The independent. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1902-1907, January 22, 1903, Page 12, Image 12

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Committee Meeting
VA meeting of the populist" executive
committee was held at the Grand ho
tel, Lincoln, Tuesday, January 20.
'Among those present were Chairman
Weber, Secretary Farris, Prof. H. E.
Dawes' of the First district, Prof. J.
J. Points of the Second, Dr. Robert
Damerell of the Fifth, and J. H. Ed
misten of the Sixth, and Cliff Frank,
at large. Senator Allen, member from
the Third, was In the city attending
supreme court, but was not present at
the meeting.
The chairman and secretary present
ed a detailed statement of receipts and
expenditures during the campaign,
which was accepted and allowed. Oth
er unfinished business matters were
discussed, and then came up the ques
tion, What: of-the future?
Among those present, including sev
eral visitors, the concensus of opinion
seemed to be that for the future in
dependent party action is advisable.
Every man present has- been a sup
porter of co-operation between the
democrats and populists, and if the
influence of party action extended no
farther than Nebraska would still
favor a continuance of the pleasant re
lations which have hitherto existed
.between the two parties opposed to
republicanism; but each one felt
with a single exception that the par
ty action this year will have its ef
fect upon the national campaign next
year. That the democratic party is
irreconcilably divided upon questions
of principle, and unless the people's
party shall reunite, there is great pos
sibility that both populists and Bry
an democrats will, after the national
conventions next year, find themselves
One or two resolutions, looking to
independent party action, were intro
duced and debated, but it was finally
decided to instruct the chairman and
secretary to take a referendum vote
of the entire state committee upon
the following resolution:
"Resolved, That it is the sense of
this executive committee that the
people's independent party of the
State of Nebraska act independently
politically of all other parties."
This is one of the resolutions pre
sented for passage by the executive
committee itself, but it was thought
better to have the entire committee
take a vote on it, there being a feel
ing of reluctance toward doing any
thing which might be considered an
abrupt or untimely, act. Unfortun
ately state and national politics are
so closely united that it is difficult tc.
have one party policy for state pur
poses and another for national, and
, while every man present wanted to do
all in his power to re-elect Judge Sul
livan this year, he felt that another
year of co-operation would leave the
people's independent party in this
state without any standing as a party,
and in no condition to enter the arena
of national politics next year.
The Legislature
A large number of bills have been
introduced, as might naturally be ex
pected, but the legislature has done
little of importance outside of pars
ing the Sears resolution and one by
Douglas of Rock.
The Sears resolution in effect stand
as a rule of the house that no biil
carrying an appropriation for a new
public building shall be allowed to
reach third reading until after the
legislature shall have passed a rev
enue measure. Following upon that
the Douglas resolution provides for
the appointment of a committee to act.
in conjunction with a like commutes
of the senate and draft a revenue
measure and introduce it not later
than February 15. The house commit
tee consists of Douglas of Rock, War
ner of Lancaster, (who is chairman of
the standing house committee on rev
enue), Sears of Burt, Thompson of
Merrick, Wilson of Pawnee. Sweezev
of Adams, and Loomis (fusionist) of
The senate simply instructed its
standing committee on revenue to act
In conjunction with the house special
committee. Then Howell of Douglas
introduced a further resolution ask
ing the supreme court to appoint mem
bers of the supreme court commission
to assist in drafting the bill.
From surface indications one would
Illflp'O that tha Ttna irl trr ia vnn,
at sea m regard to wnat the new rev
enue bill should contain so much so
in fact that the chances are very good
that whatever bill may be finally
agreed upon, if any, by the commit
tee will be voted down by the leg
islature. The railroad influence is at
work to create the impression that
farm property te relatively to railroad
and city property scandalously under
valued and that whatever of additional
taxation, is imposed must be laid upon
the back of the land owner and tiller
of the soil. But the rural members of
the majority will not dare to vote for
n. bill which adds to the farmers'
taxes and make3 no change in the
taxes on railroad and city property,
and the next best thing will be to
"let well enough alone." So the
chances are good for no revenue leg
islation of any importance, except,
perhaps, that the limit for general
fund purposes may be raised.
This will be eminently satisfactory
to :."e railroads.
N Howell's Resolution
Senator Howell's resolution must
take the course of a bill and be read
in tach house on three different days.
It is as follows:
"Whereas, Adequate amendments to
the revenue law of this state are ur
gent and universally demanded, and,
"Whereas, The revenue committee
of both the senate and house should
have all the assistance in framing a
satisfactory measure that it is possi
ble to afford them; therefore, be it,
"V.czolved, By the senate and house
of representatives of the state of Ne
braska in legislature assembled that
the supreme court be requested to
designate members of the supremo
court commission to co-laborate with
and assist the revenue committees of
the house and eenate to prepare and
submit a comprehensive amendatory
measure to the revenue laws of the
state, to the house and senate, not
later than February 10, 1903, said
measure to include the following fea
tures, namely:
"A provision for county assessors
iu each county of the state, in lieu of
precinct assessors.
"A provision for enlarged powers of
the state and county boards of equal
ization so that assessments may be
either raised or lowered in whole or
in part.
"Further provision for the assess
ment and taxation of personal proper
ty necessary and municipalities to
collect delinquent taxes."
The Independent is opposed to the
first two provisions in this resolution.
There is no merit in the change from
precinct assessors to a county asses
sor with deputies. Pretty generally
the same men would do the work any
way. Equality in taxation does not
necessarily mean equal assessments
all over the state, but that in propor
tion to value the TAX should be no
more on a dollar's worth of property
in one county than in.another. Equal
ization can best be, done by varying
the rate, and for that reason The In
dependent is opposed to allowing the
state board to change the returns from
any county; it should simply raise or
lower the rate for state purposes.
Giving the state board the power to
raise and lower valuations means to
increase rather than decrease the
present inequalities. It would result
in an unsettled state of affairs. Equal
ization by varying the rale is much
more simple and more easily applied,
and, by allowing the county boards to
assess the railroads, as suggested in
another column, the rate for state pur
poses can be adjusted to a nicety, as
nearly every county in the state has
some railroad mileage.
Readers of The Independent should
take advantage of the bargains of
fered by Fred Schmidt & Bro. in
this week's issue. The merchandise is
first class and the discount is exact
ly as represented during their great
January clearing sale. Send an order
by mail and The Indeuendelit will
guarantee that you'll not regret it.
Three days this week bring about
10,000 head of cattle and a reaction for
the better, which we expected. We
think this a good week to -be here, as
we are afraid next week will bring
heavier receipts.
We quote beef steers $4.75 to $5.00,
good $4.25 to $4.75, warmed-up $3.75
to $4.00; choice cows $3.40 to $4.00,
fair $2.85 to $3.30, canners and cut
ters $1.50 to $2.50. Stockers and feed
ers in limited supply; good $3.75 to
$4,25, fair $3.00 to $3.60. Bulls $2.00
to $3.75; veal $4.00 to $6.00.
Hog receipts are lighter than esti
mated and prices are higher. Range
$6.35 to $6.75.
Sheep market, has been very sat
isfactory. We topped the market
Thursday on lambs at $5.75 and year
lings $5.10. Few feeders.
Lambs $5.()0-$5.75
Yearlings 4.50- 5.10
Wethers 4.25- 4.75
Ewes 3.25- 4.25
Union of Reform Forces
Editor Independent: The union of
reform forces is now the question of
the hour In the political realm, we
can unite the reform forces in 1904 and
we must do it. There is no use, cling
ing to the democratic hulk any longer.
The rank and file -of the democrats
who followed the noble W. J. Bryan
are honest and sincere, but the leaders
never intended that he should win and
they never will. It was the machine
politicians that defeated him in 189o
and they are at the helm yet The
great mass of the republicans believed
that W. J. Bryan was in the right
I it they had no faith in the pretenses
of the democratic leaders that con
trolled the political machinery and
therefore stuck by their party. What
tue populists built ud. the machine
politicians of both parties have torn
There is one way to win and that is,
invite the socialists, populists, single
taxers, trade unionists, Knights of La
bor, grangers and every trade of in
dustrial reformers to send delegates to
a national conference to be held at St.
Louis in February, 1903, to formulati
a platform and plans of organization
and call a convention to nominate
candidates for president and vice pres
ident, the same to be held prior to
either the republican or democratic
conventions. The early convention wiil
head off any mongrel scheme that
might be concocted to head off a re
form ticket. If we adopt a platform of
four or five planks which will not stir
up the partisanship of the rank and
file of the two parties we will make a
showing that will sound the death
knell to plutocracy. I would suggest
the following platform:
1. Direct legislation through the
initiative and referendum and impera
tive mandate.
2. The election of the interstate
commerce commissioners by the peo
ple and the same to be empowered to
fix maximum price on articles of com
merce and maximum freight rates by
petition the same as any other legal
court. The same to be based upon 6
per cent on actual capital invested.
Just wages for the laborer, and levy
ing of a sinking fund to be used in
purchasing any public utilities decid
ed upon by a majority vote of the
3. Election of United States sena
tors by direct vote of the people.
4. All money to be a full legal ten
der and to be issued without the in
tervention of national banks, and in
sufficient volume to transact business
on a practical cash basis.
5. All taxes to be levied upon prop
erty valuation and not upon the nec
essaries of life.
Adopt the above platform and you
will throw a bomb into the plutocratic
camp such as they have never yet ex-
penencea. mere can be no argument
brought up against the initiative and
referendum that will not react as a
boomerang for those making it. The
second proposition is the most effec
tive and far-reaching plan outside of
government ownership in overthrow
ing the trusts. If we advocate the
government ownership at once of all
trusts, they will overwhelm us with
the plea of bankrupting the govern
ment. The above mentioned plan wil.
not arouse the antagonism of the high
tariff advocat?s like a pure and simple
tariff plank would and on the other
hand with the manufacturers of the
world combining it would render any
tariff reduction ineffective. The truth
is that the trusts are willing that the
people shall be blinded again as thej
were in 1892 by the Cleveland democ
racy. The publicity thus given our
present commercial regime would do
more towards government ownership
than twenty years of agitation cou.d
do and at the same time bring about
higher wages and lower prices and
transportation rates. Through the
interstate commerce commission we
could get theT information that is now
being suppressed in the coal strik
investigation, and laying aside all pasr
ideas on what we might deem as the'
Alpha and Omega of reform, it seems
to me that any one can see that the
aforesaid plan will surely bring more
speedy and beneficial results than an'
tariff legislation or anti-trust criminal
codes can possibly bring.
The violation of the commerce com
mission's decision would at once em
power the president to appoint a re
ceiver and thus there could be no cor
ner on any commodity nor a famine
as long as nature's resources held out'
It the appointment of a receiver
proves that the decision of the com-
rectified. There is, however, no dan
ger of any such decisions as the ten
dency has always been the other wav
Let us get together and let us be im
bued again with the spirit that
prompted us In 1892 and .1894. and vic
tory is ours. S. B. WEAVER.
Logansport, Ind.
Pure Bred Seed Corn.
The corn that pars the rent The acknowledged
king of the corn belt. Selected, safe, sound seed,
sent on approval in the ear. Write today for de
scriptire circular of pure bred corn.
Buffalo Hart, UL (Sangamon Co.)
Good climate, healthy location,
rich and productive lands, abun
dant water from the famous Snake
River, never failing supply; good
crops always assured; you govern
your own moisture: no cyclones;
no hail storms; no rains to prevent
gathering of crops; more sunshine
in the year than any other state in
the union. Land with good water
rights for sale at from $10.00 to
$1500 per acre; one-third cash;
balance in six annual payments at
7 per cent, interest. Address,
Market Lake, - Idaho.
Mobile and return $28.35
NW OrlAJinc nnA return OQ fl
Havana, Cuba, and return. . 63.35
The above special rates and
many others with long limits and
stopovers on sale- Feb. 17th to 22nd,
inclusive. All information at Wa
bash city office, 1601 Parnam St.,
or address,
Harry E. Moores,
Gen. Agt. Pass. Dept.,
Umaha, fteb.
320 Acre Farm for Sals
All fenced, 200 acres under cultiva
tion, balance pasture, good nine-room
house, barn 40x50, windmill and good
dug well 86 feet deep, tank and lead
pipes all in first class condition; 5
i iles from Stratton, 8 miles from
Trenton, 1 mile from school, 1 miles
from the Republican river. $2,300.
This is a great bargain. The im
provements alone cost more than is
asked for the entire farm. Write to
day. Address The Independent, Lin
coln, Neb.
Fred'k Shepherd Attorney
Notice is hereby Riven that by virtue of an
action in partition and by virtue of an order of
sale therein made by Lincoln Frost, one of the
judges of the District court of Lancaster countv
Nebraska, on the 27th day of December, ic it!
an action pendinR in sn-d court wherein Not 1
Clark is plaintiff and John W. IlifT etal.. ate de
fendants, the undersiened referees will at 2
o'clock mi Saturday, the 31st day of Tanuarv
1903, at the east door of the court house in 1 .,,1
caster county, Nebraska, offer for sale at rmbiir
auction. to the highest bidderfor cash, lot four of
block mxty:three of Havclock. Incarter count?
Nebraska, including the buildings thereon to be
sold as one parcel. ' DC
F. I,. Sl'MPTER,
O. U 1,AWS,