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w r- t, ,; t ' Commoner. Jf ,n ''?k. WJ, . WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR ?i. .r;r i. ,vr.. VOL; 8, NO.-52!- Lincoln, Nebraska, January 8, 1909 i .Whole Number 416 CONTENTS EDITORIAL INDEPENDEiTCjv V "THE-'GOVERNMENT" AND "THE '.AD MINISTRATION" BANKING PROFIT DEMOCRACY ADVANCES . .'.PENNSYLVANIA'S DEMOCRACY BEWARE OF THE POISON,' DANGERS OF OFFICE .LEAVES FROM A REPORTER'S NOTE . ' . BOOK SOLVING THE MYSTERY COMMENT ON CURRENT TOPICS .' HOME DEPARTMENT WHETHER COMMON OR NOT NEWS OF THE WEEK ;.- v SECRETS OF THE SECRET SERVICE HELP FOR THE EARTHQUAKE SUFFERERS ' "; Jlll4..'., So widespr ead is tine distress among the earthquak-e-GU&oxers in Italy that every section of. the civilized wp.rjd, is expected to make con trlb'ution for. the relief of th'ese-sorely stricken . people. It is needless to say that Americatwill -a '.( "j . ; do f , , , f A i wltimm m hHHkLI n ' i yv wt.dnan hdi m xiauxBhaHHwr! , . vvc Cjt ffi.gWtsnieTW'' - swy. ".. . 1 . n ' -!! .p jE3BBFaBBBBBEiMBeBKi' ' "i. flv.-y" Iii.?aL r' . X I vldjB ' ' " iiiii m i in II i. " nil imiifVj j t-5 " ' ' ' ' 1,1 . "EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW" her part In this great work and to this; end.. , r every1 Mailable a'gency must be utilized. ' , ; It is' difficult for the human mind to under stand the extent of the disaster. Some idea of ttie great damage done to the living and to property Interests may be obtained when it is remembered that carefuL estimates vindicate tliat sat least-2 a0,'O 00" 'people lost' their lives. Many of the larger papers are calling for. subscriptions and The Commoner will join in ' this effort. The Commoner starts the fund with $100 and calls upon its readers everywhere to make such contribution as they can afford. All drafts or money orders given for this purpose to this office should be made payable to The Commoner. The money thus collected will be paid to the proper authorities in order that this fund may be promptly and effectively , used for the benefit of the needy. Let every reader of The Commoner make some cont'ribution to the Earthquake Fund. .It is a. .duty they owe humanity. PROBABLY AN ERROR The usually reliable Springfield (Mass.) Republican has a headline to the effect that "Taft led Bryan by $44,754." If, the Republi can meant to fix the cost of the republican ma jority, the estimate is probably too low, but as that is the exact amount of the plurality in Massachusetts, the dollar mark was probably put in by mistake. EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE .. When it was announced ' that President Roosevelt would become the associate editor of the. Outlook, inquiry was made as to the stock holders. The Outlook company at first resented . the inquiry, as if it were;, a matter pf no im ipprtance. Finally, when it developed that Mr. "Stillman, the Standard Oil banker, was one of the stockholders, the representatives of the Out look condescended to give some attention to the matter and announced that Mr., Stillman's hold ings did not amount to one-tenth of the entire stock. When the subject was brought to the attention of Mr. Roosevelt he also scouted the idea that it made any difference who owned the stock of the company. It is not necessary to assume a bad intent upon the part of the presi dent or upon the part of the proprietors of the Outlook. On the contrary it is entirely possible that both he and they honestly believe that President. Roosevelt will feel entirely free to express himself on any and all questions. But , however immune the president and the managers ' of the Outlook may be, the principle which they asserted is not a tenable one. It does make a difference who owns a paper; the editor is not always independent of those who employ him. The fact that the men interested in the trusts and combines are reaching out after newspapers and periodicals is sufficient proof that they ex pect to exert an influence on the editorial policy of the papers which they own and no one can read the editorials in the papers thus owned without recognizing the subserviency of the edi torial writers. Even the managers of the Out- look might be unconsciously influenced by those of their stockholders who have a pecuniary in terest In predatory corporations. The fact that, tile influence may be unconsciously exerted does not make It any the less deadly. Even the president mlght unintentionally avoid editorial utterances offensive to stockh6lders,' with, whom . ho is supposed t6 associate with more orfejim intimacy. . , The president doubtless feels that he can raako the Outlook a useful medium in reaching the public, but ho could have given to his utterances a greater weight had ho In quired Into the personnel of tho stockholders before becoming an employe, for an editor re ceiving a salary Is, after all, only an employe, even though his contract may stipulate that ho Is to have absolute freedom in his writings. Tho . president might have given more confidence to - . the friends of reform and emphasized the neces- , slty for Independence In journalism by stipulat ing that during his connection with tho paper none of its stock should be owned by law defy ing corporations or those intimately connected with them. Tho president used as an argument against the democratic ticket that it was supported by a . ",, St. Louis lawyer who acted as attorney for a trust official. If the president was justified in, making the support of this man one voter In six million and a half a ground .for criticism, he might be justified In Inquiring whether an objectionable man owned one-tenth of the stock in the company from which he expects to draw a salary. tf .. J "I a iff MufeahijI -'-"' '-'.