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Yes, "a dollar will buy more today
than ever before" of the farmer's wheat
General Weaver says, "the monar
chical system of finance in a republic is
the devil inside of the body of a saint."
To all persons who can't understand
why the republicans succeeded in elect
ing their state ticket in Nebraska at
the late election in spite of that party's
corruption and treachery, we commend
the following lines as the best possible
Is a monster of so hateful mien.
As to be hated needs but to be seen,
But seen too oft familiar with its face,
e first endure, then pity, then embrace.
"Suppose Mr. Majors aid connive at
the disappearance or abduction iof Sen
ator Taylor! What of that! Worse
things than that are being done all the
time, and if Majors himself had abduct
ed Taylor, it would not have made any
difference with me. These charges
don't amount to anything. Why gentle
men look at the horrible charges that
were made against Judge Post one
year ago. They didn't hurt him any.
They made him votes and they'll do it
ia the case of Mr. Majors." H. M.
Bushnell, editor of the Lincoln Call.
Quite right, Mr. Bushnell. We bow
to your superior wisdom and prophetic
ORGANIZATION OP THE LEGISLA
TURE. When the eoming legislature meets
the first thing to be done will lie the
organization of the two houses. By
whom shall they be organized? This
is a very important question and should
receive the most serious and unpreju
Three parties will be represented in
each house, but no one of them will
have a majority. Hence a combination
of some kind will be necessary. It does
not appear either natural or reasonable
that either of the other parties should
combine with the republicans. They
are the dominant party in the state,
the party that is responsible for the
evils against which tho other two
parties are contending. Under such
conditions it would seem but natural
and reasonable for tho two weaker
parties to combine against the strong
est for the organization of the two
However, it should be remembered
by all independents that combinations
are very dangerous things and should
be entered into with the greatest care
and circumspection. No party can
atford to enter a combination if a sacri
fice of principle is required. And this
is especially true of the independent
A combination might be formed be
tween the independents and the demo
crats on some such basis as the follow
ing: First A fair division of the offices,
employees, and committees.
Second Economy in legislative ex
penses, and general appropriations.
Third Thorough investigation of
tho management of state offices and
Fourth The passage of such a re
form legislation a could be agreed up
on by the two parties.
Such a combination if fairly made
and lived up to. would be a credit to
both parties, and a benefit to the state.
The question of electing a United
States senator will doubtless be con
sidered apart from tho organization of
the legislature. It is a matter of too
great importance to be considered in
that connection. One party could not
afford to make any concessions in re
gard to the senatorship in return for
any concessions the other, might make
in the organization. The two matters
should be considered apart and each
determined on its own merits.
During the late campaign wo pub
lished exposures of the management of
our stato institutions, the unlawful use
ot tho permanent school fund, the steal
ing of state property etc. We thought
(and still think) that these exposures
were enough to bring the republican
party to ignominious defeat if the
poople had realized their full weight
and significance. But they did not.
The popular conscience has become so
bauiy seared that the misuse of a pub
lic oflice for the- enrichment , uf . the
holder is looked upon largely as a mat
ter of course. It is also a fact, and a
very deplorable one, that the public
confidence has been so much abused by
the subsidized press, that tho people
discount everything taey see in the
papars, es-pecially during a campaign.
For these reasons the exposures do not
seem to have taken hold of the public
We were disappointed but not dis
heartened by these results. We laid
nothing but facts before the people, and
these facts were not over drawn. The
truth is that we succeeded in laying
bare but a small fraction of the deviltry
that has been done. To the republican
party of Nebraska we may weil apply
tho language Jesus applied to the
Pharisees: "Whited sepulcher which
indeed appears beautiful outward, but
is within full of dead men's bones and
all uncleanness;" or the language of
Wendell Phillips applied to the leaders
of that party ten years ago, "Soulless
carrion, masquerading in the grave
clothes of their honored predecessors."
One of the most important duties of
the next legislature is an investigation
of the management of the state insti
tutions, rand state officers, especially
the state treasury. If the democratic
members wish to serve the best inter
ests of their party as well as tho state,
they will join heartily with the inde
pendents in making such an investiga
tion, and together the representatives
of the two parties may be able to lay
bare some of the true inwardness of
their common enemy.
FALSE TO THE CAUSE.
The National Economist, published
at Washington D. C, and edited by C.
W. Macune. is just now resting under
a very dark suspicion. This paper is
the national organ of tho F. A. & L U.
and has enjoyed an immense circulation
Macune the editor has been one ot the
prominent leaders of the organization.
He seemed rather hesitant about com
ing into the people's party, but at St.
Louis he fell into line, and made the
motion which transformed the confer
ence into a political convention. After
that he actively espoused the people's
cause until late in the campaign. Just
a week or so before election he wrote a
letter to a prominent alliance man in the
south in which he said it was apparent
that the third party movement was a
failure, and that the alliance should be
kept together, and go forward as a
Speaking of the facts brought to light
in connoction with this matter the Non
Advices from the south begin to re
V2al some of the agencies that were at
work to prevent third party success.
Subscribers to the National Economist
in the south received in their last issue
before election a supplement contain
ing an address by chairman Tillman, of
the Alliance Lecture Bureau, bearing
heavy on the Force Bill. Prior to this
the same subscribers received sample
copies of the National Democrat, pub
lished at Washington, addressed wi'h
identical mailing tag that brought
them the Economist regularly. It
stands the Economist in hand to make
clear whether their lists were 6tolen or
sold for a price for partisan purposes.
At thi opening of congress the Econo
mist had so much flattery for the demo
cratic organizttion of the House that it
provoked unfavorable comment from
this and other papers north and south.
The sequel leaves no other conclusion,
than that the National Economist is
owned by democrats, was started by
democratic money, kept up by the same
and is now as it ever has been, first to
keep the democratic supremacy intact,
then advocate the alliance. We have
been charitable and withheld much that
events prove should have beed said.
The facts are out. The alliance has
been sold, betrayed by its leadership.
Dispute it who can.
There is an opening for a good news
paper man to 6 tart a people's party
paper in a Colorado town; also an
opening for a good man to take Jcharge
of a good local paper in a Nebraska
town. Parties desiring such positions
can obtain further information by ad
dressing The Alliance-Independent.
The populist party has elected con
gressmen as follows:
These we are sure of. The election
of three populists in Alabama, and one
in Oregon is claimed, but we are unable
to ascertain the facts in the case.
WHAT IS MONET.
We are very much gratified by the
interest and discussion aroused by our
article on "What is Money?" Next
week wo will have more to say on the
same subject. We would also be glad
to hear from others on the subject,
provided always the articles are brief
and to the point.
It is possible some readers may have
got a wrong impression from our last
week's article. While wo claim that
money is a material thing, we by no
means claim that . it is necessarily
metal. Paper i3 "material." Also the
part which labor plays in the creation
of money should by no means be con
founded with tho part labor plays in
the. production, of the raw material out
of which money is made.
HOLDEN has evidently been "seen."
It looks very much as if Paddock will
be his man again. He used several
columns last week in showing that the
independents should combine with the
epublicans in the next legislature.
We are reliably informed
;d that Hon.
Victor Vifquain and Jay Burrows have
fixed up a scheme for a deino-indepcn-
dent conference in which a select few
representatives from both parties shall
be invited to take part. No" doubt the
independents of the state will fall over
one another in their haste to fall in
line under such leadership.
Hon. Thomas E. Watson of Georgia
proposes to contest the election of Black
his democratic opponent. Of course
such a contest will be hopeles so far as
justice is concerned, but may set vj the
purpose of exposing some of the gross
frauds practiced to defeat this champion
of the people.
Brother Geo. Lynn ot Hastings
says ' there is no danger ot trie spirit
of prophecy becoming extinct." We
should say not from the number of
people who are just now prophesying
the death of the g. o. p. and the
triumph of the p. p. in 1890. We hope
every one of them is a "true prophet.'
"Our legislatures haye been bought
and sold till we think no more of it
than the buying and selling of so many
cattle and sheep in tho market. Mon
opoly is a danger compared with which
slavery was a small danger." One
would think the writer of the above
lived in Nebraska and referred to her
legislature, but he didn't. These
words were written by Henry Ward
It looks now as if the republican
scheme to steal a number of seats in
the next house has collapsed, or fallen
into a state of "innocuous desuetude."
But it should not be inferred from this
that the schemers have ceased their
efforts. They are out hunting for
weak men in the independent and
democratic ranks that may be bam
booaled, corrupted or frightened.
Six men were killed in a wreck on
the Unioa Pacific at Alda, November
THE SHERMAN SILVER LAW.
The present silver law, known as the
Sherman law, passed in lS'JO, was
wrung from the money power by the
fear that a free coinage bill might be.
passed if some compromise were not
made. Senator Sherman confessed
this in a letter written some two
Like most compromise measures, the
Sherman law has failed to satisfy either
party to the controversy. It has not
operated to prevent the decline in the
value of silver. Under its operation
the coinage of silver dollars has been
suspended. The declared policy of Mr.
Harrison's administration has been
that the treasury notes issued in pay
ment for silver bullion shall be re
deemed in gold if presented for redemp
tion. The general effect of the Sherman
law has been to dishonor and degrade
silver as a money metal, and to treat it
more and more as a commodity. For
these reasons the friends of silver are
not satisfied with the law.
On the other hand the gold-bugs and
Sbylocks look upon the law as an ever
increasing danger to their interests.
Under the operations of the law, about
fifty million dollars in treasury notes
are issued annually. The ten
dency of" gold to go abroad
during the past year has been very
marked. Thus we have an increasing
paper circulation with a decreasing
volume of gold for its redemption. If
we continue to isssue fifty millions of
treasury notes annually, it is only a
question of time when tho ability of
the government to redeem them in
gold will cease. This will briDg on a
crisis and may suddenly force the
United States from a gold to a silver
basis: For so soon as the stock of gold
for the redemption of treasury notes
fails, the government must do one of
two things, either redeem in silver, or
cease redeeming altogether as it did
during the war. Fjr these reasons the
gold bugs and shylecks desire the early
repeal of the She rman law
The attitude of the two old parties is
substantially the same. Although the
republican party fathered the Sherman
law in the state campaigns of 1891, at
Minneapolis last June it was con.
demned by utter silence, and shortly
after that Senator Sherman introduced
a bill for its repeal. This leaves the
republican party in no position to de
fend the law or protest a against its
The democratic party in the Chicago
convention strongly condemned the
Sherman law, and in pursuance of that
condemnation will doubtless attempt
the repeal of the law.
On the Kith day of November Sena
tor Carlisle of Kentucky, who is one of
Mr. Cleveland's most trusted friends
and advisers made the following state
ment in an interview:
"Tho tariff alone, will not furnish
sufficient reason for an extra session.
The financial affairs of the government
may be in such shape as to make an
extra session imperative. It appears
probable that we shall find that there
Is not enough money in the treasury
for the needs of government. We
shall have to see what congress can do
at this session. If they do not repeal
the Sherman law relating to the purchase
of silver and take such other action as
the situation demands, we may bo
swamped. Upon these things depend
the calling of an extra session."
This, considered in connection with
Mr. Cleveland's well-known views on
tho silver question, indicates plainly
that Mr. Cleveland will urge the re
peal of the Sherman law at the first
session of the next congress, if indeed
he does not call an extra session for
On the same dt.y Senator Sherman
was interviewed on the same subject.
"I am still in favor of repealing that
act, and should be glad to forward a
movement looking to that end. The
act long since accomplished all I
wanted it to do, and for some time has
been the source of embarrassment. If
it continues on the statute books it will
prove as annoying to Mr. Cleveland's
administration as it has proved to
General Harrison's. The senate would
have agreed to my proposition for a
repeal at the last session, but the dem
ocratic house stood blocking the way.
That will be the difficulty at the com
ing session. The senate, I think, will
view the matter in the same light that
it did before. It will be for the demo
cratic leaders who agree with me to
bring their brethren in the house to
the proper conception of the situation.
My proposition is still pending in the
senate, and if the repeal of what is
known as the Sherman silver act is
desired, the democrats of the house
have only to signify their assent and
the thing can ba speedily accomplished.
But it would be useless, of course, for
the senate to take action and then be
checkmated by the house."
Mr. Sherman and Mr. Carlisle cer
tainly speak for the controlling ele
ments of their respective parties.
Hence there can be but little doubt
that the Sherman law will be repealed
at an early date.
And what then? Will the demo
cratic party make a complete surrender
to the money power? 1 Will it fully
establish the single gold;, standard? If
we are to judge tho future by the past,
there is absolutely no reason to hope
for anything else.
The only hope for any reform of our
financial system rest in the people's
party. The repeal of the Sherman law
will only hasten the day of its success.
The republican party has received its
death blow. It will soon go to pieces,
and most of the piecJS will find place
in the reform party. A vast numbar
of democrats are too intelligent and
patriotic to permit themselves to be
turned over to the service of the money
power by their leaders. There will be
a new grouping of political forces. The
progressive elements of both old
parties will fall in line with the peo
ple's party, and the great political con
test of the future will begin.
THE POPE AND MONEY.
The attempt to foment a religio
political 6trife between the Catholics
and protestants in the United States is
only one of the money powers' schemes
to divide the masses and to distract
popular attention from monstrous evils.
Men go about over the country in the
pay of the corporations, telling blood
curdling 6tories about the Catholics,
pretending to reveal secret plots for
the overthrow of American iustitu
tions. and organizing anti-Catholic or
"A. P. A." societies.
Such men are enemies to the wel
fare of our country, and public opinion
should brand them as such. The ulti
mate object of the men who are behind
this A. P. A. movement is not to pro
tect American institutions, but to de
stroy American liberty, by making
slaves of the producing classes.
In view of this anti-Catholic crusade,
it will be of especial interest to those
engaged in the reform movement to
know what the Pope has to say on "the
reign of money." The following is
from Public Opinion for October:
After reading Mr. Keir Hardie's
declaration that every man who lives
on either rent or interest is the na
tural enemy of the workmen, it is re
freshing to turn to the utterances of
the Pope on the burning question of
the hour. Leo XIII., interviewed last
month by Madame Severine, for the
Figaro, made a notable and character
istic declaration as to the attitude of
the Catholic church on the social ques
tion. As the interview was subse
quently revised by Cardinal Rampolla,
it may bo accepted as authentic. The
Pope said many things about the error
of persecution, which would have led
some of his predecessors to send him to
the Inquisition: and some things about
the Jews which their historians will
question. But the important word
which ho uttered was that in which
he spoke of "the Reign of Money as
the latest of the scourges of the world
and of the church." The exact words,
as reported by Madame Severine, are
"Finally, while the mission of the
church to defend the weak it is also her
mission to protect herself against all
attempts at oppression. And now,
after so many other scorges, the reign
of money has arrived" and, with a
stern look in his eyes, the Pontiff
added, "it is attempted to subdue the
church and domineer over the people
through money; neither the church
nor the people will submit to that. I
am with the weak, with the humble,
with the disinherited those who were
loved by Our Lord."
ABSTRACT OF VOTES.
This week we publish a complete
abstract of the vote of the state at the
late election. It shows that Crounse
has a plurality of nearly ten thousand,
while the other republican candidates
have pluralities of about 20.000. Van
Wyck seems to have got about four
thousand votes from each of the old
parties whifh put him 8,000 ahead of
his ticket. The groat falling off in the
democratic vote and the increase in
the republican vote look suspiciously
like two phases of the same fact.
This abstract should be preserved for
The principal members of the farm
ers' congress, like Brutus, were "honor
able men." At any rate "Hon." was a
handle to most of their names.
Dr. J. W. Scott, tho venerable
father of President Harrison's wife
died on Tuesday evening at Washing
ton. Next week we will give a complete
account up to date of that stupendous
farce that is being enacted on the
other side of the ocean under the name
of an "international monetary confer
ence." Mr. Powderly says thirty states
have adopted the Australian ballot law.
He says in many states the law needs
amendment, but in no case should a
secret ballot law be repealed.
Wk desire again to call the attention
of our readers to the fact that reform
papers should not be held responsible
tor statements with an old party color
ing that appear in their news columns
Such things will occur just as long as
reform papers have to deal with news
paper unions and plate houses, managed
by old party men. t or instance. Last
week there appeared in our news col
ums a statement to the effect that
there will be only nine populists in the
next congress and that seven of them
will act with the democrats." The
truth is that there will be at least
twelve populists in the next house and
they will "work with the democrats"
just like Tom Watson, Jerry Simpson
and the rest of the nine are doing in
AMONG OUR K
Mrs. Mary Lease has Ik
godsend to the editorial ,
of this broad land, who havt
about something or somebody.
they will cheerfully present her with a .
gold watch and chain as a slight token
of their esteem. Mrs. Lease is an oasis
in a wilderness, a fountain in the sand
hills, long may she wave. World
Herald. It is a notorious fact that when an in
dependent member of the legislature
sells himself to the railrosd corpora
tions he is funished with a Pullman car
and is taken out of the state at a speed
of 90 miles an hour. Not so with a re
publican or democrat. They generally
come home and getTe-elected by a large
er plurality.-WheelerCo. Independent.
Austria has concluded to take govern
mpnr. rnftPlTA OT thA Tii unhnna linac in
thatconntry. It is but a question of
nmo wiien. we win nave governmen
control of telephones, railroads and
reiegrapns in tnis country.-Alnswortn,.
The Pierce Call, a very religious pa
per thanks God that Crounse is elected.
The railroads and all the soulless cor
porations in the stato take that honor
to themselves and do not think God had
anything to do with it. We are inclin
ed to believe that if God had superin
tended the election, Crounse would not
have been elected, but, then, the bible
says God moves in mysterious ways, and
perhaps this is one of theai.-Plainview
A lawyer, when it was suggested thailw
a certain scheme of his could not be
gotten through the court, replied: Yes
it can, these judges have all been law
yers, and know how it is themselves.
Thafs it, exactly. Texas Stockman.
Evidences of Prosperity,
The mortgage debts of four western
states are as follows:
State. DeVt per
Knnsas iflTO ..
Nebraska l.TO ..
Illinois UK) ....
Calhoun's Tffad J s Teyel. . ,
Lt mere oe r.o tais aoout the demo
crats in the legislature combining
with the republicans to organize the -two
houses. Already tho republicans
have laid their plans to capture both
house and senate by throwing a Jew
sops to democrats i the way of clerk
ships, and they vn&j succeed. But, fet
it be understood in advance that' the
democrat who goe into such an unholy
and disgraceful coin pact is politically
Lincoln Heralc. j
There is much gjbod timber mention
ed for United ?tat$s senator in the in
dependent camp: j. W. Edgerton has
a strong following, J. H. Powers is in
the race and a number of representa
tives and senators Jiave already declar
ed for him. It is funderstood that W.
A. McKeighan is candidate and if so
he is a formidably one. The Schuyler -Quill
nominates W A. Poynter for the -position,
and he i another good man.
Then besides a'.l tihese our own W. L.
Greene is in the Vace and because of"
his loration the Standard feels that it
owes him its support. Whatever the
result of the figh may be, with any
one of these man Nebraska wil' Je well:
i nere is no Dotter, safer Iriend of
the interests o: ciuital in this eount.r
than Mr. Cleveland, and every million
aire knows it and ot one of them will
lose an hour s sleep over his election.
It is true that hitherto the majority
of the millionaini havejbeen with the
republican party ibut that was simply
bocau'eit was the party in poweV.
Watch now and you will see them
scuttling like rdh from the sinking
ship of the republican party to the.
It will be a mjghtv mild sort of a'
tariff-reductior. fcill that the coming-
by that time tho manufacturers will
have become godd democrats, and as
puuu uouiana ana(receive due recogni
tion for their interests." Edward Bel
Notes Fro n The Field.
Nebraska will e ect a Populist U. S
Senator. The fusion car lid ate for Attorn--General
in Michij; sin is declared elected
Ouay Barcaslica ly suggests the name,
of Benjamin lUrr son as the Republi
can candidate foi the Presidency in
The Ohio ekcti m is settled. Repub
licans get stat 3 1 ;ket. Democrats get
The American ( Irank is the name of
a new people's pa ty paper at Oswego,
Kansas, the first : umber of which ap
peared last weik.
It is gall and bitterness to the repub
licans of Kansas o have to surrender-
to tne populists. 1 M
"Knt a man x . , , p
won i.n nnm t.ni .l. - .
J T .U 1J1AO H.II1I)H.I
uaseu uu principia.
As the popuiist returns continue
of the reformers increase, and the order
. . "we,uW ma CIJ LMMH IXXIIl
i i . aifng the line, "up and
at 'em again:"
Democracy haj disappeared in the
northwest and republicanism has van
ished in the south.
Senator Stewart, of Nevada, will be
T1?? PH-Lci8,ns Wht to have known
the 'landslide was coming. The Alli-
anTi'A E' .,Kni&tB of Labor
and kindred organizations have not
been meeting in school houses and halls
for several years for nothing.
Senator Shrimhn Dv.i.i a
, ouvuiu uui oe per
mitted to resign his seat in the senate.''"
Savs the St. TAio r ui. n .'
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