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TOITKAUiNl & CO.
our leaden cohtdmm7io apliin trfto do
nuui lUDJr warn us to, and not stand back
auu wait ro tee now the plan will work
before we do anything. For instance,
when the State jLManco made an assess
ment on every Alliance member to pay one
dollar to the Printing Douse and two dol
lar for the State Exchange, I think we
ought aU to have responded Immediately,
nadwo done to the Printing Home and
Exchange both would have been doing
Ulte dlfforent business to what they are.
Brethren and listen, let each of us In the
juture show that w.e have confidence in our
leaden by responding immediately to the
callt tbey make for our help. It it true wo
should be careful who it it that we make
our leaders, and they should be good men
(and I believe they are good men), and we
should be ready when a call It made tore
Pond. Mrs. Carkik Grissom.
Stonewall Alliance, Jtlpley, Tex., April 4.
EiToMKRCcnT:-rieasefind space In
your valuable paper for the few words I
with to lay. .
I am a member of Bellmont Alliance. We
- are getting along very well but would like
to do better. I am a regular reader of Thk
Mircurv (my buiband being a tubtcrlber)
J I we great many nice letterg from
the sisters, and it makes my heart glad to
tee the wiv,i and daughters of the opprett
edfarmeyi cheering them evon with their
pretenoeln their ttruggle forrellei from the
b'Utfeni to which we have hitherto been
"lave. 1 feel mytelf too weak for anything
more than to oiTer wordt of encouragement
to the brothers. Let ut, .. farmcrt wives
and daughters, help the farmer all we can
Jy using economy in everything around the
house, and let ut be regular attendant! at
ourmoetingiand encourage the brothert
all we can. If our presence will have any
influence to help the good work along we
ahoutd always bo there and ready to do our
part in the great undertaking wo have be
fore ut. We can do a groat deal if wo will
only think that wo can. We can encourage
ourhutbands to be more economical, In
many Instancei utilising what bus bcon
considered worthless, tboreby laving seven
al dollars In the run of a year. Lot ut try
and lee what can be done In thli way Just
one year, and If we find the rosult satisfac
tory we may continue the practice
I believe we should all try to make our.
telvei as comfortable as our meant will ad
mlt, Aut to be comfortable does not neceita
rilyAause us to be extravmrnnt in n
et Uhenwo know to well that our husbands
wuiyr -.uppiy our wishes. Lotus
,A"7 There are a great
'"lih less than wo
J. ill 11 11 I I I U II l Mil
3., 4. A . 1 V W
will mJTi '
i'ng to do our ov.
y"rs. We can )o i
JL. jorbut wo w!l
. ' vive
t Politic. l
j wo aro ucucr ucmia utcd w h.
tri aittr (,t housekeeping than we are with
t " mailers; uui 1 uopo y,m will tnko
rof the political Intercut or our coin
f'. w n n1 U,l,lk lll0" monll lve had
oroton,iatathe'u lD enough. It teems like
Little Daisy MorUf11" ouwmwir wrong with the
Colonel Jhw.ii Tot riruM
fliifld io lils btl rv mrt . L
Ma.'af Mlt Tool II l-nonciug
from a aovcru attack of tho (tongue
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JU'igO Atum KVm-J, "I "
uau.il. w iu two oliy yeiterday.
Mr. Jolin T. i ll'icolllo. 01
Protection for the Peonle
Editor Mircurt: Please let m In thi
once and perhaps I will never trouble you
nguin; uui my neurt Is full to running over,
and I wish to speak a few moments.
Now, Mr. Editor, what it protection to
tho people? And who are tho ones justly
deserving protection? Is it the few wenithv
who never earned a dollar in their lives,
and who are standing ready to grab the last
nlckle that the poor, laboring thousands
have toiled for? No! We think every in
telllgent person who bat a hcJlt at big at,
my thimble would answer in the negative.
It it surely the ones who have labored long
and earnestly to supply the ever called for
demands that sustain life.
The Farmers Alliance la Ann irmnd iinn
In the rlffbt direction: but I linVA hfOti rarwl-
Ing Thk Mercury for somo time, and it
appeara to me there hat been one very im
portant matter lea out. and that I. hr..
for thcvpeople; those life-preserving labor
ers who never can get even a poor home for
helpless families. They work hard, live
hard and die hard, tlmply because they
have not the money to buy a home with.
Xow, brothers 'and listers. I milltt nail
them brothers and titters, only In heart,
dui no. m oruer, mis ought not to be so.
But wbllo those land shark.
vantage of homeless thousands in order to
mane mem slaves, tney are taking advnn
tage or thcmsolves, their wives and their
But some say, bow can they take advau
tago of tholr own Interest? Whv. lust
this way. Eaoh and every reasonable and
onslble person very well knows that It doct
not take thousands of acret of land to make
one a happy home. Three hundred and
twenty acret of land it a sufficient amouut
for any one family, whilo one-half that
amount would mako a tniall tamily a good
and happy home. U each and everyone
wat restricted to three hundred and twen
ty acres each the prlcct of, laud would bo
rcdiiocd to that any energetio niuu or
woman would toon bo ulile to own a home
but while things romain iu the present con
dition It will never be otherwise.
But somo one would say, you aro off tli
subject or advautage. But not to. I am
ouly getting to the main point. Forlr...
tance, the land man buyt thousands of
acres of land; thus ho hat to buy hundreds
of dollars' worts of wire and hat to pay out
more to have thc.nork done; ho paya out all
he bat on hand and borrows Tor which he
hat to pay tlmt great interest, with which
ho buyt ttock. That Interest it eating him
up. Yes, and his wife and children have
boen sttjlng at home all this long time,
waiting lor tomo money which be hut been
promising them so long to buy tho artulo
or dross they so much desired, and perhaps
no can-Inge and horse to work, which would
lmvo given them Joy and bright smiles; but
ho wants to buy somo moro land and wire.
So the good wife is put off from time to
lime, till the Lord calls h IT bOtl.f. IlllliAiwvl.
she has had but little of the comforts or
mo wnicu were due her. But alas ! T
- Brethren, think on thc.o things. iJeduoo
your acres and multiply your homesteads,
whllo bright smiles will bothoprodmt. I
would like to know tho sentiments r th
VtoAe. I0 viSTA,
Orange Hull, Texas.
1Wn.il. ...inl'iintT Vl'hlKtlltT. 11'
t... uunv..rHit irnin l'm dennne, but t
ir .rinu fmin a niitlait r of
Uoiiwmavle Chairs always In stook.
the conildgoT tue jur.wir iKTu0TOnij!,-eai-u
dreaded. Howdiflerent It it with those
who work with a will; whatever they
touch becomet at once interesting. It Is
useless to think of idlenoss being a pleas
ure, especially In the country where so
much work it needed.
It baa been observed by Ion 2 exnerlenrta
that late spring! produce the greatest plen
ty, it is to tie Hoped that it may be the
ease with the present year. There comes'
from the fields toundt that have a certain:
fascination of their own; the gee-haws can'
be heard In every direction. WH wnnin
not love the farm? The fields are becln-
nlng to look green with grain, and the late
ralnt make the earth tmell tweet and fresh.
There It much that addt beautv nnri dig
nity to the life of a farmer. lie not only
labors for Dread lor hit fumllv. but ihini- r
the many hornet Involved in hit success.
i aiming 11 tuo gigantic machine that moves
the world, but as a rule farmer's wives
have more hard work to do than any other
class of women. What causes the care
worn expression on to many farmers' wlve'i
fleet, that maket them look old before their
time? Hard work I For honest work will
hurt no one. It may tan the hands or stoop
the shoulders, but what should we core for
that when they have a home and a clear
conscience oi doing their duty; and it lends
vitality and courage to the despondent
farmer. Our greatest men have rison from
the farm, and their character! wore molded
by energetio and industrious mothers or
Judicious work hum no one, and beau
tiful bands are those that do work, that is
honest, brave and true. '
Editor Mrrcurti-K you will allow
(From Ra' an Poland)
On Ml IMsfaaes Incidental to tho Ho.
assessment and tome have paid, othera
will pay at toon at tbey can. We bullet do
not attend very regularly, the weather has
been to bad up to the present time we
could not well go. If we cannot attend
regularly there it something we can do at
home that will help. We all should have
an eye to economy and not only preach it
but practice it, and all wilt be benefited. 1
wat very much Impressed with Sister Chari
tie'i talk to the girls, in Tns Mkrcurt of
March 8. I hope all will read and profit by
it. If the ladles and girls could once get to
thinking they could do, and as an old adage
hat it where there is a will there Is a way,
we would be happier and wiser.
Mr. Editor, 11 you think proper to print
thu I may writo again In the future, if not
please conUde it to the stove as 1 am like
Uncle Steve about the waste basket.
Wishing Thk Mercury and Alliance
tuccost I close. i'MMK L.
Seclusion, April I), '&).
Editor Mercury: The issue of the 8th
Inst has just been received and I cannot
refrain from commending the article of
Bro. P. S. Watt on emigration, lie hat
only briefly stated sterling facts, and all
thinking people will uphold hit assertions.
My observations have bcon quite extensive
for the past lew years In Texas, and I can
give It as my opinion that more people than
are here at present will not benefit the state
materially, and if all the land is put into
farms, with uo pusturo lands, I do not be
lieve the people would prosper at all.
A man depending solely on one hundred
and ilxty acret of land, with no outsido re
sources, might make a bare llviug in west
ern and southwestern Texas, but that would
be all. Uo could not educate bis cliildrcu
- - j.'u mil aiiuw me 1 .uub..v ui.: vuiimi-u
tpace in your valuable paper I will write a . creditably, or enjoy any or the luxuiict of
Itw. - mi. I .. - . . I lie. .1 ...1 . 1. t . - ,1
few lines. This is my first attemnt in vHt..
to any papor. I am a little girl only ten
yean old. 1 have a little sister who is onlv
Papa and mamma belong to the Farmers
Alliance I think the Alliance is getting
along nicely in this country. pap8 laJll
that their Alliance at Gates Valley numbers
about ono hundred. Ho takes Thk Mkr
CURY and reads it clo.ely.
1 have been wanting to sny something to
tho little cousins for tome time, and would
have done 10 before now, but my dear
toachar, Mn. M. W. Johnson, wrote a letter
ofwelcoino for our county Alliance in Jan
nary and It wat ordered publlthcd, but 1
guess it went to the Waste -basket, as 1 ha
novericcn it in print; yet I don't tt lnk 1
ever law a better letter In tho paper tliau It
wai. I wish that 1 knew why it m. not
published, though I don't think that It vcr
reached the editor, or It would have tomo
out on the first page; for I don't think It
could have been beaten by anyone. Of
course I nm tot eapablo of Judging good
letters, but I have beard n great many per
lent speaking about this letter, and about
itbclngiucha good enc, and won.lerlng
why It was not printed. So I ihm Kbt It
such a letter went to tho waste bavet us
was bora, such a ono as I could write would
be certain to go there. I wl.h to $X- that
thtt tamo Mrs. Johnson has taiyljt two
schools In succession for us at Oatot alley,
though her school It out herr andlsho it
First Tim Nur
wlilca will ettAMTt
. 1 L . I. K
rntiuu uiji''n i iup
rob.i. 'IU K.v. Father ryauilod tho
tnbjoct It tnaUrly mnntjr
life. And should hit health f ill. or the tpn
sontprovo unpropitiout starvation would
stare nun lu tho race. I have seen the hor
rort of tho drouth for tho past four years
and know whereof I speak. Or courne tho
papen denied these huirors, but they are,
novortholcss, too parinfully trne, and the
state could hardly relieve the sutlerers that
wcro here; aid what might have been tho
conscqucuccs had there been more than
I am a native Texan and love my native
land, but caudor compels mo to say to those
who contemplate emigrating here to come
and ace and judge for themselves before
they coucludo to move, and do not credit
interested land agents. Look at California.
Last year thousuuds sacrificed what they
had and moved there, and what Is the re
sult? Ami not to depreciate tho Lone Star
State, but thu teasous lucre aro more uui
iorm than with us.
People who cmliirnte aro not usualy peo
ple with money. Uhey leave one place to
try to better their eondlliou In another, and
although land Is comparatively vlicap hero,
It is the exception and not tho rule wheu
persons como here without means to luvost
that they ever get homo, and we lmvo en
tirely euough of that diss nmoug us now.
twill not consume more space now, but
if anyone wishes to know moro about south
western Texas from a resident, and will
solid ton cents In stamps, I will answer all
questions as cauilldlv as I can. 1 am nn
Alliance woninu ami in full sympathy with
Alliance peoplo everywhere, and will do all
iu my power lor the good of tho order.
Krxiin V nt'i
nimu una winy. uo 1
fore Iho Inevitable wime
TION. mXf. lu, or Fl:ilt J.t.!ii
Timidity. Trembllnn. Nrv
(to Mtir.l. w B I
HlitliiM ilf !'. )', tf-'v I
Ut lo Sot.ImI LWc ftid r
mAkH mkn. or
scssmeut for the Excbange, Ka
LUC Iliri.IUftrll Will Ihn nnvr mat, iiw.n 1111
' ' " " Ut AV MUV f I 1 '
good many of the members r,t.,';,.V?V..c
...... i, . !" . '
tans ihk jijsucuRY and are
,L--i- s oy
Four of our famllv
of thoFaruieia Alliance, and
readen of the dear old nanor
Hovers in the truths it seta for
llanec store it going up in Hai --l1--'
will soon be comnleted and reno--1 o
ness. Tho County Alliance n?d-
IIWAtilllV I A-ntf l,t tUr. A II! .... 1
memben are going to have an A -1
uer on tho first of May in llalle1'! " V I
ucara mji mere was going to be
speeches made The farmers In tf
borhood have all their corn rla
navo commenced planting cotton. ' Is
n. .. .11 .1.1 til I
buuu, uu iiuiiB vonsiaerc
Yours with best wishes.
Brown't Schoolhouse Alliance 01
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.VUl tlUnwtnUIU'R lUIC." imw .,ir iui
t on Iuh)m. TUe Dado, Vlkn
fimt, Ro.l IiilK ton. Ikvh tho liho
u.vrAiih ot your foot tbaro, ad tho
1 il.oin (teitnn
...f Tim dlrMAU
i toiiidnd over ly M uomionr-
I tjulie u'l lor u to ex
it.. -t V.ivo dortpt.tiu of this
Roiitteai-.il, tor I lmvo only aeen Ulm
i.nna mill Mat at K litll llll'MI. Ill tl'Vt
nh aiiBhiolu'o ;itmite lor aoolet.v
iii.L iin in nriut;nntl7 never aonn.
I am nrroarid t.i lav lifVT Odlta
L... .t . I.. f rAii.lilhl nun A VlinlllTV
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Soatervell County. c
ICniTnp MrnnrBv. T i..l4
Ing for tome time I would write as
from this part of Texas. I tee ,
Thr Mkkccry from dlflerent part
state, but none from any of the A
inthit county. I can't tell whv
the brethren don't write to Tub Mi
and lot it be known that we h
strong Alliance men in thli count' L o
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iu vvuci I'uns 111 tue siaie.
acveral Alliances 'in this conn
not see anything in Tur Me!
any or them.
I will tell you a lilllo about
Alliance. I say a little, beci
know much, at I am not a mcml;
order yet, but I indorso tho ordejaa''
principles. My husband Is
Buck Creek Alliance, and mAKY
They say they are cottlmr aioiuVA
most of the members havo paid
tl.rt.t anil f l.f.tt- .. r
w(uJb wuu a. ilium u. llliljuiltjr 01
the dear old Mrhcurv. I thin
grandest paper in tho world
I was very glad when J saw i;J
letter In Tint MKitotntr, lor I
rope hii broke and ho was gou
think such men as he and liro
Hope and others will over ful
all right In tho Intercut ol th
Jlr. Kdltor, lsuld this A)
tlug along very well. So thJ
who attend thu mcctlnss ir
of tho order, whllo there a0
Ing lo It who don't lako J
they should, knowtnir l'
cood. The dou'L t'il;iU'
and I think that accoui' fo
gciice. I believe if evT m
attend tho meetings fSu1'
TiirMkrcury tliov tiilJ
lu this grand cauc. ,1 thin
navo ecn in iinmiro i
enough, mid If they frill on
and ak the great One to Kid
caitno, then nicer b
long. Itnilhrrs, uulto in c
pertains to the iniorcst or f
the ballot box.
Now, Mr. Kdllor, I hope
my scattering though!, fi
fi.nl Its way into tho wasto
Will eaiuu some of the bioL
i county, Tex. fuey could write somcthlr7
. II. VVrT.t vn Po.'.
Iren-alad CMh Urorir,
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