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A Beview of the Politioal Situation
Showing Populist Strength
We Nted to Confer Regarding a Com
mon Plan to Reach and Educate
the People. The Con
feience Called
Special to The Wealth Maker
Editor Wealth Makers:
On last Saturday, November , 24th,
Chairman Taubeneck closed People's
party headquarters in this city, and on
the following day left for his home in
Illinois where he expected to spend only
a few hours, until he would start for the
silver conference in St. Louis. Before
leaving he prepared an address to par
people, a portion of which is as follows:
"The result of the late election is before
es. We have increased our aggregate
vote about one hundred per cent, since
1892, and hare broken the solid south.
We have convinced bur opponents and
the world, that we are a fixed factor in
politics, and have come to stay. A new
party that can double its voting strength
in two years, shows a - vitality that has
not been excelled by any new party in the
history of our country. Every Populist
can be proud of the record we have made
this year. The People's party is the only
political organization whose members
stand as a unit in all sections on the
principles it advocates. The two old
parties have their eastern, northern,
western and southern factions, each "one
holding antagonistic views on all the
.great industrial questions which are forg
ing their way to the front.
"In twelve out of the fourteen states
vest of the Mississippi river, which in the
past have been classed as Republican,
the People's party is first and second in
voting strength, all except Iowa and
California. In these twelve, we have re
duced the Democratic strength to a few
stragglers, and had it not -been for the
administration and goldbug Democrats
nominating dummy tickets for the Dem
ocratic farmers and laborers to support,
while they voted with the Republicans,
we would have elected our candidates in
a majority of these states. In the states
outh of Ohio and Potomac rivers we are
eecond in voting strength, in eight out of
the fourteen states, and the Democratic
party remains in control by fraud and
counting the colored votes.
"The Democratic party in the south is
the negro party, because without their
votes, a majority of the sonthern states,
would have elected Populist governors
this year.
'Headquarters of the People's party
was opened January 1st, 1891. Contri
butions to defray expenses were made by
the Populist senators and representati es
and other friends throughout the land. 1
"The total amount received from all
sources was $1,349.80, or an average of
$122.71 per month: only a trifle more
than a congressman's clerk receives. Out
of this amount we had to pay all expen
ses, such as roomrent.furnitereforsame,
fuel, gas bills, clerk hire, stationery,
postage, telegraphing, printing, board,
And many other incidental expenses.
"Many suggestions have been made by
our press and leaders for a conference
composed of the members of thenational
committee, chairmen of the state com
mittees, representatives of the reform
press, congressmen of the 53rd and 54th
congress, and other leaders is our party,
to discuss ways and meansforconducting
an additional campaign from now until
the meeting of the next national conven
tion. ' '
"This is very important, becauseduring
the short session of the present congress,
and the 54th congress, questions of great
importance will be discussed. The money
power is not yet satisfied; they demand
the repeal of the income tax, the destruc
tion of the greenbacks, and the passage
of the national banking bill, as outlined
by the late banker's association held in
Baltimore, Maryland.
"The financial question will come to
the front, and the Republicans will be as
. eervile, and do the bidding of the money
power, as much as the Democrats have
., done.
"Populists, in Imakirg a special and
radical study of economic conditions, are
all aware that not all the evils of our
times proceed wholly from one source.
Our platform has been a broad protest
against the most visible and piratical
forms of present monopoly. Atthesaine
time, and above all else, we have been the
only political organisation of sufficient
capacity and information to comprehend
h nnt paramount ouestion on which
now depends not only the immediate wel
fare of the masses but even the civilization
and Christianity of a great nation. This
is the money question. The question as
to whether the American people shall be
permitted to have the vehicle of exchang
ing labor, and all things produced by
labor, in such a volume that they can
live by honest industry, and not be
turned with no fault of their own into
beggars and tramps, is paramount to all
"As the demand for money is equal to
the demand for all other things, so is the
demand for monetary reform equal to the
demand for all other industrial reforms
combined. The money questiou involves
all others, and so is one half of each in
dustrial question the mind can conceive.
"I believe we ought to begin at once to
organize for the great conflict of 1896,
and concentrate all our force on the
money question.
"To do this we roust have a conference
of all our leaders, map out a policy, and
make a vigorouseducational campaign."
Congressmen are coining from every
direction, and by next Monday the city
will be all alive with every description of
politician, from the ordinary every day
office seeker, to the millionaire lobbyist.
Thousands of dollars have been spent
for the last two months, putting in new
furniture, carpets, and painting up things
generally.' At the capital the two bar
rooms, one in the senate wing, and the
other in the house wing of the Capitol,
have rubbed up everything until it is as
bright as a new silver dollar, laid in a
new supply of the best whiskies, brandies,
beers, wines, etc., and are now ready for
business on a big scale.
Let us all hope that on next Monday,
the 3rd day of December in the year of
our Lord 1894, the last session of the
last Democratic congress will meet for the
last time during the nineteenth century.
This country can well afford to rest from
Democratic rule for the next quarter of a
century at least. ' .
; The Treasury Department has given it
out that the income tax law will not be
enforced, because congress only appro
priated $9,000 with which to execute the
law, and this has been used up in paying
a special commissioner's salary to pre
pare blanks, etc., for its execution. It is
believed that this congress will refuse to
make any appropriation fortbk purpose
and thereby kill the law by stabbing it
in the back.
J. II. Turner.
December 1st, 1894.
Parity '
Editor Wealth Makers:
As both the old frauds insist on a pari
ty, we will give 'era in the demand. We
want a parity between a bushel of wheat
and a sack of flour, between a pound of
steer and a pound of beef, and above all
things, a parity between interest and
prices. That would knock thestuffen out
of the bankers' panic.
When the farmer received $1.00 per
bushel for wheat, charge him 10 per cent
interest, when he gets 50 cents chargehim
5 per cent., when anyone paid a note or
borrowed money the interest charge
should be , calculated from the price' of
wheat in the north and cotton in the
south. That would be a parity, that
meant something, and not the hypocriti
cal cry of two thieves. , . '
The Democratic party has cut its own
throat by its issue of bonds. . The Repub
licans will do the same as soon as they
get a chance. They have fused on the
vital question (the money question),
while they fool the People with their
Katy did and Katy didn't tariff ditty,
both roosting on the same (golden)
The tariff cut no figure in any of the
twelve panics of our history, but the
periodical contraction of the currency
was the sole couse' of each and all of them.
When the hoary infuntindustriessucceed
in bribing congress to pass a high tariff
they import the paupers of Europe to do
their (dirty) work, which enables them to
sell the wool in Europe and the shoddy at
home. Same with all other (infant)
paternal industries. Who pays the tariff
anyway? Answer theconsumera. Ask
the twin sycophants the cause of the uni
versal lack of confidence and appalling
distress everywhere. They will belch in
unison the tariff! The tariff!! In 1892
the Republicans voted the Democrat
ticket, It was a great Republican victo
ry. In 1894 the Democrats voted the Re
publican ticket, a great Democratic
victory. Vast majorities, etc. When
Christ taught the doctrines of the Inde
pendent platform the majority cried,
"Crucify him, crucify him!" The Omo
hogs highwaymen say. "vote aa we wish,
or we will withdraw all the money."
We are a nation of liars and thieves.
We crucified the greenback and silver,
and now the high-priests of the bottom
less pit of Wall street are endeavoring to
crucify labor; and the most incomprehen
sible fact is, the unreading, unthinking
Republicans and Democrats are assisting
(by their votes) to raise themselves on
the golden cross ever jumping from the
frying pan into the fire.
A.B. Flack.
At 1016 O Stmt jron don't pa but H th prli
for Shoe you do at other itorta. They ar dot
ing out.
We want yon to notfoe every new "ad"
In our columns. They are pat there es
pecially for your benefit
All but the Unloa Company In,
Whice Ie Boycotted by the) Trust
Denver, Colo., Dee. 5. L. Smith, pres
ident of the Union Smelting company,
which has large works at Lauerville, con
firms the report that a smelter combine
has been formed. The Union smelter ie
not in the combine, and Mr. Smith says
it has been boycotted by the trust. "We
had an invitation to ' go in," said Mr.
Smith, "but because wedidnotgo around
begging for terms, the trust is going to
discipline ns a little." The clearing-house
feature of the scheme is a good one.
Each smelter registers all of its con tracts
for ore in the trust clearing house. The
ores are delivered to the clearing house
and paid for, and are distributed to the
different smelters in such a way that each
gets its share of the ore, but the classes
of ore are so distributed thatthesinelters
are all supplied with the kinds of ores
they need the most, so no smelter has to
shut down for want of a certain kind of
ore.'"- - : :
"Has the trust attempted to raise rates
yet?" : .
"No, it has not gone that far yet, but
that is the main reason for the combine.
It must first get all the smelters in. Tkt
Utah smelters are out yet, and we ar
the only one of any account in this stat
that is out. Just as soon as they can get
things fixed the plan is to raise tbt
Dealers Must Handle Goods aa Told
or Not at All
New York, Nov. 30 A new scheme of
the American Tobacco company, other
wise known as the Cigarette trust, to cut
off competition and put dealers more in
their power than ever before, has been
brought to light. For some timedeale,rs
in cigarettes have noticed that besides
the cancellation mark used on the revenue
stamp on each box of cigarettes there
was another mark, a number placed on
each stamp. . . -'
For a while the meaning of this puzzled
the dealers, but lately it has been known
that the number was the number of a
jobber, and that every pack of cigarettes
going to a jobber bore his number. If a
package of cigarettes fonnd the way into
the hands of a blacklisted or anti-trust
dealer, by the number on the revenue
stamp the jobber was located and notified
that he would have to cease selling to
the party. The beauty of this plan will
be better understood when ; the . fact is
taken into consideration that should the
retailer, anxious to protect the jobber
who had sold him the goods, scratch the
stamp, he would probably be arrested
for defacing the cancellation murk on it
Appoint a Committee to Watch the
Legislature Elect Officers
Springfield, 111., Dec. 6. The annual
session of the Illinois Retail Implement
Dealers' association has closed. Com
mittees were appointed to attend the
coming session of the state legislature
and keep an eye open for all legislation
affecting the association." The following
officers were elected: President Henry
Tievett, Champaign; vice president, G.
A. Varduyn, Springfield; secretary and
treasurer, Otto Castend.vck, La Salle; di
rectors, S. E. Pratber, Champaign, and
M. Kahn. Petersburg. The next meeting
will be held here during the state fair in
Exporters end Importers in the South
American. A rade Combine
New York, Nov. 30. An exporters' and
importers' trust is the latest thing heard
of in the way of mercantilecombinatious
The reported consolidation of half a
dozen leading commission houses for the
purpose of controlling a branch of that
fine of business was going the rounds of
Wall street today. From all.that could
be learned the houses embraced in the
trust are Flint & Co., Coombs, Crosby A
Eddy, Tebo Bros., Q. A nisi nek & Co., and
H.W. Peabody&Co. The firmsmen
tioned have almost a monopoly of the
commission trade with Sonth America,
the Mosquito coast countries, Mexico
and Australia. One or two big coffee
houses are reported as being in the trust.
If this combination is completed it will
represent and control almost the entirt
export and import commission bnsinest
done between this country and the Latin
American countries; which means, of
course, the freezing out of all the small
Interest. Root, Profit
People pay interest because they do
not make their own money.
. They pay rent because they do not build
their own houses.
They pay profit because they do not
do their own business.
If the people did these things them
selves they would not have to pay rent,
profit and interest. Do yon catch on?
The people are the government. K. C.
Appeal. . ;
Obeap Water and Fruitful Vines la
? ; Dry Seasons
One of the greatest problems that
western people have to solve is how to
produce profitable crops with a email
amount of moisture. -
Now I am not a rainmaker, nor do I
believe anybody else is, bnt I do believe
in damming up the creeks and draws so
as to save the water that nature sends
us.and think that if a state were covered
with email lakes or ponds that the vapo
rization from them would induce raiuf all.
Here in Sonth Dakota the approved
way is to build bridges over all the creeks
to facilitate the of the water, and
after it has escaped we load up our bar
rels and i tart after it While a part of
the people haul water the rest pray for
rain, or else try to make it themselves;
and all of ns suffer from drought.
Now I am going to propose a plan by
which I can kill two birds with one stone.
The roads have to be worked. Instead
of bridging the creeks, why not throw up
a heavy dam that will also answer for a
road, thereby saving the cost of bridge
timbers and holding a body of water?
By leaving the grade low at one end so
the water can run around it instead of
running over, no damage would result to
the road. If there was any danger of the
water wahing away the end of thegrade
a few plank or stone might be putin. By
making the first dams at the head of the
small creeks and gradually working down
towards the mouth, quite large streams
could be dammed up.
I have a dam on a small , draw in my
pasture and while the draw generally
runs water but a few days in the spring,
I am able to bold watar all the year
When the pond is full of water it floods
two or three acres, but gradually recedes
to about half an acre. After the water
goes down I plow up the ground that
was flooded and plant garden truck in
it. v, ::'!
With frequent cultivation and some
rafu my vegetables do as well as if irri
gated. Should there be such a heavy
rain as to flood the garden I open a flu me
in the dam and draw the water down us
low as wanted.
This is practical irrigation without
cost, and hoping the method might be
profitably adopted by others is my ex
cuse for writing about it.
There is another way that many might
employ to grow vines who have no creek
to dam up. My plan is this: Take stone
of a size convenient to handle and lay
them in a circle with an inside diameter
of about two feet. Fill the center with
stable manure and in season plant in the
ground outside of the mound; seeds of
cucumbers, melons, citrons and squashes,
or any thing else that grows on a vine.
' When a little plant comes up it is
somewhat protected by the mound and
you know exactly where to look for it.
While it would be better to keep down
the weeds between the mounds they will
not rob your plants to any great extent
if they get the start of you.
The mounds should be placed in line
both ways so that the weeds can nearly
all be destroyed by cultivation and very
little hoeing will be necessary. Tbisplan
has much to recommend it; as no moist
ure or fertility can escape the plants
which surround it, and it will be moist
under the mound when it is dry every
where else. .
Every hill so arranged will give you a
dollar's worth of produce at current
prices in your nearest town. Try it.
Powell, South Dakota.
Farmers' Alliance Wants Other Re-,
forms Adopted in the New
.Movement ...
Topeka, Kan., Dec. 8. The State
Farmers' Alliance, which is holding its
annual convention in Topeka today,
passed the following resolutions in res
olutions in regard to the proposed new
silver party:
"Whereas, A movementis understood
to be contemplated for the organization
of what are usually denominated the
elements of discontent throughout the
eountry into a political party with plat
form embodying the single issue of free
coinage of silver; now, therefore,
"llesolved, That while we recognize the
great importance of this question as one
of the original St. Louis demands of the
Farmers' Alliance, still, in our judgment,
a party with so narrow a platform could
not reasonably expect the support of
members of this organization.
"Resolved, That we deem it a duty to
express our disapprobation of any move
ment of this character, which can have
no other effect than to divide the reform
forces of the country at the ballot-box,
the only place where they can possibly
make their demands effective."
Resolutions were also adopted protest
ing against the issuance of bonds, de
manding free postal delivery for the
country, demanding the abolishment of
the free-pass system, and demanding a
general reduction of the salaries of public
officials. , ,
There is no excuse for any man to ap
pear in society with a grizzly beard since
th' introduction of Buckingham's Dye,
which colors natural brown or black.
Eugene V. Debs Will Urge His Plans
Before the Denver Convention
Denver, Col., Deo. 6. It is announced
that Eugene V. Debs will attend the con
vention of the American Federation of
Labor in Denver next week, and will en
deavor to secure an indorsement of his
plan to amalgamate labor organizations
into one vast federation, to be known n
the "United Federation of Workmen."
He will also ask the convention to ap
prove the last summer's strike. This will
probably be strongly opposed by Samuel
(tampers, president of the federation.
Competnt Teachers Needed
Memphis, Mo., Dec. 6, 1894.
Editor Wealth Makers:
Enclosed please find fl.30 for The
Wealth Makers and Prairie Farmer for
one year. If the latter is as good as the
former, I shall feel well paid for the in
vestment.' Touching political matters, I want to
say to you that in my humble judgment
our people make a very grave mistake in
the class of speakers sent forth to ex
pound Populistie doctriness to the masses
While there are a thousand things calling
long and loud for reformation in this
country, our people should know that
after all, humanity is, v and will
prove to be, about the same all along
down the ages and that wisdom as well
as good politics teaches us that just so
long as Satan's kingdom operates upon
earth, just that long will the earth be
filled with error and men's hearts both as
individuals and as factors of an aggre
gate called society, chooseevil rather than
light. We have in this country and con
fronting ns today, two or three evils
that ought to awaken the thunderbolts
of Jove until their reverberations came
rolling down the ages and fill every cor
ner of this fair land of ours with that
alarm which would cause mankind to
cry alond, "men and brethren what shall
we do."
A purely American system of finance.
without reference to any other nation on
earth is the m plus ultra, the greatest of
all questions pressing the masses of this
country for a speedy and intelligent solu
tion. The money power is the octopus
that is fixing its tentacles' about the
body politic and just as surely sucking
away the very lifeblood of the toiling
millions of our people. Here in Missouri
as elsewhere its awful work may be seen
upon every side; its gilded palaces and
crystal domes extending far up toward
heaven, as if seeking conquest of things
celestial; while clustering at the base may
be seen thousands of hovels, the people
in poverty, tears ana want.
Let no man disparage the importance
of the financial system of a nation. By
it Rome achieved her greatness, and
through its perversion she not only sank
into perpetual oblivion as a nation, but
her once prosperous citizens sank to ab
ject serfdom. "Let me control the fin
ances of a notion ami I care not who
makes her laws."
It seems to me that any man who
boors an audience with his crude ideas of
finance and offers free silveras a solution
of what the people want, does not com
prehend the first principle of the impor
tant subject; and I infer that you will
always find him foremost in the ranks- of
those who advocate fusion at the polls.
Fusion upon principle, is as unnatural
and utterly impossible as a compromise
between God and Satan.
The people of this country are seeking
light financial relief. , Can the blind lead
the blind? .
It seems to me that national, state and
county lecture beauros should be estab
lished at once, and the financial and
transportation questions 'as of para
mount impartance placed before the peo
ple in a truthful, candid manner.
J. K. Stevens.
John H. Powers, the Populist candidate
for the state treasurer, received 69,462
votes, notwithstanding the fact that the
field was hot and furious against him.
The Republicans were against him, the
rump Democracy was against him, and
the free silver Democrats were against
him. The old gentleman only got the
deep-died-in-the-wool Populist vote, and
about 5,000 of these felt as if Mr. Powers
had been nominated once too often. In
the face of these stubborn facts and the
national absurdity "a Republican year"
it can be readily seen that the Populist
party in Nebraska is stronger and more
vigorous than ever. Two years from
now there will be about 40,000 Republi
cans and Democrats too tired and worn
ont to "stand up" for the bosses again,
and then the Populists will have a walk
away. Platte County Argus.
How He Loves the Workingman .
The sympathy of the president of the
Sugar trust for the employes of that con
cern is rather touching, considering that
his salary is $75,000 a year as president
and $25,000 additional as trustee, whils
the workingmen in the trust refineries are
paid 19 cents an hour for working in an
atmosphere heated to from 125 to 150
degrees. Boston Herald.
NO. 27
A Subscriber Wants Farmer's Oo-
ferenoe Called Right Away.
Cditor Wealth Makers:
We have a Business Men's Association,
so-called, in this state, made up of mer
jhants, wholesale men, manufacturers,
stock dealers, grain buyers and bankers.
They are all combined and all work to
gether against the fanners and laboring
men every where. And they have reduced
the profits of labor and the value of pro
ducts of labor to the pointof starvation,
and created paupers aud tramps on th
one hand and millionaires on ths other.
Now it seems to me that it is about
time that the greatest division of busi
ness men in the nation, that Is. the farm
ers, should form a business men's asso.
elation for ths protection of their own
interests, as we all know agriculture is
the foundation of all other business and
without it the nation most perish. And
we also know that the brainiest men in
the nation are to be found among the
farmers, and always have been; and at
the same time they now have noihiug to
say as to the price they shall get for
their products except in some isolated
Now, Mr. Editor, I think that it la
time for us to make a move in the direc
tion of immediate self-protection, at J
now is the opportune time, while we
have the control, to some ex tent, of til
price of our products on account of tt
scarcity of cereals to go on the market
before there is another crop raised. Now
Mr. Editor, I think there should be a
Farmers Conference called at the city cf
Lincoln as soon as possible for the dis
cussion of the best plan to effect an or
ganization aud draft by-laws to control
the organizations when effected. I would
be in favor of a state organisation and
also a county and township organiza
tion, all working together by the same
rules with the object to secure for all the
best markets; and the individuals of tit
townships conld help one anotherin hold
ing their products until remunerative
prices could be obtained. Then we, as
farmers, could keep our products 'off the
market nntil these other so-called busi
ness men had to have them or starve.
We could force them to come to as and
purchase at our prices, and by keeping
ourselves posted on the supply and de
mand we would not allow our products
to go on the market faster than the de
mand called for them. My plan would
be to so arrange that we could deal di
rectly with the consumers as much as
possible, and especially with the laboring
classes, thereby giving the laboring men
employment at good remunerative wages
and Still leave the farmers a fair profit on
his investment and labor. Let's have a
conference sometime in January, make
ft a delegated affair. Say one delegate
from each township in the state. Now is
the time to start the work and push it.
O. E. Bentley.
Beatrice, Neb.
Mr. Wardall Writ sf Alltanc "
Topeka, Kas., Dec. 8, 1894.
Editor Wealth Makers:
The Kansas State Alliance has just
closed a very interesting session in this
city, in which more than usual interest
was evinced. The general feeling was
that the Alliance most be revived and
strengthened if we would succeed in the
great reform measures we are seeking to
bring about Brother J. F. Willita at
McLouth, Kansas, was elected president,
Sister Emma Troudner of Carboudule,
vice president, J. B, ,, French of Topeka,
sec'y.-treas., and J. O. Otis, of Topeka,
lecturer. These are all old reliable war
horses of the Alliance and are going to
devote their entire time to the work.
Already a campaign has been mapped
ont and dates arranged for a series of
meetings in three different groups, one to
be conducted by the president, one by
the lecturer and one by the assistant
lecturer, C. W. Ames,' of Osborne, Kan.
Efforts will be directed mainly to the en
couragement of co-operative efforts, the
organization of the Aid Degree and edu
cational work upon general economic
lines.' -
We understand that yonr State Alli
ance is to be held at Kearney on the 19th
and 20th of December. Brother Willita,
president of the Kansas State Alliance,
and lecturer of the National Alliance will
be present and explain the proposed
lines of work and hope he will be able to
assist your people in the work of streng
thening the Alliance in Nebraska. Bro.
Willita is a powerful speaker and willow
are sure, do yon good.
Fraternally yours,
A. Wardall.
, All Bat the Trust la the Soup
The increase in the pries of coal an
nounced yesterday was ordained when ths
coal combine conspired to restrict the
output at the opening of winter. Where's
the anti-trust law? Where's Olney?
Where's Cleveland?-New York World.
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