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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT, -
PAYING THE FIDDLER
Republican Victory Followed by Gen
eral Adranc of Freight Kate
Since the "winning of the west,"
which cost the railroads a pretty pen
ny in the way of advertising tax bul
letins, and campaign contributions of
money and passes to the republican
machine, the railroads have decided
that the time Is ripe to increase freight
rates. The following Associated press
dispatch from Chicago, under date of
November 20, tells the tale:
"A meeting was held today of the
general freight agents of all western
roads with a view to restoring the
rates which were In effect January 1,
3 902. Instructions to restore all 'such
rites as could possibly be restored
w re issued by the executive officials
?m& it is stated that they will be car
ried out to the letter.
"Independent of this meeting the
Colorado lines met and began the
work of restoring conditions to Colo
rado common points.
"The plan is to go on the old basis
of rates the first of the year, which
will necessitate the withdrawal of all
the reduced tariffs placed ir, effect since
January 1, 1902.
"Since the issuing of the injunctions
by the United States courts fully 1,200
reduced tariffs have been filed with
the interstate commerce commission
at Washington and are in effect today.
If it is found possible to take out the
majority of these tariffs, the western
roads will enjoy an increased revenue
next year amounting to several mil
lion dollars. Whether the rate rais
ing will go beyond the restoration of
the old tariffs remains to be seen.
"Several reasons are assigned by
railroad officials for a readjustment of
freight schedules, the most important
being the increased cost of material
which is used in railroad construction.
Another is the general raise in wages.
Most railroad officials cannot see why
the cost of every, other commodity
which is for sale" is increased and
freight rates stay down. It is ex
pected that so long as the present ple
thora of freight traffic keeps up the
railroads will be able to maintain
higher tariffs without serious rate
cutting."
This simply means that the produc
ers of Nebraska must pay an addi
tional million or two in freight rates,
without any recourse whatever. Had
the fusion state ticket been elected,
half a million dollars of additional
railroad taxes would have been col
lected, thus relieving the other taxpay
ers of that much burden; but, although
the Issue was squarely presented, the
people who took sufficient interest to
vote at all decided that they care more
for a sham battle over the liquor ques
tion than anything else.
The election of the fusion state ticket
would not have prevented this raise
in interstate rates, but an increase in
railroad taxes would have nullified its
effect to a great extent -But the re
publican victories were essentially
railroad victories, and this gives the
managers encouragement to take a
little more than the traffic will bear
if such a thing is possible. The Inde
pendent has sympathy for the 91,000
men who voted for Thompson, because
they are the unwilling victims of this
railroad robbery, without any hope of
recovering any portion of the amount
stolen; but it has none whatever for
those who voted the republican ticket
or stayed in the cornfields on election
day: they are getting what they asked
for.
At present, while the immense crops
of Nebraska must be to a great extent
marketed, this Increase of rates will
mean a decrease of probably 5 cents a
bushel on corn and 10 cents a bushel
on wheat, and the "traffic will bear"
the higher rate: But after the "major
portion of the crop is in the hands of
the grain combine, rate-cutting will
begin. That will no I help the farmer
who sold a thousand bushels of corn
at a loss of $50. But, as a great many
of the farmers seemed anxious to lose
in this way, let them "grin and bear
it." They must pay the fiddler.
A olisli Usury
Editor Independent: Your request
to spread the light to save the cause
of justice Is at hand, and am sorry to
say that the common people are dead
to the vital issues that alone will save
a free people. My heart bleeds for
them as I write.
God said to His favored people,
"Thou shalt not loan with usury,
neither money nor victual nor any
thing thou shalt loan with usuary."
To say that man can annul this law
by a fixed standard of interest, differ
ing to suit the money manipulation, is
false in the extreme. Does God's law
change to suit the will of man, or
does man to have salvation alter
God's law?
Right here I want to say that our
local republican paper, the Calvert Ga
zette, a few weeks since published &
piece stating that J. Pierpont Morgan
and his firm control six billion dol
lars, and at the same time said that all
the gold coin in the entire world is
only four billions of , dollars. , Now,
suppose Mr. Morgan & Co; should de
mand payment in gold the entire
world could only pay two-thirds of his'
claim, for they must pay in gold if it
Is demanded. Do you know that at 6
per cent interest, the bogus bondhold
ers in sixteen years and a few months
and days would have passing through
their hands the entire wealth of the
United States?
Another law in the same Book, by
the same God, reads that each of his
people should have a portion in the
land of promise. Has not this been
termed the "land of promise," where
we could have civil and religious lib
erty? . The United States stated that a
portion . was 160 acres why not let
this be the limit, if it is to be be
tween government and man, why not
between man and man? God,certainly
Intended for man to live somewhere
in this world or He never in His wis
dom would have created man.
Here Is where the burden lies, and
not in what money is made out of, but
how money can be used. I would say
that law alone makes money, and it is
good only when there is something to
tax and the power to tax and the pow
er to collect By way of conclusion,
remember the King Nabob.
JOSHUA JONES.
Broom's Island, Md.
How Long, Oh How Long!
Editor Independent: Yours of the
12th inst. received." Enclosed please
find 10 cents for three months' sub
scription to The Independent
The Pennsylvania railroad has just
raised the price of wages 10 per cent
all along the line. They make a great
hurrah all over about this; you will
see it in every paper you pick up,
while the national banks get the whole
dollar for nothing and lots of them
and they are exempt from taxation be
sides. The manufacturer, trusts and
combines are protected by tariff laws
that keep out competition from all
other countries by these tariff duties
and are enabled to restrict output to a
point whence they can obtain their
cwn prices for home consumption of
their wares.
While the government protects the
manufacturer from competition, the
same government is giving away hun
dreds of thousands of acres of govern
ment land to alien imigrants to make
competitors for the American farmer.
The protection given to manufactur
ers enables him to double his prices
on the farmer, while they are making
competitors for the farmer that is cut
ting the price of farm products in two
by overproduction.
Manufacturers fix the prices of
wages largely on what it costs the
wage-eajfner to live and by keeping up
the competition among the farmers
they are enabled to fix wages at about
one-half price in this unequal deal
(or discrimination) against the Amer
ican farmer. Roosevelt's irrigation
scheme will make many thousands
more competitors for the farmer. All
working in favor of the trusts, combin
ations, bankers, etc., and against the
farmer and wage-earner who dig all
this wealth out of the ground.
How long, oh, how long, is this un
equal deal to go on?
JOHN T. MARTIN.
Pittsfield, Pa.
(The Independent can agree with Mr.
Martin that alien ownership of Amer
ican land should be stopped. None
but American citizens, either by birth
or naturalization, should be permitted
to own a foot of American soil. But it
cannot agree with him regarding "ov
erproduction" of farm crops. The
world is scarcely ever a year ahead of
starvation at best, and the idea that
it would be made poorer because a few
million acres of arid land should be
made to produce bountiful crops is
not tenable. Perhaps the Pennsyl
vania farmer might have more com
petitors but there would be more
mouths to feed. Ed. Ind.)
A Kind Invitation
Editor Independent: Some time ago
I received a letter from you in which
you write to me as though I had not
been taking your paper. The facts are
I have taken it for some time and ex
pect to take it for some time to come.
I do not take it because I exactly or
at all agree with the ideas your paper
represents, but because your paper
ably represents the principles taught
by the once great people's party. And
although the party is dead, dead, dead,
its teachings live on. The party was
given up as a sacrifice on the altar of
if! h mvir ir K
.-.t he I ian inside
A Maver suit and overcoat don't care which way
the wind blows. He knows
he is proof against north
winds and zero mercury. It
don't cost much either to
have this weather proof pro
tection, $5.50 to $13.50 pays
for suits most dealers get
$8.00 to $20.00 for.
If you want us to show
you the proof of our state
ment send us your address
by first mail and we will
place the evidence in your
hands for your considera
tion. Our mail order trade
is rapidly growing and you
owe it to yourself to get our
prices and examine our sam
ples. You will simply be
suu cm vsovt.i Vaiu aiiU j uu
may be ahead many dollars.
Let us hear from vou.
' " ' Sfcii
MAYER BROS
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA.
our country for the benefit of human
ity.
I did believe in the teachings of the
people's party, but I can't say that I
do any longer. My term of school in
the populist party graduated me in
the teachings of its great representa
tives, but to advance me to the primer
of socialism.
We no longer have any people's par
ty. We must seek a new home. I
could not I would not go back to my
old home in the republican party. I
believe the house that provides a roof
for the democratic party is in a worse
dilapidated condition than even the
republican roof. The teachings of the
people's party here advanced me to
the idea of living in the best home
provided and I believe the socialist
room and house is far superior to any
yet provided and for the first time in
my life I feel fully satisfied with my
political home.
I believe the future political contests
are going to be waged between the
wealth producing classes under the
lead of socialism and the non-wealth
producers, but wealth consumers under
the head of the republican party. I
shall accept any position allotted me
under the flag of socialism, no mat
ter how low, rather than the most ex
alted position under the flag of ex
ploitation. Excuse me for writing you these
rambling sentences, but I could not
neglect the opportunity of attempting
to sow a little seed for the spreading
of the cause of humanity.
I ask you to join your efforts with
the socialist party. You have got to
select a home. You can't think of go
ing back to the old party you re
nounced and left Come go along with
us. Go with the party that says let
all the people own all of the means of
production .distribution and communi
cation in the name of Uncle Sam for
the benefit of all of the people.
You can do columns of good with us
You can do no more good as a pop
ulist Get the gallant leader, Bryan
with whom you seem to be closely as
sociated to lead the democratic part of
the democratic party into the fold of
the greatest democratic party on the
face of the earth the socialist party.
Read! Think!! Act!!!
, J- C. HARKNESS.
Northport, Wash.
(The Independent has no quarrel
with Mr. Harkness or the socialists,
but it has not been convinced that the
collective ownership of all the means
of production is necessary to a rea
sonably complete solution of the pro
blem; and it cannot advicote things It
does not firmly and conscientiously be
lieve in.
As a mere abstract theory a beauti
ful picture can be drawn of socialism.
But the ideal anarchists, going to
the extreme opposite, . can paint one
equally beautiful. Human nature is a
factor that must be dealt with in this
great problem, and nothing practical
can be accomplished which neglects the
passions and prejudices of mankind.
The Independent believes it can see a
sufficiently clear line of demarcation
between some kinds of business and
other kinds, and while naturally in
dividualistic in its leanings, can see
no permanent remedy for existing evils
which does not go to the length of col
lective ownership of such businesses
as require special if not exclusive
privileges. The Independent can joia
hands with the socialists in securing
municipal ownership of water works,
electric lights, street railroads, etc.
It can go with them in securing state
insurance and state stock yards. It
will go with them in securing national
ownership of railroads, telegraphs, etc.,
for thus far both populist and socialist
travel the same road.
The methods employed to bring
about these things, although they
ought not to if honorable, will never
theless cut a great deal of figure. Here
is where human nature, where passion
and prejudice come in. Millions of re
publicans, democrats, populists, social
ists, prohibitionists, and independents
believe in municipal ownership, us
ing that in its generic sense, of what
are termed public utilities or public
services.' But party prejudice pre
ventsor at least has thus far pre
ventedthem from "getting together."
The republican will have none of these
unless they come through his party.
The populist will not go with the so
cialist because the latter wants to go
so far. The socialist will not go with
the populist, because the populist Is
so mjlk and watery" that he will not
go far enough.
Undoubtedly fusion has cast the peo
ple s party into the shadow-it is not
dead, but sleeping. Perhaps not in
this generation will more of the so
cialist demands be secured than what
the populists ask for. Is not It the
part of wisdom for socialists to helo
awaken the people's party? Step by
step one goes a long journey; it can
Ed iTT a Single b0Un(L
wJhhMjinln Dal,y Star' in common
with all other republican papers, is in
dustriously preaching the gospel of
let well enough alone," while at the
same time pretending that the republi
can party is a party of progress. The
stone age" would never have been
passed if man had been content to let
well enough alone.
Readers of The Independent should
examine the advertisements in its col
umns. It will pay you to read them
and take advantage of the bargains of
fered. Always mention The Independent

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