The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 03, 1907, Image 1
jrv'o'jff" v1,) "-sa V . Commoner. The WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR VOL. 7? No. 16. Lincoln, Nebraska, May 3, 1907. Whole Number 328. CONTENTS MR. HEARST'S NEW PARTY THE CONSTITUTION SUPREME WHERE DOES MR. TAFT STAND? SENATOR BEVERIDGE'S MISTAKE HARRIMAN, "THE UNDESIRABLE" - OREGON'S "BIG STICK" IS THIS CALAMITY? A FLORIDA DECISION LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE PARAGRAPHIC PUNCHES WASHINGTON LETTER COMMENT ON CURRENT- TOPICS HOME DEPARTMENT WHETHER COMMON OR NOT NEWS OF THE WEEK WHATATHOUGHT! , The Los Angeles Times says: "John. D. Rock efeller -will pass down into history as in many respects one of the greatest and most typical of all Americans." The richest man in all the world grown rich through the lawlessness of his business transac tions a man who but a few months ago wasin; .' Hiding and engag&Tiirraiccessf ul 'effofttoSvwcr the officers of. the law,' bearing writs" commanding liim'to appear in a cdurt of justice and tell the truth! Yet this man, in the opinion of General Har rison Gray Otis, "will pass down Into history as in many respects one of the greatest and most typi cal of all Americans!" A typical American, indeed! - What a thought for a gray haired man to seek to impress upon the rising generation! OOOO CLEAR ON ONE POINT, ANYWAY The New York Times devotes considerable space to an editorial entitled, "The Delusions of Mr. Bryan," in which editorial it consigns to the tomb Mr. Bryan and the political principles for which he stands. Well Mr. Bryan may have some delusions, but he is not so deluded as to imagine that in any advice the New York Times may give to the demo cratic party or to the American people, that great newspaper is actuated by any desire to interfere with special interests or to make material con tribution to popular government OOOO ON THE SAME DAY On -April 27, the Associated Press carried an Interview with a railroad president, declaring that the railfoads had determined to obey the law and that secret rebating was a thing of the past. On the same day the Associated Press carried a dispatch from Los Angeles, showing that the Santa Fe railroad had been caught rebating, and that an indictment of seventy-six counts had been returned against that company. OOOO MISSED LAFOLLETTE The Wall Street Journal says: "President Roosevelt makes no secret of his desire, which is a natural one, for the election of a successor, who would carry out the policy with which his ad ministration is identified." How, then, did Mr. Roosevelt happen to overlook the high claims of Senator LaFollette in the search for a successor? " OOOO ASTONISHING . .It is astonishing how little a man has to , know In order to edit a .newspaper which is a mouthpiece for pi-edatory wealth, but perhaps Ills conscience would trouble him more if he really un derstood the questions which he, discusses. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ; ' ' ' ' iii ii BUT HE KEEPS RIGHT ON SAWING WOOD L MR. HEARST'S NEW PARTY Attention has already been called to Mr. Hearst's New York speech on the evening of April 13, in which he expressed his dissatisfaction with existing parties and his determination to organise a new party through the instrumentality of the Independence League. That Mr. Hearst means well, will be admitted, but there will be a differ ence of opinion as to the wisdom of his action. In joining a party a man naturally asks two ques tions: First, what does the party stand for? And second, what chance has the party of accomplish ing its purpose? The second question is scarcely less important than the first for unless a party has a prospect of putting Its principles into law it strives in vain, and' because it strives in vain it "does not appeal to the people. Of course a party may do educational work without dominating the government and all partie3, however small, do educational work, but the great majority of the voters prefer to see results rather than to do pioneer work. Mr. Hearst complains that the democratic party Is not harmonious that Is true. But unfortunately there Is no chance of securing absolute, harmony in any party of an size. If a party has as many as two member the conservative and radical elements will appear. Even where all agree in principles there will be differences of opinion as to methods and such dif ferences cause almost as much .trouble as differ ences In principle. The republican party seemed to be a united partyswhen it came into power in Mil. JT 3801 and yet before Lincoln bad been in office three years the radical element of, the party thought him too conservative; and before eight years elapsed a republican congress tried to im peach a republican president The Independence League must grow In order to exert a great Influence and it can not draw to itself any considerable number of thinking men without becoming a debating society. I Whether rhe new party is really needed 13 a matter which time alone can decide. Mr. Hearst has a large personal following and his papers exert- a marked influence. He has left the demo cratic party because he has lost faith in ite power to secure reforms and the Independence League will offer a political home to those who despair of relief through either the democratic, or re publican parties, but it can not hope to attract those democrats who still believe that the., demo cratic party can be made an effective instrument in the hands of the people for the securing of remedial legislation; neither can it expect to at tract refCrm republicans unless' those republicans believe that the Independence league can bring reform' sooner than the democrats can. The Commoner has faith in the democratic party ncf. In Its infallibility or In its freedom from mis nkos, but in the patriotic purpose of the rank and file of the party and in the prospect of an early lie tori' for that party. The democratic party haj made mistakes what party has not? i w x ijiiihii ihwtflqijniiii 1itimtmmmmm0mmafA m . ,... m..j. -...agiftYr'rr u. , U'A WA-tattor,,.