The farmers' alliance. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1889-1892, January 17, 1891, Image 4

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Tiat tnuMw jro and
At H strove to make eten holy
Vet n mki ma tm,
Cisco Qd to marching on."
Jaka Ward How.
i cloava to dasorta.
r t kin who poww tsarts."
A rtiy drop of manly blood
Tfca sansing Cm otttwtJfB."
. Cmcrson.
H wfcecajaart
to a tool.
Ka wkowClnot
Hawk tare svrt
to a coward,
There ia ft pro poet which almost
mounts to ft certainty that the coalition
between the republican and democratic
member of the legislature will come to
t, sudden and violent termination. The
edict just handed down by the supreme
court has unfolded the plan of treachery
towards the democrats so plainly that it
kas created profound sensation. ,
There can be but one interpretation
of this decision and collateral circum
stances. The republican lobby, backed
by the decision of the supreme court, is
making a tremendous effort to win
over Independents enough to join
with the republicans and, democrats in
delating Boyd and tbo republican can
didates for the other state offices elected.
7hat thenf What does the supreme
court mean by its saying clause notify
ing Tom Majors that he may come in as
lnterveaor? What do leading republi
cans mean by denying that Powers will
be governor and at the same time inti
mating that Nebraska has no prospect
1 of being under democratic administra
tion? V;
There can be but one conclusion.
Honey is here for the purpose of de
bauching members of the legislature,
:tzi other powerful Influences are being
' troc;ht to bear. 1 After the republicans
. t4 ; democrats have joined In this
criminal practice the republicans pro
pose to give the lie to the adage that
there Is honor among thieves, and stick
the knife Into their late allies by having
Majors declared governor upon proof cf
Boyd's Ineligibility. ' .
' There is more in this than a wild
guess. Will the democrats sell their
birthright for ft mess of pottage, and al
low the purchaser to steal the pottage?
? "The Fiat Delusion."
'" We have received from our friend
. Rev.A.H. Blackmer, of Peoria, a clipped
article under the above title, in which
we And the following sentence:
"No paper promise to pay, whether
. Issued, by a man, a corporation or a
government, can be worth any more to
the holder than the value of what be is
entitled to get in exchange for it."
The above is true, and in saying It
the writer Rives away his case entirely.
If the promise was to pay gold It would
be worth the amount of gold promised.
The gold would then be worth what
the government had enacted it should
be legal tender for no more, no less
If the "promise to pay" was by law a
legal tender for a certain number of
dollars, it ; would exchange for that
number of dollars, or it would liquidate
debt to that amount that is "exchange
for" the obligations of its holder to that
; amount. Thus, under the operation of
;. the "fiat delusion" a silver dollar worth
j Intrinsically only 65 cents exchanges for
. gold dollar worth intrinsically 100
cents. The paper promises to pay now
. in circulation get their value from the
fact that they will exchange for their
face in the obligations of their holders.
and not from the fact that there is
about one-third of this amount in ex
istence in the country which might be
used to redeem them.
The clipping sent by Rev. Blackmer
is from the Chicago Tribune, a rabid
gold bug concern, whose editor is in
capable of grasping the idea that all
money receives its value from the power
of the government Issuing it, more than
from the intrinsic value of the material
on which it is stamped.
Three little old men sitting in a row,
Said "well well we don't know;
;. But well chance 11-jus ; for fun
So Sheriff MoClay get your little gun.
The, argument that the contest should
be sent to the rear In the interest of
needed legislation is rather fallacious
' What legislation will we get with Boyd
as governor.
A Partisan Court Issues he Most Im
portant Opinion in its History
in Thirty Minutes on Ex
Parte Testimony.
The' King is deadt Hail liberty!
Hall the new! the free! the fraternal!
The Independent party salutes the flag
and all that is honest, true, noble and
free in our aroat young, state. Her
aulet vet determined entry, her spot
less reputation, ber simple platform,
her iirnorance in political methods, ana
her union in noble purposes, confounds
and alarms the professional politicians
that hare held the state in tneir pollutes
grasp for quarter' of a century.
The past week has been lull of start
ling events. At no time since the Kan
sas and Nebraska anti-slavery war have
they been equalled. Nor is it at all
strange if we consider what elements
have met for the first time in ft political
On the one side there is the vigorous
and the new, the strong, but the unor
ganized. On the other a united.
schooled, disciplined, desperate politi
cal cabal in possession of a once great
party, now explrlug in its grasp, that
with the hope of continuing its un
worthy existence for a few brief hours,
is locked in the corrupt' embraces of its
hated and hereditary enemy.
Republicanism in Nebraska could not
close its unsavory career without a po
litical tracedyt Loss of political prin
ciples, loss of the confidence of the
masses, broken political pledges, cor
rupt corporate control, corrupt politi
cal conventions, corrupt manipulations
of elections, corrupt political cabals, an
organized business association, whose
sole capital and business is corruption.
Then Kosewater. a venal press, lower
yet, in the city where vice when planted
soonest ripens then spring up that
reign of terror of Nebraska politics,
"The League." It has all the vices that
have preceded it. Fed by its corrupt
progenitor, directed by unscrupulous
leaders, Ignorant, yet schooled that
there are no laws but must yield to
their brutal desires and ignorant preju
dices, It carries the election and now it
Is full Brown, in full bloom. Fruit of
anarchv takes possession of the capital
and denes and threatens any who would
question it. , j.
Republican history in Nebraska was
complete; its career was ready to be
closed. How should we expect It would
end? As it did, in a tragedy. Note the
acts and the actors who perform their
parts. .
The great legislature of the whole
state in joint convention are perform
ing their high and responsible duties
under the constitution of canvassing
the votes for the executive offices of the
state, a duty imposed upon them also
by sections 51 and 52 of the election
statutes passed by republicans more
than a decade ago. They are proceed
ing deliberately, honestly and ' unsus
pectingly under a section of the consti
tution that is their charter and author
ity solely, and with" which when acting
under it no power on earth has any
right to interfere, when the tragedy of
the last days of the republican party is
A republican secretary of state at the
instance of one of the cabal, violates
his oath of office and his duty to the
state and withholds the evidence of re
publican election crimes from the
weaker of the house until his employers
can obtain their seats by force, and at
once openly and brazenly takes his re
ward for his 'betrayal of his official
trust without aDDarentlv anv sense of
---. w w
shame for the unworthy act.
Tho notorious Tom Benton, whose
case is pending for hearing before the
joint convention on charges of gross
fraud in the election, employs a noted
corporation lawyer to bring a suit to
obtain, before a hearing can be had
upon these frauds or upon the citizen
ship oi the Hon. janie&n,. coya, me
seats which they know they are not en
titled to. :
Why was this suit brought by him?
Why could not tho Hon. James E. Boyd
have brought it?
They, were willing to disgrace tho
state and violate and defeat the plain
provisions of tho constitution.
The writ is obtained with unnecessary
Baste. " . , .. ;.. '
The court erant the writ almost with
out a hearing fifteen minutes seven
and a half minutes for each of two
counsel to present , objections, argu
meats and authorities why the joint
convention of this great state should
not be forcibly invaded and coerced in
behalf of this tool of the corporations,
who was at the bar of that court on
trial at that time.
Force was ready at hand, and the
joint convention of the legislature of
the state of Nebraska hlle in delibera
tive resson, hare their doors broken
down, their officers maltreated, the dig
nity of the state Insulted, and their
speaker, who is subject to no other au
thority or court than their own, coerced
and commanded to perform an act he
has been forbidden to do by the bodies
that created him, and to which be is
alone amenable. He is compelled to
violate the constitution and declare a
citizen of Great Britain governor of the
state, to canvass voles that the statutes
of Nebraska for over ten years have
said the legislature shall canvass, and
declare results that the joint convention
have suspended the declaration of. Sic
Transit Republicanism.
The spureme court of Nebraska is
under a cloud. We do not say the
judges are conspirators. We do not
say they are in collusion with the cor
porate power of this state and the worst
political element that ever raped the
ballot-box or disgraced a law-abiding
community. But other .men not so
careful as we have said It. The simple
fact is that the supreme cdftirt of this state
banded down the most important opin
ion in its history within thirty minutes
of the application for It, allowing only
fifteen minutes for argument and cita
tions, OB purely x pare testimony ; and
the retiring secretary of state illegally
withheld the notice of contest from the
speaker of the house until the writ had
been served and its mandate complied
with. , ;
Tho supreme court is composed of
honorable men. That they are partisans
there is not a shadow of doubt. Whether
supreme power is safer in the hands of
three old men subject to partisan Influ
ences and partisan feelings than' in the
bands of one hundred and thirty-three
chosen representatives . of the people,
where it is placed by the constitution,
Is now for the people themselves to de
The acts Of Meikeljohn in aspiring to
be the presiding officer of the senate
against the will of that body and In re
fusing to put the question of appeal
from his decision, was a gross usurpa
tion. Why it was first submitted to in
the senate Is a mystery. This usurpa
tion was continued in the joint conven
tion, and proved successful. The joint
convention was without rules except
those of general' parliamentary law.
The proposal to adopt rules In the sen
ate, with rule 15 amended so as to make
the speaker the presiding officer had
been ruled out of order and an appeal
denied, and no rules bad been adopted
either In the houses separately or in the
joint convention. There was therefore
a conflict as to who was the presiding
officer. In the face of such a conflict
who was to decide? There was and is
no power under the constitution to de
cide such a conflict except the joint con
vention Itself. But the usurping presi
dent declared tile question out of order,
and refused to entertain an appeal from
his decision. No more tyrannical piece
of bulldozing was ever known In the
United States, not even In the palmiest
days of the kukluxklan. Tho plain
course oi tne convention anu oi us
speaker or Us members was to Insist on
the appeal being considered, to have de
cided the question of precedence as pre
siding officer by a vote, and then have
enforced its decision, peaceably if It
could, forcibly If It must. As the mat
ter resulted usurpation triumphed, the
majority was overridden and insulted,
the liberties of the people outraged, and
the constitution trampled in the dust.
The legislative power is tho supreme
power of this land. The theory of the
government is that the people through
the majority must rule, peaceably if it
can, forcibly it it must. By the event
of the contest last week a minority ruled,
and the majority quietly submitted to
outrage under protest rather than incur
the danger of being considered the ag
gressor in the violation of order. ;
The protest came when the joint con
vention adopted a resolution reciting
that notwithstanding the declaration of
the Vote on the face of the returns it
considered that no election had been
had, and it would not recognize Mr,
Boyd as governor.
Shortly after the opening of the after
noon session on weunesuay, snerin
McClay appeared at the door of the
house armed with a writ of mandamus
from the supreme court addressed to
the speaker, directing him to proceed
with tho opening and canvassing of the
returns. There was no reason in the
world why the sheriff should not have
been admitted. Any man at all' fa
miliar with constitutional law knows
that the supreme court had no power to
enforce such a writ. Bu1, owing to some
misunderstanding of the situation the
deputies of the sergeant at arms re
sisted his entrance. Mr. McClay, as
sisted by deputy U. S. Marshal Hast
ings, ConstableCarder and Bud Lind-
sey, forced an entrance into tho house,
amid great excitement, breaking the
glass doors in so doing, and McClay
served his writ. In the face of a divided
chairmanship the opposition had every
advantage in the matter, Th! course of
the speaker should have been to ac
knowledge service of tho writ, and put
it in his vest pocket for cigar paper.
But president Meiklejohn brought the
lz.z of the writ to the attention of the
house, which was an honor that should
not have been accorded it. The at
tempt to mandamus a co-ordinate
branch of the government by a wht
which it could not enforce under the
constitution places the supreme court
of this state in a ridiculous and con
temptible position. But the Independ
ent majority, willing that acts of ag
gression should come from the other
side, and anxious to be at one with law
and order, contented itself with a pro
test. But the end of this it not yet.
A gross outrage may be perpetrated
with dignity and manliness, and under
the form of the law. Sheriff McClay
had not been officially denied entrance
to the house. He could have sent a
communication to the desk, stating his
business and asking admission. If It
had then been denied him any other
course would have been open.
What did he do? Proceeded at once
to force the door. To deepen the in
sult he associated with himself in this
lawless act the colored keeper of the
lowest saloon and brothel in the city of
Is there any danger in this? Yes,
great danger. Don't for a moment fail
to read the signs aright. This says
plainly to the people of this state, any
usurping partisan tyranny can at any
time find fitting instruments to carry
out Its edicts. King James found Jeff
ries and a bloody circuit. The railroad
power and the Boy'd-republican com
bine found a partisan court, Bud Lind
sey, Marshall Hastings, Constable Car
der and Sheriff McClay.
During the height of tho excitement
Wednesday the corridors of the capitol
became filled with an excited and tu
multuous crowd. This mob became
noisy and demonstrative, though there
was nothing ugly in the demonstrations.
They were simply noisy and disorderly,
though perfectly good natured. All
were pushi-ig to gain access to the
representatives' hall, though it would
have held but a small portion of them.
At this juncture Governor Thayer very L
properly sent a detachment of troops
to relieve the pressure on the doors fit
the hall and preserve order. Governor
Thayer has been cool and level-headed
throughtout the whole of this affair,
and a feeling of safety has pervaded
the capitol on account of . his position,
which would not otherwise have been
felt. 'v;.: .y ;::V .:". - V'.-'
Thus far the independents have
shown themselves the law and order
party. The outrages and usurpations
have come from the other side. The
Boyd outfit has no argument whatever
in favor of the usurpation of Meikle
john or the interference of the supreme
court with a co-ordinate branch of gov
ernment, nor with the outrageous
method of gaining entrance into the
chamber to serve the writ. The Inde
pendents and people ' of this state
through a majority of their chosen rep
resentatives, are simyly demanding that
the question of the validity of the late
election shall be determined fairly by a
legal investigation, and that demand
shall be acceded to, and they will sub
mit to that arbitration whatever it
shall be. The railroad power has long
ruled this state uuder the forms of law.
No longer able to do It by those forms,
It now resorts to lawlessness and vio
lence t o maintain its power.
The Daily Call of Sunday has the fol
lowing which is fair and to the point:
The contestants are just as confident
of ultimate success as they have been at
any time since the notices of contest
were filed, and the work of briefing the
evidence is going on continuously. The
mere fact that the supreme court or
dered the canvass of -the returns does
not dampen their ardor, as the court
promised that every right should be
saved to them. This-evidence will be
furnished to the members so that they
can read it and satisfy themselves of its
relevancy and its value, and when they
come to vote, they can vote intelli
gently. ; , ;
The work of the past few days, while
it develops the fact that the indepen
dent members lack experience In legis
lative work, also developed the lact that
they are honest and honorable, and that
all the scare about the Alliance people
ruining the business interests of the
state was the veriest bosh.
They have as much at stake as most
of other people . They are Nebraskans,
and as such take a pride in the good
name and welfare of their adopted
state. No rash work may be expected
They will doubtless pass some Jaw that
to some people will look radical, but to
the masses they will look just, and they
will afford relief to the people who
have been poorly considered in the
legislation of the past.
Memorial to Congtess for Relief.
A memorial to congress by the two
houses cf the legislature for aid for our
western counties, proposed by Senator
Stevens, is a move in the right direction
The amount asked for should not be
less than $500,000. The surplus ia the
U. S. treasury has increased 18,O0O.OCO
in the last three months. There is no
reason whatever why some of this
money should not go back to the people
for a beneficent purpose in such an
emergency as this.
Let the galled jade wince. Mr.
Rosewater seems to be the "galled
jade," for he comes back at Mr. Rich
ards in the Bee of the 5th to the extent
of two columns and a half. Mr. R. has
a pretty tough case when he has to de
vote two columns and a half to its elim
ination. Mr. Richards made him re
gret his first, article. This he admits.
He says, "I confess I made a grave mis
take In failing to carry out the good old
maxim that bids us never to speak ill of
the dead." Like the keeper of that
Massachusetts alms house, he was try
ing to skin a dead man, was he?
Mr. Rosewatcr's last article is a little
remarkable in admitting the truth of
some of the claims the independents
have made to justify the new move
ment. t He says:
"In politics confidence is another name for
popular support, and popular support can
only be assured by an adherence to princi
ples and an honest discharge of the obliga
tions which the body politic .assumes toward
the people."
This is quite true, which proves that
Mr. R. bits it once in a while. He now
goes on to sshow that the republican
party is not entitled to the confidence
of the people, which is just the claim
the independents made. Read this:
'-In state politics the party has degenerated
and loet popular confidence. The -cyclone
that baa swept the state was nothing more aor
leu than a popular revolt against the disre
gard of the demanda of the producing and in
d ustrial classes. 1 1 wu a rebuke to the party
for pledges unredeemed and public senti
ment defied."
And this: .
"To review tbo history of the republican
party from tho impeachment of Butler down
to the present day would take more apace
than la at my disposal at this time. Suffice it
to say that a deep-seated conviction has pre
vailed aiaoug the masses and been growing
from year to year that the macninery of the
partr baa been under the control of eorpor.
ate monopolies, who hare foisted upon the
people men distrusted and disreputable, and
repressed every effort at redress from the
exaction of publio carrion that has been
made." :
And this:
"Nebraska's delegation at the last republl
can national convention was made up of
seven railroad lawyers and three railroad
politicians. And this in the face of the fact
that two-third a of the reoublican voters are
farmers. The laat republican legislature
capped the climax of extravagance and job.
bery by appropriations that piled tho taxea
mountain high upon the people."
Speaking of the last republican state
convention, he bays the platform was
all that could be desired of course,
for he helped make it "but the con
vention was hoodood at the outset when
Church Howe was made chairman."
He calls the Richards men "the fool
friends of the late candidate." But he
wasn't a traitor to Richards oh no! '
But here are two paragraphs that are
a dead give-away on Rosey, and show
conclusively that he supported Boyd,
and went traitorously into the Boyd-re-pub-railroad
combine because Boyd
was an Omaha man and because he
wanted hm per se quite as much as be
cause he was right on the whiskey
Read this:
'It is a good deal of gall for the plaoo-hun.
ten who wrote his Richards' squatter gov
ernor inaugural to lay the blame for his
blunder on me and say that he preferred go.
Ing down In defeat rather than take my ad
It Is equally absurd to assert that I seoretly
stabbed the defunct because he did notbp
pose prohibition. Everybody knows that I
gave cordial and hearty support to N. V. Har
lan on the stump and through the Bee, not
withstanding the fact that he was a pro
nounced prohibitionist in the legislature and
firm supporter of the amendment."
"When I'm in i republican district
I'm a republican when in a democratic
district, I'm a democrat but I'm for
Omaha, Rosewater and the devil all the
This paper proposes to deal justly with all
men. But it does not propose to truckle to the
enemy, neither does It propose to hide the
treachery or undue ambition of any man who
professes loyalty to the Alliance cause while
truckling with the enemy. Tho World-Herald
came out again yesterday urging Mr. Shrader's
fltne&s for the speakership. The World-Herald
is democratic. Mow, if Mr. Bbrader is an
Alliance man, what In thunder is he monkey
ingaroundthe World Herald and tho demo
crats for? Has he foresworn himself to help
seat Boyd? If hois still a democrat, because
he was elected upon a combination ticket, hav
lugseoured tho Alliance nomination la an
unsatisfactory manner, what claim can he ex
pect to have upon tho true blue meniben of
the house? We have no quarrel with Mr.
Shrader, even if he is so ambitious as to sacri
fice principle for personal emolument; but wo
shall not hesitate right here to add that we are
not pleased with tho kind of company he
keeps. ' -i.-
The above is from a paper' in Mr.
Shrader's district. It does Mr. Shra
der great injustice. The W. H. is play
ing its old game, which is to capture as
many independents as. possible. It
seems to have had some success in this
line, but Mr. Shrader is not among its
victims. He has won a high place
among the independents. If they are
all as staunch and true as he seems to
be, they will win their fight in good
shape. L
Tho Crawford Clipper has changed
hands. Mr. A. J. Enbody, iu taking
editorial control remarks: "Politically
the Clipper does not change with the
new management. It will- still be re
publican, but we shall not so'far forget
our duty to our fellow man as to object
to his right to free speech and ballot."
It is refreshing to see a republican pa
per acknowledge that its party is op
posed to frco speech and an honest bal
lot. s With this mnch admitted it can
not be long until the Clipper will be
read out of the republican fold.
The passage of the senate resolution
ordering papers for the use of the mem
bers was not justifiable. This has been
the method of a contemptible steal for
many years. It Is just as proper to
buy shoes or cigars for the use of mem
bers as newspapers. If the independ
ent members want to disseminate the
abuse and misrepresentation of them
selves by such papers as thejfee, Journal
and World-Eerald over this state at
public expense, let them adhere to this
resolution and adopt one in the house.
Not one of these papers intends to give
a fair and impartial report of the pro
ceedings. Their reports are simply
statements of partisan and irresponsible
correspondents, and are colored to suit
the purposes of the publishers, and
larded with vile lies about Individuals.
Any paper that would publish the low
canard about Senator Stevens should
be excluded from any respectable as
sembly. .
In the house the same resolution was
adopted later. There is only one thing
to say: This an abandonment of prin
ciple, and repudiation ef pledges made
in tho campaign. The men who
abandon principle in small things may
do so in large ones. We will just add
that when the house starts in to pass
such resol utions as these, and avoids the
record by not calling the ayes and noes,
it is adopting the bad methods of its
predecessors which have been con
demned by the people.
If men are to adopt the principle that
they, might as well take it, because
some else would if they did not, they
had better not have come here. The
other fellows were sufficiently expert.
That excuse is the bulwark of all vile
ness. .
- We are placed in an embarrassing po
sition. We do not like to refuse orders
from members for papers. We like still
less to take a pull at the nasty teat
Editor Gere has been sucking so long,
and will not.
BINE. :.
If any evidence had been needed to
show the essential unity of the republi
can and democratic parties, the events
of the past week have furnished it. In
the face of the danger of a triumph of
the people over the corporations in the
face of the danger that the democrats
might lose the fruits of their rape of the
suffrage in Omaha, they have worked
Into each others arms with the affection
of twins. In sustaining the usurpation
of Meikeljohn, in insisting that Boyd
should be declared elected, In fighting
to secure a journal record which was a -perversion
of the truth, in insisting
upon a recognition of Boyd in short, in
every effort to sustain the Boyd crowd
in consummating the usurpation of
power in the state, the republican party
is making a record which its worst en
emy could not wish altered. The fact
that there is no essential difference be
tween these parties is being demon
strated every day. This fact was
charged in the campaign, and vigor
ously denied. That denial would have
but little force now. It is certainly a
funny sight to see old republican sol
diers who fought through the war fights,
ing now to seat Boyd, and thus approve
the vilest fraud ever perpetrated in this
or any Other state.
We regret to say that the independ
ents are neglecting the first principles
of organization, and the bad effects of it
are seen every day. There should be a
legislative committee composed of mem
bers of both' hoxses. This committee
should determine what bills should be
considered party measures, subject to
the approval of tho party caucus, and
should call the Independent members
together whenever necessary.. Every
member has a right to present bills.
Numerous bills will be presented on the
same subject, and each member will
think his associates should support his
bill. By sifting and selecting, and by
concentrating all effort upon only one
bill or one subject, the work of such a
committee would be invaluable. -
There is no need whatever for print
ing a multiplicity of bills on the same
subject. A well organized legislative
committee backfed by a ma jority could
save the state thousands of dollars in
this matter. Its necessity i3 imperative,
and if it has not been formed we trust
it will be at once. "
The World-Herald says "the Alliance
party is being dragged by its leaders
into the mire of politics."
Perhaps the sonny who runs the W.
H. will inform us how a political party
will keep out of politics. As for the
miro it will be there as long as dishon
est straddlers like tho W. H. are in it.
The great friend of the Alliance turns
out to be a first lieutenant of the cor
rupt conspiracy known as tho "corpora-tion-Boyd-Rosewater
1 An editor convicted of outrageous
lying, and lying down quietly under it,
and whose correspondents are simply
disseminators of malicious slanders, has
much gall when ho talks about "the
mire of politics," -
tA-certaln gentleman who has
been highly honored by his party is mak
ing enemies just now faster than ho ever
made friends. Putting on Boyd's liv
ery is not a very auspicious beginning
for a successful political career..