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THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT.
TIIK CJIAItCKH IIKFUTKI).
General Van Wyck Defended by the
'Tho following statement has been
prepared by the members of the con
gressional committee of tho First d's
trict during tho memorable campaign
of 1890. It throws some light upon an
occurrence lhat has never been thor
oughly understood by tho Independents
of the First district and for which a
great deal of unmerciful and indiscrim
inate criticism was bestowed.
To the Independents of Ne
Ukask: As Independents wo feel it
our du'y for the good of tho party, to
counteract tho impression that has
been charged up against ono who first
of all, in open speech, look firm s'and
for independent political action in this
state, in a speech delivered at Genoa,
and who before had stood in tho senate
nnd boldly and alono fo'ight ajrainst
tho railroads and for tho farmers' in
terest, fearlessly, and wbo commanded
respect throughout tho Union for his
upfl'nching dfi'oVion to tho people's
ctuse; namely, General Charles II. Van
The charge hai b-en mado but never
rroven, that it was his act that caused
the delay in not accepting the nomina
tion in what was tho First congres
sional (listr ct in 1SW
We, as part of tho c mmlttcc and in
connection with others, can very easily
explain tho causo. and it would have
been done at tho limo if tho person
making tho charge would have allowed
access to tho columns tf tho paper ho
was then editing.
Wo will simply deal with that charge
by laying that tho nomination was
forced upon him against his, the gen
eral's, known wishes, ho having given
instructions not to have his name used
in that connect'on, for he would not
accept it, and when lenden d him the
next morning after tho all night con
vention, positively refused to accept.
But ho was urged to remain quiet for a
while for tho interest of tho indepen
dent causo before declining, and when
wo carao early to Omaha, we, with
others, then prevailed upon him to go
back and reconsider the step ho had
taken; but even then ho declared that
timo would not alter his opin'on, but
respect to his friends who would not
even accept the paper upon which the
declination was written, caused bim to
We make this statemont that those
who have been led to believe tbat Gen.
Van Wyck held his declination back to
'njure our causo, may know the truth
in regard to it.
If any aro to bo censured it is those
who forced the homination on bim and
thoso who would not recoivo his de
clination. We aro fully aware tbat these
charges have been made and sent out
through tho state to damage his char
acter through jealousy and nono were
allowed to reply through the same
co!umns where the charges were made;
but knowing tho change of sentiment
that hps been brought about in the
stato by thoso who have heard both
sides, we ask that you will give us
spaco in your columns and hope that
all independent papers will copy.
The other charges that have been
brorght up by the party referred to, we
beliuve can be shown by others as false
as this ono has by us.
J. M. Kenny, Omaha,
C. W. Miller, South Omaha,
O. A. Wolcott, Elk City,
Thank B. IIibbard, Irvington.
Kem and Whitehead held their fifth
joint di cussionat Ainsworth, Brown
county, on Thursday Sept. 23. The
meeting was held at 2 p. m. . in a church.
The building would not hold the crowd
and seats were prepared on the outside
to accommodate tho overflow. People
were present from all over Brown and
Keya Paha counties.
Kem was introduced by chairman
Edmisten, ard received hearty cheers.
Tho fallowing is clipped from the World
Herald's report of tho debate:
- Mr. Kem referred courteously tQ his
opponent. Mr. Whitehead, and then
bfgan at occo to discuss the issues of
He referred to tho farmers and labor
ing ckfscs as a dittatitfied people, and
sa!d that la his references to the re
publicans he referred to them as a party
and not as individuals, and spoke of the
past good they had achieved, branding
th mas a party that had outlived its
usefulness. His speech was mado up of
solid arguments frcm first to last in
support cf the cause advocated by the
independents and was frequently inter
rupted by prolonged applause. The
attention shown was perfect and many
heretofore ardent republicans manifes
ted tho interest of tho man hungry for
facts. As he closed prolonged applause
Tho chair then introduced James
White! cad, and when ho had explain
ed that he was suffering with chronic
sore throat or acute congestion, the
crov d was satisfied that it was this and
not fear that produced tho pink and
purple expression that sat upon his
countenance. His speech consumed one
hour and fifteen minutes, tho time be
ing fporit in eulog'zing the republican
party, apoligizing for its mistakes,
fiebly attacking the congressional re
cord of Mr. Kem, and telling the farm
ers how exceptionally prosperous they
are, and how thankful they should be
to t he g. o. p. In all this timo ho care
fu ly and dext- rously avoided every
po nt at issuo as rne possessed of
genius at "zigzaging," and it was diffi
cult to tll whether ho was simply
opposing Mr. Kem personally or mak
ing a bloody shirt i-pecch. During hi
speech he was cheered by a small band
of the true and tried that were congre
gated in one corner of the room, a part
of which unions iously left the room
as he c'osed, thereby declining to hear
Mr. Km in reply.
In tho fifteen minutes allotted to
Kem fur closiutr, the congressman be
came not, only eloquent but extremely
forcible, and pourod red hot facts into
enemy's camp in such a manner as to
completely demoralize them, and the
pale faces grew paler and the red ones
rodder amid tho most tumultuous ap
plause of tho independents, and many
republicans, catching ,the spirit and
admitt'ng tho arguments, joined in a
tinging chorus. Cheer followed cheer
until the audience seemed ono vast mul
titude of independents, and if a repub
lican continued to exist as such, he was
lost sight of amidst the enthusiasm of
the moment, and Mr. Whi'ehead and
his friends, taking advantage of the
tumult, quietly stole away, while ad
m'ring constituents crowded about the
distinguished congressman, wringing
his hands and showering congrafu'a-
Appeal to the Weak Kneed.
In spito of tho wave of the bloody
shirt, the charge cf calami y howlers
and "hayseeds," the independents have
come to the front with nominees that
have not been excelled in. the history
of the stato.
Weak-kneed independents, fear no
lunger that a choice of president will
b3 tbrowa into the house and that
Cleveland will bo the lu ky man. Put
on a fall armour, speak confidently at
all times. Wo have but to fall in line
and cast our vote, and thus form an
endless procession marching on to vic
tory, Ilee 1 not tho cry of wily politi
cians who tell you that great calami ties
will indeed follow an "independent
Be not deceived. "Ye are the salt of
the earth." You produce wealth by the
sweat of your brow, and you are not
well paid. Even though it be a fact
that American laborers command
better wages at present, than at cer
tain other times, it does not follow that
they receive just compensation for
their labor, and equal privileges with
all . men. Then ra ly to the cause of
justice. J. B. W.
Printers Can't Be Hoodwinked.
The pretended "squaring" of the
New York Tribune office and tho put
ting of several of the leaders of No 6
into fat jobs in the New York postoffiee
may buy back a few of the republican
printers of Gotham, but typographical
unions all over the country are unani
mously adopting resolutions that they
are not to be hoodwinked- by this sort
of .white-washing rats' by cutting off
t&eiXtWls. Wnooli tierald,
Hear an Old Timer.
Ft. Robinson, NeK, Sept. 10, 1892.
A lli ance-Indei'ENDent: J. am well
pleased with your paper, it does mo
good to sec you showing up tho corrup
tion that is going oa in the old parties,
ror the Lord knows they are rotten to
the core. I have bet n an independent
for 16 years, I was for Peter Ccoper
when ho ran on the Green-back ticket.
I was in the stato convention in Wa
hoo in 1880 and I havo never felt like
going back, and neither will any true
man if he is endowed with a genuine
lovo for principles. I am an old soldier
and as som3 republicans say I vote tho
way I 6hot. I vote for tho interest of
the public and they yoto for tho pluto
crats and monopolif 8.
They tell mc to look what the repub
lican party has done for the o'd soldier.
Yes, but I think it is the people's
money that is paying all these pensions.
It is not republican money. I was told
by an old soldier the other day that we
got all they agreed to pay us. If I
know anyth'ng about it we did not, for
our pay was to have been in gold. Now
when gold was 285 we got fifteen dollars
in greenbacks with tho exception
clause on them. But in tho first place
tho volunteers were rot fighting for
pay If wo had been fighting for pay
should like to know why wo should
have any credit for patriotism? We
might give all the credit to the capita-li-ts
for furnishing our government
with money to carry on the war.
Another thing I want to know: has
an old soldier a right to an opinion of
his own, or must he let tho old party
heelers th'nk for him? Are wo not
producers and taxpayer? Yes, and we
are the bono and sinew of our country
if an old soldier dees say it. Let the
ticket be which it may, you should be
able to give a reasoa why you vote it.
Be a man as well as a soldier. Think
for yourself and look a little to your
own interest. Don't bo a republican or
a democrat just because your dad was.
Read the three platforms and then de
cide how you will cast your vote. Don't
listen to the argument that money is
bound to win. Vote once for your own
interest and see if the howlers are not
on tho other side. If you have no
mortgage on your property, just look
and see how many there aro around
you. Do something to help your near
neighbor. Do not try t'j oppress your
fr ends and enrich some eastern pluto
crat. Tho rcsh can take care of them
selves. But we are all poor and we
should try and help one another. Come
to tho front and let us show our
strength, and if we do, rest assured
Weaver and Field and all our state
ticket will bo elected. Don't let the
democrats and republicans fool you
with their tariff. We want tariff re
form, but there are other reforms we
want, and are going to havo.
On the 30th of this month we aro
going to have a picnic, and a joint de
bate between II. G. Stewart ard Mr.
Woods bis opponent. We want every
bodytoome and hear some of the
truths of our party. We are in earnest
in this part of the state, come one
come all and bo welcome. Yours,
F. G. Harms.
Stanton, Sept 21.
The K. of L. and farmers allianoe
held a picnic here yesterday. An ad
dress given by T H. Tibbies of Ban
croft was well received and consider
able enthusiasm shown.
The democrats held a meeting in th3
evening in the court house.
Their speakers were Senator Keiper
and Mr Gering. Mr. Gsring devoted
almost the entire evpning to a glowing
eulogism of the old democrat party.
Keiper spoke for a few minutes on
the "f oi ce bill" deploring the fall of
American liberty and then devoted
himself to a personal attack on Mr.
The democrats refused to consider a
joint debate with Mr. Tibbies on the
finance question, claiming that it was
not one of "questions of the day."
Isaac Repec.a. lod's ged marriel
ride avay quiclc
Rebecca What for you in sucn
Isaac l)er sooner ve marries, der
sooner comedot golden wedding, ain't
it Kate Field's Washington.
Ah. Blank, is it you? I
you're running a house of your
No, " responded Blank sadly,
married." Kate Field's Washington.
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