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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE: LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 1890.
FCZLISHEO EVERY SATURDAY UGRSIHC.
Lincoln, - - - NeDiaska.
J. BURROWS, : : .- Editor.
J. M. THOMPSON, Business Manager.
M In the beauty f the lillies
Christ was born across the sea,
With a lory in his bosom
That transfigures you and me.
As He strove to make men holy
Let us strive to make men free,
Since God is marching on."
Julia Ward Howe.
Laurel crowns cleave to deserts,
And power to him who power exerts."
M A ruddy drop of manly blood
The surging sea outweighs."
He who cannot reason is a fool,
He who will not reason is a coward,
He who dare not reason is a slave."
For Member of Congress Third Congressional
Capt. O. M. KEM,
of Ccsteb County.
People's Independent State Ticket.
- JOHN H. POWERS.
Off HITCHCOCK COUNT Y.
WM. H. DECH,
' OF SAUNDERS COiTNTV.
. Secretary of State,
CHARLES M. MAYBERRY,
. ' OF PAWNEE COUNTT.
' -. State Treasurer,
. . J. V. WOLFE,
x OF CASCASTEK COUNTY.
' J. W. EDGERTON.
OF DOUGLAS COUNTY.
OF WHEELER COUNTY. - '
OomadsBioner of Public Lands and Buildings
W. F. WRIGHT,
OF NEMAHA COUNTY.
.' .Sufwrintendent of Public Instruction,
PROF. A. D'ALLEM AND,
OF FURNAS COUNTY.
' Lancaster County People's Ticket.
, . J. M. THOMPSON.
J AS. G.TAYLOR.
ELI AS BAKER.
- W. 8. DEMAREE.
J. F, DALE.
J. F. EGG BR.
; ., ROBT. MCALLISTER.
L. S. GILLICK.
N. Z. SNELL.
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A RAILROAD CONVENTION.
The Tide has Turned.
The railroad (so-called republican)
convention held in this city last week
may well mark an epoch in the civil his
tory of Nebraska. To men who look
beneath the surface of thing3, and ex
amine hidden springs and motives, it
was an interesting as well as melan
choly spectacle. It was composed of
over eight hundred men, all of whom
come here as partisans, and very few
h'ad any motive higher than to secure
the success of the particular man whose
cause they had espoused, without any
regard to the interests or influences
back of him, without any thought of the
welfare of the state, without the inspir
ation of a single patriotic motive.
Very 1 many without doubt many
more than most citizens would be will
ing to admit came with the base mo
tive of making the best terms for the
franchise with which they had been en
trusted. A moment's reflection will
show that this is the case, and that it
would be surprising if it was not so. It
is undeniable that nineteen out of twen
ty perhaps a still greater proportion
of the so-called delegates came here on
free , transportation furnished by the
railroad corporations. In some cases
this was furnished by the candidates
who themselves procured it of the roads.
In most cases it was furnished direct to
the members of the delegations. Now
what is to be expected from this state
of facts? First, that only an inferior
class of men would come as delegates.
No right-thinking, high-minded man,
capable of appreciating the responsi
bility of such a position, would accept
the obligation to a corporation or indi
vidual which is implied by accepting a
free pass. If a man might accept such
an obligation in his capacity as a pri
vate citizen, a tine sense of honor would
certainly prevent his acceptance of it in
any public capacity. To appreciate the
force of these reflections one had only
to look over the character of the dele
gates, and observe their demeanor when
in session. We do not care to enter up
on a description, but any candid man
will admit that such an inspection would
fully justify all we have said.
To briefly summarize the matter, a
few wealthy contestants for the position
of governor, each of them satisfactory
to the corporations as a pre-requisite to
his candidacy, rallied at the capital with
his paid henchmen and retainers, and
raffled to see which should be gov
ernor. The contest was one of dol
lars reinforced by shrewd and un
scrupulous trading. To any patriot
to any man who had fair hopes and
wishes for good government and the
future of his country the spectacle was
the most hopelessly discouraging that
could be made on earth. It marked
the degradation of a once honored and
useful institution. It showed a delegat
ed suffrage a privilege far higher than
that of a mere individual ballot-Avhich
should always be considered as a dis
tinguished honor, dragged in the mire,
degraded, debauched, sold. It showed
a party which once might have claimed
the name of grand, so low and stinking
ana putrid that men hold their noses
when thinking of it. x
The tide has turned. The rebellion
of the farmers, who have proven their
virtue by being first to protest against
this corruption, is being reinforced by
the respectable men of all other classes.
The woods are full of men who declare
they are done with that party. In the
face of the astounding fact which is
coming home to men's hearts that the
very fountain head and primary springs
of political action are hopelessly cor
rupt, mere questions of political policy
sink into utter insignificance. What do
men care for tariff, or railroad rates, or
civil service or land reform, when they
begin to realize that the whole system
of politics and government they are
standing on is a mere shell, cracked and
rotten, and liable to engulf them at any
This is just the realization that is
dawning upon men's minds, and such
gatherings as this pretended republican
convention are the agencies that are
aiding the dawning.
Such stupenduous facts as this one we
have feebly attempted to describe force
themselves upon men's mindsvery slow
ly. But when they come once to be un
derstood the day of reckoning will be
swift and fearful. The day is not far
distant when the Richards, and Mercers,
and Howes, and McColls, who buy
men as they wrould cattle, and thus do all
in their power to make them cattle, will
pray for the earth to hide their shame,
as they stand condemned by an aroused
and indignant public sentiment.
"Man the Pumps."
The late railroad convention tolerated
Church Howe when he informed it that
the old republican ship was full of leaks,
ana it was imperatively necessary to
put a crew on board that would "man
the pumps" or the old craft would sink.
rfii i i .
nurcn proDaoiy Knew what ne was
saying. If he had thought it possible
to stop the leaks and save the ship he
would have said so. But knowing that
was impossible, he only recommended
pumping, so as to keep the rotten hulk
afloat until the passengers could get
ashore, or upon another craft.
Mr. Howe's metaphor is an excellent
one. v olumes could not describe the
condition of the party better. A sink
ing ship and a panic stricken crew
"Man the pumps!" By the way, it must
do Howe a deal of good to see Tom Ma
ors working a pump. Hustle up the
bilge water, Tom.
Hon. w . A. McKieghan for Congress
from the Second District.
The nomination of Judge McKeighan
insures a People's member from the 2d
district. The state convention has so
dominated our time that we are com
pelled to defer notice till next week.
ROSEWATER AND DOC. MERCER.
A Brief Retrospect.
Mr. Rosewater came to the anti-monopoly
meeting of May 20, which was
called by Mr. Leese and his friends, and
took command of the forces. The de
mands of that meeting were compro
mised when the republican state com
mittee met, by a concession of 8 days
in the date of holding the convention,
and the agreement that no proxies
should be. admitted. Mr. Rosewater
was the author of that compromise.
The date amounted to nothing, and the
republican convention could not have
been made worse by proxies. But the
principle of Mr. Rosewater in assum
ing command May 20 was that if he as
pired to Command the main army he
must command the detachments. He
cared nothing whatever for the objects
of that meeting, but everything for the
position of leader of it. This was amply
proven by his utterly ignoring Mr.
Leese in all his subsequent arrange
ments and his taking up Doc. Mercer,
a street railway baron who had never
been known to have any sympathy with
the anti-monopoly sentiments so dear
to Rosewater's heart, but who had a
barrel. The barrel was liberally tap
ped, and Mercer scored a victory at
Omaha; but when he came o Lincoln
he was downed. He could buy the
bummers of a city, but not the bum
mers of a state. This was to be expect
ed. It has been the uniform fate of
nearly all the men who have pinned
their faith to Rosewater.
Well, Rosewater was given a place on
the committee of resolutions, brought
in his liberal minority report to save the
party, and was ignominiously squelched.
In other words, for the position of lead
er he deserted his anti-monopoly friends,
left Mr. Leese in the lurch, staid with a
railroad republican machine he knew
to be rotten, pretended he wanted to re
form it when he knew it didn't want to
be reformed, and now his scalp is dangl
from the rear car of . the gravel train
as a danger signal. In a double headed
editorial the second day after the con
vention he accepts the republican ticket,
Benton and all, as we predicted last
week he intended to, though he knows
the board of transportation to result
from it if it is elected, will be rail
road board from top to bottom. .y-
Rosewater has won the place of lead
er. The Republican having apostatized
the Bee is the chief organ of the party.
History repeats itself. Every man who
has trusted his, fortunes to Rosewater
has been wrecked. The party which
follows their example will be wrecked
Smythe (probably Smith) of the
Kearney Enterprise, was one of the anti
monopoly republicans who attended
the conference of May 20 in this city.
He now is lauding the late riot which
they called a republican convention,
and praising its work. He says the
party "has been put squarly in line
with the reform spirit of the day," and
attributes this "changed condition" of
affairs to the aforesaid anti-monopoly
The only change the ordinary ob
server sees is towards an increased sub
serviency to railroad rule, li a pow-
wow of free pass bummers and bought
up partisan beats, presided over by
Church Howe, and putting up nominees
like Richards and Benton, is putting
the party "in line with the reform
spirit," said reform spirit is very easily
satisfied. The conference of May 20
must be proud of its work.
The fact oof the matter is, that
that it is just such contemptible paid
ools as this man Smithe and his dirty
sheet that have brought the party to
the low condition it is. Think of a man
sharing the work of that conference
and then lauding the railroad conven
tion. We have heard of dirt eating,
but we have never before fully appre
ciated what it meant.
The Railroad Auditor. .
'One of the few eiate officers selected for a
second term Is Thos. H. Benton, who has been
connected for so many years with the office
of auditor. There were
Slenty of business reasons for continuing
tr. Benton in office, and when his wide pop
ularity Is remembered it is not surprising'
that he was nominated for re-election on the
first ballot. This was done, too, without the
necessity of organizing' elaborate combina
tions with ether candidates- Mr, Benton
stood on his own merits and offers of support
came to him so freely that it was known posi
tively long1 in advance or the voting tnat ne
would be successfuL" ..
The above is clipped from thei?. $ M.
Journal. Its impudence is amusing.
Mr. Benton was selected by the railroad
gang that run that convention for his
usefulness and servility to the railroad
power, and for nothing else. He has
been a suppliant railroad tool, and
will continue to be should Nebraska be
so unfortunate as to re-elect him, which
it will not. As a matter of policy Sfceen
and Cowdery were-thrown overboard,
though they were just as much entitled
to a second term as was Mr. Benton,
and had been just as servile instru
ments of their corporate masters as he.
The " business reasons " for retaining
Mr. Benton are well understood at B.
& M. headquarters, and it is an undeni
able fact that it "was known -positively
long in advance of the voting that he
would be successful." It was also
"known positively" that Railroad Rich
ards would be successful, because the
same power that had fixed it for Ben
ton had also fixed it for him.
It remains to be seen whether the
people of Nebraska will confirm the
edicts of this railroad power this year
as in the past. Judging by the grand
convention of last Tuesday, it seems
pretty certain they will not do so.
Railroad Richard's Biography.
The Kearney Enterprise intends soon
to publish a "full, accuate Bxmi discrimi
nating biography of candidate L. D
Richards." " Discriminating " is good,
ft suggests that his railroad record may
be discriminated entirely out of the
THE SO-CALLED ; REPUBLICAN
An Admirable Photograph.
The following inimitable portrait of
the late so-called republican convention
is by the pen of J- D. Calhoun, in the
Lincoln Herald. It is absolutely true,
but still not all of the truth. It is im
possible to convey by words to men not
present an adequate idea of that con
vention. Its conversation on the street,
its applause or disapproval, its votes,
all show that a majority of its members
were either entirely ignorant of or' in
different to the questions and issues that
are filling the minds of the people of
this state. There were numerous in
stances where delegates were bought
away from the men they were owned by
for a mere song a double sale, each
equally immoral. The English lan
guage has no words adequate to express
the horrible depth of infamy to which
the delegate's suffrage, comprising as it
does or should the very essence of Amer
ican liberty, has been dragged by the
corruptions of monied and corporate
power. With the delegate's vote the
very spring and spirit of free govern
ment under our system absolutely
prostituted to corporate uses, where
will the people turn for succor? The
entire rejection of the work of such
bodies of men is their only resource this
side of actual revolution.
This is what the Herald says:
The republican convention that satin
this city Wednesday night was a re
markable gathering. It said onething
and did another. It elected one man to
preside and obeyed the dictation of
others. It held a majority of anti-railroad
men, who took to themselves the
platform crust and handed the candi
date pie to the monopolies. -
Having a majority ot farmers, it nom
inated a cold-blooded, aristocratic bank
er for governor.
It yielded without a protest to be
raped by the railroads.
It bid for the support of every faction
and ism except the two that are eat
ing out its vitals.
It demanded the continuance of the
privilege of paying tribute to the east
under the guise of protection.
It endorsed the administration in the
letter and roared for Blaine in the
It resolved for a reduction of railroad
rates and nominated men who would
never reduce them.
It made demands for reform in as
many directions, and nominated a tick
et that will strangle every one of them.
It was the rawest, rankest, most pro
fligate assemblage of gullible grangers
and political prostitutes that ever flaunt
ed harlotry in the face of the commu
nity. Preachers and barkeepers, dea
cons and gamblers, farmers and fleecers,
all met and melted into one wild, mad
whirl of combined corruption and cowardice.
Why Mr. Burrows Remained Silent in the
After Mr. Holden stated that charges
had been made against Dr. Colman
there was a storm of vociferous calls for
Mr. Burrows to take the stand and make
a statement. Mr. Burrows faced the
storm with closed lips. This was obvi
ously not from disinclinatien to tell
what he knew. He had already told it
over his affidavit, confiimed by Mr.
Stewart. It was obviously not from
lack of nerve. He stood calm and self
possessed, ready to do what he thonght
was right. He was silent simply be
cause he ' thought that his statement
would cause a fearful row in the con
vention, waste much precious time, and
produce no good results. The statement
was published on a broadside, and was
in the evening Call. Mr. Burrows' state
ment from the stand would have added
no force to it, but would have made
The crime of Butler is not nearly all
told.. Additional evidence of a con
spiracy to have the peoples' movement
elect a Governor who would be the tool
of the railroads is coming to light. Mon
ey and ' transportation and newspaper
stock lias been liberally promised, and
some probably used. Men beside Butler
are involved. An expose will be interest
ing reading, and if the gang that cried
rats" want it, they had better push
Mr. Holden's hint defeated Dr. Col
man. mat was tort unate. uut mere
was no collusion whatever between Mr.
Holden and Mr. Burrows.
It will be seen by reference to the
affidavit made by Mr. Burrows that no
charge of bribery has been made against
Dr. Coleman. The sworn statement is
that Dave Butler offered Mr. Burrows
a five hundred dollar bribe to aid in
making Dr. Coleman governor, and in
formed him that it was Dr. Coleman's
father's money. This statement is made
in justice to Dr. Coleman. The rela
tions of Coleman and Butler are for
themselves to settle.
Hitchcock Solid for Powers.
The daily papers report 'that Mr.
Powers' county split, giving half its vote
for Van Wyck. This is a mistake. We
are informed by members of the delega
tion that' Hitchcock gave its vote solid
for Mr. Powers every time.
fcHTBetween Prohibitionis-t Railroad
Richards for governor, and Jawge W.
E. Dorsey-Railroad-Benton for auditor,
the Bee is in the soup. Hadn't Rosey
better take up his old friend Butler?
He's hunting a hole about these days.
eWGov. Thayer has retired on the
stock of thunder he stole when he called
the special session..
Twenty-Ninth District Senatorial Con
A People's Convention for the 29th
Senatorial District will be held at In
dianola Thursday. August 14th, to
place in nomination a candidate for
Senator from that district, appoint a
district committee, and transact other
business. W. E. Aldrich,
Organizer for Gosper County.
Honest John Powers for
C. OanWyck for Congress
from the First District.
A First-class State Ticket.
HELD IN NEBRASKA
The People's Independent Conven
tion is here, and such an uprising of the
people was never heard of before with
in the history of this monopoly ridden
state.' In the afternoon of Monday
whole train-loads of farmers and labor
ers came in from the extreme western
portion of the state. They came in thus
early to talk the situation over, and to
be sure to not miss any of the great
On their way here they were discuss
ing the situation and voting for gover
nor. They were thus whiling away the
time in transit, and feeling the public
At 8 o'clock Monday night there were
perhaps five hundred delegates on the
ground. Early Tuesday morning other
trains came in, each one loaded with
the honest tillers of the soil.- And now
as the convention is called to order
there are fully 900 accredited delegates
in the hall. -
Last Saturday in this same hall we
saw a forecast of what we see before us
now. It was only a county convention.
There were in attendance at that con
vention 231 delegates. Every man who
had been elected was there. There
were other farmers and laborers pres--'
ent as spectators, until the hall was
filled with the best citizens of Lancaster
county, It was said then by many of
the politicians, if the state convention
was anything like the Lancaster county
convention, the two great parties were
defeated, and the sooner it was an ac
knowledged fact the less humiliating it
would be for them.
We look over that vast sea of faces, so
earnestly fixed upon the presiding of
ficer, and there are no marks of dissi
pation there. We pass up and down
the crowded aisles and there are no
smell of intoxicants nor loud and bois
terous, talk of vulgarity, profanity and
boasting such as characterize all the
gatherings of the politicians. We
look again and we speculate upon the
composition of that vast body of 'men.
There we see the sturdy farmer and
the cmeehanic, side by side, with a
fixed and determined purpose to do
certain- things. They came from
the hills and the valleys, from the cities
and the prairies, every county repre
sented. No excursion trains brought
them hither, nor passes bound them
hand and foot to do the bidding of a
For y ears these horny handed sons of
toil have labored and made - this once
desolate waste blossom as the rose.
They have broken the virgin soil and
tilled it well. They have garnered the
golden grain, year after year, and they
were forced to pay a toll of two-thirds
their entire crop to market it.
Nebraska has been a state just twenty-
four years. Two dozen times then have
the farmers petitioned the railroads for
redress. They have insolently spurned
their petitions and grasped them with
a firmer grip in their merciless toils.
The producers have petitioned the two
great parties for redress. With noisy
promises and tinkling platitudes in the
way of platforms of principles they
have sought to allay all feelings of re
volt, and then proceded to grind the
faces of the poor and pile up the mort
gages on their farms. Year after yea r
this cold and cruel process has gone on,
until the masters thought the oxen only
fit and proper cattle for the goad. They
bore this cruel treatment thinking the
time would come for a change for the
better. Their meekness has now
changed to a revolt. After years of
toil and suffering they rise up as one
man, ana aemana only that which
God and Nature designed should
be theirs; justice and honerable treat
ment, and the fruits of their honest
Like Pharaoh of old, the monopo
list rulers hardened their hearts to the
appeals of the people until the state has
become a vertable Egypt, and the Great
God of justice and mercy has thunder
ed forth as he did to the Egyptian mon
arch, "Let my people go."
There can be no mistaking the result
of this great uprising. Such men of
brawn and brains as these do not leave
their farms and come here to cater to
caprice or some fancied greviance. No,
no! Away down in the heart of each is
a settled purpose, and that one purpose
has animated this entire assembly. It
is to take the reins of government and
administer its affairs to benefit the
many and not the few.
That old wheel-horse, George A. Ab
bott, of Richardson, is attending the
convention. If he is elected a member
of the lower house that county can point
with pride as having the brainiest man
in the legislature. ,
Z. J. Darsons, of Rulo, one of the ear
liest settlers of Nebraska, is a member
of the convention. Col. Jim says he
has helped to ferry thousands of people
across the turbulent Missouri: and to
day he is helping to launch the boat that
is to ferry the monopoly-ridden parties
up Salt River. Parsons has a level head
and knows the state from its infancy up.
The speeches, by Van Wyck and Con
gressman Kemm, last night, were high
ly appreciated by all who heard them.
They sounded the key note of the cam
paign, and, their tones rang out with
no uncertain sound.
Promptly at 2 o'clock p. m. Hon.
John H. Powers, President of the State
Alliance called the meeting to order.
Hon. Allen Root, of Douglas, was
made temporary chairman, and C. M.
May berry, of Pawnee, temporary sec
Mr. Root mounted the platform ana
made a'very pleasing speech, setting
forth his confession of the faith that
was in him and thanking the conven
tion for the great honor conferred upon
Mr. Mayberry then came forward
and thanked the convention for the
honor 'he had received in a very neat
Moved that the chair appoint a com
mittee of five on credentials. Carried.
The chair appointed the following:
J. M. Thompson, of Lancaster; I. M.
Huber, H. C. Hetherington, of Gage;
J. C. Clark, of Cass; R. E. Morgan, of
While the committee on credentials
were out the time was devoted to speech
Hon. C. H. Van Wyck and John H.
Powers, each in turn, were called for,
and each one made a speech character
istic of the man. It was sounding the
key-note of the campaigh. That the
delegates and spectators were in sym
pathy with the , speakers was evident
from the tremendous applause that fre
quently interrupted them when some
telling point was made. The two
speakers strangely contrasted and yet
each one is a power among all who
know them. Van Wyck, quick impas
sioned, eloquent and cutting in his sar
casm: Powers, firm, resolute, deep in
thought and earnest in expression.
The committee on credentials report
ed seventy-seven (77) counties present
with 860 delegates. This was after
ward corrected to 79 counties with 873
delegates present in convention. It
was the largest convention ever held in
Nebiaska, and will be productive of
the most good.
Moved that a committee of three
to draft additional resolutions to be ap
pointed by the chair. Carried. The
chair appointed the following:
C. W. Miller, South Omaha.
W. C. Holden, Buffalo.
J. Burrows, of Gage.
Moved that all resolutions be referred
to the committee on resolutions without
Moved that the convention proceed to
select the county central committee.
The following central committeemen
were then chosen by the the delegations
and given to the secretary:
Adams.A.C. Tomkins; Antelope. J. D.
Hatfield; Boone, W. A. Poynter; Buffa
lo, P. F. H. Schar; Butler, H. R. Craig;
Burt, William J. Berry; Cass, James
Clark; Cedar, M. P. Dridinger; Chase,
W. A. Carrol; Cheyenne, H.M. Coulter;
Clay, N. M.Graham; Colfax, O. Nelson;
Cumming, G. E. Timblin; Custer, C.W
Beal; Dawes, W. A. Thornton; Dawson,
W. E. Ward ; Deuel,' James Gray; Dixon,
S. I. Hart; Dodge, JohnPym; Douglas,
C. W. Miller; Dundy, Frank B.Willcox;
Frontier, C. J. Meecham; Fillmore, C.
A. Warner; Franklin, John Cahill;
Furnas, H. W. McFadden; Gage, J. C.
Hetherington; Gosper, W. H. Barton;
Garfield, St. Flener; Greeley, Frank
Ferter; Hall, John H. Squier; Hamil
ton, A. Brown; Harlan, Theodore
Mahn; Hayes, Fred Smith; Hitchcock,
L. D. Currence;Holt, F. J. Jones; How
ard, J. F. Dodd; Jefferson, T. E. Doty;
Johnson, Scott Whitney; Kearney, John
M. Wolff: Keya Paha, R. H. Clopton;
Knox, H. L. McCoy; Lancaster, George
W. Blake; Logan, Willard Gim; Loup,
William Taylor; Madison, H. F. Bar
ney ; Merrick, J onathan Tressler ; Nance,
Levi Helms; Nemaha, M. B. Seymour;
Nuckolls. D. D. Brooks; Otoe. M.
D. Campbell; Perkins, O. C. Thomp
son; i. Pawnee,
Pierce, S. J. Plymeser; Pehlps,
A. J. Schafer; Platte, E. J. Couch;
Polk. Keene Sudden; Red Willow,
W. E. Rollincrer; Richardson. W. B.
Wells; Saline, J. C. Jensik; Sarpy,
Charles Nownes; Saunders, C. II.
Pirtle; Scott's Bluff, Joseph May cock;
Seward, Henry Bedford; Sheridan, L.
S. Cummings; Sherman, M. H. Smith;
Stanton, F. S. Carrier; Thayer, J. W.
Clark; Thurston, J. M. Seymour; Valley.
Roberf Johnson; Washington, L. R,.
Fletcher; Webster, Frank Garlock;
Wheeler, F. H. Plank; York, J. D. P.
The following platform of principles
was recommended by the - committee
and adopted unanimously amid loud
5& THE PLATFORM.
hereby declare our adhesion to the fol
lowing fundamental principles, and de
mand that they be enacted into law, viz:
Our financial sj'stem should be re
formed by the restoration of silver to its
old time place in our currency and its
free and unlimited coinage on an equal-
a !ii. i :i ai t i
uy wun goia, ana oy me increase oi our
ti! - A.'t f . 1 .
muuey circulation umu u readies tne
sum oi per capita; ana all paper
issues necessary to secure that amount
should be made by the government
alone, and be full legal tender for all
debts public and private.
That land monopoly should be abol
ished either by limitation of ownership
or graduated taxation of excessive hold
ings, so that all the competent should
have an opportunity to labor, secure
homes and become good citizens; and
alien ownership should be prohibited.
That the railroad system, as at present
managed, is a system of spoliation and
robbery, and that its enormous bonded
debt at fictitious valuations is absorbing
the substance of the people in the inter
est of millionaires; that the general gov
ernment should own and operate the
railroads and telegraph, and furnish
transportation at cost, the same as mail
facilities are now furnished; and that
our legislature shall enact a freight rate
law which shall fix rates no higher than
those now in force in Iowa.
We demand that our state and na
tional systems of taxation, including the
tariff, shall be so adjusted that wealth
will bear its just burdens, instead of our
farmers, laborers, merchants and me
chanics being compelled to pay, as at
present, by iar the largest portion of
We further declare that the political
machinery in this state has been con
trolled by the corporate power for the
plunder of the people, and th enrich
ment of itself, and we have entirely lost
confidence in the efficacy of that ma
chinery for the enactment of just and
the repeal of unjust laws.
We demand the adoption of the Aus
tralian ballot system; that soldiers of
the late war shall receive a liberal ser
vice pension; andjthat eight hours labor
shall constitute a legal day's work.
And we hereby invite all men, with
out regard to past or present political
affiliations, to join us in this our effort
for pure government, for relief from the
shackles of party politics and the domi
nation of corporate power in our public
For irood nature, crood order
general good feeling . this convention
stands unexcelled. Hon. Allen Root is
a first-class chairman, fair to all, and
having great patience, and the endur
ance of a mule. . Of course there was a
little confusion at times, and some
noise that is unavoidable. But the un
failing good temper of the 'chairman
brought every thing out in good shape.
The following magnificent ticket was
nominated and will ho rWtn,i n
Governor. John II. Powpt nf if ttr.ii.
lieutenant governor, ra. II. Dech,
of Kuiinrlp.ra roiintv.
Secretary of state, Charles M. May
berry, of Pawnee county.
tstato Treasurer. J. V . Wolfe, of I.nn.
Attorney, General, J. . Lugerton, of
Auditor, Mr. Batie, of Wheeler coun
ty. Buildings, W.F.Wright, of Nemaha
Kntwrintoni1a T..1.1 ! t I ...-. i n
Prof. A. D'AUemand, of Furnas county.
The Independent People's Convention of
Tho people's convention of Iancaster
county met at Bohanan Hall, this city,
Saturday afternoon, the 2Gth Inst. Un
der the call 231 delegates were entitled
to seats. Of this number there were
actually present 220 delegates, all of
the wards of the city and every pre
cinct in the county except Olive Branch
The convention was an exceptionally
fine body of men. The labor element
of the city was represented by able and
Intelligent men belonging to the differ
ent trades unions and K. of L. assem
blies, and the country by broad minded,
sturdy and Independent farmers. Not
a trace of the, shyster or professional
politican, or dealer in votes or delega
tions was to be seen in tho hall. They
were men who had risen above parti
sanship, and had determined to do
something to rescue their county gov
ernment from the crew that threaten
to seize it next November, and to elect
a legislature that will do something for
the people of this county ami state, in
stead of for the lobbyist and the rail
roads. While the committee on credentials
were making up their report, Mr. Bur
rows being called for, made- a short ad
dress, and was followed by John Gra
ham; Wt J. McAllister, and several
others, injjoquent remarks.
After the preliminary business was
transacted the convention proceeded to
nominate a county ticket, with the fol
J. M. Thompson, of Lincoln.
Jas. G. Taylor of Nemaha Precinct.
Elias Baker and
W. S. Demaree, of Lincoln.
J. F. Dale of Mill Precinct.
J. F. Egger, of Saltillo Precinct.
Robt. McAllister, of Stevens Creek.
E. S. Gillick, of Lincoln.
August Anderson, of North Hluff.
Mr. Stocking, of Panama.
FOR COUNTY ATTOilNEY.
N. Z. Snell, of Lincoln.
We shall speak more at length of tho
candidates in another column.
Twenty-four delegates were appoint
ed to attend the state convention and
the following campaign committee were
. First ward Hurtentious Holtznian .
Second ward J. C. McNair.
Third ward Jerome Ingerman.
Fourth ward J. W. Sherwood.
Fifth ward I. N. Baker. I
Sixth ward J. W. Emberson.
Seventh ward J. L. Long.
Buda Wm. Spencer.
Centerville Henry Kesslcr;
Denton J. L. Payne. .
Elk-J. W. Smith.
Grant John Ramsey.
Gaitield J. W. Masters.
Highland J, W. Burness.
Lancaster Barker Lyons.
Little Salt A. G. Neff . -
. Middle Creek
Mill Martin Jeffrey.
Nemaha Robt. Collyer.
North Bluff E. Bingham. '
Oak David Houssel.
Panama Frank May.
Rock Creek A. Feterson.
Saltillo J. T. Blazer.
South Pass '
Steven's Creek A. L. Jacobyv
Waverly Thomas Bocraft.
West Oak John Thompson
West Lincoln Wm Brings.
Yankee Hill J. A. McNabl.
J. V. Wolf was elected chairman, ami
A. W. Irvine'secretary of the campaign
The convention was the most respect
able and harmonious of any held in this
county for years. The republican con
vention which was held last week was
a howling mob. This was a quiet, or
derly assemblage bent on accomplish
ing its purpose. The ticket nominated
is above reproach. No "forty per cent
Jacks," no chattel mortgage fiends, no
five per cent a month men, no men
whom it is necessary to introduce to
tho public as being reformed, are to bo
found upon it. In fact, there were no
such men in that convention. Tho
delegates were not made that way.
There is no doubt whatever that the
ticket can be elected. It is the ticket
of no faction, no society, no old party.
It is preeminently a People's ticket, as it
purports to be. It was not nominated
by a party, but by the people. Let every
man in Lancaster county who believes
in pure government, and in government
by the people instead of by the politici
ans and corporations, roll up his sleeves
and go to work for this ticket, and it
will get there as sure as the first 'Tues
day in November comes.
An Alliance picnic will be held at Ar
apahoe, Furnas County, Neb., August
12th, 1890.12 Mr. Venier Voldo will de-
iver an address, and other prominent
speakers are expected. The Alliances
of that locality should attend at that
time, as the Local Alliance expects to
make it a pleasant gathering for all.
E3T"We have an inquiry froml)artin
Neb.; as to the eligibility of a certain
person to membership in the Alliance.
If the case is as stated, he is either not
eligible or should be blackballed.
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