Ashland tidings. (Ashland, Or.) 1876-1919, August 01, 1912, Page PAGE TWO, Image 2

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Ashland Tidings
Issned Mondays and Thnrsdays
Bert R. Grwr, - Editor and Owner
W. H. Gillis, ... CJtj Editor
Y. E. Barnes, - Husinetsg Manager
One Tear 2.00
Six Months 1.00
Three Months 50
Payable in Adrance.
Entered at the Ashland, Oregon,
Postoffice as second-class mall mat
ter. Axliland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 1, '12
The newspaper readers who see
only news columns are far from get
ting the whole news.
The advertisements are essential
ly a newspaper In themselves. No
news dispatch from Washington or
London comes so closely as the
things affecting home life that are
done In our stores day by day.
Business has its events, its crises,
its opportunities, like the bigger life
played on the national stage. When
a merchant, after a tussle with man
ufacturers and importers, gets a
block of goods at a low price that
has a high value, it is an event far
more intimately connected with home
life than most of the news that news
papers print.
When he finds out through his
own error of judgment, or because
of seasonal conditions beyond human
control, he has overstocked and must
close out to turn his goods to cash,
that too is a public event mdre im
portant to the housewife than some
far off earthquake or fire with all
its tragedy.
Discriminating buyers know very
well that there are always bargains
in every store. There are many con
ditions that compel merchants at
various times to offer goods at prices
below their worth. No human mind
can estimate just what kind of goods
the public will take to. The over
stock on certain lines often consists
of the most substantial goods, whien
did not sell because not showy
enough. Notes must be paid, and
new stock must be put in, and the
result is a profit for the wary trailer
of bargains.
Years ago the customer had to
come around and dig special values
out by her own experience. Today
the advertisement writer saves her
all that bother, and she finds in her
favorite newspaper a full directory
of special values.
Wherefore newspaper readers who
take the pains to go through the ad
vertising columns almost invariably
find things meeting their needs, to
be had at a lower price for some good
According to the voracious satire
of Dean Swift, it seems that one day
two cats, urged on by a malevolent
and violent spirit, ate each other up,
leaving nothing but their tails.
There never has been a more ex
haustive treatment of any subject,
anatomical or literary.
We may ask ourselves how it was
possible. There are physical laws
denying it. After they had eaten
each other's teeth what had either
left to eat with?" And how could
-ach be stowed in the other's stom
ach at the same time?
Nevertheless, we nfnst concede the
possibility of the event and accept
the historical accuracy of the ac
count, lint why go so far as Kil
kenny when anyone may witness like
incidents right at home?
Two women fall out and resort to
slander. Each produces to the pub
lic gaze all the frailties of the other;
their acquaintances complacently ac
cept what each one says, and In the
end both characters are annihilated.
Exeunt Kilkenny cats!
Two men go to law over some
thing. They retain counsel, enter
complaints, subpena witnesses, em
panel Juries, hear verdicts, make ap
peals, multiply costs. Adjournment
after adjournment, vexation after
vexation, business neglected, pa
tience exhausted, years wasted, and
on both sides the last dollar spent.
The cats have interlocked their
claws, clashed each other s teeth,
opened each other's jaws, and gulped
down each other's all. Extermina
tion Is more complete than that at
Yes, it is sad but true, that all
around us, in a thousand ways, dt
vlnely gifted human beings are eat
ing one another up. And not always
is so much as a caudal appendage
Since the political boss gained as
cendency in onr national life there
has been a persistent cultivation of
party loyalty sentiment. It has been
pursued with a purpose. The boss
moulded the party policies with a
view to mora firmly establishing the
special privileges he created for him
self without a thought of the general
good. In order to continue to do
that a strong ligament must be found
that would hold the party together.
The politician is wiser generally
than the rank and file of a party.
That is why he holds his political
power. He studied well the idiosyn
cracies of the race. He found that
two of the strongest human traits,
two surest to be relied upon, were
institution worship and hero wor
ship. Hero worship existed before
the institution came into use. The
institution was formed about the
hero. While the hero lived his per
sonality formed the sinue that held
the institution together. After the
hero died, however, it was seen that
the race was more likely to rally to
a later hero than to stand firm to
the traditions of the old. The poli
ticians Increased and leaders multi
plied, and with leader multiplication
a factious spirit developed, so that
the power of the hero began to wane.
The hero lived his allotted time and
died. His individual character be
came a tradition. It Is harder to
hold a people- to tradition than to a
living manipulating leader.
An institution could perpetuate it
self through the lives of many lead
ers. 1 Moreover, it could be made to
furnish vent for the ambition or
many men, thus somewhat allaying
the spirit of faction. The politicians,
for the politician has been a factor
since the organization of society, set
about to enthrone the institution in
the minds of the people, to take the
place of the hero. So the institution
was set up as the sacred thing and
the politician has since busied him
self cultivating and augmenting in
stitution worship.
Thus our parties come to us to
day, sacred political institutions,
and the rank and file are kept in line
by the bosses because party betrayal
is firmly established as the cardinal
political sin. As this sentiment grew
there was less and less of criticism
regarding party manipulation be
cause the kicker was usually ostra
cised from party favor. If a man
hoped for party preferment it was
only because of his loyalty to the or-
ganlation, and the spoils system af
forded a sure mode of rewards for
party service. As the institution
grew more corrupt it became neces
sary more and more to create new
sources of reward in order that party
service be stimulated. This has so
developed that for the past twenty
years party organization has been lit
tle less than a gigantic spoils ma
chine rewarding the faithful and de
stroylng the recalcitrant.
Thus the system of the people's
rule in theory has been Inverted Into
the rule of the bosses in practice.
For a long time thousands of clti
zens have realized that the average
person had little to say in the gov
eminent. At first this discourage
ment had only the effect of causing
political lethargy the average man
was loath to antagonize the powers
that might destroy him and he so
lost interest that he seldom attended
the polls and never his party caucus.
That left the party machinery en
tirely to the politician whose aim was
spoils, not good government. In this
situation big business found the
party organizations. As big business
could" profit most by manipulation In
legislation and administration, it
found it most profitable to control
the party machines. Party, control
was expensive, for politicians were
wedded to rewards. Great favors
were necessary to bear the poli
ticians' demands. Legislation, as
well as party control, was essential
to its accomplishment. Not only
law, but the administration and con
struction of law, were needed to In
sure special privileges that would af-
ford the expense incident to party
control. And so these great combi
nations of capital grew into monopo
lies and trusts under the protection
of the legislative and administrative
power. Practically every federal
Judge was satisfactory to the favored
interests and few national senators
were elected without their consent.
Is it wonder that the government
grew farther and farther away from
the people? '
But through It all the germ of lib
erty has been preserved. Popular
government allows such., usurpation
only bo far. When It grows too op
pressive to be longer born the people
are aroused to a realization of their
inherent power. The system where
by the government may be brought
back to the people is still Intact and
the people are now grown wise
enough to invoke its power.
The flail of party loyalty has been
j persistently used by the politician,
but as usurpation grew its sting
grew less and less effective until now
it has lost its terror to all save those
who either immediately profit by the
spoils of party victory or have hopes
of it in the near future.
So 'new alignments are being
forced. It is the interested citizen
against the self-seeking politician
backed by the privileged few. And
the citizen will win because he rep
resents eight-tenths of the total vote
of the nation. Before, the people
could take over the powers of govern
ment it was absolutely necessary
that the power of party organization
be destroyed. For those in control of
party organization were the abuseru,
and the abusers have never, yet been
known to correct their own abuse.
The primary was invented as an in
strument through which the powers
of government could be brought back
to the people. And it is proving ef
fective wherever tried. The primary
system Is a boss destroyer. . Party
organization cannot be maintained
without bosses and spoils. In states
where the primary is in action about
the only thing left of the old party
organization is a combination of of
fice-holders who want to hold their
jobs and office-seekers' who hope for
party preferment.
Party loyalty has lost its force.
Those seeking alone for Just govern
ment are not particular what politi
cal instrument is used for its accom
plishment. The system that governs
best is best. The organization, or
party, or system, that will quickest
and most effectually put the powers
of government back Into the hands
of the governed will gain the sup
port of the rank and file of all par
ties. In this new movement it may be
confidently expected that most of
those who have stood as leaders will
be slow to depart from the old or
ganizations. Men who have led un
der the old system have generally
profited by their leadership. They
hold positions of honor and emolu
ment, and they will be slow to cast
their lot with an untried movement.
Self-interest is among the strongest
sentiments in human nature. It may
be expected that most of the leadefs
will go down with the rotten raft
rather than launch out on an untried
Therefore the new movement will
be a people's movement without the
aid of those who have gained repu
tation as leaders.
The case of Governor Deneen of
Illinois is one directly in point. He
favored Roosevelt in the Chicago
convention. He witnessed the brazen
theft of that body by the bosses,
nevertheless he now stands for Taft.
Self-interest has gained the ascend
ency. He will stick to the old or
ganization because it raised him to
power, rather than follow his princi
ples into an untried movement.
Governor Deneen is highly praised
by the reactionary press for his
stand. They say he could do noth
ing less, as an honest republican.
They seem to think honesty is best
expressed by following a candidate
whose nomination was gained by
naked theft, and the organization
which brazenly violated justice.
The old party politicians will hold
this view and be backed by the reac
tionary and boss-ridden press, but
the people will take a different view
of the matter.
Old orders political are passing
away and unless human nature re
verses itself most of the old leaders
will pass away with them.
U. S. Follows Switzerland in Inclu
sion of French Drink.
In ordering the exclusion from the
United States of absinthe, the "i;reen
devil," the government is following
the lead of Switzerland, which about
a year ago decided to prohibit the
drink, and also placed the ban on
Its manufacture. The agitation in
Switzerland was widespread. The
forces that opposed the prohibition
law were also very active, hei ause
the suppression of the industry
meant a Dig loss to them.
Now the pure food and drug board,
through Secretary Wilson of th de
partment of agriculture, has issued
an edict that no more absinthe shall
be imported into this country after
October 1, and in a short tiine the
treasury will make this effective by
Issuing specific orders to all collect
ors of customs and port officials that
they shall allow no more absinthe to
be Imported after the date named by
the pure food and drug board.
Very little agitation has been heard
In Washington regarding absinthe.
American drinkers never have taken
kindly to the drug as a beverage,
and the big temperance interests
seem to have reserved their fire for
alcoholic beverages which are more
Trial in September.
Roseburg, Ore. In the circuit
court on Monday, Robert L. Mooney,
the man who took Miss Ethel Metcalf
away rrom her home in Oakland and
was arrested with her in Anuria
pleaded not guilty to an indictment
cnarging nim with obtaining money
under false pretenses from Miss Met
calf's employer, and his trial was set
for the September term of the court.
The Home Circle
Thoughts from the Editorial Pen
Home and Politics.
We are now in a great political
throe, watching every trend of na
tional issues and exultant over our
favorite champion's prospects for a
popular victory. Yet in spite of all
the various party leaders, there are
great questions to be settled by the
American people around their own
hearthstones, far more momentous
in the perpetuity of nations than the
issues which are to be settled by the
ballot. The greatness of any nation
that ever existed was due to influ
ences and circumstances of the home
and social life, rather than the great
issues settled by the council of the
nation. You may, if you please, pro
mulgate the greatest issues or prin
ciples ever advocated by man, but it
the true principles of human conduct
and Justice are judiciously inculcated
Into the minds of the youths while
under the parental Influence of the
home, then there will be less need of
political strife in the national arena.
We are living in an age of political
unrest, with the pendulum or politi
cal afrairs swinging In utter doubt.
Are we alive to the best needs or our
country? The political Held is full
and running over with candidates
now. We hardly dare to commit our
selves in one's favor lest the next
minute another candidate (who is a
personal friend) for the same office
will appeal to us, and, unless we are
careful, we will lose sight of the
principles at issue and the fitness of
persons who seek the office. In the
present campaign let us, in the inter
est of geniuine good government and
protection, study the fitness and
character of the office-seekers before
we decide which one shall be our
choice. This Is a serious proposition
of committing our sacred interest to
a few men to safeguard. The inter
est that we cheerfully entrust to rep
resentatives is the vital source of life,
liberty, and pursuit of Happiness,
should we not then, as individuals, be
extremely cautious and slow in ar
riving at who the best candidate for
office is? The man who spends, in
campaigning, as much money, or
even half as much money, as the of
fice pays, is seeking something more
than the salary attached thereto;
but seeking the oportunity to de
fraud the public. So in the home
genuine honesty and duties of a godd
citizen should be taught to our chil
dren, then wlien the responsibility
of citizenship falls upon them they
will be amply schooled In the art of
good government; then citizens will
no longer, play with politics for
amusement and to gratify their own
selfish interest, but will take the
good of all the people into considera
tion before contributing their vote to
anyone. Then, after all, a good gov
ernment that protects the interest of
all must rest entirely with the home.
Without good homes our political in
stitutions would soon crumble and
decay. Look to the source of all
things for the cause of all ills. If
there is a weakness in our form of
government, trace it back to the
home and there you will find the
cause of the trouble.
No Place Like Home.
One of our most valued exchanges
very timely remarks that the best of
us are like animals we rush into
holes for shelter. Home is such
against the hardness of the world.
Margery Bell, the Cleveland girl
who ran away, said on her return
home: "You'll never know how much
you want and need your mother, or
your brother, or your father, until
you're away rrom them."
Ah, how strong, how unerring, are
the fundamental instincts of human
nature! We can never outlive them.
The joyous child allured by the
bright flowers, the butterflies, the
rainbow, may forget and wander far.
But when the feet are bruised and
the limbs weary and the heart sore,
and it seems naught but strangeness,
it cries for home.
Men and women have a little
stronger limbs and a little stronger
hearts; they can chase the butterflies
and the rainbows a little farther, and
then they, too, like the little child,
must see the mocking folly of It all
and, weary, heartsick, cry for refuge
Fof many of us the old home-may
no longer exist except in memory.
But if in memory it is enshrined,
then, whatever the disappointments,
the deceptions, the despairs of life,
we still may turn for new hope, new
courage, and new inspirations, as
did this poor girl, back to the old
home, whe-e love glows against the
world's coldness.
Misfortune has its recompense
when it turns us back to set our lips
once more to the spring of love that
is pure and undefiled'.
Amid joys and successes our sur
roundings seem not so near to us;
they are remote in their unreality,
their glitter and abundance. And
when sorrow comes it finds us sick
with loneliness. It is then that in
the lowly home of childhood every
table and chair and picture seems to
take tongue and call and call, and
call to us. And the call comes
through the distance and through the
years like strains of deep-loved and
never-to-be-forgotten music, filled
with multitudes of sweet associations
that make the heart beat quick.
Maybe, after all, one lot in life is
not much better or worse than an
other, so far as happiness goes; but
there are some things in life that
seem very necessary to us, big and
little, great and small, and that little
corner In God's creation we call
home is one of them.
Pay the printer and the preacher.
They eat, drink and wear clothes like
other people. The printer gives you
the news about this world and the
preacher about the other one to
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Reduced Prices on Ice
Save money by purchasing coupon books. Issued for
500, 1,000, 2,000 up to 5,000 pounds.
This Is the cheapest way to buy yonr ice.
Delivery every day except Sundays.
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Great Britain and the Railroad
Fixed Canal Rates.
Awe, lad, fawncy those landlubber
Americans building the Panama ca
nal at a cost ot one-third the entire
money in the United States and then
can't operate it to any advantage to
themselves. Great joke, old top,
that we played America for a sucker
and won through our superior diplo
matic gall and pure Angle-Saxon
bluff. We assisted the great rail
roads of the United States, which
we own much watered stock in, to
fix things far in advance through the
terms of the Hay-Pauncefote treaty.
Great statesman was John Hay to
kowtow and play flunkey to the snob
bery of England while scuttling the
Panama canal years in advance of
its completion.
What a fine excuse our railroad
owned senators have to surrender
the people's rights to the railroads
of this country at the demand of the
bluffing bluster of English interests.
What a well-planned scheme, carried
out far in advance by the railroad
combines, to put a tax on traffic
through the canal and have it fixed
so "bally" old England demands it?
Has the Americali nation become
weak and helpless through our soft
headed representatives and wealthy
snobs who cater and fawn before the
sham and shadow of royalty, that we
permit John Bull to dictate our own
affairs? But what could be expected
after we loaned the power and pres
tige of the United States to them to
crush the South African republic?
The dollar diplomacy is in the inter
ests of the wealthy interests of Wall
and Lombard streets, and the Pacific
coast will not have the advantage of
free tolls through the Panama canal
for that reason and for the further
reason tnat there are no Patrick
Henrys in our much disgraced and
generally despised congress. The
Pacific coast peacefully sleeps and
foreign interference is stealing the
benefits hoped for from the building
of the greatest canal.
Awe, lad, fawncy what a bally
good joke on the landlubbering
Americans how we spiked them on
their Panama canal. N. F. Throne.
Judge Han ford Must Submit to Im
peachment Proceedings.
Washington. President Taft's re
fusal to accept the resignation of
United States Judge C. H. Hanford
unless he has conferred with the sub
committee which Investigated im
peachment charges in Seattle against
the jurist, has caused the belief here
that he plans to make Hanford's case
an example, illustrating the theory
that impeachment proceedings are as
expeditious as the recall of judges.
Several days ago President Taft
announced that he would not accept
Hanford's resignation if the sub
committee reported that the evidence
was sufficient to result in impeach
ment. In the latter event the im
peachment would go on as originally
Altmintm Wa?e
Fop two weeks only, prices cut in
hall. Everything In the line oi cook
ing utensils. See window display.
Rev-o-noe Dog Collars on Display
Always use the Sherwin-Williams Paints
IHMUMMMtM llltnm,
Car Load of Salt
Ju6t received a car of hay
i n hq
Ashland Feed Store
TEL. 214-R.
I Inuei'Enije.nt Dealer
1 286 E. Main St. phone 113
Phone 129 27 Main St.
Real Estate, Loans, Rentals,
Storage and Transfer Co.
C. F. BATES, Proprietor.
Two warehouses near Depot
Goods of all kinds stored at reasona
ble rates.
A General Transfer Business.
Wood and Rock Springs Coal
Phone 60.
Office with Wells-Fargo Express.
Attention, Wood Consumers
Sound dry red fir and yel
low pine, lG-inch block body
wood, delivered in your wood
shed in orders for not less
than 10 tiers to a place, at
$2.25 per tier.
Leave orders at office, 290
East Main fjt., or phone 168.
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