The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 12, 1893 Page: 5 of 16
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Íanüary 12, 1898.
J. B. ti A Y.
I w&b circulating a petition to the
coming legislature the other day,
begging the enactment of the Aus-
tralian ballot system, and nearly
every man of all parties signed it.
Many are influential, though 1 do
not believe ihe democrats have
ever declared for it in any of their
I handed it to an old fellow that
is noted for his party blindness
and he remarked:
"Why yes, anxiously will I sign
it, for although I am a democrat I
believe in honest elections, and
that the Australian ballot will give
it, and by the way, 1 like other
things in your platform, and if you
will petition the legislature to limit
the expenditures of the commis-
sionero' court, unless by a direct
vote of the people—you can count
me one in advance as a signer."
"Why did you not support our
ticket?" was then asked.
"Oh! only because of one or two
These planks, of course, are the
best, biggest and thickest and the
hardest to understand, require
study and investigation—time—
but nearly all of the little demo-
crats and republicans are in favor
of nearly all our state platform.
Now, how shall this sentiment
reach the legislature, is the next
question. Let all of the reform
papers in the state select one plank
—say the Australian ballot system,
set a time that they will make a
vigorous fight for it, have printed
petitions, to sell at cost, for every
county in the state. You know us
old farmers don't know how to
write heads on these things, but
we can carry them around, you-bet.
Just take my word for it Mr. Edi-
tor, all of the people will "jine de
ban," and it ''will be harp from the
tomb," if this legislature don't
come to time on the peoples plat-
form, ' If the people want it,
sign for it and don't get it, then all
the demo's and republicans will be
peoples party men, as they really
When you make a set state fight
on one plank then take the next
best. We have petitions for the
Australian ballot system circulat-
ing now. If we could get the co
operation of the reform press in
other counties, we would make
things howl. 1 sometimes believe
some of the reform papers don'
want what they claim—just keep
in the middle of the road enough
to make money and call the people
If the papers did not want to
sell blank petitions they could
keep standing a published lorm for
petitions for a certain law and urge
it copied, circulated and sent in to
their senator and representative by
a certein time, Perhaps some of
the other party papers would help
us in some of the planks our coun
ty democratic paper advocates the
Circulate petitions. It will per-
meate the body politic and make
peoples party men of them all.
Send us the address
of those desiring to
see sample copies of
(he Southern Mercury.
WHAT IS CLEVELAND'S NUMBER.
As Grover Cleveland is the first
ex-president who has been elected
president, what will be his number
as president when be resumes the
office—the same as before or will
he go up a notch? In case he is
advanced, where does that place
Harrison? For illustration: George
Washington was the first president
of the United States; but when he
served a second term "he was not
the second president, bvt still the
first. John Adams was the second
president. Suppose, after Adams,
Washiugton had served a third
term, would he have been the
third president or still the first?
And if he had been succeeded by
Jefferson, would Jefferson have
been the third or fourth president?
Several presidents have secured
two terms, and in several single
terms there have been two presi-
dents. Cleveland was the twenty-
second president and Harrison the
twenty-third. Now, is Cleveland
to be the twenty-second president
in his second term, the twenty-
third president having served out
his term? That is when Mr. Cleve-
land's tombstone is carved—and
we trust there will be no occasion
for that in many years—will the
proper record be: "Grover Cleve-
land, XXII or XXIV president of
the United States?"—Ex.
news of the week.
A fire at Memphis, Tenn., de-
stroyed $150,000 worth of proper-
It is said that 4,000 miles of
new railway was built or opened
Material is being placed on the
ground for the new federal build-
ing at Paris, Texas.
James G. Blaine is in a very
critical condition. He is not ex-
pected to live through the week.
An express train ran into a
riage at White Hall, N. Y. One
of the occupants was killed and
the other two may die.
At a pitched battle near Satyrs-
ville, Ky., between about twenty
of the county's beat citizens, six of
them were killed or wounded.
H. M. Wells, of San Angelo,
Tex., has obtained judgment for
$500 for false imprisonment against
State Ranger Broome and Consta-
Dr. Giddings, who was sent to
Little Rock, Ark , by the marine
hospital service to investigate the
epidemic at the penitentiary says
it is not cholera.
M. J. Priestly, superintendent
of the Galveston (Tex.) Bagging
and Cordage Co., commited sui-
cide by shooting himself through
the head with a pistol.
A. Strickland and George Rus-
sell got into a dispute at Yazoo
City, Miss., over a meat bill
amounting to 15 cents which end-
ed in Strickland killing Russell.
The Dallas Tinware Manufact-
uring Co. has obtained judgment
for $103 against the president and
secretary of the Dallas Clark Club
for torches furnished for the Clark
parade during the campaign.
The prohibition the people want
and will have, is prohibition of le-
Such agencies are determining
factors in civilization, that over-
throw liberty, dethrone justice,
make labor an outcast and idleness
an autocrat. This brings general
decay in m orals and religion and
blocks economic reform.
Equality of duties, equality of
powers, equality in opportunity,
equality of rights. This is the co-
operative commonwealth that
comes after the overthrow of wage
slavery and monopoly of natures
Why contend for intrinsic value
in money. It is the biggest hum-
bug on earth. Suppose a good
counterfeit is put in circulation and
passes through a thousand mens
hands, paying debts, buying prop-
erty, settling taxes and the like.
That counterfeit gets burned before
the counterfeiter who makes it
know ithas been passing. Do you
say those debts are not paid, taxes
settled and exchanges squared as
with a genuine money. Of course
they are, against the world. There
is no proof it was counterteit, nor
can be, since the money is destroy-
ed, only the makers word—that
With competion, speculation is
all right, but peculation is all
wrong. The difference between
the two is, speculation is taking
from society without an equivalent,
while peculation is one individual
taking from another individual the
same way. The first is getting at
wholesale and is called a virtue,
because engaged in by the rich.
The latter is getting it at retail by
the poor and is per force a vice.
Gambling in grain is an example of
one where millions are involved.
While betting fifty cents on cards
case tne church makes deacons of
successful grain speculators and
society sends them to congress,
while disfellowship by the church
and the calaboose by the state is
the lot of the retail gambler.
Have you seen two trains start
on the same track in different di-
rections. How rapidly the space
widens between them. Two men
start from the same point finan-
cially, one gains and has interest
on his gains. The other loses and
pays interest on his losses. Com-
petition orders it, society decrees
it and a depraved public opinion
sanctions it, that when a man sus-
tains a loss he must be fined annu-
ally with usury on the loss, and
where one has a gain he may have
usury on the gain. It says in ef-
fect, "to him that hath shall be
given and he shall have more
abundantly, but from him that hath
not shall be taken, nay, even that
he hath." That is to say society
offers a bounty in usury to the
winner and puts a fine of usury on
the looser. It is not enough one
should be blessed by a gain, nor
hard enough the other should sus-
tain a loss. This explains the
rapid increase of capital with some
and rapid loss of capital with oth-
ers. It is a society farce in the
shape of usury, not individual
effort is the detepfl^ng frotor,
KILOOEE CAUGHT NAPPING.
Washington, Jan. t>—Repre-
sentative Ruck Kilgore of Texas
took a nap on a sofa in the cloak
room of the House to-day, and
when arquscd by the information
"the pension bill i* up," he found
that with remarkable celerity the
house had ptisscd a large number
of private )x>nsion bills ne intended
to oppose. Representative O'Neill
of Boston, who was put in charge
of this legislation during the after-
noon, admonished the clerk t > read
lively, and between O'Neill's rapid
dispatch of business and Kilgore's
sluinborsf the House was in a fair
way to dispose of the private cal-
endar when the Texas member
iwoke and make his presence felt.
Doubtless Constantino Buckley
was in a "where was 1" condition,
owing to the beef tea being a little
too strong for his debilitated con-
dition. liad he been in his seat
results would have been the same,
as his objections never amount to
« • —
By the extortions of usury socie-
ty has made it as near impossible
as can be for a laboring man to
make an honest living. It has
come to this, that a man may work
every day he lives, be temperate,
industrious and economical,and he
will certainly die poor, and be on
the ragged edge of need all through
Best Cure For
All disorders of the Throat and
Lungs is Ayer's Cherry Pectoral.
It has no equal as a cough-cure.
"When I was a boy, I had a bronchial
trouble of such a persistent and stub-
born character, that the doctor pro-
nounced it incurable with ordinary
remedies, but recommended me to try
Ayer's Cherry Pectoral. I did so, ami
one bottle cured me. For the last fifteen
years, I have used this preparation with
good effect whenever I take a bad cold,
and I know of numbers of people who
keep it in the house all the time, not
considering it safe to be without it."—
J. C. Woodson, P. M., Forest Hill,W.Va.
"For more than twenty-five years, i
was a sufferer from Itin^ trouble, at-
tended with coughing so severe at times
as to cause hemorrhage, the paroxysms
frequently lasting three or four hours.
i was induced to try Ayer's Cherry Pec-
toral, and after taking four bottles, was
thoroughly cured." — Fran/ Hoffman,
Clay Centre, Kans.
"Last spring I was taken down with
la grippe. At times I was completely
prostrated, and so difficult was my
breathing that my breast seemed as if
confined in an iron cage. I procured a
bottle of Ayer's Cherry Pectoral, and
no sooner had 1 began taking it than
relief followed. I could not believe that
the effect would be so rapid and the
cure so complete."—W. H. Williams,
Cook City, 8. Dak.
Prepared bv Dr. J. C. Aver ft Co., Lowell. Mm.
Sola by «II Druggist*. Price $1; fix bottle*, $(.
Prompt to aot,tur« to curt
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Park, Milton. The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 12, 1893, newspaper, January 12, 1893; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth185499/m1/5/: accessed May 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .