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Devoted to the Interests of the Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union and Other Kindred Organizations.
VOL. III. NO. 46.
TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1892.
$1.00 PER YEAR.
VEAVER SI FIELD
Gen. J. B. Wearer, of Iowa,
and Gen. J. G. Field, f
ONE FROM THE NORTH AND OlIE
FROM THE SOUTH.
The Plain, Common People of the North
and the South vs. the Corporations,
the Trusts and the Monopolies.
NO "SPLIT" THIS TIME !
Proceedings of the First Great National
Convention of the People's Party A
Strong " Ticket Named by an Earnest
and Enthusiastic Convention Neither
Sectional Prejudice, Sex Disqualifica
tion or Color Line Cat Any Figure In
this Grand Political Love Feast.
Omaha, Neb., Saturday, July 2.
The Omaha convention ia a grand ob
ject lesson of reform presented to the
thinking people of the United States.
Judging from the earnestness and
thoughtful determination everywhere
displayed among the delegates, the lesson
will help many a lover of his country to
take a new stand politically for justice
For once the press association cannot
send forth false reports regarding the
reform movement without being proved
falsifiers by thousands of witnessed.
A bright, clear, cool morning greets
the delegates as they gather by thousands
at the immense coliseum at 1652 North
Twentieth street Saturday morning. A
welcome rain Firday night seemed to
clear the atmosphere and add heaven's
greeting to the plans of the convention.
The arrangements are perfect The
coliseum, a rectangular one story build
ing, seats with comfort 10,000 persons,
every seat being numbered and ticketed.
Within the building patriotic colors
everywhere greet the eye, while the
stage Is emblazoned with festoons of
red, white and blue. A printed sugges
tion, "one from the north and one from
the south," has been placed In a dozen
places beneath and around the stage, a
sentiment that finds an echo in every
As one meets the delegates one fact
stands out prominently the farmers are
not alone. Many people think this great
movement for reform is simply a farm
era' movement that will speedily die a
natural death. The character of the
delegates representing all classes of the
community dispell this thought The
farmers planted the seed-thoughts of re
form, but all classes are busy reaping
The convention was called to order at
11:15 a. m. by H.E.Taubeneck, chairman
ol the national committee. Prayer was
offered by Rev. B. F. Diff enbacher, of Ne
braska, chaplain of the last Nebraska
Infinite and All Wise Father, Thou art
God. At Thy command kingdoms rise and
empires fall. Men are the instruments of
Thy hand. We thank Thee for this day
for the present and nearing future, com
memorative of divine impulse moving our
fathers to improved relations for humanity
and better conditions of national life. We
thank Thee for the questioning doubt and
blessed assurance, for the calm and storm,
for the quiet and the strife that gave them
the dawn and us the day.
We thank Thee for the parties that in the
past have had their birth and accomplished
destiny great and grand.
We rejoice that Thou in wisdom dost ever
build upon the dying old the better living
We thank Thee for this day for con
verging forces from extended borders to
this midway state and central city of im.
perial land, representative assembly, peo
ple, pulpit, press, with heart surcharged
with patriotio devotion to human interests.
Command, we beseech Thee, oh Ood of
ourfathera, the rich blessing of Thy love
and royal benediction of Thy peace upon
us is council chamber, in convention hall!
Baptise us with the spirit, with truth and
righteousness, to conceive possibilities and
assume responsibilities, so that the stylus of
future history may write the birthright of
this day, the greatest, grandest, most glori
ousfor human progress national liberty
and Thee! ! ! All Father, Eternal Son and
Everlasting Spirit, Amen.
The Republican mayor of Omaha,
George P. Bemis, then made a ringing
address of welcome which met with en
thusiastic approval, and at its close called
forth three cheers for the speaker. It
certainly presented some remarkably
strong People's party sentiments. After
his Introduction he said:
Mr. Chairman and delegates of the Na
tional convention of the People's party,
friends and fellow citizens:
The pleasing duty devolves upon me to
extend, in behalf of the city of Omaha, the
right hand of fellowship to the grand repre
sentative convention of the People's party
of the United States.
Tour party represents the great wealth
producing classes of the nation the farm
er, the artisan and the laborer. You are
certainly most cordially welcome to a city
that depends on the efforts of your people
for its life and prosperity; to a city that
prospers when the farmers are rewarded for
their labors, and languishes when crops are
short and industry fails to bring forth
bounty from our soil.
You are here to protest against legislation
not in the interest of the people. You are
here to protest against the wealth of the
nation being absorbed by the few, while
thousands are unemployed and many suf
fering for the necessaries of life. You have
laid the foundation of a great party. You
have broken down the barriers of sectional
ism, buried the bitterness of the past, ex
tinguished the glowing embers of the camp-
fires of hate, wiped out the imaginary line
that separated the north from the south,
and with hearts filled with hope you meet
here in convention to nominate candidates
who will lead your party in the coming
The People's party, if true to its name,
is a party of the people, by the people and
for the people. That it will be the endeav
or of the representatives here assembled to
vindicate its name, I do not doubt. That
great good may result from your deliber
ations and actions, I sincerely hope. That
you will fearlessly face the great issues of
to-day, I firmly believe. There are issues,
which, like the ghost of Banquo, will not
down. The silver question still remains
the great living issue, but the way it has
been ignored, evaded and thrust aside by
both the Demooratio and Republican par
ties, one might suppose it was already-settled,
if not dead and forgotten. But no
question is ever settled until it is settled
right. The great wrong done to the people
by the demonetization aot of 1873 remains
to be righted. This can only be done by
re-endowing silver with its true money
function, and making it, as it was intended
by the constitution, co-equal, with gold for
all money uses. If the Republicans and
Democrats refuse this, they should not
complain if the people take the matter in
their own bands. The cry of "cheap silver,"
"a dishonest dollar," or even "a sound cur
rency," will no longer deceive, neither will
dear gold, as the measure of value, be long
er tolerated. Dear gold means cheap men,
oheap property, hard times, low wages and
general stagnation. I utter these words
not only for your consideration, but as
words of warning to both Republicans and
Democrats, who in the future will do well
to heed them.
I regret that your great leader, whom you
have so lately lost, could not have been
spared and permitted to meet with us. Our
people had hoped to welcome him. I ten
der sympathy to you in this great sorrow.
All of our oitizens, without regard to par
ty, extend to you a oordial welcome to
Omaha. Some may differ with you as to
how the oountry should be governed, but
we will not forget that we are all brothers,
all oitizens of this great nation. We are all
Americans not enemies, but friends all
anxious in our way to labor for the welfare
of our glorious union, which has no equal,
and whioh, we sincerely hope and pray, will
continue free and prosperous forever.
We trust that your deliberations will be
harmonious; your visit a most enjoyable
one; and that you will ever have thepleas
antest memories of Omaha.
Again I say, in behalf of our city, wel
come to Omaha ! Welcome to Nebraska 1
Welcome to the great gateway of the mighty
Senator Kyle, of South Dakota, who
was to have delivered the response, was
kept In Washington by the vote on the
silver question, and his place was ably
filled by Ben II. Terrell, of Texas, who
was introduced as the "hero of the Alli
ance movement from its earliest days."
This address, though impromptu, was
enthusiastically received, especially when
Texas was pledged to vote for the princi
ples advocated In In the mayor's address,
and when the delegates were vouched
for aa needing no police to keep them
straight during their stay In Omaha.
The following temporary officers of the
convention were then announced as
chosen by the national committee: Tem
porary chairman, C. II. Ellington, of
Oeogia; temporary secretary, J. W. Hayes,
of New Jersey; assistant secretaries, C. B.
Carpenter, of Wisconsin,and Jesse Pound-
stone, of California.
The following address by Chairman
Ellington was delivered very deliberately
and with much emphasis. It was rather
long, but well received:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow Country- '
men, Brethren: I salute you. From far off
Georgia, the great empire state of the
south, I come to greet you. The human
tongue is a small instrument, but it is a :
wonderful one for the use of man. Its ca
pacity for good, or evil, no finite mind can
caloulate and yet with all its stupendous
power it seems to me inadequate to express
the interests of this oocaaion. Language
fails me on every hand. It is absolutely
impossible to tell with my feeble tongue my
high appreciation of the honor this greatest
of conventions has conferred upon me
by electing me to the temporary chair
manship. But when my mind turns to
the great purpose for whioh we have
met together, its height, depth, length,
breadth, its wonderful conception, its vast
ness of reach, all that is wrapped up in
it; what it means to us, to ours, to be de
feated, and what it would mean should
victory crown our efforts when all these
things crowd upon me I long for the tongue
of a Gabriel, whose trumpet tones shall
reach to the farthest end of the rtobe,arous
ing and convincing the peoplnythlpg to" say
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