THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
Fntlonists Suffer Loss of Over ft ThnMnd
Votes In SI Years to BepubU-
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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.
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.
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
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
Now that the railroads have decided
a general raise in rreignt rates.
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.
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Jt Telephone 235. J
j BURLINGTON DEPOT
7th St., Bet. P & Q.
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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.
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
The assessment rolls of Buffalo coun
ty for a number of years are as fol
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
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
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
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
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
The proportion of taxes borne by
these four items, given In percentages
in nearest round numbers, is as fol
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
"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.
Northwestern Union Sta
Cor. 9th aud S Sts.
E. R. Butler, C. T. A.
E. T. Moore, D. T. A
R. W. McQInnls, OWI Asrnt
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
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
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
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
Albany county by 925
Chemung county by 102
Rensselaer county by 604
1902 With Hill running things the
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
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.,
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
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
Dated this 18th day of November, 1902.
VERA A. HURLEY. Plaintiff,
By Horace F. Bishop, her Attorney,
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