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VOLUME 7, NUMBER 51
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
1908 organize, agitate, educate.
'Thrce days gone still holding out?
We wrote it right the very first time."
The new style 1908 pocketbooks are worn
- Mr. Fish insists that his colleagues do not
look upon him as a sucker.
Senator Aldrich and Speaker Cannon, have
reconvened, after a pleasant holiday recess.
It seems that Secretary Cortelyou has de
termined to found some near-Ananias clubs.
Campaign year and just the right time to
loin 'in the work of organization and arlimnf.irm
'." ar.tlT w...
fv Desnite the assertions of tho nRtrnnnmnva
we insist that the shortest day in the year is
the very first one.
It is not too early to begin thinking about
doing your next stunt of Christmas shopping
There is trouble in the Paragraphers'
Union already. Too many candidates for the job
of talking delegate.
Switzerland has just elected a president
without any particular fuss. But Switzerland
has no trusts, no navy, no Wall street.
A good way to start off the year 1908 would
be to join the "million army" and help push
to victory democratic principles and policies.
It seems that in addition to issuing a no
cent currency some bankers insist on a regular
army attachment to force people to accept it.
Mexico is sending her fortune tellers to
jail. Europe is sending her fortune hunters
to the United States.
Chancellor Day is for Governor Hughes
a fact that may explain the governor's failure
to announce his candidacy.
The way to win next November is to begin
planning the battle now. Join the "million
army" and help the work along.
Unless naval styles quit changing so rap
idly that big fleet will be obsolete by the time
it gets back from its present jaunt.
"Watch your money!" shrieks tho Phila
delphia North Amerioan. What for? Any Phil
adelphia aldermen headed this way?
A magazine writer has just informed us that
our battleships are inefficient. However, we pre
fer the testimony on that point of several emi
nent gentlemen who were on tho other side at
Manila and Santiago, and who are in a position
to speak as experts. ' '
That low, grinding noise from the south is
only President Castro gnashing his teeth and
'wishing he could do things while our fleet is
"Cortelyou, man of ice," is
Sioux City Journal describes him.
the way the
Yet Mr. Cor-
telvou seems to have warmed up when he heard
that resignation rumor.
It will be noted that Secretary Cortelyou
felt compelled to breok silence just as soon as
Senator Piatt endorsed the Cortelyou boom. A
man can not be silent forever.
' Subscribers to The Commoner who
commenced with the first issue of tho
"paper should renew their subscription
now, to avoid the possibility of missing
an issue of the paper.
The mine owners may advance as another
reason why wages should not be advanced that
the miners stand small show of living long
enough to really enjoy the increase.
After reading of the death of six or seven
hundred men in mine disasters during the single
month of December, are you surprised that tho
miners have the temerity to ask for decent
Mark Twain confesses to a loss, of $17,000
in trying to exploit a new breakfast food. The
people appear willing to swallow anything Mark
gives them, breakfast food alone excepted.
James Hazen Hyde's offer of a million
dollars to be allowed to return to his. native
land is receiving scant consideration. The
country seems to be satisfied with its bargain.
The newspapers are making much- of the
fact that Rev. Dr. Aked of New York secured
$7,000 from a church congregation to which
$7,000 was about as much to raise as 70 cents
is by the average church assembly.
So many directors of big New York corpor
ations are resigning on "account of health" that
we are forced to the conclusion that it is Malarial
Manhattan instead of Marvelous Manhattan, as
some Gothamites would have us believe.
Los Angeles and Omaha are candidates for
mint sites. Both are growing excited over it.
We belieye both cities are already well provided
with printing presses capable of turning out vast
quantities of a form of money that recently came
President Roosevelt's proposition to have
congress appropriate money for campaign ex
penses is an indication that the time is coming
when "practical men" like Mr. Harriman will
not be invited to call at the White House by
way of the side door.
The American watch trust sells to the Eng
lish dealer for $7.. 41 a watch that the American
dealer must pay the trust $10.15 for. This
hold-up is perpetrated under the guise of "pro
tection to American labor," and "building up
infant industries." The watch trust is an in
fant more than a quarter of a century old and
having a capitalization running well towards one
hundred million dollars.
The National Manufacturers' Association re
fuses to assist the Lincoln Farm Memorial Asso
ciation because the Memorial Association's letter
heads bear the label of the Allied Printing
Trades. Wo venture the assertion that tho al
lied printing trades can show moro members
who wear the. bronze buttons of the Grand Army
of the Republic than the National Manufacturers'
Astronomers are now discussing the knots
in Saturn's rings, but what the people are seek
ing is a way to put knots in some of the finan
It seems that Senator Jeff Davis is subject
to abuse from republican organs because ho
took advantage of the first opportunity to tell
a lot of plain truths instead of waiting around
a year or two.
The Boston Herald declares that it is deeply
interested in the word "rat." If it wants somo
reliable information concerning one species of
the rodent it should enquire of some of the boys
in its composing room. Their remarks will be
edifying, entertaining and emphatic.
By making a big fuss oversthe acceptance
of Denver's $100,000 the republican managers
expect to cover up their acceptance of much
larger amounts from the sugar, oil, steel, cop
per, hemp, shipping, coal, wire, tube, coke, paper,
tobacco, cotton, watch, cereal and banking trusts.
"Nothing pays bigger dividends for all con
cerns than good government," says the St. Louis
Globe-Democrat. "Nothing pays bigger divi
dends than the right kind of government for
us," say the trusts. And they've got the kind
thoy want when tho republican party is in power.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat; speaks of
the free silver platform of 1896 as "a plan of
enormous inflation based on a 50-cent dollar."
If that plan was criminal, what about an enor
mous plan of inflation based upon a no-cent
dollar? That is exactly what the asset cur
rency plan is.
With the money that it would take to make
their mines safe, thus preventing such- horrors
as have been witnessed during the last thirty
days, the mine owners can import more foreign
miners than have been killed by fire damp and
collapsed galleries. The cheapest thing on the
market is human life.
Tho Washington Herald says that Missouri's
declaration for Taft, made on December 19, was
the first made by any state for the secretary of
war. The Herald is seriously and grievously
mistaken. Nebraska republicans declared for
Taft several months ago
I heard you whisper in your sleep
"Me loves oo, dady, des a heep"
A.nd, though your mother had prepared
Your kittle bed for you, I dared'
To sit and hold you longer, till
I heard the plaintive whippoorwill
Call from the gloomy forest's edge;
And till the bullfrog in the sedge
Sent his deep cry across the gloom,
A vibrant, rumbling, loud ba-zoom,
And clasped you tighter than before,
And stooped and hoped for something more
To wing to me from, realms of sleep
Than "loves oo daddy des a heap."
But that was every word you said,
And, yet, it seemed your curly head
Lay closer, warmer to my breast,
Till I imagined that your rest
Was full of me just full of dad
And that .your little soul was glad,
Where'er it wandered far and free,
Because of the great love of me
That hedged you round and all about
And loved you when the lights were out;
And when the world hung in. the dark,
Moonlight nor starlight, with no spark
To guide it; naught below, above,
But only God's enduring love.
I love to think of this old world,
Like a wee baby, lying curled
Against tho Father's loving breast
All nightie-robed and sung to rest,
Content and glad and unafraid,
And snuggling, as its ear were laid
Against a heart whose each throb sings
Of love, excluding all such things
As gold and fame, and all tho dross
That men pursue at such a loss
Of love; the old world wandered back
To youth along its age-worn track,
And in the Father's arms asleep,
Lisping, "I love oo des a heap."
Judd Mortimer Lewis in Spare Moments.
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