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SEPTEMBER 21, 1905 PAGE S Worcester had a great industry which was managed there. It goes into a trust and the management moves to New York; while the work done may be partially taken from Wor cester and put into plants somewhere else nearer the raw material supply. The trust regime has caused a veritable exodus of offices and managers and wealthy industrial undertakers from Chicago to New York. So of many other places. Such seems to be the nature of the prosperity we have been enjoy ing of late a prosperity of centralizing ten dencies, which favor the few among individ uals and places at the expense of the many. This is trust prosperity, and it is the kind which our national commercial policy espe cially nurtures. CROWNING MR. ROCKEFELLER Editorial writers have observed that John D. Rockefeller is not getting the worst of it in the press nowadays. Edifying stories emenating from Cleveland, show how greatly the good oil king has been maligned. The Chicago Public sus pects that he has secured a press agent: Silent as the deepest depths of silence 'was John D. Rockefeller when Miss Tarbeli told the criminal origin of his fortune, and . Lawson exposed its criminal uses. But si lence has proved a flimsy shield. Rockefel lerism was fast becoming a synonym for all that is heartless and wicked In American plutocracy. That wasn't pleasant, and at last the silence is broken. Not directly; not de fensively; but with the skill who has shrewd ly "advised that the people be allowed to think what they please of the Rockefeller expos ures, provided they learn to think well of Rockefeller himself. If this is not the mean ing of the recent overwhelming flood of Rock efeller dispatches from Cleveland then the journalistic signs are out of joint. It appears to be very cleverly done. But alas, is it not too late? In his latest statement he displays a con fidence that "all things come around in time," and that posterity will crown his memory with the .laurels which this generation de nies. ' By a process of self -hypnotism Mr. Rocefeller has become convinced of his "in finite patience and courage and honesty." He says that these qualities "compel men to have confidence in you." He Is no hypocrite, for a hypocrite is conscious of his false pre tensions. Mr. Rockefeller has no qualms of conscience. It is not likely that his nancial success would have been so remarkable if he had. He regards himself as a pattern to the young, his career as one to be imitated. It Mr. Rockefeller's mental perspective were not distorted, if his great -abilities had been only directed in channels of public usefulness, he would not have to satisfy his human crav ings for public approval by an appeal to pos terity. The present regard of the people would be his reward. New York World. Mr. Rockefeller's warning against the baneful influences of good fellowship is al most pathetic. "Don't be a good fellow. Don't be convivial always ready to pitch in -and help the crowd. Be moderate. Be very mod erate. Don't let good fellowship get the least hold on you. It is my conviction that every downfall is traceable directly to the victim's good fellowship, to his good cheer among his friends. We have to apologize every day for this class of men. Look on them, and don't be a good fellow." Had he gone just a little farther Mr. Rockefeller would have fully expounded a wonderful creed. More , positiveness would be found in his warning had he added: "Stand aloof from the rest of the world. Shun your fellow man and fel low woman. Don't let it matter to you that they are of the same flesh and blood as you. Don't let the. fact that you are all of one great family influence you In the least. Your place is alone if you want to succeed. Let no suspicion of a fellow feeling for the rest of mankind taint your character. Stand aloof. Regard the rest of the world through cold and critical eyes. Think only of your own im mediate aggrandizement. Then you may get rich." Considering his experience with the world it would seem that Mr. Rockefeller should be more enlightened as to the use and abuse of the phrase "good fellowship." He should know that the good fellowship of the saloon Is no more representative of real good fellowship than the saloon is representative of the highest type of club. He should know that fellowship with its toleration and sym pathy is, of all things, what is needed in this age of competitive life. But he says in his interview, "It has been imperative that I deny myself the associations with people that I have naturally enjoyed. I have never been a clubman, and have not frequented places where people generally go for company." He has never had time to know the feeling ot fellowship. Chicago Tribune. REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION The republican convention in Lincoln, Neb., nominated Judge Letton of Fairbury for Judge of the supreme court and adopted a platform which declared in general terms against free passes. The Columbus Telegram thinks it was railway victory The advent of the Rock Island political machine in Nebraska will be regarded with interest. In those states where the Rock Island has large mileage it has established what is said to be the finest political machine shops ever erected. In Iowa no man dare aspire to a state office without the consent of the Rock Island. In Kansas and Oklahoma it is said that the Rocl: Island controls the political situation as certainly as the Burling ton controls in our own capital city. The funny feature of the republican state conven tion was the adoption of a platform denounc ing the railroad political pass, and then nom . inating for supreme judge a man who for years has been recognized as one of the best champions of railroad " political interests a man who probably never paid a cent for rail road fare since he began practicing law in Nebraska. It has been said that politics makes strange bed-fellows. It indeed looks strange to see our old friend, Judge Letton, prince of the Rock Island brigade, in the same bed with an anti-pass platform. At a loss to find anything else to say re garding the attitude of the republicans in this state on the pass question, the fusion or gans are vociferously insisting that the rail road politicians are fathering the scheme for ulterior motives. If the republican party ' should declare for government ownership of railroads and the confiscation of railroad property by the people these same newspapers would charge that it was a plot concocted by the railroads themselves. Funny critters, these fusion editors. Central City Nonparlel. With the single exception every action taken by the convention was dictated by the railroad bosses. It was, in the first place, the biggest assemblage of annual pass-holders ever gathered under one tent on Ne braska soil. At no other convention has there ever been seen so many railroad claquers. Present as delegates were a large majority of the members of the late unspeakable legis lature, and the most of the other delegates were of the same stripe. Probably a majority of the entire number carried "annuals" and nine-tenths of the remainder were present on trip passes. And it was this conglomeration that, with snickers of mirth at their own ef frontery, declared against the "pass evil." The railroads made Lieutenant Governor Mc- -Gilton temporary chairman and then they made him permanent chairman. His speech was the poorest excuse for even a non-com- mittal partisan speech ever conjured up, con sisting of cheap glorification of the G. O. P. and nothing more. Its most telling point was the statement that the republican party is composed of "fallible men." Had there been an adjective beginning with the fourth letter of the alphabet before the "fallible" the Doug las county giant would have given birth, then and there, to an immortal epigram. The reso lutions committee was made to order and plugged to size. Its chairman, the redoubt able "Paddy" Miles of Sidney, is division at torney for the Union Pacific railroad. E. C. Harris of Chadron, another member, was di vision superintendent on the Elkhorn under the Burt management. C. G. McConoughey, postmaster at Holdrege, is a Burlington, henchman and pass-peddler, dating from the year 1. John L. Webster of Omaha is John L. Webster. These comprised a majority of the committee. The remaining three mem- , bers were: C. B. Dempster of Beatrice, who had always trained with the Union Pacific; Allen W. Field of Lancaster, the most inde pendent man in the outfit, and Editor Ross Hammond of Fremont. The platform was ac cording. If it is a bid for "reform" support it is a deliberate affront to the Intelligence -of every reformer. Its redeeming feature Is the declaration for a direct primary. Its anti-pass plank, which had been written and agreed upon by the railroad bosses before the convention met, is insincere, cheap and puerile. It does not demand a return of passes by republican office-holders, does not pledge the nominees of the convention and binds the party to nothing. It is merely a sop, dishonestly designed to placate, by de ceiving, public sentiment. World-Herald. The republican anti-pass crusade recalls the fate of senate file No. 240, before the last legislature. This bill was introduced at the request of Hon. G. W. Bergc, fusion candi date for governor. When it came up for dis cussion before the committee on transport ation, composed entirely of republicans, it was recommended to indefinitely postpone the bill, the customary mode of executing laws the railroads don't want. While it was under discussion the members of the committee got up one after another and gave their opinion of the bill. Each admitted that he had a pass in his pocket but each said that a pass was not a bribe and that the railroads could have their passes back if they wanted them. Therefore there was no need for such a law, and it was indefinitely postponed! What a feast of logic and reason the discussion was! And of course the senate body, which was practically unanimously republican, accepted the recommendation of the committee by bal lot. Exeter Enterprise. The platform is silent as to the demand for lower freight rates. It is silent as to the demand for lower passenger rates. It . is silent as to the demand for a fair and Just assessment of railroad property. It is silent as to the demand for the election of senators by a direct vote of the people. , It is silent upon the indefensible record made by the last legislature. Its one redeeming feature is the expression in favor of direct primaries a re form that will never be granted so long as the railroad representatives that wrote that platform are able to prevent it. World-Herald. HOPE FOR THE STAND-PATTER The New York World grows satirical in ita comment on the action of the czar in abolishing the retaliatory tariffs imposed on certain Ameri can goods a few years ago: At last there seems to be a way by which the United States can obtain trade conces sions without touching a single stone of the sacred Dingley tariff wall. All that is neces sary is to wait for a war between two powers. Then the president of the United States can extend his friendly offices and the beaten na tion will show its gratitude by removing some of the retaliatory restrictions imposed upon American commerce. If there are only wars enough, with enough peaces of Portsmouth and with proper recognition of the president's good offices, in time most of the barriers to American trade can be removed, the Dingley schedules in the mean time remaining intact. To be sure, the injury in the mean time to the American exporters who are discriminated against might be consid arable, but they have compensating benefits. The manufacturers who for the last five years have seen the Russian market slipping out of their grasp and into the hands of their German rivals have undoubtedly been consoled by the ample protection extended to the sugar-beet inter ests. It was at the demand of the sugar beet people that the countervailing duties were originally suspended. It was this that led to Russian retaliation. Weak-minded . persons may think it would be better to have avoided the whole controversy, but they are no better than Cobdenites, and their opin- . ions are hardly worth the consideration of any standpatter who is sound in the faith. DISRUPT THE GRAIN TRUST The Papillion Times believes there is no com petition in the grain-buying business in Nebraska, and with reference to the attorney general's fight, against the trust says: All dealers who belong to the combine receive their card of prices to be paid each day and these are the same in the same ter ritory so there can be no competition as far r.s prices are concerned. It is also known that the independent shipper has a hard time to receive the same treatment from the rail roads in the matter of securing cars and track rights that the members of the combine re ceive. Attorney General Brown will receive the lasting gratitude of the farmers of Ne braska if he succeeds in disrupting the grain trust.