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4 The Commoner. ISSUED WEEKLY. Entered nt tho postofflca at Lincoln, Nebraska, as sccond lelaM mall matter. One Year $1.00 51 Months 50c la Cfti bs of 5 or more, per year....... 7BC Tbree Months 35 5lngleCopy 5 Sample Coplea Free. Foreign Postage sac Extra. SUBSCRIPTIONS c&n bo Bent direct, to Tho Commoner. Thoy can also bo sent through newspapers which havo adver-, llsod a clubbing rato, or through local agents, whero auch agents havo been appointed, All remittances should bo sent by postofflco money order, express order, or by bank draft on Now York or Chicago. Do not send Individual checks, stamps, or money. RENEWALS. The date on your wrapper shows when your subscription will expire. Thus, Jan. 81, '05, means that pay ment bas been received to and Including tho last issue of Jan nary, 1005. Two weeks aro required after money has been re ceived before tho date on wrapper can bo changed. CHANOE OP ADDRESS. Subscribers requesting a change f address must glvo OLD as well as tho NEW address. ADVERTISING rates furnished upon application. Addrcsi all communications to THE COMMONER, Lincoln, Nk Tho high price of moat serves as an excuse for many a man to go fishing. Port Arthur has heen falling so long that it will certainly make a big deni wnen It hits. Besides, tho habit of eating meat in hot weather is very bad and should bo severely con demned. 1 Governor Black wants a man of "granite and Iron." Tho country will prefer a man of "brain and heart." Tho sudden virtuous indignation of several European nations is ample proof that some very juicy spoils aro in sight. "After tho war, what?" queries the Philadel phia Public Ledger. Hoisting ino tax rate to pay tho bills, of course. , t Thoso dark red contusions upon tho anatomy of Governor Cummins aro merely tho trademarks of tho "stand patters." The war in the east will not rea,ch tho real danger point until one of tho comoatants calls for. tho help of tho Missouri mule. , Most of tho republican newspaper supporters of Mr. Folk have bolted his nomination, but doubt less Mr. lolk expected as much. ."Wouldn't it be fine if Guatemala could pro Vide us with any kind of colored ant that would attack and destroy the trust weevil? Chairman Taggart used to bo a restaurant waiter. Perhaps ho was selected because of his oxpertness in handing around the pie. Governor General Davis of Panama wants 100,000 yards of mosquito nettings. Wouldn't it be cheaper to discover somo kind of an ant? There is no argument against government control of tho railroads that will not apply equally well to government control of tho mail service. The less Mr. August Belmont appears in evi dence in the management of the democratic cam paign, tho better it will bo for democratic pros pects. Lieutenant Haight is to be punished for not bearing in mind that this is a campaign year and his commander-in-chief a candidate for tho presidency. The Commoner. It is time for somo self-sacrificing republican to let himself bo captured by a bandit. The need of spectacular advertising is being keenly felt in tho vicinity of Oyster Bay. "The republicans of Missouri," snouts the St Louis Globe-Democrat, "will offer something dif ferent." This is ample reason for giving Folk; about 75,000 majority. Tho Chicago Chronicle announced that here after it would bo "allied with the republicans." One more "1" and a space would maxe it proper" "all lied with the republicans." , It appears that tho Northern Securities de cision cut about as much ice as tno injunction against tho meat trust, and tho latter didn't cut enough to frappe a glass of tea. Tho report that Mr. Addicks has sold a gold mine for several millions may be taken as an indication that Mr. Addicks Is again about to try to break into tho senate. The Chicago Chronicle could havo explained Its becoming a republican organ in considerably less space than it really did. It might have said:! "Tho Chronicle has dropped its mask." Itopublican organs greatly fear that tho nu merous strikes will endanger republican success. According to republican logic laboringmen "should meekly submit to any and all klndn of injustice lor the purpose of keeping tho g. 0. p. In power. The Kansas City Journal declares that Mr. Bryan has no sense of humor. Ana yet Mr. Bryan is highly amused every time ho tries to read a Kansas City Journal editorial. "Looking through the index of The Com moner Condensed, I have been surprised to find how valuable it is as a reference book." This is tho testimony of one of our readers. Tho Chicago Record-Herald reports that the "electric mule" is a great success. This portends a shock to the g. o. p. elephant wnen it collides" with the, democratic mule on election day. Speaking of tho recent sharp advance In tho price of meat Secretary Shaw says: "We pay it ourselves and therefore so much the richer." Mr. Shaw has the reputation of being a great financier. After a man has been forced to a breakfast food diet for two or three weeks on account of tho packing house strike he can see very little that Is humorous in tho porterhouse steak jokes. It may be that the Bussian press correspond ents would liave us believe that" it is the ghost's of those SQ,000 Japs slain at Port Arthur who are now chasing Russian forces across the country. Uncle Tom Piatt announces that he will spend the remainder of his life upon a farm. There are indications that a great many g. o. p. lead ers are about to embark upon a life in the tall timber. ii r The statement that the packers have used the strike as an excuse for an advance in the price of meat must not be taken seriously. The packers have never yet had to go that far for an excuse. The worst feature about the Russian seizure of that British merchantman is that it Is likely to provoke Rudyard Kipling to grind out some more poetry about Adam Zad, or something else equally suggestive. Isn't it about time for the meat trust to have Its general attorney appointed, special commis sioner of the government and issue a call for troops to break the strike under the pretense of guarding property? Russia's rejoicing over the capture of prizes by the "Vladivostok fleet somehow or other calls to mind tho story of the little boy who thqught he had captured a prize when ho closed his hand over tho wasp. Mr. Lawson's expose of certain high financial deals explains why certain patriots sought to suppress the magazine because it had a flag on the cover. Tho financiers claim a monopoly on the use of tho flag for financial purposes. When Mr. Carnegie said he wouia give a rail lion to tho republican campaign fund he may have meant that ho would hoist tne prlco of steel rails another notch to American consumers and divide tho proceeds with tho committee. "Wrinklo smoothers" is a derisive term ap plied to democrats by administration organs. Be fore tho campaign progresses much further those same administration organs will bo talking to themselves and calling democrats "furrow fasteners." September 5 will bo Labor Day in many if not all of tho states, and organized labor is pre paring for tho greatest celebration in Us historv These celebrations of labor's holiday are well and VOLUME 4, NUMBER 29, good, but labor will not succeed in getting w. deserts until it votes as solidly on election dv 0 it marches on Labor day. yas for Mr. Thomas Larson has figured as a finance several years, but it is doubtful if ovr ? of his financial operations LowWSQta s aroused as much interest as tho Hints Aro series of articles he is now wit Astonishing, ing under the caption of "Fren zied Finance." Mr. Lawsoa claims that he was basely deceived into en tering a financial plot having for its object tho plundering of the people, and his first two articles would seem to Indicate that when he went Into it he went in deep. At any rate he seems to have intimate knowledge of some of the most crooked and desperate financial aeals pushed dur ing the halcyon days of watered stocks and get-rich-quick grafts. If Mrf Lawson can make good some of the dark hints ho has thrown out, tho people would better prepare to build huge addi tions to their penal reformatories, for he hints at bribery, corruption, graft, perjury and grand larceny on the part of men now pointed to as captains of industry or political leaders. It was announced prior to notifying Mr. Roosevelt of his nomination that "should tho weather be inclement the noti- Alwaya ficatlon would take place "under, Under' Cover, cover." It was not inclement, Now. however, so it -was not necessary to notify him "under cover." Had it been necessary doubtless it would havo been properly managed,' for the gentlemen who manage the republican party are experts at doing things "under cover," Indeed, that seems to ho their favorite way of managing party and na tional affairs. "Under cover" is characteristic of the republican party now. It cfared not advocate the gold standard, but worked it "under cover." It dared not advocate imperialism, but worked it "under cover." It dares not advocate tho ship subsidy graft, but is working it "under cover." And while it dares not -advocate asset currency and branch banks, its leaders aro working them "under cover" and hope to bring 'both about by keeping the people misinformed as to their "under cover" intentions. The?- indications aro that Mr. Carrol D. Wright, chief statistician of the government ia general and of. the republican How Wright party in particular, will bo tho MaJces busiest man in the country for His Figures ue nex tliree months. As chief juggler of figures Mr. Wright will be called upon by the g. o. p. management to show that labor is better rewarded and has more left after paying living expenses than ever before in its history. If anybody can juggle tho figures so as to make a showing, Mr. Wright is the man. Not long ago he proceeded to show that the average cost 'of living was lower how than it was ten years ago, and did it by showing that while such things as bacon and flour had in creased something like 40 per cent, nutmegs and spices had decreased something like GO per cent, showing a clear decrease of 20 per cent in tho cost of living. And in his estimates of the cost of living Mr. Wright forgot 'to include the im portant item of rent, which takes fully 19 per cent of the average workingman's income. Mr. Wright will have to work at a desperate rate if he would do what his employers expect him to do for tho g. 0. p. campaign. Interest In Politics, "Beau Monde," a Dallas (Tex.) journal de voted to music, art and society, takes occasion to refer to the political suc tion and after paying a high compliment to Mr. Bryan says:i "He has no business In poll ute no lift Tina f.nnvIctionS and is honest." When '"Beau Monde's" idea of the kind of men who have no business in politics pre vails, it will bo a sorry day for this republic Al ready there is too much of a disposition on the part of some men to ignore politics because, as they say, "politics is dirty business." If politics is dirty business it is because clean men aro not doing their duty by taking a more active interest there. Men who have convictions ana who are honest should, of all men, be interestea in politics. It is difficult to conceive how a man can be a good citizen and refrain from exorcising his suffrage in tho Interests of good government. There is altogether too much of a disposition to refrain from taking an active Interest in tno political affairs of the nation. Its fruits are seen in tho wdirespread reign of graft and booaie. Honest men of stern" convictions owe it to tnew solves, to their, neighbors and to their country, to take a more active interest in politics. ; i. adajajfejM''MAvjtahnHfciu.j