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VOLUME RENUMBER 14
twoon tho husband who shirks his
duty of bread-winning und tho wifo
who shirks hor duty of mothorhood.
Ho is right when ho says that 'tho pri
mary duty of tho woman is to be tho
holpineet, tho housewife and mother.'
Is ho not right when ho asks, 'What
truo mothor would barter her experi
ence of joyand sorrow In exchange for
a life of cold selfishness in a flat
whore there is 'the maximum of com
fort and of luxury but literally no place
lor children.' Individuals may deem
this counsel impertinent, but tho
American raco which is 'dying out at
tho top' must admit that It Is urgontly
Tho dollborato approval of tho Now
York journal just quotod is sufficient
to offset tho shrioks of a wholo army
of blue-stockings. Tho Times avows
that tho Amorlcan raco is dying at tho
top an acknowledgement which would
bo appalling were not tho facts already
familiar to all students of modern con
ditions, and ' which admits tho oxist
onco of an ovil greater than tho traffic
In human flesh, groator than any prob
lem that tho nation has yet been called
upon io sottlo.
Such being tho case, it must bo ac
knowledged that the president in ar
raigning thoso who shirk their first
aiid greatest duty to tho stato, Is dis
charging a public service no less im
portant than tho making of treaties or
tho directing of armies.
" If we add to tho president's weighty
words tho consideration that tho Eter
nal has fixed His canon against tho
slaughter of tho innocent, it is not too
much to expect that the national con
science should be aroused and that tho
ovil should, in somo measure be
abated. Catholic Transcript.
' "GET BACK TO THE PEOPLE"
Mr. Bryan says that "tho aggressive
element of tho democratic party Is get
ting together in active preliminary
"work for tho great battle of 1908."
It Is well if this is so.
If tho party is to accomplish any
thing "tho aggressivo 'element" must
Wo tried it last election with a tick
et that stod for practically nothing that
Is democratic cooked up especially
for tho republican east and lost out
Mr. Bryan says, "tho nartv does not.
need reorganization It only needs to
get back to tho people, that there may
bo united, harmonious effort for tho
campaign of 1908."
"Got back to tho people," that's tho
proper thing to do.
When the democratic party gets
back to tho neonle standa for men in
whom tho people have confidence and
advocates principles in which tho peo
ple feel deep interest, then the people
will stand by and support the party,
but until then thoy will scatter, and at
election timo refuse to bo counted.
It is better to stand for what we
believe to bo right and meet defeat
honorably, than to pander to what we
know to bo wrong, and bo absolutely
crushed, as we were in tho last elec
tion. Past experience should teaoh dnmo-
cratic leaders the folly of trying any
more "all things to all parties and
nothing to nobody or anything" experi
ments, during a presidential campaign.
Thore's nothing to it, and tho policy
adopted in tho last national campaign
by tho eastern loaders should bo ta-
' booed in democratic councils in future.
Democracy may not win by taking
an open, honest, aggressive course, but
when the contest is over thoso who ad
vocate its policies and vote tho ticket
will at least bo conscious of their own
self-respect. Nevada (Mo.) Mail.
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A NEW IDEA IN PARTY UKUAlNlAilUlN.
disliking tho rather forward mjmner of
his caddie, discharged the lad and took
another in his place.
"The discharged' caddie, instead of
retiring in a seemly manner to tho
club house, hovered about Blank. He
regarded closely the man's rather
clumsy methods of play. On his
freckled young face a sneer came and
"Blank chose a stick and swung for
a long drive. But he missed the drive.
"The discharged caddie gave a loud
"Blank frowned at the boy and
swung again a mighty swing but
again he missed.
"There came from the caddie an
other loud, harsh laugh.
"A third timo Blank swung, and a
third timo only turf dust rose Into the
" 'HI, mister,' yelled the caddie, de
rlslvoly. 'If you take mo back I'll
carry your clubs for tho fun of the
thing.' "San Antonio Express.
" HE'D WORK FOR NOTHING
"Andrew Carnegie plays golf well,
' $nd likes to talk about tho game. Of
4k ,one'of his friends a golf tyro ho said
at a dinner in, Now York: . i .
. U"J3n went to play one day, and,
A STRIKING CARTOON
In its issue of April 2, the Minne
appolis Times printed the cartoon re
produced on this page, and under the
cartoon reproduced the primary
pledge. In the same issue the Times
printed an editorial entitled "A Novel
Scheme for a Party Organization."
That editorial follows:
"National politics, so far as the
democratic party is concerned, is to
day in a peculiar position. That this
is so is illustrated strikingly by the
latest proposition put forward by Tho
Commoner, edited by W. J. Bryan.
"There seems to be a feeling in the
air that tho democratic party can or
ganize for victory four years hence
and the tendency is to call upon Mr.
Bryan and the other party leaders to
do something, or say something, that
will form a rallying point.
"Nor is there any question about
tho general principles of the party.
These are reasonably well defined by
past history, tho writings of Mr. Bryan
ana ouiers ana tne at.titude of the dem
ocrats in congress.
"Mr. Bryan has within t.liA nna fow
months received many letters upon
this point, asking him to undertake
the task of organization. The ques
tion, however, is not so easily dis
posed of as might be supposed. Or
ganization must have either a person
or a principle to rally around. The
time Is not yet to discus a candidate
for 1908, and no one can at this time
write the platform for a campaign
three years off, even though he might
be willing to assume the responsibility.
"But this does not meairthat nothing
can be done. Mr. Bryan$ plan is so
simple that it seems t? bo almost
"Tho pledge, is aa follows: I prom
ise to attend all the primaries of my
party to be held between now and the
next democratic national convention,
unless unavoidably prevented, and to
use my influence to secure a clear, hon
est and straightforward declaration of
the party's position on every question
upon which the voters of the party
desire to speak.'
"This is to "be signed by the voter,
With street and postofflce address and
voting precinct or ward, and sent to
Tho Commoner, Lincoln, Neb.
"These pledges can then be assorted
and, if sufficiently numerous, a tern
povary organization ofpledge-signes
may be made in various localities, with
county and state organizations.
"The wisdom of Mr. "Rrvan's nlan
lies in its .freedom and simplicity; and
also in the fact that it furnishes the
basis for a real working organization.
A man who will sign a pledge of this
kind may bo relied upon to bo inter
ested. He may not go to every pri
mary election, but ho has declared his
position, which is the first important
step. The. opportunity for actual or
ganized work will come in time and
the man under pledge- can be reached
through the mails, having made him-
beginning of, .the organization for vto
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