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Tht Prevent Uprising.
Cambridge. Jan. 28, 18.11.
EPITOB ALLIANCE: I that the
lion and lamb (thieves of the old demo
rep. parties) have made their bed to
gether as against the people, and through
the regular R. R. tool Gere Tersus Lin
coin Journal and their late convert the
Omaha Bee are vainly trying to preju
dice the people Against their representa
tives in the legislature by falsely stating
that any failure for redress which we
are fighting for will be charged to inde
pendent bull-headedness and partisan
feeling of the independents. In reply
to such statements as made by these
papers and their curs (county papers.)
I will state that the people are' getting
their eyes open and all statements made
by them (even if true) are looked upon
by us as worthy of severe scrutiny; we
have all read the advice or invitation of
the spider to the fly, and they may bet
that we don't propose to accept the in
vitation for the simple reason that we
have been there.
It is with sorrow, not mixed with
corn, that we remember the position
of the Bee in the past and its present at
titude to our people. Its editor de
wended from a race who killed Christ,
who was betrayed by another of the
same race, he is now simply trying to
betray as just and holy a cause as Christ
advocated, and in lieu of the 30 pieces
of silver as a bribe he receives for his
services a loan to build his temple of
Babalyon, which in time will fall, being
unholy. . ,
Editor Gere, put where he now - is by
the power that controlls him, owns and
dictates hlseditorals; we will look upon
him and his acts as of one that has no
mind of his own but wears a corpora
tion collar branded, this is my dog, B.
AM.andtT.P. R. R. Don't blame a
being though in the semblance of a man
thus situated. 1 bespeak your charity
Don't let any Independent fear, a
coward never gets what he wants. To
the brave, honest and steadfast victory
comes, though sometimes late.
What have we as laboring men re
ceived from the old parties in the way
of legislation though (as in this state)
the republicans have bad continuous
power for 23 years and over. Have
not all laws been in the interest of
cliques and rings? I know these state
meuu to be facts from David the tirst
time, and up to the late present.
Brothers look for a moment, seo the
great states of New York, Ohio, Indi
ana, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois and others
which in the past 20 years have b9en
mostly controlled by our (republican)
party, up in arms against class legisla
tion. Then turn your thoughts for a
moment south; we see in every state
an uprising more powerful than here,
in the east, west and northwest against
clique and corporation rule. What does
this uprising mean? Can't you Bee or
won't you see the condition we are in,
caused by our blind and foolish parti
sanship, under the names of republican
ism and democracy. Can't you remem
ber or don't you know that when the
ra publican party was founded that its
fundamental principles were "inde
pendence, liberty, equal rights to all
and a government by and for the whole
people." Let us remember the words of
Abraham Lincoln "that a wealthy class
was growing up that he feared would
subvert our free institutions," was he
right or not? Has not all laws passed
by our national and state legislatures
been favorablo to that class? I defy
any denial of the fsct of this statement.
Open your eyes, be willing and then
you can and will see the truthfulness of
these statements. We have the same
rights equally and all we ask Is that our
children may be f: eed by us, their fath
ers from this cu so (class legislation)
and have a full, tne chance to breath
the free air and gain au honest and
comfortable living for ourselves and
those to come after us. Under the old
order of things these have been denied
us as legislation has been in the interest
of those whom we elected, to-wit: Bank
ers, lawyers, party editors and other
classes who lived upon the procods of
our toil. We have leen in the past to
blame for this as much as the rascalls,
ignorant or careless men whom we
voted for to represent us. Stop and
think a moment, are not the statements
facts? Have you laboring men been
fully represented? If not then think
independently and act collectively for
you will never better your condition
until you do so. For Gods sake don't
be a block of wood, cigar store sign
representing capital, corporations.tr usts
and monopolies, but represent your
selves. Wm. II. Allen.
The Alliance Has Come to Stay.
Jan. 20, 1891.
Editor Farmers' Alliance: As a
reader of your paper and a member of
the institution it represents I shall be
' greatful for the privilege of communi
cating, as briefly as possible through its
colums, with some of our brother farm
ers. I believe that a man who can so fear
lessly defend our cause as has Mr. Bur
rows should be informed" as to the ex
tent we appreciate his efforts. He
ought to know, too, with what disgust
we read the editorials of the various pa
pers which are trying to distroy him.
The Omaha Bee for one does'nt like
"Dictator Burrows," we are glad, it
don't. For a man to be one of llose
water's enemies must needs" possess the
true attributes of integrity. When a
person like Mr. R. will fervently defend
a system the protection of which has, in
ms own town, on last election day.
brought into requisition the lowest and
most cowardly degree of anarchy it indi
cates true principle to be his recognized
. opponent. The members of onr associ
ation have had a fair chance during the
last year to learn all about Rosy, so
every shot he fires at Burrows only
The progress made by tho Independ
cnt party we believe is a fair illustration
of its merit3 and necessity. Many years
nas iaopr groveiea at the teet oi the ol
parties for relief insomuch, at least, that
it might take part in the consumption
of iu own products and thereby bo as
sured that our American principles are
not a mockery. Four years of bloody
warefare, waged for the purpose of de
livering toil from' the fangs of aristo
cratic tvrany, has prompted the histo
rian to record in his voloums that, in the
Untied States, "the true Lord is the la
borer and the laborer the Lord." Twenty
nve years of magnified oppression has
convinced the people that it is a mistake,
and a continuance of such uninter
rupted verbiage must inevitably paral
yze American patriotism.
History is repeatinsr itself. In 1S39
the house of representatives adopted a
rule which was observed for ten years,
that it would receive no petitions on the
subject of slavery. The measure was
an indication of the effort men made to
ignore an issue before which they felt
themselves powerless. Such a display
or inability, as all Know, resuuea in me
organization of a new party whii -U dem
onstrated to the world that the deter
mination of the masses were not to lie
turned aside by the representations of
such an incapacitated political institu
tion. Of late years the toiler has entreated
congress to free him from the more aw
ful power of the money aristocracy, but
the repeated rejections with which ho is
being confronted has established in his
mind that it is useless to appeal further
to a putrined concern which, in its
superanuated dotage, is so engrossed in
the memory of the past that it can do
nothing for him.
The workingmen laid the foundation
of this country, maintained iu honor
with their lives, and established the free
school, th renovating influence of
which is rapidly - disintegrating the
hereditary monopolies that tor all ages,
has engrossed the God-given rights of
self assertion. It is not unreasonable,
therefore, to predict that in a few years,
on the ruins of the old political con
cerns, there shall rise up a new power
having tho progressive and intrepid
ability to turn aside the torrent which
has deluged nations, repudiated the
"golden calf and In conformity to the
Divine attributes of justice, verify the
belief that a government even for the
people and by the people can stand.
Yes. the Alliance has come to stay.
Even though its principles, as our oppo
nents contend, were not clearly delined,
yet in them we see a change which offers
nope and encouragement, while on the
other hand the other fellows insist on
Imposing on us the same things which
has already ruined half the country.
Let us stay with the Alliance boys until
the last dog is hnng.
Something About that looo Men.
Editor Farmer's Alliance: I just
thought I would drep you a line. I see
old Rosey the bald-headed pirate is
accusing you of calling for 1,000 men
not afrade to die; and I dont know
where you could find them any easier
than out in Custer county. And you
can get ten thousand in the western
counties just as easy if you want them
in behalf of right and justice. We are
almost all Alliance men out here. Once
in k while you find a moss-back rep ib.,
and again you will find a poor, God
forsaken democrat and you look one of
them In the face and they look just like
my dog after I give him a thumping.
l ou can tell that oiu pirate oi a nose
water that if they do get us old sun
burnt hayseeds started down that way
some of the big guns had better hunt
their holes, because they will think old
Sitting Bull is coming with all the Indi
an tribes. Our lads who have been
raised on Johnny cake and sow-belly,
cooked with cow chips are not going to
do monkeyed with out little more it
they are, hell will open. Wo are full
and running over, and any time vou
want 10,000 hayseeds there, all of my
mind, all you have to do is to say the
word. We put those legislators there
and by all that is good and bad if they
will stay by us wo will stay by them. If
it conies to the guns we are ready. I
am with you heart and soul in the war
against wrong and oppression, and if
necessary would take up a gun for tho
Honing The Alliance will live lone.
and our leader Mr. Burrows live to be
old and happy. I will close. I would
like to hear from all the boys.
J. K. hiVANS, hargent, ieb.
To the Supreme Court.
Union, Neb., Feb. 3, 1891.
Editor Alliance: Your issue of
January 31, contains many solemn facts,
especially in regard to our supreme
court. They have shown their political
spleen and selfishness to a degree un
surpassed, and yet when we consider
Judge Cob's position as tho special B.
& M. guardian we are not so much
surprised at his efforts in their behalf,
and with regard to Judge Maxwell
(our sort of farmer judge) it looks as
though he was under obligations to his
associates who sustained his notorious
Cass county contest decission. It is
evident that Maxwell and the whole
bench desire to stand by the rnle that
ballots once in the box must be counted
and the chances for contest made hope
less. In the Cass county bond contest
Mr. Maxwell virtualy sat as judge in a
case wherein he was as much interested
to sustain the bonds and build a court
house in Flattsmouth as Frank Heath
A. N. Sullivan or any of the gang of
boodlers who organized the bond elec
Having now once defiled themselves
they seem to be determined to continue
on the same line. 1 would ask vou
Judge Maxwell, candidly, do you ex
pect to go to heaven? When you are
confronted at the throne of a just God
and the books are opened the Lass Vo.
$8,000 bond case and the Boyd contest
will stand tor trial, are vou prepared to
answer? Let mo advise you before
hand to employ vour old friend T. M.
Marquet and A. X Sullivan to prepare
your answer. Better not take in Strode
he might give you away. By forming
a combination with these eminent rail
road attorneys you may get through
with a dam tight squeeze. I do not
think repentance or baptism will, be of
any avail in your case. No ordinary
Jesus can save you. Sharp law practice
is the only remedy.
Please, if you do not see fit to publish
this letter send it to the supreme court.
ALLIANCE, LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 1891.
Editor Aliiante: True American
doctrine is all right, privileges and pro
tection for all, with no discrimination
against or favoritism for any person or
class. No born rulers, no royal family.
The boy who hoes the garden, splits
rails on the farm or drives horses on
tow path may become the chief ruler of
the nation. And when his term of of
fice has expired be and his posterity
must sink back into common citizens.
All class laws for or against men or
women are un-American. The citizen
without regard to sex should be the
end of the law. Equality before the
law should mean equals every time and
in every relation. Children, insane
people and idiots can only be cared for
through the judgement and reason of
others, so of course they are not re
Tho. law should make the marriage re
lation the nearest on earth. Nearer
than parent and child, father and
mother, sister or brother. Each party
should be the equal of the other before
the law, both in life and in death. Each
should be the first heir of the other and
no will of the other should be valid un
less signed by both and then in no case
to take effect until after the death of
both. Marriage has always been a one
sided covenant. Authority on one side,
obediance on the other. The earnings
of the wife belonged to the husband as
much as the earnings of his horse; and
until quite lately he has been allowed to
administer whipping for disobedience.
These laws are un-American and should
be relegated to history. Give us per
fect equality before the law. Let every
American citizen have all the rights and
privileges of every other citizen.
One industry should not be taxed for
the benefit of another industry. The
man who raises corn and fattens hogs
should not be taxed to pay a bounty to
the man who raises beets and makes
sugar. Each alike should have the free
markets of the world in which to sell
the product of his labor. The pork
man should be permitted to buy his
sugar where he can buy cheapest, and
the sugar man his pork where he can
buy that article cheapest. If one is
paid a bounty the other should be. The
farmer should receive as much above
the world's market price for the pro
duct of his labor as the cloth man does
for his labor. The cloth man buys his
wheat and meat in the cheapest market
of the world, with no tariff to pay. The
farmer should have the same privilege.
Discrimination against any. producer is
not true American doctrine. A tariff
that would help the farmer as much as
the mechanics wonld be all right, but to
tax the farmer for the benefit of the
mechanic Is all wrong.
With the advance of civilization new
necessities arise. The meeting of these
necessities should not be sold or handed
over to any one man or to any number
of men by law. The necessity once
arose for a general mail system, and
the government did well to take charge
of that matter. Since then the mail
car has taken the place of the post boy
and the coach. Now a more speedy
method still Is required, that by elec
tric telegraph. The government should
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con limit) iu iioiu iu iia uwu uauus me
transmission of all intelligence, for it is
a public necessity and no one should be
allowed to fatten by reason of it. The
necessity of general intelligence and
learning was discovered, and the na
tions that have established the public
schools havo flourished best. Ignorance
is no more counted bliss. Not only
should the government support schools,
but no child should bo allowed to grow
up without knowing how to read and
speak the English language.
Another necessity is upon us, that of .
securing cheap land transportation.
As long as freight wagons and coaohes,
boats and barges could do the wore
there was no need of government inter
vention. But with the advent of rail
roads came the necessity. The meeting
of this necessity should no longer be
left in tho hands of corporations for the
purpose of turning millionaires, made
such from the earnings of the laboring
mau. It is un-American ana worse
thau supporting a royal family. Build
or buy should be our comjng policy.
J.very American should be protected,
by law, in the pursuit of any vocation
or calling he may wish to follow unless
that pursuit works to the injury of
others. The miller and the farmer,
tho. merchant and miner should all have
equal protection before the law. But
the brewer and distiller, saloon-keeper
and gambler should not have that pro
tection, but should rather be outlawed,
because they work injury to any com
munity. They take without rendering
any equivalent. H. W. Hardy.
To the Nebraska Legislature.
, Editor Alliance: "Wise and Con
servative," This is the slogan of the
g. o. p's., and some of our Independents,
aye, even some of the chosen seem to be
troubled with a desire to see their names
in the old party papers coupled with this
phrase. It is possible to be "wise and
conservative," but there must be a stand
ard or basis with which wisdom and
conservatism is logical and consistant.
A gang of horse thieves may be "wise
and conservative" in their business.
Plotting conspirators may be "wise
and conservative" in their traitorous
schemes. A bold piratical, band of vil
lains and traitors have ruled this nation
for 25 years, and now when individual
liberty is only for those who have
money; when the people must beg and
plead at the feet of Shylock; when a
band of merciless feudal Barons levy
and collect from the commerce of the
nation a tribute bounded only by the
ability of labor to pay; when the re pub
lie is groaning in the throas of disolu
tion. those only are "wise and conserva
tive" who right shy of these monsters
and adopt a let alone policy. Trust
not the men who in the past have been
the pliant tools of this ponderous trea
son, their masters expect them to lead
you to your ruin. 'I he Independents
hold that he i3 most conservative who
sticks closest to the natural rights of
man, for when unholy enactments in
vade those rights a friction is created
which is dangerous. The railroads are
said to be poor, but they have piled up
many fortunes counted by the hundreds
of millions. Banking is not profitable,
but it is the red mouthed despot, the
mighty monarch which rules the world.
And in this nation we stand indebted
to tho Unking system $t,i"0.300.000.
Which debt iiKxeases over $100,000,000.
annually. Count on your fingers the
few years it will take to turn the repub
lic into an imperialism of wealth. On
the other haad millions of homeless la
borers wander over the land they Jare
not claim. Millions of mortgage cursed
farmers sweat and toil to till the coffers
of this hell born crew. This is the fruit
age of the present systems. The zenith
of the plotters attainments. If you can
shut your eyes to these and let them
alone you are "wise and conservative,"
but if you would promptly stamp out
this injustice and have justice and
equality reign, you are dictorial, an
anarchist, aud any name which the vile
brood of curs, who do the bidding of the
money power, can recall. There is not
enough money in the nation today to
pay what the people owe the banks, let
them but demand payment and all is
lost. Will the 'law makers have the
nerve to interpose a "stay law" and save
the homes from wreck and ruin.
Shall treason, villainy and conspiracy
be successful, or shall the a ake for
which they have 'played be snatched
from their grasp at the last moment.
Which shall it be, a tramp strewn land
of tenant hovels, or the land of free and
"Five million homes between the sea and sea,
Have brave men bullded, and the usurers
And all the way the earth with graves Is
TbegTavesof sires whose sons no more are
the Nebraska legis'atnre the above
is respectfully refered by II. G. S.
Two Extracts on Usury.
Palmyra, Neb., Feb. 14, 1891.
Editor Alliance: Will you allow
me space in your columns to place before
your readers two distinctive ntterances
by the leading journals in our state, on
the control of usury. The first ap
peared in the Lincoln State Journal, in
the month of March, 1886, it reads as
follows: "It is notorious enough that
except in cases where no interest is
specified the usury laws are dead letters.
Whether just or not, they are not en
forced in the business world, and cannot
be,' because of the impossibility of law
to reach Whom intelligent business
men who are agreed on a certain money
transaction between themselves, and
who have every sort of facility to evade
the law, and hide the transaction." The
second appeared in the weekly Omaha
Bee's issue of Feb. 11th, 1801, and reads
as follows: "What the governor The
alien says about the delicacy of dealing
with the usury laws will meet with the
approval of men of all parties. Except
ing only a few professional radicals. He
the alien) favors the strict enforcement
of the present statues on the subject, and
the enactment of new laws to wipe out
notorious money sharks who loan only
for 3G per cent a year, and upward."
It seems to me superfluous to add one
single word to these two discrepant
opinions, but let your .readers note the
last sentence in the Bee's article, "and
upward." 'Trusting that you will in
sert the above I remain
York, Neb., Feb. 14, 1891.
Mr. Burrows: The clipping inclosed
I cut out of the Giffin Tribune of Giffin,
Ohio, a radical republican paper. I
think it too good to go to the waste bas
ket. By publishing it in your paper it
will act as a big bunch of kindling to
bring the Independents into rank.
William A Peffer, United States Sena
tor-elect from Kansas, who will succeed
Senator Ingalls, and who was the i arm-
ers' Alliance candidate, though not a
farmer, but editor of the Kansas Farmer
during the past ten years, made a speech
in lopeka a lew days ago in which he
"About three years ago it was written
by a distinguished senator that before
the dawn of the twentieth century the
great middle classes of this country will
have disappeared; but I say do; It can
not be so; and if my reason must be
given I say that a just God in heaven
(Cries of 'Amen!' 'No, no, senator!')
would not permit it. The great mid
dle classes have no thought of disap
pearing. Lhey are asserting themselves;
they are establishing recruiting stations
in all parts of the country. Next year
1892 they, will marshal the grand
army of the people and prepare to take
possession of the government, and by
the time the nineteenth century closes
in upon us these United States of Amer
ica will be governed by the people that
are in them."
Keep out the Beats and Bums.
Bradish, Neb., Feb. 2, 1891.
Editor Farmers' Alliance: Great
care "should be taken in Subordinate
branches of the Alliance, in regard to
applicants for membership. However
hard it may bo to refuse any one, we
must ever bear in mind our one great
object the advancement of the Alliance,
and to keep it pure and incorrupt.
There are men getting into our ranks
every day who are dangerous and even
injurious to our cause. Why take them
in? Is it to swell our number and make
a big showing? or have we not the nerve
to say "No, we don't want you."
The old party leaders on both sides
are coming in slowly and slowly all the
time. They see that they must make
the move, if they want oflice again; and
oflice is all some of them do want.
They humbug us with tho idea that they
are in sympathy with us, and only want
an opportunity to help us.
Now, brothers, let hs see to this in
time, and keep these old bums out.
They will cause our death as surely as
we have anything to do with them.
Every one of our towns are very care
less about this matter, and some of our
best men are continually trying to get
in a friend, who is not eligible to mem
bership, and never look forward to the
result it may have.
Hoping you will see fit to give this
room la your paper, i remain
An Open Letter to E. Rosewater.
EwrxG, Neb.. Feb. 12. 1891.
To E. Rosewater, or the Omaha liar:
Why is it that you can't hit the truth
any more? Only a few months ago you
could talk anti-monopoly as loud as any
body. Now you spend most of your
time in abusing, slandering, lying and
deceiving the people. When you ask if
Burrows is in dead earnest about his
call for 1,000 men not afraid to die, you
know, you insignificant liar, the call
has not been made. But, you low born
coward, if the call was made for 10,000
men not afraid to die, they could be had
without the second call, for they have
now but little else to do. '
If you are a fair sample of the Ger
man Jews it would be far better for
Nebraska if you would retire to your
native country and stay there.
Opposed to Bonding Gosper cCounty.O
Resolutions of Rock Canon Alliance.
Whereas, There has been some dis
cussion as to bonding Gosper county in
order to buy seed and feed, and
Whereas. Gosper county is already
heavily in debt, and this Alliance does
not deem it wise or expedient to adopt
such a course; therefore be it
Resolved, That this Alliance in session
assembled do not favor bonding the
said county and will not sign any pe
tition for the same.
Resolved, That a copy of this resolu
tion be forwarded to Editor Burrows
for publication, also to Peoples Advocate,
Elwood. G. F. Scott,
R. Cawthra, Secy. Pres.
Resolutions adopted by Sargent Alli
ance No. 563, Feb. 7th 1891.
Whereas, We believe that our Inde
pendent legislators have had a thor
oughly organized manopoly ring to con
tend with, and are in a place to try
men's souls, therefore be it
Resolved, That we heartily endorse
the course taken by them in the state
legislature and that we will stand by
them in all things that are right; that
we will lend them our. aid financially as
far as we are able, and that we tolerate
no traitors in camp.
David Shaw, Pres.
Chas. Betz, Sec.
Resolutions of Prairie Alliance No.
698, of Buffalo county.
Resolved, That we desire to express
our renewed confidence in Bro. John
Stebbins, our exjpresident, and now
representative of Buffalo county in the
22d legislature, on account of his rejec
tion of a pass tendered him by Jthe Mis
souri Pacific railway.
Resolved, That we denounce the giv
ing of free passes by railway corpora
tions as intended to enable them to con
troll legislators, prevent the enforce
ment of just laws and injure the pros
perity of the people; and we warn the
takers of such passes that public senti
ment utterly condemns this conduct.
Resolved, That we extend the band of
fellowship to all labor organizations in
their effort to make " the way of the
J. C. Standley, Augutus Hoag,
Endorsing Mr. Arnold of XSage County.
Hoag Neb.. Feb., 17, 1891.
Resolutions passed by Blakely Alli
ance, No. 1101.
Whereas, this Alliance is in the pos
session of the information that Edward
Arnold, our representative from Gage
county has so far stood firm and un
shaken in the cause for which he was
elected, and believing that he is doing
so from a deep conviction of duty;
therefore be it
Resolved, That we tender him our sin
cere and heart-felt thanks for the faith
fulness he has shown in doing his duty
to his constitutants; therefore be it
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu
tions be sent to Mr. Arnold and a copy
to the Farmers' Alliance tor publica
tion. J. W. Carter Pres.,
May Rogers Sec'y.
The Supreme Court and the Boyd-Demo-Repub
Wtiereas, We, the members of Sar
gent Alliance No. 563, believe that the
supreme court has practically contra
dicted itself and gone entirely beyond
its power in its recent decision in regard
to granting a mandamus for the declar
ing of J. E. Boyd governor and then de
ciding that his election can not be con
tested without his approval, aud
Whereas, We believe there has been,
and are being, gigantic frauds perpe
trated by the lioyd-demo-republican-railroad-combine
for the carrying of the
late election m their favor, therefore
Resolved, That we denounce said court
as a usurper of power and guilty of trea
son as co-conspirators in the Boyd-demo-rebublican-raUroad-conibine,
should be handled according to 4aw for
such cnnies: and be it
Resolved, That we look upon the Boyd-
demo-repub-railroad-combine as being
on an equal with any other high-handed
criminals, and they should be recog
nized as such.
Passed by a unanimous vote.
In favor of a Stay Law.
Resolutions passed by Blackwood
Alliance, No. 1923, at a regular meet
ing, Feb. 10, 1891.
Whereas, Owing to the almost total
failure of crops in western Nebraska on
account of the severe drouth and hot
winds of the past season, our farmers
are totally unable to pay the interest on
their loans much less the principal.
Whereas, The members of this Alli
ance, seeing the urgent necessity of a
stay law of some kind to tide them oyer
the present deplorable hard times, until
our land shall again be blessed with
a liberal harvest, and our farmers
thereby be enabled to meet their liabili
Whereas, Tho foreclosure of mort
gages on real estate at this time means
utter and irretrieveable ruin to hun
dreds of families in Nebraska, which, as
we believe could be averted by the pas
sage of a just and equitabe stay law of
some kind, that would protect alike the
mortgagor and tne mortgagee; and.
Whereas, We believe such a law has
lieen introduced in the senate by State
Senator Howe, taken from a Minnesota
law that has been in force for several
years in that state with satisfactory re
sultswill best serve their purpose,
therefore be it
Resolved, By Blackwood Alliance, No.
1923, that we favor the passage of the
above mentioned bill, and that we earn
estly request the Independent members
of our present legislature to work and
vote lor toe passage oi this tmi. ue u
Resolved. That a copy of these resolu
tions be forwarded to Senator A. J.
Koontz, and Representative L. G. Rng-
fles, and a copy each be furnished the
armers' Alliance, Thurston Register
and Stratton News for publication.
Committee on RESOLrmoxs.
From Kearney County.
Resolutions passed by the Stover
School house Alliance No. 861, at a
regular meeting, Feb. 12, 1891.
Whereas, It has been brought to our
attention by a communication from the
K. of L. in Kearney that the clerk of
the district court is not a salaried officer
and that he receives an enormous com
pensation for his services in the way of
fees collected, and
Whereas, From an examination of
the records we find there has been paid
to the clerk of the court in our county
upwards of 14 000, outside of witness
fees paid in that have not been called
for, therefore be it
Resolved, That we ask the present
legislature to pass a law making tho
district clerk a salaried officer, and that
his salary be no higher than $1,500 per
year, and that he be required to keep a
record of all fees paid in and turn the
same over to the general fund of the
Resolved, That our corresponding
committee be instructed to forward a
copy of these resolutions to our senator
and representatives, and also to the
Farmers' Alliance Pub. Co.
S. S. Smith,
R. J. Hubble.
. Proceedings of the connty commis
sioners of Red Willow 1 county Neb.,
Application of Geo. W. Roper, county
clerk, asking for. deputy and assistant
for 1891, and on motion by a unani
mous vote of the county commissioners
allowing one deputy at $700 and one
assistant at $600 per annum. The
county clerk salary is $1,500. Total
$2,800 per annum.
Resolutions adopted by the South Di
vide Alliance No. 792, Red Willow Co.
Neb., Feb. 8, 1891.
Resolved, That we denounce. the ac
tion of the county commissioners grant
ing the county clerk a deputy at $700
and an assistant at $600, for the year
Resolved, That the expenses of the
county should be decreased under the
present condition of the people, and
the taxes reduced as much as possible.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu
tions be sent to the conuty Alliance . of
Red Willow county,, and Farmer's
Alliance at Lincoln for publication.
Edward Hall, Pres, .
L. D. Gockley, Sec.
From Howard Co. Farmers' Alliance.
St. Paul, Feb. 7, 1891.
To our Representative the Hon. H. C.
At the regular meeting of this Alli
ance, held la St. Paul, Feb. 7th, 1891, tb
following preamble and resolutions
were unanimously adopted and the sec
retary instructed to send you a memo
rial embodying the action of said meet
ing, Whereas, There have been several
bills introduced in the legislature, ask
ing for an appropriation of funds for
the relief and aid of the western drouth
stricken farmers, and
Whereas, Our county bears her pro
portionate share of the burden of taxes
of the state and
Whereas, We, the members of this
Alliance, are aware of the fact; that there
is a number of farmers in our county
that has been rendered destitute througa '
the effects of said drouth, prevailing, m
a large portion of our state last season;
therefore be it
Resolved, That we ask of you your
best endeavors to try to secure for 0115
county a just share of said relief appro
priation. A. W. Munster, Vice Pres.
A. V. Sooboda, Sec.
Government Ownership of Railroads.
Feb. 6, 1891, '
Resolutions passed by Prairie Alliance
Whereas, We the members of Prai
rie Alliance No. 698, of Buffalo Co. Neb.,
are informed through the public press
that there is a movement in our present
congress on the part of certain mem
bers to extend the time of the indebted
ness of the U. P Railroad to the U. S.
government, and in this extension of
time proposa to release the government's
present security on said debt and sub
stitute therefor inferior and unsafe se
curity and at the same time make the
payment of said debt at a lower rate of
interest; therefore be it
Resolved, That we are in favor of the
immediate foreclosure of the mortgage
debt held by the government against the
U. P. road, and that the government
operate the same at cost for the benefit
of the people;
Resolved, That we hold that it is the
sworn duty of the attorney general of
the United States to take immediate
action to declare the charter of the U.
P. road void on the ground of violation.
Und enforce against its officers the vio
lated acts of 1873 and 1878, and we
tneretore petition the said attorney
general to take immediate actios on the
same in accordance with his duty.
Resolved, That we request our repre
sentatives in our legislature to give
their official confirmation of the above
resolution by memorializing the at
torney general of the United States to
take immediate action in accordance
with his duty to foreclose the govern
ment lien against the U. P. railroad.
Bbo. Burrows: The following reso
lutions were adopted at a special meet
ing of the Boon Co. Alliance, Feb. 7th.
Resolved, That we do most imphati
eally oppose any amendment to our state
laws allowing counties and tawns to
vote aid for assisting in building beet
sugar factories on the corporation plan.
J. T. Anderson,
D. K. Calkins. Com.
Meeting of Saline Co. Alliance. .,
The regular quarterly meeting of Sa
line county Alliance will be held in Dor
chester, Friday, March 6, 1891, at 1 p. m.
Alliances will please send delegates aud
Wilber Savage, Co. Pres.
Chas. M. Turner, Ex. Co. Sec.
J. H. McMurtry, real estate and
loans, abstract and notary. McMurtry
block, adjoining Alliance headquarters
corner Eleventh and M streets.
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