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HEMtY MCKLS, PitbHsher.
THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 1805.
Eatered at the post ofliceof Liucoln,
Neb., as second class mail matter.
People's Independent State Ticket.
For Supreme Judge,
Regents State University,
JAS. II. BAYSTON,
ELLA W. l'KATTIE.
The People's Independent County
For District Judge:
II. F. HOSE.
J. C. McNERNEY.
For Clerk of District Court:
4 ' Fit EI) MILLEIt.
A. II. WElIt.
For County Cierk-
GEORGE II. WALTERS.
For County Judge:
GEORGE W. BERG E.
For County Superintendent:
II. S. BOWERS.
L. W. LOWRY.
For County Commissioner:
T. E. CONNELLY.
C. O. BULLOCK.
C. A. COOK.
A. C. SIIEH1CK.
J- W. EMBEHSON.
W. T. RoLOFSOX.
J. V. TRAVIS.
For Justice of the Peace:
, S. B. IAMS.
GEORGE AV. BLAKE.
Debt is slavery; we are a nation
Interest is eatiug us up.
must be abolised.
Labor creates and capital accu
rhulates the creation.
Capital has nothing it not
steal from labor.
Capital -rver created zyfi?J?
. v , Jy, even cre-
Re-letting the prison contract
meahs a plain steal of $50,000
from the state treasury.
The republicans hope to rob the
pcpulists of political thunder by
robbing the penitentiary fund of
The democrats will have no sol
id south in j6 and the republicans
no solid west. Then what will the
Our business men are a class of
tramps, being without homes or
opportunity to get them. And yet
they vote with the old party that
gave away their lands to English
lords and rail road corporations.
Nice lot of chumps.
Our forefathers kicked against
Englacd levying tribute upon this
country, but we submit as tamely
as a kennel of whipped curs.
If obh'ged to bond youi city or
mortgage your home to get money
you would rather borrow of your
government than of some Ebglish
.-Iprd? Of course you would. 1
The state board and some of
their hangers on are after the bal
ance of that $100,000 penitentiary
appropriation. Should they farm
the prison out to a contractor again
it means a clear steal of at least
$50,000. But what do the republi
can pirates of this state care for a
little steal like that?
We don't hear anything now
days about the "pauper labor of
Europe" since we have so much of
it in our own country. Talk about
pauper labor, thousands of able,
honest men in this country are
begging for an opportunity to work
for their bread merely an exist
ence. Pay your subscription.
THE STATE COXVEMIO.
The state convention of the popu
list party of Nebraska held in Lin
coin this week, will give hope and
courage to populists in every state
in the union. The platform will
become a model for many other
states, but the determination of
the whole body of delegates to pet
down, and set down hard, on all
the "isms," is a beacon light which
will lead populism to final and
speedy victory in the whole nation.
It was the greatest victory that
populism has achieved.
The unanimous nomination of
Judge Maxwell was another act of
wisdom. In him the party presents
a candidate of great learning and
ability, of unimpeachable moral
character and a long record of ser
vice in behalf of the people of this
state. He is a judge whose decis
ions have commanded the respect
of all men learned in the law who
have examined them, whether in
this or other states, and the works
on the law which he has written are
authority in all our courts. The
people of Nebtaska will now have
an opportunity to say whether they
prefer upon the supreme bench a
just judge and learned man or some
tool of the corporations.
The hearty endorsement of the
course of our populist delegation in
congress by the unanimous election
of Senator Allen as permanent
chairman and Congressman Mc
Keigan as chairman of the commit
tee on platform, was to say to them,
"you have done your duty and we
are still proud of you."
The action and tone of the con
vention showed that the populist
party stands solidly at the back of
Governor Holcomb in his efforts to
give this state good government,
The royal reception given Gen.
Van Wyck showed that the popu
lists remembered his services and
were still grateful for them.
It was a great convention; it
acted with wisdom and discretion;
it gave us the best ticket ever jQutJ
up by any party inijjjff.-y al, They declared that all money is
every true popijst s0 thinks and
will go workith niore hope and
vigor than efer before.
the cause of labor is fast
L&feng prestige and recognition
amuiig uie masses win ue niuic
fully demonstrated next Monday,
September 2, designated the world
over as "Labor Day." In this
country it has become a national
holiday, while nearly every state
in the union proclaims it a legal
holiday by statutory enactment.
What does it signify?
It signifies that the world recog
nizes the dignity of labor, that it is
honorable and without it no man
should eat bread.
Labor day was practically estab
lished by the noble order of
Knights of Labor. This organiza
tion years ago took up the fight
along the line and prosecuted it to
success, until it got enacted a law
setting apart this one day in the
year to do honor to the cause of
labor and the great mass who toil;
who are now sowing for others to
reap, but who some day in the not
far distant future shall receive the
full benefit of their toil.
Every laboring man, business
man and mechanic who believes in
equal and exact justice to all should
lend their aid in making Labor
Day one long to be remembered.
Mr. Edward Atkinson, one of
the great prophets of the gold bugs,
is out in an essay in the Forum,
announcing that the cause of the
panic was the enactment of the
Sherman law in 1890. As there
was no panic until a president was
elected on a platform pledged to
repeal it, the logic of the article is
not apparent to men of common
sense. Mr. Atkinson, who poses
as a gold bug economist, is the
same learned gentleman who an
nounced that silver was so plenti
ful in the Rocky mountains that the
miner had only to build a vood fire
against their sid es and the pure
silver would run out in a stream.
After Senator Jones got through
with that statemet in the United
States senate, Mr. Atkinson did
loud squealintr. hut no nni
STAY WITH THEM.
Gov. Holcomb sent a letter last
week to the board of public lands
along the line of the article pub
lished in these columns regarding
the proposed prison contract, pro
testing against the leasing by the
board of the penitentiary to a con
tractor. The governor believes,
as most people acquainted with the
facts, that the prison can be made
self sustaining and that the profits
accruing from the labor of the con
victs should revert to the state.
Our governor can be relied upon to
stand by the-guns and prote.ct the
treasury though a gang of republi
can officials stand ready to loot it.
The governor and warden are mas
ters of the situation and we believe
they have the back bone to. protect
To put the institution into the
hands of a contractor means a for
tune to a few individuals at the ex
pense of the people. It means to
consume all of the $100,000 appro
priated for maintainence of the
penitentiary when half of it can be
saved to the people if the state
continues to operate the institu
The state board seems anxious
to re-instate its pet, Mr. Beemer.
When they could not create a new
office to put him in, at an expense
of $2,000 per annum, that of super
intendent, they are endeavoring to
farm out the institution to him
make him the contractor. One of
two objects they certainly have in
view. mat ot getting a slice of
the pie, or preventing the populists
from making a record by saving to
the people thousands of dollars
which republican blacklegs yould
steal from them.
Stand by your guns Mr. Hol
comb and Mr. Leidighand the peo
ple will stand by you in protecting
The populists have a distinctive
platform of principles on the sub
ject of money. J
fikt money, and when financial
principles were were tried in the
crucible of debate in that great in
tellectual battle in the senate dur
ing the silver session, all the great
scholars and thinkers of that body
were driven by the inexorable iaws
of logic to make their final stand
behind that impregnable bulwark
of scientific truth.
So invincible is this weapon, the
money power has for the first time
in all history, been driven to the
point of demanding the desruction
of all money, for with the repeal of
the legal tender laws, as advocated
by our distinguished secretary of
agriculture, tnere could be no
money, and the world would go
back to barter and barbarism.
The populist in his theory of
money is sustained by every scholar,
philosopher and thinker from
Aristotle to John P. Jones.
The populist says money is the
creation of law. Two hundred
years before Christ Aristotle said:
"Money has been made by agree
ment, and is so called because it
exists, not by nature, but by law."
The populist says there is no in
trinsic value in money.
Prof. Jevous, the great teacher
and scholar of Oxford University
"There is no such thing as in
The populist says all money is
fiat and Senator Teller replies
Congressional Record, silver ses
sion, page 1420.
"Mr. President, There is no
money that is not fiat money.
There is no money that is not
made so by direct declaration of
The populist says that all money
is irredeemable. If it is redeem
able in some other kind of money
it is not money at all, and Senator
John P. Jones replies, (speech of
l893 page 102.)
"Nothing is or can be money in
any full or proper sense that needs
to be redeemable in anything else
before it can pay a debt. Money
is not money if it be confined to
redemption in one thing; it must
be rcdaemable in all things. The
v essence of money is redeem
all things that are for
"Mr. Higgins. I suppose that
the senator means what is known
as fiat money."
"Mr. Jones of Nevada. All money,
whether gold or silver or paper is
fiat money. Money is created by
law and derives its value from limi
tation of quantity. Gold is as
much fiat money as paper money."
The great banker, Win. II. St.
John adds: (testimony before
Springer committee page 328.)
"Pefection in money thus pro
vided would involve the use
neitner gow or silver, nor any
other commodity Any
convenient substance of about
the intrinsic properties of silk
ribbed paper prepared to defy the
counterfeiter, issued by the author
ity of the law of the United States
and promise no redemption what
ever, except acceptance for all dues
of the United States, and made re
ceivable for all dues and debts
public and private within the
jurisdiction of the United States.'
It is only fair to say that Mr.
St. John is affraid we would over
issue that kind of money. But he
need not be. The bankers and
money lenders would always see to
it that that was not done. They
won't even let us issue silver, not
to mention paper.
Silver, even according to the
gold bug deffinitionis one half fiat
today, and it is not a "parity" be
cause it is redeemable in gold as
some of the newspayers and gold
bugs have been saying, for it is not
It is par for the reasons set forth
by St. John and Senator Jones and
no other than its redeemability in
On the 10th day of March 1892,
the senate passed the following
Resolved, That the secretary of the
ti r-aty is hereby directed to inform
the senate what amount of treasury
notes has been isssued under the
provisions of the act of July 14th,
1800. Whether silver dollars or
silver certificates have been re
deemed or exchanged for gold.
The secretary of the treasury sent
his reply on the 22d day of March
1S92 in which he says:
"Respecting redemptions or ex
changes of silver dollars and silver
certificates, I have to stats that the
treasury department has not re
deemed silver dollars or silver cer
tificates in gold."
On February 13, 1892, the treas
urer of the United States in a let
ter to Senator Teller in reply to
the same inquiry said.
"I have to state in reply thereto
that, so far as this office is con
cerned it has never been done, nor
have any of the sub-treasury offices
been ordered to do it.
E. H. Neeeker,
Treasurer United States."
On the 7th day of December
1892, the secretary of the treasury
sent the following letter to Sena
"My Dear Sir: I have your favor
of Dec. 7, I beg to inform you that
silver dollars are not in law or in
practice exchanged for gold or for
paper that calls for gold.
Very Repectfully Yours,
The senate on the 9th day of
October 1893 sent the same inquiry
to Secretary Carlisle and he replied
in substantially the same language
I cannot lay my hand on that docu
ment just at present, but in his
testestimony before the Springer
committee, (page 28) he says:
"We do not maintain the parity
of the two metals by redeeming sil
ver dollars or (silver) certificates
in gold, but by the constant prac
tice of receiving them in full satis
faction of every debt of the govern
ment." But the British gold bug is the
greatest practical fiatist on earth.
He coins millions of silver and
circulates it it in the United King
dom at a ratio a good deal less than
15 to 1, and in 1892 coined 105
tons of copper and much more in
'93 and '94.
The populists is the only consis
tent advocate of the free and un
limited coinage of silver. He says
that first, not because of its so-called
"intrinsic" value, but because it
will give us more money, not only
raising prices here, but in Europe,
sale and all services that are
where we sell our wheat, beef, pork,
corn and cotton.
In three years the populists have
forced the acceptance of the sound
ness of their financial views by all
the disinterested scholars and
thinkers of the whole civilized
world. Financial reform must be
fought out on this line. It can
never win on any other.
T. H. Tibbles.
(JIVE US CHEAP MOXEY.
Not a laboring man, merchant or
farmer in 10,000 would refuse to
accept Uncle Sam's paper money
legal tender treasury notes, green
backs in payment for goods or
services rendered, at 100 cent on
the dollar, but glad to get i.
With a liberal issue of this kind of
money new homes would be built,
our highways improved, factories
started to running and business in
general put in motion. The gov
ernment could enact a law in three
days' time creating this money. In
the same length of time it could
also pass an act to loan this money
to the cities, counties or states
which might wish to borrow it, on
the same terms it loans to the na
tional bankers, 1 per cent. Lincoln
and all other cities suffering from
bad streets or needing other public
improvements, could vote her non
interest bearing bonds and in 30
days there would be little or no
idleness in the community, and
want, and misery, and hard times
would soon be dispelled.
But the money loaner protests
against the government going into
the loaning business. Well, well;
that's refreshing! Isn't the gov
ernment now loaning its money
rather the people's money to the
national banker, that favored pest
who has for years been sucking the
life blood of the people.
The government loans money to
these banking institutions at 1 per
cent to be loaned out by them to
the people at usurious rates. In
stead of furnishing the people
money at 1 per cent as it might
and should, on as good security as
could be given, it prefers to farm
it out to these thieving, unreliable
pawn shops, giving them all the
money they want at x per cent. As
security for the money they borrow
the banks deposit their bonds with
the government but continue to
draw their usual semi-annual inter
est in gold. Of course no sensible
man believes this policy on the
part of the government is an hon
est deal with the people. And by
the power this money gives them
these banking institutions, with
kindred monopofis, control the
policy of the government in their
own interest and against the inter
est of the whole.
The plan of the government
oaning money to the people would
benefit the whole nation save the
few national bank jobbers. And
more than this. It would drive
these men out of the banking busi
ness and into more legitimate and
respectable callings. We can never
do business without such an issue
of money as it will require , all and
more gold and silver thans we can
produce and coin for years to pay
our debts to foreign holders of
American securities. A,nother
thing. vVe can never gfct the
needed relief by voting the old
Inform yourselves, laboringWien,
upon the causes which have led
the wealth producers into the pres
ent condition. Give political edjno-
rr.y a little attention and you ilill,
we believe, ascertain that unSess
the natural resources, which were
intended for man's use and bene
fit, are opened, that suffering fand
privation will be the lnevijible
outcome for the masses, causing
great bars to go between the man
who desires labor, but deprived of
the opportunity, unless tribute is
paid to the monopolist, whi(h trib
ute usually consists of all excepting
mere pittance, which the monopo-
ist sees fit to give to him who pro-
uces the wealth.- Education is
essential to good government. It
therefore behooves all laboring
men to make a study of these ques
Your subscription is rifable in ad
vance. Don t wait on w rn;seni y ou
We are arranging to secu
the services of T. H. Tibt
Bancroft, for editorial won
slk UDon 1
The Independent, whic
doubtless be completed bef
next issue. Mr. Tibbies is!
the strongest writers on
economy in the nation and
remember2d by all leading
ists as the Washington corn:
ent to the Non Conformist
years. Mr. Iibbles wil
cnarge 01 ine ecu tonal c
while the business and loca'
agement will be conducted ff s here
Saia XlENRY MUCh'NS.
tuv a committee 01 one to circu
late this paper. It should be in the
home of every populist.
We want news of the work and
its progress throughout the state.
Send it in from every quarter,
brief and concise and we will gladly
Lgive it space.
We are arranging to make the
Independent one of the greatest
populist papers in the land and
need your aid. Put your shoulder
to the wheel.
With Wm. V. Allen as our nom
inee for president in '96 and Tom
Watson of Georgia for vice presi
dent the gold bug English rories,
and Wall street hell hounds would
have to take to the woods.
The business man is as thor
oughly in the power of the banks
as the corporation employe is in
the power of his master, and on
election day he is afraid to Dreak
away. But they will be forced to
break away some day. J
The toiling masses who are
struggling for existence, what kind
of a chance are they going to give,
their boys when they start out in
the -world? Hadn't you better
vote to take away the special priv
ileges from a class who are robbing
you and your little ones? t
What a shrewd lot of business
men we have in this country! They
have let political shysters do their
thinking for them until we are a
nation of paupers. With a ma
jority of them their L4ains lie in
their stomachs, or pocket pooks.
The best way to provide against
want in old age now days is to steal
or commit some other crime. The
state will then provide for you be
hind prison bars, which is better
than to starve, and more honorable
than to become a "tramp," as the
world views it. Grand, glorious
It is said of Napoleon that he
hated the high financiers the peo
ple who made their money by jugf
glery and added nothing to the
wealth of the nation by produc
tion. Were Napoleon living and
in this country today, we have an
idea that his hatred would be aug
We have it on theq. t. that John
C. Watson has his weather eye
on the nomination for governor at
the hands of the republicans next
fall. John is sufficiently tinctured
with corporation influence to be an
available man but that would avail
him not. The pops will have too
many votes for him next fall.
The Independent is endorsed
on every hand. It speaks out in
meeting, has no personal griev
ances, holds up the hands of the
men whom the party has honored
so long as they serve the people
honorably and is in reform worko
win. subscribe for it and ask your
neighbor to do so.
The Independent would have
given a Georgia watermellon to
have known just what Senator Tell
er said and thought when he read
the platform adopted by the
Pennsylvania republicans. What
are you going to do, Senator Teller
when the national republican con
vention adopts the same denuncia
tion of silver? This world is all a
fleeting show, Senator, and there ii,
no place of refuge for the saints
except in-the populist party.
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