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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
r A CALL TO ARMS.
(Continued from Page 1.)
socialistic ranks that does not belong.
No movement that means anything
for the betterment of the. race ever
accomplished anything, or ever will
accomplish anything if that movement
is not founded on love of God and
man. The religious sentiment is the
abiding sentiment of the human heart.
A great party, like a great man, must
have a soul. ,
We need the truths Christ taught
embodied in human government
Then where snail we turn? There is
but one place left There is a great
golden mean between these extremes
and there the true road lies. Not by
violence, but a step at a time let us
eeeic to bring about the better day.
The forces are already formed, in
some sort, that will march up that
road. They consist of those who fol
lowed Mr. Bryan, of the union labor
hosts, of the truly Christian element,
of what have been termed the new
thought people, and of the socialists
tor they, too, have their place, When
they broaden out.
These elements belong together.
They must unite in a new organiza
tion. True, there is the people's par
ty. But let us be perfectly frank. The
people's party has been largely ab
sorbed by the democracy. It has a vi
tal organization in Kansas, Nebraska,
Minnesota and some other states. But
in most only a skeleton exists There
is no doubt that it can be revived. The
people who once composed it believe
now as they believed in '92 and ,'96.
And they have converted' millions
more to that belief. Whether it is
advisable to revive it under its pres
ent name, however, is a matter to bo
considered. There is a prejudice
against it due mostly to misrepresen
tation and ridicule. But truth fears
not ridicule. The Master and his
teachings were ridiculed for five hun
dred years. "
But whatever we may think of the
name, there is not the slightest ques
tion about the principles. These may
be stated briefly under four heads:
A people's money, issued in suffic
ient quantity to do business without
panics, and controlled by the govern
ment instead of by the banks.
Government ownership of railroads
A government brought nearer the
people through direct legislation and
popular election of senators. -
nd for occupancy and use rather
than for speculation.
..very one of these issues becomes
irore vital witL the passage of time.
All. of them must inevitably become
the issues of the great reform army
that is to dominate the future.
The trust Question is forcing gov
ernment ownership more to the frond
every day. Government ownership
forms the step-at-a-time method that
must be followed in reaching the goal.
I believe Jhat a union should be ef
fected between all these elements, as
speedily as it can be brought about.
The time is ripe. For the present the
people's party organization should Le
kept intact and strengthened. All fac
tions of the populists should come to
gether. Old animosities should be
forgotten. Middle-of-the-roaders and
fusionists should join hands. With
these should meet all other reformers.
The matter of name and other details
can be left for later consideration. The
great thing now is to get together.
I have no more doubt of the final
tiiumph of the reform elements than
I have of the fact that God reigns. My
faith in Him gives me faith in this
result. For myself, I do not fancy
that triumph will come for many
years yet. That does not so much con-
cern us as it does that we remain true.
Sooner or later a tidal wave will
sweep the entire country, as It swept
the west in 1890. That may' not be
till 1911. In the meantime we can
form and discipline our army.
No mistakes have been made. Let
there be no criminations or recrimina
tions, but a united front for the fu
ture. "'he immediate thing is to get to
gether. For that purpose, I make the
A conference at Denver on Mon
day, July 27, at 2 p. m.
You are hereby cordially invited to
be present at such conference. This
means every reformer in the United
States who loves God and the com
mon people more than he does any
The conference will be unofficial and
informal. It will have no walls abou
it. I have faith that only thoe who
belong will come. I want fusionists.
mid-roaders, advanced democrats, sin
gle taxers, lovers of liberty. We will
have an old-fashioned love feast It
matters not how many or how few
come, important results cannot but
Cow from our meeting.
The reason that Denver is chosen is
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that it is convenient to the populist
strongholds of Minnesota, Kansas,
Nebraska, Texas, the mountain state
and the Pacific coast. From all points
east there are half-rates to Denver
all summer. "
The reason that July 27 Is chosen
is that it is the natural time for a
vacation. Denver is the coolest an J
most delightful spot on the continent
for you to take that vacation. To
those attending . the conference free
trips will be arranged into the moun
tains. Come and let us have a reunion,
south and north. Come and let us
talk about next year and the future.
This' letter will go to national, state,
county and precinct committeemen
throughout the country. The door
are open and the invitation is gen
eral Yet we are sure that the most
-epnsentative men will come.
These who purpose coming writd
me. Those who cannot, write your
viev t Headquarters and hall will be
announced later. Come.
J. A. EDGERTON.
Care Rocky Mountain News.
A Breeze From Former National Commit
teeman Hog-an The People' Party
too Dead for Burial He Says
Editor Independent: Your com
munication of May 16 and also youra
of May 28 to hand. I return here
with your coupon book. I admire
your persistency in adhering to the
party after its death, but that it is
dead too dead to require burial cau
not be denied by any sane man. I can
truthfully say that I do not know of a
single vote in Montana that the-people's
party would get, on strict part
alignment, though there are, perhaps,
a half dozen men in the state who
still have a hazy hope that they may
secure a noimnation through the use
of a pretended organization in some
fusion plan. Even as a vehicle for
such ambitions its usefulness is gone
and intelligent and energetic men like
yourselves had better realize it and
turn your attention and efforts else
where. As for myself, while I vot?
with the socialists, I am taking no
public part in political affairs. Prac
tically all of the active pomilists of
Montana have joined the socialists or!
Jll 1 xt "11 1 11 . '
wunarawn uum uie lieia ana me i
name of the people's party is never
mentioned in any serious discussion
of political conditions. It is true that
in the past three years some vigorous
trafficking has been done with the or
ganization, but even as a commercial
commodity it has depreciated to nil.
Lamentable as they may be, these
are the facts, and nothing is to be
gained by shutting our eyes to them.
T. S. HOGAN.
. Butte, Mont.
(Can this be the T. S. Hogan whose
name is given on page 464 of the New
York World AJmanac for 1900 as the
then secretary of state for Montana,
"elected on a dem.-pop. fusion tick
et?" It is said that rats always desert
a sinking ship, and it must be that the
populist craft was leaking pretty bad
ly at the time Mr. Hogan deserted and
decided to take "no public part in
political affairs." The Independent
would like to hear from the two other
national committeemen from Mon
tana, Messrs. Calderhead and Con
nolly, as to whether they, too, have
sneaked away without according the
"corpse" decent burial. Associate
Chas. M. Bowen, Soldiers' Hom,
Mich.: Wish I was not so nervous, so
I might write you fully how much I
appreciate your or "our" paper. It' i
great; and were it not for it, I wou
sometimes give up all hopes of my
country. We are going to the devil
very fast that is sure. The only thing
that will call a halt and compel people
to think is some great financial crisis,
with its many hundreds of thousands
o unemployed, out of which may com
Katloaal Committeeman Tan Meter Urges
. Organization The Siinaiiou In
Editor Independent: I have read
tne many articles from populist com
mitteemen in recent 'issues of The
Independent with much interest, and
I am pleased to see the old-timers lin
ing up for the fray.
In my opinion , the most important
thing to do is tx organize, and ;t
should be done soon. Our platform
should be brief, clean-cut and to the
point. We need "say nothing about
trusts. There's only one way to reg
ulate trusts, and that's to abolish them
by government ownership of all modes
The original platform of the pop
ulist party is good enough and broad
enough for all of us to stand on. I
would like to see all the populist3 get
together somQ time this year ' and
thoroughly reorganize the party, so
we can have at least a few workers
in eac precinct in the United States
organized and ready for work next
year. .. ,
There has been no populist party In.
this state since 1898, though then
are many voters who believe in our
principles. The time is ripe for re
organization. Let every man who be
lieves in reform put his shoulder to
the wheel and give the car of progress
a lift. D. L. VAN METER,
National Committeeman Allied Peo
ple's Party. ;
Editor Independent: I am in re
ceipt of yours of May 29. I am no
longer a member of the people's party
national committee. Z. II. 'Austin of
this city, 3333 Second avenue south, is
a member of that committee. -
J. M. BOWLER.
(Mr. Bowler was also a member of
the executive committee Ed. Ind.)
Editor Independent: Your favor of
the 28th ult. to hand. In answer will
say that I am entirely out of politic
and intend to take no further part un
til such time as there is a reasonable
prospect of accomplishing something
worth the effort. E .W. WAY. .
(Mr. Way, too, was also a member
of the executive committee. Just what
Mr. Way considers "a reasonable
prospect" is not clear. Does he want
others to work through the heat of
the day and then himself step in t
the eleventh hour and reap the re
ward? Ed. Ind.)
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