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JULY 2, 1908.
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truly, A. FREELAND.
We fully subscribe to the above:
W. A. GRAY. -D.
A. TRICE. .
W. S. SKELLEY.
ML Pleasant, Tenn.
... I had no advertisement In the
lsfcue of May 14, 1903. I am a farmer
by occupation; my "goods," or prod
ucts, need no advertising: they are
daily , necessities.
,,. . I was interested, as every one
should be who loves his neighbor; ar
one who believes that eternal vigil
ance is the price of liberty;" as onf
who believes in giving every, citizen a
chance to read, think and reflect on
the problems that are fundamental
end . essential to liberty. As one who
believes in free speech; who believes
that ''equality to all, privileges , to
ncne," Is the keynote of freedom. I
believe that every citizen should be a
student of the science of government.
Every citizen should reason and re
flect That's why I am Interested in. dis
seminating doctrines ripe with jus
tice. That's why I would defend the
institutions of freedom with my life.
That's why every1 American citizen
should bare his bosom to shot and
shell. That's why I believe that our
institutions depend on the indepen
dence of our newspapers. Without
editorial independence, the press would
be the sepulchres of tyranny, and free:
dom with her shrines would become
"tinkling cymbals;" her altars would
become the thrones of monarchs; her
temples would be covered with the
dust of ages; the goddess of liberty
would be torn limb from limb; her
mangled remains would be a sweet
morsel, over which the vultures of
greed would gloat and fatten. That's
what would happen if we destroy edi
torial Independence. Hoping the
above is satisfactory, I am, sir, yours
sincerely, PERRY D. PLAIN.
In The independent of June 18 we
decided to make a rate for "Madden
Educational Subscriptions" 5 months
for 25 cents, a short term which will
take in, perhaps, the whole period of
the Madden controversy, besides giv
ing new subscribers an opportunity
to. learn what sort of paper The Inde
pendent really is. We have cards
printed, each one of which is good for
the five months' trial trip, when prop
erly signed and nailed to this office.
They are in form of a prlrate mailing
card, and a one-cent stamp will carry
one of them.
We are now at work appointing at
least one subscriber at each postofflce
our. agent ; to pusl. the sale Of these
"Madden Educational Subscription
Cards," but cry subscriber who desires
to undertake the work may have as
many of the cards as he thinks he can
dispose of, sent free of charge. When
sold or disposed of, remittance can
be made at the rats of 25 cents each,
less cost of postage and sending In
Although only a short time since the
offer was made, the indications for
success are good. This is the dull
season of the year for doing subscrip
tion work, yet the following persons
have sent in clubs. It is interesting
to note the wide range of territory
covered, and the large percentage com
ing from the "effete east," where pop
ulism is supposed to be abhorred:
CLUB RAISERS FOR
Jerry Johnston, Miola, Pa.
Geo. McMullen, Hooversvilie, Pa.
J. T. Jdhnston. Nebraska, Pa.
Jas. W. Way, New London, Pa.
R Fisher, W. Sunbury, Pa.
. W.TH. Peterson, Custer, S. D.
Nix, Forsylhe, Mont
Geo. D. Llddle, Providence, R. I.
Thos Fish, Knox, N. D.
W. D. Vestal, Custer, S. D.
A J. McBride, Paterson, N. J.
Harry McCarty, Muncy, Pa.
M. Hoover, Hooversvilie. Pa.
J- E. Kelly, JPVallonia, Ky.
II. W. Noren, Allegheney, Pa.
826 Federal street ,
Sama W. Greenbaum, New York,
N. Y., 503 E 108th street.
Robert Gumming, Peoria, 111.
W. G. Spencer, Thomaston, Conn.
J T. Kennedy, Starcher, S. D.
Jas. At Griffes. Braldentown, Fla.
J. G. Hanby, Peters Cresk, Va.
II Ellingston, Minnehaha, Minn.
J C. iVncent, Zion, pre.
T. H. Jones, Patterson, Mo.
E. T. Smith, Castleton, N. Y.
Send an order to the Farmers' Gro
cery Co. for one of their combination
orders of groceries. Hundreds of our
readers have found their combination
bargains exactly as represented and
entirely satisfactory. Mention The
Former Congressman Walter Glres Hit
View of the f itaatlea aad Advises
Neither Hurry nor Worry
Editor Independent- I received
some time since your kind invitation
to write an article for publication in
your esteemed journal, touching the
condition of the people's party organi
zav.on particularly in this state. But
I was then in the throe3 of an effort
lr the courts, of more than two years
duration, to regain the possession of
my people's party newspaper and job
printing plant from the enemy, and
from the cunning and deviljsh devices
which the enemy thrust me into for
the purpose of suppressing the publi
canon of The Advocate and my print
ing outfit; and thus my time was so
fullyeven overwhelmingly occupied
that I found no spare moments to re
spond to your request.
Even now my effort must be brief.
The people's party in Iowa received
a ghastly vound in its very vitals at
St. Louis in the 1896 convention. I
wa3 lie sole delegate in that conven
tion from this state who stood firm
and unyielding in favor of clean-handed,
straight-ahead work; for a full
ticket of our own people. That con
vention was, first, a straddle and then
split from end to end. "
That split has never healed, but the
Weaver straddle remains. ,
Th? masses of the people are honest
and earnest, but there are thousands
of republicans in Iowa who will ever
refuse to be led into the people's par
ty to be used as trading stock for wily
politicians to satisfy their ambition,
or greed, or both.
The same is true of thousands of
democrats, especially of the Bryan
type. They will not be led into the
people's party camp to be used as
trading stock for the benefit of re
The common people are beginning to
realise in this section of the state that
many of the most prominent and po
tential democratic leaders are deeply
and mightily interested financially
in perpetuating the very evils of which
the people so -justly complain. And
they are saying, sotto voce, "We can
expect no relief at the hands of men
whose interests very large interests
in- syndicates, monopolies and trusts
are absolutely antagonistic to the
general welfare of the people, our
selves." The very same is true as to
many, very many, of the republicans.
This same common people the
lone, sinew, and honest brain of the
land are saying that the leadership
of each of the old parties is very much
like two brooms, which were good
when they were new; but .these two
brooms have been in use so long that
they are worn out to the very stub,
and the stubs are full of dirt and
foulness; and no amount of people's
care can do a clean job of sweeping
with either of them.
Hence, they now say, "Why not lav
the two old nasty stubs aside and get
a good new broom at once, and go in
to the Augean stables of old parties'
political corruption and sweep them
out clean, with a new broom best "in
the market the people's party?"
By grace of the voters in my con
gressional district, I was elected a
member of the houseof congres and"
served two terms the 48th congress.
During that time I was permitted by
virtue of my official relations to come
into Immediate and personal contact,
with congressional legislators, and
their efforts, and methods of legislat
ing. My surprise at what I saw and
heard was without measure. .
Suffice it to say that no relief can
come to the masses of the people at
the hands of the leadership of either
the-democratic (reorganized) or re
I saw this with my own eyes, and
heard it with my own ears, while in
the front room of such legislators,
where the people" are not permitted to
Don't worry, or hurry, very much,
just now; for the grist is in the hop
per ,and the gods are grinding it very
fine. Let a national committee of three
members from each state and territory,
that has a national, or even a clearly
defined state political organization,
each agree to a time and place to
meet, for a joint conference, as to a
uniting of forces on paramount na
tional issues, il reasonably possible, by
a majority of states and territories.
When a majority of such committee of
each organization so asrree on time
aid place for such conference, have
them come together, wholly indepen
dent of Butler, Parker, or any other
person, who presumes tht he carries
a majority of his (so-called) commit
tee in his grip-sac-., When In confer
ence, discuss every Issue, then unit
edly hold fast to that which is good.
Compel all would-be bosses to know
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that, "We, the people," are not only
the power behind the throne, but that
we are the throne Itself.
Yours for straigfit, clean-handed
work, L. H. WELLER.
Mr. Jackson Say They are Mora Kumar
out Titan Ever Before
Editor Independent: There are as
many populists here as ever there
were, and in fact more. Locally they
nearly all go into democratic primar
ies to vote for local offices. And they
will wait to see just what democrats
do nationally. If the reorganizes
capture the national convention and
put out a plutocrat, such as Gorman,
on a platform that can be construed to
mean any old thing, then in that event
the populists will be heard from, and
can be organized with plenty of lead
ers with but little trouble. But until
some such thing occurs, I think it
would be folly to try to build up the
party organization in this state, be
cause it is believed that the Bryan
element will favor a great part of the
populist ideas. I see that our United
States senator, Bailey, has announced
in favor of Mr. Gorman, but it is well
known that this Joseph will do al
most anything that there is cash in.
People are reading more and think
ing more than ever before in this
country and they will be heard from
some of these days.
The 100 copies (Henry George Edi
tion) I got have been distributed in
five different counties, and I know
some day will bear good fruit. Folks
of all kinds are anxious to read The
Independent; while the Appeal to
Reason is not wanted. Just as soon
as the farmers understand what col
lective ownership means, they want
no more of it.
But populism is growing as it never
did before the money, transportation
and referendum ideas. You can'
meet a man in the road that isn't in
favor of public ownership of rail
roads. So I believe, after all, a bet
ter day is coming for the old pop to
see. C. J. JACKSON.
Nolanville, Tex., Bell County. .
Editor Independent: This is to ac
knowledge receipt of copies of your
valuable paper with thanks for your
kindness; also to ask space in the
columns of The Independent to ex
press myself as highly pleased with
those articles marked and the general
tone of your paper and the sentiments
of the old guard.
If neither Mr. Parker nor Butler
will call for a conference of the two
committees then let the next highest
man on either committee call a mass
meeting at St. Louis, inviting all pop
ulists and reformers to attend and let
the ball be started to roll in the near
future. Mr. Butler would be the prop
er man to make the call, but he seems
to be waiting to see which way the
Bryan cat .jumps and in my humble
opinion he, together with all other
Bryan democrats and followers of
Bryan, are doomed to disappointment;
and just as well order their bite of
crow beforehand. j
I have been one of Bryan's admirers
and supporters, and still have some
hope of his- ultimate turn in politics
in the right direction; but his tenac
ious hanging on to the old rotten dem
ocratic party is surprising and dis
gusting. Bryan went to Kentucky to
advise people to vote for Goebel, but
never came to Mississippi to advise
democrats to divide the electoral tick
et with the populists. Furthermore, he
never accepted the nomination of the
Mr. Bryan holds out that the demo
cratic party is the party , that . advo
cates human liberty. Oh, Lord! If
he will but criticise the primary elec
tion laws of Mississippi from an im
partial, standpoint and render an hon
est decision, I think he would go a
little slow on the party of liberty and
justice. If you want a copy of the
primary election laws of Mississippi,
I will furnish them free. Any man
who has ever affiliated with any other
party and shall vote in democratic
primaries is liable to indictment with
The constitution and laws of Mis
sissippi are. so framed and construed
as 'to disfranchise thousands of worthy
white men, even old confederate sol
diers who fought four years,' are dis
franchised, all for the purpose of put
ting the control of elections and the
holding of office into the hands of a
few politicians and henchmen.
Let us keep the door of populism
open for liberty-loving men in 1904,
when Bryanism shall have been
snowed under by Clevelandism. Money
will surely shelve Bryan and his fol
lowing. The Rothschilds have got
us where they have had all Europe
for a century; nothing short of a po
litical revolution can save the people'
of this and other countries and it
may take bullets to settle it.
Woodson Co. Kansas
Editor Independent: I thank you
for your papers, which I have read
with much interest. There has been no
thought in this (Woodson) county of
abandoning pur party organization.
True, co-operating with the democrats
has made usa little careless in party
organization and management. C. C.
Mills of Toronto is chairman and
John Pemberton secretary of the
If Tom Johnson is the next demo
cratic nominee he will be perfectly
satisfactory to me. Just because Mr.
Roosevelt is more acceptable than
Cleveland or Hill doesn't mean that I
will fote for Roosevelt. Not in a
thousand years! - M. A. RHEA.
Yates, Center, Kas.
The Ten Most Distinguished Men
Who are the most distinguished ten
men now living? The readers of the
Berlin Tageblatt have decided them
as follows: Tolstoi, Mommsen, Mar
coni, Ibsen, Edison, Nansen, Roent
gen, Menzel, Koch, and William II.
It is interesting to note that no musi
cian appears in this list. After all,
questions of this order cannot defi
nitely be answered, inasmuch as rela
tivity and personality are sure to
color the judgment of every reader. It
is just as foolish as the well-worn
competition to decide upon the ten
best books In the literature of the
world. From the July Current Litera--ture.
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