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The Wives of the Toilers.
44 Wear your po-yr clothes or you can not get
near the farmers' wive." Mrs. W. E. An
drews to the Mlnden republican ladies.
Oh must the wives of those who toil
To raise the world its bread.
By whose productive work the world
Must be forever fed,
Ba ever clad in clothes so cheap,
So old and out of date.
They bring on Idlers faces fair
The sneers of scorn and hate?
And must the wives of those who toil
To keep the world in clothes
See ever Just outside the door
Gaunt hunger's wolfish nose,
WJille wives of haughty idlers fear
Their plump forms to compare
With pinched and hungry weary ones
Who made the clothes they wear?
Not so, not so; we read the sign;
Justice is in the air.
The sons of toil now rising up,
Here, there and everywhere.
Claim theirs alone "by right divine:"
The wealth which they create;
And ask that means for free exchange
Be furnished by the state;
Demanding equal rights to all
And favors shown to nne,
That the products of the toiling nine
Go not to the Idle one.
And when that glorious time shall come
And labor has his own"
Wives of the idlers by poor clothes
And hunger shall be known.
Mrs. J. T. Kbllii.
A Coming Alan.
Although election is over and cam
paign speeches are so me what stale, we
feel that many will be interested in the
following report. Hon. W. F. Porter
is one of the coming men in the reform
movement. Although the republicans
carried his county for Crounse by 81
and for Meiklejohn bv 161, Porter was
re-elected by 176 p;uraliiy. 'I his de
bate doubtless had something to do
with the results. Editor.
Clarks, Neb., Nov. 7, 1892
fill r - . .. . . .
- ine nrsi political ae Daw neia in
Merrick couuty this fall took place at,
t the court house in Central City on Sat-
' urday evening, .November oth, between
Charles Woofer of Silver Creek, who
I represented the republicans and Hon
W. F. Porttr of Clarks, independent
candidate tor re-e lection to the legisla
ture. Mr. Porter early in the cam
paign challenged his opponents for
. series of joint debates. Failiug in this
he threw out a challenge to any repub
lican in Merrick or Nance counties (the
h-jme of Meiklejohn.) "At the last hour
they accepted his challenge and with
short time for advertising thought to
run in the republican clubs from all
over ttie county, and have things their
own way. Mr. wooster is the gentle
man of farmers' alliauce and Omaha
Bee fame, and it was thought witn his
venomous slanders and withering sar
casm he would annihiliate his beardless
boy opp nent in short order, Mr
Porter never having before participated
in a joint discussion. Mr. Wooster uad
one hour to open the debate and fifteen
minutes to close. I ho challenge was
to discuss issues, but he spent his full
time in denouncing the independent
them anarchists, revolutionists, thieves,
perjurers, ignoramuses, suckers,- and
otuer pet ames too numerous to men
tion. He paid especial attention to the
extravagance of the last legislature,
and to the prominent part taken bv
Mr: Porter in all of its actions, and
V I 1 1 . I . .
V had his dues,' he wovdd not bd in a posi-
tiun for the people to elect him to any
I office. When he sat down a howl t,t
approval went up from the throats of
the rock-ribbed republicans, who con
sidered the victory won. It is in order
to say rignt aere that toe court room
fin which the meeting was held, was
packed to its utmost capacity, standing
room bein at a premium. Mr. Porter
was then introduced, and when his tail
form appeared the audience broke
lloose into will cheering which lasted
or several minutes. When quiet was
Hgain restored he began his address by
upoiogizmg to me audience lor his
emerity in meeting so distinguished a
present, especially his adversaries. It
was evident from the start he a
master of the situa" ion. He lefrained
from personalities towards his mud
slinging opponent, and spent the first
forty-five minutts of his time in reply
ing to his opponent's attacks on his
record and the extravagance of the lst
legislature. Step by step he met and
refuted -ach charge of his adversary.
He proved by the session laws, that the
last legislature was not extravagant,
but on the contrary '.hey had saved to
the people of the state over 1100,000 as
compared to the preceding legislature,
notwithstanding the fact that the pop
ulation of the s ate had increased
twenty per cent.
Mr. Porter then stated that he would
use the rest of his tin e in diseuviug
Issues, abd la going over the past
rec rd of the g. o. p. of which they
were so fond of boasting. Beginning
with the exception claus on the green
ba k in '62, followed up by the national
banning act of '63, Mr. Porter discussed
these acts and the effect they had on
the toiling millions with a readiness
and force of logic that c mvinced his
hearer-i tnat he wan nut a novic at the
business. He followed up each subse
quent act of legislatisn on finance down
io the infamous resumption act of '75,
showing how they one and all were in
the interest of the bondholder and
against the people. He then took up
the free coinage question and in les8
than ten minutes convinced every un
p ejudiced mind in the house that five
coiuage of silver would be beneficial to
every class of pi'oducers and bu-iness
men. Mr. Porter closed with a glow
h g tribute to the patriotism of the in
dependents eulogizing the flag and
their loyalty to tho constitution. He
said it came with poor grace from the
republicans to call men anarchists, be
cause they exercised the right con
ferred on them by the constitution,
of Iree speech, and had the moral cour
age to denounce existing eviK It
m ght do in despotic Russia, but not in
free America. Tnat so long as God
gave him strength he would not cease
to lift up his voice in protest, until
these wrongs were lighted, and a sys
tem under which the rich were grow
ing richer and the poor poorer, was
swept from tho face of our otherwise
When Mr. Porter took his seat a
perfect storm of applause went up
from every part of the room which
fairly shook the rafters of the building:.
Pandemonium reigned, old men
shouted themselves hoarse, ladies
waived their handkerchiefs and many
democrats and republicans (forgetting
for the time that they were such)
unable to restrain their admiration for
the matchless eloquence of Merrick
county's y ung farmer statesman,
joined in the deafening applause.
When order again prevailed, Mr.
Wooster again turned his little twenty
two caliber mud gun loose, ,not touch
ing a single issue. He admitted that
Mr. Porter handled the finance ques
tion, which had confounded our wisest
statesmen, with an ease and familiarity
that would do credit to a candidate for
the United States sena'e, instead of
the legislature, which remarks caused
the independents to smile. The v bad
heard Mr. Porter before: not eo Mr.
When the meeting adjourned scores
of men and ladies, representing every
political party rushed forward to shake
the hands of the man who met aDhori-
cally speaking had literally wiped the
flOor with his slanderous opponent.
Ihreo cheers were proposed for Porter
and again the roof of I he court house
trembled. Then a drunken republican
who had filled up with republican en
thusiasm until he did not realize thst
they were not in it, proposed three
cheers for Keyes, the lepublican candi
date for representative, and the only
response was a maudlin wail from his
own throat. Again the independents
smiled as they thought how many
moons would wax and wane before a
republican would again be found who
would have the fool-hardlne&s to cro s
Lswords with Merr ck county's eloquent
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