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Senator Bnrrows says the state can't aff...

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Day
26
Month
May
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Senator Bnrrows says the state can't afford to dispense with the services of Senator McMillan at this time The Columbiau orator rueans that he cannot afford to dispense with McMillan's serv kf. The Michigan delegatiou iu congress finds iteelf just now in possession of a little influenece. The merubers have votes and the various candidatos for the speakership are paying them conrt. Through this chance they may receive some good committee appointtueats. When the peace conference at The Hagne gets fnlly organized and down to routine, it will be time for some of the represen tatives then to waylay tha Chinese representative aud make him give np a chnnk of Chinese territory before baing allowed to particípate farther in the proceedings. Every indication points to early peace in the Philippines. Late news from there says a commission is already on the way to offer unconditional snrrender. It mnst be apparent to the Filipino leaders that there can be no possible gain to them in continuing the the war. Their armies are easily defeated ia every engagement. What lernains of their organized forces are practically san-ounded and must either surrender or take to the mountains and cease organized resistance. It would seeru that an early pi;ace must be the ontcome of such conditions. The principal cause of the dispute between Great Britain and Veueznela over the boundry was the discovery of gold in the territory which Englaad clairned. After this discovery, she extended her claims far beyond auy previous contention and refused to listen tu any appeal for a conapromise until Cleveland's message of 1895. This amounted to a threat of war and it is surprising that Great Britaiu took it in the sf irit she did. But it accomplisbed it purpose and led Great Britain to consent to do what she should have done a generation before, submit the dispute to arbitiation. Mayor Yau Wyck testified befor the Mazet cornrnittee that the republi cans whom he appointed to positions iu Greater New York were appointed a the snggestion of Flatt. ruad these appoiiitments, he said, at th wish of Platt beoaase Platt, being th boss of the repnblican party, had earned the right to tnake the detnaud Snch is bossism. At the time of th canapaign, it was f ra jt y a-Harfcs danc generaily believed that Gen. Tracey the Platt candidate was only a dummy put np to defeat Low and insure th electioa of Van Wyck. The admis sions of Van Wyck practically con flrm the deal between Croker and Plat whereby the election of Van Wyck was made certaiu for a división of the spoils. Une of the greatest and most interes ing contests in histöry is aboutto begin at Paris. This is the arbitration of the dispnted boundary betweeu British Gniaua and Venezuela. The tribunal which vdll sit as a bigh court of justice to arbítrate the differences between the two nations is composed of Chiet Jnstice Fnller and Justice Brewer ot the United States supreme court, representing Venezuela, the lord chief jutice of England and Justice Collins representing Great Britain and Prof. Martens of St. Petersuberg selected by the other arH trators. Ex-President Harrison sailed for Paris on Wednesday where he is to act as leading counsel for Venezuela. The abilty represented upon the board of arbitrators and by the counsel, is of the highest order. The land in dispute and the whole history of the case combine to make a luost important mile stone in the onward inarch of the principie of arbitration. For 50 years England had kept the question a brewing and declifled to listen to any settlement except on her terms. To President Cleveland belongs tne honor of finally briuging her to book m the matter through his famous message which startled the vcorld. The spectscle of this great legal contest, , substituting arbjtration for the usual appeal to forcé, ought to be an inspiratiou to the peace conference sitting at the Hague. Aguinaldojought to be convinced by this time that Gen. Otis does not deal in armistices. The peace conference it the Hague does not rueet under the most favorable anspices. While Rnssia is the prime mover in the matter, herjtreatment of Finland and her continued aggressions in China indícate her faith is still pinned to the principie ot the "right of might " Germany is seizing another chunk of Chinese territory and England ia said to be preparing to gobble the Transvaal and even Uncle Sam has some little nnpleasantnesses in different quarters of the earth. The leadiog newspapers of Germauy are saying that the Monroe doctrine no longer obtains in the affairs of the Uiiited States siuce our acquisition of the Pbilippines. They therefore advise Germany to inaugúrate ncw colonial schemes in South America. Tbey assert that Gerinany is now strong enough to acquire sovereigu rights in South America and she should proceed to do it. But they makea grave mistake in supposing that the Monroe doctrine is dead. It was never less a corpse than today. Germany could very readilyj find this out by proceeding tojdo what these newspapers advise. Gov. Roosevelt is expected to cali a special session of the New York legislature to amend and improve the Franchise Tax bill which recently passed at the regnlar session. Boss Platt is alleged to have told the governor it was a proper bill for liis veto and that it shonld not becotne law. Teddy showed his teeth, as is his wout, and then his courage by his determination to cali a special sesson to improve the bill. It will require much courage to do this because it will displease the very powerful element upon whom this new burden of taxation is laid, an element which is generally powerful enough to avoid all taxation on such property. What Coba needs more than anything else just now is workers. If the Cuban soldiers conld be trausformed into workers, as is done in the United States, the Cuban problem would soon be settled. The leaders are probably the greatest hindrance to this. Having tasted the sweets of anthority, they apparantly contémplate the return to prosaic pursuits of private life with auything but satisfaction. They seem to think the laying down of arms will lose to them utterly an authorit'y which they already feel is slipping from them. They have httle appi'eciation of real republican government. Their conception of it is that which prevaJls generaily in the Spanish American republics, that power having been once acquired shall be maintained by any means possible as long as possible. Gen. JBrookes seems to be in a fai way after all to settle the question o snrreudering the old guiis held ljy th Cuban soldiers without doing violenc to aiiy sentiment they may hold on th subject. The Cuban military asseinbl before it disbanded voted that th amis be surrendered to the majors o: Cuban towns. Tbis the Cuban officer are willing should be done. Kow these officials are appoiuteesof,Brookes and are Spaniards and friendly Cubans. It would appear, therefore that the artas will be safe in thei hands and will not find their way bad into the hands of the soldiers again h might desire to turn banditti. Brookes plan eonteinplates the presentation o the soldiers identification papers t the mayor ofthe nearest town along with his gun. The mayor will then give him a certifícate upon which the presentation of which to the Uüited States paymaster he will receive hi pürtiou of the $3.000,000 fund. Why is not this a satisfactory solution of the problem? Rayman Reyes Lala, a Filipino by birth, bnt a long time resident of the United States and au Americau citizen jas an interesting article in the New York "Independent" on the conditions u the Philippines. He says that to the casual observer it might seem that nothing is now left the rebels bnt to urrender, but nevertheless, Aguinaldo has not yet played his last card. He hinks the Filipino leader Jüas aranged to hold ont as long as postible, by retreating to the swarnps and niounains, if need be, with the expectation hat in time some foreign assistance may come to him or that there may be arge accessions to his forces at home. His idea is that the Amerieans should ontinue as they have begun and rush the rebels at the earliest possible moment. He says it is the belief of he best elemnt uf his countrymen that he Filipinos are not yet able to govrn themselve.s, but are capable of selfovernment under American superïsion. He sas the Flipiuos are easy to govern, if they are dealt with gently and flruily and tbeir coufidence secured. He declares that the great body of the pe'ople have never been in sympathy with the so-called government of Aguinaldo and they are weary alike of toreign oppression and domestic tyranny and are eagerly awaiting American rnle. He believes the United States will give the Filipinos an able and beneficient government.