Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901, May 07, 1896, Image 6

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    The Weekly Journal
C. W. .SHERMAN, Editor.
One year, in advance, SI. 00
Six months, in advance, 50
Three months, in advance, 25
Rates made known on application.
Down in his country tbey are com
ing Dick Bland's way in "blocks of
live." A Missouri mother lias just
given birth to five robust boys in one
job lot. Ex.
Skn'atok Tellei: of Colorado has
consented to head the state delegation
to the St. Louis convention. Th;it lie
will be able to frame the platform, as
he did four years ago nobody believes
The Nebraska Independent the
populist organ at Lincoln gives out
tbe solemn warning to Mr. liryau that
the populists will not support a silver
democrat for president under any cir
cumstance. That settles it, we sup
The house has passed a bankruptcy
bill which proposes to wipe out the
debtor for the benefit of the creditor
It is compulsory in character, putting
iu the power of the creditor to force
the debtor to the wall almost at his
The real fight over the money ques
tion is a fight between the' nationa
banks and the. peoDle. The banks
want gold monometallism so that they
can issue the money of the country
The end means either slavery or free
dom for the common people.
TnE Lincoln Journal's Washington
correspondent, W. E. Annin, has dis
covered again that the free coinage
"craze" is on the wain. A few weeks
ao, according to Annin, that malady
was entirely dead. It must have re
ceived a miraculous resurrection since
Eastern' go!dbug3 of the paternal
istic party have been fightiuK Mc
Kinley tooth and nail, because they
said he was unsound on their money
standard, but the McKinley move has
only gained in strength in spite of the
protest of those who didn't like the
Ohio platform, and it is now believed
he has a clear majority of the dele
gates chosen, and will be nominated.
If he has the strength of character for
the place he will also dictate the plat
form. We shall see.
So far as known there are only two
countries in the world that have been
prospering during tbe last three years,
while all Europe and the UnitedStates
have been in the throes of financial de
pression and disaster, and those coun
tries are Japan and Mexico and both
of them are doing business on a silver
basis. There is every reason to believe
that, as Senator Teller says, if the par
of exchange between these countries
and the United States were re-established
and the mints were re-opened to
the free coinage of silver, prosperity
would again come to our farmers,
mechanics and working people. And
nothing else will bring it.
Is his Chicago speech Secretary Car
lisle asserted that there was SG00,000,
000 of gold coin in the United States.
In his recent letter Gov. Altgeld of
Illinois pointed out the fact that all of
the banks and savings institutions in
the country contained only $175 ,000,
000, and the IT. S. treasury had $125,
000,000, and he asks where the balance
of the $300,000,000 is. Is it in hiding ?
Xot a tenth of it. The fact is there is
probably $50,000,000 in private. hand3
but no more, which would make, all
told, about $350,000,000 in the country.
Hence the talk of there being so much
gold in the country is all wrong it is
vastly over-estimated.
Are the goldbugs buying conven
tions? It looks that way. It is a
known fact that a good majority of the
delegates to the Michigan democratic
state convention were eitherinstructed
or were known to be opposed to the
gold standard. When that body came
to vote, however, the gold men had
quite a majority. Reports in the
Chicago papers say that whole county
delegations, In some cases, who Lad
been instructed for free silver, voted
for the gold standard. The reports
also say that "large numbers of men,
not delegates, without regard to party,
were there working for the goldites."
Were these "large numbers" repub
lican bankers with boodle in their
On Thursday last Senator Teller
made a speech which stirred up quite a
storm in the senate. The telegraph
report says:
Referring to the hoarding of vast
sums in the treasury, Mr. Teller said
if there was a country on the globe
ruled by imbeciles, it was this. He did
not propose, he said, to let the Ohio
senator (Sherman) fool the people by
telling them that if the McKiuley bill
was re-enacted it would bring pros
erity. Tbe McKinley bill would never
be re-enacted, said Mr. Teller, and if
it was, it would not biiug prosperity.
Mr. Teller paid a glowing tribute to
the republican party and its achieve
ments, but, he added, it looked as
though the great party had reached
the point where it would drop the in
terest of the masses and become the
dupe and agent of who have no
sympathy with the masses, of
who represent only the dollars.
The senator rejected the imputation
of the senator of Vermont (Morrill) as
to the republicanism of those who
voted aga nst taking up the tarilT bill.
"I am a republican," exclaimed Mr.
Teller, with great feeling. "I helped
to create the republican paity. I was
a member of that party before the
senator from Vermont was, and I
came into it voluntarily. The senator
from Vermont must allow me to go
out in the same way. He cannot fix
my line of conduct any more than a
democrat or a republican convention
can command my confidence."
The senator said that when the
great parties formed iu battle array
next summer one of them might le the
champion of the white metal. He con
fessed that he looked with fear and
trembling on the course of the great
party with which he had been allied
for forty years.
'What will I do if the party to which
I have been attached advocates the
gold standard." proceeded Mr. Teller.
"Mr. president, I have no doubt in
saying here, as I have before and will
say again, that when a political or
ganization ceases to represent the
sentiments I hold, then I cease to act
with it. When the democratic party
became the party of opposition and
wickedness I got out of it. I shouid
despise myself if I lifted my hand to
put into power a man who from execu
tive chambers would continue the gold
standard. Holding these views, if 1
lift my voice and do not vote iu the
same way, 1 would despise myself for
hypocrisy and deceit, and so as I speak
so will vote."
Friendless and alone he stood before
the judge of the district court last
Tuesday and entered a plea of guilty
to a charge of stealing a horse an
animal worth perhaps $30. ".Nine
vears in the penitentiary at hard
rf s m
labor!" Thus spake the court. A
life-time almost behind the bars for
stealing a $30 horse! Shame! Shame.
Xot upon the particular judge who
passed tne sentence, for indeed we be
lieve he did what he thought was right
but shame upon a system of juris
prudence which sends a boy to prison
for nine long years because he stole a
$30 horse, while permitting to breathe
free air scores of men in Nebraska who
have stolen millions during the past
three years. Look at the long line of
defaulting bankers and city and county
officials! Does any Nebraska court
say to these: "Nine years in the pen
itentiary at hard labor!" Oh, no. It
seems our statutes were not made for
such as they, but only for the friend
less and the poor. It makes the blood
boil with indignation to see this every
day discrimination against the weak
and in favor of the strong; to see men
who are driven to desperation by pov
erty, driven on to prison by the courts,
while blacker criminals with a money
or political pull breathe free air. We
must not censure Judge Slabaugh for
his one act. Perhaps, aye God grant,
be may be moveu Dy iik imputes
when high-grade Omaha criminals
stand before him, but oh, it does seem
cruel that such a sentence must be im
posed upon a poor and friendless man,
thief though he may be, while hun
dreds of his fellow thieves of higher
grade go tree. Are men in Nebraska
equal before the law? Did Mosber,
who stole millions and by his theft
drove confiding friends to suicides
graves, receive a sentence in keeping
with his. crime? And the Outcalts,the
Dorseys, the Bollns oh, God, bend
low Thine ear and hear and heed the
supplications of the poor and friendless
in our state for a better interpretation
of our motto: "Equality before the
TnE Omaha Bee has been making a
spectacle of itself in attempting to
meet "Coin" Harvey's challenge, made
in his Omaha speech. Mr. Harvey
had offered $100 to any person who
would find in the press of February,
1873, reference to the demonitizatiou
of silver, which was accomplished at
that time. The Bee quotes a telegram
referring to a bill relating to a change
in the mint lws, and claims the re
ward. It also says that bill was dis
cussed through forty-eight pages of the
Congressional Record, and everybody
was conversant with the matter. The
writer has read over carefully every
column and page of the Globe (not the
Record) published at that time, and he
avers that there was no reference
made in that debate to the leaving of
the silver dollar out of the coinage
laws, as the bill finally provided for.
Nobody talked on the subject, in the
senate or the house : every thifgelse in
the bill wks talked about the making
of the trade dollar, and the putt intr of
the eagle on its face, especially. The
real purpose of the bill was kept out of
the discussion. The Ue is either
lamentably or wilfully ignorant, and
iias no right to claim that rewaid.
The natural method of getting
money into circulation is by the pay
ment of debts ami for the purchase ot
commodities. Banks of issue poison
this method by encouraging the bor
rowing of their paper .bills at a high
rate of interest for speculative pur
poses. Every dollar upon which in
terest is paid is a. tax upon labor, be
cause all wealth is cieaUd by labor, and
interest, or usury, which are identical
terms, is the chief means by which the
earnings of labor are transferred and
concentrated from the bands of labor
to the cotters of the ,rich, by processes
of special legislation. The great
founder of democracy in America.
Thomas Jefferson, was the avowed
-ineruy of banks of issue, as was An
drew Jackson, its patron saint. And
every intelligent and well-informed
democrat believes with Jefferson, that
"banks .f issue are the most cunning
device ever invented to fertilize the
rich man's field with the sweat of the
poor man's brow." But the Cleve
land Carlisle model n school have dis
carded the democratic faith and aie
making a fight to maintain the gold
basis for the purpose of placing the
national bank system in complete con
trol of the financial system of the
country and putting the labor of the
country under their heel. Tbe goldite
scheme is as dangerous to all labor as
it is undemocratic, and no scheme of
"protection" through a high tariff can
ward off its evil effects upon the work
ing people. It is time that every true
American should arouse himself to the
dangers that surround him and stare
him in the face.
Ouu genial friend J. F. I)., v ho is
troubled over many woes, and appar
ently none more serious than the prob
lem how to make and keep a dollar
dear is worrying over the fiat princi
ple, and thinks free coinage people de
pend on that principle for the main
tenance of the value of tbe silver dol
lar under free coinage. Nothing could
be further from the fact, however.
The silver advocates believe that the
economic principle that "supply and
demand regulate prices" applied to
money will keep the two metals to
gether under bimetallism. Silver be
ing made a full legal tender, this fact
will make an unlimited demand for it
as legal tender money and this demand
will fix the price at a par value with
gold because it will have all the uses
to which gold can be put. If a con
spiracy were set on foot to discredit
silver by hiding the gold, the men who
took part in it would soon get tired of
that because they woultl soon see that
silver and silver certificates answered
every purpose, and their gold would
have to come ou. of its hiding before it
could earn anything. The world
never saw the time when gold and sil
ver were too plentiful, and it never
will, hence with the option given the
debtor to pay his debt in either metal,
bimetallism will be an accomplished
success the moment it is adopted.
The goldbug gathering at Lincoln
Wednesday must have been a very
perfunctory, not to say doleful, affair.
With such old-time leaders as Dr.
George L. Miller and James G. Boyd
taking no part in it and declaring it
had no legal existence as a democratic
organization, its members were in a
sad plight. Even J. Sterling Morton,
who was at home al the time, only
sixty miles away, did not deign to ap
pear. Most cf tbe attendants prob
ably went because tbey had a chance
to visit Lincoln on free passes, and
others because they, as government
officials, didn't dare to stay away.
What is the matter with tbe Omaha
district judges? In about two-thirds
of the cases decided by the supreme
court the judgment is against the dis
trict judges' rulings, and the cases are
reversed and remanded. There must
be something seriously wrong some
where. .
Itutler and ERgtt Wanted.
. Will pay highest cash price for but
ter and eggs. Alsd for hides and tal
low. At E. A. Oliver's meat market.
Money is called the blood of civiliza
tion. Measured by its pleutiness or
scarceness civilization advances or
retrogiH'ea. Although it might have
none but an artificial value it fixes the
price of the average of human produc-
1 tiou. That is generally considered the
best money the quantity of which is
regulated by a natural supply. Hence,
since the dawn of civilization gold and
silver have been miuted into money
and have been reckoned as the best
measure of the value of human pro
ductions or human effort, and tbe
quautity of these metals in use as
money has marked the progress of
civilizing intlneucee in the work. Thus
it is seen that the most advanced of
all the dynasties that have tuled the
world have invariably been those
countries which have possessed the
greatest quantity of money. Tbe Jews
under David and Solomon, the Per
sians under Nebuchadnezzar, the
Grecians during their era of grandeur,
the Romans under the C.esars and
Great Britain under Elizabeth, each
have illustrated this important tact.
Tbe discovery of America ami the
robbery by the Spanish of the natives
of Mexico and Suth America of their
untold millions of silver and gold dur
ing the sixteenth century was the
greatest means for the advancement of
civilization in Europe. On the other
hand every nation or people who have
been robbed of their money has gone
down into decay. When the patricians
of Rome melted the money of that peo
ple into ornaments to adorn their per
sons and paraphernalia, Rome went
into a decay which lasted for a thou
sand years. At the present time a
similar process is going on. The
wealth of the world today is concen
trating in few hands, and that process
is greatly aided by taking from silver
its free mintage quality, thus lessening
the number of dollars by which pro
duction is measured, and the con
spiracy to perfect this plan must be
overthrown, or tbe world will again as
inevitably lapse into darkness and de
cay. Hence tbe battle for the free
coinage of silver is the battle of civili
zation against barbarism, of progress
against decay.
A Noti-l'HrtiHKii View.
Eihtok Jol'en'al: The exactions
of party sttife, I have no doubt, often
prevent a party newspaper from say
ing things which, as applied to other
things, would be mere matters of com
mon n mark, vud so it is that the
fear of helping a political opponent
often prevents a party paper from do
ing simple justice. Asa case in point,
the papers have said nothing on the
subject of this communication:
The recent decision of the supreme
court, rele.tsinir on habeas corpus pro
ceedings certain convicts in the peni
tentiary on the ground that informa
tions against the accused were tiled
out of term time, is causing a good
deal of interest throughout the state.
and may result in releasing many
other convicts.
Reader of TllE Jol'kNAL will re
member the case of Douglas, who was
arrested on a charge of burglary, com
mitted at Engle last January, and
who, alter his preliminary examina
tion, was anxious to plead guilty and
thus commence early to serve his sen
tence. The regular term of court
would not convene until March 10, at
which an information could be tiled.
County Attorney Folk made a thor
ough examination of the law and au
thorities bearing thereon, and finally
concluded it unsafe to risk filing the
information in vacation and having
Douglas plead guilty at the judge's
chamber and receive sentence, as lias
been the universal practice ti.onghout
tbe state.
Under the advice of the county at
torney. Judge Ramsey called a special
term of ihe district court for the pur
pose of obviating ibis and other legal
technicalities, at which Douglas en
tered a plea of guilty of burglary, and
was sentenced to five years in tbe pen
itentiary. I do not agree with County Attor
ney Folk, politically, but must say
that iu this instance he showed great
care and good legal ability in prevent
ing the probable release of Douglas on
the very same ground upon which the
supreme court has already released at
least three prisoners from the peni
tentiary. The speedy disposition of the Doug
las matter saved a large bill of costs to
the taxpayers of Cass county, which
also reflects much credit upon Mr.
Live chickens taken on subscription
account to tbe Journal.
To farmers9 wives: Ed
Oliver wants all your best
butter and eggs, at tbe
highest market price.
Omaha, Neb.
Corner I2th and Howard Sts.
Under the innntiKement of I. SII..LOWAY.
It is Omaha's newest and best fitted hotel.
Steam heat, electric light! Kates. $2.00. $2.50or
83.00 a day. Give It a trial and you will never
want to go elsewhere.
Parlor Suites.
$100 for
75 for
55 for
45 for
IiOnnges and Coucbes.
$35 for -
i20 for ,0
15 for 11
H for 8 60
8 50 for - 00
Bed Room Suites.
$100 for
75 for
50 for
Opposite Court House, Plattsmouth, Neb
The Plattsmouth Mills
With the best Machinery made, manufacture
WHEAT, GRAHAM, VT? 1 , , y
Trade Especially Solicited. Runs
Night and Day to Supply Demand.
C. HEISEL, Prop.,
Washington Avenue,
Every purchase
is a guarantee that you obtained the
best and most goods for the least money.
August Gorder,
Is pleased to call special attention to his line of
No. 1 Hand-Made Harness,
Made of Old-Fashioned, Oak-Tanned Leather, which he is able to
warrant as first-class in every particular. Also has a fine line
of Covered CARRIAGES and BUGGIES. He has also added
to his stock a first-class make of BICYCLES, with all the mod
ern improvements.
Harness Repairing at Lowest Prices
No. 309 Main-St., PlattsmoulL. Neb.
$35 for
25 for
22 lor
Dining Tables.
$28 for $20.(J0
20 for 14.00
G for 3.00
4 for. . 250
Gold Coin Steel
Ranges and Stoves
$85 for $05
05 lor 0
.r.O tnr 3S
40 for
30 for
25 lor
Plattsmouth, Neb.
Groceries, Dry
Goods, Notions
I General Mdse.
The Old Reliable
Pioneer Merchant
made at his store
Successor to Fred Gorder & Sou-
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