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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE, LINCOLN, NEB.. THURSDAY FED. 18, im.
CJjc Jonnc ra SUlimuf,
rubLibi Brery Saturday by
Tnx Aluasck Pcblwhixo Co.
Cor. lyi and M Bu., Lincoln, Keh
U the beauty of the liUle
Christ wu bora across the sea,
With a glory la hi bosom
That transfigures yon and mo.
As he strove to make men holy
Let as strive to make them free,
Since God is marching on."
JulU Ward Boat.
"Laarel crown cleave to deserts.
And power to him who power exerts.'
"X rnddy drop ef manly blood
The surging sea outweighs."
"He who cannot reason is fool.
He who will not reason is aooward,
He who dare not reason is a slave."
N. R. P. A.
AddreM all tutMs ommunlcattoos
Aedrws matter for pubiloaUon to Editor
"AfAwriMTe both tide oftbe r-per
eanot be wed. Vry lone oommunlcaUona,
eearuU. muwt be uod.
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ORNER UTH AND M 8TREETS,
" LINCOLN, NEBRASKA.
J. IUREOW8. Editor,
J. M. THOMPSON. Business Ma'gr.
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referm principles tn state and nation.
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AI INDEPENDENT CAMPAIGN FUND
A Proposition to Raise it, By The Alliance
The most exciting and important po
litical battle ever fought in the west
will take place in Nebraska during the
present year. It is none too soon to
make preparation for that campaign
A state committee cannot carry on
successful political campaign without
money. The only dependence the com'
mittee has for money is upon personal
voluntary contribut'.ons. This is not a
aafe and reliablo resource, and even
when it succeeds results in putting the
burden of the fight upon a few Individ
ualswho are patriotic and devoted, but
often least able to bear it.
We do not believe in assessments
upon candidates or oflicials. They aro
corrupting In their tendency, and un
Just In their application. All tht people
should contribute to needed campaign ex
The Alliance Publishing Company
will now. make a proposition for the
raising of a campaign fund which shall
be a burden to no one, and shall be lim
ited only by the efforts of the indepen
dents of this state, viz:
For every hew scbscbiber sent to
as from this time until election, at oar
regular price of tl. 00 per year, we will
pay 80 cents to the treasurer of the In
dependentrgtate'coninrittee, and will re
quire of the Committee vouchers show
ing the proper expenditure of the
Senders nwst designate the fund for
which they are working.
One thousand new subscribers will
raise two hundred dollars for the cam
paign .fund. There are one hundred
thousand people in the state who ought
to have The Alliance, and who will
take it if properly approached
The Independent committeemen of
every county and precinct in the state
should take hold of this work at
Tho opposition te the independent
cause will be fiercer and more unscru
pulous this year than ever before. Ev
erything depends upon this fight. Kleo
tors, U. 8. Senator, congressman, legis
lators, are to be elected.
The Independent state committee
most hate money. We show the way an
abundant supply can be obtained with
mo burden to anv one.
Jfowisthe time to begin. A. fund of
twenty thousand dollars ean he raised bp
tku means within the next tuo months.
D you believe in it?
Will you do it?
ALLIANCE PUB. CO.
n l uo.
CHANGE OF EDITORIAL OfiSTROL
With tbl Lhu the undersgned re
linquUbes bis position as editor of The
Alliance. Mr. C. U. Pirtle, Sec' of
the Independent State Committee, hav
ing bought his interest in the paper.
This step, though apparently sudden,
has been for seme time under conside
ration. Purely private and domestic
reasons, which it is unnecessary further
to state to the public, seem to me to ren
der it imperatively necessary.
In relinquishing this editorial work I
do not in any degree give up my Interest
in the great reform that is going for
ward, nor my efforts to promote it on
any lines within my reach; and I hope
that in the no distant future I may
again rerame the editorial pen in the
cause of the farmers and workingnien
of this state. If I ever do resume it will
be iu their behalf.
I have striven to give to the readers
of The Alliance a clean and honest
paper. I Lave desired to give them a bet
ter paper, and would have done sa bad
its support been adequate. I well know
iU short comings. It has fallen very
far short of my ideal.
With few exceptions from some polit
ical opponents, for whom I have no un
kind words, I have received from the
press of the state kind and generous
treatment. To one and all of these I
now return my sincere thanks, with
many wishes for their abundant and
Some of the patrons of this paper
have been associated with me for yean,
in tho Alliance and out of it, in the re
form movement. I hold the memory
of thera men dear. I am bound to them
by ties of mutual confidence and respect,
and part with them, even though it may
be for a short time, with great regret.
The dawning of abetter day is not far
distant. The change In public sentiment
within the time I have labored in Ne
braska is marked and surprising. The
papers, magazines and Reviews teem
with discussions and opinions to-day,
which even ten short years ago hardly
any popular editor would daro to print.
It Is beginning to be understood that
men have an obligation to society and
their fellows at loast equal to that they
owe themselves. It remains for pro
gressive men to transform this Ideal in
to the real.
Tns Alliance Is in good bands. Mr
Thompson is secretary of the Stato Al
liance, and Mr. Pirtle Is Chairman of
the Independent Stato Committee. Both
of these gentlemen are well known to
most of our Nebraska readors as earn
est and zealous Alliance members. That
they will keep the paper up to the high
standard I have set for it I foel well as
sured. To the many Nebraska farmers who
have cheered and encouraged me with
their more than kind words I return
heartfelt thanks. I shall always remem
ber my years among them as the hap
piest of my lifo. J. BURROWS.
WE WANT NO ILNQS.
Is it true that we have a monied
aristocracy whose wealth and power is
increasing at the expense and by tho
destruction of the liberties of the masses
of American citizens?
Thoso who have seen the evil have
been constrained to cty aloud and spare
not and have shown the house of Shy
lock their sins. But the prophesiers of
smooth things havo seemingly named
them "calamity howlers." Suppose
then we call for the testimony of wit
nesses whom all will accept and see
what their statements lead to.
Senator Ingalls in a speech carefully
prepared stated that 836,250,000,000,
more than half of all the wealth in the
nation, was in possession of 31,000 per
sons. No one has been able to deny.
no one has thought of doubling the
truth of this careful estimate. It is
based upon figures which aro in reach
Thomas G. Shearman, writing in the
Forum about tbe same lime, stated that
250,000 families r-wned three-fourths of
all the property, real and personal, in
the nation, and that at the present rate
of absorbtion by the very rich class In
ten years 50,000 families would own as
largo a percentage as the five times
greater number now do. -
t rom tne estimates or tnose two re
putablo. competent universally ac
cepted witnesses let us reason and com
pute, luey already own tho principal
part and are each year buying more of
the real estate in and around tho large
cities, the steadily growing centers of
population, ine Astor imuy is con
stantly enlarging the area of Us New
York City property, and each foot of
the land steadily increases in value and
yields a constantly increasing rental to
its owner. A very small fraction of the
people living there havo secured abso
lute titles to almost the entire city, and
1,250,000 of its citizens are forced to
lire in tenements. Tho pressure of
population by enabllug them to raise
rents is eaeh year increasing tho wealth
and power of the idle landlords. J acob
Rcis, author of "How the Other Half
Lives," found by investigation that tene
ment houso property in New York City
pays never loss thnn 15 per cent and
not Infrequently as high as 100 per cent
a year on the capital invested, the
highost rentals being forced from the
very poorest class for places unfit; to
live in. The average rent extorted in
the more crowded portions of the city
is probably not less than 45 per cent
yearly on the capital. City real estate,
" inside property," forms tho steadily
growing basis of rich men's throne.
They also long ago discovered that
there were certain other strategic points
which, possessed by thorn and fortified,
would give them control over all the land
or land workers. The securing cf these
by law, by title deeds, has made all tho
working people denendent on them.
I as mo uiu luiiuiu uh an were m vie
J dependant on the robber harous. Un
as is the old feudal (fays all were in vie
just laws have allowed a few men to
monopolize nut only the needrd surface,
but also " to have and bold forever "
tbe common stores of coal and iron and
every netful gift depoeiu-d beneath.
Tbe rich have got hold of all tbe more
valuable mines, oil and gas wells, and
reduce wages to workers and force up
prio-s to consumers, so arbitrarily in
creasing their increased wealth
Auotner strategic point possessed by
tbe rich vu given them jy the fool inn
people with railroad franchises. With
these they stand in tbe gates of com
merce nod allow nothing to pas till it
is tax d "all tbe trallic will bear." In
order to cover the enormous steals of
unjust carrying rates they water rail
road stock and publish to the world
only the part of their transactions
which will bear publishing.
Having under cover of law robbed the
people of tbeir resources, and, as high
waymen, of a large portion of tbeir
goods, and become enormously wealthy,
tbsy proceeded to extend their steals by
organizing trusts to do away with com
petition among capitalists, the cattle
and dress d beef trust, tbe linseed oil
trust and many others, their number
constantly increasing, nntil now the
producer and consumer everywhere
must accept their prices, and tbe work
era must content themselves with such
wages as they choose to give. All com
merce is in the despotic avaricious
hands cf the rich; they stand in the rail
road depots. In the mines' mouths, in
the factories' doors, in the marts of
trade, and dictate terms to all. They
led the people to deposit savings with
them, gathered up all surplus woalth,
secured tbe governmental privilege to
make the peoples' money, loaned them
twenty-elgbt billions of dollars, much
of It the peoples' own; then, at govern
ment expense, contracted tbe currency,
so doubling the debt burden by halving
the money value of all goods produced
to pay dollar-measured obligations.
This is the story in outline of the
monster money power. It is the hydra
beaded, many armed monopoly giant
which has destroyed the hopes and
crushed tbe liberties of the working
poor. Our fathers fought seven long
and bloody years tbat they might not be
taxed unjustly. We, their children, not
suspecting serious political intrigue nor
measuring the power of unjust laws to
harm, have lost our birthright, our
equal place and freedom, and are being
taxed by tbe land, money and trans
portation monopolists, and taxed
heavily on everything we produce. If
taxing tea was tyranny dese-vlng
armed resistance, the money power
may well begin to tremble. Truth yet
shall overturn all power based on in
justice. POLinOALBINATIONS AND THE
The speculation of the past ten days
about a special sesoion of the legislature
has given rise to much talk about com
binations between the democrats and
independents. Our article of last week,
In which we stated that tho duty to ro
il istnet the stato was mandatory, has
been quoted as evidence that a deal had
been made between Independents and
democrats as to the action of a spe
cial session, if ono should be called. No
such deal or combination has been
made or attempted, and none will be.
If a special session is called, each' party
and each interest will be froo, as it should
bo, to take such course as to proposed
legislation as It may see lit.
In certain directions the intorests of
the independents and democrats are
identical; In certain other directions
they are antagonistic, and cannot be
reconciled. It Is in the interest of all
good citizens to destroy the corrupt
ring or cabal ol monopoly interests that
have so long ruled this state. This cabal
constitutes a common enemy against
which the efforts of independents and
democrats may be directed. Harmony of
euorc in mis uirecuon wouia be natural
and proper, and could be accepted
without any compromise of principle or
sacrifice of self-respect.
uut witn enorts to repair democratic
mistakes or to build up a democratic
party inaopenaents can nave no
sympathy, and combinations with that
purposo in view will meet their disap
As there aro combinations and com
blnations, so are there two kinds of in
dependents in this stato. One kind
nave joined; tbe ranks of the political
party of that name. They are hopeless
of reforms through the old parties, and
believe mat a new party new from the
ground up is necessary to remove
abuses and establish good government
xne otner kind are men who do not
care so much for parties, but who de
sire good governmct and good laws,
and are willing to accept them from
any party. Thousands and thousands
of these men still consider themselves
republicans. Oiher thousands call
themselves democrats. These men are
good citizens, and the hope of the
country. Every successful movement
must secure their consent and aDuroval
They are the broadest minded and most
liberal men of ihe nation. While we
aro partizan, and believe In partl.an
organization as a means of success, we
always count upon the aid of the men
who refuse to be bouud bv anv nartvtie.
If Governor Boyd calls a special ses
sion of the legislature to pass laws
which an enlightened nublio sentiment
demands, he will find most good cit
izens giving him their support withut
regard to party, And in evory effort
to destroy the corrupt cabal that has
mado the state government of Nebraska
a inert bureau to register railroad de
crees there will be a combination in his
favor which will be well nigh irresistible.
"THE SOOEPION OMAHA WARMED."
We find the following pungont para
graphs in relation to the advanco of
switching charges in Omaha in an ex
change. Our Mend Gustia has his
lauce ready all the time to run tilt in
behalf of the people:
Kearney, Neb., Feb. It. I notice
with sorrow that tho scorpion Omaha
has warmed in her bosom eo industri
ously is actually causing net some an
noyance. It is amusing to see the red red blood
on Omaha's moon because her whole
salers have to pay a few dollars more
than usual on switching charges. The
city, hoaded by its idolized citizen,
Governor Boyd, has never discovered
that Nebraska's producers, Omaha's
customers and supporters, havo been
robbed of millions every year by the
same p'g headed pawer that is now
pinching a few dollars out of them in
I wish Omaha no harm, but I hope
tbo union depot w ill coutinue to have
the prairie for its floor and the sun
shine for its roof, aud that all possible
railroad chargog my be doubled, until
she, from per -onid appeals to her mon
etary heart, learns the A B C'a of the
producer's needs in her hemo common
wealth. When she, from pressure on her toes,
realizes that her customers have been
skinned alive, may she have a crystal
union depot and free trade in commer
cial intercourse. A. J. Gustin.
DE. BILLINGS AND JERRT EUSK.j
The letter of Jerry Rusk to Senator
Paddock, In which tbe former vainly
endeavors to tear I)r. Billings of the
Nebraska expeiiment station "all to
piftces" seems to have been formulated
after the fashion of those new fangeled
machines, "yon press the button and
it'll do the rest." The presser of the
button is undoubtedly D. E. Salmon,
tbe chief of the bureau of animal In
dustry. Another most instructive les
son which tbe people of this country
may learn from the letter is the folly of
appointing persons to cabinet positions
who, while "having a pud," are utterly
incompetent to fill the position in any
practical and technical respect. Why
should a cabinet officer be entirely at
the mercy of the head of any bureau in
his departmen .? He should be so gen
erally competent in all matters pertain
ing to bis department as to be able to
form correct conclusions, and when tbe
full data have been set before bim on
any question, without concluding as a
bureau bead tells him to, as is the case
with the secretary of agriculture. That
Rusk has been fooled many reading and
thinking farmers in the west knows.
That he is now trying to fool the farm
ers they also know. Sure proof of thi
is to be found in tbe letter in question
where Rusk refers to tbe work of that
humbug "swine plague commission,"
and endeavors to shatter Dr. Billing's
reputation because he refuses to accept
the verdict of that commission as
against bis work and in favor of tbe de
partment of agricu'turo. Rusk should
know, and if he be a faithful and in.
telligent public servant, would know,
that tbo verdict of that commission fell
like a chunk of lead in a smooth sea; it
sunk dead Not a farmer who road it
but saw at once it was a whlrn-wnHh
fraud; not one single active agricultural
editor bas ever accepted its conclusions;
not one single medical authority has
passed in its favor; on the contrary all
refused to accept its findings. This
fact is known to everybody but the sec
retary of agriculture. Rusk insults the
honor and intearritv of the repent end
chancellor of the university of Na-
braska, of the members of the state
board of agriculture, and nfalarcra
number of the best known farmers if
the state, whea he inters that Billings is
a " disgrace " to Nebraska. These men
are on the ground; they have access to
all the records of tbe experiment station,
and are or can be fully acquainted with
all the details of Billings' work, for it is
well known that he never secretes any
thing from those who desire to ask for
information. Acainst the dinintemntpd
and responsible judgment of all these
interested parties, Rusk takes tho ver
dict of ono man, Dr. Salmon, who is
Known to be bitterly prejudiced and
has never yet done anything of value
for the farmers. It looks as if the sec
retary of agriculture had been about as
well "lixed"as was that commission
and by tho same individual When
Kusk inters that Bdlinss hni used thn
public funds for personal purposes he
makes a mistake. The people hero
know that Dr. Billlnsrs has used as much
oi nis own money as the public has con
irtouteo towards bis work. The labora
tory equipment inventories nt about
$35,000, and cost the public about$5,000.
w no contributed the balance? Some
body paid for it. It is far mora nrnh-
able that before many months the
" disgrace " to the country will be found
in the agricultural deDartment. rather
then at tho experimental station of Ne
braska, u congress will do its dutv. Wo
would advise the secretary of agricul
ture to go a little slow in this matter,
for the farmers are in no mood to stand
any nonsense and have a vory strong
idea wnere it exists.
REV. WASHINGTON GLADDEN.
Tho address of Rev. Washington
Gladden at Lansing's opera house, was
a very ontertainlng one. The subject
was " The True Socialism." It might
well have beon called "The Philosophy
of Unsolfishness." The speaker dis
cussed leading social theories, condemn
ing unsparingly tbe fundamental doc
trines of Herbert Spencer. But if any
ono expected to hear unfolded any new
social thnory he was disappointed. The
true socialism, according to Mr. Glad
den, consists in the practical applica
tion by all men of the basic principles
of Christianity, as taught by Jesus
Christ. "Love thy neighbor as thy
self" is the true underlying principle.
The Rpeaker taught that every man
owed his first duly to society instead of
himself, that no man had a right to fol
low a pursuit the net result of which
was an iDjury to society. He claimed
that changes in our social structure, or
the machinery of society, must be cau
tious aud slow. There is no doubt
whatever that if the truths enunciated
by Mr. Gladden could be practically ap
plied in our daily lives the occupation
of the reformer would be gone.
Mr. Gladden is a plain appearing
man of about fifty-six years of ago. The
top of his nead is entirely bnld, but the
hair remaining is but little tinged with
gray, lie assums no oratorical arts.
uuiepoftK-i piHiuiy ami forcibly, ana
brings out strong passages with groat
empnasis ana mucn grace, liis ad'
dress was a raro treat for nhich all his
hearers will thank the university man
agement. THE ST. LOUIS CONIERENCE.
Simplify the Platform, Ignore Organiza
tions, and Appeal to the People.
The fault of all the reform platforms
that have been proposed is that they go
too much into dotails, and embrace
issues that belong exclusively to "states
and are disintegrating in their charac
ter. Tho planks of a national platform
should be purely national, and tho legis
lation demanded should bo such as can
bo secured through congress. Issues
that are unitmely or disintegrating in
their tendencies should be passed upon
by interested constituencies in the
states and congressional districts, and
leave the details of legislation on na
tional questions to be settled by the
people's representatives in congress.
Broad principles only, on which
the largest number of voters agree,
should be stated. Abstract declara
tions of right aro not out of
place. Money, land and transportation
are the three great points upon which
plain unequivocal declarations must be
made. Financial reform in the inter
est of the peoplo, the free anduuliuiited
coinage of silver, tbe issue of money by
the government alone, and its increase
and mainiainance at $50 per capita
should be plainly demanded.
The reclamation of the stolen land in
the possession of corporations and for
eign syndicates, to bo hold for the uso
of actual settlers, shou'd be the land
the ownership and operation ot all
railroads, telegiapbs and telephones by
the government in tbe interest of tbe
l'ostal savings banks.
This is tbe place to stop-
Tbe much mooted subtreasury scheme
is a fiie brand. It is unfortunate that
it was put forward as a measure of
financial reform, instead of what it
actually is. a measure of relief to the
debt-ridden farmers of the north orl
south, who are annually under the bur
den of crop mortgages. As a measure
of rcch relief thousands of men who op
pose it now would heartily support it.
It is tbe duty of the government to
protect its citizens from tbe extortions
of Shylocks from exorbitant rates of
interest for the money the government
issues. There is no o ppression on earth
more vile and grinding than that nnder
which a large portion of the soil-tillers
of this country are graaoing to-day,
compelled as they are to mortgage their
crops before they are grown, and pay
exorbitant prices for goods at pluck me
stores, and exorbitant rates for the
privilege of being plucked. A short
time ago one of these poor people in
Georgia went to the store to get a cof
fin for nis dead child. His note was
over-traded, and he was refused credit;
and when he piteously asked tbe mer
chant what he was to do with his dead
child, the reply was, damn it, put it
in a box." Government warehouses,
and government advances on crops,
the same as bonded warehouses and the
advauas on whiskeys, to relieve this
people, aro all right- But to put tbe
plan forward as a great financial re
form is all wrong.
A glance at the situation demonstrates
the necessity of pooling our issues, and
coming down in our platform to a few
As for a people's national convention.
there will be ono, there is no doubt of
Inat. The .action of the Cincinnati
convention forestalled any failure at
St. Louis in that respect.
THE NATIONAL UNION.
Much is being said just at this time,
both editorially and in the news dis
patches, about an Alliance organization
called the National Union. This is an
organization made by several Alliance
state agents and the New York agent
of the Southern Alliance, Mr. Oswald
Wilson. These men, however, have
been led by New York capitalists who
undoubtedly will control the organiza
tion. The National Cordage company,
under the control of Mr. Waterbury, is
furnishing the capital to establish and
operate tho union. The latter possesses
all the objectionable features of a trust.
The control of the central New York
office over all the deteils of the business,
and the personnel of all agents and em
ployes, is absolute.
The plan of the union involves tbe
purchase or establishment of farmers'
stores in ail tho leading towns of the
country, and the entire monopoly and
control of the farmers' trade in all its
branches. It offers a slight rebate on
the trade of its customers. It proposes
to bring the manufacturers and farmers
together through the agency of tbe one
central house. These are the leading
features Wo havo conclusive proof
that the National Cordage company or
so caneu iwine trust, is back of the
While some of the obiects nrnnoserl
by the union mav he cranri thn muthnH
of their accomplishment, and other
legitimate remits from it, will uedoubt
edly be bad. We believe in co-opera-Hon.
But the one great benefit of co
operation is In teaching the co-operators
tho principle of solf-help. The union
effectually sinks the individual, and all
individual effort, in the corporation. It
proposes to organize the farmers into
one grand automatic machine, which
wm receive its impetus from the New
York head, which will naturally absorb
the lion's share of tbe profits. Tbe oil
users oi uus nation are organized into
exactly such a machine now, very
greatly to the advantage of the Stand
ard Oil company.
We cannot conscientiously approve
of the union. It is a complete exem
plification of the trust principle, which
the Alliance has unequivocally con
demned. We do not think it is desir
able to crush out competition in the
manufacture of farm implements and
the trade in farmers' supplies, which is
what the union proposes to do.
The Alliance as a society is not at all
compromised by this organization. A
few irresponsible state agents iney go
into such a scheme against the wishes
and interests of the society.
It is with extreme regret that we
learn that oil room Johnny will not
consent to be a candidate ior vice-president
on the soma tioket with Mr.
Harrison. But that is not the reason
for our regret. We are sorry the
grangers of Nebraska are not to have
the opportunity to bury this railroad
ooss ana on room lubricator under an
avalanche of votes which would suffo
Mr, Thurstr.nthinksthatwith Blaine's
name withdrawn Harrison will be re
nominated. Well, possibly ho will.
Great is the power ot public pap. With
the plunder of office in bis hands a
worse man than Harrison might get a
second term, though ho is absolutely
the weakest incumbent that evor occu
pied thn white house.
Mr. Thurston thinks that Mr. Harri
son would not break into the Alliance
ranks, in which ho is right.
But the worst admission this stalwart
of stalwart republicans makes is that
witn Harrison as a candidato it is very
doubtful whether the republicans win.
This is probably very near right.
THE FARMERS' VOICE
Of Chicago, is no longer on tho peo
pies' side. It was established by Mont
gomery Ward & Co. as an advertising
medium, and by espousing the cause of
the people against monopolies, gained
a wide circulation. M. VV. & Co. have
now turned it into a reactionary mo
nopoly sheet, dropping Lester C. Hub
bard, by whose talent it was built up.
Every Alliance inau and independent
should drop it. aud at the same time
drop all trado with Montgomery Ward
"THE PER CAPITA DELUSION."
Mr. Burrows' articles on the above
subject, in reply lo the Century article,
aro published Injpamphlet form, and for
sal8atthis office. The first edition is
exhausted. A now edition is in press,
and will be ready in a few days. Price
per thousand, $12.00, freight or express;
per 10C $3.C0 post-paid. Singlo copies
5 cents. This is a very comprehensive
treatise on the subject of money volume
as it relates to values and prices.
Maice Etatal W.
AN EDUCATIONAL FUND GREATLY
A Grand Proposition by The Alliance
It is comirg to be a common remark
that the Alliance has Terformed a great
educational work in Nebraska. The
superior knowledge of Alliance mem
bers upon economic questions, finance,
current political history, parliamentary
law, etc., is attracting wide attention.
The Alliance meetings are debating
clubs, institutes, schools of parliamen
tary usage, and schools of current his
tory, all in one. In addition to this they
are schools of business instruction, from
the' fact that business enterprises are
discussed in them, and business schemes
broached and carried out. Through all
these agencies it is coming to be no
ticed that tbe average Alliance farmer
is bettei informed and more intelligent
upon all current topics than are the
business men of our towns and cities.
The latter are driving their business
fourteen hours a day. Their reading is
confined to the surface skimming of a
dady paper. The great economic ques
tions so vital to them are neglected. As
a rule they know nothing about the
principles of finance or the intricate
problems of political economy. The
farmers, on the contrary, have their
evenings tor study and reading, and
their Alliance meetings for discussion
It was supposed that the late state
meeting would establish an Alliance
educational fund, for the purpose of
furnishing Alliances with books, reform
literature, etc, not only in the English,
but in such other languages as might be
desirable. The executive committee
made this recommendation, but it was
not acted upon owing to lack of funds.
We propose now to remedy this neg
lect, and establish, through the agency
of Tuk Farmers' Alliance news
paper, an abundant fund for the purpose
specified. We can do this with tbe help of
the prese it subscribers to the paper, and
we now make them the following pre
For every new subscriber sent us at our
regular rate of $1.00 per year, and
marked "educational fund," we will set
apart twenty conts for an
alliance edccauional fund,
to be expended under the advice of the
President, Secretary and Chairman of
the Exec ati ve Committee, for the pur
poses specified above.
Now, see how great a work a little
effort by each subscriber will accom
plish. One new name sent by each sub
scriber will raise a fund of nearlg three
thousam Collars for tins work. With
that amount of money judiciously and
constantly employed, ice can cover JTe
orasica wiu reform literature we can
have books published in the German,
Bohemian and Swedish languages we
can form an Alliance in every school
district in the state.
Will you help us?
ONE NEW NAME
from each present subscriber will a&
cotnpllsh this' great work.
AUK YOU IN FAVOR OF IT?
WILL YOU DO IT?
Yours for the good cause,
ALLIANCE PUB. CO.
An Extract from "Dreams," Olive
Schreiner s New Book,
In the dark one nieht I lay upon mv
back. I heard the policeman's feet beat
on the pavement; 1 heard the wheels of
carriages roll homo from houses of en
tertainment; I heard a woman's laugh
oeiow ine winaow and then 1 fell
asleep. And in the dark I dreamot
dream. I dreampt God took my soul
Hell was a fair place; the water of the
lake was blue. I said to God, "I like
God said, "Ay, dost thou?" and he
told me to come further,
And wo came where hell opensd into
a plain, ana a great nouso stood there,
Marble pillars upheld the roof, and
white marblo steps led up to it. The
wind of heaven blew through it. Only
at the back hung a thick curtain. Fair
men and women there feasted at long
laoies. iney aancea, and l saw the
robes of women flutter in the air, and
heard the laugh of strong men. What
they feasted was with wine; they drew
it from large jars which stood some
what in the background, and 1 saw the
wine sparkle as they drew It.
And I said to (rod, "I should like to
go up and drink." And God said, "wait "
And I saw men coming in to the ban
quet hoiife; they came from the back
and lifted the curtain at the sides and
crept in quickly, and they let the
curtain fall behind them; they bore
great jars they cou'd family carry. And
tbe men and woun-u i r iwded around
them, and tho new comers opened their
jars and gave them wine to drink; and
I saw that tho women drank even more
eagerly than the men. And when
others had well drunken they set the
jars among the old ones beside tte wall
and took their places beside the table.
And I saw that some cf the jars were
very old and mildewed and musty, but
others had still drops of new must on
thoru, and shown from the furnace.
And I said to God. "what is that?" For
amid the sound of tho singing, and over
the dancing of feet, and over the lnmrh-
ing across the wiuccups 1 heard a cry.
Aud God said, "stand away off."
And he took me where I saw both
sides of the curtain. Bshind tho house
was the wine prss where the wino was
made. I saw tho grapes crushed, and I
heard them cry. 1 said, " do not they
on the other side hear it?" God
"the c-rtain i- thick; they are feasting."
Aud I said, "tho men who came in
last, ihey saw?"
let the curtain fall
God said. " thv
behind them and
I said, " how came they with their jars
God said, "In the treading of the
press these are they who cinie to the
top; they have climbed out over the
edge, and filled their jars from below,
and hive gone into tho house."
And 1 suid. "and if they had fallen as
they climbed ?"
God said, " they had been wine."
I stood away off watching iu the sun
shine, and I shivered. Thon there rose
one among the toasters, who said, " my
brethren, let us pray."
And all the men and women rose; and
the strong men bowed their heads, aud
mothers folded their little children's
bands together, and turned their faces
upwards to the roof. And he who first
had risen stood at tbe table head, and
stretched out both his hands, and his
beard was long and white, and his
sleeves and bis beard dripped in wine;
and because the sleeves were wide and
full they held much wine, and it dropped
down upon tbe floor.
And he cried, " my brothers and my
sisters, let us pray."
Ana all t'ie men and women acknowl
edged, "let us pray."
tie cried, "for taisiair banouet bouse
we thank the Lord." AndalUbe men
and women said, " we thaxk the Lord "
mine is this bouse, dear Lord."
"Thine is this house." "For us hast
thou made it." "For us." "Oh, nil
our jars with wine, dear Lord." " Our
jars with wine." "Give peace and
pienty in our time, dear Lord." " Peace
and plenty in onr time" I said to God,
whom is it they are talking to? " God
said, do I know whom they speak of? "
And I saw they were looking up at tbe
roof; but out in tbe sunshine. God Ktond
"Dear Lord." "Our children's
children, Lord, sbaU rise and call thee
blessed." "Our children's children.
Lord "I said to God, " the grapes are
crying!" God said, "still! I hear them."
'snail call thee blessed." "Shall call
thee blessed." "Pour fourth more wine,
wine upon us, L,ora. More wine,
more wine! wine!! wine!! wine!! dear
The men and women sat down and
the feast went on. And mothers poured
out wine and fed their little children
with it; and men held up the cup to
women's lips and cried, "beloved.
drink," and women filled tbeir lover's
flagons and held them up; and yet the
feast went on.
And after a while I looked and I saw '
the curtain that hung behind the house
I said to God, " Is it a wind? " God
said, "a wind."
And it seemed to me, that against the
enrtain 1 saw pressed the forms of men
and women; and after a while the
feasters saw it move, and they whisper
ed, one to another.
J. hen some rose, and gathered the
most worn out cups, and iuto them
they put what was lelt at the bottom of
other vessels. Mothers whispered to
their children, "do not drink all, save
a little drop when you have drunk."
And when they had collected all the
dregs they slipped the cups out under
the oottom of the curtain without lifting
it. Alter a while the eurtain left oft
I said to God, "how is it so quiet?"
He said, " they have gone away to drink
I said, " they drink it their oicn.' "
God said, " It comes from this side of
the curtain, and they are vory thirsty."
And still the feast went on. Men
and women sat at tho tables quaffing
great bowls. Some rose and threw
their arms about each other, and danced
and sang. They pledged each other in
the wine, and kissed each other's blood
Higher and higher grew the revels.
Men, when they had drunk till they
could no longer, threw what was left in
tbeir glasses to the roof, and let it fall
back In cascades. Women dyed their
children's garments in the wine, and
fed them on it till their tiny mouths
were red. Sometimes, as the dancers
whirled they overturned a vessel, and
their garments were bespattered.
Children sat upon the floor with great
bowls of wine, and swam rose leaves on
it for boats. They put their hands in it
and blew large red bubbles. And
higher and higher grew the revels, and
wildor the dancing and longer and
louder the singing.
1 was silent; 1 could not breathe; but
God called me to come further, and
after I had wandered for awhile I came
where on seven hills lay the ruins of a.
mighty banquet ( house, larger and
stronger' than the one which I nad seen
IsaidtoGod, "what did the men
who built it here?" God said, "they
feasted." I said, "on what?" God
said, "on wino."
And I looked; and it seemed to me
that behind the ruins lay still a large
circular hollow where a part of the
wine press had stood.
I said to God, " how came it that this
large house fell? " God said, " becauso
the earth was sodden."
He called me to come further and at
last we came upon a hill where blue
waters played, and white marblo lay
upon ihe earth I said to God, "what
was here once?" God said, "a pleas
I looked, and at my feet great pillars
lay. I cried aloud for joy, the marble
God said, " ay, 'twas a fairy houso.
There has not been one like it, nor ever
shall be. The pillars and the porticoes
blossomed; and the wine cups were as
gathered llowers; on this side all the
curtain was broidered with fair de
signs; the stitchiug was "of gold."
IsaidtoGod, "'how came it that it
God said, " on the side of the wine
press it was dark."
And as we traveled, we came where
lay a mighty ridge of sand, and a dark
river ran there, and there rose two vast
mounds. I said to God, "they were
very mighty." Gnd said, "ay, exceed
ing great." Ana l listened. God asked
me what I was listening to; and I said,
"a sound of weeping, and I hear the
sound of strokes, but I cannot tell
whence it comes."
God said, "it is the echo of the wine
press lingering still among the coping
stones upon the mounds. A banquet
house stood here."
And when I came to the edge of a
long ridge there opened out before me
a wide plain of sand. And when I
looked downward I saw great stones lie
scattered; and the desert sand had half
covered them over.
I said to God, ' there is writing on
them, but 1 cannot read it."
And God blew aside the desert sand
and I read the writing: "Weighed iu
the balance, and found" but the last
word was wanting.
And 1 said to God, "it was a banquet
house?" God soid, "ay, a banquet
house." I said, "There was a wine
press." I asked no further .question. I
was very weary. I shaded my eves with
my nana, and looked through the pink
Far off, where tho sands were thick,
and heavy, I saw a solitary pillar stand
ing; the crown had fallen, and the sand
had buried it. On the broken pillar sat
a grey owl of the desert with folded
wings; and in the evening light I saw
tho dcEert fox ereop past it, trailing his
brush across the sand. Further, yet
further, as I looked across tho desert, 1
saw the sand gathered into heaps as
though it covered something.
I cried to God. "I am so weary."
God said, "you have seen only one-half
I said, "I cannot see more; I am
afraid of hell." If I look out across the
plains, the mounds are burial heaps;
and whou I pass among tho stones I
hear them cryiug aloud. When I see
men dancing I hear the time beaten in
with nobs; aud their wino is living! Oh,
I cannot bear hell."
God said, " wbere will you go?"
I said, " to the earth from which I
came; it was better there."
And God laughed at me; and I won
dered why Ho laughed."
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