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THE COMMONER, Llacela.Nefc
If Mr. Lawson's charges are untrue, they cer
tainly can bo disproved.
Census returns of the incinerated Santa Claus
aro beginning to come in.
Dr. Lyman Abbott says he is tho victim of
tho careless reporter. Dr. Abbott is not lonesome.
The year 'of 11)04 has passed into history, and
still the Smoot investigation has not reached
About tho finest collection of fairy tales imag
inable would bo a lot of those G. 0. P. promises
about revising the tariff.
General Wood says tho Filipino soldiers be
come lazy on tho American ration. Well, that Is
better than becoming too gay.
Strange that those eminent "captains of in
dustry" have not tried tho Injunction method of
keeping that Boston man quiet.
Mrs. Chadwick says she will tell her story just
as soon as sho pays off her obligations. It is to
bo hoped that sho will not toll it until then.
Tho Topeka Herald says that "six months ago
Thomas Lawson had never been heard of west of
tho Hudson river." Perhaps not in tho Herald
In tho meantime, while northern newspapers
are denouncing him, Governor Vardamann is show
ing Indiana and Ohio how to handle "whitecap-pers."
Sir Howard Vincent, M. P., of England, aslcs us
to omit tho third stanza of "Star Spangled Ban
ner." Most of us omit a portion of every vorso
when wo try to sing that song.
Tho Columbus Pres3-Post moves, and The
Commoner seconds tho motion, that Lawson get
after tho coal trust right now and let the copper
trust go until warm weather comes.
Mi. Lawson says that attempts' have been
madx to "dope" his food. But it may be that tho
trust managers merely deceived him by selling
his steward somo unadulterated groceries.
Commissioner Garfield recommends a federal
license for inter-state corporations, evidently over
looking tho fact that they already have federal
permission to do just about a3 they please.
Tho Croto (Nebr.) Democrat has entered upon
the thirty-first year of its battle for democratic
principles, and Editor Bowlby feel3 amply able to
keep up tho Democrat's high average for another
Coach Yost of tho Michigan university foot
ball team has been engaged for five years at an
annual salary of $3,500. This is calculated to make
the mere professor sit up and take notice of the
higher education. .,, - , ai -r . t J,T
Opponents of football have not yet pointed
out tho fact that tho football coach who works
about two months in tho year usually gets about
100 per cent more salary than tho professor who
digs away tho year 'round.
Tho Cincinnati Enquirer says it is no longer
a democratic newspaper. If that statement is a
samplo of tho character of Its news the wonder
is that it over was called a newspaper. The state
ment is not news it is history.
Tho president is waxing very wroth over tho
smoke nuisance in Washington. People outsido
of Washington have been enduring worse nuis
ances than smoke for somo time, but so far thero
has been no executive effort to shackle.
Tho Kansas City Star complains that tho
"solid plutocracy" is after Missouri. This is rather
a strange complaint, coming as it does from a
newspaper that has been doing its best to fasten
that sort of thing upon tho wholo nation.
Tho senate has adopted a bill guaranteeing the'
interest on $30,000,000 of bonds to encourage rail
way building in the Philippines. Instead of. guar
anteeing interest for the benefit of "frenzied fi
nanciers" the senate should exhibit some interest
in tho welfare of the general public.
Thirty-seven bank failures ' and ten suicides
on account thereof is tho record Iowa made in
1903-04. But Iowa is so overwhelmingly republi
can anyhow that the G. O. P. managers doubtless
thought it not necessary to send the Hawkeyo
state a proportionate share of tho "prosperity."
Noting tho fact that a big circus is to bo sold
at auction the Washington Post suggests that tho
government bid it in and uso it to entertain tho
country while congress is not in session. The sug
gestion will arouse a storm of opposition. Twelve
months of uninterrupted circus is entirely too
Countess do Carmara of Havana sued Gen
eral Brooks for $250,000 because he abolished tho
monopoly of slaughtering cattle and hogs in Ha
vana, which had been hereditary in her family.
Perhaps the attorney general fears to tackle the,
beef monopoly in this country because it might
sue him for damages.
Tho Charlestown News and Courier wants to
know why Governor Peabody doesn't deport tho
democratic majority and be done with it. Tho
reason is very simple. The salaries of the two
republican members of the Colorado supremo
court are small compared with tho cost of keep
ing the militia in the field.
It is reported through tho press that Governor-elect
Deneen of Illinois is going to make tho
passage of a primary election law one of the prin
cipal features of his administration. Good for De
neen! Tho honest selection of candidates satis
factory to the voters of the party is the first step
toward good government and Illinois' new gover
nor could not give better proof of his reform tendencies.
Elsewhere in this issue may bo found a por
tion of Mr. Lawson's latest contribution to Every-
juuys magazine on the subject
of "Frenzied Finance." The
quotation concerns a transac
tion during the latter days of
t.hp nnmnnlrm nV iono .
very Interesting reading. Mr. Lawson tells with
a wealth of detail, and yet with commendable brev
ity undor tho circumstances, of the raising of a
largo sum of money a week before the campaign
closed, to be used by tho republican national com
mittee in "saving" a number of doubtful states
The attention of Tho Commoner's readers is called
to tho extract from Mr. Lawson's magazine article.
The Chicago Tribune having declared that
"if thero is anything Improper connected with
"tu r , ., He collectlon and distribution of
The "Friends" the national campaign fund it
Always should be exposed," tho Flor-
Very Active Ida Times-Union and Citizen
pertinently adds: "But op
course, tho investigation of each campaign 'fniI
should bo "made by its friends." ThfSSuS of
our Florida contemporary has a wonderfully fa-
m liar sound. The tariff should be revised by its
'friends, the trusts should bo superintended by
VOLUME 4, NUMBER 51
their friends, the railroads should bo control
by friends of railroad monopolythat is the X
miliar cry that greets very effort to control th
great interests in behalf of tho welfare of th
whole people. Q0
The S't. Louis Globe-Democrat, doubtless hav
ing a better knowledge of the intelligence of its
c readers than anybody else could
The Stuff have, asserts that tho recent or
Dreams aro dor of a western railroad for ouq
Made of hundred now locomotives would
not have been given if Parker
had been elected. Westtrn railroads, known in stock
market quotations as "grangers," depend largely
upon tho grain and cattle haul for their revenues.
According to the Globe-Democrat the wheat would
refuse to head out, corn would refuse to sill?;
oats would lodge, alfalfa would rot, barley succumb
to rust, ryo refuse to ripen, steers refuse to fatten
and hogs refuse to grow unless a republican wero
elected president. The Globe-Democrat's readers
may believe that sort of thing. As remarked in
the beginning, doubtless the Globe-Democrat has
a better knowledge of the intelligence of its read
ers than the more outsider could possibly have.
The public is indebted to tho Boston Globe
for an explanation of what coal really is. "Coal,"
says the Globo, "is a stratified
Preserve This mineral varying In color
jror from dark brown to black, and,
Reference according to geogolists, is the
result of the transformation of
organic matter and is distinguished by its fossil
origin from charcoal, which is obtained by the di
rect carbonization of wood." In view of existing
conditions The Commoner suggests to its readers
that they preserve this explanation. It seems
piobablo that after a few years more of coal trust
existence the average family will have nothing
more substantial in the way of coal than this
clear and lucid explanation.
A- few months ago tho cotton mill owners of
Fall River reduced the wages of their employes
oven below the starvation point,
'"Cotton Pricos offering as a reason that tho
and high price of cotton made it im-
Llving Wastes Perative tnat expenses be re
duced. Tho reduction was tho
second or third within the year, and left the av
erage wage in the immediate neighborhood of $6
a week. The employes in sheer desperation struck
against tho reduction, and so far have remained
firm. Today cotton is cheaper than usual, but tho
mill owners have not seen fit to offer a higher
wage because of that fact. This Is a matter that
tends to explode tho hollowness of the claim mado
by tho grasping employers at Fall River.
Mississippi has taken Hold of the "white
cappers" in a manner that commends that stato
to tho attention of several north
Discoira.ging era states similarly afflicted.
to the "Whltecappers" have a way of
Whitecappers takin matters into their own
hands and whipping people who
have become obnoxious to them. "Whitecappers"
in Lincoln county, MIs3., havo been somewhat dis
couraged by the action of Governor Vardemann
and the courts, and "whitecapping" will probably
not be indulged in soon again in that section.
Ten citizens of Lincoln county have just begun
penitentiary sentences ranging from ten to fifty
years for indulging in the pastime of whipping
men. Recent events in a couple of northern states
indicate that the same drastic treatment is needed
on thi3 side of the more or less famous Mason and
Governor Folk of Missouri and Governor
Johnson of Minnesota are newly elected reform
governors. Governor LaFol-
letto of Wisconsin has already
proven himself an anti-monopolist
and Governor Cummins of
Iowa has shown reform symp
toms, although the attacks have been somewhat
intermittent. Now that Governor Deneen of Illi
nois seems disposed to cast his influence with re
formers, it might bo well for these five to call a
conferonco of tho governors of-tho Northern Miss
issippi valley to take action upon legislation af
fecting corporations. They might bring over tho
governors of Indiana. Ohio, Michigan and thesa
eight great agricultural states of the middle west
would havo a poworful influence if thrown in fa
vor of anti-trust legislation, tariff reform and rail
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