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THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Neb.
Entered at the postoffice at Lincoln, Nebraska,
11 econd class mail matter.
The Sultan is not so much interested in the
. peace of Europe as he is in the pieces of Turkey.
A month is not long, but it affords ronc an
archist plenty of time to realize the full majesty
of the law in this republic.
The American boat has won the race and
. the cup stays on this side of the Atlantic Now
we can sing "Columbia, Gem of the Ocean."
There is something wrong about the Re
publican prosperity that niakes potatoes worth
$1.50 a bushel and fails. to furnish a large crop
The difference between proclamation and
performance is shown by the news from South
Africa.' While Kitchener is proclaiming the
Boers are performing.
, -j-1 By a queer coincidence the state that profits
vmost,from the business of chartering trusts,
" combines and monopolies also harbors the worst
gang of anarchists in the republic.
; Just as long as American naval officers ex
hibit the ki,nd of "cowardice" and "catiff flight"
exhibited by Schley at Santiago there is no im
- mediate danger of any foreign navy bombard
ing our coast,
t A reciprocity which will destroy the breast
works which, .pro teot .the ajrrogant trusts- that
have co long .posed as. infant industries, as a
Bpeo;cs of tariff reform that will be acceptable
to the American people.
There has been a gratifying response to the
suggestion that the readers of The Commoner
interest, themselves in scouring new subscrib
ers, but the roll is not yet complete. Now is
the time to subscribe.
This is the season of year when receipes for
preserving plums occupy considerable space in
the newspapers. The grand old plum preserver,
Mathow Stanley Quay, has yet to write his
receipe, but' ho is acknowledged to be expert at
Tlio best monument that can bo erected to
the 'memory of William McKinley will bo
American homes as full of love and tenderness
as the homo at Canton was before the assassin's
bullet was fired.
The Darlington(Wis.)Democrat reports that
the little girl who made her way alone from the
old country reached her home and her parents
in safety. The Commoner in a recent issue
referred to her long journey, and it is gratify
ing to report its safo termination.
Seth Low has been nominated for Mayor of
New York City by the Republicans and Inde
pendents. Bird S. Coler and John Dewitt .
Warner were discussed but the Independents
preferred a Republican to a Democrat. The
Democratic convention nominated Edward M.
Some gentlemen calling themselves Dcmo
crats who denounced the fusion of Democrats
and Populists in Nebraska are working for
fusion between Democrats and anti-machine re
publicans in Philadelphia. Mention is made
of it at this time for the purpose of calling at
tention to, the. truth of the old adage'that "it
makes a. difference whose ox is gored."
, T,ho New York Journal is now paying its
respects to a few "esteemed contemporaries;"
and, as a result the aforesaid contemporaries
are taking to the woods. The trouble with
most of the newspapers (that Beok to make
political capital out of the presidential assas
sination is that they neglected to collect and
destroy all their files and back numbers.
Hon. Lee Morriwether of St. Louis, whose
name has been associated with the new party
organized at Kansas City recently, denies that
he had anything to do with it, and says that as
long as the Democratic, party remains true to
the doctrines embodied in the Chicago and
Kansas City platforms it would be absurd for
Democrats to seek new political affiliations.
The Massachusetts Democracy endorsed
Democratic principles "as enunciated in the last
national platform" and .nominated Hon. Josiah
Quincyfor Governor. The candidate has been
counted among the Gold Democrats, but gave
active support to the ticket in 1900 and notified
the Gold Democrats of his state that the Dem
ocracy of the nation would not go back to its
political attitude of a decade ago.
The Nebraska anti-trust law has been de
clared unconstitutional. It was held that ex
emption of labor unions from its provisions
invalidated it. To be sure! When federal
courts imprison men for daring to ask other
men not to cut wages and refuse to- imprison
men for asking other men not to cut "prices, it
is to bo expected that all anti-trust measures
will be declared' unconstitutional.
It will be remembered that the Democratic
State committee of Ohio suggested to the Re
publican State committee that the opening of
the campaign be postponed on account of the
attack on President McKinley. The Republi
can committee declined to accede to the sug
gestion and took occasion to deliver a cheap
political discourse, but the Republican commit
tee has finally yielded and the opening of the
campaign has-been postponed until October 19.
There being no congressional or national
campaign on the Chicago Tribune is again an
anti-high protective tariff organ. The Tribune
iB afflicted with this sort of thing. When the
real test comeB the Tribune will have recovered,
thanks to the kind ministrations of the affablo
specialists employed by the tariff barons to
attend to such cases.
" " ,
Liquor affects different persons in different
ways. It makes the thoughtful more serious
and the kind hearted more generous; it also
makes the malignant more ferocious ' and the
foolish idiotic. Excitement has something of
the same effect, and it is difficult to say whether
the editor of the Kansas City Journal belongs
to the third or the fourth class.
A reader of The Commoner suggests that
civilization should be measured by "the pro
ficiency of any race in the art of dissipating
energy from the earth." While man's mastery
over nature is an important element in civiliza
tion, the moral element is of even greater im
portance. A telescope which brings the. stars
closer to the earth, a telephone which brings
distant friends near, and a steam engine which
facilitates travel all these are important. But
more important still are a brotherly love which
will bring people nearer together in sentiment
and in sympathy, and a spirit of justice which
will pervade all human action.
A reader inquires why republican papers
rejoice over the action of any democratic con
vention that repudiates the Kansas City plat
form? Simply because the" republicans know
that while the party stands by the Kansas City
platform it stands by democratic principles and
menaces the interests of those who have been
converting the government into an instrument
of private advantage. The republicans know
that whenever the democratic party is induced
to -abandon its principles, it will cease to rep
resent a strong and aggressive opposition to
Commander L. C. Heilner of the United
States navy seems to be the prize witness so far
produced in the Schley-Sampson investigation.
He was oner of the seven officers who prepared
a map showing the position of the ships at the
Santiago battle and as one of the signers of the
report said: "It is as clearly correct as is pos
sible so long after the engagement." After
having neai;ly three years to forgat what he
then remembered he declares the document'
worthless" and proceeds to dispute the facts
therein stated. Of what value will be the find
ing of the commission if it is based upon such
testimony? The investigation-reveals adeplor-'
able situation in the navdepartment--a situa
tion that ought to be corrected for the benefit of
the navy department as well as for the benefit
of the country.