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APRIL 2, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
"i Editor Independent: Believing from
the name and tone of your paper that
you are free enough from party pre-i
judice to encourage Independent
thought, I ask a small space in your
paper to comment on the famous in
terview of senator Morgan of .Ala
bama a3 published in the Atlanta
Constitution of December 29.
I have wondered why this inter
Tiew was not published in all the
papers, but suppose it was too cutting,
and too independent to suit the par
tisan editors. Under the , following
double - column head-lines is what the
Constitution says of it:
"BOTH GREAT PARTIES BOW IN
TERROR BEFORE COMBINES.
"I cannot see," says Senator Mor
gan, "that there is any great differ
ence between the lead of the demo
cratic and republican parties on the
question of trusts; whichever party is
out of power, cries out against the
octopus; whichever party is in power,
bugs the octopus to its breast."
! Senator Morgan says that in his
opinion, neither party is more anxious
than the other to find and apply a
-remedy. He says a cure will be
found, but fears before that is done
the chastening rod will be laid heav
ily upon the American people.
"A political revolution that may
sweep out of existence both of the
great parties as they are now organ
ized, he sees among the possibilities of
the future. How soon the solution
comes depends on how soon the Amer
ican people are awakened to their
peril. He inclines to the belief that
there will be dark days before ths
awakening. 'The . president and con
gress.' he continues, are figures com
pared with the strength corporate
wealth has attained in the United
States; democrats and republicans
alike rave and shout and profess to
engage in mortal combat with the
"The Alabama senator considers a
'graduated tax upon the capital stocks
of the corporations, the rate increas
- ing with the size of the corporation,
as the most plausable- way to start
the fight He says reduction of tar
iff schedules might afford relief, but
would not cure. He thinks the trusts
will be much discussed in the cam
paign of 1904, but cannot be a real
issue as both parties will fulminate
against trusts, each charging the other
with insincerity. The crisis may not
jae reached in the next two years, but
'no man can tell. He adds: 'The ex
isting order of things may be up
turned before the presidential elec
tion.'" I have quoted at length from the
Constitution, some of the sayings of
thi3 grand old man, because I agree
with much he says, and because the
plutocratic press of bolh old parties
instead of giving publicity to these
grand truths, seem, rather, to want
to suppress them, and to criticise Mr.
Morgan for saying what he did.
Could populists say more than he
has said? Yes! We can say we have
found a remedy and are willing to ap
ply it We agree with him that neith
er of the old parties are willing lO
apply the remedy, for have they not
both had a chance? Our remedy,
which is the only solution for the
trust evil, is public ownership.
We say that what would pay a cor
poration to do, would pay all the peo
ple to do. I agree with Senator Mor
gan that reduction of tariff rates will
not cure the evil. How would tariff
reduction affect the great banking and
money trust? How could it even touch
the great railroad, or transportation
trust?- Or how could it affect the oil
trust? When we know that this coun
try produces an abundance of oil?
Over seven millions of gallons per day
for the year 1901, with a great in
crease since, - which runs it to about
a half gallon per day for each family
in the United States. Is not that a
sufficiency? Who can think of any
trust, except the sugar trust, that
tariff reduction would affect much?
To put sugar on the free list would
hurt the American sugar grower. If
tariff tinkering is the remedy for
trusts, why hai not one of the, old
parties cured the evil? Have they
not both had a chance? But, says
somebody,, "old Grover" was in the
way of the democratic party, when it
had its chance. This excuse will not
do, for when they had both house and
senate, . they passed the ' Wilson bill
without his help. It is true when old
Grover refused to sign it, he said it
contained party perfidy and party dis
honor. ; We all learned, by dire distress,
that the passing of this law, and
throwing the balance of trade against
us, and the out-lawing of silver by
this administration, caused the worst
panic that this generation ever saw.
The people will be . slow to vote for
another such administration.
; I believe the liberty loving Ameri-
The Way They Write.
"We always had such good luck with clothing we had from you for my husband
and son that we still prefer to deal with you, though we have removed to San Francisco
" from Williams, Arizona. Mrs. D. F. Creighton,
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samples of men's and boys1 wear including price cata
log of men's and boys1 hats and furnishings; also shoes
for both sexes and all ages. Keep in mind that we are
the oldest shoe and clothing house in Nebraska doing a
mail order business. We are now on our twenty-second
year and the great success of our business demonstrates
that we have kept faith with the people. We can sat
isfy you as completely as we satisfy others.
, , .
can people have been kept divided
long enough by the two old parties,
by a sham battle over the tariff. Again
I agree with Senator Morgan in his
prediction that a political revolution
will arise that will sweep both old
parties from the field , May God
speed the day. Let ' reformers get to
gether for the fray under the banner
of populism, government money, pub
lic ownership,' a graduated income
tax, direct legislation; in short, for a
government of the people, by the peo
ple, and for the people, and let those
who want to hold with plutocracy, go.
J. J. HOLLOWAY.
The legal presumption that one
charged with-a crime is innocent until
his guilt is proven, seems a failure
when applied to either business or
politics. And this reminds me that in
the good old days of the farmers' al
liance the members of that organiza
tion were about as suspicious a lot of
men as one could find. Well, they had
reason to be they were the real po
litical Ishmaelites of those days. As
my friend, Judge Hartigan of Hast
ings, used to tell me, the populists
had good reasons for being suspicious;
their apprenticeship in either the re
publican or democratic party had
taught them that
"For ways that are dark
And for tricks that are vain,"
The old party politician is peculiar.
And that reminds me of Billy Crane
of Steele City, one of the original al
liance men, a good public speaker;
wrote frequently for the heavier ma
gazines of the easj:. Billy's forte was
stampeding pop conventions with a
hair-raising speech in support of his
favorite candidate. Billy had plenty
of both brain and lung, but it some
times seemed that he was dead-set on
having the convention nominate men
who had more lung-capacity than any
other qualification. The last stam
pede he attempted .was followed by a
counter-check from Billy Barnes but
that's another story.
.What I started to tell was how sus
picious Billy Crane always was of the
"money power." Even the sacred $50
"per capiter" (as Papa Gere of the
State Journal understands it) would
not help any, because those "Shy
locks" down on Wall street would sim
ply gobble it up like
"The noble cassowary.
On the plains of Timbuctoo,
Gobbled up a missionary,
Flesh and bones and hymn-book,
EARLY OHIO'S Our first car of Early Ohio's are in and
they are beauties, in fact we believe they are the best car we
have ever had. The potatoes are smooth, regular in size and
free from scab. We shipped these in from near Fargo, N. D.
and this seed will yield at least 25 per cent more than the
native grown geed. Per bu. 80c, 10 bu. lota 75c.
Wo have just received a car of Genuine Muscatine Grown
Sweet Potatoes. They are just the right rize and shape for
putting in "beds and are grown especially for seeds. The
Muscatine Potatoes yield more sprouts and the sprouts more
and better potatoes than any other kind Yellow Jersey and
Yellow Nansemond $3.25 per bbl. 5 bbl lots ?3.00. Early
Golden, Southern Queen and Red Bermuda's $2.C0 per bu.
Red Jersey and Vineless f 2.25 per bu.
GR1SWOLD SEED CO., P. 0. Box K, Lincoln, Neb.
RELIABLE SEED CORN
MADE FROM PHOTO OF OUR CATTLE KING CORN.
VflfiCSflt'c A Upland Grown on our own farm, 1902 crop, Guaranteed to grow where
f CI II 0 0 li I any corn will grow. Varieties include corn suitable for different climates and
CftAfl Porn localities. Corn especially bred for cattle feeding purposes, yields from 60
OwCu bUl II to 100 bu. per acre; everybody wants this variety. Also a fine yellow early
100-day corn, splendid yielder; also a'fine white variety, grows on white cob, etc. Van
si nt s sta worn never disappoints, write tor tree Samples and Circulars.
1 f.SfSSS&;tSii W. W. Vansant & Sods, Farragut, la.
The subtreasury scheme wouldn't, do
the farmer any good, because "Shy
lock" would buy up all" the grain and
then control all the government ad
vanced on it And so on all through
the second declaration of indepen
dence. Finally Billy struck his gait:
Mark Ilanna came to Nebraska with a
dinner pail full of hot air, and Billy
climbed into the red band-wagon.
Our socialist friend3 are suspicious
of public ownership. They are quite
sure it's simply a capitalist scheme
to head off the co-operative common
wealth and keep on yanking "surplus
i value" out of the wage-slaves. And
the single taxers " are equally suspic
ious because public ownership will
simply make. land more valuable and
J render it more difficult for the fac
tory-hand to raise potatoes on the .va
cant lot adjoining. ,
Fact is, I am myself getting a trifle
suspicious. I just now received a
proof of Dr. Victor Rosewater's pa
per, "The Case for Municipal Owner
ship of Electric Lighting," read before
a convention in New York a week or
so ago. It is an able paper and
preaches pop doctrine of public own
ership without a flaw.
Why am I suspicious? Not because
Im afraid of public ownership, no
matter who advocates it; but because
I am forcibly reminded of a remark
made to me one day by a Lincoln
(D. E. T not Abraham) republican:
The republicans intend to steal tho
pop platform before long."
I am suspicious that they have such
designs. C. Q. D.
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