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to rherrn!t»>5»*'<* Hotel Itnrbida, Feb. 27.™A HUIe shopping toar. But unlike the Jsdies, I got tny goods In o&e shop. There Js ft curiosity store kept by Americans and it is a satisfaction to bargain in English. Everything on the counters thnt will attract the tourist: ppn hold- er8,Toy87t<loi8, Baddies, vlewBraoiivenlr * Spoons." WKal pfettf presents to take home, but one must hold back. In front of old cathedral, piles of Brisks, which suggests the coming carnival, or frolic ID Catholic lands before Lent. Some, hideous faces of bents, all brightly painted. Bills on Street for bull fight tomorrow, in Spanish, Plaza de Toros, G vallentea toros, 28 de Febrero. Toros is bull. On that sign is Dr. Gates, Dentista Americano. Calle is street, San Fran_ Cisco_j8 Jhe fashlqnable promenade —an l-hs^tUe-HDs s'toresr— ~ A delightful excursion this afternoon to Chapultepec, about three miles from heart of city. This for years has been the,military school, West Point, of Me cico, and here in September, 1847, the cadets helped to defend the place against General Scott. There is a monument In their honor. A level plain after leaving the city, when suddenly rises a huge hill of immense boulders, and on the sainmitt, the castle of Chapultepec., No wonder our brave boys had a severe contest to dislodge the •enemy. About three hundred feet high, • and the sides very steep. We rode out in the mule cars, and all '•had to get out, and reach the castle by -a broad, winding road. Not sprinkled, ^and dusty. There is no system of street wetting in the whole city. There is a ^rtleT;hlteWry t houacholder=muat=wet the street in front twice a day, but so dry and .windy that it does little good. « For once at Chapultepec, we were free from beggars, not allowed within the enclosure. Everywhere In the city, a dark hand and a piteous voice assail •the tourist, "un centavo." Most of the party have become hardened at the most wretched objects, and exclaim in their best Spanish, Vamose! . But we are on the broad level summit, walk through the place of the mil„ itary school, and came to the palace proper, or the Mexican White House, ' where Diaz resides in the summer. Heavy stone balustrade along the pre• cipitous edge. What a noble outlook! • Below, the flower,3 and trees of the park, and away in the distance the old gray city. We were escorted through , the palace and saw the state bed room -;,—with its gilt canopyLand silk,coverlet, and the grand salon with its burnished ' chairs'and furniture at a coat of $50,000. • The ladies counted ten funeral cars —. Joking corpses to cemetery. The coffin is placed in middle of a fiat open eteet car, and the river trots his mule _ toward the last; resting place. .Some • BO poor that a conflln is simply rented, and the pbor body dumped out at the graveyard. Some are too poor to af- ' ford this, and a black car closed with slats, carries a dozen or more corpses together, and they are all thrown into a common trench. A man told us the poor die like files in an epidemic, 200 or 300 a day. , , • Back of Chapultepec is Molino del Bey, where our boys in blue drove the Mexicans from another stronghold. /„The chimney of the old foundry is standing. What memories of that f a- •mous war throng the mind as one looks at these now quiet spots ' where fif t,j years ago so many brave men fell in a strange land never again to see the loved homestead, To,addto the variety, on our return the party were taken into the pavilion of a gambling concern, called the Mexican Monte Carlo. Two long tables, on one a roulette wheel, on the other, cards. Silver dollars in piles. / Oo one table, we counted 86,000. All taken from the miserable, infatuated wretches who vainly resort here to i double their stock. Next, we were taken into an enclos- • : tsra, with seats on one side, and a ball ,;. "ground on the other. The game is '< ' J/ eaI!ed Basque hand bail. A hard ball . '-• $» tossed against wall, and as it rebounds is caught and knocked back by • a curved concern in the hands of the '; 'players. A band, and when Yankee , ' Doodle was struck up, we all cheered. Bather cool. They say it is a nor- ther. Gloves comfortable, altho the ' ^. Datives are barefoot. Some of the party .'•'";ge to a circus tonight, but I am ready i^'fftrbed, T W.W. DAVIS, Hotel Itarbide, Feb. 28.-ThIs is StiBdey, and like a good, and upright ~0$$zeu of Sterling, I am going to ejjurch, if I am in Mexico. As I passed C«f fcaolle ehurchea on my walk, the - g|&0?a are open, and men and women «7$ coming and going, At the gates git beggars, and sometlme^a woman pictureu or slips idlating to saint, I bought one.illustrated j,t.'onlaiiiii;g » ghastly view of some in agontee of death oa hie bed, Mm hoveze^ angels and. pnlKnsr •" .if* t i " a rn. Mrly s nhfi their heads, At Ghspultepee yesterday we saw <>«r first wheelbarrows*, Iron. Gener- A'IJ, everything, dirt and stone, carried .m back. They certainly onght' to know that barrows are easier than backs. Bat then machinery would do without men, and men are plenty here. Good philosophy. In conversation with a man irom t^Jtorado, spending winter here; he told me he pays twenty-five dollars a month for room and takes his meals at a restaurant. But the Mexicans cannot cook; make fine candy and cakes, but know nothing of .the delicate methods -of broiling steak or preparing angel's food. As you know from Prescott, the city was originally surrounded by lakes and the Aztecs made a desperate ; flght all along the roads leading through the water. The ground around the city is very level, just here and there rising ito a. hill _as; ftt JDfiApultcpecjjr Guadalupe. But the mountains are seen in the distance. Our merchants would smile at the placards in the dry goods stores: Gran Novedad, pura seda, 82.00 or Casimir Francais, 82.50 metro. The declma, measure is used here. The clerks stand at a particular place by the counter, like so many statues. No laughing or conversation. A sober set. There are two English papers : Two Republics and Mexican Herald, but any number of Spanish. The El Universal is considered best; it has illustrations and poetry as well as news, a sort of magazine. Boys hawk around streets and yell as in Chicago, only in Spanish. , The better dwellings on one general plan: a wide archway opens through a- wall from a street into-ft-iarge-court-- yard around which are rooms, and from which an open stairway ascends. Along the street, high windows nearly always closed, with iron bars in front like First National Bank. This is to' keep out heat during day, but in evening you will see* the dark-eyed senoritas within looking at passers-by or holding converse with friends outside. The parlors look richly furnished and no doubt some of these wealthy old families have as good furniture as our big folks in Sterling. No rakee. At least, whereyer I see men cleaning leaves from lawn, always done with a ; coarse broom of long twigs. Good idea. Doesn't pull grass, and easier work. Heard ringing of bells before I arose. Soft, slow, musical. There is too much banging and clanging with us. _^It is 9 o'clock, and I must go .to Dr. Butler's church, Ml E., No. 5 Gante St., near the hotel. Still cool, and I am .wearing my heavy overcoat. These people not prepared for cool weather, jn,OjBioYjBB^r_grates.in sight. So per haps if you are making a living, stay awhile in Illinois. W. W. DAVIS. Silao, Mexico, on the Clrcassla, March 1,1897.—Yesterday afternoon I did as Hawthorne once in London: wandered around streets of Mexico to find places not in guide books. There on-a corner sure enough.was a modest brick chapel of American architecture, It was the First Baptist church and I went in. Exercises in Spanish. . A spirited, earnest sermon from Second Corinthians 4:4 by the "redactor" or pastor, Rev. W. H. Sloan, of Rochester, N. Y., in Mexico for twelve years. He has the fluency of a Castilian. A very attentive congregation of 125, all natives. Good singing. How pleasant in this festive land to hear the cheering notes, "How firm a foundation." The text was the glorious 'gospel of Christ.' . The editors that went to the bull fight all come back disgusted. A sickening sight, and some left. Five bulls and fourteen horses killed. They are satisfied of the. barbarism of the performance, and promise if they live one hundred years, never to do it again. Our good brother Sloan, is doing a noble work. Besides the chapel, there are two other missions. In the Sunday School are sixty scholars. The Baptist Board have a valuable property here, about one hundred feet square, secured throng hMr. Sloan's efforts. Adjoining the ohapel.is the parsonage,a borne like dwelling, In a tour in the United States some years ago to secure aid, Rockefeller gave 37,000 . toward the erection of the buildings arid the purchase of the ground. Mr. Sloan's son led the singing. Mrs, Sloan said life waa of course more agreeable in her Jown country, but that their work was in Mexico. The prevailing cpln Is the centavo. It buys more things than any other. The beggars stretch their grimy hand for "un eentavo." On the little stand on the streets, the cakes, candies, and various little trinkets are all a centavo. Atthe shops you can buy vegetables in small quanltity for the same coin. . 1 got a bottle of pulque for centavo. I forgot to meation that our Indus- tious friend Sloan is editor as well as • pastor, as he publishes twice a month a neat paper, La Luz, lull of religious snd Mr. and Mrs, Sloan. Truly, the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Onr «tay in MaxJco wai made very pleasant by a committee who kindly engineered onr eight seeing at no expense to the party. George Ishan, editor of Trader, an excellent commercial publication and Mr. Butler, editor, of Mexican Herald, which has a wide circulation, not only among Americans, but which is regularly read by President Diaz and leading citizens . otithe. country, were unfailing in their courte- cy to the Innocents Abroad. t If you were to stay In Mexico a year, I suppose every day would bring some new sight. What do you think of four half-naked natives staggering under a piano, two carrying furniture or moving on a wooden stretcher, of a fellow hauling four large water jugs set in a barrow, of a farmer driving thirty turkeys through the crowded street? In short, the streets of Mexico furnish a A pity that we had" to~Ieaver"Mexicc r just as we were beginning to understand language and money. There are the centavo, five cent piece, ten cent piece, quarter, and half dollar. A d61- lar is a peso, a real (ray-al) Is 12}£ cents. Then in the Spanish, we can say Senor as glibly as mister at home, or adios as gracefully as good-bye in America. But alas! T. Wherever we stop for a few minutes a swarm of beggars and peddlers at car windows. Baskets, pottery, toys, opals, Granges? candy, cakes, pulque. They ask a quarter, but will take flve centavoe, or one fifth. Turn away after an offer and they will follow. Joseph M. Page, of Jersey vllle Democrat, is the conductor of our excursion. He is a genuine Napoleon in management ~— NQ^smalUmatter -to- take ten Pullman sleepers" five ~ih~b~uT sand miles, and see that every man gets his right berth and keeps his scalp among the heathen Chinee, Cyrus knew name of every soldier in bis army and Mr, Page called every editor by name as he presented him to Pres. Diaz. The old /ruler must have been amazed at the number of Smiths. . By the 'almanac March has begun but as one looks at the cactus hedges, and the naked youngsters by the adobe huts, hard to believe It: Bun beats down as in July. Bryant's fine poem was not written in Mexico: . . The stormy March has come at last, - "With wind and cloud and changing skies, I hear the rnshlng of the blast, That through the snowy valley flies. Our train halted an ruiur for break- fant at Silao. 'A native at a small stand gave me a cup of coffee, sugar butjao milk, and two biscuits, for five centavos, br~tw(Fand~on8-half of ~our cents. No beef steak, in this land for me, hangs around too much in the sun and flies. - , W. W Davis. On the Circassla, Torreon, Mexico, March 2, 1897.—I have changed my opinion of editors. Th'e popular opinion is wrong. They are not poor. At Agnas C.allentes, when the Mexicans swarmed around the train with drawn wprk of linen, sombreros, and toys, they spent money like water. Thought nothing of paying five dollars for a doylie. Some of the women keen at a bargain. They give perfume and soap in part exchange for stuff. These poor souls like good smells and soap is a luxury. I must not forget the courtesy of the editors of the Two Republics, a prime English journal, who generously invited us to throw our papers into their public mail, and make their office puc headquarters. For the last time I am looking at the mountains. All the way from the City of Mexico, the Mexican Central runs through a vast plain, of which the Cordilleras form the natural bulwark, Conductor tells me that the water used by the engines is not artesian, but is pumped from wells sunk from 150 to 500 feet. Distances aa deceptive as ia Colorado, He points to Guadalupe, twenty kilometers or fifteen miles off, but in the clear air does not seem half so far. These large areas of beautiful farming land, with villages of adobe huts, and cow yards of stone here and there belong to the haciendas or estates of rich proprietors, who perhaps squander the bard earnings of the peons in riotous living in city of Mexico, Now we are ascending a steep grade, and after reaching summit, 8,000 feet, soon see before us Zacatecas, celebrated for its enormous output of silver, mines in 850 years yielding QOO millions of the metal. The smoke stacks and works with piles of broken ore f remind of an American city. We stay, two hours, and all leave cars for a walk through the town. Winding streets, elegant cathedral. Peeped into a Mexican school, kindergarten, .cards ou wall, and the dear little dark haired children singing and clapping their bands. A portrait of Juarez in front. Very thirsty while walking through Zacatecas and after vainly looking for a public fountain, soda stand, or anything that suggested refreshing lluid.l saw u lad standing by some milk cans I pointed to a pint measure and ask- around b°low, and at on doaWes on ifcj track, forming a loop almost equal to that in Georgetown, Colorado. We gather baggage as we go. Some who started with ocetaliae have two or three, besides' baskets and bundles, hats, canes and birds. At every station something new to please fancy. May never be in Mexftfo again. Brakeman tells me Mexicans are natural thieves. Nothing can be left lying around loose, steal whatever is in sight. Porters always look rear end of coach whenever we stop. Prices are stiff for many articles. The brakeman. pointed to his shoe?, 88.50, which in the States, plenty at 81.50. His stockings, 6 cepts, the kind you get six pairs for a quarter. He ea!d he was going back to the north when his shirts were worn out to get a new stock. -Soap 75 cents a ,bar, at home, 20 cents. This seems to be the scarces_t_of .alJL necessaries, the .native article being poor; the best is^brought from the United States, and subject to duty. By their looks, the poor peons use no soap on their bodies from, year to year. , " A wickedly slaw land. A week ago I wrote of a dead Mexican, run over and lying dead on the main track, He was taken away only yesterday. Just think, for a whole week the through trains were all obliged to go by on a side track for fear of offending the prejudices of the natives and open the way for arrest. No regular coroner and some rascally official neglected his business and left the human carcass to dry'in the sun and offend the best in- stincts.of humanity. At Torrenn about noon, the junction of what is called the International railroad ;Wlth the Mexican Central froto of as usual all strolled through this- new town made by the railroad. A market house for vegetables, and outside pottery and trinkets for sale. .Bought some Mexican candy (not Gunther's) for loved friends in Sterling, Picked up a piece of crystal in a grocery, and asked quanto. The man replied in good English, Nothing, that's only a rock. This is the first thing I have received as a gift in Mexico. No Mexican climate for me. The snn is blazing as w<lth ; us in July, and they say it will be much,worse in May. Goodness! A nky of brass and an earth of dust. AS in Egypt and Syria this glare and sand are hard on the eyes, and we meet many' blind; After all, Illinois with her zero January and her April showers.- You know how tired we get of fiery August with its dry isJiexJcQ. Read tip Bill ft ye and .lo«h Billing*, Yoa will find ir?»ny goo4 fchiags in th£ patent slmanRcs. Make yoor- self agreeable. The funny rosa of the car is the hero of the occasion. He draws like a porous plaster. Always the center of an admiring crowd. Geography. Search the books before yon leave horn*, and cram yourself with facts about Mexico, Bilverjproduc- tion, height of Popocatepetl, size of alligators, price of pulque. Tour fellow travelers wll! refeif to you as a walking cyclopedia, ' And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew That one .small head could carry all he knew. Besides, it makes a man feel foolish to ask questions about these little things that every Intelligent person ought to know. , Patience. Consider Job. You will need him in Mexico. When the coffee is slop and the steak is cold, when alkali dust fills the car, when the train is side-tracked half the night, when water Is scarce and your face ia dlrtyrtMnk jewel. • . History. 'Before starting, be sure to read Prescott and the campaigns .of Taylor and Scott, so that when yoa stand at last at Monterey, Vera Cruz, Chapultepec, and the storied scenes around the City of Mexico, while your own'heart is thrilled with emotion, you can make eloquent and historic harangues about the Halls of the Monte- zumas to the beathless companions of your journey. Relics. To come back from Mexico without a few mementoes would be like going to Atlantic City 'without a dip in the ,surf. Of course, you will bring for loved ones at home some opals from Queretaro, a water 'jug from Guadalajara, an Aztec idol for -tha_baby,—a-joavenir— spoon, " __ for ten months in the year.' A newly wedded couple with their gentle endearments -have' afforded much quiet amusement. —Wlthoutthe -gmjle_from-partlal beauty wpn?^ OT^Mrwerelfiian'—a wotrd without a sou! There Is a moral here: On- your bridal tour, go it alonej avoid jthe. _un- sympathizing excursion. . At wayside station I got a cup of coffee and a tortilla from a native woman. My first taste of .the tor tills. ^ It is a email pancake, made of corn soaked in lime water, rolled out thin and baked on a tin. No salt. Not very delicate, but the Mexicans thrive upon them.' < Two secessions from our crowd, which may both be mentioned here. At City of Mexico one car load went farther South to see coffee plantations, and near San Antonio, another car left us for New'Orleans, singing as they rolled away— • If you get there Before I do. The biggest man in our party was Backus, of Kane county, and the prettiest Woman was r-i— but hold, no hornet's nest about our ears,, our scalp must be reserved for another excursion. ' •, • The sun is setting at Jiral (He-rol) and we take our last look at Mexico, for'we are to pass Ilio Grande during the night. Farewell! Land of cactus and'orange, of silver and opal,, of blanket and eandal, of Aztec and Spaniard, adlos! May your future fce as happy and prosperous as your past has been tragic and miserable! '••••;. W.W, DAVIS,- work" from Aguas Caltiehtes for^a wide circle of aunts and cousins. Spanish. Soon as you cross the lilo I Grande, you will b'e tongue-tied. Ad; dress a dozen men in English and they will shrug their shoulders. No under. stand. At the post ofilce.on the street, in the market, you bite your Ijps, and regret that you were born in the United States. A week's study of a phrase book will help you wonderfully. Perhaps you will need the foltowing of ten- er than any other: cuanto, how much; paro, dear; adlos, good-bye; vamose, get out or git. 'Money. As the stump orators told you last fall, one American dollar is worth two Mexican, but you must pay exchange. In City of Mexico, you get ®1.95 for your dollar. Elsewhere, you may do better. Fill your pockets with centavos, the'smallest .copper coin. Handy fonsraiages, "begg iff s, and for throwing into a bunch • of naked or- chlns for a scramble in the dust. Sunday. This is the wildest time 1 of the whole week in Mexico, and a quiet man, will find it hard to keep the" coirF mandment as ho does at home. Fairs on every street and a bull fight in every town. Visitors desirous of attending English service in the City of Mexico will always meet a cordial welcome at the Methodist chapel, Gante street, across from Hotel Itarbide, in the heart of city.. Eoute. The mostdirecfc route from St, Louis to City of'Mexico is via the popular Frisco Line, or fit. Louis & San Francisco B. R,,with its 1,500 miles of fine road bed reaching every promt- hent point in Arkansas, Missouri, Indian Territory, and Texas. Comfortable cars, rapid transit, convenient dining stations, and. excellent service everywhere; make the flying trip to the Southland one of unalloyed pleasure and profit. -"' '"> _ • '• LOOK OUT FOR STORMS. Bless roe this Is pleasant : Hiding on a rail! Saxe,. la order tjiat the stranger may make his trip, to Mexico as eatisfactory as possible, a few hints may be valuable Clothes. Take everyday suit, gray or drab, something that does not show duet, for there will be plenty of it. As you will lounge a great deal in the oar, neglige shirts will be found more com* Portable than starched fronts or stiff collars. One change of underwear is enough, as you can get washing done ou the way. A valise or telescope ia sufficient to carry all needful baggage. If your wife Insists ou a Saratoga, talk to her like a Dutch uncle. . Sleeping, As you will spend considerable time iu a Pullman, you muat learn some pew tricks, You must learn to sleep with your knees against the chin, to hold ou tp your upper berth while the train is a winging curves l Prophet Hicks Bays all Sorta of Weather , Wll Prevail. ; If what Prof. : Hicke, the weather prophet, says tups out 'to be 'true,March will be the worst month of the year so far. He predicted that not many hoursfrom.the tenth, eleventh and twelfth etorma of decided energy need, not be Burprlsing, Bain and snow may be looked for and cold and frosty weather will touch, the, most part of the country from the thirteenth to the sixteenth. He tells people that from the seventeenth to the twentieth they ebguld be on the lookout for storm developments of dangerous energy and wide proportions. On the twenty-eighth, and thirtieth there will be a great tendency to storms.. HAD A~ NARROW ESCAPE; 3 g . David Butt ana Her Daughter Have a Had Scare. Mrs. David Butt and her daughter had a narrow escape from a bad accident on Tuesday evening while on their way to their home north of the' pityT-" While driving along the road their horse suddenly kicked .one foot over the dashboard of the buggy where it became entangled and thrw the horse dow'n breaking the shafts. The horse began plunging about and if it had not been for the tiuiely arrival of assistance, one or both of the ladles, would probably have been hurt. AB-itwas.ihere was but little damage done, the horse ajad buggy dividing it between them. The American Agriculturist, one the leading futm journal!?, o* this conn- try, baa been running a series of exc<»l- lenfc editorials on the subject of credit ban&B for the benefit of fanners. One of the first, in the issue of Nov. 21, 1806, discussed the agricultural credit bankft of England, • Ife attracted considerable attention, and the Grange and Farmers Alliance in several states are seriously considering a trial cf the system there outlined. A recent editorial showed some of the benefits of tho Scotch credit banks wbjch loan small amounts to borrowers.with- out collateral, but vrho can give tit least two good sureties. By this means a capable and trustworthy yonng man can obtain a few hundred dollars, at a moderate rate of interest,- with which to stock a iarm which he has jnst botoght. .Ho docs not have to pay.interest oa.a dollar more ihan ha _actually.J3ses-. and at any time can return any part of what is borrowed and stop interest on the part returned.. Dunning Maoleod, a great au- thbrity upon banking, says that this system, introduced years ;ago, gave Scottish rigriculture a prodigious stimulus, •while to it also ho attributes the marvelous development of manufactures and other industries in Scotland in the face of adverse natural conditions. Macleod declares that tho uso of this form of credit has been moro helpful to Scotland that tho richest gold or silver mines would have been. . Tho Agriculturist then described tho X special benefits of tho branch banks of Scotland and Canada. Ten Scotch banks have 1,000 branches. Each little town whero there is an agent of ouo of these ten banks has practically the samo banking privileges us though tho hdadqnnr- tcrs of tho bank "Wero in tho town, jwhercas.tho American .-town's facilities in its midst, or, moro likely, in a larger town, village or city 10 or 20 miles away, for it is often CO and sometimes 100 miles from points in tho south and west to the nearest bank. f We quote tho following from'one of tho more recent editorials in Tho Agriculturist: - ' ' "The agricultural credit bank, do- scribed in our previous article, or pur own very successful co-operative building and loan associations, might also es- < tablish branches or agencies. Thus one society could have a representative in every town or hamlet in a county or group of counties, bringing its advantages home to depositors and borrowers i everywhere. In this way, oven 1 in a sparsely settled, fanning country, a co- operativtj banking society could get enough business to bo soundly successful. The agricultural credit banks described in .the editorial referred to.en- able the honest poor to co-operate in other r matte"fs'."."The^ testimony of -hun- ' — dfeds of similar institutions in Europe shows beyond all question that these credit; .societies have 'encouraged cooperation in all its forms, stimulated ' -thrift_jmd_Belf_ help and :: imjprovcd the——- Wholemoral and material condition of their members,', The need is certainly urgent for similar effort: at self help in very many farming communities in this country as well as among workers, in other occupations. In these times, when tho margin of profit is so close in fanning, as in other .business, it is all the more necessary for farmers to be able to conduct their affairs with the utmost economy, for which purpose capital at reasonable rates of interest is an imperative necessity. ••"( . ' /-•-.rj •' Whatever opinions are entertained concerning the standard of values, there_ should be^unanimity in an effort to per'- fect a sound plan of co-operativo banking that will enable: farmers to help themselves. How great this need is can ,' hardly be' exaggerated. Taking the United States as a whole, we doubt if .one-tenth of. onr farmers use banks or are within convenient reach of banking 'accommodation. Without it they cannot employ credit in the .true sense. Yet nine-tenths of the volume of business • transacted by other people ia done with credit instruments. But the • average • farmer is able to use only the credit offered by the crossroads store, which • 'milks' him to the tune of 16 to 40 par, cent by taking bis stuff in trade at far" ', below market prjce, charging big profits on what the, farmer buys, and on top of this exacting exorbitant interest. "No legitimate business can stand this sort of'accommodation,'certainly not agriculture. The evil exists whether prices are high or low, currency plenty or scarce. The .deeper'one'delves into this matter the plainer it appears that, whatever la done about monetary stand* ards, bettor banking accommodations-— *. that ie, better facilities for the use of credit instruments, such as oheoita, orafts, etc. »~-are vital to tha farmer's « welfare. Nor oau he, need he or will fee pay moro for these facilities than dp those in other business,'' • ' A Qupd The aotion of the ailver in deciding to make the money issue paramount sets e good example to the gold Democrats, tba Baltimore Hews (Dem.) Bays: ."They iutaaif kei-y thorn/ selves iu readiness to support, not peie- ly by asuoutiug vote, but by active work aud friendly counbtil. any e£tart wiiicJ* may be lionestly put forward by tho iu- comiug uclmiuiatratiou to plac^ the, finances of tho vouutry wpo« »' sosotti basis. 3'hey would stukify their eomse in tho oouttot of lust yetw jf they allowed ijar^y coiu.it!fratioHB to bays so aasock aa a foatlifcr'fe wftighc ia comparison\v:th their 3nty upou tiiut isaut; of

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