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APRIL 5 190 lil) I liT) IT lit) on Dm G6j Nebraska. Indopondcnt !"P.ni! riDnriir ism w io) w r ., llflTEB" - The whole country Is shocked at the disclosures of money brib ery, but the author of this book makes the .startling revelation that railroad pass bribery Is even a greater evil than bribery with mon- The rZ ". ' .. ZT1 '. ! I influence ey of the is.soinsid Astounding Disclosures free ious paw that many are unconsciously entrapped by it. Like creeping paralysis it steals on the man und has him in its grasp before be is aare of it.' It is shown that nearly every state has its free pass organization, that it is used as a police force to protect the railroads in their ex tortionate freight and passenger charges, low taxation of their pro perty) and in all other matters in dispute between them and the people. In vivid and forceful language the author shows how this pass organization dictates nominations for office! how it sets up weak and pliant men and pulls down strong and independent men; how itt controls legislatures and law-making. Tha.t thla Bribery System- must first be destroyed before the people can get wholesome legislation touching the control of the rail roads Is the contention of the Author In this book. The Issue in Nebraska - - . . . Mr. Rerge was the Democratic and Populist candidate for.Gov ernor of Nebraska in 1904, and would have been elected by an over whelming majority except for the ttoosevelt landslide. He made the railroad question the issue of his campaign. In scathing terms he denounced the professional lobby and the free pass bribery sys tem. He insisted that these were the instrumentalities through which the railroads procured the government away from thepeopie: that by these means they maintain their extortionate freight and. passenger rates and betray the people whenever railroad In terests are involved. The campaign was without a parallel in t he state. Mr. Berge hus kept on battling since'that cam paign until this year all parties in Nebraska will declare aguinst this vicious bribery system, and it isevident the next egisla ture will toll its death knell. 1 i : I A New Book by Geo. W. Berge Candidate for Governor of Nebraska in 1904 The Railroadsand the U.S. Senate To overthrow railroad domination in any state or at Washington the preseut railroad bosses with their machines must be overthrown. By destroying the free pass bribery system we strike them ' at their most vulnerable point. This book strikes fearless ly and powerfully at this. ore of the greatest evils of our time, tvnd points out with unerring precision the politi co. 1 corruption which It begets. It is the only book ever written on the subject and everybody will want to read it. . The book contains more than 300 pages, illustrated and is bound . , in heavy cloth. . . ........ A Few of the Chapter Heads From the Book The Free Pass-Holders a Policing Squad for the Railroads. . The Most Powerful Weapon of this Policing Squad is The Free Pass Bribery System. ' Professional Pass Distributors and Pass Superintendents. The Seductive Influence of the Free Pass. Passes and Perjury. "The Lobbyists Organize the Legislature, Pass Bribery leads to Graft. The Free Pass System Leads to Double Dealing in Politics. State Institutions in Grip of Pass Bribery System. The Betrayal of the People by Pass-Holding Officials. No Hope for Railroad Regulation From the National Congress . Until the Free Pass System is Destroyed in the States. Serving Two Masters. WHAT CAN BE MORE INTERESTING JUST NOW THAN THIS PHASE OF THE RAILROAD QUESTION? ST AT OUR EXPENSE Wo -Money UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE BOOK AND DECIDED TO KEEP IT equired READ WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK GREAT DEMAND BEFORE PUBLISHED Mt. Pleasant, Tex.-I want a copy of that book. Geo. M. Roberts. Parsons. W. Va.-I notice that you ha ve published a book entitled "The Free Pass Bribery System," ind I would like to read the same.. Send to me a copy and J will return to you price for same. J. P. Scott. Greenville, Tex.-I wish to order a copy of your book. Please quote me price. J. P. Yates. Greenville, Tex.-Please send me a copy of your book with bill for the same and I will send you the amount. B. Q. Evans. Royalton.Minn.-Please And enclos ed $1.00 for "The Free Pass Bribery System." Most likely I will take the agency for it. J. V. Raeran. Lisbon, O.-When can I pet your book and what is the price' W. G. Wells. Northfleld, Minn.-I desire to obtain a copy of your book. J. S. Tripp. Bennet t, Neb.-F,nclosed please find $1.00 in P. O. tor "The Free Pass Bri bery System." Gerhardt Kolloster. Minden. Neb.-Find enclosed $2.00 one for your "New Book," remain der to apply on my subscription to The Independent. J. S. Canady. THE REPUBLICAN. SPRINGFIELD, MASS. "The Free Pass Bribery System" is a book of Nebraska production and consists of various addressos, newspaper editorials and chapters In vigorous denunciation of the free pass evil. The author is George W. Berge. a lawyer of Lincoln, and editor of the Independent newspa per, who ran for governor of the state In 1904 on the, fusion ticket. Mr. Berge speaks strongly, and his handiing of the politicians who accept these little bribes Is scathing as it ought to be. It is his opinion that the people will never se cure through their legislative agencies an ef fective control of the railroads as long as the free pass control of politicians is tolerated." YOR.K, NEB., DEMOCRAT "The contents of the book are highly satis factory. As its title imparts, it is a discussion of the pass evil and is forcibly and clearly writ ten. It shows up the methods by which the railroad companies defeat railroad legislation and maintain their dominion over the state through the instrumentality in the main by the railroad pass. The book strikes fearlessly and powerfully at orie of the greatest evils of our tluio and ought to meet with a hearty reception from the reading public." THE COMMONER. (jeorge W. Berge, of Lincoln, editor and pub lisher of -the Nebraska Independent and fusion candidate for Governor in 1904, has published a book entitled "The Free Pass Bribery System." Mr. Berge deals with the pass bribery evil In plain language, and points out with unerring precision the evils that follow in the train of this form of political corruption. He is not content with showing how politics is corrupted, but shows beyond dispute the demoralizing ef fect upon the great masses of the people. Rail road methods are exposed in scathing terms. Mr. Berge made his campaign for governor upon the railroad pass Issue and the fact that he ran many thousands ahead of his ticket shows in a measure the deep interest the people of Nebraska are taking in this phase of the rail road problem. "The Free Pass Bribery System" is a valuable contribution to current political discussion and should have a wide circulation among those who are interested in making the railroads the servants, rather than the masters, of the people. ' . Eminent Educator Endorses It Lincoln, Neb. Hon. George W. Berge My Dear Mr. Berge: I have just finished reading "The Free Pass Bribery System," and I close it with the conviction that it will have a career. . It is the clearest and completest .explanation of current western politics that I have ever seen. Your style is terse', brilliant, and effective, you have avoided partisanship, and you have ex pressed yourself with great moderation and self-restraint. Although the book deals with Nebraska conditions, it will no doubt, attract attention outside the state. I hope you will not fail to send a copy to the Hon. James Bryce, author of "The American Commonwealth," who always appreciates realistic studies of American politics. With the best wishes for a hearty reception of your book, I remain. Edwakd A. Ross. Ex-Lieutenant Governor Endorses It York, Neb. Hon. George W. Berge. My Dear Sir: I am reading your book. "The Free Pass Bribery System," and hasten to assure you of my high appreciation of it. It is an able, inter esting and instructive exposition of the influ ence of the pass In defeating wholesome rail- ' road legislation and in maintaining a most de 1 testable railroad domination in this country. Your book is a timely and valuable contribu tion to the discussion of the paramount issue of the hour and will, no doubt, have great influ ence in centering attention upon the most po- tent and demoralizing agency of corruption in existence. Everybody ought to read it. E. A. Gilbert. Candidate Seeks Information Jeromeville, O. I have always looked upon the pass as a polite brjbe, I am sure your book will interest me. Please send a copy to my ad dress and 1 will remit you the price of your book whatever it is. We are hoping to elect our gov ernor ( Pattison ) and we may have a majority in the legislature and I am hopeful of getting some legislation on this subject at tho coming session if re-elected. Daviij Elkv. Values The Book Highly Bridgeport, Neb. I think that every yoter in Nebiaska should read it. I would not be with out it for four prices of it. G. E. Cad welt. Former Land Commissioner's View Normal, Neb. I have scanned its pages with much satisfaction. It treats the subject in all of its phases and leaves no point unexhausted. It ought to be read by every voter In the whole country. To all it wili be found full of interest and to many it will prove a veritable revelation- J. Y. Wolfs. Fighting the Pass Evil. Weatherford, Tex. I am making a fight down here against this evil. ... K. L. Stenxis. last for How We Offer ou This Texas Legislator Needs It Waxohachie, Tex. As a member of the t.wn lpi'islfitnrps of this ntntp I huv ctp;nan anti free pass legislation, and I desire to read wnat you nave to say, inasmuch as 1 expect to renew my efforts next session. J.M.Aldkhdick. Great Book ,. .190. .Because ire arc so sure of the merits of this booh and so sure it will please you, we offer to send you the- book without any money in advance and without any money at all if the booh does not please you. Vx want you to' see this booh and examine it at our expense.- Upon receipt of youroWerwe will send you the booh postage prepaid. Then in five days if you want to heep the booh, you send lis $1.00. - Tf you do not want to heep the booh, then in inspection coupon use when ORDERING , . five day s from 'the time you receive it, you return the booh to us unu wv w-uir pwy. mc jjvmuyv tven lur 'un return. jw we asC ts that th e booh be returned in good condition. We can afford to take this chance, because we feel sure you will like the booh' and because we believe thoroughly in the rugged honesty of the people. We can hardly see how' this hind of a proposition can fail to interest every reader of THE INDEPENDENT -Every one who read's this Advertisement shoidd order this booh at once on these conditions. The author is anxious that the fight against free passes be carried into every state. Kindly fill out the Coupon in this Ad ertisement and mail it to us and we will send you the book on the conditions stated herein. The Book Pub. Co., Lincoln, Neb., GENTLEMEN:- Please send me postage prepaid. Free Pass Bribery System, by Mr. Berge, for which I agree to pay you $1.00 at the end of Ave days after its receipt, provided I want to keep the book. In the event I do not want to keep the book, then within Ave dayS after I receive it, 1 will return it to yon, postage to be paid by you, in which case 1 shallowe yon nothing. Name City. I State. Address, THE BOOK PUBLISHING CO., Lincoln, Nebraska. J J ) 5 1 IB sn --r 15?