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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (June 28, 1912)
The "third party" business will peter out inside of the next
six weeks or two months. Very naturally the "Roosevelt repub
licans", are mighty sore, but they'll get over it in time. Just now
they feel like going out and swearing at the servant girl and kick
ing the cat, but after they have thought over it for a while they
will cool off and take their medicine.
But this "third party" business is sheer nonsense. Great and
successful parties are not builded upon "splits;" they are builded
upon a great and overshadowing issue or principle. The republican
party was born of the slavery issue. Upon that issue the lines were
sharply drawn.' But upon this thing we call "progressiveness"
there is no sharp line of cleavage. All men may lay claim to be
ing "progressive." We have "progressive democrats" and 'pro
gressive republicans," yet the two are not in harmony on funda-martyr.
Will Maupin's Weekly anticipated no other result than the
one reached in Chicago. Roosevelt was the victim of a steam
roller of his own manufacture. Many people talk of Roosevelt as
a "game fighter." We've seen something of the fighting game,
both in politics and in the padded ring, and we have no hesitancy
in voicing our opinion that Roosevelt has yet to learn how to take
iis medicine. lie is almighty game when he is winning, but the
Chicago affair convinces us that he is a mighty poor loser. The
in&n who digs a pit for others and falls into it himself cuts a poor
figure when he whines about it or attempts to play the role of
We have a great admiration for Governor Iladley of Missouri.
There's a game fighter for you. Iladley emerges from the Chicago
convention the biggest man in it, in our humble opinion. Without
him the Roosevelt boom would have cut a pitiful figure. It was
fcis generalship that kept it going throughout, handicapped all the
time by the utterances and actions of the leader whose cause ho
espoused. But Iladley lost his fight. Now he refuses to sulk or
pout, but announces his intention of continuing the fight, not to
organize a new party, but to regenerate the party for which he has
fought1 so valiantly and so well.
And why was not William Howard Taft entitled to a re
nomination? . His administration has been free from scandal. No
one has ever charged him with being the tool of any interest. It
is not his fault that the trust prosecutions have been fiascos The
blame for that must be laid at the doors of the supreme court
chambers. True, he is not a "politician" and he is not a "mixer."
Neither is he a post-graduate of the game of self-advertising. But
he has carried out republican policies as well as any republican
president ever did, his intentions have always been above suspi
cions, and he has played square with his friends. The revolt is not
against Taft and his administration; it is against the system that
has grown up under republican rule a system that Roosevelt did
nothing to overthrow while he was president, and in which he
found nothing to condemn until he became imbued with the idea
that to condemn would advance the Roosevelt interests.
The fact of the matter is, the republican party is now going
through the identical crisis that fronted the democratic party in
1896, with conditions reversed. Then the "progressives" of the
democratic party captured the party machinery; now the "progres
sive republicans" find themselves outside of the breast works. The
reactionary democrats of 1896 tried to organize a "third party,"
but it was a ghastly joke. When they realized this they got back
into the fold and began working from the inside. Then they made
progress. This progress was made manifest at St. Louis in 1904.
It remains to be seen what will be the result of reactionary efforts
If the "progressive republicans" hope to accomplish anything
worth while they will stay inside the breastworks or else join with
The re-nomination of "Sunny Jim" Sherman was a natural
sequence. Naturally Taft would have preferred a Iladley or a
Johnson or a Deneen, but those astute politicians were averse to
being chained to a political cadaver. James Schoolcraft Sherman is
a politician of the old school. Jle is a "standpatter" for fair, and
he sees nothing worth while in the present progressive movement.
Jle has presided over the senate with dignity and fairness, but he
has nothing in common with th new order of things. 'Sunnv Jim"
is living in the remote ages of politics.
It would be foolish for Will Maupin's Weekly to make any
predictions about the outcome at Baltimore. The paper goes to
press about the time that convention will get down to real business.
It is pretty safe to say, however, that the convention, being made
up of democrats, will do the wrong thing. That is a democratic
habit. Now that democracy lias the opportunity of its whole life
to make a "killing," the chances are that it will spit on the fuse.
The logical thing to do, of course, would be to nominate Bryan
on a progressive platform and issue a defi to "big business" and
the cohorts of protection. But whenever did democracy do the
A Simple Problem
Twenty-five per cent, means just one-fourth off. That is easily fig
ured. We announce our one-fourth off sale, beginning
Sattggcilay, June 29th
Nothing is reserved. Not a price ticket is changed. Look at the
ticket and figure the sale price for yourself. If we have changed a single
price ticket, and you can prove it, we'll keep you in clothes for a year,
free. This is our regular semi-annual bargain'sale. It is a bona fide sale.
You get a discount of one-fourth from the regular price while the sale
lasts. You can figure the price yourself. We could go into infinite details
but, what's the use? It's one-f ourth-off the regular price during this sale.
The sale includes everything.
Bradford Clothcraf t Suits, Men's Oxfords Regal and Beacon
In short, if it's clothing, shoes or furnishings, now is the time to buy
Tenth and O Streets
Senator Skiles had charge of the initiative and referendum bill
in the senate. No one has dared to charge that lie was lukewarm
in its support or that he sought to "kill it by amendments." All
newspaper agree that Senator Skiles was heart and soul for the
reform. Yet Senator Skiles voted for some of the amendments of
fered. And every amendment that Moreehad voted for was voted
for by the chief sponsor of the bill. John H. Morehead's record on
the initiative and referendum is as clean as a hound's tooth, and
the efforts of irresponsible publications to make it appear other
wise will not avail.
If our republican friends want to comment upon "candidates
of the special interests" we commend them to a careful considera
tion of the candidacy of Mr. Howard, who seeks election to the
position of auditor as a republican. All the insurance interests that
are opposing Mr. Howard's candidacy could be blown into a gnat s
eye through a mosquito's quill, and never make the gnat wink. And
the auditor, mind you, is the big insurance "it" of the state.
In the opinion of this newspaper the most important office in the
state is that of attorney general. The attorney general is the legal
advisor of the other state officials, and he is charged with many im
portant legal duties. The people of Nebraska are especially fortun
ate this year in having a chance to make choice between two mighty
fine men and able lawyers, Andrew Morrissey, the democratic can
didate, and Grant Martin, the republican candidate. Personally, we
prefer Mr. Morrissey, but this is in no wise founded upon partisan
opposition to Mr. Martin, than whom we have no better friend,
and for whom we have a sincere admiration.
We opine that about the happiest republican in Nebraska is
Sir "Walter George, a personal friend and ardent supporter of Presi
dent Taft. Mr. George, who seeks re-election as treasurer, hasn't
been saying much about national politics lately, but he has kept up
& 'devil of a thinking."
Ignorant partisanship usually exposes itself. Here comes the
Pawnee Republican with the astounding statement that "the record
shows that Mr. Morehead opposed the initiative and referendum
movement in the committee of the whole, where the real work on
bills is done." The humor of this will be appreciated by those who
understand this committee of the whole business. The.g. o. p.
press bureau is working overtime trying to discredit Morehead's
record on the initiative and referendum movement. It may succeed
in deceiving those who dearly love to be deceived, but it will not
deceive people who want to know the facts. "We defy the Pawnee
Republican, or any other newspaper, no matter what its politics, to
put its editorial finger upon one line or word in the senate record
to show that John II. Morehead opposed the initiative and referen
dum. We defy it, or all of them, to show by the printed record
that Morehead offered a single amendment to the bill. We defy
them to successfully deny that Morehead favored the bill, voted for
it and stood by it from start to finish.
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