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JUNE 1G, 1903.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT RUSSELL CO, KANSAS Chairman Bappaathal Giro Interesting Aeeovmt of Political Conditions as Ha Views Them Editor Independent: Yours of June 8 duly received. I am still chairman of P. P. of Russell county, as I hav been for 7 or 8 years except for a few ; months. I am county attorney of this county, elected last fall on the fusion "ticket under democratic name. Our people's party secretary for county is F J Smith, who has been publisher of the Russell Reformer since Jan 1, 1897. He is now county clerk, elected same time and ticket that I was. I hav receivd and read your single tax, and other recent issues, and hav been much interested in the views presented. I do not yet see that the "reorganizing element wil control the next democratic national convention "and platform ,tho they may hav such ' influence as . to discourage completely "the populists, and all genuin reform ers now in the democratic party. Your idea of consultation wil do good. I agree that "political conditions next year wil demand " independent action o: our part or abandonment of the' reople's party organization." I also believe that the abandonment wil be !made. Indeed, I see but one useful purpose in keeping up an organiza tion, and that is, that we who think alike populist3 who ar successors of the anti-monopoly, greenback, union labor, etc., movements, may go in a body where our principles ar most ad vanced, and where we wil count most In promoting what we believe in. This county always has been re publican, and is likely to so continue, except that very rarely we elect a man or two on an opposing ticket Last fall we elected four, which was unprecedented in the county's history. This year there is no election of any kind, and there wil not hereafter be in odd years in Kansas. Last year we , fused with the democrats on a demo- - cratic candidate for congress in this Sixth district, and got beaten just as we did when we had two candidates dem. and pop. I had not thought that possible til it occurd. Our old time populists ar such stil, and ar likely so to remain, tho many who came from the republican ranks originally ar distrustful of the democ racy and its sincerity in reform move .ments, and by their very distrust, they aid the reorganizing democrats. I hav no idea what wil be done in district or state next year. But to me it appears that the dissolution of the people's party under that name is at hand indeed is already accomplisht. If th democrats next year take an honest advanced stand as reformers national ly, as well as state, etc., and put hon est representativ reform leaders on their tickets, the populists may as wel meet and resolve to disband and per manently join the reform democrats ?nd strive to make that party a radi cal reform party permanently and to keep it so, standing foremost for pub lic ownership vithout definit limits, ether than that money, transporta tion, mines, oil wells, public utilities of all kinds, etc., should one after an other, as rapidly as possible, be made public; or. it may be that instead of so joining the reform democrats, the pop ulists would do well to join the so cialists in a body, and. tone down the socialistic platforms to what advanced populists think best to stand for. at lb c present, time. '. '.' t . --- "L If the reorganizers get ful or large control of the democracy,, the only alternativ for the populists is to join the socialists.- In either case, the way to do wil be to hold conventions, and carefully consider and argue ths mat ter, and then vote to dissolve and be come democrats or socialists, as the one or other mode seems best calcu lated to secure speedily government ownership of money freed from all lanking intervention, public owner chip of all railroad and steamship lines, as well as telegrafs, telefones. electric lighting, gas, water, oil etc., mines, with lands, 'and others means of production and distribution to fol low just as fast as their acquisition for the public shall be feasible and shall seem advisable. This matter in its details is an un tried one, and we might find it wel to hav public ownership of one thing and Tiot of another, and the limit wil hav to be establisbt not by theories now tut by slow and painful experimenta tion in the years to come. Of course, we want more democratic government whatever be our political party status , in the future. There is the initiative, the referendum, the imperativ man date, preferential ballot, proportional representation, direct nomination by public primaries for all parties, direct election of all federal officers, as well as state, etc. these things we believe in as we believe in self-government. !We hav no reason to favor a tarlfi! per manently for any purpose, and should welcome all movements for taxation more nearly just than any so far in practice, I incline to think that the single tax on land vaiues would be a great and useful reform, out ws should certainly favor all possible opportun ities for experimentation to permit an actual test in the United States. We always opposed land-holding for spec ulation. Our continuous fusion In the past has ended our party existence. I hav stood by the fusion movement and supported it strongly, having full faith in Bryan, Williams, Altgeld, Johnson, and such men. But it seems that Cleveland's betrayal of the people in 1S93 as wel as many other obnoxious records of the democratic 'party in the rpast (which the people do not seem to forget as readily as they do repub lican dishonesty, duplicity, etc.,) is so ground into many reformers that it is impossible to allay suspicion that the democracy wil not be true to its trust if in power again. After a party has once disintegrated it is not wise to try to get it together again. The nation has the democratic party and the so cialist party, each well organised in almost every part. As between the two extremes of human society an archy and socialism the populists hav always been strongly socialistic and constantly tending away from an archy, and this spirit has grown stead ily since the populists first promul gated their views in the early '90s. One or . the other of these parties wil be the place for "all populists next year. If they must become of the so cialist party, they ar numerous enuf to write present needs into the platform, and not rely upon, glittering generali ties as to what may be advisable half a century hence. But if the demo crats remain in Chicago and Kansas City platform lines, making them more advanced to meet present needs, prob ably the majority wil prefer to use that name in attaining their ends. But principles wil be unchanged. J. C. RUPPENTHAL. Russell Kas. (Mr. RuppenthaFs advanced orthog raphy will delight the heart of Dr. C. F. Taylor, of the Medical Record, Philadelphia botH believe in spell ing reform as well as that of a po litical or economic character. -Mr. Ruppenthal's views' as to what pop ulists should do in . the future . are worthy of careful consideration, even if we may not agree with them, As sociate Editor.) Is It So? Editor Independent: ' When I read in The Independent of July 3 last year that editorial quoted by me in my let ter to The Independent of June 25, it seemed to me then, last year, as it does now, clear that by that editorial you threw away all the most effective ar guments available for the campaign then opening. , That was what made me feel so bad about it. But to avoid all appearance of distraction among us in, time of campaign I said nothing about it. This year I thought I would begin in good time and Jnforai you and tho party against that ' enormous error that the Omaha platform demand for more money circulation had been ac complished' by republican rule, and c specially, against that palpable error often repeated by you,' that'"" silver since the Omaha- platform adoption whs-bT?ing' 'coined" In greater amount.' than ever before known. I did prove most clearly that since the adoption of that platform silver had not ieen coined in near half as great amounts as before; that up to the time of your said editorial the highest point attained in per capita money circulation was only $2S.40 in stead of 50, and that all the increase or per capita money circulation in the ten years from the adoption of the Omaha platform to the time of your feaid editorial was only $3.96, which you said was 16 per cent What did you mean by that? There is no 16 per cent about it. All my showings were made In the most respectful manner, and I ex pected a respectful recognition for the very valuable evidences that I fur nished at my own expense. But, no. In your paper of June 25 I have no such recognition, but instead of it, nearly a column of denunciation as for ignorance without any proOi.' of it, but only to cover up your own long continued ignorance - that I . was un der necessity of laying open so bare. You explained what you meant by reaffirming the principles of the plat form. How vicious that is, to reaf firm the preamble and destroy the platform provisions necessary, to give life to the preamble and keep It from becoming a dead letter. You Fceak of money on deposit. You must mean that spurious substitu tion for money, bank chocks, whereby Farm Insurance. Fire, Lightning, Windstorms On Live Stock, Dwellings, Out Buildings C out ents. Farmers, and Hants Ins. Co., Lincoln, Nebr. L055ES PAID to patrons over three quarters of a MILLION. , Security to Policy Holders $354,175.54. No assessments. Assured assumes no liabilty. If there is no agent in your town write direct to the company. A PARADISE FOR CHILDREN. Go to Colorado this summer and take the youngsters with yon. It's the children's paradlse,the biggestand happiest pluyground In America. A month, there will give you and them a new grip on life. MM F. H. 1045 Phnge:Ea Jin the world. AH I ' Here 's sport for old and Not found elsewhere. Rates Less Than Half Hot Springs and return Dead wood and return Lead City and return m 1 ft: , un suie uany TV good for return Ginnis, Gen'l . street, Lincoln, a. H ? fAsk Agent " Northwastarn Uim." bankers draw interest not only on what is owing to them, but also on what they owe, and every dollar of vthlch in circulation is proof of the reed of that much more real money to take its place. All you say about the superiority of that spurious money for swiftness is error. . I have long thought that you and I belonged to one and the same party. But a close comparison of beliefs shows to the contrary. And if you are a fair exponent of a large majority of those calling themselves populists, as I believe you are, 1 have no standing ground with them, and think I will never again vote or take part in poli tics. MARVIN WARREN. Fairbury, Neb. (Mr. Warren certainly deserves the palm for distorting the language of ethers. Not a syllable was said ask ing "to reaffirm the preamble and de stroy the platform provisions neces sary to give life to the preamble and keep it from becoming a dead letter." The reforms demanded by the Omaha platform were inspired by a desire to make "a dead letter" of the conditions mentioned in the preamble and not to Hen them alive. The expressions of fundamental principles enunciated at Omaha are now and always will be true; but the statements In the pre amble, true enough In 1892, were not all strictly true In 1902 and we hope( Established In 1885. Easily reached and not at all expensive after yon pet there. Low rates -Jaily. June 1 to Seut. 30. Onlv 810.75 r for the round trip from Lincoln, lnlormation and lit erature on request. Barnes, C. P. A. O Street. Lincoln, Neb. young. - Fare. $15 50 g7 85 17 85 10 tnepi, iw, until October Agent, 1C24 O Jeb. the time will come when "hone of them will be true. Nothing was said in the' editorial about "money on deposit." Deposi tors generally have no "money on de posit" they have a - credit at the bank. Nothing was said which by any reasonable construction of language could be tortured into boasting "about the superiority of that spurious money for swlftuess." Nothing was saia about swiftness. What was said, and Mr. Warren cannot deny it, is that "bank deposits constitute a device to make each dollar of coin travel fas ter." They do not, obviate the nec essity of coin, because coin Is the only thing which can cancel tax levies and judgments. Mr. Warren can certainly have small room for complain against The Independent's treatment of hU article it was printed in full. The Independent is not responsible for Mr. Warren's inability to compute percentages there was a time when he knew well how to calculate at 18 per cent on chattel security. Isn't $3.98 about 16 per cent of $24.44? Ed. lnd.) If troubled with cancer write to Dr. T. O'Connor, whose ad. appears In Tho Independent. He is a specialist of r "jity and has cured many of the most virulent cases. Mention The Inde pendent " A f4