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January 16, 1S02
Ce Hebrastia independent
Lincoln, Rebraska
Published, Kveby Thursdat
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tbt Nebraska Independent,
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The people of Chicago are placing
their last hope of relief from the street
car extortions and bad service in the
populist doctrine of the referendum. 1
It is strange that people always try
everything else before they will try
populist principles, but they always
find them a safe refuge at last.
Itosewater talks about "the pollute!
atmosphere of the state house." Well,
he was very energetic in trying to put j
out the men who never polluted the!
air of the ftate house and put in the
present gang of thieves. He feels very i
badly about it now, but that does not
help matters much.
A whole lot of citizens whose names
were published in the list asking for
Bartley's pardon declare that they
never signed the petition and many
of them say that they never even saw
It. Embezzlement got Bartley in and
forgery got him out. Nebraska repub- !
lican leaders are experts at both.
Bud Lindsay has been taken care of
by the joint efforts of Nebraska's heav
enly twins in the United States sen
ate. He is .surveyor of customs and
custodian of public buildings at Lin
coln. Alva B. Kennard has been
made register of the land office. Poor
Joe Johnson! What will he do now1?
It is now stated that Governor
Crane, who could not -take the treas
ury department on account of his gov
ernment contracts, will be appointed
to succeed Long in the navy depart
ment. That Long ' will go, no one
doubts, but who will succeed him is
not certainly known.
A bill has been presented in con
,'gress to give Grover Cleveland $25,000
a year as long as he lives and all other
ex-presidents hereafter. Grover cer
tainly does not need it. He went into
the White house a poor man and cams
- out rated at $3",000,000. If the presi
dents to come do anywhere near as
well as that there will be no necessity
to pension them.
When times are really prosperous
mechanics and day laborers are able
to support their families on something
less than the sum total of their wages.
All that class in Lincoln declare that
on account of the increased cost of
, living that it takes every cent that
they can earn to feed and clothe their
families and pay their rent. Are the
times really prosperous?
The -Independent -Home Makers Co.
has several tracts of irrigated land
Vin their Idaho settlement for any who
miay be looking for a new location.
The tracts offered are the tracts al
lotted to several members who have
been unable to make final payment.
If you want a piece of this land write
today to Independent Home Makers
Co., Lincoln, Neb.
, Roosevelt's reputation rests upon
his renown as a civil service reformer
and his condemnation of machine poli
tics. Roosevelt has appointed as a
memberof his cabinet Mr. Payne, tho
mdst notorious corruptionist, lobby
ist andt political manipulator in the
whole United States. The Independent
reports the facts in the case and its
' readers can form their own conclu
' Senator Hoar says that he has heard
some terrible stories from private sol
diers and officers . of high rank con
cerning the treatment of the Filipinos
In the conduct of the war and he want3
the senate to appoint a special com
mittee to investigate the matter and
let senators know the truth. It started
a lively debate in the senate' and tho
matter was laid over for further dis
cussion. There is a prospect of some
lively talk on that subject soon.
All the world is beginning to hold
the supreme court of the United Stat
es in contempt. Some very sarcastic
things have been said of late con
cerning it by the leading, men of Eu
rope, its vaccuation and frequent re
versals of opinion and its constant
practice of rendering decisions In ac
cordance with the administration in
power at the time by one , majority,
When the Czar Reed gag rules were
proposed In congress the editor of
The Independent was there and wit
nessed most of the fight. He pre
dicted then that the, result would be
to destroy the house of representatives
as a deliberate body and would finally
rob it of .all influence in public af
fairs. The work of this congress
shows that those forebodings have
been fully realized. The way the thing
Is now, a few leaders of the majority
get together and formulate a bill. The
rules committee, which is a creature
of the speaker, brings in a new rule.
That rule specifies that the bill shall
be called up at a certain time, de
bated so long and the vote be taken at
a certain hour. The majority vote
to adopt the report of the committee
and that ends it. Bill3 changing in a
large degree our form of government,
declarations of war and matters of
the most vital importance to every
citizen of the . United States are thus
summarily disposed of without inves
tigation or debate. It is simply a pro
forma matter to pass a bill in the
house, no matter of how great import
ance it may be. '
The result of -this is that the house
is losing all prestige. Formerly great
national policies were developed in
the house. Great political leaders laid
the foundation of their fame there.
Since the Reed rules were adopted all
that has been changed. There is not
a member of the house today who is
a national character. There never wlil
be one under this system.
The constitution requires appropria
tion bills to originate in the house.
But to even these very little attention
is paid there. They are hustled
through and given over to the senate
where debate has not yet been sup
pressed to be reformulated. The Ni
caragua canal bill was rushed through
under the gag rules without debate
and turned over to the senate expect
ing that body, would make an entirely
new law of it. The house is becoming
under these rules nothing but the
obedient servant of a coterie of poli
ticians belonging to the majority. In
the near future it will hardly be a fac
tor in our government at all, that is,
if this policy Is persisted in.
There has been an extraordinary
large number of railroad accidents re
cently and they continue to be re
ported almost every day. There have
been ; head-end collisions, rear-end
collisions, open switches, wrong sig
nals, misinterpreted orders and othr
things reported as tne cause. After
reading all that has been said by the
managers and the employes, The In
dependent has come to the conclusion
that it is the result of nervous strain
put upon employes by long hours and
in other cases by the tremendous ve
locity of the fast trains. Four hours'
management of an engine attached to
one of the modern lightning express
trains will produce more nervous ex
haustion in an engineer that eigh.
hours on a slow train. Under this
tremendous strain the mind sometimes
fails o work and then there is an ac
cident. Railroad managers would do
well to take Into consideration soms
of the fundamental laws of nature.
Dynamic laws must be observed. An
engineer cannot run eighty miles in
an hour upon the same nervous energy
that he can run forty miles. To ex
pect him to do it is to expect that the
laws of nature can be reversed upon
the orders of a railroad manager. The
orders of railroad managers are ai-
ways obeyed by the republican party
and probably that has lead them to be
lieve that they were powerful enough
to reverse the laws of nature.
v There has always been a sort of
news censorship at Washington. In
some respects it has been a good thing
and in other ways it has not. - News
paper men never report the scandals
in official life. It is well that some of
them should be suppressed, but it
would be better If others were printed,
because it would have a tendency to
work a reform. The public White
house receptions are always attended
with some disgracful episodes of whica
no mention is made. They are so dis
graceful that publicity In regard to
them would undoubtedly work a great
change, or in their entire suppres
sion. At the New v Year's reception,
when nearly all had gone, Mrs. Roose
velt presented to a lady the bouquet of
orchids, which she, Mrs. Roosevelt, had
been carrying. The lady broke off a
few to give to her friends who were
standing near and then other women
rushed up and began to snatch the re
mainder. A small riot ensued, many
fine dresses were torn and the police
had to interfere. The public, hank
shaking receptions should be abolished.
There Is one cheering sign that it
would be well for worker in reform to
notice for in It there Is nuch hope for
the future. The average citizen cornea
more and more to .realize the f rivolity
and '.falsity of the; principles so long
held ,that the natural "harmony of In
terests will induce society as' a wholo
pressed, since the very fact of his be
ing oppressed proves his unfitness for
any higher condition and that the' dif
ference in station between rulers and
ruled corresponds to the amount of
energy that each person has within
him. It is beginning to be conceived
more clearly that the chances of birth
arid environment, the very great ad
vantages possessed by capitalists over
the man who ha3 only his hand,
makes the assertion concerning jus
tice a parody and a sarcasm.
The great questions that jress for
solution j are essentially moral ques
tions and the statesman who expects
to solve them by cold deductions from
political economy will fail and fail
absolutely. The sermon that is printed
this week in The Independent enun
ciates some very fundamental prin
ciples, both in political economy and
sociology. There is something in thl3
world of more Importance than wealth
making and it must be taken into con
sideration. Even wealth-making itself
depends upon that thing.
The Inter-Ocean of Chicago has been
a radical republican paper and one
that the mullet heads have sworn by
for several years. It was the private
property of Charles T. Yerkes, who
bought it for the purpose of havingaa
organ to defend his steals and rob the
people of Illinois. He, with its Influ
ence, was able, not only to control the
Chicago city council, but the legisla
ture of the state as well. The courts
got after him and he sold out and has
gone to London to manipulate under
ground railways there. Last week he
sold the paper to George W. Hindman.
That is a sample of the papers and
the reading matter that the rank and
file of the republican party get served
out to them. Is it any wonder that a
majority of them are enveloped in
clouds of ignorance and prejudice?
These papers are the favorites of tho
great advertisers, many of whom ab
solutely refuse to put an advertisement
in a paper like The Independent,
Among these robbers there is "a com
munity of Interest," and they all stand
by each other. A fearless and inde
pendent paper must rely upon its sub
scription list forts income and white
paper has more than doubled in price
since the paper trust was formed, very
largely increasing the cost of publica?
tion. Many of the great dailies are
part owners of the paper trust and
from the profits that they get from the
weeklies which are forced to buy paper
from them, their expenses are greatly
reduced. Any paper fighting the trusts
and imperialism has enormous odd3
to overcome when it comes in compe
tition with the class of journals to
which the Inter-Ocean belongs. Many
republicans will continue to read and
believe what that paper says" and all
the time claim that they are true fol
lowers of Abraham Lincoln. They will
continue to call all well-posted men
lunatics, socialists and little Ameri
cans and fatten themselves on the idea
that they are the only true patriots.
They don't know any better.
If the ordinary citizen would stop
long enough in his eternal hunt for
money to learn the. real meaning of a
few English words, he would be able
to render better service to himself, his
family, and his city. A city Is a cor
poration. Now what is a corporation?
It is a body of persons authorized to
"transact business" in the same way
that an individual can do it. It is a
number of individuals formed into one
body by law to act as one person. In
all corporations the members thereof
have the right to vote. In those
formed for private gain the members
cast votes according to the proportion
of money that they have contributed.
The members of the city corporation
each have one vote regardless of the
amount of money that they may have
at stake. With this exception they are
alike. Now in a private corporation,
those who are elected directors there
of, conduct "the business" according
to the wishes of the majority of the
stockholders and for their benefit. The
stockholder In a city corporation nev
er stops to think whether the "busi
ness" which the corporation was
created for is transacted or not, but
whether members of his political party
are elected as officers thereof. If the
directors of a private corporation
should give away property of value
of millions, the stockholders would
soon be heard from and the thieves
who did it would be landed in the
penitentiary. But the officers of city
corporations have frequently given
away millions of property belonging to
the people of the city and the stock
holder submits. If he fully realized
the meaning of the word "corporation"
would he act in that way?
A cable dispatch from Cape Town
of January 8 says that a British col
umn captured a Dutch laager with a
great number of cattle which was en
tirely defended by women. One hun
dred and fifty, women were acting as
cowboys. When those red-coats
marched back , with their women pris
oners of. war, they ' must have .felt
When the Australians determine to
change their tariff rates, they do not
give the importers a chance to lay m
a stock sufficient to last them a year or
two before the tariff goes into effect.
That Is a rake-off enjoyed by the Am
erican tariff grafters alone. When jt
was contemplated to put a tariff on su
gar, the sugar trust Imported all the
sugar in, the world ?that It could get
hold of before the tariff took effect, so
that for a year there was no sugar of
any moment imported and the trust
raised the price to the tariff point and
got all the money while the govern
ment got no revenues at all. The same
trick was played with wool and the
tariff grafters made millions of cold
cash by these transactions while the
people paid the bill.
The importers' don't work that kind
of a - graft on the . Australians. The
Independent has received a copy of
the Australian tariff that went into
effect on October 8, 1901. The way
they manage It is this: The ministers
introduce a tariff bill into the Aus
tralian parliament and from the mo
ment it is made public it takes effect.
If the parliament diminishes any of
the duties the importers have that
amount refunded to them.. If the du
ties are increased, he government col
lects the additional amounts after the
act is passed. ,
A glance at this tariff shows that it
is a' very moderate one the free list
being very long and none of the ad
valorem duties exceed 25 per cent
most of them are 15 per cent. The
heavy duties come upon the luxuries
and fine apparel. The Independent
recommends that the tariff lunatics In
this country put in some time studying
this document. The mountainous du
ties imposed bythe Dingley bill makes
this tariff look very much like a tariff
for revenue only, and passed in the in
terest of the people instead of being
enacted for the benefit of the tariff
grafters. v
Editor Independent: Yours of
the 28th received. . Will say in re
ply that I feel glad that I cannot
reply with your request of sending
in the $1 for your paper.
I was born on the cabbage side
of the Rhine, came to the land of
freedom when fourteen years of
age, never had but three weeks
of English tuition, but I would
rather pay the dollar to keep slush
out of my house. .
1 have shown the paper to a
number of my; neighbors, both
democrats and republicans. One
and All, with-myself, believe that
the howlings of .'militarism," "im
, pearialism," are almost twin
brothers to """anarchism." We
; think the teaching leading in
that direction, and I am for Amer
ica first, last and . all the time do
not want to be guilty of bringing
slush into thefamlly for the chil
dren to read.
1 am a farmer, having a library
costing me about; $1,200, a reader
of dally and weekly, papers, can
talk some English, but have no use
for imperialism .slush. Now you
can see what this green Dutchman
thinks of your paper, (Here fol
lows a phrase in German.) " ".
Kendallville, Ind, . ;
P. S. If I might be allowed to
advise would say try Herr Most
and Emma Goldman for a sub
scription. J. S.
The Independent is delighted to
publish the above letter. It gives a
better idea of the bitterness and gall
of Indiana republicanism than could
be attained by a labored description.
mhat shows the very essence of the
thing. If the writer 13 a German,
neither his handwriting nor his use
of English shows the least sign of it,
and The Independent has some doubts
on that subject. The Germans almost
unanimously, from Carl Schjirtz down
to the farmers on these western plains,
take the same view - of English and
American imperialism as The Inde
pendent. Mr. Schlfaly may have a li
brary costing $1,200, but he seems to
have no dictionary in it, or if he has,
never looked up the meaning of the
word. Many authors and newspaper
writers use Stormonth's dictionary for
the reason that its definitions are so
concise and its list of synonyms per
fect". The definition given in that
work, and this writer always keeps
it lying on his table, is: "Imperialism
or Caesarism, as a party name denotes
the supposed government of a min
istry, or the personal government of
a minister of a constitutional coun
try, hardly within the limits of the
constitution; the supposed exercise of
such power as belongs to the exercise
of a despotic government." . ;
Since the : supreme court ; has de
cided that the Philippines "are , hard
ly within the limits of the constitu
tion,' it Is hardly sensible to call the
opposition to. imperialism "slush."
The Philippines have beeen governed
by a "commission," really ministers
appointed by the government, . They
make the laws without the assistance
of any legislative body. There is no
word in the English language to de
scribe this sort of government Unless
it be "Caesarism" or "imperialism.
If Mr. Schlfaly, knows of any other
word in the English language that will
describe it, he will confer a favor py
making it public. Perhaps he knows
of some '.'Dutch" word that might be
should think that the name would De
spelled "Schif " Instead of "Shif ," not
to mention the latter part of it he has
been woefully Imposed upon. Among
all the papers that he takes, he should
have been able to ""have found out the
meaning of the word imperialism.
Those republicans and democrats he
consulted must have been poking fun
at ; him and his neighbors' knowing
that he was a "green Dutchman," took
advantage of that fact to have a little
amusement at his expense. ' Most
Americans outside of Indiana know
the meaning of "Imperialism." They
could have easily; informed him. If
he consulted any intelligent German
he .would have" found out "pretty
quick" what it was. Most of them
have a very definite idea about the
sort that they had at home and as well
as this new brand which the republi
can party has forced upon this coun
try. But Mr. Shifaly's unfortunate
environment may have deprived him
of any accurate knowledge of either
language. In which case he is to be
pitied and not abused. There are un
fortunately a good many thousand
men, American born, who are readers
of , daily and weekly' papers and do not
know the meaning of the word imper
ialism. The editors of those 'papers
have never informed them. They te!l
them that to oppose imperialism is to
advocate anarchy and the poor crea
tures, just like this "green Dutchman,"
believe it. ' '"" 'Vi
The Independent prints abdutbne
In every hundred of the "letters It re-
ceives indorsing th paper and com
plimenting its editor, and every one
that - criticises and roasts it. Mr;
Shifaly's comes under the latter head,
so it goes in. !? ' -
Mr. E. P. Bacon calls attention la
the North American Review to the
way the railroads have of raising
freight rates without changing their
published rate sheets or the public
knowing anything about it. That is an
old story to the readers of The Inde
pendent,, but it is probably the' first
time that the readers of republican pa
pers ever heard of it.' Mr. Bacon calls
attention to the fact that in January,
1900, 592 articles were raised in classi
fication east of the Mississippi and
north of the Ohio, and hence have had
to pay higher rates paid primarily
by the shipper, but ultimately by the
One of these articles is sugar, when
it was shifted in 1900 from the sixth to
the fifth class. The cost of transpor
tation was increased a dollar1 a ton.
As the annual tonnage of sugar trans
ported during recent years exceeds
2,000,000. tons it follows that this sin
gle change in classification cost the
sugar consumers of the Ignited State3
The federal courts have in some in
stances given protection to this sort
of swindling a,nd probably will con
tinue to do so in the future. It wa3
for that reason as well as for some
others that the corporations secured
their nominations and confirmation.
Placing restrictions upon the suf
frage is a dangerous thing, for no one
can tell at-what moment there may
arise conditions which will make these
restrictions apply so universally that
the major part of the population will
be disfranchised and the whole gov
ernment turned over to the plutocratic
few. In Montreal there is a normal
voting strength of about 38,000, but it
is, said that in the coming election for
mayor 21,330 of theseraen will, be un
able to vote on account of the non
payment of taxes, for there has been
hard times up there. It will be a very
easy thing for those who own tho
wealth and the bankers , who control
the finances of that city after thy
have thus gained power to permanent
ly disfranchise the whole mass of th.3
common people and run things to su'.t
themselves ever after, or until the op
pressed inaugurate a revolution and
forcibly overthrow the government.
We had better all stick to the declara
tion of Lincoln that no man is good
enough to govern another man with
out that man's consent. The thought
of the best and wisest meriof eighteen
centuries was condensed into that
Declaration of Independence which thf.
republicans have discarded. We -had
all better stand. by it." "
: Tammany, has a' new leader and he
seems to be a different sort of man
from any. one who . was rever at the
head of the organization before. He
was a naval officer, for some years,
having i graduated - from - Annapolis - in
the regular course. - His skill in naval
Construction caused the "heads, of great
shipyards to pffer him. a much, higher
salary than he could get in the navy,
and' he resigned. He is spoken" of ;aa
a man of the very highest character."
I The constant and never ending lying
of the republican press would do much
more damage than it does if were not
that most of it is soridiculous that no
man of sense will pay - any attention
to it. .During the campaign they' said
that Ejyan was trying to get . a situa
tion with some theatrical troup, and
.A Chicago daily that told us every
day a few years ago that the causo of
low prices was - overproduction and
that the only hope of higher prices
must come from reduced production,
now, since production has enormously
increasedand prices have continued to
rise, explains matters by saying that
the 'Increase in cost of living is be
cause "production does not keep up
with the demand." Sometimes it
seems to. The Independent that the
economists who write the editorials in
the republican dallies must all be dis
tinguished graduates of insane asy
lums. It is a characteristic of luna
tics 'to think that every one but them
selves is crazy. These editors never
failed to call every man who said that
overproduction - would '; not pro-luce
starvation and ' want, lunatics. If any
man should try , to keep himself in
touch with the economic vagaries of
the distinguished men who edit the re
publican and 4 gold-bug democratic
dallies, he would have to" stand on his
head half of the time. The cause of
low prices was a decrease in the vol
ume of nioney in circulation, both
credit and standard money, and the
cause of the increase in prices wa3 the
enormous additions that have been
made to the volume of money by tho
coinage of both gold and silver, the in
flation of ; the paper money by tho
banks and the increase in credits. A
man don't have to stand on his head
to' be able to see that. ;
Three distinguished lawyers of the
United States senate have come to the
conclusion Tthat the house of repre
sentatives is only a fifth wheel to a
wagon and about as cumbersome a
piece of government machinery as was
ever invented. They say that the sen
ate and the president can make any
sort of commercial treaties that they
see fit without any interference by the
house. They can make high tariffs
and low tariffs and collect revenues
from them, without the bills originat
ing in the house as the constitution de
clares. Perhaps they are Ylght. Since
the house adopted the gag rules and
joined with the senate in making old
wadding out of the Declaration of In
dependence and the constitution, there
does not seem much use for it. Step
by step imperialism advances ever
since it obtained its first foothold.
This country has started on the road
that lead to the destruction of all the
great republics of history. As long as
the republican party is in power there
will never "be a halt called.
A gentleman in Boston writes a per
sonal letter to the editor of The Inde
pendent in which he suggests that this
paper is primarily a national organ
a weekly magazine for the review
and discussion, of matters of interest
to the whole people. He says that he
knows nothing about Bartley and a
good ; many other things that take up
considerable space in the paper which
are of interest only to the people of
Nebraska. It seems to The Indepen
dent that even a reformer In Boston
would be interested in the way that
the republican party governs in this
state as the party is practically the
same everywhere. He certainly is In
terested in the sort of men that Ne
braska sends to the United States sen
ate, for they legislate for him as well
as for us. It would undoubtedly be of
interest to him to have the republican
party overthrow in this state and that
cannot be done unless the people are
kept informed of the sort of govern
ment that" party is giving the state.
TUe Independent recognized the dif
ficulty of conducting a paper that is at
once a national and a state organ of a
party. The editor tries to the best of
his ability to print only such mat
ter about state affairs as will be of
interest to its thousands of readers
in other states and at the same time
fight for reform locally in this state.
It is a difficult thing to do, but he will
do the best he can.
v A petition with tens of thousands if
names attached will soon be presented
to President Roosevelt asking him to
enforce the treaty of 1871 with Great
Britain, the 6th article of which pro
hibits each country from allowing Its
ports to become a base of supplies in
case of war. England pointed to that
treaty and ordered . Dewey to leave
the English, port of Hong Kong forth
with, but she has been making the
ports of this country a base 'for ac
cumulating and shipping war supplies
to be. used against the South African
republics for three years without any
protest from' this government. It is
doubtful If England could have suc
cessfully carried on the war against
the Boers without these supplies. The
few Boers on the African velts have
in fact had to fight the two greatest
nations on earth.
Dr. R. S. Anthony,-who some years
ago married a daughter of the Boer
general, Wessels, and who has never
givenup his American citizensjilp, has
been ion trial at Cape Town under
chargis of high treason to the British
F ' .
ly starved. The doctor fed and
clothed him. For that he was charged
wua-treason ami named Derore cnj
military court, When it came to tho
test, the British government hardly
set at liberty with the request to get
out of the country in a hurry.
Joe Chamberlain is constantly talk
ing' of the assistance that Great Britain
Is going to receive "from our kindred
beyond the sea." If he means by that
residents of British colonies there may
be a little in it, but if he means th j
people of the United States he is woe
fully mistaken. The New York snobs
may worship at the feet of the British
aristocracy, but when it comes to
fighting for them, Joe will have to rely
upon Tommy Atkins.
The agreement among the railroads
to abolish the pas3 asystem turned
out as' The Independent said It would.
Some of the roads withstood the pres
sure for eight days, but most of thorn
surrendered within five days. Nothing
but an enforcible law making the is
sue of passes a criminal offense pun
ishable with a heavy penalty will ever
stop it.
'A few bankers In New York ar3
making preparations for the wrath to
come. Others seem to think that infla
tion can go on forever. Two or three
of the banks have refused to accept
deposits from Wall street brokers deal
ing in industrial trust stocks. Tue
uninitiated should remember that bank
deposits are largely made up of prom
ises to pay.
There are some things about Spear's
appeal to the governor that Is hard
for a populist to understand. Thrf
governor is chairman of the board un
der whose authority Stuefer has trans
acted all his bond business. Why as!t
the governor to proceed against an
official who was simply executing the
gubernatorial orders? Stuefer had u
obey the prders of that board. There
is h.ctc than "one bad apple in the
The catalogue of the charity socie
ties of New York have been pub
lished. Altogether there are 3.449 dif
ferent organizations dispensing chari
ties in the great city. Think of that:
Is it possible that there is anything
wrong in a society that makes such an
enormous amount of charity work nec
essary? In some circles if one Inti
mates that there is something wrong,
he is classed with the anarchists or
The judges of the federal courts are
keeping up the reputation which they
have established as special protectors
of the railroads. The other day they
awarded 3,000,000 acres of land, valued
at $15,000,000, to the Southern Pacific.
That road was given land and bonds
enough to build it twice before this ad
ditional amount was awarded to it
The having a friend that is a court is
worth much more in clean hard cash
than any other thing In all the earth
to a railroad.
Two men got into a row during the
iast campaign. There was a good
deal of talk and then they went to
fighting. One of them had the other
down, a crowd was standing arount
and some of them began to cry out:
"Stop that fight." The fellow on the
underside all at once called out:
"You are right, boys. This fight ought
to be stopped." As all this occurred
before the recent announcement from
the White house, it should not be ap
plied to the Sampson-Schley contest.
The national bankers want more
bonds and as the only way that they
can see to get them is to make silver
dollars redeemable In gold, they are
going to push the Overstreet bill.
They think that by so doing they cau
create an endless chain with which
to draw gold out of the treasury tnat
will boat the old one two to one Id
that game lies the possibility of $500.
000,000 more bonds and that makes
the national banker laugh until he haa
to hold his sides when he thinks of It.
The Emperor of Corea has a differ
ent way of treating embezzlers from
the Governor of Nebraska. An over
hauling of the books revealed the fact
that a large sum of money had been
embezzled by public officials and he
issued an order that every one of
them proven guilty of stealing more
than 2,000t.yen ($1,000) should be exe
cuted. The Nebraska embezzler who
stole the equivalent of 1,600.000 yen
was freely pardoned and Tim Sedg
wic k says that the Nebraska em
bezzler was only a philanthropist In
There is one thing that corporation
journals carefully keep from the
knowjedge of the farmers who vote
the republican ticket. ' High rates of
freight take the value out of land as
certainly as an arid climate. When
the corporations gather in all the pro
fits of farming" through their rates.
land values disappear. With low rate i.
land values rise. Farmers who vote
for the corporation party, vote to take