The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894, June 08, 1893, Image 4
THE iLUAMGE - INDEPB8DMT OoaolMaUoc of Ut firceB UiianctsSetirasU Independent FnusHiD Etckt Thttbsdat bt Th Alliancx Publishing Co. Oor. 11th end U 8-, Lincoln, Neb. HUBWMUmil. B. Taoawrow, tnt. H. 8. Bower. T. Pre. B, Jl M DBB4T. ay. ;. F. MlFFlMO, T B. s. uminiij. 8UB8CBIFT10N OXB DOLLAB PERYEAB a Ibwm Tnoawroi,.... ....... Manaflnf W Ton F. Mimas la-nI' Kiwa.1 A. MCftKAT . Advrtlia Mfr N. L P. A. OURAVIRAQI WEEKLY Circulation for the 02 Week, Ending March 30, 1893, 93,948 Copies. Pabltebei Asmoanoemeiit. Th labucriptlon prlo of th AUJAc-IiJ' OWUDMT U 1 OOper year, Invariably In ad ri Paper will be promptly dlaooatlnued SMlraUonof Um paid for unlet w ra aalv eorder to ooailauB. Aobmm In ollclUn ubcriBtlon should ba arr careful that all name art correctly nailed and proper pontofflc glvn. Blank lo return auSaVrtpUona, return envelop, am., c. be bad on application to thl emoe, AxwATt ilKn your name. No matur how oAm roa write ua do not neglect thla Import ant matter. Brerr week wo recolw letter with tnoompleu eddreaae or without algna Mro and It U eometlme difficult to local flSuLvoiorADDhMM. Subecrlber wtahlag 10 change their poatofflco addreea must always giro their former aa well ai their present ad Irea when change will be promptly mad. Andrew all letter and make all remittance aaratteto THKALLUNUK PUB CO., Lincoln, o. These la to be a great sliver paper started In Chicago. One of the asylum coal thlerea la safe (or the "pea" at least. Don't fall to read the artlole headed "Progressive West" on page 7. The populists are making things warmer than ever before down In old Georgia. Honest or dishonest government, which? That is the Issue in the com ing campaign. IN every orlsls In this country's his tory the farmers have saved it. They must do so now. Populists can make as a refrain for their campaign songs this fall: "Up" with Nebraska, down with the thieves. Indiana republicans are preparing to push Ex-President Harrison's name lor the republican nomination for president la 1896. Da. Briogs has been fired from the Presbyterian ministry but the cause of religions liberty haa Buffered nothing from his trial. The populist exchanges oyer the state are all looking first rate. They appear to be In good -fighting trim for the coming campaign. Now Is the time to get up clubs for The Alliance-Independent. Push the fight. The populist outlook was never so bright as now. The Alliance-ImdepedenT Invites correspondence from all parts of the state. Let us know how the work is progressing in your locality . - The Sunday opening of the World's fair Is a distinct victory for the work lng people of Chicago who could attend the exposition on no other day. Thi railroad attorneys are now pre- paring to uUolmy the freight rate law passed by the last legislature. It seems opportune to ask here, "who really are the law breakers?" Thk populists of Nebraska are now standing upon the threshold of victory The days of the ring are over. Let no mlatakes be made, no ill advised steps taken, and Nebraska la ours. THiOrary law saya that "Chinese cheap labor mast go." The moneyed concerns which employ that labor say that "Chinese cheap labor must stay.' Great observer of law bt plutocracy. We don't hear the pint talking so Much lately about "the best financial system the world ever saw, and the "honest dollar," etc. The whole business U Wo near the ragged eJyo. II. HIHIIIJUUHUM L I ' ' IS Till World-Herald had a number of Its reporter dreaeed a tramps, visit a number of Ueoola churches last (Sun day. All but two were treaWd well. Two vers turned awav from the doors. 1P1J.UJ U -Hi UIUJ..H.I PtOTLl should turnout very gsat rally to hear Senator AtUs ta hi tout ever the state. Ty should see what a populist sesetorlooisUke, 1 A4, store Uaa that, thv sliuuld aar what he talks Uka. THE SUPREME OOUET DE0I8I0S The great trial 1 over. The thtivlng republican state i. Ulcers are declared innocent. The cae will now be appeal ed from the supremo rourt to a higher courtthe great court of public oyin- ion. in that court, if I mistake not, these men have already been declared guilty The decision Is the culminating dis grace of our highest judicial tribunal But in the light of past events, what elss could be expected of the two rail road judges? Have they ever once decided a question other than as their masters bid them? Have tbey not a' ways prostituted their high offices to partisan ends? In their decision man damusing the legislature two years ago, in their decision on the Boyd case, afterwards reversed by the federal court, in their decision in the Kruse- Norton contest case, lave they not tbrpwn aside their judicial character and decided solely and alone as politi cians? In the light of these events could anyone expect these railroad judges to decide otherwise than for their politi cal friends in the great impeachment cases? Over two months ago. In my letters to the state press, I predicted that Post and Norval would decide to acquit these men and that Judge Maxwell would decide to convict. In doing so I did not pretend to know anything from the inside, I did not claim any superior knowledge, I simply judged from the character of the men. But out of this whole decision, which Influenced as it was by the railroads, Is a disgrace to the state of Nebraska, shines one glorious fact: We have one incorruptible judge. On the supreme bench is one honest man. He led the people to believe as much by his decis ions in the Boyd case and the Kruse- Norton case. He has blazoned It in letters of light on the history cf his state by his decision in the impeach ment cases. He is a man whom money cai not buy, whom power can not frighten, whom party can not swerve. In every case where he could sea bis duty be has fearlessly performed that duty. He is the venerable chief Justice and his name is Samuel Maxwell. do not pretend to say what the populisti of this state should or should not do. That is for them to decide In their convention. But I do say that the people of this state will decide and will decide by a tremendous majority that that grand old man will stay where he Is. I ray farther that right here Is the turning point in the politics of this state. Henceforth is honest government. The people have been fooled and rob bed as Idng as they will. The hour has struck. The seeming acquittal of these corrupt officials will be turned back by the strong current of popular opinion Into one overwhelming verdict of OUILTY. Populists of Nebraska, up and Into line again. Carry this fight forward and win. There is a brighter day dawning for Nebraska. See that the the promise Is realized. The plain path to victory is before you. You cannot miss it. J. A. E. ONE OF THE GANG STUCK. By our news column it will be teen that one of the gang of Lincoln asy lum th'eves, Gorham Betts, has been found guilty and sentenced to the peni tentiary. It only took oe ballot for the jury to unanimously declare him guilty. The "ring" Is slowly being broken up. The others under indictment are J. Dan Lauer, Bill Dorgan, Frank Hub bard, Sewell and one or two others. This Is one more vlotory for the peo ple and one more black eye forthlovlng of public money. Let the good work go on. VOTE OUT The questions now confronting the American people must be Bolved by so ber reflection. We do not need hot headed passion so muck as intelligent thought. We want to win people by reason, not prejudice. Hence all talk of any labor war Is ill-advised. It bloodshed un fortunately should come in the course of the Industrial revolution, let it be brought about by the plutocracy. Education is the "open sesame" of our movement-ths magical word which will throw back the gates upon the road to th new era. The ballot la the most powerful weap on ever put Into the hands of the peo pie. It la mors powerful than the sword. It Is more powerful than the torch. It Is more powerful than the dynamite bomb. And by tta Intelligent ue we must solve tbs problems which now con front u Ws mutt draw men to th new Ideas, not trlghtsa them by wild utterances. The way to get oit of our difficulties is to "vote out." (lr.it. A. J.Waknbk, of Ohio, ttpreal dat of the M metallic league of America, a thorough going populUt and a mas whoaa it would b well to kwp your eye oa. tie was at one time toe of the beat kaowa tna ta the United SWWs cosgve. The writer uaodUkeow htm at MsrUtu. Ohio, aad few aaa are pertuaally nor popu lar aiaovg their owa people thaa A. J. Warasr, , SILLT TWADDLE- The claim of a fewrallrotd "Fridays" and small-bore republican weeklies over the state that the freight rate law pass ed by the last legislature will in certain Instances rsiso present local rate, is the silliest twaddle. The bill specifically provider that in "no care shall rates be higher than those in force on January 1, 1893." Besides this is a "maximum rate bill. It fixes a point above which rates can not go. It does not say that rates must go up to that limit, but that they shall not go over it. The law makes an average cut of 20 per cent, on all rates In force in the state at the time of its passage. The only instances where it fixes a limit higher than rates now charged are 1. The local rates fixed by the law are of course higher than through rates charged on interstate traffic. Over this traffic a state law can have no possible effect. This is solely governed by the interstate commission, and the New berry bill will bave no more to do with it than the Iowa rate bill had to do with rates in Nebraska. 2. The maximum rates are in some cages higher than the special rates heretofore allowed to certain pet manu facturing concerns and wholesale deal ers. Over these rates the law can possibly have no effect as they are fixed by agreement between the railroad com panies and the private concerns and have nothing to do with the public. If they are raised the railroads must do it on their own motion. Outside of these two classes the law reduces all rates in effect in the state of Nebraska. If snyone tells you any thing to the contrary, set him down as either a tool of the railroads who is talking for effect, or an ignoramus who does not know what he says. If it were really a fact that the law raises rates as claimed by these two-by-four "Fridays" wou'd all tho railroads of the west prepare to make a strenu ous fight against It as they have done? The claim of the railroad companies is that it will break them up. It certainly would not do so, if it raises rates, would it? Altogether the question is too silly a one to raise among men who understand the facts. I have however received a number of letters and seen a number of newspaper clippings concerning the matter and, as I had something to do with getting up the bill, I take this method of answering. Below is a sample clipping from a Valentine paper. The advices tpoken of here are going to every town In the state; "Several Omaha firms have written to the merchants stating that when the Newberry bill takes effect in July It will make a difference in freight rates from Omaha to Valentine as follows: The freight charges on first class freight will be 21 cents perhundred cheaper, on second class It will be 18 cents per hundred cheaper, on third class it will be 13 cents cheaper and on fourth class It will te 8 cents cheaper." J. A. E. THE DEATH KNELL. On Monday morning before the sup reme court handed In its decision in the afternoon, the following appeared in the Bee as part of aleadingedltorial: "The future of the republican party of Nebraska is in the hands of the supreme court. The impeached state officers were elected as representative republicans and If their conduct Is con doued by a republican court the party will rightfully be chargeable with the responsibility for the aeta of the Im peached officials and the verdict of the court. In the high court of public opinion, to which all public men and fartles are accountable, the supreme udges will be judged by the standard of public morals which they shall set up In this case for the political agents of the state. There can be no middle ground for the court to stand upon. There is no place in the verdict for a reprimand or a whitewash, lhe court must either declare by iti verdict that these offi cials are unfit to be reinstated as custo dians of nublic oronertv and managers of the affairs of state, or they must aecree mat in ineir judgment,' in the face of all the evidence of criminal recklessness and indefensible negll f ence the affairs of our state have been a trusty hands and the impeached offi cials will by thoir finding of no1 guilty brt MoquiUt-ii of all blame and resume their lunction with the seal of approval from the highest tribunal in the com monwealth. Such a verdict will be hailed by the gang of eorruptlonlsts that has looted th state treasury as a new dispensation but It will be the death knell of the re publican party In Nebraska. Th party haa already Buffered Incal culable injury by the infamou botrayal of trust of the Impeached officUls le refusing to discharge their sworn duty aa members of the Hoard of Transpor tation and their retention In power after the soaidalous exhibit of mis management UI leave the party where the trump of Gabriel will carciy re surrect It." Tbs above strong language cook from the member of the republican national committee for Nebraska, ard editor of the leading republican dally la the weat. It moans something. It mean a great deal. The ataterueat made by Mr. Rose water are true. TVy are alao owlaou. Thty Indicate tftat there baa Irrecoaetlab's dlvlsloa la the rtHtb uaa tHy of the tut, a factional tight that will do Vat aad tivy the parly aa ssattsr a hlch factUm wins. "Whta thiov fall out, hoot at a got Ulr Cww The heol pen ale of Nbraa will have at Using Is the tr fultirv, y I1 111 1 m tubairtbs Thi Aluance Inp TlltT RiVE THE AMERICAS HOME Under the above heading la the June iesse of tho Arena is one of the finest articles on the money question we ever remember to have read. It opens by quoting the famous sen tence from the American Monetary Commission; "A shrinkage in the volume of the currency has canted more misery than war, famine, or pestilence, and more In justice than ail the bad laws ever en acted." It shows thatin England from 1320 to 1340 under a contraction of the cur rency that the actual number of land owners decreased rrom lou.Uw to 30.P00. It shows that In the United States from 1880 to 1900 under a similar contraction of the currency the de crease will be fully as rapid. To prove this the writer quotes liberally frooj the census report of 1890. Here is one of the quotations from Hon. Robert P. porter, chief of the census bureau. Tbb is for the state of Massachusetts alone: "The mortgage movement of the ten years, (1880 to 1890) which has been an increas.ng one without interruption, began with an incurred debt of 128, 176,133 in 1880. and ended with 175,- 626,344 In 1889, an increase of 168.05 per cent, while the population in creased but 26.57 per cent in the same time." As with Massachusetts, bo with the rest of the Union. The writer then goes on to speak of the men who hold these mortgages, who have charged f rem 10 to 144 per cent, interest per annum. He says: "These inhuman vultures are the ones to tell you that there is plenty of money in the country u you nave any thlog to get it with; yet one of them (while boasting that he had entered 692 chattel mortgages in the last four months) told me that he never maorsea a note unless he bad collateral on it which would sell for double the amount under the sheriff's hammer." He goes on to show the enormous accruing power of money at compound interest. He shows that one ef the financial brigands, shaving notes at 18 per cent, which 1 is not uncommon, could in one hundred years only, make one dollar bring him 115,145,007. Then he shows how this effect is still more heightened by the contraction of the currency, which he proceeds to de nounce as follows: "lhe shrinkage of the volume of cur rency since 1870 throughout ths civil ized world, has caused more business failures, more misery, more heartache, more suicides, more ruined homes, and made more drunkards, than all other caueg combined. "It has filled our country with rented farms, our cities with tramps and mil lionaires, both Inimical to the best in terests of the people. "The continual strain of trying to keep up under adverse circumstances has filled our insane asylums with bank rupts, our poor houses with paupers and our prisons with criminals "Legislation for a quarter of a century bas discriminated in favor of unem ployed idle capital, and against tbe wealth producers of our country." He then cites the case of a farmer who bought a farm for $15,000 in 1872. Paid $500.00 down. He is industrious and the first year be pays 12000 to wards the debt. Then silver 1b demon etized in '73, the panic comes and from that on he gets farther and farther be hind. In 1893 he has paid $24,500 in interest and principal on that debt and still owes over $5,000, for which a mortgage covers the entire farm. The mortgage is foreclosed he loses all the improve ments he has put on tbe land and $24,- 500 besides. But the writer sees one ray of hope. This ir'quitous state of things has called together some of tbe greatest minds In the nation who are attempting achange He says: "This movement has inspired the farmer with new courage and the me chanic with renewed hope. Four mill ions of men are today members of orga nizations who are demanding some or all of the following laws: "An Increase of the volume of full legal tender money to $50 per capita. "The unlimited free coinage of silver. "The sub-treasury and farm-loan plan. "Tbe graduated income tax. "Postal savings banks. "These men are fast getting together and then we shall bave prosperity for tbe producer. Over a million voted at the election of 1892 for these avowed obi ects; and were the election to be held again today, four times that num ber would be recorded for these princi ples." This is rather a hopeful picture to populists, coming as it does from an eastern writer in an eastern magazine. Truly, "the world ds move." The article goes on to show that in every instance in the world's history, contraction of ths currency has been followed by misery, bankruptcy and want, and that almost every liberal Issue of money has been followed by a blaie of unprecedented prosperly. The great awakening oomee on apace. The light of that doctrine taught aw long by ths detpUed greenbackers and Weavertte is spreading throughout ths land. It Is beginning ti penetrate even into ths hide-bound east. Ths people are being aroused for the fiaal struggle- tt Is coming. Th mutter lags of the, sorm are growing louder throughout the weat- Monty sharks, thbves aad gamblers mutt aot aad shall not rale America. The storta must com ths sooasr the bettor, for after It Is evr the tan- Itfht ef prosperity will aalae upon all tVt people eaoe agala. TtksTMM AUUNt-frlRPirKNDKMT. JUD0E P0SI. The following i clipped from last week's latue of tbe Grand Island Demo crat: "We have received another letter from the !'", ei'or who wrote the vindicatw lr A m P at during the campaign two yeat ago. Hh mya his bill for tbe contract ku never yet b;ea paid and wauts to know it thr9 is any way to force the collection. We don't know of any. Tne Leon editor might get even by publishing to tbe wor'a that he lied when he wrote tbe viod cation ami that the charges made againsi. Pon "ere true, and state the facts in regard to the matter as he knoviff them to tw. Men who will write vindicating articles for political office seekers for mon-y are not entitled to much sympathy if the vindicated gentleman refuses to pay after he has had tho hon.fitnf tha vindication. Of course it does out reflect much credit on the vindicated gentleman to refuse vnt tha vindicator daces him self on tbe level with him and should take his medicine." The above Is cited to throw a little light upon the character of the man who wrote tbe opinion acquitting the Infamous state house ring in the late impediment trial. A man who would deliberately ruin the fifteen-year-old daughter of a friend and then refuse to make reparation, a man who when charged with this offense in a political campaign, would hire a Jim Crow editor to "vindicate" him from the charge and then refuse to pay this editor the amount on which he had agieed, it about such a man as would be capable of standing in with the gang who have been robbing the people of Nebraska for years. A man. farther, who as a lawyer and as a district judge,' has always stood by the railroads and against the people whom those railroads have injured; a man who, as supreme judge, at least on two occasions, has sunk his high judi cial position into the mire of partisan politics, a man who brought on h maelf the deserved rebuke from the venerable chief justice that he had "interpolated and interlined a decision after court hours," such a man would bs fully ca pable of attempting to uphold the rot ten ring that Infests Nebraska's state house. Even when a uan like Norval hesi tated to take such a step, this man Post dragged the judicial ermine through the mire of dishonesty and corruption to save his political friends. People of Nebraska, behold your judge a disgrace to the judiciary, to bis party and to bis state! O, that Ne braska, though her capital has long been a "den of thieves," might haye been spared this crowning shame! Well, there Is one consolation. The laws of God and man may be overridden bv t is gang. And they may be de clared free by the act of this railroad hireling called a judge. But in return for the sense of justice which he has outraged, the name of ' Post" will go down to posterity as an anathema, a by word and a term of reproach. THE POWER BEHIND THE THE0NE The week's delay in giving out the decision in the impeachment cases has caused quite a good deal of conjecture. The Omaha Bee in its Sunday edition explains it something in this wise: It 88 vs that when the court met on May 29, Judge Norval was still undecided, Maxwell was then for conviction and Post for acquittal. Up to that time the impeached officers had confidently expected a unanimous acquittal. After the week's adjournment they became frightened. Something had to be done. The Bee goes on to say: 'Tt. ta ulloffpd that the railroads were asked to use their influence to induce Judge Norval to look at the evidence in the impeachment cases in the same Horht on .TurtiTA Post and were narticu- larly alarmed over lhe outlook as Judge JNorvai had snown a oisposmon to agree with Chief Justice Maxwell. The rail- nala irA fi'oAHjnA with hAvintr rosnon- ded nobly to this call from Macedonia, . . . . 1 1 I ! f and It is now tne general impression in Lincoln, and the accused officials share it, that when the supreme court meets on Monday there will be a majority and minority report in the impeachment cases." It is needless to say that the majority decislon'was as predicted: Postjand Nor val for acquittal. PROF. VINOENI'S ARTICLE On the seventh page of this paper will be found a long article written by Prof. C. Vincent of Indianapolis. This Is one of the ablest and most scholarly articles we have ever pub lished. We hope not one of our readers will skip it. AT latest writing it appears that free sliver democrats are not in it in the appointment line. This administra tion seems to be carrying out the Wall street program fully as well as did th Harrison regime. Paul Van dkbvoort says that the only changs that ths new administration has brought about Is a chants la the avoirdupois of the president. Kven the proverbial change of postmaster is lacking this time. TUB AlXIAMCl-lHDtPIMPtNT SO kaowledfts the rectipt f the snrrsnt Iowa Tribune Quarterly, containing the great Quadrangular debate. Ga. Weaver's speech therein It oa of the greatest of hi Ufa, Ve North wettora Mae to Cslcao. fx rate, last trains. Office tlU U 61 A TRIESD OF THE PEOPLE O05E- Senator Clarke, the brainy youag re publican who aided the populist sena tors in passing the freight rate bill last win'er, is dead. His death was caused by aa attack cf pneumonia and occurred last Thursday at the Hotel Ideal in this city. He was a republican in name would to God we had more such republicans but he was a populist in principle. In every Important fight he .was true to the people. , He was the youngest member that ever held a seat in the Nebraska state senate, yet proved himself a match for the oldest parliamentarians In that body. "Whom the gods love die young." We know not how the gods regarded him, but the people who knew him loved Senator Clarke. v STATE COMMITTEE MEETING. The executive committee of the State Alliance held a very im portant meeting this week for purposes of investigation. On account of the importance of the matters brought before the committee, The Alliance-Independent was request ed to give no report of its proceedings to the public until its labors are com pleted whkh will not be earlier than July 7. The shlnment of onA t i w Avrreigu countries is growing heavy again ut",rer ever oeiore. On June 3 the amount.o' gold in the treasury was only 89,939,217, the smallest amount ever known since .the resumption of specie payments in 179. It seems to be the general oululon in a circles that the gold bugs will force an Isbue of bond? or bankrupt the treasury. The tone of our exchanges shows that the populisms aie gaining all over the nation. Even ia the extreme eastern states,, the very home ef plu tocracy, the cause is marching on. In the south, Cleveland's attituda.,n th silver question is alienating thousands Sl vl .1 A. t ui om time aemoorats. The only place to which these people can go is the people's party. General Weaver and other lead ers of the people's party are at work all the time campainging. Bank failures, mortgaged homes, railroad extortion and i'bunco steering" in Wall street are also doing some very effectual wnrlr in opening the people's eyes. We will have more than a million votes In 1896. Cleveland seems to be attempting to build a new democratic party out of the monopoly wings of the two old parties. The plutocrats are getting bo afraid of that populist host which is marching on from the west that it will do longer attempt to carry on the fight with divided forces. The Oakdale Guard and the Holt County Independent t-have been con solidated with Ham tKautzman. that old-time hard-hitter as editor. If the good qualities of both sheets are com bined in one, It will have few equals and no superiors among the reform papers of Nebraska. People of the coast are charging the president with collusion with the in famous six companies of the Chinese in evading the Geary law. They claim to have indisputable proof of the fact that Cleveland agreed with the Chinese minister that he would not attempt to enforce the law. The attempt of the plutocrats to raise a religious war and so blind the people's eyes to the real issues does not seem to be meeting with very pronounced suc cess. America is the land of religious liberty. It will remain bo. What the people now demand la honest govern ment. The exorbitant rate charged by the railroads to the World's fair is an out rage. It makes lit almost impossible for a poor man to see this crowning achievement ef the century. 3 The peo ple paid for this fair and should have the opportunity ot attending it. HONEST Judge Maxwell, whose in tegrity during twenty years service on ths bench has never been questioned, never stood so high with the people as now. Every patrlotlo Nebraskan, what ever hi party, is proud of this fearless, honest man. A considerable portion of the edi torial work on this week's issue has been done by Mr. J. A. Kdgerton well known to our reader as our legislative correspondent. We need not say any thing of his work la this line. It speaks tor itself. Thi state house gang Is now try lug to read ti. M. Lambsrta out of the republican party. Let the ring have tbe whip hand a little longtr aad theie won't be any rvpubltcaa party to rad anybody out of, a... I,.., mzmsnmmm Partner. W hne a new lUvis harvester for aale at one third ott, part ceh ha! awe oa tiuuv a bargain for ae one W, A. Howard, IU No 11th St.