Newspaper Page Text
Published every Tuesday at
fHBlSTIAN JOHNSON, Special Edi
Advertising rates made known
on application. The Tribune has
a very large country circulation
which makes it a very valuable
advertising medium to merchants
and others'wishing to attract the
attention of the country people.
Subscription price, SI a year,
when paid in advance otherwise
fl.25. 15 cts. extra for postage
oufside the county.
OFFICE IN GILGER BLOCK.
TUESDAY, DecEMBER 10TH, 1895.
LET US BE PRACTICAL.
The danger of all reform move
ments is to run to extremes.
Whenever reform becomes so
urgent as to rouse popular senti
ment, as is now the case in this
country, enthusiastic theorists
spring to the front with their
hobbies and cure all. Most all of
these theories contain more or
less of saving grace, but all of
them are apt to be narrow, or
one sided. Many of them, how
ever true in principle, are too far
ahead of their time for popular
comprehension. A measure of
reform to be practical must be as
little ahead of the popular senti
ment as possible, .yet radical
enough to make a distinct and
clearly drawn party issue of vit
al importance and certain re
We notice with satisfaction
that all the leading populists are
realizing the importance of keep
ing the above practical principles
in view as they are preparing for
the coming campaign. The feel
ing among them prevails that the
money question must be and will
become the leading issue. We
have held this view for a good
while and there are many rea
sons for this. But when we
agree to confine ourselves prin
cipally to the money issue, we
find that some hold that the silver
question per se is of slight impor
tance, and demand at once a
scientific system of paper mon
Now we do not deny that such
a money system is possible, and
under an advanced state of civili
zation and general intelligence.
the ideal system, yet we serious
ly doubt that this country is yet
calpable of handling such a sys
tem. Its volume would have to
be regulated by congress, and
from time to time measures of
of distribution be devised in the
form of internal improvement
etc. These measures of distrib
ution would be shoals and quick
sand that requires in our opinion,
more general intelligence and
better and purer statesmanship
that we can command at present.
We are afraid, for instance, that
some Wall street speculator, or
a click of them, would in some
way get control of congress, and
manipulate such a scientific sys
tem of paper money, should we
adopt such into a money swindle
for their own benefit, such as the
world never heard off yet. In
fact, we believe congress should
be altogether debarred from leg
islating about money. Changes
in monetary laws should be sub
mitted directly to the people as a
constitutional amendment. If
we once gel the initiative andEternity
referendum, and find that it
works alright, then we will think
about a 'scientific system of pa
per money," but hardly 'til then.
Taking all in all we believe that
the old automatic system of me
talic money is^the only practical
and safe money system that this
country can adopt for many
years to come!
By the old automatic system
of metalic money is meant the
free coinage of both gold and sil
ver into dollars or units of ac
count and full legal tender at a
certain ratio of weight of the
pure metal. That is all there is
to it. It is plain, simple and self
regulating. No, means of dis
tribution by the government in
the shape of internal improve
ments or popular loans is re
quired, as the government does
not buy the metal, or own the
money coined at the mints. The
J^VernmeiitfiimpJycbins the me
tal into dollars for anybody that
All the government is required
to do is to furnish minting- capac
ity. The rest regulates itself.
If money is scarce and of largo
purchasing power as at present
mining would be prosecuted with
vigor, because remunerative.
If money should become plenty
so as to lower the purchasing
power of the dollar, and other
enterprises become more remun
erative—such a thing would not
happen for years to come—min
ing the money metals would stop,
money would become scarcer and
increase in purchasing- power
again. If one of the metals
should give out or become too ex
pensive to mine, the increased
mining of the other would keep
up the supply. Thus for centur
ies this automatic production and
free coinage of the money metals
has supplied the world with
money. In 1S10 England broke
for the first time in the world's
history the first spoke in this
ever revolving wheel. But one
spoke didn't affect its motion in
the world. It was about twenty
years ago when half of the
spoke a were knocked out that
the wheel lost its balance, and
the old automatic money system
received its death blow.
It is foreign to this subject to
refer to the widespread disaster
that has followed the dostruciiou
of'bi-inetaiism. But all admit
that something is wrong with our
present financial system. Vari
ous schemes are proposed to
remedy this. Some want govern
ment paper money only, and ex
clude the metals entirely. Oth
ers want to keep the present
wheel with half of its spokes out.
and balance it with duo bills of
private banking corporations.
We don't believe in any of
these new-fangled patchwork
schemes. We demand the old
system of automatic bimetalism
that has stood the test of exper
ience for thousands of years.
We don't claim that it is abso
lutely perfect, but we believe ii
is the best yet for all practical
In standing on this basis we of
fer nothing new or untried. We
offer simply the money system
laid down in our organic law. the
constitution. We ask simply
that all laws passed in con
travention of the constitution
according to James J. Blaine
on this subject during the last
quarter of a century be repealed.
If this is anarchism make the'
best of it. This is our personal
view on the money question.
We hold that the Peoples Party
should make this their chief is
sue in the coming campaign.
Standing for the restoration
our constitutional money system
we have at once the conservative,
sober and intelligent masses of
the people irrespective of party
on our side. Let the ancient
true bi-motallism be restored
and there will be no trouble what
evei for the government to issue
a conservative and safe currency
adequate for modern business
Let us be practical and con
fine ourselves to the question .on
which the people are educated.
and do one thing at a time.
With too many irons in the lire
they are all apt to bo burned.
The transportation question is
urgent, we admit, but the mom
ent we touch it, an immense field
opens up for endless discussion
and diverts the mind from the
main issue now. Let us not try
to make the world perfect at once.
is long, and posterity
must have something to do after
we are gone. To re-establish the
money of the constitution: to un
do all the scheming and trickery
of the money power during the
last quarter of a century in con
gress, to once and forever, until
something better shall be found
to take its place, re-establish the
old, and equitable and true tried
bi-metallism and at the same
time execute condign punishment
on those traitors that by stealth
and fraud deprived the people of
their old money system brand
them traitors in the sight of thes
the world as a warning for Amer:
ican statesmen to come to do
this, we say, is not a side issue.,
or a small matter, but the great
est issue without,exception ever
presented to an American politi
cal party for solution, and wor.
thy of the mightiest intellect in
the nation. We say, if the Peo
pies Party will offer itself up to
this issue, and carry it to vic
tory, it will immortalize itself in
the history of the nation and the
world-. Remember that it is
more patriotic to re-conquer lost
ground, than it is to win new
territory. C. J.
The President did the country
a real service in writing so able I
a review of the financial question,
We hop:) that every citizen will
road it. From his standpoint as
an honest gold monometalist—
and there is no doubt that he is
honest in has views—his position
He proves conclusively and
cogently several points that have
heretofore been rather misty in
the minds of most people.
1st. That the passage of the
Sherman law. or rather that part
of it called the parity clause, by
virtue by which all coin obliga
tions were made payable in gold,
was really the law that establish
ed gold monometallism in this
country. The Republican party
passed that. Its meaning was
also construed by Secretary Fos
ter under Harrison's administra
tion. Cleveland's administration
has simply followed the policy
inaugurated by his predecessor.
By virtue of this policy the treas
ury has been drained of nearly
100.(^)0.000. of gold by specula
tor.-, and as a consequence bonds
have been issued to furnish the
gold. Had Harrison been re
elected the result would have
been exactly the same. Under
this policy Cleveland could not
lia/e done otherwise than he has.
That much is certain.
laid. The amount of revenue
and tariff law has nothing to do
with I lie gold depletion of the
treasury or export of it. He
completely demolishes the Re
publican contention that in
creased revenue will stop the
go'd drain. Why, he shows that
in Febuary last when the gold re
serve was down to j'tfO.OOw.OOO
and third issue of bonds were
made there was over £100,000,00
of other surplus money in the
treasury. For a.s we all know
tariif duties are payable in
treasuW notes and silver certifi
cates. anl as a rule are paid with
these: no gold comes in from that
source however large the re
ceipts. As he truly says, it is
gold and no other kinds of-money
that the treasury is in need of.
Hrd. On the single gold stand
ard, a.s the ••parity clause" put
us, the greenbacks and coin
treasury notes must go. There
is no avoidance of that. We can
not bo on the single gold stand
ard with 'e00.000.000 of paper
outstanding. redeemable on
presentation, and receivable for
revenues without inevitable na
tional bankruptcy. Under the
present policy the government
must get all its gold for bonds,
and continue to issue bonds as
Jong as they can be sold, and
then make an assignment. It
doesn't make one iota difference
what party is in power, nor how
much revenue comes in, as long
as it can be paid in silver certifi
cates, greenbacks and coin notes.
If we shall remain on the single
gold standard all government
paper money must go.
We are thankful to Mr. Cleve
land that he lias placed this mat
ter so clearly before the country.
Hitherto most people have been
fooled by this Republican hide
and seek money scheme—so cal
led bi-metaliism. but really gold
mono-metallism. But Cleveland
plays no hide and seek game, but
lays the thing bare with child
like simplicity. He wants gold
alone to be and remain our mon
ey standard. He shows us that
we can have no other kind of
government money. Our cur
rency for business cannot under
the gold monometallic standard
be supplied by government legal
What then shall we have? Ob
viously private bank scrip. The
people will hardly accept that,
but there is no alternative. I
that or nothing.
In our opinion Cleveland has
given true bimetallism, the free
coinage of silver at 16 ro 1, the
biggest boom yet. any man in this
country.v He has place 1 in broad
daylight the real money issue.
People can now see that it is the
money of the constitution, or pri
vate bank notes, one, or the other,
that they must chose as the mon
ey oi the nation. The gold-bugs
have been smoked out of ftoeir
hole. The people can now see
the animal as it is. Our cam
paign on the money question is
practically ended. We can say
now to the people 'choose ye
this day whom you will serve."
••As you make your bed so you
lie in it." C. J.
Penny Press: Elsewhere in
these columns will be found a
communication from Mr. H. D.
Stacker, Jr.. in criticism of the
language reported to have been'
used by Dr. Wayland Hoyt in his
discussion of some religious sub
ject, at the Hennepin Avenue
Methodist Church on 'Thanks
giving day." While the letter of
Mr. Stocker is very pointed, nev
ertheless if Dr. Hoyt were cor
rectly reported, the criticism
therein made is only just.
How a Doctor of Divinity can
stand up in an open pulpit, before
an intelligent public, and pro
claim to the world that "every
wage earner, every land owner,
has learned that it is impossible
to legislate 'fifty cents up to one
hundred cents,' and that they are
bound to have an "honest, sound
dollar.' which is also a 'Christian
dollar.' is quite beyond the
comprehension of the writer
at least. This fact may not be a
surprise to Dr. Hoyt. but his an
nouncement will be "very start
ling to the business world," and
particularly to "every land
owner," if that land owner hap
pens to have a mortgage upon
that land. Let us illustrate:—
In answer to the declaration of
Dr. Hoyt we should have been
pleased to have summoned two
prominent Minneapolitans to
have made reply to that dec
laration then and there. Those
gentlemen spell their names
"George A. Brackett and
Charles M. Loring, "-—two gentle
men whose connections with the
business interests of this town,
and whose work on behalf of her
public institutions and private
charities have earned for them
lasting monuments. If we could
have done this, we' believe that
we could have demonstrated to
Dr. Hoyt and his audience that
every land owner" who hap
pened to owe anything on his
property" had learned" how it
were possible to legislate "a
hundred cents worth of property
down to fifty cents," without
the slightest trouble in
the world—and that too within
the period of three short years!
When the people of this country
first realized that silver had been
••demonetized." and that "a
single gold standing standard"
had been adopted, the year 18lJF
had come mighty near' being
closed. To be sure the law "de
monetizing silver., was passed
in 1S73. but it was so re-vamped
and redoctored in 187H, under
the Bland-Allison bill, that every
American citizen had a right to
believe the "stain and disgrace,"
if not the "crime of lH7 j," had
been forever wiped out.
The insidious clause which
Congress permitted to be in
serted into every monetary
contract—"payable in gold"
—did not make its appearence in
practical business until after the
panic of 1890 had passed away.
It was fully two years before
the National and State Banks
had determined upon the adop
tion of the that particular "per
missible clause" in their mon
etary obligations. Hence it was
fully the beginning of 1892, be
fore the people of this country
realized that "one half of her
metallic money" 'had been de
stroyed by legislative enactment.
The destruction of that money
has not only reduced the price of
silver bullion 45' per cent in the
markets of the world, but it has
carried everything else in the
line of commodities down with it,
including the value of "lands."
In 1891, the representative of
one of the leading Trust Com
panies of this city, valued the
real estate property of Mr.
George A Brackett,—85 per cent
of which was among the best im
proved wholesale property in
this town,—placing the total val
uation thereof at about $1,200.
000. Within twelve months the
New York Life Insurance Com
pany, and one or two other par
ties, have come into possession
of that entire property under
foreclosure of mortgage, for a
sum, the total of which did not
readh%390$to £tt told
Here was a shrinkage of
more than" r0 cents on a dollar"
in the value of Mr. Brackett's
property.—every cent of the loss
of which was brought about by
"the demonetization of silver,"
and the adoption of the "single
gold standard." Almost an ident
ically similar story could be told
of the properties of Mr. Charles
M. Loring. These gentlemen
could have-testified to Dr. Hoyt's
audience, from practial exper
ience, that it least" two land
owners had learned" that it were
possible "to legislate one hundred
cents down to fifty cents" with
in the period of three years.
If then, the Congress of the
United States can. bjr an act of
Congress destroy one half of the
value of a man's property, upon
what ground of reasoning does
it follow that same Congress can
not restore the value of that pro
perty by similar means? The res
toration of silver adds but four
billions of metallic money to the
world's circulating medium, and
then the aggregate would be but
eight billions, including gold and
silver,—and yet the demands of
the business world nor reaches
more than "twenty billions of
dollars."—ortwo and a halt times
more than the aggregate of all
metal money, and five times
more than the present gold
standard furnishes. With an un
limited demand—that is, a de
mand for "twenty billions" of
money with which to do the busi
ness of the world, the gold bugs
of this country and of Europe,
are furnishing "four biilions" as
Is it any wonder that the value
of the "gold dollar has enhanced
an hundred per cent? And is
there any power on earth to pre
vent it enhancing to five hundred
per cent, so long as the world de
mands five hundred per cent
more money? The monetary
question may be one easily dig
ested by our "spiritual teach
ers'" but if it be. then we fear
that Dr. Hoyt has spent hardly
any time over the subject and
needs to do a mighty sight more
studying and thinking before he
sets himself up as an instructor
For Sale or Trade,
The residence property corner
2nd street and Litchfield Ave.
Epileps 20 Years.
Cured by Dr. Miles' Nervine.
A few years ago, Mr. L. W. Gallaher, was
an extensive, successful expert manu
facturer of lumber products. Attacked with
epilepsy, he was obliged to give up his busi
ness. The attacks came upon him most in
opportunely. One time falling from a carri
age, at another down stairs, and often in the
street. Once he fell down a shaft in the
mill, his injuries nearly proving fatal. Mr.
Gallaher writes from Milwaukee, Feb. 16, "95.
"There are none more miserable than epi
leptics. For 20 years I suffered with epilep
tic fits, having as high as five in one night. I
tried any number of physicians, paying to
one alone, a fee of $500.00 and have done
little for years but search for something to
help me, and have taken all the leading
remedies, but received no benefit. A year ago
my son, Chas. S. Gallaher, druggist at 191
Reed St., Milwaukee, gave me Dr. Miles'
Restorative Nervine, and I tried it with
gratifying results. Have had but two fits
since I began taking it.~J am better now in
every way than I have been in 20 years."
Dr. Miles' Remedies are sold by druggists
on a positive guarantee that the first bottle
will benefit or price refunded. Book on the
Heart and Nerves, free. Address,
Dr. Miles Medical Co., Elkhart, Ind.
Dr. Miles' Remedies Restore Health.
Sold By Winblad & Peterson,
SOLD ONLY BY
Williams & Davies,
DRY aOODS, NOTIONS,
Glassware, 0 ERI S
All kinds ofFarm Produce taken in Exchange-
Goods delivered promptly to all parts of the city.
W. A. SPERRY
0NEY TO LOAN.
We represent unlimited capital and can give you your choice of the best
terms ever ottered. Par of principal payable at any time. No cash bonus
or commission. No delay in getting- your-money.
FARMERS, CALL ON US FOR LOANS.
NEW LOANS OR RENEWALS.
Diamonds, Watehcs, Clocks, Jewelry, .Sil
verware and Spectacles.
Repairing- and Engraving:.
Call and g-et prices.
We respectfully solicit the
trade of the people at Willmar
and especially invite the railroad
men to give us a trial.
The Choicest Meats.
The Finest Shop.
Positively, the highest market
price paid for hides.
all for "Queen Esther"
The Most Lasting and
Highly Praised Perfume
in the Market, At
Elfstrum & Weedall's.
SECTIONAL STEEL MILL
ON THE MARKET.
Guaranteed Against Cyclones.
JACOBSON & MILLER,
GILGER BLOCK, STAIRS ON 4TH STREET. WILLMAR, MINN.
Best Ferfupi* ifi the
JVIarket. Gold op
ROCERIES AND N
U-JM-M JHlfcflffLH!Wm.(L»i|.lMJ_| 1 IIJ hi,j»» .j|
DEALERS IN=== HB
'Ve will always pay the highest market price for BUTTER and
EGGS, and sell our goods as CHEAP as any in town.
GOIVI E AW*
F. A. ILSIRUP, M, D. &,
WiLLMAfe, I N N
Office at Freese '& Freese'
livery stable. Calls night or
day promptly attended, to.
.*Gomes highly recommended
as askiUfuland scientific vet
erinarian in the treatment of
all diseases of domesticated an
imals, including castration and
dental Work by the latest me
thods. A graduate of the Chi-