The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, September 07, 1899, Page 11, Image 11
llrfi ill 'i i- 'Che Conservative * n of social institutions ho knows nothing of the true inwardness of the struggle for existence. ' 'Equal to the struggle for existence is the progress of nso. " Nonsense ! A part can never equal the whole. Use , usefulness to others ; ability to use others intelligently for self-preservation in the struggle for ex istence is the standard of fitness in the social environment as it is. "Go to the ant , thou sluggard ; consider her ways and be wise. " The best thing the fac ulty of such an institution can do is to close its doors to the public and spend a few years in removing the motes of ig norance from themselves ere they en deavor to remove its beams from others. FRANK S. BILLINGS. Grafton , Mass. A TEACHEK'S VALUE TO THE PUKLIC. "What the teacher is counts for much more than what she knows. A love of children , unlimited tact and infinite patience are the necessary natural en dowments , " writes Caroline B. Le Bow in the September Ladies' Home Journal. "Of course , the ability to teach implies the possession of an education , though no amount of education alone can make a good teacher. While all teachers must know more than they teach , the power to impart to others is the important matter , and the one in which tnct or ingenuity is absolutely the prime requisite. Moreover , she should be personally a social , intel lectual and moral force in the com munity. The physician and the clergy man have immense opportunities for this uplifting of humanity , yet their advantages are small when compared with those of the teacher , which are practically unlimited. Encouragement and satisfaction in this field of labor never can bo dependent upon results , for it is seldom that the teacher is permitted to know what the years of maturity owe to faithful care of the youthful days. The teacher's time is always one of seed-sowing , never of harvest. " OIL TKUST TO STAY. [ Attorney-General Godard will not drive it from Kansas. Says it will benefit no one. ] The people of Kansas need fear no anti-trust legislation for the purpose of political buncome , such as was observed under the last administration , while Attorney-General Godard is at the head of the legal department of the state. Mr. Godard says that he is per fectly willing at any time to bring pro ceedings against any trust doing busi ness in Kansas when he believes such proceedings will bo of benefit to the people ple of the state. When asked why he did not commence injunction proceed ings in the supreme court against the Standard Oil trust , as many other state attorneys have done , he replied : "If anybody in Kansas can point out one benefit which the people would se cure by my driving The Standard Oil Company from Kansas , thou I will go into the supreme court and ask that it be enjoined from transacting any fur ther business in Kansas. Now , suppose that I should drive this company out of the state , what would bo the result ? The smaller companies would handle the oil business of the stnte and we might expect to see the price of oil ad vance. We want competition in trade in order to give the people the best their money will buy , and in driving out The Standard Oil Company I would kill com petition. Since I came into this office I have not received a single complaint from anybody in the state concerning The Standard Oil Company. I have seriously considered commencing pro ceedings against the company , but have come to the conclusion that it was not for the best. Generally , when things of that sort are done , it is for political ef fect , and I am not built that way. I don't believe in looking after the pee ple's interests by making political is sues. "I believe that there should be a change in some of our laws , regulating the formation of legitimate trade com binations. We have , by legislation , prevented any such organizations , and it has had the effect of driving many manufactories out of business in Kan sas. Look at the wire manufacturers. They were compelled to quit business because they could not form combina tions with other companies of that char acter. This was wrong , as anybody can see. The combination of wire com panies would have enabled plants in this state to live and would have done the people no harm either. The trust merely comes in and underbids and un dersells the small manufacturer. He can do nothing but shut down his plant. "It is practically the same way with regard to other manufactories in the state. We , by law , have prohibited them from forming combinations for their preservation , and the trusts wipe them out one at a time. This is not right , and I believe there should be a change. I believe the government should regulate trusts and fix the prices of their goods , just as it does railways and postal companies. "There has been some talk among the fusion senators because I do not contin ue the prosecution of some grocery trust operating in this state. The pros ecution is said to have been commenced by my predecessor. I understand that Mr. Boyle took testimony against this trust , but he did not leave the testimony in this office and I can do nothing with out it. " Kansas City Journal. The true conservative fears nothing and reads all. * rr CONSERVATISMS. Self-knowledge is the might to self- confidence. ' The true conservative is a thinker as n well as reader. True conservatism is the strength of self-confidence. Self-confidence is the ethical trust in personal ability. "In trusts wo trust" seems to bo the i present business man's motto. It is the man who knows not himself who falls prostrate before the unknown. The weak alone have no trust in them selves , hence are afraid to trust others. Don't kick against the trust but kick yourself as unworthy of self-confidence. The strong confide in themselves and hence have no rational distrust of others. Watered trusts are liable to be en gulfed in the torrent of inherent cor ruption. The opponents of trusts are generally those who have uot the ability to trust iu themselves. The trust is in the line of individual self-preservation and , so far , is an ethi cal institution. The ignorant alone are afraid of knowledge and curse or ignore the ripe fruits of the perennial tree. Any institution or method which con duces to the survival of the unfit is barbaric and hence uncivilized. The light of self-knowledge is the ' beacon light on the rock of freedom. Ignorance alone founders on it. Trusts are organizations of the self- maintaining arising out of the nece < si- ties of the struggle for existence. A "watered" trust stands on a float ing and unstable basis , and , hence , is an immoral and dangerous institution. It is the false and ignorant conserva tive who cries in the anguish of self- conscious weakness "atop my paper. " There is nothing immoral in the trust , per so , any more than there is anything wicked in the interest to self-preserva tion. tion.The The intelligently organized and con ducted trust represents the survival of the fittest according to nineteenth cen tury civilization. The trust is in the line of business evolution , the march of evolution hav ing been from simplicity to complexity in organic formation. Civilization invariably embraces all institutions or methods which have or do conduce to individual preservation in the struggle for existence. No true conservative "falls on his knees in the presence of anything felt to be greater , nobler , better , than him self. " True conservatism is not a wor shipper at any shrine but its own. FRANK S. BILLINGS.