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A LETTER AND A PROPOSITION.
Da. Fish: I have always been an admirer ofyou and the Great West, and I nev er admired yon any more (and Donnelly any less) than Ido today. But something has got tobedone. Five or six of us had a talk about get ting you and your quartette into our county, but the talk run off into how to get one strong paper in this state, even if not so strong as your paper, and united leadership under new men. We can get no such speaker and worker as you are, but we MUST have reorganization, and a com plete overhauling, even if it hurts you and lays Donnelly on the dead list. Must this party be destroyed to save you, Dr., even though we love you as a brother and we really do. We understand by the G. W. that you went to Washington last year to remove from the field. And that when sailed back to defend yourself you made propositions to sell the G. W. at eost of material only [on inventory less %d for wear and tear. We also brought able men of known character who offered to buy us both out.] but that all propositions were refused by Mr. Donnelly. I know of only two Beps. taken in our county, and I believe he will be more sensible. Will you be generous and make some proposition? Make a reasona ble proposition, and we assure you THAT WHICHEVER FAILS TO SAC- RIFICE FOR OUR CAUSE WILL BE WHOLLY DESERTED BY US. Now is the time. Do not wait. We know you and have faith. Make the trial. The above letter has been in our pocket a week. There are no personal reasons why we should make propositions to remove. We did so once at a fearful sacrifice. The receipts for the past two weeks have been more than S7O. We have a book ready for issue with a known heavy sale, and we have a clear conscience. Not a man in Minnesota believes one shadow of Donnelly’s foolish nonsense. On the other hand the Rep. is a signal failure. Its subscription list is practically nothing. Let any man look around h'S county and find its subs, if they can. Where are they? The 650 names on its list maybe genuine. If any paper can’t pay its bills, nor for its material, it is in no •ondition to make terms. The G. W. don’t owe one dollar in the universe. Men don’t have to consult lawyers to ascertain the value of our duebills, nor hold any notes over till January—nor do any courthouse officials, democratic judges and railway presidents put up $lO a week to pay our paper or press bills. But our credit is in high Gin St. Paul—go and ask how it is with the Bep. Why should we make a proposition? Three papers have arisen in op position to the G. W., and we are now ready to gently draw the winding sheet over the fourth. It is not in an healthy condition. We are fully aware of another side to this matter—that unless Donnel ly is shelved there is no hope for the party, and that when permanently laid aside his friends will never rally around the G. W. Not one of them but believes in our political honesty, but they are not of our “faction” a horrible word! What shall be done? With these two factions no work san be done. Under Donnelly the alliance is going to ruin. Therem a cry for new leaders from all over the state—for the preservation of this great sause. God foibid that we should stand in the way. If there were the slightest expectation of restoring our party to its former strength we would gladly make, and listen to propositions. The matter will be taken mp again next week. Doc Bixby, a young man 17 years of age, writes the following verse for the Martin County Sentinel—to which we suggest an amendment: The autumn leaves are dropping, and the boughs are getting bare; And the folks are going shopping for the winter underwear; And the kitchen f(re is burning in the late deserted range, And the griddle cakes are turning and the country wants a change! Just a year ago, my honey, things were running fair and free. There was scads and scads of money, and as cheap as it could be; But we’ve struck the rocky bottom,*and the times are rather bad— For the change we got last autumn was the worst we ever had. To which we add: The merchant’s jaws are dropping, ’cause the bull has met a bear; And the granger does no shopping with the hayseed in his hair I Aye, the mortgage fire’s been burning in section, town and range, Till like griddle cakes he’s turning, and foreclosure makes a “change.” So the merchant hangs his jaw on a goldbug party peg, And the tramp walks forth in splendor on his broken silver leg. For twenty years apast, my honey, money’s been so mighty free, That six men now have borrowed every dollar that there be; And premium silver dollars took a “change” in ’73. But we haven’t struck the bottom, these times are not so bad— Wait and listen to the howling when next springtime makes you sad. Just pet that party goldbug along its yaller spine, Till the monkey chins the tiger, “In thy belly I am thine!” Passing down Wabasha St., Monday evening, we met a heavy built hale old gentleman coming up the street. He asked us to direct him to the Hotel Ryan. “Walk with me—l am going within a block of it/' He did so, and we entered into conversation. After learning that he was from Montana we spoke of the destruction of silver as a crime, but in such a way as not to lead him to think us a populist. “Yes, it is destroying our prosperity. We are organizing a ‘silver party' in Montana and other states." “Oh—the—peoples party?" we inquired. “No," he answered, with deliberation. “Not the peoples party—but the other parties unite on that principle against the peoples party." “Oh yes—l have heard of it. By the way, I think one of our Minne sota men went out to Montana to help organize that new party?" The gentleman thought a moment, and asked who it was? “Ignatius Donnelly." “Oh yes, certainly. He came over and helped us. But I did not hear him." “He came for the ‘silver party' and not for the populists, did”Ee aotr “Yes sir—l so understood it. He did not come for the populists." “He says he went for the Knights of Labor." “Probably. The labor men are, of course, divided on political issues. He came for silver." Did the Anaconda and other syndicates secure Mr. Donnelly through the Knights, to come and build up the old parties, on the silver issue, against the populists. Ig went, did his tailor work, was paid for it—and same home. But before he got here the State Central Committee was “on to him," and a member in this office, gave us the information published a few weeks ago. And yet there are a few —a very few—men with gall and greens enough to trust the wretch who betrays everything and everybody. Mighty few though. Minneapolis Tribune: “Gov. Nelson never spoke more wisely than when deploring the artificially low prices of wheat, he expressed approval •f the tendency of Minnesota farmers to diversify their products. It is now an established principle of agricultural economy that in a variety of crops there is prosperity and the farmer who has, besides wheat, but ter, pork, live stock, vegetables and fruit for sale is the one who thrives, and the one who depends upon one or two crops is the one who most fre quently has “hard luck stories to tell." Yes, diversify on stock—sell at 2c. a pound and pay freight—and be forbidden to sell it yourself in the village and city which lives off from your product-trade 1 Or raise cabbages, at 2c. a|head. Oh, rise up thou generation of city farmers I The Alliance forces throughout the state are beginning to bestir them selves in a way that is causing a rattling among the dry bones. Meetings are being held all over.—Western Guard. Henry Clews, Wall street’s mouth piece, predicts ignominous defeat for silver men at the next election. No doubt his prediction will prove true if Wall street with their ill gotten gain can corrupt enough voters. Can fhqy do it ?We don’t believe it possible—Shell Prairie Advocate. A Montana Man. ":’■ - « * 1 We should have reported the proceedings of the Pine Land Steal case last week, but it escaped us. We take the following from the Anoka Union: All the evidence in the famous pine land case has been Taken and oral arguments will be made before Judge Baxter and Searfe in chambers in St. Cloud, on Oct. 26. It. will be remembered that the cause for complaint was the selling by the state auditor of the pine growing on section 86 42-26, at private sale, to C. A. Smith & Co., of Minneapolis, for $2 per thousand. There were several other lumbering concerns who were ready and willing to pay from $3 to $4.50 for the same timber, and some of the Anoka lumbermen wanted to bid on it. Among the witnesses for the state were Messrs. Robbins, Burch, John Goss, Ed. Page and C. H. Page, all well known in Anoka. There was no attempts on the part of the defense to prove that the sale was made legally, their entire energies being expended in laying to prove that it had been the custom to sell the stumpage at $2 per tbou and. The witnesses for the defense were Minneapolis lumbermen only two of whom had seen the timber cut or standing, but they testified that $2 was a big price. There were a number of witnesses ready to testify that logs taking six to the thousand were not worth more than $8 per thousand in the boom at Minneapolis. But at a meeting of the log own ers held in Minneapolis last June a schedule of prices was adopted, and the Mississippi Lumberman, the acknowledged organ of the lumbermen of Minneapolis, gave the following prices, which class includes the timber in question: “Logs taking over five and not more than six to the thou sand, $lO. THE TERMINAL ELEVATOR CO. The Companv lost themselves in a “wheat deal.” Is there even a “60 per cent a year profit” that can stand a grind in the Chicago Hell with out coming out grist—(gristle) ? “The Minneapolis Terminal Elevator Company has executed a trust deed to the Minneapolis Trust Company, for the purpose of securing cred itors to the amount of $560,000, including the property of the company and considerable private property of B. B. Langdon and W. H. Hinkle. The company’s capital was wiped out by a deal in wheat last spring and several individuals lost all they had at the same time.” Grant County Farmer: C. B. Benedict, of Attica, N. Y., was in town on business during the past week. Mr. Benedict is a close observer, and in commenting upon the visible supply of wheat, remarked to a number of our townsmen, that his observations had convinced him that the talk of visible supply was but a mere pretense upon the part of English buy ers and those of this country connected with them, to hold prices down; that what is usually called the visible supply, the public generally believ ing it to be on hand for sale, is really owned by foreigners, and is simply left in store at terminal points in this country for the purpose of deluding the public. He cited as one proof—and every farmer and business man must concede his correctness—that the August shipments of gold came to this country only in payment for wheat in terminal elevators. Yes, but your G. 0. P. has been a father unto the unholy brood of British syndicates—and is this very hour trying to drive wheat down to a gold-bug basis and ten men own every gold mine in the world! - The Farmers Elevator at Cottonwood is paying three cents above the list price for wheat, with the result that there is no “list” price at Cotton wood. The other fellows have to pay the price or whistle for wheat, and they pay.—Granite Falls Advocate. ■ Donnelly isn’t howling around about the coal combine as much as he was a few months ago. But the coal dealer is getting an extra bit or two on the ton over what he did a year ago, just the same. Mr. Donnelly, please don’t try to bust another coal combine. - It doesn’t pay the con sumers.—Ledger, Mankato. The Glencoe Enterprise republishes the article on “World’s Fair [Folly] Wreckage” which appeared in the G. W. last week—taken from the St. Paul Daily News. Dear Dog.: We hear from you every week through the Great West, but we have failed to let you hear from us in South Dakota, and ‘ you might possibly think that the populist sentiment here was dead. Quite otherwise, we are alive and marching on; the enemy are on the run, and like the swine of old, we are going to drive them into the sea of destruction. The peoples party is not making much of a stir for the reason that forty cent wheat, No. 1 hard at that, can’t contribute very much for bringing into the field speakers to carry on a campaign. But I tell you what, Dr., the 40c. wheat and the $lO coal are great campaigners. They are almost equal to you in making converts to the new doctrine, and we are going to carry South Dakota this fall and next fall—and send another good straight, middle-of the-road man to the U. S. senate. Pettigrew [the republican senator] was heard soliloquizing the other day, and a reporter took it down, and I send you a copy: SENATOR PETTIGREW’S SOLILOQUY. Oh, election day is coming, and the time is shorter grown, And my friends are growing fewer, and my fate will soon be known. I hold a comfortable office, and my sal’ry—it is grand, But the people have lost “Confidence”—l’m afraid of “Esau’s Hand." I was once a good republican, a thoroughbred was called, And I laughed at “Moody’s Cattle" when at Pierre before the fall; But it’s not a laughing matter to be lightly joked abont, For it’s dreadful to discover that your “sand" Is running out. I remember asking Moody, in my innocent surprise, How he liked his horn ed cattle, if on them hovered flies? But although their onward march I shall manfully resist, I’m afraid they’ll have another “Ex-Sen." upon their list. I have been a silver man, and taken “Bi-chloride of Gold," But the people are more skeptical, and the “chestnut" is too old. So I gaze into the future with a gloomy, vacant stare, For the gulf is getting wider 'twixt me and the—senatorial chair! Friends tell me that my spirits I must not allow to fall, For we’ll have in the near future, no “House of Lords" at all! Well, they’ll never know an anguish that will in its grief compare, With the pangs of watching “Jacob"—in the senatorial chair 1 C. H. Cbeed. Editor Great West: Your journal seems to be in dead earnest in saving our republic from the money power which is rapidly enslaving the masses, but although its editor is highly qualified as a speaker and writer, allow me to say that both you and all other radical writers seem to be entirely ignorant of the great political darkness so uniform among the masses of the voters. I repeatedly tried to prove to the people the necessity of clubbing together for fellow-instruction and protection of our rights against the money pow er. I have tried to convince them of the class legislation. I have tried to figure.out to them how we have created 36,000 millionaires, in about 43 years. And I have shown them by figures that it will amount to over f4OO tax on every family of five persons of a population of 66,000,000, that have been paid into these millionaires’ coffers annually. The people do not know their own ignorance; they do not know their power for evil and good. I have written to radical writers since the greenback party first appeared, but for some reason none can he found who would adopt my ideas. My idea is that we should start a political mission for the dis tribution of political knowledge gratis among the farmers and laborers, printed in the simplest form possible that could express the meaning, and in the different tongues spoken in the land. Axel Jorgensen. Keystone, Wright Go. [We all know the truth of the above, and all admit the wisdom of the plan. But who will provide the money ?—F.] Editor Great West: “With unsurpassed plenty in all the productions, and all the elements of material wealth, our manufacturers have suspended, our public works SOUTH DAKOTA POLITICS. MISSIONARY POLITICS. A STRONG GOSPEL. are retarded, oar priv *te enterprises are abandoned, and thousands of la borers are thrown ont of employment, and reduced to want. “We have possessed all the elements of material wealth in abundance, and yet our country in its monetary interests is in a deplorable condition.” —James Buchanan, in his flrstmessagerto congress, Dec. Bth, 1857. And yet, strange us it may seem, we are officially informed by the Secretary of the Treasury, McCullough, in his report to congress, Dec., 1865, eight years thereafter, “that the people were mostly free free from debt, money in abundance,” etc. In other words the people were at the top of the hill of prosperity. The question very naturally arises, What was the cause of the miraculous change in so short a time? I answer, The republican party ascended to power in 1860. It brought on a dYil war. The exigencies of that war compelled the republican administration to create money sufficient to prosecute it with vigor. As a sequence that money found its way into the channels of trade, sufficient to do business with on a cash basis. No borrowing, no interest to pay out as a basic business principle. Hence, the extinguishment of want, of debt, and of cringing servile dependence on the money loaners, in all the homes of the American people. I find that in 1863, while the people were blotting ont their debts, and rapidly climbing the hill of prosperity, that while the sons of liberty were rapidly crushing out a rebellion brought on to estab lish the right of capital to own and control labor, that this same republi can administration was perfecting plans to reverse, as soon as'the war closed, the order of things, and substitute a credit system for the people for the people to do business upon. I charge that a republican congress, headed by John Sherman, entered into a combination with the national bankers, to foist upon the American people an enforced credit system, for especial benefit of the bankers.- Anri that combine has never been broken, and never will be until we quit firing away at the natural outgrowth of the system and go for the system itself. * * When will an enforced credit system (“Combination of indi viduals with the government”.—John Sherman.) be broken up? Not until the red torch of rebellion illumines our land, (“there will be no change without bloodshed, and rivers of it.”—Sen. Sharon.) and the thundering guns of deadly strife awaken the plutes from their dreams of princely gains through the operation of an enforced credit system, to a realisation that their sacred carcas is in imminent danger of speedy dissolution. Chehalis, Minn. e. J. White. From Will Daily, of Airlie, comes an express order for dollars one. Letter from Otto Haack rec’d and request fulfilled. Orlando Sterens.—No, the Jim Hill organ has not 850 paid subs., tho' backed by the democratic courthouse, with two of Donnelly’s family in it not counting Bronson, nor Jedge Mickdoonald, nor C. D. O’Brien. Thank you for the dollar. J. Y. Merrit.—soc. received for Power Behind the Throne. But pleass send postoffice address 1 Chas. Lee, Chicago.—Dollar rec’d, for which thanks. John King, Hazelwood.—Dollar credited O. K. Anton Puetz.—Dollar rec’d and credited. A. L. Dawson.—Glad you wrote. Thanks for the appreciation. E. A. Hughes, Burwell.—Six month sub. rec’d from "another person. Dollar rec’d for German Triton’s paper last week, from W. B. H. Editor Great West: I send you one dollar for your valuable paper—have taken it for sev eral years, and we could not keep house without it. Hope you will press on in the good way, and may success crown your efforts. E. H. Ells. A. M. Thurston, of Sheffield, writes: “Enclosed pleasejfind one dollar, for which please keep sending the G. W. right along. I (see that I am in arrears about six months. Crops are very light here, but I don’t see how I can get along without the Great West.” All our readers will be interested in knowing something about our two poets, Milo S. Lathe and Daisy Clover. The former is a Wisconsin (gentle man, of about fifty years of age, we judge from a sketch, with flowing beard and intellectual countenance. If this is he will correct usl His verse speaks for itself. Miss Clover writes under a nom. In response to a letter from the G. W. office, written, we think, and as will appear in the interest of the entire Great West family, she writes so good a letter that we will brave all danger and publish: “Greenville is a country town of about two thousand inhabitants, sit uated 50 miles east of St. Louis, on the Vandalia line. If you ever come down our way please stop and see us. You would be more than welcome but I feel quite certain that our lowly station in life would be quite a sur prise to you. There are only four populists on our side of the creek, and the other is no better. There are several prominent ones in Greenville however, and I hope a number ready to go on to the ‘mourner’s bench.* My home is one and one-half miles northwest of Greenville, on an old farm entered by my grandfather when Chicago was but a fort. We are still liv in his old house, which was quite a mansion then, and is quite a curiosity now. It, and all the other ‘improvements’ are in such a condition that they give the thrifty beholder the headache, and the kind-hearted the heartache. I know that it must be a desperate struggle for you to keep'|the G. W, going, but ‘Don’t give up the ship!’ It is a hard and |thankless task to labor for the ‘I-aint-got-no-money” class, but when you get discouraged— and you surely do sometimes—just reniember that it is all work and no play that makes them so dull, and all work and no pay that makes them so poor and ‘stingy.’ The driver has become almost like his horse. You have surely lived on a farm yourself, otherwise I can’t see what ever induced you to engage in your present work. Give my thanks, and best wishes to all connected with the G. W. hi general, and, to quote Dickens, my dear love to those two young ladies m the office. Ida G. White. Thefl.lO from F. W. Frederick, Alexandria, received. “Power Be hind the Throne’’ is nearing completion. The additions to it cause delay* Fred Streich, of New Auburn, writes good wishes for the G. W. in the future, and incloses a dollar for another year. Bro. Creed sends subs, from Fred Olson, and says he is going te 4e missionary work for the Great West. Bro. Burrows writes that the Neb. State Leader is again on its feet, and closes by saying, “We can’t spare the G. W. Continue to give it to them! Isn’t the devil let loose these days ?” Bro. Farrell, of Andover, writes splendid words for theJG. W., and we comply with his request. He says, “I feel that every copy of your valued paper that I miss is just that much lost for the ‘cause.’ ” E. J. Sharon has a big heart under a clear head. He wanted a pile of sample copies of the G. y. for the rally held at Bamsey, and sent a dollar! He says: “The G. W. is a good one. Strike ’em hard and often—they are on the run.’’ Bro. Sharon spoke throughout McCook County last week. Br. Schultz, Hutchinson: I like the Great West too well to do with out it, so I would like to have it renewed for the enclosed dollar. W. H. Smith left 50c. with us on Tuesday. He says the Referendum should rceeive more attention. W. T. McCulloch, Jessie, N. D.: The G. W. makes me glad, and it in spires hope within my breast to find such ability as is shown in its edi torials—fighting the battle of the great plain people. May God insnire the hearts of men to battle in behalf of the toiling millions.” He enclos es one dollar. OUR POETS.