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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
JUNE 18, 1903.
The legal nameof the populist par
ty in Nebraska is the; people's Inde
pendent party. When first organized
Its fiercest Invectives were hurled at
the partisan slave who, regardless of
candidates or principles, always rat?
lied to the cry of "vote 'er straight."
, It Is beginning to be impressed on
the minds of the best men everywhere
that the hope of reform must rest
more upon Independent voting , than
on party organization. Two signal vic
tories have been gained by the peo
ple during the last few weeks by in
dependent voting one in Chicagj
&nd one in Denver, Last winter an
other victory was gained over cor
porations and boodlers in the Mi-
. ,. nois legislature by the independent
voting of men of all parties. The bill
- that made municipal ownership possi
ble in that state was passed by the
votes of populists, democrats, repub
licans and prohibitionists.
The populists of Nebraska have
steadily, adhered to this principle.
They have always been willing as a
party or as individuals, to work and
vote, for the best men men advocat
ing the principles in which they be
lieved whether the men were mem
bers of their own party or some other.
They have differed from the faction
called middle-of-the-roaders. It
seemed to the Nebraska populists thai
the idea that the party must always
have a separate ticket in the field and
"vote 'er straight," was adopting the
most baneful thing in political life.
Not only have populists held to the
principle of independent voting, but
a large majority of the democrats In
, the state have held and practiced the
The fact is that the time has come
when most of the democrats of Ne
braska have abandoned that kind of
-democracy which is conducted by
those who furnish the funds and put
out a platform loaded with cant,
hypocrisy and promises that are nev
er intended to be redeemed.
To make independent voting most
effective the populist organization
should be perfected in every state of
the union. With two or three million
of voters, well organized, who it Is
known will vote for no plutocrat or
candidate who is opposed to, the pub
lic ownership of transportation anl
communication and who constantly as
sert that the private ownership of
these things means the private owner
' ship of congress and the legislatures,
will be a power almost equal to the
two other parties. It will send dis
organization into the ranks of rapac
ious capitalism and the worshipers of
Mammon and finally end in their dis
integration. . A recent copy of the Manila Times
is almost filled with notices" of the
failing heatth of proL'nent Americans
who have had the misfortune to be
ordered there or have gone there of
their own volition. Governor Taft has
retired to the new "health resort" at
Baguio, which has an elevation of sev
eral thousand feet. The vice governor
has been order.: home as has also
Prof. Behard Moses, and so it goes
all the way through the columns of
the paper. In addition to the soldiers
who are constantly dying there the
civil ofllcers are perishing at a fright
ful ratio. This whole Philippine bus
iness has been nothing but a damn
able curse to these United States and
he Filipinos alike. It is the punish
ment that f ollors the desertion of the
, principles upon which this government
' was founded. .
What the corrupt and imperialist
- brand of republicanism will do for ,
state is exemplified in West Virginia
.since Elkins by the corrupt use of the
millions that he stole elsewhere got
control of it. There is a condition of
humai slavery and forced labor there
that is more inhuman and cruel than
African slavery ever was in any state
of this union. The victims are most
ly foreigners, but they are held to la
bor in camps surrounded day and
night by armed guards, they are
beaten with clubs, butts of guns an1
iron rods and held In absolute and
complete slavery with the knowledge
of the republican authorities of the
There is no longer any more of free
government in WTest Virginia thai
there is in the darkest corners of the
dominions of the czar of Russia. Tf
the doctrines of imperialism and the
worship of Mammon is to continue in
this country, state after state will be
reduced to the conditions now existing
tn West Virginia.
West Virginia is full of iron, coal
and other valuable minerals and the
building of railroads to make this
natural wealth available is a neces
sity. The demand for labor is enor
mous, but the greed and cruelty of the
Elldns style of capitalists has mada
the reputation of the state such that
laborers will not go there of their
own free will If they know the facts.
The resort has therefore been made
to foreign labor, especially to that of
Italians. These men not being abl3
to speak English are lured into the
state by false representations ;ani
when once they are in the lone'y
mountain camps surrounded by armed
guards they are made slaves of the
contractors and capitalists. If they
try to escape they are followed by
armed melt, captured, tied with ropes
in gangs and driven back to the
camps by force. The republican gov
ernor of the state does not deny the
facts, but says that he is helpless.
This state of republican slavery in
West Virginia has attracted the atten
tion of philanthropists in some of the
eastern states and societies are be
ing formed to take measures to abol
ish it The predictions pi The Inde
pendent concerning the degenerating
effect of imperialism are coming true
every day. .If this government bad
dealt with the Filipinos in the spir
it of the Declaration of Independence,
there would have such a wave ofthe
love of liberty swept over this land
and the whole world that deeds like
those perpetrated in West Virginia
would have been impossible. -
The Nebraska Independent has
taken a new departure it is hand
ing its columns over to single
taxers, socialists, mid-roaders, a
new pop party, and heavens knows
how many other crankisms. The
editors appear to have gone out of
business, and , its old time good,
hard sense, and plain, wholesome
language has given place to long-,
winded verbiage which the next
set of long-winded cranks pro- "
nounce clap-trap. Columns are
written by one set of impractical
visionaries correcting the sup
posed "unscientific terms" of an
other set In abstract propositions
of political econcuy. The practi
cal man, looking over all that
mess of truck will never have his
mind cleared up, and learn what
his duties are. As a friend of
The Independent, wish to say that
not one practical man out of ten
will read that Carl Marx truck.
One page of editorial from Bros.
Tibbies and De France is worth a
dozen Carl Marx editions. WThat
they all say as to conditions is not
new, and when it comes to the ap
plication of remedies the angels
in heaven might live the ideal life
they clamor for. These visionary
cranks . couldn't hang together
thirty days to save their souls.
No two of them can agree to any
thing except a Br.ble of noise. The
Almighty Himself couldn't do
what those fellows imagine they
can do, without recreating the hu
man race, so what is the use of
fooling with them. C. D. Casper,
in The Press, David City, Neb.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for
The Independent it has no recalcitrant
and renegade populist ex-president
upon whom to expend its surplus col
umns these summer months in cai--tooning
and lambasting. Occasionally,
however, when the situation seems to
warrant it, The Independent takes
time and space in hurling a few de
nunciations in tLe direction of Prince
ton and Buzzard's Bay, but that is a
sort of "truck" of which even "prac
tical" men tire especially when it is
rot our "funeral" and we are fearful
of being "called down" for "butting
in" on "the mourners." A little study
o single tax and socialism will not
hurt any man even a "dimmycratic"
editor. He ought to be sufficiently ac
quainted with these subjects to make
ar. intelligent criticism of them if oc
casion requires. Brother Casper's
critique, with a change of very few
words, sounds for all the world like
what has heretofore been said of his
"long-winded verbiage" by those
"practical men'" the gold standard
This is not a time for preaching to
"practical men" upon what their "du
ties are." They had plenty of that
last year and they were so highly
"practical" that a good many thou
sands of them shucked corn election
day. Political parties today are in a
chaotic state; men who have not al
lowed their brains to ossify are con
scious that in th3 not distant future a
crisis is coming that cannot be met
by columns of taffy concerning ou"
candidates and other columns of de
nunciation of the other fellow, and
such men are studying these "crank
ifras" which offend Brother Casper.
Single taxers and socialists cannot be
snubbed out of existence by the ignor
ing process; ridicule one of the most
effective of weapons has lost its
sting, and if the "clap-trap" of either
tody of men contains the slightest ele
ment of truth, it is our duty to rec
ognize it; and if error, to expose it in
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THE INDEPENDENT'S IDEAL
The ideal that The Independent has
always attempted to follow ij that the
man who constantly makes protest
against injustice, though poverty is
the result of independence and loyalty
to conscience, and .proudly refuses to
take advantage of opportunities to
steal even though the stealing be in
accordance and protected by law, who
scorns every tempting bribe and pre
fers a clean conscience to anything
that money can buy, is the hero, the
man "who should be respected and
honored. In these days of Mammon
worship such a course is denounced by
those who are called "successful," but
to the advocacy of such a standard for
the heroes of mankind The Indepen
dent will continue to devote its ener
gies. For twenty years the editor of
The Independent has often been told
by his closest friends that his ideas
were impracticable or foolish, but In
these days of sorrow he finds comfort
in the thought that during all these
years he has tried to follow his Ideal.
He believes that the great success of
this paper has resulted from the fact
that its readers believe that it cannot
be bought or its opinions affected in
the slightest degree by money. What
greater "success" could any man or
any publication attain than that?
The materialistic conception of his
torysee Karl Marx Edition, July
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The class struggle see Karl Marx
Edition, July 23, 1903.
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