The farmers' alliance. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1889-1892, January 28, 1892, Image 6

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'LnolaM, in the meantime, set a boot the
preparationc it was ncces&anr Khc should
make for golnjj away. There raa
not mach to do aside from writing ,
letter to her parents, which was to be
pent back to them on the morrow from
W agio City. But writing this letter re
quired a long time, since it was hard
to word It so as to make the shock as
light as possible to those lured ones she
was leaving. She wished to mako her
conduct appear to them in the most
farorahlo light, yet she could not In
form them that she had taken the step
to save her father from state prison.
Ehe realized that the knowledge of her
acrlfit.ii ueiujj iiituro for lils take would
be a bitterer source of regret to her fa
Cher than a term in prison. .
For near two hours she wrote and re
wrote letters, and at lost for want of
more time signed and sealed the last
one produced. It was for from satis
factory, but she gave up all hope of mak
ing her conduct appear excusable to ber
Barents without explaining the cause of
It, and resolved not to do that
"It is better," she said with a sigh, as
ahe placed the letter away, "that I
bear the blamo. If poor papa knew
bow I was driven to t his action he would
ever forgive himself, and would die of
broken heart; but as it Is thoy will
pity me and uiouru for wo, and perhaps
think much worse of me than I deserve,
but they will live over It"
Having completed all her arrange
ments, Louise went in And undar a
pretense of performing some service
for her mother, found an opportunity
to kiss both her parents, and then, feel
ing that she was going to break down,
hurried from the room, never, as she
supposed, to enter ft again. She seated
.'herself by tho little window, and gaz
ing out into the gathering evening
hadows waited for the coming of
JPe arson.
j When Scraggs and Dr. Bascora left
the livery stable, whither they went to
inquire after I'carson, they bent their
jtteps toward Scraggs' office, where they
decided to go to consult on the affair
'and try to devise some means of hold
itng Pearson in check. When they ar
(lived at the offico they found Paul Mark
ham thero awaiting Scraggs' return,
il'aul was quite well acquainted with
oth Scraggs and the doctor, and be
1mew what thoir sentiments were to
ward Pearson, so he had no hesitancy
fen speaking out In the presence of both
men, though he had come to see Scraggs
I "Mr, Scraggs," Paul began, "I am ac
quainted with your actions relative to
Louise Green and that scoundrel Pear
son, and I know you to be a friend of
the girl, and I came to consult you abqnt
ber. Something has to be done to save'
Iter from that scoundrel, and it
bas to be done promptly. I have been
on tho watch and I have had another
person on guard for mo, and between
us wo have discovered exactly how
matters stand. To-night Pearson is go
ing to take Louise away, and we must
prevent blra."
"I was sure of that," said Scraggs to
the doctor.
"I was afraid of it," replied the lat
ter.' '1 wish to Heaven the confounded
camp had got a leg broken."
Yes," said Scraggs, "or his neck
would have been better. I don't see
why you didn't attend to that while you
were about it, Markham."
Bat, gentlemen," said Paul, "we
bare no time to lose; we must act and
not talk."
That'a so," replied the doctor; "wo
must act we must do something.
Scraggs, what do you suggest?''
"I am lost," and Scraggs shook his
bead, doubtingly. "I don't know what
to do. We could save tho girl by force,
but we can't do it without putting
Green In for it I wish old Blatchford
was here. That would settle the busi
ness in short order."
"Perhaps he will come this evening,"
the doctor suggested.
"Perhaps," replied Scraggs, "but I
hardly dare hope for such good for
tune." "Then I'll tell you what," said tho
doctor; "we'll wait until the train
comes in. It will be less than an hour
now, and If Blatchford should happen
to come we're done with tho matter
easily enough, and If T.latchtord don't
... come, by Oeorgc! we'll proceed ngalnst
Pearson by force, We'll waylay hlra
as he goes out to-uiglit and threaten to
.shoot or hang him if he doobut leave
the country inside of six hours."
"We'll do it, doctor!" Scraggs ex
claimed, "nud we'll mean business,
too. I can get up a dozen men on five
minutes' notice to go with us, and you
may Vt your boots we'll not be slow
about giving the deuced scamp a dose
of western l;nv mid iutice if he don't
come to time in a hurry."
"I'm nfrai.l." snid Paul, "that
wouldn't save John (ireeu from Mills'
"Yes, it would." promptly replied tho
old doctor. "It wouldn't talco Ion?
to serve Mills with a dose ofthesnmo
kind of raotliciuo if ho got to cutting
around too much."
"ThaVs what it wouldn't," said
Scraggs. "Tho country wouldn't be
any the worse off if it was rid of both
of them."
'Vot a bit," said tho doctor. "So
we'll wait for the train, and if Blatch
ford don't come we'll take the matter
. In our own hands."
As Pearson rode into town dn his re
turn from Green's, he saw tho train
from the cast approaching, and 'ho also
4aw Scraggs and Doctor Bascoth walk
ing down in the direction of the depot
do did not attach any importance to
the fact of these men being together,
but when a moment later they wcro
Joined by Paul Markham, ho began to
suspicion that something was wrong,
and he-was seized with fear.
"They're plotting against mo," he
mused, ''and like as not old Scroggs has
telegraphed for Blatchford, and they
are going to the train to meet him.' By
Qeorge, I believe that old doctor la in
Beraggs' employ, and hta -keeping e
in 'bed all those days was a put up job
to fain time on me. J waj a.fool not to
know that sooner, well. If Blatchford
is coming I've got to be going. This
town ain't big enough to hold us both."
With that Pearson quickly dismount
ed and running down through tho ttable
turned down an alley end crossed the
railroad track just before tho train
passed. Taking a position on the
opposite s'ule from the depot he
watched the passengers as they
left the cars. First a traveling
man came out, then a woman and
two children, and it seemed that
that was all, and Pearson began to con
gratulate himself again. But his con
gratulations were short lived, for di
rectly another pnwengr rmnrmvl. and
Pearson knew only too well who it was.
There was no mistaking Blatchford,
although be was so aged and bent and
so woefully changed from what he bad
been when Pearson saw bim last
"Curse tho luck," Pearson muttered,
"and old Scraggs and Bascom. The jig
is up for me. I've got to fly from here,
and I've lost Louise; but I've got Blatch
ford' money."
So saylnj he slipped on board the
train as it moved out, and was whirled
away from Magic City forever.
Blatchford was conducted without do
lay to Scraggs' office where everything
was explained to him. Ho listened
quietly to the wholo story, but as
Scraggs revealed to him the sufferings
of John Green's family and tho villainy
of Ilarry Pearson, tho old man's face
grew ashy and his gray bead dropped
low on his breast, while ever and anon
a heartrending groan escaped him. It
was a minute or two after Scraggs fin
ished his hurrlod account before the old
man moved or spoke, but at lost be
raised his head and cried:
"My Godl my Ood! how I have
sinned. My child dying of want, and
the viper I have warmed to my breast
betraying my child's child to ruin. This
Is mora than I can stand, men; I can
not bear it another Instant Show me
this scoundrel, and I'll put a bullet
through his black, villainous heart
Come, I must see htm."
It was all Scraggs and 'the doctor
could do to get tho old man quieted
down, but at last they succeeded in
Inducing him to listen to reason, and
Scraggs unfolded his plan of procedure.
"Pearson Is going to Green's to-night
after tho girl, and wo must arrange to
get there before him. We can never
see him here, for ho will be in hiding,
but we can head him Off thero. For
fear he may get there before us and
miss us on the road, I will have men on
tho watch for him at the depot with in
structions to detain him if he comes
back there. In that way everything
will bo safo, and we'll catch him some
where in the round.!'
This proposition was readily agreed
to by all, and then Scraggs continued;
"We wont to get away from hero
without attracting attention, so while
Dr. Bascom conducts Mr. Blatchford
to his house to await us, Paul and I will
secure a carriage and drive out that
way. From the doctor's house we will
proceed to Green's. Now, lot's get out
of here and begin to move."
Within a , Burprlsingry short time
Scraggs had completed all his arrange
ments, and with his companions was
TI'J IT Mr.-. I
. A Uttls too oke-bibed.
moving rapidly in the direction of John
Green's place
It lucked but a few minutes of eight
o'clock when the carriage rolled down
the long slope in front of the cabin,
and Louise from her position at tho
window hearing tho rumblo of tho
vehielo and tho clatter of tho horses'
feet, felt that tho most trying moment
of her life was at hand. She- had no
other thought than that Pearson was
coming, and at this near approach of
the climax of her sacriflco, she found
herself unable to bear up longer. Hor
fortitude forsook her and she laid her
head down on tho window sill ; and
wept But quickly recovering sho left
the house and ran to tho place of meet
ing Pearson bad mentioned, and there
waited for the carriage.
A moment later it drew up, stopped,
and a man sprang out lie was at
Louise's side) in an Instant and had his
arms about her, and she felt her senses
receding when a well-known voice
spoke her name.
"Ob, Paul, Taul!" she cried, "is it
"It Is, darling," Paul replied, "and
you aro safe, thank God," and again
and again ho strained her to his breast
and kissed her.
"See here," cried the old, doctor as he
camo tumbling out of the earriagc, "it
seems to mo like that is a little too ono
sided. You have no right to monopo
lize things, Markham, and by your
leave I'll take ono or two of those
"Take them and welcome, doctor, If
Louise is willing, for you saved hor for
"Ah, you blessed old doctor," Louise
crloil as she flew into his arms, "Uow
much I have to thank you for."
! "Tut, tut, child," the old man said,
quickly, as he drew his hand across his
eyes. "Let's not bo foolish. Here,
Markham, she's yours; tako her and
clear out Ilcre, Louise, come back
here. There's another here who wants
to see you. Here's your grandfather,
Blatchford. And here's Scraggs. Con
found It all! Scraggs Is the man for you
to thank. It was him that saved you
from.. Pearson: but jojo. mustn't kiss
Scraggs, for he's bashful."
"Am I really free of that man?" Lot-
1m asked, as she nestled la her grand
father's arms and supported hi aged
head on ber shoulder.
"Free of him?" the doctor repeated.
"Well, 1 reckon rem are. Just let him
come here to-night and well make the
world free of him, too."
"And papa?"
"Tie's all right Well attend to that,
won't we, Scracgs?"
"I guess we'll be pretty apt to."
"That's what we wilL But here.
aonfound St all, we're keeping Blatch
ford waiting here while we're running
on like a pack of fools, and lie wants to
see his daughter. Come, let's go on to
the bouse."
So talking away as excitedly and
happy as a boy over a new toy, the
good M doctor led the way to the
house, while Scraggs and Blatchford
came after him, and Paul and Louise
followed a little further behind, arm In
arm, as happy as ever two young souls
were. When they approached the door
the old doctor stopped, saying:
"We must be careful not to excite
Mrs. Green, so If you folks will wait
outside hero just a minute I'll go in and
break the news to her."
"For God's sake don't be long, then,"
Blatchford pleaded. ' "I have peeti too
long away from my child already, and
I mast see her quickly."
"All right, all right," replied the
doctor as he bustled away. "I'll not
lose a second."
Coming Into the room he tried to hide
his joy and assume a grave air, but the
great happiness that filled his kind old
heart to overflowing surged up to the
surface and showed Itself In his eyes
and face in spite of him. John and
Mary both saw at once that the doe tor
was overjoyed, but they never dreamed
of its cause bearing any relation to
them, so they said nothing. The doctor
approached Mary's side, saying:
"Well, how Is my patient to-night?"
"Some better than when yon were
last hero," Mary replied.
"Hum, glad to hear It Guess your
father will be glad to know it, too.
Don't you think so?"
"I don't know, doctor. Be seems to
have forgotten me entirely."
"No, he hasn't, though. I've heard
from him since I was here."
"Ilave you? What did you hear?"
Mary cried eagerly.
"Oh, not much. lie lovesyou, though,
as well as he ever did, and I think we'll
get him out here before long."
"Oh, doctor, do you think so, indeed?"
"Yes, I do. In fact I know it"
"When will he come?"
"Why, pretty soon, I expect Next
week or to-morrow, or he might como
"Oh, doctor, he's here now. I know
he Is from your looks. Where is he?
Let mo see him quick."
At that moment the door opened and
the old man entered. Be tottered
across the f-or and with the words,
"My child," sank on his knees by the
bedside and laid his head close by bis
daughter's and in 6ilcnce wept
The doctor motioned them all from
the room, and with noiseless step they
obeyed him, Jeaving father and child
alone together. It was a pitiable sight
to see the once proud, cold old man,
now kneeling in deep contrition at the
side of tho one he had so deeply
wronged, and It was a beautiful thing
to see how readily the wronged child's
heart wont ont In forgiveness and Jove
to tho aged parent forgetting in a mo
ment all her sufferings, and all his neg
lect and coldness. It was a sight tliat
touched every ono present, and even
Scraggs, who was considered adaman
tine at heart, was seen to withdraw a
little to one sldo and mop his eyes vig
orously several times.
After awhile they all went back into
tho room to And tho father and daugh
ter more calm and collectod, and after
John had welcomed Blatchford and
they had shaken hands and buried the
past the doctor said: "
"Well, Scraggs, wo have done all tho
harm we can, so we may as woll go. I
expeet our room would be more valu
able than our company."
"ou must not go, doctor," cried
Mary, "until I have thanked you for
what you have done."
"Pshaw, pshaw, Mrs, Green, I haven't
done anything. It was Scraggs who
brought thi3 about"
"It wasn't," said Scraggs, "it was Bas
com." "Come, Scraggs, you . know better
than that. It was yon who sent the
"Well, it was you who did, the rest
It was you who managed the broken
limb, and without that what would the
balance have amounted to?"
"Well, we won't quarrel," said the
doctor. "So you may thank whom you
please, Mrs. Green. Now we'll leave
you, promising to call again to-morrow.
Good night"
"Good night and God bless you," re
plied Green, rising and taking the doc
tor's hand. "And you, too, Scraggs.
God bless you both."
John and Mary had not been In
formed of the full Import of Blatch
ford's coming, and they wero totally ig
norant of everything relative to Pear
son's conduct to Louise. They only
knew that Blatchford had been brought
to his daughter with a repentant and for
giving heart and they had no suspicion
of their child's narrow escape from a
tcrriblo futc. The doctor and Scraggs
thought it best to keep that matter, se
cret, and accordingly agreed to say
nothing about it They arranged to call
on tho morrow to further confer with
Blatchford on matters of business, and
then drove away.
"This Is a nice piece of business for
money lender to be cngagbd in," re
marked the doctor as they drove back
to Magic City. "You have forfeited
your right to your occupation, Scraggs,
and have disgraced your calling, by
showing that you have a heart I shall
report yon, air."
"AH right, doctor," said Scraggs,
"and III retaliate by reporting yon to
the medical profession."
"Report me? What have I done?"
"I shall inform the world that yon
kept a patient Is bed a week under the
impression that be had a broken limb
when he had only sustained a slight
Both of those old felows laughed Im
mensely at their witticisms, and kept
up their chat and their mirth nntll they
reached their destination. They were
In great spirits that night, as well they
might be, for they had witnessed a
world of happiness, and joy is
always contagious. They were
not only greatly pleased with
their work so far, but each had mental
ly resolved to carry it on farther, and
this resolution was another well spring
of loy to their hearts.
Dr. Bascom bad decided to take Paul
Into his practice, which was enongh for
them both, and Scraggs had decided to
sell Green's farm and get John settled
In business at Magic City. He knew of
a good opening for a man of Green's
honesty and ability, and he resolved to
get him Into it
chapter xrvn.
The flight of Pearson was discovered
by Scraggs at an early hour the next
morning, and a little later upon making
a visit to the bank he learned of bis em
bezzlement of Blatchford' money. lie
immediately telegraphed in various di
rections hoping to apprehend the rascal.
but it proved all In vain. Pearson made
good his escape.
Upon returning to Green's as agreed,
Bcrnggsnnd the doctor fonnd Blatch
ford in a critical condition. The ex
citement of the last few days, together
with the mental suffering It had
brought him, had boon too much for
him, and now they found him wjak and
failing. Dr. Bascom examined the old
man closely, and though he made ne re
port on the case his face became grawe
and thoughtful, and those who saw It
felt sure that there was something seri
ous in his patient's ailment
Scraggs would have avoided telling
what ho had discovered that morning.
but Blatchford Insisted on hearing
everything about Pearson, and asked so
many questions regarding him that
Scraggs was eventually forced to reveal
all ho knew.
The old man groaned and gnashed his
teeth, and for a long time said nothing.
At last, raising himself In bed, he spoke,
looking steadily at his daughter.
"Mary," ho said, "I have come to yon
at last, but I have come as a pauper. I
come empty handed, and with nothing
out my poor love to give you. That
which I have slaved for, and which of
right was yours, has been stolen from
me by the one I took to my heart in
your stead. I turned you from my door
and took llarry Pearson in. I left you
to Btarve while I lavished money on
him. And now ho has robbed me and
left me penniless, with no roof but
yours to shelter my head. My punish
ment is great, but it is not more than I
For three or four days the broken
hearted old man lingered on, growing
weaker hour by hour in spite of all Dr.
Bascom could do, and at last It became
apparent that death would Boon claim
him. Tho Greens exerted themselves
to the utmost to make his last
hours as pleasant as possible, but
their kindness and unselfish attentions
augmented rather than diminished his
sqrrows, since they only too plainly re
minded him of tho great sin of his life.
Be never spoke of his wife during all
his Illness, and it appeared that he had
forgotten her. All his talk was of his
daughter and her mother, and over and
over again ho accused himself of his
neglect of them.
"Thank God, thank Ood," he said one
day, "I havo been spared to meet my
child and win her forgiveness. Thank
God that 1 nm permitted to die under
her roof and with her face Rear mo."
At last the end came, and the poor
old man who had wrecked his life
through a tcrriblo mistake, slept the
sleep of tho dead. Whatever his re
ward beyond the grave, we know not
He went iuto the hands of a just God
and his reward was In accordance with
Justice and right Ue had suffered the
tortures of a thousand deaths in those
low days following tho terrible awak
ening to tho wrongs of his life.
Thero is not much more to tell, and a
fow more pages will end this story.
Paul and Louise were .married short
ly after the scoues just described, and
set up housekeeping in a homo of their
own next door to Dr. Bascom's. Paul
went into the old doAor's practice, and
being a kind, sympathetic man, suc
ceeded from the first in making him
self a popular physician. To-day ho is
one of tho most successful physicians in
the west, and h,as succeeded in laying
by cnou.i of this world's wealth to
place his wife and two children, a boy
and a girl, abvo any danger of want
Dr. Bascom does little practice now,
but ho still takes a great interest in
Paul's work and often spends tho even
ings with Paul's family, and ho and
Bascom Marloliam, Paul's boy, are great
friends. IVul anil Ijoniso are always
glad to hare the old doctor come, and
no matter how often he cults he Is sure
of a smile of welcome from both of
Scraggs, true to his resolve, soon
found a purchaser for Green's land, and
with the proceeds, whioli was a neat
j little sum, John set up in business at
j Magio City. John was anxious to
! leave the f;irm, for though the seasons
became more regular and crop failures
almost unknown, he felt that ho was
not designed for farm work, and
his past experience with it gave
him a thorough distaste for it
In his new occupation he suc
ceeded fairly well, and was In
time quite well to do. Ilo i regained his
old time life and energy, ' and - Mary
became as bright as chcerfuj as. a girL
Gradually the retnemhrancrs of those
old bitter days, w hen they contended
againht drouth, pest and mortgages,
faded out, and they could took back on
the, past without a fchulk-r.
It wa a long time before they knew
of the great sacrifice Ixxilse proposed
making for their sake in those old.
dark days, and wlien finally tho know
ledge came to then they could only
prize Iter a little more highly as a pre
cious jewel, the brightest and best pos
session of their I've.
Seragg -ontinued in h Isold occupation
of selling real estate and booming hi
town, and much credit was duo him for
the wonderful prowth of Magic City in
the years that followed. The-person who
goes to Magic Uty now may see a little
old man, wiry and nervous, bitting at
hi desk in bis odlce fcurroundecl by a
fine display of agricultural products,
busily at work on some scheme for ad
vancing his town's interests. That
man is Scraggs. lie is always at work,
and his work is always fur his town.
To Scraggs, and men like him, the west
owes much of its prosperity. It is such
as he who make booms and cause
towns and cities to . spring up like
magic. They turn waste places into
gardens, and deserts into prosperous
It transpired after Blatchford's death
that be was Indeed broken up. All his
western securities-were carried away
by Pearson, and into these he had, upon
Pearson's recommendations, turned
nearly all his wealth. His property in
the cast was heavily mortgaged for
money to send west, and when the
news of his death and his western
losses became known, his eastern cred
itors closed In, and everything. Includ
ing bis residence, was sold at trustee's
Mrs. Blatchford was thus left penni
less, and suddenly she awoke to the re
alization of tho fact and came up face
to face with the most abject poverty.
Sarah is a sadly disappointed woman,
and full often she sighs for her fallen
grandeur. She often recalls the days
when she was mistress of Blatchford's
house and when she with all her rela
tives lived In great plenty and comfort
on Blatchford's bounty. She is, Indeed,
receiving the just rewards of her
actions, and istastingthe bitterdraujrht
she poured out to others. Rev. Whecd-
ler has long since fonrotten Mrs.
Blatchford In fact he lost Interest in
her when sho lost her position in so
ciety and became unable to contribute
to his salary. Mrs. Blatchford has
never forgotten nor forgiven Aunt
Mitchell, and It is probablo thnt sho
never will. But that matters little to
Aunt Mitchell, and she goes her war
quite as well satisfied as though Mrs.
Blatchford was her best friend.
Ami now, having disposed of all the
other characters, nothing remains but
to account for llarry Pearson. He
went to the mountains beyond Denver,
and though Scraggs made every effort
to apprehend him, he wds not
heard of for some months after
his escapade. Tho report that
came then was to the effect that he had
drifted into the mining regions, and
after gambling away all his money
undertook to raise a stake by robbing a
mine. Ue was caught in the act and
after a hearing before an ex
temporary pioneer court, was taken
out and promptly hung to the nearest
And now our story is done. Years
have elapsed since the events recorded.
and the great state of Kansas has out
grown its early disadvantages. The
fertile soil of its great plains produces
wonderful crops, and Its people are
among tho first to respond with their
rich products to the calls of other suffer
ing lands. It has become one of the
first states of tho union, and but for one
thing its people would bo the most
prosperous on earth. It has escaped
the curse of pests and drouths; but,
alas, the farm mortgage still has Its
deadly fangs buried deep in Its soil.
When this curse is abolished and the
homes of the west become free of the
greedy Shylocks' grasp, then will the
land blossom as the rose and the struggl
ing people enjoy the full fruits of thoir
labors. May that tinio como quickly.
The mother Head the Burial Service.
Here is an Incident of Christian
burial in a Christian community
worthy to be read even by heathens.
We find it in the columns of one of
the Chicago dailies:
There was a simple funeral at Oak
woods Cemotary yesterday. No priest
or minister was thero to read the
burial service only a heart-broken
mother who saw her only daughter go
to her grave, while a man who had
been a stranger to both and tho under
taker watched tho eilent grief as the
co.Hn was hidden under the clay. .
Unfortunate Mamie Jennings, whose
bedy was taken from tho lake off
Hyde Park Thanksgiving day, would
have gone to a pauper's grave but for
tho kindness of J. 'P. Luby, an
operator on tho Open Board ef Trade,
who read tho story of the suicide and
himself arranged for a respectable,
Christian burial. The mother of the
girl is without money and but for the
aid of Mr. Luby, who had known
neither, the girl would have been
j buried by the county.
j Mrs. Jennings claimed to have
asked Kendall Street Christian
church, whore the girl attended ser-
. vicesi to send a minister to conduct
j tho funeral. There was no minister
present however, and the mother,
rather than see her daughter burled
! without religious observance, stood
beside the coffin of her daughter and
read a portion of the oleventh chapter
of the gospel of St John: '-For I am
the resurrection and the life''. She read
and there catno the solemn amen from
tho two who looked oa in reverent
silence. '
I Snow had covered the mounds of
earth about the new made grave and
headstones were half hidden by the
mantle of whita Near by, a long
line of carriages wound in and out
among the leaSess trees, following the
hearse containing the remains of a
daughter whose life had been passed
In the midst ef rl he and oj luxury.
Above her grave were heaped beauti
ful wreathes of flower until the
dark clay was hidden end sorrowing
friends stood by to so.'ten the grief of
mother and father.
At the other grave the mother gave
ono look ero the snow and then
r laced a little bunch of faded forget-me-cots
on the grave of her child and
.turned to where the one carriage
j stood. Thre were no tears in her
eyes and she r&va a last look at th
( mound ani ihe poor offering of Cower
; the said: -Thy will be done." The
Chicago SentieeL '
W Hv Km Aee rjt Ma ef Uu.
rnr.a Oar AxrrgM Wealth.
The old party paper, the subsidized
organs of the calamity producers are
continually shrieking prosperity! priy
perity! They boast of the unprece
dented Increase of our national wealth
and shout the praises of our mis-rep
resentatives in the congress of the
United States, who have enabled a
moneyed plutocracy to absorb the
lion s snare, bo persistent have been
these minion of the money power in
this boasting of our rapid increase of
wealth that many have been da eived,
even among intelligent reformors.
We are told that the aggregate
wealth of the United States to-day ex
ceeds the total wealth of the world at
, any tlmo prior to tho leth century.
ays me jopeica Aavocate. Jn a cer
tain sense, this may bo true, but the
figures given in our census reports are
certainty calculated to mislead. The
values given, are to a large extentonly
legal fic:ionj. That actual values h-ive
increased beyond precedent we are
not disposed to dispute, but under our
present system of over capitalization,
we have no accurate measure by which
our aggregate wealth can be deter
mined. All values aro riven in dol
lars, and under our present system of
n nan co, basod upon our Indebtedness,
instead of our wealth, the dollar can
not bo regarded as a true measure.
All actual values are created by
productive labor and take the form of
taxable property. The labor Invested
in the creation of this property Is the
only true measure of its actual value,
and under any kind of a monetary
system, we could only approximate
Its value in dollars. But accepting
the dollar as a true measure our cob
bus reports are still calculated to mis
lead as the various forms of produc
tive securities, on which the people
pay interest are accounted as a part
of our aegregato wealth. The vol
umo of this bo called wealth, exceeds
that of tho taxable property of the
country, while instead of being wealth
in any truo sense, it represents only
the legal power to exact usury from
the wealth producer
Without doubt our " actual wealth is
rapidly increasing, but llotitlous cap
ital drawing interest, is increasing
much more rapidly. We must learn
to draw the line between actual val
ues and real values, A railroad is an
actual value, but Iho stocks repre
senting that value add nothing to the
value of the road. They merely rep
resent its power to collect dividends,
in addition to an equitable compensa
tion for the service that it renders to
the people by transporting persons
and products. This principle applies
to the water, as well as the genuine
stocks. In Its nature It is a debt
and. so far as the wealth producing.
masses are concerned, it represents
the r poverty. All other capitalistic
enterprises are established on the
samfi principles and are designed to
become, in effect yermanent interest
bearing debts upon which the people
must pay Interest and dividends.
In order to arrive at a correct state
ment of the aggregate wealth of the
nation, all inflated valuations, which
represent only the power to exact
usury ought to be eliminated In their
nature they come under the head of
over capitalization, and hence consti
tute no part of our actual wealth. To
Include them in any statement of our
resources is calculated to mislead.
Our actual wealth, is the measure of
our ability to pay, while interest bear
ing securities, ef every name and char
acter, represent only our incum
brances. Why should they be In
cluded In any statement of our aggre
gate national wealth?
"A Grand and Awful Time."
Whither are we drifting? "What
shall be the end of these wonders?"
We are certainly rushing at a. tre
mendous pace to a financial and indus
trial status different from that which
now exists. The pace at which we
are traveling now is "a pace that
kills" and will kill our present indus
trialism. Look at this!
Bead these big headlines covering
four Inches In a big daily:
Millions in Beer. Xalos Told by a
Brewery Promoter in Court William
J. Mark's Bill Profits of the March
Deal Placed at fo, 250,000. Some Fine
Financiering. Fancy Commissions
Paid by Buyers and Sollers. Beer and
Water Truly Mixed."
-When English syndicate promot
ers fall out subscribers to tho securi
ties in their schemes learn how much
water they have been paying good
dollars for. "
Wrm. J. Marks of Chicago, a pro
moter, sues, about a dozea great brew
ery companies for $370, 000 commis
sions due him. The new syndicate
wns capital izedat $11,030, 030. Prop
erty cost 7.i0, 000, of which the
various English and American pro
moters received 250, 000.
Between them Marks was euchered
out of bis "hard-earned" 1370,000.
Great Is boer.
Great is the promoter.
Great country.
Great future.
Great fool people! Chicago Ex
press. Not Afraid of the Conatltntlon.
Senator Sherman has re-introduced
his Nicaragua canal bill of last session.
It provides that the government may
from time to time issue bonds to the
amount of 100,000,000 In aid of the
canal company, at 3 per cent, for wbech
it shall hold a first lien upon the canal
and all the property of the company.
It is the Union Pacific railroad steal
proposed to be repeated. Senator Sher
man Is not afraid of coming-in conflict
with the constitution in any proposi
tion for government loans to corpora
tions but when a proposition is made
for the government to aid its needy
mortgaged and debt burdened people
the constitution stands as an insur
mountable barrier in the way of it
The Senator i a hypocrite and a
knave. Topeka Advocate.
Ketlr t Ceal Camera.
I haw been able te complete arrang
menu whereby we are better ab.e
than we hare oeen seretofcre to make
suisfaatory price on all grade of
Canon City and lrinidad coal, a well
as the best grades of No' t hern Colo
rado coal, over say line of road run
ning out f Denver or Pueblo Their
capacity is sufficient to guarvatefl
prompt shipment. I will keep pur
chasers posted on prices upon applica
tiwn. The lowest possible wholesale
rates are obtained. Cash must accom
pany all orders.
J- W. Hartlet, State Agt.,
Lincoln. N"b
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" Where we are, how we got here,
and the way out."-
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tr. a iisAioa num kanus.
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