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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
July
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Finally the administration has issued the order to enlist more men for service in the Jf hilippines. Inasmuch as the ;task of putting down t;he Filipinos is determined npon, sufficient f orce tó do ;it should be sent tnere. Jnst let Secretary Alger, when he gets out of the cabinet, put his next friend Pingree in possessioo of the inside facts as to the war departrnent matters during the war and they will .reach the people in due time. None bnt canned interviews, says the ""oíd man," froiu now on on the senatorial situation. He shonld be curefal of his canned'goods as they may prove to be "embalmed. " Alger knows something of "embalmed" goodsand farther ■experience inftbis line is not needed to improve his senatorial prospects. Gen. Porter is in favor of the annexation of Cuba to the Unitea States That that will be the ultímate outcome few will question. It will in all probability be a necesKity of the situation unless we are to have a, contiuual auisancis at our doors as Cnba has been for years under Spanish control. The good governor, Pingree, has his ■dander up and threatens to prosecute those who have impunged his motives. Ui he can square the account by balancing op a part of the scurvy things he bas said about the motives of very ■other publiu man, the Argus would -advise him to do it instead of what .he threatens. And Dow comes Maj. Meigs, of Keokuk, a civil enigneer, and declares that crnde oil is the best means ior road improvement. He claims that crude 'Oil sprinkled over a roadway will pre vent dsst hy keeping the roadways ■ moist and tbat ït also prevenís wasbangaway of thu roadbed by water. He claJaas tbat oil át-$1.10 a barrel can be 1 haü ior tbis pnrpose and that a good road an be made at a cost not to ex3ee3$141.50 a mile. A barrel of the ; graase will improve 50 f eet ot road 12 : feefc vride. A trial of the scheme is ; soisn to be made on certain roads leadiwg into Des Moines. The plan ot ns:-iag oil to lay the dnst is already in rouge with railroads and is a success. The cause of good schools wou a great ■ victory in Chicago on Wednesciay. Dr. Andrews was re-elected to the snperintendency and District Superintendent A. Q. Lane was re-elcted af ter the com■mittee had decided nnanimously that he ninst go. But the political end of the board was tbrown down for o'jce and those who favored the highest interest of the schools regardless of politics carried the day. Teaching will never be a profession which can attract and hold the best talent until politics and the spoils system are cut out root and branch. An illnstration in point recently occurred in Detroit in the resignation of Principal Bliss of the Central high school tlian whom there is no ablei high school principal in Michigan. But he would not snbmit to the huruiliations he was obliged to at the hands of the politial bosses of the board in order to hold toe position. Every year witnesses the departnre f rom the profession of ruany excellent teachers wholly because of politics. 'The most conscientions application to dnt and the highest snecess in the ■work of the school room many times avail naught against the personal animosity of some politician ön the board or the desire of some member to pnt in a relativo. For the good pnblic education generally there shöuld be jnany iuore Dr. Andrews. Now it is said (en. Alger wonld like to be forced out of tho cubinet, fchat he would then be in position to aay Bome things which he cannot iiow peak about. There is a general im.pression abroad that Gen. Alger is not jto blame for many things in the condoct of the war which are charged np 5X him. There are those who were in close touch with affairs at Washington daring the Spanish war who assert that President McKinley was the whole ithing and that the responsibility for the blunders of the departmeut is bis. ;2t is even said the most insigniflaat alegiams to the cepartmentüad to be "■ru'btöitfeü to him I efore being answered. If these things be true and Alger is forcad out of the catinet he nright ■have some things tinder his hit which wcnlcl inake uiighty interesting reading! It is said tlie president wonld gladly dispense witb Alger, if lie would only take the t-'tandiiig hint anc voluntan ly retire, but that President McKiuley does not waut to have any frictiou over the matter. But Alger canuot afïord to retire frotn the cabinet on any such hint. He ruay and undoubtedly is an embarassment to the administration, but the admimscration side is not the ouly side wbich needs protection. Alger would certainly embarass hirnseJf Dy voluntarily gettiug out. At a meeting of the Detroit scboo! board Satorday evening, Horace ü. Smith was elected president ot the board, tbe Moore faotion supportiug him wheu they saw their man could not win. The Henderson crowd were very sore over Dr. Henderson 's defeat and they iuimediately declared their purpose of going gunning for Superintendent Martindale. Here is a fine and accurate illustration of áll a change of principáis or superintendent means in Detroit. It mattera not how faithful or how efficiënt teachers rnay be, they can only remain in their positions as suits the pleasure of the small vvard bosses who manage, without one single qualification for [the duties of the position, to get electod to the school board. Two years ago thia same gang elected Martindale over Robinson with no more reasous for the change than are dow iiivolved in their threat to throw Martindale down. It is surprising how the Detroit schools can stand as well as they do nnder such management or rather mismanagement. If Governor Pingree stands for any farther political honors he will be obliged to meet enemies of his ainbition which he has never encountered before. In addition to the democratie enemy and more bitter enemies within his own party, if he runs for office again he will nave to meet the determined opposition of his own family and business partners. His brother Frauk C. Pingree says the governor will never be a caudidate for auy public office again, if he can prevent it. Jtie declares that the governor owes soruething to his business partners and his family as well as to the public. He has given about 10 years, the best years of his life, to tlie public and it is tiine now to devote some attention to his private affajrs. Gov. Pingree is a man of tremeudous energy and no doubt his private business has suffered by absence from it. But the Argus believes this energy could be better expended on his private business than for the public. What has he accomplished during the ten years of his public service tnat is particular advantageous to the public? While he was mayor of Detroit he kept the city in a tnrmoil all the time. And from a city with about as low a tax rate as any in the country he boomed it to about the tax rate limit. He made some ueeded improvements for the city, but at a cost that cannot be justified. What has he accomplished as governor? He has been the principal functionary in a wild and wooly pyrotechnic display which has attracted some little attention as such displays do, but he reforms the promised the state are still promises. [n order to raise this h - , noise, he aas abused everybody iu public life except those who were willing to "love what he loves and hate what he hates. " The result of all this has )een to antagonize those who might ave aided in accomplishing some;hing in the interest of the people. fbe fact is while hizzexcellency is a man of great energy, his publio career, and there is no disposition to discuss any thing elsé, shows that he has no tact or ability to handle men. Governor Roosevelt has accorujlished more in the brief time he has been governor of New York in the direction of equal taxation than has Pingree aud that too in a state ii which the torces arrayed against equal taxation are more strongly entrenched than here. But he bring to the discharge of his public duties a disciplinecl and trained rnind. He has tact and good judgrnent and does not insult and abuse those wbo do not agree with him in everythiijg. In these things he diners from Fingree. He is undoubtèdly as radical in his views upou all questions of proposed legislation in the interest of the people as is Pingree, but he accompiisnes where Pingree fails. It will ruake little difference to the people, if the governor bags his anibition and retires to private life. They well get aloug quite ás well without him and so if his private business requires ,tiis attentioa the people will part with him without serious loss or iegrét;