The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894, November 10, 1892, Page 10, Image 10
10 THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT. PR DENT 1M m Tells "Why Allianc3 Stores Pail Concen trated Capital Crushes Them Out- THE ALLIANCE IS A SCHOOL. It Must be Kept Up to Educate the Voters How to Make Alliance Meetings Profitable. President Powers Writes a Letter. An alliance brother who lives in Wayne county not long since wrote to President Powers of the state alliance complaining that the co-operative store business was a failure in his neighbor hood, and suggesting that inasmuch as the people's party was now well organ ized, there was no good reason for keeping up the alliance organization To this letter, President Powers re plied as follows: Wayne, Neb., Oct 25, 1892. Mr. , Cornville, Neb. Dear Sir: Your favor of Oct. 8th, duly received. As it contains questions of importance to all alliance and other industrial organizations in this state and the whole country, I take the liberty to reply through the columns of The Alliance-Independent. The comp aint tf the failure of tho alliance in tho general merchandise busin ss is not c ntined to one couaty, but is tho natural consequence of t ie enduavor of 60 gn at a number of part ners to carry on a business complicated in its nature and requiring constant supervision in all itw details. That there are business enterprises in which farmers canprofiWbiy co-operate no one can deny. But they must be of a nature that does not require con tinuous care and supervision anl does not come in direct competition with concentrated capital. The power of capital, fortified in trusts which now command every avenue of supply, and every facility for disposing of our in dustry, is used without scruple to- dis courage and break up every enterprise undertaken by the farmers which would in any way interfere with the monopoly of all tho proiits by the capitalist. Enterprises which were profitably conducted by the farmers through the grange twenty years ago, are now made an easy prey to those who claim the right to be enriched by the labor of others. This has become, so apparent that many industrial organizations, includ ing the grange, which once made co operation in business their principal object, with unity in political action only incidental, have been brought to see the futility of their efforts without the protection of law and are now vy ing with the capitalist in seeking to control the law-making and executing power. But the alliance in this stato has from the first claimed that its princi pal object was to study the duties of its members as citizens, as part of a peo ple's government. Such being its ob ject, you ask how long it should be con tinued. I answer," "so long as a peo ple's government continues." A king or emporer who had received no educa tion in the affairs of government could not bs expected to govern with ability; and it is just as true of a people. Our common schools are intended to fit our youth for the business of life. But that man would bo considered crazy who would propose to discontinue tho common schools because the pupils had entered upon their life's work. If our members have agreed on the best principles for the regulation ol the affairs of government, and the most efficient means to enact them into law, and to reduce them to practice, it is well so far. But new men are coming to the age for political action every year, and many more voters have not yet joined our alliance and for these reasons it is quite as necessary to keep up our alliance schools for tho study of politics, as it is to make the common schools perpetual for the education of our children and youth in the prinic ples of science. If the school systems of the world had been conducted on tho principle that political parties havo been during tho past thirty years, they would still teach that the earth is fiat and that the bun, moon and stars revolve around it. Advances are made in political knowledge, tho condition of the people and the arrangements of business are certainly changing; and political educa tion must keep pace with these changes or the people are not qualified to rule. But how can tho alliance be revived in interest and energy? I answer, by adopting and perma nently applying the same orderly sys tem of study and discussion, as is found necessary in tho public schools. Let our members realize that at every meeting there .will be some worthy subject for discussion, the proper understanding of which will in crease their knowledge and efficiency in business matters, or lead them to a better understanding of their duties as citizens of a free country, and in my opinion there will be no more com plaint of a lack of attendance or neglect of payment of all reasonable dues. For my views of the relation of the alliance to the people's party, with your consent, Mr. Editor, I will con tinue when I have a little more leisure. J. H. Powers, WHY WHEAT IS BEING SOLD. The World-Herald of November 4th, gives the following excellent reasons why the farmers are rushing their wheat into market in spite of the ruinuiously low prices: Nothing pleases the World Herald more than to enlighten the ignorant; therefore it seizes the opportunity to cast a little light on a very dark place. The Bee of Tuesday says: "Nobody stems able to explain why tho farmers are rushing their wheat to market at such a rate when prices are so low, " but the wheat continues to come and tho elevators at all prominent market points are full to overflowing, while millions of bushels are on the railroads awaiting movement." It is ot at all ?trang that the re publican organs should profess ignor ance of the c iuses of such a condition. The republican press is no accustomed to dealing with theories that when it is confronted with a condition it invar iably pleads ignorance. Now, there are a large number of reasons why the farmers are rushing their wheat to market despite the low prices. The republican press may not bo aware of the fact, and judging by its policy is not, but the farmers have to have clothes, and fuel, and groceries, and shoes, and other necessaries of life, just the same as the pampered pets of the pernicious republican party. And as tho farmer cannot depend upon Mr. McKinley or any other tariff sweater to secure them a profit by perverting gov ernmental authority, he needs must sell his wheat as soon as it is ready for market, be the price ever so low. In addition to tho necessaries enumerated, tho farmer must regularly remit the interest on the mortgage held by Mr. McKinloy's proteges in the east. He must pay his taxes only the rich can shirk their taxes and he must furnish his share of tho dividends declared by pampered corporations. If those few facts do not enlighten the ignorance of the Bee in the matter in question the World-Herald can fur nish nioro. There are a thousand reasons why the farmers aro rushing their wheat to market despite the low prices. . In one of his great speeches in con gress that grand old soldier, and pa triotic statesman John A. Logan said: I can see as a result of tho cox traction, the people of our western states, who are producers, reduced almost to serfs to pay the interest upon state, county and other public and private debts to the money lenders of the cast. . What would Logan 'think now if he could hear tho orators of his party de claring from every stump that there never was any contraction of the cur rency, and quoting tho secretary of the treasury as authority for the state ment? Either Logan was a fool, or tho present leaders of hiparty aro knaves. J. W. CASTOR. Pres. J. P. HOUSE, Vice-Pres. W. B. LINCH, Secy. E. E. MOTT, ST A TE AGENT. A. GREEN AM YRE,.Treas. THE FARMERS MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. OF NEBRASKA. INSURES ONLY FARM PROPERTY AGAINST "SC-tavFiniS, LIGHTNING OR TONItADO,.--- Don't renew your Insurance" with the old line companies and pay three times what It la worth when you can write with the Fanners Mutual and get better Insurance at coet. t"Write for Circular. 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