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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE. LINCOLN, NEB., SATURDAY, MAR. 14, 1891.
Answer to "Uncle Jake."
Feb. 24, 195)1.
1ko. Jat Bcssows: I see your re
quest for sa answer to Uncle Jake's
question in The Alliance of Feb. 21st.
It ia not at all certain that I ran glre an
exhaustive answer, nor jet the correct
answer, but I feel quite sure I can partly
answer it. He suppose a class of peo
ple entirely out of work, and no work to
be had anywhere Of course such peo
ple can earn nothing. A million of
them could not earn a dollar in a year.
The case never had a parallel In history.
But conditions have existed that were
analagous, and we are rapidly ap
proaching a point where it will so
longer be a supposed case. When one
looks at England with a million of pau
pers at this moment on her hands, con
jecture at once becomes a probability.
The power of steam, electricity and dis
coveries In chemistry taken with ever
improving machinery and we are mov
Ing very rapidly to the very point sup
posed. When we get there then what ?
That's the question. Let us look at it
' 1st. They irill not die so long as they
tan avoid it.
Life is a divine gift. The love of life
extends to all sentient existence, and
pervades water, air and land and all in
habitants of either cling to life. This
. is an index linger ever pointing to the
Divine source of life, to its sacredness
and to its right to be. Human reason
is not needed to affirm it. Instinct does
that. Then men can never become so
ignorant,, so degraded, or so brutish
, that they will not aflirm it and insist
Cut off from the means of earning the
ecessitics for sustaining life, the
weaker elements in this class will beg
r look to charity in any form. Failing
in that, many will perish with want.
The stronger will look to more vigor
, 2nd. They will net cease to reproduce.
With or without marriage, reproduc
tion will go oq. Most likely increase
from this source alone will take place.
' If not, their ranks will constantly in
crease la number by drawing new re
cruits frem the ranks next above them.
But increase from both sources means
an ever increasing danger to society and
all the interests of civilized life.
. 3d. They Kill not cease to tote!
The Proletarel of Rome did not cease
to vote, and this class will be our pro
letarei. They were decerned from
citizen parentage, se will ours be the
children of citizens. They were hun
dreds of years away from the four and
even acre farms of their fathers. So
will ours be far away from the pilgrim
fathers, from Washington's soldiers as
ancestors, but all the same they will be
citizens. In Rome they had votes for
sale, only votes and nothing else. So
they will have votes for sale here in
these United States.
Demagogues needed them in Rome,
and used them too with a vengeance. So
demagogues will need them here, and
se them too. Nay, they do it now,
and the day is not yet como.
In the next place
If they will not die as long as subsist
ence can be obtained if they will in
crease in numbers, and will vote, what
then will become of them?
1st. Necessity knows no law.
The condition of such a class will be
necessity. The voluntary power and
voluntary conditions are gone. A man
in the water may be said to have a
choice. He can consent, possibly choose
to drown, rather than swim or try to
swim. But this is far fetched. The
general fact in his case is one of ne
cessity. So a man without food or
weans to earn it affirms his right to
live, just as the man in the water affirms
his right to swim and save his life. Of
necessity or choice, if choice may be,
he seizes the most available means at
hand, it may be beggary, an almshouse,
theft, counterfeiting money, forgery,
perjury, highway robbery, piracy, sell
ing his vote, selling a child, bartering
his wifeor daughterfor money or bread,
and murder if it is that or starve.
He feels nothing but necessity that
excuses anything and everything to him.
His right to live he never doubts. He
cannot be ignorant of the wealth and
luxury of others If ho wished to bo. Ho
feels that he is God's creature as realy
as a mlllionare. The veriest slave feels
that. How ho has been robbed, by
whom and by what means he may never
he able to till, but he sees that he is
cut off trom all Gods arrargmeuts to
support life. His right to have his share
cf Gods mercy is too plain a case to be
doubted. There Is no way to get H only
to take it. So he seizes it in the way
and by the means which his inteligenee
a til nun to be the most likely to furnish
him the most enjoyment, and risk the
2d. Conscience dies.
All experience shows that long famili
arity with want totally debauches men.
What disposition God will make of thorn
inally Is not now tba question. The
chmUou is what r will do with them.
We may aad Oo mock them with a re
ligion without a brotherhood or a soul
W ith liberty in name shadow but no
miUtanr. Religion and liberty are
the most hypocritical words ho ever
hears. How siiall such creatures feel a
eouncienc, moral obligation, honor,
truth, patriotism, love f home or any
noble impulse Jtoclcty. statute, courts,
social tMUraeisai have made him a hu
wan tiger, hyena, sloth anything but a
suaa. Now society tnut endure him or
kill him. If endured, Igaoraacc In
rfwaats, trim Inert- in all Its forms,
h Kks art burned for ftH, art va,
the slate staggera, fails, and eitiUiation
Kill h)u and ft U m Mtrr, that hru
tinrc the eeto4onr aud callc dawn
tfte writ cf a jul God.
Such U the and as U aceius to m. !
there a remedy Y ). yesin God
and nature eaa runs. lt awa put
la, back where the All Fa'-her put it
la LetlUetel lew hit gmrstuftl iwa
the highway, make sales of land im
possible except in cities and incorpo
rated townsdestroy forcible collec
tions for debt except taxes and labor,
and we are safe civilization then is
We have rone wrong so long that it
may take fifty years to reach it, but we
can begin now. lay we lounuauon
wisely, prudently, and atop the con
stantly increasing abuses. From that
we can build safelv.
I cannot extend further in this article.
Details cover much ground, and must
be postponed to the future.
J. M. SNYDER.
Verdarette, Sherman Co. Neb.,
An Interesting Letter from Bro. L. Henry
HoodKiveb, Waeo Co , Ore., .
Feb. 28, 1891.
Editor Farmers' Alliance: I will
send you a few lines, and if you see
proper to give them space In our most
excellent paper do so, if not all right.
This place is 64 miles east of Portland,
Oregon, on the0. R. & N. V. R. R.
Said road runs along the bank of the
Columbia river. The town has a popu
lation of 200. This is neither a farmitig
or stock country, but a great place for
fruit, and claimed to be the healthiest
part of Oregon. A person can live here
fully as cheap as in Nebraska. While
some articles are very high others are
very cheap compared with prices In
Nebraska. There Is another feature of
this part of the state that I will mention,
that is the timber. Most of this range
of mountains are covered with a heavy
body of fir wich is being sawed into
lumber wnich is mostly shipped east.
I arrived here Nov. 30, 1890, and the
coldest weather yet was 17 above .ero,
and the deepest snow 7 inches. Have
had plenty of rain. I find that there is
hard times here as well as in other
places, and great discontent among the
people. Some think one thing is the
cause of hard times and some think
something else is the cause, but from
the action of the farmers I believe they
have found out whats the matter. There
was a County Alliance organized the
other day in this county. We havo a
state organizer commissioned by August
Post, of Iowa. There were 40 delegates
In attendance at the meeting. You can
depend on there being a State Alliance
formed by the 1st of June. The county
Alliance adopted the Nebraska state
constitution, and also adopted a secret
work with the understanding that as
soon as they have a State Alliance, they
will adopt the ritual as adopted by the
Nebraska Alliance at its last meeting.
Our state organizers name is B. F. lion
ny. P. O., Wamic, Oregon.
I have not been able to do much in
the cause of the Alliance from the fact
that I was taken sick the 10th of Dec.
and was In bed 8. weeks, and have not
been able yet to get away from home;
just able to be out and around some. I
am well pleased with the way you con
duct our paper. I read it and then
hand it to some one else to read, and
they are all well pleased with the papor.
If you print blanks callingfor signatures
to a national convention please send me
some and h will see that they are put in
circulation. Trusting that God will
spare you that you may battle for the
right until you may see our labors
crowned with success.
I remain yours truly,
Relief Swearing. ;
Craweord, Neb., Feb. 20, 1801.
Editor Farmers' Alliance: We
notice by the Lincoln papers that the
State Relief Committee have reached
the investigating stage, some one away
out west is getting aid that don't deserve
it, and well some good large bills for
expenses of investigating will be the re
sult. That some are getting aid that
don't need it is certain; that when it
was decided that the aid must pass
throngh the political mutual admiration
circle which exists in every county, that
there would be cause for investigation.
But in our humble opinion we should
read this "careful investigation" busi
ness between the lines. It is so much
easier to see fraud 500 miles away tnan
close by. Our attention was recently
called to a box of goods from a clothier,
shipped through a committee, said box
contained a large and varied assortment
of paper collars, cuffs, white shirts, lace
(old, yes, very old) and such other warm
and needful clothing. There were no
Hies on these goods, . but judging from
appearances there had been. Now it is
not to be supposed that these things are
not needed for we are having some very
severe weather ont here and no one will
dispute the fact that paper collars are
just the thing for a blizzard; and then
the lace, jnst the thing! A farmer's
wife can wrap up her feet in gunny
sacks, and enshroud her self in lace and
enjoy some solid comfort, and there is
no doubt but what many people are
getting suck aid that don't need It. Yes,
Now the " sued grain " business is go
ing to be handled different, these "snift
less, lazy and improvident farmers"
who have not given away more than
one half of all their increase in wealth
for years to the support of the state and
county organizations, without which
life would be impossible, they must
hold up their hands and sit ear that they
are pauocri. Yes, we havo heard con
siderable swearing dona about this al
ready', but then they don't understand
the situation. They don't know that it
Is only bankers, money lenders and cor
porations hlch are entitled to the bene
fits and emoluments of government.
The farmers couldn't live without
THEM, (so savs the senate resolutions
of Feb. 0.) itut suppose we require
some one else to do some swearing.
Sui we have the merchants who are
wiling thews good swear to their bills,
also arar t what percent they are
giving the member or members vf the
relief committee; alwj have the com
mlttim sworn as to how big a bonus
they arc getting front the merchant.
Yes let them all be aworn or tle let us
know why the mau who support theut
ail must swear. II. U. mkwamt.
The regular quarterly meeting of the
Hutler Count AUianve will be held at
iUvldCUy.on Thursday, March Ittth,
M 10 o'clock a. nt. rata lecturer O.
Hull U expected to be prenl and ad
drts the AULaaee, A full aUradance
desired, D. L. Km am. See.
HutUr County AlUant.
Current Political Notes.
Editor Alliance: It is pleasing to
a man who published about the first
Alliance paper in the state of Nebraska,
away back in "82, to note the progress
the Alliance has made there.
Ia connection herewith we are re
minded that some papers are likening
the growth of the Independent party to
that of a mushroom and stating that the
movement is but six months old. Bet
the writer herewith knows better than
that. He was an Independent in "76;
in '78 established about the first green
back paper published in Illinois, and in
'82 established about the first Alliance
paper published in Nebraska. There
fore he feels that he has a right to feel
proud of the growth of the Alliance in
Nebraska, and he ateo hopes and confi
dently expects that the "boys" will "on
with the tight" till there are no more
rascals to turn out.
Our bonds are all right; they are even
at a premium. We dont see why the
bondholders haven't insisted upon the
bonds being made ef gold, 25 8-10 grains
in weight for every dollar of the face
value of the bond. There is just as
much reason for making the bonds of
valuable material as there is lor malt
ing money of valuable material.
Money is designed as a measure of
values as a measure of the value f
commodities. It is designed as a medi
um of exchange as a medium for facili
tating the exchange of commodities.
Thus, if a man has 1,000 bushels of
wheat he "sells" it for $500; he does that
because it is more convenient. He don't
have to trade his wheat for something
he don't need, nor hunt up men who
have clothing, lumber, hardware, gro
ceries, etc., and then barter his wheat
for any or all of these things that he
may need. Some who have clothing,
lumber, hardware or groceries may not
want wheat, but they want meat, coal,
corn, etc. Those who have wheat to
sell, sell it for money, spending all or
part of it for such commodities as they
may at the time need. People who
have commodities for sale are always
willing to sell for money, but they are
not always willing to exchange their
commodities- for other commodities.
They are willing to sell for money for
they know that tho money is an evi
dence that they have parted with that
measure (amount) of work or commodi
ties and that by dbmmon agreement the
evidence (money) will be taken by any
one having anything to sell that the
holder may desire.
Fancy a man coming to Chicago and
driving around town, bartering four
bushels of wheat at one store for a hat,
thirty bushels at another store for a suit
of clothes, ten bushels at another store
for some groceries, one bushel at an
other for a plug of tobacco, and then
fancy each of these store keepers trott
ing around trying to trade off their
Money is valued not for what it is
intrinsically, but for what it will do
and what it will do is governed by the
fiat behind it.
In some countries silver money is the
only legal tender; gold is at a discount.
Some countries have used iron money,
tin money, copper money, shell money,
etc., etc. The old English pound sterl
ing was an actual pound weight of
When people got it into their heads
that money is a measure of value (the
same as a yard stick is of length, or a
bushel or gallon of bulk) and to adn
ata the exchange of commodities, then
will they see the absurdity of its being a
V ' ii
We haven't heard t word aboif ?over
production" for a long time, aud bad
about forgotton all about the old-time
bug-a-boo till just now we were trying
to think of the direct cause of nine
tenths of all the poverty and misery in
this country and now we have it!
There's been an over production of dam
phools who have been voting the re
publican or democratic ticket for a quar
ter of a century for no other reason
than that their fathers voted the "old
ticket" a quarter of a century ago. They
don't even know, to this day, that the
war of the rebellion is over; that the
emancipation proclamation was signed
by Lincoln; the negroes freed; and that
Lincoln is dead. We sometimes feel
like saying that such people should not
have the right of suffrage for they use
their franchise to not only enslave them
selves but others who would like to be
free. They don't do it intentionally,
thats true, but thev de so nevertheless.
It makes one laugh to read the "argu
ments" of the old party press to the
effect that a third party is unnecessary
in order to bring about the reforms so
much needed. It's too late, you old
pirates! You have both had a hand in
making reform necessary, and as you
have gotten things into their present
condition it is not at all likely that you
will do anything to reform the things
you yourselves have brought about.
But aside from this, you are both in the
control of monopoly, and monopoly will
light against reform till its last breath
is gone. Reform is the death-knell of
monopoly, and monopoly realizes it too.
And where, pray, would the old parties
be If It were not for monopoly's contri
butions to blocks -of five funds?
Reform reform nothing, you cess
pools of corruption, you! Rotten eggs
caunot be made pure; neither can you.
Wsnted, A New Nation.
Lilly Dale, Chatauqna Co., N. Y.,
Feb., 21. tHUl.
Wherein dwelleth righteousness. To
aecomullsn this a new party Is needed.
New York city has long been ruled by
the;d(ni(wntie party., No where Is there
la so much deU-wdiuaa and woman
hood. More evictions of families from
their miserable teuemeuts have occur
red during the ml year than In the
whole of Ireland. Two huudred and
thirty two mtaerable person suicided,
Tim city rul the Ktnte. It I common
to read limits like the following from
I he rural districts;
CtAKnu K. N. Y.. Feb, I -The body
of John Lon;r, a well known farmer liv
ing ftear Iht tillage, wm found hanging
to beam lit his lura Sunday, Mental
deprMloa raiiMHl by hard lines. which
fraer are experiencing. Is supihmkh
to hate led to the couiunsioa u u,8
For year the Republicans have la
iraed Uutlun, q Modr4 the peo
ples money and lands, doubled salaries
created servants of more than useless
oCicers to harass and eat the substance
of the industrious. There is nothing to
be hoped for from cither of the old par
ties. Miss Francis E. Willard ia a speech
at Washington said that in the epoch
on which we have entered, labor will
doubtless come to be the only potentate.
For man added to nature, is all the cap
ital there is on earth: and "the best any
mortal hath is that which every mortal
shares." But nature belongs equally to
ail men: hence the only genuine capital
and changeless medium of exchange,
always op to par value, is labor itself,
and there will eventually be no more
antagonism between capital and labor
than between the right hand and the
left. Labor Li the intelligent and be
neficent reaction of man upon nature.
This reaction sets force enongh in mo
tion to float him in all waters and carry
him across all continents. His daily
labor . then, is the natural equivalent
he furnishes for food and clothing, fuel
and shelter, and it is the supreme inter
est of the state to prepare the individual
in head, hand and heart to put forth his
highest power. Carried to its legiti
mate conclusion, this is the socialism of
CJrfist; the golden rule in action: the
basis of that golden age which shall suc
ceed this age of gold.
In this glorious enterprise Kansas
and Nebraska leads the van as they did
for the freedom of black 6laves. Mil
lions are lookipg to them for redemp
tion from a slavery more heartiest and
galling than negro slavery.
G. F. Lewis.
From Otoe Connty.
Ruhr, Otoe Co., Feb. 18, 1891.
Eliob Farmers' Alliance: It was
with the greatest sorrow I read your
account of the treachery of our trusted
champions in the legislature, but it is
what we all expected. There always
was, and always will be Judas Iscarriot's,
thanks be to Uod there was no more.
The treachery and pertiaity of the few,
only makes the luster and brightness of
the many shine the more. When will
the trusted learn the simple fact (taught
by Shakespear) "that corruption wins
not more than honesty." Is it not
strange that of these men, some of
them, do not see and feel the immense
trust and confidence reposed in them,
and the immensity of their responsibili
ty to their country, to us, to the people
and to their family for generations to
come. Do they not see they could even
as county representatives or senators
hand down to their children a bright
and glorious name as the first pioneers,
the advance guard of a great and glo
rious reform instead of curses both loud
and deep; with the brand of Cain and
Judas, all for filthy lucre trash. Too
much condemnation caanot be heaped
upon them, or thanks and gratitude to
the faithful. But let them remember
that virtue always brings the best re
ward. Now Brother Burrows a word to you
and all of our free and unfettered press.
Follow on that line, denounce treachery
in loud tones and big letters and do not
forget to fearlessly critisize our party
movements every where, and condemn
what you consider wrong. It is your
duty, it is mine, it is everybody's, our
object is equality, honesty, fairness,
iustice, justice even to our oppressors,
ionor those attributes wherever we
find them, and fearlessly denounce any
departure from that line, in spite of
What will be the En I?
Editor Farmers' Alliance-. What
is to be tho final outcorao of the extra
ordinary action of the senate in regard
to the contest? -
When the devil is loose, and in the
present mood of the two old parties, we
may expect anything but virtue. What
is to prevent Jas. E. Boyd, from sign
ing all bills up to the expiration of this
session and then admitting the fact that
he is an alien? Would we have a single
legal enactment from this legislature?
If this winter's experience does not open
the eyes of the entire people of Neb. to
the fact that our liberties are in jeo
perdy and a united effort is necessary
to back the law defying oligarchy in our
state, I cannot conceive of anything
that ever will. Fraternally Yours.
C. H. Kino.
The Omaha Declaration.
Syracuse, N. Y., Feb. 19, 1891.
J. Borrows: I received a Kansas
paper containing a call for a national
conference to meet in Cincinnati next
May. My name is forged as a slgnee of
said call. 1 have no doubt that the
whole thing la a scheme of traitors
within or enemies without, who thereby
nope to mate cnaos come aeain and
prevent a union of the new political
forces. The move will help satisfy
honest reformers that the plan of cam
paign adopted at Omaha, by the Na
tional Farmers' Alliance, Is the inly wan
out of the woods.
1 hanks for copies of the declaration.
It the Nebraska Farmers Alliance has
provided for the issue of the declara
tions in that way I would bo glad to
have you send me lUU copies, i he peo-
!le are ready for independent action.
The only lack is organization on an
anti fusion basis. Yours truly,
Geo. C. Rkecher.
From th President of Logan County
I.OUAX, Neb., Feb. 20, 1801,
Ekitok Farmers' Alliancr: I have
just received your valuable paper In
which Is announced the defeat of the
contest, t heartily second what you
state relative to the three contemptible
fraud. that helped to defeat the meas
ure. And for feur their condemnation
should atop here I take this opportuni
ty to write, requeatlug you to kej their
names bfor thi iwopl la eouopfeuous
type a the Thru t'reudi from their re
spective rouniWt. I think, it is the
duty of every Alllanec man' and Inde
pendent to render those fellow's stay oa
earth ao uncomfortable that they will be
obligint to yt out and give place to men
who caanot be bought and will carry
Oft lie will of their constituents.
Your for justice
V ILLAKuOtKM, Pres.
An Open Letter to the Farmers of Ne
Tecum seu. Neb. Feb. 26. 1 991 .
Editor Farmers' Alliance: Will
yon kindly permit me to address a few
lines to you in all affection aad respect,
on the present situation as it appears
Yea have recently "been awakened
out of your political sleep, and like
Sampson have demonstrated your abili
ty to break the bands of the Philistines,
and if needs be to remove gates and
posts. Our chief danger lies in our
again going to sleep. Already our ene
mies are saying, "you carried the elec
tion by enthusiasm, you cannot do it
again." We axe willing to admit that
a great many were enthusiastic to an
extent almost without a parallel, but it
was the enthusiasm of intelligent con
viction, of injustice and oppression of
the masses by a few, of approaching
serfdom and scornful and domineering
aristocracy. It is the enthusiasm of old
which said, "Give me liberty or give
me death." The hope of the republic is
in our fraternity as the ground work,
like, he Englishjyeomanry inJCromweh's
ti-ne, we must preserve the liberty and
independence of the American people.
Already thousands of our working
people are virtually disfranchised and
dare not defend themselves by the only
weapon allowed. Who is there that
does not blush when he thinks of this,
" in the home of the free."- Men com
pelled to forge their own chains. Now
while no reform movement nas ever
been started without enthusiasm, (and
some few natives seem to maintain it in
definitely) yet with a good many it is
mental tension and is followed by are
turn of the normal ttate when the ex
citing cause like a stimulant has lost its
moving power. Yet after the exciting
period comes the solid work, and this is
the point we wish to call your attention
It is possible, nay probable, that your
meetings are not as well attended as on
the start. Let meask whatis the cause?
It may be not decreased interest. Jt
may be the body is over worked and
the mind has to sympathise with it.
Most farmers rise early and work hard,
and when night comes go to bed' early,
and if they are out late several nights in
a week they feel dull until they have re
covered some of their lost sleep. Our
meetings should be so arranged that we
will not as a rule be out two or three
nights in succession, and when you are
to attend a meeting at night do not
work too hard or too late on that day
so that you may be mentally fresh.
We must do more and better mental
work in the future if we would emanci
pate ourselves. Now is the time our
political, constitutional and financial
education must be pushed to be equal
to. the occasion when the crisis
which is approaching shall come.
How much better to realize the
danger and get others to see as we do,
that it is much better to right this by
the ballot than to let it go on until there
is no remedy. Let us understand and
realize that the same unjust taxation,
class privilegeg,cenlralization of wealth,
deafness to the cry of the oppressed
whioh brought on the French revolution
with its horrors, will if not righted by
the ballot lead to the same result. How
dark and gloomy the out look for the
farmer under the present condition of
things, but let us not be discouraged,
but let us each be prepared to be where
duty or danger calls us. Let us lie will
ing to deny ourselves of money, comfort
and time as our la ners did for us in
the past, to secure for ourselves and
our children that which we once inheri
ted. Let us work systematically and
thoroughly, let us have county and sub
ordinate libraries, urge the taking of
our own papers as educators, visit one
another in Alliances. See if there are
not some unoccupied fields where good
can be dono in your county. We
must be aggressive or else fall back
ward, we must push on or else like
Stanley's rear guard we will die of
enuni or dissertion.
Let me beseech you by the thousand
anxious hearts and faces who are con
tinually drooping and succumbing to
the pressure, and who are realizing the
tremendious significance there is in
those words, "no home" that you
stand together as one man. that you let
not trifles devide you; remember that
this is for your liberty of which Patrick
Henry said, " Give me liberty or give
death." By being locked together in
organization is our only safety, as it
was to the twenty strong men who
went down into the Addington viaduct
some time ago, a disagreeable place to
work in, a great tube of wet bricks.
Taoy knew that there were thousands cf
tons of water pressing against tne gate,
and it seemed tbey had been down a
very long time when a little water was
seen trickling down the bottom. The
boss, a little man, watched it a while
aud found it was increasing in How,
and he said, " be quick men, leave off
your work we must be moving.- One
of them threw down his hammer and
would have run, and several more
strode off in the direction of the man
hole The boss stopped them telling
them that if they harkened unto him
they might all bo saved, if not, all
would be drowned. Then he command
ed them to lock anus and form two
rows; then they set out, keeping step.
The water reached their waist, and oc
casionally one of the lightest staggered,
but his neighbor pulled hi in up again, !
and in that way with water breast
high they were all enabled to reach the
man-hole and be saved.
An old Citiseq of England Expresses His
Disgust at tho Politics c?
Shelby Neb., Feb. 23, 181.
Editor Alliakck; A an endwhtle
citizen o! England who has often heard
the system cf government of his native
land mUrepresented and decried, aad
made a dark background on which to
paint la gloitlof colors the transcend
ent beauties of the political system aad
method of thla country, I feci Im
pelled to express ny Indignation and
dUgusl at the brazen fraud, shameless
corruption, and audacious villainy re
vealed at the late election, and la th
uiueqeeat proceeding of cur state
1 am aiasied, that In i country which
flaunt its freedom in the face of the
worldT men who vaingloriously pro
claim themselves the "sons of liberty",
can view witn apathy and unconcern
nay ev3 applaud, the most infamous
political crimes that have ever dis
graced a representative government
the wholesale corruption of the electivo
franchise and the rape of the highest
state offices by the political hirelings of
corporations and capitalists the gross
est perversion of constitutional law by
senate and supreme court. England
with all her faults would relegate to
political oblivion and social ostracism
the men who would dare to 6o dishonor
her public offices and political sen-ice. '
Let us cease for the present our loud
swelling boasts of freedom, and bend
to the herculean task of cleansing our
political augean stables of the accumu
lated foulness of thirty years of old
party occupation. The Independent
party haseutered upon a gigantic strug
gle. The enemies of popular govern
ment are massing their forces. Capital
aided and abetted by the corrupt old
political organizations and a subsidized
press will fight hard to maintain its
despotic power, and keep labor en
slaved. But let them beware! The
Sampson Labor has slept in the lap of
the old party Delilah and been de
livered shorn into the hands of the
Philistine capitalists who have bound
him with fetters and made him to grind
in their mills. But his hair is beginning
to grow, and let them beware as they
make holiday sport of his distress, lest
in his blind fury he grasp the very pil
lars of government and bending him
self with all his might reduco to ruins
the desecrated edifice.
Such things have been and such may
Where wrong is rampant and where
According to the last report of the
auditor of state there was paid out for
insurance in the year 1889 over $1,890,
000, and for losses a little over $1109,000,
or about 32 per cent of the actual cost
to policy holders and the 63 per cent
has left for parts unknown. We are
told by stock companie's agents that
mutuafs are short lived, let us see:
Iowa has one hundred and sixteen
companies, four of which were organ
ized during the 60's. Michigan has
sixty-three, nineteen of which were
running before 1805. Pennsylvania has
two hundred and tweEty-five companies,
fifty-five of which were full fledged in
Iowa's nineteen stock companies re
ceived for premiums $1,545,000, Iowa's
one hundred and sixteen mutual com-
tanies received for premiums $125,000,
owa's stock companies paid losses $514,
000 or 34 per cent of premiums received.
Iowa's mutual companies paid losses
$88,000 or 72 per cent of premiums re
ceived. I am certain that if you will
carefully examine the above you will
see that we are in duty bound to insure
ourselves. More anon.
J. Y. M. Swioart.
Cedar County Alliance Meeting. .
St. Jamer, Neb., Feb. 23. 1891.
Cedar County Alliance meets at Hart
ington Nebr., March 24tb., in the G. A.
R. Hall at 10 o'clock sharp, in the fore
noon. I earnestly desire that all of the
Subordinate Alliances in this county
send their delegates to this meeting, al
so all other members who ate not dele
gates desiring to learn the principles
and purposes of the order are cordially
invited to be present. ' .
S. M. Stafford,
Lancaster County Meeting.
The regular monthly meeting of Lan
caster County Alliance will be held at
K. of L. hall, at 1 p. m., Friday, March
20th. A full deligation is desired as
important business will come before
the meeting. On tho same day at 11 a.
m. at K. of L. hall there will be a meet
ing of the Independent Central com
mittee. All central committee men are
requested to be present.
I. N. Leonard. Vice-Pres.
A Hall County Alliance Approves of the
Repeal of the Sugar Bounty.
Wood River, Neb., Feb., 21, 1891.
At a regular meeting of the Wood
River Farmers' Alliance No. 985 the fol
lawing resolutions were unanimously
Resolved, That we hereby tender to
our members of the legislature our sin
cere thanks for their efforts to repeal
the bounty on sugar, as we know by ex
perience that it has in no way benefited
the farmer, consequently we consider it
meet and just that it should be immedi
ately repealed and the man voting for
fts repeal shall have our entiri confi
dence and thanks.
Rfisohert. That the twovftarv ha in-
strucred to havo these resolutions pub-
nsnen in j he jjarmeus' Alliance and
the Grand Island Journal and send a
copy to each one of our legislators.
j James Cannon
. M. D. Sullivan.
Look hero. This piece of meat don't
suit me. It's from the back of the an
imal's nock," suid un Austin man to a
"Mine frlen', ull dot beuf vat I soils
is back of dot neck. Dsi-e van nodding
but born In front ut dot ne4-k."
Mr. Flat had (a ho hits lon singing
for an hour mid a cmmtfr) "My
friends all bill roe. Mlwt Tiredout, thus
1 ouuht to go on thi nU Now, '
whrw do you think I ouht to g On
the concert .Ui(fe or the oHi-alic?" Mis
Tlrwlout "Oh, 1 don't care which, so
you only go."
"I urn going to be your hub," td
tho iouiijf carriage-builder faun
IVmUm. as they hkh! U'fum tho altar,
Yee." said hi blufthln brlds who In
tended always lit have the Wl word,
and I will supply the jHtkcm," "And
I." w.wtnd tip the clergyman, a he
lolw: 1 thdrhnnd. ant t'.in tUfr-r."
J. H. McMurtry, md ett and1
loans, ahdract and noury. MoMimr
block, adhtlnlcg Alliance headquarters
corner Eleventh and M streets.
"So you iiaitgttje the nx. worta win
be much like this onF" "Why. y.
Them will be lot of red hot poUUclae.
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