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AID VOOii-TOIL
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IMPBESSI0N3 AT THE OMAHA CONVKN
TION.
To tbe Editor of Thk Advocate.
If I should live to be aa old as Methuaa
l&h, I ehould never forget the feeliags
and emotions awakened in my breast by
that glorious outburst of simultaneous
and genuine enthusiasm caused by the
reading and adoption of the platform at
the national convention of the Peoples
party at Omaha.
First, I, like everybody else, shouted
and waved my handkerchief. Then I
paused, and It seemed to me I could see
the whole country, every state of the
Union, all within the range of my vision
and It seemed that the people were about
to erect a temple in a place In front of
me, where some great event or ceremony
was to be enacted. Then I heard music,
and between the playing of the band and
the glad shouting of the multitude, I
heard other voices than those around me.
They fell upon my ears like one sad, de
spairing wall of distress coming from the
tolling millions, who were raising their
voices to heaven against the wrongs
which they were suffering from their op
pressors. At times it seemed like the
wail of hungry children crying for bread,
or, again, the complaint of thousands of
older children, who were doomed to long
hours of work and insufficient food. I also
heard the bitter cry of distress from
thousands of women doomed to work for
wages Insufficient to decently feed and
clothe them. Again, I heard the sullen
cry of discontent from millions of farmers,
their wives and children, who, despite the
hardest toll and bitter privations, were
growing poorer from year to year. Then
a louder cry came from thonsands of
worklngmenln towns and factories; It
grew resolute and determined as It be
came louder and stronger. It came from
the farm, lb came from the mine, It came
from the south, the north, the east, the
west. The voices shouted: "We are
coming; we are coming. We will help
you save the country save the nation."
Then the scene changed, and men from
every state ran up to the place where a
temple was to be erected, as though they
were entering Into a most solemn com
pact They said: "We will build a tem
ple; the fcundatlon shall be justice, the
walls equal rights to all, special privileges
to none. The top shall be open to the
good Influences of heaven, so that love
and charity for the Ignorant and weak
shall become the guiding principle of the
people. Then, with a grand rush, the
people from all the states and territories
of the Union came up to the temple and
pledged themselves to carry out and
promulgate thoe grand and noble prin
ciples to which the temple had been
dedicated. There was a noble rivalry
among the states for the honor to be first,
and the distinction of holding their ban
ner the highest.
Then, after pledging themselves in the
most sacred and impressive manner, the
spirit moved them to go around and pro
claim to everyone what they had done.
And the spirit of fraternity, of universal
love and good will hovered over all the
people, and the people hastened to pro
claim their good intentions. They marched
around the country, brothers from the
south with their brothers from the north,
the boys in blue with the boys In gray,
the black men with the white men, the
mechanic with the farmer, the dwellers
In the cities with those who dwell In the
country, all filled with one strong
predominating desire to restore the
country to the condition the great
and good men who founded the
government intended it to be. And
I looked up and behold, I saw George
Washington among the throng, and it
was 1778.
I closed my eyes, thinking I was de
ceived, end I heard Thomas Jefferson
speak in a voice of thunder: "All men
are created free and equal, and endowed
by their creator with certain Inalienable
rights among them life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness;" and a thousand
strong voices added: "This means that
men must have equal opportunities to
the natural resources of nature, must
have the privilege to work and keep that
which they produce by their labor."
Then I heard Abraham Lincoln say:
"This shall 6 a government of the peo
ple, by the people and for the people;"
and I heard a voice like that of the
angel. Gabriel, shout: "Amen, let all the
people say amen." As I opened my eyes
and looked toward the place where the
voice was heard, I saw a man holding an
open bible high above his head, indicat
ing that all this was the true declaration
of the holy book. Then I beheld many
good and noble women who have done
much for the oppressed people come and
join the procession. They marched and
shouted, the band played, but through
all the din I heard in firm, steady tones:
We are coming, we are coming, the tollers of tbe
land.
To sav this glorious country from the robber's
ha d.
Then the music changed; a joyous
melody louder than all the others broke
out, "Glory to God, the highest; peace on
earth and good will towards all men."
I felt that the thoughts and emotions
so spontaneously developed by the read
ing and adoption of the platform, and
the feeling so fervently expressed by the
prolonged demonstrations of the vast au
dience, was a nucleus of force and energy
that would never rest until this work of
establishing perfect justice between man
and man is accomplished.-
I felt glad that I had enjoyed the high
privilege of ibeing there; proud that I
could do my humble share in the glori
ous work of emancipating the nation
from the power of plutocratic oppres
sion. I consecrated myself anew to' the
service of improving the condition of my
fellowmen; of establishing the kingdom
of heaven on earth. Dreamer.
PEOPLE'S PARTY RESOLUTIpNS.
They Make Arrangements to Raise Campaign
Funds.
Omaha, Neb., July 5. Before the na
tional central committee adjourned
this afternoon these resolutions were
adopted:
Reached. That the national committee of
the People's party request the reform press
to urge with all its force and influence that
on the 24th of July, or as much earlier as
possible, every People's party club and labor
organizatioa in the United States meet and
collect funds for the national campaign;
that they then adjourn to meet again on the
16th of August, the anniversary of the battle
Bennington, the first battle of the American
revolution, and that on that day meetings
be held in every township to collect funds for
the national campaign, sinoe without funds
we cannot hope to make the fight for reform
with any hope of success. The people must
sustain this campaign with their means as
well as their votes or it may fail, and with
it the hopes of the people for justice and
prosperity in this and in future genera
tions. The meetings in country districts
shall be held at 10 o'clock a. m., and the
meetings in villages and oitiea at 8 o'clock
p.m. All money collected shall at once be
transmitted to M. C. Rankin, of Terre
Haute, Ind., treasurer of the national com
mittee of the People's party, and we suggest
that on the said 16th day of August the
people devote the day to this great work in
speeches and feetiritiee. And we further re
quest that at each of suoh meetings a finance
committee shall be appointed whose duty
it shall be to make a thorough canvass of
the township or precinct for contributions;
and is addition to the above method of
raising money we hereby establish four
funds, to be known as the "ten dollar cam
paign fund," the "five dollar cam
paign fund," the "one dollar campaign
fund," and the "fifty cent campaign fund,"
and we request that all friends of the cause
who are able to do so Bhall send their names
and contributions direct to our treasurer, to
be published in the reform press of the re
spective states; provided, that contributions
to these fund shall be allowed, if they desire
to do so, to pay in monthly installments.
We also urge that every speaker for the
People's party shall take up collections for
our national campaign fund wherever they
may address the people.
We would also urge that the ladies who
are in sympathy with the People's party
in the respective states shall be urged and
requested by the reform press to form clubs
for the collection of funds and the forward
ing of our work.
The national committee of the People's
party says to its friends that there
is a reasonable probability that the
party will sweep the country and elect their
candidates for president and vice preident,
if they are given means enought to put
speakers in the field and supply the people
with campaign literature.
A striking evidence of the revolution now
going on is found in the fact that a Ken
tucky delegate offered the following resolu
tion, and it was unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That the People's party of the
United States earnestly request the women
of tbe country to organize at once and help
us in this contest, because we are fighting
to save not only them and ourselves, but
the coming generations from plutocratio
slavery.
ll. taubeneck, (Jnairman.
M. C. Rankin, Treasurer.
J. H. Tubneb, Secretary.
A millionaire manufacturer of agricul
tural implements at Indianapolis has pre
sented his daughter with a check for
$1 00,000 as a wedding gift He Is one of
those poor infants whom the McKlnley
tariff "protects" at the expense of the
farmer. Keokuk Constitution-Demo
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