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flour, that, was to be made out of that wheat (In Minneapolis), from Minne
apolis to Chicago; while the farmer or the warehouseman had to send his receipts for freight to the Minneapolis millers, who bought them, at reduced prices, and used them to pay freight on their flour to Chicago. It was pre cisely as if when a man went to buy a ticket from Faribault to St. Paul be would be told that they could not sell him a ticket to St. Paul, but that they would sell him a ticket to Chicago, and that he could sell the balance of his ticket in St. Paul, for whatever the scalpers would give him for it! Gov. Donnelly assailed this system in the campaign of 188£ with such force and created such a public sentiment against it that the Milwaukee and St. Panl Railroad company was compelled to give it np; and ever since they have sent their agents into Gov, Donnelly’s county to fight, him, with all the money they could use, whenever he was a candidate fpr any office. This abolition of the ,“rebate system” has been worth a million dollars, In the last eight years, to the farmers along the H. & D. R. R.; but the Todd county Argus says Gay, Donnelly never did any good to anybody; that he is visionary, etc., and that Knute Nelson is the man who has been helping the producing classes. the grange; ob patrons of husbandry. Whenever the politicians attack Gov. Donnelly for inconsistency just ask them these questions: 1. Was he not an active and zealous member of the patrons of hus bandry or grange twenty years ago? 2. Did he not deliver hundreds of speeches, at his own expense, in be half of that association and the reforms it was laboring for? 3 Did ho not preach precisely the same doctrines he is preaching to day? Has he not always preached them? 4 Was not the grange ruined because the corporations bought np its leaders; and they all united to denounce Gov. Donnelly, just as the politi cians are denouncing him today, for the reason that he .urged the farmers to use the ballot box for the improvement of their financial condition? Were not the rank and file fooled by this abuse of their best friend, to courses that led eventually to the destruction of the grange itself? 5. Did not the Minneapolis millers headed by Bill King [the great lobbyist, who was indicted for per jury, in the district of Columbia, and fled to Canaria, while the officers of the government were hunting for him.] did they not give a grand banquet to the state grange about fifteen years ago —refusing to invite Gov. Donnelly, and was it not all a “set up job” that the hireling head of the order should get up and denounce Mr. Donnelly in unmeasured terms, under the shadow of the Minneapolis mills, because he was true to the people and would not sell out to the Robbers? And did not all this help, soon after, to smash up the grange, so that it ceased to be of any importance in the state, or of any use to ttie farmers? (». And what was Knute Nelson doing while Ignatius Donnelly was thus laboring to hold up the grange, so as to accomplish the reforms de manded by the people? He was practising law, and taking care of himself; while Gov. Donnelly was calling down upon his own head unlimited perse cution, slanders and abuse in his eff >rtn to help the people of the state. 7. And then ask the defamers of Gov. Donnelly to tell you how many rail lions of dollars would have been saved to the people of this state if, fif teen years ago, corrupt men had not humbugged the patrons of husbandry into denouncing tbeir best friend? Ask them also, how many farmers who, in those fifteen years, have lost their homes by foreclosure of mortgages, and have been driven out of the state, would be today prosperous and happy citizens of Minnesota if Gov. Donnelly had been able to carry out the ivforms he advocated? And then ask them whether the farmers are fools enough to vote down their friend, as they did fifteen years ago, and keep the men who" have robbed them for a lifetime forever in power. Gov. Donnelly can live and make money by his pen. Can the people of Minne sota afford to say that they do not went his help in the government of Minnesota, but they prefer that Jim Hill and the Rings and Corporations should rule the state for another fifteen years? When Mr. Donnelly gives up t lie battle where will the people find another as able and as willing to save t hem? Can the friends of Hon. Knute Nelson point to a single in stance, in his whole career, where he has introduced or advocated any measure to make the producing and laboring classes more prosperous? See the record of Mr. Nelson and Gov. Donnelly, in an other column, show ing how they voted, side by side, in the state senate, in 1875, 1876, 1877 and 1878, when every time Mr. Nelson was found on the side of the rings and corporations, and Gov. Donnelly was found on the side of the people. And remember that was sixteen years ago, when neither of them expected to be candidate for governor, at this time; but they voted the real senti ments of their hearts. GOV. DONNELLY IN THE STATE SENATE. Driven out of public life by the money-power, Gov. Donnelly remained in private life for some years, until he was taken up by the people of hie own county, as an independent candidate, and elected to the State Senate. His majority was greater than the total vote given to his opponent, — a very worthy man, too. Gov. Donnelly has served for six years in the state senate viz.: 1874. 1875,1876,1877,1878 and 1891, and one term in the House, in 1887. His personal popularity in his own county is great, and especially in his own township; and this is the best answer to all the attacks made upon him. In 1890 he defeated the democratic candidate for State Senator, by nearly 400 majority, although the couaty is usually democratic by 500 majority; he had also about 700 majority over the republican candidate. In his own township he had 50 votes, the democratic candidate had 6 and the republi can 9; while for governor Owen had 20 votes, Merriam 22 and Wilson 21; so that he ran 30 votes ahead of his ticket out of a total of 65 votes! Everybody in the state knows how zealously Gov. Donnelly has Work ed, during those seven legislative sessions, to advance the prosperity of the whole people of the state, it would be an endless task to begin to give a list of the measures he has advocated and many of them he succeeded in carrying through the branch he was in, only to have them, in many cases, defeated in the other house. Take the first sess ; on of the Senate in which he served, in 1874, eighteen years ago. There was then no peoples party and he stood almost alone in the senate, as an unqualified Aufi-monopolist. THE LEECH LAKE PINE LAND CONTRACT. On the third day of the session, (p. 15 of Journal of Senate), Jan’y 8, 1874, Gov. Donnelly introduced the following resolution: “Whereas, It is alleged that a United States Indian Agent has sold to certain paities the piue and cedar timber upon 64,000 acres of school land, and 384.000 acres of swamp land,—the property of this state, situated on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, and Whereas, said pine and cedar timber constitutes the entire value of said land; and the term of said sale will not only exclude the state of Minneso ta from the possession of its own land for the period of twenty years, but will deprive it of property of the value of many millions of dollars; there fore, Resolved, That the President of the Senate shall appoint a select com mittee of five members, to inquire into said alleged sale; and report to the Senate at this session all the facts in relation thereto. Said committee shall have power to send for persons and papers and compel the attend ance of witnesses.” One would have thought that a resolution of inquiry, referring to a mat ter of such magnitude, would have been passed without a dissenting vote; but instead Senator Ward moved to lay it on the table, and the motion carried, 18 to 17. The negative vote was made up mostly of democrats with three or four republicans and as many independents, including Gov. Donnelly. Four days thereafter Gov. Donnelly called up his resolution, (p. 24), but it was again laid on the table; but at last, on Jan’y 14th, (p. 35). after a great many amendments were offered and voted down, he secured the passage of his preamble and resolution; and the appointment of a com mittee. Then followed one of the most gigantic battles ever seen in Minnesota. It turned out, when the committee got to work, that on Oct. Bth, 1872, at Washington, D. C. one Edward P. Smith, (U. S. Indian Agent for the Chip peway Indians) representing the United States, had sold to Amherst H. Wilder of St. Paul, all the pine and cedar timber standing on the Leech Lake Reservation, at the price of f 1.25 per m. feet. The evident showed that it was worth twice to four times that sum. The school and swamp lands, be longing to the state, contained timber worth nearly four million dollars (see p. 548 Senate Journal 1874). The Indians had only a right of oc cupancy, and as soon as they were removed, these lands enured to the state. There were some very sensational features connected with the case. It seems that Mr. Wilder had assigned a third part interest in this immensely valu able contract, and that Hon. James Gilfillan, for many years and now, Chief Justice of the state, was the attorney for Mr. Wilder who drew the contract, and Mr. Gilflllan refused to tell who the party was to whom the one-third interest had been assigned; and Mr. Gilfillan was brought before the bar of the Senate, but finally was excused from answering on the ground, that it was a professional and privileged communication. He aft erwards however gave out that the name of the party was one Dwyer, a close friend of the then Secretary of the Interior. Gov. Donnelly made such a fight to protect the school-lands and swamp-lands, belonging to the state, that Mr. Wilder was at last compelled to enter into an agreement, with the state, to yield up to it all claim to the timber on the same, estimated to be worth $3,903,325. And the attention of the whole nation being called to the matter the President at the United States wa w compelled to interfere and break up the contract. The entire report, with the.agreement of Hr. Wilder, will be found in the liinisilli to the Senate Journal of 1874, from page 541 to page 555; the report is electoraHicket), CharlesH. aad S. P. Ch^te^hetwo latiar gentle mdk wUfg UWi -■ [ 1 - j *- lll^ pi Any man who wifi foftow up the matter will be aatfafied that the bold and resolute course of Qtr. Donnelly saved the state property worth star- CHEAP SCHOOL BOOKS. It was la tfch same session of 1874 that Gov. Donnelly began his great fight for cheap school books, by introducing a bill, S. F. No. 21, p. 27; but it was not until 1877, after four years of continued fighting, with powerful School Book Rings from all parte of the United States, spending in one ses sion #20,000, tha t GoV. Donnelly at last secured the passage of a law which cut down the price of school books nearly one-half besides stopping the con stant changes; and he lms thereby saved the people of the state in the last fifteen years #1.689,965. If the reader doubts this statement tot him buy HIS COURSE AS A LEGISLATOR. a copy of “Donnelliana,” and turn to page 85,86 and 87* off‘Biography,” where he will find the whole story told, & detail, giving call tfhe facts and figures, the estimates of Gov. Austin, etc. And it is a ennoas and instructive met, that Hon. Knute Nelson was in the State Senate at the same time, and did all he could to defeat this great measure of, reform; even going so far as to raise a point of parliamentary law, to prevent the State Senate from thanking a member of the House, named Brandt, who had been paid SSO by the School Book Ring and took it for the purpose of exposing them, and went straight to the House and made a speech denovneing the Ring and sent the money up to the speaker. The Ring tried to have Brandt ex pelled; Senator Donnelly tried to help him by offering a resolution in the Senate thanking him; and Knute Nelson objected, on a technical point of order, and prevented the passage of the resolution. ' Bat the Todd county Argus says Gov. Donnelly never helped the people he was pretending to serve; and that he is a “visionary;” “and that Knute Nelson is the real statesman and philanthrophist. ■ -v • . - ••i ‘ ‘ On page 87 of the Senate Journal of 1874 will be found the record of a Joint Resolution introduced by Gov. Donnelly for “a preliminary survey of the country between St. Croix Falls and Lake Superior, with a view to es tablishing water communication by canal and locks and dams between the navigable waters of said river and lake.” This was a project which Gov. Donnelly has urged for a quarter of a century. The St. Croix river is navigable from the Mississippi river to Tay lors Falls; above the Falls there is a long stretch of river which a small ex penditure of money would rendec navigable for canal boats, quid then there is but about fifty miles of canal to build, across a fiat, marshy country, be fore we get to the waters running into Lake Superior. If fiuclra canal could be constructed, by the general government, it would unite the great water system of the Mississippi Valley with the other great water system of the Lakes; and every town on the Mississippi, Minnesota, etc., ponld ship its wheat all the way to Montreal or Buffalo by water, and( thus escape from the great railroad monopoly. But the railroads fought any'such project; and his advocacy of the St. Croix canal was another rea&on why Gov. Donnelly had to be kept in private life; and so this grebt nieasure, which would have helped every farmer in Minnesota, was defeated. i' - •* REGULATING railroad RATES. i Mr. James E. Child, editor of the Waseca Herald, a Prohibition paper, recently published the following: 1 1 We cannot support Mr. Donnelly as candidate for governor for the rea son that we have no confidence in him. In 1874 after a king struggle, the farmers of the state secured a law prohibiting railroad discriminations and fixing maximum rates for the carrying of freight and passengers. Mainly through his efforts and treachery that law was repealed in 1875. Now the facts are that the law was not passed in 1874 and repealed in 1875. It was passed in 1872 and repealed in 1874. Mr. Donnelly labored hard to secure* the passage of the original bill, and fought its repeal, in 1874, with all his power, to the bitter end. Here is the history of the whole matter. This bill, the first*and only one that ever passed the legislature of this state, to fix rates of freight on railroads, was the outgrowth of the granger excitement, of which Mr. Donnelly was the most conspicuous leader, twenty years ago. The railroad corporations refused to obey the law; they tonk it to the supreme court of this state, and the supreme court affirmed the constitutionality of the law; then the railroad companies ap pealed it to the United States court; and the United Stateß court declared that the state had a perfect right to control the railroads and fix rates of transportation on freight, etc. The United States court, at that time, was not yet packed by the corporations, and decided on the side of the people. Since then a new decision has been obtained, within the last two or three years, which practically takes the control of the corporations out of the hands of the people, and puts the state and railroad company on terms of equality, and compels them to fight out their differences before the judici ary department, thus making the courts and pot the legislatures the ulti mate seat of power—a radical change which really subverts our whole theorf of free government. When the railroad corporations found that they were beaten before both the state.and national courts they still would not obey the law; they never obey any law unless it suits them, but they proceeded to pack the. next state leg slature with tbeir tools, in order to repeal the law. This they accomplished, and ever since, despite the continued efforts of Gov. Donnelly and many others, no legislature has ever been able to pass a law fixing maximum rates for the transportation of freight and passengers; or, in fact, to pass any law which the railroad corporations did not approve of. Indeed this whole campaign is to determine whether the people or+he railroad companies shall own the state government. Mr. James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern Railroad company, has named the candi dates for governor on both the republican ana democratic tickets; an d the two old parties will combine before electiotrci&T to defeat Gov. Already a leading republican paper, of ffadma county, .opeqly advocates such fusion. t On February 19th, 1874, (p. 291 Senate Journal) My. Butler, senator for Minneapolis, introduced S. F. No. 271, “A bill to create ajboard of rail road commissioners, and to provide rules for the managqmeqt of all rail road corporations in this state.” " “This was the bill refeired to by Mr. Childs. It repealed the existing law which had just been affirmed by the courts. The nrsit test vote came on the report of the committee of the whole (p. 341), jpecopimending the passage of the bill. Senator Wilkinson moved a call jqf the senate. Mr. Graves moved that further proceedings under the call be dispensed with. Carried, yeas 36, nays 2. The nays were Donnelly and Wilkinson. The same day (p. 344) the bill was passed, yeas 29, nays ; 7. yhe nays were Cox, Donnelly, Drake, Meighen, Wells, Westfall and Wilfcinspn. All these gentlemen were earnestly opposed to the passage of the bill, except Mr. Drake. He was a senator from St. Paul, and president of she Sioux City Railroad company. He really engineered the passage of the -bill, through the legislature, but he pretended that he did not want the board of railroad commissioners created, but simply desired the repeal of the existing law, although he knew very well that the commissioners would have no power to protect the people, even if they desired to do so; and that they were only a tub thrown to the whale to quiet the people on the repeal of the law. And yet with all that record before him Childs says Gov. Donnelly helped to pass that bill! He knows that Gov. Donnelly made speech after speech against its passage and fought it to the best of his ability. The bill then went to the house and some amendments were made to it, and it had, consequently, to be passed once more by the senate. It came up March 5,1874, (see p. 482 of Senate Journal) and it was passed by a vote of 34 yeas and 2 nays. The two nays were Donnelly and Drake! When the vote was taken and the rights of the people stricken down, in the face of Gov. Donnelly’s forcible protests, and there was but his single vote against the repeal of the law, Senator Drake, as a joke, voted with Gov. Donnelly and advanced across the senate chamber, with a grin on his face, and shook hands with Gov. Donnelly, amid the uproarious laughter and applause of that subservient senate. It was a joke for the railroad men, but a sorry joke for the people of Minnesota, who under that repeal have been, ever since, stripped of millions of dollars of their hard-earned money, to pay extortionate charges for railroad transportation of their productions and of the goods purchased by them; and that, too, not on actual capital, but on “watered stock,” which takes ten millions a year out of the people of the state. And now comes a man who was in public life at that time, and whose brother, S. P. Child, was in the senate at the time, and stands recorded as voting for the repeal of that very law, and charges that it was “through the efforts and treachery of” Gov. Donnelly that the law was repealed! It is not a case of ignorance on jhe part of this editor, but of dishonest mis representation—sheer, absol fee lying. And, what is more, the public may be sure he will never retract is falsehood until after election. He has not the manhood. But if the people of Minnesota had stood by Goy. Donnelly at that time, and had sustained that law, and similar laws to the same end, they would today be worth hundreds of millions of dollars more than they are worth. But the liars and hireling knaves deceived the people then, as they are trying to deceive them now, by filling their ears with slanders against the only public man in Minnesota who ever attempted to improve the con dition of the common people. They are rallying all the forces of calumny and falsehood once more, because they say to one another, Gov. Donnelly is getting too old to keep up the fight much longer, and If wb can only de feat him this time we will probably never be troubled with him again; and then we can plunder the people at our own sweet will, with nO one to mo lest or make us afraid. o s THE USURY LAW. 0 J What was the history of the usury law which has greatly reduced the rate of interest in Minnesota and saved the homes erf thousands of the people? Gov. Donnelly made effort after effort to secure suchga law. In 1877 a lot of poor farmers living near Sauk Center, who were horribly plundered and oppressed by a merciless human shark, a money lender at that place, sent petitions to the governor of the state, begging for fplief. The gover nor referred them to the state senate, January 18,1877," (p. 51 Journal of Senate.) Mr. Donnelly at once moved that they be referred to a select committee of five. This motion prevailed and he was made chairman of the committee. On the floor of the senate he attacked the merciless wretch who had impoverished whole townships with such'fierceness that the usurer came down to St. Paul to prosecute him for slander. He came to the door of the senate chamber; one of the senators told Gov. Donnelly of his presence and the purpose of his visit. “All right,” said Gov. Donnelly, “I will give him something to sue for,” and he forthwith commenced to re count, in a speech, the misdeeds find oppressions of the fellow in such with ering terms that he turned tail and fled back to Sauk Centre without com mencing proceedings. The same day (p. 53) Gov. Donnelly introduced. his bill, S. F. No. 77, “A bill to prevent usury;” it was referred to the committee of five, of which he was chairman. On January 20 (p. 64) the committee reported it back with a recommendation that it pass. On February Ist it passed the sen ate, 26 yeas, 11 nays. The bill then went to the house; but a similar bill had been introduced in the house, a copy of Gov. Donnelly’s; it passed there and came to the senate and Gov. Donnelly took it np, and on February 20 it was passed by the senate, yeas 27, nays 4 (p. 382.) This law has acted as a stay-law. In thousands of cases fanners have saved their farms simply because the money-lender knew he had exacted usurious interest, and that if the former was pressed to the wall he would THE ST. CROIX CANAL. plead “usury,” and thus get dear of the whole debt. The entire state is aware of the tremendous fight that waa made in the last session to abolish this forfeiture clause. The author of his biography (p. 129), speaking of this contest, said: Yes, it is ‘‘ingrained” in him (Donnelly) to defend the oppressed, and it is “ingrained” in him to advocate the same ideas in office that he did before he got the office. And there is no human power that can corrupt him, or intimidate him, or cajole him. He will fight as bravely alone as with ten thousand at his back. I well remember last winter, when the great battle was on over the usury question and the repeal of the forfeiture clause, when his allies, and some even of his own men, deserted him, and when he was the subject of savage attacks without number on the floor and in the newspapers—l well remember the fierce determination with which he said: “The republicans may desert me, but I shall stand firm. The democrats may desert me, but I shall stand firm. The alliance may desert me, but I shall stand firm. You may hack the flesh off these bones, but the very bones will continue to fight for justice.” We know of nothing equal to that since Martin Luther declared that he would go to the Diet of Worms “though there were as many devils there as there are tiles on the roofs of the houses.” But we have said enough to demonstrate that not only is the editor of the Todd Co. Argus a slanderer, but that Gov. Donnelly has, by his labors added millions of dollars to the wealth of the people of this state. Let us briefly recapitulate: 1. His labors, thirty-two years ago, to abolish the five per cent per month interest on money. 2. His labors against human slavery. 3. His labors to strike the word “white” out of the state constitution. 4. His defeat of the swindling Indian appropriation, in 1864, whereby the United States was saved $150,000. 5. His labors in Congress in behalf of universal education, which re sulted in the establishment of the Bureau of Education. 6. His labors in behalf of tree-planting on the prairies of the west. 7. His labors in behalf of free schools in the South. 8. His labors in Congress to save the settlers heavy outlay in proving up on their claims. 9. His efforts to prevent the evil consequences flowing from railroad land-grants. 10. His abolition of the “swindling brass kettle,” which has been worth millions of dollars to the farmers of Minnesota. 11. His abolition of the Debate system on the H. &D. R. R., worth at least one million dollars to the farmers on that line of road. 12. His labors, for years, at his own expense, in the old Grange, or Patrons of Husbandry, out of which the alliance has grown, and from that came the peoples party. 13. His defeat of the Leech Lake Pine Land Swindle, which saved the state nearly four million dollars worth of property. 14. His battle for cheap school books, which has saved the families of this state nearly three million dollars, in fifteen years. 15. His labors to open a free water-wav connection between all parts of Minnesota and the Great Lakes, via the St. Croix river; which if ef fected will be worth millions more to the farmers of Minnesota. 16. His labors to reduce railroad rates, which were defeated in some cases by proved bribery, as in 1887, when one member of the House swore that he was offered SSOO, by another member, to vote against the people, on Gov. Donnelly’s R. R. bill. 17. His successful labors to reduce the rate of interest on money, and abolish usury by forfeiting the usurious loan. But all this array does not begin to finish the list of this man’s labors for the good of mankind. His “Caesar’s Column,” which has been read by millions, on both sides of the Atlantic, is a great warning to the world of the dangers that await civilization if the Plutocracy continue to control the nations. Huget” is an appeal for charity and fair-play in behalf of the unfortunate colored people. His new novel “The Golden Bot tle”—is an attempt s instruct the multitude in the great financial ' ues tions of the day, under the disguise of a romance. And what has Gov. Donnelly received for all these labors? The state has been enriched by them to the extent of many millions of dollars, as we have shown, but what has been the reformer’s reward? He has been driven out of national public life, and kept out of it for twenty-three years; yrhile the Minnesota men with not one tenth his power, and not one hundredth part his philanthrophic spirit, have been elevated, again and again, to governorship, senatorship and positions in the presidential cab inet at Washington. His reward has been only continuous abuse and mis representation. Nothing has been left undone to blacken him; but in the midst of poverty, supporting himself by his pen, he has continued to work on, for the welfare of the human race. STAND BY THE WHOLE TICKET. Good reader, —Is it not time this proscription should stop? Isn’t twenty-tiir§6 years of ostracism-by-tbs corporations long cd^tigTr? —— If you think so, talk this matter over with your neighbors, let them read this paper and then see what can be done in your township to help elect not only Gov. Donnelly, but all the rest of the peoples party ticket, state and national. It is no use to have a governor on your side if he has a lieutenant governor who will pack the committees of the State Senate in the interest of the corporations, as has been done for yeaiy ast. And the governor can accomplish little if he has notan attorney general heartily in sympathy with him, who will prosecute the wrong doers, with zeal and energy, when directed to do so by the governor. And the governor should have a whole state administration in full accord with his views and pur poses. And moreover he will need a House of Representatives next winter to pass the laws demanded by the people. LOOK TO THE SUPREME COURT, VOTE FOR DAVIDSON And abore all, the voters will need a Supreme Court that will not set aside the acts of the legislature, as fast as they are enacted, in the interest of rings and railroad companies. You must vote not only for Messrs. Thomas Canty and Daniel Buck for Judges of the Supreme Court, but also for W. N. Davidson, the other candidate of the peoples party for judge. Remember that while Messrs. Canty and Buck were nominated by the peo pies party and endorsed by the democratic party, and will therefore cer tainly be elected, that the R. R. power, with Jim Hill at its head, secured the nomination of Win. Mitchell, by both the republicans and democrats. There are five member of the Supreme Court, of whom two hold over:— hence if Canty and Buck are elected they will be but two out of five; they will be a helpless minority; and the corporations will still control the Su preme Court <?f the state. To prevent this you must elect W. N. Davidson. If you do so fae people will then own that court. Explain this to your re publican and democratic neighbors and if they will vote for no other part of the people’s ticket beg them to vote for Davidson. The Supreme Court sits above legislature and governor and all the people, clothed with absolute power, and it is of the utmost importance that it should no longer be the servant of Monopoly. Vote youself and see that your neighbors vote. After reading this do not rest until you kaow that every voter in your township has also read it. ” This is your battle. Do not stop working for your own protection un til the polls close on election day. Don’t stop even then but watch the count of the vote and see that you are not cheated by false returns. By order of the Exec. Com. How the Elevators and Railroad Companies Work Together to Rob the Producers. In his address before the State Farmers’ Alliance, at its great meeting, held in Minneapolis last January, Hon. Ignatius Donnelly, president of the state alliance spoke as follows: WHAT CAN WE DO? In 1887, as a member of the house, I introduced ?ud secured the pass age of an amendment to the constitution of the sty* -adding a new section to article IV, as follows: “Sec. 35. Any combination of persons, either as individuals or as mem bers or officers of any corporation, to monopolise the markets for food products in this state, or to interfere with, or restrict the freedom of such markets, is hereby declared to be a criminal conspiracy, and shall be pun ished in such way as the legislature may provide.” This amendment was adopted November 6th, 1888, by an overwhelm ing vote. The last legislature passed an act, (see Chap. 10, General Laws of Min nesota p. 82) to cany out the provisions of this amendment to the consti tution, which provides that any individual or corporation becoming a party to any pool, trust or agreement or combination, to fix the price of lumber, coal, grain, flour etc., shall be deemed guilty of a conspiracy to de fraud, and on conviction shall be fined not less than SIOO nor more than $5,000. Jr The act should be amended at the next session of the legislature, an as to make the penalty imprisonment in the state prison, for the individual or officers cf tin l corporation, of not less than one year nor more than ten years CAN WE CONVICT THEM? . i ..... Have we proof enough to convict these robbers. I think we have. We have evidence which shows that on October 9,1891, P. P. Shelley, general traffic manager of the Great Northern railway, wrote a letter to the “Nelson Union Store Company,” of Nelson, Douglas County, a farmers’ association for self-protection and to assure the full pries of their produc tions, in which Mr. Shelley said: “Complaints have reached us, from Osakis and West Union, that the buyers on our line are paying above list.” That is, the farmers’ association, of Nelson, was paying the real price of wheat, or an approximation to it, to the producers, and exceeding the price which the Ring had agreed the farmers should have. Mr. Shelly continues: “Upon investigation I find that this is so, and, following thematterup, I learn that your company is the cause of the disturbance. The elevator companies, at the points above mentioned, threaten to meet yonr prices if Concluded on page 8* ME MEMBER, Gov. Donnelly has twice Challenged both Nelson and Lawler to meet him in debade, and both declined the in vitation. They are afraid to confront the Live Issues of the day. Cash Davit’s Record. Keep before the people that it is hinted that the C. Davis’ private life is not like Camsar’s wife, above sus picion. That though impecunious in St. Paul he gives entertainments to the social circles of dissolute Washington where a fellow can see more beauty unadorned in a singleevening than in all his natural life, at least since he was weaned. That he charged the towns of Plain view and Elgin in the neighboring county of Wabasha, an attorney’s fee of $45,000, which is an annual fee of $4,500 for the ten years since the suit was commenced, at which ratio it would be $270,000 for the whole of Dodge county or over SIOO apiece for every voter in the county, which are just so many reasons— and good ones—why he should be left at home to retain his valuable prac tice. That he as chairman on the Pacific railroad committee has recommend ed extending the time for payment to 100 years at per cent, which com panies have received in the 24 years since completion, in earnings, sub sidies, interest paid on defaulted bonds by the United States, etc., over $800,000,000, while less than $350,000,000 have been paid out for building the road and operating the same, and that these sublime thieves having taken and absorbed this vast sum into their private fortunes, now ask and find a willing tool in Davis to legisla e $124,000,000 more out of the treasury to pay this debt. We accept the issue and will fight it right out on that line, for we be lieve the people want Davis back in the senate just about as bad as Heaven wants the devil back again. The financial standing of Senator Davis is well known to the people of St. Paul, and to many outside of that city. It was made a pretext for voting him SBOO per annum when governor in lieu of the rent paid for a house for his predecessor and six years ago when elected, his election was said to be a spontaneous demand of the people, because of his ability in stead of a millionaire. His poverty was used as the means of carrying his bark in safety over the indignant wave of popular protect to plutocrat ic politics which two years later broke in wrath upon the republican party, defeating it in both branches of the legislature, and rolling up a popular vote against it in the state aggregating over 63,000 votes, for the people supposed that being one of the people, and elected by a demand of the people, he would vote and work in the senate for the people who elected him, but in this thev wi>r- de ceived. ENTERTAINMENTS AT WASHINGTON. The great plain people soon heard through the dailies that this poor man whom they had enfranchised to represent them was giving at a costly mansion, rented at a figure far beyond his personal means, en tertainments which cost thousands of dollars each, and current gossip said these were patronized very large ly by that numerous class of panders and go-betweens who thrive by run ning private or corporation grists through the congress mill at public expense. It is not necessary to make specific charges, but somebody’s money pays for these costly displays of tight pants, immaculate collars and cuffs, bare arms and low neck dresses, and we leave the reader to infer if our senator has Alladin’s lamp or some other meariß of con juring at his disposal.—West Concord People. Wake Nicoilemns, For the great day has come when the dead patriots of that other day must be summoned. The republican and democratic parties have united to destroy the republic. Treason is rampant, and anarchy lifts its slimy head under the twin party protec tion. They have inaugurated gigan tic crimes against the people in order that civil war may follow—and on the ruins shall be erected a “strong government!'’ Such was the demand of the New York “Imperialist,” pub lished by Vice President Morton. Such was the word of candidate Rat Ileid, in the New York Tribune. Now the two parties unite in Alabama, are defeated by 40,000 majority (with 70 uer cent, of the white vote) and defy law and justice and “hold the fort” by fraud! It is the deliber ate design of the old parties to break up the republic by anarchical defi ance of law, and by breaking down the safeguards of the republic. Brand the old parties with their anarchy—and let the people know the work I—Great West. Judge Macdonald. T*'o p oncord People said of our candidate for attorney general: “It really produced a cataclisn; in the Globe building when it was known that John L. Macdonald, ex-judge and ex congressman, a life long democrat, had accepted the nomina tion of attorney general on the peo ple’s ticket. Old uncle Baker skinned quickly out for fear that such a pol itical eartbquakein a temple devoted exclusively to politics, would destroy the structure, but at last account it was still standing. This acceptance means that Scott, Carver, Sibley and Le Sueur counties will swing their democratic majorities for the peo ple’s ticket with a send-off 10,000 better than Owen received two years ago.” Alabama. Do not be deceived. The claim that Jones, democrat, was elected governor of Alabama, is a falsehood. The daily papers still state it so. The peoples party candidate, Kolb, was elected by 40,000 majority—bat the democratic control of the state refuses to allow the count to be mad# except on false returns from sixteen “black counties,” or fully twenty others where they were wholly bogus. There is to be a struggle there for public justice.—Great West.