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4. THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE. NEW YOHK. SUNDAY. DECEMBER 20. 1003. SIMIAV MORMG. DEC. 20, 1IMKI. Tbc Sunday Morning Edition oi the Eagle t as a Large and Growing Circulation Throughout tbc United States. It is the Best Advertising Medium or Those who Desire to Reach all Oases oi Newspaper Readers in New York and on Long Island. MAIN OFFICE. Corner of Washington and Jolinsnn sts. Brooklyn. Telephone call (for main oflWe and all Urooalyn branches). No. 23o Main. BRANCH OFFICES. Brooklyn I. Hi Bedford avenue. 40t Fifth avenue. 44 Broadwav, 304 Ureenpolnl avenue, 1,024 Gates avenue, S.Jll Atlantic avenue. 801 Flatbush avenue. Bath Beach, near Bey Nineteenth street. Queens Jamaica 'i Herrlman avenue. Manhattan V32 Broadway. Koom 2.".. World Bulldlr.g. 12 William etreet. !41 Columbus avenue. !1 West One Hundred and reniy-Mth street- 743 Trercont avenue. BUREAUS. :Prls ." Rue Combon. Washlnnton 60S Fourteenth street (Kaale readers, when visiting these eitles. are cordially Invited to make their headquarters at these bureaus). Information Hureau Koom 29. EnKle Building. Brooklyn; branch. Z Broadway, Manhattan. SUBBCRU'TION RATES. Eagle sent by mail, postage included. 1 month. 11.00; 2 months. $1.75; $ months. $4.50: 1 vear. SS.OO; Sunday Kasle, 1 year. Jl.iiu; Monday Kagle (sermons). $1.50. ' ADVKRTr.INO RATES. For cost of advertising auiily or send for rate eard or make Inquiry by telephone. The Atlanta Journal wants to. know what would happcu "Should the TSrook-lyn Kagle and the bird on Hie national crest differ as to a candidate.''' Nothing would happen except the depreciation of the value of the gold currency. ...The Charlotte (X. CJ News feels certain -that Mr. Murphy, the Tammany leader, is not for Parker, because of any supposed political debt that Parker may owe to David B. Hill. In truth, Murphy is for Farker for far different and better reasons. . . The Media (Pa.) Pennsylvania Ledger thinks that the Democrats may nominate George B. MeClellan for President. Did it ever consider that that might make Charles V. Ponies acting mayor for a yeaf? The consequences of courses some-times become a reason for taking them and sometimes not. The Mobile (Ala.) Register says: "if the next President must bo a Republican rc woum raiiier nave vaiiuou riiau iiiiiuui and very i.juch rather have Hamia than Roosevelt." Why does that paper dally so with Republican alternatives? Why not urge a Democrat who can be elected over any Republican? The Chattanooga News regards the Eagle's support of Judge Parker as "the first stumbling block thrown in his path."' We felt sure that the gain of Adolph Ochg by the Now York Times would involve the depreciation of the paper, which has not recovered the loss of him to Chattanooga. 'i'lie newspaper called The Truth, in Sciauton, Pa., is sure that "Unless the unexpected should happen, Mr. Roosevelt will Vie elected by an overwhelming niii-"joi lty of I he votes of his admiring fellow citizens." Even then he might be defeated, for bis follow citizens who do not "admire" him might turn out to be a majority of the voters at the polls. If the St. Louis Star is convinced that "Gorman is against Parker." It knows more about, Gorman than Gorman knows about himself yet. If Mr. Parker be nominated, Mr. Gorman will be pretty sure to wheel into line for bis nomination just before the vote on the decisive ballot cau be declared. Gorman may not be nominated, but he will not "get left." .lames K. Weaver Is recalled by the St. I Louis Globe-Democrat, a Republican paper, as a Populist who got :!i7.ihi votes for President ill ISXtt, who polled more, than 1.(kki.h votes for the same office in W.yi, and who is "now for (inner Cleveland's nomination." Mr. Weaver has either grained discretion or been ill tluenced by desire to restore himself to View. With all respect to the Kansas City Journal (Rop.i, Mr. Cleveland, in his declination the Editor of this paper, aid nothing about "a third term." There is no more objection in a third term than to a tirst term nor to a seventh leim than to a second term. The antl-lliinl term feeling is cowardice or cant, mid 'leiilier cowardice nor cant should In- A iiieni-an. i'lie lin.-iiiii ('mirier speaks up iii I'm or of Mr. Hliiey for President. Auy ciili-didaic who can carry his own slate is entitled to consideration, Mr. oltioy should lie elected Governor of Massa-ch'is.-ils lii-il. He was very slow to conic out lor Palmer in l.vm ami very qtlick lo eollie out lor ltrynii III 1 '.II XI. lie wlil undoubtedly he pr plly 111 fa vol of . 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 In r.l. 'I lie M, Men phis iToiin.i News unkindly "If the I'arlier boom cau live down the eflecl of the support of tile Kagle nothing cull withstand it." We mo pleased that that piqicr knows nf the existence of the Eagle. The Eagle did Hot know of Hie existence of the Memphis .News, until it received a marked copy of It with the ploalng observation Just quoted underlined. The Moiitleello (X. V.i Repulilii an. a Democratic newspaper, which vibrates with the spirit of the bounding It.ebec, wants "the DciikxtiiHc platform to be the Declaration (,f Iii.eM-lnlenee mid Die Con-Mitutiou of the l ulled States, ami Hie nominee to be Alton It. Parker." We should prefer for brevity a simple resolution. Indorsing the Constitution and the Declaration, with the Ten Coinmand-inpnts kindly mentioned, but we certainly have no objection to the candidate. lu ponding to a friend a refutation of nn error, while noticing that the promulgator of tin- error had himself cm-retted It, Wayne MaeVongh remarks: "Hut retraction, however full and honorable, follows falsehood but lamely and MlCI uilu tub-belt uy with it, lot' It 1 Moot of foot and wonderfully olusive. a ils )i;irvn(ime entitles it to bo." We are sihiil Hint Mr. MneVenj:h is so orthodox though it may be that lie afreets ortho-doxy in order to conciliate the orthodox, to whom he sends his speech before The Haue tribunal. We are entirely certain that the retainer would have to lie extremely lnrge which would make a devil's advocate out of him, and that he would try to have the case removed from the devil's domain to rhiludolpliia, for instil nee. A Change of Men May Be Essential to a Change of Methods. We may concede that the President, in good faith, directed Messrs. Bonaparte and Conrad to Investigate the post office scandals, without favor and without fear. On a question of honesty, he would give no other instruction, for lie is an honest num. And they would accept no other sort, for tliey are honest men. Nor should Mr. ltoosevelt be criticised by just men tor telling the investigators mainly to (online their inquiries to offeuses not outlawed by the statute of limitations. What he sought, let us assume, was punishability and not parade. His words were to consider the facts "from the legal standpoint." That did not bar them fron. going further than the three years for which the statute of; limitations runs, but it suggested to them to report the punishable frauds, if any, wneii they might also set forth the ones made unpunishable by the statute in question. Messrs. Bonaparte and Conrad have done that They have not spared any men whom they believe to have been guilty or any Whom they believe to have been culpably, or too credulously, careless. The men whom they report to be guilty have, as a rule, been indicted. The men whom they intimate to have been made secure from prosecution by the stutute of limitations are also named by them. The principal person in the latter list is Perry Heath, an Assistant. Postmaster General in Mr. McKin- ley's time. He was an obliging and an enlcieut officer. He lias been an able newspaper man and in oilice he was a friend of honest newspapers and of hon est correspondents. He voluntarily left tin? public service to resume newspaper work. He should be judged justly and construed generously by decent journal ism. He has not been heard from, nor has he been called as a witness or asked to furnish testimony. He declared on Thursday that he would substitute legal action for press interviewing on the mat ters charged against him. Before lie is condemned, his avowed determination to he heard should be awaited and whtrt ho may have to say should be examined when it is submitted. There are papers which make his Secretaryship of the Republican National Committee a cause or an occasion tor condemning mm out of hand. The Kagle would not be confounded with such papers, nor would it be accused of Imitating them or of re specting them. Grave allegations are presented against Mr, Heath, but "the other side" has not. been heard, and conviction first, with inquiry afterward, is not a course which commends Itself here. The men upon whose credulity or carelessness Messrs. Bonaparte and Conrad comment also, comprise, among others, ex Postmaster General Charles Emory Smith, former Postmaster Willett of Washington City, Mr. Merritt, who is now postmaster of that city, Controller U. .T. Tracewell and Auditor Castle of the Treasury Department. These men are yet to be hoard from in their own defense. They ought to be and their defense should be justly awaited for a reasonable time, before condemnation is cast on thorn. One of them, at least, ex-Post master ' General Charles Kmory Smith, long and now the Kilitor of the Philadelphia Press, will secure a suspension of public opinion without tilliiculty lioiii ail respectable American journalism. lli is a strong partisan, but lie has ) .,w,iyH regarded as an upright and honorable num. He may have lin n too trustful or too careless, but the Eagle Is persuaded of his Integrity and the strongest kind of contrary evidence would be needed to disturb that faith. It is easier to believe that he was misplaced as Postmaster General than t lint he knowingly erred ill that trust. President Mi Klnley told us that he put Mr. Smith in the Cabinet more lo report to lii iii tin drift of national opinion than to expect him vigorously to "run" the otlice. His assistants. In whom the President said he had full confidence, were to do that and he was to watch rather than guide tlietn. It will be remembered that Post master General Payne. In a cursory ami too confident "report," made light of these charjKCM which Messi's. Bonaparte and Conrad have since explored lo the bottom. This shows that when two Independent men even suspected of being "Democrats" 'xuiuine a Republican transaction, tiny go more deeply into it than n Republican Postmaster General will or really can. Well, that is natural. The Republicanism of Mr. l'nyue Insensibly' made his altitude toward his fellow Republicans "easy" and that led to his hasty views being discounted. The Democracy of the later inquirers posVlbly Impelled them lo go to Hie foundation. Men will bo Jiistilicd In thinking that Mr. Payne preferred to be "easy," and HihI Messrs Bonaparte and Conrad laid a piity as well as a civic reason to be "thorough." A party Is put lu power with tl xpcctntloii that It will lightly In- vestlgale Its alleged mlsdoers. The Deni-i ocratic "outs" Investigate Repulillean i "Ins" with an unconscious zeal for ultra i "thoroughness." Thus one party becomes a shield for Its own, anil the other a i spear against its adversary. Human na ture Is built that way, anil the governments of nations are bcneliteil by the constant counter-play of those protective ami antagonistic considerations. When parties net in collilslou, Justice is strangled. When they act In competition ami in rivalry, the protection of the "Ins" by the "ins" may be tis) favoring and the prosecution tf the "ins" by the "outs" may be too drastic. But the people are the gainers b the attrition of uou-collu-sivc parties, ami we think they will be in this case, If that attrition can be assured. We cure not -or wo care little -for the details of this dilatory prosecution or that unexpected acquittal or for any Instances of technical strategy which murk effort lo bring offenders lo trial or efforts by dclcuduuli lu moid or lo "beat" Uiul itself. Such things characterize law suits, whether civil or criminal, and are to lie oxiiocled. The party in iower cannot punish itself, and bo "natural." The party out of power will lie more xindictive than judicial toward the party in power, as a matter of course. The people are measurably well protected, In spite of those human infirmities of iMili-tics, when the two parties avoid collusion. It is, therefore, evident that what the country needs is a Democratic Administration at Washington, instead of the continuance of a Republican one there. A strong Democratic Administration there would "show up" the wrongdoing done by Republicanism there. Republicanism cannot "show up" Its own wrongdoing, thoroughly, even though it should honestly try to do so, as we believe President Roosevelt Is honestly trying to do. Democracy, put Into power in Washington, might do injustice to Republicanism. But tile nation would make the proper discrimination and, with change of control, old abuses would be stopped, even though new ones should be started. To get inlo power, however, the Democracy must show not only a relentless temper toward Republican wrongdoers, but sanity toward subjects which the people regard as more important than the correction of wrongdoing. Sanity on Hie Money question, sanity on the Kx-pansiou question, sanity on the Isthmian question and sanity on other subjects, larger and more important than grand or petit larceny in any ilepartment, must be shown by the Democracy, if that party would "win." For tills reason, the Eagle urges sanity in measures, in methods and in men on the Democracy, for only by such sanity cau postal jobbery or any other jobbery be collaterally used with effect, to secure the return of that party to power, with the consequent hope and purpose of an improvement of affairs. Solving the Negro Problem. It is novel and refreshing to hear a Southern leader come forward with the declaration that the negro problem has been solved in his state. When that statement comes from Governor Charles B. Aycock of North Carolina, a man who stand:! for the progress of the new South through education and work, who is do ing much for the future of his state along lines which all Northern thought approves, the North is bound to listen. Governor Aycock declares that that solution has been found through disfranchisement of the negro and the recognition by both races of the essential superiority of the white race. That is the doctrine of Southern Bourbons, but the mini who proclaims it is no Bourbon; he is young, his face Is set toward the future, and he is accepted by friends of the negro in the North as ouo of the Southern men through whom the negro may hope for justice and opportunity, lb? is, however, Southern, and he accepts the fundamental fact, of the situation; a fact, created by God and nature, and against which statutory enactments are powerless. On this fact, of white superiority and continuing whits supremacy,. -Governor Aycock builds u platform of the white man's responsibility to deal justly with the black man at his side and to extend to It i in every opportunity of which the black man is capable to avail himself. Ilis programme following disfranchisement should-be quoted, so full of wisdom is it : "After that let him alone; quit vtritinff about him, quit talking about hlin, quit making him 'the whit"! man's burden,' let him 'lotp his own skillet,' quit coddling him, let him learn thr-.t no man, no race, ever got any-thiiiR worth the having that h did not himself earn; that character Is the outcome of sacrifice and worth is tho result of toil; that whatever his future may bo the present has In it for ta i in nothing that is not tho product of industry, thrift, obedience to law, and uprightness; that he cannot, by resolution uf council or le;.ciie. accomplish anything; that ho can do ii". .i by work; that violence may gratify his pru-.-ions, but It cannot accomplish his ambition; that he may cat rarely of the cooking of equality, but ho will always find, when he does, that there Is death In tho pot. "We owe an obligation 'to the man In Hack.' We brought him here. He served us well, tie is patient and teachable. Wo owe him gratitude. Above all, we owe him Justice. We cannot forget his fidelity, and we ought not to magnify his faults. Wo cannot change his color, neither can we Ignore his service. We must rise by ourselves; we must, execute Judgment in rlglit-tr.usncss; we must educate not only ourselves, but see to It that tho negro has an opportunity fnr-cducullon. As a whito ma'i I am afraid of but one thing for my race, and that is that we shall become afraid to give tho negro a fair chance. The first duty of every mnn Is to develop himself to the uttermost, and the'only llrqltstlon upon this duty Is that ho shall take pains to see that In his own development he) does no Injustice to those beneuth him. This Is true of races as well iw of Individuals. Considered properly, It Is not a limitation, but a condition of development. The lust part of that passage covers t lie point of departure of the progressive Southern while man from the typical Southern attitude when Northern money was first si'tif Into the South for Hie education of the blacks. Then any education for the negro was objected to because It would pave the way for the claim of negro equality. The broader leaders of the younger generation see that Ihe only hope for while as well as for black hues lu that education which will fit Hie negro to be a self supporting, self reliant part of the community: which will do-velop the character that lit n man or a race for citizenship. That Is work enough for Hie present generation. What shall be done If the negroes become self reliant, law abiding, property owning parts of the community Governor Aycock does not undertake to settle. That problem will have to lii met by a generation of white men one remove further from slavery, from oinanclpatlon and from the bitterness left by the war. The old order of Southerners said that tho negro ha.l always been helpless, dependent, till-nun al and without character, and that he always must be that until the end of ihe hapier. The younger generation believes In the law of evolution. It puts the negro's foot on I lie first round of the ladder of progress ami bids liiui climb. When he has ellinlied It will leave bis late to a general Inn of while men which has I n edilciiled by contact with his progress, as their grandfathers wore laiigiit by his helplessness. All that one genet ion can possibly scllle Is the relation of ihe two races us they stand isidc by side ill its time. The duty uf the white man of this generation to the black of this generation is opportunity for growth. That Governor Aycock and the New South, as represented by him, are more and more willing to extend. In the wake of that opportunity the negro ques tion' will settle itself for the race, as it already settles itself for the individual negroes who arise to competence in the South. A Consul to Be Proud of. Within the past twelve months we have heard much of "shirt-sleeves diplomacy" as applied by a distinguished American to Ihe settlement of the Venezuelan difficulty. But the real thing In this line Mas displayed recently, by Mr. Davis, who represents the United States at Aloxaudretta. He was assaulted and insulted by five Turkish policemen. He did not stop to tile a long complaint with the Sublime and Indifferent Porte or to mall a detailed report of the outrage to the State Department at Washington. Then and there he thrashed the five policemen with so stout an arm that they acquired in a few minutes a profound respect for American authority as expressed in American diplomacy. It is, of course, impossible to couslder superior muscular development as essential in the selection of our consuls and other diplomatic representatives, but when It happens to be combined, as In Mr. Davis' case, with sturdy courage and decisiou of purpose, we cannot help feeling that the nation is supremely fortunate In Its servant. Mr. Davis Is well placed. More power to his elbow, and may he never let a ruining Turk get the better of him. Mr. Buck and the Bridge. It was a proud day for Mr. Buck when he saw the fruit of his thought and labor brought to a completion, and his splendid bridge dedicated to public use. It is not given to all men to behold the results of their work, when it extends over periods of years, but Mr. Buck has enjoyed not the work alone, but the triumph that comes from the acceptance of work well done. lie was confronted with many difficulties, and he has given to us a masterly solution, viewing the limitations that were imposed upon him. It was necessary to consider the appropriations, the materials, the span, the necessity to exceed the first bridge In carrying capacity, and he hag given to the city a structure that is stanch, safe, commodious mid that is destined to affect the growth and industry of the boroughs thus conjoined for centuries. The flowing, graceful lines of a suspension bridge are in) possible to a cantilever, and where steel is substituted for masonry there is lacking tho effect of solidity, oven though the actual solidity be greater. In mere ap pearance, the new bridge, with Its In closed railways and promenades Is geo metric, and therefore lacks the lines of beauty which pertain to the Roebling structure. But its form wns compulsory and, as a pieee of engineering, as. the mooting of a great public need, as an exposition of what may be doue lu future where wide spaces are to be annihilated, it, is to be regarded with admiration and used with enduring advantage. In future much will unquestionably be done to relieve its severity, especially In the matter of its approaches, but in whatever form it continues it will stand as a monument to the genius of its creator. The Free Lecture System. Tlie free lecture system for working people Is tinder lire. The allegation is made that many of the speakers are incompetent and superficial. This Is denied in good set terms, and the people continue to attend the lectures. One critic says that the people who speak on travel are not so good as John h. Stoddard, and doubts their right to appear lu public, lie overlooks the fact that Mr. Stoddard made a profession of lecturing, as few or none of the speakers do in the school series; aud that Instead of receiving ten dollars for his evening's work. he made nlmut a thousand. He likewise overlooks the fact that Mr. Stoddard was us superficial as some of the least popular lecturers In the free course, although he could memorize flowery language aud ns sociate It with pretty photographs. That a lecturer occasionally gets an appointment who has no other qualitiea Hons than a set of lantern slides Is quite possible. Indeed, Instances have been known of men who spoke upon foreign countries" mid show places who had never seen them, except lu photographs. But Hu so moil are few. There are in the list of talkers a number of specialists, like .Mr. Bridgman, who tells of Greenland and who knows his subject because he his been there frequently; like Dr. Cook, whose lecture on Antarctic exploration Is authoritative; like C. C. Adams, who Is tiie b-st posted man In the t'nlted States on our commercial geography; like Dr. llovey, wiiost! studies 111 vulcanology have taken him around the world, and who has made close and perilous ex atniiiations of Pelee, the Sonffrlere, Ma unit I.oa, Slroniboll, Vesuvius and other noted vents; like Ernest Ingersoll, who, as a member of tho geological survey and observer lu the country, has ac quired more fuels that ho can Impart concerning the wild life of the fields; like Drs. Hanchett and Surette, who have made a life study of music; like Dr. John Woodbury, who certainly understands street cleaning ai d the (lis-lis!il of city waste, If any one does. The scientific lectures are given by professors of our academies and colleges; the talks on art are given by artists and critics; tfu readings from poets and dramatists, and songs by the best com posers, are given by people who have iiiiule of reading and singing a menus of livelihood. And this is fortunate, for It affects the Instruction and enjoyment of a million and a quarter of people; and whatever a million people want Is not lightly to be set aside. From the lec turer's point of view there Is inoro of philanthropy than profit lu his appear- uncos. A mini who spends two or three hundred dollars In exploring a region Willi a view lo acquiring data relative lo its history, traditions, Industries and people, and whoso lantern illustrations will cost Ii i m fifty dollars, Is puzzled to understand where his pecuniary profit conies lu If ho secures five or n dozen engagements nt ten dollar, and makes no Hi-count of his railroad fares to ills taut points, or the sacrifice of time that he might employ hi ways more Itniiic dliitcly iidviintiig is o himself. When some of the busier and more lurportuut speakers realize what these lectures are doing for a class that has all too little consideration, they may make an offer of their services, as, indeed,, some clergymen, statesmen and instructors have done; but critics of the system ought to know that the Hillises, Hensous. Adlers, Porrys, Setons, Servisses, Holnieses and Elmendorfs cannot be secured for sums that pay in some cases not one per cent on the outlay needed to secure thein. Considering the difi1culti's in the prosecution of a work like this, the results are highly satisfactory, as the attendance and the public comment show. "Paraifal." This week will see the first complete performance of Wagner's religious opera, "Parsifal," lu this country or outside of his own theater at Bayreuth. That performance is bound to become a milestone in musical and dramatic history, whatever its artistic merits may prove to be. It lias been reached In the face of opposition Inspired by Mrs. Wagner lu her effort to preserve the exclusive performance of the work for her own theater. The authority of Bayreuth in the interpretation of Waguer has been slowly but fatally undermined by the excellent performances of all Wagner's other works in Munich, In Berliu, In Vienna and in N.jw York. It has been shown that as fine performances of these. Titanic works could be given in other opera houses, provided the brains, the voices and money needed for a Wagner drama are avail able, as in the theater which was built especially to meet j their requirements "Parsifal" nlone remained the exclusive property of that little town, and, so far as other German opera houses are con cemed, it will so remain for ten years longer. This performance in New York heralds the situation that will prevail in Ger many, and over so much of the world ns is interested in Wagner, so soon as tl?e German copyright expires. The opera will then become common property and will be judged upon its dramatic aud musical merits, as other works of genius are judged. It, lias been so thoroughly under the glamour of Bayreuth hitherto that the world has not passed judgment upon it nt all. Its public has been con fined to those musical and Waguer enthusiasts who have been willing to take long journeys for it and who have in evitably fallen under the AVaguer spell before hearing the music. The real place of "Parsifal" among Wagner's creations and in musical history is yet to be settled. These performances lu New York will lay the first foundation for that Judgment. When a man cau see "Parsifal" as casually as he does "Trova- tore" the work must stand or fall upon its Intrinsic merits.' The battle of the other great music dramas of Waguer was fought and won here uuder Seidl years ago. Tho battle for "Parsifal" Is yet to come, and the ' general public judgment .upon the work will hardly be reached uutll the excitement due to the unusual circumstances surrounding these first American performances- has sub sided. It "Parsifal'" -proves: to be dramatically and. musically vital It will take its 'place ln"all the great opera houses of 'the ,world. Tf not; the pother made about . Its production lu 'America will prove to have boon curiously out of place. The protests of some clergymen who have been shocked' by the resemblauce of some incidents in "Parsifal'1 to facts lu the life of Jesus Christ ore, perhaps, natural. It is impossible to believe that they are wise. The performances of the opera are bound to go on. There is a great public demand for them aud the objection Is confined to the clergymen who have spoken aud written about it. Members of their own flocks will witness the opera and probably witness it without any sense of desecration, although that, cannot lie told certainly in advance. These facts being practically assured, so far as the protestants repre sent the churches they put them lu the position of objecting to something as sacrilegious which they are powerless I to preveut. In fact, the churches of New York ore not powerless. If there were anything like unanimity of objection to "Parsifal" on the part of the congregations or the pastors of the city, the work would not be given, because It would be Hire to bo given nt a loss. The protestants arc, in fact,' individuals in a hopeless minority In their own organizations. That fact in Itself is proof of a far reaching change In the public attitude toward the treatment of sacred subjects on the stage. The old morality play, "Every Man," lu which (Jod Is one of the speakers, is being successfully played by t'o companies lu this country. It lias been especially eugaged by many colleges and schools for their students and It is acted In ordinary theaters. The moral ns well as the dramatic effect of those performances has been highly stimulating. Nobody claims that harm has come from It. Neither Is any objection made to "Mary of Magdala," one of the notable successes of tills season and last. "Ben Ilur" and "The Sign of tho Cross" have drawn largely from churchgoers, and nobody claims that their reverence has been lessened by these plnys. The fact Is that the stagi.llke the other arts, is claiming all life, all nature and all history for Its province. If only the artistic standards of the stage are raised by tho greater freedom accorded to It nothing but good can result.' So long as the stage is merely a plaything for an Idle hour It must be frivolous If not vicious. When it deals with subjects like "Parsifal" It appeals to the heights aud depths of the mind and soul. Itellglou docs not suffer when (lie best In n mun Is aroused. It suffers from callousness, cynicism, Indifference. None of these la to be found In "Parsifal." The Boston Herald thinks that the Eagle's warning against the big hats, worn by women In street i-nrs, Is unnecessary, for, as soon as a few of the hats nre smashed by Involuntary 'on-tact with jolted men, the fashion will change. It must 1h admitted that what women get In their beads, not what they put on them. Is the chief consideration. The Syracuse Herald, Independent between and Itepubllean at election times, finds that Judge Parker, Is-causc n Judge, has been "restrained from taking part In Ihe feuds and splits In the Demo-era lie party." It admits that this "Is n distinct advantage to him under existing Democratic conditions," That explains to the Hyiactiso paper why "he has BUSINESS NOTICES. Superior Holiday Furniture. We have a store full of the handsomest, best made Furniture that was ever displayed on Fulton Street. It is an assortment that 'will satisfy people of good taste who ivish to make selections of useful Holiday gifts from a distinctive line of superior cabinet tbork. We offer an unsurpassed collection of Fancy Chairs at.... $4.00 to $75.00 Book Cases at.. $13.50 to $165.00 Bureaus at $17.50 lo $245.00 China Closets at..$19.50 to $175.00 Music Cabinets at.$20.00 to $95.00 Gilt Pieces at. . .$25.00 to $265.00 We have also a comprehensive exhibit of Parlor, Library, Chamher and Dining Suites and a complete stock of dependable Rugs and Carpets. A marked feature of our delivery system in the prompt and careful-manner in which our draymen handle all Furniture purchases. B. G. LATIMER & SONS CO., Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. loomed larger on tho Democratic presidential horizon than any other figure since tho voluntary withdrawal of Cleveland." , Australia and Socialism. . Australia is cither fatuous or misrepresented. In the recent elections the labor, or socialist, vote was larger than ever heretofore, the House of Representatives and Senate showing an increase to twenty-six labor members. This is largely due to the grant of the ballot to women. Australia, then, is either determined to persist in its career of socialism to the extreme of ruin, or It has uot foiiud that career so ruinous as trav-, elers and observers have declared It. Y'et the one strong argument against socialism, so far as it has been tested in the antipodes, is that the people do not like it. an.l are leaving the country by thousands. Tiie fugitives from a condition commonly reported to have become intolerable are more than the births and the arrivals, and if the flight continues it is only n question of time when Australia will revert to a state of barbarism. In that continent, aud in the adjoining Islands of New Zealand, government is more complete, and for that reason one would suppose, more oppressive, than in any other port of the world. Labor uuious have there all that they ask for. Capital has practically no rights. All disputes arising, even from the grossest outlawry of the tiulons, cannot be settled by the employers; the privilege o discharge Is - refused by government, provided tho offender is backed by a union; and enterprises formerly managed by companies are now controlled by government. Thus far we have beard but one re-pott as the result of goverumeutaliziug the railroads, and Hint Is on adverse one. The railroads arc operated entirely by union men. Old, lazy, defective and reck less persons are kept In place, against public convenience and safety; operating expenses are far higher than they are with us; while service of an Inferior sort is given in 'return. Freight rates forbid the -transportation of many products, hence owners of farlns, ranches, timber tracts and mines In the Interior are deserting and trying to reach other countries. A man who is secure in his place, uuder sanction of government, will vote to continue the form of government that secures him. Another man, whose relation toward the government Is that of a debtor, and who is taxed out of house and home in order to supply money to pay the place bolder, will not find life wholesome or possible under that government. Australia lias found that capital Is required In communal enterprises, no less than In those of individuals. Capital can be wruug out of Individuals for communal purposes, while their capital lasts. After that what? An experiment is In progress in the farther colonies of Great Britain tnat may save some very unhappy experiences to us here. THE REV. DR. HENSON ON HYMNS. Do3 Too Much Confection Keep Men From Church? From the Chicago Tribune (Hep.). The Rev. P. S. Heuson, who wa called from Chicago to Brooklyn, much to the regret of his people hero, and recently went from Brooklyn, much to tho regret of his poople there, to Tremont Temple, Boston, has been stirring up the Hub with some of his vigorous, breezy sermons, la his latest pulpit utterance ho fell foul of tho church hymnals of tho time. Ho pleaded for more stirring hymns, lllSe "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and tho "Battle Hymn of the Republic," hymns that have "action and masculine strength," and ho advocated immediate action to that end. In the course of his sermon Or. Henson said: "It Is a fact that our hymns contain too much confec-tlonlzed religion; stirring hymns, with Are and vigor, have been largely left out, and there is too much of tho high diddle diddle, Bcft, sweetened matter left In. 8uoh hymns tend to somnolence rather than to the awak ening of people." Thero is much truth, admirable expressed 1 in Dr, Henson't complaint. Perhaps It Is I the "confect'0",'l"?'' "'.'I11,!0" iHt1 k!;ep" to many men away from the churches. As a rule, men care little for angels. They like action and power even In their hymns, such, for Instance, as they find In much of the Snnkey minstrelsy, or even tho old negro revival hymns, like "Swing Low, 8weet Chariot." and others. Tho complaint of effeminacy and namby-pambylsm In the modern hymnal Is well taken. It Is on a line wltb Ihe effeminacy and namby-pambylsm In all oi her moral mutters and disciplinary nicthodi-,. the results of which are every day apparent in this and some other afflicted communities. Wo not only have too much "confcetlonlied" religion, but too much "eonfertlonlird" government and Justice. We have swung lo the oilier est rem from the old fashioned methods of dealing with sinners and criminals. We usually go by extremes. There Is a middle course In this matter of hymns. It I not necessary, for Instance, for the Baptists lo revise their hymnal by selecting hymns breathing the furious senilmenta which David now and then uttered, or the ferocious malevolence of Marcel, wbo would IMIver le Hr end swerd IHrlr OMT)'l f h-ll. Till f lli hlio-k demin There's nous Irrt to Irll, But there are plenty nf stirring, stalwart hymns that used to bo lined out a century ago which hnvo "action and masculine strength." and are not In tho least "con-fecitimlsed." It may be worth Dr. Henson's while lo look them up. There are ilinVuliies ntlll In Ihe war, n-atari to be removeil, an'l prolili'Dis to be solved; but the Democrat lr (orris In r'on-rss are nearer lo an effective, vtorklna agreement lo-itar I hail they hsva bciu Id tvu ears. Albany Argu (Ucui.). BUSINESS NOTICES. Ladies' Desks at. $10.50 to $135:00 Library T ables al.$t8.CG io $150.00 Chiffoniers at... $12.00 io $195.00 Leather Pieces at.$t0.50to $125.00 Brass Beds at....$20.00 to $110.00 Parlor Tables at.$12.50 to $200.00 MAUSER MANUFACTDRING COMPANY SILVERSMITHS XMAS GIFTS IN SILVER AND CUT GLASS of extraordinary beauty and rare design may be obtained this week at prices which place them within the reach of thoie who desire to make elegant presents at a moderate cost. Ii Ounce Colojnt Bottln of Silver Deposit, usual price, J20. Price this week, .... ... $10 French Dancing Girls in Silver, special value this week, $5 Silver Deposit Vasts, usually $11, this week, S5 ARTICLES IN CUT GLASS. Richly Cut Handled Nappies: 5 inch,$2. 25 6 inch, ....... J2.50 Richly Cut Flower Centres, 6, 8 and 10 inch sizes, at 0. V, $iu ana JI5 respectively. Cut Glass Cocktail Set, 2 Decanters, 16 Glasses, I Cherry Jar, I Bitter Bottle, I Mixing Glass, complete with handled tray, . . . . J 25 Tantalus Sets: Flemish, light and dark OH with Brass trimmings and fixtures; 2 Boitle set, .... . JO 3 Bottle Set .135 OPEN EVENINGS. VISITORS ARE WELCOME. nasBsKnowafBsnnsEu 3 14. EAST 15USTREET Between Broadway tjj Ave. Horner's Fvirniture For Christmas Gifts. A WEALTH of useful articles to select from, any one of which will afford lasting pleasure to the recipient, and give positive satisfaction to the donor. Below are Home "Suggestions" which may help you to doeiuV. A visit to th store will rerun I iiuiuy others euiil!y np-proiiriiite for gifts. Triting Desks, Dressing; Tables, Fancy!" ables, Tea Tables, Work Tables, Cheval Glasses, Parlor Cabinets, Music Cabinets, Curio Cabinets, Chiffoniers, Lounpes, Easy Chairs, . Gilt Chairs, Inlaid Chairs, Rockers, Shaving Stands, Pedestals, Bookcases, &c. Everything specially priced for the Holiday season, with the additional satisfaction of bearing the name of R. J. HORNER & CO., Furniture Makers and Importers. 61, 63, 65, W. 23d Street, XKW YORK. Holiday Furniture Novelties At a Reduction of 25 to 50. To make room to remodel the store these ART FURNITURE NOV-ELTIES must be sold now. A look will convince you of their exceptional 1torth. Durring Bros., 946 Fulton St., Junction Putman Av. ESTABLISHED J 870. ARTHURJ.HEANEY OLD AND Reliable Pawnbroker, HAS BEEN LOCATED AT ' 214 and 216 Atlantic Av, NEAR COURT ST, TOR THE PAST THIRTY TEARS, Advances made en personal property of every description, strslchtforward business only solle tied and fair dealing a The chl"f. objection to New York, and on which win doubtless hive more to do Kith the deliberations or the National Democratic Committee than all others, I the fact that It would appear too much like recotmltloo of Tammany to take the convention there. Conservative purty leaders have very wls. ly iKi.ored, as far us was possible, (his crest organisation of graft and corruption In national affairs, and there Is every reason to bellevo that this policy will not be channnl In 1W4. In ronseqienm It Is rcimomibly er. tain that the bourn nf Ihe metropolis will (all fiab-IMttuburg Dleuukh iluC.j. TSeOtSf SSllraA, maw fefflaV IfrJ

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