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The Commoner.
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The Northern Securities Test.
(Continued from Pago Ten.)
thorn, commanding them, and each of
thorn, to appear herein and answer
(but not under oath) the allegations
contained In the foregoing petition,
mid abido by and perform such order
or decree as the court may malce In
the promlsoa; and that, ponding tho
fliwl hearing of this caso, a temporary
restraining ordor may Issue enjoining
tho defendants and tholr associates,
and each of them, and tholr stockhold
ers, directors, offlcors, ngonts, and ser
vants as horoinboforo prayed.
MILTON D. PURDY,
Attorney of tho United States for tho
District of Minnesota.
PHI LANDER C. KNOX,
Attorney General of 'the United
States.
JOHN K. RICHARDS,
Solicitor General of the United
States.
Weekly News Summary.
(Continued from Page 11.)
gavo thorn free ship supplies. Now,
hero they aro demanding subsidy,
holding up their hands and bogging
like mendicants for the tax money of
tho peoplo to sustain tholr particular
Interests. If this subsidy bo given
thorn, it is but tho beginning of the
end." Replying to Sonator Fryo's
claim that tho shipping Interests were
not protected, Senator Vest said:
"They have a monopoly equal to that
of tho Standard Oil company; they
have tho exclusive privilege of bulld
nrr Hiiincj fnr fiio nonsfcwlso trade, the
largest in tho world, and of repairing
of It are attempted it Is the duty of
everyone who appreciates tho fact that
invasion is attempted to resist it."
On Monday, March 17, the bill
passed, all republicans but six voting
for it. All tho democrats and six re
publicans voted against it.
Lincoln and Imperialism.
Tho Nashville American and somo of
tho other imperialist journals of the
south of which thero are not very
many have beon making the point
that southerners who havo beon
forced to submit to the authority of
the United States cannot consistently
make the-consent-of-the-govorned ar
gument with regard to tho Philippines.
Furthor, they say that quoting Abra
ham Lincoln, who said Uiat God Al
mighty never made a man good enough
to govern another man without that
man's consent, as the champion of the-consent-of-the-governed
theory, loses
its force when it is considered that
Abraham Lincoln was the war presi
dent who subdued the south.
Now, that is a very bitter argument
fc a paper published in tho south to
make. Abraham Lincoln undoubtedly
believed in the consent of the gov
erned and also in tho coercion of the
south. He was perfectly consistent
in these two beliefs, as he premised
the belief In the coercion of tho south
with tho supposed priority of the
union over the states as to time and as
to sovereign authority. Now the south
has always contended that this was
wrong, historically and legally, but
Mr. Lincoln believed It and therefore
was conslste: ':. To Lincoln tho seces
sion of a state from the union was
exactly similar to the socessldn of a
county from a state. Hear what he
had to say in his special message to
congress" in 18G1:
those ships. They are today being on-lwhB i in oi.
rlched by this monopoly and, tlnsy bp-T he states have their status in the
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.. .MiOrtilnnrlvn tVinvn nf rhfi I OtatUB.
enormous emoluments which thoy are
now rocoiving." Sonator Vest also
presented an article written by Ed
ward Kemble, former president of tho
Boston chamber of commerce. Mr.
Komblo said that ho was loyal to tho
republican party and its doctrines, but
he said that nothing could be more un
just, nothing more unnecessary than
tho subsidy provisions of tho proposed
bill. Senator Vest said that ho knew
that tho bill would bo passed by the
decree of the dominant party, but ho
was sure that the dream of foreign
markets wjilch was painted in such
gaudy colors would never bo realized
mdor tho provisions of this measure.
"There will come a timo." said Sena
tor Vest, "when, llko dead sea fruit,
union, and they have no other legal
The union is older than
any of the states, and, in fact, it
created them as states. Originally
some dependent colonies made the
union, and in turn the union threw off
their old dependence for them and
made them states such as they are."
Now, while all this was undoubted
ly wrong in tho southern view, it
shows Lincoln's opinion and how in
his own mind he reconciled the-con-sent-of-the-governed
principle with the
coercion of the south.
If t wero true that wo of the south
are estopped from sympathizing with
the Filipinos and advocating, the cause
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of their independence because we have
lost our own liberty, it would be our
duty to fight the United States for the
liberty taken away from us and re
gain it.
The southern states have equal
rights with tho northern states and are
upon an equal footing in every re
spect. Texas is as free as Massa
chusetts; Louisiana is as free as New
York. One is not before the other,
nor the other before the one. The
states are free and equal.
It is proposed to make of the Phil
ippine islands not equal states of the
United States, but subject territory.
There is no doubt that Abraham Lin
coln, if he were alive and were true
to his repeated declarations, would
this law and it will bocomo a law
will turn to ashes upon the lips ot
those who now toll us that.it will open
up new markets and increase tho al
ready enormous commerce of this
country."
In tho senate on March 11 Sonator
Mallory of Florida delivered a speech
in opposition to tho ship subsidy bill.
Sonator Mallory said: "My main ob
jection to this measure is that it is an
illustration of a principle which I re
gard as extremely vicious, but which
is manifesting Itself in tho legislation
of this country vear to voar morn nnd
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dence has been treated, as simply a
text for a holiday oration, something
that is not really practical or which
applies to this great country under
the conditions of an oxpanding trade
and expanding public policy. We can
not afford to give way to that ten
dency. There aro somo of us, at least,
who believo that.tho constitution is big
enough and broad enough to meet all
the exigencies of any conditions that
may, arise in tho "experience of this
country; that within that constitution
will bo found a reason for everything
that may be found necessary to be le
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this question, although the mention of
tne fact 'seems to be exceedingly un
palatable to imperialists in all parts
of the country. Houston (Tex.) Post.
The Beauties of Protection.
If protection is such a wonderfully
good thing why don't the republican
leaders in congress jump at tho chance
to discuss it and spread their argu
ment before the people? Carnegie ac
cumulated several hundred millions
while the peoplo were being taxed to
protect him. The steel trust is soiling
steel rails in Europe for $17 and
charging Americans $28 for the same
rails. They can do that hecause their
infant industry is protected. Toledo
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DR. S. E. HACKETT,
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DAN BEARD.
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