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JUNE 16, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT
HADN'T HEARD FROM IOWA
Vr. Wakefield Bldlcalei th "Ammp.
tlona" ef Poyntar and Xd jrU
Tbe Tail Can't Wag th toe
Editor Independent: The assump
tion of Poynter, Edgerton and others
that the 700,000 .Palmer, and Buckner
democrats will surely outvote at the
primaries a year hence the six and a
half millions who voted for Mr. Bry
an, would be amusing if it were not
so sad. For it is sad to see men whose
impulses are for Justice acting exactly
as the enemies of justice urge them
to, and votes which snould be cast
against imperialism and trusts led to
assist plutocracy to longer lease of
It is really comical to see men in
the same breath denounce Cleveland,
Hill, Gorman, etc., for dividing the
anti-monopoly vote so as to assure its
defeat in 1896 and 1900, by flocking off
to themselves in a little side faction,
end then announce this as a reason for
themselves helping defeat the people's
only hope in 1904 by doing the little
s'de party act in the same way. How
strange Edgerton, et al., cannot see
the inconsistency of their position.
The eagerness with which many pop
ulists, who want to lead something,
echo the republican assurance that the
seven hundred thousand are too strong
for the seven millions, looks as if the
wish was father to the thought Why
should they decline a year in advance
of the battle to, fight for the side they
say Is in the right and take action
which renders them of great assistance
to the side they say is the one they in
tend to fight some other day if they
ever get big enough, which they know
tLey never will?
Even if the impossible should hap
pen and the radical democrats be de
feated in national convention, their
action is wron because it presupposes
what no one can reasonably suppose,
which is that the real democrats would
lie down and support such a . ticket,
instead of nominating one of their
own, one of exceptionally good men
on an advanced platform of radical
ideas, and not only hold all Bryan's
former vote, but very largely increase
it, probably electing their candidate,
as such a party would be free from
taint of former false leaders and par
ty blunders. Only in this way is it
posible for a new party to be born
strong enough to even hope for suc
cess. Another triumph of the im
perialists and trusts is likely to ren
der a peaceful victory of the people
impossible. W. H. T. WAKEFIELD.
Mound City, Kas.
(There is an old saying that a "live
dog is better than a dead lion." It is
pertinent here. Mr. Wakefield's let
ter bears date prior to the democratic
convention of Iowa. What is his
opinion now? The prime object of
populists in taking the position of
Poynter and Edgerton is to arouse
the "seven millions;" they are asleep;
tut the "seven hundred thousand" are
gainfully in evidence and very active.
Boyce's Weekly of Chicago, a re
cent venture in the field of labor and
tocialism, said recently, under head
of "The Vagaries of the Law":
"Out in a western state Mrs. Hele'i
M. Gougar a bright woman who com
mits the error of making political
speeches for pay, and the vastly great
er folly of not getting her pay in ad
vance has been suing the populist
state committee for the price of sun
dry political speeches delivered in a
recent campaign. The court has re
fused her a judgment on the ground
that the committee is not responsible,
that the true beneficiaries of Mrs.
Cougar's efforts were the 40,000 pop
ulist voters of the state, and she is
edvised to sue them, jointly and sev
erally!" But, although appealed to a higher
court, the case is ended by the Ne
braska popiriists paying Mrs. Gougar
The Greatest Offerings of the Year in
1 QfltiiHfilTmiAir' ir!rPes ifrrnwHiHl c K
WEST VIRGINIA POPULISTS
Rational Committeeman Spenee of the Al
lied Peoples Party Favors John
Mitchell for Pregtdeat
Editor Independent: Enclosed find
50 cents in stamps for subscriptions
as per slip with address inclosed. Will
add briefly regarding Mr. Edgerton's
call for conference that I hope there
will be a large attendance and inter
est, taken and would suggest that Mr.
Edgerton make a special invitation to
Hon. J. J. Streeter, editor of the In
dependent, Vineland, N. J.
Mr .Streeter is one of the wheel
horses, a Cooper greenbacker, and,
like General Patrick Henry, who in
fighting for independence lived only
on potatoes, Streeter issued greenback
everybody wants, worth as high as 18c.
At 15c a yard A very good line of Egyptian tissues, embroidered Swisses
striped canvases and Irish Dimities have sold from 25c to 35c. JJ
At 25c a yard A large number of pieces in honiton lace stripes, silk ging- J
hams, alberta sateens, cottoli grenadines, velvet spotted Swisses and linen suitings, 1L?
worth up to 75c a yard. Cj
Hundreds of different pieces are out on the tables in our spacious dresa goods
aisles, every one sharply reduced in price.
Three days of enthusiastic buying have followed our announcement on Mon
day and thousands of yards are gone. Crowds of careful buyers are not attract
ed by low prices unless they know what they stand for.
But there are splendid bargains yet in some lines. Those goods left are
just as desirable as any shown in the beginning.
Values Offered in Washable Dress
At 5c a yard A small number of pieces of neat figured dimities and
batistes in blue, pink and yellow, formerly worth 10c. f
At 7 i-ac a yard A few choice pieces of Chambray and corded lawns,
12c and 18q earlier in the season.
At oc a yard A good assortment of corded batistes, flambeau lace stripes,
canele lawns and a few canvas weaves. Many in this lot are the polka dots that
Values Offered in Silks
At 25c Of these only a small part remain a few dark colors in printed fV
foulards and some corded wash silks in light shades, worth 55c and 45c a yard. L,?
At enr. TTo
.j irui.iv, ' 'ui auciiiii'u in Liiyjr? I uCi3Cl V CU SUU IIIUSV WUJ IM
while. The showing is especially strong in choice patterns and both light and
dark shades. Included are corded, taffetas, corded crepes, moires, printed fou
lards, poplins, embroidered pongees, black brocades, satin croise, worth up to
00 a vara.
LINCOLN, NEB., Cor. O and 13th Streets
and populist papers when he very of
ten hadn't as much as Irish potatoes
ic the larder. '
But thanks to. Providence, net con
ditions, he is now in comfortable cir
cumstances and he is not only a well
posted, honest, conscientious man, but
has the most feasable plan of organ
ization going; and believe if one or
two states but put his plan in opera
tion this fall by next fix it would be
adopted in every Jte convention.
end him a special Invitation.
Again I suggest the calling of an
other national conference, to meet here
in Atlantic City, N. J., in September,
1903. The railroads make very low
rates from all points as far as St.
Louis arid Chicago to this place, and
T believe a big attendance could be
Lad from the middle states, southern
and eastern, and in-that way we would
not only be reunited, but have a good
effect. In my opinion it is no use
to have a convention next year unless
we call all to pull together and do
some proselyting now.
I like your paper very much and I
should think it would be a power for
good. What would you think of John
Mitchell for president next year? I
believe him to be the second Abe
My home is Parkersburg, W. Va.
Am temporarily here and a member of
the national executive committee.
G. L. SPENCE.
Atlantic City, N. J.
Special subscription rate to single
taxers, 5 months 25c
Editor Independent: The sympos
ium of the single taxers in The Inde
pendent was fine. I was an early stu
dent of Progress and Poverty. The
Chicago Tribune in its issue of Sep
tember 11, 1883, published an article
of mine explaining the tax and de
fending its author against its editorial
attacks of communist-anarchists. It
attracted attention and the author of
P ogress and Poverty wrote me per
sonal letter of thanks. I hunted it up.
The Tribune articles would have fitted
into the issue of "May 14.
Why does not Hie Independent ex
pose the confiscation of the hundreds
of millions the people have stored in
silver at 16 to 1 b;- the change to 32
to 1 and the burdening them with all
these millions at 16 to 1 in the shape
of gold premium gold payable bonds
due the bankers and the same number
of national bank bills given them for
the people to hire to take the place
of the free silver money they have
paid for? F. W .ANTHONY.
' The Union Pacific will sell ticket?
to Beatrice and return for $1.60 on
July 10 to 23, inclusive, good to re
turn July 24. Trains leave Lincoln at
7:20 a. m. and 7:45 p. m. Returning
leave Beatrice at 7:45 a. m. and 6:20
P. m. Get tickets at city office, 1044
O st, or depot, O and 5th sts.
Patronize our advertisers.
Well Said, Eves
Some editor-politician out in the
slate, envious of the high esteem in
which Billy Thompson is held by pop
ulists and democrats of Nebraska, re
cently took occasion to say a few
s-piteful things about the fusion standard-bearer
of last year, and this
aroused the ire of Edwin S. Eves, of
the Holt County Independent, who,
after dressing down the envious one
in proper manner, made the follow
ing statement, in which The Indepen
dent heartily concurs:
"It was Billy Thompson whose elo
quent voice rang out in Nebraska fov
twenty years in support of democratic
and populistic principles; it was he
who never was too hard up to sub
scribe more than his allotted share
tc the campaign fund to help the cause
along; it was he who stood aside him
self and let his colleagues hold the
lucrative offices while he was fighting1
cn the firing line in support of tho
principles that secured their election;
it was Billy Thompson who only ac
cepted the banner of his party when
his services were demanded and when
the bravest of his party leaders threw
it down. He made the greatest cam
paign any one man ever made in Ne
braska and ran nine thousand votes
ahead of his ticket, but through the,
weakness of many fusionists and cor
poration boodle he was whipped buE.
Billy Thompson is still a democrat,
and. he is a good enough populist for'
me." ' .
Karl Marx Edition, July 23, 1903.
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