The Nebraska independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1896-1902, October 22, 1896, Image 1

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The Wealth Makers and Lincoln Independent Consolidated.
LINCOLN, NEBR., THURSDAY, Oct. 32, 1896. !
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The National Populist Executive
Committee Speaks Plainly
to Its Voters.
Populists are Patriots and are
y Against Mark Hannaand
Boodle Always. , '
Joist Electoral Ticket Everywhere.
The populist national committee held
a meeting in Chicago October 13, and
leaned the following address:
Tour national committee indulged the
hope that patriotic action of the peo
ple's party in national convention in
subordinating . the interests of party to
the success of the vital issues involved in
this campaign would be met by equally
unselfish devotion to a common interest
on the part of the democratic party and
that all the friends of silver could pre
sent a solid front against the minions of
greed by supporting one ticket, the truly
co-operative ticket, Bryan an Watson.
But this was disappointed, and there
were but two courses left us, one of
' wf must be adopted. First, to run a
fltra.ej.i6 Bryan and Watson electoral
ticket in every state, which, on account
of the failure of the democratic party to
support this ticket would have eilected
the same result in this campaign that
would have followed the nomination of
a straight populist ticket at St. Louis,
namely, the election of McKinley and
the triumph of the gold standard,
It is true that the democratic party
would be responsible even to a greater
extent than ourselves for such a result,
but to permit evils to triumph on such
grounds would convict us as well as
. them of u lack of patriotism and a nar
row partisanship that would deservedly
forfeit to us the confidence of the Ameri
can people. Remember that two wrongs
never make a right.
When our devotion to the welfare of
the people falters because of any failure
on the part of the democratic or any
other party, then, indeed, will we have
lowered our standard and proven our
selves false to our own teachings and re
pudiated ur own motto, of country
first and men and parties second. The
brave, enlightened voters who consti
tute the rank and file of the people's
party art incapable of such base be
trayal of their country as would result
from a division in the ranks of those op
posing the machinations of the confeder
ated money power of the two continents
against the homes and liberties of the
American people and would repudiate
any action on the part of their leaders
opposed to united effort at this time as
they repudiated ' the old parties for
treachery to their interests. '
The other course left open for, your
-committee that was consistent with the
action of the convention in nominating
Mr. Bryan was to do everything in its
power to unite the voters of the country
against McKinley and to overcome the
obstacles and embarrassments, which, if
the democratic party had put the cause
first and party second, we would not
have encountered. , : , : ' ; '
This could be accomplished only by
arranging for a division of the electoral
vote in every state possible, securing so
many electors for Bryan and Watson,
and conceding so many to 1 Bryan and
Sewall. At the opening of the campaign
this, under the circumstances, seemed the
wisest course for our committee nnd it is
clearer today than ever that it was the
only safe and wise course if our votes are
to be east and made effective for the re
lief of an oppressed and outraged people.
. Following this line of policy your com
mittee has arranged electoral tickets in
three-fourths of the states and will do all
in Us power to make the same arrange
ment in all of the states. By perfecting
this arrangement and every sincere op-'
ponent of the gold standard giving loyal
support to these joint electoral tickets,
the people's party will not only secure in
the electoral college for Bryan and Wat
son several times as many votes as we
could have possibly secured by making
a straight fight, but we will secure the
defeat of McKinley and the gold stand
ard, which should now be the greatest
desire of every citizen who believes in
the principles of true democracy.
By this plan we can unite a large ma
jority of the voters on our joint elec
toral tickets, therefore, the only hope of
the money power and trusts is to divide
us and conquer. The republican man
agers and their democratic allies realize
this and are putting forth every effort to
' accomplish this end.
They have their emissaries on hand
everywhere trying to prevent joint elec
toral tickets from being arranged fail
ing in this they try to find populists and
silver democrats who can be induced, on
one pretext or another to rebel against
the joint electoral tickets. The danger
lies in the possibility 01 a certain por
tion of the rank and file of the populist
party being misled by so-called leaders
who, for reasons best known to them
selves, or for want of reason, are advis
ing voters to rebel against the joint
electoral tickets, or to withhold their
support from the joint electoral tickets.
Some of the democrats of the revenue
stripe, who are not yet weaned from the
flesh-pots of Egypt, but are sticklers for
regularity and are nominally supporting
Mr. Bryan, while secretly and in every
underhanded way are trying to accom-
filish his defeat, are advising against the
oint electoral tickets and failing in this
they advise democrats to scratch party
electors and already a few so-called pop
ulist leaders are advising the rank and
file of our party to strike back by refus
ing to support the democratic electors
on the joint electoral tickets. This is a
trap set by the goldbugs, who are re
joicing that a few honest men have fallen
into it. These reports today are the
only thing that buoy up the hopes of the
republican managers, and the democrats
and populists who are thus engaged are
doing just what the gold men most de
sire. Therefore, we appeal to every pop
ulist, who may have been misled by such
mistaken or false pleas of pretended loy
alty to the people's party into refusing
to support such joint electoral tickets, to
stop and consider the results of such
conduct and refuse to be influenced by
either misguided or corrupt men.
The one and only hope of the republi
can party to win in this campaign and
fasten the gold standard upon the coun
try is the coirupt use of an unlimited
supply of money, for bribery, corruption
and intimidation. The patriotic action
of the people's party in forming and sup
porting the joint electoral tickets has
shattered that hope. Already they are
alarmed at the irn potency of a boodle
campaign, when all of the great moral
forces of the people are solidly united in
the defense of American institutions.
The revulsion of the American people
against this boodle campaign, during
the last ten days has so united them
that victory is now assured.
The people's party will be the party of
the fnture. The American people will
recognize it as the agency which saved
the day when their interests were at
stake; the American people will rally
around its banner as the party to con
tend against the enemy of good govern
ment in the future. Every man to his
post and the victory is won.
Marion Bctbeb Chairman.
J. It. Sovereign,
H. W. Reed,
George F. Washburn,
John W. Briedenthal,
M. C. Rankin,
1 C. F. Taylor,
J. A. Edgerton, Secretary.
He Occupied the Whole Road at Hick
' man.
Editor Independent: The republican
campaign committee punished this town
severely last night by sending William
Hurricane Deck (Middle of the road pop)
down here to make a speech. He arrived
at 2 o'clock and went at once to the
saloon where he remained nearly all the
afternoon until time for the speaking at
8 o'clock, when hts title, "middle of the
road pop" was really appropriate to his
condition."r However he reached the
school house along with the republican
men women and children of the town
who listened to his harangue of abuse
and profanity until they were thorough
ly disgusted. Verily he came to his own
and they received him but they like him
not. Let the good work go on. -W.
P. Larsh.
Presidential Election.
ThohsbueSh, Neb., Oct., 11, 1896.
Editor Independent: I would like to
ask for a little information through the
columns of your paper. There is a good
deal of dispute here over the electors.
Some claim Bryan and Sewall and some
Bryan and Watson. Please answer this
through your paper and oblige,
lours truly,
Melvin Spencer,
There are eight presidential electors.
Four of them have heretofore been free
silver democrats, and four populists.
iney win ail vote for Bryan and lour of
them will vote for Watson and four for
Sewall. That seems to be the only way
to down the money power.
Will Swing Around the Circle the Day
Before Election.
Chairman Dahlman of the democratic
state central committee has just an
nounced the itinerary for JVfr. Bryan's
tour through the state on the day pre
ceding the election. He wilt make the
tour in a special train, comprising an
engine and one car., Leaving Lincoln at
6:45 a. iu., he will make brief speeches
from the car platform at Seward, Aurora,
Grand Island, Hastings, Harvard,
Saronville, Sutton, Grafton, Fairmont,
Exeter, Friend, Dorchester, Crete, Lin
coin and Omaha. The cities will be
visited in the order named, and Omaha
will be reached at 8;03 p. in., after a ride
of 292 miles. ' '
From McKinley Town.'
Shelton, Neb., Oct., 18, 1896.
Editor Independent Enclosed is an
extract from a letter received Sept. 23d
from Stark county Ohio.
Mrs. John Stebbins.
The enclosure was as follows:
"We have nothing but politics here.
In every part of the state they are dis
cussing free silver. I went to Cleveland
to see Bryan and tbmk it was the larg
est and most enthusiastic crowd I was
ever in. There was a procession of 5000
from Canton. They had a Banner upon
which were the words "From McKinley
Town." The populists and democrats
have great hopes of carrying the state."
Governor Holcoaab Always an Advocate
of it. :
Executive Chamber, Lincoln, eb
October . 10, 1896. Mr. L. P. Kruse,
Beatrice, Nebraska. My Dear Mr. Kruse;
I have your favor of the 9th instant and
thank you for calling myj ' attention to
the report being circulated by our eu-
emies in Beatrice to the effect that, dur
ing the last session of the legislature, I
vetoed a bill extending certain privileges
to life insurance orders. I do not know
of any such bill having been introduced
iu the legislature, and I know that no
measure of this description was present
ed to me for my approval. It is one of
a long series of campaign falsehoods
which are being circulated by unscrupu
lous politicians in their desperation be
cause of the knowledge that Nebraska
voters have set their faces toware hon
est state government.
You will probably, also, oe confronted
with the statement that! am opposed
to mutual insurance, despite the fact
that I have, at all times and under all
circumstances, advocated the organisa
tion and encouragement of mutual aud
fraternal societies and organizations.
During the last session of the legislature
a bill was introduced providing for the
organization of mutual fire companies
in cities and villages, The Dill was nrst
drafted by Mr. Lichty of Richardson
county, author of the farm mutual law,
which is now on our statute dookb.
This bill, as drafted by Mr, Lichty, con
tained all of the provisions of the farm
mutual law and provided amply for the
protection of policy holders. Astute
lawyers examined this bill and, in their
wisdom, decided that it was too vol-
umnous. Under their direction the bill
was cut down until it was only a skel
eton of the well proportioned measure
drawn up by the friend of mutual insur
ance. In this form the bill . was passed
by the legislature and presented to me
for my approval in the closing hours of
the session.
I examined it and was at once im
pressed with the serious defects existing
in the measure. A comparison of our
farm mutual law with the vetoed bill, by
any one who will take the trouble to ex
amine them, will disclose readily the im
perfections in the last act. 7 1 was of the
opinion, and have no reason to change
my belief, that if it became a law it
would result in the organization Of ir
responsible companies, in serious loss to
innocent policy holders, and would
bring mutual insurance into disrepute in
the state, resulting in irreparable dam
age to farm mutual companies already
existing under our present law, I felt
that it would be better to wait two
years more and get a bill passed by a
legislature friendly to mutual insurance
which would cover all the ground as
does the farm mutual law. Had this
skeleton bill been presented to me dur
in the session of the legislature I would
have unhesitatingly vetoed it and at
once have had introduced in its stead a
bill which would have offered sufficient
protection to policy holders and have
been a strength to mutual insurance. If
I am re-elected, I shall see to it that
such a bill is introduced and, if passed
by the legislature, 1 will be glad to ap
prove of it. 1 make you this full expla
nation for your information in case this
attack is made on me in Gage county,
as it has been elsewhere.
In this connection I desire to call your
attention to the plank in the populist
state platform relating to mutual insur
ance and which has my hearty approval;
"We hold that the formation of mu
tual and fraternal associations for the
Erotection of their members against loss
y fire, death and accident, is a right of
the American citizen that should be fos
tered and protected by law aud approve
of the present valued policy law and de
mand its rigid and honest enforcement."
Now, note carefully the covert declara
tion of the republican platform:
-"We favor state legislation, with
proper restrictions for the safety and
protection of the people, under which
mutual companies may be organized.
The valued policy act should not be re
pealed or modified in any may that will
destroy the equity of its provisions."
Our party can be relied upon to cham
pion the cause of mutual insurance. The
carefully worded declaration of the re
publican party is thrown out as a bait for
voters, yet its saving clauses leave re
publican representatives as free as ever
to attack mutual insurance and the
present valued policy law, which by
practical experience and the test of ju
dicial decisions, have been found to an
swer every requirement of safe and sound
During the last session of the legisla
ture! readily approved an act providing
for the organization of mutual benefit
associations and life insurance com
panies, the same chapter 42 of the ses
sion laws of 1895. I have at all times
been a friend to mutual insurance and
have never hesitated in expressing my
approval of laws which will keep the
money expended by our people as pre
miums within the state. Again thank
ing you for calling my attention to the
other matter, I am,
Very cordially,
Silas A. Holcomb.
The next national house . of represen
tatives will be for free silver and Nebraa
kans should vote for the men who will
be in harmony with the western' spirit
that will dominate congress. -A vote for
Judge Broady will be such a vote. Con
gressmen who are wedded to tariff agita
tion will be of little avail, as no tariff
measure can be gotten through the sen
ate for the next four years unless con
cessions are made for the free coinage of
silver. ' .
Proclaim Their Reasons for Their
Advocacy of the Doctrine of
Free Coinage.
And Restore the Confidence That is
bo Necessary to Business
v Prosperity.
By Giving Rising- Market.
At the last meeting of the Bryan
Travelling Men's club of this city the fol
lowing resolutions were submitted and
Whereas, The. advocates of the single
gold - standard have persistently sought
to deceive the public into a conviction
that Jhe traveling men of the nation are
as a class favorable to the maintenance
of that financial policy aud allied to the
misnamed "sound money" party; now
therefore, be it
Resolved, That we, the members of
the Bryan Traveling Men's club of Lin
coln, Neb., with a membership of 150, all
residents of the city of Lincoln, denounce
as unwarranted by the facts the claim
that the traveling men are as a class fa
vorable to the single gold standard, and
proclaim our sincere conviction that 75
per cent of the traveling men whose
homes are in the west are earnest sup
porters of the Hon. W. J. Bryan and
advocates of the free coinage of both
gold and silver at the present legal ratio
of 16 to 1 without waiting for the aid
or consent of any foreign nation.
We believe that the patriotic people Of
thiB country are not yet ready to bow to
the dictation of any foreign power or
seek the permission of England or any
other nation to legislate in the interests
of the American people. We resent any
denial of the right and the ability of the
people of the United States to legislate
for their own best interests, which right
and ability have never until now been
questioned since the surrender of the
British sword at the close of America's
struggle for independence.
We believe the free and unlimited coin
age of gold and silver at the ratio of 16
to 1 to be essential to the progress of
the republic and the prosperity of its peo
ple and its business interests. We feel
assured that the demonetization of sil
ver, by reducing the supply of primary
money to about one-half its former value
has made money so dear that it no
longer flows through its wonted chan
nels of industry, enterprise and trade, as
the present owners of the limited supply
of money find it more profitable to
hoard it and enjoy the unearned profit
arising from its appreciation than to
employ it in the uses for which money
was created.
We realize that dear money makes
cheap labor and cheap property. Cheap
labor paralyses industry, and cheap
property and products destroy com
merce, upon the life and prosperity of
wnicn depends tne prosperity of the
traveling men. Falling markets are al
ways the inevitable effect of the single
gold standard, and when products and
merchandise are on the decline, trade
cannot prosper, for the merchant de
clines to purchase when threatened by
decreasing values. When there is more
money than there is business the pur
chasing power of money decreases, and
there is more profit n trading in prop
erty and merchandise than there is in
hoarding money. The hoarded money
of the world, which is growing less valu
able, is brought out of its hiding places
and poured into the channels of trade in
return for property, " which is growing
more valuable. When there is more
business than money, the purchasing
power of money increases and it again
seeks the hiding places to profit from its
own accretion, while property is grow
ing cheaper.
The resumption of the free coinage of
both gold and silver will increase the
currency of the country, cheapen money
and appreciate prices of labor and prop
erty, increased prices will stimulate in
dustry and quicken commerce. Mer
chants aud manufacturers will be able to
consistently engage in business without
the fear that a falling market will pre
vent mem selling their merchandise or
products for less than the prices pre
vailing when they were purchased or
In the proportion that the gold stand
ard depreciates the property of the
world, it appreciates the purchasing
power of the vast sums paid each year by
the people of this country to the capital
ists of foreign nations to meet in
terest charges on our great indebtedness
Foreign money, kings are reaping the
sole benefits of the gold standard at the
expense of the American people, and it is
worse tnan folly lor the latter to
hope or expect that the money powers
of those foreign countries will ever seek
or consent to the abolition of a financial
system that is pouring into their coffers
tbeearnings of the industry of America.
We believe that the only way to secure
the establishment of international bi
metallism is for the United States to at
once remonetize silver, when the other
nations of the world, which will never do
it otherwise, will be forced to return to
bimetallism to protect their commercial
We recognize that the current cam
paign shibboleths of the gold standard
advocates, "sound money," 'an honest
dollar" and "a policy of dishonesty and
repudiation" are designed solely to de
ceive the. American people, and we re
cognize as the honest dollar that which
is subject to the least appreciation or
depreciation. The honest dollar is the
dollar whose purchasing power does not
fluctuate, and we believe that the silver
dollar under abimetallio financial sys
tem is such a dollar. We believe that it
is not repudiation to offer to pay a debt
with dollars of equal purchasing power
with those received when the debt was
incurred, and we believe that it is worse
than repudiation for a creditor to de
mand dollars' of a greater purchasing
power than had those be loaned when
the debt was created.
We believe that the return to bimetall
ism in this country without waiting for
the aid or consent of any other nation
would at once restore the confidence so
necessary to the revival of trade and
industry, upon which depends the wel
fare of the travelling fraternity, as well
as that of the nation.
Ed M. Friend, Secretary.
8. S. Whitino, President.
Free Passes Given Democrats to Get
Them Where They Cannot Vote.
While outwardly the republican na
tional committee manifests .the utmost
confidence in the result of election, de
velopments of each succeding day show
that they are straining every nerve to
secure every vote possible for McKinley
and prevent every vote possible for
Bryan. 'vr '.i-.--
. Here in the city they have established
agencies for the distribution of transpor
tation to democrats or populists who
can be induced to leave the city in time
to lose their vote. Residents of Lincoln
who could not otherwise secure transpor
tation under any possible circumstances
are furnished tickets for themselves and
families to distant parts to visit. This
is no' idle rumor. It is known to be a
fact. ' '
Employes of corporations in this state
suspected to be for free silver are being
sent out of the state to work until the
election, and men from outside the state
who can lay auy possible;cIaim to resi
dence here are being brought to the state
by the railways aud the republicans to
help out the corporation cause.
An inmate of the soldiers' home at
Leavenworth, Kas., writes a friend in
this city that an agent of the republican
national committee is now in that city
arranging to send home to vote for Mc
Kinley such old soldiers as he finds to be
afflicted with goldbugism. They are
furnished free transportation to auy
part of the United States. Quite a num
ber of them are to be 'sent to Nebraska
to attempt to vote in communities in
which they have not resided for from six
to eight years.
One canuot begin to conceive of the
enormous expense that must attend this
colonization system. It simply shows
the desperate measures to which republi
cans feel compelled to resort.
He Will Spesk at Bohanan's Hall Bator
day Afternoon and Evening.
Senator W. V. Allen will speak Satur
day afternoon and evening at Bohanan's
hall on the silver question. Several
efforts have been made of late by tho sil
ver forces of this city to secure the sena
tor for a speech or two, but up to the
present time their efforts have been un
satisfactory. There are many in Lincoln
who will be glad to hear the ae&Ator as
he is one of the most forceful and logical
speakers of the campaign. Everyone
should bear in mind the date, Saturday
afternoon and evening.
Norris Humphrey Neils a Campaign Lie
; Effectually.
To the voters of Lancaster county
who are interested in the coming elec
tion I would say that it is reported that
3. W. Beardsley, candidate for county
treasurer, could not give the required
bond if elected. There is not a man in
Lancaster county that I would be more
willing to go his bond than Mr. Beards
ley. I have known him for the last fif
teen years. He is honest, capable and
responsible and would make an efficient
and trustworthy official.
Nonius Humphrey.
' All of the populists who signed Bill
Dech's petition as a populist candidate
for congress have withdrawn their
names, so that Bill now stands as a
populist candidate on the petition solely
of republicans. But Bill Dech and his
manager I continue to live high around
the festal board of the republican state
committee. He hasn't had so much fun
since he swallowed a dose of poison in
his room on Tenth street several years
since, and bis friends trotted blm around
and spanked him for twenty-four hours to
keep him frm fielding up his troubled
Hen on Els Petitiaa LCxUi
draw Their X?tr;i Tttzi V
Ptltica. "
six PELSora toll rr:
Leaving tie nirxtriru ZZ1
7 ontttt&tahr.?
. Bad tor mil.
1 Another question involvi t o
structlon or interpretation ct V : '
law has been presented to tt t
of state. When W. II. DecVO
of the road populist, beeacw c
for congress in the FourO T
bad his name placed la c:: '
petition. Under the law of e; . ,
only entitled to hare tie r:
petition" follow his name, wid . '.
other whioh will explain his rzr
ation. It was necessary i
fifty names to his petition, 3 ?
bis bad fifty-five. Yestsri'y 1
a letter was filed with the t :: ...
state signod by six of thocs prr: :
had signed Dech's petition cf 1
tion. The letter reads as toUorx
Wahoo Neb., Oct. 14, 18CJ.
Hon, Secretary of State, J. A. .
Lincoln, Neb. Dear Sin We, tiit t
signed, who ha,ve previously '
petition of Wm, Dech to m1 t
for congress in the Fourth ( 1. )
of Nebraska, do hereby moctr
ask and request that our K""-'
celled or withdrawn from si.'. J j
which Is now in your porc::
greatly oblige, yours very recjrc
L. T. Eur:
J. P. Milli
II. W. Bar::
A. Lef3, .
John M. Lr
. The question before the seer; '
can these signers have tbeirrtr
off the petition it the appUci '1 ji ,
before the certification Is t:;,
county clerks. The popc'.!:tJ 1 "
neys for the six men say Va.. f
a right to have their narc-t 1
this is true Dech will not Lit J
petition because it will f
haiing1themin5toMre5..i k .
ute. As yesterday was the L j
which nominations by pe'.l' K
made the nomination of Ei
good only in case be is allowed 1
plete his petition after thc .1:
stricken on. . .
Not Half as Good a Place as the L"
of-the Road. j
Editor Independent: As the I
lecturer of the Farmers Alliance an
duBtrial nnion, I am asked many
tions as to how I stand on the qt: ;
of the middle-of-the-road popuILI j
and being too busy to answer et '
arately, I beg the use of your cc'
to reply to all at once, f irst, 1 w..
I have bten an Alliance man ever
the first organization of the Alllix;
am aa old time worker in the t.
Second, I was one of the very rot 1 ,
cates of independent political actc: ,
have been a radical expounder
middle-of-the-road idea and am yt !
I have always maintained tl'tl
Omaha platform is too much fc ,
inch fc :
d all at i
i yet VA
average voter to comprehend 1
I have always thought, and ;
hefc to adopt part at --a tis
stance, if w r wait,at the bottom 1
mountain until we get sufficient st
to go up all the way at one leap, '.
we will never get up at all. Neitnei
want to sit at a table and starve
cause I can not swallow the whole !
at one mouthful. 1
Now I see that we have had suC
strength to compel the democratic f
at Chicago to adopt most of our!
form. In other words we have ea;i
the body of that party and cut rl
head of gold and thrown the head
the republican camp where it belt
If we have had brains enough to eaf
the body we surely have brains ea
to control the same in the future i.
interest of the people. Therefore ! '
for Bryan and Watson and the
state ticket from top to bottom e
the road supervisor.
I hear some of the so-called mid
the roaders say they have a good
to stay at home and not vote.
say they think they will vote the
hi tion and the like, flow mv good r
ren of the middle of the road, you I
got so far from the middle of thej
you are in the ditch instead. I
republicans are much interested h
pops running an independent middj ,
the-road ticket and I see One Wii
Dech is making an independent rtf
congress. Now all this is to help, tl
publican gold bugs into power. I e
did the Nazarine of old, "He that i
for us is against us." The fight
year is between the gold bugs of
bard and Wall streets and the fre
of the American laborer and wt wa!
votes we can get and every voe 1 ;
half a vote for the plutocrats. The
my friends and fellow workers i
Alliance, let us stand by our t
through the fight of November 3, '
and not give aid and comfort t
enemy. A vote for Bryan and the
populist state ticket is a vote for I.
. J. M. Santo
State Lecturer F. A. i