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SEPTEMBER 17. 1S03.
THE HEBHASKA IDEFEHDEUT WHAT COLORADO GOT The turning over of Colorado to the republican party was accomplished by a long planned plot to destroy the people's Tisjrt Is that state. -; The state debt, as in Nebraska since the repub tct.ns regained control, has been enor mously increased and in addition to rthat, an almost complete autocracy has been established at the state house. The governor has sent troops into the field, not upon the request of the local authorities, as provided in the consti tution, but against their protestations? These troops are as much mercenary Hessians as those sent over by King George, for they are paid and sub sisted by the great corporations and not by the state, that being the con dition upon which they were sent. These troops once In the field, the commanding general began to arrest citizens, and imprison them, among whom was one' county commissioner. When the courts issued writs of hab eas corpus, this general defied thr courts and refused to turn over the Dcaies or tne persons named in the writ The citizens around Cripple Creek, Colo., live and go about their daily avocations only by the permis eion of a military upstart, who makes prisoners of them and tears them away from their wives and children in the dead hours of the night, if the whlnr takes him. A government of the ptople in a large district uas been overthrown and instead of i; a govern ment of a military upstart has been established in its place.. . When the officers of the courts went to this military satrap with writs for execution, they were defied by mili tary power and the courts were over- vuiunu. Aims outue vi auairs nas come about by confederation of the leader? Cf the republican and democratic par ties as shown in the cartoon on thi3 page, which confederation was made possible by the almost complete de Btruction of the people's party. This overthrow of free go ernment. this establishment of military power against the protests of the people which twenty years ago would have produced a profound sensation in ev ery state of the union, passes almost unnoticed. Why? Because the pluto- cretic press of tLe country maintains atsolute silence upon the subject and keeps the people amused with illus trated articles concerning the doings 01 the millionaires and long reports of crimes and scandals in high life. The Independent will be the only p per outside of Coloraoo that will give any Intelligent r count of the matter fseDraska adjoins Colorado. How many people in this state will know anything about the state of affairs among their neighbors, though the houses on the farms are flooded with newspapers to such an extent that not half of them can be read? How can good government ever be maintained in this country with such a state of ignorance among the people concern ing current events? The condition in Colorado is as com piete a demonstration of the necessity f cr the preservation' and integrity of the people's party as could be -made. What has happened there will happen in every state where the party is de stroyed. There is practically no, dif ference between the democratic and republican parti ' today in those states Where there have never been enough pppulists to be a threat to plutocracy. Look at New York and Massachusetts. In both states thero are as true.Jef fersonian democrats as ever enrolled vi einstsives m me people s party, but they are utterly " helpless.' Look at Iowa. As soon as the leaders of the people's party were induced - to affil iate with the democrats, the whole or ganization went over to Hill and Cleve land in spite of all they and . the Jef fersonian democrats could do. The lesson .to be learned from all this is that the people's party must be maintained and - some wav must, be found to get the populist papers that print the news into the homes of the pcopie. . Reproduced from the Denver News (Senator Patterson's paper), of September 11, 1903. THE DENVER NEWS CARTOON Senator Tom Patterson was the chairman of the Sioux Falls national convention of the people's party. Af terwards he was elected United States senator through the co-operation of tLe populists and democrats of the state of Colorado and soon after that aanounced himself a democrat. When the people's party had a strong or ganization in Colorado the state was ccrried by immense majoritiesWhen the effort to destroy the people's party in that state had succeeded to such an extent that populism was no longer considered by plutocracy as a power to be reckoned with, the republicans captured the state and the result is what is pictured in the above cartoon, token from Senator Patterson's own paper, the Denver News, of September li. As soon as it was thought that the people's party was destroyed, there was; nothing to hold democratic corporation leaders in check and they immediately revived the old alliance with the same class of men in the republican party and all possibility of legislation in the interest of the peo- rle has "gone glimmering." While the republican party was out of power in Colorado, because of the strong and active people's" party in the state, much good legislation was secured, in cluding some constitutional amend ments, one of which ordered the leg islature to enact an eight-hour day for workers in deep mines and health de stroying concentration and smelter works. Although the legislature, vhich was elected at the same time the republicans captured the state offices, was democratic, It defied this mandate of the people and refused to pass such a law. This has produced such dis satisfaction that the republican gov ernor has kept the state militia in the field most of the time and several districts in the state have verged well nigh on anarchy. Had the people's party maintained a strong organiza tion in. Colorado the corporation tool? in the democratic party would have been held In check, there would have bten an eight-hour day in employ ments destructive of health,: there would have been no soldiers scattered ... over the state to maintain order, peace and happiness would have reigned over the plains and in the 'mountain valleys and the conditions represented in the above cartoon could not have existed. Tens of thousands of democrats Iff Colorado deplore the conditions there just as much as populists do, but they are utterly helpless. The leadership of the party has been captured by thq corporations and the machinery of the party has been, and will be continued to be used in the interests of the trusts and corporations. Every pa triotic man in the state should now be able to understand that what Colo rado, and every other state, needs is a strong and active third party which will prevent collusion and combines between the leaders of the two old parties. That is what the members of the Denver conference had in view. Many of the best men in the demo cratic party in several states cf ths union have declared to the editor of The Independent that the action taken at Denver was wise and patriotic and had their full approval. A strong, well-organized people's party is what every believer in the principles of the Kansas City platform should welcome as his most efficient aid in good government. & & BETTER GET OUT 4 ' The corruption that results from the private ownership of public utili- ties has a fair exemplification in Den ver. A charter for the city Is about to be voted upon and the public ser vice corporations have been spending immense sums of money to defeat it because ft provides a way for public ownership. A registration of the vot ers, and especially in' that part of the city given over to thugs, gamblers and prostitutes, has been Increased from 30C to 600 per cent over any heretofore made. In three wards the registration ! far txceeds the number of Inhabitants. The regular organization of. both the democratic and republican parties have been engaged ' in this criminal wcrk. As the democratic party In that state by falsehood and fraud has succeeded In destroying the people's party, there is now no political or ganization -in the state to fight this corruption. Wherever the people's party has been wrecked, or is in such a condition as not to be able to make a fight, the two old parties have acted exactly in the same way they have in Denver. As soon "as the leaders of the people's party in Iowa and Colorado were induced to "fuse" with the demo crats, that is, abandon their own or ganization, the democratic party went back as the sow to its wallow. The organization of the two old parties Is such that it is impossible, when the leaders determine to do such things, for the tens of thousands of men in them who abhor such proceedings to present it The responsibility Is on the men who control. But the dis gruned partisan who continues to 'vote 'er straight," notwithstanding the criminal action of leaders, Is not without blame. He would better get out and fc'ng, - "Good-bye, old r party, geod-bye," and have a clear con science and a good government.