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FEBRUARY 22, 1906
&e Nebraska. Independent PAGE 9 despotism exercised by the railroads over the business interests of our state is intolerable to a free people. The usurpers must be called to account. Sampson's locks must be sheared. The railroads of Ohio did not fur nish the members of the legislature of that state with free passes this year. But the legislature has given the people a two cent a mile passenger rate. ' President Tuttle of the Boston & Maine railroad, in a recent address at a club meeting .at Springfield, Mass., said, "that it did not seem to him that any fixing of freight rates would check the rebates." On an honest capitalization the rail roads of the United States could cut freight and passenger rates in two, and then pay big dividends on every dollar actually invested in the con struction and equipment of the roads. Talk about Oriental trade is a delu sion and snare. If the commerce be tween the United States and the Orient ever reaches large proportions the trade balance will show on the wrong side of the ledger. The fine work on the rate bill will be done in the conference committee of the two houses of Congress, to whom will be assigned the task of har- Club 'Offer Any one of the following will, be sent with The Independent one year for the club price: All subscriptions begin with the cur rent number unless otherwise ordered. Renewals received are entered for full year beginning at expiration date. DAILY PAPERS Regular With Price Inde pendent Omaha Daily News. 1.50 2.00 Kansas City World, - (Daily except Sunday). 2.00 1.75 WEEKLY PAPERS Weekly Inter Ocean.. .. 1.00 1.25 The Nebraska Farmer.. 1.00 1.25 Commoner ....... ......$1.00 $1.25 Cincinnati Enquirer ..... 1.00 1.35 Youth's Companion...... 1.75 2.50 Sunny South .50 1.25 Harper's Weekly 4.00 3:95 The New York Tribune Farmer 1.00 1.10 The WorlJ, . 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This editor is in full possession of the facts which will be given through the columns of The Independent in the near future. v The White House wedding is over and Mr. and Mrs. Longworth will now gradually pass from public view, but the morbid, sickening flunkeyism of the social and intellectual beggars rho have been so much in evidence of late, created a weary feeling that lingers. How about this rate bill anyhow, Mr. Roosevelt? Is is business, or is it merely buncomb and fustian. If it is business you will promptly veto the measure if the railroad joker is in serted therein. The people are at your back, you are in a position to do busi ness, if you mean business and are not making a grandstand play. The American people are not only fair and just, but are generous. Any honest enterprise, whether it be rail roading, manufacturing of iron or steel, refining sugar or any other branch of industry docs not need to spend mil lions annually supporting an army of lobbyists and corruptionists to manip ulate political' conventions, congresses and legislatures.,, , Money so spent is spent for criminal purposes, and those who spend it are criminals. I Senators Aldrich and Elkins rank among the brainiest, most brilliant and alert men in public life. If, how ever, they need any assistance regard ing their amendments to the rate bill, so as to deceive their colleagues, they can draw upon the brilliant array of high priced attorneys In the employ Of Standard Oil and the various rail road systems of the country. Theodore Roosevelt received his un precedented fote for the presidency upon the railroad question. The pop ularity of the president, gained by his order to the attorney general against the Northern Securities com pany made him invincible in the elec tion, and gave the republicans an overwhelming majority in - congress. They have the power to pass any kind of a rate bill they want -to. . If the Sugar Trust paid Lawyer Parson $100,000 to prepare for it a charter, so nicely drawn that the ma nipulators are not obliged to make report of their doings to the stock holders, what sum can the railroads afford to pay the lawyers that will frame the "joker" that will defeat the purposes of the. president,, and serve the purpose of the railroads, when grafted onto the rate bill now before congress. Governor I'olk of Missouri has set the pace for executives of other states to follow. He niay not be able, in, a single term to clean out and purify t he augean stables of the state .of, the accumulations of years of political in ference and neglect. But he has al ready, expelled the professional lobby from the state capital, and tns under taken the important v ut UfHoult ta's': of purifying the police department of St. Louis. Governor Folk Is an right. He throttles graft and corruption wherever he finds it without Inquiring into the politics of the criminal. Railroad manipulators have resort ed to many schemes of reorganization combining in some instances more than one hundred small independent roads into one system. In every in stance, however, the manipulators have anticipated, as well af they could, the future development of the country and the prospective earning power of the roads which formed the basis of the new capitalization. But the inflated values suggested by the morbid greed of railroad reorgani zes has been more than realized through the rapid development of the country, and the railroads are now paying dividends on between six and seven billions of securities that rep resent water injected into them. The acquittal, by an Omaha jury last week, of Pat Crowe, who kid napped a young son of Edward Cudahy a few years ago and demanded and received a ransom of $25,000 for his return, is a disgrace to Omaha. It is said the jury was composed in the main of representatives of the labor element, which fact suggests food for reflection to all thoughtful men. While the poor feel that the laws are made by and for the rich to augment schemes for plundering society at large, the natural resentment they feel is sure-to find expression in some form or other when opportunities pre sent themselves. The Cudahy case, wherein a rich man believed to be a member of a gigantic trust is held up and robbed by -a poor man, is an instance. The verdict in the.Crowe Cudahy case contains a : warning . that should be heeded by all who have the, good of their country at heart. Political and commercial immoralities on the part of the intellectual . and rich is bound to beget its counterpart among the member of society Jess fortunately endowed. . V It is up to President Roosevelt to see to it that the moneys collected by the republican executive commit tee from the life insurance companies in the campaign of 1904 be refunded to the companies. This money was stolen from the policyholders and used in the campaign to elect him to the presidency. Public opinion has condemned the omcials at the head of the insurance companies for thus mis appropriating the funds they held in trust for widows and orphans. They have been driven from position's of the highest trust in disgrace. Solicit ing and receiving money from the life insurance companies, by the republi can executive committee for campaign purposes, were scandalous and crimi nal acts. The committee should re fund the money. How can President Roosevelt rest easy while the scandal remains? MR. BRYAN AND THE CHINESE The story from Spokane respecting Mr. Bryan's speech at Hong Kong on the subject of the Chinese boycott shows that gentleman In a light emi nently to his credit. He described the situation in this country accurately, and by so doing performed a service ror wmcn an snouiu oe tuankrui. 11 it is true that as the result of the speech Chinese agitators renewed their warfare on American gods, we have in the fact additional confirmation of what has long been apparent, that this whole Chinese hullabaloo over the ex clusion law has the cooile, and no oth er, for its real object. Mr. Bryan had been rsked to con sider a series of propositions which a few American traders In China had agreed to in a conference with a few Chinese merchants and representatives of Chinese guilds on the subject of a modification of the exclusion law. One of these propositions was thojowerlng of the bars in the Philippines and in Hawaii to coolie labor. Mr, Bryan who is a very clever man- saw the African in the woodpilo at a glance, and pointed out how strong labor was in the American electorate, ru, d how necessary it would be to rckon with labor, at the polls in such a matter, lit knew, as we all kaow, I a it unre stricted coolie labor in the f. "U'e.'gn pos sessions of the United States would be followed by dire consequences there, and a weakening of the bars against the coolies here. Had he ne glected that point he would have been a dull man indeed. 1 l,' Let us not forget that Mr.' Bryan is neither a dull nor an unpatriotic man. He could ask nothing better so far as his individual fortunes are concerned than to see a republican congress and a republican president tinker with the Chinese exclusion law at the instance of a few traders and contractors and planters in this country, and let in coolies by the thousands. That pol icy would spell ruin to the party in power, and make democratic success-7 probably under Mr. Bryan's leadership --certain. " -, But Mr. Bryan does not want to be president that badly. Knowing the country's interests so far as the coolies are concerned he wants them pre served at all times and by all parties, and in this spirit he spoke at Hong Kong. And it ' Is in this same spirit that the house committee having the Foster bill in charge should proceed. A very good bill hot to pass. Star Washington, D. C. Send $1.00 for a year's subscription to The Independent and receive Mr. Berge's book, "The Free Pass Bribery System," free as a premium. This offer will remain but a short time. The publishers of The Independent want agents everywhere to canvass for subscriptions and sell Mr. Berge's new book, "THE FREE PASS BRI BERY SYSTEM." See advertisement of book elsewhere in this paper. We receive hundreds of orders through the mails. 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