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The evil of strikes is not so much the direct dishonesty of the strikers as if is that good measures are retarded and defeated. Bills have been introduced to compel the street-car companies to replace their axle breaking, high rails with flat rails, like those used in Philadelphia: to limit the interest that pawnbrokers may charge; to compel the East river ferry companies to reduce their fares, and to provide gates at each end of their boats to prevent passengers from being pushed overboard; compelling the presence of a flagman at grade railroad crossings over streets; to provide for drippans under elevated roads; to prevent food adulterations, and scores of other bills to accomplish like good objects.

There is no doubt that it would be a good thing to pass and enforce these bills; but that very fact raises the price. Good bills are just what the strikers want.

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People see it is a good bill, and every line of newspaper praise enables the man in charge of the bill to get higher prices from the companies or individuals affected. Fear of being likened to these thieving saviors of society deters honest members from offering needed bills. The people of the city of New York are the losers. It is seldom that any reference to the maneuvers of legislators comes into print. The daily New York papers, which have correspondents here, do not care to touch it because the papers are partisan, and as thieves know no party lines some body might be hurt who was a friend of a stockholder.

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Last week a circular came to each member of the assembly that contained some pretty direct charges against one New York assemblyman. This was a blow at the peculiar kind of honor traditionally prevailing among legislators, and though the defrauded assemblyman could not very well compel a division by an action at law, he objected vehemently.

Some friend of his sent a circular to the members to warn them against entering into any transactions with the man who struck but refused to divide. The accused assemblyman got up in the assembly and said the charges were a lie. The new members were shocked, but some cf the old members grinned. Although the coal strike investigation committee has not finished its labors, it is plain that the committee will not agree and that there will be two reports.

The majority, led by Chairman Hogeboom, an agent for the Delaware and Hudson coal company, in the coal pool, will report that the men were to blame and that their grievances were insufficient to justify a strike. There will also be a minority report that will not have much chance in the assembly, because the leading politicians are against it. The Land Transfer Job. As the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, those who are paying the price and getting a very poor quality of the article should have a watchful eye, not only for opportunities to establish beneficent laws, but also to see that robbery and trickery do not, under the guise of reform, procure laws in opposition to the interests of the people.

One of these ways is just as important as the other. A little heedfulness will detect danger in a series of bills now before our legislature. Assembly bills Nos. They provide for an undertaking which will involve unlimited and incalculable expense, to be be borne by those who pay the taxes. This expense is to be met by an issue of bonds redeemable within thirty years. The magnitude of this expense may be realized when some of the items are shown.

A host of clerks adequate to the en tire re-indexing not only of the records now in our register's office, but of all the liens, except judgments note the exception now on tile in our county clerk's office. Sets of books sufficient to contain a record of title of every lot in the city, allowing a sufficient number of pages for each lot.

There being about , lots in the city, it would be necessary to commence with as many books as there are now in our register's office. This set of books to be prepared in triplicate.


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Entire new and elaborate sets of maps, also in triplicate, and new tax maps. Printing ad libitum. The purchase of slips and memoranda of the searchers. No limit as to price. This is a sop to the searchers, and buys their acquiescence. Their accumulated work, for which they have already been paid, will be use-less under the new system. The searchers would only change their methods; the new plan would not abolish their functions. But, perhaps, the most remarkable provision of all is the practical exemption of real estate from the lien of judgments and the increased difficulties that will oppose the mechanic in his endeavor to fix his lien.

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The advantage of this system comes to the few and not to the many, and it lies in the fact that new complications and new embarrassments are so woven into the plan that special knowledge is more than ever requisite to unravel them. The passage of these bills will be one more turn of the screw which will force the tenant class within the domination of the landlord class. If that government is best whose laws are fewest and least complicated, and if it is wise to make new laws to serve good ends, then it is certainly more wise to defeat bad laws that are proposed only to serve the purposes of individuals.

To the defeat of these bills, therefore, our vigilance should address itself. Whitmore, Mass. Warwick, Rockford, Ill. This is unfortunate. The Swedes are a considerable part of the good workmen and farmers of several western states. They ought to be advised of the righteousness of these movements of labor against oppression, and their similarity to those that moved Sweden years ago under Engelbrecht, a man true. Upright, religious, clear-headed and just, with unbounded love of the race. He could not be swerved from duty and justice, and was filled with compassion and unselfishness, for which he is today idealized by every Swede.

I say it would be a misfortune if this truth cannot be conveyed to the Swedes in America—that they, as well as all other laboring men, must stand up now to crush out these selfish monopolies that menace the welfare of society—monopolies which will, if not checked, cause a catastrophe more horrible than that which, with the murdering of Engelbrecht and the victory of the oppressors, happened to the Calmar union of Scandinavia. New York, Feb. Danger of bombardment seemed immediate. The cries of the Herald for coast defenses so worked on my fears that the hissing of English shells sung in my ears and would not let me rest at night, and when, in the morning, the breakfast bell woke me I thought its sound was the explosion of Spanish bombs.

In another mood a patriotic spirit would descend and visions of glory arise. I saw the Stars and Stripes waving triumphantly over Rideau hall and Mexico paying us another fine, when lo, The Standard appeared! My fears were assuaged, the pomp and circumstance of war vanished, and I saw that the whole thing was—a job. I hope you will keep up your fight against this gigantic scheme. At the International range convention held last week in Denver, Mr. McGillan of Cleveland read a short address on monopolies among stock yard concerns and middlemen, in which he laid the trouble of cattle growers in not receiving just prices for their cattle at the doors of the middlemen.

His plan for treating these monopolies was the organization of an immense corporation with a capital of one hundred millions, to be participated in by the stock raisers of the United States, which should market and butcher all the stock raised in the United States and conduct the selling of all beef direct to consumers. The explanation of his scheme was listened to with marked attention, and when Mr.

McGillan concluded he was warmly applauded. Philadelphia owns and operates its gas and water works. A proposition to sell or lease one or both to private parties has recently, after long debate, been rejected.

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One of the candidates for may or, in response to a query, declared that the city's two most important functions are the supply of gas and water, and that under no circumstances would he consent to the sale or lease of the works. This is the prevailing opinion in Philadelphia. Men holding this opinion, after years of experience, are shocked at any suggestion that the city should own and operate street railways. The Boodle Capital. Trenton, N. A seat in the United States senate is for sale, and bidding is brisk. South Carolina, in the worst days of carpet-bag rule, knew no such open and shameless dickering.

It is as brazen as the lewdness of the harlots' ball of Monday night, and, like that-, viler though it was than any thing of the kind that would be tolerated in New York without bribing the police, is taken quite as a matter of course.