The weekly independent. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1893-1895, August 22, 1895, Image 2

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V.f Kev. F. F. Fawmore of the M. K.
Churi h Wari'hmi-n Hml She jilirds
"jprtaching Christ and Flirting with
Gamblers and Harlots at liallot Hoi."
Rev. F. F. Passinore of the Methodist
Episcopal church and member of the
Colorado conference, recently preached
a sermon which is attracting a wide
spread attention, owing to the pro
nounced views, fearlessly expressed, re
parding evils of the present time and
the apathy of the church in dealing
with wrong. We can only present a
few quotations from the sermon, which
was preached from the text:
"I have set thee a watchman unto
the house of Israel." Ezekiel 33:7.
"Feed my sheep." John 21:15-17.
Mr. Passmore said: "Watchmen are
men who are appointed to look out for
danger, and when they see it to give the
alarm and warn the people.
"Shepherds are men who are to look
after sheep all the sheep and all the
interests of the sheep.
"Studying the ministry of our church
from the standpoint of the above scrip
t'TtVl am impressed with the fact that
the greatest failure of the age is the
ministry. I find the ministry in our
church, as a class, the most worldly,
unfaithful and cowardly that it has
ever been. The church is worldly,
formal and unspiritual, and has lost
her power for good; yet the church is
on as high a plane as her leaders.
"When I look over the age I see
crime of every description and violence
on the increase, murder, lynching,
suicide, adultery, drunkenness, gam
bling, defalcation, the oppression of the
poor, political corruption, the outrag
ing of womanhood and girlhood; in a
word, the passions of men the worst,
the most infernal and devilish are
running riot. I am constrained to
stop and ask what our ministers, who
are supposed to be the opposers of all
sin, are doing? I am sorry to say that
I find them, even to our bishops, throw
ing their influence in favor of all these
sins and crimes. It is a sad state for
the church, and a gloomy condition
for the country, when the ministry and
the corrupt and criminal classes are
working hand in hand, and walking
side by side, as the preachers, saloon
men and other corrupt and vile classes
are doing.
"Just as the preachers stood for the
divine right of kings in the days of
Cromwell, and for the king and the
nobility in the days preceding the
French revolution, and upheld the
slave-holder in the anti-slavery strug
gle; so our bishops, elders, editors,
college professors and the pastors of
our great churches are standing by the
rich and supporting them in outraging
the poor.
"For men to pretend to preach Christ
and then go to the ballot box and sup
port the worst men, and the most devil
ish and infernal sins and crimes of
this age, is about the baldest and loud
est hypocrisy that has been made open
to the world for ages. How much more
staunch supporters of sin can our bish
ops become than to favc; licensing
saloons, and support a party that now
favors licensing the prostitution of
womanhood? This is worshiping at
the shrine Of the rich and the vile with
a vengeance. I am no longer surprised
at the inefficiency of the ministry; the
corruption in politics; the deadness of
the church; the development of trusts;
the growth of monopolies; the wealth
e the few; the poverty of the many:
the brutality of crime; the desecration
of the Sabbath; the increase of infi
delity; the rapid growth of im
morality. "I am no longer surprised at the con
dition of the church, the country and
the age, when I think that our bishops
and great preachers, with few excep
tions, have joined with corrupt poli
ticians, gamblers, saloon men, Sabbath
breakers, prostitutes, money-changers
and ' the opponents of the poor
and weak. Instead of driving
the money-changers from the
temple, they are invited in
and made welcome. Dare anyone think
for a moment that such preachers are
preaching Christ, living his spirit, and
representing his doctrines to the world?
Christ's doctrines, principles and spirit
would change all these things and
would bring about an era of well-being
to mankind. The trouble with our age
is that Christ is not being preached in
our great churches by our great
"Great churches in whose pulplta
stand men sending forth peels of im
passioned oratory for the pleasure of
a few rich and favored, and never a
word for the thousands of poor, hungry
and cold of humanity, who have lpen
brought to this distress by the very
men who are sitting enraptured by such
eloquence, Is about as far from being
the true spirit of Christ as heaven Is
from hell. Some women and children
j irking up coal In the great rich city
of Denver to keep from freezing, while
ether women and children in the sa ne
city are worshiping (?) Co
in a two-nuniireu-and-hfty-tln'..
sand-dollar Methodist church jn.1?
a few blocks away, with tie
edded luxury of sotil-enrfivixV
ins - music from a thirty - thousand
dollar organ. Does nny sane man. rt ut
cr sinner, believe for a moment t m
tither of these pictures the one on tl.e
river, or the other on'Capitol H.I - i-.v
the products of Christianity? 1'ithu
people in the bottoms were net sofour,
the people on the hill woulc not'c o
rich. If the people on the h 11 not
ri rich, the people on tl.j 1 .. totn
vuld not be so poor. Yet e t ftve .0.
V and schools of theolf. t tit tre
baching thnt both these c'jndliy.Df are
Ue results of Christianity
Laog on the words of our bishops and
i popular preachers, are the men who are I
! corrupting our politics, oppressing the
poor debauching womanhood are the'
men! who do not listen to great prearn-f
ers but pay them high salaries, and,'
build the fine churches. Our bishop
and great preachers are. living in such,
style of opulence and affluence, and
j moving in circles of such magnificent
I splendor, that the poor cannot pay tn
bills, and cannot, therefore, hope fo
their svmnathv. The ministry shoul
live such a plain, simple life as to 1
able to breathe the air of full freedom
and perfect independence, which would
enable them as ambassadors of God to
be faithful and true to all classes of
"Our great ministers in this state
with Chancellor McDowell, last
fall and also last April, joined
hands with the corrupt politicians,
gamblers, saloon men and fallen wom
en of Market street to 'redeem,' the
state and city. They succeeded, and
as one of the results of the 'redeeming.'
Denver was never so nearly turned
over to the criminal elements, and
gambling and prostitution were never
so flourishing as now. A fine lot of
'redeemers!' Preachers, chancellors,
university professors, saloon men and
gamblers and scarlet women. A fine
lot of 'redeemers' such a lot as re
deemed Babylon, Tyre, and Rome just
before those great powers fell. A fiie
set of reforming preachers, preaching
a little about Christ in the pulpit and
flirting with gamblers and scarlet
women at the ballot box.
"The fact is that bishops and leading
ministers have gone away from the
true work of watchmen and shepherds.
It is to-day as Dr. Hamilton said in an
address before the Colorado confer
ence at Boulder last summer, that a
"hireling ministry perpetuated slav
ery.' "See what the bishops, editors, elders
and old preachers now on deck have
bequeathed to us. They have left to
us a desecrated Sabbath, about three
millions of drunkards, an annual death
harvest for predition of about one hun
dred and fifty thousand drunkards,
two hundred and fifty thousand sa
loons, patriotism almost dead, expiring,
four million tramps, the rich are grow
ing richer, and the poor growing poor
er; the rich in power, controlling the
navy, army and government; the gen
eral government the most corrupt the
world ever saw; two saloons running
full blast in the capitol of the world's
republic. These are only a few of the
conditions that a compliant, complac
ent, obsequious time-serving and man
pleasing ministry have left to this age
for solution. And amid all this de
generacy and moral disintegration,
these old brothers of ours are not turn
ing over a hand to save or -reform the
age. They are so busy with the saloon
men, gamblers and scarlet women 're
deeming' the state, that of course they
have no time (?) and less disposition
to spend their time on trifles. It would
never do to neglect such weighty mat
ters as 'redeeming' the state and city, if
the church and Sabbath, and manhood
and justice and right go to. perdition.
"Such a minif try p.s this never blazed
out new highway tax c progressive and
"arching r.v.pti-.-.'.r- ' a ministry uu-r
wiil'rptect rich tt the -t
and supprt "t w.Up-v i& office,;!. ;!
ways he deiV.4ci or, tfce near! -4
women as 't,?.''iCa' ' --.-
"We have"' ?y a bishop nor great
preacher that is thunlering
against shiners and corruptions thac
are overturn;; our homes, the
church aud-j.rt.ioH itself. Our great
preachers uf 1 7 are preaching fir U(
salaries, fine , uanMons and sumptuous
living; ant , hey are getting them."
1 It Nf-viT
Forty-five jears ago the slave owo
of the sout! wen; arrayed in lot
to Mrs. StoweV book "Uncle l'CV1
Cabin" ju;U as the money power is
day aeains t "Coin's Financial School
At that t-'me it was charged thit h-n
book was i tissue of falsehood an! fic
tion. ""Affb-ivits were published to rrov.
that there were no such characters a;
too slave driver Legree or Topsy or Un
ite Tty- It was a fiction.
No'.'v ".: sound money league send,
out aO avits that the dialogues re
ported ii the "School" never took place;
as Mr. Horr says, it "never wuz. "
Mrs Stowe wrote a "key to i"nde
Tom's Cabin."
Thi Harvey-Horr debate will 1 e the
Key til CUIII r main. mi .niiuvi.
Fi iion is a favorite plan of reaehln
vl idle mind.
Fat and figures will now V t in
whee lthey would only
pa -ted I tin not iced,
iie ey to Uncle
for th t ii:ve'
CuUn" '
n y i f tacts wnicn nna oe d puu
t,i id L. t ere not read by tl. mil-
f t- r (, "jtilng the story whiih had I
t ci - v.itiously attacked by t. rul 1
jg i, iv of)'" e time, the facts exited !
i U. "Vr,,-" proved a clincher. Uncle j
("on ts C'bf n" Awakened the peop e dur- j
ir- l
In- vie
fttn and the
1 ' Vem to-day.
"School ' h n
1'n -'ebP,
is oniy nringing out wtt.u
1, .a !, en loSd a thousand times o n
It'.iui ng e; !v t will now b rad by
I,,. ,iin..B.
Un leTr
f'sbin" freed the i !av-s
(arty y"aiu, ' m.
"Coin's F hw 10 School" will lend
to freed m f Vm tt'c money power.
! U wll. do tliis. fven though
..K a
I ' School
-' It "lever' wuz."
leelin'T democratic
The lee iin democratic papeiit of
MisslFsipiil tA tba. there will &
unity of the! n "paper men In sup
porting th' ii"moiratic ticket, no
matter whal t i-ilcn lb party may 'ake
on financlAl n, ,tte;r. Of course- p-riy
lfore prl it il'. t the policy ,f
pafli' paper throupUout tit
all old I
i nation. l v
CXt'I.U SAM "CucKi I'd Better Drstroy Thone Smkfrd Crowing I'p from the Root? nl Tn,,n the rani:he W1U
Bear Giiod Fruit.'
British Conservator, London, July 3, 1895. At no distant day we will have. to deal vc' a New American party,
made up of the anti-English (anti-single gold standard, rather) elements of the RepubUcVs Democratic parties.
By throwing their support to the New People's Party next year they may succeed in oveieely JS bot,n Democratic
and Republican parties. -MjSk.'
Tlielr Crowd Now Knterlnj; the Specnla
tive Market and Buying Silver Bui
ilon by the Million Why the Price of
Silver Is ItUlng.
Ciiftantlc Combine."
Under the above heading, the so-
called "metropolitan press" of the coun
try, that is, the press that has been
hired or bought to make the fight of the
English money-lenders and buyers of
American bonds, stocks and mortgages,
!su8 been showing up the alleged com
bination of "western mine-owners and
speculators in silver bullion." The ob
ject of this alleged combination Is said
to be to make a profit of the rather neat
sum of $75,000,000. It is claimed that
the combine has already acquired con
trol of silver bullion worth at present
nmrjket rates about $75,000,000. This
bullion is stored, and the daily output
of the mines is being bought and added
to the stock on hand. The plan of the
combine is said to be to enter politics
and secure the adoption of the free
coinage policy. "The moment the
Utiite I States government determines
to coin all silver brought to its mints
as it now coins gold, that moment sil
ver bullion will double in value, com
manding as high a price as it ever com
manded in the history of the world."
Thus It is that the silver speculators
expect to suddenly convert $75,000,000
of silver bullion into $150,000,000 of law
ful, debt-paying, 100-cent dollars, near
ly half of which will be net profit.
The following quotation from the ar
ticle alluded to will speak for itself:
"The combination is playing desper
ately and courageously tor a splendid
rti ke. If it can force this government
Into free coinage it stands to make any-
where from $50,000,000 to $75,000,000,
; depending on the time, the amount of
bullion it will have on hand, and other
Circumstances and conditions now
largely speculative.
"People have wondered at the extent,
tie dash, the persistence, and force
if the free silver campaign. They have
marveled at the energy displayed by
the apostles of silver, their ability to
cover territory, and the unfailing regu
larity with which the leaders turn up
in the thick of the fight, whether ac
tivity is centered in Memphis, New Or
leans, Denver, Springfield. Chicago or
Kentucky. Most of the talkers of note
are poor men statesmen out of jobs
jet they travel In palace cars, put up at
! e best hotels, take long jumps, and
iif here, there and everywhere, mar-
t baling forces, Infminx enthusiasm In
I i the masses and Urping up Interest
! i' jvery known artifice.
'How can they ih: it?
"The answer Is r-lmple. The silver
ombine Is paying the bill. The silver
ampaign now raging with such an ap
wsrance of violet u in half the states
f the Union Is inspired by the silver
nrsplrators. an I Is purely ns business
4 t enterprise a hf:t. a pork, or a
1 1 "k "corner' mr ,. it 1 sordid
(nn the jrrc s..l up. . ; :a cleverly
have the conspirators kept themselves
in the background that the truth is
only beginning to appear. Even now
many of the details are lacking, but the
main fact is known, and the particulars
will be filled in as they come to light.
The great mass of silver bullion has
been acquired by the combination un
der 70 cents per ounce. If the cam
paign now on foot can be carried to a
successful issue, the holders hope to
be able to unload at $1.20 and above.
By keeping up the agitation they imag
ine that within two years they will se
cure such legislation as they need.
"The campaign will be directed for
the remainder of the summer, as it has
been thus far, from the Plaza Hotel, in
Xew York City. It is there that the
wires of the silver bullion combination
center. It is from there that the finan
cial and political operations of the con
spiracy originate and are given form.
The contributing members living in
San Francisco, Helena, Salt Lake City,
Denver, Cheyenne, Omaha, St. Louis,
Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia,
New York and London, keep in touch
with their representatives and trustees
in New York, though the details of the
management of the campaign are mat
ters for star chamber deliberation. The,
magnitude and working power of the
silver combination is only dimly real
ized as yet, but It will not be long be
fore its full extent and significance are
laid bare before the world."
The foregoing is suggestive cf at
least three things: First, that throw
ing ppen our mints to the free coinage
cf silver will enhance Its bullion value
to the full limit of its face value as
money, just as the most rabid eilvcrites
have always claimed. Second, that the
speculators of the large cities care only
for their pockets and use politics, poli
ticians and people solely for purposes
of private gain. Hitherto, the specula
tors have stood for gold monometallism,
because of the profits they have seen
for themselves in such a course. Now
some of them, for exactly the 6ame rea
son, favor free coinage of silver. Third,
that the gold speculators from this time
on are to be met and fought by the sil
ver speculators by the same means
and methods which the gold
speculators, since 1S73, have so suc
cessfully employed to enrich themselves
and plunder the people.
Let the fight go on, but let the peo
ple remember thnt good as free coin
age of silver will be, and sure to come
as it is,, that their interests demand,
among other things:
1. Gold, silver and paper legal ten
der money.
2. The abolition of national tanks.
3. Government ownership of rail
roads and telegraph lines.
4. The preservation of the land for
the people. Vox I'opull.
The Kentucky Populists are prepar
ing for a grand light In that state. The
chairman of the state central commit
tee has Issued a circular letter calling
for the co-operation of Populists In
otLrr states, and asking for donations t
of money atd littrature from
ctates g tse ro lectio ts this
This is a good idea. Every
nch of
ground we gain in Kentucky and otuer
states holding elections this year will
help us in the fight next year. The
Popnlists in Kentucky have a good plat
form, and they have the pluck to make
a good fight. They ought to have all
the assistance from outside the state
that is possible to give. Contributions
for this purpose sent to J. A. Parker,
Paducah, Ky., chairman of the state
central committee, will be sacredly de
voted to the cause. Let all Popiilista
help some.
The Harvey-Horr debate is over. It
Is significant for several things, not the
least of which is that Mr. Horr was
so effectually whipped that the pluto
cratic papers would not publish the dis
cussion. Notwithstanding the fact that
the gold bugs arranged for the debate,
and challenged Mr. Harvey, it is now
very plain that for their side It was a
great mistake. But what were they to
do? Harvey's book was crushing the
life out of their cherished theories and
bid fair to accomplishing the over
throw of their system. How was all
this effect to be counteracted? -They
could prohibit the sale of the book on
some of the railroads, but that only
added to Its sales elsewhere. They be
thought themselves to crush the author
and the book at once by over-matching
Harvey in debate. They sent east and
imported one of the best-posted gold
bugs they could find, and also one of
the most invincible debaters.
That Horr's own papers and friends
will not publish the discussion is a
plain and undoubted admission of his
overwhelming defeat. Bring out an
other hoss.
One of the facts that should not be
lost sight of In this financial discussion
is that the men who are clamoring
loudest for "honest money," as they
call it, are themselves dishonest. They
have never yet made a bargain with
the people's representatives that did
not savor of fraud, and in some caws
fraud was so apparent that if the mat
ter had been appealed to an honest
court (If we had one) it would have
been set aside. In proof of this asser
tion we need only to refer to the so
called credit strengthening act of 18C9,
by which $1,500,000,000 in bonds were
declared payable in a currency worth
from 30 to 40 cents on the dollar more
than that for which they were sold;
to the demonetization of silver in 1S73,
and again In 1S93; to the exception
clause which they had tacked on to the
greenback, thus making a better money
for themselves than they did for the
soldiers who were risking their lives
on the battlefield; entering into a con
spiracy to produce the panic of 1893
for (he purpose of Influencing Congress
to demonetize silver to the end that
more interest-bearing bonds be Issued;
the deal made by Cleveland, Carlisle
and Company, by which they trans
ferred the keeping of the credit of the
t'nl'ed Stiles ovrr to a syndicate, pay
ing the syndicate $9,000,000 coma'.is-
mn in ite transaction. This is the
class of men who are clnmering for an
Lcnect dollar, which, with tLem meaEJ
a Col'. r.
How Illd the Nllvcr Drop Out of the
law of IHIsr Ou the Track of the
CrluiiimW After Twenty Vears Who
Dot torxl the B1IIT
The Chicago Inkr-Oeean of July 22
rontaJned a striking editorial on. the
result of the Horr-llarvey debate up
to that time. In fact it is so pointed ,
that we can't resist the temptation to '
reproduce a large part of it in a con
spicuous way. It will be observed that
it calls on John Sherman to rise and
explain his part in the demonetiza
tion of silver in 1873. It correctly says '
that the time has come for Sherman,
to speak. Mr. Harvey has tracked him
so closely and so accurately that be is ,
treed, and no one but himself can ex
plain how he got in the hole or how .
be can get out. This is highly interest
ing, considering that the Inter-Ocean
is a very loyal and prominent republic
an paper and Sherman an extra-
prominent republican leader. Here t
what the Inter-Ocean says:
"Both disputants give considerably
prominence to a silver dollar that never?"
existed nor was ever authorized, bu'lt
deserves even more prominence than
it has ever had. We refer to tha' pro
posed dollar of 384 grains, character
ized by Mr. Sherman at the time as a
dollar that will float around the world.
It was in the bill, as was also the trade
dollar of 420 grains, when Senator
Sherman, as chairman of the committee
on finance, explained it to the senate.
How did it get out of there? Mr. Horr
read a letter from an ex-congressman,
Mr. Packard, of New Albany, Ind., la
which he says that the trade dollar was
substituted for it, but the explanation
given by Mr. Sherman at the .time
speaks of both being In, so Mr. Pack
ard's memory is at fault. Such a mis
take would be easy. Twenty-two yearB .
is a long time In the life of one man.
The ctatemcnt of Mr. Sherman was si ' '
" 'Again, Mr. Sherman in speaking ol
the silver dollar on that day, "said!
"We are providing that it shall float
all over the world." Again he said
(Forty-second congress, vol. 1, p. 972):
"This bill proposes a silver coinage ex
actly the same as the French and what
are called the associated nations of
Europe (meaning the Latin Union), who
have adopted the international stand
ard of silver coinage; that is, the dol
lar provided for by this bill is the pre
cise equivalent of the five-franc piece. ,
It contains the same number of grains
of silver; and we have adopted the in
ternational gram instead of the grain
ft,sa standard of our silver coinage.
The 'trau?i?ollar' nas een at1oPl,
mainly for th?aP1,? o California and
others engaged in t wittl 9hina
That is the only coin na2ed th0
?rain instead of by the B-tV
intrinsic value of each is to be si-Ai""
upon the coin." '
"This Is a perfectly plain statement,
its candor and explicitness testifying
to its sincerity. It is well known that
the trade dollar stayed in the bill and
proved a failure. It did no harm, at
least none of consequence, but it failed
flatly of its purpose. But the French
dollar, as it might be called, did no'
materialize. It was lost somewhere c
the road to enactment. Mr. Horr see '
quite unable to account for its rtf
terious fate, except by introducing
Packard letter, which the Shi1
statement Just quoted disproves. . ,
Sherman still lives, and if he cao-l
light upon the subject now Is the 'ac-"
ceptable time' to do it. Senator Alii- ;
son referred specially to that dollar of
384 grains in his speech in the senate
on Feb. 15, 1878. when he said:
" 'But when the history of this
bill of 1873 comes to be told it will dis
close the fact that the house of repre
sentatives intended to coin both gold
and silver, and intended to place both
metals upon the French relation in
stead of on our own, which was the'
true scientific position in reference to
this subject in 1873, but tiftt bill after
ward was doctored.'
" 'Doctored' was the right word to i
use. Who was the physician who mada
the prescription? Who was the phar
macist who compounded It? Who the
nurse who administered it? Mr. Hort'
utterly and totally refused to discuss
at all the testimony of senators and
congressmen, PresideD Grant, and
Speaker Blaine, to the effect that they
had no idea at the time that the act
of 1S73 demonetized silver, or had in it
any radical change In our money. Mr.
Harvey could get from his nothing on
that vital point of the debate."
nt r Ownership.
A writer in The Century for
says that "the average English flty
spends aoout nair as mucn on us . v
ernment as an American city of
same size, at-d gets about twice as rj'
for it."
But then it must be explained
"England has boldly undertake
municipalization of monopolies.
writer continues by way of expla::
In many towns the gas works, rj
railways, and electric plants art
lie property. Even baths, Ian
lodging houtes and tenement B
sometimes belong to the city, the
England. (
From these sources large r
are derived, which lighten the ,
of the city tax-payers by
much. Of course we can't hav
system tn America; it would '
ternallsni." So we turn all the
lies r-f light, railways, etc., ov
control of corporations whlc
m h t xcrmttnt prices nn they
j Miiile will ;r.nd. a
And we thin'., v e lll:e it V
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