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VOL IV. NO. 30. NEBRASKA CITY , NEBRASKA , JANUARY 30 , 1902. SINGLE COPIES , 5 CENTS.
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J. STERLING MORTON , EDITOR.
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In the presence of
FIRES AND calamity and distress
* FREE TRADE , the advocates of a
protective tariff are
like blasphemous sinners in the agonies
of death , and they acknowledge the
saving grace of doctrines and principles
which they have long reviled.
A furious'fire on the fourth , fifth and
sixth of July , 1866 , destroyed the city of
Portland , Maine. And on the twerty-
seventh day of that same month , July
1866 , a republican president , Andrew
Johnson , approved and affixed his signa
ture to an act giving to Portland for
its up-building absolute free trade with
all the world. Congress then reoog-
j nized that specially enacted right for
Portland as the greatest possible encouragement
and aid in its
tion. And yet , the Dingley tariff for re
pressing and restricting trade , originated
in Maine only a few years later , and
still blemishes and mars the statutes of
a free republic.
Again five years subsequent to the
Portland fire on October 9th , 1$71 ,
there came the destruction of Ohioagd ,
by fire. And on April 5th , 1872 , the
president of the United States approved
the act for the relief of Chicago , which
gave it free trade tempcrarily in all
building materials except lumber. The
kings of the pine forests of the North
west , whose saws were whirring through
billions of feet of logs , chartered a
Pullman car , sped to Washington , and ,
as millionaire mendicants , prostrated
themselves before the Ways and Means
committee , and begged so effectively ,
that lumber was excepted from the
benefactions of the free trade extended
to Chicago for its re-habilitation after the
annihilating conflagration of Oct. 9th ,
The two illustrations show the ma
licious hypocrisy of the republican
party in advocating protective tariffs.
At the moment when free trade in
sugar is denounced , a little retrospection
over former confessions by imperiled re
publican advocates , as to the vital
blessings of free trade , may refresh the
fainting and inspire fidelity to the
principles of commercial freedom.
REEVE ON publishes this week
ROOSEVELT. an extremely severe
criticism of Presi
dent Roosevelt , over the honored
signature of its author , Mr. O. H.
Reeve , of Plymouth , Indiana. But ,
knowing the President personally ,
and having had frequent official rela
tions with him while he was Chairman
of the United States Civil Service Com
mission , the editor of The Conservative
differs essentially from the estimate
which Mr. Reeve makes as to the more
marked characteristics of Mr. Roosevelt.
Mr. Reeve is a gentleman of high at
tainment , and of eighty years experience
in this great republic , and he would not ,
knowingly , do the President an injustice.
That Mr. Reeve has touched vulnerable
points among the idiosyncraoies of the
President , his best friends and most ar
dent supporters , can not deny. But
those peculiarities are much intensified
and exaggerated by the newspapers of
the country , and they have been thus
accentuated so long that many good
citizens now see all his strong features
of honesty , moral courage and manly
patriotism minimized , and all the im
petuosity and brutal frankness of Reese
The inbred honesty of his nature
and an alert conscience combine in
Roosevelt , with a
Honesty. sincere love of in
ing. Such a man cannot be warped by
a mere partisan creed , nor shrunken to
smaller stature by personal ambition.
Roosevelt is big enough , brave enough
and brainy enough to prefer being a
fearless , patriotic President for the
whole people of the United States for
four years , rather than President for a
mere party for eight years. He has it
in his power to be the first , and it is not
in his power to be the second.
The editor of the
MEXICO. The Conservative
has gone with his
second sou , Paul Morton , to the City of
If all the cane and
QUERY. sugar beet industries
were destroyed ,
would there be any objectors to sugar
without an import tax , except for
revenue ? Where , then , would be found
"that friend of the "
people , the philan
thropic , altruistic Oxnard ?
The third nomina-
INSURED. tion for the Presi
dency of Colonel
Bryan by the fusion forces of the
Unittd States , is insured by his friends.
And his third defeat is insured by the
conservative citizenship of the Republic.
The last insurance is bottomed on the
first , and the premiums are not too
The State Fair is a
STATE FAIR , humbug. The fact
that voluntarily the
people have declined to support it by
their patronage for more than twenty
years demonstrates its useless-
ness. The further fact that in
those years , the people , by legislation ,
have been forced to pay sixty odd thou
sand dollars in taxation for its main
tenance , proves it an expensive humbug
and fraud. Before the agricultural ca
pacity of these soils had been verified ,
State Fairs were useful demonstrations.
They are not needed now.
NON-PARTISAN , seldom resents criti
cism. But it can.
not resignedly submit to being classed
among the democratic periodicals of
Nebraska. This journal owes no alle
giance to the adulterated democracy of
today in this state. Democracy has
been diluted with populism until there
is no health in it , and is so highly
flavored with "the initiative and
referendum" that it has a nauseating
taste , which causes the gorge to rise.
The Conservative is not an exponent
of fusion in Nebraska. The Conserva
tive protests against the libel of being
classed as democratic under the Ne
braska standard , where populist vagaries
are as sixteen-to-one against the real
principles of democracy.
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