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Outrageous Misrepresentation.
The St. Paul Dispatch of the 19th
inst., contained the following:
“A few remaining officers of the Al
liance were in the city this morning,
but they knew little of Mr. Donnelly’s
actions. ‘Yesterday,’ said one of
•the members of the Executive Com
mittee, ‘Mr. Donnelly was in one of
his worst moods, owing to his recent
•defeat in the convention. He came
•down to our meeting unshaved, and
looking quite fierce, so that we knew
what to expect. He was opposed to
-us in the matter of publishing W. W.
Erwin’s speech, and tried to make a
row so he might have an excuse, as I
believe, of withdrawing from sup
porting our ticket. In the morning
he made threats of leaving us to
make the fight alone, but he nvere
hinted, when he left us, that he was
»saying good-bye for the campaign.”
A plain statement becomes neces
sary of what took place in the meet
ing. Mr. Donnelly generously tried to
[prevent the subject of dispute from
becoming public, and made the com
mittee pledge themselves to keep it
secret. Instead of doing so one of
them sets forth, in the above garbled
form, a part of what transpired, so
as to .place Mr. Donnelly in a dis
‘Creditable light before the public.
What was the matter of discus
Mr. Donnelly called attention to
the fact that the constitution re
quired (Sec. 14, art. l,p. 7), that the
Secretary should report to the state
lecturer at the end of each week the
new alliances organized since his last
report, with the charter number of
the same, and the names and address
of the officers. Mr. Donnelly said
that nineteen weeks had elapsed
since Mr. Lathrop had been elected
Secretary and he had never received
a single report from him. That pro
vision of the constitution was in
tended as a check on the secretary,
as well as a guide to the State Lec
turer in his work. He also stated
that on the 20th of June last
he and Dr. Fish had organized an al
liance at Saratoga, in Winona coun
ty, and $2 had been given him to for
ward to the Secretary for the char
ter; that on the 21st of June he had
sent that money to the Secretary, by
check to the Secretary’s • order,
as appeared by notation in his
• book in St. Paul; but that on the
17th of July he had been called upon,
-during the meeting of the State Alli
ance, by a delegate who complained
to him that they had never received
the charter! Mr. Donnelly further
stated that the constitution, (Sec. 17,
Art. 1, p. 7,) required that the Secre
tray should make a full and accurate
report of all “receipts and disburse
ments by him to the Finance Com
mittee, at least two days before each
meeting of the State Alliance.” No
such leport had been made before the
special meeting just held. The con
stitution further required, (Sec. 13,
Art. 1, p. 7,) that the secretary
should make “an itemized statement
of the date and amounts of all re
ceipts and disbursements,” at each
meeting of the Executive Committee.
That there had been a number of
such meetings but not a single report
had ever been received. Further
more he, Mr. Donnelly, had heard
nothing but complaints of alliances
who, weeks and months after they
sent in their money, had not received
their charters; of deputy lecturers
who could not get back the money
which had been paid over to the Sec
retary for their use, and who were in
consequence cramped for means to
carry on the work of the Alliance.
That letters had been received from
Dawson saying that Mr. Lathrop
was squandering monej right and
left. That he Lathrop claimed that
there were hundreds of dollars in his
hands which he had told his son to
bring down to the special meeting,
and his son had appeared without
the money ! That he, Mr. Donnelly,
had demanded that the books should
be forthcoming prior to the recent
meeting of tlie Alliance, so that an
examination and report could be
made upon them; Mr. Lathrop told
him that his son was coming down
with the books, but pdien his son ap
peared he had forgotten to bring the
books as well as the money! Mr.
Donnelly said he owed it to his own
good name that the business of the
Alliance should be conducted as pro
vided in the constitution, and that
if it was not so conducted he would
•resign his office as State Lecturer.
He did not propose to be involved in
any defalcation, if there was to be
one. He therefore moved that the
-chairman of the Finance Committee,
Mr. H. Y. Poore, accompanied by
Mr. Lister, the two constituting a
•majority of the committee, (Mr.
•Hompe, the other member being in
‘Otter Tail county,) should proceed
at once to Dawson, with Mr. La
*throp, and examine the books, and
'See that the money on hand was
turned over to the State Treasurer.
To this both Mr. Lathrop and Mr.
Hall objected. They wanted time.
Mr. Lathrop said be could not settle
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up at once. Mr. Donnelly replied that
if his accounts were properly kept he
should be able to show, at any time,
in five minutes, just where he stood.
Mr. Lathrop said that no man could
perform the duties of the Secretary as
required by the constitution. Mr.
Donnelly replied that if Mr. Lathrop
could not perform them he should
resign and the committee would find
some one who, for #480.00 a year,
the salary paid him, would keep the
books in perfect order and ready for
inspection on a .moment's notice; —
that if Mr. Lathrop had staid at
home, and attended to his> business,
instead of cavorting all' over the
state, and hanging around St. Paul
and Minneapolis for days and weeks,
setting up schemes and combina
tions, with the politicians- of the
cities, there would not be to-day the
complaints that are heard every
Mr. Donnelly said, in the commit
tee, that he had found, by past ex
perience, that everything he said or
did in the committee was at once re
ported to the city papers and per
verted and garbled to injure Mm.
That he had moved in the matter
out of no personal feeling but because
the welfare of the Alliance demanded
it; that he did not want to injure Mr.
Lathrop, and he would pledge him
self to say nothing of the matter to
any reporter, and he requested Mr.
Lathrop’s friends, on the committee,
to follow his example. This was
agreed to; and we have seen what
was the result. “One of the members
of the Executive Committee” goes to
the reporters of. the St. Paul Dis
patch, a Republican city daily, and an
enemy of the and puts forth
the statement already quoted, in
which he says Mr. Donnelly was
mad; but fails, very cunningly, to
tell what he was “mad” about; that
he threatened to resign from the Ex
ecutive Committee, but does not tell
that it was because he was not willing
to be a party to any robbery of the
Alliance, by a plain violation of the
express provisions of the constitu
But this is not all. This “one of
the Executive Committee” states,
farther, that Mr. Donnellv objected
to the publication of W. W. Erwin’s
great speech. What was the fact in
the case? Mr. Hall proposed to pay
over $120.00, out of the treasury of
the State Alliance, to Albert Schef
fer’s newspaper, the Daily News of
St. Paul, for 20,000 copies contain
ing Mr. Erwin’s speech; and this was
to be a firststep toward makingthat
paper the organ of the alliance.
Mr. Donnelly said that this was
part of the same scheme which had
cursed the alliance for three years
past; to turn over the alliance to the
St. Paul banker and politician, Al
bert Scheffer; who had no interest in
the farmers, and had twice fought his
efforts to stop usury and cut down
the rate of interest on money to
eight per cent, per annum. That the
Alliance had a newspaper, The
Great West, which had published
25,000 pamphlets in four languages
for nothing, and which had done a
tremendous work in building up the
Alliance in Minnesota; that the pa
per was now engaged in printing Mr.
Erwin’s speech, and if there was to be
any money paid out to any newspa
per he thought it was due to the
Great West ; that they should have
an opportunity to make a bid for
the work. He asked for a delay of
one hour until they could be heard
from. Mr. Hall said that the Great
West had no sympathy with the al
liance, —that it had been constantly
engaged in abusing him,—Mr. Hall.
Mr Donnelly replied that Mr. Hall
fell into the natural error of suppos
ing that he was the Alliance; but
that the Great West might come to
the conclusion* that fidelity to the
alliance required that he, Hall,
should be denounced. Mr. Lathrop
then raised the question that as the
order to print 50,000 or 60,000 cop
ies of Mr. Erwin’s speech was made
before the committee on credentials
had reported, the special meeting of
the Alliance was not properly organ
ized and therefore the resolution to
print the speech was of no effect. Mr.
Hall, of course, ruled that this view
was right. “Do I understand you to
say,” asked Mr. Donnelly, “that you
dare to set up your individual will
against the unanimous demand of
425 alliance men in convention as
sembled, that that great speech
should be published ?” But it was of
no avail; rather than have the
Great West circulate that speech,
the Ring would prefer that it should
not be circulated at all; and so they
abandoned the whole scheme, ad
journed the executive committee
meeting, and then gave out to the
papers that Mr. Donnelly had pre
vented the publication of Mr. Erwin’s
address !
The fact is becoming every day
more and more apparent that the Al
liance has got to get rid of this
scheming gang of filthy, plotting, pet
ty politicians, both their wire-pull
ing, their tricks and their lies, or
perish. The Alliance must either
purge itself of these men or there
must be a reorganization of the Or
der on new lines, that will shut them
out. If they are to continue to
“run” the Alliance it is doomed t©an
early death.
In fact it looks as though the de
sign of these men was to destroy
it —and we firmly believe it to be so —
for a “consideration.”
Cru qßj the Fool*.
Not that me would hang ’em upon
nails in market, but that
they shomMbe marked with across on
the foflA^ad—to be known in future.
howling and sniveling
Brsmid claiming that the silver bill
jwild cause all the horrid foreign na
jpons to vom—hiccup all their silver
into this country and load us down
with wealth till we were poor! But
led—a bill has passed calling for more
silver than we produce! And yet —
and yet, old Hingland is actually cal
ling for more silver for her own use
than ever before.. Listen to her se
ductive plaint, as taken from the sil
ver Market Report of this week—in a
banking journal:
“By Wednesday last the price per
ounce advanced in London to
50Jf»d, a higher figure than has
been seen since 1885. Commercial
quotations rose to sl.lOJ£ per ounce.
In spite of the advance London was
for the first time in three months a
buyer in the market, 200,000 ounces
being shipped— and other orders were
in the maket.”
What, ho there, ye Minnesota con
gressmen! Sandpaper your brains
and absorb this fhct— London a buy
er? Why you excused your low-lived
traitorous minionism to Wall Street
with the statement that silver would
be “just poured into the country!”
What picture is that over there on
Robert and 4th sts.? It is the Afri
can climbing out of the Pioneer
Press wood-pile. He has his nose
against his thumb, and his fingers
are wagging. Poor dear old fool of
a daily—how badly that export of
silver must make you feel!
Some More Figures.
The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
toad has 88 miles in Dakota. The
Company values it at nearly $15,000
to the mile, exclusive of equipment.
There is not a road between the Mis
souri and the Mississippi Rivers that
cost that amount. The heaviest
rails they use there cost say $3,000
to the mile. (How could it be over
$3,500 anyway). Much of the ironing
cost $2,000 and some SI,BOO to the
mile. All these roads run up and
down hill like as a wagon road. The
grading on that Milwaukee extension
cost about $750 a mile—and the en
tire preparation of the road bed, in
cluding ties in position cost, possibly,
as much as sl,Boo—well, say $2,000.
Stations cost less than S2OO a mile
—right of way less than SIOO per
mile. Fencing—where fenced, $300;
bridging, culverts, trestles, etc., SSO.
Extras for ironing SSO. Extla for
stations, $25. Well, give them
$6,000 and then put it 7,000 by
throwing in $130,000 for
pin money. Still where does the
$15,000 come in! But the most as
tounding part is yet to come—every
mile of these 88 was built out of the
profits of the preceding lines, and
charged up to the operating ex
penses ! So the road cost the com
pany nothing.
Still another chapter. Then, to
make their income sheriff-sure on
that road, they issued a mortgage
to themselves thereon for $15,000
per mile, at 7 per cent.!
Now they make out the operating
expenses for that 88 miles at $74,-
123!!—being $206 per day!—on 88
miles! Of course this includes inter
est on its $15,000 to the mile!
Now the company says they only
received $70,710 from the 88 miles.
We would like very much indeed to
find out how they figure this. A man
would be safe in saying that it i 3 a
snide figure. S2OO a day from 88
miles of road!—including mails, ex
press, freight. Ten cars of freight
one way each day would yield more.
If this Railroad Commission let such
things pass they are greener than
Nebuchadnezze’s grass. Oh, but we’d
like to be a railroad commissioner
on only SSOO a year for only one,
short year.
Gentlemen, your railway commis
sioners are frauds, or fearfully ignor
ant of the price of iron and labor, if
they let such things pass!
In this connection let us suggest
that very soon the C. M. & St. Paul
will have a new route to the Black
Hills—it is laying out the road now—
and the expenses thereof are charged
against the operating expenses of the
previously built road!
But then the people care little
about it—precious little use of men
tioning these things.
Rochester Democrat:
Have you seen a single editorial
in any ‘republican paper in the first
district urging Mark H. Dunneirs
renoraination because of any act of
his Bincehe took his seat as a member
of the present congress? Not one
line or syllable—nor is Mr. Dunnell
the choice of the republicans of the
district. The nomination will be
given him because the bosses believe
fie is the only man with whom they
can win. He is a campaigner, a wire
puller, a vote-getter. A sad commen
tary on the party, but nevertheless
it is true.
lowa Tribune:
“Stick to your party!”
“Don’t go into politics.”
Yes, stick till the last cow is mort
gaged and the sheriff gets the harness
onto you, and shows you over the
hills to the poor house.
Yes, stick until wheat is 25c. a
bushel and corn a nickel, and you are
not wortha penny.
Yes, stick untii your children grow
old enough to discover that their
father voted slavery upon them, and
curses you as an idiot.
Oh, yes, stick until Pinkerton’s army
comes to discipline you and makes
you take- your medicine in silence,
while in answer to your prayers for
relief silver is demonetized, the gold
standard established and the gold
shipped too Europe.
Stick, boys, stick, until your teeth
and haiir drop out of their places,
and still! rumble out between your
gums praises of the dear old party
that made life on earth one long pun
ishunent for you and yours.
“The real question for all people
not professed reactionaries is, how can
we speediest make an end of the dis
inheritance of the useful classes?
How can we the speediest take the
resources of nature out of the hands
of the monopolists?”—William Morris
in the “Commonweal
The people are now paying back to
the railroads in discriminating and
unjust charges, all the charity of
last winter. A vast army of office
holders and politicians are loading
down the trains, rushing to and fro
on free passes, while the people pay
four cents per mile. Because they
were women without votes the dele
gates to the equal suffrage conven
tion had to pay full fare both ways.
Because they were farmers and work
ing men the delegates to the indepen
dent convention had to pay one and
one-fifth fare, but seven-tenths of
those who go to the republican con
vention will ride deadhead. Certain
others, rich, influential or favored
are carried by the railroads on mile
age tickets at one-half what the
common people are charged. This is
discrimination. This is despotism
begun. It has been fostered and es
tablished by the republican party.
The transportation of the entire
state government is without direct
pay to the railroad.
We should like to have the Minne
apols Tribune, which so strongly
favors the new conference silver bill,
answer the following question: Sup
pose that the Uuited States govern
ment was to issue 170,000,000 of
legal tender treasury notes per year
in payment of the public debts in
stead of in payment for silver bullion;
would not the $70,000,000 issued to
pay the public debt, be just as good
money as the $70,000,000 issued in
payment for silver bullion ?—Labor
When the democratic national
bankers and the republican national
bankers come together and vote
against free coinage, it is time for
to come together and
arffte against the national banker.—
*News Reporter.
Cwsar’s Column.
One of the most startling pieces of
literature that has ever been issued
from an American press is “Caesar’s
Column,” written by Edmond Bois
gilbert, M. D., (a pen name of course)
and published by F. J. Shulte, Chi
cago. “Caesar’s Column” is a story
of the twentieth century, and in plot
situation, treatment, find in literary
expression is as far above Bellamy’s
“Looking Backward” as“ Hamlet” is
above “Alonzo and Melissa.” It will
thrill a careless reader of novels, or
profoundly impress a statesman—it is
as gentle as a child and yet it is as
rugged as a giant.
The writer, although dealing with
a question of life-blood importance,
does not forget the novelist’s true
aim—entertainment. He may hurl
brick bats, but they are bound in
roses. A feto months only have elapsed
since the book was first published,
yet it has gone into the third edi
tion. Every man who thinks should
read it; every political economist
would find fruitful suggestions in its
glowing pages.—Opie Read in Arkan
saw Traveller.
It is in the month of August, xy?
believe, that “the dog-star raged?’
and hence it is that the sultry weather
which usually comes in this month
takes the name of the “dog-days.”
Everybody is hunting for some cool
spot, some pleasant resort, some toui
in which the charms of forest, stream,
and mountain will oring relief. For
Northwestern people, the pleasantest
vacation trip that can be taken is
one over the line of “The Burlington”
350 miles along the east bank of the
Mississippi. There are rrtany pleas
ant villages along the line, where the
traveler will find good accommoda
tions, excellent spnrt in fishing, and
have a restful time. For tjckets by
this line, i time-tables, and any in
formation, apply to your local rail
road agent, or write to W. J. C.
Kenyon, pen. Pass. Agent C. B. & N.
R. R., St.)Paul Minn.
The Fight for Silver.
In a recent speech in the senate Henry
If. Teller made some pointed statements
which were so thoroughly unpartisan as
to entitle them to the consideration of
every fair friend of honest money.
Mr. Teller went on to charge Mr.
Sherman and his friends with having by
the law of 1873 added $1,000,000,000 to
the public debt and 33 per cent, to pri
vate debts. The complaints of the pen
pie, Mr. Teller declared, must be heed
ed. The sophistry and falsity of the
senator from Ohio could not keep the
people in ignorance of that economic
crime and of its legitimate and logical
The speaker was willing to admit that
there were great financial considerations
involved in the question. It might be a
question whether free coinage could be
proceeded to promptly. Honest men
might differ about it. But the man who
stood before the senate arguing for the
single standard was either dishonest or
Ignorant and had no right to represent
the interests of the American people.
If the people could put in the White
House and in the treasury department
men who wanted to conquer the single
standard influences, they could he con
quered, but never until then. Mr. Teller
went on to speak of the silver plank in
the Republican national platform, and
said that if he had supposed it to be
mere claptrap the Republican ticket
would not have had such support from
him, and would not have received the
great majority that it did in the state
of Colorado.
Mr. Teller went on to say that the bi
metallic principle had had its worst
enemy, its most' effective foe, the man
who had done it the most harm, in the
treasury department, It had been within
the power of the administration to relieve
the people, so that what the people suf
fered was “at the door of the adminis
tration. ” But there was no feeling favor
able to bi-metallism in high places, and
would not be while Wall street could in
fluence political parties. Each party had
been met by the declaration that con
gress must legislate so as to gain the
good will of the business interests of the
country. That meant Wall street. He
remembered the case of a president (Mr.
Cleveland) addressing a crowd of people
in Wall street, and saying that he saw
before him the l’epresentatives of the
great interests of the country. But the
fact was, Mr. Teller said, that he did not
see before him a single man who had ever
done an honest day’s work, ever produced
an article of commerce, or ever promoted
the industrial pursuits of the country.
In conclusion Mr. Teller declared that,
no matter where the Republican party or
himself should he left, his vote should
be given for that measure which would
loosen the burden put upon the debtors
of the country, and do it without detri
ment to the creditors.
A Solid Platform.
The Farmers’ Alliance and Knights of
Labor of South Dakota, in joint con
vention recently held in Huron, adopted
a platform which demands that currency
to be issued by the general government
be full legal tender; to increase in
volume with the increase of business,
and to be issued directly to productive
industries without the intervention of
the hanks of issue. It continues:
Second—We demand railway transpor
tation, telegraph and telephone service
at actual cost; and that the government
shall own and operate the same.
Third—We demand the free and un
limited coinage of silver.
Fourth—We demand the adoption of
an absolutely secret voting system, both
state and national.
Fifth —We demand the most rigid
economy consistent with the safety of
our state and nation in the administra
tion of every branch of our government.
Sixth—We demand the passage of laws
prohibiting the alien ownership of land,
and that congress take steps to obtain
land owned by aliens and foreign syndi
cates and that lands now held by cor
porations in excess of such as is actually
used and needed by them be reclaimed
by the government and held for actual
settlers only.
Radical Resolutions.
At a large and enthusiastic mass meet
ing of the citizens of Ottawa and Cloud
counties, Kan., the following resolu
tions, preceded by a lengthy preamble,
were adopted:
Resolved, That after the first day of
December, 1890, we will pay no more
taxes, coupon interest or mortgage in
debtedness unless the government aid
us in procuring the money, as above
mentioned, or in any other manner
equally favorable.
Resolved, That this organization of
home defenders should be general
throughout the United States, and that
every honorable means should be used
in pushing the organization.
Resolved, That the success of this or
ganization is the only hope of a mort
gage cursed and tax ridden people, and
we appeal to our brother farmers, labor
ers and other producers to join us in our
efforts to be free. —Advocate.
Bankers and Lawyers Barred.
The following resolutions were adopt
edjlfr the last meeting of the Leaven
worth county Fanners’ Alliance, held at
i rionganoxie:
Resolved, That we, the Farmers’ Alli
ance of Leavenworth county, will not
support any man for congress or the
United States senate who is an officer of
any national bank or a lawyer, and that
notice be served on both the Republican
and Democratic parties, and that these
resolutions be given to the press for pub
lication. J. Lea Simpson,
Secretary County Alliance.
—Leavenworth Cor. Kansas City Times.
There are now about 1,025 Alliances in
the state and about fifty applications for
charters in the hands of the state secre
tary. This means a vote in the member
ship of the Alliance of about 25,000 to
30,000 on a very conservative estimate.
As new Alliances are being formed al
most daily, the latter figure is more like
ly to be the correct one by the time that
the votes are to be cast. —St. Paul Pio
neer Preae.
North Dakota Farmers.
A telegram from Jamestown, N. D.,
gives the following condensation of the
resolutions adopted at the farmers’ state
We recommend the passage of the
sub-treasury bill or something better by
our national representatives; we demand
that our legislature pass the Australian
ballot bill; we favor the speedy passage
of the Butterworth bill; your committee
recommend the unlimited coinage Of
silver; we heartily and unanimously in
dorse the action at our executive, Gov
ernor John Miller, particularly on tfia
lottery question;- also we approve ltis
course in the appointment of the seed
wheat commission, believing he acted
wisely and honestly under existing cir
cumstances; we are favorable to giving:
employment to the prisoners in our state
penitentiaries which will make these
institutions as nearly as-possible self sus
taining, but we do not approve the let
ting of the prison labor to outside bid
ders to the detriment of honest labor, as
we believe the state should be the re
cipient of all profit from such labor; we
recommend the provision of copies of the
legislative journal mailed direct to par
ties ordering and for the same' at
actual cost of pro* .ction; we reaffirm
the prohibition plank of our Alliance
platform, and are unanimous in favor of
a strict enforcement of the temperance
law passed by our last legislature.
A Statement About Nebraska.
“The truth is that the actual degrada
tion from poverty of the farmers of Ne
braska admits of no exaggeration in the
depicting of their misery.”
This is the conclusive statement of J.
E. Darbellay, who has just returned to
Wisconsin after something more than a
year's experience among the farmers of
Nebraska as a collector for one of the
most extensive agricultural implement
firms in the country.
“It has been almost impossible to
make collections from Nebraska farmers,
for the sufficient reason that they have
nothing with which to pay obligations.
I do not speak from assertions of politi
cians. but from actual personal inter
course with the farmers themselves. I
have visited their homes, and for busi
ness purposes have ascertained their real
condition. Go where you will you will
find the majority of farms mortgaged to
their full value. You will also find the
personal property upon these farms
mortgaged to the fullest extent upon
which the owners can realize cash. And
so soon as the crop is in the ground jmu
will usually find the mortgage has been
placed upon that. The situation is one
which should alarm even the monopo
lists who have brought it about.”—Mil
waukee Cor. Chicago Herald.
A Mild Lecture.
There is just now a lull in grange
work. This, of course, was to be ex
pected, because the nature of the fann
er’s occupation demands at this season
all his time and attention. Grange meet
ings, if held at all, are poorly attended.
The p ress of work is a sufficient excuse
for what can scarcely be regarded as
anything else than a neglect of duty.
Patrons, we know, are too much fatigued
by the labors of the day to give an hour
or two one evening out of the week to
the work of the meeting. We find no
fault with this conduct, hut confess that
it is difficult to see how men who cannot
spare an hour to attend to duties that
intimately concern them can find plenty
of time to participate in a political parade.
How are we to account for this strange
conduct? Do men thus act because they
love the grange less or because they love
the party more. The farmer has nothing
to expect from either political organiza
tion: the grange is the only medium
through which those interested in agri
cultural pursuits can strike an effective
blow.—Grange Advocate.
What tli©. Fuss Is About.
The question may bo asked by the av
erage reader. What is all this fuss about;,
for considering the price we have to pay
for butter, flour, etc., the farmers ought
to be bloated bondholders rather than
impecunious agitators? The farmer, how
ever, points to the small proportion,
which reaches his own pocket, to the
closing out of the mortgages on lands in
the west and in the east, to the selling
in one day of fifty-eight homes of farm
ers in Connecticut, and says there have
you proofs of the unprofitableness of
farming. llow much of this is owing
rather to the profits of the middlemen
and the high rates of railroads seems to
be overlooked, but anyhow the farmer
feels he has a grievance and proposes to
redress it.—Christian at Work.
It Is High Time.
“What is mine is my own and what is
now yours will soon be mine, too,” is the
way monopolists address the fanners of
the country, and every indication leads
to the belief that they mean every word
of what they say. How is it proposed to
treat this imperious demand? Will, the
agriculturists, the stay and hope of the
nation, stand tamely by and see their
rights taken from them without uttering
a single word of protest or mailing any
effort to take care of themselves? That
policy is working ruin and has been pur
sued far too long: it is high time some
other methods are employed.—Farmers’
There is uneasiness in the minds of
representatives from other states. South
Carolina, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Ar
kansas and, Kansas are also states in
which the Alliance has great strength.
Party lines may be obliterated in many
states, and the Alliance be able to dic
tate nominations, if not win, on.a ticket
of its own. Conservative estimates give
the Alliance ten or more members of
congress in the next honse, and there
will probably be several times that num
ber of congressmen who are elected witb
the aid of the Alliance votes.—Washing
ton Special.
It has been stated that a single law
firm in Kansas has 1,800 mortgages to
foreclose. A local paper of one of the
agricultural districts contains no les*
than ninety sheriff’s sides in a single is
sue.—St. Joseuh Gazette.

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