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JANUARY 22, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
The part that congress has been
playing in public affairs ever since
this session began has been shallow
; demagogery, and especially so in the
seriate. Spooner has been advertised
; very extensively in the daily press
, r,s a great constructive statesman, and
for days he has held the senate up,
speaking hour after hour on the bill
to admit the three territories as
states. To ocupy the time he reads
long articles from magazines and
newspapers and uses all the means so
well known to demagogues to occupy
the time. This he. has done when the
most pressing necessity exists for leg
islation when chaos is reigning in a
good many places in the United States
for want of it, and to beat a bil4 that
the republican party pledged itself
in its national platform to pass. The
statehood bill is the unfinished busi
ness before the senate and no legis
lation can be enacted except appro
priation bills until it is disposed of.
Spooner knows that a majority of the
senate would vote for the bill if it
was allowed to come to a vote, so hs
drawls on day after day to empty
benches to prevent a vote being tak
en. He has two objects in view. One
is to beat the bill and the other is to
prevent any tariff on trust legisla
tion. The situation in the senate is this.
--.ere is not a man among them who
dares to defend the trusts .or the pres
ent exorbitant tariffs in debate. How
would a senator appear defending re
bates to the rich on the railroads?
What sort of a condition would he be
in trying to defend a tariff system
which enabl e manufacturers to sell
goods at a profit to foreigners for 40
per cent less than the same goods are
sold to citizens of the United States?
So their poli.y is subtraction, divi
sion and silence. Besides that they
resort to every means to prevent any.
legislation. They simply "stand pat"
and "let well enough alone." A more
infamous body , of men never legis
lated for a people. They are there to
make millions for themselves and to
allow the predatory hordes, organized
as trusts, to prey upon the people.
There is no relief from this infamy
except the populist plan of electing
senators by a vote of the people.
A more infamous, prevaricating
scoundrel than Senator Aldrich never
stood on two legs. His pretended
righteous anger over the fact that
Dingley said that some of the sched
ules in the tariff were put high for
the purpose of trading when it came
to making reciprocity treaties provid
ed for in the bill, is demagogism pure
and simple and everybody knows that
it is. Every nation in the world has
been making "fighting tariffs" and
"trading tariffs" for the last ten years.
Germany has just finished such a job.
The holy Aldrich pretends that he
thinks that there is something dis
honorable about it. He is such a
saint that he can't look at such a
think without shivers of holy horror!
Aldrich and his partner in Rhode
Island have had a prohibitory tarif:
on their products for many years
and the millions that they have ac
cumulated have been taxed out of the
people of these states and gone into
their pockets. He well knows that if
"publicity" was obtained for his trans
actions, that he would be branded as
infamous for all etemityr" That is
what makes him so anxious that no
revision of the tariff shall take place.
Ia such an event, the schedules in
which lie is interested would be over
hauled and the infamy of them would
come to the public knowledge.
There are coal mines sufficient to
furnish all the coal the people re
quire. There are railroads enough to
haul it to consumers. There are peo
ple with money in hand ready to buy.
But there 1s a coal trust extending
far and wide which refuses to let the
paople have the coal except at ex
orbitant prices. There are laws on
the statute ' books that would send
the pirates to prison if they were en
forced. The officers' of the law, repub
licans, who have been elected by the
contributions of the trusts, refuse to
enforce the law, the people suffer
with cold and many manufacturing
plants have been' 'forced to shut down,
some because they could not. getvcoal
and some because the price asked was
so exorbitant that the plants coul.1
not be run without loss. Instead of
eforcing the law Congressman "Jen
kins introduces an unconstitutional
ftr.-.sure as a piec 3 '"of ' buncombe. If
Jenkins really wanted to relieve the
situation he would introduce a reso
lution impeaching the attorney gen
eral. The anti-trust law has been on
the statute books for years. The
trusts have multiplied by the thou
sand. The attorney general has nev
er brought a suit under it yet. It is a
clear case of malfeasance in office.
The trusts put this administration in
power. It will do nothing to stop
their -thieving raids upon the citizens
of this country. That is the situation
in a nutshell.
The New York Herald says that
President Roosevelt has twelve trou
bles on hand at once and enumerates
them as follows:
1. Smoot candidacy in Utah.
2. Wolcott candidacy in Colorado.
3. Addicks candidacy in Delaware.
4. Brackett rebellion in Albany.
5. Crum case' in Charleston.
6. Indianola fight in Mississippi.
7. Coal controversy.
8. ' Trust question.
9. Isthmian canal problem.
10. Venezuelan imbroglio.
11. Cuban reciprocity.
12. Presidential nomination in 1904
But there is another, the thirteenth.
the unlucky one. It is his Uncle Mark
Hanna. Just at present his Unci -Mark
"he lay low and say noffin'."
but -he is plotting mischief. Uncle
Mark and his children, the trusts,
don't intend that Teddy shall be nom
inated as the candidate of the repub
lican party for president.
THE rOTTLEB BILL
Lincoln said that you could not fool
all the people all the time, but it
seems that it is an easy matter to
fool a majority of them all the time.
A majority of the people of this state
were fooled into the belief that the
republican redeemers had run the state
government at much less cost than
the fusionists did, and that the Fowler
bill was dead, never to be resurrected.
When the official report of the repub
lican auditor was published it showed
enormous deficiencies and a great in
crease in the cost of the state govern
ment. Last week the Fowler bill was
favorably reported to the house by the
chairman of the committee on bank
ing and currency. The Independent
has information that that old Indiana
monetary convention lias been very
active during the last few weeks send
ing out many thousands of letters and
spending not less than $1,000 a day
for some time to get things in a right
condition to force the bill through.
This information conges direct from a
person in position to know exactly
what the bank ring is doing.
POOR MUST PAY THE RILLS
The people may as well make up
their minds now as later to one fact:
As long as the republican party re
mains in power they will have to pay
twice as much for coal as they ever
did before. The fact has developed
that there have been "Coal Ex
changes," organized in every city of
any size, and these "exchanges'' fix
the prices and regulate the supply.
With prosecuting attorneys and judges
who have been elected to office with
the corruption funds supplied by theee
men and others who are interested in
other trusts, there is no possible way
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of breaking up these combines, which
gather riches by robbing the poor.
The people therefore can make up
their minds that as long as the repub
lican party holds power, they will
have to pay a double price for coal as
they have been doing for illuminating
and fuel oil.
The organization of trusts has
turned the world upside down. The
old order of things has been displaced
by i. new order, or rather by chaos In
the commercial world. Under the old
order, an increased supply would re
duce prices. Under the chaotic file of
the trusts that is nb longer the case.
There has been within the last two or
three years a tremendous increase in
the output of petroleum. New fields
of supply, far exceeding in output
any heretofore discovered, have been
found in several different states, liut
as the supply increased, the price
went up, and at the present lime il
luminating oil cannot be bought at
retail along the lines of the railroads
in many place- .''or less than 25 cents
a gallon. That t;ives a profit to the
trust .;pon a staple article that Would
seem to be "beyond the dreams- of
avarice." The Rockefeller methods
are being applied to coal and the
same resuit is obtained. If the Stand
ard Oil trust is to go on without
hindrance, Low can the coal combine
be suppressed? If the coal trust can
be restrained under the law as it now
exists, why cannot the Standard Oil
and other trusts also be restrained?
It is a very shallow subterfuge for
the party in power to say that mo
nopolieo cannot be abolished without
enacting rev laws. They could all be
suppressed, as every lawyer knows,
under the common law if no statutes
at all existed on the subject. The at
torney general has never brought even
one case under the anti-trust law to
see if it was effective, although evi
dence Las been collected by outside
parties at their own cost and the pa
pers prepared ready for filing. The
attorney general won't even file them.
If he thought the law was ineffective
he would be very willing to file them
and prove that his contention was
The truth about this matter is as
has been de.'-lared by several Wash
ington correspondents, Walter Well
man among them, that the leaders of
the republican party do not intend to
do anything or permit anything to be
done that will in the slightest man
ner check the rapacity of the trusts.
That being the case, the people will
have to pay exorbitant prices for coal
and every other necessity of life.
There is no way of escape and never
will be as long as the republican par
ty is in power. The exorbitant price
demanded for coal Trill incrsase the
rents of heated rooms. The price of
board has already been advanced to
all the eastern cities. Manufacturers
will have to raise prices on 1 their
goods, and the common people "of
whom God made so many," will have
to pay the bills while the rich will add
millions more to their already accumu
lated millions. -'.'
The basest wretches connected with
all this business are the hireling edi
tors of the plutocratic dailies and the
professors of political economy in the
great universities, who knowing all
the facts in the case and well under
standing what the results of monopoly
will be, keep silent. As long as the
trusts establish universities and pay
the professors from a portion of their
loot, and as long as the editors are
simply hirelings, never daring to ex
press an honest opinion of their own,
it will be hard to find anything more
wretched and vile than they.
The editor of The Independent is in
formed that he is partially mistaken in
his comments on the New England lob
by in the southern states in regard to
child labor. There are two New Eng
land lobbies down there, one working
for laws to prevent child labor and
one to allow it. The manufacturers
who have their factories in the north
are working for anti-child labor laws,
as they consider that the labor of
children in the southern mills is a dis
crimination against them. The oth
er, whose factories are located in the
south, are in favor of child labor. That
is probably true, but they are both
actuated by the same sordid motives.
The question of what is right or
wrong is not taken into considera
tion by either of them. The northern
manufacturers whose mills are located
where child labor is prohibited, are
working for their own interests and if
those interests were not affected, thoy
would have no lobby in the south.
Both North and South Carolina legis
latures are considering child labor
bills at the present time.
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