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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 17, 1905)
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'' r WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
Vol. 5. No. 44
HavU You Heabd Feom Ohio?
Democrats TV ill Take Courage
Significance of 1005 Elections
Knox on Railway Rates
Foraker's Ciiallkngk Accepted
Some Stories From Real Life
A Splendid Monument
Comment on Current Topics
The Primary Pledge
'News of the Week
Lincoln, Nebraska, November 17, 1905
Whole Number 252
DEMOCRACY WILL TAKE COURAGE
In a brief autobiographical sketch, Amos
Luck, who represented a New Hampshire district
in congress some fifty years ago, describes the
growth df the cayse with which he identified him
self and the success of those who espoused that
cause. In? -the. course of his. comments he giy.es
expression to a sentiment which deserves to be
emphasized at this time. He says that these
men had "some title to he considered far-sighted,
though," he adds, "they simply had faith in the
wisdom of doing right." This truth has been
expressed before, but it is doubtful whether it has
ever been expressed as concisely, as simply and
as forcibly. The dictionaries ought to define
political foresight as "faith in the wisdom of
doing riht." What a contrast between this
candid recognition of the triumph, of the truth
and the miserable, short-sighted doctrine of ex
pediency! There is no basis upon which one can
calculate expediency; there is a standard of
morality and conscience by which one can measure
every public question. One seeks for expediency
as the hunter searches fpr game, uncertain
where he will find it and fearful that even when
discovered it may yel escape him, but as the
farmer follows the plow, confident that sun and
soil will reward his industry and that in spite
of local food or drouth the earth will yield its
Increase, so he who attaches himself to a truth
knows that he works in harmony with immutable
and irresistible laws.
Let the democracy take courage from the
results of the recent elections; let the democracy
of all the states and the democracy of the nation,
like the democracy of Ohio and Hie democracy
of Pennsylvania, appeal to the honest and the
conscientious, even if in doing so they risk the
alienation of the selfish and the sordid. Let them
put their trust not In corruption or deception, but
in that sense of.justice which is at once the source
and the guarantee of good government.
It is apparent from the recent election re
turns that the municipal ownership sentiment is
growing in every section of the country. There
can be no doubt that there Is. today an over
whelming sentiment- in- -favor' of the collective
ownership and operation, of 'What are called na
tural municipal monopolies. It is Impossible to
nave competition In lighting, in heatine: or In
s reet car service, and the private ownership of
inese franchisesnot onlv leads to corruDtion in
Jity government, but results in high rates and
jae accumulation of great fortunes on..which the
people at large receive no adequate return.
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Jj RAILROAD REGULATION J j
II ISA DEMOCRATIC MEASURE !j
HaVe You Heard From Ohio?
Respectfully "Dedicated to the "Standpatters
Have you heard from old Ohio? Don't it fill
your soul with glee?
Scooped it clean from Meigs to Fulton, from
Scioto to Maumee!
Cincinnati to Toledo, from Defiance to Monroe!
Honest voters gladly rallied to deal graft a fatal
And they landed good and lusty on the rotten
Till -the buckeyes popped with laughter at the
long awaited scene.
"I've retired," said Cox next morning. But the
statement isn't true
Cox was shoved, and shoved forever don't it
look that way to you?
"That's a democratic measure I'll have none of
it in mine!"
Shouted Foraker in frenzy as he pranced along
''Stand by Roosevelt!"' he shouted, " "but don't
vote the way you stand;
Vote for railroad domination they have, made
the country grand;"
Had he boosted Mr. Herrick back to place and
He'd have claimed a vindication Joe's the foxiest
of men. ''..
But the people have grown wiser in. the past
decade or two,
And they're "onto" Joseph Benson don't it look
that way to you?
"Don't go back upon the party!" pleaded Dick
in tearful tones.
But the answer of the people was to walk upon
"Don't bo fooled by public clamor stand up for
the G. O. P.,"
Shouted Dick and then the people smote him
on the neck with glee.
"Don't do railroads an injustice," pleaded Dick
with plaintive cries,
And the people for an answer smote him fair
between the eyes.
Cox and Dick and Joseph Benson air are feeling
But Ohio is rejoicing don't it look that way
Have you heard fronTold Ohio? Don't the figures
make you smile?
Beat the railroad combination, seven furlongs in
Have you heard from old Ohio? Notwithstand
ing Shaw and Taft
Honest Buckeye voters rallied and knocked out
both greed and graft
Have you heard from old Ohio? Don't the flg-
ures loom up fine?
Got the "stand pat" fellows locoed all along the
Have you hpard from old Ohio? Pattlson just
fairly flew, '
And boss rule is more than busted don't It look
'. that way to you? '
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