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Be it understood that The DemoCBAT Standard War A.tlas is complete in every detail. There is no body of land or water on earth that it does not clearly show. Not only that, but the maps have rare artistic beauty. Finer colorings are not shownin the expensivo atlaseswhich cost $10.00 or more. The atlas is ven as a premium with one years gibscription to The Demorat. u The picture of Editor Helber transerring hls affection to Hank Smith's candidacy was taken by "FU-shlight." "We are assured that the rope with which the northern entrance to the court house is tied up is not one of Judon's strings. The terms upon which Judson's Rougtt Riders will be mustered into Hank Smith's army of invasión have not been made public. "To do or not to do, that's the question," says Editor Moran as he reflecte upon Editor Helber's appointment upon the congressional committee. The eyes of the beholders who line up daily behind the Main st. breastworks are not dazzled by the rapidity with which the work of paving progresses. A careful perusal of the Detroit newspapers leads to the belief that Gen. Duffleld, Freddie Alger and Chappie McMiüan are the only pebbles on rhe Santiago beach. Editor Helber is not half as sure that :he Democrats will win in this congressional district this fall as he was before he accepted a seat ín Hank Smith's band wagon. "He comes of fighting stock" has become a stock expression. This applies to people who shoot off thelr mouths as well as to those who handle more formidable weapons. Since Candldate Smith has left his Washtenaw interests in charge of the Rough Riders he may expect his relations with the Register office to become somewhat strained. A handbill from Flat Rock announces tha't Candidate Smith and ex-Candidate Wedemeyer will lay siege to the hearts of the people of that vicinity next Saturday. Grant Fellows will chaperone the party. Miss Jennie Schley, the young American who is securing considerable notoriety by her efforts to conduct poace gotiations with the queen of Spain on her own hook, could be better engaged in the domestic economy of her father's household. Editor Helber might use that congressional editorial of his in which he says that turning down such men as Wedemeyer will drive the Gercnan-Americans from the Republican party as some extra fine dressing for the 3ish of crow he is obliged to eat. This is the time of year when the board of public works should get a hump on itself and see that the luxuriant erop of noxious weeds which festoon the borders of many of our outlying streets and wave in wild profusión on vacant lots are laid low. If Spain approaches Washington with the idea that she will find a special bargain counter for peace goods, she has something yet to learn. "We have no peace at any price left. American blood which has been lost on Cuban BOil must be dearly paid for. If the stories which come from. Santiago are true, the Cubans have much to learn before they are able to distinguish between civil liberty and 11cense. Before they will be permitted to run things on the island wilh a free hand it will be necessary for them to "show suitable profleiency in the preceding work." State Insurance Commissioner Campbell is doing the people of this state an excellent service in correcting the oporations of those Insurance companies which have held out low assessments as a bait for membership. Insurance which is offered at less than cost is no insurance at all. Companies which offer insurance at such rates are not conducted upon business principies and sooner or later disaster must overtake them. Spain has sued for peace. From this we infer that Spanish honor has been sufflciently satisfled by Manila, Santiago and the lesser incidents which have marked the course of lts satisfaction But from what we have learned of the Spanish character we may expect that terms of peace drawn up in Madrid will meet with amendments in Washington which will cause still greater sacriflces upon the already gory altar of Spanish pride. The danger to this country from an extended colonial pplicy will not arise from the difflculties of governing the colonies, but from the danger .hat the "strong" government required to control the heterogenous populations subjects abroad would induce too strong a government at home. A strons government is among the remotest needs of the American people. The term imperialism is used somewhat vaguely in wmnection with what the people of this country make up their mind to do in the matter of extending their real estáte holdings. We are in a fair way to acquire the Philipplnes, Cuba and Porto Rico. We might also plek up a few more scatlering parcels now assessed to Spain. But wlien that is concluded we will have to rest for want of more worlds to conquer. The question of imperialism then resolves itself into a disposition of this territory. A Washington dispatch conveys the Information that President KcKlnley's answer to Spain's peace overtures will contain the following stipulations: The inaependence of Cuba under the protecüon of the United States. The cession to the United States of the island of Porto Rico. The retention by the United States of the Ladrone islands. The permanent cession to the United SUte3 of a coaling station in the Pliilippine islands with somec ast iron agreement, which will bind Spain to a form of government which will be satisfactcry to the people of the islands in case she is allowed to retain sovereignty. Thls country can have but one answer to Spanish proposals for peace. We engaged in the war for a deftnite purpose -the expulsión of Spanish authority from the island of Cuba. In undertaking that job we have incidentally come into possession of the Philippine islands and Porto Rico. Porto Rico should become ours as a partial indemnity for the trouble and expense Spanish perversity has put us to in suppressing Spanish barbarity upoix this connent. A3 to the Philippine Spííln ñas demonstrated her inability to give them a stable government. Her atrocities have been even greater there than in unhappy Cuba. While we have no particular use for those islands, it would be an outrage upon humanity to return them to Spanish dominion. Having taken possession of them it is s, duty which we owe to the civilization of which we boast that we also guarantee to the pie of the Philippines and to the foreign commerce centered there a stable government. Until the natives are able to perform that service it will be necessary for an American protectorate to perform it. The best terms Spain can now expect from this country is the immediate withdrawal of her troops and the surrender of her authority in all of tlüs territory. Until Spain is ready to do this the administration will make a serious mistake if it does not prosecute the war with unabated vigor.


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