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THE ALLIANOE-INDE PENDENT.
"S x weeks before we
out that barricade was
Mr. S. J. Kent of Lincoln, who has
just returned from a trip to the east,
contributes the following very interest
ing letter on what he saw and heard
with observations thereon that will le
read with interest:
On .the day previous to the battle
with the Pinkertons, I was at Pittsburg
in company with a prominent oliicer of
the American Federation of Labor.
Having a few hours to spare wo board
ed the train for Homestead. We were
met at the station by a friend and
escorted through the picket lines, over
the bridgo to the city, built up almost
entirely by men who at one time or an
other have been employed at the mills.
This pretty Jittle city is only seven
miles from Pittsburg. Ic is tmilt on
1,000 acres of lmd almost surrounded
by hills. Its home are simple and
neat and clean with the exception per
haps of the Hungarian quarter, which
is small. The town lies near the Mon
ongahcla river beside which is built
the great mills, now lying grim and
"Look at lhoso things" said a mill
man to me.
built three miles long and dotted with
port holes for riilcmeD. Look at those
strands of barb wire above the fence and
connected with a dynamo. Look at
those steam pipes supplied with boiling
water. Thero you see tho hose with
nozzles complete, all fixed ready, to
pour scalding water upon the men who
have built up those works and produced
tho millions held by its proprietors.
See the revolving search l'ght and the
photographic apparatus to be used in
connection with it. Then ask yourself
is not this calculated to make the blood
boil in honest veins?
Would they dare do such a thing in
Europo today? Has it come to this?
Hare tho thousands of men in Home
stead today with their homes, their
wives and their babes, many of whom
you seo wear a button attesting their
loyalty to their country and flag, men
who by their intelligence and energy
have mado those great works possible,
and ask in return but a comfortable
living: I ask you, have they no vested
rights? Has it come to this, that men
maybe shot down like dogs because
they but seek life, liberty and the pur
suit of happiness? Has it come to this,
that two or three men because they
own wealth and wield political power
can sacrifico thorsands to their greed?
I unhesitatingly answered, "Yes
Have not they chartered a steamer,
the Little Bill? Do not the barges
that are to convey the Pinkertons and
their arms lie fitted up at; Pittsburg?
These things we know. God knows
what the morrow will bring forlh.
You may, you probably will, bo de
feated. But let me say to you that
your defeat will be the turning .point
in the emancipation cf American
I could tell you much more in regard
to Homestead, but you are familiar
with tho facts through, the newspauers.
A closo watch had been up for
the Pinkertons ever sines the lockout
labor always expects to be shot down
when it resists the despotic treatment
of those men who contribute so much
to tho campaign funds of the party in
power and get in return a license to
rob the people and call it tariff. The
mill men will tell you that Carnegie
(the bosom friend of Blaine, McKinley,
and Harrison) is like Reid, Depevv,
Gould, and Vanderbilt, a bitter foe to
organized labor. Why? Because year
by year as they have tried to reduce
wageSjlabor organizations have resist
ed them. While through special legis
lation and fat government contracts
thsy have amassed their million?, thev
have lost no opportunity to degrado
This apostle of protection, who owns
palatial residences in New York, and
Pittsburg, a summer house in t,he
south, a highland eastle in Scotland
and an English manor near the Ascot
race track, is today the largest man
' ufacturer of pig iron, steel and coke in
the world, and yet this bloated baron
and his associates sigh for more; and
to get it they, with their murderous
hirelings, shoot down thf flower of
Awisw.istnn nnlAAi1 r i i r a -h ri 1 1 1 f ci IT
protection, fill their places with for-
in the Coke strike two years ago. And
when he has despoiled these men,
women and children of their homes, he
flaunts in their faces such cant rs
"Triraphant Democracy," and with the
hard earnings of the men who have
made his millions he builds and en
dows public institutions to perpetuate
The four thoJsand six hundred em
ployees at Homestead know very well
that to their own organization and not
to a tariff do th y owe the wages they
have been receiving. They realize that
with a higher tariff and no organiza
tion these protected barons would eoon
reduce their condition to ihat of pau
perism. The men at Homestead can tell you
something of the manipulations of
Carnegie. Their story goes back
twenty six years to a time when the
Pacific railroads secured thousands of
acres of land on either side of tracks
which werj never built. They say it
was Acdrew Carnegie who saved them
from an accounting. The public will
remember the coaching trip through
Scotland with James G. Blaine. It was
but a short time until Carnegie held in
his hands a contract to supply the
Pscitic railroads with steel rails at $32
per ton, $28 in cash and $4 in mortgag
es on land that the railroads had no
right to but that of possession. No
sooner had Carnegc obtained this oil
tract than he started in to corner the
market on steel rails. His obiect ac
complished he brought tho market
price of rails down to $20 per Ion; then
ho filled his Pacific road contract mak
ing a clear profit of $12 per ton.
As Carnegie manipulated the rail
market, so he manipulated steel billets.
The mill men at Homestead have no
hesitancy in saying that Carnegie
dictated the McKinley bill so far as it
relates to tho steel industry. Circum
stances go to prove that the duty on
steel billets was lowered to suit Carne
gie, that he might have the opportun
ity to rob his employees at Homestead
out of thousands of dollars. As steel
billets formed the basis of theJr scale of
prices, when the price of steel bil
lets goes down the wages cf all the em
ployees go down also. Very few steel
billets were made at Homestead.
At Chicago I found the organized
men almost up in arms on account of
affairs at Homestead.
At South Bend, Indiana. I delivered
four addresses, one of which was to a
very large audience in the opera
house the men went fairly wild when
ever I alluded to the Pinkertons at
Homestead. My advice to the men to
take independent political action was
met with an encouraging response.
The labor in the Studebaker wagon
works is done almost wholly by Poland
erj. I was told in South Bend that
Studebaker got his start from fat con
tracts for army wagons, and when he
and made a snug pile he no longer
wanted American labor, he wanted
something cheaper and more pliable.
The brothers now each have a palatial
mansion. Mr. Clem Studebaker turns
out in royal magnificance with coach
and four and a half dozen llunkejs
who jump down whenever, the coach
stops to hold the horses and give every
attention to their lords. An English
tally ho horn gives notice of the ap
proach of these American aristocrats
and the hisses that greet them as they
drive through the business streets
show how much they are really liked
by the people of South Bend. The
Studeoakers employ it is said 1,GU0
Mr. Oliver of tho Oliver chilled steel
plow works, also employs nearly all
Polish laborers. The Singer sewing
machine works turn out at their South
Bend works, 1.500 machines per day.
Tho work is nearly all dono by juvenile
labor, a large number being children
of tender years. Under just laws these
children would be in tho school room.
At this point are located the famous
Catholic institutions of Notre Dame
and St. Mary's, a description of which
would be too lengthy for this letter.
I have not finished my story but
space forbids me continuing it. In
conclusion I wish to say, Mr. Editor,
that in the sections of country that I
have visited I find increasing interest
manifested in this industrial movement.
The laboring people are beginning to
understand that the two old parties are
the Iritter foes of the industrial classes.
Letters of Encouragement.
The editor of the Liberty says he is
receiving numerous private letters
complimenting Irs course, etc. We
presume the following is a sample. A
large number of independents all over
the state have sent us copies of letters
sent to the Liberty with the request
that they be published in this paper.
We have not space for them, but will
give this as a sample. It is written by
L. II. Suter, who ha3 just been nomin
ated for representative by the indepen
dents of Antelope county.
Neligh, Neb , July 15, 1392.
Mr. Holden, editor Liberty, Lin
coin, Neb., Sir: Please scratch my
name frcm vour book as 1 have no use
for LIBERTY of that kind. We are
all true independents up here, and by
the way, did you seo the resolution that
was unanimously adopted at our con
gressional convention in the old third
dis'riet endorsing O. M. Kem's votes
and actions in, congress? It seems to
me that you must bo on very intimate
terms wth the railroad company that
you should ba their preference in in
trusting you with such evidence. Yes,
we are acquainted with Wolfe, Thomp
son, Thornton, Kem and all the rest of
that gang and if it had not been for
such true and loyal patriots as they are
the heavy cloud ef oppression would
obscure the entire heavens and the
light that now gleams from the distant
horizon would htill be invisible to the
naked eye. Send bill. Respectfully,
L 11. SUTFR,
(M CAMPAIGN SONGS
WEDDED TO NEW HARMONITLS.
The Voice of the Industrial
Powerfully voicing our rights and
wrongs, our needs and demands.
Melting and mirthful, sarcastic and
truthful, flashing and forceful.
Our national leaders are welcoming the
"Songs of the People" most heartily
and declare "Music more than anything
else will sweep victory to our door."
"With glee clubs formed all over the
west and south, I would have no doubt
as to the outcome of this present con
test," says B. O. Flower, the editor of
the Arena. Our ' Songs of the People"
are to be reviewed in the August
number of this great magazine.
They are pronounced admirable'
by our great literateur and party
leader, Hon. Ignatius Donnelly.
At our recent national convention they
were sold and carried into all the
states, from Main8 to California.
Hon. James G. Field, our candidate
for vice-president, says of them:
"They are indeed the voice of the people's
party and industrial classes. They contain
the pure gospel ef industrial Balvation and
are calculated to movj the people mightily."
Order at once and awaken enthusiasm
with these songs of freedom. Addi
tional songs will soon be ready, include
ing "Timothy Hayseed," "The Money
Power Arraigned," "A Politician Here
You See," etc.-
The Workers' Battle Hymn of
Right Shall Reign 25
Tho Weakest Must Go to the Wall. !i5
The Taxpayers Settle the Bills ,5
Sous of America or
Get Off the Earth &
The Flag of Liberty . , '35
The Coal Baron's Song . . .35
Truth's Approaching Triumph .!'.'. .30
God Save the People 30
We Have the Tariff Yet. ...'.'.'.11! I35
The Alarm Beat 1 135
The Millennium Army "35
That 'Honest Dollar' 1 1 1 1 '35
Losses and Lies , 1 1 "35
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