The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, April 24, 1903, Page 2, Image 2
; "WZ ""tliSM1 . 9' .-iPfcrT w tion in tho assurance that If the democratic party will adopt a steady adherence to republican pol icies, it may "earn tho right to a larger partici pation In the" affairs of government" Perhaps this "larger participation" will consist of the privil ege of fat offices and of productive special privil eges to bo bestowed upon a few individual demo crats who succeed in transforming tho democratic parly so that it will not bo a serious rival to tho republican party. Tho comments of the Kansas City Journal upon Mr. Ryan's articlo ought to be read by cv ory democrat who has pride in his party. It must ' bo evident to such democrats that the effort to reorganize the party along republican lines must bo defeated if the principles for which tho dem ocracy is presumed to stand are preserved. When democrats read in a republican paper tho confession that "with scarcely any modifica tion," tho reorganizes' presentation of issues "could be adopted bodily Into the republican na tional platform without doing violence to tho views of that party," then they must realize tho importance of protecting democracy's tcmplo. No time is to bo lost in the work of organiza tion. Democrats who do not desiro to declare as a truth tho falsehood that tho democratic party has boon wholly wrong and that tho republican party has boon wholly right, will not enlist under tho bannors of those who would republlcauizo tho democratic party. In overy precinct throughout tho United States democrats who bellovo In democratic principles should organize for tho fight that is now on. It is important that no man be chosen as a delegate to a democratic convention who may not bo de pended upon to faithfully ropresont tho will of tho rank and file. Tho Commoner will upon application furnish a form bt constitution and membership blanks to all who cbntomplato tho organisation of demo cratic club's; Knd whon these clubs are established, tllojPsliojilcf bo reported to Tho Commoner for tho information and ehcourageinont of others. -" JJJ "Huch Cry and Little Wool." The Des Moines (la.) Register and Leader, a republican paper, attaches considerable import ance to an articlo written by an Iowa reorganizor, which article is entitled "How to Win." This reorganizor says that ho would prefer to see tho demoorats loso tho next national contest "in is sues baaed on prosperity than win on a tempest Of calamity howl lug." Just what Is meant by "calamity howling" may bo bettor understood when it is known that this reorganizor says that In 1900 the democrats xnado "an unjustifiable warfare on capital, trusts, and corporations." Ho declares that "tho broad and unreasoning denunciation of trusts and cor porations will not help the party which indulge3 in such weapons." Ho admits that there are "bad trusts" and says that tho party should "crush tho bad trusts" and yet ho hastens to add: "But no. party will retain tho confidence and support of tho country by attacking ev ery trust which dares show its head. And when it comes to solecUng for slaughter tho objectionable trusts, tho trusts which do moro harm than good, tho trusts which have no' friends, it will be found that there has been much cry and little wool." Tlhls is a fair exposition of tho reorganized position on the trust question, although all of ' thorn are not so frank in stating their views as this particular Iowa reorganizor is. Admitting that thoro aro bad trusts and saying that the party ought to crush tho bad trusts, this reorganizer Bounds a warning that "who it comes to select ing for slaughter tho objectionable trusts, tho trusts which do moro harm than good, tho trusts which have no friends, it win bo found that there has been much cry and little wool" The Commoner Is it not fair to say if tho reorganizes' plans, as interpreted by this particular Iowan, were car ried out, that tho democratic party would not wago a serious warfare against tho trust system? Can any ono detect important difference between the republican attitudo toward trusts and tho at titude of tho reorgaulzers as defined by tho Iowa gentleman? Is there not in their pretended plans for curbing the trusts "much cry and little wool?". JJJ Harplots. The Philadelphia Public Ledger, a paper that may be depended upon to support republican can didates, refers to democrats who givo faithful support to tho national platform as "bourbons and marplots." That same paper insists that "If tho democratic party is to have the slightest chance of success in tho next national campaign, or if it is even to make a respectable showing at tho polls," it must follow tho men who in tho opinion of the Public Ledger "were wise and honest and courageous enough to refuse to support the mis chievous heresies of Bryanism as they wero promulgated as tho party's creed at Chicago and Kansas City." The Public Ledger refers to tho men who bolted the democratic ticket in 189G and in ltuO as "the shrewdest and best democrats in the country." The Public Ledger has never been known to manifest genuine concern for the welfare of tho democratic party; and democrats generally will not accept as a fact, upon the mere statement of a republican paper, that those who supported tho democratic ticket and were faithful" to democratic principles are "bourbons and marplots," whila those who gave aid and encouragement to tho enemy, who repudiated the platform when it merely explicitly stated tho things for which tho. democratic party has always claimed to 'Standi wero. "the shrewdest and. best democrats, in the country." ' " . ' J" It is not, in the least, surprising that repub lican papers like the Public Ledger should con clude that "the shrewdest and best democrats in the country" are those who support the republican ticket and embrace the policies of the Hannas, while the "bourbons and marplots" are those who support the democratic ticket and .defend tho principles of Jefferson. JJJ Why Not Freight Ships? The president is urging a larger navy under pretense that we need it to enforce the Monroo doctrine. No nation is likely to assail that doc trine, but if we need more ships, why not build transport ships? When the war with Spain broke out wo had to buy a lot of vessels of doubtful value and pay for them at a high price. Why not build a few vessels that can be used for trans port service in time of war and for merchandise in time of peace? With such vessels our government could establish -ines between our seaports and tho seaports of South and Central America, They would give experience to our officers and sea men, establish communication with tho countries whose rights we guard, improve mail and freight facilities and at the same time give us vessels that can, in time of need, ho nAtA nm.' ianf9 Why not? This would bo a far more useful ex penditure of public money than that jvhich tho president contemplates. . . JJJ Too Much Confidence. In an interview with a representative of tho New York World, Jaihes J. Hill, tho railroad mag nate, says: "Wo are coming to a grave industrial reverse. It is hard to tell just when it will come, but it is approaching. It may come next presi dential year, and the result of it will depend largely upon who is nominated for president Tho - VOLUME 3, NXJMBER u. fact that, money was hard JastTfall was a check; on the "wild speculation in manufacturing securi ties, and no doubt postponed the reverse which is destined to overtake us. There seems to be too much confidence in tho ability of the country to wallr right ahead of all other countries in manu facturing. Tho country can do it, but not with out trouble, and not without changing its present course. It is indeed a grave crisis We are ap proaching, although few seem to appreciate it A few years may see tho closing of many factories and the throwing out of work of hundreds of thousands of men. Wo have been reaping tho harvest, and the reverse is coming. How quick ly we recover from it will depend largely on who is at the head of the country when the break comes." A few years ago we were told that tho trouble with this country was lack of confidence. Now Mr. Hill tells us that there seems to be too much confidence. The Washington correspondent of the Chicago Tribune also says that there is' "too much prosperity." It is all very perplexing to ordinary people, ?t, ye we may e consoled by tho fact that Mr. Hill intimates that if the right kind Of a man is nominated for president in 1904 all will be well. It is not difficult, by the way, to understand what Mr. Hill means by "the right kind of a man." JJJ "An Item for Reflection." Forman, Ford & Co., of Minneapolis, have sent out to their customers a postal card 'contain ing the following suggestions under the head, "An Item for Reflection": "If there was no duty to be paid onim pored plajo glass., based on today's market, an ordinary tore front would cost.$100 .fo. b. Minneapolis. The same store front, with tho present tariff added costs $275, the consumer benS obliged to pay ?175 extra for duty, Which ,is. the 'protection'' ,given. tho 'trust? As plate glass is manufactured entirely, t'by, . machines,, no skilled labor entering .therein,' (and machines aro operated about as cheap m America as in Europe),- it must .be clear to any one .that the 'trust' is not. entitled .to. such enormous and .unreasonable 'protection' as it has at present at the expense of the con sumers of plate glass." ' . . It certainly is1 worthy of reflection; and yet there are republicans whb will assure without fur ther argument that, the tariff is necessary aiid that the country would go to ruin were it not for the power of the trusts to extort from tho people. JJJ Chandler Still Talks Silver, Ex-Senator-W. E., Chandler in a letter' to tho Washington Post Insists that the only wav to " State? BnSftiS W, ,nd Mtod btates, England and France is for these nations thnn"hn7feriSi,th'G meta"te money of more S SnktaB mJ ?nllmanace d has been slow- nJ i S towarda value as a metal-only wedrendemoSe; ?f g0lfl would " snver "becomhl F?r ousand millions of merclmnriw?g', bas Poetically become, bo?n frtSh?8 f d of on which it '-had 1872 ie dawn of civilization down to.1 iw?; i demonetization is bringing nov- SeRe'nonfff t0 half tbe Peopfo ono to beSW' is bst for tHo United' States and inflated InT' exa&serated values panic foaow ?Sfnc?,i urat8- and money only toS monJv. ff T"1 Jie a ma( rush for thQ and k T' lat whIch i8 made of metalj tury. y durlng tbo last third of a cen . coming snvern,hn,ei,eVv18 of these bad times ent coin! whll- 20e?U,5e any chage in the pres refreshing S fL V0 w,?uld' However, Jt is the Ionanc of fl rep?blican who appreciates j.