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THE' FARMERS' ALLIANCE; LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, JULY 19,'l890.
rnUKEO EVERY SATURDAY U0BNII16.
' BY TBOS
filUiECB FODUSnmG CO.
Lincoln, - - - rieoraska.
i. BURROWS, : : s Editor.
I. U. THOHPSOH, Business Manager.
Xa te beauty the lUlies
Ctaistwaaboni across the sea,
VU3i a glory in his bosom
: That transfigure you and me.
As II strwvs to make men holy
, Lit m strive to make men hie,
Ciace God is marching on."
Julia Ward Howe.
"Laced crawns cleave to deserts,
AmA power to him who power exerts."
A ruddy drop of manly blood
The turfing sea outweighs."
Hskwho cannot reason is a fool,
He who wi9 not reason is a coward,
Ho who dare not reason is a slave."
Premiums for New Lists or
For the largest list of new subscribers
or renewals at $1,00 per year, or in
clubs of five at $4,00, received before
the first day of October next, we will
give OnaFirst Class $35 SewingMachine.
Seconal largest list one $25 Road Cart.
Third. largest list one $15 Road Cart.
Fourth largest list one $5.00 counter
scale, capacity i oz to 240 lbs. ,
Persona competing for above premi
ums must notify us with their first or
der, so that proper credits can be given.
ALLIANCE PUBLISHING CO.,
. 4 . V Lincoln, Neb.
ToVgive our friends a better chance
we add this week a premium for fourth
largest list and extend the time for se
curing them from September 1st to Oc
tober 1st, the period first named being
a very busy time, as well as a hard time
financially. Alliance Pub. Co.
, A Circular.
Secretary's Office, Lincoln, Neb.
r July 14th, 1890.
As a great many delegates to the
People's Convention will be selected
, from our ranks, and we are getting nu
merous inquiries a3 to rates of fare, ho
tel accommodations and other matters
of interest, this circular is sent to coun
ty organizers and officers for their in
formation. In buying tickets take receipts from
your local agent showing that one full
fare has been paid. Reduced return
rates are expected, and will be obtained
if possible. Local agents furnish such
certificates when requested. Special
rates will be secured at all the leading
hotels in the city.
The State Alliance will have its head
quarters at the Lindell hotel, and dele
gates reporting there will be assigned
Delegates in every case should have
credentials signed by the chairman and
secretary of the county convention.
No proxies will be allowed, but dele
gates present will cast the full vote of
their county. .
President Powers of the State Alli
ance will call the meeting to order and
nominate a temporary chairman.
To expedite the work of organization
a complete list of counties will be pre
pared by State Secretary Thompson,
and the delegates' names will be re
corded as soon as received. A list of
delegates should be forwarded to him
as early as possible, or be handed in as
soon as delegates arrive.
We urge upon you the importance of
electing, your best men as delegates to
this convention, and that delegates come
prepared to place before the people of
the State a clean ticket one that will
inspire confidence and insure success to
this movement in the direction of equal
, rights and freedom from parti control.
if J. M. Thompson, .
Sec'y State Alliance.
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 wideband six-eighths of an
inch long, and is a very neat and orna
Secretary Thompson will furnish this
badge tcAlliances at the rate of $17.50
per 100. "Single samples, sent.by mail,
20 cents each. ;
' The Columbus Convention.
As we go to press we receive the first
account of the . Columbus Convention.
O. H. em, of Broken Bow, was nom
inated for Congress to succeed Geo. W.
Mr. Kern is an able and unflinching
advocate of the people's rights, and if
harmony prevails in the third district
he will be its next representative in Con
gress . ': ' ' ' ' -
Fourth of July at Ulysses high li
cense whiskev plentv Hobecker vere
brings Lena and sister to see the fun
Hobecker starts home drunk team runs
awav Lena dead mother frantic
Rose water and Hobecker want more
personal liberty and more milestones
A charge of corruption against J . Bur
rows comes with poor grace from Dave
Butler, an impeached embezzler and
professional ; briber. His case will be
frilly Ventilated in our first issue after
fhe State, Convention.
Report of Gage County meeting re
. ceived too late for this week. In next.
The People's State Convention.
We republish this week the appor
tionment of delegates to the counties
as agreed upon by- the committee ap
pointed to call the . state convention.
We hope every delegate will have a
copy of this list in his vest pocket. An
effort will probably be made to give
some counties a much larger vote than
given by the committee, which should
be summarily sat upon. The scheme
isja candidate's scheme,and unjustifiable
from every point of view.
Arthur... ...... 2
Jefferson .. 10
Banner. ....... ,4
Lancaster. . .
Logan ...... .
Buffalo. . . .
Nemaha...... . 14
Dawson. , ...... 13
Dodge. . .
Saline. . .
Scotts Bluffs. . . 4
Seward. . . . . 12
Sioux......... . 4
Thurston ...... 4
Washington. ... 11
Wheeler ....... 4
Gosper. . . ... . .
lirant. . .
Hamilton '..t.... 14
Don't Forget the Main Issue.
The people of Nebraska should not
allow themselves to be too greatly dis
tracted by the eloquence of lately im
ported prohibition orators into forget
fullness of the really great political is
sue that confronts them, namely:
"Shall railroad rates be regulated by
It-would indeed be unfortunate for
Nebraska and for the producing classes
if the voters should become so deeply
interested in the haraugues of paid at
torneys of prohibition as to allow the
railroads to steal from them the next
If the farmers of the state do not
keep the anti-monopoly issue well to
the front they may be sure the railroads
will soon hustle it to the rear, and an
other railroad legislature will be quiet
ly elected, while honest grangers are
azing in open-eyed wonder and holy
orror at frenzied orators who orate at
so much a frenzy. WoJld Herald.
In last week's paper we alluded to
this subject in an article headed "What
is the Main Issue?" Its importance
can hardly be overestimated. The real
issue relates not only to the rights, but
to the very liberties of the people. The
question not only is, "Shall railroad
rates be regulated by legislation?" but
shall the aggressions of all kinds of mo
nopolies be stopped? shall the courts
be rescued from the domination of cor
porate power? shall the liberties of the
people be preserved? shall or shall not
free institutions perish from the face of
the earth. These are the mighty issues
involved in the battle now going on.
Nebraska is only one of the out-skirts
in the line of battle a picket post at
the front. If we fail here, the loss will
be only tsmporary. The battle will go
on, the lines be strengthened, the fight
kept up until one side or the other shall
triumph. The conflict waging to-day
between right and wrong, oppression
and justice, is as irrepressible as was
the conflict between slavery and free
dom thirtv vears ago. The safety of
our institutions and the integrity of
pure government demands as much de
votion now as then, and the issue trem
blinsr in the balance is the same. Don't
forget the main issue.
Lancaster County Republican Conven
The republican convention of Lancas
ter county was held at Lincoln, July 14.
The railroad and money power had
full control, as the character of the
ticket fully shows.
R. E. Moore of Lincoln, and a Mr.
Eggleston, of Bennett, were nominated
for senators. Mr. Moore is a sharp
money lender. He has just about as
much sympathy for the cause of the
farmer and laboring man' as a hyena
has for a jack rabbit. Mr. Eggleston is
For representatives, Messrs. Cornish,
Gillilan, Oakley, Severin andMeKasson.
Cornish is a Lincoln attorney; Gilli-
is another Lincoln five per cent a month
man: Oakley is a Lincoln coal dealer,
satisfactory to the railroads; Severin
and McKasson we know but little about.
County attorney, Courtney of Lin
coln. A more disreputable nomination
could not possibly have been made.
County commissioners, Churchill,
McGraw and Dickson, the two first
from a K. of L. assembly.
The convention was a disgraceful
monkey and parrot row from beginning
to end. But that is all right if the rail
roads get in their work, and they seem
to have done that pretty effectually in
this case. , - !
Tom Benton selects the delegates to
the state convention.
C. H. Gere was to appoint a commit
tee ot five who arc to select the con
The railroad is on top. Tom Benton
for Auditor, C. H. Gere for Congress.
How do you like the outlook, farmers
and respectable citizens of Lancaster
All the People's Convention has to do
to win success in Lancaster county is to
nominate. a clean and able ticket, fairly
Tom Marquette at Crete.
Put down local rates and the railroads can
not irive a good rate on corn, lowa -wants a
low distributing rate, we want a w Interstate
rate In order to build up the entire state. The
man who wants Iowa rates for Nebraska does
not understand the question in hand. Cut
down the local rates and you strike a blow at
property. He acknowledged that many little
irregularities creep in. but when we consider
carefully the Nebraska rates we find they are
but to build up a prosperous state.
The B. & M. Railroad Co. sent its
General Attorney down to Crete to dis
cuss rates with Gen. Van Wyck. Mr.
Marquette is a reasonably sharp lawyer;
but his cause is so absolutely bad that
he is driven to the shift of making glar
ing misstatements and distorting figures
to make even a respectable showing.
Take the first sentence of the above par
agraph, for instance. The contention
of Mr. Marquette and his monopoly
confreres has all the time been that the
local business was so limited that local
rates cut no figure. This question has
never been before the board or before a
legislative committee but that plea has
been put forward. They have said the
local business was only 12 to 13 per cent
of the total, and that a trifling change
in this rate would amount to nothing
for the people. Now Mr. Marquette
says that the local business is of such
importance to the roads that it is only a
high local rate that enables them to
give "a good rate on corn." Corn is
the leading product shipped out ot the
State 50,000,000 bushels in a year the
largest item of our exports. Now, ac
cording to Marquette, the increased
charge on 13 per cent, of the traffic en
ables the roads to give "a good, rate"
on this enormous corn traffic which
they could not otherwise give. Either
the local traffic is largely in excess of
13 per cent.,, or the charges on it must
be enormous. Both hypotheses are true.
About the "good rate" we have just
a word to say. The rate on corn to Chi
cago is about 20 cents per 100. Favored
shippers of the B. & M. are getting a 13
cent rate. -, So the "good rate" Mr.
Marquette speaks about is only given
to favored ones; but the road takes the
high local rate just the same.
Take the second line of above para
graph, "Iowa wants a low distributing
rate; we want a low interstate rate in
order to build up the entire state." Mr.
Marquette js no fool, that is certain;
yet in getting off the above he makes
himself quite liable to be oalled one.
What will a low distributing rate do?
Enable wholesalers and manufacturers
to distribute their products from centers
like Lincoln in competition with-like
dealers in Chicago, Cincinnati and east
ern cities. What will that do? En
courage manufacturers and jobbers to
settle in our midst, where provisions
and rent are low, and make their goods
right at the doors of the consumers of
them- It will bring a population of la
borers and consumers to the doors of
the farmers build up a class who do
not compete with the fanners, but are
their best customers. In other words
contribute in the very highest degree
not only to the wealth of the farmers,
but to the prosperity of the whole com
munity, that is, "build up a prosperous
Now what will the "low interstate
rate" do? Enable eastern manufactur
ers and jobbers to distribute their prod
ucts from remote points as cheaply as
they can be distributed from local
points concentrate manufacturing and
wholesaling at those points prevent
the building up of a home market for
products compel the farmers to con
tinue to be producers and exporters of
raw products. Mr. Marquette knows
as well as any man living that no com
munity ever became wealthy and pros
perous by exporting raw products. He
knows as well as any man that the pre
scription he makes "to build up the en
tire state " is the very thing that will
keep a state poor. But the insane policy
of the roads to have the long haul im
pels him as its attorney-to advocate a
He says "put down the local rates
and you strike a blow at property."
How? Mr. Marquette is a lawyer, and
aecustomed to logic. Now we would
like to see him demonstrate that propo
sition. . .
Marquette showed that the Chicago, Bur
lington & Quincy run the road eight years in
Nebraska without getting a dividend, and
gave the people $680,000 in rebates. He con
cluded by holding up the fact that the road is
earning only 6 per cent., and that the rates in
force are the best intended to build up Ne
braska. Let us see about running the road
" without a dividend." The road was
built with borrowed money, and the
bonds given for this money represented
the cost of the road and something over.
The stock represented nothing but the
hopes of the projectors. . Now the rates
charged paid high salaries to all officers,
wear and tear and repairs, and a con
stant expenditure for betterments which
belonged to the stock-holders, and an
nual interest on the bonds. Meanwhile
the pioneer farmers were settling up
the country and by their enterprise and
energy making the road more valuable
every day. Was this no dividend? But
our able monopoly lawyer says the
road "gave the people $680,000 in re
bates." When the road alluded to was
built it was the first road in its territory,
and had no competition. It fixed its
own rates, as it does now. Instead of
making a dividend it took its income
from these rates and gave it to the dear
people in rebates! The B. & M., you
see, was organized on philanthropic
principles. Its charity continues even
to the present day, only it is diverted to
to the benefit of the the B. f M. Journal
and such brilliant children of the cor
poration as Tom Marquette. What
kind of gudgeons does does this man
Marquette take us for, anyway?
"Gaye to the people $680,000 in re
bates." Yes! What people, Mr. Mar
quette? Your road robbed the people,
the producing farmers, and gave the
rebates to your favored shippers and
operators, (who were also probably
stpckhnlders) and to your political tools
and cappers, who were attending to
fixing conventions and running legisla
tive oil rooms. These are "the people"
whom you gave the rebates to; and you
were so almighty generous and philan
thropic that you did it eight years with
out a dividend. Go to. You're an old
.li railroad attorney.
Mr. Marquette says the C. B. & Q. is
" stocked up in round numbers to
$14,000 per mile, although a portion of
the road has cost $100,000 per mile."
According to this statement the gross
earnings of the B. & M. exceed the
amount at which the C. B. & Q. is
stocked. We have not the figures at
hand, but venture the assertion that
that road is stocked to nearly double
the amount named by Mr. Marquette.
Wre have only alluded to a few of Mr.
M.'s gems, and may return to the sub
ject. . . -.
As the day of the People's Conven
tion approaches the character of the
platform to be adopted by it becomes a
subject of anxious consideration. There
are many who believe this plitform
should embrace all lines of reform
which are advocated by progressivh
thinkers. There are men who seem to
think it is necessary to make a platform
so extreme and radical that none but
extreme and radical men would accept
it. The very statement of Q this proposi
tion seems to be its sufficient refutation.
Another consideration should have great
force. The convention to be held on
the 29th is not the convention of a
new party, nor an old one. It is a con
vention ol the people. The call under
which it is to assemble stated three or
four leading principles upon which
probably a larger number of the voters
of Nebraska agree, than upon any other
number of political principles upon
whioh there is a difference of opinion.
The call invited all men who accepted
those principles to join in sending dele
gates, without regard to previous politi
cal affiliations. It was designed to
state and confine ourselves to a few
vital propositions upon which the larg
est number of people would agree; and
it would seem to be a very bad policy to
strive to engraft upon the platf6rm a
large number of ' propositions upon
which the largest number of people
The declaration favors free coinage
of silver and the increase of our volume
of money; the abolition of land monop
oly; the ownership and operation of
railroads and telegraphs by the govern
ment. It also demands reform in our
state government, and denounces the
plundering policy and the corrupt poli
tics of the railroads. .. ,
It does not declare in favor of prohi
bition, nor of woman suffrage, nor of
civil service reform, nor of protection,
nor of free trade, nor for any other of
the numerous issues upon which it seems
to be absolutely impossible to unite any
assembly that ever gathered within four
Now we . believe that the declaration
as sent out should constitute the sole
and only platform of the People's Move
ment. When, the army of William of
Orange was marshalled behind j the
Boyne water, it was made up of a mot
ley crew from nearly every nationality
of Europe. Probably fifty dialects and
languages were spoken in that host
Probably never before had been mar
shalled an army having so many diverse
beliefs as that one. If William had de
manded that all his soldiers should unite
in a religious ritual before he charged
across the Boyne that great protestant
battle would never have been won.
But the only point of faith stuck for in
marshalling his host was that all should
stand for protestant freedom, and on
that issue the shackles of conscience
Let us be wise in this matter. Let us
confine ourselves to the few leading
principles, and win our fight onothem,
knowing that when the ball of reform
is once set in motion it will gather as it
goes, and soou include minor issues
Why Don't They Boom Leese?
lJoom, Doom, Doom! a ; new one
every day and remarkable as it. may
seem, every new subject is a reliable
and acceptable railroad tapper. Rose
water came down here and grabbed
the steering oar of the little anti-mon
bpoly craft that was launched May 20,
and has boomed- Doc. Mercer in good
shape since that date, a millionaire rail
road bond-holder; but he hasn't pro
posed . to promote a single one of the
anti-monopoly crew even to a position
of cook. Here's Gen.Leese,for instance,
the idol of the people, the man whom
Rosewater was lauding not long since
for his manly fight against the corpor
ations-not a sign can now be found in
the Bee that he even has an existence,
much less that he is available timber
for nomination by the republican party.
Why don't they boom Leese? Because
he isn't a tool. Because they can't use
him. Because he possesses some manly
independence. If he had possessed
just a little more, just enough" to join
the independent movement, he could
have hi i pick of the offices today,
We have received complaints about a
Chicago Commission house for which
we have been advertising which we con
sider well-founded, and we have discon
tinued the advertisement. We intend
to vouch for the character of the adver
tisements we admit, as far as possible.
We do not intend to insert any adver
tisement that is not honest and square.
This course inflicts loss upon us; but
we care more for the reputation of our
paper than we do for the money. We
have no admiration for such papers as
the B. $ M. Journal, which condemns the
L. S. L. in one column and advertises it
in the next one.
Rev. Bowlin, of Bromfield reports
oats very short. Many, fields will ; not
be bound, but will fee-mo wed and raked
for feed. Flax a very poor crop. Corn
growing fine, but if hot and dry weather
continues a few days corn will be shon.
The Great Uprising.
Never since 1861, when , the people
rallied in response to the tocsin of war.
has there been such a unanimous popu
lar uprising as there is at the present
time. It seems to be m the air. There
seems to have been a spontaneous reali
zation all over the country that the poli
tics of the present time is a fraud upon
the people that the party tie is only a
delusion by which the people are led
into bondage by designing men that
the party catch-words are simply and
only calculated to deceive. Suddenly
and spontaneously 'realizing this, - the
people are in open rebellion against the
parties, and are seeking for means to
reform political matters without the
assistance of the old party bosses.
We do not have to look for the cause
of this revolution. In the campaign of
'88 better times were promised in case of
the election of Mr. Harrison. The bet
ter times failed to materialize, but they
became, harder and harder as time went
on. Relief from excessive taxation has
been promised. .But instead of relief an
iniquitous bill is reported by the party
in power which places the industry of
the country still more at the mercy of
the protected barons of the east. The
people are beginning to learn that prom
ises and their fulfillment do not go hand
in hand. The continued contraction of
the currency, and the continued depres
sion of prices, coupled with the contin
ued fight of Wall street and. the party
upon silver, are convincing many peo
ple that the financial policy of the gov
ernment is the cause of the hard times,
which is the fact. They know this pol
icy will not bo changed except by a po
litical revolution, and they are making
the revolution to change it.
In Nebraska the transportation ques
tion has been a prominent factor in
causing the uprising. The people of
this state are beginning fully to realize
that the railroad men care nothing for
party, but everything for power, and
that they want that power alone to con
trol and extort tribute from the pro
ductive forces of this state. They are
coming to see that the corporations of
the west will use any agency to keep
their clutch upon the money of the peo
ple. Another thing the people have waked
up to. They are beginning to realize
that no party can have an honest exist
ence without a test of membership, and
to discern that there is to-day no test
of membership in either the repub
lican or democratic parties. A man
can believe anything he chooses
and be either a democrat" or repub
lican. This practically, makes these
parties alike, and neutralizes both of
them. Add to this that on all the
real live issues of the day on the
issues that are exciting the ' public
mind and filling public attention
neither of these paities have a well-defined
belief or policy, and ample reasons
for a political revolution have been
stated. From the Missouri river to the
Colorado line, from Kansas to Dakota,
come news of the preparation for con
ventions of the people. That the foul
political miasma which has so long been
a stench in this state is to be blown
away, and a purer condition established,
we hope and pray and firmly believe.
A Ckuel Stroke The late republi
can county convention sat down on
Bro. Calhoun as assistant secretary.
But it sat down on Bud Lindsey and
Littlefield also. Think of those three
fellows all mashed together.
Candidates tor the People's Ticket.
As the time approaches for the hold
ing of the People.s Convention, the
question of candidates forces itself upon
our attention: The necessities of the
case are urgent. It is necessary that a
selection of able ami pure men who
have the confidence of the people, and
can bring personal strength and sup
port to the ticket, should be made.
These men must be sought out and
brought to the notice of the convention
by the delegates from the different
parts of the state. It is necessary that
location should be considered, and that
the candidates should be fairly distri
buted throughout the. state. But this is
a matter of minor consequence com
pared with the ability and character of
Among the names mentioned thus far
are Van Wyck and Powers for governor;
Edgerton for attorney general; and for
other places on the state tcket, Stew
art of Fillmore county, Mayberry of
Pawnee, Lewis of Adams, Knox of
Custer, Munn of Otoe, Brooks of John
son. There may be many others equal
ly as good as the above. It is of vital
importance that a first class ticket in
every respect be nominated. Success
may depend upon this point.
Mr. M. H. Smith, of Sherman county
is being spoken of by some of his friends
for the position of Supt. of Public
Lands and Buildings; s A gentleman
from Kearney county writes us that "he
is well qualified for the position." He
also adds, " he never shirks a . duty,
and his faithfulness to , our cause is
above suspicion. I think our county
will be solid for him."
Mayberry.of Pawnee,has been spoken
of in connection with the nominations
for congress from the first district, and
our private opinion is that he would
be a first-class man for that place.
This paper has no slate, and no pre
ferred candidate. We will make every
sacrifice except one of principle for suc
cess. We will for this end co-operate
with any man on honest lines. '
The notice of People's County Con
vention in Fillmore county was received
too late for insertion in current No.,
much to our regret. To' secure inser
tion such notices must be in by Tues-
day. u' ' ; ' ;..
Voters of Lancaster county, do you
want a gentleman or a blackleg for
The Railroad Commission Elected by
We have received resolutions at dif
ferent times demanding that the rail
road commission be made elective by
direct vote of the people. ; That Is. ex
actly what is done now. " And we wish
all our people to bear this fact in mind.
Our board of transportation is compos
ed of five state officers, viz: Secretary
ot state, Attorney-General, Auditor,
Treasurer and Commissioner of Public
Lands and Buildings. The functions
of these officers as members of the
Board of Transportation are as essen
tial a part of their duties as are their
functions for the different offices named.
The fact that the law gives them their
secretaries who prefer the routine and
clerical work of the office does not alter
this. Whenever any act relating to the
control of railroads is to be performed
the members of the Board and not the
Secretaries have to perform it. These
officers are all elected by direct vote of
the people; and when the next Board
takes the oath of office the people of
this State will be responsible for the
character of the men so installed.
We ask all of the people to remember
this fact; and also to remember that the
functions of the above officers , as mem
bers of the Board of Transportation
may be of much more importance as
affecting the welfare of the people of
this State than, their functions as
Auditor, Treasurer, etc. It will be
seen therefore, that it is of the utmost
importance that men who are on the
side of the people should be selected.
THE SILVER BILL.
Free Coinage Defeated.
The silver bill which not only con
tinues the demonetization of silver, but
gives the Secretary of the Treasury
power in certain contingencies to en
tirely discontinue its coinage, has passed
the house of representatiees by a strict
party vote, 122 to 90.
By this act the grand old republican
party again delivers the people of this
country, bound if not gagged, into the
clutches of Wall Street and the money
power. This law is a great triumph
for the gold bugs and single standard
men. Heretofore silver has been coined
into dollars and the certificates based
upon it represented silver dollars. Now,
while the certificates are legal tender
for their face value, they are not issued
upon dollars, but upon bullion, a
commodity, the same as wheat, corn
or pig iron are commodities. Herein
lies the victory of Wall Street and the
defeat of the people.. Silver is stricken
down as money, and under this law its
coinage may be actually discontinued.
The g.;. o. p. is driving nails in its
coffin as fast as it can. ;
The president has signed the bill.
THE BANKERS AND BUSINESS
The Rare Humor of the Thing.
The funniest kind of an exhibition is
taking place in connection with this b.
& b. b. a. Peter Her as "purse-holder,"
and Rosewater as "brains," organized
the thing, and corralled the bankers and
business men who were not too shrewd
to be caught. "Brains" has been using
it as effectually as possible, and the
bankers and business men, having about
as much weight in its control as a fly on
a bull's horn, have had to grin and bear
it as best they could. Now comes some
Omaha chumps demanding Her and
Rosey's resignation on the ground that
they are compromising the bankers and
merchants by their lack of "respecta
bility." It's just too awful funny for
anything, this hot weather. .
"Respectability!" A man that could
put his name to that document claiming
respectability, Rosey's lack of respecta
bility hurting the whiskey cause!
The, Bankers and Business Men Again.
In the Bee of the 14th Rosewater drags
in his train a page full of the names
the same old names with a few excep
tions of the bankers and business men
of Nebraska, who oppose prohibition
as a "business proposition." ' .
That is to say these town and city
gents, with kid gloves and plug hats,
think it is a fly game for them to run
their city schools with the proceeds of
fines 'and licenses, while the other pro
ceeds of the deal,1 viz: the costs of
courts and criminal business, forming
about half our expenses, are taxed
against the farmers! Keep ip the
racket, Rosey . The farmers will mostly
catch on bj'e and bye.
We have received a very interesting
letter from Bro. H. Atkinson, of Mill
precinct, too late for publication this
week. Mr. Atkinson, with a friend,
waited at the polls in his precinct until
after closing time for the appearance of
the republican voters, but none came.
He says that Mill precinct is good for
one hundred and seventy-five majority
for the People's ticket. He also says
that we only need a good clean state
ticket to sweep the . state, and we be
lieve he is right. Mr. Atkinson is an
earnest worker in the people's cause,
and will go when called for. His ad
dress is Ashland.
A Terrible Tragedy in Minnesota.
On Juiy 13 ta cyclone struck the re
gion near Lake City, Minn., and caused
a terrible loss of life. A steamer with
over two hundred pleasure seekers put
out into Lake Pepin, on its return to
Lake City, against the protests of some
of the passengers, who saw the storm
approaching. The cyclone struck the
steamer and wrecked it, causing the
the death of nearly sixty persons. Many
more bodies may yet be found. ; The
accident was accompanied by many
heart rending incidents.
Five persons were also killed at Lake
Geronis, and much property destroyed.
Gere for Congress.
The Lancaster . County republican
convention cave C. U. Gere the choice
of delegates to the Congressional Con
yention. (The city of Lincoln would be
willing to send him to Congress to ge
his incompetency out of the Llncolu
post-office. ' But the balance of the dis
trict has not the same interest in the
management of the Lincoln post-office
that the business men of Lincoln have,
and so would not pay such a fearfu
price to reform it.
How would the farmers of the first
district like to have this railroad tool
in Congress? Of course the B. & M.
would pay' him a little higher wages
there than it can afford to here. The
work - he has been doing here could be
done by any other little dirty capper
just as well. But in congress it is dif
ferent. Greater interests ( may be at
stake. The question of national rail
road control is rapidly coming io the
front, and it is important that reliable
tools should bo there. Gere is one of
them. -He has been a suckling at the
public teat, and a pensioner ot the rail
roads for many years. The latter cau
afford to pay him at least as much as
Uncle Sam would, and the odd ' steals
that would come along would make a
very snug salary. Yes, send him to
Cougress. Farmer members of the g.
o. p. look at the railroads set up th
pins to promote their pets, and come
right up and vote the straight ticket.
Just stick by the p-a-r-t-y and the fel
lows will get there. '
If Gere doesn't want to go himself
and he would be a pigmy down there
ho can name the man, which will be all
the same to the B. & M. Think of the
system of politics that gives this power
to an individual! Think oi a conven
tion of free American citizens turning
over its one important function the
one great duty for which it was inter
estedto a single individual, and he a
little contemptable railroad capper.
With conventions run that way is it
any wonder that money rules and
The Buffalo County People's Ticket.
In the Kearney Courier of July 9th.
we have our first detailed account of
the People's Convention of Buffalo
county, which we we briefly alluded to
last week. The Courier says:
On Tuesday afternoon July 8th, at I
o'clock p. m. there assembled in the
City Hall in Kearney, the largest and
most enthusiastic, as well as determined
and resolute- body of delegates ever
fathered together in Buffalo comity,
hese men were farmers and laboring
men. They represented all the interest
of agriculture and labor, and had come
together to inaugurate a political revo
lution, in the interest of the toilers of
Nebraska. The convention was called
to order by C. A. Borders, President of
the Buffalo County Farmers' Alliance.
The commltte on resolutions was V.
C. Holden, Ed. Thornton, Chas Yost,
John Stebbins and J. Sammons.
The declaration of principles issued
by the people's committee was endorsed
and a sound platform adopted, after
which the convention proceeded to the
nomination of candidates on a people's
ticket for Buffalo county, and to choose
delegates to the state, congressional anil
For representative David Nichols.
For County Attorney M. Gillespie.
The senatorial delegation was in
structed to cast its ballot for S. E.
Thornton for state senator.
We are informed that the above is a
good ticket, and will certainly be elected ;
also that Buffalo county will give a
rousing majority for the People's state
ticket, all of which gladdens our heart
TnE rate on corn from the Missouri
river to Chicngo will be lowered from
twenty cents to seventeen cents. As
the corn crop is about all out of tho
country, the relief afforded by this re
duction will be ot little consequence
Yet if the rate holds for another year
the farmers of Nebraska will be largely
benefited. Omaha Bee.
That's awful cheap stuff. " Lowered
to seventeen'cents " indeed! , W'e will
inform the Bee that " favored shippers"
have been getting a thirteen cent rate
from Lincoln to Chicago for some time;
and it was intimated to us the other
day that a ten cent rate could probably
be had. Just figure a little on an eight
cent rate, Mr. Be. ?
For Congress in the Second District.
A very general feeling is being mani
fested in the second congressional dis
trict in favor of the nomination of Pres.
Powers for congress. We have no pref
erence in this matter, only that the best
and strongest man should be elected.
There is no better man in the district
than John IL Powers. Whoever tho
chosen candidate may be, his nomina
tion will be unanimous, and all will
join heartily in the fight to elect him.
Let us hope and pray that the railroad.-
have sent their last member to congress
from the Second District.
The B. A M. Journal Again.
It is impossible to keep up with the
lying B. & M. organ in the denial of its
lies. This time it is a farrago of non
sense about organizing democrats into
Alliances, a low down effort to invoke
the partisan feeling against the Alliance.
Its ignorance of the Alliance organiza
tion is shown in its allusion to the
"election of officers for the ensuing
year." For mendacions lying and low
down political answering the Journal
has no equal on earth.
The notorious Church Uawa ' In n
effort to bamboozle the people of his
county into sending him to the legisla-
uic, uuuuuuucs iu a mug wiuueu 8wecn
that he is in favor nf th rrrKihitmr '
amendment. Mr. Howe's former rorr,l
is to favor anything that will bring
votes io mm. umana tee.
The Bee hail better keep oulet about
Mr. Howe. As the organ of the g. o. p.
it may find itself 'compelled to support
him for Governor, Congressman or
somctmng. mat would be a funny ex
hibition. It wonld have to hotrln k
recantlmr its bioaranhv of Mm iK
lished in 86. Stranger things havo
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