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It the besE
In the wet. It U especi
ally valnable as a means
of reaching he farmers.
Its circulation is an Uriie
In Nebraska as the cir
culation of all ibe "farm
Give The Alliance
Indetkndkxt a trial it
you waut good results.
Victory Rests on the
Party. Their Triumph Complete.
THEY STOOD UP
ifty-four Independents Staunch and True,
And with Them Stood Sixteen Demo
crats. ' There's G-lory Enough
"fAMEN! LET ALL THE
- And Won. Desperate Efforts of Republicans to Save
; "The Leaking Ship." They Tiy to Non i- '
nate a Gold-bug Democrat. Paddock
The Foi lorn Hope.
"""There is a time to . rejoice,". Baid
ISO UlU OV1UUIVU XA. VUM viauw aw v
come to the independents of Nebraska,
it never will.
That insolent and powerful enemy,
that has in every previous battle tri
umphed over them and driven them
tack brused and beaten, now lies bruis
ed and beaten on the field, with scarce
enough energy or courage left to raise
t.hfilr heads and iaouire: "Where are
The independents have chosen a
grand man to cross swordB with the
$ minions of Wall street in the "Ameri
can House of Lords."
Thev have chosen a man who will
easily borne the leader of the small
' thnnr .. valiant band of DODulists in con
gress. They have accomplished much
more thaa this: They vindicated their
I honand integrity as a party in this
sib.. They have given a death blow
7 to the republican party in Nebraska.
They have made it possible to wrest
the state from the rule oi the corpora
tions in two years from now.
HOW IT WAS DONE.
When Tuesday noon arrived, the
jam of excited visitors at the capitol
exceeded any thing known for years.
People of all parties seemed to have
rVamAlli the battle from afar" and
come to witness the final onset. Every
r m Tiber, except the sick senator from
i Off iha, was in bis Beat. When the
' roll call began deep silence reigned.
"Ames led oft with ' a vote for Allen.
"When Babcock's name was reached,
Allen" was his response Then the
first cheer broke forth. All was quiet
otn ni Mitln vnioA fn A Hon Than
loud r cheer. Still louder 'were the
Vjeers as North Sincla and With
nell fell into line. "Allen" rang cut
clear and strong from every independ-
' ent The republicans all voted for
Paddock save two; Ricketts of Omaha
voted for Crounse, and Eyner for Paul
Vandervoort. When the roll-call clos-
s, ed, the Independents in the gallery
and lobby could hardly be restrained
till the result should be announced.
Senator Tefft (rep.) moved a call of the
house, but the motion called forth
such a storm of indignant protests,
rkread the significant result:
J "Allen "0 votes.
"Paddock 59 votes.
Crounse 1; Vandervoort 1. I there
fore declare W. V. Allen your, senator-
.n followed such a cheering as
waB never heard in that hall before. In
the midst of it Senator Everett (rep )
m' ?ed to adjourn. This was received
with hisses. Urged by several mem
rs of his own party, he withdrew it
, 'hen a aommlttee was appointed to no
tify llen of his election and bring
him before the .convention. He was
"reeled with great applause. Ma
thanked the convention in a few very
appropriate words that left an excellent
.irnpr ssion. Then the aenvsation at
mourned, ana ana tne maepencents ana
democrats enioved a season of hand-
Banner of the People's
PEOPLE SAY AMEN "
shaking and mutual congratulations.
. In the evening a ratification meeting
was hwld in Representatives' Hall,
Senator-elect Allen spoke first He
was followed by W. L. Greene, Capt.
Trevellick, Judge Broady, Represen
tatives Casper and Porter, J. M. De
vine, Prof. Jones, Chancellor Canfield
and others. W. B. Howard rendered
some fine humorous songs.
THE LAST WKEK'S FIGHT. w
The senatorial contest ' was scarcely
worthy of being called a contest until
within the last week of its duration.
From the time the independents met
in caucus January 31 and nominated W.
L. Green, the fight was on in earnest.
For a time the outlook appeared
gloomy for the Independents. This
was because of divisions and dissen
sions in their own ranks. These differ
ences grew out of facts and circum
stances that it would be tedious to dis
cuss at length now, but' thev were
briefly as follows:
On the night of Greene's nomination
seven or eigtt independents quietly
withe rew from the caucus. It is only
fair to Greene, as well as themselves,
to say that they did not withdraw as a
protest against his nomination: for
they withdrew before aiybody knew he
was to be the choice of the caucus.
They withdrew because they thought
the independents were cultivating too
intimate relations with the democrats.
The caucus had appointed a committee
to meet and confer with a like com
mittee from the democratic caucus.
These ultra-independents never waited
to hear the result. This committee.as
a matter of fact, did nothing and re
ported nothing. No names were sub-
itte on either side. Greene was
chosen a straight independent candi
date, by the two-third rule over all
other candidates before the caucu.
Meanwhile these members-afrald-of-tbe
democrats had gone out and held a
little caucus among themselves and de
cided to vote for Allen Root for whom
they felt sure no democrat would ever
As a result the next day the inde
pendents presented a broken front to
the enemy. Greene only got forty-five
independent votes while seven went to
Root one to Powers and one to Allen.
At the same time eight democrats
voted for Greene.
This put matters in a very bad shape.
It was not by any means an "era of
good feeling;" It was rather a season of
"bad blood." Most of the independ
ents engaged in an earnest effort to
win back the bolters. There was much
bitter feeling against them because it
appeared that they alone had stood in
the way of Greene's election. They
deferd id themselves by objecting to the
candidate and talking about their deep
aid convictions, etc.
On Thursday tb effo'ts to secure
unity bore some fruit. All the in'le
pandents voted for Greene except Dale,
Dyaart and Stewart of the senate, and
tavaas aad Kt use of the house, mat
Ing his total vote fifty 6ix. These five
LINCOLN, NEB.. THURSDAY,
stood out stubbornly. With all due
regard for their "convictions," it ap
pears to a great many unprejudiced
people that these men were actuated
very largely by contrariness
Their heads were set against any man
who could draw democratic votes, for
the simple reason that he could draw
them. And they would not give up so
long as they could resist the pressure,
or frame a plausible excuse against the
The vote of the Independents re
mained substantially unchanged on
Friday, except that the refractory
members voted three for Ragan, two
for Root and one for Allen. Greene's
vote fell to fifty-one as several demo
crats withdrew their support
Now let us look at the republican
side of the conflict The republican
caucus met on Wednesday night and
on the eighteenth secret ballot nomin
JOHN M. THTJHSTON
by the two-thirds rule. In doing this
they played squarely into the hands of
the independents. They named a man
for whom no independent could or
would vote, also a man who has spent
his best years in abusing democrats.
If Paddock or some new man had been
put up, the result possibly might have
On Thursday Thurston got sixty-one
votes, and Friday and Saturday the
same. Despite his popularity, despite
the power and money of the corpora
tions, despite the backing of every
corrupt and corrupting influence that
could be mustered, Thurstom could noi
gain a vote.
Up to 7 o'clock Friday evening doubt
and dissension reigned in the ranks of
the independents. Hope was wavering:
Indignation against the few mehwho had
set themselves up as better and wiser
than their party was deep, and bitter
expressions of it were not wanting.
The darkest hour of the contest had
arrived. The republicans were united,
confident and boastful. The indepen
dents were divided, discouraged and
What the independents needed in
that hour was a leader, broad-minded,
true-hearted, and great-souled, a Moses
to lead them out of the wilderness. And
such a leader was forth-comins'.
Though deeply wounded by the cruel
stabs of men in the ranks of his own
party, by the slanders and abuse of men
who have given a few days to the ser
vice of the cause to which he has de-i
voted the best years of his life, throw-!
ing personal ambition to the winds, and
sacrificing his fondest hopes on the al-1
tar cf his party's success, W. L. Greene
proved himself tho man for the occa-1
sion, the hero of the hour.
Shortly after 7 o'clock he came down
the stairway into the office of the Lin-;
dtll accompanied by a number of friends
The office was crowded. Nearly all the
independent members were present,
and the rest of the throng consisted
mainly of loyal independents drawn
thither by the excitement of the con
test. No one knew what was coninsr.
Porter called for silence and announced
that Greens had something to say. At
once all were silent with eager atten
tion. Greene mounted a chair aad
spoke substantially as follows:
GBEINB'S SPEECH. .
"Gentlemen of the lesislature of Ne
braska, I desire to speak a few words to
you, and wnat l say wm come from a
heart which beats in full sympathy with
tne principles of tne independent partv.
In my early manhood I became .deeply
involved in the idea that the govern
ment had unwarrantably surrendered
one of its chief functions, that of Issu
ing money, to .private corporations. I
am fully convinced that no great pros
perity win come to our people until we
retake from corporations that power.
and the government shall again assume
control ( f the issue, value and volume
or oar currency as a speedy means of
"I am, as I have always been, in favor
of the free coinage of silver upon the
ratio of 16 to 1. In short, I am in per
fect harmony with the St. Louis and
Omaha platforms, and will still fight
for tne trlumpn of tne princip'es there'
in enunciated until victory and happi
ness inaii percn upon our oannr. '
came to Lincoln at the beginning
of the legislature for a two-fold pur
First, I wanted to do what little I
could to aid the members in framing
sue laws as would bring relief to our
people and rcdeesa the pledges waicb
we made in cur platfarta ind on thi
stump. I want to stand ap for Nebras
ka, but I da not mean by that to hang
FEBRUARY 9. 1893
a mantle over the face of oar people so
tne snail only stand up for the corpo
rations, out i mean an its import.
I tee on every hand an unequal battle
waf ed between the producers and th
great monopolies; between the bread
winners and the great financial opera
tori of the country; the poor roan tolls
in aweat and tear j and lies down at
nifit in a home of poverty; his ch ldron
as dear to him as mine are to me, grow
np without the advantage of an educa
tion., hompered on every hand because
of the narrow limit of their experience,
to enter npon the treadmill f toil from
which father and mother fell, to take
the same weary round of unprofitable
i t tirant to stand up for these people;
I want to stand up for mother-', fathers
children and homes: I want to aid in
breaking, the shackles of industrial
slavery from their wounded limb-; I
want to pluck up the thousand bram
bles from their pathway; ! want to
plant a few roses and make a carpet of
grass for their feet; I waat to make a
pillow on which mother can lay her
head and rest in her dt dining years; I
want to open the window and let in the
autumn breeze and let in a little sun
shine to make cheerful the homes of
the poor. To accomplish this we muBt
use tne legislative force or toe state
and nation, and to this end I. want to
labor. We must take home to our peo
ple some modicum of relief In the way
of railroad legislation. I repeat it we
And the second reason that brought
me here was pooslbly to become a can
didate for the United States senate,
and I have become such. I have spent
no money to accomplish this nomina
tion, for I had none to spend. My
fight i.bas been fair and honorable;!
have traduced no candidate, and al
though I return to wife and children
without success, I go back with my
manhood and my honor, aad to them
and to me these are worth more than a
seat in the United States senate. The
favor which you have conferred is one
which I will not forget To come with
in tea votes of an election to an office,
second only to the presidencv of the
United States, is no mean compliment
and you have the grateful tribute of an
earnest heart for it This has been
achieved in spite of the most villainous
ngbt, perhaps, ever made on any man
in the state. I have encountered the
lobby of both railroads, and a few men
who cla'm to be independent. I refer
to no members of the legislature, but
to certain villains who, under the gnise
of independents, are acting as the hired
emissaries of the republican party;
men whose characters are so unspeak
ably smirched that satan will ultimate
ly vacate his throne to give them
Now, I will say that no man can
hide behind me as a pretext to stab
the independent cause. I have no am
bition higher than my devotion to
principle. I may go down, but no act
of mlno shall stand in the pathway to
victory. I want you to go from here
to the state house to-night and agree
upon a man and elect him to-morrow,
and I now pledge every friend of mine
to stand by tho caucus nomination. I
do this because my friends are true to
me; thejj are als) true independents.
They are not men who will set up their
judgment against the aggregated wis
dom of a two-tbirds majority. They
love principle. They believe la the
principles which we teach and will
btand by them. There Is no man who
has stood by me in this fight who can
be purchased with money or led estray
by flattery, and therefore I can pledge
them to the man whom you will choose.
- "Gentlemen, I will never Bulk in my
tent. You will find me in the future
as in the past, in the front of the bat
tle. In conclusion, let me urge you to
get together and elect a man to-mor
rowwe must win. Do this: give us
some good legislation. Let it not be
said again that you can be bought, and
In two vears we will not need to go
courting with any other party to elect
a senator. Again I thank you and
promise to see you again as the dsys
go by. Be true; be men."
The effect of this speech was won
derful. Hope was kindled into a
glowing flame. . Confidence took the
place of discouragement. . The few
who had bolted the cauens at the risk
of their party's future, were put in a
corner from which they could not es'
cape. If they bad refused . to act on
Green's patriotio suggesten, their
names would have become a hissing
and by-word for all time to come. ' ;
' After Green had ' closed, ' Dysart
mounted a chair and attempted to de
fend the course of those who stood out
against the caucus nominee'. Tt was
very weak effort and only heightened
the effect of Green's speech.
ANOTHER CAUCUS. ; , ,-'
.As soon as the meeting at the ; Lin-
dell closed, the independent members
started for the state house to hold
caucus. Every member was present
but three who were unavoidably de
tainedo . Beal of Custer was made
chairman, and Rhodes of Valley secre
tary. A motion was made and adopted
that the following names be not includ
ed in the list of . candidates to he voted
for: W. L. Green. Judge Neville, J.
II. Powers. J. W. Edgerton, and Paul
Vandervoort The reason for this a'
tion was that these rentlemen had re
quested it in the Interest of harmony,
The informal ballot resulted as follows:
Judge W. V. Allen. 24; Prof. W. A.
Jones, 11; R. A. McCarty, 2; McKelg-
han, 2; John M. Ragan, 1; Beach;;!.
lilnman, 4; Judge W. L. Stark. Z;Kev
J. M. Snyder, I; C. D. Shrader. 2;
Walsh, 1. Total. 51. One not voting.
First formal ballot: Allen, 24; Jones
10; Hinman, 3: Ragan, 1; McCarty. 1;
stark, ; McKelghan, I; ohrader, 1.
Second ballot Allen, 28; Jones, 22;
St-trk, 1. Total, 51.
Third ballot Allen, 30: Jones, 20.
; Fourth ballot Allen, 33; Jonts. 18.
' Fifth ballot-Allen. 48; Jones, 3.
The sixth ballot was taken by fifty-
one men rising to their feet and voting
as one man for Judge Allen.
Out of the caucus came fifty-one unit
ed determined men. They marched
to the Lindell hotel and there a sort of
ratification meeting was Improvised.
Judge Allen was called in. He thank
ed the independents most sincerely,
and assured them he bad never Bought
the honor. He paid a high tribute to
W. L. Greene whose loyal devotion to
the cause had done bo much to unify the
independent forces. He promised to do
all in his power to serve the people If
he should beelected. Then Trevellick,
Greeen, Casper, and President Powers
made short speeches and the members
dispersed feeling that they had done
the be6t day's work of the session.
. v ON SATURDAY.
The excitement over the senatorial
contest rose1 to a higher point than ever.
Both republicans and Independents
were solidly In line for their chosen
candidates, and there was a general im
pression that the democrats would end
the contest by giving Allen enough
votes to eleot him. This the. indepeon
dents hoped and the republicans feared.
Judge Allen's strength as a candidate
was apparent.) His magnificent appear
ance, and his clean record impressed
everybody favorably." Everybody who
knew him had a good word to say of
him. . ' .'-.- . :'
When the noon hour arrived, the
gallery, and the lobby were filled with
an eager crowd of spectators. Every
member except Senator Clarke of Otna
ha who is sick, was. in his seat The
roll began with Ames, a democrat from
Omaha andhls reply was clear and
strong: "Judge W. V. Allen.", Every
other democrat followed suit except
Babcock, Mattes and North of the
senate, and Sinclair and Withncll of
the house. If any one of these had
voted for Allen he would - have been
elected. The vote stood Allen 65, Boyd
3, Thurston 61, Morton 2. Noolection.
Immediately a republican moed to ad
journ and the motion was carried by a
vote of GG to 65.. ; , ,,, , jk .
The republicans were at sea. - They
seemed to realize that they bad gained
nothing but delay, a little time, but of
what use was time? What could they
do? Saturday afternoon and Sunday
passed,, and still they were no nearer
success, than before. , , The , favorite
scheme of a majority . of republicans
was to vote for J. Sterling Morton.
With them it was anything to beat an
independent. But in the way of this
scheme stood two insurmountable ob
stacles: ii'i :'r- '"..'
J: There wag a number of decent re
publicans who rejected it with Indigna
tion.. .-V..-. ,..:'...-,. l::
2. More than half the democrats re
fused to vote for Morton even if the re
publicans should vote for him.
, . MONAY.. , .. k
Finally Monday came. The republi
can craft was still drifting helpleisly
and no land in sight They had used
all their wite and influence , to break
the independent ranks. , They had Im
ported' all Uhe monopoly democrats
they could find to influence the demo
crats away from Allen. But all with
finally tbey ' resolved to caucus.
Their plan was to have both houses
take a recess after t meeting to give
them a chance to caucus. But the in'
dependents and democrats were in
their places and they failed to see the
importance of taking a recess. ., When
the republicans found this out, they
rose and witkdrew from the house
They were so excited that tbey didn't
even leave one man to object to any
thing the independents aad democrats
(Continued an Hurth Page.)
The government own
ership of railroads and
That freight rates id
Nebraska be reduced v
level with thofce la
force In lows.
The building by the
- natlwoal government of
a great trunk line from
North Dakou to the
Gulf of Mexico.
How they Hiader lebraaka'i Develop '
l" ment aawell aa Bob Prtduoara "
! , -. And Coniumen. 5
8TAKD UP FOR HEB&A8U.
Lists of Manufacturing Industries Which
, Have Grown up in Spite of High
Freight R'tet. V
i Pacta Worth Gonaldarlajr, , ,t
' Two years ago, the opponent" of the
Newberry bill proposed ia ite place a
measure fixing maximum rates oa live-
stock, fraln, coal and lumber In oar- ,
load lots. Mr. Boyd waa favorable to
this measure, and mentioned it la bis
veto message. The tame kind ol a
measure is being quietly talked, up by :
frienda and dupea of the corporations .
la the present legislature, t . :
Such a measure might possibly be of
some benefit to the state, but It ia not
what the people have been demanding. .
A Nebraska rate law will only effect ,
rates on freight shipped from point to ,
point in this state. It will tbave do el- ,
feet on ratea, from point within tq
points witaeut the state. All ship
menu of this kind are inter-state, and ,-
oongreas alone oaa regulate inter-slate
commerce. " : ' ' '
Aa every one knows there la no coal
produced in Nebraska. Henoe all coal ,
shipped into the state must come in, aa
inter-state freight The aame ia true
of lumber. The bulk of our surplus t
grain la shipped to marketa outside '
the state, and hence, is inter-stave
freight A large part of the live-stock
shipment! also eom aCar VtU'v-eeaa -categoay.
Inasmuch aa these r aU
great staple commodities whose values
aro fixed in the great marketa of the
oountry, It may well be doubted whijth- ;
er a Nebraska rate law would in the ,
least affect the prices received by farm
ersfor grain and live-stock, or the
price paid by them for coil and lumber. '
But without going further. Into the .
question let us turn another phase to the ;
subj?ct which, : though far more in -portant
has been far less discussed. It ";'
is' that of local rates on Nebraska made .
articles. The extent to which manu '
facturing has developed in Nebraska
will-surprise any one who has ,not in-;-' 1
quired into tho matter. . Enterprising
capitalists have built up manufacture ;
ing establishments in all parts of tht
state. In fact manufacturing la rapid- '
ly becoming an important element in ,
the development of the atate. . : -
Jn this connection it ia Important to t
notice the class of establishments that
have been built up. In nearly all oases
tbey are intended to supply articles for
home consumption. In very many -
cases they work up raw material pro- 1
duced In the state. Hence the devel-v
opment of i these industries i doubly
In order to show the extent .and .
character of the manufacturing. jrs- .
tries oi tne state, tne ioiiowing taoies ,
are presented. It will be well for the
reader to observe how well adapted " ,
these industries are to working up the
products, ad supplying the wants of .
our people: '5 "
s; ' OMAHA INDUSTRIES. " : "
The following is a partial list the ,
manufacturing industries locate,, in.
the city of Omaha as reported in the
Board of Trade'a report for '
Class. ! No. of Firnu I Class. Ntf. dTFfrms
Barbed wire .....1
Sash, doors,' blinds. .1
White lead . ,...i-...H
Awnlngn, tents, eus..l
Box factories.. S
Cigar manuf'ters. ..27
Cooperage ...... ... S
Boot aad shoe faot'y.l '
Show case.....'. S
Torn cribs.... 1
Collars and cuffs I
Pearl buttons a
Pinning mills.... ...5
Saddlery ... ..a 1
Feed cooker.. 1
Asphalt... .......... .i
Carriages, wagons. . .8
mwder etc t
Founders and ma- ,
chine shops d
Linseed oil...... 1
Shot and Lead pipe..l
Soda water s
Syrup refiners ..... . l
Smelting works 1
Vinegar and i lckles..2
Canning and pre- '
Brooms 1.. . ...8
Confectionery. . : . . . .4
Flour and corn mills s
Bag factory 1 1 Boilers.,..
Chairs ana luraiturex I
A.national census bulletin lately issu
ed gives the following facts concerning
Oniaha's . manufacturing industries as
thoy were in 1890: , ; . , V . , ,
; i (Continued on Second page.)
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