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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 35
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Nob.
Naturally and of course all of us will take
d deep Interest in "Young Turkey."
"When Mr. Sherman insisted that the peo
ple do rule ho doubtless winked his left optic
in the direction of Danville, 111.
Mr, .Taft says that some tariff schedules
should bo revised upwards. This affords Treas
urer Sheldon his glorious opportunity.
"Dirt is flying at Panama!" shrieks an ad-
ministration organ. Yes, but a good deal of the
stuff you see flying dawn there is money.
Let's see we're, not hearing so much from
republican papers' about "rear platform oratory"
lately, are we?,. Nor about "canned speeches."
. - "
-."Reports from various sections indicate that
the angle of Joseph G, Cannon's cigar is tend
Mr. Sherman's endorsement of tho g.b. p.
platform and Mr. Taft's speech of acceptance
means a severe strain upon the Sherman unmentionables.
Senator Hopkins of Illinois says "Mr. Taft's
promises are not binding on the party." . Is the
promise of any g. o. p. manager binding on the
Friends of. Chairman Hitchcock call him
"tho silent man." But Treasurer Sheldon is
expected to furnish tho medium of talk for the
g. o. p.. committee.
Speaker Cannon says ho will speak in all
tho doubtful congressional districts. If "Uncle
Joe" means it.ho Is In for about seven districts
a day from now until election.
The Pittsburg Leader, which is supporting
Taft and opposing the bank guarantee law, is
diligently condemning a Pittsburg banker who
has just looted a bank.
If Chairman Hitchcock could bo real sure
that a couple of letters were destroyed and
forgotten, he knows whore his committee could
get hold of a "practical man" for campaign
Mr. Taft's promise to call an extra session
to revise the tariff in case he Is elected is cal
culated to enthuse the eminent tariff beneficiar
ies who feel that their schedules need revising
."The republican party Is pledged to revision
on the protective basis;" says the Sioux City
Journal. Mr. Taft says some of the schedules
.are too. low. That ought to explain the repub
Jlcan idea of revision.
Tho report that Mr. Rookefeller plays the
game of golf "on the square" impels one to ex
press the wish that ho might have begun the
practice many years ago.
"It is amusing," remarks the Sioux City
Journal, "to see some newspapers supporting
Taft and arguing for most of Mr. Bryan's is
sues." 'Why. it -must even bo positively annoy
ing, to the Journal.
The St. Louis Times assorts that if the gov
ernment guarantees bank deposits it ought to
guarantee .good crops to the farmer who sows
soed. If the St. Louis Times is willing -to have
its mental ability jueasured.by that sort of aru-
mont, certainly nobody will object.
Answering tho question, "Shall the people
rule?" the Sioux City Journal says: "Not in
a southern state, if they happen to be a colored
people." So? Perhaps in Springfield, Illinois,
or Springfield, Ohio.
American made agricultural Implements
are sold cheaper in Argentina than in the United
States. Perhaps Mr. Taft thinks the schedule
covering American made agricultural imple
ments needs revising, upwards.
"Bryan's election would be little less than
a calamity to labor!" shouts an Iowa republican
paper. Anything less than the present calamity
would be welcomed by a million and, a half of
ijdle worklngmen in this country.
A bountiful crop being assured tho Wash
ington Post wonders why the republican party
should go to the trouble of issuing any other
campaign arguments. The Post is another of
tfiose republican organs that imagines the voters
o'f America think with their; stomachs.
' The Pittsburg Gazette-Times says that
xinder democratic administration we havo never
had prosperity for any period, long or short."
The Gazette-Times' historian is another one
who belioves that fiction oft; repeated becomes
Mr. Taft has gone fishing. If for votes it
must bo admitted that between his own plat
form, the republican platforms of the different
states, and his own amendments to the Chicago
production, Mr. Taft will have a large variety
Mr. Taft is loudly demanding "the impar
tial enforcement of tho law." That's exactly
what the workingmen are demanding and ex
actly what they have not been securing through
tho working of the injunction as applied to in
The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph op
poses bank guarantees on.. the ground that it
"upsets a system 'that was years in the build
ing." A few-months ago a large gathering of
financiers in New York City admitted, under
pressure, that the. system was about the poorest
Tho St. Louis Times intimates that tho Lincoln-boy
who acquired the dope habit while-in
the Nebraska state prison may have gotten
some of his ,dope from the pages of The Com
moner.. Tho fact that the Lincoln boy in ques
tion is not a victim of paresis absolves the St.
Louis Times from all blame.
The New York Tribune calls attention to
the fact that Mr. Bryan has often had platforms
collapse'under him, and remarks that "Mr
Bryan-has an unfortunate tendency toward tho
selection of weak platforms." Bo that as it
may, perhaps one reason why republican can
didates -are neyer in a platform collapse is that
they never stand on their platforms.
"AFTER" THE ELECTION
Tho New York Herald in its issue of Aug
ust 29, printed the following:
"George R. Sheldon, treasurer of the re
publican national committee, would not deny
yesterday that tho committee has received a
$50,000 contribution from William Nelson
Cromwell, who is a member of. the national ad
visory committee and well able to make a largo
" 4Is it true,' ho was asked, 'that Mr. Crom
well, representing E. H. Harriman, gave to you
a check for $50,000?'
" 'We 'have received no contribution from
Mr. Cromwell for Mr. Harriman. My under
standing Is that Mr. Harriman usually transacts
business for himself.'
" 'Has Mr. Cromwell .made such a contri
bution for himself?'
" 'I decline to discuss contributions at all.
The names of the contributors will be published
after election.' "
This is a sample of the "publicity" the
people are to have so far. as concerns republican
campaign contributions. It has been reported
by reputable news sources that Mr. Cromwell,
perhaps the most conspicuous corporation attor
ney in. America, contributed $50,000 to the re
publican campaign fund. The people. aro inter
ested in knowing whether this story is true,
but the republican treasurer declines to discuss
contributions and the people must be satisfied
with the assurance: "The names of the con
tributors will be published AFTER election."
But why not BEFORE election?
"THE WRONG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ANX
IOUS TO FOOT THE BILL"
The Commoner calls the attention of its
readers everywhere to an editorial which ap
peared in the August 10 issue of the New York
Evening Post (Ind.). From that editorial the
following is taken:
"It is Impossible not t sympathize, not
with Mr. Bryan's managers merely, but with any
honest campaign committee which endeavors to
raise money as it should be raised by the vol
untary gift of the many voters interested in tho
election. The truth is that our electorate has
been pauperized. It has been led, with good
ground, to believe that individuals seeking, pri
vate gain or public office would-'put up' the
money to run the campaign. Thus only a day
or so ago it was announced in Philadelphia that
the republican office-holders in that city would
be assessed a certain percentage of their salaries.
And for what? Not to carry Pennsylvania, but
to amass a corruption fund for other states.
The voter needs to be enlightened as to his
duty to contribute to a cause in which he is
vitally interested. His present attituda reminds
one of- the anecdote told of a stingy church
member who always declined to contribute to
church expenses, because, as he said, he be
lieved salvation was free. A wise old deacon
who had labored with him retorted: 'My friend,
we must discriminate; salvation is free, but re
ligion is expensive.' Politics, like religion, is ex
, pensive. The trouble is that the wrong people
have been anxious to foot the bills."
SUGGESTION FOR DEMOCRATIC CLUBS
Chanute, Kansas, 1908. The Common
er: I was once a "howling democrat
from old Missouri and all the way from Pike,"
bjit since locating in a state beastly republican,
in a city no less joined to the plutocratic idol
I have thought best to keep mum, but the re
straint has been trying on my nerves. I feel
now that the time is at hand when every demo
crat should "speak out in meeting," speak
strong, loud and often, for -victory seems in sight
and only needs a united, harmonious and con
centrated effort to win and hold the coveted
prize. To this end let me suggest that every
democratic club, every Bryan club in the United
States see that its members read The Commoner
that every club make an appropriation to send
The Commoner to conservative republicans (or
radicals for that matter) but especially to the
young men who will cast their first vote this
fall. -I would further suggest that every presi
dent and leader in. every club Impress on the
minds of its members that each and every one
of them Is a committee of one to solicit and
forward subscriptions to The Commoner. I make
these suggestions not so much in the Interest
of The Commoner as In the interest of "ire party,
because I believe it the best exponent of the
party, the strongest and best educational force
and at the price asked for it (25 cents) by far
.the cheapest way torget democratic .principles,
-policies .andreformsdni the Jiands .and-hearts of
the people. JOHN W. MARTIN, Jr.
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