The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 17, 1905, Page 14, Image 14

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The Commoner
. . i inim n tineifivn stand
leucracy ami wuu '""""',.",,
against lliu perversion of the histoiy or
Uio conflict and Its causes.
"It is not for Uio past that I would
light, but for tho future. It is not for
ourselves, but for our children. It Is
for them to perpetuate all that is noble
and grand and manly In the history of
their fathers and forefathers and to
Ijcop ever in mind and bring to the eye
of all the world the history, the true
history, of the confederacy, and the
causes, the real causes, which led up
to tho war between tho states.'
"This passing of the 'last of the con
federates' calls to mind the cabinet
of tho south, its chief, Jefferson Davis,
Its vice president, Alexander II. Steph
ens. Robert Toombs of Georgia was
secretary of state, C. G. Memminger of
South Carolina, secretary of the treas
ury; L. P. Walker of Alabama, secre
tary of war; S. R. Mallory of Florida,
secretary of tho navy, and Judah P.
Bonjamin of Louisiana, attorney gen
eral. The companion and peer of such
men as William L. Yancey, 'the morn
ing star of secession'; Benj. II. Hill,
R. Barnwell Rhott, James L. Orr, R.
M. T. Hunter, Augustus II. Garland
and Louis T. Wigfall in the senate, and
Meredith P. Gentry, Roger A. Pryor
and Thomas S. Bocock in the house,
his was a position both enviable and
"In 187G Judge Reagan was In the
turmoil of the Hayes and Tilden con
test, and although he believed that the
latter was elected and tho former
seated, he accepted tho decision for
himself and saw it accepted by the
south with absolute loyalty and abso
lute solC-control. He witnessed all tho
interesting political and social develop
ments that have made for progress in
three-score years. Throughout his long
life ho conserved tho boy into the
man and stood for honor, justice and
"Pioneer, surveyor, lawyer, soldier,
legislator, jurist, statesman, patriot,
honest gentleman, John Hennlngor
Reagan, true to himself and false to
no man, leaves upon the scroll of
fame a name which adds luster to the
glory of tho country."
Recent developments of importance
to tho financial and industrial situa
tion are summarized as follows:
Elcction.--Roosevelt's majority af
ter he had brought suit against North
ern Securities company and forced a
settlement of the coal strike, 2,523,000.
Vote for Debs, Socialistic candidate,
38G,955. Recommended by the Presi
dent that tho powers of the interstate
commerce commission bo increased so
03 to regulate railroad rates.
Railroads. Bill to establish this
regulation passed by the House of Rep
resentatives with only 17 negative
Beef Trust. Tho unanimous deci
sion of the supremo court of tho Unit
ed States declaring that the beef trust
as u combination in restraint of trade
and giving a wider meaning to the term
interstate commerce." Investigation
of tho beef trust by tho hureau of cor
porations, the report of which i3 prom-
inuu iu u iew uays.
Standard Oil.-An investigation of
tho Standard Oil company ordered by
President Roosevelt especially in rela
tion to tho dispute with the Kansas
producers; this investigation to ha
conducted by the bureau of corpora
tions. Tho state of Kansas to erect
an independent oil refinery under starn
U. S. Steel Corporation. House of
Constant use of narcotics has a paralyzlne of-
feet upon tho heart action. It Is first noticeable
through a dull, uneasy pain around the heart
accomnnnlrrt with ii.i . "-t,
wm. ."",.,: i'"un, snortnoss of
"v" lB",um,K oic. xou Bhould stop thfi
progress of the disease at once with Dr. MH?
Heart Cure. It strengthens and repairs ho
ervo tissues, and restores healthy heart action
Representatives orders an investigation
p ntWfnri cjfofoa fVrnnl rornoration.
Insurance Companies. Recommend
ed by the commissioner of corpora
tions that life insurance companies be
brought under federal supervision.
Mutualization of the Equitable Life As
surance society.
Trust companies. Recommended by
the Secretary of the Treasury that
trust companies of large capitalization
be incorporated under federal law.
Recommended by the bank superin
tendent of New York that trust com
panies be compelled to maintain larger
reserves and to make more frequent
reports to the bank department, and
bills have been introduced to provide
for these things.
Banks. Various recommendations by
the bank superintendent of New York
and bills introduced to carry out the
same, to compel directors actually to
direct and to prevent the transfer of
control to other interests without not.
tiflcation to and investigation by the
banking department.
Interstate Companies. Recommend
ed by Commissioner Garfield of the Bu
reau of Corporations that all compan
ies transacting an interstate business
be compelled to obtain federal fran
chises and in order to obtain these
franchises to satisfy certain require
ments as to organization and public
ity. Organization of Companies. Bills
introduced in the House of Represent
atives and into the New York state
senate to safeguard the interests of in
vestors in any organization of com
panies and prevent certain evils which
have developed in the promotion of
new corporations and in the consolida
tion of old ones.
Electric Traction. Governor Her
rlck of Ohio recommends that the
business of Interurban electric rail
ways should he regulated and con
trolled by the state.
Municipal Gas. The authorities of
the city of Now York propose the es
tablishment of a municipal gas plant.
Merchants' association complains that
gas sold at $1 per thousand feet yields
a profit to companies of 100 per cent,
and a law is proposed to reduce the
Telephones. Crusade acainst tele-
phono charges in the city of New York;
proposed legislation to reduce them.
A senate resolution for a legislative
Investigation of telephone situation.
Option Trading. Bill introduced in
the United States Senate to prevent
trading in options and futures in cot
ton, wheat and other commodities in
any part of the United States.
Taxation of Stock Sales. The state
legislation proposes to tax transactions
in stocks at tho rate or ?2 per hundred
Income Tax. State senate of Mis
souri proposes constitutional amend
ment for taxation of incomes of more
tnan ?5,uuo a year.
Tariff Reform. A widespread senti
ment in favor of the revision of tariff
so as to remove its inequalities. Presi
dent Roosevelt is understood to favor
such revision.
Is there anv oxnlnnntinn tv.. ,m
account broadly for all these phenom
ena m u miuon and a period of abound
ing prosperity? Tho air seems charged
vvith the electricity of discontent with
certain existing conditions. Whv?
Wall Street Journal. V'
ernmont of nowly acquired territories
as if they were so many Perisan sat
rapies, Missouri republicans have told
us: "You are for self-government in tho
Philippines and Porto Rico, but you
deny it to St. Louis and Kansas City;
you are opposed to the big stick when
wielded over inferior tribes of Asiatics,
but you are the first to grasp the club
and wield ic over Missouri cities."
And what did we say, what could we
say to this charge?
Wo could only reply and we did
reply that it was better for the largo
cities themselves and for tho state in
general, that the governor retain in
his hands tho police power of the state
absolutely; that tho population of the
great cities was so corrupt that they
could not be trusted to "go it alone,'
that they were either too ignorant or
too vicious to be clothed with so great
a trust.
Did we not say it? What else could
we say?
But our attitude was not democratic
and it was not right, neither was it
consistent with the principles pro
claimed by the national democracy and
enshrined in the Declaration of Inde
pendence. The doctrine that any peo
ple are so ignorant or so depraved that
the full and complete right of self
government should be denied them is,
as Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln
said, "tho doctrine of kings." And the
theory that the right of self-government
should be withheld until the peo
ple show their qualifications is, as
Lord Macaulay once said, like telling
a boy to keep away from the water
until he learns how to swim.
It is for no governor to say, it is
tor no man to say, whether or not his
fellowmen are capable of governing
themselves: that matter iQ .
pie themselves to determine an?
people alone are competent 'to ipX
with authority upon rights that qm7
sacred as tho right to worship thn
preme Being. x iao Su'
We can not say to, the people of st,
Louis: "you are overridden and over.
burdened by a corrupt local machine
and therefore we wilPsubstltute a big!
ger and a better machine in its stead.'
As democrats we can not say that
and so far as we clinc to flint ,w..l '
Lour attitude is not democratic. Gov.
ernor Folic has assumed tho true demo.
cratic position, and tho democracy ot
the state can afford to assume no other
As the Sedalia Democrat says:
"Governor Folk merely told tho
truth when he said that tho evil ot
corrupt elections in the cities is largely
due to negligence and lack of inter.
est on the part of honest, intelligent
well-meaning men in those commu
nities. But the country districts should
no longer stand as guardians of their
high-collared, kid-gloved city cousins.
If these city men will not go to tho
polls, cast their votes and suppress tho
hoodlums, then let the hoodlums run
tho cities! A American citizen who
is too lazy or too timid to vote is en
titled to neither sympathy nor protec
tion." Cole County (Mo.) Democrat.
In planning your California trip,
see that your ticket reads via The Col
orado Midland Railway. This mean3
that you will enjoy a day's rido
througli the heart of the Rockies. Ask
your local agent about colonist rates,
effective March 1 to May 15, or writo
C. H. Speers, G. P. A., Denver.
Mr. Bryan's 3STew Book
Travels, Speeches, Lectures.
Folk and Home Rule
Tho position which Governor Folk
has assumed with reference to home
rule and local self-government of the
largo c ties of Missouri is absolutely
unassailable from tho viewpoint of
either sound logic or right principle.
it is the rational and consistent dom
oemtic attitude toward this gVeat t
In times past, when we have clam
ored against colonialism and the go
S foradCMribhE hS tZk ?UF Y?.?,r n8 h0 has boon lcd by requests for copies of lot
other nublLndHrLl J aba- lhcso lottors toSh with a number of bis lectures and
pean lotto s conta. M- n T gathrCd toBoUlor and blIshod In - o E'
present taSSil? J??100'0' wlwt,I0B,l,r nnjl lcftrnod wull ln EurP' nnd
nol?anV S h 8n ' Tm fJro,1,ini1' ". Scotland, Franco, Switzerland, Germany, Russia,
KTrfl!StaW,,rtttftfl' of hIs Visits with Count
London 5b isal , ? hl,kWn add, silvered beforo tho American Society In
SbJMdST??Udu Inthls volume appear Mr. Bryan's amounts pf his visits to
s mXlcd his eTro 10 W.? n ontortalQlnly of tho "Birth of tho Cuban Republic." Ho al
hTln AnquotiVMon" and ,,Th0 valuo of an ideal," both of
Othe r rtS2 JT r r f tlm03 b0foro Otantauquas and other gatherings,
otMwSZ'! ar hlS addross n "Imperialism." delivered on tho notification
Sst". of 'Farming," written for tho Saturday Bronlng
ve oSh ZVZTJ0 Society dinner In in,, his S, Louis co,
nuin in Tnriin u u , , ""UMluu ul ounawr uocuroll. "Naboth's Vlnoyard," "lmusn
prto,c on ea papor a i,;;;ru, rz r WM, "" "00k " Ulustr"""'' m
tl1,",,; "-- o- """ -'on .nor Ms
, anu fcivmg m brief form a rosumo of tho many Interesting things ho saw.
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
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