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protection, by Illegal railroad discriminations,
or official favoritism. The men who rulo tho30
corporations may not "want tho earth," but
they certainly want the United States and tho
xuey and their allies on land and sea are
worKing at tho entire subjugation of tho gov
ernment, so that they may add more millions
to'tneir present annual revenues of $20,000,000
in tho case of tho Carnegie company and $80,
000,000 in the case of the Standard Oil.
They try to put their creatures in all offi
cial places which touch their interests at any
They demand subsidies for their ships.
' -ney insist that the money of tho govern
ment bo deposited in banks in which hey are
heavily interested, so they may bo able to con
trol tho stock markets and to lend to the tax
payers tho money which tho latter have con
tributed to defray governmental expenses.
Their domanus are usually complied Wita.
"There are three things t)'-' are never
satisfied; yea, four things say not 'It is
That may have been the case in the He-
Today they are the Standard Oil company,
the Carnegie company, the sugar trust, tho
International xiavigation company, the na
tional City oank, and other collosal corpora- .
tions which overshadow the government itself
and are never satisfied.
When will they have enough .'
"When Will They Have Enough?" . That Is a
curious question to be, asked by an editor who
must certainly understand that so -ng as human
selfishness prevails men who. are given tue oppor
tunity to prey upon the people will exercise their
privilege to tue limit. ,
This, particular Tribune editorial was written
in ltjuv. blnce then tho trust system has grown
stronger and stronger. It has piled burden after
burden upon the consumer and no serious effort
has been made to protect the people.
These men. will never have enough if their own
wishes are considered. They have already had
more than they are entitled tp and. the people have
carried more burdens vaan they should carry. Tho
people need protection and they need an adminis
tration that may be depended upon to .provide that
What a striking picture is drawn by the Chi
That paper admits that "there seems to be no
limits to the rapacity, of corporations wnich have
been built up at the expense of the public by ex
cessive tariff protection, by illegal railroad dis
criminations or official favoritism." And yet,
we find the Tribune today giving support to a
party that boasts of its inclination toward "ex
cessive protection," a party that derives its cam
paign funds from these greedy and grasping cor
porations; This republican paper says that these great
concerns are "working at the entire subjugation of
the government so that they may add more mil
lions to their present annual revenues of $20,000,
000 in the case of the Carnegie company and $80,
000,000 in the case .of tho Standard Oil company."
And yet, we find the Tribune working shoulder to
shoulder with these men whom it has charged with
a disposition to subjugate the government.
The Tribune charges that these men "try to
put their creatures in all official places which touch
their interests at any point" Yes, and the Tribune
is every day calling upon the people to vote for
tho candidates supported by these interests. Con
fessing that these "colossal corporations over
shadow tho government itself and are never sat
isfied" the Tribune is now supporting a party which
if successful at tho polls will .see to it that tho
government does not overshadow these colossal
A few democrats, claiming to bo interested in
Mr. Bryan's future, are making the argument that
Roosevelt's election would help Mr. Bryan. Wheth
er this argument is sincere or not is immaterial.
With some it may be; with others it is not. But
whether the argument is made from sincerity, or
under the pretense of sincerity, the person who
makes it is guilty of gross and inexcusable error.
No good can come to Mr. Bryan, or to any demo
cratic principle; by tho election of President Roose
velt;' 'for that Is what the defeat of Parker would
medn. No democrat who is interested in Mr.
Bryan personally, or in Mr. Bryan politically, or
in tho reform for which Mr. Bryan has been fight
ing, can afford to .assume responsibility for four
years more of Rooseveltism. Wo can not afford
to deny tho people tho relief within reach botauao
we can not secure all tho rellof that wo desire.
What confidence would tho people have in us four
years from now, ovpn though wo gain control of
tho party, If at this time we aro unwilling to work
foi a reduction of the army, for tho overthrow of
tho doctrine of imperialism, and for tho other
; things which tho election of Parker and Davis will
secure? Tho radical democrats must provo thorn
selves willing to securo any measure of relief that
li within reach. To refuse to do so would cast
suspicion upon our sincerity, when wo plead for
an opportunity to bring still further relief. Tho
democrats wlw do not vote for Parker help Roose
velt, and when we seo what tho republican party
has dono in tho last eight years, wo can form some
estimate of tho possibilities of danger involved In
four years more of republican rule.
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0 A WORD WITH DEMOCRATS. O?
& Every man is responsible for his in- X
& fluenco, be it small or great. Every demo-
tf crat who votes for Parker votes to defeat o?
& Roosevelt. Evory democrat who does not
5 vote for Parker contributes toward the &
$ election of Roosevelt. On every question 0
6 which Judge Parker's position Is open to &
t criticism, President Roosovelt's position Is S
08 worse; where they differ, as they do on o
O? many important questions, Parker -is right
O? and Roosovelt is wrong.
08 Roosovelt favors a high tariff; Par-
08 ker favors tariff rerorm. Roosevelt favors
08 a standing army of 60,000 at the mlnl-
08 mum; Parker favors a reduction of tho &
08 army. " 08
08 Roosovelt has brought tho race Issue 08
08 Into national politics; Parker would re- 08
08 move the race issue from politics. 08
08 Roosevelt stands for a colonial policy; 08
08 Parker favors Independence for tho Fill- 08
08 plnos and would make tho promise now. 08
"08 Roosovelt took into tho white house 08
08 a spirit of war; Judge Parker would sub 08
O stltuto for it a spirit of peace. 08
" 08 Four years more of Roosovelt would 0?
08 make economic and industrial reforms 08
o? more difficult; Judge Parker's election oe
08 would clear tho way for economic issues. 08
0 Let no democrat, by voting acainst Parker 08
08 or by refusing to vote, take upon himself 08
08 responsibility for four years more of 08
08 Rooseveltism. 0?
The Situation in Nebraska
The situation in Nebraska is generally reas
suring. While the republican managers claim
that Mr. Roc3evelt will carry the state, they aro
not quite so enthusiastic in their claims concern
ing the state ticket.
The democrats and populists In Nebraska havo
united upon one of the strongest state tickets ever
presented to the people.
George W. Berge, tho nominee -or governor,
is a well-known lawyer and has the confidence p.nd
respect of everyone who knows him. For lieu
tenant governor, Dr. it. Townsend; for secretary
of state, nudolph E. Watzke; for treasurer, J. M.
Osborn; for auditor, J. S. Canady; for attorney
General, Edward Whalan; for superintendent or
public instruction, A. A. Softly; for land com
missioner, A. A. Worsley. All of these are well
known as eminently able and reputable men.
' In Nebraska, so far as the state ticket ia
concerned, tho issue Is "popular government
against corporation rulo. ' The fusion ticket rop
" resents popular government, and should be elected.
The people may depend upon It that they will ob
tain materia, relief from the ovlls that havo
surrounded their state government.
Tho fusion nominees for congress are a3 lol-
lows: First district, Hugh Lamaster; Second dis
trict, Gilbert M. Hitchcock; Third district Pat
McKlllop; x-ourth district, C. R. Gilbert; Fifth
district, Harry Mauck; Sixth district, W. B. Mc-
All of these g-mtlemen are able men and
while it is too much to hope that every on'e or
them will bo' elected, it seems safe to gay that
nearly every 'one of them has anflghting show,
while Mr. Hitchcock In tho Second and Mr.Mc
KilliP'in the' Third' haver considerably more than
a fighting enow. In the Fourth district Mr. Gilbert
and In the Fifth district Mr. Mauck have ex col lent
rTho people of Nebraska havo boon grcn.ly
imposed upoa by tho corporations, nnd there aro
many reasons for believing that tho people or
this stato havo grown vcary of corporation ruic,
and aro dctennlnoa to assort themselves by regis
tering a vigorous protest against government ol
tho many by the fow.
A Yarn Nailed
lion. OUlo M. James, tho well-known Ken
tucky congressman, in a Joint debate with his
opponent, nailed very effectively one campaign
falsehood. Mr. James read the following telegram;
Loulsvlllo, Ky., Oct. 121004. Hon. T.
Taggart, Chairman Democratic National Com
mltteo, Now York. It is charged by my rcpub-
lican opponent for congress on tho fnlth of a
newspaper publication that tho American To
bacco company or tobacco trust has contrib
uted money to tho national democratic commit
too, is this true or falso? Answer quickly caro
' Seclbaoh's Ifotol, Loulsvlllo, Ky.
OLUE M. JAMES, M. C.
In responso to tho above telegram Mr. Jamca
read the following reply to tho telegram sent him:
New York, N. Y., Oct. 12, 1904. Hon. Olllo
M. James, Seclbach's Hotel, Loulsvlllo, Ky.
Your telegram received. Tho chnrgo made by
your republican opponent that tho American
Tobacco company or tobacco trust has con
tributed to tho democratic committee is abso
lutely falso In overy particular.
T. TAGGART, Chairman.
Unjust Taxation is Larceny.
Unjust taxation Is simply "larceny under th
form of law. To make the farmers of Nebraska
pay more than their share In order that tho rail
roads may pay less than their share Is simply to
trnnsfer a part of tho farmers' monoy to tho pock
ets of those who own the railroads. How long
will tho people stand it? They havo a chance te
change It this fall. Will they do so?
Election of Senators
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resolution submitting a constitutional amendment
providing for popular election of senators. Bo suro
that you vote for members of tho legislature who
will vote for a senator favorable to this reform.
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