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That Is what The Representa
tive finds Everywhere.
Below are a number of letters such as
we are getting by every mail assuring us
a cordial reception among the people.
There are a good many of them, but we
cannot print them all. Two pages of
the Representative would not hold the
letters we have received from subscribers
since ocr last number was issued. We
shall try to merit their approval by mak
ing each succeeding number of the paper
better than the one before.
A Hearty Endorsement.
[Thomas J. Meighen, of Fillmore Co.,
chairman of the state central committee
of the People's Party, and one of the
most popular and respected members of
the party in southern Minnesota, writes
us, in a private letter, as follows:]
“I congratulate you on the initial
number of the Representative. The
article on ‘Fusion’ is a squelcher;
and your defence of annual sessions is
unanswerable. In short, nearly all your
leading articles have gone into my scrap
“ I hope to be able to do some special
work for the Representativb. We ought
to raise 200 subscribers for it in Fillmore
county in a short time.
“Major Hotchkiss in his paper this
week gives the Representative a fine
endorsement. I trust all our local Peo
ple’s Party papers will have sense and
patriotism enough to do the same thing.
[They have done so pretty generally.
“ Yours very truly,
“ Thomas J. Meighen.”
J. J. Mooney.
Granite Falls, April 30, ’93.
Editor Representative:—Please put
tnv name on your subscription list. I
like the paper—it is excellent, and I do
not want to miss a number.
Especially the Farmers.
Moland, Rice Co., Minn., April 28, '93
Editor Representative:—! received
a sample copy of your paper. The
weather has been so bad it has been im
possible to do any canvassing for sub
scribers. At the next meeting of our
Alliance I will urge all members to sub
scribe for the paper, for all who have
read it will perceive that it is clean cut
and heavy laden with mental food, and if
we are to hold the farmers alliance to
gether and add numbers to our organ
ization and bring about that needed
reform that a government of the people
for the people and by the people may not
perish from the earth, the masses, and
especially the farmers, must be educated
upon all the economic and political is
sues that confront the American people,
and nothing can do it so effectively as
the printing press, the great mother of
knowledge. Show me what a man reads
and I will read to you his character and
mental calibre. You will find enclosed
SI.OO, the subscription price foi two
subscribers six months.
Walter S. Weatherston,
Pres. Sub Alliance 1420,
Benson, May 2,1893
Ed. Representative Enclosed please
find $6.50 to pay for the Representa
tive to the following persons, etc. I
shall always try to get subscribers for
the paper and will do what 1 can for its
H. M. Gelbertson.
Hon. Chas. Canning, of Duluth, writes
the Representative a cordial word of
commendation and volunteers his adver
tisement for the next number of the
Pleased With It.
Osakis, Minn., April 29,1893
Editor Representative I received a
sample copy of the Representative and
am much pleased with the attitude it
takes. I have been taking the G. W.
right along, and am well acquainted
with its stand toward Hon. Ignatius
Donnelly. The G. W. has been pretty
well distributed through here, and quite
a number have been ied to think that
Donnelly must be a rascal. In fact it
bothers a person somewhat to know
who to trust and who not to trust, but
Donnelly is my man all the time. I shall
be a subscriber. .Jack Stokes.
Nichols, Minn., April 29, ’93.
Editor Representative Please find
enclosed two dollars for which send the
Representative and the Golden Bottle
to addresses given below.
A. R. Nichols, P. M.
Carl E. Taylor,
Alliance Deputy State Lecturer.
Hurrah for the Representative
The following is a fair type of scores of
letters that are coming to ns every day
from enthusiastic alliance men in every
part of the state. Keep on, good friends,
and we will be enabled with your assist
ance to make a journal whose influence
shall be felt in the struggle for the resto
ration and preservation of the people’s
rights in every part of the countrv:
Trot, May 2, ’93.
Ed. Representative :—Hurrah for our
Representative! Our new paper has
made its appearance at last, and it is a
good one, too. Now, lam going to have
every member of our alliance take it in
side of two months. Here is a list of
five more, etc.
Wm. B. Hbsselgram.
Till Gabriel Blows His Horn.
Here is another illustration of the en
thusiasm which is aroused by the advent
of a reform paper in Minnesota, which
turns its guns upon the enemies, and not
upon the friends, of the people:
Providence, Minn., May 3, ’93.
Ed. Representative:—Enclosed please
find check and cash $2.00 for two one
year subscriptions to the Representa
tive. May the Representative repre
sent the People’s Party first and last,
and the producing and laboring classes
all the time untu every tramp and every
millionaire has gone from the land, and
until Gabriel blows his trumpet.
Ed. Representative:—Find enclosed
one dollar for which send me the Repre
sentative one year. I will try to get
some subscribers in my neighborhood.
Ed. Representative:— I happened to
see the first issue of your paper to-day
and got so interested that I cannot get
along without it. Please accept fifty (50)
cents for a six months’ subscription. I
wish you success.
Will Perform a Good Mission.
Kandiyohi, May 1, ’93
Ed. Representative:—Please put me
down as a subscriber to the Represen
tative. lam glad to see the first issue
of the paper and hope it will do a good
mission for the farmers and laboring
classes. Our Sub-alliance will hold a
meeting May 26, when we will try to
send in a dub of subscribers for the Rep
Very little seeding is done yet, May Ist,
in this section and, if we get dry weather,
from one to three weeks must elapse be
fore seeding can be commenced, accord
ing as the land is high and rolling or low
and flat. The prospect is dark and farm
ers are getting discouraged. If the rains
continue wheat will be a failure. I have
lived here thirty years and never saw the
equal of this season. With wheat at 55
cents and a poor outlook for a crop at
that and with many farmers sinking fin
ancially in debts and taxation, thecourse
of the last legislature in loading a debt
of SIOO,OOO upon the people for the
World’s Fair in addition to the $50,000
already appropriated for that purpose,
and $2,000,000 for a needless capitol
building, does not inspire the farmers
with new hope or courage. More some
other time on this question.
J. J. Mooney.
Ed. Representative:—Please find en
closed $2.00 for two yearly subscriptions
for the Representative. I will try to
get more subscribers if I can.
Bro. A. L. Stoughton:—l herewith
send you postal note for one dollar for
one year’s subscription for the Represen
Hurrah for our side in the middle of
the road and all say Amen. * * *
Yours to stay,
Pitch In. If You Have Got Anything
to Say. Worth Listening to,
We Will Print It.
Ed. Representative:— l received yes
terday No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Representa
tive. You are all right except your
method of procedure; you are striving to
get at the will of the majority, when you
should be satisfied if you have 3’our share
of representation and can exercise your
right of expression. I simply will not
support any paper in which I have not
the right of expression, nor join any so
ciety or party in which the majority is
absolute. I will hand this sample copy
around to my neighbors.
Ed. Representative:—Enclosed please
find $7.00 for the following subscribers,
etc. These are from Liberal Alliance No.
1427, of Viola, Minn.
A. L.Stoughton, Esq.:— The first copy
of the Representative has just come to
hand and I need hardly say that I was
glad to see it. I hope that you will suc
ceed in your undertaking and as soon as
seeding is over we will call the county
Alliance together and get up a club for
the Representative. I want my name
put on at once so that I will not miss a
number, and I will put my shoulder to
the wheel and help Hie good work along.
Enclosed you will please find one dollar
as a starting point.
Wm. Riordan,
Sec. of the Stevens Co. Farmers Alliance.
K. L. Larson, of Bird Island, slips a
dollar bill in at the close of a letter to the
Representative and requests us to send
him the paper for a year.
And still they continue to roll in. C.
G. Gandrud writes us from Sedan, Minn.,
that he wants the Representative and
encloses a dollar.
Bro. Isaac Olson sends us the necessary
shekels for a subscription to the Repre
sentative from Porter, in Yellow Medi
cine County.
Alfred Alexander.
Cokato, Minn., May 4, ’93.
John P. Olson.
Couldn't Get On Without It.
Milan, Minn., May Ist, ’93.
A. O. Christenson.
John Wicklund,
Artichoke, Minn., April 29, ’93
H. H. Gabriel.
F. Shoemaker,
Cannon Falls, Minn., May 3, ’93,
Liberal Indeed.
Viola, Minn., May 5, ’93.
Geo. E. Purvis, Sec,
Hancock, Minn., April 25, ’93
Mankato, Minn., April 24, ’93.
Ed. Representative:—l have just re
ceived a copy of your paper. Am much
pleased with the earnest maimer in which
you advocate the fanners’ cause. I want
to pay for the paper and if you will send
me several copies I will distribute them.
I was at the Executive Committee meet
ing when I. Donnelly advocated a farm
ers’ paper. lam in favor of supporting
an honest farmers’ paper. The young
men must shoulder the fanners’cause. I
see by the report of the census in New
York, with its 2,000,000 inhabitants,
only 1300 own their homes. Is this not
sufficient to arouse every farmer to arms
in their own interest, in supporting their
own friends? If every friend and farmer
will unite in their strength and fight the
wheat ring as the coal consumers aredo
ing, what a shaking up there would be
of the wheat ring and elevator men. If
we would betruein our cause, they would
soon cry out “Save us from destruction.”
The governor and his party and the rail
road commissioners have at last suc
ceeded in getting all elevators and
wheat buying under their control, and
the sale of all kinds of grain. Ido believe
*thfs is an imposition upon a free people.
I am surprised at Governor Nelson’s re
fusing to order or request the prison
board to sell twine in 50 or 100 pound
lots at 8 cents per pound, as well as car
lots at that price. Thisis discrimination.
A great state like Minnesota should not
be acting under the Twine Combine rules
of discriminating in favor of the able and
against the weak ones. The governor
should not permit this Board, so un
friendly to the farmers, to make such a
distinction in prices. Governor Nelson
should make them treat all alike. Every
farmer should use this prison twine. I
used it last year and consider the twine
good. Governor Merriam and I. Don
nelly, with the Alliance committee caused
the prison board to reduce the price from
10 to 9 cents per hundred, in 50 or 100
lb. lots. The governor claims it costs
more in small lots for freight. If this is
true, is it not his duty or the railroad
commissioners’ duty to prevent discrim
ination in car lots?
I received a report of the Special Bu
reau and of Fiber, the agent of the Assist
ant Secretary of the Agricultural De
partment at Washington, in which Ifind
the following price list of raw material
fiber reported March 15,1893. In this
investigation they found quoted, sisal
and hemp, 6V£c. per lb.; manilla, 6V£c. to
7V6c. per lb.; jute, 3!£c. to 4c. per lb.
The price of binding twine: White sisal,
500 feet to the lb., Bc. per lb.; Standard,
500 feet to the pound, SJfec per lb.; Stand
ard 525 to 550 feet to the lb., 9c per lb.;
Manilla, 600 feet to the lb., 9%c. per lb.;
Pure Manilla, 650 feet to the lb., 9JsC.
per lb. Raw material imported free of
duty. These are correct prices for that
date. H. D. Drumond.
Ed. Representative:— Thanks for the
copy of the Representative. Continue
to send it. I will get all the subscribers
I can, and wish it success. I want to
keep a file of every copy printed.
J. A. Malone.
Editor Representative:—! received
a copy of your paper and like it. Please
send the paper regularly to my address.
J. E. Thompson.
Another Earnest Man Proposes to
Take Hold and Work for the
Editor Representative :— A copy of
the Representative has visited me, and
to speak the truth, I must say that it
done me nearly as much good as a state
meeting. You may count on me as an
active worker for it in this part of the
state. O. A. Tveitmoe.
Ed. Representative:—You can al
ways count upon me foronein theranks.
I received sample copy to-day and con
gratulate. I want the paper and I will
try to smooth the road for it through
this section.
U. Tanner,
Yours as ever for the people,
J. H. Myhre,
Ev. Luth. Minister.
Ed. Representative:—l have in hand
a copy of the Representative and am
more than pleased to know that we now
have an organ through which the Alli
ance can speak to the people. After
seeding I shall try and give the paper a
“big lift.” Wishing you well in all things
I am, Yours ever,
Bro. T. E. Ytterboe, secretary of Alli
ance No. 705, in Renville County, sends
us a club of four subscribers accompanied
by four sixty-seven cent silver dollars,
which the Representative very cheer
fully accepts at one hundred cents on the
Henning, Minn., May 4th, ’93.
Ed. Representative:—Please send me
some more sample copies of the Repre
sentative of the first No. if you have
any to spare, and also some of No. 2
when issued. Send the Representative
for one year to O. Westberg, Henning,
County Auditor King, of Jackson
County, encloses us his draft for a year’s
subscription to the Representative.
Minneapolis, May 3, ’93
' Kragnes, Minn., May 2, ’93,
Crookston, May 3, ’93
Rollag, Minn., May 3, ’93
Argyle, Minn., May 1, ’93.
Z. Cronkbite.
A. P. Onsdorff.
Let the People Judge.
Bird Island, Minn., April 27, ’93.
Ed. Representative Mon
day I received the first copy of the
new paper. It is a good one.
As a farmer and a true Peoples
Party man I ask you not to print at
the top of your paper that “this jour
nal in ‘the middle of the road.” Let
those that read and support the
paper be the judges.
Let us have a journal published for
the good of the people all over the
state and notforthegoodofoneman.
I say: God speed Donnelly in the
good work he is doing for the people
that are being crushed by the hands
of the plutocrats. I. H. Murray.
From Gen. Weaver’s Paper.
Ed. Representative, Dear Sir:—
Number one of volume one of your
paper is at hand. It is indeed a credit
to the movement and a credit to your
state. * * * Wishing the Represen
tative great success, we are, etc.,
The Farmers’ Tribune.
His Family Will Not Read It.
Ed. Representative:— Permit me
to have a little space in your columns.
The weather is very bad and seeding
is greatly behind; the season is getting
along pretty well. I appreciate our
president’s letter in your issue of the
19th in reply to Dr. Fish’s slanderous
attacks upon our state officers and
the electors who were upon our state
ticket last fall. We would like to
know through the columns of the
Great West where the fusion was, as
it is generally understood in our
county that it takes two parties to
make a deal and we have not been
able to find out yet who the two par
ties are that have fused in this state.
1 always look out for a man or a
paper that is always praising himself
or crying fusion, boodle or “middle
of the road.” That is the man to
watch. The very same man said in
Pope County he would not ride on
a railroad pass, but when he went
down to Ocala he rode on a pass.
In conclusion would say thatl have
always taken the Great West ever
since it started, but my family' will
not read it any more and I have got
tired of slanderous charges of boodle
and fusion every week. You may
hear a little more from me in the
future. Ben Peacock,
Sec. Pope Co. Alliance,
Glenwood, Minn.
Grease the Wheels.
Editor Representative:— l wish
to appeal to brother farmers to
prepare for the state campaign of94’
by starting at once local oil pur
chasing agencies. Let ten farmers
chip in one dollar each and purchase
a 60 gallon can with pump and
measures and a barrel of oil. Let
the one who is most conveniently
situated take charge of the can and
oil. Urge every farmer in the neigh
borhood to purchase oil of your lo
cal agency at same price they pay to
local merchant. Every barrel of oil
sold in this way will leave a profit
of from SI.OO to $2.50. Keep the
profit upon every barrel of oil sold
intact for campaign fund next year.
Should this plan be taken up by far
mers and laborers throughout the
state at once-and the profits reserved
for campaign purposes, it will aston
ish the most enthusiastic to learn
the amount of funds the People’s
Party will have one year from now.
The profits upon kerosene bought by
farmers in some counties in this
state amounts to over $5,000.00
per year. Of course all could not be
induced to join this scheme, but it
seems to me if one half of the $40,000.
who voted the P. P. ticket in this
state last fall would take this mat
ter up, we could in this way raise
ample funds, to carry on an honest
I have personally put this oil
proposition to test; have the first
barrel half sold ; it is too much for
one person to take up but just the
thing for an alliance to carry out.
It is the Roachdale system, pure and
All who have this movement at
heart should be untiring in their ef
fort to push the work, it is a worthy
cause, true men should not hesitate
a moment to identify themselves as
workers in this cause.
Hamlin V. Poore.
From an exceedingly interesting
letter from Mr. Olaf Swenson of Wey
dahl, we make the following extract.
We should be glad to publish the let
ter entire, but its extreme length for
Weydahl, April 25th, ’93.
Ed. Representative:— Please con
tinue to send me the paper. If future
copies are as the sample, then our
enemies’ walls shall soon fall down.
May God himself bless the paper and
the management thereof to the end
it seeks to establish—a peoples’ gov
ernment in truth and justice. But
for my posterity I should long ago
have quitted this work of agitation
and education, but I see a revolution
is bound to come.
Mr. writes that he expects
to subscribe to the capital stock of
the Representative. We should be
glad if he would also assume the
agency for the paper and canvass
ms county for subscribers.
• / A
A Beacon of Enlightenment.
Pillayer, Minn. April 26.1891.
Eli. Representative: —Herewith
enclosed find four dollars subscrip
tions for the Representative to
be sent to the list of en
closed names, for time an
nexed to the same. I shall note the
time also and will, before the expira
tion, renew and if possible send
more. We all desire the paper. We
are all members of Alliance No. 1345
and are opening up farms in the back
woods, fighting the corporations in
the wrongs they are inflicting on us
and our fellow men. We hope the
“Representative” may become the
beacon of enlightenment and har
binger of peace. R. Rearick.
[We are glad to find a cordial wel
come among Cass County farmers.
In addition to subduing the forest
and contending with adverse eco
nomic conditions,these men have also
to fight the railroad corporations
whose vast holdings of untaxed pine
lands rest like an incubus upon the
energies of a brave people. The Rep
resentative glories in their courage
and will help them to fight their bat
tle to a successful issue.]
Rockford, Wash., May 4, ’93.
Ed. Representative:— Some days
ago I received the first number ofthe
Representative. It suits me very
well. I promised long before it
started to subscribe and here is a
I shall try my best to get up a club
for the paper because I believe it is
going to be a leading reform paper.
Some time in the future I will write
for the paper, hoping to be allowed.
T. T. Julseth.
The Alliance Must Take Hold.
Keeville, Minn., April 29. ’93.
Editor Representative :—E n -
closed please find two dollars ($2.00).
Please send the Representative to
S. B. Smith one year. Also please
send the Representative to G. W.
Borrill one year. Address, Keeville,
Stevens Co., Minn. These names
were given you for a sample copy of
the paper by our delegate (Alliance
No. 533) to the state convention.
We received the sample copies last
Tuesday and are very much pleased
with it. We feel as though the Alli
ance must take hold of this matter
and push it, the paper must be made
a success, and it can only be done
through the Alliance. Our Alliance
does not meet until the last Thurs
day in May unless we call a special
meeting which I think we ought to
do. In the meantime I will do what
I can towards getting subscribers.
S. B. Smith, P. M., Keeville. Minn
“Veterans, Fall In.”
Editor Representative: —lt is
now something over three years since
I took an active part in the effort to
organize farmers. In looking back
I see much that has been accomp
lished and much that is unaccomp
lished, that I had hopes from the start
would be done ere this. In reading
over the demands made and pub
lished in constitution and by laws
of the State Farmer’s Alliance, I can
see nothing but could be heartily en
dorsed by every struggling farmer.
I sometimes wonder if all prominent
in Alliance work have kept those de
mands prominently before them as a
guide, in their efforts to get the far
mers united, so they can act togeth
er, and get those demands enacted
into law.
I hope all have been unselfish In
their efforts; we should, from this
on, profit by any mistakes that have
been made, avoid personal issues,
that can be productive of no good
to the movement, close up our
ranks and press forward to secure
such demands as all can and should
unite upon.
For one I do not wish to assume
that the road I may point out is the
only road to success; nor would it
be sensible in me to draw a line and
pronounce all traitors who do not
get on my side of it.
Conditions are now pressing so
unjustly upon the laborer and pro
ducer, that no individual need be
alarmed for fear that some one per
son will betray us ; we have reached
the point where the cause will suf
fer less from betrayal than the one
who makes the effort to betray.
Fall in, veterans, and every one
of you bring in a squad of recruits.
Make every effort by education to
secure volunteers—there can be no
drafting, for this army ; only intelli
gent education should qualify for
casting a ballot for freedom.
Hamlin V. Poore.
Beardsley, May 5, ’93.
Ed. Rep. Enclosed please find one
dollar for a year’s subscription to
the Representative. As soon as our
rush is over I will constitute myself
a committee of one to work up sub
scriptions. Hoping the enterprise
will prove as successful as it is de
serving. I am, fraternally yours,
A. S. Stephens
Granite Falls, Minn., April 29, ’93*
Ed. Representative:— Please find en
closed money order for SI.OO tor one
years subscription for the Representa
tive. I shall put in my best efforts to
increase your subscription list.
as others see us.
Usually Commendatory, Some*
times Curious or Critical,
But Always
Generous and Cordial are the
Greetings Extended to the
Representative by
Many of the local state papers have
received the first* number of the
Representative— not all of them for
we had not the addresses of them all
—and they have given our paper a
splendid reception. Their generous
encomiums have introduced us to the
favorable notice of a wide constitu
ency, and the Representative takes
its place in the journalistic arena
with renewed courage for the strug
gle in behalf of the people and a de
termination to justify these generous
words of commendation :
Has the Right Spirit.
The Representative, the promised
new Alliance organ, has made its ap
pearance. The first number was is
sued from St. Paul, Wednesday of
last week, A. L. Stoughton editor,
Robert Eckford business manager.
It is an eight page paper for one dol
lar a year in advance. To live at that
price it must have a very large cir
culation—not less than ten thousand
which, with the strictest economy,
will barely pay expenses and give the
editor and publisher a modest sup
port. The first number looks well,
reads well, has the right spirit and
there is no reason why each succeed
ing issue may not be better than the
first. It represents a grand move
ment for the betterment of mankind,
for the purification of politics, for
the restoration of government to the
people for the people. We welcome
it The reform movement
has been greatly hindered by adven
turers who have started so-called re
form papers to deceive and mislead
the people. Managers of the old par
ties are always up to all manner of
tricks to defeat reforms. They know
just how and when to use the venal
creatures to divide the forces of their
opponents. For this purpose they
have contributed money to the start
ing of papers by self-constituted Alli
ance leaders, thereby weakening the
efforts of tried and true men who
have sacrificed much to educate the
people up to a condition of hostility
to the destroyers of all that is patri
otic in civil government. But for
such fellows the Alliance would have
elected its candidate for governor
two years ago, and the People’s Par
ty would have held the balance of
power in the last legislature. The
enemy is starting up papers in va
rious places edited by men who have
been conspicuous in the Alliance for
the notoriety it gave them. Theyare
men of no stability, no integrity.
They are ready to do anything that
will bring them a cash or official re
ward for their treachery. The Rep
resentative will not belong to this
class, therefore it has our hearty rec
ommendation.—National Republican
(Peoples Party.)
We are in receipt of Vol. 1, No. 1,
of the Representative, the new
Farmers Alliance paper established
in St. Paul, which is destined to take
the place of the Great West. The
name of A. L. Stoughton appears as
editor, and Robert Eckford as busi
ness manager. It is a neatly gotten
up sheet, ably edited, and presents a
healthy appearance. A large amount
of space of its inital number is taken
up by long-winded articles from the
caustic pen of “I. D.,” who is presum
ably none other than Ignatius Don
nelly, “Sage of Nininger.” Pleased
to X. —The Hub , Gaylord, Minn.
The Representative is the name
of the new Alliance paper. Senator
Donnelly contributes several columns
to the initial number. Mr. Donnelly
is always instructive as well as enter
taining. The people of Minnesota
can profit much by reading The
Representative, whether they be
lieve in the Alliance or not. It pre
sents the affirmative side of a ques
tion the negative of which is already
too strongly defended in this country
at this time. It costs only one dol
lar a year and is worth reading by
any man whose thinking is not done
by a board of directors. —Midway
The Representative is a new
paper published in St. Paul in the
interest of the People’s party. Igna
tius Donnelly will scatter his ideas
through the columns of The Repre
sentative each week, which ought
to make it an object of curiosity if
nothing else. However, the paper is
well gotten up and Ignatius is all
right.— St. Peter Journal.
The first number of The Repre
sentative, orgrni of the Alliance and
Ignatius Donnelly, comes to us teem
ing with good things from an Alli
ance and People’s party stand point.
If the first issue is an index of what
is to follow, The Representative
will be A paper worth the having
and thertfading.-TAe Tracy Trumpet .

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