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THE GREAT WEST,
A. KATIOtfAL EXBOHEST of Mm PEOPLES PASTY PLATFOBM, JS MWJRD EVERY FRIDAY AT 685 WABASHA STREET, ST. PAUL, MIN#. IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. Everett W. Fish Mrs. E. W, Fish ST. PAUL. MINNESOTA. NOVEMBER 3. 1898. NO. 211 And when the hammer fell upon silver—down went wheat! Now show us the lunatics who have been bragging over the “security,” the “confU dence,” the “revival of prices!” But the result was a terrible disappoint ment. Wheat slumped off 1 cent or two, 12 to 15 points, in au hour from the opening. The Minneapolis Tribune says: “From the course of the market, the casual observer would say that wheat had got it in the eye. The opening figure was about a quarter off from yesterday’s close, and in a very short time December wheat sold at l%c under yesterday’s close, firmed up a little later, but ruled erratic, and on the whole weak up to nearly noon. The passage of the silver bill was expected to be a panacea for the ills of the wheat trade; in this the trade was grieviously disappointed this morning.” Oh ye generation of Vipers! The grain freights, New York to Liverpool, are of two kinds: Berth engagements, where the grain goes by the bushel—with other cargo; ton nage engagements, or charters, where the vessel is engaged at so much a ton. As bushel rates are the most expensive we always quote them—i. e., as “Berth Engagements:” Berth Engagements— Glasgow, steam, 16,000 bushels grain at sc. Liverpool, grain, 6c; London, 7c; Bristol, 3%d; Hull, 3j£d: Leith, 3%; Newcastle, 4d; Antwerp, 4%c; Bremen, 65 pfennigs; Hamburg, 37X pfen nigs; Rotterdam, 6c; Marseilles, 3s. Henry Chaplin, ex-president of the English board of agriculture, said recently, in the house of commons, concerning the demonetization of sil ver in India, by the English government: “A more flagrant act of public plunder has never been perpetrated by a civilized government.” The same crime has been attempted here, as Mr. Chaplin would learn by in vestigation.—Argus, Chesaning, Mich. We print this week the articles of impeachment against the recreant state officials. Bead them. After we have read them we will resolve to yote to vindicate those men as a few million pounds of coal, more or less, is of no account, and the credit of the state must be maintained. We wouldn’t be republicans if we didn’t. All we have to do is to raise a few more bushels of wheat, corn or oats to pay for these luxuries and we can do that before breakfast, you know.—Progress, Neb. The following, from the Progress, Neb., ought to be true of Minnesota. Will you make it so? As a general thing the independent meetings are better attended than they were in 1890. Everybody is taking an interest in the campaign and are anxious to hear the truth and will vote accordingly. The state of Pennsylvania in 1731 issued an irredeemable paper cur rency which remained at par with gold for thirty years. They were then prohibited by the dame English money power that controls our finances today. Strange thing that an American colony could keep irredeemable paper money at par with coin and that a great nation must have a gold redeemer.—Watchtower, 111. J. S. Clarkson, of lowa, president of the National Republican League, recently said in an address to a republican gathering, “There is no repub lican party west of the Missouri river.” He also remarked that it, the re publican party, had stood for the last sixty days in Washington, as the left wing of the democratic party. The breath of death has enveloped the once honored g. o. p. With its left wing captured by its old enemy, and its right wing and a section of its body paralyzed, what hope for recov ery ? It is a moral prostration and physical incapacity. A corpse that caanot be resuscitated. The number of business failures in this country during the first three quarters of the present year were 11,174, against 7,378 during the same time last year, an increase of about 51 per cent. Last year the amount of liabilities was $76,971,771. This year they amounted to $324,087,- 768, about 321 per cent over the year ,92. The old party press is’peal ing forth the notes of “restored confidence,” “better times,” “the crash all over,” and “peace and plenty for all;” but such utterances aro as false as is the source from which they emanate. The fact is that private ad vices from the east say, “the worst is yet to come.” The Racine Journal, Wis., a sound republican organ, has given vent to language against the new iron syndicate, which if uttered by a reform sheet would be termed by the political nabobs as anarchistic spleen. These pa pers which have a chain attached to them and a padlock, which binds them to the old parties— must have a care or their political patronage will be cut off and they will come to an untimely end. It says: - “The new iron syndicate means absolute ruin to every one who is en gaged in the business without the approval of Rockefeller. It means more railroad discrimination, more jobbery and corruption, more millions for a multi-millionaire. It means encouragement to socialistic agitators and •demagogical governors. It means one more long step toward the time when the conservative element of our society must unite against anarshist tramps on the one hand and anarchist millionaires on the other.” Down in Georgia the condition of things is desperate. The whole state is almost solid for free silver. The populists have carried four-fifths of the county elections since Cleveland came into charge of things. The democrats in that section, as in many another locality, looked to him to carry out his promise and their wishes. Having been disappointed, cha grined and being desperate, they, through their governor, sent a letter asking Grover to so act as to save the democratic party to the state, for it was fast dissolving into a shadow of its former political strength. There was little consolation for governor or people in Cleveland’s re sponse : “lam therefore opposed to the free and unlimited coinage of silver by this country alone and independently; and lam in favor of the immedi ate and unconditional repeal of the purchasing clause of the so-called Sherman law.” He tells them in words that may be comprehended at a glance, that he is in league with England and the Wall Street gold-bug power and wishes. The well being of the toilers and producers is entirely subser vient to wishes of the wealth-absorbers of this nation, and Johnny Bull What will the ranjc and file of'dbmocracy do? Secede from and rebel against the tyrant who would see them die in the last ditch of treachery and fraud. That’s what they will do. We notice many of our exchanges running the Ohio Chemical Co’s. ad. We hope they have been paid better than the Chronicle, but we doubt it Cavalier Chronicle. We have come to the conclusion that the above company is another of the numerous fakes that have been “doing” the western papers lately. We consider it on a par with the Leavenworth Kan. Business college, oi which we mentioned last week—the “professor” being in jail for several months. Last week we drew on the Ohio Ctemical company and receiver our draft back with the following statement from the Lima, Ohio, bank: “There is no use in making drafts on these people, we have presented sev eral hundred this summer and have never had but TWO paid.’* Wh* they should pay two is beyond our conception.—lndependent, uinhig^. It has struck us very much like a “fake”—and we advise every one to Ist their goods alone. They probably do. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. SI 00 PER YEAR. And it went Down —Down! General Editor. Editorial Contributor. H any one is really in earnest in a desire to know wherein this govern sient is a rich men's government, let him note the treatment of the mer chants of Elkton, 8. Dakota. The banks of N. T. had issued credit bills, or certificates, or dne bills, to the extent of 38 million dollars. They had violated the law of the land in not maintaining their proper reserves. In Buffalo and Cleveland the banks had issued paper “money” (or rather currency.) The grain combines Minneapolis were circulating bank checks to buy wheat with —wheat was bought with them, and the checks taken over the counters, and used for money. But two merchants issued some small aluminum due-bills, or tokens, to be used as crqdit-checks at their store! This to relieve a money strin gency made by the banks. This would not do. The officers of the government pounced upon those two merchants, and shut off the aluminum due-bills in a hurry—as interfering with the U. S. statutes regarding the issue of “money.” It is a great pity a profound pity—that the people of that section were so poor that they could not go into the courts and fight for their rights—or put through the bankers for their continuous and flagrant anarchism. Ah, but it was not poverty alone that prevented legal action. In every village—even where 83 out of 87 farm homes have been deserted by public robberies crushing them out- —there are vile and selfish snobs, often bankers, and editors, who lend their influence to sustain these public wrongs. With these men, cool and calculating, and their truckling followers, on one side—and the weak and unsophisticated citizenship in country and vil lage, on the other, there is little chance to get justice. Over a million men have been thrown out of employment in the last three months. So says “Bradstreet.” Mrs. Lease has been electrifying old party voters with her logic and fire, in lowa and is bringing many into the populist fold. It is said that ninety-nine one-hundredths of the voters of Indiana are in favor of free silver—that is, outside the banking fraternity. Crowds of democrats have gone back on the administration. At one section in Des Moines, lowa, in which city the old parties are trying to get a complete poll, out of 37 voters, 29 of them said they would not vote either of the old party tickets. The present lookout would indi cate that many populists would occupy seats in the next legislature in lowa. ~“ A farmer in Cleveland Co., Texas, who was very anxious to sell his farm was told by another farmer that he had a purchaser for him who was willing to pay fifteen hundred dollars for the farm, but when he inform ed him that the land was in Cleveland county, he replied, “d n old Cleveland, I would not live in a county named after him.” This wicked man has always voted the democratic ticket—but will never do so again. Now Bissell, the Postmaster General, bas come out with his pipe organ, and rolls the heavy note that he will not appoint a member of the alliance to a post office—well, who expected he would? No one, except those half breeds who were hanging on to democratic fringe. He says there is no difference between an alliance man and a populist. The great discoverers arc not dead y«t. Dynamite was placed in front of a saloon, in San Francisco, and ex ploded, doing considerable damage. The police insisted that the Sailors' Union was at the bottom of the deed. It has since been made known that they were barking up the wrong tree, as the union has offered a reward of SI,OOO for the arrest and conviction of the guilty parties. The charge was a matter of spite against union men. The following shows one of the fierce foreshadowings of the troubles soon to come upon the world. As the doorway of the labor destitution and consequently labor-resentment, is barely opened, we may look for scenes of which the following is but a microscopic flash: “A mob of striking coal miners at St. Helens, county of Lancaster, Eng. attacked a party of non-union miners who had gone to work for reduced wages. The non-unionists were beaten severely. The police charged the rioters, but were repulsed. They charged again, and the rioters, armed with clubs and stones, put them to flight. The miners eventually .drove the police into the colliery offices, riddled the windows with stones and tried to batter in the doors, but were driven back. Many polioemen were in jured.” Coat. Market report of coal the same as last week, vis.: room 21, 150 NABBAU ST., NEW YORK. OCTOBER 26, 1893. Free burning white ash coal (all companies) as per circular agreed upon July 1; 1893—Broken, $3.90;. egg. $4.15: stove, $4.60; chestnut, $4.60. Transportation of Wheat , Price at farm station, averaged at a mid-west station 42 Freight to Chicago (or Duluth) io# Elevator and localcharges at terminal oi% Freight Chicago-Duluth to Buffalo .02 Buffalo charges *ql Erie Canal to N. Y .03 N. Y. charges *.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*. *.ol# Freights, N. Y. to Liverpool .* |o3 Porterage, etc [92 Primage and Insurance ..,.”.*.!!!”!!!! .01 Total 67# Hard wheat (see Foreign Grain, “Duluth” grade) 93 Reduced by “mixing” .04 .97 Profit on the Route 39^ The Baltic . There has been but little done during the past week. Cargoes have fallen 3d. per qr. for Indian and Red American wheat, 6d. per qr. for Cali fornian and South American. At these concessions the line is firm. Sales have included choice La Plata at 255. 9d. and ordinary at 255.; Odessa Ghirka at 235. d. to 275., accoi ding to sample; Bulgarian at 245. 6d choice Chilian at 285., No. 2 Red Winter at 255. 9d., No. 1 Northern Sprint at 265. 9d. per qr. v 6 Cargoes of spring com have not fluctuated much in value. Galatz maise has fetched 215.; Danubian, 20s ; Bulgarian, 19s. 9d.; and American, 19s. 6d.; all for current month’s shipment. Azoff barley at 13s. 9d. to 14s. 3d., according to sampje, sells well, over fifteen floating cargoes have changed hands during the week. Black Sea oats are being shipped at 15s per qr.; Libau at 14s. per qr. Saida bean cargoes fetch 245. 9.; Smyrna oew crop, 245. 3d. per or. Hog. ■' For the four months of May, June, July and August there was an in creased sale of 62 percent in the hog market of this country—and notwith standing this enormous increase in delivery the price went up—the increase being over IS per cent! There remains still one more important fact to be noted pi regard to this trade. Accompanying this great increase in price, there has occurred the heaviest marketing of pigs known in the history of the United States, the effect of which, under ordinary circumstances, would be to greatly de preciate prices. Taking the two years, ending March Ist, 1892, we find that there were marketed in the United States nearly 45,000,000 pigs, as against less than 36,000,000 in the two years preceding. These figures, the Secretary of Agriculture especially commends to the consideration of hoae ef his countrymen who have been disposed to smile at the great JlFdWilieiWPgivpu to the “American hog” in reeml yeenp. Banks and Merchants. tl,e W«• * ; ' U, de ?™!? ,on to A “»‘ralia fa that the M s£“SSS*SS«k£™ From the Mark Lane Expreee (English:) nnn°«»“ p ? I 5? t «^lP nited Stat€ * to September amounted to od!t£794 2 year, a falling off of no leeeXn 51 wfceni te *° £2 ' 000 tom £51,000 in September, 1892. The d«fo£ of ™»te?™ ?w to to*United States for the monthio»C» counts for the total decline m our exports of £671,000. * z S) ?!' e f e »w talkoi a deficiency in the com (wheat) area of the United I States for 1804 The Cincinnati Price Current says that the acres™ of i annreheifiteS 0 ?«?** ?°? P ro “ , faes to show less deflciency than has-been BKSSftfiM- 18 P ,ain that ‘here will be a curtailment t£ r this crop. fh t ’ ' courße - “> influence in discouraging the growth” - ' wavfrom PfoS? to°N^T nth “ dßol, tofl upon the construction of a rail- .. Th 6 D6W ““ WU11)8 *-P» """ " ■ m Congressman Datis said to the House finance committee that lanau could not pay her debts under present conditions, and faltvin* TfoSh! uttered a terrible truth. We believe it safe to sty that 200 homes are soli f ° r J he mort ga«e. Some exchanges that cometothteofflSl ave as high as fourteen sheriff sales in them at one time The sheriff of obis county has sold as high as eight in one day. These we facta and iw are appalling. Davis is justified—nay more,|it is his duty to call the atteif tion of Congress to it; especially is it his duty now that the Democmtk S'**® * he r ° bb6ry the party begun.-Tbe , T For the Gbeat West: * Stringency. r A kind of frost that sears the pie and shrivels up the purse That skimps the raisins in the cake and makes the puddings scarce through thread-bare shirts, a banker’s blighting <4rse, 5 That doubles chattel-mortgages, which makes the matter worse I * —Laths. ' ’or the Gbeat West: Under the Strong Light ot British Experience. Bankruptcy Sure to Follow. « London, Oct. 20.—The Daily News, commenting upon the statement of Secretary Carlisle about the probable deficit of the treasury, said if the 5S°^ ntue in the United States the country wm That is a splendid commentary in old party statesmanship and finan cial policy. The republican and democratic parties have fought their bat tles of pretense, under the leadership of Wall Street, for twenty-eight years. They have preyed upon a nation at peace with all the earth. They have fattened upon a people industrious and economical. They have deceived and bulldozed a citizenship the most intelligent on the face of the earth. And now we wake up to find a nation on the very summit of productive ability and created wealth, an abject beggar at the backdoor of Europe for money to run the “self-government.” We find it bankrupt. Its surplus gone. Its debt increasing every month. Its coin, since 1873, dishonored by ourselves and others. Its homes desolated by millions. Its energies sapped. Its people tramping through the wilderness of desolation—its children starving—its people cry ing for some new land, some farther west, where hope may spring up again and the broken-hearted find a rest. This is twenty-eight years of old-party rule in a land of plenty and of power! If the people do not demand the destruction of two such parties, they are indeed lost to thj plainest principles of self-government. For the Gbeat West : Retain thy funds, oh coffee-pots, tho’ ye are counted cranks, Thy silver dimes are far more safe, than in the tills of banks! What tho* a rusty coffee-pot is made a banking vault, It is not ’graven National, the owner not at fault! Who trust their funds to Shylock banks, lack not in confidence, Yet do they show fool-hardiness and mock at Providence! The Mayor of Chicago was shot dead by a lunatic, on Saturday even ing, about 9 o’clock. The man rang the bell, was received in the hallway, and at once opened fire. The mayor was a dead man in twenty minutes. The murderer gave himself up. The plutocratic press feels terrible to think that they cannot call tbs murderer, Prendergast, an anarchist. The most of the papers are in mourning on that account. As with Russell Sage, and Mackey, the real murderers and dynamiters are good old-party office-seekers and hangers on, and broken stock-gamblers. For the Great West : Texas. The Detroit Banner of this state, an eight page paper published at Detroit, is one of the more recent acquisitions to the peoples party forces. The editor, M. H. Custer, in parting company with his old political friends and democratic sentiments bids them farewell in the following words: Henceforth the Banner will support the principles enunciated in the platform of the peoples party of the United States. This declaration Is made after careful investigation, and springs from a conviction that the interests of the masses involved in politics have been shamelessly abused by both the old parties, and from faith in the peoples party bringing re forms that committed politicians and compromised democratic leaders cannot, from the very nature of the case, engage in. In takmg the step from the democratic party to the peoples party ws feel much less regret than if we had to surrender true Jeffersonian demo cratic principles. In fact, the step is upward to a loftier plane of politi cal liberty, where measures and not men govern party action. True we must part company, so far as political affiliations are concerned, with many good and honorable men, but there will be a reunion In the near future, when the scales of groundless antipathy have fallen from their eyes and they come to realize how they have been gulled. Icrwa. The Des Moines News, Republican, admits that the Populists are mak ing enormous gains throughout the state. It gi res the following encour aging outlook for the people’s party this fall: The democratic party is demoralized by third-termism, corporation tsm, saloonism and silver schism, and the populists, already strong in many senatorial and representative districts, are rapidly absorbing the democratic vote. The populist candidates for the general assembly are opposed to repeal of the prohibitory law until the sale of liquor cam be placed in state dispensaries to be operated without profit. Tins position is satisfactory to thousands of democrats “ that there “ a and increasing prob ability that there will be fifteen or twenty populists in the next general as- IMBiMAyp s'.- THE FUTURE Carter Harrison Shot. Oh remorseless Mammon! Thy mercy dwells with tiger’s whelps, Thy pity with the Jews I —Laws®.