Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, September 13, 1916, Image 4

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    Editorial Page of "The Capital Journal"
September l:t. li'lli.
Editor and Manager,
Capital Journal Ptg. Co., Inc.
m. a 1?NFS. CHA8. II. FISHER,
President Vice-President
Sec. and Treat.
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The Maine election is over and the results, except as
to xact figures, are kn6vn. There seems to be a wide
divergence of opinion as to what, if anything, it presages.
Mr Hughes says he "is pleased and will press forwai;d
with renewed confidence." Secretary Daniels says'it is
encouraging to the democrats; a happy omen of victory
in November." The New York World says "neither party
has anything to brag about." The Sun says "it indicates
the republicans and former progressives came together
in a wave that swept over democratic hopes. The in
bune puts it "the returns indicate a decisive republican
victory " The Times concedes that Roosevelt carried
most of the progressives with him into the republican
camp." While Champ Clark briefs it into "we've had hell
licked out of us." ' ,
With due deference to the World, Sun, Times and the
big guns politically on either side, the returns do not
warrant any of the opinions expressed by any of them.
Analyzed carefully the returns show democratic gains,
and important ones. The only question is were those
gains large enough, supposing they hold through the
country generally, to carry the democrats to victory
In 1912 Mr. Wilson's vote in Maine was 51,11:.. lhe
combined vote of Taft and Roosevelt was 7t,0:'.8. The
majority over Wilson of the combined vote was 2.,92o.
The total vote was 129,637. Mr. Wilson's percentage of
the entire vote was r.9.44. Htonnn , f fu;t3
' The total vote Monday was above 148,000 and of this
vote but 59:', precincts out of (SVj had been counted. These
gave the republican senator for the long term 78,049 and
his democratic opponent G8.27:!; while for the short term
the republican senatorial candidate received .b8, and
his opponent 6G,8.52. The majority for the first was
9 770 and for the other 12,5:56. Averaging this vote be
tween the two winners gives a majority of ll.lolt each.
If the other 42 precincts averaged the same number of
voters as those counted this would increase the total vote
on senator 9,700, and this divided in the same proportion
as the balance of the vote would add 5,:W5 to tlw repub
lican vote and 4,1)65 to the democratic, increasing the
republican majority to 12,:12:?, or about 12,000 less than
the majority over Wilson. The total vote is given as
above 148,000, but as the combined vote given for the two
candidates in the 59:? precincts amounts to almost that
number it is fair to presume the 42 precincts were not in
cluded in the totals and that this will be about loS.OOO.
In 1912 Mr. Wilson received :19.44 per cent of the total
vote, but this year the democrats received 45.44 per cent.
If the Maine election indicates anything it is that the
result of the presidential election is in doubt. The
democrats have made gains no doubt, but the question is
whether these gains will offset the republican gains due
to the return to the fold of the progressive voters. One
thing that the Maine results does show conclusively is
that the republican party, in Maine at least, is not as
strong as it was in the old days before Roosevelt led his
following into a new party, since a republican majority
of 12,000 would have been regarded as an unusually slim
one in those days, since the republican majority for
president in 1904 was :Ui,807, in 1908 :H),584, and in 1912
the combined republican and progressive majority over
Wilson was 23,925. With only a paltry margin of 12,000
to go on, if President Wilson is as much stronger than his
party as most persons think he is has chances for carry
ing Maine in November are not entirely gone, although
such a thing was probably never expected by his party
' That forty gallons of booze was cleverly concealed, but
the importing of. milk from California to Oregon was
what gave the scheme away. Oregon has milk to export
and that is what made the policeman suspicious. The
mysterious part of the affair is that the policeman
tumbled to it.
The circus is a thing of the past and the opening of
school a thing of the immediate future. If this situation
was reversed' the average school boy would like it better.
The next event of state wide importance is the state
fair. It promises this year to be-the best and biggest
ever. All arrangements are complete even to that for
special trains from Portland and Eugene. With an un
usually wet season the display of vegetables will be the
finest ever seen here and that is saying much. Another
feature this year that is entirely new is that Coos and
perhaps Curry county, will have a full display, some
thing that heretofore was next to impossible on account
of the distance and roundabout way of travel.
The indications this morning are that in the Washing
ton primaries, Poindexter, progressives republican, has
beaten Humphreys, stand-patter, for the nomination for
United States senator. The returns are coming in slowly
but as between the two factions of the republicans the
progressives seem to have made a pretty clean sweep.
All is not peace across the Columbia, for it is so different
absorbing the other fellow and being absorbed.
LADD & BUSH, Bankers
Established 1SGS
Transact a General Banking Business
Safety Deposit Boxes
Wall Street is offering to bet 10 to 7 that Hughes will
beat Wilson, and the same odds that Hughes will carry
New York. Wall Street is simply a gambling den, is al
ways strongly republican because under republican
tariffs it is fostered and in the' present instance the
wish is father to the thought. It is a pretty safe course
for the balance of the country to learn what Wall Street
wants and then vote against it.
Some of the emergency board talked real sassy to the
governor and intimated rather strongly that the gov
ernor's fund of truth would last a long while because he
was so economical in its use. It was not a nice thing to
say, but then consider the provocation. The governor
had accused Senator Day, who used the naughty
language, of going over to the Oregon Journal and siding
in with it against him.
State Treasurer Kay having made arrangements with
the Ladd & Bush bank for advancing the money to carry
the flax experiment until the legislature meets the flax
growers can rest easy about their money. The state may
get shy of funds but that has never happened to Salem's
oldest bank. . ;
The sympathetic strike that threatened New York has
been 'abandoned and ithe street railway employes will
have to make their fight alone. At the same time the
news comes that the coal strike in Kansas and the south-"
west has been settled, the men winning their demands.
The coal strike in Kansas is off, the operators con
ceding the men's demands. We know nothing of the
merits of the case, but the fact is evident to all that no
coal miner ever got paid what his work and the risk he
takes, is worth.
Politics makes strange bed fellows, Pinchot has
crawled into the same bunk with the Oregonian. Bed
might be the better word but "bunk" describes the situ
ation more closely.
Tomorrow Portland lays the corner stone of its big
auditorium and also gives the Third regiment the freedom
of the city. It will be a gala day, with lots of folks there
from the valley.
The band concert season is about over and one of the
most delightful social features of the city vr ill be missed
for another six months. Don't overlook the next one, for
it is the last for the year.
Mr. Hughes will begin his second campaign tour with
an opening speech at Springfield, Illinois, September 19.
If his work shows no better results elsewhere than it did
in Maine, he is wasting both time and energy.
The primary election in Illinois today is a reminder of
old times when all kinds of tricks were resorted to along
with an occasional fist fight.
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You've doubtless encountered that terrible
gent, who'll fight at the drop of the hat,
who wanders the village, on trouble intent,
as sassy as Thomas H. Cat. He says he's
the Terror from Bittercreek Bend, who
ne'er was divorced from his goat, and he
will consider that person a friend who
treads on the tail of his coat. He bullies
the undersized people he meets, and
wrenches the invalid's nose, and chases the
cripples off most of the streets, and tramps
on the patriarch s toes. The chief of police,
when the bully's around, has duties important elsewhere;
he's pinching an orphan for beating a hound, or chasing
a hen to its lair. It may be for months and it may be for
years, men stand for this delegate bad; but finally some
one undaunted appeal's, and spreads him all over the grad.
Then people rejoice with a hearty good will, no longer
distraught and afraid ; the bully they take to the dump
on the hill, and put him to bed with a spade.
"Back to the Farm" and City High
Editor Capital Journal: Tour editor
ial in the issue of the Capital Journal
of last Wednesday on the back to the
land question 'should incite all serious
minded people to a keen interest in one
of the most difficult as well as the most
important economic problems now fac
ing the American people.
It requires years of experience to
master the intricacies of practical farm
management. The belief that nnybody
can farm is entertained by those who
have never tried to farm efficiently.
If the American people are to con
tinue to be the best fed and best clothed
people in the world something must
be done to meet the demands of the
American farmer so he will be content
to remain on the form and continue to
utilize his practical knowledge in the
production of food and other vital hum
an necessities. Hunger breeds discon
tent. A hungry people are a dangerous
A great many factors are responsible
for the movement of our fanners into
the city. Without attempting even to
name these I shall call attention to one
only which inquiry has found tif be the
most powerful cause for the tendency
to abandon farm life. It is the want
of proper facilities for the advanced
education of rural children.
Oregon has wisely provided for the
advanced education of such of her coun
try boys and girls as desire to pursue
their studies beyond the provision made
in their district schools. These may
attend any high school in the state and
the amount of their tuition, computed
on actual cost of instruction, will be
assessed against the school districts in
which thev reside and paid into the citv
school fund.
I feel our school board is making a
great mistake by trying to read into
the law something that will enable them
to charge an increased rate of tuition
sufficient to cover interest on invest
ment, deterioration of buildings and
similar items. If such additional
amount is not paid by the district the
sum can be collected from the farmer
bv suit at law.
It will not take the average farmer
long to decide how to settle these dif
ficulties. Instead of being harassed
about the amount of tuition to be paid
tor the instruction ot Ins children he
will rent a house in the citv where he
and his familv will reside thereby ob
viating the pavment of anv tuition at
all. By the end of the school venr thev
will have found city life so charming
that n tennnt will be placed in charge
of the old farm and the knowledge of
the practical farmer so laboriously ac
quired will be of no further service to
the consuming public.
Apparently some of our people are
proceeding under the assumption that
they have an innlianuble right to sup
port both of home and municipality
from profits in the traffic which comes
from the farms. If any entertain such
views they will prove not only a pleas
ant dream. A rude awakening, is even
now dawning oh their consciousness
through the prodding of the steadily in
creasing cost of our daily food. And
the end is not in sight.
The question as to whether we enn
afford to erect new school rooms to ac
commodate the increased enrollment
from the country may very properly be
answered by asking another question:
"Can we afford not to build them?"
Salem, Ore.. Sept. S. 191(1.
It might be a good idea for some of
the restaurants to provide -ear muffs for
the protection of patrons while other
patrons are eating soup.
Telling another man your troubles
doesn't relieve your troubles. It merely
adds to the other man's troubles.
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My feeling for Clifford at this time
was a queer medley of a certain kind of
love and disappointment. Yet. na 1 left
him to try on the dress so that he might
decide as to my wearing it. the love
was uppermost in spite of his unkind
ness. It is not easy to queneh entirely
the love of a young girl who has known
only one lover, her husband; especially
if that husband is also the father of her
I knew the dress was becoming and
styluh. So I pirouetted gaily before
"Yes, you'll do! " he aid after look
ing me over. "I wouldn't have be
lieved a thing would stay in style so
long. Let me see it's nearly two years
since we bought that thing. 1 remem
ber it cost a pretty penny."
A Slip.
"Yes, I know." I replied happily,
"and I tried to make you take a
cheaper one. But you wouldu't. We
were on our honeymoon, and you loved
me. ' '
The Inst sentence clipped out unin
tentionally. I was almost frightened to
death after I had said it. and stood
waitiug for Clifford to make au augry
reply. But all he said was:
"Go tnke it off, and don't be nl-
ways referring, to the past. It's bad.
form!" and he yawned. !
Much that I did at 'this time was'
"bad form'' to Clifford. I hud never
been taught to quell the natural spon
taneity of you'll, and so often said and
did filings that auuoved him exceedingly-
I went to my room, took off the dress,
and laid the other things I had intended
to show Clifford back in the drawer
without removiug their wrappings. Of
course it was foolish to be so disnppoiut
ed that he cared nothing about my hap
piness in going to the dinner, but I was
so young, so dependent on him for ev
erything in my life. Then, too, I was
unhappy that hud unintentionally dis
pleased him by having the things
charged at the store. Had I not known
that he could well afford to give me
whatever I needed. I should never have
thought of doing it. But I knew that
he had a large business, and that our
household expenses were comparatively
light, so had had no hesitation in buy
ing what I needed.
Then, too, Clifford never denied him
self anything. His clothes, his cigars,
his wines everything was of the best!
He was athletic, and his gotf and tennis
clothes were always the smartest he
could find. As far as I could see, he
never economized in any way.
"I do wish you were going with me."
I said, when I returned to the lib
rary. "You'll enjoy yourself all right," he
"I doubt it!" I replied, then I
thought of the role I had decided to
play, and added, "I shall certainly try
to ,however. "
Clifford gave me a sharp look as .1
declared my intention, but made no re
mark, and the subject of the dinner
party was not referred to by either of
us again that evening.
The Man's Privilege.
But, foolishly, I couldn't help but
ask Clifford where he was going that
he could not accompany me. As soon aa
I had voiced the question, I was sorry.
jior ne scowled at me, and returned:
"What difference does it make where
I am going, so long as I have told you
lit will be impossible for me to go with,
I "But would you like me to go out
; and not tell you where I was goingt"
x vi-iuurea.
"That's a different matter altogeth
er. And, Mildred, I don't choose to b
questioned! " He threw down his paper
and stalked from the room. Yes. stalk
ed from the room. Yes, stalked, that's
the only word that expressed his exit. I
felt sure his engagement was with L. G.,
else why should he object to telling me.
$0 I. while distressed, was glad that I
had decided to go without him; and
hoped the young man who was to take
his place would be agreeable.
(Tomorrow Mildred on Her Own.)