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..VOLtlME.G, NUMBER 20
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Nob
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Up to date the tetanus germ has refused to
be gobbled up by any syndicate. ,
Mr. Cannon has adojurnod and returns homo
to .find his fences somewhat out of repair..
Toledo is making it hot for the local ice
, trust, and the presiding judge refuses to thaw.
si-is, .Several treaties advocated by the .president
Vara still ciimulatfrig 'dust in- the senatpigedn-.
It is reported that "Wizard" Burbahk is en
gaged in the task of "improving the watrmellon."
Treason! ' .
Several Toledo icemen are greatly astonished
at tho very idea of the law being enforced against
men who have money. '.
V- Tne work of the fifty-ninth congress was such
as-to make It necessary for the people to work
like sixty to make the next one better.
: A modlcal convention at Boston has decided
that there are seven kinds of headaches. Does
this list include tho "mornin' after" brand?
"The Jungle" has been barred from the St
Paul public library. This certainly desves sub
stantial recognition from Mr. J. Ogden Armour.
in cri?5 deoldoS ot to pay its just losses
1 rof. franisc tlle insurance trust announces
what Tt owes nler t0 enable ifc not to pay
hi J ropoflGd tlmt Jolm D. Rockefeller does
his own marketing. Lucky man. He can fix
what rh? buy's hat llG SGllS aS "oI1 aS the of
bill, pisS? ready the vloliSyiS
printers0 InTr gp .tho? said abt the
pnnteis in the G. P. O. into the Contrressinnni
Record.. What the printers said about th sen-
ators would probably burn holes in piper
Governor Cummins seems to be labormc un.
hilienPini0n Uat republicans o Iowa know
better than members of the national republic
committee what Iowa wants. Mr . Perffi aSta?
tration offer comes rather late In the game. M"
Republican organs that boast of the lartro
surplus should explain why it 3 , mZR ?! '
Miie 980,090,000 of 2 .per con bond toadd o
he burden of the taxpayers. Why not advance
he money out of the surplus and thus keen down
interest charges? , -p aowu
Washington, July 9. Senator Tillman is not
entirely pleased with tho railroad rate bill as
it passed congress.' He bitterly complains that
the Standard Oil company was allowed to run
things pretty much as it pleases so far the the
pipe lines are concerned. The South Carolinian,
however, is thankful that the law contains some
good features, and the truth of history will give
him Credit for placing on the statute books a
much better measure than could have been pos
sible but for his' efforts. Mr. Tillman labored so
hard this session in the interest of the people of
the land that at the. close of tho session he was
almost worn out physically. Had . he not been
so persistent it is doubtful if the new law had
been worth the paper it is written on. He surely
made the republicans in the senate toe the mark.
Just before the session of congress closed
the republican members of the house rules com
mittee went to greater lengths in gagging the.
members of that body than was ever before at
tempted. A special order was brought in that was
so outrageous that even so intense a republican
as Mr. Cooper, of Wisconsin, had to vigorously
protest. He and Mr. Dalzell, of Pennsylvania,
had a. heated debate, and for a lime it really
looke'd as if they might have a personal difficulty.
Minority leader Williams denounced the action
of the committee as the worst usurpation of power
that he has ever heard of.
During the last congress the republican trium
virate acted in a reasonably fair manner, but the
success, of their party at the ;polls two years
ago, and the big majority of the republicans se
cured at the latest congressional election, seemed
to give them the idea they had ample license to
not only deprive the minority members of their
rights, but also to ctirb the majority. From the
very foundation of the government there has been
a rule that provides for reading and printing in
' advance conference reports on important bills.
The "speaker and his lieutenants, however, sud
. denly made up their minds that if they were to
adjourn congress by the time they had fixed
upon it would be necessary to gag the members,
and they suspended the regular rules by the
special permission referred to. President Roose
velt also wanted to get out of Washington in a
hurry to settle himself at his Oyster Bay home,
and the consequence was that in rushing things
through there was considerable "slip-shod" legis
lation during the closing hours of the session.
A record will be mode of the things the repub
licans in congress did as well as of the things
they did not do, and the democratic managers
feel quite confident they will have some fine
campaign material during the months that the
battle is to be waged for control of the next house
In political and legislative circles it is gen
erally thought that Secretary Taft will not ac
cept an appointment on the supreme court bench.
For some months Mr. Taft was inclined to take
the position that had undoubtedly been tendered
him by President Roosevelt, and it was well under
stood here that the latter was anxious to honor
his friend and adviser. It was also the belief
among public men at the time that President
Roosevelt, Jf his influence could be used to bring
it about, that Secretary Root should be trotted
out as the republican candidate for president two
years hence. But the record of the secretary of
state and his close affiliation with so many of
tho gigantic corporations that have been ex
posed in connection with their efforts to corrupt
the politics of the nation caused Mr. Roosevelt
to put on his thinking cap. Well posted men are
of the opinion that he soon reached the conclusion
that aside from the fact that New York has had
so many candidates for the presidency it would
never do to bring out Secretary Root, able man
though he be. Ohio has had her share of can
didates also, but tho knowing ones in the repub
lican party appear to think that if this adminis
tration is to control the next republican nomina
tion Secretary Taft would be the best man to
tie to. The president also wishes to retain for a
year longer, at least, the services of Secretary
Taft. It may happen that before the president's
term expires there will be another vacancy on
tho supreme court. . Then Vfr. Taft could be
named. Several of the members of the court
are advanced in years and it might be an easy
matter to get them tp retire in tho event that
Mr. Taft serves his chief almost to the end of
the term and finds that he has no chance to secure
mb party's nomination for the presidency. Many
democrats concede that Secretary Taft is prob.
'aly the strongest man the republicans could name
for the presidency. He is1 certainly a man of
ability and is very popular personally. Of course,
he would have to do a lot of explaining to cover
up the sins of the present administration.
The backers of Vice President Fairbanks are
doing more, actice political work probably than
any. others, and if they do not secure the presi
dential nomination for him they will at least
make quite a show in the next republican con
vention. Col. Charles J. Bonaparte, secretary of tho
navy, is apparently out of joint with the Tegular
republican organisation in the state of Maryland.
He is a recent convert to. republicanism. He used
to be. in the democratic party, but lor many years
had the habit of bolting the "national and state
tickets when the nominees did not suit him.
Two years ago he was an elector-at-large on tho
republican ticket and managed to pull through,
being the only republican in Maryland to receive
a' majority of the votes cast. President Roosevelt
had been employing him here to help prosecute
the postofllce department people indicted for
grafting. The colonel received nice, fat fees.
When the opportunity presented itself the presi
dent asked him to take a seat in his cabinet, and
it has- caused a pretty row among the Maryland
republicans, for the secretary of the navy has
constantly opposed the old line republicans in
the state. In the present house of representatives
Maryland has three republicans Mudd, Wachter
and Pearre. The secretary trains only with Pearre.
He ignores Mudd and Wachter entirely, and has
dictated all ;the federal appointments for the state.
Wachter is not. going to run for congress again.
His district will certainly bo carried by the demo
crats this. year. He is the only republican who
has ever been able to carry it. He is of German
descent, is a genial man, a fine mixer and very
popular with the foreign element in the city of
About the sorest republican in the entire state
of Maryland is William H. Jackson, who, 'for two
terms, represented in the house here1 what is
known as the Eastern Shore district. At the
election, two years ago he was defeated by Thomas
A. Smith, democrat. Jackson entered a contest
for the seat, but even a republican elections
committee could, not give him the seat. They
want more testimony. Jackson used to be an
ardent democrat. He bolted ten years ago and
finally landed right into the republican camp.
He is a very rich man and has spent money freely
to control the district. Strange. to relate he is
a brother and a partner in .business of that staunch
old democrat, ex-Governor B. E. Jackson. The
latter fights his brother in redhot fashion every
time he tries to break into congress, and is looked
upon as one of the truest democrats in the land.
It is said that ex-Governor Jackson will be a
candidate for the senate when the next Maryland
"Bill" Jackson, as they call him down in his
part of the country,- will be' compelled to run
again for the house this year. Reports "om tho
district are that a million dollars, were he to
turn loose that much cash, could not again put
him in congress. Thomas A. Smith, the demo
cratic representative, has greatly strengthened
himself this session by looking out for legisla
tion in which his constituents are deeply inter
ested, and besides, the republican elections com
mittee have practically repudiated Jackson.
Further reports from Pennsylvania indicate
that the democrats have exceedingly bright pros
pects of not only carrying the state at the coming
election, but they will rout the republicans in a
number of the congressional districts. It is
claimed that the democrats -will elect not less
than eight members of the state delegation in
the next house.
Representative Garber, the chairman of the
Ohio democratic central committee, says that
the democrats will win in at least six of the
Ohio districts this year, and it would not surprise
him- were they to carry from eight to ten of the
districts, even in the face of the fact that the
republicans hove gerrymandered the state clearly
in their own interest. The Ohio republicans aro
so alarmed over the outlook that they have se
cured a promise from "Uncle Joe" Cannon that
he will speak in six of the close districts.
'Congressmen Towne, of New York, and Clark,
of Missouri, will bo engaged for the next few
Weeks delivering addresses at Chautauqua meet
ings. Their, addresses will be chiefly of a polit
ical nature. ALFRED J. STOFER.
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