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STATE FARHEBS' ALLIANCE.
"THERE IS HOTHISC WHICH IS HUMAN THAT IS ALIEN TO ME." Terence.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 1889.
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SEW EDITORIAL MANAGEMENT.
With the issue of Sep. 21 a new man
agement took charge TnE Alliance,
Mr. J. Burrows, President of the Na
tional Farmer's Alliance, becoming its
Managing Editor, with Mr. J. M.
Thompson, Secretary Neb. State Alli
ance, Associate Editor.
The scope of Tiie Alliance will be
much broader than heretofore, and it
will aim to embrace a view of our na
tional work in its weekly issues. It
will also have occasional correspon
dence from national leaders,
It is the intention of the new man
agement to bring the paper up to a
high standard of excellence, making it
worthy of the cause of the Alliance and
the support of its members. Mr. Bur
rows brings to the w ork some experi
ence as a newspaper man. In his early
life he learned the trade of printing,
and followed the business many years.
His connection with the Alliance in
this state is known to most of its mem
bers. He presided over " the meeting
which organized it in 1881. and has
faithfully stood by the organization
from that day to this. Through all its
vicissitudes he has claimed that there
was good in the society, that it was a
uessity to the farmers, and refused
to abandon it. Inall the offices he has
held in it he has served without a dol
lar of compensation, and he now aban
dons i his"busfness1t() tatce charge i' of tile
Alliance paper. This he cannot do
without pecuniary sacrifice, abandon
ing that which was paying a certain
liviihood for' an enterprise which at
best is quite uncertain.
The Company asks the members of
the Alliance to meet it in the same
spirit. The paper is an absolute ne
cessity to the Alliance. With the sud-
nnrr, of its mpmlwrs it, can be made si
Kemember. Ailiance men, that The
Alliance is your paper. Its contin
ued existence and success depends noon
youk patronage. We ask no subsidies
of money, but only your subscriptions
from each Alliance will place the pa
per on a sure fojndation.
from each Alliance will enable us to
enlarge it to double its present size,
and make it the equal of any farmers'
paper in the country. We absolute
ly GUARANTEE A FULL EQUIVALENT
FOR EVERY SUBSCRIPTION.
To all officers of Alliances and others
who will canvass for us we will allow a
cash premium of 20 per cent, on all
lists of five yearly subscriptions and
upward. That is we will send five copies
one year to separate addresses for four
dollars. This liberal offer will com
pensate our friends for their labors,
and we now urgently request all who
are devoted to the cause to go to work.
TEN SUBSCRIBERS FROM EACH ALLI
ANCE will be easily obtained. We in
tend to make TnE Alliance absolute
ly necessary to eyery member.
We invite our farmer readers to send
us shoit articles on live topics, and
also give us news items of general in
terest. No objectionable advertisements
will be admitted to our columns.
Terms $1.00 per year, invariably in
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Alliance Publishing Co.
In fulfillment of our promise last week
Tup Alliance appears in a new dress
of brevier- type. This enables us to
get much more matter in the same
. spaee, as Avell as greatly improves the
appearance of the paper. But new type
and new material, of. which we need
mu;h, costs money; and we hone our
patrons who intend to stay with us, and
whose terms have expired, will renew
When ttofc Cows Come ttoflie.
By Mrs. Agnes E. -Mitchell.
With klingle, klangle, klingle,
'Way down the dusty dingle.
The cows are coming home;
Now sweet and clear, and faint and low,
The airy tinklings come and go.
Like thimlngs from some far off tower,
Or pattering of an April shower
That makes the daisies grow;
Ko-ling:, ko-lang, kolinglelingkv
Way down the darkening dingle
The cows come 6lowly home;
And old time friends, and tvi light plays,
And starry nights, and sunny days,
Come trooping up the misty ways,
When the cows come home.
With Jingle, jangle, jingle,
Soft tones that sweetly mingle,
Thecows are coming home;
Malvine and Pearl, and Florimel.
De Kamp, Red rose and Grechen Schell,
Queen Bell, and Sylph, and SepangledSue
Across the fields I hear her loo-loo,
And clang her silver bell ;
Go-ling, go-lang, golinglelingle.
With faint, far sounds that mingle,
The cows come slowly home;
And mothers-songs of long gone years,
And babv joys and childish tears.
And youthful hopes and youthful fears,
When the cows come home.
With ringle, rangle, ringle.
By twos and threes and single,
Thecows are coming home;
Through violet air we see the town,
And the summer sun a-slipping down;
The maple in the hazel glade,
Throws down the path a longer shade,
And hills are growing brown.
To-ring, to-rang, toringlelingle.
By threes and fours and single.
The cows come slowly home;
The same sweet sound of worldless psalm,
The same sweet June-day rest and calm,
The same sweet scent of bud and balm,
When the cows come home.
With tinkle, tinkle, tinkle.
Through fern and periwinkle,
Thecows are coming home;
A-loitering in the checkered stream. .
Where the sun-rays glance and gleam,
Clarine, Peachbloom, and Phoebe Phyllis,
Stand knee-deep in the creamy lillies
In drowsy dream;
To-link to-lank, tolinkelinkle.
O'er banks with buttercups a-twinkle,
The cows come slowly home;
And up through memory's deep ravine
Comes the brook's old song and old time
And the cresent of the silver queen,
When the eows come home.
With klingle, klangle, kling)e,
With loo-oo, and moo-oo, and jingle,
The cows are coming home;
And over there on Merlin hill.
Hear theplaintive cry of the whispoorwill;
' The dewdrops lie on the tangled vines,
And over the poplars Venus shines,
And over the silent mill;
Ko-ling, ko-lang, ko-lingle-lingle,
With ting-a-ling and Jingle
The cows come slowly home;
L'-t down the bars; letin the train
of long g ne songs, and flowers and rain,
For dear old times come back again,
When the cows come home.
' 'BUSINESS IS BUSINESS. "
This is what everybody says, and Ave
will not undertake to disprove it. And
what is business for one man is bus
iness for another. It is undoubtedly
business for the farmer to go for his
necessaries, machinery and implements
just as far- towards the producer of
those "articles as it is possible' for him to
go. And it is business for him to take
his products just as far on their road to
the ultimate consumer as it is possible
for him to do. This is the principle on
whichall efforts of the Alliancein the di
rection of business are based. Alliance
elevators are being built in some parts
of the state for shipping grain direct to
the great markets. Dakota is far ahead
of us in this, as she now has her own
great elevator in Minneapolis. Where
the Alliance is strong enough, build an
elevator. When that is done it is still
easier to connect other branches of bus
iness first coal, then lumber, then gen
eral merchandise. ' Where the Alliance
is not strong enough to start in any of
these enterprises, load your own grain
into cars and ship it yourselves. Under
the inter-state law no favoritism to
shippers is allowed; and the penalties
are now so great that roads are very
ehary about violating that part of the
State Agent Root informs us that J.
W. Rogers & Bro's, No. 70 Board of
Trade building, Chicago, are reliable
parties to ship grain to. Alliances must
be energetic and enterprising in these
matters. Help yourselves. The
State Alliance is perfecting plans which
will be of great benefit to the member
ship, and will be soon announced, but
it cannot attend to local work.
n We publish this week an interesting
account of a Furnas county elevator
which we hope all will read.
THE SECOND DISTRICT AGAIN.
Under the caption, "The man for the
Place,", the Republican Valley News,
referring to the vacancy caused by the
death of James Laird, says: "TheNvest
ern man living on a homestead and earn
ing a scanty subsistence from the soil
needs to be on the alert. Already too
few defenders of his peculiar interests
are on the floors of congress. The
growth and development of the west de
pends on a proper choice, and it is not a
question of whom Ave Avould prefer, but
rather a question of Avhose services can
best foster and encourage the growth of
And then it names as a very proper
man to defend the fanners' "peculiar
interests" on the floor of congress Col.
E. D. Webster, a lawyer of Central City.
It is A-ery strange these times Iioav A'ast
ly important it is that ''the man liA'ing
on a homestead" needs such a great
amount of looking after, and nobody
but lawyers, ofliee-holders and politicians
in sight to do the Avork.
The SeAvard Reporter names Senator
R. S. Norval as just the proper man.
Mr. Norval's cam-ass will be very friend
ly to all the other candidates, viz: he'll
just go into the fight to get Avhat he can
to trade off to some other felloAv, and
trade is promoted by being on good
terms all around.
Trot out a farmer, gentlemen.
By the Avay, wasn't there a deficit in
the Merrick County treasurer's office a
feAv years ago?
TIIE ALLIANCE AN POLITICS
This is a vexed "question, and not
without serious embarawwents. Erery
public question in this country is po
litical question, in awrtain sense-, and
relief from trusts, iH!mopolies, a bad
financial system, railroad extortions,
etc., must come through political action.
The Alliance is intended to be an edu
cator on political as well as other ques
tions, and all subjects may be freely
discussed in its meetings. On the other
hand it is expressly provided in the con
stitution that there shall be no political
or religious test of membership. Men
of all parties and creeds are invited into
its ranks expressly on the ground that
their matereal interests are identical,
no matter Avhat may be their political
views. To invite men to join in this
manner, assuring them that the Alliance
is strictly non-partizan, and then by a
majority vote to turn it into a political
party, seems to say the least, an unjusti
fiable breach of faith. Such action
could not fail to have a disastrous effect
upon any Alliance adopting it. The
party tie is almost as strong as the tie of
blood. .This is unfortunate but true.
In such an Alliance the men who were
willing to 'form the new party would be
practically expelling those AVho Avere
not, and 'would be violating the consti
tution by establishing a political test of
membership. This applies equally to
to a county and State Alliance.
OnUhe other hand independent polit
ical action is most desirable, and often
becomes necessary. Rings are estab
lished, corrupt and unfit nominations
made; and it is often essential that peo
ple's candidates, separate from any par
ty, should be put up. Discussions as to
this necessity Avill take place in the Alli
ance. EA'ery member of the Alliance
may agree to the necessity, and be will
ing to support such candidates. But
eAen in such a case Avould it not be bet
ter to call a people's convention, in
Avhich all citizens could join, than to
nominate by a society of Avhich only a
part of the community' Avere eligible to
be members? The same, results could
be reached by this method, and still the
constitution not be violated, and mem
bers Avho did not coincide in such ac
tion be left free, and not feel that they
had been deceived Avhen they joined.
The Avhole difficulty lies in a total
misconception of the nature of a politi
cal party, and in the unreasonable feal
ty which some men most men in fact
acquire for it. Our members should
regard political parties as merely n
strumentalities ready at hand to elect
the best man and enforce the soundest
ier to elect our men through one of
these agencies than to do so by forming
a new party. In one case Ave Avould be
using men's prejudices in the other Ave
Avould be running against them.
We make no argument here against
the necessity of a neAV party in this
country. We believe that necessity ex
ists; but the people do not seem to be
ready yet. The iron has not yet en
tered their souls. But go slow, and the
day Avill surely come.
Every effort, either in county or state,
to transform the Alliance into a politi
cal party lias been disastrous to the Al
liance. The State Alliance formed the
anti-monopoly party. It elected Mr.
Sturtevant state treasurer, a democrat
and he was the only state officer it
ever elected. But it destroyed the Alli
ance, and it took years to . restore it to
its present position. If the Alliance at
that time had simply used the agencies
at its hand, through the principle of a
balance of power, it could have placed
reliable Alliance men in every state of
fice, and controlled the legislature.
In counties our history is the same.
Up to the present time disaster to our
organization has followed the formation
of parties by County Alliances.
We certainly Avish eA-ery movement to
purify politics and get good Alliance
men into office, , the greatest success.
But at the same time the Alliance or
ganization should be kept intact, open
to all men alike, non-partisan. Take
polities into the Alliance all you please,
but do not take the Alliance into politics.
The foregoing are the vieAvs of the Ex
ecutive Committee and officers of the
State Alliance, and Avhat they intended
to express in the resolution of the 10th
of September. v
The World's Fair For Chicago.
We publish this Aveek the appeal of the
Committee to the agriculturists of the
great Avest for their influence in favor
of Chicago for the Avorkl's fair. The
appeal is hardly necessary. All classes
of the Avest Avill favor Chicago. " As the
circular says, Chicago is the Avest. Its
Avontlerful groAvth, energy and resources
are typified by that great city. To hold
the Fair on our Atlantic seaboard Avould
be absurd. We Avant the people of the
world to see this country. They Avould
not get even a glimpse of it at NeAV
York. The journey to Chicaeo would.
only begin to open their eyes to its ex
tent. Ihey ought to make that little
The Omaha Republican says the way
to raise the price of corn is to "foster
the erection 'f ; manufactories in Ne
braska." Very good. But the Bee said
the other day that some eastern manu
facturers Avere in a "critical" situation,
and were about to move on congress for
more protection. Will these tAvo doc
tors tell us Iioav to get the manufactur
ers here? .
"THE WOOL INTERESTS."
The Omaha Bee of the 21st has an ed
itorial under the above caption which is
remarkable, not only in what it says,
but what it suggests. It appears that a
special meeting of the executive com
mittee of the national association of
vool manufacturers has just been held
in Boston, and it was deloped that
"the manufacturers regardthe present
time as a critical one for their business."
It says further that "the gwwth of the
woolen industry has not kept pace with
that of other industries, and the manu
facturers have 'not "only bad no induce
ment to expand, but have been obliged
to contract."" It is further said that
"the two courses suggested, in order, to
Tesesuscitate the business -is either to
cheapen the raw material of give great
er protection to the manufactured pro
duct." . v,r;, H:
It further says that "the) wool grow
ers leave no doubt as to their attitude.
They are unanimous 'in "demanding not
only that there shall be not reduction in
the duties on wool, but thai there shall
be a restoration of the higher duties of
1867." -;, . ,-::.;.v r
The first significant feature observed
is, that as soon a congress assembles
in December next, the fight on the tariff
is to be re-opened, and the! time of con
gress and the attention of the people, if
possible, be diverted fron the vital is
sues in which the welfare of all the peo
ple are concerned, such as the money,
land and transportation questions.
The next significant feature is, that
leading interests, like that of the woolen
manufacturers and of the growers of
that great staple, are suffering; and the
parties engaged in those, industries, in
stead of looking carefully into our eco
nomic system for the cause fof that de
pression, and initiating measures to re
move it, turn immediately to congress
to ask that their special -interests be
bolstered up by imposing f more taxes
upon the people. It is very noteworthy
that if any of the gentlejnen Avho be
lieve that a bad financial system is re
sponsible for all the distress of these in
dustries gives an expression to such an
opinion he is immediately set down by
such papers as the Bee lis '"a crazy
greenback crank," or he is met by the
surprised question, Avith Arching eye
brows; "Why, you are nc ; in favor of
a paternal goA-ernment, ar$you?" These
self -blinded gentlemen seeino paternal
ism in applying a principle) which is not
recognized in the constitution to our
every, day laAvs in taxing all of us for
the benefit of a feAV of us in making a
ncAv schedule of duties every session to
.bolster Jxip this prjhat. mteit-n -short,
in remedying the pressure of hard
times in special cases, instead of remov
ing the cause of hard timeg for the ben
efit of the Avhole people.
Are the Avoolen manufacturers any
harder pressed than all other manufac
turers? Are the avooI groAvers any
nearer bankruptcy than the beef groAV
ers or the corn groAvers? And if Ave are
to protect the avooI groAvers from the
ills of a bad market and Ioav prices, can
Ave in reason deny the same ratio of
protection to the beef groAvers and the
corn growers? And as the tAvo latter
cannot be protected by an import duty,
Avill it not be proper to resort to a direct
tax for their benefit, or, at once go at it
and divide among them the surplus
Avhich has been rescued from Tanner.
The patent fact is that the depression
of all industries in this country and
gloze it over as the money organs may,
there is a great depression among all of
them has been brought about by just
one cause, the contraction of the cur
rency; and the depression can be re
moved by just one remedy, and that is
the expansion of the currency. Low
prices all along the line is what is doing
the mischief. Prices have fallen Avith
the contraction of our money volume.
Beginning Avith the farmer, and going
doAvn through all grades of society, low
prices have destroyed the poAver to pur
chase, stopped consumption, and caused
the so-called -over-production.
The condition of manufacturers be
comes "critical" because low prices
wipes out their margin of profit and
leaves their goods unsold. ,They form
trusts to save expense and stop eonvpe
titien, In the vain hope to either restore
good times or neutralize the bad effects
of bad times. They can do neither.
Prices will go down, doAvn, down, until
the cause of low prices is removed, and
a cause for high prices set in operation.
Instead of asking congress for more
tariff, let them ask it for more money.
There is no doubt whatever about the
power of -congress to make the money
of this country. It, has a monopoly of
it. But it has farmed out that monopo
ly to a small class which it created, and
that class is using that delegated poaa er
to rob the people. As a result of this
the money-lenders are the only men who
are making money. We haven't heard
of their asking for any protection lately.
All they want is to. hold what they've
got just to be let alone. Let them
alone ten years longer, and Avhat's left
in the hands of the people Avill not be
,The Omaha Daily Bee is among the
most valued of our exchanges. Bright,
neAvsy, fearless, the shackles of. party
sit lightly upon it, and it stands to-day
as the A ery best exponent of neAvspaper
enterprise in the west. We do not
promise to agree Avith it, and shall be
very free to say so on occasion; but Ave
admire its pluck and energy, and think
all. business men should have it.
SECURITY FOR BANK NOTES.
the plot ripening.
Last spring it was stated that Senator
Cullom had introduced a bill in the sen
ate providing for the issue of one thous
and millions of two per cent, bonds, to
be perpetually maintained as a basis for
national bank notes. This report we
could not substantiate, and an applica
tion to Mr. Cullom failed to secure a
copy of the bill. But it is evident that
some such proposition has been agreed
upon by the money magnates, and that
feelers are being put out through the
press to test the temper of the public on
In its issue of the 24th the Bee has an
editorial on this subject, from which Ave
clip some points:
' 'Although it will be some years before
the last of the government bonds repre
senting the national debt will be re
deemed, it is the opinion of most of those
who desire the perpetuation of the cur
rency feature of the national bank sys
tem that the next congress should make
provision for a neAV security, as a sub
stitute for the government bonds now
pledged for the redemption of circulat
ing notes." v
What's the matter with gold? Is not
the paper currency of this country based
on gold? Have Ave not had specie re
sumption? and Avhen the bonds are
paid are we not to have money based on
gold alone? Have we not demonetised
silver and limited its coinage with that
sole end in view? Certainly that is the
plan upon which the gold bugs of Wall
Street have been working.
As a matter of fact this bond proposi
tion is an absolute and unqualified ad
mission of the inadequacy of gold as a
basis for a paper currency. The annual
production of gold to-day is hardly suf
ficient to fill the demand for art pur
poses. The contraction of the currency
under our present system or its failure
to expand with increasing production
and business, which amounts to the
same thing has brought our business
interests to the Aerge of ruin, and para
lyzed every industry t in this country ex
cept money lending. All finaciers know
this A ery well. They see the need of re
lief; but Avedded as they are to a system
of bonds and the fiction of a gold basis,
they can think of nothing better than
the lame expedient of imposing a per
petual interest burden upon the people,
in order that the goA ernment may have
a pretext for issuing money to national
bankers at cost of issue, and giving them
the monopoly of issuing it to the people
at any rate of extortion they can be in
duced to stand. The proposition is
Land "is the "ultimate" security for all
money. All legitimate loans are based
upon the productions of land and labor.
Let this source of reA enue be cut off and
no bond or note in this country would
be Avorth a dollar. Now av hat's the mat
ter of land as as a security for money?
Why should not the government issue
money on mortgages, direct' to land
OAvners, instead of first issuing its own
bonds, taxing the people to pay interest
on them, and then issuing money on
them to a selected class?
The Bee further says:
"The Washington representative of
the Bee states on the authority of a
treasury official that in all probability a
two per cent, security for national bank
circulation will be recommended. The
official said that the most experienced
men in the department favor this propo
sition, and he believed the president and
secretary of the treasury Avill urge it."
The finger marks of the money power
may be plainly seen here. The scheme
is laid, and they are to move upon con
gress at its next session to gain its en
dorsement. As to the two per cent.,
these men would accept a bond drawing
no interest, if they can have the monop
oly of issuing the people's money con
tinued. The Bee continues:
'The proposal to create a neAV gov
ernment bond for the sole purpose of
supplying a basis for national bank cir
culation will be very likely to meet with
a great deal of opposition, on the ground
that it AArould be a departure of ques
Opposition! Well, we should smile!
And not on the grounds of unconstitu
tionality alone, but on the grounds of
inexpediency, and impolicy, and umvis
dom, and because, the whole system is
an unmitigated fraud and swindle upon
the people. Opposition ! Yes, gentle
men, you will find the fanners of twen-ty-fiA-e
states banded together, "posted on
this question, and demanding a radical
reform of this money system. We need
at least three thousand millions of cur
rency to place prices of products at a
healthy level and land, productive
land, is the only adequate security we
have on which to base this money. And
the goA-ernment can just as Avell issue
this money direct to the people at cost of
issue, on land security, as to the bankers
at cost of issue on bond security.
The voice of the national bankers'
convention, held this Aveek at Kansas
City, will, we predict, be in exact ac
cord AA-ith the editorial in the Bee. We
shall AA atch for it Avith interest.
Mb. S. H. H. Clark said the inter
state law would not permit him to give
the national bankers' association a free
ride from Kansas City to Omaha.
Tou might have given them editorial
passes as railroad employes, Mr. Clark.
John M. Thurston says the west
ought to be better represented an the
inter-state commerce commission. Right
for once; but AA-e don't Avant John on
ONLY TIIE TONGUE.
r Phil Armour said the other day in
Chicago that all the clear profit he
wanted out of a beef Avas the tongue.
Phil Armour is a modest little man. We
greatly regret that he is satisfied with
so small a profit. If the business was
on a basis that M ould afford him greater
profits, perhaps the farmers of the west
could realize a little more out of the
business. Clear profit means the sur
plus gained after all expenses, includ
ing interest on capital, has been paid.
We do not knoAv the rate at Avhich he
figures interest, but probably, judging
from his extreme modesty, H must Ik?
ten per cent. He has in the packing
business say fifteen millions, and ten
per cent., on that would make quite a
respectable income for a poor man.
But then, as interest is an expense ac
count AA-e drop that. Mr. Armour kills
alxmt 2,000 lecvcs per day. The tongue
is worth half a dollar. This leaves Mr.
A's "clear" profit from this source $1,000
per day. A mere trifle. We wonder
Iioav he manages to get along. Of
course he couldn't do it if he .didn't
have a thousand or two miles of rail
road, and eke out a little by doing his
own transportation. It isn't to be sup
posed that he would care to make any
thing by carrying for other people.
One thousand dollars per day on beef
tongues! This has to suffice to support
a thousand poor men's families; but
then they had no business to be poor
or bo born. Phil Armour is a nice, lib
eral, public spirited man. Vive la ue
PUBLIQUE. THE BEEF COMBINE IN LINCOLN.
The dressed beef men are determined
to get, control of the Lincoln market,
and drive out of business the men who
are buying leeves of the farmers and
slaughtering at this point. Last week
dressed halves Avere furnished to the re
tailers by these local buyers at four
cents a pound. A' pretended competi
tion bctAvccn Kansas City and Omaha
slaughterers Avas set up, and in three
days dressed leef scaled down from 4c
per lb to If cts. The effect this has up
on the farmers' market here for his
butcher's stock may be seen at a glance.
The local buyers Avert? paying 2c per lb
on foot. At this price a 1,000 lb beef
brought the farmer $20.00. At H cts.
per lb the dressed beef men put the same
amount of meat.' viz: 500 lbs. on the
hooks at $8.75. Difference in Armour's
favor of $11.25. Thus the local market
for butcher's stock is utterly destroyed.
The buyers and slaughterers must, go
out of business, and the farmers must
shy this class of cattle to the cities and
take for it just' what the combine choose
to giA-e. If the retailers refuse to buy
the foreign beef, it will be retailed tin
der their noses for less than they can
buy for, and they also Avjll be forced
out of business. And Avhen the com
bine gets-possession of the market they
will fix prices to suit.
Reynolds, Davis & Co. Avere killing
weekly from GO to 120 beeves, employ
ing eight or ten men. and six teams.
They closed their business. The men
Avho Avere in their employ have lost their
occupation. The money they were earn
ing monthly our tradesmen must do
Avithout. The men must seek other
fields of labor, or perhaps their families
Avill become a charge on the community
during part of the winter.
Bohanan Bro's and Wm. Kiefner have
never bought of Armour, and say they
never will. All other butchers of the
city buy more or less of Armour's meat
Is there no remedy for this conscience
less competition Avith poor men and
farmers by millionaire combinations?
There is certainly one which the farm
ers have in their hands, and that is the
boycott. Boycott every dealer of every
kind who Avill not declare upon his hon
or that he will not use the imported
dressed meat. Boycott every butcher
Avho will buy it. To be effectual this
must be unanimous. If the fanners of
Lancaster county will combine, they
can drive the Big Four from this mar
ket. A meeting of the fanners of this coun
ty is called for Saturday afternoon,
Sept. 28th. We hope every farmer Avho
can do so will attend.
ROUGH ON OMAHA.
The Bee is abusing Omaha again. It
says: "The Omaha police are on the
"lookout for the Council Bluffs murder
"er. This insures him the freedom oi
Send him down here and Ave Avillhave
him arrested forthAvith, and have Chief
Carder turn the hose on him.
Two Moke Big Failures. Belford,
Clark & Co., Publishers, failed this week
for a large amount. Assets $200,000;
liabilities $400,000." And John M. Thurs
ton failed to convince any one that the
corn-groAvers are getting rich. If this
thing goes on confidence will soon be
gin to slacken.
Omaha has been having great trouble
to raise a feAv hundred dollars to get the
bankers' association to visit it. Water
town, Dakota, a toAvn of 3,000 people,
easily raised $1,000 to bring there from
Huron and entertain the Dakota State
Farmers' Alliance. Great difference in
H. C Stoll, the great sAvine breeder,
of Beatrice, knoAA S a good thing when
he sees it, and so he sent his business
card to The Alliance as soon as he
heard of the paper. Mr. Stoll excells
in his line.
John M. Thurston and the Corn lUber.
Farmer John M. Thurston delieretl
the oration at the opening of .the corn
palace at Sioux City last week. Farm
er Van Wyck delivered it last year.
They can raise some corn in Iowa, but
when they want orators, they send to-
Attorney Thurston is one of the lar
gest farmers in Nebraska. He farms
the law department of the U. P. Hail-
road, and that road farms the people of
the whole state. So Mr. Thurston ought
to be good authority on corn raising;
but he is n't. This is what he says:
I maintain, without fear of success-
f ul contradiction, that the corn-grower
west of the Mississippi river have been,
and are now, accumulating wealth fast
er than any other class of people in the
.Well! well! well I We, personally,
know a man who has been growing com
in Iowa and Nebraska for twenty-four
years. He don't chew, smoke or drink,
and never speculates. He has gone on
on the even tenor of his way, generally
converted Ids corn Into some condensed
form, (not juice,) raised a little family,
given them only a common-school edu
cation, and lived in a style in which
plainness and frugality are the distin
guishing features; and he, now near
sixty, has accumulated less than ten
thousand dollars. In the same twenty
four years the Vanderbdts have accu
mulated two hundred millions, and Jay
Gould -eighty millions, more or less..
These men are types of a class which is
growing larger day by day; and small as
it is, it is accumulating wealth one hun
dred times faster than all the corn rais
ers of the United States.
The money lenders of this country
form a class, do they not, Mr. Thurston r'
They are quite a large class, in fact,
embracing most of the solvent insur
ance companies, all the bankc i s, and a
large number of people who are neither.
It will be great news to our corn raisers
to learn that they are accumulating
wealth faster than these interest rai
sers. The magnificent palaces of bank
and insurance companies in all our con
siderable towns and cities give the lie
to the statement. It is simply bun
combe and bosh. The corn raisers of
Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois are raising
corn without wages; and if it was not
for their immunity from cash expenses
such as house rent, butter, eggs, milk,
meat and garden truck, half of them
would be obliged to abandon the farm
in less than six months. And John M,
Thurston knows it as wejl as any other
But John is a fine orator. Ills pero
ration at Sioux City Avas just too lovely
for anything; and if we were publish
ing a spread-eagle paper, without any
regard to facts, we would print it.
Thayer's Pets. It is just a well t
tell the truth about the military hoodoo
that Avas held at Beatrice lat week. It
was simply an undisciplined mob. The
law presumes that these annual en
campments are for camp instruction,
such as soldiers can get in no other
Avay; and that amp discipline is en
forced, guard duty taught, and the sol
diers given a fair idea of what they
might expect in case of Kcriou duty.
But instead of the intention of the law
being carried out these play soldiers
come together for an annual spree and
a high old time.' And they had it last
week. Reputable citizens of Beatrice
assured us that- they considered the
whole affair a shame and disgrace to
the state and their city The town was
filled with cyprians. Citizen's houses
were rot ten -egged, the cellar find prem
ises of ait least one gentleman A as raid
ed, the soldiers turning thieves and
robljers. And what else could U ex
pected with a pack of railroad attor
neys like Colby, Phillips ami Bates in
charge men who couldn't weeure a cor
poral's warrant in actual service. And
this thing is tolerated in niiler that
Thayer may play commander-in-chief,
and 'the other fellows fasten themselves
like barnacles on the state treasury.
Have the tax-payers nothing to say
Dignity ok La no it. In an able edi
torial on the Farmers' Alliance the
Statesman well says: "Lalor has had a
long ami hard tight to establish in the
thought of the world that it i hot dis
creditable to be a la I Hirer; but this vic
tory even is not completcjintil it is
matched by another, which shall make
it entiely discreditable not to be a
laborer in some useful and beneficent
The Statesman has kind Avords of
cjheer and encouragement for the Alli
ance Avhich are fully appreciated.
After a careful investigation the
New York Sun estimates that there are
in that city 400,000 workingmen re
ceiving wages so low that they must
embrace vice, apply for charity or
The Orrell Coal companyof Grafton,
W. Va., has notified the managers of
their works at Newbury, Tryconnel
and Fairmount that all of the com
pany's works are to be closed indefinite
ly because they cannot afford to do
business at the present rate. This will
throw over eight hundred men .out of
Above are two cases, one of laborers,
one of coal operators, both in distress
because of low prices. Contraction of
the money volume makes low prices.
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