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T — —’ -■ i-c" —— srw-*f ,-i-VTV • ■' g " ' " T J - **- ~ ~ '' " '~ 7 "" ’ rT " . THIS IS NUMBER | mi ] ] | This Republic was founded “ -4 —p— =■=-- f|l| / t • k J 11/ A upon principles which involve <r loo —■■■ 'I 1 A I ■ "MA AT 11/ API T fit Dignity of Labor. To dee ~Henumberonthe printed ad- I |I M I T . VVHX I I ! *A Caste cannot MSKaawr IUO UlCuili u IjOu SI.GO A YEAR IN ADVANCE. IG PROOFS! Ignatius Donnelly's Reply to the Pioneer Press, the Great Organ of Plutocracy and Robbery. FACTS, NOT THEORIES! $16,500,000 Taken from the Farmers of Minnesota Every Year by a Republican and Democratic Wheat Ring. $300,000,000 Taken from One Hundred Thousand Minnso ta Farmers in Twenty Years. Read and Circulate! Let the Light Shine! To the Editor of the Pioneer Press': On the 16th of August, 1892, I delivered a public address at Water ville, in Le Sueur county, in this state, on behalf of the people’s party. On the platform sat a stenographer, who made, in some respects, an imperfect report of what I said. In your issue of Sept. 19th you saw fit to publish parts of that report, in a garbled form, and to attempt a reply to it. I propose to make a rejoinder to your reply, not because I deem your utter ances worthy of that consideration, but because I can use you, and your assertions, as illustrative of a great question, in which all the people of this state are interested, to the extent of many millions of dollars. For as you are held in universal public estimation as, par excellence , the representative of all the plunderers of the people of this state for the past quarter of a cen tury, and as no man doubts your illimitable capacity for sophistry and misrepresentation, it may be justly inferred that what you have not said in behali of the robbers of the people cannot be said at all by any one else with a lesser equipment of mendacity. THE VALUE OF MR. DONNELLY’S CHARACTER. The first point you make is as follows: 4 ‘lt is well known that, ever since the Pioneer Press demonstrated to the satisfaction of even a prejudiced Minneapolis jury that Mr. Donnelly’s character was worth exactly one fifty-thousandth part of the estimate that he himself put upon it, or just one dollar, he has never neglected an oppor tunity in his speeches to denounce the Pioneer Press as the hireling tool of corporations and the advocate of all the iniquities which are current in the world.” Permit me to say that you gravely misapprehend the meaning of that verdict. The question for the jury was not the value of my reputation, but the extent of your capacity to injure it; and they held, rig tly -enough that, in view of your own notorious character, as a journal always in the market to the highest bidder, and always ready to sell out your so-called “principles” for a mess of pottage, and betray the political organization to which you pretended to belong for a little local plunder; and the further fact of the universal contempt in which your infamous sheet and its pro prietors are held by the whole state, the latter as scheming, tricky and disreputable men; the jury, I say, held, very properly, that it was, not in your power to injure any man’s reputation more than to the extent of one dollar. But the jury threw the costs upon you; and this, with ten or fif. teen thousand dollars of attorneyand detective fees (which I see you are unable to pay), is helping, thank God, to precipitate you into that final financial ruin which awaits those who serve the devil. I have traveled this year in whole regions of Minnesota where it was impossible to find a copy of your decaying, doomed and demoralized sheet. Like a shameless cour tesan, who has lost her good luck, and is but a wreck of her former gaudy beauty, poverty has come to add the horrors of ugliness to the ruins of de. bauchery; and yet you would paint an inch thick, and thrust your hideous countenance, uncalled for, into the councils of decent people. No. If you had praised me I have no doubt that jury would have awarded me SIOO,OOO damage, for your compliments have been fatal to all upon whom you have bestowed them, from that virtuous citizen, Alexander Ramsey, down to that really respectable gentleman, Stanford Newell. As Ben Johnson says: “It is as if an infamous bawd or whore Should praise a matron, what could hurt her more?” And you are really proud of the fact that a jury declared you couldn’t hurt my character (firmly fixed, as it is in the affection and respect of all honest people) more than one dollar’s worth 1 In your issue of Sept. 27th, 1892, you summarize the points of your objections to my speech in eleven propositions. For convenience sake I shall consider them in their order. Your first statement is as follows: 1. He (Donnelly) said that the Pioneer Press had alleged that “from 10 to 13 cents per bushel was stolen from the farmers by a ring of elevator men extending from Liverpool to the Red River valley.” The fact was that the Pioneer Press had shown by a comparison of prices for wheat at Duluth and Liverpool, after taking into account all known charges of whatever character for handling the wheat, that there was an increment of 10 cents in the Liverpool price which could not be accounted for; that it was an ap parent loss of 10 cents to the farmer, but hy what agency it was absorbed it did not know. By what authority, theu, does Mr. Donnelly say that the Pioneer Press alleged that “from 10 to 13 cents per bushel was stolen from the farmers by a ring of elevator men extending from Liyerpool to the Red River valley?” Answer : Now, what does this amount to? You admit that there is a steal of from 10 to 13 cents per bushel on every bushel of wheat sold in Minnesota, North and South Dakota during the past three years; and every one knows that if that sum was stolen it must have been stolen by the men who handled that wheat in its passage to Liverpool; and these were the elevator men, tor they alone have a monopoly of the business. It cer tainly was not stolen by the farmers, nor the clergymen of the Church of England, nor by the man in the moon. You trace a bushel of wheat into the hands of an elevator Co. in the Red River valley; you follow it to Liverpool; you prove that somehow, somewhere, the farmers were robbed of from 10 to 13 cents a bushel while it was in transit—while it was in the hands of that elevator man or his assigns; but you cry out, “Oh, we don’t e ay the elevator man stole that difference I” Well, if he didn’t steal it, who in thunder did? Your article argued that the railroad companies did not take it. Do you pretend that the poor, innocent, guileless elevator men were robbed of 13 cents a bushel on every bushel of wheat by the codfish between Newfoundland and the coast of Albion? If the editor of the Pioneer Press (it is almost sacrilege to think the thought) had had the writing of t hat part of the gospel which describes how the wayfarer, on his way to Jericho, “fell among thieves,” and was robbed and wounded, he would (out of respect for the feelings of all the other thieves in the world) have added, “But, take notice, that while we say he fell into the hands of the thieves and was robbed and wounded, we didn’t say the thieves did it! Oh, no! And we won’t say who did it. Possibly it was the Good Samaritan.” And this is the kind of imbecile trash to which a once powerful paper WHO GETS THE STEAL. JUSTICE TO THE POOR J 8 THI.RI OH TEOUSNESS OF OOP. ST. Fault STINN.r FRIDAY, OCT. 7. 1993. has degenerated,in the days of its senility and debility. Prepare the hearse and let the funeral procession move. MINNESOTA’S GRADE OF WHEAT. Your next point is as follows: 2. He said that another 10 cents per bushel was lost to the farmer by the difference in the value of the grades o t wheat chosen as terms of com ?arison. On what ground does he make, this assertion, when the Pioneer 'ress had selected the Duluth grade, which came nearest in market price to that known in Chicago and Liverpool as No. 2 spring, and took into account the small difference of 2 or 3 cent® per bushel in the market price? Answer: Every man who knows anything about wheat knows that there is a tremendous difference between the hard wheat of Minnesota and the soft spring wheat of lowa, Illinois, etc. That difference constitutes the basis of the superiority of Minnesota flour and its high price in the markets of the world. While I was in England, in 1888,1 saw Minnesota flour ad vertised by name, and its price was the highest in the market. The differ ence is due to climatic causes; it is an ineradicable one. HOW THE RERUBLICANS G-et Tariff Items From British Shores to Scare the Phlonks and The republican national committee has been caught in the act of em ploying agents to go to England and pay the press to write “protection” and “free trade” articles wherewith to hoodoo the American laborer. They, for instance, get articles bragging over the benefits to England of low lariff in THIS country—and there pat the democratic bubby-boy on the pate—with a. “God-bless-you-my-child” accent. These articles are then copied from the English journals into plutocratic papers here —with a whoop, and a yawp of glee! President Harrison gave the fraud his benediction, and two agents were appointed. The first agent turned states evidence and gave the whole thing away. He got mad because the second agent was appointed. He even claims to have letters from Harrison, endorsing the fraud, in his pos session. There is more to come. The charges of the editor of the Great West, flung at the “Associated Press,” have found their way into eastern journals—and have actually compelled that gigantic giant of intellectual despotism to “come off its perch” and explain itself. We declared, and declare in every public speech, that the Associated Press controlled every mile of telegraphic wire, and furnished the news ac cording to its own despotic notion of truth and lying, to every daily news paper in the United States. And that it and its minions could compel the dailies to get into- the band wagon with them—or perish. And that its hired minions lied at will; misrepresented at pleasure; villified to a brown turn, and suppressed as it seemed best to an organized plutocracy. That is what we said—say now—and shall say—until the vile and vil lainous censorship over intelligence is broken up, and America has once again a free press. The Associated Press was compelled to meet the charges. It did so— and behold! the rankest unrighteousness known in the four centuries of the printing press has simply unclothed its own hideous leprosy. Here is their statement: New York, Special, Sept. 28.— The Associated Press, Office of the Ex ecutive committee, New York, September 27,1892.—Dear Sir: In conse quence of false and misleading reports which are being promulgated to in jure the Associated Press, it has become necessary to make the following statement: The Associated Press is an organization for the collection and dissemi nation of news. Its object is not to make money, but through co-opera tion to obtain the best news service possible for its members and clients. It is not a stock company. Each of the six New York dailies which consti tute its board pay from $15,000 to $25,000 a year for the news it receives. These papers hold themselves responsible for all the debts of the associa tion, and give their time to its management gratuitously. Their object has never been, and is not now, a desire to make money. The Associated Press is willing, and proposes to spend every dollar received in news gathering. Owing to complications which have existed until recently, the service has been allowed to become inferior to its standard, especially in New York city. To correct this, Henry W. Odion, a journalist of reputation and ability, has been appointed as- eastern manager, and, aided by a staff of trained assistants, will devote his time to strengthening the Associated Press all along the line. This is a new office, and independent of the gen eral manager of the eastern and western associations. In order to facili tate this work, and to give the patrons of the Associated Press a service superior to that ever given by a news association before, the Herald, the World, the Times, the Tribune and the Journal of Commerce have put their proofs at the service of the Associated Press, whereby the outside papers will be enabled to get advantage of a service costing many thou sands of dollars a year in addition to the news obtained by the Associated Press from its regular correspondents. Heretofore the Associated Press has only used the proofs of the Tribune. Moreover, the proofs of the Mail and Express, Evening World and Telegram will be sent to the Associated Press office to improve the afternoon service. The Associated Press is stronger to-day than it ever was, and means to protect its interests and those of its clients. It has the earnest support of all the papers making up its board, in spite of stories circulated to the contrary and the efforts of its enemies to do it injury by misrepresentation. It neither has nor expects to have litigations or disputes on its hands. It hopes to make amicable arrangements with such of its tributary associations whose contracts ex- Dire at the end of the year; but, in any instance, assures its clients and franchise holders that it has begun an aggressive campaign in news competition, and will protect them under all conditions and at any expense. The Associated press has a prestige never equaled by any news association, and that reputation will be maintained. Yours very truly, The New York Herald, Chairman Executive Committee New York Associated Press. Now, what does this say? Nothing but this: That five papers abso lutely owned by Jay Gould, Nrrvin Green, Russell Sage, Sidney Dillon (es tate) and Chauncey Depew, own, and are, the Associated Press—and that the others are compelled to say: “Our master which art in clover, please give us our daily bread.” And the bread is baked in those ovens of plutocracy —the lesser lights are not in it. Then it should add that those same snipper little dudes own every mile of wire of our great telegraph system—and there you have it! It means to and the interests of its clients.” Just so, Mister, and the shirtless picked up from Pennsylvania hedges because it is a prison crime to ask for bread, know it, too —and are calling God’s attention to the fact in this fateful hour! Notice.~An Important Matter! Peoples party candidates on county and legislative tickets must not forget they cannot get on the tickets under the Australian law, unless they have one and all the necessary number of sworn signers to a petition. If they delay too long it will be too late. They must see their County Audi tors at once and get blanks and secure signers. This is of the utmost im portance. [To be concluded next week.] Buncombe the Blind. The Associated Press. “protect its interests REPUBLICANS USE DYNAMITE. Who are Anarchists, Labor Men or Plutocrats?—Toilers or We have carried on the investigation so far sufficiently to prove that* the republican party did not dare to investigate the Coffey ville Dynamite* outrage—for their tool, Anarchist Henrie, was the man—and he was given a State House job to shut his mouth. We continue this week, the matter of republican fear of an investigation, after the governor had offered a re ward of $500: , Now, consider the following. Members of the farmers organization* (Videttes) who had been accused of anarchy, sent a formal petition to* Senator Lockhard, begging to have an investigation of the fearful crime. The following was the petition: TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF KANBASr Petition:— Your petitioners, citizens of the state of Kansas, respectful ly represent that one evening in October, 1888, a few weeks prior to the* late presidential and state election, a package of dynamite exploded in the* house of one H. M. Upham, at Coffey ville, in this state, whereby two inno cent women were dangerously and well-nigh fatally wounded; that thereup on the republican press and speakers made haste to allege, charge and in sinuate, that men connected with the Union Labor party in Kansas were* responsible for the crime; that suddenly, in a day or two thereafter, the re publican press of Kansas ceased to comment upon or to contain reports pi the most outrageous occurrence; that the republican officeholders of thia state and of the counties thereof have made no real effort to ascertain and apprehend the guilty persons, but have, in common with the republican press ignored this villainous and murderous conspiracy. Therefore, yout petitioners pray that your honorable body appoint sw committee to investigate— 1. The cause of what is known as the “Coffeyville Dynamite Out rage,” the names of the dynamiters and their co-conspirators, if any, and the objects they desired to attain. 2. Whether any member of the present House of Representatives of Kansas, or officer thereof, was in any manner connected with this “Cof feeyville Dynamite Outrage,” as adviser, aider, or abettor thereof. Your petitioners, having observed the righteous indignation shown by your honorable body regarding the murder of a citizen of Arkansas, have* faith to believe that you will, with like celerity, visit your wrath upon pol itical murders, or attempt threat, in your own state of Kansas. Your petitioners represent that Henry Booth, now speaker of the House* of Representatives, of Kanas was, at the time of the explosion, the manager of the republican campaign in Kansas, and chairman of the republican* state committee, or some member or members thereof, is. or are, by many citizens suspected of complicity in this said “Coffeeyville Dynamite Out rage,” wherefor your petitioners suggest the impropriety of the appoint ment of this committee to investigate by said speaker. And your petitioners will ever pray, etc. C. J. Lamb. William H Gray. Jacob Watson. Alfred Hill. And what did Senator Lockhard reply?—after the governor had offered a reward of $500! And after the governor had appointed a bleared slouch anarchist to a prominent state office, and the legislature created the place and its salary? And, note, the awful “libel” against Booth, which was swallowed in silence: Read. Topeka, Kan., Feb. 20,18 C. J. Lamb, Wm.-H. Gray, Jacob Watson, Alfred Hill Petitioners, Kirwin, Kansas.: Gentlemen:— l am just in receipt of a petition, signed by each ofyour selves, and bound with a black ribbon, and which said petition is in the words and figures following, to wit: * * * And in reply thereto permit me to say that I decline to present the sarpe to the Kansas legislature, which is composed of respectable men. because of the fact that your petition is a libel upon one of the best men in Kansas; because it is an insult to the people of this state which you, by sending me this petition, disgrace-, and because the conclusions assumed by you in the above petition are wholly and absolutely false. And ihis you and eac iof you must have fully known when you signed It. That a cowardly and trea sonable organization existed in the state of Kansas, and that the leaders - and members of that organization, belonged to, and were the leaders and members of the late 60called Union Labor party in this s’ate—a party to' which you and each of you belong—was establisi ed beyond a; doubt bv 'he* expose, published in full in the Winfied Courier, and republished in all the* papers of the state during the last campaign; and that the publication of that expose tended very largely to destroy your party in this state, in the late campaign, is shown by the thousands of reputable citizens who be longed to your party, at that time, and who subsequently voted with the republicans by reason thereof, and that you and those who now fasten the* “Coffeeyville Crime” upon leading republicans of this state, without a parti cle of truth in support therefor, are as infamous as was the fiend whose dynamite came so near killing the unfortunate women referred to in your petition. * * * And when you intimate “That the republican officers of this state, and 5 of the counties, have made no real effort to ascertain and apprehend the guilty persons,” you are either irresponsible assassins of character, and as serting that which you know nothing about, or jou are malicious liars*. and I believe that you are both. And my judgment is that your party is afflicted with the latter disease generally. * * * There is no necessity for the appointment of a committee to investigate * this “Coffeyville Outrage.” Every man in this state, who has sense enough* to right from wrong, knows that it was a member of your party that com mitted that crime; that it was your party that was interested in the perpe trat;on thereof; and that in perpetrating such a crime, he had, and has, the sympathy, if not the active assistance of, every scalawag and scoundrel in the state. No member of this legislature had aught to do therewith, either directly or indirectly, and you know this as well as any one else. No re spectable man in Kansas believes or pretends to believe the contrary. And when I contemplate the charges contained in vour petition, and re - member that, in concluding the same, you use this language: “And your petitioners wdl ever pray, etc.” lam amazed. Ye gods, that quotation is refreshing! The idea of any of you fellows praying! When did you, or either of you, commence to pray? and what was, and is, the character of' your prayers? And to whom are they addressed? What is the nature of your supplications? Do men who pray, and whose prayers are of a char acter to be answered, malign their fellow-men, as you have done in your petition, especially when they never dfd you harm? * * * Trusting that time will obliterate the evidences of your grief, occasion ed as it is by this legislature denouncing the murder of John M. Clayton, by* your conferees in Arkansas, and that with age may come wisdom,, and a change of heart on your parts. lam very respectfully. F. M. Lockhard-, State Senator- To this the chairman of the committee sending the petition replied a& follows: A THRILLING CHALLENGE. MR. LAMB’S REPLY. Hon. F. M. Lockard, State Senator, Topeka, Kan.: My Dear Sir:—l have wondered not a little whether you were really in* earnest when you wrote yours of Feb. 20th, acknowledging receipt of a petition sent you by myself and others, asking for an investigation of the “Coffeyville Dynamite Outrage.” Neither can I belieye that the reason as signed by you for refusing to present our petition for a thorough investiga tion of that damnable crime, are your real reasons. The Union Labor people of Kansas are probably as honest, as intelli gent, and more patriotic than very many republicans who make a great blunter and boast of their virtues; and as members of the Union Labor party, the signers of that petition expressed themselves not afraid of a, searching investigation of that outrage, even by a committee of a solid re publican legislature. I believe this is the attitude of all the Union Labor men in Kansas;—and you daie not turn the light of official investigation. VOL. 111. WHOLE NOr-tSS Aristocrats ? THIRD ARTICLE. A PETITION.