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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (June 10, 1904)
TONE 10, 1004.
Working cv. Smooth Scheme
Some time in the future the inhabi
tants of the United States are going
to take an intelligent interest in poli
tics. . They will haVe their representa
tives decently paid to look after their
interests, they will know what they
are doing and what their money is
. An amazing list of robberies through
the government will be unearthed
when the people find the time and tho
intelligence to look after their own
Have you ever heard, for instance,
of the bill to provide for the admin
istration of the forest preserves?
You know that a homesteader a
man who had taken up a small al
lotment of government land under cer
tain restrictions was allowed, in case
his homestead was absorbed by a gov
ernment preserve, to take up lands
elsewhere. In other words, if the gov
ernment put him out of his partic
ular piece of land, he could take his
pick of other government lands to
make up for it.
There was a very fine chance to rob
the government and the people, if
only the railroads could arrange one
little detail of law.
They did manage it.
The law was changed so that a rail
road, dispossessed of certain real es
tate by the government for forest
preserve purposes, could take its pick
of other government land.
The rest was easy,
The railroads, as you know, have in
Tarious ways, chiefly dishonest, ac
quired a total of thousands upon
thousands of square miles of govern
ment land. Some of this is very poor
land including the tops of moun
tains in the Rockies and a great deal
of worthless, unproductive territory.
Tho law, however, was made to say
that if tho government took any rail
road lands the railroads could select,
acre for acre, out of the government
reserves in exchange.
Thereupon the rjtflrpads managed to
have their utterly worthless land in
cluded in the government forest pre
serves. They turned over to tho na
tion enormous and utterly worthless
In exchange they took from tho di
minishing public lanus vast tracts of
splendid timber land, worth twenty
dollprs or more an acre.
' That is one little plan for robbing
the people through the government.
First, an honest looking law is pre
pared to protect the poor homesteader.
11 I he government takes his land, of
course it is only iair to give him his
pick ot government land in return.
The next step is to maKo this same
rule apply to the railroads.
The third step, easily managed with
the aid of a little bribe money or the
promise of stock exchange profits, is
to have the government take the rail-
L roads' worthless lands, that they might
get the finest government land in ex
change. When the people of the country get
over the habit of looking only at
their little, individual money-making
schemes, when they realize that rob
bery of the government really means
robbery of the individual citizen, they
will find many very interesting proofs
of the ingenuity displayed by the cor
porations in their thieving transac
tions for years past. Chicago American.
Lawlessness in Colorado nc
, The General Bell who has just re
Bigned his position as adjutant gen
eral of Colorado on the ground that
the national guard is being used as
the tool of the large Colorado corpor
ations is the same General Bell who
told Ray Stannard Baker that he had
taken the field "to do up this anarch
istic organization, the Western Feder
ation of Miners." It is clear, there
fore, that General Bell's resignation
does not spring from preconceived
radical sentiments. Evidently "he be
gan with believing that the true func
tion of the national guard was not
merely the maintenance of order, but
also the destruction of the. organiza
tion to which the disorderly people be
longed. He adhered to the same
school of economic philosophy as Gen
eral Chase, who said: "The militia
will remain in Cripple. Creek until
every vestige of unionism is wiped
out" Today the man who panted for
tho annihilation of the Western Fed
eration of Miners is giving up his
campaign against it because he thinks
that the national guard has been
turned into the physical force depart
ment of organized wealth. What were
tho circumstances that could bring
such a man to such a conclusion?
In the first place, the national
guardsmen who were called out to
overawe tho strikers looked to the
mine owners as much as to their offi
cers for guidance. They seemed to
regard themselves as private police-
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er muscular or of the Joints, sciatica, lumbagos,
backache, pains in the kidneys or neuralgia
pains, to write to her for a homo treatment
which has repeatedly cured all of these tortures.
She feels It her duty "to send It to all sufferers
FREE. You cure yourself at home as thousands
will testify no change of climate being neces
sary. This simple discovery banishes uric acid
lrom the blood, loosens tho stiffened joints,
purifies the blood, and brightens the eyes,
Klvlng elasticity and tone to the whole system,
if the above Interests you, for proof address
Mrs. M. Summers, Box W, tfotre Dame, Ind,
men hired by the mining corpora
tions. This was the inevitable con
sequence of the fact that their pay
had been guaranteed by a loan from
the mine owners to the state authori
ties. A man naturally feels himself
ttie servant of tho man who remun
erates him. The Army and Navy
Journal eptomized the situation when
"But that the governor should vir
tually borrow money from the mine
owners to maintain the troops whom
he had assigned to guard their prop
erty was a serious reflection upon the
authorities of the state. That ar
rangement virtually placed the troops
for the time being in the relation of
hired men to tho mine operators, and
morally suspended their function of
state military guardians of tho public
peacer It was a rank perversion of
the whole theory and purpose of the
national guard, and more likely to In
cite disorder than to prevent it."
A good man and a bad man came
with gifts and laid them at the altar.
And the church took unto herself
the gifts of both.
"It is not for me," saith the church,
"to separato the wheat from the tares.
Let them grow together till the time
The next year only the bad man
came with gifts.
"Where is thy brother?" asked the
"Oh, he and I formed a trust, and
now he is working me for $1.50 a day,"
replied the bad man.
And the time of harvest was still
afar off. Puck.
Help Problem Solved.
The Mormons have discovered tho
secret of keeping good servant girls.
They marry them. Rochester Herald.
Evidence Against Knox.
Tho great anthracite strike, by rais
ing tho wages of tho miners, added 16
cents a ton to tho cost of producing
coal, so tho coal kings testify The
coal trust has utilized the Increase of
wages as an excuse for putting up the
price of its commodity fifty cents a
That it is able to commit this rob
bory Is only one more proof of its ab
solute dominion over tho anthracite
supply and tho unlawful discrimina
tion and combination of tho railroads
In restraint of trado, to destroy which
is the object of tho suit before tho in
terstate commerce commission.
"Divine Right" Baer and former
President Walter, of tho Lehigh Val
ley road, were startllngly defiant in
their admissions before tho interstate
commerce commission yesterday.
These men are so accustomed to the
facts of their unlawful monopoliza
tion of a necessity of life that they
shamelessly confess them.
Tho contracts, tho production of
which Baer and his associates refused
until ordered to produce them by the
supremo court of tho United States,
make the violation of tho law by tho
most barefaced of the criminal trusts
as obvious as In tho case of any thief
caught with his hand in another man's
'.President Walter admitted yester
day that his company had gone Into
the Temple Coal and iron company
the official name of tho trust to pre
vent the building of an independent
railroad into tho coal fields.
President Baer made no disguise of
his despotic power to fix the price of
coal, and moreover boasted that there
would be no reduction until the Read
ing Coal and iron company paid $5,
000,000 a year profit i per cent on a
bloated capitalization, watered to an
extent sensational oven in these days
of steel trust and shipbuilding trust
All of these facts are, and have
been, in tho possession of Attorney
General Knox for a year and a half,
and yet he has taken no action to on
forcc the law that pronounces theso
practices to be crimes.
The case against the coal trust is
plainer and stronger than was the
case against the Northern Securities
company, and the attorney general
has not only failed to move against
it, as his duty demands, but by his acts
has prevented the prosecution of the
For a year and a half this unfaith
ful guardian of the public rights, with
the evidence of the coal trust's guilt
in his hands, its adequateness vouched
for by his own deputy, has stood by
and permitted the violation 'of the law
and the plundering of the people to go
The revelations before the inter
state commerce commission convict
the attorney general of the United
States as well as the coal trust. New
Notes Of Notables.
Lord Kitchener, who arrived recent
ly at Simla, looks well, it Is said, but
is still very lame.
Professor W. F. King, chief astron
omer for the Canadian government, Is
preparing to undertake the resurvey of
the Alaskan boundary in accordance
with the recent award of tho Alaskan
Madame Melba has a hobby for col
lecting objects of art, particularly
those once in the possession of cele
brities. Among her cherished relics is
the bed in which the Dauphin of
France slept his last sleep before he
was lodged in prison.
The death of Henry Fuchs recently
in a San Francisco almshouse has
served to recall the fact that he was
the inventor of barbed wire. It is re
ported that the fortune of Fuchs made J
UnivmHy Chemist Acting: as Judge
Irvine X. Mott, M. D of Cincinnati, O., ucra
onstratcd beforn tho editorial board oftho Kttn
itw Pott nnoof the lcadintrdnllv tinner nf fin.
iMiiiuii, ma puwer oi ins
remedy to cure the worst
forms ol kidney (Ureases.
Later a public test wns In
stituted under tho auspl-
clcs of tho Po$tt and five
caec of U right's Disease
and Diabetes wero select
ed by thorn nnd placed
under J)r Moll's care. Jti
thrco months' time all
were pronounced cured,
ncnt Universities In tho United States having
been chosen by the Post, to make examination
oftho cases before and after treatment.
Anv one desiring to read the detail of this
public teat can obtain copies of tho papers by
writing to Dr. Mott for them,
This public demonstration gave Dr. Mott an
international reputation that has brought hlin
Into correspondence with people all over the
world, nnd several noted Juropcans arc num
bered among those who bavo taken his treat
ment and been cured.
Tho doctor will correspond with those who
aro suffering wills Bright' Disease, Diabetes or
any kidney trouble, either in the first, Interme
diate or last stages, and will be pleased to give
his expert opinion frco to thoso who will send
him a description of their symptoms. An essay
which the doctor 1ms prepared about kidney
troubles and dcscrlblnglils new method of treat
ment will also be mailed by 'him. Corrcspon
S..9r,$hl? fi"JPS0 uould bo addressed to
IKVINEK. MOTT, M. D., 9 Mitchell JiUlldJliff.
Cincinnati, Ohio. '
from his invention was lost in an un
successful and expensive expedition to
Nome, Alaska, in search of gold.
The commencement address at the
University of Michigan this year will
bo delivered by Professor Calvin
Thomas of Columbia University, who
was graduated at Ann Arbor in 1873.
Mr. W. S. Gilbert recently sent a
characteristic reply to a neighboring
land owner, a jam manufacturer, who
complained that his game was dis
turbed by tho dramatist's dogs. Mr.
Gilbert's answer ran: "If you want to
keep my pickles out of your preserveg
you must put up a fence."
One Herr Schwelgernousen is earn
ing a certain notoriety in Europe by a
vast wager of his own invention. He
is to cycle 70,000 miles in fiveycars;'
he is to come in contact with thrco
kings, to kill a wild animal in each
country, to write 100 articles, take 1,
000 photographs and deliver 100 lec
tures. Mrs. Rebecca Mayo, the last surviv
ing widow of a soldier of the revolu
tion, is now over seventy years of age,
though when she married Stephen
Mayo, a soldier of the Virginia line,
she was very young. She lives in
Newborn, Pulaski county, Vt, and
congress recently increased her pen
sion $25 a month. f
Frank Eddy, m ex-congressman, is
working the "native son" Idea in hi
candidacy for iwvernor of the state of
Minnesota. ut was the first member
of tho house from Minneapolis who
was born in Minnesota," he says. "I
should also like to be the first gov
ernor of Minnesota born in Minne
sota." That old favorite of the children,
Mrs. Tom Thumb that was and Coun
tess Magrl that is, reached Now York!
on the Rotterdam Wednesday, She Js
still in the show world, and brought
with her 64 midgets from Budapest,
where there is a colony of midgets.
The little people aro to be exhibited
at Coney Island this summer.
Mrs. McClellan, wife of the New,
York mayor, is one of the most unas
suming women in the Empire City
She has never cared a rap about so
ciety. Anything in the way of a large
function appalls her, but her friend
are all of the sane, quiet and smart
Knickerbocker element. As the daugh
ter of John G. Heckscher she was bora
to assured position. Pittsburg Di-patch.
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