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Uacoln, - - - Nebraska.
A. BURROWS, : : s Editor.
L XL Thompson, Business Manager.
M In the beauty f 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. POWEKS, of HItohoock
lieu ton ant Governor,
WM. H. DECH, of Saunders.
Sortary of State,
C. N. MAYBEItRY, of Pawnee.
J. V. WOLFE, of Lancaster.
J. W. EDGERTON, of Dougrlas.
JOHN BATIK, of Wheeler.
Ommi8loner of PuMfe Lands and Bulldlnys,
VY. F. W HJG HT of Nemaha,
Buperintendeni of Public Instruction,
PROF. A. D'ALLEMAND.of FurnM.
For Congress First Congressional District.
HON. ALLEN ROOT, Douglas.
9v ConjrrosB Second Congressional District.
W. A. McKEIGHAN, of Webster.
JNer Congress Third Congressional District
CAPT. O. M. KEM. of Custer.
Lancaster County Independent Ticket,
J . M. THOMPSON.
ELI AS BAKER.
W. S. DEM ARE 5.
I. F, DALE.
J- F. EGGER.
L. S. GILLICK.
D. A. STOCKING,
N. Z. SNELi.
Chairman State Committee,
GEO. W. BLAKE.
Secretary State Committee,
C. H. PIHTLE.
Headquarters State Committee,
1034 P street, Lincoln, Neb.
THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE.
Published Weekly by the
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J. M. THOMPSON, Bus.
SUBSCRIPTION $1.00 PER YEAR.
INVARIABLY IN ADVANCE. OR FIVE
SUBSCRIPTIONS, IN ONE ORDER;
ONE YEAR FOR $4.00.
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 untrammeled 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
rayed 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 in
the contest. Not only should every
Alliance man take the paper himself,
but he should aid in extending it' to
those who are not jrct members. To
enable our members to so extend it, we
IN CLUBS OF TES, TILL JANUARY
1st, 18 1, FOR 20cts.
The Alliance one year, and Look
ing Backward, postpaid $1.30
Ditto and Labor and Capital by
Ditto and Caesar's Column 1.25
Ditto and Our Republican Mon
archy by VenierVoldo 1.10
The above books for sale at this of
fice, or sent postpaid as follows:
Looking Backward. . . 50 cts.
Caesar's Column 50 ct3,
Labor and Capital 20 cts.
Our Republican Monarchy . . 25 cts
Alliance Pub. Co., Lincoln, Neb.
Jg It is time for the dumping to be
gin. Since the partial remonetization of
silver it has advanced from 90 to 120 cts.
per oz.; but there are y.?t no signs of the
effete monarchies of Europe dumping
their silver on our shores by the ship-
load. In fact, the higher it gets the
more they want for it, which is di
rectly the opposite of what the chuckle -beaded
gold-bugs predicted. These fel
lows will soon learn, if their brains don't
soften, that when silver reaches par it
will be worth as much as gold, and Eu
- ope will have no more to spare then then
THE FARMERS' DEMAND FOR
A True Monetary System.
In approaching this question some
primary principles must be bora e in
lstMoney is purely a creation of
law. Every function it possesses is de
rived from and depends upon the legal
tender function which is given to it by
2d. Money is not wealth, but is simp
ly a representative of wealth.
If all the money in' this country were
destroyed to-day no actual wealth would
be destroyed, except in the case of
metal which could be used for other
purposes than money. It is true great
inconvenience would be caused by the
loss of this medium of exchange, and in
cases where men had converted wealth
into its representative the loss of the
representative would prevent them from
reconverting it, and thus be equivelent
to the loss of the wealth to them. But
the wealth which it represented would
3rd. There is no international mon
ey. Money issued and coined in the
U. S. is not current in any other coun
try, and vice versa. Metallic money go
ing from the country which coined it,
goes as a commodity, and is exchanged
at its market value as metal, determin
ed by its weight and fineness.
Money has two fundamental uses
1st. To liquidate debts.
2d. To exchange wealth.
To these may be added its powers to
represent wealth and accumulate by in
terest. But it will be seen upon reflec
tion that the three last named powers
are derived from and dependent upon
the first, which is the direct result of
the legal tender quality imparted to it
The legal tender quality that quali
ty which compels a debtor to accept
money in payment of a debt induces
men to accept such money in exchange
That which may be exchanged for
wealth stands of course as the repre
sentative of wealth.
As wealth is the product of labor, and
demands compensation for its use un
der the general term rent, money which
is the representative of wealth also de
mands compensation for its use under
the name of interest.
Hence every power of money is de
rived from its legal tender quality.
The legal tender quality of money is
the purest, most abstract and most com
prehensive expression of law that can
: be made or conceived.
The above are all undeniable propo
Now, if all the dualities of money are
derived from its legal tender quality,
and its legal tender quality is solely
the creation and gift of abstract law,
thase qualities are not the result of any
thing else. They are not the result of
any intrinsic value in the material of
which money is made.
Take away from gold and silver their
money qualities, conferred by law, and
they would be no more valuable than
iron, if as much so.
The representative value of money
being derived from its legal tender
quality, does not arise from the fact
lUftV it lias iuaiiuiu uttsia. j, i-'vg
true no basis of any kin js actuallv
needed for money. And this conclusion
is thelmly "logical result of the primary
principles underlying money which are
But the beliai that some basis of prop
erty having intrinsic value is neces
sary for money is infused into the
minds of men by centuries of practice
and education to such an extent that it
seems necessary to accede to it in the
formation of any new monetary system.
What shall that basis be!
Experience shows that the precious
metals are entirely inadequate for the
purpose. Theoretically our money is
based upon these metals. This necessi
tates so small a volume of money that
the greater part of the business of the
world is conducted on a bebt basis. The
present proportion of payments in mon
ey and in representatives of money in
2,132 banks is as follows: In gold coin,
1.38; in silver coin, .17; in paper money,
4.30; in checks, drafts, etc., 94.09. If
all the paper representatives of money
were sumultaneously presented for
payment at the bank counters to-day.
not four per cent of it could be paid in
The fact, however, does not present
the real evil as it affects the people. It
is the consequences of thi3 fact which
are to be deplored and removed.
The power to accumulate by interest
in its effects upon society is the most
important function of money.
There are many who are not close
thinkers who deny the moral right of
interest who denounce interest as rob
bery. With these we do not wholly
agree. There is undoubtedly great
robbery and injustice in interest. It is
the abuse of the principle instead of the
proper application of it, connected with
an entirely inadequate volume of mon
ey, and a monopoly of it, which results
in the robbery. -
There is a cause silently at work
which is transferring to the few the net
income of the labor of the many as fast
as it is produced.
There is a cause which is enabling
large numbers to live idly in luxury
while the producers of wealth have
barely a subsistence.
There is a cause which is making mil
lionaires and paupers, and changing our
country into one of the few very rich
and the many very poor.
What is that cause?
It is interest in its various forms and
applications. Interest is the great ac
cumulator and absorber of wealth.
Money per se, money stored in a safe,
or money helu idle, draws no interest.
Money of itself, disconnected with labor,
has no accumulating power. But mon
ey loaned and transmutted into evi
dences of debt becomes accumulative.
FARMERS' ALLIANCE: LINCOLN, NEB.,
Reflection will skowthat a given sum of
money may be frequently re-loaned and
the evidence of debt created each time
it is loaned be maintained in existence
until these evidences exist in much
greater volume than the original given
sum. Each duplication of this kind
draws interest the same as the original
loan. It is through this ; rinciple in
connection with the issuing of fictitious
stocks and bonds that it happens that
there are $30,000,000,000 of evidences of
debt in this country, drawing $2,500,
000,000 from the annual earnings of the
producers, while there are actually in
existence only about $1,400,000,000 of
money of all kinds.
ihere are several intricate problems
connected with interest. Its rate is de
termined by statute, and by the system
under which the government creates
and issues money. But its nominal rate
has very little to do with its actual bur
ueu. L ins is ueiermmeu py tne price
of products in the money with which
the interest is paid.
The lower such prices are the greater
the burden of interest, and vice versa.
We state this principle and ask our
readers to think it out for themselves.
The next principle is intimately related
to it, viz:
Prices are primarily and on the aver
age regulated by the laws of supply and
demand as applied to money. An in
crease in the volume of money increases
prices. A decrease in the volume" of
money decreases prices. Thus it will
be seen that while statute fixes the le
gal rate of interest the volume of mon
ey fixes the burden of it.
The volume of money not only fixes
the price of all kinds of property, but it
controls the other factors of distribution,
rent and wages. Therefore any scheme
which proposes to control or change
rent and wages must begin with in
terest. This subject grows upon us. We in
tended to devote only two articles to it,
but cannot do it justice in that space.
We shall devote one article to illustra
ting the accumulative power of interest,
and then one to the true monetary sys
tem to reform these evils of the present
The Drouth Stricken Region.
AN APPEAL EOR RELIEF.
We have received a letter from Bro. J.
F. Black, Chairman of the relief commit
tee appointed by the Red Willow County
Alliance, asking that , we keep an appeal
for aid standing in our columns. He also
suggests that nickel collections be made
to buy fuel, as well as collections of
clothing. He asks for anything that can
begot. He says; "Should the winter
set in early and severe" there are families
here that are liable to perish with cold,
for hundre'ds of them have no fuel, nGr
can they get it. , There
are families here living on bread made
rrOm grated corn which they come as far
as far as eight miles after."
The above extract certainly shows a
desperate condition of affairs in that sec
tion of the state, and that immediate ac
tion is demanded. Bro. J. F. Black, of
Indianola, will receive contributions for
his locality. Do not let the excitement
of a political campaign take our attention
away fm this imperative call of duty.
We have also received an appeal from
Cheyenne Co. The County Alliance of
that county has appointed a relief com
mittee of which Bro. S. IL Osborne, of
Bayard, is Chairman Mr. Bayard writes:
" This county has no crop of any kind
except hay, of which there is plenty.
There are hogs for meat, but no corn.
The fact is the brothers who need help
have everything under mortgage, and
there is no way out of the difficulty only
to procure assistance. Ligo farmers' al
liance No. 1735, of which I am a member,
have assisted until we cannot do more."
While we prefer that contributions
should be sent direct to chairmen of com
mittees, we will receive contributions
in money and apply them where most
needed, or where the donors may indi
cate. THE ALLIANCE RELIEF FUND.
The following amounts have been con
tributed for the relief of the drouth
stricken region of the state:
St. Alliance to R. Willow Co., 8100 00.
to Cheyenne Co., 100 00.
W. C. Lange, Sutton, Neb., 3 00.
A LOFTY MORAL STANDARD.
"Good Timber for a Governor.
The high moral plane occupied by Jim
Boyd the standard of excellence and
respectability which he has achieved for
himself may be discerned from the
fact that he is sending letters to certain
classes of citizens, asking their support
for governor, and promising to veto
laws in certain contingencies.
What is to be thought of the character
of a man, and of his ideas of personal
dignity and self-respect, when he will so
bemean himself. In a New York 5th
ward politician this ought not to excite
surprise. But in a candidate for gov
ernor of a great state like Nebraska it is
We have in our possession an auto
graph letter from Jim Boyd to a leading
member of the people's party, appealing
for his aid politically, and intimating
with sufficient plainness, that the recip
ient would receive substantial returns
for such support. This to an offi
cial of an opposing party who could not
support or aid him without the basest
These facts show a degree of moral
turpitude that would be simply dis
graceful in the governor of a state
which Jim Boyd will never be.
jjgr While booming the g. o. p. on its
record the Omaha Bee denounces the
McKinley bill, the test party measure of
the present Congress, and characterizes
it as " an encroachment of eastern com
bines against western interests." The
Bee is right in this. But the silver bill,
the force bill, the late land steal, and the
bolstering of Wall street speculators by
the TJ. S. treasury are all the same thing.
THE INCREASE OF THE NUMBER
OF JUDGES OF THE SUPREME
A very important questiom, and one in
which all the people of the state are in
terested, is that of the pending amend
ment of the constitution increasing the
number of judges of the supreme court
At the opening of the fall term of that
there were two hundred and
feeven cases unaer aavisement;
means that that number of cases
had been argued and submitted but not
reached for decision. There were four
hundred and forty-four cases ready for
heariner durinsr the term making in all
six hundred and ninety-one cases on the
docket. To this may be safely added
twenty-five original cases to be pre
sented during the term, such ss man
damus, quo warranto, habeas corpus, etc.,
making considerably over seven hun
dred cases demanding immediate atten
tion and decision. These cases consist
of bills of exceptions and transcripts
ranging from one hundred to twenty-
five hundred pages each, most of which
is closely type-written matter. Suppose
we say (which we can safely do,) that
these records will average two hundred
pages, we will find that one hundred and
forty thousand pages of records alone
will have to be examined before these
cases can be decided. In addition to
this, each case is accompanied with two,
and frequently more, printed briefs of
from ten to one hundred pages of close
ly printed matter. These must be care
fully read and studied each point pre
sented being carefully examined and
not omly this but the great number of
decisions and text books cited must be
read and thoroughly considered. When
this is all done an "opinion" of from
five to sevqnty-five pages, as the case
may demand, must be written by the
judges, read over in the consultation
room, and filed before the case is dis
posed of; and even then motions for
rehearing, accompanied by elaborate
printed briefs, must be considered in
many cases. Each volume of the printed
reports contains about one hundred
and twenty-five opinions. These vol
umes constitute our state reports. It
may therefore be observed that there is
work enough now before the court to
make more than five volumes of reports
containing from seven hundred to nine
hundred pages each.
To give some idea of the increase of
business in that court, it may bo noted
that jthe docket for the July, 1876, term
contained eighty cases, At that time
three judges could easily do the work.
Now it is impossible. More than one
half of the whole number on the
docket hare already been filed as new
cases and are waiting their places in
the next term.
From these facts but one inference
can be drawn, and that is that the su
preme court is hopelessly swamped.
Causes appealed to that court canaot be
decided by the present force for years
If the pendiag amendment is not
adopted this fall the result must inevita
bly be a denial of justice. It is known
that it is the policy of corporations, and
especially railroad and insurance com
panies, to wear out those of less means
who may have demands against them,
by long and expensive litigation. This
secures the purpose, not only of crush
ing those who may have the courage to
go into court for their rights, but of de
terring others from seeking their legal
rights in court. Should the number of
judges not be increased by the adoption
of the amendment the court will, by the
end of another year, be at least three
years in arrears. Then all suits against
corporations will be appealed to that
court and there locked up and the life
"squeezed" out of our people who may
be so unfortunate as to have claims
Let there be no mistake made. It is
absolutely essential that the amendment
be adopted and the court rendered able
to dispose of cases at an early day after
they are presented.
The proposed amendment to increase
the number of supreme court, judges,
and that to increase their salaries, are
separate propositions, and will be voted
upon separately. We are opposed to
any increase of salaries during these
THE TARIFF NOT THE QUESTION.
We wish the farmers of this state to
understand that the tariff is not an is
sue in this campaign. The important
tariff legislation of the present congress
will be completed before election. The
tariff has very little to do with tho pros
perity of the farmers of this state. Our
foreign trade is about three per cent of
our domestic trade, and its relations to
our interests in comparison to the ques
tions of money, land and transportation
is aoout in the same proportion. The great
question before the people of Nebraska
is whether monied and railroad corpo
rations shall rule this state, or whether
the people shall rule. The election of
either Bichards or Boyd will be a victory
for the money power. The election of
Powers will alone be a victory for the
people. And we are happy to add that
every indication is that Powers will be
NOT FIT TO GO TO CONGRESS.
A proposition was before the voters
of York county for $35,000 or $40,000 in
bonds - for a new railroad. Mr. McKei
ghan is said to have in his possession
the check for $500 given to Mr. Harlan
to bribe him to persuade the farmers to
vote for those bonds. Great Scott!
Five hundred dollars out of thirty or
forty thousand! Do you suppose John
H. Ragan could have bored Church
Howe with that sized gimlet? No, in
deed! Five or ten thousand of that
money would have disappeared in
Church's jeans. Do you want to se.td a
man to congress from the 2d district
who can be bought by every little pea
nut stand of a concern that comes
SATURDAY, OCT. 4,
A STATE AUDITOR WHO HELPS
PLUNDER THE TREASURY.
More Fconomy of the Richards Party
What Became of the Swag,
The total duration of the last legisla
ture was from Jan. 3d to March 30th,
which made 96 days, counting Sundays.
The. actual session was 60 days, which
is the constitutional limit. The won
derful superlative industry of many of
the employes of that legislature is
shown by the bills allowed by the audi
We will begin with Chaplain of the
Senate, Rev. J. G. Tate. He got in 88J
days in a session of 60 days, and drew
$267.00. The Senate needed lots of
praying for;but their chaplain must also
have prayed in some of the committee
rooms. Well, according to what we
have heard, praying was needed there,
The post-master of the Senate got in
89 days. That does very well.
One door-keeper got in 89 days.
That's pretty good. He kept the doors
while they were locked up, and the
Senate absent. Twenty-nine days of
door-keeping more than the Senate was
The next item is delicate, very deli
cate. It touches those lady clerks
Far be it from us to diminish their per
quisites. lneir names are so pretty,
too. There is Ada, Lou, Ida, Anna,
"VTn; i-i -i . .
neine, xkcoecca. uanuace, and some
others all presumably beauties. From
90 days down to 67. Their industry is
unimpeachable. In the house list, too.
thirty-five of those beautiful femenine
appellations. They got in their work
admirably 78 days in a session of 60.
The Senate of 33 memmbers had 111
cierKS, aoout tnree and one-third to
each senator. Now suppose each clerk
made an average of 15 days over the
constitutional session of 60 days. It
would amount to 1651 days,, or $1,953.
It is to be presumed that some clerks,
such as the engrossing clerks, got in
some extra time. But the accounts
don't show it. They average up with
the other employes.
There were thirty-two . "Senator's
clerks." These might have been em
ployed by virtue of a resolution of the
Senate. But we venture the assertion
that it was entirely without the sanction
of the law, and as such a pure steal. The
auditor who audited such accounts
ought to be impeached. It is altogether
likely that the swag was shared by
somebody, and the guilty parties ought
to be in the pen.
Tbi3 auditor is a candidate for re
election. If re-elected he will be a mem
ber of the board of transportation, and
as such be an efficient tool of the corpo
rations, as he has been in the past.
Voters of Nebraska, do you intend to
The congressional convention for th "War
First" at Plattsmouth had some new features
tkat are indicative of business next Novem
ber. It wm harmonious, full of enthusiasm
and full of delegates. It wai more largely
attended than any other cocsrressional cdn.
vention held in Nebraska Rinpeth state was
districted, it was hot from the flres of old
fashioned republicanism, it -was permeated
tbrougn and through with the tried patriotism
of the boys who wore the blue a quarter of m
century agro, and who have not frgotten the
lessons of the war.- State Journal.
We give the above as the cheekiest
and most brazen piece of editorial bun
combe it was ever our fortune to en
counter. The convention was a set-up
job throughout. It was made up of
political beats and bummers who went
there on free passes, and a small army
of candidates headed by Railroad Rich
ards. Connell took a brass band down
from Omaha, at his own expense except
It was no more like "old-fashioned
republicanism" than hell is like Acadia.
The only fires that burned there were
the fires of corn juice and rye.
The gathering had its counterpart in
a convention of railroad bummers that
nominated Jim Laird without even the
formality of a committee on credentials.
It is very fitting that the editor who is
entitled to Connell for the second best
paying post-office in the state should
sing paeans to his chief.
But the chief is simply an unscrupu
lous land-shark and double-faced toady
to the railroad powers without a par
ticle of real sympathy with the people
all the same; and this fact will appear
MATT QUAY VINDICATED.
Matt Quay, the U. S. senator, the
chairman of the monopoiy-railroad-money
power national committee, whom
Mr. Kenedy denounced in tho house of
representativee as a branded thief, has
heen vindicaled. How? Has he proved
his innocence? No. Has he denied the
charge? No. Has Mr. Kennedy with
drawn the offensive language and
pologized? No. On the contrary he
stoutly maintains its truth. He has been
vindicated by having Mr. Kennedy's
speech expunged from the Congression
al Record by resolution, tthe nsame as
Dave Butler was vindidated. Matt
Quay is a proven criminal, denounced
OA such in congress, but still retains his
seat as U. S. Senator and his place as
chairman of a national committee. It
is certainly time the people formed a
A HINT TO INDEPENDENTS WHO
FAVOR THE AMENDMENT.
There are a great many independents
who intend to vote for the amendment.
That is all right. We want every man in
the state to vote his honest convictions
on the prohibition question. But to the
independent prohibitionists we 'would
say, make every vote for the amend
ment bring a vota "Tor Honest John
Powers, or for the independent state
ticket. "A word to the wise," etc.
Circulating libels without inspect
ing proofs, the monopoly press of this
state is getting its foot in it badly. We
shall not be surprised to see fifteen or
twenty very healthy prosecutions begun
immediately after election.
BOYCOTT THE MONOPOLY PRESS.
Boycott an Unclean Press.
We have been taken to task quite se
verely for advising independents not to
attend meetings to be addressed by rail
road candidates. And we have before
been castigated for advising all anti
monopolists and reformers to boycott
the papers which are published in the
interest of the money and railroad
We wish now to emphatically repeat
our advice in both cases. There is no
more potent agency of oppression, no
more efficient machine for misinforma
tion, distortion and misrepresentation
of the truth than the monopoly press.
The press associations and combinations
made for the gathering and dissemina
tion of news are controlled by such men
as Gould, Vanderbilt.tf ff,who naturally
use their power over these reports in
their own interests. They name the
agents"and employes of the press asso
ciations. Is it not natural that the em
ployes should look after the interests of
those who furnish them their bread and
butter? Through these agencies the re
ports of these companies are colored,
important facts are suppressed, debates
are mangled, and th tendency and
character of new laws misstated, and
even, important judicial decisions are
interpreted different from what the
judges intended all to preserve and
magnify the money and monopoly pow
er of the plutocrats.
Boycott this press, of course. Boy
cott it every day of the week, and every
week in the year. If it were possible
we would wipe it off from theace of the
earth with a stroke of the pen. The
people have no manner of use for it. It
is misleading and destructive.
Another thing. A clean daily paper,
that is fit to go into the family where
there are young children is a very rare
thig. Sensational matter which we do
not care to describe in these columns
seems to be greedily sought for by all
the publishers. We can describe it by
saying that it is the kind of matter that
is never found in The Alliance. It is
not fit to go into a decent family. But
all the dailies abound with it. We deny
that the public taste demands it. It is
forced upon the public; and it will in
evitably create prurient and degraded
craving in the young. We solemnly
war parents and heads of families
against it, Boycott . it as you would
boycott a blast from the pit. It is
amazing that publishers who are them
selves head of families, permit this
trash to be daily hashed up in their
mpers. Some purifying spirit should
at once take hold ofthis Augean stable.
The time for new subscriptions is now
near at nana, ratronize nome papers
which are on your side. Boycott rail-
read ?,A monopoly papers. Boycott
the press of the money power. Sup
port papers which are clean, and which
advocate your principles and promote
your interests. Tub Alliance is one
of that kind.
JUDGE MASON HEARD FROM.
The following line from our old friend
II. B. McGaw givos an inkling of what
Judge O. P. Mason is at. Several years
ago the monopoly cappers paid him one
thousand dollars for a few high tariff
speeches, so it was said. He is the man
who prepared th celebrated Elkhorn
case for trial before Our supreme court,
and then compromised the case for a
trifling concession to Lincoln shippers,
and how much beside no one knows,
and left it to Attorney General Leese to
insist on the trial of the case, and gain
the decision which gave our state board
of transportation power to fir rates in
Judge Mason is an attorney who sells
his services for the highest obtainable
price. As the corporations have the
most money they control his time.
When he accuses the independents
and farmers of Nebraska of being com
munists he utters what he knows to be
untrue. There isn't in the independent
platform nor in the Alliance declaration
of principles or ritual a single commu
nistic idea. At the same time we would
say to Judge Mason, and all the other
paid tools of the corporations that when
they drive the people to choose between
the commune, or even anarchy, and the
tyrannical rule of a monied plutocracy,
they will very likely choose the former.
Below is Bro. McGaw's letter:
Editor Alliance: Inclosed find list
of appointments for Judge McKeighan.
Judge Mason, of Lincoln, made a
most remarkable speech here on last
Saturday. Among the many things in
condemnation of the people's independ
ent party that he uttered Avas that all
farmers who had left the g. o. p. were
communists, etc. Would it be possible
for you to get the speeth and publish it
in The Alliance? It would be a good
campaigu document. Mr. Mason had
his speech written and read the most
of it from manuscript. I tried to have
it published in our local papers but I
have not yi persuaded the g. o. p. men
to do so" Yours Fraternally,
( II. B. McGaw.
THE SUIT AGAINST MCKEIGHAN
The Aurora Sun says that the charges
made against Mr.M'Keighan were simply
slanders. The first case brought against
his bondsmen has been dismissed by
Judge Gaslin, the district judge of that
district; and the other being exactly
similar, will doubtless be disposed of in
the same manner. These suits are un
questionably trumped up for political
effect, and have no merit whatever.
If anything was due the party instiga
ting the suits it was due when judge Mc
Keighan's term as judge expired, some
three or four years ago. His bondsmen
were good, and money could have been
recovered at that time had any been due.
This fact alone shows that there is noth
ing to the case except low-down politics.
EST Christ knew what he was talking
about when he said it was easier for a
camel to pass through the eye of tho nee
dle than for a rich man to enter tho king
dom of heaven.
THE ENEMY ON THE RUN.
Tho railroad gang is demoralized.
Their meetings are failures. Mr. liar.
Ian has given up the fight in hi district.
The leaders of the two monopoly parties
are getting together and concert
ing schemes by which they may
defeat' tho people's ticket. "Any
thing to beat Powers." is now the cry.
It is no longer a question with them as
to carrying their own ticket, but they
are ready to make any combination to
defeat the independents.
Richards is entirely demoralized, and
proposes to take his campaign into his
own hands, and save himself if possible,
without regard to his associates on the
ticket. , His friends are proposing to tho
prohibs. to withdraw their candidate for
governor if Richards will come out in
favor of prohibition. If Richards dors
this it will be in consequence of a cor
rupt deal. He finds Tommy Benton a
hard load. Tommy is trading with
whiskey men and democrats right and
left, and Richards thinks ho has tho
Tho Bee hangs out a signal of distress.
practically gives up the fight. It says:
"It is necessary to say plainly that tin
republican party of Nebraska thU your
cannot hope to win unless tho canvass i
pushed more vigorously and earnestly than
it has been thus far."
Just so. And instead of increasing
their vigor, the speakers, disgusted with
their thin meetings and absence of en
thusiasm, are putting on their coats and
Whoop 'em up, boys! The battle is
ours if wo fight it out on this line. When
the 5th day of November comes we
shall say, in big head lines, "wo ha??
met the enemy, and they aro ours:"
AN INFAMOUS LAND STEAL.
Wake up People.
While the people ef Nebnwka are
running an independent ticket on a
platform in which tho leading plank
demands land reform, tho republican
congress at Washington has passed one
of the most infamous land grab bills that
has been passed in a generation. This
bill gives an amount of unearned land
sufficient to make a state as largo as
Iowa to the Northern Pacific railroad.
Every acre of this land has been for
feited by the road under tho terms of
their grant. Many settlers are on it,
and the law confirming the title in
the road makes no reservation in their
This infamy is perpetrated while the
party which claims to bo pre-eminently
the party of the people.the party of pur
ity and reform, tho party of progress and
liberal ideas, has a clear majority in
both houses of congress. And yet th;
very monopoly railroad power that
within the last two weeks has robbed
the people of an empire is crying"stauil
by the party."
ROUSING MEETINGS ALONG THE
The People's Ticket Way Ahead.
Within a short time Hon. W. H. Deck
has addressed the people at Loup City,
Arcadia, Ansley, Broken Bow, Schuy
ler and Lincoln. These meetings wcr
all good. Tho enthusiasm is increasing,
if that were possible. The meeting at
Schuyler was a monster, 0,000 or ?,00t
people being present.
On Monday night Mr. Dech spoke at
Lincoln in the place of Mr. May berry,
to a large audience which received him
Messrs Kent and Dcmareo addressed
a meeting at Firth, and Mr. Maloney at
Cramer. These meetings also were
good. Mr. Maloney is winning golden
opinions. Unless there is a wonderful
change before election the independent
ticket will get there by a rousing plural
ity. "NEVER GIVE UP THE SHIP!'
Several of our friends have said in our
hearing that if wo lose this fight our eausn
is hopeless wo can never make another.
Now this is not the right spirit. We
will not lose this fight; but if we sloui.b
lose it NEVEIi SAY die! Wo will NKVKK
eoase the battle for the people's rights
we will " NEVEIS GIVE UP THE SIIIl" a
long as God gives us strength to light
with arm or tongue or pen or until our
cause is won. No true patriot can sit
supine while tho destinies ni his country,
perhaps tho destinies of humanity for
rgos, hang in the balance. Tho battlo i
on. It is an "irrepressible conilict," and
unless truth and right and ju.stico shall
triumph it will go on with increasing in
tensity, "till the stars are old, and the
sun grows cold, and the leaves of th
judgment book unfold."
MRS. KELLIE'S SONGS.
See and sing the new songs by Mm.
Kellie, on our first page. These songs
are by a true poet. They may lack a
little polish, but the soul is in thorn.
They are rough diamonds. See this;
"Money changers eay that by no paupers
Their demands 6hall be denied:
They scorn them now aa Ion a-o
They scorned a pauper crucified."
"They used to tan tho skins of paupers
Down in an eastern land:
But Iliehards patent turns them out
With skins already tanned."
Nothing finer has met our eye
many a day.
THE MCKINLEY OUTRAGE CON
SUMMATED. The U. S. Senate passd lat Tuesday
the McKinley bill as it came from the
committee of conference. There were
only three rebellious Senators who had
the manhood to vote against the dictates
of the party caucus. These were Pad
dock, of Neb., Plumb of Kansas, and
Pettigrew of Dakota. We shall publish
next week a statement as to some of
the effects of this bill.
Too Late for this Week.
Several long articles were received
too late for this week, among them one
from Brothers Rockefeller of Weston,
Thompson of Springfield, and Suter of
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