The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, October 01, 1916, Page 9, Image 9

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    The Commoner
perience, wo can expect from Senator Reed oven
greater service in the future. Missouri has had
many able men in tho senate. Senator Reed
fully measures to tho high standard of his pre
decessors. The people of Missouri are looked
to by tho democracy of the nation to re-elect
"Jim" Reed to the United States senate.
Former Governor John Burke of North Da
kota is a candidate on tho democratic ticket for
election as United States senator from that state,
and the progressive and independent electorate
of North Dakota should choose him to represent
them in the higher branch of congress. Mr.
Burke's record is one of faithful service to the
people while his opponent, Mr. McCumber, is an
established member of the old guard, at present
in the senate, where he has mado speeches for
distribution to the farmers, but where his vote
and stand on tho progressive laws passed by
the present administration, has been generally
with Penrose, Gallinger, Smoot and others to
retard and block. Governor Burke's adminis
tration in North Dakota attracted wide atten
tion as being effectively progressive. Ho ac
tively enforced the prohibition law and succeed
ed in closing up tho saloons in communities
where on account of local sentiment the law had
not been in force, insisting that tho laws being
on the statute books, must be enforced. He
fought for and procured an increase in the taxes
paid by railroads raising their assessed value in
the neighborhood of 33 1-3 per cent to compare
with the assessed value of other property, in
creasing the revenues and causing the railroads
to bear a just proportion. He fought and worked
for legislation which went onto the statute books
during his administration as follows: The
amendment of the primary law to cover all state
offices; non-partisan judiciary law; anti-pass
law; initiative and referendum amendments;
tax commission lav; corrupt practice act; reso
lution for amendments to the constitution for
building state warehouses within the state and
in other states; provision for; bonding by coun
ties to procure seed wheat for settiers; and
other progressive measures.
Mr. Burke has always been the champion of
any cause tending to better conditions on the
farm and takes the position that farming is the
greatest of all industries. He has been associ
ated with dry farming conventions and has ad
vocated rotation of crops, conservation of the
soil, cultivation of trees, and diversified farm
ing ever since his entry into public life. In
1915 when the price of wheat dropped from
$1.40 to 85c at the time the crop was put upon
the market, Mr. Burke took the position that
the provisions of the Federal Reserve law for
six months' agricultural paper was intended
clearly for the benefit of the farmer and should
bo made accordingly to relieve the farmer
wherever possible until a proper Rural Credits
act could bo passed and put into effect. He
forced the extension of the regulations on com
modity paper to be of use to the people in his
state, and published letters explaining tho ef
fectiveness of the law when its provisions were
understood by the people. Newspapers and
public men were advising the farmers to market
their grain early as the price wouldv decrease.
Mr. Burke's letters urged them to hold and
fight for the benefits of low interest under tho
Federal Reserve act to enable them to do so.
Interest rates went down and the price of grain
went up, with a big saving to the farmers of the
His public career is a fine example of service to
his people and if elected by the people to the
position of senator, North Dakota will have a
representative in tho senate who will fight for
the interests and welfare of that state and her
people. If the people of North Dakota desire
a public servant who is capable, honest and
fearless, they will vote for John Burko for
United States senator.
New Mexico should elect and will elect An
drieiis A. Jones of Las Vegas as her United
States senator because he represents the highest
and be3t typo of New Mexico c'tizenship.
New Mexico will be proud to send A. A, Jones
to represent her in tho greatest law making
body of the world because she believes that he
has earned the right to be called 'llfirst citizen
of New Mexico., ." ,
A brilliant lawyer, a successful federal pros-
SSS u f, banke1r 8t0 grower, capitalist, em
pire builder, publio servant and plain citizen of
conspicuous and unstained Integrity and a party
leader whoso clean partisanship, clear montal
grasp of party principles, wiso counsel and mag
netic personality sot him head and ahouldoro
abovo the ruck of average "politicians." A. A.
Jones has risen to his high place in tho minds
and hearts of tho people of his stato by reason
of brains, industry and character. His honors
have come unsought, the inevitable result of
ability that coujd not escapo recognition.
Mr. Jones Is not only an example otwhat ho
likes to think is typical and representative Now
Mexico manhood, ho is an integral part of New
Mexico. Thirty years close contact with every
phaso of the slow and struggling growth of tho
territory and the rapid advancement which fol
lowed statehood, have fitted him as no other man
to be the spokesman and the advocate for New
Mexico people, to take tho lead in solving their
varied problems of development and economic
progress. His keen insight and vigtoous prac
tical commonsense mado his administration of
tho office of first assistant secretary of the? in
terior redound Immensely to tho benefit of tho
people of the entire west. Mr. Jones's splendid
training and experience mado him ready for that
job. His experience there has more than com
pleted his readiness to step into the position of
larger trust and responsibility.
New Mexico will honor herself before the na
tion in honoring A. A. Jones with a United
States senatorship for tho country has become
acquainted with Mr. Jones since ho became
connected with tho official family of tho Pres
ident at Washington, and it will fit its estimate
of Mr. Jones to the state which puts its seal of
approval on his character and career. Success
to A. A. Jones.
One of the leading progressive democrats of
the west is Judge William H. King, of Utah,
democratic condidate for United States senator.
Judge King has for thirty years taken an active
part in democratic politics In the state and has
on several occasions been a delegate to the na
tional conventions of the party. Ho is widoly
known throughout tho state and his ability as
a public speaker has made him much in de
mand. Judge King needs no Introduction to the
people of Utah. Ho is the type of man needed
in the senate of the United States to keep that
body near to the people.
Judge King is a native of Utah. He was born
at Fillmore in Millard county, June 3rd, 1863.
His education was had at the Brigham Young
Academy, the University of Utah, and the Uni
versity of Michigan, where he graduated in law
in 1888. He was one of tho organizers of tho
democratic party in Utah and his services and
support of the party have been consistent and
valuable through all thejntervenlng years.
Judge King has been"actlve in public affairs
since his young manhood. Ho has been county
clerk, assessor and collector, and county attor
ney In Millard and Utah counties. At. the age
of 22 years he was representative in the legisla
ture from Millard and Juab counties. Ho rep
resented Utah county and was president of the
council in ihe last legislature of tho territory.
In 1894 he was appointed justice of the supreme
court by President Grover Cleveland. In 1896
and again in 1899 ho w'as elected representative
to congress.
His congressional service was notable in many
ways: He supported the proposals for the in
come tax, and popular election of senators by
amendment to the constitution; he defeated
the scheme to lease the mineral lands., of tho
Unitah reservation and to inaugurate a general
leasing policy with respect to mineral lands; he
urged cession of the mineral lands to the states;
he introduced the first resolution for tho annex
ation of the Hawaiian Islands; he investigated
conditions in Cuba under the Spanish regime;
he promoted the establishment of forest re
serves; he assisted in the formulation of the
reclamation policy incorporated in the Newlands
act, and supported tho progressive legislation
befcro congress.
Judge King has a wide personal acquaintance
with public men;, he knows the people of Utah
and their needs; he is thoroughly familiar with
the great questions of policy pressing for at
tention and can bring to the office of United
States senator exceptional capacity to Interpret
the wishes and aspirations of the people, to
servo the public welfare and to support the. ad
ministrative policies of President Woodrow
Wilson. Ho deserves tho voto of not only every
democrat but of ovory citizen who belioves 1
progressive legislation In tho Interests of tkt
Tho people of Indiana owe it to themselves to
roturn John W. Korn to tho United States sen
ate. Fow men in tho history of that body have
ever mado such rcmarkablo strides toward na
tional leadership. Placed upon tho stoorinff
committee tho moment ho reached tho sonata
and given a position on tho financo committee
at onco, he immediately took foremoBt rank.
Two years artor ho took the oath of ofllco he
was elected to tho leadership of tho majority
and two years lntor ro-olocted, ho that his lead
ership in tho uppor chamber has oxtonded
through the administration of President Wilson.
During the first two years when the greater part
of the great progressive and constructive pro
gram of tho President was put through tho dem
ocratic majority was so slight that but for the
tireless energy, watchfulness,, and conciliatory
genlufl of Senator Kern it is probablo that many
res would havo boon emasculated or de-
In a somewhat less degreo tho same
ro said of tho last two years.
But aside from tho success of his leadership,
and the prestige that ho brlngB the stato of In
diana, ho should bo returned becauso of tho
things ho stands for. No man in public Hfo is
more progressive; nono more responslvo to tho
will of the people; none more jealous of tho
rights of the masses. lie led the successful fight
which purged tho senato of Lorlmor. Ho urged
the invest'gatlon into the terrlblo conditions In
tho mining region of West Virginia. He cham
pioned the passage of the Child Labor law. Ho
has championed every progressive measure.
There Is every reason for his return to tho sen
ate where his leadership and voto is, needed..
Hon. Homer S. Cummlngs Is tho nominee of
the Connecticut democrats for United States
senator. His nomination is a deserved recogni
tion of his high ability and sterling character,
and his election would insure a strong represent
ative at Washington for tho people of that stato.
Mr. Cummings is a graduate of Yale, and has
since practised law at Stamford, Connecticut.
Pie has served as mayor of Stamford, and taken
an active part in city, county and stato affairs.
Ho has represented his state as democratic na
tional committeeman for many years and is
vice-chairman of the national committee. Mr.
Cummings should be elected to assist tho Pres
ident in carrying out progressive reforms.
Mr. McCombs, the candidate in New York, has
established strong claims to democratic support
by the invaluable aid which he rendered to the
President in the campaign four years ago.
Senator Martine of New Jersey has demon
strated his capacity for public affairs during his
first terra and has earned re-election.
Congressman McKellar of Tennessee, by his
splendid record in the house, has won Increas
ing distinction in his own state, and his past
record assures him prominence in the senate.
Senator Culbortson of Texas has gained a
permanent place in the affections of his state and
In the confidence of the nation.
Governor Trammell of Florida is a growing
figure. He steps from the governorship Into tho
senate' prepared by ability and experience to
secure to his state the attention which its in
creasing importance demands.
Senator Myers of Montana has worked for and
voted for the many important progressive meas
ures passed by congress during this administra
tion, and as a faithful and efficient public
servant deserves to be re-elected by tho friends
of popular government in Montana.
Tho readers of The Commoner aro earnestly
urged to leave nothing undone to secure the
election of tho democratic candidates for tho
United States senate in Nevada, Arkansas, Del
aware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,.
Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wis
consin and Washington.
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