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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
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Tkk Alliance PrBLisiirNo Co.
ODr. lit and M Bu., Lincoln, Neb.
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V Hri t Pres. J. M THoanoM. See'y.
8, Ed. Thobksok, T.-P- J. F, WurriKD, Tre
0. H. Plan.
8. Kd1H TanKXTOll,.
Cai. U PlBTLS,
. .. . Biwiueu Manager.
In the beauty of the liBies
Christ was born across the tea,
With a glory in his bosom
That transfigures you and me.
As he strove to make men holy
Let ns strive to make them free.
Since God is marching on."
Julia Ward Howe.
"Laurel crowns cleave to deserts,
And power to him who power oxerU.
"A ruddy drop of manly blood
Tiie surging sea out weighs."
"Be who cannot reason is a fool.
Be who will not reason is a coward.
Be who dare not reason is a slave."
N. R P. A.
Address all trartaMS communication to
Alilano Publishing Co. .,,
Address matter lor publication to Editor
Farmers Alllanoe. ,
ArtloleS written on both sides of the paper
. h. ....wi v,n Innff flnfnHBUnlcation.
as a rule cannot be used.
; Do you want to attend the
satioual convention at Omaha, July 4th
without expenses? Here's your chance.
To the person seeding ui the largest
list of subscribers at club rates between
April 20th and June 25th, the Alliance
Publishing Co. will pay all necessary
expanses to the convention at Omaha
July 4tb, including hotel expenses.
To the person sending the second
largest list we will pay all traveling
expenses to the convention.
These offers apply to any person liv
ing in Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas,
Iowa or Missouri. Two subscribers for
six months count one. All lists sent
under this offer should be marked
"For special prize."
Lookout for a cartoon next week.
Wk are still taking "70 cent dollars"
at 100 cents on subscription.
If the weather keeps favorable, the
next few weeks will be the busiest sea
son Nebraska farmers ever knew.
Men who are determined to "rule or
ruin" are the worst enemies of the re
form movement in Nebraska to-day.
Ovb readers will do well to preserve
the program of exercises etc., for the
4th of July convention published in
In our correspondence will be found
a very able discussion of government
banking by Hon. John Stebbins. Don't
fail to read it.
The rulr. ad of Nebraska have
agreed to give one and one-third rates
on the certificate plan to both Inde pend
ent state conventions.
"A guiltt conscience needs no ac
cuser." A man who is continually de
fying that he is supported by railroad
boodle should not blame people for sus
The friends of Hon. C. D Shrader
are booming him for lieutenant gover
nor. In this connection it may be well
to say that Mr. Shrader is not a candi
date for congress. He believes that Mr.
Kem should be re nominated and re
elected. The order of Improved Workmen
has established its regular meeting
place at K. of L. hall, and has put up
an elegant sign above the hall door.
Mr. John Curry, founder of the order,
informs cs that it' is in a very flourish
Retorts from many states in the
Mississippi valley tell the same story
regarding the weather and crops, 1. e.,
heavy rains, cold cloudy weather and
no corn planted.. Nebraska farmers
who are discouraged may console them
selves with the thought that they have
plenty of company.
The Omaha dailies treated the meet
ing of the national committee with
commendable fairness. We feel sure
that they will treat the national con
vention of July 4th in the same manner.
This is a great deal more than we can
eay of the treatment the St. Louis con
fere ace received from the dailies of that
: Fifteen ccch loads of Methodist
preachers took a recess from their con
ference labors at Omaha last Saturday
and came down to Lincoln to do the city.
They were handsomely entertained by
the hospitable enterprising citizens of
our city, and returned in the evening
with a favorable impression of Ne
Over at Omaha they've eot an inde
pendent club, or citizen's alliance,
which amounts to the same thing, that
is "getting there with both feet." Once
a week an open meeting is held for
public discussion of issues. The other
fellows come in, lock horns with the
cranks of the people's party and' then
the fun begins. Last Saturday night,
for Instance, Kose water came in to de
bate with Joe Edgerton on money. We
haven't space to give a full report, but
will say that "Our Joe" had by far the
beat of the argument and nearly all the
applause. Large crowds turn out to
these meetings, and they are very profit
able. We need the same kind of a club
in Lincoln, and every other town In
THE mm LEFT OUT.
A party, like an individual, U better
known bv its acta than by its words. It
Is better known by the men it puts for
ward, than by the platform it adopts.
The republican politicians have of
late been trying very bard to win back
the support ot the farmers of Nebraska.
They have butten-holed the farmers,
and poured into their ears streams of
honeyed words, saying that the grand
old party is still the friend of the farm
eras it always has been; that if the
farmers will only come back all will be
forgiven, and they can have honorable
recognition and places of trust. Per
haps they have won a few by such soft
How i this "organized byprocrisy'
keeping faith with its dupes? A few of
them have been given seats in county
conventions; fewer still have been sent
to their state and district conventions.
And when we run over the list of dele
gates to the national convention we find
that the last farmer has been weeded
out. Of the sixteen men to whom the
republican party of Nebraska has en
trunfcd its veice In the nomination of a
candidate for president, not one is a
farmer. What are they? Let us see.
The Omaha Bee in its issue of May IS
presents a biography of each delegate.
The following is the list:
1. C. M. Gere, editor of the State
Journal, postmaster of Lincoln, too well
known as a "friend of the farmer" to
need further comment.
2. Geo. W. Holland, "cashier of the
Richardson county bank," formerly a
8. C. R. Scott, lawyer, and present
district judge in Omaha, the same who,
in the beet sugar convention in Lincoln
last fall, most bitterly denounced the
farmers of Nebraska for dishonesty and
bad faith In repealing the bounty on
4. John C. Thompson, editor of the
American, the A. P. A. organ published
at Omaha who recently assured the
writor that the A. P. A. was not a
political Institution, O, no, not iu the
5. Loran Clark, Sr., came to Boone
county In 1871, since which he has been
store keeper, lawyer, real estate
speculator, member of the legislature,
federal revenue, olllcer, and all the
time a republican-politician of unques
6. Atlee Hart, proprietor of the Xorth
Xebraska Eagle, at Dakota City. The
tfeeadds significantly that "Mr. Hart
has for years been the heaviest tax
payer in Dakota county, and besides
owning an Interest in the Xorth Xebras
la Eagle, owns interests in several gen
eral stores, large real estate Interests in
different leading citlos, and is a breeder
and raiser of fast horses."
7. Lewis E. Walker of Beatrice, a
lawyer. The Bee says; "Since his resi
dence in Beatrice he has become promi
nently Identified with every public en
terprise that has for its object the up
building of the city. He is one of the
projectors and prominent officials of
the Beatrice Building and Loan Assoc:
iation, Mnsonio Building Association,
Beatrice Canning Company, and of the
new Union Savings Bank one of the
most prosperous financial institutions
in the city. Mr. Walker was for four
years a member of the city council. He
has just been unanimously elected pres
ident ot the Beatrice Board of Trade, of
which organization ho has always been
an active member."
8. C. A. McCloud, an ex-bankor, now
in the real estate and loan husiness at
Chas. P. It, Williams, editor of the
Grand Island Times, but lately
engaged in the real estate and loan
10. W. 2. Babcock, banker, and hard
ware man at uaniDriuge, turnns
11. Z. T. Funk, merchant, Ainsworth,
13. Dr. E. 1$. Warner, dentist,
undertaker, and present Mayor of
The twelvo above described are the
delegates chosen by the district conven
tions. The following were chosen by
the state convention at Kearney:
13. John L. Webster of Omaha, law
yer, the great anti-prohibition orator,
the man who stole the Iowa republican
platform and had it adopted by the
republican state convention last fall.
14. L. D. Richards, engaged in the
land and banking business at Fremont
since 1S75: president oi tne tiKnorn
Town Lot Company, lately a candidate
15. Col. L. I). ebster, has held var
ious federal appointments for 25 years,
chiefly in the U. S. Revenue service, is
also a journalist, and ex-editor. He
lives at Stratton, Neb.
16. Amasa Cobb, lawyer, ex-banker,
and ex-Supreme Judge of Nebraska.
He lives at Lincoln.
Summarizing we find that the dolega
Seren bankers and money loaners.
Fire newspaper men.
five real estate speculators.
Xo laboring man.
Our object Is not to say anything
hard about the occupations of these
men, or to cost any reflection on the
men on account of their occupations.
We want simply to show what classes
are controlling the republican party, to
show the farmers and laboring men
where they stand in the party. Ihey
are simply looked upon as the "hewers
of wood and drawers of water," exceed
ingly useful when it comes to ratifying
the work of the machine on election
day, but not to be honored with place,
or trusted with power.
This a great agricultural state. Farm
ing is the chief occupation of the peo
ple. Farming interests are the ones
which should be most looked after by
the men elected to office. If this dele
gation bad been distributed to the dif
ferent claws according to their number
it would have contained eleven farmers
and two representatives of city labor
ers. It would not have contained at
the most more than one lawyer and one
Will this delegation as constituted
give first consideration to the interests
of capital or labor? Will it think most
of city or farm interests? Will it act for
western or eastern interests t
There can be but one answer to these
questions: This delegation will vote
for a candidate and a policy that favors
the moneyed and eastern interests.
When it comes to the control of the
republican party, the farmer is strictly
left nut. When that party gets into
power the farmer finds that bisinterests
are not thought of. How long will the
farmers of this country assist in per
petuating this state of affairs? Isn't it
about time they should throw party
prejudices to tha winds, and act
politically for their own interests?
The cry of "honest dollars" raised by
the gold bugs is simply the old cry of
"stop thief uttered by the thief. The
men who are raising the cry most
lustily are at the same time proposing
to increase the amount of silver in the
dollar. The present doiiar contains
371 grains of pure silver, or 412 grains
standard silver, that 1 silver prepared
for coinage by having been mixed with
Now let us suppose that it is proposed
to increase the number of grains stand
ard silver in the dollar from 412 grains
to 500 grains. We ask every intelligent
reader if that proposed dollar is sot
What is an honest dollar? First let us
lay down a proposition:
is always honest to pay a debt in the
same kma of money in wmcn u teas
Is there any man, be he gold-bug.
free-silverite, or believer in fiat paper
money who will dispute that? Why,
even John Sherman assents to that. It
is in fact the basis on which the Boom
ers for honest money base their
Now let us examine further into this
proposition. Suppose you borrow $100
to-day and give your note payable in
one year. Suppose you get the money
In the form of 100 silver dollars each
containing 4121 grains standard silver.
Would that debt be honestly paid if at
the end of the year you pay the loaner
100 silver dollars each containing the
same amount ot silver? Certainly it
would. Suppose you got your $100 In
gold or greenbacks, or partly in gold,
greenbacks, national bank notes and
silver dollars. Would the note be hon
estly paid by 1100 of either kind? The
real test of the matter is this: When you
give your note to the money loaner for
$100 it is his privilege to hand you out
any kind of legal tender money he has
on hand. He may give it to you in sil
ver dollars if he wishes. Now when you
go to pay that note it is your privilege
to pay it in any kind of legal tender
money you may have. You can pay it
in silver if you wish. Or to make tho
matter still clearer: Suppose for some
reason you desire to pay off that note
the same day you gave it, and save in
terest. Any kind of money that will
pay it that day will honestly pay it on
any other day. This is certainly clear
Attention, debtors of Nebraska,
stand up and testify:
Q, W hen you borrowed money last
month, or last year, or five years ago,
and gave your note payable at a future
time, what kind of money did you get
A. Mostly greenbacks and silver.
sometimes part of it in gold.
Q. If you had desired to pay off such
note on the same day It was given
would it havo been lawful for you to
pay it in silver dollars?
A. It certainly would as they were
full legal tender on that day.
Q. What kind of silver dollars were
legal tender on that day?
A. Standard silver dollars contain
ing 4U2l grains silver nine-tenths
Q. Would it be honest for the cred
itor to demand in payment of that note
silver dollars containing 500 grains
A. It certainly would not. It would
be as dishonest as it would be for the
man who contracts to take wheat at
so much per bushol to demand five-peck
Q. What would you think if the
government should pass a law requir
ing you to pay your note in 500 grain
A. It would be dishonest. Such an
act would be treachery to the people.
Good people of America, are these
witnesses testifying according te reason
and common-sense? Are they speaking
in harmony with the dlotates of an en
lightened conscience? Or are they
cranks, lunatics, repudiators and
From every honest intelligent citizen
we demand an answer.
In reply to a correspondent, the Slate
Journal states that in its opinion the
free and unlimited coinage of silve. will
not increase the price per ounce of sil
ver; In other words the silver dollar will
then exchango for as much of labor or
labor's products as the bullion in the
dollar will exchange for now. If this
be true, and we are inclined to believe
it is not far out of the way, what be
comes of this oft repeated charge that
the object of free coinage is to raipf
the price of silver and benefit a silver
The scriptures say, "try all things,
hold fast that which is good." The peo
ple have been trying the old parties for
a long time and they have got worse all
the time. Now they propose to try the
new party a while.
HOW EILVES WAS DEMONETIZED.
Quite a sensation has been caused by
the publication of the following dis
patch in all the leading papers of the
Dksveb, Colo., May 13 Mr. Lucken
bach of this city has made a remarkable
amaavit oetore tne supreme court, in
the course of which he says, tbatin 185
while on a business trip to London be
became acquainted with Mr. Seyd, to
whom he had a letter (if introduction.
During a conversation Mr. beyd made
the following statement to him under
the pledge of secrecy:
"I went to America in the winter of
1873, authorized if I could to procure
the passage of a bill demonetizing sil
ver. It was the interest of those I rep
resented the governors of tb.6 Bank of
England to have it done. I took with
me 100,000, with instructions 'hat. if it
was not sufficient to accomplish the
object to drav for another 100, COO, or
as much more as was necessary. I saw
the committee of the house and senate
and paid the money, and staid in Ameri
ca until I knew the measure was safe."
Mr. Seyd was asked to give the names
of the members to whom he paid the
money, but this be declined to do. Mr.
Luckenbach is well known by many of
Colorado's leading bu3iness 'men, and
made the affidavit at the request of M.
S. Slater, chairman of the executive
committee of the silver league, who
learned that Mr. Luckenbach possessed
It is not surprising that sucu a state
ment should attract wide attention and
create uuite a commotion in the politi
cal world. But to those who have been
reading on financial questions, this affi
davit reveals nothing new or startling.
It is simply confirmatory evidence of
what has been published time and
again, and hai been firmly believed by
financial reformers for fifteen years.
The following quotations which have
appeared in nearly every reform book
and paper in the land will show this af
fidavit throws llttlo if any now light on
In the congressional Record of April
9, 1872, page 3033, appear these words
from Mr. Cooper, of Massachusetts,
chairman of the committee having in
charge the bill which demonetized
Ernest Seyd, of London, a distinguish
ed writer and bullionist who is now
here, has given great attention to the
subject of mint and coinage. Af'er
having examined the tirst draft of this
bill he made various sensible sugges
tions, which tte committee adopted and
embodied in the bill.
Iu the Banter's Magazine for August
1873 nppearod the followiog:
In 1872 silver being demonetized in
France, England and Holland, a capi
tal of one hundred thousand pounds
(1500,000) was raised, and Ernest Seyd of
London was sent to this country with
this fund as the agent of the foreign
bond-holders and capitalists to effect
the same object which was accomplished.
In the book "Whither are we Drift
ing," we find the following statement:
Congressman De Lamatyr of Indiana
in a speech delivered atBismark Grove,
Kansas, in August, 1881, said that Judge
Kelley of Pennsylvania stated to him
that he saw the first draft of the bill by
which silver was demonetized in the hand
writing of Ernest Seyd of London. "
Here is a chain of evidence that is
strong enough to convinco any fair-
minded man. It proves beyond any
reasonable doubt that the demonetiza
tion of silver was purchased with British
gold. In the light ot this fact what
must be said of the cry of ' honest mon
ey" which is raised by the men who so
basely betrayed their country ? Is there
on record a more infamous act of
treachery or a more heinous crime
against a nation?
How much longer will the perpetra
tors of this crime go unvisited with the
ignominy they deserve? How much
longer will this wrong go unrighted?
How much longer will its effects drag
the people down te hopeless poverty?
Surely the day is not far distant wheu
the native good sense and honesty of
the American people will assert itself.
Then will tho control of the nation's af
fairs be taken out of the hands of baso
traitors and soulless robbers and placed
in the hands of honest patriotic men.
THE EXACT FACTS.
Advocates of reform principles often
weaken the force of their aguments by
making loose statements of facts. Often
two Alliance speakers meet on the same
platform and in their speeches make
statements thstjdo not agree. For in
stance ono will say that 30,000 men now
own three-fourths of the wealth of the
country; the other will say that
1,000 men own half the wealth
of the country. Not long ago a gentle
men who had been out talking On the
money question made the startling
statement that it took twenty-nine silver
dimes to weigh as much as a silver dol
lar. He had beard it and had not taken
the troublo to test it. The writer pro
posed to test the matter on a pair of
balances. The result was that the gen
tleman learned that eleven dimes weigh
a little more than one dollar. Another
gentleman wrote for publication, not
long ago, a letter showing that the
metal in a gold dollar is only worth 95
cents. Other illustrations might be
given, but it is not necessary.
Many members of the old parties
honestly believe that the facts, figures,
and quotations given by people's party
speakers are unreliable. Iu some cases
no amount of authority will change
their minds. Like the people in the
days of Lazarus, "even though one rose
from the dead" they would not believe
But these are by no means the most
numerous. A majority of the rank and
file of both old parties are fair enough
to listen to argument and accept facts
and figures when properly substantia
ted. But when a speaker presents to
them an array of evidence resting
largely on his own authority, and in that
array states something which some of
his hearers know to be untrue or un
reasonable they are inclined to measure
the value of all his statements by the
value of that one statement.
From this can be seen the great im
portance of care and exactness in pre
senting facts and figures. Very often
one important fact clearly explained
and fully substantiated will have more
effect on the minds of hearer?, than a
whole broadside of ill digested unsub
It is also better for speakers and
writers cn reform doctrines to make
their statements conservative. It is bet
ter to fall below rather than above the
full limit of the truth. It is better to
present the most conservative demands
of the new party rather than the most
radical. A good rule for an advocate
of the reform movement to follow Is to
carefully investigate and get reliable
authority for every fact, fignre and quo
tation he uses. Ia the language of
scripture, "Try all things, hold fast that
which is good."
Wa have adopted the above rule in
the management of this paper. We have
at hand the best authorities to be found
on matters of law and history. If any
mis-statements of fact or any errors of
reasoning should appear in our col
umns, we stand ready to correct them
whenever pointed out by either friend
KEM'S LEGAL TENDER BILL.
Early in the present session of con
gress Mr. Kem introduced a bill provid
ing that all debts contracted after pas
sage of the act should be payable in any
kind of legal tender money stipula
tions to the contrary notwithstanding.
The object of such a bill is to prevent
the money loaner from binding the bor
rower to pay his debt in gold. It is a
measure of the highest importance, and
one that is of great interest to the
people of Nebraska.
The making of gold contracts, and
the exception clause on the new treas
ury notes are evi lenco of aa 8th great
financial conspiracy that is now being
carried out. Every man who signs a
contract payable in gold either willingly
or unwillingly, either knowingly or un
consciously allies himself to the gold
bugs to tight for a single gold standard.
Will a man vote for a currency with
which he cannot pay her debts? The
gold bugs are striving to bind the peo
ple to the support of their cause by get
ting them to sign these contracts. No
law can be passed that will affect con
tracts already made, hence it is of the
highest importance that this law should
be passed as soon as possible.
Mr. Keai and his fallow Alliance
members entertained strong hopes that
the bill might be brought up for discus
sion in the house, and thought it might
possibly pass. It was referred to the
committee on coinage weights and
measures of which Bland is chairman,
and McKeighan a member. Lately Mr.
Kem writes that Mr. Bland is so badly
"broken up" over the defeat of his silver
bill that he has not called tho committee
together since that defeat, and that he
shows no disposition to attempt any
thing furthor in the way of financial
McKeighan gave us the same state
ment when he was at home a few days
ago. So it is evident that unless some
thing is done to rouse this committee
to action, the legal lender bill will never
see daylight this session.
Now we have a plan to propose, one
that has baeu found more effective than
getting up long petitions. Let several
hundred independents who favor the
passage of this bill write personal letters
to the members of this committee asking
them to act on the bill and report it fav
orably to the house.
The names of those member- of the
committee which ave mojt likely to be
influenced by such letters are: R. P.
Bland of Missouri, J. R. Williams of
Illinois, C. 0. Kilgore of Texas, S. M.
Robevtson of Louisiana, R. A. Pierce of
Tennessee, J. F. Epes of Virginia, W.
A McKeighan of Nebraska, II. F. Bar-
tino of Nevada, Aimer Taylor of Illinois
M. N. Johnson of North Dakota.
Any of these gentlemen can be ad
dressed at Washington, D. C. We hope
a large number of our readers will try
this plan. It is not necessary to write
to McKeighan, He is doing all he can
for the bill. Write to ono of the
If our exchanges in other states will
take hold of this matter, especially in
the districts which these members rep
resent, we believe the end can be ac
complished. It is worth trying at any
Ingalls on Politics.
Inasmuch as Ex-Senator Ingalls is
strongly talked of for temporary chair
man of the republican national conven
tion, it may be well to call attention to
his idea of politics. The following is
taken from an interview published in
an eastern paper two years ago when
the said John J. thought he had a re
publican majority of 80,000 behind him.
We believe he has the correct idea of
politics as they are, especially republi
can politics, and hence is just the man
for the place to which he aspires:
The purification of politics is an irri
descent dream. Government is force.
Politics is a battle for supremacy. Par
ties are the armies. The decalogue and
the golden rule have no place In a po
litical campaign. The object Is success.
To defeat the antagonist and expel the
party in power is the purpose. The re
publicans and democrats are as irrecon
cilably opposed to each other as were
Grant and Lee in the Wilderness. They
use ballots instead of guns, but the
struggle is as unrelenting and desperate
and the result sought for is the same.
In war, it is lawful to deceive the adver
sary, to hire Hessians, to purchase mer
cenaries, to mutilate to destroy. The
commander who loses a battle through
the activity of his moral nature would
be the dension and jest of history. This
modern cant about the corruption of
politics is fatiguing in the extreme, It
proceeds from the tea-custard and syl
labub dilottanteism, the frivolous and
desultory sentimentalism of epicures.
The Methodist conference will be in
session at Omaha till the close of the
If the merchants of the villages and
cities would only figure out two things
they would all become Independents:
1. What is the effect of falling prices on
your business? 2. What U the cause of
the present long-continued falling
a poem written by Mr. J. T. Kellie. Hart
veil. Nebraska, im read at Ibe Hoidredge
convention May eta.
Our father came acroai the ware
That they might bere be free.
And In the Mayflower's cam pact care
Firt blow at tyranny.
And when oppression found them here
And sought to tax their tea
Quick Ihey rebelled : had we done to
All labor bow were free.
Their purect patriot bravely signed
A preclou document
w hich read like thu : "These truth we bold
To be self evident:
That every one baa equal rights
To life and liberty
And the pursuit ef happiness;
And must consent to be
Governed: and any government
w hlch fa la to meet thle end.
The people should abolish or
Its delects should amend."
What means "pursuit of happiness"?
What means "all men are free"?
Meana it a tax on all we use
To kins; monopoly?
Means It the nation's currency
Shall to a tew oe lent
That they may live on usury
At ruinous per cent?
Means it-but what old-fashioned thought
That all should mean the mass
When now for nearly thirty years
Ail only means a class.
Our father and our mothers too
For freedom battled well;
We read bow patriot women worked
ana now Brave rreemen leu.
Shall we with sueh blood in our vein
Content in serfdom be?
No. while a dree of it remains
We'll struggle to be free.
Our kindred who at Lincoln's call
. III. VI u, .UJ Ellllllll I , I B. . 17
Thought not a few abort years would find
Their son becoming slaves.
Rut noble Lincoln's mind foresaw
And true bis voice foretold
That traitors would conspire to make
toe nation slave to goia.
The patriot sprang at freedom' call
Bis country's foes to find.
And while he fought them at the frost
Left greater foe i behind,
Who with thier traitorous cunning sought
How they for years to come
Might use the product of bis toil
Aid ros him of his home.
The war is o'er. With broken health
His home doth soldier seek.
His home, alas! from Shyiock's grasp
He can no longer keep.
And he must speV soma wIMrnca
And strive In veard to ram.
Out of the woods or prairies wi!d
To carve another home.
But soon he finds he cannot iro
Where Shylock will not come
And pay ror unjust laws bv which
To rob him of his home.
Hie trentle wife could not enrinrn
The hardships of bar lot:
Nhe ever pined for friends and home;
God freed her she is not.
The soldier's children, now bereft
Of mother's love and care.
Lose tuna ir lellowman and God
And drift-O, tell me where?
You're not their keener? Are vnn mint
That they were not. aias,
Deprived of mother's love and home
uy laws you helped to pass?
What wonder that the soldier asks
For Justice to be given
Who flees hil mnnv renrs rf fnil
To corporations given?.
What wonder hAthn t a ft o tim t-ti a
That fosters every trust
With laud pretense of love for him
if iiuv puBBing jaws aujusir
Bhall those who quick responied
To the call for volunteers.
wno went where Shylock dared not go.
From duty turn for sneers?
To call the men who In the front
Of battle knew no fear.
The "howlers of calamity"
is out tne cowara s sneer.
Such epithets but steel the hesrt
Or every patriot brave
Disclose the foes of this fair land
Which we would die to save.
We bold "an injury to ore
'Pine concern ur an.
When m 1 1 1 ion a aav t hpr hiirD hum wiinorari
These cowards hush their call.
They gave near half our western land
To foreign syndicates.
That each improvement on our farms
Miirni weaitn tor them create.
We now demand the Increment "
Unearned on real estate
Shall for the good of all ba kept,
inoi tnese wno speculate.
Our public highways in their power
The corporations hold
Who will not let our produce pass
l am tis neepiy lonea.
When we assert free Interchange
Of goods would help us now.
That "stulted thing, reciprocity,"
is an tney win aiiow.
And so they seek to blind oureyea
And draw our thoughts aside.
And bid us seek for that abroad
Wkich is at home denied.
And when we ask for laws to save
Our lK.me8 from being wrecked,
Thf y say the nation's hands are full
'Kights vested to protect.
Tho' men be deaf unto our call,
w e nave a inena on nign
Who heeds the sparrowBwhen they fall
And He will hear our cry.
No anarchist can by us stand.
'ored Hag o'er us Hy.
The stars and strips the flag we love,
'Neath it we'll live or die.
And traitors who have dragged it down
And trailed it in the dust.
ALd trampled it beneath their feet.
Go out of power they must.
Our state stands in the foremost rank,
Forin it one we find
With Patrick Henry's eloquence
And Lincoln's worth combined.
One who from humble walks of life
In two brief years arose.
By moral worth and manly power.
To triumph o'er his foes.
The blackest fa sehoods which the tongue
Of hireling foes could nane.
He has o'ercome and stands to-day
On sunlit heights of fame.
Oi:r cause is his and his is ours;
For us he bor the blame,
And now we g:ory in the praise
Poured on McKeighan 's name.
Tt Is prohetic of the time
Which must be close at hand.
When this good cause we love SO well
Shall triumph in our land;
When moral worth not wealth shall reign,
And lustlce shall be done:
Oppression's darkness flee before
The light of freedom's sun;
That light whose first bright beam reflect
From our brave leader's heart.
Boon all the world will brighten uo
If we each do our part.
Doubts underbrush to clear away.
Which now obstructs the view.
And let the glorious light shine forth
Now dimly seen by few.
"Man's inhumanity to man"
No more will make men mourn.
But each and all will be content
To own what wealth they earn.
And each will scorn him to possess
Wealth he did notcreate;
And all the stores which God has given
De guarded by the state.
Lovers of justice, now rejoice;
The conflict Is at hand
To settle which shall henceforth rule:
The doiiar or the man.
Two parties only take the field:
Oppression and her foes;
The first say wrong is right enough.
And all reforms oppose.
The latter say that right is right,
That wrong is ever wrong.
That legal wrongs shall not exist.
Though they've been cherished long.
No fight for freedom e'er was waged
Since first our world began.
But woman nobly did her part
And stood the peer of man.
The women, when they understand
The plan of battle wide.
No power on earth or depths below
Can keep from freedom' tide.
They lore their country veil as mi a.
They wish ihrir chl.dren free.
And Utcy will fcaate to rcu them
Pram bopetM s.rcry.
We wish our children feet 10 tread
In brighter fields than ours:
Pewt-r the thorns around them laid.
More sweet and fair the flower.
Bouse, freemen, tbi the day the hour.
We can no longer wait.
Our ct untry twio baptized in blood
Kedeem e'er 'Us too late.
And In the age long to come
A happy wor d will dog
How wa destroyed the power cf gj:d
And wno crowned labor King.
The census bureau has at last got
around to Nebraska. We have not yet
received a copy of the official bulletin
but the following , are the main points
in the report:
Total of real estate mortgage died
between 1880 and 1MW 74 353
Total amount remaining unpaid In '
Amount of real estate mortgage
debt per capita in 1MHI 125
Amount per family of Ave ja&
Annual Interest drain on unpaid
mortgage debts In lew, estimated
at 8 percent 17,552,000
Amount of Interest drain per fam
of five 10
Nearly one third of the mortgage
debts are oa city real estate.
Tho increase in the number of rent
ers during the ten years is aboat 20
The figures are sufficiently startling
In themselves, but when it is remember
ed that they include only one class of
debts, . e , those secured by mortgages
on real estate; that debts of this class
have been increasing more rapidlv than
ever since 1890; that chattel mortgages
at ruinous rates of usury have been in
creasing even more rapidly than real
estate mortgages; that the state, county,
municipal and railroad, bonds consti-
tuie a vast aggregate; that there is still
a vast burden of private indebtedness,
secured and unsecured, but not record
ed in any official way, we find justifica
tion lor a calamity howl greater than
any that has ever gone ud from the
Alliance people of Nebraska.
At a future time we shall refer to
this matter again and discuss it more
"Whom the Gods would destrov. thev
first make mad."
The silver people ut in Montana
are Mocking to the standard of the peo
It is not too late to start in to work
for eur specal prize, a free trip to
Oms,ha July 4th. You will have over a
month to work yet.
Hon. D. Clem Deaver of Omaha was
a caller at this office on Tuesday even
ing. He brought an excellent account
of the Edgerton-Rosewater debate but
too late for publication.
The silver celebration of the anniver
sary of Nebraska's admission into the
Union will be celebrated May 25 and 2G.
Crowds will be present from all parts of
"The proof of the pudding is the
eating thereof," and the test of a partv
is in the office-holding thereof. The
peoples party is standing the test grand
ly. In the counties of Nebraska where
independents were elected to office they
are invariably winning laurels. The
district judges elected bv the new Dartv
are making the best records for dispatch
of business, and fairness in dispensing
justice that ever were made in the
There seems to be some dispute as to
who discovered the "acre plan" of rais
ing campaign funds. So far as Nebraska
is concerned, the plan was first pub
lished in the Independent of July 31,
1891. It was copied from the Dakofc
Ruralist according to whose authority,
it was first put into practice in an Al
liance in Marshall county S. D. But
it matters very little where the plan
came from. It is a good one, and ought
to fee put in practice all over the
Eosewater 01 Tree Coinage.
Beatrice, Neb., May 1, '92.
In looking over tho editorials of the
Omaha Bee of May 13th I noticed the
following: "iA-ery republican favors
free coinage of silver, as soon as it can
be done without injury te the business
of the country."
"The Kansas and California repulican
platforms are in line with the party on
the silver question. The condition can
be met by other commercial nations
unite with America for bi metallic cur
rency upon an agreed basis."
When 1 first read the above it im
pressed me with the idea, that it would
make a good "silver plank" forthem to
adopt at Minneappolis, and I will ven
ture the opinion that (in substance)
will be what thev will say in their Plat
form. It will be in accordance with
their usual way of "straddling" the im
portant issues, so as to tit either side of
Rosey says, "in favor of freo coinage
etc., when it will not be injurious to
the business of the country," but he
does not say what kind of business, '
whether banking business, mercantile
business or farming, and at the end of
the sentence, which he marks as quota
tion, it would seem that the republican
party is to be the sole judge as to when
it could be so done. He then further
sajs, "the condition can be met when
other commercial nations etc.," he does
not even venture to say in such a con
tingency it will be done, he only says it
caa, so that even England (which I think
he refers to as the other commercial
nation) would agree to abi-metallic cur
rency, it does not follow that the repub
lican party would then adopt the free
coinage policy, for we all well know
that the party is controlled by the
"gold bugs" of the east, there is no hope
of such relief coming through them In
proof of this I will simply cite the peo
ple to their financial history, every aot.
of which has been In the interest of
Wall street, and against the people.
Late one of the G. O. P.
In the Alliance - In dependent's
write-up of the Lincoln Load Grader
the type made us say that .14,000 jards
of earth were moved in two hours. It
should have been 1,400. There can be
no reasonable donbt that this grader
properly handled can move more dirt,
moye it easier, and leave it in better
shape than any other machine made.
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