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BEPTEMBEIt 21, 1905 XJhs Nebraska. Indopondcnt PAGE 3 money ? True, but the policy-holder must pay the expenses incurred ia handling the business. Thereupon the members of the ring decide that what they are doing is right. They form the syndicate and pocket the profits. The policy-holders are not consulted as to what shall be done with their money. Although they belong to mutual con cerns they have no voice in the creation or management of the bank ing and brokerage syndicate. . .. But evidences exist that the moralizing officials arc not quite at ease in their consciences. They conceal the existence of the syndi cate as far as they can, and they are able to maintain absolute secrecy a to its methods of operation until an investigation begins. Ihen the truth is wrung from them, but, of course, not the whole truth. The fact that a portion of the profits derived from syndicate transactions is turned over to the insurance companies and, therefore, to the policy-holders, was considered an important point by Mr. Crom well in his defense. It was an important point because it was the only redeeming feature of the whole bad business. But the thief who restores only a portion of the stolen goods has not done his full duty. The members of the private syndicates should Ixf forced to disgorge if the law can make .them do it. If there is no law to stop this kind of theft, New York and all the other states should provide laws that will prevent the formation of banking and brokerage syndicates com posed of insurance officials. ; IS MR. ROCKEFELLER A HUMORIST? That even John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in the world, is not impervious to criticism and that he has a wholesome, even if commercial, respect for public opinion, is evidenced by an inter view which he gave to a newspaper man of Cleveland. There have been not a few indications lately that the Standard Oil magnate has token a leaf from the railway note book and has established a literary bureau of his own. Time was, not many months ago, when writers never mentioned $lr. Rockefeller but to criticise. Now the maga zines and newspapers are printing delightful little stories showing the good side of Mr. Rockefeller, how humane, generous, honest, simple and sincere is this modern Midas. But the interview quoting Mr. Rockefeller, with reference to right-living and success in business is a most remarkable production.. It represents Mr. Rockefeller as advocating infinite patience and courage," both of which qualities the magnate modestly admits he possesses. And who will deny that he has had infinite patience in the destruction of competitors and of those who hae offended him? But many will.be inclined to doubt that he possesses "infinite cour . age," although everyone will readily, admit that he has what is best described by the words "gall and nerve." Mr. Rockefeller, tells a pious story about himself' when a boy. He would not falsify figures for lake: captains,-although it was cus tomary. He was a good young man and would not be dishonest. And yet as a captain of industry Mr. Rockefeller has compelled young men to falsify figures in his own offices and in railway offices. Standard Oil has made dishonest men of public officials and officials in railway companies and corporations. To Standard Oil and its head must be attributed suicides of business men ruined by Standard Oil machinations.. To Standard Oil and its head must be attributed shattered reputations, pauperism, dishonesty and un faithfulness in public office and 'private life, and much crime and more misery. And yet our hero cultivated honesty, integrity and loyalty when he was an humble shipping clerk. Strange perversion that can prompt others to be dishonest and disloyal and yet can guard these virtues in one's own life! - The good Mr. Rockefeller also offered to explain why he had been exclusive. It was not that he disliked mankind, but because lie cared little for any sociability except that which he found in mingling with his near friends and the members of his "home church." The falling rain suggested to Mr. Rockefeller that he loved nature, and he made a poetic and pensive allusion to the com ing of the autumn. He also informs us that he likes to ride his wheel across the golf links and he regrets that cruel winter puts a stop to his outdoor life. The reporter concludes his write-up with these words: "He was a picture of a well groomed old gentleman at peace with the world, who loved people and enjoyed life." Behold this friend of mankind I He loves "people" and he is at peace with the world, though the world is at war with him. He forgives the people for their fickleness in hating a man who loves them and who shows his love by talking about it through a megaphone that carries his voice to the four corners of the world. It is true he does not show his love for men by trying to make men happier be cause he has lived, but he says that he loves them, and when the richest man in the world has spoken what use to denounce and deny? "Money mad," said Mr. Ilanna a few years ago. "Money mad. Sane in all things else, but money mad." That is perhaps the best description of Nr. Rockefeller ever published, and yet Mr. Rockefeller is not quite sane in everything else. In spite of the fact that he was officially knighted as a humorist by the newspaper folk who called on him at "Forest Hill' a few davs ago, Mr. Rockefeller has so little sense of humor that he cannot see how funny his inconsistencies must strike the average man of sound mentality. And yet it is possible that Mr. Rockefeller was trying to be funny when he gave out this interview so that he might live up to his lately-won reputation of being a humorist. WHEN THE SHOE PINCHES American manufacturers of agricultural implements have called Secretary Root's attention to the fact that Argentine is about to place a duty of 25 per cent on parts of agricultural machinery. American machinery, it is stated, has been sold cheap in Argentine because the manufacturers . made considerable profit by supplying parts for repairs. Secretary Root has been requested to protest against the imposition of the proposed tariff. - ' Upon what grounds the protest,, if made,, will be based, is some thing that will cause even our astute secretary of state a bad half hour: The impartial observer will be inclined to gay that it requires an astonishing amount of brass on the part of the American manu facturer to protest against the imposition by a foreign country of a prohibitive tariff or of any tariff. There is an evident disposition both in Europe and South Amer ica to retaliate against the United States because of our prohibitive tariffs. A natural and altogether to-be-expected stage has arrived in the evolution of the tariff question. When we were able to pinch others with our tariff we took our pound of flesh and made-merry at the expense of our neighbors. But now that our neighbors have gone in for pinching we squirm and protest. "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," say these inexorable neighbors. Are the manufacturers who desire the state department to protest enlisted in the ranks of the standpatters ? Undoubtedly most of them are of that brood, for agricultural implements entire and in all their parts are protected by prohibitive tariffs. What will these men offer to Argentine in consideration of a continued free and unrestricted market for their wares. They will be pleased to sell their machinery at the prevailing low prices, so low, indeed, that, the Argentine farmer buys our implements much cheaper than they can be bought by the farmers of this country. Therefore, the state department is asked to uphold the tax on the American farmer while preventing, or attempting to prevent, a tax on the Argentine farmer. A dispatch from Manila states that the "professional agitators for independence" were given a hearing by the congressmen. When our revolutionary forefathers agitated for independence the English called them rebels, but on this side of the water they were called patriots. How time changes the point of view! That was a scathing letter President Roosevelt sent to the news paper man who wrote a fake interview. Has anyone heard of the president sending a similar letter to Paul Morton or Francis B. Loomis ? President Roosevelt should now let fly his dove of peace in the direction of John D. Rockefeller and Thomas W. Lawson. Later Miss Tarbell might be included in the negotiations. John D. Rockefeller advises his Sunday school pupils not to be "good fellows," and if there is any one in this country who knows how not to be a good fellow it's J. D. R. Will the republican nominee for judge of the supreme court "let-on" that he does not care for railway support ? Is John D. Rockefeller behind the destruction of the Russian oil fields, Mr. Lawson ? The railways are preparing to foreclose their mortgage on the United States senate. Cummins and Shaw of Iowa are now taking shot3 at the presi dential target.