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Piattsmouth - Journal
Mlishei Seml-Weektj it Piattsmouth. Kebraska
R. A. BATES, Publisher.
Entered at the Postoffice at Piattsmouth, Nebraska, as second-class
fl.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE
Money has relaxed," says a dis
patch from New York. Money seems
to have done worse than relax It
has let go entirely.
The season is here, too, when some
ardent attorney general usually
brings proceedings to "busi" the coal
trustand then forgets about it.
The sugar trust lost so many of Its
able friends in congress at the last
election that ex-Senator Smith, of
New Jersey, feels he Is needed back
The census returns have been a
Krat disappointment to many titles.
Kearney, for Instance, has a popula
tion of 6.2t2, as compared with 5,634
In 1000, and they have been claiming
10,000. Hut there Is no going back
on the returns.
it would seem that Champ Clark
had a walkaway for the speakership.
Nearly every Mate delegation In the
south and west have declared for
him. It looks like he would be the
unanimous choice. No man Is better
able to fill the place.
Congressman (litehcock seems to
be opposed to the parcels post. We
do not believe that such a law would
tie of any benefit to local merchants,
but would rather prove a detriment
to them. It Is Just what the metro
politan department stores have been
working for for years.
From a dispatch from Falla City,
we note that the friends of Henry
denies are booming him for speaker
of the incoming house. Mr. Gerdes
is an awful good man, as straight as
a string, and has served four or five
terms as a member from Richardson
county. We retard our old friend as
one of the very best men for the
The Christmas shopping has
opened up quite briskly with Platts
mouth merchants, much more bo
than It did a year ago at this time.
The people are finding; out that they
fan get what they want for Christ
mas Just as cheap and Just as good
here as they ran In Omaha or any
Helvey, like some others we could
mention, thinks the republican party
owes him a living, and It must de
liver the goods, one way or another.
Henry Dartllng. who defeated
Schuyler Buck for the senate by de
ceiving the voters on the county
option question, is going to have "a
hard row to hoe." The German-
American. Alliance of Nebraska City
Is after him with a sharp stick, and
if he fails to do as he promised the
Germans he would do, he had better
take to the woods Instead of return
ing to Nebraska City, if he votes for
Young Waldorf Astor, whose an
cestor, John Jacob Astor, a Bavarian
peasant, came to the United States,
and with his wife to earn a living
dressed rough furs, has Just been
elected to the British parliament.
He was born an American and In
herited a part of the colossal fortune
which his progenitor, John Jacob
Astor, had founded. But America
was not good enough for young Wal
dorf. So he transferred himself to
London and swore allegiance to the
llritish Empire. Of course, accord-
since. What more does he want?
land and sea cannot be fought with
out first consulting It. Ttils colossal
combination, unlike most others, did
not achieve its immense proportions
through the operation of the tariff.
It was built up by ruthlessly smoth
ering domestic competition, but these
have all gone Into dividends, as in
other monopolies. The consumer
never gets the benefit. In ten years,
according to the bureau of labor, beef
has risen 32 per cent, mutton 33 per
cent, fresh pork 68 per cent, salt pork
and bacon SO per cent and veal 30
per cent. The trust controls the cattle-growing
Industry of the world. Is
able to meet competition abroad and
to fix and enforce prices at home.
When meats were Bold at reasonable
prices we had no need to import them
and the tariff on them was something
of a Joke. But now that the people
are being held up almost to the point
where prices are prohibitory we can
not send abroad for this essential
food because the tariff keeps it out.
Thus the trust, having controlled ab
solutely Ihe home market by a pro
cess of elimination and absorption, is
made safe from the competition of
the entire outside world by this
beneficent system of high protection.
The tariff on meat should be Immedi
ately repealed. It is an accessory to
the robbery of the people.
tinue to endorse Champ Clark for 'superintendent of a state institution j
Till: PLOPl.K AND THK SKNATK.
Popular election of United States
senators Is a right of the people. The
Constitution of the United States
denies that right. The Constitution
should consequently be amended,
since the people demand It.
But if the Congress of the United
ing to the practice of renegades, he sute8 8hould refuse t0 8ubmlt tne
separated himself as far as possible 8nu.ndnient for state ratification (In
from the land of bis birth by Joining Lccordan,e wlth senator Brlstow's
the Tory party. He is not'only help- re80lutlon ) "th neoule will not be
Ing to perpetuate the house of lords, helpless. It Is to be remembered
but is aiming at a peerage for him- tnat lhe constitution also places the
self. He is a prince of snobs, and he Uelpctlnn of a nresldent with certain
honors the home which he has de-l"WHe men" of an electoral college
sertcd by bis toadish ambition. The constitution has never been
:o: amended In that regard, but the peo
The number of people who read a pie have practically changed It by In
president's message Is comparatively structing their electors for whom to
few. Some have to as a matter of vote. 1
duty, and among this unfortunate I Of the states, Oregon has already
class are editors. They are then sup-1 accomplished the same thing with re
posed to equal or exceed the ponder-1 gard to its senators. The people o
osity of the official document In edl- Oregon Instruct their "electors" in
torlal praise or denunciation, as the the legislature to elect a certala man
case may be, of the outgiving. We to the United States senate. Within
propose to set a precedent. In that we I party lines senatorial party primaries
are not going to "dissect" the presl- accomplish much the Rame thing I
dent's messags this year. We are several other states.
(even going furthr In our Iconoclasm; Every state should have the Ore
we are going to confess that we gon P'an of senatorial election by
haven't read the document In full, popular Instruction. That would In
It's 38,000 words present to our view stltute the popular election of United
a dreary waste of verbiage unsulted I States senators, whether or not the
to the festal atmosphere of the ap-IBristow resolution Is passed and th
nroachlne holidavs. and we rebel. We constitution definitely amended
have "skimmed" over It enough to Kansas City Star.
speaker. It will be unanimous be
fore the new congress meets. Champ
Clark is the most popular democrat
in the United States.
Senator Aldrich declares it is un
constitutional to tinker with the tar
iff. He knows all about constitu
tional law, having been "in mercan
tile pursuits" before entering poll
tics in 1871.
Tho republican state officials are
preparing to ask for some large ap
propriations. They will use every
effort to shove them through the
democratic legislature. Keep your
eyes peeled, gentlemen, In the direc
tion of the schemes of these republi
can tricksters. They will want to
pile up the appropriations and then
two years hence cry, "Extravagant
democratic legislation." Don't be
caught in this net.
A woman in the Minnesota State
Hospital for the Insane has Just won
prize of a trip to Europe, offered
by one of the magazines for the best
poem, inis is tne second case re
cently where a lunatic has captured a
The people of the central and
western sections of the state are
working Incessantly for the removal
of the state capital. A large number
of workers w ill be In Lincoln during
the se'ssion of the legislature, and it
will behoove the "great moral" old
burg to keep her eyes open to what's
going on. It is Just like a resident
of Piattsmouth remarked the other
day, that it Is simply a question of
time when the capital will be re
moved, and why not now as well as
who claimed to control the populist
party and deliver the vote to Aldrich
was given bis Job again, and some
few others, who picked Aldrich as a
winner and supported him with the
hope of being permitted to hold on.
have been paid off by appointments.
Not only has politics not been elim
inated, but In at least some cases the
politicians named are woefully and
The truth may as well be told, and
it may as well be admitted that Mr.
Aldrlch's appointments do not any
more than average up to those of
other administrations, and that the
palaver about the merit system being
inaugurated by Mr. Aldrich is all
confirra our previous suspicion that It
C. O. Whedon and Arthur Mullen.' .oulJ conta,n J)0tblng BenBatlonal:
attorneys far the state, have Just
returned from Washington, where
they had been before the United
States supreme court In the Interests
tf the bank guaranty law passed by
the last legislature. Both seem to
think that the court will uphold the
-onstitutionallty of the law.
A diminishing birth rate In the
United States Is Indicated by the cen
sus statistics. Eliminating the net
immigration in the past two decades,
It la found that the Increase lu popu
lation from the excess of births over
deaths was 13 per cent In the past
ten years, compared with 19 per cent
In the preceding ten years.
There may be some surprise at the
readiness with which such stand-patters
as Aldrich, Lodge, Hale and Car
ter agreed with Senator Cummins In
the latter's presentation of the tariff
uituatlon, but It ought to be remem
lred that these leaders have been
severely chastened since the last ses
sion of congress. The demand for
proper tariff revision Ss becoming so
Insistent that even the high protec
tionists are beginning to see that the
only w ay to get rid of the demand li
to revise the tariff right.
It Is reported that F. E. Helvey Is
after the Nebraska City postofflce.
He served for eight years la that
capacity, and taea baa held some soft
state or (torero ment position ever
that It Is a truly Taftlan product,
decorous and conservative, and we Christmas
propose to let It go at that.
Open your hearts to the extent of
remembering the poor children on
Mary Baker Glover Kddy, the head
of the Christian Science cult, who la
dead at the age of 89, was a very re
markable woman perhaps the most
extraordinary woman of her century
She founded a rengious sect that has
shaken the foundations of every
evangelical church In the United
States. It is not necessary to be a
Christian Scientist or to agree with
the tenets of the faith to set down
these Irrefutable facts.
Let democrats remain true to their
party organization in the organlza
tlon of the legislature. The scheme
is to side track a few democratic
members and check them from at
tending a party caucus, throw the
doors open and permit the republl
cans to capture the legislature organ
Izatlon with their aid. The republl
cans will all stand pat for thisar
rangement. It means a heap to them
It means disaster to the democrats.
The course of legislative events In
New Jersey, where Woodrow Wilson,
democrat, lawyer, legislator and pres
idential possibility, has Just been
elected governor, will be watched
with much Interest throughout the
country. What Influence he will have
thereon la a matter that will excite
universal Interest. That state Is the
mother of trusts. Half of the great
combinations of the country have
their legal residence there. Its In-
General Madero, the "provisional"
governor of Mexico, If all reports are
true, must be almost out of provis
ions. :o: .
It Is gratirylng to observe that a
number of chastened senators now
admit that "the best tariff law ever
enacted" needs fixing In a lot of
As Christmas comes on Sunday this
year, will Saturday or Sunday be the
day on which to have a good time?
corporation laws are so made that Qr wU1 we be 8atsne(l wlth a Sunday
the most exacting trust looking for rjhristnias?
universal privilege to pluck the peo
ple can be accommodated there. Dur
ing the past fourteen years of repub
lican rule of the nation, when monop-
"In regard to the hereafter, 1 am
from Missouri," says Thomas A
Edison. It Is easy to see why he
oly has greatly multiplied. Jersey naa ,h0uldn't w ant St. Teter to know he
Is from New Jersey.
been the Mecca of seekers of special
privilege. It is Itself In the grasp of
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porations In the county. The defeat tQe down ,n Ml880Url for mar.
of the corporate Interests there at the L,age cerenionU?8 , USt and the
recem e.ecuon oy ur. vnson, wnom young peoi,e are gctt,ng rcady t0
they bitterly opposed, will center the take advantag0 of tho cut rate.
attention of the country on the af- ,ft.
fairs of the state.
The pure food act, which Is very
strict In requiring correct and truth
The meat trust Is probably the ful labels, ought to do something
greatest merchant on earth. It feeds about the "home made sausage" that
billions. In all lands, In every army doesn't know what a horn looks like,
commissariat and naval store Its ' n'
product) may be found. Battles on State delegations la congress con
Who will be nominated for presl
ent by the two great parties In
1912? Everybody Is Interested In
that question, or will be. But what
forces will control the conventions?
So far as Oregon is concerned, the
people will. At the late election in
that state the direct primary law was
extended to presidential nominations
and to the election of delegates to
the national conventions. Also, It
was provided that the expenses of the
delegates should be paid by the state
That means that the delegates of
Oregon will be Instructed as to
the choice of the people they repre
sent, and that the people, not the
machine politicians, will pick the
delegates Kansas City Star.
The Lincoln Journal Indulges In a
lot of foolish platitudes upon Chester
Aldrlch's appointments, and asserts
that real merit and ability to fill the
position has had more weight with
the new governor than politics In
naming men to take charge of the
In some cases, at least, appoint
menu have been made for political
reasons and for the purpose of build
ing up an Aldrich machine. Tne fact
that the new governor will continue
In office men who have held under
the Shallenbergcr administration
does not prove that his appointments
were not tinctured with politics. One
A WKAK SHOWING.
The federal department of justice
tries to show that It has made a good
record In the past two years by list
ing the prosecutions that are under
way and, incidentally, showing the
few convictions that have been se
The department should be given
due credit for starting prosecutions
When there Is reason for such suits
their institution is to be commended
Very complaisant orricials would not
even begin the suits.
Tne weak part of the statement Is
the summary of results, a brief cata
logue showing four tines and two jail
sentences of three months, each ex
elusive of the manner In which the
sugar trust was handled.
It may not be the fault of the de
partment, but the showing Is weak.
What Is a fine of $50,000 to
monopoly that makes as much in a
day or a week through its monopolis
tic methods? The officials would
merely charge such fines against gen
eral expense or, if they were in the
mood of some corporations, they
might charge It against capital. .
If monopolies do wrong, some man
has done wrong. Corporations and
monopolies have neither souls nor
bodies but they are directed by men
ine guilt Is In these men if there Is
guilt. Until a conviction means that
the individual Is hit, until violation
of law means a jail sentence for him
just as it does for some poor, mis
guided creature who steals a dollar's
worth of goods from a store, the laws
under which the courts operate and
the decisions of the court where a
certain latitude is allowed In fixing
punishment are a farce and nothing
If one can steal $5 and be assured
that he must pay only $1 for the
privilege, he will steal, If that be In
accordance with his conscience. The
system that fines trusts and monop
olies and allows them to reap huge
profits above the fines Is the same
dirty system of graft that protects
vice in cities where the police are
amenable to the influence of cash.
In the case of the sugar trust, the
department of justice has recovered
large sums. It has also fined a few
men and put some of them in jail.
But who did it put in jail? The
master minds In this great monopoly,
the men who concoct the schemes and
Issue the orders? Not a bit of it. The
men who are deprived of their liberty
for a time are the poor devils who
were told to do this or do that or get
out and get new places to get their
bread and butter.
The department of Justice un-
Junior Senator From km Urges
That Tariif Debate Cease.
ATTACKS CUMMINS' PROPOSAL
Says Suggested Revision of Tarifl
Rules Would Place Farming States
at Distinct Disadvantage Declares
That the Country Needs a Rest.
Washington, Dec. 16. Senator La
fayette Young of Iowa made his maid
en speech in the senate. Incidentally,
he stepped on the toes of his col
league, Senator Cummins, and while
agreeing that tariff revision waa nec
essary, refused to Indorse the Cum
mins proposal to amend the rules of
the senate and house to bring such a
thing to pass. In closing, he called on
the Republicans pledged to a revision
to accomplish all they can by March
4, and then "to subside wjth their agi
tation and give the country a rest."
Farmer Not Too Well Paid.
The Iowa senator challenged any
member to state bis belief that the
farmer was receiving too much for
his products. He declared it had been
intimated the middle man was getting
too great a share of the value of farm
if this be true," he demanded,
"why strike at the producer?" Why
not go after the middle men direct?
The tariff of 1909, in attempting to
strike at a monopoly, put petroleum
on the free list. The refiners Imme
diately reduced the purchasing price
of crude oil and continued the high
price to the consumer on refined oil.
Thus the consumer was not benefited.
Why repeat this performance In the
case of the farmer and his products?"
With the declaration that tariff
legislation never could be made per
fect nor universally satisfactory,
Young urged that the duty of public
men and the public press was to ao-
cepf the Payne-Aldrlch law and let
tho country get down to the transno
tten of business. He pointed out that
changes in the bill will not stem the
tide of criticism setting in from those
interests whose welfare Is touched.
"The tariff ought to be revised," he
continued, "as the president has sug
gested, In a scientific way, one sched
ule at a time. I might not be willing
to object to the rule proposed by tar
colleague, which would prohibit the or
ferlng of amendments to a schedulo
which might be pending, were I not
afraid that the first schedule to be
pending would be the schedule cover
ing farm products."
Farming 8tates Would Be Helpless.
Such being tho case, Young contin
ued, the great farming states would
be attacked by the south, the Rocky
mountain states and New England.
Under the combined attack of the
erest mannfactnrlnir and mtnlnir r-
doubtedly works under the handicap gIon lh6 Bgricuural states would b
of some bad laws but, without ques J practically helpless. Because of thti
tlonlng the Integrity or the Industry
of any official in the department, one
can only say that the showing Is
weak, purile and has very little to do
with real remedial action on the trust
and monopoly question Lincoln
Fred Rezner and wife came down
from Edgemont, S. D., Tuesday even
ing to spend a few days with rela
tives, old neighbors and friends. Fred
called at the Journal office and re
condition, he said, he hoped the Cum
mins rule would not be adopted, and
at this juncture indulged in a fling at
"I am surprised also," he declared,
'that my colleague, who has been
fighting bravely and gallantly to un
shackle the members of the house
from the tyranny of the rules, should
undertake to bring the same shackln
Into the senate. Yet my distinguished
colleague seeks to make It impossible
for me to defend the only products of
our home people."
Lee Whaltn Is Acquitted.
Charleston, Mo., Dec. 16. After'
newed for the daily, which he has twenty minutes' deliberation a Jury
ten taking since he removed to acquitted Lee Whalen, on the charge
South Dakota. He and his wife both ; of murder of a man, who, he said, had
like the country and are prospering, i stolen his wife and forced him to take
I her back under threats to kill. Whal-
- en's victim was Raymond Nally,
whom he had employed on his farm.
Ink Used as Communion Wine.
Carlisle, Ky., Dec. 16. As a result
ot soma one exchanging Indelible ink
for communion wine at the Pleasant
Valley Christian church, several per
sons were mafe violently UL
Ths only ricl house in the
Wttt where all fitting it doae
by sa eipert. Largest stack
of twites in the Wut
THC W. O. CLEVELAND DRUG CO.
cat AHA, NtaiASM
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