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THE ALLIANCE - INDEPENDENT.
RESPONSE TO THE TOAST, "AMERICA."
Delivered by Col. Jesse Harper at Michl
gan City, Ind., 1870.
America! the agis of liberty: the bea
con light of hope. Land of the free
church; land of the free school; land ol
the free man. The divinely guided
Magi came from the East to worship In
the manger, the Omniareh of the world.
His star moved west until it bathed in
the silver waters of the ocean of setting
sun. Then its burning corruscations
shown back upon the track where man
had taken his weary march, and the
glory of that double shining made
brighter than halo America.
America! baptized in the ravishments
which heralds the Messianic day.
America! Sweetest name shibboleth of
America! the land of heroes; land of
God's planting. Here, the trees stretch
forth their giant arms, as though to
snatch the star-gems from the blue
above to adorn these glorious plains.
Here the silvery lakes are shenic beau
ty; a dazzling shimmer; a silent laugh.
Here, roll the grandest rivers of
earth, upon whose swelling Hoods float
a commerce, countless in riches, endless
Here are soils outrivaling, a thousand
fold, the famed valleys of the Hungar
mud; and here are gold and silver and
"Old Ophir in her haughty pride,
This triad sets aside."
America! to the new-born glories
came the noblest shock: Pilgrims,
Hugcunots, men: and on thy teeming
bosom planted the tabernacles of empire.
Here, swelled from the heart the diapa
son of the ages their undying anthems.
"Those daring men, those gentle wives; say
wherefore do they come?
Why read they all the tender ties of kindred
and of home?
'Tis Heaven assigns their noble work, man's
spirit to unbind.
They come not for themselves alone, they come
for all mankind.
And to this empire of the West, the glorious
boon they bring.
A church without a Bishop, a State without a
America! the Hazalei held back for
nearly six thousand years.
America! the Ilesperidcs of the times.
America! Nobler than freedom's
My countrymen, fail not in your high
mission. Let not history repeat itself
in you. Make, indeed, this land the
fruition j ust pictured. If the temple of
liberty fall then all shall be lost. If Its
fruitage of hope, more sweet than the
grapes of Eschol, perish, then shall all
die. If this last hope of roan fails, if the
work unequaled, burns to ashes on our
fallen alters, then will be actualized into
history: "Death upon the pale horse
and hell following after him."
In this murdering America, blood shall
flow to the bridle bits.
Egypt eclipsed in cruelty by making
the bondsman's tears more scalding.
Babylon outdone in hauteur by making
the toilers' chains more- galling.
Persia be overshadowed in the ravish
ments of wealth by making the excise
on labor more unbearable.
Greece, with her silver isles;
'Where burning Sappho loved and Sang.'
Be more than rivaled in making the
down-trodden more wretched.
And Rome, old iron Home, be made
to pale in her crime against God's
workers, when contrasted with this
modern oligarchy of evil, where man's
right to earn his bread by the sweat of
his brow is denied by law, and he re
duced to a beggar.
My countrymen, it shall not be. The
God of our fathers loves us too well to
permit it. The spirit of our dead ones
is incense to the lire of liberty, fanning
it to a flame. Even now the heat of
their coming is felt flashing against the
face of tyrants. The arm is raised to
strike; and when the blow falls, once
for all and forever shall it settle the
grand question of human history
rights of man.
America is the battle ground, Chris
tian civilization the issue. A million
hearts feel the glow of the coming
regencsis, and ten times a million strong
arms are rising in its defense. If justice
is not done to all by the persuasive in
fluence of love, avenging swords shall
leap from the scabbard, no more to rest
till red handed wrong has been burled
in the grave to whieh eternal ages shall
bring no resurrection.
The new child of glorious destiny Is
now ready for the birth. The sky is
bright with the rising of the Anastatic
j day. The flre-wrapted Elijahs are in a
thousand forms being caught away.
The mantles of promise fall upon the
Elijahs of premise; the ark of liberty is
being raised; the consecrated hand of
manhood Is bearing it to the hill tops
There amid churches whose spires are
bathed in blue, and whose bodies are
filled with truo worshippers, rings the
te deum laudamus.
There,, amid a school system broad as
earth and free as air, rings the te deum
And there, amid govcrment of the
people, by the people, and for the peo
ple, rings the te deum laudamus.
There nations as one brotherhoood
stand uncovered, and hand in hand give
America, last found, longest hid, is the
America has closed the march of mis
rule and brought perennial day.:
Ameiica has become the empire of the
setting sun, whose sceptre at last shall
"rule from sea to sea, and from thf
rivers to the ends of the earth."
What the Old Party Papers are Saying,
Gen. O. O. Howard discusses the bru
tal punishment inflicted by a martinet
clothed with brief authority on Private
lams on the line of precedents. Gen.
Howard might find a precedent for even
greater degrees of cuelty. But he will
not discover anything that will mitigate
the scorn of decent folk for an act that
was so clearly prompted by subservience
to the class represented by Carnegie and
his man Frlck.
vllege as a proof of the viciousness of
the strikers. To plain people of com
mon sense it seems to be a proof of the
viciousness of the Carnegies and Fricks
who import foreign workmen because
they are cheap.
Chicago Tribune, Sep.
"The two old parties will pursue their
own course, and the Farmers' Alliance
will pursue its path until enough of its
members recover from their mid-summer
madness, when the organization
will crumble to pieces, as the old oath-bound-secret-know-nothing
, party did.
If it should appear that there was real
danger of the People's party holding to
gether long enough to do great mis
chief, the Democrats would unite with
the Republicans, from whom they differ
chiefly on the tariff and offices, and the
two would fight against a common ene
my. When that job was ended, the two
parties would separate and resume their
dispute on the tanir as or oia
St. Louis Tost-DIspatch.
The assault upon non-union workers at
Duquesne was led by two aliens who
had not been in this country more than
six months. This Is dwelt upon with
much satisfaction by the organs of pri
vate Journal, Reno, Nev., Rep.
There Is not a sincere advocate of the
rcmonetizatlon of silver In Nevada who
docs not agree with Senator Stewart
that we should have but one ticket
where the silver question is involved.
Any division on that proposition at
home lessens the influence of our Sena
tors and Representative at Washington.
For Nevadans to elect men to any posi
tion who uphold Harrison or Cleveland,
when there is a silver party candidate
in the field, would be to stultify them
selves and subject those who are bat
tling for the cause of silver at Washing
ton to the suspicion of not repicsenting
the sentiments of their constituents
The free coinage of silver at the ratio tl
16 .grains of that metal to 1 grain of gold,
as the founders of the government de
signed, is for the first time an issuo be
tween political parties. Those whe
favor 6uch coinage cannot consistentlj
or conscientiously support Cleveland
nor Harrison, therefore there should be,
as Senator Stewart expresses it, onlj
one party in Nevada.
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