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There appears to be a great deal of fear...

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There appears to be a great deal of fear in the Ohio republican fold over the vote the golden rule candidate for governor is going to pull. He has invaded the " western reserve " and it is said there is a disposition among the employees of the rolling milis there to vote for Jones. This group of counties gave the republican candidate for governor in 1897, 17,000 majority, and it is feared the man without a party may get votes enough here to wipe out this majority and,thus greatly endanger the republican majority in the state. According to the New York Journal, the democrats of Ohio are looking an unmerciful thrashing in the face because they have abandoned the " sound democratie policy of expansión and have stupidly allowed themselves to be put in a position which no American party has ever occupied without ruin - the position of encouragement of armed resistance to the national government." Yet, in Nebraska, John P. Altgeld, than whom the Journal holds there is no greater American, makes this same anti-imperialism the all important plank of his platform. There are opinions and opinions. It is said President] McKinley will ask congress for an expression of its policy jconcerning the Philippines. The president desires a declaration of purpose to maintain permanent sovereignty there at whatever cost, with'Ja promise of self government within the limits of their fitness after the Filipinos have laid down their arms. Such a declaration would clean ■up the situation andj undoubtedly the hands of 'the administraron. That there will be a fight over the question of permanent retention of sovereignty, to 'whichjf proposition the .president is committed, seenis certain. i, Vesterday, by invitation of William Jennings Bryan, ex-Gov. John P. Altgeld made his appearance in the Nebraska campaign, delivering a set speech of 10,000 words. It was devoted entirely to anti-imperialistn. Not once did he allude to his favorite topic, "government by inj inction," or the Chicago platforn. In all those ten thousand words there was not one single mention of 16 to 1. John P. Altgeld iratned the democratie platform of íhree years ago. He is today close to the democratie leader, is campaigning Nebraska in his interest. What, thên, is the significance of his speech of yesterday ? Let him who runs read. Englishmen who do not accept the doctrine that everything done by the government during time of war is altogether right and above criticism, are having as much abuse heaped upon them as are American citizens who do not accept the dictum that everything in the policy of President McKinley is dictated and directed by Providence. Lord Rosebery, in a recent speech on the Transvaal war, said that there were nations watching with eagerness every trip, every stumble and, what is tnuch more, every catastrophe and disaster that may overtake British arras, and he begged the nation to .present a solid front. Yet, Lord ' baríes Beresford, speaking of Lord jsebery, declared him largely responsible for Transvaal's resistanee and the present war. In the .same way some of the ablest, puns! and most patriotic American ciii ZJU3, whu dirfer wiih the admiiiis tration relative to Philippine matIers, are chr6td with responsibü:',-. for t!ie insiirrtrction tiie're. This ! most unjnst. Svch persons are nn doubtedly as pairioii; as those who direct the affairs of government. Those who direct the government are of the people, men in all ways similar to their fellows, given the direction of affairs for the time being for the people. They are no more infallible than the people, nor are they above legitímate criticism. In fact, the doings of a government during and immediately preceding a war deserve more criticism than at other times, for the reason that the step is taken in an atmosphere oi passion and excitement and carried on in the same spirit. Questions ol going to war and carrying on war are not, as a rule, decided in cold blood and cool calculation as to consequences. There would appear to be, therefore, room and cause for difference of opinión among honest and patriotic men as to government policy even during the progress of war. In a government of the peo pie, thev are certainly quite as deeply interested in its policy as are those who temporarily direct that policy. The international commercial congress in ils session at Philadelphia revived interest in the project of a canal across Central America, connecting the waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic, by discussing the comparative advantages of the Panama and JNicaraguan routes. The. time now appears to be opportune for undertaking this project, if the government of the United States contemplates the construction and control of this great water way. The concession by the Nicaraguan government to the Maritime Canal Co. expired this month, and our government would experience no trouble through having to deal with that company. There is now no necessity for forming a quasi-partnership with a private concern. This difficulty is well out of the way, and it is not probable that Nicaragua, under existing circumstances, will care to take the risk of granting another concession to a private Corporation. It is also said that England stands ready to abrógate the Clayton-Bulwer treaty, thus leaving the United States free to go ahead with the project. The commercial necessities of such a canal have long been clear to everybody.and recently the political necessity of such a waterway has been brought home with a rorce which convinced all. The trip of the Oregon furnished all the argument needed on this point and also convinced that the canal should be controlled by the government. Pubic sentiment will in all probability make itself heard at the approachng session of congress relative to this much needed highway. Commerce should no longer be comnelled to bear the burden of roundng the Horn to reach its destination. Some ten years 'ago the whole state was startled by the report of two willful and premeditated raurders, committed by one Charles T. Wright, a wealthy lumberman. Two , officers of the law went to make a levy on some property belonging to Wright. He had armed hiraself with a rifle and revolver and warned the officials away. VVhen they at-tempted to perform their sworn duty, he deliberately killed one of them with the rifle, and when the other grappled with him, Wright used his revolver on him with fatal results. He then used his large fortune to prevent being convicted, and every possible influence was brought to bear to avoid cqnviction, but there were no extenuating circumstances and Wright was found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to Jackson for life. His powerful friends have never ceased their efforts to secure his release. Now it is said the pardon board will recommend that his life sentence be commuted to 15 years. If this be done, in about two years more he will go forth a free man. But why should he be given his liberty ? If ever a red-handed murderer deserved the life sentence, that murderer is Wright. The officers whom he foully murdered were executing the mandates of the law. Wright had no grievances against the officers. They were not enemies. They had done him no harm. There was absolutely no aggravation. There could be nothing of a personal nature in what the officers desired to do. Nevertheless thej were brutally shot down in their tracks and while in the performance of duty. Why then should the proposed mercy be extended to this man ? Simply because of the rnuch importunity of his friends. But it makes a mockery __of justice anc1 licenses the killing of officers on duty. A state board of pardons that can so outrage all sense of justice as to recommend such a thing should be gotten rid of as quick as possible. 'Moneyand position should never be permitted to cheat justice where human lives have been wantonly taken. Let Wright stay in prison the rest of his natural life, where he belongs. No man guilty of the crimes proven against Wright should ever again be allowed freedom among his fellow men.