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VOLUME. 8, JNUMBER 3
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"When Fifteen Banks Failed Under Cleveland it
was Called a 'Panic' But When in 1 907, Under
a Republican Administration, Forty-Three Banks
Stopped Payment They Called it a 'Holiday'"
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Nefcx
It is possible that the wily foreigners are
sowing the seeds of dyspepsia vin our 'fleet.' '
Mr; 'Dupont'g presence in the republican
headquarters rooms threatens an explosion in
several parts of tho country.
"Of course the people rule," says Joseph
G. Cannon. "And, continues'Uncle Joe," point
ing to Nelson B. Aldrich, "we are the people."
' It having been discovered that -Mr. Rock-
efeller is of noble blood, we begin to understand
how and why he has been grand duke-irig usali;
these weary years.
' . rY , f-, '. i'' i' .
Perhaps Mr. Hitchcock, chairman, wants
Mr. 'Dupont, powder' trxist", magnate," to; ,help
.along with some" schemes that will ' secure a
emolcelesB campaign. . . ...
I. Responding to" the ova
acked President,. Roosevelt,
Tho following dispatch was printed in the
Washington, September 8. The District of
Columbia democrats serenaded the fo.rmer stand
ard bearer at his hotel
tlon Judge Parker attacked
in. a sensational manner in connection 4wlth, the
campaign contributions made to the republicans''
by E..H. Harriman four years ago! 7 ,
'"I rwish I could say to you that the battle
is over' said Judge Parker, "that there is noth
ing loft for us to do but cast our ballots and
prepare for the inauguration of Bryan. But it
must not be forgotten that while our prospects
are very good indeed, thatwe have a very live
enemy to contend with. The republican party
has the good fortune to have as its leader a
man who is also the president of the United
States and the most accomplished politician of
modern days. "We read in the newspapers that
he is preparing to abandon Oyster Bay and
journey to Washington about the 22ti of Sep
tember, that he may have his fingers upon the
national pulse for the benefit of his party dur
ing the campaign. That is not to be lost sight
of as a serious menace. He is resourceful
none more so.
"We have not forgotten that he was able
to write a letter or two to one Harriman in
1904 and' In one of the letters he suggested to
, Harriman that he wanted him to come down to
' Washington and after the campaign was over
he would like to consult him about the railroad
feature of his message. We have not forgotten
either that he persuaded Harriman to come.
What tjqir conversation was we will never know,
but as the result of the invitation to Hook over
the message he raised $625,000, and a half
million was used in ,the City of New York dur
ing the two or three days preceding the election.
Nor have we forgotten, my friends, that there
were large contributions also in 1904, but we
. have learned since that there are, both good and
bad trusts. For myself I have never been able
to ascertain where the line should . be. .drawn
to distinguish- between good and bad" -trusts.
Someof the good trusts, or at least those that
were not prosecuted, were liberal contributors
"He has also-an army of officeholders in
,the United States wh tab. h ran iin In fha hf
rile'' Back in Cleveland and McKinley's times
--;tWr$rirter.of officetidlders was increased about
''lJWO'ht an expense of $6,000,000 a year, but
'f under; .this ..great, leader of the republicans it .
tinn htnlMfflniliJ Aft On A J .1 A ' i .
has 'bedh; swelled 99.200 nrfrl at. an nnniinl In.
-'cHease tp'tlie people df "$7 0,000,000.
. " "There is very muoh we must contend with
on the part of the republican party and its
leader, and we must bear in mjnd they have
yet some good trusts to contribute in 1908.
We must consider some of the difficulties they
have. There is not an insurance company in
New York that can or dare take any of tho
money belonging to the policyholders and use
it for campaign purposes. Wo have a statute
in New York now enacted under the pressuro
of the exposures that were made sending men
to jail who take money out of corporation treas
uries for political purposes, and if we had se
cured such a law from congress prohibiting
them from contributing to the election of our
president and congressmen, a statute that would
send people to jail for using corporation funds
for political purposes then we would have a
very moderate campaign fund this year..
"It has been discovered that the republi
can party does not necessarily fill the dinner
pail. It has been discovered by business men
of this country that the republican party of this
country is not essential to prosperity. They
have seen during the time of good 'crops and
' with millions and millions pouring into this
. , country from the dale of our crops that it was
nevertheless possible for tho republican party
' -to -have, one of those panics'"which -the demo
cratic party has been so unfortunate to have
fallen heir to on more than one occasion. Out
in California a man said to me that back in
' 1893, when Cleveland was president, that when
fifteen banks failed it, was called a panic, but
that in 1907, when forty-three banks stopped
payment, they called it a holiday."
' The fish wouldn't bite for Mr. Taft at Mid
.dle Bass Island, which fact may bo a forerunner
of disappointment concerning the outcome of the
expected sucker vote.
Noting that a scientist says that trees can
think, the Washington Herald offers proof in
the shape of the weeping willow. Is the slip
pery elm the politician of the tree outfit?
As yet Mr. Taft has not told us what sched
ules he would "revise upwards." Possibly ho
is waiting until Treasurer Sheldon attends to
some little matters, acting on a private tip.
A great many factories that closed during
a panic that came under a republican adminis
tration are promising to open and run full time
if another republican administration is put in
Tho republican managers are calling out
all the party spellbinders, "and are anxious also
to secure the help of several practical men, if
,lt can be done without attracting too much
The. society for tho suppression of useless
noises -seems to have gotten in its work on the
spellbinders who were wont to tell us that
panics always came during democratic administrations.
. Of course voluntary contributions from tho
people excite the risibilities of the fellows who
have always been able to call. on .those who can
through the operation of tariff .laws, levy forced
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THE PEOPLE SEE IT
Hon. William J. Bryan, in a brief par
agraph, yesterday exposed the whole 'effort (put
forth by-William R. Hearst in this campaign.
Asked by the reporters if ho had anything to
say- about the Hearst, speech of Labor Day in
which the democratic candidate was bitterly as
sailed, Mr. J3ryan said:
"I am fighting Mr. Taft. Mr. Taft or I will
be elected. If Mr. Hearst will declare ho is en
deavoring to help elect Mr. Taft and Mr, Taft
will endorse Mr. Hearst as a representative of
republican ideas and Mr. Hearst's method of
campaigning I will answer Mr. Hearst."
3 Mr. Hearst is endeavoring to elect Mr. Taft.
That is his purpose In putting a ticket in the
field. Neither Mr. Hearst nor Mr. Taft will
acknowledge so disgraceful a bargain, but the
people recognize it and Mr. Hearst will realize
that fact fully on election day. Buffalo (N Y )
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CALIi: FOR 'CLUB ORGANIZATION
Tho republican national convention voted
down overwhelmingly publicity at any time of.
campaign contributions. The republican nom
inee for president is against publication until
after the election. It is evident that the re
- publican party intends to rely in this campaign
as in the past, on the favor-seeking interests
with the hope of carrying the election by the
methods usually employed. Public opinion is
strongly against such methods. That this-pub-
lie sentiment may crystallize into an offective
force, it is necessary for the people to organize
All patriotic citizens, therefore, irrespective
of party, who stand for tho rule df the people
and are agalnststhe corrupt or undue influence
o money in elections, and to that end favor
. -publicity of 'the larger .campaigncontributions
before the .election, as ..demanded by the demo
. cratic platform, are urged to organize them
. selves xlmmediately ilnto campaign 'clubs for tho
All organizations in sympathy are expected
- to assist actively in this work. The chairman
, of the democratic state committee in each state
is requested to have each county and precinct
- committeeman organize a campaign club in each
precinct on or before the 15th day of September,
and to call -meetings immediately for that pur
pose. All existing organizations should meet at
-once -and -appoint campaign committees.
The names and addresses of all campaign
organizations, their officers, and committeemen
. should be sent to John W. Tomlinson, Chair
man committee on club organization, democratic
national headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, so that
certificates of enrollment, literature, etc., may
be sent. No special form of organization or by
Organize for Bryan and Kern and prosperity
for all. . - '
JOHN W. TOMLINSON, Chairman .Gommit
tee Club Organization.
, , NORMAN E. MACK, Chairman Democratic
National Committee. " , -:
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An Atlanta (Georgia) dispatch to the
New York World says; "Thomas. M. Blodgett,
chairman of the republican state league of
Georgia, which gained considerable notoriety in
- tho struggle for the Georgia delegation to tho
- repu'blicaii'national convention, has come out for
- Brvan find TCfirn. Tn nn nnnn loffo Tia rlpnlnrflS
that the republican party no longer represents
the principles of its founders and that the inter
ests of the country demand theT election of the
democratic ticket. Blodgett --denounces the
steam-roller tactics at the republican national
convention." . - v
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