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Peopl Party Paper
Execution of Ravachol, the Anarchist,
in Paris Yesterday.
Paris, June 11. —Ravachol, the an
archist, murderer and thief, was exe
cuted t his morning. Ravachol was not
in the least concerned when awakened
at 2 o’clock this morning and told to
prepare for the execution. lie dressed
himself carefully without assistance.
When he was asked if he had any wish
to express he replied that he wished to
address the crowd and was disappoint
ed by the reply that there would be no
crowd. When the prison chaplain
asked if the prisoner wished to see him
Ravachol replied :
‘‘l have no need for your services. I
never had any religion.”
Notwithstanding this answer, the
chaplain approached Ravachol, say
i n •
“I come to bring you for the last t ime
the consolation of religion and to put
before you the image of Christ, whose
law you disregard.”
“I don't care a rap for your reli
gion,” said Ravachol. “I don’t want to
see your crucifix. If you show it to
me, I will spit upon it. You are like
ail your people who encourage super
stition and try to make people believe
what you cannot prove.”
Ravachol jibed the executioner and
his assistants while they prepared him
for the block. Turning to the chaplain
he said :
“Religion ’ What folly ! How the
world is besotted
The executioner here took hold of
him and pushed him toward and into a
van that was in waiting, which at once
started for the guillotine.
A crowd that was behind a cordon of
soldiers, members of which had been
uproarious during the time of waiting,
became hushed and silenced the instant
the van bearing Ravahol appeared.
Amid the scilence the imprecations and
blasphemous words of the condemed
'man could be distinctly heard. The
preri -led jßavachol t o the foot of
'ocxu’oid,?Thowiug him the crucifix.
“I want to speak,” shouted Ravachol,
as the assistant executioner seized him.
“Don't prevent me.”
So rapidly did the executioners work
that his head was already on the block
and his neck fixed in the lunette before
he had finished the sentence. Just as
the knife fell he shouted, “Vive repub
lique,” and instantly his head was in
the basket. The remains were placed
in a wagon and taken to the cemetery.
Clevelandism and the Force Bill.
Dr. M. G. Ellzy in National Watchman.
The doings of plutocracy, of which
the bank party are the dominant ele
ment, exhibit a malicious cunning
which would be dangerous if it was not
so transparent. Let the people once
fully realize that there is a bank party
which, like a colossus, bestrides both
the Republican and Democratic par
ties, and they will take in the situation.
Between the bestriding legs of this
colossus every Democrat or Republi
can who hopes to receive a nomination
Wust creep and crawl. When the peo
ple take in this fact they will see clear
ly how this hybrid colossus plays one
party organization against the other,
setting men by the ears and disabling
the people fram thinking, or under
standing, or acting for themselves.
For months it has been known to the
leaders of the Alliance and the Peo
ple’s party, that the bank party had
selected the Republican and the Dem
ocratic candidates; put its mark in
their foreheads and its chain in their
collars, and written the platforms on
which they should stand. These plat
forms are lying declarations made to
be kicked aside as soon as they have
answered the base purpose for which
they were gotten up. If the term
platform-breaker can be truly applied
to a man, there is no more infamous
term by which to designate him. A
platform is a series of solemn pledges
of public faith to be kept with voters
whose suffrage is given and received
in consideration of their false pledges
deliberately made with the deliberate
purpose of violating them. The can
didates having made their bargain
with the colossus, turning to the peo
ple, salute them with untruth on their
lips and deception in their hearts to
accept in solemn form the platform
they have bargained to break. There
upon the two sides rush madly upon
each other like two herds of devil-pos
sessed swine, with a loud uproar of
gongs and stink pots; a hideous dis
cord and stench of bedlam, and sodom
and hell. The plutocrats regard the
strife with utter indifference as to the
outcome. The people seem now at
length interfere in behalf of
honor and truth and decency; and to
“JEOq-uxeil to -AAI Special to None.”
suppress these obscene tumults to pull
down this colossus, and to overthrow
the candidates having the mark of this
beast in their foreheads, and wearing
his chain in their collars. Under such
auspices and in such guise come now
for the second time Benjamin Harri
son and Grover Cleveland to present
themselves before the people asking
their votes. It|js an exhibition hu
miliating in the last degree to man
kind. It is a shame and a disgrace
and a degradation to the American
It is thus that the bank party have
once more, let us hope for the last time,
set up a Democratic and Republican can
didate for the presidency, each on his
own lying platform, not caring so much
as the paring of a finger-nail which par
ty succeeds in the mock contest which is
to follow. But in the present case a new
purpose is to be accomplished and a new
method devised to accomplish it. The
West and South threaten to combine for
the overthrow of plutocratic rule once
and forever. The West and South ac
cordingly must at all hazard be kept
apart. A threat of '.he force bill is there
fore given out from the Republican
side to force the South to remain solidly
Democratic and swallow Clevelandism,
thereby driving the West away from the
South ; and by driving the South from
the support of free coinage to prevent
the coalition of rhe South and West
along that line. The South is to be
driven into its corner of the arena by the
force bill, and the Northwest into its
corner by the anti-silver crusade, as the
leader of which Cleveland is known to
have been nominated. The force bill is
fosced on the Republican platform to
drive off the South from the North.
Clevelandism is forced upon’ the Demo
crats to drive off the silver States and
the wheat States from the cotton States.
The People's Party believe that they
know their ground before venturing up
on it; they are fully assured of two
things, viz., these : The force bill can
not pass, ana the People's Party will
hold a decisive balance of power in Con
gress iro- x m ixw on. Iu imcm-
sions let the people of the South rest
secure. A proper and just federal elec
tion law the people of the South have no
reason to object to, and will not resist if
it be the judgment of a majority of
Congress that such a law would be ex
pedient, or is necessary to secure fair
and free elections. The People's Party
assure the people of the South that a
political entente cordiale between the
South and West is their surest and
safest guarantee that a force bill cannot
pass, which, under the pretext of the
constitutional power to regulate the
manner of holding federal elections by
the States, shall enter the States with
armed posses to set aside elections by
the States and hold mock elections for
the States. The mission of the People s
Party is to unify the West and South in
a true Democracy, and once and forever
to destroy and root out plutocracy’ from
the whole land. From this purpose
neither threats nor blandishments, nor
bribes can drive or seduce them. The
purity of this grand purpose is able to
quench, and assuredly will quench all
the fiery darts of plutocracy.
Os the People’s Party Which Meets
in Atlanta July 20.
One and one-third fare for the round
trip to the People’s Party Convention
which meets at Atlanta, July 2q, has
been granted by all railroads in Geor
gia. Tickets to be on sale July 18th
and 19th, good for one continuous trip
going, and good to return on any time
up to and including July 24.
If you get on at away station where
through tickets to Atlanta are not on
sale buy a ticket to the first station
where such tickets are sold and there
buy your round trip ticket.
C. C. Post,
A. W. Ivey,
M. D. Irwin,
M. I. Branch,
John T. West,
Campaign Committee.
Oscar Parker, Sec’y.
The Homestead Investigation.
The Congressional committee of investi
gation at Homestead, Pa., is taking tes
Chairman Frick, of the Carnegie steel
works, was among its witnesses. He
could not be prevailed on to give a direct
answer to the question whether he had
anything to do with furnishing arms for
the Pinkerton men, but his replies
amounteb to an admission that he had.
Sheriff McCleary said the people would
not serve on his posse because they were
afraid of being killed This statement
caused a general laugh. Mr. Boatner
said the war feeling was not strong here.
The World - Wide Effort to Perfect
Capitalistic Control of Wages
Again Manifest.
Wallace, Idaho, July 11. The
strained situation in Coeur d’Alene
labor troubles culminated this morning
between 5 and G o'clock. The events of
the day previous consisted of challenges
from the non-union men at Frisco and
Gem mines to the union miners at the
town of Gem, and seemed to indicate a
speedy rupture. Both the Gem and
Frisco mines were guarded by men be
hind barricades, armed with Winches
ters. and as the canyon is narrow where
the miners are located, the men behind
the barricades could sweep the two rail
road tracks and the country with bullets.
The Gem mine barricaders were within
800 feet of the center of the town of
This morning at 5 o'clock a miner from
Gem started from Burk. When oppo
site Frisco mine he was fired upon. He
ran back several hundred yards to Gem,
where the shot had been heard, and soon
the miners in town gathered with arms
They marched in a body toward the
Frisco mill, located directly in front of
the mine. When scarcely within rifle
range, a volley from Frhco mill greeted
the miners, and lead whistled all about
them. They scattered, and a regular
battle ensued. One miner and one non
union man were killed and six wounded
during the engagement. The miners, in
the meantime, went around the hills up
the canyon above the mines, loaded a
car with seven hundred and fif:y pounds
of giant powder and sent it down the
track toward the Frisco mine. Directly
in front of the mill the explosion oc
curred, shattering the mill to splinters
and making it a comple e wreck.
The non-union men showed the white
fiae\ and ( ’irrendet T', O v «-
marched down to the miners’ union hall
and guarded.
While the fight was going on at Frisco,
the guards suddenly began firing volley
after volley into the town of Gem, rid
dling buildings with bullets. John
Ward, a citizen, was shot through the
arm, and Gus Carlson, a union, man. was
shot and killed.
Attempts to recover Carlson’s body
were met with volleys from the Gem
breastworks, and when the body was re
covered an hour afterward it was life
less. another bullet having been sent
through the breast. No shots were re
turned from the Gem until armed miners
from the Frisco, half a mile above the
Gem, returned.
At 8 o’c'ock a. in. a truce occurred and
the sheriff, district attorney and deputy
United States marshal appeared on the
scene. The train was stopped by an
armed guard at the Gem mine. The
sheriff took the mail on his shoulders
and passed on to Gem. The guards
leveled their rifles at him but dropped
them when they learned his identity.
At Gem several hundred men were
gathered in the streets with rifles and re
volvers. Peace negotiation were imme
diately set on foot, and at 12 o’clock the
non-union force surrendered to the
union men.
The number of killed, so far as can be
learned, is four, and about ten wounded,
though there may be bodies under the
Frisco mill. Frisco and Gem were the
only non-union places in the east end of
the Coeur d’Alene.
The cause of the strike was the de
mand of the union miners of the dis
trict for $3.50 per day for every man
working under-ground. The mine
owners held that laborers should
be paid only $3. When the miners re
fused to accept the scale the mines were
closed. The owners declared excessive
freight rates were the cause of the re
duction. A lockout was begun April Ist
by the Mine Owners’ Association, and
3 000 miners were thrown out of work.
Since then the mine owners have been
making a struggle to run their mines
with non-union men and guards. The
tension has been great for months, and
the opinion has prevailed that only a
spark was needed to start the flame of
riot. The example at Homestead and
the decision of the United States court
at Boise, making perpetual the injunc
tion against the Miners’ Union, brought
matters to a head.
The fear is expressed that the scene of
violence may extend to other parts of
the State, necessitating the proclama
tion of martial law. The Governor has
called on the'President for troops. The
union miners are described as an undis
ciplined mob of from four to five hun
dred, armed with Winchesters and re
volvers. They are elated with their
success and will not be satisfied until
eveiy new man is driven from the
Before 9 o’clock Wednesday morning
all of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan forces
walked out of the mine and surrendered.
The Sierra Nevada forces also surrender
ed. Not a shot was fired. What will be
done with the non-union men is not yet
known. The Frisco and Gem companies
begu i paying their men off today.
Murder, Arson, Riot and Lawless Con
fl ets Throughout the Country.
II imest&ad. Pa., July 12. —Everybody
expected the troops would invade to-day
by c /break, but 7 o’clock, 8 o'ciock and !
9 o'clock passed without any news from
them. At a few minutes past 9 o’clock
tin v suddenly went up: “The troops
are < >ming, the troops are coming !” and
instr otly the greatest excitement pre
vailed. The militia came by rail from
above the town and at once surrounded
the h'-irnegie mills. They received a few
cheers from the surrounding bystanders
as the train rolled in, and a most re
spect id consideration was accorded
them in every respect. The first detach
ment of troops numbered at least 3,000
men, and was in command of General
Snowden. They comprised the Second
and Third brigades, first division. The
Fourteenth a .id Eighteenth regiments
from Pittsburg are here, and Battery D,
of the First brigade, has shown up with
two Gatling guns and three field pieces.
Portions of the Fifth, Tenth and
Fifteenth regiments are on the field, and
companies A, C, E and H, of the
Eighteenth regiment, are also recog
nized among the bluecoats.
The trbops came from the point of ren
dezvous, two miles this side of Greens
burg, and it is stated that the First bri
gade is now at Mount Gretna, where it
will remain until further orders.
Immediately on the arrival of the
tram .i there was great bustle and excite
ment. but the militia themselves pre
sen <. perfect order and responded
am’ promptly to every order of j
u perioi s.
Rapidly descending from the train
the troops formed in a column at the
switch yards, just beyond Munhall sta
tion. One company was at once de
tached on picket duty and a line im
mediately thrown out among the mill
yards. Then the main body of troops
marched down the streets, headed by
the regimental band, and along what
is known as “scab hill.’’ This* is an
eminence overlooking the mills and
the scene of last week’s hostilities, and
its bluff was covered with spectators
mostly women.
There was not the slightest manifes,
tation of hostilities, and although the
troops arrived so suddenly that all the.
leaders of the strikers were absent, it
did not require their presence to main
tain proper respect from the rank and
file. Once or twice there was a little
hand-clapping from the younger ele
ment as jaunty militiamen hove in
sight, and the band was the object of
much interest.
The carefully prepared reception, of
course, was frustrated by the sudden
arrival of the militia, and it was man
ifest that the officers in command did
not desire to be made the objects of a
ceremonial reception from a people.
The Negroes Armed and Marching the
Cincinnati, July 12.—A Commer
cial-Gazette Paducah, Ky., special says :
Shortly after 9 o’clock last evening
while the city council was in session
the chief of police threw a bomb in
their midst by announcing that the re
port had just reached him that two or
three hundred negres, armed with
Winchester rifles, had congregated in
the vicinity of the jail prepared for
attack. The council at once adjourned.
The mayor sent a dispatch to the gov
ernor asking him to order out Com
pany C, of the State guard, located
here. Every able-bodied man is now
in the streets, and everybodj that can
obtain arms of any kind is doing so.
The sheriff has charge of a posse com
posed of fifty or seventy-five men
armed with shotguns and revolvers,
procured from the vasious hardware
The underlying cause of the uprising
is the lynching of Chas. Hill, the negro
who made an assaul upon Lydia Star
some weeks ago. Monday night a ne
gro named Burgess was arrested, and
his friends now lead the riot.
At 11 -.30 o’clock the marshal and
mayor returned to the jail from a round
of the squads of negroes who, when
the mayor and marshal promised that
no violence should be done the prison
er in the jail, promised to disperse, and
began to do so. The marshal addressed
a crowd of white people and told them
to go to their homes, as the negroes
were dispersing and no violence need
now be feared. This the people began
to do,and in a few minutes the crowd
was reduced to the militia and about
forty armed citizens.
At exactly 12 o’clock a band of sev
enty-five negroes suddenly appeared
marching down Sixth street, and open
ed fire upon the men collected at the
jail. At the first fire Elmer Edwards,
a young man of twenty years of age.
fell, shot through the abdomen. He is
dying. He was a member of the mili
tia company, and a harness maker by
trade. The fire was returned by the
militia and armed citizens, and
the negroes beat a precipitous retreat.
The militia also retreated in disorder
back of the court-house, where they
kept up the firing until the negroes had
disappeared down the street.
To Help Quell the Riots at the Idaho
Mines—The Governor’s Report.
Boise City, Idaho, July 12. —The fol
lowing message was sent by Governor
Willey to President Harrison last night:
“This morning riot and bloodshed by
the, miners at Cour d’Alene district com
menced. The mill was blowm up by dy
namite and many men killed and injur
ed. Inspector General Curtis, I. N. G ,
informs me that four hundred or five
hundred armed men constitute the mob.
The legislature is not in session and can
not be promptly convened. The civil au
thorities of the county and State are
wholly inadequate to maintain the peace.
The immediate available military force
of the Idaho National Guard numbers
only 198 men, which is, in my opinion,
far too few to successfully cope with the
mob, though I will order it at once into
the field. In this emergency I deem it
necessary to call for the assistance of
federal troops. 1, therefore, request that
a sufficient force be detailed from Fort
SF.rr- -ar. vr-' o r.N in concert
with the State authorities in maintaining
public order,”
Washington, July 12.—Following is
the President’s order to General Schofield,
issued in response to an appeal from the
governor of Idaho :
“Saratoga, N. Y., July 12. —12.30 a.
m. —To the Secretary of War, Washing
ton, D. C. : The governor of the State of
Idaho has called upon me for assistance
in suppressing a domestic disturbance
which the State authorities are unable to
control. You will at once send to the
scene of disorder an adequate force of
troops from the nearest station under an
officer of rank and discretion with orders
to co-operate with the civil authorities in
preserving the peace and protecting life
and property. 1 will reach Washington
tonight.” Benjamin Harrison.
McDuffie County Alliance.
Thomson, Ga., July 7, 1892.
McDuffie County Farmers Alliance
at a regular quarterly session, unani
mously passed the following resolu
tion :
Besolved, That in the death our Na
tional President, Brother L. L. Polk,
the Alliance has lost a talented and
efficient officer. We therefore deeply
deplore our great loss, and in unity of
heart extend our sympathies to the
family of our deceased brother.
Whereas, We, the McDuffie County
Farmers Alliance, at a regular quar
terly meeting, deem it to the best in
terests of our beloved order that a new
man be elected as president of the
Georgia State Alliance;
Therefore be it resolved, That the
McDuffie County Farmers Alliance
unanimously recommend Bro. C. 11.
Ellington as being in every respect
qualified to fill that honorable position,
and if elected, we believe he will fill it
with honor and credit to himself, and
especially to our grand order; and we
believe he would be the means of build
ing up and binding the brotherhood in
every section, North, South, East and
West; we therefore recommend him
to the next State Alliance as a suita
ble and well qualified person to fill the
chair now occupied by L. F. Living
ston. J no. A. Wilkinson, Brest.
J. G. Worrill, Sec’y.
Thirty Persons Buried.
Paris, July 12. —A terrible accident
has occured at St. Gervais Les Baines,
in Savoy, resulting in the death of at
least thirty persons. A heavy land
slip occured in the mountains that al
most overhangs the village and with
out a moment’s warning a number of
houses were buried beneath immense
masses of rock and earth. Already
thirty dead have been taken out of the
ruins. A number of persons have who
have been badly injured were resoued,
while some were taken out unhurt. It
is thought more bodies are under the
The People’s Party Members All True,
While False Representatives
Betray the People.
Wednesday, the House formally
killed the hope of the people that Con
gress would heed the demand of the
people for free silver coinage. The
Democracy divided, and one wing put
itself under the leadership of Thomas
B. Reed, of Maine, who conducted the
discussion against free silver and se
cured its defeat. A small section of
the Republican party joined with the
friends of silver, and voted for its re
monetization, while the larger part
stood with Reed, as of yore. The ten
members of the People's Party were
firm for free silver, and every man in
his seat and voting. So died the hope
for free coinage.
The direct question before the House
was, to take up and consider the Stew
art bill, which recently passed the
Senate. On this question the yeas and
nays showed an unusually full House
voting as follows : Yeas 136, nays 154.
Adverse majority 18.
For the resolution the vote included
118 Democrats, 10 People,s Party mem
bers and 8 Republicans.
Against the resolution there were 94
Democrats and 60 Republicans.
The fight for free silver is ended,
for this Congress. In a House where
there are more than two-thirds Demo
crats, a majority of that party person
ally pledged to free silver, and with the
unbroken Democratic declaration of
adherence to the money of the Consti
tution in the party platforms until set
aside by Cleveland, almost half the
Democrats called to their leadership
Tom Reid, the hissed, hooted and
maligned leader of the Republicans,
and under his guidance severed the last
estige of c. .in: to l! :.' a - .
people who gave them this majority.
God help the people!
English Parliamentary Elections.
The English elections are held under
separate writs for each borough, and at
times designated by the Government.
As a consequence polls are had first in
localities where favorable returns are
expected by the party in power. A
large part of the boroughs have made
returns, and the latest indicate that the
conservatives have 214 members of the
new house ; liberals, 183 ; liberal-union
ists, 31 ; anti-Parnelites, 35 ; Parnelites,
5: labor candidates, 3. The net liberal
gain is thirty-seven, while that party
only wanted thirty-four in order to ex
tinguish the government majority.
The aggregate of the polling so far
is : Ministerialists, 1,518,131; opposition,
I, a popular majority against the
ministerialists of 80,106 votes.
I see in the Warrenton Thumbpaper
a communication signed J. (Whether
J. Gould or J. Bird deponent saith not.)
J. says that the impression has gone
out that Mesena is Third Party, but
that there are only two Third Partyites
in the place. To those who know J.
and know Mesena it is useless to say
anything, but there are some people in
Warrenton and McDuffie who are not
posted, and to these I want to say that
having been born and reared within 2
miles of Mesena I claim that I am as
well acquainted with the people around
here as J. is; and know bow they stand.
There are only 6 white men at Mesena.
Three of these are People’s Party men,
two are so-called Democrats and the
other has not declared. J. says further
that within a radius of 3 miles he can
count 20 Demo’s, when the truth is
there are not 6. By the way, this same
J. says he quit the Alliance because he
found out they were running off after
Tom Watson. I guess he was like the
fellow who left his country “for his
country’s good.” Alliancemen will see
the point when I tell them that this
same J. (who can see Democrats where
none exist) is a Georgia railroad agent.
J. had better submit his next communi
nication to the “Judge” for revision
before sending it in. Veritas.
Bourke Cochran to Tammany,
July 4:
The American Constitution as it
stands on paper did not give us this
government. The very conventions
that have just been held for the choos
ing of candidates for President is a
bulwark of our independence. It is
an invention of American people out
side of the Constitution to broaden
and supplement the Constitution.
That’s what the people are kicking

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