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ilARCU 20, 1905.
I'AOB 15 Ufa Nebraska Indopondont Charitable Institutions You can scarcely attend any public gathering, but what some preacher or speaker will refer to some "charitable Institution," and If they are not mak ing plea for money to support, some charitable institution with, they are sounding the praises of some "skin flint," who has donated from ten thou sand dollars to one hundred thousand dollars in support of such institution, every dollar of which has been stolen from the identical ones who are forced to seek these institutions when old age "overtakes them. Our public officials and our whining preachers are always putting up a piti ful mouth, and begging for donations for this, or that "charitable institution," fwhen such institutions should be the exception and not the rule, as such in stitutions in a land of plenty like this, should only be necessary when sick ness or "bad luck," such as the human family can not control, overtakes man or woman, but the alms houses of this country, are of our own building, as we permit a few "captains, of finance" to lape and ravish American manhood during her days of usefulness, and only permit honest toil to earn enough to keep soul and body together, while serving these "captains of finance," and when old age comes on, they are compelled to seek a shelter, supported by public donations, as they have sold their labor during their useful days, at a price which only permitted them to wind up each-year as they began it without a dollar laid by, for that "rainy day" that' always must come. Millions and millions are spent each year to feed and clothe the poor, who this gang of human hyenas, who do nate to support these public institu tions. Would it nqt be better to protect the poor in the days of their usefulness, by giving them livingwages, than to work them like beasts of burden and ruin their health, and then insult them by feeding them out of "charity's crib," when their days of usefulness are over? ; Ninety-five per cent of the poverty, i woe and misery in this country , is caused by the oppression of the poor by the wealthy, as in the days of man's usefulnesswhen he can labor and toil, he is not permitted to reap the bene fits of his ' labor, and is ; only paid a paltry sum for his services, and at the close of a useful, industrious and fru . gal life, he and his old mate are com pelled to go "over the hill to the poor , house," to spend the ; remainder of their days, or if not to some city, county or state poor house; they will enter some alms house, built and sup ported by the identical set of hellians, who paralyzed their energies during their useful days, by paying them star vation wages.; ''. Ah! it must be humiliating indeed for that old father and mother who have toiled day in and out, and year in and year out, to make an honest living, and who have labored earnestly and conscientiously for some human . hog, who would not pay sufficient wages to permit this old pair to lay up a few pennies for the time when nature will blow her cold breath upon this totter ing old pairwhose manhood and wom anhood has been worn out by that daily grind of drudge and toil, which sooner or later wears out the machin . ery of the human race,tjto be compelled to spend their last days in an 'alms house." . .. ' . Such men as Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan, Rogers, Gates and many oth ers that we, could mention, who do not deserve to be called men, will bribe public servants to help ' them steal franchises, - which qould be leased by cities, counties and states, which would lessen the tax -rate and therebv add a few thousand dollars to the coffers of the poor; tmt these human devils will spend tens of thousands of dollars to come into possession of franchises, by .buying public officials, and then, in or der" to force the public to sing their praises, they will make fabulous dona tions to charitable institutions, where your father and mine, and your mother and mine, must wend their way; When the sleet? of old age rattles - against their windows. . Ah! it is a disgrace upon American manhood, and a shame upon American womanhood, but the system' which makes such things possible could be changed b r the ballots of men who suf fer from the system, but this state of affairs will exist until the , voter arouses from his idiotic lethargy and votes for the Interest of himself and family, and whenever he does that, he wm mane ; mese . cnaruaDie institu tions," which , disgrace this country, the exception and not the rule. : Our millionaires ravish the strong arm of labor, and paralyze the ambi tion of man In his usefulness, and then insult our fathers and mothers in their old age by leading them to some alms house, which has been built by the money which was stolen from them! when they were able to tarn wages, when, had the money which fills the coffers of the Rockefellers, the Mor gans, the Phipps', the Carnegies, and the Fricks been justly divided among employer and employe, happy homes would be sheltering those old worn-out toilers, instead of them being humiliat ed by being fed from charity's hand. - There is nothing tht freezes our blood quicker, than to hear some prat tling, prating preacher sing the praises of some devil who has donated thou sands of dollars to some charitable in stitution, for it is just as plain as the nose on your face, that if the wages paid to those who toiled for that man who is able to make such fabulous do nations, had been just and equitable, he would not have been able to have made these fabulous donations, and then neither would it have been neces sary, as just wages would have per-i mitted that employer to have made an honest per cent on his money, and at the same time permitted the toiler to have made a just per cent on his labor, thereby rendering these numerous "charitable institutions" useless. - Whenever we' hear some puny, pusil lanimous, puckered-up mortal shouting the praises of some human hog who has donated thousands of dollars to some charitable institution, we at once hate the slimy cuss, for it Is prima facie evidence, that he is either a fool, or has been bribed to sound the praises of these "hellgamites," and in either case, the evidence is strong enough to make a man who loves jus tice and equity despise the prating fool who will sound the praises of a gang of men, who have done more to de stroy the hopes of labor, than any other class of men that ever lived or died. We make the assertion, that in the majority of cases, 'charitable institu tions" are a disgrace to any nation, for a just and an intelligent God will not populate a country with his own children, and permit them to suffer or live from the hand of public charity, as a just and intelligent God, and one who feeds the sparrow, has undoubted ly provided raiment, meat and drink for his children during their natural lives, and were it not for this tribe of wealthy villains, who confiscate the products of labor, labor would never be forced to lick the hand of charity. Shame, Shame, Shame, upon a land such as ours, and then boast of her charitable institutionsrather should we be ashamed of such institutions, and hang our heads in shame when we pass the doors of these institutions, which have been built by the money stolen from labor's coffers and erected for the sole purpose of covering labor's head when It has been worn out by the eternal grind of the mills run by the Gods of despair, and the vultures of avarice. National Rip Saw. That congress will "inYeslteftte." Tho oil gang plunders left and right And grabs at everything in sight; . Your lamp and gas Jet, night and day, Perforce to thera a tribute pay. Good bouIs, let this console your fate Our congress will "investigate." The railroads lord it o'er the land. And break the laws with daring hand. With rebates, watered stock, and all Chicaneries both great and small; They rob us both in fares and freight, But congress will "investigate." A thousand trusts, or less, or more, With schemes of graft and grab galore, Tax us. and plunder us. for fair; On all we eat, or drink, or wear; And our sole comfort, let me state, Is congress will "investigate." Investigate! Investigate! . Tis thus the , big wigs save the state! While millions sink in want and woe, While bloated fortunes huger grow, While crimes increase and virtues fail, And perils vast our hopes assail. And smouldering 'neath the surfaco lie The fires of strife and anarchy, The congress sits in solemn state, Serene, sedate, deliberate, (Cigar smoke curling round each pate) And says it will "investigate"! t - Investigate! Investigate! Investigate! Investigate! It swears it will "investigate!" F. E. TOWER. Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ' Cr (j D (Hffii) i 0000 MI vAL. )) 111 INVESTIGATE! INVESTIGATE! That Is the Remedy of Trusts for" ail the Ills That Flesh Is Heir To I am one of the bed-rock populists of '92 and stand squarely upon the Omaha platform, which I believe is as good a platform for a union reform party as can be put forth today. I am a constant reader of The In dependent and admire its unflinching advocacy of the truth, no matter what clique may be antagonized, and yet it is ' so confident in the power of truth as to open, its columns to arguments from all sides a thing which few, if any, other" papers "have the sand to do." I have many things that I would like to say through its columns, but I content myself now with, the follow ing versified screed, ' which may make a point and if you think so print it. A 'wondrous wit in congress dwells,' And wisdom vast-its thought impels; In every , exigency, dire - r It knows just what the times require, And does it too! With mind elate It fails not to "investigate!" ' ' ?. .. . . -. The plutocrats vith finance high Pile up their shekels to the sky, ' While shivering lambs of fleece bereft Stand bleating loud to right and left; But what qf that, when, past debate, The 'congress will "investigate?" Monopolists with ruthless hand Seize all the business of the land, While millions ground beneath their . , heel,;;- ;-.;;t The pangs, of want and hunger feel; No matter; bear your evil fate. For congress; will "investigate!" "Captains of industry" galore Wring millions from the helpless poor, By toil half paid, if paid at all; But let not this your , souls appal Ye starving Proletariate! For congress will "investigate!" The beef trust, busted once or twice, Gives beef each time another rise, And robs you neatly In a trice,, If you buy ribs or buy-a slice; No matter! Thank God o'er your plate The difference between the prices in Nebraska where the state is railroad ridden and in Kansas where the legis lators have some backbone and man hood is given, as follows: ' Nebraska. Kansas. Wheat -.....$0.87 $0.89 Oats 25 32 Barley 31 36 Rye . 55 r,. 65 Potatoes 26 ... 56 The difference is the difference in freight rates in the two states. Kansas saves millions each year to the farm ers Nebraska has failed to elect men to the legislature who would have done their duty to the farmers who are the real wealth producers. Holt Coun ty Independent. 1 1 " r While congress and the general pub lic have been consuming a lot of time talking about government ownership of railroads, but doing nothing to bring about such a state of affairs , In this country, the railroads have,, been strengthening their grip on , the gov ernment by filling the United States senate with their hirelings,' who will strangle any legislation looking to the curtailing of their power. Ten United States senators, who are railroad at torneys, took the oath of office on March 4, and at their head was Chaun cey M. Depew, the Vanderbilt mouth piece. The Midland Journal. ; , Good Location for Populist Paper We can give any good populist who Is interested, the name of a location where a small local populist paper will be given, by one firm, at least $100 worth of advertising and $200 worth of job work per year. The Independent. If your wife objects to your sub scribing for The Independent, take her in on the deal by including an or :r for the Woman's Home Companion at the cl"bbing rate of 1.50 for the two. It will satisfy her and no further ob jections will be heard. Fast train service to Chicago, over the double-track railway from the Missouri River to Chicago, connecting at that point with all lines for all points East. The 'Best of Everything. Modern train equipment and every appliance to insure the safety and comfort of patrons. TlokeU and fall Information on application to R. W. McGinnis, Gen'l Agt. 1024 O St. Lincoln, Neb. Chicago ft Horth-Wastern Railway. W4S " Protected by Block Signals The first railway in; Amer ica to adopt the absolute Block System in the operation of all trains was the Chicago, Milwaukee! St. Paul Railway. It today has more miles of road operated under block sig nal rule than any other railway company. The St. Paul Road was the first railway to light its trains by electricity, and it now has more than three trains from Union Station, Omaha, to Union Station Chicago every day. . For Time Table special rate write, F. A. NASH, General Western Agent, 1524 Farnam Street, OMAHA. There is big money in oil wells.' The Bueno-Ventura Oil and Gas Co. are offering ann excellent opportunity , for small investors to share equitably in the big profits. Read the offer on an other page in this issue. -"'' Northern Pacific Yellowstone Park Line 4 Irrigation is Crop r r. insurance Why No failure of yield on irrigated lands can't be. not live where crops and profits are SURE? Numerous opportunities to secure a farm and home 'in the Yakima Valley, on wonderfully productive farms in Montana, the Palouse and Clearwater Val , leys all irrigated, all rich in the returns to the farmer. Go Now Rates are exceptionally Low over the Northern Pa c 1 f i c R a ilwa y Ask C. W. Mott, General Emigration Agent, St. Paul, for special data " J and printed matter, series O 358. Kates and Information from E. ' D, Rockwell, Pist. Pass, Agent, 318 Citizen liank Bldg., Des Moines, Iowa, ' " or write direct to A. M. Cleland, Gen'l Pass. Agent, N. P. By., St. Paul, 3a I