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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
HE DON'T LIKE HARDY.
The Proposition to Have the Federal Sol
diers Shoot Down the Anthracite Coal
Miner Excites HU Wrath.
Editor Independent: I see in Har
dy's Column an article that I dis
agree with most emphatically. He
seems to think that King George Baer
ought to be able to use the state
troops to suppress the strikers so that
anybody that they could get to work
for them, experienced or not, could fill
their places; which would be very dan
gerous. We have a law that the men
must have two years' experience. Had
it not been for this safeguard the
strikers could not have won, but the
green hands would have caused terri
ble accidents, as I am informed coal
mining is a most hazardous occupa
tion. I think this Mr. Hardy must be
a friend to the trusts. Every time I
come across this item it riles me and
I cut it out to send to you and hope
to never see it again or anything like
it in your paper.
I scarcely have time to vent my feel
ings of disapproval of this item and
hate to let it go as it is. I wish to ask
you if you approve the sense of the ar
ticle. I would like to have your opin
ion on it. He puts me in mind of Gen
eral Gobin's order, "Shoot to kill." I
am a carpenter by trade and always
wanted fair wages and I think any one
of reasonable thinking capacity can
tell that the coal barons take all they
can get out of the men, paying them
barely enough to keep soul and body
togetner. Now since the strike is
over, they will reimburse themselves
for loss by charging 50 cents extra on
every ton of coal. Who will do any
thing to make up the loss to the men
who sacrificed everything so that fu
ture generations might have a fair
chcr.ee to earn a livelihood? I would
like to see this Mr. Hardy to ask
what he meant by offering the sugges
tion to get out the United States army
to shoot down a set of workingmen
whose cause was as just as was the
cnuse of the thirteen colonies wnen
they issued that grand document, the
srlorious Declaration of Independence.
The heroes of that famous struggle
never reaped their financial reward,
but look what they left to us. And so
it will be with after generations of
the coal miners. After the settlement
of this gigantic struggle their descend
ants will have some chance to get their
rights. These men will never receive
much personal financial benefit for
their struggle, but their descendants
will. It ever was so and ever will be
so to the end of time.
With all my effort I feel that I have
not made my meaning as clear as I
would like to have it. I will repeat,
that to see such an item in your paper
is too much for me and so entirely at
Variance with the general sentiment
of The Independent.
J. C. YINGST.
(The item referred to was as fol
lows: "There is one thing that state gov
ernments are neglecting and that is
the protection of free laborers who
want to work in the coal mines or
anywhere else. If the state of Penn
sylvania cannot do it the government
should call home the standing army
in the Philippines and place the men
on guard at the different mines, with
guns loaded with bullets, and protect
the men who want to work. This is
y.t a pretentious free country and one
man has no right to prevent another
man from working at honest labor."
The editor of The Independent
wishes to say to Mr. Yingst that the
old readers of this paper, and espe
cially those in this state, know Mr.
Hardy, who is a very old man and
long a resident here, and make al
lowances for the bad breaks that he
sometimes makes. The Independent
never stands responsible for what he,
or any other of its correspondents
say, but believes that it is good policy
to let every man have his say as far
as it is possible. Mr. Yingst will find
some of about the worst economic rot
ever printed in this issue of The Inde
pendent, but it will start people to
thinking and keep them interested. It
will do just what this item from Hardy
has done, bring forth from the readers
of the paper some such splendid writ
ing as appears in Mr. Yingst's own let
ter. The Independent does not re
member of having seen anywhere a
better answer to this infernal pluto
cratic idea than appears in Mr.
Yingst's reply. Ed. Ind.)
honors, are a vegetarian religious sect,
non-resident, clean, hard workers, and
among whom crime is unknown. For
a century they have been most horri
ble persecuted in Russia because they
would not recognize or attend the ser
vices of the Greek Catholic church,
which is the state church of that em
pire. By the aid of Tolstoi and some
other philanthropists they were able
to emmigrate to Canada. There they
have built many little villages and
have been prosperous and happy with
no one to molest or make them afraid.
Now there is no good affection, prin
ciple or policy which, if carried to an
extreme, will not become injurious or
even a vice or a crime. Even love, the
purest of affections, can be Carried to
such an extreme .that it is hurtful.
This is what happened to Doukhobors.
They were vegetarians, at first from
necessity, for a long series of years
while in Russia they could not earn
by the hardest work more than 3 cents
a day and with that sum they could
not buy meat So they lived on the
cheapest grains. Then vegetarianism
became an article of their religious
faith. They carried this doctrine to
such an extreme that lately they re
fused to use animals for work, saying
that it was sinful to make the poor
dumb beasts labor for them. Then
they took a sudden idea that they
should start out on a march to convert
the world. They abandoned their
homes, turned all their domestic ani
mals loose on the prairies and men,
women and children started off on a
march, not knowing whither they were
going:' The women and children suf
fered terribly and many of the sick
were carried by others on stretchers.
Finally the Canadian government took
a hand in the matter. The police were
sent out and gathered up all the live
stock that had been abandoned and
other property that would go to waste
and sold it and accumulated a fund of
more than $30,000. At last as the
wanderers entered a town the author
ities took charge of the women and
children and provided for them, tell
ing uie men that they could go on.
1'hey made no resistance. The Cana
dian government says that it will see
to it that these poor, crazed people
do not suffer When the $30,000 are
exhausted it will provide more. What
the end of this religious fanaticism
will be no one can foretell.
News of the Week
One thing that has attracted the at
tention of the people of Canada and
the United States during the week is
the strange conduct of the inhabitants
of theRussian settlements of the do
minion. These people, called Douk-
Among last Sunday's cable dis
patches was this: "One'of the shock
ing sights of London and the other big
cities of England and Scotland is the
number of drunken women to be seen
in the streets, especially on Saturday
night. As many women as men are to
be seen in the saloons of the poorer
quarters of the cities." Ella Wheeler
Wilcox says that not long since the
wife of an American millionaire whose
name is constantly in the papers on
both sides of the ocean went Into a
New York store drunk and behaved in
such a beastly manner that she dis
gusted the proprietor and clerks alike.
This worship of gold and the miserable
moral wretches who have accumulated
millions will in the end bring upon
this and other nations as severe retri
butions as ever did chattel slavery.
Aside from this demoralization by
drink the American woman is showing
marks of degeneration in another and
more dangerous way. There are three
great American actresses drawing im
mense crowds in Chicago and New
York Mrs. Leslie Carter, Mrs. Patrick
Campbell and Mrs. Fiske. The plays
that they are presenting are "Du Bar
ry," "Iris," "The Joy of Living," and
"Magdala." This last play is based
upon tne following passage from St.
John: "And the Scribes and the
Pharisees brought unto Him a woman
taken in adultery, and when they had
set her in the midst they said unto
Him: Master, this woman was taken
in adultery, in the very act." All the
other plays are based upon the same
theme. The actresses in defending
themselves say that only those sort
of plays will draw an audience that
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will fill a theatre. All this goes to
show that the concentration of wealth
and the worship of money Is prpducing
exactly the same effect upon the pop
ulation that it did in the most disgust
ing period of the Roman empire and
the sensuous days of Cleopatra and
Atnnne the Mammonites of New
York, money enters the most sacred
and holy relations of life. The mil
lionaires when their daughters are to
be married hire beautiful women for
so much a head to appear as brides
maids. The usual fee is $100 and a
gift of the beautiful dress that is worn
upon the occasion. At several recent
weddings a long string of these sort of
bridesmaids have appeared.
It Is announced in the papers that
Morgan's recent trip west was for the
purpose of forming a 3ft coal trust.
As Mark Hanna controls one of these
large fields. Morgan ran his special
train Into Cleveland and held a sev
eral hours' conference with him. Ev
prvthinsr in the United States will be
soon trustified and. Morgan and Mark
Hanna wfll boss the world.
In the Molineux trial in New York
the handwriting experts have again
made a spectacle of themselves. One
set swear that certain documents were
written by Molineux and the other set
swear just as positively that they were
not. It is about time that the courts
sat down on the whole crew. There
has never been an important case yet
where the same thing did not occur.
Such testimony is utterly worthless.
Florida had the auietest Hection In
the whole United States. There was
but one ticket in the field.
A heavy snow storm was reported
from western Texas last Sundav. The
Texans are bound not to be forgotten.
General Dewot started from London
for South Africa last Saturday. A
large crowd that had assembled to see
him off cheered most heartily.
What they call "ladrones" have been
waging very active war in the Phil
ipines lately and especially near to
and around Manila. "The war is
While Genpral Dpwet has eone back
to South Africa. General Botha has
written a letter to Mr. Van Vlisslngon
of Chicago that ho will visit America
as was originally Intended.
Arbitration seems to be in the air
all over the world. The French coal
operators have concluded to arbitrate
with their miners. This strike was of
vast proportions and threatened very
The Johannesburg chamber of mines
has presented a formal protest to the
British government against the pro
posed tax on them to help pay the cost
of the Boer war. They brought on the
war and it Is really poetic justice that
they should now be forced to pay the
greater part of the expenses.
Smallpox has been reported from
several cities and towns during the
Inst week In Iowa and other states.
That Is what the doctors said would
happen this fall and winter.
It Is reported that there Is a defec
tion In the Catholic church In the
Philippines. One riot has already oc
curred. This Independent church
movement Is being watched closely by
the government. The extent of the .de
fection from the church of Rome, is
not known, but It is Caimefl .hat a
majority of the native clergy' sym
pathize with the movement.
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