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VOLUME 1. THE RECALL. The House of Representatives barely has a quorum. Empty seats are plen tiful. Several times we have had to adjourn because we had no quorum. Members are absent looking after their personal interests. They pre tend they have gone home to save their States. The truth is, they are after saving their own bacon. Their States can furnish men enough at home to do home work. All the talent did not leave any State of the Union when its Congressman came to Washington. Plenty of good men, true men, able men, were left in every State to man age its home affairs. These Congressmen were sent here for a high purpose. They are paid to discharge their duties at this place. Their salary Hows on day by day— about forteen dollars per day. Not only are their votes needed here con stantly, but their counsel is needed, their knowledge is needed, and their energy is needed. When a Congressman excuses his absence by saying he is “paired” our people should know that the excuse is unsatisfactory and ought to be accept ed only in providential cases. “Paring” with a Republican does not really make the Democrat present. He is not counted in a call of the House, or upon any other point involving the question of a quorum. Therefore the absence of a Democrat under these circumstances blocks leg islation, and the absentee paralyzes those who are trying to legislate. He not only shirks his own duty, but makes it impossible for us to do ours. Again, many a question has more than two divisions. For example, we are now debating the Naval Appropri ations Bill. Judge Holman and others oppose the building of any more war vessels at this time. Mr. Herbert (also a Democrat) and the majority of his committee favor the building of one battle ship which will cost, when equip ped for service, more than $5,000,000. If this policy prevails, we stand com "l’tted to the plans the N>vai depart ment has outlined and which involves an expenditure of $350,000,000. This is bad enough, but this is not all. The Republicans, under the lead of Mr. Boutelle, wish to build two battle ships and nine torpedo boats, which policy is also in line with the $350,000,- 000 scheme. Now here are three sides of the ques tion. Which will you call the Democratic side ? The Democratic committe says “build the war vessel.” The most prominent and useful Dem ocrat on the floor (Judge Holman) says “build no more.” The Republicans say “build several.” Does not every man in Georgia see that on these mixed questions occur ring every day that a “pair” does not represent the people ? If a “pair” answered all purposes why not “pair off” all the members, keep them at home and save the expenses ? The duties of every position in every department of life are best discharged by the man who is present. Come back, ye nervous fence build ers. Come back, ye saviors of your States. How can you redeem the land if you forsake the picket line on which your people placed you ? . Your absence may enable our ene mies to fasten still more securely the chains upon the industrial classes. Your presence might enable us to check their advance and frustrate their plans. Wipe the campaign sweat from your marble brows, pack your little satchels and come back. We will adjourn before the summer is well begun. You will have at least three months of your vacation (and be fore the elections) to go around trying to keep the deluded farmers from vot ing as they please. Give the poor farmer a chance to rest his ears. Give him time to read and think and make up his mind. I am willing to leave the question with him to settle. I am not afraid that he will settle it right. Are you ? T. E. W. Pasco County, Florida. An enthusiastic meeting was held at San Antonio on the 16th and arrange ments made to make the campaign a lively one. H. P. Baskins, state lecturer, made a rousing speech, and was followed by J. B. Stratton, editer of the Ocala Demands. D. H. McCarthy was chosen president and J. H. Riley secretary. “Equial to _A.II Special Privileges to None.” STATE NEWS. The Supreme Court Declares the Law Giving Counties the Right to Tax Railroads Constitutional. The Supreme Court of the State of Georgia has affirmed the constitution ality of the law T passed by the Legisla ture, making the property of railroads amenable to county taxation. This is a clear victory for the people and will benefit the counties of the State to the amount of several hundred thousand dollars. The Technological School Burned. The State Technological work shops, at Atlanta, costing $65,000, and con taining $30,000 worth of machinery, burned to the ground on the morning of the 21st. We regard this as a grievous loss to the people of the State, as the school was unquestionably turning out some fine workmen from among the young men of Georgia, one hundred and ninety-nine of whom were in attend ance at the time of the destruction of the building. The fire was discovered about two o'clock in the morning, and in half an hour the building was in ruins, in spite of the efforts of the fire department to stay the flames. The school building which stood near the shops was saved. The Democrats Frightened and Threat ening to Go on the War-Path. The Democratic State Central Com mittee met in Atlanta last week and decided that they would take to the war-path. Reports of the members from every section of the Stade dis closed the unwelcome fact that the People's Party was gaining strength daily and that everything pointed to a complete overthrow of the old political rings in every county in the State. The committee spent many hours in anxious consultation and finally came to the conclusion to try to put a cheer ful face on the matter and appear not to be too badly scared and to get their, biggest men into the field at once, cry “nigger supremacy,” and try and ral ly their failing fortunes. At a late hour of the night, when the meeting broke up, it was with an evident feeling on the part of every member of the committee that the party stood little chance of winning in the State. The Odd Fellows’ Orphan Home. The committee entrusted with the location of the Odd Fellows’ orphan home have decided on Atlanta, and will select a site for the building soon. The citizens of Atlanta have made a cash donation to assist the enterprise. TROUBLE IN WYOMING Between the Cattle Syndicate Owners and the People. There is trouble in the Wyoming valleys, and nobody knows where it may end. The cattle syndicates have gobbled up large bodies of land, shutting out, or attempting to shut out, the people, and, as is claimed, attempting to drive out those already there by threats of violence, and even assassination. They have in their employ consid erable numbers of cowboys, with a company of whom they attempted to lynch some of the settlers, asserting that they cut the syndicate’s fences and stole their stock. The settlers, or rustlers, to use a western term, did not propose to be run off or hung up, and gathered a force larger than that of the cattle men and surrounded them, both par ties being armed. A fight was on the tapis, in which blood would no doubt have flowed freely, when the sheriff of the county appeared with a possee, and holding that the settlers were the par ties in the right, swore the whole crowd in as deputies and was proceed ing to demand the surrender of the cattle men, when A COMPANY OF FEDERAL TROOPS put in an appearance on the scene and arrested a lot of the parties. Now the question is, who has au thority in the case —the local authori ties or the general government ? FLOODS IN TENNESSEE. St. Louis, April 21. —A special from Milan, Tenn., to the Post Dispatch, says a terrible rainstorm has prevailed in that section for the past twenty-four hours, and that fences, houses, bridges and other property have been swept away and travel suspended. ATLANTA, GA, THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1892. EATHQI’AKES IN CALIFORNIA. Two shocks of earthquakes occurred in California on the49th —the heaviest felt for years. The town of Vacaville, situated in the heart of beautiful Vaca Valley, sixty five miles from San Francisco, was the center of the disturbance. Vacaville is a town of 2700 population, and on its main street were a number of brick buildings. A number of buildings were badly damaged or totally destroyed, as well as a number of brick residences in the vicinity. Many walls fell outward into the street, which was filled with derbis, but which workman at once began to clear away. Many of the walls were of frail character and succumbed easily to the shock. Very slight damage occurred to frame houses. Dixon and Winters, towns of about 1500 inhabitants, located, respectively, northeast and northwest of Vacaville, and within a few r miles of the latter place, were also scenes of considerable destruction. The Masonic hall at Dixon a two story brick block, was ruined and its falling walls shattered adjoining houses. Fire which broke out among the ruins caused some damage atWinters but the damage was lessened by an abundant water sup ply- Forty guests were in the Bliss Hotel at Winters, the walls of which collapsed, and that no one was injured by the cav ing of walls was remarkable. Old and new brick school houses and several new brick buildings in Winters wer£ cracked and wrenched from their foun dation. The banks of Putah Creek caved in and fissures opened in the bottom of the creek. Three miles west of town an acre of groud slid into the creek and SMALL FISSURES WERE MADE in the country road. Several great boulders were thrown from the hill sides at a point on the Beeiesco road, near Winters, blocking the roadway. Floods in the Mississippi Valley. Washington, April 21. —A special river bulletin issued by the weather bureau to-day, says: Recent heavy rains are causing rivers to rise rapidly in the Ohio and upper Mississippi Val leys. The stages of the water in the lower Mississippi river, already high and rising, will be added to greatly in the next two weeks, The situation as regards the possibility of an overflow of the lower Mississippi, is critical. Miners Drowned. Pottsville. Pa., April 21. —Twelve men were caught by the flood in Lytle mine, near Minersville, yesterday. Two were rescued to-day, leaving ten in the mine, who are without doubt drowned. FOREIGN. A plot to assassinate the young king of Spain is said to have been detected and much uneasiness is felt in conse quence. In France great fear is felt of riots by the poor on May day when great labor demonstrations have been ar ranged for. The dispatches say that labor leaders expect the police will arrest them with a view of stopping the demonstrations, but they are not dismayed. One thou sand two hundred and fifty delegates representing 13,000,000 workers, will come to Paris. They Believe in Georgia. The Nonconformist, Indianapolis, Ind., wants 1,000 subscribers to be paid for when Georgia elects the People’s Party electorial ticket, and the publishers are ready to fulfill their part of the contract when a bond is furnLhed. Let some of the weak-kneed politicians who think that “our people’’ will cut no figure in the south accept this offer and beat the Non. Con. out of SI,OOO. Calvin S. Brice, attorney for the Stan dard Oil monopoly; principal owner of the Briceville, Tenn., mines, where con vict labor starves out honest men ; the Brice who lives in New Y’ork city and refuses to pay his personal taxes in Ohio, yet represents that state in the United States senate; the same Brice whose enormous fortune is rapidly increased by tribute wrung from the people by many forms of monopolistic extortion, signs the call for the democratic pai ty, asking "‘all citizens who favor pnre, economical and constitutional government’’ to unite in nominating a president at the National democratic convention. Banker Hill Times. The People’s Party Paper, of At- 1 lanta, Ga., is one of the best reform pa pers printed.—Labor Herald. THE RESPONSE. THE ALLIANCES OF THE STATE REPLY TO THE INSOLENT REQUEST OF THE EXE CUTIVE COMITTEE. They Will Neither Surrender Their Charters or Rescind Their Action. Seme Salty Resolutions. 5 _ Belleviu Alliance, No. 2053, \ Richmond County, ) April 15, 1892. We, noting in the Augusta Chronicle of this date, the action of President L. F. Livingston and a part of the execu tive committee of the State Alliance, charging the sub and county organiza tions with gagging their members in their political freedom, declare that in the many hundred resolutions read by us from the different Alliances, that none were dictatorial; but to the con trary all speak out boldly for indepen dent action, allowing to everyone per fect political freedom, wherein we are in perfect harmony with our constitu tion and the action of the Supreme Council. But President Livingston is stump ping the State in the interest of the Democratic party and using every means he can contrive to disrupt the Alliance and defeat the People’s move ment, thereby showing that he is guil ty of the charge which he seeks to-lay at our doors; therefore, be it resolved, by Belleviu Alliance in regular session assembled, — That we reaffirm the action hereto fore taken by us as to our political course. Resolved second, That we again de nounce Hon. L. F. Livingston for be traying his trust and not having the honesty or manliness to resign a posi tion, which he continues to hold, only to injure those who have honored and P.jesolved third, That we favor a call ed'session of the State Alliance at once, to t ‘pose him and elect a President th/.t k honest and true. fourth, That we request our bwthren to unite with us in calling to gether the State Alliance for this pur pose. J. M. Seago, President. W. J. Deas, Secretary. HANCOCK COUNTY. At a regular meeting of Linten Far mer’s Alliance, No. 1541, Hancock coun ty, April 16, 1892, the following resolu tions were introduced by B. A. Miller, and was unanimously adopted : Ist. Resolved, That Linten Farmer’s Alliance, No 1541, do recognize the earnest efforts of Hon. Thos. E. Watson to obtain relief for the toiling masses of this great country, and that we rec ognize the attack of the Clerk to the Speaker upon the character and good name of Mr. Watson as wholly unwar ranted, cowardly, and deserving the condemnation of every honorable man, and we endorse his whole course in Congress. 2d. Re solved, That we also commend Messrs. Post, Ellington, and Branch for their action at the St. Louis conference and we condemn the course pursued by Messrs. Livingston, Wilson and Moses in attempting to make the Alliance a tail to the so-called Democracy. 3d. Resolved, That we express our regret, and believe that Speaker Crisp did the Third Party members an injus tice in not according them an equal showing in the discussion of the silver bill, and in all public questions that are granted the other parties. W. S. Arnold, Vice-President. B. H. Miller, Secretary. INMAN ALLIANCE. At a meeting of Inman Alliance No. 565, held on April 18, 1892, the follow ing resolutions were unanimously adopted: Whereas, one L. F. Livingston, pres ident of the State Alliance, and by our votes member of Congress, has, to all fair minded men and unprejudiced men been convicted of lieing; and, whereas, to always speak the truth is the first duty of an AUianceman; there fore. be it resolved, by Inman Alliance, No, 565, Fayett county, Ga.: That we demand his immediate res ignation as president of the State Al liance, and we ask that the State Al liance be called together and he be ex pelled from the order. Also Resolved, hTiat we commend the manly, patriotic, and fearless stand taken by M. D. Irwin, editor Southern Alliance Farmer, and C. H. Ellington in relasing to be dictated to by L. F. Livingston; and also we commend H. i C. Brown for sustaining the action of Editor Irwin and Committeeman El lington’s action, and for retaining M. D. Irwin as editor, and that we fully endorse the policy of the Southern Al liance Farmer under it’s present man agement. And also, we have full confidence in C. C. Post, the efficient chairman of the State People’s Party committee. Ordered published in People’s Party Paper and Southern Alliance Farmer. FIRST TO SPEAK OUT. Whereas, East Atlanta Alliance, No, 2280, having endorsed the St. Louis platform, and having done so heartily, we propose to stand by that action; therefore, Resolved, That whilst we love and cherish our charter, as liberty-loving men we esteem freedom of speech and action more dearly than we do our charter; and, if the State Alliance of Georgia, in consonance with the policy outlined the State Executive Commit tee, in recent session in this city, de mands of this sub-Alliance that it re scind its action on the St. Louis Con ference, or surrender its charter, that we stand by our action, and the State Secretary can send and get the char ter. Unanimously adopted. Riley Moat, President. W. O. Butler, Secretary pro tern. TALIAFERRO COUNTY ALLI ANCE. Whereas, The National Alliance at Ocala did, by resolution passed with out a dissenting vote, provide for a conference of all the industrial organi zations of the country, with the ex pressed purpose of deciding whether it was necessary to organize a new political party in order to secure our just demands; and, Whereas, That conference, so-called, was held in St. Louis, February 22, and did, by a unanimous vote of all present (except a few from Georgia, who had apparently been purchased by rhe plutocrats for the purpose of disorganizing the movement), decide that it “was” necessary to organize a new party; and, Whereas, A majority of the execu tive committee of the State Alliance of Georgia have not only refused to ac cept and abide by the action then ta ken, but, in obedience to the commands of our enemies, sought to destroy the order and revoke the charters of all Alliances that accepted such action in good faith. Therefore be it Resolved, That we hold those who refuse to abide by the action of the St. Louis conference, called as it was by the legally accredited authorities of the Alliance at Ocala, as failing to ob serve to the fullest the teachings of the order, which is unity in all things, and that we hold those who now threaten to annul our charters and so destroy our order, traitors to every principle upon which our order is founded, and therefore unworthy of the support, confidence or esteem of our membership. Resolved, That by such action they have proven themselves partisans of the rankest sort, and partisans, too, of that plutocratic power, to crush which we are now organized, and to accom plish which we here and now pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. Resolved further, That the attempt to remove Bro. Irwin from the editor ship of the Southern Alliance Farmer is in direct violation of the known will of the vast majority of the mem bership, and is further proof that L. F. Livinston has sold himself to our ene mies, and is seeking to destroy our means of communication one with another, that we may the more easily be made the slaves of plutocracy, to which he has sold himself and to which he seeks to deliver us us. Resolved further, That we hold our charters and our organization as the bulwark of our liberties, and dare any man or any set of men to attempt to take them from us. Passed without a dissenting vote. L. A. Moore, Pres., T. L. Chapman, Sec. POLK COUNTY. Polk county has organized the Peo ple’s Party and proposes to put a full county ticket in the field. Vice-Presi dent Wilson went up and made a speech in the county and tried to hold the people back, but utterly failed, They hold a People’s Party rally May 7, at which good speakers will be pres ent. Polk claims the right to name the Senator and asks Harralson and Paulding to concur, promising that they will bring forward a strong man from Polk county. NUMBER 31 WILK IN SON COU NT Y. Whereas our declarations of pur poses declares, first, to labor for the | education of the agricultural classes , in the science of economical govern ment in a strictly non-partisan spirit; and, Whereas, The tycoon of the Georgia ! State Alliance, L. F. Livingston, has I seen tit to leave his seat in Congress, , to which he was elected by the people, ; and come to this State and at Coving i ton, Conyers, Douglasville, and at other places, make and advocate par tisan,speeches in the interest of a par ty which ha? oar demands in any form whatever; and, Whereas, lie (Livingston) has called together a portion of the executive committee for the purpose of carrying out his partisan wishes, and we learn, with regret, that they have endeavored to forfeit the charters of all county and sub-Alliances who refuse to be governed by his dictates; and, Whereas, He (Livingston) and M. V. Calvin, one of his lieutenants, has seen tit to try to remove Editor Irwin from the editorship of the Southern Alli ance Farmer because he refused to comply with his request; and as he has refused to call the State Alliance together in the interest of harmony, to decide the matter of the State organ; therefore be it Resolved, by Wilkinson county Alli ance, now in session assembled, That we condemn any such proceedings by the president and executive commit tee, and request that no county or sub- Alliance surrender their charters un til the State Alliance shall meet and order the same. Resolved, That Brothers Irwin, Brown and Ellington do hold the fort at all hazzards, and pour broadside after broadside into them and never surrender the State organ until the last true Allianceman has crossed over the river to rest in the shade. Resolved, That in conformity to Article 2nd, Section 4th of our Consti tution, that we petition acting Presi dent, W. A. Wiieon, refus**?, i A. W. Ivey, Secretary of the State Alli ance, to call a meeting of the State Alliance so soon as one fourth of the county Alliances shall petition him to do so; and we must respectfully ask all county Alliances to join us in the call. Isaac T. Davis, Pres., I. C. Dunnard, Sec. PAULDING COUNTY. Whereas, the Executive Committee of the State Alliance, together with the president and vice-president, met at the Kimball House in Atlanta on the 14th instant and issued an edict which we believe usurpation of the deepest dye; therefore, be it Resolved, by Lee Alliance, No. 213, now in session, That we denounce and condemn said committee for said ac tion and reaffirm our allegiance W*« St. Louis platform and declare our de termination not to vote for any man for any office who is not in sympathy with same. R. A. Chiles, President. J. T. Carter, Secretary pro tern. FAYETTE COUNTY. Resolved, That we, as the citizens of Inman, Fayette county, Ga., in mass meeting assembled, do, in the strongest terms that we have language to ex press, condemn the course of Hon. L. F. Livingston for leaving his seat in Congress ahd coming back to Georgia to fight the People’s Party in the in terest of monopolies, trusts, combines and the Democratic party, so-called, but void of principles; also we con demn the course of Hon. L. F. Living ston for attempting to control the Southern Alliance Farmer, the proper ty of private individuals, to run said paper for his own political purposes. J. W. Chambers, Sec. OCONEE COUNTY ALLIANCE. Resolved. That we approve, endorse ratify and pledge our undivided sup port of the great platform of reform principles of the conference of the con federated labor organization of the United States adopted at St. Louis February 22nd and 23rd, 1892. P. W. Durham, Pres., S. M. Wellborn, Sec. GWINNETT COUNTY. A mass meeting of the People’s Party of Gwinnett county is hereby called to meet in the court house at Lawrence ville on the 3d Saturday, 21st day of tor the purpose of electing dele gates to State and district conventions. Also to consider advisability of nomi nating candidates for adl offices and whether it shall be done by primary or otherwise. Ihe County Exective Committee [CONTINUED ON sth PAGE.]