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THE MORNING ASTORIAN, FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1904.
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THE INCONSISTENCY OP THE THING.
The ladies of the Woman's Christian Temperance
Union have determined to use their efforts to stop
a prize fight scheduled to be held in this city on Sat
urday night The ladies feel that the fight will be
a disgrace to the city, and that it will have a demoral
izing effect, as all such events have. They are op
posed to this, sort of amusement on customary
grounds, which we need not here enumerate. They
purpose circulating a remonstrance against the fistic
encounter and, upon securing a large number of sig
natures, submitting the remonstrance to the chief of
police, with the request that he take steps to stop the
The Astorian is not favorably inclined toward the
alleged art of prize fighting. It is not so much op
posed to it because of any particular brutality which
prize fighters display in the ring, but it believes that
prize fighting is a mighty poor way for one to make
a living, and after all that's as much as there is to
this life. The much denounced brutal feature of the
game is a small consideration, as all know whc evince
interest in fistic events. "While prize fighting has a
demoralizing tendency, it is not a circumstance, in
this particular, to either the liquor traffic or card
playing. At that, however, it is something without
which we could just as well get along. There is a very
considerable element which is arrayed against the
sport, and on the other hand there is a very large
element which believes that it should be permitted
to attend prize fights if it feels so disposed. The
best solution of the problem, 'generally speaking, yet
found is for the opposed to stay away from such
events, and for those who manifest interest to attend.
As a rule, people will do as they see fit in such mat
ters. " It is plain, however, that this crusade of the ladies
of the W. C. T. U. constitutes an inconsistency.
We know they are actuated by a desire to elevate the
moral tone of the community, and we know they are
sincere in their opposition to the coming fight; we
understand thoroughly the object which they seek
to accomplish. But they forget that Astoria is a
wide-open community. This city depends upon what
is commonly known as "vice" for the bulk of its
revenues. - Cut off this source of revenue and our
taxes would treble. , We accept annually about $18,-
U00 irom the saloon keepers an amount which just
about equals out total receipts from legitimate tax
ationand we receive another $10,000 a year from
the gamblers. The slot machine owners and operat
ors contribute another $2500, a grand total of $30,
000, or about two-thirds of our total revenues.
Now, if we find it essential to cater to this class of
people for our revenues, we should not undertake to
prevent any side issue such as a prize fight. It is ad
mittedly poor policy for a city to become the rendez
vous of prize fighters, but it is far worse for a city
to depend upon the so-called vicious element for itsf,
revenues. If we are willing to take the money of
this class, we can not consistently make war on its
diversions, especially when those diversions are far
less contaminating than the evils from which we de
rive the bulk of our municipal funds.
It is lamentable that such conditions should exist,
but we are not facing theories. A wide-open com
munityand Astoria is nothing less must follow
wide-open policies; a city which permits gambling
whenever and wherever the gambler will pay $25
monthly into the city treasury must not frown at
prize fights; a city which has a saloon for every 275
people must expect to put up with such attractions
as fistic events. We might just as well be honest
with ourselves in these matters, for opposition to
prize fighting is, in Astoria, largely waste of effort.
We can not consistentil declare against prize fight
ing while openly encouraging and countenancing
other forms of vice of far more demoralizing ten
dencies. In view of the conditions existing here, it would
seem the W. C. T. U. ought to devote its attention to
other matters of greater civic importance. We com'
mend to the consideration of its members the work
of the Woman's Club. This latter organization is
seeking to better the city and has accomplished much
already. Presumably its members are aware of the
lamentable customs in vogue here; but they know
they can do more good by striving for civic improve
ment than by continually denouncing those forms
of vie which we have mutually agreed to tolerate .
The W. C. T. U., for instance, might make it its busi
ness to get closer to the parents of such bad boys
as are now in the county jail for youthful depreda
tions. If it would employ its energy iu that direction
much benefit might ensue. There is work to be done
along this line, and with much better prospect of
permanent success. .
So long as the city of Astoria tolerates indeed,
depends upon other forms of vice, just so long will
it be inconsistent for us to attempt to prohibit prize
The Russian fleet in and about the Red sea is sur
prisingly active for a fleet that k there only on suff
erance, say s the N. Y. Tribune. It wan compelled to
leave the neutral port of Djibutil and to turn toward
home, having received just enough coal to carry it
to the nearest home port. But now it appears to be
cruising around the lied sea, trying to intercept mip
ply ships on their way to Japan. Of course it has the
right to do so, but the question inevitably arises,
where is it making its base of supplies, and where will
it get more coal when it has used up the supply which
was to carry it home! As matters have turned out
the Japanese may now be wishing they had let the
Nishin and Kasuga remain in those waters to deal
with precisely such a situation a sthis one. Now.
if presently the Japanese, having cleared east Asia
waters of Russian ships, should send some of their
swift fighting machines around into the Red sea, or
even the Mediterranean, or indeed into the Baltic
itself, there would be occasion to sing with the Japs
of the lyric stage, "Here's a pretty how d'ye do!"
Our estimable friend the Oregonian is again out
with a denunciation of the knockers of "Astoria,
Tacoma and Seattle.'.' These knockers are said to
have defamed the Columbia river by ventilating the
fact that the transport Dix lost 12 days at the mouth
of the Columbia. We'd like to know who started this
thing Astoria or Portland. The Oregonian almost
daily lambasted the bar while the Dix was detained
here, with the intention of making it appear that
the bar and not the inland waterway was responsi
ble for the delay. It now holds up the run of the
Buford as proof of its assertion that the river chan
nel will accomodate large vessels. It will be observed
that the Buford was not detained at Astoria, but
had she been 30 hours on the trip down, as was the
case with the Dix, she might have missed a good bar
and have been compelled to remain here for some
weeks. The river is not one whit better than the bar
and that's all the alleged knockers have ever said
of it. The Oregonian may set up the cry, "Stop
thief !" but it will deceive no one.
When a woman whose husband has lost his money
playing "21" at Ericksou's, a Portland resort, de
manded return of the sum, the sympathy of most
people went out to her, and nearly every one was
happy to learn that she had been paid over the
amount, which she herself had earned. But there
will be little sympathy for the woman who undertook
to administer a thrashing to Peter Grant because of
his failure to immediately separate himself from a
sum of money said to have been lost bythe woman's
husband at the Portland Club. It would seem that
enterprising females have devised a new system of
getting funds when in need, and the plan will not
prove popular. Husbands who gamble away their
earnings should readily be restrained by wives vig
orous enough to beat up gambling men. This second
Portland case is a decidedly poor imitation of the
real thing transpiring at the time the first case came
to public notice.
So far as the neutrality of our government in the
Russo-Japanese war is concerned, the pro-Russian
element need have little fear. Our government will
maintain neutrality just as long as its interests are
not made to suffer. In the meantime, its moral sup
port is with the Japanese, who are waging the war at
civilization a cause which we are bound to en
' The Oregonian and Salem Statesman are devoting
space to publication of events that transpired 50
years ago. . This sort of stuff will doubtless prove at
tractive to those persons who are not especially in
terested in the news.
We trust the New York Commercial will succeed
in convincing its readers that it is not kindly dis
posed toward Mr. Fritz Ileinze, of Montana.
By her note to the powers Russia claims to have
gained a diplomatic victory. Such victories do not
count much in war times, however. ' '
The sea wall will make Astoria a great city. En.
courage the committee of ten with a prompt response
to its letter. '
Mr. Bryan has failed to betray any new idea in
anything he has said since his return from Europe. ,
The Japanese are in excellent condition to nego
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