What’s the Matter With Silver? <«f brains to do his newspaper
I..—— work and pays magnificent salaries
The superintendent of the mint to some of them, it is true, hut he
at Denver is quoted in the press has not only proved to the world
dispatches as saving that the price that he directs these men of brains,
of silver is rising steadily and will hut that he is capable of going he-
reach 76 cents per ounce before a fore the people in a rough and-
tumble way in a heated campaign
What’s the matter with this and taking care of hirr.self against
metal called silver, anyhow?
In 1896 there was nothing on
earth more discredited, despised
the assaults of all comers.
No man of ordinary ability could
have made the campaign that
and denounced than silver. Any- Hurst has made single-handed
body who thought that silver was and alone in New York. He has
good stuff to make real money was not only proved himself to he a
( ••scribed as a silver lunatic, a re- man of brains hut one with plenty
piuiiationist and financial hoss- of moral and physical* courage.
(odd was the god of the hour
and the world at large. Gold was
herald d ns the only immutable,
always reliable, stable and sound
stofl for money purposes. The
wage earner was t.night that ".1
Mr. Peary and the Pole.
Mr. Peary' holds the record for
North Pole hunting. He has pene
trated a number of miles closer to
gold dollar is always a dollar; the p than any previous explorer. He
man with a salary or fixed income lacked something like two hundred
was convinced by the goldbugs miles of actually reaching it, but to
that "a gold dollar will always be have gone “farthest North" means
worth a hundred cents; and the something. It is a monument to
pensioner was furnished with the endurance, courage and rcsolu
moral affidavits that a siver dollar tjon 0 f that leader and his little
was a fifty cents and still tailing company, and even if Mr. Peary
dollar, and Ins pension gold dollar ^jves up Arctic exploration with
would be an everlasting non- this attempt he has accomplished
shrinkable dollar! much. For years finding the
Mut how about thatfgold dollar North Pole has been the greatest
now?— that “stable measure of achievement in the field ol adven-
vulues" and “unchangeable yard- turc open to mankind. Thousands
stick of measures?” of dollars have been spent and
Within the past six weeks the 1 hundreds of lives lost in the at-
secretary of the treasury has had tempt. Years ago there was a
to stand a raise of two cents per m yth, a dream of a "Northwest
ounce—from 69 to 71 cents, in Passage," but this faded away long
fact for silver bullion purchased
and sent to the United States
mints to be coined into money at
the historic ratio of "iG to 1." At
that rate of increase of price it
since, and the search for the Pole
took its place. There was a time
when the theory was advocated by
some that there was a vast open
sea around the Pole—another the
A pretty wedding last night was
that of Miss Georgia Page IIun-
nicutt and Rev. Flam F. Demp
sey, of Jackson, Ga„ which took
place at the bride’s home on Wash
The ceremony was performed by
Dr. W. L. C. Hunnicutt, of Miss.,
an uncle of the bride, and Mr. T.
,1. Dempsey, Jr., of Jackson, Ga.,
brother of the groom, was best
man. The bride was given away
by her brother, Mr. Thomas Hun
nicutt.and she had five attendants.
Misses Knnly and Lyda llunni
cutt, her sisters; Misses Sarah and
Kleanor Hunnicutt, of Athens, her
cousins, and Miss Nancy Lee
Shell, of Turin, Ga. They wore
dainty white gowns anrl carried
The bride was lovely in white
radium, and her boquet was of
Miss Flaine Waltz played the
wedding march, and Misses Hilda
Waltz and Susie Wailes presided
at a bowl of delicious fruit punch.
Other appropriate refreshments
were served after the ceremony.
Rev. and Mrs. Dempsey went to
Washington on their bridal trip,
and returning to Jackson, Ga.,
they will be at home for a while
with the bridegroom’s father, Rev.
T. J. Dempsey.
The bride is an attractive young
woman, talented and popular, and
her many friends here will regret
her'departure from Atlanta, while
the bridegroom is a young minis
ter of fine qualities and reputation.
Thursday’s Constitution, Nov. S.
will require, within two yeifrs, ory hud it that therfi was a region
#1.29 in gold to buy an ounce of of tropical climate, vegetation and
silver and 16 to twill be with us tertility there but it has long
once more—sec 1 since been conceded that the Pole
The price ol silver is now 20 , s rca ||y nothing save a certain
rents an ounce highei than it was S | K)l m the midst of a deathly dr
one year ago, and the demand lor solation of ice and snow. There
it is gienter than can he answered, would he little ef real value to
I*.very metal used in arts and in mankind in the actual penetration
dust rie.s has increased largely in to the Pole by an exploring party,
prices since McKinley beat Hryan j\ successful adventurer would
in 189(1, except gold. I hat god- finally reach a spot which his in-
like metal has continually gone strunients would indicate as the
down in purchasing power since exact location of the Pole. He
1896. I oday it takes from 25 to would stand at a spot where there
100 per cent more, gold to buy was no North, Eust nor West. He
other metals than when McKinley would be standing on Here; every-
was inaugurated the first time, where else would be South. It
I he gold dollar will, lor the aver- would he rather cold there; rather
age bill of necessaries of life for ,| ai k and extremely lonely. Such
the home, buy only two-thirds now apparent movements of the heaven-
of the quantities it would buy ten | y bodies as he saw would be
years ago. horizontal! The sun would peer
The prosperity of the masses is purbltndly above the horizon and
always measured in the goods they then circle. Probably his own
need and can have, and not in dol- emotions would be so congealed
lars and cents. So that they get that he would not be especially
less goods for their wages now prom i 0 f bis achievement. He
than when silver was knocked out cou ld ( | 0 nothing but turn back
and the gold dollar became our | an ,| fight his way to the world of
national savior. Sclah! Atlanta light and terra hrma again. He
N pws - I could not even get a splinter or a
' chip as a souvenir. True, if he
lived to get back, he could lecture
—and Geographical Societies
Anyhow, William R. Hearst has would give him medals—and the
not only defied all the political magazines would pay a good price
bosses of all parties, but he has tor articles. It is certain that Mr.
given the Republicans a good Carnegie would create a Pole
scare as well. Although he lost | M^dal and bestow it upon him—
out in his race for the governor ,and then best of all when he died
ship of New York State,he carried be would have some fine chiselling
every borough in New York City, upon his tomb; but the discovery
This alone makes him a factor in of the Pole would not affect the
New York politiesand in national markets of the world; the Trust
Octopus would not be scotched a
wee bit; and the servant problem
would roll on just the same. O,
for a man to discover how to keep
a cook; or invent a conscience for
the gas meter!—Golden Age.
State Baptist Convention.
|H)litics as well, for some time to
come, or until he shall have done
something to cause his following
to forsake him. Under all the
circumstances, with all the trusts,
combinations and the money pow
er of New York fighting him,
Hearst’s campaign has been a
most remarkable one.
One thing that Hearst has dem- The Baptist Convention of the
onstrated beyond all question in State of Georgia will 'meet in
this campaign is that he is a man eighty-filth annual session with the
of no ordinary ab'lity. It has been Carfersville Baptist church on
the custom of his rivals in the Tuesday, November 20th, 7:30 p.
newspaper business and of nis m. The introductory sermon will
political enemies ever since he en- be preached by Elder John E.
tered politics to allude to him as a White, or his alternate, Elder John
sort of simlin-headed fellow with- D. Jordan.
out either brains or force of char- The Southeastern Passenger As-
acter, and the cartdbnists of rival sociation has authorized a rate on
newspapers have so held him up the railroads of one fare plus 25
mercilessly to the public. cents for round trip tickets.
But no fair-minded man can say Tickets will be on sale on Novem-
any more that Hearst "thrives on i ber 19th, 20th and 21st, good for
hired brains.” He employs men j returning till November 26th.
Fools and Cranks.
The title oL a legislative act
must set forth the entire subject
matter included in the bill, but I
will not ptoini.se that the above
title expresses all l may write
about in this article.
This government is called a re
public, and some cal! it a demo
cracy. Let us see how Webster
defines the word, Democracy,noun.
(Greek, democratic, from demos,
people and cratco, to possess, to
govern). Government by the
people; a form of government, in
which the supreme power is lodged
in the hands of the people collec
tively, or in which the people ex
ercise the powers of legislation.
Such was the government of Ath
ens. Well that is clear, concise
and pointed; democracy means that
in affairs of government the peo
ple—Sam, Jack and Willie—irre
spective of class or condition, are
to be heard, and their protest
against a measure respected.
Now comes in the fools,the men
who are always waiting for the
other fellow to do the kicking, or
who are ready to howl themselves
hoarse for some partisan wiiose
plausible manner and honeyed
speech tickles their fancy. These
fellows make me think of a
thoughtless kitten playing with
the tail ol an adder. The sleek
partisan come around and talks
glibly, perhaps (conceitedly, of the
dear old party, declares that it can
not err, and all the hope of salva
tion for the dear people lies in
their strict adherence to the party,
no matter where it mav lead them.
The poor fools never stop to think;
they just fall in line and follow the
name, regardless of cost to them
selves. If the adder does not turn
and bite the kitten, it may glide
safely over a precipice and lead the
foolish kitten on to a fall, or into a
brake of brambles, where the kit
ten only will suffer.
Cranks, crooked or twisted in
dividuals, whose minds are only
susceptible to one idea at a time,
and who feel constrained to per
suade or compel everybody to
think and act on their one idea.
Cranks are always busy, either
chasing the foolish kitten, warning
them of their peril or waiting at
the bramble brake, to gather the
fur. Cranks may be partisans and
allies of the politicians, or they
may be selfish degenerates, looking
only for their own welfare, or the
welfare of a particular class.
A crank may not be a bad man;
he may even advocate an idea or
principle that is good and whole
some, and shortf of its extrava
gance, would be truly democratic;
hut his over-zealous demands and
fierce attacks on opponents, render
his ideas nil. Yet cranks have
been ruling the United States,
aided by fanatics and financed by
shylocks, for forty five years.
Now, if we could convince the
fools, straighten the cranks and
restrain the shylocks, we might
get about establishing democracy.
The first step would be to kill the
adder, drown the kitten, then hang
the crank with weights to his feet,
to get him straight, and lastly,
search shylock for stolen goods,
and then drop him into the crater
of a volcano. With tools, cranks,
politicians and shylocks fiddling
with our institutions, democracy
has a poor show.
Fools and cranks founded the
republican party, and laid the train
that exploded the tranquility of
our once peaceful country. They
freed the negroes and gave them
civil rights they could neither un
derstand nor appreciate. They
also delivered the government over
to the moneyed interests, taking
it away from the people; hut they
were led by the slick politician,
who knew how to agree with
cranks, humor fools and make
obeisance to the shylocks.
The moral of ail this is: Don’t
follow any party that is not demo
cratic, and sift every man’s record,
and use good common sense in all'
things and you will not have to go
to New York to find a democrat j
to model after.
Now if you are wise you can
read between the lines, and may
be you can get some of the kinks
and crooks out of you before they
hang the weights to your feet. If
you belong to the fool class, I pity
you, for you can never he reclaim
ed; you will go on sporting with
the political adder until you are
drowned. If you belong to the
guild of politicians, if lightning
does not strike you, you will con
tinue to cater to fools, twist with
the cranks, and share the spoils
with the shylocks until the final
doom. But if you are a good
democrat, you will take time to
think before you accept any inno
vation that you do not understand
thoroughly. Remember this is a
crank producing age, and some of
the smartest men are decidedly
cranky. If they twist the right
way, it is all right,but most cranks
twist too far, and get the fools into
the brambles, with the help of the
politician. Sitting down on a
crank does not straighten it, fleec
ing a fool does not cure him, and
searching a thief does not make
him honest. Recent events prove
the above assertion to be truth.
Dr. Taylor Wants to be Presi
dent of Senate.
Former Grand Master J. W.
Taylor of the Grand Lodge of Free
and Accepted Masons of Georgia,
represents the Thirty-sixth Sena
torial District, composed of the
counties of Campbell, Coweta,
Meriwether and Douglas, in the
next State Senate. On his recent
visit to Macon in attendance on
the annual session of the Grand
Lodge, Dr. Taylor was asked to
support a certain candidate for the
presidency of the Senate. Dr.
Taylor replied that he could not
do so, as he expected to be a can
! didate himself for the office. This
statement will be a surprise, as it
is not generally known that Dr.
i Taylor aspires to preside over the
higher branch of the Legislature.
There are seven candidates for
president, namely: John W. Akin,
j of Cartersvdle; T. S. Felder, of
Macon; J. J. Flynt, of Griffin; L
1G. Hardman, of Commerce;*J D i
Howard, of Mi Hedge vilfe; W. C
Martin, of Dalton; and J. W. Tay-!
lor, of Luthersvilie.—Macon Tele- ;
Mr, and Mrs. J. B. Shell, of
Turin, have issued imitations to
; the marriage of their daughter,
Miss Nancy Lee, to Mr. Clifford
Pierce Norman, the marriage to
take place at their home on Tues
day, Nov. 20th.
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