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THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT JUNE 16, 1903. IS PARKER A FRAUD? Mr. Wakefield Believes barker Shaeld not be Permitted te Enter the Denver Conference Editor Independent: I notice In papers that Jo A. Parker of Kentucky, riiairman middle-of-the-road populists, has called his executive committee to meet in Lenver as part of Edgerton's confei ence. It items to me you should warn the honfst populists of Parker's and his committee's true character, and that on no account should they be per mitted to enter or take part in the con faience. For them to do so is to smirch the entire attendance and its constituency with the vilest of Mark Hanna (ommercial harlotry. I take It for granted that both your selves yand Mr. Edgerton are ac quainted with the absolutely positive nature of the evidence that Parker and hl.i so-called committee were in 1896, 1900, and ever since then in re ceipt of a regular salary, with corrup tion funds and free transportation, f?om the republican national commit tee Several of Parker's lieutenants in this disreputable business are Kansas men, whom even the Kansas mid roaders have repudiated as shameless political prostitutes. ' To have the Denver conference Identified with Hanna's hired minions would not only be fatal to its influence and an irre trievable injury to populism, but a Eevere blow to reformers generally. In Kansas it would .put the brand of Mark Hanna and Perry Heath of po litical prostitution upon the whole party and justly so, but other and honest Independent action will have to share unjustly share the obloquy and suspicion. You cannot afford to be silent on Parker's record, between now and date of conference, and should publish Per ry Heath's letter as secretary repub lican national committee in which po sition of Parker and his committer are made clear. As one of the founders of the peo ple's party, I do not "J Ike to see it end in political prostitution. I would rather see it decently buried at once. W. H. T. WAKEFIELD. Mound City. Kas. (Although The Independent has nev er, had a very high opinion of Jo Parker, and has said some harsh things about him, it has no positive proof of his political corruption; hence, if Mr. Wakefield will bring forward the proofs, he will confer a benefit upon men who are earnestly trying to do right Parker represents an element of populists who are undoubtedly hon est aui sincere, and it is this eiement HrCv . . . 1 iiriiii -Tim 8 h.Good 9 White Goods and Summor Silks. Here is a short price story of short lengths, and many lengths long enough for whole dresses, tersely told by these comparative figures. s 1 9 50c to $1 Grenadines, Swisses, Oxfords, etc., now, yard.... 15c, 20c and 25c recusants in Dimities, etc., now, yard 18c Swisses and Tissues are now, yard , 25c White French Dimities and Novelties, now, yard.... 22c Mi :. 9c 12c 75c Grenadines and 45c Swisses, now, -yard.... 25c Wash Silks in fast colors, now, yard I'.... $1 Pongees and 60c Jap Wash Silks, now, yard.. 19C 1 6C 35c 8 Lincoln, Nebraska. 9. s who cannot attend the Denver con ference on July 27, 1903, to speak and give an expression in regard to this matter of so great importance to hu manity, and let these expresions bo made through the Nebraska Indepen dent or other reform papers, if this is done in time it will be of much aid In wise deliberation in the Denver con ference. JNO. STONE. Cone, Tex. IOWA PEOPLES PARTY Stat Chairman 'oriuan 8aya Iowa Pop n 1UU Will Swing Back Into .Lin Editor Independent: In response to your kind invitation to write for pub lication a letter giving the probable action of the people's party in Iova this year and what is the outlook for their polling an increased vote The populists of Iowa will swing back into line this year, or a large portion of them. They will be rein rather than Parker with whom the J I?? the labor organizations of Sioux Falls platform adherents wish to treat If- Parker is a fraud, let us know it. His exposure will benefit mid-ro:ide:sJ more than any other fac tion. Ed. Ind.) A Mississippi Populist Editor Independent: I am one of the 300 that supported Judge Norton of Chicago in jl896. I met Judge Green, Bryan's old , law partner, in the convention at St: "Louis and told him that was not the time and place to fuse;, that .we should put out a Ftraight ticket and., do- our best to throv the election inthe house and then . was the time to At use. I am of that opinion yet. -Tajfee'iit out of the electoral college into the house and then and there fuse.. Long may The Independent live and prosper. , R. BREWER. Aubrey, Miss. Texas Reformers Editor Independent: In compliance to your request, will offer an expres sion of my views. Dr. Wm. N. Hill, Baltimore, Md., in issue of June 18. 3903, has written a letter with the ex pression and platform of the union re form party, which I think is timely and very commendable. Now ,fgr a successful union of all reform parties I would suggest for a platform direct legislation, known as the initiative referendum and impera tive mandate. By this movement the enfranchisement of the people will be possible; and as long as the people are disfranchised in matters of leg islation, there is little interest in vot ing for the man. With the adoption of direct legislation in the constitution of the United States, the people could elect from the dregs of the peniten tiary for office of executive or repre sentative,' and they would be the ser vants of the people to the best of knowledge and ability. With the above accomplished, , as the people shall elect from time to time, other reforms may be secured. Mr. Edgerton's call at Denver is timely and of great Importance.. I would suggest to all reform people the state regardlesa of parties, the sil ver republicans and silver democrats will aid us in making a warm cam paign, and the same could and should be done in every state in the Union; and would be done, if the so-called leaders of the people's party were not working in conjunction with the ene mies of the reform movement at a salary, or on a promise of a seat at the pie counter. It angers me when I look Back over the work begun by the greenback par ty and the wonderful strength they manifested, and then to think how our so-called leaders gave the organiza tion away for a mess of pottage to the democratic party; and then in a short time got so patriotic that they wanted another paty to trade on, and caused the union labor party to be organized, which was traded to the democratic party before it .was really born, by .he same class of so-called leaders: and then again in 1891, these mould ers of public opinion succeeded in get ting together all branches and fac tions of the people at Cincinnati, O., s;nd organized ti.3 people's party on a basis that would have swept the coun try by .this time, had not the un worthy leaders attempted to give it to the same old democratic party. The worst enemy the reform party has had to deal with, has been the en emy within its own ranks men who came into the party for the express purpose of giving it over to the old monopolistic party for price at a time when the monopolies needed it worst. What we ne"ed is men for leaders that have not been hired by the old parties to come into our party to manage our business. The people are ripe for the reorganization of the people's party, but they are tired of leaders, such as W. J. Bryan, Jas. B. Wreaver, W. V. Allen, Marion Butler and several oth ers, who want to drag the organiza tion into the democratic party to get reform something that common sense should teach them could not be done, end something history teaches us never was and never will be done. J. R. NORMAN, Chairman State Committee People's Party of Iowa. Albia, la. THE COMING MAN Major Steagall Look Over th Situation and Believes William Randolph Hearst it a Winner ' Editor Independent: A Mr. Bliss of California put an article in the Arena, headed "United or Perish," in the year of 1500, that was full of wis dom. I wish the Arena would repub lish it. The object of Mr. Bliss was to show all patriots that democrats, populists and all other parties and factions must unite or see the republi cans carry the day. He labored to show them that the democrats had polled over six million votes in 1896 and that they at least ought to be con sulted in the selection of the candi date. He showed the folly of factions and factionalism, generally. Well, the factions refused to follow his advise and "they perished" and the country has well nigh perished al so although Hanna continues to howl "let well enough alone." But it is "well" with republican thieves only. Four years more of Hanna's rule and the country will not be worth f aving. Nine-tenths of its wealth will be in the hands of one-tenth of the people. Eight years more of Hanna's rule will laeve 95 per cent of the property of this great country in the hands of 5 per cent of the people, with perhaps not an honest man in the 5 per cent Yet with these facts staring us in the face, we have democrats, populists, mid-roaders, Debs men, socialists, gold democrats, silver democrats, single taxers, temperance men and whisky men! On a New York ballot I saw last fall, which, by the way. was as large as a country newspaper, as well as I remember, there were seven different kinds of democrats Tammany democrats, county demo crats, silver democrats, Greater New York democrats, gold democrats, so cial democrats, and Henry George dem ocrats, and God only knows how many other factions! If any two of these faction" had combined with the democratic party they could have swept the state. In fact, a combination of straight demo crats and temperance people did .elect Mr. Cunneen as attorney general of the state. Well, we will let all the factions alone. They, are a curse to the coun try. If the six million of men who voted for Bryan will unite on a man who is in sympathy with the masses we can get a few thousand votes from each of the factions and the day is ours. sure. For, bear in mind, these factions are held together by the in fluence of their leaders, who are the paid hirelings of Hanna. Many of the leaders are paid not lees than fifty thousand dollars per annum, I em sure, and here is where many millions ot the corruption funds go that are 'squeezed out of the trusts. No organization could use up thirty or forty millions in personal bribes in an election. . , There is a man in Florida, who Is today under several indictments, who was hired by the leaders of the repub lican party at a fixed salary to come to Georgia in 1891 to get into ths farmers' alliance and to use his in fiuence to lead the alliance out of the democratic party; but a leading paper, published the affidavits of several re- putable men that established the truth of the above statement, and ere the next issue of that paper went to press he had left for parts unknown. He turned up in Florida afterwards, and do doubt his salary was continued, for! he soon began to figure as a leaden of one of the factions that I have al luded to. He usually made it a point to introduce a resolution at the close of each convention of his faction to "vote 'er straight" if you ars the only man that does. But who is "the coming man?" He is the only man that has a ghost of a chance to poll enough votes from the factions to win. Why can he do this? Because ever man in every faction knows that he is a friend of the masses; that his great heart is in full sympathy with them; his purse is ever open to them; and that his three great papers have ever plead their cause, and have always hurled de fiance at those who rob and oppress them. At his name, the trusts shud der, and postoffice thieves tremble. la fact, his great papers are a terror to evil-doers generally. He will be the unanimous nominee of democracy and he will poll more votes from each and every faction, end from the republicans even, than can any other man living. In fact, he is the only man that has been named or even alluded to in connec tion with the next presidential elec tion by the opposition to the party in rower who really has any inherent strength, any personal popularity, any power with the great masses of the American people. And if the nomi nation of the candidate for president of the nation for the opposition next year Is left to a general primary. William Randolph Hearst will pHl more votes than any ten men in the nation can. A. H. STEAGALL. Do Land, Fla. Get An Education There is nothing so valuable to a young man or woman as a good busi ness education. I have a scholarship for sale at a bargain, good for a fullk course in one of the best business col leges in the country a splendid oo portunity to secure a good education at a' small expense. Address J. R Farris, 1452 O st, Lincoln, Neb. Do you intend to build? It will pay you to get prices from the F. W. Brown Lumber Co. on your lumben and planing mill work. Their stockj Is large and complete and your order can be filled in the shortest possible time. They are giving a big discount cn' lumber for a short time to reduce ihe stock. The publisher of The In dependent is well acquainted with Mr. Brown and advises subscribers and readers to take advantage of this op- jortunlty to buy lumber at real bar gain prices. Please mention The In dependent when writing. Passengers going to Colorado via Union Pacific can secure berths in Tourist SI eepers every day Apply to City Office, 1044 O street .