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The - Plattomouth - Journal
Published Semi-Weekl) at Platismouth, Nebraska
R. A. DATES, Publisher.
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' Now indeed, does the merry war they will wax increasingly enthuslas- and above expenses was devoted to than many others who walk abroad
wage. We learn that President Taft tic over it. ' j provides delicacies non-alcbollc j in the light of day and carry on their
has taken off the mask and has join- :0: ifor the soldiers. .nefarious work without fear of jus-
A SUGGESTION. Today in the dives that surround . tlce overtaking them.
-The tariff wall keeps out every
thing but the trusts. It locks the
chicken coop with the weasel inside.
Mark Twata, whose chief mission
In life has been to make other peo
ple laugh, has had his full quota of
sorrow. The Badness of his late be
reavement, the sudden death of a be
loved daughter, is intensified because
of Us occurrence Just before Christ
mas. when the whole world was in
festival attire. The thousands who
have been delighted of this age's
greatest humorist will extend silent
but none-the-less sincere sympathy in
this great affliction coming in his do
If there is such a thing as an
American school of art, Frederick
Remington, whoso death occurred
the other day, was certainly its pre
eminent master. Remington's art was
virile, masterful, manly, lie depicted
rugged scenes, rugged men and rug-I
god horses, as few other men ever'
have, lie once said that ho would I
like engraved on his tombstone as an
epitaph these words: "Ho knew the
liore." And he did. Kenilngton'8
horses, If all else be forgotten, will
keep his memory green.
Cutting "melons" for Its lucky
share holders Is quite a habit of the
Wells-Fargo express company. In
November the company paid a stock
dividend of 300 per cent, or two ad
ditional shares at par and $100 in
cash. Now it announces an extra
dividend of 30 per cent, payable on
February 10, in addition to the re
gular 5 per cent semi-annual divi
dend. All this is very nice for the
express company stockholders, but no
wild enthusiasm over the company's
prosperity will be manifested by the
common people, who are held at the
mercy of the express trust and com
pelled to pay exorbitant prices for
.service in order that such "melons"
.may be cut.
Jll Dlt. WOODRUFF SMILE?
The old-fashioned polltlolan has
become so rare nowadays that it is
really delightful to come upon such
a thorough-going old timer of New
York. Listen to his forecast for 1910:
"It will be a banner year for the
nation. Republican policies prevail
and a stanch Republican prosperity
will fill the air with good things."
There you have It. The Republl
can administration Is responsible for
the ruin and the sunshine, the corn
and the cattle, the abundance of na
tional resources, and the intelligence
of the Americans who use them to
good advantage. But what you want
to know Is whether Mr. Woodruff
kept his face straight. Knnsas City
COUKUIT FEDERAL CM'KTH.
have the unrestricted right of self
From the earliest days of the re
public to the present time, from the
lowest district federal bench to the
supreme court of the United States,
the federal Judiciary has been the
stumbling block of progress, the'
menance of free government in this I
country. Gradually, step by step, the i
federal courts have usurped functions
not endowed upon them by the con
stitution, until today it may be said
with truth that the three (theoreti
cally) sepcrate and distinct branches
of government the legislature, exe
cutive and Judicial are lumped into
one the federal courts. Congress
many pass laws for the good of the
people, and the United States su
preme court may annul tbem. Some
little plnhead federal Judge may hale
any citizen Into his court, charge him
with contempt, act as prosecutor,
Judge and Jury, and cast him into
There doubtless are able, honest,
conscientious men sitting on the fed
erul court benches, but there are also
sculuwags and grafters. And the peo
ple have no redress against dishonest
federal Judges. A vast number of
them are simply the tools of the big
trusts and corporations. This Is pri
vately admitted by many honest law
yers who have to practice before
them, but who dare not publicly voice
the federal Judges hold to ruin their
practice and drive them from the
We are glad the Appeal to Reason
has instituted the Bplendld fight it is
making against this festering sore on
the body of the republic. We would
bo more glad if the honest, unsub-
'sldlzed and unfrightened portion of
the press of the Democratic and Re
publican parties would join hands in
the work. It is time the halo of Im
peccability be torn from the federal
courts and their iniquity exhibited to
a long suffering people.
incidentally, back It up with a
good resolution to keep your good
ed hands with Joe Cannon and Sena
tor Aldrich to crush the "insurgents." ,
The right of free speech in the Re
publican party is prohibited now and
forever more. G rover Cleveland did
this trick to the Democratic party
when he was president and the party
has not yet gotten over the effects.
That Taft should do the same thing
is sincerely to be hoped. This means
that the people will come into their
'own very shortly. The "Insurgents"
will have a lot of trouble but they
are the real spirit of Republicanism
;Just the same. Representative Norrls
of this state is one of them and he
has a hard road ahead of him but he
Is a mighty big man just the same
and deserves encouragement and sup
port from the Democracy. He is
nearer Democracy than many of the
members of that party.
army posts, old soldiers' homes and
Why would it not be well for the evwy otner p,ace whpre hypocrlgy
Democracy of Nebraska to follow the ru,es ,n the name of temperance( tne
example set by the Democracy of 80ldlers and oW veterans are
Jlissourl, and hold, in the near future, made the vkUm8 of ghark8 Tftey
a state banquet, if not, Indeed, a t dr,nk vilQ poisons or thange a
series of local banquets!" Iifp-lnne hahit and drlne nothlne.
Experience has- proved the benefits , Meanwhe the hypocrites In con-
of these meetings. They serve to ' na .h. vntp1 tho riht nf
bring together for consultation and,the soldiers t0 have thelr canteen
exchange of opinion those who are 'h-.-v mnph B9 thp rhnnB an
THE TENDERNESS OF TAFT.
One need not be a Socialist to ad
mire the fearlessness of the Appeal to
Reason, a Socialist newspaper, In its
fight against a corrupt federal Judi
ciary. The Appeal Is exposing the
records of a number of federal Judges
supporting its charges with document
ary proof, and the exhibition Is one
to make the blood of any honest cltl
r.en boll. Thomas Jefferson proph
esied that the United States courts
would prove the "sappers and min
ers" of the liberties of this country.
Jefferson's far-seeing vision was keen
In this as In all things.
Jefferson hadmuch to do with the
making of the constitution of the Un
ited Slates, and he resisted so far as
lay In his power the efforts of the
Hamilton school of political econ
omlsts to shackle the liberties of the
people. The constitution was a com
promise, and the federal courts, with
the Judges appointed for life and In
no way responsible to the people,
constituted tho victory won by the
monarchists, the statesmen who did
As for the cold wave, the public
Is left In doubt whether this Is the
same old one, or another one.
The earthquake recorded on new
year's day may have been due to the
widespread effort to shake off all the
bad habits at once.
Commander Peary's ears were frost
bitten In Virginia last week. As for
Doctor Cook, ho appears to have
found Oblivion and frozen to it.
Col. Jack Chlnn of Kentucky de
clares that any man who "totes a
gun" ought to be put In an asylum.
Colonel Chlnn has had a long and
varied experience and always prefers
to use a knife when it comes to Joint
Repo ts come from Washington
that President Taft is manifesting
the tenderest solicitude for the Stand
ard Oil company. lie fears that the
dissolution decree recently rendered
by the federal circuit court of Mis
souri, and soon to be passed upon by
the supreme court, may bo upheld by
that body. So deep Is his Bympathy
fjr the oil trust in its hours of trou
ble that, so tho amazing story goes,
he is seriously considering a message
to congress urging a federal Incorpor
ation act, one of the old Roosevelt
Ideas, in tho hopo that It may be
passed and become a law before the
supreme court acts upon the dissolu
tion decree, thus offering a haven of
refuge for the poor, storm-tossed oil
In this idea the president Is ably
seconded by those noble patriots.
Senator Aldrich and Speaker Cannon
but the plan Is said to have set the
Taft cabinet aghast by its audacity
and sinister aspect. Mr. Taft's advis
ers urge him to with-hold such a re
commendation to congress until the
supreme court has had time to act
but the president frankly admits ap
prehension of a supreme court de
clslon adverse to the oil trust as his
reason for recommending the leglsla
ture now. Of course he argues from
the standpoint that business general
ly will suffer If the supreme court af
firms the finding of the circuit court.
But the Standard doubtless rests
serene in the thought that with such
good, reliable friends in the executive
mansion and the two branches of con
gress as tne Tart-Aidricn-cannon
triumvirate Its own Interests will not
be allowed to suffer long, whatever
may happen to the country at large.
A TWO-EDGED DECISION.
active in party affairs. They start the
difficult and tedious work or organi
zation. They inspire Interest and en
thusiasm. They get people to talking
and thinking about the policies and
principles for which the party stands.
The Democratic party especially, and
at this time perhaps mere than ever.
before, is benefited by publicity and
agitation. The opposition party, pur
suing policies that are inimical to. tne
public good, setting itself every day
moro and more at variance with an
enlightened public opinion, can well
afford to see political interests at a
low ebb. It works better in the dark
and is best content when comparative
ly few people are studying its deeds
and record. But the Democratic
party, representing only the people,
appealing only to the people for sup
port, depending on them entirely for
its victories, must rely on the popular
conscience and Intelligence for success.
There has seldom It ever been a
time when Democratic theories and
policies were as universally popular
as they are today.'just as there has
seldom been a time when Republican
policies were so deservedly unpopu
lar. The Democratic organization
should take advantage of the fact,
and, in the Interest not only of the
pnrty, but In the greater interest of
state and nation, push the active
work of Democratic propaganda.
To the Democratic leaders in Ne
braska, and particularly to those who
are in charge of the organization, the
World-Herald commends, for careful
consideration, the idea of holding at
least one state meeting, and perhaps
a number of other meetings in various
sections of the state, this winter.
when they choose, and not a few of
the ardent advocates of canteen aboli
tion outside of congress do the same.
This situation is disgraceful to the
country, a sample of puritanical hypo
crisy that should be tolerated no long
Men content to drink mild beer or
light wines are forbidden to do that
in the name of temperance, and then
in the name of temperance and hypo
crisy they are driven to $Wdie and
to the vilest alcoholic poisons as a
substitute for the truly temperate
Every officer in the army testifies
that this is true.
General Fred Grant, himself an
ardent prohibitionist, who marched
in full uniform at the head of a
prohibition parade, declares that O'Laughlin
The strike of the shirtwaist makers
in New York is assuming serious pro
portions. Last Sunday a mass meet
ing was held in Carnegie Hall at
vhich strong resolutions were adopted
denouncing the course cf the police
magistrates in sentencing some of the
strikers to terms in the workhouse.
It appeared that these girls who are
said to be innocent and pure were
thrown into cells along with prosti
tutes and the very lowest class of the
underworld and this has raised a
storm of Indignation among the pub
lic. The strikers are supported by
many wealthy women of the city and
have every prospect of bringing the
manufacturers to terms. It is to be
hoped they succeed in convincing the
police magistrates that they are hu
man and entitled to decent treatment.
It seems the Balllnger-Pinchot mat
ter is to be investigated. According
to John Callon O'Laughlin, the Chi
cago Tribune talented correspondent
at Washington and a man who knows
the investigation will be held by the
following men. Read the names. You,
Mr. Reader, must pay the bill In the
end. Look and see whom John Callan
who knows says the
the abolition of the canteen has vastly
increased drunkenness in the army.
Every army doctor knows that the
abolition of the canteen has increased
disease the hospital record of our
American army is today the worst of
any army In the world.
How does that strike the men that
would force their minority views on a
majority, play upon the hypocritical
subserviency of congress, and, saying
to men, "You shall not have temper
ate light drinks, in your army club,"
force them to take instead the vile
whiskey of the dives here at home, or
the vile native alcoholic poison in the
SOLDIERS MADE INSANE.
The editor of the Journal desires
to stato publicly that he certainly Is
as competent to Judge of the smell
of heaven, as the News man. The
latter seems to be quite familiar with
the smells of South Omaha and other
putrid regions, Judging by the con
fidence with which he speaks of
them In last evening's paper.
In another part of the Journal will
be found an article headed "A Sug
geBtlon," from the Omaha World
Herald. We agree with that paper In
every suggestion It makes. We know
from past experience that the often
er the members of the Democratic
party meet on such occasions as sug
gested, tho better It Is for every man
Interested In the success of tho party
It should havo one big rouBlng ban
quet at Omaha, one to follow at Lin
coin, and that followed by several
smaller ones In other cities In the
Judge Pollock's decision, in the Un
ited States district court at Topeka,
that the Kansas bank deposit guaran
tee law Is unconstitutional. Is of
course hailed with Joy by the oppo-
nents of guaranteed deposit. But their
delight is premature. Judgo Pollock's
decision cannot bo regarded as con
clusive until aalrmed by the court of
last resort. And Its logic limps bad
According to the newspaper reports
the court rules against the law on
the ground that the property rights
of shareholders In existing banks are
Jeopardized by making the assets of
those banks liable for the debts caus
ed by mismanagement or misfortune
of other banks. Judge Pollock holds
that It Is an Invasion of the property
rights of a bank stockholder to sub
ject him to the liabilities of other
banks than the one in which his
money Is Invested.
But, if It Is unconstitutional to es
tablish a Joint guarantee of this class
of bank liabilities deposits It must
In principle be equally unconstltutlon-
A car filled with crazy soldiers Is on
Its way from San Francisco to Wash
ington, in charge of Major J. M.
Kennedy. Of these unhappy Insane
men a majority will spend their days
in a government insane asylum, and,
in nine cases out of ten, this Is due to
the rank hypocrisy o: congress, the
ignorance and bigoted fanaticism of
prohibitionists that have succeeded
in abolishing the army canteen.
All of these Insane soldiers are
brought from the Philippines, and
their insanity, as Major Kennedy
says, Is due to their drinking of the
vile, poisonous, highly alcoholic drink
called "blno," loaded with the vUest
alcohol and full of other poisons. The
men drink this dreadful stuff and
become insane, because ignorant pro
hibitionists have persuaded a hypo
critical congress to abolish the army
President; Taft known that Is true.
Every member of congress knows
that It is true. But the congressmen
fears the much exaggerated voting
power of the prohibitionist, whereas
he has nothing to fear from that car
load of crazy soldiers, enlisted to
serve their country and then made
victims of stupid, hypocritical fan
Will the president protect the sol
diers against this cowardly outrage?
Newspaper editors, every man of
them knowing well that this is true,
should explain to their several con
gressmen that hypocrisy In the long
run does not pay.
And sane, Independent men in con
gress should fight against the coward
ly evasion of duty.
The canteen will be restored, and
committee will be read!
Senator Knute Nelson of Minneso
ta chairman. A good man right always.
Senator Elihu Root of New York
Well spoken of by the metropolitan
Senator Geo. Sutherland of Utah
a product of the Morman church
see Elihu Root.
Senator Frank P. Flint of Califor
nia see yesterday's Journal for
Frank P. Flint. Also see Senator
Root, Representative Jno. Dalzell of
Pennsylvania. Notortons leader of
protective tariff thieves. Read Dal
zell's record also see Senator Root.
Representative Samuel McCall of
Massachusetts. All said of Dalzell ap
plies here. Also takes orders from
Senator Root. Always watch Root. .
Representative Fredrick C. Stevens
of Michigan: Looks right and has
acted right. Let's Bee how he lines
Representative E. W. Martin of
South Dakota. See Senator Root.
Senator Thos. H. Paynter of Ken
tucky. Let's see how he votes!
Senator James P. Clarke of Arkan-
What man at Washington will
make it his business to see to this?
FROM THE BUSY WOULD.
the army will not be permanently
organized for the benefit of dive keep-! sas or Senator Chas. J. Hughes of
Colorado. Where can Elihu Root
Representative Swlgar Shirley of
Kentucky or Representative Moon of
Tennessee. Both good men and hon
Representative Wml A. HowaM of
Georgia. A good man but out of
According to the public prints,
Speaker Cannon and Senato rAldrich
have agreed upon the foregoing list
with the possible exception of Sena
tor Flint, who has talked too much.
Senator Brlstow of Kansas, will not
take Senator Flint's place, however.
If anyone can decipher where Glf
ford Pinchot has a show with the
above committee the Plattsmouth
Journal will forward a fine box of
candy to said party's address. You
tell Busy World where Mr. PInchott
has a chance and a good box of
candy Is yours. Notice Senator Root!
Jim Hill's counsel, always a well
known Wall street lawyer, he is a
study. President Taft Is a figure head
compared with this man who could
not control Theodore Roosevelt al
though he was a presonal friend.
When the soldiers had their can
teen they were content, and they
were, as a whole, a remarkably sober
body of men.
No strong drink could be served in
the canteen, and the men did not
1 to establish a Joint guarantee of the wander off to the whisky dive or
other class circulating notes. And if, craze themselves with vile native
as Judee Pollock holds. It Is beyond drink.
the powers of legislatures to creato
new banking systems Involving such
liability, a new restriction is imposed
The man In charge of tho canteen
ranked as a non-commissioned officer.
He allowed no man to drink to excess.
upon tho powers of a state that must cess. Any soldier showing a Blgn of In
The burlesque of the game seems
in sight. We read that various rail
way presidents visited with President
Taft and tried to get him to agree
not to recommend any measures de
trimental to them. We read of their
dejected men when they left the
august presence but let us read the
message. William II. Taft seems a
peculiarly susceptlably personage and
It Is possible the lacrynose presidents
moved his feelings. Anyway it was
Now we have another diversion.
Senator Dick of Ohio has written A.
C. Barhour, president of the match
trust, an open letter denouncing the
latter for having sworn off his Ameri
can citizenship several years back
when he was trying to dodge taxes.
'Tls a merry way and right blood,
well do we enjoy it. What will hap
pen to Dick In a few years Is not
going to be hard to forecast. He will
join the lamented Joseph Benson For-
aker in the discard and then Barhour
will have his smile coming.
Charles W. Morse, the New York
banker, has commenced his term of
fifteen j..rs at the federal prison In
Atlantic, Ga. At the close of his case
which has really become a cause
celebre, he stated that he was Blmply
a victim of the '.'system" and denied
western part of the Btate Grand Is-
not believe that the people should land and Hastings, for instance.
assuredly prevent any change or ro-. toxlcatlon was ordered to go to bed, any actual guilt. At this distance It
form whatsoever in the banking sys-nd ho went and the next day he looks as if he was correct and that
. . . .
tern of the country. I was glad that he had been at the he was really railroaded to the pen
The opponents of tho bank deposit Boldlers' club and been made to obey .by a rotten bunch of financiers whose
guarantees will find the Kansas the rules of decency. 'enmity he has Incurred. Morse prob-
court's decision a two-edged sword , No man made a penny out of the ably was guilty and likely deserved
and we doubt If, on mat are reflection, 'canteen. Every cent taken In over a long sentence but he Is no worse
W. S. Stottler of Union, was In the
city yesterday looking after business
Do you want in
If you do, get one who has
Experience, Ability, Judgement.
Telegraph or write
Dates made at this office or the
Murray State Bank.
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