The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 10, 1905, Page 4, Image 4

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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Nb.
-I I I . I -II- .III! - ! MIHIII III i
Missouri now lias but one senator and a re
publican legislative majority.
What seems to be mo3t needed in official cir
cles Is a self-burning letter.
Judgo. Sway no's chief defense seems to have
been that he was a republican.
Wanted A senate chosen by the people and
responsible to tho will of the people.
Mr. Neidringhaus is in doubt whether he con
tributed too little or talked too mucn.
Already there are signsthat tho canal manage
ment needs some strenuous sanitation.
The Panama spade is in danger of growing
Vusty because of too prolonged swinging of the
big stick.
Tho inaugural ceremonies wcro quite in keep
ing with tho imperialistic and military tendencies
of tho age.
The indications are that the Illinois legislature
Is not going to tako any chances by allowing Mr.
Comerford to return.
Dr. Osier will have difficulty in persuading
Kuropatkin that Nogi is useless because ho has
passed the age of 10 years.
Well, tho sonata has declared in the Swayne
caso that its standard of official morality is not
as high as the standard fixed by tho house.
Arizona might retort that she prefers to wait
until tho company is purified by the regeneration
of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware.
Mr. Rockefeller has a now sixty-horse power
automobile. Being cognizant of his own product
Mr. Rockefeller's machine is not run by gasolino
A largo majority of Illinois' voters seem to bo
of tho opinion that tho legislature expelled Mr
Comerford just in time-to save a majority of the
legislators. ' luc
Tho big navy argument, carried to its logical
inclusion, is that every man should carry a re-
xfroso of compeiiins due resect
Tho Japaneso aro preparing to move on rn
Pass State legislators in this country could gi
tho Japaneso some valuable pointers on capturin
something bettor-annual passes. capturin0
If the president will focus public attention nn
the amendment providing for rii lnT w.
of United States'senaS ho may e Ire liifr?
form and that will open the way to SiSinS
Tho senators who daily act nnnn ,.
jrhlch they themselves &ZiS? ,?
terests very naturally felt thnr Tmi J c y In"
done nothing improper in deciding S;Vayn(had
Ills wife had an interest S a Case where
The Commoner.
Regulating rates, investigating the trusts, buy
ing a railroad, establishing an oil refinery! Good
ness, how democratic how populistic tho repub
licans are!
Perhaps administration dislike for Governor
Vardamann is based on the fact that he Jfl abol
ishing lynch law, thus depriving administration
organs of their chief source of denunciation of
tho southern democracy.
Several California legislators have been ex
pelled for accepting bribes. In view of what most
legislatures fail to do for the people the expul
sion is doubtless looked upon by the expelled mem
bers as a sort of reward.
"It is now reported," says the Chicago Record
Herald, "that Mr. Bryan owns valuable oil lands."
The report is as untrue as the Record-Herald's
claim to be an independent newspaper, and Mr.
Bryan owns no oil lands.
It will be remembered that Banker Eckles
and Lawyer Beck, who have been defending tho
Standard Oil company in its controversy with
Lawson, left tho democratic party in 1896 because
of the party's repudiation of Wall street control.
President Wilson is quoted as saying: "We
can not abolish the trusts; we must moralize
them." The danger seems to be that the trusts will
immoralizo tho presidents of our big trust-fed'
colleges before the moralizing process reaches the
Mr. Armour is now threatening to go out of
the private car business. Mr. Armour is not malt
ing any threats about going out of the meat trust
business, but he is going, just the same. If not
now, then a little later when something besides
injunctions are let loose at him.
Several republican organs that rejoice over
the alleged fact that the supreme court's beef trust
decision cut3 the ground from under government
by injunction, are the same organs that denounced
as anarchistic the democratic demand for a cessa
tion of government by injunction.
The government has guaranteed the interest
on $30,000,000 of bonds issued for railroad building
purposes in the Philippine islands. In view of the
wonderful possibilities which we have heard so
much about, the exploiters show a strange re
luctance to take their chances.
Tho esteemed Boston Herald mourns because
P. T. Barnum's autograph recently hrought more
than that of Henry Clay. But the Herald should
not repine. We opine that there are circum-stanccs-under
which the autograph of J. Pierpont
Morgan would be worth much more than that of
William Shakespeare.
Good for little Delaware! She has done
nobly in again defeating Addicks. Her big neich
bor, New York, has not done so well. Both Piatt
and Dopew-one representing the express com
panies and the other the railroads-are as mint
woufdd0eCkS aUd far lGSS indePendent than ie
The judgo who would accept the present of 1
horse from a man on trial before him on th
charge of horse stealing, would be Impeached Yp!
there are judges who carry railroad 1!' Yfl
their pockets and sit as ludcM !!, pasles in
a railroad giving one of he pas es if" WhTia
violation of the law. accused of
Tho president of tho Provident t ifa m .
company in his annuii ,11 Llfo & Trust
increased product ? of Jnff cmmens on the
of "inflatioT" Th? Cfc l an erA
more afraid of falllnirSr S seemrto be much
Will they have 1 arned TilZ?tlmins pIece3
theory of money is correct and MM?6 quantativo
means cheaper dollars? at moro money
islatuT toth. leg-
licenses pool selling Ho Rh f ? lathat
gambling is not in unmhUnJ Th GvI1
gambling at aU. TOoTttoicUteS6?8 bUt In
wrong tho government can not affor 1 to ??rally
it, no matter what sharr rL HZ ?V to tolerate
This is the ground on which th n fr ? 1IcensG
teries and similar -immoral th?nPrIz0 flghts' lot"
and tho reasoning is snd g are Prohibited
The president insisted on appointing a ner
to the position of collector of tho port of ChV
leston, South Carolina, desE
Door of the protest of the people vhn
Hope Slams most patronize that office. Tho
Shut president based his persistency
on the ground that he would not
"close the door of hope" to tho black man. But
'it is noted that he has appointed white men to the
positions of collectors of the ports of the Black
Republic. Why were these "doors of hope" in
the Black Republic slammed in the face of the
black man?
The practice of appointing retired senators to
some lucrative office is not in the best of taste
especially when the retirement
CoLi-intf For of a senator was a direct issue,
TheRetirod as was the case with Senator
Senators Quarles in Wisconsin. Senator
Quarles was discredited and re
tired by the voters of his state, and his appoint
ment to the federal bench for the eastern district
of Wisconsin is an uncalled-for slap at the voters
of that state. Certainly if Senator Quarles was
not wanted as a senator he was not wanted as
a judge, both officers being servants of the people.
Had he been dependent upon election for a seat
on the bench in Wisconsin, daps the president
imagine for a moment that he would have been
willing to accept the issue and make the race?
The growth of the gambling spirit is empha
sized by the discovery that a New York stato
preparatory school's students
Growth of have been occupying handsome
The Gambling Quarters for the purpose of
Evll gambling, and that a student re
cently won $85 in an afternoon
with loaded dice. Not until the students discovered
the cheat did they awaken to a realization of the
evils of gambling, and the matter was called to
tho attention of the faculty. An investigation is
now in progress. The desire to get something
for nothing is not the only reason for gambling.
The excitement, the risk, and the element of
dunce all combine to make it dangerous to so
ciety and leads to moral degradation. A vast ma
jority of defalcations may be traced to the gam
bling table. Parents would do well to examine
carefully into the environment of a school before
sending their boys away from home to be educated.
That somebody was responsible for the dis
aster to the steamer General Slocum, whereby 1,000
lives were lost, is- beyond dis-
Let tho pute. But responsibility has not
R-esponsbility been fixed, and no one has been
Be Fixed Punished. Public clamor has
subsided, as it always does, and
will not again be aroused to a similar height until
a similar holocaust takes place. By the collapso
of a gallery in a New York church ten lives were
lost and more than one hundred people seriously
injured. Somebody is responsible. New York has
building inspection laws, but what of it? There
are also steamboat inspection laws, but the General
Slocum was destroyed just the same. Our grow
ing disregard of the safety of life and limb should
bo checked without further delay, hen men
responsible for such disasters are held to strict
account there will be fewer disasters in which
human life pays the penalty of official carelessness.
The Nebraska Democratic Editorial associa
tion will meet at Lincoln on March 22, and an
interesting and instructive pro
Nebraska's gram has been prepared. This
Democratic association has been in existenco
Editors almost four .years, and its an
,. nual meetings are inspirations to
the exponents of democracy who meet in consul
tation. The interchange of views, tho discussion
of ways and means to better present the principles
of democracy, and tho help that comes from asso
ciation, are valuable to its members. The demo
cratic press of Nebraska, while not large numeri
cally, stands in the forefront of the democratic
press of the nation, and Nebraska's democratic
editors have never been found wanting when
champions of genuine democracy wer called for.
At tho com ng session of tho association Mr. Louis
f; ?$' editor of tUG Chicago Public, will deliver
f83,,011 "Democratic Ideals in American
journalism, an announcement that will bo pleas
rnnitni . (lemcrats who may be able to visit tho
rhttinn Tfy and atand the meetings of the asso
of ivo U TUld bB wel1 if tno democratic editors
Sat ILn at1e1oreanized an association similar to
that perfected by their Nebraska comrades.