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At Omaha, Neb., July 4, 1892.
Corruption Dominates the
Ballot-Box, the Legisla
tures, Congress.
Assembled upon the one hundred
end sixteenth anniversary of the
Declaration of Independence, the
peoples party of America, in their
first national convention, invoking
upon their action the blessing of Al
mighty God, puts forth in the name
and on behalf of the people of the
country the following preamble and
declaration of principles:
The conditions which surround us
best justify our co-operation; we
meet in the midst of a nation
brought to the verge of moral, polit
ical and material ruin. Corruption
dominates the ballot box, the legis
latures, the congress, and touches
even the ermine on the bench. The
people are demoralized; most of the
States have been compelled to isolate
the voters at the polling places to
prevent universal intimidation or
bribery. The newspapers are largely
subsidized or muzzled, public opinion
Silenced, business prostrated, our
homes covered with mortgages, labor
impoverished, and the land concen
trating in the hands of the capital
ists. The urban workmen are de
nied the right of organization for
self-protection; imported pauperized
labor beats down their wages; a hire
ling army, unrecognized by our law,
ie established to shoot them down
and they are rapidly degenerating
Into European conditions. The
fruits of the toil of millions are bod
ily stolen to build up colossal for
tunes for a few, unprecedented in
the history of mankind, and the pos
sessors of these in turn despise the
republic and endanger liberty. From
the same prolific womb of govern
mental injustice we breed the two
Eeat classes—tramps and million
The national power to create mon
ey is appropriated to enrich bond
holders: a vast public debt, payable
S legal tender currency, has been
nded into gold-bearing bonds,
thereby adding millions to the bur
iens of the people.
Silver, which has been accepted as
Cin since the dawn of history, has
en demonetized to add to the pur
•feasing power of gold, by decreasing
the value of all forms of property as
well as human labor, and the supply
of currency is purposely abridged to
ittten usurers, bankrupt enterprise,
led enslave industry. A vast con
%>iracy against mankind has been or-
Cnized on two continents and it is
pidly taking possession of the
World. If not met and overthrown
•i once it forebodes terrible social
convulsions, the destruction of civil
isation, or the establishment of an
absolute despotism. We have wit
■sssed for more than a quarter of a
•sntury the struggles of the two
E*at political parties for power and
under, while grievous wrongs have
ion inflicted upon the suffering peo-
Ce. We charge that the controlling
fluences dominating both these
jarties have permitted the existing
tread ful conditions to develop,
without serious effort to prevent or
restrain them.
Neither do they now promise us
•ay substantial reform. They have
•freed together to ignore, in the
•oming campaign, every issue but
Me. They propose to drown the out
cries of plundered people with the
»roar of a sham battle over the tar
-80 that capitalists, corporations,
national banks, rings, trusts, watered
•lock, the demonetization of silver,
•ad the oppressions of the usurers
•ay all be lost sight of. They pro
pose to sacrifice our homes, lives and
ihildren on the altar of mammon; to
destroy the multitude in order to se
cure corruption funds from the mil
lonaiers. Assembled on the anniver
sary of the birthday of the nation,
•ad filled with the spirit of the grand
Kneral in chief, who established
r independence, we seek to restore
Ifee government of the republic to
Ike hands of “the plain people,”
with whose class it originated. We
assert our purposes to be identical
with the purpose of the national con
stitution, to form a more perfect
••ion and establish justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the gener
al welfare, and secure the blessings
of liberty for ourselves and our pos
We declare that this republic can
•nly endure as a free government
while built upon the love of the
whole'people for each other and for
the nation; that it cannot be pinned
together by bayonets, that the civil
war is over and that every passion
•nd resentment which grew out of it
must die with it, and that we must
be in fact, as we are in name, one
•nited brotherhood. Our country
tnds itself confronted by conditions
for which there is no precedent in
the history of the world. Our
annual agricultural productions
•mount to billions of dollars in
value, which must within a few
weeks or months be exchanged for
billions of dollars of commodities
consumed in their producton; the ex
isting currency supply is wholly in
adequate to make this exchange.
The results are falling prices, the
formation of combines and rings,
the impoverishment of the produc
}ng class. We pledge ourselves that
f given power we will labor to cor
rect these evils by wise and reason
able legislation in accordance with
the terms of our platform.
We believe that the powers of gov
ernment—in other words, of the peo
ple-should be expanded (as in the
case of the postal service) as rapidly
as far as the good sense of an intelli
gent people and the teachings of ex
perience shall justify to the end that
oppression, injustice and poverty
•nail eventually cease in the land.
While our sympathies as a party of
reform are naturally upon the side of
•very proposition which will tend to
make men intelligent, virtuous and
temperate, we nevertheless regard
these questions—important as they
•re—as secondary to the great issue
new pressing for solution, and upor
which not only our Individual pros
perity, but the very existence of free
institutions depends, and we ask all
men to first help us to determine
whether we are to have'a republic to
administer, before we differ as to the
conditions upon which it is to be ad
ministered. believing that the forces
of reform this day organized will
never cease to move forward until
every wrong is righted and equal
privileges established for all the men
and women of this country; we de
clare, therefore,
First, That the union of the labor
forces of the United States tjiis day
consummated, ehall be permanent
and perpetual; may its spirit enter
into all hearts for the salvation of
the republic and the uplifting of
Second, Wealth belongs to him
who creates it, and every dollar tak
en from industry without an equiva
lent, is robbery. “If any man will
not work neither shall he eat.” The
interests of rural and civil labor are
the same; their enemies are identi
Third. We believe that the time
has come when the railroad corpora
tions will either own the people or
the people must own the railroads,
and should the government enter
upon the work of owning and man
aging the railroads, we should favor
an amendment to the constitution
by which all persons engaged in the
government service shall be placed
under a civil service regulation of
the most rijpd character, so as to
prevent the increase of the power of
the national administration by the
use of such additional government
employes. -
We demand a national currency,
safe, sound, and flexible, issued by
the general government only, a full
legal tender for all debt public and
Erivate, and that without the use of
anking corporations, a just, equit
able and efficient means of distribu
tion direct to the people at a tax not
to exceed 2 per cent per annum, to be
provided as set forth in the sub
treasury plan of the farmers alliance,
or a better system; also by payments
in discharge of its obligations for
public improvements.
We demand free and unlimited
coinage of silver and gold at the
present legal ratio of 16 to 1.
We demand that the amount of
circulating medium be speedily in
creased to not less than SSO per
We demand a graduated income
We believe that the money of the
country should be kept, as much as
possible, in the hands or the people,
and hence we demand that all state
and national revenues shall be lim
ited to the necessary expenses of the
government, economically and hon
estly administered.
Vte demand that postal savings
banks be established by the govern
ment for the safe deposit of the
earnings of the people and to facili
tate exchange.
• Transportation being a means of
exchange and a public necessity, the
government should own and operate
the railroads in the interest of the
The telegraph and telephone, like
the postoffice system, being a neces
sity for the transmission of news,
should be owned and operated by the
government in the interests or the
The land, Including all the natural
sources of wealth, is the heritage of
the people, and should not be monop*
olized for speculative purposes, and
alien ownership of land should be
prohibited. All land now held by
railroads and other corporations in
excess of their actual needs and all
lands now owned by aliens should be
reclaimed by the government and
held for actual settlers only.
The following resolutions were of
fered independent of the platform,
and were adopted, as expressive of
the sentiment of the convention:
Resolved, That we demand a free
ballot and a-fair count in all elec
tions, and pledge ourselves to secure
it to every legal voter without feder
al intervention through the adoption
by the states of the unperverted
Australian secret ballot system.
Resolved, That the revenue de
rived from a graduated income tax
should be applied to the reduction of
the burden of taxation now levied
upon the domestic industries of this
Resolved, That we pledge our sup
port to fair and liberal pensions to
ex-Union soldiers and sailors.
Resolved, That we condemn the
fallacy of protecting American labor
under the present system, which,
opens our ports to the pauper and
criminal classes of the world and
crowds out our wage-earners, and we
denounce the present ineffective law
against contract labor, and demand
the further restriction of undesir
able immigration.
Resolved, That we cordially sym
patize with the efforts of organized
workingmen to shorten the hours of
labor, and demand a rigid enforce
ment of the existing eight-hour law
on government work, and ask that a
penalty clause be added to said law.
Resolved, That we regard the
maintenance of a large standing
army of mercenaries, known as the
Pinkerton system, as a menace to
our liberties, and we demand its ab
olition, and we condemn the recent
invasion of the Territory of Wyom
ing by the hired assassins of plutoc
racy, assisted by Federal officers.
Resolved, That we commend to
the thoughtful consideration of the
people and the reform press the legis
lative system known as the initiative
and referendum.
Resolved, That we favor a consti
tutional provision limiting the office
of president and vice president to one
term, and providing for the election
ef the senators by a direct vote of
the people.
Resolved, That we oppose any sub
sidy or national aid to any private
corporation for any purpose.
H. E. Taubbneck, Chairman, Mar
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J. H. Turner, Secretary, Georgia.
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loan town. Should there be one code a)
morale for women and another one fill
~A or T*aTni»p Housn. By Ham*
H Si* ar * a^ d- Qlo*h,fi.fi|. Paper. BOp.
"Anoval with a sting—a brief trench*
ant, hard-hitting story, hearing on aqf*
methods ef lnflneneiag legislation.
Beoent Amertean fiction can show now*
ing better than Mr. Qarland'e work/*—
Obloago Times.

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