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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
Nov, 12, 1896.
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The axe that Tom Majors had ground
most hart acquired a good keen edge.
From appearance of thing! it looks as
though the republican state tioket was
lost in the dust raised by the feet of the
marching riff raff. , .
It is almost certain that the fusion
legislature will amend the Nebraska
lection laws so that Piperita) will no
longer be possible.
Walter Wellman, the newspaper expert
who came to Nebraska and figured the
state Into the McKinley column, has lost
This appears to have been Tom Ma
jors' busy year, as the mysterious dis
appearance of both Jack MacColI and
Church Howe will attest.
The old hacks, Matt Iney, Steve Elkias
and Tom Piatt will have full control
again. It is not hard to imagine what
kind of government we will get from that
est of political pirates.
J: V. Wolfe, commissioner of public
jand and buildings, has already in
spected the stats capitol and reports the
basement of the ' building, where it is
heated by steam as a most excellent
place to bring up in an arlstocratio man
ner a herd of fine blood Poland China
hct. He has been looking for such a
place for several years. The Independ
ent extends its congratulations.
Ex-Congressman Meikeljohn .don't
seem to have made a brilliant success
out of his proclaimed and heralded start
to save the congressional ticket. Any
political machine tUat would let a hand
some, talented and poetical newspaper
roan like Ross Hammond get snowed
under r-b so prosaic a Blackstonian
bociworm as Judge Maxwell ought to
-go into winter quarters in April and
Mr. Bryan is receiving numerous tele
grams and letters of response to his ad
dress calling upon advocates of silver to
continue their fforts in that behalf, as
suring him of concurrence in his views
and of co-operation in the work. Many
messages are from club organizations.
The state of Colorado has tendered him
a reception on the 24th inst, whjch he
Mr. Eton B. Nelson, clerk in Governor
Holcorob's office, deserves much credit
for his work 'during this campaign. He
prepared all the tables, and compiled all
the comparative statements showing the
savings made in the different state insti
tutions under Governor Holcomb's con
trol. He worked every night sending
out these tables and explanatory letters
to reform speakers all over the state.
The figures given were accurate and the
republican state committee dared not
deny them. Such work is valuable and
Mr. Nelson should go up to a mors im
portant position. " v :
The first cut in wages, predicted by the
free silver campaign managers, came im
mediately upon the announcement of
McKinley's election. It is among the
pork butchers at the Chicago packing
houses. It is customary to pay f 1 a
day more in winter than in summer,
.and the change is usually announced in
October; This year the managers cun
ningly secured a delay until after elec
tion on the plea of hard times and the
depressing effects of the election upon
business. On the 4th inst. the wages
were advanced only 75 cents, or 25 less
than customary, and the, men struck.
This is the forerunner of the promised
wave of industrial prosperity.
Chairman Edmisten has demonstrated
lis ability to conduct a political cam
paign. Twice the chairman and twice
tctoriouB speaks for itself. We'll have
-.a) again. He has won his spurs and
Reserves to go up higher.
Mr. Weber, the secretary of the com-
plittee and Mr. Blake the treasurer, de
voted their entire time to the campaign
and deserve great credit for their work.
The correspondence of a state committee
ia the charge of the secretary is some
thing amazing. ' To answer a bushel
backet of letters delivered four times a
itj U no small undertaking. Most peo
i! c&n understand the difficulty a treas
urer baa when they attempt to collect
:-iJ.otu. lit. Blake has made both
tzti most, a feat seldom performed by
t : .-arers oi state committees. The or-
' " : .' on of the committee could not
tivs tssn better. .
TUB FIGHT t J 1ST MOCK.
The chivalric manner in which Hon.
W. J. Bryan relinquished at the proper
time the hope of serving the people of
the United States for the next four-years
as their chosen representative in the
highest office within their gift, W -wholly
characteristic of the mas. A .soldier's
courage is as essential ia defeat as in ths
heat of battle. Ia both situations
William Jennings Bryaa has manifested
the valor of the storied knight. Never
during ths exciting scenes be has wit
nessed have the thrilling demonstrations
of favor appeared to inspire him with
the Isast sense of personal exaltation,
while he has always contemplated the
assaults of his political enemies with the
most courageous good humor. No con
ditions seemed to ruffle his geniality or
abate his zeal and earnestness. With a
courage and fortitude surpassing that
of the crusader of old he set out from
home three months ago to wage the
most memorable political battle that
history records against the most desper
ate and powerful enemy foemaneveroon
fronted. 'The contest seemed hopeless
at the start, but as it progressed
and the dauntless warrior proved
his unmatched mettle against the
fearful odds he confronted, a world's
wonder and curiosity warmed Into ad
miration and sympathy. Had anyoth
er warrior than he been put forth he
would have been subdued before the
world bad learned of the conflict. But
William Jennings Bryan, as bis enemies
know as well as do bis friends, was in the
beat of the fray at all times, with his
back to the solid rock, his weapons in
readiness and his challenge ever defiant
And when at last he saw that his cause
was temporarily lost, with the same un
ruffled and good-natured frankness and
courage, he courteously bowed to the
victor. His surrender was characteristic.
"We have submitted the issues to the
American people and their will is law."
But it hardly need be said that the
war is not over. In the language of the
fearless champion, "The fight has just
oommenced." A new declaration of
hostilities will issue at once,' and again
will the champions of the gold and silver
coinage of the constitution, and the
emancipation of the masses from a subtle
but growing system of industrial slavery,
go forth to engage tho plutocratic giants
and the, corporation dragons. Another
fotfr years campaign is already on, to
be succeeded by another if necessary,
and still others, until the rights of the
common people have been achieved and
their interests recognized and conserved
Time may bring forwardjiew champions,
and conditions now unforeseen may
place a new leader in command, but that
certainly does not now seem probable.
The vanquished hosts of the free
silver cause seem at this time to look
forward eagerly through the next four
years to again take the field .under their
peerless leader of the late campaign. No
one at this time seems to entertain a
suspicion that William Jennings Bryan
will not be the next presidential candi
date of the free coinage party. And be
fore that time his following will have
grown. The industrial classes will have
by that time learned the merits of the
cause he champions, the deception and
perfidy of the enemy and the blighting
effects of the single standard. Four
years of education will have taught
theai that the cries of "sound money,"
'h'onest dollar," "repudiation" and
"national dishonor" were political scare
crows cunningly designed to frighten
farmers away from the defense of their
own fields and artisans into the enslave
ment of their own selves and families.
They will have learned that the single
standard means ;. dear money, cheap
property and labor, industrial stagna
tion and'eommercial exhaustion.
Diligent efforts will be made by single
standard advocates who profit by
its operation to decry '; and dis
courage the educatic. of the
masses on the subject. The men who
assume to know all about the question
of finance, and assume to dictate finan
cial policies for a whole people, will
strive to keep the masses from becoming
as wise as themsel ves,and the free coinage
advocate will meet with persistent misrep
resentation and abuse. He will be de
nounced as an enemy of his country, a
crank and a demagogue, but possibly in
time the laboring man and farmer,
stirred by a realization of conditions
surrounding them, may honestly seek to
lay aside partisan prejudices long
enoughto look for the causes of the woes
that assail him. When he does so he is a
recruit for the free silver army.
The battle of the standards is again
on. Lt those who favor the coinage of
the constitution buckle on their armor.
MISERY EX MASQUE.
There is little rejoicing for the Ne
braska politician of any brand. Even
the gold standard crew cannot find it in
its heard to rejoice over the national
situation, for there is nowhere in the
United States today a more down-hearted
coterie of politicians than the republi
cans of Nebraska are today.
It is the essence of bitterness of spirit
that accompanies their contemplation of
the fact that within the next three
months the festering carcass of repub
licanism will be pitched bag and baggage
out of the state capital and the records
of their many official methods laid bare
to the public The arrogance of repub
licanism will no longer reign supreme
around the state capitol and the legisla
tive halls will no longer welcome its
army of republican lobbyists and cor-ruptionists.
There will be a pretty clean sweep
around the state home next January
About all that will be left of the repub
lican regime will be the present judges of
the supreme court and their subordi
And that ia why the republicans of
Nebraska are not declaiming on the
glories of their victory and have left
jubilation to the tramp orator. Their
ratification of the result of the election,
if indeed they are prompted to have one,
will sound as hollow as a baaa drum
with a hole in both ends.
TO POPULIST EDITORS.
There is an absolute necessity for pop
ulist editors to make some arrangement
to get news out side of the great pluto
cratic press associations. These asso
ciations are the greatest engine of op
pression ever invented as their work in
the last few weeks has proven. : We can
rely on nothing they send out.
It is generally believed that over $50,-
000,000 of English money was sent to
this country during the last few weeks
of the campaign. We have at least one
affidavit from a responsibleitizen that
workmen In English factories were as
sessed to send money here to aid Hanna
to carry the United States for the En'
glish gold standard. The manifests of
the Atlantic liners show that fFC.,000,-
000 came. The official repor.s of the
banks show that it did not go into the
banks. The course of t-ade in imports
and exports does not account for this
vast sum, and if ithadbeenused in trade,
the banks would' show it. Where did
that enormous sum go.
Any active, well trained newspaper
man with three or four hundred dollars
at his disposal for actual expenses could
have found out where it went. There is
no doubt but agents of the press asso'
ciation did know where it went, but that
news was suppressed. '
The farmers of Nebraska don't know
yet whether there is a wheat famine in
India and a shortage in Russia, or
whether the late spurt in wheat was a
Mark Hanna election scheme. So it is
with every thing that appears in the
great dailies. One can believe nothing.
Populist editors could largely extend
the circulation of their papers if they
were in a position to print correct news.
There is no inseparable obstacle in the
way of getting such news if they only
know' how to go about it and would do
So far the populist papers have saved
the people from absolute ignorance on
the most important subjects. What
does a republican who has only read re
publican papers know about the situa
tion of this country? What does he
know of mortgages, a taxation of im
ports, of exports, of the volume , of
money, of monetary laws? Absolutely
nothing. Most of them believe that im
ports exceed our exports and that the
silver dollars are redeemable in gold.
From such idiotic ignorance the popu
list papers have saved those who have
This has been a great work, accom
plished by untiring labor and constant
self sacrifice. The work would be made
easier and vastly more accomplished if
populist papers also contained a truth
ful record of the machination of the en
emies of mankind that was fresh and up
to date each week. Now we get news of
this fight for humanity only through
our weekly exchanges which makes it
from ten days to two weeks behind. We
can very easily arange to have it up to
date. Let us get together and do it.
WE ARE BROTHERS.
The fight is over but the ties and asso
ciations formed during the last few
months will not be dissolved. We have
stood shoulder to shoulder during the
storm of plutocratic shot and shell for
fbur months and there we will stand for
the next terrible four years. We, whose
souls have been stirred to their very
depths, cannot forget the men who have
stood side by side with us in this fierce
struggle. Like the survivors of a battle,
ws feel that the men who were with us in
the fight are our brothers, and brothers
they shall continue to be.
The state officers-elect find themselves
in active need of private secretaries.
This year we got the state house. In
two years more we will get the court
house and in four years the white house.
A Philadelphia paper has figured out
that during the recent campaign Mr.
Bryan traveled 18,831 miles, delivered
592 speeches In 447 towns and cities,
covering twenty-seven states.
It is quite English, you know, to call
it "premiership." Had Bryan been
elected, the name "secretary of state"
would have been good enough, but the
triumph of the gold standard gang jus
tifies the change to premiership.
Those who rend this paper are required
to see that it is paid for. To say that a
friend sent it to you and did not pay for
it will not excuse you. We hold the man
that takes the paper from the office re
sponsible for the subscription price.
This paper from bow until the
adjournment of : the Nebraska
ljegislatmre for 80 cents. Bubsoribe
now and get an honest report of the
proceedings of , the populist
One of the interesting things dug up by
theosrtainty of a change in state officers
is the fact that over $50,000 of sugar
boonty warrants have been issued
against the already overburdened gen
eral fend of the state. The republican
boodlers in the last legislature were
hypnotized by one R. B. Schneider and
other lobbyists into passing a law es
tablishing a bounty, but for reasonsjbest
known to themselves its promoters
failed to appropriate anything to pay
Bat this did not embarrass the beet
sugar men in the least. Although it was
understood to be unlawful to issue war
rants for such purposes unless there be a
fund specially appropriated, the state
officers obligingly overlooked the ques
tion of law and issued the warrants for
the sugar bounty against the general
fund, doubtless relying upon the next
session of the legislature to cure the over
sight by making a proper appropriation.
Hence it was that as soon as the . re
turns were in showing the election
of a fusion legislature, there was
considerable activity manifest among
the beet sugar contingent of the republi
can party- It was apparent that little
reliance was to be placed in the legisla
ture, and steps were at once taken to se
cure recourse otherwheres. A friendly
action in supreme court was brought
against the state auditor to compel him
to audit a claim for a small amount of
bounty claimed to be due, so that the
issuance of the other $52,000 against
ths general fund can be validated.
Now is a pretty good time to begin
thinking about repealing the sugar
bounty and taking the sugar business
out of politics in this state. The beet
sugar lobby is a pernicious influence in
legislative circles, and the local influences
exercised by the sugar factory operators
are reprehensible. It is true that the
factory gives employment to a few men
during certain seasons, but there is no
question that if the state were to give
outright to these people the money paid
in bounties to their employers, it would
be much better for the laborers and
much better for the state.
During the last campaign the populist
headquarters has been located at the
Lincoln hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska,
the largest hotel in the city located
across the street west from the postoffice.
In former campaigns the headquarters
of the party and the legislature has been
located at the Lindell hotel, but it will
hardly be so during the coming session
as that hotel has turned over inside and
out for the republican party. The pro
prietor of the Lindell last fall had both
headquarters but refused to- make a
reasonable bid for the populist head
quarters during the next year. At that
time they k expected the republicans to
win and treated the populists as though
their patronage was hardly worth asking
for. During the campaign just closed
the proprietors of , the Lindell decked
themselves with McKinley's picture and
yellow ribbon in spite of the fact that
they had formerly affiliated with the pro
hibitionists and populists. They dis
played in every window of their building,
up stairs and down, pictures of McKinley
and Hobart. More offensive partisan
ism was never shown by any set of men,
and( this notwithstanding that it was
the patronage of the populist
party that had made them prosperous.
On the contrary the Lincoln hotel
made the committee most liberal terms,
and in addition rates as low as the Lin
dell hotel ever made and will make a
rate to members of the legislature as low
as the Lindell and equal to any first
class hotel in the city.
The Independent predicts that the
populists will remember their friends and
will patronize the Lincoln hotel where
the headquarters of the party will be lo
cated for the year.
BOND DEALERS HAPPY.
The election of McKinley is raising the
price of bonds, which-is a sure sign of a
further appreciation of the value of the
dollar, for a bond is only a promise to
deliver "dollars" at some future time.
The goldbugs call that a sign of pros
perity and the great dailies are filled with
rejoicings ovtr the rise in the price of
bonds. Any man with common sen8e
knows that it only means a harder
slavery for the producers of the com
modities that must be sold to get the
dollars to pay the bonds. The goldite
New York dailies crow a great deal over
the rise in price of New York city bonds,
when if they had good common sense
they would weep over it. They announce
with great gusto that? the $16,500,000
of New York city bonds, for which bids
are to be offered on Monday, owing to
the activity in investment and specula
tive circles and the other monetary con
ditions, are expected to be largely over
subscribed. At least two syndicates of
bankers and investment firms are un
derstood to have been formed for all or
any part of the bonds.
According to republican definition all
of America's greatest patriots were an
archists. We have only to read the
words . they have left on record to con
vict every one of them. All of the follow
ing were surely anarchist, and Washing
ton was the worst of the lot:
"Not only the constitution and laws
must strictly govern, but the EMPLOY
ING OF THE REGULAR TROOPS
avoided, if it be possible to effect order
without their aid." George Washing
ton, in a letter to Alexander Hamilton,
September 16, 1792.
"The candid citizen must confess that
if the policy of the government upon the
vital questions affecting the whole peo
ple is to be irrevocably fixed by the de
cisions of the SUPREME COURT the in
stant tbey are made, as in ordinary liti
gation between parties in personal ac
tions, the people will have ceased to be
their own masters, having to that ex
tent practically resigned their govern
ment into the hands of that eminent tri
bunal." ABRAHAM LINCOLN, in his
inaugural address delivered at Washing
ton, March 4, 1861.
"By the Eternal, we will which is
to rule the money power or the peo
"Many of our rich men have not been
content with equal protection, but have
besought us make them richer by Con
gress. By attempting to gratify their
desires we have arrayed section against
section, interest against interest and
man against man in a fearful commotion,
which threatens to shake the founda
tions of our Union." Andrew Jackson,
in his message to Congress, July 10,
1832. 'V-:., ..
"Experience has taught me that it is
not those who cry patriotism the loudest
who are the greatest friends of their
country or will risk the most in its de
fence." Andrew Jackson, in a letter to
James Monroe, January 6, 1817.;
"The banking interests are more
dangerous to our liberties that standing
armies." Thomas Jefferson. '. y
"Bank paper must be suppressed and
the circulating medium must be restored
to the nation, to whom it belongs."
"We shall be undone if legislation is
permitted which makes our money much
pr little, real or imaginary,as the money
interests shall choose to make it."
"If a government contracted a debt
with a certain amount of money in cir
culation, and then contracted the money
volume before the debt was paid, it is
the most heinous crime that a govern
ment could commit against the people."
Bryan don't line up at all alongside of
such exploiters of the red flag as are
quoted above. , The best that he could
do in that line was to say:
, "The farmer who goes forth in the
morning and toils all' day, begins in the
spring and toils all summer, and by the
application of brain and muscle to the
natural resources of this country, creates
wealth, is as much a business man as
the man who goes upon the board of
trade and bets upon the price of grain.
The miners who go a thousand feet into
the earth are as much business men as
the few financial magnates who in a back
room corner the money of the world."
Wm. J. Bryan.
Pay your subscription.
Keep your neighbor posted. The fight
for national reform has just commenced.
The republicans have promised to ac
complish the task of raising prices with
out debasing money. Watch and see
how they try to do it.
This is the time in the year when you
ought to pay your subscription. We
are sorry to state that only a few peo
ple are doing as they ought.
Chairman Edminsten says that the
first constitutional amendment has been
adopted and that Judges Neville and
Kirkpatrick will take their seats on the
There are only a few of the "good"
lawyers in Nebraska that have had an
opportunity to refuse a salary of $25,
000 per year. This amounts to $80 per
day or $8 per hour, counting ten hours
to a day's work.
Populist headquarters for the cam
paign of 1900 were formally opened yes
terday. The rooms are located on the
ground floor of the Lincoln hotel. These
are the first headquarters for that cam
paign established in the United States.
Nebraska takes the lead. Hurrah for
We call attention to J. V. Wolfe &
Son's ad of Poland China pigs. We need
say nothing as to the merits of this
herd. Mr. Wolfe's reputation as a man
and breeder is toO well known to need
our endorsement. If you need a pig or
a young herd call on this firm and you
will get fair treatment and the worth of
your money. " -
During the next six months the farm
ers of this state will have time to read
during the evenings. This is the time to
subscribe for this paper and keep posted
on all the issues of the day. Have it
Sent to your neighbor. He will read it
and study it more carefully than during
a political campaign. Now is the time
to make converts. Invest 50c or a dol
lar for the good of the cause.
The republican weeklies are running
such items as following taken- from the
Bancroft Blade: ,
"Factories in the eastern states on the
strength of McKinley's election are work
ing full time at an increase in Wages of
rom five to twenty per cent."
Tbey must think their readers are very
gullible fools. s
POPULIST STATE GOVERNMENT.
It is the duty of every populist editor
in the state to begin to impress upon the
minds of the members of the legislature
just elected that every promise made to
the people in all the years that we have
boodle government must be kept. The
populist majority is dangerously large.
Let it be understood that any member
who attempts to vote perquisites for
himself or make sinecure places for his
friends shall be run out of the party,
branded as a traitor and a thief. The
running expenses of the legislature must
be greatly reduced. Those useless door
keepers, messengers, cloak room attend"
ants, pages, clerks, post office employee
must be dispensed with. This paper wilt
show no mercy to any member, it mat
ters not who he may be, who advocates
paying the salary, of any person whose
services are not absolutely necessary.
That biennial pen knife and stationery
steal must not be attempted by any one.
There are enough good and true men
elected to the legislature to put a stop
to all such customs if they will only keep
on the alert. And they must keep on the
alert. That is what they were elected
for. This is the first complete populist
state government any state has ever
had. It must be made a model for all
that follow. The eyes of the whole na
tion will be watchiug this state govern
ment. Its succees or failure will have
great influence on national politics.
There must be no wild talk and no fool
ish bills introduced. Too much depends
upon the record of the next legislature
to risk anything. It must be a business
session, 'it must be short. The farmers
of this state are too poor and will re
main too poor as long as the gold stand
ard lasts, to stand one dollar of unneces
We believe that the next legislature
will make so sure the foundations of
populist state government that the peo
ple will want it continued for the next
FIFTY CENT DOLLARS IN JAPAN.
An Associated press has a story to tell
about the effect of the 50 cent silver dol
lar or yen, upon labor in Japan. They
took good care not to tell the story
until after election. It is two jobs for
every man over there, but under the
gold standard here and - among "the
most enlightened nations" it is four men
bidding against each other for every job
The press dispatch is no doubt accur
ate and is as follows:
"Labor is beginning to take its stand
against capital in Japan. There have
been many strikes lately, and in every
case employers have agreed to the de
mands of the employed. It is true that
the demands have not been excessive in
any instance. Indeed the sharp rise in
the prices of all commodities that has
taken place in Japan during the J last
pay. But the conflict having commenced.
it is not likely to terminate speedily, and
especially as manufacturers are begin
ning to be greatly inconvenienced by
scarcity of hands."
A PRETTY BIG JOB.
Mark Hanna and McKinley have taken
the contract to bring prosperity by re
versing the laws of nature. We are glad
to see the experiment tried, as nothing
less than an actual physical demonstra
tion will convince some of the men who
voted to make high prices and dear
money at the same time, that the thing
was impossible. They wanted higher
prices for their wheat and corn and at
the same time declared that depreciating
money was "dishonesty" and everything
that was criminal. Four years from now
they will have learned, that there cannot
be a rise in prices without depreciating
money any more than one side of a pair
of scales can go up without the other
side going down. McKinley may be able
to reverse, the laws of nature but it is a
big job. .
StONS OF PROSPERITY.
It seems as if those who control the
avenues of information are able to de
ceive the people all the time. Now here
are the banks working a scheme to get
hold of enough gold to pay the January
interest which is a mighty big Bum. The
great dailies are helping and the fool
people run to the banks with their little
hoards of gold to help pull the banks out
of the hole they are in, and they call it
"signs of prosperity" and Bay that "it is
all on account Of McKinley's election." '
Then the dailies are filled with a mass
ot lies about the opening of hundreds of
factories and the employment of count
less thousands of idle workingmen, of
smoking chimneys, buzzing wheels and
whirring spindles. If a flood of lies were
a sign of prosperity, then we would be on
the high road to universal riches.
The Nebraska Independent will be
sent to any address in the United States
from date of subscription until the ad
journment of the Nebraska legislature
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It will have a full and complete report
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ture, will give an outline of all the laws
proposed and a full discussion of all
those passed, with the date at which
they go into operation. If you want au
honest report of the proceedings of a
Populist legislature you must look for it
in a Populist paper. Send in your own
subscription and have it sent to your
friends in other states. They will be in
terested in this legislature.
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