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Dr. Parkhurst, to whom so much credit is...

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Dr. Parkhurst, to whom so much credit is due for the overthrow of the corruptionists in New York City at the recent election delivered himself of the following warning at the chamber of commerce dinner Tuesday evening: '■New York City is free to-day because men of all parties agreed to exclude politics from tlie coiicerted eanipftign agaiust ïammany Hall, and any tricky manipulator or political expert, of whatever complexion, vvho undertakes at this date to train victory upon political lines, to limit it by political ambitious and to prostitute it to political ends is ane xcreable traitor to our municipal interests." These are wise words, and if the new reform administration expects to accomplish a reasonable part of what its makers desire, it will do well to heed the warning. Already the political sharps and bosses are claiming the people's victory for better municipal government, as a party victory, and are preparing to bring their intluence to bear on the new mayor to force him to build upon the ruins of Tammany a republican machine as excreable as the one the people have just done to death. It is to be hoped that the victory for good government so hardly won by the people will not result in a simple change of masters, but that it will lift the metropolis out of the awful depths of infamy into which it had been plunged by Tammany. Democrats will control congress until the 4th of March next and if they are wise they will waste no valuable time in crimination or recrimination over the question of responsibility for the recent defeat, nor get in wrangling over measures which have no possible charicë ; to become law. There seems to be a disposition on the part of some members to reopen the free coinage issue, but just what is to be gained by such a course is not clear. It is well understood by everybody that such a bilí by no possible means can become law. Even should it pass congress, which is extremely doubtful, it would encounter the presidential veto. Then why waste time, disturb business interests and alarm our foreign creditors by such a course. It would be better to remove the differential tax on sugar, place iron and coal and a few other articles on the free list, and, if possible, make some progress in a reform of our monetary system which will release the treasury from the grasp of the many sharks in gold dealing centers. The Japanese government has declined the offer of mediation in the interest of peace in the East, made by the United States government. The reason given is that the success of the Japanese arms has been such as to make it necessary for China to approach Japan directly with peace ! proposals. The message is couched in the most friendly terms and assures the United States government of Japan 's déep appreciation of the friendly sentiments prompting the offer. In this connection it transpires that Secretary Gresham in all he did had the co-operation and approval of the Japanese minister at Washington and this before ionwas taken. Thus are the complaints of the opponents of the administration as to its alleged intention to interfere between China and Japanshown to be ridiculous and stupid, or malicious. It raust be evident to every fair minded person that the wish was the father of the thought in all of these complaints. In their headlines, relating to the Japanese declination of President Cleveland's offer of mediation in the oriental war, the meanness of some partisan newspapers, in placing headlines derogatory of the President, and intended to be misleading, is made manifest by a perusal of the dispatches themselves, which not only do not bear out the head lines, but actually contradict them. The Detroit Tribune is one of the papers guilty of this scurvyhound business. Over a Washington dispatch it announces the snubbing of the President and Secretary Gresham by the Japanese government, and intimates that there may be trouble when congress meets. The dispatch fails absolutely to justify anything whatever contained in the heading. This is the height of despicable journalism. After all the assertions of the republican newspapers that the entire responsibility for the conditions which made a bond issue necessary rested upon the democrats and that there never was any need for such a step under republican control, Secretary Foster declares that he had forseen the need, because of the large exports of gold, and had given the order for the preparation of the plates for the bonds on the 2oth of February, 1893 He did this, he declares, because he found the hundred million gold reserve would be encroached upon. Will the repub: Iican papers be honest enough in the face of this admission to take back their dishonest assertions to the contrary and admit that the condit.ons rendering a bond issue ncessary were made under republican rule.' And now comes one J. Edward Addicks and claims that the Delaware United States senatorship belongs to him, because he bought and paid for it. He claims to have carried the state for the republicans by the expenditure of somewhere between $80,000 and 100,000. He therefore naturally claims his reward. Such is ever the history of republican ascendancy in the American house of lords. A similar thing happened in West Virginia, and will probably result in elevating the notorious Steve Elkins to the senatorship from that state. He is begrimed with the star route frauds of 1882, but such trifles do not disqualify for holding the highest seat in the republican synagogue. Anton Gregor Rubenstein, the Russian pianist and one of the greatest figures in the world of music is dead. He was great in various lines but his fame will rest chiefly upon his ability as a pianist, Liszt alone being ranked above him. In mastery of tone, in perfection of technique and in absolute authority of style, Rubenstein will ever be a standard by which others will be judged. He was also great as a composer but is not considered so much of a genius in this field. His "Dramatic Symphony" is considered his best work. Personally he was a thorough gentleman, a man of fine sensibilities and cultivated tastes, thoroughly cosmopolitan. His death will be a shock to all, lovers of music. Hamilton county, Ohio, was carried by the republicans on the 6th of November by 22,000 majority. They considered themselves possessed of a long lease of power. Just one week later, however, the democrats carried the county for judge of the insolvency court by a majority of 3,300. Such are the exigencies of politics. A similar reverse is more than liable to occur in the nation two years henee. There are always more democrats in the country than republicans, and. when they come out of the woods whence they betook themselves on November 6th„ they will do the g. o. p. up to the queen's taste. The New Vork bankers and brokers continue to draw gold from the treasury with which to buy bonds. It lodks as though the banks intend to get about the entire amount needed for the first payment on the bonds from the treasury. If this is their scheme, the bilis of all such banks should be rejected by the secretary of the treasury. Tlie general assembly of Alábanla has renominated Senator John T. Morgan to succeed himself in the United States senate. In his speech accepting the nomination, he affirmed his allegiance to the principies of democracy, and promised to continue to favor free silver and a tariff for revenue only.


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