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THE ALLIA1T0E-INDE P E 11DQNT. -
WAS IT TREASON?
On the evening of July 8th, Jerry
gimpson of Kansas, addressing a great
mass meeting of laborers in Philadel
The introduction of the Pinkertons
into the state came under the head of
high treason, and that they, with Mr.
Carnegie, should be tried and hung for
Many persons will doubtless pass this
statement by as the language of an im
1 passioned orator, but we believe it is
worthy of serious consideration as a
matter of law and fact.
To bagin with, there has been an
"armed invasion" of the state of Penn
sylvania. Several coach loads of arm
ed men were brought into the state or
ganized and officered as an army. But
this army was not organized under the
authority of the United States or any
state. Its officers had no legal author
ity to command armed troops. This
army came into the state fully prepar
ed to shoot down citizens of Pennsyl
vania, and within a few hours aftro
they came within the borders of the
state, they did shoot a number of the
citizens of the state of Pennsylvania.
This army was brought into the
state at the instance of Carnegie,
Phipps & Co., and hence tho members
of that corporation, who are citizens of
Pennsylvania, are responsible for an
armed invasion of the state. If this be
not treason to the state of Pennsylva
nia in law, it certainly is in fact.
There neither is nor can be nny ex
cuse for bringing into that state an
armed force of private soldiers. The
laws of the state provide for ample
protection to the lives and property of
its citizens. In case the municipal au
thorities are unable to render this pro
tection, tke county and state ?authori
tiesin turn may be called upon, ana
the constitution of the United, States
provides that tho power of the general
government shall be exercised to pre
vent internal disturbance in case tho
authorities of the state are insufficient.
But without having used, much less
exhausted, the legal authorities that
wero at its service, this corporation
imported an armed force from Chicago,
with the results before stated.
We are not well enough versed in the
technicalities of law to say whether or
not Andrew Carnegie and his hired
assassins can be convicted of treason
under the statutes of Pennsylvania.
But of this we feel certain, that in the
court of enlightened public opinion,
they must be held morally guilty of
TREASON TO AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS.
One Mr. Johnsey, weiner-wurst ped
dler, while at a wedding in Omaha, for
cibly extracted a kiss from the lips of
of a Bohemian lady guest whose beauty,
Johnsey thought, justified the proced
ure. The weiner-wurst man thought
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thought she got the "wurst" of it. She
and her husband therefore laid tho
matter before Judge Berka, to whom
the public is indebted for fixing the
value of an Omaha kiss of Bohemian
extraction at $40 and attendant costs;
and, it should be added, that they are
considered cheap at that.
When the state board of transporta
tion reduced the cost of shipment of
apples from Nebraska City to Kearney,
by way of Omaha, why did it not think
to reduce the distance by making a
rate direct from Nebraska City to Kear
ney, thrcugh Lincoln? The board got
a tremendous big curve on itself when
it made its rate around by the way of
Qmaha and up the Platte. ' -'
. The adoption, by the Omaha conven
tion, of a resolution prohibiting pubTic
officials from serving as delegates in
future conventions of tho party, is at
tracting much favorable comment, not
only from members of the party but
from honest men in the old parties.
No man who has watehed the course
of political affairs can deny that in both
old parties the disposition of the men
in office to manipulate the conventions
of their party in the interests of their
own retention in office, has become a
menace to the republic and an -impediment
in tho way of carrying out the
will of the people.
What has been generally conceeded
in this line has been vividly typified in
tho recent conventions, especially in
the national republican convention, at
Minneapolis where a horde of office
holders came together with a horde of
railroad and corporation favorites of
the administration, and laid their
plans for their own perpetuation in
It has remained for the people's
party to sound tho noto of reform in
this, as in many other lines. The
declaration has gone forth that office
holders shall have no hand in the con
ventions that are to pass upon their
future retention in office. This is not
only a step in the right direction but is
one which will win much respect for
tho new party. The old party manip
ulators may talk as much as they please
about the new party being in the hands
of a lot of fellows who simply want
office, but tho course which the new
party is pursuing gives the lie to such
statements and proves beyond question
that the people's party is in the hands
of the people and that the greatest pos
sible effort is being put forth to pre
vent its falling into the hands of office
holders and office-seekers.
Our refonh papers should take hold
of this question and keep it constantly
before the people. The masses are
thoroughly imbued with the belief that
there is no honesty in politics, that
every man who is in politics is after
something for himself and that one set
of fellows is just about as good and just
about as bad as any other set. If it can
now be forced upon the attention of the
public that the new party has decreed
that every man in office shall stand or
fall by reason of his work in office
rather than his work in future conven
tions, the new party will receive credit
for having made one of the grandest
revolutions in politics which modern
history has witnessed. Let the people
know the truth and the new party vail
The following press dispatch will
show what Andrew Carnegie is doing
while the widows and orphans made by
his hired assassins at Homestead are
shedding bitter tears of grief and des
pair over their dead fathers and hus
bands: CARNEGIES OFF FOR THE LAKES.
London, July 8. A four-in-hand,
luxuriously and splendidly equipped,
left oBraemaer, Aberdeenshire, this
morning for Loch Rannoch, Perth
shire. It contained Mr. and Mrs. An
drew Carnegie, M'ss Whitfield and Mr.
Armitage, and they were on their way
to one of the most charming spots in
Scotland, where they will make their
summer headquarters. Mr. Carnegie
seemed much brighter under the influ
ence of the bracing air and delightful
highland fcenery, and had evidently
overcome the agitation which affected
him yesterday but still refused to be
interviewed and declined tq say wheth
er he had any knowledge of the strug
gle and loss of life at Homestead.
Senator Manderson has bo n in the
U. S. senate eight years and wo have
yet to hear of anything of importanco
that he has accomplished for tho peo
ple of Nebraska. Wo do not propose to
enter into a discussion of bis record
here, not for the want of space, but for
the want of record.
But the Senator has been heard
from at last. He has introduced a bill
(by request) for the creation of a "na
tional highway commission." He has
also made a nice little speech in which
he tells about the great future of the
nation's highways. Ho believes in "tho
construction ultimately by this govern
ment of great highways or boulevards
that shall connect metropolitan cen
ters, and the use thereon of different
modern vehicles." "Boulevards" is
good. It is French you know, and very
much more high-toned than tho term
"big road" used by tho vulgar masses.
The Senator is progressive too. Ho
wants to seo "modern vehicles" used
on theso roads, not tho clumsy
chariots and carts of tho ancients. He
mentions particularly "tho bicycle."
He says "no one can foresee what will
bo tho final development of that excel
lent implement," especially when we
find out how to store up electricity, etc.
Proceeding ho says:
I do not believe there could bo a bet
tor expenditure of public money than
to aid the states in the construction of
a great model highway that would con
nect the city of Washington with the
city of New York, passing through the
cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Every farmer and producer along the
road would bo infinitely benefitted.
How nice that, would bo indeed, and
all in the interest of tho farmer and
producer you know. They "would be
infinitely benefitted." Perhaps the
Senator refers to the infinite
pleasure the farmers along
that model highway would
derive from seeing the sons and
daughters of eastern millionaires spin
along these "boulevards" on electrical
bicycles while they (tho farmers) toil
and sweat in their fields to raise money
to pay tho interest on their mortgages
held by tho aforesaid millionaires.
And how enjoyable it will be for Sen
ator Manderson's farmer constituents
to pay the taxes for building and main
taining this "model highway between
Washington and New York!" The
tariff will have to bo raised a little
higher you see, and the farmers of Ne
braska will be "infinitely" benefitted,"
by an increase in the blessings of pro
tection! Yes, Senator Manderson is determin
ed to be heard from. When his term
is out the people of Nebraska will also
be heard from, and Senator Manderson
will retire to private life "by request."
A Glee Olub Organizer.
W. A. Howard, of the Schumann
quartette of Lincoln the quartette
which did such fine singing at the
Omaha convention, we are glad to in
form the public, will respond to any
appeals for his services in the drilling
and formation of glee clubs, and will
furnish music for conventions, meetings
and rall'es for the people's party.
Those wishing his services should write
for dates and terms to tho Alliance
Mr. Howard traveled eight years
with the celebrated Baker family and
has done much singing in campaigns.
He will sing the "Songs of the People"
our shset music series, including some
phoice new songs not yet in print.
WHAT IS B10K OF IT.
Tho bankers of tho country realize
that government banking is one of the
comfng issues, and they seo in Hon. O.
MT'Kcm a champion of that idea.
Whenever a member of congress has
the courage to introduce and advocate
a measure that endangers their power,
the 'bankers organize a war on bim
with a view to his retirement. It ap
pears to us that the. present attack on
Mr,: Kem and his banking bill furnishes
an excellent illustration of this fact.
Not long since the writer fell into
conversation with a man whom ho
knew as a professed independent in a
city of central Nebraska. Ho showed
a jf very accurate knowledge of the
standing of every bank in his city, also
an 'accurate knowledge of tho standing
of Lincoln banks. He had in bis pocket
copies of bank statements which he
pxpfalncd minutely. Finally the con
versation drifted around to Kem's
banking bill. He at onco begun to
assail and ridicule Mr. Kem and the
bill using exactly tho same arguments
that have been used by W. (3. Holdcn.
He also said that all of tho farmers in
central Nebraska had had enough of
Kpni. Further conversation with this
man convinced tho writer that ho is in
tho employ of the bankers' association
whlcfit opinion was greatly strengthened
by the fact that although he remained
hero several days, ho carefully avoided
making his business known. This cir
cumstanco taken with several others
leads us to believo that tho bankers'
association is behind tho fight on Mr.
Kem and his bill.
-SHOW YOUR LOYALTY.
July 24th, and August 16th, are the
dates set by the national committee of
the people's party foV meetings every
where to raise campaign funds. .
The people should respond to this
call with promptness and liberality.
This is the true.way to ratify the work
of the Omaha convention.
Let meetings be held everywhere on
tho 24th and collections be taken up to
start the campaign. Then let subscrip
tion books be opened for funds to be
paid in monthly till the close of the
Where is the loyal independent who
cannot pay one dollar per month or
more? Let us show our political oppo
nents that we mean business, by put
ting up the "sinews of war" for tho
Take off your coat and roll up your
sleeves ior the independent ticket.
"We must have harmony in the
democratic party," said one of Gov.
Boyd's apppointees out at the insane
asylum, as he knocked down a fellow
The, new people's party paper of
Georgia got 1,374 new subscribers
week before last. Looks like the peo
ple's party "craze" is on with a ven
geance down there.
TO THE state board of transportation,
Greeting: Please let us have a reduc
tion in the freight rate on green toma
toes from Lincoln to Beatrice, by the
way of "Chadron.
The Philadelphia Press says the the
republicans may yet win in the coming
campaign notwithstanding the declin
ation of -W. J. Campbell, tho man se
lected for chairman of the national
committee. To a man up a tree such a
remark indicates that the machine i
in a badly rattled condition.
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