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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 26, 1902)
Vol. 2, No. 36.
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eflclarles of special legislation? Wore.
thoy tho pooplo who aro ovor clamor
ing for prlvllogos? No, my friends;
tnoso who como hero and obtain from
government its aid and help And in
tlmq of war too great a chanco to in
crease their wealth to give much at
tention to military duties. A nation
extremity is thoir opportunity. Thoy
aro tho ones who make contracts, care
fully drawn, providing for tho payment
of their monoy in coin, whilo tho gov
ernment goes out, if necossary, and
drafts tho people and makes them lay
down upon tho altar of thoir coun
try all thoy have. No; tho people who
light tho battles are largely tho poor,
tho common peoplo of the country;
thoso who havo littlo to save but their
honor, and littlo to lose but thoir lives.
Thoso aro tho onos, and I say to you,
sir, that tho country cannot afford to
lose them. I quoto tho language of
Pericles iti his great funeral oration..
It was for such a country, then,
that these men, nobly resolving not
. to havo it taken from tliem, fell
fighting; and every ono of their
survivors may well bo willing to
suffer in its behalf.
That, Mr. Chairman, is a noblp son
timent and points tho direction to the
truo policy of a free peoplo. It must
bo by boneflcont laws, it must bo by a
just government which a free peoplo
can love and upon which thoy can rely
that tho nation is to bo preserved. We
cannot put our safety in a great navy;
wo cannotNput our safety in expensive
fortifications along a seacoast thou
sands of miles in extent, nor can wo
put our safety in a great standing
army that would absorb in Idleness
the toil of tho men it protects. A free
government must find its safety in
happy and contented citizens, who,
protected in their rights and free from
unnecessary burdens, will be willing to
die that the blessings which thoy en
joy may to transmitted to their pos
terity. Thomas Jefferson, that greatest of
statesmen and most successful of poli
ticians, tersely expressed tho true pur
pose of government when he said:
With all these blessings, what
more is necessary to make us a
happy and prosperous peoplo?
Still one thing more, fellQW citi
zens; a wise and frugal, govern
ment, which shall restrain men
from injuring one another; shall
leave them otherwise free to regu
late thoir own pursuits of industry
and improvement, and shall, not
take from the mouth of labor the
x bread it has earned. This is the '
sum of good government, and this
4b "necessary to close the circle of
Ihat is the inspiration of tho demo
cratic party; that Is its aim and ob
ject If it comes, Mr. Chairman, into
power in all of the departments of this
government it will not destroy indus
try; it will not injure labor; but it
will save to the men who produce the
wealth of the country a larger portion
of that wealth. It will bring prosper
ity and joy and happiness, not to a
few, but to every ono without regard
to station or condition. The day will
come, Mr. Cnairman the day will
come when thoso who annually gather
about this congress seeking to u$e tho
taxing power for private purposes will
find their occupation gone, and the
members of congress will, meet here to
' pass laws for the boneflt of all the peo
ple. That day will come, and in that
' day, to use the language of another,
' '"democracy will be king! Longkiive
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' Political Notes.
The populist and democratic county
conventions were held at Lincoln, Neb,
September 12, and the following ticket
was nominated: For tho senate, Will
M. Maupin, democrat, Lincoln; H. B.
Dawes, populist; for the house, A.
Meese, democrat, Lincoln; William
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Lqder, jr., populist, Waverly; Chalm
ers Ballengor,' democrat, Lincoln; J.
H. Becker, democrat, Hayelttck; Mil
ton Schwinddeihocrat, Lincoln; coun
ty commissioner, Leo Newton, demo
crat' Bonnet; county attorney, W. B.
Priced democrat, Lincoln. The pop
ulists adopted a platform favoring
public ownership of public service
utilities; tho levying of taxes in pro
portion to the value of property; a di
rect primary system of making party
nominations; tne enactment or a
maximum freight rate law reducing
present rates 10 per cent; the reduc
tion of passenger rates to 2 cents per
mile; the prohibition of passes and
franks; an amendment to the consti
tution providing for a greater field for.
the investment of tho permanent edU
cational fund, and a constitutional con
vention.' Tho joint convention adopted
a resolution instructing legislative can
didates to work for a direct primary
system for making county and city
The democrats of the Third congres
sional district of Virginia renominated
Congressman John Lamb, tho present
representative, over Jefferson WaR
lace, on September 12.
are condemned and ono plank opposes
the indiscriminate destruction of for
ests. w . ?
There is but one congressional dis
trict in the state of. Wyoming. Charles
i Clemmons of Saratoga is. the demo
cratic nominee and Frank W. Mondell
of New Castle is the republican nom
The republicans of New Hampshire
ir state convention assembled nomi
nated Nahum J. Batchelder of Ap'dqver
for governor. Tho platform adopted
Indorses the administration on all
points and favors tho nomination of
President l.oosevolt. Illegal combines
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