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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
July 5,1000
MakxNo beys, thi wou!d be as e-Vjrnt platform if a few of the planks had
cot been stolen-
THE RAILROAD ASSESSMENT
TW B1 T1cr fchenlr that the
ryitot tot Jl Thews Higher
tit y lWf frrrty 1 lb Mate,
Editor Independent There are those
in our party who are trying to make po
litical capital oot of the a--ment of
the railroad by the state board of trans
portatAoc They contend that the rail
rods do cot pay their share of the tax -e.
Thi they are using against Gover
nor Pyctr recomination. notwith
standing that he u but one member of
that board and in the minority. This
coc Lection is ucjut and untrue.
I realbe that anjooe who defends a
railroad ha a ta&k in the nands of some
popbUsta, but having been a delegate to
ery populist state convention but one
I feel that I aa at !eat entitled to a
word. In thia J am only talking of the
subject of railroad taxation; 1 am cot
in any manner defending thoe many
practice resorted to by the railroad-?
that we all ia common hope soon to
have stopped through -gorernment own
ership and operation."' I am only plead
in; that credit be given where credit is
due; that our state board of equalization
ha had the courage cf it cos fictions
in aoakis? thee railroad a.e-isments
upon ihe bai that all chall pay taxes
cpoQ ad equal a ad jut valuation.
Let cs t- The total 5ssed valua
tion of Ufrdi in thi state i 1110,042.
Haoa ThM it about ee tenth their
actual raltse. The assessed valuation of
the railroads is thi state is f-Xl'.Ol-0O
or one fourth a much as
the lands Does any ise man in thi
state think that the railroad are worth
oc fourth a much a ail the lands in
The total personal property in Ne
braska i assessed at rSX7,Ol".".0a The
railroad at tSJOMjauo. almost a
mcrh a the whole of the personal prop
erty in the atate. Does any one even
think the railroads worth anywhere near
a such a the personal property in this
tate?
The resource of the tate, prirate and
cations! banks, showed Dember 2nd.
IWJ. tSTUXliOO. On pagre 21 the sec
retarie of the state board of transporta
ties speaking of the eot of the fire
thouasd Ere hundred rail- of railroad
in thi flat hay: -Without any doubt
these lir.e can now be built for an arer
ac cot of 5.000X10 per Uiile, a total of
ti:U0O0.oa- If this be true then the
bank of the state here almost enough
ts their hands to build and equip the
railroads ia .Nebraska, yet the raiiroad
are pajirf one fifth of the taxes of the
state.
If other property i aMKed at one
tenth U alte, then should we treat all
corporate property the atue. The li. &
iL. is ae-ied $IQ&0XQ per mile
throughout Nebraska. Ten time thU
odd make it worth tlOa.K-00 per
Go pc 52. January 3.tb, 1339,
si ale board of tranportaloa report
shows it and a!! equipment to have cot
up to t&at date t;Ai-13 per mile. The
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Dr. Williams Pink PHI let Pale People zxc
the tonic to tike at this tine of year to tend
new blood" tingling throt; the body and to .
restore strength to tlie wcaienei system.
"They are crude from the formula, of a
regular fhyrtcfan and tneir remarkable
power as a Blood ani Nerve medicine was m
first proTei ia prirate practice. Since they
hare beta giren to the ptiWic, thousands
hare testiliei to their wonderful merits and
they hare been approved and prescribed by
lezden cPthe medical profession-
Hp. Williams Fmh Pills
for Pale People
axe pleasant to take no nauseous doses to
vpset the stomach; contain no mgrcdients
that may help in one direction but harm in
a doxea others. A simple, safe and sure 1 .
remedy for all diseases of Blood and Nerves.
At all rcrrltA. or direct from
Dr. Wimn Md3a Co., ceacidr. 3T. T '
peatptM om receipt prU, fc. pr box; boM. txfiO,
U. P. i assessed at f9,830.00 per mile,
ten times this would make it worth $93,
OuJ.OO per mile.
Three years ago the populists in this
state demanded in as much as the gov
ernment had aided the U. P. in con
struction with bonds and lands in the
sum of 00,000.00 per mile, that we
therefore owned it, should foreclose our
lien and operate it. All of which 1 think
should have been done, yet they are
paying taxes upon $38,000.00 per mile
more than we said it was worth. The
U. P. stockholders only daira it worth
t.20a-22 per mile, water and all.
TheF. ilJb 3L V. throughout Ne
braska is assessed at 83,000.00 per mile.
Ten times this assessment would make
it worth rKQOO 00. Page 18 of the same
report hows that this read could be du
plicated now for $22,427.42 per mile,
There is appended hereto a list of all
railroaas in this state which shows the
amount of assessment of each. There is
alo appended hereto a list showing the
average assessed raluation of the lands
of every county in Nebraska. An exam
ination thereof will soon convince any
one making it. that the railroads are
paying upon a greater valuation propor
tion ir than are the farm lands..
There are two classes of property that
cannot be hid from the assessor: farms
and railroads. While other classes
sometimes escape both assessment and
payment of taxes, these do not.
There can be no doubt but there can
be found farms in Nebraska paying tax
es upon more than one tenth their val
uation. They arefcxceptions and prove
the rule. There are rhaps two or
three counties in the state that are as
sessed too high. But taken as a whole
the board deserves no censure at the
bands of the farmefSTJf Nebraska, for
they have assessed the railroads upon
their ficticious valuation, the valuation
upon which they collect freights $45,
Ivlli per mile. This includes all that
water in the stock that we have contend
ed for years should be squeezed out.
And this assessment is made in the face
of the fact that our own tarty officials
and those of the party before us have
said that these roads could be duplicat
ed for $25,000.00 per mile.
lie for any man passes condemnation
upon any member of the state board let
him first investigate. I make the state
ment that in the eastern and the richer
portion of the state the railroads are
paring more than their share of the tax
es. And since the railroads are assessed
the same throughout the whole state of
Nebraska, this must of necessity apply
more forcibly as we go farther westward
where the assessed valuation of the lands
decrease. Very truly yours,
TRENMORE CONE,
Wahoo, Neb.
USD ASSRSSMEJETS FOB 18D9
o. coorriM rRovao f'scVed
1 Adams 331 1M
2 Astelot. i 116
3 lUiiutr 65
4 Blair 15 14
5 bou& IttJ 152
S Box Bott v-... 65
? Boyd
lirown 218 114
4 Hatlalo - 2U3 13
10 liurt , STiO Hyo
11 JiatW J7 24S
U Cmi 633
W lUr 23T 357
14 I'Uim 105 - 98
li Cfcerrjr 7
15 Cbja& ZM 20
r-0
iiledicine-
17 Clay 814 V 218
18 Colfax 474
19 Cumins 4Si 891
20 Caster 149 " S6
21 Dakota 6U0 250
22 Dawes 9
23 Dawson 160 116
24 Deuel 60 52
25 Dixon.... S4 Vs 2i
26 Dodge 442 - . 385
27 Douglas, 1171 6&74
28 Dundjr 104 85
29 Fillmore.. 454 323
30 Franklin .. 230 142
Bl Frontier 138
32 Furnas 232 186
33 Gage 523 408
34 Garfield. ....... 251 149
35 Goeper 188
38 Urant 135
37 Greeley 247 168
3S Hall 369 213
39 Hamilton i... 309 177
40 Harlan 211 l&S
41 Hayes.... 127
42 Hiteheodr . 168 12
43 Holt 157 142
44 Hooker Rl 63
45 Howard 225 139
46 Jefferson 418 264
47 Jobnson 552 '
48 Kearney 191 130
49 Keith 51
50 KeyaPaha 102
51 Kimball 127 0
52 Knox 285 169
53 Lancaster 473 ' 863
54 Lincoln 139 68
55 Logan ..i 148
56 Loup , 217 M
57 Madison 374 233
58 McPherson 125
59 Merrick 309 284
60 Nance..... 303 228
61 Nemaha 541 379
62 Nuckolls 811 253
63 Otoe 714 515
64 Pawnee 517 48
65 Perkins 96 ' NJ
68 Phelps 218 154
67 Pierce 316 238
68 Platte v , 288 200
69 Polk a 211
70 Red Willow 145 11
71 Richardson 517
72 Rock 141
73 Saline 835 292
74 Sarpy 838 404
75 Saunders 347
76 Scott's Bluff 137 65
77 Seward 431
78 Sheridan 82
79 Sherman 153
80 Sioux 124 77
M Stanton 388 812
82 Thayer 367 269
83 Thomas 116 57
4 Thurston 759
85 Valley... 233 122
86 Washington 584
87 Wayne 427
88 Webster 251 192
89 Wheeler
90 York 357 152
Total average 858 132
. YTV't . 1 - I . I . 3 1
7 nnero iuis mart appears me tmprurra anu
unimproved are not separated..
The assessment of railroads, showing
the number of miles and the assessed
valuation per mile of the - railroads in
the State of Nebraska as determined by
the State-Board of Equalization: . '
xo. , pek ;
MILKS MIJLK
191.51 $10,580
50.88 6,570
i:w.6:i 4,600
551.82 4.500
NAME OF BAILROtD
Burlington & Missouri River
Omaha fe South-Western
Nebraska...
Republican - Valley....
Atchison & Nebraska
. 107.85 4.600
Lincoln & North-Western 73.47 3,600
Nebraska A Colorado 430.61 3,340
Chicago. Nebraska & Kansas 5.28 3.600
Union Paeirkj. 467.22 9.800
Omaha A Republican Valley 414.44 8,500
Kansas City & Omaha 193.38 3,500
Missouri Pacific Neb. Extension 92.25 6.1XX)
Missouri Pac Crete branch 5818 8,540
Mo. Pac Springfield and P. b'hs 7.88 S,C50
St. Joseph Grand Island 112.53 SAW
C. R. I. A P., St. Joseph branch. 69.86 4,500
Sioux City & Pacific 28.85 5.000
Fremont. Elk horn A Mo. ValleT. 983.95 3.8(0
hicago. St. Paul, Min. AO 271.16 5,200
., S.1 4 P. Nelson brunch.... 51.53 8,500
Chicago. Rock I. land A Pacific. 124.19 6,010
Republican Valley, Kansas A S W 8.50 3,040
Grand Island A Wyoming Cen.. . 352.44 8,150
Omaha A North Platte 80.59 6,550
Lincoln A Black Hills..:. 157.34 ' 3.040
Oxford A Kansas 59.61 3.540
Kearney A Black Hills 65.74 8,000
Republican Valley A Wyoming... 49.17 8.040
Kansas City A Beatrices 2U.10 8,050
Sioux City, O'Neil A Western 129.18 8.000
M. P. Omaha Belt Line 16.54 6,200
M. P. Weeping Water branch . . . 64.88 5,000
Pacific R. R. in Nebraska 71.22 3,290
M. P. Lincoln branch 45.39 5,000
Total 5,542.37
The Premium Watch t
Editor Independent: I received the
watch all O. K. It is running all right.
Thanks. Wm. Wright, Baker, Neb.
Editor Independent: Sometime since
I received one of your premium watches.
I want to thank you for same. It is all
right. Well worth every one's time to
get up a club for it Geo. A. Baker,
Stratton, Neb.
Fditor Independent- The watch that
I received is all right and keeps good
time. Thanks for the picture you sent
me. J. N. Baker, Ortello, Neb.
Editor Independent: The watch is
all right and was a surprise to me. I
think if let alone; that is if the boys (big
and little) don't monkey with it it will
run for years and keep good time. How
ever, to my notion a pair of shoes or
trousers or other useful article, or even
a dress for the ladies would be more
practical and fully as well appreciated
as a premium. L. E. Larson, Chadron,
Neb.
Price of Silver .
The price of silver bullion has been
slowly rising for some days. One day
last week it went up eight points in a
few hours. The London price at this
writing is something over 62 cents an
ounce. The cause of this rise is some
.thing that none of the gold bug papers
care to discuss, but it is generally con
ceded that the feeling that is abroad in
the land that Bryan is going to be elect
ed is the cause of it.
The exports of silver from this country
for the year ending May .31st were $23,
276,640. There has been shipped from
London to India since the first of last
January and up to the 7th of June, 13,
391,000. We have furnished England
with silver and she has sent it to India
and coined it at the ratio of 23 to 1. In
other words, by our legislation against
silver we have provided that we shall
furnish Great Britain with silver at
about 60 cents an ounce and she coins it
and issues it to the starving people at
fl.33 per ounce. By this deal England
has been robbing the starving people of
India of millions of dollars and then
sending agents over here to ask us "for
sweet charity's sake" to feed the millions
whom she robs.
That silver is sold at one price to the
gold standard nations of Europe, who
take it and coin it at double what they
pay for it, is a rank injustice both to the
wage earners of Europe and the men
who mine the silver in this country. It
is a sort of an indirect taxation of the
people of the gold standard countries
and a robbery of the men who work in
the mines to produce it. If silver is
worth tl.33 per ounce when coined, it
ought to be worth that much before it is
coined. All that is produced except
what goes into the arts is coined. The
business of the world could not be done
without it. Gold is never used by the
people, who purchase their supplies in
amounts of less than five dollars. That
means that nearly 80 per cent of the
business of the world is done with silver
or with substitutes for silver.
The way the great robbers have things
now fixed, they, make silver a substitute
for gold, and paper and copper a substi
tute for silver. They get the silver for
less than half price and the paper for
nothing and the people pay the full face
value of both to the robbers who man
age the whole affair.
We're fir Sound Money
There will " be pothers" r using the
"sound money" slogan this campaign.
The republican-gold-standard-national
bank law gives the people national bank
"rag money," those notes not being re
deemable in gold. The reform forces
will stand for greenbacks or other issues
by the government, the same redeemable
in both gold and silver, the latter coined
on equal terms with gold at the ratio of
16 to ll Which" is the "soundest"
money.
And not only the "soundest" money,
but its issue and control is taken out of
the hands' of the favored corporations
and kept in the hands of. the people
the government, a And not only that, but
the true monetary reform will 'stop the
government from actually donating to
the banks, at the expense of the people,
their "rag money bank notes which they
loan oat to the people.
Apropos, the United States Monetary
League, pledged to such "sound money,
in its call for a convention contains the
following pithy sentiment:
"Money made of gold alone, no matter
to what extent It may be coined, cannot
serve as the money of the great mass of
the people, who make their daily cash
purchases in sums of one dollar or
under. Therefore a vast volume of sub
stitutes for money must be used, and the
larger the volume of these substitutes,
these promises to pay money, which are
forced into circulation and become ac
cepted instead of money, the easier it
becomes to 'fertilize the rich man's field
with the sweat of the poor man's brow.'
How's This
We offer One Hundred Dollars Re
ward for any case of Catarrh that can
not be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure.
P. J. Cheney & Co., Props., Toledo, O.
We the undersigned, have known P. J
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transactions and financially able to carry
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Wholesale Druggists, Toledo, O.
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THE STAB? OF THE WEST
: - : - i . i
It Will Rie In Washing-ton on the 4th r
Jiext March and Illamtne Erery Cot-
tage mod Home In nil the Land
a, ...... , .
" Editor Independent: We are accus
tomed to see all the large planets and
bright stars arise in the east, but a few
years ago, a star of the first magnitude
arose in the west. At each revolution of
the earth it goes up higher and higher,
and shines brighter and brighter. Thou
sands and tens of thousands go out by
day and by night' to gaze upon its mag
nificence and imbibe its inspiration.
The telescopes of all nations are focused
upon it; some in wonder, some in joy,
some in anger.
Mark Hanna and a subsidized press
are shooting arrows at it, dipped in
wormwood and gall; but it travels on,
and its brightness is undimmed: and on
the 4th day of next March it will cast a
halo of silvery light upon the capital at
Washington, so that our law makers can
see plainly that it is a duty they owe the
American people to wipe out the foul"
blot left on the congressional record 23
years ago, by the wily trick of John
Sherman, inspired by the glittering gold
of English potentates.
William Jennings Bryan! The very
name fills the ear with sweet sounds;
fills the heart with fond hopes. No
other name brings such cheerful
thoughts to the American farmer, to the
American mechanic, to the American
laborer. That name is synonomous with
equal rights for all. That name means
more money, higher prices for labor and
all the products of the soil. That name
means government control of the rail
roads, consequently lower rates for travel
and transportation. That name means
the dethronement of wealth and the ele
vation of labor. That name is the watch
word of all the forces that are opposed
to the doctrine of imperialism; that are
opposed to the imperial sneer at the
declaration of independence.
I thank the Nebraska Independent for
the beautiful picture of William Jen
nings Bryan, just received.
There must have been some transfer
ase of thought from Oakdale to Lin
coln, for I have thought many times of
late that I would send for that picture.
I shall put it in a frame and hang it on
the wall of my sitting room where my
happiest hours are spent. It will be a
pleasure each day to look at that noble
face; to think of the greatness of the
man, the purity of his character, the ele
vating influence of his example, his
power for good, his worthiness for the
presidential chair. I shall delight to
gaze at those lips from which flow his
matchless eloquence and his impressive
words of wisdom. I shall delight to
look at those eyes that see in every indi
vidual, high or low, an image of God
that see just as many angelic qualities
in a poor man as in a Rockefeller or a
railroad magnate.
Again I thank you.
J. S. Dewey,
Oakdale, Neb.
OPT1CAI. GOODS.
The Western Optical and Electrical
Co., located at 131 North 11th street is
composed of old citizens and thoroughly
acquainted with the business, having
fitted eyes for twenty-five years. Cer
tainly they ought to be competent to do
good work. They are , permanently lo
cated with us and that means much to
the purchaser of eye glasses and spec
t
Great Historic Event at
i Kansas City.
INDEPENDENCE DECLARED.
Democrats Reaffirm Charter of
Human Liberty.
THE PRINCIPLES OF JEIFEBSON.
Political Descendants of the Father
of Democracy- Will Maintain Them
aaratnst the Forces of Imperialism.
Bryan a Fitting: Snceessor to the Im
mortal Jefferson He Needs Xo Plat
form i He Stands For .Inst lee Rep
resentative Government Bronght
Into Dlsrepnte by McKtnley Civil
Service Pensions Roosevelt and
Piatt.
Special Washington Letter.
The great historic event at Kansas
City July 4 is a fit companion piece to
the great historic event at Philadelphia
July 4, 1776,
-On the latter date the Magna Charta
of human liberty, written by the fa
ther of the Democratic party, was pro
claimed to all the world.
On the former date the political de
scendants of that man met at Kansas
City to take counsel " together to pre
vent the principles enunciated inf that
famous state paper the most famous
ever traced by uninspired pen from
perishing from the earth, for if the
Democrats do not preserve the ideas
contained in the Declaration of Inde
pendence they will not be preserved at
all. Therefore it is eminently meet and
proper that the Democratic convention
should meet in this year of grace on
the glorious Fourth, and as the repub
lic itself sprang from the meeting at
Philadelphia let us hope that the things
done and the forces set in motion at
Kansas City will save this great people
from imperialism and all the curses
therein contained.
Imperialists mouth a good deal be
cause we set our convention for the
Fourth of July, St. Jefferson's day, but
our reply that is, "The better the
day the better the deed," and surely
there can be no' better day for the re
vival of patriotism and genuine robust
Americanism which. we are inaugurat
ing and which will sweep the country
from sea to sea.
A Democrat made the day Immortal.
Certainly Democrats have a right to
use the sentiment appertaining thereto
for the salvation of their country.
Jefferson and Bryan are a century
apart in time. They are twins in theo
ries of government. Both are great
tribunes of the people.
Jefferson and Bryan.
In his day Jefferson was compelled
to fight monarchists. . Bryan is now do
ing the same.
Jefferson was abused as a dema
gogue, mountebank and anarchist. He
Is now universally conceded to have
been the profoundest philosopher that
ever devoted his life to statesmanship.
Bryan is now denounced, as was his
great exemplar, as a demagogue, moun
tebank and anarchist. The historian
of our times will place him in the front
rank of statesmen and patriots.
Jefferson and Bryan each exerts vast
Influence over their countrymen. Jef
ferson was not an orator. He depend
ed entirely upon the pen for the dis
semination of his ideas. Bryan is the
greatest living orator, perhaps the
greatest that ever lived. Nevertheless
he Is also "cunning with his pen." as
old John Adams declared Jefferson to
be.
The proverb "A constant dropping
will wear the hardest stone away" ex
plains to a large extent the widespread
Influence of these two men. Jefferson
never rested. Bryan never rests. Each
is an exemplification of perpetual mo
tion. Each Is a zealot in the cause of
human liberty, and each came to be
supreme In his party.
In Jefferson's day his party swallow
ed all other parties, as Aaron's rod
swallowed the other rods, and an "era
of good feeling" ensued. Under the
leadership of Bryan that remarkable
performance in politics will be dupli
cated. There have been "many other great
Democrats whose fame is part of the
priceless treasures of the republic and
whose names should never be mention
ed save with reverence and with grati
tude to Almighty God for such stal
wart friends of freedom, but if every
word writ ten and spoken by all others
should perish from human memory
from the writings of Jefferson and the
speeches of Bryan we may obtain ev
ery iota of the Democratic creed and
every argument necessary to support
our confession of political faith in any
forum of the worjd.
Jefferson, with wisdom, courage, pre
science and patriotism unequaled,
made the Louisiana purchase, the most
stupendous transaction in real estate
proposed on this earth since the devil
took the Saviour to the top of a high
mountain and offered him the domin
ion of the world to fall down and wor
ship him.
' Principles Reproelalmed.
It is entirely in keeping with the
eternal fitness of things that on the
one hundred and twenty-fourth anni
versary of Jefferson's day Jefferson's
party should assemble in the heart of
the vast domain which he added to the
TJnlonr the richest under heaven, to re
proclalm his principles and to nomi
nate a successor who will , once more
make ; those principles paramount In
the conduct of the government.
At Kansas City the unities are pre
served and the names of Jefferson and
Bryan indlssolubly linked together.
Each leaped Into the circle of the im
mortals at an early age, Jefferwn be
ing only 33 when he wrote the great
Declaration, which will be . read with
rapture as long as the earth revolves
upon its axis or slides down the eclip
tic; and Bryan being only 86 when in
that astounding speech before the Chi
cago con vention he not "only snatched
the presidential nomination from the
renowned veterans of his party, but
also wrote his name on the scanty list
of really great orators, --j- ' ' " -
Jefferson was defeated In 1796, elect
ed In 1800, re-elected kr 1S04 and left
the government in the hands of his po
litical friends for half a century. Bry
an was defeated in 1S96, and, history
repeating itself, he will be elected In
1900, re-elected in 1904 and will trans
mit the government to a long line of
successors of his political faith our
political faith the people's political
faith a consummation devoutly to be
wished.
. ' Candidate and Platform.
A great controversy is raging among
certain sapient editors as to which has
the more farreaching Influence in car
rying a presidential election, the candi
date or the platform. Nobody can telL
because nobody knows and because it
is sometimes one, sometimes the other
and sometimes neither. For instance,
In 1S40 neither candidate nor platform
had much to do with the result. There
had been a panic, and in a delirium the
people saag General William Henry
Harrison into the White House with a
lot of doggerel which has created as
tonishment and merriment ever since.
In 1844 the platform, or. more properly
speaking, a letter written by Henry
Clay, gave the victory to James K.
Polk. In 1S4S General Taylor's mili
tary prestige and a split in the Demo
cratic party crowned the hero of Buena
Vista with the, greatest civic honors.
Nobody paid any attention to the plat
form. Nobody knew what Taylor's
opinions were on political questions.
Indeed he did not know himself, but
he had walloped the Mexicans in a
most astounding manner, he was nick
named "Old Rough and Ready," a
fetching sobriquet, and sly Martin Van
Buren out of revenge deftly inserted
his poisoned dagger under the fifth rib
of the ponderous General Cass. In
1S52 the platform was the chief thing
which enabled Brigadier Franklin
Pierce t3 snatch the coveted prize
from Lieutenant General WInfield
Scott, the hero of Lundy's Lane, Churu
tmsco and a score of stricken fields.
In 1800 the platforms were everything,
the candidates nothing except as expo
nents of the platform.- In 1S84 the re
sult came of the malice of Roscoe
Conkling and the alliteration of Parson
Burchard. Jackson was elected In 182S j
by reason of his matchless achieve
ment at New Orleans and re-elected In
1S32 because he stood for the rights of
the plain people," as Lincoln denomi
nated them; the common people," as
Bryan loves to call them. In neither
case did he need any platform save his
own record, and I doubt whether any
body paid the least attention to the
platform. The cry was "Hurrah for
Jackson !" and it was irresistible. In
at least half the cases presidents have
been elected by vis Inertlse "Things
are all right, let them alone."
One curious result of Martin Van Bu
ren's caper in 1S4S was that the name
of Van Burcn county in Missouri was
changed to Cass and that of Kinder
hook to Benton. Missourians take pol
itics seriously and never fail to punish
Infidelity to the party. A man in Mis
souri could no more duplicate the re
cent somersaults of Hon. Joseph C.
Sibley of Pennsylvania than he could
fly. Attempting that role a Missourian
would have to "begin at the foot of the
class and spell up" for 20 years.
In the present instance Bryan needs
no platform, ne is a platform in him
self. Everybody knows what he stands
for and for that very reason will elect
him with a whoop. In electing him
they know precisely what they are get
ting. They are not buying a pig in a
poke. They also know he will do what
he says, for, while the average citizen
may not.be able to talk the Jargon of
physiognomy he judges men "by their
flesh marks,"- and: no man ever gazed
into Bryan's handsome face and beheld
his high bridge nose, his magnificent
eyes and his square underjaw without
knowing that he possesses Incorrupti
ble honesty, leonine courage and un
conquerable resolve. Hence they trust
him; hence he needs no platform.
As to Traitor.
Old King David once exclaimed in his
wrath, "All nen are liars!" If he were
on earth again and should read divers
and sundry Republican newspapers, he
could with perfect truth and in high
good humor say, "Many men are liars."
These pestiferous organ grinders and
slanderers for revenue only declare
day after day by the lie direct or the
lie oblique that all who are opposing
the McHanna policy of Imperialism are
traitors. Such men as Bryan. Hoar,
Schurz, George S. Boutwell, Mason,
John B. Henderson. Teller and a host
of other Republicans of distinction op
pose it tooth and nail, thus bringing
upon themselves the abuse of these
base maligners because they love their
country better than their party.
Nearly all the original leaders of the
Republican party are in their graves.
In retirement or In revolt. No wonder
they kick because the acta of injustice
committed by the McHanna adminis
tration are piled upon each other like
Pelion upon Ossa, till they cry to heav
en for redres9 Injustice to the confid
ing Porto Ricans, who welcomed the
American army with songs of gladness
on their lips, who strewed the pathway
of our -soldiers with flowers and who
hailed Old Glory as the emblem of free
dom and equality; injustice to the Cu
ban patriots who fought as valiantly
for their liberties as our fathers fought
at Lexington, Bunker Hill, King's
Mountain. Eutah, Yorktown or New
Orleans; injustice to the Filipinos, who
fought side by side with American sol
diers to tear their sun kissed archipela
go from the iron grasp of Spain; Injus
tice to the brave and heroic Boers, who
modeled their governments upon ours
and who are battling, men, women and
children, for all the human heart holds
dear with- courage,, fortitude and self
abnegation rarely equaled and never
surpassed, but above all injustice, rank
In a moment of temporary mental aber
ration gave Into their unfaithful bands
and itching palms the mighty and mul
tifarious powers of the most puissant
government the sun has looked down
upon since the world began.
Me Kin ley's Dual Role.
As far as In him lies William M6Kln
ley has brought representative govern
ment into disrepute by endeavoring to
play the dual role of president of the
United States and emperor of the Phil
ippine Islands. But his days in the
White House are numbered. He sees
the handwriting on the wall. With
foresight which is commendable he is
remodeling, refitting and enlarging his
Canton cottage. That is perhaps the
wisest act of his life, as he will have
pressing need for it after high noon,
March 4, 1901, when Bryan will be in
augurated, ushering in the twentieth
century, as the nineteenth was ushered
In, with a Democratic administration.
Civil Service Pensions.
Even such a valiant thick and thin
organ grinder as the New York Trib
une has found something in. Republic
an doings which causes its gorge to
rise, which Is most remarkable, unless
Mr. Whitelaw Reid is raising a gentle
rumpus for the purpose of reminding
Brother McKinley that It is about time
to pass the pie toward The Tribune of
fice once more. However that may be,
The . Tribune is kicking vigorously
about the project to pension those hold
ing places under the New -York civil
service law after 25 years' service. The
Tribune says that these would be pen
sioners have formed a society "or close
corporation and purpose to enter poll
tics as a flying squadron of pie hunters,
voting for those who will agree to raise
their wages and grant them pensions
and against those who refuse so to do.
The paper founded by Horace Greeley
denounces them as public enemies, de
clares that there are now 3,500 of them,
soon to be Increased to 60,000, and pro
nounces their movements to be alto
gether reprehensible.
.Now, there never was a man with
two ideas above a mud turtle who did
not know that the civil service system
inevitably leads to a pension list from
the ?civil ' walks of ' life,' and yet The
Tribune, which now denounces , these
people for doing what everybody knew
they would do, is a thick and thin sup
porter of the system and a loud shouter
for Colonel "Teddy" Roosevelt, who is
facile princeps of "civil service reform
ers, provided he can reform his politi
cal friends into good fat offices.-- The
Tribune may howl as much as it
pleases now. It Is too late. -
Mr. Hemmingway of Indiana declar
ed boldly and unequivocally on the
floor of the house that 10 per cent of all
the clerical force in Washington Is In
capacitated by reason of the infirmities
of old age from doing any work what
soever, and yet they draw their salaries
regularly, and nobody has choked off
one of them,. though Hemmingway said
that months ago. So The Tribune In
stead of howling about one feature an
inevitable feature of a bad system
which It helped to Inaugurate had bet
ter study up the whole question anew,
go back to original principles and fight
the whole system.
Piatt the Easy Boss.
The one Republican in the United
States who really deserves to be con
gratulated on the outcome of the Phila
delphia convention is Hon. Thomas C.
Piatt, senior senator and easy boss of
New York. He had a broken rib, but
nevertheless his headpiece appears to
have been all right. He fought Mark
Hanna and routed him, unloading Colo
nel Theodore Roosevelt on to the na
tional ticket. He did not make sure of
electing the Republican state ticket by
eliminating "Teddy" as a gubernatorial
possibility, hut he did undoubtedly Im
prove the chances of doing that trick
very much indeed. - With Roosevelt aa
candidate for governor the Democrats
would probably have elected their state
ticket by 50,000 majority. With gome
other candidate the, Democratic major
ity will probably be cut to 25,000. Un
less all signs of rain fall in dry weath
er the Democrats will elect their state
ticket
And what of Colonel Roosevelt?
There is no question but what he will
make an aggressive, whoop 'em up,
picturesque campaign. . If he win, he
will be shelved, the thing which would
please Piatt. If he loses, he Is a politi
cal "has been," to borrow a term ex
pressive If not elegant from the prize
ring, which would please Piatt still
more. So Piatt stands to get rid of his
young old man of the sea. So I repeat
that Senator Thomas C. Piatt is to be
congratulated and he alone.
Terhaps the Republican platform is
the most impudent document ever is
sued for the perusal of an intelligent
people. The idea of that trust ridden
convention even pretending in a milk
and cider resolution to condemn trusts
was an exhibition of gall never equal
ed on this earth. The claim that Re
publicans have secured honest officials
ki Cuba is humor broad enough to ex
cite the risibles of all the convicts ln
all the penitentiaries under the sun.