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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE; LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1890.
FLUSHED EVERY SATURDAY liORWNS.
MJJAI1CE PDBLISDIIIG CO.
Lincoln, - - - NeDraska.
J. BURROWS, : : : Editor.
J. VL. THOMPSON, Business Manager.
M In the beauty ef the lillies
Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom
- That transfigures you and me.
As He strove to make men holy
-' Let us strive to make men free,
J Since God is marching on."
Julia Ward Howe.
" Laurel crowns cleave to deserts,
And power to him who power exerts."
"A ruddy drop of manly blood
The sursrine sea outweighs."
M He who cannot reason is a fool;
He who will not reason is a coward,
He who dare not reason is a slave."
PEOPLE'S INDEPENDENT. SRATE
In compliance with the request of over fif
teen thousand voters of this state that we
should name two persons to fix a ratio of re
presentation, a proper date, issue a call, se
cure a hall, and make all needed arrange
ments for holding a People's Independent
State Conventio", we hereby name as such
persons J. Burrows. Ch'm State Alliance Exe
cutive Committee, and J. H. Craddock, Sec'y
State Assembly of the Knights of Labor.
. - J. M. Thompson.
Sec'y State Alliance.
J. H. Craddock,
Sec. State Assembly K. of L.
FOR A PEOPLE'S INDEPENDENT
In pursuance of the duty devolved upon us
by the above appointment we hereby an
nounce that a People's Independent State
Convention will be held In Bohanan Hall,
Lincoln, Nob., Tuesday, July 29, 1890, at 3
o'clock P. M., for the purpose of placing: In
nomination candidates for the following State
Secretary of State .
Auditor of Public Accounts.
Commissioner of Public Lands and Build
ings. Superintendent of Public Instruction.
And the transaction of any other business
that may properly come before the conven
tion. All persons who accept the declaration of
principles published and circulated by the Peo
ple's Committee are hereby invited to parti
cipate in the selection of delegates to this
people's convention, regardless of past politi
We also recommend that the people in the
different precincts meet at their regular poll
ing places to choese delegates to their county
conventions on Thursday, July 24, at 5 o'clock
T . M., and that the delegates so chosen meet
in County Convention to choose delegates to
-the State Convention on Saturday, July 26,
in the afternoon. We also recommend that
.all such county conventions appoint County
Committees for the conduct of the campaign.
We also recommend that the delegates
-chosen in the First Congressional District
-constitute a Congressional Convention for
that District, to be convened immediately on
the adjournment of the State Convention.
No proxies will be admitted. Delegates
.present will cast the full vote of their county.
The different counties will be entitled to
delegates as follows, based upon the indus
trial organization in said counties, viz:
Antelope '.. 16
""Maine ..... 4
ox Butte 3
rown . . 7
uffalo.... .... 24
iutler. . . . .. 15
Custr .. 20
Dawes. .... 10
Dawson. ....... 16
Franklin ...... . 14
Grant. ........ . 1
Hall.... ....... 17
Hayes ".. ... 4
Key a Paha 5
Kimball . 1
McPherson. . . .. 1
V r 1 1 1 . H.
Red Willow.... 18
Saline. .... i.. . . 15
Sarpy . 5
Scotts Bluffs... ' 2
Unorg'nized ter.'. 1
J. H. CRADDOCK.
Our Twine Deal and the State Agency.
Those members of the Alliance who
have bought their twine through the State
Agency may have the satisfaction of
knowing that they have done better' on I
jute twine than any other parties, either
in this State or Kansas, Iowa or Dakota.
Our agent is also furnishing other
grades as low as any, other point, the
prices now being lower than other
states started. Our agency has been
able to do this from the fact that our
original contracts guaranteed the price,
thus enabling us to take advantage of
The benefit of our State Agency in
twine alone has more than compensated
- for the expense of establishing it. Too
, much cannot he said of Mr. Hartley's
ability as a business man, and his devo
tion to the interests of the Alliance.,
Where crops, have failed, and mem
bers do not want the twine they have
ordered, their orders will be cancelled
. and their advances refunded at any
, time before the twine is actually shipped.
We trust the Alliance members will
see the importance of sustaining this
Agency. : As a check of extortionate
prices or combinations it will pay for
itself many times ververy year.
A BURNING SHAME
AND DISGRACE TO THE STATE OF
The Omaha Bee of the 21st came to us
with six columns of its first page de
Voted to the elaboration of an organiza
tion named the "State Business Men's
and Banker's Association," and an ad
dress from the same to the people under
the heading of "A Sober Appeal to
Thinking Men." This address states,
"as a business proposition," that "the
incorporation of a prohibitory amend
ment into the constitution of the State
of Nebraska will be inimical to the best
interests and material welfare of the
people of the State, by retarding its de
velopment, depressing real estate val
ues, producing a disastrous stagnation
of commerce and stoppage of immigra
tion." This declaration is signed by
large numbers of the bankers and busi
ness men of Omaha, South Omaha,
Beatrice, Hastings, Grand Island,
Plattsmouth, Nebraska City, Fremont,
Kearney and North Platte. While the
headquarters of this association are said
to be in Lincoln, to the eternal credit
of this city be it said that there are only
seven signatures of Lincoln men on the
document, and only four in Blair; but
we fear these deficiencies may be sup
plied. The signers "advise and urge
their friends to work and vote against
said prohibitory amendment."
We are amazed that so many leading
and respectable business men would
deliberately place their names to a de
claration implying that prohibition had
been a failure in neighboring states, and
the false and foolish statement quoted as
to its effect if adopted in Nebraska. We
are willing to believe that many of them
have signed it merely because they
were asked to, and that their cheeks
will mantle with shame when they see
their names paraded on the first page
of the Bee, and sandwiched between the
names of gamblers, drunkards and sa
It is absolutely false that prohibition
has ever adversely affected trade in any
state that has adopted it to the extent
of one dollar; and it is an absurd pro
position that the development of Ne
braska will be retarded, values de
pressed or business stagnated by its
adoption here. Gov. Larrabee has con
clusively demonstrated that crime was
diminished and court expenses lessened
by prohibition in Iowa. If any one
wants to see its disastrous effect upon
immigration let him go up to Coving
ton, opposite Sioux City, and view the
class it has driven out and kept out of
Iowa. He can find there a vile den of
thieved, prostitutes; gamblers and cut
throats of which Iowa has been purged
by prohibition. Mr. Rosewater, nor no
man of the hundreds of bankers and
merchants who have signed this infa
mous document, can find any single in
stance where a respectable or desirable
emigrant has been deterred from going
into a State on account of prohibition.
There is one vile charge Which we
make and can bring home to every man
who has signed this document. It is
that as business men they are willing
and anxious to have a revenue from li
censes and fines with which to educate
their children. In every town where
these signatures have been gathered
there are half clothed and hungry wo
men, and bare-footed, ragged, unkempt
and uneducated children, made so by
the cursed rum traffic; and these presi
dents of banjks, and merchant princes,-
and cashiers, and presidents of Im
provement Co. 's and Canning Co.'s,
railroad contractors and railroad man
agers, etc., etc., ad infinitum, are will
ing this manufacture of paupers and
criminals should be continued, if it will
bring a revenue into the school fund,
and it the criminal expenses arising
from the traffic can continue to be
taxed against the farmers.
Bankers and business men of Nebras
ka, we have just one word to say to
you. You have done yourselves proud
You have signed your own passports to
hell. You have put your names to a
document that will bring a blush of
shame to the cheeks of your children
and your children's children. You have
put yourselves under the lead of Rose
water, and you have squarely antago
nized every Christian man and woman
in this State. You have signed your
names to a damning lie that will rise
up and confront you like Banquo's
ghost on the day of judgment, and you
will not be able to say then, "shake not
thv srorv locks at ie thou canst not
say I did it." And many of you are
shining lights in Christian churches
God save the mark!
You have unwittingly done something
more that you did not intend. 1 You
have done what you could to solidify
the farmer vote of tnis State in favor of
prohibition. Poor and vile as your
"business" instincts and low selfishness
are, God is using you for au instrument
of good against your will. The farmers
of this State will not continue to pay
hundreds of thousands yearly as costs
of crime, that you may collect the price
of ragged and starved children and des
titute and degraded women, in. the
brm of licenses and fines, with which
to educate your little ones and defray
your municipal expenses.
Now we advise you to take the first
page of the Omaha Bee, with your names
blazoned on it, and frame it in gilt, and
bang it in your offices and parlors, that
your descendants who may live in a bet-
er age may know just how low and vile
was the standard you set for yourselves.
It may teach them humility to know
what contracted and contemptible hearts
you mixed with - the dollars you be
queathed to them.
This paper is not a prohibition organ,
as is well-known. But our blood boiled
when we saw the vile show the repre
sentative business men of Nebraska
were making of themselves and the
State; and we are here to tell the truth
and take the consequences. "
The Silver Question.
Too late for comment last week we
received the news of the passage by the
Senate of the bill for the free and un
limited coinage of silver. This action
was somewhat of a surprise to the coun
try, especially the decisive vote by
which the measure was passed. The
U. S. Senate has done no act in many a
year that tended so much to retrieve it
from the low estate into which it has
fallen. The stand it took in favor of
restoring the silver dollar to its old
time place in our currency was a noble
action. As it came from the house the
silver bill left silver as a commodity.
demonetized as it was before, merely
increasing the coinage of dollars a
half-way measure, which would only
partially accomplish the result the peo
ple so much desire. The position of
the democratic Senators on this ques
tion will do no harm to their party.
If the bill passed by the Senate should
become a law, the results to the coun
try will be most beneficial. The idea
that it will drive gold away is absurd
and preposterous. The idea that it will
cause an injurious accession of silver to
this country, or any dangerous infla
tion, is equally absurd. It would raise
the price of silver in the dollar to the
value of gold in the gold dollar, and
maintuin it there. If we got any silver
from abroad we would have to buy it,
and pay all it was worth. As it would
increase to a certain extent the volume
of money, it would raise prices, and
hence stimulate business enterprises
and unlock and employ the hoard of
money which will not be invested while
prices are falling or business stagnated.
This in turn would employ labor.
brighten trade, and cause increased
prosperity. The poor man and the
merchant and mechanic would be bene
fited, and the speculator would be com
pelled to invest or see the purchasing
power of his money diminish. In other
words, the value of property would in
crease and the command of it by money
would decrease. The debtors of the
country, who have seen debt-paying
grow harder and harder every day,
would see a reversal of this process,
and debt-paying become easier and
easier. Wages would rise with the
prices of property and corssmodities,
"over-production" would be a thing of
the past, and strikes and lock-outs be
These truths are well-known sby all
the men who voted for free silver, and
by most of those -who voted against it
There has been no time in the past six
years when there has not been an abso
lute majority in both houses of Congress
in favor of free silver; but with the
power of Wall street supreme in the
white house, and the power of the cau
cus on the same side, a free coinage law
has been impossible. '
A conference committee must now be
appointed. But with the speaker op
posed to the law and rady to prevent
action as long as possible, and with an
Executive ready to veto the law if he
can find even a poor excuse, the result
is hardly doubtful. We do not expect
free coinage this session we only hope
But we say to the advocates of free
silver in Congress, make no compro
mise. Have free coinage of silver or
nothing. It will.be much better to go
to the country on that issue than to
make a compromise that will indefinite
ly postpone free coinage. If the repub
lican party is willing to take the re
sponsibility of defeating free coinage
the free silver men can stand it.
Hell on Tap in the name of "Business.'
It i3 not long since one of the Omaha
dailies, probably the Bee, gave a de
tailed account of the humiliating specta
cle of the fallen women of Omaha com
ing up to pay into the city treasury
their regular monthly fines for immu
nity from prosecution. Thus the "busi
ness men" of our cities become accus
tomed" to sharing the wages of sin
through this system of monthly fines
It is scarcely surprising that men who
think it is "business" to recoup their
municipal treasuries by letting their
city governments act as bawds for
brothels, should rush to the support o
the saloon, an imp of the same dam, in
the name of "business," and sign their
names to the manifesto of the Business
Men's and Banker's Association.
The People's Convention in the Third
The : People's Independent Conven
vention to nominate a successor to Mr
Dorsey, is called to be held at Colum
bus on July 15. II there are any coun
ties which have not made arrangements
to be represented in that convention
they should do so at once. If a good
man is selected he will be elected, and
the people of the 3d District will again
be represented in' Congress, instead of
the banks and railroads.
The Independent Convention.
The Call for the Independent Con
vention is issued this week. It is asked
or by "fifteen thousand voters. And
the avalanche of names still continues.
This is the way of reUef. The shackles
of party have been the instruments of
plunderers." Assert your independence
by breaking those shackles. The very
best that a. party can do is to elect pure
men to office. That is its only func-
ion. It has failed to perform it. You
can elect pure men to office without a
party, and thus make your ballots your
servants instead of your masters. The
source of liberty is a free ballot. It has
been poisoned by abuse of party ma-'
chinery. This movement is to purify it.
There has never been a time in the
history of the country when dissatisfac
tion with political and economic condi
tions was so universal as now. An era
of greed and plunder has culminated in
the seizure by trusts, combines and cor
porations of every avenue and agency
for the absorption of the wealth crea
ted by the producers. The control or
corruption of the political power of the
country is necessary to enable these
plunderers to maintain their grasp upon
their ill-gotten gains. To such an ex
tent has the political machinery become
corrupted that the people have entirely
lost faith in it as an agency of good
government. Thart our political ma
chinery is 'under the control of corpo
rate power has been publicly acknowl
edged by Nettleton and his associates,
who, while repudiating it in their own
cases, have shown no strength or ability
equal to coping with it. They have
simply said to the railroad power, "Gen
tlemen, we know you are running this
machine; but won't you please let us
run it this year?" In fact, there is not
the least indication that the malign in
fluence which has controlled this state
for the past fifteen years has lost any of
its vigor. Its grasp can only be loos
ened by a general uprising of the peo
The democratic party has only one
idea. On the great questions of money,
land and transportation it is as dumb
as an oyster. This will not wash. It
self under the control of the money and
corporate power, it can be no fit agency
Now, people, let us have unity and
The Example of Nebraska in the East.
We learn by the Standard that the
feeling of the people for independent po
litical action seems to be in the air.
Not only all around us in the west are
such movements fomenting, but in the
east the disastrous influence of partisan
politics are being recognized, and the
best men in many communities are
moving for independent conventions
and repudiating the ties of party. The
Rev. Heber Newton, of New York, has
started a movement in behalf of inde
pendent nominations which deserves
the respectful consideration of every
friend of good government in this city.
A circular has been issued requesting
the Stock exchange, Consolidated ex
change, Produce exchange, Coal and
Iron exchange, Cotton exchange, Coffee
exchange, Bar association, Association
of master plumbers, Association of
painters, Bricklayers' union, Clothiers'
association, Jewelers' league, Hotel as
sociation, United brotherhood of car
penters and joiners and the Central
labor union to each send three dele
gates to attend a meeting at Windsor
hotel on the evening of June 24, at 8
o'clock "to organize a citizen's move
ment for the purification of municipal
politics by non-partisan nominations."
The signers of this invitation are R.
Heber Newton, pastor of All Souls' Epis
copal church ;Jesse Seligman,the banker;
Rev. Thomas J. Ducey, pastor of St.
Leo's Roman Catholic church; A. R.
Whitney, one of the leaders of the Busi
ness men's republican association; Gus
tave H. Schwab, merchant and ship
owner, and one of the trustees of the
Reform club; John Claflin, head of the
great dry goods house; Louis C. Whiton,
lawyer; F. D. Tappen, president of the
Gallatin bank; Henry A. Rogers, mer
chant; and Henry C. Potter, Protestant
Episcopal bishop of New York.
The above is an array of distinguished
names. They are names of gentlemen
who have been looking upon socieey
and politics from a lofty stand-point,
and who must see plainly not only the
corruption of it, but the dangerous ten
dency of the times. If the merchants,
professional men and mechanics of our
towns would wake from their torpor,
the millinium might be near at hand.
The present movement in Nebraska is
destined to have a great effect in the
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH
OF WOOLEN GOODS.
What They Cost the Nebraska Farmer.
Cost to importer .$100 00
Tariff.. ........... 60 00
Ocean freight 2 00
Interest, 5 per cent 6 00
10 per cent profit added. 16 80
Making cost to jobber $184 80
Add 10 per cent profit 18 48
" interest, dray age, etc 9 24
Making cost to wholesaler. . . . . . $212 52
Add 20 per cent as profit, inter
est and inland transportation 42 50
Making cost to retailer. ...... . .$255 02
Add 25 per cent .v. . . . . '. . . 64 00
Making cost to consumer. . . . . ... .$319 02
The McKinley bill having taken the
tariff off of diamonds, the Nebraska
farmer will have a full jeweled eorn
sheller. The editor of The Alliance
hopes to get a diamond bosom pin af
ter harvest some time after, in fact.
The duty on potatoes, wheat, cattle,
etc, having been increased, a great im
provement in home markets may be
looked for. You'll want to look sharp,
We present herewith an
illustration of . the badge
which is being made in
Chicago for the Nebraska
Alliance. It is a very
pretty thing, in the form of
a scarf or bosom pin. Its color is gold,
and red, white and blue. It is about
half an inch wide and six-eighths of an
inch long, and is a very neat and orna
Secretary Thompson will furnish this
badge to Alliances at the rate of $17.50
per 100. Single samples, sent by mail,
20 cents each.
We are now hoping to make a still
better contract in Chicago, in which
case the price will be lowered. Our
first contract was for $15.00 per hun
dred. It was then raised to $17.50.
But we are now expecting to make a
contract at $14.00.
The Republican Press Twitting on Facts.
The Omaha Republican says iheB. M.
Journal is a disgrace to the state, and
that it occupies "one of the highest
seats .of dishonor." We have long
known that it was a disgrace to the
state and to the city of Lincoln; but we
didn't look for any such admissions as
to the "seat of dishonor" from any of
the republican press. What paper oc
cupies the next highest seat, in the
opinion of the Republican? Is it the Bee?
and where does the Republican sit? The
Republican says that the Lincoln Journal
"cannot lay aside its prejudices long
enough to rejoice in anything but the
success of its own grabs at the state
treasury through its infamous printing
That's right down solid truth, if the
republican did say it. But the fun of it
is that these two members of the same
family will soon be working together to
elect some nominees of the railroad
gang who will give them some more
swindling contracts. If there is any
quarrel about the contracts we have not
heard of it. The only trouble about
them was that they could not get enough
By the way, Mr. Republican, now
your Irish is up and your hand in, sup
pose you give us a history of those
printing contracts. The people per
haps might not relish an exposure of
how they are being robbed; but the
truth will be healthy for them after all.
It may give them some light about vot
ing this fall. And it is always interest
ing to see the fur fly. "Go it bar, go
it husband." Just wade in now.
The Republican says "the people of
Lincoln don't endorse the Journal."
That's a fact, but they don't have to.
The B. & M. railroad endorses it, and
Uncle Sam gave its brass-collared edi
tor the post-office, to pay for the dirty
work he has been doing for the corpo
rations and monopolies for the past ten
years. So the Journal manages to stag
ger along without the endorsement of
the people, without, in fact, the respect
Wade, in both of you. Thb Alliance
will hold your hats. Hadn't the W.-H.
better chip in too?
The Reply of Congress to the Cry of the
A cry of distress has gone up from all
over the land, a cry for more money a
request that some new system of issu
ing money should be adopted by which
sufficient to do the business of the coun
trv could be put in circulation. Sena
tor totaniora proposed mat . money
should be issued on land security in
stead of bond security. A cry of hor
ror went up from thousands of shylock
throats. It was declared unconstitu
tional. It was not within the power of
the government to loan money direct to
the people on land or any other security.
And the Senate Committee to whichj
the proposition had been referred re
ported adversely, and killed the bill for
But committees of both houses have
reported bills to extend for fifty years
the loan to the U. P. railroad, at three
per cent per annum. That is to say, it
is unconstitutional for the U. S. to loan
money to the people at large on land
security, but it is perfectly constitu
tional to loan money to a few railroad
millionaires on railroad security. It
makes a vast difference whose ox is
gored, you see. The government can
not loan to the peeple on the best se
curity in the world, but it can loan to
railroad barons on a doubtful security,
at a lower rate than it is paying to its
Another precious item. Sixty mil-f
lions of the money of the people, wrung
from them by needless and extortionate
taxation, is loaned to private banks
which are called U. S. depositories,
without any interest whatever, and is
reloaned to the people at extortionate
rates, often in the west two per cent a
month; at the same time there is no
warrant in the constitution to loan
money to the people on land security;
no warrant to issue it to the people at
fair rates directly, but plenty of war
rant to issue it to them at extortionate
rates indirectly. .
How long will God permit a patient
people to be so abused?
Matters and Things in Old Saunders.
Editor Alliance: The anti-monop.
republican conference that was called
to meet in Wahoo June 14th, was a fiz
zle. There were so many democrats in
the court room that the men who called
the meeting did not have the brass to
call the meeting to order. Every move
the g. o. p. makes the deeper they get
in the mire. We the people are going
to run things a little while, and the
sooner the politicians give up the ghost
the better it will be for them.
Saunders Co. is unanimously in favor
of an independent ticket. Over one-half
the merchants are signing the call.
One of the leading merchants of Wahoo
says "yes, what is good for the farmer is
food for the merchants so keep the
all rolling." W.O. Rand.
In answering advertisements please
mention this paper.
A RELIABLE NEWSPAPER.
Statistics from the B. ft M. Journal.
The following extract is copied from
the editorial page of the Lincoln Journal
of last Sunday. The italics in it are our
own. We copy it to show utterly
reckless and worthless are the state
ments of that railroad organ.
The free traders of the -west have less
sense than their eastern and southern breth
ren. When you propose to admit sugar or
rice or oranges free of duty, the southern
free trader mounts his ear and permits Home
to howl. The great democratic leader, Scott
of Pennsylvania, wants it distinctly under
stood that when he talks free trade to the
groundlings in the pit, he expressly reserves
coal from the free list. And so it goes from
Dan to Beersheba. The free trader always
demands ample protection for the local staple
of his constituency.
Everywhere except in the west. Here the
free trader howls just as loudly against the
tariff on tin as the South Carolinian or the
Maine democrat. He hasn't gall enough to
see that a tariff on tin means the stimulation
of an industry that will add twentv million
MECHANICS TO THE WORKING FORCE OF THE
west to eat up our surplus gTub and build up
centers of trade, and sixtv millions annu
ally" to the productions of the trans-Missouri
region. That is what the transfer of our tin
factories from Cornwall to Dakota and re
Now we turn to Spofford's Alma
nac for 1889, and find that the total
number of hands employed in all the
establishments of manufacturing in
dustries (except gas) in all the spates
and territories, as returned in the cen
sus of 1880, was only 2,738,930. But
the tariff on tin is to add "twenty mil
lion mechanics to the working force of
We find the total value of hardware
and cutlery manufactures was twenty-three
million, and number of hands
employed 25,000; and the total value of
machinery was $214,000,000, and num
ber of hands employed 143,000; that the
total value of the product of tin, cop
per and sheet-iron ware wa3 $48,000,
000, and number of hands employed
was 20,000; and we find that the total
value of tin-plates, iron and steel that
was imported was $19,000,000. And yet
the tariff on tin, which the McKinley
bill raised to such an extravagant figure
that its use would be discouraged, is to
add "twenty million mechanics to the
working force of the west," and "sixty
millions annually" to our productions.
Of what value to its readers is a pa
per that makes such utterly ridiculous
and absurd statements? In the mining
and manufacture of tin exclusively
there are not one million persons em
ployed in the whole world and, yet the
tin tariff is to add "twenty million me
chanics" to the working force of the
west. Go to, you fools.
THE KNIGHTS IN LINE.
They Endorse the Independent Movement,
and Urge Union in the Common
The State Executive Board of the K.
of L. in Nebraska, at a meeting held in
Lincoln on Monday last, adopted a res
olution in favor of the Independent
People's Movement, on the liile of prin
ciples stated in the declaration, which
is identical with the St. Louis Platform.
Thus all factions and all classes come
to the support of this great movement.
arena cs .Tom.
Hon. J. Burrows, Lincoln, Neb.: I
desire to ask for information in regard
to the People's Independent Movement.
Mr. D. M. Nettleton, of Spring Ranch,
is telling it around that it started in the
U. P. railroad shop at Omaha, If it is
so please let. me know, and if not let
your readers know. Yours truly,
J. H. Lyon.
Member Pleasant Reserve Alliance.
We are sorry to hear of the above
statement. It cannot be that Bro. Net
tleton wishes to discredit this grand
movement. And yet it would seem so.
Of course if he made the statement
above alluded to he lied. He knew
very well where the movement origi
nated. Mr. Rosewater told him when
he was presiding over the party-savers
here in Lincoln May 20. He also told
him what a grand movement it was.
We knew Bro. Nettleton was awful
homely, but we thought he couldn't tell
a lie. Our columns are open for his denial.
ALL NOW IN LINE.
The Union Labor State Convention
met in this city on June 23th, endorsed
the People's Movement, and adjourned
without making any nominations. Thus
all the reform and industrial organiza
tions are united in one grand advance
upon the works of the enemy. c shall
fight it out on that lino if it takes all
GO AHEAD WITH THS SIGNING.
Do not let the fact that a People's In
dependent Convention has been called
interrupt the work of circulating aud
signing the Declaration of Principles.
Such signatures are endorsements of
the movement. The work of obtaining
them has only just fairly begun. Fifteen
thousand names are now enrolled. Push
the work until forty thousand are in.
DEPORT ANT NOTICE.
NEW CLUB OFFER.
THE ALLIANCE TILL JAN.
1st, 1891, TO CLUBS OF
TEN FOR FIFTY
It is of the utmost importance that
every member of the Alliance should take
this paper. The most important politi
cal contest ever known in Nebraska is
about to open. The Alliance is one of
the important factors in this contest.
The most mendacious lies about it are
abroad, being printed and sent broad
cast througout the country. The actual
facts about it can only be known by
reading its organ.
In addition to this it is tho medium
through which the State Agent commu
nicates with the members, which makes
it necessary to them in a business point
To put it easily in the reach of all we
offer it to Alliances in clubs of ten or
more until Jan. 1st, 1891, at 50cts per
Or, five subscriptions in one order, one
Or, we will send that remarkable
book, Caesar's Column (paper covers)
and The Alliance one year for $1.25.
We will furnish special edition of The
Alliance to localities having no local
organ, with one-half to one page of local
matter, at extremely low special rates.
These can bo sent 'by express or mailed
from this office to lists turnished, as de
sired. Independent Convention of tho Third
At a conference of tho Farmers' Alli
ance, Knights of Labor, Trado Uuioii!,
Labor Clubs and other labor organiza
tions of tho Third Congressional Dis
trict, held at Grand Island, Neb., May
29, 1890, in which 24 counties were rep
resented, it was decided to issue a call
for an Independent1 Congressional
convention to be held at Colum
bus, Neb., July 15, 1890, at 2 o'clock
p. m., for the purpose of placing in
nomination an independed candidate
for congress in the Third Congressional
District of Nebraska.
The basis of representation shall be
s follows: The representation to tho
ounty conventions shall be one dele
gate to every twenty members or major
raction thereof, and all Sub. Alliances.
Knights of Labor Assemblies, Trade
Unions, Labor Clubs, with less than 20
members shall be entitled to one dele
gate. Tho representation in tho Con
gressional convention shall be oue dele
gate to every 10 delegates or major frac
tion thereof to the county convention.
A full delegation is desired.
James Beswick, Ch'm.
J. G.Painter, Sec. Kearney, Neb.
Broken Bow, Neb.
Boone County on the War Path.
Petersburg, Neb., May 29, 1890.
Editor Alliance: I have leen
eading your valuable paper for three
nonths past, and will say I like the tone
bf it. It is one paper working for the
nterest of the people. Our county is
veil organized, and the people are
Mive to their interests. The question
s seldom asked, are you a democrat or
re you a republican, but are you an
Uliance mau, and working for the peo
le as against corporations and mono
polies? The people are talking a little
ike Jackson did when some of our
Diithern brothers did not behave well.
By the eternal you must." And when
Jhe people say you must it certainly
'ueans a great deal, l see our governor
as called the boys together, rretty late,
lr. John M.. unless it is a bid. We
aope for the best, but watch as well as
Brother tarmers, weu ao you
know if vou jro out of a cold
night and hear your hogs souealiugand
quarrelinar over their bed'tney are not
V comfortably situated. So it is with the
I i;.t " c vK. 1. rrt
squealing for a soft place.
i rri t f .ill.
Aiicre are a lew jrienas oi uio iarni
ers in our country who are ever ready
to give advice. They think the fann
ers had better stay at home and save
'some of their precious time in place of
spending their time consulting toghther
to try to better their situation. Such
men may be our friends, but I have no
use for them.
f Our Alliance has not passed any reso
lutions, only to stand together.Jana that
means a great deal. Our county Alli
ance will meet the 7th of June, when
we expect a big time. Hoping that
Boone will be in the front rank in No
vember. I remain respectfully yours.
J. W . Oenuxg.
Hon. J. B. Weaver in Nebraska.
General Weaver, the well known la
bor advocate of Iowa, who so ably rep
resented his district in congress for
three terms, and who is always found
on the side of the people in their de
mands for justice ana freedom from
oppression has made a line of appoint
ments for Nebraska, and will be at the
following places on the dates named.
Lincoln, June 25th, Hastings, June 2G,
Beatrice, June 28, Ord, June 80, Broken
Bow, July 2, Grand Island, July 3, and
Wahoo, July 4. Our readers in the dif
ferent localities should see to it that
each of these meetings are well attend
ed as the General will have very inte
resting facts and figures to present at
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