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THE FAUMEKS ALLIANCE, LINCOLN. NER., THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 1 891.
XEfte Jarmcrs' Sllinttcf,
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Tiik Allianck Ptblisiiixo Co.
Cor. 11 to and M gM.. Lincoln. Keb.
J, BrKROWK K"
j.H. THOMraoK Butinrss Manager
"la the beauty of the lillies
Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom
That transfigures you aad me.
to be strove to make men holy
Let us strive to make them free.
Since God is marching on."
Julia Ward Howe.
"Laurel crowns cleave to deserts,
And power to him who power exerts."
"A ruddy drop of manly blood
The surging sea outweighs."
He who cannot reason is a fool,
Jle who will not reason is a coward.
He who dare not reason is a slave."
r Address all business' communications to
dPmittrD?c(r0-pub1lc.tlon to Editor
Arttolei written on both sldea of the paper
mini trir 1 very ioog Bnunuurauuia,
warai cannot Be asea. -
Independent Peoples' Ticket.
Independent State Ticket.
For Associate Justice of Supreme Court,
JOSEPH W. EDGERTON,
For Regents of the University
A. D'ALLEMAND, of Furnas Co.
E. A. II ADLEY, of Greeley Co.
Independent County Ticket.
For District Judges
A. 8. T1BBETTS.
OLIVER W. CROMWELL.
For County Treasurer
O. HULL, Mill Precinct.
WM. F. ELFELDT, Buda.
For Clerk of District Court
ELIAS BAKER, of Lincoln.
For Ounty Clerk .
WM. S. DEMAREE,
For County Superintendent
Prof. II. S. BOWERS, Lincoln.
For County Commissioner
Little Salt Precinct.
For County Judge
W. 8. WINN, of Lincoln.
DR. IIOSMER, of Lincoln.
For County Surveyor
J. A. ROB INSON, of Lincoln.
For Justices of the Peace
J. C. MeNEKNY,
H. C. PALMER.
A. J. WARWICK.
Assessors, First ward, WhoatleyMick
elwalte; Socond ward, C. H. Waite;
Third ward, John Curriej Fourth ward.
E.E.Kemp; Fifth ward, H. L. Klock;
Sixth ward, C. Marshall Seventh ward,
W. J. Coatos.
J. V. WOLFE,
Chm'n State Contral Com.
C. H. PIRTLE,
Sec'y State Central Com.
HEADQUARTERS OF STATE CEN
TRAL COMMITTEE, LTNDELL
Lancaster County Central Committee.
W. F. WRIGHT, Chairman.
S. S. JONES, Secretary.
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Address AWANCtPUB.CO.. Lmcom. Mr.
' The Bet says " the board of trans
portstion was let down easy by the
tats convention." That's very thin.
The board of transportation 1. e. the
railroad bosses set the gait for the
nventlon, and the latter meekly took
THE SEPUBI1CAN PLATFORM.
It first renews its devotion to the prin
ciples of the party, but don't state those
principles. Now we affirm our ertire
devotion to republican principles, as de
clared by Stevens. Sumner, Lincoln, but
at the same time declare that Nebraska
republicanism has no connection what
ever with those principles.
It congratulates the people upon the
marvelous prosperity of this state, and
claims this as the result of republican
rule. No comments are necessary upon
such a foolish declaration.
We give the next sentence in full:
Notwithstanding the fact that thorn ara
within the border of the statealanre number
of dlisatisflel persons, who took advanlapeof
ioe penerai nnanciai aepreatloa wmcb am pt
over the entire country, to pare their war in
to temporary prominence by declaiming a
swinst the welfare of our people and slander
ing- toe iair name or our state, me rains from
heaven and the rich soil, vlirorouslr cultivated
by the energetic hands of our farmers, hare
produoed such oountlful crops and such un
rivalled prosperity that shall silence a. 1 "ca
lamity taiker and add to the atrenitth and
enthusiasm of the republican party.
There are now in the state at least
100,000 "diusatisfied" voters. As the re
publican party has been in almost un
interrupted power in state and nation
for twenty-five years, who cau.ied "the
general financial depression" which the
above admits to exist? Ii the republi
can party the cause of "the rains from
heaven and the rich soil," and for its
"vigorous cultivation by the hands of
our energetic farmers?" As the "dissat
isfied persons" are largely among the
farmers, it does not seem wise to slap
them as "calamity talkers" and compli
ment their energy all ia the same sen
tence. The ring fellows will find that
that kind of taffy will not satisfy them,
nor that kind of argument bring them
back into the fold.
We give in full the clause in relation
to silver coinage, and say in relation to
it that there to not a single true state
ment nor a single correct economic prop
osition contained in it:
We approve of the silver coinage act of Cue
present ad'atnuttration, by which the entire
product ofthesliverinlneiof the United Stales
Is added to the currencr of the Deonle. but we
denounce the democratic doctrine of the free
and unlimited coinage of silver as a financial
policy liable to precipitate the people of everr
olty nnd every state I ntbe union In a prolonged
ana disastrous depression, and de ar the revi
val of business enterprise and prosperity so
ardently desired, and now soapparently near.
The free and unlimited oolnageof silver would
tend to the hoarding; of void and to force the
use of cheap money in the payment of waxes
In every work-shop, mill, factory, store and
farm, and tend to the Boalinv down nf iiritm
of the tollers already depressed, and weaken
ing me puronasina- power or tne dollar which
would be used to purohaae the products f the
farmers. We are in favor of having iv.
dollar as rood as any other dollar.
Now under that act not a dollar is be
ing added to the currency to-day.
now would the addition of a full local-
tender coin mory "precipitate a disas
tlwus expression and delay the revival
of business?" The proposition is an ab
But look at the monstrous proposition
that $4,500,000 per month of silver bul
lion may be safely purchased with paper
every dollar of which is a debt? redeem
able in coin, but that the same amount
of sil ver coined into actual dollars would
precipitate a panic
This is anti-climax.
The next proposition is equally false.
The free and unlimited coinage of silver
would place it and gold on an exru t
equality, and would not tend to the I
hoarding of gold.
We have lately explainod the "cheap
money" fallacy. Cheap money mean3
high products. Il.gh products means
high wages for the laborer and prosper
ity for the farmer. In usiug the term
"cheap money" or "dear money" as re
lating to the intrinsic value of the ma
terial of money, the writers of that plat
form were either wofully ignorant of the
correct meaning of terms or vilely In
tent upon deceiving the people. We
think the latter. From 1797 to 1873 a
cheap dollar was never heard of. The
demonetization of silver was the only
thing that cheapened silver, and the
same thing would cheapen gold . There
is no financial reformer but who believes
In having "every dollar as good as any
other dollar," and these republican ctep
trap makers lie when they insinuate that
The platform in successive sentences
endorses protection and reciprocity, or
practically protection and free trade
No comment necessary. In the next
paragraph it "insists upon the suppres
sion of all trusts, combines and schemes
designed to artificially increase the price
of the necessaries of life." Now we have
had a kind of well-founded Idea that
protection was amethodto "artificially"
increase the price of products; that in
fact, as applied in this country for the
benefit of special interests, it was the
most potent factor in not only increas
ing the price of products, but in foster
ing "trusts, combines and schemes."'
Every man who is posted knows the
fact, aad we don't care to argue the
point, because protection is not this year
The balance of the platform is devpted
to den unciations of the democratic party.
With these denunciations we fully sym
pathize, but the gall of them, coming
from the republican machine, is simply
monumental. These two parties joined
forces last winter against the independ
ents. The railroad power caused the
veto of the Newberry bill. The repub
lican governor would have vetoed it, at
the demand of that power, if they had
not had a democratic governor to do it.
A republican supreme court, at the demand
of the railroad power, took an extended ta-
cation, purposely leaving the gubernatorial
question unsettled until the Xettberry bill
was got out of the way, thus conspiring with
the railroad power to mm the republican
party from the odium of defeating that bill.
And now comes the republican conven-
tion, and while itself failing to either
approve or condemn that bill, denounces
the democratic convention fordoing the
same thing. It is the plainest case we
have ever known of the pot cslliag the
But the cheekiest and most brazen
thing of all is its "denunciation of the
Grand Island platform of the democratic
party" for its "failure to give the people
relief from exhorbitant freight rates "
These clauses are actually in the plat
form, and they constitute the most men
dacious and impudent platform declara
tion that we have ever seen. Formany
years the republican party has been in
its platforms pro ruining freight reduc
tions, and in it legislatures shirking the
question and failing to grant them. Tbe
democratic party has never been in
power. As far as tbe veto is concerned,
it was conspired for, aided and abetted
by the republicans as m:ch as tbe dem
ocrats. Boyd was only the tool of the
combined corporation outfit in fulmi
nating the veto.
It is also observed that, the republican
board of transportation having declared
that no reduction should be given, the
party tacitly sanctions that declaration
by failing to renew its demand for re-
While fulminating against the demo
cratic party, this republican platform is
absolute evidence that there is practcal
!y no difference whatever between these
two parties except in name. There is
not an honest issue between them.
They both djdge the money question,
and both dodge the railroad question.
"Free coinage" amounts to nothing.
"Free and unlimited coinage" is what the
people demand. The platforms are
simply sets of platitudes calculated to
deceive the neoDle: but the vote in No
vember will show that they have not
THE REPUBLICAN COXVKXTION AND
THE DEFEAT OF JUDGE REESE.
Tbe event of the past week was the
defeat of Judge Reese for the nomina
tion for supreme judge, which was neat
ly and expeditiously accomplished in
the republican state convention last
Four years ago Judge Reese was
elected to the supreme bench on the re
publican ticket. As a railroad judge he
was not a brilliant success, and there
fore did not endear himself to the dom
inant riog of the republican party.
As tho time for tbe convention of two
years ago approached it became evident
that a conspiracy was on foot for his
defeat for a renomination, notwith
standing the fact that he was the most
popular judge that Nebraska had ever
had, and that a large majority of the
delegates to tbe state convention were
instructed in his favor. That conspir
acy was successful. The railroad pow
er having had no decisive lesson at tlio
polls, and bting as amgant and tyran
nical as any power on earth, outraged
the convention and the party in the
most shameless and brazen manner,
and openly and insolently set at de
fiance the well-known wishes of the
party, as well as a majority of the peo
ple of the state, and elevated to 'the
place of Judge Reese a well-known rail
road attorney named Norval.
On Thursday last the same result was
accomplished, but with a gloved hand
and a trifling infusion of discretion,
arising from the different political con
ditions in the state.
Judge Cobb was a candidate for re
election, and had the support of the
railroad power. But there were certain
elements which, while subservient to
the railroad power, believed the renom
ination of Judge Cobb to be impolitic
and unwise. When the first ballot
showed that the avowed friends of Reese
and Cobb were nearly equal, theso ele
ments began to go to Judge Post. There
was another element which was for the
railroads all the time, but which in the
first few ballots, scattered Its vole. This
element also concentrated on Post.
The opinion cf the Post men as to his
position on the railroad qucs'.ion was
well Illustrated by the reply of a dele
gate who was casting the five votes of
Cheyenne county stoadily for Post. His
neighbor said to him, "Well, Reese can
take his little medicine. It will teach
him not to be fooling around in the re
publican party with his anti-monopoly
notions." "That is exactly the size of
it," replied the Cheyenne delegate.
The defeat of Judge Reene is quite as
decisive in emphasizing the dominion of
the railroad power in the republican
party as well as endorsing the outrage
of two years ago, as would have been
the nomination of Cobb. The fine 1 1 al
ias nana 0: tne raiirona workers was
plainly seen in there being enough scat
tering votes that they could depend
upon to throw the nomination where
they wanted it.
Mr. Post is a railroad man through
and through. He was appointed judge
on the first increase of the judicial ilis
tricts by Gov. Dawes during his first
term. Gov. Dawes was never accused
of making an appointment inimical to
the corporations. Up to the time of his
appointment Mr. Post was a railroad at
torney, as the records of the court will
Again the issue is squarely made up.
Again, as two years ego when Norval
was brutally thrust upon the convention
by railroad strikers and proxies bought
with money and passes, is the issue
brought to trial between the railroads
and the people. The people are better
organized than they were two years ago
They not only have a party of their own
but they have a candidate, pure, able,
honest a man of thL people In every
particular. The contest is between this
man and the candidate of the corpora
tion power. That power has put forth
the ablest aud best man whom it could
induce to accept a nomination. That
he will be its faithful servant if elected
there is no shadow of a doubt. That
power would not nominate a man like
Judge Reese, who had made a record in
bchalf of the PeoP16- With the contest
In the shape it now is there can be only
one issue. Hon. J. W. Edgerton will
be elected by at least 20,000 plurality.
TITO FACTION OF THE REPUBLICAN
Doc. Mercer, in order to concilate both
factions of the party, has appointed Ed
Roggen Assistant Secretary of the State
Committee. This is not only a reward
for the Roggen letter, but a sop to Ro
sey. "Rum, Roggen and Rosewater''
will now run the party, as last fall they
run the Bankers' and Business Men's
B. & M. R. R. ANNUAL PASS
At the Lancaster county republican
convention held in this city September
10th the following delegates held f n
nual passes of tbe B. & M. R. Ii.:
F. M. Hall,
C. C. Burr,
C. W. Pierce.
J. L. Caldwell,
C. J. Dawback,
D. O. Courtney,
C. W. Mosher.
S. J. Alexander,
Ed. R. Sizer,
C. O. Whedon,
A. S. Talbott,
John B. Wright.
W. E. Stewart.
J. D. Knight,
R. E. Moore,
L. C. Burr.
J. D. McFarland,
W. J. Houston,
A. G. Hastings,
R. B. Graham,
N. C. Abbott,
I. M. Raymond,
D. C. Van Duyn,
H. D. Hathaway,
W. II. Clark,
C. H. Gere,
home distinguished gentlemen may
have been overlooked in this list whose
names should be in the roll of honor.
To them we owe an humble apology.
The following candidates on the re
publican ticket hold annual passes on
the B, & M. R. R.:
Allen W. Field, judge.
C. L. Hall, judgjj.
Sam McClay, sheriff.
I. W. Lansing, county judge.
S. W. Burnham, county treasurer.
Annual passes are intended as bribes
by this great and good corporation.
This company expects an equivalent for
these parses; they are not given for
This company expects that when
there is any clash of interest between
the railroad and tbe public that the
pass-holder will lean to the road. This
holds good especially in political and
judicial matters. In other words, the
pass is a bribe.
A CONTEMPTIBLE SKK.
Editor Gere of the B. f .V. Journal
found it necessary to deny the genuine
ness of an interview with him lately
printed in this paper. He says:
A farmer friend writes the Journal to knew
if the "Interview" with the editor of this pa
per, published by Bobs Burrows in bis paper
of the 10th innt. is genuine. We are compelled
to say that it Is a figment of the very tame
magln&tion of the boss. If The Alliance
man wants an Interview of that sort that
would stir the pulses of his readers and make
tm froth at the mouth. The Journal suggests
to him that It would be a fine idea to get
one manufactured at these editorial head
Now if the Journal man is such a hum
mer we suggest that he get up some
thing on his own responsibility that will
hum. It would be a great novelty for
Tho trouble with Tub Alliance in
terview was that it did not tell half the
truth. The facts upon which it was
based are as follows:
Editor Gere is a member of the
G A. R. and when he joined he took
the following obligation:
"In tho presence of Almighty God
and those comrades of the G. A. 11. I
do solemnly promise that I will
regard every comrade as a brother, and
will answer all signs and words by
which he shall make himself known to
me as such. and that in all
things connected with tho G. A. II.
will exercise a spirit of fraternal charily
ui.i ivjyui.y .vtLwri ... iiiytvmmui.t
and this obligation I voluntarily assume,
on the honor of a soldier."
Having taken the above obligation,
Mr. Gere received a s tatement contain
ing excessively damaging charges
against D. McCall, whom he knew to
be a comrade in the G. A. R. These
charges were entirely ex parte, and with
out a scintilla of proof. But Comrade
Gere, without troubling himself as to
their truth or falsity, and without any
investigation whataver, published them
as true, with embellishments and exag
gerations calculated to heighten the in
famy charged upon Bro. McCall.
Aiterwaras tomraae uere received a
sworn report from the G. A. R. post of Bro.
McCall, entirely disproving the charges,
and fully establishing Bro. McCalVs inno
cence, with a request that he should
give it the same publicity he had given
This he neglected to do, and has con
tinned to neglect to do, up to the present
Mr. Gere has been informed that we
have the affidavits of nearly eighty of
the best citizens of Valley county,
swearing to Bro. McCall's innocence of
the charges; but Comrade Gore has neg
lected to publish that fact.
Now, these are the facts, facts,
FACTS. We nubmit, in view of them,
that the form of words at the head of
this article, which we greatly regret to
use, is but a faint characterization of
the "hummer" wno edits the B. M.
Journal. He is beneath the contempt of
THE A. P. A
The above letters signify "American
Protestant Association," or when it is
necessary to disguise the full signifi
cance of the name, the "American Pro
tective Association," the words "Protes
tant" and "protective" being inter
changeable to suit convenience.
. It will be surprising to most people
to leant that there is any need for a
religious crusade at this time. It would
seem as though the old and foolish
cries about Catholic ambition and
desire for universal dominion were
about exploded,'' and that the Catholic
church might bo looked upon as what
it really is, a devote, fervid relegious
institution which is zealous in the con
version of souls, aloui In the ppread
tog of what it believes to U tbe true
faitb, and unusually and persistently
zealous in extending what it believes to
be true Christianity in the dark und un
known portions of tbe globe. Intelli
gent men and women have long t ince
given up the absurd notion that there
was the least danger of papal supre
macy in America, or the least danger
to the Prostestant religion, to free
education or free institutions from the
spread of the Catholic faith. It has
been said that error may be left free if
truth is left free to combat it. If the
Catholic faith, or any part of it, is i.n
error, all the Protestant denominations
are free to proclaim the truth.
Now the attempt to get up a religious
crusade in our workshops and among
our working people has a significance
entirely above and beyond the merely
religious aspects of the case, as from a
religious standpoint no necessity for
such a crusade exists. This being the
fact, we have been at sot e pains to
ascertain the origin of the movement.
We find on inquiry that the leading
men who are promoting this organiza
tion are railroad and bank men who are
seeking every means in their power to
circumvent and block the new move
ment of the people for their financial
and industrial rights. We find that the
prime object of the organization seems
to be to divide and estrange the work
ing men on a religious question, and so
prevent their acting together harmo
niously on political questions. This is
the whole object of the association,
concisely stated. Ignoramuses and
zealots, who do not know the true in
terests of their class, are being used by
long-headed designing men like John
M. Thurston and his ilk to divide the
laborers among themselves, so as to
render them easy victims to their wiles,
to blind them to their real welfare, and
keep them as mudsills and and hewers
of wood and drawers of water, instead
of permitting them to lift themselves to
a high human level.
In other words, the cbjects of this as
sociation are political, and its pro
moters are cunning devils who are
borrowing the livery of heaven to serve
the devil in.
We have hesitated to allude to this
matter for fear of fanniutr the very
flame we wish to extinguish. But we
say now to workiugmen and all others
that tho motive for this A. P. A. is
purely political, and that your religious
prejudices are being used for the selfish
political purposes of leaders who do not
see the inside of a church from year's
end to year's end.
There is not the shadow of need for
any religious crusade and wo advise
Forkingrnen to avoid this association as
they would any other poisonous thing.
JUDGE BROADY DECLINES.
As our forms are closing we hear the
news that Judge Broady declines the
democratic nomination for associate
justice nf the supreme com t. This is
not at all surprising news. To all who
know Judge Broady 's liberal views and
independent tendencies, his acceptance
Of the nomination would have been a
matter of surprise. There aro demo
crats who "are willing to accept places
on the democratic ticket when they
know that such action can only have
the effect of aiding to elect their tradi
tional enemies. Judge Broady is not
onfj of that kind. Wc have not yet
seen his letter of declinat'.on, but there
is no doubt that the reasons he will give
for not accepting will be ample aud
Our opinion of Judge Broady is well
known. Several weeks ago, before the
democratic convention, we frankly
gave our estimate of his character as a
man. We did this believing that he
would be the democratic nominee for
supreme judge, but implicitly believing
at the same time that he would not ac
cept the nomination. The event has
shown our opinion to be well founded.
What the democrats will now do re
mains to be seen. They are no longer
an important factor in this tight. What
ever they may do the contest lies be
tween Mr. Edgerton and Mr. Post. But
they can most nearly put themselves on
the side of the people, and most nearly
atone for tho action of their leaders In
this unholy combine last winter, and
the action of Boyd in vetoing the New
berry bill, by simply neglecting to make
any nomination, and leaving the lists
exactly as they are. This would leave
the rank and tile of the deu-.ocracy to
choose where they would vote, in
which case nineteen-twentieths of them
would vote for Edgerton. We want no
fusions, and indorsements are compro
mising and misleading.
THE SEVENTH JUDICAL DISTRICT.
By an oversight we failed to notice
the nomination of Hon. W. G. Hastings
for judge in the Seventh judicial district,
which was made at the independent
convention held at Geneva on the 17th
of September. Mr. H. was elected in
dependent county, attorney of Saline
county last November. He was born
in Mcllenry county, 111., in 1853. He
graduated from the Chicago university
with honors in the class of 1876. He
was admitted to the bar in Saline county
in 1878, and has successfully practiced
law since that time. Mr. Hastings is a
man of irreproachable cnaracter, and
has the respect and confidence of all
who know him. His court will be pre
eminently a court of justice, in which
all will be equal before the law.
We trust there will be no divisions in
the Seventh district, and that not only
our judicial ticset but our state and
county ticket as well will receive rous
A MUD SLINGING CAMPAIGN.
If the railroad organs like Vat Bee and
Nebraska City Press think a mud sling
ing campaign will win let them keep it
up. But we respectfully refer them to
Harlan's campaign last fall.
Give Erery Xaa llis Place and Ills
Tbe fight is on, and it is a fight in
which organization will win. Do not
presume on the organization of last year.
and do not on asy account under-esti-mate
the strength of your opponents.
Yon have to cope with a formidable
power. It has the offices, money, pres
tige and success or ruin before it.
The corporate power will make the
most desperate struggle of Its life in
Nebraska this year. Success is vital to
it. It is battling for its life in "92.
First, organize to see that every voter
in every precinct is labored with. En
courage tho wavering, rejoice with the
jubilant, strive for new converts.
True men! good men! men who feel
the imperative need of winning this
fight! men who have patriotism and en
thusiasm! we appeal to you to work!
Do not wait for others. Do not be sure
of winning! Wouk and wobk alone
Organize! organize! organize!
McCLl Y, THE COUNTY RING AND THE
Chief Dingee arrested some gamblers,
and seized their tools. Sheriff McCly
allowed himself to be used as the tool
of the gamblers and the old ring, and
replevined the gambler's tools. In the
ensuirg trouble a conflict of authority
rose between the city police and the
sheriff and his deputies. On which side
the technicalities of the law were we do
not much care. The fact developed In
the melee in which our citizens are
daeply interested is that Sheriff McClay
and his boodle gang will go to any
length to defend the gamblers against
the efforts of Mayor Weir and his po
lice to-enforce law and maintain order.
It is gradually dawning upon the minds
of the best citizens tlip.t there is any
amount of devilment going on in the
republican ranks to bring reproach up
on oui worthy mayor. This is a tight
between the saloons, brothels and gam
bling houses aided, by Sheriff McClay
and the republican rings on ene side,
and honesty, decency and law, aided by
Mayor Weirandhi.i police, on the other.
There is no doubt where every repu
table citizen will be found.
THAT SUNDAY MAN.
Will the honest christian men of Lan
caster county vote to place in the posi
tion of county treasurer a man who will
run a Sunday amusement garden. It is
well known that Lincoln Park is run in
opposition :o the churches of this city.
It is run for money money at the cost
of Sabbath desecration and all kiads of
amusement seeking. What can churches,
christian associations and Sunday lec
tures do against men like Burnham,
with their Sunday pleasure grounds,
steamboats, swings, music, boats, etc.,
etc. Will the christian voters of this
county endorse this thing?
PICNIC AT ROCK" FALLS.
By copy getting mislaid much to our
regret, no mention was ma de of the pic
nic and independent rally at Rock Falls,
In Furnas county, which took place
week before last. Rock Falls is a most
delightful pleasure resort about ter.
miles northeast of Oxford. It is in a
gulf on Spring Creek, where the way
farer unexpectedly comes upon a shady
grove of a large extent, with swings,
stands, boats, and all the accessories for
pleasure camping. Many of the trees
are venerable monarchs of the forests,
or prairies, and bring to one's mind fan
cies of bark wigwams and their du9ky
occupants. No doubt for generations
before the white man invaded this part
of the desert the red man used this grove
as a camping ground and winter home.
Ou Wednesday eventng, the ICth, we
were met at Oxford station by Dr. Briggs
of that place, and royally entertained at
his home near town. In the morning in
company with Dr. Briggs and his family
we went to the ground above named.
There we met a large concourse of citi
zens of the surrounding country with
their wives and children, on picnic plea
sures bent. The weather was delightful,
the singing and instrumental music was
tine, the picnic dinner, under those mag
nificent primeval elms and cottonwoodu,
presided over by the hospitable wives of
our entertainers, was more than superb.
After dinner had been served ad
dresses were delivered by the editor of
this paper, S. H. Sornberger.of Saunders
county, representative Stevens of Fur
nas county, and several of the local in
dependent candidates. The speaking
continued until six o'clock. On the day
following Hon. J. H. Powers spoke to a
gathering at the same place.
We carelessly omitted to take the
names of the committee who had charge
of the picnic arrangements, except
Messrs. Yeomans, Johnston and Dr.
Briggs. But the occasion was of the
pleasantest, and good results will be-ap-parent
on election day.
tW The Journal devotes two thirds of
a column to the record of W. H, Dech,
without saying a single word against
him. That his fellow-citizens have fre
quently nominated him for office is
ereatly in his favor. But Dech is not
now a candidate, and therefore not in
tS Because the big crops here and a
shortage abroad will enable our farmers
to pay their taxes and reduce their mort
gages a little this year the republicans
ask them to vote for perpetual wai taxes
and a succession of billion dollar Con
nThe ring had better take Ikey up
to the laboratory and have him analyzed.
They are analyzing beets up there.
INDEPEX DENT BADGE.
We print below the form of tbe inde
pendent badge which Secretary Pirtie L
now prepared to furnish to all who wish
them. This badge is printed on satin
ribbon to which is affixed a beautiful
bullion fringe. It is sold by Secretary
Pirtie for twenty-five cents each; and
will also be furnished to speakers who
will gel' it at their meetings at the same
price. The money arising from its sale
will be used to defray independent cam
paign expenses. Be careful to buy only
of authorized parties.
" OUR JOE."
IS ALL WE ASK.
AA ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND A
It there was any doubt that Doc. Mer
cer intends to run a boodle campaign
for Po3t, that doubt will be dispelled
when It is learned that he has appointed
Ed. Roggen assistant secretary of the
republican state committee, lloggen is
the man who said, "nominate the right
man and there will be money enough
to elect him without going out of
Omaha." As Roggen knew where the
money was coming from, Mercer has
appointed him to expend it. Roggen
and Rosewater conducted last year the
most nbameles3 boodle campaign that
ever was made in the state. They are
prepared now to repeat it. Mercer has
the money and an unscrupulous tool to
Respectable and honest voters of Ne
braska, how do you like it? Are you
dumb brutes, to be bought and sold like
AS WISE AS SERPENTS.
A Boodle Campaign Probable.
The repub'ican party, in its conven
tion of last Thursday, signally failed to
comply with the Bee's demand, to nomi
nate a man without "a suspicion of cor
porate affiliation." On the other hand
it nominated a man who is plastered all
over with corporate affiliations. But
the selection of chairman for its state
committee gives new significance to the
prophetic words of Ed. Roggen, "and
we can get money enough to elect him
without going out of Omaha." The con
vention selected Dr. S. D. Mercer, of
Omaha, for that position. Dr. Mercer
is a railroad magnate. Dr. Mercer is
worth between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000.
Dr. Mercer's consuming ambition is to
be governer of the state of Nebraska.
To accomplish that object Dr. Mercer
would probably cheerfully blow in
$500,000, perhaps even one million of
dollars. The shortest road to that goal
Is thought to be a suceejsful campaign
this year. If Dr. Mercer can be the
Moses who will lead his parly out of tho
bondage of independant defeat this year
he can claim to have earned the unani
mous nomination folt governor next
year. Thus to the hungry horde who
are trembling with fear of the loss of
the offices through independent victory
the alluring prospect ot two boodle
campaigns open up a glorious vista.
There is no doubt that the independents
have to face this year a boodle cam
paign under the star management of
Mercer as Croesus, Rosewater as chief
cook and bottlewasher, and Ed. Roggen
as biscuit-slinger. It is aa interesting
feast that the riff-raff are invited to.
And the people will be invited to carry
out the balance of the programme, viz;
elect a railroad magnate governor In
the following year.
JUDGE POST ON EDGERTON.
Judge Post made a very able and pol
itic address of acceptance to the repub
lican convention last week. His re
marks on Edgerton are in marked con
trast to the abuse of the Omaha Bee
Alluding to Edgerton, he said:
"Upon the other hand, we have a
young gentleman with whom my ac
quaintance is slight, but when I knew
him as a practicing attorney in one of
the counties of the state I esteemed him
then as a young man desiring to know
the law; a man industrious, and so far
as I know, courageous. He certainly
has the confidence of his party, and I
know nu reason, gentlemen of the con
vention, why he does not deserve it.
tjfMoan Is solid for Edgerton.
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