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Tauimauy up to the convention'at Kan sas City iu favor of Mr. Bryan only means that Tammany at this national election lias been whipped into line and has concluded that it cannot afford to again fight the Nebraskan. Richard Orokcr says : ' 'Mark my words , when W. J. Bryan is elected ho will work eighteen hours a day in order to carry out in spirit and in letter every plank in the democratic platform. Hitherto other men have re garded the platform drawn up at their convention ns a ladder on which they mount to power , and which they kick down as soon as they get to the top. Mr. Bryan is not a man of that sort. Ho does not want to bo elected for pur poses of vainglory and love of position. He thinks , and I agree with him , that if ho is elected ho will do his country good. Ho will be able to serve the people ple , and ho will be a governing presi dent , not a more lay figure , whoso movements are governed by wire pull ers. He is a man of conviction. " This very fidelity to the platform , is exactly what the Now York democrats do not want in Mr. Bryan , as all the world knows , and the hollow hypocrisy of Croker's statement is most obvious. The idea of Orokor's admiring a man of convictions , and a man who will do the country good , is too absurd. Oroker is not in politics through any such high motives , as everyone knows. He is the finest representative the country affords of the men who are in politics for office and for money , and who have no prin ciples or care for the country. St. Joseph News. POLITICAL. TALK. The gold brick lately purchased by Charlie Dietrich , aroused the jealousy of his brother bankers , and now one of them has on exhibition a specimen of the $18,000 variety. They come high but the agony is much sooner over than in Charlie's case. The organization of the Republican party iu Hawaii was formally baptised with a gigantic fraud on the ballot box at the primaries that shows them true followers of the "God and Morality" party of Zach Chandler , John Sherman and the visiting statesmen of 1876. When Cuba and Luzon can produce equal evidence of benevolent assimila tion they will undoubtedly be prepared for political annexation. The Gorman meat bill is but another illustration of the fact that all retalia tion for our Chinese style of tariff must fall upon the farmer. When our own beauteous tariffs were under discussion a great wail of indignation was sent forth at the mere suggestion of consider ing any foreign nation. In fact the more protest that arose in Europe the greater the evidence of benevolent as similation by our infant industries. Sioux Falls having issued the orders to ; ho democratic annex there is really nothing of interest in the Kansas City gathering but the question of hotel rates. Whatever contempt Rosewater may have for the supreme court or any mem ber thereof , it cannot equal that of the people for a man who permitted a per sonal quarrel to induce him to turn our state over to fusion and confusion. The insignificant fine of $500 for making possible a supreme court subject to the contempt of Rosewater shows that Holcornb is inclined to pay his political debts honestly. A new sugar infant with $20,000,000 capital has been born into a cold and un feeling world. That it will need the nursing and protection of the tariff goes without saying. Only by shutting out the fierce aud terrible competition of the half breeds in Puerto Rico was it pos sible for this puling infant sugar trust to see the light , The great joy of the republicans at finding an alleged demo cratic trust shows how long and desper ate has been the limit and the greatness of their surprise. I opine that the dis covery of a republican trust would create about as much comment aa find ing a pebble on the sea shore. A remarkable fad sprang up in Denver of going to the cemeteries for picnics. It became such a nuisance to have thousands strew the grounds with sar dine cans , beer bottles and lunch boxes , that police interference was contempla ted. But the ability to look happy under discouraging circumstances was soon seen to bo worthy of cultivation in view of Colorado having to this year support Bryan and free silver when her mines are insisting upon producing more gold than any state in the union. The education of a graveyard picnic will be a tower of strength this fall when the returns come in and Bryan tells the boys to look happy ; that the silver cause is still triumphant. If we refuse absolutely to consider for one moment trade of other powers , by what reasoning do we demand through our minister a modification of German restrictions avowedly made for the bene fit of their own people. Free trade means taking the markets of the world by force of merit both in goods aud business methods. A tariff by any nation is either a lie or a confession of weakness and incompeteucy to meet the demands of the people. It is the "baby act" of the commercial world a protection to the infants. It means that our manu facturers cannot or will not furnish us goods of equal quality and price that others would do. Any man who be lieves for an instant that manufacturers desire a tariff for any reason , human or inhuman , except to increase the price of their wares , is a fit subject for initiation into the mysteries of the cave at Leaven- worth where Lo , the poor Indian , guards the wealth of "my Cousin Alberts' Friend. " Between a gold brick chump and a high tariff farmer there is not room to stick a pin without pricking two fools. The dear old State Journal has bbon sleeping on its oars , as it were. Whore was the hawk eye of Gere when a truth like this could escape into the editorial column : "The boom in wheat comes entirely from the news of crop .failures in the northwestern and middle states in addition to the bad conditions that have long prevailed in Franco. " Where is that great and noble friend of the farmer , the Dingley tariff ? Can it be possible that the Journal still recognizes Almighty God as occasionally having an influence ? From twenty years steady reading of the Journal I had come to the conclusion that when once the re publican party legislated upon a subject that the Almighty drew a sigh of relief and turned His attention to less favored lauds. The pen of Jones has lost its cunning when an opportunity like this arose to prove how much the farmers of Nebraska owe to the philanthropy of Dingloy while the northwestern and middle states , to say nothing of France and India , are still suffering from the droughts produced in the early nineties by the infamous Wilson bill. Already the protectionists are demand ing the repeal of the stamp tax. This is a real revenue producer and they fear a surplus that may lead to inquiry into taxation. Of course they favor relieving , playing cards , patent medicines , beer and other necessities. The truth is that the stamp tax is the most equitable of all the forms used by our government. No matter how great the tax the busi ness need not be done unless profitable. But direct taxes are always unpopular with politicians. Men always reluctant ly pay a known amount. A great up roar is made if a bank charges one dollar lar for the use of one hundred for a mouth. But the same man will buy the same amount in goods and pay a profit twenty times that size without a mur mur simply because he does not know. Were the merchant to state his profit ho could not make a sale. So with taxa tion. State , county and school taxes are closely watched. Every appropriation of twenty-five dollars extra for a teacher or a bridge is discussed for mouths in every corner of the township. Twenty millions for a new boat , building or commission is not given the second glance when seen iu the paper. Colbert once said "the true theory of taxation is to pluck the goose for the most feathers with the least squawk. " And as long as the people prefer insidious robbery to an honest , open payment of taxes , the tariff will be the favorite method of extorting from the people the millions necessary for the extravagance and corruption rampant in congress. S.