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About The Lincoln independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1895-1896 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 11, 1895)
The Official Populist Paper.
f t..0 I'KR FEAR IN ADVANCK
ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY.
1IE. I! V III ( KINS, Publisher.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11. 1893.
Eitered at the post offlce of Lincoln,
Neb., an second class trail matter.
People's Independent State Ticket,
For Supreme Judge,
Regents State University,
ELI AW. l'EATTIE.
The People's Independent County
For istrict Judge:
II. F. KOSE. .
J. C. Mc NEIlNEV.
For Clerk of District Court:
ELI AS 1JAKEI!.
For County Clerk-
(1EOHGE II. WALTEKS.
For County Judge:
CEO HUE W. DEUGE.
For County Superintendent:
JOHN (1. SEIDELL.
L. W. LOWRV.
For County Commissioner:
n. K. ItlCIIAHDSOX
X. K. COXXELLY.
C G. IJULLOCK.
A. C. .SIIKHICK.
.! W. EMIIEIISOX.
W. T. ItoLOESOX
J. V. TKAV1S.
For Justice of the Peace:
S. J!. I AMS.
GEOUGE W. DLAKE.
This paper will not advocate any
doctrine not contained in the
Omaha platform. Communications
on economic themes advocating
theories not contained in that plat
lorni cannot be published in the
Sknii us brief communications
about the party work in your coun
ty. We want to learn how the
party is dying out.
In New York City the Piatt re
publicans and the state democrats
have nominated a fusion ticket for
city and county officers. It is an
effort to beat Tamany Hall, Crocker
Tin: republican papers are full
of threats against every man of
their party who dares to vote for a
non-partizan judiciary this year,
and he is told that if he dares to do
it, he shall never have any pie, no.
Thkri: is more sound political
economy in the Nebraska F. A.
and I. U, than any other paper that
comes to this office and it is all
written by a woman. That is the
sort of a "new woman" that will do
some good in the world.
Tiiii State Journal tries to make
a point because a populist could
not name all the candidates on the
stite and county tickets. There
is probably not 5 republican in
thf whole county outside of the
candidates and the unsuccessful
aspirants who can, ott hand, name
the cilices to be filled, let alone llu
candidates. Tin lepubiitun leaders bclieu
that they will rapture the Kcntueky
Irgislat me. The uold bug demo
tuts wilt vote with them to t-lect
nitnibtrs of ilie lfgi.sliture and beat
Joe lihiibhurn and free kiUrr. it
1 aid they have r rurd mu h er
tlc Iruin Washington. No thx
will I t- mad)' on Iturdin for "tr
nor. Tin economist Ion tel. I
V It l!
Miciititic accuracy what would I
low a tc.ittai lio.t ol thettirnruv
. . . 1 . 1 : . . t ..i... :
iy rue uue 01 ftittt r as a primal) T
money, jtisi scienmMiit anothei
held lorctold, jean in advame, tm
lostui m i no in sum nun 11 l urirvnt
lor st in the drj ins; up i f sprmj; ' stuktoth.
and Mrcam " lailuie I crop.
In niithri tae would tin people
listen lo th 111 until diidn vs dur
iIhui into want and inistiy, Kx.
pet i m e in a dear nchool but nutuo
jro-ie will hatn in no other.
HOW TO ABOLISH RENT AND INTEREST.
The distress in this and in all
countries, is caused almost wholly
I by debts and taxes. The interest
on ucius, state, national, caunty,
municipal, railroads and private,is
more than all we can produce, by
labor after enough has been re-
tained by the workers to barely
maintain existence. The statisti
cians and economists areallpracti
cally agreed upon that. The final
result is inevitable if present con
ditions continue. All property will
be owned by a very few and the
remainder of us will become serfs
or paupers. These debts at the
present price of commodities can
never be paid.
The gold standard leaders never
want them to be paid. They want
to make the conditions so that they
never can be paid. Especially do
they want a permanent national
debt, so'they can sit down, clip
coupons and live on interest for
ever. The question is how shall we re
lieve ouselves of this oppression and
extortion? Shall we begin by in
augurating a resolution, overthrow
our constitution and present form
ol government and try to" form a
new government based on entirely
different principles, or shall we try
to do it by the constitutional
methods laid down in the Omaha
plat'orm? To abolish all interest
and rent is to overthrow our whole
form of government. It is the de
struction of the value of all private
property for anything that one can
not consume or hire out has, and
can have no value. Any serious
attempt to do such a thing would
be resisted by force of arms. No
sane man can doubt that, who will
reflect for a single instant. Does
the populist party want to go into
this or any other campaign to so
licit votes with such propositions
as these? Had we not much better
better stick 1 3 the Omaha platform?
The binding planks of that plat
form are statesmanlike. They are
constitutional and if enacted into
law will bring the required relief.
Will it not be better for the party,
better for us a3 individuals, better
for the children who come after us
to seek relief in a constitutional
way, than to try to produce an up
heaval in society that will distroy ,
all existing forms of government?
The Omaha platform if enacted
into law will almost wholly abolish
interest and rents and do it with
out any upheaval in society.
In 1868 John Sherman wrote a
letter in which he said: "The peo
ple are piosperous and out of
debt." If they were out of debt
they didn't have have any interest
to pay. No man and no govern
ment will have to pay interest if
they are out of debt. Let some of
these men who criticise the editor
of this paper just stop and think if
that is not true. The constitutional
way to abolish interest is to pay
off the debts and do business on a
cash basis. But under the present
conditions the Shylocks and usur
ers have us in a condition and in
tend to keep us there so we can
never pay our debts. The Omaha
platform provides a constitutional
way to change that that condition
and make it possible and compara
tively easy to pay our debts and
It would take but a short time to
stop ims awiui interest uram mat 1
hangs like a dark cloud all over
this state if wheat was $1, corn 50
cents a bushel and beef and pork
cents a poumi, ana wages S3 a
day. The farmers would pay off!
their debts and slop interest.
They would buy so much goods
the merchants would soon pay off
their debts, and stop interest. That
is the way to abolish interest, That
is constitutional, that is accord-
ing to the Omaha platform. I n-
$50 per capita and th thing is
Isn't it better to advocate sound
economic doctrines like that than
to go howling around about wild.
impracticable schemes that disgust !
and drive away from ih all conser-
vative and thinking men?
!' the same process rent would ,
j be almost wholly abolished, men I ministering mstire ami sit as su
j would not be living in rented houses 1 pieme a the Car of Kussia Let
jthen. They would own their own'usi lect Samuel MaxwHI and put at
j house as tlu- always have when h.ist on.- t hi ck upon them
.the price of product of labor is
high. It is only win n piiccs fall. ;
that land goe into the hands of the!
few. The writer knows a man who ,
bought Mm at res ! land on one
i r tune at jo h r aero, ten er
jtrnt inteictt, sowed itall towheat,
; raised 40 bushels of fall Hhe.it to
jthe an.?, sold Iht wheat for a Ut
l',. ,.v . r 1 hi,.-!,..l .. I 1...
...... ..... - l'' ,-,,, ,i,r me
farm, built him a Iioum- out ol that
one tropin one train time, and
paving lent and iutriekt
I hat i th way hit. the
wav b. aboi.di utter. t and
I lnuli.iplatl.tr :n , 1
1 , ,1 1. , ,.
. Ihe die,,,,.,, drram and b.uld
ti e,, Ntw J.rusaleiu.
II runt CelST
I hat our lot m id
. I". ' .
Ithis state is big slowly, but su,e.
...... , nun ni 1:1
!y overlhovv by means of tin: su
preine court of the state, no honest
man can deny after a little investi
gation. It is a matter of very
grave concern to many patriotic
members of the bar, who in private
J often express themselves plainly
upon the subject.
i The daneer to free institutions
mrougn tne decisions ot tins court
is a thousand times greater than
from anything that the communists
may do or say.
This court is overturning by its
decisions the theory an practice
of the law that has stood the tests
of sound reason and good judgment
of all those learned in the law for
the last 400 years, and the result
will be.thatthe whole state.includ
ing the legislatives and executive
branches, will become helpless be
fore it and the corporations that
put it in power and keep it there.
No supreme court or court of
appeals ever before undertook to
reverse the decisions of lower courts
and finally dispose of cases in the
manner that this court does. It has
always been the province of juries
to decide upon the facts. The court
instructs the jury as to the law, but
the lury must hear the evidence
and decide what the facts are
Vhre it appears to a judge that
the verdict of a jury is not supported
by the evidence, or is clearly in
opposition to it, he may set the
verd;ct aside and order a new trial,
but the facts must still be left to a
jury and not to any judge.
Appeals from the lower courts
were made upon points of Jaw,
where the judge was in error in his
decisions or in his instruction', to
the juy. The verdict of the jury
upon the facts has always been
final. No appeal can be taken
Many decisions of the supreme
court in the last few years go to
ward overthrowing this long es
tablished practice and it assumes
the powergranted in the constution
and statutes to the jury alone. It
decides upon the facts of the case.
Especially is this so where railroad
corporations are interested. If a
passenger is injured by a refusal to
stop the train long enough for the'
person to alight in safety and the
case is tried before a jury and they
find the railroad corporation guilty
of criminal neglgence upon the evi
dence submitted to them and assess
damages as the facts in their judg
ment warrant, all the railroad has
to do is to appeal the case, take it
to the supreme court where the
corporatinn judges relieve them of
all responsibility. They do not re
mand it for a new trial and have
another jury sit and hear evidence
and assess the damages as has been
the custom since the foundation of
the government. They decide it
themselves. There are many such
cases on record. j
Here is a revolution almost asj
rrfar na vuao nvor fffirtcrl in :i I
government at onetime. The peo
ple may elect every other judge in
the state. They may be just and
fair judges, but they are helpless
as long as the supreme court is
controlled by the railroad corpora
tions. The railroads can kill their
passengers, they can refuse to
whistle at crossings, they can
charge extortionate rates, they can
do anything they please and all
the judges and juries in the whole
state outside of the supreme court
are helpless under this system. It'
is in effect the handing of every
citizen and his property over to the
tender mercies of the railroads for
final disposal as they see tit. There
has never been such an outrage
committed on free government
since free governments existed.
There is no use for the legisla-
ture to pass laws to protect citi
kens and their property, this court :
I will nnt fail In lnrl:irp flwm nn.i.ii.
stitutioual. If the
other executive officer tries to de-U;
fend the people, they will issue ain pomnts accuse us therefore t,f fa.
j injunction. If some of their pets voring usury. Not at all. The
i rob the state treasury they will dc-'onnha platform doesn't demand
1 me mat it is not u crime hut a
mistake of judgment
They and they alone air. the
government. I'hcy have ebmi-
nated iuries tiom our se.i in nf a. I
In the ttst whiih the wntf r
11 privilcdged to make of
t Diversity library he
made a rry unKrtant discovery,
;Tluie are a e;ood many standard
works oti political eionomy on Us
shelves. The binding in many
worn afd shabby. J'ail ol
. the work will show
the mark of
uo an 1 in tin reinaiiultr the Itavt s
i never been tut, YI,t i
tra'Ui l i-l ail, hidden in li.u ur
. ut b av .. whn I. have nevt r U en
'I.! I.' . I ll.ll.l 1.4 II... ..1.1 l . -
; lie th great Itindamental tiullYton
1 - 1 .1 1 . ,
wt,h the b.i of ,,ohi,ty
any , ople n t. Has: tin all t tn
ic ilynt'i .' 1 ,1 all llit, iwiit lli.il
,, ,, , .
.'"i "' - rMai.i.icn
.01,1 siMioont a ov 1 jvt tin nrvii
a Mudent been told to .fadwht'
1 1 he great philosophers and schol
ars have said about money and its
functions? Has no student ever
been taught the quantitative
theory of the purchasing power of
money as laid down by every econo
mist? The following extracts were
taken from between uncut leaves
of the volumos used in the libra
ry of the State University.
There Is plenty of evirlenrc to prove tbal ait in
conYertablc paper money, if carefully limited In
quantity, can relulu iU full value. Such iu (tie
cae with the Hank of Kmjlaml note fiir
several years after the cupeulun of
specie paymentH In 1797, and tucu ix
the ease with present note of the itank
of France. Money and the inecbanimu of ex
change by W. Stanley Jevonts M. A. F. U. S. Prof,
of political economy, Mauthexter, Knglund, pp
If the population and wealth of a country in
creases, prices will decline utiles s erciiteramouiit
of money Is brought into circulation. (Manual of
Political Economy by IU. Hon. Henry rawcett, M.
A. C. h. F. K. S. and and Prof, of political econo
my in the I'nivernily of Cambridge, Km;, p. 40W.
A general rive or fall In prices mean that the
etamlard of value altered The only result
would be that the term of contractu would be al
tered The quantity of money ought to in
crcanc or decrease a the commerce of a country i
Increases ordecreanef". Ibid, pp. ((. III. j
DON'T ABUSE THE MINISTERS. j
The Indkpf.ndent wants to enter !
its solemn protest against the gen-1
eral denunciation of the church
and ministers which some papers
are con.-dantly engaged in. lo the
first place it is extremely bad pol
icy and in the second place it is
unjust. There are plutocratic,
money-lending preachers, whom
the Independent despises, but
there are thousands of others who
are honest, God-fearing men. They
are not to be blamed because they
know nothing of civil government
or political economy. They have
never read a book on either of
those subjects and know no more
about them than nursing babies.
Examine their libraries and noth
ing will be found but Calvin's or
Watson's institutes, textual com
mentaries on the bible, works on
mora! philosophy, on the wili, on
the final perseverance of the saints,
on falling from grace and the like. 1
They could not if they tried I
preach useful sermons on the sub !
jects that engage the attention of j
the statesmen and politicians. , Let j
them alone. Through the fear of!
nen or nope 01 neaven tney noui
in check the savage propensities of
thousands of men. It is only when
they openly throw their influence
in favor of the oppressor and ex
tortioner that they ought to be de
nounced. The populist party in
some sections have lost a great
many votes by indiscriminate de
nunciations of the churches and
ministers. Many of the preachers
are good fellows, can tell a good
story and know a good horse when
they see it. So don't get angry at
them and abuse them because they
don't know anything about the
se'ence of political economy.
till r 1 .1 11
NO THIEVES TO WATCH.
As a writer on love and "soul
mates" the editor of the Platts
mouth News is commending him
self to all the young ladies in the
state. The editor of the Inde
pendent does not look upon that
as fair competition in journalism.
We older fellows can't compete.
How can we, who have to keep
one eye all the time on peniten
tiary, electric lighting and other
schemes of republican ring thiev
ery, have time to concoct such sen
tences as this:
No soul is complete in itself. omewlierc in the
world there fs to he fouud the other half of jour
soul, the half that will make you a rounded, per
fect man or woman. Today you may not find it,
tomorrow you may not find It, but some flay and
i some time your foul will find Us mate.
It is only republican editors who
'have no thieves among their popu
i list opponents to watch, who can
, find time to concoct that sort of
w .. I I :::..l l. n
in nf int. r. t aiut nmf nf nur on.
tin total abolition of interest, but
on the contrary fix'is a late at whit li
borrower shall secure mom v.
r iiie uui iui nit ioiai ainuiiiun i
o interest because wc do not be- j
liee the populist party, ur any
otbei paity, 1 an ievolutioiii.e the '
whole government, t ommerci,it and ;
social system. Wither do wo want!
a t omiition lu re c-xy man can ;
II'.. ...... . f..- .1... ..I...!:.:
ooirow an tne mom v in takes a
11 .1 .1
notion to. That would make moie
so plentiful one would hardly pit k
it up m the street and it would
t ost Jin lit buy a s piafe meal.
Iluiy man would be 111 debt and
paing interest uitdet sikIi a ou
dmon. What we iU want, how
e.vt r, t i;ovrrnment issue ohnonrv
in sultu 11 nl quantities to do the htiM
; n s of the 1 oiintry on a ash tutis.
We want it issued by ihc jjovrni
.unit, without the iiitf rvrntio i ol
banks and in nuiliiiont jnnni y t-
taise the pru t-of laboi and la'wrs
Unks and in Miihiient .inani.ty .'
1... ... 1..;... t, ..... - it .1
i'iumum u inii'i ih.m . w
man can .tul ot ,h bt ami
Dwe no man a t ent. Tina we . on-
' . . ... 1 . 1 . 1 - .. - I
i.rodiutslo living l:J'iriso tlul
l'"msi isi unit- 1 t
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Tw,a.f,t tZx -IM January
vM, . i . J 1 a-: i
Mils. ELI A W. PZATTIE.
When Mrs. I'tattie's name was
announced in the state convention
as a candidate for regent of the
State University, some one from
the far away frontiers of the state
arose and asked if she were a popu
list. This writer took that as a di
rect insult to the whole sow There
is not a respectable woman living
who is not a populist. They are
all home builders, and that is the
chief aim of the populist party.
While it is true that all women and
especially all mothers are populists,
it is also true that there are very
many thousand women who have
not education enough to know it.
JJut that is not the fault of the wo
men. It is the fault of the schools
and colleges and our long estab
lished system of education. Mrs.
I'eattie is not of that class. She
found out that she was a populist
In the campaign of iSyo the edi
tor of The Independent was
offered and accepted a position on
the World-Herld editorial staff.
When he arrived at the office he
was shown to a room in which there
were two desks. At the other sat
a bright eyed little woman making
her fingers fly, with lightning like
speed over the keys of a
type writer. At one side
lay a pile of type written
manuscript, to which she was ad
ding sheet after sheet with astonish
ing rapidity. She didn't even look
up. The confusion of the entrance
into the room and the loud talk
just outside the door, she didn't
seem to mind at all. She was at
work earning her daily bread and
tryin to help pay off the mortgage
on as cultured and hnppya home as
exists in the state of Nebraska, in
w hich she is training three children,
two boys and a girl, who wilt bean
honor to this state by and by.
As month after month wore away
and the daily grist of newspaper
work was turned out, sitting there
side by side, we grew to have gn at
respect for that little woman. In
the first place she had thoroughly
explored that vast field of political
knowledge necessary to any edito
' rial writer on a great daily. She
iknew parties and their history.
She could have writ'e'i on the spur
'of the moment, withot the aid of
j encyclopedic or biograpic.d .lie
jtionaries, an abituary notice of a
'thousand men prominent in poli
tics or literature in this country and
in Ivnrope, and it would have on
taim d a com et epitome of their
Here endurance and ability
T.I i ,
tiK was always a wonder to u.
She did more newsp.ipt r work than
any man in Omaha, and that only
seenx d her it creation. The d.nly
grind ol newspaper work dune, she
turned with tin fieshruss of the
dav dawn lark to the fields ol nine
literatim.', and from 1 ioou heart
and a t lcar iiitellei t imiiift! t,,nh
lho,i littraty uein in in and'
storv tint havetli balded the t riin
ol .oston an.) New Vork, and tU
whole United State
One n these sp rits pure liH ia
tun, prntcd in the i'u,o hi . tbtion
"I th Cosmopolitan tnauaint. !'!
made tnoo populi-t vol. ui the
eastern Matt than ,ill.ili. r iilt.rrii
Ittt ratine put l ;;Mln r Sin m
I I I -it .; .
m, so. m 01 wnt.t.4 the
ItltJil.tt.! Ik ill, I, II... ...l i I..a
1... t .1.1
h 11 name a hi an uitv u.nw
i ev,iH,tly4,ar,,,.iS pas,,,,,, h,,h
, contain, she wrut- I In b ,k
! .. . . 1 .
wa" wiurn i I te lie uii'.iiia tf.n
mention and u Mill on tl
lie iisi o
Nvrry publish, r of a retorm library.
1 1 All this wivdl.l m m 10 N' enough
work for one woman, but it is
sca'reely half of what she has done.
From the newspaper office and
type writer she hastened home to
her children, and any one calling
in the evening would find her with
the needle in her hand instead of
the pen, sewing, darningand mend
ing and helping the children with
their lessons. And that did not
finish the days work. After the
children were put to bed and kissed
good night, she was off down town
to attend some benevolent organi
zation where her happy face and
cheerful voice gave hope and cour
age to many a dispairing cause.
This is but a verry imperfect
sketch, hastily written, of one of
the populist candidates for regent
of the State University in which
over 500 girls are being educated.
That she will be elected no one
seriously doubts. She ought to be
chosen by an unanimous vote of the
whole citizenship of Nebraska, it
would be no honor to her, but it
would honor the state.
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD,
The editor of the Independent
will pay to lion. . II. Gere one
hundred dollars in gold, silver cer
tificates, national bank notes.Sher
man treasury notes or silver dol
lars as he, the said Gere may elect,
provided the said Hon. C. 11.
Gere will point out the statue that
authorizes the secretary of the
treasury or any sub-treasurer of the
United States to redeem silver dol
lars or silver certificates in gold or
evidence to prove that is the policy
or practice of the secretaty of the
treasury to redeem them in gold.
If is true that silver dolkrs are re
deemable in gold, as so often as
serted by Mr. Gere in the State
Journal, it will be worth more than
jioo, to the editor of the Indepen
dent to know it. and he will gladly
pay ?ioj reward to be shown the
statute that authorizes it. He be
lieves that the silver dollar is at
par with gold because it is a legal
tender for al'. debts public and
private except it is otherwise pro
vided in the contract and for ro
RESULT Or POPULISM.
Tin- bnJ i lltfM'd with new Idtu..
V htinul or lirofblct tlian llie fHujii..
TI1.1I ht-tti like n ttlf-, rurxiii
Vir.ilii-t tin- riK-kftfif tltnr wi.ru imtium.
-fol. Illjl.y, in Dallj Iirtrt.
Iv a h tter to Tiik lMr.iM;Mi i
Judge I). T. Welly says: "I wiii
tlo what I can to get your paper
belt ire the people nut litre as it has
the tight ring to it. Continue t
send me a cop as I want the state
Tin delinquent tax list in l.au-casti-r
comity this year covers
eleven page of the Joirnal, s vt n
iiilumrt to the page put up in fine
t)H This is further evident cf
the full'iilim-nt of John Sienna
celebrated prophecy that the repeal
of the Sherman act would bung
prosperity witlnn l-n tlivs Whn
tan dmibt the wisdom of it pvw .
K I I I I I. V a pOplfol l it."
an argument on lower O street Sl
unlay. Mie tt ptibb. ati l ing tet
en in the aigumcnt ltst his trniptr
and stim k out w uh his tut 1 1.
imo utiJv replied. "Whether tn,n t
guuient i too I or tiol.iettauilv 40,11
manner re viy liilin,-
whirh h itpid.livan I d led
itmuth, unfoHbd hi tut,
.. 11 . 1 . . 'i 1
tlll Mi 0 W ,
to pie, e thai lipoid Man lar l;.
. . s s
prut. 1 'an k 1 11 p . . t, la.i-arfs, j,,,
buiim an I gemra. puvcrty arc
great hlcsMsi.: b.r wlmh all U.e
jHfopJi- should b. trulv thankf.il.
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