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LEFT THE OLD PARTY
A LETTER THAT MADE A SENSATION IN IOWA POLITICS. SeMtor Bolter, For Over Twenty Tears a Democratic Deader, Breaks With His Party—Says He Is In Dine With the Prin ciples of the People's Party. A special dispatch from Des Moines says that Ex-Senator L. R. Bolter of Lo gan, who has been a member of the leg islature for the last 24 years and for 10 years has been the Democratic leader in the senate, has repudiated the party’spo sition this year and writes the following letter to the chairman of the People’s Party: Hon. R. G. Scott, Des Moines: Dear Sir— Your kind letter of the “20th inst. duly received, and all must admit the truth of what you say. Yes, we have come to a part ing of the ways. A political revolution is upon ns. The lines are rapidly forming, but are not yet eo distinct as to be visible to the unaided eye. The day for separating the sheep from the goats, or rather from the wolves, draws near. The great question now is whether our sys tem of government shall be plutocratic or dem ocratic. The American people are today the greatest debtor people on the earth, and those debts, though represented in different forms, are largely held by Great Britain. To adopt a •ingle gold standard at this time and under inch circumstances would be equal to—aye, worse than —placing a British guard over ev ery house. The fraud of 1873, miscalled an act of con gress, should unconditionally and without time to debate be repealed. Nor should con gress stop here. A full legal tender paper money should at once be provided for and enough issued directly by the government not only to relieve the present stringency, but suf ficient in quantity to do the vast business of ths country on a “pay as you go” basis. The stupendous crime of placing chattel mortgages on children not yet born by issuing bonds payable by future generations should not only forever hereafter cease, but any at tempt so to do should .be regarded and pun ished not as a high misdemeanor merely, but ae a cowardly felony. lam a candidate for no office whatever, nor do I ever again expect to be, hence this is not said to captivate the populace merely. Nor is it a newborn seal nor a recent inspiration, for all who know me best are well aware that these have been my oft expressed sentiments, long before there was a Greenback party, long be fore there was any party formed pledging itself to such principles. I had always hoped and believed, however, that should the Democratic party, in whose cause I have so faithfully la bored all my manhood’s years, come into pow er it would adopt these or similar measure at ooee, or without unnecessary delay. I lind, however, that the power of patronage seems to be greater even than a crown. We are in the midst of such a financial drought as never overshadowed the republic before. Un der the present conditions it is clear that all mortgaged houses must go. Tens of thousands of homes that are not mortgaged, but whose owners are in debt, must also be swallowed up by the same insatiable maw if the present sit uation continues for even a few months, or, at most, a few years. This is admitted by aIL What remedy is proposed? In Washington we are told by leading men of both parties that the remedy lies in making money still scarcer —the unconditional repeal of the Sherman act. In lowa we are informed by very high author ity that no national issues need apply for con sideration: that we really have no voice or in fluence whatever in these great and pressing questions; that all our ills in this state lie on the gateway of the beer keg issue: that if re lief shall pome at all it must come through the bung of the beer barrel; that if we can only get proper legislation on this then will the rocks not only pour forth rivers of oil, but we shall he enabled to wash our weary feet not in water, but in beer. Thanking you for your kind invitation to enter the canvass, will say 1 am not yet in a situation where my work, such as you suggest, would be of value to the cause. Having been a Democrat all my life, and claiming the above expressed views to be in full accord with true Democracy as indicated by its patriotic found ers, its platforms and all its sacred traditions, I still prefer to be classed and known as such. If, however, you will kindly send me some of those speeches, such as the one you sent me— which was a good one—l will distribute to such as, in my judgment, still adhere to this doc trine, which I conceive to be the true Demo cratic faith. Truly and very respectfully yeuis, L. R. Bolter. South and West. Sectionalism! Well, we can’t help it if the interests of one part of our coun try are antagonistic to those of another. Are we of the south and west in this proposed alliance seeking to do any wrong or injure any one? I consider that we are simply trying to take care of ourselves and saving ourselves from ruin and our states from bankruptcy. [Applause.] And as I said this morning the promotion of our self interest is pa triotism, provided self interest does not go so far that you rob your neighbor and make him your slave. [Applause.] The south and west possess the strength to run this country and to rule it, and we will rule it unless we have become so be sotted and so lost to our interests, and un less we are so far enslaved by the money kings that they can come out here and buy you. Can they buy you? [A voice, “No!”] Ah, that’s mighty weak. You seem to fear the power of gold in elec tions, hut I can tell you there isn’t enough money in Wall street to buy South Carolina.—Governor Tillman’s St. Louis Speech. Victory In Defeat. Congressman Bryan and his silver re solution were defeated at the Nebraska state convention, but he takes the mat ter very quietly. Of the personal recep tion accorded the young congressman The World-Herald says: As Bryan moved from the convention hall he was surrounded by a great gath ering of men. From here to the side walk he was kept busy shaking hands. When he reached the street, a crowd of workingmen and citizens of all classes gathered around him and climbed over one another to grasp his hand. It was one of the most peculiar public ovations aver witnessed. Here was a man who had just been sat down on by an over whelming majority of his own party convention who was being congratulated on every hand—for what? The economic salontists may determine that problem. ▲ Convincing Argument. ONI gold claims that would hardly pay operating expenses a few years ago fure now valuable properties for the Teason feat the gold that can now be taken out o t than will buy nearly twice as much wheat, corn, wool, cotton and wages as it would 20 years ago. Do yon need any hotter evidence of the appreciation in value of gold? The only thing it cannot buy any more eg than it did 20 years ago is debt.—Den ver Read. 18 IT A FAILURE? Does Civilisation Show Results Which Prove That It Has Boon a Success? “Is civilization a failure, and is the Caucasian played out?” is a question that is puzzling more than the man whom Bret Harte set to playing euchre with a Chinaman. With the vast army of on employed which the panic found and added to in the United States; with more than 1,000,000 ablebodied paupers in England willing to work, hut unable to find work to do; with men, women and children* literally starving all over the so called civilized world, while food is wasting away within their sight; with thousands npon thousands forced to live on a lower plane than any savages; with the toiling millions everywhere giving their labor and their lives for the lux urious support of a rapacious class who are either idle or mischievously em ployed; with all “civilized” nations busi ly preparing by training their soldiers and inventing murderous implements of war for wholesale murder of each other, it is pretty hard to boast much of civili zation’s success. Then when we reflect that a careful investigation of the results of civiliza tion shows that it has mainly succeeded in multiplying men’s wants without pro portionately increasing their power to satisfy them; when we reflect that the brigading of industry, which is civiliza tion’s most striking characteristic, has resulted in reducing individual men to the status of parts of a machine, its suc cess, measured by any proper standard, is by no means self evid'fht. What would we say of a sculptor who would use up tons npon tons of the finest marble and at last, amid the heap of wasted material, produce a miserable caricature of a statue? Would we call him a success or a failure, an artist or a botch? What shall we say then of the civilization which wastes thousands npon thousands of usefnl human lives to produce a Ward McAllister or a flock of Broadway or Fifth avenue dudes? Or of the civilization that condemns thou sands to the Siberia of Pennsylvania coal mines in order to produce one Frick? Is it a success? A condition of society in which in a single generation almost the absolute control of the necessities for human ex istence has passed into the hands of a few millionaires, and in which wealth rather than worth has become the stand ard by which men are measured and by which social and political honors are de cided, may be civilization, but its suc cess has not ceased to be problematical. —Journal of the Knights of Labor. HOW THE PEOPLE STAND. Congressmen and Senators Who Misrepre- sent Their Constituents. The daily metropolitan press and its allies great and small are continually as serting that the friends of silver are ob structing the will of the people in pre venting the repeal of the Sherman law unconditionally. We believe there is no foundation in fact for such statements. We consider them the true representa tives of more than two-thirds of the peo ple of this country. Congressman Cooper of Texas has introduced a resolution providing that the governor of each state shall call a special election for the pur pose of affording the people an opportu nity to express their sentiments either for or against free coinage, and that the result of such a vote shall determine and settle this vexed question. This is a fair method of obtaining just the facts both contestants seem to want. The friends of silver would hail with pleasure any such proposition and cheer fully abide by the result. There is not all told five states out of the 44 that by any possibility could he carried against free coinage. It is safe to say that three fourths of the people, if allowed to vote npon that naked proposition, would cast their ballots for free coinage. The plu tocracy of the east dare not consent to this proposition, since it is easier and far more certain to permit those who be lieve in free coinage to elect senators and representatives pledged to this proposi tion and then buy them afterward. Such have been their methods for years will so continue until the people take vigorous action against such traitors. For example, Texas would give 600,000 majority or more for free coinage, and yet it is represented in the senate by such a traitor as Mr. Mills. This condi tion obtains all over the south and west and should be forever ended at the next election.—National Watchman. The Bishop on Plutocracy. “When I speak of this as the error of the plutocrats,” said Bishop Potter of New York in a recent sermon, “nobody can misunderstand me. Everybody has recognized the rise of the money power. Its growth not merely stifles the inde pendence of the people, but the blind be lievers in this omnipotent power of mon ey assert that its liberal use condones every offense. “The pulpit does not speak out as it should. These plutocrats are the ene mies of religion, as they are of the state. And, not to mince matters, I will say that, while I had the politicians in mind prominently, there ‘are others.’ I tell yon I have heard the corrupt use of money in elections and the sale of the sacred right of the ballot openly defend ed by ministers of the gospel. I may find it necessary to pnt such men of the sacred office in the public pillory.” Stealing Thunder. A sign of the times is the action of both the Democratic and Republican parties of Massachusetts this year in bor rowing two People’s Party planks for their platforms—namely, the plank de claring for an inheritance tax,and calling for the Swiss system of the initi ative and referendum. 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