than they expected, and then
forgets to repeat any of its old arguments
showing the utter imposslblllay of an ad
vance In cotton under the gold standard.
Eugene Sklpworth. Gold Democrat of
1SS6, Is back with the Bryanltes. Chnrlcs
H. Baker; Silver Republican of 1KW, Is
back In the Republican ranks. Both sides
In Lane County are reported to be satis
fied with the swap.
A Georgia paper says the trouble In
Kentucky Is "the lawlessness of Southern
Republicans." The St. Louis Globe-Democrat
remarks that It Is a favorite device
of the Goebelltes to charge all that goes
wrong upon their victims.
Hon. II. R. Klncald's nomination for
Judge of Lane County, on the fusion tick
et, prompts a fellow newspaper man tc
predict that "the estates of decedents and
property of widows and orphans will find
a eafe guardianship at his hands."
Discussing the tour of "William J. Bryan
through "Washington, the Snnkane Out-
f burst says: "Trimmed of the foliage of
diction and flower of Imagery Mr. Bryan's
appeal I like that of Jim Corbett after
the Fltzslmmonn victory at Carson Cltj
'Give me one more chance." "
The money circulation of the country,
which was $1,509,723,200 on July 1. 1S95. had
Increased to $2,002,931,791 on March 1. 1900.
This was a gain of nearly $300.0M,COO In
three years and a half. Of this Increase
$295J50,5S4 was In gold coin and gold cer
tificates. The Republicans of Rufus have adopted
a method of Increasing their numbers
that la unique. They have organized a
Republican Club that gives dancing par
ties to Its members only, and now all the
young people are Joining regardless of
former political affiliations.
Kentucky's abominable Goebel election
law, with its entail of chaos and crime,
has received Its first shaking up In Con
gress. A statute so vicious will ultimately
draw the wrath of the Nation and have
to go. So will the Nesblt law In Mis
souri and similar measures for cheating
The Salem Journal says that "Senator
McBrlde's patent medicine testimonials
from his frlendo In the Senate are not
complete. They should have been accom
panied by pictures of the men who have
been cured, accompanied by a statement
of the illsease, sworn to before a notary
Kansas Populists have Just turned
against a member of their party because
he developed a case of gout. A Chicago
paper declares that "a case of appendi
citis In their ranks Is the only thing that
Is now necessary to complete the disgrace
of the Kansas Populists and disrupt the
Lane County unionists Instructed their
delegates for Hon. J. C. Booth for Joint
Senator tn Lane, Douglas and Josephine,
and Josephine Republicans Instructed for
Hon. R. A. Booth for the same office. The
latter was successful, but R. M. Veatch
secured the nomination at the hands of
The Tacoma News, a Democratic paper.
announces that It will support Congress
man Cuihman, a Republican, for re-election,
and will do everything In Its power
to help re-elect him. An exchange ob
serves that whether a man halls from
Tacoma or Seattle Is of far greater Impor
tance to those towns than his politic-.
This Is the view that the editor of The
Dalles Times-Mountaineer gets of mattero
In Marlon County: "The Democrats, Pop
ulists and Silver Republicans have nomi
nated a citizen's ticket, and It has alrciulj
developed such strength that even the Sa
lem Statesman, one of the most radical
Republican papers In the state. Indorse
some of the nominees."
The Director of the Census notifies Con
gressmen that he wanta 1500 women this
year to operate tabulating machine?. He
says they do far better work than the
men. Republican Representatives are to
be allowed to name six and other Repre
sentatives three each for the work. This,
however, does not content Congrersmcn,
who retort that women have no votes,
and that this Is a campaign year.
Arthur Hodges, who has been nominated
by the Republicans of Crook County for
County Clerk. U the present incumbent
He has been a life-long Democrat, though
he wandered away from the fold two
years ago and ran for County Clerk on
an Independent Gold Democratic ticket.
The Republicans of Crook evidently expect
him to add strength to the ticket.
The Eugene Register makes this reply
to an esteemed contemporary: "The Guard
calls us an ex-Popullst. "We don't care.
"We are prouder of the 32 of 34 years we
have lived as a Republican than if we
had a thousand years of Populism to our
credit. And our four years of Republican
ism under the McKInley Administration
Is better and more satisfactory than all
other years of our life, politically, com
bined." Mr. Cleveland has Just remarked that
he detests Jingoism, yet has "as great a
disgust for the nam"by-pamby dwarfs who
are afraid to face the Hon of war when
that war Is Just." Mr. Cleveland bearded
England an the Venezuela Question and
his own party on nearly everythlig. His
militant qualities are no: d sputed by his
brother Democrats, even if he did hire a
substitute In the Civil "War.
A paper at The Dallcr learns that "tens
of campaign literature are stacked up In
the Democratic hcadquartcro at Portland.
The literature consists of extracts from
the Congressional Record, and treats upon
Imperialism usually. It Is mailed under
the frank of Senator Jones. Copies of the
registration booVn arc on tile at the head
quarters, and every man who has regis
tered Is sent a few samples of 'antl' docu
ments. Another 'campaign of education'
The delegates to the Baker County Dem
ocratic convention were furnished a neat
and unique badge by the citizens of Sump
ter. Its subject was the meeting of tha
Palmetto and the Pine. The design con
sisted of a rooette made of palmetto leaf.
In the center was a pa'ntlng of Fort Sum
ter, S. C, In a frame of braided palmetto.
Pending from the rcsette were two stream
ers of the same leaf, on one of which was
written "Fcrt Surcptrr. S. C, 1SS1." and
on the other. "Sumpter, Oregon. Apr 1 7th,
1900." "Worked Into the fringe of thi
rosette was a spray of needle-? from the
native pine. Many of these were- distrib
uted to cutslde visitors not delegates, acd
one sent to The Orcjronlan.
A correspondent of The Dalles Tmes
Mountalnc er writes as followo from South
ern Oregon: "In Jackson County the Mld-dle-of-the-Road
Popullets have combined
with Republicans on their local ticket for
the purpose of defeating the Democrat.
Owing to this and to the fact that there
Is a split la the Democrat'e ranl-s in that
county, Jnektxm will go Republican In
June. This, however, nil! have no ef
fect on the November election, for the
Jackson County Democrats are united oa
Bryan, and will give him 10 majority in
the Fall election. In Douglas County the
Democrats are well organized, and the
Populists are co-operating with them, so
the prospects are very favorable for suc
"A MECCA FOR GRAFTERS."
Levi 'Ankeny Is Lrnrnlnir Thnt Cnl
nmny Is the Price of E:iilnrnr-.
"Walla "Walla Argus.
"Walla "Walla has become a Mecca for
hungry political grafters from all over
the state. Nearly every day thr'e or
four men arrive In the c ty to Interview
Levi Ankeny. who Is now supposed to bt
In control of the party machinery in ;h a
state. Therc fellow are all after ell t.i
grease the machinery In their ieap:c Ive
Before the late Republican primnrie-3
throughout the state there was a greit
rush of county chairmen to "Wal a
"Walla to get the mun.tlons of
war. Among these were Scott S wetland,
of Vancouver; Schofleld, of Ch hil s
County, and the chairman of the VH;.
man County central committee. They all
got what they wanted, and from the re
sults there Is no doubt they pjt it to
good use In working up a "spontaneous"
If thi? rush for oil keep? up till 19 3.
when Senator Turner's successor s to bo
elected, the aggregate cot of running the
machine will almost equal th figure!
set by Clark, In Montana, and perhar3
with the same result.
Hon. J. 31. Chnrcli.
J. M. Church, of La Grande, who Is the
Republican nominee for Joint Senator of
tTrtion ard Wallowa Counties, receives th's
high praise from the Journal, of his homo
For almost a third of a century Mr.
Church has been a part of the l-.dustrlal
development of this section. In that time
he has been miner, merchant and banker,
and has accumulated some wealth, but
not, once In all this time has he been
rightly accused of dishonor or disloyalty
to his friends. More than one man In the
county has he carried ti buslmss suc
cess, nnd none has he ever oppressed. Hit
business ard political method; have al
ways been direct, fair and open.
As a polltlcnl leader Mr. Church d:
serves great credit. To him more than to
any other, with the possible exception of
his friend and co-worker. Mr. M. Baker,
belongs the credit of having held thli
county foi the Republicans, and, not only
for the Republicans, but for the best ele
ment of a divided party. Unlike some of
his political enemies, he has not bt-en a
Republican for revenue. In all the years
of this political activity he has never be
fore permitted his name to come before a
convention. On tills cccaflon he has ap
peared, not through the so.lcltatlons of
thero two home counties alone, but of the
whole state, throughout which he has a
A Cnncus Nominee Drfrntcil.
Klamath Falls Expreys.
It Is seldom that any political conven
tion commlU so dishonorable nn action as
that perpetrated by the Republican con
ventlon of Klamath County last Saturdaj.
An honorable man was betraed nnd right
fully embittered With his fellow partisans.
At the caucus Saturday morning. Captain
J. "W. Siemens received 23 vot-s and A.
Kershner 13 for S.ierllf. Tne fornur hav
lnr received a majority, was the caucus
nominee, and by every code of honor
snould have b:en the convention nominee.
However, before 2 o'clock that a'lernooa
the "Job" was done, and to the dishonor
of the convention Mr. S.err.ms was .acri
ficed, receiving but 19 votes as against Mr.
Kcnhner'.! 22. We have no dislre to c.ut
any aspersion upon the gentleman nomin
ated, or the majority of the delegates, but
a grievlous wrong was done to Mr. Sie
mens, wlio without solicitation on nls part
was the avowed favorite, candidate of the
Mnltnoninh's InSloriViiicnt of Simon.
The Dalles Chronicle.
The compliment to Mr. Simon's "ability
and energy" Is deserved. But what i
meant by Indorsing the Senator's "official
career" and pointing with pride to liu.
"courage" If It does not refer to the most
Important act of his "official career ' h.s
desertion of the party that made him all
he Is politically and going over to the
free-trade Democracy? It doubUwe takes
"courage" of a certain kind ta do a thing
like that. But if this is the Import of the
resolution, then Multnomah Kepu3.icans.
In order to honor a man who ha. done
more to corrupt the Republi an po.ttlcs
of this state than any other man living or
dead. In order to honor h'm. tb.t is to say,
for taking hi? stand with fret-;rade De
mocracy, are willing to slap tn kr.e faco
the three other members of tn Oregon
delegation, who had, each of thm, a far
higher tjpe of courage, tho murage to
do right as God gave hlra to see ne right.
Judicial l'osKloun In WnMiliiKt"'"-
It Is reported that Judge A. L. Miller, of
Clark, Cowlitz. Skamania and Klickitat
Counties, will be a candidate for the Re
publican nomination for Supreme Ju Ige
this Fall, to succeed Judge Gordon, who
has declined to accept tne office again.
Attorney W. B. Presby. for four j ears
past chairman of the Republican Central
Committee, will be presented bj the dele
gates from this county cs their candidate
for the Judgeship of tnls district at pre -ent
so ably filled by Judge Miller As this
gentleman Is now a candidate for Supreme
Judge, It Is expected he will put forth
his best efforts In behalf of KUck tat'6
AVnnts to Drop Silver Issue.
St- Helens' News (Dcm.).
"Why shouldn't the Democrats be con
tent with a simple affirmation cf the Chi
cago platform without lajing any partic
ular stress on silver! If they do this, u
Is certain that they will win this FaU.
If they do anything' else, the situation will
bo far more doubtful. Democracy was
never more needed In the White House
and at the Capitol than now. Why expose
the country to tho danger of furtf-cr Im
perialistic and monopolistic rule by taking
any avoidable chances?
Why nml Whcrcforer
Linn County Democrats nnd Populists
want another trial with a Populist Coun
ty Judge, but we notice that they did not
re-nominate Judge R&rtcn,
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