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VUilUeim J. Bryan.
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Will General Sickles be unhappy until ho
gets Evana' resignation? - ' v
The protraoted. drouth clearly shows that
tome men. never think of praying until they
get into trouble. ;
Young Mr. Rockefeller's Damon to young
Mr. Gould's Pythias is evidently a rank bur
lesque o.n the old story,
Salisbury and Chamberlain insist that the
war in South Africa is over, but British agents '
are still scouring Missouri for mules.
The stability of the country's boasted pros
perity is well measure by the panio aroused
at the thought of a total crop failure.
F. P. Dunne (Mr. Dooley) has paraphrased
an old epigram. He says: "Ye can lade a
'man up to the University but ye can't make
The Chicago burglar who refused to face
a toy pistol in the hands of a woman had -doubtless
read carefully the list of Fourth of
July fatalities. ,
Senator Scott says he wrote 17,640 letters
during the presidential campaign. This should
enable General Sickles to find a lot of company
for his misery.
The steel trust should treat with the striking
steel workers. It might result in ending a
drouth that threatens to dry. up all the water in
steel trust stocks.
Constant Reader No, the republican party
does not assume responsibility for the drouth;
it claims credit for everything good but blames
Providence for everything bad.
After Secretary Wilson has knocked the
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car trust into smithereens by providin
enough raw sugar to keep all the refineries
going, will he kindly provide a way of smash
ing the oil trust, which .has a cinch on all of
the raw material in its line?
Charles Cecil Fitzmorris, the Chicago
American representative, has completed his trip
around the world time 60 days, 13 hours, 29
minutes, 42 seconds. This is the quickest
time ever made.
If the Ohio democrats want to get a good
idea of their platform let them examine Mr
Watterson's plans and specifications for a per
fect platform and then read Jiis praise of the
An American consul is on ja strike for
Higher wages. He might try acting as the
agent of a trust in an official .capa'city. That
has been known to eke out a, small official sal
ary. Let the democrats of Ohio vote the ticket
and then begin the next day after the election
to organize the congressional districts so that
it will not be possible for a corporation dem
ocrat to secure a nbiniriation.
i;, .The dispute about the authorship "of the'
famous dispatch to "Admiral Dewey continues
to rage. No one claiming the authorship is
willing, however, to father the invitation sent
to Aguinaldo to come to Hong Kong.
Political conditions become corrupt because
vice is continuous in its operation while virtue
iB often spasmodic. The many who simply want
good government arouse themselves occasion
ally to secure some necessary reform but the
few who make money out of legislation are- al
ways alert and active.
While the Ohio democrats have by their
timidity weakened themselves on national issues
they are strong on state issues. It will be in
teresting to hear what the republicans have to
say against .the Johnson planks in regard to
equal taxation and a popular vote on franchises.
The Commoner in its last issue, speak
ing of the Ohio convention, credited General
Finloy with the resolution reaffirming the
Kansas City platform. This was an error; the
resolution was introduced by W. L. Finley,
editor of .the Kenton Press, and not by Gen.
frinley. Apologies are hereby extended to
John Hewitt of Woodstown, N. J. lost his
barn a few days ago by lightning. His neigh
bors took the matter in hand and within a few
days $400 was contributed, mostly in grain
and farm products, toward the rebuilding of the
barn. The generosity "shown was as compli
mentary to the donors as to the recipient.
A more touching spectacle was never wit
nessed than that of William B. Allison refus
ing a presidency and tendering it "to Leslie
Shaw, while? at the same time Leslie Shaw re
fuses it and insists that William B. Allison
take it. But touching as it is, it has caused a
ripple of laughter throughout Stark county,
Ohio, to say nothing of the city of Cleveland.
Special attention is called to the books ad
vertised in this issue: The Jeffersonian Cyclo
pedia no democrat can afford to be without it;
Mr. Davis' book on the South African war it
wilt be an authority on the subject; Dr. Gird
ner's book, Newyorkitis entertaining even in
hot weather; Coin Harvey's book on money,
trusts and imperialism a concise yet compre
hensive discussion of these subjects; Christ's
Object Lessons a work which will please
those who desire to study the Parables.
The Harrisburg, 111., Register takes the
Chicago Cronicle to task for trying to seize
control of the democratic party. It reminds
the Chronicle that it hasn't been back long and
even expresses the fear that it (the Chronicle)
has "come back into the party for the same
reason the fellow gave for marrying into a fam
ily he did not like, namely, to disgrace it."
Possibly the Chronicle has made up its mind
that it can hurt the party more by being on the
inside than it could by remaining on the out
side. .-, .The Commoner is pained to notice 'that
Mr. Depew opposes Mr. Hanna's nomination.
This is a great disappointment. Whw The
Commoner predicted Mr. Hanna's nomination,
it confidently relied upon Mr. Depew's co-op-,,
eration. When the senator from New York
failed to secure Mr. McKinley for a third term
it was only natural to expect that he would ac
cept Mr. Hanna as the next person the very
next to the president. A word from the
New" York Central may, however, bring Mr.
Depew into line yet.
The Commoner is under obligations tg the
Minneapolis Times for its long range defence
of Mr. Bryan. The editor of The Commoner
does not olaim to speak for anyone except him
Belf, but he has faith in the righteousness of
the Kansas City platform and there are so
many people who believe with him that he has
no fear of becoming lonesome. If any demo
crat is tempted to purchase the favor of finan
ciers by a surrender of democratic principles,
let him read the obituary notices of a number
of prominent democrats who onded their po
litical existence between 1893 and 1896.
It waB very gratifying to meet in every
state visited on my recent trip, readers of Tiiic
Commoner, and to learn from them that the
paper is giving satisfaction. As has been said
before, the paper does not attempt to give all
the general news but it does intend to keep its
readors informed as to important political
events and to supply them with arguments
wnicn will enable them to defend democratic
principles and policies. There are in every
community those' who do their own thinking
and who fortify themselves to discuss political
issues as they arise. To such no matter to
what party they belong Tiik Commoner will
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