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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 4, 1898)
VOL. i. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , AUGUST 4 , 1898. NO. 4.
ZEALOUS ENFriends of TlIE
COURAOEMENT. CONSEUVATIVE ill
nearly every state of the Union seem
zealously endeavoring to encourage it
by a generous ami flattering patronage.
The object and aim of THE CONSEUVA
TIVE as expressed in its prospectiis are
unqualifiedly and unequivocally en
dorsed by good men and women , East ,
West , North and South. Their letters
of commendation and approbation reach
us by nearly every mail.
The number of subscribers for THE
CONSEUVATIVE must be and will be in
creased by many thousands. It is
already firmly established in many of
the best homes of the country and is
therefore a splendid sheet in which to
advertise valuable and useful things
which are for sale. ) ,
PROTECTION "What farmer
AND ANNEX-/ ! thinks of enlarg-
ATION. f \ jng hig home eg ,
tate by the purchase of non-contiguous
lauds ? What practical fanner attempts
to annex to his agricultural operations
the tillage of fields a hundred miles
from his domicile ?
How can a zealous and sincere pro
tectionist favor the annexation of terri
tory containing industries which are
competitive with those of the United
States ? How can competition with ab
sorbed or annexed pauperism be less
baneful than competition with uiiau-
nexed ignorance and unabsorbed pau
And if annexation proceeds until all
the world is embodied in the United
States what will "the friends of Amer
ican labor" and "the protectors of
American wago-earuors" do for the
"cause of human progress" and "the
exaltation of the toiling millions" of
"our beloved country ? "
CREDITORS AND All OVOr the
DEBTORS. United States , and
notably in Iowa , Nebraska and Kansas ,
the relatively poor are the creditors
and the relatively rich the debtors.
The banks and bankers owe all their
deposits to the relatively poor people
who have confided their money to the
safekeeping of the banks.
The great factories owe , every Satur
day night , a large sum to their
operatives and other employees
who have credited them with the
use of brains and brawn for six days.
Every day all the the industrial energies
of the Northwest , and , in fact , of the
whole country will awaken to life and
useful activity because muscle , skill and
sturdy labor will credit capital for
another day's work. Labor is the cred
itor and capital the debtor ! Millions of
minds and myriads of trained and dis
ciplined bodies of labor renew its loans
to capital every day. Laborers are the
the creditor and not the debtor class in
Nebraska , Kansas and Iowa.
THE SAGE imusii The state of Ne-
oi' ' NEVADA. vada was prema
turely forced into the American Union
for the purpose of aiding the ratification
of the fifteenth amendment of the Con
stitution of the United States.
Political sins come home to roost.
Nevada in 1898 , with less than forty
thousand population , furnishes two sen
ators who persistently attack the na
tional credit and volubly declare for
lowering the standard of value in this
country. They are noisily for 10 to 1
all the time. They are so naturally.
Their constituencies are at the ratio of
sixteen voters to one senator. The
whole state of Nevada contains much
less than half the population which
Omaha alone contains.
TRADE CENTERS. Professor Perry
wisely and tersely said in one of liis val
uable volumes on Political Economy :
"A market for products is products in
market. " And the more one ponders
over this Porryism , the more one comes
to realize the stupendous truth which it
contains. Trade centers are not made
by having a single commodity on sale ,
but by having a general assortment of
commodities. Money is attracted to
such commercial centers merely to med
iate exchanges. And coined money is only
an intermediary commoditystamped and
certificated , to bo used as a tool to effect
the exchange of the other commodities.
And money , the measurer of values and
the facilitator of exchanges , always goes
where the exchanges are to be made.
It is as natural for money to flow into
Boston , Now York , Chicago and other
vast markets as it is for water to seek
the level or honey bees to invade
orchards in bloom.
Where the world finds for sale a lot of
goods which the world wants.the world
will rush its money to bo employed.
For money owners are as anxious to
have their money used as lively stable
keepers are to have their horses hired
Trade centers are evolved out of agri-
culture , commerce and manufacture.
Trade centers cannot be established and
maintained except at points where per
manent plants produce staple goods or
commodities which pretty much all civ
ilized mankind wants. But any properly
located community , with proper railroad
facilities for transportation , which is
situated in an agricultural county
abounding in raw cereal products , maybe
bo made a trade center ; because any
community which can offer the world's
markets an acceptable .and wholesome
nutrient , whether made from vegetable
or animal products , will always have
the world's money hurrying towards it.
No community which offers in part to
supply a want common to civilization
can ever bo very hard pressed financially
even in times of panic.
NOMINATIONS What objection
ON THE MERIT can bo made to a
1IASIS. system of compet
itive examinations of candidates seeking
nominations in political conventions ?
When the populists , or republicans , or
democrats , or conservatives hold state
and county conventions why not have
committees appointed out of the whole
body of delegates in each to examine
candidates as to their abilities and
In a state convention a board of ex
aminers , made up of good business men
and accoxmtants , would soon find out
who among the candidates was best
qualified for state treasurer or state
In a county convention an inquest as
to the capabilities of those seelung to bo
county commissioners would eliminate
the ignorant and dishonest from candi
Why not begin now , in the autumn
conventions of 1898 , to examine all can
didates , for office in each of the political
organizations in Nebraska ? Why not
inaugurate a real reform in the civil
service of the counties , cities and states
west of the Missouri river by an open
inquisition to ascertain the most effi
cient and meritorious candidates.
Business men , firms and corporations
select their employees and agents be
cause of especial qualifications as to in
tegrity , sobriety , industry , capabilityfit
ness and merit !
Why should the people in their nom
inating conventions ignore these safe
methods ? Why not compel candidates
in conventions to stand lip and answer
all pertinent and respectful questions
their answers to which will demonstrate
either fitness or unfitness for positions
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