THE LIVING ISSUES
Published Every Thursday at Atlanta bythe
Farmers’ State Alliance of Georgia.
M. D. IK WIN, - - Editor.
A. W. IVEY, - Secfy and Uu». Man.
U. S. LEDBETTER, - Treasurer.
Official Organ of the Farmers' Alliance and
Industrial Union of Georgia.
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This is truly denominated the reign
of Wall street.
We don t t need any silver in our
monetary system. —Cleveland.
The Atlanta Journal is a “me too”
organ of the administration.
The fellow who stands to Grover
in this fight wont be in the next.
Repeal the federal election law and
give us the unperverted Australian
Read our open letter to Atlanta
workingmen. It is worth your careful
Who runs the government, Grover
or congress? Up to the present time
Grover seems to be on top.
When you don’t get your paper
promptly write this office. We will
take pleasure in investigating it.
No allianceman need apply to this
administration, for he will not be rec
ognized. This has been given out of
The question now is, who is the big
gest, Grover Cleveland or the United
States 1 Grover is satisfied at least
that he has the advantage.
If the Atlanta Journal keeps up its
its present fight for the gold standard
it won’t have as much influence in the
next campaign as a “yaller dog.”
Send us a club of ten by return mail.
We need them and the cause needs
the paper. Go to work to win and let
us have the 50,000 by May the first.
We now see the need of refering all
laws to the people for ratification.
Silver would hold up her head if the
people could get an opportunity to help
The alliancemen who represent
South Carolina in congress, are not in
it at Washington. They are not al
lowed to dictate even fourth class post
The silver men seem determined to
stand by the white metal to the finish.
Unless they force a vote in the senate
there is no probability of them ever
Cleveland gives it out that there
will be no compromise. He reminds
us ot the Russian Czar, but he will
find out when it is too late that he is
in the wrong pew.
Colonel D. N. Sanders is no longer
connected with the People’s Party pa
per. We regret this, as Colonel San
ders was a conscientious worker and
had devoted all his energies to the up
building of that paper. Few men
would do more and work more untiring
than Colonel Sanders. We wish him
success in whatever he may under
Governor Northen will likely be a
candidate for the senate and was anx
ious to have Cleveland help him, but
he didn’t do it much.
THE LIVING ISSUES, ATLANTA, GEORGIA: OCTOBER 5, 1893.
How to Succeed,
The times are hard we know, but
this is a strong reason why every
working men in Georgia should sub:
scribe for the Living Issues. You
are more interested now in the discus
sion of the great economic questions
than ever before and there is no other
paper published in the state that deals
with these questions like the Living
Issues. We will not feed you on
long winded articles, but will boil
everything down in a nut shell, yet
make it plain. You need to support
this paper because it belongs to the
men who produce the wealth of the
nation, yet share little of it You
ought to subscribe for it because it is
published on the co-operative plan,
every dollar it makes belongs to the
people who own it. You ought to
support it because it is the people’s
paper, fighting the people’s cause and
standing for the people’s rights. Will
you support it and push it? Will you
push it? Will you push your own
enterprise by getting up clubs and
spreading it into every corner and con
vert the state to your principles of
justice? Then delay it no longer but
go to work in earnest and don’t let
your neighbors rest until every one of
them read the paper. This is the way
to make it a success. It cannot be
done in any other way.
Our New Campaign.
Going to open a campaign in mid
winter ? Yes. that is what we pro
What kind of a campaign are you
going to open ?
A campaign of education.
We want to open a campaign of ed
ucation in the lodge room and at the
We want the co-operation of every
allianceman in the state to start this
We want it to start at once and
never cease until every child that can
read understands thoroughly the gov
ernment under which we live.
Now there is but one way to carry
it forward successfully, and that is by
reading the Organ and getting all of
your neighbors to read it.
Keep up the campaign in the inter
est of reading until every farmer and
laborer in the land reads the Organ
once a week. Then you will have in
augurated a campaign more powerful
than any number of speeches, more
potent than all your lecturing.
Will you help us in this campaign ?
Go to work. It won’t cost you a
cent, only a little exertion.
Try the Experiment.
Is your county lagging in the alliance
cause ? If it is, let your county alli
ance appropriate all the money it can
spare to send out the organ over the
This is the only plan that you can
fall upon to spread the gospel of light.
It will build up the order and will build
up your paper also.
If you have a little surplus in your
treasury try this plan. You will be
pleased with it.
Remember this is your paper and if
you will push it there can be no ques
tion about its success. It is every
allianceman’s duty to take his own
paper first and then get all of his
neighbors to take it. Every dollar
that you will make your paper by push
ing it is yours. It does not go into
the pocket of any individual. Re
member this, and push the paper.
Get up a club at once.
Will Speak in Georgia.
Mr. J. B. Osborn has decided to re
main in Georgia awhile longer and is
open to engagement to make labor
speeches or alliande addresses.
He is a splendid speaker and a true
friend of labor. His address is 150
Chapel street, Atlanta.
How the alliance can get them to
First. Let every county alliance
raise at least a club of ten at the Octo
Second. Let every sub-alliance in
the state raise a club of ten at its first
meeting after the county meeting.
Third. Let every subscriber form
a committee of himself to raise at
least one new subscriber before his
next sub meeting and then consoli
date iut j a club and you will have an
other club of ten.
Fourth. Continue this work be
tween each meeting until every man
in the community is a subscriber.
WHY YOU SIIOULE DO THIS:
First. Because you own the paper.
It is your property.
Second. Because if you will do
this the paper will be a grand success
and will build up the alliance cause.
Third. Because it would command
a good advertising patronage and
would make money for its owners.
Fourth. Because every dollar that
it makes belongs to the alliance and
not to any individual.
Times are hard, but every alliance
man can afford 75 cents for his organ
and can afford to work to spread it.
In spreading the truth our demands
will succeed and relief will come.
Will you do it? Will you start the
Don’t wait for somebody to com
Go to work for the 50,000 subscrib
ers and we will have them by the first
Tenth District Alliance Meetings.
Brother S. L. Roney, district lectur
er will meet the alliance of the tenth
district as given below. Brother
Roney’s address is Gibson, Ga., and
the brethren should do all they can
to make the meetings successful.
Stellaville, Tuesday, Oct 17th.
Hood’s Chapel, Richmond Co. Oct.
Powell’s Church, Columbia Co.,
Marshall’s church, McDuffie Co.,
Norwood, Warren Co., Oct 23rd.
Greenwood Church, Lincoln Co.,
Chatham county comes to the front
with a new alliance and reports the
cause prosperous in that part es the
moral vineyard. The Pooler alliance
is the name of the new lodge. Bro.
Miller is doing splendid work in old
Chatham and it should encourage the
brethren over the state.
The Augusta Herald has also discov
ered signs of a conspiracy to capture the
democratic party of Georgia by a deal
between anti-administration democrats
and populists. A number of mysterious
meetings have been held in Augusta be
tween democrats from other cities. In
one instance a prominent official, and
one of the populist leaders who resides
in Augusta, were present. The plan is
to form a “free silver democracy,” and
take control of the politics of this state.
If there is any such conspiracy brewing
the loyal democracy of Georgia will be
equal to the emergency.—Dawson
We don’t know what the News has
seen in Augusta, but we do not be
lieve there is a Populist who is fighting
for principle who would entertain such
a proposition for a moment.
The great reform which is spreading
in every quarter means more than free
silver. It means a home for the labor
ing man and a fair return for the
wealth he produces. It means pros
perity to all the toilers and to all
Free silver is only a factor in pro
ducing this and no man who is fighting
for the establishment of justice would
for an instant combine upon a single
demand. However, it is well enough
to keep your eyes opened.
Does the Atlanta Journal endorse
Taylor’s appointmenu to Bolivia? We
should like to have the Journal’s posi
tion On this appointment fully Bet
A Black Lawyer.
The Alliance Exchange had n suit
in the city court of Atlanta against
one McCaslin, who had failed to carry
out his cont raj tin delivering sewing
The Exchange was asking for two
thousand dollars damages.
In the case against the Exchange
was employed a lawyer by the name
of Black, and from his argument his
heart must be as black as his name.
During his tirade of abuse on the
alliance, he gave for his reason for a
verdict against the Exchange, that the
rock-ribbed democrats of Georgia had ■
sat down upon the alliance last year I
to the tune of 70,000, and now it was I
the duty of this jury to set down on it
How it is that the court will allow
itself disgraced with such half breeds
we can’t understand. But we are
sorry to say that this same feeling is
entertained in every little town in the
state. It is felt not only toward your
Exchange, but toward your paper as
Now, are you going to stand by and
help these little gully snipes to crush
your own enterprises? Are you going
to assist them to do the work they so
much covet by failing to trade with
your Exchange and to support at.d
work for your paper?
If you do you do not deserve to be
freed from the yoke that is. now upon
Let actions be your answer.
Col. Tom Barrett, of Pike, was >n
the city this week and reports the
Clevelandites awful sick down in his
section. He says he is satisfied that
they havo “black vomit” since Cleve
land has appointed the negro Taylor as
minister to a white man’s country.
Will Crash the South and west.
In an interview with the New York
Sun ot a few days ago, a prominent
member of the Eastern Loan Associa
tions said that they bad decided to cal
in all western and southern mortgages
and refuse to renew all farm mortgages
south and west on account of the
growth of the alliance sentiment in
This only shows the greed of these
eastern money sharks. They fear that
the time is not far distant when the
1 just demands of the alliance will be
adopted, and they will be brought to
justice and stopped in their robbing
They not only propose this, but they
think that they will subjugate the
farmers of these two sections by clos
ing them out during the panic. They
know that men will not take up arms
to defend boarding houses, and i f they
can only get their homes they will be
more ready to surrender and become
They will carry out these schemes
l if the people just shut their eyes to
There has nothing been presented
equal to the alliance sub-treasury to
prevent money panics like we are suf
fering from now. Let the hoarding
go on, but under the sub-treasury sys
tem the man who needed funds could
Congressmen now get one hundred
dollars per month extra for a clerk to
keep the people fooled at home.
W hen our congressmen were honest
and represented the people who sent
them, they found no use for this clerk
and extra expense, but now it takes
a great deal of “correspondence” to
fool the people.
Congress has been in session since
the 7th of August. The country has
lost more in the shrinkage of values
than the civil war cost and yet nothing
is done to save the people’s property.
Congress needs a rest and the country j
a new election.
Selling Public Office.
The appointment of Van Alen as
Minister to Itally, is the most outra
geous bargain and sale known in
American politics, unless it was John
Wannamaker’s purchase of a cabinet
It now turns out that Van Alen did
not contribute to the campaign fund,
but the fund to secure Mr. Cleveland’s
How manv such sales were made the
world will never know, but this is one
that has come to light. It should, po
litically, damn the president in the
eyes of all honest people.
Van Alen is hardly an American
j citizen, living most of his time in
• This way of doing business is get
ting outrageous. Mr. Cleveland and
Mr. Carlisle have violated the Biver
law with impunity and should be im
It is the only course to be pursued.
We want every county alliance in
the state to start the ball with the pa
per. Get up at least ten and start the
work forward grandly. Send down
the tidings to the sub-alliances and let
us have an organ that will be an honor
to the order. Start the ball to rolling.
The campaign is warm in old Vir
ginia. The alliance cause is sweeping
things before it with a good prospect
of victory. Golubugism will not go
down the throats of the working peo
The latest is that Hon. J. S. Hogg
is to join the people’s party, with the
view of succeeding Coke in the senate
A man entertaining the principles
that he does regarding reform meas
ures, is out of place in what is now
styled democratic party, whatever
may be his aspirations.—West Texas
When men learn to lay aside preju
dice and vote for principle we will
have legislative bodies that will do the
will of those who elect them. We
need never expect to improve the
condition so long as men vote
ignorantly. Let reason dictate the
ballot instead of prejudice.
It was the “love of party” that
Washington foresaw would ruin the
republic. It is to bring back principle
and patriotism in politics that the al
liance was organized. It has accom
plished much in the short time of its
existence, but there is still much to be
done on this line. So long as there is
a ballot cast in ignorance or influenced
by prejudice., the work of the alliance
iis not complete. When we restore
I the government to principle, then the
j alliance should remain as a political
! school for the rising generation.
There are not enough men in Geor
gia who agree with Grover Cleveland
. on the silver question to run a camp
meeting. Cleveland simply says to the
1 great mass of people that you are a set
of ignorant fools and don’t know what
! you want.
One thing needed in Atlanta politics
• is a system ot voting whereby the boss
‘ and the word politician will be out of
. a job. Only one method offers that
( advantage to the public and that is the
Australian ballot. It is suggested in
: our open letter to “Atlanta working
, men” that the city inaugurate this
1 system. We fully endorse this, and
I believe it would be a good plan to get
• up a petition to the general assembly
> asking for an amendment to the char-
I ter giving the city the Australian bal
! lot system. It would be fought only
I by that class of ward politicians and
: heelers, who having robbed the city
l of thousands of dollars through con
j trolling it politically. *Let some one
i put the ball in motion,'and the length
of the petition would surprise you.
Send us a short report of your coun
'ty meeting, brother secretary. Send
■ with it a club of ten subscribers to the