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per cent. - But the selling price of farm products has increased all the way from 100 to 400 per cent. At the same time the cost of most of the staples the farmer must buy has decreased from 20 to 50 per cent. Were we to compare the dwellings of the farmer of to-day with those of the farmer of even fifty years ago, it would be seen that he is not only able to live better and more comfortably, but quite willing to do so. If we examine his tool-house, we shall find single imple. ments there worth the entire lot his grandfather owned and thought sufficient. Of course he will grumble. It is his privilege. It is the universal privilege. Of course if the price of farm products increased, and of what the farmer must buy decreased every year, the profits would be larger. But what would become of the landless consumer in that case?” One point our contemporary ignores in reciting the advantages that have accumulated to the farmer in the past seventy years. The life of the railroad is measured by a shorter period than that. Transportation seventy years ago was not only a difficult, but an expensive probleni. The railroad has come into the field, and the cost of moving farmers' products and purchases has become almost as nothing when compared with the cost of seventy years ago. Yet we have grangers and anti-monopolist among the farming class, which more than any other class in this country has been brought face to face with the benefits conferred by the railroads. There is scarcely a country town or village anywhere in this country where some old resident can not be found who can tell of the days before the railroad when everything had to be hauled for miles by wagon or carried by canal. The railroads have done some good after all, and their worst enemies, as a rule, have reason to be their best friends.—Daily Indicator.

NUMBER OF MALES AND FEMALES.—The following shows the number of
females to 1,000 males in each country of Europe:
In England and Wales .

1,054
In Hungary

1,002 « Scotland 1,096 Switzerland

1,046 “ Ireland,

1,044
“ Russia

1,028 « Sweeden

1,067
“ France

1,008 Norway.

1,036
“ Belgium

995 « Denmark 1,026 Italy

989 # Holland.

1,029
“ Servia .

940 « Germany

1,039
« Greece

933 “ Austria 1,041 All Europe

1,021 In the United States there are only 965 women to 1,000 men. DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION.—The adjoined table shows how population is distributed (pro mille) according to age in the sour great countries of the world :

Germany. England. France. United States. Age.

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entered the lecture field, says that there could have been no nobler cause for which to die, no opportunity more glorious for a proud and honorable death, than that afforded the Confederate soldier who espoused the cause of the South twenty years ago. Looking at it in that way, I ask, in all candor, why did not Mr. Davis improve that glorious opportunity ? Feeling that way about it, why did he not remove his polonaise and die like a man? Why did he let such a chance go by, in order that he might enter the lecture field and crowd out better men, and then die of old age, when he could have hung up his hoopskirt on a tree and died in a way that would have endeared him to every Southern heart? I

agree with the lamented A. Ward, that “it would have been $25 in Mr. Davis' pocket if he had never been born,” but after he was born and it was too late to consider his rash act, he should have died as young as possible. With characteristic tardiness, however, he allowed himself to grow up, and then, with the full knowledge, as he now admits, that the war of the rebellion afforded a beautiful opportunity for a man who yearned to die in a neat and attractive way, he frittered away that golden moment and continued to destroy the high-priced groceries of the despondent South.

There is certainly “a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to sortune,” and Mr. Davis surely missed it when he neglected to make a funeral tableau of himself. From a Letter to the Indianapolis Journal.

It is stated that Maggie Mitchell's father has just died at the age of eighty-six. This is a curious illustration of the occasional inaccuracy of the press. The old gentleman was Maggie's grandson.— Washington Iatchet.

The title of Miss Braddon's next novel—“The One Thing Needful” ages the remark that in all the world there are but two things less needsul than a novel by Miss Braddon-namely, two novels by Miss Braddon.- Wasp.

“ In the hands of men entirely mouth the gun is harmless as the sword.”—1.V. Powderly.

ROARS FROM THE RAMBLER. JULIANA had flirted and teased Adolphus all the evening, and, wishing to make some amends for her conduct, she said invitingly, as he was leaving:

“ I shall be at home Saturday evening, Mr. Montague." “So shall 1,” was the ungracious reply.

Sir,” exclaimed an angry customer to his grocer, “ you are a regular highway. man!”

Sir, you insult me. I am not."
I say you are, sor, like all highwaymen, you lie in weight."

sainted. It is rumored that Henry Bergh will indict all strect rai'w.y companies using bob-tailed cars during fly.time.

LAUGHTER FROM LIFE. Tuis is not the first season that some of our ex-adlermen have spent behind the Bar.

BEFORE marriage a girl speaks to her lover with her eyes; alter marriage, with her tongue.

Mr. BurnAnd has introduced a new feature into Punch.
There was a joke in it last week.
In the van -Furniture.

QUICK TO LEARN THE BUSINESS.—Passenger (to conductor on Thiril avenue car) : “ You are not one of the new conductors, are you?”

Conductor: “Yes; never worked on a car before.”

Passenger (somewhat astonished): “ Is it possible! I should have said that you are a conductor of long experience.”

Conductor : “Why?”

l'assenger: “Because you've got seventeen passengers aboarı, and only twelve fares registered.”

TICKLERS FROM TID-BITS.
The husband, in house-cleaning time,

Escapes his wisey's frown,
And thinks he shows a level head,

By taking meals clown town.
But, when his day's work is compete,

It makes his morals lax,
To clamber o'er, in stocking feet,

The business end of tacks.
GERONIMO's a crasty wretch;

He scalps and butchers without pay,
Ile (loesn't care for General Miles,
Because he knows he's miles away.

JOKE; FROM JUDGE. It was remarkeck that Edwin Booth's fall was due to vertigo; whereupon a mean man said it wouldn't have vertigo to reach intoxication-and it wasn'i true either.

GAS Bulls shou'd be carefuily siled; not necessarily for preservation, but in oriler to reduce their size.

YOUNG GENIUS (who has had the talk to himself, and, as usua', all about himself): “Well, good by, dear Mrs. Meltham. It always does me good to come and see you! I had such a headache when I came, and now I've quite lost it.”

Mrs. Metham: “Oh, it's not lost, I've got it!"- Pinch.

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"I wish to state,” said a fresh young lawyer, rising in court, “ that the rumor to the effect that John Smith, now under indictment for murder, has attempted 10 commit suicide has no foundation in fact. I saw him this morning, and he has retained me to defend his life.”

“That seems to confirm the rumor,” said the judge. “ Let the case proceed.”— N. Y. Sun.

A LONG FAREWELL.-Last night a little Massachusetts avenue boy was saying his prayers at his mother's knee, and just before reaching the end he stopped.

"Go on, Freddie,” said his mother; “you haven't finished yet.”

" Bless papa and mamma,” he continued, “ and now, good-by, God. Lent is over, and I guess you won't hear from us again till this time next year. Amen.”— Washington Critic.

BILL NYE ON JEFF DAVIS.—I see that Mr. Jefferson Davis, who has recently

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BULLETS.

FOREIGN.—Dispatches from Athens give very alarming accounts of the crisis
which has arisen over the obstinacy of Greece in refusing to accept the ultimatum.
Every preparation has been made by most of the Powers to remove their representa.

tives without delay.
Verily, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Some seventy years ago, dur
ing the labor demonstrations in England, eight hours labor was demanded as the

FRIDAY, MAY 7.
proper limit, and on the banners of the laboring men was often seen the following DOMESTIC.—A number of anarchists are arrested in Chicago. There is hope
homely but comprehensive refrain:

that young Coe may recover. Fourteen Democratic members of the Ohio State
Eight hours of work,

Senate are in Chattanooga, Tennessee, having left the State to avoid service of
Eight hours of play,

writs enforcing their attendance in the Senate. Peace is restored in Detroit and
Eight hours of sleep,

Milwaukee. Governor Hill, Governor Abbett, Senator John Sherman and others
Eight shillings a day.

deliver addresses at the home-rule mass meeting in the Academy of Music, New

Washington Herald. York. Other indicted New York aldermen plead not guilty.
It is just as well for every fellow to remember that American home-made laws

CONGRESSIONAL. - The House only in session and no important business trans -
are going to prevail in this country for some time to come, and that there will be a

acted.
corner on hemp long before insurrectionists can trample law under their feet.-
Chicago Inter-Ocean.

FOREIGN.—Greek situation has become belligerent. The representatives of all
Does not the Civil-Service Record, when it intimates that the places in the civil The Powers except Russia have retired from Athens, the Greek minister at Con.
service should be divided equally between the two parties, practically declare for stantinople has been ordered home, and large bodies of Greek troops are hurrying
partisanship in the distribution of offices in the subordinate grades ? Boston Jour to the front. War will probably break out in Thessaly, while the Powers will
nal (Rep.).

blockade the Greek ports. In relation to the Irish question a gradual assimilation IF the immense advances in material progress which the Southern States have

of the opposing parties is apparent, and Mr. Chamberlain has signified willingness made in the past decade have any significance, it must be patent to the most rabid

to vote for a second reading of the home-rule bill if certain concessions, which he partisan of the old days that in Union there is strength. --Stockholder.

names, shall be granted.

SATURDAY, MAY 8.
One day recently the United States Senate passed five hundred and twenty-five
hills in three hours. It thought the Senators were not feeling well that day.

DOMESTIC.

:- The arrested anarchists in Chicago are held for trial. Four regiAt any rate, they are all terribly chagrined over it. Tid-Bits.

ments of militia are on guard at Cincinnati. Milwaukee rioters are held for trial. If twenty-five years of protection bring organized and unorganized labor in the

An attempt is made to wreck a passenger train in the suburbs of Chicago. Two of

the alleged train wreckers, at Wyandotte, are arrested. Frank Clements, a memUnited States into the state of turmoil and tribulation which now exists, where will

ber of Mme. Mocljeska's company, commits suicide at Newark, N. J., by throwing
we land with a few years more of it?—— Philadelphia Record.

himself under a train.
DEMOCRATS are beginning to take courage at the evident change manifested in
almost every department of the Government, and in every branch throughout the CONGRESSIONAL.—The House passes the Military Academy bill.
country, to turn the rascals out.-Rhode Island Democrát.

COLONEL MAPLESON is having a tough time down in Cincinnati. The strikers, FOREIGN.—The powers blockade the Greek ports.
the runaway Democratic State Senate, and the threatened mobs are not in har-
mony with the opera.Chicago Inter-Ocean.

SUNDAY, MAY 9.
We should like to see an ex-Confederate occupying the highest office in the

DOMESTIC.-Chicago has a quiet Sunday. Consul-General Phelan has been or-
country; and we should like only one thing better, and that would be to see an

dered to Halifax, N. S., by the State Department to make a rigorous investigation ex-slave in the same position --Boston Pilot.

into the circumstances attending the seizure of the schooner David J. Adams bay

the Dominion authorities,
By a curious breach of courtesy General Sherman was not invited to accompany
the remains of the late Jefferson Davis during the progress of the funeral cortege

FOREIGN.—A dispatch from Liverpool announces the arrival of Dr. Oliver Wen-
through Georgia.-Washington Ilatchet.

dell Holmes, and the cordial greeting extended to him by the medical facully and
It is very tantalizing to see a successful year just within our reach elude us other distinguished persons. Hull, Quebec, has a $350,000 fire.
through mere heedlessness of those who more than all others are interested in
prosperity.--Financial Chronicle.

MONDAY, MAY 10.
RECENT developments at Chicago and Milwaukee indicate that Herr Bismarck

DOMESTIC.-Several anarchists are held for trial in Chicago, and work resumed
possibly knew what he was doing when he gave the order to drive the Poles out of by the railroads and many of the factories. The authorities are ready to withdraw
Germany.-Indianapolis Journal.

the militia from Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The trial is begun of Brooks for the

murder of Preller in St. Louis. A double murder and suicide are committed by a
It is curious that Queen Victoria has not knighted the captain of the Oregon jealous man near Nichols, N. Y.
To lose such a vessel in such a manner, without blame, was a remarkable achieve-
ment.- Galveston News.

CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate resumes debate on interstate commerce, and the
It is said that spring in Russia lasts only three weeks. The thrifty husband Ilouse devotes the day to District of Columbia business.
must devote the proceeds of the entire season's labor to liquidating the bonnet bill.—
Chicago Inter-Ocean.

FOREIGN.—Mr. Gladstone speaks in the House of Commons on the home-rule
Every riot has its Simon Tappertitt and its Barnaby Rudge. And the pity of bill. The Spanish Cortes opens. The Novia Scotia papers are outspoken in op-
it is that the Rudges suffer and the Tappertitts escape.- Washington Sunday position to the Province continuing its present subsidiary relation tot he Dominion
Herald (Dem.).

government.
WE hear nothing of a strike of bartenders, although thousands of them are

TUESDAY, MAY 11.
working eighteen to twenty hours a day.--Boston Transcript.

DOMESTIC. A tornado at Kansas City, Mo., kills some twenty persons and
It's a wonder Senator Edmunds hasn't before now demanded the papers in the destroys several buildings. The fruit steamer Acadia, of Baltimore, with crew of
Folsom case. --Tüd-Bils.

sixteen persons, is given up for lost. Herr Most is arrested. Gen. Shaler resigns
from the New York National Guards.

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CONGRESSIONAL.--The Senate continues debate on the interstate commerce bill. The House debates the army appropriation bill.

THURSDAY, MAY 6.

FOREIGN.—Mr. Gladstone is losing votes on the home-rule bill. Consul-General
DOMESTIC.--Arms, infernal machines, and incendiary papers are found in the

Phelan is preparing to defend the David J. Adams at Digby, N. S. Harvard's

challenge is declined by Cambridge.
quarters of the anarchists at Chicago. The militia are removed from East St.
Louis. Six of the indicted New York aldermen plead not guilty. A party of

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12.
lynchers break into the jail at St. Bernard parish, Louisiana, and, seizing a negro DOMESTIC.—IIeavy damages and loss of life are reported in the Ohio valley.
prisoner named Robert Smith, take him out and hang him to a tree. Dick Walker, by reason of the storm of the lith. The Attorney General of Indiana has been
a young negro, is hanged by a mob in Charlotte county, Virginia. George Coé

declared insane. A destructive storin occurred in Virginia last night.
and a younger brother and another gentleman surprise a burglar in a schoolhouse
at Englewood, New Jersey. The burglar shot George Coe twice, no doubt fatally,
and is himself left upon the ground as dead when young Coe is carried home. The CONGRESSIONAL.—The Senate passes the Interstate Cominerce bill, and the
burglar revives.

House further debates the Army bill.

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FOREIGN.-Gladstone's home-rule bill is reported as still losing votes. has a new ministry. Cholera increases in Italy,

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PRESIDENTIAL POSSIBILITIES, THE profound interest which always attaches to the Presidential office is re® garded as a sufficient reason for collecting at this early day the press comments on the persons suggested as possible candidates of parties in the next quadrennial election.

Rochester Herald (Rep.), May 11. MR. BLAINE tried three times to get the Republican nomination for President before he succeeded. He waited twelve years for that prize, and then when he had gained it just missed by a hair the supreme goal of an election. Having failed twice of a nomination and then having succeeded it is now conjectured that he has not been discouraged by one failure to secure an election, and that he will make another effort in the campaign of 1888. Should he fail then would he follow the precedent respecting his efforts to gain the nomination and make a third trial? Mr. Blaine is now fifty-six years of age. In 1888 he will be fifty-eight. Should he succeed at that time in gaining the nomination and election he would be sixtythree when his term expired. Should he fail and make another trial in 1892 he would be sixty-two years old when the election took place and sixty-seven when his term expired. Even then there might be a chance for him, so far as his age is concerned, for another supreme effort. Mr. Blaine's health is good and he may reasonably count on at least fifteen years more of life, if not twenty. Evi. dently, therefore, he is not to be eliminated from the list of Presidential candidates for some time to come on the score of age alone. What will he do with the remainder of his life from now on? Is it reasonable to suppose that a man of his ability, popularity, and experience in political affairs, and his love of political power, will settle down contented with writing history? His book is finished and in the market. His new house will soon be completed and occupied. He musi then of necessity, through the impulses of his own nature, engage in some other congenial pursuit, and, as we have seen, there is none so congenial to him as public lise. That he is still aiming for the highest office of the republic is apparent from many signs that are cropping out. The latest of these to attract attention is the organiza. tion of the Republican Congressional campaign committee, as it is regarded, in Mr. Blaine's interest. So fas as the influence and operations of the Congressional committee are concerned the choice of Congressman Goffas chairman and Edward McPherson as secretary may be regarded as conclusive evidence that the wires are to be laid for Mr. Blaine's second nomination. There are other straws in their way equally significant. The Blaine Republican press of the country has no second choice. It is as solid for the Maine statesman as it was in 1884, and misses no opportunity to sound his praises. All other possible Republican candidates, Sherman, Logan, Edmunds, Hoar, and Evarts, are disparaged as such whenever the Blaine

papers get an opportunity to do it. The latter have done and are doing all they can to produce the impression that Mr. Blaine is the only man who can get the nomination and the only man who could be elected by the Republicans. But it is not to be assumed that Mr. Blaine would take the nomination if he saw no chance of an election. Ile has experienced one defeat and, while he rose manfully above it after the first shock was over, he would rather not have another. From now on to 1888 will be a period of maneuvering and intrigue, not only within the party in his interest, but outside the party against the Democracy. The election of a new Congress, the filling of vacancies in the Senate, and other matters will occupy the attention of the Blaine managers with a view to the advancement of their leader's fortunes and, indirectly, of their own. The Mugwumps, of course, will be against Blaine in 1888 as they were 1884. They have already signified their intention to that effect. But while he will encounter their hostility, he still commands the affection and support of the foreign elements that rallied about his standard two years ago. Stalwart opposition will still be encountered, but the lines between the two factions liave been partially obliterated by the events and alli. ances of the past two or three years. Such, briefly, is the situation at present. But great changes may occur in two years, and before the campaign for the Republican nomination of 1888 fairly opens Mr. Blaine may, from one cause or another, entirely disappear from the field. At present, however, he must be reckoned with by any aspirant for the Republican nomination. There is no doubt that he is at work, quietly and adroitly, shaping the sentiment of his own party and, in a measure, of the country in his favor.

Galveston News (Dem.), May 9. The Hon. George F. Edmunds, of Vermont, can hardly be enjoying himself to any great extent just at present. Mr. Edmunds is a Republican and a United States Senator. He is also a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. Mr. Edmunds is a rigidly respectable man.

He has not made millions out of his salary as a Senator like John Sherman. Ile would not expectorate in the face of a man who offended him, as Logan did during the last Presidential campaign. He would never write a letter that it would be necessary to add a postscript advising that it

be burned, as Mr. Blaine did. But while he is respectable and honest as the world goes, Mr. Edmunds has his failings. His conscience was not convenient enough to swallow Brother Blaine. At least this is the excuse that Mr. Edmunds' friends put forth when he is accused of “throwing" the Republican candidate at the last Presidential election. On the other hand, the Blaine people say that Edmunds' attitude in 1884 was inspired by jealousy because he did not receive the nomination himself. Be this as it may, there are a very stalwart set of Republicans in Vermont who are not inclined to excuse Edmunds either on the conscience plea or the jealousy plea. A Republican leader with an embarrassing conscience is not the kind of person the Vermont Republicans love to honor. Conscience and Republicanism never could go hand in hand and neither could Edmunds and Blaine. The Blaine people believe that if Edmunds had performed his whole duty during the last national campaign Cleveland would not now be President. Edmunds merely played a dog-in-the-manger part during the campaign. He voted for Blaine, but would not speak for him, and wrote against him. In consequence, he found his Republicanism tainted when Congress met. He made a gallant effort to win a partisan laurel by making war on the Administration. The Blaine Senators understood his game and refused to sustain him, and, as a result, the President's nominees are being confirmed by the Senate daily. When it is understood that every time that a nominee of the President is confirmed by the Senate a square foot of gas oozes from the Edmunds presidential boom the position of the Vermont Senator can be estimated. But this is not all. Mr. Edmunds' senatorial term expires with the present Congress, and the Blaine brethren are actively at work to defeat his re-election. Ex-Governor Smith has been selected to oppose him. Mr. Smith is an ambitious man, reputed to be worth about $6,000,000. Although the possession of millions is not deemed as essential to senatorial candidates in the extreme East as in the extreme West, still millions are very handy almost in any place or under any circumstances. With the influence of Brother Blaine and $6,000,000 to buck against, Mr. Edmunds has a difficult task ahead of him. Edmunds in private life would be a grand figure, and would be a demonstration sufficient to all the world that where Blaine sits is the head of the Republican table.

Washington Hatchet (Ind.). It is rather early to discuss the President's chances for a renomination in 1888, but he and his party seem rather nearer together than they were at the beginning of the session. At that time there was grave and frank opposition to the Administration policy in both Houses, and prominent Democrats went upon record as differing radically from the White House views of what was necessary for party suc

Since then much of the open talk has died away, however, and what dissatisfaction there is left seems to be confined to disappointed applicants for office and to Tammany. How much the fight on the Edmunds resolution has had to do with this change it is difficult to say, but it was probably a factor. Immediate offi. cial contact with the President has, doubtless, also had its influence upon Democratic Congressmen. Before the late Vice-President Hendricks died it was his constant advice to avoid any open rupture. He was opposed to the civil-service idea but he held that the antagonism, while firm, should be respectful, and that it would be bad policy to attack the President personally, inasmuch as it would create two factions in the party and injure its prospects in 1888. This advice seems to have been finally taken and none of the Democratic leaders have actually broken with the President, or made it impossible for them to visit the White House because of unusually bitter and adverse criticism. The main source of opposition is Tammany. This powerful organization is the center of the discontent against the Administration, and it is extending its influence in as many directions as it can. Its primary object is the nomination of David B. Hill in the next Democratic National Convention; therefore the test of the President's strength will be made in his own Slate. Upon the results of this contest the issue of the next convention struggle will probably depend. If Mr. Hill beals Mr. Cleveland, Mr. Ilill will be the nominee. If Mr. Cleveland beats Mr. llill, Mr. Cleveland will be the nominee. It will be an interesting battle between two strong types of men. Meanwhile Secretary Man. ning's health is steadily improving. It is also proper to note, in the same connection, that Governor IIill continues in his admirable physical condition.

Pittsburyh Dispatch (Ind.), May 14. The remark of Mr. Quay, recently reported to have been made with regard to the stalking of a ghost of the last generation in the South, that “ Jeft Davis has renominated Blaine and Logan for 1888,” has been so widely echoed that people are beginning to believe that there is something in it. No doubt the spread of the remark has been mainly due to the enthusiasın and attachment of Mr. Blaine's admirers; but the obvious disposition to make that sentiment the basis of Republican action in the next national campaign is one of the current political features. Now there is no doubt that Mr. Blaine is still a live and aggressive political quantity, and as such he may be the candidate upon whom the Republican strength can be best united. If any new issues can be brought out which he personally represents, or even if the Republicans wish to fight the campaign of 1884 over again, no one has the right to say them nay. But it is hardly complimentary to his vigorous and active qualities to assume that his greatest availability is the line of laying out politi'cal ghosts. The spectacle which has thus been suggested as the basis of a national campaign is that of a weak and foolish old man, spared by clemency, treated with contemp

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luous magnanimity for twenty years, who has reappeared from his political grave long enough to say some foolish things and to be accused of saying some venomous ones. But this is no more than has been the case at intervals for those twenty years, during which the nation has passed from the settlement of the war issues to the discussion of later ones. To suppose that the nation is going to abandon the vital questions which are now agitating it, because Jeff Davis has repeated the nonsense which he has never been able to unlearn, and go back to the clearly settled issues of the sixties, is uncomplimentary to the good sense of the nation and is making far more of Jeff Davis than he is worth. A great deal may happen between now and 1888. New issues may attain such importance as to create new party divisions, and call new leaders to the front. But one thing is certain, namely, that politics are not going to travel backward twenty years because the political spook of secession has been stalking through the Southern cemeteries.

T. C. Crawford's Wash. Cor. N. Y. World (Dem.), May 18. THOSE who are intimate with Mr. Blaine say that he would prefer to be the power behind the throne, and have some one else nominated with the understanding that he should go to the head of the cabinet in the event of a Republican victory. Mr. Blaine's friends say that he would not care to go through the terrible strain of another canvass. Mrs. Blaine would be opposed to a renewal of the torture of 1884. It is one of the current pieces of gossip at the capital that the Blaine influence will go to John Sherman is, in the end, Mr. Blaine should not desire to be a candidate. Mr. Blaine made a combination with Sherman in 1880 which resulted in the nomination of Garfield. The combination between these two men would be more natural than between Mr. Blaine and any one else. The Blaine influence would never go to Logan. There has never been any open break between Blaine and Logan, and probably never will be; but the two men do not like each other, and it is positive that Mr. Blaine would not like to see Logan nominated. Sherman, in order to insure his success, will have to harmonize some very discordant elements in his own State. This he cannot do without the help of the Blaine influence. Mr. Blaine can not control absolutely Foster, Foraker, McKinley, and other influential Republican politicians in the State of Ohio. Sherman, of course, can be no candidate before a convention unless he has his own State behind him. There is heard of occasionally such talk as a ticket of Blaine and Sherman, but Mr. Sherman would hardly consent to take the place of second man on a ticket, because it would not improve in any way his present situation.

New York Sun (Dem.), May 19. The Dayton Journal, an esteemed contemporary of Ohio, thinks that the Sun has a soft side for Mr. Blaine, and that we are continually pushing him to the front. There is a mistake in all this. We are not pushing Mr. Blaine. He has no need of pushing. He is at the front as the principal Republican favorite; and all that the Sun has done about it, or intends to do, is to record the fact and publish the

At the same time, we frankly declare our belief that there is no conspicuous Republican whom in 1888 the Democracy can so advantageously defeat as this same James G: Blaine. And here we are not speaking about any such narrow pinch as that of two years ago, when''a random ranter like Brother Burchard, altogether unconscious of what he was saying, got up in a hotel lobby, thinking to help Blaine, and in three words smashed him.'' Yet even then Blaine was only defeated by a plurality of a thousand votes in the Empire State. This is not the sort of defeat that we wish to see inflicted upon the Plumed Knight, but a square, Democratic, sure-enough overthrow, by at least half a million of votes, and no Mug

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tries. Meanwhile, just to be exact, Republicans will do the nominating, and Davis will do the vole-making.

Syracuse Courier (Dem.), May 16. NO MAN ever entered the Presidency under circumstances more embarrassing than those which confronted Grover Cleveland, when he, an entire stranger to Washington, unfamiliar with Federal affairs, the representative of a party twentyfour years out of power, a party encountering the bitter hatred and distrust of onehalf of the American people, stood upon the broad steps of the east front of the Capitol and took the inaugural oath. His severest critics must admit that the chances of Democratic success in 1888 are better to-day than they were when President Cleveland entered upon his administration. He has smoothed the way to a continuance of Democratic ascendancy, whether under his own or another leadership. “ Make haste slowly” was a Latin proverb. Often this is the only way to make haste.

Ex-Senator Doolittle, of Wisconsin. THERE is no doubt in my mind that the recent speeches by Jefferson Davis, and the recent Southern demonstrations in his behalf, will arouse in the North a renewed feeling against the South. War sentiments will be emphasized, the soldier element will come more prominently forward, and Logan and others will be boomed for the Presidency. I do not think that Mr. Cleveland is strengthening the Democratic party in Wisconsin. Much dissatisfaction exists over the ways of the Administration. The people of the North do not fail to see that out of the first ten appointments made by him in the diplomatic service nearly all were Southern men or rank copperheads. Mr. Cox was about the only Union Douglas Democrat. These appointments show the strength of Bayard, and the Southern sentiment generally in the Government.

Brooklyn · Eagle (Dem.), May 14. SENATOR LOGAN is reported to be dissatisfied with the composition of the Re. publican Congressional Campaign Committee. To the disinterested observer of the drist of political events Senator Logan is giving himself unnecessary uneasi

It is perfectly clear that Brother Blaine has the inside track for the Presidential nomination three years hence, and that no combination can deprive him of his advantage. The Illinois Senator gains nothing by making a public exhibition of his disappointment. He is too impulsive for a good politician. If he had some of John Sherman's craft and a little of Senator Edmunds' self-command, he inight reasonably hope to become the Republican standard-bearer after Blaine has grown tired of running.

New York Sun (Dem.), May 13. We think that the reappearance of Gordon will be particularly interesting to Brother Blaine, far apart as the political interests of the two gentlemen may seem at first sight to lie. It is a curious and suggestive fact, known to some people, that wherever there has been discussion of the possibility of effecting a readjustment in Blaine's interest of the old political lines at the South, on a platform, let us say, of complete reconciliation under the Republican Aag and Norihern aid to industrial development at the South, the name most frequently linked with that of the Kennebec statesman has been Gen. John B. Gordon's. Will some of the hypothetical and impracticable things of 1880 and 1884 be the actualities of 1888? What fellow can say ?

Salt Lake Herald (Mormon), May 5. The Chicago Sun says that James G. Blaine lias written to a friend in Pennsylvania, saying that, his political ambition being fully gratified, he has withdrawn from public lise for good. If Blaine ever wrote anything of the kind, he is guilty of producing a strange mixture of truth and falsehood. That he is out of public life--politically, at least—for good, we accept as true; that his political ambition has been gratified, we question. The goal of Blaine's political ambition was a seat in the White House as President of the United States. He failed to reach it, and therefore his political ambition has not been fully gratified.

National Republican (Rep.), May 17. THE Carlisle boom is making a good show on Capitol Hill, but it is rather shy of spreading itself at the other end of the avenue. Senator Colquitt is in a fair way to be the first President elected by the Prohibition party. Democratic organs are: beginning to discuss Democratic presidential probabilities, but they do so with a hesitant and halting timidity which would well become a coy maiden discussing the arrangements for her nuptials.

Chicago Times (Ind.), May 17. GENERAL LOGAN, who has just completed one“great conspiracy,"is already deeply absorbed in another a great conspiracy on the part of Blaine and his friends to fix up the Congressional National Committee in such a way as to kill the Logan boom for the Presidency. The general is a bad man to play any tricks on, and if the Blaine crowd don't stop “monkeying” with his boom lie will remorsely kill 'em off by reading his book to 'em.

Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch (Ind.), May 17. “ BLAINE and Foraker is a Presidential ticket that would mightily please Ohio Republicans."- Columbus Dispatch.

“ Yoke the off steer on the near side and you would please them better.”—Mt. Vernon Republican.

Your bidding having been done, will you furnish a new steer for the off side ? Blaine will not work there,

Syracuse Stanıard (Rep.). The papers that sustained the Republican ticket with the most enthusiasm in the Blaine Cleveland campaign will without much doubt extend loyal support to the nominations of their party two years hence. We are not aware that any Republicans who were at all responsible for Mr. Blaine's, candidacy regret their action or recur with any feeling but pride to the course of their party in 1884.

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Galveston News (Dem.), May 13. THE old ticket may be nominated by the Republicans in fact the indications now point very strongly that way—but Blaine and Logan will be much weaker in 1888 than they were in 1884. The country is very generally satisfied with Cleveland's administration, and Blaine and Logan have done nothing since their defeat two years ago to strengthen them with the people. Blaine's character is as bad now and will be as bad in 1888 as it was when he was repudiated by the people in 1884. The prejudice of the conservative business people of the country against a change was the chief obstacle in the way of Democratic success for years. That prejudice no longer exists. The Cleveland administration has strengthened the conhdence of the country in the Democratic party, and no amount of bloody-shirt whooping will avail.

The war is over. Dead issues can not be resurrected.

N. Y. Cor. Chicago Tribune (Rep.), May 15. JOHN O'BRIEN, chairman of the Democratic State committee, speaking to-day upon the subject of Mr. Cleveland's renomination, said: “We shall take Mr. Cleveland at his word. He said he would not accept a renomination. We shall not ask him to do so. If he should insist on a vindication, and should ask for a nomination again from the Democratic party, the first question he would be asked would be what he has done for the Democratic party. He can not get a vote in the State of New York for a renomination against Hill. The clelegation from this State will be for Hill, and I do not believe the delegates from other States will nominate Mr. Cleveland in the face of that fact. It would be sure defeat. Hill is the strongest politician this State has known in many days. He is an able, bright, and strong man. The Republican Legislature found that out this winter."

Philadelphia Press (Rep.), May 11. COLONEL QUAY takes hold of a pitchfork by the handle and takes time by the forelock. His declaration (that Jeff Davis has renominated Blaine and Logan for 1888) is an epigram, and an epigram is often a true conclusion from a false premise. We suppose that behind the glitter of the phrase the fact is that Colonel Quay has made up his mind that Republican sentiment will demand the old ticket, and the Democratic blunders will elect it. As the observation of a very astute politician, that is an interesting thing to make a note of. Moreover, it is worth noting that, in rising from a lieutenancy to a leadership, Colonel Quay means to be with the people, if he can find out where they are—and he generally can if he

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Cleveland Plain Dealer (Dem.), May 11.

think that the Republicans could win with Sherman and Morton, the latter being SENATOR SHERMAN's day for a Presidential nomination and election passed years ex-Minister Morton, of New York. ago. He is wedded to the bloody shirt-heresy. His political opinions are those

National Republican (Rep.). of an antiquated statesman and his disappointment in not receiving honors which he considered justly his due have soured his nature, harrowed his mind and unfitted

THE flood-tide of popularity on which Gen. Rusk, of Wisconsin, is now riding him to preside as the great executive of this nation.

will probably not tempt the level-headed governor to launch a presidential boomlet. Wilkesbarre, Pa., Union-Leader (Dem.), May 14.

Washington Dispatch to the Chicago Tribune (Rep.). The brilliant Matthew Quay let his tongue loose to a Philadelphia Press re

The Mugwump leaders are beginning to arrange for the campaign of 1888, and porter one day last week. His remark upon that occasion was that “ Jeff Davis

have already discussed privately how they shall combine to oppose Mr. Blaine. has renominated and elected Blaine and Logan for 1888.” There is but one other

Toledo Bee (Ind.). instance in the history of modern politics of the utterance of an equally asinine

THERE is little doubt that James G. Blaine and John Sherman will be candidates sentence, and that was when Burchard alliterated.

for nomination for President in 1888. It is well to bear this in mind. Washington Critic (Ind.), May 19.

Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch (Ind.), May 11, THERE was a large and fashionable garden party at Senator Logan's house yes

JEFF Davis' denunciation of James G. Blaine as “ that miserable Yankee" is terday afternoon which concluded with a delightful dance in the evening. Ex

equivalent to another send off for Blaine for the White House. Senator Blaine should now come to Washington and give a large and fashionable barge party on the Potomac, winding up with an influential hop at one of the

New York Sun (Dem.). boat-houses.

We note that the newspapers which say that Brother Blaine is dead and buried
New York Star (Dem.), May 12.

are, without exception, the mugwumpapers. The Daily Alta California is a sensible paper. It agrees with Mr. Bradley B.

Minneapolis Tribune (Rep.). Smalley of Vermont that President Cleveland will be renominated and heartily

The Mugwump sheets insist that Mr. Blaine is dead and buried. If so, his supported by the Democratic party. It adds : “ His course will by that time have

spook seems to bother them a great deal.
so reunited the party's ranks that the nomination will be equivalent to election.”
This is sound judgment and the truth.

Philadelphia Times (Ind.).
The Troy Press (Dem.).

By the time Blaine unfurls the bloody shirt possibly the bloody shirt will be as

unnecessary as Blaine. If President Cleveland should seek for a second term by a departure from the patriotic course which won him his nomination and election to the Presidency, and

INTERSTATE COMMERCE. which has so far well satisfied the people, he will make a complete failure, for he has provoked the wrath of many caucus manipulators and can never regain their

The passage by the Senate on the 12th instant of the Cullom bill, to regulate confidence. Detroit Tribune (Rep.).

interstate commerce, has elicited comments in various newspapers, extracts from The New York Sun gives the newspapers which are claiming that James G.

which are given below: Blaine is dead and buried the journalistic classification of mugwumpapers.

The

Philadelphia Press (Rep.), May 15. Sun might have given the expression a suggestion of natural history, without im

The Cullom bill to regulate interstate commerce passed the Senate Wednesday pairing the sense, by dropping another letter and calling them the mugwumpapes.

by a vote of 46 to 4. Several amendments have been adopted, but nothing to New York Sun (Dem.), May 13.

seriously change the general effect of the bill. The principal contest was over the In the next Presidential canvass the conduct of Garland and his Democratic long and short haul section, and this has ended in a sort of compromise, which is associates in the Pan-Electric speculation, and the course of the President in pro

not quite radical enough to suit the anti-railroad men and a little too radical for tecting them from the natural consequences of the scandal will be the strongest

those who view the question from a railroad standpoint. As adopted the section available argument against continuing the Democratic party in power.

probibits the charging of more for a shorter than a longer distance “over the same

line, in the same direction, and from the same original point of departure or to the Washington Critic (Ind.).

same point of arrival.” Nor is this modification all. The commission appointed NO MAN can see into the future, but it is barely possible that after the Republi- by this act may, in special cases, authorize a railway company to charge less for a can Convention of 1888, General Logan will begin to write the second volume of longer than for shorter distances. While the original phraseology of the section “A Great Conspiracy.” Speaker Carlisle is not unmindful that 1888 will soon be has been changed, the teeth have been drawn from the Camden amendment, and here, but he isn't spelling boom with a big B yet awhile.

the operation of the bill, should it become a law, will depend largely upon the St. Louis Republican (Dem.).

character and ability of the commission. There are ceriain phases of inequalities

in railway rates which this bill will not touch unless they can be brought under As far as human probability goes, Mr. Cleveland will be renominated if he fills

the section dealing with extortion. For example, not long since a Pittsburgh firm the offices with Democrats from bottom to top between this date and the summer and a Philadelphia firm were competing for a contract of bridge or building iron of 1887. That is to say, if he is renominated at all it will be as a Democrat, on a to be delivered in St. Louis. The Philadelphia firm was awarded the contract Democratic platform, by Democrats.

because the proposal was just lower by the difference of the freight charges between Springfield Republican (Ind.).

Philadelphia and St. Louis and Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The Pittsburgh firm in

due time might have seen the iron going through Pittsburgh on its way to St. The so-called Presidential candidates of either party-Blaine, Logan, Sherman,

Louis. The Cullom bill, as it has finally passed, will not remedy this state of things. Edmunds, Carlisle, Hill—what concern dves any one of them show for raising the

In such a case the answer would be that Philadelphia had advantages of compeservice to a non-partisan level? Who of them lifts a hand to promote it? Who of

tition which were not possessed by Pittsburgh ; that the rate from Pittsburgh to them even pretends to desire it?

St. Louis was not extortionate. The bill, however, would?prevent charging more
Chicago News (Ind.)..

for the shorter than the longer haul if the goods went over the same line, in the As IF a renomination of James G. Blaine were not enough to slaughter the Re

same direction, and from the same original point of departure or to the same point publican party in 1888, there is talk just now, in various lunatic asylums and insti

of arrival, providing, however, the commission did not grant the right to charge tutions for the feeble-minded, of nominating an Ohio man for the Vice-Presi

less for longer than shorter distances. The measure has been well surrounded dency.

with safeguards from the railroad standpoint, and that it is a conservative measure Philadelphia Press, May 13.

which men who have no desire to experiment with great business interests could A PRESIDENTIAL boom for Speaker Carlisle has been wound up and turned

consistently vote for. It provides for publicity of rates, prohibits drawbacks and

rebates and all unjust discrimination. The “publicity of rates” clause is also modloose on the country. It is believed that if the Cobden Club goes to work in earn

ified and reads, “ as far as the commission may deem practical." No advances on est the whole London delegation will come in solid for the Kentucky candidate.

published rates shall be allowed without ten days' notice. It is not likely that Mr. Alta Californian (Rep.).

Reagan will approve of this bill, and should pass the House of Representatives CHOLLY FOSTER, of Ohio, says that every man with an ounce of brains is for

Senator Cullom would hardly recognize it. The commission clause will meet with Blaine. All right. Now we know where to find the ounce-brained fellows, but | greatest opposition, as Mr. Reagan's idea of railroad legislation is arbitrary laws how is it about the man whose brains are above the idiot line ?

and no provisions to enforce them.

Chicago Inter-Ocean (Rep.), May 14.
Troy Telegram (Rep.), May 11.
COLONEL QUAY, of Pennsylvania, says Jeff Davis has renominated and elected

It will be time enough to consider the personnel of the commission after the
Blaine and Logan for 1888.' In 1884 Colonel Quay was the most conspicuous op-

bill has passed; but the President and the Senate, which must concur in the apponent of Mr. Blaine, before the nomination, in Pennsylvania.

pointments, should fix the standard of qualification so high that no ordinary

place-hunter would be so much as thought of for the position. The success of New York Sun (Dem.), May 19.

State regulation in Illinois has been due in large measure to the fact that men of We suppose that Sam Randall, of Pennsylvania, is just now the one Democrat the highest character were chosen to inaugurate the law. A good beginning is a outside of New York who could carry this State by a handsome, old-fashioned great advantage. In the House the antagonism of General Reagan, of Texas, majority as a presidential candidate.

may be expected. Years ago, before Senator Cullom was transferred from Spring

field to Washington, the ex-Postmaster-General of the Confederacy had made a Boston Journal (Rep.).

hobby of interstate commerce, and introduced a bill for its regulation. He has It is early to talk about presidential tickets, but the friends of Senator Sherman dawdled along, session after session, until now his attitude toward legislation of the

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