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Monopoly and the Church
A recent issue of tho Pioneer-Press of St. Paul,
ono of the leading republican papers of the north
west, presents a dispatch undor its "Pioneer-Press
special service" tolling of tho deposing of Rev.
Philip E. Holp by tho members of tho Congrega
tional church, at Angola, Ind. According to this
dispatch, tho Reverend Holp started a movement
lost spring to reduce tho price of gasolino and
kerosene by the organization of a local company.
Tho Standard Oil company had been charging 13
cents per gallon for oil and gasoline, but as soon
os tho independent company received Its supplies
the trust cut tho prico to 9 cents in and around
Angola. The dispatch goes on to say that many
of tho members of Mr. Holp's church aro em
ployed by tho Standard Oil company, and that his
friends claim that It was through the Influence
o, this company that ho was driven from tho
This Is not tho. first Instance In which tho
Standard Oil company has interfered In church mat
ters. Henry D. Lloyd, in his book entitled "Wealth
Against Commonwealth," tells how Mr. Matthews
of Buffalo, an independent oil producer, was
horrassed in his church relationship because ho
insisted on prosecuting tho Standard Oil company.
'On page 294 of tho book above mentioned, it is
stated that Matthews by his fight against tho
Standard Oil company reduced the price of oil from
12 and 18 cents to G cents per gallon. He was an
officer in his church, but tho wealthiest man in tho
congregation was an agent ot the Standard Oil
company, and received a salary of eighteen thou
sand dollars per year. He did not belong to tho
church, but was a member of the congregation,
and was trustee and treasurer. He had recently
taken tho pastor of tho church on an extended
vacation trip to New England. When -it came
time for tho election of church officers, tho pastor
called on Mr. Matthows and suggested to him that
in view of the opposition that there was to him,
and In view of' what the newspapers had said
about him, (corporation newspapers that had been
belittling his efforts and ridiculing him), he had
better not be a candidate for re-election. So Mr.
Matthews dropped out and left the church to enjoy
the pecuniary if not tho spiritual support of Its
non-Christian, trust-fed trustee and treasurer.
Those who doubt that the vicious influence of
private monopolies will finally debauch the church
as it is now debauching the government, should
read 'Lloyd's book, (published by Harper Bros.,
New York,) and especially Matthews' letter de
scribing the persecution that followed his at
tempt to protect tho people from the Standard
Oil company. And yet there are papers so domi
nated by the great financial interests of the coun
try that they spend more time describing the Sun
day school work done by tho Rockefeller family
than they do in denouncing the un-Christian meth
ods employed by the company from which tho
Rockefeller family derives its groat wealth.
Will They Heed the Warning?
Tho Kenton County (0.) Press, edited by W. L.
Finley, tho democrat who introduced in the Ohio
convention the resolution indorsing tho Kansas
City platform, has a lengthy editorial explaining
the result in Ohio, and applying the lesson taught
After recalling the action of the Ohio convention,
the turning down of tho national platform and'
the prominence given to the men who had fought
against tho ticket, it asserts truly that "no demo
cratic ticket over had a better, more desorving
candidate than Colonel Kilbourne." It thus ex
plains the enormous stay-at-home vote:
In almost every school district of tho state
were loyal democrats who resented this treat
ment, who chafed at such betrayal. They loosed
their memories and let them wander back to
'96. They thouirht. nf mm, ,i H-Ti1"
and found that it.was these same men' -who
had led tho fight against tho national platform
at, Columbus, Further, they found that -tho;
fellows who won at the state convention not
only admitted, but boasted of their desertion
in 1896 and that they had voted for McKinley
or Palmer then.
What thoughts came to tho minds of these
men then? Read the returns. "
They argued, "hero aro the fellows who
voted against us in a national election or two
repudiating my opinions, writing platforms .
and asking my support They are not demo
crats. My democracy is better than theirs.
I'll prove It. They voted tho republican ticket
when tho platform did not suit them. I'll not
vote at all when it does not suit me."
And all the persuasion and labor of local
leaders could not disturb this conclusion. In
almost every county committees worked with "
bound hands and gagged mouths. But the re
sults of all their efforts were vain. The dis
contented cared not for the spoil of office. He
was bent on rebuking his betrayers. And he
did. All tho wiles Of local candidates could
not get him to the polls to condone the injury
his enemies had done him.
He stayed at home. Democratic counties
tumbled into the republican column. Coun
ties where democracy was thriving and grow
ing and gaining were shoved back into the
It sounds well to say that the death of
the president contributed to republican gains.
But there were no republican gains. It was
all, all democratic loss. Two weeks of cam
paigning was too short Fudge. Two min
utes were plenty of time to discuss all of tho
platform except the Johnson planks and they
were tabooed outside of Cuyahoga. Discus
sion? Bah! Wasn't there discussion at
Bucyrus? Weren't the crowd and the speakers
there? Well, look up Crawford county's voto
and see how great her democratic loss was.
The platform did it Faithful democrats
resented their treatment But they did not do
it as the gold men have done. The only query
that can arise is, Which Is the better demo
crat, the one who votes tho republican ticket or
the one who refuses to vote at all?
Will the lesson be learned? Will dem
ocracy regain Its senses? Will it see in tho
light of experience the course to safety and to
victory? Will it learn the virtues of stead
fastness and consistency? We hope and be
lieve that it -will.
There is food for reflection In the opinion ex
pressed by the Press.- While the falling off in the
vote was not entirely due to the silver democrats,
it is doubtless largely due to them. The Com-,
moner urged them to vote now and make their
fight for the control of the next state convention,
but there is a good deal of human nature In silver
democrats as well as In gold democrats, and' the
rtsult showed that a large number of those who
had been active in precedeing campaigns either felt
that a victory won by an evasion of national issues
would be more injurious to the party than a de
feat; or, if they thought that defeat was inevitable,
believed that a large adverse majbrity would be
more serviceable to the party than a small one. ,
It is useless to argue that these democrats
should have been loyal to the ticket. It is diffi
cult to make men "who have been loyal in the past
feel that they should prove their loyalty by fol
lowing tho reorganizes who have been disloyal
in the past The result in Ohio indicates what will
bo tho result if the reorganizing element obtains
control of the party machinery. The question
asked by the Press is a pertinent one. Will the
"anything-to-wln" democrats learn the lesson
taught by the Ohio election? Will they see now
what they ought to have seen before, that the
party cannot win by the betrayal of the people 7
Will they learn now what they ojight to have
learned before, that an honest adherence to tho
interests of tho masses of the people Is expedient
as well as right?
The Gold Stronghold Captured.
The readers of The Commoner know, that in
tho campaign of 1896 tho Palmer and Buckner
tickot carried but one precinct In the United States,
namely, Dudley township, In Haskell county, Kan
sas. The vote there stood: Palmer and Buckner, 3;
McKinley and Hob art, 2; Bryan and Sewall, I. $
reader of The Commoner sends In a statement
signed by the county clerk of that county to the
effect that Dudley township went democratic thia
year by a majority of seven.
Tho attention of the Chicago Chronicle, the
New York World, tho Louisville Courier-Journal
and other gold standard papers is called to this
fact. While they are "pointing with pride" to vic
tories won by the reorganizes, let them "view
with alarm" the recapture of this gold standard
stronghold, which became so conspicuous five years
The gold standard papers have magnified every
victory which the reorganizers have won since
1&96, now let thorn bow in humiliation over the
sweeping defeat that has robbed them of the only
precinct which their party has ever carried.
Ordinarily the change of a precinct would not
be a matter of national significance, but the change
of tho only precinct that the Palmer and Buckner
ticket caried is certainly a serious blow to the
men who carried on that unique campaign of fraud
and deception. The men who did the most talking
for Palmer and Buckner voted the republican
ticket, as did all whom they 'could secretly influ
ence. Tho1 reorganizers are being led by those
who either voted for the ticket that carried but
one precinct, or pretended to support it while they
voted the republican ticket. What will the demo
cratic party be if they secure control of the organr
ization? What promise of relief can the party
give to tho people at large if the policies of tho
party are controlled by bolters who have snownrio
repentance since 1896? What hope of victory can
we have under the leadership of those who con
ducted tho Palmer and Buckner party to so dis
astrous a defeat?
Beckham Replies to Durbin.
One of the most discreditable incidents In the;
history of the republican party Is the effort pf
that party's official representatives to protect fug j
tives fr,om- justice, who are charged with the ter
rible crime of assassination. After pretending
consideration of the demand for the surrender of
Mr. Taylor to the Kentucky authorities, Governor
Durbin of Indiana denied the requisition and ad
dressed to the governor of Kentucky a long letter
in which, he expressed fear that Taylor would not
bo given a fair trial. Governor Beckham of Ken
tucky has made a dignified, manly, patriotic re
sponse to Governor Durbin's communication.
If there are some adjectives in Governor Beck
ham's letter, they aro warranted by the serious
condition with which the law-abiding citizens of
Kentucky are confronted. If indignation Is ex
pressed In Governor Beckham's letter, It is. amply,
justified by a condition) wherein the governor of a
great state like Indiana deliberately seeks to de
fend and protect fugitives from justice who are
charged with participation in a murder, and whoso
only hope of escape seems to depend vupon the
political influence which they wield with high
Governor Beckham's letter is self-explanatory.
It should be read by every citizen who objects to
violence and who protests against assassination,
regardless of tho party or the individuals respon
sible for the wrong. The letter, as given by the
Associated press, is as follows:
Frankfort, Kentucky.Sir: Your' refusal
to honor tho requisitions some time ago
sent you by me, asking for the extradition of '
W S. Taylor and Charles Finley, fugitives
from justice from this state, charged with 1)
ing accessories to the murder of William Goe
bel, was not unexpected, but the remarkable
letter with which you accompanied tho return
of tho papers was indeed a surprise to jne, and
I sincerely regret the necessity of this reply.
It is true I had been reliably informed that
you. had incurred campaign obligations which
eommittted you to the protection of those two
valuable adjuncts to your political fortunes,
and that they had been promised immunity '
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