The Peoples Voice. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, September 25, 1896 Page: 1 of 8

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Silver Knight : 1'he news from
London, where the czar of Russia
is in consultation with other mon-
arrhs of Europe, shows who the en-
emies are with whom the American
people are contending. The press
of Great Britain declares that an
attempt on the part of the United
States to restore the coinage laws
of the better (lays of the republic
would practically mean the repudi-
ation of their debts, and that this
would leail to the withdrawal of en-
v< ys and declarations of war. We
knew that the nionarchs of Europe
were aiding the Rothschilds to cor
ner the gold of the world for the
purpose of destroying democracy in
the United States; we knew that the
goldites of New York and their
representatives at St. Louis and In-
dianapolis were acting under orders
from Europe to suppress "anarchy"
in the United States by starving the
people into submission; but we were
not prepared for an open declara-
tion on the part of the London
press that if the American govern-
ment dared to readopt the coinage
laws of Jefferson and Jackson, which
have been surreptitiously eliminated
from the stautes, envoys would be
withdrawn and war declared. We
do not now believe that Great Brit-
ain, although she may have the
proffered aid of every monarch in
Europe, wtll dare to provoke war
with the United States. It is true
which has a larger circulation than
any other in England, and is as fol-
"English capitalists will never
take sheir interest from the United
States in depreciated currency. Thet
adoption of bimetallism, or, as it
would become later, the silver stan-
dard in America, would practically
mean the repudiation of their debts
is generally accepted, and it is this
sort of thing which leads to the
withdrawal of envoys and declara-
tions of war."
Silver Knight: The manufactur-
ers of New England and east gener-
ally, while they are attempting to
to dictate to their employes how
they shall vote, refuse to listen to
the advocates of free coinage, and
do all in their power to prevent their
employes obtaining any information
on the subject. They as a class can
be truly said to be wilfully ignorant.
But inasmuch as the people at large
are interested in the effect which
the difference of exchange between
gold-standard and silver-standard
countries has upon the country gen-
erally. we again call attention to
that subject. Before silver was de-
monetized, and while the equilibri-
um of exchange between the United
States, Europe and Asia held, the
United States had a monopoly of
European markets for farm prod-
ucts and could pay our foreign
debts and maintain an independ-
that she made war on Egypt for the . , . , .. , .
lent financial policy. That is all
same cause that she now alleges I . . ..
° I changed. Silver money in silver-
against the United States, and en- . . . , . , ,
J standard countries has remained of
slaved that people. It is true that .. . , ,
, , the same value and its purchasing
she has rohbed and plundered ev- I . , ,
1 power has continued the same as
ery wsak people who had anything ■ , , , .
. ' _ ' ° I before silver was demonetized,
while gold in the gold-standard conn
" I nder the Republican protective policy we'enjoyed for
more than thirty years the most marvellous prosperity that has
ever been given to any nation of the world. We not only had
individual prosperity, but we had national prosperity."- Wttt.
McKinley, at Canton, O., Sept. tg, iSg6.
"That there is widespread depression in this industry
[fanning] today cannot be doubted."- Report filed with Mc-
Kinley Hill, April Ij,
"One of the chief complaints now prevalent among our
farmers is that they can get no price for their crops at all coin-
mensurate with the labor and cyi7a71THi^s7ed~i^7hc~i7~fi^-
ductitn From same Report, i$qi>.
"We have not believed that our people, already suffering
from low prices, can or will be satisfied with legislation which
will result in lower prices."—From same Report, iSuo.
•'This great industry, [Agriculture.] is foremost in
magnitude and importance in our country. Success ond pros-
perity is possible to other industries if a ffriculturi
—From same Report,
i St./).
to steal. But she has tried war
with the United States twice and
lost the game each time. She is
now practicing a different method.
She now has control of our finan-
cial system whereby she is sapping
the foundations of republican insti-
tutions. She obtained the control
by fraud and bribery and expects to
continue it by the same means. The
tens of millions at Hanna's com-
mand are contributed through the
agencies of Lombard street, altho'h
Pierpont, Morgan and the Belmonts
may deliver the money. The forces
England is now using against the
United States are of the Hessian
stripe. They sell their country and
do battle against their own people
tries has doubled its purchasing
power. This has given the silver
standard countries such an advant-
age that they have forced down the
price of all farm products in Europe
below the cost of production in the
United States and brought ruin up
on our agricultural industries.
The manufacturers of the United
States and Europe did not feel this
competition at first, because while
Russians, Asiatics nnd South Amer-
icans are agriculturists, they have
not hitherto been largely engaged
in manufacturing, and it took time
to inaugurate manufactures. But it
has come at last, and China and
Japan are purchasing manufactur-
er English gol
The London banks command the ing macl,inerV Europe and Amer-
New York banks to inaugurate a
squeeze and bring the masses to
terms, and the New York banks ex-
tend the command to every bank-
ing institution in the land—-all com-
bined make war upon the industries
of the country. Merchants, manu-
facturers, railroad corporations and
all others employing labor are told
they must vote with their employes
for gold or prepare for bankruptcy.
The employers of labor throughout
the United States as a rule are now
engaged in coercing labor to avoid
ica at the rate of not less than $50,-
000,000 a year. They are fast de-
stroying our market, and besides are
beginning to send their manufactures
to this country They have ruined
several branches of industry, such as
manufacturing of carpets and silks,
and they ure invading the watch,
clock, match and other manufac-
tures. In short, they are engaged
in nearly every branch of manufac-
turing. The advantage which the
difference of exchange gives them is
about 100 per cent. When Japan
government ownership is a dire ne-
cessity. Railroads, in cenjunction
with combines, banks and plutocra-
cy in general, are becoming more
and more aggressive in their tyran-
nical operations than ever before,
and their reckless coercive methods
and intimidation processes promul-
gated to cow and quail employes in-
to supporting the gold standard is
enough to appal civilization anil
threatens the overthrow of free gov-
ernment and the substitution of a
depotic and monarchic form of
Goldbug orators flood the coun-
try, and by prearrangement hold
meetings where railroad employes
are forced to assemble or jeopard
ize their positions. They are tabu-
lated like sheep to the slaughter,
and to absent from the appointed
meeting means, look for a job.
They are furnished blank papers
to* join railroad league's for "sound"
money, and to refuse to join means
discharge and blacklist. The ma-
jority of them have families to sup
port, and with possible
some minion of Wall street who will
govern the tagged work people of
America with an iron hand of
treachery and cruelty, the extent of
which is only equalled in Siberia.
1 he railroads and other corporations
have the government at their backs
and the army and navy at their
command, and with the millions in
their possession will struggle hard
before they will relinquish anything
that wonld tend to rob them of their
N. \ . World (Sept 8 ): Notwith-
standing the disclaimer of Mr. Sew-
all and* the denial of Mr. Jones, the
World repeats its prediction that
after the election in Maine the Chi-
cago candidate for vice-president
will retire from the ticket, and his
place will be filled by Watson, the
Populist nominee.
sewall could not withdraw Jiefore
the election in his own state with-
out completing the demoralization
Virginia. Mr. Bryan's only ghost [ pretended political reformer
of a chance of election lies in hi
ability to carry the solid south t
start with. This chance fades int
something even more intangibl
than a ghost with the Populists de
terminedly running separate elec
toral tickets in several of these
It is to be said for the Populists
that they have acted with a consist
ency, courage, and tenacity of p
pose, from their point of view, that
are very much superior to the qua
ities of the Democrats who nomin
ated Sewall as a sop to the east
have thei
of his party there, which already
starvation a crushing defeat.
staring them in the face they will
submit to a great deal rather than
be thrown out of employment and
be forever denied the privilege of
working at their calling again, Cir
culars are mailed to employes all
along the lines asking an expression
on the silver question. Each em-
ploye from a section hand up is en-
tered 011 the "ledger," and should
an adverse answer come, or no re
ply at all, the name is checked and
the railroad officials do the rest.
Notices are posted in railroad shops
to the effect that if free silver is
adopted the men will only receive
half pay and part of them discharg-
ed outright. The most audacious,
determined and daring schemes are
propagated to perplex and bewilder
the already crushed and spiritless
men who dare not proclaim to the
world that iheir life is their own.
The conduct of those plutocratic
monstrosities is the most vile and
punishment which the banks!sells a of carpet for Jioo in j hideous pollution of American free-
gold in the New York market and j dom that has ever been flaunted
converts it into her own money, she I the face of a chivalrous population,
has $200 with which to manufac-! 1 hey coerce workpeople, curb legis-
ture more carpet. A dollar of Jap— jlation. defile society, provoke riots,
anese money is as good for all pur- I bribe officials, and menace the peace
poses as a dollar of American money of the country, add insult to injury
which they i 'S Ame"ca; consquently Japan has : and secure the services of the mil
threaten. The English combination
are confident of their ability to our-
cliase, corrupt anil coerce the Amer-
ican people, to place in the White
House an executive who will use the
armies of the United States to sup-
press the democracy
now call anarchy, and save England I 100 ''er ce,lt adv* tage- So have
from the humiliation of defeat in Ia" the "ilver-standsid countries in
another open conflict. They expect! both ™®n«f cturing and agricultural
to subject the American people this | pursuits" The consuls of Engl™d.
time with the hired hessians of *rance, and Germany all report to
America, and not in the manner |tl,e,r 8overnments that this differ-
which they attempted in the revolu- ence of exchanSe'lf i
tion, when they brought Hessians ithe near f,,ture tra,,sfer the man
from Hesse Cassel to this country | factun,,8 of Europe to the Orient
and threatens the destruction of the
western world
the same fact
to carry on a barbarous warfare
■.1 u . ■ . , , • , manufacturing industries of
with the patriots of America. The . 6
threat of war is in earnest, but the
expectation is to use subsidized
tary at the slightest resentment on
the part of the people. They dictate
dscisions to the courts and their will
is law whether constitutional or not,
and on demand any citizen raising
the flag of defiance goes to jail and
swelters in a filthy dungeon, while
his taxes go to support the institu
tion that oppresses him instead of
protecting him
It is war to the knife and knife to
Our consuls report! the hilt, Plutocracy means for gold
but draw no conclu j to win and corporations to rule, or
Americans to fight the people of the ' si°ns for °bvi°US reasons- The Pres"! s""i1<e the cpuntry a blow that wd
United States, if they insist upon jldent W0U'd not tolerate ,hem' j "P°n the throne 1,1 Wa^«ngt. >
their constitutional rights. The fol- [
lowing in a dispatch from I.ondon is
a specimen of the manner in which
But after
that the stress of the situation will
compel his retirement.
His nomination was an illogical
mistake. It did not give any per-
ceptible strength to the ticket in the
seventeen eastern and middle states
that McKinley is almost certain to
carry. And it did offend the Popu-
list voters and their Democratic al-
lies at the south. 1 his was proved
by the nomination of Watson at St.
Louis, forced through even before
Bryan could be accepted.
Mr. Sewall is a national banker,
and the Populists correctly assume
that he could not be in favor of
abolishing the national banks, as
they desire. He is a railroad mag-
nate, and they knew he could not
sympathize with their idea of the
public ownership of railroad.;. He
is a "protectionist," a "corporation-
ist," is a multi millionaire and op-
posed to an income tax, which they
favor. Therefore the Populists "had
no use for him."
1 hese facts are illustrated and em-
phasized in the failure of fusion 111
a number of the states where the
Populist organization is strong. And
their failure to fuse furnish the reas-
on for Mr. Sewall's retirement.
Nothing is plainer than that the
running of two electoral tickets by
the supporters of Bryan will destroy
his chance of carrying any state in
which such division exists. A Bry-
an and Sewall vote and a Byran and
Watson vote in the same state will
be equally half avote for Mc-
There has been thus far a failure
of fusion, and hence there is both a
Democratic and a Populist electoral
icket among others in the states of
\labama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana,
Kentucky, Missouri, North Caroli
1a, Tennessee, Texas, and West
That they will in the enil
way and force Watson on the Deni
ocratic voters scarcely admits of ;
doubt. The Bryan men need thei
2,000,000 votes more than ever since
the nomination of Palmer and Buck
I he effect of this union upon the
election would be twofold, there
can be no doubt that in many of the
western and southern states now
considered contestable a complete
and harmonious union of the free
silver Democrats and Populists
would give the Republicans a hard
and in some a hopeless figh'. On
the other hand, there are states
where the Democratic farmers,
though friendly enough to free sil
ver, are very hostile to Populist
leaders and more fearful of Populist
doctrines. They 'do not wish to in-
volve their well earned competency
and independence in any socialistic,
confiscatory or repudiating theories.
The substitution of Watson for Sew
all would doubtless drive thousands
of these votes to McKinley, and yet
the logic of the situation points di-
rectly to that issue of the canvass.
It is inevitable that Sewall must go.
Bath, Maine, is Sewall's home.
In her state election last week,
the .Repijblican vote was 83,000;
Democratic vote, 35,000. (In the
September election of '92, the Re-
publican vote was 67,600; Demo-
cratic, 55,078.) Bath, the vote
was—R., 1212; D., 435. In Sewall's
own ward — the 7th — the vote
was, R., 174; I) , 60. Heavy Demo-
cratic losses in Sewall's ward, city,
county, and state. And Sewall was
put on the Democratic ticket to
make it strong and "respectable" in
the east !
Up to Sept. 15, 1896.
Bond issues—
ist Co. issue.
'Anybody could see that if $3,200,000,000
2d " .... 23,500
3d " .... 25,000—88,500
Cost of selling bonds—
J. A. Jones, univ.. 500
Exp. on co. bonds 59
Disc, on sale " 4,800
" '' " >.045— 6,404
Interest paid on " 11,668
Total cost to county. .$106,5/2
Bonds redeemed—
University $ 2.000
County 6,000— 8,000
Total outst'd'g bond
debt ($88,5oo-$8,-
000) 80,500
Tot. outs'd'g warr 8,615—89,115
Total county debt $89115
Total debt outstanding on
June 30, 1895 $92.399
Present county debt 89,115
Reduced by the Populists,
since June 30, 1895 3.284
Cash 011 hand, Sept. 15th, $9,500.
A purer man was never honor-
ed with a nomination than Thomas
E. Watson. He is the soul of hon-
or, with a eharacter unspotted—a
friend to those who need friends, a
born soldier in the grand army of
progress, a hero in the lead of the
common people. If Watson ever
did a dishonorable act, it is not re-
corded. If he ever slighted a friend
the records are silent. If he ever
lowered his colors in the face of an
enemy, the heralds never proclaimed
it. Mr. Watson is a small man, but
I K.puimciii reformer aud
moral teacher is, in nine cases out
of ten, a fraud. Watson stands tor
all reforms that are right. His
voice is heard in sanction of any
measure that is just. Watson is a
modern hero.—Southern Mercury.
Kansas national-bank-"Populist"
papers please copy.
^ ^ -r —, , he is all man from the ground up.
St. Louis Evening Journal : The of silver was demonetized, and $3,500,000,000 Nothing small about Watson but his
the press of Great Britain discuss j actions of the railroad companies Of gold mad& the SOle Standard, it WOUld add stature- t he character of the mod-
American affairs. It is quoted from during this campaign ought certain- enormously tO the Value Of gold John Sher* niustar>d"see(I1 beside a" mountain!
he London Telegraph, the daily ly to convince the unbelieving that ' man, U. S. Senate, July 11, 1876. j when compared with Watson. The
In the course of Dennis Flynn's
remarks at Big Jim's crossing he had
occasion to compare the Lincoln
platform of i860 with the McKinley
platform of '96. He compared the
free homes plank in each platform,
admitted that he had begged the
McKinley platform builders to pur-
loin Liucloln's free home's plank,
—but there the comparison ceased.
Lincoln's free home policy was just
the thing, but his financial and na-
tional hank policy would almost
give Banker Dennis the jiinjams.
Dennis Flynn won't talk politics—■
oh, no! He takes Asp along to do
that for him. Oh, how the burdens
of the dear people art bearing down
upon the trembling frame of this
paid attorney of the Santa Fe rail-
road company. It was a bad day
for Dennis in Cleveland county
when he was escorted to the speak-
er's stand by such men as R. R. At-
torney Asp and Bondbroker Seay.
The people of this county have al-
ready up their minds that the
national banks and railroads have
been represented long enough from
this territory, and the man from be-
tween the plow handles, the true
free homes champion, the true free
silver champion, in the person of
one Callahan of Kingfisher county,
will receive a telling majority when
the polls are closed in this county.
he Populist meeting at Grand
Valley school house in 10 4 west, on
last Monday night was the initial
meeting of the north end of the
county for this campaign. A good
attendance greeted the speakers and
ocal issues were discussed thor-
oughly. Every question was prompt-
and courteously answered, and we
feel quite certain that some Demo-
crats and Republicans who attended
the meeting went awy holding differ-
ent ideas from what they had before
concerning not only the Populist
administration, but the speakers
'ho were defending it, also. We
re glad to see the spirit of fair-
ness and honest inquiry pervading
the minds of the voters and tax
payers of Cleveland county, and
feel confident that if they are gov-
erned by these sentiment through-
ut the coming campaign that the
Populist administration will be sus-
tained and vindicated by the lar-
gest majority ever cast in the county.
I'opuliNt County Platform.
rUKA M Itl.K.
We, tin* delegate* of the People's 1'art v of
Cleveland county, Oklahoma territory, In con
vention aesembled, congratulate the people of
said county on the just, equitable Mini economic
management of county affairs under the pres-
ent administration. We call attention to the
Improvement of the financial condition and
credit or the county, under Populist manage*
ment, and challenge the Democratic party to
a strict, impartial and thorough investigation
and'dtacussion of the record* made.
Resolved, That we reiterate our undevlutlng
adherence to tlie principles of tin* People's
party as set forth in the Omaha platform, ami
believe that the nutonal convention to assemble
Its St. Louis, July 22d, should adhere to the b i-
ale principles of said platform: and we further
believe that no prospect of any temporary
party success should cause our delegates to
said convention to sacrifice or abandon th<'-e
principles.—We favor the (substitution of the
Coxcy Non-intercst'bearlng bond bill In our
national platform as better, and In lieu of, the
sub treasury plank.—We «d so favor the Initia-
tive and Referendum method of legislation, as
a part of our national platform.
Hesol vod, That our county officials be re-
quired to join In a petition to the next legisla-
ture to reduce the salaries of county offl ial-.
believing the same to be too
with the present low prices
of lula
1 be re
d its
•<! f r
That our legislators
use every effort in their power io seen it 11«
enactment of a law providing for a pubiio
weigher in each county in the territory.
Resolved, That we dcnonn. c the supremo
court of the territory for setting aside the : >w
passed hv the late legislature in relation to
district clerk fees In territorial i-.i.-es.
Resolved That we heutl'y endorse the ac-
tion or our county commissioners in their in-
vestigation of the records Of 1 lie ex-county of-
ficials of this county.
Resolved: That we condemn the action of
the territorial hoard of equal * tion, hu-t \ ear,
in raising the assessed valuation ofallpiop-
ci ty in the territory.
Wanted-An Idea
Who can think
of acme simple
thing to patent?

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