The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 24, 1901, Page 6, Image 6

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Fortunately for mankind it will take several
more decades for the financiers to corner hope.
A proper amount of mint sauce accompan
ied the lambs devoured by Wall street the
. .other day.
Some men -who start to lay by something
for a rainy day are deceived by the first heavy
fall of dew.
Of- course MaoArthur wi'll not deport any
Manila editors while that military investiga
tion is under way.
. -T .,....,
mIt is noticeable that all of the republican
tariff reformers do their best work while con
gress is not in session.
Lord Salisbury says Great Britain is a power
to bo reckoned with. Ho seized a religious
banquet as the occasion for issuing this warlike
cry. '
. The new oup defender is named " Constitu
ti6n," and Sir Thomas Lipton is encouraged.
He has learned that the Constitution does not
go very far.
The indications are that Senator Mason is
willing to compromise with bis constituents by
agreeing not to blush any more if they will re
elect him senator.
The Commoner is obliged to 'the Advisor
for its compliments and its advico. Advice is
'ah easy thing to give and often, though not al
ways, a good thing to accept.
Congressional visitors to the Indian terri
tory have discovered that it has the making
of a very rich state. This discovery may not
prove fortunate for the Indians.
There ought to be a golden (or silver)
mean between Professor Crook and Lieuten
ant Hobson between total abstinence from
kissing and oscillatory dissipation.
Mr." Conger says thousands of Chinese are
dying of starvation. And the cablegrams say
that the indemnity China will have to pay
amounts to $313,000,000. Yet people of Chris
tian countries wonder why tho Chinese are so
slow to accept tho Christian religion.
Farmers who bought Northern Pacific and
Union Pacific stock at the right time and lot
go of it at tho proper moment are feeling good.
.The farmers who did not are still plowing.
In the last issue Norway was described as
having secured a liberal constitution eighty-five
years ago. It should have read eighty-seven
instead of eighty-five, as May 17, 1814 was the
Tho pickpocket who touched Secretary of
Agriculture Wilson should hasten to Beck cover.
Ho is likely to collide with a more skillful
pickpocket who operates behind a broker's li
cense. The republican papers are beginning to ex
press fear that the "McLaurin movement" will
fail for "lack of leadership". As Senator Mc
Laurin seems to be the only person in the
movement so far he ought to have no trouble
leading himself.
Tho fever of speculation on Wall Street is
wearing on Mr. Gage. He does not know
whether he will have to Bell bonds to keep the
market from breaking, or buy bonds to keep
the speculators from going broke.
Senator Hoar is reported as saying that
Harvard should confer tho Doctor's degree up
on President MoKinley as a reward for his.
protective tariff work. If the titlq is to be
cheapened by making it a rewtird for political
services, why not offer it as a premium to all
those who vote the republican ticket?
Two reports have been prepared by the
Cuban committee having the Piatt amendment
under consideration. Both propose modifica
tion and one declares that the amendment does
not express the wishes of the American people.
The reports will be given in full as soon as
they are presented to the constitutional con
vention. Mr. McKinley's new epigram to the effect
that markets are more important than maxims
ought to be popular among those who believe
that money iB more important than manhood.
It places the material above the ideal and ought
to be preserved along with, "What are. we here
for?" and "What's the Constitution 'between
friends ?'
Reverend Jenkin Lloyd Jones of Chicago,
'commenting upon tho craze for speculation
says: "We have spent our time in lauding
our Rockefellers and Morgans. They are the
Napoleons and Bismaroks of finance. Wo
seem to have forgotten Gladstone and Lincoln
and their homely teachings. The craze for
speculation is tho result of tho far reaching
degeneracy of our ideals.!' There is more
truth than poetry in Jenkin Lloyd Jones'
The protectionists have always insisted
that the foreigner pays the tax. And now it
is suggested that China's import duties be in
. creased so that China may bo enabled to pay
the indemnity. Tho spectacle of foreigners
taxing themselves to pay a debt owed to them
by China iB rather humorous, but not more so
than many other doings of the protectionists.
A reader of The Commoner, commenting
on an editorial which appeared in tho paper
recently concerning the action of the govern
ment in regard to the New Orleans case, says
that mules are contraband of war, and that
instructions to this effect are issued by tho
government to the commanders of our war
ships. If this be true, the cabinet may find it
necessary to reverse itself on another question.
The Albany street car strike with its blood
shed as well as its pecuniary Iosb, is another
evidence of the necessity for arbitration.
Neither the corporation nor the employes can
be trusted to decide without appeal the contro
versies which arise between labor and capital.
The rights of the parties interested and the
welfare of the public require that there should
be a disinterested tribunal before which all may
be heard. .
The California readers of The Commoner
will find profit in comparing the boom in rail
road stock and trust certificates with the price
of farms and fruit lands. Why is it that Trusts
' can inflate the value of their property, while
agriculturists cannot? The answer 'is simple.
The farmer must sell in the market and buy at
trust prices; the trusts can buy in the 'open
market and sell at trust prices.
It seems that the English are having trouble
with a new prophet in Africa, called the Mad
Mullah. His people claim that he is impervi
ous to bullets and cannot be injured by sword
or lance. He is described as mad, probably
because he is not covetous and is said to divide
the profits of war among his followers, keeping
but little for himself. It is unfortunate for
England that she has to deal with another
prophet before she gets through with Kruger
who predicted that England could only .con
quer the Boers at an expense which would
stagger the world.
A Maryland minister complains because a
recent issue of The Commoner contained,
among items of interest, the opinion of a Bal
timore clergyman to the ,offect that preachers
should not be admitted to the sick room. Tho
.opinion was printed because it was a very un
usual, not to say unique, position for any one
to take. The editor of this paper does not at
tempt to comment upon all news items,
nor does he fear that words of Br. Harcourt
will receive serious consideration. It is prob
able that the gentleman quoted would bo
the first man to send for a minister if sick.
Spiritual consolation in hours of sickness is as
acceptable to those who are prepared for death
as to those who are unprepared.