The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, July 23, 1896, Page 4, Image 4

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Lixcoli, Neb.
Nebraska's choice for President
of the United States 1896-1900 is
Mr. 0. Nelson of Colfax will be a candi
date for auditor.
The liee ia in a terrible state of mind.
In its Sunday issue it bad eleven diHtinct
editorials about Mr. Bryan, two of tbem
nearly a column long.
Tbe first duty of our new state com
mittee will be to make an arrangement
for one or two speeches by Senator Tel
ler in this state.
Tho Independent is dumfounded to
see tbe extended advertising that many
of tbe populist papers are giving the
State Journal. It is incomprehensible
that a populist paper would print such a
noticeeven for a cash payment.
What the goldites want is not so
much the parity of European and Amer
ican money, as the parity of American
and European labor. Tbe gold stand
ard will force such a parity in spite of
all the efforts of organized labor.
Clevoland had his state delegation
against him, and he was nominated.
Bryan had to contest to get in, and he
was nominated. It seems to be a pretty
good thing not to have your own state
solid for you if you want to get a demo,
oratic nomination for president.
Which have you the most of, money or
property? Ninety-nine men out of a
hundred have very much more property
than money. Which, then, will be most
to your interest, to have the value of
money or property advance? If a man
has twenty dollars in money and f 1,000
in property, is it to his advantage to
have money appreciate rather than to
have property appreciate? Some men's
fortunes are all in money, or that which
is equivalent, bonds and mortgages.
Others, and they constitute the vast ma
jority, haveall theirfortunes in property,
and yet multitudes of them will vote to
increase the value of money and decrease
the value of property. It is strange, but
it is true.
The decadence of honor and upright
ness in public men is shown by the re.
cent course of Congressman Hepburn of
Iowa. Mr. Hepburn is one of the few
members of the 53d congress who was a
thorough economist. He made the most
scholarly speech that was made against
the repeal of the Sherman act. He was
re-elected as a free silver republican.
He was among those at St. Louis who
protested against the adoption of the
gold standard. The next we hear of him
is at tbe Iowa republican state conven
tion where he was chosen chairman.
The papers in reporting the convention
said that the 2 selection of congressman
Hepburn was due to a desire to please
those members of the party who are in
clined to be favorable to silver because
of his record at St. Louis against the
adoption of the gold standard. Some
of the gold men were inclined to object
to the selection, but were appeased by a
promise that Congressman Hepburn
would indorse the JSt. Louis platform in
his address. This he did.
In former times we had men who would
die for principle. In these latter days,
they will barter their principles for a con
gressional nomination.
The progress of populist principles is
really astonishing. Now comes Whar
ton Barker, the prince and prophet of
high protection and proposes the follow
ing tariff plank.
"All taxation should be limited to the
requirements of the government econ
omically administered,- but the necessary
reduction in taxation cin, and must be
effected without depriving American
labor of the ability to compete success
fully with underpaid and degraded Euro
pean and Asiatic labor, and without im
posing lower rates of duty than will be
ample to cover any increased cost of pro-
duction which may exist in consequence
of the higher rate of wages prevailing in
this country than elsewhere. But where
trusts and combinations, sheltered by
protective tariff duties have monopo
lized production, thus repressing domes
tic competition, we urge unhesitatingly
in the interests of the wage-earner and
consumer the removal of all protective
duties from all imported articles which
such trusts and combinations have mo
Hundreds of populists proclaimed that
doctrine as their faith four years ago
A law that would remove all tariff duties
upon every trust article offered for sale,
would put an end to all the trusts but
three or four. When we old farmers pro
posed "that plan for killing trusts, we
were called lunatics. Populism is eternal
truth and cannot be downed.
If any one wishes to know why the de
mand is made for the government own
ership of the telegraph, he only has to
glance at the want of information among
the people everywhere acknowledged by
them, concerning the great questions
which tbev must now decide. lo re
mark is more common on the streets to-
day than this: "I don't pretend to know
anything about the money question."
Why don't they know? Because the
creat dailies have not only refused to
inform them, but have continually lied
to them. It is not many weeks since the
State Journal was positively asserting
that the reason why silver dollars were
at a parity with gold, was because any
man could take a silver dollar to the
treasury and have it redeemed in gold.
A like course of misrepresentation and
falsehood has been persued on every
other phase of the financial question un
til there are hundreds of thousands of
voters today who do not know what the
simple phrase 1? to 1 means. wmm
The great dailies have so persistently
withheld information which was the duty
of every honest editor to furnish, that
not one in a hundred of fairly educated
people, people who""read thTpapers and
magazines, know anything of the actual
monetary legislation of the last twenty
years, which "are plain matters of his
Thousands and tens of thousands of
voters think that silver is now demone
tized and when told that it is a full legal
tender for all debts public and private
except otherwise specified in the written
contract, they look at you in surprise
and fail to take in the meaning of the
words. Then when you tell them the
government stopped coining silver dol
lars in 1873,that in 1874,congress adop
ted, wholesale, the revised statutes
into which had been secretly inserted a
section limiting the legal tender power
of silver to five dollars and that tbe
Bland-Allison act of 1878 restored its
monetary function, with the above limi
tation, it is all something of which they
have never before heard. They are dazed
and confused and cannot take it in.
All this has come about from the fact
that the papers that should have pub
lished the facts, have instead, published
a mass of falsehoods.
It will be asked why daily papers have
not been established that would print
the truth. The reason is that the tele
graph system of tbe United States is a
private monopoly, interested in deceiv
ing the people. It is almost impossible
to establish a morning daily under this
system. We doubt if $30,000 would buy
a press franchise in the little city of Lin
coln or anywhere within sixty miles of
As an example, the advocates of free
silver at one time attempted to start a
free silver morning paper in New York.
Over $90,000 was subscribed and the
plan submitted to a newspaper man. He
reported to the league that $90,000
would hardly be a drop in the bucket to
ward such an enterprise.
Of course an evening paper is an entire
ly different thing. It can get the news
from tlie morning paper, and seldom
anything of importance happens before
2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon when an
evening paper goes to press. 11ns plan
would succeed in many places if the tele
graph monopoly and railroad monopoly
were not all in the same combine. The
railroads come to the aid of the pluto
cratic morning daily and arrange the
departure of mail trains so that tbe even
ing daily cannot reach its subscribers
until about the same time as its morn
ing rival.
If the government owned the tele
graphs and a rate was fixed to all alike,
these combinations in the interest of
plutocracy could not be effected. When
we get to the bottom of these things it
will be seen that the public ownership of
the telegraph is of as much importance
as any other one thing. If the telegraph
had been part of the postofBce system,
the dense ignorance which now prevails
on the money question would not exist,
and never would have existed. It would
have been impossible to get one man in
the whole west to vote for ten cent corn
and forty cent wheat which thousands
will do this fall by voting for McKinley.
It is altogether likely that before this
reaches the reader the action of the St.
Louis convention will be known to all.
The editor of the Independent hopes
that that action will be practically unan
imous. There was no need of the thirty
four negative votes at the Grand Island
state convention, and with a little ju
dicious management and concession
there would not have been even one neg
ative vote. There was not a man there
who was not willing and anxious to vote
for W. J. Bryan for president of the
United States. What the dissentients
wanted was to know that the
principles for which they had sacrificed
and fought were to be maintained and
the organization and press of the popu
list party were to be preserved in fight
ing order until the last vote was counted
next November. That is the kind of ac
tion that should be taken at St. Louis.
It should be unanimous, and every dele
gate should go home with thefcame de
sire to sacrifice and work as fired the
bosom of those unselfish patriots who
assembled at Omaha four years ago.
Tbe writer knows of the difficulties
which confront the populists of the south,
but he believes that with kindness and
forbearance on the part of all, an agree
ment can be come to that will allay their
fears and unite all populists north and
south in an enthusiastic support of W.
J. Bryan, for he will support in the fu
ture, as he has in the past, every dis
tinctive populistic principle.
Much interest is just now being cen
tered on the nomination of a candidate
for congress in this, the First district.
It is generally conceded that if the peo
ples party at St. Louis indorsesthe nom
ination of Mr. Bryan for the presidency
the democracy of this district will make
no nomination for congressman, but
will indorse and vote for tbe populist
nominee. There are several candidates
in tbe field, and the important question
is, wmcn snail it oer un a ween ago
last Saturday, at the county convention
held in this city, delegates were elected
to the district convention to be held at
Tecumseh August 11th, at, 4 p. m. It is
undoubtedly true that the great major
ity of the party in Lancaster county de
sire, to see Mr. J.U. MciNerney of this
city nominated at Tecumseh. It is also
true that a majority ot the delegates
chosen in this county are enthusiastically
for Mr. McNerney's nomination, although
they were not chosen with a view to sup
porting any particular candidate.
He is a lawyer of thirteen years exper
ience, has been one of the most active
workers in the party in this county ever
since 1890. He was nominated for the
state senate in 1892, and made a vigor"
ous campaign, stumping the county on
a straight populist ticket, although the
chance for election was then really noth
ing. He was chairman of the county
central committee for the years 1893
and 1894, and devoted much time and
labor to the cause, conducting clean and
aggressive campaigns, the effect of which
was seen in the greatly increased vote of
the party in Lancaster county.
No man stands higher in the esteem
and confidence of tbe populists in this
county than J. C. McNerney, and no oth
er populist in or out of this county
could ever hope to get as many votes as
he could. While he has been a zealous
party worker, he has made not enemies
but friends among the opposition, who
respect him for his honesty and fairness.
The democrats of this county, with
which party he formerly affiliated, would
rally to his support to a man, and the
fact that this city is the home of Mr.
Strode, the republican nominee, should
not be lost sight of iu making our selec.
tion of a candidate. . Mr. McNerney's
thorough acquaintance here makes him
a strong candidate, and the convention
could not choose a stronger or better
man for the nomination. j
The common people have few or no
great dailies to champion their cause in
the, eastern and central states, but the
campaign of abuse and slander which
the gold papers are putting up will,
while lacking the refining and educating
influence which should be brought to
move the people, have the same result in
making votes for free Bilver that honest
journalism would have. They call names
Chief Anarchist Allen, Idiot Bryan,
Villainous Holcomb, Pirate Tillman,
Sed'tious Altgeld, etc. The argument
they advance in connection with these
appelations is of similar depth and fits
the same small-bore mold. They greatli
underrate the intelligence of the Ameri
can citizen if they think he swallows this
vulgar profanity for a feast of reason.
The average reader turns from an article
couched in such language with a feeling
of loathing and a deep sense of shame
that his fellow countrymen are so miser
ably filthy in the very place where they
should be purest. The substitution of
profane and obsene abuse for argument
is driving the better element from the re
publican party more precipitously than
even rank failure iu Lonest effort to
prove the wisdom of their teachings
would have done. Their present course
kills all hope in the heart of those who
have clung to the belief that the party
would prove the correctness of its po
sition in honest discussion. Now they
see it in all its baseness, flaunting its
rottenness in brazen defiance, and they
leave it with a creepy sensation of hor
ror pervading their being. They look
back and see with sorrow the party,
once so noble ol purpose, wallowing in
iniquity's cess pool and, too low to at
tempt defence of its position, thrusting
poisonous fangs at manhood, honor,
Take up any gold paper and you will
find a lot of rot about "a fifty-cent dol
lar." The State Journal had a "heavy''
editorial on this mythical piece of money
the other day, and the very next article
was a raving protest against free coin
age of silver because, as it put it, "free
coinage would double the price of every
silver mine-owner's product." If the
371 grains of silver when minted would
only be worth fifty cents, how could free
coinage double the wealth of the silver
miner when he can sell it for more than
that' now? The fact of the case is, these
gold-bug papers don't care a cent what
they say lor they are firmly convinced
that the people are fools and idiots, and
thnv will fio-tit it nut rn t.hnt. linn
As we go to press tbe situation at St.
Louis is unsettled and although the sil
ver convention will be a unit for Bryan,
it is not known what tbe populists will
do further than that deliberate inquiry
as to what is tbe best interests of the peo
ple will guide them in the action they
shall take. The people are first in their
mind and party second, and they will do
only that which every true reformer can
subscribe to with pride and enthusiasm.
The very latest report of any reliability
gives Bryan a majority of 100 or more
over all opposition. This is a report
from a careful canvass of the situation.
If Bryan receives the nomination, a
southern man will probably be named
for second place. Sewall will have weak
The "honest money" press declares all
silver advocates inflationists, fools and
idiots, and says Bryan, in addition to
this, is a darned mean old demagogue.
The wonderful effectiveness of Mr,
Bryan's oratory can only be ascribed to
his purity of heart and nobleness of
mind. It is not mere flourishes of speech
that makes the hearts of thousands
throb in unison under his guiding power.
The very imprint of honesty and sincer
ity is stamped upon his every utterance,
and deep down in the heart of every
rational hearer it finds an anchorage on
kindred sentiment. If the influence is not
lasting, it is because there has been a
long estrangement between the recipient
of that influence and tbe principle of
truth, and the returning flood of time's
misteachings obscures the halo of light
which his sound and honest reasoning
has unveiled. In these days, and in fact
through all ages, men of Bryan's stamp
have seldom received the recognition
which of natural right is their's, and if
wrong does not triumph while right is
trampled to earth this fall, it will be an
exception to the rule, and will go down
the ages as a vivid evidence of this gen
eration's moral and intellectual superi.
ority. Bryan's great sincerity of pur
pose, his unfathomed depth of thought,
and his purity and goodness of soul,
may inspire sufficient of,his countrymen
with the spirit of manhood and justice
to triumphantly land the people's will
upon the throne in spite of all the oppo
sition of man's darker character. Tbe
name or party allegiance of the man who
embodies such worthy sentiments should
never be inquired. It is enough that our
generation has one such man to its
credit. Now that he is among us, let us
show to the world that he came not at
the wrong time, but in fitting season for
the people's deliverance.
From the Omaha World-Herald.
Mr. Dana's republican paper, the New
York Sun, is quite confident that Mc
kinley will bo elected, but avers that
there is nevertheless: .
"An uneasy suspicion that the rogues
may be in the majority and cannot be
balked of their disgraceful purpose."
After this complimentary reference to
the democrats and free coinage men of
the country, the Sun proceeds thus to
discuss what can be done to prevent the
success of free coinage. It says:
"In view of this disagreeable possibil
ity, prudent men naturally are beginning
to consider what precautions they snail
take to protect themselves against the
success of the silverite scheme to deprive
them of their dues. The first and most
obvious step is to vote the republican
ticket themselves and to get as many
more people as they can to vote it like
wise. Contributions of m oney are needed
to assist in carrying for gold the doubt
ful states, and they should be made
freely, Prevention is better than cure,
and the election of a president and of a
congress pledged to maintain the gold
standard will render superfluous further
defensive measures."
"Contributions of money are needed to
assist in carrying for gold the doubtful
states!'' There you have a plain, frank
statement of the republican plan of cam
paign. But suppose that free coinage triumphs
in spite of the great eastern corruption
fund to carry doubtful states? Well,
then, the Sun suggests these ideas:
"The owner of real estateand tangible
personal property will neither lose or
gain by any alteration in the money
standard, hence every one who has mon
ey at his disposal can protect himsell
against loss through free silver by con
verting his monev into land, houses ami
merchandise of various kinds.
Under the reign of silver at 16 to 1 a
farm or a house and lot now worth $10,-
000 will be worth $20,000; a bushel of
wheat now selling lor oO cents will sell
for $1, and similar articles in tbe
same proportion"
Here we have the spectacle of the ven
erable New York Sun advising its read
ers if silver coinage wins to:
Buy land.
Buy houses.
Buy merchandise of various kinds.
The World-Herald has many times
proclaimed that free coinage would
bring an era of investment and enter
prise, but had hardly hoped to have a
gold bug newspaper admit the fact.
We would like to have the New York
Sun tell us what the effect on business
will be when this great demand for prop,
erty arises. Will property not regain
its lost value? Will the hand of bank
ruptcy not be stayed? Will the fall in
prices not be checked? Will not men
who now view their dwindling assets
with dismay take new hope?
Yes, the Sun has said it, and "if you
see it in the Sun, it's so."
Consumers Purchasingngency, will buy
anything you want at cheapest possible
price. D. Clem Deaveb,
Room 9 Granite blk., Omaha, Xri.
Opening Session Passes off Very
Welcomed by Governor Stone All
Prominent Leaders Excite
There ig a Great RuhIi to the Hall All Ex
pect an Exciting Conflict.
St. Louis, Mo., July 23. Two na
tional conventions The People's par
ty and the Silver began simnltane
ously about Doon to-day, tbe former
in the big hall where the Republicans
met last month, and the latter in the
music hall of the Exposition building.
Very little public interest was felt in
the Silver meeting, and the hall con
tained few people outside of the dele
gates. Toward the Populist gathering
place, on the contrary, a great rush
began long before 10 o'clock, for all
felt that there would be an exciting
conflict from the very start between
the men who favored the indorsement
of the Democratic national ticket and
the middle-of-the-road faction.
The decorations in the Populist hall
were not elaborate. The bunting that
swathed the front of the galleries had
been taken down and some of the
on the roof were faded and
weatherbeaten. There was not s
picture in the hall, and the only coun
terfeit presantation in the building
was a large bust of General Grant,
which faced the platform across the
heads of the delegates. It occupied
the same position in the Republican
Among the first to arrive were the
Kansas delegation, with long yellow
ribbons on their hats, and many of
them with sunflowers in their lapels.
Ignatius Donnelly of Minnesota, short
and round, with his small blue eyes
a-twinkle, came in early and talked
awhile with Sergeant-at-Arms Mc
Dowell, who stood on the platform,
silver baton in hand, surveying the
final arrangements.
Congressman Howard of Alabama,
who wrote "If Christ Came to Con
gress," was a striking figure in his del
egation. He is tall, powerfully built,
with a swarthy complexion and long,
straight black hair, that gives him
almost the appearance of an Indian.
"Buffalo" Jones of Oklahoma, sat with
his delegation stolidly reading a news
paper. J. S. Coxey of the notorious "Com
monweal army" and his son-in-law,
Carl Browne, came in together, with
their respective wives. Mrs. Coxey
bore in her arms her young son, whom
General Coxey christened "Legal Ten
der." As the air in the hall grew oppres
sive the delegates did not hesitate to
shed their coats. Some of them came
to the hall with their coats on their
arms. Others removed coat and vest
and put them on the back of their
chairs. Many of the delegates wore
negligee shirts and quite a number
wore neither collar nor cravat.
Although some of the delegates had
been very noisy during the prelimin
ary skirmishing before the .conven
tion, they were very qu ,. while
assembling. The band stationed
above the speaker's si an J kept up a
continuous fusillade of popular airs,
but not one of them wrung a round of
applause from the delegates. The
first thing to wake them from their
lethargy was the action of an assist
ant sergeant-at-arms when he put a
portrait of Lincoln over one of the
front galleries. The delegates ap
plauded and some one shouted for
three cheers, which were given. The
ice being thus broken, they began to
be more demonstrative and cheered
the band's rendition of "Columbia, the
Gem of the Ocean."
There were several women delegates
on the floor, among them Mrs. J. O.
A. Bush of Prescott, Ark.; Mra Jen
nie B. Atherhold and Mrs. lies of Col
orado. Senator Allen received the first per
sonal ovation. The Texas delegation
grew demonstrative as a woman posed
with a middle-of-the-road streamer
pinned to her gown. She waved her
handkerchief frantically in response
and the enthusiastic Texans crowded
about to shake her hand. She proved
to be a Mrs. Jones of Chicago. Then
a Lone Star delegate mounted a chair
and read a number of telegrams from
Texas Populists admonishing them to
keep in the middle of the road and
bolt, if necessary.
Stuart Ashby, one of the delegates,
also made a speech, and it looked as
if Texas intended to hold a little con
vention all by herself.
General Weaver, the last Populist
candidate for president, and Senator
Peffer came in together.
Paul Vandervoort of Nebraska, the
most noted candidate of the middle-of-the-road
men for president, took
one of the seats on ' the platform re
served for distinguished gaeits. On
bis coat he wore the badjge of his fao
Shortly before 12 o'clock the chair
man's table, a pitcher of ice water
and an oak gavel were carried to the
The Mississippi delegation marched
down the aisle with banners bearing
the slogan "No Compromise." There
was an answering yell of joy from the
Texas delegation as they recognized
their allies. About this time some
one nailed a portrait of Peter Cooper
above the speaker's stand. Below it
were the words: "National prosperity
cannot be restored by the enforced
idleness of a large portion of our
people." The portrait did not seem to
be recognized, at least it was not ap
plauded. General Weaver moved over to the
Texas delegation and made' a short
speech in favor of holding the sessions
behind closed doors, but the Texan
did not take kindly to the suggestion.
They said it was impracticable.
The middle-of-the-road leaders,
after conferring together, decided
not to make an organized fight against
the selection of Senator Butler as tem
porary chairman, and the Bryan men
hailed this as an indication that they
were afraid to submit to a test of
strength. The Massachusetts delega
tion bore into the hall a banner
bearing the legend: "Spirit of 1877."
At 12:15 o'clock Senator Butler of
North Carolina, mounted the platform
and took his seat About him were
"Cyolone ' Davis of Texas, Secretary
Turner of Washington, D C, and
some members of the national com
mittee. Three minutes later Chairman .Tau
beneck of the executive committee
took his seat in front of the platform.
Senators Allen and Peffer were
cheered as they ascended the stage.
Governor Stone of Missouri.who was to
deliver the address of welcome, sat
among the distinguished guests on the
k i. 1 r. - n . 1 1 1 .-ii ' m i
aii is;oi u ciuck vnmrman iauue fl
eck stepped to the front of the plat
form to call the convention to order.
At tbe sight of him the Illinois dele
gation, which sat immediately below
the platform, arose and cheered. He
is a large man with a heavy brown
mustache and a rather pallad com
plexion. Quiet oame with the first rap of the
gaveL The Rev. W. L. Smith of the
Third Baptist church of this city de
livered the invocation while 1,300 del
egates stood reverently.
Mr. Taubeneck's 16 to 1 gavel again
descended upon the conclusion of the
prayer. There was some surprise
when the chairman introduced Gov
ernor Stone of Missouri, but whatever
apprehensions might have been raised
were speedily removed by the an
nouncement that the governor was
merely expected to make a welcoming
address. Mr. Stone did not speak at
great length. His welcome was most
oordiaL He ventured upon a few gen
eral remarks upon the propriety of
frredora of the press, of speech and of
the ballot, which must, he said, amid
applause, be preserved at all hazards.
It would be considered not improper,
he said, for him to express the hope
that everything that should be done
would be done with an eye single to
the felicity of the people and the pub
lic influence. He expressed the hope
that the day would soon come when
the national flag would be the emblem,
not only of national unity, but of na
tional prosperity. In closing, he re
peated his assurance of welcome, in
doing which he spoke, he said, not for
the state of Missouri alone, but for
the city of St. Louis and for the entire
Mississippi valley.
ignatius Donnelly's laudation.
While Governor Stone was speaking
the Texas delegation.occupying a seat
on his extreme left, raised an immense
national flag in their midst.
Ingatius Donnelly of Minnesota re
sponded to Governor Stone's speech.
His appearance aroused the middle
of the road element to a burst of en
thusiasm. He spoke gracefully, pav
ing a high compliment to St. Louis
and eloquently describing the majestic
Mississippi and the vast country trib
utary to it, but avoiding adroitly any
allusion to the subiect upon which
the delegates below him were divided.
The movement, which this convention
represented, he said, was a growth of
the farm. It had been conceived in
the distress that prevailed among the
producers of the country. The peo
ple had felt the effects of misgovern-'
ment. II there was any movement
on the lace of the earth called uo by
the veritable hand of God it was the
People's party. As he declared that
the spirit of Washington, Jefferson,
Jackson and "august Lincoln" were
floating above the convention, the
daisgates cheered histily. The party
reached down to the soul and heart o"f
"God save the people," said Donnel
ly. "Upon that we stand. We are
devoted to their cause. Let us never
forget in our work that we are a band
of brothers wag-ing war against the
enemies of mankind. We must stand '
together, whatever we do. The Peo-
fle's party won't die; it needs to live,
stood at the cradle of the Greenback
party; I stood at the cradle of the
People's party, and God forbid that I
should be here now to attend its fu
neral. This is a great work of the
century. Let us do our duty, first
determining that we will not desert
nor destroy our party." A
There were more middle-of-the road
cheers when Donnelly ended.
As Ignatius Donnelly closed his ad
dress, Mrs. Mary E. Lease of Kansas
appeared in the hall and, preceded by
an assistant sergeant-at-arms, made
her way down tbe main aisle to the
speaker's stand. She was recognized
at onoe, and was greeted by a burst
of cheering, enthusiasts throwing up
their hats. As she faced the audience
and settled herself in a chair she
smilingly acknowledged the compli
ment and was immediately surrounded
by Populist leaders.
To a correspondent Mrs. Lease said
that she had come to write her im
pression of the convention for a syn
dicate of newspapers.
Boy tstray.
On the morning of the 4th a boy of
this city left his home. He is 14 years
old. small, well built, large itrey eyes',
light bair, rather stooped shoulders."
Any information as to his where
abouts would be gladly received.
Address Independent office. tf