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Every man who has a vote shQuld see that...

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Parent Issue
Day
24
Month
March
Year
1899
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Public Domain
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Every man who has a vote shQuld see that his vote cotrats for the principies he believes in. Becent doiugs at, Lansing canse oue to thiiik the ohief business of tlie politicians is in putting the otherfellows iu the hole Appoiutrneuts to important positioiis are made by the governor and rejected by the sena te wifch au eye single to faotional advautage. The pnblic service is a very secoudary matter. It is expected that the regular army Will be recruited to its full strength, abont 65,000 rnen in a month. It is said the men who are offering theaiselves as recruits are esceptionally good men and that there is a great rush i for service in the Philippiues Many,"of the volunteers are anxions to re-eulist and becorae regnlars. The American Steel & Wire Co., which reeently advanced wages froin 5 to 10 per cent, has becorue a part of a larger couccrn with $50,000,000 of capital nnder the management of Andrew Carnagie. Mr. Oaruagie believes that iron manufacturera [ueed no protection bot are able to pay the relatively high wages prevailiug here aad still defy the world on prices. Senator Hanna is of like opinión. He says no tariff can hereafter be depended opon to produce needed revenue for the reason that we are now exporting to Enrope and other parts of the world i?oods covered by our tariff schednles_ Under these circuinstances foreign goods are not imported and revenne decreases. Because of this fact the Dingley tariff continúes to produce a deficit, its father's sou. of the innzoo Telegraph, to the coutrary not■uithstanding.. It enables the manfacturers, however, to sell their goods right at honae for a hig'her prices than they get fortbem when they have sbipped them to remóte parts of the earth. The following excerpt froni the speech of Hou. T. E. Barkworth acepting the democratie nomiuatiOD for snpreme coürt justice is good Semcratic doctrine : "My record in the politics of the state eau be confideritly appealed to by iny friends. Believing in the people, jeiüous of any attack npon individual liberty, I have sought to submit to the arbitrameut of constiutioiial nght every question affectiug throngh my action the social or industrial status of the eitizeu. If elevated by thsnffrage of the people to this reponsible position I shall endeavor to know no distiuction of person bnt alike to rich and poor mete out even handed justice. But I shall surely recognize the rapidly orystalizing sentiment against further extending power and privilege to the artificial creatures who have so nearly ontgrown their creator. Whatever the result of the canvass Senter it witb honorable desire for the welfare of the state and hope to emerge from it vsith ;m increased nieasnre of your respect. " The antion of the house at Liansing in expelling Representative Davis for one day because he refnsed to vote when his vote had been denianded, was extraordiuary. So f ar as known, no snch action lias ever before been taken in the Michigan legislature. Tbere appears to be no good reasnn, bowever, why the legislatnre should not exercise the power when occasion demauds. Ie has and exercises the power of compelling the attendance of tnembers. Bnt what is the pnrpose or advantage of this authority if members cannot be made to vote aftor beiug broxight in? Without such authority it might and many times would be impossible to do business. Power to forcé a member to vote is jnst as essential as the power to foice his atteDdance. No doubt it should be used ■with great wisdom but it ís a proper pewtr to inhere in the legislature. That such power may sotaetimes be tised in a tyranical and un just manner is undoubtedly true, nevertheless that does not relieve the member of his obligation to perform the duties of the position be has volnutarily aoceptedj If he is unwilling to assume the responsibilities of the positiou, ho should not accept it. The people have a right todemand action of their represeutative that tbey may credit them with and hold tbem accountable for what they do. They shonld not be permitted to dodge thfrefore. Althongh the action taken was apparently in jent the principal involved is a sound one. A dm ir al Dewey cables that the Oregori has arrived at Manila aud is, after her loug voyage, in all ways ready for. any action. She is indeed a peerless ship. She is a credit to onr mivy aud her builder. ïhe Uuiou Iron Works people of San Francisco need rio farther testimonial as to their ability or honesty the world over. 1 According to an agreemeut eutered into by the California legislatnre the last ballot for United States senator was to be takeii 011 the 17th. It resul ted iu no election. Thns is the state left with but one senator. The Utah ajad Deleware legislatures also failed to elect seuators. Pennsylvania seems no nearer an eleetion than she two months ago: The efforts to elect senators íjj these four states have completely paralyzed the energy'of tlie legislatares without; anything beiug accOinplished. The resolntions passed by the representad ves last week, sti-ongly endorsing the administraron of Wesselius as railroad commissioner, was a bit of coDtemptable littleness foi which the present legislatura seems to be notedMeu who opeuly declared they could not endorse Wesselius voted for the resoiution solely to pnt the "old mau" in a hole. Before Wesselins was dnmped he was regarded as a co-conspirator with the "old rnan" in all the alleged wicked jobs which the latter was aceussed of pntting np. Presto, change. There is a complete rnetamorphosis. The leopard has cbauged his spots. The ex-railroad commissouer is a great and good man whose services have, been of inestimable valne to the state and members of the legislature and he is solemnly thanked by resoiution therefor. Snch trifling ought to be beneath the dignity of the house. The'following resolution was recently introduced into the British honse of eommons: That the legislative power of bishops in the bouse of peers in parliament is a great hindrauce to the discharge of their spiritual functions, prejudical to the comrnonwealth and fit to be taken away by bill. Oat of 329 vote.s the resohition commaded 129. This is most significant. It indicies that the sentiment in favor of disestablishment is advancing toward a majority. Au established church in the England of today appears like a 'strange auoraaly. It is, however, a relie of other days when the rights o the eitizen were not as fnlly recognizec aa at present. It is retained because o the eoni-ervativeness of habit, althoug not in consonance with the modern En gland. Bnt sentiment wil] not main tain it much longer in the face of tb advanced thonght wfaich controls Eng land today. Disestablisbmeut is prett certain to be a fact of the near future The treaty of peace betweeD Spain and the Uuited States was ratified yesterday by receiving the signatnre of the queen regent. TheTJtwo nations are now at peace agaiu. After copies of thi; treaty have been exehanged new ministers will be accredited to the respective capitals and the old relations of amity and friendship will be resumed. There will be many questions for the two govcrnments to settle including the rebabilitating of the treaties which were abrogated by the war, by the negotiatins of new one By the act of the qneen regent the final act in removing Spain from the list of colonial powers is cousumated. Iï her statesmen are wise this will be greatly to her advantage. She is in no way fitted to be a colonial power, possessing neither the statesmanship nor the rneans to enable her to meet the demanda of the present age as to control of colonies. If her statesmen, now that the country is f reed [from the in cubus of colonial possessions, will give th&ir energies to the development of the peninsnla and the elevation of their people at home, Spain will uot have come out oE the war with the balance against her which at first appears.