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BY TUB 1
ALLIAHCE PDBLISBinG CO.
Lincoln. -o- -o- Nebraska.
All communications for the paper should
T Bd1rftfiftd 1f THE ALLIAN CE PUBLISH
1NG CO.. aud all matters pertaining to the
Farmers' Alliance, includitg eubscriptions to
the paper, to the secretary.
H. 0. ARMITAGE, Editor.
" NATIONAL ALLIANCE.
President, -T. Burrows, Filley, Neb.
vice rresiaeni, n. ij. ijvub, yjivai vici
Secretary, August Poet, Moulton, Iowa.
Treasurer, Hon. J. J. Furlong-, Austin Minn,
lecturer, A. D. Chase, Watertown, Dak.
NEBB ASK A STATE ALLIANCE.
President, John H. Powers, Cornell.
Vice President, James Clark, Wabash.
, Fecretary-Treasurer, J. M. Thompson, Lincoln.
Lecturer, M. M. Case, Creighton.
Executive Committee: J. Burrows Filley;
B. F. Allen, Wabash; Allen Root, Omaha;
L. Henry, Hansen; W. M. Gray, North Loup.
Deputy Organizers: Robert Gray tinman;
Alra Tompkins, Hansen; James A. Butler,
Ewing; Wm. Clark, Banner; John A. Hogg,
ghelton; J. W. Hartley, We6t Union; P. J.
Reeee. Lexington; C. J. Mecbam, Cambridge,
W.J. Holly, Cambridge; L. C. Floyd, Brom
field; Charles Wooster, Silver Creek; Herbert
G. Miller, Cambridge; Thomas Sinclair, Fuller,
ton; W. A. Mansfield, Gandy; F. J. Frederici,
North Platte; J. F. Black, Indianola; J. S.
Kiddle, Arcadia; J. F. Harrison, York; Sher
man Stevenson. Alma; G. W. Norman, La
mar; J. Y. M. Swigart, Fremont; E. M. Har
rison, Venango; Geo. W. Felton, Angus;
Louis McK eynolds, Fairfield ; Jas. C. Hether
Dakota Territory: President, H. L.
Loucks, Clear Lake. m
Secretary, C. A. Soderburg, Hartford.
MlS2fEI?OTA : President, George W. Spragxie,
Prosper; i .
Secretary, George W. Haigh, Mankato. -
IowA:-President, A. L. Stun ii, State Centre;
Secretary, August Post, Moulton.
Iiaikois: President, Secretary, Da
vid Ward Wood. 1 Clirk St., Chicago.
WISCONSIN : President, N. E. Moody Viro
fiua; Secretary, A. F. Sands, Fairfield.
Kansas: President, J. M. Morris, White
City; Secretary, T. J. McLain, Peabody. -
Washington Territory : President, J. M.
Reed, Oaksdale; Secretary, J. W. Arrowsmith,
Colfax. , , ''','
Ohio: President, A. M. Smith, Climax;
Vice-President, W. H. Likins, Caledonia; Sec
retary, A.T. Goorley, Iberia; Treasurer, N.
C. Bader, Marits. Executive Committee:
Geo. C. Gruber, Marits; Wm. Brocklesby, Cal
edonia; D.N.AUld, Martell; Enoch Dunham,
Harwood; J.D.Armstrong, Mt. Gilead. ,
DECLARATION OF PURPOSES.
Profoundly impressed that we, the Farm
ers' Alliance, united by the strong and faith
ful ties of financial and home interests,
'thouldset forth our declarations, we there
fore resolve: , , ... . ; -
To strive to secure the establishment of
right and Justice to ourselves and our pos-
To labor for the education of the agricul
tural classes in the science of economical
irovernment in a strictly 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
ciffc'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
mony and good-will among all mankind, and
brotherly love among ourselves.
To suppress personal, local, sectional ana
nauonai yrfjuuicee, on. uuutnn"-. . ., ,
and all selfish ambition.
To assuage the sufferings of a brother ana
sister, bury the dead, care for the widows and
educate the orphans; to exercise charity to
ward otTenders ; 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 this place, has been
determined by the Third Assistant Post Mas
ter General to be a publication entitled to
admission in the mails at the pound rate of
postage, and entry of it as such is accordingly
made upon the books of this office. Valid
while the character of the publication rer
mains uucsuukcu. .x",,
ALONG THE LINE.
This department is conducted by the Secre
tary of the State Alliance to whom all com
munications in relation to Alliance work,
short 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.
3 , - -
Orville Alliance, of Hamilton county
reports ajrain of 8 new members.
Secret; ly H. W. Fellow, of ngtn
sends us a list of three subscribers.
Secretary W. T. Ronan, of No, 633,
sends club of five subscribers from
' Bro. I B. Fielding, sends in a club
of 9 subscribers from Lee Park, Mason
City and Huxley.
Bro. W. T. Filbert, of Stratton, re
ports two Alliances waiting to be or
ganized in bis locality.
Bro. Clyde E. Clements, of James
Alliance, Furnas County, reports a
gain of three members.
Stark Valley Alliance, of Pierce Co.,
started May 1st with seven members
and now has twenty-six.
Secretary I. N. Goar, of No, 638,
sends us a list of eight subscribers
from Callaway and Lodi.
Bro. John II. Brown, president of
Cat Creek Alliance, sends us a list of
six more subscribers this week.
Bro. L. S. Orcut, of Hansen, sends
club of 8 subscribers and says he will
try and get more in a short time.
Bro. ; C, A. Criswell, of Sunshine,
sends us two subscribers from that
place and reports more to follow.
Geo. A. Land, secretary of No. 556,
Frontier County, sends club of nine
subscribers from Russell and Orafino.
Secretary G. TV. Way, of Adams
County, sends three subscribers from
Hastings, and reports more to follow
Philip H. Brown, secretary of Pleas
ant Hill Alliance, Keith County, re
ports an addition of ten new members'
Robert Gray, the efficient organizer
for Holt County, sends us a list of 7
subscribers from Inman and Lambert,
this week. .
Secretary Geo, F. "Walker, of No. 579
reports their Alliance progressing
nicely and prospects of a strong organ
John Daltori, secretary of Cascade
Alliance, , Weeping Water, reports an
addition of three new members at their
J. B. Clegborn, of Inavale sends us
two subscribers from his place and has
our thanks. He reports their Alliance
in good working order. ; -
E. II. Ball secretary of No. 532,
writing from Phillips, says: I hope
you will pardon my neglect in. not re
turning report ere this, but I hare
been very busy, both on farm and in
Alliance work. I must say it is grati
fying to note the interest the farmers
all over these broad prairies are mani
festing in the grand effort for right
and justice. To listen to the speeches
made by the so-called 'clod hoppers"
is evidence that the fanners are think
ing, and in the right direction. We
may expect mistakes, but we Mill hope
they may be few. In our coifnty we
are taking steps to ship our own pro
duce. At our neighboring town of
Bromfield they have incorporated and
propose to buy or build an elevator.
Their laws are patterned after the
State Association. We meet at Phil
lips on July 8 for the same purpose.
Are we moving in the right direction,
and should no the state take steps in
this matter and become the father of
such business associations, that we
may better take care of our products
as well as buy from first hands? . I
like the move of Dakota in these- mat
ters, especially in politics. Let us do
likewise. Crops are promising well.
Will send you a list of subscribers
soon for our noble state paper.
Stockham, Neb,, July 13, 1889.
Dear Sir and Bro: Find enclosed
quarterly report and cash ior dues.
Have received copies of Alliance paper;
we think it lias the right ring: to it.
Haye canvassed some for it and will
send in names as soOii as wo can get
the money. The farmers need more
light and if we would all read the
Alliance and Western Rural I think
we wouid begin to shed some of the
moss. Hoping to see a success of the
Farmers Alliance and its paper,
I am fraternally,
E. G. Lyndon, Sec. Alliance, No.581.
Brother Powers was here the 10th
and gave us a fine address. He made
a good impression on all who heard
him. We had a very respectable audi
ence for this new county and consider
ing the busy season. I am sorry that
we could not have had every farmer in
the county hear him. He gave us new
courage and infused new life into the
cause. You will hear a good report
from Loup county as soom as the har
vest is taken care of.
Organizer for Loup Co.
Mrs. Joseph Billingsley, secretary of
Bluff Centre Alliance, Buffalo County,
writes an interesting letter giving an
account of their fourth of july picnic
which was held under the auspices of
the Farmers' Alliance, They all had
an enjoyable time and the principles of
the Alliance largely advanced in the
community by their exercises. Mrs.
Billingsley also sends us a club of
eleven subscribers for which she will
please accept our heartv thanks. Truly
the work is moving on grandly.
Grand Island, July 12. Am . just
returning from my northern trip.
Since I last wrote you I have visited
Madison, Pierce, Nance, Loup and
Greeley counties, and appointed the
following named deputies: "Warren
Forsaith, Madison, Madison county;
Samuel J. Ply messer, Foster, Pierce
county; Wm. Evans, Taylor, Loup
county; E. A. Hadley, Scotia, Greeley
county. Will write you further as
soon as I reach home.
Yours in haste,
J. II. Powers.
The poorest lightning we ever heard
of started from Litchfield Neb., the
8th inst., and did not reach this office
until Tueday last. In other words
Bro. Dickinson of that place started a
telegram to the state Secretary on the
above named date but it was all out of
date when he received it several days
old. It must have put up nights at the
farm houses along the road.
Bro. J. W. Zink, of Loup City, sends
us the names of the officers of the
Sherman County Alliance, recently or
ganized, as follows: President, Albert
Dickinson; Vice-President, Walter
Smith; Secretary, J. W. Zink; Treas
urer, John Vanderiff; Lecturer, A.
Zink; Chaplain, Geo. Zimmeran; Sar-geant-at-arms,
Scott Sawyer. .'
Bro. John C. Spencer, secretary, of
Mount Pleasant Alliance, hits us with
a club of fifteen subscribers from Ma
son City this week. Bro. Spencer evi
dently goes on the principle that if
anything is worth doing at all it is
worth doing well, and accordingly
does well. He has our grateful
Unity Alliance, of Frontier County,
have got so thick in their hive that
they are thinking seriously of "swarm
ing" and making two Alliances in the
territory now covered by the one.
There are no drones in Unity Alliance's
A. B. Schoenauer, secretary of Eden
Valley Alliance, Plainview, sends us a
list of eight subscribers from his place.
He also reports his Alliance composed
ol enthusiastic workers and prospects
for a large membership soon.
; President Powers keeps us posted as
to his whereabouts by sending in a sub
scriber every few days. Mr. Powers is
in the field a greater portion of his
time and his untiring" labors are fraught
with good results.
Brother W. A. Holderly, of Aurora
sends us in a club of 8 subscribers
from his place. Aurora has filled one
whole page of our subscription book
and still they come: Our thanks, Bro,
Bro. J. A. Porter, of Plainview,
sends us two subscribers from his
The Great Bird of Freedom Screamed
For the Farmers' Alliance of That
County on July 4.
A Monster Alliance Procession Sweeps
Through Ansley Sacking the Whole
Town Into Its Wake and Bear
ing It Away.
a. b. o. T.
Mason City, Nets., July 7. The
above may seem as Greek to you but
being translated means a big old time.
The Alliance of South East Custer
concluded to have a 4th of July cele
bration at Covers Grove, 3 miles North
West of Mason City in Custer County.
So they went to work with a will, and
such a time and such a crowd has nev
er been seen in Custer County. In
spite of opposition And under handed
ness of thejenemies of the Alliance
there were upwards of 5000 people
present. You ought to have seen them
come in, there was one procession that
came to the grounds over a mile long.
mere were sports and speaking, the
speakers were Messrs. Kem aud Staler.
of Broken Bow, they told the nngsters
some truths that gagged them to swal
low. We were a little-disappointed as
we expected to hear Mr. Root on the
occasion but he failed to materialize.
Ansley a little one horse burg up the
road 3 miles said the v would bust ud
he Alliance celebration or break their
peck (I guess they did) so they got up a
big celebration and put up their post
ers, advertised in their local paper that
the Alliance celebration was a failure;
they worked hard to get the story out
but they failed. A large number of
the Alliance people gathered a short
distance from the town and formed a
large procession and drove through
the town and the crowd followed and
left Ansley without a smell. Mason
City joined hands with us and turned
out en masse. F.B.Fielding.
Bro. D. L. Hackett sends us two
more subscribers from Bromfield again
S. E. Spalding, secretary of No. 448,
sends a club of four subscribers from
Neligh this week.
Bro. Alex King, of Emmet, Neb.,
sends us a list of four subscribers from
his place and Atkinson,
Bro. J. V. Dawson, of Farnam,
sends us a list of four subscribers
from his place this week.
Secretary A. L. Hawley, of Fairview
Alliance sends us in a club of five sub
scribers from Lamar and Winchester.
Bro. D. L. Hackett, of Bromfield, as
usual, sends in two new subscribers in
a letter he writes the Secretary. Bro.
Hacketfc-ltaSIa J winning custom about
Bro. Chas. Wooster, organizer . for
Merrick County, sends in application
for a charter for an Alliance to be call
ed Clarks Alliance, with forty-five
. Secretary II. B. Headiy, of Ryno,
Custer County, writes for blank appli
cations for membership and says they
have eleven applications for member
ship to their Alliance.
Secretary W. C. Clifton, of Garfield
Centre Alliance says: Our Alliance
is-more than pleased with the paper.
I think it is just what we want. Will
send quite a list of subscribers soon.
Forty-three Alliances, have been
chartered since June 1st. This, right
in the busy summer months, speaks
well for the organization and the feel
ing towards it by the farmers of the
S. E. Stevenson, secretary of Alma
Alliance, Harlan County, reports a
good feeling in his county toward or
ganization, and four Alliances ready to
organize as soon as "the present busy
spell is over.
Bro. James Slote, of Litchfield, re
ports the work moving in Sherman
county. At the last meeting of their
County Alliance it was decided to or
ganize the county as speedily as pos
L. McReynolds, secretary of Fair
field Alliance reports his Alliance in
good working order with an addition of
10 new members during last quarter,
The outlook he says, is promising for
some earnest work in the County this
. Bro. Hawley, of Lamar, writes a
good letter to the state secretary but
as it is not for publication, we do not
take the liberty to publish it. Bro.
Hawley is certainly an energetic work
er in the Alliance cause and is exactly
on the right track. Such staunch
workers are bound to make the cause of
reform win even if it does take hard
knocks to do it. We shall be pleased to
hear from him at all times.
Bro. Chas. J. Wells, secretary - of
Logan Alliance, sends us a club of 7
from Gandy, this week, and says: Our
Alliance is growing rapidly, and will
soon send you another list of subscrib
ers for the excellent paper that advo
cates the farmer and laboring man's
interest. All that have had the pleas
ure of getting a copy speak of it in the
P. S. We have now about 40 mem
FOR INSURANCE. See or address Swigart
& Bush. Mead, Neb., Special Agents Far
mers Union (Mutual) ins. vo., urana island,
Job Printing For Alliances.
We are prepared to do any and all kinds
of printintr for Alliances. Letter and
note heads, envelopes, cards, by-laws
circulars, handbills etc. bend m your
orders and we will do the work at pn
ces as reasonable as it can be done.
We received several communica
tions from Custer county, this week,
descriptive of the celebration near Ma
son City, which is reported elsewhere
in this issue. All report a glorious time
and there was nothing to mar the
pleasure of any one who attended.
There is no good reason why a patriot
ic gatheiing composed of farmers and
producers should not be an interesting
one, without the appearance of the
Hon. so and so, lawyer &c. as orator of
the day, and we are glad to know this
meeting was such a complete success.
Our County Alliance met at Broken
Bow on June 11, holding two days.
Delegates were present from forty-
three Alliances. Officers were elected
as follows: President, J. G. .Painter;
Vice-President, J. D. Troyer; Secre
tary and Treasurer, S. M. Dorris. The
preliminary steps have been taken
toward the establishment of a pur
chasing and selling agency; articles of
of incorporation having been filed and
officers elected. Jos. Severyns, presi
dent; W. C. Luce, vice-president;
Isaac Ewing, treasurerer. The county
secretary is also secretary of board by
provision of articles ot incorporation.
: S. M. Douris.
From Grant, Neb. .
Editor Alliance: The south sur
rendered to the north and' the north
surrendered to the capitalists.
Which is the most profitable, rais
ing grain and hogs, or loaning money;
and which should be?
Not until there is money enough in
circulation to pay off the debts of the
producer, to allow him the comforts of
his surroundings and leave for him a
home in his declining,years will the true
basis of a medium of exchange be
reached. Here lies the bed rock upon
which to build a just government, and
not until it is reached will the grand
day dream set forth in the Declaration
of Independence of our forefathers be
realized. - JonN B. Osler.
Washington Territary Moving.
Colfax, W. T. July 3, 1886. Ed.
Alliance: As pecretary of above
mentioned Alliance I have to request
that you send us a sample copy of your
paper, our Alliance is young; just
organized, with 22 members, will short
ly number 50. We begin to realize
that if we are going to continue to be
men, and exercise freedoms rights,
that we must be up and at work and
what a task is before us. The inumer
able trust Co's protection tariff, mon
opolies, R. R. discrimination aud ex
tortion and land grabbing policies all
combined to live off of the farmers and
miners and toilers with their millions
to sustaiu them, and enslave us. I
ask can we longer remain idle? I am
told that you champion our cause of
truth, honesty and humanity, that is
the reason I ask for a sample copy. I
shall present it to our Alliance that all
may subscribe who wish. Let on the
light, urge union, make one vast trust
Co. of the 8,000,000 farmers of America
ot bust up all other Trust Co's.
S tate Agent's Notice.
It is very desirable and will save
some expense, and be better in every
way, if the Alliances will bulk their
orders so one shipment will do for
many parties. It is found that little
or nothing can be saved on groceries
at retail. If orders are in unbroken
packages can be had at , jobbers' rates.
Price lists are of little account only in
a general way. The price on sugar
changed three cents in one week not
long since. Many other things the
same. Allen Root,
Another Voice Crying in the Wilderness.
George J. Jones, of Washington, D.
C, is out with a call for the reorgani
zation of the defunct greenback party
which was buried alive in 1880. The
democratic and republican parties
prayed earnestly for its early death.
In its youth it gave promise of vigor
and great strength. The poisonous
breath of calumny and the direct at
tack of d mocratic and republican
lies killed it never to live any more.
If some one, it matters little who,
will make a call for a national conven
tion of congressional district delegates
and demand a full demonitization of
silver, coinage unlimited, and free to
the extent of our own production on a
basis of sixteen to one of gold, and, if
this within one year does not furnish a
circulating medium available at all
times of $50 per capita of the popula
tion of the United States, then the de
ficiency shall be made . up by issuing
direct from the government in pay
ment for all official salaries full legal
tender paper money, which shall be re
ceived for all debts public and private
on a par with silver and gold, with
these perpetually maintained and in
creased with the increase in popula
tion to that amount as near as possi
ble. 823.000 of the most intelligent voters
The way to do this is to ship your Butter, Eggs, Poultry, Veal, Hay, Grain, Wool, Hides,
Beans, Breom Corn, Green and Dried Fruits, Vegetables, or anything you have, to us. The
fact that you may have been selling these articles at home for years is no reason that you
should continue to do so if you can find a better rosrket. We make a specialty of receiving
shipments direct from FARMERS AND PRODUCERS, and probably have the largest trade in
this way of any house in this market. Whilst you are looking around for the cheapest mar
ket in which to buy your goods and thus economizing in that way, it will certainly pay you
to give some attention to the best and most profitable wcr of disposing of your produce. We
Invite correspondence f roi INDIVIDUALS, ALLIANCES, CLUBS, and alL organizations
who desire to ship their produce to this market. If requested, we will send you free of
charge our daily market report, shipping directions and such information as will be of ser
vice to you if you contemplate shipping. Let us hear from you.
SUMMERS, MORRISON & CO.,
COMMISSION MERCHANTS, 174 S. WATER, ST., CHICAGO.
REFERENCE: Metropolitan Nation Bank, Chicago. Mention The Alliance.
in 1880 stood together for a reform in
our monetary system. They stand
there now with many more who are
convinced that the direct result of this
svstem is making the few millions and
the many poor and dependent. The
turning point is already passed and we
are confronted with the condition that
has immediately preceded downfall
and destruction of the best govern
ments and nations that have existed
Something of this kind must be done
or labor will continue to live upon less
than 40 per cent of what it earns ana
pass over more than 60 per cent of it
to those who manage and control cor
porations and combines. ' These men
manage and control the making of all
laws, and they are all made and con
trolled in the interest of money. This,
by all odds, is the most powerful agen
cy that exists in any nation today.
The sooner the people at large learn
this fact the better. R.
Bro. J. W. Dorland, of Elgin, Neb.,
again comes forward this week witli a
list of four more subscribers from his
place. Bro. Dorland says good words
for our paper which are highly appre
Bro. J B. Carnes, of Pr,ecept, Neb.,
writes for the necessary blanks and in
formation to complete an organization
of the Farmers' Alliance in his county.
They have fourteen charter members.
Farmers as a class have been always
looking toward some professional man
as a guide, as a leader or as some
great unimaginable Mogul. Always
forgetting Burns immortal poem.
"The rank is but the guinea stamp,
The mans the gold for a' that."
Year after year the honest granger is
visited by the above class of men and
the same old story poured into his
ear, with, of course, slight variations,
to suit pending issues, and gain selfish
ends. They remind us of the Miss
issippi boatman, whose boat stuck ori
a sand bank near a town on that fam
ous river. The . boatman known as
one of Satan's imps, told his crew to
scatter- up town, telling religious
people the boatman had got religion
and was desirous to hold a prayer
meeting on his boat. The scheme
worked to a charm. A general rally
for the boat was made, our boatman,
very serious, getting a crowd of good
people into his boat, and towards the
end already well into the water. As the
other end raised his boat quietly slip
ped off the sand bank. And now was
the boatmans prayer. "Get off from
from here, the meeting is out," with
an oath. So, as a class, we farmers
have been gulled 'from time to time
with our pretended professional friends
and now, Cromwell like, we purpose
to disolve the long parliament, shake
up matters and things, enquire into
the mystery of the immense bills our
legislatures cause us to pay, reason to
gether why our taxes are so fearful
high, have a thorcgh understanding
why we pay i7cts. per lb Tor binding
twine, with the price of sugar still get
ting higher, in our beautiful land and
and cheaper and cheaper in the lands
that purchase all our surplus and
govern the price of all produce here.
Coujd some of us grangers not manage
to trade pork, wheat, corn cr beef
with our regular customers, for jute,
sugar &c, and bust a few of the
trusts, quietly letting some of our
"professional pretended friends"
down? Depend upon one solid fact a
little taste of "Free Trade" would
open a loop hole of rejoicing for the
sons of the soil. . With cheaper trans
portation we would not grumble.
Gentlemen do not try the dodge of
"Prohibition Submission," nor a
simple majority to bond a county for
court houses, nor appropriations for
silk worm culture, . with thousands of
dollars for' extras" on state houses.Be
fore us are the facts. We as a class
have willingly helped the other fellow.
Now let us look to our own interest,
demanding only, our just and honest
dues, asking no more and accepting
no less, and our interest can and only
will be looked after by men whose
interest are identical with our own. In
other words by men of ourselves, re
membering in present as well as past
history the "Commoners" of the land
have ben the great leaders in reform
and liberty. H. B.
jr. m. RO3nsrsocT,
K enesaw, Adams County, Nehr.
Breeder and Shipper f Recorded Poland
China Hogs. Choice Breeding- Stock for
6ale. Write for wants. Mention The Alliance.
PRICES FOR YOUR
TTh a Briton Thinks or America.
You have recently drnvrn V"chN
tention to the attempts .which the
Americans are making to develop n
powerful miv.v.snys a writer in the
St. James's Gazette, and you have
hinted that in a few rears an addi
tion may be made to the great po
tential fighting states of the world.
I have passed a good many years in
America, and from what I have seen
there I have come to the conclusion
that rou, in company with most
Englishmen, entertain much too
high an opinion of the possible offen
sive power ot the United States.
Xow, for one improvised cruiser
that the Americans could put on the
ocean or the lakes it is certain that
we could put at least twenty, and
better ones at that. Their "cruisers"
would be simply cargo steamers
armed and manned anyhow, just as
thev were, during their civil war.
The array of 300,000 or 500,000
would be composed of our old friends,
the "men with muskets," totally
"unamenable to discipline," to whom
plenty of good excuses for mutiny
would be supplied by the army con
tractors. ( The overgrown republic is always,
from different and jarring interests,
naturally disposed to split halves
and quarters, and the "shaking up"
which a foreign war would give its
rather crazy institutions would be
an excellent opportunity for malcon
tent states to "get loose" from one
another. The vast' southern and
western ci-devant seceding states
have not forgotten what followed
the war, or the fact that they have
been bled ever since for the benefit of
the northern capitalists and manu
facturers, who conquered, plundered,
and trod them down. Then, there
is the barge and increasing negro
population, who feel that the end is
not yet, and live in alarm and uncer
tainty, dreading the final issue, per
haps enslavement, perhaps massacre
and deportation; anything in such
a country and under such conditions
being on the cards. Again, the agri
cultural population, two-thirds of
whom are foreigners from every na
tion in Europe--Germans preponder
ating would not admire being con
scripted, io fight the English in or
der to please the politicians and
oblige their Irish pat rons.
Then the Indians (reinforced by
considerable numbers of half-breeds
and "Indian white men" who have
married squaws and become affili
ated with the tribes, or adopted into
them) would be very likely thoy are
all well armed with repeating wea pons
to take to the warpath, having
been mercilessly cheated and swin
dled lor the last thirty 3'ears or so,
in violation of the most solemn
treaties. Some people maintain that
the cowboys, who, as Gen. Sheridan
remained, "Fight pretty well 'when
they are drunk," and are regul&r no
mads, as averse to dicipline as a
kurd or a bedouin, would hold the
Indians in check; but t his js doubt
ful. The interests both of cowboys
and Indians are identical, as are their
pursuits. Both hate the "grangers,"
or agricultural squaters, who con
tinue to pour in from the eastern
states, encrouch upon and break up
cattle runs and reservations, and are
a growing danger and menace both
to red men and cat tl?-owners. A
big foreign war would leave the
latter a free hand, and the grangers
might possibly as they fay in Texas
"hear something drop.'?
The numerous socialists and an
archists of ,the great cities might
want looking after during the war.
and the great labor associations
might probably take t he opportunity
to put themselves aggressively in
evidence. Finally, if defeated, humil
iated, and discredited by a foreign
power, especially if that power were
Great Britian, it is all but certain the
republic might disappear.
Getting Rid of an Unwelccme Gnest.
AVashington has been long notori
ous for a small class of ha rd-faced, per
sistent people, who make the rounds
of fashionable entertainments and
receptions without either invitations
or the acquaintance of the people
upon whom they intrude. They are
of both sexes, and are alike marked
for brazen audacity. One was well
done up last season and taught a
lesson he will be slow forgetting, says
the Washington Post.
A certain club in the West end is
noted for its exclusiveness. At a
dance given by it this bold intruder
put in an appearance fault lessly at
tired and somplacent in prospect of
a pleasant evening topped off with a
fine collation. Several of the floor,
mangers happened together and at
tention was called to the conspicu
ous stranger, whom none of them
knew. By a comparison of notes it
was quickly discovered that none of
the authorized persons had issued
him an invitation, and only one knew
even his name. Tliat one approach
ed him and asked:
! "Will you inform me whose guest
you are this evening?" '
The intruder hemmed aud hawed,
but did not afford the desired infor
mation. "You will . have to pardon me,"
continued the gentleman, "but it-is!
necessary to know the name of the
lriend who invited you here."
i Not receiving any satisfactory re
sponse the floor manager continued:
! "You fail to see what 1 am trying
to make plain to you. You are one
;of a class in this city who force them
selves into the society of people with
whom they are not acquainted and
!who come to exclusive entertnin
'ments without the formality of an
invita tion. Now, if you take my arm,
I will conduct you to the cloak-room.
If you should go alone it would cause
comment, but if you will take my
arm people will think you art an ac
quaintance." : The interloper took the proffered
arm and vanished from the room.
; To Lack of Xerrei
In announcing the selection of Rev.
C. J. Howes, of Louisville, as chief
deputy to the United States Marshal
of Kentucky, a dispatch says: "His
chief duty will be to assist in the
capture of moonshiners in Eastern
Kentucky, u difficult and dangerous
pursuit. Air. Howes has given un
doubted evidence of his courage and
muscular power. About ten years
ago a crowd of toughs disturled
one of his meeting by throwing .
stones at the. building. When ho
heard the missiles pattering against
the walls, Mr. Howes, who was in
in the middle of his sermon, stopjed
short announced that the exercises
were over until next Sunday and
stepped out of the pulpit. , He walked
quietly down the aisle. When he
reached the door he threw his coat
off and rushed outside. The gang,
composed of about a dozen persons,
were standing fifty fet away. Mr.
Howes was upon them in a moment.
He seized the surprised leader by the
neck with one hand, and with the
fla nlantiul a Vtlrknr lirtrtn Yia jmnl
that made him see stars and tumble
over in a heap. Jumping over him
Mr. Howes grabled another, and,
dealing him a half dozen kicks and
blows, hurled him to one side. The
members of the gang were so sur
prised that they offered but little '
resistance and took to flight, not es
caping, however, before half a dozen
were soundly trounced."
A Drummer's Yarn.
"Ted" Itylcy, of Bridge, -leach &
Co., one of the handsomrst drummers
who runs out of St. Louis, telU of a
very exciting time that he had in
Texarkana, Texas, on his last trip.
"Every room in the hotel was occu
pied," said Ted, "and they put me in
a room with a stranger,but I thought
nothing of it, as I had slept with
strangers before. We retired togeth
er, when the fellow, who was a wild
eyed, sallow complexioned cove, turn
ed to me and said, 'you must not be
surprised to bo awakened in the
night. Sometimes I have fits and
may threaten your life, but don't get
excited. Talk to me gently, and if I
have a knife or revolt er, take it away
from me." I thought the fellow was
jesting, and only laughed. But in the
night I awoke, hearing n strango
noise in the room. I looked for my
companion, but he was not in bed.
Peeping out from behind the bed cov
er, I saw him. He was standing in
the middle of the room, and as I
opened my eyes he laughed, I thought,
diabolically. Pasted on the center
of the dooy was a common playing
card, and he was enjoying himself by
throwing bowie knives at it. Every
time he struck the card he would'
laugh. Of course, I didn't sav a
word. I thought it best to let him
go ahead. But when he pinned the
card on the bedstead just above my
head I was frightened. I determined
to take his advice, jumped up and
clutched him. One of the knives
fell from his hand. We grappled, I
holding the hand that held the knife.
The struggle must have lasted an
hour, when I wore him out, and he
lay exhausted on. the floor."
The Lad)- Lost Her Heel.
A dapper little man stepped into a
Woodward avenue car, nnd as ho did
so picked up a tiny pyramid of brown
leather. "Now look at that." ho
said with several inflections to his
voice, as ho showed his treasure
trove to the gentlemun next him.
"What is it?" asked the other man,
adjusting his glasses nnd tuking tho
object in his hand as if it might be
alive and bite him. "It's the heel
from some fool woman's shoe. Now
try to think how she must have wob
bled for she could not have walked
on that French heel. I'd give
something to see her getting home
"I suppose the effect on the size of
the foot, said the other handing it
back; "that looks as if it came off a
pretty neat shoe, hey old fellow1'.'"
"It's a barbarism a wicked shame
to wear such a thingl" retorted the
"Why the doctors say that more
cases ot curvature of the spine are
"If you have no fuither use for it
I'll thank you for ray heel," said a
sweet-voiced, pretty little lady oppo
site at this moment.
The indignant individual has just
dropped it in his pocket, but he
plunged in after it and gave it back
to its owTner, and talked to his com
panion about the weather. Detroit
A Disagreeable Bed-Fellow.
One night theson of Colonel Dodge,
while sleeping in camp upon the
ground next to his father, and lying
on his stomach, was awakened by a
disagreeable cold tremor running
through him. Ho celled to his father
and said: "Father, there is some
thing the matter with me. I think I
have got chill. I have a cold sensa
tion in the small of my back, very
strange, unlike anything I ever felt
before, and I am frightened." To
this, the father, suspecting the truth,
raplied: "Lie perfectly still," then
jumped from his own place of repose,
stood a few feet away from the boy
with his pistol in his hand, and said
to him: "When I count three, I want .
you to jump!" The boy replied: "All.
right." The Colonel then counted' ,
three, and Frederick jumped to his
feet, dislodging from his back an
enormous rattlesnake which had
coiled there for warmth, and the
"Colonel shot the serpent before he
could strike the boy.
The Right Man Knew the Secret.
I was calling on a cultured bachelor
friend the other evening, one of thoe
fortunate fellows who know how to
load every car on some one else'
shoulders, according to a literary
gossip. There were' two book cases
in his parlor, both quite full of
what seemed to mo to be fino books.
I say "seemed," for, mirabile dictu,
his books were all lying on their sides.
Titles outward? Not a bit of it!'
Ends outward! "But, my dear frb
low." I exclaimed, "I can't tell one
book from the other!" 4,No neces
sity of it,"-he leplied, nonchnlantl v.
as he lighted a fresh cigarette- "I
can!'' New York Star. '
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