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r 1 v 11 in Hi iiii 'iii I ii i . . w w n in i ii ii ii ftp GEORGE W. BERGE, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER Volume 18 Lincoln, Nebraska, September 21, 1905 Plat fa runs and Pass Ho m Number 10 ers Last week the republicans of Kebraska held their state conven- They have no sympathy with those who are stirring up this agitation, tion. They nominated a candidate for judge of the supreme court Every pass-holder, therefore, who voted for the adoption of any kind and two candidates for regents of the State University, and rlid so, not because he sincerely wanted that adopted a platform. Both in . the nomination of a candidate i ; jd J. n , ,oa, t - "' ' rhipnedi judge' and in the adoption of a platform there was a spirited contS5CSr"-4itm 4uLJl, UCZiSSc-itrr: .ota a The most significant. thinff, however, about the whole convention is political Standpoint. I wov..'. i ..iivmir . . the world . .... that it was compelled to give recognition of public sentiment on the pass question. There is nothing significant about the resolution it self because it is meaningless. The significant thing, however, is the fact that any hind of a resolution was passed at all. This is a hopeful sign and no one in the state rejoices more than I do'over this fact. It must be borne in mind, however, that the republican state convention this year, the same as all previous years, was composed largely of old time pass-holders. That old time pass-holders are not sincere when they adopt anti-pass resolutions needs no argument. The fact is they have no sympathy with this anti-pass movement. iC T AA nnt YuAt rtt if iri n oKctj'1- ;'rMil' To prove my assertion let me ask a few questions. Where were you, Mr. Pass Holder, when this public sentiment was made against the free pass that now is so overwhelming and strong in Nebraska ? Did you, Mr. Pass Holder, while you had the passes in your pockets, utter one word to give encouragement to the movement ? Is it not a fact, Mr. Pass Holder, that on every occasion and whenever opportu nity offered you frowned upon every word that was said against free passes? I will pay a reward of $ldO to any one in the state ( Continued, on Page 0) The Free Pass Bribery System 99 Is the Title of a New Book GEORGE W. BERGE As Us title indica tes this booh tells the whole dramatic storj of the briber influence of tlie free railroad pass. The story tells astounding facts that the people, should know. It reads like an exciting novel. In vivid language it portrays how the railroads, through the free pass bribery system, have procured the government away from the people; how pass-holding of ficials have entered into a conspiracy with the railroads to de feat the people's will; how the pass-holders have been in, fact a policing squad for the railroads to protect the railroads in their extortionate freight and passenger rates charged the peo ple; how the pass-holders are controlled by professional lobby ists who herd tJvem as a sheep herder watches over a flock of sheep; how these lobbyists, through the passes in the pockets of the officials, organize and control the legislature, state officials, judges, and, all city and county officials; how the pass bribery system makes conspirators, prejurers and grafters of all who thrive under the system. The following are titles to some of the chapters: THE FREE PASS SYSTEM IS A CONSPIRACY. . TREASON OF OLD TIME PASS HOLDERS. THE SEDUCTIVE INFLUENCE OF THE FREE PASS. PASSES AND PERJURY. PASS BRIBERY LEADS TO GRAFT. STATE INSTITUTIONS IN GRIP OF PASS BRIBERY SYSTEM. THE FREE PASS HOLDERS A POLICING SQUAD FOR THE RAILROADS. HOW FREE PASS AGENTS ORGANIZE AND CONTROL THE LEGISLATURE. TJie book in popular language gives the reader all the f and amental objections to this vicious system. M r. Berge has given the question exhaustive study and no one is better able to write upon the subject than he is. "Death to the free pass bribery system" was the keynote of his campaign in 1904 when he was can didate for governor of XebrasJca. The seed Uiat he th en sca t tered lias not only talctn root bu t is already bearing f ruit. Hie people begin to see that this bribery system must be destroyed before they can again assert their influence in government. The book should be in every library. Every reader of The In dependent' should have it. Every student of politics should luivc it. It is the only book ever written upon the subject and everybody will want to read- it, It contains more than 300 pages bound in heavy cloth. . The Price of the Book -is $1.00, -By Mail, "Postage Prepaid. TO NEW OR OLD SUBSCRIBERS TO THE INDEPENDENT One Year's Subscription to The Independent $1.00 The Free Pass Bribery System - - - $1.00 ' . TJie book is now in the press and will be ready for delivery in about two weeks. Orders for the book will be filled in the order in which they are received. Orders a. r already coming in ewnd readers of tho Independent are urged to send their orders In at one so thm.t thy will ft thlm boek from th Hr&t cLtin. REMiTTAwcEs tsust accoripamy ordeks. Address, THE INDEPENDENT, Lincoln, Nebraska.