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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
JUNE 11, 190 3.
KEY JERSEY POPULISTS
A. Mloua Quantity In Hi Iaeabator mt Big
Traits and Rig Moqnitoa, Thiukt
Editor Independent: Your circular
letter of May 28 received. There Is
not any of the populist party left in
New Jersey; it was never very larg,
but I do not believe that a meeting
called at present would bring to
gether ten men, and there is no use
trying to revive it at present; it would
be impossible. The socialist party
has absorbed the radicals and th
democratic party the conservatives o!
the - eld populist party,, and a few
have gone republican. ' Of course T
would be very glad to see it revived,
but one man cannot make a public
movement. I think the same is true
of all the states east of the Alle
ghanies and , probably also of many
of them west.
The direct legislation movement,
however, is making rapid progress,
and I think I have sent the Direct
Legislation Record as an exchange, if
not, would be glad to send it to
you. It would be almost impossible
to get subscriptions for your paper in
the east, as that kind of a paper does
not ' circulate here. -
East Orange, N. J. '
, (Mr. Pomeroy is quite correct la
his statement that "one man cannot
make a public movement," and Th?
Independent has never , been foolish
enough to think that such a thing
could be done. At the same time Ui3
"materialistic conception of history"
upon which Mr. Pomeroy bases hi J
statementhas : been and is now
grossly misinterpreted by many. The
man today is dominated by ' his en
vironment; but today by tongue and
pen, and otherwise, he is contribut:
lng to a larger or smaller degree to
make up the environment which to
morrow will dominate not only him
self, but others. The reaction of the
Ideal upon the material is a factor
which cannot safely be overlooked.
Mr. Pomeroy says the direct legis
lation movement is making rapid
progress and why? Did this happen
In some mysterious way, to be ex
plained as our republican friends ex
plain crises and financial panics on
the theory of sun spots? Or is it in
some measure because Mr. Pomeroy
himself has been preaching direct leg
islation with might and main for, lo,
these many years? He can hardly fail
to ,credit part of this "rapid progress
t the persistent efforts of George H
Shlbley, chairman of the national
federation for majority rule, who has
expended more than $25,000 in the
last few years sowing the seeds of
As an example of what environ
ment does for even the brainiest of
men, Mr. Pomeroy's last .Esntence is in
point. The Independent's cirsulation
is growing every day "in the east."'
It has a great many subscribers in
Pennsylvania, New York and the New
England states but, it must be conr
fessed, not very many in America'
Frankenstein, especially in East Or
ange, the home of.Judge Freeman Otte
"VVllley, famous as a hack writer for
the National Economic league.
However, Mr. Pomeroy's letter has
answered The Independent's purpose
exactly to find out the status of th?
people's party in every state and to
make an honest presentation of the
facts so that Independent readers may
know them and form an intelligent
opinion as to what the people's part
should do next year. Associate Edi
Galls the Bluff
(Written for The Independent in an
swer to the Henry George Edition.!
Editor Independent: To the Single
Taxers, and especially to V. H. T.
Wakefield: Mr, Wakefield, I am sor
ry for your "bluff," although I am
not a "get-rich-quick" and so will
not claim the "eighty-four trillions of
Single taxers propose that the sin
gle tax will liberate "from all man
ner of taxation that formerly used to
hamper trade and industry." ("Why?"
June-July, 1902.) All . farmers will
then be tenants, worse than Metay
ers, or Cottiers. Why?
Please let me quote from authority
the best Henry George, in "Prog
ress and Poverty," book III., chap. II.,
page 168, Fourth edition:
"The rent of land i3 determined by
the excess of its produce over that
which the same application can se-
cure irom uie leti&L piwutme lauu
George gives Mill and RIcardo cred
it for" the above, yet he accepts it and
follows it through his work.
Now, let us,, as economists tell us,
1 .. -..,. -.-.,. r ftmmnn sons'
What Is "the least productive land
to . use?", Answer: Land that will
barely sustain the animal wants.
Then, according to your theory, th.?
state must confiscate all "excess of it3
produce over that which the same ap
plication can secure from the least
productive land in use."
"Oh!" you say, "we will not do
quite as bad as that"
Then you will not eliminate land
lordism. Thus, through single tax,
you will do what generations of mis
rule has not quite accomplished: you
will destroy the backbone of the na
tion, the small home-owners, and re
duce agriculture, especially, to serf
dom. By confiscating rent for govern
mental purposes and cheapening
methods of tax-athering, we would
create a wonderful, revenue. There
would be a social revolution which
would end in an office-holding aristoc
racy. Single tax is too arbitrary for
a democracy., It would be a long
strike toward absolutism.
The single taxer has much to say
about unimproved value as a basis of
taxation. Vhat is it?
; In the great western country before
the Pacific railroads were built, what
was the unimproved value? Nil.
Of course, the government gav?
thousands of alternate sections and
the roads were built by subsidies (but
that is beside the question). The rail
roads induced pioneers to settle on
the alternate sections, that they (the
railroads) did not own.
Now, after a generation, what is
the unimproved value of Pacific rail
road or other western lands or even
of town or city lots In this vast do
main? What is the basis of taxation?
The railroads furnished ; the oppor
tunity and the pioneer developed the
latent resources. All improvement, U
it not? '
Are not your theories about basis
of taxation as far fetched as you show
title to real estate to be? Must you
not presume as much as did the king,
pope or state in granting land? I be
lieve that single taxers are true re
formers; good might come from your
administration, but you are visionary
without doubt; have not studleJ
''Progress and Poverty" enough. In
deed, Henry George did not, for h!
built greater than he knew.
Finally, how can we expect the
vicious to administer an institution
so arbitrary? For the vicious will
hold most of the offices in the future,
just as they have in the past. -
Let us decentralize power instead of
centralize. Become more democratic
instead of less. I might outline a
model government, but not now; we
are arguing the single tax.
E. W. , FERGUSON, Jr.
Hartington, Neb. r
Thomas F. Keliher, of Albuquerque,
N. M., member of the people's party
national committee, writes The In
dependent that he is "entirely c :t of
politics" which means a vacancy in
the national cemmittee.
The Poem cf the Future
O, the poem of the future,
Who will write it, who will read?
Will they understand its meaning
Where our destinies will lead?
Will they see with eyes prophetic
One vast brotherhood of men
Banners furled and war drums silent,
Hushed the clamorous battle din?
When the maw of Greed is sated
Glutted for the funeral pyre,
Will Promethus of the future
Kindle it with sacred Are?
Shall a blinded Samson save us
From our Phillistine desires?
An Appollo of the people
Tune our cannon into lyres?
When an age of gold is reaping
All that selfishness has sown,
Will some poet of the future
Touch a chord almost unknown,
Till a great and all-pervading
Longing for the day to come,
Brings a peace to all the nations
In the gerat millenium?
O, the poem of the future,
Will it breathe of peace or strife?
Will the sunrise of the ages
Dawn upon a truer life?
Can you see with eyes prophetic
One vast brotherhood of men;
Banners furled and war drum silent
Hushed the clamorous battle's din?
Mound City, Kas.
much Money Makes Prosperity
The currency in circulation in this
country keeps nearly even pace with
the growth in population and the tre
mendous trade expansion. Our in
ternal commerce now amounts to 20
Milton dollars a year, equal to the
entire foreign commerce of all the
nations of the earth. The money in
the " hands of the people, which, in
1896, at the beginning of the present
era of unbounded prosperity, amount-
A GREAT UMBRELLA PURCHASE
S S 1 13 5 BIb
We recently received from Foll
mer, Clogg & Co. of New York
City their entire line of samples of
Fancy Parasols, carried by their
6 traveling men during the spring
season. There is every conceiva
ble shade and combination in this
lot of 500 Parasola also plain
blacks and plain whites. You can
order any fancy parasol from us
at exactly ONE-HALF THE
REGULAR PRICE. For instance,
a parasol you would have to pay
us for if bought in the regular
way $2.50 or 15.00 can be bought
now at $1.25 and $2.50 respectively.
Simply write us the color you de
sire or the color of the dress or hat
you wish to, match and we will
guarantee you perfect satisfaction.
Remember, all at ONE-HALF
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$2. co, $2.50, $3.oo, $3.50 to
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$125,, $1.50, $1.75 and every
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ch Sun and
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heavy frame on steel rods sterling trimmed Pearl, Oxidized QQn
Princess and natural wood handles, real value $1.35, for .. . .uOlf
in this combination. Order today. Upon receipt
of 10 dollars in draft, express or money order we will
ship the following bill to your station:
100 lbs Sugar $1.00
100 lbs best Granulated Sugar $1.00
1 box (100 bars), Fairbanks' Laundry
5 gal keg of vinegar $1.50
4 lbs high grade Japan Tea $2.00
20 lbs choice prunes $1.00
10 lbs fancy peaches $1.00
All the above packed securely
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Ej 226-228-230-232-234-236-238 No 10th Street EE
ed to $l,500,0tif,wo, has grown to th-3
stupendous figure of $2,350,000,000.
This is 29.34 for every person under
the flag. The per capita circulation
seven years ago was $21.10; at the be
ginning of the civil war. it was $13.85.
Against this American figure of $29.31
the circulation of money in Great
Britain is $18.29 per capita, and in
Germany, $19.02. Two-thirds of our
circulating currency are paper about
$345,000,000 in gold certificates, guar
anteed by gold coin in the treasury;
$465,gO,uuO, silver certificates, backed
by silver dollars in the treasury;
$370,000,000, national bank notes,
against which government bonds are
deposited with the treasurer to guar
antee their payment; $345,000,000.
United States notes "greenbacks,"
originally issued to help pay for the
civil war and guaranteed by the credu
of the United States; $25,000,000,
treasury notes, issued in payment fo.
silver bullion, and, like the "green
backs," guaranteed by the govern
ment credit Of the coin in circu
lation, $625,000,000 are gold and
$175,000,000 are silver. Frank Fay
ant, in Success. ,
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