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On the anniversary of tha naval battle o...

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Parent Issue
Day
14
Month
July
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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On the anniversary of tha naval battle of Santiago the New York Sun perpetrated the followiug: "This year gives us the first opportuuity to celébrate the most memorable Jnly our country has known sitice its creatiun. Ori July 3, a year ago, the Spanish fleet carne out from Santiago to accept the battle long systematically arranged for it by Admiral Sampson, and fonght by the captains and their men under him with exact observance oL orders and terrible precisiou in gunnery. Within an hour the ontcorning fleet was snnk or ashore, with the exception of one ship.which surrendered a few honrs later." With its usual stndied uufairness the 8un eliminates from the battle tüe commander who actually directed it It will be remembered that Admiral Sarupaon had no hand in the fight when it caine off. Upon whom did the cornmand devolve in Sampson's absence? Battle was fougnt by the captains, eh? Was each captain in charge of an independent command? Who gave the signáis and directed the battle? Who said in his report of the engagement, "There is glory enough for all," af ter Admiral Sampson with something of thespirit of the Sun had claimed it all? 2 The knock-out of the McLeod law by the snprerue conrt left hizzexcellency too dizzy to know where he is at and he seeins uot to have recovered yet. It has gone the way of about all the governor's reforms While there is no occasion to waste any sympatby on Pingree in the matter the principie laid down by the court is one which age should interest the people. Although there may ben o occasion for or advantin municipal ownership of the street railways of Detroit at present, the denial of the power of the legislature to grant snch antbority has dauger in if The occasion might arise when it would be greatly to the advantage of the city to own the street railways. To the layman it looks as though the court strained the constitntion mightily to substantiate the doctrine laid down. Tne difference between the right of municipal ownership of electirc iighting plants and water works, and municipal ownership of street railways is not clear. But it appears to be in accorded with the history that the supreme court is ruaking. Nothing relativa to the taxation or control ot railways in the interest of the people is consticntional. The state should adopt a new constitutiou in which the peo1c should have some gnarauteed rights as weli as railroads. The peace congress which bas been sitting at the Hagnehas, after drawiug up a eoiiventicn for . arbitration, adjourned for one week in order that the delegates may consult their respective governments relative to the matter. The scheme provides for a permanent court of arbitration to which each of the signatory powers may name fonr members. Two or even more nations may appoint the same men to sit upon the commission. Tce term of membership is six years. The scheme provides for an office of' the conrt at the Hague which shall be in charge of a secretary -general which office will serve as theintemedieary for communications relative to meetings and also as tfce custodian of archives and for the management of all administrative affairs. The extensión of the principie of arbitration with some sort of an obligation on the part of the signatory powers to resort to it will probably be about all in the way of tangible results that tne congress will accomplish. Even this may not become an accomplished fact but the indications are favorable. If arbitratiou of international differences beccinea an established fact, it will be due in large measare to the Unied States deiegates and tnose of Great Britain. The American delégate have pushed the matter with tact, ability and persistency. Their efforts have been untiring. It uow looks as thongh their efforts are to be crowned with snccess.