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The Sherman law will not be repeal
ed by this congress. That has been
"MAettled by decisive test votes lnuboth
- houses of congress.
The producers of beet sugar already
get a bounty of two cents a pound from
the national treasury. Still they clam
or and lobby for a state bounty. Far
mers of nebraska are you willing to
give It to them?
The Evening News, which up to a
ahort time ago was fighting the sugar
bounty, has new fallen in line for the
bounty, because it is in the interest of
the dear farmer you know. Perhaps
the News has received "new light" on
When the Andrew-Cate bill for the
repeal of the Sherman law came up in
the house last week, the ten populist
members he'd the balanee of power.
They voted solidly against the bill and
thus settled the silver question for this
Mr, Fred A. Allen, formerly of the
Omaha Tocsin Is now in Lincoln as a
correspondent for local reform papers,
and he Is doing excellent work. Last
week he sent out a letter aimed at the
bounty boomers that should be read by
every farmer in the state.
Mr. Bryan made a speech against
the repeal of the Sherman law in the
house the other day. It is said to have
been one of the best speeches delivered
on the quesi ion. Bryan is one of the
democrats who refused to bow to the
dictates of 'gold-bug Cleveland.
And still the gold flows to Europe.
There's only about eight million dollars
of "free gold" left in the national treas
ury. Only a few days ago, the backs
of New York City came to Secretary
Foster's relief by depositing several
millions of the yellow metal and taking
greenbacks. Now It 1b reported that
Foster has a lot of 4 per cent bonds al
ready printed and ready to issue to get
gold. 0, the gold basis is a beautiful
thing isnt it? And gold is such honest
When the bill for the repeal of the
Sherman law was before the house last
week, Congressman Bland of Missouri
declared that the democratic party
would be disrupted before a measure
like that solely in the Interest of Wall
street should pass the house. These
are brave woris, but we shall see with
in a year whether Mr. Bland and his
free silver friends are brave enough to
carry out their threat. The opportu
. ity will come. The plutocrats are de
termined to have the single gold stand
ard, and Cleveland is their prophet.
BUI BEST IITE8TI0ATI0S.
In the matter of exposing t
tempts nf the republicans to purch
the election of a United States senator,
there Is but one safe and hooorab!
course for the representatives of the
independent party to pursue and that
Is to male public the truth and the uhole
truth. This should be done withou
coloring, hesitation or equivocation
To do this may require courage and
self-sacrifice. The vials of republican
wrath will be poured on the head of
every man that does it Slander and
vituperation will be heaped without
stint on frerv man who exposes the
scoundrels who tempted with the glit
tering gold. Let tbem slander. Let
them revile. They do but expose their
own Infamy in so doing. It is no dis
grace to have been approached with
money, but it is a hellish villainy on
the part of the would-be briber. Why
should such men be protected or
shielded in anyway? If men who are
approached with bribes would always
expose the vlllians who seek to corrupt
them, politics would be purer.
The republicans may try to bluff off
these charges or ridicule them. They
may pretend surprise and indignation.
It ii all hypocrisy. There is not
particle of doubt that republicans stood
willing, ready and anxious to purchase
votes enough to elect a republican to
the senate They failed because the
independents were cot for sale, but the
would-be bribers are none the less
guiltv. Let them be exposed to the
He did the republicans expect to
electa senator except by purchasing
democratic or Independent votes? Did
they not repeatedly claim that they had
''secured" enough to Insure the elec
tion of a republican? It Is the most
transparent hypocrisy for them now to
pretend Indignation over ' these
The scope of this investigation
should be enlarged. . It should
be made to include attempt to bribe
Independents into uniting with the re
publicans for the organization of the
house. The editor of The Alliance
ndependent has reliable information
to the effect that during November and
December men were out scouring the state
trying to bribe independent members with
offers of state patronage.
If this investigetion should develop
the fact that any independent is impli
cated in any corruption, the people
want to know It. The motto of every
honest man Bhould be: "Let no guilty
man escape" no matter what his poll'
tics may be. John M. Thurston stated
on the day before Allen was elected
that certain independent leaders had
approached him with the statement
that enough independents would refuse
to vote for Allen to defeat him.
ffMr. Thurston will dlvnlge their
names, he will confer a favor on the
If this investigation is pushed, it can
result in nothing but good to the inde
pendent party. Hence we say again, it
is the duty of all true independents to
A GOOD BILL.
House Roll No. 104, for the amend
ment of three sections of the school laws
of this state, is a bill which should be
come a law with some slight changes.
he most important section of the bill
is the one which vests the power of fix
ing the school tax in the Board of Edu
cation instead of in the city council in
cities of the first-class. Under the
present law the board of education is
expected in May or June to re-engage
ts teachers, fix their salaries and plan
the work of the schools for the ensuing
year. Then in August the council de
termines the amount of tax to be levied
for school purposes, and that body re
duces the revenues of the f chool
district to any limit it sees fit. Each
member of tb.3 council has his commit
tee to look after and his fund to proteo
and no member has any responsibility
for the school fund. As a consequence
that fund is cut down to build up other
funds. There is neither consistency or
reason in hrvlng one muaicipal body
determine the income of the district
while another body is held responsible
for the distribution of that fund and
the conduct f the business of the dis
trict. Lincoln is the only district in
the state that has to work under this
unreasonable iiatute, being the only
city of the first class in the state. In
the country districts the people at
their annual meeting decide how much
tax shall be levied. In smaller cities
and in Omaha the board of education
acts for the people and determines the
school tax. There ia no reason whv
Lincoln should be placed on a different
basis from every other district in the
late. The bill should be passed.
On last Friday the members of both
houses concluded to take a week's vaca
tion to visit their families and mingle
with their constituents. Hence they
adjourned to meet Thursday of this
week. It is to be hoped that they will
come back with renewed vigor and
courage to pass some good laws in the
nterest of the people.
Six '-Columbian" sewing machines,
one for the largest club ia each con
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BUBROVS A5D HOLDES-
One cf our good alliance readers asks
us whether Mr. Burrows over actually
endorsed Iloldcn and Liberty, and if so
whether he did It after those villainous
atiaulu on Kem, Wolfe. Pirtle, De:b
an Wyck and "ye editor" had appear
ed in Liberty. For the buoefit of this
brother and any others who may bav
a curiosity on these points we will an
swer these questions. In answer to the
first we offer Mr. Burrows' letter with
Mr. Ho'den's head lines:
I. BORROWS ENDORSE
MB- . 0. HOLDEN ASD LIBERTY.
Tit Iadepeadent Party in Danger from
Demagogues and Schemers.
Lincoln. Nib , June 23. 1891'
W. C. Holden, Editor op Liberty.
1E4R Sir: It gives me great pleasure
to itarn that your new paper. Liberty, is
nating such excellent success, and talcing
me piace wmch your ability and ex
perience as a newspaper man entitles it
to. I here never was a time when true
fearlessness and Independence in iour-
nalism were more needed than now. Of
course I sincerely regret the contro
versy that has occurred ; but the assault
that was made upon you was unorovok
ed and brut tl, and I do not see how vou
could have passed It by without retalia
tion possessing as you do the frailltles
common to all of us.
The attempt by certain independents
to proscribe you and read you outof the
party is as absurd as it is malignant
and dictatorial, in the light of (be facts
as I know them. I have known you for
more tnan ten years as a consistent and
fearless anti-monopoly worker, renoun
sing the position you might have
achieved in the republican party and
casting your lot with a hopeless minor
uy. i ou were in mat work lor many
years before tha mea who are now
attacking you had begun to realize the
need oi any reform. there ts a true
independent in this slate vou are the one
and you may be sure that the day will
curae when your fearless and true inde
pendence will be fully appreciated.
Une crying need of the present time
is honest politics. The virus of dis
honesty which has so long poisoned the
o.a political parties has struck in so
deeply that nearly all men who are
Ming to engage in politics at all seem
to be infected by it The disposition
to take undue advantage of power Ms
readintss to make the positions of committee
men subserte personal ends the prevalence
of dark-lantern and star chamber methods
all tend to dhgust and disheart n the
men who believe in open and above
board honesty in politics the same as in
The management of the business of
the independent party for the past six
months, both state and county, is open
to the severest criticism: and this criti
cism bad better come from the inside
than from the outside. The ratios that
give Lincoln nearly half the votes in
toe county convention, and Douglas
county fifty seven votes In the state
convention were only made by the
grossest incompetency or the grossest
subservience to corrupt influence,
While I do not believe the latter to be
.the case I do know that the opportunity
onerea oy tne unfair state ratio is Deing
corruptly used to foist upon tne lnde
pendent party as its leading nominee
tne vilest and most selfish demagogue
that ever disgraced the politics of any
state. The success of these schemes
will be the destruction of the party.
trust your efforts will be diiected to
waking up the delegates outside of the
cities to the true situation, and to the
saving of our grand young party from
irretrievable disaster. In such efforts
you will certainly have the support of
all true independents.
' J. Burrows
The italics in the above are ours.
in answer to tne second question we
will say that this letter was published
in Liberty after those villainous as
saults had been made on Kem, Wolfe,
Blake, Pirtle and others. Further this
article was published time and again
in Liberty alongside of those assaults,
nd Mr. Burrows was a contributor of
other articles published in Liberty at
the same time. Anyone who will care
fully read the above letter will see in
it grave insinuations against Messrs.
Wolfe and Pirtle.
The "Unprovoked and brutal" assault
on Ho'den which Mr. Burrows refers to
as simply a word of warning to the
people which had appeared in The
These are matters of history. Peo
ple who, like Patrick Henry, "judg
the future by the past" will do well to
store away these facts for future ref
On another page appear a number of
petitions" to the legislature. Those
are published in response to requests
from some of our readers. Whoever
desireB to circulate one of these peti
tions Bhould cut it out and paste it en
the top of a blank sheet, secure as many
signatures as he thinks best, and then
forward it to bis member of the house
or senate as he thinks best.
These petitions should be widely cir
culated, and signed. They can not
possibly do Any harm, and they may do
This work should be attended to with
out delay. Petitions ought to be sent
in by March 1st or earlier.
Mr. Clarkson, one of the grand
moguls of the republican party speak
ing of Harrison's appointment oi Judge
Jackson to the supreme bench, says:
Whether this act was done in person
al pique over hi9 own defeat or from
whatever motive or cause the republi
can senate owes it to tne party of Lin
coln, Grant and Blaine to condemn it.
To accept and confirm it would be to
confess republicanism a sham and all
its glorious principles canting hypocrisies,
rmuo roa eucim
The bnunty boomers are out fishing
for suckers. The following clipping
from the Ord Journal will show their
i ne oeet sugar man Air. t elton, was
here this week for the purpose of estab
lishing a factory in Ord. He expects
to purchase about5,0(J0 acres of land tor
beet growing, and a Its for ntthiDg x
cept the good will of the people. Good
will being very cheap we have it with
out stint. We hope the enterprise will
be a success, and will do any honorable
act to make it such. Ord would no
doubt be a fine poiat for a factory, and
as they propose establishing a large
number of smaller or reducing factories
in other part of the state, the product
of which is to be brought here for re
umnK, mere wiu oe litue leu lor Our
filature to enact favorable laws for a
bounty on beets. Petitions are now Le-
ing circulated for that object, some of
our citizens are nigniy eiatea witn tne
factory prospect. The project of such
an enterprise we look upon with great
lavornoping tnat legislators will be
scrupulously careful as to what action
tney take. ,
If the good independents of Valley
county allow themselves to bo taken in
by thli smooth scheme, they are bigger
chumps than we think. The scheme is
being worked solely with a view to In
fluencing members of the leglsliture.
There is not a shadow of probability
that a sugar factory will be started at
Ord. The fact that "thev ask for noth
ing except the good will of the people"
is proof tiat they do not propose to
start a factory. If they did, they would
ask for a large subsidy. Are these
patriotlo sugar-making capitalists,
going to pass by other towns that offer
subsidies, and establish a factory at
Ord asking "nothing but good will?"'
Then they are going to establish "re'
ducing factories in other parts of the
state the product of which will be taken
to Ord for refining." Now that is rich!
They are going to make Ord a sort of
"manufacturing center." Are not
Grand Island and Norfolk better cen
ters around which to group reducing
factories than Ord would be? Yet none
have ever been established.
This Mr. Felton is no doubt one of
Oxnard's shrewd lobbyists sent out to
gull the farmers, while slick-tongued
fellows try to "work" members of the
egislature at Lincoln. The proposl
tions and arguments of these fellows
are nothing but a conglomerate mass
of absurdities, and he who is deceived
thereby is not wise.
We hope some of the live indepen'
dents ol Valley county will circulate
the petition against the bounty printed
in this Issue, and thus counteract the
scheme of the boomers.
On the second page of this issue will
be found another article on "monetary
science" by George C. Ward of Kansas
City which is wall worthy of careful
The article purports to be a reply to
some criticisms made by the editor of
The Alliance-Ineependent, but in
reality It is an amplification of the
points made by Mr. Ward in his pre
vious article. Our criticism was aimed
not at Mr. Ward's ideas, but at his
method and choice of terms. As to the
nature and uses of money, and the
fallacy of the "intrincio value," and
'metal basis" doctrines, we fully agree
with Mr. Ward,
But we still hold to the position that
Mr. Ward fails to distinguished be
tween definitions and illustrations
When he says "money is a medium of
exchange" he gives a generally accept
ed definition; but whenhe says "money
is an order lor goods," ne is simply com-
paring money with something else.
Money is not an order for goods, though
there may be a close resemblance
tween money and. orders for goods, the
pointing out oi wnicn win enable us
to better understand the uses of money.
As an illustration the proposition is all
right, but not as a definition.
In all Mr. Ward's quotations there
are but three definitions of money, and
they are one in substance. They are
found In the quotations from Apple ion's
Cyclopedia, Prof. Walker, and Senator
Jones. The best of these, and the one
most universally accepted, is that of
"Mnnov ia tht. roMnh fi
irom nand to nana tnrougnouttnecom
munity, in final discharge of debts and
full paymenr for commodities, being
accepted equally and without reference
to tne character and credit oi tne per
son wno oners it, ana witnout tne in
tention of the person who receives it
to consume it, or enjoy it, or apply it to
ana otner use tnan, in turn, to tender
it to others in discharge of debts or
payment for commodities."
In the latter part of his article Mr.
Ward also expresses the great funda
mental truth of monetary science:
"We may say . by our laws that so
many grains of gold or silver shall con
stitute one dollar, but we are powerless
to arbitrarily determine the value of
the dollar such value beina deoendent ud-
on the number of units in circulation and
the volume of valuable commodities oferd
for exchange and to some extent, the
whims and caprices of individuals.
He who discusses money from the
stand point of Walker's definition, and
this great fundamental truth can hard
ly go astray.
Wn have another, article from Mr.
Ward discussing abolition of usury by
the issue of money which will appear
in a future issue.
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For some time a plot has been on foot
in Lincoln to injure and if possible break
down the Alliance-Ik dependeht.
The plotters are men who have neither
honor, nor principle. Too cowardly to
make an open fight, they have sought
to employ others as their tools. They
are now using one Rlgbyt an ex-convict
and one McGovern, an unknown man,
rholssaid to be a hack driver, who
has secured some stock in this company
These plotters have been foiled at every
turn, as they will be in future. Their
efforts would be laughable, if they were
not 80 devilish
Their latest effort is to put up this
Mrlnm & .tir.hnM.. t
for receWer for the -Py- In
order to do this they have Inveigled
this i?norant'fellow into oerinrin? him-
This scheme, though malignant in
conception is farcical in character, and
will react on the beads of the schemers
The Alliance Publishing Company is
on an absolutely safe and sound
basis financially and Is enjoying prosj
This is all that is necessary to say on
tni8 matter at present. In tne near
future we may expose the whole plot.
Holden has set out to blast the rep
utation of Representative Krick of
Kearney County. He speaks in a very
complimentary manner of Mr. Krick,
knowing of course that any man, whom
Holden endorses, will be the object of
suspicion amongst true independents.
Mr. Krick Is a true and loyal independ
ent, and if he tells all he knows about
the efforts of republicans to bribe inde
pendent members, Holden will have no
more compliments foe him.
The ring politicians of both old par
ties are beginning to wonder "where
they are at." They were attonished
beyond measure when Harrison ap
pointed Jackson of Tennessee, a rock
ribbed democrat, to the supreme bench;
and completely paralyzed when Cleve
land decided to make J udge Gresham
his secretary of state. The populists
simply smile at such things and re
mark: "We told you so. There's no
difference between 'em. They're
The following moon eminated from
the Evening News one day last week:
The immediate effect of Judge Al
len's election in this state will be the
rehabilitation of the independent par
ty. It will revive the hopes of those
who have remained in the third party,
and perhaps bring back some of those
who have within the past twelve
months returned to the old parties. It
will fan the dying embers of hope, and
rekindle the fire of third party enthusi
Sfld Isn't. It. that, nil thla ennuis
hannfin iuat whftn thftV haA tnn nranlr
rL J .
movement thoroughly killed off and
were ready to bury it.
Bight You Are.
As a matter of information for our
readers we wish to say that the U. S.
senator-elect from Nebraska, Judge W.
V. Allen, is a straight in-the-middle-of-
the-road independent, and if we ever
harbored in our mind a thought to the
contrary that thought was dispelled
when we read Holden's denunciation in
Monday's edition of the State Journal.
ills easy victory goes to prove our oft
expressed opinion of Holden and his
ten-cent lake Liberty, "that any man
aspiring to an office would fare better
at thf) hand!) of t,h pi rotors hv nnt. hfiv
ing the support of that paper." It has
lDg been truly said "no true indepen
dent can stand in with Holden and his
Liberty." Elwood Independent,
Resolutions of Approval.
The following resolutions were adopt
ed by a unanimous vote at the regular
meeting of Eagle Alliance Feb. 4, 1893:
Whereas, The actions of the inde-
dendent senators and representatives
of the State of Nebraska in keeping an
unbroken front, regardless of all oppo-
sition has been viewed with satisfac-
on DV the independents of Cheyenne
L Whereas, The work of Senator
Darner on investigation, and the ac
tion of Representative Barry to im
peach Gov. Crouns meets with our ap
Whereas, The solid vote for our es
teemed president, Hon. John H. Pow
ers for United States senator also gives
much satisfaction; therefore be it
Kesolved, . lhat we. independent
Alliance men of Eagle precinct, urge
our senators and representatives to
continue in the good work and, if de
feated, to go down with the colors
nailed to the mast head. '
'Keep in the middle of the road."
H. R. Ayers.
Walla ge Boynter.
W. F. Dansmore.
PINE BERKSHIRE HOGS.
Mr. H. S. Williamson of Beaver City
offers a hog worth $20 to the person
raising the largest club for the Alli-
nce-Independent by March.
Only one person can get this premi
um, fjbut dozenB of others who wish
to improve their stock of hogs can
purchase Berkshires of either sex of
Mr. Williamson at reasonable prices.
Write us at once for Bample copies,
and begin the work of ralsi ng a club.
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Forecast of The Alliance-Independent's
Grand Premium List Premiums
A 8UBPBI3E rOE OVB FEIEND8.
City Lots. Sewing Machines, Libraries,
And Other Things too Numerous
to Mention, to be Given
to -Club Raisers.
A Grand Campaign for Subscriber.
For soaetlme we have been nrenar-
incrapreat nmmluni 1!t A noiK1
week we expect to publish It In full.
Tt Will nnntain hn mxaa mA
- wvuwa.u uiOJJlDauco, 1UU 1UUDV
numerous premium offers ever made
by a reform paper.
The preparation of the list has pro
grossed so far that we are able to make
a general statement of what It will
First, there will be a grand premium
for the largest list sent in. This premi
um will consist of a fine, and valuable
residence lot in one of Lincoln's most
beautiful suburb. Arrangements ar -
not fully completed for this premium, t
and we may have to change it to some- '
Second, there will be a premium for
the largest list sent in from each con
gressional district in Nebraska. This
premium will be an elegant first-class
sewing machine, known as the "Col-
Third, there will be a premium for
the largest list from each county in
Nebraska, and from esch state outside
of Nebraska. This premium will con
sist of a family library comprising
twenty cloth bound volumes, all stand
ard and first-class. Many of the lead- '
ing reiurm dooks will DO included.
To the one sending the second larg
est list from each county In the state,
we will give a Useful Library of twen
ty standard books In paper covers.
Fourth, there will be a large list of
speclt.1 premiums for those who are not
successful in getting any of the above
Fifth. We will continue to give a
premium to every subscriber as at pres
ent. The above brief forecast gives' only
a very impefect idea of the liberality of
this offer. We believe it will be a
welcome surprise to the friends " who
have been working for the paper faith
fully without hope of reward.
Some may wonder how we are able to
make such liberal offers. In explana
tion we will say that most of these
premiums are received in payment for'
advertising in our columns. Whenever
we have to purchase the articles, we
get very favorable prices by taking
And now we confidently appeal to
friends of our glorious cause everwhere
to begin a campaign for subscribers.
Wrtch for the full list to appear next
week, or week after, but don't wait for
it. Now is the best time to push the
work. Go to work without losing a
day. Arm yourself with a few sample
copies and a copy of one of our premium
books and start out. Get old subscribers
to renew. Get new subscribers among
independents whohave never taken the
republicans and democrats to try the
paper for a year.
We expect to have at least two thou
sand persons actively at work for these
premiums within two weeks. Write
at once for blanks and sample copies.
Don't lose a day.
If you eannot work for a premium,
will you not kindly bring this to the
attention of some one else who will, or
send us the names of parties who might
undertake to raise clubs.
Many of our premiums are suitable
tor laaies, ana children, and we want
them to compete. Remember every one
who raises a club of five or more will
get a premium.
Yours for success,
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Two The usand Shy.
Nebraska City, Neb., Feb. 11
Special. While examining old city
records today it was discovered that
two bonds purchased by Kean & Co. of
New York were missing. The bonds
were paid in 1881 and all but these two"v
were properly cancelled. The missing
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