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About The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 13, 1892)
THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT.
EAILROAD-EIDDEH HEBRASKA. the Nebraska district are yielding a
The United States census report greater revenue in proportion to the
backs up the claim of the "calamity capital and labor employed than the
howlers" that Nebraska Is the worst roads of any other section.
corporation-ridden state In the union. But we do not need to do any guesss
lor the purpose of collecting and ing In this matter. The census reports
tabulating railroad statistics, the cen- give the average gross earnings per
sus officials divided the United States
into ten districts. The first consists of
the six New England states. The
second, of New York, New Jersey
New York 3.C56
Average for the United States ., 2,550
Another table gives the following
startling facts: " "
In 1886 the net earnings of Nebraska
AN APPEAL FOR PUHDS.
In behalf of the independent state
committee we earnestly appeal to the
independents of Nebraska to do some
thing to swell the campaign fund. The
chairman and secretary df the com-
mtffAA a rn dnfnrr all fViof man nan An
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mile of road in the three different w. w per capita lor fpp the guccesg of the B .
districts as follows: population oi tne state; those on
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.'he New England district..... ;..... 9,283 !?!rLM-i-'M moment: Th.
v. New YnFk district. 1.1 ?.-tn Newlork roads to $4.80 per oapltj ,, , 1M
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Deleware, Pennsylvania? Maryland, NNeoraska district. ....... 5,773 luo forage 01 me unitea otates was
and Dart of West Vinr nia . Thus whilo Naw Enrlanfl mads a
The Seventh district consists of Ne- net increase of only $1,247 out of $9,283
braska,o Wyoming, Montana, and the of gross -earning! per mile
best portions of Colorado and North or 13 per cent; and those of the New
and South Dakota. Without going York district get a net ioc jmo of $1,564
further into detail we will present a out of $13,230 gross earnings or 11 per
list of these districts with the average cent; the roads in the Nebraska dis-
It should bo remembered there is a
! difference between net income and net
earning. The latter is what remains
of the gross earnings after the operat
ing expenses aro taken out. The latter
is what remains after operating ex-
producers of this country are paying
millions every year In extortionate
freight rates. They are paying mil
lions more In usurious Interest. They
are paying the campaign expenses of
the old parties. Now can you not
afford to contribute a fow dollars to
secure relief from this extortion?
Will you let the success of your cause
net annual income per mile of road trict yield a net income of $1,193 per Ipenses, interest pn bonds, taxes, 'and be endangered by the lack of a few
during the ten years from 1880 to 1S90
JNew England, district .51247
New. York district 1564
Virginia district. 137
Georgia district 352
Texas district 147
Kansas district 605
Indiana district 399
Minnesota district 736
California district. 282
mile out of $5,873 gross earnings, or 20J
Is further argument necessary to
prove that Nebraska roais are the best
paying in the union?
Now let us make a comparison be
tween the roads of the Nebraska dis
trict and two other "districts, which for
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u omer expenses are taicen out. mltrv dollars? Are there not thou.
F rom these figures quoted from the atids of patriotic independents who can
best authorities published, wo see spare from one to five dollars each?
again that Nebraska roads yield net Are there not thousands of farmers
earnings and net income far in excess who can afford to donate a load of
of those yielded by the roads of any wheat, or corn or oats for the success of
Overstate. fh nonaaQ
In fact, there is no way in which we To all who aro able and willing to
brevity we will call the Indiana and may present the subject without show- give, we earnestly appeal to send
lng. the same result. And yet there is liberal contributions and send them at
no state in the union in which roads once. Send all contributions direct to
can be so easily and cheaply built Chas. H. Pirtle, Lincoln, Neb.
and maintained, or where freight can
be moved at so small an expense. J, STERLING M0RT0H.
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neorasKa is inaeea tne rich feeding The following statement was received
gruunu oi me eastern capitalists, is it f rom a responsible man who says that
uuy wonuer me corporations wage hfl ha nrnnfa Ta Mr. Morn nn
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Nebraska district. 1192 Georerla districts. The former consists
Net income is what remains of the of Indiana, Ohio and Southern Michl
gross earnings after all running ex. gan. The latter, of Georgia, Florida,
penses, taxes and interest on bonds are Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and
paid. It goes to the stockholders as Kentucky. These districts are old
dividends or is held as a surplus. settled, and populous, and across them
This table shows that the roads in run the great trunk lines. The roads
the Nebraska district have yielded a of these sections ought to yield greater
greater net income per mile than those profits than those of any other section desperate warfare to prevent the enact
of any other district with two excep- except those of New England and New ment of a maximum rate law?
tions, the New England and New York York. Yet the roads of the ; Indiana
districts. This fact taken without any district yield a net annual income of
explanation or analysis ought to prove only 399 per mile, and those of the
a great eye-opener to the people. But Georgia district only $352.
The following table will show the
number of engines, cars and hands per
hundred miles employed on the roads
of the three districts:
WHY IS IT
that .Nebraska roads pay so well? The
question is easily answered. The rail
and explain and that without delay:
Along about the middle of the sixties
the people of Otoe county deslrlnur a
railroad voted $150,000 in bonds for an
eastern road. This contemplated road
did not come so the bonds were left in
no fair minded man who looks into the
f acti and circumstances can escape the
conclusion that Nebraska roads have
paid a greater net income on the in
vestment than those of any other sec
To prove this we will submit the fol
lowing table showing number of en
gines, freight cars, passengers and
hands employed per 100 miles of road
in the three districts which show the
greatest net income:
No. engines 10$
No. freight cars. . 265
No. passenger cars. 8 J
No.hands emp'y'd. 262
This table shows that in the New
England district the corporations use
about three times as many engines,
freight cars and hands and six times as
many passenger cars per hundred miles
Nebraska. Georgia. Indiana.
Emgne3...... 101 14
Freight cars. .265 325
Pass. cars.... 8 J 12
Hands... 262 371
New Eng. N.
Thus we see that roads in the Indiana
district using about twice the engines, and to prttect them from any legal re
cars, and hands, yield a net income stricuons.
only one-third as great as the roads Jj
the Nebraska district.
roads have full power to rob the peoDle lne hands of the county commissioners.
and thev use it. Thav nW -li r.lDlrew? some negotiations
" " O- I wit h tho I : K Ar. 11 In ramiwl 4st .
waiuu wm will uoar. Xflev cnarire eX- afrimt. ntr n. rnHi.nfl1 tmtn TtmA rb
tortionate freight rates on all thev Iowa to east Nebraska City.
bring into the state and on all they take There were two propositions, one was
out, but the climax of extortion is
reached in the local rates which are
from two to four times as high as the
local rates in our neighboring state of
Iowa. They elect their tools to make
and administer the laws of the state.
Most, of the abovo facts and figures
to build by direct route for which the
company was to receive $150,000; the
other was to build by way of Hamburg
Iowa, for which the company was to
receive $100,000. The former way was
agreed on and the $150,000 in bonds
signed by the commissioners. -
A.man who was ushered Into Nebras
ka on commission from president Buch
anan and who never did anything for
ryieorasica except when it put money in
to his own pocket got !the possession
The . roads in the Georgia 'district
using one and a half timeihe number
of engines, cars and hands yield a net
ncome a good deal less than one-third
as great as the roads In the Nebraska
So far we have been considering, not
have beenTSccesslble to the members of and managamfiDt of the , bonds; the re-
the Nebraska hoard of t,ranannratinn suit was that the railroad was con-
Yet last year they put forth at the rlZViP' '
state s expense an elaborate report to It Is a well known fact among the
prove that "the railroads of Nebraska people of Otoe county that the railroad
are not in a condition to stand, nor do company go omy jmw,wu in oonas. A
nj fhra clra Vint. Aiainint. nnmn((t!n
are by Nebraska roads, and k " -J.
western part of the Dakotas, and north-
the net income per mile is almost the
1 It shows again that the- roads in the
New York district use . four times. as
many engines and hands, five times as
many passenger cars, and more than six
times as many freight cars per 100
miles of road as are used' in the Ne
braska district, yet the net income of
em Colorado. Let us now consider
Most of the other territory of this
district Is sparsely settled and unpro
ductive except of minerals. Poor's
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manual snows tnat tne roaas in tnis
their net earnings justify a cut in local
rates at the present : time." And to
this report are signed the names of
three men who are now candidates for
re-election: John C. Allen, A. R.
Humphrey, and Geo. H. Hastings.
Every man who votes for the re-elec
tion of those men votes to endorse that
report; he votes to continue the mon- The prospect for the independents to
strous extortion which the people have I secure a majority in the next legisla-
numneroi toe citizens of Otoe county
would like to know where the other
$50,000 In bonds went to before ther
vote-for J.!Sterlin Morton for the high
est office in our common-wealth. If a
mau can not be trusted to conduct aV
business transaction for the county,
how can he be trusted with the affairs
endured so long.
But these men are no more
than the party that nominated
other territory are comparatively
roads in the Nebraska district is $1,192 unprofitable. Their earnings and net
per mile, and in the New York district income are small compared with those no more gullty than their fellow candi-
only $1,562 per mile. . of Nebraska v This makes tho proof dates wh0 endorse their actions.
But in a comparison of this kind doubl strong that Nebraska roads are There is but one way for the people
there are many other things to be con- the best paying in the United States: of Nebraska to end railroad rulo. and
For they must yield a not income sum- free themselves from railroad robbery
ture are getting brighter every day.
The letter from W. L. Greene in
another column deserves the careful
perusal of every Independent in the
sidered. It should be remembered
that the roads in New England, and
New York districts are far more costly,
in every respect. v
President Powers is in the field
cient to bring the average of the dis- and that is by electing the candidates campaigning for the independent ticket
trict up to the figures already shown. of the people's party. the whole ticket and nothing but the
The census tables do not - crlve rail- ticket.
lire right of way is worth more per road statistics for the separate states, The series of joint debates between
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acre, me roaas are more suDstantiaiiy but Poor's manual, the best authority Kern and Whitehead ended at Broken The exposures of nolttieal tWmmttA.
constructed, there are more bridges, on the subject does erive these statistics. Bow. Oct. 8. Mr. Kem came out of It alrftadirmaflfthavfllnnspn fw.,
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vuw auu. "i"i ttuu wjuer uepot ine xoiiowing are a lew or tne lacts in a peiiect "Dlaze of glory." He has of many who were waitinonlv till their
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uunuiugs auu many qi ine; roaas are given in Poor's tables for the six : years demonstrated his superiority to White- hour should come. Next week we will
double tracked. - lendiner with lfiRfi ahnwinor th
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oDsiaering an inese circumstances, net earnings per mile of different states will roll him up an over-whelminsr ma- exnosures of ; reoublican 'nommMnn'"
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i-uoiovau uuHueuuu mat roaas in as ionows: ioritv in November. . , fnllv aa startHnff as anwt n.,Mi.i.4
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