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Nebraska Farmers' Alliance.
J. H. Powias, Preldent, Cornell.
W. a. Fotbtek, Vlce-Prea . Albion.
J. M. Thompsoh, State Sec'y, Lincoln.
-W. H. Dech. Lecturer, Wahoo.
. C. raiKCHiLD. 1st Aei't Lecturer, Oak-
or m vi . . . mA lai't T.Aftiii-oi. RethlTiT
rf . X . t, nivnzi m " i ...--
B. K. Allen, Chairman, Ex. Com., Wabash
In tbe beaut; of the UUiea
Christ was born acrow the sea.
With a glory In his besom
That transfigures you and k e.
As he strore to make men holf
Let us strive to make them tree.
Since God Is marching oa.
-Julia Ward Howe.
This department will be under the direction
ol J. M. Thompson, state secretary
items from Alliances on matters of general
Interest niionrini when dilDUteS nave arisen
aad any news beaiiu-i upon the great work of
our organization will be welcomed by the
editor. Writu plainly, on oth- i de of the
naoer only, and address "Ali anje Depart
ment" A-uiABCB-UitiKPENDBM, Lincoln, Ren
We would be irlad to get items from every
eountv in the state en condition of tbe Alli
Let It Go.
When s fierce editor, boiling with fury,
Paints you with hot editorial tar.
Don't start a libel suit, don't hire a jury,
rn't seek rediess from the lench or the bar
Lies tometimes vanish, facts always grow
Smooth it over and let it go.
When jou consent to be placed on a ticket,
When you have made up your min4 to run,
Speak at your best-the political thicket
Tears off your clothes but makes lots of fun
If you are minus a vote or so,
Smooth it over snd let it go.
' Kflort ami nones mav ue imuier or gravci,
Either in politics, business er fame;
J ui - -,,lnw rHondkh TW mav
Nevertheless the rule iB the same;
Facts will be facto; w,hen you find it so
Smeoth it over and let it go.
From PoemB of tbe Cyclone State.
He solution 8 of Condolence.
ELWOOD, Neb , Dec. 14, 1802
The following resolutions were adopt
ed by the county "alliance of Ooeper
CQMflty at its last session, held in EL
Lod, Saturday uec.iu, ieaz.
Whereas: It hath Dleased Him who
lolds the destiny of nations and the
lfves of men it his hand to remove from
our mit) it our esteemed brother and
Ilow 'utizen, W. H. Stone; therefore,
Resolvtd, That in the death of brother
Stone the county alliance has lost
faithful and efficient servant, the people
an earnest champion of their political
rie-hta. and the state a loyal and emi
Eisglwd, That the sympathy of this
county alliance he exvenaeu xo tne
bereaved family and friends of the de
ceased, and that these resolutions be
spread upon the records of the Gosper
county alliance, a copy be furnished the
widow of the deceased, and copies be
sent to the independent citizens of El
wood, the Independent Herald of Bert
rand and the Alliance-Indepkxdent
at Lincoln for publication.
S. B. TlOMAN,
They Will Take the Holidays.
H WASHINGTON, u. u.'JJec. io. in ine
CLJjpuse this morning Mr. Springer, dem-
Wa, from Illinois, ct airman oi com
V Siittee on ways and means, reported
X concurrent resolution for a holiday
r.'ai tnm Tlanamhor 99. 1ftA'2. toJanimrv
4, 1893. The resolution was pajsod.
SCHEMERS KNOCKKD OUT.
Republican Vampires Shaken Off-
Supreme Court a Unit for Justice.
Tuesday at 3 o'clock the justices took
the bench. In the case of Christy
against Johnson said Chief Justice
Maxwell: ''The writ is denied and the
case is cismissed. The same order will
be entered in the case of Elder and
McVey." The republican conspirators
now hava to go before the legislature
to Dlead their case.
In the Boyd county contest the court
has given the plaintiff, .Norton, untui
December 50th, to tile amended petition
with leave to offer his certificates of
""mntiination by the republicans of Knox
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A Great Horse Sale.
Our readers should notice that tho
great horse sale advertised to take
place at Yutan, Neb., December 7th,
was on account of the storm postponed
and will be held on January 12th, 1893.
Mr. Jas. Shulz, the proprietor, is a
breeder of many years experience and
has built up a stud of Percheron and
French coach horses that is excelled by
none in the state.
A number of tbe choicest imported
oad-standa'd bred animals of all ages
aDd both sexes will bo offered without
sral give men of moderate means a
Alliances and farmers' companies
should attend this sale or have their
representatives present We have
personally known Mr. Shulz for some
time and believe he will be found
See advertisement for particulars.
Slow li IJo i:unvertitl.
Tt, is anirl that Christian niitainn.
fanes in loreign countries nave more
m . . .
trouble to convert the Mohammedans
than any other class of people. Pa
gans are much more easily reached.
Even the followers of Confucius and
Brahma occasionally yield some of
their number to tbe appeals ol tho
tCtholic or Protestant missionaries,
Tiin inn riisnin as nt inn nrnnnfli iira 94
Impervious as stone.
"w?" in iioiitMniJi.
In Bohemia there are 160 societies
and clubs which have for their ob
jecthe advancement of tho cause of
wo d, , A great deal is done in this
war.ci 1 : cura for the women of Do
rJjemla bv .jet employment and greater
WHAT IS MOM?
Opinions of Great Men Concernirg
Nature and Uses of Our
Letter of Hon. W. H. Dech Published
in the World-Herald Sunday
Ithaca, Neb., Dec. 15 On the sub
ject of money, Webster the statesman
sayf: 4,It is almost universally true
that that which is counted as a know
ledge of money, in reality is ignorance
of the grossest character; out of that
ignorance I have spoken that of which
I am now ashamed and greatly grieved.'
The truth of the above forces itself
upon the mind of eyery man and wom
an who honestly and intelligently in
vestigates this great problem and fac
tor in civilization.
Yet why all this ignorance? Mainly
from two causes. First, a selfish gov
ernment clasd finds it to their individ
ual benefit to keep the masses in ig
norance; and secondly, the masses are
so occupied in the struggle for a sub
sistence that they do not find time or
opportunity to investigate this very
broad but not deep question.
This nation, as are other nations, is
infested with a species of "intellectual
dudes," who sneer at the reasonings and
propositions set forth by the farmer,
the merchant, the mechanic or common
day laborer. By one single attribute
that they possess in overabundance, viz
gall; they browbeat and belittle, in the
eyes of the masses whom they have
been able to hold to a very great extent
in meutal and physical serfdom the men
who would destroy this juggernaut of a
barbaric past and give to humanity a
civilization that would outrival the
dreams of the most stanguine reform
er. The object of this article is intended
to prove the dishonesty of one class and
the gross ignorance of the other, who
jointly denounce the advocates of fi
nance reform as fools. Knaves, anar
chists, and visicnary theorists, and by
voice, pen and ballot continue us on the
highway of a gilded savagery. For this
purposel will quote the opinions of some
of the men who are jnstly looked upon
by the truly intelligent world as author
Sir Archibald Allison says: "The
two greatest events in the history of
mankind have been brought about by
the contraction and expansion of the
circulating medium of society. The
fall of the Roman empire caused by the
decline of the geld mines of Spain and
Greece, and the discovery of America,
by which tho annual supply of the pre
cious metals of money for the use of the
globe was tripled; before a century had
elapsed the price of every species of
produce was quadrupled, tho weight of
debt and taxation insensibly wore off,
the relations of society were changed
the weight of feudalism cast off, tho
rights of man nearer established.
Bicardo, economist, banker and mem
ber of the English parliament, who
lived in the early part of the present
"By limiting tne quantity 01 money
it can be raised to any conceivable
The great Scotch economist and scien
tist. Prof. McCulloch, 6avs:
"Thus it appears that whatever may
be the material of the money of
country, whether it consists of gold,
silver, copper, iron, salt, cowries, or
paper, and howover destitute it may be
of intrinsic value, it is yet possible, by
sufficiently limiting its quantity, to
raise its value in exchange to any con
Victor Bonnet, an eminent French
economist, commenting upon the
French nation paying its enormous in
demnity debt, says:
VV ho would have dared to believe
that in the midst of the grreatest calam
ities which ever befel a nation with
an enormous ransom to pay a foreign
country, and with great domestic losses
to repair, a credit circulation (all monev
is no nirej couiu 00 maintained with
out depreciation. Such a phenomena
has never been witressed before in the
world. It apparently reverses the eco
nomical and financial principles which
tho authorities on the subject have
hitherto labored to establish. Is finan
cial science assuming a new aspect and
proving tout we nave oeen ali wrong-
in f taring irredeemable paper money':'
Are we to learn that ideas have made
progress and that we are on the eve of
realizing that famous wagon way
turougii tne air spoten of by Adam
Smith and Kicardo a paper currency
wiinoui any metallic oaser"
William Stanley Jevons. professor of
political enonomy and logic in Owen
university, England, says:
"I cannot but agree with Mr. McCul
loch that putting outof sight individual
narusnins, it such exist, a fall in tho
value of gold (increasing volume of
money) must have, and a? I should say,
has already a most powerful beneficial
effect. It loosens the country from old
bonds of debt and habit as nothing else
couid. It throws increased reward be
fore all who are making and acquiring
wealth, somewhat at the expense of
those who are enjoying acauirtd wealth
(These always in minority.) It excites
the active and skillful classes of tho
commnnity to new exertions and is to
some ext .nt, like a discharge of his
debts is to tho bankrupt, and insolvent
long struggling against his burdens "
Hume, tho English essayist and his
"In regard to increase of money the
good policy of the govei nmpnt consists
only in keeping it. if possible, still in-1
creasing, because by that means it
keep alive a spirit of industry in the
nation, and increases the stock of labor
in which consists all real power and
riches. A nation whose money de
creases is actually at that time weaker
and more miserable than another nation
which possesses n more money but is
on the increasing hand."
Prof Perry says:
"The fact tha: such a medium is in
universal circulation, and that the
holders are ready and willing to ex
change it against any sort of services
adapted to gratify their desire, exerci
ses a kind of crea ive power and brings
a thousand productions to market
which would otherwise n ; ver have come
Money is a form of capital which
stimula es and facilitates all the pro
cesses of production without exception.
Francis A. Walker of Yale college,
professor of political eemomy and his
"It does not need to be said that Mr.
Hume had in view an increase of money
not so great as to bewilder the producer
acd the trader through a fiercely rapid
rise in trices, or to lender sober busi
ness calculations impossible. The pub
lic indebtedness of the civilized world
is between twenty-five and thirty thous
and millions American money. The
volume of private debts, including the
capitalized value of fixed charges, loans
annuities, etc , is vastly greater. Near
ly the whole of this vast t ody of obliga
tions is payable principal and interest
in money. The question whether the
supply of money shall increase or de
crease is then the question whether the
burden of those more or less permanent
charges shall be deminished or en
hanced. It is the fact of a largo body of inde
btedness (some hundreds cf thousands
of millions) which gives its chief im
portance to the current production of
the precious metals. That gold and
silver should be yielded in exactly the
amount from time to time, from gene,
ration to generation, which will serve
to keep the value of money uniform is
not to be expected."
So early as 1557 we find Bodin saying
"For men have so obscured the facts
about money that the great part of the
people do not see them at all. The
moneyers do as the doctors do, who
talk Latin before women, and use Greek
characters, Arab words and Latin ab
breviations fearing that if the people
understood their recipes they would not
have very much opinion of them."
John btuart Mill says:
"If the whole money of the world in
circulation waj doubled, prices would
double; if it was only increased one
fourth prices - would riso one-fourth."
Iiicardo says: ' That commodities
would rise and fall in proportion to the
increase or diminution of money. I as
sume as a fact," continues Kicardo,
"that is incontrovertible. The
value of money does not wholly depend
upon iti absolute quantity but on its
quantity relative to the payments it
has to accomplish."
In proof of Ricardo's proposition I
quote from the Boston Herald, a hard
money paper, in an article published
January 5, 1879, under the title of "Out
cf Pocket," wherein is stated the de
oline in prices from 1877 to 1878, upon
our produots sold to foreign nations.
q "The net decline in the six staples,
that is, cotton, breadstuff, provisions,
living animals, leaf tobacco and illum
inating oils, reaches tho tremendous
total of $73,575,980. Many conclusions
of tho highest importance are deduciele
from these figures. Again they prove
that money has acquired a vast in
crease in purchasing power among the
leading artioles of consumption."
This was when John Sherman was
running the money mill in tho interest
of the money gaa biers of the werld."
Mr. Bicardo, whom I have several
times quoted, says: "The introduction
of the precious metals for the purpose
of money may with truth bo oensidered
as one of the most important steps to
ward the improvement of commerce
and the arts of civilized life. But it is
not less true that with the advance of
knowledge and science we discover
that it would be another improvement
to banish them again from the employ
ment to which, during a less enlighted
period they have been so advantage
Sir John Lubbock, an eminent Lon
don banker, in his publication oa money
'It may be doubted whether any
system of convertible paper currency
can be devised consistent with profit to
the issuers, which is not exposed in
extreme cases to the daniier of suspen
sion, and wnen this danger is appre
hended all attempts fail to estimate the
injury which the country sutlers."
William S. Jevons, whom I have be
fore quoted, says:
"Tnere is plenty of evidence to prove
tnat inconvertible paper money, if care
fully limited in quantity, can retain its
full value. But there is abundance of
evidence to prove that the value of gold
has undergone extensive changes. Be
tween 1789 and 1S09 it fell 4(5 per cent;
from 1809 to 1849 it rose in value 145
per cent "
The following quotation is from the
testimony of Mr. John Twills, a Lon
don banker, before trie secret com
mittee on the Bank of Eue-land failure
in 1847. He said in answer to ques
tions as follows:
"What do you consider the ad vantace
of an inconvertible note over converti
Answer It would prevent a drain cf
bulllion when it is required for foreign
trade, and would give us what is so
essential, a domestic currency, which
is not influenced by any foreign trans
actions whatever. If France or Ameri
ca want gold it ought not to interfere
with our domestic currency. Our
merchants and our trade ousrht not to
suffer because America wants gold.
Do you think that that currency
would run the risk of ever bein? de
preciated in value that is to say, that
inconvertible 5 notes would not ex
change for five sovereigns?"
"I do not know as compared with
sovereigns; that, I think, is of no con
sequence in the world. We want it
for internal commerce and we want it
to pay government their taxes."
What a nation wants is money to ex
change commodities, pay debt and
taxes and not tokens payable in monev
which the gamblers on humanitv's
Bonaray Price, professor ot political
economy in the University of Oxford,
England, says: "Experience has proved
that it (unconvertible paper monev)
need not suffer any depreciation in
value. The publio bas a ceir
tain definite want for notes to use ne
daily operation of buying and selling.
It is plain, thalJtproJlbiUatU?fls
the notes can make no difference in the
extent of the use that exists for them.
So far as this reaches it is immaterial
whether tho notes will or will not be
paid on demand. Paper
money has a further superiority of
grea. importance over specie, its com
parative cheapness combined with
equal efficiency, 20 shillings' worth of
English wealth must have been given
to the foreign mines to proc'tre a
sovereign. A bank note costs i ss than
sixpence. This gain to England, this
saving ota the indispensable tool of ex
change extends to every bank nolo in
circulation. How vast a capital is i V us
rescued and kept for the maintenance
of English industry, whilst the supply
or tne filling tools is complete, 14 obvi
ous. Who ought to be the
issuer of the paper circulation of a
country, the government or the
ban Ear The profits from so national an
operation ought fitly to be reaped by tho
Lord Bacon said: "Usury bringeth
the treasures of a nation into a few
Benjamin Franklin, so much lauded
on all other matters of statesmanship
"Paper money well founded, has a
great advantage over gold and tilver,
bjing light and convenient for handling
and not likely to have its volume re
duced by demands for exportation. On
the whole, no method has hitherto been
formed to establish a medium of trade
equal in all of its advantages to bills of
credit made a full legal tender."
John Kj. ualhoun says: I undertake
to affirm without the least fear of that
I can be answered that a paper currency
issued by the government with the sim
ple promise to receive it for all of the
dues, leavisg its creditors to take it or
gold or silver at their option, would be
to the extent it could circulate form a
perfect paper circulation which could
not be abused by the government; that
it would be as uniform in its value as
the metals themselves."
Thomas Jefferson said: "Treasury
bills bottomed on taxes bearing interest
or not thrown into circulation will take
the place of so much gold and silver.
Bank paper must be suppressed and the
circulation restored to the nation,
where it belonge."
The great Spinoza said: For myself
I am certain that the good of human
life cannot be in the possession of
I things which for one man to possess is
tor the rest to lose, but rather in things
which all can possess alike and where
one man's wealth promotes his neigh
bor's. W. H. Dech.
Lettor From Boyd County.
Alfoed, Neb., Dec. 12, fc892.
Our party did not accomplish all I
had hoped it wcu!4 in our state in the
late election, but I take notice that our
vote increased 3 per cent over the rela
tive size of tho party two years ago.
Wo have not yet a majority over re
publicans and democrats, but we are
gaining. It cost the corporations
good deal of money to win, and our cam
paign cost comparatively little. Let us
keep on bleeding them and they will
oonclude they ean not afford such
annual expense, and will let justice be
You probably would like to know the
political status of this new county of
Boyd. The independents have a plu
rality. Deducting the 350 votes com
moniy Believed 10 nave been stuned in
at Butte City for the republican ticket.
there was a majority of 100 for Weaver.
As democrats may have voted for the
weaver electors, tne veto on governor
Is probably a truer indication of the
strength of the parties. Van Wyck got
ay) as against iZS for (JrouDse and Mor
ton both. We must have a plurality on
these figures. But our vote must be
larger than reported. Some blotted
independent ballots must have been re
jected and other ballots substituted,
And right here I want to say that it is
impossible to mark ballots with ink and
avoid b'ots; for most men will not use a
blotter, but fold the ballot up hastily
ana mane a blot at almost every fold.
The markiag 6hould be with indelible
Interest in the alliance is likely to
increase owing to the general dissatis
faction at our county officials. Useless
expense is being piled upon the county,
and township organizations was refuse-i
to be put to a vote although a legal
petition for it was handed in. An in
junction against it was granted by the
county judge in the absence of the dis
trict judge, and when the district judge
dissolved the injunction it was too late
to put the question on the ballots for
they were already print, d. It wa not
too late for Chester Norton of Knox
county to get his name on the ballots:
the e'erk was mandamused to writo it
on. But it was too late for the clerk to
write tho form for a vote on the other
supervisor system no place had been
left for it, and it would not do to put '.t
in the six inch space at the bottom.
He was perfectly honorable about it; he
would have obliged the " people if he
could, but he could not you know. We
farmers and homesteaders are the vic
tims of adverse circumstances. We
may yet try the power of the ilaw to
punish those who obstruct the law.
We want township organization here,
but we do no mean to overdo the thing.
We mean to make each polling precinct
a township and have only 8 supervisors
Holt and Knox counties nave twice too
many, they had better consolidate town
ships. That might disappoint some of
the little office-seekers but it is no
We may not havo a delegate to tho
State Alliance. There is much work
yet for the State Alliance to do. The
lecturers must ba kept in the field; they
are doing the chief part of enlighten
ing th public about tbe new party
principles. Long live the alliance. Our
farmers are so poor they do not like to
pay does, and they stay out of member
ship, I think for the coming year it
would be well to let them belong free;
and hope the State Alliance will so per
mit. N. H. B.
I will soli either of my fine 2-vear-old
boar.. Paddy's Chip is one of the
finest, if not the finest show hog in the
west. Free Trade's Bpst is sired by
that great show hojr Free Trade, tb.it
wns Bold for f 800 Price on eithor oae
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