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People’s Party Paper
The People Agreed to Let Themselves Be
Called Democrats Just one
More Time.
A Condition of Things That Worries
the Mossbacks Greatly, But is
Nuts to the People’s Party
Folks. What it all
The Democratic State Convention
met in Columbia on the 19th for the
purpose of electing delegates to lhe
National Democratic Nominating Con
It first proceeded to adopt the Ocala
platform word for word.
Then somebody introduced a resolu
tion denouncing the People's Party
which was promptly voted down.
Then the following resolutions were
introduced and passed :
Resolved, That the Democrats of
South Carolina in convention assem
bled, and representing as we do the
people of our State, declare
Ist. “That we are true and loyal Dem
ocrats and endorse and will support
the principles as enunciated by Thom
as Jefferson and reiterated by such
statesmen as John C. Calhoun and An
drew Jackson, and on these principles
we plant ourselves and will remain.
21. “While we arnestly favor and de
mand reduction of the import duties
and that the burden of such taxation
be fixed upon the luxuries and not ne
cessities of life, and that only a suffi
cient revenue be levied for the main
tainance of our gouernment economi
cal ly administered, we hold that a
matter of equal and paramount impor
tance for the relief and prosperity of
our people is an increase of our cur
rency, and that mir government issue
its money direct to the people at a low
rate of interest and on such solvent se
curity as they can furnish.
“3d. We see with displeasure and ap
prehension that the money changers
of Wall street have invaded the sacred
temple of Democracy, and that they
will try and force upon our party a
candidate representing, not the wishes
and well being of our people, but their
own selfish interests. We assert that
Grover ('leveland does not represent
the principles of Democracy as taught
by our forefathers and as we under
stand them.
“4th. We t herefore after our protest
against the nomination of Grover
Cleveland,or any other candidate known
or believed to be selected in the. interest
and at the dictation of Wall street ; but
we demand for our standarnd bearer a
man for the people and with the peo
ple, and who will serve the people and
not any class or action.
“ssh. We shall look upon the nomi
nation of ex-President Cleveland, if
forced upon the party at thej Chicago
convention as a prostitution of the
principles of Democraco, as a repudia
tion of the demands of the Farmer’s
Alliance, which embody the true prin
ciples of Democracy and a surrender
of the rights of the people to control
the finances of the country.
“Oth. We believe we voice the senti
ment of a large majority of the white
voters of South Carolina when ws as
sert that a nomination of a Wall street
candidate would create dissatisfaction
in the State Democracy.”
Tilman and the other State House
officers were endorsed and recommend
ed for re-election.
Then delegates to the Democratic
National Convention were selected, all
of them being men known to be in
sympathy with the Alliance demands,
and a resolution pledging them to sup
port the nominees of the Democratic
nominating convention was knocked
out by substituting “State” for “Nation
al ’’thus leaving lhe delegates virtually
instructed to bolt the Democratic Na
tional Convention if it failed to put the
Ocala demands in the platform.
The convention was naturally a
strong one, but the Alliancemen had
their own way and all the mossbacks
could do was to howl and tear their
It means that the people of South
Carolina are going with the people of
North Carolina and of Georgia and all
the Southern and Western States into
the People’s Party after the meeting
of the National Conventions.
Watch and see if it don't.
“lECcpujieil Rights to Special Privilege® to None.”
The Platform Adopted by the Demo
cratic State Convention.
The platform adopted by the state
democratic convention in Atlanta is as
1. Resolved, That we, the democrats
of Georgia, in convention assembled,
reaffirm our devotion to the time-hon
ored principles of our historic party.
We believe that the powers delegated
by the people should be strictly con
strued; that the autonomy of states
and the rights of local self-government
and home-rule should be zealously
guarded; that no money should be
taken from the people under any pre
text for other than public purposes;
that the strictest economy should be
exercised in all governmental expend
iture, whether local, state or national;
that legislation should be confined to
the legitimate objects of the govern
ment; that public office is a solemn
public trust.
2. We believe that the same care and
caution should be used by the govern
ment, both state and national, in the
expenditure of public money as is used
by prudent men in their own private
3. We believe that the right of taxa
tion was delegated to the government,
both state and national, to be used only
for absolute necessities, and any other
use of this power is dishonest and ty
4. A surplus revenue in the treasury
is a glittering prize to be sought after
by political thieves and plunderers.
5. We are uncompromisingly opposed
to the enlargement and concentration
of federal powers; to the usurpation
by the central government of the func
tions of state; to every species of class
legislation and government partner
ship with private enterprises; to the
whole theory and practice of patern
6. We, who have within a generation
seen elections opened by the tap of a
drum, and the judicial powers of the
state usurped by courts martial, and a
legislature seized by a military clerk,
and the legally elected representatives
of the people turned out of office to
make by force b subservient majority,
have no desire to take any chances on
the political,future. 1
7. We consider the government con
trol of postoftices as necessary and
proper, because the seal of the letter,
protects the private affairs of the citi
zen from governmental espionage, but
we protest except in the regulation of
prices against extending this control
over telegraphs and telephones, and
placing in our midst a horde of office
holders who will only be amendable to
national laws and may at any time, by
the will of the majority, or, as often
happens in our federal affairs, by the
will of a minority, be turned into spies
and informers. While we oppose gov
ernmental ownership of railroads we
endorse our state railroad commission
laws, and demand that the powers of
the interstate railroad commission be
enlarged so as to provide a “rigid, hon
est and just control” of railroad trans
8. We demand the free and unlimited
coinage of both silver and gold on a parity
with each other to the end that the
money of the people shall be such in
quality and quantity as was originally
contemplated by the constitution.
9. We demand that the prohibitory 10
per cent, tax on state bank issues be
stricken out of the national bank law,
and when this is done, we desire that
a uniform system of banking be provided
for by the legislature of Georgia, with a
flexible, expansive state bank currency.
We further demand that the prohibition
in the national bank law against accept
ing real estate as security for loans shall
be stricken therefrom.
10. We demand that the amount of
the circulating medium be speedily in
creased on a sound basis sufficient to
meet the needs of the country.
11. We demand that congress shall
pass such laws as will effectually prevent
the dealing in futures of a':l agricultural
and mechanical productions : providing
a stringent system of procedure in trials
that will secure prompt conviction, and
impose such penalties as shall secure the
most perfect compliance with the law.
12. Believing in the doctrines of equal
rights to all and special privileges to
none, we demand —
a. That our national legislation shall
be so framed in the future as to not
build up one industry at the expense of
b. We regard as the most important
issue before the people a reform of the
present iniquitous tariff, and we demand
a removal ot the existing heavy tariff
tax from the necessities of life, that the
poor of our land must have.
c. We further demand a just and
equitable system of graduated tax on
! d. We believe that the money of the
country should be kept as much as pos
sible in the hands of the people, and
hence we demand that, all national and
state revenue shall be limited to the
necessary expenses of the government,
economically and honestly administered.
14. We dem' 1 nd retrenchment and re
form in the expenditure of national
revenues, and especially a correction of
the present pension system, which rests
like a mammoth war tax on our section
of the union.
15. We, therefore, in a spirit of mutual
concession, offer this, our platform, to
the democracy of Georgia, and pray
that a divine providence may incline our
hearts to wisdom, justice and modera
Grand Rally of the People’s Party in
Decatur County.
Early in the morning the honest, hard
working, over-taxed and uncared-for
farmers (only for their votes) came pour
ing into Iron City until over five hundred
people had assembled to participate in
the People’s Party’s first grand rally in
our county and listen to a joint debate
between Rev. E. B. Mobley and Ben E.
Russell, the chairman of the democratic
executive committee.
Mr. Mobley is the fearless champion of
the People’s cause. He is a man of fine
appearance, whose whole soul is enlisted
in the cause of the people.
Mr. Russell is senior editor of the Dem
ocrat, and has served one term in the
Mr. Mobley opened the debate, and
showed how the democrats wore a Wall
street collar around their necks with
“this is my pup” inscribed on the same,
and showed beyond any contradiction
the perfidy of democrats, their coward
ly dickering to Wall street and their
paid hirelings at the National capital, and
how, if we left this country’s cause in
the hands of either of the old parties,
that rather than leave the offices and the
chances of spoil, they would see our
farms desolated, our wives and children
homeless wanderers and begging their
bread. He certainly had this immense
crowd with him, judging from their ex
ultant cheers.
Hob. W. H. Drake, countv lecturer,
was master of ceremonies, and promised
Russell a patient and respectful hearing
from the crowd of People’s Party men,
which was accorded.
Russell labored on the tariff —that soft
taffy—but it fell flat on that intelligent
people. The few democrats had been
grooming him for some time for this
day. He came out from Bainbridge with
all his glory and pomp, feeling that he
would have an easy and glorious victory,
but he returned humiliated and demol
ished completely. Poor fellow I He
would not even partake of the bounte
ous dinner the people had spread. Too
badly whipped And the last report was
that he was making lor the sea-coast at
Brunswick —for what purpose we could
not learn. “Whom the gods would
destroy they first make mad.” Hope
that Mr. Russell has not got it that ba !.
Mr. Mobley skinned L. O Jackson for
going around last summer making Peo
ple’s Party speeches and now trying to
hold the people in the democra’ic party.
Well, he may hold some weak-kneed,
soft-heads, but the bold and fearless yeo
manry of our county will never again
become cowering sycophants. Jackson
called the Cuthbert convention to get
himself endorsed, but it did not work
just that way. He joined the Alliance
as a stepping-stone to some office. Some
charged him with that hankering then,
but we all know it now.
Our neighbor, Mr. F. A. Thomas, dis
tributed fifty copies of your great paper,
and it will be like bread cast upon the
waters. Would that every man in Geor
gia could or would be a subscriber. Our
victory over corruption would be sure
and as lasting as the hills.
The fight is on this county, and will be
to the finish. If our reform is success
ful, then prosperity will return ; if it
fails, then will follow confusion, an
archy, and finally the overthrow of the
republic. May God speed the right.
I. C. U.
p. S —The grandest thing that hap
pened at our rally was the proposition
thai all who were for the People’s Party
to fall into a line, which they did with a
yellfand all went except a very few, and
they looked lonesome indeed. I C. U.
In Receiver’s Hands.
Tallapoosa, Ga., May 23. —The Mer
chants’ and Miners’ Bank of this place
was to-day placed in the hands of Book
keeper Gilbert as receiver. An inspec
tion by the state bank inspector showed ,
Vice-President Spencer has been placed
under arrest, charged with being instru
mental in violations of the state banking
law, which prohibits the loan of over
ten per cent, of the capital to any one
Many lives lost and Thousands of Dol
lars Worth of Property Destroyed.
Associated Press Dispatch.
Omaha, May 18. —A special to the Bee
from Sioux city,lowa,says : “This morn
ing a great wave came down Floyd riv
er which flowed through the center of
the city and which was already bank
full. The wave came a few minutes
after 7 o’clock. Warning had been giv
en but a short time before to the in
habitants of the lowlands, but only a
few of them had been notified. The
first intimation was a volume of water
spreading over the banks to a depth of
three feet and throwing a mist of foam
from it. In a few minutes the water had
risen above the first floors and several
hundred fled in terror to higher
grounds. The water rose four €eet in
one hour and a half, and from 9 o'clock
continued to rise steadily, but not so
rapidly. Probably 1,000 inhabitants of
the city live on the low ground which
is overflowed. So rapid was the rise of
the tide that great numbers were una
ble to escape, and the work of rescuing
engaged the energy of the people.
Sioux City, la., May 19. —According
to the latest telegrams the flood has
been even more disastrous in its result
than was at first anticipated. The es
timates as to the loss of life vary from
sixty to one hundred. No list can be
given of the dead. In fact the terrified
people have sought refuge in so many
quarters that it is impossible to exactly
figure what the number on the death
roll will be.
sad scenes witnessed.
Some heroic scenes were witnessed
in attempts to save unhappy victims.
At the Omaha bridge Mrs. West and
her little five-year-old girl were una
ble to get away from the flood in time.
The father and two children were safe
and the rescuing party was returning
for Mrs. West and her child when the
waves swept the house away. They
floated down with the roaring current
until the bridge was reached. An en
gineer succeeded in saving the woman,
but her strength failed her and she was
compelled to relinquish her hold on the
child. With the despairing cry of
“mamma,catch,” the child disappeared
beneath the waves.
At the manufacturing suburbs of
Leeds nine persons are known to be
drowned. Four were drowned at
Springdale. Observers on the high
bridge counted fifteen bodies that
swept under it. Matt Roe, an old sai
lor, saved twenty-eight lives. A wo
man who managed to wade to a box
car was there seized with labor pains
and gave birth to a child,and two hours
later was rescued.
A woman named Hinton and three
children were drowned in their own
house. Two Swedish families were
swept away.
St. Louis, May 19.—A destructive
cyclone swept over St. Louis county
yesterday, contributing to the misery
of the flood-stricken inhabitants. A
funnel-shaped cloud wrecked several
farmhouses. Great damage was done
to crops, trees and fences. At 1 o’clock
a. m. the river passed the thirty-six-foot
mark and is still slowly rising.
The warehouse at 721 to 729 South
Main street fell in 'yesterday with
thousands of dollars’ worth of cement,
tobacco, sugar, malt.and barley, which
will be a total loss, having all gone into
the water.
The city is practically cut off from
all communication with the outside
world by high water, and such is the
confusion within the city that it is very
difficult to obtain the names of the vic
tims of the flood. The estimates on the
loss of life vary greatly. Some say
twenty-five, while others place the es
timates as high as 165. Few bodies
have been recovered as yet, and it is
doubtful if they will ever be found.
The following is the list of those who
are given up as lost so far as was known
at 1 o’clock this afternoon •
Nellie West, Mrs. Louis E. Homer,
A. Anderson and wife and child, A. P.
McLaren, William Stone, William Row
en, Mrs. Louise Homer’s two children,
Mrs. Frank Luther and child, a 1-year
old son and 7-year-old daughter of E.
Leonard, George Cox, a child 4 years
old, George C. Miller, Aaron Johnson,
Andrew Anderson, Robert Harney,
Frank Henderson,wife and child; two
unknown boatmen, Mrs. H. Pickers,
Mrs. Peter Rasmus, son and two chil
dren; six unknown men.
The union stockyards have been
swept away and other heavy damage
done. The city waterworks are sur
rounded and there is great danger that
the supply will be shut off, which, with
fire and a high wind blowing, would be
certain disaster. The loss to the rail
roads is estimated at $200,000.
Floyd river was almost back to its
banks at noon today and hundreds are
returning to their homes, which they
were compelled to abandon yesterday.
Scores of houses were swept away from
their foundations, and others badly
The damage to movables is large,
w here houses were not floated off.
Fifty or sixty retail stores on the low
ground were destroyed or badly dam
aged. Floyd river cut across the bend
and scooped out a great channel, start
ing in about lower Eighth street. All
the houses but very few in that vicini
ity were utterly wiped out. Railroads
and stockyards will sutler the greatest
individual losses.
St. Louis, May 19. —Word comes from
the National stockyards in East St
Louis that all the railroad tracks lead
ing to the yards were submerged to
day, that no cattle could be got in or
out of them. Therefore there was no
market. The union stockyards on this
side of the river, however, are still in
Keokuk, la., May 19. —The Egyptian
levee, which protects a vast area of
bottom lands five miles below here,
broke this morning. The waters of
the Des Moines river flood the entire
district. The high wind prevailing
will cause immense damage. The whole
town of Alexandria, Missouri, is com
pletely submerged. All the trains on
the Keokuk and Western St. Louis,
Keokuk and Northern railways, south
of this point have been abandoned.
Ckerckke, la., 19.—The Lottie
Sioux has been running bank full for
some time and the heavy and contin
uous rain of Tuesday sent the river
over the bottom lands. The river this
evening was still rising. Some of the
smaller buildings have been carried
away. The damage to crops in the
Little Sioux valley will be very great.
The Illinois Central tracks are badly
washed away north, east and west of
this city. The city pumping works
are under water, and the city is threat
ened with a water famine.
The Des Moines river has risen ten
inches, and is still rising. All the low
lands are under water and hundreds of
houses have been abandoned.
Kansas City, Mo., May 19. —Water
everywhere is the situation around the
two Kansas Citys today. The Mis
souri is rising slowly, and the Kaw is
booming. Argentine and Armourdale
are again submerged. Harlem is a
lake, and on this side of the river the
Missouri bottoms are disappearing un
der the wet element. The Kaw river
is six inches above the high-water
mark of last week, and is still rising.
The great packing houses, all of which
are situated in the Armourdale flats,
suspended work this morning, and put
their men at work at the building of
embankments about their establish
ments, hoping thus to check the threat
tned invasien of their premises.
By Associated Press to The Herald.
St. Louis, May 19. —A destructive
cyclone passed over St. Louis county
yesterday, contributing to the misery
the flood-siricken inhabitants. A fun
nel-shaped cloud wrecked several farm
houses. Great damage was done to
crops, trees and fences.
At 1 a. m. the river passed the 36-foot
mark and is still slowly rising.
A warehouse at 721 to 729 South Main
street fell in yesterday, with thousands
of dollars worth of cement, tobacco,
sugar, malt and barley, which will be
a total loss, having all gone into the
The exact loss cannot be given.
Governor Pennoyer, of Oregon, De
clares for the People’s Party.
Portland, Oregon, May 20, ’9’2.
To the People’s Party Paper:
The governor of the state has
bolted the democratic party and will
vote the People’s ticket.
The leaders are dismayed.
Organization and propaganda goes
on steadily.
We expect to carry the state in
November. Martin Quinn.
, mi ■<
A (yelone Adds to the the
By United Press to Journal.
Chicago, May 20.—That the situation
cannot become much worse is the only
consolation left the flood-scourged in
j habitants of the Mississippi valley.
I From the source of the father of wa
| ters down to La Delta the story is one of
I desolation. Farms'are ruined, houses
I swept away, lives lost, railroads idle,
human lives in danger. Such is the
history of the big flood.
Beginning at St. Cloud, north of
Minneapolis, following the Mississippi
down to Keokuk, where the great
Egyptian levee yielded, flooding thou
sands of acres of the richest farm laud
on the continent; then in succession
passing the cities of Quincy and Al
ton, where the work of the wind and
water has been disastrous, the first
great stage of the desolate journey
ends at St. Louis.
On the Missouri and tributaries the
waters are abroad to a greater extent
than ever known before. Throughout
the Dakotas farms are under water,
bridges carried out, railroad tracks un
dermined. Sioux City is still engag
ing attention, and the. full story of the
deluge is not yet told.
Thess. O’Neal Released From Jail.
Thess. O’Neal, the man that killed Joe
England, a fireman on the Georgia Pa
cific railroad last week, was released
from jail Tuesday on a bond of SI,OOO.
The facts in the case are familiar to
the public. England had frequently
visited the home of O’Neal, and at
tempted to force his attentions upon his
She was of unsound mind, and O’Neal
had frequently warned him to stay away.
England’s refusal to do this resulted in
O’Neal’s blowing his brains out.
Tuesday morning the attorneys for
O’Neal appeared before Judge Richard
Clark and made application for bail.
Accompanying their application was a
letter from Solicitor Charlie Hill.
The letter stated that he had carefully
investigated the facts in the case and
could see nothing like murder in it. and
doubted very much if a true-bill w ould
be found by the grand jury.
Judge Clark, after considering the
case, fixed the bond at SI,OOO, and Mr.
( W. M. Scott and O’Neal’s father signed
it and O'Neal was released from jail.
O’Neal left the jail unaccompanied by
his father, aud started immediately to
see his wife.
He said that he had never felt the
slightest anxiety about himself, and had
worried only about his wife.
The Sub-Treasury Bill to be Reported.
Washington, May 23. —In the House
to-day the river and harbor appropriation
bill wdth the senate amendments, was
referred to the committee on rivers and
The House met at 11 o’clock to-day
with less than 75 members in attendance.
Mr. Watson succeeded in having passed
his resolution requesting the committee
on ways and means to report the sub
treasury bill. The senate bill granting a
pension to ex-Senatcr Geo. W. Jones, of
lowa, was also passed.
He Killed His Friend.
A special from Dalton says that while
Kittells was searching his house Monday
night for a burgler, he shot at the sup
posed criminal, sending a bullet into the
brain of Walter Wright, who was assist
ing him in the search.
The “Brick” Pomeroy Offer.
Subscriptions to “Brick” Pomeroy’s
matchless 32-page paper “Advance
Thought” have been received as fol
lows :
May 16—3 copies, Douglasville, Ga.
May 18—3 copies, Cartersville, Ga.
May 18—4 copies, Thompson, Ga.
May 18 —2 copies, Harlem, Ga.
May 25 -3 copies, Stellaville, Ga.
Friends, let your subscriptions comti
forward rapidly. This is a truly greaS
paper, and will spread the light wherever
it goes.
Mr. Pomeroy has generously given six
hundred copies to aid us in our awful
struggle against the combined forces cf
plutocratic monopoly in Georgia this
year, at the greatly reduced price of
$2.00 for three copies for one year.
Address all orders to
Oscar Parker, Sec’y.
1171 Whitehall St.,
Atlanta, Ga.
The Democrats of the Ninth Con
gressional district will hold their con
vention at Gainesville, July 13, to
nominate a man for Hon. Thon. K
Winn to beat.

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