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FEBRUARY. 5, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
Government Life-Saving Crew
Receive Gold Medals
From the thirty-first day of October
to the eleventh day of November,
1883, the crew of the U. S. life-saving
station at Cleveland, O., saved twenty
seven men and two women from ves
sels thrown ashore by the storms that
lashed the waters of Lake Erie. To
each of the nine men in the crew
the government gold medal "for he
roic daring" was awarded.
One of the crew was Chas. L.
Learned. While attempting to get a
line to a distressed vessel the life
boat capsized and, when the boat
rolled over, he was caught beneath it.
Finally he was washed out by the
waves and drifted ashore where help
ing hands revived him. The other
members of the life crew made their
way to the shore and hurried for the
beach apparatus. In about one hour
and a half they returned and Learned
had so far recovered that he made his
way to the scene of the wreck and
took his place with the crew. All
bands were saved, but Learned's ca
reer as a life-saver was ended. In
relating the story, he said that rheu
matism quickly set in as a result of
the cold and exposure. This was com
plicated with neuralgia. "I had such
pains in my back that I could hardly
move," he says, "and the least excite
ment would cause my heart to beat
violently. I had to be very careful
of my diet and suffered much dis
tress after eating. I could not sleep,
my head ached, I was all run-down
and discouraged. Having been dis
abled in the government service, I
received something over six hundred
dollar in addition to my gold medal."
Mr. Learned is now a prosperous
farmer at Sandy Creek, N. Y., and
the story of his restoration to activ
ity is best told as he tells it. "About
four years ago," he says, "I saw Dr.
Williams' Pink Pills mentioned in a
newspaper. I tried them and firmly
believe that if I had not I should be
in my grave now. The pills began to
help me in less than a week. Not
only did they benefit my rheumatism,
l)ut they built up my strength, so that
I was soon able to do a bigger day's
work than in years .before. The in- j
scmnia disappeared and sleep was
sound and refreshing."
Dr. Williams' . Pink Pills for Pale
People may be had of all druggists or
direct from the Dr. Williams Medicine
Co., Schenectady. N. Y., six 50-cent
boxes for two dollars and a half, post
paid, on receipt of price.
KILLING THE FARMERS
Mr. Martin Belleyes Preseni System U !
Killing the Fnrmer and Fostering;
Editor Independent: Our present
system of government, is killing the
farmer and fostering the trusts and
manufactures, banks, combines, spec
ulatives, and manipulators. Making
millionaires on the one side and pov
erty on the other side.
I know of farmers leaving their
farms to go into the woods to peel
bark and log and lumber for wages in
While the farmer is compelled to pay
double price for all trust protected
products, he is compelled to sell his
products at starvation prices, as T
will try and show you.
The present price of rye in Chicago
is about 8 cents per bushel with
freight charges and commission out
would leave the farmer about 40
cents. 1 learn from the ex-government,
internal revenue collector that, from
one bushel of rye the large distillers
get four gallons of whisky. The gov
ernment tax on whisky is $1.10 per
gallon, so the government alone gets
$4.40 out of the bushel of rye, the
distiller pays the tax when he sells
the whisky, and the longer the whisky
is left in store the better it. grows and
the higher price is obtained, it's as
good as an interest account at one per
cent a month, then the mash or malt
after it has been through the distilling
process is fed to large herds of cat
tle and hogs for the market. So
that the distiller must get nearly as
much or more than the government
out of the rye. The ex-collector told
me that the large distillers used sev
eral thousand bushels of rye a day
Then after the whisky becomes good
for use it is sold to the wholesalers
and retailers, good whisky brings fron.
. $2.50 to $4.00 per gallon. If there are
tio 'drinks per gallon four gallons to
the bushel would be $24; if at 13 cents
per drink as in some of the large ho
tels it would be $9.00 per gallon, or
four gallons for $30.00.
The government $4.10
The farmer 40
Out of all this the farmer gets less
than 50 cents. Thus making a pack
horse and scape goat of the farmer for
all the other industries.
Rockefeller is in the oil business
with its hundreds of bi-products.
Steel and iron, banking, railroads, and
almost everything, the government
protects him in these industries by
tariff laws that keep out foreign com
petitors and the government gives him
the use of millions of money beside
While Mr. Huston is compelled to
pay trust prices and earn his own
money undt-r foreign competitor?,
brought, over by the government.
This is what Frank Sherman Pee.
says about contract labor. Look at
it: The government will not permit a
farmer to say to a foreigner, "Come
over here; I will give you a job draw
ing manure;" no, the foreigner would
be transported to the country from
whence he came, and $2,000 fine and
imprisonment would be the farmer's
penalty for violation of the law. Ar
the same time the same governmenL
says to Ihe same transported immi
grant, Come back here and Uncle
Sam will give you a job; not only that,
but will set. you up in business. If
you will only come you shall have 160
acres of laml free and clear from all
incumbrance. Back comes the trans
ported foreigner, virtually under con
tract with the government while the
farmer who offered him a job at draw
ing manure looks through prison bars.
Our government is giving away an
average of over six million acres a
year to foreigners for the last ten.
years, has not only reduced the valut.
of our farm by half, but has degraded
agriculture as a business. Almost to
a level with these same ignorant for
eigners, whom our government has
been setting up in the farming busi
ness by tens of thousands every year,
while as I said before, farming in
the eastern states, generally speaking,
is little better than unremunerative
toil. I defy anyone to produce from
the history of the United States such
a disgraceful piece of business by the
government at Washington toward
any industry under the flag.
The price of farming lands is the
only condition by which to judge of
the prosperity of agriculture, and that
has been steadily on the decline since
What do you think would happen
in this country, reader, if the govern
ment should begin setting up foreign
ers in the manufacturing business. The
manufacturers would be up in arms
in a hurry, and their arms would, be
charged with powder and shot. A
farmer is as much a manufacturer as a
man who owns a woolen mill, certain
ly he is. His sheep under his manage
ment converts grass into wrool, while
under the management of the manu
facturer wool is converted into cloth.
If it ife wrong for the government to
set up foreigners in competition wit!,
one business it is equally wrong to
establish them in any other business,
so much for Mr. Speer with lots more
equally as interesting, but for lack of
space and time.
The distilling business is only a
sample of all the others for whicu
the farmer furnishes the foundation,
or raw material, that feeds and shel
ters all the people.
Mr. Van Vorhis' idea of letting the
banks issue their own notes at any
time and in any quantity they please
with a government guarantee to make
them good would be the final death
knell to the farmer. The government
back of money means taxation; i:
means that the farmer's farm is back
of it. This is the difficulty now.
This national bank money is too
cheap; it enables a few manipulator:
who get it for nothing to buy up ih.-
earth while the farmer is compelled to
earn it over and over ten times as
compared with the banks, manipula
tors and speculators. It gives one
man money and makes the other cam
it. JOHN T. MARTIN.
Pitt shield. Pa.
A Standard cf Value Impossible
Editor Independent: There is a
great deal of talk about a standard of
value. We are now supposed to have
a gold standard of value. And there
are very few people but really be
lieve that there is such a thing as n
standard of value. Now I will at
tempt to show that the phrn.se, "stand
ard of value," is misleading and in
correct, and that there is no such
In order to have a standard of val
ue, the commodity or thing must have
within itself the quality that neve
changes in value, which cannot, be
said of any commodity or thing on
earth, untrameled by any legal en
actments. Value is simply an ideal
thing depending upon use and sup
ply and demand. That which is not
used by any one for any purpose
. . .WE 5ELL REAL ESTATE . . .
A NEW LIST.
No. 502. 4S0 acre ranch, Harlan county, 7.5 acres in alfalfa, fine improve
ments, goes at a bargain. Also 4S0 acres in Hitchcock county, improve
ments worth 12,000, 100 acres in winter wheat. Price $4,000.
No. 503. 320 acres five miles from lied Cloud. Good alfalfa land. Fine
improvements. Dirt cheap if taken at once. .
No. SOT). Good 100 acres in Antelope county at $35 per acre. Good im
No. HOG. 100 acres in Keya Paha county, 15 miles from railroad at $10 per
No. 507. 100 acres in Thayer county, choieefarm, well improved, cheap.
No. 508. 320 acres in Thayer county, 2 miles frcm good town. Well im
proved. A good bargain for good land.
No. 572. 41 acres joining town of Exeter, good improvements. Price,
No. 572 ';. 1480 acre ranch in Blaine county, with 142 head' of cattle. This
goes at a sacrifice.
No. '573. 100 acres in Hayes county for $1,000,
No. 571. $3,500 house in Stanton to trade for farm.
No. 570. Firs(-,'lnss farm implement business in Ord, Nebraska, for sale
at a bargain.
No. 577. 2 lots and one house, well improved, in Johnson, Nebraska,
Price $1,550. This is a rare bargain. '
No. 578. $2,500 residence property in Sioux Falls, S. D.
No. 580. 100 in Perkins county, close to town, for loo.
No. 581. $4,000 hardware business in Franklin county to trade for good
No. 582. Lincoln residence property to trade for small farm in eastern
part of the state.
No. 589. 100 near Oregon City, Oregon. Price $1,000.
No. 590. 85 acres in California for $1,700.
No. 594. Good house with two lots in Lawrence, Neb., for $800. This is a
No. 595. 80 acres joining city of Lincoln. Goes at a sacrifice.
No. 590. 290 acres of Missouri land near town of 7,000. Very best land.
No. 597. 20 barrel roller mill near Omaha at a bargain. Price, $2,000'
Will trade for good land. .
No. 598. Fine little store clearing $5 per day. Price $1,200.
No. 599. 100 in Fillmore county. $2,500 cash and easy terms on balance.
No. 003. $0,500 Lincoln residence to trade for good alfalfa land.
No. GC0. Good alfalfa land in Franklin-county goes cheap.
No. 007. $4,000 stock of marble to trade for land.
Cheap, unimproved land in Minnesota. $7 to $10 per acre. $2 per acre cash
and easy terms on balance. This land will make excellent homes and is a gUt
edged investment. Write for further information. Excursion rates from Lincoln.
Nebraska Real Estate and Exchange Agc'y.
Weber & Farris,
1328 O STREET.
whatever has no value. Use then jie -termines
value, and the value or price
of a commodity is determined by the
demand for it. I recognize the fact,
however, that something must be used
to express the price. If that were not
so. then the value of different com
modities would have to be determined
by comparing one with another, swap,
or barter. Hence, in order to facili
tate the exchange of commodities and
express the price, we resort to th
use of money, a unit of value (not a.
standard) and that unit of value is de
termnied by law.
Now, that legal unit of value must
have some material upon which can
be expressed the stamp of law. The
materials which have been used ii
this country for many years are gold,
silver, copper, nickel and paper, and
all these materials have served a very
good purpose for making exchanges
of property. Then, I would ask why
the necessity of discarding all but
one (gold) and that, one the most dif
ficult to be obtained and the most
costly, when the only use it can. be
put to as money is to hold the staron
of law; for no one is so silly as to
say that gold is money without lav
The only thing I can see in using the
phrase, "standard of value," is to
blind the people So they will be un
able to see the power it will throw
into the hands of a great moneyed
power (the bankers) to use gold as n
base (a blind) to issue their own
notes and control the money. The only
true method for the people is that the
government shall issue all the money
of gold, silver and paper and make
them all a full legal tender, and then
all will be on a legal parity and al
ways exchangeable at par.
J. B. VAN COURT.
An Interesting Table
It is said that a Harvard professor
worked out the following table, but
afterwards he could not sleep, for the
reason that his 'hair curled so tightly
that he was unable to shut his eyes:
1 times 9 plus 2 equals'll.
12 times 9 plus 3 equals 111.
123 times 9 plus 4 equals 1111.
12:14 times 9 plus 5 equals 1111L
12345 times 9 plus 6 equals 111111.
123450 times 9 plus 7 equals 1111131.
1234507 times 9 plus 8 -equals 111 11111.
12345678 times 9 plus 9 equals 111111111
1 times 8 plus 1 equals 9.
12 times 8 plus 2 equals 98.
123 times 8 plus 3 equals 987.
1234 times 8 plus 4 equals 9876.
12315 times 8 plus 5 equals 98765.
123456 times 8 plus 6 equals 987654.
1234567 times 8 plus 7 equals 9876543.
12345678 times 8 plus 8 equals 98765432
1234567S9times8 plus 9 equals 987654321
Wanted A reliable man from thd
country to represent us in every
county in this state. A golden oppor- .
utility to the right party. Can make
from $1,000 to $1,500 a year. ' Ad
dress The Ohio Paint & Varnish Co.,
Finclay, O. ' ' '' :;
The man who declares that "money
will do anything" is the man who will
do anything for money.
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