The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 03, 1901, Page 7, Image 7

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. preaching and "While professing to be liostilo
Practice to the trust system, Mr. Mc-
:" Kinley selects as his Attorney
General the attorney of the steel trust. While
professing to be partial to the civil service sys
tem, Mr. McKinley selects as his civil service
commissioner a man, who, while in congress,
voted against an appropriation for the enforce-
ment of the civil service system. Such actions
as these speak louder than .ill the platitudes
which Mr. McKinley could frame in a life
A Soldier's
A soldier in the Philippines
writes a letter to a New York
paper describing our new pos
sessions in the Orient thus:
Tho Filipinos aro a bunch of. trouble gathered
together -on tho western horizon of uncivilization.
They aro bounded on the north by rocks and de
Btruction, on the east by typhoons, on tho south by
cannibals and earthquakes, on tho west by hoodoos
and smugglers,
The soil is extraordinarily fertile, producing large
crops of insurrection and trickery. The' climate is
pleasant and healthful for scorpions, centipedes,
snakes and alligators. The principal exports aro
rice, hemp, sick soldiers and war bulletins. Tho
principal imports are American soldiers, arms, am
munition, beer and tobacco.
An-Act of .
The London Truth is much
taken with the gallantry of the
King of Italy. It says:
'" :Whata compliment Victor Err -vanuel III. lias
paid to' Queen Helena! Her head not his is" to
figure by his wish on tne forthcoming issue of
Italian postage stamps. This is the first time any
Queen Consort has been so honored. The king has
a wide, long and somewhat under-hung chin, which
is not pleasing. It may be a case of atavist rever
sion, as it is a good deal the chin of the Empercrs
Maximilian I. and Charles V. If they are very
far-back ancestors. He is very often descended from
tnem through the House of Savoy and the Royal
House of Saxony. The Queen of Italy seems to
euit the king exactly. She is a happy mean be
tween the Oriental and the European woman.
Kruger's It is reported that Paul Kru-
Prophecy ger said that if the British
Fulfilled. wanted to take his country, he
would make them pay $100,000,000 lor it.
The London Saturday Review, referring to
this statement, says that it was greeted with
laughter in England. The Review adds:
But it was the laughter of fools and is already
crackling like thorns under the pot of the ex
president at The Hague. The facts are that we
have already spent on the South African war
146,000,000 and, as it is admitted that our expen
diture is at the rate of 6,000,000 a month and we
shall have to pay large sums for compensation and
assistance to ruined farmers, that the total prob
'abl'e cost will not be far short of 200,000,000. This
would be five times what the Crimean war cost us
and nearly a third of the debt incurred in the great
struggle with Napoleon.
Rev. James M. Pullman is the
presiding elder of the New
England Conference and lives
at Lynn, Massachusetts. Mr.
Pullman is a brother of tho late George M.
Pullman. On April 9th in the New York Con
ference of the Methodist Church, Mr. Pullman
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'The Commoner.
declared that tho rapid growth of tho trusts
was fast eating away tho vitality of the nation.
He charged the trust magnates with closing
many factories by taking away manufacturing
industries. To corner the market on every
thing, he said, was their idea. Mr. Pullman
Sovoral of the churchos in my district, as, woll as
tho towns in which thoy aro situated, havo been al
most ruined by those modern missionary societies
called trusts. Factories and houses aro to lot in
many of tho townn where once varied industries fur
nished bread and indopondonco to a church-going
people. Tho church of tho plain people is bound to
suffer, and that is tho Methodist Church."
This statement was greeted with prolonged
applause. So it seems after all that there are
some eminent men who do not regard a criti
cism of the trust system as treasonable.
Strange The Chicago Chronicle has al-
Doctrine ways made sport of "the crime
for the of "73." Referring to a report
Chronicle. that J. Picrpont Morgan has
gone to London for the pur
pose of engineering a scheme to place the
finances of Mexico on a gold basis, the Chronicle
says: "An attempt to introduce a gold dollar
substantially the same in value as our dollar
and lift the Mexican silver dollar to its level
would, if successful, practically double every
individual debt' in the country."
Is this not a remarkable statement to come
from a newspaper that could see no immorality
in "the crime of '73?" .That act doubled the
value of dqbts, but the process was gradual.
Freedom of
Speech and
of the Press.
The constitution prohibits con
gress from abridging the free
dom of speech or of the press,
and yet a newspaper editor in
the, Philippines was deported, a newspaper at
Havana was closed up and its editor arrested and
two other editors at Havana were sentenced to
imprisonment by the captain of the port.
Practically these newspaper editors were guilty
of lese majestie, that new offense that has come
to be quite terrible under our policy of imper
ialism. None of them were permitted to avail
themselves of the constitutional privilege .of a
trial by a jury of their peers and their cases
were disposed of in true imperialistic fashion.
Many strange things arc happening and must
happen under the strange policies we are pur
suing with respect to our new possessions.
A witness who appeared be
fore the industrial commission
at Washington declared that
the news print trust had im-
' posed upon the newspaper
publishers of the country an increase of $4,
800,000 per year in the cost of news print pa
per. This witness said he knew of two news
papers, each of which was paying an increase
of $150,000. a year on the paper used. It is
generally agreed among newspaper men that
relief would be obtained by the publishers if
the tariff on woodpulp should be removed.
Undoubtedly the removal of the tariff would
give material relief to the consumers of paper;
and Trust
and if this would bo a good thing for the
newspaper publishers or for the consumers of
paper, why would not tho removal of the tariff
on other articles bo beneficial to the consumers
of those articles? And if the republican news
papers insist upon tho removal of this duty in
order to give them relief from trust imposi
tions, why do. they object to the consumers of
other commodities obtaining similar relief?
A Good
A reader makes the following
suggestion: A number of re
publican papers have ex
pressed great indignation because the Com
moner protested against the nomination of Mr.
Wells in St. Louis who had never expressed
any desire to return to the party which lie
abandoned in 1800. These republican papers
will havo an opportunity to apply to some of
the democratic cities the logic which they ap
llicd to tho St. Louis situation. A number of
good republicans left their party on the ques
tion of imperialism, and have, not returned to
it. Why wouldn't it bo a good idea for the
republicans of New York and other democratic
cities, to nominate one of these former repub
licans with a view to harmonizing the party?
As the contest will be "purely local" the fact
that the candidate is still opposed to republi
can policies ought to make no difference, ac
cording to the argument advanced in favor of
Mr Wells.
When these republican papers begin to pro
pose the nomination of such men, wo shall
know that their recent criticisms were sincere.
Dr. John H. Girdner, one of
the prominent physicians in
New York City, has a very
interesting article in the Junior Munsey on the
virtue of vaccination. The following is an. ex
tract: "The point of special interest in this connec
tion is that the very fact that a virus has been
found which renders the system Immune to the In
fection of smallpox is excellent evidence that it ;;
possible to obtain other lymphs which will estab
lish immunity against other infectious diseases.
We say it is excellent evidence, be r,use from what
we know of nature s methods it is certain that or
der and system prevail throughout J r kingdom.
She does not do things in singles, but in series,
and it is almost unreasonable to suppose that
smallpox is the only disease in which it is possible
to obtain an immunizing virus.
"It was hoped and believed, a few years ago,
that the serum taken from the tiood f a horse
which had been injected peatfc'My with the virus
of diphtheria would cure a person suffering from
diphtheria if injected under the patient's skin
early enough in the attack. It was also believed
that if this antitoxin was injected into a healthy
person it would render that person immune to
the germs of diphtheria, just as vaccination with
cowpox renders him immune to smallpox. This
antitoxin treatment of diphtheria has not proved
entirely satisfactory, either as a curative or pre
ventive remedy; it is still under judgment. But if
it is finally found not to be the remedy sought for,
and has to be discarded, the mere fact that it was
brought forward shows the trend of the medical In
vestigations of these times, and strengthens the
hope that the real immunizing agent sought for
in this and other diseases may yet be found. It is
not at all unlikely that before the close of the new
century physicians and health authorities will be
as careful to see that the public is properly in
jected or vaccinated to protect them against meas
les, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and other infec
tious diseases, as they now are to- tee that the
people generally are protected by vaccination from