The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, February 17, 1911, Page 7, Image 7
a. FEBK'uXRt 17,'181i The : Comrao aer v'" 7 ON THIS SUBJECT a United Press dispatch frpm New York says:. "The. Now York Press, which gives the detail of the recant changes in the magazine field, says that" J. P. Morgan is tho most active in the trust. Thomas .W. Laraont, newest partner of .the Morgan firm, says that concern can now dictate tho policy of periodicals with a circulation of 3,000,000. La mont controls the Crowell Publishing company, . which markets the Woman's Home Companion, the Farm and Fireside and which last week' secured possession of the American Magazine. Lainont's two most important assistants in the Crowell concern, says the Pjess, are George H. Hazen, president, and Joseph P. Knapp of -the American Lithographic company, who is a direc tor of the Associated Sunday Magazines. This periodical has a circulation of more than 1,000,; 000. The Press states that the Curtis publica tions of Philadelphia, tho McCluro publications, Hamptons, John Wanamaker's periodicals," Robert J. Collier and Condenat's magazine will not enter the combination. Thomas F. Ryan also is to be a potent factor in the periodical literature field monopoly, if rumors in the finan cial world are to be given credence. It devel oped that it was not alone to muzzle the maga zines that the big financiers were in the market to buy but tjhat they have discovered that by applying trust methods fully as enormous profits are to be extracted as have come from oil, sugar or tobacco. This will precipitate a fight between the financial interests who .want control and will materially benefit those publishers who are willing to selK With the big magazines con trolled by a- single group of interests, the club plan of selling will be developed. Magazines will be grouped as follows-: Woman's maga zine, a current affairs magazine, and a fiction publication. To this group will be added a set of books and the canvassers will offer the en tire lot on the usual installment plan. The canvassers' commission will be fifteen per cent, five times the amount he would get from tho magazine alone and Vill give tho combination a monopoly of thevbest canvassers. The . big distributing companies, which put the magazines on the Marketers also to befthe. objectiveo:the financiers, 1t Issaid; The ideabciroulation ofa 'successful magazine isfofty per cent stand sales and fifty per cent subscription;' Therefore, the men who want to form the magazine trust would like' to get hold of the distributing agencies and offers have already been made for controlling stock. Another report given wide credence is that notes for upwards of $3,000,000 are held by the paper company which has a monopoly of. furnishing paper for printing the standard maga zines. This company Is alleged to have connec tion with Morgan and company, but at its offices no one would discuss the matter." THE SEATTLE, Washington, -recall law passed two years ago, provides for a recall election upon the presentation of a petition signed by twenty-five per cent of the voters at the previous general, election. After this , petition is certified to, the- city council sets the date for the elec tion, which must be within thirty days. Under the pro visions -of this law an election was held February 8, and Mayor H. C. Gill, who had been elected by 3,50Q majority, jyas ousted by 4,0Q0 majority. A Seattle dispatch, carried by the Associated Press, says: "George Dilling was elected mayor to succeed Gill, and will take the oath of office tomorow. , One of the big surprises of the election -was the enormous vote polled by the socialist candidate, which it is certain will exceed 5,000. This is the first thorough test of tho principle of the recall of a public ofllcial who failed to do his duty. Gill's stipulated term of office has only half expired. A total of about 62,000 votes were cast, nearly half of which were by women. This was the first time that women, under the new law, could vote and 30,000 of them registered for the election. The women seemed to know as muchabout the voting as the men. They stpod . In orderly lines "at the polls and were as quick In voting as their husbands, and brothers. They established the fact that their votes are cast for a, clean city as against.one governed by partisan ship, the redllght district and the criminal eler jnent. pilling was sleeted because the people refused any longer to stand for Gill and his wide open town- policy. His "platform was as follows: 'I want to get this vice, business clear ont of sight. Clean it up and put it away. I ,-wa-nt .to drive it put of politics, i aon z warn te to have to keep on.tmnKing anu uujuub j(Jeople bout vice. Get it undercontol ana out or ine ,Way of the city's growth. As against this wu Advocated a wide open town for 'business rea sons.' Ho has permitted gambling' under pro tection. The city was.full of assignation houses. There was no control of saloons. "Vice was .openly flaunted." a ILL" WAS ELECTED mayor last March. Plans to recall him were begun last October. . The petition for that purpose which was cir culated declared, in brief: "That Mayor Gill has shown himself incompetent and unfit; that he has abused tho appointive power by selecting, for personal and political reasons, men person ally unfit for office that he has whojly neglected to enforce- the criminal laws; that ho has per mitted Seattle to become a home and refuge for the criminal classes; that his continuance in office is a hienace to the business enterprise and morality of the city." The Seattle dispatch says: "When Gill was nominated for mayor ho was president of tho council. His business outside of the council was that of a lawyer. Much of his practice was among tho disorderly elements of the city. It was a common practice for him to leave a meeting of the council to go to the aid of one of his clients who had been arrested. In the race for tho nomination Gill had as an opponent aman of foreign birth, now to politics, a poor campaigner and by many considered dangerous because of his radical opinions. Wil liam Hiskman Moore, nominated to oppose Gill, made a strong race, although ho was tho candi date of a weak minority. Gill was a good cam paigner'. He was a hail fellow well met. People who despised and abhorred his principles, liked the man. All downtown Seattle knew 'HI' Gill. He was the hero of the underworld, the toast of the midnight cafes. And Gill, when speaking in the residence districts, promised well. A good 'business administration,' segregatiori of the restricted district, efficiency in all depart ments, this was the pledge made by Gill up town his bid for respectable votes. It is said for Gill that he Intended a better administration than he gave, but that in the hard contest ho 'had for election ho was forced tQ malce promises that recoiled upon him." w ' l'' '' '. JONATHAN HIGGINS of- Bignell, Nebraska, : writes to the Omaha Daily News to say: "Political parties have been tho curse of this nation since the day of the Jackson edict, 'To the victors belong the spoils.' Deceptions, fraudulent practices and chicanery have been the potent factors in party political methods for more than fifty years. There have been exceptions. The heart of the great Lincoln beat in unison with that of the masses, but he was so hedged about by designing, corrupt exploiters of the nation that he once declared: 'I wish they had their devilish heads shot off.' It is too recent history to recQunt the corruption funds, the briberies, deceptions and billingsgate resorted to defeat Bryan, the nation being bought with millions of the 'system's' cold cash. Conse quent upon that "purchase the people are be ing exploited as no other nation on the globe could endure and not become bankrupt. This has become so Intolerable that men of old parties are in revolt revolting democrats led by Bryan and revolting republicans by LaFollette. Tho people aTe forcing the primary .method of nom inations. In .this, and the initiative and refer endum and recall, the exploiters see their .finish, and are making superhuman efforts to hold party shackles upon them through the closed primary method, virtually saying to tho people: 'So long as you wear the party yoke, you can make nominations by this method.' But to what purpose? The New York World recently said: 'No man can bo elected president without tho electorate of the state of New York . There we have it hot off the griddle. No man can carry the -state of New York without the slums of New York City. So, according to the' World, more than 90,000,000 people must be ruled by. tho slums of the most corrupt city on earth. Bryan is my first choice for president. Who In this supposedly free country should have the right to dictate that with Bryan I must, take In numerable 'system' democrats? My second choice" is LaFollette. With LaFollette 'must I take Aldrich, Cannon, Morgan, Taft and the mighty straddling hunter? A mighty revolution is .loom ing up." N ATLANTA, Geotgla, reader of the New York World writes, to that newspaper to say: "I want every v sufferer ,from cancer. -throughout the world to know the beneficial re sults to be obtained, by the use of kerosene 611 applied to the affected, parts by means of cotton tampons saturated with the pure oil, or if too sovero for some cases, mixed wth lard.. The rolioffrom pain is almost imniediato and the . improvement, wonderfully rapid. I havo bad ex- perio'neo wlth, this disease and this treatment "and feel'that; It should bo thoroughly tried dut in hospitals a.nd sanitariums and tho public given the bopefltof tho experiments at once, I hopo you will do all In your power to bring- this to tho attention of all sufferors, that they may try tho remedy for thomsolves." i. ' i COLLIERS WEEKLY prints this interest ing story: "Some three years ago Gcorgo S. Lof tus of Minneapolis, a reformer of tho 'do-it-now' typo, turned up at tho office of James Manahan, his lawyer. 'Jim,' ho said,' 'I want you to sue the Pullman company.' $What for?' 'Oh, just sue them, and charge that their xatca are exorbitant. I got In from Chicago this morning. I had an upper berth, and couldn't sleep, and they charged mo just as much .as I would have had to pay for a lower.' Manahan drafted an innocont looking compJaintr saying, in a few words, that Pullman rates wero unjust. There was no technical verbiage. He mailed this to the interstate commorco commission atv Wash ington. Throe months later Manahan was' noti fied by mall that In ten days a special examiner would bo in St. Paul prepared to hoar Ldftus' case. Up to that date all tho evldenco Loftus and his lawyer had was Loftus' one sleepless night on tho train. On tho morning of tho hear iftjg the court room was filled with ex-Pullman porters. It was proved that tho porters received $25 a month, out of which they-had to pay for their meals on tho road and their unifdrms They were compelled to replace all fflw'dls', combs, and other lost articles. The public prac- tically paid their salaries in tips. This was the small beginning of one of tho largest results yet achieved' in the prosecution of any trust. There was no loud proclamation of tho setting of government machinery in motion.- On humble citizen liad merely' started to awwbefd It was proved thatfho Pullman company earneiT $,000 annually o4 cars that cost them '$l"tiiJb' that the porters made up ten million "beds an nually, and the company made in' 1907 over $32,000,000 gross. Its- capital had Increased from $100,000 'to '$150,000,000. Tho end has now come In an order from the intorsatec6m- merce commission, reludtantly agreed tdmftho! Pullman company,, reducing its rates! 'tWmtf five per cqht, about five per cent on-lowe"! berths and about twenty per cent on upper berths1. ' It may have significance for some of our readers that George S. Loftus Is tho close friend and political disciple of Robert M. LaFollette, "while Manahan is the", close friend and apostle of the Nebraska commoner. These two reformers, working together, have saved travelers at least $2,000,0.00 annually." A CONTEST TO DECIDE the question, "What are the- twenty-five most beautiful words in the English language," was held before tho New York Y. M. C. A. The prize winner was John Shea, a lawyer. Twenty-one of the twentyiflve words submitted by Shea were ac cepted. The words are: Melody, splendor, adoration, eloquence, virtue, innocence, mod esty, faith, joy, honor, radiance, nobility, sym pathy, heaven, love, divine, hope, harmony, hap piness, purity and liberty. Three of tho words rejected wero grace, justice and truth. The two former were stricken out, it was explained, be cause of the harshness of the "g" in grace and the "j" in justice. The word "truth" was "elim inated because of its metallic sound. - - 4tTO FIGHT FOR THE.RIGHX" 0 Associated Press dispatch from Wash ington, February 6: Conspicuously hung in the lobby back of the house tonight was a placard bearing a quotation from a speech by Minority Leader Clark, June 7 last, the placard having been placed there by a republican to call attention to Mr. Clark's opposition to any amendment of the reciprocity bill. The placard read: "I do nqt know how Jong we shall stay out here, but as Jong as I am here I In tend to fight for the right tp amend every 'section of oyery great bill which comes into- this house, and I do not care a straw whether tho democrats .control the house or the republicans." j (j)" .( 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - .. - "- tjfin.- J -' - - r 1 T I! V.x,"