The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894, July 07, 1892, Image 1

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NO. 4.
Great Speech of Hon. Maurice L- Wheat of
Iowa, nominating Jas. B- Weaver
for the Presidency at
Omaha July 4.
' 'The Intrepid Advocate of the Common
People, the Grand Captain of the Old
Guard" who ''Stands four Square
., to all the Winds that Blow."
In behalf of Iowa, Morris L. Wheat
supported Weaver. He said:
Mr. Chairman: No greater responsibil
. ityr higher duty ever rested jipon a
Imiuatt assembly than upon the one here
convened. We are to nominate men who
will bear our banner in; this first organ
ized fight against the uwcrupulous but
thoroughly disclipined hostf of monopoly.
Struggles for equal rights and oppor
tunities are as old as humanity and dot
the pages of history with altercate success
and failure, but among them all none call
for more courage, devoted patriotism and
skillfull leadership than the one about to
commence between the concienceless
ordes of plutocracy and the army of
voters who will faithfully follow the ban
ner of the People's Party to the ballot
box next November. The common people
of this country have at - last resolved to
take the reins of the government which
, their forefathers created and which they
" have maintained into their own hands.
We are to place in nomination a candi
date for the presidency, not a pliant hire
ling of Wall street, but one wha springs
from the great plain people of the country;
or in thorough sympathy with their
wamV.onewho touches elbows with the
toilf of the shop and the tiller of the
fiel The leaders of the old party combi
natwiistake their certificates ofleader
r: from a plutocracy mightier, than that
vlich sent Borne to her grave and holds
Ar;op in its grasp today, a plutocracy
iore dendish than ever Afflicted a nation.
V touched he brain of the Minneapolis
ind, Chicago conventions. The result
ywybodo knows, or ought to know, is
he woice of men who had been previ-1
usly chosen by the money power of the
. TTm . A i J . i. 1 A. M & I . A.
. otiaWT. 4 nay smna upon piatiorms mat
n zlsb notMna to th Krfiftt mjr j:
wealth producryr He who votes" for
eRher throws hie vote away and sacrifices
upon the base altar of prejudice the dear
est rights of liberty, equality and home.
It is not so here. This movement orig
inated with the common people: with
them it must remain if we would pro
serve pure and Inviolate out rights, the
ballot box and legislation. Now and
here, in this first great conflict with pin
tocracy, are we to choose a leader. He
m ust be a man who will guide us "in the
middle of the road," one who will carry
our banner boldly and skillfully in the
forefront of battle, one who has taught
and will teach that "Equal rights to all
and special privileges to none." and that
"an injury to one is the concern of all,"
is the only enduring republican
form 6f government.. We must not
choose one who agrees with
us only in part, neither, must we bow
down to the old parity theory of nominat
ing any one who we think will command
the most votes regardless of whether he
is in hearty accord with our entire plat
form. It would be a criminal plunder that
might give us a temporary gain,but in the
end ruin and disaster. We want a man
who is emphatically in favor of the free
and unlimited coinage of tuver, and, also,
of the issue by the government of full le
gal tender paper to make, altogether $50
per capita in circulation, fiut he must
not stop there, lie must be in favor of
government control of telegraph and rail
road lines and of the extinguishment of
land monopoly.
We have a man who pre-eminently fills
the requirements, who has fought more
battles for the toiling masses than ; any.
other in this country. In the
gloom of bygone years, ' when it
was worth almost a man's life to es
pouse the cause we hold dear today, he
stood fearlessly and pleaded in congress
the cause of the people. Then single
handed and alone he compelled the hire
lings of monopoly to call a halt. His
record there is like a oasis in the desert
of iniquitous betrayal of public trust.
No bribe ever stained his character, no
act of dishonor ever sullied the integrity
of his heart. Through the dark night of
partv prejudice has been heard his clarion
"call of action." Serene in defout, always;
confident of "final success while others
were disheartened and doubtful of victory,
wise, skillful and full of wonderful en
ergy in bat tie. whou success has crowned
his efforts he never forgot the plain, com
mon people who so largely supported him:
More than one of the mighty champions
of plutocracy have been put to flight by
his mental prowess and unanswerable
arguments. The subsidized black
guardism incarnate in partisan newspaper
offices has hurled at him its poisoned
darts of slander and ridicule only to see
them fall harmless as they struck his
glittering armor of truth and justice.
Others have been great in noble self
sacrifice, but there does not live today a
grander advocate of the common people
than tiiis brave veteran of the western
In nominating him we shall make no
mistake. As we enter into our first battle
I am proud of the honor to nominate as
our candidate for the presidency one who
"stands four square" to all the winds that
b?ow, the intrepid advocateof thecommon
people, the splendid captain of the "Old
Guard" General James B. Weaver. ,
"Truth's Approaching Triumph" U a
song of the "thousand years," the reign
of rig teou3Dess for which we are light
ing. It is a beautiful inspiring compo
sition, refreshing as a song of the augels
to those who have become weary wait
ing. See our campaign music ad.
The Beunion of the Blue and the Gray
Memorial Services A Woman's
Meeting The Single-Tax-ers'
A Series of Very Important and Profit
able Meetings Held in Connec
tion With the National
A large number of important meet
ings were held in Omaha in connection
with the national people's convention.
Space will not permit anything like a
complete report of them in our columns.
The following is a mere skeleton re
port, of these meetings which without
exception were marked by profitable
educational work, and uplifting ingpir
ation, to all who attended them.
On Sunday afternoon the memorial
services in honor of Col. Folk and Rev.
Gilbert Do Lamatyr occurred. The
coliseum building was about ha 'f filled.
President Loucks of the F. A. & I. U.
presided. . C. W. Macune, editor of
the.National Economist, a warm per
sonal friend of Col. Polk, reviewed his
work and paid a glowing: tribute to the
great leader whom death had called
away. He predicted that Polk would
have been nominated as the standard
bearer of the party if he had lived.
S. W. Denmark of Raleigh,
North Carolina, a son-in-law of
Colonel Polk spoke next. Mrs.
Todd, General Weaver, Mrs. Lease,
Ignatius Donnelly, and Mrs. Vickery, a
Kansas lady, followed In eloquent eu
logies and tributes to the memory of
the illustiious and brio ved dead.
Ex Congressman Gillette of Iowa was
then introduced and spoke of the work
and character of Gilbert De Lamatyr.
Mrs. Curtis of Colorado then read a
beautiful and appropriate "Ode to Col.
Polk." N. A. Dunning of Washington,
D. C, and T. V. Powderly followed in
short speeches. A plan was set on foot
for raising funds by five cent contribu
tions to erect a monument to Col. Polk.
About four thousand people assembd
in the Colisiem building Saturday
night to attend the rennion of the ex
union and ex-confederate soldiers.
John G. Moughermar of Indiana, a
crippled union veteran, was made
chairmen. Before the speaking began,
the blues and the grays formed in two
lines and marched "pasi each other
shaking haods as they passed
while tho band played Yankee
doodle and Dixie, while cheers rent the
air, hats were waved, and enthusiasm
rose to the boiling point. Tho chair
man asked Ben Terrell to preside, and
each speaker was allowed five minutes.
Wimncrly of Georgia 'first spjko in
thrilling tonei of tho burial of sec
tional hatred and tho reuniting of tho
people in the new party,
Capt. C. A. Power of Indiana
told of his visit to the reunion
of the Texas veterans last year.
"Mollie and tho liable" was then sung
by tho Qune'mo club. Co'. S. F. Norton
of Chicagj spoke eloquently of tho days
of th3 war, and said tho reunited vet
erans were now ready to fightjio
hosts of Shylock with bailees instead""
of burets. Ho said if tho private
soldiers on both sides could have got
together, they would have settled the
difficulty in forty-eight hours, but this
was prevented by the bond-holders and
and land stealers who were interested
in prolonging the war.
Mrs. Ijease fo lowed in one of her
most eloquent talks. She gave her ex
perienco in trave'ing and speaking in
this movement, espeeia ly the kind and
chivalrous manner the southern people
had treated her.
Roberts of Tennessee, and Paul Van
dervoort followed in eloquent short
. The greatest good feeling and en
thusiasm prevailed throughout tho
meeting. It was a reunion of hearts
and hands as well as voices.
The Nebraska Independent Press
association held a meeting at the Del
lone hotel on Friday evening
which was the best attended meeting
yet held. A large number of new
members were admitted and the mem
bership of the association was swelled
to over sixty. It was decided to hold
the next meeting at York, probably
some time in August.
A meeting of all those especially in
terested in the land question was held
in Farnam street theater on Sunday
morning. Hamlin Garland was the
principal speaker. The meeting was
well attended and much" interest was
manifested in the great is3uo of land
On Sunday afternoon about 3,000 peo
ple assembled in the Exposition build
ing at a meeting of the working wo
men's assoc'ation. Speeches were
made by Miss Susan B. Anthony, Mr.
Powderly, Mrs. Diggs of Kansas, Mr.
A. W. Wright of the K. of L. Those
phases of the reform movement in
which the women are particularly in
terested were discussed, and wit, humor
and eloquence flowed freely.
The Stewart Bill's Fatal Error.
Washington, July 6. Representa
tive Culbertson of Texas expresses the
opinion that the senate made a fatal
mistake in passing the free coinage
bill; that it failed to preserve in the
repeal of the act of 1890 the
legal tender quality of the coin notes
issued under the authority of the sec
retary of the treasury to redeem.
The effect of the senate bill, he says,
will be to demonetize more than 0
000,000 of coin notes find postponf
thsir redemption.