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OCTOBER 11, 1012
Governor Wilson a True Progressive
Brooklyn Citizen: Governor Wilson has
every reason to feel gratified with tho press re
ception of his acceptance speech. His failure
to touch upon some pending issues, which mm
been criticised, was not due, as the Citizen said
recently, to any desire to evade embarrassing
questions, but because ho deBires to reserve
some of his ammunition for other occasions.
His main object in composing his acceptance
speech was to outline fundamental principles
of party action, and we have Mr. Bryan's word
for it that the principles enunciated by the can
didate fit in nicely with the platform adopted
by tho Baltimore convention.
Tho spirit and heart of that platform is pro
gressive. The democratic party under tho
leadership of Dr. Wilson has no sympathy with
the policy of "laissez faire, laissez aller," which
is the policy of the republican party under tho
leadership of President Taft. It recognizes the
great advance in the political thought of the
country in the last few years, and while it Is not
prepared to go as far as tho Roosevelt party, it
goes far enough to satisfy the expectations of
reasonable progressives. Governor Wilson is
not a crusader blazing out new paths. He is a
careful and prudent statesman watchful of his
steps and avoiding the pitfalls of a too hurried
advance. He does not wish to go any further
than the people are prepared to go, and he
knows that without public opinion at his back
he can accomplish nothing.
GOVERNOR WILSON IN NEBRASKA
On his western trip Governor Wilson reached
Omaha the morning of Saturday, October 5th.
A large number of citizens in automobiles met
the governor and his. party and escorted them
to the city. He addressed the Nebraska Wo
men's Democratic league at a local hotel and
at Creighton University was given a splendid
grefjting'.by students and faculty. At 12 o'clock
ho 'addressed the employes of the largo pack
ing houses of South Omaha, after which he was
given a non-partisan luncheon by the Omaha
Commercial club at their club rooms. Ho
addressed a monster meeting in the Oma
ha auditorium. Later in the afternoon
Governor Wilson and his party left for Lincoln
where the governor was given one of tho great
est receptions ever accorded a public man. He
was met at the depot by W. J. Bryan and the
two gentlemen were escorted through a cheer
ing crowd of thousands of people to their auto
mobile. With W. J1. Bryan seated beside him,
Governor Wilson was escorted through a long
line of enthusiastic men and women. Innumer
able automobiles loaded to the limit followed
the governor's machine and many Wilson and
Marshall clubs fell into line. At the Lindell
hotel the governor and his party sat down to
a dollar dinner attended by the democratic state
candidates, officers of the county committees and
all officers of tho democratic clubs of Nebraska
that could be crowded into the large dining
hall. State Chairman W. H. Thompson intro
duced Governor Wilson at this dinner and the
governor delivered a brief address. Then ho
made a ten-minute talk from the hotel balcony
to an enormous throng in the street. After this
he was escorted to the auditorium. It was
packed with several thousand people. Dr. P. L.
Hall, the national committeeman, called the
audience to order, introducing W. J. Bryan.
Mr. Bryan then introduced Governor Wilson,
Who was given a mighty western welcome. A
number-of overflow meetings were held, includ
ing a talk to laboring men at the Labor temple.
About midnight Governor Wilson and Mr.
, Bryan reached Fairview where the governor re
tired for a Sunday rest. He left for the west
Sunday afternoon and at the same time W. J.
1- Bryan left for a trip through the Dakotas.
; . ANOTHER TJtUST GIFT
Documentary proof that the steel trust con
tributed $10,000; to the republican national
1 coriimittea in 194)4, when Colonel Roosevelt was
.'the, nominee, is presented in the handbook of
tlie democratic national committee. , -
This evidence, is. in the form of a receipt,
" signed by Charles r&. uel, assistant treasurer,
dated September 17,' 1904, and a letter dated
two days later, sfgned Tjy E. T. Stotesbury, of
Philadelphia, a partner of J. P. Morgan, and
chairman of one of the financial committees of
Public opinion, as ho says, has awakened to
the need of remedial legislation lo cure evils
arising largely through tho partnership be
tween corporate wealth and tho republican
party. Do Tocquevlllo perceived as long ago
as 1840 that tho timo would como In this coun
tary when tho power of organized wealth would
control all tho agencies of government against
the people, too engrossed In the dally struggle
for existence to notico what was going on. Tho
people havo awakened from this long sleep and
are prepared to reassumo control of their gov
ernment. Governor Wilson Is In hearty accord
with this spirit, and no confusion of terms for
partisan purposes can make him out a frlond of
the old established order. Thnt placo has been
pre-empted in this campaign by Mr. Taft, and
both tho democrats and the Roosevelt paitles
are willing that he should remain in exclusive
Every thinking man in this country realizes
that something must bo done to allay tho spirit
of unrest and dissatisfaction that pervades tho
nation. No class is exempt from it. Business
men, tho bourgeoisie, tho proletariat, all are
calling for a change Governor Wilson advo
cates measures that will bring about a change
with tho least friction. From present indica
tions it appears to bo the best liked of all tho
mothods put forth by the three candidates com
peting for the suffrages of the American people.
the republican national committee, enclosing the
receipt to the United States Steel corporation.
Proof of this contribution, which wns denied
at the timo by Roosevelt, is followed by extracts
from tho minute-books of tho Carnegie Steel
Then follows a recital of the events which led
to tho absorption of tho Tennessee Cpal and
Iron company by the trust, after tho hurried
call of Judge E. H, Gary and H. C. Frick at tho
Whito House, and tho consent of President
Roosevelt to tho absorption, which Is now being
attacked in a suit in equity as a violation of tho
A greater part of tho handbook is devoted to
tho tariff and tho high coBt of living and it is
evidently the intenton of tho campaign man
agers to have their speakers make the tariff the
principal Issue. A good deal of space Is also
devoted to tho trusts, with particular reference
to tho harvester trust and tho correspondence
which led the third-term candidate, then presi
dent, to order the investigation being made by
tho bureau of corporatons for the purpose of
bringing a suit against the trust discontinued.
One of the Interesting features of tho book is
a chapter, "Tho True Roosevelt, by William H.
Taft," and another, "Tho Truo Taft, by Theo
dore Roosevelt," being a compilation of extracts
from the speeches of these men delivered in
1908 and 1912.
The life and work of Governor Wilson and
Governor Marshall are given in detail, and one
chapter is devoted to tho progressive legisla
tion that was enacted in Now Jersey during the
first year of Governor Wilson's term. The three
platforms are in full and are run in parallel
Tho book has been brought up to date with
Senator Penrose's statement mado in the senate
and comment on the testimony given by John
D. Archbold before tho senate committee. One
chapter is also given to William Fllnn of Pitts
burgh, and part of his political record is recorded.
A FINE TRIBUTE
V. W. Panton, So. Elgin, 111. Enclosed here
with find postofflce order to pay for 50 campaign
subscriptions. Nearly all of these havo been
doing what seemed to them was best for their
country by voting with the "Lincoln" party, but
since Mr. Roosevelt has denounced tho G. O. P.
as rotten and its leaders dishonest and unfit to
be trusted with the government of our coun
try because thpy would not give him a third
term, these old friends and neighbors of mino
may be wondering why the ex-president did not
see and reform the bad conditions before he gave
the reins pf government to his proxy, Mr. Taft.
So we send them The Commoner. If those who
get The Commoner will read It, there will be no
questipn but what they will see what true democ
racy stands for, and how the party of Lincoln has
been transformed to one of graft and controlled
by trusts and these evils, of which the ex-presi-
dont complains, multiplied during his adminis
tration. Thoy will learn that tho Immense cam
paign funds contributed by tho special intoreata,
to oJoct Mr. Roosevelt and his proxy, Mr. Taft,
wero paid In consideration for tho prlvllegn of
lovylng unjust taxes on tho American people
under tho protonso of protecting labor. What
the peoplo want Is light, and that thoy can got In
llio Commoner. No man can serve bis country
better at this timo than to put Tho Commoner
in tho hands of as many neighbor as possible,
victory for tho principles for which W. J. Bryan
nnd The Commoner have done ouch noble work
is in sight.
BOOSTING THE COMMONER CUMULATION
It. Leo Newton and 13. IJ. Barton, Arvndn,
Colo. Herewith find money order lo pay for
the enclosed club of 50 campaign subscribers to
The Commoner. Nino of those are republicans.
Condition never looked brighter for democratic
success in Colorado Umn right now.
It. I Irving, Formnn, N. 1). Enclosed find a
list of 300 subscribers and draft for $48.00 for
which plonso send The Commoner as per agree
ment until the end of the campaign.
Allen Pierre, Great Falls, Mont. I enclose a
list of 300 subscribers and draft for $ 15.00
handed me by Mr. Robert S. Ford. This makes
nearly 500 campaign subscription sent from
this section through tho miiiio souice.
I E. Noble, Wolfcboro, N. IL Herewith find
my check to pay for 128 campaign subscriptions
names and addresses herewith. You arc do
ing a world of good and I am glad to help ;
little in the good cause.
Herbert Sears, Malbom, N. V. I am enclos
ing post office money order to pay for 107 cam
paign subscriptions to The Commoner name
and addresses herewith. The most of these men
are republican voters. It seems to me that you
aro not going after Roosevelt hard enough-
expose his record more thoroughly.
William M. Peedlcr, Nelson, Neb. Yon will
find enclosed herewith a list of 100 subscriptions
to run until next November and check to nay
for the same. ,
Enoch Raker, Huntington, W. Va. -Enclosed
find my check for $11.50 to pay for campaign
subscriptions to The Commoner as per list of
names and addresses herewith, a total of 04.
J. It. Yates, Hillings, Mont. Enclosed find
check for $30.00 to pay for campaign subscrip
tions to The Commoner as per list herewith.
R. J. Howdcn, Carrliigton, N. I).f Secretary
Democratic County Committee. Enclosed find
my check for $15.00 for which send-Tho Com
moner until after election to the following
names of 100 subscribers.
Willis E. Reed, Madison, Neb. Herewith I
hand you check for $15.00 to pay for tlio en
closed club of ono hundred campaign subscrip
tions to Tho Commoner. Most of these men aro
republicans. If they will take and read tho
paper, it is perhaps the most effective way, from
an economical standpoint of converting them, to
support tho democratic cause.
A. A. On-, Chairman Democratic County Com
mittee, Lcwistoivn, Pa. Enclosed find check for
$30.00 and a list of 200 campaign subscriptions
to Tho Commoner.
Leo Fox, Secretary Democratic County Com
mittee, Chilton, Wis. Herewith And check to
pay for 100 campaign subscriptions to Tho Com.
inoner. On the enclosed list there are 15 sub
scriptions, tho balance will follow.
Col. W. J. Stone, Llnd, Wash. Herewith find
list of ono hundred campaign subscriptions to
Tho Commoner and draft to pay for the same.
Chns, P. Dameron, Iron ton, Mo. Herewith
find my check for $15.00 for wlilch you will
please send Tho Commoner to the 100 sub
scribers whose names and addresses appear on
the enclosed list, until after election. I do not
know of a better way to convert republicans to
democracy and awaken democrats to real live
action than good wholesome democratic litera
ture and I know of no literature that excels
Tho Commoner along this line.
Georgo A. Daughcrty, Sullivan, HI. Enclosed
find draft for $18.00 to pay for club of 120
campaign subscriptions to The Commoner. Tho
Commoner Is tho greatest editorial factor in pro
ducing progressive legislation and its enforce
ment in the United States.
We live In deeds, not years; in thoughts,, not
In feelings, not In figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart throbs. He
Who thinks-most, feels tho noblest, acts tha
P. J. Bailey.