The Peoples Voice. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, November 15, 1895 Page: 3 of 8
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The silence thrills to sound; a nxiuru-
Of music throbs across the *ea of
And bears the story, Omar, to our
Of prayers the moeking skies hurled
Of hands stretched out to heaven for
help in vain.
Of dull despair which neither hopes
Grief that has learned the useless-
lirfss of tears.
And bitter calm of weariness and
A human heart speaks to us from the
From the vast stillness, in whose un-
We, too, so soon must plunge and
seek for rest.
Hath peace, my brother, come to thee
The perfect peace of quiet, dream-
Sleep on! for, surely dreamless sleep
—Bachelor of Arts.
HE SAVED THE BOOM.)
How Dried I'm* From n Mmkrt
Won iht Hit I He
By J. W. Merrll.
"Mother, they're going to cut the
"What Is that, Harry?" questioned
Mrs. Gaines looked into the face of
the perspiring boy before her. "Going
to cut the boom! What boom?"
"Why, father's boom, of course."
"Who is going to cut it?"
"Old Sam Howard and his men.
They are planning how they'll do it
to-night, and let all the logs down the
river and lose themselves In the big
lake," said harry (ialnes, talking so
rapidly as to be hardly intelligible.
Harry was fifteen, the only son of
Mr. and Mrs. David (initios of Mill-
pond, the site of a small saw mill, the
latter the property of David Gaines.
"Old Sam hates father like poison,
"I suppose so," murmured the moth-
er. "It's an old feud, and Samuel
Howard is wholly to blame. But that
does not help matters any. Tell ine
what you heard, Harry."
"I was over to Doward's playing
with one of his bojs. We were in the
barn, when I heard them talking—old
Sam and two of his men. They had a
bottle of whisky between them and
drank from it every few minutes."
"Perhaps It was the liquor that ilicl
the talking, Harry," suggested Mrs.
"I don't think so. Old Sam was so-
ber enough to know what he was talk-
ing about," declared Harry. "He ar-
gued that as all our mill men had gone
off to Muskego to spend the Fourth,
and father was absent in Chicago, now
would bo a good time to cut the boom.
He said some of his logs were in the
boom, aild that would give him a law-
ful excuse If father made a fuss."
"It would not, though."
"Maybe not," said Harry; "but once
the boont is cut and father's logs—all
he has cut and stored during the past
year—gone Into Lake Michigan, of
what use to sue old Sam? He could
uot collect a cent."
The mother knew this to be true.
Samuel Howard was a lumberman
without character or standing in the
community. He owned a small mill
five miles below Millpond, and made
a groat flourish without doing much
It was true that a few of Doward's
logs had floated inside the Gaines
boom. The latter hail agreed to sort
these from among his vast accumula-
tion of logs as rapidly as possible, and,
in case of any damage to the lower
mill owner, to pay liberally.
The Gaines mill shut down for two
days on account of the national holi-
day, the mill men going to Muskego,
twenty miles distant, to celebrate.
As Mr. Gaines was absent in Chi-
cago, there were left on the mill side
of the river only two families, while
Doward and a crew of a dozen red-
shirted loggers occupied the settlement
"What will father say if lie comes'
home to-morrow and finds himself
ruined by his neighbor?"
"He will know that lie is ruined by
his wicked neighbor," said the mother
In a helpless way. "Oh. it cannot be
that Samuel Doward will do such a
home," said llarry. declining the prof-
fer of powder-horn and shot-pouch.
"And a iH'tter shotgun than old lvill-
decr, too," returned Tom Burdlck.
"Hal. 1 believe you arc up to some
mischief. Won't vou tell me slxiut
"Yes," replied Harry, after a mo
incut's hesitation. "('< 11 c over to our
burn. Tout; 1 believe I can trust you,
and I need a helper."
Once in tlie (iaines barn, Harry told
of the plans of Sain £>oward to cut
his father's boom
".My goodness! Hal. that'll ruin your
father!" exclaimed the Burdick boy.
"Old Sam is a low-down scoundrel, if
ever there was one."
"Will you help me. Tom?"
I "By gracious, Hal, I'm with you
there!" exclaimed Tom Burdick, when
everything had been explained to htm.
"Since there won't be any bloodshed 1
don't think my folks will care."
The night of the Fourth of July fell
darkly over forest and river.
j "Old Haines won't return from Chi-
cago tin to-morrow," declared Howard,
as he arranged his forces, "and every
j dod-blasted one of the men has gone
to Muskego to spend the Fourth;
j we've got a clear field. Every man
j gits $10 when the job is done."
"Quietly, quietly," warned the burly
"Bah! The more noise the more fuu!"
| cried one of the boom-cutters.
"There's nobody to hum over yender
j but their kill and his mother; 'twill be
a heap of fun to skeer them. 1166-
j Down to the river and across the
I bridge the party of would-be-boom
j cutters made their way. arriving with-
j out mishap at the water's edge, ne'ar
the goal of their desires.
| "Now step down onto the logs,
lads," said Doward in a low tone.
"Move softly now. That's right. Now
I cut her away!"
From a clump of alders not far
! away came the orders in a loud voice.
".Von rm Her Ami)."
The next Instant came a flash and
Such cries rang from the startled
boom cutters, who could only glare
about In helpless terror.
"Shoot! shoot! Don't let a man es-
cape!" yelled the voice from the hill-
Then followed another report, and
pellets rattled like hailstones about
the men on the logs and boom.
The second shot proved a signal
for a grand scramble for life on the
part of the drunken millmen. A
splash in the water and gurgle of hor-
ror announced that at least one of the
raiders had fallen into the water be-
. low the boom.
! Harry (iaines heard the splash and
saw the raiders flee from the scene of
their intended depredation in dismay.
The lad ran down to the low bank
below the boom and was just In time
to save Old Sam from drowning.
Putting and strangling. Sam Dow-
ard permitted himself to be led across
the dock to the Gaines mill. Once
here, Harry pushed open the door to
the oil-room and hustled the old fel-
' low inside.
! The next instant the door was clos-
ed and locked. Sam Doward was a
prisoner most unexpectedly. When he
learned the truth he howled and plead-
] ed wildly.
"I'm shot, I tell ye. boys. Let me
out or I'll have ye both hung for mur-
: The boys were obdurate. The re-
turned to the hill-side and remained
! on tite watch till morning, but no seo-
[ ond attempt was made on the boom.
Before noon of the next day Mr,
Gaines returned home. Harry told
the story of his defense of the'boom,
after which father and son, with Totn
Burdick, repaired to the mill and re-
j leasetl the prisoner.
j "I've been badly wounded, sir. I'll
J make you smart for this!" roared the
discomfited Doward to Mr. Gaines,
j "1 think dried peas haven't harmed
I you a great deal," returned (initios.
"As for your going to law, I think the
least said by yon the better."
Sam Doward Mteaked home, and was
j glad enough ti 't the matter drop.-
I Boston Globe.
FRUITS OF AMERICAN PLUTOCRACY*
COAL GOES UP AGAIN.
the hichway robbers at
WORK ON THE PEOPLE.
American Millionaire—So, Duke, you want my daughter's hand in marriage?
The Duke—I would give name and honor through her hand.
American Millionaire—Have you scrofula? Are you dissipated? In other words, have you all the contaminations
common to noble blood?
The Duke—I'm afflicted with scrofula, epilepsy; am dissipated, disreputable, and a scoundrel.
American Millionaire—Take her, then, and may heaven bless my children. —With apologies to Texas Sittings.
•They Arc Caoiiin: to Cat the lloom!"
terrible thing. Go to him, Harry, and
plead with him—"
"Never!" exclaimed the boy, with
Harry left his mother and walked
swiftly over to the house of a neigh-
bor named Burdick.
"Tom. will you lend me old Kill-
Tom Burdick was a boy about Har-
"What do you want of the old mus-
ket on the Fourth. Hal? Going to cel-
ebrate?" asked young Burdick.
"I expect to do a little hunting to-
morrow," returned Harry.
The Burdick boy brought out an old-
fashioned shotgun, which had been an
heirloom in the family for many years,
and gave it to Hairy.
"I have plenty of ammun'tion at
Cartridge Made of JUica,
J The uses of mica are manifold. One
j of its latest developments is distinctly
j novel. An ingenious Australian has
j invented and introduced a mica cart-
ridge for sporting and military guns,
j The tilling Inside the cartridge is vlsi-
I ble, and a further advantage is that
j Instead of the usual wad of felt a mica
j wad is used. This substance, being a
j non-conductor, unaffected by acids or
fumes, acts as a lubricant. Where
smokeless powders, such as cordite or
j other nitro-glyceriue compounds, are
[ used, mica has a distinct advantage
[ over every material used in cartridge
| manufacture. Being transparent, tiny
chemical change in the explosive can
be at once detected. The peculiar
; property it has of withstanding intense
| heat is here utilized, the breech and
barrel lielng kept constantly cool
The fouling of the rifle is also avoid-
ed, the wad actually cleaning the bar.
rel.—Chicago Journal of Commerce.
An Inqufultivr Kiel
Inquiring Kid What is
Father (reading)—Four roods.
Inquiring Kid—What Is a rood, dad)
Father—Forty square rods, poles or !
Inquiring Iviil What Is a wise acre '
Father (rising)—One who keeps a ,
spare rod, pole or perch to apply to
a boy who asks useless question*. j
from the World of Thought and the
Field of Action.
The Arizona Populist says: The
freight rate on wall paper from New
York to San Francisco in carloads is
60 cents per hundred pounds. From
same point to Phenix, $3.86 per hun-
dred. The freight rate on a letter from
New York to San Francisco is 2 cents.
From same point to Phoenix Is 2 cents.
One Is under a system of private owner-
ship, the other under public ownership.
The man who Is able to ship in car-
loads docs It for 400 per cent less than
the poor devil who is not able to do so.
But the man who buys a million postage
stamps pays the same rate as the poor
devil who buys one. Awful thing, this
Carlisle's recent speech at Boston
may serve one good purpose. He shows
clearly the administration policy, so
that the people may not be mistaken as
to the real position of the money power
as represented by the leaders of the
two old parties. They are for gold
monometallism, without the use of
either greenbacks or sliver, all other
currency except gold to be issued by
i the banks only. He says gold can only
[ be obtained by the sale of bonds, still
he wants the greenback destroyed,
| which would increase the demand for
j gold and make it difficult for the gov-
| eminent to buy gold even with bonds.
The rate of interest would be Increased,
j as Carlisle sadly deplores the fact that
"interest rates are lower than ever be-
fore"—and of course "idle capital"
j would have an opportunity for "profit-
J able investment" in the bonds which
| it would be necessary for the govern-
ment to Issue in order to retire the
greenbacks. It must be remembered
that Carlisle Is an authorized mouth-
piece of the administration, and that
the administration Is the duly recog-
nized American agent of the Roths-
cbHds—and whatever Carlisle says goes.
* • •
The New York World, whose real
position on any important question is
unknown, since it has been everything
by turns and nothing long, says: "The
worst sign of the times is the grip the
monopolists are getting on the press-
especially in this neighborhood.
When a man like Prof. Bemis is de-
nounced as an anarchist, It becomes al-
most dangerous to call for the observ-
ance of the ten commandments." The
World in its policy of being all things
to all men says a little on both sides of
this question, as well as others—but
sometimes tells the truth accidentally,
as it does In this case.
• • •
Calvin S. Brlce, millionaire senator
from Ohio who was a poor boy and
who had to hustle hard, to get a start
In business, tells how It makes a boy
who was born poor feel to handle and
"There Is no difference between
handling millions and handling cents.
It takes no more exercise of brain pow-
er to do great things than to do little
ones. I exercised Just as much thought
on my small operations as I do now on
my large ones, and it was fully as hard
to succeed with the little as the big.
It Is much like driving a horse. You
may drive one worth $100 or one worth
$100,080. It makes no more muscle nor
care to drive one than the other."
And here the capitalistic press has
been telling us poor clodhoppers, that
It requires brains to become a million-
aire. Guess they mean gall.
* • •
Lansing, Mich., Special: Mrs. Sarah
E. V. Emery, who had a national repu-
tation as a populist and reform speaker,
died here yesterday, aged 57. She was
the author of "The Seven Financial
Conspiracies," which reached a sale of
350,000 copies, largely in the west, and
"Imperialism in America," with a salo
of 40,000 copies. She was a pioneer In
"Greenbackism," and has followed all
the different organizations of kindred
nature through their history. At the
time of her death she was a member of
the state populist committee and presi-
dent of the department of labor and
capital of the National Woman's
• * •
Perhaps there is nothing unusual in
the fact, but nevertheless we consider
it worthy of note, that the man who had
most to do at the general convention of
the Protestant Episcopal church was J.
Pierpont Morgan. He Is also the gen-
tleman who advises President Cleve-
land when to issue bonds, and also "pro-
tects" the United States treasury at tho
rate of nine million dollars a protect.
He is called the "financial Bismarck,"
the great central figure around which
the New York financial system re-
volves.. It is but natural that he
should also control a branch of the
church of Mammon, since there is none
greater than he In the kingdom.
• * *
The great toady press makes quite a
sensation of the fact that President
Cleveland was guilty of a "breach of
etiquette" on account of having neg-
lected the time-honored custom of being
present at the opening of the supreme
court, so that those dignitaries might
exchange the usual flatteries and con-
ventionalities. The president was busy
fishing and forgot that the supreme
court was entitled to his august pres-
ence, according to all the traditions and
superstitions of Judicial formality. And
yet what should be expected of a presi-
dent who has repudiated tho principles
upon which his party was founded,
bonded his country to England, and
brought every department of govern-
ment into disgrace by dictating Its
whole policy. Why should Grover
trouble himself about a mere formality?
• • e
The great toady press makes quite a
aesthetical and self-appointed guard
ians of the race about the possible harm
of the cycle in producing a stooped gen-
eration. I wonder that the great sym-
pathy and solicitude of this class has
not been agitated into excitement be
fore, seeing that men bend over plows
and spades and shovels and picks for
eight and ten hours a day, and have
been for centuries. Why has not the
expression of solicitude been spoken for
tailor, for shoemaker, and such callings,
whose whole lives have been in unnat-
ural curvature of the spine? No fear of
these producing a generation of stooped
or hump-backed citizens, eh? If the
classes that live Idle or uselessly active
lives will get off the backs of the men
who work, and allow them to have
more hours to stand erect, by doing
their share of producing something, I
think the world can get along with the
ills of the wheel and be more erect—
and upright—than it now is. There is
much far-fetched anguish in this sud-
den solicitude for the future genera-
tion.—Appeal to Reason.
Apropos to the pugilistic contest agi-
tation, a preacher at Hot Springs pub-
lished the following challenge for a
preaching match to be held in the am-
phitheater immediately after the pug
"As I am now Informed that the Cor-
bett-Fltzslmmons glove contest is a
fixed, thing for the 21st instant, I would
suggest that at Its close all the
preachers of Hot Springs use the
amphitheater for a prize preaching con-
test. The preacher preaching tho
closest and nearest to Jesus Christ to
carry off the stakes. Pleblan as I am, I
will preach against any or all of them.
The pugilists, their managers and ref-
eree may act as judges. I would ask no
prize money for myself, but would
freely put up $25 to have the clerical
mill go off with these assumed vice-re-
gents of the humble, unlettered Naza-
rene. But no doubt they are all too
cowardly to give it a serious thought.
Tills suggests the idea that If all the
preachers of the country would do a
little more preaching, according to the
rules of Jesus of Nazareth, pugilism
would soon lose its popularity.
• • •
In the Raleigh, N. C„ silver conven-
tion the following resolution proposed
is the one that met the greatest opposi
tion from the democrats:
"To this end we earnestly recom-
mend to the voters that hereafter they
elect only such senators and representa-
tives In congress as are sincerely in
favor of the principles hereinbefore ex-
pressed and only such presidential
electors as will publicly declare on the
stump that they will vote for no man
for president or vice-president who is
not in favor of such principles, and
whose record and platform are guaran-
tees that they will be faithfully execut-
The silver men In the old parties are
great on talk, but when it comes to
pledging themselves to vote for silver
that is different.
• • •
Dr. Parkhurst, the preacher purifier
of municipal politics, is opposed to dick-
ering for the support of opposing parti-
sans. From the standpoint of the in-
dependent party in New York, he says:
"Gentlemen, there Is no wisdom in
our discussing these matters unless we
can meet on one broad and generous
platform and consult together with an
eye that is single to the exigencies of
this city. Some of you are purchasable
by a Judgeship; some of you by a city
clerkship; some of you estimate your
tender devotion to this city in terms of
Sunday beer. We are not running a
dickering business, gentlemen. Our
purpose is to deal with men who do not
want to go around tagged with a cost
mark. You will excuse us from further
attempts at mediation. The responsi-
bility of failure would then distinctly
be seen to rest squarely upon the shoul-
ders of politicians."
In commenting on the recent treasury
report showing a surplus for the month
of September, the Batesville Guard
offers the following:
"But the gold reserve Is being de-
pleted and the indications are that an-
other bond issue may be necessary to
replenish it. We shall then have the
remarkable spectacle of a government
whose receipts are larger than Its ex-
penditures going heavily in debt to bor-
row gold, in order that the money-gam-
blers of New York may draw it out
again and compel the issue of further
• • •
The boasted "progress of civilization"
Is cleverly described by a London paper
'First comes the 'pioneer' with the
Catling and the gallows; then comes
the 'developer' with the rum bottle and
the Bible; then follows the 'civilizer'
with the shoddy cotton, the glass beads
and the lecturer on the advantages of
industry; then comes the 'exploiter' I
with the steam plow and the heavy
horsewhip; and then the native gets his !
nose on the grindstone—and keeps it
The Strike of the "Dangerous ('laaiee*"
Against the Welfare of the I'eople
Huereesfulljr Carried Out—How I.oag
Will the I'eople Submit?
Within the last four weeks the price
af coal was raised by order of the coal
and railroad ring In the East about two
dollars a ton.
These pirates not only determine how
much the American people shall be
taxed to keep warm and save them-
selves from freezing to death, but their
ring actually decrees the amount of
coal the people shall be permitted to
have, by regulating the "output."
All the anthracite coal mines are In
five counties in Pennsylvania and six
coal and railroad companies absolutely
control the mines and the railroads
leading to them.
People owning coal lands in that re-
gion cannot mine the coal because the
monopolies will not furnish them
Switches and other shipping facilities.
As a result, these commercial pirates
can do Just as they please and force the
price up beyond all reason.
The miners in the anthracite receive
about twenty cents a ton for mining
the coal, and people in the Dakota* pay
as high as $17 a ton for It.
In Milwaukee the price has been $4.75
and has now been raised by order of
the Eastern coal ring to $6.50, with a
prospect of an additional raise.
The coal kings In order to maintain
the price decide in their meetings how
much coal shall be mined In a year,
"regulating the output" they call It.
The annual output is about 55,000,000
tons and figuring the unjust extortion
of the ring at only three dollars a ton
on tho average, which is certainly a
very low estimate, the "legal" robbery
$150,000,000 A YEAR,
or nearly as much as the total amount
of tariff duties the government collects
That Is the robbery on one commodi-
ty only. Now figure it on all necessi-
ties and then dear republican and dem-
ocratic voter ask yourself how much
longer you are going to play cat's paw
for the trusts, syndicates and other mo-
nopolists.- Milwaukee Advance.
The Safety of the I'eople the Supreme
"Freights and fares on the govern-
ment road would be regulated so ai
to pay a reasonable profit upon Its ao-
tual value, and a corresponding re-
duction on other transcontinental roads
would necessarily result. The rights of
the government and of the public gen-
erally, would be secured, and an enor-
mous Incubus would be lifted from th9
people of the west. Imagination can
hlrdly realize the extent of the relief
that would thus bo afforded to the hard
working and poverty oppressed farmers
of this territorial division of the coun-
try, and to the people generally.
In the history of the human race
but one statesman, in a position of
authority, great enough to rise above
the Immoderate prejudices by which
the interests of wealth and capital are
buttressed, has ever appeared. His
policy, though in conflict with what are
called sound financial principles, In
fact rescued Athens from the throes of
impending dissolution, and inaugur-
ated the most happy and glorious part
of her history. It has been approved
by all historians; and by the Athenians
themselves it was Justly regarded as
the cause of their subsequent prosperi-
ty, and its adoption under the name of
the great Seisactheira (or "shaking of
fetters") was ever afterwards com-
memorated as a great anniversary. The
lesson that it teaches is that the safety
of the people is the supreme law, (Salus
Populi, Suprema Lex); and that, what-
ever views we may entertain as to the
general expediency of the government's
operating railroads, or other industrial
enterprises, they must give way to the
higher principle when necessity de-
That, in the necessity of freeing the
people of the Trans-Mississippi states
from practical serfdom, the occasion i3
now presented for the application of the
maxim, cannot be doubted. Nor can it
be doubted, if the government proves
equal to its manifest and imperative
duty, that the acquisition of the owner-
ship of the Union or Central Pacific
railroads by it, will be to us, as Solon's
policy was to the Athenians, an oc-
casion to be forever commemorated in
our history."—American Law Review.
If lie Were President.
Prof. Dobbyn, of the Progressive Age,
having suggested Ignatius Donnelly for
president, the "Sage of Nininger" re-
plies as follows in his paper, The Repre-
'"iCh! If people only had the wisdom
to elect us president!
"Five minutes after we took the oath
of office we would recognize the Cuban
republic; in ten minutes we would order
all the silver bullion In the treasury
coined Into dollars; In fifteen minutes
we would convene congress to remone-
tize silver; in half an hour we would
order Wall street fenced in, white-
washed and deodorized; and in one hour
John Bull would be seen gathering up
his 'duds' and skedaddling out of this
"We would 'make a spoon or spoil a
horn.' We would!
"But alas, professor, the fool people
haven't got sense enough to do so sensi-
ble a thing; and so we will continue to
edit the Representative and swear at
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