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THE EXTRAVAGANT CLAIMS.
1,.t all the People Unite In an Effort to Secure Power M they can Enact Lews. It la quite the custom with a certain class of writers just now to say that “direct legislation is a good thing, but cannot be expected to meet the ex travagant claims made for It by its ad vocates.” We have been fairly famil iar with the claims made for direct legislation by its advocates, but we have never seen any very extravagant claims made for it. It is claimed that direct legislation will put into the hands of the people the power to enact legislation whan they desire to do so, or to prevent the enactment of legislation to which they object There ie nothing extravagant about that, for it is the simple fact, which we have heard no one dispute. It ie not claimed that the people will always desire to enact good legislation —that would be an extravagant claim. It is not claimed that the people will always desire to prevent bad legisla tion—that would be an extravagant claim. It Is not claimed that it will secure the enactment of any particular law, unless the people desire such a law— that would be an extravagant claim. It is not claimed that it will defeat any particular law, unless the people desire its defeat—that would be an ex travagant claim. It is not claimed that it will change the character of the people or endow them with wisdom which they do not now possess-that would be an extrava gant claim. It is not claimed, in short, that di rect legislation will do anything. It is simply claimed that under direct legis lation the people will have the right and power to do what they want to, someth’ng they do not now possess. It is claimed for direct legislation that it will give the people power to do things, but whatever is done will be done by the people, not by direct legislation. The advocates of direct legislation claim that no reform will be secured by the people as long as the people un der our form of government have no power to do anything. That does not seem to be a very extravagant claim. The advocates of direct legislation claim that any reform can be secured by the people when the form of gov ernment Is so changed that they will have power to do anything. And that does not seem to be a very extravagant claim. What the people will do after they get the power to do is another matter. It is very easy to see that they will do nothing as long as they have no power •to do anything, but it is by no means ■so easy to decide what the pcCple will ■to when they get the power. ■ Inasmuch as the people are not abso lutely wise nor absolutely pure, it is reasonable to conclude that when they get the power to act they will not al ways act wisely or for their own best interests. And if there have been any “extrava gant cls-ims” in connection with direct legislation it has been in regard to what the people will do when they get the power to do. Some persons have a wonderful amount of faith that just as soon as the people get the power to do anything, they will do everything that needs to be done and do it rightly and wisely. Whether these claims are “extrava gant” or not cannot be determined positively till the experiment is tried. We confess that our opinion is that when the people get the power into their hands they will make many mis takes, aid often select the wrong thing instead of the right one. We suspect that they will often try several wrung plans before they hit the right one, and that some reforms will not be accomplished for many years after the people get the power into their hands. But for all this we believe it to be right and proper to put the power into the hands of the people, and we believe this for two reasons. First, because it is right. The power to rule belongs to the people. No spe cial grant was ever given to political parlies or politio il conventions or po iitienl boaees. That which belongs to the pe pie they should have. To with hold it is a crime. And it will not make ■ 'fe ' I " How ranch property a man will leave when he dies depends largely upon his health. The man who Buffers from ill health stands little show of being a suc cessful business man. The man who comes to his desk in the morning with a head ache, who suffers all day from dullness and drowsiness, who joes to his meals without an appetite and tosses restlessly through the night without sleep, is not likely to leave a competence for his widow and or phans. Success is even more dependent Upon health than uppn ability. Few men realize these truths. They think that everything can be accomplished by work, and that health is a secondary consideration. Work is useless unless it is good work, and good work is never done Save by a thoroughly healthy man. Dr. Pierce’s Golden Medical Discovery is the best of all health restorers and health pre servers. It makes the stomach strong and active. It sends a man to his meals thor oughly hungry every time. It facilitates the flow of digestive juices and makes as similation perfect. It invigorates the liver. Jt purifies the blood and fills it with the life-giving elements of the food. It is the great blood-maker and flesh-builder. It tears down inert, half - deaxl tissues and builds new, firm, muscular flesh. It does not build flabby fat like cod liver oil ard does not make people more corpulent. Mr. John Brooks, of Boylstoa, Mass., writes: 11 1 write to tell you of the great benefit I have re ceived from Dr. Pierce's Gelden Medical Discov ery. I was taken with a bad cold which settled pu mv lUtfgs. The doctors said I was in con sumption and could rot get well. I took Cod Liver Oil and it did me no good. After taking ft four mor Mis f heard of your ‘ Golden Medical JUiatovcry ' aad it &avc<l my life.” it less a crime if it can be proved that the people would not always wisely use that which belongs to them. If a man has stolen his neighbor's horse, the first duty is to return it to him, and the first duty of the commu nity is to see that it is returned. The thief cannot plead in justification of his retaining the horse that he does not know whether the man would make a wise use of bls horse if he got it Neither can the community con sider such a proposition. The horse belongs to the man. The first thing is to restore it to its owner. After that the community may offer the man ad vixi as to how he shall use the horse. So the people have the right to rule. It is a right which belongs to them. It is no argument to say that they will not rule wisely. If it could be proved that they would not it would be no justification of the wrongful withhold ing of that which belongs to them. Second. Because it is the only way in which reforms can be accomplished. While it may be probable that the people will not accomplish all reforms as soon as they get the power to act, it is certain that they will not accom plish any until they get the power to act. Whs* is the use in appealing to the people to do things which they have no power to do ? If any reforms are to be accomplish ed by the people, it is absolutely cer tain that the people will have to get the power first. One of the difficulties in the way of understanding this matter is the deep sia ted impression that the people, under our present system, have the power to secure any legislation they please We have all been told from childhood that this was a government of the people, by and for the peo ple. We have been taught that all pow er was vested in the people. We have been told that people could determine what laws should be passed and what laws should not be passed. Reformers of all schools have charged the people with ueing responsible for existing evils, on the ground that they had the power to remedy them. It has been a very pleasant idea. We have all liked to stand up and proclaim that we were the sovereign rulers of America, and that congresses and presidents were only our servants hired to do our will. We enjoyed the delu sion and did not wish to be disillusion ed. We were willing to take the res ponsibility for all the wretched laws that disgraced our statute books, for the sake of being able to claim that we made the laws. But while the process of disillusion ment has been slow and painful, it has been making progress. It has b- en fashionable to talk about the American citizen as an uncrowned king, but the American citizen is be ginning to learn that he is not only a king without a crown, but a king with out a sceptre, a king without a throne, a king without power, a king whose only privilege was to bear the respon sibility for the iniquitous acts of those who were supposed to be his servants, butwwere really his rulers. The people are beginning to learn that they have no power to make laws, whatever ; that all they can do Is to elect men to make laws, and that when these men are elected they will make laws to suit them'elves, regardless of what the people have said. The people are -beginning to learn thst they cannot even vote for princi pies through representatives, because the political convention determines what principles each set of candidates shall represent, and that even in voting for representatives of principles (sup posing that representation would rep resent) they are only allowed a choice between different sets of principles, no one set of which may fully suit them. They are therefore beginning to real ize that if they are to be responsible lor the government they must, have the power to govern, and that if they are to be responsible for the laws, they must have the power to make laws. Bat those who have not yet fully realized what a complete farce our al leged popular government is, and how utterly impossible it is for the people to effect any reform when they are shorn of all the power to do anything, do not. grasp the force cf this move ment and fail to understand the pur pose of these who are insisting that the first step in effecting any reform is to get the power. They donotcomprehend this because they do not realize how utterly power less the people are at the present time. Therefore, when the advocates of direct legislation claim that in order to accomplish a reform we must secure direct legislation, these persons imag ine that we are making direct legisla t at of more importance than other re forms, ard that we claim wonderful things for direct legislation. The fact is that we do not claim that direct legislation will destroy the liq uor traffic, or remove poverty, or over throw monopoly, or prevent injustice. We do not claim that direct legislation will do any of these things. We know that these things and oth ers will have to be secured by the en actment of laws for that purpose. We know that the people will have to over come the evils existing, and that they will have to overcome them by the en actment of suitable laws. But we also know that under our present system the people have no power to enact any law, and know that corrupt and irresponsible legislatures will not enact them. Therefore we propose that all the people unite in an < ffort to secure power, so that they can enact the laws. And we are unable to see that there is any “extravagance” in that propo sition.—New Era The Populists of Georgia have declar ed against the present “party” system in their platform which appear'-In an other column. Can any reasonable Democrat produce a single argument to shew where they are wrong? Do you want the law making power vest ed in the people, where of right it be longs ? Does your neighbor favor such an amendment to our state constitu tion ? Cannot the people be trusted or'must they be “ruled" as is the cave in Spa'n and European monar.ihiea ? Argue the matter with your neighbor and show him how Democrats and Pop ulists alike would receive equal treat ment if our platform can ba made into law and-if he is honest minded, ho vill vote with you—for the people ss igainst partyism. THB PEOPLE’S PARTY PAPER; ATLANTA, GIfJRGIA: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 1858. PITIFUL, PATHETIC! MSWIOMUjUEp. At Last by the "Slocum System/’ the Most Marvelous Discovery of the Age. i Which Makes You an Invincible Garrison of tfealth, Ready and Able to do Battle With the Army of Disease and Vanquish It. Coughs, Catarrh, Consumption, LaGrippe and Other Lung Troubles Annihilated. How Few of the army of sufferers who arc march ing on under the banners of the grim destroyer realize or are willing to ad mit that they are consumption’s vic tims! A prominent citizen who has returned recently from a well known winter resort, said, in discuss ing this subject, that while the town was principally populated, with con sumptives, and while dozens were dy ing every day, there was not one in a hundred who acknowledged himself to be a consumptive. But there is joy and happiness in the land, for a great scientist has made a great discovery, which rons consumption of its terrors and the grave of its victims. Shout it from the house-tops! Send the joyful news up and down the length and breadth of this noble land of curs! For the truth that this glorious news brings will be the means of giving health to the sufferers and hope to the a ill icted. 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When-writing the Doctor please mention Peoples Party Paper. implies, a thorough system of curing. It seeks out every weak portion of the body, seizes on the consuming germs and at once destroys them. It puts the sluggish blood in motion till it leaps and dances with the joy of strength. It attacks the nerves till they tingle with vital power. It banishes the cough and it opens the lungs until, In every part, they greedily drink in the life-giving, heaven-sent air, till the eyes sparkle, and the rosy l-Titsh of youth glows on the cheek and Natiirg is herself again. The Slocum System fortifies you in every part until you become an invincible garrison of health ready and able to do battle with the army of disease and to vanquish it The best part of all this glorious news is that every reader of The People's Party Paper will be presented with (3) free bottles of the Slooum System, by writing, giv ing name and full address to the Doc tor Slocum Laboratory, Slooum Build ing; 94 to 98 Pine street, New York This is a magnificent magnanimous offer and stands unrivalsd as an oppor tunity for those who suffer, and to whom the helping hand of strength has never before been so generously extended, To any who are suffering, to any who are in doubt, to any who have any-of the manifold symptoms of eonsumwion, catarrh, la grippe or other lung troubles, to those who want to know the truth, and to whom the truth, backed up by the Slocum System, will betbeir salvation, the examining physicians of the Slo cum Laboratory will gladly diagnose their cases free of all charge, by cor respondence or in person. Here is an opportunity to secure the services of physicians whoso talents rank with the highest in the land, and whose services may be had for the mere asking. No one should miss this glorious chance. Remember, the (3) free bottles will be sent to all who suffer; and remember also, that the Slocum System is the unconquared foe of Consumption, and the greatest dis covery of this wonderful age of Pro gress. MEETING NOTICES. Floyd County. Mass meetiuff at court house Saturday. April 10 a. m. Let true blue Populists atttend. A. D. Cheney, Sec. Campbell County. The Peoples Party of Campbell county will meet at Fairburn, Tuesday, May 3. A full meeting is desired. J. T. Tuck eh, Chm. Fulton County Populist Convention. Netice is hereby given that a mass meeting of the Populists of Fulton county will be hula at the court house on May 7th at 10 a. m., for the purpose of electing delegates to state con vention to be held May 18th and such other business as may property come before it. Troup County Meeting. A mass meeting of the Peoples Party is cal led to meet in Lagrange on the first Tuesday in May, tho 3rd day, at 10 o’clock to nominate ran didates for the legislature and for county officers and attend to other husincs of impor tance. Let us have a full attendance and a rousing meeting. John IT. That lor, Chm. Cobb County. Cobb county populists will meet in Marictiu on the first Tuesday in Mav to elect delegates to the state convention and to nominate candi dates for county officers, state senator and congress. J. A. L. Bohn. Chm. E. 11. Talley, Seet’y. Fulton County. The Fulton county Populists are requested to meet at the court house in Atlanta, on Bat urday May 7, for the purpose of electing dele gates to the State Convention to be hold in Atlanta on May 18th, also to nominate a full county ticket and for such other business h.s may properly come before it. Wal T. Biggs, Chm. E. 11. Davidson, Secy. Bartow County Populists. You arejiereby requested to convene in mass meeting at the coort house on the second Sat urday. 14th May, 1898, at 10 o’clock, a. m., for the purpose of electing delegates to the stat*' convention which meets on 18th day of same month, and also, to determine the course to lie taken relative to putting in the field candidates for the legislature and for county offices. Let every Populist who considers principles and measures the true test of pat riotic action prove his faith by his personal attendance. B. M. Dunn, Chm. P. H. Larey, Sec. Gordon County Meeting. A mass meeting of the Populist party of Gordon county is hereby called to m<\et at the court house in the town of Calhoun, at 12 o’- clock, M, on the first Tuesday in May, 18P8, for the purpose of selecting eandidatus tor offices and to select delegates to the state con vention. also to select delegates to 7th Con&res- District Convention. Everybody with the reform movement are Jifr vited. Boys, let us again rally to our party. If there><er wa-s a cause for a new party that cause exi'^XYodi l ?'- I n the Peoples Party lies our unlv hopS? 1 . (,urs 18 the only party pledged to free silver. <X r * > ~ he only party repre senting the interest the masses. Lay aside everything on third >vy of May next and let iUH?6me togtither where we arc at. W. IL Moss,'Chm. Y. J. Malone, Sec. * Down 5n Dekalb. A mass meeting of the Peoples Tarty De- Kalb count v and all who favor a reform in pol itics are hereby requested to meet at Mountain on Saturday the!«)th day of April at 10 o’clock, for the purpose of perfecting the eoiluty executive committee. And if it bo the wishes of the conventtou wo will on that day nominate a Senator and two Representatives and put out a full county ticket. And it- is further requested that, the Populists m each Militia District meet in their respective Dis tricts not later than the 23rd mst .. and elect 3 committeemen to act as part of the county executive committee. Brethren please don’t neglect this as it is very important and let us conic together with a full representation. Col. W. L. Peek, of Rockdale and other speakers will be with us on that day. Now brethren, wo hone to meet you all on that duv. come out in full force and bring vour dinner, wives and children and those who have no wife bring your best girl and let us have a grand rally and show to the Demos that we are still alive and well and do ng business at the same old stand. G. 1' • Marblt, C bm. W. P. Lankford, Sec. Sevsral Farm# Wanted. Address with full description, A H. Bussell, Akron, Ohio. A Free Country. "The speaker and the president have checkmated congress” is the announce ment in administration journals. That is, they have held a conference and agreed that no member of congress shall be allowed to speak upon the re port of the uoard of Inquiry into the Maine A free country this, when the president and speaker can arrange to close the mouths of the peo ple’s representatives.—Columbus Post. Strange How Things Happen. Senator Hanna says that the appoint ment of Terrence V. Powderly to be immigration commissioner was not the result of a bargain made before the election. Possibly not; it may simply be a coincidence. Yet it will ba re membered that in the summer of 1896 Mr. Powderly was the unrelenting foe of both McKinley and Hanna, and that all of a sudden there was a radical change.—Quincy Journal. Dawson County Active. The executive committee of the Peo ples Party cf Terrell county met tn Dawson April 9 th. And resolved to run candidates for all county offices, also for representative. 2nd. That the dietrlct committee meet at their respective precincts on Saturday April 16, and elect three del egates from each district to meet in Dawson on April 30tb to nominate can didates. 3d. That all persons in sympathy with reform be cordially invited to join with us and assist in carrying out the objects of the party. 4th. That Dawson News and Peoples Party Paper be requested to publish these resolutions. Mr. J. L. Henry was elected a dele gate to the State Convention. A. T. Jonks, Chm. G. C. Patterson, See. Despite his acquittal by the jury in Fulton Superior Court, Pearl Manning has been discharged from the army without honor. Manning is the soldier who was charged with the murder of Private Charles Noble, who was shot from ambush as he walked along the chert road from the post toward At lanta on the night of Jan. 18. He died the next morning. Manning was twice placed on trial for the crime. The first time there was a mistrial. 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