The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, October 21, 1910, Page 5, Image 5

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OCTOBER 21, 1910
The Commoner.
S. S3. "Belcher, Huntington, W. Va. In com
pliance with your request, I sent to Rankin
Wiley, o Point Pleasant, W. Va., the democratic
candidate for congress of the Fifth congres
sional district for West Virginia, and have re
recelved the enclosed answers, and I desire them
to be published In The Commoner.
Mr. Wiley answers No. 3 by sayiu'g that ho
favors a tariff for revenue, answers No. 7 by
saying "I have not considered this question, but
favor only the state corporations," and answers
all other questions "yes."
Lucy D. Powers, Cameron, W. Va. Enclosed
find questions asked in The Commoner and an
swered by the Hon. John W. Davis, running for
congress in the Second district of W. Va., and
said when ho signed the paper: "That a good
democrat would not refuse to sign it." Yours
in democracy.
Mr. Davis said he is for tariff for revenue
and answers all other questions "yes."
J. E. Emmons, Nappanee, Indiana. Enclosed
find list of questions answered by our congress-
umu, n. a. juarnnart. He favors tariff for
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to all other
J. W. Coverdill, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
I enclose letter and answers received from Mr.
Martin. You will aee he is for tariff for revenue
only and answers all other questions "yes."
Topeka, Kan., October 10, 1910. Hon. J. W.
Cover.dill, Cottonwood Falls, Kan. My Dear Mr.
Coverdill: I am very glad to have the opportu
nity to answer the questions you asked me. I
am thoroughly in sympathy with them, and in
case of my election, I shall be very glad to do
what I can to secure the enactment of these
principles into law. I have been over most; all
the district and I have great confidence that
we are going to vin. I shall appreciate what
ever you may be able to do for me. With as
surances of my best wishes, I am
Very truly yours,
-Mr.'rW.? Whitney, Melvern, Kansas also
sends in answers made by Mr. I-I. S. Martin.'
John T.. White, Joplin, Mo. rActing upon the
suggestion put forth by The Commoner to re
quest of candidates for congress an open declar
ation of their position on public questions I
clipped the published list from The Commoner
and forwarded same to Mr. James A. Daugherty,
candidate from this Fifteenth district of Mis
souri. I enclose Mr. Daugherty's reply. It will
be seen that while he does not answer the ques
tions seriatim his blanket endorsement appears
to leave no room for doubt as to his acceptance
specifically of each of these ten propositions and
is therefore very gratifying.
Webb City, Mo., October 10, 1910. John T..
White, Joplin, Mo. My Dear Friend White: In
reply to your favor of September 23, I beg to
assure you that I am heartily in favor of the
principles enunciated in The Commoner. I
kindly refer you to Hon. W. J. Bryan's Joplin
speech. Mr. Bryan has been my personal friend
for twenty years. I thank you. very kindly for
your interest in democratic principles and as
sure you that if I am elected to represent the
Fifteenth district in congress I will do all in my
power to further those principles that we hold
to be just and right. Trusting I may hear from
you again, I beg to remain,
Very truly yours,
J. J. Geranghty, Odessa, Mo. On October 1,
inst., Hon. C. W. Hamlin of Springfield, Mo
member of congress from the Seventh Congres
sional district of Missouri, spoke to a good
audience at Odessa, and aB he was leaving for
his home, after an absence of three weeks spent
Jp campaigning, I handed him the ten questions
which I clipped from The Commoner, request
ing him to sign or fill in the answers and send
them to me. He answered yes to nine of the
questions, and his answer to the third question
was, "I am in favor of tariff for revenue only.".
When Congressman Rainey of Illinois was re
huking the unfaithful members of congress be
fore a Ghautauqua audience at Odessa, Mo., a
short time ago, he said: "But I am pleased to be
able to congratulate you by telling you that
your member of congress, Hon. C. W. Hamlin,
Ask Your Congressman
The tlmo Is past for sham battles and In order that a real victory may bo won for the
people every candidate for congress should bo questioned on several particular subjects by
tho men whoso votes ho seoks.
Readers of The Commoner everywhere should ask thoir congressman:
(1) Do you believe: "A platform is a pledge, given by tho candldato to tho voters, and
when ratified at tho polls becomes a contract between tho official and his constituent. To
violate it, in letter or in spirit, is not only undemocratic, but repugnant to the principles of
representative government, and constitutes an ombezzlomont of powor."
(2) Will you vote for a change in the house rules, putting tho selection of committees
in the hands of party caucuses, each caucus selecting its own committoo membership?
(3) Where do you stand on Iho tariff question? , Do you beliovo in the princlplo of pro
tection as interpreted by. the republican party orclo you favor tariff for revenue only?
(4) Do you endorse tho democratic platform declaration that a private monopoly Is In
defensible and intolerable?
(5) Will you do your utmost to mako it Impossible for a private. monopoly to exist?
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;(6) Will you favor' a bill requiring the publication of all campaign contributions prior
to election day? '
(7) Are you opposed to national Incorporation that Is, tho grant of corporation charters
by the federal government Instead of by "the state government as at present?
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Answer , .'
" (8) Aro you, in favor of. the election'of United States senators by direct vote of the people?
Answer , ' ".
(9) Are you In favor of tho Income tax?
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Answer ..'..'.,........
(10) Do you approve the democratic national platform for 1908 V
Note: It is suggested that voters cut out tho abovo list of questions and send ft to tho
candidate for congress in their district, asking him to fill in tho answers and return tho samo
to the voter. The voter may, if he desires, forward tho same to Tho Commoner, and it will
be printed iu this paper.
is a hard worker, and is always to be found at
his post of duty." No wonder that Mr. Hamlin,
is daily growing stronger. No wonder that he
beat his opponent for the nomination nearly four
to one in his own ward. Mr. Hamlin is a big,
clean hearted, liberal minded man, a gentleman
in the broadest acceptation of tho term, and is
fast endearing himself to the hoaTts of the
people of the Seventh Missouri district, and I
believe that I am voicing the sentiment of the
people when I say that Hon. C. W. Hamlin and
all of tho other faithful members who so nobly
stood for the interests of the masses and against
the claBses, should be allowed to succeed them
selves so long as they desire to do so. .Please
publish thisMn The Commoner.
J, A. Morriss, Bridgeport, Ohio. Please -find
enclosed list of questions and answers. I sent
this to W. B. Francis, democratic candidate for
congress to succeed Mr. Hollingsworth in the
Sixteenth district of Ohio. Mr. Francis is con
valescing after an operation for appendicitis and
is just able to sit up in bed. I thought it un
necessary to send these questions to Mr. Hol
lingsworth, as his record in the house shows
where he stands. I also enclose one pf Mr.
Francis' folders which explains itself.
Mr. Francis says he is opposed to national
incorporation, favors tariff for revenue and the
placing on tho freo list of articles controlled by
trusts. He answers tho other questions "yes."
It takes a little courage
And a' little self-control,
And some grim determination
If you want to reach a goal.
It takes a deal of striving,
And a firm and stern set chin,
No matter what tho battle.
If you're really out to win. -
There's no easy path to glory, '
There's no rosy road to fame.
Life, however we may view it,
Is no simple parlor game;
But its prizes call for fighting ,
For endurance and for grit,
For a rugged disposition
And a "don't-know-when-to-quit." -
You must take a blow or give one,
You must risk and you must lose,'
And expect that in tho .struggle
You will suffer from a bruise."
But you musn't wince or falter,
If a fight you onco begin,
Be a man and face the battle
That's the only way to win.
Detroit Free Press.
Mr. Roosevelt seems to think that "commis
sion" can fool the people in 1912 as successfully
as revision did in 1908.
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