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The Argus Democrat and Ypsilanti Weekly Times

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Day
3
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Isirt Geueral Otis a little careleas in killiug so many Filipinos? He should remember they cost Únele Sam $2 a piece in cold cash. General Otis has oleared a seniicircle of abont 12 miles radias round about Manila of Filipinos in 20 days of sbarp woik. Dnirng tbis time he has also captared Hoilo aud Cebu. He has also taught the Filipinos some costly but valnable lessous. LTbey probably do not love ns more as a resnlt of tbs 20 dáys oxperieaces. bnt they rnay have a little more ■wholesome respect for ns. This in time may beget a higher regard. Chief Surgeon W. H. Daily, of Qeu. Miles' staff, who is the author of the report on -whiob the general based his beef charge is-a gradúate of the Michigan University. He is of Scotch - Irish descent, saw service in the confederte medical crops duriiig the civil war. He is a self made man, a great lover of hunting and fishing, belougs t o the British and American Medical AsEOciations and is way np in his profession. His home is now in Pittsbnrg, Penn. Tbe question he discussed Saturday mght at Aun Arbor was oae already settled. - Ypsilantian. Thus remarks the learned editor of onr esteemed contemoray of the Greek city relative to Bryan's speech on Imperialism. But evideutly President McKinley does not agree with bim for he said in bis recent Boston speech rhat the qnestion is now before the American people for determiuation. "Yon pay yonr mouey and takes yonr choice. " Maybe the president does not know aud the editor of Ypsilautian does. It mnst have been a heart warniiug occasion for oíd Gen. Gómez wuen he rode into Havana the other day ander the conditions whioh greeted hini. The honors paid hirn by his couutryinen and the Americans were sucü as are caculated to touch the heart. He has spent a large part of his loag life in fighting for the independence of Onba from Spanish rule. This has afc last been accomplished and if the Cnbans are wise in their day and generation they need have no tronble vvith Uncle Sam. Gen. GomeK is justly entitled to feel gratified afc what has been accomplished and to feel wroud of the honors shown him. The ouly things whioh marred the tlow of republican spirit at the Michisau Clnb on the birthday of the patermal parent of his country were the speeches of bizzexcellency and Attoruey ■General Monnett, of Ühio. They raid too much abont the hold the trusts have on the g. o. p. and the people to please the mans of tbose"' present. But it should cot be forgotten that Ex -President Harrison said as mnch in his Chicago speech of one year ago. He arraigned the trusts for their sius and declared they ghonld not be periuitted to have rights not allowed to the roass of the people and individual citizens not in a corporation. Edward S. Lacy, forruerly of this state and controller of the curreucy under Harrison, in his speech bef ore the bankers' convention in Detroit, gavo utterance to f-imilar warning. These men are not professional agitators. They are not men of straw. There must be langers in existiug couditions which impel such conservativo men to tise neb language. The commission whicu bas been strnggling with the differeucesbetween Canada and the United States for the past six montbs adjourned the otlier lay without haviug coznpleted anytbmg. They are to meet agaiu in August. The irreconsciblo differeuees grow out of the protective policy. The American congrees placed a frwa dollar tariff on Canadian lumber for tho benefit of our lumber barons. Canada retaliated by placing au export duty on their timber. This prevenía the owuers of large tracts of Canadian pine on this side from manufacttiriiig their timber into Inmber without paying a heavy duty to the Canadiau governruent which wonld eat up the profits. Apparectly the ouly way to settle these differenties is ior Canada to apply for adrni -io to (he unión. If her coramissiouer-i wi] come to the August meeting, v if snch t proposition it vrill be entertained. Iu no ottaèr way probably e;m the two countries be indnced to stop "chewiug the rag" of protectiou to the detriment oí both. ïbcie wotrld be advautagea to both conu tries iii politjcal nuiou. Th followiug from the apeech of Seth Low, president of Colnrubia nniversity, ou Waehiugtou's birthday, in the Acadeuiy of Music, Philadelphia, is wortby cf oarefnl consideratiou by every citizeu who desires to approach tbe great issue uow before the conntry in a spirit of faimess. If our pcople stncly the qnestiou of what onr policy shall be toward the Philippinrs iu the spirit of the seekfir after trnth, leaving politics out of it as conipletey as possible there is little doubt but that their decisiou will be right. President Low snokp. as follows : "Uuless our treaty with Spaiu has been dictated by lnst of empire, it is uot fair to cali those vrho advocated it imperialista ;unless it bas been dictated by lnst of territory, it is uot fair to cali thera espausionists, unless a better way eau be showu by which peace could have beeu secured, itisnot jnst to criticise the government for accepting even unwelcome oblgations that the war has brought iu its train. Undoubtedly the Uuited States should aud undoubtedly we shall give to the natives .of the Philippines as great a rneasure of aelfgovernment as they are capable of exercisiug, but we could uot in justice to civilizatiou assuine in our treaty with Spain a capacity for civilized governmeufc on the part of the natives vrhich has never been shown to exist." The higher education of womeu in Japan has met with a rucie shock. Some years ago the higher educatiou of women took on èometbing of the uature of a fad and great progress was made. But the sweet girl graduates whose tuiud had becorne expauded with educatiou. refused to snbmit to the condition of servitude whichj[exists there in the homeí. It seeins that the status of the wife is that of a servant and that whatever rights or privileges or protection she eujoys depend npou the generosity of the husband. She is regarded as having uo soul and the husband may discard her whenever she does not please him. Now the young women. who hnd acquired something of higher education, refused to submit to such huniiliatiug couditions and then the youug men refused to marry any youug woman who had a modern educatiou. They could not stand the self respect and independeuce which education had inspired in the girl graduates. As a result the schools became unpopular and many oí them were cloeed. Later a re-action set in and in 1898 there were more schools for women and more youug women students than ever before. An interesting fact in all this is that the men, the lords of creation, had to have a rest, as it weie. They could uot grasp the idea that their mothers and wives and daughters were the same kind of clay as themselves. When they caught up with the processiou, however, and were able to realize in some meastire this truth the schools were again opened and the edncariou of the womeu conti nu ed.