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Weekly News Summary.
(Continued from Page Eleven.)
tested vigorously. The boys declared
that they would have "coon" music
whenever they wanted It. Then Pro
fessor Armstrong threatened to resign.
Dennis Mulvihlll, formerly a' stoker
In a Bridgeport, Conn., boiler room,
was on November 10 inaugurated may
or at Bridgeport. Mulvihill is 58
years of age. Some one suggested him
as candidate for mayor by way of a
"joke." He was known to be an hon
est and level-headed man, and the
democratic convention nominated him
by acclamation, and he was elected by
a majority larger than that received
by any previous mayor of Bridgeport.
The United States arsenal at Water
vllle is working on the new IG-inch gun
which is to be made for Fort Hamilton,
New York harbor. This gun will bo
the largest ever made in the world.
It will Are a distance of 21 miles. -
The people of Alabama have ratified
the new constitution submitted for
Walter Wellman, writing to the Chi
cago Times-Gerald from Washington,
emphasizes the importance of the for
eign questions now pending, and
gives this list: 1. The Hay-Paunce-fote
treaty with Great Britain abro
gating the Clayton-Bulwer treaty and
providing for a neutral isthmian canal
under the sole control of the United
States. 2. Proposed reciprocal trade
, treaties with foreign countries and the
threatened European tariff war upon
the United States. The tariff ques
tion as a domestic consideration is
fast .merging into the broader outlook
involved in the general principle of
reciprocity. 3. Plans for the isthmian
canal, a great American enterprise on
foreign territory, the rivalry between
the two routes, and the need of new
treaties with certain isthmian coun
tries. 4. Adaptation of our system of
government to the new colonial policy,
producing semi-foreign questions of
great importance, including another
. constitutional interpretation now soon
expected from the supremo court.
5. The Alaskan boundary controversy
with Great Britain in which negotia
tions are now in progress betweon
Secretary Hay and the British ambas
sador. Also other questions at issue
between the United States and Canada.
6. A proposition to abrogate, by mu
tual consent, the old Itush-Bagot trea
ty with England, forbidding the build
ing of war ships on the great lakes. 7.
.The proposed purchase of the Danish
iWest Indies, now in negotiation be
tween Washington and Copenhagen.
8. Renewal of the Chinese exclusion
act, and the exclusion of Chinese from
the Philippines. 9. The proposed Pa
cific cable. 10. Last; but by no means
least, tho problem of the precise scope
of the Monroe doctrine, and tho ques
tion whether or not European govern
ments are to be permitted to secure
naval stations in Central and South
This signature is on cvory box of tho gonuin
the remedy that cure a cold lu ono day.
The Ohio Election.
The result of the election held last
Tuesday in the state of Ohio teaches a
lesson upon which the American peo
ple need no instruction. It proves,
with clearness and emphasis, that the
policy of evasion, of equivocation, of
timidity r.nd of apostasy can never
triumph in a political contest decided
by men of intelligence and patriotism.
The democrats of Ohio, as is demon
strated by the election returns, have
met with overwhelming defeat; and
they have been defeated for the reason
that they richly deserved to be ignom
inlously beaten. That they would be
soundly whipped in the election was
never doubted from the moment the
state democratic convention adjourned.
With an imbecility unheard of, and a
lack of political courage quite unex
pected in a state that had honored as
democrats men like Allen and Thur
man and Payne and Bryce, this demo
cratic convention in Ohio turned its
back upon the national candidates and
national platforms of tho party in the
last six years, completely Ignored prin
ciples which thousands of democrats
had with courage and constancy sup
ported, and, after these acts
of madness, nominated a respectable
candidate, adopted a colorless plat
form, "fired into the air" on a large
number of doctrinaire propositions,
and then had the temerity to appeal
for support to the people of a great
and free state!
That such a party, so led, should
have been regarded with aversion, bor
dering on contempt, by the voters of
Ohio, is a distinct tribute to the civic
honor of that commonwealth. The
democratic party should have recog
nized that the campaign it made In
Ohio was, in the very nature of things,
suicidal. Political victories that are
worth the gaining are not to be won
in America, at least under the ban
ner of "The White Feather." To be
lieve that victories are to be so won
is to read the history of the United
States upside down. Tho anti-slavery
party at the north achieved its great
triumph after enduring uninterrupted
defeats for more than forty years.
From each disaster it gained courage
and inspiration for the fight. In its
determined purpose it never wavered.
Men came and passed but the cause
lived and conquered in the hearts of
the conquering north. The purpose of
its leaders remained unchanged, un
altered. Compromise they scorned.
Expediency they put behind them.
The spirit of William Lloyd Garrison's
words: "I shall not evade; I shall
not equivocate; I shall not recede one
single inch; and I will be heard!" ani
mated the anti-slavery party, and kept
on animating it until complete vic
tory was won. These are the
victories that only, and that alone, are
worth the winning. They are not to
bo gained without sacrifice; but when
won they are well worth all that a
people may give and do and suffer.
This lesson, which the Ohio demo
crats have failed to heed, needs to be
kept fresh in the public mind. There
can be no place in the United States
for political anostates. Now. as at all
crises in our national history, sounds
the poet's invocation and the poet's
"God give us men! A time like this
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith
and ready hands.
Men whom the lust of office does not
Men whom the spoils of office can
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor and who will
New Orleans Times-Democrat.
A Soldier in the Philippines.
G. H. Armstrong of the Armstrong
Transfer and Storage dompany has re
ceived a letter from Daniel DeCorsey,
a former well-known teamster of the
city, who enlisted in the army with
Sergeant Franklin about two years
ago. He was assigned to company K,
Twelfth Infantry, for service in the
Philippines. The letter was written
at Tarlac, Luzon, P. I.
DeCorsey says that the soldiers are
getting "bug house" drinking the na
tive "vino," which contains in each
quart "twenty-seven fights and about
fifteen ways of killing a man, all for
Tho newspapers have been filled
with descriptions of the new Ameri
can possessions written by experienced
travelers, by officers of the army and
by an occasional enlisted man. De
Corsey's "graphic description," as he
rightly calls it, is unique as coming
from a plain laboring man .with an
observant eye. The description reads
like a high school boy's composition,
which gets right at the meat of the
matter with no rhetorical frills. De
Corsey says by way of preface:
"I will try and give you a 'graphic
description' of the Philippines as I
see them just now; don't know how
they will look tomorrow." He adds:
"The Philippine islands are a big
bunch of trouble. The occupation of
the natives of the islands is building
trenches and making bolos.
"Tho chief amusement is cock fight
ing and stealing.
"The chief exports are hemp, rice,
war bulletins, American soldiers, arms
" "The native houses are chiefly built
of bamboo and landscape. The natives
are friendly at the point of the rifle.
"The climate is pleasant for ants,
mosquitoes, snakes, scorpions, taran
tulas, centipedes, roaches and alliga
tors. They have established communi
cation between the islands by substi
tuting the mosquito for the carrier
pigeon, being larger and better able
to stand the long journey.
"The Philippines are on the west
horizon of civilization, bounded on the
west by hoodoism and smugglers, on
the north by the rocks and destruc
tion, on tho east by typhoons and mon
soons, on the south by cannibals and
"Tho soil is very fertile and large
crops of insurrection and treachery
"Filipino marriages are very impres
sive, especially the class wherein the
wife is given the privilege of doing as
much work as her husband desires.
"The principal diet is fried rice,
boiled rice and stewed rice.
"The Philippines are an appropriate
present for a deadly enemy.
"Manila is the capital and principal
city, noted for its largo number of
saloons and Chinamen. The animal of
burden is the caribou and should a
hundred mile journey be undertaken
the driver would die of old age before
reaching his destination.
"Malarial fever is so prevalent that
on occasions the islands have shaken
as if with a chill.
"Well, this about flnislies a graphic
description of this bunch and its no
lie." Minneapolis Journal.
At the request of the Postmasters'
association of the United States, Post
master 13. R. Monfort of Cincinnati,
0., has prepared a paper on the sub
ject of "Misdirected Mail." It has
been ordered printed, and is to be sent
to all the postoffices of the country as
the opening move in arousing the peo
ple generally on this matter. Captain
Monfort says in part:
"In March, 1901, I found by the re
ports made in the Cincinnati postoffico
that there had been handled in the
mailing division 943,385, and in the de
livery division 533,675, making a to
tal of 1,476,060 misdirected letters in
one year. This appalling fact led me
to examine into methods and ascer
tain cause for this condition and to
seek a remedy which might result in
an improvement of the service. I
found that the newspapers were ready
and willing to render assistance and
publish the conditions and a warning
to the people to exercise more care.
But this remedy seemed inadequate.
I addressed a letter to Dr. R. Boone,
superintendent of the public schools,
and informed him of the number of
misdirected letters thaj: passed through
this office, and asked him if my let
ter, which set forth the conditions
fully, could not be read to the pupils
in the public schools, so as to awaken a
disposition to exercise more care in
the addressing of letters. I advised
him that mistakes were not confined
to ignorant people, but that a large
proportion of letters which failed of
delivery were from families having a
moderate education and from profes
sional and business men and women,
and that mistakes were largely due to
carelessness. Dr. Boone responded
promptly and effectively. He called
his 900 teachers together and read
them the letter, and instructed them to
give fifteen minutes' time each week
to special instruction to the question
of addressing mail. It is too early to
give the results of this teaching, but
we have no doubt it will be far-reaching
and show a decided improvement
In this location. If these instructions
could be given in all the schools of the
country and the children impressed
with the importance of special care,
this process of education would bring
marvellous results to the country."
Our Queer Moral Standard.
Nothing so incenses human nature
as contempt for its customs and be
liefs, and it is quite possible that tho
keenest resentment against the Amer
icans in Manila will be caused by tho
interdiction of the national sport of
cock-fighting. The natives will find
it hard to reconcile the facts that
Americans drink whisky in a way to
astonish them and yet have stern
moral scruples about cock-fighting. In
deed, the Anglo-Saxon moral stand
ards are something which, it must be
confessed, must rather confuse tho
oriental mind. American officers who
play poker prohibit gambling by the
natives, and the interdiction of cock
fighting by devotees of pugilistic sport
must seem mighty queer to people who
have never witnessed the effect or
American Sunday laws and. the results
tf sumptuary legislation. Omaha Bee.
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