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Devoted to the Interests of the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union and Other Kindred Organizations.
VOL. III. NO. 17. TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1891. $1.00 PER YEAR. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL. Proceedings of the ;Third Annual Meet ing at Indianapolis, IneL, November 17, 1891. t FIRST DAY. Tuesday, November 17, 1891. The National Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union was convened in an nual session at ,3 o'clock, by the national president, Brother L. L. Polk. The following officers were announced by the president: Chaplain, 8. M. Adams, of Alabama; Door-keeper, Williams, of North Carolina; Assistant Doorkeeper, T. K. Wood, of California; Sergeant-at- Arms, W. S. Copeland, of Georgia; as siatant, D. F. Allen, of New York, Committee on credentials appointed as follows: J. W. Kerr, of Maryland; J, Wra. Stokes, of South Carolina; Belden, of Michigan. The executive committee submitted their report on the states that had paid up, and those that had not The following resolution by Livingston, of Georgia: Resolved, That the secretary of the National Farmer's Alliance and Indus trial Union call the roll of delegates by states, and those objected to, or of donbt ful legality, shall, without discussion, be referred to a committee on credentials. Carried. Clayton, of Louisiana, made point of order, that there was not a quorum, and demanded the call of roll by states. Moved and carried, that, as we proceed with the roll call, that all states dissatls' fled with the ruling of the executive com mittee, state the number of delegates they claim, and then make their grlev ance8 known to the committee on cre dentials. .The national secretary proceeded with the roll call aa follows: Virginia, 8 delegates; entitled to 3. West Virginia, 2; entitled to 2. .Missouri, 4; and claims 7. Georgia, 3; and claims 5. Iowa, 2; and claims 3. -Colorado, 2. Florida, none; claims 3. - Alabama, 3; claims 4. Arkansas, 3; entitled to none. Indian Territory, 2; entitled to none. Louisiana, 3; claims L . Maryland, 2; entitled to 2. .North Dakota, 2; entitled to 1. North Carolina, 4; entitled to 3 and claims 4. .Oklahoma, 2; entitled to 2. . South Carolina, 3; entitled to 3. .Indiana, 2; claims 3. Kansas, 7; entitled to 7 and claims 5. Wisconsin, 2; entitled to 2. Teua, 5; entitled to 3 and claims 5. California, 3; entitled to 3. Illinois, 2; entitled to none. Michigan, 3; entitled to 3. Tennessee 4; entitled to none and claims 3. New York, 2; entitled to 2. Pennsylvania, 3; entitled to none. New Jersey, 2; entitled to 2. Ohio, 2; entitled to 2. Washington, 2; entitled to 2. Oregon, 2; entitled to 2. South Dakota, 3; entitled to 3. Mississippi, 4: entitled to none. Kentucky, 3; entitled to 3. A resolution by Brother Beverly, of Virginia, on giving matter to the press, was presented and laid on the table for the present On motion of Brother Loucks, of South Dakota, a recess was taken Until 9 a. m., to give the committee on credentials time to make their report, .,. On motion of Brother Beck, of Ala bamaj a committee of five on the order of business was appointed. The com mittee consisted of R. W. Beck, of Ala bama; Mann Page, of Virginia; M. V. Itork, of Oregon; M. A. Householder, of Kansas; M. V. Davie, of Kentucky. On motion of Brother Page, ofVir ginia, the public was cordially invited to hear the address of our national presi dent at Tomlinson hall, this evening at 7:30. The executive session adjourned at 5 p. el, to meet again at 9 a. m. to-morrow. SECOND DAY. Wednesday, November 18, 1801. The meeting was called to order by President L. L. Polk, at 9:20 a. m., and was opened in due form. The following were appointed to fill the vacancy on the judiciary committee: John S. Dore, of California, and S. M. Adams, of Alabama. Minutes read and approved. The committee appointed on creden tials reported as follows: To the Supreme Council cf the National Farmen AUiance and Industrial Union, in regular annual $euion auirbed at Indtanopolto: Your committee to whom were referred all cases of brethren claiming seats on this floor as delegates, in addition to those whose names appear upon the official roster of the secretary of this body, beg leave to report that we have patiently heard the statements upon which the brethren base their claims, and we are impressed, that without exception, there is merit in these claims. In nearly every instanoe, we find the discrepancy between their claims and the roster of the national secretary, arises from some misunderstanding con cerning the time when dues must be paid. In two cases, Louisana and Texas, the final report of the state secretary to the national secretary remitting dues in full, and closing I the account, calls for less delegates to this body than were elected by the State Allinaoe When we remember that the State Alliance must have elected its delegates upon the representations of their state secretary as to the membership in their jurisdiction, it is difficult to explain the discrepancy, but your committee do not see how they could go be hind the final report of the state secretary, This is quite a different case from those in which the state secretary has promised a supplementary and oomplete report accom panied by further remittances before Feb ruary next to cover their accounts for dele gates present Your committee therefore recommend; 1. That all delegates duly accredited to this body by their State Alliance be seated, except in the cases above cited (Texas and Louisiana,) where final reports have been filed and the accounts closed by their state secretary, which reports call for less dele gates than the number elected and claiming seats. 2. That in these cases where more dele gates have been accredited and are present than are warranted by the final report of the state secretary, only so many be seated as their state secretary's said final report certifies and that suoh delegation decide among themselves, how they will cast the votes to which their state is entitled undor said final report of their state secretaries. 3. That delegates shall receive payment upon expense vouchers in proportion to the amount of money paid into the national treasury from their respective states for the year 1892. Your committee feels that it is not imper tinent to this report to call your attention to to the souroe of most of the difficult exper ienced by this and previous committees on credentials and urge some action looking to a removal of said deficiencies. Reference is had here to the constitutional require ments that delegates and does to this body shall be based upon the October report We think the matter would be amended by basing upon the J uly report We think also that this body should distinctly define what bearing the February limit adopting the Ocala demands has upon admission of delegattes, or else resciny the resolution fixing that limit We think that is not irrelevant to suggest further in this correction that this body impress upon the delegates seated under the report, the importance of exercising all dilligence in their respective state, oounty and sub-Alliances upon their return home to have the state secretaries report and have remittances in the national secretary's hand before February next and to the end that in future all reports and remittances be for warded before November 1st Reapec fully submitted, J. W. Xras. E. H. Bildkx. J". W. Stokxjs. Report as read adopted. Resolution by Beverley of Virginia: l. That the chair be authorized to at once appoint a committee of five, to be known as the press committee. 2. That all delegates and visitors her,) present be hereby charged, that whea it4, re viewed by reporters for the public is: i they respectfully decline to be (to inter viewed and refer said reporter to said pr: ' j committee. 3. That all delegates and visitors fctrj present be hereby admonished to be on lh ::r guard in their communication with strin gers, lest they inadvertently give inform n- to the reporters. Carried and committee appointed. rress committee uoveney, 'or virjian; Laughinghouse, of North Carolina; !o:: worth, of California; Bell, of Georgia; Ear ton, of Illinois. Brother Force, of Indiana, requested tL 1 D. H. Yoeman be placed in his dakith.:: from, Indiana as a delegate instead of lira. Lou Snider, which request was granted tj him agreeing to be responsible for Mr. Yoeman's acta to the State Alliance, t!; point being made by Mr. Page, of Virgin!!. The committee on order off busing k portod as follows: To the Supreme Council: Your committee on order of business t ; j leave to report as follows: We recommend that the hours for west ing be as follow: 9 a. m. to 1.30 p. m. 3.:,' p. m. to G p. m.; 8 p. m., to take reccr.3 at will. We recoommend that all resolution I? referred to the proper committee wl&oiii debate. That the election of officers be maJa a special order for 2:30 p. m. Thursday, That a member be allowed to epeal but once on any question. We recommend the following order cf. busines: 1. Opening of council. 2. Reading of minutes of the precede meeting. 3. Reports of officers. L Appointment of committees. 5. Miscellaneous business. , , " 6. Reports of standing committees, 7. Unfinished business. 8. New business. 9. Miscellaneous business. 10. Recess. Wa nuwnimtni! th fallowing rflmnii. tees: Auditing committee of three. On press, three. Secret work, three. Finance, three. Mileage and per diem, three. Good of the order, seven. Constitution, seven. Confederation, seven. Legislative demands We recommend that this committee c:i Legislative demands oonsist of one m-cra-ber from each state, and that its chair x ..t be empowered to appoint such coram:,. - R. W. Bzcx, CL&imvj.. Adopted. Moved by Brother Livingston thr.t V ' portion of fte order of business rsf . (Continued on ninfa jxzgtj