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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1892.
Moses and Livingston were elected on
the St. Louis platform of 1890, which de
clared for government ownership of rail
roads, and the Alliance emphatically
urged the members not to vote for any
one who did not stand on every plank of
it. Both these men urged the same thing
on the stump all through their canvas
for election to congress. Now they de
nounce what they then commended.
What has caused the change? Is is
it malaria? They say the flats about
Washington are full of malaria. Can it
be that malaria produces such changes
in men’s opinion?, or are there other in
fluences about Washington that produce
such results on men who are delegated
by the people to represent them at the
National capital? Such things appear
strange to common people and ought to
be inquired into.
The Democrats say there was no use
passing the silver bill as the Senate
would defeat or the President veto it if
passed by the House. Well, what, then,
is the use of fooling away time on tariff
bills ? Wont the Senate or the President
defeat any good tariff measure also?
Oh, yes, says the Democrats, but we
want to put ourselves on record as favor
ing and the Republicans as opposing a
reduction of the tariff.
Why, then, did you not put yourselves
on record in favor of free silver and force
the Republicans on record as against it?
The anwer is plain ; it was because
you yourselves were not in favor of free
The railroad stock of the country is
three-fourths water. Besides this, most
roads are bonded for more than it cost to
Rates of freight and passenger fares are
fixed high enough to pay interest on the
bonds and dividends on the stock, water
and all. Thus the people pay for the
roads every four or five years, and still
do not own them.
Had we not letter fix. it so that when
we Lave paid for them we will own them
and thereafter get transportation at cost?
Any sensible man will say we had.
If the Democrats wont give the people
free silver now when they are begging
for votes and know they will lose many
by refusing, does anybody suppose they
would give it after they were safely in
power where they could not be ousted
for four years ?
It is not reasonable to suppose it.
Once safely in power, they would spit
in the face of the people and snug up
closer than ever to the plutocrats.
The Democrats say they have had no
chance to obtain relief for the people.
They say falsely. They have had the
power to compel the Senate to pass any
bill they chose to offer for the relief of
the people by blocking all other legisla
tion until the Senate consented to what
The truth is, they have never tried to
do anything, and the people know it.
The Democrats are scared fo’ sho’.
They are going to import Dau Voorhies,
of Indiana, and any number of other
Northern Democrats, to instruct Geor
gia people how to vote. It is funny how
much worse it is for Post to advise the
people to vote for Sally and the babies
than it is for some other Northern born
man to advise them to vote for the
Democratic bosses and Wall street.
Money is the tool whereby the wealth
producers make their exchange of
The. government will not allow the in
dividual wealth producer to make this
tool so necessary to his prosperity.
Therefore it is the duty of the govern
ment to make the tool and furnish it to
the wealth producers at cost. That is the
St. Louis platform in a few lines.
Lawyers, doctors and merchants are
welcome in the party of the people, if
they choose to come in. We welcome
all callings and professions, and will
treat all fairly and squarely. But we
can woik our own flatboat, if needs be.
and can pilot the old ship of State into
heap smoother water than she is sailing
Livingston, Moses, Everett, and ail the
rest, were elected on a platform that de
clared for government ownership of rail
roads. Now they are denouncing that
plank in the St. Louis platform and say
ing it would ruin -the country. It is
just a little strange how they came to
change so. Washington air must be bad.
Stand by your principles and vote for
Sally and the babies. What is “party”
In my last article on the silver bill
I laid before our people the proofs
that Mr. Crisp is thus far responsible
for the non-passage of that measure.
The rule of the House giving his
committee at any time the power to
bring any bill to a vote; his promise
to Mr. Bland that the power given
by the rule would be used ; the giv
ing up of the contest by Mr. Bland
upon the faith of that promise ; the
action taken by Mr. Crisp and Mr.
Bland afterwards to carry out the
agreement; then the sudden change
of front on Mr. Crisp’s part and his
refusal to bring in the resolution as
provided for by the Rules because of
his caucus pledges—all these points
I defy Mr. Crisp or any of his
friends to meet them.
Now I go a step further. I al
lege that it has been the distinct pur
pose upon the part of Tammany, Hill,
Springer and the Gold Bug Demo
crats not to pass a Free Silver Bill
at all this session and that a common
understanding has been had among
them all along.
On Dec. 31, 1891, David B. Hill
in his Albany speech said “Pass no
Free Coinage Bill.”
On Jan. 8, 1892, Hon. Wm. Mr.
Springer, leader of the House, said
at the New York Banquet:
“Congress will pass no Free Coin
Frantic efforts were made in Free
Silver sections to deny these state
ments and explain them away, but
those who carefully observed and re
flected began to suspect that a secret
understanding prevailed among the
On Jan. 11, 1892, the Washington
Post published interviews with Sena
tor Carlisle and other leading Demo
crats the drift of which led to the
conclusion that the Free Silver Bill
would not pass but that an Interna
tional Conference upon the subject
would be had.
These proofs show beyond all dis
pute, that Hill, Springer, Carlisle and
others were holding a well defined
policy favorable to Wall street and
ruinous to the people. Hill’s forces
in the House were tireless in their
work against Free Coinage. Hill’s
confidential lieutenants led the fight.
These men are the main supports of
Mr. Crisp. They made him Speaker.
His election was a Tammy tri
umph ; so claimed and so conceded.
Now keeping this chain of evi
dence well in hand, let every citizen
ask himself why it is that Mr. Crisp
refused to redeem his promise to Mr.
Bland •, why it is that the New York
World was so confident that Mr.
Crisp would change his attitude ; why
it is that week after week goes by
without the Silver Bill being brought
to a vote when it is within the power
of the Speaker to do so any day?
To these questions there can be
but one reply.
A conspiracy exists among Demo
cratic leaders to nullify their plat
form pledges and to deceive the
masses of the people.
T. E. W.
HON. THOS. E. WINN.
The Augusta Chronicle, to convict
Mr. Winn of inconsistency, insin
cerity, &c., publishes a letter he
wrote to a friend in February to the
effect that he was opposed to the
People’s Party upon the ground that
the relief of the people was best
attainable through the Democratic
At the time this letter was written
I have no doubt that Mr. Winn
honestly entertained the opinion
It must be borne in mind, how
ever, that it was the action of a
Democratic House on the Silver Bill
which convinced Mr. Winn of the
uselessness of waiting longer fur that
party to redeem its pledges of Re
The vote on the Silver Bill was
not taken till about the middle of
March. Its results created universal
surprise. With a majority of 148
votes the Democrats refused to pass
Then Mr. Winn saw that the peo
ple must look elsewhere for recovery
of their just rights and he acted
For myself I believe he has acted
honestly and conscientiously.
T. E. W.
My gallant classmate of old days,
Hon. Charles L. Moses, went to St.
Louis to attend a Convention of
several thousand earnest, active ex
It was the first National Conven
tion he ever attended. He evidently
expected that the quietude of the
school room W'ould prevail and that
the machinery of the grand convention
would move “to the sound of soft
Charley ought to have known bet
ter than this. Charley should have
remembered that the American ani
mal is a noisy one and that whenever
he is excited he manufactures fuss.
Charley should have prepared
himself for the ordeal his nerves
were about to unergo by reading the
proceedings of the National Convem
tions of the two old parties—
especially of those conventions where
Tammany is taking a hand.
Had he done this he could'have
spared himself the painful disclosures
of the way he was riotously sat upon
at St. Louis by 2000 men and women
who could not see the force of the
proposal that he (the Hon. Charles
L.) should deter the convention from
doing what it was called to do.
My esteemed friend is perfectly
sincere in believing that any line of
policy which lessens the chance of
his coming back to Congress is bound
to ruin the South and alter the course
of modern history. The convention
did not agree with him in this belief
and the emphasis with which they
differed from him roused his wrath
and jarred his nerves.
To show my friend how the Amer
ican animal always does the same
thing under the same circumstances,
I beg him to read the accounts of
the Democratic meeting held in
Augusta, Ga., last week.
Augusta is a staid, sober, ortho
dox town. No short haired women ;
no long haired men; no anarchists;
Yet in a convention of only some
230 Democrats, with no Ram-Rackers
to disturb the graceful amenites of
the occasion, we find that all the
papers in Augusta (none of which
are friendly to us) were irTrSX’Mi
perspiration to find words strong
enough to describe the tumult.
The Herald called it a “Pande
The Chronicle called it “chaotic”;
“wild confusion &c.”
This rumpus was not kicked up by
poor factory people, or working imn
who have never had the advantages
of wealth and culture.
No. It was created by som? of
the brightest lights of Augusta aris
In other words the “rucus” was
kicked up by some of the “most
principalist” men of the town.
The Chronicle says that “chaos
ruled supreme,” that half a dqzen
men spoke at the same time; that
hats and canes were wildly waved;
that the distinguised Democrats
jumped up on chairs, desks and upon
each other’s shoulders ; that Chair
man Lamar, with a long stick, bang
ed Judge Eve’s stove to attract atl
tention. The stove was more or
less damaged but no attention at
tracted. Lamar, the Chairman,
tried to count the members voting
Could not do it on account of tli9
respectable, aristocratic riot wine*
Here is the language of the Chron
“The w ildest picture of unyield
ing, chaotic confusion, of clamor;,
turbulence and contention, of pluper
feet pandemonium, could convey no
idea of the confusion which, almost
from beginning to end, prevailed.”
It must have been a delightful
assemblage, and I can only regrdt
that Charley Moses w r as not there.
In a gathering of several thousand
desperate chracters, such as CharW
describes, considerable uproar is to
be expected; but it is really queer
that 200 Democrats (of the Blue
blooded sort) cannot get together in
a good, quiet, constitutional, preach
er-paying town like Augusta without
creating a rise in the price of rtd
paint and war feathers.
Take a Nervine, Charley, dear
T. E. W-
Please make your communicators
short and to the point.
TO ELECT DELEGATES TO OMAHA.
Agreeable to the instructions of
the executive committee, and the au
thority with which they vested us,
we hereby fix the eighth day of
June as the date for the election in
each of the congressional districts of
Georgia of delegates to the national
convention of the People’s Party to
be held July 4th for the purpose of
nominating candidates for president
and vice-president of the United
Each county is entitled to twice
the number of delegates to the con
gressional convention that it has
members in the general assembly.
Each congressional district con
vention will elect four delegates from
the district and vote for eight dele
gates from the State-at-large to
the Omaha convention, and will re
port the vote on delegates-at-large
to the secretary of this committee,
who will compile the total vote from
all the districts, and the eight men
who shall be found to have received
the largest total vote from all the
districts when counted shall be the
eight delegates-at-large from the
The different districts will meet in
the following places on the eigth day
of June next, at the hour of noon,
and proceed to elect delegates as
Ist Districh—Savannah, Chatham
2d District Camilla, Mitchell
3d District—Fort Valley, Houston
4th District LaGrange, Troup
sth District Atlanta, Fulton
6th District Griffin, Spalding
7lh District-—Rome, Floyd county.
Sth District—Athens, Clark coun
9th District Gainesville, Hall
10th District— Thomson, McDuf
11th District Way cross, Ware
The chairman of the different
county committees should call a
meeting at some convenient place in
their respective counties of all who
propose to act with the People’s
Party not later than June 4th, at
which time and place delegates to
the congressional conventions should
By order of the campaign coiii
C. C. Post,
M. I. Branch,
M. D. Irwin,
John T. West,
A. W. Ivey,
Oscar Parker, Secretary,
1174- Whitehall St.
Atlanta, Ga., April‘2s, 1892.
Again we say, do not pay money
to your enemies to fight you with.
T'he Constitution, of Atlanta, is con
stantly, persistantly and intentionally
sending out false reports both of
their meetings and of ours, of their
speakers and of ours, and in every
way possible seeking to destroy both
the Alliance and the People’s Party.
Its pretended friendship is a sham;
its smile the smile of a cycophant;
its pretense of favoring your views a
trick to hold your confidence while
it transfers your vote to your enemy
that your home and your liberty may
follow your vote. Shun it; spit
upon it; refuse it entrance into your
house. Pay no money to it or to
any other plutocratic paper for any
purpose whatever. Be as wise as
are your opposers, who never, for
any cause, pay a dollar or a penny
to the papers that support your
cause, and in your turn pay nothing
to the papers that support them.
THEY MUST SWALLOW IT WHOLE.
The Democratic Executive Com
mittee of the Second Congressional
district have ordered that all prima
ries at which the Alliancemen en
dorsed Mr. Stevens as a candidate
for Congress be entirely ignored and
that a new set of primaries be held
at which no one be allowed to vote
who does not pledge himself to swal
low the whole Democratic platform
and vote for its candidate on Na
tional, State and local tickets, no
matter who the candidates are or
what their platform may be.
WHO HAVE HAD CONTROL OF THE
LEGISLATION OF TRIS COUN-
TRY EVER SINCE THE WAR .’ *
Not the farmers.
Not the laboring men.
Not the wealth producers of any
Not the merchants in town or
But the same class of petty-fog
ging attorneys and professional poli
ticians that are now going over the
country or standing in the county
seat towns and shouting :
“Don’t leave the grand old Demo
They are responsible for your pov
erty ; for the fact that your wives
are illy clad; that your children are
growing up without proper educa
tion ; that your farms are mortgaged;
that the country is going to the devil
at a two forty gait on a plank road.
They have held themselves as
wiser and better than the men who
till the fields or work in the shops.
They have told you to work hard
er and eat less and they would attend
to the politics.
You did what they told you to do.
And they attended to the politics
as they said they would.
And the result is bankrupcy of the
people and the nation, while they
wear fine raiment and faie sump
tuously every day.
And they have the impudence to
come before you again xmd advise
you still as to what you should do.
It is the same advice they have al
ways given you.
“Stick to the old party.”
“Elect us to office.”
You might as well trust to Satan
for your eternal salvation.
Did they ever do you any good ?
The politicians on both sides
plunged you into an awful war.
By their advice we beat our plow
shaves into sabres, North and South)
and made one great battle field of
The graveyards that mark our hill
sides where are laid to rest the fallen
brave are monuments to the imbecil
ity, the selfishness, the lack of states
manship of the politicians North and
The work of making widows and
orphans by war was their work—the
work of the politicians.
They come to you now—the same
class of men from the town and cities
—telling you not to depend upon
yourselves, not to trust to the sense
of right and justice inherent, planted
by Almighty God in the breasts of
the common people, but to trust
still to them, the same class of men
who have always ruled and always
Will you do it ?
Will the wealth producers again
listen to the wealth consumers ? Will
the industrious still allow the idle to
manage the ship of State ?
From all over this broad land
comes the thunderous answer :
By the God of our fathers, no.
By our love for our wives and
children—by al) we love and rever
ence—we swear to redeem our homes
and country from the grasp of the
dispoiler and make it, in fact, what
it has heretofore only been in song—
the land of the free, not less than the
home of the brave.
The Democrats are playing sharp
tricks to get crowds out at their
meetings. They advertise a joint
discussion when they know none has
been arranged for and then accuse
the People’s Party of not daring to
come to time. This is as disrepu
table as their false and exagerated
statements of their own strength
and the size of their audiences.
We advise our readers to pay no
attention to their pretended joint
discussions unless they are informed
on reliable authority that there are
to be such. Don’t give your enemy
a club to beat you over the head
If the People’s Party men keep
away from Democratic meetings wo
can easily tell where the majojitv of
the voters are.
Great Democratic Mass Meeting
at Fairburn April 9th, not reported
in Constitution or Journal.
Present 30, all told. Six of those
were People’s Party men.
! DOWNING WATSON.
The Augusta Evening news has
“Every effort will be exercised to
down Watson, and if his death knell
is rung in November it will also be •
the funeral of the Third party, which
■ will be buried out of sight.”
The death knell programme is to
be started at Washington, Ga., next
■ month by Hon. J. C. C. Black and
Hon. F. G. Dußignon.
Mr. Black is Attorney for the
Central Railroad & Banking Co.
Mr. Dußignon is Attorney for the
Plant Railroads and for that tender
little monopoly, The Southern Ex
i press Co.
It is certainly significant to see
the simultaneous action of the Rail
road Lawyers in the death knell
Mr. Watson has always fought the
. special privileges of the railroads,
the exemption from taxation and
their extortionable charges.
No wonder they wish to “Down”
Suppose the government were to
pass the sub-treasury bill and also
issue legal tender notes and purchase
one main line of railroad across the
continent, after first squeezing the
water out of it. The U. P. railroad
owes the government over one hun
dred million dollars now, which
amount might be deducted from the
What would the men who sold the
road do with the money paid them?
Loan it ? They could not get more
than 2 per cent for it if they did, for
with the government standing ready
to loan under the sub-treasury law at
2 per cent, private individuals could
not loan for more.
No, they would not loan it; they
would use it to help develop the
country and its industries in some
They would have to do so or let
their money lie idle and so bring
them nothing in any way.
But using it in any kind of busi
ness they would give employment to
men now idle and so add to the pros
perity of the country and of every
one in it.
And in five years, without increas
ing the rates of freight, the govern
ment would have got back every dol
lar paid for the road and could put
rates down to cost of carriage on
that road while it used the money to
buy another road and so on, until all
the roads were run by the govern
ment and the whole people had
transportation at cost, or as cheap as
they have it in Australia, where one
can ride for a half cent per mile.
When a politician from town
comes out to talk to you and advise
you not to leave the old party, stop
and think a moment before you
Suppose you take his advice and
things run on as they are doing,
whose children will be leaders, mas
ters, a few years hence, yours or
Who will own the land, your chil
dren or his ?
Who will work the land which his
children own ?
Will you accept of such advice
and from such men ?
Can you listen to such with
patience even ?
They do not wish that equal jus
tice should be done to all men.
They have had the shaping of the
legislation of the country always*
and could have done justice if they
had wished to do it.
They speak falsely when they tell
you now that they will do justice in
They, intend to continue the same
old systems of injustice in the future
as in the past and they come to vou
with pleading voices and tales of the
ruin you will bring on yourselves if
you attempt to run things without
them to advise and manage for you,
in order to deceive you.
r l hey—the men who have already
ruined you financially and seek to
perpetuate and intensify these con
ditions in your children—ask vou to
trust them again.
How now will you answer them.
The man who votes fofi a rascal, know
ing him to be a rascal, is no better than
the rascal.—Cincinnati Herald.