The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 6, 1893 Page: 9 of 16
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July 6, 1893.
IS MOT THIS TRUE V
The object of organisation is
power and influence. Experience
has demonstrated that armies are
defeated by armies, not mobs; that
victory perches upon the banner of
the best organized, armed and
equipped army. Organisation
means concert of action. An or-
ganization which has strength can
only be defeated by a stronger and
better organized force. The bat
tie of Thermopyle is a living il-
lustration oí the truthfulness of
this proposition. The machine,
like movements of the Roman le-
gions, made them invincible and
made Rome the mistress of the
world, though her enemies out-
numbered her four to one.
Continuity of purpose is anoth-
er element of success. "A steady,
continuous dropping of water will
wear away the hardest stone."
One million men acting in concert,
with a fixed determination, will
command respect and wield an in-
fluence in any country, and nine
times out of ten will win in any
struggle, though their enemies
may outnumber them two to one.
Rome depended more upon seisms
in the ranks of her enemies than
on her own numerical strength.
The Farmers Alliance members
should remember and profit by the
lessons taught by history. The
salvation of the movement depends
entirely upon the united action of
the members. The democratic
and the republican parties are
huge machines. Their manipula-
tors do not depend as much upon
the principles they espouse as up-
on the workings of the machine.
These manipulators rely more up-
on schisms in the ranks of the
great labor army, now making the
earth tremble with its tread, than
upon their own numerical strength.
The history of the race has taught
them that reformers are poor but
independent, prone to kick
against any systematic organiza-
tion, hence they employ their min-
ions to enter reform ranks to cre-
ate distrust. This game is being
played today, hence it is safe to
reckon any detractor of the charac-
ter^ leading reformers as the ene-
mies of reform.
Take, for instance, a board of
trade in a city of half a million in-
habitants. They may not number
over 200, yet they are the most
influential factor in that city's gov-
ernment. What that board of
trade advocates goes; what they
oppose is defeated. Why is this?
The answer is plain. Their or-
ganization is a compact body of
men, acting as a unit upon all
questions agreed upon in council.
When they meet, every member
must be present, his absence satis-
factorily explained, or he is
bounced. They demand prompt-
ness and fidelity or expulsion.
Their initiation fee is from $10
to $500; their annual dues from $10
to $200; they are paid promptly or
the delinquent expelled. When
anything is determined upon, the
work of each one is mapped out,
the money necessary to succed is
raised, though it amounts to thou-
sands of dollars; then each mem-
ber goes to work with a will on
that which is assigned him. They
realize that their success depends
upon their work.
Now, by way of contrast, take a
Farmers Alliance, or an assembly
of K. of L. The initiation fee is
50 cents, annual dues $1. The
laws are very loose, When the
body meets, often there is no quo-
rum; when anything is discussed
and adopted by vote, nobody
changes their opinion or conduct.
The minority relapses into a sul-
len s lenes and refuses to raise a
finger to carry out the measure be-
cause it don't suit them. If there
is any money to be raised to ac-
complish any object, some one
suggests a fair or oyster supper, or
some other vague and uncertain
process, which, in the end, fails to
meet expectations, there being
practically no system oí proceed-
ure that can bring success in the
face of sly, sharp and unscrupu-
lous opposition, which is never
wanting, secretly, if not openly.
In the board of trade, when any
member gets in a tight, a meeting
is called, the matter laid before the
meeting, a committee to investi-
gate the matter on the spot ap-
pointed, who then and there inves
tigates his condition. If his sol
vency is shown, credit paper íp
fixed up, and he is put on his feet
at once. If his business is being
injured, a first-class and unani-
mous protest is sent out and a su-
perlative amount of kicking in
d ulged in by every member until
the injury is corrected.
In a Farmers Alliance or K of
L., if any meeting at all is called,
it is poorly attended, rarely a quo
rum present; a great deal of speak-
ing indulged in, many kicking be-
cause private affairs are dragged
into the order; all of which ends
in passing a resolution, or appeal
for aid to other Alliances or assem
bles, and in extraordinary cases
the hat is passed around, resulting;
in collecting 75 cents to $2. This
ends the matter, and the sufferer
treads the wine press of bis afilie
tions alone. On the part of the
| board of trade, earnest and united
action secures success,while in th e
other case, a slip-shod, no system,
no confidence, proceedure invites
failure and a disgust on the part of
some who quit.
This is an unpleasant and un-
palatable picture, but unfortunate*
ly it is too true in most cases. We
are pleased to say that there are
many exceptions to this.
The cause of it all is a want of
education among Alliancemen and
K. of L. members. If they were
properly educated upon the prin-
ciples involved in the movement,
the ease with which they coul suc-
ceed, and the benefits to them in-
dividually that would flow from
success, it would not be long be-
fore they would present a solid
front to their enemies from Maine
to Texas and from North Carolina
All in the world that prevents
the prompt enactment into law of
the reforms demanded by the la-
bor organizations, is the proper
education of the masses. Reader,
are you not convinced of this fact ?
If you are not, visit the houses ot
those who have for years been
reading reform literature and ask
how they vote. Then visit the
houses of those who read demo-
cratic or republican partisan jour-
nals exclusively and ask them their
opinion of what's the matter.
Reader, do you desire success ?
What have you been doing to se-
cure it ? Have you been earnest-
ly laboring for unity among labor-
ers ? Have you been continually
defending the character of those
prominent in reform ranks from
the malignant attacks of the ene-
my ? Have you done all in your
power to disseminate reform liter-
ature ? If you have not, you fall
far short of the duties of a reform-
er. If you desire success you
must be up and doing. The Mer-
cury will aid you all it can. Will
you aid the Mercury in its heroic
efforts to emancipate the wage
slaves of the United States. Give
it the readers and it will do the
Who is it that has not heard
democratic congressmen and office
holders condemn the republicans
for practicing nepotism before
they got in the majority? Now
they are in power and how about
it? Senator Cockrcll, chairman of
appropriation committee, has ap-
pointed his son clerk of that com-
mittee, salary $2,250, and he in
Vice-President Stephenson has
appointed his son his private sec-
retary, salary $2,220.
R. Q. Mills, chairman commit-
tee on library, has appointed his
son clerk ot that committee, salary
$2,220, and ho quietly living in
Corsicana, Texas. He also ap-
points his son messenger for said
committee, salary $1,440.
Senator Voorhees, chairman of
senate finance committee, appoints
his son clerk 6f his committee, sal-
Senat >r Pugh appoints his son,
H. L. Pugh, clerk of judiciary
committee, salary $2,220.
Senator Jones of Arkansas ap-
points his son clerk of the com-
mittee on Indian affairs, salary
Senator Harris gives his son the
clerkship of committee on foreign
relations, salary $2,220.
Senator Vance remembers his
son to the tune of $2,220 for clerk-
ship of committee on elections.
Colquit, of Georgia, has no son,
so he appoints his nephew, a lad of
12 years, messenger for committee
on post roads, salary $1,440.
Senator George handed his
grandson a clerkship for his com-
mittee on agriculture, salary
Senator Pasco appoints his son
clerk of his committee on claims,
Senator Gordon, to be in the
swim, appoints his son clerk of his
committee on coast defences, sala-
Senator Butler, of South Caro-
lina, appointed his nephew clerk of
his committee on interstate com-
merce, salary $2,220.
Here is 12 democratic senators and
the vice-president, all appointing
| their sons and nephews to fat jobs
at a salary of $2,220 each from the
government amounting to $28,880,
all of which could have been hired
for $1,000. If this is not nepot-
ism, what is it?
President Cleveland has called
an extra session of congress and
set the date for Aug. 7.
Thirty-five cents a bushel for
wheat, 15 cents for oats, 20 cents
for corn, 5 cents per pound for cot-
ton, the demonetization of silver,
and $1,000,000,000 congressional
appropriations, all in one year, is
enough to bankrupt any nation
under the sun.
The Sherman law is going to be
repealed because the government
finds it impossible to carry the sil-
ver speculation any farther.—.Dal-
Yes, the government has bank-
rupted itself, and its people, look-
after the interests of the English
It has come tc us from a relia-
ble source that a man calling him-
self Calless, or Calleress, is prey-
ing upon the brotherhood through
'feigned sickness, presenting a re-
commendation from some Alliance
in Johnson county. The brother-
hood should be very careful about
aiding such frauds. Give them a
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Park, Milton. The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 6, 1893, newspaper, July 6, 1893; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth185523/m1/9/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .