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H. G. ARMITAGE, Editor.
Fresideat, 3. Burrows, Filley, Neb.
Vice President, H. L. Loucks, Clear Creek,
Dakota. , , .
Secretary, August Poet, Moulton, Iowa.
Treasurer, Hon, J. J. Furlong, Austin Minn,
lecturer, A. D. Chase, Watertown, Dak.
NEBRASKA STATE ALLIANCE.
President, John H. Powers, Cornell.
Vice President, James Clark, Wabash.
Fecretary-Treasurer, J. M. Thompson, Lincoln.
Lecturer, M. M. Case, Creigbton.
Executive Committee: J. Burrows Filley;
B. F. Allen, Wabash; Allen Boot, Omaha;
L. Henry, Hansen; WrM, Gray, North Loup.
Deputy Organizers: Kobert GrayInman;
Aiv TnmnVinit. Hansen: James A. Butler,
F.wing; Wm. Clark, Banner; John A. Hogg-,
f-helton; J. W. Hartley, West Union; P. J.
Keece. Lexington; C. J. Mecham, Cambridge,
W.J. Hollv. Cambridge: L. C. Floyd, Brom
eld; Charles WoosterSilver Creek: Herbert
O. Miller, Cambridge; xnomas incmir, uner,
ton; W. A. Mansfield, Gandy; F. J. Frederici,
xrth Platte: J. F. Black. Indianola; J. S.
Middle, Arcadia; J. F. Harrison, York; Sher-
' man Stevenson, Alma; t. w. Ji.crinan, ia
mar; J. Y. M. Swigart, Fremont.
Dakota Tehritory: President, H. L,
Loucks, Clear Lake.
SV-crctarv. C..A. Soderbursr. Hartford.
Minnesota : President, George W. Sprague,
Sf crctarv. GeororG W. Haiirh. Mankato.
IowA:-President, A. L. Stuntz, State Centre;
Feeretary, August Post, aiouiton.
I w.tNOis: President, ; Secretary, Da
vid Ward Wood. 158 Clark St.. Chieaaro.
Wisconsin: President, N. E. Moody Viro
jua; Secretary, A. F. Sands, Fairfield.
Kansas: President. J. M. Morris, White
Citv: Rcr(tarv. T. J. McLain. Peabody.
Washington Territory: President, J. M,
Heed, Oaksdale; Secretary, J.W. Arrowsmith,
DECLARATION OF PURPOSES.
Profoundly Impressed that we,' the Farm
ers' Alliance, united by the strong and faith
fnl tifn of financial and home interests.
should set forth our declarations, we there-
To strive to secure the establishment of
riitht and justice to ourselves and our pos
To labor for the education of tUoHjnkul-
tural classes in the-SAilfmce or economical
liingrwiiitftWAP&trictly non-partisan spirit.
To endorse the motto, "In things essential,
unity; in all things charity."
To secure purity of the elective franchise,
and to induce all voters to intelligently exer
ci.tfor the enactment and execution of
laws which will express the most advanced
public sentiment upon all questions involving
the Interests of laborers and farmers.
To develop a better state mentally, morally,
socially and financially.
To constantly strive to secure entire har
mcny and good-will among all mankind, and
brotherly love among ourselves.
To suppress personal, local, sectional and
national prejudices; all unhealthful rivalry,
and all selfish ambition. ,
To assuage the sufferings of a brother and
sister, bury the dead, care for the widows and
tducate the orphans; to exercise charity to
ward offenders; to construe words and pur
purposes in their most favorable light, grant
ing honesty of purpose and good intentions to
others, and to protect the principles of the
Alliance unto death.
Post Office at Lincoln, Neb., June 18, 1889.
1 hereby certify that The Alliance, a week
ly newspaper published at th s place, has been
determined by the Third Assistant Post Mas
ter General to te a publication entitled to
admission in the mails at the pound rate of
rWtaire and entry ot it as such is accordingly
Se unon the books of this office. Valid
SrSUr of the Publication re
mains unchanged. Albert Watkins,
ALONG THE LINE.
Thisdepaitment is conducted by the Secre
tary of the State Alliance to whom all com
munications in relation to Alliance work,
Fhort articles upon various subjects of inter
est to the Alliance etc., should be addressed.
Write plain and only on one side of the paper.
Sign what you choose to your articles but
send us your name always.
JJr. R. J. Ogden, of Albion, ii a new
Richmond in the field, and writes for
information for organizing Alliances.
Joseph B. Copley, president of 517,
reports the adoption of secret work and
sends for Ritual, etc, which was sent
Mr. P. 33. Fielding, secretary of Ban
ker Alliance No. 554. reports all old
officers elected hv his Alliance at. last
T. A. "Wright, secretary of Lillian
Alliance No. 483, sends for blank ap
plications for membership and reports
his Alliance in fine working condition.
Secretary John Scott, of Fairview
'Alliance, reports an addition of ten
new members at last meeting, making
their membership now thirty-six.
The communication of S. M. Davis,
J. M. 'StraM and D. B. Ellis, of
Ilartwell, will appear in our next. It
same in too late for this issue.
( A. McKinlev. of Iliverton, sehtls
good cheer to the paper, two yearly
- subscriptions, and says he thinks every
m rater of his Alliance will take it.
lie has our thanks.
'' V. C. Clifton sends quarterly report
for Garfield Alliance of which he is
secretary. This Alliance was organ
ized h.st year and is among the tried
and true every time.
John W. Goheen, secretary of Bates
Alliance No. 588, writes for all necessa
ry blanks, constitutions etc., and says
. they are ready for good solid work.
Howard II. Peck, of Cowles, Web
ster Co., writes for copies of The
Alliance, which have been sent, and
we expect something good from Mr.
Peck in a few days.
C. St Evans, of Inman, Neb. says:
'The work goes bravely on. Two
weeks ago our Alliance passed a resolu-
tion that we would not pay more than
the legal rate of interest for the us of
money, and ordered the same publish
ed in the " Review. Since that time
Alliance men have paid but the legal
rate. Before it was two per cent per
Delegates from the subordinate Alli
ances, of Furnas county, met at Cam
bridge, the 8th of this month and or
ganizeda county Alliance with the
following officers: President, J. W.
Ebv: Vice President, Barney Cline;
Secretary, C. B. Bachelderf Treasurer,
w m wnitP! Executive Committee
f Uli -
John M. Tabor, M. L. Wolfe, C. A
rorvsnn lecturer. G. L. Fils; Chap-
lain, James Sprawls; .. Doorkeeper
Assistant. A. B
.Joseph iiufixw, . ---.
iwnifP! Serireant-at-Arms, II. C. M
Atrt.. Wm. Waite
Secretary J. E. Childers, of Rising
Sun Alliance, No. 437, reports every
thing sailing properly, and asks for
cards, etc. His repuest has been com
Secretary Ashworth, of No. 535,
writes us that all their old ofheers
were re-elected at their last meeting.
Yes, all the old Alliance stagers will
do to tie to every time.
An encouraging letter was received
from J. F. Finch, secretary of No. 600,
Perkins county. He also asks several
questions which we answer elsewhere
as fully as space will allow.
St. Clair Alliance No. 600 through
Chas. E. Mosher, secretary, reports six
members initiated at their last meet
ing indicating successful efforts by
that branch of our organization.
G. C. McAllister, secretary of Buch
annon Alliance, reports an addition of
seven members at last meeting of their
Alliance and more to follow. They all
take an active interest in the organiza
tion. Mr. F. W. Wood, of Fulierton, writes
an encouraging letter in regard to the
work in his county. He has also pro
cured a goodly number of sub
scribers to our paper for which he has
Mr. A. B. Bender, secretary of No,
566, says their Alliance is in good run
ning order, and now with a good live
organizer they expect to make theirs
the banner Alliance county of the
Jas. O'Fallen, secretary of a newly
organized Alliance named Marble Al
liance, Saunders county, sends in their
application this .week. It starts off
with thirty-two members, all enthusi
astic workers. -
The report of Alliance No. 474 shows
a large increase in weaiuership, twenty
members having been initiated in last
quarter. G. W. Holmes, the secretary,
reports a total membership of fifty-two
in four months.
P. C. Maurer in making his report as
secretary of No. 491 numbering sixty
members, says: "Our county Alliance
is booming and the brethren seem to be
alive to the necessities of our present
financial condition." ,
Mr. J. Y. M. Swigart, of Buffalo
county, while on a visit to Saunders
county recently organized two Alli
ances, each with a large membership.
Bro. Swigart is a zealous worker and
we are always glad to hear from him.
Geo. A. Land, of Russell Alliance
No. 5-57, sends quarterly report and
says they had not until recently had
any regular place of meeting. Now
their new school 'house is completed
and they expect better success in the
Mr. E. M. Harrison, secretary of No.
595, Perkins Co., reports the following
'officers elected by their Alliance recent
ly: President, E. L. Sarvis; Secretary,
E. M. Harrison; Treasurer, E. Mecham.
Question in regard toconstitution an
swered elsewhere in this paper.
John II. Hogg, of Shelton, is rust
ling around among the Alliances of his
county and pushing the work well to
the front. John is a sort of a pre
siding elder, whom -the Alliances are
always glad to meet, and his labors are
bearing fruit. We bid him God-speed.
Mr. J. F. Finch sends in an applica
tion for a charter for an Alliance to be
called "Union Alliance," Grace pre
cinct, Perkins county, and says they
are expecting a visit from President
Powers soon for the purpose of organ
izing the county.
(ieo. W. Felton, of Angus, made us
a very pleasant call on the 13th, on his
way home from Omaha where he had
been with two cars of stock for Alli
ance No. 487. He reports the Alliance
flourishing in his (Nucholls Co.) and a
gain in membership for his local
Mr. Jas. B. Burrows, secretary of
the. Gage County Alliance, writes that
at their last meeting, June 1 st , the fol
lowing officers were elected: Presi
dent, Thad Williams, Beatrice; Vice
President, Chas. Hughes, Filley; Treas
urer, C. S. Burroughs, Filley; Secre
tary. Jas. B. Burrows, Filley.
We are sorry to hear that Organizer
J. S. Riddle, of Valley county, while
on a trip to organize an Alliance a
short time ago got hurt (he does not
slate how) and has been unable to do
anything since. We trust his injuries
are not of a serious nature and that he
j will be ready for duty again soon.
C. J. Dunlap sends us three subscrib
ers and says: "I am glad to know we
lave an organ we can call our own.
Silver Creek Alliance No. 494 is doing
finely. We initiate from, one to five at
every meeting. Will get more sub
scribers to The Alliance as f a&t as
I can." Bro. Dunlap's letter has the
right ring and we w ant to receive more
of the same kind.
Bro. V. J. Rose, of Ansley, sends $1
for our paper and says:
sample copies of the paper.
If is an
elegant little sheet full of shots that
will ' make the monopoly henchmen
wriggle. Our Alliance is in a prosper
ous condition. May the God of Peace
aid and protect the farmers and labor
ers of America as - he ever does the
right." ; ".. y" ; , v . , .
Several questions have been asked by
correspondents in regard to Sec. 1, 2
and 3, Art. IX of Constitution, and I
answer as follows: Section 1 provides
that all fees and duies-shall be paid in
advance; that is an applichatfor admis
sioii to a subordinate Alliance must
accompany the application with
initiation fee provided for by the-next
section. If accepted he shall pay in at
close ot initiation 25 cents as dues for
the first full quarter. These are fees
and dues to subordinate Alliance.
The secretary in remitting to State
Alliance sends with his quarterly re
port 25 cents or one-fourth of initiation
fees received and in addition 10 cents
each on the total membership at close
of quarter. Where a county Alliance
is formed the dues are 5 cents per mem
ber in addition to state dues. In some
parts of the state, Alliances are organ
ized on the supposition that the state
dues are all that is required, but the
constitution makes no provision of this
kind. If our order is worth anything
it is worth one dollar, and as the sur
plus is left with the subordinate Alii
ance to be used for contingent purposes,
all members receive the same benefit.
Mr. L. Henry, president of the Hall
county Alliance, writes us that their
last county meeting, held at Cairo, was
an enthusiastic one and well attended.
He says: "From what I can learn
from our county meeting the cause will
be pushed, and when our paper is in
lull circulation we will rorge ahead as
we never have before." The next
meeting of the County Alliance will be
held at Grand Island.
J. F. Frederici, of North Platte, re
ports the organization of the Lincoln
County Alliance with the following
officers: L. Stebbins, President, North
Platte; Geo. Babboth, Vice President,
North Platte; C. F. Pretauer, Secreta
ry, " Gothenburg; Claus Mylander,
Treasurer, North Platte. Executive
Committee, II. Facka, Chm'n, II. The
lackey, T. Rowley, North Platte. This
county has five organized Alliances and
Bro. Frederici thinks they will organ
ize four or five more in the near future.
J. F. Black writing in regard to
twine asks if the flax twine is reliable
and if it can be had in test lots. The
state agent has received some samples
of twine offered cheap, but he would
not recommend them and we have no
flax twine on hand. The twine we
offer is warranted long-fibre flax and
guaranteed to give satisfaction, but we
only order twine on receipt of money
for same. Manilla twine is familiar to
everyone and can be ordered safely
Lee W. Crofts sends report of. No.
564 and reports additional members.
He also makes inquiry in regard to the
National Economist, and says they
have not received the paper. Have
written the editor and
matter looked up. Jas.
will have the
A. Butler, of
Ewing, also complains
in receiving the above
plaint should be made directly to the
publisher immediately upon non-ar
rival of paper. All those who have
ordered the Economist will please for
ward their names to this office as my
list has been mi slay ed.
I enclose you application for charter
of Agee Alliance with thirty-two char
ter members. This will make a strong
Alliance. We have secured the above
number of members in one week. I
need some blank applications for char
ter and membership cards. Have only
six Rituals and three Constitutions,
aud would like a supply as soon as pos
sible, as there will be use for them
soon. I hear of several Alliances un
der way, and the inquiry, "How can
we organize?" is heard all over the
county. Sample copies of TnE Alli
ance received and am much pleased
with it. Will take it to the County
Alliance tomorrow and secure all the
subscribers I can. May success crown
your efforts is my wish, and may our
paper be a strong factor in freeing our
people from the burdens they unjustly
bear. Fraternally yours,
Secretary Hackett of No. 531, Ham
ilton county, writes: "I received ten
copies of TnE Alliance in due time
and was glad to get them, but haven't
had much time to canvass for it. We
had a hard rain on the eve of the 17th,
so I got off a little yesterday and got a
few subscribers for six months. Don't
know but I done wrong, but they said
they could not pay a dollar now. Six
months will throw them until they will
have more money. If this is not right
please notify me, as I want to do good
and not harm. I was up to Aurora on
the 15th and helped organize the Coun
ty Alliance. 1 wish you good suc
cess with the paper." Certainly, Bro.
Hackett, take all the subscriptions you
can get at six or even three months at
yearly rates. We are under the great
est of obligations to you for your inter
est in the work of placing the paper in
the hands of your people. A few vigor
ous moves like yours throughout the
state, and .everything connected with
what we are all working for would go
with a boom..
On Friday morning a notice reached
the office informing us of a meeting at
St. Paul the following day to complete
the organization of a Farmers7 Alli
ance, with the request that an organ
izer be sent to assist them. rue no
tice gave us no time to notify any of
our other workers, so the 12:10 tram
found the secretary on the way to t.
Paul. At Grand Island we found
every one in holiday attire, the streets
were gaily decorated and the city given
over to the societies of the Nebraska
Saengerbund for their annual musicale.
Through the kindness of a friend we
attended the concert at Bartenback's
opera house, and although the words
were lost to us, in most of the selec
tions the music was undoubtedly
grand. At St. Paul we found the
farmers alive to the need of m organiza
tion and a good Alliance was formed
with A. J. Henry as president Ed. J.
Henry, secretary. The crop prospect
is not at all good in that vicinity on ac
count of the dry weather. There has
been no heavv rains this spring and
but one or two local showers, conse
ouentlv the vield of small grain will
show nearlv as great a shortage as the
raw material for manufacture of bind-
ng twine. . - J. M. I.
AH ENTHUSIASTIC ASSEMBLY.
The Gallant Leader of the Workingmen
of America, Hob. T. V. Powderly,
Will be met More Than Half
Way by the Alliance.
Be of Good Cheer, Farmers of Nebraska.
See What Dakota is Doing.
Huron, Dak., June 19. Editor
Alliance: The Territorial Alliances
of South Dakota are now in session at
this place; the first days session hav
ing closed last evening. Over four
hundred delegates are in attendance,
representing about that - number of
Alliances. It is a wonderfully bright
and clear headed assembly of Dakota
The meeting, opened yesterday afternoon.-
Addresses ot welcome by
citizens of Huron were responded to
by National Lecturer Chase and oth
ers. Short addressess were made by
President Loucks, of Dakota, and by
President Burrows, of the National
Alliance, who is in attendance. The
balance of the afternoon was occupied
by the report of the Committee on
Credentials the appointment of Com
mittees for the session, and other
At the evening session President
Loucks made a report of the condition
of the Alliance work in the territory,
reviewing what had been done, and
outlining the policy of the Alliance in
the near future, in view of the coming
admission , of the Dakotas into the
union. I would be glad to give you
this aJ dress in full, had you room for
it, for the purpose of showing the far
mers of Nebraska what the Dakota Al
liance has done, and proposes to do.
President Loucks is a plain practical
speaker, bristling with good sound
common sense. He takes hold of
every business question in a business
way, showing to the farmers the direc
tion their efforts must take in order to
benefit them. As a result Mr. Loucks
is the idol of the farmers of the terri
tory. The Alliance of this territory
elected the last territorial legislature,
not by the formation of a new party,
but by controlling the primaries and
dictating the nominations of the old
parties. It is conceded by all . that
that legislature was the ablest and hon
est one the territory ever had. QThe
Alliance proposes to elect the first leg
islature under the enabling act, the
governor, and other state officers, and
the Uuited States Senators by the same
policy which has brought it success
An able and stirring letter from Mr.
Pcwderly was read, in which he urged
a closer union and better understand
ing between the farmers and the work
ingmen, and proposed a conference
between the leaders of the Alliance and
the Kf of L. in the near future, with
that end in view The proposition of
Mr. Powderly was received with great
enthusiasm, and he will be met more
than half way in his overture for a
more intimate acquaintance.
Huron is a beautiful prairie town,
with many fine business buildings.
The officers of the Alliance Insurance
Comany are located here. This is the
strongest Company in the territory.
It paid its hail losses last year, with an
assessment of 23 cents an acre, and 3
cents of this will be returned to its pat
rons. After the prairie fires last spring
its adjusters went out with drafts m
their pockets, and paid every loss as
soon as adjusted. Its receipts for one
day this summer amounted to over
Bro. White Likes the Paper,
Bladen, June 11. Accept thanks
for the sample copy of The Alliance
received today, and in launching it
on the sea of journalism in your . new
field of labor I trust you will meet
with that success I know you deserve.
Your paper has the solid ring. Now
let every friend of justice to all and
special privileges to none, put his
shoulder to the wheel and place the
principles of- the Farmers' Alliance
fairly before the people.
Yours for equal rights,
I. N. White.
P. S. Enclosed find cash on sub
scription. What is Needed.
The agricultural classes are fully
satisfied there exists a wrong, an in
justice, a crushing down and . keeping
down, of the hard toilers of honest
How long these evils to prselves
and country shall exist remain! f alone
for us to. determine.
Shall we continue looking, waiting
and watching for help from either of
the old parties, or shall we avail our
selves of the advantages of a free
government, and assert rights as citi
zens of such?
To do so it simply requires a thor
ough understanding with the farmers,
an united action, and we are slaves to
corporated monopoly, trust, high
taxation, lumber barons and eastern
monied men no longer. -
The opening out; the slashing down
of forests, the breaking up of prairies,
the cabins, dug-outs and sod houses
of all the western states, plainly
point toward a class of people who
have known no rest. It has been,
and still is. labor for man, wife, son
and daughter from dawn until dark,
with very, very small remuneration.
Besides,,farming today is not only
the drudge of yesterday, but the sci-
ence of meetiner and comDetincr with i
the world in products that will meet
a ready market and pay the producer.
Hence, we need Clubs, Alliances,
and certainly a printed sheet, circu
lating in every house, under our own
control, whose aim shall be to post
the farmer with reliable information
as to markets, amount of crops,
prices, demand and supply, cost of
transportation, and last but not least,
our interests politically, bringing us
together in fraternity.
A Calamity In Dakota.
The farmers of some parts of Da
kota have suffered a great calamity in
the total loss of their wheat crop. Up
to about ten days ago the prospects
for a good crop of wheat were mag
nificent, but the weather was getting
very dry and rain was greatly needed.
If good rains had come at that time
the loss of the crop would have been
averted, but instead of the needed
rain just at this critical time there
came a week, of scorching
heat, and the wheat over a large area
of country is utterly burned up and
destroyed. As to the extent of the
disaster throughout the territory I
cannot say. I am told there has
been some local rains which have
saved the crop in places, but along
the Northwestern road from about
Hawarden to Huron not one acre in
one thousand of the wheat will be
cut. At one point I estimated there
were in sight at one view from the
window on my side of the car, two
thousand acres all utterly destroyed.
This is a terrible calamity to these
settlers which they have no way of
relieving. Many of them will be
compelled to leave the country until
another season. B.
Garden Hiil school house, two and
a half miles west of town, was well
filled Saturday evening with persons
who desired to assist in the organi
zation of a Farmers' Alliance.
The house was called to order by
Wm. McNeill, who in a brief speech
stated the object of the meeting.
On temporary organization Mr.
McNeill, was elected chairman and
J. . Worrall secretary.
After s all preliminaries had been
perfected the members proceeded to
the election of officers, which resulted
President Wm. McNeill.
Vice-President D. Busch.
Secretary J. A. Worrall.
Treasurer Peter Van Antwerp.
Lecturer D..A. Shull.
There are at present four Alliances
in Otoe county, and it , is expected
that in the near future each precinct
will have its organization. Syracuse
Yes, They Howl.
The Farmers' Alliance must ex
pect ridicule, its aims and objects
misconstrued and all manner of fool
ish stories set afloat concerning it.
Its leaders will be called . cranks,
dead-beats, too lazy to work, and
chronic kickers. There is no class on
earth today that draws fire when they
attempt an organized effort to better
their conditions, like the farmers.
Still the same element which arrays
itself against them when they attempt
organization, will pat them on the
back and call them 'the salt of the
earth" when they attend strictly to
the business of, raising wheat, corn
and hogs and let the other fellows
take care of the laws and systems of
the country. There is absolutely
nothing farmer organizations can do
to better their class but what extracts
a prolonged howl from the guar-
tutions and systems
If they object to
(to them) insli
of the country,
being fleeced by
a combination formed expressly for
that purpose, they are accused ot
blindly striking at a phantom; that
no such thing exists as a trust; that
they are shiftless and incapable of
managing the ordinary business of a
farm if they attempt to harvest with
out twine. That's what they get if
they simply act on the defense. II
they make an aggressive move against
high taxes, high interest, ruinous
prices for their products brought
about by a scarcity of money, the re
sults of class laws, and seek the ballot
box for a remedy, another startling
howl breaks forth "Hands off! Oh
my Lord, this is sacred!" So you
see. Mr. rarmer, there it only one
way for you to be at peace with all
the world, and that is to meekly
close your eyes and submit to extor
tion. usurv. uniust taxation, be a
commodity on change for the politi
cians of the country and boost a lot of
famishing office seekers into office,
thank God you are suffered to live,
and try and excel your neighbor with
the biggest pumpkin at the county
fair this fall.
Are you going to do it?
We think not.
Job Printing For Alliances.
We are prepared to do any and all kinds
of printing for Alliances. Letter and
note heads, envelopes, cards, by-laws,
circulars, handbills etc. Send in your
orders and we will do the work at pn
ces as reasonable as it can be done.
FOR INSURANCE. See or address Swigart
& Bush. Mead, Neb., Special Ag-ents Far-
mrs TTnion (Mutual) Ins. Co., urana isiana
From President Power.
Cornell, Neb., June 7 ,87
I returned home lat Saturday
from a two week's trip. Am some
what tired and thought I would take
a few days rest. The results are not
qurte what I could have wished. The
rain, spoiled two meetings for me and
prevented another. Last week I or
ganized two Alliances in Perkins
county, and appointed two meetings
on rainy evenings. Next Monday, if
all is well, I expect to start out again.
The weather seems to be settling now
and I hope for better success on that
account. I find that my correspon
dence gets so far behind while I" am
away that some are disappointed, and
I fear offended, because I do not re
ply sooner. I did intend to make
my next trip in Dundy and Hayes
counties, and so finish up this corner
of the state, and then go down the
river. I still think I shall do so. I
believe it will have the best influence
in the -end, to let them see by actual
demonstration that the work is mov
ing right forward, so the counties can,
as they say in the army, touch elbows
and feel one anothers presence. Per
haps though, as some in the southern
counties have been expecting aid a
gocd while, I had better go there first.
I think I shall try to visit Franklin,
Webster, Nucholls and Clay.
J. H. Powers.
President Burrows, of the National
Farmers' Alliance, is in Dakota this
week visiting the Alliances of that
territory. He will return some time
The Alliance gratefully acknowl
edges the receipt of thirteen numbers
of the National Economist, neatly
bound, which furnishes us a rich feast
of solid thought upon the vital issues of
the present, from the foremost thinkers
of the country. We prize it highly
and shall treasure up a kind feeling
for the Economist.
. Farmers beware of a so-called
cultural paper published in New York
city in the interests of the bagging
and twine ''trusts." Don't be
deceived about their pleading about
short supply( of raw material etc.
Stand firm and stand fast! In the
words of Col. Ethan Allen "We must
all hang together, or we will hang
separately." Roanoke, N. C. Patron.
Stock shipped to Allen Root, care
of Bell, Collins & McCoy, Omaha, by
members of the Alliance, will realize
from $4 to $5 more per car for their
stock. CJive the agent notice when
shipped. Mr. Root is state agent for
the Alliance. W.R.Bennett & Co.,
will sell groceries etc., to Alliances at
jobbers rates. Send all orders to Al
len Root. Shipments of vegetables
fruits or poultry, should be billed to
Mr. Root, care of Bowman, Williams
& Howe's, Omaha, Neb.
It is noticeable that the large m?v
jority of vicious horses are. handled
by bad tempered men.
The successful farmer cares for the
littles, and allows nothing to be
The cheapest growth is made in
young animals up to about 200
Pigs, as a rule, take their form
from their sire, their feeding qualities
from their dam.
The small potatoes can.be utilized
by boiling them for stock. They are
as valuable for that purpose as the
Rather than drive your cattle a
half-mile through heat and dust to
drink at pools or the creek, sell
enough to sink a strong well.
Animals, like mankind, should b5
fed at regular hours, and it is often
a waste of food to supply between
Some way, the few days the boys
went fishing are found, at the end of
the year, not to have lessened the
amount of work done.
Make your farm such that poor
animals would disgrace it; make
your animals such that a poor farm
would be unfit for them.
Too large a proportion of dry food
makes hard churning; so too much
succulent food produces soft and oily
cream and soft butter.
A dash of Jersey blood in the herd
increases the richness of the milk and
helps the appearance of tho butter.
tThe people want yellow butter.
A poor cow in the dairy is like a
dull tool la a carpenter's hands, It
requires the expenditure of a large
percentage of result.
Store up sufficient fodder and.grain
to last all winter. Better come out
in spring with a supply left, than run
short, and stint the animals or have
Temperature and moisture are as
important to crop production as
manure, and both are in a measure
regulated by underdraining the wet
This is a good time to secure a few
choice cows. Dairy business is likely
to be more popular next season than
this. Secure desirable blood while
One reason there are so many
mortgaged farms is because so
many farmers sell corn, oats, and
hay early, and then have to buy the
same class of articles before the next
crop is raised.
J. M. Neal, of -Calhoun, Ga, killed fire
turkeys at one shot
An old negro woman of Augusta, Ga., set
Hre to her hou&e to vdrivo tho witchen
Chicken thieves of Cora, Hockdalo
county, Georgia, sttfo 503 c'alckens la onj
Vermont has had a run of sleighing lat
ing 127 days, and she asks some other stata
to match it.
English army authorities are considering
a project for enlisting young boys and let
ting them grow up into soldiers.
The present system of flat buildings,
which has become so popular of late, wt
known in ancient Tyro many centurcs be
fore our present era.
Charles Sampscl's pet bear at Williams
port swallowed a silver box full of flnecut
the other day, and has been spitting tobacco
juice, with a saddened visairo, ever since.
Oklahoma may now be a new Jerusa
lem. So was Dakota. Tho iKoplo who now
want balloons to get into the reserv ation
may want wings to fly out with before they
are three years older.
Mysterous footfulls anJ door-slams at
night have drivou a freshly wedded pnlr
from a house at Cedar Hill, ilerks county,
Pennsylvania, and even tho dogs quit tho
premises at sundown.
The British divorce returns for thirty
years," ended in 18?7, 6how that th?re vre
10,561 petitions for divorce or dissolution of
marriage, of which 7,321 were succossfuL
The increase slnoa 1SSI is gradual.
William H. Harrison, a Haddonflold, N.
J., grocer, droamed a night or two ao that
money was concealed in an anclont house
near his store. He investigated anl found
f 1.50 in continental currency back of an old
Superintendent Ireland says that white
some of tho vicioas dogs in the Philadel
phia Keanel Club shows were ugly when
(men attempted to pat them, tho touch of a
woman's hand was Welcomed by tho most
Sucli a thing a bringing a libel suit
against a newspaper has not been known la
Italy for fifty years. Tho belief is that a
newspaper seeks to tell tho truth. If it Is
mistaken a frank statement to that effect
satisfies tho Italian.
In the town or Beosbrook, Irclond, where
John G. Uichardon employs 3,0)1 people in
the manufacture of Irish linen, no liquor
has been sold for forty years, and as a re
suit there is neither policeman, prison,
pawnshop nor pauper in tho town.
A fifteen-inch trout took two falls out of
Dr. E. K. Baker, a Willlarasport angler,
who was standing on a mossy and rather
slippery stone. Tho first fall snapped his
suspenders and the secohl laid him flu
upon his back. But he got tho trout.
Some 250 residents of the town of fJomer
ville, Mass., are petitioning tho railroad
commissxmers to have the blowing of loco
motive whistles at various crossings stop
ped. The railroad Is willing, but under tho 1
law has no authority to take tho initiative. '
In a late election at Albany the polleo
commissioners favored one candidate, the
superintendent another, and tho patrolmen
turned out and electioneered and knocked
down and got as drunk as anybody. It
worked the complete demoralization of the
The old Ambigu Theatre in Paris, an his
torical home of the melodrama, is about to
be pulled down. It was first u sort of vari
ety theatre iu 1709, and was afterward gir-4
en up to the performance of children. It
has been devoted to the meiodrttina for a
What is called "the very giddiest lamp'
is reported to have been ot&erved in the
boudoir of a young woman of unque.ntion- "
fcblo station. Tho supports are tho "grotes
que ly elongated legs of a plnk-stotinged
ballet girl," the outspreading skirts form
ing the shade.
Tho ups aud downs of mining life aro
well illustrated by" tho career of Jean Du
voll, a well known character of Sonora,
Cal. In 1884 he made over a million dollars
by a lucky speculation. Duvoll then went
to San Francisco an invested in stocks.
To-day he is penniless.
A Port Huron barber has found great
profit in the pigs in clover puzz e, as it helps
him hold customers who claim they can't
await their turn. "Just try that," ho says,
soothingly, thrusting tho puzzle IntJ thoif
hands, and when he pets ready to shave 'era
they're in the shop yet you bet.
Twelve married women of Buffalo, X. V.,
have hired the Music Hail bowling alley
for practice every Tuesday afternoon. Tho
two mat maice tne highest score are en
titled to choose sldos for tho nert meating,
and there is always a keen rivalry for tho
honor. Tho beaten side "sets up' tha
A few' days ago George Saxton, a messen
ger boy of one of tho Western Union tele
graph offices in Philadelphia, made a wager
that he could walk from Broad and Chest
nut streets to Bristol, Pa., and back In one
day. Ho accomplished tho feat in ten
hours and forty minutes. The distanco
traveled was forty miles.
A Midland court has been called upon to
decide how long an impulse can last. A
well-known laiy was charged with shooting
game without a license She pleaded in de
fense that she acted under impulse, having
been asked to take a gun by one of tho
gentlemen at a shooting party; but ber im
pulse continued for two hours. So she was
In 18S5 Mr. Hertz put his name down r.
a subscriber for an etching of Munkai-sy'
"Christ on Calvary." It was not reaJyX
ground that it had taken too long and was
sued. The experts called in the case testi
fied that, considering the size and delicacy
of tho work, three years was not an excess
ive time for its production. Mr. Hertx had
John Galler, an Ellensburg, W. T., farm
er, has Just lost a fine peach orchard and
Vineyard, both of which bade, fair to yield
an unusually fine crop this year. A Hume
broke on the hill above his house during tt.e
night, and a part ot his farm was coverei
several feet deep with debris. Whca ho
went out to look at his orchard in tho morn
ing all that he could find of the trees was a
top limb here and there sticking out of tho
Herman Oehlrichs, the popular New
Yorker, has introduced a new idea in din
ners. He lost a dinner on a wager with
some friends the other day, and had the op
tion of saying where it should take place.
As Mr. Oehlrichs was to sail for Europe on
tho day preceding the dinner, ho sent each
one of bis guests a chart of the Atlantic
ocean and invited them to meet him on a
spot designated in the vessel's course. A
more substantial banquet will follow upon
A day or two ago several men frsta tho
electric light station dug a holo for an elec
tric light polo opposite one of tho finest res
Idences on Summer street, in Maiden, says
the Boston Journal. The owner of tho resil
ience in the mean time secured a man and
told him to go up into the woods and dig the
first tree he could find, and hurry back and
plant it where the holo for tho electric polo
was. Before tha men commenced to raise
Ihe electric light pcle the ownor of tho resi
dence invited them to come into his collar
and take a dtink which they all did. Thero
tho owner detained them long enough to al
low tho man sent for tho tree to comj liaclt
and plant It Tho others did not dare to re
move the tree, so they put tho pofe into tho
wagon and diovO off.
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