The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, October 01, 1916, Page 4, Image 4

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The Commoner
VOL. 16, NO. 10
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An alienist out in Colorado declares that no
one 1b absolutely sane. This ought to encourage
tho republican campaign managers to renewed
offqrt. It is their one real hope of success in the
nation this fall.
It used to be thafjh argument a man could
prove anything by a quotation from Scripture,
hut politicians have discovered a richer gold
iniuo of afllrmation in the result of a September
election in Maine.
Vrotcl3r on roaoon vry oo mcvny poroono bc-
licvod that the women were supporting tho cause
of Mr. HughQB lay in the fact that Miss Repre
sentation and Miss Taken wore prominent in all
his campaign speeches.
The self-restraint of tho paragraphers is
shown by tho fact that none of them mentioned
the fact that when it came to tho Now 'York
senatorial nomination Colonel Roosevelt was
unablo to bring homo tho Bacon.
. Tho reason why a republican candidate who
has failed to secure the progressive nomination
la well pleased ovor the fact is that Berlin felt
elated because Rumania decided to throw her
fortunes in with thoso of tho allies.
Tho republican paragraphers thought it sig
niilcant that in his,, tour through North Dakota
Mr, Hughes followed- a cyclone. They will
doubtless bo vastly more impressed when the
November cyclone overtakes Mr. Hughes.
Both of tho political partieB in Colorado in
their platforms this year praised tho effect of
tho prohibition policy, in that state. When po
litical parties can agr.eB Upon a vital issue like
that a motion to close the argument is in order,
Henry Ford has sued tho Chicago Tribune for
a million dollars because it called him an an
archist. Tho Tribune evidently mistook Henry
for a democratic candidate for office, or it would
not have jeopardized its unearned Increment so
Tho fact that over since tho republicans havo
had a chance to thoroughly scan tho figures
from tho Maine election they have redoubled
ttieir campaign activity is a pretty fair indica
tion of the character of tho comfort they drew
The republicans have been such carping critics
of tho President, insisting that this, that and
the other action of his was dictated entirely by
political interest, that when he wins tho .election
in November those that will be left with voice
enough to cry out will say ho did that for po
litical effect, too.
The progress of the campaign may be judged
from the fact that the old friend, the story that
tho republicans are going to carry Texas, has
appeared. As soon as the democrats set forth
their claim to the electoral vote of Vermont, wo
may know that all is well with tho claim bureaus.
. Complaint is made that there is no novolty in
tho big political campaign, that tho orators are
threshing old straw and that old issues are be
ing revamped. What do these critics want,
some campaign manager to admit that the ticket
lie champions is not certain of victory.
Tho gayety of the campaign was considerably
added to when Uncle Joe Cannon had to sit on
platform at ono of Candidate Hughes's meet
ings and applaud while the justice scored the
President for signing the Adamson eight-hour
bill for which Uncle Joe had cast his vote.
It has perhaps not escaped notice that the men
who are most bitter in denouncing the President
for, as they put it, allowing the railroad broth
erhoods to dictate legislation, are the same men
who, in former administrations, found no fault
with the action of the executives in allowing the
railroads to dictate legislation.
It probably strikes a number of republicans
even as pretty mean on the part of Mr. Hughes,
who knew a better way of settling the railroad
strike in tho nation than did tho President, not
to slip a little of the recipe to the New York
governor in order to let him try it on the street
car union men.
Robert Bacon was defeated for the republican
senatorial nomination in the New York pri
maries. Mr. Bacon made his fight on the -issue
of a larger army and navy. Apparently the re
publicans of New York are not so war- mad as
spokesmen like the Colonel have represented
them to be.
The republican candidates and the republican
backers have only one aim, and that is to change
tho administration oo that thoy nan change con
ditions. Do you want to change conditions ur
are you satisfied with the present prosperity of
tho country and the fact that we are at peace
with every nation?
The mere dropping of a kind word to a man
who is longing for sympathy works wonders.
There are hundreds of republicans, too, who
havo been looking for the worst after the fall
down of Mr. Hughes as a campaigner, who actu
ally felt cheered after the republican victory in
Maine had been announced.
As we understand it, Mr. Hughes will not in
form the people how the Mexican matter can
be properly handled unless he is given the job
of handling it. From which it is safe to assume
that if Mr. Hughes came across a man whom he
believed, was drowning, he would refuse to "give
assistance unless tho man came through first.
The last reports of the railroads of lhecoun
try show an increase of $5,000 a mile in net
earnings, for the year ending June -80th last.
Thus we observe how vast an injustice was done
them in the passage of the law making eight
hours a. day's work. It may be well to cut and
paste this item for reference when the railroads
besiege congress with pleas for an increase in
rates in order to take care of the increased op
crating cost due to the passage of the Adamson
Some of the campaign managers are worried
over the general apathy of. the voters with re
spect to the presidential contest. It is no cause
for democratic worry, however. With the peo
ple prosperous and at peace with the world why
should they get excited? Thdy know that to r
tain those conditions they need only retain the
democrats in power, and the fact that they are
not running around in circles indicates not only
a contented spirit but a made up mind.
Now the republicans are claiming that the
national administration income tax la is sec-
NrkSnv ihG PGdple of sachuletts 2d
New York-pay more per capita than do the peo
ple of any six southern states. It has not In
prirncU andSeritiCS' co-e, thelme"
principle and rules govern the applications nf
ItJw ?" eeltlons the faot that To t
states that have been the favorites nf
eglslatlon for generations St indicate thS
lh'e3sontU6e 'hey "aTe BOt rI ttan
Mr. Wilson as Seen by
One of Family Circle
The New York Times secured for publication
an Intimate personal sketch of Woodrow Wilson
the man, written by Professor Stockton Axson
whoso sister, Ellen Louise Axson, was the Pres'
ident's first wife. Professor Axson not only had
close personal relations with the President for
thirty-five years, but served under him, when
Mr. Wilson was president of Princeton univer
sity. Following are a few extracts from Pro
fessor Axon's article relating to the President's
home and married life:
"It is hard for me to speak in moderate terras
of the beauty of the Wilsons' married lifethat
married life which I saw so intimately for more
than twenty-five years. In the long
years of his and my sister's life together, they
were more completely one than anytwo people
with whom I have been thrown into intimate
contact. We often hear it said of a
married pair so often that it has become a sort
of 'bromide' A cross word never passed be
tween that couple.' I .have been honestly trying
to think if I ever heard anything approaching
an altercation between Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, and
I can not recall even a shadow of such. And yet
these were no weaklings; but two spirited peo
ple, each with a power of conviction possible
only to very strong characters. They would
sometimes differ in their opinions, but their re
lationship was so rooted in mutual love and loy
alty that their differences were casual and su
perficial, never fundamental. I have
sometimes wondered how a family composed of
varying and very positive elements ever con
trived to live in such absolute and undisturbed
harmony as did the Wilson family, and I have
come to the conclusion that such a result can
be auuinod only jn one way, not by any prescrip
tion, or plan or domestic 'scheme' of action, but
only by enthroning love supreme that where
love is always master, every day and every hour,
there must be harmony. In the Wilson house
hold lovo is always law.
"Only a few of us know what Woodrow Wil
son was really undergoing in the summer and
autumn of 1914, when the world was catching
fire from war, and the foundations of his own
life were crumbling under him. Just as the war
opened my sister died. 'I can not help think
ing,' he said, .'that perhaps she was taken so that
she might be spared the spectacle of some awful
"I was at the White house a great deal that
autumn and. I know' that it is no exaggerated use
of words to say that he was tin loneliest man
in all tho world. i can see the lonely
figure of the President now, walking down the
long hallway, the hair so much whitened in tho
few months. His intimate friends often ex
pressed to me the wish that the President could
marry again, as he was utterly desolate.
'We who love him feel that God himself
must have directed the circumstances which
brought Mrs. Gait into the White house circle.
But for her we can only surmise what might
have happened, for not even the strongest man
in the world could bear up indefinitely under
that dumb grief. SunHght and grace radiate
from Mrs. Gait. Her nature is big and generous
and health-giving, and In that presence the Pres
ident found new life, found that love without
which he can not live. Their love for each other
is perfect, and we all love her, both for what
she has done for him and for herself, for to know
her is to love her.
"She. has entered this great career as simply,
as unaffectedly, as unselfishly as Ellen Axson
entered into the obscure career of the young
lawyer who was abandoning law for a new and
untried life of scholarship and teaching. To
neither woman has condition, high or low, meant
anything; to both Woodrow Wilson has meant
The real opposition to the President's shipping
bill can be very-readily summarized. If there
is any profit in the ocean carrying trade, private
capital wants the government to keep out of the
business. If there isn't any profit in it let pri
vate capital build and run the boats and let the
government pay it subsidies. Thus we may ob
serve the" sterling patriotism' that private cap-
ital possesses,
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