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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
15 BUFFALO COUNTY Fntlonists Suffer Loss of Over ft ThnMnd Votes In SI Years to BepubU- j4 . 'OuiRUtr -.--!. 1,560 1,875 1,702 1,686 F798 F537 F634 F200 R223 R260 Buffalo county Is a conspicuous ex ample of a great fusion loss in the past six years with no corresponding republican gain in actual rotes, whether view from a comparison of the votes cast for the head of the state ticket or from an average of he votes cast for state officers." " FOR HEAD OF STATE TICKET. Fusion. Rep. 1X96 governor. .2,495 1.697 1897. iudse......2,154 1,617 1899, judge..., ...2,194 1909, governor,.. 2,075 1901, judge 1,479 1902. covernor. . .1.426 From a 798 plurality for Hoicumo m 1896 to a 260 plurality for Mickey in 1902, means a net fusion loss (or re publican gain) of 1,058. 4,192 men voted for the two leading candidates for governor in 1896; but only 3,112 so voted in" 1902 a loss of 1,080 votes. Mickey's vote was 11 less than Mac Coil's; Thompson's, 1,069 less than Holcomb's. Unless the voting popula tion of Buffalo has been reduced very materially in the last six years, it is evident that the republican victory in Buffalo is the result of nothing less than the fusion stay-at-home vote. Whether this apathy has been caused by populist opposition to fusion, or because of the effectiveness of the re publican gospel of "let well enough alone," is a matter, which can best be told by Buffalo county residents. But, it may be urged, both Hol comb and Thompson were stronger than their ticket, while MacColl and Mickey both ran behind theirs. So let us take an average of the votes cast for the state ticket and see what story that will tell: AVERAGE FOR STATE TICKET. Fusion. Rep. 1896, Eleven 2,381 1,753 1897, Three 2,087 1,665 1899, Three 2,069 1901. Three..... 1,430 1902, Eight 1,364 An average fusion plurality of 628 has in six years changed to a republi can plurality of 332 a fusion loss of 960. This was caused by an actual average loss of 1,017 fusion votes as aeainst a republican loss of 57. The result is substantially as before, show ing that the republican strength has not fluctuated materially in six years. while the fusionists have lost at least a thousand. evident that the railroad assessment of 1900 was higher relatively although not absolutely so than that of either 1891, 1893, or 1895, made by republi can boards. The mileage In 1889 was 40 miles less than the years Bince, and, of course, no fair comparison" can W made with 'the succeeding years without too many figures. The differences between farm lands and city lots in the: percentage of taxes naid varies widely: 22 per cent in 1900, 17 In 1895. 14 In 1893. and 7 in both 1891 and 1SS9. It is probable that act ual values of eity property went down relatively in about that degree, and to a great extent the collapse of Kear ney's "boom" may be charged to the railroads. After all the various manu facturing enterprises had been built, which caused the boom, railroad dis criminations in freight rates rendered it impossible for them to prosper. The cotton mill at Kearney could sell a good quality of "domestic" a fraction of a cent a yard cheaper than the same quality .could be bought at Lowell; but stratge to say, the Lowell goods could be fL'tped clear from Massa chusetts and laid down 50 miles out V of Lincoln at so much cheaper freight rate that the merchants of Nebraska were compelled to buy the eastern goods. Now that the railroads have decided a general raise in rreignt rates. Home Seekers? Excursion On Dec jnd and i6th, 1902, the Burlington will sell Homeseek ers" Tickets at one fare plus $2.00 to all points in Indian and Okla homa Territories and Texa, and many points in Arizona, Arkan sas, Louisiana and New Mexico. jtjttxji ji j CITY TICKET OFFICE J jH Cor. 10th and O Sts. J Jt Telephone 235. J JZJ j BURLINGTON DEPOT 7th St., Bet. P & Q. t Tel. Burlington No. 1290. J m law 1 $M ihjIiwiimwi I n uji BMBHIBIBSMSStfSSSBSMBIBIBSrV vvhi" 1 '' IE: on the 1,686 Buffalo county electors who voted for Mickey and the thousand and over who did not vote, because they wanted to "let well enough alone" the matter of railroad taxation, as well as the 1,426 who voted for Thomp son, will be called upon to help pay for the; $30,000 spent in publishing tax bulletins and the thousands and thou sands of free rides given republican politicians engaged in preaching the gospel of contentment. 1,582 1,759 1.696 F628 F422 F487 R329 R332 Whatever may have been the ex perience of the people of Buffalo conn ty with fusion county officers, and for the nonce leaving the question of "let well enough alone" out of tbe question, let us take up one matter which affects that county and see whether there was any good reason why a thousand populists and democrats in that county ought to prefer republican to fusion state government The assessment rolls of Buffalo coun ty for a number of years are as fol lows: 1889 509.493 acres farm land $1,132,444 17.808 city and village lots. 907,054 67.3 miles railroad 610,210 All other property 932,546 Total $3,582,254 1S91 477.759 acres farm land $1,105,733 22,095 city and village lots. 875.963 107.9 miles railroad 737,761 All other property 677,799 Total $3,397,256 1893 554,375 acres farm land $1,312,865 21,559 city and village lots. 826,471 107.9 miles railroad 706,317 All other property 729,58 Total $3,575,239 1895 563,316 acres farm land $1,295,309 21,521 city and village lots, 779.759 107.9 miles railroad 628.030 All other property 417,284 Total $3,120,382 1900 568.940 acres farm land $1,135,090 20,551 city and village lots. 531,471 107.9 miles railroad 642.333 All other property 455,035 Total $2,763,932 The proportion of taxes borne by these four items, given In percentages in nearest round numbers, is as fol lows: 1889.1891.1803.189n.1900 Farm lands 32 33 37 42 41 City lots 25 26 23 25 19 R. R 17 22 20 20 23 Al lother 26 19 20 13 17 So far as concerns the action of the fusion state board of equalization, it Is THE NORTHWESTERN LINE. Hew They Shear Them W. J. Ghent, in his book, "Our Ben evolent Feudalism," comments on the widespread spirit of gambling which has fastened itself upon the American people. He believes that millions of people knowingly vote to continue the present inequitable system in the vain hope that they may some time be one of the ones to "beat the other fellow's game." A single instance will show the elaborate means taken to educate the people up to the idea of getting BimidLiius Jut UU11UU5. iiic luiiumug letter was mailed to thousands of small business men in Nebraska under date of November 7, 1902: "A short time since we mailed you our booklet advising the purchase of December corn. At the time we mailed this booklet December corn was quoted on the Chicago market at 43 cents. Today the market price is 51 cents. An investment made then would now show eight hundred per cent profit to date. Can you find any other safe investment in America which will re turn any such profit? We think not, "If you have any spare money, from $25 to $500, invest it in the purchase of corn for December delivery, and if your investment is properly managed your profits will be enormous. "For the past year we have devoted our time, our resources and our mon ey exclusively to obtaining every bit of information possible regarding the corn situation. Last winter we, in the face of a falling market, predicted 75 cent corn for July. July corn sold as high as 90 cents, and such of our cus tomers as took our advice made enor mous profits. "Before the expiration of the July option our every energy was put forth so find out the true situation of corn for September and December deliver ies, and, on information so obtained, we predicted 65-cent corn for Septem ber. Twice since then has September corn sold above 65 cents. We now be lieve that December corn will sell at or above the price July corn sold for our reasons being that there is little or no old corn left in the country, not enough for manufacturing purposes alone for more than sixty days; and( James Patton with his following and the Armour crowd of Chicago, with their friends in that city. New York and St. Louis, have since July bought over thirty millions of bushels of corn to be delivered to them in December. Again to repeat, there is no old corn in the country to speak of, and these gentlemen who now hold corn bought to be delivered to them in December may put the price to any figure they wish. This is why we tell you to buy December corn. Buy all you can car ry, and buy it at once." 9 ass.... $2.00 HOMESEEKERS' TICKETS On sale November 18, December 2 and 16, to Many Points in Nebraska, North and South Da kota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and points in the Canadian North west. Return limit Twenty One Days. City Ticket Office 103 4 O 8TKEET. Telephone 544. Northwestern Union Sta Cor. 9th aud S Sts. Telephone 50. E. R. Butler, C. T. A. E. T. Moore, D. T. A LINCOLN, R. W. McQInnls, OWI Asrnt NEBRASKA. came in for a deserved trouncing. Mr. Forrest was one of the officers in the liberal democratic organization and circulated a reprint of "The Cancer of Democracy" as a campaign document. Under date of November 6, 1902, Mr. Forrest mails 'lae Independent a sec ond document entitled "The Cancer Cut Out; Operation Performed by the Democratic Party," in which the vote in New York is analyzed and shows that David B. Hill has lost his cun ning. For example, the .vote in Greater New York shows an actual democratic gain of 8,171 votes, while the republi can loss was 69,531. Mr. Forrest com pares the results in 1898 with the pres ent year. The results show what it cost to swap the Kansas City plat form for an insincere.socialistic plank: 1898 The democrats lost the follow ing counties: Clinton county by 24 Columbia county by 287 Greene county by 47 Putnam county by 250 Seneca county by 16 1902 With Hill running things the democrats lost Clinton county by 4000 Columbia county by 1363 Greene county by 550 Putnam county by . 850 Seneca county by 500 1898 The democrats carried the following counties: Albany county by 925 Chemung county by 102 Rensselaer county by 604 1902 With Hill running things the democrats lost Albany county by 6586 Chemung county by 700 Rensselaer county by 2729 "Shades of good old Thomas Jeffer son," says Mr. Forrest, "need or can one make words take the place of these figures. Only those who can remem ber the days of the Greeley campaign can remember anything like them. The democracy was born almost with the republic; it has survived men and causes, and will survive this apparent black eye. The state is like Barkis, it is ready and willing; let those who would lead push forward and assert democratic manhood and push to the rear the discredited, and the voters will rally to them and take the repub lican citadel." 2 French Lick Springs, Ind,, $30.90. 3 Chicago, 111., $14.75. ABOVE RATES ARE FOR ROUND TRIP TICKETS FROM OMAHA, NEB. Column 1 Tickets on sale daily; re turn limit June 1, 1902. Column 2 Tickets on sale daily; re turn limit Ml dnvS. Column 3 Tickets on sale Novem ber 30, December 1 and 2; return lim it December 8. Round triD tickets on. sale to nearly all points in the south and southeast. Stopovers . allowed both going and returning. Attention is called to the "Dixie Flyer," a through train via Nashville, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, At lanta and Macon to Jacksonville, tfia. Homeseekers' tickets, at rate or one fare plus $2, on sale first and third Tuesdays of each month, to points in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, etc. Correspondence invited and infor mation cheerfully given. Get cony of our beautifully illustrated booklet, cov ering points of interest in the Sunny South, at 1402 Farnam St., umana, Neb., or write W. H. BRILL, Dist Pass. Agt., 111. Cent R. R., Omaha, Neb. The Cancer Cut Out Last summer The Independent pub lished a communication from Hon. Jay W. Forrest. Albany, N. Y., under the heading, "The Cancer of Democ racy," in which David Bennett Hill Illinois Central Excursions 1 Jacksonville, Fla, $52.50. 1 Thomasville, Ga., $48.80. 1 New Orleans, La., $43.00. 1 Vicksburg, Miss., $38.00. 1 Hammond, La., $43.00. 1 Daytona, Fla., $59.10. 1-Tampa. Fla., $65.20. 1 Palm Beach, Fla., $71.50. 1 Havana, Cuba, $106.7Q. 1 Jackson, Miss., $38.00. 1 St Augustine, Fla., $55.40. 2 Mt Clements, Mich., $34.10. n race F. BUhop, Attorney, Lincoln, Neb NOTICE TO NON-RESIDENT DEFENDANT In the District Court of Lancaster County. Vera A. Hurley, Plaintiff, -vs. Dennis J. Hur ley, Defendant. Dennis J. Hurley, defendant in tbe above en titled action is hereby notified that on the 18th day of November. 1902, said plaintiff Vera A. Hurley, filed her petition in the District Court of Lancaster county, Nebraska, aeainst the said defendant, the object and prayer of which is to obtain a decree of divorce dissolv ing tbe bonds of matrimony between the plain ti it and the defendant on the rronnda of willful abandt nent and desertion without just cause, for morn than two years, last past, and grossly, wantonly and cruelly failing to provide for the wants of the plaintiff. You are required to answer said petition on or before the twenty-ninth (29th i day of Decem ber, 1902. Dated this 18th day of November, 1902. VERA A. HURLEY. Plaintiff, By Horace F. 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