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THE LIVING ISSUES
Published Every Thursday at Atlanta, Ga 1
M. D. IRWIN,
RANK M. KIIIBLV,
Official Organ ot the Farmers' Alliance and
Industrial Union of Georgia.
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REFORM STATE TICKET.
Governor—J. K. HINES.
Secretary of State —A. L. NANCE.
Comptroller General —W. R. KEMP.
Treasurer —C. M. JONES.
Attorney General —J. A. B. Mahaffy.
Coin’r Agriculture—JAMES BARRETT
Ist. Dr. S. P. BROWN.
3rd. G. W. WHITE.
• 4th. C. J. THORNTON.
sth. ROBERT TODD.
Gth. W. S. WHITAKER.
7th. W. H. FELTON.
P Bth. W. Y. CARTER.
[ 9th. J. N. TWITTV.
10th. T.E. WATSON.
11th. S. W. JOHNSON.
Texas is having a grand encampment
of the State Alliance. The order
remained in session for six days.
Cotton under even the republican
rule brought ten cents. Now, under
“democratic prosperity,” it brings half
of that amount. Yet, its all on account
of the “tariff.”
There will be a meeting of the People’s
Party, of Clayton county at Jonesboro,
September Ist, at 12:00 o’clock, for the
purpose of nominating county officers.
All are invited who are in favor of the
The democrats remind us very much
of a boy going through a graveyard at
night. They are whistling to keep up
their courage. The leading democrats
acknowledge that if they fail to buy up
the negro, they are gone this time.
Some of our reformers think seiiously
that ihe re is no furlher use for the
Alliance. How far off are all such. If
you wish to secure just laws, you must
keep the farmers organized. All other
classes are organized, and the farmer
is forced to it.
The Macon county democrats have
put four negroes from each district in
the jury box. This they did to save
the party ! However, it is said that
the names of the negroes are written
on colored paper, and the judge will
not draw them. In this way they seek
to decieve the negro.
Under the iniquitious robbery of the
McKinly act, the people could get 22
pounds of granulated sugar for one
dollar. Under the beauties of the
Wilson democratic measure we get
only 16. The fellow who voted for
Grover is paying pretty high for the
Joe Janies, Hamp McWhorter,
Bartlett, Brantly, Fite, Gober and
many others, are demonstrating the
truth of John Temple Graves’ letter.
A ring, including the judiciary of the
state, is now in control. Good demo
crat, are you willing to support such a
ring—such a shame.
The congressmen who are going
around over the country showing their
new silver dollars are all the people
who have any dollars at this time.
Did you ever think of that. These
gay deceivers prowling over the coun
try at the expense of the people.
When our courts go down into the
filth and slum of political spoils, it is
time to turn the guilty party down.
Turn cown any party or set of men
who would disgrace the bench.
Up and at Them,
The democratic press has been busy
publishing stories as to dissatisfaction
and disagreement at the State Alliance
meeting, and saying that the Living
Issues would be discontinued. But it
come out all right last week, and will
continue its good work for the reform
movement. M. D. Irwin, the editor, has
been chosen president of the order, and
he will infuse new life into it. The jute
bagging trust is getting in its work, and
the Alliance must meet it. —Thomaston
Thanks to the Sun for this notice.
The democratic dailies knowing the
power of the Alliance in the past, have
never lost an opportunity to crush every
effort which looks to the rebuilding of
of the order. They know that with
the Alliance alive, the people will know
where the responsibility for conditions
rests, and will hold to account the
guilty parties. If the Alliance was
dead they would be able to deceive
the people much easier.
This accounts for the untiring efforts
of the daily press to suppress the state
organ. The enemies of the reform
know that the order could not be kept
together without the influence of its
organ. They know that if the Living
Issues could be suppressed, the Alii
ance would go to pieces, and the
greatest blow that could be aimed at
the reform movement would be struck.
This is the reason for their strenuous
efforts to dewn the Issues. However,
we were determined that this blow
snould not be struck, and your paper
committee came square up to the
measure of their duty, and placed your
paper out of the power of the enemy.
Your committee has done its duty, and
it now remains for you to do yours.
Let every Allianceman and every
reformer put his shoulder to the wheel
now and sustain your paper committee
and your own enterprise.
A few hours work for the paper in
your neighborhood will put your paper
into the hands of the people who should
read it, and will put it where the enemy
may howl, but it cannot effect it. This
wotk will put the paper where the
enemy may howl, but it cannot effect
it. It will put the paper where
we can make its enemies howl for
Take all the yearly subscribers you
can get, and four months during the
campaign. Now, for a pull altogether
from every reformer for the paper and
Ssnator Wolcott of Colorado, who
proudly calls himself “Silver Ed,” has
returned from Europe bearing the
cheering tidings that an international
bimetallic agreement is not far away.
It is supposed that Senator Wolcott
bought a new English hat while abroad
and is talking through it. The worst
enemy of silver is the man who prom
ises international agreement in the near
future. —Chicago Times, Dem.
So it is down in Geoigia. Mr. At
kinson howling for the Chicago plat
form and free silver and Bill Glenn
howling for the Chicago platform and
the gold standard. Honest democrat,
do you know what you are voting for
when you cast that ticket ?
Hon. Henry G. Turner spoke at
Decatur, Tuesday to about 150 people.
This was one of the “large and enthu
siastic crowds” what you read about.
Here was a democrat who never wanted
an office (though he is a candidate for
two), the ablest congressman from
Georgia only drawing 150 people in a
democratic town! Gentleman, the
“parity” is lost^someway.
The dailies tried to kill the Living
Issues, but we are “here to stay.”
We know that the people appreciate
the work that the paper has done in
the past, and are ready to put their
shoulders to the wheel in the future.
Glenn and Atkinson are about as
near together on the silver question
as the democratic congress is on the
tariff. Outside of the salary grab
will some one please tell us upon what
the democrats are agreed ? What can
you expect of a party that is divided
against itself ?
THE LIVING ISSUES, ATLANTA, AUC. SO, 189 4 .
THE ALLIANCE WOHK.
The alliance work should not be
neglected during the political excite
ment. The alliance must be sus
tained as a school house in which wo
study all questions affecting our inter
ests in a non-partisan way. There are
still many questions unsolved that
will effect the farmer in the future and
the alliance is the place for all far
mers to meet and discuss them.
In this manner the truth can be
reached and in no other way. Men
must lay down this party spirit before
they are prepared to search calmly for
The alliance is a school in which
the democratic farmer, the populist
farmer and the republican farmer
meet to«discuss their common interest.
When they have found that, then it
should be their aim to secure it.
The alliance will not have accom
plished its purpose so long as there is
a wrong to right or a burden to relieve.
So long as there are widows and or
phans who need the strong arm of a
friend the alliance should live—must
live. The order is not only a great
educator, but it should be made what
its declaration of purposes indicate—a
brotherhood of man. Now, let every
man who has ever been a member of
the order return to the fold and put
his shoulder to the wheel to build up
and strengthen it. It is the hope of
the country and without it the far
mers and producers are at the mercy
of organized greed. Let organize be
the watch word in every county until
every farmer is in the order. The
bagging trust, the sugar trust and the
trust of our representatives in con
gress should be sufficient warning to
the farmers to organize.
Organize for self-protection—orga
nize for your family.
Words of Wisdom.'
Interest is robbery, and must be for
ever made impossible between individ
uals. I said in my article on interest in
the Journal of May 10, that which I de
sire to repeat here. There may he a per
fect monetary system, bnt let there be
connected therewith the possibility of
the money-lender, and in time wealth
will concentrate in the hands of the few
non-producing classes. The lending of
money, like the coining of money, must
become a governmental function, pro
tected by constitutional prohibition. The
money lender must in future, like the
counterfeiter, he countei a criminal.
Through some system of postal savings
banks, the government most receive all
funds the people wish to deposit, and
loan them out on security to those who
wish to borrow, at such a per cent, as
will cover expenses, and, if the people
desire, add something to its revenues.
Until then, America, though nominally
free, is nevertheless, the home of the
slave. —H. H. Brown, in Ottawah(Kan)
The aggregation of population in
distributing centers, has from our first
knowledge of human government,
drifted to a money domination and
imperial obligarchy. Those who occupy
higher and commanding positions rarely
have the time to look below, therefore,
republics have never been considered
by the better philosophical minds of
the world as nothing but an experiment.
But it may now be asserted that the
science of human government and
political economy is so well advanced
that all the wealth of Europe, and the
combined powers of the world, will not
be able to overthrow our republic. We
are here to stay—never fear.
We publish this week an article
from John Temple Graves. It should
be read by every honest voter in the
Nearly every Congressional district
in the State of Georgia has adopted a
different platform; yet, the plutocratic
press pretends that the party is won
Watson and Hines spoke to four or
five thousand people at Cartersville
Tuesday. Big crowds greet the peo
ple’s champions all over the state,
while the democratic war horses
paw the air. What does it indi
WILLIAM X. ATKINSON AS A BLUB
There are many fables credited to
Aesop’s from which good morals have
been drawn. The sacred writings are
full ot parables by which man might
be able to throw off his vanity and
realize his true state; but, the man
wdo is now seeking to be governor of
the great State of Georgia as the dem
ocratic nominee, appears to have ig
nored absolutely, all these valuable
lessons and has arrogated to himself
such an amount of egotism as would
brass plate a capital “I” long enough
to reach from the earth to the
A man who has eked out a mere ex
istence as a Georgia shyster and a
political trickster blows himself up
with self generated gas like a blubber,
and cries out to the people of Georgia
I am the only man who is qualified
to serve you as governor.
The distinguished statesmen from
Oglethorpe up to the lamented Alfred
H. Colquitt are mere pigmies as cam
pared to this self inflated and imaginary
statesman, who can pronounce the
pronoun “1” with more gusto than the
bigots of the inquisition pronounced
the sentence of death on a condemed
heretic. A man who lias the audacity
to scheme and parcel out the offices of
this great state for years to come
simply because the people of Coweta
county entrusted him as one of the
two hundred and nineteen members to
legislate for the good of the state.
Will the people of Georgia elect
this man as their Chief Magistrate.
The intelligence of the people will
revolt at the thought.
CAN BE BUT TWO,
lion. W. Y. Atkinson the demo
cratic nominee for governor says there,
can be but two political parties. He
says; “One is in favor of the largest
liberty of the individual, the other
lights for the centralization of all
power in thfc government. Mr. At
kinson states this correctly; there is
in fact but two political parties today,
one the representative of organized
capital, the. other is representative cf
the great masses who produce the wealth
of the country. The first of these two
parties is divided into, as we might term
it a right and left wing; and for con
venience sake you may cad the right
wing republican, and the left wing
Mr. Atkinson may fool the people
for awhile by his partisan loyalty and
sophistical methods, but the people
will finally triumph.
The new tariff law is now on, and
we trust that our friends feel relieved.
Most of them have been relieved of
what little cash they had a year ago,
and that is all they feel at present.
Think of a southern democrat like
Turner, whooping up a tariff bill that
Grover Cleveland declared by his action
to be a frraud. It is a sight for the
gods to behold!
Come home, General Evans, come
home! You cannot afford to defend
the ring that destroyed you and hood
winked the people.
The jute bagging trust is able, it
seems, to get in its work in spite of
the fact that bagging is on the free list.
The trust is even stronger than foreign
competition, but the Alliance whipped
it once, and it can do it again if the
Alliancemen will keep their order up.
Mr. Atkinson announced in his
speech in Greenville that he was for
the free coinage of silver right now.
Mr. W. C. Glenn at Hartwell an
nounced that the man who said the
democratic party favored free coinage
of silver was either a knave or a fool.
Wouldn’t it be wel lfor the democrats to
call an nterstate conference and
settle themselves on this question.
The democrats don’t seem to be on a
It has been reported, and it is believed
by some of onr democratic citizens, that
Secretary Carlisle has ordered the coin
age of silver, and we will soon have an
increase of currency in consequence
We find no act of Congress authorizing
the coinage of silver now in force, ex
cept the Bland Act of 1878. Under this
act any person who had silver bullion
could deposit it in the treasury and re
ceive in return a certificate of the fact.
If it amounted to ten dollars he received
a ten dollar certificate. Should he
choose to retain the paper certificate in
definitely instead of asking for tha ten
silver dollars, that was his privilege, the
govern ment having on hand the silver
to redeem the certificate whenever pre
sented. Most people prefer the certifi
cates because they are more convenient
to handle. Should the holder of the
certificate cocne for his coin, the certifi
cate has to be surrendered to the Gov
ernment that it may be cancelled. It
seems now that Mr. Carlisle wants to
coin up the Bilver that is represented by
these certificates, and news to this effect
is sent all over the country for the pur
pose of creating the impression that the
Administration desires to increase the
circulating medium by the coinage of
silver dollars. It can be readily seen
that there would be no increase of cur
rency by this method, as every dollar of
silver put ont calls in a dollar of paper,
to be cancelled aud destroyed. If the
silver seigniorage had been coined, then
there wonld have been an increase, as
that silver belonged absolutely to the
Government. Bat Cleveland vetoed
that bill, and republican congressmen
prevented, by tbeir votes, the bill from
passing over his veto.
Now that the people are becoming so
clamorous for silver coinage, these
hypocrites are attempting to deceive
people by the coining silver that is
virtually already in circulation through
the certificates of deposit. How long
will intelligent democrats submit to
such hypocritical actions on the part
of their leadeis. There is no use for
two political parties when their prin
c4 les aud politics are the same. And
as the republican party has been the
longer the tool of monopolists and
money kings, the democratic party had
better die, that che enemies of the peo
ple may be forced to gather under one
standard.—The Independent, Fresco
Some of our Georgia Congressmen
are now engaged in trying to deceive
the people by declaring that the gov
ernment has commenced the coinage
o' silver to increase our circulating
It is reported that Congressmen
Maddox of the 9th district came to
Atlanta and gave to a bank of this
city a t wenty dollar gold piece,
for twenty silver dollais bearing
the date of 1894, for the purpose of
exhibiting them to the voters of his
district as a proof that his party is car
rying out its pledges for the free coin
age of silver. Joe James it is said has
his pockets full of this coin for the
purpose of deceiving the people. The
people however, will not be deceived.
A If Mr. Cleveland could not stomach
the tariff bill, how can any southern
democrat who is honest do it? Yet
the Hump speakers who are scouring
the woods of Georgia claim that the
present bill will relieve the country.
How long will the people continue to
allow these “salaried scabs” to pull
Now friends it is not out of reason
when we tell you that your paper can
have 50,000 subscribers in six months.
The paper will be made such that all
you have to do is to show it. Then if
every brother and every sister will do
their duty it will reach that mark. No
paper shall equal yours as an
educator and that is what the people
need. Not only that, but the news
shall receive careful attention. Now
get your neighbor to take it for one
year, at least for four months at the
campaign offer of twenty-five cents.
You can do this with yourself and a
half dozen other of your neighbors.
Don’t wait to do this until the cam
paign is over. Do it right now and
send in the subscribers at once. The
cause needs your services and you
cannot afford to be slow in doiDg this
little for the success of truth. Can
vass your county and get all your
neighbors to reading.