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tion The Commoner in corresponding with ad
vertisers. Mr. Morgan prefers to ride in his own con-'
vcyancc whether he travels by carriage, by rail,
or by water.
MoBt of the corn that sold at 50 cents4"n
Chicago the other day was never planted, cul
tivated, shucked or shipped. ' '
The inventor of the "gold brick" died pen
niless, recently, but his invention is still
being used with great success in Wall Street.
Mr; Macartney of the Londdn and North
Western R. R. seems ambitious to be known
as the Ohancey Depow of the English parlia
ment. Possibly the supreme court is holding back
on that Porto Rican decision in the liope that
the crippled constitution will be able to over
take the flag.
Perhaps Mr. Morgan seeks to secure con
trol of the ocean so as to have plenty of water
for the proper dilution of his railroad and in
, The settlement of the threatened strike of
of the employes of' the steel trust is a triumph
for arbitration and an objeot lesson to employer
and employe everywhere. ' .
To Rural Enquirer: Yes, the extensive
shearing of the "lambs" by the manipulators
of the stook market is likely to bo followed by
a fall in the price of wool.
The Chicago minister who resigned because
his millionaire congregation would pay him
but $000 a year probably overlook the fact
that the congregation wanted to pay only for
the amount of religion they used in their busi
ness. At Austin the President referred to "plain
paths of duty." Why add the word "paths?"
The people understand the meaning of "plain
duty" but the new phrase may. confuse them.
Of course the protectionists will become
free traders just as soon as protection in the
United States enables them to filch enough
wealth to buy up all the industries of Europe.
Wonder if the president will appoint a
commission to ascertain how many "ornamen
tal guinea pigs" there are representing rail
roads in the Senate and House of Representa
tives. The Democratic criticism of Senator Mc
Laurin has given the Rolla Wells kind of Dem-
ocrats another opportunity to accuse the real
Democrats of being narrow minded and un
charitable. The Standard Oil company has just de
clared a quarterly dividend of 20 per cent.
This is proof that chemists are not infallible.
Oil and -water will mix when a skilled mixo
logist does thc'Wdrk.
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan refuses to tell how
much he paid for the Gainsborough "Duchess
of Devonshire." Maybe ho syndicated the
picture, issued a block of watered stock and
then froze out the minority stockholders.
Young men who are looking for a good
example of the strenuous life are advised to '
study the life and character of Nehemiah.
He accomplished a great deal more than
modern exemplars of the strenuous existence
without overworking the personal pronoun in
Albert Williams, of Michigan, one of the
founders of the republican party, loses no op
portunity to express his condemnation of the
position taken by the republicans and thinks it
better to abandon the party with which he af
filiated than to surrender the principles which
made him a republican.
A Pennsylvania physician has presented a
bill for one hundred and ninety thousand dol
lars for medical attendance upon the late sen
ator Magee. If the doctors begin to make
their charges for prolonging life 'proportionate
to the value of the life prolonged, wo may ex
pect to have judicial opinions fixing the pecu
niary worth of human existence.
Conscience is a creature of education.
Many a man who would recoil in horror at the
suggestion that he waylay and rob a single in
dividual at the muzzle of a revolver, docs not
hesitate to waylay and rob a community at the
muzzlo of an unjust law secured through cor-"
rapt influences for selfish purposes. And men .
who do this sort of thing sometimes give largely
to .public charities and receive credit for gen
erosity. The publio conscience needs to , bo
awakened and properly schooled.
If the manipulators of the "Credit Mobilier"
had only known how they could have worked
Wall Street and made more money than they
did by working the government. And after
working Wall Street they would have been
financiers. As it was they were credited with
being only thieves on a large scale.
By carefully protecting our infant indus
tries against foreign competition wo are ablo
to pay a higher price for our goods in order
that the manufacturer may go abroad and com
pete with the foreigner from whom he asks pro
tection. This may appear to be devious logic,
but it is the kind American voters have been
accustomed to for a great many years.
Up to date not a single administration
organ has protested against the reconcentrado"
order of General MacArthur. Yet the MacAr
thur order is exactly like the Weyler reeoncen
trado order, and most of the administration or
gans were frenzied in their denunciations of tho
latter. The administration organs should en
deavor to secure a cure for their severe case of
political strabismus. -
One of the Western Union officials, in giv
ing testimony before tho industrial commis-.
sion, expressed himself, as strongly opposed, to
the government ownership and operation of a-;
telegraph system. This can hardly be con-'
sidered a disinterested opinion. Such testi
mony, like testimony given in court, cannot bo1
properly weighed until the pecuniary interest
of the witness is understood.
Senator IT. W. Smith, of Oregon, suggests
that the Christian nations appropriate to tho
support of the starving heathen Chinese the in
demnity demanded of that nation. He thinks
that such a national charity would give tho na
tions a real Christian character among the Chi?
nese, and would be acceptable in the sight of
the Christian's God. The suggestion is a good
one, but it is not likely that nations which
would demand tho amount that tho Christian
nations are demanding would give ,it away.
Some of the republican papers have ques
tioned the right of the editor of The Com
moner to express an opinion on the Wells
matter, but they are laying down a rule whioh
they do jiot follow themselves. They exorcise
the right to discuss all questions and persons,
Tho fact that the editor of The Commoner has
been a candidate for office does not make him
less a citizen, and as a citizen ho is at liberty
to express himself on any subject, accepting
whatever responsibility his utterances impose.
It is tho business of tho editor to find out what
is going on, and to let his readers know. The
Commoner will discharge that duty in spite of
the complaints of republican papers, and also
in spite of the protests, of so-called democratic
papers owned by republicans and edited in tho
interests of ropublicau policies.