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Those people who are groaniug under the burden of trusts- and they comprise nearly every cousumer - should caret'ully consider ïlavemeyer's assertion that the tari ft' is the tnother of this pestilent brood. The new commander of the G. A. R., Albert A. Shaw announees that he is on the war path for higher pensions. What if the pension roll is large, he says. He declares that if the burden becomes too heavy then bonds should be issued so made that only the intern est would be paid from year to year. He thinks it would be altogether proper for posterity to be saddled with the debt. More and higher pensions! Why not'i With present legislation in f uil operation. can there be more than one side to this question? Yesterday's proceedings of the Trust Conference indícate that there is to be a fight to a finish between the cbanapions of the great evil and its opponents. The meet is apparently to be handled somewhat af ter the style of a political convention. There are students of the question in attendauce who are able to throw much light on this important question, if the discussion can be conducted in a way to give enlightenment to the public; butif the conference is to be a purely partisan affair, the public will be little beneiitted. It is reported that Gen. Otis has been reading the newspaper attacks upon him and that, as a result, he is f'urious and declares, if Washington does not relieve him, he will relieve hirnself. If he has just got on to the opinión of himself held in this country, it would seem that the papers reaching him must heretofore have been censored. If so, he now knows how it is to have the facts withheld. It is to be hoped he will persevere in his ambition to relieve himself in case Washington f ails to do so. This would redount to his credit as much as anything he has thus far done in the Philippines. A change seems to be coming over the minds of many as to the soundness of the old adage that "competition is the life of trade." This growing change has undoubtedly come out of the great combinatioris and trusts in their efforts to destroy competition. That the extreme of competition works harm is probably true. It destroysthe prorits oí business and degrades labor. Competition is like most other principies in industrial affairs- when excessive, it becomes an evil. So the spirit of co-operation has arisen to take its place. But it is not yet demonstrated that the evils of combina tions and trusts are not still greater. If the good of reasonable and proper competition can be retained alougwith the good features of the trusts, the re1 sult would be greatly to the advantage of the public, iio doubt; but thus far the effort to avoid .the evils of exeessive competition by turning to trusts has apparently resulted in still greater evils. Emile Zola has come to the front again in the Dreyfus case. He calis the second conviction a moral Sedan for France, a hundred fold more disastrous than the Sedan of September, 1870. His trenchant pen did much to awaken sentiment in France in favor of a new trial for Dreyfus, and he suffered for hi boldness, being tried and convicted and sentenced to pay a heavy fine and undergo imprisonment. He left his country rather than suffer imprisonment as a result of such a trial as was given him. But he had aroused a sentiment which went on gathering force until the conspirators of the army were compelled to see a new trial accorded Dreyfus. But as the trial was by a court martial, the malignity of the military caste was still strong enough to prevent the doing of justice. Zola wil] continue to fight for justice. The action of the Britiah harbër department at Hongkong in holding the transport Tartar may be unprecedented, but, if reports of her overloading be true, their action is in the interest of human lives. It is said, according to the methods of determiuing capaci ty, the vessel should have been loaded with 750 men or, at the outside, 324 whereas it actually has on board 1,203 passengers. English law is much more exacting respecting all methods of transportaron than American law. All sorts of conveyances here are greatly overloaded. Street oars are never considered loaded as long as there is room for another person to hang on the outside. Steam cars and steam vessels are often equally crowded. This hold-up of the Tartar may prove a valuable lesson to the Washington authorities. It is said there has been gross overcrowding of transporta throughout the war, and it is remarkable that no calanaity has resulted. But if a calamity should result froin such carelessness, somebocly would have a feariul accountability. These greatly overcrowded transports, it is said, have no additional safety applianoes, so if an accident should happen there would be an appalling loss of life. The Washington antborities should learn the lesson forced upon them by the British harbor department at Hongkong,