VOL. II. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , JUNE 28 , 1900. NO. 51.
OFFICES : OVERLAND THEATRE BLOCK.
J. STERLING MORTON , EDITOH.
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Address , THE CONSERVATIVE , Nebraska
City , Neb.
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1 Entered at the postofflce at Nebraska City ,
' ' Neb. , as Second Class matter , July 20th , 1898.
A g ° ° d
"plain people" are
wondering how a vote for 16 to 1 and
Bryanarohy in 1900 can improve the
condition of the industrial classes of the
United States. And the same plain
people read the prophecies of Bryan as
to the scarcity of dollars and the high
rates of interest which his defeat in
1896 was certain to bring about and
wonder who licensed Bryan as a prophet'
They also wonder how he can have the
effrontery to again appear in 1900 as a
soothsayer and ask to be believed ?
each city and state
of the American Union seem afraid of
the doctrines and candidates of popu
lism. Agriculture , manufacture and
commerce demand stability and un-
| fluctuating purchasing power in the
national currency. Rightly or wrongly
the prominent manufacturers , bankers ,
merchants , mechanics and farmers of
the United States seem to think Bryan
and his teachings are inimical to their
interests and to the perpetuity of pros
a new revenue law
more than it needs new senators. The
next legislature should be selected with
the revisal of the revenue system of the
state in the foreground. No political
party should nominate for senator , or
representative a man not competent to
comprehend the questions of valuation
Each county ought to organize its tax
payers in behalf of their own interests ,
their own individual credit , and the
composite credit of the community.
Partyism should out no figure in the
matter. When incompetents are nomi
nated for the legislature in any repre
sentative or senatorial district by both
political organizations , competent men
should , by petition , be placed upon the
ticket. Business , and not politics ,
should be the primary object. Men of
business reputation and business methods
are required for law-makers , at this
time , in Nebraska.
OW.m Vny m0U
THINKING TKUST. . OW.
out of each one
thousand voting American citizens think
for themselves , and , by reasoning , arrive
at their o\vu conclusions ? Have not
politicians formed a thinking trust , and ?
in each party , taken the right to reason
away from the individual and bestowed
it upon "a combine ? "
Is it or is it not a good thing to think
for one's self instead of giving a proxy to
the politicians to think for one ? A
ballot should reflect whose thought and
conclusion yours or that of a party
j. i it-
took the census
and padded the returns in 1890 are get
ting their reward in 1900. Everywhere
in the northwest , especially in Nebraska ,
the enumerators stuffed the returns.
The political object was to get more
members of congress from this state. By
stalwart and expert mendacity the result
was attained. Nebraska , by the census
of 1890 , gained three congressmen , and
jumped from three to six.
Truth is seemingly about to assert
itself in the census returns of 1900. If
this is the case and
the enumeration of
the people in Omaha , Nebraska City ,
Lincoln , Beatrice and Hastings is cor
rectly made this year there will be an
over-feed of humble pie in each pro
TIIE CONSERVATIVE hopes that the
enumeration in each city , county and
precinct may be made absolutely correct.
The truth should be told. It will hurt
no honest community. The number of
cars loaded and unloaded and the
amount of raw products converted into
commodities and shipped to outside
markets tell more for a town than popu
lation. The per capita business of
Nebraska City , in dollars and cents , is
the criterion of its progress.
killer for the state
of Nebraska has been at work about the
Soldiers' Homo at Milford. He is guilty
of arboricido in the first degree. With
out just cause or provocation , in a
moment of emotional destructiveness ,
the official tree killer erased a beautif u 1
grove of elm , walnut , ash and oak trees
from the earth.
He ought to bo punished. Imprison
ment , bread and water and a big fine
would feebly express the popular indig
nation of this wanton and irreparable
vandalism. The capital bank and the
crime of Mosher were foul , but this is
Edgar Howard is
the populist con
gressional candidate against Dave Mer
cer of Omaha. When Howard was a
democrat and advocated the gold stand
ard and other economic orthodoxies
THE CONSERVATIVE thought he might
ripen into statesmanship before the
century closed. But Howard's sixteen-
to oneism and other vagaries , notwith
standing his early and decent training
and discipline in democracy , may lead
him to overwhelming defeat. He now ,
however , declares : "That Mercer I to
others show , that Mercer show to me , "
and swings his tomahawk on high.
STANDARD.Lovyls a reputable
and eminent Jeffersonian -
fersonian democrat who represents in
congress an important district in Now
York. . In a recent conversation Mr.
Levy remarked that the gold standard
law could be repealed within one year
after Bryan's election and that Bryan
himself had so declared. If it is not
repealed until the post-election period
indicated , it may remain indefinitely
upon the statutes of the country. Mr.
Levy is a gold standard advocate , strong
The coroner and
his jury can not
make more solemn inquest as to the un
known cadaver which they examine
than the intelligent voters of the United
States will make when determining in
1900 which political organization pre
sents the least evil , the smallest menace ,
for their suffrages ,
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