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"THERE IS NOTHING WHICH IS HUMAN THAT IS ALIEN TO ME." Terence.
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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1890.
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a we will mark this nottoe with blue or
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Central Citr. Neb. June '7, 1S90.
Editok Alliance: Our .papereomes
Uo hand in due time, and very pleased
nre we to hear from various parts of
the state, how the farmers feci ubout
the actions of the powers that be. We
are more than. pleased to see your bold
-stand for the right, and if a thousand
Woosters and T hayers should go to the
Omaha Bee to air their grievances, we
will show sense enough to read between
the lines and see that somebody has a
sore head or an ax to grind. We farm
ers have enough sense to know when
vou overstep the bounds -of justice, and
try to run matters for personal ends.
Until we find 'you doing some mean
things we shall' stand by you, Go on
with the good work. -Some of the pio
neers wilLfail to gain the -reward good
actions ought to receive, but it may be
that the greatest recompense a person
can obtain, is the knowledge ' that he
has done right, and will do right with-
. out fear or favor.
Every farmer ought to take' The Al
liance, but times are hard and some
find it almost impossible to buy the
necessities of life, and although they
would be more than pleased to read
our paper they seem to think that they
cannot offord it. I read mine and pass
it around to the next and ask that it be
kept going until it is worn out. It will
be a good missionary work.
We find a number of farmers in every
Alliance we have visited who are chron
ic kickers. No matter what maybe
called up to aid the farmers, some one
who has a more powerful mind,(?) than
the common class, can see, or wishes
us to think he can see, some game
whereby some farmer is trying to trick
the farmers. They seem to think that
we ought to pass around the bat and
take up a collection for their benefit,
to ease the strain on their brain when
they grasped the idea and helped us to
see the job. They seem to see you,
Mr. Editor, on the road to the White
House or congress at least,, and it may
be that you are trying to tit on Gov.
Thayer's shoes. Now we farmers do
not believe that your hat has got to
small for your head, and if they persist
in throwiug out slurs and mud we may
to please them (?) send you to fill some
of the offices we i farmers will fill the
coming fall. If it is an honor to be
placed in a position by the people where
one must submit to the insults of every
clod hopper, vhO" may feel that he
ought to be a high private, then let
us reward those who do the Avork. The
people will speak out in meeting the
coming fall and there will be a rattling
of political dry bones, and those who
try to stop the wheels of progress will
wish that they had never heard of poli-
. T n l .1
lies, i win semi aaouier ciuu suuu.
Good wishes to you and yeur co-laborers.
H.' M. Halleck.
From the State Line.
Byron, Neb., June 1, 1890.
Editor Alliance-. It i3 with in
terest that I read of the workings of the
many Alliances throughout the state,
as reported through your most valuable
paper each week. State Line Alliance
NoJ.Hl,. organized here last winter with
27 charter members, has steadily
increased in numbers until now we
We have passed no resolutions in re
gard to the situation, nor have we made
any great demonstrations of our deter
mination publicly; but Ave stand shoul
der to shoulder in the great fight for
right and justice. The liberty which
our forefathers achieved through a long
and bloody war, and which was handed
down to us, .their posterity, is steadily
and surely, being wrenched from us
through the workings of the corrupt
powers that be. We, the rightful heirs
of this liberty, must reclaim it at once;
or let our posterity reclaim it through
another blood stained Avar, or sutler
the consequences of tyrannic monopoly.
Now Ave have the power to reclaim,
that liberty and avoid both the evils of
war and oppression of tyrants, by sim
ply keeping our eyes on the public serv
ants, and by dealing Avith them accord
ing to their works. Then we can hand
down to out posterity that same grand
noble liberty and prosperity Avhich Ave
received at the hands of our forefathers.
Now in conclusion I Avould say to all
brothers, do not spend 15 hours out of
every 24 laboring in the field to pro
duce something lor a feAV greedy gam
blers to speculate on, and keen Your
selves ignorant in regard to Avhat is
on at tne neaa of our govern
J. W. Coffin.
Resolutions of Rushville Sub. Alliance
vWeAKmmbers of of Sub. Alliance
No. .916, behe-ing that the farmers of
this country haAe suffered many
wrongs, discriminations and injustices
at the hands of our laAv makers and,
Whereas, Believing that we must here
after as in the past look to our represen
tatives in congress and the state legisla
ture for correction of these evils, and
for a proper -regard for our interests:
Whereas, We have with patience and
forbearance waited longer than Ave
ought for the needed relief and reforma
tion, and have viewed with deep alarm
the sense of unconcern and hypocrasy
which our said representatives have
manifested concerning our interests;
therefore be it
Resolved, That Ave hereby openly de
nounce and repudiate all representatives
of thatf class, whether in congress or
the legislature, who .are found to be
false to our interests and insincere in
?l-JV?leSSWJ? or Podges, and that
S?e then this warning that forbear
ance has ceased to be a virtue.
.Cf" 'ed That while repudiating that
class of politicians in general, wo eive
attention in particular to our ow col
SSt?anrof the tird district of Ne
braa, George W. E. Dorsey, whom
mW1 dorelict of nis d
false to his obhgatons, insincere and
hypocritical in all his professions of
concern for the welfare of the farming
class; that while he has had abundant
opportunities to promote our interests,
ho has allied himself with monopolies,
corporations, trasts, banks, and the
most corrupt elements of his party; that
his chief aim, while holding his present
responsible position, hasfbeen to further
his OAvn interests and to maintain him
self in office, nnd that he has in distri
buting patronage under his control,
foisted men into office, in almost every
case, Avho are corrupt hangers-on. and
persons o'ensiA-e to a great majority of
the patrons of the particular ofiice,
against the wishes .and in many cases
over the emphatic protests of such ma
jority. Resolved, That we do hereby declare
that Ave will neither vote nor work for
the renomination of said Dorsey, and
that Ave pledge our support to any good
man Avho may be nominated against
Resolved, That we Avill not support for
any office, local, state or national, any
man who is not knoAvn to be in full sym
pathy with the objects of the Farmers'
Alliance. E. B Hathaway, Secy.
Co. Alliance of Harlan Co.
Alma, Neb., June 7, 1890.
Editor Alliance: At a regular
county meeting of the Farmers' Alliance
of Harlan county, the folloAving named
members Avere elected to the offices
named beloAv: W. J. Hickox, Pres.;
W. O.. Coe. Vice-Pres.; S. E. Stevenson,
Sec'y; J. L. Everson, Treas. E. Cos
sell, L. H. Hodgman, W. K. Dye, D. C.
Nash, J. E. Turner, executive commit
tee. Lecturer, G. P. Eastwood; chap
Ian, W. P. Skiles; door keeper, G. R.
Purely;, sergeant at arms, Clarence
Peterson. . -
Resolutions condemning the course of
Gov. Thayer and the calling of a special
session, favoring the formation of an
Alliance advertizing association to in
duce eastern emigration, condemning
the action of the Co. Alliance in accept
ing a column in the Alma Tribune, re
pudiating all old party ties and all cau
cus dictation, condemning the action of
the so-called boards of trade in misrep
resenting the financial condition of the
farmers of the state, AA?ere adopted.
The sentiments of the members of this
county are that partyisms must be bur
ied, and a united action on the lines of
right and justice to all and special privi
leges to none is to be our line of action
for this corning campaign. There were
65 delegates present, and about 175 la
dies and gentlemen, making a grand
good meeting, and every one . present
Avent home feeling that it Avas"good to be
there. Yours sincerely v
S. E. Stevenson, Co. Sec'y.
A Letter to. Uncle Sam by Jacob Beck.
Dear Uncle -.I think you Avill agree
Avith ; me when-1 say-that governments
are human contrivances ordained to re
lieve human wants; and that the best
form of government is that wbich most
letters, I think I can show you that all
the discontent arising from the unequal
distribution of Avealth, the lack of cur
rency, enforced idleness, tramp3, pover
ty, and the fear of poverty will disap
pear like mists before the rising sun if
the measure. I propose Avere made the
settled policy of the republic.
Yours for the general good,
. , Jacob Beck.
SOME BITTER FACTS.
Letter from a Capitalist.
W. Whitworth in Farmers Voice.
What's the matter Avith you farmers?
You're doing some pretty tall blowing
about your depressed condition. . , I
wonder you ain't ashamed to snivel and
whine like sick kittens,
If you are depressed whose fault is it?
On account of class-laws, you say?
Who in thunder makes the laws? Don't
you all have a vote, and is it not a fact
that you and the other pack of , snivel
lers, the city workers, together consti
tute nine-tenths, of the Nation?
Are eot the legislators who make
the laws put into office by your votes?
Haven't you kept on steadily voting for
one er another of the two parties that
made all the laws you growl about, like
sheep following a bell-wether? Why
even now, with your - nose held tight
-down on the grind stone of poverty, a
big majority of you will boost up the
very men who held your noses there."
You are like children drawn to a cir
cus; set up a band of tooting brass horns,
with torpedoes, banners and blue lights,
and yon break your necks to work and
rote for any pettyfogging lawyer with
brains enough to lead you along.
Let a lawyer set up for state legisla
ture or congress and you bow down to
worship him; and turn up your nose in
disgust if one of your own farmer class
undertakers to run. You starve your
OAvn papers to death, but support the
regular machine political organs with a
free hand. Pretty fellows you are to
whine about bad laws.
You are skinned by the loan invest
ment' leeches. Well, who the devil
forces you to borrow of them? There's
no law to make you run into debt. An
other thing; is there one of you, if he
has the luck to get a feAV dollars aheaa,
will loan it to a brother farmer in dis
tress for any less rate of interest than
the current rate? You'll buy as cheap,
and sell as dear; every time driving as
sharp a bargain as any capitalist living.
I never heard of a farmer going to - a
brother in trouble, and offering to loan
him money at a low rate of interest.
You ask the government to let you
have loans at 2 per cent, and call everjT
capitalist who places his funds at cur
rent rates a "money' shark," "robber"
and so on, but take precious good care
not to set a good example in that line.
When you have money to invest your
self don't you sell your produce for the
most you can get? Why is it not just
as right for the capitalist to sell his
foods in the best market he can find?
ou miserable chumps Avhy don't you
do as we do? Support the papers that
tight in your interests; and gain knowl
edge of what you need; in plain terms
get out of the dense political ignorance
you are in by the acquisition of right
education, and then you vvill be able to
A'ote for good men and measures under
standingly. " '
Then you will cease to give political
poAver into the hands of. lawyers vvho
have no other interest but to get a fat
living at your expense. Bearing in
mind this undeniable fact, that if men
buy their Avay into governorships and
the senate, there must be a host of
voters among the great msss of toilers
Avith votes to sell. A Capitalist.
THE MINNESOTA DECISION.
Resolutions" of Jefferson "County Allianc.
Resolved, That the County Farmers'
tlliance of Jefferson County, Nebraska,
o uenoimce as uujusl iiuu. iiuuuufetiLu
onal the recent decision of the Su-
reme Court of the United States in
le Minnesota case, wherein the law of
le state fixing rates to be charged by
brtain railroads AAras declared uncon-
litutional; and we do solemnly protest
trainst the encroachments from time
time made by said supreme court
Kin ground in Avhich alone lies the
erogatives of the laAv making power
individual states as vouchsaved to
vem by the constitution ot tne united
esunwu, x.ua.b www willi uct-p
icern, and regard as a question or
rsonel interest to eATery citizen, the
warranted usurpation of power ex
cised by said court in this particular
se, and regard it as having been
olved from a combination of circum-
nces akin to that under which the
ed Scott decision Avas rendered, and
another nail driven bv corporate
nver, into the coffin of the liberties of
3 American people.
.V'-.:- W. 11. Crane, Pres.
Lesolutions of Stark Valley Alliance. :
Iditor Alliance: At a meeting of
Stark Vallev Farmers' Alliances
. 543. held Mav 29. the ' following
olutions were adopted:
Vlesolved.lh&t we are in favor of the
lopting a uniform school book and
nished to the schools in the state at
"hat Ave will hereafter support no
U JUl UlUCC VV1JU Will UUl SIIU5U1UC IU
h principles of the Alliance.
JThat we demand the free and un-
iited coinage of silver, and a law
iking the rates of transportation no
pner than Iowa rates, and that all
lzens snail have equal facilities for
That Ave demand that all money shall
lull legal tender and issued by. the
rhat ve demand the legal rate of in
fest in the state shall be 5 per cent
d not to exceed 7 per cent on con-
ict, and that any rate above 7 -per
nt charged under any pretext what-
er shall ATork a lorteiture 01 both
incipal and interest.
That Ave demand the Australian sys-
n of voting!
rhat we do heartily endorse the pro-
sition made in the U. S. beEtate by
Hon. Senator Stanford to loan mon-
on farm mortgages at a Ioav rate of
erest. J. A. Porter,
2. R. Kirk, See. Pres.
The Money Questtion Settled.
:. Editor Alliance: ' Our
making erery etfort to get up a compro
mise on the silver question that will
please the free coinage men, and also
the gold bug Wall street Windom fac
tion. These various bills contain noth
ing but a very thin sop throAA-n to the
farmers and laborers, designed to hold
them in their respoctive parties. Near
ly every old party paper Ave pick up' is
anxious to. do something to hold the
farmers by their old party ties.
That the farmers and laborers are
going to act together politically for
their OAvn and the nations w elfare is
causing the greatest commotion among
the 0 political trickters in and out of
These political sharpers, who ought
to be impeached and hung as traitors
to their country, have from their high
places in congress seen English capital
and the tory capital of Wall street rob
the labor and farming element of land
enough to make ten such states as Mas
sachusetts AHthout'makirig an "effort to
expose or prevent the robbery. They
have seen the currency contracted until
land values in the east are almost de-
I stroyed. They have seen the business
of this great people concemraieu in a
few hands until a majority of our small
and enterprising traders are living
from hand to mouth, without any hope
of securing a competence for their chil
dren. They have seen; tenant farmers
increase at a, rapid rate. They have
seen trusts and combines formed to rob
the consumers. After encouraging and
winking at these outrages on the peo
ple for years, these congressmen have
the brass'to get down oa their knees
and beg the farmers tostay in the old
parties and continue ta submit to capi
talistic robbery. These hypocritical vil
lains expect to throw a little dust in
the eyes of the laborers; they expect to
bait their old party traps Avith a little
tariff chaff, withsbme silver buncombe,
and catch the farmer vote as they have
in the past.
That Attorney General Leese should
become the tool of these conspirators is
a surprise to its. We do not question
his honesty, but we doubt his Avisdom.
My dear general, yottf should realize
that the source of the republican party
strearn is in Wall street and that if you
purify a small tributary in Nebraska it
will not affect the "corruption in the
channel of the main Stream. Dorsey
understands this. He has made his bed
Avith Wall street. He proposes to live
or die, sink or swim in the main chan
nel; . . - f
Brother farmers, one word to you.
Now that we see the effect of our orga
nizing and threatening to act independ
ently politically is having, are we go
ing on with the good work? Are we
going to put the demands of our state
platform into law?, - Q;r shall we com
promise with our enemies on some half
way measure? Shall such old birds as
ice are be caught again with old paTty
chaff ? We think not. ; l
Of all the bills introduced and dis
cussed this session of congress but one
(that was not diseussed would affect us
very much in dollars and cents as in
Senator Stanford's bill (which was
tabled) to loan money at 2 per cent a
year would help the farmers. What
the farmers and business men Avant is a
cash system. Senator .Stanford's bill
is a move in that direction.
While congress is torn into factions
on the silver question, while the so called
great financiers of the world are dis
cussing the merits of 15 of silver to one
of gold or 16 of silver to one of gold,
discussing the merits of an internation
al money. Discussing the lovliness of
a national bank bill circulation drawing
10 per cent ; from the people for the
benefit of untaxed bond holders, we
farmers of Nebraska ; have settled the
Avhole currency question in our minds.
We do not care a continental whether
the currency isgtolclf silver-or a gov
ernment legal tenderpaper, only so it
Avill pay our debts. We do not care
whether there is 20, 80, 40 or 50 dollars
per capita in circulation. All Ave want
is money at 2 per cent a year loaned to
us by the government on good security,
until the whole nation is out of debt.
We want the 2 per cent to go to the U.
S. treasury in lieu of other taxation for
the benefit of the Avhole people. With
the nation out of debt the so called
great currency question Avould be set
tled for all time. . The other great
questions now agitating the public mind
Avould be more than half settled. ,
Wymore is enjoying a genuine build
ing boom. - '
A grand banquet will be given by
traveling men at Columbus, July 4.
The membership of the Ancient
Order of Hibernians in Nebraska now
numbers about 800.
A young lady at Fremont named
Nellie Sampson fell from a hammock
and fractured her arm.
' The preachers of Sutton are direct
ing their efforts toward closing meat
markets and barber shops on Sunday.
Accordidg to the assessor's figures,
Tecumseh capitalists are worth only
$23,000 in money and notes.
T. H. Akers, of Superior gave his
two-weeks-old babe some morphine
powders by mistake with fatal effect.
During the recent storm seven head
of cattle belonging to John Naw, liv
ing near Fremont, were killed by
Hon. A. G. Scott, of Kearney, has
gone to Chicago to begin his duties as
commissioner for Nebraska at the
Kearney is using nearly 1,000,000
gallons of water per day. A fine
water works plant supplied by forty
nine drive wells furnishes the amount.
After a stoppage of three weeks
work has been commenced on the coal
shaft at Hubbell and it is claimed that
the supposed vein will be reached by
August. ' -y ' ' '
Dave Pritchard, of Gandy, charged
with "earning an honest living by sell
ing liquor without a license," was
taken to Omaha the other day by a
United States deputy. .
The thirteen year old son of Alonzo
Dennis, a farmer living about twelve
miles southeast of Hartington, was
dragged to death by a horse while herding-
A small military muddle has resulted
over the removal of Ihe military com
pany from Shelton ta Kearney. The
Shelton men refused to give up the
equipments, claiming they owned indi
vidually part of the property and it
could not be transferred.
Hartington was the scene of a social
sensation recently. By a well laid
trap a travelling man named Hammer
discovered his wife entertaining a cer
tain knight of the grip in a conjugal
way in his once happy home. The
next day the unworthy wife and
mother left for parts unknown.
Washington, Jane 2L In taa eenate to
day Mr. Morrill preeented several petitions
for a duty of f2 per pound on , several
against a duty on tin plate.
The house bill, supplementary to the act
of March 23, 1S82 in reference to bigamy,
was taken up. It provides that all funds
or property lately belonging to the Mormon
church shall bo devoted to the nee and
benefit of the common schools In that
, The bill passed without division. There
were some formal amendments made to it
which will require a conference.
Mr. Morrill moved to proceed to con
sideration of the senate bill to establish an
educational fund and apply the proceed a of
pnblio lands and receipts from certain land
grant railroad companies to more complete
the endowment and support of colleges for
the advancement, science and Industrial
After some objection It was taken up, but
soon went over without action.
After some routine business and a short
executive session the senate adjourned.
Washington, June 23 The conference
report on the dependent pension bill was
taken up and Mr. Berry speke against it.
The practical effect of it would be, Mr.
Berry said, to put 99 per cent of union
soldiers on the pension roll. It was really
a service pension bill. Under the operation
of the pending measure the annual pen
sion roil would be $200,000,000 and the cry
would still be for more. And yet no north
ern senator or representative dared stand
np in opposion to the pending bilL North
ern democrats and northern republicans
contended with each other as to which
would go the farthest to satisfy these de
mands. If any southern senator or repre
sentative dared to oppose a pension bill he
was told on one side that he would ir jure
the party and on the other he was de
nounced as a traitor who had no right to
announce an opinion on the subject of
Mr. Gorman also opposed the conference
report. The expenditure under the bill
would aggregate $73,673,054, and this,
added to 8125,000,000 under the xisting
law, would leave the treasury bankrupt In
Mr. Davis, chairman of the committee,
saia Mr. Berry had been a consistent oppo
nent of pensiwn legislation for the benefit
of the union soldier and what he said to
day was on a dlrecc line with what he said
on other occasions. Mr. Davis denied the
correctness of Mr. Gorman's figures and
said the expenditures under the bill would
be about 1 43,000,000. He denied that the
bill was a ttervice pension bill and asserted
that it was a disability bill, pure and sim
ple. Mr. Gorman said that if the bill beoame a
law there would be a deficit of 10- ,t 00,000
in 1892, and even if it did not beceme a law
there would be a deficit of $40, 00,00.1. He
called attention to what a republican
leader Mr. Blamt), "the greatest leader in
bis day and generation bad said as to the
extravagance of appropriations and un
tboughuul and unwiss legislation in the
matter ef revenue. He complimented Mr.
DavIs for the courage with which he had
stemmed the tide ot demagogues and claim
agents and prevented reporting a bill that
would have cost $15J,0Oy,0C0 a year.
Mr. IngalJs aavocated tne conference re
pore. It was an obligation Just as sacred
as that under which tne solaier was paid,
and yet the senate was aiked to postpone
it, to higgle and haggle about it. For him
self he was in favor of the removal of the
limitation act granting arrears of pen
sions. He did not care whether it cost
$10O,0C0,CO0 or $l,0t0,CO0,C0D.
Mr. Test spoke ot the monstrous abuses
that had grown up under tne pension sys
tem and Declared his belief that the pend
ing, bill was being pressed for personal and
political motives. He asserted that the
list had been unduly swoolen in Indiana
because it was a pivotal state and its vote
was ntcessary to elect a president. He
prophesied that the people of the TJaited
(States would revolt against the pension
sj stem and its abuses.
Mr. Turpie said that he had not heard of
any charges in Indiana against the admin
istration of the pension bureau, and he
was not prepared to say whether political
bias had anything to do with granting or
Mr. Hawley expressed the idea that sol
diers would not get the Idea, from what
had been said today, that the senate was
favorable to the .payment of arrears of
pensions, or to the equalization of boun
ties, or the payment of the difference be
tween paper money and gold. He thought
that altogether too much was said about
what the nation owed the soldiers. The
predominant feeling In his Btate was that
the needy soldier should not suffer ,but that
nothing should be waited on the man who
did not need a pension for his support.
The true soldier did not want money
wasted. They wanted their suffering com
rades aided and they wanted tne glory ef
having fought for .their country without
respect to money considerations.
Finally the discussion was closed, a vote
taken and the conference report agreed
to yeas 44, nays 18.
Washington, June 24. The conference re
port on the naval appropriation bill was
presented and -agreed to. .
The senate then preceeded to the con
sideration of the postofhee appropriation
bill. In relation to the first amendment of
the committee, increasing the item for
mail depredations, postofnee directors'
fees and expenses from $25?,0D0 to 1 3T0.0C0,
Mr. Gorman spoke of the postmaster gen
eral's plan for having additional detectives
to inquire into feuch small matters as to
whether the patrons of a poetofflce are sat
isfied that the business of the office is well
performed, whether the postmaster em
ploys members of h s own family, whether
intoxicating liquors are sold In the post
office building and other matters. He ob
jected to the proposition of the postmas
ter general to enter on a system such as he
suggested in his statement before the
home committee dividing the country
into twenty-six districts with a chief de
tective for each district and with a corps
of detective? te be naed for visiting locali
ities and getting "in touch with the peo
ple." He (Gorocaa; did not want any post
master general to have a force under him
whose avowed duty it might be to go
around among the people and get "in
touch" with them.
Mr. Plumb also spoke asainst the amend
ment, but it was agreed to, as were the
other committee amendments, and the bill
Mr. Sherman from the committee on for
eign relations, moved to increase the com
pensation of the minister to Turkey from
7,500 to $10,000. Agreed to.
Mr. Edmunds moved to amend the amend
ment relating to the work of the interna
tional American conference by inserting
the words 'Information in respect ot" so as
to make It read: "For the payment of the
share of the United States of a preliminary
survey for information in respect to of an
inter continental railway 65,000," and said
he made the motion so as to guard against
any moral or Implied engagements to go
on with inter-continental railway. Agreed
All amendments havina been agreed to,
th oui passed.
The conference report on the pension ap
propriation bill was presented. The sen
ate receded from the only amendment not
arranged in the conference that for the
appointment of two additional pension
agents and the pension appropriation bill
now goea to the president
The senate then ac'Jjurned
, Washington, June 2L la the house after
the reading and approval the journal
Mr. Bland's motion for s appeal from the
rullrsc of the chair in reference to the sil
ver bill was defeated yeas 141, nays 117.
Tho bill, therefore, remains in charge cf
the coinage committee.
Washtnoton, June 23. In the house to
day the speaker announced the appoint
ment of Messrs. Brewer, Batttrworth and
Sayers as conferees on the fortifications
bill. - - ' ;' '. ; . ". ' -
The house then went into committee of
the whele on the District of Columbia busi
The committee rose without final action
on the bill.
The conferees on the general pension ap
propriation bill failed to agree. The hobs
insisted upon disagreement to the senate
amendments and adjourned.
Washington, June 24. A. conference was
ordered on the bill to increase the number
of managers of the national home for vol
The senate amendment to the house bill
to extend the time for the payment of the
purchase money for lands of the Omaha
Indiana In Nebraska was agreed to.
Mr, McKinley, from the committee on
rules, reported the following: -
Besolved, That Immediately after the
passage of this resolution the house pro
ceed to consider house bill 5,581 (ulver bill)
with the senate amendments and at 2
o'clock Wednesday, Jane 2 , the previous
question shall be considered as ordered.
He demanded the previous qaestlonon
the adoption of the resolut on, which wan
oraered, and twenty minutes debate was
allowed on either side. There was consid
erable oprtoeltien shown by the democrats.
Mr. McKinley said the purpose of the res
olution was to secure definite and 'speedy
action upon the subject of silver. It was
results the republican side was after, said
Mr. McKinley, and politics the democratic
sde was after. The house had passed the
period of silver manipulation. It was faee
to face with a practical question whether
we were to have free an unlimited coinage
of the world's silver product, or whether
we would legislate to a c sorb every ounce
of silver produced in the United States and
make it part of our monetary system. Oa
motion of Mr. McKinley the special rate
was adopted without division.
Mr. Conger, chairman of the coinage
committee, 1 -resented the report of the
committee. It simply recommended that
the house nonooncur in each and all of the
senate amendments to the silver bill and
request a conference.
Mr. Bland of Missouri ' moved that the
house concur in the senate amendments. -
With these motions pending the debate
began, after, which the house adjourned. -
Denver, Col, June 23. The laboring,
men's strike, which has been in force for
some time past, is virtually - at an end.
Nearly fifteen hundred carpenters, who
ten days ago went out with the striking
mill, machine and bench men, returned to
work this morning. Tho men who re
turned to work today will contribute to
tue support of the strikers and all lumber
from a mill refusing to grant the etrikere'
terms will be boycotted.
Yoneebs, N. y .Jone S3 One thousand
employes of the Patroon Copcut! silk
mills went on a strike this mcnln
against a reduction of rages.
Houghton, Mich., June 2. The' Tarn a
rock copper mine strike has been settled.
The men returned to work at noon today.
Woboesteb, Masa, June iS About six
hundred union carpenters In this city quit
work this morning on their demand for
shorter hours and no redaction of wages
Jersey Crrx, N. J., June 23. -Two hun
dred girls employed at the Lorillard tobac
co factory struck th s morning for an In
crease ef wages. Three thousand hands
are employed in the factory and the strike
The Paw Paw Cyclone.
Paw Paw, 111. , June 23. A public meet
ing of the citizens of this community con
vened in the Grand Army of the Republic
hall here today to devise means t relieve
those injured by the cyclone and supply
the homeless and destitute with shelter,
food and clothing. , r;.
The storm has caused the deatu of
eleven people. Four are severely injured
and will probably die The patn of the
storm was more than twenty rods wide, its
direction was from the southwest to the
northwest and its path is best described by
saying that its trail is in and cuf, as if It
might have been a monster serpent.
The path of the storm Indicates terrlfio
violence In many Instances and not a ves
tage of the buildings remain to mark the
spot where they once stood.
Struck by Lightning.
Ibonton, O., June 23 During a Sunday
school meeting at Sugar Creek, Stark
county, the Methodist church was struck
by lightning and nealry burned. Victor
Miller was instantly killed and Louis Mil
ler, son of the pastor, was badly burned.
Cornelius Smith was rendered unconscious
and le in a critical condition.
A Tornado at Sweetwater.
Gband Island, Neb., June 22. Sweet
water, a email town of thirty inhabitants,
was literally blown to pieces at half past
two this afternoon. C. W. Hodges was the
only one cool enough to rush out. He
went to the head of a deep cut and stopped
the Incoming freight. " George E,4Drew,
M. 0. Frank, Paddy Brennan and fifteen
others were saved by keep'n j the train
away from the track, which wa3 covered
with Ecantlings, timbers and the remnants
of a bcx car. Had the train been cn time.
it tco, would have been tern to pieces,
It Is hard to toll from the timbers of the
wreoked box car, just what it originally
was. The large flouring mill which
cost $23,0C0, is a mass of ruins, not
a, wuoib piece 01 iimDer Being letc.
Heary Byers, the merchant of the place
had a $3,C00 stock destroyed. Farmers
were seen coming in with new boards
wkich they said they found two and a half
miles nortn of the town. The most pitiable
case is that of Mrs. J. L. Goff. She had just
finished a. fine 4,000 residence. Now she
has nothing. All her money was Invested
in the house and farm was also under
mortgage. Her husband died not long ago
wiu Bne remarzea at tne time, uooa Jbord,
what will oome to me next?" She, with
seven children, went to the cellar and got
in just as the roof of the house came over
wiuun a lew inches ox the cellar. '
A Heavy Dlow.
Blue Hnx, Neb., June 24 This moral g
at 2:30 incendiary fires were et at both
ends of Main street with the purpsneof de
stroying at leeet one part of the city. One
ot the efforts proved a failtxe, aatt was dis
covered by O. C. Klingman acd the land
lady ot the Munson house in time to be ex
tinguished. Thouch the whole side of the
opera honee was covered with kerosene
the flames were extinguished. Not so for
tunate with the other, which seemed to
start from tho paint avd wall paper bouse
ot Mercon i, Grimes and qoi-jkly fpiead
until seventeen ot the prlndpfl brsineM
uildings of the city wer ln4ahes and aa
many or more of our budnets and leading
men were left without a place in uhfch lu
continue their vocatiors.
The whole of the lor g row would luvo
been consumed hsd is out been Icr tho
efforts of thot-e who tore out two build
ings adjoining the Stste band, a briolc utruo
ture, and stopped the rlsmes a short dis
tance from the end. Brave work was also
done in saving the lumber yard. The Bed
Cloud fire department, which arrived in an
incredible short time, have rendered good
servloe during the whole of the day. Five
men are more cr Ifm inlured, rone of
them very seriou'ly. P. H. Price, the B A
M. agent, a slated in carrying goods from a
building and some burning timbers struck
blm on the head, so that he very narrowly
escaped, being rendered too helpless to get
New Castle, Pa , J Ane 22 A mot t daring
abduction was accomplished here today
from one of the leading hotels, the corri
dors of which were crowded at the time
with men discussing the congressional
deadlock in this district. They were
startled about 6:30 o'clock by Mrs. J. E.
Phillips of Sterling, III. , a guest of tho
hotel, rushing down stairs and calling upon
them frantically, "For God's sake rescue
that child. They have stolen uty child."
When the woman had scffialtntly recov
ered from her excitement to explain, it
was learned that the two men who had a
moment before quietly but hurriedly
passed through the crowd with a young
girl were the abductors ot Mrs. Fn-liipt'
sister. "The girl they had stolen," sid
he, "Is Neva Cochran, my titer. Mer
father and mother are ceud and sbo haa
been living with us at Sterling, III., our
home. We have been visiting in this sec
tion, and Thursday night wa were a5 Mrs.
Moses', my sister, where these tad byt
tried to steal the child rom us, tul Mr.
Phillips prevented them, and now they
feave followed a here. While Mr. PaiUips
went to the depot to oheckour baggage, as
we are on our road home, they broke Into
the room and took her from me. Ther
were oron before I could raise an alarm."
When Mr. Phillips ro turned to the hotel
he informed the mayor, who earned effl .
cers to be sent in pursuit of the men. tut
as yet without success, as they hurried the
girl into a buggy at the hotel door act had
driven out ot the city at full speed.
The abductors are Arnold and Hugh
Cochran, brothers of Neva, and they are
hardened characters, the latter having
served a term in jail for stealing. Nova 1
a handsomo brunette, sixteen years old,
and lived with her sister. She was an un
willing party to the ab'lu'Jtlon. Her
father was the late T. F. Cochrnn, a riob.
farmer, who left an estate ot $75 OGO to bo
divided amortg four children. Her oraar-
dians are Hiram Watson and 8. C. Mc
Creary. It is evidently the intention of
the Cochran boys to keep the girl until she
conies of age with the hope of securing
her share in the estate.
President Menindez Dead.
Sal Salnadob, June 23. President
Menindez died suddenly lait nfght soon
after the conclusion of the banquet given
on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of
the entrance of General Menlnde a nto San
Salvador and the defeat or tha Zilaivao
faction. During tHe panto caused by the
president's deatn General Mhroow aua sev
eral other ouioers were auiea as the bar.
racks. General Orlon Ezata, leurier of the
foroep, is now in command. All is quiet
New Ycbk, June SI. General Master
Workman Powderly and the members Of
the executive boara of he Knights cf
Labor visited the targe efSce today and
witnessed the worklm s of the new con.
tract labor bureau and the handling of im
migrants generally under the national gov
ernment There were over 2,2.0 1 in mi
grants in the building at the time who had
just arrived and the employes were hus
tling around In the werk of paeslcg the
people tbrougn the usual fcrm&'itles. Tho
system of recelvtrg and pasirg in: ml
grants was thoroughly explained and alo
tne precautions to prevent the admission
of contract laborers. Mr. Powderly ex.
presse himself aa thoroughly satisfied
with the arrangements and said tbey were
Infinitely better than the old system at
Castle Garden. He laid there was no
check upon the padrones unde-r the old
tystem and that on one occasion when he
visited the Garden In April lat a stream of
immigrants passed almost unquestioned.
Under the present system Mr. Powderly
declared that tlio laws were better en
forced.' The party subsequently visited
Milwaukee, Wis., June 21. Tha Leasing
Wisconsin's special from Black water Falls,
Wis., Bays James Hamilton and his two
sons were drowned at North Bend lata Sat
urday Light while crossing tho lake ou
' Returns the Compliment.
Ottawa, Ont., June 24. The Unit 3d
States congress having amendel the
tariff bill, reducing the duty ou lumber to
$1 per thousand feet, board measure, the
Dominion government will now remove
tbe export duty on saw legs as soon as the
United States tariff bill becomes a law.
Fremont special : The exact figures
on the population of the three leading
cities in this censu8 district, namely,
Fremont, Grand Island and Kearney,
cannot yet be given, but a correspon
dent has learned approximately Avhat
they Avill be. Fremont's figures will
not Aary one hundred irom G.500. In
formation received in different ways
from Grand Island and Kearney is to
the effect that those two cities will
show aboat tho same population aa
Fremont, and it will probably require
the official returns from the census
bureau to determine which of the three
is the largest. It is understood from a
man who has just been at Kearney
that the enumerators thero have been
notified by local parties interested in
a big showing thai they will be ex
pected to find at least 8,000 people in
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