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THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT.
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wry ssrsiul that all names art correctly
rafted Md proper postoJBca glrsa. Blanks
foe rwtnrn subscriptions, return envelope,
eta,, cm be sad on applicative, to this office.
Always sign your nama. No matter how
ftaa yon write us do not neglect tola Import
ant matter. Every week wa receive letters
wMi incomplete addresses or without signa
tures and tt to sometimes difficult to locate
CBAPGior apdrbm. Subscribe wlhlg
to change their postoffloe address must always
rtre their fernisr as well as their present ad
irens whan change will be promptly made.
Address all letters and make all remittances
taxable to THIS ALLIANCE PUB. CO.,
Congress adjourns on Saturday.
The west U furnishing all the politi
cal excitement this year.
Writs ua at once for sample copies,
aid begin the work of raising a club.
OUR state bouse reporter glres en
excellent write-up of legislative mat
ters this week.
The victory of the republican bouse
In Kansas is not likely to affect the
legality of Senator Martin's election.
The Kansas Commoner published at
Wichita Is an excellent paper for those
who want a reform paper from our
We are a little short on editorial
matter this week. The editor bad to
put in a good deal of time preparing
Harrison has called an extra sess
ion of the senate to confirm Cleveland's
appointments. "The twins" seem to
be w tho best of terms.
IF Mr. Burrows has any other back
taxes which he wishes tbe Alliance
Publishing Company to pay, we hope
he will give us a few hours' notice.
Tn Montana they are still ballotfng
for a United Stales senator with email
prospect of an election. The same re
mark will apply equally well to Wash
ington. The Non-conformist says "the Indi
ana Solons have a patent process on
how to waste time." It that be true
we are very much afraid the Nebraska
senators are Infringing on that patent.
There's nothing in a name. The
People's party carried Blaine, Lincoln,
Sherman, Grant and Hayes counties,
all named after distinguished republi
cans, while the republicans carried
both Jefferson, and Bojd counties.
Before election, tariff reform was
the great war-cry of the democrats.
Since election it hasn't been heard of.
The only measure of reform (?) Cleve
land is exerting himself to put forward
is the repeal of the Sherman law, and
the complete demonetization of silver.
The populists of the Kansas house
had to submit to the inevitable. The
supreme court consisted of two repub
licans and one populist. The two re
publicans decided that the republican
'house was the legal body. The popu
lists were really in the right. . They
propose to try their case before the
people two years from now.
In the Wyoming legislature the
democrats could not unite on a candi
date for United States senator. The
cession ended, and the governor ap
pointed a man named Beckwith. Ho
is Bald to be the wealthiest man in the
state. He doesn't represent the rank
and file of his party, and there is great
.There is one infant industry in the
United States that is badly in need of
'protection, that is the manufacture of
tpublic opinion by the monopoly press.
It needs protection against the reform
pre s and needs hbadly. No sooner do
the monopoly editors launch forth a
great scheme of pseudo-reform than
these provoking crank quill-drivers
proceed to punch it full of holes. Can't
some Wall Street democrat or republi
can introduce a bill for the protection
of the great subsidized dailies? If it
teat done soon their business will bo
ruined. Why, the people won't hardly
believe anything they say now.
The Alliance Publishing Company Meets
Its Enemies and Comes Ont
Unscathed, While They
LIE WALLOWISG 15 THE KIBE
Of Dishonor Kr. J. M- Thompson's
Cowardly Coarse-Burrow's Tsxes
Judge Tibbetts Hands Down His De
cisis and McOovorn Writes
-And aver the right somes uppermost;
And ever is Justice done."
Perhaps seme of our readers thought
the claims and charges made in The
Alliance - Independent lat week
were rather strong. Perhaps there
was a lingering doubt in many minds
as to the financial stability of the
Alliance Publishing Company. I am
proud Jand happy ' to say, on evidence
that no man can gainsay or dispute,
that our claims wure fully justified,
and more than justified.
After two weeks of tho "law's
delay," we have just secured a decis
ion in the receiver case. At 10
o'clock on Wednesday, Judge Tibbetts
announced that he was ready to hand
down a decision.
The following is the substance of
his decision, which speaks with an
eloquent calmness, that must sarry
conviction to every mind:
"An application for a receiver must
bo based on some matter of substan
tial justice to the applicant. The
charges must not be visionary or
matters of canjecture, or unreasona
ble fear. Tbey must be based on
some acts that are unjust and unreas
onable. The affidavits should be spe
cific in their nature. No geueral
charge of mismanagement is suffi
cient. The court finds from the affidavits on
file that the present manager 8 of the
company have been in control of the
business since December "9 1892.
Prior to tbat time the affairs of the
company were in bad condition, and
the indebtedness had exceeded the
limit set in the articles of incorpora
tion. Possibly the affairs of the com
pany are not yet in the very best con
dition. But the Court can see no ne
cessity to take such a radical step as
the plaintiff asks. The best interests
of the company would not be con
served by the appointment of a receiv
The property of the Alliance Pub
lishing Company is a peculiar piece of
property. Its value consists largely
in what Is called "good will," and the
granting of such an application would
greatly depreciate its value. Unless
there is something radically wrong in
the management, the Court would not
be justified la interfering with the
The affidavits on file show that the
company Is entirely solvent;:
that $1,800 of debts have been
paid off; that the profits
of the business for the month of Janu
ary were $400.00 and that the advertis
ing business of the company is in very
satisfactory condition. Under such a
showing of facts, the court would not
be justified in taking tbe eontrolof the
business out of the hands of the present
managers and putting it into the hands
of a receiver.
One specific charge setup against one
of the present managers is that uf mis
appropriating funds. The charge is ef
very small moment and if there had
been anything wioog In the action
charged, it should have been, rectified
wnen it occured some time last year.
The party charged has filed an affida
vit uiich explains the matter in a way that
is entirely satisfactory to the tourt.
It would seem from the showing made
that the probable reason why the plain'
tiff asked for a receiver was that an
assessment of 10 per cent had been
levied ioa his stock. He probably
thought that this was done te freeze
him out of the company. But the court
thinks that the circumstances fully
justified the board of directors in mak
ing such an assessment in view of the
condition into which tho company's
aflaira had been brought.
There is another charge that one of
the wealthy stock-holders had surren
dered his stock and been released from
liability. This charge would be seri
ous if true. But the affidavits sub'
mitted show that these certificates of
stock were surrendered because the
owner had sold the Btock to another
party, and tbat new certificates were
issued to the purchaser in accordance
with the usual custom of such com
Therefore the application for a receiver
is denied and the case dismissed. "
This decision speaks for itself and
with more force than anything I can
say, but it does not expose the infamous
plot which underlies the whole fight on
this company. McGovern, the man
who made the application, came to the
office of The Alliance-Independent
on Tuesday. Ho stated that he had
been misled, and deceived by others;
that other parties had got bimintD this
fight and then deserted him; tbat Rig
by bad left the city, and left him to get
out the best he culd. He wanted to
have tbe case withdrawn but tho mana
gers of the company objected to this,
and insisted on having'a hearing and a
decision. McGovern then by way of
partial re pi ration for the wrong he had
mistakenly dose, handed in the follow
ing letter for publication:
Lincoln, Nebn Feb. 28, 1893.
I wish to state to your readers that I
went into the courts for a receiver be
lieving that (- had just eause. But I
find afte all the facto have been
brought to light, that J was misinformed
I teas ptrsuaded by others who misrepre
sented the facts to me. Now I have ask
ed my lawyer to push the case bo farth
er but to ask the court for a final
decision as soon ss possible, so that the
standing of the company may bt vindi
cated. I make this statement as a matter of
justice to tho company.
The whole affair has bees a farce from
beginlng to end. It has been a mali
cious attempt on the part of cowardly
enemies to wreck this paper in order to
build up another on its ruin. The real
instigators have tried to keep is the
back-ground, but have made a miser
able failure. The course which J- M.
Thompson has pursued has been simply
contemptible. Last week I said enough
to show his course in the matter. Since
then he has gone so far as to file an
affidavit in ftvor of the receivership.
In that affidavit he solemnly swore to
statements which Dare absolutely falsi.
The only charge worthy of atten
tion was the one referred to by Judge
Tibbetts in his decision. He swore
that some time last fall I collected
$31.50 from Hon. O. M. Kem for a
quantity of papers distributed through
tho Sixth udistrlct, that I kept the
money and never made any return
for the same, that when the matter
was mentioned to me I pretended that
I never got the money, and that I
afterwards admitted it.
The facts were as follows: It was
customary for myself, Mr. Mefferd aud
Mr. pirtie when we received payments
on subscription to keep the money
and have it entered as payments on
our salaries. I made arrangements
with Mr. Kem to send 2,000 papers
into his district for distribution. I
told Mr. Thompson about it, had him
enter the charge on the, books, and
send a bill for the amount. Mr. Kem
sent me a draft for $31.50 in payment
of the bi'l. As usual, I kept the
money. To the best of my recollection.
I gave the usual written notice to the
book keeper. I told Mr. Mefferd I
had : gotten the money immediately
after I got it. Also Mr. Kem wrote to
Mr. Thompson at the time that he had
gent me the draft. Now what.dld Mr.
Thompson do? ll& failed and neg
lected to have tbe charge entered in
the books. He did this with the deliber
ate purpose of using the fact to injure my
reputation. As to my pretending not
to have received) the money, it is as
clear and unqualified a falsehood as
any man ever uttered. I never had
any conversation with Thompson
about the matter. 1 supposed tbe
matter had b Jen. entered on the books
and was astonished when the new
management took hold of the books to
find that it had not. In his decision
Judge Tibbetts paid particular atten
tion to this charge, and declared that
the defense set up by nte was entirely sat
I simply relate this incident to show
how low our enemies have stooped.
Here we have Mr. Thompson attempt
ing to make me out a sneak and a
thief, attempting to blacken and blast
my reputation in order that be may
Brothers of the alliance, what do
you think of this? Did Mr. Thompson
act ia this matter as one alliance
brother should act toward another?
Has he not violated every pledge of
brotherhood, every principle ol
In my article- last week out of re
spect for Mr. Thompson's position, and
out of respect for the i. thousands who
have always placed confidence in him,
I stated the case as mildly as I could.
I only related a fraction of the dam
aging evidence of his treachery to
this company, nor will I say more now.
But if Mr. i Thompson is determined
that the people shall see him in his
true light, I will give him satisfaction
in due time.
I am compelled to cut short this
artiole in order to get ' the paper to
press, but I cannot refrain from men.
tioning one more Incident.
Just at the time when the heaviest
pressure was brought to' break us
down financially, about two weeks
ago, a tax collector visited our office
with a distress warrant for the collec
tion of $41.40 taxes. He would not
permit an hour's delay. He would
have the money at once or levy upon
the property. I investigated the
matter and found that the claim was
for taxes levied on the company's
property in the spring of 189i when
Burrows and Thompson owned it. The
present company took all the property
with a written guarantee that it was
free from debt. I saw the city treasur
er. He said he had tried to collect it
frpm Burrows and Thompson. He said
Mr. Burrows had come to the office that
very morning and, to use his own ex
pression, "he swore by all that's holy
he'd never pay a dollar of It." I sw
Mr. Thompson, and all the satisfaction
I could get was "that we might pay it
charge it to him." We were compelled
to pay it.
But The Alliance-Independent
has lived through it all. It has re
ceived complete vindication in a court
of justice. Its head is erect. Its colors
are flying. Its enemies lie crashed,
and wallowing in the mire of dishonor.
Its managers stand forth as men of un
sullied reputation. Its victory is com
plete. Tho people are with us. Every
mail brings us in words of encourage
ment, and pledges of loyal support.
The Alliance-Independent will lead
the fight (or justice and fair play to a'l
men till final victory perches on the
banner of the reform movement.
S. Edwin Thornton.
A EAILE0AD BILL
The principal measure of the session,
a maximum freight rate law, lias at la?t
been got into shape for passage. It is
not what the people of the state have
long demanded. It does not give the
people full justice. All its friends
claim for it is that it reduces rates
about twenty per cent.
While we are not fatisBed with this
measure, we will do everything in our
power to secure its passage.
The friends of good legislation in both
houses seem to think it it- the best tbey
can secure. Perhaps i i is. There is no
doubt that a more radical measure could
be put through the house. But there
Is little ground to hope that such a bill
as that passed two years ago could get
through the senate and receive the
governor's signature. The real ques
tion for independents to decide is this:
"Ii it better to die by a bill such as
they want, or to pass a bill giving the
people some rolief?" The independents
in the legislature bave decided that
the latter is the better plan.
Now that the decision has been made
and the plan agreed upon, it seems
to us to be the duty of every true in
dependent to go to work with all his
might to help puth this compromise
measure through. If the bill can be
passed, the principle of a maximun
rate law will be established, and no
future legislature will dare repeal the
law. On the contrary, future legisla
tures can make further reductions, to
that the peopla may get justice in the
Orders for reform oooks have come
in so fast of late that we have not been
able to supply all i of them without
some delay. We ask the indulgence of
those who suffer fron this delay. We
hope before long to e ab e to carry a
full stock of all the reform books ex
tant, and thus be able to supply all or
Will some good republican please
be kind enough to offer a reason why
railroad rates should, be higher in Ne
braska than they are in Iowa? It would
be such a relief to the independent
speakers and writers. They get tired
arguing for a self-evident proposition
which nobody disputes. Let us have
a reason, just "a little one for a cent."
Up in North Dakota the republicans
had a clear majority in the legislature.
But they got contrary, divided into
factioDS and couldn't get together.
Finally a few anti-monopoly republi
cans, the democrats, and the populists
agreed on a democrat named Boach and
elected him to the United States sen
ate. Roach Is said to be a very good
and a populist in principle.
We recently received a box of
"Natural Leaf" from the Alliance
Tobacco company of Ciarksville, Tenn
essee. The smokers In our establish
ment pronounce tbejtobaccajexcellentas
st h free fconn dru?s and very carefully
cured. The price of this exceptionally
fine tobacco is so low (from 9 to 12 cents
per pound) that a great saving can be
made through its use.
This firm deals direct with the con
sumer and we take pleasure in assuring
our-subscribers that they are sure of
receiving courteous treatment at the
hands of this firm. We wish them
POPULISTS WILL SUBMIT.
The Douglass House to be Recognized
by the Senate.
Topeka, Kan., Feb. 28. The Popu
list senators say that they will recog
nize the Douglass house and have ap
pointed a committee to draft a reso
lution to that effect. This will also
contain an arraignment of the supreme
court and a complete statement of the
Populist side of the difficulty.
Speaker DunsmoreJ says the caucus
of the Populist house appointed a com
mittee to confer with the senate
and the governor, and the future
action of the Populists depends wholly
upon the result of that conference. He
says so far as he and other Populist
members are concerned, they will be
willing to ignore the decision of the
supreme court if they could be assured
of the support of the senate and the
" The senate met at 8 o'clock this
afternoon, but immediately ad journei
till 10 a. m. tomorrow.
GREAT PEEMIUM OFFER.
List of Great Premiums Offered to Club
Raisers by The Alliance Publishing
Wind Mill, Sewing Machines, Libraries, and Other Articles
too Numerous to Mention.
A Three Months' Campaign.
To tbe person sending in the largest
list of sub-cribers from anywhere in the
United States we will, give a Goodhue
windmill, 12 foot wheel, steel geared,
with pump attachment1, etc., and a feed
jrrioder warranted to grind from 7 to
10 bushels per hour. The retail price
this wind mill and grinder is 1140 00.
For the largest list of subscribers
sent in from each of the six congress
ional districts of Nebraska, ( provided
such list contains not less than seventy
yearly subseribers) we will give a
hrst class high arm sewing machine,
known as tbe "Columbian." This is
a fine machine, good as the best, and
will be a "thing of beauty and a joy
forever," to the lneky winner. See cut
of this machine, which appears regu
larly in Thb Alliance-Indbpen-dent.
Remember, there are six ma
chines, one for each district.
In addition to the state and district
premiums, we offer two great premiums
for each county in the state.
To the person sending in the largest
list from any county (providing the list
contains not less than fifty yearly sub
scribers) we will send
A FAMILY LIBRARY.
of twenty volumes, handsomely and
strongly bound in cloth, and well print
ed on good paper. This is not one of
the cheap libraries so frequently adver
tised, but a first-clans library selected
by the editor of The Alliances-Independent
for this especial purpose. It
contains the cream of literature in al
most every department. It Is a mode
library for the family. It includes books
for tbe student of politics, and books
for the student of history; books for
the ladies and books for the children,
Every book is the work of one of the
world's ablest minds. The twenty
volumes are as follows:
"A Call to Action'' by Gen. Weaver.
'Cassar's Column," Ignatius Donnelly
"A Finacial Catechism," S M Brice.
"Lectures to Young men," Henry
"Life of Peter Cooper," C E Lester:
"History of Civilization," Guizot.
"Child's History of England," Chas.
"Cecils Natural History," S H Pea
bodv. "Book ef Golden Deeds," Charlotte
"The Sketch Book," Washington
"History of Ireland," Justin McCar
thy. "Franklin's Autobiography."
"Classic Poems," Selections from the
"Elzevir Classics," Sketches from the
"Arabian Night's Entertainment."
"Luciler" Owen Meredith.
"Life of Sam Houston," CE Lester.
"Bacon's Essays and Locke on the
"The Spy," Jas. Fennimore Cooper.
"Social Problems," Henry George.
"Alden's Handy Atlas of the World,
These books range in price from 30
cents to &1.50 per volume, thfir aggi-e-gate
retail pruw being nearly $20.00.
II To the person sending in the next
latest list from any county (providing
tlie list contains more than 20 yearly
subscribers) we will send
A USEFUL LIBRARY.
of twenty volumes bound in paper
icovers. well printed on good paper.
The only important difference between
this library and the family library is
that the books are bound in paper in
stead of cloth. This library will con-
"Bondholders and Breadwinners," by
S S King.
"In Office," L V Bogy.
"The Industrtial Declaimer;" L Vin
cent. "The Curse of Contraction," C. A.
"Driven from Sea to Sea," C C Post.
"Money Monopoly," E. R. Baker.
"Protection or Free Trade," Henry
"Frederick the Great," Maoauley.
"Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Irving.
Life of Peter Cooper," C E Lester.
"Young People's L fe of Washington"
"On Socialism," John Stuart Mill.
' Juvenile Story book," Ellen T. Al
den. "Fairy Tales," Hans Anderson. "
"Anecdotes of Luther," Macauley.
"Gems of Song and Story."
"The Coming Slavery," Spencer.
"Lady of the Lake," Walter Scott.
"Co-operation," J. G. Holyoke.
"Grandfather's Chair," Hawthorne.
These books range in price from 10 to
50 cents each, their aggregate retail
price being nearly $8.00.
1. To the person sending in the larg
est list from any state outside of Ne
The "great plain people" have the
gold gamblers on the run. Organize,
educate, and complete victory is bound
to come. For ten 'cents 'in silver or
stamps your name will be placed on the
list of reform press circulars and the
braska (providing the list contains
uot less than 50 yearly subseribers) we
will sead the pamilt lib ft art des
S. Tbe person sending in the next
largest list (providing tbe list contains
not less than 20 yearly subcribers) w
wil end the useful library describ
Every one who raises a club will get
a premium, we are preparing a list
of premiums for clubs of anv size, from
3 up to 20 or more. This list is not
yet complete, but it will be an eye
opener when it does appear. Every
premium will be worth striving for.
In addition to all the above ' premi
ums to club-raisers, we will mail to
every yearly subscriber at $1.00, his
choice of the following books:
"Money Monopoly." by E. R. Baker.
"The Errthquake," a story, by L. A.
"The American Peasant," by T. H.
"Bread-winners and Bond-holders. n
by S. S. King.
Or anv other 25 cent reform book.
1. Onk Dollar for every yearly!
subscription. 80 cent subscriptionsr
will be accepted as usual in clubs ot
five, but they will not count in pre
mium lists. Club' raisers will have no
trouble in showing subscribers that
it is better to pay $1.00 and get a pre
mium worth 25 cents, than to subscribe
at 80 cents and get no premium.
2. June 1,1893, the regular competi
tion for these premium i will close.
Provided, that in districts and coun
ties in which no one has a sufficient
number to win the premiums, the com
petition will be kept open, if the lead
ing club raisers desire it, until some
body reaches the required number.
3. Remember, that to win a dis
trict prize, a club of not less than 70
members" must be sent in; to win a
county first premiums not less than 50
and a county second not less than 20.
We are obliged to adopt this rule for
our own protection. Otherwise club
raisers in sparsely-settled counties
might claim the premiums for clubs so
small that the whole amount realized
by us would not pay for the prem
iums. 4. Clubs will always be counted as
coming from the dist-ict or county
where the club raiser lives; but a club
raiser may go outside of his district or
county to secure subscribers if he
wishes. Thus, if a club raiser lives in"
Buffalo county, he may go over into
Dawson county to- secure subscribers,
but his list will ba set down as a Buffalo
5. The smaller premiums will be
sent post-paid, but on the larger ones
such as the windmill, sewing machines,
aiid family libraries, the winners must
pay freight or express.
6. No one can get both a district
and county premium. For instance, if
some one in Holt county should send in
the largest club In the Sixth district,
the next highest in that county would
come in for the county premium.
7. The same rules thaf, apply to
counties in Nebraska will apply to
states outside of Nebraska.
1. Take a few sample copies and one t
of our 25 cent premium books, and starV
2. Don't work exclusively for inde
pendent subscribers, but canvass re
publicans, democrats and prohibition
ists as well.
3. Show up the strong points of
Thk Alliance-Independent; (1) as
an organ of the reform movemant and
an advocate of its principles; (2) as a
general family newspaper.
4. Send in names aa fast, aa
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cnoice as to which premium book he
wnuus, aei tue name or t&e baok oppo
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7. Mark on every list sent in your
name, your county, and the premium you
are working for. J
Some persons may wonder how we
are able to make such liberal, prem
ium offers. In explanation we will
say that most of these premiums are
secured in payment for advertisements
in The Alliance-Independent. IQ
cases where we have to purchase them
we. buy in large quantities and
get the advantage of wholesale
leading reform papers of the United
States will send you sample copies free
for distribution among your neighbors.
Write your name and address plainli-
Auaress your letters to
Farmers Tribune Co.,
Des Moines, Iowa.
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