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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
Senator Alleo of Delaware seems "to have
learned hlB ideas of politics in the hack streets.
Proceedings in tho postofllce investigation
portend a decidod advance in the price of white
wash. ' .
The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald admits that
Mr. Cleveland is tho greatest living dead democrat
Mr. Roosevelt's explanation of that yacht, club
dinner Incident seems to be in need of an ex-
Turkey is safe until the members of the, Eu
ropean concert can agree which shall have tho
Civil service reform receives a sad jolt every
time it comes within reachh.g distance of sena
Thero is quite a difference between a postal
crook under indictment and' a postal crook be
ing put behind the bars.
Mr. Taylor from Kentucky seems to be per
fectly safe as long as he refrains from engaging
in the horse-stealing business.
Paradoxical as it may neem, Mr. Hanna, who
Is suffering from ill-heaun, is not engagod in the
Ohio campaign for his health.
Foreman Miller seems to have missed a golden
opportunity by not looking around for a few weak
pillars in the republican temple.
It is to be hoped that Sir Thomas Lipton's
good nature will not be amputated contemporan
eously .with his appendix vermiformis.
If Miss Todd and Miss Taylor ever meet and
talk, it over, a stenographic report of tbf convor-"
sation would make interesting reading.
A comparison of what Civil Service Commis
sioner Roosevelt said with wrat Presicent Roose
velt has done would be very interesting.
A democratic club in every voting precinct
would enable loyal democrats to lay the founda
tion for a substantial victory for democratic prin
ciples next year.
Owing to tho fact that Wall street has not
agreed upon what it wants 'n tin way of financial
legislation, Mr. Secretary Shaw has not been able
to determine just what the country needs in the
way of currency reform.
The San Antonio Express declares that "the
hand that Is rocking the cradle at Gray Gables,
is not rocking any democratic loat" Perhaps.
It is difficult to rock a boat while boring holes in
Ex-Socretary Smith's partiality for Cleveland
Is possibly due to his pleasant recollection of hia
catch-as-catch-can wrestling match with the Wil
son tariff bill during Mr. Cleveland's second administration.
It Is now possible to announce that the second
volume of "Tho Commoner Condensed" will bo
ready for delivery about October 15.
If all the republican speaker's invited to Ohio
to do a little spell-binding will remain and vote
it may bo that Tom Johnson will suffer defeat
It seems that the civil service is good for
getting uncongenial people out, and quite ser
viceable when needed to fore somo pliant tool in.
Colombia seems to be laboring under the im
pression that Uncle Sam is as "easy" as a pro
tected trust when tho g. o. p. frtfryer calls around.
The election of Monnett to bo attorney gen
eral of Ohio again would mean another bonfire of
ledgers in the head offices of tho Standard Oil
If Mr. Rockefeller is tolling- the truth when ho
says he prays for what he wants, it wouldseem
that he is putting in overtime with, his petitions.
Mr. Carnegie is talking like man who ex
pects to be right on the spot if Joe Chamberlain's
protective tariff policy is ever tried in Great
Tho Bulgarians seem to be fighting a hopeless
fight, in view of the fact that they havo nothing
to offer the exploiting trusts in return for a little
It seems that Miss Taylor and Miss Todd
made the inexcusable mistake of thinking that tho
civil service really meant something to a re
The president might gratify his love for mili
tary display by sending a few warships after tho
trusts. Thero is water enough In most of them
to float our entire navy.
The trouble with the investigation in the post
office, department is that up to the present tirao
the indicted officials seem to be wearing their In
dictments as ornaments.
"Frog eggs are always transparent," says an
exchange. This leads one to believe that the re
publican pretension of hostility to trusts has a
very frog-eggy appearance.
That Addicks district attorney in Delaware
has resigned in order, as he says, to "relieve the
president of embarrassment" The official takes
himself altogether tc seriously.
The White house is to be tho: oughly cleansed
this winter. The departments will not .bo cleansed,
however, until the White house has a new oc
cupant of the democratic faith.
The Chicago Chronicle says that Mr. Cleve
land is "the greatest living democrat" Mr. Walsh
means that Mr. Cleveland is the greatest living
democrat of the Chronicle kind.
A republican contemporary refers to Mr. Hay
as "a greater secret-ry of state than Blaine." This
merely shows ho- little g. o. p. organs think of
great republicans who have passed away.
Young men and women who are desirous of
securing a college education would do well to
read The Commoner's educational offer and then
write to the publisher for full particulars.
One of the proofs that Ohio democrats are
democratic is the fact that the Ohio democratic
ticket and platform have had the effect of crimp
ing the column rules of the Chicago Chronicle.
'Mr: Payne declined to appear as a witness
when Mr. Machen was hauled before the judga.
Is it possible that alr. Payne feared being caught
when tho pillars of the r. o. p. temple b-un
'Radium is said to bo capable of restoring tho
eyesight Will somo one plerse pass the radium
to the administration leaders who are looking for
the rascals in the postofllce and Indian land dc
Mr. Roosevelt's last Labor Day speech was
about the largest aggregatioi of .words not backed
up by deeds ever sprung by a public official who
is in a position to do something if he really
wants to. '
The spirit ofNick Biddle seems to be run
ning tilings financial in and about Washington.
Tho trouble is that thero is nothing like the spirit
of Andrew Jackson discernable in or about tho
Tho statute of limitations having operated,
Mr. Heath should soon begin showing symptoms
of pushing on the pillars of the templo unless
given something with a large salary attachment,
Scientists tell us that radium rays Impart new
energy to things" upon which they sMne. This
may be a good hint as to what should be done
to the legal department of the administration.
Tho publication of Volume II. of "The Com
moner Condensed" lias been delayed for some time
by unforeseen contingencies. It Is now possible
to announce that tho book will be ready for de
livery about October li. Purchasers will find it
a valuable political reference.
Senator Beveridge says there will be no radi
cal or revolutionary financial legislation iby tho
next congress. This is merely another way of
saying that a vast volume of wcras is not to bo
followed up by deeds.
The "Subscribers' Advertising Department"
contains ono of many letters received from thoso
who have used it with satlbfactory results. The
department is a valuable aid to those who want
to reach the buying'public.
President Roosevelt delivered an address on
the anniversary of the battle of Antietam. Antie
tam, it will be remembered, was a little skirmish
that took place abdut a third of a century be
fdre the terrible battle of San Juan hill.
The transport Kilpatrlck arrived at San Fran
cisco from Manila a week or two ago, having on
board thje bodies of 302 American soldiers who died
in the Philippines. The trade of the Philippines
is costing vastly more than it. is worth.
The republican candidate for governor of Ken
tucky is denouncing crime and lawlessness. The
republican governor of Indiana is protecting a
man who is charged with one of the most dast
ardly crimes in tne anna'.s f the country.
Congressman Overstreet now says that cur
rency legislation is "not necsssary, but desirable."
But Congressman Overstreet may not -be talking
with authority from the gentlemen who think it
is necessary and are quite sure it is desirable.
The republicans of Nebraska cheered the namo
of McKinley and then refused to indorse the Mc
Kinley policy of reciprocity. This is an indica
tion that in a year or two McKInley's name will
bo as seldom heard as Abraham Lincoln's in a re
If the people will submit to paying enough
taxes Mr. Shaw is quite sure he can scrape up
enough ready money to loan te banks when they
need to be tided over with money enough to lend
to tho people -whq must borrow in order to have
money with which to pay their taxes.
Some of the gold democrats of Wisconsin aro
finding fault with La Follette because he is at
tacking corporation rule in politics. One of thorn
is quoted as saying that La Folletteism is a dis
ease that must nnjts course. A man's sympathy
with corporate wealth and with organized greed
is generally manifested by the attitude which he
takes toward ay remedial legislation. La Follette
is in error -when he advocates republican policies
but he is everlastingly right when ho protests
against the manner in 'hich the corporations are
running the republican party.
If Senator Hanna will clearly outline what ho
thinks ought to bo done on the Philippine ques
tion, or state his opinion on the trust question, or
define his position on tho asset currency, or pro
pose a system of just state taxation, or show why
the railroads should -not be required to give a
2-cent rate to the public, or explain why homo
rule should be C niea to th cities of Ohio if he
will do any of these things he can get upa con
test that will draw his attention away from his
illness. The trouble Is that Mr. Hanna's "let well
enough alone" policy is morel; an excuse for not
meeting the Issues that are rresented. He is lilce
the boy who, when being led toward the wood
shed, suggested to hi father that they talk about
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