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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb,
Mr. Lawson seems to have pierced the thick
liide of tiie oil trust.
The "full dinner-pail" may, after all, ho -like
Wall street stocks full of water.
Democrats are warded not to go fishing on
election day. The Baltic fleet might get them.
The rhi. nthrophy that insists upon a regular
land gratifying ro.to of interest has a few blow holes
in its armor.
The Carjil D. Wright system of figuring
Beems to have become epidemic among the g. o.
Governor General Wright seems fully aware
of what he must do to keep in close touch with
that splendid salary.
Senator Knox, like Secretary Loob, should
look a little deeper and not deny things that are
matters of plain record.
The citizen must take counsel of his jreason
find love of country, not of his disappointment or
desire for retaliation.
The office boy of The Commoner, after reading
the cabled political, letter from Manila, said, "It
don't Luke Wright to me."
Two men were killed in a political quarrel in
West 'Virginia the other day. General Apathy
teems to have struck a retreat.
Folk of Missouri and Berge of Nebraska are
two of a kind and the title of. governor will in
crease the usefulness of both of them. v
Of course those Pullman employes whose hours
nave been lengthened and wages decreased will be
again asked to "let well enough alone."
Of course, Mr. Cortetyou is not to be blamed
If the trusts seized him, threw him down and
thrust campaign money into his pockets.
.?h0Tf.7 Y,orK Mail Insists tha the total cost
Of the Philippines to date is "only S189.000 000 "
.The word "only" snould be emphasized.
Perhaps the trusts will show the stubs of their
) checkbooks after while and Insist that the admin
x istratlon. has been very severe with them.
Doubtless Mr. Parker will cheerfully concede
.that Mr. Knox's long asosclations with trusts and
. monopolies enable him to pose as an expert.
The "coffee-pot statesman" of Indiana has
poa grounds for believing that his vice presiden
tial aspirations have been sadly unsettled.
i.,?ovK 0dm & ke .will never again hold
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Perhaps the czar expects to start tho Baltic
Joet about the time the g. o. P. revises the tariff
in the interests of tho consumers. .
The difference is that Mr. Parker quoted hia
figures from th, records, while Mr. Hay and .,.r.
Kndfc merely quoted lrom their imaginations.
The eminent republican editors who chided
Mr. Parker for not' speaking, are now engaged in
communing silently with their own thoughts.
Tho g. o, p. explanation department has
come down from its "what-are-you-going-to-do-about-it"
and assumed a "you-are-another" position.
Dr. Wiley says that 80 per cent of the whisky
is adulterated. This makes whisky's'record almost
equal to Carroll D. Wright's statistics on the cost
The strong efforts to induce Panama to remain
quiet is evidence that Panama could tell a whole
lot if she goc real mad and insisted on tellirig all
In the meanwhile Senator Knox is not who ly
neglecting the interests of the gentlemen who so
kindly made it-possible for him to wear a sena
The Panamans will awaken to a realization
of their mistake when (secretary Taft arrives and
informs them that they should remain good by
In many of the states the last Saturday before
a general elation day is the last day of registra
tion. If you have not already registered, do so
tomorrow without delay.
. v' .; VOLUME 4, NUMBER tt
"No man is above the law and no mnn ,
below the law," says President Roosevelt S 8
doubtless, those 4y unmolested trusts aro m . '
outside of the law and therefore not to bo atuSS
by the administration. attacked
Republic or Empire? Big Stick or tho Golden
Rule? A world power by example or a wS
power by brute force? These are some of tho
questions that conscientious voters must anRw
at the ballot box next Tuesday. Wer'
'President Roosevelt has more military en
thuslasm than the white house can comfortably
accommqdate. It is cheaper to allow him to retirn
and use "all-out-doors" for his military ardor than
to enlarge tho executive mansion. '
Vote for tic immediate settlement of the ques
tion of "Republic or Empire" by voting to keen
this n.ation a republic. When that question is set
tled the country can .ake into consideration econ
omic questions vital to the republic.
-The Baltic fleet took as long to start as a re
publican movement for a revision of the tariff, and'
then met with about the same amount of success.
The tariff protected trusts always manage to head
off any g. o. p. movement toward tariff reform,
Patrick Henry exclaimed, "Give me liberty or
give me death,'- and we applaud every mention oC
his name, although 1 e has been dead more than.
a century. Vhen a Filipino exclaims, "Give mo
liberty or give me death," he gets the latter ia
Of course the eminent gentlemen who have
gone to the Philippines for the purpose of drawing
large salanes can see nothing but good In Ameri
can control of tne islands.
The Globe-Democrat says, "Mr. Parker was
out ?450;000,000 in his statement of the cost of
American operations in the Philippines." Tho
Globe-Democrat is mixed again. It is the Ameri
can people who are "out," and the amount is much
more than $450,000,000.
From the full din-.er-pail to the coffee-pot was
a distance easily covered by the g. o. p. From
the coffee-pot to spring water sipped from a gourd
will bo the next easy step taken (by it.
Messrs. Rockefeller, Morgan, et al., doubtless
have noticed the difference between the methods
used to scalp Mr. Tyner and the methods used in
administration dealings with the trusts.
Mr. Tyner seems unable to realize that his duty
to the party is to take without a grimace any old
kind of a dose concocted for him. If he takes it
there may be less attention paid to the trusts.
If some plague should seize upon this country
and claim as many victims in one year as the
railroads have killed and wounded during the past
twelve months, the country would bo frantic with
Secretary Taft's instructions are to take with
him to Panama a number of men thoroughly fa
miliar with conditions there. This will be con
sidered an invitation by the gentlemen wild fi
nanced the revolution with the understanding that
they were to et fat contracts.
Panama insists that the United States posN
offices be withdrawn from the canal zone. The de
mand is impudent and will not be heeded. Tho
constitution may be knocked down and dragged
out, but the postmaster will remain right there as
long as Uncle Sam continues to send the vouchers,
Those people who are mourning over the awful
loss of lire in the Russo-Japanese war should re
flect upon the solemn fact that in the last twenty
years the railroads of the United States have
killed and wounded more people than have been
killed and wounded during the present war in
the far east.
"Tho latest political sensation," 'says the St.
Louis Globe-Democrat, "is the outburst of repub
lican enthusiasm -n New York." Can it be that
Mr. Cortelyou nas knocked the hoops from the
Not more than three or four battles of the
civil war produced as huge casuallty lists as the
railroad wrecks in tho United btates during the
past twelve montns. There's a reason, and a
Mr. hay asserts that the Philippines are cost
ing us only 55,C00,000 a year. Mr.JHay should bo
told by some friend that he stands no earthly show
of Sng n tU Carr0U D' Wrlght in th "Srt
The .ower of -. nlladelphia's new city hall Is
out of plum,, which tact leads the Baltimore Sun
to make the biting comment: "It seems almost
impossible for anyvriing to be upright in tne City
of Brotherly Love." If the tower falls doubtless
the headline over tho account of the event will
read: "Fallen among thieves."
Mr. Bryan has spent two days of the cam
paign in West Virginia. Mr. Davis, tho democratic
candidate for vice president, presided at one oC
Mr. 'Bryan's meetings in 1896. He was one, of tho
well-to-do men of the east, who was not afraid to
trust his money to laws made by the democratic
party with Mr. Bryan at the head of tho admin
istration. Mr. Bi an took pleasure in returning
tho complimrnt this year.
Doubtless. the first thing Secretary Taft win
do when ho reaches Panama will be to ten Tno
Panamans that it would eb very unwise for ,?
The spectacle of a highwayman takino- nnfl-a
purse and at the same time delivering a lecture
on obedience to law would not be more aiverC
nan the. spectacle of a "big sticker" posm m
a peace-maker. , posing as
, .A railroad, (manager says tho We death ut
..JV.raJ way circles is due to the "craze for ranid
transit." Ho would have been much nearar tl ?i 1
truth had he admitted that it is Tie ?o the "craze
for huge aivldends." crazo
Mr. Lryan is sometimes asked why ho does not
use tho present opportunity to get even with fho
gold democrats who .elped to defeat him. Tliero
are four reasons: First, that Parker and Davis
both voted ior him, ana he doos not care to re
taliate on men who had the courage to vote for
him when so many eastern democrats voted
against lim; second, because he has more import
ant work on ''ind than trying fo get even with
anybody; third, because there were so many who
contributed to his defeat that life is too short to
get even with any largo number of them; ana
fourth, because it will keep him busy the rest or
his life t got oven with the people who have
helped him, and he can only got even with them
by securing each year the most in tho way
reform tu can bo secured.
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