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VOLUME 11, NUMBER 23
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb,
holding trust under tho Now Jersey charter in
1899 tho individual conspirators who were,,ilier'
trustees of tho trust, and became tho. .directors
o tho holding Action tho NewJers'ey Standard
Oil company, by virfc,Ui,oWielr individual hold
ingrQk a-maJ6rn.ycf tho subsidiary stocks, ran
tlio monopoly in the same common interest and
in tho same illegal manner.
Judge Sanborn in the principal opinion, after
denouncing the aggregation as illegal and mo
nopolistic, and in terms demanding its dissolu
tion, expressly declares that tho subsidiary
stocks must not be distributed pro rata to the
conspirators (stockholders of the holding com
pany) for he well knew, as does every one at
all conversant with tho history of tho monopoly,
that if this were permitted, it would not dis
turb tho monopoly in tho slightest degree or
afford tho public any measure of relief.
Judge Hook in a brief concuring opinion on
tho main issue, said that that measure of re
organization was left open to tho conspirators.
In this manner it is obvious that there was a
marked difference of opinion among the mem
bors of tho court as to whether the conspirators
should be permitted to so distribute their sub
sidiary stocks, when it came to tho matter of tho
formal decree which is the real, tho final test
of tho effect of the judgmont.
The Hook contingent won out, however, for
one of the closing paragraphs of tho decree reads
"But the defendants aro not prohibited by
this decree from distributing to tho stockholders
of tho principal defendant (the holding trust)
prorate, the stock to which thoy aro equitable
entitled In the several corporations which aTO
parties to the combination."
Evidently Judge Van Devantor lined up with
that contingent constituent element of the court
whoso sentiment against disturbing tho autono
my of the trust was voiced in tho opinion of
Judge Hook for tho supreme court did not
chango that obnoxious feature of tho decree and
Judge Van Dovanter did not disapprove. '
Verily tho million dollars of the people's
monoy wasted in this judicial fiasco did tho
people no good, and tho Standard no harm, while
its dictum gives almost universal immunity to
all monopolistic combinations of tho system
whoso politically appointed federal judges can
conclude do not "unreasonably" restrain inter
state and international commorco.
This situation deserves to bo thoroughly ex
posed so that tho people need be no longer de
ceived as to tho efficiency of tho politicians now
constituting this government, to deal effectively
with that private monopoly which, according to
the last platform of "the national democracy "is
both indefensible and intolerable." Vory truly
yours, GEORGE H. PHELPS.
MR. BRYAN AT ALBANY
Several incidents combined to make Mr.
Bryan's visit to Albany a notable occasion. His
address before the legislature, with its strong
recommends for progressive legislation, as em
bodied in the income tax amendment, direct
primaries, and direct election of United States
senators, was most timely. Especially instruc
tive was Mr. Bryan's luminous and thoughtful
analysis of the income tax amendment in its
bearings on tho democratic pledge regarding
that subject, in the Rochester platform. Mr.
Bryan is one of the greatest authorities on
platform ethics this country has ever seen.
No statesman has surpassed him in clearness
of insight into tho relations between parties and
their platforms, and few publicists have so
keenly and consistently recognized that platform
pledges fill a dual function they are the sub
stantive law of the party, and they are also
promises to bo kept, and which cannot be
violated, or trifled with, without breach of the
Therefore, tho only thing to be anticipated
from Mr. Bryan, in his discussion of the income
tax proposition, was a powerful assertion of
tho party's obligation to fulfill its pledges, and
that assertion was given, with all Mr. Bryan's
characteristic argumentative vigor. Not less
significant was tho reception which the Nebraska
statesman's views on the income tax, met in the
assembly. When one of the assemblymen inter
rupted with the statement that the Rochester
platform did not commit the party to the specific
amendment now before the country, cries of
"Yes, yes, it did," came from all parts of tho
room. This justness and unanimity of senti
ment constitutes a' splendid augury that tho
assembly will place itself in line with the senate
in ratification of the income tax amendment as
it stands, and without any shuffling, or equivoca
tion. Anotherstriking incident was Governor Dix's
t introductory speech, before Mr. Bryan's lecture.
Tho governor's address was an earnest, eloquent
and feeling tribute, and was delivered with an
impressiveness which quite removed it from the
conventional character of many introductory
speeches. Buffalo (N. Y.) Times.
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THE PRESDDENTIAIi CANDIDATE
J01?1?5 WteUy and practically un
JSSS0dy the body of tne American
5,?2e,the special intrests are already,
JfntEL i a year ln advance of the
nSo,?f VConventions' Panning to bring
about the nomination of a republican
SSnr. mSfat.lc candidate for the presl
SwL BiS business, naturally enough,
S2BS fha7e a candidate ln both
SS J ft tIlat no matter which way the
Jtaa blows, it will win. San Francisco
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