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VOLUME , NUMBER 1
"THE FRFF PASS BRIBERY SYSTEM
Tlio whole country Is Allocked at tho disclosures of money brib
ery, but So author oAhis book makes theBlurtllnr wrolaUon that
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It Is shown that nearly every slate has its free pass organization,
tortionate f relKht and passenger charges, low taxation of their pro
perty, and In all other matters In dispute between them and the
people. In vivid and foroofullanguage the author shows how tins
pass organization dictates nominations for ofiloo how Itsetsup weak
and pliant men and pulls down strong and Independent men: how it
controls legislatures and law-making. Th&t this Brlbory Sys
tem must first bo dostroyod beforo tho pooplo oo.a (ot
wholosomo lorflsloLtlon touchirtri tho control of tho rail
roads is tho oontontlon of tho author In this book.
The Issue in Nebraska
Mr. Home was the Democratic and Populist candidate for Gov
ernor of Nebraska in UXM, and would have been elected by an over
whelmliur majority except for tho Roosevelt landslide. He made
the railroad question tho Issue of his campaign. In scathing terms
he denounced the professional lobby and the free pass bribery sys
tem. Jfe insisted that these were tho instrumentalities through
which tho railroads procured tho government away from thopeopie:
that by these moans they maintain their extortionate freight and
pussonirer rates ami uotray tno people wucnever ranrouu in
terests tiro Involved. The campaign was without a parallel
In the state. Mr. Uergc has kept on battling since that cam
paign until this year till parties in Nebraska will declare
against this vicious bribery .system, and It isovldent the next
legislature will toll Its death knell.
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The Railroads and the U.S. Senate
To overthrow railroad domination in any stato or at "Washington
the present railroad bosses with their machines must bo overthrown,
By destroying the free pass bribery system w strike them
at their most vvilnorablo point. This book strikes f ea.rless
ly and poworf villy at this, one of the greatest evils of our
tlmo, a.nd points out with unerring proolslon the politi
co.! corruption which It borfets. It is the only book ever
written on the subject and everybody will want to read it.
The book contains more than 300 pages, illustrated and Is bound
in heavy cloth.
A New Book by Geo. W. Berge
Candidate for Governor of Nebraska in 1904
A Few of the Chapter Heads From
The Free Pass-Holders a Policing Squad for the Railroads.
The Most Powerful Weapon of this Policing Squad is The Free Pass
Professional Pass Distributors and Pass Superintendents.
The Seductive Influence of tho Free Pass.
Passes and Perjury.
The Lobbyists Organize the Legislature.
Pass Bribery leads to Graft.
The Free Pass System Leads to Double Dealing in Politics.
jfState Institutions in Grip of Pass Bribery System.
The Betrayal of tho People by Pass-Holding Offlcials.
No Hope for Railroad Regulation From the National Congress
Until the Free Pass System is Destroyed in the States.
Serving Two Masters,
- WHAT CAN BE MORE INTERESTING JUST NOW THAN THIS PHASE OF THE RAILROAD QUESTION?
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The Independent. J.S. Oanady.
"Tho Froo Pass llrlbory System" Is a book of
Nobrnska production and consists of various
uddrossos, nowspupor editorials and chaptora
in vigorous denunciation of tho free pass ovil.
Tho author Ifi Goorgo W. Borgo, a lawyor of
Lincoln, and editor of tho Indopondcnt uowspa
por, who ran for governor of tho stato In 1004 on
tho fusion ticket. Mr. Borgo speaks strongly,
and his handling of tho politicians who accopt
those Httlo hrlbos Is scathing as It ought to ho.
It Is his opinion that tho pcoplo will novor so
curo through their legislative ngouoloB an of
foctlvp control of the railroads as long as the
froo pass control of politicians Is toleruted."
YOR.K, NEB.. DEMOCRAT
"Tho contonts of tho book aro highly satis
factory. As Its title imparts, it Is a discussion
of tho pass ovll and Is forcibly and clearly writ
ten. It shows up tho methods by which tho
railroad companies dofent railroad legislation
and maintain their dominion over tho stato
through tho Instrumentality in tho main by tho
railroad pass. Tho book strikes foarlessly and
powerfully at one of tho greatest ovlls of our
tlmo and ought to meet with a hearty reception
from tho reading public."
Goorgo W. Borgo, of Lincoln, editor and pub
lisher of tho Nebraska Independent and fusion
candidate for Governor In 1001, has published a
hook outltled "The fc'ioo Pass Brlbory System."
Mr. Borgo doals with tho pass bribery ovll in
plain language, and points out with unerring
precision tho ovlls that follow In tho train of
this form of political corruption. Ho Is not
content with showing how politics is.corruptcd,
but shows beyond dlsputo tho demoralizing of
l'oct upon the great masses of tho people. Rail
road methods aro oxposod In scathing terms.
Mr. Borgo made his campaign for governor
upon tho railroad pass lssuo and tho fact that
ho ran many thousands ahead of his ticket
shows in a moasuro tho dcop lntorcst tho pcoplo
of Nebraska aro taking in this phase of tlienuU
road problem. "Tho Froo Pass Bribery System1
1b a valuable contribution to curront political
discussion and should havo u wide circulation
among tboso who aro intorostod iu muklng tho
railroads tho scrva&ts, rathor than tho mast ors,
of tho pcoplo.
Emlnont Educator Endorses It
Lincoln, Neb. Hon. Goorgo W. Bergo My
Dear Mr. Borgo: I havo just finished reading
"Tho Frco Pass Brlbory System," and I closo It
with tho conviction that It will havo a career.
It Is tho cloarest and complotost explanation of
curront western politics that I havo ovor seen.
Your stylo Is torso, brilliant, and ofTcctlvo, you
havo avoided partisanship, and you havo ex
pressed yourself with groat moderation and
self-restraint. Although tho hook deals with
Nobraska conditions, it will no doubt, attract
attention outsldo tho stato. I hopo you will not
fail to send a copy to tho Hon. James Bryco,
author of "Tho American Commonwealth''
who always appreciates realistic studios of
American politics. With tho best wlshos for a
hoarty reception of your book, I remain.
KnWAUl) A. ItOSS.
Ex-Llcutenant Governor Endorses It
York, Nob. lion. Goorgo W. Borgo. My Dear
Sir: I am reading your book, "Tho Freo Pass
Brlbory System." and hanton to ussuro you of
my high appreciation of It. It is an able, inter
esting and Instructive exposition of tho infln
onco of tho pass in dofoatlng wholosomo lall
road legislation and In maintaining a most do
tostabio railroad domination In this country.
Your book Is a timely and valuable contribu
tion to tho discussion of tho paramount issno of
tho hour and will, no doubt, havo great Influ
ence In conterlng attention upon tho most po
tent and demoralizing agency of corruption In
oxlstonce. Ifiverybody ought to rend it.
E. A. Gir.UEttT.
Candidate Seeks Information
Jcromovlllo, O. I havo always looked upon
tho pass as a polito bribo, I am suro your book
will lntorcst mo. Plcaso eond a copy to my ad
dress and I will remit you tho prlco of your book
whatovor it is. Wo aro hoping to oloct our gov
prnor ( Pattlson ) and wo may havo a majority
in tho legislature rind I nm hopeful of gottlng
some loglBlatlou on this subject at tho couilrig
sosslon if ro-olected. David IDley.
Values The Book Highly
Bridgeport, Neb. I think that ovory votor in
Nobiaska should read It. I would not bo with
out it for four prlcosof it. a. E. CADWEiiii
Former Land Commissioner's View
Normal. Neb. I havo scanned Its pngos with
much satisfaction. It treats tho subject in all
of its phasos and loaves no point unoxhaustcd.
It ought to bo road by over votor in tho wholo
country. To all it will bo found full of intorost
and to many it will prove a yorltablo rovola
tlon J. V. WOLPH.
Fighting the Pass Evil
Woathprford, Tox.I am making a light down
hero against this ovll. it. l. Stwjus!
Texas Legislator Needs It
Waxohachlo, Tox. As a mombor of tho last
two legislatures of this stato I havo striven for
anti freo pass legislation, and I dosiro to road
what you havo to say, Inasmuch as I oxpcot to
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