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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
March 18 1897
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The municipal referendum bill passed
the house by a good majority.
The pug fight at Carson City is over
but the Nebraska state senate is still in
The movement started by the Nebras
ka Reform Press association to improve
the ready print service is commendable.
There should be a reform ready print
V-"Hon. John C. Bell, populist, received
f twenty-one votes for speaker of the
f house of representatives last Monday.
I Bailey, of Texas, received the democratic
I . Tote. Reed was re-elected speaker.
Congress has convened in extra ses-
I .sion. The president's message was short
I and dealt alone with the tariff. A re-
publican tariff bill will be introduced at
Y once and will probably pass in a few
J The Lincoln charter bill will pass the
T legislature substantially as it now
fj stands. It has many commendable
f features. It gives the city the right to
own public franchises. It provides for
I the erection of a lighting plant, if such
til thought necessary. It cuts down the
omber of officers and reduces their
i- yearly salaries about four thousand
pilars. ' '
!- President McKiuley has kept quiet on
G?the Cuban question. Will he follow in
t the footsteps of Grover Cleveland and
r I stand idly by while barbarous Spain
j spills innocent blood and imprisons
American citizens? The republican press
of this country promised freedom to Cu
t ba and protection to American citizens
$ in the event of McKinley 's election. There
J Is no reason for further delay.
T The Independent stands just where
s. it has always stood. We are for the
I , entire populist platform, free silver at
I I the head. We are in favor of maintain
Jag the integrity and independence of the
People's Party. At the same time we
, stand in an attitude of friendship to
jnall reformers in all parties. We refuse to
'descend to personalities or to be drawn
any further conflict with those who
iould be friends.
Hon. Thomas E. Watson denies hav-
p0 Vsent a telegram of congratulation
ectio?"tcDar'8 election as senator from
tailed jh Carolina. The Independent is
PrOHP to note the denial, and also glad
WMtW9 lt Publicity throu(?h these 'col
the entn We have also taken pleasure in
States, hing two of Mr. Watson's letters
wejmew York World. There are one
?'or two expressions in this week's letter
tt(to which we perhaps might take excep
chtion, but on the whole the letters are
m j, .
w, The bili for municipal woman suffrage
tisras defeated in the house by one vote
JjJThe bill for taxing state banks was
Vlo killed. The Independent believes
. poth were good measures and should
Save become laws. The great major
- hy ' tne populists and silvei men iu
i. .he house evidently thought the same,
they voted for both measures, but
jjj were enough recalcitrants among
t ur wneople to defeat them. The
J publicans were generally against both
X "Morgan's Duzzsaw" makes two state
stjrats which are incorrect. It speaks of
jIdgerton's call for a conference at Kan-
dafl City.". Edgerton never made a call
' conference at Kansas City. Ho
flip si pifiCested to Chairman Butler
I llC IIL'erence were called at all it
'led at that point instead of
b' that western populists
THBHB TIH: A blank call was sent to
? jaiwSnSStler so that he could issue
if he saw fit. The matter was given to
te press by Mr. Rozelle or his clerk, at
;. Louis, without any authority from
t. Edgerton. So much for that,
he "Buzzsaw" also makes the state
A that "Edgerton was appointed
itary of the state board of transpor
'on in return for his services in behalf
'sioa during the campaign." The
s a wno was appoinreu secretary 01
J tate ' board of transportation is
t pb W. Edgerton, of Grand Island
1 aot the Edgerton who is secretary
i C 'national committee. So much
7 i is is just a well to tell the truth
fOC-ut these natters.
tJ rMAt TaWa cut dyspepsia.
LET 18 HATE PEACE.
Tii IsfcEfEfiBKNT desires to bold out
the olive brunch to all populisU every
where. There has been enough bickering,
wranlinetand fault-finding. There have
doubtless been mistakes made on all
sides. Let us cover these with the man
tle of charity and turn to the future.
Nothing can be gained by opening old
sores. Let the past be past, let us now
all take hold of the works of spreading
oar principles, reuniting our forces and
etrengthing our organization.
There is no devision between populists
as to principle, but only as to policy,
Different conditions confront the popa
lists of the south from those that con
front the populists of the west. The best
thing to do in such a case is for eacn
section to use charity and forbearance
toward the other. Let there be modera
tion and good sense. If these are UBed
time will make everything right. But if
this bickering goes ou, little differences
in time may be magnified into greater
differences, until a serious division may
This should be deplored by all the
friends of reform. There should be no
division, there must be none. We all
cherish the same memories believe in
the same principles, have in view
the same glorious object. The union De.
tween the west and the south was cemen
ted by a holy purpose. Allegiance be
tween the two sections was sworn at
Ocola, Cincinnati, St.Louis and Omaha,
Who that saw it will forget tne uninon
of the blue and the gray at Cincinnati?
Who. that saw and heard it, will ever
forget the outburst of enthusiasm over
the platform at Omaha? Out of all these
came the people's party.that has revolu.
tionized the politics of the nation, lt
was a giant even at birth. It gave one
hand to the west and one to the south.
Then it marched toward the sunrise; and
on its brows fell the first rays from the
yet unrisen sun of a better day.
The people's party spoke to the world
a splendid truth, it went forward im
pelled by a divine purpose. It crystal
lized the teachings of Jesus Christ and
applied them to the science of human
government. It raised aloft the stand,
ard of reform. It proposed to the world
nothing less than the political and in
dustrial equality of man.
What madness is it to talk of division!
What folly is it for populists to abuse
each other over mere questions of policy!
Here is the whole nation, already turn
ing in disgust from the parties of the
past, ready to hear the truth. The har
vest is ripe, In face of a splendid oppor
tunity, shall we lose all by fault finding
and snarling at each other?
For three years a few of our leading
southern populist papers have used
some of their valuable space each week
in back-biting our leaders: Gen. Weaver
the pioneer; thehero of the"old guard;''
the big hearted, big brained friend of the
people; Sen. Allen the invincible leader;
the fearless champion of the west; the
man who dares to fight; Sen. Butler
the matchless political manager; H. E
Taubeneck, who sat at his desk and
wept when his colleagues betrayed their
trust; who, whatever else may be said of
him, was honest and true. These and
many more have had abuse from the
sources whence they 'had a right to ex
pect support. Nor has this mud-slinging
been all one-sided. A portion of the
northern and western papers have re
torted in kind.
So far has this gone that two rival
national reform press associations have
been organized. A portion of the south
ern pms demand a national con
fidence to reorganize the party, and
if the national chairman does not accede
to their requests, they propose to take
matters into their own hands and call it
any way; thus virtually seceding from
the national organization. From an
other source conies a proposition to de
grade and belittle the main issue and to
reform the lines on different issues. Press
meetings and conferences are called
where western populists cannot attend; j
and it almost seems that a few dissatis
fied men are determined to capture the
purty -organization or destroy it.
Let us pause before it is too late. Surely
these men know not what they do. Let
us stop this boys' play. Let us rejoin
these seeming factions in the old har
mony end friendship and, shoulder to
shoulder, go forth to battle as before for
From this time henceforth, so long as
the present editor remains connected
with it, this paper will advocate peace.
The Missouri World, the Southern
Mercury, the Van Dervoorts, the Bate
roans and the Morgans may abuse this
editor till they are tired. We are done
with tbet kind of bushwhacking. We
propose to fight the enemy.
The time has come to bury the hatchet
and be friends. Let every northern and
western populist paper pursue this policy
from now henceforth. Hour southern
brethern want to keep up the quarrel
they will have to quarrel alone. Let
every northwestern paper assume a dig
nified, manly attitude, drop all the old
scores and goto fighting plutocracy. Let
us carry on our own work in our own
way. This will give us enough to do.
If the Independent has committed
any fault in the past, it leaves it in the
past. It will try to be right for the
future. It proposes to advocate the
whole populist platform. It proposes to
stand by the free coinage of silver, as
a populist principle, and that a little
more firmly than ever before. It
oroDOees to stand loyal to the popu
list national organization. It proposes
to utterly ignore any factional differ
ence that may arise, any proposed con
ferences or reorganization schemes, any
abuse that may be thrown at it or
its editor, any and all propositions that
tend to divide the forces ol reform.
It proposes to go straight forward,
without swerving to the right or to the
left, teaching the truth that will make
With good will toward every reformer
everywhere, with a tace set against
every scheme that tends to confuse or
divide, let ua go onward in the work
that is before us. At the gateway to
the new century is victory, if we are
only wise enough to grasp it. Let us
close up the ranks, face to the future
and march on. J. A. E.
THE STOCK YARDS LAW. ,
This legislature has done one thing
which will redound to its credit forever.
It has passed a bill regulating the
stock yards at South Omaha. The farm
ers and shippers of the state have asked
for such a law for fifteen years past, but
until the present legislature, they asked
in vain. At last their prayers have been
heard. The bill makes very, nearly an
average cut of twenty per cent. It was
fought stubbornly every step of the way
by a strong lobby, the strongest per
haps that has infested the legislature
since the mamimum freight rate ;bill
passed in 1893.
There is one peculiarity about the two
measures. They were both numbered
83. The maximum rate bill was house
roll 33. The stock yards bill is senate file
33. There promises to be another point
in common. The maximum rate bill has
been held up in the courts ever since it
became a law. The stock yards man
agers promise to hang up the stock
yards bill in the same way.
The law is a righteous one. The stock
yards and packing houses at South
Omaha are capitalized at six million dol
lars. This of course, is mostly watered
stock, as they pay taxes on only about
seventy-five thousand. But last year, ou
this fictitious capitalization of six mil
lion dollars, they paid a dividend of 7
per cent. That is an enormous net profit
for these hard times, even on an actual
investment. What must it then be on
an investment over half of which is
Squeeze the water out of these con
cerns and this would be an earning of
nearly twenty per cent annually on the
cash invested. The average farmer, off
of whom these packing houses and stock
yards live, does not make one-filth of
twenty per cent on the actual cash in
vested, even if he makes anything at all,
in these times. 1 ".-Si1'
The stock yards law is right.' The
present legislature is the first that had
the courage to pass it. The republicans
promised, but never performed., The
populists promised and fulfilled their
THE BASIC TRUTH OF rorCXISM,
The Peoples party was the origin of
theieform movement. It is today ' the
advance army of that movement, lt
will continue to grow because it is vital
ized by a great truth. That truth is
that the people through this government
should own and operate those things
which are public necessities.
No other party is built around this
great fundamental idea. This idea must
dominate the future the whole world is
moving toward it therefore, the peo
ples party will be the party of the future.
Populists should push the campaign of
education all along the line. Ours is the
greatest platform before the people
greatest because it advocates the great
est number of truths truths which have
never been recognized by any other party
truths which are neW and on which the
future must build.
Most of these truths, however, are
only in the educational stage. The peo
ple have not yet awakened to them.
They should be pushed forward. The
work of education should be steadily
prosecuted. All these principles are
right and in time they will be recognized
as right by the majority.
While this is true, the battle should
also be pushed on the ini mediate reforms.
Advocate the ideal but do the possible.
Let the battle be pushed as never be
fore on those things which can bo se
cured in the next few campaigns.
Many reformers become restless and
impatient because the people seem to
move so slowly.- But this has ever been.
Reforms only come after long and weary
years. Let no one be discouraged. We
are really making very rapid progress.
It was less than five short years ago that
the peoples party was organized. See
what we have done: We have built up a
party of two million votes; we have
forced the democratic party to take up
the issue of the free coinage of silver and
the issue of all money direct by the gov
ernment; we have driven a million repub
licans to the same stand; we have cap
tured the governments, either in whole
or in part, of seven or eight states; we
leave seven senators and twenty-one
congressmen; thousands of democrats
and silver republicans are today study
ing our entire platform and will ulti
mately advocate all our principles. We
are really making rapid progress. Why
then should we find fault with each other
because we are not going fast enough?
Why not give our attention to the ad
vocacy of our principles and leave our
brethren alone? We will have enough to
do teaching the truth without seeking to
stir up quarrels in our own ranks. Let
ns stand true to the peoples party, true
to all its principles, true to its organi
zation, true to the people and the whole
reform army. We will have enough to
do to fight the enemy.
Let ns go forward.
The present week has furnished one
more example of government by injunc
tion The recount of the ballots ordered
by the legislature has been tied up in
the Lancaster county district court.
The first effort of the republicans was
to enjoin the county clerks from sending
in the ballots. This was knocked out
by a Douglas county judge in short
order. Then the second move was to
enjoin the board of canvassers. Evi
dently a more pliant judge was found
and this move proved successful.
The case was brought by G. M. Lam
bertson and C. 0. Whedon. two Lincoln
attorneys. The county attorney though
a republican refused to appear until the
court ordered him to allow the case to
be brought in his name.
The governor then directed the attorney-general
to look after the state's in
terest in the case. The attorney-general
did so and moved to dismiss. This re
markable republican judge ruled that
the attorney-general could not appear,
although the constitution expressly stip
ulates that the attorney-general, at the
request of the governor, shall be em
powered to take charge of any state
case in any court.
The recount has proceeded far enough,
to show beyond any question of doubt
that ' the amendment increasing the
number of supreme judges has carried,
and that the two populists elected to
the supreme bench are entitled to their
seats. There was apparently a svjstem-
auu Buppreosiuu in votes cast lor mis
amendment in a great many places.
The republicans evidently knew what
the recount would show, hence their
frantic efforts to have it stopped.
The charge made by Attorney Lam-
bertson and the State Journal that the
recount has been a star chamber pro
ceeding is notoriously false. There has
never been a day since the board of can
vassers began work that their room has
not been open so that anyone who de
sired so to do could go in and see the
work done. The charge made by the
Journal f was simply for tbe purpose of
throwing dust in the people's eyes.
The members of the board would in
sure that the course pursued by it would
be honorable and straightforward. Here
is the board:
Ex-Senator Campbell, of Fullerton,
Ex-Chairman George W. Blake, of
C. J. Bowlljy, of Crete, democrat.
Joseph Oberfelder, of Sidney, demo
P. 0. IIedlund,of Holdrege, republican.
F. M. Ross, of Lincoln, republican.
From the above list it will be seen that
all parties are represented; and that by
gentlemen of the very highest standing
for honor and integrity. One of the
republicans is P. O. Hendlund.the repub
lican candidate for state auditor last
No, the republican leaders know that
the amendment was carrried; for this
reason they are determined to prevent
the recount, at any cost.
Paying State Debts Too Much State Ap
propriations Municipal Suffrage Gov
ernment by Injunction Fish Commis
sion. It appears that our state treasurer
has, in two short months, collected and
paid' over $700,000 in our state debts.
Had he been a Htrait republican, of the
latest type, he would have put that
money all into his pet bank and drawn
revenue for his own pocket. You never
can make a goldbng believe that the
safest depository for money is iu paying
debts you owe. The bankers and law
yers better get out an injunction and
stop Meserve paying any more debts.
We did hope that there would not be
another state building of any kind built
for the next two years. The state uni
versity could get along without a dairy
house or any other house, and so could
the asylums. The Peru normal can
board the students in private families
for two years. There were lots of empty
houses there once. All these things mean
more taxes on mortgaged farms. Times
are growing harder and property still
going down. We do hope this legisla
ture will not go crazy on appropriations
as they did six years ago. If the million
that has been stolen was now in the
treasury it would be different.
The Municipal woman suffrage bill was
defeated in the house last Friday by one
vote. It was a little amusing to hear
the different reasons for voting against
the measure. The republicans voted
against it because it would boom the
pop party just as it did the republican
party in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah:
Many pops voted against it because it
would kill the pop party. One man
voted against it because ha said itmeaut
no more saloons in his town and they
could not live without saloons. One
woman did not want the bill to pass
because she did not want to be classed
with the men politicians. Two or threi
members did not want the women in
cities to vote as long as the women in
the country could not. They did not
seem to realize that the men, even, in the
country could not vote at city election.
Women who own bank stock can vote
for bank officers while others canrot.
The only hope of the coming populist
party is in legislation radically just.
The party in this state fell down once
from tht Wlr and an titer did in Kan
sa. If ihilly sbally is to be our course
we may just as well go back to the repub
lican party. We dont care to hear any
more about equal privilege for all and
nnwinl nririlpiro tn nnna iinlmu tliATiartV
r 3 1 -
can find men who will stand on that
No wonder the republicans apply for
injunctions to stop all further investiga
tions into their rottenness. Next thing,
they will ask an injunction for Governor
Holcomb and the legislature. It is clear
we have not got to the bottom of their
depravity yet.or they would not wince so.
Usually they have no regard forcourt or
law. The court told Bartley what to do
with the state money bat he was superior
to tbe court and just kept right on steal
ing. Why are tbe republicans so scared
over the recount? It can't be that they
are opposed to increasing the number of
judges, for the amendment was their
measure, submitted by a republican
legislature. They find no fault with the
men elected any more than they did with
John Powers when he was elected gov
ernor.' There must be some big hidden
deviltry not yet dug out that they are
afraid we will find. At any rateitisonly
another instance of corruption, fraud
and crime trying to govern by injunc
tion. Or perh aps W bed on an d La m bert
son are only after making a bill against
the state of ten thousand or so.
It looks as though the fieh commission
would be perpetuated at seven or eight
thousand dollars expense. No one kind
of fish can live in all kinds of water.
The catfish and sucker can only live on
mud. They were built for digging and
sucking their living out of mud. The
trout must have gravel and pure water.
The carp is a vegetable eating fish and
chews its cud like a sheep and can only
live in marshes where vegetables grow
up from the bottom. They are sleepers
too, like coons and bear. They go into
deeper water to winter, drill their noses
into the mud and sleep two or three
months on their head. There is nothing
gained by planting such fish in our
How to Succeed on a Farm.
The last week in March witnessed a
double wedding and the week following
the two young couple started west to
grow up withthecountry. Jim's worldly
wealth was measured by two trunks,
two cheRts and three-huudred dollars.
Joe had more luggage and thirteea-hun-dred.
Their wedding tour was toward their
future western home, in the middle of the
Great American Desert. Away out west
among the Indians was the way their
old neighbors mouthed it. They did not
land in Nebraska Ci-.y 'till Sunday after
noon. The boat stuck in the mud two
days. The expense of the wedding tour
to that point was $60 a couple.
Monday was spent in looking for teams.
Jim thought it would not answer to put
all his money into a span of horses;
oxen would becheaper and would answer.
Joe found his team the first day but
Jim came back bare handed. The next
morning Joe was to start and of course
Jim must wait and see them off. A
fine span of horses, a new harness and
new wagon were brought up to the door
and away they started.
Just then, for the first time, Jim saw a
tear roll down his wife's cheek. "I have
not got money enough" said Jim, "to
buy as good a rig as that, but I will go
and try if yon say so." No I don't want
you to, but you must let me feel a little
to see my sister start off and leave me."
Just then a man came along with a
yoke of cows and an old wagon with a
ragged schooner top. "There is a yoke
of oxen," said she, "buy them." 'No'
said Jim, "They are cows." "Well buy
them, they will take us out and they
may be cows after that. We will need
two cows anyway." So they hailed the
man and both went to make the trade.
They found he would sell the rig for
ninety dollars, but ought to have a hun
dred. While Jim was looking the wagon
over, she did her part. She found that
the cows had two' heifer calves and that
the man would throw them in, that his
farm was littered with hogs and he would
give her three pigs and that his wife had
plenty of chickens and would give her a
dozen, for she wanted the cow money to
put a board roof on .their house. She
had also found that the man lived four
miles west on their road. "Now" says
she, "If you will take us up to your
hoHse, keep us all night and help us start
in the morning, we will call it a trade."
"All right," said the man, "give me ten
dollars, I want to use it before I go
home." The money was paid and in two
hours they were on their road rejjicing.
That night the wagon was repaired a
little, the cloth patched, the pigs and
chickens boxed and every thing made
ready for an early start. Of this man
they learned much about Nebraskafarm
ing and of the woman much about sod
houses and dugouts. "Don't go into a
dugout" said she, "they are not healthy.
Build your house of sod and put on a
board roof, Sod roofs are mean things
and you are liable to be crushed any
heavy rain." That night Sue declared
the mice had a circus around her nose.
She would have a cat the first piece of
furniture she bought.
They got an early start but the calves
did not want to follow and Sue had to
go behind and drive them. She could
not drive the cows. The first time they
stopped to rest Sue came up with her
bonnet in one hand, a brush in the other,
sweat rolling down her face, for it was
warm, and ejaculated "How's this for a
wedding tour and honeymoon? About
noon they stopped by a clear brook and
ate their dinnor. A loaf of bread was
found, a piece of bacon and the hens had
laid three or four eggs, thus their first
meal was substantial and pleasant.
Who would not remember such a first
meal? At night the pigs and chickens
were slid out and the wagon made their
That night some men stoped by the
same brook who were going out to the
Blue, boring wells and breaking prairie.
They were directed where they could get
at least two jobs and some prairie to
Two niirhts more camping out and
they arrived under their own vine and j
fig treee, or rather wnere tney were to
Sunday was emphatically a day of rest
and rejoicing in the two wagon homes.
The chickens were let out, for they would
come home to roost, the cows were also
turned at liberty, and tbe pigs alone
were kept in prison. Two or three sim
ilar wagon homes could be seen in the
The first thing was a well, then a patch
of breaking near by to furnish Bod for a
house, and a garden afterwards. This
was all done on Monday, a pig pen laid
up and the pigs put in. Then followed
ten days cutting sod, hauling and laying
up house, chicken coop and stable. Tbe
plan was to take the sod off clean, plow
the ground the second time and have a
garden the first year. This was done
and a better garden old Tenn. never
saw. After the sods were were all hauled
and piled up the house had to stand and
settle 'till the garden was made and
twenty acres of sod corn planted, the
ground for which he bad hired broke.
This being done and the lumber for fur
nishing the house having arrived, he
went at that while Sue tended tbe gar
den and chickens. About this time a
wolf came for his share and they heard
the receding wail of the lost one. Jim
promised that the first agricultural im
plement bonght would be a dog big
enough to whip a wolf. As the house
approached completion Sue found money
enough in her parse to furnish it with
stove, bed, table and chairs. The floor
was already carpeted with green prairie
grass. On the fourth of July they
moved, still lacking eat and dog. No
royal family was ever more happy in a
gilded palace. A home, a farm clear of
debt, with pleasant surroundings and
seventy-one of tbe dollars still in pocket.
He had hoped to have enough left witb
Sue's purse to buy a yoke of oxen, but it
would not do to pay out the last dollar.
Joe bad drvien ahead, built a house,
bought another span of .horses, broke a
hundred acres and was equally happy.
He thought it would be a good story to
tell back east that he had raised fifty
acres of corn and fifty of wheat the sec
(To be Continued.)
AVhen an article appeared in Senator
Butler's paper and he explained that he
had not written it, there were several
papers that copied it and orated about
it. "There is no one so blind as he who
will not see," and this kind of kicking
and picking and fault-finding with symp
toms of not trying to, be just is in evi
dence in several places. Populists who
pose as reformers ehould avoid injustice
to say the least. Nonconformist,
A story of unusual villany comes fron
Pennsylvania and concerns Mark Hanna.
He owns very extensive collieries near
Borland, being noted as a grinder of tbe
faces of the poor. The firm of M. A.
Hanna and company owns and operates
the panhandle mine. It has compelled'
some hundreds of miners to sign an
agreement binding them to stay at the
Panhandle mine for the next twelve
months. They must accept sixty cents
a ton for their labors even though other
miners are paid more. Hanna, by the
terms of the agreement, retains ten
cents of every dollar they earn until the
year is up, and if they go on a strike or
quit work this money is forfeited. If a
man wants to give up his job he must
give two weeks notice or the money re
tained is forfeited. The pay they are to
get is a bare pittance, their average
wages not possibly exceeding a dollar a
day in any event. There is business
The silver question is just as much ar
issue now as it was a year ago, and will
coutinue to be an issue until it is settled
in some satisfactory manner. A few
middle of the road populists may en
deavor to subordinate the silver ques
tion, but their efforts will be futile. Sil
ver is the wedge that will open the finan
cial question in its true light and ex
pose the unjust methods of the fetish
worshippers of gold. For over twenty
years the reform party has been agitat
ing the money question as a whole, yet
the abstract agitation of the silver ques
tion during the past year has done more
to enlighten the people than in all other
years combined. No matter ( how insig
nificant the silver question is compared
to the financial question as a whole, the
results obtained through the abstract
agitation of the silver question should
not be lost sight of. By whatever meth
od the minds of the peoplecan be reached
the most readily and easily, is the one
that ehould take precedence. This does
not imply that other issues should be
ignored by any means. There is really
no cause for a division in the populist
ranks and none is to be feared. Minden
The completion of the Kansas City,
Pittsburg & Gulf railroad connecting
Kansas City with Port Arthur at Sabine
pass, is a most important event in the
trend of traffic toward the southwest.
The new line places Kansas City 767
miles from tide water, 'and when it
opens for business freight rates are liable
to take a tumble Rocky Mountain
Senator Marion Butler says: "The
principle of free coinage is a paramount
issue with the populists. I cannot say
what the two wings of the populist party
will do as regards silver, but it is my
belief that the issue should be. kept well
up toward the front. Because we have
gone down under temporary defeat is
no adequate reason why we should sulk
in our tents." Silver republicans em
phasized this statement last week by
making a call for a national meeting for
the purpose of organizing as a silver
party. Had there been thorough organ
izat ion,among silver republicans in Ohio,
Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan, it
would have resulted in the election of
W. J. Bryan and the political complex-
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