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JANUARY 24, 1913'
counting. Corporations are creatures of the,
state. They have no authority to issue stocks
and bonds or securities in any form except as the
state vests them with power to issuo the same.
There should be a law against the issuance and
sale of watered securities, unless on the face
thereof the amount or percent of water therein
is accurately stated."
A GOOD JOKE on a clergyman, Rev. Elmer T.
Clark, a University City, Mo., pastor, was
toid by his ministerial brethren and reported
by the St. Louis Republic. The report relates
to an address Dr. Clark made before a ministers'
conference and the Republic says: Dr. Clark,
in his address, which was very scholarly, quoted
Sir William Ramsay, one of the greatest living
authorities on Asia Minor, to the effect that
profanity is a mark of development and a sign
of civilization. "Whenever Sir William found
a community," he said, "during his travels in
Asia, where the people used profanity, ho con
sidered that it was a mark of development, be
cause usually the uncivilized natives in express
ing their anger used language that was unspeak
ably vulgar. And as theBe people became more
civilized they dropped their vulgarity and be
came profane." Just previous to making this
address, Dr. Clark went into a barber shop to
get a shave. In the course of it he was con
siderably annoyed by a group of men using pro
fanity. When the shave was over, the clergy
man rose very angry. "I hope you will come in
again, Doctor," the barber Invited. "No, I don't
think I shall be likely to come in again," said
Dr, Clark, "I don't care to listen to such pro
fanity as I have heaTd here." After the address
of Dr. Clark before the conference had been
published in the Republic, the barber cut out the
article, underscored it, according to his in
terpretation of it, and mailed it to Dr. Clark,
with the observation, "I think you can come in
CHARLES A. KEENE of New York, an inde
pendent watch dealer, appeared before
the house committee on ways and means
and urged a flat rate of twenty per cent
duty on all watch, cases and the unassembled
parts pf watches. Mr Keene declared that he
had, been driven, out .of business by the watch
rust because he bought American watches
abroad and sold them in this country at. a lower
iprice than they were sold here by the trust. The
Washington correspondent for the New York
fJournal tells the story of Mr. Keene's testimony
rm tuis way; xvir. xieeue was examined Dy .ttepre-
jentatlve Rainey, of the committee, who has
insisted there exists a watch trust in this coun
try which has taken advantage of the tariff
duties to sell in the domestic trade watches at
exorbitant prices, while it has exported similar
watches and sold them for less than half their
cost in. this country. Mr. Keene proved a valu
able witness. He testified that a year ago he
bought American watches in European markets
for $17 which sold in this country for $2 .50.
The- price to the foreign purchaser is unknown,
as they get a published discount of from 3 to
32 per cent, with the addition of an unknown
discount. When the American, manufacturers
learned what he was doing, said Mr. Keene,
they made it impossible for him to buy watches
abroad, and also refused to sell him in this
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JOHN J. ETTOR, a labor leader, declares that
he was misunderstood when he was
charged with saying:: "If you are compelled to
go back under unsatisfactory conditions go
laack with your minds made up that It is tho
unsafest thing la the world for the capitalist to
eat food prepared by members of your union."
"ITfftnr anva in hffl Ififtor: "T iHrt nnfr mnlfo tbA
it, r.",::'.,,".; ": T t.. rr ritTrr
L1 remarKs aiiegea nor ao i ueiieve me suggestion
they (newspapers) claim can be taken out of
my talk, as a policy that I advise you to follow,
for I am satisfied that the course they insinuate
and attribute to me would not bring success
but the opposite. Your cause is not to be won
by any policy that endangers human life."
4V t2nf ?
PRESIDENT-ELECT WILSON is In favor of
doing away with the inaugural ball, if such
a thing is possible. In a letter addressed to
I Mr. Eustis, chairman, of the inauguration com-
mittee, Mr. Wilson sald "After taking counsel
with a great many persona and learning sb well
as I can general opinion in the matter, I have
come to the conclusion, ttiat it is my duty to
ask you to consider the, feasibility of omitting
th8, inaugural ball altogether. I do this with
& great deal of hesitation, because I do not wish
to interfere with settled practices or with reason
able expectations of those who usually go to
enjoy the Inauguration ball, but it has come to
wear the aspect of a sort of public duty, be
cause of tho largo indiroct expense upon the
government incidental to it and because those
balls havo ceased to be necessary to the enjoy
ment of tho visitors. I hope most sincerely
that this request will in no way embarrass you,
and that I have not too long delayed in making
the suggestion." Tho ball has been abandoned.
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MR. MUNSEY'S political holding company is
referred to by a writer in the New York
World in this way: Who but Frank A. Munsey
or maybe George W. Perkins could havo
conceived the eminently Armageddonish
scheme of reuniting tho republican and pro
gressive parties by a "holding party" to take tho
two organizations over, "as a holding company
In tho business world takes over and amalga
mates competing concerns?" Tho republican
party used to be In the hands of a holding
company with Theodore Roosevolt as a voting
trust. In those days battling for the Lord was
"a perfectly corking tlmo," aud tho enemy at
Armageddon was "slugged over the ropes" and
"beaten to a frazzle." Then came a day when
the Taft administration, following the rule of
reason laid down by the supromo court in tho
Standard Oil case, undertook to abolish the
voting trust and dissolve tho holding company.
The colonel promptly grabbed all tho assets that
he could lay his hands on and organized a com
peting party which manufactured and sold tho
same old stand-pat goods under a now name.
Both concerns are now In a bad way, and It is
not surprising that Brother Munsey looks back
regretfully to the days of the old political trust.
But we fear he is too late, As Mr. Morgan once
felicitously remarked, with the consent and ap
proval, of the colonel himself, "You, can't un
WHAT CONSTITUTES A HOME?
Think of home, and the mind Instinctively
wanders back to the old town, the quiet street,
the spacious grounds, the cottage hidden among
the trees, the gravel walk, the old well, the
flowers in bloom, and tho air laden with the
fragrance of spring.
As the closing day casts its shadows over tho
world, fading rays of tho declining sun pierce
through the latticed windows, and over cradled
innocence a mother croons her lullaby.
As the breaking dawn calls to activity tho
waking world, we see him on whom, for her,
age never descends we see them as, locked in
each other's embrace, they stroll down the gar
den walk. Leaning over the gate, he Implants
upon her brow a parting kiss. As he passes
from view, we see her wave aloft her embracing
arm, and from the distance comes his response.
We say: There is a home. And so it is.
It is not necessary that It be sumptuous to
be a home. It is only necessary that Love
It is not necessary that it be poor to be a
home. It is only important that Kindness shall
be the ruling spirit.
A nation that ignores the welfare and the hap
piness of the home is a nation doomed. Men
do not defend tenements.
The only excuse for government and law Is to
maintain the possibility of the home. We need
not machine-made homes nor machine-made
For the home we need only Justice to make it
possible, Peace to make It whole, Kindness to
make it inviting, Companionship to make it
blest, Love to make it holy, and the laughter
of a little child to make it divine. Omaha
BUTCHERING THE LANGUAGE
Are either and neither pronounced "eether"
and "neether" or "eyether" and "neyther?"
This question, much disputed, is answered in
favor of "eether" and "neether" by Julian W.
Abernathy in a useful little book entitled "Cor
rect Pronunciation," and published by Charles
E. Merrill of New York. Not a single modern
dictionary gives "eyether" the preference, says
the little book and goes on to quote Richard
Grant White, who says "eyether" is an affecta
tion and a second rate British affectation at that.
Which should hold the "eyether" advocates a
And now about the word vase. It's pro
nounced "vace," whether it come from the 10
cent store or Tiffany's. "Vaze" Is wrong, gays
the book, and "vawz" is vulgar. Another tally
for us old fashlosed folks.
Perhaps you've 'been confused by- hearing
people talk about "rico" and finding out after
ward that thoy meant tho noun "rise." Well,
thoy wcro wrong, too. A straw vote of tho beBt
modern dictionaries hands tho preference to
"rizo" as tho propor pronunciation.
Another word that Is frequently mispro
nounced is depot. It should bo "deopo," not
"deppo" or "daypo."
Our old friend, Jean Valjcan, of course, la
properly "Zahn Vnlzhan," and the great state of
Kansas is pronounced as though the first h wcro
a z. Tho folks who insist on making It soft aro
all to tho bad.
J. Plerpont Morgan Is a "flnnanseor," not a
Tho Renaissance Is pronounced "rencsans,"
accent on tho last syllable, not Renaysans, and
Salome gots her last syllable pronounced.
Poets aro filled with the divine "afflytus,"
not tho divine "afflaatus."
The ruler of Japan is the mikado, with tho ac
cent on the second syllable, as all serious minded
students of Gilbert and Sullivan know, and
novor tho mickadoo.
Gibberish is pronouncod with a hard g, and
not "jlbberioh," and the word flaccid Is "flaksld,"
Amateur Is "amaturr," not "amatoor" or
The Antipodes Australia, you know aro
When tho wind soughs through tho branches
it "sows;" novor "suffs."
A faucet Is a "fawsot," not a "fassot."
Those aro only a few examples. The book
contains 2,000 words, which aro commonly mis
pronounced, and 800 propor names, which aro
frequently Improperly spoken. A little study
of It will enable you to bawl out almost any of
your friends frequently, besides tending to 1m
provo your own vocabulry.
"Careless and slipshod enunciation among pre
sumably cultured people," the author says, "is
probably moro common in tho United States than
in any other country in the world. A French
man is proud of his speech and treats it as a fino
art, while an American regards his speech with
Indifference or contempt."
Probably he Is right, as he Is a Ph. D. and
the author of a book on American literature.
At any rate, a study of his little book Is likely to
prove beneficial to any of us.- Kansas City Star.
KEEP UP THE PROTEST
"Hooper, Neb., Jan. 13. Editor Commoner:
In a late Issue of your paper I see you fear the
Aldrlch currency plan will be passed before
March 4. Nebraska fanners are organizing local
unions In several parts of the state and if you
will send mo a copy of resolutions you think we
should adopt concerning this proposed currency
plan, I will have as many locals as possible adopt
them and send some to our law makor3 from Ne
braska. Yours truly, F. E. LISTON."
Make the resolutions simple and to the point
and mail or wire them to your senator and con
gressman: The following form may servo as
Resolved that wo condemn the proposed cur
rency legislation known ao the "Aldrlch plan"
and call upon our senators and representatives
in congress to aid in the defeat of that measure
and of anything similar to it involving particu
larly tho central bank feature or any other
method of centralizing control over tho money
and credit of the country.
A CHALLENGE TO DECENCY
The attempt of the corporation democrats In
the Illinois legislature to confer leadership upon
a supporter of Lorimer is not only an insult to
the democracy of the nation it is a challenge to
decency. Mr. Lorimer'g status has been fixed,
and in fixing it judgment was passed upon thoso
democrats who voted for him. Our party has
important work to do it can not turn aside to
whitewash the democrats who went down with
him, whether they were morally guilty or
merely misled. The Illinois democrats who aro
pushing these soiled ex-patriots to the front
have a very poor idea of the party's mlssioa
Mr. Bryan's Selected Speeches. Revised and
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