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Ine Commoner. r V WILLIAfl J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. ol. 3. No. 29. Lincoln, Nebraska, August 8, 1902. Whole No. 81. iovernment by Injunction. The democratic party aroused the opposition the corporations by declaring against govern ment by injunction both at Chicago and at Kan- vJas City. The leaders of the party saw the dangers that lurk- in that extraordinary process when m voked by corporations against theljr employes. Somoxof the laboringmen recognized the fidelity of the democratic party to the rights of the people and supported our ticket, but many of them, blind to their interests, were misled by republican promises, while others yielded to the coercion practiced by employers. There is an old proverb which says that the wise man foreseoth the evil and hldeth himself while the foolish pass on and are punished. This proverb in its condensed form reads: The wise man gets the idea into his head, the foolish man gets it in the neck. Judge Jack eon of West Virginia is now diligently engaged in punishing those who a few years ago wore too in different to consider their own best interests or to safeguard their own rights. Ho seems Inclined to decree whatever the coal companies want, but In doing, so he Is more lawless than the men. against whom he directs his stump speeches. A judge has no legal right to convert into a crime ther violations may be prevented and restrained. It must be generally agreed that the most ef fective weapon to be used against violators of the law is the criminal proceeding, but this weapon has been uttorly ignored by the rtpubllcan admin istration. It will also be obsorved that this samo law provides that any property owned or under con tract by any combination or pursuant to any con spiracy and being in the course of transportation from one state to anothor or to a foreign country shall bo forfeited to the United States, and may be seized and condemned. This is another im portant provision of the federal law which tho ad ministration has not undertaken to enforce. Is it not significant that while tho admin istration pretends to bo serious in its "anti trust campaign," it has avoided tho first and chief features of the law which it protends to bo anx ious to enforce and that tho only provision of that law it has taken advantage of is that which was intended as a mero incidental provision? In this connection it may be said that a Chi cago special to the New York World under date of July 28 presents some significant facts. This spec ial says that beef, bacon, and pork were 3 cents a pound higher on Juno 27 than at tho time the fed eral injunction was issued against the packers' combine. Tho World makes this pertinent com- i: A. IITT111.. 1U. t J. -!. ...! n,nl..n4- 1. that which before his decree was lawful, and oven"ut umma uie mjuiwuuii uuu uBuiudi..u. i- iiiim nifii i f ". Akd .n. k " i - If ho had the power to legislate he would have jio authority 16 suspend the constitutional right of tho accused to a trial by jury. But Judge Jackson usurps the power (not the right) to make laws and to fix penalties, not according to tho consti tution, but according to his own warped and biased judgment A lawless judge is a greater menace to free government than all the petty criminals who come before him in a lifetime. Impeachment pro ceedings have been suggested and it Is to bo hoped that tho matter will be brought before congress that the people may see whether tho republican party wiU stand by the people and their constitu tional rights or by-the corporations. Tho striko Is a clumsy and inefficient remedy, hurtful to em ploye and to the public as well as to tho employer, but until arbitration comes and makes the strike unnecessary it Is the laborers' only means of de fense and while it is employed the judge must be impartial and ready to "protect the rights of both' sides. JJJ The Federal Anti-Trust Law. In another column of this issue will be found a copy of the federal anti-trust law. This law is reproduced for the purpose of impressing upon tho readers of The Commoner the fact that while the Roosevelt administration pretends to serious ly undertake the enforcement of the federal law, tho administration has ignored the chief remedy provided in this law and has adopted the remedy which was intended to be an incidental remedy. It will be observed that the first section of this law provides for criminal prosecution of those who conspire in restraint of trade. The second section provides for criminal prosecution against those 'who monopolize or attempt to monopolizo any part of trade or commerce. The third section provides for criminal prosecution for those who commit these unlawful acts in tho territories. Tho fourth section provides ""the injunction nrcess as an incidental proceeding whereby fur- M11UU1 Ki 111 im i- iiii nifii i r .kd .it. l l beeh.emphaized by a few sentencestoittilt''Ti,T' - JJJ La Follette's Work. .The' Commoner Is glad to give credit to tho republicans when they do something creditablg and therefore congratulates the republicans of Wisconsin upon having Indorsed Governor La Fol lette's efforts to tax corporations and to make tho method ot selecting candidates more democratic. And" yet Mr. La Follette is more likely to help the democratic party than the republican party by his attempts at reform, for ho will educate re publicans to see tho vicipusness of the policies for which the national republican party stands and Jn the end these enlightened republicans will have to leave the republican party If they would save the country from corporate domination. JJJ LET HIM ANSWER. Mr. Roosevelt is soon to start on one of the most ambitious stumping tours ever attempted by an occupant of the White house. Ho will en deavor to defend his administration against the criticism which has been directed against it and he should be aided by suggestions from his op ponents. For instance, Mr. Roosevelt might an swer the following questions: "Why not apply the Declaration of Indepen dence to tho Filipinos?" "Why not begin criminal action against the beef trust millionaires as well as against small' criminals?" "Are you in favor of the Fowler bill with its asset currency, its branch banks and its redeem able silver dollar?" "Why not take the tariff off of trust-made articles?'; - - These questions present Issues upon which he should enlighten the public. A Bloodthirsty President. President Roosovolt in his rccont extemporan eous speech at West Point gavo expression to a sentiment which suggests an inherent barbarism that will Lave to be takon into account in weigh ing his purposes and predicting his future course. His address on "Strenuous LIfo" dollvored some throo years ago showed that ho gavo to virtue th ancient rather than tho modern definition and placed physical courago above mental greatness and moral worth. But when in his West Point speech ho laid aside all restraint and in a fit of animal enthusiasm said, "A good soldior must not only bo willing to fight; he must be anxious to fight I do not want to havo anything to do with him if he is not" when ho said this ho turned a light upon his inner self and revealed a moral doformlty which must shock such of his friends as are not wholly carried away with tho bloody and brutal gospel of Imperialism. If a "good sol dier" must bo "anxious to fight," then it naturally follows that an administration which desires to develop good soldlors should surround cadets with influences calculated to infuso into them a fighting spirit an eagerness for blood-letting. If the president really means what he says wo may ex pect that his second term if he has one will b made forever, illustrious by the inauguration of a new regime atr the military academy amrin, thirT army. The ten commandments and the Sermon on the Mount will bo discarded and the yellow-back novel substituted for them for "Thou shalt not kill" and "Blessed are the peace-makers" could have no proper place In a school designed to train men to be "anxious to fight" Tho president entirely overlooks the distinc tion between tho exercise of force in defense of a right and tho use of force for the creation of a right. All the force employed by government, under tfie American theory of government, is em ployed in tho defense of rights previously ascer tained. A small army is necessary to enable the government to protect the. inalienable rights of 1U citizens and the academy at West Point Is th training school for officers. It teaches thos things which are considered necessary in war, namely, care of the men in, camp and on th march, and tactics. These cadets are not selected because they are by naturo ferocious, they are not kept chained like savage dogs and let loose oc casionally to gratify their passion for mischief; they are, on the contrary, men who are educated as a precautionary measure and kept in rcadinecw for-a possible contingency. It is no reflection upo tho courage, the efficiency or the patriotism of am officer in the regular army to say that he hope that the army will never bo called upon to kill or even wound a single human being, any more tha it would be a reflection on a fireman to say that' he hopes that there will be no conflagration In hii city. ' I It is unfortunate for the country that th president should have held before its embryo soldiers tho lowest rather than the highest ideals of military life. There have been many gre soldiers during the last nineteen hundred years great Christian soldiers who have loved peace, and yet who havo in an hour of peril won glory for .their country and themselves. 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