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Is Silver Dead?
If any body thinks that the fight against the gold standard and corporation rule is ended let them undeceive themselves. Gold bugs may cry peace, flunkey ora tors may proclaim and flunkey editors may write that the cause of silver is dying, or dead, but so long as the silver agitation rep resents the point of attack on this conspiracy against human liberty, now unfolding on this continent, it can no more die than can the story of Thermopylae or Bunker Hill. There are hundreds of thousands all over this west ern country who will not submit to slavery. We are conservative citizens, peaceable and law-abid ing in our methods, but we will hang higher than Haman before we will see the republic of Wash ington and Lincoln reduced per manently to a vassalage of the Rothschilds combination of Europe and America. Submissive. Like law-abiding American citizens the members of the de feated party bow to the verdict of the people at the polls. But our defeat does not prove that we were wrong, nor that our op ponents are right. There was arrayed against the intelligence and manhood of the American people the most powerful com bination of corruption, armed with the most perfect machinery of deception ever in the world's history enlisted against human liberty. We submit, but it is with a heart that despairs for liberty by the process of peaceful evolu tion. We submit as Demosthenes submitted when the army of Phillip took possession of Athens, as Cicero submitted when the imperial Caesar became master of Rome because a nation ot cravens that cannot defend them selves by the ballot have not the intelligence nor the manhood to free themselves by the sword. Duluth thou art a jewel. THE LABOR WORLD What We Have Voted For. The republican party is com mitted to the retirement of what is left of 340 millions of greenbacks and such changes in the national banking laws as are necessary to give the na tional bank association (or trust, rather), a monopoly of paper issues. The redemption of all other kinds of money in gold means the ultimate retire ment of the silver certificates and, in time, of most of our sil ver circulation. The future financial history of the country will be First, a loosening up of the money supply, a spurt in busi ness and then a contraction that will end up in the little .mortgaged property that is left in the hands of private owners being taken possession of by the mortgagors then the changes in the national bank ing laws and an inflation of bank currency in time to boom speculation and entrap the voters into electing a republican congress in 1898, We are not a prophet, but the way of the gold bug, in the light of his character and ambition, is not past finding out. Was It a Fair Election If defeated in a fair contest the silver party of St. Louis county would take its medicine without a murmur but there is every reason to believe that the gold bug victory was won by frauds of the most aggravated character. In one precinct in Duluth a dozen voters were registered as residing in a cer tain boarding house. Investi gation disclosed the fact that the lady in charge had discon tinued business and had not had a boarder in the house for over two months. Precincts on the range, where it was known that half the vot ing population had emigrated, have come up with a vote greater by 100 per cent, than ever be fore. To complete the suspi cions of fraud, challengers com missioned by the silver party, some of them with deputy sheriff credentials in their pockets, were thrown bodily out of election booths at Two Harbors and on the iron ranges because of their determination to make parties suspected to be guilty of illegal voting show cause why they should be al lowed to deposit their ballots. In the city and county probably not less than 1500 to 2000 fraud ulent votes were cast. It may be true that these re ports are exaggerated. The ballot, however, is the only semblance of freedom left to the American people. We can not, therefore, allow even the suspicions of fraud to go un challenged. It is the duty of those interested to leave no stone unturned to have a thor ough investigation, and if there has been fraud it should be un earthed. With the power of the government—county, state and national—in the possession of the tools of plutocracy, it is too much to expect any convictions it is too much to expect that prosecutions for fraud should ever get as far even as a jury but there can at least be data gathered that will go far to wards preventing a successful repetition of such outrages in elections to come. We say to you that within the next four years, if it was not made last Tuesday, the last stand for American liberty will occur. And that as patriots worthy the name of freemen our duty will not be done unless there is the most rigid examin ation into these suspicious cir cumstances that give rise to the charges of fraud. 0 to 8. Sixteen to one is defeated and now the issue is nothing to ate.— Broad Axe. Lauterbach will not be com pelled to secede—at least not this year. 7