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THE FAUMEKS ALLIANCE, LINCOLN. NER., THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 1 891.
XEfte Jarmcrs' Sllinttcf, rubltshed Ktot Murder r Tiik Allianck Ptblisiiixo Co. Cor. 11 to and M gM.. Lincoln. Keb. J, BrKROWK K" j.H. THOMraoK Butinrss Manager "la the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in his bosom That transfigures you aad me. to be strove to make men holy Let us strive to make them free. Since God is marching on." Julia Ward Howe. "Laurel crowns cleave to deserts, And power to him who power exerts." "A ruddy drop of manly blood The surging sea outweighs." Emerson. He who cannot reason is a fool, Jle who will not reason is a coward. He who dare not reason is a slave." TO CORRESPONDENTS. r Address all business' communications to dPmittrD?c(r0-pub1lc.tlon to Editor waimw' Alliance. Arttolei written on both sldea of the paper mini trir 1 very ioog Bnunuurauuia, warai cannot Be asea. - Independent Peoples' Ticket. Independent State Ticket. For Associate Justice of Supreme Court, JOSEPH W. EDGERTON, Douglas County. For Regents of the University A. D'ALLEMAND, of Furnas Co. E. A. II ADLEY, of Greeley Co. Independent County Ticket. For District Judges WM. LEESE. A. 8. T1BBETTS. OLIVER W. CROMWELL. For County Treasurer O. HULL, Mill Precinct. For Sheriff WM. F. ELFELDT, Buda. For Clerk of District Court ELIAS BAKER, of Lincoln. For Ounty Clerk . WM. S. DEMAREE, Sttltillo Precinct. For County Superintendent Prof. II. S. BOWERS, Lincoln. For County Commissioner MATT MAUEL, Little Salt Precinct. For County Judge W. 8. WINN, of Lincoln. For Coroner-- DR. IIOSMER, of Lincoln. For County Surveyor J. A. ROB INSON, of Lincoln. For Justices of the Peace FRED SHEPHERD, J. C. MeNEKNY, H. C. PALMER. For Constables WILLIAM LTVINGTON, A. J. WARWICK. Assessors, First ward, WhoatleyMick elwalte; Socond ward, C. H. Waite; Third ward, John Curriej Fourth ward. E.E.Kemp; Fifth ward, H. L. Klock; Sixth ward, C. Marshall Seventh ward, W. J. Coatos. J. V. WOLFE, Chm'n State Contral Com. C. H. 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" Our Republican Monarchy 1 40 " Cushing's Manual paper oovers.... 1 SO Cloth oovers 1 GO " " " Whither are we Drifting g " " BinitVs mar ram and Rales 1 GO " Brics's Financial Catechism 1 GO Baker's Motrcy Mo nopoly 135 " " Richard's Crown.... 160 xaeaoove nooks for sale at this office and cut post paid on rece'ot of nrioe aa follow.. Lootdng Backward Boats. Ctaar's Column 55,,, tabor and Capital !cta. Our Republican Monarchy 25cts. vuaing-i Manual, Paper covers 25cU Cloth covers Wets. Aalth's Diagram and rules GOcta. WW tier are we Drifting $1 50, dee's Finanoial Catechism .......GOcta. awnrs Money Monopoly SGcta, auonaro. 1 crown aOcts. Address AWANCtPUB.CO.. Lmcom. Mr. ' The Bet says " the board of trans portstion was let down easy by the tats convention." That's very thin. The board of transportation 1. e. the railroad bosses set the gait for the nventlon, and the latter meekly took at medicine. THE SEPUBI1CAN PLATFORM. It first renews its devotion to the prin ciples of the party, but don't state those principles. Now we affirm our ertire devotion to republican principles, as de clared by Stevens. Sumner, Lincoln, but at the same time declare that Nebraska republicanism has no connection what ever with those principles. It congratulates the people upon the marvelous prosperity of this state, and claims this as the result of republican rule. No comments are necessary upon such a foolish declaration. We give the next sentence in full: Notwithstanding the fact that thorn ara within the border of the statealanre number of dlisatisflel persons, who took advanlapeof ioe penerai nnanciai aepreatloa wmcb am pt over the entire country, to pare their war in to temporary prominence by declaiming a swinst the welfare of our people and slander ing- toe iair name or our state, me rains from heaven and the rich soil, vlirorouslr cultivated by the energetic hands of our farmers, hare produoed such oountlful crops and such un rivalled prosperity that shall silence a. 1 "ca lamity taiker and add to the atrenitth and enthusiasm of the republican party. There are now in the state at least 100,000 "diusatisfied" voters. As the re publican party has been in almost un interrupted power in state and nation for twenty-five years, who cau.ied "the general financial depression" which the above admits to exist? Ii the republi can party the cause of "the rains from heaven and the rich soil," and for its "vigorous cultivation by the hands of our energetic farmers?" As the "dissat isfied persons" are largely among the farmers, it does not seem wise to slap them as "calamity talkers" and compli ment their energy all ia the same sen tence. The ring fellows will find that that kind of taffy will not satisfy them, nor that kind of argument bring them back into the fold. We give in full the clause in relation to silver coinage, and say in relation to it that there to not a single true state ment nor a single correct economic prop osition contained in it: We approve of the silver coinage act of Cue present ad'atnuttration, by which the entire product ofthesliverinlneiof the United Stales Is added to the currencr of the Deonle. but we denounce the democratic doctrine of the free and unlimited coinage of silver as a financial policy liable to precipitate the people of everr olty nnd every state I ntbe union In a prolonged ana disastrous depression, and de ar the revi val of business enterprise and prosperity so ardently desired, and now soapparently near. The free and unlimited oolnageof silver would tend to the hoarding; of void and to force the use of cheap money in the payment of waxes In every work-shop, mill, factory, store and farm, and tend to the Boalinv down nf iiritm of the tollers already depressed, and weaken ing me puronasina- power or tne dollar which would be used to purohaae the products f the farmers. We are in favor of having iv. dollar as rood as any other dollar. Now under that act not a dollar is be ing added to the currency to-day. now would the addition of a full local- tender coin mory "precipitate a disas tlwus expression and delay the revival of business?" The proposition is an ab surdity. But look at the monstrous proposition that $4,500,000 per month of silver bul lion may be safely purchased with paper every dollar of which is a debt? redeem able in coin, but that the same amount of sil ver coined into actual dollars would precipitate a panic This is anti-climax. The next proposition is equally false. The free and unlimited coinage of silver would place it and gold on an exru t equality, and would not tend to the I hoarding of gold. We have lately explainod the "cheap money" fallacy. Cheap money mean3 high products. Il.gh products means high wages for the laborer and prosper ity for the farmer. In usiug the term "cheap money" or "dear money" as re lating to the intrinsic value of the ma terial of money, the writers of that plat form were either wofully ignorant of the correct meaning of terms or vilely In tent upon deceiving the people. We think the latter. From 1797 to 1873 a cheap dollar was never heard of. The demonetization of silver was the only thing that cheapened silver, and the same thing would cheapen gold . There is no financial reformer but who believes In having "every dollar as good as any other dollar," and these republican ctep trap makers lie when they insinuate that there is. The platform in successive sentences endorses protection and reciprocity, or practically protection and free trade No comment necessary. In the next paragraph it "insists upon the suppres sion of all trusts, combines and schemes designed to artificially increase the price of the necessaries of life." Now we have had a kind of well-founded Idea that protection was amethodto "artificially" increase the price of products; that in fact, as applied in this country for the benefit of special interests, it was the most potent factor in not only increas ing the price of products, but in foster ing "trusts, combines and schemes."' Every man who is posted knows the fact, aad we don't care to argue the point, because protection is not this year an issue. The balance of the platform is devpted to den unciations of the democratic party. With these denunciations we fully sym pathize, but the gall of them, coming from the republican machine, is simply monumental. These two parties joined forces last winter against the independ ents. The railroad power caused the veto of the Newberry bill. The repub lican governor would have vetoed it, at the demand of that power, if they had not had a democratic governor to do it. A republican supreme court, at the demand of the railroad power, took an extended ta- cation, purposely leaving the gubernatorial question unsettled until the Xettberry bill was got out of the way, thus conspiring with the railroad power to mm the republican party from the odium of defeating that bill. And now comes the republican conven- tion, and while itself failing to either approve or condemn that bill, denounces the democratic convention fordoing the same thing. It is the plainest case we have ever known of the pot cslliag the kettle black. But the cheekiest and most brazen thing of all is its "denunciation of the Grand Island platform of the democratic party" for its "failure to give the people relief from exhorbitant freight rates " These clauses are actually in the plat form, and they constitute the most men dacious and impudent platform declara tion that we have ever seen. Formany years the republican party has been in its platforms pro ruining freight reduc tions, and in it legislatures shirking the question and failing to grant them. Tbe democratic party has never been in power. As far as tbe veto is concerned, it was conspired for, aided and abetted by the republicans as m:ch as tbe dem ocrats. Boyd was only the tool of the combined corporation outfit in fulmi nating the veto. It is also observed that, the republican board of transportation having declared that no reduction should be given, the party tacitly sanctions that declaration by failing to renew its demand for re- Lduction. While fulminating against the demo cratic party, this republican platform is absolute evidence that there is practcal !y no difference whatever between these two parties except in name. There is not an honest issue between them. They both djdge the money question, and both dodge the railroad question. "Free coinage" amounts to nothing. "Free and unlimited coinage" is what the people demand. The platforms are simply sets of platitudes calculated to deceive the neoDle: but the vote in No vember will show that they have not been deceived. THE REPUBLICAN COXVKXTION AND THE DEFEAT OF JUDGE REESE. Tbe event of the past week was the defeat of Judge Reese for the nomina tion for supreme judge, which was neat ly and expeditiously accomplished in the republican state convention last Thursday. Four years ago Judge Reese was elected to the supreme bench on the re publican ticket. As a railroad judge he was not a brilliant success, and there fore did not endear himself to the dom inant riog of the republican party. As tho time for tbe convention of two years ago approached it became evident that a conspiracy was on foot for his defeat for a renomination, notwith standing the fact that he was the most popular judge that Nebraska had ever had, and that a large majority of the delegates to tbe state convention were instructed in his favor. That conspir acy was successful. The railroad pow er having had no decisive lesson at tlio polls, and bting as amgant and tyran nical as any power on earth, outraged the convention and the party in the most shameless and brazen manner, and openly and insolently set at de fiance the well-known wishes of the party, as well as a majority of the peo ple of the state, and elevated to 'the place of Judge Reese a well-known rail road attorney named Norval. On Thursday last the same result was accomplished, but with a gloved hand and a trifling infusion of discretion, arising from the different political con ditions in the state. Judge Cobb was a candidate for re election, and had the support of the railroad power. But there were certain elements which, while subservient to the railroad power, believed the renom ination of Judge Cobb to be impolitic and unwise. When the first ballot showed that the avowed friends of Reese and Cobb were nearly equal, theso ele ments began to go to Judge Post. There was another element which was for the railroads all the time, but which in the first few ballots, scattered Its vole. This element also concentrated on Post. The opinion cf the Post men as to his position on the railroad qucs'.ion was well Illustrated by the reply of a dele gate who was casting the five votes of Cheyenne county stoadily for Post. His neighbor said to him, "Well, Reese can take his little medicine. It will teach him not to be fooling around in the re publican party with his anti-monopoly notions." "That is exactly the size of it," replied the Cheyenne delegate. The defeat of Judge Reene is quite as decisive in emphasizing the dominion of the railroad power in the republican party as well as endorsing the outrage of two years ago, as would have been the nomination of Cobb. The fine 1 1 al ias nana 0: tne raiirona workers was plainly seen in there being enough scat tering votes that they could depend upon to throw the nomination where they wanted it. Mr. Post is a railroad man through and through. He was appointed judge on the first increase of the judicial ilis tricts by Gov. Dawes during his first term. Gov. Dawes was never accused of making an appointment inimical to the corporations. Up to the time of his appointment Mr. Post was a railroad at torney, as the records of the court will show. Again the issue is squarely made up. Again, as two years ego when Norval was brutally thrust upon the convention by railroad strikers and proxies bought with money and passes, is the issue brought to trial between the railroads and the people. The people are better organized than they were two years ago They not only have a party of their own but they have a candidate, pure, able, honest a man of thL people In every particular. The contest is between this man and the candidate of the corpora tion power. That power has put forth the ablest aud best man whom it could induce to accept a nomination. That he will be its faithful servant if elected there is no shadow of a doubt. That power would not nominate a man like Judge Reese, who had made a record in bchalf of the PeoP16- With the contest In the shape it now is there can be only one issue. Hon. J. W. Edgerton will be elected by at least 20,000 plurality. TITO FACTION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Doc. Mercer, in order to concilate both factions of the party, has appointed Ed Roggen Assistant Secretary of the State Committee. This is not only a reward for the Roggen letter, but a sop to Ro sey. "Rum, Roggen and Rosewater'' will now run the party, as last fall they run the Bankers' and Business Men's Association. B. & M. R. R. ANNUAL PASS CONVENTION. At the Lancaster county republican convention held in this city September 10th the following delegates held f n nual passes of tbe B. & M. R. Ii.: F. M. Hall, C. C. Burr, C. W. Pierce. J. L. Caldwell, C. J. Dawback, D. O. Courtney, C. W. Mosher. S. J. Alexander, Ed. R. Sizer, C. O. Whedon, A. S. Talbott, Charles Migoon, John B. Wright. W. E. Stewart. J. D. Knight, R. E. Moore, L. Meyer, L. C. Burr. J. D. McFarland, W. J. Houston, A. G. Hastings, Elmer Stevenson, Phelps Paine, A. Halter, Tom Benton, R. B. Graham, N. C. Abbott, I. M. Raymond, William Baird, D. C. Van Duyn, H. D. Hathaway, W. II. Clark, C. H. Gere, G. Ensigs, Sam. Melick. C. Pace, home distinguished gentlemen may have been overlooked in this list whose names should be in the roll of honor. To them we owe an humble apology. The following candidates on the re publican ticket hold annual passes on the B, & M. R. R.: Allen W. Field, judge. C. L. Hall, judgjj. Sam McClay, sheriff. I. W. Lansing, county judge. S. W. Burnham, county treasurer. Annual passes are intended as bribes by this great and good corporation. This company expects an equivalent for these parses; they are not given for amusement.' This company expects that when there is any clash of interest between the railroad and tbe public that the pass-holder will lean to the road. This holds good especially in political and judicial matters. In other words, the pass is a bribe. A CONTEMPTIBLE SKK. Editor Gere of the B. f .V. Journal found it necessary to deny the genuine ness of an interview with him lately printed in this paper. He says: A farmer friend writes the Journal to knew if the "Interview" with the editor of this pa per, published by Bobs Burrows in bis paper of the 10th innt. is genuine. We are compelled to say that it Is a figment of the very tame magln&tion of the boss. If The Alliance man wants an Interview of that sort that would stir the pulses of his readers and make tm froth at the mouth. The Journal suggests to him that It would be a fine idea to get one manufactured at these editorial head quarters. - Now if the Journal man is such a hum mer we suggest that he get up some thing on his own responsibility that will hum. It would be a great novelty for his readers. Tho trouble with Tub Alliance in terview was that it did not tell half the truth. The facts upon which it was based are as follows: Editor Gere is a member of the G A. R. and when he joined he took the following obligation: "In tho presence of Almighty God and those comrades of the G. A. 11. I do solemnly promise that I will regard every comrade as a brother, and will answer all signs and words by which he shall make himself known to me as such. and that in all things connected with tho G. A. II. will exercise a spirit of fraternal charily ui.i ivjyui.y .vtLwri ... iiiytvmmui.t and this obligation I voluntarily assume, on the honor of a soldier." Having taken the above obligation, Mr. Gere received a s tatement contain ing excessively damaging charges against D. McCall, whom he knew to be a comrade in the G. A. R. These charges were entirely ex parte, and with out a scintilla of proof. But Comrade Gere, without troubling himself as to their truth or falsity, and without any investigation whataver, published them as true, with embellishments and exag gerations calculated to heighten the in famy charged upon Bro. McCall. Aiterwaras tomraae uere received a sworn report from the G. A. R. post of Bro. McCall, entirely disproving the charges, and fully establishing Bro. McCalVs inno cence, with a request that he should give it the same publicity he had given the charges. This he neglected to do, and has con tinned to neglect to do, up to the present time. Mr. Gere has been informed that we have the affidavits of nearly eighty of the best citizens of Valley county, swearing to Bro. McCall's innocence of the charges; but Comrade Gore has neg lected to publish that fact. Now, these are the facts, facts, FACTS. We nubmit, in view of them, that the form of words at the head of this article, which we greatly regret to use, is but a faint characterization of the "hummer" wno edits the B. M. Journal. He is beneath the contempt of a dog. THE A. P. A The above letters signify "American Protestant Association," or when it is necessary to disguise the full signifi cance of the name, the "American Pro tective Association," the words "Protes tant" and "protective" being inter changeable to suit convenience. . It will be surprising to most people to leant that there is any need for a religious crusade at this time. It would seem as though the old and foolish cries about Catholic ambition and desire for universal dominion were about exploded,'' and that the Catholic church might bo looked upon as what it really is, a devote, fervid relegious institution which is zealous in the con version of souls, aloui In the ppread tog of what it believes to U tbe true faitb, and unusually and persistently zealous in extending what it believes to be true Christianity in the dark und un known portions of tbe globe. Intelli gent men and women have long t ince given up the absurd notion that there was the least danger of papal supre macy in America, or the least danger to the Prostestant religion, to free education or free institutions from the spread of the Catholic faith. It has been said that error may be left free if truth is left free to combat it. If the Catholic faith, or any part of it, is i.n error, all the Protestant denominations are free to proclaim the truth. Now the attempt to get up a religious crusade in our workshops and among our working people has a significance entirely above and beyond the merely religious aspects of the case, as from a religious standpoint no necessity for such a crusade exists. This being the fact, we have been at sot e pains to ascertain the origin of the movement. We find on inquiry that the leading men who are promoting this organiza tion are railroad and bank men who are seeking every means in their power to circumvent and block the new move ment of the people for their financial and industrial rights. We find that the prime object of the organization seems to be to divide and estrange the work ing men on a religious question, and so prevent their acting together harmo niously on political questions. This is the whole object of the association, concisely stated. Ignoramuses and zealots, who do not know the true in terests of their class, are being used by long-headed designing men like John M. Thurston and his ilk to divide the laborers among themselves, so as to render them easy victims to their wiles, to blind them to their real welfare, and keep them as mudsills and and hewers of wood and drawers of water, instead of permitting them to lift themselves to a high human level. In other words, the cbjects of this as sociation are political, and its pro moters are cunning devils who are borrowing the livery of heaven to serve the devil in. We have hesitated to allude to this matter for fear of fanniutr the very flame we wish to extinguish. But we say now to workiugmen and all others that tho motive for this A. P. A. is purely political, and that your religious prejudices are being used for the selfish political purposes of leaders who do not see the inside of a church from year's end to year's end. There is not the shadow of need for any religious crusade and wo advise Forkingrnen to avoid this association as they would any other poisonous thing. JUDGE BROADY DECLINES. As our forms are closing we hear the news that Judge Broady declines the democratic nomination for associate justice nf the supreme com t. This is not at all surprising news. To all who know Judge Broady 's liberal views and independent tendencies, his acceptance Of the nomination would have been a matter of surprise. There aro demo crats who "are willing to accept places on the democratic ticket when they know that such action can only have the effect of aiding to elect their tradi tional enemies. Judge Broady is not onfj of that kind. Wc have not yet seen his letter of declinat'.on, but there is no doubt that the reasons he will give for not accepting will be ample aud well stated. Our opinion of Judge Broady is well known. Several weeks ago, before the democratic convention, we frankly gave our estimate of his character as a man. We did this believing that he would be the democratic nominee for supreme judge, but implicitly believing at the same time that he would not ac cept the nomination. The event has shown our opinion to be well founded. What the democrats will now do re mains to be seen. They are no longer an important factor in this tight. What ever they may do the contest lies be tween Mr. Edgerton and Mr. Post. But they can most nearly put themselves on the side of the people, and most nearly atone for tho action of their leaders In this unholy combine last winter, and the action of Boyd in vetoing the New berry bill, by simply neglecting to make any nomination, and leaving the lists exactly as they are. This would leave the rank and tile of the deu-.ocracy to choose where they would vote, in which case nineteen-twentieths of them would vote for Edgerton. We want no fusions, and indorsements are compro mising and misleading. THE SEVENTH JUDICAL DISTRICT. By an oversight we failed to notice the nomination of Hon. W. G. Hastings for judge in the Seventh judicial district, which was made at the independent convention held at Geneva on the 17th of September. Mr. H. was elected in dependent county, attorney of Saline county last November. He was born in Mcllenry county, 111., in 1853. He graduated from the Chicago university with honors in the class of 1876. He was admitted to the bar in Saline county in 1878, and has successfully practiced law since that time. Mr. Hastings is a man of irreproachable cnaracter, and has the respect and confidence of all who know him. His court will be pre eminently a court of justice, in which all will be equal before the law. We trust there will be no divisions in the Seventh district, and that not only our judicial ticset but our state and county ticket as well will receive rous ing majorities. A MUD SLINGING CAMPAIGN. If the railroad organs like Vat Bee and Nebraska City Press think a mud sling ing campaign will win let them keep it up. But we respectfully refer them to Harlan's campaign last fall. Give Erery Xaa llis Place and Ills Werk. Tbe fight is on, and it is a fight in which organization will win. Do not presume on the organization of last year. and do not on asy account under-esti-mate the strength of your opponents. Yon have to cope with a formidable power. It has the offices, money, pres tige and success or ruin before it. The corporate power will make the most desperate struggle of Its life in Nebraska this year. Success is vital to it. It is battling for its life in "92. First, organize to see that every voter in every precinct is labored with. En courage tho wavering, rejoice with the jubilant, strive for new converts. True men! good men! men who feel the imperative need of winning this fight! men who have patriotism and en thusiasm! we appeal to you to work! Do not wait for others. Do not be sure of winning! Wouk and wobk alone will win. Organize! organize! organize! McCLl Y, THE COUNTY RING AND THE GAMBLERS. Chief Dingee arrested some gamblers, and seized their tools. Sheriff McCly allowed himself to be used as the tool of the gamblers and the old ring, and replevined the gambler's tools. In the ensuirg trouble a conflict of authority rose between the city police and the sheriff and his deputies. On which side the technicalities of the law were we do not much care. The fact developed In the melee in which our citizens are daeply interested is that Sheriff McClay and his boodle gang will go to any length to defend the gamblers against the efforts of Mayor Weir and his po lice to-enforce law and maintain order. It is gradually dawning upon the minds of the best citizens tlip.t there is any amount of devilment going on in the republican ranks to bring reproach up on oui worthy mayor. This is a tight between the saloons, brothels and gam bling houses aided, by Sheriff McClay and the republican rings on ene side, and honesty, decency and law, aided by Mayor Weirandhi.i police, on the other. There is no doubt where every repu table citizen will be found. THAT SUNDAY MAN. Will the honest christian men of Lan caster county vote to place in the posi tion of county treasurer a man who will run a Sunday amusement garden. It is well known that Lincoln Park is run in opposition :o the churches of this city. It is run for money money at the cost of Sabbath desecration and all kiads of amusement seeking. What can churches, christian associations and Sunday lec tures do against men like Burnham, with their Sunday pleasure grounds, steamboats, swings, music, boats, etc., etc. Will the christian voters of this county endorse this thing? PICNIC AT ROCK" FALLS. By copy getting mislaid much to our regret, no mention was ma de of the pic nic and independent rally at Rock Falls, In Furnas county, which took place week before last. Rock Falls is a most delightful pleasure resort about ter. miles northeast of Oxford. It is in a gulf on Spring Creek, where the way farer unexpectedly comes upon a shady grove of a large extent, with swings, stands, boats, and all the accessories for pleasure camping. Many of the trees are venerable monarchs of the forests, or prairies, and bring to one's mind fan cies of bark wigwams and their du9ky occupants. No doubt for generations before the white man invaded this part of the desert the red man used this grove as a camping ground and winter home. Ou Wednesday eventng, the ICth, we were met at Oxford station by Dr. Briggs of that place, and royally entertained at his home near town. In the morning in company with Dr. Briggs and his family we went to the ground above named. There we met a large concourse of citi zens of the surrounding country with their wives and children, on picnic plea sures bent. The weather was delightful, the singing and instrumental music was tine, the picnic dinner, under those mag nificent primeval elms and cottonwoodu, presided over by the hospitable wives of our entertainers, was more than superb. After dinner had been served ad dresses were delivered by the editor of this paper, S. H. Sornberger.of Saunders county, representative Stevens of Fur nas county, and several of the local in dependent candidates. The speaking continued until six o'clock. On the day following Hon. J. H. Powers spoke to a gathering at the same place. We carelessly omitted to take the names of the committee who had charge of the picnic arrangements, except Messrs. Yeomans, Johnston and Dr. Briggs. But the occasion was of the pleasantest, and good results will be-ap-parent on election day. tW The Journal devotes two thirds of a column to the record of W. H, Dech, without saying a single word against him. That his fellow-citizens have fre quently nominated him for office is ereatly in his favor. But Dech is not now a candidate, and therefore not in issue. tS Because the big crops here and a shortage abroad will enable our farmers to pay their taxes and reduce their mort gages a little this year the republicans ask them to vote for perpetual wai taxes and a succession of billion dollar Con greases. nThe ring had better take Ikey up to the laboratory and have him analyzed. They are analyzing beets up there. INDEPEX DENT BADGE. We print below the form of tbe inde pendent badge which Secretary Pirtie L now prepared to furnish to all who wish them. This badge is printed on satin ribbon to which is affixed a beautiful bullion fringe. It is sold by Secretary Pirtie for twenty-five cents each; and will also be furnished to speakers who will gel' it at their meetings at the same price. The money arising from its sale will be used to defray independent cam paign expenses. Be careful to buy only of authorized parties. PEOPLE'S INDEPENDENT PARTY. " OUR JOE." v: JUSTICE IS ALL WE ASK. AA ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND A BOODLE CAMPAIGN. It there was any doubt that Doc. Mer cer intends to run a boodle campaign for Po3t, that doubt will be dispelled when It is learned that he has appointed Ed. Roggen assistant secretary of the republican state committee, lloggen is the man who said, "nominate the right man and there will be money enough to elect him without going out of Omaha." As Roggen knew where the money was coming from, Mercer has appointed him to expend it. Roggen and Rosewater conducted last year the most nbameles3 boodle campaign that ever was made in the state. They are prepared now to repeat it. Mercer has the money and an unscrupulous tool to expend it. Respectable and honest voters of Ne braska, how do you like it? Are you dumb brutes, to be bought and sold like cattle? AS WISE AS SERPENTS. A Boodle Campaign Probable. The repub'ican party, in its conven tion of last Thursday, signally failed to comply with the Bee's demand, to nomi nate a man without "a suspicion of cor porate affiliation." On the other hand it nominated a man who is plastered all over with corporate affiliations. But the selection of chairman for its state committee gives new significance to the prophetic words of Ed. Roggen, "and we can get money enough to elect him without going out of Omaha." The con vention selected Dr. S. D. Mercer, of Omaha, for that position. Dr. Mercer is a railroad magnate. Dr. Mercer is worth between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000. Dr. Mercer's consuming ambition is to be governer of the state of Nebraska. To accomplish that object Dr. Mercer would probably cheerfully blow in $500,000, perhaps even one million of dollars. The shortest road to that goal Is thought to be a suceejsful campaign this year. If Dr. Mercer can be the Moses who will lead his parly out of tho bondage of independant defeat this year he can claim to have earned the unani mous nomination folt governor next year. Thus to the hungry horde who are trembling with fear of the loss of the offices through independent victory the alluring prospect ot two boodle campaigns open up a glorious vista. There is no doubt that the independents have to face this year a boodle cam paign under the star management of Mercer as Croesus, Rosewater as chief cook and bottlewasher, and Ed. Roggen as biscuit-slinger. It is aa interesting feast that the riff-raff are invited to. And the people will be invited to carry out the balance of the programme, viz; elect a railroad magnate governor In the following year. JUDGE POST ON EDGERTON. Judge Post made a very able and pol itic address of acceptance to the repub lican convention last week. His re marks on Edgerton are in marked con trast to the abuse of the Omaha Bee Alluding to Edgerton, he said: "Upon the other hand, we have a young gentleman with whom my ac quaintance is slight, but when I knew him as a practicing attorney in one of the counties of the state I esteemed him then as a young man desiring to know the law; a man industrious, and so far as I know, courageous. He certainly has the confidence of his party, and I know nu reason, gentlemen of the con vention, why he does not deserve it. tjfMoan Is solid for Edgerton.