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Mffarty in power, ai.d opens the
for fairer methods in elec
tions. This campaign will not cease
until the people are assured that their
chosen representatives cannot be
cheated out of office, or until the
schemes of the ringsters have so far
succeeded that no respect remains
for the choice of the people in so
called elections.
During the late campaign those
curious Alliancemen who found it
proper to support a party which was
opposed to their demands, derived
some comfort from the assertion that
the National Alliance had never
, adopted the Omaha platform.
That excuse can serve no further.
The National Alliance has adopted
the Omaha platform.
Now, what will brother Moses and
brother Everett, etc., do? Will they
support the Democratic party, which
opposes the Alliance demands, or
will they support the People’s party>
which is founded on those demands ?
Rack up, boys, and answer. Will
you stand by the Alliance principles
as adopted by your national body ?
Or will you remain Alliance Demo
crats ?
By the way, what is an Alliance
Democrat? He is a queer mortal
who is ashamed to vote for the party
which adopts the Alliance demands,
but is proud to wash dishes and pol
ish shoes for a party which spits on
those demands. He is a curious
creature who had rather be kicked
in the rear by a party which de
nounces the principles he is sworn to
support, than to be an honored com
rade in the ranks of those who battle
for those principles. He had rather
have kitchen slops thrown over him
twice a dry by city ringsters who
lose no cl ance to ridicule and abuse
the Alliance, than to sit at the table
wtCi Jhy men who fight for its cause.
He is a strange man—this Alliance
Democrat 1 He believes that the
true way to redeem this land is to
curse bad leaders and bad laws up
to the day of election and to fall in
line and vote for these men and these
laws. According to his manner of
thinking, the way to break up organ
ized robbery is to join the band and
participate in the theft; the way to
whip an enemy is to enlist in their
ranks and march under their ban
ners ; the way to serve God is to be
on the best possible terms with the
devil I This is nice morality, and it
had many disciples in the last cam
Oh, comrade! If you really ever
were a reformer, if you ever did be
lieve that the Alliance Democrats
were necessary to the country, then
throw away your false ideas and join
the People’s party.
You object to the Alliance going
into politics. Did you not go into
politics for the Democratic party ?
How can it be wrong to support a
party pledged to your demands?
How can it be right to serve a party
opposed to those demands ?
Be honest with yourself. Get
right and stay right, and we will
carry your Alliance principles to the
grandest triumph this generation has
We are getting rid of the time
servers, the place-hunters, the cow
ards, the hypocrites, the corrupt and
the mercenary. May the last one of
them leave us and never return.
We want men I Men who are not
afraid ; men who are constant; men
who are earnest; men who fight a
wrong because it is a wrong; men
who love right as they adore God :
men to whom duty is a creed and an
inspiration ; men too proud to stoop
to meanness, too honest to be tempt
ed, too wise to be misled. Give us
men like these and we will yet have
good laws. T. E. W.
Wouldn’t it be well for the Au
gusta Democrats to call a meeting of
sympathy and offer asylum to their
brothers in Buffalo, New York?
The heelers of the last named ciiiy
committed frauds, which they call
“inadvertencies,” and now ask to be
allowed to correct the returns and
give the office of superintendent of
education to the man they cheated
out of it, but the matter is in the
courts, and it is probable only execu
tive clemency will save a lot of them
from the penitentiary. Since the
conviction of twenty-odd Jersey City
election managers last year, it has
been demonstrated that even Demo
cratic administration cannot always
keep such criminals out of jail.
The proposition of Representative
Boyd, of McDuffie county, to provide
school books at public expense, has
its precedent in several States West
and North, and in the District of
Columbia. It is peculiarly appro
pr\te in Georgia, where the length
of the scholastic term is annually cut
down by the demand for the labor
of the children in the fields in spring
and autumn. The hope of a forty
weeks’ school year can never be real
ized so long as agriculture remains
depressed, for the reason that the
children of the farmers can not be
spared from the hoe or the cotton
picking. And the poverty of the
people makes peculiarly grateful any
proposition to lighten the expense
upon the parents. By this means
only can the State, in the present de
pressed condition of its great indus
try, hope to confer the benefits of
school facilities upon its children.
The proposition is a good one, and
in the great State of Indiana, it is
now in the law.
As|yet, it must be confessed that if
anybody knows how many members
of Congress the People’s party elect
ed, he has not made it public. There
is no reason to doubt that the ten in
the present House will be more than
doubled in the next. Sibley in the
twenty-sixth Pennsylvania, Cannon
in the sixth California, six in Kansas,
three in Nebraska, two in Colorado,
one in Nevada, one in South Carolina,
and several others in the Northwest
are certain. In Arkansas, Texas and
Alabama members were elected, also,
but their fate is doubtful, as are those
from two Georgia districts. The As
sociated Press gives no People’ B
party news, and as yet nobody has
any reliable information from the
country at large.
A subscriber writes from Moxley
that the People’s party of Jefferson
county contemplate a camp meeting,
on the Texas plan, to include four
days, from December 14 to 17; pro
gramme to be arranged later on.
Full particulars and name of author
ized committees are not furnished
this paper.
Watch the little yellow label on
your paper, and renew your sub
scription at least two weeks before
time is out. By so doing you will
save us the trouble of taking your
name out of the galleys and re
placing them, and you will save
yourself the annoyance of missing a
number of the paper.
The newly elected legislature of
Nebraska contains, on joint ballot,
62 Republican, 17 Democratic and
54 People’s party members. To
elect a Senator 67 votes will be nec
essary. It is expected that the Dem
ocrats will support the People’s can
didate, and thus secure his election.
The contest for the seat of Repre
sentative Morris, of Paulding county,
has been withdrawn, but not till the
House elections committee had pre
pared a report recommending that it
be dismissed. The Democratic con
testant could not see the absurdity
of his action until satisfied of its
Friends of the reform movement
in Georgia regret the death of Hon.
W. J. Pirkle, of Forsyth county. Mr.
Pirkle was stricken with paralysis
while in Atlanta attending the ses
sions of the House ot Representatives,
and was carried to his home, near
Cumming, some days afterwards.
He was a minister of the gospel,
and had long been a member of the
Baptist church. He was one of the
fourteen People’s party members of
the Georgia Legislature, respected
by all who knew him, and is a loss to
the community in which he lived.
He leaves a wife and children, to
whom the sympathy of many friends
will go out.
Among the matters upon which
the people can be congratulated, be
it remembered that those two sweet
scented goldocrats of Massachusetts,
who paraded as Democrats in the
last Congress, George Fred Williams
and Sherman Hoar, were defeated
Republicans will sit where they sat,
and their brief accidental election
will be remembered with a smile.
But while in Congress, didn’t they
bully the other Democrats?
The papers are jesting about Mrs.
Lease having declared her intention
to be a candidate for the Senate from
Kansas. This is probably a sheer
invention of the enemy. It is to be
remembered, however, that the new-
ly-elected Attorney-Gen era! of Mon
tana is a young, good-looking and
accomplished woman. The edu
cated, liberal people of the great
West seem to have no hesitancy in
entrusting w r omen with the responsi
bilities of office. Why should they ?
The Ruralist, of Huron, S. D.,
says “it'is wonderful how many are
comparing the People’s party move
ment with that of the Republican
party at its organization. Every
comparison, though, is in our
favor. * * * Weaver has proven
a much more successful path-finder
than did Fremont. There is no
good reason to feel discouraged
over the result. We must at once
begin work to capture every con
gressional district possible in 1894,
and increase our hold on the United
States Senate, that we may capture
all branches of national legislation in
1896. We are in the right, and
right will prevail.”
From comment of reform papers
on the ballot laws of the different
States, it is evident that the placing
of full party tickets in parallel
columns facilitates voting and count
ing. Each party having adopted an
emblem or vignett, the voter who
wishes to vote a straight ticket
simply stamps or crosses once in the
square or circle beneath the vignette,
and the ballot is read off for all the
names under the stamp.
The Ventura, California, Unit
pokes fun at the decrepid Repub
lican party. It says : “What does
the little fag end of the Republi
can party expect to do in Ventura
county, now that the head is cut off
and the body chopped into small
bits? It might as well crawl into
its hole in the ground and pull the
hole in after it.” Thus from every
part of the country comes the ex
pressed opinion that the Republican
party has ended its active career.
The Democrats, during the cam
paign, Gov. Northen at the head,
adopted and used Secretary Foster’s
figures to show that the financial ar
guments of the People were baseless.
Now the Democrats say that the na
tional treasury is bankrupt, despite
the fact that Mr. Secretary Foster
declares that such an assertion is
without foundation. Meantime, the
People will wait for such a- reckon
ing as Democratic officials will make
when they have the treasury in
The frantic appeal of the Augusta
Chronicle to the People is, “ Let us
be friends.” It is a bad sign for a
paper, tracing back an existence for
more than one hundred years, to be
forced to admit that it has alienated
the people among whom it has so
long circulated. Its editorial man
agement must be bad, a fact to which
a general assent will be given.
Augusta comes to the scratch with
not quite 4,000 persons qualified to
vote in her municipal election. She
counted 11,000 in her five wards
when it was necessary to help Black
out. A great effort that! Os 33,-
000 people, 11,000 votes!
The Nonconformist, of Indianapo
lis, says:
“One lesson of the election, if any
thing, means that the American peo
ple are sick and tired of chawing at
the tariff bone. Four years ago they
unhorsed democracy and »told high
protection to do its warst. They
now reverse the proposition. With
out an increase of the currency vol
ume four years hence will find the
producers in no better condition
financially, even if the protection
bars are thrown clear down. By
that time another unhorsing will take
The correspondent of The Road,
a Colorado paper, writing from New
York, puts the great elected and his
faithful Dan in close communion.
Here is one of his many jokes:
“ Dan, that last Tom Collins hits
the spot, and we shake hands with
the spot. We’ll have a dozen more
of ’em and half a dozen porterhouse
steaks before we turn in—we don’t
care what Frankie says. By the way,
Dan, what shall we do with little
Clark Howell?”
“ Make him grand chamberlain,
sire, and let him shove Baby Ruth’s
carriage around.”
“ Ha, ha! But, Dan, we must do
something for our friends the enemy.
You know my hang-dog benevolence,
ha, ha! I shall send a message to
Congress to bring in a bill for a
‘ Refuge for Confirmed Idiots and
Demented Suicides.’ We must do
something for Teller, Walcott, Jones,
Cockerill, Halstead and the rest of
’em who worked so hard for us with
out knowing it—ha, ha! ”
“And poor old John Sherman,
sire ? ”
“ Oh, we’ll hang him on a sour ap
ple tree.”
The boys all over Georgia say that
they are none the less determined
than when they organized the Peo
ple’s party. They are in for four
more years or the war, and will yet
whip the fight.
The Augusta Jubilee.
Augusta, as the hub(bub) of the
tenth congressional district of Geor
gia, held their grand Democratic
rally, or jubilee, on last Wednesday
night, amid great enthusiasm. It
was so characteristic of that gang that
I crave space to speak of it. The
papers claim that thirty thousand
people were on the streets, and say
those who do not believe the tenth
is democratic should have seen them
and learned better.
In the possible thirty thousand, all
of neighboring South Carolina were
present; but they voted heavily in
Richmond county in the late national
election and are naturally a part of
the tenth of Georgia. A large slice
of Burke county walked the streets,
but by the same logical reasoning, I
guess they are a part of the tenth.
The daily press says that “enthu
siasm reigned,” while any perfectly
sober man knows that whisky reign
ed. Whisky was monarch of all you
could survey. For fear that her sub
jects would not have time to become
perfectly imbued with her person
ality, the city fathers broadened and
expanded all her ordinary privileges.
The hours of the morning brought
her subjects-home more drunk than
the famous “ boiled owl;” too full
and too independent to even care
where they were at.
And the parade! A glorious spec-
Not very probable, but
possibly twenty-five hundred in line,
far enough apart to be lost by each
other, the procession seemed to be
an effort to make something out of
nothing. Out of the above possible
number, one-third were negroes—
and the only thing democratic about
them was the whisky they had im
bibed. Money was the black man’s
consideration. Another third of the
number in line were boys under age.
This leaves only one-third as possible
legal voters. These little boys only
followed the footsteps of the bigger
A great many transparencies were
in the line. On one side, one of
them said, “Georgia R. R. Auditing
Department,” while reversed it read,
“The results is correct.” Now, if that
band of men figured out such a con
clusion wh’le sober and in a perfectly
sound frame of mind, the writer
would advise the authorities of the
road to immediately employ expert
accountants and overhaul the books
and accounts of that department, for
something is rotten in Denmark.
On another transparency came a
caricature of the editor of the local
People’s party organ. I regret that
it was so vulgar, dirty and obscene
that decency prevents its description.
At the end of the procession came
a wagon, in the center of which was
a coffin—which the burned. On
each end of the coffin sat a man
playing cards and drinking whisky
from the same bottle. This was
Watson’s fonevaA The two men,
the cards and whisky represented
jubilant democracy. It was such a
drunken, wild, sacrilegious represen
tation of questionable conception,
that it did not take with the people
along the line of march. It did not
fulfill its intention. No laughter, no
comments, but in silence, with only
a momentary look, in glided by. I
heard repeatedly, “ Shame!” Since
that I have heard prominent minis
ters say openly, “ Shame!”
A transparency labeled “Black and
Democracy,” was the only truth that
graced the procession. It woke a
thousand echoing and re-echoing
truths. The gloomiest, stormiest
night of this world’s existence, the
possibilities of the unknown realm of
death, the imaginative picture of
purgatory are similes of black, even
as black is a synonym of Democracy.
After the parade, the portion of
the spectators not thoroughly drunk,
returned to their homes sadly, so
so sadly disappointed.
Since then the cry has been :
“ Not that I love Watson less,
But whisky more.”
Augusta, Ga., Nov. 18.
Douglas County Speaks.
A meeting of the political re
formers of Douglas county con
vened at Flat Rock Saturday, the
19th instant, to consider the present
situation, and counsel together in re
gard to the fqturq* Interesting and
instructive speeches were made by a
number of those present, all taking a
hopeful view of the present condition
and future prospects. It was con
ceded by all that the Democratic
party, soon to be in control of all
branches of the general government,
would have a chance to prove the
sincerity of its professions of loyalty
to the pedple, and would be held to
strict accountability to its promises
to afford the demanded relief.
We believe this meeting, brought
together for free discussion and more
perfect organization, is a move in the
right direction. Let the reformers
in every county in the State hold
meetings, perfect their organization,
and present a solid front to the en
emy. In every State, county and
city election see to it that a full ticket
is in the field, and by all fair and
honorable means go into the canvass
to win. Let the work of education
go on—sow the State knee deep with
Our meeting passed, without a dis
senting vote the following resolutions:
Resolved, That we view w ith ap
prehension and alarm the widespread
political corruption prevailing in this
country, whereby bribery and in
trigue control elections and dictate
legislation, thereby endangering the
prosperity of the republic.
Resolved, That the action of the
professed teachers of morals and re-
ligion, while repudiating in words
said immoral practices, by continuing
to vote for parties that ordain and
uphold these infamies, become parti
ceps cnminis in the rascality by
throwing the whole weight of then
power and influence in behalf of the
plutocrats, monopolists, boodlers and
thugs, who control the government
in the interest of the few to the pov
erty and degradation of the masses.
Resolved, That recent events have
demonstrated the fact that the party
of the future must be a party of liv
ing and not of dead issues; it must
be a party that has the courage of its
convictions; a party that dares to do
right for righteousness sake, trusting
in Him who rules, not only in the
courts above, but in the affairs of
Resolved, That as citizens of a
common country, and members of an
universal brotherhood, we pledge
ourselves to bring to our political ac
tion the same high moral principle
we demand in other affairs of life.
Resolved, That these resolutions
be offered for publication to the
People’s Party Paper and the
Living Issues.
D. M. Allen, Chairman.
E. H. Camp, Secretary.
From Wilkinson County.
We may be slightly disfigured
away down here in the off-corner of
the Tenth, but we are still in the
Guess you are aware of how
Black got a majority in Wilkinson
county? It was by throwing out
three Watson districts which gave
handsome majorities.
You nor anybody else ever heard
of such threats as were made down
here. For instance :
“If you vote, and you are not
registered, we will have you in the
chain-gang in less than three weeks,
for court meets next week. If you
are caught electioneering in one
hundred and fifty feet of the polling
place you will be prosecuted, and the
chain-gang will be your doom. If
you vote the People’s party ticket
you will get no more rations at my
house, and I will have a settlement
with you, even if it takes the shucks
off of your corn.”
The three districts thrown out
were signed just like some they
We expect to be there at roll-call
at the county elections in January.
* * *
Toombsboro, Ga., Nov. 20, 1892.
Screven County.
Resource, Ga., Nov. 22.
In your issue of 18th instant I see
Screven county’s vote in the Novem
ber election is pu t down as “ Demo
cratic, 1,003 ; People’s party, 1,144.”
As one of the election managers and
consolidators, I wish to correct the
above. The 1,003 represents Les
ter’s vote in the county. There were
only 852 straight out Democratic
votes in the county. The difference
between this and 1,003, 151, were
votes cast by the Republicans for
Lester, his name being printed on
the Republican tickets as well as on
the Democratic tickets. The Demo
cratic vote, 852, and Republican vote,
396, only beat us 107 votes.
We expect to carry the county of
ficers in January, as the Democrats
cannot again carry the Republican
vote as they did in October. On with
the fight. * * *
Black Whisky Party.
The People’s party, and all the
honest, sober, Christian people, are
surely convinced by this time that
the above party- have determined to
ride into power by any means over
the will and wish of the honest toil
ing masses.
The two late elections show be
yond a doubt that a toleration of
such proceedings will reduce our
children to hewers of wood and
drawers of water for such a class as
the ring bosses in that Sodom (Au
gusta') who placed the whisky man
(Black) against Mr. Watson, who
tackled the lion in his den and ex
posed the evil of drunkeness in the
so-called grand councils of our
People’s party in this (Tenth) con
gressional district, truth, honesty and
sobriety prove to the Christian world
your cause is right, and it will pre
vail in the sunlight of justice.
Let each county which has not
already nominated its candidates for
the different county offices to be
elected on the first Wednesday in
January in this State, meet at your
county site on Saturday, the 3d day
of December, and nominate your
candidates, and let every People’s
party man, to a man, stand to your
posh stick to your principle, and see
that no undue advantage is taken of
your fellow-voter at the polls or
elsewhere by the enemy, as our
motto is a free ballot and a fair
The militia districts will also see
to the election of their district
officers. All good citizens know the
importance of having our county
and district offices filled 'with con
servative men.
The foregoing is suggested and
written by one of the many in Jef
ferson county who became so much
disgusted at the conduct of what
they thought to be the Democratic
party up to the late State election
that we have fallen over on the side
of the People’s party, finding it to be
the God-fearing, honoring and loving
consistency, truth, justice, morality
and Christianity in all its attributes.
What of the Future.
Star-Dispatch, of Denver, Colorado.
Are the people of Colorado,
especially of Lake county, going to
be contented and stop with the re
cent victory ? If so, it were better
not to have made the fight. To dis
organize, to lose interest, to not be
alive to the situation, and let there
come a reversal of judgment at the
next election will make it worse for
the People’s cause than if we had
not gained the victory, for it would
then be taken that by the people
themselves their principles were con
sidered wrong or worthy of little
consideration. Already it is talked
by the wise heads that the late vic
tory was simply an outburse of fa
naticism, and the decision will be
reversed at the next election. It is
true it was apparently as suddefi, as
it was a mignty outburst of popular
sentiment and judgment against the
wrongs the people of Lake county
and of the State had long endorsed.
But does it necessarily foreclose that
the work must be temporary and the
decision be reversed ? In the first
place this paper will hereafter at
tempt to show that this was not a
sudden change of views; that the
storm has been gathering for years,
It will be a revelation to some peo
ple in Lake county when they are
shown what the people of the
county have endured for years, and
are enduring. And to this, rather
than to fanaticism, may be attributed
the later popular uprising. But even
if it was sudden, must it necessarily
have to go to sleep again? And
what is true concerning local inter
ests and affairs is also true of the
State of Colorado, ar.d the Western
States. If Colorado is to be bene
fited by the late victory, the people
must be awake and realize the real
victory is yet in the future. If these
Western States will stand firmly by
their late decision, and not give up
in despair, the people of the nation
will hear and give attention to their
needs and demands.
The key to the situation is in party
organization and agitation. Let the
time from now till next election bo
utilized as a period for enlightening
and instructing the people as to the
platform of the People’s party. Let
it be the time for an educational
campaign on political matters.
“Agitate, agitate,” is what is
what is needed. It is an old saying,
possibly by some thought worn out
and yet true, and at present specially
forceful for the people of Lake
county, of Colorado, and of the
Western States, that “eternal vigi
lance is the price of liberty.”
Cleveland gets about 270 votes
in the electoral college—not 300 as
has been persistently claimed. But
t 1 Republicans carried no Western
State by big, old-time majorities.
The Two Voters. * '
Two men went up with their ballots to
f ote;
The one was a Christian, the other a
The one carried with him the word of
The other a license to sell “forty rod.”
But the angel above saw with wonder
and shame
That the tickets they voted read f.x-
“The private armies which have ap
peared in history were maintained by
individuals who had grown so pow
erful as to be a danger to the com
munities in which they lived, pro
ducing a condition of partial anar
chy,” writes Thomas B. Preston in
the November New England Maga
zine. “So, under like circumstances,
again to-day we have our private
armies. The growth of large per
sonal fortunes and corporate power
through special privileges, monopo
lies or exemptions unthinkingly be
stowed upon their possessors by
popular government, or frequently
procured by the direct bribery of
venal legislators, has produced a
state of things in which the natural
resources of this country have been
largely given over as the spoil of the
few, or in which favored individuals
have received the power through un
just tariffs to levy private taxes upon
every American consumer. The
masses, deprived of the possibility of
employing themselves in agricultural
pursuits from lack of taste, or in me
chanical occupations through want of
capital, have nothing to do but to
compete with each other for wages
daily becoming less with the in
creased pressure of population, and
hence they begin to murmur. They
are approaching -the condition of the
slave populations of Rome or the
feudal serfs of the Dark Ages. The
robber barons of old are paralleled
by our great monopolists of the land
and transportation and money of the
country, and by those manufacturers
who have grown fat on special privi
leges accorded them by legislation.
Is it any wonder that under such cir
cumstances institutions like that of
the ‘Pinkertons’ should arise, in
which poor and desperate men can
be found willing to sell their services
to their masters of the modern world
as did the hired bands of the condot
tieri to the Italian despots ?”
“ The feudalism of capital is not
a whit less formidable than the feu
dalism of force. The millionaire of
to-day is as dangerous to society as
were the baronial lords of the middle
ages. I may as well be dependent
on another for my head as for my
bread. The time is sure to come
when men will look back upon the
prerogative of capital with as just
and severe condemnation as we now
look back on the predatory chieftanff
of the dark ages.”—Horace Maun*

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