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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (May 1, 1903)
VOLUME ?, NUMBER 15.
Stoubonvillo (0.) Gazotto: The sec
rot of Tom Johnson's buccgsb: "The
common people heard him gladly."
Fremont (Nob.) Leador: Over In
Olovcland, 0., thero Is a man named
Hanna who Is just now afflicted with
a smllo that won't stay put
Washta (la.) Journal: If the re
publicans are so auxlous to havo Gro
vor Clovoland run for president again,
jhoy ought to nominate him them
selves. Koseiuslco (Miss.) Ledger: Again
Secrotary Shaw has come to the re
lief of Wall street. That unique and
delicato presidential boom requires
this sort of careful nursing.
Do Queen (Ark.) Beo: Clovoland
wront democratic. This doesn't refer
to Grovor, but to tho city of that
name. Grover des'orted in 189G, and
has boon trying to pull tho party af
ter him evor sinco.
Pontlac (111.) Free Trader and Ob
server: Tho big stool trust has made
public its not profits for tho year
1902, showing tho enormous sum of
$90,300,000. This is tho concern which
is protcctod by tho tariff, Further
comment is ul necessary.
Fairfield (111.) Sun: Somebody
wants to know if President Itoosovelt
will insist upon putting a largo fam
ily plank in tho next republican plat
form. Of course. It might catch a
fow votes like tho statehood plank in
tho last republican platform.
Potosi (Mo.) Independent: Wo sug
gest to those democrats who are
monkoy4ng with tho reorganizes that
tlioy turn to the newspaper files of
'1'894 and carefully study them. There
has boon no change in democratic sen
timent since that year,
Huntington (Ind.) Nows-Domocrat:
Tho Chicago Chronicle evidently does
not cut much of a figuro in Chicago
politics. It opposed tho election of
Mayor Harrison and gut left. If the
Chronicle would support democrats it
would havo moro influence as a demo
Tiffin (O.) News: Despite the com
bined influences of tho trusts and
monopolies and tho republican party
of the city, stato and nation brought
to bear on the result by Mark Hanna.
Tom L. -Johnson was re-olected mayor
of Cleveland Monday by nearly ten
thousand majority. Good for John
son! How would Governor Johnson
sound? Or President Johnson?
Sparta (Wis.) Democrat: Republi
can lovo for reciprocity is demon
strated by tho fact that, of all the
reciprocity treaties thus far nego
tiated, only one has been ratified, and
. that but partially so, while only one
will not have oxpirod by limitation
wnon congress convones. Tho one
which will remain will bo the Now
Foundland treaty which everyone ad
mits has no chance of being approved.
Greenfield (Mo.) Advocate: The
democratic party may win in 1904.
Much strangor things have happened.
It may not win in 1904. But if it
fights for principle it is not injured by
dofeat It could not win in 1904 by
nominating a bolter of 189G and 1900.
Nothing so strange as that evor hap
pened nor ovoi will.
Manson (la.) Democrat: The Sioux
. City Journal jumps onto, tho Demo
crat for tolling some truths about the
attitude of tho republican party to
ward labor unions. Will the esteemed
Journal kindly point out tho demo
cratic judgcKwho has over issued any
of .the infanVous injunctions agninst
workingmon staking for thoir rights?
Will it also kindly cite us to a re
publican attorney general who has
ever given union labor any prefer
ence over monopoly? And will it
mention any republican state legisla
ture that has ever, passed laws giving
to union labor the same privileges
granted to monopoly?
Hannibal (Mo.) Journal: The Jour
nal does not believe tho democratic
party was wrong in 189G and 1900.
It is not now going to be swayed about
by every wind that blows. If to re
gain the bolters of '90 and 1900 it is
necessary to duplicate tho republican
platforms, then there Is nothing In
democracy for the people. Better be
defeated on principle than win on
Elk Point (S. D.) Leader: On the
Cuban question, on the Philippine
question the disciples of Jefferson and
Jackson speak in clearest tones.
Faithful to the constitution, it has tho
courage of its faith and always will,
because tho very nature of its teach
ings is unalterably linked to self-government.
Let the good work go for
ward until tho faith of the people
shall turn to It as of old the cham
pion of a progress only coupled with
Fulton (111.) Journal: The Chicago
Chronicle should go out into an alloy
and throw mud at itself for the next
decade, for of all reckless and yellow
sheets that one out-Herods Herod.
Whilo giving out that it is a demo
cratic paper it has viciously traduced
Harrison, Altgeld and Bryan, all
democratic leaders. Millionaire
Walsh has made a disgusting spec
tacle of his sheet in its attempt to
down worthy men. Ho better call off
liis dogs or else come out as a repub
lican papor and no longer seek to as
sassinate friends of democracy, under
the guise of a democratic paper. We
can respect an enemy who is a hard
hitter and fights in the open, but the
treacherous one, who while posinj as
your friend essays to stab in tho back
is in every senso despicable. The
Chronicle should haul down the dem
ocratic flag and run up the skull and
cross bones that is if it wants to
fight under its true colors.
Des Moines (la.) Democrat: The
Jefferson banquet in Des Moines,
April 3, 1903, marks an epoch in the
history of the democratic party of the
state and nation. It was originally
dosigned by its projectors to give ex
pression to desire for reaffirmation of
tho Kansas City platform, but it grew
and matured into a superb expression
of all tho essentials of democracy as
taught by Jefferson. The three hun
dred guests who sat at the banqueting
table and the hundreds who listened
to tho addresses will carrv with t.hfim
an abiding memory of the inspiring
scene and tho eloquent oratory of the
occasion. Thero wore no appeals to
the spirit of partisanship; there were
no invectives against the dominant
party or its leaders; but thero was
an earnest appeal for a return to lofty
Ideals of the democracy of Jefferson,
and a vigorous protest against every
form of plutocracy and injustice. It
was the voice of a militant and un
conquerable democracy sounding the
bugle call to action; the voice of a
democracy undismayed by past re
verses and resolved to battle for a
Tho bursting of a big gun on the Iowa
during target practice and the dis
ablement of the Maine by the recoil
of her batteries indicate that the prac
tical limit of the weight of armament
has been reached, if not passed, rind
that the theories of naval construct
ors need readjustment.
It Is idle for navy officers to protest
that the Maine is not structurally
weak and explain in the same breath
that the supports of her six-inch bat
teries are insufficient and the 'struc
tures of her turrets "entirely inade
quate to bear the strain of firing the
bir guns." If the admitted want of
strength is not "structural weak
ness," the term has no rational mean
ing. Fortunately the defects noted have
been developed in target practice in
stead of in battle, and it is to be pre
sumed that the navy department and
builders of battleships will profit by
tno lesson and correct the errors of
calculation and theory disclosed by
the facts. Guns which kick harder
than they shoot are not very formid
able to an enemy unless the enemy
can bo Induced to capture them
Philadelphia North American.
Small Matter jn Philadelphia.
A very curious illustration of tho
slight respect entertained for legality
in. election matters was presented in
Philadelphia last weelc. Before tho
license court an applicant testified
that his son had voted twice and af
terward let out that his son was not
yet 21 when ho cast the votes. Here
was a statement under oath that a
penal offense had been committed
against the laws protecting the hon
esty of elections. It was made in
the presence of the court. Yet no
steps at all seem to have been taken.
When such a declaration passes prac
tically unnoticed in the judicial pres
ence it certainly justifies some in
quiry on the part of the public why
a criminal information was not at
onCe ordered. Pittsburg Dispatch.
Washington Post: Somebody will
have to make good for the $40,000
Russell Sage had to fork over.
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