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Ormer 11th aid U Sts.,
Lincoln,. - - Nebraska.
J. DtjRROWS, : : : Editor.
J. Thompson, Business Manager.
In the beauty mf 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,
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 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."
Independent State Ticket.
JOHN H. POWERS, of Hitchcock
WM. H. DECH, of Saunders.
Secretary of State,
C N. MAYBERRY, of Pawnee.
J. V. WOLFE, of Lancaster.
J. W. EDGERTON, of Doug-las.
JOHN BATIE, of Wheeler.
Commissioner of Public Lands and Buildings,
W. P. WRIGHT, of Nemaha.
Superintendent of Publio Instruction, '
PROP. A. D'ALLEMAND.of Furnas.
r Congress Second Congressional District.
W. A. McKEIGHAN, of Webster,
r Congress Third Congressional District
CAPT. O. M. KEM. of Custer.
Lancaster County Independent Ticket.
J. M. THOMPSON.
W. S. DBMARER.
I. F, DALE.
J. F. EGGER.
L. 8. GILLICK.
D. A. STOCKING.
THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE.
Published Weekly by the
J. BURROWS, Editor.
J. M. THOMPSON, Bus. Mg'r.
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The Alliance is the official organ of
the State Alliance. It is conducted
solely in the interest of the farmers and
laboring men of the state. It is abso
lutely fearless and un trammeled in the
discussion of. all questions. IT AC
CEPTS NO CORPORATION PAT
RONAGE. ITS EDITORS HAVE NO
FREE PASSES, AND ITS OPINIONS
ARE NOT FOR SALE AT ANY
PRICE, In the above particulars it is
a new departure in Nebraska journal
ism. We confidently appeal for support to
all who can appreciate the value of
such a paper.
The most important political cam
paign ever made in Nebraska is about
to open. On the one side will be ar
Tayed the farmers and laborers of the
state; on the other the corporations and
their henchmen, and the newspapers
which for years have prostituted their
columns to the uses of corporations.
The Alliance will be the special or
gan of the farmers and their society iu
the contest. Not only should every
Alliance man take the paper himself,
but he should aid in extending it to
those who are not yet members. To
nable our members to so extend it, we
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The Nebraska Burchard.
Rossy Hammond, after slobbering
through a column of gibberish in an at
tempt to explain away the Richards
pauper episode, shrieks: .
"Do the bellowing anti-monopoly -independent-pcople's
derstand the situation?"
Well, now, this is getting rich. If
Richards and the Fremont Tribune have
mo use for anti-monopolist newspapers,
possibly they have no use for anti
monopoly voters. Independent news
papers are nauseating to your fine
haired Richards, are they? Possibly
voters with independence and back
bone are a little sickening to you too?
If people's newspapers are so worthy of
your condemnation, possibly the peo
ple themselves are a little distasteful.
Perhaps the snake will recoil after
awhile, and then your latter will be de
cidedly inferior to your present condi
The B. & M. Journal, the Alliance and
As we predicted "in our issue of the
16th, the railroad press, led by the B.
$ M. Journal, appeals to old political
and sectional prejudices, and flies the
bloody shirt, in the hope of bringing
back to the fold of the monopoly party
those disgusted members of it who
have joined the independent movement.
No fight can be made against the ticket
the - independents have -placed - in-, the
field. The nominees are able and pure
men, and absolutely above reproach in
all their public and private relations.
So nothing is left for the monopoly
press but to appeal to the supposed
hatred of republicans for anything thai
bears the name of democrat, and thus
force the disgruntled republicans back
into the railroad ranks. To do this
both direct and indirect falsehood has
to be resorted to. Here is ' a precious
sample from the Journal of the 21st,
under the head of "a fading move
"There seems to be no reasonable doubt
of the fact that the wily tactics of the demo
cratic leaders - of the Fanrers Alliance to tie
up the honest tepubllcan farmers to tbe so-
called "independent" ticket have been a little
too open, and that tne alleged Alliance and
Labor political party is rapidly breaking up.
The "Independent Alliance" labor state con
vention as the Journal stated at the time was
made up of a majority of disguised democrats,
old time greenbackers and kickers of various
description, and very few men who have re
cently worked with the republican party were
to da round in tbe motiy assemblage. Tne
ticket nominated was a reDresentative one.
There isn't a man on it who was a republican
in the last congressional, national and state
campaign. Nearly every man put up has
been actively . fighting the republican party,
if not an original democrat."
It would be difficult for any except
an expert liar like the Journal to crowd
into the same space so many villainous
falshoods. First the Alliance had no
democratic leaders in Nebraska. We
defy the Journal to nime a man who
has achieved a position as leader in the
Alliance whose antecedents were not
republican. Second, instead of the in
dependent movement "breaking up,"
or loosing ground the Journal
knows perfectly well that it is grow
ing with unexampled rapidity, and
has been every day ti ace its ticket
was nominated. Third, as to the "make
up" of the convention the statement of
the Journal is a pitiable falsehood.
There were more old soldiers in the in
dependent convention nearly three
hundred by actual count than there
were in any convention ever before
held in the state. Think of three hund
red republican soldiers being in one
convention nearly thirty years after the
war, and then hear the accusation that
it was composed of a majority of "dis
guised democrats." The opposition
must be hard pressed when it has to re
sort to such falsehoods. -
The Journal then says the ticket "is a
representative one. Nearly every man
on it has been fighting the republican
party if not an active democrat." Let
us see about that. What the Journal
pleases to style "the republican party"
in this state has no claim whatever to
that distinction. True, there is an or
ganization in Nebraska known as "the
republican party;" but in every act, in
every election and in every appoint
ment it has been simply and only a rail
road party. Its chief organ and mouth
piece in the state, the Journal,publishe d
inLincoln, is a subsidized paper of the
railroad power, and its books would
probably show that it is on the regular
pay-roll of the principal railroad cor
poration. The men of the independent
convention and the nominees of the in
dependent ticket have been warring,
not against the republican party or re
publican principles.but against the dom
ination of railroad power in the political
affairs of Nebraska. After fighting this
power for years in the party they real
ized at last that it had gained such ab
solute power over the machinery of the
latter that no effective stand could be
made against it within the old party
lines, and so invited all men of all par
ties to join in a crusade against it out
side of such lines. And the unprece
dented success of that crusade thus far
is what's the matter with Hannah of the
Journal sanctum. As for the former
affiliations of the men on our state tick
et, only two of them were original dem
ocrats. We make these statements simply in
the interest of truth, and not because
we for a moment concede that an inde
pendent democrat is not exactly as good
as an independent republican. We
showed last week, in our article allud
ing to Mr. Boyd's speech, that there was
no difference betweeu a democrat and a
republican. A man to-day can believe
anything he chooses to, and belong to
either party. There is no test of mem
bership in either of them; and that is
why men are leaving them and flocking
to the independent movement. The is
sues that the people's movement has
embodied in its platform are live issues
upon which the people demand action;
and both the old parties are so honey
combed with corruption, and so para
lyzed with the predominance of corpo
rate power in their ranks that they can
not take action upon them.
The day is passed when such papers
as the Journal can whip discontented
republicans back into the railroad ranks
by appealing to the dead issues of thirty
years ago. ' " '
The Independents ,and the Democrats.
The utter absurdity of the hue and
cry raised by the . railroad Journal and
its corporation allies, that the Alliance
organization is being used to secure the
election of democratic state officers and
congressmen, is shown by the attitude
of the democracy of the state towards
the independent movement A brief ex
amination will show that there, is no
sort of affiliation between the demo
crats and independents, and can be
none. It will also show that if there is
or is to be any fusion in the present
fight, it will be between the democrats
and republicans and against the inde
pendents. The railroad influence that
predominates in those two parties would
much prefer that a' member of either
of them should be chosen than an inde
pendent. In the third district the dem
ocrats had an easy opportunity to 8e-
cure the defeat of Mr. Dorsey, and thus
put a man in Congress who at least
would not go into a republican caucus,
or voter with the money and railroad
power. ' They chose not to do it. They
put up an unknown shyster named
Thompson to do all in their power to
elect Dorsey. This is so plain a case on
the face of it that Dorsey is accused of
securing the nomination with his money.
In- the first district Van Wyck would
have defeated Connell beyond a perad
venture, on a two-sided ffght. But the
democrats, while having no possible
chance of electing their own man, pre
ferred Connell to Van Wyck, though
they knew the latter would never go
into a republican caucus. And so they
put up an unknown tenderfoot from Illi
nois, who has no recommendation ex
cept his yawp; and they could have
had no other motive except to defeat
Coming to the State ticket, which dis
gusts the railroad Journal by its democ
racy, we find that the democrats repu
diate it utterly, and nominate a ticket
without a suspicion of independent or
anti-monopoly sentiment about it.
This is as it should be, and we onlv al
lude to it to show the utter groundless
ness of the charge that the independents
are tainted with democratic virus. ' No
independent wanted fusion. The dem
ocratic party is controlled by corporate
power the same as the republican, and
we want nothing to do with it. It will
be found throughout the state in the
legislative fights that the two old parties
will be the ones to fuse against the inde
pendents. McKeighan's ' Position.
A great many Harlan enthusiasts in
this section of country have been very
free and" loud-mouthed in denouncing
Judge McKeighan as a drunkard, and
the Dispatch, in justice to the gentleman,
publishes the following from the Alma,
Harlan county, Beacon, published near
McKeighan's home: "A report has been
in circulation stating all manner of
mean things against the Alliance can
didate for congress, Mr. McKeighan, of
Red Cloud, and while we do not propose
to meddle with anybody's affairs, a false
hood that misrepresents a man who
dares to stand by the interests of the
people, should be exposed, and a letter
from Mr. McKeighan, now in our pos -session
says: 'I am in favor of the
amendment in this state and in the na
tion, and will never vote to license this
common enemy of mankind, this fell
destrover ot human happiness, honor
and hopes. It was the cruel beast of
Attila, the Hun, that the grass no longer
grew where his horse set his foot.
Wherever Intemperance sets its foot
the pleasures of hope perish. It has
brought shame and disgrace to the face
of innocent childhood; it has entered
the circle where love, peace and plenty
reigned and transposed it into a desert
of woe and want; it has entered the
home of wedded bliss, and love has
died in the breast of the bride, whose
life is clouded and to whom death is
rest. These things I cannot forget un
til I forget the teachings of my dear old
Presbyterian mother, whose wise coun
sels have kept me from many tempta
tions. The evil once threatened me
through medical prescriptions, but when
I realized my danger, I registered a vow
of total abstinence that is for all time,
and I no longer fear this insidious foe of
all good. Ulysses Dispatch.''"
' ' "' i '
The Chattel Mortgage Fiend.
We have received from a valued cor
respondent a letter calling attention to
the chattel mortgage business, but too
late for extended attention this week.
In many localities it appears that
nearly all valuable chattels are mort
gaged for loans at extortionate rates of
interest. The lenders do not want the
chattels in fact, they would not sell
for the .debts, owing to the crop failure
and scarcity of feed. The farmers can
not go on paying 2 or 3 per cent a
month, and maintain their families and
put in a crop next spring. Now the
question arises, what is to be done?
It is evident that the farmers cannot
accept indefinite extensions of these
debts. If they did, they would winter
all they could of their mortgaged stock
to have it taken away from them in the
spring as soon as there was a market
for it. If they can get a year's exten
sion at not more than 10 per cent many
of them may pull through. Ten per
cext net is an exhorbitant rate. No
legitimate business can long pay it.
Lists of all farmers whose chattels are
mortgaged should be made in each
county from the files in the clerk's of
fice. These should begot together iu
either precinct or county meeting, and
uniform action agreed upon. Make no
new contract for more than 10 per cent.
Renew contracts for one year when it
is desirable. It is often better to turn
property over for what it will bring
than to continue in hopeless debt. But
fulfill all old contract when possible.
Do not let the debt run on indefinitely
without a new contract giving sufficient
time to make the payment, thereby
risking the loss of mortgaged cattle af
ter they hare been wintered.
This is a difficult subject- When
mortgaged property is sold the mort
gagor is responsible for any deficiency
on the debt Hence turning over mort
gaged chattels' might be a losing game.
But organize. The - bankers of this
state have a ciose organization. There
is no reason why their customers should
not have one.
' On general principles never make a
chattel mortgage. It means depend
ence and slavery. We would suffer al
most any privation before we would
sign a chattel mortgage.
WEBSTER COUNTY ALL RIGHT.
A trusted correspondent informs us
that a quiet canvas of Webster county
gives the people's ticket ihree hundred
majority, and that that majority will in
crease instead of diminish as the cam
paign progresses. .
LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAV, AUGUST
THE PINKERTON'S AND THE CEN
It is a very noteworthy fact that every
act of , violence and every loss of life in
connection with the N. Y. Central strike
has been the direct result of some colli
sion with the Pinkerton force. It is also
noteworthy that the result of the organi
zation of labor has been to repress violent
methods and to promote law and order
among the striking laborers. One of the
results of their organization has been to
convince them that there is no gain by
the destruction of property or by lawless
ness and violence. There is no doubt,
also, that they deprecate strikes as much
or more than the corporations, as the
strikers are the greatest losers and have
the least reserve fund as an indemnity.
And there is no doubt that a continuance
and perfection of their organization will
finally result in some method of securing
justice to all parties without a resort to
destructive and compulsory means.
As to the Pinkerton force, it is difficult
to discuss it with any degree of patience.
The most notable and alarming feature
of the business is the indifference of all
local authorities to the glaring violation
of law and infringement of all sound con
stitutional principles involved in the em
ployment of this force; or worse, the sub
serviency of the authorities to the corpo
rations which employ it. The protection
of private property from theft, rapine
and mob violence is one of the first and
most imperative duties of the civil power.
The constitution and laws of every state
give the civil power unlimited authority
and resources for this purpose. On its
failure or inability to perform this duty
it is authorized to resort to the military
arm. The provisions of law made in
these respects give the civil authorities a
legal monopoly of power in this direction,
and amount to as effectual an inhibition
and legal bar against the employment of
armed forces by private authority as
though it was expressly prohibited by
statute under the severest penalties.
Th( re has never been a place where the
Pinkerton's have been employed as an
armed force to protect private property
where the police could not have legally
arrested, disarmed and imprisoned them.
And yet we have never heard of a case
where the authorities ' have taken this
view, which is the only proper one.
The employment of this force is an out
rage upon the instincts of citizenship,
Every American instinctively knows,
when he sees the Pinkerton uniform, that
his liberties aie threatened by a power
which plaef s itself above the law; and his
natural antagonisms are aroused, and if
he has in his soul the true spirit of free
dom he is quite apt to go a step out of
his way to resent and resist what he
knows to be an encroachment upon his
liberties. Trains were stoned at Albany
which would not have been stoned had
they not been covered by Pinkerton men;
and the act was not so much an attack
upon the company or an expression of
sympathy with the strikers, as of indig
nation at the illegal employment of mer
cenary thugs by a private . corporation.
The firing into unarmed crowds from the
safe perch of the top of a moving train
was a cowardly ana aastaraiy outrage.
We do not believe it could be perpetrated
in Nebraska without being at once re
warded with a hempen noose, as it should
be. The people of this country endure
these outrages from good nature and con
scious strength, and confidence in the
justice and final triumph of the law.
They will not much longer endure them
nor will they much longer endure the
arbitrary and despotic sway of an over
grown corporate power which says to
the great plain people, V you shall not
organize while use it organizing, ana
which arrogates to itself all dominion and
functions which belong to the people.
G. O. P. PAPERS STUMPED.
The Woods Full of Those Who Can't
Swallow the Dose.
Scores'of heretofore straight republi
can papers have refused to endorse the
work of the railroad convention. Here
is a sample wail from the Sidney Jour
nal: . .',
'"Tommy Benton and Geo. H . Hasting are
experiencing' a decidedly cool reception from
republican papers of tbe state. The Journal
regrets this. It reo-rets more, however, that
the candidates for auditor and attorney gen-
at have in the past laid themselves
t able to the displeasure of any ele
ment of their own party. Auditor Benton is
a young man whose open-hearted, free-handed
wajs have made him thousands of warm
friends.' Personally he is popular wherever
he is known, as any man of his disposition
cannot fail to be. But If the readers of the
Journal believe tkathis official record justi
fies their suspicion and distrust well, the
correct thing to do is to scratch his name
from the ticket next November. The inter
ests of the people are of much more import
ance than the ambitions of Mr. Benton. As
Tor Mr. Hastings everybody kaows he is a
railroad attorney and will be a railroad attor
ney general if elected. Even the men who
nominated hfrn know that in doing bo they
imperilled the success of their party this fall.
Much as the Journal would like to howl its
self hoarse for the men who compose the re
publican ticket It must draw the line at
Hastings. ' It won't ask the fa mere of Chey
enne county to vote ..for him. It can't do it.
Ic is advocating republican principles, but
it is not yet ready to become a party to the
subversion of the people's rights at the dicta
tion of a political or corporate ring. There
isn't enough in it." .
Our readers will please note the em
phasized words above. In that un
guarded expression we guess the-editor
of the Journal acknowledged a great
deal more real truth than he intended
to. If .the political or corporate ring
Which he says nominated Benton and
Hastings were strong enough Xo do that,
by the sarce course of reasoning didn't
it dictate the composition Of the whole
The Democracy and the Farmers.
A brief examination of the charactt-r
of the resolutions, which were hounded
off the stage and refused a hearing
in the democratic state convention will
show just how far the claim of the dem
ocratic party to be the party of reform
can be trusted. Hon. C. H. Brown was
the gentleman who offered the resolu
tions to the convention.' While his de
mocracy has never been impeached he
has always shown himself to be above
the reach of corporation influence.
There is no doubt that the fact that it
was known that the resolutions were
anti-monopoly in character explains
their rejection by tbe convention. .
The first one demanded perfect equal
ly between silver and gold, and pro
tested against any discrimination in the
value of different kinds of money.
The second protested against any en
croachments on civil rights by the gov
ernment, and against the passage of the
The third demanded the enactment
of a maximum rate law.
The fourth favored an amendment to
the state constitution prohibiting the
voting of bonds for private enterprises.
The fifth favored the law against deal
ing in options in food products.
Every one of these propositions com
mends itself to the Alliance and the
farmers of the state; but they could get
no hearing in the democratic conven
tion, even when presented by such an
eminent democrat as Hon. C. H. Brown.
In the face of this fact the pretense that
the democratic party is advocating the
cause of the Alliance falls to the ground.
That party would like to capture the
farmer vote, but not unless it can also
retain its standing with the corpora
tions, and remain under the leadership
of the Boyds, Mortons and Millers,
who are themselves declared monopo
lists and aristocrats.
SUCH CROWDS OF PEOPLE NEVER
York, Neb., Aug. 25, 1890.
Friend Burrows : On Friday the 22d
the farmers and soldiers that were at
tending the re-union at Hardy held a
monster meeting of the friends of the
people. The throng was addressed by
Pres't J. H. Powers, W. A. McKeigan,
and J. . W. Edgerton, of Nebraska. The
speeches were received with earnest at
tention and frequent outbursts of ap
plause. The grounds were near the state
line, and the multitude was composed
of men and women from both Kansas
and Nebraska. The greatest cordiality
prevailed, and gave evidence that the
same intense feeling and earnest deter
mination that the wrongs of the people
shall be righted, is common to both these
On Saturday Messrs. Edgerton and
Powers addressed a meeting at Osceola,
and in spite of the rain and the fact that
a mistake had been made in announcing
the meeting the court house was well
filled, and it was a very interesting meet
ing. The people promise that Polk Co.
shall be redeemed from party domination
On Monday, the 25th, a meeting was
held in York at the court house. Messrs.
Powers and Edgerton addressed the peo
ple for about three hours. The addresses
were well received, and the whole assem
bly seemed resolved that they would not
rest until freedom from monopoly rule
and political party domination should be
achieved. The judicial convention for
the district composed of York, Polk,
Hamilton and Seward counties was then
convened. .Fifty-six delegates (were pres
ent. On the second ballot county judge
Bates, of York, was unanimously nomi
nated for judge of the district court.
After appointing a central committee the
convention adjourned. . H.
Scotia, Neb., Greeley Co.
O. M. Kem spoke at this place on the
23d. With only forty-eight hours notice
he had a full house. The speaker warmed
things up for two solid hours, and put
confidence in our souls. We can raise
the estimate ' on votes every time such
men come among us. E. H. Hadley.
"The action of sundry county Alliances in
declaring a boycott against any newspaper or
business man who should presume to investi
gcte the public and private character of any
candidate on the independent ticket or to cri
ticise the moguls. Burrow and Powers, has
completed the disgust of all tbe honest and
sensible members of the Alliance. , ,
The above is from the B. f .V. Journal.
In the first place no boycott has been
declared by any county Alliance. The
only action in that direction being the
denouncing of certain papers which had
claimed to be Alliance papers, but
which proved to be wolves in sheep's
clothing. In the next place there is no
more persistent boycotter than the
Journal and the corporation on whose
pay-roll is the name of its editor. They
both apply the principle of the boycott
on every conceivable occasion. Tbe
Journal carries it into its politics. When
Ed. Roggen was the regular republican
nominee for mayor of Lincoln it organ
ized its employes to vote against him,
and secured the election of a democrat
in his stead, not because he was not a
good republican, but because he wasn't
a good lickspittle for Mr. Gere. It ill
becomes an editor to talk about the boy
cott who uses it as an every day weapon
in politics and husineNS. ' '
. THE KNIGHTS ALONE.
The united order of railroad employes,
better known as the confederation, in its
supreme council at Terre Haute, has re
fused to approve the strike. This leaves
the Knights alone in their contest with
the Vanderbilt dynasty. Defective or
partial organization, such as we pointed
out last week, is responsible for this re
sult. The strike will now end in a com
promise in which capital will have the
big end and labor suffer another dis
couragement. E3P The democratic convention of the
second congressional district endorsed
the independent candidate, Hon. W. A.
McKeighan, at Superior last Tuesday.
Septemter 1st is Labor Day. By the
programme in another column it will be
ten that preparations for the grandest
celebration ever held in the state have
been made. We have no space now to
rehearse the matter, and it is not neces
sary. Everybody will be here, and a
grand time will be had. :; 1
Some Railroad Journalism.
We publish the following items from
the B. $ Ml Journal to show first to
what low depth of misrepresentation
that monopoly organ will resort to, and
next to give?an idea of its ignorance of
the principles of political economy: 5
v 'The ranting' of such demagogues and
shysters as McKeighan and Kem since tbe
"Independent" campaign opened has renew
ed in the east the idea formerly created by
the incendiary slush of Burrows and Van
Wyck. that tbe farmers of Nebraska are
bankrupt, that they cannot make a living1 out
of the soil of the prairies, and that in the
course of a few years tbe land of a greater
portion of the state will be deserted and will
return to the original wilderness, ready for
buffalo and coyote to resume their residence.
There is little doubt that the malicious lies
scattered broadcast by these arrant hypo
crites have for the time
being at least, taken several dollars off tbe
market price of every acre of farming land
in this state. The Injury will
not be permanent, but it will for the next
year or two be sufficient to add greatly to the
discomfort of many a Nebraska homesteader,
by the impairment of his credit and the
shrinkMgeof his working capital, which is
the cash value of his farm ."
It would seem to be the part of fair
ness and good sense for the Journal to
print a sample of the " ranting " and
" incendiary slush" it alludes to. If it
expects to be believed it will have to do
this. " When we accuse a paper of print
ing incendiary slush or nonsensical
trash we make an extract to illustrate
our meaning. We make the above ex
tract as such a sample. And we defy
the Journal to produce a line from the
speeches of Kem or McKeighan which'
will not bear the severest criticism and
test of truth. The miseries resulting
from our defective financial system
have never been applied alone to Ne
braska. The deserted farms in Massa
chusetts, the mortgaged homes of Ohio
and Pennsylvania, and the wholesale
evictions in New Jcasey and Maryland
form a bond of sympathy between the
farmers of the east and west that will
bear fruit ere long in revolutionizing
the methods of the money power and
the railroad aristocracy.
The ignorance of the able . editor of
the railroad organ is shown in his state
ment that the cash value of the farm is
the " working capital " of the farmer.
Any school boy who had studied ele
mentary principles could have told
the editor better. Money invested in
land is fixed capital. Money which
may be handled in yearly farm opera
tions, buying stock, grain, etc., and
paying hands, is working capital. The
other idea of the able editor, that les
sening the cash value of the land is an
injury to the practical farmer is even
more absurd. The possession of land
is the prime condition precedent to en
gaging in farming. The more difficult
that possession becomes the greater
hardship is imposed upon the farmer.
Land speculators, land monopoly, by
the railroad masters of the Journal,
and the accumulation of large tracts of
land by alien owners, have caused
more distress to farmer's families, and
caused the absorption of a larger pro
portion of their earnings in unjust in
terest and. rent than all other causes
combined. The employer of the Jour
nal, the B. & M. railroad, six or seven
years ago, advanced tne price or its
land three times in one summer. The
Journal no doubt spoke of it as an evi
dence of great prosperity in Nebraska.
In fact it was a vile grinding of the
faces of the poor in arbitrarily advanc
ing the cost of the one indispensable
tool of their trade, making debts and
mortgages and penury and depriva
tions the prime conditions of engaging
in the one avocation which God ordain
ed that man should folfow. We expect
next to hear the Journal say that the
doubling of the cost of carpenter's tools
is an evidence of the prosperity of the
carpenters, or a great increase in the
price of presses an evidence of the
prosperity of the printers.
The public policy that, would be of
benefit to the farmers and the country
would be one that would enable them
to pursue their calling without the use
of credit, not one that makes debt and
credit a necessity to them; and this
would involve a total revolutieo of the
policy pursued by the party the B. & M.
Journal is shrieking for.
The deposits, in the banks of Nebraska in
proportion to the population very consider
ably exceed those of Iowa and are about twice
as large as the deposits of Kansas. They av
erage $54 per Inhabitant, being upwards of
S64.900.000. About seventy per cent of these
deposits so far as the investigation has gone,
belong to the farmers mt tbe state. The re
publican ceutral committee will continue the
inquiry as to the banking business of the
state and the Journal expects to be able to
print the figures for every county before elec
tion. This is rendered necessary by the cam
paltrn of anarchy, bonkruotcv and pauperism
made by the 'independent' candidates for of
We clip the above from the railroad
Journal published inLincoln. We saw
an article of similar import in the Hee
a few days ago. The gall shown by it is
simply monumental. The investigation
of mortgage indebtedness, which was
i j ...
heralded last spring with much blr
of trumpets, has shown that it far ex
ceeds what the Alliance memorial stated,
and the subject is dropped and the few
facts suDDressed. Now here is a class of
business upon which no accurate official
figures can be obtained, and the custo
dians of information in regard to which
are the friends of monopolists so these
monopoly papers turn to them and hope
to prove that the farmers of the state
are rolling in wealth. Without quoting
any authority the Journal states that 70
per cent of its hypothetical $64,000,000
are farmers' deposits, and then naively
adds that "the republican central com
mittee will continue its investigation.'
That is crood. extremely jrood! Walt
Seely making financial investigations.
Is the investigation of the suppressed
scandal as to the republican committee
funds of last year concluded f Did
Chairman Richards plank up the min
ing cash, in view of his intention to be
come a candidate for governor?
Nn one better than the Journal
knows that bank deposits are tne most.
delusive data upon which to base con
clusions as to finance. Ten persons
may deposit identically the same money
in tne same uau. u -
bank may show a deposit of $1000 on a
certain day, and on the evemuj? u ww
same day not have $100 in its safe. .
Any figures the committee may give
on this subject will have no official char
acter, but will be furnished by the very
parties who are interested in making a
certain showing; and adverse parties
would have no access to the books
to investigate the , facts. On the ques
tion of mortgage statistics the offi
cial figures ; are- accessible. Mouey
has been appropriated and U. S. officials
have been appointed to ascertain them,
and the facts have been misrepresented
and the figures suppressed. We dare
the Journal to publish now the official
record of the mortgage debt of any rep
resentative county in this state, certified
by the proper county officials.
VAN WICK PROBABLY OFF THE
As Mr. Van Wyck, after three weeks
delay, does not accept the nomination
for Congress, we conclude ho docs not
intend to accept. The committee should
meet and place a man in nomination at
After the nomination of Hon. C. II.
Van Wyck for congress the democrat -republican
contingent became alarmed
for fear the Omaha real estate agent
might be defeated, and made haste to
put up an assistant republican to help
him through. As this was not a vcy
congenial duty to self-respecting demo
crats "they were hard-pressed to find a
man to perform it. The old democratic
stand-bys, such men as Hon. C. II .
Brown, Mr. Morton, Mr. Poppleton,
Doc. Miller and Judge Savage, took no
hand in this nasty business. It was
found necessary to go to Illinois for a
candidate, or to take an unknown man
who had just come from there, which
amounts to the same thing. This young
man's personal ambition to secure the
empty honor of a candicacy for congress
was allowed to outweigh the Important
consideration of defeating and destroy
ing the railroad dominion in Nebraska.
His name, we believe, is O'Bryan. cr
O'Byan. His chief recommendation is
his youth, his chief distinction his mouth
and his cheek. These are simply col
lossal. The World-Herald, when accept
ing its medicine, said of him, "Mr.
Bryan is as popular as he is able,aud his
integrity is as knowledged as his abil
ity." Yes, just so. Exactly. That's a
very slim way of not kicking, and would
be equally appliable to a horse-thief,
a preacher, ' or patent medicineman.
Mr. Bryan's standard for the farmers
may be measured by his speech to the
convention that nominated him. He
said he "wantedthe Chairman of the
Committee to aid him to get acquainted
with 75,000 farmers in the district, and
learn the names and diseases of all their
children." That is to say "just get me
among those farmers, and leave the
rest to me. Blarney is omnipotent,
cheek is supreme."
Mr. what's-his-name, recently from
Illinois, gives it out flat that tariff re
form is the great issue, and that he is
by all odds its great prophet. That i9
to say, "gentlemen railroad barons, if
you'll just give me a boost into congress
I'll do all I can to divert public atten
tion from the railroad question, the
money question and the land question.
I'm exclusively a tariff man."
Mr. B. is now fully launched upon a
new career, lie is engaged in tne ousi
ness of catching gudgeons. He has
put on his war paint to lool grangers.
He may succeed in re-electing Connell;
but as for himself, he has no more
chance of going to congress than he has
of being appdinted plenipotentiary to
the cannibal islands.
A Good Monopoly Suggestion Perhaps.
The B. & M. Journal says:
The lawyers in Washington are prvtty
generally ag-reelnjr that the members ot tbe
executive oouiraittee of tbe Knurhts of Labor
are liable to prosecution under tbe recently
passed act ef congress generally known as
the -anti trust bill." It is entitled "An act to
Frotect trade and comnjeroe aoralnst unlaw
ul restraint and monopolies."
The Journal then quotes the first sec
tion of the act, which provides a pen
alty ot $5,000, or imprisonment for a
year, or both, for its violation, and then
goes on to say tnat a distinguished sen
ator, probably Paddock, gives it as his
opinion that, the executive board of
the K. of L. comes within its provisions.
The prosecution of that board under
the new law would certainly be an eye
opener for the American public. The
law was passed for the express purpose
of curbing the power of over grown
monopolies-like the Central railroad.
It would be a fine thing indeed to have
the first case of its enforcement be
against the God-given right of Ameri
can freemen to combine for their own
protection and advantage, and in the
interest of the strongest, closest, most
secret and most tyrannical combina
tion ever made in modern times. The
grievances which drove Pym and
Hampden to arms were mere peccadil
loes compared with what that griev
ance would be.
But we are surely getting on. When
the acknowledged organ of a raiiroau
corporation can calmly propose such a
thing, and argue in favor of it, we are
certainly getting there. If strikes ian
to provoke a revolution by the working
people, the imperious despotism oi me
corporations will surely briug it on.
Whom the gods would destroy tney
first make mad."
Mr. Rose water's Kesentmem agtmit
The following extract will show the
indignation of Mr. Koewater against
what he terms an outrage by the World-
v. ht m. Ho-ht. however, to resent aa an
outrage the publication by the World- Hera d
of slanderous charges against tne eauor or
the Bee oy irresponsioie nonaencnpw wnu
the manifest purpose or creating prcjuuicw
and ill-feeling among worklngmen atratnst
this paper. Such journalism is oeneatn con
tempt. The charge is made by this bush
whacker that Edward Kosewater worked as
an operator for Jay Gould's Western Union
telegraph company during the telegraphers
strike of 1883.
A few days ago there appeared an
editorial statement in the Bee that par
ties connected with this office were
working the Alliance for private gain.
Which is the greater outrage, the Her-
aid or the Bee's statement?
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