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ful "leftist" groups - Republicans, Radi- deck-Rousseau cabinet. They were eminently
LUIS ESTEVES Y ROMERO,
The Cuban Republic, Limited.
Premier -Minister of the Interior and Minister of territorial or moral integrity, or to incur any
Public Worship-Senator Combes.
debt which cannot be met out of ordinary
The new ministry is pledged to this program. It is composed of Republicans, Radicals, and Radical-Socialists. It contains neither a Socialist representative (the Socialist party having voted against further identification of its leaders with a "capitalistic" cabinet), nor a moderate Republican of the group led by Méline. The cabinet is as follows:
Minister of Justice-Senator Vallé.
Minister of Foreign Affairs-M. Delcassé.
Of these ministers only two, Delcassé and General André, were members of the Wal
United States. Yet she is not a colony or "possession" of this republic, and the Teller pledge is generally regarded as having been fulfilled in spirit, if not to the letter.
The Great Miners' Strike.
Two years ago the organized miners of the anthracite region struck for higher wages and other concessions. The majority of the laborers,
Cuba was turned over to President Palma and her first congress in a normal, healthy and sound condition. Order and peace prevail throughout the island, and all parties seem to be anxious to demonstrate the fitness of the population for self-government. mostly foreigners, President Palma's cabinet is not a partisan were not members one; it is representative and non-partisan. of the union, but Party spirit will doubtless reassert itself in they recognized that time, but it is hoped that the political con- their interests were tests in which the Cuban may engage will identical with those not assume a character necessitating Ameri- of the organized can intervention. miners and joined the strike. This fact, unexpected by the operators, coupled with the peculiar political conditions then existing, brought about a compromise, the strikers obtaining a ten per cent advance of wages. The union was not formally recognized, but its president, Mr. Mitchell, secured a promise of recognition in the future, conditioned upon the maintenance of peace in the region.
Last year, in the spring, there was some agitation for further improvements, but it was not permitted to develop into a serious difference with the operators. The ten per cent advance was continued. This year the miners are stronger and better organized than ever, and the demand for better conditions, shorter hours, and higher wages has been renewed. Owing to the intervention of the conciliation committee of the National Civic Federation, the leading mine-owners (the corporations controlling the coal-carrying railroads) conferred with the officials of the anthracite miners' union and thus indirectly recognized that organization. But the conferences resulted in no agreement or understanding or compromise, and the whole body of miners, numbering over one hundred and forty thousand men, was ordered to suspend work. This great strike was declared -Cleveland Plain Dealer. not by the leaders, but by a convention of
What the island needs above all things is economic rehabilitation. Progress in agriculture, education, economy, and security for capital are the necessary conditions of that rehabilitation. The protection of the United States dispenses Cuba from the necessity of maintaining a regular army and building a large navy, hence the government will not need heavy taxation. Reciprocity with the United States, involving a material reduction of the Dingley tariff rates in Cuba's favor, will give her greater access to American markets and promote her principal industries.
There are Americans who predict failure for the Cuban "experiment" and consequent intervention by our government, with annexation as the outcome. The number of these is smaller than formerly, and there is no
reason why Cuba should not enjoy her measure of independence for a considerable period.
UNCLE SAM:-"Remember, I'm still runnin' the lifesaving station."
HERBERT G. SQUIERS, United States Minister to Cuba.
delegates representing the various local the time come for a change in our treatment units. A minority opposed the strike, and it is understood that some of the leaders urged peace and predicted failure in the event of a general strike. According to some writers, the union is really divided
of industrial conflicts? These questions naturally suggest compulsory arbitration and similar remedies, and the discussion of these has been renewed with vigor and earnestness.
Child Labor and Women.
against itself, the "laborers" being The condition of child labor in the United dissatisfied with the States, especially in the South, has of late pay fixed not by the engaged the anxious attention of many operators, but by thoughtful men and women. It is stated the "boss miners," that in the cotton mills of the South there who work under con- are twenty thousand children under fourteen tract and are in a years of age at work. Many of these are sense employers on between the ages of six and twelve. Some a small scale. effort has been made to secure legislation "When the laborers regulating such labor and raising the ministrike for high mum age where some sort of regulation exists wages,'' says an already. But these well-intended appeals to apparently impartial the legislatures have fallen on deaf ears. MRS. DIMIES T. S. DENISON, investigator, they The mill-owners have almost invariably prevented the enactment of the desired laws. It appears that a good deal of New England capital is invested in the southern textile industries, and that the representatives of this element have been quite active in resisting anti-child labor legislation of the kind or degree obtaining in the New England states. Men known at home as philanthropic and public spirited citizens have been charged with direct responsibility for defeat of reasonable measures against child slavery in the South.
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are really striking against brothers in their own union." However this may be, the miners and laborers have so far stood together. The operators have rejected repeated offers to submit the dispute to impartial arbitration, and the strikers have considerable public sympathy on this account. There is a possibility of a sympathetic strike in the bituminous fields, and at this writing the prospects are clouded and depressing. A suspension of work by all the miners of the United States would affect half a million men directly and three or four times that number indirectly. It would threaten industrial paralysis, and might prove the beginning of a long period of business and trade stagnation.
Once more the press and many thoughtful men are asking: Has the public, "the third party," no rights which employers and employed are bound to respect? Must it submit to hardship, risk, injury without complaint, or is it entitled to insist upon recognition of its interests? There is the right to strike, and the right to resist a strike. There is the right to unite, and the right to fight unionism. Has the public no voice in these disastrous controversies, and if not, has not
In the East the situation is not so bad, but it is scarcely satisfactory. Where the age minimum is fourteen or sixteen years the law is constantly violated, parents giving false affidavits and employers carelessly or knowingly encouraging such deception. New Jersey permits the employment of children at the age of twelve, but a recent strike has disclosed in glass factories the presence of hundreds of children of six and seven years of age. The labor laws have been systematically violated, and the factory inspection bureau has done nothing to ameliorate this situation. In other states similar negligence is alleged to have nullified the by no means drastic legislation against child labor. It is therefore gratifying to know that the
General Federation of Women's Clubs at its annual convention resolved to devote its energies to the mitigation of the child labor evil. It will seek to secure more radical laws where a beginning has already been made, initiate legislation in backward states, and compel the strict enforcement of existing acts where the officials are lax and remiss. The Federation could hardly have found a better field for its humanitarian activity. The influence of the club women is not a negligible quantity anywhere, and the work determined upon will have a large measure of success.
Rochambeau and Frederick the Great.
The United States has discharged an historic obligation in erecting a monument to Count de Rochambeau, the general whom Louis XVI. sent, at the head of six thousand soldiers, to coöperate with the American colonists under Washington in the War of Independence. The "debt of honor" we
FIGURE FROM STATUE OF ROCHAMBEAU AT WASHINGTON.
owed to France, rather than to her agent who was not, like Lafayette, an admirer of Republicanism and an ardent advocate of the rights of man. The ceremonies at the unveiling of the monument, a product of French art, were imposing, France having sent a distinguished delegation to participate in them. American historians agree that the military, naval, and financial aid of France largely determined the success of the American struggle. On the part of the king the intervention was not wholly disinterested, as he indeed was frank to acknowledge, but the educated classes of France had much sympathy for the colonial cause, and today, when there are signs of reaction against democracy in more than one quarter, the two great republics of the world might fittingly make a special demonstration of their moral solidarity and community of sentiment and aspiration.
By a curious coincidence, the Rochambeau. commemoration found the American people engaged in a discussion of another international act of courtesy and good will. The German emperor had, a few days before, offered as a gift to the United States a statue of Frederick the Great, whose friendship (purely platonic, by the way) for the American colonists during their revolutionary war had been the subject of repeated comment at the banquets to Prince Henry. President Roosevelt had promptly accepted the proffered mark of amity and gratitude, though according to some newspapers and congressmen the consent of congress should have been solicited and obtained. There were episodes in Frederick's career which Americans cannot admire, but his statue in our national capital will represent only the liberal, enlightened, and progressive side of his nature. Emperor William might have offered us a statue of Baron Steuben, but in his own eyes that would have been an inadequate recognition of American cordiality and hospitality. Frederick the Great in bronze on American soil will not symbolize monarchy or government by divine right, but royal tribute to republican government. This would seem to answer the objections of
those who regard the acceptance of the gift Church. The second part of the report is a as an offense against American traditions brief statement of the reformed faith. It and principles. But the question has been is about one thousand words in length, and asked in all seriousness: If we are to accept is regarded as very orthodox. There is in it the statue of a king who rendered no mate- no trace of the higher criticism, so-called, rial aid to the colonists, and who did not but instead, what members of other religious even recognize the bodies are warmly approving, saying Presbyindependence of the terians are now closer to other Christian victorious republic, bodies. This statement is not a part of the does not justice de- confession, and does not go to the presbymand that we erect teries for approval. It is simply a statement a statue of King from the General Assembly, and it is optional Louis XVI., the only with churches and pastors what they will do monarch who did with it. The feeling seems to be that Preshelp and coöperate byterian prospects were never brighter than with the American now, and Presbyterians themselves announce revolutionists, who their intention of undertaking evangelistic furnished money, work in a spirit and with a support heretoships, ammunition, fore impossible. and men? This question has remained President of Oberlin College. unanswered.
JOHN HENRY BARROWS,
Presbyterian Creed Revision. Presbyterians North had a historic scene in their General Assembly this year. It occurred when the creed revision committee reported. Preparation was made for prolonged debate, but instead all elements came together, adopted the report with but two dissenting voices, and concluded the session by singing the Doxology, and listening to their moderator read the Psalm wherein is the verse about brethren who dwell together in unity. The first part of the report consists of eleven overtures which go now to the presbyteries. They explain that all who die in infancy are elect, none are lost, and repel any insinuation that Presbyterians ever claimed any were lost; bow the Pope of Rome out by not mentioning him at all; say it is not a sin to take an oath; and that unregenerate men may perform works acceptable to God, getting credit for as much as they do. There are added two chapters, one on the Holy Spirit, the other on missions. If two-thirds of all the presbyteries adopt them, these overtures become, upon proclamation of such fact by the General Assembly next year, the law of the Presbyterian
United Presbyterians have had under discussion this spring not the Westminster Confession, but their supplemental covenant. Action was defeated, and the committee continued for a year. Close communion, opposition to secret societies, and the singing of hymns are the three tenets that have been attacked. United Presbyterians number 115,000 communicants, and their chief strength is in western Pennsylvania. Southern Presbyterians suggested the rather strange plan of uniting with the Reformed Church in America- that northern body of English-speaking Christians who used to be known as Dutch Reformed. The plan in question showed some strength but was not adopted.
Decrease in Theological Graduates. The number of theological students to be graduated this spring was seven hundred below the normal, and predictions are made that the number to graduate next year will be even farther below it. Fewer students from the colleges are entering the seminaries. The number of graduates this spring was 3,352, all sorts save Roman Catholic. ability of large religious bodies, such as Methodist and Presbyterian, to absorb new men is much less than is generally supposed. And the number becomes proportionately