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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
The primary pledge plan marks the way for
the triumph of democratic principles. Have you
' It seems that Secretary Taft arose from the
"lid" long enough to recline for a moment or two
on the "standpatters.".
Tho "standpatters" will doubtless call Sec
rotary Taft to one side and whisper strenuous
thoughts into his ears.
In New York a man may be imprisoned for
debt if he hasn't enough money to take advan
tage of tho bankruptcy laws.
President Fish bristles up on the rate regula
The president's cabinet seems to have been
selected by tho trusts as a proper training ground
for their chief attorneys.
Tho General Paper company has refused to
submit its books to tho inspection of the govern
ment's agents. This is strange, in view of the
fact that the company has plenty of paper from
which to manufacture books to suit.
President Fish of the llinois Central railroad,
replying to Secretary Taft, said that what was
needed was not more legislation but the enforce
ment of tho laws we now have. What if the
president reads a report of that speech?
The pacification of 400 or BOO Jolos was
completed last week. This brings us 400 or 500
nearer eventual peace in those wonderfully rich
new possessions thrown into our lap by provi
dence upon the payment of $20,000,000 to Spain.
Defaulter Smith of San Francisco says: "I
never took anything which would affect people
who were not able to stand the loss." That sounds
very much like a plea in abatement made by a
religious society charged -with accepting money
dishonestly obtained by the donor.
The Kenton Press, which is always loyal to
democratic principles, warns the democrats of
.Ohio that they can not hope to win in that state
unless they nominate candidates who are known
to be democratic through and through. Half-way
democrats do not excite confidence.
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This Js a sound position, and if the law was strict
ly enforced it would remove a great deal of tho
temptation to which railroad magnates hao
yielded and, in yielding to which, have discrimi
nated against persons and places.
The Chicago American, discussing the Equit
able Life Insurance muddle says: "Perhaps gov
ernment life insurance honest life insurance
will come out of this- muddle." It requires a se
rious lesson to teach the average man the im
portance of a reform and the disclosures in the
Equitable fight havebeen good object lessons.
The Milwaukee Sentinel says "Mr. Bryan
is advising the Ohio democrats whom to
nominate lor governor." The Sentinel is seem-
tion question in a manner that bears a wonderful ,h"" T. - ?WV"U1- " Q"u " ,
resemblance to the antics of President Castro,--- -Sly-alwuys wrong irom choice. Mr. Bryan is not
,. ;.. --1 advising Ohio democrats, nor the democrats of
It seems that UQgentlemen who are satis
fied, with- the" present system of freight charges
are gentlemen who have no freight charges to
The Juno dividend of tho Standard Oil com
pany will be G per cent less than the June dividend
a year ago. This is calculated to make Kan
sas look pleasant.
any other state, whom to nominate for governor.
The Indianapolis Morning Star has an edi
torial entitled "Mr. Bryan Half Bight." It is a
great concession for the Star to make, and is duly
appreciated. The Star refers to Mr. B'ryan's argu
ment on the trust question in which lie insists that
competition should be protected wherever coin
petiton is possible.
It will bo real mean in Uncle, Sam if he re
fuses to let his nephews take advantage of tho
market that ho insists upon looking up for his
Volume Four of Tho Commoner Condensed
will bo ready for delivery June 10. If you have
not already ordered do so now and receive early
Orthography seems to be the matter with.
Philadelphia. While the public was praying for
tho administration the city administration was
preying for itself.
If necessary, Secretary Taft can quote a few
sentences from "Life and Times of Thomas H.
Benton," by Roosevelt, as authority for his Pana
ma tariff announcement.
A reader of The Commoner calls atention to
the statement made by Director of the Mint Rob
erts to the effect that the silver
dollar was worth more than the
gold dollar when it was demone
tized. That is true, and It. is
because the silver dollar, being
at a premium, was not the money in everyday
tso and could be demonetized without attract
ing immediate attention. Whatever may have
been the purpose of those who passed the law of
1873, it is not true that the public intended to
demonetize silver or understood the effect of the
law. Tho financiers, however, knew it and planned
the attack upon silver in secret as the financiers
usually plan monetary legislation.
Tho treasury deficit for April was $9,000,000.
This is about $1S,000,000 more than Secretary
Gage told us a few months ago it would be. Tho
secretary should quit guessing and go to figuring.
The president again anounces his determina
tion not to be a candidato in 1908. He will find
it convenient to reiterate the statement frequently
when the railroad magnates attempt to threaten
The Boston Herald says that Judge Robert B.
Frazier of Detroit has become somewhat conspir t'.
ous by reason of what the De
troit Free Press calls "his 10.
markable oddity." This "odditj"'
consists in "declining to take a-l-
a judicial recount of votes, which would have en
abled him to retain his seat upon the circuit
bench." The judge insists upon respecting tho
disclosed intent of the voter rather than accept
the office upon a technicality which would vitiato
the will of the voter. It is a sad commentary upon
the times when an honest man becomes a "re
markable oddity," or when the refusal to overrl 10
the will of tho people is considered a mark of
unusual virtue. A healthy public sentiment shoull
brand a man as a scoundrel who would take ad
vantage of a mere technicality when that tech
nicality would thwart the known will of the voters.
Mr. Rockefeller expresses his surprise at Dr.
Gladden. He says that he knows many minis
ters who are just and generous. That is more
than thoso ministers can say of the trust mag
nates whom they know.
After reading the controversy between Nor
man E. Hapgood, editor of Collier's Weekly, and
Thomas W. Lawson, the general public will rise
as one man and advice Mr. Hapgood to get a
reputation before again entering the ' r.ing with
tho strenuous Bostonlan. ,; '
As the facts are brought out by the investiga
tion of the Bigelow defalcation it is found that
speculation was only one of his
his sins. He went into nearly
every kind of industrial enter
prise and was extravagant in his
living expenses and generous in
He used trust monpv nf ov,.
description, not sparing his aged relatives by blood
and marriage, his victims including widows and
orphans. His exposure shows him to have led a
dual life for some years, posing as a business
man of integrity and experience, attending import
ant gatherings and assisting in the formation of
public opinion, while at the same time he was en
gaged in covering up his enormous stealings.
James J. Hill, railroad magnate, said before
the senate committee on interstate commerce that
wni'o eiTery ,1Xlll;oad offlcer shoull be
" disqualified from enjoying any
PflH Production of traffic on the line
Position where ho was on the pay roll,
because of tho temptation to
favor tho company in which ho was interested.
The Dallas News scents danger in the owner
ship of the Panama railroad. It quotes Secretary
Taft as saying that the railroad
will be run with an eye single to
paying expenses and giving the
government a fair return on its
investment. The News adds:
"The Bryan people who believe in the public own
ership of such things as railroads will at once ask
'If the government can own a railroad across the
isthmus mentioned and three steamships plying
between a Panama and a United States port, why
can it not own a railroad at home?'" Yes, that
does seem a very natural question, and how will
the republicans, answer it?
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