The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, February 20, 1896, Image 1

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The Wealth Makers and Lincoln Independent Consolidated.
NO. 37.
Bat That is a Thing that the Gold Bugs,
From John Sherman to Lincoln's
Tyro Would Never Do-
Lincoln's Qoldite Saocho Panza Meets
With Same Acciddent the Old One
Did at the Fulling Mills.
The Poor Fellow is, However, Very
Lincoln, Feb. 17, 1806.
Editor Independent: Mr. F. W. Col
lins, president of the Republican leagues
of Nebraska, has just had published !(),
000 copies, so said, of an address to
''Fellow Nebraskans," one of whom the
writer has been for somewhat more than
twenty years.
Oo his title page, as a kind of "golden
text," perhaps, Mr. Collins says: "Come,
now, and let us reason together.
have accepted Mr. Collins' invitation and
have examined his address.
At the bottom of the title page is an
other "golden text," as it were, reading:
"Buy the truth and sell it not."
Now, it is possible that both of these
golden texts are apocryphal, added by
some enthusiastic but unlettered friend,
these texts being so strongly in contrast
with the classic title chosen by Mr. Col
lins for his address.
Mr. Collins is a lawyer, and, not being
a paid attorney in this case," he asks
"credit for sincerity of statement." To
this he is entitled, and such will be cheer
fully accorded him. The "man who
thought the pale-faced moon who night
ly o'er him led her virgin hosts, to be no
larger than his father's shield," was en
titled to credit for sincerity.
The infant who believes the moon made
of green cheese is alike entitled to that
credit. But doubtless both these per
sons would, if wise enough, extend the
same courtesy to those who differed from
them in opinion.
In order that no good thing might be
lost, and that Mr. Collins' "Fellow Ne
braskans" might fully understand him,
be charitably unfolds these convolutions
before searching the real "grey matter'
of his address:
First, the Dispatch from the Philadel
phia Press to Mr. Collins.
Second, Mr. Collins' "16 to 1 or Bust;"
"Shut your eyes and go it blind" reply,"
based on the scholarly attainments of
Third, covering the first and second
convolutions, dure viator-like, is the
"Explanatory Note." And now we are
prepared for the outset.
"Fellow Nebraskans," says ' Mr. Col
lins, "I am here to combat the reckless
ipsie dixit of my text, "16 to 1 or
Bravo! Mr. Collins manifests real
courage thus to attack an imaginary
windmill of his own building. Had he
been Don Quixote's squire at the adven
ture of the fulling mills, the accident that
befell Sancho would .not have happened
On page six of Mr. Collins' address are
found the following statements: First
"The truth is, there has been no general
decline in the price of farm products since
Second "Up to two years ago statis
tics show that instead of a decline in the
value of farm products, there h&d been a
general advance since 1873." (The
italics are mine.)
, Third "This will apply to labor as
Now, Mr. Collins has pulled his sled up
the hill, watch him turu round, get on
and slide down. ' Here he goes.
Fourth "Of course overproduction
invariably reduces prices, and the cheap
ened cost of production necessarily acts
in the same way.
Fifth "But our friends tell the farmer
in all confidence that the low price of his
wheat is due to the demonetization of
Sixth "Speaking of commodities gen
erally, their price is about 8 per cent
lower than in 1860." Now, let state
ments 1, 2 and 3, as above, be compared
with 4, 5 and 6, then concede sincerity to
Mr. Collins.
But why does Mr. Collins choose 1860
as a basis for comparison? Whv did he
not take 1870. 1880, or even 1890? He
evidently sought a point where prices
were as nearly on a level with present
prices as possible, and that point was
1860. Then (m 1860) an "irrepressible
conflict" was pending, and local indus
trial enterprises were paralyzed, and in
ternal revenue had well nigh ceased as
between North and South.
In 1860 one of two national calamities
was inevitable. Either a peaceable dis
solution of the Union, or a -tierce fratici
dal war of unknown dnraifon and of
doubtful conclusion. But tyen this
pending calamity did not reduce prices
to the level of the present day bj8 per
cent, as per Mr. Collins' statement. V
Mr. ColliuB says that "the friendA of
silver seem to have forgotten that the
immense wbeatfields of Russia, Indiaand
South America have something to do
with the (low) prices of wheat," but here
he errs again. It is remembered that a
short time ago Russia received aid from
Nebraska, and that now on a gold
standard authority, South America is
buying wheat with silver at f 2.12 for a
dollar's worth in gold. Yet the price of
wheat in Nebraska "remains firm."
And in India, where the labor compe
tition has been between the man and the
mule, the mule has surrendered and hu
man labor is now employed instead in
raising water into canals for purposes of
irrigation, and this in a gold standard
Let the farmers of Nebraska answer
Mr. Collins' ipsie dixit, that there has
been "a general advance in the price of
farm products since 1014. "
Let the laboring men of Nebraska
make answer to his statement that
"wages have advanced during the same
If the man and the machine both work
and the output of the finished products
of labor be increased, and the cash de
creased, the reduction in cash is at the
expense of labor. If the increased out
put of the necessaries and comforts of
life is not consumed, it is because the
people are unable to buy, for there is,
and can be, no limit to human wants.
Mr. Editor, it is impossible in the
space of a newspaper article to do Mr.
Collins' 28-page pamphlet ordinary
justice, but as Mr. Collins has assumed
to speak for the Republicans of Nebras
ka without consulting tbem, he may be
presumed to be the oracle on orthodox
republicanism of this state, and with
your permission further notice may be
riven to him who is "no hired man,"
but a patriot who voluntarily casts him
self into the breach "in behalf of nation
al integrity and national security,"
where his presence may be expected to
lend confidence to virtue and his words
add candor to truth. 16 to 1
The Great Plutocratic Game Started
at Washington.
The wise and patriotic action of the
populists at St. Louis, and of the silver
men at Washington, looking to union
a"nd victory, has aroused the enemy.
The hotels and the corridors olJhe Na
tional Capitol are filled with emissaries
of the gold combination, calling them
selves business men. In addition to the
meeting of the National Board of Trade,
which is practically a sub-committee of
the New York banks, Mr. Darwin R.
James, ex-president of the New York
Board of Trade, with an army of retain
ers, is lobbying congress for legislation in
the interest of Loudon and American
banks. These lobbyists, from 1862, when
they mutilated the greenback to create a
gold board to make war on the Repub
lic until the present time, have been the
active agents in procuring all the vile
legislation which has brought disaster
upon the country and prostrated 70,
000,000 of the people before a heartless
gold syndicate of London and New York.
The presence of the enemies of the people
in Washington bodes no good. The
train of their operations is marked for
more than thirty years by theruin of the
industries of the country which their in
trigues have produced. These money
grabbers and gold gamblers always
renew their activity when the people show
signs of resistance. The fact that the
people are uniting and that victory is in
sight, will make them more active and
desperate during the present congress
than ever before. They realize that more
legislation is necessary to place their ill
gotten gains and their schemes of plun
der beyond the reach of the people.
We Will Fight on the Ice.
Cornell, Neb., Feb, 14, 1896.
Editor Independent: I write to ex
press my good wishes for The Nebraska
Independent, since it and the Wealth-
maker have been consolidated, as it
gives the people a much better paper
than either could have been alone. It is
ably edited and not excelled by any pa
per published, giving the latest news. It
is fully abreast of the times and the best
educatorof good governmentand science
of money. It will lead the masses out of
the wilderness and into the land of lib
ertyfree them from usury and bondage.
Long may it live to fight the money
power and, it need be, fight them till hell
freezes over and then fight tbem on the
. lours fraternally,
L. D. Currence.
Ignorant Business Men.
The fact is that the average farmer of
today reads more, studies more, and is
better informed on passing events and
the needs of the hour than is the average
business man.
The tendency of present public affairs
is toward disaster. Business failures are
coming today at the rate of nearly six
million dollars a week, according to
Dun's report. One of these days the in
evitable will come, and business men who
now have no time to find out what is the
matter with the country will have ample
time to meditate and to profit by the
mistakes of the past. Clay County Pa
Afraid of Him.
The republican politicians are deter
mined to run Governor Holcomb for con
gress. They are wonderfully afraid that
he will succeed himself as the "best cov
er 11 or Nebraska ever had." Clay County
Delinaaent subscribers must nnv tin. At.
least in part.
AH arugglsU sell Dr. Miles' fain Fills.
His Courageous Fight for the Common
Soldier Approved by a Connecticut
G. A. B. Post
Thurston's Dad and His Son Big Pen
sions to Widows of Generals and
a Pittance to Those ot Pri.
vates Don't Oo.
Connecticut Old Soldiers Know Theii
The G. A. R.1 posts all over the United
States are passing resolutions endors
ing Senator Allen's speech and his posi
tion on pensions, which the republican
press of Nebraska attempted to ridicule.
There are a few old soldiers in this state,
stone blind from , party prejudice, who
seem to think the man who sacrificed his
father and is willing to give, his son, or
any other of his relations, to save the
nation, is more 'worthy of admiration
than the man who carried a knapsack
and musket for' three years, "sometimes
following the brigadiers and the briga
diers sometimes following him," but they
are very few.
The following resolutions tell what the
old soldiers of Connecticut think of our
Senator Allen:
Headquarters Nathanial Lyon Popt
No. 2, Department of Connecticut, Grand
Army of the Republic, Hartford, Con.,
Feb. 4.
Whereas, The members of
regular session assembled, having heard
read the arguments and testimony from
the Congressional Record of the date of
January 14, 1896, pertaining to the bill
for pensioning the widow of the late Gen
eral Coggswell of Massachusetts, and
after a thorough discussion and careful
consideration of the subject, desire to
place on record the following resolu
tions: Resolved, That Nathanial Lyon Post
No." ' 2,-1 Department- trf CdtmeccifiCt,
Grand Army of the Republic, regrets to
find a distinguished soldier and member
of this post, in his place in the United
States senate, advocating sentiments
and performing acts calculated to dis
criminate against the widow of the com
mon soldier, in favor of the widow of the
commissioned officer, in the matter of
governmental recognition of the claim
upon its bounty of one and the other.
Resolved, That we are unable to dis
cern from the arguments adduced on
what grounds of logic or of equity the
case of men holding different grades of
rauu and receiving unequal compensa
tion for time and services rendered in the
cause of their country, can at anytime
apply to relatives or triends of the same,
never having rendered or being called to
the performance of such service.
Kesolved, lhat we most respectfully.
yet earnestly, protest against the spirit
01 discrimination involved in the action
of vouchsafing to the widow of the com
mon soldier holding recognition from the
governmant of the faithful performance
of patriotic duty equal to any comrade
of any rank an honorable discharge
the petty sum of $8, $ 10, and $12 per
month, while the widow of another, who
did no more than his duty (sometimes
not even that), is accorded five, six, eight
ana ren times as much.
Resolved, That if the larger amount is
tendered, as is here claimed, in recogni
tion of the greater service of one to his
country, and to honor his memory for
the same, the smaller amount must be
held as the measure of the service of the
other, and the honor therefor, whereas
the honored and beloved bead of the na
tion proclaimed in its moments of cru
cial agony: "The only debt we can never
pay is the debt of gratiude we owe to our
brave soldiers.
Resolved, That it is with feelings of deep
regret the members of this post find
themselves called upon to dissent from
the position of the distinguished com
rade of their own household, so to speak,
in the matter here at issue and to be
obliged to record thoirendorsement of the
sentiments and action of the "stranger,"
the also distinguished comrade, from
Resolved, That the thanks of this post
are hereby tendered to the Hon. William
V. Allen, senator from Nebraska, for the
interest and galantry manifested in the
cause of the widow of the common sol
dier as equal to that of the widow of the
commissioned officer, believing such con
duct inspired by the same spirit that
actuated the fathers of the nation in the
immortal declaration that "All men are
created equal, endowed by their Creator
with the right of life, liberty and the pur
suit of hapiness," and, of course, all that
these noble words imply.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu
tions be forwarded to Senator Hawley,
one to Senator Allen and one to Con
gressman Henry of the First congres
sional district of Connecticut, and that
we call on the grand army posts of the
state and nation to speak out on this
most important issue, and record their
convictions as to whether the veterans
of the late civil war, fought on behalf of
the perpetuation of free institutions, are
worthy of the estimate placed on their
patriotic services by the martyred Lin
coln or are more fairly and accurately
adjudged by the estimate and action of
the majority of our present national law
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a
correct copy of the resolutions passed as
stated. George Jones, Adjutant.
Delinquent subscribers must pay up, at
least in part.
Senator Pettigrew Advocating Populist
Doctrine in the Senate.
Senator Pettigrew made a speech the
other day attacking the past manage
ment of the Union Pacific, lie opposed
the reorganization plan, declaring that
the reorganization committee was en
titled to no consideration whatever, pre
senting, as it did, the heartless and un
scrupulous men who had been robbing
the government for a generation. He
applied equally strong language to the
receivers and government directors of the
Union Pacific, whom he spoke of as oper
ating in the interests of this "gang of
highwaymen, this Boston crowd of high
waymen." He argued that the govern
ment should take charge of the road, is
sue its own bonds, pay off the first mort
gage bonds of thirty -four millions refund
ed to the treasury, the fifty-three millions
now due and take up the floating debt of
twelve, millions. He quoted at some
length from the minority report of the
United States Pacific railway commission
(Governor Pattison's report), to show
corrupt management on the part of the
railroad directors.
"Is not the republican party directly
responsible for continuing this condition
of things?" Allen asked.
"I do not care to furnish campaign
material for the populist party in Ne
braska," Mr. Pettigrew replied.
"Then you decline to answer," Mr. All
ien persisted. I infer from your remarks
that you are in favor of the government
taking part of the road. Is that cor
rect?" "0, certainly," Mr. Pettigrew an
swered. "And owning it?" Mr. Allen asked.
"I see no possible objection to the gov
ernment owning this road and operating
it, Mr. Pettigrew said.
"I beg to call the senator's attention,"
Mr. Allen remarked, "to the factthatthis
is paternalism and populism according
to republican dennitious."
Mr. Pettigrew went on and finished his
speech without denying the soft impeach
Or is the living Paid tor at ao Much
a He?
It is, perhaps, hardly worth while to
endeavor to pour truth into the brain
pan of him who is unwilling to receive it;
but an impulse of benevolence may urge
that a few words shall be said to the
Boston Commercial Bulletin, from which
the following sentence is taken:
"The Mexican laborer receives the same
nnmber of Mexican dollars per month
that he did before, but they buy very
much less, because all merchandise has a
gold value in international markets, and
prices in silver vary accordingly to the
comparative values of the white and yel
low metals."
No merchandise has a "gold value in
Mexico." All of it is valued in silver.
The Mexican laborer does not buy "in
international markets," excepting in a
trifling numberof instances. Hesupplies
his wants from the home market. Prices
in Mexico have not varied and do not
vary as they do here. The shifting rela
tion between gold and silver does not
affect prices in Mexico any more than
one of our elections affect Mexican poli
tics. One ounce of silver wiii buy as
much of any Mexican product as it ever
would; the laborers obtain more pay
than they once did because the industrial
movement is greater; and in every way
these people are better off rather than
worse off. It is difficult to discern
whether the persistence in error of journ
als like the Bulletin is due to perversity
or stupidity. Perhaps it may be attrib
uted to a combination of the two. It is
perfectly safe to challenge any man to
produce evidence in support of the theory
that the Mexican dollar "buys very
much less" than it once did. No such
evidence is in existence. The Manufact
urer, i
The Best in the United States.
We much doubt if the populist party
has a state paper anywhere in the Union
that surpasses The Nebraska Independ
ent. It is edited with ability, and, to an
outsider, appears to be doing moreeffect
ive party work than has been done by
any of its predecessors at any time.
They have had their special merits and
their special strength; bnt in the line of
practical politics the Independent, as
now managed, appears to lead, and the
party throughout the state may well ral
ly to its support. Antelope Tribune.
The Independent Publishing Compa
ny has purchased a large amount of gar
den seeds. We warrant the seeds to be
of the very best. They were purchased
of Griswold Seed Co., You can get your
garden seeds, by ordering through The
Indedependent, at a discount of 60Jj
per cent from the retail price. Every
subscriber to this paper will certainly
take advantage of this very great dis
count. Read the statement on the third
page of this issue.
The Merchants Hotel Restaurant at
the corner of P&lth st.some time since
advertised ten cent meals. Within a few
days new tables have to be put in once
more, waiters hired, for every one that
comes once, comes again when they saw
the clean table linens, white napkins, and
abnndant food, all for ten cents. There
never was such a meal with such service
put up for ten cents before.
We are for our Nation First and Stand a
Unit for her Institutions.
We say to the Money Power, Thus far
and no Farther can you go..
We Will Unite and Drive the Enemy
From Our 'Land.
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 19. 1896.
Editor Independent: If may be of
some interest to those who are watching
the movements that are being made, by
the populist party at this time, to know
what will be the final action at the St
Louis national convention July 22. That
no one knows. But to me the outlook
for the party is the brightest in its his
tory. It is a well understood fact that
present conditions - were brought
about, as we believe, by the lead
ers of the political parties who
have been in power, and we fur
ther believe that the masses of the people
have known but little of the inside work
ings of these leaders. .
There has only been differences in ap
pearance, behind the scene they have
planned together. Their concerted ac
tion will convince anyone who will give
this matter a fair consideration of the
truthfulness of this statement. The ques
tion to be first discussed before the mas
ses of the people in my opinion, is bow
the masses of all sections of the country
can be brought together in one body, for
concerted action, for all agree that the
common people must take hold of the
helm of state or the present distressed
condition will only be increased, and our
opportunity lessened to help ourselves.
To me it looks as though the golden mo
ment was at band, and in support of
this it is only necessary to point to the
disturbed condition of all business, with
failures upon every hand, in every state,
in all sections of the country, and among
all classes.
It was only necessary that some of
the weaker ones should give way
first, to show the unsafe condition of all
business, and that the same influences are
undermining the entire structure. The
giving way and breaking down of the
smaller concerns of our business world,
is ouly a warning to the larger ones, who
with the continuation of these conditions
are sure to plunge into the same whirl
pool. Shall we call a halt and ask ourselves
what is the matter? Have we been more
extravagant than in former years? Or is
it possible that our energies have slack
ened and the rush of business that has
been accompanied with prosperity in for
mer years has ceased? Can it be with the
privileges of our free system of education
that we know less how to manage our
finances? We say no! We will say further
that no people on the face of the earth,
ever did put forth a more determined
effort to succeed in all their business un
dertakings, thau have'our people in this
country. They have worked and toiled,
they have made mints of money, they
have accumulated fortunes, they brought
into existence by their ingenuity the mod
ern inventions and improvements, they
have been second to no nation under the
sun, to forge ahead in every respect that
was calculated to benefit mankind and
what is the result?
The nation we boast of, whoso flag we at
all times stand ready to uphold, with all
the accumulated wealth, with all the ad
vancements achieved, with all her peace
ful surroundings, has been driven upon
a rock, the great ship of state has been
wrecked; and it was by those who have
been supposed to be her friends guarding
her every interest with a jealous eye.
Financially she has been plunged into the
deep, and as she sinks under these condi
tions we wonder what kind of patriot
ism could her crew have possessed? In
whose interest could they have acted; Uli,
how cruel it is to sink a vessel or wreck
a train for personal gain, when she is la
dened with the innocent, trusting to the
proper management of those who man
Yes, they have deceived us. They have
forgotten our interests, at least they fail
to give them the proper consideration,
and since this is a free government, and
the people are the soverign, it is in the
power of the people to place men at the
head, to control this government
who will not lay down our interests and
destroy our own money for the frivolous
consideration that may have been taken
by some. Wc want men that will restore
in the name of the people those policies
that will give us more money and send
prosperity to all sections of the country.
Now the question is how can we do this?
First the populist party is a unit on this
question, and they represent in the United
States about two million voters, who
will cast their ballots for increasing the
volume of money. They are for the
restoration of silver at 16 to 1. They
are in favor of Postal savings banks, as
a safe depository for the people's money.
This would certainly cover many of the
difficulties we are passing through attbis
time, and it is believed by many it would
restore prosperity and place the business
world in motion again, and all sections
of the country would be benefited thereby.
Now it that is true we want it. We will
have to see to it that platforms contain
these things, and then that men are placed
in nomination who will stand for what
we want, and will carry them out when
elected. ,
A very important question comes up,
and on it success or failure hinges. It is
this. If all the people who want these
reforms and feel the need of them continue
to vote in their several political parties,
it will be useless to make the effort; but if
we love our homes, our families and our
country as we should, is it not reasonable
to suppose that we would consider, and
cast our votes where they would be of
one accord and for one man?
This, in my opinion, is the only hope of
returning this country to prosperity and
the government to the people where it be
longs. We find our enemy united on the
money question, we must unite if we hope
to succeed. It is conceded by all, that
the condition of our money is the great
disturbingelement today, Now as Ameri
can citizens, who are interested more in
this country than any other, let us take
this matter up and act on it as we would
any other business proposition in the in
terest of this country, regardless of what
other nations may say. It therefore be
comes necessary that all voters, regard
less of what may have been their former
political views, ' who want more
money, who want silver restored to where
it was before it was demonetized, who
want all money good for all debts both join theirefforts to
gether in the selection of one set of candi
dates, in whom they have unquestioned
confidence, and that such candidates will
in the presence of a National convention
pledge themselves to carry out, so far as
is iu their power, the demands of the con
vention that places such a ticket bofore
the people.
This wilt dismiss the tariff question
from consideration at this time, and allow
us to deal with the most vital questions
first. Then as it can be done, I am in
favor of taking up and legislating on
other questions of reiorm as set forth in
the Omaha platform, in the interest of
the masses. As the people are the sover
eign power they should control, and it
looks now as though the change in the
(jwimuui uonzon, naa extended oversum
cient territory iu this country to enable
different sections of the country to join
bands upon the plan outlined in this arti
cle, and by uniting elements that alike
are affected throughout the country, we
can dethrone the strongest opposition,
overthrow the power that is doing the
greatest harm by destroying values o!
property, and making the thousands to
tramp from one end of the country to the
other in search of work. These are the
men who in this country and England
have joined together to enslave this na
tion, and the project is well onder way.
It is going to take a desperate effort on
the part of all those who see the terrible
condition of things, and who can glance
ahead and draw a picture that is too
horrible to draw with the pen at this
If this giant monopoly, the money
power, is not checked what will be the re
sult? Can we stop it? We can if we want
to. For the sake of this nation, and the
best blood that belongs to any people
nnder the shining sun, let us apply a lit
tle of the Monroe doctrine, and prevent
the further encroachment of other na
tions, and the traitors of our own
country, from the destruction of this Re
public, loo many lives have already
been offered as a sacrifice on the altar
of common justice to at this time surren
der the last spark of patriotism we pos
sess. We stand as the defenders of this
country, and we charge the money power,
both of this country and others, of being
despotic in their demands. We rebel
and refuse to longer surrender our rights
to the tyrannical servitude to which they
propose to reduce us. Let every patriotic
citizen ot this country respond to thecall
for the defense of the liberties of this, our
country and our home.
I believe our people are for this nation
first, that tbey stand a unit for her insti
tutions, for her liberties, and for an un
broken union. If this is true, let us as in
1860 swell the forces till the enemy of this
country shall have yielded to the voice, .
thai savs, thus far can yon go, and no
farther. J. H. Edmisten.
Tillman on Marshal's Fees
In the discussion of the marshal's fees
and other enormous U. S. court expenses
in the senate the other day Senator Till
man said:
As long as we had trial justices in our
state, that being the system in other
words, when they were paid by the case
our dockets were kept burdened with
cases against negroes for stealing this
chicken and having that little rumpus or
fight, or something of that sort. In
self defese, to keep from being bankrupted
by court expenses, we simply gave those
fellows a fixed salary, and said, "Here,
you will get so much for the criminal
business and you will not get any more."
Then when anybody came to one of the
trial justices and said that John Jones
and Tom Smith had a fight, be would
say, "Let . them fight it out; I have got
nothing to do with them. If you want a
warrant, come up here and swear it
out." He would not send acrowd around
to hunt up all these littlecases. So I say
you cannot do anything with this mat
ter until you fix the salaries here and
make it to the interest of these men not
to have litigation rather than to have
it, because, unless they get a fee out of it,
they will not want to do the work.
A Betrayal of the People
New parties do not create issues but
issues create new parties. To prevent
union of forces on money reform, means
betrayal of the people. The People's
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Delinquent subscribers must pay op, at
least in part.
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