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Before next week’s issue the legia ture win have adjourned. The House has made no record whatever—ex cept for littleness—a tawdry, tinpan, pigtail, tinsel littleness. The cartoon of legislation has been relieved by a few firstclass men— real, genuine, hon est men—plain men, good men—men whom we respect, if not love. But as a law-making body met to remedy mighty evils, and conform national and state policies to the moving, panoramic, majestic, awful equities of the hour—it was the rub ber-rattle of children—shaken by men who make drooling infants of them selves at the will of an overshadow ing political plutocracy. The Senate has done better. McHale has been a shining light. Eaton has a record. Davis is not ashamed of himself by several leagues. Of course Donnelly was the genius of the body—and Hompe its caudal extremity. Sev eral alliance men did well—but no de velopment of statesmanship mas terful presence appeared, except that of Donnelly, although they remained firm. The Senate record as a whole is better than that of the House, but not savory. The Octarchy carried the day. Vale, Twenty-Seventh Session. Get out. Be buried. Forget. And when the day comes that patriots may gather in the State House, to honor toil, dignify labor—and crush the damnable hell-born tyranny of plutocracy—then the old corpse of this wretched gymnotus may be turned over in its grave, and its few good points gathered. Mr. Hadland introduced a bill in the House requiring a two-thirds vote for a village or town to grant aid to railroads, and then never in excess of 2 per cent of value. Of course it was defeated. How could so just a bill be passed by such a House? It is sad to think that every man who voted against the bill could not be tarred and feathered. They should be branded with a hot iron where tha scar would bar them from decent burial. Prison Twine. [We are very glad to publish the following—it encourages us to look for success there.] Stillwater, Minn., April 13, ’9l. Editor Great West: I take the liberty of sending you for publication the results of my per sonal observation in regard to the binding twine being made here at the prison. I believe you are inter ested in everything that will be of use to the farmers of this state. I think the farmers have settled the “Trust,” so far as binding twine is concerned. The little plant at the prison will be more effective than all the laws passed by Congress. Andrew Richmond. The following is the statement re ferred tO: Editor Great West: The manufacture of binding twine at the State Prison in Stillwater is now receiving the attention of the farmers in general throughout the State. The warden informs me that he is receiving a large number of in quiries from all parts of this State and lowa. At the last meeting of the Washington County Alliance, a committee was appointed to visit the prison and inspect the twine now being made there; perhaps it might interest your readers to have a re port from a committee composed of practical farmers. We visited the prison and were taken by Mr. Gar vin. the Warden, through a large room where the machinery was all running, and it appeared to be doing good work. The convicts seemed to handle everything readily, consider ing the short time the machinery has been in operation. The twine now being manufactured is superior to any twine we have ever seen made from the same material. It is very smooth, and will average over 600 feet to the pound. We saw several tests showing a tensile strength of 120 to 132 pounds—in fact it is too good. I believe the farmers of Min nesota can be assured that the manufacture of binding twine at the State Prison is no longer an experi ment, but an assured success. We do not see any reason why the State should not make all the twine needed by the farmers of the entire North west, provided that the Board of Prison Managers are friendly to the enterprise and determined to make the business a success. Andrew Richmond, Chairman Committee. CORRESPONDENCE Attention McLeod County AlHcnoe. Sumter, Minn., April 13th, 1891. You are hereby notified that a special meeting of the McLeod County Alliance will be held at Glen coe, Tuesday, May sth, at one o’clock, at court house hall, for the purpose of making arrangements to E*iase twine, farm machinery, etc. alliance is requested to send five delegates, a list of all members who have paid their dues to the state ' alliance, with amount of twine need ed by each member, and new harvest ers needed in each alliance. By the efforts of the alliance the twine trust appears to be “busted,” and we can gep our twine tins year cheaper than ever before if we will stand together and buy by the car load. M. Cutler, Sec’y. T Editor Great West: I learn from Secretary Stromberg that there are inquiries being made for the form books for secretaries of sub-alliances. As I was the Committee appointed to look after the matter, I will state for the benefit of those desiring to know, that I have blank forms pre pared which I will submit to the Executive Committee with the sug gestion that they be printed by the alliance and furnished free to the dif ferent seretaries who apply for them. They will be in shape to be pasted in the books already in use by the dif ferent secretaries. If action is taken by the Executive Committee at its next meeting I think these forms can be furnished by the first of May. Alliance 1272, Marysland, resolved against repeal of usury laws. D. B. O’Neil, President; John Dolan, Sec’y, Fenton Alliance, 912, resolved that Sen. LaDue misrepresented his con stituents. They condemned his ac tions, and proposed to relegate him to private life. Sec’y N. A. Narum writes us that the Walworth Alliance, 801, elected the Jollowing officers: President.—Louis Johnson. Vice Pres’t.—N. P. Jensen. Treasurer.—A. O. Marken. Secretary.—N. A. Narum. They resolved that inasmuch as the money raised for the Campaign Com mittee at the State Meeting was rais ed on a direct promise of an itemized report, given by the Chairman and the Secretary, (Phelps and Warren) and no report had been made—there fore they demand, in fitting language that that report be made forthwith. It also resolved, Whereas, the Constitution of the State plainly declares that no person shall be eligible to any office in the State Alliance, unless a member of a subordinate alliance, and as Miss Mc- Donald was a salaried reporter of the St. Paul Globe, a political sheet that has misrepresented the business transacted by the late State Alliance, and not a member of any subordinate alliance, And Whereas, She is now apparent ly trying to block all progress in the alliance movement, by her continued warfare on members of the Executive Committee, especially upon the Hon. Ignatius Donnelly, President of the State Alliance, Therefore, Resolved, That we demand of the Executive Committee that they de clare the office of the State Lecturer vacant, and proceed to fill the same by appointment. They also denounce the Stanford Land Loan Bill', and endorse the Featherstone Bill. Copy sent to the Great West for publication. N. A. Narum. Secretary. lona Alliance resolutions were mislaid. They condemned the State Meeting for casting ballots for an un constitutional lecturess, and declare the office vacant. Our friend Anthony N. Disch is Sec’y and Mr. Ole Martin, Pres’t. Another warm epistle from Bro. John Copeland. He says he thinks the alliance will grow stronger year by year. The plutes east have called themselves together to discuss what the movement will amount to. Some think it will be shortlived, but it has the old parties pretty well rattled. See how they are using the people’s money! John is indeed a true alli ance Bro. Samuel C. Dike writes: “I am lone ly since my G. W. stopped. I received a sample copy of that valuable pa per, the ‘State,’ and it nearly done me up! I think if I take the Great West in weekly doses for a year I will get entirely over my indisposition. Enclosed please find SI.OO tor the medicine!” [That’s a jolly dose!] H. R. Keeler, Secretary, writes that Diamqnd Lake Alliance (Wprren’s membership is there) resolved, Thanks to Pres’t Donnelly, and al so to Hon. Orrin Mott for vote on usury bill; also to send resolution to the G. W. Ole Kron, of Evansville, writes in legard to Mr. Donnelly’s letter, in which he stated that they had done all they could to prohibit double tax ation of the farmers, and wants to know where their Senator Grafe was during the vote? That there is no use of electing alliance members if they are not on hand to vote on such important measures? Wm. T. Yickerman, of Jasper, writes us that when a man goes to the bank now to get a loan they shove out to him a pamphlet defend ing usury—the same one that was scattered through the legislature, for lobby work, without a signature. •V-. - H. Y. Poore. . * . .Wy'- They are trying to move heaven and earth—but so for they don’t even tremble. Alliance 575, Meeker Co., writes that they are with Sen. Donnelly, and “down goes the man” who says aught against him or the Great West in their alliance. “We are in favor of a full-blooded alliance man for Lecturer—no “grade” wanted— appointed in place of the firebrand who now claims the office. I make a proposition that every sub-alliance in this state acts as agent to get sub scribers for the Great West— that would strengthen the Doctor’s arm so that he may continue his. death dealing blows against the money power!” Letter written by Daniel Jackman, President Alliance. * At this point we are compelled to either leave out Mr. Burke’s valuable land letter or close up correspond ence, and it seems wise to give the Land Steals the “preference.” Later:— Resolutions from Sec. Van Arx rec’d—against the reporter’s pay, etc., but cannot publish this week. St. Paul, April 11, ’9l. Editor Great West: Referring to your recent strictures upon Speaker Champlin’s ruling on the point of order raised during the effort to reconsider the vote whereby the Currier bill was lost, permit me the use of your columns to say, that Mr. Champlin voted for the bill and advocated its passage. He did not appeal to the House to sustain his ruling, nor has he ever done so on other occasions, as you state. On the contrary, when his decision was appealed from he distinctly stated to the House that he hoped that per sonal regard for himself would not inflilence members of the House to vote to sustain his ruling and that there should be no delicacy on the part of the members in voting just as their judgment prompted. As to whether his ruling was correct or not that is a mere matter of opinion. The House sustained the ruling and has since made a standing rule in conformity thereto. Yours Truly, J. M. Bowler. Our humble opinion is that it would have been better for the Pri vate Secretary of Speaker Champlin not to have written the above letter. Our criticism of the Speaker was very gentle; it should have been shod with spikes. The above defense is no de fense at all. If Mr. Bowler or Speak er Champlin are really anxious to defend that ruling they may do so— but the asylum is full of men who know more of parliamentary law. That the wild-cat House which plays fool to a jester, and denies the people any rejjef—a House which sneaked out of every vital question—should make a “rule” at variance with rea son, custom, law, logic and horse sense, to defeat just railroad legisla tionis altogether in keeping with the people’s expectation. A pack of fools and hirelings could do that any day. Hope died a homin’ when the House dipped its hands in iniqui ty by that combine—the preface to all that followed. ' There is not a legislative body on earth, in Europe, Asia, Africa or America, that is so full of fool-empti ness as to permit such a ruling. We have had some reportorial experi ence in legislatures, and while we do not know the above hemispherical statement to be so universally true— we are willing to back it up with a brass band. As to Speaker Champlin’s asking support: Men in such places don’t get up and beg support—they put themselves where their backers have to ask for it. That is what Mr. Champlindid. We said he “practical ly” asked support. You can’t soft soap grangers as you used-to-once. Their eyes are open. If any leaning is to be done, by the Eternal, let’s have a little leanin’ done our way—not the pluticway! This was no lean, however; it was fat —for the plutes. Now, Mr. 8., let us whisper something more. You will possibly read something in another part of this paper in which is a grave hint. No one will understand it except those who “catch on.” We did not write it, or it would have been more explicit. But amid the doggerel dreams of greatness, which have curled their shadowy tails un der the dashboard of plutocracy, those conceived and delivered in the halls of the present legislature will be most quickly dashed to atoms. The people say good by to it with joy—and struggle on two years long er somewhat wiser than yesterday. Marriac* not a Failure. “Marriage a failure? I should say not!” remarked an Oregon farmer with emphasis. “Why, there’s iny Lucindygits up in the mornin’ at four o’clock, milks six cows, gits breakfast, starts four youngones to skewl, looks arter the tother three, feeds the hens, like-wise the hogs, skims twenty pans of milk, churns the butter, washes the clothes, gits dinner, et cetery, et cetery; think I could bin anybody to du it fer what she gits? Not much sir. Marriage is a success'sir, a great success sir.” Freeborn Co. Standard. MR.DONNEEEY'AKD THE COUN TRY PAPERS. Tkcy Hat* Ravllad Hint, but H* Hu Et«p Bmb Tksir Frltnd, ul D«- ••rres Batter Tmtawt-A Cku> acteriatfto Letter Diiplniat Hla Oaaarana Ketwa ud Hatred of Wraag. . At the risk of criticism fur be traying confidence in making public a personal communication, we pre sent the following interesting letter from Hon. Ignatius Donnelly. We had written him on behalf of the com mittee of the editorial association, thanking him for his honorable and earnest efforts during the present ses sion on the side of the country publish ers, and this is his reply. It evidences his freedom from malice and friend ship towards them, notwithstanding their oftentimes ungenerous criti cisms of him, and proves, that his championship of them in the past, as during the present session, is not on ly manly and loyal, but efficient and highly valuable. His letter is as fol lows: St. Paul, March 30, 1891.— My Dear Friend:—Many thanks for your kind words; they are very acceptable. I think time will demonstrate that I mean to do right as I understand the right, and that I am less in fluenced by vanity or selfishness than nine-tenths of my brethren. I have a very kind feeling towards the coun try editors—much kinder than they seem to have toward me. I pro cured, years ago, for them the exemp tion of $2,000, which now protects them; because our courts had held that an editor’s whole exemption was his lead-pencil. The country edi tors should combine together to represent the interest? of the com mon people—the producers—and to break down the influence of such shameless, grasping, corrupt sheets as the Pioneer Press, which have not a single feeling in common with the honest people of the State. Wishing you all prosperity, I am truly your friend. Ignatius Donnelly. New Nation: Conspiracies to Rob the Public. It is about time for the people of this country to look the future full in the face. Ninety-nine per cent of the people own only 50 per cent of the wealth of the United States. The reason that the remaining one per cent own the remaining 50 per cent of property is because the ninety and nine persist in voting and leg islating wealth into the laps of the remaining one. We can neither look back nor go back. Our business methods have become so imbedded in our commer cial life that a return to the virgin methods of individual competition, undisturbed by corporation or co operation, would be revolutionary indeed. There are those who still look to Congress and the courts for relief. Congress legislates and the courts decree, but the trusts carry on busi ness without interruption. Congress assumes that an artificial raising of prices by which one class of citizens is benefited at the expense of another is immoral and vicious, and the courts rule that such conspiracies are illegal. And ’yet the great trusts continue to rob the people. We now have it that the independ ent oil producers and refiners of New York have applied to Attorney- General Tabor to have him bring an action against the Standard Oil company of New York to forfeit its charter. This company belongs to the Standard Oil Trust, but it is the history of these anti-trust crusades that the victories over the amal gamated interests are barren of re sults. The trust during the last nine years has exported $440,000,000 in oil, of which one-third is profit. It has also sold for domestic consump tion $220,000,000 in oil, at a profit of say 50 per cent. It can command its own price, because it controls nine tenths of the oil industry of the country. How can the courts «f law disturb this ownership? The Stan dard Oil has also arranged with the Rothchilds who own the naptha mines of Baku, to divide the markets of the world. But more than that, the combina tions in the field of railroads, which have of late been progressing at a tremendous rate, show more and more the trust element. The various traffic associations are irresponsible bureaus to do the bidding of rail road kings. Then, it will be noticed that companies are multiplying whose only function is to hold the se curities of other roads. This was so with the Oregon Transcontinental company, organized by a Northern Pacific syndicate. It will be noticed that the Pennsylvania railroad com ?any controls what is known as the 'ennsylvania cmpany. The lat ter buys stock in roads, which the Pennsylvania railroad wants, to control. If the purchase is financial lv a success, the railroad enjoys the fruits thereof. If it is a failure, the- Pennsylvania company, and not the railroad, suffers. In other words, it is a device to avoid paying debts in case of a losing speculation. Could gambling go much beyond that? In the regular, every-day gambling games, the loser pays his losses; with these railroad operators the public pays, whichever way the wheel of for tune turns. We may talk about the elevating influences of manly, noble competi tion until we are blue in the face, but we cannot cry down the facts. A few men, taking advantage of the liberal laws of the land, are swindling the great bulk of the business conv munity by making it impossible for men of modest means to compete against corporations; and the public' seems powerless before this vast ag gregate of private wealth in the hands of the few. The way out is plain enough to some, and, in our way of. thinking, it will soon be plain enough to many. The business of the government is to ensure equal opportunity for labor and individual effort. Every man and every woman should be equal partners in the product of national industrial organization. Hatch, of Missouri, during the days of the late session of Congress, gave the following sentiments in a lengthy address: “The most important of these ‘de mands’ are so patriotic in principle, so closely allied to the broad funda mental teachings of the founders of our Government that the wonder is they are not universally accepted and promptly complied with. Unless all experience is worthless and hu man judgment unreliable the present financial condition of our country is critical and immediate future fraught with convulsion and disasters that will embrace in their destructive con sequences all sections of the country and all classes of citizens. Mr. Chairman, I had intended to cull from the journals of the past week paragraphs from papers pub lished in every section of the coun try, telling of the closing of the doors and failure of a bank here and a business or commercial house there; but after keeping it up for a few days, the list grew so appalling that I gave it up in despair. Every morn ing’s paper is full of accounts of in stitutions which have been regarded as strong as any in the land failing, and this condition of affairs is not confined to any particular section of the country. In every section of the country some of the strongest commercial houses and strongest institutions of the country are going to the wall, and it is only a question of time when we shall see the repetition of a panic like that of 1873, only averted a few weeks ago by the wisdom and farseeing financial ability of the old est and strongest institution in the Old World, the Bank of England, un less there is a radical change in the financial policy of the Government.” Torch: The present silver law (of 1890) provides for the purchase of 4,500 ounces of silver each month. Does it say coin that amount each month? Not as we understand it. Still it provides a market for silver to that amount, does it not? If an increased market is provided for a commodity will it not increase its market value? That is a well understood and settled fact. Would the free coinage of sil ver do more than that? And yet the gold-bug advocates and their subser vient tools of the press say it would bring disaster on the country and drive gold out. The Secretary has never been able to purchase the full amount of silver each month re quired by law, and yet we are told that “free coinage of silver would de stroy all values and flood the coun try with a worthless money.” Let us see: If we had a million dollars more silver coined each month, than that provided by law to be purchased —and which has, so far, faffed to be fulfilled—or say a silver coinage of $5,400,000 per month, that would be less than $1 per capita per annum, or less than 8 cents per month in crease for each inhabitant or an average of 40 cents a month for each family! It would take 52 years to S‘ve us a per capita of SSO. Query: ow long would it take, at that rate, to flood the country with this legal tender for all debts public and private, had we honest men in Con gress who would make it so, and give us that amount? 0 Against Ue. The following clipping shows that the railway employes are organizing against us: Winona, April 6.—The Railroad Employes’ club has been re-organized here with over 100 members. Two years ago the club was first organized by Harry P. Robinson, but for lack of encouragement and interested lea ders it sOon lapsed into nothingness. The resurrection was effected last night. Present from outside of the city were F. W. Little and John Copeland, of St. Paul: first vicepresi dent of the order in the state; E. R. Bristol, of Minneapolis; district or ganizer, W. E. Perry, of St. Paul; general secretary, J. McCutcheon, of St. Paul; state treasurer, W. G. Thorpe, of Minneapolis; district or ganizer, Mr. Harry Barnes, of St. Paul, representing the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. The meet ing which these men attended here was a large one, very enthusiastic and attended only by railway em ployes. President J. J. Shanesey presided. Speeches were made by ail the men from the twin cities, gener ally in favor of a higher rate of wages for the railway employe, and resolu tions were passed urging political ac tion on the part of every member of the clubs throughout the state against proposed railway legislation. The Great West. The following is from the “Leader,” of Pipestone, a staunch alliance jour nal. So much space would not be ta ken up with our own affairs were it not that a desperate effort is being made to destroy this paper by those whom it has exposed in selfish schemes to run the alliance in the interests of the old parties, city plutocrats, -1 and doubtful agencies, to the purchase of the paper, a large majority of the alliances hare voted against it. This is not a mat ter of serious regret to ns: “So far the Leader has hesitated to express itself upon the question of the purchase of the Great West, bythe alliance. Our knowledge of the printing business, is too limited for us to say anything upon the question * of value of the plant. We don't know what it is worth, but from \ what information we have received t of what makes a newspaper valuable, we are satisfied that it is worth all that the owners ask for it. But it seems to us that it is of great impor tance to the alliance that they own the paper. Too much credit cannot be given the Great West, for the upbuilding of the Alliance interests in the State. It has labored in sea son, and out of season, for[the enlight enment of the people, and has ex posed the manner in which they are being swindled out of millions an nually, in the matter of exposing the wheat steal, the transportation ques tion, the cost of construction of rail - roads and the management thereof, it has shown wonderful zeal and has by the most unimpeachable evidence, brought to the eyes of the world the internal working' of the most gigan tic robberies every perpetrated upon an enterprising and loyal people. No other alliance paper in the State has the means to do for the farmer what the Great West has done, and it is not likely that anyone else will make the venture upon the scale that Drs. Fish and Frain have done. It is essential to the welfare of the Alli ance, that the paper continue in the course it has pursued, aud that Dr. Fish is the man to edit the depart ments which he reserves theprivilage to manage and control. The people want the facts, and the G. W. has shown its ability to obtain them, and we know of no better way to convince the people of their need of being educated in the well grounded principles of the organization than to keep the facts before them. After the great moral and political victory gained last fall, the Alliance must ex pect from now on to the close of the national campaign of 1892, that the most persistant misrepresentation and abuse will be heaped upon the rank and file, and can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned, and all that intrigue and chicanery can do to distract and bring des truction to the organization, will be done. The G. W. cannot be bribed, neither will it subordinate itself to party fealty. The present revolution sprang from the people, they are in dependent and look to an unsub sidized press for that information which they must have to meet the is sues of the hour and act upon them in an intelligent manner. The press must point the way, and then the leaders will find the people ready to act and know whether the} are being led into ambush, or marshalled upon _ ) that vantage ground which equal and exact justice entitles them to oc cupy. For these and other good reasons we think it a good move to buy the Great West.” Are Yob Going to onsroi nsrar-A-Ti To attend the Convention in May? If so see that your tickets read via the Moxon Route (Louisville New Albany & Chicago Ry). This is the only line running solid Vestibule trains between Chicago and Cincin nati with Diners and Parlor cars on day trains and both Pullman and Compartment sleepers on night trains. Trains leave Dearborn Sta tion Chicago at 9:30 a. m. and 8:35 p. m. daily. Those wishing sleeping car accomodations reserved from Chicago should advise James Baker Gen’l Pass. Agent Monon Route, Chi cago or L. E. 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