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grand banquet given by the New York chamber
of commerce, to celebrate the surrender of our financial legislation to foreign domination, there was one speech omitted by all the great dallies. I found it in one of the smaller ones : "The next speaker was Rev. Francis Patton D. D., of Princeton college, who talked on 'En lightened Opinion, the Indlspenslble Safe guard of Government by the People.' He struck an unresponsive chord by describing patriotism as opposed to things that are Eng lish and asked the audience to bear with him, even though they did not sympathize with his remarks." Tneaudlence was pro-English you know. It was assembled to celebrate the only great victory England has ever achieved over America. Professor Patton made the mistake of sup posing they wanted an honest American re sponse to the toast of "Government by the People." He believed In America first He was in the wrong crowd and had to beg of them "to bear with him." He struck not only an "uniesponsive chord" but an intolerant English sentiment that would not brook American patriotism to interfere with Eng lish rejoicing. It is needless to say that Secretary Carlisle's address struck a responsive chord. It was all that pro-English audience desired. American loyalty and patriotism was at a heavy dis count. Think of it, ye sons of revolutionary sires, who fought, bled, and mayhap died that you might be free 1 The men in whose power you have placed the Industry and commerce of this nation, by adopting the English finan cial system, do not hesitate to publicly ro buke, scoff and sneer at that patriotic Ameri can sentiment, that patriotism la loyalty to America first, and one of the most eminent scholars and polished orators of the nation has to beg of them "to bear with him" while he utters it. THE CONTEST OF THE AGES. The question of co operation to secure higher prices for the product of our labor or even of legislation to better our financial condition must sink into insignificance in comparison with this more momentous question. Shall we as a people be free to legislate for ourselves as we deem best, or are we to sink to the posi tion of a tributary province of Great Britain, the money centre of the world? If our pres ent financial system is continued there can be no escape from that degradation. We are now paying an annual tribute of about $100,000,000, and it is rapidly increasing. It Is only a ques tion of time when they will foreclose and that time has been materially hastened by recent legislation and usurpation. I know the con test is not to be looked upon lightly. The best thought, the wisest minds, the bravest hearts must come together in council. The greatest danger In the near future is from the starving thousands now eagerly clamoring for bread. They will not continue starving In the midst of plenty. An outbreak in any of the largo cities will give plutocracy an opportunity to strengthen its position by an increase of the standing army, the bulwark of their prototypes in Europe. Another threatening danger, and one I re gret exceedingly, is the sectarian animosity being cultivated, especially In the west I had hoped that the enlightened Christianity of the nineteenth century, when all the known re llglous sects of the world could meet In Christ ian fellowship at the World's Parliament of Religions, would have brought with It a peaceful rest from sectarian intolerance and bigotry. In all the world's history sectarian bigotry and strife have been most cruel and sanguinary. Can it be possible that this Is another trick of Shylock to distract the popu lar attention, since the bloody shirt has gone into "innocuous desuetude," and the demo crats have gone republican on the tariff? When I hear two people quarreling over their re ligion the first thought that occurs to me is that they both need conversion right away. The alleged danger seems to be the fear that the Roman Catholics are planning to Invade or supplant our public school system. I am we'l satisfied that this can never be in our re public. When we find by our census reports that less than one In ten of our population are Roman Catholics, the danger is at least so far off that we can afford to give our p esent thought to the more imminent danger of that other foreign potentate, Baron Rothschild, whose influence for evil has full control In our national congress, and In almost every state in the union. The great battle for humanity will not be fought on sectarian lines. True freedom guarantees that every person shall have the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. The bat tle now on la between God and Mammon. God's children are arraying themselves on one side and the sons of Mammon on the other. It is destined to be the battle of the ages and will be fought to a finish on American soil. I have an abiding faith that the victory will be ours. The hand that guided Columbus' barque to our tlQTtt, and piloted thoe gallant "heartg of oak" oa the May Flower until they were landed on Plymouth Rock, is still at the helm. I know that when we estimate the power of the forces arrayed against us it causes many a brave heart to despair. The money power of the world Is opposed to us aud in it we have all the powerful corporations that are fatten ing by special class legislation at our expense. Through these again we have that tremen dous factor, with comparatively few excep tions, the great dally and weekly press. In addition to all this we have the two great political parties entrenched In power and ready to co-operate whenever necessary against us. Little wonder that many a faint heart says, "No use trying, it can't be done." My brother, it mint be done. Already two great victories have been fought and won on Ameri can soil for humanity and freedom, where the obstacles seemed quite as great. A little over a century ago, when Great Britain attempted to levy a tax on tea without their consent, a mere bagatelle compared with the tribute we are paying her now, our forefathers rebelled They said, "Taxation without representa tion is injustice and tyranny." The tories said, "You can't," and pointed to the folly of a few colonists, divided, and poor in purse at tempting to wrest their liberty from the most powerful nation in the world; but those noble sires said there is a principle to be defended, and with the God of right and justice on our side vie will win. For several long years the clouds hung heavy over the patriotic band, but with abiding faith in the right they pressed on toward the goal of freedom. When at the memorable battle of Trenton the Hessian hordes were defeated light began to dawn and steadily their conquerors marched on to a glorious victory for humanity in the establishment of a republican form of "gov ernment of, by, and for the people." Four score years roll around and again there is an agitation for human liberty. Four mil lions of negroes are held in bondage. It was a blot on a republic which said, "All men are born free and equal, with an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Again the obstacles seemed almost insur mountable. The money power, the press, the two great political parties were all arrayed against the abolitionists. For four long years the bloody struggle continued, desolating this fair land, but in the end the proclamation of emancipation was issued, and now no man need be a slave. A significant fact and a bright omen for the future is that "bleeding Kansas" is now, as she was then, in the forefront of freedom's host, striking for the emancipation of labor. While the brave boys in blue and gray were at the front flghtlngfor their honest convictions, Mammon secured a lien on the vitals of the nation. In the words of Lincoln, "As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of tho country will en deavor to prolong Its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth Is aggregated In a few hands and the republic Is destroyed." Onco more the battle rages Again the torles say "you can't." "All the power of money, with its aids of entrenched corporations, political parties and press, are against you, avowing that you can't win." Our answer must be, we believe we are right' and that God is with the right ; we will at least do our duty and try. As the Hessian horde are gloating over recent victories secured through the aid of the Benedict Arnolds of congress, many brave hearts are suffering like unto those of Valley Forge, but there Is no fal tering In the ranks; we still press on and on Kansas, always ready to fight and bleed for liberty, welcomes us, and in the sunflower state we meet to plan for the future. In that more humane contest for victory, by the ballot, rather than by the bullet, as of yore, glorious Kansas leads the van. May we not look upon the victory for our principles in Kansas in 1892 as the Trenton of the present conflict? Kansas, first in war, when, that "inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happi ness" was invaded, is the good Samaritan ; rust in peace to hold out the welcoming hand; to pour oil In the festering wounds; to put the wine of hope to pallid Hps ; to bury all remem brance of the civil war by sending a confederate veteran to congress from the state at large. To-day the brethren from the south are welcomed to Kansan homes and hearts with a warmth more Intense than that extended to the brethren from the east, north or west And this is as It should bo when we remember Ocala and the feast of fruit, flowers and genuine southern hospitality, which even Kansas will find it hard to rival. If the Alliance never accomplished another thing than to bring about this fraternal union of the north and south it will have done more for humanity than any other organization ever performed. We have done much, but our mission will not be completed nntil our de mands .have been crystallzed Into law and every vestige of class legislation hat been wiped cJT our statute books, Tntl) "equal rights to all, and special privileges to none" shall be a fact and not merely a thoory. Then this republic will be what our forefathers hoped and intended it should be, a beacon light to the oppressed of all the nations of the world. L E. Dean's Response to the Welcome Addresses To the Governor and People ofKanmt: Representing the national executive com mute of tho Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union, I voice the unanimous sentiment in thanking the Kansas Alliance for their kind invitation to hold our annual session in your capital city, and representing the member ship of the Farmers' Alliance of the east, I thank you, governor, for the most cordial welcome you have extended to as. Your words used in extending the right hand of fel lowship indicate the heart overflowing with love for your' kind, and a deep solicitudo for the welfare of humanity, and I can assure you your kind words will be treasured up by the delegates and visiting brothers and sisters of the Alliance as reflecting the fraternal love and botherly interest which must be the nat ural and inevitable result of the education se cured In the Alliance organization. The facts and figures btated by you furnish most valuable food for thought, and I assure you that the members present will take them home with them to their constituents and they shall serve to awaken new interest in the Alliance education. Your mention of the in crease of tho burden of debt, both publlo and private, through the increase in the value of dollars, is a matter of vast Importance to ev ery workman, not only in this country, but throughout the civilized world The power of interest to rob; the consequent increaso of the indebtedness of the people; the increasing failures; tho increase in rented farms and rented homes; the aggregation of accumu lated wealth in the hands of the few, aro, as you truly say, but the effect of a cause, and It is the object and duty of our organization to study out the causes which have resulted in these conditions, and agree upon remedies. The Alliance is purely educational, and In this great work invites tho counsel and as sistance of all good and patriotic citizens, re gardless of their politics or creeds. As fast as we can agree upon any cause that has aided in producing conditions Inimical to the best interests of all the people, it becomes our duty to agree upon proper remedies, and regardless of past party affiliation, to stand solidly to gether in demanding the necessary reforms. Party should never be held as more sacred than home or country, and to-day millions of homes are in danger of foreclosure, and the prayers of millions of Christaln mothers are going up to the Divine throne, pleading for home, for better conditions which will allow willing workers to live as God's children should. The 6,000.000 of Idle pooplo in the United States to-day, many of them being supported bjr charltv, Is a living moving prayer to the god of nations for a chango in tho policy of our government. The 100,000,000 of tribute paid annually to English capital invested In this country must make the spirit of our revolutionary forefath ers groan in anguish at the degeneracy of their posterity. A nation only 120 years old with but one twentieth of the population of the civilized world, yet producing one-third of the factory products of the world. Thirty-one and four tenths por cent of the iron ore, 81.1 per cent of the pig iron, VA.i per cent of the steel, X per cent, of the lead, 40 per cent, of the copper, 28.30 per cent, of the gold and t'iM per cent, of tho silver; a nation whoso shops and factories turn out 13,115,000, (XX) more products than Great Britain, should be strong enough to set up In business for it self, and choose Its own material for money without consulting Great Britain or any other aristocracy of Europe. As wonderful as aro the productions of shops, factories and mines of the United States, the wealth produced from the farms Is still more amazing, for after furnishing abundance to clothe and food 65,000,000 people, you have furnished to tho people of other countries nearly 11,000.000.000 worth of farm product at the exceedingly low prices of to day. The constant cheapening of the pro ducts of the farm by the development and Im provement of agricultural production In India and Africa must warn the American fanner that he must study the question of em ploying the surplus labor of this country In producing those things which, while not seeking a market, add to the wealth of the whole nation and furnish consumers for ail farm products at home. In this the farmer and laborer are brought together into such organizations as onrs, to study the great economic questions that affect all alike. And now. my dear governor and citizens of Topeka and of Kansas, again I thank you for the invitation to visit your city and state, for the hearty reception which you have given as, for the many provisions you have made for our comfort while here, and above all, I thank you and your people, not only in the name of the Alliance members, but in the name of every willing worker of the United States, for the grand struggle you have and are making for reform. Overtaxed and overburdened farmers and workingmen in every state in the Union, north and south, east and west are to-day washing Kansas ft know tt 709, ibU f njl t9 7U ' creed. Placing patriotism above party, prin ciples above policy, publlo good above private interest will you continue true in the defease of the American home? Will you stand firm in the advocacy of those great principles of justice and equity that shall guarantee the Sernetuatlon of the republic of our fathers? Unions of God-fearing humanity, loving men and women are this day praying for your success, praying that you may continue strong in the fight for right that your members may be Increased in every state, your demands better understood until such laws may be passed and executed as shall guarantee every willing worker in all this land a home free from mortgage, surrounded by fruits, flowers and fountains, and filled with all the comforts of life, where he may reign supreme in the love, happiness and contentment of a happy fam.ly: a government made strong, not oy bayonets. Ironclads or standing army over awing the people, but strong in the love en gendered by happy homes and a contented and prosperous people. In conclusion, allow me to assure yon that the delegates whom you are so kindly enter taining will make no extra trouble for your police or militia. They are God-fearing aud law-abiding men and women sent here by their different constituencies to transact business of vital Importance to civilization and they will do this in a dignified and or derly manner, and will return to their homes in the several states with the kindest recollec tions of the people of Topeka and of Kansas. God grant that the same brotherly fooling exhibited here may soon extend over the length and breath of this grand republic Adta of J. P. WMitts on Bohalf cf the Kansas Alliance. Brothers, Sisters and Friends: It is with feelings of the profoundest pleasure that I hereby extend to you, on behalf of the mem bership of our state, a most hearty and cordial welcome to our capital city, to our entire state, to our homes and firesides; and I assure you that we feel Justly proud of the distin guished honor of your coming. As the representatives of tho great industry oi agriculture, coming to us as you do fresh from the fields of every state and territory of our Federal Union, we gladly extend to you -the right hand of fellowship and greet you with that fraternal greeting that nas ever characterized the membership of our grand and noble order, ever hoping that you stay, however long or short, may provi to be a most pleasant and profitable ono. Let me assure you that I but voice the sentiments and ex press the feelings ot every brother and sister of the order in our state when I say thrice welcome to all. We welcome you to our state because it Is the geographical center of a mighty government; because it is the storm center of a mighty political, social, and ma terial revolution ; a state born in the throes of a terrible struggle for human liberty ; a state first In war and first in peace; a state that sent more soldiers to the war for the preserva tion of the Union than she had voters when the call was made; a state the first to hold out the olive branch of peace after the war; the first to bury sectional hate, the first to forget and forgive. Now, my brethren, when we say welcome we mean every word of it, and you will find the latchstrlng hanging out at the front door of every home of ours in tho land; and, as a fur ther evidence of the fact of your welcome, our friends, the anarchists n( tho sta e, have, with sledge hammer in band, battered the doors of this hall off their hinges, and thus bid you a free and unobstructive welcome to our public buildings. You have again assembled here in the gray dawn of a coming century in your annual gathering for solemn deliberation, and upon the results of your deliberation hero, and fur ther action as citizens hereafter, depend the weal or woe of the mightiest republic of earth. We meot in the most God favored land ever blessed with the sunlight of heaven; in posses sion of the most boundless resources that are yet undeveloped; surrounded with the great est natural advantages everglven to mankind; with an intelligence resulting from ages of re search and investigation; with an Inventive genius that is the wondor ot the world and the admiration of the age. Surrounded by these conditions, and with millions of acres of rich, fertile land untamed by the hand of the agriculturalist, we And by official figures that !i").000,ooo of our follow be ings in this laad are without a homo on God's footstool. And while industry In agriculture and application to business have filled the bursting granerles with food and provisions that vainly seek a market at cost of produc tion, from 4,000,000 to 6,000,000 of our people are tramping th highways of city and country begging for work and starvi ng for bread. One third of the wealth bearing all the burdens of taxation; with the great producing classes en gaged in agriculture owning loss than one fifth of the wealth, and paying 80 per cent of the taxos, struggling, unaided and alone, axalnst groat corporations and powerful com binations of capital, guarded and protected by tho strong arm of government; with farm val ues shrunken more than one-half In a quarter of a century; with moro tenant farmers than any government on earth, and the number in creasing with frightful rapidity; with more evictions of pleading mothers and pale, starv ing babies than in any monarch cursed na tion under the sun; with crowded peniten tiaries and overflowing asylums: with the mingled prayers and bitter wails of sorrow as cending to heaven from every city and village the entire country over; with red-handed an archy threatening life in the great commercial cities; with partisan courts; with a subsidized press; with a bitter prejudiced pulpit; with all the power of church and state arrayed against the industrial classes, what wonder is It that the goddess of liberty has veiled her face in very shame, and the goddess of Justice abdicated the throne? The thoughtful citizen stands appalled at the conditions that confront us as a republic, and to-day we have but two great political parties o which we can appeal the People's party and Grover Cleveland. Choose ye this day whom you will serve. And now In con clusion, brothers and sisters, the prayers of an outraged and ruined people will ever folio w you; and let me again assure you that you are welcome: thrice welcome to all, and may the happy associations and sacred memories of this national gathering prove to be the most pleasant and lasting that fleeting time !)) ever ban 5 03 memory's, wH, " "' "