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SEPTEMBER 14, 1905
HcbrasZio. Indopondcnt PAGE 15 JL r W& Cto MDs? wm Lsm& In Dawson and Custer - Counties, Nebraska. This is a rand Opportunity for Investor 6,3 2 5 ACRES OF G HO ICE F ARM LAN D This Land was Owned by Eastern Parties, and has just Changed Hands and thrown on the market for Immediate Disposal. Held for a Quarter of a Century. Now on Sale for the First Time WE'VE BEEN MADE SPECIAL AGENT FOR IT. All of This Land is Black Rich Soil, Averaging in Depth from Five to Twenty Feet. It has no Sand, no Alkali, and no Stone. GROWS FINE CORN, WHEAT, OATS, ALFALFA, ETC., as do the Lands in Eastern Nebraska, ' yyy rj r;;'''Y; V v Kansas or Iowa. -; Price, $12.50 to $30 per Acre. Terms, Half Gash, Balance to suit Purchaser. Each purchaser can make his own selection. First on the ground have first choice. Own your own home. WRITE US. WIRE? US. PHONE US. COME AND SEE US AT ONCE. By Nebraska Real Estate Company t EdmistenMgr Bell Phone, A-904. 1012 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. Auto Phone 1199 DC PEACEFUL WAY OUT INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM AND NOT REVOLUTION People's Sovereignty League Shows ; How Direct Legislation' May Be Ob tained and Why Violent Measures . Are Unnecessary. - The following article is supplied by the People's Sovereignty League: George T. Angell, editor of Our Dumb Animals, who has done such noble work for ; the i establishment, of societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, says: "In regard to the enormous accumu lations of wealth which threaten, if continued, to place nearly all the financial power of theination in few hands. It seems to us that there must be a stop put to this business, either by peaceful legislation or by a vastly more dangerous process. How can it be done peacefully? We think a way ' out of this great national danger may -be found through limiting the amount of property which any one person shall be permitted to hold, and.com- pelling all over that sum to be given to charities or paid Into the public ' treasury for public improvements or ' otherwise." ; ' i Groping in the Dark : This groping in the ' dark after a remedy for existing evils is patnetic. ' To attempt to limit the amount of ' one's property is not the Way out. A glance about the world, shows that Ithis is so. The remedy for concen i tration of wealth is to determine the concentration of political power terminate the rule of the few ma chine rule. This the people have ac complished In Oregon and South Da .feota " and Switzerland. They have taken to themselves a veto power and a direct initiative, which are names for a right to use the direct vote sys tem the referendum. The effect of the direct vote system is a vast improvement and in every direction. The people's representa tives are improved. The legislature procedure brings out the truth, legal privileges are terminated and the tax laws are . revised. These changes have actually taken place and Switzer land is a living example, while the process has commenced in Chicago, Los Angeles and other referendum cities, also in Oregon and , South Da kota. -."A . i Will Prevent Concentration It follows that the establishment of the people's sovereignty is the remedy for wealth concentration. Brother Angell and all other good souls who are thinking of legislation to arbi trarily limit the accumulation of wealth are invited to investigate the history of the referendum. Under existing conditions the estab lishment bf a national referendum by direct amendment "of the constitution is an almost hopeless task. The peo ple must first pledge the national can didates to establish by .ct of congress the advisory : initiative and advisory referendum. This Is the program of the American Federation of Labor, representing one-eicth of the voters of the country; and it is the program of the Pennsylvania State Grange, the People's Sovereignty League and many state leagues. Will Control Corporations With the advisory vote system in stalled the railways will quickly be controlled, also the monopolies of raw material, such as coal and iron ore. Thus the rebates and other special privileges of the industrial trusts can be terminated. Prices to consumers would fall and wages would rise, and with no breaking up of the large plants. Unification of industry will continue but will be firmly controlled in the public interest. Those are peaceful remedies and will ward off the "more dangerous process" that so many patriots fear and the first step is to rely upon the good sense of the many Instead of the few through the initiative and referendum. REDEMPTION OF GRAND RAPIDS Michigan City Has Referendum in Its New Charter Grand Rapids, Michigan, after clean ing her house of grafters is about to put a new - charter in operation, which -will effectually prevent future corruption. The remedy adopted by Grand Rapids is so simple that it is a wonder that every city in the land does not take similar steps. The referendum is the open sesame. It takes away the incentive for graft. The new charter provides that or dinances that pass the city council shall be held up for thirty days to give the voters, by petition of 12 per cent of their number, the right to demand a referendum, It further provides that In granting franchises all ordinances must contain a section providing that, the city, "may pur chase and take over to itself the prop erty and plant of the grantee in Its entirety," at the expiration of the franchise, or at some other time named in the ordinance. Thus the interests of the people are guarded. The referendum clause prevents any ordinance from becom ing effective unless silently or openly approved by a majority of the voters, while the organic law provides that valuable franchises shall terminate at a certain date to then be admin istered by the people themselves or granted again under conditions more favorable to the taxpayers. The gross corruption that has been exposed in Grand Rapids was the means of her redemption, for a c6s poration-controlled state senate would never have passed the new charter if public opinion had not been so full, aroused that to defy it would hate been the downfall of the state ring. The citizens, however, were so dfc termined on reformation that, if the new charter had not been granted fo their satisfaction, they had already determined to operate under that in vention for emergencies, the advisory referendum and advisory initiative, which is the terror of grafters and the means of evading a corporation controlled legislature. ""? GOVERNOR FOLK PAYS HIS FARE Neither He Nor Members of His Staff , Accept Passes From Railroads , Jefferson City, Mo., Sept 99. Gov ernor Folk and his military staff left Kansas City today to attend the Port land exposition. He will pay his own way. The governor will pay his own personal expenses, Including railroad transportation. He will not allow the state commission to pay them as they wanted t odo. " ..The governor also insists that each member of his staff who goes pays his own way. This"wlll be the first time in the history of the state that the governor's staff have borntf their own expenses on an occasion of this kind. The governor takes the position that while the members of his staff are not state officers in the strictest meaning of the statute they are so closely connected with the governor that it would be placing the adminis tration under obligations to the rail roads, which situation he desires to avid. In this the governor takes a positive stand against the use of passes. Since Governor Folk has been In official life he has not used a rail road pass, even when he is outside of the state, where the law does not prevent the use of a pass.