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The governor of Nebraska , has ppointed ...

The governor of Nebraska , has ppointed ... image
Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
December
Year
1899
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Public Domain
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The governor of Nebraska , has ppointed the populist Wra. V. dien to the vacant seat in the rnited States senate caused bythe scent death of Senator-elect Hayrard. Mr. Allen is noted princially for having made the longest peech against time ever made in ie senate. I If the people want railroads taxed L a basis of assessed valuation, the ■ne as other property is taxed, inBad of on the basis of gross earnms, as they are taxed at present, I they have to do is to elect a lislature that will represent them. ■ere is no constitutional provisión ■,way, and a $25,000 session of ■Jlegisi.itme is not necessary to ■Jiwplish that purpose. The only ■ g the present constitution blocks Bte essentially Pingreeesque fea■k which have marked recent atHiis to revise railway taxation lie demand for gold on the part ■ e English government, although ■tely started as yet, has set Rcial centers on end here. An ■nee of a half-penny in the bank ■ngland's buying rate on AmeriBeagles sent two and a quarter ■ions of American gold on its E to London at once. Britain ■ want more, no doubt, and YanI; are always ready to speculate. endless chain is in as good rking order as ever, and, sfiould I deraand be sufficient, we may re a repetition of the bad expendes from which we have but ircely yet recovered. tie little flurry in the Ann Arbor ard of education at its meeting, sday, indicates that the board is ■ing its way to broader ground ■ more progress in the direction Rie interests of the people in the ylic schools. Absolute quiet in a ïool board no more indicates perIt satisfactoryness in the handling Ithe business of the board than fcesponding cond.itions indícate Rfactory progress in school work !ll times. A little effervescence Jt and generally does indícate an Irt to advance to a position of Eter merit and justice. The Riers in the employ of the board Kild be liberally compensated for ■services rendered, but farther m that they have no claims under ■ting conditions upon the treas■of the school district. Pie response of the English gov[ment to the defeat of Gen. Bulier ihe appointment of General Lord perts to the supreae command ■Louth África, with Lord Kitchas his chief of staff. This inles more strongly than words ■fcusn'tes of the situation as ■)- Engíand. That there has ■ormous loss of prestige to MrBritain in the reverses to her as in South África, is true. That se reverses have, likewise, greatly engthened the cause of the Boers, bnjjally true. The result will, Kubtedly, bring thousands of ■ch sympathizers to the support ■heir relatives of the two repub■ These reverses must also conle Great Britain that she has no ■pathy in her South African ■bles from the world outside her I possessions, However, there _ .iin dcgree of respect which ■er nations will continue to Bcr fleet, and this will prerterence from without. Hrtnout other complications hands, she will, ultitnately, ■he ('oers. But it is apparent B; will ne -il many more men I as yn the ground at pres■he i to bring the war to an Rhout tremendous cost in V an lives. In the mean■e is earning to have respect Bfoe, whom she at first afB despise. The controversy over the governorship in Kentucky, which promised bloodshed and riot and destruction, has been settled in the most lamblike fashion imaginable. The very law which candidate Goebel relied upon proved his undoing. Itcaused a split in his'own party and the loss of a considerable vote to the independent candidate and Gen. Taylor, The law is a dishonest one and, politically, puts a premium upon dishonest political methods. But even a bad law, administered by honest men, may not result in wrong, l'he state canvassing board decided that it was a ministerial body only, lacked judicial powers, and, consequently, had no authority to go behind the returns. This settled Goebel's case. However, the board stated that. even if its powers were judicial, Goebel would not have been given the certifícate. Now the law should be repealed and an honest one substituted in its place. By calling the legislaturetogether, the governor has short-circuited any testimony reflecting upon his military board, which the grand jury might otherwise wring from unwilling legislators. Legislators are exempt from pro:esswhile the body is in session. Just what is Pingree's excuse for calling an extra session of the legislature, which will cost the people $25,000, at this juncture is not apparent. Constitutional revisión is a hoax. There is no popular demand for it. The people had a chance to vote on the question of constitutional revisión at the last general election, and they defeated it by a big majority. They knew just as much about it a few months ago as they do now. In fact, the election occnrred within a few days after the Atkinson bill was declared unconstitutional, and the question was before them in all its freshness. The upshot of the whole business will be a little more Pingree fireworks at an expense to the people of $25,000. The English have heard from Bulier, to whom they have been looking to retneve the disasters suffered by Generáis White, Gatacre and Methuen. But he has met with the same thing which happened to them, and his reverse was brought about by the same tactics on the part of the Boers. Buller attempted to cross the Tugela river at a ford, and the attempt discovered a Boer force which, evidently, the English had no knowledge of. The British soldiers showed their usual gallantry, but they were surprised by the proximity of the enemy and were compelled to retreat, with the loss of their artillery - eleven guns. Apparently, Gen. Buller showed better judgment than did Methuen, in withdrawing his men before so many had been slaughtered. Gen. Buller does not report his losses, but says they were severe. While these successive defeats are most galling to English pride, and there is a disposition to criticise the English commanders, there appears little evidence that they have not done as wellj as any generáis could under the circumstances. Sorae credit must be given the Boers for putting up a mighty hard proposition for the English generáis, Exercises commemorative of the cantenary of the death of Washington appear to have been quite general last Thursday. This was most fitting. Just at this tim-e it is well for the whole people to turn their attention again to the example and precepts of Washington before and during the establishment of this, the first government, whose right to be rests upon the consent of the governed. All of his acts as patriot and statesman were based upon the principie of the might of right, and this principie is as essential now in all our acts as a nation as then. And as the republic has been true to it in the past, so should it be in still greater degree in the future. That the present chief executive recognizes this fact and will use his best endeavors to follow in its light, is evidenced by his speech, Thursday, at the tomb of Washington. He said: "The nation needs at this moment the help of Washington's wise example. In dealing with our vast responsibilities, we turn to him. We invoke the counsel of his life and character and courage. We summon his precepts that we may keep his pledges to maintain justice and law, education and morality, and civil and religious liberty. in every part of our country, the new as well as the old." In appointing Gen. Leonard Wood civil and military governor of Cuba, President McKinley has given the people there the best of evidence that a broad, generous, liberal policy is to be followed in directing the affairs of that island. No better man could have been found. Wood, while able as a military officer, is more of a civilian than soldier. He is a man of great versatility of talents and seems to be able to succeed almost equally in any pursuit he turns his attention to. Besides being a man of large and varied ability, he possesses great tact for handling delicate and sensitive affairs and conditions. Of all the men thrown up above the common level by the Spanish-American war, not one has won the confidence of the whole country to a greater degree than has Gen. Wood. He has handled the affairs of his position at Santiago with consúmate ability, accomplishing the difficult reforms required without offending the sensibilities and dignity of the most independent section of the Cuban people. He has made friends of enemies and won the support of these people by recognizing and respecting their rights and convincing them of the merit and justice of his rule. In the broader sphere of governor-general of the island he may be looked to confidently to do equally well. As the Lucha says, " Cuba has cause for self-congratulation " over his appointment. Governor Pingree seems, not yet to have lost all of his cunning. Whether he accomplishes anything in the interest of tax reform, by having a special session of the legislature, may be doubtful; but he, undoubtedly, has a keen perception of the conditions by which the solons will be environed. With the speaker of the house under indictment by a grand jury, members on the floor similarly circumstanced, and still other statesmen approaching a state of nervous prostration, lest they be the next to hear the uncomfortable summons, he may think the third house, some of whose members are also facing criminal indictments, will not put in an appearance, and that there may be a possibility of having something done in the interest of the people. Of course, none of the statesmen can be indicted while the legislature is in session, nor for fifteen days preceding or following the session, consequently there is no danger but that he will have a quorum present to do business. Practically all Pingree legislation thus far that has had any merit in it has been invalidated by the supreme court. The present may, therefore, furnish the great friend of the people the opportunity of yet putting something on the statute-books which will redound to the credit of his administration. The principal object of the governor, probably, is to give the people an opportunity to say whether they desire the constitution amended so as to permit some such measure as the Atkinson bill to become law. May he be successful.