The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, December 20, 1901, Page 7, Image 7
rmmmemm The Commoner. n m i , ' " ii . & & The Weekly Press on the President's Message & & m I Itasca (Tex.) Item: The president appears to favor the subsidizing of the American merchant' marine, and hia attitude is calculated to render him unpopular with ' the masses of the people. Adel (Ga.) News: The message was loQked for with a good deal of ex pectancy and although an able state paper, there is not that strong indi viduality about it. that was generally .expected. Temple (Tex.) Times: When the article is finished it leaves an impres sion very similar to a school girl's essay on the duties of. parents. It reads very well, but it never strikes the nail a home stroke. Elkton (Ky.) Times: President Roosevelt wants to bo cautious In dealing with the trusts. To use a moss covered expression, he "knows which side his bread is buttered on' and, well he likes butter. Hastings (Neb.) Democrat: If thero is such a thing as a trust in the coun "try he thinks "publicity" will settle it. Think of that! The republican president has doubts whether there h such a thing as trusts. , Spartanburg (S. C.) Free Lance: It ,is a typical republican message, deal ing with governmental abuses that are tho subject of popular discontent in such a manner as to pull the wool over tho cye9 of those who complain and yet retain the friendship and support "of the beneficiaries of those abuses. , , New Castle XVa.) Record: Of our -merohanfc marine lie urges that' some thing should be done to remedy the . inequalities existing, between Ameri can built ships and the subsidized ships of foreign countries; he does not men tion subsidy as a remedy, but such an implication is easily seen.. Ithaca (N. Y.) Democrat: The docu ment gives assurances to the trusts and monopolies that they can depend upon Roosevelt as implicitly as they can upon Attorney General Knox, of the steel trust, and shows that the common people have no ground to hope for any protection from the ag gressions of predatory wealth, through the influence of the president. Hutchinson (Minn.) Leader: It was unlike Roosevelt in that it lacked sen sational features and it betrays a con servatism that few suspected him to possess. While on minor matters of 'patronage the president may break away from established precedents, it is evident that on questions of party policy, he has come to a fairly good unHerstanding with the party leaders. Portsmouth (0.) Times: On two of the vital questions of the day it is vague, uncertain and non-commlttai. In the matter of the encroachment and menace of trusts, there is nothing to alarm the cormorants and nothing to satisfy the people. The president's claim that publicity will be a remedy for the rapacity of monopolies is really pitiful, and that is all he has to say against them. Gainesville (Fla.) Sun: His sug gestion for dealing with trusts are di rected on the line of publicity by gov ernmental inspection and semi-supervision of their acts. Like all republi can presidents he pleads the inability of the national government to protect the "people against the greed of com bined monopoly because of the rights which individual states have in the, premises. He goes a little further on " than his predecessor and even suggests the advisability of an amendment to the constitution. Versailles (Mo.) Democrat: Tho country had been warned of his oppo sition to trusts and combines, but on this subject the message is mild and suggests no remedy. The situation with regard to our colonial policy and possessions remains unchanged and we are still in the dark in the matter of tho future policy to bo pursued in Hawaii, Porto Rico and tho Philip pines. Boulder (Colo. ) Representative: Our president is opposed to the trusts, but only suggests that laws be so framed as to permit of legal inquiry into the operations of these modern inven tions of ingenious Yankees. Congress is safely republican and many were elected by the aid of these trusts so there is no danger that the trusts are to be disturbed in their methods of op presHion to business and the public. Georgetown (Del.) Democrat: While a good message from a republican point of view, it is not, of course, in accordance with democratic opinion and many of Its suggestions -will meet with strong opposition throughout the country. It looks likely, too, that the tariff portion will encounter oppo sition from western members of his own party, though not to an extent that will endanger the policy. Luray (Va.) News: It was looked forward to with much interest as it was expected to outline policies great ly at variance with those favored by many of the most influential leaders of the republican party, especially in the matter of trade reciprocity. Thess expectations were by no means real ized, as President Roosevelt's radical views are greatly toned down in his message. Columbia (Mo.) Herald: In one re spect it has fulfilled expectation. There is an originality, a lack of perfune toriness about it not usual in presi dential messages. But in the promul gation of any new or startling poli cies it is disappointing, hile it takes somewhat higher grounds upon the standard of the civil service it is not otherwise specially different from the message of the ordinary republican president. Memphis (Tenn.) Herald: President Roosevelt's message is a disannoint- ment to many, as It was expected to be a characteristic document. It is said that he listened to advice and toned it down. Whether or not this Is the case, it does not differ much from the sesame verbiage used in former messages, and there is nothing to 'distinguish it from what other presidents have done. Augusta (Me.) New Age: This Is the position of President Roosevelt and the republican leaders in con gress: "Reciprocity is a beautiful theory. We have promised it in our platforms and our speeches, but we fear it can never become an accom plished fact. Let us talk and let us agitate, but, for the peace, security and prosperity of tho country, as well as for our own political hides, let us not enact." Staunton (Va.) News: We do not accept tho president's theories on pro tection, but we beartily commend any step that may be taken toward estab lishing reciprocity. We are only afraid that the restriction he places on Its extension will prevent its adqption in any case where it would prove of value to consumers. Protected inter ests will always cry out against any course that affects them. They have done so already, and have defeated the very excellent reciprocity treaties ne gotiated by Mr. McKInley. Hackensack (N. J.) Democrat: Rec iprocity and tho tariff, of course, he treats from a republican standpoint and believes that the present tariff laws are responsible for the general prosperity of tho country. "Reciproc ity," he claims, ought to bo treated as tho "handmaiden" of protection. If Koosoveit is to follow in McKinley's footsteps, as he has promised, ho must givo reciprocity a fair opportunity of being tested. Ithica (Mich.) News: Tho message does not come up to tho expectations of tho president's most "strenuoua" friends. The president's ideas seem to meander, along about on tho middle ground of republican sentiment, and are neither very hot nor very cold, the intention apparently being to fol low the average of party views, aiming to shoot, according to the old saying, so as "to hit tho game if it is a deer and miss it if it happens to bo a calf." Hudson (Wis.) True Republican: Some time ago Bourko Cockran de clared that tho way to fight trusts was by publicity. Tho president takes the same ground, only a little weaker, by advising an inquiry into tho social conditions, and then if anything Is found wrong publish it. That sounds very well, but if a grizzly were close after his coat tail he would not be apt to say, "I'll investigate this and if I find you are wrong I'll put your name in the paper." Garnett (Kas.) Agitator: Many peo ple believed that tho president would jump onto the trusts with both feet, and thero seemed to bo somo reason for this belief, but the trusts have "read- between tho lines" that portion of his message relating to trusts, and they are not the least bit disturbed. Indeed, he favors tho trusts in a left handed manner. The protectionists and the trusts are losing no sleep over tho matter. They are safe, so far as Roosevelt, is concerned. Solon (la.) Economy: With tho general tenor and recommendations of the president's message we have no fault to find, though we would not vouch for tho wisdom of several of the matters recommended. Upon the whole, the message has more of the vigor of Rehoboam than of tho wis dom of David or of Solomon. But this we may expect as well from tho present condition of the nation as from the previous life and training of Col onel Roosevelt. Neither a David nor a Solomon could well fill President Roosevelt's place at this time. Bel Ayr (Md.) Democrat: President Roosevelt sent his first message to congress on Tuesday. The president having a reputation for the spectac ular, not a few expected in the message a few bolts and flashes that would Etartle his party associates. And there is internal evidence that they were in the message as originally penned and subsequently removed after consulta tion with leading senators, to whom the document was submitted before committed to the hands of the printer. As pruned it Is the work of an artiit with a second term as background. It mildly suggests remedies for public evils, but fails to press them with the usual Roosevelt strenuosity as much as to say to party leaders, not my will, but thine be done. Owensboro (Ky.) Messenger: Presi dent Roosevelt discusses the trust question in a manner to which these interests can find no objection. He urges publicity as the "only sure rem edy which we can now invoke." But publicity, as he urges it, is for the pur pose, not of crushing the power of in dustrial combinations to prey upon the producor, tho consumer and tho wagc carnor, but to protect tho confiding capitalists who put their money In stocks and bonds. Tho only real "evil" that ho points out is over-capitalization, although ho admits that there aro other "real and grave evils." Tho president, in fact, bogins his discus sion of tho trust question with an argu ment to show that they aro tho legiti mate outgrowth of natural conditions. Berlin (Md.) Herald: "While we will do everything in our power for tho Filipino who is peaceful," he says, "wo will take tho stornest measure with the Filipinos who follow tho path oZ tho insurrecto and tho ladrono." Even to the extent of concentration an-I starvation of women and children, Mr. President? What more could Spain have said with respect to tho peoplo of these same Philippine islands whn thoy were her unwilling subjects, be foro they had been purchased by this wuhlij, m, u price OE $ZU,UUU,U0O la money and oceans of trouble? Shenandoah (la.) World: There seems to bo a tone all the way through it that Indicates that tho president Is influenced by tho republican leaders, shown more, perhaps, by tho things that aro left unsaid than by the things actually said. For instance, his utter ances on the matter of reciprocity will not, wo believe, satisfy tho American people; nor do wo believo they aro nearly so strong as would have been Mr. McKinley's had ho lived. And tho things he does say about this, even, aro so hedged about with warnings not to unduly disturb the tariff that they, lose their effectiveness. Rochester (Pa.) Chronicle: We fear his message was written with an eyo single to tho welfare of the privileged classes. From the four corners of his message thero comes tho inuendo that fundamentally our political and so cial Etructmo is as perfect as human brains can conceive; that fundamental ly everything Is Tight. Yet everyone who ha given the subject any thought whatever, realizes that our entire jo cial and industrial fabric Is based on privilege a fact that portends evil for popular government. Every re-pul-lic of history has given way to 'the disintegrating influences of privilege. Hastings (Mich.) Herald,: There are certain parts of the message in which the president's political bias is strong ly and vigorously brought out, argu ments and recommendations which will not meet with the approval of democrats. Ho champions the present tariff law and strongly opposes any; tinkering with it, but be favors recip rocity which he calls the "handmaid of protection." He urges that congress do something to build up our merchant marine, but does not specify in what way. If he favors the subsidy scheme he is not bold enough to say so and in this respect ho shows an unex pected weakness. Dayton (Tenn.) Herald: The trust princes are chuckling in their sleeve, for says the president, "It would bo most unwise to cramp or fetter ths strength of our youthful industries in the strife for commercial supremacy among the nations of the world." He Is thoroughly convinced that the pub lic is being abused somewhere or somehow by this great amassing of wealth and controlling of industries and labor, but where it is, what it is and how it is he doesn't know, but recommends that these things be found out. To sum up, "pursue the even tenor of your way, Mr. Morgan, mean while we will discuss tho question as to where the people art being hit at" I. .