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Tha Nebraska t Independent
'tit -4 nittiiH JULY 12, 190 THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT ESTABLISHED 1889 J. M. DEVINE, Editor FREDERIC O. BERGE, Business Mgr. Published Every Thursday 1328 O Street Lincoln, Nebraska Entered at the postofflce at Lincoln, Nebraska, aa second-class mall matter. Under the act of Congress of March S, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION TERMS Y.f.aiT Subscriptions Must be .50 BMonths p. m n Advance.: ,Jt& 3 Months raia in Aavance. Subscriptions Can bo sent direct to The Independent. They can also be snt through newspapers which have adver tised a clubbing rate, or through local agents, where sub-agents have been ap pointed. All remittances should be sent by postofflce money order, express order, or by bank draft on New York or Chicago. Change of Address Subscribers re questing a change of address must give the OLD as well as the NEW address. Advertising Kates furni&hed upon applica tion. SampU Copies sent free to any address up on application. Send for Sample Copies and c'ob rates. Address all cummunications, and make all drafts, money orders, etc., payable to THE INDEPENDENT, Lincoln, Neb. A WARNING v The railroads of Nebraska are mak ing the fight of their lives -to retain their grip on the state government as the means of continuing to collect ex tortionate freight and passenger rates, and to escape just taxation. The Eastern capitalists who own the roads are railroading in Nebraska for what there is in it. Their political agents are required to show results for the princely salaries they are paid. Their work in the past has been done with consummate skill and their positions and incomes are at stake in the con test that is now approaching. Results are what are demanded of them by their employers, and to secure such they are putting forth strenuous ef forts. The railroads know no political principles aside from earnings and dividends. They employ tools to work upon the political bias of their vie tims and thus disguise their hands, in order to secure maximum results with minimum outlay. The railroad political agents are neither republi cans nor democrats other than for railroad purposes, and are both, ;.in proportion as it serves their ends to be such. But, they have in both po litical parties agents and tools who do their bidding with the utmost ser vility and feast upon the crumbs from their masters' tables with a canine "relish. Whatever there, may be of terror to the railroads in the opposition that Is manifesting itself againct them in the republican party is due to the dread of 1 its effects in the future, rather tL.an in the present, because the oposition in that party has not yet developed a leadership that need give them any concern. It is true that Senator Sheldon fired one shot that was a ringer and immediately after wards sank from the public view, while the scattering shots of Norris Brown, are too indefinite and mean ingless to do him any good or the railroads any harm. To the exper ienced observer it is evident that the railroads have matters well In hand bo far as the republican party is con cerned, and for the present at least apprehend no serious trouble from that quarter. But, with the democrats the case is different and is causing the railroad political agents no end of trouble. All would be smooth sailing with them If it were not for the candidacy of George W. Berge for the governor ship. The marvelous powers as a campaigner demonstrated by Mr. Berge two years ago, when practically single handed and alone, when the democratic leaders generally preferred the security of their cyclone cellars to the exposure to the political ele ments.' hie divided the attention of the state with the Roosevelt tidal wave and received 102,568 votes against 51, 876 for the democratic candidate for presidency, warns the railroad polit ical agents that the candidacy of Mr. Berge is the only real menace to the interests they represent. They do not fear, nor do they need to fear the candidacy of any other aspirant for the democratic nomina tion this year for the reason that, in the first place,' the republicans norm ally have a majority in the state, and in the next place, if Berge is not renominated nothing will suffice to convince from thirty to fifty thousand independent voters in the state that he was not turned down through rail road influence which will prove to be a handicap sufficient to defeat the party. On the other hand the nomi nation of Mr. Berge will satisfy the voters of the state at large that the democratic convention was free from railroad influence in which case, with a "campaign such as Mr. Berge will make, not only will the independent voters be held in line, but thousands of independent republican voters will be drawn to the support of the ticket which will practically insure the elec tion of the entire democratic ticket, including a legislature and United States senator. : What Is the secret of the opposi tion to the renomination of Mr. Berge in the democratic convention? In the first place the opposition, so far as has been discovered, is con fined to a very few party manipula tors, while the sentiment among the rank and file of democrats in the state is overwhelmingly for Berge. Again we ask what is the secret of this ex ceedingly small but mysteriously ac ive opposition to the renomination of Mr. Berge by the democrats? The public has not yet been taken into their secret That which has been given as a reason is biit a pretext for opposi tion, while the real reason is conceal, ed. That we are unable to view this matter differently is because we are unable to relegate the opponents of Mr. Berge's nomination to the shades of a biggotry that is technical and senseless. The railroads are opposing the nom ination of Mr. Berge because they fear the verdict of the people at the polls if given a candidate in whom they have confidence, and whose char acter and record is unassailable. And, they well know that if they can com pass the defeat of Mr. Berge in the democratic convention, that act itself will so discredit the party and disap point the voters that they can easily elect a republican governor and legis lature. .The republicans in their state con vention will give Roosevelt a ringing endorsement, and will undoubtedly nominate Rosewater for the senate, In which case a discredited democratic ticket may expect to receive only a strictly partisan vote which will be found insufficient to elect the state ticket, or a majority of the legisla ture. In this connection we desire to warn those who oppose the nomination of Mr. Berge of the true position they thus place themselves in before the people of the state. The railroads are putting forth a strenuous effort, and are leaving" no stone unturned to prevent the renomination of Mr. Berge by the democrats. The democrats who are openly opposing his nomination are few in number and over zealous giving a reason for their opposition that is utterly lacking in substance and is too shadowy to constitute a motive for such action by men of normal and average intelligence. Men who are actuated by pure motives should hesitate and give serious thought to a matter like this, involving as it does the success or defeat of the people in their battle for justice against the treason and depotism of railroad government. They should not be influenced by causes that are triv ial and shadowy in matters of the highest importance to themselves and their fellows, because in so doing they will invite upon their 'acts the in evitable verdict of public opinion, which when finally made up is always right and rigid, knowing no charity. PERSONALITIES VERSUS POLIT ICAL PARTIES "1 .Two great personalities loom up above all others in our politics that of Roosevelt and Bryan. A session of congress has just closed that is distinguished from any other in our history as a session devoted to as serting the supremacy of the people over capalistic combinations and in dividuals occupying certain relations to the public, by placing them under regulation and restrictions necessary to justice . and the s public good. In all fairness it must be ad mitted that much good has been accomplished, and the individual is wanting in patriotism who does not rejoice in the progressive steps that have been taken and in the good work that has been . done. There are none so lacking in in telligence as not to know that the credit for what has been done be longs to Theodore Roosevelt, presi dent of the United States. He has not done all that he might have done. He has disappointed the people by his shortcomings in ways that are gre vious, but only because he has under taken to do good things that were not expected of him, or of his party, and then failed to meet in full meas ure the expectations that were kindled in the minds of the people by his own acts. ' It is known of all men that the president did not have the full sympathy of an individual mem ber of his own political household, and it is doubtful if there were a half dozen republican members of both houses of congress in accord with him. Yet, with a republican ma jority of 112 in the Louse of repre senatives and of 22 in the senate. President Roosevelt through his own individual initiative forced legisla tion through an unwilling congress through the relentless application of the whip and spur that his high office gave him. Roosevelt's power is de rived from the people, whose will ha sought to understand, and in a meas ure, to comply with. During his first term he incurred the hatred of the politicians of his own party, and won f Vl ri Iatta t 1 1 1 -r-r nomination in 1904 was a political necessity with politicians that de spised him, but who chose to renomi nate him rather, than go down in de feat themselves. With the people at his back, the federate patrpnage at his disposal and the loyal assistance of the democrats in congress he has been able to make the politicians of his own party eat a dish of nauseating political crow, and between smothered curses for himself, pronounced the crow good eating. Roosevelt's success was the result of adopting principles that the popu lists forced upon . the democrats in 1896, and which Bryan stands as the most conspicuous embodment of in the nation. When the democratic party in pow er from 1892 to, 1896 demonstrated its utter lack of democratic prin ciples the scales . dropped from the Club Offer Any one of the following will be sent with The Independent one year for the club price: 1 " All subscriptions begin with the cur rent number unless otherwise ordered. Renewals received are entered for full year beginning at expiration date. 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