Charles S Hampton
i llnril TimeN. . Hon. Chas. S. Hampton spoke to a fair sized audience at the opera house Wednesday evening on the cause and cure of hard times. In tho language of the Cold water Republican: The theme was worn so threadbare during the campaign it had to be covered deep with a line sounding title and its meaning hidden in order to attract the lecture loving people. It was the same old story used by the free silver stump speakers during tho campaign, an arraignment of the rich for possessing money and a wail of grief for the poor; a view of palatial residences followed by a picture of extreme poverty aud squalor; a play of sarcasm upon "confidence restored" and McKinley's election. Mr. Hampton will do well to remember that his party which he, helped to place in power brought about these hard times and has but just retired, leaving many millions of dollars of debts to be made good by "confidence restored," and that to harangue and criticise an administration just entering into service without giving il time to get on its feel and look around, is not in good taste. Socially Mr. Hampton would not tako such an unfair advantage of conditions, but he recognises no ethics in politics, and his "illustrated lecture" is calculated to foster discontent, prejudice, hatred of capital and capitalists. \V c liumlily apologise to our own conscience and to our readers for coin plimenling Mr. Hampton wit ha sincere belief that lie possessed in a large de give natural wit, humor and brilliancy. bin reproducing on canvas campaign cartoons and liy words campaign socialistic ligures of speech, worn out months ago. does not sustain our belief. There are country editors who sometimes read something besides "a die tiouary and a newspaper directory." and who do not depend upon summer tourists to furnish thoughts for the remainder of the year. Personally Charlie is a jolly good fellow who enjoys the luxury of palace cars when traveling, and brussels carpets iu his home aud is only on the platform the poor man's de- fouder.