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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
Laboring men can enjoin monopoly at the bal
It's a wise injunction that recognizes its own
MivBabcock seems to have ping ponged the
tariff question to a good situation finish.
It seems that the beef trust used that Injunc
tion to step-ladder its prices a Httla highor.
Senator Burton of Kansas Is compelled to
work his explanation department overtime.
It appears that Mr. Babcook performed all of
bis tariff revision, thundering in the index.
Democratic victories are not to be -won by fol-
lowing the lead of republican sympathizers.
Doubtless Mr. McLaurin would take it if ev
erybody would agree to say nothing about it.
It seems that Mr. Babcock takes pride in hav
ing his public record scored in the error column.
Mr, Babcock should have told those Iowa re
publicans that he was only joking when he
The injunction against the coal miners sticks,
but the injunction against the beef packers ia
Of course a trUBt magnate behind prison bars
ould not feel inclined to contribute to. the party
The man who Invented "postal cards Is dead,
"but the woman who writes both ways across them
King Edward's coronation was pulled off with
out a single hitch, even of Mr. Reid's abbreviated
The steel trust is working overtime, but not
because it is filling any orders for shackles from
Having enjoined the beef thrust Mr, Knox
should now mandamus it and compel it to ac
Jcaow ledge the injunction.
The anti-smoke crusaders should turn their
attention to Mr. Knox. His, efforts to curb the
trusts always end in smoke
Secretary Shaw nas been doing a little keynat
iag up in Vermont. Cltn.it bo possible that Ver-
imont republicans, need it? '
'Addicts announces that he wants what Is com
ing to him from Delaware,, and if he will expose
14s nCck he is likely to get it.
William B. Curtis urges that we are In no
immediate danger from the trusts. Perhaps Mr.
Curtis has been mislead by the fact.tbat Attorney
General Knox entertains so little, fear of them that
he can go right to sleep alongside of one.
The attention of The Commoner's readers ia
called to the "Lots of Five" subscription offer
printed on page 3 of this Issue.'
Why is it that an injunction against a laboring
man is so speedy while the process ia so slow
when applied to the beef trust?
After investigating himself Crowninshield ab
solved himself from all blame. Qencral Smith
seems to have overlooked a sure thing.
It must bo confessed that Mr. Knox's attempts
at exploiting tho stronuous life suffer greatly from
the effects of amateur press agent work.
Tho Memphis News unkindly Insinuates that
perhaps Mr. Morgan objects to poker becauso the
other follow stands some sh6w of winning.
Mr. Roosovelt may plug the bull's eye five
times straight with a revolver, but ho appears to
be unable to hit a trust with a blunderbuss.
Tho planet Bros has been found again, which
fact leads us to hope that tho president will yet
find tho criminal clause in the anti-trust law.
Tho man who believes that private monopolies
are good, things draws on his imagination while
tho private monopolists are drawing dividends.
.Attorney General Knox is a "good soldier,'
according to the Roosovolt definition, for ho
seemed "not only willing, but anxious to fight"
After vowing that he would never be taken
and would live to a green old age, Mr. Harry
Tracoy has executed a Babcock tariff revision
Tho gentleman who claims to bo a democrat
and urges his party to adopt a straddle platform
is always sure of a hearing in the republican
The Chicago men detected in the act of violat
ing the law against counterfeiting will bo prose
cuted as criminals, not tenderly handled by writs
It seems that a labor nnion cannot declare a
dividend of food supplies, although an anthracite
coal trust can declare dividends of money wrung
The Chinese estimate a man's ability by the
size of his gall, not by the weight of his brain.
The average trust magnate would be a great man
The Iowa democratic state convention should
congratulate the republican state convention upon
its cordial indorsement of the democratic doctrine
of tariff reform.
The impudent gentlemen chastised by Mr.
Knox were not beef packers. Mr. Knox barkens
not to the impudent laughter and language of the
men who pack beef.
After declaring that the war had been prose
cuted as humanely as possible tLe president re
tires General "Jake" Smith for making it more
brutal than necessary
If Knox commenced his beef trust injunction
case before Keller or Jackson could he get the mil
lionaire packers into jail as quickly as the coal
companies landed the miners?
The reorganizers of the Rock Island seem to
delight in walking right up to the cage and feed
ing: raw moat to the legal representative of this
A Texas reader complains that the democratic
papers do not sufficiently contrast the spirit of
commercialism and greed, now rampant in the
country, with, the love of liberty and devotion to
human rights which formerly controlled the peo
ple. The point is well made;, it la impossible to
overestimate the danger of commercialism.
When he took hold of the navy department
Secretary Moody declared that the naval officers
who ha.d been doingr duty on shore in easy berths
would foave to go to sea. Crowninshield. was the
first of this class to take to the deck, and the
first tiling he Cid was to jam the prow of a
battleship into a lot of rocks. It would seem that
it were cheaper to keep that class of sailors
Vol. a, No. "30.
Tho time seems near at hand when republican
platforms will defend their departure rrom prin
ciples of liberty on the ground that the old liberty
bell is cracked.
About ton years ago Mr, Bryan introduced in
congress a bill to put trust-made articles on th
freo list. Ho Is naturally gratified to have th
idea indorsed by the Iowa republicans.
A scientist declares that war Is necessary isd
order to keep tho earth's population within
bounds. Tho trusts in food supplies promise to
take the place of war in doing tljis work. '
A bogus money don has just been raided- Iti
Chicago. There is a bogus issue den in operation
at republican congressional committee headquar
tera that should be raided by the people. - ,
Of course the bedf combine was formed to de-i
creaso the cost of production and reduce the price
to the consumers. All trusts are organized fon
that purpose In the prospectus.
One Is Inclined to shudder when he thinks of
what might have happened to the battleship iTexas
before the hoodoo was removed if Admiral Crown
inshield had undertaken to command that vessel-"
Speaking of the reorganizers, it Is well to re
member the old saying: "If a man fools you once
it Is his fault; if he fools you a second time t is
your fault," They fooled the party once, that ia
Mr. Whitelaw Reid's petulant manner may be
due to the faint suspicion that King Edward's ill
ness was assumed in order to escape watching
Whitelaw caper around in these cute little
Judge Jackson seems to think that those hun
gry miners deserve no help because they might
have walked all the way to Nebraska or Kansas
and secured three or four days' work in the har
vest fields. s
When the president addresses " a law " school
will he tell the boys that a good criminal lawyer
will not only be willing to try a case, but anxious
to have crimes committed so that his business
LOST In or about tho Iowa republican state
convention, a large quantity of political prestige.
The finder will be suitably rewarded if he will re
turn same to Messrs. Allison, Dolliver, Henderson,
Hepburn, et al.
The Indianapolis Sentinel is reproducing the
comments of the papers that commend its stand on
the question of reorganization. About seven out
of every ten exchanges quoted are distinguished by,
the mark, "(rep.)".
In addition to being "traitors" for calling at
tention to the cruelties practiced in the Philip
pines the members of the anti-imperialist league
are double-dyed traitors for finding it out despite
the efforts of Mr. Root to keep it secret.
Tho Michigan democrats are trying the dan-
gerous experiment of avoiding national issues in
their state campaign Aside from weakness, that
comes with an attempt to run from the party's po
sition such a campaign embarrasses the congres
sional candidates who must of necessity deal with
national questions. They receive no aid from the
The devious logic of tho average republican or- ,
gan is beyond comprehension. The same republi
can organs that protested against charging- any.
brutality to the army in the Philippines, calling
such charges "attacks upon the army," "firing in
the rear," and that sort o thiug, are now com-s
mending the president for his action in the case o?
General Smith. If ther,e was no brutality, why was
The. Indianapolis Sentinel thinks that it Is do
ing the party a service when It rejoices over the
repudiation of the Kansas City platform; The
trouble is that the Sentinel fs only thinking: oC
the democrats who left the party, and it is willing'
to alienate the ones who wore faithful,in order to
please the ones who were recreant. It would do
the party more service if it apologized for the
state convention and assured the democrats that
the next convention would repair the, injury don
by the last one. x
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