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THE SCR ANTON TRIBUNE- WEDNESDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 21. 1891.
F. E. WOOD,
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THE SCRANTON TRIBUNE.
SCRANTON". FEBRUARY II, 18M,
MR. GROW S ELECTION.
Kocreaeiitin iu btl personality t he
brightest traditions of the Kspublicutrl
party, and emerging from honorable
retiremsut at the unanimous call of
that party, extended ut a time whin it
was the general desire to secure the
strongest possible representation in
congress, Cialusha A (trow has very
naturally received a tremendous mi
nority of the popular vote. A candi
date less famous would have wou
KMiiJiy, for the reason that industrial
Pennsylvania had interests at stake
far transcending the personal equation.
But iu the case of Mr. Urow, personal
fitness and personal renown bleudod
with the general needs of the com
uionwealth to make his selection vir
tnally one without dissenr.
ll is uu individual fault of Mr. (.crow's
opponent that the Democratic vote has
dwindled down into almost an invnible
quautity. Mr. Hancock, personally, is
uu Htiable gentleman WUOM dapjrtuunt
duriug the canvas has been oue of al
most piteous propriety. Hut he has
the niisfortuue to advocate In this busy
state, and in this eager, practical coun
try, bald economic theories which, In
any other uiuudAue relation thau that
of beautiful and abstract speculations,
would mean ruin to our prosperity,
curtailment to our commerce and a
deadly drain of our monay to foreigu
lauds. The people of Pennsylvania are
disposed to let Mr. Hancock comfort
himself as much as he may choose with
fanciful interpretations of economic
day dreams, but tbey are uot
disposed, so far as they cau interfere,
to convert their industrial centers into
the abodes of owls and bats, nor to
witness with equanimity the transfer
of Penusvlvania thrift to centers of
foreign production. In exchanj for
the poverty and squalor that now form
the continental contrast.
Iu the preseut cougress Mr. Grow
will have little to do. The scene of the
greut economic battle has been shifted
from housd to senate, and the duties of
the former will from this time forward
be light. Nevertheless, iu even the
routine of legislation. Mr. Urow's skill,
experience and ready counsel will prove
valuable national resources. In all the
vast audience of senators and reprsssn
tatives among whom he will take his
place some of whom have been for
three decades active In prablic affairs
there is none who will fail to recognize
in the father of the homestead law and
in the spirited war speaker a peer in
every sense, and in some senses a supe
rior. The twentieth of February. 1894,
has corrected a blunder of which feno
eylvanians bad too long been acqui
The: LOADED pistol and the diseased
temper should be forcibly divorced in
Monday MQiiT'iqninteUeof burglar
ies may have been merely aco-incidence,
but It is a kind of grouping which
Scranton's able police force should
strive to make uncommon. The re
sumption of the burglar industry in
'.his city needs to be followed by a lit
tle extra iufniion of energy into our
guardians of the pace. There is such
a thing as this sort of innocuous police
desuetude becoming monotonous.
In union there is strength. Scran-
tonians should keep together,
THE CENTRAL ISSUE.
There can be no rational differsnce
of opinion as to the abstract justice of
a tax on corporation poles provided, at
the time of the granting of the cor
porate franchise, it li distinctly coven
anted and agreed that these poles sliall
be sul ject to taxation whenever coun
cils my choose to tax them. I.'pon
the one central principle of equity,
touching the right of the municip ility
to insist upon a fair equivalent for
privileges conferred, not only in point
of good service rendered -which, on
the part of the corporations, is, after
all, a business condition of self-defencebut
also In anv reasonable form
of a direct and specific tax. either on
franchise or equipment or both, there
can be builded only one honest opin
ion, and that one which concedes the
justice of this principlo.
Hut all this is somswhat fdretgd to
the present contention in this city. A
recapitulation of the salient facts with
especial reference to the one corpora
tion which is most bitterly assailed,
namely, the Scranton Traction com
pany, would seem to be - desirable as
tending to clear away mlsapprs
tiensions. To begin with, having
purehnsed the rights of the People's
3treet Railway company, whose fran
chise had gone begging, the present
company began immediate concessions
to the public, uncommon In their lib
eral character. It made a three-cent,
fare for workiagmen and a half fare
rate for schoolchildren; which, supple
mented by free transfers, made our
street car service as recular. cheap and
convenient as that of any other city
In the country. The public, In this re
spect, has had no just reason to com -plain.
Fact second in this connsction relates
to a practical condition now existing,
rather than to an abstract principle of
i quit y such as figures largely In the
pole tsx discussion. It la the fact that
the Scranton Traction company owns
in legal form franchise rights putting
it In complete possession of tho situa
tion in this city for a pnod of nine
hundred and ninety- nine yenrs. It may
be argued that such a sweeping grant
covering bo long a time is inexpedient
and unwise. Tun Tkiuunk will not de
bate this point. Its sympathies are
with the people in this matter and it
would gladly welcome the day when
every public franchise grant could be
open, at reasonable intervals, to com
petitive bidders, under regulations as
suring to the public its proper per
centage iu the business which it volun
tarily creates. But this, too, is foreign
to the present cold fact that the Trac
tion company, iu pursuance, doubtless,
of a not uncommon instinct, has taken
advuntage of the prevailing condition
of things to get what it wauled, iu the
fonu it wanted it.
What recourse, then, have we from
a possibility of constant friction toward
the street oar management'' Shall we
invite that friction by beginning u
series of legislative enactments wnic'.i,
however proper enough In theunlvs,
are, at this time and under these cir
cumstances, of doubtful expediency'!
Or, shall we seek by putting the whole
matter on a common-sense basis of
mutual consultation and concession, to
prolong the courteous and progressive
maimer iu which the management of
the Scranton Traction company first
met the people of this city aud com
munity, and particularly the working
classes? This Is the central issue at
present, and The TRIBUNE is frank to
say that it can see very little present
usefulness iu crying over spilled milk,
as illustrated iu the murmur of those
who think that, years ago, the councils
of Scranton should uot have been such
soft aud luscious prey for aggrd
gations of capital that wanted a perma
nent license to monopolize the earth.
IfOiMACK METHODS wil t, uot mar the
Scrautou of 1894,
THE individual who coolly shoots
victims of fancied grievances In a
public street and walks icily away as
if nothing uucommou had happened,
should be warmed up to the novelty
of the situation, If to nothing else.
The ready shooter must go.
IT 18 BELIEVED, at this writing, that
Mr, Hancock has "heard from i'euii
THE BRIDGES WIN
It was a losiug issue from the start
which was waged by economists foar
ful of the cost of two such needed pub
lie improvements as the l.iadeu Street
and Roaring llrook bn Iges. The ueg
ative side had no arguments to present
aud uothiug better upon which to
make a firm stand save sullen opposi -tion
or an easy Indifference to the
progressive welfare of this thriving
aud indomitable city.
The bridges have won, at last, and
with their victory comes a new demon
stration of the moving force of uusel
tish public spirit It has been this
spirit, manifested through a long line
of patriotic citizens from the rudi
mentary stages of Slocum Hollow down
to the metropolitan phases of today,
which has carried Scrautou forward and
as In the aggregates of its wealth, re
sources aud population, upward, until
in the prestige of its enterprises it
ranks third amony our Keystone cities.
It Is this spirit which, triumphant iu
its presnt battle, must move on to new
conquests in shaping the expauded fu
ture of the greater Scrautou that is to
From the exhilaration of this victory.
Scrautouiaus should not relapse into
qniesence or apathy. The avenues for
improvement are many and inviting.
They should be occupied with a steadi
ness of purpose that shall know
ueither discouragement nor pause.
The re-aroused spirit of the
peerless Scranton of the past,
when, flushed with virile youth, ii
forgid ahead with strides that were
fairly wondrous, should be kept at the
highest pitch consistent with staying
qualities until the record of the coming
decade shall see written a substantial
growth fairly vying with the decen
nial record which is now inspiring his
tory. Sow For a vigorous and united pull
toward a greater Scranton !
Ik Mr BlSSELL does some things
whicn the general public cannot ap
prove, it is fair to say that ho does
other things which ring the center bell
of popular approval, One of these lat
ter act ions is his vigorous crusade
against the Louisiana lottery swindle's
new H ondnras departure. While lot
tery gambling will not yield wholly to
this postal boycott, it is something to
know that popular sentiment his forced
the dishonest enterprise into perman ent
Let Mr. Cleveland now come down
with equal suddenness from his H i
wmian high horse, aud much can f l ank
ly be forgiven.
The intimation of Governor McKin
ley at Pittsburg that L -inpcraey'a pres
eut issue of bonds is simply the begin
ning of a series of government debts,
incurred cumulonsly. as new necessi
ties arise, will have widespread cre
dence unless the senate shall utterly
transform the panding tariff bill. At
the outset, we are confronted with the
fact thnt this bill, if enacted in its
present ahsps, would create seventy
five million dollars of annual deficiency,
whereas the pressnt bond issue will
net, in temporary revenu", about ten
million dollars less That Is to say,
making no calculation as to the Inter
est payable on these floating lives, the
Wilson tariff bill, if passed in its ex
isling form, would, although each year
we were to offer a new issue of bonds
upon the terms governing the issue of
l-'j-l put us each year ten million dol
lars deeper Into the hole of national
In order to make this thing even
clearer, lit us illustrate the 'case by
supposing that John Smith is a mer
chant who does a yearly business that
leaves him seventy five million dol
lars in debt; that is, John's receipts are
seventy. five million dollars less than
his necessary disbursements John goes
to wealthy friends and offers to give
his note for fifty million dollars, paya
ble in tin years with interest at live
per cent This bargain is closed, und
John's credit is so good m id'i go un
der a bettor business manager than be
has at present- -that, in order to get
his note, with five per cent., those
friends give John a premium The
question which the American psople
are called upon to ask, with referenee
to their own case, is how many years
John can stand it to run thus heavily
behind In his collections, borrow
money at five per cent, interest and
till command, in the financial mark
ets, a respectable rating of his prom
We nre upon the threshold of grave
financial uncertainty. In m time of de
ficit we are asked to incur new deficit,
and to tide the matter over by iesuiug
government promisee to pay. At a thin
when our manufacturers need protec
tion from foreign competition, we are
asked to open wider the nation's doors,
let in a greater alum lance of foreign
made itoods and send out, in payment,
the hard-won gold that ia our only
guarantee against downright bank
ruptcy How long can even the Amsr -ican
nation, rich as it is in energy,
hope and resources, stand this kind of
treatment'' How long will the govern
incut credit boar up under this two
In certain Houlhern states, when
debts become troublesome, these debts
are promptly repudiated The section
iu which this is true Is domiuaut now
at Washington. Something new must
happen. Will federal repudiation come
Is an article calling attention to the
unwisdom of the political rule which,
in many iuitauces, retires an efficient
state legislator just as he is beginning
to acquire recognition aud achieve real
usefulness, the Pittsburg Times cites,
among other possinle examples, Repre
sentative John It. Farr. Our lJitts
burg contemporary Is grandlv correct
in its fundamental point; but wo do
not believe that Voters of the b'irst dis
trict will yet accept the retirement or
Mr. Farr. lie is too valuable for that,
and too well appreciated.
THERE IS only one permanent solu
tion to the overhead wire and unsightly
pole nuisance. It must be buried.
The coiumuuitv will not be safe while
these deadly strings of steel aud ugly
wooden sticks remain suspended over
its hen. I. Scranton has set the pace iu
so many things that it ought to Uud it
au easy matter to reach t practical,
equitable and lasting adjustment of
The constant friction arising from
arbitrary departmental definitions of
second and third class mail matter ren
ders timely Representative Hooker's
effort to get a uniform and reasonable
rate for all printed matter. The day
has passed when the publishing busi
uess can hang on the slender thread of
any department official's uncertain
Probably soother single fact so clear
ly illustrates the business depression
caused mainly by tin incompetent ua
tiomil administration as does the state
ment that the National Union bank of
New York city has reduced the rate of
interest deposits from 3 to H per cent.
With money hoarded and industry
stagnant, will the American senate de
liberately proceed to make things
THE MORATORY, period of this com
ing spring ought to bring to Scranton
a geuercus list of promising new in
dustrles. The enterprises will come, if
they are proffered reasonable induce
ments. We ueed them. They need
us. Let us get together.
The INCREASE in Luzarne's license
applicants over last year is a known
number, two hundred and twelve; but
the increase in "speak oasios" oilers
unlimited room for guessing.
. . - -
Mi: HERRING can now get out his
snickersnee and whirl it as fast as he
pleases. Election is over, and the
civil service "bluff'' it iu readiness to
take a Bpringtime nap.
Protection does'nt mean ouo thing
to one section and another thing to an
other section. Tho protectionist is
consistent in his willingness to make
the benefits of his system uniform.
An INCREASE in one year of forty-
eight applicants for liquor lisense in
this county indicates at lenst one in
dustry thnt hasn't been ruined by the
THERE is no need of Americans jump
ing on Willis, f resident Hole is en
tirely qualified to do that task to per
S rantumans will have breathing
room hereafter. The spring tonic trade
will correspondingly decline,
It was a protection tidal wave; a
regulur home market freshet, so to
THE POISONER of the franchise must
be treated to a penitentiary nutlseptic.
Mr. Gladstone is the liveliest "re
tired'' man in Knropoan politics.
FREE TRADE In Pennsylvania should
be unfolded to the marines.
SCRANTON 18 a poor place iu which to
truth, sir. it is a little hard to decide be
tween left aud center. 7.'in Siliny.
Bomb Passing Thoughts,
Mnuy a winning smile is like the gold
plating upon brass jewelry somewhat de
ceptive. The man who did uot vote for the parks
limit feel almost Jnieim uuuucli to iwlmiru
Street oar OOndUOtOH and newspaper
publishcm are the only people on earth
who can please everybody.
The individual who buys goods out of
town aud lets the home merchant starve is
h free trader lo a small way.
The mott Striking liberation of total cul
Input generally occurs When the heavy
weight champion of the gyiniiaiuin is
imked by his wife tu bnugapail of coal
from the cellar. -
A HP TBS
n,i UtJteHona No Inconvenience No loss
.f tiinu. Treatment at youf own home. Uurti
after utuei-1...-; i. .i i alt
Ask your iirugtiist for PHO-BE'JIOS, Con
ultatlon and treatment free, Aiidrfm, con
ftaeuHally, "PHO-RE'-NOS CUBE" CO.,
Tripping down tho aido walks snowy,
Bravely wading thruiigli the slush,
Mmltwtly her skirts uplifting.
Vet without the slightest blush,
l-'.thel wends her way, regardless
Which rim . lie tho easlevt routes.
Stilish to her lia, otl its terrors
She has on her rubber hoots.
.Semen ile Journal.
She What do you consider the uioit
winning attribute, JoliD?
John Well, next to a royal Hush I think
I would rather hulil four aces.
"Why do fan nign your name. I. John
II li. Ii. UronsouV " asked Hawkins.
"Because it is my name," said Uronson
"I was christened by a minister who etut
tered." Spare Moments.
Central Wurder Did you yule on tho
Suburban Warder -Naw. Up In our
district tho electiou was held iu tho old
Iron housM us unuut.
"I llud my li 'in i iu in end walciuif htivo
saved us many dollars."
"Hut 1 thought you couldn't eat it, you
"We don't, but I can make, playthings
for the baby out of It. und they uover
break or wear out."- Uhicayu Inter Uctan.
This is tho season of tho year that the
average tenant becomes diseatlstied with
high rents aud seek-in house where ho
will have to pay more
"1 am no artist iu color blendlug," re
marked the mustard plaster, "but I can
Father-Well, Thomas, you have gradu
ated from college nud are now ready for
your life work. What will be your held'
Son (thoughtfully) --Well, to tell the
IS SHOWING SOML DRtSSY
FOR SPRIHG WEAR
IN THE REALM OF SILK
THIS la not our own thought, but It Is the remark recently made by "iif of the many lady admirers
of our large, new collection of Silks: The countless styles, patterns and qualities shown by us now
would Oil a volume if we went into detail. Japanese, Chinese, French and American sill; looms are
all represented and in the acme of perfection in both the printers' and weavers' an.
To dwell iu poetic fancy over them would be an insinuation upon your perceptive faculties. There,
tore, we will simply ask you to call and see, when re an- quite sure that your sens- of ecstatic appreehv
tion will be aroused by the spread placed before you.
In former years the purchase of a silk dnss was frequently looked upon as an act of extravagance.
Today, really il is a matter of economy, because silks are actuall. cheaper than hih class dress material's.
21-inch Printed Silk Pongees, that are good and very beautiful, only 29c.
21-inch Printed China Silks, of the most exquisite designs, 49c.
24-inch Real Japanese Hahtnai Silk, made upon hand looms; full of life and
durability; colorings fast; washable as any cotton fabric; every design; a poetic
dream of loveliness. Only 63c.
23-inch Corean Silks, cream grounds, floral designs, washable. Only 49c.
If you haven't secured one of our -button Kid Cloves, in
all colors, at 39c. a Pair do so before they are gone. They
cannot last the week out.
Office Supplies of all kiuds
Inks and Mucilages
WIRT, W ATERM A N and FRAN K
LIN FOUNTAIN PENS.
Aeuts lor Crawford's I'ens and
Buck's Flexible Rubber Stamps.
Stationers and Engraven
817 LACK A W A N N A AVE.
(goldsmith Brothers cS: Company.
DO YOU SELL?
OR ARE YOU
Of Mixed Candy, Clear Toys,
or any style Of Candy or Nuts,
Express VagooB, Velocipedes,
Tricycles, loll Cabs, Drums
or Toys of every kind.
China Dolls, Was Dolls,
Patent Uolls, Jointed Dolls,
uuy kind ofdoll from 'J'lCto &1 j
SLEDS OR SLEIGHS
For Roys, Girls or Dolls, in
Maple, Dak or Iron, from 25c.
We have llio goods and our
prices are riylit. Wholesale
J. D. WILLIAMS Si BRO,
314 Lacka. Ave.
V makes BPCIALTV of lapplylng ootn
' mlttaM (or Mmduy s-liuolb. Fairs, Ptttlralt
NORM AY I HON
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It R. SIMKLS
Bittenbender & Co., Scranton,
Wholesale and retail dealers' in Wnoniuakers' and Blacksmiths
THE DICKSON MANUFACTURING CO.
ICR AUTOS AND WILKES-BARRE, TA.. MANUFACTURERS O?
Locomotives and Stationary Engines, Boilers,
HOISTING AND PUMPING MACHINERY.
General Ortii e. SCRANTON. TA,
CAPES 18 INCHES DEEP.
French Coney Chubs, 19 IMBM dNp.
t I MM, 1 t"". " " ..
Aatl Hklian ('iiit8, " "
Ataraahan Cai, " 11 ..
Uyucl UpuHiuui Capel " " ,,
Monttt Capea, " .
Monkey Cupes, " " ..
Nut Otter CapiM, " " .
Nat. Otter -'pe-i, " " .
Krimnifr Capen, 11 ' .
Heaver Capes, " ,
Nutria capes, " "
s a! nr P TsiHti Cap s " .
Alaska Heal Capes, ' " .
Alaska Seal Capes, " ,
Mink Capaa. " " ,
Brown Marten Capes " " .
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CAPES 22 INCHES DEEP
Astrakhan Capen, :M inches deep 511) IW
Haltie Sea Capea. ' 1.1 UU
Kloctlic Heal Capea. " 15 UU
French Coney Capea, " B (X)
Mink Capet, M HI
Brown Marten Capes, " &U U)
M"iikcy Capes, " '.'OUO
Highest Cash Prices Paid for Raw Furs.
Repairing Furs a Specialty.
EDWIN G. LLOYD
423 Lackawanna Avenue.
SALE IF THE WALTER'S STOCK
For the Next 10 Days.
ioo pieces Twilled Toweling, best
quality, bleached, 3;4c.
o pieces Glass Toweling, red and
blue checks, 4;4C.
10 doen Turkey Red Table
Cloths, size 84, only 69c.
) pieces Table Linen (wide)
Damask and Red, only 22c.
3 cases Amoskea Ginghams,
worth Sc., only 4;4C.
1 case Fruit of the Loom Muslin,
warranted one yard wide,
1 case Unbleached Muslin. 1 yd.
wide, Sc. quality, only 5;4C.
3 cases New Dress Calicos, worth
;c. a yard, only 4 '4c.
10 pieces Black Cashmere, worth
1 2 1 .c . , only 5c.
65 pieces Cashmeres, all colors,
worth 35c, only 21c.
Ladies' Jackets, all sizes, worth
7. 50, only $3.75.
Ladies' Jackets, all si.cs, worth
$10 to $1 -'. 50, only $5.
doen Ladies' Merino Vests
and Pants, 50c, quality, only
37 dozen Ladies' Wool Ribbed
Vests, worth $1,25, only 65c.
iS dozen Cents' Natural Wool
$1.25 Underwear at 75c.
18 do. Cents' Grey I nderwear,
75c. quality, only 44c.
sale: at both stores:
The Fashion I Our New Stores
308 Lacka. Ave.
400-402 Lacka. Ave.
ASK YOUR GROCER AND INSIST UPON HIS FURNISHING YOU WITH
HE DUTHE1L STUDIO
LACK AW INN A AVEME,
SCIt .AN TON, PA,
DBLICIOU8.MJLDBUOAR OUBBS ABSOLUTELY PUBH
EVERY NAM AND PAIL. OF LARD BRANDED.
mnfjfgfnan THK STOWERS PACKING CO., SCRANTON, FA
i Tr avino UAOB tontnwl vtUj
1 iinuiti .." . ' . ill 1111.1 uui 1
fl o Iraimii lietween now aud Curat
AA A nio.-i. 1 ih tuHiwiuunop t tho nub
i Dotbftl 1 win main ;i QKMuiNb
Llin'iN rwuiHAli , , .1 ; r in
any mall one AllSuLUTKl.Y FREE OV
LATttsT ktI.:s OF FRAME! Hum
S'J so irw.tKii.
K . pur cent, lem than regular prioj.
B. ULXUKIL, Artist.