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HOW THE ! STOOD.
> 'aotsand Figures Relating to
Showing the .Votes on the Various
Bills Introduced and Passed
L ' by Congress.
Read and Ponder.
By Ex-Commandcr 11.0. Jlussollof the Grand
Army ol tboRoyubllcoi Nebraska.
. . .Comrades , two dayt > atter the June
meeting of the State Veteran associa
tion , Comrade Harrison signed the
disability bill , which wiJut 400,000 of
our disabled comrades -ml 100,000
widows , orphans , fathers ai7d mothers
on the pension roles.
This bill was passed against the de
termined opposition of the democrats
in both houses. The vote when taken
in the house stood as follows :
Republicans for the bill , 117.
Republicans ng-dnst the bill , none.
Democrats for the bill , 118.
Democrats against the bill , 56.
In the senate the vote stood :
Republicans for the bill , 31.
Republicans against the bill , none.
Democrats for the bill , 8.
Democrats against the bill , 18.
On the stump nil democratic and in
dependent orators are in favor of lib
eral pensions ; when they get to con
gress they are always for the bill that is
not before the house.
Let us look at the pension legislation
of the past. 1 give below the record of
the two pjtrties on the pension question
&s shown by the Hou B. M. Cutcheon ,
of Michigan , In tue liouse September C ,
The Law upon which our present pen
sion system was based was enacted July
14,18(52 ( , while the republican party was
in undisputed control of every branch
of the government
It provided a generous system of pen
From 1802 to 1875 congress remained
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vn 4 riu imvHti0 sf 4-l-m / - ltl ! * -
M4. WAJ.W UlUV4t3 UA bUO A OJJ U UlllsililO.
The principal acts that foiled were :
1. Act of April 0 , 1864.
2. Act of July 4 , 1864.
3. Act of March 3,1865 ,
4. Act of June 6. 1806.
6. Act of July 25,1868.
6. Act of July 27 , 1868.
7. Act of July 7,1870.
8. Act of July 8 , 1870.
9. Act of February 14 , 1871.
10. Act of June 8 , 1872.
11. Act of March 3 , 1873.
12. Act of June 6 , 1874.
13. Act of June 6 , 1874.
14. Act of June 14 , 1874.
Each and all of these acts wore passed
by a republican congress and approved
by a republican president , but were bit
terly opposed by a niajority of the dem
ocrats in both , ft one of them took a
At the election in 1874 the house of
representatives passed into the hands oi
The first act xmder democratic rule
was that of February 28 , 1878 , allowed
separate pensions of both a hand and a
foot , passed by a solid republican and a
minority of the democrat votes.
The act of March3,1877 allowed pen *
sions to disabled soldiers in certain
cases , although they had engaged in re
bellion against the United States.
For the above act the democrats were
The act of March 9,1878 , amended the
republican law of Feb 14 , 1871 , grant
ing pensions to the soldiers and sailors
of the war of 1812. It reduced the term
of service from sixty to fourteen days.
It provided that a widow's pension
shoul cease if she should remarry.
But the "milk in the coconut" is found
in the following :
Sec. 5. That the secretary of the in
terior be , and is hereby , authorized and
directed to restore to the pension roles
the names of all persons now surviving
heretofore pensioned on account of ser
vice in the war of 1812 against Great
Britain , or for service in any of the In
dian wars , and whose names were
stricken from the roles in pursuance of
the act entitled "An act authorizing the
secretary of the interior to strike from
the pension roles the names of such per
sons as have taken up arms against the
government , or who-have in any man
ner encouraged the rebels , " approved
February 4 , 18G2 , and that the joint resolution
elution "prohibiting the payment by
any officer of the government to any
person not known to have been op
posed to the rebellion and in favor of
its suppression , " approved March 2 ,
1867 , and section 4716 of the revised
statutes of the United States shall not
apply to persons provided for by this
Section 6 provides pensions for the
_ i'dows of persons stricken from the
role ? , as above , and who died while
their names were so stricken from the
rolls. This was a democratic act and
received their entire vote. On the Wth
of June , 1878 , Mr. Haskell , republican ,
of Kansas , moved to suspend the rules
and pass the act introduced by a repub
lican , Mr. Cummiugs , cf Kansas. This
was knoSvn as the "arrears act. " Upon
this motion the rules were suspended
and the- bill passed by a vote of 1C4 to
61 , distributed as follows : Democrats
for the bill , 48 ; democrats against the
biUt 61' republicans for the bill , 116 ;
republicans against the bill , none. On
the vote on ting bill in the senate Janu
ary 16,1879 , the vote was yeas 43 , nays
3 nays were all democrats.
The arrears act was not introduced
by a democrat' was not moved by a
democrat , was not passed by democrat
votes. Every vote cast against it in
either house was cast by a democrat.
It was approved by President Hayes
January 25th , 1S79.
It repealed the Arrears .limitation ab
solutely and for all time.
It created no new limitation.
It was a measure of full relief.
It was a republican law.
The new limitation was forced by the
democrats by being tacked on to an ap
propriation bill at the close of the ses-
The bill was reported from the dem
ocratic committee of the House by
Starks ( democrat ) entitled : "An act
making appropriations for the payment
of tye arrearages of pensions granted
by the act of congress approved Janu
ary 25th , 1879 , and for other purposes. "
The act was sections 1 made the nec
essary appropriation for the payment
of the arrears ; section 2 first subatan-
tially reenacts the Haskel-Cummings
foil ! granting pensions from the date oi
ieatn or discharge and then adds : "If
tie disability occured prior to discharge ,
and if such disability occurred after the
discharge , there from the date of actual
disability , or from the termination of
the right of the party having prior titl.i
tosuch pension ; provided the applica
tion for such pension has been or is
hereafter filed with the commissioner
of pensions prior to the first day
of July 1880 otherwise the pension
shall commence from the date of tiling
the . Thus the
ment ot the limitation of arrears of pen
sion law of which we complain was
forced by our democratic friends upon
an appropriation Jaw for the payment
During the Forty-eighth congress , in
which the democrats had a majority ox
seventy , bills covering almost every
phase of the pension question were in
troduced and referred to the proper
committee. There was a great abund
ance of material went to the committee
but very little ever came back to the
house. But a bill to pension soldiers ol
the Mexican war was promptly passed ,
granting a service pension to every
soldier who served for fourteen days in
the Mexican war.
This act repealed the law which pro
hibited pensions to persons who h-.i'l
borne arms against the United Stares ,
regardless of the fact tj' l they may
have been disabled lighting against the
This bill went to the republican sen
ate and was there amended so as to con
fer pensions upon all honorably dis
charged union soldiers who had become
disabled since the war , and to increase
widows , dependent parents and child
ren's pensions. It was returned to the
house with the senate amendment.
Mr.Howcttof Alabama movud to sub
stitute the original Mexicuu bill. Upon
Hewitt's motion the * , yea ? were
84 , all democrats , nays-126 , of which 87
were republicans and 89 democrats.
When the bill came up for considera
tion Mr. Hewitt inaugurated a filibuster
which was kept up to thejionr of final
adjournment , thus "killing the bill for
At the next session of the same con
gress. Mr. Keifer , hvpublianX on Jan
uary o , 1883 , moved li'Mi.sp-'iii ! the i > i <
and take up the bill as amended by te !
senate ana concur in me senate amend
ments , which required a two-thirds
vote. On the call of the roll the vote
Democrats for the bill. f > 7.
Democrats against the bill , 84.
Republicans for the bill , 72
Republicans against the bill , 1.
The one republican agxinst the bill
was Mr. Bisbee , of Florida.
Thus 84 democrats defeated this just
In the Forty-ninth congress , upon tiie
question of increabiug widows pensions
from $8 to S12 per mouth , the vole ias
as follows :
Democrats for the bill , 80.
Democrats against the bill , GO.
Republicans for the bill , 118.
Republicans against the bill , pone
One of the GO wl < voted ajrfrinst this
bill was Colonel BIVI JJ , of Wisconsin ,
who had been a uaiuii soldier.
This is the only bill wherein the
rights of the union soldier was involved
where a majority of the democrats
voted for the bill.
About the same time the senate
passed a bill to pension disabled uo-
Democrats for the bill , 7.
Democrats against the bill , 17.
Republicans for the bill , 27.
Republicans against the bill , none.
This bill went to the house and died
in Mr. Matison's pocket.
Mr. Matison was a democrat and an
ex-union soldier ; he had bo'en appointed
chairman of the committee on pensions
by a democratic speaker who had been
elected by the democrats and independ
ents , who , while on the stump before
election had time and again declared
their love for the ' -Old Soldiers , " .a la
McKeighan , Kern , Thompson , Bryan
"Boys , " its the old story of the spider
and the liy.
The vote on the dependent pension
bill in the hcuse was :
Democrats for the bill , 66.
Democrats against the bill , 76.
Republicans lor the bill , 114.
Republicans against the bill , none.
Republicans not voting , 25.
Democrats not voting , 38.
The act went to the president and on
February 11,1887 , was returned with
On the final vote to pass the bill , not
withstanding the president's objections ,
the vote stood as follows :
Democrats for the bill. 87.
Democrats against the bill , 125.
Republicans for the bill , 138.
Republicans against the bill , none.
Democrats not voting , 16.
Republicans not voting , ( paired ) 2.
In order that these votes may be more
readily understood I herecappend them
in tabulated form.
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Senator Mandeixm Introduced into
the senate the Grand Army disability
pens-ion bill and the same was passed
and went to the house , where it was
smothered with the arrears of pension
repeal bill , by the democratic commit
tee. There was no general pension law
Kissed during the fiftieth congress ,
r. Miitison , an ex-union soldier and a
democrat , was chairman of the. com
mittee on pvnsions and noverpermittcd
a bill passed by the republican sunutc
to see the light of day in the house.
The fifty-first congress , Mr. Reed of
Maine bwing speaker , appointed Mr.
SIop-HI of Kansas , an ex-union soldier ,
a republican chairman of the commit
tee on pensions.
With a bare working majority , the
first pension legislation oroughtforward
in this fifty-first congress was to correct
an error or oversight in the act of June
IGth , 1880 , by increasing the pension of
those totally helpless , allowed since that
date , from S50 per month to $72 per
month , in accordance with the original
_ The bill passed both houses without
division. As it became a law it was the
result of a conference , and was ap
proved March 4th , 1890.
This was a republican measure re
ported by a republican committee.
The next pension legislation of the
presept congress was the dependent pa
rent's bill , and provides for dispensing
with proof of the dependence of the
parents on the soldier at the date of his
death. It first came up in the
senate March 31 , 1890 , and passed by
the following vote :
Republicans for the bill , 32.
Republicans against the bill , none.
Democrats for"tho bill , 10.
Democrats against the bill , 12.
On the democratic vote alone the bill
would have been defeated.
-This finally became a law as part of
the act of June 27,1890.
April 7 Mr. Merrill brought up in the
house what was known as the < MorrUl
bill. It pensioned four classes :
First. All soldiers sixty-two years of
ago who had served in the army , nary
or marine corps in the late war for
ninety days and .were honorably dis
ja.ilviiu uuvu prebeub uis-
ability equal to $8 per month , whether
contracted in the service or not.
Third. All widows of soldiers sixty-
two years of age.
* Fourth. All widows under sixty-two
.years who have no dependence except
their personal labor.
This bill was liberal , simple and easy
of administration. It was a purely
service bill , coupled with an age dis
ability. It was brought up on a motion
tossuspend the rules when it required a
two-thirds vote to pass it. The follow
ing was the vote :
Republicans for the bill , 136.
Republicans against the bill , 1.
Democrats for the bill , 34.
Democrats against the bill , 86.
So it was defeated for want of a two-
thirds vote. It will be seen that only a
little more than a quarter of the demo
crats voted for it , while only one re
publican yoted against.
On April 30. under a special order of
the committee on rules , Mr. Merrill ,
chairman of the committee on invalid
pensions , called up the same bill and
put it on its passage. After a debate of
four hours a vote was take'n on the mo-
hon of Mr. Cheame to reduce the a s-
Umit to sixty years. The vote resulted
as follows :
Republicans for the amendment , 14.
Republicans against the amendment ;
Democrats for the amendment , 40.
Democrats against the auieudViuut
The republicans solidly for if. and ns-
most two-thirds of the dcmocr.it-
The vote was then ( April 39) ) taken on
the amended Merrill Mil ( asre limit : : >
sixty years ) with the following reg-uis
'Republicans for the bill , " 111.
Republicans against the bill , none.
Democrats for the bill , : j-3
Democrats a < rainst the ! -il ! 7 ! .
Every republican voting for. a'i \
seven-tenths of the democrats \ctnu
The senate and house having pv t
different bills , a conference was ! i t-i
and a compromise was gr ed ir- , !
which has since ( June 2 ? ) bWosne a .1 * .
That act pensions all who have an e\ - ?
ing disability equivalent to SO p r
month and up to $12 permonth withm , '
proof that it was contracted in the -IT
vice , provided they served ninety d.n-
and received an honorable discl'urge
It also pensions the widows of ail
such , and all soldiers' widows dcpund
ent on their labor.
Thin conference report came to a vo'e
in the House June 11th , 1SDO and w. s
adopted by a vote of 14-3 to ,16as follow- :
Republicans in favor of the report ,
Republicans against the report , none
Democrats in favor of the report , " .
Democrats against the report ] 50.
Every republican in favor and just
two thirds of the democrats against.
This was a republican measure.
In the senate it came to a vote June
28 , 1890with the following result :
Republicans for , 31.
Republicans against , none.
Demorats for , 3.
Democrats against , . 18.
Ever republicau fqr , six-sevenths of
the democrats against.
So this most liberal and beneficient
law was passed in the House by a. vole
of 148 republicans for , and none against ;
31 democrats for and 71 against.
The next pension measure to be con
sidered was the ' 'prisoners of war"
This bill , in addition to pensions for
prisoners oP war also provides ih.t
prisoners of war who were prisfu : * i -
for thirty day.s or more , should rv ( i\ < -
a per diem allowance of S2 a d.-u mi
every day they were held as priMhier.-
This measure was brought up on mo
tion to suspend the rules and pis : ) .H-
bill and required a two-thirds voi'i.
The vote resulted as follow.- :
Republicans for the bill , 110.
Republicans ag'iinsl th bill , none.
Democrats for the bill , 'J4.
Democrats against the bill. " 8.
So the bill was defeated. rm n l' ' . .
three-quarters of the democratx'oijuj ;
This is the hist genera ! ii-cM---
that has been acted r.noij at ( , - - . .
sion.That since March -5th. i.-Njj.Hi. iv : ' . < >
been no pen'-iiia v--t--t- That ui : ! ;
present adnun5.-tn iion. Thuivi h.ia L .
no ordt-r to return the liu s.
1 now present in tabuU > i d form Un
votes upon pension legislation in tlus
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All tnis has been doncf.ga.inst the de
termined opposition of the democratic
Boys , if the next house is'dcinoer-itic
you who served three 3'ears in the \vjtr
will never live to see a ervict , pension
Comrade ? , every other class of pjn ; > Y
arc looking after their o\vn iuiun,1s. .
why not we ?
Boys if after reading the above 1'icfb
you think you can trust the demouv.-iiU
party do it , but if not , if you iin i ti ,
republican party has stood by you h
the past , I ask you to stand by it , asl
your neighbor to do so.
"NEBRASKA IS. BUSTED. "
Iowa Says "Nebraska is LosIng -
, Ing Her Grip. "
Iowa's Claim of "Hard Times In Ne
braska" Refuted With
These are some of the texts which
eastern papers are using from which to
preach to their people of the re'ited
poverty and financial distress in Ne
braska. These things are damaging ,
beyond all power of language to express ,
to the genernl prosperity of our state ,
and are lowering our values every day.
Read from the Iowa press and see the
effectthat this agitation has on our credit
abroad. It is useless to appeal to the
Omaha World-Herald and the deino-
.cratic press to stop their howling about
farmer oppression and farmer poverty.
They care more for the success of the
democratic ticket , for the election of a
democratic governor , for the election of
democratic congressmen , and for the
election of a democratic hou-3e and sen
ate , who will redistriet the state in the
interest of the democratic party , than
they do for the financial reputation of
the state or the value of our property.
It is useless to appeal them. They will
continue till election day to inllanip the
feverish public mind , 'it is unless to
appeal to McKciganandKemms. They
have nothing to lose and all to gain l-y
the agitation. They now live m
poverty and want , with empty pockets.
If elected to office , they 'will live
a short time at least , in luxury , asi-i
have money in their pockets Ic is
useless to appeal to them. They vail
continue to lilt their voices from ex ery
stump in the state , and their apje.i.s
to the prejudices of the people wii ! oo
heard across the land from ocean to
It. is useless to appeal to these men.
What does McKeighan care if ! is
speeches depreciates the value of il.- ;
farmers home. . It costs i 'un nothing.
Yon might as well appeal to Qiii itv.o
who sacked Luwrriicw or to iho n.o ! >
that burned the eily of London. Y u
might as wull appeal to a } > aek of
hungry wolves with empty std'.imehs.
But there are men to ulnniie m.ty appeal
to the . - i'ron - '
peal save st.-ne : wm-U'iig
itself on the rock" uf im-mci-il . ' .i a.-tvr.
We may appeal to ilie > n.Miie-s i . - u ,
the honJst laboiii'ir man to tlic
level hea'k'U thristy laiim-r , w'no h-.is a
home to protect aiid property iuten-t
< r > flofrxitlVi in.-iv Mriii > -il Ii > tlif c ) < i
to raise up and exert ltiir ! infiijenc - and
save the tiiiauei : : ! ivpu'.ation of our lair
state , and ivdeem the vastierot usir-
property. Ki-a l from i'ijc lva l > -r ' .
and noie the effect of MoKyighan and
Keni and their agitation.
Nebraska a Losing Her Grip.
For years the people of lov.-a have
been regaled with pleasing stories of
the prosperity of the Nebraska farmer.
Land there , was suppose to be the most
valuable thing on earth , and evervbody
wanted Nebraska land. Everybody
wanted to go to Nebraska , and thoii-
sands of Iowa people did go there. But
nov according to dispatches from Sen
ator Paddock , the Nebraska fanner is
reported to be the poorest man on earth.
The senator telegraphs recently from
Washington that the report is rife
throughout tby east that the farmers of
Nebraska are mortgaged for more than
they are actually worth , and will be ob
liged to give up their land to the money
sharks and railroads and leave the ftate.
If the situation is really serious with the
Nebraska farmer , he would show good
sense to not make it public and parade
himself before the world as a pauper.
Heretofore Nebraska has enjoyed the
highest confidence of the eastern capi
talist and the home seeking emigrant.
A few more farmer conventions out
there , and a few more Van Wycks , will
soon settle the destiny of Nebraska as to
immigration for a terra of years at ieast.
A new state must either progress or go
backward. Values of property depend
011 keeping the boom in motion. When
immigration to a new state ceases , val
ues go down rapidly. Mt. i'leasant
Hard Times In Nebraska ,
From the reports , it looks as if the
leretoforo reputed prosperity of Ne
braska was all a great joke. Some of
he democratic papers there represent
; ho farmers as being in a condition of
DOVOrtv and ahsajiitn cla carv to fcho
tanks and railroads , j ana mat was
held thorn at $2(5 ( per acre one year ago
is now ottered at $15 and no buyers at
that price. There has been no emigra
tion there during this season owing to
the general dissatisfaction among the
funnel's. No one will go to a state
where the farmers are dissatisfied , as
all lines of business depend largely on
the fanner's prosperity. In the state
alliance they nave resolved to reduce
railroad rates as low as those of Iowa ,
wher there is three times as much pro
duce to .iiove , and they propose to pass
a usury law this coming winter , that
will drive out much of the monicd cap
ital This will necessitate much hard
ship among the poorer farmers of the
state as they will not be able to borrow.
Altogether the outlook is gloomy and
the owner of Nebraska land will not bo
able to pass it off for valuable property
as clibly as ho used to.
' Nebraska Is Busted. "
Knoxvllle ( Iowa ) Journal.
And now it turns out after years of
bragging on Nebraska that the farmers
of that state admit that it is a failure as
an agricultural state. From the recent
reports that come through the press of
that state it seems that they are in a
very destitute condition and will bo
obliged to give up their .homes this fall
to the money lender , who. as a rule , has
loaned more money than the land is
worth. Five years ago Nebraska gave
it out to the world through her news
papers that she had great advantages to
offer to the emigrants seeking a home ,
and thousands of Iowa people went
there , and until recently were supposed
to be doing well. But there is no dodg
ing the fact , Nebraska is a failure as a
place for farmers , or else tne farmers
Assembled in their recent convention
there are the biggest lot of liars on
earth. Our Iowa people who went
there years ago may be expected to re
turn in prairie schooners between now
and winter. Let them come. We will
welcome them back to a state where
every industrious man can do well.
The above article is but one of the
many articles being published in the
press of the east , rein ting to the dc-
prcs.-ed condition of affairs in Nebras-
made some time since that the people
of Nebraska will suffer far more from
the present uncommon and uncalled
far agitation within the next year than
t y will gain bv it in the next ten
yeaVa. The causes which are claimed
to be sufficient to warrant a revolution
in the affairs of the state are largely
imaginary , and only held before the
people by such men as McKeighan , who
has been a disgruntled politician for
years , and J. Burrows , who imagined
he saw a chauce to make a stake , and
perhaps a national reputation as a
newspaper man by exposing the imagi
nary wrongs of the people. John Pow
ers , McKeighan , Kern , and a crowd of
like political failures , all expensed the
cause and assisted in proclaiming the
poverty of the state , injuring the credit
of the same and the individuals whom
they profess they are trying to benefit. Of
such people wo demand silence , unless
they can show a more , practical remedy
than they have ever done before for the
alleviation of the so imaginary ills.
We want such men to tell the people
how long it will take them to restore to
the farmers of Phelps county by their
method , or proposed method of legis
lation , the three to five dollars per acre
which the present agitation has knocked
off of every farm.
Such men have utterly failed to show
how the ills complained of are to be
remedied. They offer no tangible or
practical relief. They have all * been
failures , simply because they are im
practical mon , "and they will if un
checked , wreck the whole state by agi
tating impractical measures. Aye say
to the people , make these men give you
a practical demonstration of the work
ings and effect of their proposed legisla
tion , be-fore you accept the theory. You
cannot afford to waste your time , de
preciate your own propert } ' , and lose
your credit by adopting something
which has never been proven to be
tangible or practical.
This is the legitimate result of1 the
stories sent out broadcast by Boss Bur
rows and others about the enormous
number of farms loaded down with
mortgages in Nebraska , and the impov
erished condition of our people. The
calamity orators of the McKeighan ,
Powers" and Kera stripe , who go
"about the country with their tales of
woe aud cries of distress , are doing the
state and people more harm than all
other causes combined. The doleful
stories told by such papers as the Oma
ha World-Herald and its imitators in
almost every county in the state has
created a wide feeling of distrust all
over the east , and the farther east you
crn flio nrnrvn Tliprp is tint n "P nr > l ( > c"
or democratic orator on the stump in
Nebraska today who does not try to
make his hearers believe that they are a
tax-ridden , mortgage-cursed object of
pity and despair. It is a wonder such
CBlumity shriekers are tolerate' ! among
an intelligent people as inhabit Ne
We have lived in Seward county ele
ven years , and we know many farmers
who were in only moderate circumstan
ces when he caine here , who are now in
possession of a handsome competence.
They staid on their facms , attended
strictly to their business , and in due
time were rewarded for toeif labor.
In commenting on the above clipping
the Wahoo Wasp , .says :
The above is- one of the legitimate
outgrowths of the agitation which is
sweeping our state today. The press of
the east is being filled with just this
kind . .f bladerdash , much to the dis
credit of Nebraska. If something is not
soon done to counteract Nebraska
which today are being sold at from S35
to 845 per acre will go begging for pur
chasers at half that price. There are
wrongs which should be righted , laws
which should be righted , laws which
should be appealed , others amended
and new ones made in the interest of the
producer is against capital , but the asser
tion that our state , as a state , is bank
rupt , is false and misleading. There are
many men who are bankrupt , but laws
as immutable as the laws of the Medes
and the Persians could not put wealth
in their hands and keep it there. Ow
ing to the dry season in Nebraska tins
year as in many other states , there will
be some land in the newly settled parts
of the west which will be sold for the
mortgage , but we challenge the records
to show that ten pieces of farm lands
have been sold in this county under the
hammer in the pastfiveyears ! If the far
mer who can sell his form today for $10
per acru succeeds in forcing the untold
millions cf dollars to remain in the east
until his farm will brinji but half that
amount , wno is to Diamo out mmsoixi
Saunders county was never more pros
perous than it is today , and wo eon. buy
any county of our size in the state of
Iowa and have a'good margin loft.
"Nebraska Isn't Busted ! "
The wild balderdash which has been
circulated and retailed by the stump
orators of certain stripe in Nebraska for
the last year concerning our mortgaged
farms and bankrupt farmers , is bearing
its legitimate fruit in more ways than
one , much to the injury of the state and
our people. It has unsettled values ,
tightened up the money market. cr < ated
a wide-spread suspicion and afforded a
text for eastern editors to advertise ua
in a very uncomplimentary manner.
In this instance we are not fighting
any political party , but wo do most
earnestly protest against this wholesale
misrepresentation and these slanderous
reports concerning our state. All wo
have in this world is in Nebraska and
we have no patience with any man , or
set of men , who depreciate the value of
our property by lies , or half truths ,
which are so o'ften worse than lies , and
thereby render our lot in life neces
sarily harder than it naturally would
be , and when all this is done for per
sonal ends , or to justify an itching for
sensational notoriety , as wo believe has
been and is the case with some of these
agitators , our impatience descends to
the plane of contempt.
The truth is , Nebraska and Nebraska
farmers as a whole are better off today
than in almost any other state in our
country , and especially is this true of
Otoe county , which , taking our own
precinct as an example , has today over
a thousand dollars per capita for'overy
man , woman and child in the county
over and above all debts of ever > \ - : nd.
If there be any exception to this nt.-i le
nient it will be found in t'ie ' ei'v and
not in che country. In Syracusi pre
cinct we have just about 15,000 \ > < % no ! ,
and wo will engage to form a syr "ieuto-
which will take all the property of the
precinct , assume all the debts , public
and private , divide out , SI.fill ) 000
among tlio inhabitants , am ! '
have left a haudsunvi i > ; ! !
as profits of the specn at-on.
This is no buncombe. We have in-en
looking up the facts , and otlte.r.KJVG
been doing the same , and all who i-ava
taken the pains to investigate t'i-- ' mat
ter thus far. have arrived to th < xune
conclusion. We. say therefore stick to
politics , do the best you can for uuir
parties , and your candidates , b t for
the honor of your state , tiie love o' ymir
country , the protection of your Immes ,
the eomfort of your families , anthe ! -
succuaa of your own invcf-tinwjls and
labor , don't make it worse than it is ;
don't lie about yourselves , don't iriM-t-
tle your own values or credit , an ! for
God's sake don't fret any more Ui.-m is
absolutely necessary to your apps-tito
and general good health
RESULTS WHAT IB WANTED.
Lincoln Daily Call.
THE LINCOLN CALL squeals lustily
for lower freight rates , lower tariff , the
Australian ballot and free coinage of
silver , and then howls for the election
of the republican ticket. Ye gods and
little fishes ! There's consistency for
you. Ulysses Dispatch.
The above reference to consistency is
a sufficient text for the Call to state
this : That it believes the best possible
consistency in politics is the consistency
that brings results to the people. The
Call has been .for lower freight ratea
and is guilty , as the Dispatch says , of
squealing lustily for them. The tariff
sheets will show that in the past three
years rates have come down in this
state willingly and unwillingly over
twenty per cent , and the ink is scarcely
cold on the order of the interstate com
merce commission that reduces the rate ,
on corn to Chicago from Nebrakaa
points east of two hundred miles west
of the Missouri river three cents per
Hundred. The Call is for lower tarin .
It is , as the republican platform of the
First congressional district says , for the
lowest possible tariff that will protect
the wageworkers of the country. Dur
ing me present session of congress the
western members especially have fought
for a tariff that will be in touch with
the great west. Mr. Connell has made
such a fight in congress , and he is run
ning on a platform demanding inde
pendent action on the tariff question.
In the senate the Kansas and Nebraska
senators have placed binding twine on
the free list , have reduced the tariff on
lumber one-half , have reduced the
tnriff nn etT-nr HiT-nl irnn npfirlv txirn.
thirds and free sugar will come if it is
not used as an item in reciprocity that
will bring even greater results for the
northwest through opening markets for
surplus Hour and provisions. The Call
has been for free coinage of silver and
it would have come this season if east
ern democrats had not defeated it. As
it is the western republicans both in the
house and senate have made a splendid
fight and as a result the currency of the
country has already been increased five
million dollars under the silver bill that
is over half way toward free coinage.
The Call has favored and continues to
favor the Australian ballot system. The
republican state platform endorses and
demands it , and nearly ever } ' republi
can candidate for the legislature stands
pledged to the passage of thf law. That
it will be enacted this winter is beyond
question without the indepe-ndent ticket
elects Jim Boyd as governorwho would
very likely veto an election law that
enforced would stop Omaha democrats
from carrying that city as they pleased.
In the fight "that the Call is making for
results m politics this brief resume is
the best possible evidence that results
are coming through the channels of the
republican party By a cordial approval
of good work in the future and a vigor
ous flagelation of inactive and inefficient
officials the Call believes that result ?
will come more speedily and rapidly
than ever before in the "history ot the
party. It must be admitted by the dul
lest and most obtuse that the republican
party in Nebraska is awakening from _
long sleep to new and vigorous action.
Its platform this year is in striLing ccn-
trast with the past. It demands and
places the party on record for reforms
as radical and far-reaching as thrso of
any party in the land ; much more far-
reaching than the promise ? of the inde-
"enderit nartv itself.
As between the congressional candi
dates Mr. Connell stands upon a plat
form radical in its demands for residts.
ilr. Connell has shown the mettle of
which he is made."for work iii this lin1
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