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|Article Title||Straight Talk|
- y? STRAIGHT TALK - -4. . , The. following editorial from a copy of the Milwaukee Mil-waukee Sentinel of recent date, is a sample of what the leading journals of the east are saying about us: It is headed "Education in Utah," and reads: An association of some 800 of the leading scholars of the country reports concerning the University of Utah that professors who criticize the trustees, the president of the university, the governor of the state or members of the legislature legis-lature are in danger of dismissal, and this although al-though the criticisms may be in private. Nor is that all. The same report state that the governor gover-nor of Utah had members of the raculty disciplined discip-lined 'because of an oration delivered by a graduating grad-uating student an oration so dangerous as to urge a public utilities commission, an investigation investiga-tion of mining and public service corporations, tax reforms and similar commonplaces of more enlightened states. Because they had read this "oration" and .had permitted its delivery, one instructor was discharged and others forced out. Evidently the government of Utah believes in a law of lese majeste. It cares precious little about truth or freedom of speech in education; it proposes to hamstring free instruction and so far it is succeeding. This is what is sometimes some-times alluded to as hysteria about academic freedom. free-dom. To Wisconsin folk this seems childish. Such extremes could not foe attempted here. But there was ample evidence last spring that this is really the idea "which some dear reactionaries hold of public education. It ought to be a sufficient suf-ficient warning to Wisconsin that it is deeply concerned in any proposal to "do something to the university." It is to the state's vital interest to look into such things, to learn just what is being attempted and what ideas are the mainsprings main-springs of action. The case of Harry Joseph against John Walsh whom he sued for ten thousand dollars for slander sland-er because Walsh was alleged to have said that Joseph owned the St. Joseph's roadhouse has been continued for three months. The attorneys for Farmer Walsh asked for a continuance and ' it was granted, owing to the illness of brother J Walsh, it (being reported that his fever was 103 at the time the case was called. Farmer Walsh of Farmington was appointed on the board of the State Industrial school by Governor Spry and he and Mr. Joseph never could agree, by gum. The postponement of the case is a reminder re-minder of an incident that happened at the La- goon race track when the farmers of Farming- I ton were beginning to buy automobiles with the proceeds from the sale of their hay while the i ponies were stabled at the Lagoon. Farmer Walsh is just naturally agin everything every-thing and is one of the bewhiskered leaders of the psalm singers in his community. He is agin a lot of the devil's inventions like fast bosses, red whiskey and the various vices, devices and a contraptions calcalated to lure the young men I from the hay field. But he isn't against selling hay for the bosses, and so when the race plant was at the Lagoon, he drove in on the top of 1 a load of it. I But it' so happened that Simon Bamberger 9 was supervising the purchase of the hay on that I particular morning and waving his hand toward Walsh turned, to the men and said "We don't want to buy any hay of that man. .t farmer Walsh is somewhat of a David - l, and so after surveying the scene meditatively for a few J imoments, exclaimed: "Giddap Napoleon" and g turning, drove off. About an hour afterwards the load of hay of farmer Walsh arrived on the scene again, but nobody knew it belonged to him. There was another driver on top of it, the team of horses had ibeen changed and the load was disposed of in about five seconds. Even Mr. Bamberger was tickled at the trick and told the yarn on himself.' But referring to the slander suit, no one can blame Mr. Joseph for objecting to having been I called the owner of St. Joseph's road house. I Emil S. Lund, the funny little fellow who is again presenting his name for consideration as a candidate for commissioner, is making his campaign cam-paign on "a restriction of vice in all its forms and a gradual substitution of clean, wholesome 1 recreation for old and young." 'At-a-boy, Emll, at- I a-boy, sock it to 'em. Wo cau seo in tho dim fj vista of tho future the terrible cabarets turned I into ying pong parlors; croquet will be the official spore of the city and rivers of grape juice will be running wild. We are glad the substitution is to be gradual so that the boys won't notice the change coming upon them until you have them on the hip. At-a-boy, Emil, you're the goods. A quiet canvass was made during the week to see how many professional gamblers and sure-thing sure-thing men are in the city. We understand that the list did not include those at the Alta club. The straw vote on the municipal election at the American, Liberty and Rex theatres, has grown in interest with each succeeding announcement announce-ment since the voting began. At this writing, W. Mont Ferry is way in the lead for mayor, Karl A. Scheid and Herman Green have doublo the votes of any other candidate for commissioners, and E. A Bock for auditor has the high vote of the whole list. The vote will end with "today's performances at the three houses. On October 24th, the same houses will run another straw ballot bal-lot for the weak, incorporating the winners at the primaries. L-H L-H a man had a private business of $2,000,000 or $3,000,000 per annum and was obliged to be absent for a year or more, would he cheerfully put the business in the hands of some of the present candidates for the city offices. If he would not, would it not be in order for our strong business men to wake up and take some interest in the present city campaign, and try to see that only real business men are elected? The money to be expended for the city should be a public trust, not a private snap. And the safety of the lives and property of citizens should have some consideration. con-sideration. During the past ten days, the business district has been infested with a quartette of young women who buttonhole every man they meet and demand to know if they are going to vote for them. If he tries to break for cover, they spread themselves before him, take hold of him if necessary, neces-sary, and tell him that all they want is $1 for a magazine published by "The Littlefield Publishing Company of Buffalo," and that if they win they are going to be sent somewhere that will be very beneficial to them. Their chief places of operation have been at the entrances of big building build-ing like the Newhouse, Boston, Kearns, Walker Bank building and the leading hotels. They have made a business of being at the postoffice for certain hours during the day, and at the City and County building. They have the nerve of burglars and a little thing walking behind a counter or back of the cages in a bank, is a specialty with them. One of them went so far as to go into the district court while it was in session and walk up on the bench and buttonhole the judge. They are making life a burden for the people in the office buildings and are more than annoying in their methods. A little thing like grabbing a man around the neck and hanging on to him in an effort to extract a dollar, doesn't feaze them, The police department has had several complaints, but nothing has been done to date. It is time these birds were rounded up and investigated to see if they are really representing a legitimate publication or trying to take people for a little soft money. It is noticeable that they do not approach any women who would be the people to readily help them. Quite a number of citizens, all wearing an "I am innocent" look, attended a mass meeting of citizens at the Commercial club one evening last week to go over the "qualifications" of tho can- I didates for the office of mayor with tho idea of H either nominating others for the job or making M happy ono of those already in the race with the M endorsement of the meeting. H Will Farrell was elected chairman. He made M a dandy little talk, whitewashing the persons and fl the motives of all present. Sam Clay, secretary m of the Commercial club, read a resolution which H officially relieved the C. C. of all responsibility M for any acts of the meeting. Two or three report- M ers wandered in, Ben Redman was elected sec- H retary, the scene was set for portentious "doings" M and a distinct tension was felt. Hh "What is your further pleasure, gentlemen?" Hjfl asked Mr. Farrell expectantly and with his best H smile. H Then it was that a long, thin veteran of many H campaigns arose and was granted permission to H speak. The crowd eagerly awaited his remarks. R He cleared his throat and then with a contempt- M uous look around said, in good dialect: "Mofe H we a'journ." "Second the motion," yelled Mr. Jen- H son. "All in favor say I," said Mr. Farrell. "I," H yelled the managers, assistant managers, public- Hj ity agents and heelers for the sundry candidates H for office as they rushed to headquarters with H the joyful news of a busted meeting. Hj Four citizens and two faithful reporters er- H mained after the grand exits. George Alder, rep H resenting the citizens, stated officially that their H downfall was due to a bum start. Then the jani- H tor mercifully turned out he lights. B H Daniel interpreted for Belshazzar the writing H on the wall of his banquet hall and made it read: H "Mene, mene, Tekel Upharsen." "Thou hast been H weighed in the balance' and found wanting." H Do any of our candidates for city offices hear H scratchings on their walls at night that sound H like "Mene TekeU" And are they afraid to turn H on the light lest the writing be there? H H The evening journal up near the monument H was furious, almost, in its advocacy of the com- H mission rule for this city; that the corruptions B of the old form of government might be done H away with. Is it just now making a brave fight H that its ideals may be realized in the coming H election? H It was funny to read an article in one of the H dailies the other day in which it deplored the M possibility of a character assassin being at work H during the municipal campaign. What is the mat- fl ter? Is the paper jealous of somebody? H M One of the biggest realty deals of the year took fl place during the week when the Utah State Na- H tional bank purchased the property where their. H banking quarters are located at the present time, m from the Salt Lake Security & Trust company. M' Both institutions are enjoying a splendid growth M and are numbered among the leading banking M houses of the west. H The way that one or two of the city commis- H sloners are allowing the Dick Morris heelers to H openly operate in their departments is a subject m of considerable adverse comment from their M friends. In the case of one or two of them, it is m Just as improper for them to remain neutral in H the present campaign as it would be to extend H their influence to endorse "Slippery Dick" Morris. H And the fact that many of those in their depart- H ments are perniciously active in behalf of the slip- H pery one is causing their friends to be unsparing H in tlieif condemnation. Some are wondering if H they are afraid of the political trickster who is H responsible for the work of the present adminis- H .tratlon and who needs only the title of mayor to H assume complete control of the rotten machine H that has run city politics since he took office the H last time. In this connection, we do not remem- H ber any time that "Slippery Dick" has not been H in office.