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    THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
June 21, 1900.
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lr&. F.i w will o W f -
Ff President.
Wuxjaw Jtsyw BatAi
For Vice President.
Cbakuu A. Towjca
For CorcTeMtan lrt Dirt
G. W. Bekt.e, Lincoln
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Orelacd gt SAVlli vote in 1K2. a i
jlurality of 3fl010 over Harrison who;
rf-ceived .17X10S. Bryan in ! got
of them. If arrioa wa a minority pre- ;
Sdect even is I, when he was elected.
j
A Washirgtoo rot writer after giv-'(
irg an account of the St. Lot street
car strike innocently remark that they s
are having a St- Louj time over in
Chin alo- It eeets that they have
been having an Idaho time out in the
. 2hiiippin for several ejocth.
The recto takers are aking no ques
tion thi time about mortgages. They
1 did that la-t tiae and once was enough
for all the plutocrat. It- lead of that, j superintendent of the soldiers and sail
the bureuV ee-plojee in thk district ; ors home at Milford had cut away the
ar takieg a poti cf the voters for the T4iUable shade trees. Mr. Fowler the
benefit of the republican party at the ;
cost cf the tax payer. i
With ociy 33 per cent of the amount
r f rd ca hand tiow, that there was at
this tiise U-t year, wool continue to
faiL There tent to te s-oniethitir the
matter with the working of the DiEjr'ey
bill and al iiethins with the claim
that tfc republicans m ere gxns to carry '"
Mocica on the'pfice cfwobt
State Treasurer Merre ha invested ,
fi OCiOol the permaEM-ct agricultural col-;
lege eodowEjent fund in refunded Buf-1
fak concty warrant drawing three and
re-half tjer cert interest. A rood invest- j
isecC" Othr coiSh "ho'Az.z options "The following is the amount of pro
that -perriit of rvfandit if paying a ducU from home garden and premises:
greater rate 4 intreirt should re-invest Five bushels of radishes, 7 bushels of
at this tiase. - " lettuce, 7 bushels of onions, 2 bushels of
; bet. 100 heads of cabbage, 3 bushels of
A goidbu Nebraa banker out in the pas, 1 bushel of cucumbers, 25 bushels
weetern fart of the stale bought a gold j 0f gweet corn, GO bushels of potatoes 20
brick the other day and paid 113,000 for j bushels of sweet .toe, 10 bushels of
it. Hewa ooefrf thoe fellows who ; tomatoes, 24 dozen eggs, 80 chickens,
were telling the farmers ia 1T3 that TpOO pounds of pork and THIRTY
they did not know, ecocgh to discuss j CORDS OF HICKORY WOOD."
. the toecey question. IK will probaWy j ThLs shows plainly who cut the tim
be otilitea by the'republican tate com-1 ber-one Captain J. H. Culver, republi
mitte ia the cosier campaign. c4n anj ex superintendent After cut
Lord Salisbury tsad m great mistake
in cot in forming General - Bctha and Pe i
Wett the next morei eg after the drunken '
and riofcm celebration in London over
the ending of the war that -the war was
rr " lt SermlB not
I t,Tic fanned of the fact, went
on capturing andVillicg KtgSkh regi-
xaents after their aecartomed habits.
waa a very great oversight.
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Of the 150,000,000 voted f or the Span-
ia war ana larsea over so iciniey to pjty it U, that men will become so ut
expend a he aw ct. I17.OO0.W0 was j terly degraded as the Journal writers,
paid out for hip. many of them like j that they have no respect for character.
the Jlernmae, worthier old tubs, and
ail the other bought at price at least
twice what they were worth. McKinley
ia responsible far thi immense amount
do one eiwr. j e money
was pyt entirely at hi dipoaL
tf m -i - r-i. .. :
! thay have been tumerous, that have
According to the Shibboleth of the been called to protest against the Brit
muZel head pr. the republican party ; h war of conquest in South Africa
i interlarded from tp to bottom with J have been broken "up by mobs. Now
traitora and httle Americana. Hoar is a the women have teken up the cause and
traitor. Hale i a traitor. Boutweil is a , cl'lPi a meeting at St. James Hall in
traitor. Maoo i a traitor. Thee are at ! the interest of the Boers. Five hun
the top and a on examir toward the ! dred working men have tendered fcheir
bottom, the traitor gt thicker and ! services to protect them. Only women
thicker. Any decent man ought to be j wiIj be admitted in the hall. The chair
ahamd to betoeto a party that af be occupied bvMrs. Leonard Court-
o Kacy traitors in it.
ThefrlJO00 of greenbacks that
hate been in circulation have never cost
the government a cent for interest or the
people who received - them from the
Lands cf the govern n?ect. To put the
a amount 4 bark tr.crey is circula -
too tne government wouia nave to pay
would have to ray to them
they, the banker please to charge.
The plutocrat have downed another
IeT rd. the Xonhweertf university
rear Chicsg- Presideat Rogers at- American ComtDdJa?ealtii,ThO is a mem
tended the an ti imperialist meetirg and! ber of parliament and writer of worldwide
nund a red tot speech in favor of the j reputation. The fact ; is, that the schol
declaratks of independence. That set- ars and thinkers of England the men
tied it. The trustee intimated to him who have made the nation great are
that it wa time for him to resign and almost unanimously against the war on
he did. The Northwestern is aMetho the Boers. They IwjouJd have been heard
diet icttitutioa, - , - long ago if the JoevChamberlain jingoes
TMEMLTER 8TANDABD
Silver standard,. Mexico still forges
ahead at an astonuhing rate. The men
who declare that bimetallism means
ruin and the silver standard eternal
damnation when they talk politics, has
ten down to Mexicoogptajhare of
prosperity that coiaekrS -nation that
would hare nothing ha dorwith the gold
standard. D. ET Thompson " is down
there now, looking after investments
that pay him more than anything he
can invest in, in these gold standard
United States, because all the people
down there are prosperous and not only
a few trust magnates and preferred
stock holders. ........ -
The annual report of the Mexican
! Central railway has some significant
figures well worth the study of all those
who wish to invent in Mexican securi
ties and industries. The total gross
gain for 1899 was $1,997,122. The bulk
of this adrance on the receipts of 1898
was made up of an increase - in local
freight and local passenger business.
The former shewed a gain of $1,175,680
and the latter 509,554. The interna
tional freight showed a gain of $420,366
and international passenger business of
t-Vn. It will be seen that the local bus-
iness was the chief factor in putting the
Mexican Central where it could meet all
iu jnteret without drawing upon the
banked up subsidy 'fund as in previous
-phe local business
is what gives pros-
; perity to this ente.rprise, and that means
that all the people are making money
ami doing welL And Mexico is a silver
standard country! When these gold
bugs get excited during the next cam-
pa urn and begin to tell of the horrors of
silver money, it will be well to put in a
shout of "Mexico! Mexico!"
REFCBLICAX STl'MPS v
i Some space in republican papers has
, been devoted to a slanderous and wholly
: false story to the effect that the present
prejient superintendent has done noth
ing of the kind but has merely cleared
away the under brush and old dead
limbs that were cut from timber cut
down by the preceding betcblica? su
rtBijfTE?frE?fT, captain Culver.
The proof of this can be found on page
10 of the First Biennial Report of the
Nebraska Branch Soldiers' and Sailors'
Home for the perioiil ending- November
33, 1ST! The repofrSras prepared by
J. H. Culver, commandant and was pub-
iihed by authority of the board of con-
trol composed of II. C. Russell, J. A.
Piper, A. S. Churchill and J. S. Bartley,
republican state officers at that time.
The report says:
ting the THIRTY CORDS he left the
trimmings for bis successor to clear
away.
Mr. Fowler has cleared un and im-
j prored the pUce until it presents a most
i crediub3e appearance.
J No reSpecUble paper would have pub-
iUhed such a scandalous lie as the story
that -.j in the Journal. It seems
i that there is no misrepresentation, no
I falsehood or slander or abuse of a public
: official so vile that it cannot find lodge-
meet in the columns of the Journal.
reputation, honor and truth.
EXiLISH BOER SYMPATHIZERS
Imperialism has gone to such extremes
, jn jga
j cal,y ahoHshed.
free speech is practi
All the meetings, and
ney, supported by the marchioness of
FJpon, Lady Coleridge, Lady Farr&r,
Lady Murray, Lady Russell, Lady Shaw
Lefevre, Lady Grove and Lady Burne
Jones. The principal address of the
evening will be delivered by Mrs. James
Brice. .,...
1 Miss Hobhouse" the "secretary
of the
f movement, is oneof
England's sturdy
woman leaders. Hef, earnestness and
. courage in the catise of peace were tried
in Victoria park, where she was assaulted
by a mob ot ruffians and escaped injury
only through the timely arrival of the
t
Mrs. Brice is wiot-tbt'uthorof the
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had not systematically started the mobs
to howling down and assaulting every
man who opposed the suicidal policy
adopted by the English ministry. It
will not be long, however, before the
voice of reason will again be heard.
Then Joe Chamberlain will crawl into a
hole and never crawl out again.
POLITICAL CROP REPORTS
One of the most amusing things in the
great republican dailies is the new
scheme they have evolved in publishing
political crop reports. One of them sent
out letters to correspondents in several
states asking for a crop report. As the
field covered was here in the west, where
there is the best prospect for a big crop
that there has been for several years, it
gave correspondents a good chance to
whoop it up for McKinley and Mark
Hanna. They would first tell of the big
wheat, corn, oats and hay prospects and
then add that all interest in Bryan and
the money question had vanished and
all the farmers would vote for McKinley
and for things to remain as they are.
Now if the reform movement was de
pendent on the crops.it would 'never
have been started. From 1889 to 1892
we had splendid crops, but it was in
those years that the Alliance movement
was organized. It was then that the
great republican majorities in these
western states were wiped out.
If a farmer's vote depended upon the
rain and the sunshine, upon drouths and
grasshoppers, if when we had good crops
the farmers all voted the republican
ticket and when we had drouths and
bad crops, they all voted the populist
or democratic ticket, we should have a
very queer country indeed. If when a
flood came and washed out the crops on
the lowlands and there were big crops
on the highlands, the highland men all
voted the republican ticket and the low
land farmers all the democratic ticket,
as these political crop reporters would
have us believe, we would have a fine
state of affairs. Just give us a good
season in the presidential campaign
year, and the republicans can go ahead
and establish standing armies, abolish
the constitution, trample the declara
tion of independence underfoot, carry on
wars of conquest, appropriate a billion
dollars every session of coneress, con
quer as many Asiatics as they please
and hold them in subjection, establish
polygamy and slavery, build up a sys
tern of trusts and do anything else that
they wish, and if the farmers only have
good crops, they will care nothing about
these proceedings and all vote the re
publican ticket. That is the substance
of a political crop report.
The Independent does not believe that
the farmers are that kind of men.
WHO IS IT? SALGKEN.
It may interest the readers of the In
dependent to know that one A. P. Sal
gren of Kearney who has written a long
effusion of abuse of Governor Poynter
that is occupying much space in repub
lican papers and assistant republican
papers, is none other than a third-class
printer. For a time he pretended to
edit the Kearney Pilot; made a failure
of the enterprise and in order to recoup
himself demanded the position of in
structor in printing at the Industrial
school which he was wholly unqualified
to fill. After his failure to secure the
political plum he desired, Salcrren sold
the controling interest in the Pilot to C
W. Hoxie, the editorship went to a Mr.
Hall and Salgren went to work as a job
hand.
As the Independent has said before,
all the opposition there is to the re-nomination
of Governor Poynter comes from
disappointed office seekers. To those
j who knew him this parade of Slagren as
a prominent leader is most amusing. So
far as we can learn he is not a member
of the printer's union and passes among
the members of the profession a poor
grade scab.
Mark Hanna sometimes meets with
disappointments. One of them is that
when he downs a man, very frequently
the man won't stay downed. He thought
that he had knocked the attorney -gen
eral of Ohio, Mr. Monnett, clear out of
the box. But the other day the silver
republicans of Ohio had a meeting at
which many prominent men, formerly
all McKinley supporters, were present
and Lo! Mr. Monnett was among them
as was also Mayor Jones, who polled
100,000 votes for governor on an inde
pendent ticket at the last election. That
forebodes more trouble for Mark Hanna
in Ohio. These men met to form plans
to attend the Kansas City convention
and devise schemes to elect W. J. Bryan
president of the United States. The
anti-monopoly republicans in Ohio, and
there seems to be quite a number of
them, will follow Monnett into the
Bryan camp. That will be another dis
appointment to Hanna.
When Otis landed at San Francisco
he declared that the war was over.
When he got to Omaha he reiterated
that the war was over. When he got to
Chicago he stuck to it that the war was
over. When he arrived at his old home
in" New York he affirmed and avowed
that the war was over. After 1 hat he
called upon the president and he hasn't
said it once since. Did McKinley inti
mate to him that the censorship in the
Philippines had not been thoroughly
successful and that the people really
knew something about the situation
there?
THOMPSOTfS GOOD ADVICE
At the meeting of the National Demo
cratic committee- in the City of Wash
ington last February, Hon. W. H.
Thompson contended that the demo
cratic national convention should be
held on the same date as the populist
national convention.-. .In the Indepen
dent of March 1, in i an account of ' the
meeting of the democratic committee
was the following: .
"Another representative westerner
who was here during the past week was
Nebraska's member of the democratic
national committee, W. H. Thompson.
In the body of which he was a part,
Thompson held up the reputation of the
state and the section for the qualities
which have come to be associated with
both state and section. The breadth of
his view of the political situation and the
conditions that are to be met this fall
and the soundness of his conclusions as
to the course to be pursued was admit
ted even by eastern democrats who voted
against him. Thompson contended for
holding the, democwttie national conven
tion on the elate -previously fixed by the
populist committee. - During the dis
cussion Thompson in a fiery speech an
swered a remark made by an easterner,
and which he interpreted to indicate
that the easterner held the populists in
slight esteem. Thompson went after
the member and in his speech descriDea
the populists of Nebraska and defended
them with such force and vigor that he
carried the committee with him so com
pletely that one after another they as
sured him"and"the committee that he
was correct1 in his position in giving
honor to this branch of the fusion forces
of the country."
"The incident was the subject of con
siderable discussion among the mem
bers of the committee and Thompson
won by it both for himself and the fu
sion forces of Nebraska . even a greater
measure of respect of the committee
than had been accorded "to them before.
it was Dut anotner illustration or me
idea heretofore referred to that the pro
vincialism of this country is confined to
the eastern part of the continent."
If Mr. Thompson's advice had been
followed by the committee we would not
now be confronted with the candidate
nominated by the populist "party for vice
president and a chance of the nomina
tion of some other by the democrats for
the same place. If the convention had
been called at the same time there is no
doubt that Mr. Towne would have been
the unanimous choice of both conven
tions. We know from experience in this
state that it is much easier to nominate
a man direct, even if he . is the choice of
two other conventions, than it is to re
nominate the same man after the first
nominating convention has adjourned.
In the one case it presents the appear
ance of attempted dictation, in the other
the concensus of opinion of three con
ventions.
The democratic national committee
would have done better had it accepted
the wise counsel of. Mr. Thompson last
February. It remains to be seen whether
the democratic national convention will
have the courage and wisdom tb accept
his advice and cousel and nominate for
its vice presidential candidate that fear
less champion of the common people, the
choice of the populists, Hon. Charles A.
Towne. With Bryan and Towne, the
modern tribunes of the people, victory is
certain.
STAND UP FOR NEBRASKA 1
The people of - the west should take
more care to placing the favors of their
patronage with home institutions. At
present the east fattens on the labor and
products of the west. We do not mean
to stir up "sectional strife" but rather
increase "local pride" -pride in Ne
braska business and Nebraska institu
tions. When you can spend your money
to as good advantage with an institu
tion in the state as with a foreign or
eastern institution give the Nebraska in
stitution the preference. Do it every
time. The money thus kept within the
state will frequently return to purchase
goods, or labor, or supplies from you.
In the insurance business for example,
by a system of home patronage the mu
tual companies have saved several mil
lions of dollar to the people of Nebraska.
Before the organization of these com
panies the greater part of this large sum
was sent to the east and formed the
basis for the enormous wealth of many
of the foreign and eastern companies.
If you cannot get the class of insur
ance you desire in the mutual companies,
that affords no reason able'excuse for the
patronage of eastern companies. There
are several just as reliable and thor
oughly responsible "old line" companies
organized under and incorporated in the
state of Nebraska as any eastern com
pany. The Farmers and Merchants In
surance company of Lincoln, and the
Columbia Fire Insurance company of
Omaha, are Nebraskaoompanies, invest
ing and spending " their earnings and
profits here and are entitled to the first
consideration when you are placing your
business. Spend your money in Ne
braska. Dollars, like chickens, come
home to roost.
Give such companies. as r, the "Com
mercial Union Assurance Company (Ltd)
London, England," the "Royal Insurance
Company of Liverpool" and such Euro
pean names the go-by. They will never
helD to build up Nebraska or Nebraska
institutions.
MAN WITH THE HOE
A circular letter to laboring men,
doubtless sent out by "the Mark Hanna
bureau, has fallen into the hands of the
writer. It contains repeated assertions
that if Bryan is elected wages will be re
duced, and urging all wage earners to
vote the republican ticket and thus in
sure an increase in wages. It will be
well for each wage earner who receives
this document to inquire into the mat
ter. . Is it not true that if Bryan's elec
tion would "reduce wages, that all the
great employers of labor would be his
enthusiastic supporters? Do they not
use every means in their power to hire
men at the lowest possible rate? When
a demand .i made, by their employes
for higher wages do they not fight it
with every means in their power. Look
at the attitude of the employers of labor
in St. Louis, Chicago and many other
large cities at the present time. There
are strikes by the wage workers for the
maintenance of their wages and the em
ployers are spending thousands upon
thousands of dollars to defeat the de
mand. If the election of Bryan would
reduce the wages of these men, would
not all these employers be enthusiastic
Bryan men? But the fact is that not
one of them are. They fight Bryan with
the same bitterness that they fight the
labor organizations. After all this and
their known opposition to Bryan, they
send out letters to the working men tell
ing them that Bryan's election would re
duce their wages! If it would, would
not the men who send out these docu
ments -vote for Bryan themselves and
get everyone whom they could influence
to do the same thing. ' The working man
who is deceived by such arguments
must be yery dull of intellect indeed.
He is a fair specimen of Markam's "man
with the hoe'
.MERIT RECOGNIZED .
The benefit that an honest and ablv
edited newspaper confers on the commu
nity or state' where it is published does
not always appear on the surface, but it
never fails of recognition by thinking
men. A : conversation that occurred in
Omaha the other day, shows that the
work pf the Independent has not passed
unnoticed- by the men who carry on the
great commercial affairs of this state.
The present financial condition of the
banks of this state was being discussed
and the favorable state of business com
pared with the stress and strife in states
further east. The tremendous growth
of thercattle and sheep business was
commented upon and the ease that en
terprising hustlers could get money to
carry cattle, hogs ahd sheep through a
season of pasturing and feeding. One of
the men remarked that the credit of
that should be ascribed more to the Ne
braska Independent than to any other
thing. Then he went on to say that the
nnancial articles that nad appeared in
the Independent during the last two
years, many of which had been quoted
or re-written for the great financial
papers of New York and Chicago, had
resulted in a great change in the bank
ing business an Nebraska. The con
stant warnings which the Independent
had given to bankers about depositing
their reserve funds in New York banks
had been heeded. He then read an item
from a financial paper that stated that
the reserve funds of Nebraska banks
were now nearly all to be found in the
Omaha, Sioux City and Lincoln banks
instead of in New York as formerly.
The result of this, was a great stimulus
to business in the state and especially
in the amount of cattle and sheep han
dled. This had been of incalculable ad
vantage to farmers, and men in every
line pf business. It had, he declared,
been the great factor in making Nebras
ka the most prosperous community in
the whole United States. He wound up
by saying that the people of Nebraska
owed more to the Independent for clear
cash in their pockets than any other one
institution in the state.
All the readers of, the Independent
know pf the persistent hammering that
it has done on that line in this paper in
whichlt appealed to self interest and
used argument, sarcasm and every means
to get the "pigheaded bankers to see
what was for their own good v and the
good of the people of this state. Most
of them have taken the advice and the
result is stated by the gentleman quoted
above.
All the eastern goldbug papers, both
democratic and republican, declare that
the pops have swallowed the democrats.
The same class of editors in the west
solemnly affirm that the democrats have
swallowed the pops. It is with these
last that the fuzzie wuzzies agree. The
Brooklyn Eagle devotes columns to
proving tha,t Bryan is nothing but a
populist and that the Kansas City con
vention will be a populist convention
and have nothing democratic about it.
On the other : hand the Omaha Bee wor
ries itself into a sweat almost every day
because there is nothing left of the pop
ulist party and the democrats have
taken it in. It is evident that somebody
is lying about this business.
' The laboring classes of this country
have now, and it will be the only chance
that thejt will , ever, have, to annihilate
the scheme to establish a colonial em
pire. If such an empire is established,
they will come into competition with
the labor and the products of the labor
of Asiatics. Under that sort of compe
tition they will be forced down and
down, until they will be on a level with
the Oriental hordes ' that starve and die
on the plains of China. For the labor
ing classes this campaign is fateful.
What difference will it make to them
ten years from now, what party wins or
loses, if the imperialism and open door
policy of the president is successful? All
that they have fought and suffered for,
will be gone, and gone forever.
f DEMOCRATS FOR TOWNE
Several democrats of national reputa
tion are actively at work to secure the
nomination of Towne by the Kansas
City convention. " Prominent among
these is W. H. Thompson of Nebraska.
He began to instruct the eastern demo
crats as far back as last February when
he made a speech at a meeting of the
democratic national committee in Wash
ington 'concerning -the principles and
power of the populist party. That speech
is said to have had a very potent influ
ence and went far - toward directing the
work of the committee in its relations
with the populist party. Mr. Thomp
son isan earnest advocate of the nomi
nation of Towne, being firmly, convinced
that it is for the . interest of the demo
cratic party to make it. Being -a mem
ber of the democratic national commit
tee and one who has taken a most active
part, he has power to command atten
tion to his advice.
But Mr. Thompson s not the only
member of the democratic national com
mittee who thinks that ' the nomination
of Towne would be for the best interests
of that party. Two or three democratic
state conventions were of the same opin
ion and so expressed themselves. Wheth
er there'-are. enough of ihafj opinion", or
not to nominateTowne, it is not possi
ble at the present time to say. The east
ern democrats know nothing of the pop
ulist party or its principles, and in some
of the southern ' states the democrats
have looked upon the populists as their
mortal enemies. It will take hard work
to overcome the prejudices of such men,
but if it can be done, Mr. Thompson is
determined to do it. Whether he suc
ceeds or not, the position that he has
taken, putting principle above party,
and the honest endeavors he has made,
will not be forgotten by the fusion forces
of Nebraska.
DEBASING THE CURRENCY
The sophistries employed by the gold
standard advocates in 1896, it seems, are
to be repeated in this campaign. As a
sample, examine, the following which
was sent out from the official headquar
ters at the republican national conven
tion: "The question in 1896 was to bring
back to the people of the United States
such a measure of . prosperity as would
enable them to support their families in
comfort and contentment. One party
proposed to do that by debasing the
standard coin, by cutting in two the
value of the dollar, and by setting the
country adrift on a sea of finacial ex
periments," without chart or compass."
On the other hand, the same docu
ment asks for support for doing that
very thing themselves. They point out
that there has been a rise in prices and
consequent prosperity. If there has
been a rise in prices there must of ne
cessity have been - a debasing of the
standard coin. A rise in prices means
that the standard coin will buy less than
it did before the rise and therefore it
has been debased. In fact they accuse
the reform forces of wanting to debase
the currency and ask for support be
cause they have done it" themselves!
That sort of argument will hardly catch
votes in this campaign.
It is hardly possible that there are
very many men in the United States so
dull as not to comprehend that a rise in
prices means a decrease in the purchas
ing power of the standard coin, or in
other words a debasing of the standard
coin.
In 1896 they denied the quantity
theory of money. Now they brag con
tinually about the increase of the quan
tity. They constantly publish figures
showing the increase. Their whole ar
gument for support is based on the fact
that the currency "has been debased,
that coin purchases less than it did in
1896. It will not catch votes.
It seems that the struggling mullet
head editors in Nebraska have, never
been furnished with a dictionary or they
don't know how to use dictionaries if
they have them. For their benefit the
Independent prints a definition or two
which will be of great benefit to them if
they will cut them out and paste th6m
up somewhere, so that they can refer to
them when they sit down to write. To
wit: r
Empire--The dominions of an ejnperor
usually including several nations or na
tionalities. Imperialism The exercise of such
power as belongs to a despotic govern
ment.
Despotic. Exercising absolute or un
controlled power.
After these poor republican editors
have mastered the above words and defi
nitions so they can repeat them without
looking at the book, if they are not
troubled with inflamation of the brain
caused by hard study, the Independent
will explain to them the meaning of a
fe w more words which they do not seem
to understand. '
The men who are for the- gold stand
ard, who organize trusts, who shout for
colonies and want "subjects" are all one
gang. They are made up of bank mag
nates, trust magnates, railroad magnates
and one and all are determined to change
our form of govern tnent and pattern it
afte,r European institutions. They are
the power behind the McKinley throne
at Washington. For the last decade
they have been marching through the
land like conquering men of war, gath
ering into what is practically one con
trol, the banks, the railroads, the great
manufacturing industries, the street Car
lines, gas, water and electrics light and
power. By the passage of -the gold bill
they have practical control of the money
of the country. Elect McKinley presi
dent again and in another decade we will
have a rich country the richest in the
world but the population will consist
of two or three hundred billionaires and
80,000,000 others who .will serve them,
for wages when .they can get the op
portunity. -
Before the American people today
there stands two mighty warnings-
Rome and the French revolution. Rome
sowed the seeds of imperialism and went
down in utter ruin.' France? attempted
despotic rule and the land was deluged
with blood. What will be the fate of
this republic if we launch the ship of
state on the tempestuous seas that en
gulfed Rome and France. Will it be
blotted out as Rome was, or from a sea
of blood, will it rise again as did France?
But it will not be so launched. After
next November we will start on a new
voyage on the sea of liberty. The incor
ruptible Bryan will be at the helm, and
he will guide the ship by the old charts
of constitution and declaration of inde
pendence into that poct.where we ehall
have equalTigHs v for" alljmd;- special
privileges for f; none. 4 We can scarcely
wait for the day when the lines shall be
cast off and the word given to start for
the port of peace and freedom for all
men. ' '
The republican papers all -announced
in unison with voices all pitched upon
the key C, that Secretary Hay had ac
complished one of the most amiable
diplomatic feats that ever went on rec
ord to the credit of a minister, and for
dexterity and acuteness the thing had
not been equalled since .the days of the
old Italian masters. They said that Hay
had made a treaty with all the civilized
nations to the effect that, the United
States should have an "open , door" for
trade in China as long as the waters ran
and the sun shone. That is what they
said, and a great shout went up: "Great
is McKinley and his secretary of state!"
Now it turns out that the whole story
was a fake, but the readers of republi
can papers will never know that it was.
A number of self-constituted leaders
of ihe people's party are endeavoring to
create an impression that it will make
but little difference if the democrats do
substitute some eastern goldbug vice
presidential timber instead of Mr. Towne.
Shelby Sun.
Will the Sun kindly inform the public
who these leaders are that have been
endeavoring to do such a . thing? The
Independent exchanges with every fusion
paper in the state and it has never seen
any indication of such an endeavor.
While the Sun - is about it, will v it also
please tell us how many votes such writ
ing will make for Bryan and the peoples
party? . Is it not the mission of a popu
list paper to increase the vote of the
party? .Are articles that, have a ten
dency to create discord and excite dis
trust the best way to advance reform?
Many years ago De Tocqueville ' re
marked: "Can it be believed ' .that de-.
mocracy, which has overthrown the feu
dal system and vanquished kings, will
retreat before tradesmen and capitalists
who have secured the control of the re
publican party, may think that we will
retreat, but they will find out as Paul
Jones said, that "we havn't begun to
fight yet." The scrimmages that they
had with us in 1896 were just little
skirmishes in comparison to the battle
that is coming. We have reforfned our
lines, added hundreds of thousands of
new recruits and the old veterans arc
fuller of fight than a mountain wild cat.
The patriots of America will never "re
treat before the tradesmen and capital
ists." A decrease of 281,000,000 pounds in
quantity' of wool imported in a year
shows the value of protection to wool to
the American" farmer. Sarpy. ; County
Herald.
The protection has resulted in a fall
in prices. This week's circular letter
sent out by Sherman. Brothers, wool
commission merchants, Chicago, after
announcing a decline of 1 per cent
says: . ,. . .
"The decline in London has tended to
prolong the depression already existing
in this country add manufacturers still
stand aloof from purchasing large quan
tities unless concessions are made."
Try again, Brother Beedle.
Which is the greater imperialist, the
Czar of all the Ruisians, or William
McKinley, president of the United States
and emperor of the Philippines . and
Porto Rico? The czar made a propo
sition to the nations to decrease their
armaments, their navies and their stand
ing armies. About the same time Mc
Kinley asked congress to increase ; ttfe
standing army of the United States to
three times what it had been before and
to build a magnificent , and costly navy.
Who is the great imperialist?
The platform on which j McKinley
must run is not that which will be pro
mulgated at Philadelphia, but on the
one which the party has made since it
has been in possession of all departments
of the government. The plank" that is
adopted on trusts will not 1 influence in "
telligent voters so much hi the action' of
congress on that subjecf If the party
was opposed to trusts, whyid it not
suppress them when it hid jttppwer to
flri sot . . t-.iri tv? . ?