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JANUARY 13. 1905
pose, he said, is to unify and simplify
the railroad systems of the country; to
place such systems under national con
trol; to make the taxes fixed and cer
tain', and to make dividends certain
ho that hereafter any increase of bus
iness may tend mathematically either
to a betterment of the roads or an in
crease in wages or a diminution in
"The resolution. Senator Nowlands
says, puts in concrete form certain
form's of suggestions made to him by
E, P. Bacon, chairman of the execu
tive committee of the interstate com
merce committee of the senate, and
was drawn pursuant to the suggestion
of members of that committee that
they should be presented in some form
to the senate for discussion. The com
mission is to consist of fourteen mem
bers, one experienced in railroad traf
fic management to be appointed by the
president; one. an attorney at law, to
be appointed by the attorney general;
two experts in transportation, one to
be appointed by the secretary of com
merce and labor, and the other by the
interstate commerce commission; five
senators and five membera of the
Senator Hayburn has, introduced a
bill which grants leaves of absence,
not to exceed six months in any one
year, to homesteaders on lands to be
irrigated until water is turned into the
main irrigation canals on such lands.
A. A. Anderson of Wyoming, super
intendent of tin Yellowstone park for
est reserve, has presented President
Roosevelt with a set of resolutions
adopted by the club, electing him an
honorary member. The president ex
pressed his thanks and announced
that the purposes of the club will have
his cordial indorsement
An Associated Press dispatch dated
Washington, D. C, Jan. 6, says: "Cre
ation of a reserve list of the navy to
which commanders and captains who
have passed a given age shall be trans
ferred is the chief recommendation
contained in a long letter which Ad
miral Dewey, president of the naval
general board, on behalf of the board,
has addressed to Secretary Morton be
cause of the anxiety over the "serious
condition of the commissioned person
nel of the navy" and "the danger of
postponing action to improve its ef
ficiency." "It is imperative," the ad
miral writes, "that steps be taken to
promote the younger officera to com
mand and flag ranks, thereby prolong
ing their tenure of responsible com
mands and insuring in the highest
ranks officers who have had experience
in other subordinate duties.' "
It has been announced that Frederic
Emory, chief of the bureau of trade
relations, will retire March 31. Sec
retary Hay speaks of lite record in a
most complimentary way.
Representative Foss of Illinois has
introduced a bill providing that com
jnlssionci officers of the navy receive
the same pay and same allowances as
provided for r-my officera of corre
sponding rank. The bill also propose?
to give navul chaplains, regardless
ol rank, the rank of lieutenant of the
thanta.eTJuld 11.'!""' """""i '" th Pro8iIontiaI on I !' rotarn my heartfelt
convictions. aCtUatd b' motira otllor ! to vote their honest
ononghZSaT, MlMU0U!-r "'VT braV 0n0Bgh ' "ta"'1 With th0 mi"orily- ani oonientio.
fan to trnnt that a ballot is prostituted which does violence to one'. sense of right.
it scorned IoTfligr 1 T'1 W"S-b"t a I,r0lU(I l th0 Cam',ais" of ,008- Th0 8Ulrt t0 1-
to P1,r ? , x nCCC93'ty t0 8tart nl tho lime w,,!" both oM !! were openly i.ledced
tin c tlr "Cf T alH ,,a9iS f SlCck! PrWnB- Tl, Dom00"t8' P'-l-ntor, and
Til J aV 10"9 f01' th "J,olh ot llice- hmolM.ly abandoned every demoeratio principle and trans-
President Roosevelt has invited a
number of republican senators- and
!SPueslntatlves t0 a conference at the
jvnite house, and it i3 understood that
f. confJlrencQ will consider the condi
tion of the treasury, and the necessity
lor revenue legislation.
wi,r, (: t uv -"cu.i qjl agriculture
uerits who have volunteered for serv-'
fn,l i , - -, x ' V"-D'"J w.iium;u uvuijr uumuur.mo principle
terred their standard to the hands of the gambler, the monopolist and tho. Wall Street corporation.
At such a time, when both the old mrtios worn rinwn n i,m,. i,n i. .1 1
v,iass legislation, it seemed a high duty that someone should preach the gospel of "Equal riirhu to all.
As well as I could I made tho fight for Joilcrsoman principles. All things considered, the support
1 received was encouraging. Therefore, lam resolved to devote the next four years to a campaign of
education, in which all governmental questions will be discussed and the citizen brought to realize how
ruinous to the masses are the present tendencies of Municipal State and National legislation
By law, one man's business has been fostered at tho expense of another's; by law, one class has been
given special privileges not enjoyed by others; by law, certain forms of wealth have been entirely exempted
from national taxation to the vast injury of the non-exempt; by law the artificial persons, called corporations
have been clothed with powers, immunities and privileges not exercised by individuals; by law, the rich aro
getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and more enslaved. Thus the enormous forces of law and gov.
eminent tend irresistibly to concentrate wealth, power and opportunity in the hands of a few.
Already one per cent, of our population own mor than the other ninty-nino per cent, combined. Al
ready you can count upon the fingers of one hand the trusts that annually absorb more than one-half of the
entire increase in wealth. Already you can name four railroad kings who, by agreement among themselves,
can levy heavier tribute upon the people of this country than Congress itself can impose; tho Trust invade
every market, dictates where you buy and where you sell; fixes the price when you sell, and fixes it when you
buy. You are nothing; the law is nothing; the Trust is all in all.
Meanwhile, the expenses of government grow larger and larger; the cost of living mounts higher and
higher, the ragged legions of poverty multiply day by day; the rich swagger more and more with offensive)
bluster and display, and the storm-cloud of class-hatred blackens the future as never before. Nine-tenths of
the sufferings of our people are due to bad laws and bad government. The situation has become ho desper
ately intolerable that we are nearer the danger line than we ourselves know.
It is my purpose to discuss all economic and governmental questions, to point out abuses and advocate
1 believe that equal and exact justice betwoen man and man should be the object of law. I believe that
special privileges can never be granted to one class without gross injustice to others.
Instead of the Hamiltonian theory of the Divine Right of the Few to govern and monopolize, I believe,
as Jefferson and Lincoln did, in the rule of all for the benefit of all.
I invoke the co-operation of all who believe, as I do, that present conditions are wrong; that they can
bo and must be improved. I wish this magazine to penetrate every city, town, village and country precinct
with my monthly message. If you are in sympathy with me lend your aid not only by promptly forwarding
your own subscription but by going among your neighbors and enlisting their support.
The political purpose which is herein proclaimed is but one feature of this new magazine; it will, inter
est every member of the family with reading matter that will appeal to and benefit all.
The first number will be issued in February, subscription one uouur pui y. .a . ,
T want mv friends first, and with their aid we will have no lac or convert w uu K,
Lp'sa MoTy Order, or Cash in Registered Letter-to Tom WW. Mao W 1
Street, New York City.
jxcmit rostai , or
21 West 42d
ice in carrying out food experiments
began "drill" Monday, Jan. 6. me
nurnose of this investigation is to find
Purp0e !c ,.MfiMai rotor ng of food
the eneci vi "
on the system, also the effect of cold
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