The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, October 11, 1901, Page 2, Image 2
i$jmfiMmm K !l ' v vt , m t t v'f .; V pi ' Kind But Surprising. The Commoner does not, 'as a' 'rule, pub lish the kind of thinga said about! its editor for the reason that Jio does not desire the paper to appear to bo a defender or eulogist of him. Occasionally, however, it becomes necessary to use the paper to defend him against unjust at tack, and sometimes a word of commendation is published for the purpose of commenting upon it. The Topeka Capital recently contained tho following editorial: "The Capital has never had any prepossea slons favorable to W. J. Bryan. The' Issues he has stood for have been the contradiction of everything this paper believes in. His manner and method in campaigns have seemed to us bettor Calculated to divide than unify tho country juid people, to 'set section against section and destroy sympathy and sense of fellowship and of common interest be tween men in one condition of life and men in an other condition. Wo were just beginning as a party in Kansas to see the money question in its' true light when Bryan by his eloquence and the1 fiery inspiration of his personality plunged us into a Campaign for which as republicans w.e were unprepared. The more we saw off his hind of statesmanship the less wo thought of it. "Mr. Bryan's political opinions are ho better today than five years or one year ago; but Mr. Bryan's personal character and his patriotism and manly nature as .exhibited by his comments and conduct since tho assassination of his successful rival have been such as to make every American heart warm to him. His tributes to the late presi dent have been as sincere as they have been just. No man spoke more promptly or more feelingly when the news flashed across tho country that the president had been struck down at Buffalo; and no man bowed his head in more honest sorrow when the tidings followed of his death. These manifestations of Mr. Bryan's goodness of heart and patriotism have won him a higher place in the respect of the nation as a man and a citizen than he has over held in the past." Tho kindly spirit which pervades the above editorial is duly appreciated, but attention is called to, it for the purpose of asking why Dem ocrats are so misunderstood by their opponents. Certainly republicans had .aright to expect, not only from Mr. Bryan but from all Democrats, sincere sorrow at the President's death and in dignation at the fact that it came through the. act of an assassin. It was to be expected that every patriotic citizen would condemn the deed and the doctrine whioh led to it, as well as sympathize with the members of the stricken family. Neither should it be a matter of sur prise that Democrats entertained a respeot for Mr. McKinley's many personal virtues, or were touched by the scenes wnich attended the clos ing moments of his life. Democrats and Republicans differ upon pub lic questions, and Mr. Bryan has always con tended that thiB difference in, for the most part, an honest difference. No one makes a greater mistake than he who assumes that any con siderable portion of any party is unpatriotic or bent upon mischief. The Dcmoorats havo not attempted to array one class against another. It became necessary to point out the effeqt of republican policies and, as is always the case those policies helped some people and ipjured others. . Mi. Bryan never said anything on the silver question more calculated to arrayv class agaiuBt class than Mr. Mckinley, Mr. Blaine, The Commoner Mr.- Sherman, and Mr. Carlylc had said before him.v ,.- That a rising dollar is an advantage to the money owner is a self-evident truth, and that it is hurtful to tho producers of wealth and to tho debtor is equally plain. That a national bank currency is a good thing for tho national banker is apparentto anyone, and that it is dangerous as well as expensive to other people ought to be easily understood. The Dem ocrats believe that trusts and imperialism aro beneficial to a portion of the people and injur ious to the masses. It is impossible to discuss public questions without pointing out the.cffect of the policies upon the different, classes, and no party has ever employed this method of argu ment more persistently than the Republican party. Have not the protectionists appealed to tho sheep raisers, as a class, .and warned them -against free wool 2- Have not the Republicans posed as the special guardians of tho wager earners, and have they not declaimed ,about the home market? Have they not charged tho Democrats with favoring low tariff ior tho' benefit of English manufacturers and-against tho welfaro of American producers ? Have not Republican papers contended that Demooratio policies would bring idleness to the wage-earn-erB? Did not MivMcKinley make capital out of. a-banquct given-Mr. Wilson when he visited England? And did he not insist that his party would open tho mills, charging infcrentially that the Democratic party had closed them?- 'It is gratifying to knowtbat many,rcpubli-. can editors have recently begun to realize what' they seem to havo ignored, namely, that the Demoorats, Populists and Silver Republicans are earnestly endeavoring to Becure what they believe to be needed reform. The members of these three parties have co-operated on para mount issues while they differed about minor ones; they have defended their convictions and will continue to , defend them, but none surpass them in devotion to their nation's in terest or m their support of the constituted '. authorities. In view of all that has been said and done, is it not strange that any Republican should be surprised at the words spoken by Mr. McKin ley's opponents at the time of the assassination? The editor of The Commoner is greatly obliged to the Topeka Capital for its compliment but regrets that any doubt ever existed as to the honesty and sincerity of himself and his sup porters in recent campaigns. W The Farm. As the daily papers have seen' fit to make some comments upon the house which I -am building, it may not -be out of place to present the facts to the readers of The Commoner, fti the spring of 1893 I purchased five acres of ground about three miles southeast of Lincoln. Tho land is situated on the top of a beautiful knoll overlooking the Antelope valley. The view from this spot is unsurpassed; as far as the eye can reach tho land is under cultivation and tho colors change with the crops and tho seasons. . In ISOT twenty acres were purchased ad- joining the" original' five, and-m 8198 I began improving 0 place by setting out an orchard and shade trees. Since, then, ten acres moro have been added so that tho farm" now consists of thirty-five acres. Our only son is past twelve, and believing that life on a farm will be beneficial to him as well as pleasant to tho rest of us, we are now about to realize the plans made years ago. The first day of October was tho seven teenth anniversary of our marriage and tho fourteenth anniversary of my removal from Illinois to Nebraska. Td celebrate this doublo anniversary Mrs. Bryan and I went out to tho farm on that day and helped to stake off tho ground for the house and 'took out the first shovelfull oi dirt. The foundation will be put in this fall so that the house can be completed early next spring. When it is ready for occu pancy a picture of it will appear in Tue Commoner- until it is completed the plans aro subject to change, . W ' V-; ' Piano Trust Collapses. The Music Trades reports that the scheme to form a trust in the piano industry has col lapsed, but it is evident from its editorial that music will loose none of its sweetness thereby. The paper says: "The trade is not going to easily forget the harassment and anxiety to which It has been put by him and.' the promoters of this scheme, nor is it likely to easily forget that the scheme he put forth was virtually to hand the industry over to tho control., of a, few commercial houses, which were to do all the business, make all the money though in so doing they would bring disaster to' hundreds Of concerns and thousands of their em ployes. "There is another aspect to this question which must not be lost sight of, for it has undoubtedly exercised a very serious influence upon the public mind. I refer to the ridiculous statements made by the promoters of the trust through the daily' papers with regard to the profits in the piano business. Some of the statements which were put .readdB o epxmi bum. n -snoDSujmo Aava Qlv mo that the public was being robbed by the piano makers as well as by the dealers, and that If a piano trust were started it would be largely for the benefit of the public, which would be enabled to buy even the most celebrated makes for about half the prices now quoted. How utterly untrue this is we all know, but the effect will remain with the public for years, and it will make the work of every manufacturer and dealer who is trying to sell a piano, at retail, all the harder." A Pathetic Appeal. One of the most pathetic passages in litera ture is that wherein, the father of Absalom gave utterance-to that famous plaint over tho weakness and the folly of his offspring. Ono is reminded of that passage by the following appeal made by a republican paper to the trusts: There is. a tendency to raise the prices of all commodities needed for the maintenance of the heme that is liable to drive away people who are disposed to settle in Omaha. There has recently been a very material in crease in tho price of coal, meat, provisions, veger tables, as well as in rentals, which imposes a hard ship upon wage-workers with limited incomes. - While this advance in prices all along the Hue is largely due to the higher price of the raw prod ucts 'of the farm, orchard and garden, the attempt . i!