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VOL. III. NATCHITOCHES, LA., AUGUST 6, 1897.
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ELASTIC CURRENCY. trees after they have stripped the
leaves from the limbs. The tree of in-
dustry planted in the heart of the
OWNERSHIP. plied to !nsure the people good goveri
ment in the nation, in the state, and I NEARING
i A CRISIS.* day conditions of the spirit animat-
ing the framers of the declaration of
he every local and city municipality in th
THE BONDHOLDERS JUGGLE American continent, with its limbs AND
_E bs independence, is worthy of sanction.
OPERATION OF THE nation. The people will suffer until. it RESENTMENT TOWARD ADMIN- - he day should be set apart for the in-
WITH WORDS. reaching from Sandy Hook to the Gold- d- NATURAL comes.
MONOPOLIES. ISTRATION IS ALARMING. culcation of patriotism of the aggres-
en Gate and from the blizzards of Da-
kota to the land of the olive and the sively honest type that looks upon
Old Solon Chase, of Maine, Shows That he use
Senator Butler Discusses Public Utilities
orange, is withering and dying because
Question from the Populist Party PROGRESS IN POLITICS. The Rising
"boodling" as treason and upon
the Talk Tide in Favor of "Bryan-
of Moneylenders About Shylock wealthy to bribe-givers as dastardly
e the commonwealth,"
"' is eating its leaves the same t'
Municipal ownership will enter large ism",Llkened Unto the Clamor for the
Elastl Currency Is Meaningless Blood adas the caterpillars eat the leaves on the he Standpoint-Position Is That of Reas-
aucking System. on
Lts and Common Business Principles. ly into the coming mayoralty States-General in 1789-Potency of
apple trees. After we open our mints con
& tests in this city, says the Twentiet 1- the Ballot Threatened.
to silver at 16 to 1 the money lender er POINTS FROM THE PRESS.
will stop eating the leaves on the tree Century of New York. The Platt an From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ee ad Senator Butler, of North Carolina,
(By Solon Chase, or Maine.) of industry; we will cut off the dead Strong administrations, that har The industrial masses of this count
An elastic currency, "sound" enough ghlimbs and feed the roots; his interest posed as reform ones, have made th e It is very seldom indeed that the com.
ist Populist.) ments of English newspapers
to suit the money lender is an im- will be the same as the people's inter- upon try are like a man .in the quicksand.
n- The question whether such public icname odious, andclothing masking o political affairs of the United States
wolves in sheeps' further will scarcel; are The more they struggle to get out the
possibility. The bondholder's idea of est; his appetite
for bonds will not be be services as lighting by gas or electric- - work. It requires no argument to con y informing or -even intelligent, and of farther they get in.-Star and Kan-
sound money is a growing dollar--a-aso strong as now. The best money in a
- ll the journalistic blunderers, san.
dollar that is better today than it was the world, that has been rising for the ity, and street car transportation and vince an honest man that the valu, .e urday Review has been in the the Sat-
be the furnishingbe intrusted every private
hold of water to to house- created by past the
yesterday-a dollar that takes a streak iklast fifteen years, would fall and hogs a community
of fat from year to year. te the community. Therefore, belongs te most pL *'.ent and consistent, be-
the hold0 It is a rare day in American history
would rise. The dollar of today would corporations or controlled directly when some Republican official is not
A currency that is worth more to be as good as the dollar of tomorrow, the
Id w, municipalities,
is one that is at- by T ing of a franchise by a corporation cause the most bigoted and prejudiced.
keep than to part'with cannot be elas- and maybe a "leetle" mite better. That
,- - an individual, is theft, because thi Yet a recent issue of the Saturday Re- arrested.-Independent Era.
tic. Our currency that was elastic in is all that is needed to give our
at tracting a great deal of attention. The Le community alone can give it valuee view contains an article on Mr. Bryan's
In cur- book, "The First Battle," The readjustment of wages which
r- these natural
1880 is now like cast iron. Since 1880 80rency the much desired element of ofprinciple of municipal ownershipthat which value belongs, collectively, t<0 gestive, because it is the which is sug- was promised to follow the election of
monopolies is one opinion of a
it all, individually to none. Now, the is
the "best money in the world" has elasticity. as Swell informed and disinterested observ- McKinley, has taken place in many in-
is steadily growing in favor in every Y sues before the people are simple
been growing better and better from quarter of the union. To have pure e There is no chance er. dustries, but in not a single instance
year to year until now a dollar that is m to get mixed uj The title of the Saturday Review's
water furnished at a low cost; to have on them, although the mud-throwers has the "readjustment" been satisfac-
the "equivalent" of gold is worth more EPIGRAMS FROM "EQUITY."
B article is "The Coming American
to keep than a dollar's worth of any-
good gas or electric lighting facilities s will, no doubt, be actively set to wori 't olution." Speaking of the last presi- Rev- tory to the wage-earner. The tenden-
furnished at reasonable rates and ex- to cy is ever downward.-Stockton Mail.
thing else. The money lender has all l11A mortgage on a farm is usually a make them as obscure as
a tended to every quarter of the city; to 0 Whether the political ring possible e dential camgain, his book, which Mr. Bryan
the confidence in the world in the sign of prosperity--to the mortgage yehave prompt and efficient street car
ie shall ruh commemorates in it
r was an event of profound says:
"It We hope to live to see an industrial
"equivalent of gold," but has no con- a.holder. the city, for its own benefit, or whethei
service at a cost not greater than itL the people are system under which the destruction of
Adence in houses and barns. The ready to take control o0 view-political, social, every
I ical significance from ethical, inter- property won't be a godsend to the
costs to furnish the service, e their own affairs, at least to a limited I point of
money lender now demands two or )r The man who presents falsehoods in inquestions that concern every are three le a town or city as vitally,resident t extent, is now the question.
of workingmen who are employed to re-
:y defense f9 truth injures the cause he if not The party 'national. There is no exaggeration in place it.-Star and Kansan.
three times as much property security
for money that is the "equivalent of )fwould aid. t that makes its platform simply the e putting it among the great epoch-mak-
more so than.any other three questions public
gold" as he did In 1880 for money that it ownership of public franchises , ing occurrences, like the
- pertaining to city government. To gathering of The idea of holding meetings to de.
WaS then the "equivalent of gold." A mortgage on a newspaper plant of- f. have these important services cheap no matter under the should command what name of every the States-General still May not much vise some means to prevent people dy-
P it sails r Here in Europe we in see of 1789.
s ten has a great influence on the politi- support
The "existing gold standard" grinds i- and efficient is not only of vital con- beneath its quaint and naive surface, ing from hunger in a land fabulously
slow and grinds fine, but the producers scal opinions of the editor. cern to those who live in a city, but their clients,the political vultures and
the corporation magnates rich in every resource necessary to.the
share in the bran, and the flour goes is the best possible advertisement and which was undoubtedly
and entertaining, But both America wants of mankind! Oh, the irony of
The man who waits to advocate a re- e- Inducement to bring desirable addi- howl as they will; a people knowing
Into the money lenders' bag. Under the e it!-Los Angeles Picayune.
effect of the "existing gold standard" form until it becomes popular shows rstions enterprises. population and busi- their rights, and determined to have everything has been changed by it.
to a city's
That these import-
the dollar that is now paid for Inter- 1 that he loves popularity more than the them, can win in spite of them. Opinions and aspirations which lurked McKinley and his partners are the
eat on a fifteen-year-old bond has a right.
ant functions, supplying vital necessi- half formless in unnamed depths
Senator Allen introduced a resolu- the public consciousness of ossified fossil remnants of a once grand
doubled in purchasing power since the ties to a city's welfare, should be put a twelmonth political party, but they have outlived
bond was Issued. The gold dollar has From the amount of "protection" in the hands of two or three private tion expressing sympathy with Greece ago, are now on top, familiar 'to all their usefulness.-American Noncon-
the same fineness and weight as fifteen the sugar trust demands, one might be temonopolies, often foreign capitalists in her heroic and patriotic struggle eyes and ears."
g to suppose it was a "sweet young
yels ago, but you have got to hang 1 g will use these monopolies with a view against the tyrannous and oppressive After a personal sketch of Mr. Bryan,
, twiCe as much hog on the hook to bal- t thing." Turks. The bond-holders and usurers which was evidently
solely to their own profit, is unbusi- written by some When will present-day Americans
uam the hook as fifteen years ago. of Europe are on the side of Turkey one who has seen and observed him quit bragging about
People who are too indolent to study nesslike, toitsay folly, least-it is worse in this fight against
e than that, is the it is suicidal. As
y the heroism of
More money of the sort we now have e the problems Christianity and keenly, and who does not derive his their forefathers and take a good
Sould not mend matters so long as the t of the day often assume a a rule the cost of these necessities can liberty. They care
more for their prof- impressions from the portraits in
the square look at the enslaved condition
' bloOd sucklng gold standard is main- superior moral tone to cover their in- be reduced upon an average more its from Turkish bonds than they do book, the Saturday Review says: of themselves?-Grander Age.
t'taled. More silver or paper money on d dolence. than one-half over the entire country, for justice, humanity and religion. "Very likely Mr. Bryan would have
a gold basis would only increase the, and each city furnish the people a The resolution was reported to the made what even his enemies would
better and more reliable service. It is sincerely to be hoped that the
strali on gold and shrink the -assets of Prosperity cannot come to the masses committee on foreign relations. call a good president-commonplace, near approach
. the debtor. The producer, who for the of the state elections will
while those who profit by the adversity Y Nearly every city today where pri- perhaps, but reasonably conservative,
stimulate all believers in the rights of
klast Afteen years has paid his debts of the masses retain the reins of gov- -ate monopolies hold these important Six years ago only 20 cities of the and above all things scrupulously at-
o labor, in the equality of rich and poor
With "liWgi money and sold his goods ernment. e functions and franchises would change United States owned their electric- tentive to appearances." It then adds before the law, and in the promotion
S-t, a ftaling market until bankruptcy at once to municipal ownership if a lighting plants; now the number has -and this is the most significant ut-
of the idea of universal brotherhood, to
st•esBim In the face, would be sold When men can apologize for dishon- majority of the 'citizens could express reached 150, and in no case can it be terance in the article: combine, and to incur no more inex-
l$.t lA sonj and the savings of a esty in public officilals they will soon be 1
a their will and is made enforced. a The said that municipalization was not a
fatal mistake have it when city Mr. Mcinley was elected instead,
cusable risks of being beatep by the
ilM wiped out from no fault of his a able to apologize for dishonesty in success. and a brief month'of his administration
has carried the revolution forward as forces of monopoly and ttranny.-
Sii4*W ore redit or token money that themselves. grants these franchises to a private Commonwealth.
lfates aslog with gold would only monopoly. At once the monopoly Senator Foraker has a pooling bill swiftly as the spring sunshine and
the idle millioun that are now There was never a job for the bene- wrings from the public enormous in congress, and Vice President Hobart showers are bringing forth the leaves Senator Butler in a speech in the
i invesvatment in securities that u of plutocracy lobbied through con- profits to control the city elections is a member of the board of directors and buds. * * * Where there were United States senate said "Railway mo-
",by the power to tax the gross or legislature that was not la- and city government. Soon the peo- in the railroad trusts. That looks like fouralready five last summer, there nopolies were the most powerful and
i Bryan men
U l80 the "best money in the beled as a bill for the relief of the peo- ple find that they can not elect any a .cinch, and the railroads have little arediscernible this summer, and there effective allies of the gold trust in the
i• is nowhere any reason for
l• rl noir the "best pie,
elastle: man for mayor, councilman, or alder- cause for worry. Senator Chandler is
fighting the dragon of trusts. What supposing that their increase will be monopoly and
last campaign. The transportation
Sin tihe'Wo d" is-seeking bonds man unless he is a man too friendly to the money monopoly are
!'= held 'tn dle hoards, because 'the When men like John Wanamaker the interests of these private monop- help can be given him should be forth- checked on this side of the crucial year
i olies. The money and monopoly will coming, the twin parents of all other combines
al poeWho own the productive prop- d declare that there isrevolution inthe t says the Grand Rapids Work- of 1900. and trusts." We agree. And the on-
;ty• the country are not regarded air it is evident that the political heav- proceed to rule the cities-the voice man. The Federation of Labor, boards
of I This shows that the growth
"Bryanism"--the increasing hold which ly political party that proposes an ade-
iOalent borrowers. The producer's el are growing dark. ens of the people will be defeated, if not of trade and commerce should speak, quate remedy is ours.-Nebraska Inde-
:psrty has shrunk so much that the drowned and hushed. and at once. the principles embodied in the Chi-
- If men will not allow other men to A few days ago while the writer of cago platform are obtaining upon the
lender'don't want to touch it.
There are 71 chartered cities in Mich- American people-is impressing itself
: the dollars the honest producer work for bread they should not com- this article was in New York attend-
W I When a safe deposit and savings
v..: agwn so large and his pl at having to furnish bread for iing the Grant monument exercises, he igan and 69 of them have electric light upon foreign observers as well as upon bank burFted at Kansas City it owed
*'iank muach that he t
dt so those whom they will not allow to was very much impressed with the plants, of which 22 are owned by the those who have the advantage (or is It eighty thousand depositors $2,000,000,
,•y hi. debts, the finger of work. W inefficiency of the car service of that cities themselves. Of the 29 cities hav- a disadvantage?) of a closer point of and had only $11,000 cash on hand. Of
n at lhai. The money great metropolis. He asked a citizen ing gas plants, 3 own them; and of the course we need no government savings
of the city why there was no electric 69 having water plants, 52 are owned
a s*and the Shylook who Walting for the Wave. The above expressions from a lead- banks.-Commonwealth.
• hti, little the debtor has left or cable street car lines instead of here by the municipality. Of the 79 villages ing English paper and
You told us that a billow of prosperity and there an antequated having electric light, 24 own their a leading Amer-
a horse ear line, ican paper are the first open ones Lord Chatham said: "You cannot ino
would flow-- t help the elevated roads to move the
A mighty wave-across the land from : that have so far been called to our no- die• a whole nation." A very few
great surging mass of humanity to be
Maine to Mexico; The currency question is absorbing tice. The meaning is very plain. The moteyed men who believe the world is
seen in that city every day. He point.
a theirs because they have the most of
That the mills would all be opened and ed to the elevated railroads and said: the public attention in Ohio, and the sad and terrible t'tlith is that political-
the money in it, should remember the
lost confidence restored, "They will not allow it." I then asked common herd are beginning to un ly speaking the United Stat is rest- people are necessary to keep
Ia eilondilt, the money And the ing as it were on a keg of dynamite. it running,
banks would "loosen up" their Ihim if cable and electric companies had derstand that it' is not the tariff but and some day they may take a notion
grip upon the golden hoard. built surface roads and gotten estab- the free coinage of silver that will in That prosperity fraud is bearing its to all violate the law at the same time.
legitimate fruits. The people are
codea In houses We are testing now the virtue of the I lished first if they would have elevated augurate an era of good times.-Ex.
de~att, growing doubtful of the potency of the --Ottawa Journal.
or tiln and corn, and And "golden cure" to save, roads. He said "no; if the cable and
The Cuban republic is now to have ballot. Prosperity must be produced
t it that are backed b A
are waiting, waiting, waiting, electric road had been built and they if even at a late date. Otherwise it Government by injunction means that
* thilime BShaieok has a tair calmly waiting for the wave. had grown strong enough to control the money of its own, a million silver dol- will be difficult to conduct
city government then we would have lars being in process of mintage. "Pa- of a great the victims a judge may at will crowd the people
a ne.rca ander the •You said the
si fraud to another campaign. into a position where they must all be
glorious flag of thrift, at no elevated roads. They would not de- triotic" New York capitalists will ad- Class hatreds
$bb"muriug gold standard" are becoming intense. either slaves or criminals.--Saturday
sire any competition, and would want vance $10,000,000 it necessary f6r the Every Christian,
their debt~ Qurln the And wave would be unfurled,
again in gladness o'er the all the business themselves, and what .purpose, taking Cuban guaranties to pray
ever patriot should
80 pet cent and there reconstructed world; of "make it right" when Cuban indepen- for the preservation of peace.
0 the public they could not accom- "All men are equal in the sight of the
That hope's effulgent beams would modate, might suffer and walk and go dence is acknowledged. This shows
' While writing the above our atten- law," used to be at least an ordinarily
shine nla flood of living light, unaccommodated." two things: Capitalist belief that Cuba respected maxim. Today it is a bare.
l eu on the tIul. U tion has been
:i t And rven-winged despair would take This tells the whole story. A city issure to win; and that Cuba is already Chicago Recordcalled to a leader in the faced falsehood-Duluth Labor World.
toi s e gt arewth A her everlasting of June 15. That paper
flight. i tfoolingly grants an important public at the mercy of the money sharks who
I~fr"~atu h#esectio get hat these grand things would happen, Ifranchise that concerns every citizen always make patriotism pay well in is nothingthe Ifot conservative.to Yet it The Labor Excharge entering our,
time has come warn
y6Utyour solemn promise gave, to a private corporation. The fran- d dollars and cents. the people of an impending crisis. Here present dry rot indu'trial system islike
And now we're waiting, waiting, calm.. chise is a monopoly, and then corpora- is what it says: "There is today, how- a fresh stream o' shower entering a
~ayi ~ whe*4 dollars grow At ly waiting for the tion becomes a monoply and use the
lays ln th, shade wave. ever, call for an exhibition of patriot- stagnant pool, et it arouses and
franchise not for the public interest 'John J. Ingalls and William T. Stead ism awakens all thi latent energy, genius
We ita the mead- except as the street interest can be Have Seen the Sign., of even a higher type than that
and ingenuity in man. The lady with
mas sad the city Yes, all these things would happen, e: served to put money into the pockets The American working people have manifested in rushing to the defense a natural t'ct for painting will find a
We were conddently told, of country when attacked from with-
If we'd vote for Buckeye Billy and the of the private corporations. Of courae had an easier-or rather a less oner- out or threatened with armed-rebellion place for her product at the exchange
single stahdard gold. the private corporation uses its mo- ous-time than their foreign brothers from within. The
t O at all times, the blacksmith or carpen-
in Europe, it is true; but do not doubt foundations 'of gov-
But now we're on our uppers from nopoly to make immense profits and i
" ernment are subject to attack by foes ter can make something useful all the
tramping through the streets, then uses these profits to control the that we are surely, even rapidly, ap- more dangerous year round and find a place for his
than a European army, :
in seamrh of work, to earn wherewith city elections and city government: ' proximating their methods of existence because they work more insidiously. product. The natural tendency of our
and thus we have the spetale Ex-Senator John J.Ingalls, of Kansas, There
to bh our brgad and neat, t of are traitors in positions of pub- competitive system bitlt up the La-
We votis yuI said we should, in. street railroads, gas and electric said, on Jan. 14, 1891, in speaking of lietrust today whose treason is as bor Exchange. The "small fry" man-
plants and water works running the the plutocratic evolution: ufacturer who is driven out can at
hqpea the way to pave "But I cannot forbear to affirm that harmful to the commonwealth as was once fall in with the Labor Exchange
To beittnr tl•nJle, and now we're sadly city in the interest, of the private
C that of Benedict Arnold in selling his c
iwaiting for the wave, owners of the puiblic franchises in- a political system under which such country for British
a and all the syndicates on earth cannot
a gold. The man
stead of the city running these import- despotic power can be wrested from the who betrays
_ drive him out, as he and his laborers
people, and a trust reposed in him by
~ We've ~ ~kting, waiting, patlenty, ant functions in the iterest of the democracy vested in the few, is a the people and disposes of public priv- produce, for what they consume to
Ii~~~~Xp~ Sotr lolthese many days,, city and its citizens. T'here is but one d only in name," ileges for a private consideration is a live and use in raw material, being in-
On page 862 of "If Christ Came to traitor.
Mi fr remedy to give the people justice and
h.atchiagthe rosy drn to to purify politics; iand that is for the SChicago," William T. Stead said: The men of wealth who seek dependent of the large corporations.
C to secure from legislatures and city When any article of commodities ac-
"The transformation is hidden from councils
'i~a city to own and operate these 'public
1 out wsrdrbes are depleted, and tranchises. Surely if retson, by corrupt means concessions cumulate at a certain branch, that
common the multitude, because the coming des- to which they are not entitled are ene- branch will advertise in the monthly,
AnB iter•st on the ortog due, sense and common business principles P( eschews liberty
the are to be observed• moon these reforms crown; and
the tawdry tinsel of the mies of everything
whifph the patriot
what that branch has to dispose of and
what it needs. All branches are num-
C is believed to be as holds dear.
a must come in every city. Thus it will safe as, yell, let us say, as the populace
*• "The time is opportune for revival of bered.-Herald, Oberlin, Kan.
,-~ e• arte oth
as-• pdoauh of
be seen that the principles of the Peo.. o Rome believed the republic to be the old idea of the Fourth
of July as
ple's party applT o the welfare and when Julius Caesar retused the imler- a day for patriotic consideration
W The Refoge of the Ignoramus
Iaterests not oary!ot the farmers .and 1.l purple. But everywhere the money evils that threaten
the country, and "Over-production" is the first and
.r... ..(;, wave country populsitoi, but applies also I power has the people by the throat. especially those that are manifestly
in last refuge of the ignoramus who
W~~. btltN equally utropg to lWe welfar and in- * * * The poor man Is the servant connection wi~h the state and the mu- t
' tries to convince himself and others
-' . teraest of the resldints of ourotowns otofthe rich, and at present stands in nicipality. The movement to establish t
to that our monetary system has nothing
solp daager ob90oming his slave,"- a "new Fo~rth of July," which will to do with present prices of farm, pro$
11", iii-~;;;i.:~;4 Bt7
94 Coatae Nationoa
si-aply meMB tie application to present 4 ducts.-Farm, Stock and Home.,