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DECEMBER 22, 1905 x
tliPre was ample ..evidence to convict, and recom
nionded prosecution. The attorney general's re
pi. in substance was: 'It is useless to 'prosecute
I pause we can only secure the infliction of a fine.
o might proceed against the company, but wo
co.ild not secure indictment of an individual offi
cial. The penalty of a mere find against a great
corporation would be farcical.' There was no
piojccution. The whole case was dropped. Mr.
Morton left the cabinet and went to the Equit
able insurance company. President Roosevelt
wrote him a letter of the highest praise a vindi
cation in the eyes of the country 'put wings
on him.' And now that all that is out of the way
the administration suddenly discovers that rail
road officials who grant rebates can be indicted
for conspiracy and be sent to jail."
t N THIS CONNECTION Mr. Wellman says that
1 when the proof against the Santa Fe was
turned over to the department of justice by the
interstate commerce commission, the particular
work relating to that case was turned over to
William A. Day. Mr. Wellman adds: "Although
the evidence seemed ample, Mr. Day did not make
progress. Several times the members of the com
mission inquired of the department of justice:
'How about our Santa Fe case? What is being
done about it?' And evry time the reply was:
'Mr. Day has the case and is investigating but
has not yet made his report.' Last spring there
was a great deal of talk in the newspapers and
among public men about the Santa Fe case. Again
and again the interstate commerce commissioners
asked how it was getting on. Mr. Day still had
it under consideration. When the pressure for
action became hottest Mr. Day suddenly found
insneSfn0? n a long trIp t0 Ala to
inspect United States marshals and things 'What
mmiss?onUS.M n F orrSkd SK'
2 siAn' i, Mr- Dtt has and is now on a
bTck.' ka Cau l d0 myihlQ till ho gots
ATwSTiMIh,1?AY got back an(1 concerning
,im.,,, iT !'; WGllman 8ays: "Aftcr all this
tftuL LC0Uld not 8ee any g00d of Prosecuting
either the company or Paul Morton, and so re
ported. The attorney general supported him.
Then President Roosevelt employed tho special
counsel, who recommended prosecutions both
under the Elkins act and criminally for conspir
acy. The attorney general overruled the special
counsel, the president sustained the attorney gen
eral, and there was no prosecution of any sort.
The president wrote his celebrated 'wings' letter
to Paul Morton. Thomas F. Ryan took Mr. Mor
ton to New York .to build new subways, and then
made him president of the Equitable at a salary
of $80,000 a year. William A. Day was not for
gotten. He did not know anything about tho
insurance business, but ho had shown himself to
be a bright, sensible fellow, even if a little dila
tory at times. Paul Morton took him to New
York and made him comptroller of the Equit
able at a salary of $30,000.. Wo all respect suc
cess. And Mr. Day commands general admiration
for his skill. Three thousand five hundred dollars
a year as auditor of the treasury under President
Cleveland, from one to two thousand a year as a
practicing lawyer in Washington, $7,000 a year
as assistant to the attorney general under tho
Roosevelt administration, $30,000 a year as comp
troller of the Equitable under tho Morton admin
tration, is rapid climbing of the ladder indeed."
THE PEOPLE of Butlor county, Nob., aro Just
now waging "one of tho most peculiar boy
cotts on rocord. It Is peculiar beoauso it i waged
by the whole people and is n direct retaliation
against two railroad corporations. Tho Burling
ton and Union Pacific railroads have refused to
pay the taxes assessed against thenv in Nebraska,
claiming that the tax is excessive. Tho roadH
tendered 80 per cent of tho total tax auaiiHoiJ,
but tho tendor was refused. Tho citizens of
Butler county in mass convention udoptod reso
lutions declaring a boycott against these two cor
porations and pledging themselves to givo all
their patronago to tho Chicago & Northwostern,
that road having paid the full tax assogHed. Tho
refusal of tho two roads to pay their full taxes
has seriously crippled a numbor of Nebraska
counties. But Butler county has taken drastic
action, and as they are not dependent upon cither
of tho roads mentioned for shipping and passen
ger facilities they are In a position to mako tho
recreant railroad companies pay dearly for their
effort to withhold that 20 per cent.
FOLLOWING THE examplo of Butler county
tho citizens of RichardBon county mot and
adopted equally strong resolutions condemning tho
Burlington for refusing to pay its taxes, and in
addition strongly denounced tho federal Judgo
who issued tho order restraining tho counties
from proceeding to collect the taxes by duo pro
cess of law. It is evident from the actions of
tho people of Richardson and Butler counties
that tho peoplo aro thoroughly aroused, and a
thoroughly aroused peoplo demanding their rights
is a proposition that oven arrogant railroad cor
porations dare not face.
NEW YORK AND THE PRIMARY PLEDGE
New York stands eleventh in the number of
primary pledges returned to The Commoner office.
Great results would be accomplished if the rank
and flle of New York democracy would participate
in the party primaries. New York provides a
promising field for the primary pledge plan. The
Commoner "urges' every New York democrat who
believes that' his party should protect the public
welfare, to participate in the effort to persuade
every New York democrat to attach his name to
the primary pledge. If every reader of The
Commoner should ask every New York democrat
of his acquaintance to sign the primary pledge
and to call upon his own neighbor to do likewise,
tho results would be profitable to the party and
to the country. In every New York county a num
ber of democrats might organize for the purpose
of circulating the primary pledge form in every
precinct, obtaining the signature of every demo
crat who is willing to discharge his duty to the
party. Then democratic clubs should be organized
in every county of the state and in every precinct
of the county. It is to be hoped that Commoner
readers will soon -hear good reports from the
As this copy of The Commoner may be read
by some one not familiar with the details of the
primary pledge plan, it is necessary to say that
according to the terms of this plan every demo
crat is asked to pledge himself to attend all of
the primaries of his party to be held between
now and the next democratic national convention,
unless unavoidably prevented, and to secure a
clear, honest and straightforward declaration of
the party's position on every question upon which
the voters of the party desire to speak. Those
desiring to be- enrolled can either write to The
Commoner approving the object of the organiza
t'on and asking to have iiheir names entered on
the roll, or they can fill out and mail the blank
Pledge, which is printed on this page.
Missouri and Oklahoma democrats from this lo
cality. Please send me about one dozen copies
of The Commoner, and ten cards. I will try to
get you some new subscribers.
G. W. Mallory, Everton, Mo. You will find
enclosed primary pledge . with thirty-flve names,
all of good democrats. You may send me another
blank and I will get as many pledges as I can.
Let the good work push on. Ohio did the right
George W. Thorpe, J. P., Leaton, Mich.
I enclose herewith application for Commoner
subscription cards, also my primary pledge duly
signed. I sent in my primary pledge some time
ago but fearing it may not have reached The
Commoner I will send another, for I desire to
have my name on the rolls of the democratic
party which is now forming for its grand march
to victory in 1908. I am a Jeffersonian democrat
and a charter member Df The Commoner family.
I heartily endorse the primary pledge plan and
William J. Bryan's principles of reform. Success
to The Commoner. Long may it live.
A. W. May, Fort Collins, Colo. I will do all
I can in every way for the success of the prin
ciples of Jefferson and Jc. 'cson democracy,
but no Buckner, no Palmer, no Cleveland, and
last but not least, no Parker for me. I am
seventy-seven years old, was born, in the l-ck-woods
of Hardin county. I made my way across
the plains to California In '49 and cast my first
vote In 1852 for President Pierce, and have voted
the true Jackson principles ever since.
I. J. Griffith, Duartc, Calif.- I enclose pri
mary pledge with four signatures.
E. Adkins, Magnet, Nebr. Please find pri
mary pledge, signed. I am sixty-eight years old,
and am a veteran of the civil war, and have
voted forty-six times and have always voted tho
democratic ticket. I expect to keep on voting
the democratic ticket as long as the Lord lets
Lee Flenner, Penham, Minn. I believe in
the principles of the democratic party as enun
ciated by the Chicago and Kansas City platforms.
I have always been a believer in true democ
racy and have always been faithful to my con
victions in advocating and upholding them. As
for me, I want a clear and candid statement of
the party's position on all public questions.
L. B. Whippy, Goshen, Ind. Enclosed find'
twenty-four signatures to the primary pledge.
David Turney, Round Point, N. C. I enclose
primary pledge with ten signatures.
Nathan Hill, Golden, Mo. Enclosed find six
signatures to the primary pledge.
Extracts from letters received at The Com
moner office follow:
J. W. Nichols, Morgan, Ark. I have seen
several of the boys about the primary pledge and .
here are the signatures
James Quast, Jefferson, Wis. Enclosed please
find thirteen signatures to the primary pledge.
W. H. Scott, Reno, Nev I send thirty-five
signatures to the primary pledge.
W. K. Osborne, Brevard, N, O. Enclosed
Please find primary pledge with thirty-five signa
tures. ... ,
J. D. Hume, Edmond, Okia. I have circu
lated the primary-pledge in our city, and send
you a list of thirty-five names of good old Texas,
THE PRIMARY PLEDGET
I promise to attend all the primaries of my party to be held between now and
the next Democratic National Convention, unless unayoidably prevented, and to use
my influence to secure a clear, honeBt and straightforward decFaration of the party'i
position on every question upon which the voters of the party desire to speak.
Signed! I !
Voting precinct or ward.
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