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- Venezuela's next revolution may be head over
The Commoner repeats, in the language of
Tiny Tim: "God bless us every one."
Mr. Knox is quite well satisfied that his trust
busting will have a Mississippi bear hunt finish.
No matter who is elected speaker of a re
publican congress, the trusts will still have the
The selection of Cannon for speaker has not
frightened the trusts any more than the message
It appears that President Roosevelt's "shack
ling cunning" performances were for press agent
- It seems to be about time for the appearance
of a presidential appointment under the Smedes,
Miss., date line.
Perhaps the treasurer of the republican na
tional committee has increasing proof that the
trusts are good.
After reading the message the ship subsidy
promoters are more than ever convinced that "si-,
lence gives consent"
As long as Pennsylvania is satisfied with
Quay, Mr. Addicks will be unable to understand
The way to win the battle in 1904 is to begin
now. Organization should be the watchword of
overy loyal democrat
The "Subscribers' Advertising Department"
seems to have struck a popular chord. It shows
an increasing number of those who see in it an
opportunity for profitable investment
An eastern writer advises people to laugh
heartily two or three times a day. Those who de
sire to follow the advice should compare the
president's public speeches with his message.
Having promised statehood to Arizona and
New Mexico the republican party will now pro
ceed to keep the promise like it has kept the one
it made concerning the matter of regulating the
Mr. Heath of Utah is giving a number of rea
sons why Mr. Reed Smoot should withdraw from
the senatorial race. To date Mr. Heath has not
given his chief reason why Mr. Smoot should leave
The republican papers are just now engaged in
the business of selecting a democratic candidate
for the presidency. It is not certain, however, that
the democratic convention will be bound by the
decision which they reachIn fact, it will do well
to avoid picking the man most acceptable to. them.
A Calcutta dispatch reports that Lord Curzon,
viceroy of India, has secured the throne of King
Solomon and will sit upon it during the corona
tion. The dispatch adds that some astonishing
event is expected to occur at that time. Probably
the chair will rise up and unseat an occupant so
unlike the wise king of olden times.
The Milwaukee Journal is demanding that
Senator Spooner shall represent the views of the
people of Wisconsin. This is a very unfair de
mand viewed from a republican standpoint If
Senator Spooner represents the corporations why
should he be required to represent the people?
Will not the corporations look after the people?
A number of administration organs are horri
fied because it develops that an American in the
Philippines has come to the front as the leader of
an organized band of pirates. This horror is un
called for in view of the fact that the retention
of the Philippines was for the purpose of increas
ing "business opportunities."
A "Washington dispatch says the opposition to
the reciprocity treaty with Cuba is "rapidly clear
ing away." As the only opposition came from the
representatives of the beet sugar industry, the
fact that the sugar trust has bought a controlling
interest in a number of beet sugar factories may
account fqr the "clearing away."
It appears that it took but mighty little courts
plaster to bind up the wounds inflicted upon the
trusts by the message.
We are asked by the message to believe that
Mr. Knox roped the trusts, but it appears that
the president refused to shoot
One way to build up the democratic party is
for democrats to give hearty support to the local
democratic newspapers that have loyally stood by
democratic principles as enunciated in democratic
'national platforms. A strong and well supported
democratic press will be an invaluable factor in
the campaigns to be waged in the future for true
Mr. Addicks says he is going to the senate if
he has to go. there with a stepladder under one
foot to even up the length of his limbs.
( Mr. James J. Hill admits that he is not op--,
.'posed to the ship subsidy. This reminds us that
ducks are riot usually averse to water.
Now that the men who wield the pick are
giving testimony the coal operators are finding
it difficult to keep thoir halos on straight
By Increasing wages one dollar and exacting
. two dollars more for freight the railroads manage
to acquire quite a reputation for liberality.
' ni!!?? B5Ui? HeraId tWnk that ot a few
aspire for "an hour of Cleveland." Has the Herald
been corresponding with the bond gamblers?
preseSV mI sho doea not dcsI the
SSniAn..?an:ett- . Mr. Barret is the
talk on fZ t0
While the administration organs are point
ing to the Pennsylvania's recent increase of 10
per cent to employes as a sign of prosperity, t let
them also recall that in 1886 the Pennsylvania
cut wages 20 per cent and promised to restore
them when times became 'better. Is it possible
that "Roosevelt ..prosperity" is only 50 per cent
better than "democratic hard times?"
An item originating at Toronto, Canada, has
been going the rounds of the newspapers to the
effect that Mr. Bryan was connected with the
purchase of a three million dollar tract of Cana
dian land which was to bo thrown open to colon
ization. There Is no truth whatever in the state
ment Mr. Bryan has no interest in Canadian
lands and is not connected with any colonization
scheme there or anywhere else.
Mr. Creelman, In discussing a prospective can
didate for the presidency, says that those who
visit him will come away ignorant of hiB politi
cal views save that he Is a conservative democrat
who believes in tariff revision and is confident
that the American people can deal wisely and
successfully with every problem that confronts
them. That doesn't throw very much light upon
Vol. a, No. 48.
Mr. J. Breckenridge Ellis ho,s issued -through
Fleming H. Rovell Co., Chicago, a little book "for
the young from seven, to seventy," entitled "The
Red Box Clew." It is Written in his entertaining
style and comes out in time for the Christmas
trade. Like his other books, it will doubtless
have a large sale.
Mrs. Edith Ogden Harrison, the accomplished
wife of Mayor Carter Harrison of Chicago, ha3
just issued through A. C. McClurg & Co., Chi
cago, a charming volume 'of stories for children,
entitled "Prince Silverwings and Other Fairy
Tales." This is a department of literature that
is not at all overcrowded, and Mrs. Harrison's con
tribution is nob. only meritorious, but timely. Tho
editor takes pleasure in bringing it to the atten
tion of the readers of The Commoner.
The republican Sioux City (la.) Journal, speak
ing of the tea situation, says: "The effect of en
forcing the existing law would be to require tho
payment of some $7,000,000 in,revenues for which
the treasury has no need and tho payment o
which would work hardship upon tea importers
and consumers." Will the Journal kindly inform
a wondering public how any hardship would bo
worked upon American Consumers of tea when
the foreigner has to pay the tea tax?
It seems that the republicans and gold demo
crats of Wisconsin are inclined to compare the
election returns of this year with the returns of
1900. If, however, they will compare this election
with the gubernatorial election of 1898, when Judge
Sawyer ran on a platform reaffirming the Chicago
platform and declaring for a primary law as well
as for tax reform, they will find that the republi
can majority was only 37,000 as against 55,000 this
year when the democratic convention refused to
indorse the national platform and declared against
the primary law.
Mayor Wright of Denver, after disobeying
an order of the court, left town on a hunting trip
before he could be arrested. As he is a republican
of prominence this evidence of lawlessness will
not excite so much comment among the partisan
papers as therefusal of some lesser man to obey
the law might do. Tho Denver News says that
the mayor has no will of his own in such mat
ters; that he does whatever the corporations and
his party bosses instruct him to do. This will he
another reason why his offense will be lightly
treated by the metropolitan dailies.
The Commoner has received letters from both
political friends and enemies commending the edi
torial against guessing contests as now conducted.
While the editor is always glad to receive words
of approval it Is more important that the readers
shall write to their senators and members of con
egress urging them to put an end to this method of
gambling, and an appeal is hereby made to tho
readers of The Commoner, who feel interested, to
send a postal card or letter to their senators and
members of congress urging legislation on this
subject, and, if they have another card to spare,
let them write direct to the postofflco department
making a rrotest
The New York World asks whether the editor
of The Commoner is "still in favor of 16 to 1,
with the silver dollar now worth just 33c." Yes;
the fact that legislation against silver continues to
reduce the bullion price of silver is no argument
against legislation which would restore the bul
lion price by opening the mints to the coinage
of silver on equal terms with gold. For twenty
years the advocates of tho gold standard insisted
that we could not maintain the parity because the
production of silver was increasing more rapidly
than the production of gold. If there was any force
In that argument it ought to be easier to maintain
the parity now when the production of gold is in
creasingmore rapidly than the production of silver.
A Wisconsin democrat in predicting the result
in Wisconsin said that resentment against the
Palmer-Buckner and McKinley democrats had
ceased, but that the memory of their conduct made
it Impossible for the democrats to trust them with
political leadership. This is a correct statement
of tho situation. If the democrats who are re
sponsible sfor the republican victories of 1896 and
1900 show their repentance by their works they
will be. welcomed bacU to the fold. If they do not
repent, but are willing to come back and work
In the ranks nothing will be said against them,
but when they demand control of the party ma
chinery the ac-mand will be refused because a sur
render to them would simply mean an abandon-
ment of the party's principles.
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