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TIME TO AVAKE UP.
Democrats and republicans
may take warning.
f ho Cause of rievalandism la Not the
Cause of Honest Men Iteing Helped
by the Gold Republicans Self Re
spect Should Rebel.
The Peoria Journal, one of the most
respected republican papers of the west,
has the following to say about that
Cleveland conspiracy to gobble up the
gold wing of the republican party:
The goldites are formulating a scheme
;o betray the republican ajid democratic
parties and prostitute both party or
ganizations to the single standard gold
monometallic idea. The scheme was
disclosed in Washington a day or two
since. It is the purpose of President
Cleveland and those who believe with
him to corrupt both party organiza
tions so as to use them in the interests
of the gold corner. Just prior to the
last congressional campaign, President
Cleveland, Mr. Harrity, Mr. Quincy and
a few others, among whom were some
republicans, held a conference at the
White House at which a scheme was
put up to continue the work of the Na
tional League of Democratic as well as
Republican clubs with the Congression
al Committee, of which Mr. Harrity is
chairman. The purpose of the little
gathering of the White House was an
nounced by Mr. Cleveland himself. He
intimated that the party in power pro
posed to use its machinery to secure the
election of "sound money" Democrats
in democratic districts and "sound
money" Republicans in districts that
were not democratic. The scheme was
to be worked as quietly as possible to
avoid exposure. Mr. Cleveland arguing
that the Democrats had better be in the
minority in the next congress than to
be in a majority and not in sympathy
with the "sound money" idea. The re
sult of the Congressional election is
known. Mr. Cleveland's desire was ac
complished. Following out this idea
Messrs. Chauncey F. Black, president
of the League of Democratic Clubs, Sen
ator Faulkner, one of the leading spirits
of the League, and also Chairman of the
Democratic Congressional committee
which took such a prominent part in
the last Congressional election, and
Mr. Lawrence Gardiner, Secretary of
the League, held a conference in Wash
ington on Thursday, August 8, 1895. At
this meeting it was decided to issue
orders to the Democratic Clubs through
out the United States' who belong to the
league, not only to support in every way
the administration and Mr. Cleveland's
gold policy, but to use their influence
for the election of "sound money" men
to Congress In districts that are not
Democratic. In other words, the ma
chinery of both parties are to work for
a common end, viz.: the complete de
struction of silver as a money of re
demption. The semi-ofilcial statement
of the intentions of the officers of the
league is that the purpose is to encour
age the clubs in nearly every, if not
every, state in the Union, and the pur
pose is to use all its power to overcome
the independent free coinage of silver
sentiment in the Democratic ranks first
and in the Republican ranks second.
WTherever State conventions have in
dorsed the administration, the league
will render every possible assistance to
the Democratic ticket. Where the ad
ministration is not indorsed, the clubs
are to use their influence on behalf of
the advocates of "sound money." Where
conventions have not yet been held,
their influence will be exercised to se
cure Indorsement of the administration
and the "sound money" principles.
Where conventions have already been
held, and have taken a position an
tagonistic to the administration, such
assistance will not be given as in other
states, the efforts of the league being
devoted chiefly to securing the election
of "sound money" delegates to the next
national convention. It is believed that
the impetus derived from the league
meetings in the states which stand for
"sound money" will gather strength
for ythe administration In those states
which are doubtful on this question,
and by the prestige thus attained, go a
long way toward overcoming the antl
administraton sentiment in other
states. Such Is the program as has been
agreed upon, and from now out the ma
chinery of both old parties may be said
to be working in perfect harmony be
hind the same.
The whole scheme will be complete
when ex-Secretary Whitney receives
the democratic nomination for the
Presidency in 1S90. Harrity and Patl
son of Pennsylvania will control the
delegation from that state for him.
Ex-Mayor Grace, ex-Governor Flower,
ex-Secretary Fairchild, and Senator
Murphy will see that New York Is at
tended to. Senator Cal Brlce will look
after Ohio, while Senator Faulkner and
Henry G. Davis will look after the two
Virginias. Claude Mathews has sig
nified a willingness to see that Indiana
is In line for the Standard Oil magnate.
It is known that he secured Isaac P.
Gray's appointment as minister to Mex
ico. Mr. Whitney's tneruls are also
in control of the democratic machinery
in all the New England states, and that
even in Illinois the Morrison element
is not oppose J to him. Secretary La
mont is now spending a short season
with the Standard Oil magnate and this
is taken as an indication that the ad
ministration is quietly at work groom
ing him for the race. It is whispered
in Washington that at tne proper time
President Cleveland will put his foot
down on a third term and puss the word
along the line foi Whitney.
Th' Huston Tiaii.-i i-ipi has evoke. 1
scheme' by wlii li it b I r K0, can
lie drawn .rom Europe, and here 1 the
v:iy it would go about i;:
The jirci;iMuIa:!on of gi!J in t Eu
ropean banks is phenomenally large,
according to the treasury experts at
Washington. On the first week of
April the Bank of England had $183,
681,273 In coin and bullion, and the
Bank of France in the.same week car
ried $400,347,884 in gold alone. The
Imperial Bank of Germany carried
$251,807,310 in coin and bullion, the
Austro-Hungarian bank $86,594,501 In
gold and the Bank of Russia $310,427,
400 in gold. It is the opinion of the
well-known banker, Mr. Charles C.
Johnson of Boston, that this excess of
foreign capital will drift to the United
States for profitable Investment. Such
a gold current would solve all doubts
about our gold reserve, and would, in
Mr. Jackson's opinion, have a striking
effect upon prices in the United States.
How important it is to business, then,
that no foolish fanfaronade about sil
ver should control the action of our
government in any way and again pro
duce European distrust as to its ability
or disposition to pay all demands upon
it in gold.
In plain words the paper in question
would simply borrow the gold by issu
ing long-time securities at a reasonable
rate of interest. This is precisely the
way Grover Cleveland proposes to pro
tect the gold reserve, and if the print
ing presses hold out he will, In time,
draw all the gold from Europe to this
country, but by that time he will have
a chattel mortgage not only on every
man, woman and child in the United
States, but on Old Glory as well.
The Klchent Nation.
And now it Is a French economist in,
the person of Professor Francois who
comes out in a magazine In Paris, and
informs the world that the United
States is the richest nation on earth,
and possesses 25 per cent of the wealth
of civilized humanity. In his computa
tions the professor takes into account
the resources of no less than nineteen
nations. He delves into the question
with all the enthusiasm of a true scien
tist. He appears to reach his conclu
sions in a perfectly fair and impartial
sort of way, and being a Frenchman
born and bred, no one can justly accuse
him of undue partiality for the United
States. The order in which the na
tions are classed in the professor's
summary makes the United States'
first as aforesaid, England second
France third, and Germany fourth.
Russia and Austria come next in the
order named, and the balance do not, in
combined wealth, equal the American
Republic. There i3 Just one little point
in his very interesting economic com
putation that Professor Francois fails
to fully elucidate. That one point is
how it happens that the United States,
being first in wealth, is the only one oi
the four leaders to be obliged to borrow
money at ruinous rates In times ri
peace, from her less wealthy neigh
bors. It is not doubted that there if
more wealth on this side of the Atlan
tic Ocean, and under the flag of on
government than there is under any.
other ensign on earth. But in full
view of this seemingly well fortified
fact, it still remains to be explained on
other than a free coinage basis how the
wealthiest nation is the borrower, the
less wealthy, the home of the "only in
terest" that has money to loan in im
mense quantities. When Professor
Francois thinks he has time he might
earn a dollar or two by discovering an
answer to this problem, provided, of
course, his answer favors the "inter
ests" spoken of by Proressor Lawrence
Laughlin, as the only institution from
whom President Cleveland could bor
row gold. Ex.
A Ixndon correspondent of the New
York Evening Post is authority for tho
statement that most of the bonds sold
abroad by the syndicate are coming
back to the United States to be sold for
American gold for export. He esti
mates that about $8,000,000 will be re
turned during the month of September.
Here js what he says about the situa
tion: The most unfavorable point in th
situation, as regarded by financiers:
here, is the enormous amount of ac
commodation bills which it is believed
have been already drawn to effect ex,
change. These, it is feared, have al
ready been so large as to materially dis
count any future effect likely to be pro
duced by the bills yet to be drawn ir
connection with the usual harves'
crops. Reassuring statements on thit
aspect of the question would have a
good effect here.
This statement from what is consid
ered one of the best informed authori
ties and confirmed by dealers in ex
changeoutside of the syndicate is
anything but reassuring. There Is a
well-grounded belief in banking circles
that the syndicate cannot meet its obli
gations with commercial bills and will
ere long, be compelled to ship gold in
Kate Field's Hmallnl MIlon.
The announcement that Miss Katt
Field will go to Hawaii in the interest
of a Chicago paper will be of exceeding
Interest to the admirers of that bril
liant woman journalist. Miss Field ic
an exceedingly bright and graphic writ
er. She is a shrewd observer of human
nature, and her extended experience
will peculiarly qualify her to write In
telligently and Interestingly of Hawaii,
Kits people snd its Institutions. There is
nothing of a visionary character about
Miss Field. She Is the victim of no fads
' and Is wedded to no isms, save that she
, Is an enthusiastic advocate of woman f
right to earn her living in her own
proper way. She can write, moreover
and is not. afraid to speak her mind.
We have noticed that when a niiin Is
nppromhed about advertising, he gays
he will "iliink about, it," or "pep you
If j-ou ask a boy how him toil I?, i.e
Wi.: tyke off the bandage find show ym
THE SITUATION; THE
STEAL OUR THUNDER.
DEMOCRATIC JONAH TRYING
TO SWALLOW THE WHALE.
There Are Now Only Two l'artles In This
Country: The I'optillut and Republican
Democracy lias Hcen Clevelandl.ed
People Are In Karnest.
While pretending to lecture their
party and threatening a great bolt, the
democratic silver papers cannot help
betraying the real object of their
friendsip for the Populists. They want
the Populists to come and help them
save the old party. The Chicago Dis
patch is one of the papers delegated
for the work of corralling the.Popullsts,
and the following extract is a fair
sample of its advice and policy:
"The great growth of the Populist
party is proof that the democratic
party has departed from the people.
The republican party stands for mo
nopoly and the money power. Democ
racy must get back into line with Jef
fersonlan principles or it will perish.
Its platform in 1896 must be broad
enough to include all wholesome Pop
"Democracy must get back" oh,
yes! Democracy is going to reform it
self and ao better. Don't you see?
It must have a platform that will
keep the kickers in the party and it
must be as nearly like the Populist
platform as possible, because that is
the party the bolters will Join if they
leave the party.
Then, many Populists onco belonged
to the democratic party, and it is fair
to assume that, having once been bam-,
boozled by the glamour of glittering
promises, they can be fooled again.
But the Pops have learned some
things since beginning their career as
kickers. They have learned that the
promises of leaders are worthless, and
that the people must depend whollly
upon themselves instead of upon poli
ticians. What thp people promise themselves
depends upon their own efforts to ac
complish. Let the democratic party perish if it
Jeffersonlan principles will not per
ish, neither will the people perish.
Men who believe in Jeffersonlan
principles must get together in a party
that votes for Jtffersonian principles.
When the party of Grover Cleveland,
Carlisle, Hoke Smith, Brice, et al.,
adopts a Jeffersonto.n platform, with
gold-bug candidates, the People's party
wiil run men of Jeffirsonlan princi
ples on the Omaha platform not on
mere promifes of the candidates, but
upon pledges and with Instructions di
rect from the people.
Then if they are elected and prove
false to their pledges, there 13 a grow
ing sentiment among the people that
such traitors rhoi.!d be met at the
trains when they return from Washing
ton and hanged to the nearest telegraph
The people are getting too much in
earnest to be played with.
They talk of abolishing many of-the
offices by which we have heretofore
been able to control legislation.
They gather in mobs and defy the
federal army and militia, declaring
that the civil power is greater than
The laborers have combined with the
farmers to organize a new party foreign
t the spirit of the money power, un
acknowledged by the great daily press
and a menace to our most shrewd poli
ticians. They declare themselves in favor of
trial by jury, and insist on the rabble
having a voice in the government.
They threaten to annull sncred con
tracts entered into by foreign syndi
cates for the protection of bankers ond
exporters of gold.
They talk of confiscating the lands
of foreign investors who have placed
their capital In American estates.
They threaten to abolish our charters
and franchises, and alter fundamental
ly the methods of government.
They are at thi tlri! circulating
papers, bonks and p.itiipliletH and send
ing forth agitators to iiiilame our most
devoted vansals apinnft our moxt chcr
ilshrd means and inedinii of aouassing
In ivfry t?r .f tV.eio uprlvings and
murmuring ot nnntuit we have tried
to perun ie '.. j,".;!e to tie p.itlent,
V twSssj. FROM
RESULT OF INTEREST-BEARING
in the hope that our plans might be
completed, and they would soon see the
futility of opposing us. But our ex
planations have been answered by re
newed efforts to usurp our prerogative
of governing them.
A people so irreverent and fanatical
are unfit even to serve an aristocracy
of such glorious wealth as we have
built up here in America.
We have warned them from time to
time of unwarrantable efforts to secure
jurisdiction over us. We have re
minded them of our power to crush any
act of congress or to quell any strike
or other disturbance. tVe have ap
pealed to their devotion to party and
conjured them by the traditions and
precedents of preachers and politicians,
to abandon these vagaries, disband
their unions and accept the situation
In life to which it has pleased God to
call them. But they aro growing deaf
to sermons on humility and despise the
mysteries of finance. .
We must therefore take measures to
hold them in subjection; if they can
not be induced to submit willingly
then we must use force.
We, therefore, the representatives of
the Bank of England and Wall street,
N. Y., owners of the United States, and
Joint heirs with Baron Rothschild In
the ownership of the earth, appealing
to the Supreme court for the constitu
tionality of our actions, do. in the name
and by the authority of Grover Cleve
land and John Sherman, solemnly pub
lish and declare that the united money
power is, and of right, ought to be, ab
solute sovereign; and that bankers,
trusts, syndicates and corporations
are henceforth absolved from all
allegiance to any law passed by
any congress or legislature of
America; and that all political
power henceforth shell be held only
by the divine right of property. In
witness whereof we mutually pledge the
standing armies, guns anr; war-ships
together with the gold of all the lead
ing nations of the worll, wh..se rulers
have adopted the single goli litandard.
Clipping from the Kilit 11-lnU of Tom
By the 1st of October the ti.rie dur
ing which the Rothschild b.inl-syndi-cato
hired itself to the governuient to
keep our gold reserve in rpjir will
Thr. what are we to dj?
Rothschild, and among 'em, ,-liarged
us only ten mil'ion dollars to k-ep our
gold reserve in repair from Fibruary
The time will Boon be out, tnd our
gold reserve will need nure capentry.
Will it take ten more millions t.i repair
it eight more months?
And will it take ten more millions an
other eight months after that?
We had to borrow the money to pny
the first ten millions. We vill have to
borrow the money to pay t:io next ten
millions. And so on from term to
What will the end be?
Sixty-seven millions of people, worth
sixty billions of dollars, sold out to a
dozen or so bankers, and bound hand
and foot by a written contract drawn
up by the President's lawy-partner!
That's the situation.
Are you proud of a government which
thus sella its people?
Are you certain of your future lib
erties when you can thus be handed
over to the servitude ot an insolent
syndicate of bankers?
It needs no prophet to foretell your
On and after October 1st the Wall
Btreetcrs will begin to raid your gold
reserve once more.
The treasury notes cf 1S90, Issued
to pay for silver billion which bullion
the law said should be coined in suf
ficient quantities to redeem wild treas
ury notes, will be tarried to the treas
ury by the raidcra. They will demand
gold for said treasury notes. Tim law
says they can only demand "coin."
Cleveland nays tnat "coin" means gold,
Therefore the men whom the law
contemplated hi getting silver dollars
in exchange for t he notes issued to pay
for (he silver, will get all gold, and do
silver. Then the government having
paid out gold where the tow contem
plated silver, finds li;;r!f ihort on gold.
The raiders have la, eu out the guld
with silver purchase nc.tes.
The government having paid out tlie
BONDS AND SHERMAN.
gold, must get it back again: else our
precious gold reserve would shrink.
A "shrinking" of our precious gold
reserve cannot be thought of without
a shudder: a simultaneous, unani
mous, and enthusiastic shudder.
A shudder of this particular sort can
only be cured with bonds: non
taxable, banking-privilege, interest
The moment these bonds are issued
the shudder quits. In fact we never
knew of a shudder which was more
amendable to treatment than the Wall
street shudder about our gold reserve.
It's like thunder and lightning in a
play at the theatre it'll stop when
ever it is properly requested bo to do.
Bonds having been issued and the
Wall Street shudder having been cured,
Another raid on the gold reserve,
and another well regulated shudder In
financial circles duly chronicled by
the binding editors of the old party
This shudder, like the other, can only
be cured by issuing more bonds to get
the gold back once more from the raid
ers. The government having got the gold
back from the raiders, the raiders gath
er up another lot of silver-purchase
notes and get the gold back from the
Every time this game is worked It
means a bigger debt for you and your
children. It means higher taxes, and
darker homes. These bonds are your
debts, and the taxes you pay are the
profits the- raiders have made by hid
ing away their wealth where it pays no
tax, draws interest from your taxes, and
forms a basis for banking whereby
another profit at your expense is reaped.
When will this monkeying with the
gold reserve stop?
When will the Government and the
raiders quit playing into each other's
Not till the bonds have been run up
-to a sum so enormous that your taxes
can no longer me-et the Interest.
To thin limit they are going to go.
Beyond it they do not care to go. They
are not such fools as to kill the goose.
The syndicate which would not ap
preciate the ownership of just such a
copiously idiotic goose as the American
tax-payer would be hard to pleare.
When I have the power to levy the
freight rate, I can put it so high that 1
can leave you all the labor and the risk
while I take all the profit.
When I have a monopoly of issuing
the currency, I can fix such a charge
for tiie use of It, that all the profit will
come to my bank, while all the risk, toil
and trouble vMT come to your store.
When I have a deal with the Govern
ment by wLich I pay no tax on my
wealth, but, on the contrary, derive a
privileged income from your tax, all the
fatness of all the li d will gradually
find its way to my larders, while all the
emptiness and all the raggedness and
all the hardships will come to you &nl
Is this plain?
The Wall Street syndicates occupy
precisely that position to-day, and you,
by your vote for one or the other of the
old parties helped them to get there.
Wont you now help us to dislodge
Wanted More lion linn.
The honesty of the Chinese In their
bti.-iness dealings is shown in the ac
tion of Hou Qua. the Canton million
aire, who died a few years ago, leaving
at least $."0,000,000. One of the Chinese
firms of Canton failed, owing a great
sum to foreigners. Hou Qua got up a
subscription and paid the whole indebt
edness. He headed the list of sub
scribers with $1,000,000 out of his own
pocket, saying at the eame time that
"Chinese credit must remain untar
nished." This Is tho same man who,
whi the British were about to bom
bard Canton, unless their demand of
$6, ood.OOO was paid wlt'jln forty-eight
hours, headed tho subscription list with
the sum of $l,100,noi. "I give." said
he, "$SO0.000 S3 a thank offering for the
business prosperity I have had. I give
$100,(.'o as a testimony of the fidelity of
my K.in. and $u0.0oii as a mark of the
affection Ahhh 1 bear my wife." Hou
Q.1.1 In etill greatly honored In Cantnn,
and hi? name is synonymous with Uusi
n n h n'ir.
PAY THE FREIGHT.
PLAIN FACTS FOR OUR UN
The Railroad Corporations Responsible
for High I'rlces Producers and Con
sumers Get I aft Wanted: GotlTd
Chicago Weekly Sentinel: Take the
retail market reports of any large city
and compare them with the retail
prices of products in the localities of
the producers, and one will readily un
derstand and be inclined to approve
the demand in the Omaha platform for
cheaper transportation facilities.
The fruit crops of California and
Florida are loaded on cars in the vi
finlty of the orchard and vineyard at
Miculously low figures, but before they
frach the eastern or northern markets
they have been subjected to the touch
of so many middle men that the con
Burner has to pay for the product a
A few days ago a merchant of Wis
consin bought a load of Georgia water
melons which tne Georgia dealer sold
for six cents each. The railroads
charged seventeen cents each for trans
portation and they were sold in Wis
consin at twenty-five cents each, yield
lug the Wisconsin dealer a profit of two
cents each, provided there was no losa
A little over a year ago a Georgia
man shipped a box of green peas to a
Chicago commission merchant, and by
mistake sent them by express. The
expressage was $1.25, and the peas
were sold for less than $1.00.
The writer once 'saw a car load of
coal started from a Pennsylvania mine
to a dealer in Nebraska, who thought
by purchasing of the producer direct to
eerve his customers at a lower rate. The
Nebraska man wasn't in the "com
bine," and his enr load of coal had to
be sold In Nebraska at $8.50 per too
to realize the usual dealer's profit.
Everybody knows how a bushel of.
wheat or a pound of pork or beef in
creases in price while being railroaded
from the farm to the city retail shop.
And what is true of staple products is
also true of vegetables, small fruits,
aud everything that the farmer has to
Short distances count for very little,
either, tho inter-state commerce com
mission supposedly to the contrary not
withstanding. Two years ago a Chicago man pur
chased a small farm about fifty miles
out from Chicago, for the purpose of
growing green corn or "roasting ears"
for the Chicago market. He reasoned
that as an early crop sold readily la
Chicago at 15 cents to 20 cents per
dozen, there was a large margin ot
profit in the enterprise. So there was
for the railroads. And the enterpris
ing raiser of roasting ears went out of.
the business after one year's experi
menting, much poorer in pocket, but
richer in political principles, as he is
now a shouting Populist shouting for
the entire Omaha platform and the
transportation plank in particular.
The people pay the freight "all tho
traffic will bear." And whatever loss
has to be sustained by the buyer or
seller, .the producer or consumer, the
freight always has to be forthcoming
the middle man takes out his profit
in the transaction, though there be
nothing left besides.
In this exciting discussion over the
money question the most important,
it must be admitted, of all ecopomio
questions we are apt to lose sight of.
the transportation question, and the
urgent demand for governmental own
ership and control of railroads especial
ly. Watermelons can be carried from
Georgia to Wisconsin by the car load
for three cents each, and the fourteen
cents thus saved divided between the
Georgia farmer and the Wisconsin con
sumer. California and Florida fruit can be
laid down in the eastern market in a
way that will cheapen it at least one
fourth in price at retail, and add as
much to the selling price when leaving
the hands of the producer.
Pennsylvania and Ohio coal can be
made to flood the western prairies at
times when most needed and at rates
far below the prices usually exacted.
But to accomplish these things the
people must lay a strong and avenging
hand upon the throats of the robber
combines and trusts that are fattening
upon the fruits of honest industry and
To do this requires that the trans
portation plank of the Omaha platform
shall be enacted into law the people
must own the railroads and other
means of transportation.
Every enterprising merchant owns
and operates his own express and
freight teams. Uncle Sam has paid a
monopoly cut-throat gang to do his
hauling long enough.
The people pay the freight, and they
have the right to run their own con
veyances, if they want to.
Crowd the transportation plank of
the Oninna platform right along ta the
front; let the people understand it. and
they will soon approve it und adopi iL
What will be the. nett move, after
the raiders have got all the bonds they
The retirement of the Greenback!
The paper money of the Government
is to be destroyed, and the monopoly of
Issuing ctvrency and of controlling i!
volume Is to be banded over to the
national bankers. Silver will be
to'. en money only; gold will 11 the
; 'iiotuy of reserves and ll'ial payment;
oa nk notes will bo th currency of thi
business wort !, and ih? luiC'uai' btu,1
monopoly will frt their owj juice uptii.
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