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rynr".f The Commoner, Forum of the Weekly Press. Rathdrum (Id.) Silver Blade: Confidence has been restored all right enough, but we notice that every time Secretary Gage gets a surplus dollar in the treasury he has to turn it over to the bankers to keep it restored. Greenup (Ky.) Democrat: Freedom o speech Is too dear a possession to be given up. It is the bulwark of our liberties, the safeguard of our in stitutions. Anarchy must and will be suppressed, but it will not be done by destroying one jot or one tittle of our liberties as fearless American citizens. Rochester (Ind.) Herald: During the cam paign last year the republicans attributed every Filipino uprising to Bryan speeches. One of tho very worst slaughters of tho war has just oc curred and. will the republicans now lay the blame to Roosevelt who has just become president? Elma (la.) Democrat: Grover Cleveland has written a book on "The Plight of the Democracy." The worst plight of the democracy is that such men as Grover Cleveland persist in calling them selves democrats. Some one should write a book on The Plight of Grover Cleveland the man with out a party. Mexico (Mo.) Ledger: Democrats, who stand on the Kansas City platform, the last utterance of the democratic party, are necessarily for the free and unlimited coinage of silver at a ration of 16 to L No man can repudiate the last national platform. Every loyal democrat will abide by that platform until a new one is made. Ramsey (111.) News-Journal: Anarchism is the illegitimate offspring of Europe, and in Europe there is less freedom of press and speech than in any other country on the face of the globe. Abridg ing American liberties can only proye fatal to American institutions and will in no degree, abate the red hand of anarchy. Jackson (Mo.) Cash Book: The republican leaders and their allies, the bolting goldbug demo crats, by trying to force the tariff to the front again, are endeavoring to divert the minds of the people from the questions in politics that are really the issues before the country now, namely, im perialism and the domination df the government by the national banks and money kings generally. St. Marys (W. Va.) Oracle: Governor Stone of Pennsylvania has made the declaration that "there ia no difference between the teachings of Emma Goldman and the democratic platform." This is an important discovery, but coming from such a source has the old familiar ring of "stop thief" to cover up the disgraceful and unlawful proceedings of the legislature of the past year in that respect able commonwealth. Beardstown (111.) Enterprise: It is fortunate for the .republicans that they can raise the mad dog cry against socialists. They need to divert public attention from the rapacities of the trusts and from the grabs of greedy syndicates. They need to distract notice from legislative debauchery and judicial usurpation. They need to draw tho minds of the people away from the anarchy of lawless monopoly and grasping privilege. New Lexington (0.) Herald: In 1894, a re publican farmer of Perry, county brought his wool into New LexiMJpS and as he passed through the street he yelleT"Here is your 22-cent democrat wool." A few weeks ago the same farmer brought his wool into town and sold it for 20 cents. But not a sound emanated from the wagon. It was too much like a funeral procession. Take your medi . cine! Norton (Kas.) Liberator: Just now every body, trusts and all, want to get rid of the anarch ist. How will it be about the time tho labor-organizations begin to demand recognition in such force that thero are chances for their success? Wo make a guess that those syndicate-trust stock own ers who are now making the air blue will dispose of American labor to make room for cheap labor from abroad. Then tho anarchists will gain a new foothold. Boston (Mass.) Republic: The democratic party has ever been the party of the wholo people. It has been, and is now the foo of class privilego and class legislation. It has vigorously opposed every scheme designed to curtail the liberty and tho rights of the citizen, to exclude from citizenship by sumptuary legislation the deserving immi grants who flee from oppression abroad and who seek a home and fresh opportunities in this freo land. It is only when the democracy is strong and resolute and united that such assaults upon our scheme of government are prevented. Millheim (Pa.) Journal: The democratic party is the progressive party, which voices the people's needs as soon as they are expressed. It is tho party of the plain people. Even in defeat it is their buckler and shield. Standing as a conserva tive delineator of popular rights and common lib erty, pointing unto the declaration of independence not as a fresh declaration of independence from Great Britain, but an ever living declaration of in dependence from all forms of tyranny and oppres sion. Denver Democratr The so-called rcorganizers of the national democracy are in deep water. Tho waves of enthusiasm they expected to sweep over tho country have turned out to be mere drops, not enough to make a ripple in tho sea of honest dem ocracy. These "rcorganizers" are peculiar folic. Wholly peculiar are they in that they did not sup port the national democratic ticket in 1896, nor again in 1900. What claim they have to the title of democrat is known mainly to themselves. As for tlie democratic masses they distrust them to the last notch. Tampa (Fla.) Herald: It has been two or three weeks since the plutocratic papers havo re buried Mr. Bryan. This is a flagrant neglect of duty which ought to be explained. Mr. Bryan is still having a very lively being, and he should bo sepulchered with more regularity and efficiency. Farmington (Mo.) Times: At their state con vention the democrats of Nebraska in a strong platform indorsed the principles of tho Kansas City platform. All good and true de'mocrats stand on that platform. There Is nothing in' it that a democrat can reject with good reason. Rawlins (Wyo.) Journal: It begins to look very much as if the republican party intends to flop clear over on tho tariff question before' the nex: campaign, just as we predicted some weeks ago. Taking President McKinley's last speech for a keynote republican papers and speakers all over the land are beginning to argue in favor of tariff revision and the placing of various articles on the free list Are our republican friends prepared ic ,admit that they have all along been on tho wrong side of the tariff question, while the demo crats have been right, or will they just flop with out trying to explain. . Price (Utah) Advocate: Free coinage is a liv ing principle... It has been pushed somewhat from tho front by the discovery of new gold fields, but the gold supply large as it has been in the past several years is not sufficient to enable this coun try to do away with silver "as money. Western democrats can gain nothing by courting the sup port of the east. To get the support of that coun try we must abandon sound principle, and adopt practically the republican platform. Western democrats are not ready for this and they will never adopt such a course. In fact, they are firmly convinced today of the righteousness of free coin ago as they were in 1896.' San Francisco Equity': The events, of the past month have so shocked the world that discussiop of them has takon precedence of aught else. In this discussion a vital error has taken possession of tho minds qf many; tho error that In repression alone, Is tho remedy for anarchy. Wo give pre cedence to none In our respect for law and ordor, and our abhorenco of violence, but he who takes up tho dagger and pistol cannot be repressed by tho sword and rifle. Emerson said, "tho older, raoro cautious among ourselves are learning from Europeans to look with somo terror at our turbu lent freedom. . . . Our property is timid, our. laws are timid, our cultivated classes, are timid." In this lies a great danger. Tho danger that wo will allow our fears to lead us into the paths which aro followed over tho ocean. We shall not gain security for our officials by it; czar, king and cm poror do not. Wo shall sacriflco much that is es sential to our democracy. Real security lies Jin making the laws moro nearly tho wish of tho people; in enforcing the Idea that the executives we elect are not rulers, but public servants; in se curing absolute justice to all oven tho weakest and most despised. Lowiston (111.) News: If our government falls it will bo because tho people themselves decay and rot. So long as that virtue which was in our fathers tho founders of tho republic remains la their descendants we have nothing to fear. So long . as wo faithfully guard our free institutions and keep bright tho altar flres of li not fail and this nation will not perish from tho earth. Very foolishly, it appears, do tho press and orator's magnify tho dangers of anarchy. In so doing wo are apt to lose, sight of. the truth that tho real danger to our. cherished republic is that wc ourselves become tainted with the lust of avar ice and conquest and fall into the ways of na tions that have gone Into destruction. Let us be ware of colonialism and militarism whose- certain, fruit is despotism. Let us renew our faith in tho doctrines of our fathers. ' . Athens. (0.) JBannor: United States' Senator Bacon 1n un address delivered in Manila a few d:;ys sli'cc told the Filipinos that when the war id over tho United States would grant them fre2io.11 as is enjoyed in this country.' Senator B'acoo may bo a good prophet, but there will have to be con siderable change In tins country before his words will be fulfilled. The republican party never in tends to grant the Filipinos independence and never to accord to them tho full rights ol citizen ship as erjoyed In this country. The democratic party is the only party that adherer to tto dte trine tLal "all governments derive their ju.t pow ers from the consent of the governed," and even in the democratic party are many who proclaim themselves as commercial democrats, ready to dis regard the constitution and the rights of the Fili pinos In order to reap the benefits of trade. Sena tor Bacon's words were nice words for the occa sion, but they will hardly prove prophetic at least in the near future. Hot Springs (S. D.) Times-Herald: We favor an income tax that the rich may bear their share of the expense of government. We aro opposed to trusts to the end that' all men may stand upon an equal footing and the dealer or manufacturer with limited capital may carry on his business" with no fear of being crushed by unlawful competition. We favor the government or municipal ownership of all natural monopolies to tho end that consum ers and patrons may be enabled to enjoy the ben efits purchased by price far removed from extor tion. Wo are opposed to government by injunc tion, that the rights of all men may be recog nized in courts of justice, not injustice. Wo ar opposed to any form of imperialism or cxpanslqn except that of acquiring In a peaceable manner by colonization or purchase of contiguous territory. We favor the strict adherence to the Monroe Doc trine which should mean that as we do not intend that foreign powers shall acquire territory on this side of the ocean, neither should we "grab" terri tory .on the other side of the water. We are un compromisingly in favor of the restoration of sil ver to Its constitutional place in our monetary sys - tem.