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General Kitchener is not in any immediate need
of a garter. What he wants is a supply train
that is Boer immune.
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Sending captured Filipino leaders to Guam
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Sinoe the "redemption" of Kansas it appears
that lire is ueing used to cauterize some of tlm
bleeding wounds of fifty years ago.
The men most interested in the enactment
of a shipping bounty law can not make even the
argument that they need the money.
. In the Colorado legislature Edward Wblc'ott
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proportion of oitizonship that believes in the
repudiation of solemn pledges and trafficking in.
the hopes and aspirations of a people. The Wol
cott vote was abnormally large.
The chief trouble with that asphalt contro
versy in Venezuela is that the warring companies
arc not to be left to fight to a finish.
It is not difficult to believe that Paul Krugcr's
name will be remembered long after the world has
forgotten why General Roberts was made an earl.
It may be that they call them "infant indus
tries" because the people seem never to grow old
enough to take notice of how nicely they are
It is more than likely that Francis Drake,
Were he given an opportunity, could make some
important amendments to his famous poem, "The
It is passing strange that no watchful guard
ian of our infant industries has demanded protec
tion for the Belgian hare industry. The Belgian
hare must be protected.
The wise man who declared that oil and
water would not mix could, by returning to
earth and visiting Ohid, gain some valuable in
formation on that point.
It does not take an eagle eye to see that the
men who were loudest in their ridicule of the
Farmer's Alliance sub-treasury plan are foremost
in their advocacy of a ship subsidy.
Rousseau says, "There is in liberty as in
innocence and virtue, a satisfaction one only
, feels in their enjoyment and a pleasure which
can cease only when they are lost."
In the estimation of the gentlemen who so
ably managed the republican campaign there are
no bad trusts, unless it be one or two that failed
to mail checks in time to be available.
Men who are quickest to give the people '
cause for entertaining doubts about the integrity '
of the courts are always the first ones to cry out
against the expression of those doubts.
"Simultaneous journalism" is by no means a
now idea. The truth of this assertion may be
demonstrated by reviewing the editorial pages of
the g. o. p. organs during the last campaign.
A $00,000,000 river and harbor bill is not
unexpected. High water and corroding tides
have weakened several congressional levees and
they must be properly reinforced before Novem
The subsidized college definition of free speech .
, is: Permission to say what one pleases provided
one says what "the one" is pleased, to have
him say. Time was when this definition was not
accepted, but times have changed.
While The Commoner expects to receive a
large number of subscriptions through the aid of
the friendly newspapers with which clubbing rates
have been arranged and through precinct agents,
its main reliance must be upon the readers who
feel sufficiently interested to bring the paper to
the attention of others. The Commoner acknowl
edges with, grateful appreciation the "kindness
already shown by those who have sent in: their sub
scriptions (many subscribing for others also) be
fore even a sample copy issued from the press.
The Chicago taxpayers who protest against the
order prohibiting expectoration on the streets
. should withdraw their protests and be thankful
that the street railway and .gas magnates who own
the streets allow them to walk thereon.
The Commoner is not a rival of the weekly
papers which have a local circulation. Every
citizen should subscribe for some paper published
in his town or county and if he can only subscribe
for one such paper it should be one whicli sup
ports the policies in which he believes.
Neither does The Commoner supplant the
National Watchman. That excellent paper, pub-'
lished at the National Capital and chronicling
political events from that vantage ground, is an
indispensable adjunct to every democratic house
hold. As a collector of general news The Commoner
will not compete with' the weeklies, semi-weeklies
and tri-weeklies issued by the great dailies, but
as an exponent of democratic sentiment and as a
defender of Jeffersonian principles it hopes to
make itself useful. If the reader does not find
in The Commoner everything he wants it is hoped
that he will find enough to justify him in welcom
ing it to his home.
Cecil Rhodes' "Cape to Cairo"
Taiiroad may be realized in the
future, but present indications
are that when it is it will em
brace several hundred miles of aerial transporta
tion because of the pernicious activity 'of a few
thousand Boers, who are foolish enough to believe
that the land they found, rescued from the wil
derness and cultivated belongs to them and their
Mr. Towne, of Minnesota, made
his initial effort in the senate a
few days ago. His speeoh was
an eulogy of Senator Davis, and
while it did not afford him an opportunity to
discuss those questions which have made his
name familiar to the reading public and given
him a warm place in the hearts of reformers, it .
displayed his extraordinary powers of oratory
and rhetoric and showed his ability to recognize
merit in a political opponent.
A Great The recent consolidation of rail-
Railroad roa3s indicates a fulfilment of the
Trust. prophecy made by the interstate
A commerce commission, when that
body predicted that these combinations among
railroads would soon become "more extensive,1
more permanent, and more far-reaohing in their
ultimate results than those' of any other depart
ment of industry." It cannot be doubted that
the dream of the railroad magnate involves the
combination of all the railroads of the country
into one great system. This is the tendency of
the times, and yet the advocates otr such a com-'
bmation do not realize' what thmr n Ain
JNothmg will so hasten government ownership of
railroads as the combination of the -railroads of
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