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June 11, 1896.
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IndEpsqdEqt Publishing So.
At 1120 M Street,
$1.00 per Year in Advance.
Address All communication to, and mak all
drafts, money order, etc., payable to
Lincol. Nib.
The expenses of publishing a paper I
must be paid week by week through the
whole year. There is no waiting until
the crops come in. If populists of Ne
braska want a paper like the Independ
Ext, they MUST PAY, at least in part,
of what is due on delinquent subscribers.
Keep a watch on the traitors.
Down the traitors, and stand by the
people's party. It is the only hope of
the nation.
Old, discarded republican roust-abouts
will never displace in the affections of the
people's party the old guard.
' The same infalible court that decided
the Income tax unconstitutional says
that a sugar bounty tax is all right.
In looking over the field can any one
doubt that gold bug money is at work
trying to create factions and a split in
the populist party?
When a man begins to brag about the
time he has spent and the money be has
given to the people's party, then keep
your eye on him.
The republicans, having overstocked
the market with home-made paupers,
are now engaged in howling about the
importation of the foreign sort.
Our distinguished friend, Gen. Paul
VanDerVoort, says he likes a hot fight
and a hard hitter. This issue of the IN
DEPENDENT will therefore be to his lik-
The New York People was started as a
populist paper; then it got a socialist
editor. Now it devotes its entire space
to fighting free silver and maligning
The Elkhorn, Burlington and Union
Pacific roads gave free transportatiau to
the contributions of Nebraska for the
Texas cyclone sufferers, but the Missouri
Pacific refused.
, Churchill threatens to tell on the
thieves if he is not renominated, and in
timates that there is enough concealed
rottenness there to make a respectable
hell, all by itself.
Another populist has been added to
the membership of the house. Mr.Martin
of the Sixth district of North Carolina
has been seated, the "counted-in" demo
crat being ousted.
Tht republican cry to the free silver
members of the party is: "Don't go else
where to be cheated." There is no doubt
that the republican party can do it bet
ter than any one else.
Some United States senators are such
economic idiots as to talk about "taking
away the intrinsic value of silver." If
value is "intrinsic" how could it be
gotten out of the silver?
In a rather lurid letter a correspondent
asks: "Are not these western gold bugs
responsible to the law?" No, not at all.
A western gold bug is an idiot, and idiots
are not responsible to the law.
The great banking interest is diametri
cally opposed to the man of enterprise
and the laborer, ret the shrewd money.
loaner inveighs the latter classes to vote
for and support what is for their own
An intelligent republican was denounc
ing the populists on the loafer's stand,
at 11th and 0 streets, the other day be
cause he said they wanted the silver dol
lar to weigh 16 ounces aud a gold dollar
only 1 ounce. 1
Gen. Paul Van Der Voort participated
in the councils of the national committee
at the last meeting. He was admitted
on a proxey from South Dakota. He
could not get a'proxey
by a good deal.
from this state
The republicans in the state of Wash
ington want the gold standard, when
everything out there from a railroad to
a corner grocery is in the hands of a re
ceiver. They are acting on the principle
of Marie Antoinette, who, when told that
the people had no bread, said, "let them
eat cake." When they can t even get
the dollars of the constitution, they vote
lor the dollars of Wall street. Their
leaders are hired flunkies find a disgrace
to America.
Mr. Paul VanDerVoort in an article in
last week's Nonconformist makes a most
vicious attack on Gov. Holcoiub, the
last popnlist state convention, the pres
ent state committee and its chairman
and in fact, the whole populist organiza
tion in this state. This attack is given
editorial sanction by the Nonconformist
in these words:
General VanDerVoort doesn't propose to be
blackguarded without striking back. Read hie
letter In anoint column. He uncover the"true
inwardness" In the schemes nt the (unionist and
trimmer with the accuracy of one In a position
to know.
It seems to tm
pendent in view
people's party is
the duty of the Inde
of the fact that the
just entering upon a
fight in this state
to wrest it from the
gang of robbers, in whose ranks Mr. Van
DerVoort was so long employed as a
railroad oil room lobbiyist, to make a
few remarks.
Mr. VanDerVoort is Commander in
Chief of the Industrial Legion, the chief
object of which is to raise campaign
funds. Not one cent has ever been turned
over bv him to either the state or
national committee.
Mr. VanDerVoort always comes from
Douglas county with a big delegation to
every state convention, but Douglas
county has never contributed one cent
to pay the expenses of a state campaign
and when it has been necessary to dis
tribute populist literature in thatcounty
money has had to be contributed by
populists outside of thatcounty.not only
to pay the printing, but to actually pay
Douglas county to distribute it.
Mr. Taul VanDerVoort holds a $1,000
position by grace of an act of the most
infamous republican legislature" that
ever held a session in the state, which
took the power of appointment away
from the governor aid placed it in the
hands of republicans and Mr. VanDer
Voort is on a board of police comrais-
soners, sitting side by side and working
with the same gang of republicans with
whom he has fought for the last twenty
Mr. VanDerVoort's antipathy to the
last populist state convention is perhaps
not to be wondered at, for when asked
by a delegate: "What are your politics
now?" he inad verdantly replied: "lam
a republi " at which he was hooted for
five minutes.
Mr. VanDerVoort is the moving spirit
in the now somewhat famous Omaha
populist club, whieh issued the remark
able address to Gov. Holcomb when ten
dered a reception by the business men of
the city. This said club has just issued
another address, making covert attacks
on the state committee and almost every
prominent populist in the state and na
tion which is as full of falsehoods as a
lemon is full of sourness.
Mr. Paul VanDerVoort has issued
inauy bombastic circulars about tue
Legion which have been printed in pop
ulist papers in other states and have
given hi in some notorietv where he is not
personally known, and upon this has
worked up a mention as a presidential
candidate from this state in opposition
to Senatsr Allen.,
Many of us tried to push the Legion
when it was first suggested, the editor of
this paper among the rest, but we soon
found that it would not go and dropped
it. It never had any substantial footing
in this state and the national conven
tion will doubtless put an end to it.
Gov. Holcomb has given this state an
administration of which every honest
man in it is proud. Even the State
Journal begins to half acknowledge that
it will be almost impossible to beat him.
He has already wrested from the hands
of would be public thieves more than
$100,000. His record is without a blem
ish. The only way to turn this state
over to the republicans is to pull away
from the support of Gov. holcomb a sec
tion of populist votes. The Noncon
formist and Mr- Paul VanDerVoort, are
laying the foudation for such a scheme.
Tho Independent warned populists
against the Missouri World last week.
The warning was not given too soon.
The following double leaded editorial in
this week's edition smellB strongly of
Rothschild's gold. It is as follows:
"Populists, if you don't want the
straight populists to be compelled to
bolt, see to it that straight populists are
sent to St. Louis as delegates. If you
stand still and permit the convention
to be packed by fusionists and trimmers,
then look out for a new people's party."
The charge that the populist national
convention can be packed or that the
true and tried men who will there assem
ble will abandon populist principles is
an infamous falsehood, and ninety-nine
populists out of every hundred will ever
believe that its publication is paid for by
Rothschild's money. The only hope of
the Rothschild gang is to disrupt and
destroy the populist party. The men
who threaten to do it are greater trait
ors to the oppressed of the United States
than any of the scoundrels who have
brought ruin upon us. The Missouri
World and tho Henry Clews bauking
house may join their forces, but they all
together, cannot disrupt the people'i
party. Populists are not cowed by
The Independent is weary of the row
being kicked up by the kickers, and it
proposes the following plan to obtai
harmony. Let us all denounce Allen
Butler, John P. Jones, Stewart, Kyi
Peffer, Taubeneck, and Weaver as trim.
mers and traitors, and put the manage
ment of the party in the hands of the ed
itors of the Arkansaw Kicker, the Non
conformist and the Missouri World. If
they could only have the privilege of
making the platform, of nominating the
candidates, and of banishing to dark ob
livion our members of congress, our na
tional committee and its chairman, who
can doubt that absolute harmony would
prevail, and when November comes they
would elect a president aud a majority
of both branches of congress.
The Independent demands that Tau
beneck and the whole populist national
committee resign, that Allen and Butler
and the rest of them there in Washing.
ton shut up their mouths and go home;
that Weaver shall go back to Iowa and
stop bis talk, and that these editors
take the field immediately and reform
these United States without any further
delay. If weconld only have "a referen
dum" on this proposition the populist
party would adopt it without a doubt
100 to 1.
The only persons in the state that are
canvassing for the election of a certain
set of delegates to the St. Louis conven
tion are those Van DerVoort populists in
Douglas county, who are sending outcir
culars by the thousands, but have never
yet contributed one cent to state or na
tional populist campaign expenses. We
ask any populist who has seen a man
traveling over this state trying to in
fluence the election, of delegates to St.
Louis to report the fact to this office.
The charge made by these Van DerVoort
fellows in Omaha is false. There are no
such canvassers. Who ever saw one of
them? If there is any such man bring
him up here and there will be a hanging
bee. The men who will compose the
next populist convention of Nebraska
will have principles that cannot be
bought, and they will not be idiots who
can be fooled, or sneaks who can be
bossed. We are willing to trust the old,
true and tried pops of this state. We
do not fear them as Gen. Paul Van Der
Voort seems to. Here's to the old pops
of the next convention. We know you
will do the right thing. All this story
of your being bossed or bought up by
traveling agents is a Van DerVoort fake.
And old populist who has long been in
the fight, in a private letter to the editor
says: "I have seldom seen a sentence
in a newspaper that pleased me so much
as the one in your defence of Senator
Allen where you say: "Allen knew, as
every thorough fiatist knows, that the
money plank, except the sentence about very weak and and ambiguous."
I am glad you put that iu. I have al
ways looked upon that plank as very
unsatisfactory, but have refrained from
saying so because there seemed to be an
element in the party who believed that
every word of the Omaha platform was
spired by God and no more to be
changed than the words of Holy Writ.
ow won't you please write a money
plank that will express, without equivo
cation, populist ideas upon money and
print it in the Independent."
We beg to be excused. But if any one
had asked us to do that twenty years
ago, without any hesitancy we would
ave sat down and written it at the first
invitation. After two decades of tussling
with this English language, we have
learned that to write a single English
sentence upon which only one construc
tion can be put is the greatest literary
feat a roan can accomplish. To write a
plank upon the money question to go
into a national platform, where it roust
stand the criticism of the best trained
intellects of the world is a thing not to
be lightly undertaken.
However we have no hesitancy in say
ing that the money plank of the Omaha
platform is a lame, halting failure in ex
pressing the populist idea of money.
Take the first words of it. "We de
mand a national currency, safe, sound
and flexible." The first adjective will
perhaps do, but the two others "souud
and flexible" are the shibboleth of the
money power, "sound" when applied to
money is a meaningless catch phrase,
and "flexible" is just what we don't
When Bill Springer rounded up the
bankers to testify before his committee.
there appeared either in person or by
letter, the whole banking crew. Old
Williams of the Chemical, Lyman Gage
and the rest, and they all were demand
ing "a currency safe, sound and flexible"
especially "flexible." Thatis what pop
ulist don't want. But the plank is more
remarkable for what it don't say than
for what it does. It does not declare
that all money is a creation of law, that
its value depends upon the quantity and
a good many other things that all pop.
ulist believe.
It is to be hoped that the St. Louis
convention will be able to formulate a
money plank that will express our belief
on money, which the Omaha platform
certainly does not, lor wnicn saying we
suppose we will be denounced ar a "trim-
mer" and told that we ought to be hung
to a telegraph pole, by those who thin
the Omaha platform contains all the
wisdom of past and future ages and to
whom even a hint that it might be im
proved is proof of high treason.
Gen. Paul VanDerVoort says: "Last
fall Gov. Holcomb refused to sign m
commission as police commission.
What treason to the Omaha platform
J was that act, my friend?
Not only the populists of Indiana, but
many thousands in other states will ever
hold you in grateful remembrance for
the large sums of money you have freely
given and the years of earnest work you
have done in the cause of the common
people of this country. Out here in Ne
braska we are just entering upon a most
desperate battle for human rights. There
is no donbt of success if the populist
party is preserved from division and pre
sents a solid front to the enemy. Des
perate efforts are being made by the
common enemy to create factions and
prevent the party from casting a solid
vote for its nominees. Your paper, the
Nonconformist, which circulates largely
in this state, doubtless without your
knowledge, for we know how every hour
of your time is absorbed with business
cares, is aiding to defeat the populist
party in this state by publishing charges
against the best and purest governor
the state ever had, and aiding in creat
ing distrust and factions in the populist
party in Nebraska. We ask you to or
der the Nonconformist to keep its hands
off from Nebraska. It has no right to
enter this state and help defeat the pop
ulist party.
Almost every man, and especially the
well-trained lobbyist who for years has
served the corporations around legisla
tive halls, looks out for his own interest
first and all thetime. Is it not for the inter
est of Gen. Paul Van Der Voort that the
peoples' party of Nebraska should re
elect Governor Holcomb and a populist
legislature this fall? Gen. Van Der.Voor t
holds a fat office by virtue of an act of a
republican legislature so infamous that
it was denounced even by republicans all
over the state, among them John C.
Watson. If a populist legislature were
elected they would repeal that law with
in an hour after they got at it, and Sov.
Holcomb would sign the bill. The result
of that would be that our distinguished
friend, Geu.Paul Van Der Voort would be
out of a job. Even an Omaha populist
club jay ought to have sense enough not
to burn their fingers pulling our friend
Paul's chestnuts out of so hot a fire as
that. "
The Liar's Belt goes this week to the
editor of the State Journal. It is award
ed this time for no double distilled lie, I
which as heretofore defined means a half
truth, but for a visible, clear, obvious lie
a lie without any trimmings whatever.
The State Journal says:
Pass Into Mexico with your pockets full of
American silver dollars and at the line they will
give you two'Mexican dollars tor every one bear
ing the mark of the eagle. Everybody knows
why. The American dollar has a gold dollar be
hind it.
When we consider that the editor of
the State Journal knows that there is no
law putting a gold dollar behind every
silver dollar, that Secretaries Foster and
Carlisle have in public documents stated
that the silver dollaris standard money,
and not redeemable in any other kind of
money, that Treasurer Nebecker has
stated the same thing aud that Carlisle
stated in his testimony before the
Springer committee page 28 that "we do
not maintain the parity of the two
metals by redeeming silver dollars or
certificates in gold," we think that
every honest man will agree that the ed
itor of the State Journal is far, and
away ahead of all competitors this week
the contest for the Independent's
Liars Belt.
The intrinsic qualities of corn, oats,
wheat, rye, buckwheat, cotton and farm
animals have not changed, neither have
the intrinsic qualities of gold and silver
chansred since 1870. but the value of
these farm products was $1,500,000,000
less in 1895, than 1870. The intrinsic
qualities of debts and taxes are the same
now as in 1870, but it takes double the
amount of corn, wheat, rye, buckwheat,
cotton and farm animals, of which the
intrinsic qualities have not changed, to
pay them. The relation existing be
tween gold and silver dollars and the
above named farm products which ex
isted in 1870 has changed. In that year
twelve dollars and eighty-one one-hun
dred ths of a dollar was equal to the aver
age acre of cereal crops. In 1895, six
dollars and seventy-eight one-hundred-eths
of a dollar was equal to an average
acre, while the intrinsic qualities of both
the dollars and the crops remained the
Now this relation existing between the
, ... . 1 . 1 1
crops and tne aoiiars is waai we cuu
"value." The "value" of the crops has
been reduced one half. Is there any one
so' stupid, that he can honestly assert
that the relation of money to the
iereal crons. is "intrinsic" in money? I
there is such a one; he, if honest, is a pud
ding headed idiot.
The populists have but one greatdaily
newspaper able to sustain a corps of
special correspondents at Washington
andelsewhere, sanding their reportsdaily
by wire. The editor of the paper, Mr.
Thomas Patterson, is an exceedingly
able writer and fine public speaker. He
is a man of brains and therefore has
ideas of his own. He does not always
follow the policy that the Independent
thinks best, but where he has taken a
way of his own and a way not sanctioned
by all populists, he has never assaulted
the personal character or impugned the
motives of other populists who did not
believe just as he did.
Mr. Patterson has been a special object
of attack by such papers as the Noncon
formist, the Missouri World and Arkan
saw Kicker, nil of whose editors seem so
poorly equipped for an intellectual con
test, that they know of no other way to
attack a man whose policy differs from
weirs man to accuse nim of being a
traitor and wanting to sell out the party
to the democrats or some one else.
These editors will not accept the state.
ment of such men as Taubeneck, Weaver
and others when written with their own
hands and printed over their own names.
Of course they will not accept any
statement made by Mr. Patterson. It is
not for their information, but for those
men in the people's party who still be
lieve that it is possible for a man to differ
with them on a question of "policy" and
still be honest and not a traitor, that the
following clipping from the Denver News
is made. In a leading editorial Mr. Pat
terson says: '
During the past month the News has received
many letters from old time democratic friends
and readers, asking whether it should not, now
that the Chicago convention will declare for free
liver and establish itself as the champion of the
cause, return to the democratic fold and take It
place once more at the head of its valiant
columns. The News answers those questions
with an emphatic but friendly "no," and briefly
gives its reasons for the answer.
Mr, Patterson gives a great many rea
sons why the populist party must main
tain its organization, among them these,
If a fusion suould be made with the
democracy on free silver in this campaign
he predicts a defeat and then says:
One good defeat under the stiver banner would
be likely to knock the late-born zeal of a great
proportion for the white metal into smithereens.
Tbey wonlu probably take a new track for the
pie counter and leave those who champion the
cause from conviction to seek new allies and re
form their ranks under new leaders and with a
new name.
In which event Mr. Patterson believes
that with our forces scattered and or
ganization broken, the gold power
would permanently control this country.
He adds:
Independently of silver, however, there are
other needed reforms of which the people's party
champion, and for them as well as silver its
autonomy must be preserved.
It will be in order for the kickers to
jump on Tom Patterson now with re
newed vigor, and say that while he talks
fair "he only mentioned one plank."
The Louisiana democracy was again
saved by the negro vote, as the official
democratic election returns certify. The
white parishes have 84,942 white and
32,970 negro voters. These parishes
gave to Pharr, the populist candidate
for governor, 52,025 votes, and to
Foster, the democratic candidate, 47,
392 votes. Pharr's majority, 4,632.
The seven largest negro parishes,
where the negroes are more than three to
one, have 4,093 white and 21,252 negro
voters. These parishes gave 16,933
votes to Foster and 467 to Pharr.a dem
ocratic majority of 16,466.
The Louisiana democracy is no excep
tion to all the other southern democrac
ies. It is simply in the same plight, and
cannot depend any more on its white
citizens, but must count upon the black
belt to uphold it, always counting the
negro vote as cast solidly for democracy.
That is the sort of devil's round up that
free silver democrats are asking populists
to fuse with. Not much.
With Kem's fight against the tyranny
of Reed, populists sympathize. hen
the speaker refused to let the people of
Nebraska present their wants in the
form of a bill, through Mr. Kem as their
representative, every populist in the
state stood by Kem in his endeavor to
force recognition. But when Mr. Kem
goes so far as to object to the considera
tion of legislation that is beneficial to
the state that he in part represents, the
populmts of Nebraska say, "Haiti That
is going too far. We will not stand by
you in that." Mr. Kem has objected to
the consideration of the Omaha exposi
tion bill, after being urged not to do so
by all the leading populists of the state.
Populists repudiate bis action in this
matter. The party will not defend it.
The Iowa democratic delegation to the
Chicago convention held a conference on
Saturday. All the press dispatches say
that the goldite minority of that delega
tion are working hard for the nomination
of Boiese. In Catchings district in Miss.
issippi after declaring unanimously for
free silver 16 to 1 they renominated
Catchinjrs one of the most bitter unre
lenting gold bugs in congress.
The Independent reiterates what it has
been saying all the time. Any free silver
man who stays in and votes for the can
didates of either the republican or dem
ocratic parties is a more efficient agent
of the money power than any outspoken
The Associated Tress Liars have
great many interviews with the leaders
of the silver party, none of which corres
pond with the address of that party just
issued from Washington, which closes
with these words:
The democratic party must not expect the
country to accept any candidate It may name,
acquiesced in by the gold wing of that party.
As Brice, Carlisle and all the democrat
ic gold bugs declare they will "acquiesce
in" the Chicago nomination, that ends
A full legal tender government note
needs a redeemer about as much as the
Savior of makind.
The Associated Press Liars had aroat
story to tell about how the colored dele
gates to the St. Louis republican conven
tion were denied entertainment in that
city. They were refused any place to
sleep and anything to eat and were wan
dering shelterless and hungry about the the Liars said. For a day or two
they threatened to move the convention
from St. Louis. In all probability the
whole yarn is a fake, gotten up for the
purpose of working the "bloody shirt"
racket again, There are more than a
score of colored men in St. Louis worth
from $500,000, to $1,000,000 each,
there is the goldite E. O. Stanard
who could buy two or three hqtels to ac
comodate them if he wanted to and
never miss the money. The idea that
the colored delegates who have been
hired to come to the great city of St.
Louis, where there are thousands of col
ored people, many of them very wealthy,
for the purpose of . fastening the gold
standard and eternal poverty upon the
white race are going to suffer for food
while they are doing the work of the
money power is a little too ridiculous.
The mission ' of colored delegates to
republican national conventions is well
understood by the general public. It
was all ventilated in that correspondence'
between General Sherman and Alger last
year. In those days their average price,,
including these destinguished
men intimated, was $500.00 Perhapa
they come higher now, but bed and
board is always included.
When the populist convention meets in
St. Louis there will be no outcry about
entertaining the colored delegates and
there will be a good many of them there.
There will be no one to buy or sell them
and they will have no complaints to-
make of nn just treatment. .
T. F. Byron, who while editor of the
DesMoines, Iowa Farmers Tribune
started this attack on Taubeneck, Wea
ver and other leaders of the populist
party, is now president of the Iowa state
Allison-McKinley club, the most bitter
republican organization in the west.
From the Farmers tribune he went to
the editorship of the most rabid republi
can paper in existance. Who can doubt
that all the time he waseditingthe Farm
er's Tribune that he was receiving Roth
schild gold to disrupt the people's party
Are not some of these other fellows who
are pretending to edit populist papers
and devoting all their energies to creat-
ng discord, the same kind of chaps? The
Independent would like to get a history
of one or two of them.
A populist who can be appointed a po
lice commissioner in Omaha by the infa.
mous republican Churchill-Russell combi
nation will bear watching. A populist
who will try to defeat a man like Wm. V
Allen for United States senator aud will
secretly lend his aid to the candidacy of
a man like John M. Thurston, is not a
man for honest populists to tie to. A
populist who will defend the A. P. A.,.
who will secretly fight a man like Judge
Maxwell when be is the nominee of the
people's party, who will jump onto the
popuiist state administration, who will
malign the chairman of the populist
national committee, and the chairman of
the populist state committee, who will
prevail on a so-called populist club to
send out circulars which are calculated
to stir up strife in the party, such a pop
ulist will bear, as the Methodists say, to
be "held on suspicion," at any rate. And
then, when this same populist was a re
publican oil room lobbyist, before he
joined the populist party, one is almost
led to the belief that he hasn't gotten
over his old habits and associations. Ia
there such a populist In Nebraska? Well,
be claims to be one, at any rate.
The J. Shamp Implement Company of
this city have secured the exclusive
agency for the Plymouth Cordage Co. 'a
various grades of binding twine in this-
locality. This celebrated factory has a.
reputation that is world-wide on their
various productions. Quality is never
sacrificed for price. Messrs. Shamp &
Thompson believe the best is none too
good for their customers, and in every
department of their varied stock carry
only leading lines of time-tested goods,
and in buying of them our readers know
they are buying of their friends.
, Gen. Paul Van Der Voort seems to be
the only man working the state as a can
didate as delegate to the populist na
tional convention. True to his training;
in his old boss-ridden party, he seems to
think that the way tohide it is to charge
everybody else with the same crime, but
the "stop thief" cry is an old game that
will never fool the Old Guard.
There is piled up on this desk enough
communications to fill the Independent
for three weeks, every one of which ought
to be printed. All of them are of consid
erable length. Articles of 300 or 400
words or less, nearly always get in, but
these long ones, however well written,
but seldom.
Every enemy of reform will exert his
energies from now until election morn
trying to disrupt and disorganize the
people's party. There will be assaults
from without and assaults from within.
Stand always on guard. We'll conquer
our foes and hang the traitors.
That was a good idea to make the sec
retary of the Standard Oil company
treasurer for the gold end of the prohibi
tion party. .