The Alliance-independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1892-1894, February 01, 1894, Image 3

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    FEBRUARY 1, 1894
Tbe Secret Ring in Politics.
The fundamental purpose of tbe fram
rs of our system of government was to
establish a purely People' government
They labored under a 6trnjr distruatof
men invested with power over their
fellows, therefore, in the system they
established, they undertook to guard
effectually against the abuse of govern
mental power, by placing it in the hands
of those who should be subject to it
- As a means to that end they provided
that the citizens themselves should in
turn perform all public services, that
the terms of office should be short, and
the officers be chosen by a direct vote
of the people; and those political agents
- should do the people's will.
At the time this government was
established it was in fact, a well as ii
theory and form, a perfect government
of, by and for tie people. The constit
uencies were not large, the public offi
cers were few, and officers personally
known to, and rigidly watched by those
by whom they were elected, and official
responsibility attended closely upon the
heels of official action.
A large number of our fellow citizens
appear to be under the delusion that
tne governmental system estaoiisnea oy
our forefathers is so perfect in Itself
that the ends for which it was ordained
are, and always will bo attained, so
long as the people follow tbe lines of its
prescribed forms. They appear to be
oblivious to the fact that the conditions
existing in this country'now are vastly,
different from those in the times of our
forefathers, and that those sage men
never dreamed of the tremendous
changes that have already occurred.
They never anticipated that under the
popular forms they ordained a perni
cious class rule would be set up. And
large numbers of our citizens appear to
be insensible to the fact that such class
rule ia a malicious form now exists.
When the government was founded
the population was less than four mill
ions, whereas, it is now sixty-five mlll
. ions. When the first president was
chosen the vote of all the electors would
not have reached four hundred thous
and, while It would now nearly exceed
fifteen millions. The number of officers
has Town from a few thousand, to
ir hundred thousand. The fre-
.To tr. r.recurriDir neueuniy ui ouaugiDg
this ,Xst army of officers constitutes a
political situation of which the founders
of our government could have had bo
conception, and a situation for which
no prevision is found in the plan they
adopted. In lieu of small constituencies,
represented by a lew officers that were
well known to, and held to a strict ac
countability by their electors, we now
have vast constituencies misrepresent
ed by a V.ost of political pirates, of
whom little Is known by the great mass
of voters, and they ignore and often in
sult those who elected them to office.
While the forms of our government re
main unchanged, its former truly popu
lar character has come to be a thing of
the past. In our time a large constitu
ency is called upon at a general elec
tion to choose fifty or more public offi
cers to serve In aa many different ca
pacities. Under our several govern
ments, national, state, county, muni
cipal, &c., it would ba impossible to
eli ct these officers without tome pre
vious arrangements as to candidates.
Candidates mu6t be nominated. Tho
merits, qualifications and principles of
candidates when nominated may ba un
known to three-fourths of the voters.
This fact necessitates the educational
work of political campaigns, which is
made up ef newspaper writings, printed
documents, public meetings, &o. Then
the printing of millions of tickets, their
careful distribution at the polls. Every
stage of the process, from primary
meeting to counties; the ballots, re
quires much time, thought, labor, and
more or less money. In 1888 the twin
parties used three millions of dollars.
In 1892 they used five million to mis
lead and deceive the people oa the
tariff question. The requirements of
our eleotion system have grewi far be
yond the capacity to met them with
the methods employed during the
earlier years of the Republic, and have
become so stupendous that the citizens
la their private capacity fall to meet
them, except on fcca&ions when they
are moved by the spur of some power
ful special incentive, such aa a panto,
oppression, or corruption In official life.
Our eleotion system now demands such
far-reaching, thorough organization,
and handling of electoral fotcee, and
the employment of so much skill, time,
labor, and money, that the average citi
zen, engrossed by bis own private af
fairs, does not exercise any influence
upon the conduct of publlo tfrteer.
And m a natural result of the condi
tions, the politic of thU com try has
bocotue a business la UmtU, aed a vast
bimIdmm, In which rare ability aad
thuaad of men are employed and
vast sum of money The el of
rltliea thu employed are Shy lock
proft-Miosal politician. Their com
pact aad thorough organUatloa com
Me the poUvljal rlag To there the
affaire 4 the eoeatry are committed,
opt lit Ummb f !) ept)flf
tatloa. Th g mat political ring ef aat
ia pulltVe, U cowp4 r-l nsea wh
I've by petite. The NBI rlag, with
it coin fa:! ergaaUatina, i.l.pd!J
equlpneat and nervtiea diKtpllae,
reecho ail the way dwe fruut tu JU
tloaal he4 through the tar
lev orgealte eeeeUUieael to the
remote country prec net. It I
omnipotent through tbe country. It
formulates all the platform', nominates
the cand'da'es, direct the campaigns,
controls the tate legislatures, so that
the citizens do little more than confirm
the decrees or the great political ring
Instead f a government of, by and fer
the people, we have a government of,
by and for politicians.
The tremendous poer of the pollti-
cal ring If a perpetual meuaca to the
general welfare. Tbe risg must be
gotten rid of in some ay. Tbey that
would ta free, must themselves strike
the blow with the ballot. The great
ring in politics ii vicious in nature and
practtce. Its internal government is
despotic beyond cmpre, and military
to the last degree. Th vast political
ring of the country is separated into
two nearly equal sections known as the
old political parties. These two parts
of the ring are always apparently hos
tile to each other, but, in fact, are in
perfect accord upon the questions that
affect the welfare of the people, as in
the special session of congress in the
paaic year of 1803. A great majority
of our legislators (including all the high
officials) proved themselves the moet
abandoned banditti that ever disgraced
civilization, stooping to any and every
subterfuge to deceive the people, shout
ing honest dollar, intrinsic value, lack
of confidence in tbe best wildcat bank
ing svstem on earth, God's money,
Nicaraguan canal steal . Wl th the treas
ury bursting with sliver (with which
any and every obligation of the govern
ment can legally be paid,) advocating a
bonded loan of 1200.000,000 in geld for
the benefit of foreigners.
They intend to bond the American
people in perpetual slavery. Their
good roads scheme is Intended to eUr
nally cinch us to the chariot wheels of.
European monarchs.and since the Indi
pendent party has unfurled the Omaha
platform to the. breeze" which is in
spired, and infallibTSas Holy Writ, botji
sections of the great -seefet "ring in
politics advise us to reform the old
parties. It would be as vain as to re
form hell, with old Beelzebut in the lead.
A. B. Flack.
On Feb. 13th, 1894 the old reliable
Missouri Pacifio riute will give every
one who desires to take a lo"k at the
south an opportunity by felling them
round trip tickets at haif rates to ail
points in Texas, southwestern Missouri
and other southern points. Improve
this opportunity and go with the crowd.
City ticket offioe 1201 O street. Lincoln
A Promising Industry.
The growing of apple seedling is a
promising Industry for Nebraska
Crete Nurscrien plant over one hundred
bushels of aup it seed, on stxty acres of
choice cew land. With average r suits
these sh 1 4 grow eight million seed
ling. Eastern nurserymen prefer
them to any they can grow on their
own lands, because free from all parasi
tic and Insect enemies.
Tourist rae to Florida, via the
Missouri IV-lflo reute, on tale, City
ticket office 1U O itroef, Lincoln. Neb.
World' Columbia
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Tell tbe Truth.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 24, 1S04.
To Editor Aluamcx-Indepctoknt:
la the issue of your paper of January
IS, you make tome objections to a clause
of my report of the state conference
contained in a late Issue of the Ameri
can Nonconformist In your last lue
reu Admit that you were mistaken as to
the facts in regard to that report, but
still Insist in maintaining, at least by
intimation 'the criticism based upon that
I, the-efore, ask for a brief space In
your paper, not so much to refute your
crlticli-ms of me, as thy fell to the
ground the moment you admitted tbey
had no foundation in fact, but rather to
lay the work of the conference fully and
fairly before the Populists of the eta.
I can perhspi the better do this, as I
was secretary of that body and have the
minutes of it now before me.
The state central committee, which
met just prior to the meeting of the
conference, resolved that the work of
the latter should ba secret. That ac
counts for tbe matter of which you
speak not. havlDg been published be
fore. Since It has already been made
public in part, however, I now think
tbe best plaa is to make it public in
At the first session of the conference,
held on the evening of January 3rd, a
committee of five on plan of organiza
tion and campaign was appointed by
tbe chair. The committee consisted of
tbe following gentlemen: J. N. Gaffio,
W. F. Porter, W. A. Toynter, W. L
Greene, C W. Stewart. At the morn
ing session thii committee submitted
the following report, whioh was unani
mously adopted:
We, your committee appointed to draft a
Plan of organization and line of action for tbe
future wrl( of tbe Peoples Independent
fan j, beg leave to submit tbe following plan
of organlzMloa:
recommend that when the state central
committee Is reorganized, tbat it be composed
of one member trim each county In the state
and a chairman to be select d from the state
at large; that tbe member of state central
committee (romeeacn of said court tieo. Hhull be
ex-otMclocbairiDHn of the central committee
of hla respective county: that the central cbi
ml tee of each of the several counties of this
state shall be composed of such chairman and
one person. selected from each township or
precinct, In such county. And that such per
sons ao selected fiom said townships and i. re
dact shall be by virtue of their ofll -e. chair
man of their respective towa-hlps or precincts
and that such 'ownshlp or precinct committee
shall be composed of such chulrman and one
member trom each school district of said town
ship or precinct.
And we further recommend that all heads
of committees be empowered to ten ove any
member of their respective committees wno
net; ect or refuse to at.eaa to their respective
e further recommend that ti. the selection
of committeemen fer the various cowmtlteex
herein provided for. n-ne but eltlcleat work rs
be selected We fur'her recommend that the
state central committee prepare suitable pll.
books to be used T tie varlonn comtnltw-e
herein ronientiilated to theend that a thorouKh
knowledge ( (he vote of tbe slate may be ob
tained. we recommend that In the next campainn
w confine ourelvt to guverutueut control of
tallroads and telegraph line to tne end that
the ti. p e mar dm Ive th bn ervlce ut the
least cMt cunoUient llh the Interna of all
Comvrtied: ant to tbe Bnauclal question,
which we rtirtd of ail qurttn tne iikki tin-1
1 ut tu inn Hjie, mi'i particularly 10 (lie
ree coinage of sliver at the ratio of sixteen
'Te" urther recommend .hat In .....
rm i-iitn. ottret tereivmi rmtnui turret
the sme in be utade Isrseijr on sute lame.
aa we further rw..m...end that Mid cm
mtt prepare and compile all sta.Uib-a aud
fact i.cea.ry to pa., in ta. hand, ot
speaker aud others tor sti.a imrpuM.
I distinctly remember that the clause
preening the last, whloh you published
last week and to which you aoem toob-'and
jet, waft, oa demand of tertral ia the
conference, read tho torond time, and
wa tbt a unanimously attopW-d along
with te ether recoinmeBdatloea, end
wl hout debate.
Vow as to my part 1 the above. You
e t lnslnua' that I ha I em say
terioua connection with ail this, I ute
distinctly, r.d every menaW id th
eoinltu will bear me out la what I
ay. that I had absolutely nothing to da
wtUi tk.Bppoiaimeniol' that cemml' toe
aWuUly Botblsg o da with th action
of that eommlttM, and aWlutely ath
!( to do uU the adopt! oe vf the re
port ol thaleotanlttoe.
M latter ta the rloaeoBf.iraiUt wa
wrltte oa the eveeiag ol January th, j
early a dsy after th eoabreaee waa
er. I repufted Ih saatter hrUSy
and hurridly as I understood it. I am
free to say tbat if I should report It
again, under similar circumstances I
should repurt It jast as I did then. My
understanding of it now ia the same as
baore. After a'l the gaseous mists of
leading editorials, etc , have cleared
away, it looks just like it did. As the
Shanghai rooster said of his lone tail
feather, "There it is, beheld it for
In your two or three editorials on this
question, you have had considers jle to
say about the Omaha platform. This
gives me an excuse to say a few words
about that document myself.
The Omaha platform, as I regard it,
Is the grandest decumentof the century
It is a crystallization of the demands
for better things. It was a voice speak
ing in the wilderness of selfishness,
gte d, wrong and misery and tells of
the grander civilization that is to come.
On tbe brows of the patriots gathered
at Omaha on July 4, 1802, fell the dawn-
light from the yet unrisen sun of a new
day, whose light sball some time be
bed over every nation and every peo
ple of the earth.
Tbe Omaha platform contains the
application of Christ's teachings to the
science of human government. It con
tains a prophecy of the brotherhood of
man. It was like an evangel that step
ped upon the mountain top of Hope and
pointed for the tolling poor of the world
the way to the promised land of equal
The Omaha platform marks a mile
stone In the way of human progress. It
constitute the beginning of a distinct
epoch in the world's history. It is one
of those happenings tbat the raoe in
future times can look back upon and
guy, "Blessed are the men and women
who framed that Immortal document,
for it has made us free."
The Omaha platform needs no praises
or excuses from the pen of any man. It
is its own advocate and Its own defense.
It has already drawn unto it the best
brain and best heart ef the nation. It
his stirred up the natures of men and
women as tbey have not before been
stirred for a quarter of a century.
The Omaha platform Is great enough
and grand enough Mr. Editor, that it
hardly needs such frantlo efforts from
you to shield and protect it, do you
think? It is apt te remlned one of aa
antemlre trying to defend an elephant.
The sntemlre's Intentions are good, and
he works just a hard as though his
services were really required. But the
elephant does not know anything about
it, and goes on his way just the same as
though that particular antomlre had
never had btlog.
So far as the recomraondatloa in ques
tlon Is concerned, I think it has nothing
out of line with tho Omaha platform;
and, knowing the members of the com-
i i, viv .1. . i i. j i
nU!ce which drafted It, as I de, J feel
' Utlfled ",D- hl ""S1 0M
I of them Intended that It should have,
. tl.. i , , .
That conference had no power to amend
t tp. tilatform. murh lent national one
I ",f u"lr,nt mvm ie a nauoaaj one.
j Ml that wu Intended, la my opiaion,
(was to adopt a plan of rtKreanliatloa.
j which I think wa aa admirable one,
to put forward a ftw well-defined
principle oa which we should make
ur fight; aad I think that 1 also ad
mlrahle, with the single exception of
the word, government control of rait
rede. Aad even la that eae 1 believe
that rigid government control U the
only pathway Withe goversoteat owner
Mp, of transportation aad comma
ulcaUoe, Cioveremeat rcatrvl will cut
da the profit of the railroad aad
W!e(rph compaate who will tHea be
wtlllif . ml fo rvaoeUe price.
Teka all la all, ll realty etv tu at
that yott have tried to aiaio a mmiBUte
out of a nol ht'tl. It look a tHough
' vet. watilaJ t-i attack Bums nun a-..t t...fe
I . - . - - H -.- w.--
the first eppottuatty that or4. U
there Had beet ha4ur .4 truth la
yotjr tmlttr ol sne It might have toa
fiifareat IM there wu let. What
privat griefs you have against me I do
not know. Neither do I care. I have
steadily re'used in the past to ester in
to any personal fights of whatsoever
kind. I refuse to do so now. My effort
In the past campaign was to heal up all
factional differences. I thought the"
efforts had been crowned with success.
Your first article surprised me and hurt
as much as it surprised me, for It was
unjust. But let that pass, You tried
t) make honorable amends and I will
forgive and overlook the other.
But I warn vou never again to make
an attack upon any brother worker un
til you know that you have just ground
for doing it; and be very low about it
even them; for It will hurt you more
than it does him Two or three editors
In this state have killed themselves by
such means as that. We have had too
much of it already in our party. It
must cease.
I have nothing but the best wishes
for yourself and The Alliancb-Inde-pendent.
I have done what I could
for the paper In the past and propose
to do so In the future. I have referred
to this matter the last time I ever shall,
I reforred to It this time more to show
forth the truth in regard to the com
mittee and conference than for any per
sonal reason. I am not sorry that the
matter has come up, for It may help
to teach a needed lesson; and that 1,
that factional fighting In the People's
party is a sin and will not be tolerated
In conclusion, my brother, I would say:
"Go and sin no more"
J. A. Edgehton,
The principal satisfaction left us In
repairing tbe wrong we unintentionally
did Mr. Edgerton, through the very ex
cusable mistake of misunderstanding
his own words, 1 the satisfaction of
batng a gentleman ourself, and doing
justice. Reparation does not satisfy
our youag friend. He wants in addi
tion a chance to compare us with ao
animal he is too modest to even give the
dictionary name of. He wants to play
the superior and elder, and condescend
ingly forgive and patronizingly rebuke
and warn us. We have smiled good
naturedly, and printed it all. In reply
to his one question, we say most em
phatically, the Omaha platform does
need to be worked for, and fought for if
need be, by every honest man. It Is
not great enough or grand enough to
propagate it own truths, or defend
itself when attacked. An occasional
panegyric is noi all tbat it needs to
make Its principle the law ot the land.
Editor AlliakcbvIndepexdekt.
The Only Remedy for the Uaury or
Interest Evil.
Editor Aluance iNDEriitDBST:
Ia your issue ot the 18th. I see a com
municatlon from L O. Todd, that seem
In my humble opinion to contain a
fallacy. It la In hi remarks about the
loaning of moneys by the general govern
meat; and la eaphatUIng hi objection
te thU Idea he conclude hi remark
with thta sentence: "It will be time to
advocate a paternal government after
first maintaining a Just one." Thl
phrase "paternal," I highly misleading
la a much M all governments are baaed
morortM on tfc paternal principle of
regulation la social clrelet, and th
further they recede from thl prlajJple
la goveramvatal regulation, the more
crlaia they are to ooa tail eatarhUvetM
Allow toe to lay kofare yeup reader
my rvaaoB for govratnBt loan ta the
general puhlle.
la the tnoath of Mart M an ai-Us.'e
appeared ia the Nebraska Mit Jerwl
and la It thr waa thl hrevd tab
at ta talattoa to Bry:
"Hat tt I a Ul.'" eaeogh that.
el t U tM whare m lowrvst I wl
0.4, llaVtl. Usui tea. r d4 let'
We. Whalhvr jnt of aot, tkey r a4
eafr4 in the Waiast BwrU, aad ea i
B4 h, vxaai l the lasuMiUl.ty a
laf Wrt men who are
agreed on a certain money transaction
between themselves, and who have
every facility to evade the law and hide
the transaction."
After reading this over carefully one)
fact is mmlfest, that it Is impossible to
enact laws of a prohibitory nature where
intelligent men in bnsines are natur
ally agreed to evade the law. The
strong common sense logic used in thin
Is too apparent to contradict. Tho
question therefore, arises, how then arn
we to counteract the baleful effects of
usury? My answer 1 simple. Let the
government establish banks of deposit,
and loan out on good, well-established
land securities, money at say 3 per cent
or even less. Would it not set on the
usurious classes the same as was done
on the celebrated black Friday when
Jay Gould and Fish, had a corner on
the gold market? The secretary of the
government case with a few spars
Billions, and the gold conspirators were
scattered. Now the usury laws are a
nullity, because the quantlt; and price
of money are controlled by the few.
Not wishing to occupy too much of
your valuable spaoe I will remind our
friend Todd tbat Shylock bated Antonio
more for lending money out gratis than
for lei ig a Christian.
Tours for just money,
Palmyra, Neb. Job if S. Maibcn.
DOLLMEN" (221)20) 10020.
First Prize and Sweepatakes Frenoh
Draft Stallion at Nebraska
State Fair of '03.
Our third page illustration is of that
magnificent French Draft stallion Doll
men, 5 years old, weight 2180 pounds,
imported and owned by Frank lams ef
St. Paul, Neb. He is a grand big flask
draft horse of real quality and individu
al merit with the very best of feet and
heavy, clean, bard flinty bone and of
the right shape with a great, massive,
smooth body of the right kind and a
very large, beautiful crest attached to
a nice clean out head with finely set
ears In faot he is a model draft horse
and a show horse and a 1st winner ever
since he was imported in Dl. ' He won
1st as a two-year-old at Kansas and
Nebraska State fairs of '01, lit a a
three-year-old at Nebraska and great
St. Louis fair of '92, 1st and sweep
stakes at Nebraska State fair of '03. He
ha never been defeated In the ihow
rlng, and be has a right to be a "big
gun," as the Blue blood ef winners
courses his veins. His finely matured
form with that roundness and symmetry
ot muscle so well developed and his flash
style and grand dashing way ot going
make him the center of attraction in
any show yard, and he richly deserves
the ribbons and mtdals he has won, and
without flattery he is a graad one from
end to end, and be is a model brood
horse also. lams oan show 18 months
old colts tbat weigh 1000 pounds by this
grand stallion, and they have been 1st
prize winners at our State talr also.
This is the type of draft horses to ,e
found at ''The Home of the Winners.''
Mr. lams' horses won 45 out of CO 1st
and 2d prizes at our late Nebraska State
fair, and many of ' them over the
"World's" fair winners. His horses
won 6 sweepstakes prizes and the herd
prize of $200 for "best herd of draft
horses" or about f GOO winnings at Ne
braska State fair of '93. Mr. lams has
mora black Percherons than all other
Importers in Nebraska and is second to
none on French drafts, Clydes and
Shires, He handles nothing but first
class stock of gilt edge breeding and
has more State prize winners in his
barns than all ether importers in Ne
braska. Ills hersos are all for sale,
winners and all (he has ne pets) and at
prices that are within the reach of all
good stockmen and from one to three
years time at 5 per cent Interest, and
lams pays the freight Go and see
lams; be will treat yeu white and show
you more first class draft horses than a
you can see at any other barns In Ne
braska, and if you are a real buyer you
will buy a topper of lams.
You Don't Have to Swear Off "
The use of tobacco In any form if you
use NO-TO-UAC, the wonderful, harm
less, guaranteed tobacco habit cure; it
costs out a trlflv), and the man who
wanU to quit and can't, will find tn NO-TO-OACa
permanent cure Oet one
of our little book entitled "Don't To
bacco Spit or amoke Your Life Away,"
or buy NO TO-BAC from II. T. Clark
Drug company, Lincoln, Neb , our
gent. A copy of the bonk will be
mailed free by addrrantng "Tim Stbr
UNO IlEMKor Co.," sol manufacturer
of NO-TO-UAC, No. ii Kaado'ph St,
Chicago, III.
tuA.(0 will purchat a Brat elas ticket
round trip via the MUaourt I'eclQo
route to th Mld-Wlater Fair at Ban
Francisco Cal. Can take the Southern
a . 1.1 .a
ruing anareturoiag in nortnrurouv,
Further irttcular ceil on eUv tiekat
agent l.fl O street, Llnoula, Nh
TUKoeuu antra abd ctuia car.
Hard time, eyt ne flgute with the
ilurUsgtoa when It cornea to the a
commodeUBg the travettaf puhJio.
Ih I'! additive la thUtf a'ret
l!ad 14 aetvloetre four dally faatet
tree irate owtwewa unoo tt mi.
(Hil.ihrHigh rwiia'pgekM tare, Full
tntn vaUBvTu4 klpv ut the ever
uuUr dialaa fere.
Ask aW U at II. A M depot or
7Jetue at flit vffiort, rvx, l th and O
irwet e?M!t t t evw trala ta t.
LttS e(4 te MUt
I'M Northwawwrn Uas to Chioga
Iw rWe- Fat trail, t'fti III!