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M**1 A SCOTT. V.-PwMent. THE J. S. REGAN Cuhwr. :itizens bank Facilities for any busi ness in the line of bank ING. We solicit your pat ronage and guaran tee polite and cour teous treatment. : rESCOTT - - ARKANSAS. HE OMAHA PLATFORM (iopted by the First National Conven tion of the People’s Party at Onuha, July 4, 1802. PREAMBLE. Assembled upon the one hun red and sixteenth anniversary f the Declaration of Independ-, nee. the People’s Party of Amer-; a in their first national conven or invoking upon their actions ie blessing of Almighty God, uts forth in the name and in be alf of the people of the country ie following preamble and de aration of principles: The conditions which surround s best justify our co-operation; emeet in the midst of a nation rought to the verge of moral, olitical and material ruin. Cor iption dominates the ballot-box, ie legislatures, the Congress j id touches even the ermine on J ie bench. The people are de-j loralized; most of the States ave been compelled to isolate ie voters at the poling places to revent universel intimidation or ribery. The newspapers are' irgely subsidized or muzzled, ublic opinion silenced, business rostrated, our homes covered ith mortgages’ labor impover ified and the land concentrating ithe hands of the capitalists, he urban workmen are denied le right of organization forself rotection: imported pauperized bor beats down their wages; a ireling army, unrecognized by ur laws, is established to shoot lem down, and they are rapidly egenerating into European con itions. The fruits of the toil of iillions are boldly stolen to build pcolossal fortunes fora few, nprecedented in the history of mankind, and the possessors of hese in turn despise the Repub c and endanger liberty. From he same prolific womb of govern mental injustice we breed the »To great classes—tramps and millionaires. The national power to create noney is appropriated to enrich ©ndholders:a vast public debt, ayable in legal tender currency, j as been funded into gold-bear Hg bonds, thereby addin# mill Hns to the burdens of the people, •liver, which has been accepted scoin over since the dawn of lstory, has been demonetized to dd to the purchasing power of | °ld, by decreasing1 the value of, 11 forms of property as well as uman labor, and the supply of urrenev is purposely abridged P fatten usurers, bankrupt en terprise and enslave industry. A t fast conrpiracy against mankind las been organized on two con sents, and it is rapidly taking Possession of the world. If not netand overthrown at once it i orebodes terrible social convul lons, the destruction of civili- > stion, or the establishment of n absolute despotism. We have ntnessed tor more than a quar -r of a century the struggle of e tvv° great political parties for fnvei- and plunder, while griev ‘i8 Wr°ngs have been inflicted P°n flK‘ suffering people. We la|ge that the controlling influ- i 1Ces dominating both these par-'] es kwe permitted the existing road t ul conditions to develop dhout serious effort to prevent restrain them. i Neither do they now promise 1 5 any substantial reform. They a\ e agreed together to ignore I in the coming campaign, every issue but one. They propose to drown the outcries of a plunder ed people with the uproar of a sham battle over the tariff, so that capitalists, corporations, na tional banks, trusts, watered stock, the demonetization of sil ver and the usurers may all be lost sight of. They propose to sacrifice our homes, lives and chil dren on the altar of mammon, to destroy the multitude in order to secure corruption funds from the millionaires. Assembled on the anniversary of the birthday of the nation and filled with the spirit of the grand general chief, who established our independence we seek to restore the govern ment of the Republic to the hands ot ‘the plain people” with whose class it originated. We assert our purposes to be identical with the purposes of the national Con stitution, to form a more perfect union and establish justice, in sure domestic tronquility, pro viue lor tne common detense promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. We declare that this’ republic can only endure as a free govern ment while built upon the love of the whole people for each other and for the nation, that it can not be pinned together by bay onets, that the civil war is over and that every passion and re sentmen which grew out of it must die with it, and that we must be in tact, as we are in name one united brotherhood. Our country finds itself confronted by conditions for which there is no precedent in the history of the world. Our annual agricultural productions amount to billions of dollars in value which mus"t in a few we^ks or months be ex changed for billions of dollars of eommodiiies consumed in their production; the existing curren cy supply is wholly inadequate to make this exchange. The re sults are falling price, the form ation of combines and rings, the impoverishment of the producing class. We pledge ourselves that if given power we will labor to correct these evils by wise and reasonable legislation in accord ance with the terms of our plat form. We believe that the powers of government in other words, of the people—should be expanded (as in the case of th ■ postal ser vice) as rapidly and as far as good sense of an intelligent peo ple and the teachings of exper ience shall justify, to the end that oppresion, injustice and pov erty shall eventually cease in the land. While our sympathies as a par ty of reform are naturally upon the side of every proposition which will tend to make men in telligent. virtuous and temperate we nevertheless regard these questions—important as they are as secondary to the great is sues now pressing for solution, and upon which not only our in dustrial prosperity, but the very existence of free institutibns de pends, and we ask all men to lirst help us to determine whether we are to have a Republic to ad minister, before we differ as to the conditions upon which it is to be administered, believing that the forces of reform this day or ganized will never cease to move forward until every wrong is righted and equal rights and priv ileges established for all the men md women of this country; we declare therefore First. That the union of the abor forces of the United States his day consummated shall be jermanent and perpetual; may ts spirit enter into all hearts for he salvation of the Republic and he uplifting of mankind. Second. Wealth belongs to iim who creates it and every Pol ar take 1 from industry without in equivalent is roub- ry. “II iny man will not work neither shall he eat.” The interest of •ural and civic labor are the same; heir enemies are identical. Third. We believe that the ime has come when the railroad ! corporations will either own the people or the people must own the railroads, andshould the gov ernment enter upon the work of owning and managing all rail roads, we should favor an amend ment to the Constitution by hich all persons engaged in the Government service shall be placed under civil service regu ! lation of the most rigid character, I so fis to prevent the increase of j power of national administration | by the use of' such Government I emplopes. PLATFORM. We demand a national currency safe, sound and flexible, issueds i by the General Government only, j a full legal tender for all debts, public and private and without ! the use o^ banking corporations, ja just, equitable and efficient 1 means of distribution direct to the people at a tax not to exceed 2 per cent per annum, to be pro j vided as set forth in the subtreas | ury plan of the farmer’s alliance | or a better system; also by pay I ments in discharge of its obliga tions for public improvements. We demand that the amount! | of circulating medium be speedly j increased to not less than$50.perj capita. We demand a graduate.! in come txa. We believe that the money of the country should be kept, as much as possible, in the hands of the people, and hence we demand that all State and National reve-j nucs shall be limited to the nee-' essary expenses of the' Govern ment, economically and honestly work. After a long time Myers told Smith that times were gett ing hard, and he would have to drop his wages a little, but that he would still give $1 for his family, daily, and credit him with $2 on the heuse. He had now paid $500. There was $2,000 left to pay, which, at $2 per day, Smith could pay in one thousand days. Still Smith kept at work. After a while Myers again cut his wages to $2.50 per day. Smith had paid another $500, and there was only $1,500 left to pay, which, after Smith had received $1 for his famiiy and got credit for $1.50 on his house, would enable him to pay it all in one thousand days. That killed Smith. ___ His wife, having a little curi osity, went to a spirit medium to find out what had become of her husband. The medium rang up the long distance telephone and asked: “Is this heaven?‘’ “Yes, ” was the answer. ’‘Is Smith there?” “Yes,” came the ans wer. “What’s he doing?” “He’s singing.” Here Mrs. Smith de clared it was not her Smith, for her Smith could not sing. But the angel said that people who could not sing a note on earth could sing beautifully in heaven. Still she was not satisfied, and asked: “What is he singing?’' and the answer came: “He is singing: When we’vi been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to work for Mey ers Than when we lirst begun. -Ex. ^8 enter of Town enter of Business ^ enter of Attraction Dry Goods, Groceries, Feed Stuff of a!! kinds, Coffins, Caskets, Hardware and Fur niture, Mil! Supplies. Com stock Castle Stoves and Ranges. They are Guan teed. : :::::: Prescott Supply & Hardware Co administered. Transportation being a means of exchange and a public nec essity. the Government should own and operate the railroads in the interests of the people. The telegraph and telephone, like the postofhce system, being a necessity for the transmission of news, should be owned and operated by the government in the interest of the people. The land, including all the nat ural scources of wealth, is the heritage of the people, and should not be monopolized for specula tive purposes,and alien owner ship of land should be prohibited. All land now held by railroads and other corporations in excess of their actual needs and alljlandsi owned by aliens should be re claimed by the Government and held for actual settlers only. A GOOD* STORY. Smith was a poor man, who worked for Myers, a rich man, and he also rented and occupied one of Myers’ houses. One day Myers asked Smith why he did not buy himself a house. Smith he was not able. Myers said, “You can buy the one you now occupy for $2,500. J will give you $3.50 per day; you can sup port your family on $1 and 1 will credit you $2.50 on the house; that will enable you to pay for it in one thousand days.’’ Smith agreed and went to THE COMING CONTEST. Bryan’s published statements, made in London, to the effect that he is more radical than he was in 18% and private letters received from him in which he stated that if the Belmont-Ryan crowd showed up at the recep tior. in New York, he would not stop there but take the first train west, has got the gang of gold Democrats who proclaimed him as their candidate into a pretty muddle. For several days they have been as silent as the tomb. No one ever belived, when the old goldbugs made their flaming announcements, declaring Bryan as their “conservative” candid ate for the presidency, that they intended to support him. What were after was to kill Hearst, and when they got rid of Hearst, they could nominate another Palmer and Buckner ticket to' catch the gudgeons and then vote thy Republican ticket them selves as they did before. The t»*uth is that the “money power” can never be overthrown until the masses get together. The first step in that direction has already been taken. There are three men in the United States whom the people can trust, because their records have already been written in such large letters that all the people can read them. These three men have been leaders in the Popu-j list, Democratic and Republican parties and have the confidence of the reform voters in all those parties. Whatever mistakes these men have made in the past—and some of them have been very serious ones—it can not be de nied that each of them is wiser than he was ten years ago and takes again. If the 12,000,00(1 voters in the United States were not likely to make the same mis asked to write the names of these three men, more than one-hall of them would instantly write Watson, LaFollette and Bryan. The people have had enough ol corporation-controlled conven tions and machine politics. Al! they need to wipe the infamies of corporation rule from the face of the earth is for some man tc develop a skill in organization that will bring the voters whe really want reform into a co herent mass, where every vote will count for the overthrow of plutocracy. It will take every reform vote in all parties to do it and it even then will be such a light as the world never saw be fore. The power of money! Who can conceive it? Think of free trans portation within the States something that Congress can not regulate! Think of paid speak ers in every school district! Think of tons of mail matter franked all over the country! Think of a plutocratic press send ing out hundreds of millions of copies of falsehooods! Think of the ignorance of the mass of people of all economic subjects and the facility with which they can be deceived and controlled! Think of all this on one side of the Controversy, with no money and only the desire to give the Republic good government on the other! What a contest that will be: is mere any possible hope of success? None at all unless every vote is made to count for the purpose. None at all unless these men can bring their followers into one fold where men will stand shoulder to shoulder and fight to a finish. Can such a thing be accom plished? Will some Napoleon of organization arise and make an army out of these scattered co horts, whose fire will be concen trated on the enemy and not on each other? National Chairman Ferriss says: “If a general re-alignment of parties is at hand, and the honest people with their faces toward the sun propose to push together, the Populists will be with them.” The Washington Post says; “The recent assembly of popu lists at St Louis insisted that such eminent gentlemen as Theo •lore Roosevelt, Robert M. La Follette, Thomas W. Lawson, W. J.gRryan, Joseph W. Folk. Wil liam R. Hearst and others are ex ponents of old time populist principles.” If that is so, why can’t they all vote the same ticket? A BOY’S REASON FOR TOTAL ABSTINENCE “I abstain from alcoholic drinks because, if I would excel as a golfer, Gray says ‘abstain’; a> a walker, Weston says ‘ab stain:’as an oarsman, Hanlon says ‘abstain’; as a swimmer, Webb says ‘abstain’; as an orator, Bright says ‘abstain’; as a mis sionary, Livingstone says ‘ab stain’; as a doctor, Richardson says ‘abstain’; as a preacher, Farrar says ‘abstain.’ Asylums, prisons and work-houses repeat the cry, abstain!’ ” Selected. “Make H«y While the Sun Shines.” There is a lesson in the work of the thrifty farmer. He knows that the bright sunshine may last but a day and h»' prepares for the showers which are so liable to follow. So it should be with every household. Dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera morbus may attack some member of the home without warning. Chamberlain’s Colic Cholera and dia rrhoea Remedy, which is the best known medicine for these diseases, should be kept at hand, as immediate treatment is neccessary and delay may prove fa tal. For sale by Baker Drug Store wholesale and retail. OF EACH MO .' Lt;:z Aw3 U2ST £2/>..«■ r. ^** .*• v* ■ if fTTSBURG, «IWH2, t-T. SWITH '•-* SEAUMC??T, SHftfVtV C V'.. JUCZ CHARLES r,m; v""! *. *RITE FOR FSZF Xu. -'’’ -T. <V , ^M*ML K.*- - «*v« -« «••■• •?u mam. TTiV- FAS ^ f r ~0* SLr.7 * V > 4* i y waam $.». * • ^ f-ii. • uM-J*?. JOB PRINTING If you want posters. If you want sale bills, If you want circulars. If you want envelopes. If you want bill heads. If you want note heads. If you want statements. If you want letter heads, If you^want pamphlets, lx»oks. If you want printing of any kind Call on or address ...The Picayune... Prescott, Arkansas. Dudley E. Jones Co. Brass Goods Pumps and Pipe Lime and Cement Engines and Boilers, Gins and Presses, Cotton Ele vators, Shafting and Pulleys, Belting Headquarters for Machin ery and Machine Supplies, and Roofing Material as follows: V Crimp Iron, Painted V Crimp Iron, Galvanized Corrugated Iron, Painted Co rrugatec 1 I ron, Gal vani zed Volcanite Wool Felt No-Tar Three grades Flintkote Two grades Congo Three grades Galvanized Rubber, heavy One, two & three ply felt Slater’s Felt Lining Paper, all grades Lone Star Paint Shingle Stain Asphalt Paint Graphite Paint Creosote Preservatives Iron & Wire Fence Door-Yard Fence Graveyard Fence, Park Fence. Sewer Pipe Well Tiling Gin Repair work Engine repair work DUDLEY E. JONES COMPANY Little Rock. Arkansas We Frame Pictures to order. New lot’of,moulding just received. : : : : TERRY BROS. DRUG COMPANY - ■ — M Has Stood the Test Twenty-Five Year* The old, original Groov’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. You know wliat you are takiug. It is iron and quinine in a tasteless form. No Cure, No pay. 50c -- m San Francisco Merchant Tailor. With a tine line of woolens for gent le-men’s wear, a genuine tailor made suit to order by myself from $20.00 up trousers $5.00 up. I can renovate suits to look like new. Pants pressed in shape 25c. In Telephone building near post office. S. G. Knerr, Prescott Tailor.