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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 31, 1899)
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death-dealing power , will hesitate long
before they 'cry havoc 1 and let loose
the dogs of war. '
"Prominent observers abroad viewing
the high explosives , quick-firing guns ,
air ships and submarine boats , that the
inventive genius of man are daily per
fecting , declare that war will soon be
come the impossible , because of the
carnage that will be its necessary con
comitant. M. de Block insists 'that the
conditions of modern warfare as to
implements of destruction are too deadly
to permit of war without 'mortality
before undreamed of and the disorgan
ization of society which would be oc
casioned by the mobilization for war
would produce results utterly destruc
tive to the state. ' There is comfort then
even in that which has been left undone.
Anticipated destruction may lead to
"Let us hope with the English states
man from whom I have just quoted
that the powers may gradually be
brought together in a friendly spirit on
all subjects of difference that may arise ,
until at last they shall be welded
together in some international constitu
tion which shall give to the world , as
the result of their great strength , a long
spell of unfettered commerce , prosper
ous trade and continued peace. ' "
Oil Company is
sued by Attorney-General Smythe for
doing business in Nebraska. But The
Silver Smelting Trust , operating the
Omaha smelter has not yet been as
saulted by Attorney-General Smythe.
The former has put down the price of
oil. The latter has put up the price of
silver. Here are oil statistics. Read
the figures :
1874 2 ,037
1891 08,1(11 (
The average price for refined oil for
export was 61) cents per gallon in 1861 ,
28 % cents in 1871 , 8 cents in881 , and 6 %
cents in 1891. In 1893values had dropped
so far that the average had fallen to
5)4 ) cents. For 1897 the average was a
little below 6 cents a gallon , or less than
one-tenth the average price 86 years ago.
But these prices include packnges , and
the actual decrease is much greater than
this. When refined oil is quoted at 6
cents in New York it means 8 } cents
per gallon when delivered on a tank
steamer in bulk. Deducting the price
of the barrel the average price for ex
port oil in 1861 was not less than 68
cents. In January , 1861 , the price of a
gallon of oil in bulk was 75 cents ; in
January , 1898 , 2 9 cents , or less than
one twenty-fifth , a decline of over 96
per cent in values since the inception of
the trade in refined oil. On a barrel of
50 gallons this difference amounts to
about $86. In other words , the money
that was required to purchase 1,000
barrels of refined oil in 1861 , would ,
at the average prices ruling in 1898 ,
pay for a bulk steamer load of 25,000
barrels , or , 1,250,000 gallons.
horts for the silver
bullion producers' and owners' free coin
age of that metal at sixteen to one.
This , Bryan says , will make silver $1.29
an ounce the world over. This , Bryan
declares , would be a blessing to plain
people. And then haying pleaded for an
artificially high price for silver he anath
ematizes all other combines which may
endeavor to raise the prices of their
YKAII. prod. bbls.
ure a s o d ,
Stocks , tot
al , barrels.
83C7b98 ! !
18K)4,474 ( )
Since 18rO the dally production has increase ! 453 per cent ; the price of crude oil has de
olined 75 per cent ; and the price of refined oil about 75 } per cent.
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FREE TRADERS FOR PROTECTION.
In the directors' meeting of the politi
cal combine for offices at Omaha , Aug
ust 22 , 1899 , "a committee from the pop
ulist convention reported the nomina
tion of J. L. Teeters , a silver republican ,
for regent of the university.
"The democrats promptly approved
of the choice by acclamation. "
Mr. Teeter is reported a good republi
can of the high-tariff variety. Ho , how
ever , is the candidate of free traders.
The money power
TLE POWER. er is dangerous 1
But what of the
cattle power that brought the money
power to Simpson Fennel ? A preamble
and resolution denouncing the cattle
power , which hauled the money power
into the Fennel household should be
formulated and adonted by every popu
list county convention in Iowa , Ne
braska , Kansas and Missouri.
Think of it ! Ninety-five thousand
dollars in damnable English sovereigns ,
made of diabolical gold coined in the
despotic mints of Great Britain , be
stowed upon one farmer ! Where will
its baleful influence end ? How much
better would the United States have
been on a sixteen to one silver basis ?
A STANDARD WORK.
The library of every populist attorney
in Nebraska will soon number among its
standard authorities , upon tha relations
of landlord and tenant , the great , equit
able and profound elaboration of "Hoi-
comb on House Rent. " The work will
illustrate from experiences in high
places the best method of manipulating
money seemingly paid out by the tenant
for rent , so that dollars domesticate in
his own pocket. A special chapter is
devoted to the verification of vouchers
for rent paid by the state of Nebraska.
combines of capi
talists to get profits by putting up prices
are a crime against the country. But a
combine to get votes and , through votes ,
offices for profits , is a noble reformation.
1896 was a presi
dential candidate the especial and par
ticular representative of a single indus
try. In that year , however , W. J.
Bryan was the exponent and agent of
the one industry of silver mining.
The leaders and headmen of silver
syndicates and smelters openly , notori
ously and corruptly disbursed large sums
of money to secure his election then.
And now they will repeat and double
their contributions for 1900. To them
his election would , mean millions upon
millions of profits. To the wage-earner ,
the farmer , the merchant and manufac
turer it would be degradation and ruin.
Bryan represents a silver syndicate. .
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