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A great many persons would be glad to be...

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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A great many persons would be glad to be gnilty of conduct unbecoming au officer and a gentleman, if it wonldVelieve them from workand not iiiterfere with their pay. - Detroit Tribnue. Caucuses and conventious are deviccs for robbiug the people of their voice in the politics of the uatiou. They should be abolished. All preliminary teps to an election should be prescribed by law. Candidates for office should be selected at apriinary elecaon and by means of a secret ballot. There is a very jrretty three cornered contest on at Lansing just uow, with hizzexcellency at one corner, the legislatnre at another and the lobbyists at the third. The good governor is using lurid language to wam the legislature against the lobbyists and the people against the legislatnre. The legislature seems to take kindly and tenderly to the lobbyists, but in vigoróos English warns tbc people against hizzexcellency. The lobbyists in the meantime appear to be getting on well with the solons bnt they earnestly eutreat them to keep their weather eye on Pingree. After all it is the theory of our government to balance one depart ment against another; Now the law offidf.vs ei tho g'overn ment declare that ttre coniinutatioii o the senfcence oí' General Eagan b President McKinley me;-is simply tha he is to continue to draw liis salary or six years without having any dutie to perform : that the duties will be per formed by another general who wil only receive the pay of bis lower rank and that at the expiration of the sis years Eagan will be reinstated with outprejudice. The first reporte of the president's action led to the fiuppoei tion that the suspension for six years raeant eomething more than relief from duty on fnll pay in fact that it mean loss of all pay during the time of sas pension. If tbe latter reporta give the facts, then the president's actiou is an ontrage. lt amonnts to giving the disgraced officer a leave of absence for six years on full pay and places a prerainm on the disreputa ble conduct of OJen. Eagan. Duriug his suspeusion he will draw $33,000 without doing a stroke of work and will then go on the retired list at an annnal salary of $4,125. All that he will lose will be bis commutation of quarters amonnting to $720 a year. A court of inquiry has been ordered by the president to investígate the allegations oí' Gen. Miles as to the quality of beef fnrnished tho ariuy. From the persistency of Gen. Miles iti jreiterating these charges, it is safe to jOonolüde that a court of inquiry is 'iiwhat ho wanted. This persiateuce ial6O left bnt one conrse open to the president. General Miles has the evidence to back np his charges or he j is a very foolish man. The respousibility he has assnmed is a weighty one and he must prove his charges or his military carerer is ended. If his charges are trne, the contractors who i fnrnished the poisoned meat, to the ', ;army have a very thin partí ti ou be'tween their act and treason. If Miles ' .has not the proof , he shonld certainly Bbe removed from the coramaud of the iarmy. It is said ttíát lhe findiugs of tho í coraniission Jhat has been invostigating I the war are in effect that the heef waH all right. This, howover, will carry very littlc wtigbt with a large nnnjber of people. There has beon a nspícion all along that this commission would find just what it was expected to find. The public is intereated only in flndiug the truth aud in having ]nstice done in accordance herewith. Thero is a fiue exuibition iu the house of represematives at Washington Just Dow of Reedism. There are two bilis in tho hands of the committee providing for tho coustrnction of an interoceanic canal. Aocording to reporta, Speaker Reed is opposed to these ineasures. Bat he does not stop with his absolute right to oppose them. He goes f arther and proposes . to prevent their being considered by the house at all. Howoan he do it? This way: He has so constructed the committee on mtes that he holds the balance of power. Now, no bilí can be brought before tbo house except the conmiittee on rules brings in a rule authorizing it. Reed will not permit such a rule to be brought in. Why don't the other members kick over the traces? They are afraid of the party lash. Then, such a course niight give aid and comfort to the opposition. The principie in volved has little weight with poiiticians under such circumstances. Here is a fine exhibition of the working of popular govermnent. The inajority under oor governmental system is suppoed to rule. But the majority in the house bas subnritted its neck to the yoke of the committee on rules. This committee in turn dons the collar and chain of the speaker and the qucstion whether the representatives of the people shall consider any bill or uot rests in his gracious pleasure. The boss seems to be indigenous to democratie goverument. Occasioually the people rise np in virtuoua indiguation over the political wrongs they suffer and depose the boss, but they soon find theinselves under the leadership of another. The authorities of the Michigan Agricultural College are recoinmended to take a view of the correspouding Minnesota iustitution. This school has attained that which the Michigan college has always lacked, a high standing aud great popnlarity among the farmers and has so impreased its work upon its studeuts that 95 per cent of thera return to the farms. The institution bas, in large degree, actually solved the problem of how to check the rush of young men froiu the farms to the cities. It is the mest popular of the state schools of Minnesota. Tho university authorities state frankly that the popalarity of the agricultnral school is always depended upon as a very material help in pulliug through thej university appropriatious. ïhe school is connected with the univfersity and any studies that the agricultural students take outsido of the purely agricnltural courses are taken in the university. Every opportunity is offered therefore, for a liberal education. Auy tecbnical school wJjich so impresses its work upon its stndents as to hold so large a percentage in its calliug is certainly a snccess from the standpoiut of the purposes leading to its establishment. lts instrnction must be good aud its methods up to date and auch as have practical value. The success of the Minnesota institution evidently lies in its organization and management. There are 65 colleges of agricalture and meehanic acts in thg United States but tbere are few, if any, that eau make any such showing as this oue. Many of them have varions conrses of instruction added on to draw stndents and appröpriations, 3ut few of them can make any such showing as the Minnesota college. They apparently edúcate their students away from agriculture instead of paring thein better for it. Of course it is always right for yonng men to make the most of their opportunities and do the best they eau for themselves, I and so, many will leave the calling iu which they were bronght up and seek their fortunes in others ; but a school which educates away froin the calling, preparation for which led to its creation. is certaiuly not a success from thafc point of view. Bnt judged by bis standard the Minnesota agricnltnral school is deserving of high cominendation.