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JULY 7. 1904.
THE NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT pagj ii. Dr. Englehard Replies Editor Independent: In your issue of June 23, page 12, appears an ar ticle headed "A Successful Farmers' Co." As the article is not signed, I presume that you" assume editorial responsibility for it. Having been a reader of your paper for years and J:ncwing ycu personally, I am con vinced of your sincerity to place noth ing but facts before your readers, so far as you are able to ascertain them to be facts. In fact I have heard you state many times that you abhor a half tiuth much more than a lie, because you consider the former "more dangerous. As the large majority of your readers are farmers intensely interested in such economic questions, they should have the, truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on this ques tion; and not a mixture of facts and fiction, truth and sophistry. Therefore, I beg leave of yoiu to present through your paper to the readers of it, many of whom undoubt edly are stockholders of the Farmers' Co-operative Shipping association, the bare facts in the case and eliminate all sophistry and fiction. Having served as a member of the board of directors of the company for the past year, and having been recent ly elected its president, and being in possession of all the official records relating to the question at issue, I am in position to give your, readers the facts and nothing but the facts in the case. ' The business affairs of this com pany are in the hands of a board of nine directors who shape and dictate the policy of the concern, and not the president or general manager, as the writer of the article referred to wishes to imply. As I have been associated with these men for a year, I know absolute integrity, and extensive busi ness experience; men who have opin ions of their own, who do not need to borrow them, and firmness enough to see them executed when once ex pressed and put on record. As eight of them are farmers, they ought to know what policy the farmer stockholders wish to have pursued; and that the policy pursued by them during the last year was eminently satisfactory to an overwhelming ma jority of the stockholders, was clearly proven at the annual meeting at To peka, where it was approved by a ma jority of 8 to 1. ' . The assertion of the writer of the article referred to that "the other fac tion led by Mr. Hoffman favored stop page of organization work, being con tent to manage the business already in sight and in control of the associa tion," is purely gratuitous, as neither the board of directors nor Mr. Hoff man have ever made him their confi dant or told him what their future policy in this matter would be. The fact is, that the board and oth er officials of the company will keep right on organizing the farmers at all places where the business conditions warrant organization; but they are at the same time determined to cut off all lavish, extravagant and unnec essary expenses connected with this work, as it has been conducted in the past, and reduce it to an economic Business proposition. The writer of the article further on says, The election of the board of directors was in some respects a drawn battle, for while Mr. Hoffman's friends arc in the majority and con trol the association for the coming year, Mr. Hoffman was left off the board; while Mr. Butler was elected to the board by the largest vote giv en to any of the nine directors.' Now, the writer of that article was present during all the meeting at lo peka, so cannot claim ignorance of the facts as they were; but he wit fully misrepresent some of the facts audi entirely omits others that did not suit his purpose, with the distinct ob- CATAKIUI CANNOT III: CURED with local applications, as they can not reach the sat or tne disease. Catarrh ts ft blood or constitutional disease, and In order to cure it yon must lake Internal remedies. Hall' Catarrh Cure 1 taken Internally, ami act directly ou in uioou ana mucous surfaces. Hall Catarrh Cure Is not m. nuark medicine. It was prescribed Vy on of the tent physician In tbh country for years, ana n a regular prescription. It U composed of th tst known tonics known, combine! Uh ht best Hood purifiers, acting dlrtctly cn He mucous surfaces. Tht perfect combination or in two in rMiioftt la what rroducea such won 3erful results In curing Catarrh. Fend tor iMtlmonl&ls rri-e. y, J. CHUNKY CO.. Tropn., Toledo, O, fU!t by dniggUt. prlc 75c. Hall's Family Tills art the biiL ject to deceive and mislead those who were not present at Topeka. Mr. Hoffman could have been elected a member of the board had he so de sired, but he, as well as a majority of the stockholders, desired a board com posed exclusively of farmers. The statement that Mr. Butler was elected to the board by the largest majority of any director is true; but the sophistical writer resorts to a lawyer's trick and fails to state how this was brought about. Under the corporation laws of Kansas, every stockholder has the right to vote his share or shares of stock cumulative as. -many times for one person as the numbers of directors to be elected. As there were nine directors to be elected, he could vote each share of stock nine times for the same person, while all the rest of the stockholders voted their stock for nine different persons. The writer of the article referred to was employed as organizer and while so employed and paid for by the com pany, gathered a number of proxies which he voted nine times for Mr, Butler and so made the election of Mr. Butler possible; had he voted those proxies for all nine directors, the re sult would have been very different. The writer -further -says: "This will mean that the rapid growth of the association near Lincoln during the past few months will be stopped. This will be somewhat discouraging to the Nebraska farmers." This, is another gratuitous assumption on the part of the writer. The interest "of the farmers in the neighborhood of Lincoln or any other part of Nebras ka will be scrupulously taken care of, if they desire to join our company. Nor shall they be lacking in our earnest solicitations to join us, nor in bur best endeavors to assist them in doing so. We cordially Invite all- farmers in-Nebraska to join us and we faithfully promise them that' we will use our best efforts to help them and honestly take care of their in terests. . The Farmers' Co-operative Shipping association has no antagonism toward independent or 'other farmers' asso ciations; has only the kindliest feel ings and best wishes for them. Our company is endeavoring to build up a solid business organiza tion; it has neither time nor inclin ation to play opera bouffe. 'We have no quarrel with any one, except those who wilfully and maliciously misrep resent it. F. ENGLEHARD. President Farmers' Co-operative Shipping Ass'n. Rising City, Neb. . (The Independent gladly accords space to Dr. Englehard to correct any errors which may have been in the article referred to by him. Substan tially all of that article was written by Mr. Vincent of Omaha, as Dr. En glehard intimates, and by request of the Independent in, order to obviate the necessity of guessing how much was true and how much was false in the Associated press reports of the Topeka meeting. It now appears that The Indepen dent might better have guessed. And, as a matter of judgment, it seems that perhaps the Associated press-reports of the cat and dog time at To peka were not grossly exaggerated. The Independent cannot undertake to maintain a permanent arena for warring co-operators: but feels that Dr. Englehard is justly entitled to tell his side of the fctury. But the matter must stop there, as far as The Inde pendent is concerned. It is willing to give freely of its space to assist In any forward movement in co-operation; but it is not and will not be the organ of any particular faction. The Independent has faith In co operation. It believes co-operative elevators and Mock shipping associa tions are good things, not only as re gards Immediate results in a pecuniary way. but also In teaching men how far co-operation can be carried success fully. But The Independent's prime mission is to teach but one phase of co-opcratlon ami that Is Co-operative Voting. So while It views favorably every otbr honest, earnest attempt to bet ter the condition of the wealth-producers hv voluntary co-operation. It, nevertheless, must not lore sIkM of the objnt it strives to attain. And while it stands ready to Rite public ity to news of the movement. u far as pertains to orfanlnatlon and bu. nes done, It cannot take sides In any quarrtl Ahm Ut lHtor.) Facts For Populists, Can populM principles l proven? 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