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JULY 13. 1893
MADE A MESS OF IT.
IConUctwl from Fifth Pmw.I
fix up or arrange the matter. Not
long ago he wrote a letter openly tak
ing Burrows' part In the present con
tention. ti. 11 McGaw was a member of the
board durintr lt91, and passed upon and
approved all the uutrageous claims of
Clark OM U a new member of the
comm'ttee. Ue did not attend the
meeting of June 6. When he came to
Lincoln, be manifested a strong
disposition to court iho society
of Thompi'oa and other friends of Bur
rows. I am satisfied he knows very lit
tle of the real history of alliance af
fairs, and that he inado no adequate ef
fort to inform himself. He simply al
lowed himelf to -be " swayed by
the older members', i
Capt P, U. Barry is also a new mem
ber and he ia the ouly ono who mani
fest a desire to investigate the facts
,7 'A find a verdict in accordance with
them, lie was at both meetings. But
he was obliged to leave at 2 o'clock the
last day. Before leaving, be wrote out
hit vote sustaining the charge of ex
cessive charges on printing, etc. It will
be observed that his name is not attach
ed to the findings of the committee. I
do not believe he will ever stultify him
self by signing tbem.
This then is the self appointed jury
before which i was summoned to ap
pear. This so-called investigation reminds
me most strongly of the investigation
of asylum frauds conducted by the board
of public lands and buildings last falL
Still I relied upon these men to rise
above prejudice, and personal interest
and find according to the facte. How
sadly 1 was mistaken will be seen from
the following, ,
' FINDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE.
In the matter of the complaint of S.
Edwin Thornton vs. J. If. Thompson,
secretary, upon the evidence submitted
the committee find: .
First That in the year 1880 under the
Instruction and assistance of the execu
tive committee and Secretary Thompson,
H. O. Armitage started the paper known
M the Farmers' Alliance, In the spring
of 18W the paper failed, or was about to
fall. By vote the executive committee
authorised the purchase for the state
alliance of the said paper for the sum
of about 1800. The said paper continued
In this relation for a period of about ten
months, doing a portion of the job work
for the state allianoe, charging for said
job work a good -round price so as to
meet the expenses of the paper in its
struggle for an existence. In 1800
Thompson and Burrows assumed the in
debtedness, and the said Thompson as
secretary of said allianoe contracted
with said paper for the printing of the
applies for said alliance at a liberal
profit, so as to maintain the paplr as aa
Instrument of organisation. These bills
were audited by the auditing committee
knowing that tboy were liberal and sub
mitted the same to the annual meeting
of the state alliance held in 1800, and by
that meeting approved. And now on
further examination the committee find
under the circumstances surrounding
the alliance and the secretary, that the
charges for printing for the years lbSD
and i&tW were not exorbitant or ex
cessive. Second In the fore part of the year
1881 the vigorous and rapid organization
of subordinate alliances required a large
amount of blanks and other printing
which were charged and paid for by the
secretary at prices which were large,
and too large considering the amount of
work done and the charge that said
printing was let without competitiou is
Third That the charge that the print
ing was let or contracted for by Hecre
tary Thompson at exorbitant prices
corruptly and with the intent to defraud
the state alliance, is not sustained.
Fourth-As to the outlier of clerk hire
for the office of the secretary previous
to the year 1880, the revenues were in
sufficient to pay a salary of $40 per
month to the secretary. The state al
liance in its wisdom for the years 1800
and 1891 left the matter of clerk hire
entirely to the discretion of the secre
tary subject to the approval of the state
alliance at its naxt meeting. In the
year 1801 the subject of clerk hire be
came of ..considerable magnitude. At
the meeting held January, 1803, after
approving of all the bills for clerk hire
for 1891, the annual meeting fixed the
cierk hire at not to exceed $500, of
which amount a little over f 400 was
used, and therefore by the evidence the
charge that the secretary lias used un
appropriated funds of the alliance for
clerk hire is not sustained.
Fifth. As to the matter of rent, fuel,
and light for secretary's office that the
charge is extortion, after examination
Into the subject as far as possible, we
find no exorbitant charge unless it is
compared with like rents at the present
time. The committee rely upon the
report of the auditing committee for its
facts for each year for office rent, light,
and fuel in the absence of any other
evidence in relation thereto. The
charge of fraud and exorbition in the
matter of rent, fuel and light are not
8ixth The committee finds that the
charge that Secretary Thompson, acting
as business manager of the publishing
company, charged the alliance $183 for
printing 80,000 constitutions which were
tinted by The State Journal company
or $140 ia sustained.
Seventh We find from evidence sub
mitted and otherwise thai the continued
and persistent publishing and charging
of fraud and corruption end incompeten
cy of Secretary Thompson without suffi
cient grounds by K K. Thornton has
been the principal cause of the subordi
nate alliaaot withokling their qaarter ty
dose and somewhat of a division ia the
ailUacee which should have ae axis
laooa. These facte have already Mnesd the
resignation of ear seoretary and should
these siaadstviu puUtcalkw ecatiuus
we reeouaiewl to aMiaaee ssesnbers to
withdraw their support front such
IT?. iUsl, CWa.
Oa read lug the above "flatUsf
U at a bwe to know whether to laugh
ortoveop. They so sssager, si at uri
aaco with the tacts, so patchod up, y
ihr.ea are so tntii , and the whole
uusgweuevi.uetv ffam-4 to white-
TboniMoa and cwulvtna aut that
it ought to disgust every honest fair
I cannot discuss tbefe findings at
length now. This article Is already too
loog. But I want to ca t you attention
to a few points:
The statement that Barrows and
Thompson assumed thelniebtedaeM f
the paper and became it owners ia ltd0
it absolutely false. It wa aw y b tcx in
The committee says Thompson con
tracted with the Dublishine concern to
do the printing at a liberal profit. This
is undoubtedly i rue. In other words be
let the printing to himself and his
I He claim thattheseexcessivecnarges
were made to maintain the oarer etc. is
ridiculous. The paper during 1890
made money "band over first." At one
time Burrows snd Thompson drew out
of its treasury over I'JOO apiece, and
iiurrows repeatedly drew laree sums of
money from It.
We claim that these bills were
audited by the committee with a full
knowledge of their excessive character
is purely gratuitous. I do not believe
it. But If they did, they did It under
a false impression that It was necessary
to support me paper.
The committee says the charges for
1801 "w large, too larat considtrina the
amount done.'' How mild! Not a word
of condemnation for anybody!
Then the committee says that the
charge that Thompson let the printing
-at exoroitani prices corruptly am mtA
Intent to defraud the state alliance Is not
sustained." Who said be did? I never
mode any such charge. I said he did it
knowingly and to advance hit oirn personal
The finding regarding clerk hire is a
miserable subterfuge. It doesn't cover
the case at all. Either Mr. Thompson's
salary was never earned, or the clerk
blre should never have been charged,
and there's no way to get out of it.
The finding regarding rent and fuel
is no better than its predecessor.
These findinrs were made after Capt.
Barry left In the afternoon. They were
completed before supper. About 4
o'clock the committee sentfor Thomp
son and either formally or informally
demanded bis resignation. After sup
per the last finding was made.
It Is based on a falsehood. I never
slandered Thompson. I never charged
him with fraud and corruption through
the columns of The Alliance-Independent.
It was fixed up to complete
the whitewash of Thompson and cast
reproach on me.
Why didn't the committee have the
courage to say that it had demanded
the resignation of Thompson? Why
try to saddle his resignation onto me?
Still I am willing to accept the honor
of having caused It.
BURROWS MOT INVESTIGATED.
When I appeared before the com
mittee to hear the verdict, I asked what
bad been done with the charres against
Burrows. Allen Hoot replied that they
had decided to follow the decision of
the supreme court "not tojsa peach an
ex-officer." I think the remark was
very appropriate. I think the example
of Post and Uorval was well followed
Thus the cowardly schemer who has
been mainly responsible for the whole
affair escaped without even the form of
Then a new secretary must be ap
pointed And in performing that duty
CAPPED THE CLIMAX OF FOLLY.
Then aiitutinhd ifr ,.-. jj
clerkl 1 have nothing to say against the
vniin cs loln Y)..a -1 a
uuv sne nas oeen a mem
ber of Jay Burrows' family most of the
time for four veara. Kh in rn i ,ni
- ... ww 11 UUMVl
the Influence of Burrows and Thomp-
u" jju,ioie lor a Human Doing
tO be. She IS not and ran n,4 UnlU, A-
member of our ordtr. I doubt If she ever
attended a sub-alliance meeting in her
What do VOU think nf It. all ,.. m
ance people? Didn't the 'comuaittee
mas a miserable mess of it to say the
Can our nrdoi- um, v, .,(.., a i
. .w u itrmu KUU
built up by such methods?
As to the committee's threat of boy
cotting this paper, it is a fitting finale
of this miserable business. I am free
so say mat i am ashamed of tho men
who drafted and nlo-no,i that. t
pity them for thelr.weaknes, for their
uiuibi uowaruioe, ior ttieir truculent
subserviency to a man who has shown
himself unworthy the respect and con
fidence of honest men.
I have only tried to do my duty. I
believe I have dnna it. if iv.
see fit to boycott me for that, let them
uu bo. iiwui not swerve me a hairs
breadth from the path of duty.
But I have no fear nf it. I -,,,i
v. .v. a ni'UJU
rather have the condemnation of that
committee than its approval. At the
most, its threat is the roar of a lion
that has neither teeth nor claws.
Yours for Justice,
S. Edwin Thorktox.
Am going east. I left my 60.00 life
scholarship with Professor Ong of the
Omahs College of Shorthand and Type
writing to sell for 110 00. Send him
119 and ho will issue a life scholarship
In vour name. T1I vnur frl.m,!. w,ii
at once, (Jeo. S. Cukrie, "Gen Del.,"
Use Northwestern line to Chicago
Low rates. Fast trains. Office 1133
We. the undersigned, agreo to pay the sum st oppot our names, a
tivk to "foe Alllana 1'ublii.btng Co the same to be paid or nt to J. V.
Wolfe. treaiurr of the ccmm.tVUo, Lincoln, Neb,, to be deposltod, or held by
htm, until the um of Twenty live Hundred iVtllars or more ia utcrid and
paid Id. and the value thereof. In sbwk. la said paper, to b lu;d to the parties
paytag the same or to some one designated by them. In shares of Twenty dollar
each, aald stork to be fully paid ui am) noa aaole. Hatd company t he re
orgaald ahea ld amount rlrd and fully paid, on the etll of the com
mittee appointed at the l isdU l'ot la LlacoU. June It, trt.
tUidnytabrurnltottsubrlber0f eidemouetlt ti.V) I not
paid la or there is any falluro la wild reri,eNatlan. 1'rovidml, that ao sub
H-riber shall bo rettired to uk out and hold stock la said company unless he
llres U do o,
fiTfirm i iTfiTi nTininnnnnTrn
J. T. U. 8WIGART, Secretary f tht
Xebraaka Mutual Cretan. Ton ad and Wind
ttorm lasuraaoe Company, KUITOK. all
wmmuaioatlons on Kirs, Crcions or Hall
Insuranoa should be addressed to Sim at
Policies are being written and cent
out as fast as we can.
We have had about twenty losses re
ported, but so far none of them are
heavy; the largest Is less than tl50and
some of them are very small; one tells
us that his corn is coming out and per
haps will not be -worth while to send
an adjuster.", t, hope that members In
the county alliance will recommend
some good man for adjuster.
We urge all to write names very
plain, and especially on title page of
The terrlb'e cyclones of last week in
Iowa should be a waroinsr to all who
are not Insured sealnst this form of
calamity. It is not safe to say that you
will never have a cyclone because you
have not bad od In your community
for a number of years. Some claim
mat tcey are safe because storms fol
low streams or valleys, others that they
do not, hence all try to find an excuse,
tne same ss hundreds did In the path
of the recent storm In Iowa, but now
they will all see that they were mis
taken In their manner of reasoning,
and now they are falling over each
other trying to get Insured before the
Will you be so negligent as to "wait
until after the horse is stolen before
you lock the barn."
EIRE AND LIGHTNING.
Write for appllcstlons and Instruc
tion In fire and ligbtnlag.
Chicago Grain and Live Stock
Chicago. Jui ii isaa.
CATTLB-RecelDts 0.OUO bad: market lownr:
good to choice iteera, at 40&5 40- others, St jq
irxuoM, ra t ija.vo cowt ana neuer,
f 100 et 2ft.
tHooe Receipts, 19,000 head; market steads'
ut hlKher; mixed and packers, Bf oo&
s ta; prim heavy and butcher s welKhts.M ta
o 9t; prime ugnt, to zirjo au.
HBSIP. Kecelutl. 9.000 head : market lower:
Prim natives, Hi! SB SO: wetrni, It Uk
Hit w; reian, t mi; mmon. to wnfto u.
Gbajn Wheat, Mi'corn, W oats,
Omaha Live Stock.
Omaha, July II, US
CATTI.R Oood to choice steers, $4 VYQM 60:
ethers It VObi Ml.
Cows II Z'ja3 50; stockers and feeders, t 00
Boot f B7Sa0S.
bncsp-S mta 75
!"turjr or tan-Dial.
There are many Interesting stories
told of the buildings in the Inner
Temple, the chief quarters of the
London lawyers. On one house,
which was destroyed in the great
fire of 1838, there was a sun-dial
whose motto was praised by Charles
Lamb for its -strange heart tan.
guage." Its language was certainly
strange, tnougn wnetner it stirred
the heart or not, may be doubted,
for it read simply, Begone about
your business." This curious in
scription is said by Mr. Loftle to
have risen in this way: The work
man who was setting up the dial
asked the treasurer of the temple for
a motto, and the latter thinking the
man was joking, replied in the
words of tho. inscription. On
his part, tho workman, taking the
treasurer seriously, wrote the motto,
Uogone about your business,"
which remained as long as ' the dial
Tobacco Deranged my Stomach and my
Entire Nervous SystemAfter Using
No-to-bac I Gained Sixteen
Pounds in Weight,
Valparaiso, Ind., Nov. 26, 1892.
Sterling Remtdy Company, No. 45 Ran
dolph St., Chicago:
Gentlemen: I used three boxes of
NO-'l O-B AC, and it destroyed my taste
for tobacco. Befcre I began its use I
had very poor health, heart trouble,
and my nerves were all gone; In fact,
my health was so bad that 1 sold my
store and spent a year out of doors to
Improve mv health; I was too nervous
to work. NO-TO BAC cured me, and
my health is better than it has been for
many and many a day, and 1 am only
too glad to give you the liberty to use
this statement, in order that many
others, who are being destroyed by the
use of tobacco, may see it and be saved.
(Signed!) T. B. Hart.
NO-TO BAC is absolutely guaranteed
to cure any form of the ubncoo habit;
you csn buy it at H. T. Clark Drug Co.
Lincoln. Neb., our agents. Call and
get a copy tf our little book, entitled
"Bon't Tobacco Spit or Smoke Your
The cheapest place for monuments is
at (ieo. Natterman's,' 213 South Ninth
Use Northwestern lino to Chicago
l.w rates, rast trains. Office
the Omaha College of Shorthand and
Typewriting Is instructed to sell my
160.00 life scholarship for I19.C0. Set d
aim fiuuu and be will Usue a life
scholarship in your name. Show this
to your mend. Write at once. Geo
S. Ccrrie, "Gen. Del.," Omaha, Neb.
HOT SPRINGS. SOUTH DAKOTA.
The Invalid's Mecca The Tourist's
Every individual s filleted with rheu
matism, kidney aff actios, nervousness,
dyspeps'a, debility from any cause,
would do well to visit Hot Springs, and
with strong assurance of cures or great
relief being effected.
There too, and in other portions of
tne oiacic mns, win be found unusual
delight for the sightseer, student and
The Elkborn Railway, ""North-
western iine' i now running a
through sleeper dally to Hot Springs.
Low round trip rates given. Call or
write for full information.
A. S. Fielding. City Ticket Agent,
113.3 O street, Lincoln, Neb.
W. M. Shipman, Gen'l Agent
Tne World's Fair.
The seven Woadera nt tho wnrM
were Dlavth Inert and dull nnu af that
when compared with the Columbian
T lil m iif.r
imposition oi ioyj.
All the leaning towers and ruined
ovramida and clcantin hHH frssa on1
other so-called marvels of the old world,
together wouldn't form such a specta
cle as more is now to oe seen, not a
tnousana miles away.
Words cannot describe it. But II
you take the Burlington route to Chi
cago you can see it ior yourself, lion-
neii m toe oepot or z-iemer at luin and
O Sts. will give you information about
trains and help make your journe
pleasant and profitable. Excursio
Fremont Elkhorn Sl Missouri
Valley R. R.
Fremont June 28th to July 21st.
Rate: Round trip one fare plus 35 cts.
for admission to grounds. Long Pine.
Neb. June 80 to Jul p I2t.h Ua-L
fare for round trip. Tickets good eo-
I 4 TI t T . 1 . nit., . .. .
iu nuui xjiuuuio ju'y zo:n ana dure
turning to July 13.
W. M. Shipman,
. G"- Agt.
A. S. Fieldig,
Depot Cor. S and Eight St.
E. T. Moore, Tkt Agent.
WANTED Ivocation for a Populist
nanAw A A A If r if T . .
f-Ky' "UUI cot, Jul V., BOX IVI,
I am going east I have a 160,00 life
scbolarahip for the Omaha College of
Shorthand and I'viMwritinv fa ,i
for 119.00 cash. Purchasers can call or
write to i'rotessf'r Ong of college and
upon receiving 119,00 he will issue In
your name tne mefcnoiarsnlpl possess
You can attend anvtimn inn i.h
Please cut this out and show it to your
friends. Write or call at once to col
lege or Geo. S. Currie, "Gen. Del.,"
Missouri Pacific Railway.
Ticket Office at Depot and corner Twelfth and
Am ffolnr easL Pmfaanr Onr mt
Autaimand Neb City ExP...ij;i5pro 4:a0u"m
St.Tu,(day Kxprea u SPm r:jopni
Auburn and Neb. City Exp.. 9:,op m Z4 lm
St. Louu niKht Expreu, .... 9:j0 p m 6:ac a m
Accorooouon 6topm 8; 15 a m
Union Pacific Railway.
DEPOT, CORNER OF AND FOURTH STREETS, an
TICKET OFFICE, I04I e 6TMEET,
1 7:4? a m 1 8:45 pn
1 6:30 p m 1 10:40am
3:45 p m j:-o p in
t7 59 p m t9:o a m
Omaha, Council Bluffi
Chicago, Valley, east
Beatrice, lilac Spring!
Manhattan east and
went, Tupckn, Kantn
City, east anil aouili.
David City, Stromtihurg.
Sioux City, David Citv, '
1 olui.bua, Denver,
San Francisco anu
Beatrice and Cortland
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CHAUNCEY M. DEPEW.
Tbe other day, 1b speaking of the Im
proved facilities for luxurious fravel lo
this emimry says:
VVe are abaudonln the old system
of lighting the cars with kerosene
lamp, and more tbaq half the coaches
have already been equipped with the
most improved and the safest system of
lighting' known in this country or
Europe. With the rwPintech lamps
there can be no poHsibility of danger
from explosion or otherwise, as the
apparatus is all out side and under the
car, and in the evnt of mishap, the
fixtures become detached and the ea
escapes into the air."
The brilliant Pintsch light, the finest
car illuminant in existence, now in use
oa the Union Parifio System fulfills all
the requMte conditions so .hamiilv
noted by Mr. Depew. auPP"y
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