The independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1902-1907, December 25, 1902, Page 8, Image 8

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DECEMBER. 25. 1902.
tbc Uebrasha Independent
EiiKcIn, Hebraska.
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Wild cat banking and rag money!
Where, oh, where is the gold standard?
And yet, you old sinner, there is no
information at hand to show that there
is a coal famine in hade3. Be good!
Gosper county will bo "shy" about
$446.15 in this school apportionment.
It is that much less than the smallest
ever made by fusion state officers.
With Madden for third assistant and
Loud for fourth assistant in the post
master general's office, then editors of
reform papers would have a time of it
sure enough, and they say that that is
what is going to be done.
According to the dispatches from
Washington the Fowler bill has been
changed into a bill authorizing the is
sue of an almost unlimited amount of
"rag money" by the banks. What has
become of the "gold standard?"
The British and German govern
ments are giving some new theories
to the world in relation to the collec
tion of debts. The way they do it is
to destroy the debtor's property, then
he will be sure to pay.
A proposition is being discussed in
Hartford, Conn., to close the churches
and give the coal which is in their bins
to the freezing poor who have no coal
at all. In the old days the authorities
in that religion forbade any artificial
heat at all in the churches.
The State Journal says that the
enormous decrease in the apportion
ment for common schools under a re
publican rule is because "the holders
have paid all back interest and prin
cipal on the school lands." The mullet
head in the state answers back: ' Yep,
That's so. The more money a repub
lican treasurer has, the less he can
pay out."
Rockefeller raised the price of oil
1 cent a gallon. Then he made a
Christmas gift to the Chicago univer
sity of $1,000,000. The raise of 1 cent
a gallon on oil will net him during
the next year about $30,000,000. But
the Standard Oil trust must be a good
trust because out of $30,000,000 of
stealings, $1,000,000 is given to a uni
versity. For the delectation of the million.
aires, a Boston publisher is to issue
an edition of the works of Paul de
Kock, the nastiest writer who ever got
into print.- It is to appear in 50 vol
umes issued in various styles, the
most sumptuous of which, to consist
of a single set, is to cost $150,000.
There are ten sets at $50,000. The
sensuality of the Roman emperors can
no more be compared with that of the
American millionaires than their for
tunes to the vast accumulations of the
present day.
Perhaps it is not strange that bo
many men have been thinking along
similar lines since the last election.
The letter of Mr. Houston, published
last week, had been read and placed
on the hook for the linotyper when
the very next letter contained an ad
vance proof of Chairman Parker's
"Plan To Unite Reformers." Inspec
tion will show that these two have
very similar ideas as to what ought to
be done. Taking The Independent's
editorial, "Marion Butler, Listen," in
issue of November 27, Dr. Reemelin's
suggestion, Mr. Houston's l.tter, and
Chairman Parker's aldrjss as a basis,
ine Independent would suggest this:
A joint call by Chairman Butler
and Chairman Parker.
State conferences on February 22,
Selection of three or five delegates
from each state to meet in national
conference, with the various national
committees of the present factions.
National conference at St. Louis,
February 22, 1904.
Declaration of prlmirJes, selection
of a committ:e end committee offi
cers, together with adoption of a
name and call for a national conven
tion. Non-interference in state politics
during the year 1903. If southern
populists desire to "fuse" with the re
publicans let them ("o P. If Nebraska
populis s de:ire :o ".use' with .the
democrats let them do it. The elec
tion of a democratic supreme judge in
Nebraska a man o t'r.e character and
legal at ainments of Chief Justice Sul
livanby the united effort of populists
and democrats, need cot retard the
movement toward united effort to se
cure government nr. one and govern
ment railroads.
The shortage of coal all over this
continent, in Canada as well as in tl 2
United States, is a puzzle still un
solved. Montreal is suffering just as
Boston and Washington are. A dis
position is developing to 'lay, the trou
ble at the doors of the railroads. A
prominent citizen of Montreal remark
ed the other day that "the coal in un
limited quantities is at our very door;
let cars be begged, borrowed or stol
en as you will, let the government
commandeer the mines if necessary,
but let Montreal have coal, and plenty
of it, at a reasonable cost."
There are some facts known to all
men and among them is that there is
coal all over the United States in un
limited quantities, there are trained
miners, many of whom cannot get
work, there has been no greater con
sumption of coal this winter than
usual, the railroads have greatly in
creased their equipment in the last
two or three years, and yet there is
a scarcity of coal everywhere. Even
in the little towns of Nebraska, one
has to go to the dealers, beg for coal
and then pay an exorbitant price to
get it in very small quantities. Some
days it cannot be got at all.
So far, no one has attempted to give
any reason why coal should all at once
become so scarce. If we had a con
gress that. was worth the powder and
lead to blow it up, it would create a
commission to investigate the subject
and give the people the facts so that
they could protect themselves in the
future. It is the opinion of The In
dependent that this famine in coal has
been brought about by the precon
certed efforts of the same men who
have been forming trusts and that the
directors of many of the railroads have
had an active hand in it, for most of
them have been in the trust promotion
business up to their eyes.
One thing is certain. There is "no
necessity for a shortage in the coal
supply of the United States. If pri
vate parties have schemed to tleece
the people in this way and cause the
great suffering and loss that has en
sued, the public should know it so
that means can be taken for their pun
ishment If the coal operators have
not genius enough to supply the peo
ple with coal, then the time has ar
rived for the government to take pos
session of the mines and prevent fu
ture extortion and suffering.
Some time ago The Indep?ndent re
marked to the labor unions, business
men and other parties who were hurl
ing anathemas at Mr. Burt because of
his action in bringing on the strike on
the Union Pacific, that they were af
ter the wrong man, that Mr. Burt was
as much of a hireling as any man who
worked in the shops and had to be
more careful to obey orders than any
blacksmith or boiler maker. The
truth of that statement wa3 made evi
dent last week when Mr. Burt had a
private conference with the labor lead
ers and asked them to delay further
aggressive movements against the
road until he could go to N;w York,
confer with Mr. Harriman and see if
something could not be done to bring
the strike to an end. People ought to
begin to see by this time that what
The Independent has been telling them
was simply "God's truth." Through
the private ownership of railroads, ev
ery business interest of the state of
Nebraska is at the mercy of a few
Wall street sharps. Harriman can give
an order that would bring everything
to a standstill in this si ate. It used
to be Jay Gould who held that power,
now it is Harriman. When Harriman
dies, some other plutocrat will take
his placo and exercise the same unlim
ited power a power far greater than
that held by any monarch of all Eu
rope. Under such circumstances , as
these, some wise men of Nebraska
have come to the conclusion that
"there is nothing to vote for." So
they brag of the fact that they are
"cornfield canaries" and stay at home
on election day.
The power of Wall street grows year
by year. harriman's orders are more
far-reaching than thoe of Jay Gould
ever were. His extortions upon the
producers are far gr.a er than those
inflicted by Gould. Slowly the lines
are closing in around us all.- But
then there is nothing to vote1 for and
we will content ourselves by husking
corn on election day. ; i
It seems that the Rockefellers, "Van
derbilts and Goulds have become very
tired of stopping panics, by putting
up some millions every week or two
as was told in The Independent last
week, so they have organized a "panic
stopper" with JfroO.OOO.OOO capital. The
papers say that "the pool is not de
signed to revive a wild-cat specula
tion for the rise or to preserve solv
ency where there is hopeless entan
glement in insolvency; its aim is to
see that no solvent interest is thrown
down because of a temporary pinch in
That fifty-million pool may serve
for a while as a panic stopper, but
something on a different line from that
will have to be invented. An inflation
t t of all reason of bank credits can
not be remedied by providing more
inflation furnished by a pool organ
ized for that very purpose. That sort
of a panic stopper may work for a
while, but a few raids on it by the
bears will wreck it.
The organization of the "panic
stopper" with fifty millions of capi
tal is looked upon in Europe "as a
public acknowledgement that the fi
nancial position is renlly strained,"
as one correspondent lcc ted in Lon
don expresses it. The National City
bank has been making a desperate ef
fort to import a li tie ? old and got a
very small amount from France. For
years, the gold stand rd countries of
Europe, whene er th y got in a tight
place, have fled to siivcr-itsin France
for aid and now Wall street is reduced
to the same expedient.
The creed of the plutocrats has at
last been formulated and officially
promulgated. It is as follows:
"It Is better for society on the
whole that its surplus wealth fall
into the hands of the few to be by
them disposed of as they see fi;. -Given,
then, a Etrong ssnse ol .
trusteeship for the public on the ,
part of the wealthy few we have
a better disposition of surplus
riches in the present order of
things than would be the case
were, surplus wealth more evenly
Under this creed it is better for thf
public, that aldermen should be
bribed, legislators bought at so muca
a head, thousands of men ruined by
favoritism on the railroads, that the
people should be forced to pay extor
tionate prices for the necessities of life
and hundreds of millions accumulated
in the hands of three or four men to
be given away, than it would be to
have hon;st city councilmen, upright
legislators, all treated alike in the
way of rates on the roads and men
prevented from forcing the people to
pay extortionate prices for the actual
necessaries of life. It is by those
means that these enormous accumula
tions of wealth have been made. It is
better for mankind that a few men
should steal millions and then give
away part of their stealings than that
wealth should stay in the ownership
of those who created it. That is the
This astonishing creed is attract
ing the attention of economists every
where. John A. Hobson, the distin
guished English economist, attacks it
at various points. He says:
"It is not always easy to trace
the origins of great wealth. U is
sometimes accomplished by the
increment of land values, by com
binations to secure control of the
market limit the output; by re
bates and discriminations, tariff
manipulations, lobbying to that
end; by speculative coups, etc.
"Those engaged in private char
ities know the dangers of promisc
uous giving. What about the pub
lic? Has it no character to lose?
Does not charity buy off justice?
. .;. Is there no loss of indepen
dence in this? I challenge any
one to deny that these methods of
getting money for public purposes
do not awake in the receiver at
any rate that sentiment of patron
age which is the mortal enemy, of
independence in an individual or
in a city."
We have a Carnegie-millionaire-gift
library here in Lincoln. We do not
know what the records show, but from
occasional visits there it appears that
it is not doing half the good to the
public that the old library did. The
common people look upon it as a place
for the rich and they are not at home
there as they were in the one that they
themselves created and supported.
Millionaire charities are alike a curse
to the giver and receiver.
And now comes tha Springfield
(Mass.) Republican, following the ex
ample of The Independent, and wants
Te uuv to tell us whether the Standard
Oil trust is a "good trust" or a "bad
trust." It says that Rockefeller has
raised the price of oil 314 cents a gal
lon since the beginning of the hard
coal strike and that he made 45 per c .
on his investment last year, while
capital generally did not make over
5 or 6 per cent. It don't think that
"publicity" will mend matters. After
giving the above facts in the case it
"Is the Standard Oil company,
then, a gocd trust or a bad one?
What says the president and all
tne rest who are f al ' ing about
trusts as lxnng good or bad? Here
also is publicity. How effective
is it in preventing extortion?
Does the fact that Mr. Rocke
feller gives a small part of his oil
monopoly pains to education make
the trust, a pond one, when other
wise it would bo bad? Or if it is
a good trust anyway, where can be
found an example of a bad trust?"
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