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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
The indications nro that Mr. Hanna's White
house bed has not boon slopt in for several con
Mr. Hanna's great feat of marching up tha
bill and then marching down again is another
feature added to some already spectacular politi
The Chicago Chronicle comE'ends the anti
libel law of Pennsylvania, "but this is not the
only undemocratic ijusition taken by this al
leged democraufc" newspaper.
. Owing to circumstances over which ho has
lio control the justice-loving executive of Ind
iana will bo unable to extend to certain Hoosier
patriots the protection given to Mr. Taylor of
When a man follows his convictions and does
what ho thinks he ought to do, nothing that comes
afterward can make him regret his action. When
a man does anything from improper motives he
generally lays up a store of remorse, because
ihings seldom turn out as he calculates.
Mr. Fowler continues to be so thoroughly op
posed to a silver dollar which ho declares to bo
"half fiat" that he spends all of his time advo
cating a bank currency that is all fiat. The usual
crimp in republican logic continues to manifest
itself in Mr. Fowlor's financial utterances.
The president's pugilistic spirit seems to crop
out on all occasions; it permeates his thoughts
on every subject. Wo have never had any other
president who seemed to bo so in love with pow
er. Even the presidents who have known long
military service have been less Infatuated with
the exercise of authority.
The republican state convention of Pennsyl
vania has indorsed everything bearing the namo
republican. This, however, is not much of a
vindication for Pennypacker's libel law nor of the
civic virtue of a million citizens who meekly
submit to the sort of thing imposed-upon them
by the most corrupt political machine in the
Secretary Gage in hisspeech at onicago said:
It is no more necessary to put up full security
for every note issued than it is for an insurance
company to set aside full security for the full
amount of risks taken." Suppose a man wants
to borrow at a bank; he must put up full se
curity. Why should the bank issue money on
Tho Denver News has ariv editorial on "Denver
the Beautiful." The only criticism that can be
made of it is that it was an unnecessary waste of
space. Everybody who has been to Denver knows
:l tt" Ja,the m08t beautiful city of its size in
the United States, and thoso who have not been
thor ought to know it from the eulogies pro-
A loud wailing cry about persecution may soon
be expected from the heart of the Wasatch moun
' Nebraska's republican legislature enacted a
law increasing tho assessment roll from $150,000,
000 to $300,000,OUO, and tho republican state board
of equalization promptly raised the railroad as
sessment a fraction less than 2 per cent. This
Is notice to farmers and small home owners that
they must prepare to dig up enough to pay a big
increase in their taxes.
At tho last meeting of the Lincoln Swedish,
American relief committee the following resolu
tion was passed: "Resolved, That the Lincoln.
Swedish-American relief committee hereby sin
cerely thanks tho editor of The Commoner for hii
co-operation in the work of the committee. His
stirring appeal has brought splendid response
from the readers of Tho Commoner:"
So we must have an asset currency, say tho
bankers. They objected to silver because they
said (falsely) that it was half fiat; now they want
a bank currency that is all fiat and worse than '
fiat. It is not to be a legal tender, and while
it is supposed to rest upon tho assets of tho
banks those assets can be squandered at any time
and leave the currency without foundation.
President Roosevelt, when at Keokuk, la.,
received a minature fac simile of the first Ameri
can flag made by Betsey Ross. It was the gift of
a descendant of the maker of the first flag. The
dispatches do not say whether the donor called
attention to the fact that the Betsey Ross flag
never stood for a European colonial system. That
change has come about under a republican administration.
Mr. H. H. Hanna, the most persistent and
ultra of the gold standard advocates, is at the
head of the commission appointed to assist Mex
ico. The only assistance that ho will ever offer
Mexico and it is not assistance, but injury is
advice in favor of the gold standard. Mr. Hanna
believes in the gold standard, and he is so thor
oughly identified with the financial interests that
he would advise all nations of tho world to adopt
the gold standard, notwithstanding the fact that
it would mean unspeakable jobbery to the wealth
producers for the benefit of tho money-changers.
Tho New York Post resorts to military terms
and thinks that it is all right to have an army
with a common purpose, but that parties that
desire to win must have "many men of many
minds." The Post is inaccurate, as it often is.
Soldiers often differ in opinion, but they have
one thing in common they sympathize with their
country as against the enemy. The Post would
havo tho democratic party officered by men who
sympathize with the aims of tho republican party
as against the aims of those who constitute the
majority of the democratic party.
The Now York Evening Post professes not to
understand Mr. Bryan's comment on Mr. Cleve
land when he said: "Mr. Cleveland has shown
that his love for the gold standard is stronger
than his love for tho republic." It endeavors ti
evade the issue by saying that the gold standard
is not more appropriate to a monarchical than to
a republican form of government. The Post cer
tainly has not forgotten that Mr. Cleveland at
tacked imperialism as inconsistent with the ideas
of our republic and yet in 1900 he preferred to
risk imperialism rather than throw his Influence
to the democratic party which opposed both im
perialism and the gold standard. In other words
he showed that his love for the gold standard
was stronger than his love for tho principles of
our government l
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 20.
The Minneapolis Journal, a republican paper
points to tho victory won in the municipal elec
tions by radical democratic candidates and say3i
"There is food for reflection here. People who
do not like republicanism are not likely to bo
satisfied with anything so much like it as gold
democracy." The Journal is right The repub
licans will not 'leave their party until they aro
disgusted with it, and when they are disgusted
they will want to get as far from it as possible.
A reader of The Commoner asks how the
newspapers that run guessing contests can afford
to give away prizes amounting to forty or fifty
thousand dollars. The answer is easy. They ap
peal to the gambling spirit and take in a great
deal more than they pay out One paper is
said to have cleared $200,000 out of one contest
and nearly a million out of another. But what a
sad commentary upon tho country, first, that such
a lottery is permitted, and, second, that so largo
a number of people can be induced to patronize
such a lottery.
An inquirer asks what became of the tem
porary injunction restraining the Wabash em
ployes from striking. It was dissolved upon full
hearing, the court finding that the allegations of
the petition were not sustained. As soon as the
injunction was dissolved the company proceeded
to settle with its employes, showing that the
railroad companies rely upon government by in- 4
junction to assist them in coercing their employes.
Mr. Baer, the anthracite coal king, admitted
before the interstate commerce commission that
he fixed the price of anthracite coal, and he also
admitted that there was an agreement among the
coal roads not to undersell each other. This seems
to bo a violation of the criminal clause of the
Sherman law, but as the amount realized by Mr.
Baer from the violation is very large he will not
have to go to jail.
The' St. Paul Daily News calls 'attention to
the fact that the five big packing concerns that
were recently fined for violating the Missouri
anti-trust laws, have raised the price of beef to
butchers from $6.50 to $7.50 per hundred pounds.
This upon the meat sold by the packers amounU
to a great deal more than the fines. It only
shows that a monopoly, as long as it is allowed
to exist, can transfer to the people any burden
placed upon it The only kind of punishment
that cannot be transferred is imprisonment When
we begin to put trust magnates in the peniten
tiary the trusts will break up, and not before.
A Pennsylvania reader says that he has seen
in the papers a good deal said about good trusts
and bad trusts, and asks if some republican or gold
democrat can be prevailed upon to name a good
trust and set forth its claims to commendation.
The Commoner is glad to extend an invitation to
any of its republican or gold democratic readers
to name a good private monopoly, that Is, a good
corporation that controls a sufficient amount of
any product to fix prices and regulate the terms
and conditions of its sale. The Commoner insists
that, in the language of the Kansas City platform,
a private monopoly is "indefensible and intoler
able." Does any one know of a good one?
The president continues to harp on his large
navy in the defense of which he uses the phrase:.
"Speak softly, but carry a big stick." Dr. Hob
son, the eminent English economist, who is vis
iting in this country, replies very pointedly to
the president's argument by saying that a man
who carries a big stick is not inclined to speak
softly. Not only does pugnacity usually accom
pany the carrying of a big stick, but the carrying
of a stick is apt to cultivate a spirit of pugnacity.
If the president carries his logic to its legitimate
conclusion he will probably recommend the car
rying of a revolver in the prairie country where
sticks are not easily secured.
City Attorney Joseph W. Folk of St. Louis,
who has been prosecuting the boodlers, refused
the offer of a $15,000 residence tendered him b
the citizens of St Louis. kr. Folk's action in the
matter will not only commend him to the pub
lic generally, but will leave him free to do his
duty without fear or favor. There is an old pro
verb which suggests that a gift is more expensive
than a purchase, and it is worthy to be borne in
mind. When one pays his own way he is more
independent than he is when he is the recipient
of pecuniary favors. Will the republican papers
that are commending Mr. Polk draw a parallel
between a house, such as Mr. Folk refused, and
a railroad train such as ,the president accepted?
The Maine legislature has been wrestling with
the resolution asking for a constitutional con
vention to amend the constitution and provide for
the election of senators by direct vote of the peo
ple. The committee brought in three reports. Tho
fiist one favored the resolution; the second one
opposed it, and the third referred the matter to
the next legislature. The cowardly plan of put
ting it off and throwing the responsibility upon a
subsequent legislature seems to havo received
the most votes, ,but it does not kill the resolu
tion. A large number of states have already,
passed it, and unless the senate yields in the
meantime, the demand will grow until two-thirds
of the states have asked for the convention. Then
the senate will be powerless to prevent tho
change. "Wherever a republican legislature has
defeated this resolution, it ought to be made a
campaign issue, for there Is no doubt atiout the
sentiment of tho people on tho subject
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