The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902, May 31, 1900, Page 7, Image 7

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true the gold standard has been reestab
lished ; but the work has been done , as
I once hoard one of Mr. McKiuley's
cabinet say all the best work of the
republican party had boon done , -'under
the lash , " and with no hint of remorse
at the way President Cleveland's efforts
to the same end were thwarted five
years ago. There is nothing in the con
duct of the president , or of the majority
which dictates to him , to make one man
who refused to vote for Bryan in 1890
think McKiuley a favorable alternative
lie Independent Action.
The men who believe in a consistent
and patriotic opposition to the Republic
an party , at once conservative and pro
gressive ; the men who believe in the
Constitution as it is , and the Union as
it was before imperialism had sought to
inflate it to a dominion which cannot be
called by any known name ; and who
yet see in Mr. Bryan no one indication
of leadership competent to mitigate and
correct the errors of the present admin
istration with dignity , penetration , and
good temper , must , if the choice is offer
ed between these two candidates , do as
they did in 1896 refuse to be dragooned
or cajoled into the support of any plat
form or any candidate not entirely in
accord with their views of duty and
honor ; they must give way to the voice
of no military clangor , no commercial
lust , no demagogic frenzy ; but con
struct a platform and name candidates
of their own , which shall stand for the
traditions of the fathers , the needs of
the hour , and the claims of posterity.
Quincy , Mass. , May 15 , 1900.
Now York Evening Post.
The fight between the white and the
blue in the political seidlitz party for
supremacy in the grand effervescence
billed for July 4 , has reached the "you
are another" stage. Charlie Towne
hurls into the teeth of his opponents "I
am no more a populist than Bryan , " a
statement so charged with truth as to
shake to its very foundation the standing
of any man in the party of political
tergiversation and prevaricating prom
ises for political plunder. But , in mean
ing , it has that beautiful double action so
dear to the politician. Those who love
Bryan for his populism are informed
that Charlie is O. K. and those who do
not believe Bryan is a populist are grati
fied at Towue's annunciation.
Robert Burns was opposed to the war
England waged against the French
li [ republic and it was sought to trap him
' * by calling upon him at a public meeting
to offer a toast to the army. With all
the shrewdness of a Towne ho asked
them to drink to "Our army ; may its
success equal the justness of our cause. "
. Congress in its contention that the
constitution does not ; extend to our late
acquisitions appears to have not as yet
announced from what source -itpolitains
authority in the islands. It has begil the
conception of a few old fogies that th
powers of congress wore in some way/
connected with the constitution and that
all powers not thereby granted are re
served to the states and people. Every
iota of power possessed by any arm of
our government is conferred by the con
stitution and by it alone. If there is a
foot of land or sea to which the consti
tution does not extend , on that foot our
government is powerless. It is a strange
anomaly that our republic should be
the only civilised nation on the face of
the earth attempting to rule outside of
a constitution , placing ourselves on the
level of Turkey , Russia and China in
the ruling of our people by a dictator.
The last proposition being that "until
otherwise provided. " tne government or
the Philippines shall be under the sole
control of the president. Except in dress
what is there to distinguish between
dictator Aguinaldo and dictator McKin-
ley. The desire to fill these islands with
the party hacks in this campaign is too
strong to give the least opening for
decency or consistency of action.
In every state in the Union as in Ne
braska the very men who disgraced the
republican party and made possible the
success of the snivelling pretentious of
populism , have been rewarded by fat
jobs as carpet-baggers. Now they pre
tend to hold up their hands in a horror
of surprise. These politicians who are
responsible can all remember the dam
nable record of this same scheme in the
South. A record that so shocked the
moral sense of the nation that ia spite of
the tyranny of soldiers in the South and
the power of Johnny Davenport and his
cohorts of "honest counters" in the
north , sent a tidal wave over the Union
and made it democratic in 1874 , a posi
tion that it has never abandoned except
under the leadership of Greeley and
Bryan , when they abandoned the demo
cratic virgin to the tender mercies of
political vagabonds and nondescripts.
The lynching of the negro at Pueblo ,
who was forced into the hands of the
mob shackled by the officers sent to pro
tect him , establishes the fact that these
outrages are human and not sectional.
Their frequency in the South is simply
the frequency of the cause. The same
ungovernable passion that impels the
victim to commit the crime compels the
human being with any love for the iuno-
ceucy of childhood or womanhood to
rise and seek vengeance. That these
terrible violations of law and order are
less frequent in one section than another
is simply because in that section are
fewer negroes and those that are there
are of the very best of their race.
The beauty of the Bryanesquo style
of anything for office has been lately
shown in Louisiana. Democratic
supremacy of the Bryan order is un
disputed , yet one senator-elect announ
ces that he is in favor of protection and
the-other that he is opposed to 10 to 1.
Both are wholly acceptable to the
'ijiountebauk-in-chief because the Louis-
-delegation will be for him. Prin
ciples ( have ceased to be any test of
democracy. The test is given in that
brief , ters0 > language so marked in the
warrior of grea | resign , "I am it. "
Altgoldand Anarchy , Oroker and Oor- . . „ ,
ruption , Enstis and Protection , Watter- |
son and Gold Standard , Towne and Teller - j
lor , twin relics of republicanism , the
ghost of Goebel and his frauds , are all
knights of the Bryan ronndtable ; all
members of the party of Jefferson and
Jackson as Bryan understands it. It
makes a party of tariff robbery and im
perial tyranny respectable.
It has been but a very short time since
the supreme court of Nebraska was sub
jected to the vilest slanders that the
practised tongue of the populist orator
could invent. Chief among these
calumniators was one Holcomb. Frantic
appeals were made to resist to the ut
most its decrees. The United States
court was damned from Dan to Beer-
sheba. Strikers engaged in murder ,
arson and robbery were encouraged to
resist a government by injunction. To
day Mr. Holcomb announces that his
election has thrown a halo of sanctity
around the court , and Dr. Lang holds on
to an office he resigned by aid of an in
The Juno and July issues of The At
lantic Monthly will contain two articles
by ex-President Cleveland on "The In
dependence of the Executive. " When
delivered as lectures at Princeton early
in April , they created widespread in
terest , and the brief selections printed
in the daily papers caused very general
discussion. The author has now revised
these lectures for publication in The At
lantic Monthly. So infrequently has Mr.
Cleveland appeared in print that any
utterance of his would carry weight , even
if it were not upon a subject that com
manded the present attention of the
public. The first installment , in the
June Atlantic , traces briefly and clearly
the relation of the chief executive to the
legislative branch of the government ,
from the adoption of the constitution to
our own time. With characteristic de
cision Mr. Cleveland points out those
duties which the president cannot evade
or delegate to others. The second article
draws largely from his own personal
experience while president , and throws
much light upon the now famous con
test between the president and the < f