The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 10, 1907, Page 9, Image 11

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and that it-ls,Jbr-the protection of property rattier
tftioiftfof itsonflscatlon. There is not one word
., in hijf address wlilch indicates any shadow of
turning from the great policy of corporation re
form with which his name is identified, but he
insists that in carrying out this reform bis pur
pose is to do so with a profoimd teniperatenessoi:
'spirit; with no ill will toward any individual, arid
with a realization of the' fact that there is a state
to preserve as well as a state to reform.- The
,- Jamestown speech, while it does not touch upon
the railroad question and leaves much foi; the
president to say in some future utterance, is never
theless reassuring to vested interests."
AN INTERESTING story is given to the Jopltn
(Mo.) Globe by its New York correspondent,
as follows: "Many years ago Nathan Raphael, a
close friend of Russell Sage, purchased $080,000
worth of second mortgage bonds of the Wasatch
& Jordan Valley Railroad company, which owned
it line' in Utah. The interest on the bonds of the
road was defaulted and first mortgage was fore
closed, cutting out the holders of the second mort
gage securities. Nathan Raphael spent a large
part of his fortune trying to recover from tho rail
way, but was unsuccessful. Worry caused his
death. A short time ago" Russell -Sage Raphael, a
son of Nathan Raphael, began suit in the federal
court, on the bonds and secured a judgment for
$1,080,708, including interest. This judgment has
been returned by the sheriff as unsatisfied and was'
today filed In court. While working up this case
, Mr. Raphael's lawyer discovered that when the
first mortgage was foreclosed the holders of the
second mortgage, probably by a clerk's error,
were not made parties to the suit. This, It IS
claimed, invalidates the foreclosure proceedings.
The old railroad property, which now belongs to
the Denver & Rio Grande and the Rio Grande
. Western, is said" to be worth about $30,000,000. The
second mortgage bonds issued by the railroad
amounted to $800,000."
A GREAT DEAL of comment has been pror
voiced by Speaker Cannon's recent speech
before the Union League club in Philadelphia, m
which he said: "In my judgment the danger now
to us is not the weakening of the federal govern
ment, but rather the failure of the forty-five sov
ereign states to exercise, respectively, their Xiinc
tion, their jurisdiction touching all matters not
granted to the federal government. This does not
come from the desire of the federal government
to grasp power not conferred by the constitution,
but rather from the desire of the citizens of the
respective states to cast upon the federal govern
ment the responsibility and duty that they should
perform. If the federal government continues to
centralize, we will soon find that we will have a
vast bureaucratic government, wbich will prove In
efficient if not corrupt."
A DALLAS, TEXAS, reader of The Commoner
directs attention to the fact, that comment
ing upon this statement by Speaker Cannon the
"World's "Work" says: "True, but the obvious and
only remedy is an awakening of the people to the
proper use of local government, town, county and
state. Industrialism has run away from local
control. This is the most striking political phe
nomenon of our time. We may cry in vain foe
town rights, local home rule, state's rights; for the
only way to regain them is to assert thein. Mass
achusetts and Texas do far better each for a
different reason than New York or New Jersey
for examples; and even Pennsylvania js showing
a quality that most men once thought she bad
lost. But in most of the states industrialism
frankly rules, and industrial control tends to
centralization. The checking of this tendency is
a duty that can be done where men live not in
Washington; for the men who do the mischief in
vWashington are sent there from states and dis
tricts that fail to do their duty. An energetic re
vival of local energy in government would make
Washington a dull capital withlfi five years and
make national activity as humdrum as the activity
at most state capitals now is.".
QENATOR WARNER, of Missouri, called upon
O the president and presented a petition signed
by "twenty-five hundred business and professional
men, asking for the" pardon, of William January.
January, it will be' remembered, was convicted
years agO'Of rpbbing a postoffice in Oklahoma. He
served a greater portion of a five year terra and
then escaped'om jgil". He began life in Kansas
City under the name of Charles Wt Anderson
January married, a child was born into his home,
and he was prospering finely, enjoying a good
reputation, when he .was" recognized - by an old
comrade and betrayed to the authorities. The
president made the following endorsement: "De-
partment of Justice: In view of the statements
of the judges, bank presidents and so forth, who
know him, I think Anderson's years of life as an'
honest citizen,, hard working and of good repute,
warrant us in commuting his sentence at once, or
In pardoning him outright. Which do you think
ought to be done? Are there sufficient rcasous for. .
'doing either? (Signed) T. R The department of
justice, upon ' receipt of President Roosevelt's s
memorandum, sent letters to the trial Judge and
the district attorney who tried Anderson, asking
for a report of the case and a recommendation
as t,o whether he should receive executive clem
ency. When Uicse reports, are received the de
partment will make a report to the president.
JANUARY'S WIFE and her five-year-old
daughter, carried tlie news to the husband
and father in his cell at the Leavenworth pris
on. An Associated Press report says: "Then the
wife, nervous and excited as a result of the news
from Washington, approached. After they had
embraced and January had kissed both wife ilnd
child, the woman hegan cautiously to tell the pris
oner of the Associated Press dispatch. January
had previously been apprised of the great act
ivity In his behalf, but ho was not prepared to
hear so quickly such important results. Immedi
ately his eyes brightened, he stood erect and his
whole manner changed. He saw himself again
In sight of liberty, in. the midst of his family and
surrounded by friends who held him In respect.
Again he gave way to tears, -but this time tears
of joy, and the little group of relatives joined with
him, giving way freely to their Intense feeling of
happiness.- The prison officials considerately with
drew and a lengthy, joyous family conflab ensued."
AN ASSOCIATED PRESS dispatch from To
peka, Kan., says: "Kansas will probably
have an auction and a regular old-fashioned de
struction of liquor by peace officers as a result
of the ouster proceedings against the brewers.
Attorney General Fred Jackson rather significant
ly indicated today what the future course of lite
office would be In the matter. The buildings, the
bars and fixtures, the glasses, the tables, chalra,
mirrors and all paraphernalia may be sold at pitb
llc auction to satisfy the costs in the different
cases. But the liquor will come to a 'violent end.'
It can not be sold. That is out of the question. -To
store and keep it would be no better. So the
way out of it will probably be to bring actions In
the district courts of the counties where It is
found and have the peace officers take the stuff
out, smash the bottles, jugs and other container
and let the contents help raise the Kaw, Cimar
ron, Marals des Cygne, Smoky Hill, Verdigris, Ar
kansas, Republican, Saline, Blue and other rivers
of Kansas."
EVERYBODY KNOWS what the governor of
North Carolina said to the governor of South
Carolina. But that was .long ago, and a New
Haven dispatch to the Cincinnati Enquirer tells
another story: "Governor Woodruff, of Connecti
cut, was surprised on learning, at the Jamestown
exposition, that the governor of North Carolina
and the governor of South Carolina are prohibi
tionists. Governor Woodruff was chatting Satur
day at the exposition with Governor Hey ward, .
of'South Carolina, when Governor Glenn, of North
Carolina, came along and learning that they had
never met introduced them. 'Gentlemen, when
the governor of North Carolina meets the governor
of South Carolina I expect the usual salutation,'
said Governor Woodruff. 'I must apologize,' said
Governor Heywood, 'for I am a prohibitionist and
can't offer the usual salute' 'and I must state,'
said Governor Glenn, 'that the governor of North
Carolina said to the governor of South .Carolina,
"It's a long time between drinks," for I, too, am a
teetotaler.' "
THE OLD PHILADELPHIA ring In the repub
lican party appears to be on top. A writer
in the New York Evening Post, says: "The new
mayor of Philadelphia has put himself in a very
unfavorable light by his removal of Major Casslus
E. Gillette, the chief of the bureau of filtration.
Major Gillette, it will be remembered, Is the man
who exposed the Oberlln M. Carter frauds, and
was induced to resign his. army commission lor
the express purpose of ending the reign of graft
in the filtration bureau. The circumstances of
that resignation were perfectly well known. Major.
Gilletje was on duty at San Francisco when
'loaned' by Secretary Taft toltfayor Weaver. To
gether with William Barclay Parsons and J. Don
ald Maclennah, Major Gillette unearthed the
gigantic conspiracy which had resulted in a loss
to Philadelphia of $0,000,000. At the earnest re
quest of Mayor Weaver, Major Gillette finally re
signed. Since it was a political position he had to
fill, ho could, not afford to give up his llfo.coniml.
slon In the army without some guarantee "for hla
future. This was furnished by Thomaff B.jWan
amakcr andHwo others, In the shaflo of a $75.01K)
boud, equivalent to u salary of $15,000 for five
years. All the facts were published last fair, and
no attempt has hoen made to conceal lliein. Mayor
rReyburn now removes Gillette on the plaiislbld
ground that, helng backed by this committee )J
public-spirited men, Gillette Is owned by them.
What it really means is, that the old gang of tho
Ashbrldge dajs Is on top, and that Philadelphia's
spasm of reform Is over, for the time."
is a coldness between Mr. Roosevelt and
Secretary of State Root. Referring to this report,
former Senator Thomas M. Patterson, writing in
the Denver News says: "It is claimed by tho
close friends of Root that ho protested violently
against the president's reference to Ilarrlman,
Moyer, Haywood and Debs In tho same sentence
as 'undesirable citizens.' I have no doubt but he
did. But it was not because he sympathized with
the three latter or was solicitous about a fair
trial for Moyer and naywood. . was hecause he
felt a deep mortification that his chief should class
his friend Harrlman with Moyer, Haywood and
Dehs. But the president was obdurate. Ho would
not divorce the quartet and ho sent the four
names to the world linked together as In his opin
ion of the same class and of equal' danger to so
ciety and the country. It was reported the other
day that Secretary Root was about to resign bo
cause of this last but weighty straw upon the
camel's hack. But we are Informed that he has,
on the advice of the 'Interests, reconsidered that
determination. Whetner he will resign or not, Ho
is no longer the white-headed boy with tho presi
dent, and Secretary -Tn ft, who rejected a judgeship
on the supreme bench will, In all probability, ho
the recipient of the president's favor for the presi
dential nomination when the republican national
convention meets."
THOSE WHO remember the picturesque career
of theilate United States Senator Tabor of
Colorado, will be Interested in a Lcadvillc dis
patch to tho Denver News: "Mrs. 11. A. W. Tabor,
widow of tlie late United States Senator Tabor, s
in-'a fair way tb retrieve tho fallen fortunes of
her family. At present she Is living In a small
cabin on Fryer hill with her two children. The
humble home Is located on the Matchless claim,
the famous mine which made Senator Tabor's mil
lions In tho early days. The property Is now un
der lease, and for tho first time since Tabor lost
it Is producing large amounts of high grade ore
from a new vein, which has recently been opened
and which promises to develop a bonanza. The
royalties will In a short time pay off all the In
debtedness. The property was sold some years
ago to pay off a judgment against the Trtbor es
tate. Mrs. Tabor appealed to W. S. Stratton to
Bave the property for herself and children. The
generous Cripple Creek mine owner agreed to ad
vance the money. Other creditors, however, ap
peared, and one of them, Herman Powell of Den
ver,, believing that the Matchless property was
valuable, asserted his right as a creditor and paid
off tlie Stratton judgment. As no further good
angels appeared to settle tho indebtedness, Pow;lI
obtained an absolute deed to tlie property. JIo
agreed? however, to sell the property back for
$30,000. Mrs. Tabor, on the strength of this, en
listed tlie co-operation of her sister, Mrs. Claudia
McCabe of Chicago. Part of the purchase price
was raised and paid over to Powell, and tlie
women were given, tlie right to lease tlie ground
and apply the royalties to paying off further in
debtedness. Later further sums of money were
borrowed, and as the mine failed to give any re-
turns Mrs. Tabor's hopes were at a low ebb. Somo
months ago she leased the ground to a party of
miners, and active operations were begun. In the
last month a rich vein of high grade sliver ore
has been encountered, some of which runs as high
as $1,500 a carload. From fifty to seventy-five
tons a day are being shipped, and the Matchless
mine Is now one of the heaviest producers of rich
ore in thd flistrict. If the Indebtedness is all paid
off, Mrs. Tabor will save one-eighth of the famous
SENATOR PERKINS, of California, will soon
be disciplined for speaking at tlie annual ban
quet of .the Oakland, Cal., merchants exchange.
Mr, Perkins 'said: "It is tlie history of tlie human
race that some people talk too much, and this Is
tlie fault of our pryesident. He wanted to nat
uralize the Japanese, and on this. pointy as you
all know, he talked too much, but the people for
gave him becausT"be is earnest and his heart U
for the right."
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