The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, April 21, 1905, Page 16, Image 16
-y,-vrrrrj1. JJJIfMMgM The Commoner 16 VOLUME RENUMBER 14 tt rv .i 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 needed." 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 accomplish it. 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 hopelessly. 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. jOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ) . . .. . . - w- . y r-r mi s-. n. t ' ' A NEW IDEA IN PARTY UKUAlNlAilUlN. h oockooo-oocooooo 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 went. "Blank chose a stick and swung for a long drive. But he missed the drive. "The discharged caddie gave a loud laugh. "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 air. " '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 foolish. "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- soir iccfown. Avfrmalvnlv fwlrmFnr beginning of, .the organization for vto tnrv In IflftS V . ' ww .. W V W - V l t M !, aL .!