The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 13, 1906, Image 1

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    The Commoner
Vol.." 6. No. 26
Lincoln, Nebraska, July 13, 1906
Whole Number 286
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' Republican Extravagance
. ' "Inpluencu" in Congress
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. ;, Me. Bryan in London
'''.. "Washington City Letter
Comment on Current Topics
". Home Department
Whether Common or Not
IJews oe tub Week
The republican party promised to be econom
ical in the administration' of -public affairs. Sen
ator Culberson 'of Texas shows that this pledge,
like other republican party pledges, has been vio
lated. The showing made by Senator Culberson
is amazing. Take a look at his figures:
19066ur ryears. of Roosevelt aqminlstrauon-
were $2,933,004,409. Deducting the Panama canal
expenditures, it amounts to $2,866,421,890.
The expenditures, for the years 1898, 1899,
1900 and 1901 four years of the McKinley ad
ministrationwere $2,430,316,399.
Exclusive of all expenses in the Panama
canal for the four years of Roosevelt's admihis-'
tration, the expenditures exceeded those of the
four years of McKinley administration although
he conducted the Spanish war by the extraor
dinary sum of $434,104,099.
Surely it costs money to "let well enough
alone." J J
It -is reported that Senator LaFollette will
take part in the New Jersey campaign, giving
assistance to those republicans who are opposed
to the re-election of Senator Dryden. Senator
LaFollette is accused of offending "Senatorial
Courtesy." Senator LaFollette has not had an
opportunity of becoming acquainted with "Sena
torial Courtesy." His republican colleagues have
subjected him to the grossest insults and he may
well be pardoned for taking part in the campaign
against one of his republican colleagues espec
ially -when that particular colleague is believed
to represent the very interests whose political
domination LaFollette is combating.
If LaFollette .succeeds in defeating Dryden
republican leaders may consider that it Is the part
of wisdom to take old "Senatorial Courtesy" aside
and make, him acquainted with the senator from
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat (republican)
says: "After, studying the Declaration of Inde
pendence for 130 years, the only thing connected,
with the document that everybody can recall
with readiness is John Hancock's signature."
What a confession! But the preamble is
quite as familiar as John Hancock's signature.
Republican leaders would be gratified if men
could forget everything connected with the De
claration of Independence but the Hancock sig
nature. The preamble which was called, by
Mobcs Coit Tyler, "a passionate chant of human
freedom" provides a stinging rebuke for present
day republican policies,
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Mr. Bryan's Twenty-sixth Letter
We have been moving among the oldest mon
uments reared by man, and they make the rest
of the world seem young. In Japan a Buddhist
temple, built' twelve hundred years ago, Impressed
us with the yo.uthfulness of American institu
tions; in China we were shown temples that had
stood for twenty centuries and were told of cus
toms and laws even older; in India we found a
pagoda some twenty-five hundred years old, and
visited the site of a city whose foundations were
probably laid more than three thousand years
ago; but here wo see the mummied forms of hu
man beings who lived two thousand years before
Christ was born, inspect the handiwork of men
who laid down the chisel before Abraham ap
peared upon the earth, look upon colors that
have withstood the changes and defied the ele
ments of forty centuries, and handle wheat that
grew upon the banks of the Nile long before
Joseph built granaries for Pharaoh. The guides
count centuries as trippingly on the tongue as
a treasury expert, or an insurance magnate,
handles millions. They discuss dynasties that
rose and fell when Europe was shrouded in dark
ness, before the light of history dawned upon
the Ganges and tho Yangtse; tuey uecipner mur
ruler, united the two kingdoms, assumed the
title, Lord of Both Lands, fashioned a double
crown for himself, and adopted the lily, or lotus,
and the papyrus as symbols of his consolidated
empire. Wo are probably indebted to certain
natural peculiarities of Egypt for the preserva
tion of the unique evidences of ancient civiliza
tion found hero. First, there Is but a small area
of tillable land stretched along the most wonder
ful of rivers and guarded on either side by a
barren waste that offers greater protection than
a wall. Second, the climate of Egypt is dry, and
there are no drenching rains to defaco and no
violent changes of temperature to disintegrate.
Third, the temples and tombs are so massively
Irullt as to discourage the vandal; and fourth,
the sands of the desert have drifted in and con
cealed for a hundred generations many of tho
most 'valuable of these relics of a by-gone age.
There is such a wealth of archeological treas
ures here that one scarcely knows where to begin
or how to condense tho most important things
into the space allotted to a newspaper article.
I shall not attempt to describe things chrono
logically because some or tne temples nave Deen
added to by different kings and dynasties until
oSyphTcfthTt kept X secrets foT'ages and they represent tho art and life ot many hundred
Ubiypuilb LUtti. ivw'u ""- xT.i tM ,rfln. mii amn n sit. TCnrnfllr fnr Instance, hfifirfl
lead one among: ruins uiat aaiomau uy mu- im- ;-uio. t,. ' ,, . ' , .
mSnsfty -as weU as by the artistic skill which the impress of Egypt's rulers from Thutmosis to
thpv rpveal the Ramesos and from the Rameses to the Pto-
Back in the misty past in the, prehistoric lemies, a period of some twelve hundred years,
nprlnrl there were two Egyptian innguoms, one aim tuu uuimuig w u umwWuo x,j. ,
occupying upper, and the other lower Egypt. This
was prior to 2,500 B. C, and from the stirring
scenes engraved upon stone, one can imagine
the conflicts which took place along the fertile
valley of the Nile before Menes, the earliest known fivftti a loncer time.
As the tourist usually begins a 'trip through
Egypt with a visit to Cairo, he is likely to find
the great Egyptian museum, the Museum of
Gizeh, a fitting introduction to his, subsequent in-
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