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BEPTBMBER 1, 1905
BY AN 84-Y. BAR-OLD -DEMOCRAT
honest democrats principles, and if we stand by
them and him, success will crown our work in
the end. If the republicans can adopt democratic
principled in few cases,, and they are popular
with the people, then will they not be more popu
lar when all democratic principles are put into
effect by democrats?
G, W. Garrison, Oklahoma City, Okla. En
closed please find thirty-five primary pledges. Am
always willing to do anything I can for the demo
cratic party. Please send primary pledges to
each of the enclosed names.
I. W. Boyle, Wayne, W. Va. Enclosed find
thirty-five signatures to the primary pledge. I
do not take much stock in primaries, but I do
In Jeffersonian principles. I think they would be
good for us at this time.
John Tally, Sellersburg, Ind.- I enclose eight
cignatures to primary pledge.
W. E. Pore, Purdy, Mo. Enclosed find a few
names to the primary pledge. IC I were able I
could get 50(h I live near the line of Barry and
Newton counties. Hardly a man has refused to
sign the pledge A neighbor of mine will soon
start getting pledges.
James S. Pierce, Logansport, Ind. Enclosed
find primary pledge bearing the signatures of
democrats who are favorably impressed with your
plan of organization.
Lafayette Lewis, Anderson, Mo. Enclosed
find primary pledge. I would be pleased to have
a few sample copies of The Commoner. I widh.
you the best of success in organizing the party.
E. H. Speer, No. Belle Vernon, Pa. I send
thirty-five signatures to the primary pledge.
J. M. American,. Forks, Pa. Enclosed here
with find fourteen names signed to the primary
F. M. Cloud, New Palestine, Ind. Herewith I
send the primary pledge signed by thirty-five
H. P. Nelson, Farmersville, Tex. I send six
signatures to the primary pledge.
Bi-uce B, Bradford, Farmington, la. Enclosed
find the jnames of a few democrats from this
locality. I am myself only a young democrat. I
have only voted twice. I have missed one primary
since I became of age, but sincerely hope I shall
miss none in the future. I trust I shall always
have just cause to be loyal to the democratic
party-and shall certainly be loyal as long as it
remains a party of true democracy. In other
words I am of the Jefferson, Jackson and Bryan
stripe of democracy. I am very much pleased
indeed to note how our. principles are being ad
vocated by LaFollette, Cummins and others.
M. V. Axley, Merrimac, 111. I send you forty
nine signers to the primary pledge plan. I feel
f,nnw aA ifc ,wl11 d0 a &eat deal of eood toward
2? X! , dem(?crac democrats of the country.
Mr. Charles Morrison, of Waterloo, Colonol Mor
risons brother, thinks that it would be a good
thenCountaVe SUCh petition m every Precinct in
fini Tm ?aac', Jr' Sheridan, W. Va. Enclosed
n- Pledge signed by twenty-one democrats. '
JKlster Millheim, Penn. A few days ago
ainend handed to me one of your valuable papers.
irii B, ?e same found on PQSe 9 blank
primary pledge. Having from the time I- at-
t? ? majority, attended all primary elec
S,vlh Jhe exception of very few, yet I con
Sw2 Sh0w my appreciation of your untiring
enorts to once moreplace the grand old demo
RmmS ?arAy aiid its everlasting principles upon a
fimi 1 0?ting' t0 fl11 out the Pletee which you will r
Buclesq herewith. With best wishes for"
Mi ?i E' ,Nels(m Flnley, I. T. Find enclosed
S ede gned by six loyal democrats.
miw f-Hawkins, Amsterdam, Mo. Please find
sav t H ?? primary Pedge duly signed. Can
ami warPly endorse this plan of getting a fair
BhSi ?8t GXPression of the people as to who
SSwiSS? ana execute our laws. ' I for one am
fmm?i5 Ued of entrusting the affairs of our gov
Sn 11 ,trust magnates or their hirelings,
whnJ ; ? Wh0,m we can exPect no relief, but on
Win Z San dePend to-squeeze us a little tighter,
thnf ?S i1 one of the Msouri democrats
thfs state ecrease Judge Parker's vote in
enp,?- Wheeler, Boston, Tex. I send herewith
enclosed eight primary pledges.
irimnVy;iKe0dle', Warfor. W. Va. I enclose the
Site S gned by twenty-two good demo-
Fred Moyers, Cave, W. Va. Pleaso find en
closed primary pledge with twenty names at
tached. But one man refused to sign it and ho
was a republican. I hope that your efforts will
result in great good in your plan. Push it on.
John Curran, Leesburg, O. Enclosed pleaso
find thirty-five signatures to tho pledge.
J. E. Wilson, Kirkwood, Mo. Enclosed pleaso
find the primary pledge with twenty signatures.
C, W. Eads, Therraopolis, Wyo. Find en-,
closed the primary pledge. It is a littlo for me,
but I have been watching Tho Commoner and I
see tho democrats are all falling in line, and I
think it tho grandest move over made.
Richard Hawes, Esperance, N. Y. Enclosed
find twenty-eight signatures of good democrats. It's
the right thing to do. It is something every
democrat seems willing to do. The one who hesi
tates or passes by is no good.
,W. J. Icates, Knoxvllle, Tenn. I enclose a
primary pledge with seventeen signatures.
H. W. Haskins, Boon, Ark. Enclosed you will
find twenty-eight signatures of good democrats. I
think your plan a good one.
John Kincannon, Granby, Mo. I enclose tho
primary pledge with seventeen signatures.
A. W. Purdin, Leverton, Mo. This, with the
list I have already sent, makes twenty that signed
the pledge. I believe that the press which stands
for reform and good government should advocate
J. O. Levander, Goff, Idaho. I enclose prim
ary pledge signed by ten democrats.
A. S. Johnston, editor and publisher Monroe
Watchman, Union, W. Va. I enclose primary
pledge with my signature, though in my particu
lar case it is not needed . I have never failed
to attend a democratic primary since I came of
age. God grant that events may ultimately vindi
cate your confidence in the Integrity and high
patriotism of the American people.
Joseph Donovan, San Francisco, Cal. Find
herewith the pledge with twelve signatures.
W. H. Willard, Patrick, W. Va. I enclose a
pledge signed by thirty-five good democrats.
N. Wiles, Pierce City, Mo. I herewith send
my primary pledge, which is very much to my
liking. It is certainly very much needed. You
have done a noble work in putting it before the
people. I cannot always attend the primaries on
account of poor health, but I want to do what I
can for the advancement of true democracy.
Ben A. Bouldin, Millsville, Okla. As there
are so many men who are in favor of popular gov
ernment, yet fear to pledge themselves to our
party, I deem it best to work easy with them
until they see for themselves that our principles
embrace the logical trend of tho political situa
tion in the United States government today, and
that ours is the only party consistent with a
peaceful adjustment of capital and labor and that
upon our principles hinge the destinies of this
nation. The republican party finds itself in a'
dilemma from which it cannot extricate itself, and
is runni-w .ildly rampant in paths forbidden by
constitution, God and man. The laboring man la
restless over the future outlook, ready to uko ex
treme measures for redress. Send mo fifty copies
to Millsville, O. T., and I will use my timo and in
fluence to further tho upbuilding of our cause and
the destruction of every opposing force. Wo aro
right, Mr. Bryan, and wo must make tho common
people feel that we aro right. In this list of
names I am forced to cut out tho pledge In order
to get the names. Wo have many republicans
and socialists here, who can, by proper persuasion,
bo induced to fight In our ranks. They want
what they want, but In event they cannot got
what they want, will take next best to them,
democracy. The names herein contained are
old-time democrats, a number of whom have back- '
slidden Into socialism. 1 am pleading gradual
reformation nnd have mot with success. I Chink
The Commoner and local treatment will gain them
back to tho cause of common sense, right and
justice. I am fighting democracy's battles be
cause democracy Is founded upon truth and right
and will stand the ,test of time and has the sanc
tion of eternity.
It is hoped that every other Commoner
reader who has not exerted som,c effort for tho
primary pledge will lend a hand at the earliest op
portunity. Even though you make it a practice
to attend primaries, don't withhold your pledge.
By signing you will set a good example for your
careless neighbor. This is not to be the work
of a day nor of several days. It Is to be the work
of months and of years. Tho field Is a large ono
and to cover it time and effort will be required,
but if democrats co-operate the desired result will
bo accomplished. Every democrat is asked to
pledge himself to attend all of the primaries of
his party to be held between now and the next
democratic national convention, unless unavoidably
prevented, and to secure a clear, honest and
straight-forward declaration of the party's posi
tion on every question upon which the voters of
tho party desirp to speak. Those desiring to bo
enrolled can either write to The Commoner ap
proving the object of the organization and asking
to have their names entered on the roll, or they
can fill out and mall the blank pledge, which
is printed on this page.
W. A. Moody, of Moody Commission Co., Na
tional Stock Yards, 111., Please find enclosed pri
mary pledge with fourteen signatures. This in
cludes our entire office force, as I have nfit asked
anyone on the outside to sign same.
The Gunnison, (Colorado) News-Champion,
edited by H. F. Lake, Jr., reproduces the primary
pledge form and calls upon its readers to co-operate
in the work of organization.
George A. Mohler, editor of the Noblesville.
(Ind.) Enterprise, writes: "Enclosed I hand you
ray primary pledge. I have been a true democrat!
all my life, and intend to continue one, let comQ
what may. Let all good democrats sign that pri
mary pledge, and we will surely do some goodf
and win .a noble victory."
THE PRIMARY PLEDGE
I promise to attend all the primaries of my party to be held between now and
' the next Democratic National Convention, unless unavoidably prevented, and to use
my influence to secure a clear, honest and straightforward declaration of the party'i
position on every question upon which the voters of the party desire to speak.
Voting precinct or ward
'bBT Fill out Blanks and mail to Commoner Office, Lincoln, Nebraska.
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