The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, September 01, 1911, Page 4, Image 4

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The Commoner.
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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb,
Mighty little dross in the output of the demo
cratic house during the special session.
The senate has dono much better than usual
this year thanks to the aid rendered the
democrats by tho insurgents.
The president's veto of the cotton-iron
schedule did not create much of a Bensation
it was a sort of "others also ran" affair
Head the poll of democratic senators and
members of congress and see if you can discover
any Bigns of Nebraska instructing for Harmon,
The president tells congress that the com
mission selected by HIM haB such a monopoly
of tariff wisdom that nothing was left for sena
tors and members of congress to do.
Here's to Senator Owen. His bravery In
tying Arizona and New Mexico together at the
last session insured Arizona's admission at this
session with her progressive constitution. The
new state ought to name a county after him.
Senator Bailey voted against the admission
of Arizona even with the recall stricken out
but no other democrat joined him in his objec
tions. How fortunate for the party that Senator
Bailey's arguments no longer influence his colleagues.
The plutocratic papers which gave so much
space to Mr. Underwood's attack on Mr. Bryan
have littlo to say about his offensive attack on
his colleague, Congressman James, and they
freely forgive him for surrendering the right of
the house to frame a' bill reducing the duty on
iron and steel.
The sending of thirteen members of the poul
try trust to the penitentiary for the violation
of tho Now York anti-trust law is a good'- be
ginning. They entered into a conspiracy H'6' rob
the people of 'their state why should thenot
be treated as other thieves? :F.aaj .
Penitentiary terms for a few of the ''high
toned criminals ho practice grand lafceny
through monopoly methods will do . more1-than
anything else to end the, reign of commercial
lawlessness and restore competition.
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The Commoner.
"Bryan a Dead One
Old Bill' of
(Cincinnati Post.)
If you share tho fallacy, popular in some
quarters, that William Jennings Bryan, of Lin
coln, Nob., Is dead, go with him to a Chautauqua
lecture or ride 40 miles with him on an interur
ban trolley car. See the populace fall on his
neck. See the men wring his right hand dry.
Hear tho woman purr sweet purrs into his ear.
And see William J. himself receive a fat pack
age from the manager of the Chautauqua, which,
on being opened, proves to be none other than
a check for $200 and an assorted collection of
worn but perfectly good greenbacks.
Dead? Nay nnd no. William Jennings Bryan
Is still our most animated politician.
See tho mothers of Georgetown, O., where
Bryan spoke recently, pleading with the Peer
less Leader that he shake their babies' hands.
See him do it, and also pat baby's cheek. See
mother's face abeam with happiness.
Hear mother say: "This is Mr. Bryan, baby.
Some day 00 be a great man like him."
Hear father declare: "I met you-in Maysville
once, Col. Bryan."
And hear the colonel: "Yes, sir; I remem
ber it was late at night."
The colonel's touch of reminiscence causes
father's iron mask of care to drop from his face,
and It becomes radio-active with rippling smiles.
Tho colonel xlead? He's one of our livest
See the lovely town of Georgetown. See the
leading stores all closed in the colonel's honor.
See old campaign portraits of the colonel, dug
up from treasure chests, decorating the win
dows. See the newly painted white courthouse
waving the stars and stripes from Its tower, and
only one of many gay gonfalons that waved in
Georgetown Tuesday.
See the proprietor of the leading dry goods
emporium proudly selling two shirts to the '
colonel, thus becoming the exclusive purveyor
of , Georgetown to his peerlessness, William J.
Bryan, the only.
The colonel deceased? If you think so, please
wake up.
Hear the colonel in the Chautauqua assembly
at the Brown county fair grounds speaking as
he spoke Tuesday. See every seat in the race
track grand stand filled at a quarter per. Hear
the colonel on his favorite topic, "Plutocracy."
Hear the colonel say:
"If I should run again they would ring tho
tliird-term issue on me. For what with one
president taking half of my platform and an
other president talcing the other half, you see I
have already had two terms."
And listen to the thunderous applause.
"Go to it, Bill, go to it."
"Right you are, Bill," they cry.
"I am very happy now," continues tho
colonel. "I never felt better in my life. I am
relieved of the responsibilities of the presidency.
What's the use of working when you can get
somebody else to do your work for you in
Hear 'em laugh and shout: "That's good,
Bill; right you are."
"And the recall," remarks the colonel, "is
nothing else than a means of prying an un
desirable official away from the public crib."
"Wow!" shouts a man up in front.
"The recall is simply a business method ap
plied to politics. What business man would not
dismiss an employe who was unfaithful to his
trust? And how long, oh, how long, will we
permit unfaithful servants to draw public salary
while they embezzle power?"
Now listen, will you, to the thunder of the
clap of hands made hard at the plow.
Bill dead? Forgot it.
Now see him get down from the platform, all
limp of collar and moist of shirt, "while the
shoulder of hi coat sprinkled with perspira
tion, looks as if the colonel had been under a
hose. Hear 'em say: "Right smart speech,
"The same Old Bill, by George; 'put 'er here,
And hear the Brown county Buffragette say:
"Colonel, I hope to vote for you gome day;"
"Very kind5fbf you,M replies the colonel,
blushing all' Over. f :, -
"Say, colonel, 'please let me have , your fan,"
pleads a sweet young lady from't'CJeorgetown.
And the colonel, with a bow, surrenders his
palm leaf, and thus there is added another
Nay, He's the Same
Plain Folk"
Bryan relic to the collection of Bryan coats
and Bryan hats and Bryan trousers and Bryan
shirts that are treasured by lucky democrats in
various sections of the country.
And now comes "Doc" Meyer with his auto
oh, fortunate auto to bear tho colonel away
to the depot, where he takes a car for Cincin
nati. Hear the crowd cheer him on his way
with a shout.
Tho peerless leader no more? That's popu
lar Action.
See all the men in the car crowding into the
smoker of the car where the colonel has found
a seat. Observe the colonel occupying a seat
all by himself. See all eyes centered there.
Hear Old Pop Hoadley observe: "Colonel, hope
you'll pick us a good man next time."
And the colonel: "I'll do my best."
Observe-the populate of the town crowding
around the car at every stop and pushing their
hands through the open window at the colonel.
Hear Mr. Newlywed saying: 7Colonel, my
wife is at the other end of the car. I'd like
to have you meet her."
Whereupon the colonel leaves his seat and
holds a 10-mlnute reception to Mr. Newly wed's
bride. (Great jealousy among the rest of the
It's a triumphal tour. And then his peerless
ness takes off his wilted collar and puts on a
fresh one (size 17) in full view of everybody.
The car reaches 'the depot at Fourth avenue
and Sycamore street. A drunken man reels oiit
of a saloon. His. vision is uncertain as to the
exact position of the sidewalk and tho telegraph
poles; but he instantly recognizes the colonel.
"I have voted for you five times," says tho
man, and then he makes a "touch" and gets a
"Five times?" queries the colonel as he passes
the coin. "Then, sir, you have the distinction
of voting for me more often than .any man in
the United States."
The colonel has onjy run for the. presidency
three times so far.
W. J. B. among the departed? No!
, As Senator Gore, the blind solon from Okla
homa, who was the evening's lecturer at the
Chautauqua, remarked, "He will live forever
in the hearts of the people."
Bryan left Cincinnati for Urbana, 111., at 9
o'clock Tuesday evening, after being entertained
at dinner by Walter Wichgar, president of the
Business Men's club, and John L. Snuff. Cin
cinnati Post
, Chevy Chase, Md., Aug, 7, 1911. Editor Tho
Commoner: Mr. J. H. Ryckman, in your issue
of April 14th, last, questions the right of the
federal courts to declare a law unconstitutional.
He doubts that such a power was conferred upon
these courts by the constitution of the United
States, and thinks it Is a usurped power merely.
.jMuch interesting discussion on this subject
wjll be found in the speeches and writings of
Calhoun and Hayne, at. the time of the nullifi
cation crisis, 1830-33. For instance, Calhoun
sontly denied that the constitution conferred
any such power upon tho .federal judiciary. He
admitted the right of the courts to pass upon
the constitutionality of a statute In cases
properly before them, but only as a right or
duty arising from tho nature of the case, and
then not so as to bind the several United States
or to decide questions of sovereignty.
Such a right he contended resided with every
one of the several states (In matters arising
within its own territorial bounds), pending a
general convention of the states and a three
fourths vote therein against the objecting or
vetoing state this in view of the fact that the
federal government and all its. departments (in
cluding the judiciary) is one of strictly dele
gated powers, while the several states (I. e.,
the , people thereof) possess all the residuary,
undelegated powers as expressly set forth in the
10th article of the amendments."
From this it will be seen that "nullification"
waff nothing else than a system of state referen
dum. And 1f popular referendum is coming to
bev recognized as a remedy and a safeguard for
thespeople of a given state, why not state
referendum to guard the states of the union
against' judicial usurpation and centralized
despotism? LLOYD T, EVERETT.
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