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THE FAKMlRS' ALLIANCE: LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1890.
NATIONAL FARMERS' ALLIANCE.
President. H. L. Loucka, Dakota.
V ice-President. John II. Powers. Nebraska.
Secretary, August Post, Moulton, Iowa.
Ireasurer. J. J. Furlong. Minnesota.
Lecturer. N. Ii. Aehby, Des Moines, Iowa.
NEBRASKA STATE ALLIANCE.
President, John II. Powers, Cornell.
Vice President, Valentino I torn. Aurora.
Secretary-Treasurer, J. M. Thompson, Lincoln.
Lecturer, V. F. Wright, Johnson county.
Asst. lecturer, Lojrau MeReynolds, Fairfield.
Chaplain. Rev. J. S. Edwards, Wahoo.
Doorkeeper, D. W. Harr, Clay county.
Asst. door keeper, G. C. Underbill, Unadilla.
Seargeant-at-arms, J. Biliinggly, Shelton.
J, Burrows, chairman; B. F. Allen. Wabash;
J. W. Williams. Filley; Albert Dickenson,
Litchfield; Frank H. Young-, Custer.
Post Office at Lincoln, Nee., June 18, 1889.
I hereby certify thatTHE 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
postag-e, and entry of it as 6uch is accordingly
made upon the books of this office. Valid
while the character of the publication re
mains unchanged. Albert Watkins,
"the voice of the people.
To the Alliance Men of Nebraska.
BENEDICT ALLIANCE, No. 510.
Benedict, Neb., April, 18'J0.
To our Brothers of the Subordinate
' lodges of the Farmers' Alliance in the
tate f Nebraska
Brothers: We send you a copy of a
letter, written by our authority and
signed by us individually, to the state
board f transportation at Lincoln,
Nebraska. We do this hoping that you
one and all will be with us and work
unceasingly until the matter of railroad
transportation charges in this state is
lixed at a rate that will enable us to
make an honest living again on the
B. F. Myeks, Pres.
Joseph E. IIoovek, Secretary.
Benedict, (York county,) March" 15.
To the Honorable State Board of Trans
portation of Nebraska. Gentlemen:
We, the undersigned, farmers and mem
bers of the Subordinate lodge of the
Farmers' Alliance at Benedict, York
county, demand that you reduce the
freight rates on all railroads in this
state to a point where Ave will be able
to obtain a living price for our products.
We have petitioned, prayed and coaxed
long enough. Go at it now, and no
more of double dealing, prevarication
or evasion. We, the people, created
you for this very purpose, and you shall
do our bidding or we will see to it that
those of you recreant to the trust plac
ed in your hands now shall never till
any oilice of honor or profit in this
-state. You have the power, that is, the
authority of law,to do this thing.and no
one knows our necessity better than
you do. We intend to bring this mat
ter to the attention of every Subordi
nate lodge in the state, and you shall
give ear to our demands, or you shall
forever step down and out of all that
pertains to political favors from the
people of this state. We'll have you
know that you are our servants, and
not our masters. You have one chance
and only one obedience to the will of
the people. That is what this govern
m't'iit meant when it was founded, and
Ave are going to start things from the
li. F. Myers.
A. H. Gregory.
Levi Sid well.
Jos. E. Hoover.
John W. Huff.
Joseph York. -
Jas. F. Tildeu,
Geo. E. Gilbert.
C. B. Johnston.
F. L. Crownover.
A. M. Robinson.
C. M. Baugh.
S. K. Gilbert.
Webster, Neb., April 21, 1890.
Editor Alliance: I am not much
of a writer, but there are times Avhen a
man Avill meditate so with me to day.
I Avas thinking about being in the hills
of Pennsylvania, among the panther,
bear and Avolves, and in Kansas Avhere
the rattle snake abounds; and during
the Avar where the copper-head Avas
Aery plentiful. But my tlesh was not
torn or bitten by either of them. But
look at the country Ave are in noAv
worse than all the animals and reptiles
combined. Amongst the trusts, monopo
lies, the bankers and the boards; of
trade, the lawyers and railroads and all
kinds of combined syndicates; and Ave
have all of us been bitten by the vile
vipers. Now ,Mr.Editor, I see a reme
dy, and not a patent medicine, either;
one Ave all can take Avithout any bad
effects. It is simply a long pull, a strong
pull, and a pull all together this fall,
and Ave are cured. We have the reme
dy at home, and let all of us use it ef
fectually. It is the independent ballot.
Encourage all the Alliances to use this
remedy and be hjtaled.
S. Pv., Alliance No. 1220.
What Papers Shall we Take?
I presume no one has advocated, by
precept and example, the study of all
sides of every question as thoroughly as
possible; by talking Avith all kinds and
classes of people, listening to lecturers
and sermons of every kind, of every or
ganization, and without prejudice, read
ing the periodicals of each, any more
tnan 1 have. 1 knoAV of no other way
of deciding any question than to thor
oughly consider all the evidence I can
obtain on every side of it. But most of
us Avho earn our Jiving by manual labor
have very little money to invest in any
kind of literature, and Ave should put
that little where it would do the most good.
As toilers 3 our greatest cause is the ef
fort to secure the right and opportunity
to enjoy the results of our toil, to op
pose every system of illegal or legal
robbery and oppression; to substitute
co-operatiou for competition; and I
know of no paper in Nebraska, and very
feAV in the country that seem to be do
ing, this work so thoroughly, honestly
and fearlessly as Hie Alliance.
I think no one Avill accuse me of be-
iiir given to ilatterv, but when 1 see a
good thing I like to say so.
C. M. Clark.
Words of Cheer from Polk County.
Oscola, Neb., April 26, 1890.
Editor Alliance: As I see sketch
es in The Alliance from all parts ot
the state, I thought it would not be
amiss to send in a little word from this
the Pleasant Grovre Alliance. We or
ganized on April 3rd with eight mem
bers, and wre noAv have fifteen and all
have blood in their eye and determina
tion in their hearts, and expect to stay.
Long may the Alliance live. Yours for
the right. N. B. Doggett, Secy.
Notice to Alliances in Antelope County.
The presidents of- the several Alli
ances in Antelope county are requested
to meet me on Saturday, May 17, 1890, at
one o'clock p. m., at court house hall in
Neligh, for the purpose of receiving the
neAV secret work. Each person should
bring his Alliance's receipt for dues for
last quarter from State and County Al
liance to show they are entitled to the
work to be communicated.
Jas. A. Butler, Co. Organizer.
The Butterworth Bill.
To the Alliance of American Famrers
and Planters: We desire to call your
attention to what i3 knoAvn as the "But
terworth Bill," concerning option and
futuic sales on farm products now pend
ing before congress, and to urge that
you use all the influence that you can
command, by petitions or otherwise, to
secure the active support of your sena
tors and representatives in congress in
favor of the immediate passage of the
bill. A careful study of- the causes of
the present depression in the farming
and planting industry must satisfy any
one that the enormous amount of ''short
selling" and gambling in soil products
which is carried on in Chicago and
other cities has been a great cause
of the present low values of these pro
ducts. The actual products of this
country have noAv to compete not only
Avith what is actually grown in other
countries, but with a hundredfold great
er quantity of fictitious or "wind" pro
ducts which these gamblers through
their artful devices and methods conjure
up and use in the market as a means of
deperssing the price. While the stuff
they offer for sale is not real or actual,
yet the operators have become such ac
complished jugglers that they make it
appear as if it was, and so manipulate
it that it has all the weight and force
of real stuff for depressing market val
ues of Avheat and other farm products.
For instance, a certain number of bu
shels of Avheat are grown in this coun
try. This Avheat must, of course, under
the laAV of supply and demand, come in
competition in the market with what-eA-er
other Avheat may be grown in
other Avheat producing countries of the
world. In other words, all the Avheat
actually produced in each country has
its effect, naturally and inevitably, in
determining the value of Avheat in the
various markets of the Avorld. Noav, if
the market price Avas regulated by this
standard alone, that is, if the market
price was depressed solely by the
amount of wheat actually produced, the'
farmer could not complain. But the
value or market price is not regulated
in this Avay. The operators or gam
blers in Avheat are too numerous and too
insatiable to content themselves with of
fering for sale only such wheat as is actu
ally groAvn. By their systems of options
and selling for future delivery they con
stantly oiler on the market millions of
bushels which have no existence; Avhich
are neither reaped or soAvn, and never
Avill he, and which will neAer be, and
are never intended to be, actually de
livered. They consist only of wind;
and the buying and selling of them are
mere "bet s" which are settled by simply
paying the difference betAveen the price
at which they Avere sold and the market
price at the time the "bet" matures.
Yet, when they were offered for sale,
they appeared to be real, actual Avheat.
Of course the more of a thing which is
offered for sale the greater the tendency
must be to lower the price. And thus
the selling of these millions of bushels
of "wind" Avheat loads the market
doAvn with an apparent supply Avhich
has no real existence, and causes the
market price to decline just as effectual
ly as if raal Avheat had been sold. It is
believed that this "short" selling of
wheat tends so strongly to depress the
market prieelhat in effect the farmer
is actually made to give away about
one crop out of every live he produces.
In the same way the market price of
corn and other products of the farm is
hammered down by this method of sell
ing "short" or, selling fictitious stuff,
Avhich is produced only by the sleight of
hand tricks performed on the exchang
es, boards of trade and bucket shops by
dexterous and accomplished operators.
The "Butterworth Bill" recognizes
that congress is not authorized under
the constitution to expressly prohibit
this business, that its only power to
deal Avith it is under the authority to
raise revenue. The bill therefore im
poses a license fee and tax upon this
sort of business the effect of Avhich will
be to put an end to it. The Chicago,
NeAv York, New Orleans and other ex
changes and boards of trade Avill defeat
the passage of the bill if possible. They
realize that, if they cannot continue to
use the farmers and planters for shuttle
cocks, the game they have played so
ong at the expense of these producers
Avill have to stop. It Avill therefore re
quire immediate and energetic action
on the part ot the tarmers and planters
to have the bill passed. Write your
representatives and urge them to pass
the bill in the House, and to use all the
influence they can to secure its passage
in the seuate also. Have every influen
tial man who favors the bill, whether
he is a producer or merchant, write a
personal letter to the congressman ot
his district requesting immediate and
decisive action in this matter. Your
organization should also adopt resolu
tions favoring this bill and forward
copies of same to your senators and
representatives at Washington. Do
whatever you can, and do it quickly, to
secure the passage of the bill.
See y IoAva Farmers' Alliance.
A. J. Gustin's Compiments to J. H. Agree.
Kearney, April, 29, 1890.
Editor Alliance: Piease permit me
to comment in your columns on the
'few earnest Avoids" of the Hon. J. II.
gee, appearing in the State Journal of
Apr. 27, wherein he characterizes At tor-
ney General Leese as a demagogue, i
This Mr. Agee being a "producer of
corn" as he says, and Avholly unbiased
by any influence, and while disclaiming
that his pen is guided by corporate in
fluences, let me ask him why is it he
rides on passes, and Avhy do not all his
brother "corn producers" enjoy the like
The last time I AAas in Ord this "corn
producer" Avas a member of a drug firm
doing business in that place. I Avould
like to know it he is not iioav using that
business as a side issue to enable him to
live, keep up his family and keep up his
"production of corn?
He rode on passes Avhile secretary of
the state board of transportation to my
certain knowledge, and Avas in open
sympathy Avith Mr. Babcock, the audi
tor, in his views of railway regulation,
and those vieAvs haA'e been faithfully
carried out by Thos. II. Benton. I
Avould not comment on this only it
strikes me peculiar that the railroads
always Avant 3 cents a mile for most
peojde unless they happen to have a
state or county office, and those people
they give passes not as an intrinsic val
ue, oh, no! For love for instance.
Mr. Agee says Van Wyck, Leese and
BurroAvs have made Avild exaggerations
of the condition of the people of Ne
braska. Mr. Agee is simply mistaken
in this, a species of kleptomania as it
Avere. These three men have never
told of half the wrong done the farmers
of this state by the railroad managers
and their political allies and I make
the statement of fact that not an aver
age of five farmers to the township in
Nebraska could take a trip to Washing
ton, D. C, and back at this time with
out raising money on a chattel mort
gage at 2 per cent a month to pay his
expenses and transportation, unless he
had a drug store or other equally lucra
tive business as a side issue to draw
Is o man with ordinary, or any other
condition ot nerve can come to Nebras
ka and do farming in a business "shoe
maker stick to his last" stvle and b
subjected to the rates of transportation
in force to day, and make a living and
3 per cent per annum on his investment.
No one, not even Mr. Agee can fool old
experienced farmers or young ones to
come here and invest and be sapped of
their hard earned income as thej see
and know they would be, and for this
fact he cannot lay the blame at the
doors of these men he calls demagogues.
But let him remember that the fault
lays with his oavh party and partisans,
(bv party I mean individuals of the
trail road gang,) for they constitute the
thief that cries tniei ih order to escape
I think that the gentleman from Ord
knows that the prime cause of this de
pression is the unfavorable net returns
from farming, and he is Avilling to "rob
Peter to pay Paul," so long as his own
name is not Peter; but should it happen
to be Peter he has recourse if he has a
store, for he can rob John in return and
add interest on the amount he is robbed
The gross returns from farming in
this country is the largest in the world.
Mr. Agee explains that God put this
country in the middle of the continent
so Ave naturally have the disadvantage
of the long haul to market. Well, I
suppose it is his God also who put our
present board of transportation in
power to keep up both long and short
hauls, and he no doubt rides on a pass
and honestly thinks the right way to
balance up a large gross receipt by
some one else is to have his friends get
so much of these receipts that but a
small net return will be left.
The editor of the Chicago Tribune
AA'rote a long editorial the other day de
ploring the depressed condition of
agriculture, and very ably showed up
Iioav all other industries could keep
even, but found no Avay out for the poor
devil Avho raises hay seed.
Mr. Agee iioav goes further and bold
ly lays the blame on God for placing
us in the middle of the continent Avhile
the felloAvs down east with the aid of
their agents in this country pull the
blankets off of us, leaving us in the cold
with a night mare and a poor mare at
that but for this he has no remedy.
I lay the blame on politicians in re
publican states republicans and demo
cratic states democrats, aided and pro
moted by the eAer eloquent, smooth,
gentlemanly and long haired railroad
man and I propose to remedy the
thing by forced rates in justice with ac
tual value it Avill cost to duplicate and
as s6on as the water is all out, owner
ship and operation of rail transporta
tion by the general government.
I haAre an abiding faith in God's help
ing him who intelligently helps himself.
I would go to the head of a department
to find facts. The republican party is
in poAver in Nebraska to-day, and has
been a long time, and while I am a re
publican, Avas born and brought up in
that party and neer trained in any
other, I am not blind devotee enough tb
allow its leaders to carry me over a
canyon to destruction for glory because
the bell Aveather of my party wears a
$25,000 brass collar Avith the shield of
the U. P. Ry. on it; and if it is a ques
tion of ruin of the producing class of
my home state or disruption of that
party, I Avill be found among the light
ers for the producers with my pen at
least, and Avhat time I can spare from
When such republicans as Mr. Agee
and the editor of the State Journal and
Avhat is knoAvn as the "conservatiA'e"
railroad building clement, on paper and
otherAvise, Avith bonds ot the tarming
townships and towns pick at, abuse
and try to drive out of the party such
men as Gen. Leese, because of his intro
duction of resolutions tending to a re
duction of local rates Tom Lowry be
cause he told a part of what he kneAV
about grain rate abuse Sutherland, V an
Wvck and liurrows, it is time the party
Avas buried; and Avhile I realize that this
party has effected grand results, I am
as fully o persuaded that such republi
cans as Mr. Agee means death to that
Let my friends on all sides take a
pencil and figure a moment I may be
Avrong but the ansAver is not in sight
yet. The Hon. John M. Thurston is
head of the republican league of Ameri
ca. He also has a side issue like Mr.
Agee's drug store in being head of the
legal department of the Union Pacific
railway, which also means head of the
political department, and his office is a
kind of a politic legal department. Let
me assure my dear people, pro and
con that this department has its small
depots all over Nebraska, and Mr.
Thurston knows just where to find the
button calling up each depot.
There is the Hon. Governor of the
state. JohnM. Thayer, also head of the
board of equalization, Avho has lately
found rates too high, and I think he
Avill soon find valuations of corporation
property too low, or his successor will.
Of that trio knoAvn as Hon. Cowdery,
Hon. Steen and Hon. Thos II. Benton
Ave need not speak in elaborate terms,
only to say that to ask them with such
disinterested agriculturists as Mr. Agee
to do half way justice to the producers
of Nebraska as against the railroads
would be like asking the wolf to please
not bite the lamb.
I see Mr. Agee is in f a'or of the Union
Pacific funding bill. The State Journal
says he has just got back from Wash
ington. It must be in the air down at
the capital a sort of la grippie as it
Avere. I' suppose ot course his visit
there had nothing to do Avith the bill,
but he just Avent doAvn, maybe to get
fertelizers for his farm. Being busy
Avith "corn production"in Nebraska, he
would naturally lose all interest in
transportation and leave that to his
Alliance at Ord, and the prestige of be
ing an ex-secretary of the state board
of transportation would not make him
of any value at Washington at this par
ticular time to corroborate the Hon.
Jessie Spaulding in his solicitude, as
evinced in his late one page of the Bee
effusion on the U. P. Ry. as agent (?)
(let Agee's God save the mark) of the
United States Government.
QWho is Mr. Spaulding? Was he ap
pointed by a republican president, Avho
is advised by and influenced on unin
formed matters by a republican presi
dent of the republican league of Ameri
ca, Avho is head of the lego-political de
partment of the Union Pacific railway?
I he story of the house that Jack
built should come in here, also the Sun
day World-Herald's cartoon on the U.
Mr. Editor, I would suggest that the
Farmers' Alliance should circulate pe
titions and get them signed to send to
the president of the U. P. Ry., asking
his excellency to remove Mr. Jessie
Spaulding or have him state Avho he is
working for, the U. P. Ry . or the " U. S.
fovernment. If for the government I
ick. Let me assure the president also
that the republican party is digging its
grave in this state Avith a steam dredge,
and digging it so deep that its friends
won' tknow whether to put up its monu
ment on this side of the earth or the
I notice that the editor of the" Bee
says that the bright young mind that
controls the destiny of the World-Herald
has proposed or popped the ques
tion to the Farmers' Alliance. If this
be true I would say to that rustic mai
den, that she can't do better than to ac
cept the offer, even if her father is the
republican party, for from the present
out-look, if she allows the old gentle
man to pick out a husband for her,- she
will be taking in washing just as she
always has had to do, and in addition
she Avill be compelled to support her
husband in riotous-consorting Avith
Pullman car favors, and her children
will be taught and led in pauper alleys
of destitution, fed in hunger and rags
and made to believe their existence is
maintained by favors gotten of Chas.
Francis Adams by solicitation of the
Hon. Thos. H. Benton, from the royal
hands of corporations under the name
Let this rustic maiden hold her an
swer to Mr. Hitchcock until after the
20th of May, and then if the candidates
for her hand through the suggestions of
her father, are not made up of such
specimens of manhood as her experi
ence teaches will make the honorable
honest help-meet she is entitled to from
his friends, she has the choice of living
an old maid wherein she can help nurse
the brats of the mob relation, or she
can offend the "old man", with an alli
ance with Mr. Hitchcock'and get kicked
by his mossback, rock-rooted demo
cratic friends and relatives for coming
into the party.
With Mr. Hitchcock for a consort, if
she will stand up to him like a woman
of the nineteenth century, and demand
and maintain her equality in all things,
her union Avill be blessed writh a race of
children that Avill in the fullness of
time, and that shortly, grow brains that
will demand and make laws practical
and equally just to all; that will groAV
brains broad and long enough to see
that it is just and right for the general
government to OAvn and operate the
means of rail and water transportation,
telegraph and telephones, and thus
make a market in every point of our
land for every commodity of industry,
and put a premium upon worth and
work instead of a croAvn upon villany
and corporate greed.
The postage stamp applied to trans
portation is the key that will solve and
loosen the rusty hinges on the door of
the slave pen that production has been
forced into by corporate tyranny. It
Avill open domestic markets for do
mestic productions and give the farm
ing community an equal sIioav Avith
other lines of industry, will give the
Avest an equal show for maintaining
manufacturing, and make horny hand
ed toilers like Mr. Agee successful in
his drug store and farm alike.
Respectfully submitted by one Avho is
not a farmer, and Avho Avishes he did
not OAvn an aere of farm land.
A. J. Glstin.
To the Hon. Members of the 54th Con
gress Now Assembled.
Resolved, That we as members of
Ranch Alliance No. 751), of Nuckolls
county,Nebraska, demand at your hands
speedy and A'igorous legislation that will
give the mechanics and lauorers equal
rights, justice and liberty, and give them
relief from the great bondage to which
they are now reduced by the money
lhat Ave demand at your hands legis
lation that will give us money at a loAAr
rate of interest, to be paid to the gov
ernment to handle its own money, and
that Avill compel the bond holders to
surrender their bonds to the govern
ment and receive in payment thereof
a national money which will be a legal
tender for all debts; and let the govern
ment make its OAvn money, and let that
be money and not interest bearing bonds;
and let the goAernment handle its oavii
money, and not the national - banks.
We demand this at your hands, for it is
in your power, Ave knoAV it.
Resolved, lhat all farmers, mechanics
and laboring men belonging to the Alli
ance Avill raise their hands to high
heaven that they will never ote again
for any man to make laws or to fill a
public trust in this country Avho is not
one 01 their own number, and aviU Avork
for such legislation that Avill giAe the
great multitude of the people equal
rights Avith those Avho are noAv living in
ease and comfort by the toil of other
men. And be it further
Resolved, In the name of God and our
ragged children, neAer, no neAer, to
Aote for a man that Avill not stand by us
in our needful days. Wre are in a large
majority, so Ave will obtain our rights by
voting together until Ave are free from
bondage and once more at liberty; and
then we Avill stand by it and be fair
with all mankind. And be it further
Resolved, That a'copy of these resolu
tions be sent to congress uoav in session
for their approval or rejection.
G. W Steknek, G. W. Lekight,
Approving Senator Paddock's Beet Sugar
Editor Farmers' Alliance: The
folloAving resolutions Avere adopted by
the Belvidere Farmers' Alliance of
Thayer county, April 26, 1890:
Resolved, That Ave the members of
Belvidere Alliance, do heartily sanc
tion and approA'e (U. S. senate bill No.
841,) A bill for the encouragement of
the cultivation 01 the sugar beet and the
manufacture of sugar therefrom and
for other purposes, recently introduced
in the U. S. senate by our senator Hon
A. S. Paddock.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu
tions be sent to the editors of the lead
ing county and state papers for publi
cation. M. C. Dill, Sec.
There will be called a meeting of the
Saline county Alliance Avhich aviU meet
in Wilbur on the 7th of June at 10 a. m
We desire a full representation from
every Alliance in the country. Each
Alliance Avill please elect their delegates
at their lirst meeting in May.
Wilbek Saa age, Co. Pres.
Chas. M. Turner, Co. Sec'y.
Cork ell, Neb., Nay 1, 1800.
Friend Thompson: I have decided on
the following appointments and have
written to members at most of the places.
Will you please write to the other coun
ties as 1 have no correspondence there.
.May 3d, Holdredge. Phelps Co.: Gth,
Culbertson, Hitchcock Co.; 7th. Max,
Dundy Co.; 9th, iranklm Co.; 10th, Lin
coln, Lancaster Co.; 13th, Dakota Co.;
15th, Washington Co.; 17th, Schuyler,
Colfax Co.; 20th. Greely Co.; 21st. Val
ley Co.; 22d, Wheeler Co.; 24th, Bur
well, Garfield Co.; 26th, Blaine Co.; 28th,
Long Tine, Rock Co.; 29th, Brown Co.;
June 2d, Springview, Keya Paha Co.;
4th, Compton,CherryCo.;7th, Loup City
Sherman Co. Yours Sincerly, '
J. 1. Powers.
Alliances in the above counties will
please write the Secretary at Lincoln,
iving place where meetings can be
The farmers that is, the members of
the Alliance are different from what
they used tcrbe. They don't talk. Try
to pump them about their political
plans, and you will find yourself doing
all the talking. There's a new spirit
abroad among them. Whip them back
in the traces before election ? Not this
year. They may be enticed back, but
they are in no mood for the party lash.
There seems to be two elements in the
Alliance, one for making it a political
machine and the other for awaiting de
velopments. In. Howard county the
political faction started a paper and
tried to have it endorsed as the mouth
piece of the county organization. The
conservative element squelched the
scheme. I hat's a straw. Omaha Re
W.C.T. U. COLUMN.
Edited by Mrs. S. C. O.
Neb., of the Nebraska
Upton, of Lincoln,
The editor of The Alliance places the re
sponsibility of thia column in the care of the
Raining Prohibition Literature at Twenty
Five Cents a Shower.
The following is a sample of literature
published by the National Prohibition
committee, 32 East Fourteenth street
NeAv York, and mailed anywhere, post
paid, for twenty-five cents per thousand.
They should be ordered by the" million.
DO YOU WANT HIGH LICENSE?
SOME WHO DO.
Peter E. Her, President WiIIoav
Springs Distillery, Omaha, Neb. In all
my twenty years' experience here pre
vious to high license and since, I be
lieve high license is one of the grandest
laAvs for the liquor traffic and for men
interested, as Avell as the people at large,
Nebraska Distilling Company High
license has not hurt our business; it
does not decrease the consumption of
liquor and beer.
Metz & Bro., BreAvers and Maltsters,
Omah, Neb. High license has been of
no injury to our business. We
at first made a bitter fight against its
enforcement, but since it is AA'ell enforc
ed Ave would not do Avithout it.
Henry II. Schufeldt & Co., Distillers
of Chicago We think the trade in any
state should favor high license and just
restrictions, and that is the onlysolvent
of the question.
The Beasley Waukegan BreAving Co.,
of Chicago. We cannot see that high
license lessens the consumption of liquor
and it strengthens the legal standing of
The Weekly Bulletin, liquor organ
there is a groAving sentiment among the
distillers of this state (Kentucky) in fa
of high license, some even favoring
a $1,000 license.
The Philadelphia Hotel and Saloon
Keepers' Journal Liquor dealers do
not oppose high license.
Chicago Western BreAver Without
high license Illinois, Nebraska, and
Minnesota, and perhaps Missouri and
W isconsin, would be as likely to favor
vor prohibition as Iowa. Now, there is
no danger of prohibition being adopted
in any of the states named as long as a
license law is maintained and fairly en
forced. h itn the knoAvieuge 01 these expres
sions can good citizens and Christian
men still support high license, on the
ground that it is a "temperance meas
ASV W ITH yYT IT? UAT.TOTi
Mrs. Sophia F. (irubb, national super
intendent of Avork among foreigners
tells in the folloAving article from the
i nion biqnal, ot sympathy shoAvn tor
Avork to carry the amendment in Ne
braska, li our neighbors are thus stir
red, Avhat ought avc" to do for ourselves?
Perhaps some Avill feel like doing some
thing in this same line. Let them send
to Mrs lielle UigeloAA', Linco'n, and get 1
tracts in toreign languages tor distribu
tion, free, lie sure and mention the
editor of "The Alliance" column.
Nebraska Campaign Fund.
Dear Union Signal: I made an ap
peal for help to send tracts in the for
eign languages to .Nebraska. The fol-
loAving day a lady called and said she
had not been able to sleep the night be
tore thinking uoav sue could get some
money for that purpose. They had no
moneA', but she had some nice apples,
and if I aa ouW buy a half bushel, she
Avould oe so glad to grve tne money
that Avay. I did so, and five hundred
pages Avent out to the SAvedes and Ger
mans of Nebraska, shoAving them Avhy
they ought to A-ote against high license
and for prohibition.
Recently I spoke at Baker University,
a Methodist college where many of the
students are striving for an education
on yery limited means. The collection
for the Avork Avas secondary to the fact
ot getting tne important need 01 an
educating inlluence for our A-ast foreign
population before the four hundred stu
dents avIio were to scatter to all parts of
the country and haA'e a A'oice and influ
ence in our government.
Alter the meeting closed, a young
man came and handed me a dollar "for
the Avork." A gentleman standing by
said, "that young man saAvs wood to
get means to educate himself." "Oh,
l exclaimed, "i cannot take his money
under those circumstances !" ' 'Yes take
it," said the boy; "it will please my
mother so much. She would be so in
terested in your AArork, I knoAV, if she
could .hear you, and I hope God Avill
bless you." I replied, "I know God Avill
bless you for such a spirit as that."
The next morning a y6ung minister
came to me, Avho is still studying,
though licensed to preach. He has had
to stop ms studies ior a time, and is
selling books to get means to go on
He was enthusiastic about the work,
and said, "I haA e no money, but I must
help Nebraska some Aay," and, taking
off his cuff buttons, he said, "take these
and perhaps you can sell them, and get
some money for the work there." I
said I could not take them; that I made
no such sacrifices myself and 1 Avas not
willing to accept them from others. But
he beggeil me to take them, and plead
ed that he Avanted a share in the fight
He said they had cost him one dollar
and seventy-five cents, and if I could
sell them for anything, to please use it
donn . Atiierton, oi JventucKy, is
the president of the National Liquor
League. At one of the conventions of
that society, an editor whose name we
nave, w ent to mm in tne capacity ot a
reporter and said, Mr. Atherton, is
not high license a concession to the
temperance people, a step towards pro
hibition?" The answer of this clerical-
looking, kind-faced, astute chief of the
whisky clans, was as followrs, and might
with great propriety be pinned into the
hats of all true Christians who worship
at the shrine ot high license: "Well,
my boy, theoretically it is, but practi
cally it is not." This is in line with the
revelations recently made in the New
York Voice concerning the methods by
which Pennsylvania was carried for
high license, and Nebraska is likely to
Rev. Geo. H. Vibbert, of Boston, wrho
is doing a grand work for prohibition
through the state is to speak at Lincoln
unuer me auspices oi tne . kj. a. u.,
duriner the week beginning May 25th,
There are few men that better under
stand the subject than he.
Peter E. iierthe famous Omaha dis-
tiller, and advocate of high license is
secretary of a land company tnat is
selling lots in South Omaha with pro-
visions prohibiting the sale of liquor on
The first steD toward "conquering
the world for Christ.1 is to stop making
tne world drunk for saten.-x.
The "All-Steel" Deering.
For lightness of draft, simplicity of construction and durability, it is unequalled.
Superior Grain and Grass-cutting Machinery
manufactured and for
I Wm. PEERING
Largest and most complete stock of Teas, Cof
fees and Spices
at prices quoted by State Agent's price list on
all mail orders sent by secretaries or busi
ness agents of Alliances.
Save 25 per cent on Groceries, and 50 per
cent on Teas, Coffees
goods of us. Samples
S. r. STEVENS A
1140 O Street.
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ONE OF THE
Write for New
.A.. HURLBTJT & CO,
CORNER P AND TENTH STREETS,
10 per cent off will he allowed on all regular prices to mem-
hers the Farmer S8 Alliance, where iheu may he hnown. Orders
T . ' ..
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senior partner of IIURLB TIT
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PIANOS and ORGANS.
A full line of Violins, Accordeons, anl Mu
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Hooks. Agent for celebrated mnkea of
Brass Instruments. Tho Alliance can savo
from 15 to 30 per cent. Special Term to
Clubs. Correspondence or a call solicited.
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