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FEBRUARY 3, 1005
J CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION
Under date of Washington, Jan. 7,
tlio New i one worm correspondent
"Corrupt practices resulting from
enormous campaign contributions and
'tho necessity of congress putting an
end to the lavish use of money in elec
tions was discussed by Representative
W. Bourke Cockran, of New York, to
day, in support of his bill before the
committee on election of president,
vice president and representatives in
congress. While members look upon
Mr. Cockran's suggestions as Utopian,
they were impressed with his argu
ment, and gave him the closest atten
tion". "I am now talking to politicians who
play the game and know the rules,"
Mr. Cockran said in opening his re
marks to the committee, "and I want
to have it understood that this is not
a partisan matter. The democratic
party i3 as culpable as the republican
party. The republicans generally get
the most money and can spend more.
The democrats would use just as much
as the republicans if they could get
"No one knows how much it costs to
run a campaign. It has been said that
$1,500,000 was sufficient, and that It
was all one of the parties had in the
last campaign, but we all know it has
"been charged that as much as $15,000,
000 and $16,000,000 has been used.
. "This bill provides simply for the
making public of campaign contribu
tions of more than $50. It does not
create a single additional office, nor
doe3 it do anything revolutionary. It
lets in the light of day on something
about which there has always been
the greatest mystery.
"During a campaign the air is al
ways charged with suspicion. During
the last campaign we had the specta
cle of the two candidates engaged in
crimination and recrimination about
corruption , in campaign funds, and I
must admit that one of the candidates
successfully lefuted everything said
about tho campaign fund of his party.
While certain facts were denied, tho
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WINTER TOURIST RATES to Cali
fornia, the Gulf Country, Cuba, Flor
ida, the South and Southeast.
LOW ONE WAY SETTLERS"
RATES first and third Tuesdays of
January, February, March and April to
Southeast points beyond the Ohio
HOMESLEKERS RATES on the
first and third Tuesdays of each month
to points South and Southwest.
In the Big Horn Basin, North Platte
Valley and eastern Colorado several
big irrigation enterprises are practi
cally completed and will be prepared
to deliver water this year. They are
offering special inducements in the
way of low-priced lands and water
rights to early settlers. Buy land now
1 ahead of the water and reap the big
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General Passenger Agent, Omaha, Neb.
use of money was not denied. Such a
CharCQ IS inlllHnnn tn niir nnnntmr
There is but one remedy and that is
absolute publicity in all campaign ex
penditures. "One million and a half dollars is
absolutely needed for tho conduct of a
campaign, without one cent for cor
ruption! The financial world has too
great powers. I do not believe tho fi
nancial powers can say who shall bo
president, but do believe they have a
power similar to that of France, Aus
tria and Italy, which nations can say
who shall not be pope. The financial
powers can say they will not contri
bute money for the support of a cer
tain candidate, and that resolves itself
into a veto.
"I believe the government should as
sume the cost of carrying on a cam
paign. Campaigns are essential to the
existence and preservation of tho na
tion. I should be in favor of assign
ing to two and not more than three
chairmen of the great national parties
headquarters here in Washington, and
furnishing them with clerks, and per
mitting them to have the printing of
documents done at tho government
printing office and of extending tho
franking system to enable them to cir
culate tho documents, and to have the
speakers which would be honored free
of cost by the railroads.
"These are the great expenses of a
campaign, and while on the face these
recommendations appear radical, in re
ality they are not. The headquarters
would cost nothing for the two or three
months and the extension of the frank
ing privilege would not mean a great
deal, as they have it now. "Why, I sent
out 100,000 copies of a rather indiffer
ent speech myself during the last cam
paign because the National Committee
would not use it. It was too demo
cratic for the Democrats. Such a cam
paign woud result not in a competition
of extravagance, but a competition of
"It is the duty of congress to reduce
the importance of boodle and increase
the importance of discussion. The pub
ic cannot understand why this and
that man is made an Ambassador or
get3 some high position, and ho is im
mediately subjected to the charge that
he 'came up hr.ndsomely.' It has been
charged, and I havo seen it in print,
but I don't believe it, that the ambas
sador to Italy is to be advanced be
cause of a- large campaign contribu
tion. "I am not seeking to secure an ad
vantage. All I advocate is the making
public of all campaign contributions.
I don't object to contributions. All of
us cannot be speakers and writers. If
a rich man wants to contribute he has
as much right as any one ese to do so.
only let'3 m:.ke it public. Let thfc
speaker contribute his voice, the artist
his cartoon, and if it is the only way a
man can show his enthusiasm, let him
write his check. But do it in public
A whisper in politics has always meant
something hidden or corrupt. By Its
subscribers a party should be known.
If thi3 were the case now, instead of
a roll of infamy it would be a roll of
"Let Mr. Morgan contribute his $2,
000,000 and Mr. Rockefeller his $1,000,
000 if they wish to, and Mr. Canfield,
who maintains a hospitable munsion in
New York which opens only to the
elect, but let it be known what they
"The light of publicity is the life of
virtue. A contribution from a corpor
ation to any party is nothing more nor
less than larceny, because a corpora
tion cannot make a contribution, and if
an official does make it, it is no less
larceny. It might not bo larceny if all
tho stockholders and bondholders voted
it, but if ono single stockholder ob
jected it would bo larceny.
"I do not oxpoct to reform tho sys
tem in a night, but I believe that if
publicity bo given campaign contribu
tions, it will do much toward rooting
Tho World Almanac
Tho New York World's Almanac for
1905 ha3 been received, and it is even
hotter than tho yearly almanac issued
by tho World in years gone by. This
Is about tho greatest compliment one
can pay t) the current number. A
well known literary man remarked
somo years ago that with a library
consisting of tho Bible, Shakespeare,
a good dictionary and tha World Alma
nac a man had in comparatively small
compass tho history, tho literature,
the science and tho statistics of tho
world. Tho amount of valuable Infor
mation crowded into tho World's Al
manac is little, short of marvelous, and
it will repay its cost many times over
during the year.
Not to be Fooled
Uncle Cyru3 had come up from the
country to visit his nephew, Charles,
in town. Charles had shown the old
gentleman tho sights until ho was at
his wits' end for further entertainment.
One morning, however, ho noticed in
the paper that "The Imperial Italian
Band" was still giving its celebrated
open air concerts. Uncle Cyrus said
he should like to hear them play. As
tho concert progressed Uncle Cyrus
waxed enthusiastic. Toward the end
of the program a solo on the slide
trombone was' announced. It was a
really fino performance, and the au
dience demanded an encore with a
storm of applause. Charles noted that
his uncle was among the most appre
ciative, but was somewhat puzzled by
the smile which played around tho cor
ners of tho old man's mouth, for the
selection had been mournful rather
than gay. At tho conclusion of tho
encore, when tho applause had finally
died away, Charles turned to hi3 uncle:
"That was fine, wesnt it?" "Mighty
fine, mighty fine," was tho reply.
"But you city folks are easy fooled. He
didn't fool me a bit. I knew all the
time ho was playing that ho wasn't
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