Newspaper Page Text
TJIE SCIl ANTON TBIBUNE WEDNESDAY MOBN1NG. MABCH 14. 1891.
F. E. WOOD,
Ptmimn tlAll.Y AND WEEKLY 1! SCItAN-
tos, pa., uy thk tluboba fublibuino
New Voiik Orrio: TntncNs Buildiso.
Frank 8. Ouay. Manaoer.
CutereJ at the Pottoffkt at SrfOMlOM,
Stcvnd Clait Mail Matter.
THE SCRANTON TRIBUNE.
SCRANTON, MARCH 14, ISM.
Satlvr offerings will not catch tho 'i' of
the multitude until they art) pioperliail
ccrtiseU in the lecnlini Sermkto paper.
THE POLE TAX AGAIN.
In onr lcoul report of Inst lYSDing'l
session of the tax committee of select
council will be found complete
presentation of the virions flsWSSX-jir-.'sied
by ri'preent tive of ilie elec -tric-l
OOmpuiM S-fsottd by the pend
ing tlollur pole tax orJluaiico. K.ieli
stattimeiit merits attentive perusal. It
if tte Him of TBI Tuuunk in tlii unt
ter, s in till similar iisues effecting
in large uiomiuo t!ie welfare
of the city, to j;ivt lerery side
n fuir bearing and to reach
no oonolttsion without havinif first
houettly and earnestly sougat to weigh
ell tbe ptsssnttd evnleuce. la this in
stance we shall reserve the right to df
fer consideration of the special pleas of
the slsotriasl company SgtBtl uutil we
can discuss tbeiu at greater length ami
with more care than u possible in the
brief time elapsing before these words
must bo placed iu, type Taere has
bseu. in the recsnt discussion of this
pole tax ordinance, rather too
in'K'h snap judgment and too little
cusfnl thought We d not inteud to
fall iuto the error of dismissing, in
flipjwut fMbloD, ft object tht properly
dessrves the belt an I lovxt pradent
attention that can be aceorded to it.
For the present, ttien, we sball cotitine
ourselves to a suiamry of the actual
statements made before the tax com
mittee, togstbsr with som casual
comments with reference to the peo
ple's side of the case.
In his statement in behalf of the II
lamiaatiog, Heat and Power company.
Dr. R II. Throop dwell upon the fict
that bit company was not ptyiug divi
dends and did not Sipcol soon to pay
any. Under the circumstances, he did
not regard s t ix on its polls as a fair
procolare on tbe part of a city which
had eucouragsd toe location of nw in
dastriss here by offers of exemption
from taxation. A similar statement
was mad by F. E. Piatt, representing
the Suburban Electric Lija: compiny.
The pies of Richar l O'Brien, for the
Western Union Telegraph company and
the Central Telephone company, was
iu corresponding vein, and devoted
much attention to the smallness of the
telegraph company's dividend end the
increasing expense of the telephone
company'! necessary improvements.
General M.tna?sr Arcuer, for the
Scrauton Traction company, reviewed
the progress made by bii corporation
dnring the period of his active manage
ment, cited the liberal concessions
made to the people of Scrantou and the
improved service givjn them, and stat
ed that arrangement werj already in
progress for the introduction of
safety feuders an 1 of combination poles
that would do away with 7-5 p?r cent,
of the supports now drttina: Leka-
Wanaa avenue. Tae spiecn of H. E.
Paine on b;half of the boird of trade
was a contention in favor of tbe ordi
nance not chiefly because of the rev--
that its enactment would produce,
ba: tec ION it would reduce the large
present number of dangerous and u.v
aightly p:es. The committee, after
aecret session, dscllsd to report tbe or
dinance without recommendation.
Thus it will be seen that the funda
mental point toward which tiiis whole
discussion must oo:i-r or later tend
-was studiously avoids 1. There is no
general wish on the part of the citizens
of Scranton to pnrsns a policy of black
mail and extortioa toward theie cor
porations. There is certainly no wide
spread desire to unnecessarily barraae
them in tne propir pnrsnit of their re
spective business funetions. Tho plea
that Is made even by radical advocates
of the pole tax. does not assume and
dare not assume any snch viru
lent shape. Intelligence and fairness
must chsrnctariz) action iu this mat
ter, not malev.lence, illihrality, cu
pidity or spite. What Ecrautonlaas
want 1 such an enjoyment by the olec
trlcal companies of public franchises as
will give them reasonable opportuni
ties of profitable operation without en
croaching lntoleraoly upon the people's
r-qusl rights. The Tribune has not
upported tbe pole Ux proposition be
cnuss it believes it to be a halting and
compromising meesnre, and it sees
no new reason to recede from
that position. On the contrary,
it believes that we can do
better than to sell the right to de
face onr streets at $1 p3r defacement.
It believes that before this agitation
ball have ceased we can persnade, if
possible, or, if necessary, compel these
electrical companies, despite tbeir pro
testations of pecuniary embarrassment,
to pnt every overhead wire In neat and
convenient curbstone condnlta. split
every ugly pole into kindling wood and
throw every ugly crosi bar to the jnok
It is indeed significant that business
man who little more than one year g
conld not find words ot abuse emphatic
enough to voice their sentiments to
ward Senator Hill, are now sending
delegations to him praying for Ins in
tercession and influence against the
proposed destructive tariff. It makes
B decided difference whose ox Is gored.
It strikes ns that the Democratic
manaxers of the Pennsylvania "ma
chine" are wasting a good deal of
precious time In tbelr failure to make
arly efforts to captnr n gubernatorial
victim. Their convention Is only a
little more than three months off, and
yet nota single advertisement baa been
inserted for sealed bids on the forth
Under ordinary clrcumstanoas, per
haps it would not be necessary to feel
in any particular hurry with reference
to tins little detail, Hut this year the
earlier the victim gets his name re
corded on tho slate, the longer will be
bis chance for preparation and atone
ment. Innsmnch as his fun will bo
limited strictly to the few fleeting
weeks preceding J the November elec
tion, it would seem to be no more than
common kindness to start tho ball roll
ing at once.
Suppose, then, that onr Democratic
friends by common consent drop this
silly twaddle about "re organizition"
and "harmony" mid proceed to getiulo
a position where they will have some
thing to reoraulzy So long ns the
only rffect of this uioon-btylng was to
amuse Commodore Siugnrly, tho public
was disinclined to protest; but now
that he, too, begins to show signs of
weariness, why not end tiia farce alto
gether and strip for business.
R-publlcmis want somebody to prae
PROFESSIONAL nniii.UY to warring
client does not necessarily meati that
opposing attorneys must do their legal
sparring with five ouuee glove.
Bbmatod Quay's anxiety to resist an
Inquiry into nlloged seiuitorlal stock
jobbing had its origin, it is said, iu bis
desire to shield a frieud Such motive
may be creditable to the senator's sym
pathies, but it doe not wholly nnrtlc j
toallav popular alarm. If any senator,
whatever bis partv or name, has been
guilty of playing with tho public con
fidence to the enrichment of his own
purse, and the fact can bs proved, he
deserve to have his name eternally
listed amoug traitors and renegades.
With each day of tariff delay addiug
millions of uew impoverishment to the
American people, it is no time to bold
back legislation for private speculative
THIS is, indeed, a bad year for Dsm
ocrats, as both McKsilt and Divver
would seem justified iu observing
General Manager Archer's promise of
improved safety feuders on every street
car of tbeScractou Traotiou company
within three months will yet further
recommend hi progressive mauaue
meut to the people of this city. So far
a the central fact i construed, it is
immaterial what considerations miy
nave prompted his auuouucemeut of
this improvement before a committee
of councils charged with weighing the
pole tax ordinance. It is enough for
great majority of our ottisina to know
that the runniug of can in crowded
street will soon net involve the risk to
life and limb which it now involves, no
matter bow carefully the can are run.
Sttbddlary questions cin be attended
: to later.
To equip the 100 cars of th traction
company with those improved fender
will involve an outlay of n large inta
of money Mr. Archer intimates that
the cost will approximate $10, 000. Bot
whether the totnl Le below cr beyond
tbii snia, it will prov j a p tying invest
ment, and one that will in the end hi
of mutual benefit. The traction com
pany is not a corporation enjoying im
munity from law suits. It is not a
thinf which can, for any length of
time, successfully defy public senti
ment. It has made its highest divi
dends when best striviug to please its
patrons. And it wiil doubtless en
lenvor in the future, a in the past, to
continue these amicable relations with
the pople whom it serves upon which
alone u lasting success is conditioned.
Mr. Archer explained last evening
that he had been considering the ques
tion of fenders for tbe past three
months, but has ben repeatedly disap
pointed at the failure of mtny boastel
model to realiz i expectations. He has
at last, however, discovered a typs of
fender which reasonably fulfils the
conditions of safety, efficiency and
practical cost. It is to be hoped
that there will be DO avoidable delay
ia the accomplishment of their attach
ment on all local cars. While traction
accidents in this city have been sur
prisingly few, considering the large
volume of traffic and the necsssa.'ily
rapil and frequent movement of cars,
it will be to the mutual interest of
company and patrons to expedite all
feasible precautions ngainU them.
Tbu Scrantoo continues to set the
Sow that Fioss Croker is comfortably
close to the Mexican border, perhaps it
wonld be wise for him to stay there
and await developments.
In TBI Philadelphia Press ei-Minis-ter
Charles Emory Smith pays a high
tribute to the character, scholarship
and diplomatic nsefnlness of Consul
Oeneral John M Crawford, whom it Is
proposed to supersede at St. Petersburg
by a raw Democratic recruit. Mr
Smith justly arraigns the false parti
san policy which disrupts onr whole
consular service with each veering of
the home partisan pnls. No doubt,
in principle, one party is as guilty in
this respect the other; bnt that
only proves that both need vigorous
amendment. Until men are trained
and retained iu this branch of the for
eign service so that they shall become
a fair mutch for the professional
diplomatist of Europe, there will be
no answer to the ilemoitratio cry which
rails for the oulriirht abolition of the
whole system of official foreign representation.
tion. It is probably true that in his;owu
mind Lord llosebery think there are
Issues that in the ultimate analysis are
more important than the pending pro
blem of Irish autonomy. One of these
undoubtedly is tho radical reformation
of the purlianieut nt Westminster.
Until the hostility of tho lords, fanned
bv the sullen anger of a irmDathttio
jneen and by tho foreseen jeopardy of
their own hereditary "rights, " shall be
overcome or at Uaet mitigate 1, the im
mediate prospect of satisfactory home
rule law is not bright, lc will doubt less
bo Lord Koiebery's purpose to re
move this obstacle lirst, before proceed
ing the full length of the government's
programme Certainly, such u clearing
of the way is undoubtedly essential ;
aud any promises of home rule without
it would be fairly open to suspicion
Bnt in the end, as we have repeat
edly suid. borne rule Is certain of
triumph, becanst it is certainly just
nnd right. The Libsral party cannot
niford, ns a tactical move, to drop this
question, now or at miy future time
short of its satisfactory adjustment
To do so would be to justify all the ac
cumulated Troy charge of insincerity
and bad faith. It would be to publish
in universal history that Mr. Olad
stone.the greatest commoner since Pitt,
was nlo the greutest hypocrite linoi
Cain. A party which should thus
cravouly reverse itself would be
laughed aud iiered aud flouted into
permaueut exile, aud it leader would
thus sign the warrant aud affix the red
seal ot their own political executiou.
Fortuuately Lord ltosebery Is not a
candidate for the idiot prize.
NOW i n a i' the other fellow is licked,
perhaps ths suecessful llrazilian fac
tion, thuselovatdd tu to patriots, will con
descend to tell us what it was all about.
Tin; United Status senate, like
Crust's wife, undoubtedly ought to be
above suspicion, Hut It isn't, nor will
if .-tide,! senatorial diguity in this sugar
transaction look otherwise to a large
proportion of oitilSDR than as nn awk
ward corroboration of suspected guilt
Republicans will not help mi. There
fore I don't see how I cau act any dif
ferently from tho way In which I
have noted ull along. That man
who, as governor of the wealth
iest, largest aud by all odds the most
Influential American state, Wiinks hhi
luty extends no further than to the
fruud-working element to which ho
owes his election, no longer deserves
sympathy, pity or even tolerance. He
hould be treuted iu slruightforward
and emphatic manner to the too of the
EDITOR BwbblKY exultantly auuoun-
es that his bright Wllliaiusport Sim
ill continue to ''riliine in the pathway
that leads to tho success of Democratic
prioolplss." The receipt of pOStOUIOS
peMjuitdtcs has ever a etreugthenitii;
Heat ou cuckoo loyalty.
CarelesnneM.' Vrifhtful Cost.
It him been estimated that the. annual
loss by reason of the prevalence of tuber-
ular uUeftSe in tli" I'm ..I States is not
less than 1100,000,000. That this is no ex
aggeration uiav he easily inferred from
tho fuel, that lua.bO'l person- annually out
f i-.ih.-i. nl u infliction i I'll iluttiu, il
has been asserted by physicians, repiv-
sent two year of liesneaii and this is
niiva lent In u cmtliinnx itrenoi tluii uI
ii7,oiki persons who arc always on tbe road
to tho cemetery trciui un particular pie
litabht cause. Considered In the light
of thesn nggiegatnx. the neglect ot sum
larv precaution tulles oa the churuclur ur
A Plain Invllatlnu to Panto.
.'.i '." ( I'll , fYSIfff iei.
Can It be true that there ih really any
cousiderublo body of uihm Iu this country
who wish to sau our money llat uiouey.de
ueuditig ou and hacked, not by cotu, but
n nud by tun cuveniiiient ntaiup n n
Can it bn trim that there Is any cousld ar
able body that Is willing t us banish
thu geld dollar, both as rlrcalutlou and as
the ulundard of vulue. and substitute the
nlver dollar.dehased at. It Is, less than min
imi f the value el the cold dollar? W
shudder to think of whut Would happeu if
this were attempted.
Not a Cordial Farewell.
liithrco Weeks tbe Maryland lugislatui'0
will adjourn, und there will bo many dry
eyes in the state whun that interesting
TliK omul who can make one tnie
graph pole do tUo work now done
by three will need no larger title deed
Prophets of evil take advantage of
each new chnnce to harm i tho progress
of the movement for homo rule. Their
cry that Mr, Gladstone's voluntary re
tirement, at a time when hh strength
and power and Infl tence were at peri
helion, meant the overthrow of his
policy mi l ths virtual Abandonment of
the Irish movement was ridiculous
upon Its face. Discerning persons saw
that Lord ltosebery could not, la a
night, veto tho projects which the yet
living and dominant Gladstone bad
nurtured during unxiou yours ; and
the most of them hud made up their
minds, even before his reoent speech,
that ho would not do this if he could.
That speech, therefore, with Its un
reserved Acceptance of the premier's
plans and the frank aud cordial pro
mise of prolonged fight along the fami
liar battle lines, comes as an ex
pected, although agreeable, conflrma-
BILaMD has fought too long nnd
too earnestly for home rule to let n
passiug feeling of petulance jeopard its
An annual custom at the university
ot .Notre Uam ou 1ieturs hundav is
to award a gold medal of honor to the
Catholic layman who has best
distinguished himself iu tome civic and
intellectual direction. Considerable
comment has been occasioned by the
fact that the managers of this in
stitutiou made the award for 1S91 to
Angnstin Daly, the playwright ami
manager. Although opinion has been
in the main commendatory, there have
been chance expressions which suflic
to indicate that n good dnal of the old
repugnance to "mere player folk" re
mains yet to be overcome before there
can be sal 1 to exist a spirit of entire
farness toward one of the nnst
arduous, exactiug nnd ill-requited of
artistic pursuit. But the unreserved
recognition by a for emost Ca;holic
college of the breadth a nd significance
of Angustiu Daly's work carries with
it tbe inferential recognition of the
drama as a whole and goes far toward
lifting the undeserved odium which
old-time prejadico among both Protes
tant ana Latliolics insisted upon
placing upon the mimetic stage.
Iu this step toward sentimental jui
ice the church has acted with unerring
discretion, both as to the : election
of the benificiary of its token of honor,
and as to the time of such recognition.
In tbe entire list of American drsmati
factor no name is so Ultimately and
persistently connected with nil this ele
vating and refining in our drama ns is
that of Augustin Daly. Whre other
managers, iu many instances, have
sought lo attract temporary patronage
by frivolous or meretricious methoh
Mr Daly bas laid down as the two
roles of his life, artistic thoroughness
and fidelity. Upon that basis h' lias
presented himself before the appreci
ative portion of tbe Amarlcan people.
sometimes meeting with discourage
m'-nt, often sustaining fiuanciul loss
but always iiiflsxible in his determina
tion to achieve the best results by the
truest and cleanest methods. If rewar
has been slow in coming it is ut least
permanent when it does come; for
while rival managers with cheape
methods may shoot meteorically
nltiwart the theatrical iinnainont, now
rising into brilliancy and SD00 sinking
into darkness find eclipse, Augustin
1 1 i shines with steadily iuoreaiing
lustrous a nxfd star thst today light
two grateful contlnanti with the purity
of its artistic rftillgoiict.
In doing justice to this notably de
serving career, the trustees of the nol
versity of Notre Dame have, it is be
iieved, bnilded n broader foundation
than thy thoiustlves are aware of
Their' is a lifting of the bun which
ha for centuries retted upon tbe work
era of the stage. It i the glimmer
dawning Spprtolstton which, as surely
ns it brightens Into general and itir
mautnt sympathy, will inevitably ex
net from the votaries of the theater
higher morality and loftier standards
of individual character, upon penalty
of ostracism and rejection. For the
anomalous spectnele of a great profes
siou hounded nnd dogg-d by pultli
sentiment nutil laxity of morais and
IndifferSUOS as to deportmvut have be
r une its iiecnnd nature, the public it
self, not the profession, Is primarily to
blame. When thre shall be the same
opportnnillen of honest appreciation
nail polite recognition open to nntors
that now cx'.eiid bnforo onr lawyer,
touchers and doctors, thorn will of no
cesslty com n lifting of tho standuids
of conduct to a higher and better plunn
and in this evolution society will
UCliTAlN TYPS OF hlue grass aris
tocrscy evidently would be none th
worse for a liberal instalmunt of bins
GoVKitNoKFl.uwi.it base '.Hid to I
an objret of Indignation, in connection
with tho Iroy murder, anil hni b
come, lusteud, simply nn object of
pitying contempt, To a gtntlemau
who conversed with him recently with
reference to the ltoss murder, he I
represented nt having SSN! "What
am I to do? What can 1 dot I um
Democrat; wus elected by Democrats
and cannot look anywhsro else fo
support. 1 cannot run canter to my
purtyjifldo, I stand solitary. Tbe
Ths PalhoK irleal Puzz'e.
CafcofO DtipQU h.
Dim Couuhliu is tree but it is a mystery
bow Kclcruols of the liver Could have
caused those thirteen uiuiiug wonuds on
lr C.oniu's heud.
Ons Calamity AvirUd.
This year is iiot without its bright spots.
Ueorge l-'raucis Tratu bus lost a truukf el
Do Y hi Rf jr lo QrovsiP
limituiehi 2YmS, Urin.
I no people or thu United Mutes cun
never win by electiug ungels to tho prcsl
dency and assos to courcs.
Fr s Trade's Fallaciousness.
Wbon people haven't the money, they
can't buy, no mutter how cheap may be
the necessaries unite.
Deceive O ily the Blind.
Tariff refenn in u free trade skin only
deceives those, who . . t: i: eyes of their
Will buy in the
wav ui a
European Plan. Kirnt-r.lass Dr sttnehnl.
It, put ler llergiiei A Kngel's Taniih.mei r
It Col 15th and f iltot Mladi
ItMt ib'Kirahlo for resliliMit of N E. I'ntin'
pylvsiiin. All cor.veiil'oiee-t tor tinvclars
to mot from liroml Si i, : tatimi and the
Tnrirth nml Market Hrert hUUoii. Do
tlml.lo for vIMthiK HurantonliiiH aud tn
I le In tliv Antliracltn Houloii
T. J. VICTORY,
I . ()! till Kill
For Ladies, Misses and Children.
Ladies' Suits and Tea Gowns
Arc also daily arriving and an in
spection is invited.
Carpets, Mattings, Rugs, Shades
and Home Decorations
Are some of our greatest specialties. It is conceded that we
are leaders as to Assortment, Patterns and Prices.
Goldsmith Brothers & Company.
Victors Mercereau & Connell
With the New Valves
Out of Sight
Our new Hicycles are now
to be seen at our 314 Lacka
wanna avenue store.
And a full line of Boys' and
Girls' Wheels. We arc mak
ing extremely low prices on
Second hand Wheels.
SOT LACKAWANNA AVENUU
jewelry, Leather Goods,
Clocks, Bronzes, Onyx Tables,
Shell Goods, Table and Ban
quet Lamps, Choicest Bric-a-
Brac, Sterling Silver Novelties.
314 Lacka. Ave.
LAN K HOOKS
EDWIN G. .LLOYD
4 .'J Laclcawan IS Av-mir.
Inserted In THB 'iitniUMi
rutu ui' ONE CENT A WOHO.
Office Supplies of all kinds
Inks and Mucilages
W1KT,VATKKM..N and FRAN K
LIN FOUNTAIN PENS.
Agents !' Crawford'a Pens and
Buck's Flexible Rubber Btamps.
Timothy, Clover and Lawn Seeds.
Foote & Sluear Co.
513 LACKAWANNA AVE.
KING'S WINDSOR CEMENT FOR
SLWER PIPES, FLUE LININGS
Office, 813 West Lacka
Quarries and Works,
IRON" and STEEL
Stationers r.nil Enr..vPiJ.
FOR THE LENTEN SEASON
AH kinds Prasli "' i'i'
Fms Ruioksd Uallbut,
i' 1' - i'Olt,
Ymi nifiiilti lUnntei'ft.
I nil Mnrki n t
1 1 1 . n u a 1 juiH'iiUi' Hajt.
MnuriM Ultrer Ouva nmi
11 1 ui. I'ulnt
Knft Shall Clams, Shrimp
W. H. PIERCE,
in. K DIAMOND
T K CALK
WILLY a RUSSELL AMI WELLS HUGS.
R, U. SPIKES
Wliulessla and retail dsalors' in WsKOuiuakers' and Blscksalthl
THE DICKSON MANUFACTURING CQ
Kit ANTON AND Wll.KES-IlARHli I'A.. MANUFACTL'KliBS Ot
Locomotives and Stationary Engines
Geiierul Office, BCBANTOM,
ASK YOUR GROCER AND INSIST UPON HIS FURNISHING YOU WITH
DELICIOUS, MILD SUGAR
EVERY HAM AND
IBB TRADK SUPPLIED
THE ST0 WEilS PACKING CO., SCRANTON, PA
HE DUTHE1L STUDIO,
M It AM UN, I'A.
1 Tr AA71NO MADE k contract vlih r
1 TJ 0 frm fsotory tn turn nt LOWI
n5 :rnn s ixtwna now taiA l.xrst
2 ..... 1 ,.i.k ...... . .
. WW., tv XU.lK.Uf 'J, IU- I'..."
ilothut 1 win mki tfKSVlNfi
CRAYON PORTRAIT oaplw! '.I
ods aBBOLUTKLT VHRK HI
LATKaT sin.. av 1 .iAii:i :;;
I'ramos A por cent. Iras tlmr. NfuUl (irl I
K. UUlUbllL, Artut.