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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 14, 1899)
VOL. II. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , DECEMBER 14 , 1899. NO. 23.
OFFICES : OVERLAND THEATRE BLOCK.
J. STERLING MORTON , Euiion.
A JOCHNAL DEVOTED TO TUB DISCUSSION
Or POLITICAL , ECONOMIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL
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Address , THE CONSERVATIVE , Nebraska
City , Neb.
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Entered at the postofflce at Nebraska City ,
Neb. , aa Second Class matter , July 20th , 1898.
Whafc is the con'
INDUSTRIES.spionous fact now
revealed in the in
dustrial situation of the world ? Is it
not this : Go where you may , visit the
neighborhood of nations , take all the
time yon need , examine their history ,
listen to their traditions , and enquire :
At what time existed the most general
distribution of comfort and luxuries
among the people of the earth ? Will
not the answer be : Now ? Another
question : In the closing days of the
19th century , where was found the
greatest abundance of these things and
the most general distribution ? Will not
the answer be : In the United States ?
Looking impartially upon those engaged
and arrayed in this industrial dispute ,
and knowing them and their methods
of business , of whom shall we take
counsel ? Of the progressive , or of the re
trogressive ? Of the thrifty , or the im
provident ? _ Of the active , or the indolent ?
In the letters and
Forbes , edited by his daughter , Sarah
Forbes Hughes , and published by
Houghton , Miilliu & Co. , of Boston and
New York , THE CONSERVATIVE finds on
page 209 , of volume II , the following :
'Having got entirely free from the
shackles of party , by voting for Cleve
land on each of the campaigns when he
was a candidate I find myself left free
to give what influence I can to whichever
ever party seems most likely to carry
into effect the two important practical
issues which seem to me now before the
country , civil service reform , and still
more , a readjustment of the tariff ; and ,
S t. iV. .
of course , to vote , without regard for
party , for the candidate in each federal ,
state or local election who seems to me
most creditable. "
That personal platform made by Mr.
Forbes for his own patriotism and
guidance is good enough for any good
citizen who belongs to his country in
stead of belonging to a party. Party
organizations become corrupt by long
leases of power. Democratic power ,
entrenched behind Tammany in New
York , is reeking with rottenness. Re
publican rings hold Philadelphia in their
putrescent grip and rifle the pockets of
tax-payers so adroitly and thoroughly
that Croker and his disciples are green
Platt-Crokerism in New York , Quay-
ism in Pennsylvania and Goebelism
hybridized on Bryaniam in Kentucky
teach citizens who have taxes to pay
the importance of independent thought
and independent action in political
affairs. If the republic is to be per
petuated and civil and religious liberty
to be preserved it must be by indepen
dently thinking and voting Americans.
Branding a man democrat or branding
him republican does not change his
nature nor transform his character.
The party process of making voters
with party brands , as ranchmen identify
their cattle on the plains , does not tell
what kind of a man the wearer of the
brand may be whether honest and
able , or dishonest and weak-minded
any more than the mark on a steer tells
what breed he is and whether in beef he
will prove succulent and tender or un
palatable and tough. There are compe
tent and honest men in all political
parties. Out of such men who , like
John M. Forbes , can see and criticise
with courage , wrong-doings by their
own party must be developed the inde
pendent vote of the United States a
vote absolutely necessary to preserve a
popular form of government to our
pursuing the mighty Octopus in the
jungles of plutocracy , none outranks
Attorney General Smyth of Nebraska.
His charge upon the silver smelter octo
pus has no parallel in courage and skill.
That mastodon of monopolies will soon
be slaughtered and its stuffed hide adorn
the economic museum of Mr. Smyth.
Beside it the carcass of the Standard Oil
Octopus is a mere mouse.
s issue of THE
ir AM MASON.
contains a beautiful tree-conserving lesson -
son in musical rhythm. It is thoroughly
appreciated by the arborioultural editor
and will meet with a great welcome
among the lovers of trees , woodlands
and forests everywhere. Mr. Mason
can do a splendid service with his facile
pen in behalf of tree saving , tree plant
ing and the reafforestation of the
country. He is cordially welcomed to
THE CONSERVATIVE and its band of
crusaders in behalf of groves and orch
ards , woodlands , forests and roadside
FINANCE. of the free coin
age of silver at the
ratio of 1C to 1 are , as a rule , ignorant
of all economic science and especially
densely and superbly lacking in the
power of diligent investigation. Their
fight against the gold standard is for a
prejudice. Reasoning against a pre
judice is like fighting a shadow ; it ex
hausts the reasoner without visibly af
fecting the prejudice. Arguments can
not do the work of instruction any more
than blows can take the place of sun
Let the reasouers have the gold stand
ard. Prejudice will then war against
the immutable. It cannot , however ,
destroy it nor harm it even a little.
TERROR OF T = f
TRUSTS.TIVE nas rea < * wln
and satisfaction a pamphlet on "trusts"
. It ' ' ' The
by Henry Apthorp. is'jssued by
Common Sense Publishing Co. " , Lock
Box 14 , Cleveland , Ohio , and single
copies can be purchased for ten cents.
Mr. Apthorp remarks on his first page :
"It appears to be a conflict between
those who do loud talking and those who
do quiet thinking. Clergymen , editors
and professors and nearly all other
classes of teachers , and most of the
politicians , now spend a great share of
their time in talking and writing against
'the prisoner at the bar. ' These men go
on using violent words and the trusts go
on making useful things. Some of the
words cost more than some of the things.
I paid five cents to ride four miles on a
warm , electric car to reach a cold hall , . , , . <
and then paid fifty cents admission to
hear an anti-trust talk. "
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