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become an unselfish sentiment, and hot a sordid
and calculating desiro for pecuniary profit.
Governor Wilson has shown himself to ho
worthy to lead the groat fight for lower taxes.
In his discussions of the subject ho has taken
the sido of the people as against those who have
been preying upon them, and ho has given con
clusive proof of his earnestness in his opposi
tion to the nomination of ox-Senator Smith who,
when in tho senate two decades ago, was instru
mental in preventing the reduction of tho tariff
which the people then dqmanded
Tho people need as president a man with in
telligence enough to understand public ques
tions and Governor Wilson possesses that in
telligence. Tho people need more than, intelli
gence in the White House; they need a man
whose sympathies are with tho whole people,
rather than with a few of the people--and
Governor Wilson has shown that his sympathies
are on the side of the people. But what the
peoplo need most in the White House is a man
who has tho courage to take the people's sido
tin spite of tho tremendous pressure that the
special interests can bring to bear upon a presi
dent special interests which have coerced both
Mr. Taft and Mr. Roosevelt into submission to
their will. Governor Wilson has proven the
possession ,f the moral courage necessary in
a president.
i Mr. Bryan returned to Lincoln October 2, and
then started on another trip, speaking at
.Beatrice and Fairbury, Neb., and then at several
places.ln Kansas, returning to Lincoln Saturday.
, .t AdUIpnal campaign dates for Mr. Bryan
,,wero announced by Charles W. Bryan for tho
national committee.
, Following Governor Wilson's visit at Fair,
yiew .with Mr. Bryan Saturday night, October 5',
.ana part of Sunday, the sixth, Mr. Bryan will
leave Lincoln at" 4:30 Sunday afternoon for
South Dakota.
Wakpnda will be the first speech that Mr.
B,ryan will make in South Dakota, about 9
t o'clock Monday morning, October. 7. Ho will
f speak at Yankton about 10 o'clock and will be
taken by special train from Yankton north and
west through South Dakota, completing his
day's tour of South Dakota at Pierre. On
October 8 he will go east from Pierre, speaking
at the towns enroute to Aberdeen, where ho will
close his South Dakota campaign with a night
meeting on tho eighth. October 9 and 10 will
bo devoted to North Dakota, where he will cam
paign on a special train provided by the stato
committee and will close his North Dakota
speaking dates with a night meeting at Fargo
the night of the tenth. He will leave Fargo, N.
D., on a special train early on the morning of
October 11 for Minneapolis and St. Paul, speak
ing at the intermediate points and closing his
Minnesota tour with evening meetings at Min
neapolis and St. Paul the same day. October 12
and 14 will be spent in Iowa, a special train
baying been arranged by the Iowa state com
mittee, which will enable Mr. Bryan to cover a
largo section of Iowa on tho two dates named.
October 10, 17 and 18 will be devoted to Indi
ana, October 19, 21 and 22 will be spent in Ohio.
The state committees of Indiana t.nd Ohio are
-arranging Mr. Bryan's itinerary for their re
spective states.
In the nomination of William Sulzer to be
governor, the democrats of New York have done
well. Mr. Sulzer has made a good record as a
member of congress. Ho may well be called "a
man of the people." He has served public in
terests faithfully in the house of representatives.
Ho will be an honest, earnest and efficient gover
nor. Congratulations to Mr. Sulzer and to his
good wife who has been such an inspiration to
him and congratulations to the people of New
York. ,
Mr. Roosevelt has testified but his evidence
. does not change the situation. He says that he
did not know of the $100,000 contribution made
by Prick, Gould and Archbold, and the $150,
000 contribution made by Morgan. It sounds
a little strange, but let it be accepted as true.
Ho says that Mr. Bliss would have "resented"
any inquiry from him as to funds. That sounds
stronger still, but let it pass. Ono great fact
remains, namely, that theso men interested in
legislation and in administration PUT UP THE
MONEY. They invested in him and most of
them found the investment a paying ono. Stu
pidity in an official is as valuable to tho preda-
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tory interests as rascality if it can be used
against the public. Tho voters can decide for
themselves whether Mr. Roosevelt's abject servi
tude to tile steel trust was due to gratitude
or to stupidity ho SERVED and that is all
that the steel trust desired. He allowed tho
steel trust to swallow up its largest rival--that
brought millions of advantage to the steel trust
and millions of harm to the people.
One of the popular stories going the rounds
of the press represents Mr. Roosevelt in heaven
and as engaged in the following conversation
with Saint Peter:
R. Things are quiet here; can't wo start
St. P. All right, what would you suggest?
R. I have been thinking of organizing the
biggest choir ever known. Could you get me a
million sopranos, a million altos, and a million
St. P. Yes, but what about the bass?
R. Oh, I'll sing bass myself.
Now, tho above story may be witty, but it
does tho ex-president a great injustice. From
the manner in which he denies credit to other
and earlier reformers and presents himself as
the only progressive, it is quite evident that ho
could form his choir without asking Jfor any
sopranos, altos or tenors. He would not only
sing all the parts himself, but would dispense
with the orchestra.
The concluding paragraph of Governor Wil
son's speech of acceptance ought to be com
mitted to memory by every student of govern
ment. Here it is:
"Should I be entrusted .with the great office
of president, I would seek counsel wherever it
could be had upon free terms. I know the
temper of the great convention which nomi
nated me; I know the temper of the country
that lay back of that convention and spoke
through it. I heed. with deep thankfulness the
message you bring me from it. I feel that I am
surrounded by men whose principles and am
bitions are those of true servants of the people.
I thank God and will take courage."
Senator Simmons asks the people of North
Carolina for re-election. He ought to be de
feated. North Carolina is in reality a pro
gressive state. It is entitled to representation
in the United States Benate of a man whoso
heart is known to be in sympathy with the
hearts of the people. Mr. Simmons Ib not such
a man. Ho would do very well as a representa
tive of the stand-pat republican party. He will
not do as a representative of the democratic
party if that- party is to be true to its principles.
The democratic state central committee met
in San Francisco, and by acclamation elected the
following officers: Chairman, J. O. Davis, Berk
ley; vice chairman, David E. Fulwider, Los
Angeles; secretary, J. J. Scott, Sacramento.
Harmony prevailed and there was no contest on
any question coming before the meeting. Act
ing under authority of the committee Mr. Davis
appointed Senator A. Caminettl, chairman of the
executive committee and democrats will make
an aggressive and winning fight In California.
If any democrat feels disposed to bet on tho
election, let him make a c .reful estimate of his
surplus cash and decide how much he could
afford to lose. Then let him put tho amount into
the campaign fund. This has several ad
vantages over betting. First, It makes victory
more certain; second, it increases the pleasure
one gets out of victory, and, third, in case of
defeat, no republican gets the money.
If big business had been wise it would have
permitted a democratic victory in 1908 Re
forms would have come and the strain would
have been relieved. The deliberate deception
practiced then is responsible for present noli
cal conditions. A victory this year for either
Taft or Roosevelt will only postpone the relief
Reforms will come the sooner the better
Elect Wilson and Marshall and give them a
democratic congress.
Mr. Bryan, in one of his Kansas sno
said that he had been tempted to put Flinn
second place and leave Morgan for 1m, T
"Perkins is patriot No. 1," ho said. 'PGS
is now neglecting his business to elect a S
dent who will look after the trust niasE.
children. Flinn sold Matt Quay a gold
in the interest of pure politics and as a nie,
that he was worthy to become the bosom friend
assuming that he carries his pocketbook cW
to his breast of the president. But after
weighing the evidence carefully, I feel compelled
to assign second place to Morgan, the dis
tinguished financier who will therefore enter
tho cell of the public memory as Patriot No 2
He declares that he gives to campaign com
mittees purely out of regard for the public wel
fare. He does not give to democratic cam.
paign funds simply because he regards demo
cratic success as a menace to the country, but
he opens his pocketbook when the republican
committee comes around and gives with no
more thought of return than a party to a law
suit would have if he bribed a judge. It is in
teresting to know the estimate that he places
on the public needs. He felt $100,000 worth of
disinterested interest in electing Roosevelt vice
president in 1900, but his patriotic zeal went
up to the $150,000 mark when Roosevelt was
running for president in 1904. His enthusiasm
fell off four-fifths between 1904 and 1008 and
he gave only one-fifth as much to elect Taft as
he did to elect Roosevelt. Taft did not look like
"thirty cents" to Morgan, but like 20 per cent.
It must mortify Taft to learn that his prospec
tive services to the country were estimated so
much lower than Mr. Roosevelt's but 'hen it
must be remembered that the swallowing up of
the Tennessee Coal and Iron company had been
accomplished before the 1908 campaign and
there is not so much money in gratitude as in
anticipation. It will shame tho selfish and tho
sordid to look upon this self-carved statue,
standing out against the sky Morgan, the un
selfish, the disinterested, the patriotic citizen
who devotes all of his spare time which is
not much to purchasing the election of proper
presidential candidates! '.; How could Perkins
have had the heart to dissolve partnership with
him? Hag he really done so?" Kansas City
It can not bo truthfully asserted that the
appalling list of deaths due to aviation has
been wholly in the interests of science. Men
who have fallen to their death while experiment
ing in the field of aviation aro entitled to nil
the credit due to men who risk life in the in
terests of scientific research. But a majority
of the victims have met death while exhibiting
themselves to the public, not as scientists but
as showmen. In response to a morbid demand
of the public for new thrills they have taken
long chances for a price, not for the joy of dis
covery. Their deaths are duo to the same
cause that impels death-defying feats under can
vas. Tho general public wants to be thrilled.
Americans deprecate the bull fight, and have
put the prize fight under the ban. But, after
all, isn't it just as bad to demand that men
shall risk death in order to supply the thrill, as
it is to demand the blood of bulls or to delight
in seeing two human animals, trained to the
limits of physical perfection, pummel each other
to a pulp under the glare of electric lights in a
roped-in arena?
The Harriman letters introduced at the exami
nation show what Mr. Harriman understood Mr.
Roosevelt to mean when the latter invited him
to the White House for consultation any sane
man would have understood the letter as Mr.
Harriman did. The correspondence also shows
how the corporations Interest themselves in
federal appointments.
Mr. Bliss, a son of former Republican Treas
urer Bliss, says that the republican campaign
fund amounted to three, and a half millions in
1896 and three millions in 1900. Now, when
the public finds out where the money came
from and why It was given it will be easier to
understand why the predatory interests had free
rein during those days.
The democrats and republicans held conven
tions, the third-termers' listened to a monologue
and the monologue continues during the campaign.

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