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business on a $5,000,M0 capitalization, and managing to keep up
dividends on this sum. When railroad companies aro recognized
and placed on a reasonable basis, when the capital represents the
exact cost of the road, and a necessary working margin, then there
will be more sympathy for the oppressed corporations, and less con
sideration for the demands of employees.
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In these days tho business man is fortunate who is able to
divorce himself from the cares of routine duty and take even a
very few days recreation. Last year the panic came with all its
rigor just as vacation days were in sight, and the business and pro
fessional men of Lincoln were very few in number who found op
portunity or dared venture taking a breathing spell. There is no
doubt but what this tying down without rest year in and year out
loses in the long run and iB a poor investment. Every diligent
business man is entitled to a breathing spell.
One of the lessons of the great strike that cannot fail to make
its impression for the future is the confidence in the government
that zealously asserts itself on every hand. No class of people, not
even a beggarly handful of the most insolent agitators, but that
bow in perfect submission when'the federal government asserts its
authority to protect life, property and the rights of tho people. It
is often stated by those who do not live, enjoy and form a
part of this great republic that this nation never can stand in
ternal dissentions and open revolts of any large numbers. To
such, the record of the recent strike is the best possible evidence
of the falacy of their assertions. This government today is more
loyal in itself add to itself than any government on the globe, and
so long as the great midd,e class outnumbers the aggressive mil
lionaries who reap here to spend abroad, or outnumber the irris
ponsible, un-American outcasts of the old world who have taken
advantage of American liberty, ss long will this republic be a
power not only for law and order in its own borders, but a message
of peace to all nations.
There is one question that has greatly bothered many persons
who have been objects of derism in the eyes of the railway magnates,
and that is, "Why can not a railroad be run like any other legitimate
business on a capital just sufficient to meet the requirements of the
business? Why, in railroading, is it necessary to water the capital
stock and issue bonds for four or five times the amount of the cost
of the road?" Railroad men have combattedthe arguments advanced
by those ?ho have attempted to expose this fraudulent expansion of
capital; but the fact that nearly every railroad company in the coun
try, if not everyone, is conducted on this p.ocess of fraudulent ex
pansion, has not, and cannot be shaken. And this fact makes it
easy to sympathize with the employes and others who complain of
the injustice of railroad companies. It is all very well for a railroad
manager to say that his company cannot afford to pay a slight ad
vance asked by a certain class of employes; but his plea would have
more weight if the company was not paying interest on a bonded in
debtedness and dividends on a capitalization representing several
times the cost of the property. A talk of economy with particular
reference to the number of or wages of employes does not come with
the best of grace from a corporation that is running a $1,000,000
The congressional nomination in this district to secure a republi
can candidate for whom all can unite should go to Judge Strode of
this city. The treacherous tactics of Church Howe, shown anew
tho past week in interviews in the Omaha Bee, ought to put a veto
to the serious consideration of him as a candidate. Xo republican
who professes friendship and candor only as a cloak behind which
to carry out treacherous designs ought to be considered by the re
publicans of this district Just now Mr. Howe is singing a song like
this: "Oh yes, Judge Strode is a good man a friend of mine and
certainly I could give him loyal support, but you see they say that
his own delegates are a little shaky; you haden't heard -it? Well,
between you and me that's a fact. And then there's Chapman, Sam
you know we boys call him, he has it in for Strode and Strode's
friends in Cass county and Strode has it in for him and them, well
you know there haden't ought to be any bad blood; I don't believe
in stirring up things but then you know I can't help seeing them
Oh yes, I'm a good friend of Chapman but he has a shady record
and he would be vulnerable. Now I'm not asking anyone to support
me but then it may be best you know to take some one besides
Strode or Chapman."
And so he chatters on, spreading his slime and repeating what he
hears in his own fervid imagination.
It is not necessary to deny the Howe insinuations against Judge
Strode's delegates or his candidacy. Every delegate is enthusiastic
in his support and Mr. Howe's pedeled falsehoods will find no mar
ket in Lincoln.
Some one calling himself "A Student," writes to the editor of The
Courier as follows: "In regard to your remarks concerning Dr.
Holmes' lectures at Crete, I would like to inform you that what
you said on the subject was entirely out of place. You evidently did
not hear a word of his lectures or you would not hove done him tho
great injustice that you did. Dr. Holmes is no more a socialist than
you are, but he is a close thinker, and one who is not afraid to call
attention to the evils which he finds in the present state of aflairs.
Of course what he said excited comment; but it is not right in you
on that account, to call him an agitator. He was a cool-headed man
talking to cool-headed people, not a walking delegate talking to a
crowd of laboring men on a strike." Our correspondent is mistaken
in at least one respect. The editor of The Courier did heai
some of Dr. Holmes lectures. If Holmes is not a socialist then two
and two are not four. He believes, or professes to believe, in an
equal distribution of land and money, and the enactment of laws
that will prevent men from getting rich, in governmental paternalism
and in all of the kindred isms. If this is not socialism, what is it?
There is no harm in calling attention tj the evils in the present state
of affairs and they are bad enough but it should bo done in a
rational, thoughtful manner, not with the schemes and tricks of sen
sationalism, and a man who makes such surprising statements as
did Dr. Holmes can hardly be called rational and truthful. Holmes,
like hundreds of other "professors" is a theorist, who has sought
some shady nook, and amid the songs of birds and the perfume of
flowers, far away from the practicalities of life, has evolved a few
ideas of reforms for the re-generation of mankind, a scheme that
will re-organize the whole system of humanity, and with a few rapid
strokes, place it on a perfectly reasonable basis. But the ideas,
when brought out into the highway do not, somehow seem to fit.
They enable the author to earn a living exploiting them, however,
Holmes is, essentially an agitator. All socialists are, else they could
not be socialists. If our correspondent had heard some of Holmes'
assertions he would, possibly, be of the opinion tnat the Chautauqua
lecturer was a good deal more like a "walking delegate talking to a
a crowd of laboring men on a strike" than a "cool-headed man talk
ing to cool-headed people."
See Sisler the Ice Cream man in his new quarters when wanting
wanting anything in his line. He will serve you well. 133 south 12
street Phone 630,
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