The bells of 1896 are ringing out some important questions. What is to become of McKinley's tears over hard times? Where will the G. O. P. find their crutches on which to limp away from the crash of their falling statements about the ruin wrought by the party of revenue reform? Where will the silver demagogue find breath to set his feeble cry of the conspiracy of 1873, agáinst the oncoming winds of prosperity that are setting all the milis in raotion? The following statement from the Associated Press, calis up just such questions. "The price of #14 per ton forNo. 1 X foundry pig iron in Philadelphia represents an advance of $2 per ton since the ist of February. A representative of the Thomas Iron Co. states that his company has sold its output for two months ahead and there is every prospect of good business. Most of the blast furnaces in the eastern part of Pennsylvania are now in blast and selling their iron as fast as they can produce it." Iron is one of the most important factors in American prosperity and with the rise in this industry general prosperity is guaranteed. To this statement as to output is to be added the advance in wages made to ironworkers. This: is one of the industries the democratie party was going to ruin by itsattiff tude on the tariff. But jt leems they did not, and all of "Napoleon Billy's tears will not wash out his unwarranted slander, nor so win the sympathy of the people as to blind their eyes to the facts of progress, by tears shed over the calamitous howls of the office seeking poHtician. It is claimed that sufficieht evi dence has been obtained against at least fifteen members of the Illinois legislature to warrant their arrest for boodling. It seems, that bribery ■was resorted tó not only to secure the passage of measures inimical to the public weal, but likewise to prevent the enactment of legislation demanded by the people. More or less of the legislation for the enactment of which Governor Altgeld reassembled the legislature failed, it is charged, through the influence of boodle. The governor prevented many vicious measures from becoming law by a fearless use of the veto, but was ünable to counteract the power of the corruptionists in preventing needed legislation. He is now engaged with others in forging a chain of evidence against the boodling legislators, and it is said that he is already in the possession of sufficient evidence to warrant the indictment of a number of them. It is to be hoped that he may succeed in bringing the boodlers to the rewards their nfamous betrayal of trust merits. The spread of this cancerous evil must be stayed or it will surely undermine all ourMnititutions.