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TERflS, Si.oo PER YEAR.
Entered at the Lrxtngtoa pottofflce u
second clau mail matter.
I. 0. NEALE,
Editor sad Proprietor.
Sattrdat. August 31, 1901.
ME. BR YAM ANSWERS SENATOR
William J. Brjaa it oat in bis Com
niooer ia answer to the Interview given
oat by Senator Vest at Sweet Spring
a few days aioce in which the Missouri
senator U bandied gently yet firmly on
the ideas expressed by bim on the oc
casion mentioned. As to the personal
reference to Mr. Bryan by Senator
Vest the nominee of two national con
Tenuous onlv says: ' It is not neo-
essarj to dUcuss what he says in con
detonation of Mr Bryan's leadership
Mr. Bryan does not claim to be a leader.
He only claims the right to have his
convictions and to express them.''
Mr Bryan declares his belief in the
principles set forth in the Kansas City
platform and ssys that when the deni
ocratic party repudiates those doc
trines it will place in the lead Cleve
land, Carlisle, Whitney, Francis and
others, lie commends Senator Vest
on bis views on imperialism bat thinks
him inconsistent on his income tax
proposition. Mr. Bryan says that
the income tax scheme is all right but
that it will meet the same opposition at
tbe bands of the gold standard people
as does silver, emphasizing the fight
made on a proposition to enact an in
come tax law by Senator Hill, Mr.
Cleveland and others. If, argues Mr.
Bryan, these fellows are so uncompro
mising on the free silver proposition
why would they not be equally deter
mined to defeat any tax of incomes?
Touching on trusts Mr. Bryan says:
Mr. Vest emphasizes the trust
issue, but that is n&t a harmonizing
issue either, for the financial influences
stand oebind the trusts as solidly as
they do behind the banKs. The New
York Sun is already declaring that
free silver would do but little damage
compared with the widespread demor
alization whleh would be produced by
effective anti-trust legislation."
In answer to Senator Vest's asser
tlon that 'we must stop hunting
around in corners and up canyons for
populist, socialist and single tax votes,
Mr. Bryan takes the position that it
were better these than trust again tbe
men who have deserted the party in
two separate national campaigns.
Anent getting back to the doctrines
of Mr. Jefferson, as suggested by
Senator Vest, the editor of the Com
moner says that in bis interview the
Missouriao said nothing about paper
money, and asks: "What is more
Jeffersonian than tbe greenbacks?'
lne Nebraska editor closes as fol
lows in reference to Senator Vest's
assertion that silver will again be an
issue some aay, out that it is wise to
lay it aside now for harmony's sake:
"If tbe silver question is going to be
important again, why turn the party
over to tbe reorganizes and allow
them to aid the republicans iu making
I be silver dollar redeemable in gold?
"The senator is anxious to secure
'harmony' but be will find that there
cao be no harmony without the sur
render of every essential principal ol
democracy. The men who voted tbe
republican ticket on account of ton
silver plank are as a rule opposed to
the inconi tax, aod are also opposed
to any effective anti-trust legislation.
They are in favor of national banks ol
issue, and are also in favor of govern
nienl by injunction (a subject which
Senator Vest did not mention in bis
proposed platform). Even on iw.
perialism many of tbe gold democrats
have no fixed or definite convictions.
In fact, tbe only way to harmonize
with the reorganizes is to allow them
to control tbe organization aod write a
republican platform. How much is
Senator Vest willing to give up in
order to bring the gold corporation
element back ? Hit platform Is entire
ly too populistic to entice tbe deserters
luto tbe fold. Terbaps they might
allow bim to write the platform if they
are permitted to select a candidate
who will disregard ibe platform as Mr.
The effort to push ex Gov. Stone
Into the race for the presidency and
thereby sidetrack him as a senatorial
candidate died aboroin'. Stooe Is
a long beaded fellow and is seldom
If Kerens can overthrow Aikens Id
Missouri what chance has Roosevelt
against the eotire Hanna machine?
In an interview given out at London
one of the world's greatest capitalists,
William K. Vanderbilt is quoted at
'My life was never destined to be
quite happy. It was laid on lioet
which, I could foresee almost from my
earliest childhood. It has left roe with
nctbing to hope for, with nothing
definite to seek or strive for."
Surely the inference to be drawn
from the language of Mr. Vanderbilt
it that happiness is alone to be found
in work and we believe he is ricbt.
However, it Mr. Vanderbilt ooold
foresee his unhappy life from earlist
childhood he certainly should have
grasped the opportunity to obtain hap
piness by seeking some employment
that would have occupied his mind
and thus tended toward contentment.
If it be true that this millionaire fore
saw tbe life of misery before him sim
ply for the reason that he possessed
untold wealth, rendering work on-
necessy from a pecuniary standpoint,
he certainly owed it to himself to
escape if possible the coming condi
tions even though every dollar be had
should have been sacrificed to that
end. Tbe argument that his treat
ealth "left him nothing to hope for.
nothing definite to see or strive for,"
is puerile and unworthy the great brain
that tbe man is said to possess. There
are thousands of avenues through
which Mr. Vanderbilt could have spent
his money, eacb one of which would
have conduced to bis general happi
ness. We know nothing of the ideas
of charity entertained by this unhappy
millionaire but as it is nobler to give
than to receive it would seem that Mr
anaeroiit could and happiness in
ministering to the needs of the hundreds
of thousands of suffering poor through-
out tbe world. Accordioz to his own
philosophy be woulJ have been happier
if a poor boy. Then, as happiness is
the greatest boon to be sought in this
life why did not Mr. Vanderbilt turn
over his great wealth to those most iu
need aod earn bis living bv the sweat
of bis brow ai God commanded all
men to do. In the face of the fact that
this world renowned money bags holds
on to his gold while at the same time
be argues that wealth is ruinous to
happiness it is proof conclusive that be
clings to tbe former in preference to the
latter, happiness or no happiness.
causing the position assumed in his in
terview to border on comedy.
Hear what Mr. Vanderbilt says iu
answer to tbe query: Is inherited
wealth a handicap to happiness."
"It is as certain death to ambition
as cocaine is to morals. If a man
makes money, no matter how much,
he finds a certain happiness in its
possession, for in the desire to increase
bis business he has constant use for it,
but tbe man who inherits it has none
of this. The first satisfaction and the
greatest, the building of the foundation
of a fortune, is denied bim. He must
labor, if be does labor, simply to add
to what may be an over-sulbciency."
Poor fellow! It is heartrending
to think of him pining away in abso
lute and cankerous misery simplv for
tbe reason that ho h. min:
money and nothing to do. Tbe world
snouid surely sympathize with this
heart-broken man of wealth.
SAM COOK TALKS.
Treated Fairly by State
Ever since Shirley Johns represented
the St. Louis I'ost-Dispatch at Jeffer-
son wty and commenced liimbhsiincT
democrats over the state for not taxing
irancnises, mat newspaper has kept up
the war, regardless of the fact that
there is now a statute on ih i..n.i
books placing a tax on this class of
In anwer to an inquiry as to what be
thought of ibe war the Post-Dispatch
is making on the state board of
equaliziton Secretary of State Sam H
Cook said at Jefferson City last week:
"Most people in the state feel that
the board did fairly well this year In
me assessment of railroad, bridge and
telegraph property. The assessment
exceeded by 310.000.OOO th. h.k.
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figure ever before reached in the state,
the Increase in some instance. i,i
100 per cent. The fact. too. tht ,hi!
class of property is valued bv Willi..
souri board from 40 to 60 nr ..,
higher than in any of the adhin,
states would indicate that the railroads
were not escaping their full share of
the burdens of taxation.
"The Post-Dispatch, however, in its
great solicitation for the welfare of tbt
people, and its great abhorrence for the
soulless corporations, it not at all
pleased with the result and insists on
scolding tbe state board for not malt
ing greater increases. Tbe fact is the
Post-Dispatch seems to be utterly un
able to discuss the subject of taxation
with any degree of fairness or candor.
It makes palpably untrue assertions
with tbe recklessness of the most
For instance, it asserts and re
asserts that real estate and personal
property lo St. Louis is assessed at 70
per cent of its actual value, while tbe
street railroads are- assessed at S3 1-3
per cent. No one knows belter than
the Post-Dispatch that the statement is
"It has been claimed by the board of
assessors of St. Louis that the real
estate of that city is assessed at 70 per
cent and there is more or less founda
tion for this claim. This is done, as
the 'Post-Dispatch well knows, by the
local authorities for local purposes.
But personal property is not only not
assessed at 70 per cent but it is not
valued for taxing purposes at one-half
or one-fourth or in some instances at
one-tenth this figure.
"Let me cite a case in point: Tbe
Joseph Pulitzer Publishing Company
better known as the St. Louis Post
Dispatch, is capitalized at 11,000.000,
fully paid up. Its stock is not on the I
market, but its officers swear it is
worth 100 cents on the dollar. As a
matter of fact, it can not be bought at
that figure. An assessment of 70 per
cent would, therefore, mean a taxable
valuation for the Post-Dispatch of
$700,000. An assessment of 33 1-3
per cent, which is the usual rate
throughout the state, would make
f 333,3.13.33 1-3. Now let us see if the
Post Dispatch tells the truth when it
asserts that personal property in St.
Louis is assessed at 70 per cent. For
the year 1'JuO the Post Dispatch was
assessed at 24,600, upon which it
paid local taxes amounting to f 320 32,
and paid the state ?G1.60. The as
sessment of tho Post Dispatch this year
was increased by tbe local assessors
100, and that great paper will pay
taxes for 1900 on an even $25,000.
Instead, tberelore, of an assessment
of 70 per cent, ibe Post Dispatch is on
an assessment of 1 per cent.
"The board of equalization against
which the Post Dispatch rails, assessed
the street railways of St. Louis at more
per mile than tbe actual cost of con-
struction and equipment, tben added a
franchise value of 122,000 per mile,
making a total assessment of f 44,000
per mile. In other words, a litti
more than half a mile of street railway
pays as much taxes under the assess
ment of the state board as the million
dollar Post-Dispatch payt under tbe
valuation fixed by the city assessor.
The considerate treatment accor
ded tbe Post-Dispatch by the city as
sessors is evidently appreciated by
that journal. Under tbe circumstan
ces it would have been exceedingly
unkind of the Post-Dispatch for it to
have stated the fact in discussing this
important subject that under the law
which required street railways to be
assessed by the local authorities the
street railways of St. Louis were as
sessed at but little above 5,000,000
while the slate board assesses lne
United Railways company alone at
I? 10,500000, or more limn three limes as
"I know of no othcr'taxpayer in tbe
state, farmer, merchant. t,.h,.r-
mechanic, cerporation or what not hi
ousiness may be, who lias attained such
colossal success as a iv ,i.i..
Millionaire Pulitzer's St. Louis million
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