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The Wealth Makers and Lincoln Independent Consolidated.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1899.
HE'S AN EXPANSIONIST
After Cogitating; Oyer the Matter Jerry
Simpson Conclude! that he la for
. jjxpanslon. - : .,
Jerry is publishing a paper down in
Kansas called Simpson's Bayonet. He
is a candidate for United States senator
from Kansas and for that and other
reasons his opinions are looked for with
interest. In the last edition of his paper
he comes out for expansion without an
if or but, and gives his reasons as fol-
lows: '. :' '"",r '""
Tte Philippine' Islands, according; to
good republican authority, (all the au
thorities we will use in this article are
republican) have an area of 114,000
square miles, including a number of vol
canos and a population of 8,000,000
people. The territory of Arizona has an
area of 113,000 square miles, . and a
population of about 120,000 people. It
is hot in Arizona but it is hotter in the
the Philippines. We should judge from
all accounts, that there is only one place
either on top of the earth or beneath the
earth that is very many degrees hotter.
As between the Philippines and Arizona,
we are in favor of expansion in Arizona.
Arizona has only one eightieth the pop
ulation of the Philippines and about the
same amount of territory. A few of the
many million dollars which must be ex
pended in the subjugation of the Fill-
" pinos and keeping them in subjugation
would transform the sand dunes of Ari
zona into rich farms and splendid QVp
chards. : .
Then, there Is Nevada. Nevada has
an area just about equal to that of the
.Philippine islands and only a population
ft of about sixty thousand. The popula
tion ol Nevada must, therefore, be mul
tiplied 150 times before it is equal to
that of the Philippines. We are in fav
or of expansion in Nevada. To be jure,
it is claimed that Nevada consists large
ly of arid land, but all that is needed to
make these lands a garden of Eden is
water and the millions to be expended
on the Philippine Islands would procure
that water. Decidedly, we vote for ex
pansion in Nevada.
Then there is Colorado, the centennial
state, the state with mineral resources
which have hardly been scraped through
although they' have already produced
untold millions of wealth. Colorado
lacks only a few thonsand square miles
of being us large as the Philippine Isl
ands and It only has a population of
about 400,000. We are in favor of ex
pansion in Colorado. She is our near
neighbor and we sympathize with her
aspirations. We feel that the money it
would cost to bold the Filipinos in sub
jection to our rule could be better ex
pended in Colorado. -
And there is California, the land of
fruits and flowers and perennial summer,
where they sell climate and soft Italian
skies with their real estate.
California with an area half . as large
again as the Philippine Islands, only has
a population of 1,500,000 people. An
eminent geologist, not long ago, after a
careful study of the natural resources
of California, gave it as his opinion that
the etate is capable of sustaining in com
fort, without strain upon her land, a
population of 40,000,000. It would
seem from this there is room for expan
sion in California. We think some of
the millions which are to be expended
for maintaining a large military force in
the Philippines, could be expended to
better advantage in California.
And there is Texas, with thousands
upon thousands of acres of land which
have not yet been touched by the plow;
a state almost twice as big as California.
Jnst think of itl Why if Texas were
populated as thickly as the Philippine
islands, it would have over 20,000,000
people, we are in lavor oi expansion in
There are no doubt many populists
who are curious to see wha kind of a
reply Morton would make to Alleu'8
scathing letter. We take pleasure in
burnishing it to the readers of this
paper. It will be seen that the great
egotist is a good deal more mild man
nered than usual. The scoring that he
got has done him good. Ilia reply is as
In a recently published letter Judge
Allen, formely a United States senator
and now a district judge, promulgates
higresent political faith. He has at
various periods of his unselfish and
faultless life adhered to republican doc
trines and also to those of the' democ
racy, but, as late as last month, be was
a member of the propaganda of popu
lism, and made a confession of faith as
"In the first place, I believe in the abo
lition of the issue power of national
banks. I believe the power to issue
money, gold, silver, copper and paper,
under the constitution and the decisions
of the supreme court, resides exclusively
in the general government; and that
either partial or total mosopoly of this
power by private citizens or private cor.
porations, is a violation of one of the
fundamental principles of the govern
ment." This is rather vague for a jurist of
known perspicacity of thought and ex
pression. When did the government
ever make a paper a dollar? When did
any national bank make one? The gov
ernmest issued promises-to pay dollars.
These promises are printed on paper
and so are the promises of the national
banks. Individual notes promise to pay
dollars also and likewise, ai money, me
diate exchanges just as veil as the prom
ises of either .government or banks do,
and they are; therefore, from Allen's
standpoint "a partial monopoly" of
mat "power to" issue money ' wmcn re
sides "evclusively in the general govern
ment." And the ancient currencies of
tobacco, coon skins, periwinkle shells
and buckskin which were used as meas
ures of value and mediators of ex
cnanges were alsol invasions of and "par
tial -monopolies" of "a power residing
exclusively in the general government."
The judge knows very well that man
has never created money with value in
it, and made it permanently and suc
cessfully a measure of other values, out
of anything which did not have value as
a commodity before it became money.
All paper performing the functions of
money is the promise to pay money.and
is at par or below, as the probability of
its redemption in money holds good, in
creases or diminishes.
allen's railroad views.
'In the next place. IZbelieve in govern
ment ownership of railways and tele-
grapns. uigbty per cent o! the govern
ments of the world, outside of the United
States, own and operate a majority of
tne railways in their respective coun
tries, and in many they are owned and
operated exclusively by the sovernment.
thus imposing upon the people not to
exceea one-nan oitne burden our sys
tem imposes UDon our DeoDle."
It is strange that those who dread
and denounce a monetary system based
upon .the gold standard because that
system 'obtains in England and other
parts of Europe should laud and advo
cate government ownersbin of railroads
fa the United States because "eighty per
cent oi tne governments ol the world
outside of the United States own and
operate a majority of the railways in
their respective countries." Why reject
a monetary method when it is used by
eighty per cent of the inhabitants of the
civilized world and adopt a railroad
ownership lor the same reason? Trans
portation of passengers and freights by
rail in the United States is cheaper than
in any other country on earth and
But as United States Senator Allen
declared that he would not vote a dol
dollar of bonded debt upon this country
even to aid in -carrying on a war, how,
then, wfll he purchase the railroads for
the government? The railroads have
cost much more, eleven times more.than
the present debtof the United States!
Will Allen pay for them in spot cash?
Will be confiscate them? How will he
have the government acquire them?
Does government dredge harbors,
deepen rivers and erect buildings at less
cost than private persons can do the
same kind of work? Upon what data,
what ascertained facts, does Jndge Allen
assert that with government ownership
bf railroads the burdens or cost of trans
portation in the United States would be
Pennsylvania built andtowned and
operated a railroadN Is from the expe
rience and satisfaction in running the
transportation business by the Key
stone state Judge Allen is led to bis
conclusions? Michigan buit two rail
roads, tne Central and the Southern:
did they give the Wolverines cheaper
rates r ine tonservanve would be
pleased to publish the figures ' and facts
whence the incredible assertion of Judee
Allen is deduced. Tberenis so much mis
information circulated as to railroads
and other corporations that it will be
only addng another blessing to the
long list wmcn Judge Allen admits he
has conferred on Nebraska if that dis
tinguished and erudite publicist will
demonstrate the correctness of his
knowledge as to the cheaper rates of
railroads which are operated by govern
ments in Europe.
Acknowledging his errors' when as a
republican be praised and exalted the
faithful followers of the McKinley school
of economists Judge Allen expresses his
tree trade views tnus:
"I believe that under the constitution
the power to impose tariff taxes is lim
ited to tne necessities oi tne govern
ment, economically administered, and
tnat every dollar ol tans taxation
otherwise imposed violates the constitu
tion and the true theory of a republican
form of government, in which the people
are entitled to have the burden of taxa
tion rest upon them as lightly as possi
This is very candid and inspires one
1.1. 1 . . i T l
wim nope ior continued revisions ana
amendments of the political faith ol
Judge Allen, who has, in a luminous
office-holding career, evinced wonderful
versatility as a party acrobat and con
But the brevity of'Judge Allen on the
money question is startling, lie tersely
"I believe in postal savings banks, and
In fact, in everything that is embraced
in the St. Louis populist platform of
1890, including the free and nnlimited
coinage of silver and gold at the legal
ratio of sixteen parts of silver to one
part of gold."
This is clearly in favor of the gold
standard. He measures the sixteen
ounces of silver by the standard, gold.
everybody wno declares lor tne ratio of
sixteen to one admits the one, the gold,
to ds tne unit oi value.
HOW MUTCH RICHER?
Now my farmer friends how much
richer are you under a gold standard
than yon were before its adoption? Tou
have bad largecrops now fortbree years
and helped once by a foreign failure, but
have yon laid up wealth? Have yon
mads mora than yon wonld have, before
bad not drouth and crop failure been
your lot? With your immense crop yon
can only hops for a small gain, if any.
8 tan ton register. J
Mews of the Week
One day last week Otis sent a pom
pous cablegram to the president that
was immediately given ont for publica
tion, which was to the effect that the
Filipino army was completely broken up
and all that was left of them was a tew
roving bands, small in numbers. Three
or tour days afterward he sent an ac
count of a furious battle in which he de
clared that he met 6,000 of the enemy
in one body. The question is: "Which
time did he lie, or did he lie both times?"
From the accounts sent by the war
correspondents this battle was a terri
ble affair and the losses while in action
were five killed and forty wounded.
That does not include those who per
ished from heat and exhaustion. Otis
does not allow those records to be sent.
Harry Armstrong McCutcheonseems
to have been Vanished or left the island
the correspondent of the Recard says:
"The weather was terrible. At times a
blistering sun beat down on the troops.
Then they would be marching and fight
ing in a blinding rainstorm. Next the
sun wonld come out again with ita fear
ful heat. The regiments experienced
some hard firing daring the advance.
They had to travel through water knee
deep and then across cane and rice fields
whioh were flooded by the heavy rains.
The blades of the cane cut the faces and
hands of the soldiers."
While the officers and Men kept ap the
record of the best fighting army in the
world, the report lot their brave deeds
excited no enthusiasm. Busy men
hardly took time to read the account of
the battle. ' How different was all this
from the way the news was received
when our army was fighting a war of
humanity in Cuba? The fighting at
San Juan was mostly done by the regu
lars as it is now being done in the Phil
ippines. Then every man gloried in
their deeds. Now they take but little
interest. Why? Because the people of
this country have no heart in this war.
The greater part of them continually
denounce it. It is not defending the
principles of our government nor add
ing glory to our flag.
There has been the most disastrous
storm in Porto Rico and some of the
other West India' islands ever known.
The only storm which can be compared
to it occurred 83 years ago, The com
manding general in Porto Rico tele
graphs for help and says . that several
thousand people have lost their lives
and many thousands more are left help
less and starving. The war department
has called on the people for donations
and many citizens have responded. Gen.
Davis says that it will take 1,000 tons
of provisions a week to supply the starv
ing for several weeks to come. McKin
ley has, while in the annexing business
annexed a lot of West India hurricanes
and transferred the support of the suf
ferers from Spain to the United States.
Shell out. Here is a case of "our duty"
Word comes from Ecuador that a
United States consul down there has
persuaded that little republic to go to
the gold standard. Of course it can
never do it. They can't now pay their
debts with silver and when they double
them by establishment of the gold stand
ard it simply means repudiation in the
end. The gold standard idiots in this
country are greatly elated over this
scheme of the American consul. They
never stop to think that even if Ecuador
could collect gold enough to do the
business of that people that it mus be
taken away from the United States and
other countries and make money that
much scarcer here.. The banks are prac
tically without reserves now, and the
clearing houses are using certificates in
direct conflict of law to pay balances.
Jurt take away a few millions to estab
lish a gold standard in Ecuador and the
banks will be in a much better condition
That is what these mullet beads think,
but their thinking machine has long
been out of order.
The writers on the Stats Journal got
into such a state of excitement the other
day that they nearly rahed the roof
from the building. From the office boy
to the "old man," every individual hair
on their beads stood straight up. The
rauss of it all was that the exchange
editor found some dispatches in the
Chicago papers dated at "Camp
Poynter," San Francisco. They all
rnshed pell mell for the long distance
telephone and then to the telegraph
office and wanted to know what that
awful thing meant. Finally they got a
dispatch from Col. Mulford who said
that the place where the First Nebraska
was camped was called the Presidio and
that is all that the gallant colonel said.
He did not go into details and say that
there were several regiments camped in
the place called the Presidio , and that
each regimental camp had a name of its
own. With that bit of comfort the office
had to be satisfied and after a . while
they all got baok into the old rut again.
The military -authorities suppressed a
paper in Havana and that interference
with the freedom of the press in the
country where theJTJnited States is in
supreme authority, is creating a great
deal of comment all ' over the United
States, even in some of the republican
papers are putting np decided objections.
A commission of Cubans have como to
Washington to lay the- matter before
the president in person. The defense
that is made by the military authorities
is that the paper was not suppressed on
account of its fierce advocacy of inde
pendence, bat for publishing obscene
matter. That defense is a puzzler to a
pop for he cannot see why if that were
true, the matter was not brought into
the courts and the proprietorjpunished
according to law. The courts are in
session every day in Havana. ' -
Gorman is holding a conference of the
gold democrats at Saratoga to push his
candidacy for the democratic nomina
tion. The first thing that he did after
begot there was to send a special dis
patch to ail the ' democratic papers in
the south declaring that Bryan would
not vote for Crisp for Speaker because
Crisp was a confederate soldier. After
doing that, Gorman declared that
Bryan would not get the delegation of a
single southern state. The gold bug
editors made a great display of this bit
of news. They take their readers for
suckers, and in fact most of them are.
War seems to be imminent between
England and the African Dutch republic
of which Uncle Paul Kruger is president.
Thl last time the English attacked these
Boers she got gloriously whipped.
The Jameson made a raid on his own
account and was captured. A good
many people in England are opposed to
the stand taken by Mr. Chamberlain. It
must be remembered that we get only
one side in the dispatches, It is this
writer's belief thai Rhodes Is at the bot
tom of the whole business. He wants to
make the whole of Central Africa, from
Capetown to Cairo, English territory
and has been working at his scheme for
twenty years. Every Dutch soldier car
ries a Bible and prays and sings psalms
while be shoots. If he is killed, he goes
straight to Heaven and is happy ever
afterwards. That being the case they
are very troublesome fellows to whip.
Besides that, outside of the Dutch re
public itself, there are many thousands
of Boers scattered all over South Africa,
some of them holdinghigh office. An
attack on the Boers will" make fighting
prevalent all over Sooth Africa. efll
This trial of Captain Dreyfus at
Reunes, France, is a phenomina ot civili
zation. The interest of the whole ciyil
ized world seems to be centered upon it!
All the newspapers of every civilized
nation are giving more space to it than
to any one thing that has happened the
last quarter of a century. Many of the
New Tork and Chicago dailies are spend
ing thousands of dollars a day for special
cablegrams and the Associated Press
sends out columns of matter daily con
cerning it. Why should the whole world
ho Intormtod in th fate ot one man?
It can be accounted for on no other
ground than the lnate love lot justice
that is found in all races.
The whole world except a portion of
the French nation, believes that Dreyfus
is innocent. The newspaper representa
tives of all !nations, of whom there are
sixty in attendance upon the revision
trial, are each and all firm believers in
the innocence ot Dreyfus. Twice has the
fate of this man threatened the life of
the French republic. Now again, is all
Francs in an uproar. Nothing else is
talked about or thought about in the
whole nation. The attempt at convic
tion has resulted in the suicide of two
prominent officers, the Imprisonment of
several and now the counsel for Dreyfus
has been shot down in the streets.
The evidence that has been brought
forward at this last trial by the prose.
cution, is of the flimsiest kind. It woold
not be admitted in a jostle e eoort In
this country. Still the trial dram on
from day to day, with no other effect
apparently than to keep France, and
the whole world for that matter, ra an
nproar. Dreyfus has l-een kept in soti
tary confinement, much of the time
under torts re, for flveyears and Mile
bis case is on trial. The manner of ad'
ministering justice among the Latin
nations is very different from the plan
followed by the Anglo-Saxons and Ger
manic peoples. We often make dismal
failures, as for example in the Eagan
and Captain Carter affairs and the gen
eral pardons that McKinley has issued
to so many defaulting national bankers,
but such a thing as this Dreyfus affair
could not occur under our (orm ot gov
Croker has hurried back from Europe
to look after his fences. Be evidently
heard something that started him oft
pretty quick. When he got to New Tork
he declared that he bad changed his pol
itics. He has dropped imperialism and
Van Wycke and is now for Bryan and
the Chicago platform. It was Hogg
who rooted him oat ot bis imperialistic
gold bug nest. An opposition . had
started among the democrats otNew
York that portended his overthrow as
Tammany leader. . Such men as Croker
have no principles" He would be for
any platform or anx cannidate through
whom he coold control the patronage
ot New Tork City with its millions ot die
boreements. This flop of Croker will be
ot no advantage to the reform forces.
It will admit a lot of delegates to the
democratic national convention that
will try to control the platform In the
Interest of goldocracy.
Bryan evidently begins to see danger
ahead. There can be no donbt that
there is deep significance in ths written
statement that he recently gave to the
press in whioh he said that his candi
dacy for the presidency depended upon
ths platform adopted. Thisis fair
notice given long in advance, that he
will not run on the democratic ticket if
there is any straddling done on the
money question. Those who ( know
Bryan the most intimately, have more
faith in him today than ever before.
Here is a man whom the money power
cannot buy, deceive or buldose.
Have yon noticed any commotion or
contention about the republican plat
form for 1900? Ths party's official
record Is Its platform, Terrs Hants Ex
press, - - , v
What is the republican party's official
record? A deficit producing tariff law
made in the interest of the favored
classes. An odious stamp act inaugu
rated to bolster ap the tariff law. A
violation of a solemn pledge made to the
world concerning our attitude toward
Cuba. A violation of the fundamental
principles of the declaration ot indepen
dence by a war for conqest. A hypo
critical prating about the dangers of
-criminal aggression" wniie laying plans
to pursue a policy of criminal aitgres-
sion under the mask of "benevolent as
similation. A violation ot a pledge to
extend and strengthen the civil service.
Playing into the hands ot army con
tractors. Patting incompetent ado
lescent youths in charge of the food sup.
plies ot soldiers enlisted to fight the bat
tles for the flag. Algorism, Eaganlsm,
Otisism and Corbinism. Truckling to
corporations and ignoring the cries of
fered np bv oppressed people for relief
from the domination of trusts. Cattle
transports for soldiers. Horse doctors
to treat soldiers in the field. Fever
camps pitched on spots selected by in
terested aanerents oi tne administra
tion. Censorship of mails and telea-raoh
cables. Favoritism and prejudice. En
deavors to rob men of their jnst honors
in order to confer the same upon bureau
era tic favorites. Violation of a solemn
pledge to promote international bimet-
alism. Ignoring of solemn pledges for
currency revision and a deliberately
plaving into the bands of the money
brokers. Embalmed beef, 'Springfield
muskets and black powder.
It the managers of the republican
party want to go before the people in
1900 on this "official record" the oppo
nents of all these things will enter no
SEN. HAYWAKD STRICKEN
Last Tuesday Senator Hay ward suf
fered a stroke of apolplexy, the second
within two weeks. He had gone to
Brownville to deliver a speech before a
fraternal society and as he was about
to arise to address the audience he fell
from his chair and was unconscious for
an hour and a half. After that he re
vived but late last night he was still too
ill to be removed to bis home. He had.
however, recovered all bis faculties and
it was reported that be conversed with
his family physician not only In a ra
tional manner, but in the best ol spirits.
Mrs. Hay ward hopes to be able to re
move him back to their home in Nebras
ka City within a day or two. It was
thought that he could have been re
moved Wednesday, bot he was too feeble
to stand the journey.
The Saonders county Journal remarks
that "Any tool can be a republican h s it
requires no mental effort." but "it tnkes
sense, good, sound, common senna to be
a populist." ;
The populiat county convention of
Lancaster county met In Bohanan's halt
at Lincoln, Aug. 10th and was called to
order by Chairman Judge Wheeler. J.
S. Kent was elected temporary chair
man and 0. W. Meier temporary secre
tary. J. T. M. Swigart and ; Victor O.
Johnson were , appointed ' assistants.
The convention was larger than usual,
all the precincts being represented but
The temporary organization was
made permaient. A committee ol three
was appointed to confer with ths free
silver and democratic conventions, both
of whioh were holding sessions in differ
ent halls In the same building. Tha
committee was composed of J. F. Bishop,
R. F. Chambers and Dr. King. After
some further preliminary ' business the
convention adjourned until 2 p. m.
When the convention reassembled the
following platform was reported by the '
committee on resolutions, which was
composed of Messrs. T. H. Tibbies, H.
w. ismitn, ueorge w. oerge, Mr. r oster
and Mr. Beardsley.
TBI PLATFORM. . ..
We, the populists of Lancaster conntv.
In convention assembled, do hereby de
clare our unswerving loyalty to the na
tional piauorm ot tbe populist party
adopted at St, Louis, and deolanltto
be a ' statement ol fundamental princt-'
pies, which must eventually be enacted
into law it our republic Is to be preserved.
We ask the attention of ths citizenship
of this state to ths record mads bv the
reform lorces in ths administration of
stats affairs. We have reduced ths ex
penses of ths state nearly one-half, we
have almost doubled the disbursements
to the common schools, we have ob
tained large judgments against default
ing republican officials and not one dol
lar ot public money baa bean embezzled
or mis applied since we took control of '
the state government.
We believe that it the same system of
absolute honesty and economy could be
adopted in county affairs, that as great
a saving to the people and as great a
reform could be accomplished as has
been accomplished in state affairs. The
credit of the state is now the best ever "
known and we believe that the same
system - of administration applied to
county government wonld end In the
same result. We, therefore, Invite all
good citizens to aid in an effort to bring;
na result bikjqi.
No words can accurately describe ths
praise that should be bestowed upon
the citizenship ot Nebraska which gave
their tons to engage in a war ol human
ity. Those sods have not only written
weir name in ineiaeaDie characters upon
tbe history of tblf nation by their for.
altand obedience to constituted au
thority, but by an endurance and
bravery on ths field of battle which haa
never been excelled by any men who
have ever marched under ths folds of
our glorious flag. To those who have
returned we extend our most hearty con
gratulations and for those who have
given np their lives on battle fields or in
tbe hospitals ws shall never cease to
We denounce the usurpation of the
courts in the issuance of injunctions. We
oeueve toe ordinance recently passed by
the city council ot tbe city ol Lincoln,
providing for the reduction in the price
of gas is a wholesome law and we believe
that the temporary injunction issued by
ons of the judges of Lancaster county
district court, is a travesty on justice
and tbe mis-use of ths writ of injunction.
Tbe following nominations were made
by all three of the conventions.
Judges of the District Court
T. J. D0TLE, Lincoln.
G. E. HIBNER, Lincoln.
Clerk ot the District Court
FRANK D. EAGER, Lincoln.
WILLIAM M'LAUGHLIN. Lincoln.
P. JA.ME4 C08GRAVE, Lincoln.
H. C. REDDICK, Bethany.
WILLIAM UEIBERGER, Grant
r'KED SHEPHERD, Lincoln.
JOHN MEIER, Hallam.
J. S. Kent was elected state central
committeeman for Lancaster county.
G. I. Smith, Rob't Wheeler, C. G. Bui
luck, a. Warmer, J. L. Ayern, A. E. Shel
don, O. Willson, A. Egger, W. H. Frohn,
J. W. Olney, L. O. Knowles, John Leader.
W. T. Han key, Frank Hartzer, O. E.
Goodell, Henry Foster, J. Armstrong,
John Hartline, L. Will helm, William
Rooney, Fred Holman, Frank Brophy,
Stephen Norton, Dr. Demeree, F. J. For
geson,S..W. Beardsley, N. D. liellman,
11. Duling, a W. Brings and John Sidell.
A full delegation was elected to the
state convention and the county com- '
mittee was authorized to fill all vacan
cies on tbe ticket.
Tbe convention was harmonious and
enthusiastic from beginning to end. The
platform was adopted by ao unanimous
vote and withoot discussion. Tbe fusion .
forces will poll a larger vote in Lancas
ter county tnis tall than they ever did
before. Three ot the nominees. Eurer.
Cosjrrave and Meier are members of ths
Brlttah Imi Are SmmiS
Next to ths seamsn of the United
States, British seamen get itches
wages, and better fare, aad more eot
fortable conditions of empleysisat
than do seamsn ot any other eaatm
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