The independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1902-1907, March 19, 1903, Page 9, Image 9

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    MARCH 19, 1903.
r Very often a case is lost because the
contestant proved too much. That is
the way with the argument of Free
man Otis Willey who writes a hook
for the. plutocratic propaganda so of
ten mentioned in The Independent.
He says:
"If you consider the matter care
fully, you will not doubt that, as of
ten as it can be shown that a cor
poration, or the stockholders of a cor
poration, have acted In an oppressive
way, just as often can it be shown
that an equal number of non-chartered
concerns, ' and- individuals not
connected with r corporations, have
acted in the same manner."
Now this book is written to combat
public ownership and socialism, and
by this argument he proves the case
for the socialists. That is exactly
what they say. Private ownership of
anything is oppressive and results in
great wrongs. There are the two
things: Individual ownership and
corporation ownership. Mr. Wiley
says one is just as bad as the other.
It therefore follows that the only es
cape is socialism. .
If the National Economic League
can't do better than that they hai
just as well quit. They can't defend
trusts and corporations in that way.
They are furnishing the socialists
with new ammunition. That is, how
ever, aside from the facts. It is a bald
statement without any attempt at
proof. Simply a plutocratic assump
tion which the people are expected
to swallow without stopping. to taste
it. When did a private individual
raise the price of wire nails 200 per
cent? When did a private individual
mere than double the cost of glass?
When did an individual coal miner or
owner produce a coal famine and dou
ble the price of coal? These things
and thousands more like them have
been done by corporations. We-wait
for Mr. Willey to cite cases in which
individuals ever did such things.
That is the sort of literature with
which the plutocrats are flooding the
country. What are reformers doing
to counteract it?
Not long since' The Independent
printed a report from a minister con
cerning; the awful degradation and
; moral foulness of some of the New
' England villages. Now the same re
port comes from England. In wha
ever country Mammon is worshipped
the same-results follow. The race
cannot advance and ' must ." degenerate
whenever the gathering of money is
considered the highest ideal to which
man can aspire. Love of country,
love of home, the desire to be useful,
must be the ideals instead of the
gathering of millions. Public rob
bers must not be held up to the youth
of the land as the highest type and
the ones after which the youth should
pattern. The Rockefellers and Mor
gans must be dethroned and in their
stead must be installed those who
have not devoted their lives to rob
bery, and extortion, or the conditions
reported in the New England villages
and in England will spread all over
the land.
Nebraska is generously represented
in the -list of "editorial associates and
contributors" of the National Eco
nomic League, whose avowed object
"To instruct the people that if
we are to continue to lead in the
.. world's industries and keep Am-
erican labor and capital remun
' eratively employed, it must be
through the organization of indus
, try into LARGE UNITS, directed
by the best talent"
Which, translated into the vernac
ular, means "trusts, directed by Mor
gans and Rockefellers."
This is the league whose editorial
manager, Mr. Mattox, wrote to a Mis
souri banker some time ago that
"Only by the literature that was
sent out by the republican party
and auxiliary organizations edu
cating them (the people) - to the
danger of the election-of Mr.
Bryan, was the country ., saved
- from that disaster."
Nebraska is represented in the
league by the following Nebraskans
and former residents as "associate
editors and contributors":
Geo. E. .MacLean, president state
university of Iowa, formerly chancel
lor of the University of Nebraska.
Gen. Charles F. Manderson, solid
tor B. & M. R. R. ' ,
. W. S. Poppleton, attorney, . Omaha.'
Francis A. Brogan, attorney, Omaha.
Those acquainted with MacLean and
Manderson, of course, understand why
they should ally themselves with an
organization like the league, but the
question naturally arises, Why is W.
S. Poppleton training with a crowd
that put forth such heroic efforts to
"save" the country from the "dis
aster" of electing Mr. Bryan?
As much editorial matter appears in
The Independent each week as in the
six editions of any of the dailies, and
the topics discussed are often a week
or ten days ahead of the dailies.
In the Bee of March 17, Mr. Rose
water says: "If any man or set of
men should deliberately concoct a
scheme to set the town on fire or
blow up its public buildings with dy
namite, the community would rise up
as one man to have them thrown into
prison or lynched, but when men set
deliberately, to work to undermine and
destroy self-government,- the : people
tamely allow them to proceed with
their devilish work. And yet this is
precisely what has been going on at
Lincoln for the last sixty days under
the leadership of John N. Baldwin,
the head pusher of the most rotten
lobby that has ever infested the state
In The Independent a short time
ago there appeared an article entitled
"Freaks of the Mind," which has oc
casioned some comment , Does it not
appear strange to the ordinary, sane
man that after Mr. Rosewater suc
ceeded In electing this republican leg
islature that .he should talk in that
manner? He .knew that the railroads
.named the candidates, that they paid
most of-the -campaign, expenses, that
John N.. Baldwin was their represen
tative and practical . manager of. the
campaign ' and - what things that it
was , proposed to do , if the republi
cans succeeded and yet he supported
Mr. Baldwin and the candidates that
he had selected. He could , have as
easily prevented the election of a re
publican legislature as he did that- of
Dave Mercer , to congress. He could
have helped the-citizens of Nebraska
choose a legislature to whom the
railroads would have concluded that it
would have been no use to send a
lobby, that would have enacted laws
forcing the railroads to pay their
just share of taxes and have given
the state an honest and economical
government as had been done from
1896 to 1900. But he chose to sup
port the candidates and the party
that all men knew would do just
what they have done if they were
elected. Now he writes a column of
the same kind as appears at the head
of this article denouncing them.
Would not sanity have directed that
it was better to defeat this crowd
than to elect them and afterwards in
dulge in ineffective denunciation of
That J. Pierpont Morgan Is a low
down perjurer has been well estab
lished during the last few weeks. He
went before the taxing authorities and
solemnly swore that he owned only
?400,000 worth of personal property.
It now turns out that he has $7,000,
000 worth' of paintings, statuary and
other works of art Men of that de
testible character are the men who
dominate the republican party and to
a large extent the church. Morgan Is
a shining light in the Protestant Epis-
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copal church!" When' such facts as
these ; are made known all over the
land is it any wonder- that" there Is
'demoralization' "and degeneration ev
erywhere? 1 Why. is hot "Morgan prose
cuted for'perjury like any other criminal?-'
Because the courts and admin
istrators bf the law are worshipers of
Mammon and they will not bring an
accusation ' against one of the - chief
votaries of their god. ' '-;
Those subscribers to The Indepen
dent who are from a year to. three
years delinquent for subscription
should now show their, appreciation of
the generous treatment they have re
ceived by sending in the amount due
without longer delay. Everyone
knows that The Independent has been
building during the past year. It has
taken more money than anticipated
and we are just now extremely short
of cash.' We do not want to embarrass
you by sending the account to some
collector in your locality, but unless
those who are delinquent pay prompt
ly we shall be compelled to do so. In
the past we have always been gen
erous in extending time and exeept
for the' actual need of funds would
not be so insistent for prompt pay
ment now.
In the courts the railroads always
seem to have a sure thing. If they
want an injunction against the work
men that Injunction never fails to ap
pear upon request The courts enjoin
the workmen from walking on the
highway, from listening to a sermon,
from quitting work, from talking,
from giving charity or anything else
that the roads ask them to enjoin.
Now the injunction goes outside of
the employes' ranks and for the first
time one has been issued forbidding
certain men to sell unused portions of
railroad tickets." The managers of
the roads sometimes have troubtewlth
legislative bodies," but .- they never
have any trouble with the courts.
When they want a decision that a
railroad is private property and that
the farmers can't put .up an elevator
near . the tracks, - then they get one
of that kind. When they want a de
cision that a railroad is a "public"
highway and- that all the laws apply
ing to public highways applies to the
roads, they get that kind of a deci
sion. When it comes to the railroads
and the courts it is: "You take the
buzzard and I take the turkey, or I
take the turkey and you take tha
buzzard," every time. ! When the
railroads are In a case, the court
never talk turkey at all.
Some ot the absurdities of the gold
standard spell-binders were about as
glaring, . as the human' mind could
conceive, as, for instance, "intrinsic
value" and "dear money and high
prices." But Mr. Freeman Otis Wiley
has outdone the wildest republican
spell-binder who ever roamed over the
rural districts of Ohio. He says that
the Pilgrim" and Puritan colonies
which settled in America were , cor
porations just like the steel trust and
Baer's coal combination. Then he
remarks: "There would have been a
great opportunity for an anti-monopolist
to characterize the Pilgrims and
Puritans and pronounce their im
mortal voyage a money-hunting
scheme." No doubt the mullet heads
who believed that we could only pros
per as the volume of money was de
creased will believe this just as read
ily as they did the big-mouthed repub
lican ' spell-binders, . j(J ,J