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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 5, 1901)
Whether Common or Not
Tliey can pile on heavy -taxes 'as the World I travel
' through, '
Thoy can tax my poor apparel as desired;
They can elevate the tariff to the dome of heaven's
blue .-.' ,v ,
To give trusts the great protection' they've de
sired. ' ''
But I'm filled with deep rejoicing that I- own a
thing or jtwo " ' J .
Far beyond the taxing power's cunning wiles,
For thoy cannot levy taxes on the baby's" heart so
Nor reap a revenue from baby's smiles.
I'vo no wealth in lands or houses, neither silver-
nor of gold,
But lira rlclier far than Midas ever seemed;
For in -smiles and sweet paresses I've a store of
I am rlcheV than old Croesus ever dreamed.
All the fabled wealth of Indy-or of Africa golden
Could not purchase, though I starved for lack of
E'en a single soft caressing from my baby's dim-;
pled hand "-.
Or a curl among the ringlets on her head.
"Some men remind me of th' circus business,"
remarked Uncle Eben as ho closed the lid of the
cheese-box and headed toward the cracker caddy.
"Some men remind me of th' circus business be
causo their, promises is alius th' biggest featur' o'
Up to Date.
When DoRoar trod the tragic boards
He gazed upon the gathered hordes
And felt a sudden fright -,.1
And when uponthe fatal field
Hn made his final sniel.
He shouted forth with might and main:, t.
"My kingdom for a wheel!" .x ";
f -- l.w
Tlie bank president softly closed the door of his
private office and motioned the private detective
to a seat. . ---
"What have you learned?"
The private detective's face bore a look of
disgust as he replied:
"Ain't nothln' in it. I've shadowed him f'r
free mont's an' all dat time he ain't played a race
nor superintended a Sunday school. An In my
experience o' twenty years I ain't seen no cashiers
. go crooked that didn't do one or the other.".
A Question of Veracity.
"What time is it, John?" asked the wife of his
bosom as he mounted the stair with unsteady
"It ish jus' 'loven clock," he replied, gravely.
As he spoke the clock struck thr a.
"How can you lie to me so?" sobbed the wife
of his bosom.
"M'ria, you do me greash injushise. I'm
humiliated thash you would believe a two-dollar
clock 'fore you would your lovin hushban'. Thlslr
is shorrtes niomen' o' my life,"
Cause For Thankfulness.
City Editor "I see that Chauncey Depew says
his son is going to bo a newspaper man."
Night Editor "Thank goodness."
City Editor "What, what difference -does it'
make' to you?" ' ' '
' Night Editor "Why, can't you see. that If
young Depew becomes a newspaper man he won't
be .everlastingly talking like his father?"
Forward, hop forward, 0, Time, in your flight! -Give
us a spell of cool weather tonight.
We are so weary of swelter and sweat;
Weary, so weary, of worry and fret.
This sort of weather is making us ,s,ick
Forward, hop forward, and please do it quick.".
Never Satisfied.. ,
We shivered and shuddered in May
And wanted hot weather real soon.
Now we grumble and f rot and swelter and sweat
Because it's too torrid in June.
The Prevailing Fad.
"I see Bagiey is following the prevailing fad."
" "Preparingto make a dash for the north-polo."
"What's he' doing?" ' ---
"Courting Miss Backbaigh Beonze of Boston."
' ' ThcBHdad Household.,,, . , .
"My dear," remarked Mr.r TMklad as .kg. laid
aside the evening paper and watched his wife wip
ing the last of the supper dishes.' "My dear, I be
lieve we should be more companionable, more so
ciable, in our homo life."
. "i'm glad to hear you say so, dear," chirruped
"Yes, Sarah; let us be more companionable.
Now,, finish .the dishes and we will play a game of
J cards.", ( J ' ': '" ' '
. .-Fifteen minutes later "Mr. and MVs. Bildad were
deep-iniho mysterle of "hearts." . W. M. M.
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" J Criticism of the Court.
'. VMr. Aryan's severe comments upon the recent
supreme cpurt decision haye been denounced as
reckless and wanton, but when it is recalled what
Chief Justice Fuller and the senior associate jus
tice, Mr. Harlan, said concerning the same deci
sion," Mr. Bryan's comments do not appear so reck
less. Justice Harlan declared from the bench that
the result of the views of the majority of the count,
if maintained, "will be a radical and mischievous
change in our system of government. We will, in
that event, pass from the era of constitutional lib
erty guarded and protected by a written constitu
tion, into an era of legislative' absolutism." The
chief justice almost outdid Mr. Bryan by saying
that tho majority view meant this, "to overthrow
the basis of our constitutional law." When four
out of nine justices manifest suGh opinions in the
quiet, sedate atmosphere of the supreme court
room, it can hardly be expected that politicians
whoso function it is to stir the feelings and focus
the views of the people will be Chesterfieldian In
It is easy to derido Mr. Bryan, but suppose you
tnckle Chief Justice Fuller or Justice Harlan. Thoy
are not in politics. They want no office. They as
pire to lead no party. It is a serious matter if this
country is on the brink of. any kind of an "absolut
ism" Justice Harlan's word; and it is no joke if
"the basis of our constitutional law" is about to be
overthrown, or already has been overthrown. If
those judges were justified in speaking' as they did
the use of strong language in tho press or on the
stump is justified. Was the cry of -anti-imperialism
a wanton or a .foolish one tho Republican was the
first newspaper in the United States to raise It
seeing that four out of nine justices of the supreme
court 'agree in the sentiments uttered by Messrs.
Fuller and Harlan? Was Mr. Bryan an enemy of
his country or untrue to the real interests of a
democracy, in taking up the issue and assailing his
opponents in the last presidential campaign be
cause of their imperialist program? Four out of
nine justices answer no. If the four minority
justices are -within hailing distance of tho truth
then the anti-Imperialist agitation was a cause
which its supporters can never cease to be proud of.
Conceding that the four minority judges hava
some basis for their views, then the only persons,
not wedded to aristocratic ideals, who in the end
will be able to derive much satisfaction from. their
course will bo those who fought consistently tho
entire imperialistic program from its inception
down to, the present day. Thoy have no reason,
and never will have, to regret opposing the peace
treaty, or denouncing the Philippine war, or sup
porting the presidential candidacy of W. J. Bryan
In 1900. For they" were striking ,th,eir blows, un
availing though they were, at the, great critical
hours of the struggle whon those "necessities" were
being made which have now been' Gorged by tho
majjortyy of the CQiirt.into an argument for tho
constitutional validity of an imperialistic regime.
Springfield (Mass.) Republican; '
Farming in New York.
The recent failure of a banking house In Sen
eca county, Now York, has proved a severe calam
ity to that part of the -state. Among the reasons
given for this failure is tho following:
"The failure was a direct result of tho decline
in .farm -values. Many of the mortgages held by
the bank "were taken, -when farms hereabouts were
in demand at $75 an acre. "The same farms can be
purchased today for $40 an acre. As an inevitable
result the bank was more than $50,000 short in its
April collections and failure followed."
We have no doubt that this statement of causo
is correct. When these mortgages were given, tho
higher values were justified by the earning capac
ity of the farms. Through no fault of owner or
tenant farm values have been forced down by re
duced prices and increased competition. This
shows what we have always maintained that
there can be no permanent prosperity in this coun
try unless the farmers are generally prosperous. A
shrinkage of farm values through reduced prices
or Inability to 3ell farm products is sure sooner or
later to affect injuriously all forms of business and
property. Money invested in land ought to bo
the safest possible investment, for the soil is tho
great mother of all industrial life. The farm that
has shrunk 40 per, cent in earning value cannot
pay off the debt contracted at the higher figure
without pinching the pocketbook of tho men who
lent the money, or the life of tho farmer who strug
gles to pay it. Since the civil war the national
policy of this "country has been to build up tho
town and city at the expense of the farm. Such
prosperity will surely prove to be hollow unless
tho farm be 'given a fairer chance and the special
favors granted to other classes be taken from them,
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