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JUNE 29, 1905
XJho Nebraska. Indopondcnt FAGS 5 trict He refused to store grain for the fanners and lie refused to outbid any dealer who had become a party to the original agreement. Heavy penalties were enforced against those who in any way 'departed from the agreement. The independent dealer, who refused to abide by the trust rules, was boycotted and the association "went after his scalp." In many instances the association got the scalp and the independent dealer was forced out of business. Even where the independent dealer was able to continue in business despite trust machinations, his profits were reduced to a minimum. But in nearly every case the independents were forced to fall into line with trust methods or to sell out. v Under such a regime the Nebraska farmer must always sell at a low price. If the trust can dominate the grain business of Nebraska and the evidence seems to show that it can the farmers cannot reap the full benefit of any favorable change in natural conditions. iWhen prices should be high the trust, by its artificial pressure, will keep them down. Apparently this has been the situation since 1901, and yet so secretly was the association formed and so quietly did it operate, that the people of Nebraska did not know that an elevator trust with a state-wide influence existed until Thomas D. Worrall filed his suit. , . - It is to be hoped that the suit will be pushed home, that a complete expose of trust methods and past operations "will be made,, and that all the power of the state's anti-trust laws and of the com mon law will be wielded to smash this offensive and oppressive combine. . . , WHEN MICKEY GOES TO KANSAS What will Governor Mickey talk about when he attends the reform meeting at Ottawa, Kansas? Thomas W. Lawson will talk about the crimes of the "system," Governor LaFollette about his fight against railroad rule, Governor Folk about his struggle with graft and the lobby, Governor Hoch about Kansas' contest with the Octopus, and William Travers Jerome about law enforcement in New .York. . -V ' But when Governor Mickey goes to Kansas what will he say and what will he do? Will he tell how he wrestled mightily with the corrupt railway lobby and overthrew it? Will he tell how he spurned free transportation and was a consistent foe of railway domination ? ,,: Will he tell how he discharged an inspector who graniea iavors to oianaara uin win ne ten now ne eniorcea tne anti-trust laws of the state, how he made the Burlington road pay its just share of taxes and -how he has always battled against cor ruption in politics? - If he tells these things the people of the Sunflower state will bo cheered by the glad tidings from the sister state. Lawson, Folk, LaFollette, Hocfy and Jerome will be possessed with a great joy to know that a new Hercules has arisen to scrub elean the Augean stables of corrupt Nebraska politics. But the people of Nebraska, what will they say and what will they do? Alas, they will only smile arid, go on their way, wondering. v STILL DEFYING THE PEOPLE The members of the state equalization board have again com promised and the railways have again - escaped being assessed at their just valuation. While a final vote has not been taken the various assessments have been practically determined. The only important increase has been in the assessment of the Union Pacific, whose valuation has been fixed at $12,000 a mile. This will increase the total valuation by $r,000,000. The Burling ton assessment will remain the same for each mile of road. The state board was divided into factions. While Eaton, Gal usha and Searle opposed an increase in Union Pacific valuation, the governor and Treasurer Mortensen were equally careful with refer ence to the Burlington assessment. A noteworthy departure from former methods of assessment was the assessing of railways that operate in Nebraska by paying rental for trackage rights and ter minal facilities. This will add a small sum to the state revenues. On the whole, however, the roads have fared just as well as they did last year. None of them has been assessed on a valuation above sixty per cent of its real value. While the assessors in the various " counties are being urged to let no taxable property escape and to make sure that all property is assessed at a fair cash valua tion, the railroads still defy the people. John N. Baldwin of the Union Pacific, who is now fighting last year's assessment in court, lias already intimated that his road will fight the increased assess ment of this year. , The people of Nebraska are compelled to pay out large sums each year in litigation against criminals. This they do for the pro tection of society. The money taken from the people in taxation is used for this purpose and it is money well spent. But the rail ways of the state do little for the protection of society. Th6y de prive the state of money that could be used not only to fight crime, but to provide institutions for those unfortunates who are mentally, morally or physically defective. In view of this, the people may well ask whether the railways are not the most potent influenco for anarchy in the state. The people have never really awakened to a true understanding of how railway disloyalty in Nebraska affects the welfare of every individual in the state. Wlien they fully appreciate how much the railways aro doing to restrict individual liberty and happiness there will be a revolt that will bring the railway ringleaders of mis rule to their knees. The time is fast approaching when the railways will be forced to disband their lobbies, withold their free transporta tion and pay their just share to maintain the commonwealth. The time is at hand in Wisconsin and the next session of congress will reveal more clearly to the people of all the states how the railways may be made subject to law. , , EXPLOITING THE EQUITABLE When writing his indorsement of Paul .Morton, the president was so far betrayed by his fervent friendship that he penned a splendid advertisement for the Equitable Life Assurance society, of which Mr. Morton is to become the chief executive officer. Presi dent Roosevelt commended the arrangement by which three emi nent trustees will have power to vote the majority holding of stock, which was purchased from James H. Hyde by Thomas F. By an. Simultaneously with the issuance of the president's report on the Santa Fe rebate case, Francis Hendricks, superintendent of insurance for the state of New York, also issued a report. In it he unreservedly condemned the very plan which President Roosevelt commended. He declared that the arrangement would not restore the confidence of the policyholders, and added: "In my opinion the one thing that will restore that confidence and benefit the company will be the elimination of stock control, and what I deem of equal importance, the elimination of WTall street control." . - . ' Mr. Hendricks holds that nothing short of complete mutual- ization will satisfy the policyholders and secure new business for the society. ' . Reviewing the society's history, Mr. Hendricks reveals graft in rentals, syndicates that bought and sold Equitable securities with great profit to syndicate members, padded payrolls and -big frauds ' in advances to agents. In one instance-a physician was carried on the books as a medical director at a salary of $25,000 a year, for thirteen months after his death. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the company's career is the fact that it is still solvent although its finances have been ex ploited constantly to pay' great profits to an inside ring. We hang the man who slays his brother in cold blood, but we pay tribute to the railway magnates who are responsible for many; deaths, having failed to make use of safety appliances. And no less do we pay tribute to the men who adulterate foods and whose vic tims each year could be piled in a hecatomb as high as anyfhat might be made of the corpses on a Manchurian battlefield. C'-' Norway is still trying to beguile some one into being king. It Norway will insert the word "president" in its" standing want ad it will no doubt receive some satisfactory replies. There is some "kicking"-in the American navy just now about, the kind of food served, but it is not likely that any of the boya will join a foreign navy on that account. :. It is to be hoped that at least there will be an armistice dv clared between the Russian and Japanese peace representatives when they meet, in Washington. ' . The man who interests himself in his work may fail, but tho man who fails to interest himself in his work can never succeed. In one -respect John D. Rockefeller and Shakespeare are equal as much has been written about one as about the other. Anarchy will soon be czar and autocrat of all the Russias.