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SEPTEMBER 8, ltll
mial report to bo laid before congress
In December Mr. Hitchcock will
recommend the establishment of a
parcels post service on rural mall
routes; the crystallization into law
of proposed increases in second class
mail rates and the enactment of the
proposed law providing for a radical
change in the system of compensat
ing the railways for transporting the
mails. Mr. Hitchcock explained that
it was his idea first to establish par
cels posts on the rural routes in
order that the administrative details
of the system might bo worked with
out disadvantage to the postal ser
vice generally. Gradually, he said,
he would extend the parcels service
to urban communities, so that pack
ages and parcels might be delivered
totally by city carriers. Subsequently
the service would be extended to in
clude railway transportation.
"Don't Mistake the Cheers of the Politicians
for the Votes of the People"
Douglas Hewitt, Deer Park, Ala.
The enclosed letter from the pen of
Mr. Bellangee of Fairhopo, Ala., so
faithfully represents the attitude of
the majority of the democratic voters
of Alabama that I think it should be
reproduced in The Commoner for
the benefit of progressive democracy.
Tho statement that, "the democratic
opposition to Bryan nevor had a
respectable backing" is as true, as
MR. BRYAN AND MR. UNDER
Government finances for August
wjll not compare favorably with
those of the same month in 1910. A
deficit of $22,000,000 on ordinary
amounts already is shown in com
parison with a deficit of $14,000,000
last year. Customs receipts show a
decrease of $4,000,000, as compared
with a year ago. The government's
total expenditures for the same
period are more than $2,000,000
THE STATEHOOD VETO
(Continued from Page 12.)
truth and justice. (Applause on the
democratic side.) The gentleman
from Illinois (Mr. Mann) quotes
Aesop's Fables. Aesop was, per
haps, the greatest writer of fables
that ever lived; but nobody eyer
rated him as an authority on econo
mics till the gentleman from Illinois
arose today. We Tiave no desire to
111 the gORse that, lays tho golden
eggs,, as the gentleman" seems to
think. What we do desire is that a
few shall not monopolize the golden
eggs, but that they shall be distrib
uted more equitably among the
people of the land.
The Globe-Democrat said that I
had come around to a tariff on wool
. because I had heard the bleating of
134,000 sheep in my district. I tell
you what I did hear. I heard the
cry of 93,000,000 American citizens
for cheaper and better clothing. The
great desire of my heart is to give
them some relief from their burden
of taxation which they have borne
for lo! these many years. (Loud
and prolonged applause on the demo
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To the Editor of tho Register:
Permit me to offer a word of warn
ing and dissent against the methods
that aro being employed to promoto
the political aspirations of Alabama's
able leader in the national house of
I fully agree with the Register
that it is time that tho south should
be permitted to aspire to the highest
honors that may be bestowed upon
ability and natriotism. There can
no longer be excuse for furnishing
the rising generation with the impu
tation of. disloyalty.
But in times like these no local
interest should be allowed to have'
weight either way. Such considera
tions are senseless at any time- and
doubly so in the present struggle be
tween intrenched monopoly and tho
interests of the common people.
In the few brief monthB that
Chairman Underwood has been in the
public eye I have watched his course
with the hopeful appreciation that
comes -from a sincere desire to see.
a southern man-show the ability and.
patriotism that' would proVe obsolete
the mistrust and animosity that were
generated during the-war period:
But I am disappointed with his
attitude and that of his friends, if
he and they are correctly reported
In continually fretting and whining
concerning the views and utterances
of W. J. Bryan.
If Mr. Underwood is a leader
worthy for us to follow he should
have the ability to put himself in
such a light as to leave no room for
misunderstanding by Mr. Bryan or
the rest of us.
If by some unfortunate inadver
tence he is misunderstood he should
have the courage to set himself right
beyond question and the magnani
mity to do it without becoming
No doubt that, many democrats
voted for Mr. Bryan solely through
party fealty but the fact remains
that traitors within his own camp
have persistently fought him in the
interests of the forces that have been
corrupting our government since the
war. The opposition to Bryan has
never had a respectable backing. ,,, ,
The fact also remains that there is
no man in the United States today
not excepting Mr. Roosevelt, in tho
popularity of his successes, who has
such a large and devoted following
as W. J. Bryan in his defeats. He
represents the incorruptible non
conquerable masses more nearly than
any other man.
No man can succeed as the candi
date of the democratic party for
president who either belittles or con
The" common people trust him be
cause they know by his unequivocal
loyalty to principle and the courage
and magnanimity with which he
meets his foes; that he is an honest
man who can be fully trusted. Tho
whisky Dahlmans, the Standard Oil
Guffeys and all other predatory in
terests war upon him for selfish
reasons. This is tho conviction of
tho masses of his followers.
It Is an old saying that tho demo
crats can bo trusted to ruin their
chances for victory by somo naedlcss
foolishness and in tho present situa
tion thero can bo nothing more need
less or more foolish than to alienate
tho millions of bravo men who havo
repeatedly followed him to defeat on
tho skirmish lino, of tho battle that
is now ready for a decisive victory.
Tho democratic party today has
no issuo on which Mr. Bryan does
not stand as loyally as any leader
they can put forward. He docs not
ask to lead them himself, but ho does
insist that they who would lead tho
democratic party should be in the
van and leading In the direction the
people aro anxious to go.
Mr. Bryan represents more men
in America today than any other
man and they will personally resent
any insult to him and they will not
seo him silenced for ho is their
spokesman. They will follpw any
loader ho approves and will not sup
port any ono whom he suspects
whether north or south of Mason's
and Dixon's line. He is the greatest
asset so far as leaders is concerned
that tho democratic party has today.
The politicians are trying to sliapo
tho issue to suit their ambitions; tho
pcoplo are shaping thorn to suit their
needs. They domand recognition of
righteous principles rather than fine
spun theories of expediency. Many
of our oflldalB aro going to lose out
in tho future because of their presont
nttitudo on the principle of direct
legislation, especially the recall of
judges. Reactionaries had better go
out of politics for a while and honoat
patriots must show themselves above
suspicion of selflnhucBH or timidity.
Fairhopo, Ala., Aug. 12, 1911.
From tho Times-Hustler, Fnrm
ington,.N. M. Mr. Underwood comoH
from an iron and steel district. 1 1 lit
money, wo hoar, is Invested In those
Industries. Tho way for him to provo
his devotion to tho cause of tariff
reform is to take tho duty off all
trust mado good's in tho iron and
steel line. Until ho does this his
attacks on Bryan will not hurt tho
latter- nor will it help tho former.
William P. Grogg, Port .Torvls, N.
Y. "Wish to assuro you that your
frlonds in tho oast aro with you.
Tho Underwoods can not discredit
you. Tho congressmen who aro with
him will find on tholr roturn to their
districts that tho great majority of
the democrats arc still loyal Bryan
men. We are glad that thero is ono
man who is great enough to insist
upon a square deal from our demo
cratic representatives at all times.
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