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WIlHam J. Bryan.
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The fact that Kitchener always dwells at
length on the Boer casualties is no sign there'
are no British casualties.
Considering the state of the Shaw presiden
tial boom the chances are that its owner thank's
Senator Allison for nothing.
Wanted: Five thousand new subscribers
during the month of October. Will you do
your part toward scouring them?
In discussing ways and means for the eradi
cation of anarchy due attention should be given,
the causes which tend to promote anarchy.
" However much we may abuse the trouble
some appendix vermiformis let us give it its
just due. It had the sublime nerve to tackle
"It seems utterly impossible for the Repub
lican papers to tell the truth about Mr. Bryan."
Fulton (Mo.) Telegraph.
. No, not impossible; only highly improbable.
Now that the hot weather is over you will
plan for your winter's reading. If you want
to know what is going on in the political world,
see that The Commoner is on your list.
The republican papers that were so quick
to spread reports misrepresenting Chancellor
Andrews' views on lying and anarchy are slow
to publish his denials. Instead of excusing
or defending either, he denounced both.
Mr. Dooley, in his discussion of life at
Newport, says that three things aro necessary
for a happy life at that famous watering place:
"In th' first place, ye must have th' money, an'
ye must have th' look iv havin' it, an7 ye must
look as though it belonged to ye." Tho last,
he adds, is tho hardest of all
Tho men who advocated lynch law in the
case of Czolgosz should ponder well on the
outcome of tho assassin's trial. The assassin
was given a fair trial, and the spectacle is ono
calculated to increase respect for law and order.
A lynching would have been an incentive to
Mr. Hearst's papers the New York Journal
the Chicago American, and the San Francisco
Examiner have, since the assassination, been
made objects of attack by all the republican
papers. From the manner in which Mr. Hearst
is returning the fire it is evident that he intends
to continuo his crusade against monopolistic
wealth and entrenched privilege.
The editor of Tiie Commoner is under ob
ligations to a paper published at Constantinople
for reproducing in tho Armenian language his
remarks on civilization. While he is not able
to verify the translation, he is glad to know
that there is this exchange of ideas throughout
the world. He will reciprocate by publishing
in The Commoner from time to time what is,
said in other countries. ,
.Mr. John W. Gates, of the steel trust, must
be very absent minded. According to the
Chicago American he bought his wife a thirty
five thousand dollar pearl necklace a year ago,
but forgot to mention tho matter to the cus
toms collector when he landed in New York.
The press reports announce that the matter has
just been called to his attention, and he has
handed over the duty, apologizing at the same
time for his forgetf ulness.
Tho London Daily Mail says that J. Pier
pout Morgan is finding some difficulty in get
ting the famous painting, " Duchess of Devon
shire," into the United States. As the reputed
price paid was one hundred and fifty thousand
dollars, the tariff on it would- be about thirty
thousand. Mr. Morgan ought not to be afraid
of a little tax like that. He did what he could
to elect the republican ticket in '96 and 1900,
and "double that rato is collected on the cloth
ing and food used by the people.
There is much talk now about so amending
the immigration laws as to exclude anarchists,
and it is to bo hoped that this will be done.
Tho law should be strict on this point and tho
immigrant should be compelled to assert his
belief, not only in some form of government
but his belief in our form of government. And,
while ho is swearing, it would not hurt him to
declare that he accepts the Declaration of In
dependence as his political creed.
Some of the trust magnates have offered to
. allow their employees to purchase stock in their
companies. This is a great scheme. If tho
employees will purchase tho common stock it
will provide a market for securities which are.
largely composed of water, and' will also inter
est the employees in voting on the trust side of
public questions. There is another side to it,
however. In any failure, tho ruin would be
more widespread and the condition of tho
laborers moro distressing. As the common
stock fluctuates more than tho preferred stock,
the employees would never know the value of
their savings. The wage earners will find their
safety in the destruction of the trusts rather '
than iji investment in trust securities.
The Louisville Courier-Journal speaking of
the assassination of tho President asks: "Is it
not time for this foreign riff-raff and their
Democratic fellow-conspirators who take re
fuge in our free government only to plan the
destruction of all government, to be crushed."
Mr. Watterson does not specify to what "Dem
ocratic fellow-conspirators" ho refers, but other
editorials which have appeard in his paper sug
gest that he probably had in mind the six .
million Democrats who supported the ticket in
189G when his influence was given to the Re
The Chattanooga Times is satisfied that tho '
democratic party "will nover regain the respect
and support of the majority of the American -people
until it recovers its own consistency of
organization, its own eternal principles, and its
self-respect." Fortunately for the democratio
party, it is not compelled to recover its organi
zation, its principles, or its self-respect, for tho
siniple reason that it has not lost them. But
if it were looking for a good organization, eter
nal principles, or anything else worthy of .re-. r
spect, the office of the Chatanooga Timea
would be one of the last places searched.
A company of democrats at Maiden Rock,
Wisconsin, united in issuing a statement giving
their reasons f or being democrats. One was
an editor, one a physician, two blacksmiths,
and one a minister, one a stone cutter, one a
druggist, one a local agent of the railroad, ono
a teamster, one a fisherman, ono a carpenter
one a merchant. It is evident from tho
occupations which these gentlemen followed
that the democratic party is not a party of any
class but the party of people in all walks of
life who believe in "equal rights to all and
special privileges to none."
A number of prominent Philadelphia Dem
ocrats, headed by Ex-Governor Robert E.
Patterson, have bolted the regular Democratio
nomination and propose to assist in the election
of an independent ticket. The reason given is
that tho regular Democratic ticket is being run
in the intorest of the Republican ticket. "Un
less the reports are very misleading the corrup
tion in the city of Philadelphia is such as to
justify co-operation between the Democrats
and independent Republicans to rescue the city
from its present deplorable condition. In 1894
the Democrats of Nebraska had just such a sit
uation to meet. By joining with the Populists
they had a chance to rescue the state of Ne
braska from corporation control. To havo
nominated a democratic ticket would have
givon indirect aid to the Republicans. The
fusion of tho Democrats and Populists led to
the election of a governor that fall and two
years later to , the eleotibn of the entire state
ticket. It will be interesting to read the edi
torial comments of the papers that condemned
fusion in Nebraska but endorse it in Pennsylvania,