The American. (Omaha, Nebraska) 1891-1899, May 17, 1895, Image 1

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Volume V.
"AMERICA FOR AMERICANS." We hold that alt men are A oerieaus who Swear Allegiance to tha United States without a mental reservation In favor of the Poimj.
Number 110
Some seventeen days airo J.V
Wol fe, the lea i in g Popu list of Lancaster
county, found It necessary to address a
letter to Silas A. Holcomb, actlog a
governor of the state of Nebraska. In
that letter Mr. Wolfe said: LINCOLN,
Neb., April 30, lion. S. A. Holcomb,
Governorof Nebraska Dear Sir: Yours
of the 24th inet. at hand, and while not
a total surprise to me. and consequently
not a personal disappointment, the In
formation is much to be regretted from
a party standpoint. You say that "af
ter giving the matter four months con
sideration I today arrive at a conclusion
In regard to the matter of the appoint
ment of a warden at the state prison,
and George W. Leidigh of Nebraska
City has Ken named." This is indeed
a singular admission and quite con
trary to the general rule. Crimes and
offenses oi all kinds have generally at
least one mitigating circumstance.
They are generally committed in haste
or without due consideration. But you
undoubtedly do not regard the act as a
crime or even as an offense, but coupled
with a number of other appointments
of a similar nature, and especially with
Mr. Dahlman's, another leading Demo
crat, made at the same time, and who
was an applicant for the same position,
you are charged with party perfidy and
a deadly assault upon "the independent
party" organization in this state, and
upon this charge you will have to go
upon trial before the bar of our people,
and may God defend the right! Being
an applicant for one of the positions
given to a Democrat, and therefore
liable to the usual charge of "disgrun
tled" shall not deter me from assi ting
in the prosecution for I think my past
record will bear me out when I say that
I can accept defeat with, at least, mcd-
erate grace. My motives are and have
been, much higher than any personal
consideration. It is because I am a
Populist from principle, and because I
believe the triumph of the principles of
the party is common humanity's last
and only hope, and because I believe
that any alliance with any other party
will not only retard our growth, but, in
the end, will prove fatal to our success
that forces upon me the unpleasant duty
that I feel called upon to per'orm. I
acknowledge it is a very unpleasant
duty for our personal relations, and the
personal relation? between myself and
all your appointees, so far as I have
any acquaintance with them, has been
very agreeable, but I feel that I occupy
a peculiar position, and at this time a
very responsible one. Like yourself
(if Indeed you are at all out), I came out
of theoDemocratic party. And in all
my experience in trying to advance the
interest of our cause, I have found no
greater obstacle anywhere, or at any
time, than that thrown in the way by
Republican orators and the Republican
press when they have charged the In
dependent party as being a tall to the
Democratic kite. The Republican party
having ruled in Nebraska since it be
came a state, and being largely in the
majority, it could be readily seen that
its overthrow depended largely, and
mainly, on desertions from its . own
ranks. And manfully have they come,
and loyally .have thousands of them
stood by our- organization even when
the party lash has been most severely
applied, and steadily have wo moved on
ward, and steadily has confidence in our
integrity been increasing. It Is true
I have denied, and still deny, that the
Democrats inthe Populist sarty, had
any sympathy with their old party, as
an organization, but it has been left for
you to give the charge new and addi
tional force,'lf cot practically to demon
strate to many its truth. I am not per
sonally unfriendly to Democrats, or to
Republicans, us such, but politically I
am as much opposed to one as the other.
No, governor, since I left the Demo
cratic party IJhave "cast no longing,
lingering look behind." I, too, might
possibly have held office if I had acted
otherwise. I by no means thiuk you
are a bad -man. I only think you have
proven yourself a weak one. You are
by no means.the first man, even in Ne
braska, whose "ambition haso'er-leaped
itself." The political highway Is every
where strewn with its wrecks. You
have neither been in a position, nor in
the condition, since our reform move
ment began, to be able to grasp its full
meaning. You have been in good cir
cumstances and drawing a liberal salary.
Your mind has been occupied more with
law and with loans than with distressed
homes and an impoverished people. You
did not, I believe, attend either the
Cincinnati or n.St. Louis conference,
or the Omaha national convention.
There are other minor parts in your
letter I must refer to, but must be veiy
brief. You say further. "I regret be
ing compelled to disappoint so worthy a
Populist as yourself." I certainly ap
preciate the compliment, but I utterly
fail to see where the "compulsion"
comes in. Any information upon the
subject as to who "comelled" you
would be thankfully received. 1 may
be mistaken, but I understand you are
the governorof Nebraska and that the
governor by law appoints the warden o'
the penitentiary. I fin 1 nothing In the
law giving such power to a private
secretary, to an ex-democratic congress
man, or even a United States senator.
Where, therefore, I pray, is the con
polling power you speak of when you
say, "I regret being compellid." You
further say, "I will be glad to talk the
matter over with you at your conven
tecce." I certainly will bo glad to do
so, although it seems to be a little late
II you had told me bciore the act was
done that some one or some power was
about to "compel" you to do an act you
did not want to do I might have been
of some service to you and to myself;
but still I will hear you, and only hope
you will be able to fully justify your
course. My grievance, however, is by
no means a personal one. WThile I
think I bad a right to expect different
and better treatment I Lave no personal
spite to gratify. It is true that I have
spent more time in trying to build up
and to advance the party's interests
than you and all jour appointees to
gether, except Mr. Powers, and the
movement has cost me more money
than you all, without any exception,
yet I only ask that our principles be
adhered to till enacted into law.
Since Silas received the above com
munication he has made some more ap
pointments, but these last appoint
ments, like those formerly made, do
not meet the approval of the Populist
leaders. In Douglas county there Is
much dissatisfaction, as can bo seen by
this communication from Hon, Daniel
Burr to Mr. Rosewater's governor at
Omaha, Neb., May 14, 1895. Hon.
Silas A. Holcomb, Lincoln, Neh.:
Dear Governor As much as I regret
adding to your annoyances and per
plexities, I feel justified In again ad
dressing you on the subject of our last
Interview. While many of our party
members are loud in their complaints,
I try ti put myself in .your place, and,
doing so, I am convinced that it was an
error of the head, resulting from a mis
representation of the facts by Interested
parties outside our party, and not a
willful Injury to our party in Douglus
county, for such it really Is.
When you cemsider that 90 per cent,
of our leading Populists are either out-and-out
A. P. A.'s or in full sympathy
with them, the displeasure they must
feel at the appointment of one known
Catholic and another who always tr ains
with that crowd and fully sympathizes
with them, is not to be wondered at
We have tried to keep this churoh
question out of our party and let the
two old parties fight it out, but the
church party have done their best to
force us to take u o the Issue, and now
they have succeeded, and they will find
us as ready to handle that question as
any other. Regarding It from the
standpoint of policy alone, to say noth
ing about principle, we cannot afford to
Ignore it. The Democratic party are
openly and avowedly the Catholic
church party, and the Populist party
must either suffer their fate or come out
flatfooted and refuse to truckle to that
giant church corporation. Even If, for
policy's sake, we should longer remain
silent, it would avail us nothing, as
they justly consider "he that is not for
us Is against us," and the support of the
church would be with the Democratic
party, whom they know are with them
and It remains for us to accept the Is
sue and define our position on that as
well as all other questions. And I as
sure you that Douglas county will not
go unheard from.
We have straddled that question as
long as we can, and very much to our
loss. Wo met It last fall, and our un
defined position lost you nearly or quite
as manyjvotes as the Catholic church
gave you in this county.
Mr. Rosewater's greatest strength in
this county comes from the Roman
church, because he knows by standing
in with them he can handle their voters
by working with their priests.
His support of you last fall should not
entitle him to any consideration at your
hands. He got all the glory he was
entitled to in defeating his arch-enemy.
And I verily believe that, had the
Democrats held together and Rose-
water remained neutral, with three full
tickets in the field and party lines
drawn on general issues, we should not
only have elected our governor, but the
whole state ticket, with a majority in
the legislature on straight party prin
ciples. Our gains from both the old
parties would have been sufficient, but
when many of our people who had been
republicans saw us lying down with
their old enemies the Democrats, they
went back to the Republican party, and
others who were ready to come refused
to be made over to the Democratic
party in that way.
Had your coming rea known to our
leading men, you would have had no
room for doubt as to their sentiments,
and you wouid have found that my
view would have been seconded by 90
per cent, of our people. Very few knew
of your being in the city. I only learned
It by accidentally meeting you on the
street, and you could not arrive at
just conclusion of the situation from
hearing Deaver, Rosewater and tholr
satellites, and only onj of the opposi
With full confidence la your motives,
I regret to be compelled to say tha
you made a grave mistake, but I still
have the honor to subscribe myself
your friend and true Populist,
D. Buim.
Tiieur is no subject of so much
interest to tho homeowners of this
country as that of mortgages, This Is so
for this reason: Nearly every home is
covered by a mortgage. In the June
number of The JVufum is an interesting
paper on real estate foreclosures by
Attorney John O. Yclser, of Omaha
that will repay anyone for eruslng it
We make th following excerpt: "The
law provides that after thirty days
of the most public notice that could
bo given, that the land must be offered
for sale at the most public place
in the county seat, and cannot be sold
for less than two-thirds of Its real value,
which is stated to ho the same as its ap
praised value. In the light of this law
is it possible for a court to hold that
land may be appraised at merely what
money could be realized from Its sale?
How can that be true when the stat
utes say that although the land is pub
licly advertised and sold at the highest
price obtainable the sale shall not be
confirmed unless the amount bid is at
leust two thirds of its real value?
It is certainly clear to any one that
the value Is not to be regulated by the
amount of money the land would sell for.
The mortgagor relied upon these con
ditions, believing that if he could not
pay his debt at maturity he might
avail himself of a nine months' stay
and believing that at the expiration of
this time the mortgagee might sell the
property at not less than the enormous
discount of 33i per cent, upon Its value
n order to raise the money duo, or
the mortgagee might bid in the prop
erty and take it at this di.-count, but
not rob a man by taking it below that
price. That is what it shows. That is
the plain meaning of tho conditions of a
mortgage, and every mortgagor is war
ranted in believing as I have suggestad.
How can a court conscientiously per
mit appraisers to value land at just
what it will sell for in such a depressing
season as the one through which we
are passing, when the statute provides
that the value shall not be based upon
what the property will sell for, and puts
the minimum price, which, of course, Is
the highest bid, at two-thirds of the
value of the land offered? According
to the provisions of the statute, which,
of course, as stated, are conditions of
the mortgage, is It expressly provided
when the value found shall have exist
ed? No, it is not. Therefore I main
tain in the light of all reasoning and the
general law of contracts that such value
should be determined, as it existed
when the agreement was entered into
when the contract or mortgage was
Poisoned the Water.
Cleveland, Ohio, May 10. My good
neighbor, Priest Rosinski, gave it out
in church that I must be removed be
fore Easter Sunday, and that there
should be no service in our church on
that day, for the church would be
burned down. And, do facto, they have
poisoned the water in our well. My
self, my housekeeper and an old lady
we had all got very sick and wo were
sick for over two weeks. We immedi
ately stopped the use of the water, used
good medictr.e, and recovered. Now
we cannot use the water. In the even
ing during holy week I was followed by
a few murderous rascals while going
home from church. Our good people
had to guard me and my house, and we
had to watch our church closely to pre
vent its being burjed. We are contin
ually persecuted and attacked in the
streets, and our children are interfered
with in going to or from the school.
old Catholic.
'The Nation" for June.
The June number of The Ration will
contain many excellent papers on sub
jects of general interest to everyone,
among which may be mentioned.
"Democracy vs. Pultocracy," by Hon.
M. W. Howard; "Our Mortgage In
debtedness," by John O. Yeiser; "Tne
Mocey Famine," by Hon. Paul Van
Dervoort. These are articles which
will set men to thinking, Inasmuch as
they eleal in questions of vital import
ance to all citizens. All newsdealers
sell The Kat'on, or It can be procured
by sending 10 cents to Ihe Nation, 1613
Howard street, Omaha, Neb.
Comrades Pay a Ijisl Tribute
U a
(rand Army Brother.
The funeral of the late Oliver Anson
to k place Sunday afternoon from the
Broadway Metheidist Church, tho large
auditorium being crowded with old sol
diers, friends ai d relatives of deceased.
In the early afternoon the old soldiers
proceeded to the residence and esvortod
iuo remains to tne cnurcn, wne re tJom
rado Paulson presided. Prayer was of'
fore J by Chaplain Snyder, and the
military record of deceased was read
by Adjutant Spera, followed by re
marks by Rev. Mr. Dudley.
1 he remains were then removed to
the hcarsd and the funeral procession
took up Its a. rch to Laurel Hill In tho
following ordoit
McFadden Drum Corps.
High School Cadets.
Abe Lluculn Post, No 3, G. A. R.
Encampment No. 8, Union Veteran
Ladies' Auxiliary, No. 17. U. V. L.,
Am! a long lino of friends In carriages.
Arriving at tho grave, Lieut. Col.
Coelcr conducted ritualistic services,
the closing scono being a parting fa
lute, three volleys by the cadets, fol
lowed by the sounding of the taps by
tho encampment bugler. The record
of Mr. Anson as read at the church was
as follows:
Comrade Oliver Anson, at the age of
17 years, enlisted as a aeldler in the
volunteer service of his country on De
cember 3, 1801, for a term of three
years, as a private In Company II, Six
teenth Iowa Infantry; was promoted to
first lieutenant and adjutant of the reg
ime nt, and after a continuous service of
three years and seven months was mus
tered out on the l!)th of July, 18(15, by
reason of close of the war. During his
term of service he served on the staff
of (Jen. Giles A. Smith, commanding
fourth division, Seventeenth Army
Corps, Army of the Tennessee, and on
the staff of General Illckenlooper, com
manding Crocker's Iowa brigade, Third
Brigade, fourth division, Seventeenth
Army Corps. Ha participated in tho
following engagements: Shll h, Cor
inth. Iuka, Holly Spring, Tuoelo,
9lego of Vicksburg, through the At-
anta campaign, and was captured be
fore Atlanta, but was exchanged in
time to join in the march with Sher
mm irom Atlanta to the s-a. ii was
mustered as a comrade of Encampment
No. 8, Union Veteran Legion, on the
.'1th of December, 1887, serving two
erms as adjutant of the encampment,
one terra as lieutenant colonel, and on
the 10th of January, IM!)3, was mustered
as colonel of the encampment, which
position he hrl 1 at the time of his
eath. Council Muffs Glube.
Koine's Program.
Letter topics, as texts and topics for
sermons, and both should be fresh and
suggestive, come, we scarcely know
whence, but we may believe the spirit
helpeth. Somewhat perplexed today,
and asking, What shall wo say to our
readers? a wideawake pirlsh'omr
whose Protestantism and pleiy rone
queetlon who know him. ran direr
rell, ard left a aper tha' f nni-ho a
fruitful theme fo." an Observer letter.
It is the progM n for a "nusle 1 and
l.tcrary entertainment." last Sundav
evening, in our Aeademy of Music,
under the auspices of the Ancient Order
of Hibernians, and entitled, "An Even
ing in Ireland." Of the eight page
paper, with twenty-four columns, less
than one column and a half tell of the
aims and objects of the A. O. H. The
program of music and addresses by two
priests and a lay gentleman occupy
small space, whilst the restof the paper
is filled with "ads" that pay.
Several points will interest your
readers, and bear upon the public wel
fare, upon which everybody should be
posted. C mcerning a Sunday evening
entertainment in a theatre In Wash
ington, in which ministers of religion
are chief figures, there can scarcely be
two opinions among friends of morality,
to say nothing of religion in a Protest
ant christian counlry. Patriots and
philanthropists, even though they do
not profess faith In Christ and in
Christianity, can hardly fall to see the
close connectiem between the godly con
science, which Sunday observance edu
cates and fosters, and the peace and
goed order of society. If one thing Is
more Important than another In Amer
ican citizenship, it is the enforcement
of the decalogue and the golden rule.
Entertainments in a theatre on the
Lord's day cannot do otherwise than
loo en moral restraints, whilst lawless
ness is now rampantevcrywhere, espec
ially in our cities. The time is here
for Sinai to thunder. The law and the
gospel must net be divorced.
Tho Ancient Order of Hibernians
had its origin in Ireland, and the pur
pose of its founders was to keep alive
the spirit of Irish nationality, so dear
to the heart of every Irishman, under
the most trying circumstances and con- i
dlllons, and to protect tho priesthood
In the exercise of their sacred fuoc
tlon." Planted In New York city,
where, It Is said, tha Irish population
is larger than In Dublin, the A. O. II
is said to have extended to every state
and territory lr this broad land. This
Irish order enjoys the same immunity
enjoyed by Masons and Knights and
other secret order In the United
Slates, even though these orders are
Interdicted by the nope. If Romish
secret societies are military and drill
regularly, as Is alleged, the people of
tho UnlU-d States should know It. We
submit that, as adopted citizens. It is
American and not Irish, not Italian
nationality that Is vo be kept alive), as
is done by our Protestant German and
Scandinavian people as classes. Nor
do Romish priests need to be "protected
In the exerclso ef tholr aorol func
tions," for our flag protects every law
abiding citizen, even priests and ex
priests, who are sometimes mobbed, not
by our own American people, but by
their own devotees. It will not bo for
gotten that but a few weeks Ince, In
Savannah, Ga., the mayor himself, said
to lw an Irish citizen, was obliged to
protect with the strong arm of the law
an ex-priest, who, as an American citi
zen, preiMscd to toll what he knew by
experitnen of the papacy, and whose
hfo was endangered by Koinau Catho
lics. It Is not strange that such vio
lence in Savannah gave birth to the A.
P. A. In that beautiful city, all whose
traditions are American and Protest-
ant, free and patriot Ic.
But probably the most remarkable,
as It is the most deplorable, feature of
this A. O. II. Sunday entertainment
program of eight pages and twenty-four
columns, Is tho advertisements. My
friend had gone over It carefully, and
put a red line around each "ad" of
saloon, brewery, grocery with liquor
attach) d, and restaurant. And with
what result? Astonishing, and yet not
astonishing when we remember that
even Archbishop Ireland says: "Cath
olics nearly monopolize the liquor
trallii)," In this program aro seventy
five liquor advertisements! The Sunday
theatre entertainment the Ancient
Order, to keep alive the spirit of Irish
nationality, and to protect the priest
hex)d the seventy-five liquor advertise
ment! An alarming trio surely!
That this correspondence stands for
the broackist interpret Ion of Ameri
can and christian citizenship, your
readers need not be told. American
cltlzons will not tolerate religious pro
scription any more than they would
tolerate papal interference with our
public schools or the ballot-box. That
our people aro apprehensive of danger
Is manifest In the several American
eirganizations. by wbutever name tbey
are called, which live for the protection
of American Institutions. Our people
are not all in Pre tentant churches, but
all true Americans, native and adopted,
are Protestant as against any organiza
tions that Imperil the freedom and
purity, and sobriety, and sanctity that
are tho H'e blood of the republic. We
s'and for the Sabbath and the sanctuary
against the saloon, a veritible Pan
der.i of lawlessness and vice. So long
as Romo suffers hers-jlf to be domi
nated by rum, we must writ rum and
Rome, the twin enemies of the s ate
I ruly, etc., B.
Washington Letter in Lutheran Observer.
Lions Chase a KaU
A renrgado priest named Slattery,
who openly and notoriously, to the
great eeandal not alono of religion but
of common decency, consorts with a
woman whom he presumes to call his
wife, has been doing the devil's work
in Savannah, Ga., by outrageous at
tacks on the church he had abandoned
for the flesh. A renegade Irishman Is
a thing so low that even satan might
hesitate before ajcoiding him accom
modation in the Plutonian kitchen; but
a renegade priest smells to heaven
and pollutes the earth. These crea
tures have become all too common in
this country. The revolted "priest"
and the "ex-nun" have become an old
story in America. Tbey are generally
patronized by unthinking persons of
Protectant belief, who do not Btop to
ask themselves, Why have these people
left tho original fold? Catholics know
only too well that unfrocked priests are
chiefly victims of drink or debauchery
of some kird. Some repent and return,
but the majority do not. Slattery is
one of the latter type. He Is a disgrace
to his name, his race and his new-found
creed, If he has any. He will die
howling for mercy from the God he has
offended and the church he has out
raged. This has been the end of others
of his kind.
But why should the Catholics cf Sa
vannah get into a rage over the mouth
ings of this wretched being? What
harm can he do them or the church,
which has calmly withstood the storms
of ages? Can the church that has not
bent before giants be agitated by pig
mies? Southern blood is hot, much
hotter than thai of the ninth, and al
lowance must be made for It vehe
mence. C But, on tho whole, the hm-c
Uclo at Savannah suggested a crowd of
lions chasing a mangy re dent The
mejio they chase Slattery thu more the
bigots will glorify him. It him re
main a rat. CitUm (llomhh).
Wo copy the above by request, and
proceed to express our opinion of the
same. This man Klattcry claims to
have seen the evils of Rome, to have
been converted to Christ, and Is putting
In his time, at the risk f his life, show
ing the evils of Rome. Wo have awn
many reformers, and can freely say
the-y bavo a hard read to travel. If
any men in any ago are entitled to a
hearing for the evident courage of their
convictions, It Is the men who tell what
they know about Rome.
The truth always cuts to tho quick,
and so It Is not surprising that Romo
howls about Slattery. But if wo were
a Catholic we would blush to see what
a sorry "lion" it is that socks the life
of Slattery.
Of all tho traitors that ever walked
this American soil, these drunken
Romish meibs aro, In our estimation,
the least excusable Under the pre
tense of religion they get drunk and go
around see king to murder a man be
cause he exercises the rlirht of an
American citizen, the right guaranteed
to all Americans, the right of which no
one but a Catholic would seek to de
prive an American citizen. Columbia
Looking Glass.
How Esteemed.
Tho Anwricein Citizen (Boston) very
truthfully says: "There are some A.
P. A. fools who are Infinitely below the
meanest Roman Catholics who ever
lived, and these are the fools who aro
constantly circulating home-made lies."
Correct you be, Mr. Citizen, but you
will find the same class of people In
similar organizations and they are gen
erally the ones that never subscribe for
a paper or pay for it when they do.
Protestant Htnndard,
Toledo has its share of these, human
posts, who are too cowardly to face tho
object of tholr slanderous tongues and
too dead to all sense of honor to pay for
a patrfollo paper whoa tl.ey take It.
But the worst ororcy of a newspaper
and tho one who has the most to Bay
against it, Is the one who does not tako
It, ard If he does, never pays for It.
Toledo American.
Aliens Cuiiiiot Inherit.
Sl'KiNtJFlELU, 111., M-,y 13. The Illi
nois supreme court today affirmed a de
cree entered by the Singamon county
circuit court in tho case of Ean vs.
Ryan. The case hinges on tho alien
land ac. John Egan, a former wealthy
resident e)f this county, left a will giv
ing all his property to a nephew in
Ireland. Two nephews Lvina" in this
county petitioned to have the will Bet
aside under the plea that tho devisee
was an alien and could not inherit the
property, and that they, as next of kin
and citlz ms of the United Slates, were
the legal heirs. The court granted the
petition and entered a decree in their
favor. The case was then appealed.
So Aliens Seed Apply.
Washington, I). C, May 10. Com
missioner General Stump, of the immi
gration bureau, has received informa
tion that the Detroit and Cleveland
Steam Navigation Company has decided
not lo employ on Its fleet of vessels any
pe ron not a citizen of the United States
or an alien permar.ently residing in the
United States. Porsens coming to the
United States from Canada or elsewhere
seeking work will not be employed.
Mr. Stump strongly approves of the
action of this company, and hopes that
Its example will be followed hy others
of like character.
Tho CuOiolic Citizen says half of tho
soldiers are Catholics (Roman). It may
be so now, but I am sure it was not so
when there was any fighting to do.
The French are taxing Belgian cor
porations. They think they have had
enough tf Romanism.
There are some weak kneed, jelly
fish christians who tiikcalorg breath
when you speak to the n abjut replac
ing the Bible in the public schools.
We notice that the teachers of New
York are trying to stir things. There
are men who will shout amen for half
an hour at a time when no one is there
to molest them or make them afraid,
but who are afraid to say their life is
their own when they are asked to help
in keeping tho Bible in the schools so
that a chapter nioy be read each morn
ing without note or comment.
The ladieis of B. is Ion are postponing
buying anything from the dry-good
stores because they advertise in the
"pope's papers" but not in the Standard.
And tow lot me say It again, "Where
are the Puritan women?"