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AUGUST 24; 1906
And "Uncle Russell" Sage, couldn't take his
money with him.
Was the republican party ignorant of the
wrong doing of the insurance companies' man
agers, at the same time that its, national commit
ted was accepting the money of the policyholders?
The recent congress refused to pass a bill
forbidding corporations to contribute to political
campaign funds.. What in the world would be
come of a republican campaign fund without the
contributions of the corporations that tho high
tariff is maintained to benefit? In such an event
it would only bo a case of "me .tickle you," with
out any compensating alternative.
Virtuous Aemilllus Paulus said, when be
sought to again stand for the consulship: "I
should rather choose to be exposed to the weap
ons of Hannibal, than once .more to tho suffrages
of my countrymen.." And yet, no more worthy,
upright, honorable, capable man than he lived in
all Rome. He had a very exact estimate of the
uncertainty of a people in their recognition of
merit. Then, as now, men were easily led; and
as easily by bad men as good. Then, as now,
virtue was superior to yice, but evil had lost much
of .its grossness in Its too prevalent and potent
recognition in the attainment of success.
Has it ever occurred to President Roosevelt
that if an inexperienced, poor, uninfiuentlal young
man like Upton Sinclair could make a personal
investigation into and truthful report upon the
facts relative to the methods of the beef packers,
sufficient to prompt the government to activity,
thatxherrthe president has had very inefficient
departments of justice or agriculture, or both,
headed by very Indifferent attorney generals and
secretaries has it ever occurred to the president?
lV. When you come to think of it, is it not a
yey strange situation In our affairs when our
natipnal : legislature must actually be threatened
."before it will enact laws preventing, the -poisoning
of the peoples' food? '"
Senator LaFollette has been taken to task
for saying that the railroad rate bill Is practi
cally worthless; and lie was also severely cen
sured for saying it in Senator Hemenway's old dis
trict, at Evansville, Ind., because the latter had
opposed all proposed amendments to make the
law effective. Senator LaFollette is doing good
work in telling the people the truth, but he ought
to know that the people in the west have got
through laughing at the rate bill; they began to
laugh when the president left in the lurch Sen
ator Tillman, and, of course, they quit laughing
when congress adjourned because then all the
"funny business" ceased.
. By the way the. people of the west are begin
ning to sabe that prince of "smug-muckers," your
.dear old "Uncle Joe. W-When he "sent up a holler"
at being caught with -his foot on tho poor food bill
.he let all the world know that he was playing
.a trick and had prepared a bluff if caught.
The pessimists spend so much time in point
ing out the sore spots on the body politic, that
they take no time to look for remedies. 'It is a
duty to point out the defects in government, but
a more imperative duty is to seek proper relief
from such ills. And as for the people, there
never, arose, in all the history of the world, the
necess ..y of a peoples' action to accomplish a
purpose that such people did not rise equal to
the emergency. It would seem that Lincoln's
homely phrase was literally universally true
"that tho people always managed to wobble
right." On this head, the situation in Russia
Is In point. The bureaucracy was certain that
the douma would end with a week and dynamite.
Instead, men who never had the least experience
In conducting political policies or governmental
affairs are adjusting themselves in the harness
and are doing their work. It is now only the fear
that the bureauracy Itself may invent some dev
iltry or the douma will accomplish what was
thought to be beyond them and hopelessly out
of their reach. But it is always so; give a people
the chance or they'll take it! and they wllL
work out their salvation in the way best suited
to them. Restrain them in the exercise of their
God-given rights and time only means terror, until
Indianapolis, Ind. W. S. RYAN.
SOME GOOD EXAMPLES
A. H. Johns, Starke, Fla. -Inclosed I hand you
New York draft for $19.20 ij payment for In
closed list of 32 names as subscribers to Tho
Commoner for one year.
FsrM. Miller, Sarahsville, Ohio. I am prompt
ed to further endeavor to increase Tho Common
er's circulation. It is without doubt tho strongest
factor in placing democracy In tho position it
claims by birth in a position where it will carry
out the principles of equal rights to all, and
special privileges to none, doing the groatest
good to the grcatosfc number.
John A. Connolly, Monroevllle, 'Ind., writes:
"I think the congressional committee should place
The Commoner at the disposal of overy; demo
cratic candidate for congress, Then the obunty
committees should offer The Commoner at an
exceptionally low rate for a Ix months or a year.
I have boon a reader of Tho Commoner from its
first issue, and I am sure tho peoploof tho United
States (except those who have an axe to grind) "
if they had all been reading The Commoner
would all be with us this year, next year and in
J. E. Downing, Dayton, O. I have read many
plans proposed by anxious and enthusiastie'demo
crats for tho already large and growing circula
tion of The Commoner, among all reading, think
ing, loyal liberty-loving Americans, and they are
all good. If some one has not already preceded
me I would suggest a plan that will set a very
large percent of tho wide-awake and live workers
in our party to securing subscribers at the club
rates by the. wholesale. To begin with, I take
it for granted, that every district, county, town
ship, city, town, village, precinct and ward is
blessed with a thoroughly organized democratic
club, under some loyal name, like Jefferson, Jack
son, Lincoln, Thurman, Folk, Pattison, Johnson,
etc., thus forging the links (I hope void of any
flaws, dofects, open breaks or scales) that is
to form the great chain of strength with- our
anchorage of hope, which is to hold firmly in
place our grand old democratic ship of state, in
unison our great national club which is tho
sure redemption of our country and salvation of
a suffering people in 1908. Thus there is no
plausible excuse why every member of these clubs
should not bo a willing worker, a solicitor for The
Commoner and get busy at once, and while secur
ing primary pledges, also subscribe for himself,
and pledge themselves each to got at least one
subscriber from the outside and as many more
as possible. I learn through Judge Baggett and
Harry Miller, members of our (Dayton) Thurman
club, there are over three hundred members now
in the club. They will take up this proposition
and plan at their next meeting and with properly
organized understanding under the greatly in
creasing stimulation of democracy this one club
alone should send in a subscription list of at
least five or six hundred by September 1, and if
this kind of good work is taken up and vigorously
pushed by all the democratic clubs in all the
states, we would knock a tremendously big hole
in the scow pf the g. o. p.
Commoner readers have sent yearly sub
scriptions in number as follows: Anna L. Jack,
Vicksburg, Miss., 48; L. H. Vore, Havana, Kan.,
20; John S. Knott, Indianola, I. T., 15; Jorn R.
Dugeon, Chamois, Mo., 15; William H. Suit,
Wytheville, Va., 14; W. S. Evans, Princeton, 111.,
12; W. H. Pelton, Canton, S. D 11; Dr. Joseph
Schwartz, Hartford, S. D., 10; D. F. Clark, Mul
berry, Ind., 10; S. D. Ely, Vandalla, Mo., 10; Al
fred Brown, East Rush, N. Y., 7; J. Hoge Tyler,
East Radford, Va., S. D., 10, D. F Clark, Mul
Mo., 6; W. R. Turvey, New Richmond, Ind., 7;
Jolm H. Hendrick, Jamestown, Tenn., 6; Isaac
McClary, Huntington, W. Va., 6; J. A. Graves,
Palmyra, Neb., 6; W. S. Splndler, Grablll, Ind., 8;
X A. Payne, Cortland, N. Y., 6; W. A. Palmer,
-Speers Ferry, Va., 7; S. S. McClendon, Tyler, Tex.,
8; M. P. Funk, Ludlow, 111., 6; W. J. Selby, Mays
ville, Ark,, 6; George U. Geyser, La Fontaine,
Ind., 7; A. Kress, Tomah, Wis., 6; R. M. Roddie,
Ada, I. T., 16; Carl Schoonover, Mackay, Idaho
6; Wm. Flatley, Middletown, Ohio, 8; W. S.
Splndler, Grabill, Ind., 7; E. A. Gaston, Roanoke,
W. Va., 9; R. B. Goff, Wood ville, I. T 7; Charles
Edminster, St. Augustine, Fla., 10; G. H. Eberle,
Kingfisher, Okla., 8; A. H. Johns, Starke, Fla., 32;
J. L. Friend, Belleville, 111., 7; Perry Craig, Pleas
ant Hill, Mo., 254; J. M. Hale, Farmersville, Tex.,
6; D. R. Brock, London, Ky., 7; Alfred Ritter,
Frederick, Md' 12; David Schwiger, Watertown,
Wis., 8; F. J. Mangleburg, Clinton, Tenn., 8;
Jesse T. Weller, Westboro, Ohio, 8; Thomas
Smith wickm, New Albany, Ind., 9; W. H. Lincoln,
Plattsberg, N. Y., 9; A. M. Aiken, Danville, Va.,
20; D. G. Dolloff, Jackson, N. II., 25.
Tho following named havo each sent in fivo
yoarly subscriptions: D. E. Weiss, Bloomsburg,
Pa.; G. C. Shaw, Frankfort, Ky.; B. Broadbent,
Dunkorton, Iowa; O. R. Eraoraon, Brownstown,
Ind.; J. M. Joyco, Greenwood, Ark., A. J. Dye,
Grapevine, Texas; O. P. Hy do, Marietta, O.; P.
H. Van Slyck, Dcs Moines, Iowa; G. W. Norton,
Clayton, Ala,; Henry Truelson, Zenith, N. D.;
Charles.. Stephons, Galena, Kan.; A. J. Schaap,
Sheldon,, la.; E. L. Langford, Yuma, Va.; D. F.
Spradling, Cornish, I. i; J. p. Schumacker,
Groon Bay, Wis.; John T. Conderaon, Greenwood,
Inch; o. E. Gates, Halo, Mo.; G. Miller, Knox
vlllo, la,; J IC Michael, Oakwood, III.; F. W.
Schroder, Lake Andes, S. D.; S. C. Wilkins. Stan
wood, la.; A. R. Gamble, East Palmyra, N Y
H. G. Wlngate, Danville, Ky.; Mrs. Dora Elling
ton, Dresden, Ind.; S. S. Dixon, DoBoque, Colo.;
Nat T. Chambors, Cedar Crook Station, Tenn.;
George W. Harrison, Warrensburg, Mo.; S. B
Gayos, Winn, Maine; E, L. Dawson, Chickasha,
I. T.; C. ZBlouin, Dutchtown, La,; J. L. Howe,
San. Francisco, Cal.; Miss M. Shults, Kansas City;
B. F. Frotz, Rochester, Ind.; Ulysses Lindloy,
Union City, Ind.; John B. Foltz Jonera, Ohio;
R H. Craig,-Loo Angeles, Cal.; S. D. McMillln,
Bristol, Tenn.; S. A. Walker, N. Yakima, Wash.;
M. IC Collins, Grand Rapids, Mich.; B. V. Crum
rium, Red Bluff, Cal.; Ell Downing, Van Wort,
Ohio; Milton Ewing, Joromovlllo, Ohio; O P
Courtney, Markland, Ind.; A. Kress, Tomah, Wis.;'
V. S. Kinnison, Welch, I. T.; Joseph Reed, Cres
well, Ohio; G. W. Clark, Uncompahyro, Colo.;
John B. Cox, Knoxvllle, Tenn.; H. E. McDanlel,
Duluth, Minn.; D. M. Dunlap, Stony Creek, N.
Y.; John P. Dickey, Calumet, Mich.,; T. R. Dowd,
Lansing, Minn.; W. G. Friend, Kinnson, L T.; D.
It. Brock, London, Ky.; O. E. Wright, Concordia;
Kan.; V. B. Weeks, Ottawa, 111.; M. W. Grlndlp,
Penobscot, Mo.; John W. Havens, Ellonburgh, N.
Y.; M. D. E. Ell worth, Tavera, Wis.; Charles A.
Doudrick, Kansas City, Mo.; John T. Tansen, Al
bany, N. Y.; J. M. Allen, Denton, Tex.; W. J.
Knight, Mongaup, N. Y.; Daniel Downing, N. Y.
City; Konneth Clark, Indianapolis, Ind.; W. C
Willcoxen, Lowifltown, 111.; J. w. PeCon, ,w
City, Okla.; C. C. Sholton, Mtf Vernon, Mo.; D.
W. Woodring, Bollefonto, Pa.; James H. Roberta,
Old Mission, Mich.; J. G. Muncy, Big Stone Can.,
Va.; W. A. Kohler, Loesburg, Ind.; BonJatfSh
Smith, Bellerive, III.; Ralph Cowogys, Thornton,
Wash.; M. S. Taylor, Debby, W, Va.; Clement &.
Clement, Danville, Va.; T. B. Bartlett, M. D., Mo
Clare, W. Va.; Jewott Palmer, Marietta, Ohio; T.
"C. May, P. M., Topeka, Miss.; F. E. Markley, Al
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