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PEBEUARt 25, 1904.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT SlaugfeUr of tbs Innmnts Editor Independent: - The mortuary statistics of tbe city of Berlin show that among the wealthy aristocracy the death rate of children under five years is 57 per thousand, while among the poor it is 357 per thousand. This wouid imply that among : the poor three children out of every ten die for no other reason than that they are poor. What a -commentary upon our vaunted material progress. Our boasted twentieth century civiliza tion out-Herods Herod, for it kills 20 per cent of all poor children under five years of age, while that cruel king murdered only 60 per cent of those under two. " In New York city 15,o00 infants die annually for want of fresh air. Yet there are In the United States 1,700, 000,000 acres of unused land,. or more than enough to give an acre of breath ing, space to every human on the face of the earth. Labor today Is 15 times as produc tive as in our freat-grandfalher's day. Yet never a child in that day died for lack of fresh air. Here is a problem: Why is it that labor producing 15 times as mucn, with the same effort, as a century ago, there I ever deepening poverty Evi dently it is not on account ot man's lack of industry or productivity. Manifestly, tbe law of diet button must be at fault. Manhattan I?land was bought from . the Indians for $24 worth of beads, knives, tomahawks, etc. Today the site of that island, exclusive of im provements, is assessed for taxation at three billion dollars. And who will say that the assessment repre ' sents the true market value? All the agricultural land (exclusive of im provements) owned by all -ho farm ers In the United Stales, would not sell for as much as the assessed value , of Manhattan borough, in 'ar eater New York. The 2,000,000 residents of Manhat tan borough pay to the 19,000 owners of that borough the prodigious sum of $200,000,000 annually as ground rent for the bare riht of living or doing business on that little patch of earth. The bulk of it goes to thf descendants of those wooden-shod Dutc'imeu who cultivated the land in the early days , Five per cent of it Is appropriated by . the Astor family alone. - 1- Do these J.9,000 owners of Manhat tan borough, produce tWs $200,000,000 annual ground rtnt? If all cf them were in, insane , asylums, or peniten tiaries, or in the?r graves, , wouldn't the site of the island ba quite as val liable? If these owners do no more toward producing thesa values than do the millions of their fellow-citizens, why should they be permitted to appropriate them? Barely one-half of Miuhatan bor ough is built upon. Within a radius of 20 miles of the city are, hundreds of thousands of acres of unused lands sufficient to afford' ample dwelling room and breathing space for all of ;Nev York's congested millions. If the $200,000,000 ground jent now confiscated annually by New York's 19,000 owners, without any equivalent whatever, except the bare permission to live on the earth wnlc!j tney did nt make, were -appropriated by so ciety, in place of taxe3, and if this plan were extended to the remainder of the state and nation as well, no land inside or outside of New York city would be held out of use for which there was demand. This vas sum would meet all the requirements of public revenue and enable the city to take over al public utilities, sup plying water, light and urban trans portation at cost. Unused land in and aroupd the city could be had simply by paying the taxes (annual ground rent) on it. With cheap traction fervlce and ac cesslble land, thousands would buile their own homs In the suburb?. Rents would drop and people would no long er be obliged to live In humm rook eries, whole families in a single, bad- HOW'3 THIS? We otTer One Hundred Dollars Re ward for any case of Catarrh U.t can net be cured ny nau catarrh cure F. J. CHENEY A CO., Prop , Tohdo. O. Wi. the undersigned, have known F. J. Cheney fcr the last 15 years, and believe him perfectly honorable In al buinu traduction and financially able to enrrv out any obligation onde t-v their firm. West Trim. Wholfisle nru!Mi Tolr'o, O. WaKlinr. Klnnan A Manrlo, Whole uln DruKKiat. ToI?da O lUlli Catarrh C re li tlrn Inter nally, acting directly upon the blond and mucous virf.nve ef th ytm. INrte. 7& I r NMle. Sold by all drug gist TmUmonlaU fr, IUU'1 Kamllv I'lIU a' the best. v ventilated room, where the sun shine cannot enter. Then' no Infant would die in New York for want of fresh air. Private anprooriation of ground rent is responsible for the terrible in fant mortalitv among the pocr. Ac cording to the latest assessment re turns. S600.000 000 worth of buildings and. other permanent improvements now stand on the site or Mannauan Island as a concrete, 'tangible monu ment to the unflagging energy-of cignt venerations of New Yorkers. Think of it: the labor of eight generations of the people of a great city nets' 5600,000,000. worth of improvements, while the tribute-taking power oi l per cent, of this population yields the same amount in three years This S200.000 100 annually should be distributed equally among all in pub lic benefits. Then the remainder of what labor produced would be distri buted, through natural channels, to each in proportion to the service lie rendered in the satisfaction of human wants. If Henry George's single tax program were aDclied throughout tbe country labor wculd receive 100 per cent of its product.. It would receive 15 times as much as It did a century ago. .- ; ' "The beneficiaries of privilege, to quiet the still, email voice of con science, dole out an Infinitesimal mite of their unearned tribute toward a fresh-air fund, to take a hanc'ful of the children, who survive the murder ous effect of tbe plundering srstem by which they profit, to the country for a day's freeh air. When thev enable a few of their fellow-heirs to nature's bounties thus to secure a few breaths of fresh air, they take great credit to themselves and herald the act as com mendable philanthropy. The mayin this deceive some of tneir neighbors and victims; they may even succeed In deceiving themselves; but if there reigns a Just God, who enjoins. "Harm not one of tbse, for of such is the kingdom of heaven," they assuredly do not deceive Him. v "Woe unto you, scribes and Phari sees, hypocrites! for ye devour wid ows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; therefore ye shall re ceive the greater damnation." "Woe unto you, scribes an..' Phari sees, hypocrites! for ye are l'ke unto whited sepulchres, which indeed ap pear beautiful outward, but are with in full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness." "Ye -serpents, ye generation of vip ers, how can ye escape Ihe damnation of hen?" . Our Mother Earth provides bonnti fully for all he children. A few have appropriated hsr bounlios to them selves and levy toil upon t?eir lel-low-heirs all above a living- for the privilege of using them. None should die of hunger", or for wan' of fresh air. There is a remedy. Henry ueore has disvered it. Let us ap ply it. Join the new crusade for the rights of man! The land for the peopie! In dustrial emancipation! The abolition of poverty! Free literature explaiaing the great moral issue with a fiscal name can be had by addressing the oingia Tax In formation Bureau, 1467 Bedf-rd ave., urooKiyn, N, Y A. FREELAND. Mt Pleasant, Tenn. SPECIAL MARKET LETTER FROM NYE ft BUCHANAN CO.. LIVE STOCK COMMISSION MER CHANTS. SO. OMAHA, NEB. Cattle: ' As was feared the- slight advance of last week brought very heavy receipts of cattle for three days this week and the 20c advance is lost and 10 to 20c more with It In eome cases. We believe the man who hangs on and finches cattl will be a w.nner. We quote good choice corn-fed steers $4.23 to $4.C5, fair $3. CO to $4.23, common short-fed $3.25 to $3.fc0. Stock steers In small supply nd prices firm. Good fat cows and heifers $3.00 to 13.40. Common cows $2.00 to 42.80, cannere $1.40 to $2.00. bteer stock calves $3.50 to $4 00. htif ilk. $1.00 to $1.25 less, veal $4.75 to $3.75. Bulls 3.25 to $3.50. Sheep: Market steady. Receipts liberal. Choice UnfiH.bod. Unit $5.r-0O $4 75-5.2 Yearling 4.S3-k25 4.50-4.75 Wethers 4 55-4 CD 3 75-4.25 Kwm , 3.50-4,00 S.viO-3.40 Hors: Market has been attong. Ranee, $5.00 to $5.43. Cancers Curod Why mtftVr rain end tih from f sneer? Ir. T. ()'( Verier etiree rnrra, tuttmr end wm; pi knife, Mood or rUt. Add re 13111 HU Uncoln, Nhrea, We Are Pleased to Announce That Mr. El on W. Nelson has been engaged ai manager of our store. The Nebraska readers of The Indepen dent will remember Mr. Nel-on as a clerk in Governor Holcomb's office, 1895-1890 as deputy commissioner of public lands and buildings under "Uncle Jake" Wolfe, 1897-1900 ; and as deputy clerk of the supreme court from that time until coming to us last November. He will also be remembered as very actively connected with the Populist State Committee headquarters, 189G, 7 and 8, and as secretary of lhat committee in 1899, when Judge Holcomb was elected by over 15,000 ma jority; and as having been elected chairman of the same committee for 1902, but resigned on account of state duties. Mr. Nelson will be glad to hear from his old polit ical friends, to send them catalogues, samples, and to have their busines for this store. He personally guar antees every representation in our ads, catalogues, or -otherwise to be absolutely fair and to see to it that all of your business here is satisfactory. He is anxious to -succeed in his new work and hopes that you will help him with your patronage. It is to your interest to trade 'here.. The goods are right so are the prices. Mr. Nel son will very heartily appreciate your trade, by mail or in person. Life Insurance For Renters This article is addresced to renters ttho have an ambition to own a home. 'Home!" How the word thrills us! vith what pleasure we even antici pate some day possessing a home of our very own. It may seem far in the ;uture, but with ordinary prudence, and foresight, is quite within the reach of all. Read this' article and net upon it, and you can make provision where by, even though you should die with in the next ten days, your wife will receive money sufficient to buy her a home. If you live a staled number of years, we will pay you a sum which will guarantee you a home. vVe will suppose that you are thirty-three years of age and the farm you live upon is worth $30 per acre. If tho landlord from whom you rent should propose to permit you to stake eff forty acres of the land and execute a bond for the deed specifying, if you pay $1.63 per acre every yar for 20 years, over and above the rent you are now paying, and In case of your death, even though it be within the first year, to cancel all deferred pay ments and deed your family the land free of Incumbrance, and if you live twenty years and make twenty pay ments of $1.63 on each acre of land, not only to deed you tbe forty acreti, but hand over to you the net earnings from it after the taxes, and repairs have been paid, would you accept tbo proposition ? Remember, this guaran tees a home free of -ebt to your fam ily In event of your death and It guar antees a bom to you with the net earnings from the land if yon live 20 yrirs. Is It not true, that If you can ntt lay aide $1.C3 per acre for 20 yenn, paying $32X0 per acre fcr land orth $50, you can nevir hopo to pay (ui a bom on any terraa or con II t'rn? If you will pay The Old tine lUnkcrt Life Insurance Company, cf Mbraaka, $33 20 per year, which la rq ial to $t.C3 per acre on forty atrei of land, they will give you bonj ie cured by ft di'pmlt of approved s curl tlea with the tlate of Nebraska, guar anteeing to pay your wife, or any rr on yon rniy name, $2,000 In cash wht-n you dio. ThU rroney will pay for forty ar of Uud at $:0 r a re. li foil il twrnty year and make 20 fayutfoU of VXD fvvh, which l equivalent to paying $32.60 per acre for forty acres of land, this company will pay you the guaranteed, itserve and surplus, estimated at $2,06.42. By 'ais method you can secure a hciisa--for your wife and little ones, cvdn though you may not be spared to P&--; for it. Without this or similar protec- I tion vour wife and children will sea tr.nny dark and gloomy days when ha Ircowe you are now producing has ccap.'d. Where will they live? Who will cart for them, who will educate, clothe, and feed your children? It 18 your duty to provide for their future. You can do this by buying a policy in The Old Line Bankers Lite Insur ance. Company, of Lincoln, Neb. , If you die without it, the land own er will move your family, but if you have a policy, we will furnish them the money to buy a home. If you live twenty years, your earning powers will begin to. wane. We will give you a bank account at the time you most need it. Please permit our representative to explain a bond to you. Remember, we write insurance from two to ten dollars per thousand per year less premium and return to you ten to twenty per cent more money than eastern companies pay. Before clos ing a contract elsewhere, either see our agent or, write The Old Line Bank ers Life Insurance Company, of Lin coln, Neb. " Reduced Rites South The Missouri Pacific will hare two more cheap excursions on March 1 and IS to Arkansas, Texas, Loulelana, Oklahoma and New Mexico at rate of one fare plu $2 for the round trip. Arkansas and Louisiana offer great er opportunities at present than any other section of the country to tecum the best fruit Qd farming Undj on earth at ridiculously low pricfs. Illustrated and descriptive pamph let free. Call at the city ticket office, 3. W. Cor. 12th and O tta., or aJdr F. t. COHNKl.L, P, & T. A., Uncoln. Neb. wTri-.rm?m'i, rtit to trav. l t"f t rth'hrl tin In ft rmt, rHint mi fi'ii trihnit i I f nl I eml l-ftlf. NIfT pi Uli Mpon n n 14itt'cl. ni.,f rtnnitt tittnt u.-.'til an. rttthtnf. Un tr. -rt nl w tiu tf, t'fjl. , liilr! tk'ur, j.v