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Vol. 2, No. 10
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
Reorganization Is tho shibboleth of tho dis
organizors. Tho least that Mothuen can do is to place a
"wreath upon tho grave of Scheopers.
Tho gentleman who versified on Jameson's raid
should attempt an epic on Dolaroy's coup.
Gonoral Miles testified liko a man who could
do somo rough riding himself if necessary.
It seems high time that Kitchener
shooting those Missouri mules for treason.
Is Qoncral Funston expressing the views of tho
administration or will ho bo reprimanded?
Tho Standard Oil company has just declared
another divldoud of 20 por cent $20,000,000.
General Miles know ho would bo snubbed, but
ho was patriotic enough to offer his services.
Tho Boers have tho private sympathy of Mr.
Roosevelt, but Great Britain has tho official pull.
Of course Secretary Root means that the Phil
ippine war is ended for congressional campaign
General Funston is not tho first military gen
tleman to fall down In an effort to talk up to his
Tho mon behind tho guns will have to remain
thero until tho "pink tea" department of the navy
Of course Mr. Hanna is boosting the ship sub
sidy proposition merely because of his great lovo
for tho western farmers.
Perhaps tho lull in cabinet resignations is duo
to the fact that no Iowa gentlemen have edged
up to the pie counter lately.
Tho esteomed eastern editors who rejoiced
over tho "Mississippi resolution" are doinE their
backing and filling in privacy.
Democratic voters, however, will bo quick to
resent any resemblanco a democratic platform
bears to a republican platform.
General Kitchener reports that tho Boors who
captured Mothuen were dressed in tho British
uniform. Perhaps tho Boers were on their wav
to tho coronation. J
In 1776 England spoke of "conquering the col
onies." Now we speak of "pacifying the pro
vinces." Tho venerable gentleman who declared
that language was given us to conceal our thoughts
kr-r he was talking about.
Tho proposed Philippine tariff bill Is exactly
liko tho tax bill tho British parliament proposed
for tho American colonies in 1707.
Tho mule system of conveying information of
disaster to British commanders looks like an in
fringement of tho Marconi system.
Tho offlco files of tho Now York papers reveal
tho fact that a "reform administration" was
elected In that city a few months ago.
Catoror Fritz's misfortune should be a warn
ing to British caterers to attach padlocks to their
silverware during tho coronation fetes.
Tho Nebraska Independent is offering (on an
othor page) to send sample copies on request and
its samplo copies aro worth asking for.
Tho cabinet officers appear to enjoy their
niuzzlcs. At least not one of them has as yet
dared to do anything but smile through the wires.
Lord Wolseley has been ordered to South Afri
ca to assist Kitchener. He should leave his mili
tary reputation at homo, carefully packed in moth
If General Miles will give bond not to accept
a nomination for president perhaps he will be al
lowed to try his plan of ending tho Philippine
The next time Mr. Wood of tho Pacific slope
gets a chance to address a Manhattan club ban
quet it will bo after his speech is carefully blue
penciled. When a western farmer objects to a shipping
subsidy he will bo expected to keep silent after
having his attention called to the protective tariff
A few more victories liko Delarey's and Mr.
Roosevelt may have the pleasure of officially wel
coming some British envoys who come to seek
Every time the British war office makes public
a report from Kitchener, General Lord Roberts re
joices that there were no strings attached to that
bunch of money.
If conditions in the Philippines were different
perhaps the administration's position towards the
Boers would be different. Some show of consis
tency must be made.
Senator Allison is opposed to further agita
tion of the Cuban reciprocity measure. The strange
feature of this announcement is that Senator Alli
son delayed it so long.
Senator Proctor says that he is opposed to giv
ing the people a chance to vote directly for sena
tors. Mr. Proctor ought to hear from his consti
tuents on this subject.
Tho president delayed a cabinet meeting fif
teen minutes in order to hold a consultation -with
Mr. Hanna. This is as good an indication as a
Manhattan club banquet address.
The next thing we know the isthmian canal
obstructionists will be asking us to wait until
Santos-Dumont has a chance to demonstrate tho
practicability of aerial navigation.
Prince Henry, being a naval officer, doubtless
noted -the fact that we gave the prize money to tho
mon who were not in the battle and the calumny
and abuse to the men who won it,
A great many patriots who kept close to tho
Canada line during the civil war are writing criti
cisms of John P. Altgeld, who was a soldier for the
union before he was seventeen years old.
A number of eminent statesmen who fear that
a greenback issued by the government is insecure
are heartily in favor of making a sound curroncv
by allowing tho banks to issue notes on their as
sets. These same statesman figuro that they can
fool all the people all the time! y an
While straining every nerve to secure enough'
enlistments to keep the array in tho Philippines up
to the usual size, Messrs. Roosevelt and Root
pause long enough to remark that "tho war is
A member of tho Astor family contends thati
a man cannot be a gentleman without a college
education.. This is calculated to make tho furs
old John Jacob swapped beads for shed a cloud
Senator Penrose proposes an amendment to
the house resolution in favor of popular election,
of senators providing for more senators. With
Penrose in mind tho people will not stand for the"
I had hoped to have The Commoner, Con
densed, ready for delivery before this, but unavoid
able delays have prevented. The book is somewhat'
larger than was at first intended, but it will bo'
issued soon. .
Senators Hanna, Foraker, Fairbanks, Bever-.
idge, Dietrich and Millard are willing to "consider"
the proposition to elect senators by the people.
Their constituents ought to lose no time in writ
ing to them.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat says: "The
ship subsidy bill that passed the senate is in ac
cord with the national republican platform." Dur
ing the campaign of 1900 did tho Globe-Democrat
contain any burning editorials declaring that tho
republicans, if successful, would grant a subsidy to
Secretary Shaw says the government will not
bid for bonds because tho government's purchases
always advance the price. Of course Mr. Shaw will
contend that this holds good in everything except
the government's bidding for silver. The law o
supply and .demand affects everything but silver,
according to republican gold standard logic.
Senator Penrose of Pennsylvania writes to
one of his constituents that he .will be pleased to
give to the resolution proposing popular election
of senators "the consideration its importanco
merits." In view of tho resolution passed by tho
Pennsylvania legislature favoring the change, Sen
ator Penrose should have made a more favorable
response. His constituents had better stir him up.
A gentleman from Utah was interviewed on
the Utah senatorial situation by a Washington
Post representative and said that "Reed Smoot is
probably the most popular candidate of the lot;'
be is a prominent young business man of con
siderable wealth." As the gentleman was talking
about republican candidates it will be noted that
Mr. Smoot has the chief requisite for a republican
Senators Bailey, Bate, Berry, Blackburn, Car
mack, Clapp, Culbertson, Dubois, Foster, Harris,
Jones of Arkansas, Mallery, Mason, McEnery, Mc
Laurin of Mississippi, Mitchell, Money, Nelson,
Patterson, Rawlins, Teller, Tillman and Turned
have expressed themselves as in favor of electing
neTno urgT' the De0ple and tU
Some of the senators are complaining because
they are hearing from their constituents in regard
to the election of senators by the people, but these
are the very senators who should hear from tho
ffnn W SUCh Senators wiU announce thoulh
The Commoner or any other paper of eeneral
circulation their intention to support the reS
tion proposing this reform, they will nrobablv hi
relieved of further petitions, but the pSe are in
snatlrs."" " WiU keep after WoStlS
Fran & tTlZl
tion, and it even quotes som 1 4SXSlS
(name not given) as sayinjr thit t I r en
to his nomination. Whenever a reader 0?"
Commoner sees or hears that I fnvnJ V, 0f ?ho
tion of any man who oppS th?KttomTuo?
or the platform of 1900 he can Mr- Hi ,i f 189G
and he need not waste a Safin InnLUVt?
would be an insult to tho ni , I nff lt
United States to lltUTZl0
tion of any unrepentent bolter. nmina.
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