The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, October 20, 1898, Page 9, Image 9
$ & & . : W"l& % & .y--V , W-/V - " > * ? ; * m "Che Conservative. 9 more inon , juul to reduce the price of sugar to the consumer about 510 per cent. I can see no public injury from these results. In our largo cities wo have a now form of complaint objection being directed now against th o DEPARTMENT ( lcpftrfcmont stores. STORES. Opposed because they crowd out' small dealers. I know of no clamor more senseless. The department store is a creditable modern institution. It takes nearly as much capital and quite as nmch brains to conduct a largo department store suc cessfully as it does to manage a large corporation. It requires the same intel ligent direction and subdivision of la bor. The results are the same as follow any large co-operation. Goods are sold at surprisingly low cost and employ ment is given to thousands of persons. The public is certainly a beneficiary. To close department stores would now be regarded as a public calamity. It is true these stores compel many small tradesmen to go out of business , and this is an unfortunate result , but to abolish the department store so that the small tradesman may continue his busi ness is as much a step backward as to abolish labor-saving machinery , so that the persons temporarily thrown out of occupation may have employment. I could mention many moro instances where corporate combinations , or combi nations of capital , CORPORATE httvo noJO ( lished BENEVOLENCE. gQQA resultS ) bufc I have given enough already to illus trate my suggestions. Corporations will bo greed } ' and selfish , just as individ uals. They will deserve criticisms just as individuals. They should be controlled bylaw just as individuals. But because they represent greater aggregations of capital they should not bo donounced.auy moro that a man should be attacked be cause ho has a fine house. They are , as I have pointed out , a legitimate and log ical outgrowth of modern industrial and commercial conditions. They have not been shown to have done much harm. It is rather the harm people imagine they might do which makes people uneasj * . They have accomplished much good. They are capable of ac complishing much more good. Their power for mischief is really quite small. Their very salvation depends upon pub lic support. Repeated exhibitions of tyranny or insolence will always mean their downfall. They are always sub ject , because of their commanding po sition , to the attacks of persons or other corporations who want to bo bought off. They must always keep the price of their product below the figure at which an independent producer could furnish the same article , and they are usually able to do this by reason of the econo mies permitted by combined operation. They will become more and moro neces sary institutions as conditions become more complex , but their power for good or their success will depend very much upon the intelligence with which they are formed and managed. The public will watch such combina tions critically , as it should , but let us not be blind to the TAIUNKSS. signs ( ) f H0 times and to the march of progress. Let us be fair in our criticisms , willing to ac knowledge what is good as well as to condemn what is evil. If the logic of events changes conditions from what we have been used to , and those changes are for the permanent good of the com munity or the country , let us adapt our selves and our pursuits to the changes. Let us not sit on the coat tail of pro gress and holler "Whoa ! " Let us read just our occupations and our habits , making sacrifices if we must , just as our forefathers had to make sacrifices to keep in line with the march of progress. Above all lot there be no room in manly American minds for the seeds of jeal ousy and discontent. Fortunes still are within the grasp of all who know their opportunities and take advantage of them. Comfortable homes and happy lives , which are far better than riches , are within the reach of nearly every body. There is more genuine happiness on your farms than along Fifth Avenue. To such men as you , representing the conservative thought of our country , we must look for rebuke to false notions and wrong doctrines which men may try to disseminate throughout the land. I urge you to keep your minds clear , to look straight ahead and to bear in mind that the world was not made in a day and the millenium cannot be reached in a generation. One of the best C weekly public a- . , , tions devoted t o political and economic problems that the prolific press of the Mississippi Valley issues is THE CONSERVATIVE , recently established at Nebraska City , with , T. Sterling Morton , ex-secretary of agricul ture , as editor. No periodical in the Union moro ably upholds the doctrine of sound money and honest finance than this journal , which has its homo in al most the very center of populism and fiat money heresies. In a recent number the editor sots forth the object of his publication in the brief statement : "TiiE CONSERVATIVE is not a partisan journal. It lias faith in the ultimate triumph of everything that is just. THE CONSERVATIVE is an advocate of moro capital for the South and West. Therefore THE CONSERVA TIVE is against all legislation unjustly discriminating against capital. THE CONSERVATIVE calls to capital 'Como in' instead of Get out. ' " In another article is made this point , whoso justice will bo recognized by everybody : "Tho redistribution of cap ital is a favorite theme with persons who never created any capital. These men grow fervent depicting the injus tice of that industry and self-denial which creates capital for itself instead of creating it to bestow upon loafers and political elocutionists. If inanity of brains , inertia of body and a disre gard for truth wore capital some of our senators and representatives in congress would be mental and moral millionaires. " The success which Mr. Morton has accomplished in the management of THE CONSERVATIVE is another evidence of the versatility of his mind and the untiring energy of his faculties. Ho as an editor is doing good work in educat ing the people of the Mississippi Valley in the complex problems of politics , eco nomics and sociology , and bids fair to become as eminent in journalism as he has been in agriculture and politics. San Francisco Daily Call. All eastern paper MATERIAL NEEDED. per suggests that if wo are to take up our share of the task of filling the earth with our great Teutonic stock , we must have larger families. Great Brit ain is now alone in this undertaking , and uses her younger sons for it ; whore there are not plenty of younger sons , there are no colonies. An only son is not only too valuable to bo sent out into the world , but ho docs not need to bo , for his father's place is waiting for him at homo. Therefore a nation where the "two-children system" prevails , not only has no impulse to spread abroad , but has no material to do it with. Will some lamontationist among the orators who wail and wcop over the poor man and invoke legislation in his behalf define the "poor man ? " Who is he ? Where is ho 1 What claims has ho upon the community which the rich man has not ? And who is a ricli man and why is ho always portrayed as a bad man by those doleful elocutionists ? And if all capital is cupidity and all wealth criminal why do these parox ysmal disturbers of the peace and con tentment of the country over invite cap ital to invest itself in Nebraska or wealth to settle within the borders of the state ? As small curs snarl , yelp , bark , growler or whine at the heels of well-bred St. Bernards unnoticed so the microbes and bacilli of journalism and politics at tempt to irritate decent people and thus attract attention sufficiently to become visible. There are fellows in partisan politics and jaundiced journalism who would be much elevated in their own and the gen eral estimation by the kick of a gentle man. man.When When Colonel Monelaus Bryan , the slum tor in battle , comes to bo president , ho should on all accounts arrange for legislation abolishing the proverb "Speech is silver , but silence is golden. "