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friends, and our lives shall prove
our appreciation of the affection
which we prize as the richest re.
ward which this campaign has
brought. In the face of an enemy,
rejoicing in its victory, let the
roll be called for the engagement,
and I urge all friends of bimetall­
ism to renew their allegiance to
the cause.
"If we are right, as I believe
we are, we shall yet triumph.
Until convinced of his error, let
each advocate of bimetallism
continue the work. Let all silver
clubs retain their organization,
hold the regular meetings and
circulate literature. Our oppon­
ents have succeeded in this cam­
paign and must now stand the
test. Our cause has prospered
most where the money question
has been longest discussed among
the people. During the next four
years it will be studied all over
this nation even more than it
has been studied in the past.
"The year 1900 is not far away.
Before that year arrives those
who have called themselves
gold standard democrats will
be bimetallists and republicans,
and thus open enemies before
that year arrives the trusts
will have convinced the people
that they are a menace to pub­
lic welfare and safety the evil
of a gold standard will be even
more apparent than now, and
the people then be ready to de­
mand an American financial
policy for the American people,
and will join with us in the im­
mediate restoration of the free
and unlimited coinage of gold
and silver at the present legal
ratio of 16 to 1, without waiting
for the aid or consent of any
other nation.
"W. J. BRYAN."
Delinquent subscribers should
pay up or their names will be
dropped from our list after this
The range is a veritable cess­
pool of politics to St. Louis
Convention Call.
Minneapolis, Oct. 25, 1896.
To All Labor Organizations in
Minnesota, Greeting:
The semi-annual meeting of
the State Federation of Labor
will convene in St. Paul on Sun­
day, Dec. 13, 1896. All affiliated
organizations and those desirous
of affiliation are hereby cordially
invited to be represented by dele­
gates at said meeting. The basis
of representation is one delegate
for each 25 members or major
fraction thereof but no local
organization shall be entitled to
more than five delegates. The
revenue of the Federation comes
from the collection of semi-an
nual dues of $1 per delegate, and
an affiliation fee of $1 from each
organization on its entrance.
Bodies heretofore affiliated, but
which are unable to be repre­
sented at any meeting, may con­
tinue themselves as affiliated or­
ganizations in good standing by
transmitting to the secretary
the semi-annnal dues for a least
one delegate.
The chief work of the Federa­
tion so far has been to guard the
interests of the wage-workers
before the legislature ol the state.
That this work was well per­
formed before the last legislature
and was of great value to all
the labor organizations in the
state, and was indeed vital is
now known by all who have
given the matter attention. So
well were our interests looked
after that persons and organiz­
ations outside our lines sought
our aid for measures in which
they were interested. Next win­
ter comes another legislative
session. There are yet many
matters of concern to the work­
ing class which need adjustment,
and there is quite as much dan­
ger of hostile legislation as ever.
This makes the coming session
of the Federation a most import­
ant one. As its membership
has grown and the number of
delegates at its conventions has
increased of late, its influence
has developed proportionately.
Your union has an interest in
this matter which it cannot
afford to neglect. You should
be well represented, in order that
your needs may be considered
and in order that you may have
aright to the Federation's effi­
cient aid. Do not fail to send a
307 E. Street N. E., Minneapolis.
The state of New York has re­
cently acquired the old John
Brown homestead, and it is to
be preserved in "memory of his
heroism and lofty ideal." What
strange changes a lew years
bring forth! John Brown was a
revolutionist, a defier of estab­
lished law and custom, a man
hunted like a wild beast and
hung as a public enemy. All
over the North the Abolitionists
hung their heads when he made
his raid on the slave power at
Harpers Ferry. Like Peter they
denied him. "Hus-s-sh," they
whispered, "he has broken the
law!" and they crawled into their
shells and hid. In twenty years
the children of the nation were
taught to sing peansto his mem­
ory, and in forty years he is dei­
fied! So short-sighted is the hu­
man animal! So little does one
generation know what the next
one will do. So strong is ex­
pediency, so potent public opin­
ion. In the next generation the
children will be singing the praise
of men whose names are now
greeted with yells of derision
and contumely, and names that
now bring forth hurrahs from
the Roman-like rabble will be
covered with infamy. In forty
years hence, an advocate of pri­
vate property in land and ma­
chinery will be looked upon as a
Socialist is now looked upon—
with a squint at his sanity.—Ap
,peal to reason.
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