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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
Mr. Maddon should equip bis explanations with
Tlio sonato seems disposed to play ping-pong
vlth tho canal question. .
Tho Bryan heifer is obliged to the Yates family
cow for a much needed rest.
Tho Lyman J. Gage salary threatens soon to
oxkaust all tho cipher matrixes In the linotype.
A reador of Tho Commoner wants to know
tho address of a paper called tho Western Horse
Tho indications aro that tho navy department
is suffering from a lot of that "chief horso .ex
"Will our prosperity last?" anxiously inquires
the Washington Post. Literally or administration
By referring to tho November files of the daily
papers it will bo noted that New York city elected
a reform administration.
Aftor paying our money for tho three shells
owned by Denmark wo shall endeavor to ascertain
which ono conceals tho rebellion.
Tho only way in which President Roosevelt
can surprise tho people in deciding the Schley
case is by deciding in Schley's favor.
If King Edward wants to see true representa
tives of American c'enship ho should accom
pany Paul Kruger to tho United States.
A reader asks whero a booklet entitled "Tariff
Primer" may bo procured. Can any reader of Tho
Commoner give tho desired Information?
Tho New York Sun's advocacy of restricted
southern representation in congress again forcibly
recalls the fact that Charles A. Dana is dead.
Kitchener reports the capture of another piece
0. Do Wet's artillery. Do Wot will recapture it
just as soon as it has been properly cleansed.
As between editing a newspaper and being re
sponsible for the third assistant postmaster gen
oral, Charles Emory Smith made a wise choice.
As yet the administration organs have not
undertaken to Gxninfn w, . .... . l
kept," , J-'-uipino "sav-
, &0 w ,cuu so mucn Amerjcan iiterature
Every time Tom Johnson gives tho tax-shirk-erc
a jolt tho ropublican organs complain of severe
Trado follows tho flag so strenuously that
Chinese and Japanese shipbuilders will construct
thirty or forty ships for tho United States to use
In the Philippines.
Tho republican .organs will never forgive Mr.
Towno for making a few fortunate investments.
He shQuld have permitted the republicans to mon
opolize all of the good things.
By the way, suppose that the administration, af
ter having bought a few islands, should suddenly
determine to sell a few, Long Island, Staten Isl
and, Mare Island and Bedloe Island among the
The editor of The Commoner has recently re
ceived a box of oranges, a carcass of mutton and
a keg of nails on subscription, and yet there are
republicans who deny that The Commoner is a
Sir Thomas Lipton says ho is ready to build
another challenger. That is all right, but Sir
Thomas must not imagine that the era of good
feeling will Impel us to let him walk off with tho
cup without a fight.
Europeans who assert that this country has
no antiques should come over and take a peep at
tho constitution and the Declaration of Indepen
dence. We have the word of eminent statesmen
that they are antiquated documents.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat says complete
pacification has not been accomplished in tho
Philippines, "and may not bo for a year or two."
Governor Taft should take a day off and whisper 8
few things through the Globe-Democrat's telephone-
A reader of Tho Commoner in sending in his
renewal takes occasion to remark that he likes
tho paper because it is an editorial paper, and adds
that when ho wants market quotations, reports of
divorces, murders, etc., ho can find them in other
A reader of The Commoner asks what per
cent of the United States bonds deposited by a
bank can be covered by bank note issues? Until
recently it was 90 per cent, but a republican con
gress raised the limit to 100 per cent on the par
value of the bond.
The Kansas Grain Growers aro to hold a meet
ing at Hutchinson on March 4, 1902, for the pur
pose of forming or advancing co-operativo ship
ping associations in the wheat belt of Kansas
Nebraska and Oklahoma. The secretary, James
Butler, room 4, Office block, Topeka, Kas., has
issued a letter inviting representatives from Ne
braska and Oklahoma to meet with the Kansas
representatives. It is stated that the wheat grow
ers of Minnesota and North and South Dakota are
St Taul011 thG Bame day r th Same PUrpose at
If any democrat, in order to make political
capital against the republicans or to secure the
honor for some future democratic senate, has been
tempted to urge the postponement of the passage
0. tho resolution favoring the popular election of
senators, let him remember that it is more im
portant to secure a reform than to secure the glory
of it for any particular party. The democrats
can afford to join the republicans in passing any
good measure. The election of senators by the
people is too important a reform to be delayed
for partisan purposes. Let the vote on the resolu
tion be unanimous If possible. It is the stepping
Btone to other reforms. ms
Vol. a, No. 5'
The wireless telegraphy invented by Marconi
works upon the theory that the transmitting and
receiving instruments are "in tune" with each other
and "out of tune" with everything else. Now, if
Marconi will invent a process by which representa
tives in city, state and national legislatures caa
be kept "in tune" with their constituents and "out
of tune" with lobbyists and corporate interests
h will achieve still greater fame.
The attempt of the republicans to retire legal
tender greenbacks and substitute non-legal tender
bank notes is entirely in keeping with the general
plans of the financiers. But how can the people
ignore the fact that such a scheme would leave
tho banks in possession of all the legal tender
money, while tho people would handle money,
which could be used to pay debts only when the
debt-holder was willing to receive the same?
The Portland Oregonian says that Great Brit
ain is reducing the Boer insurgents to subjection
and that we are reducing the Filipino insurgents to
obedience. The papers are calling attention to the
difference between "subjection" and "obedience,"
the former being suitable to a monarchy, the latter
to a republic. This is a nice distinction, but there
is no difference between a dead Boer and a dead
Filipino, and very little between a Boer reduced
to "subjection" and a Filipino reduced to
Governor Toole of Montana, in welcoming the
northwestern wool growers to Montana's capital,
dubbed the Northern Securities company the "New
Salvation company," and ridiculed its pretended
interest in the welfare of the northwest. The
governor suggests that the arbitrary power to
give the promised reduction in rates involves
the power to give an unpromised increase ,iii
rates, and that unless human nature has been
entirely eliminated an increase will be more prob
able than a decrease.
Walter Wellman, the well-known Washington
correspondent, writing to his paper, the Chicago
Record-Herald, defends Special Envoy Reid from
the attacks of anti-imperialists by saying that Mr.
Reid is just the man for the place, and that ho
(Mr. Reid) has been "an intelligent and forceful
advocate of moderate imperialism." That settles
it. Mr. Reid is just tho man for the place if. we
are to have imperialism, moderate or immoderate.
It is gratifying, too, to know that the ambassadors
are simply carrying out the imperialistic idea.
The Omaha branch of the Transvaal league is
contemplating a move which may result in much
good. It is talking of sending a nine-year-old bov.
Heelan Jasper Greene, to Washington with a petin
tion signed by children, asking President Roose
velt to tell England not to kill Boer children in
the Transvaal. If other cities would take the
matter up it might result in quite a delegation of
boys being sent to the president. How would, it
du to celebrate coronation day by having the pe
tition presented on that date?
A Louisiana democrat asks what constitutes a
tanoerat? It depends upQn thQ s titutes a
the term is used. In the broadest sense he is a
txtzi burr;6 of the pe
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