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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (April 15, 1910)
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APRIL If, 1910
per car as it costs to build a car. If
we were all on the trust band wagon
we would not be required, In this
struggle for a high living, to work
four days for a trust for the privilege'
of working with their machinery one
day for ourselves. If wo were all on
instead of under the trust band
wagon, we would be making a high,
luxurious living, with about four
hours' labor each day instead of
working eight to fourteen hours per
day for a bare existence.
If wo were all on the band wagon
the man would make the living and
the children would have to leave the
trust factories and go to a trust
If we were all on the trust band
wagon we would get our transporta
tion on the same basis that we now
send our letters, would get our
amusements like we not get our
schooling and protect our families
from freezing and from starving like
we protect our property from Are.
Wo would empty every state, county
and city prison because 99 per cent
of the inmates are there through
greed in some form directly or in
directly. But, then, this would all be uncon
stitutionri because the supreme court
said so. Mr. Divine wrote a very fine
article on this high price of 'living
the other day, then undid it all by
saying "he was either dreaming or
talking through his hat." He doesn't
want to be on the trust band wagon
yet. "While he has been twice in the
competitive churn and got out with
his life he is now sleeping with one
eye open, waiting for the goddess of
liberty to raise the lid so he can
plunge ahead, first Into the churn
once more for the third and last
time, for when he realizes his third
dream or builds his third railroad
and goes out into the rural districts
beyond the ridge, runs a milk train
daily, with a car and two men do
the work of fifty men and teams and
Builds up a dairy industry, he will
then be one of the "raker offs" be
tween the producer and the consum
er. Notwithstanding all this labor
saving and reduction in actual cost,
we will still find dairy products go
ing up in price to the consumer, just
as trust products are continuing to
rise in the face of decrease in the
cost of production!
All that I, a work ox, can do is to
saw wood or go way back and sit
down, while this great panorama or
moving picture show continues. But
when Mr. Divine's third railroad be
comes such a factor in the progress of
civilization as his first and second
now are, he will then be one cog in
the great gear wheel of public in
dustry and the band wagon will stop
and pick him up.
"When I was yet wild in the pine
thickets of James county, I could see
and hear all this rumbling and grum
bling about something being wrong,
turning the rascals out and putting
good men In. That was way back
in the good old "days of hog and
hominy, cowhide boots, jeans pants,
etc.''. The same old threadbare rule
is still working and being worked.
But I am going to stay in the city;
vote for what I want and take what
I can get. J. S. BOYD.
Chattanooga, Tenn., January 23.
The brave ship was wallowing in
the waves that threatened to engulf
her at any moment. - Hastily the cap
tain ordered a box of rockets and
flares to be brought to the rail, and
with his own hands ignited a num
ber of them in the hope that they
would be seen and the passengers
and crew rescued. Amid the rockets'
red glare a tall, thin, austere Indi
vidual found his way with- difficulty
to the rail and spoke to the captain.
"Captain," said he, "I protest. We
are now facing death. This is no
time for a fireworks display." Tit-Bits.
I long for the days of the barlow
And the sore toe tied with yarn;
For the "mumblepeg" and the "Bos
In the shade of the moss-grown
I even yearn for a stone bruised heel,
Or a back burned red by the sun;
For the old-time zest for my couch
I had when the day was done.
I long for the days of the "sight
And the peg tops spun with twine;
For my old-time place down at
As one of the village "Nine."
I even yearn for the finger bunged
Or the thumb with a ragged split;
Or the old-time lump on my bulging
That showed where the base ball
I long for the days of the swimmin'
And the "swish" of the old fish
line; For the "crockries;" "aggies,"
The "'nealies" that once were mine.
I even yearn for the blistered
That came from the old grub hoe;
For the appetite that came with night
In the days ofthelong ago.
I long for the days that are long,
When my heart was free from
For the sunny hours when my boyish
Was as light as the summer air.
But, thank the Lord, I am living yet,
And I thank Him, too, that I
Can sit at ease when the day Is done
And dream of the days gone by.
Belief in luck has ruined many
The man who looks for trouble
can find it- with his eyes shut.
Honestly, Mr. Confirmed Smoker,
do you enjoy smoking a pipe In the
You are not really having a good
time today if a couple of weeks from
now you would be happy if you could
When doubt enters lovo is crowd
Giving a part of tho swag to for
eign missions will not square tho
Tho average boy will not believe
that spring has arrived until tho cir
cus bills are posted.
Tho young fellow who talks about
his salary usually envies tho young
man who earns wages.
There are men who think that
home is merely a place where they
can get rid of a grouch.
About two days' work in the gar
den takes all the agricultural ambi
tion out of the average city man.
What a glut of garden sass there
would bo on tho market if every
city man raised as much stuff as he
If this sort of thing continues tho
farmer will rush for tho family
physician instead of the veterinarian
when one of the hogs gets sick.
Peter was a good man. Ho is the
only fisherman on record who failed
to get a bite all night" and readily
admitted tho fact next morning.
When you see a young lady in tho
street car poring over a long letter,
tho chances are that it is from Him.
Maybe it is from a girl friend telling
all about her Him.
The admonition "bear ye one an
other's burdens" does not mean that
you should patiently submit to hav
ing burdens shifted over onto your
shoulders by people too lazy to bear
The average boy's idea of a "sane
Fourth" Is a ton of powder, six gross
of firecrackers, a dray load of tor
pedoes, four million blank cartridges,
two revolvers, a brass cannon and
four barrels of red lemonade.
We hear a whole lot about the
wickedness of strikes for higher
wages or against wage reductions,
but we seldom hear anything In
criticism of the big trust that shuts
down Its plant for the purpose of
pushing up tho price, of stock on
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"I am going to elevate the stage."
"Ah, Indeed! Have you written a
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"Neither. I have decided on using
AN ENMESHED PRESIDENT
The Aldrich law fell short of pub
lic expectation. Economically it may
or may not be an improvement on
the Dingley law. But the people of
the west are no longer quarreling
with congress as to that. The Aid
rich law Is not now an economic Is
sue. It is a moral issue. The people
feel that the law was forced down
their throats against their will in the
interests of a section of the country
or of a class of the people. And as
a moral issue it will not down until
aggressive steps havo been taken to
amend it. The senate crippled the
president's powers to make inquiries
as to costs of manufacture; it con
fined tho scope of the tariff boari
and cut short the appropriation for
And the fat little baron from
Malno bragged about it.
The president finds himself en
meshed, obstructed by an organiza
tion long experienced, and dominant
In legislation, which beset him with
pitfalls and bound him with withes
which he could not feel.
And what was tho composition of
that organization and what was tho
source from which that organization
drew Its strength?
The strongholds of privilege.
And who were its representatives
in the two houses of congress?
Subsidized assassins of legislation,
men who had grown to be as much
a part of the predatory rich as a fly
imbedded in amber. Vestern con
gressmen and senators who through
long association with the rich and
powerful, men who frequent Wash
ington, in official or unofficial life,
had been attracted by the great
baubles of money or power. Cement
ed together as a unit by the common
interest of power and money, they
were men who no longer sought to
influence legislation but to control it,
and who had been almost into the
open in their arrogance and greed.
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