The Peoples Voice. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 15, Ed. 1 Saturday, November 11, 1893 Page: 1 of 8
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Rkpohf the law was written down with
parchtnentor with |>en
Before the law madeeitiaeu*. the moral
I.iw made men.
Law KtaiuU for human rights, hut whe i
ti . . * trom ritrht* to
men let law die. my brother, hut let hu-
man being* live.
"Our Republic can onlv exist
«•' Long us its citizens respect
•ii'l v I heir self imposed lawB."
Labar /, ■/■/,, rawt Of Capilal, E„e„un't Lai,or. and You Build Up Capital.
NoIMAX. ri,K\ Kl, V\I' COI-NTV. OKLAHOMA. SATURDAY. XOVKMBKK. II. Il!il:t
OJTIC'8 KKKN, IT .NEEDS I WEES TO
SEE Wll VT'S TO BE SEEN.
Can't Believe Ills DAN Haa Turned Traitor-
Yet the I'aporo say So—lie's Sow for
National Bank*—old Man Take* Kevengi
Out on the Boy.
What you going to do with that
[Reaches for boy] I'll pa you.
[Boy dodges] YVh—what have I
I can stand some of your pranks,
but when it comes to tampering with
my spectacles, I—
I hain't touched 'em pa, pon onner.
Are the) broke ?
Broke! no. There is something
the matter with the lenses.
What can it be? [Boy looks at
them.] I don't see anything wrong
Well there is. I've just been trying
to read the Congressional proceed-
ings in the New York World, and it
says Dan Voorhees has introduced a
bill to allow national banks to issue
a hundred dollars in black backs
for every hundred dollars of bonds
they deposit, but I know better.
Dan Voorhees would be the last man
to do such a fool thing as that. Did't
I stand right here in Indianapolis
for two hours once and listen to him
speak on the money question ? Hejust
skinned the national banks from
scalp to oscalsis. He jumped on to
them with both feet. He mauled and
pounded them, metaphorically speak-
ing, 'till they were reduced to smither-
You must be mistaken in your
man, pa, he—
Mistaken? Me mistaken ? Don't 1
know Dan Voorhees ? Didn't I take
up a private collection for him once,
when he was dead broke ? Why, my
son I have rode fartherin processions,
swallowed more dust, lost more sleep
and spent more hours listening to him
speak than I have any other man
How long have you been going to
his speakings, pa ?
For thirty odd years.
He must be a good speaker to—
My son he is. He is the finest
speaker in the United States.
What do you mean by finest?
Why, the most scholarly and elo-
quent and convincing. Oh, how I
wish you could hear him skin old
Why, pa, what has he done to need
Done! What has Sherman clone?
You wouldbetter ask what he has
not done that is mean,
Well tell me about him.
My son, he has been the chief
champion and defender of the nat-
What of that; ain't they good
things to have ?
No; the national banking law that
allows one class of men to borrow
money of the goverment at i per cent
and then allows them to charge other
men, just as good as they are, 8 per
cent for the same money is infamous.
Didn't you borrow some money of
one the other day, and wasn't you
glad to get it ?
Yes to both questions; but why
should we need to borrow ? Haven't
we a good farm, and don't we work
hard from sun up to sun down?
Aren't we getting poorer everday ?
Are we, pa ?
Yes, after all the improvements I've
made on it, the farm is worth 50 per
cent, less than it was twenty years
ago, and now I must borrow from
these accursed banks to get money
to pay my taxes. Oh, it's awful!
What's awful, pa.
Why, the way the infernal republi-
cans have been allowed to run this
government. Here we are on the
very brink of destruction. Farms
mortgaged, wheat, wool, and cotton
worth less than it costs to produce
them. Trusts, combines, squeezing
the life blood out of the people.
The few rich, the many poor. Bonds
and interest, more interest, the cry
of these soulless, heartless accursed
banks. Oh, you ought to hear the
Tall Sycamore skin 'em.
Who is the Tall Sycamore?
Oh, why, Dan Voorhees, of course.
Why do they call him that, pa ?
I don't exactly know I 'spose it's
on account of his ability to denounce
Old John Sherman and the national
You don't seem to love Mr. Sher-
Why should I when he has been
th^ chief defender of the most
dangerous institutions in the world?
1 hat great patriot and statesman,
Thomas Jefferson, said: "Banking
institutions are more dangerous than
standing armies." And Washington,
in his farewell address, warned his
countrymen against the danger of
So you think because the World
says that Mr. Voorhees has intro-
duced a bill favoring national banks,
that I've been tampering with your
spectacles do you ?
[Reaches for boy who dodges out.]
Yes, I do. [Rubs spectacles with
handkerchief, adjust to his nose, and
reads again:] "Daniel W. Voorhees,
chairman of the senate finance com-
mittee, has introduced a bill to allow
national bauks to issue the full face
value of their bonds in bank notes."
I don I, I can't, I won't believe any
such thing. I hat boy hasdonesome-
thing to my spectacles [Spies boy.]
My son, come here to me. [Iioy ap
proaches tremblingly.] See here sir,
didn t you put a slice of watermelon
in the preacher's bed just before he
retired last night?
And put assafoetida in the piano
when your sister's beau came?
And drown the cat. ?
And stone the frogs ?
And rub beeswax on your grand-
ma's spectacles so she could not see
to read, in order to make her think
it was sundown so she would tell you
And put salt in the chicken-feed?
And coal-oil in your sister' po
because I was too stingy to entertain
him. Oh, my son, you got off easy,
[Boy going out.] Thank my stars
that lickin' is over with. Ha, ha, ha,
how that preacher did say cuss words
as he run out doors last night with
clothes on his arm and his shirt a
flyin' in the breeze, ha, ha, ha.
[Old man aside.] Well, I'm glad I
broke with the preacher before pay
day. I'm Ss ahead, ha, ha, ha.—
And axle-grease in the butter.
And do something to my spectacles
No sir, I never touched them.
Don't you tell me any stories, I
know nobody else does any mischief
but you. [(irabs boy and slippers
• Boo-hoo-hoo. [Enter his mother]
\\ hat's the matter, sonny ?
Boo-hoo, pa thinks I've done
something to make his spectacles
read wrong. He says Dan Voorhees
has abused national banks all his
life. Hut the paper says he has intro
duced a bill doing them a great favor
now pa is a lickin' me because his
spectacles won't make the paper read
the way he wants it to.
I he old fool, why I thought every-
body knew that Voorhees had sold
out his principles, if he ever had any,
for pie and patronage ?
Sold out ?
[Boy louder than ever.] Boo-hoo-
■Ves, to the goldbugs to please
Wife, I can't believe that.
It's so, the Indianapolis Sentinel
and all the papers say just what the
World does, that he is now the cham-
pion of the banks, at any rate his
bill is more favorable to them than
any that the republicans ever passed.
My God! is that so ? Dan Voor-
hees a helpin' national banks. I'll
vote the Populist ticket if I ]ive till
the next election.
Pa, it's discouraging to me to be
licked through mistake.
Just consider that is the punish-
ment you was going to get for creat-
ing a rupture between me and the
preacher. He is awful mad. He
won't speak. He preached an hell-
fiery sermon today, and looked right
at me all the time, and he told Elder
Jones that 1 was a white-livered
hypocrite, and that I put four bushels I
of pounded ice in his bed last night I
We often hear the remark made,
that there never was and never will
be in this country, but two political
parties in principle. I am one of
those old time, bred, born and raised
democrats, who was taught to hate
republicans, the same as snakes. I
now see the leading republicans, such
as John Sherman, Lodge of Mass.,
Ouay and Reed, standing up to be
counted in line with Cleveeland,
Yoorhees, Mills and Vilas upon the
the great questions of the day, and
voting against the very principle* of
ancient and true democracy, and the
only men, who stood firm for those
principles, being the little band of
Popnlists, who are there, such as
I fcfter, Allen, Kyle, Simpson and
others. I am fully convinced that
it is true, that there are but two par-
ties in principal viz: the demo-repub
lican and People's party, that the
People's Party is again fighting the
battles of Jackson, Jefferson and Cal-
houn against the Hamiltons, Clays
I am loth to surrender the dear oL.
name of democrat, but Fellow Demo-
crats the empty name is all, that is
eft now. I leave it now and shall
never vote it again and shall hence
forward work for the only true
democratic principles, now advocat
ted by any party: which is the Peo-
ple's Party. I call upon all for mer
democrats to study this question for
yourselves and laying aside prejudice
and you will be convinced,as I have
that the traitors in the old demo-
cratic party has ruined us. It must
die and they with it. The demo
cratic party as now organized have
lied to the people for thirty years.
They were trusted with power only
to prove beyond a reasonable doubt
that they had lied. 'Phlk' will never be
trusted again. FellowTFarmers, La-
borers and Artezans look well to your
Yours a life long democrat, but
one no more. J. P. Farrell.
the people fast coming to want
I do not think your Chicago corre-
spondent i* correct in saying that the
plan for a new grain route from the
west by way of the gulf of Mexico has
for its object retribution against the
east," said Mr. Charles B. Matthews yes
terday, referring to an article in Sun-
nay h Express which purported to out-
line a scheme being pushed by the Kan-
sas Populists to divert the grain traffic
from Chicago, Duluth and Buffalo.
"The Populists have too much else 011
their hands, "he said, "to build a rail-
road ?t a loss just to get even with the
"The true motive underlying the
plan, lie went on, "is in the condition
of things existent there which is not un-
derstood here as it should be. Govern-
ment ownership of railroads is sought
not retribution. The people are deter-
mined to rid themselves of a despot
which for years has been grinding them
down. I refer to the railroads and their
dependent trusts, which are responsible
for whatever suffering there may bo
there. The railroads have been carry-
ing the product of the farms for just as
much as they would bear, just below the
limit at which it would be unprofitable
to raise anything. They came in there
and gobbled up the land by blackmail
"In one town where I lived for a short
time, which had begun its life before the
railroad came through and had laid out
enough town lots to build a city as large
as Buffalo, the railroad demanded every
other lot as the price of running through
it. The demand was refused. The rail-
road thereupon built a little platform 1 j
miles from the town, and any one who
wanted to ride had to go this distance to
board a train. By this and other means
the town was at last forced to give in. If
this isn't robbery, I don't know what is,
and it is the feeling aroused by just such
arbitrary acts that prompts the desire to
get from under control of the railroads
and have a free exit to the gulf.
"The gulf scheme is reasonable as
being the direction of the least resist-
ance. The present governor of Texas
was elected on the platform of govern-
ment ownership of railroads, and a great
majority of the people west of the Mis-
souri river are well up on the subject
and believe in it. Personally, however,
I think they would better build their
roads through to Duluth and Chicago
and then improve the present water
"You believe in government owner
ship of railroads, Mr. Matthews?"
"That is the great question of the day,
he replied. "I believe the government
should own the railroads and telegraph
lines, as some European governments
own them. Let it be so that every* man
is equal to every other man, so that there
shall be no discrimination in rates. No
one believes today that the interstate
commerce law is anything but a dead
letter. It is the railroads, the wheat
trust or combination at Minneapolis, the
meat combination at Chicago, the coal
combine, that have been squeezing the
people of the west, and the people are up
in arms against them.
"As it is now, if a farmer has wheat
to sell he must sell it at the combina-
tion's price, must sell his meat at the
NOTICE AND HEED THIS!
J. H. Howry
HAS MADE A (iKEAT KEDt CTION ON HIS ENT1UE STOCK OK
He carries the Largest Stock in the
City. Employes none but exper-
ienced workmen, pays no rent, and
can save you money. See him before
WEST MAIN STTEET,
NORMAN, OK LA.
Silver In India.
The experiment of closing the mints of
India to the free coinage of silver doesn't
seem to be working as well as the gov-
ernment expected. In our dispatches
yesterday there was a synopsis of a tele-
gram to the London Times from Cal-
cutta. This telegram says that money
is daily becoming scarcer. A gold loan
has been suggested, and it is declared
that such a loan is an absolute necessity
in order to avert a panic.
The dispatch does not tell the whole
story. It is merely a fragment, and our
readers will not be able to understand it
unless the situation is moro fully ex-
Those who have kept up with the cur-
rency discuE3ion must have been struck
by the fact that since the closing of the
Indian mints to freo coinage there has
been an increased demand for silver bul-
lion for export to the east, the most of it
going to India. It is now known that as
soon as the Indian mints were closed the
native bankers, who do business in little
booths, began to trade in ingots of silver.
They could no longer cam* their silver
to the mints to have it coined, or dispose
of it to the British and European mer-
chants except at the undervaluation
fixed by the government, so they tised it
as currency among their native custom-
ers. This use has increased and is still
increasing, and there is a constantly in-
creasing demand in India for silver 'bul-
One week ago the Indian government
telegraphed to London urgently request-
ing the secretary of state for India to
have such a duty placed upon the import
of silver to India as would equalize the
price of silver and the price of rupees.
This telegram shows that there is dislo-
cation of the Indian ^urrency system at
home as well as in the London market-
all due to the efforts of the money
sharks to discredit silver in order that
gold may be rendered more valuable.
It wili be seen that the Indian experi-
ment has not had the results that the
British bankers and money sharks ex-
pected and hoped for. The effort to dis-
credit silver in India has merely had the
effect of bringing the financial and busi-
ness interests of that country to the
verge of a panic.—Atlanta Constitution.
combination's price, must buy his coal
and flour at the combination's price.
This is not a democracy so much as it I -
a plutocracy. A hundred men are able
to control tne elections, to say how much
you and I shall pay for a ton of coal, for
a barrel of flour, how much we shall
get for a bushel of wheat, for a day's
work. And all this can be practically
done away with if the government owns
the railroads. It would save this country
from becoming like the European coun-
tries where classes have become fix-
"Asmall shipper would boon an equal-
ity with the larger. As it is now, there
is no defense against the trusts. Presi-
dent Harrison did a good deal to help
the trusts, but President Cleveland has
done more in appointing Attorney Gen-
eral Olney, the great counsel for trusts."
And how would you have the govern-
ment go about getting possession of the
"By tho same means they gave the
right to them. I do not think the gov-
ernment had a right to say to a railroad,
'You may take this or that man's land at
its true value if you need it.' But just
as that was done I would have them
bought back. Let appraisers be ap-
pointed to ascertain the true value of the
property—not the estimated value, but
the actual worth. If terms cannot be
agreed upon, let the government build
its own roads alongside the present roads
and drive them out. It would be rob-
bery to pay, as the English government
did, $.50,000,000 for #10,000,000 worth of
telegraph lines. If the railroads were
operated at government expense, and
only enough was charged to meet the
expenses and a fair interest on the in-
vestment, we could ride to Chicago first
class for $4. instead of for *12.80 at ex-
cursion rates and accommodations."
Do you believe many people think as
you do about this?"
"Many more than most people imagine.
Hundreds of men in Buffalo today are
in favor of the government owning the
railroads. Judges and lawyers have told
me they believed it was the best way out
of the present difficulties."
"And you think the day is near at
hand when the railroad magnates will
be out of a job?"
"It isn't 15 years away."—Buffalo Ex-
WHERE TO TRADE?
General . Merchandise. Hamilton Brown Shoes
H,lrni>«« C irltll..- _ I rt '
Harness, Saddles, and Buggies.
west main street.
Cotney, Griffin & Waits.
South Texas Lumber Co.
lathes, shingles, doors,
sashes, blinds, andetc.
LIME, OEIMEISTT, and PLASTER.
W. H, BLACKMON, Manager.
N. W. Cor. Main, and R. R. Streets. ... w
D. W. MAKQUAHT, s. H. Oivkns W r rD.
President. Tce-Pres T^"' A" C" MAHER'
vioeirtf. Cashier. Ass't. Cash
Citizens Bank of Norman
(INCORPORATED UNDER THE LAWS 0F OKLAHOMA '
CPAITAL STOCK $50,000.
n ,ir .. O DIRECTORS- o
Of t^i# county. B',nk "r°vWo that 110 * * ™ >«ued to non-resident*
ALL YE THAT
"R.. 3- W/^Xs
THE FAMOUS GROCERY
Has the neatest and most complete
; v' "'
3 if >yt iy 1
Their Prices are so low that they defy their
competiters to make theirs as low
CALL and SEE THEM and SATISFY YOURSELF.
BLaKE & ELLEDGE BLOCK EAST MAIN STREET
Norman, o. T.
W. N. ELLEDGE, Proprietor.
J- WE£*sSells WALL PAPER,
Stock in the County
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Allan, John S. The Peoples Voice. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 15, Ed. 1 Saturday, November 11, 1893, newspaper, November 11, 1893; Norman, Oklahoma Territory. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc116265/m1/1/: accessed February 16, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.