The independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1902-1907, November 06, 1902, Page 8, Image 8

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Vr Uivtu t ThA essential viiImHtv rtf thA Arnpr-
Eincoln; tltbraska. ican millionaires has often been de-
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LIBERTY BUILDING. 1328 0 STREET. llterary of England and the
continent are giving their opinion of
Entered according to Act ol .Congress at tne 1 ... . . , ... " .
Portoffice at Lincoln, Nebraska, as second-clas. tDem and " coincides With that SO of-
maii matter. ten expressed in tnese columns. A
little while ago, Ouida told the public
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY. what she thought about them and now
fourteenth YEAR. Marie (joreill has written a long maga-
zine article in which she gives a full
$1.00 PER YEAR expression of her views concerning
these creatures. She calls Morgan a
... a greedy octopus, stretching out his
Imoney with news agencies, postmasters, etc, nanas to grab everything on eartn.
I.. I 1 fl,.,. Tli fr.mi.ntla I OU
forert or remi. a d'trent amount than was (1Pri, , ,
lorgci v. I "Tno macaco Vioai rf Ho rnoo-i a
left with them, and the subscriber fails to get . . 1 ,
,e 1 Tl - strewing free libraries all over the
proper erect. surface of the country as if . they
Address an comniBincauuus, u muc . i
drafts, money orders, etc, payable to , , BO many lollipops thrown
Tho nhraska Indtvtndtnt. a.OLUW,uu' f.1'
w.i - , fn nw thA nppnunrs nf his rtnin?
T irtrnln Woh . . .0
- with rwinn-lArl wnnHor anH rlori.
"With manv of the more inde
pendently thinking classes the
millionaire Carnegie's money,
Ditched at the public, savors of a
patronage which they resent and
of an ostentation which they curt
ly call swagger.
Of the geenral mass of American
millionaires she speaks as follows
"Wealth in excess, wealth in
chunks, wealth in great, awkward,
unbecoming dabs, is plastered as
it were by the merest haphazard
toss of fortune s dice on tne DacKS
of uncultured and illiterate Amer
icans, who, bowed down like asses
beneath their golden burden, are
asininely ignorant. In very few
cases does immense weaitn go
hand in hand with refinement, re
serve or dignity. Millionaires are
for the most part ill-mannered,
illiterate and singularly uninter
esting in conversation.
If there is one thing more than all
others that the editor of The Inde
pendent despises, it is the common
run of millionaires. In years past he
has met a few of them in a social way
and if there was anything that 'they
could talk about except how they
'ruined' some man or some clique on.
the stock exchange, or in the manip
ulation of some railroad or other cor
poration, he could never get them to
discuss the subject. Intellectually and
morally, they are the lowest, grade of
the population of this country aside
from the newly imported common la
borers. They have gathered their
millions by bribing legislatures, man
ipulating congressmen and courts, se
curing special privileges, purchasing
Anonymous communications will not be
noticed. Rejected manuscripts win noi ok
Some of the doctors have discovered
the microbe of bliss and say that it is
conveyed in the rapturous kiss.
Tom Johnson believes in arguments
of force as well as in forcible argu
ments. He slapped a fellow's face who
called him a liar.
When the corporations want to elect
a disreputable scoundrel to office they
advertise him as a man of unimpeach
able integrity and every mullet head
believes the statement.
Sarah Bernhardt has at last forgiven
Germany for annexing Alsace and Lo-
raine and done what she declared she
never would do, appeared in a play in
Berlin. Kaiser William can now re
duce his army one-half without danger.
A federal court in making a decision
in favor of the Western Union said
It would establish a precedent, for no
case like it had ever been adjudicate d
before and then it called news "pre-
communicativeness." That settles it.
One driver of a devil wagon in New
York has had justice done him. He
was sent to the penitentiary for six
months. The automobilist amused
himself by running back and forth
across the track in front of a trolley
car. The result was that 22 persons
were seriously injured.
elections and deceiving and robbing
. . thpir competitors an 'change. Such a
, Large business failures are occurring r cmPe A w
with astonishing frequency for an era W"A .tor vMoh fn
of prosperity. The report from the . 7',J hi7dPn
. J social intercourse cannot be hidden.
commercial agencies uji imi cciv v. o,o
. ... . Carnesie is no better than the rest or
as follows: "Business failures in the uuneieib
United States for the week ending them. From - unrequited to 1 and the
Thursday. October 30, number 194, as blood of Homestead he gathered his
against 194 last week, 172 in this week millions
last year, 165 in 1900, 174 in 1899 and
It is impossible that men, the ener-
last year, ioo in j.jjvw, ai m 1.00 j aw aa
m in k The next day aTter this Us ot.w-'
report was made up there were a very
large number of very heavy failures
in lumber and other lines.
The platform of the liberal demo
cratic party of New York would re
ceive the unanimous vote of any pop
ulist convention ever held in Nebras
ka. We don't care anything for names,
but if the leaders of that party keep
up its " organization and come to the
next populist national convention pre
senting those principles as their po
litical belief, they will be admitted
with a whoop and hurrah equal to
that which followed the adoption of
the first populist platform at Omaha
in getting dollars in such uncounted
numbers that they cannot even ex
pend or give away their incomes,
should be anything else than the sor
did creatures that they are.
And these men run the govern
ment of the United States.
When this trust was organizing un
der the plea that it was philanthropi
cal in its purposes and would reduce
the cost of machinery to the farmers,
The Independent called attention to
articles to that effect that were being
printed in the plutocratic, trust-ad
vocating republican papers. The Phil
adelDhia Record now announces that
The fact that the ship builders have "harvester trust prices are to be ad
orders for snips that will keep them vanced 25 per cent, so that farmers
busy for mere than two years ahead who have hitherto paid ior a mi-
nnf that some of them are refusing chine must hereafter pay ai tne
orders shows most convincingly that same time, the managing force of the
that Mark Hanna-Frye ship subsidy trust is to be so reduced ana reorgan
was one of the rankest attempts to ized that not less than $500,000 a year
flppA tho nublic for the benefit of a will be saved by this process aione.
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fpw millionaires that devotees of spe- By such simple devices tnis new m
niai rriileces ever attempted in the dustrial combination expects to ODtam
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Ampriran congress and there have huge dividends cn its $65,000,000 of
been some things of that character liberally watered capital sto-K.
put through that made the world
This large increase in the already
exorbitant prices that the firms work-
ng in unison have been able to charge
the farmer will be a severe tax upon
them. Thousands of them vote the
republican ticket while the adminis
tration does nothing to enforce the
aw. The combination of the different
firms in re.i.aint of trade and for the
purpose of controlling prices was open
and notorious, and a more flagrant
violation of existing law than Hill's
merger or the beef trust Yet the ad
ministration has done nothing and
will do nothing, as long as the mullet
heads walk up to the polls and vote
the republican ticket, for that is sim
ply a request to "please rob us some
more." The 'trusts are not so much to
blame in this matter as the voters, and
men would spend their breath to bet
ter advantage in denouncing the fool
voters than in denouncing the trusts.
Frank C: Vandelip, vice president of
Rockefeller's National City bank of
New York, made a speech the other
night before about 200 financiers in
which he talked in the same vein that
The Independent has been talking for
several months about the inflation of
credits and watering stocks. Of course
he did not use the plain English that
The Independent does, but it amounted
to the same thing. The fact is" that
they have got the last foot of gas into
the balloon that Shaw and all the rest
of them could manufacture and they
all know it. The only hope is now to
et the thing down easy. The way he
put it was thus:
"We have the choice of one of
two things: Either to practice
wise discretion or to go on bor
rowing of the future until we are
brought up against a wall."
He also repeated what Bryan has
often called attention to, namely, we
have had a series of good crops while
there have been great deficiencies
abroad. He even hinted that that was
the cause of better times instead of the
simple reason that the republican par
ty was in power. That was rank trea
son to Mark Hanna and he ought to
be hung for it, when we consider the
great favors that have been conferred
upon his bank, such as in the sale of
the old New York custom house, mil
lions of deposits from the government
and in other ways by Mark Hanna and
his party. But perhaps Mr. Vandelip
thinks those things were paid for in
contributions to Mark's corruption
fund and all that is a closed incident
Mr. Vandelip went from a position
. J 1 A 1 A
in tne treasury aeparimeni siraigm
to a place in Rockefeller's big bank.
He followed the precedents of the last
twenty years. First a place in the
treasury department and after serving
Wall street there, then"on to New
York to a place in some bank or trust
Mrs. George Vanderbilt has issued
orders that all of her male servants
shall lift their hats when they come
into the presence of her one year old
child. What sort of American citizens
do the menials make who submit to
and obey such orders as that? They
all have votes.
The principle of the referendum is a
part of every free government and
none ever did or can exist without it.
The capitalistic class has always
feared the people, and men like Hamil
ton threw every obstruction in the way
of exercising that right that they pos
sibly could, but they did not even at
tempt to abolish it. The veto power
of executives and the difficulties
thrown around the amendment of con
stitutions, were the plans that they
adopted to prevent the desires of the
people being made effective. Another
plan, and most disastrous of all, were
life terms for judges. Yet back of it
all lies the power of the people at last,
for the constitutioncan be amended,
though what was thought were almost
insurmountable difficulties were
thrown In the way. All the states rec
ognized the right of referendum in a
more direct way and while the people
have been slow to exercise it, it is
The politicians may drive the peo
ple for awhile away from the prin
ciples of Jefferson, but in the end,
when they find disaster impending,
they come back to them. The party
that Jefferson founded was led farther
and farther away, until in the time
of Lincoln, in his letter to Mayor
Prince, he declared that it had fought
itself into the clothes of the other par
ty. Lincoln brought his followers
back to the Declaration of Indepen
dence and other Jeffersonian doctrines
and actually adopted the first name of
Jefferson's party, that of republican.
Now again there are thousands of men
in the republican party, after It has
wandered far and wide from Lincoln
and Jeffersonian principles, demand
ing that it shall come back to Jefferson
Jefferson was the father of the prin
ciple of reciprocity, and in this age
when men are looking for relief in
every direction from the exactions of
tariff-protected trusts they once more
go back to Jefferson and find in his
teachings the way of relief. No one
ever more explicitly enunciated it than
did the author of the Declaration of
Independence. These are his words:
"Some nations, not yet ripe for
free commerce, in all its extent,
might still be willing to modify its
restrictions and regulations for us
in proportion to the advantages
which an intercourse with us
might offer. Particularly, they
may concur with us in reciprocat
ing the duties to be levied on each
side, or in compensating any ex
cess of duty by equivalent ad
vantages of another nature."
There you have the doctrine of rec
iprocity as advocated by the two last
republican presidents and some thou
sands of the rank and file of the re
publican party. Necessity has driven
them to the doctrines of Jefferson for
relief. But these two presidents and
their following make up but a small
part of that party. The men who con
trol the purse strings are all against
them. There is no hope of the mass
or any great part of the leadership of
the party ever going back to Jefferson.
The tariff grafters, the trusts and the
privileged corporations will continue
to control the republican party for
years to come.
Jeffersonian democracy, Lincoln re
publicanism and "populism are all one
and the same thing and when these
different organizations all join to
gether and vote the same ticket we
shall have Jeffersonian government
The editor of The Independent re
ceived a letter just before the election
inviting him to come to New York
and "give the assistance of his pen
and voice to the upbuilding of the lib
eral democratic party" of that state.;
The editor replied that he was as "lib
eral" as any man ought to be and as
"democratic" as Thomas Jefferson, but
as populism was simply Jeffersonian
democracy, he was eminently satisfied
with his present party relations. How
ever, if there was anything that he
could do to help the liberal democratic
parly of New York to down the Hill
gang of reorganizers, he would be only
too glad to do it The organization of
what is called the "liberal democratic
party in New York, is exactly the same
sort of a movement as the formation
of the farmers' alliance which finally
resulted in the formation of the peo
ple's Independent party. At that time
in the west we always said that the
two old parties were as alike as two
peas in a pod and that no reform leg
islation could be got from either of
them. So we organized a new party"
just as they have under the same cir
cumstances done in New York. In
the west, however, the new party was
composed for the most part of republi
cans, while in New York they seem
to be democrats.
The Independent extends greeting
to the liberal democrats of New York
and advises them by all means, even
now that the election is over, to
strengthen and maintain their organi
zation. Without an organization their,
protest will have no force whatever.