The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 22, 1894 Page: 3 of 16
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• - DOH'T FOB0BT THS8I HOTOS.
The Hon. Jerry Simpson gave the
gold bugs some hard knooks in his
speech pending thd discussion of the
money question in the house. He
closed his speech as follows:
Now, Mr. Chairman, what is this
financial system that we have been pur*
suing in this country along with the
rest of the schemes for robbing the
people? Do you know th at it is report-
ed by our statisticians that we have
$72,000,000,000 of supposed wealth In
this country, 80 per cent of which to-
day is in the hands of 250,000 people?
Do you know that 80 per cent of that
wealth is pledged for money and is pay-
ing interest? Do you know that we are
paying interest today on $55,000,000,000
worth of wealth, and that the annual
interest charge in this country in the
last year was $3,3C0,000,000?
Do you know, Mr. Chairman, that for
the last ten years the interest charge
has averaged annually $3,000,000,000,
which has gone largely into the hands
of the people who have been running
the financial policy of this country?
Do vou know that the increase of
wealth in the same period of ten years
has been but $22,000,000,000, while the
interest charge has been $30,000,00®,-
000, leaving a loss of $8,000,000,000 in
the last decade, which more than ab-
sorbs the entire yearly increase of
wealth in th* United States.
The attempt to bring this country to
a gold basis has made of us a debtor na-
tion, putting 80 per cent of the people
in bondage to the balance, who are the
creditor class. And now gentlemen
propose that we go into the struggle
for gold with other nations and bring
it back to our shores. What does that
mean? Why, it means this, that the
farmer will bring it over with 50-cent
What is the result of this, the great-
est banking system the world has ever
seen? The result is bankruptcy. The
result is that every ten, fifteen, or
twenty years the whole country has to
go into the hands of a receiver. Why,
sir, the leader of the republican party
the honorable gentleman from Maine
(Mr. Reed;, in a speech made at Phila-
delphia the other evening, is reported
to have said that nearly one-half the
railroad mileage of this country was in
the hands of receivers today, and not
only the railroads, but everyhody else
except the gold brokers will be in the
same condition. That is the result of
your present financial system, and of
your high rates of interest. How did
this come about? That is the ques-
I propose to show, Mr. Chairman,
that this disaster and these hard times
did not come upon this nation suddenly.
They are not the work of a day. If you
ask gentlemen around you here the
cause of this state things, some of our
republican friends will say now—they
talked differently a few months ago—
but some of them will say now that the
cause is the fear of the people of the
passage of the Wilson bill to reduce the
protective tariff. Lost August they
told us that the cause was the purchas-
ing clause of the Sherman law.
A member of the republican side: It
was Mr. Cleveland who said that.
Mr. Simpson: Then, on the other
side, gentlemen will assign some other
cause. All these great doctors disa-
gree; but no man who reads the history
of his country'carefully and considers
the condition of the people for the last
thirty years will fail to see that we
have been arriving at this condition
slowly, but surely, from year to year.
Each succeeding year the wave rises a
little higher, and finally it is going to
break through all the barriers and en-
gulf those who pursue this mad policy.
When and where did this condition
begin? Why, sir, it began at the very
opening of the war, when the money
changers came to the front here and in-
sisted on the legislation which has put
this nation at their mercy. The very
first step was putting the exception
clause in the greenback law, so that
the interest on the public debt and
duties on imports should be paid in
coin. That was the first .step. Step
by step and link by link they have
welded the ohain that now binds the
nation, until today the great govern-
ment of the United States stands pow-
erless and helpless in the hands of this
devil-fish that is squeezing the life out
of the people of this country.
WHO WILL DINT IT.
A close observer of the times has
figured it out that:
The chief business of our lawmakers
for the past thirty years has been to
make men wealthy by law.
When the government repudiated
its own promise to pay, by refusing to
accept the greenbacks in payment for
customs, it made a great many men
wealthy by law.
When it next proceeded to call in
these greenbacks and issue bonds for
them, it made more men wealthy by
When it paid gold for bonds bought
with greenbacks—which had been pur-
posely depreciated—it made more men
wealthy by law.
When it declared that bonds which
had been made payable in coin should
be paid in gold, it made more men
men wealth by law.
When it demonetized silver and in-
creased the obligation of every debtor,
it made more men wealthy by law.
When it adopted the system falsely
called "protection to American indus-
try," and authorized a few monopolists
to levy on the producers of America a
tribute of a billion dollars a year, it
made more men wealthy by law.
When it donated millions of acres of
the best lands in the nation to railroad
corporations, it made more men
wealthy by law.
When it built up the great liquor
interests of the country, it made more
men wealthy by law.
Why, the main business of our gov-
ernment—the principal thing for
which it has existed for the past thirty
years—has been to make men wealthy
The government has been in the
business of making men wealthy by
law for thirty years. It has succeeded
so well that we have 200,000 men made
wealthy by law and about sixty million
people more or less impoverished by
There is no trouble about making
men wealthy by law, but it should not
be done. That is not the province of
law. The purpose of government is to
secure men in the enjoyment of their
rights, to protect the weak from the
aggressions of the strong, not to make
men wealthy by law.
The need of the day is that the gov-
ernment shall cease making a favored
few wealthy by law and protect the
multitude in their right to become
wealthy by industry.
emOTKX'l SKBMOW not TK1WEITI
And seeing how the multitudes had
voted for him, he cast aside his fishing
pole and went up into the White House.
And when he was set, and had tapped
a fresh bottle of beer, he opened
his mouth and taught his disciples, say-
Blessed are the poor, for they shall
Blessed are the rioh, for they shall
be made richer, and shall taste of the
good things of this world.
Blessed are those who expect noth-
ing, for they shall not be disap-
Blessed is the campaign liar, for he
is our main dependence.
Blessed are the weak, for they shall
be kicked off the face of the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger,
for they shall have plenty of com-
Blessed are the traitors of the labor
organizations, for they shall inherit
the fat offices in the land.
Blessed are ye when men shall revile
you and persecute you for my sake, for
ye shall eat of official pie at my hand.
Blessed is the man who will bring me
another bottle of beer, for this one is
Blessed is the man who contributes to
the campaign fund, for he shall receive
back a hundred fold more than he
Blessed are the politicians, for we
are in the same boat.
Blessed is the thief, for he shall have
abundant opportunities to steal.
Blessed is the lobbyist, for he pays
well, and he shall have the fat of the
Blessed are the bankers, for their's
is the kingdom of the earth.
Ye are the salt of the earth, there-
fore salt down everything in sight.
Ye are the light of the world, for you
carry torchlights in every campaign.
Let your torchlights so shine before
men, that they can see the rooster on
your hat, and glorify me, who art your
Think not that I am come to destroy
the law or the trusts: I am not come to
destroy, but to fulfill that which the
republicans did enact.
Whoever shall refuse to carry out the
financial policy of the republicans shall
be called the least in the democratic
party; but whosoever shall strive to
carry out that policy, the same shall be
great in the party. Por I say unto you
that unless your friendship for Wall
street exceeds your friendship for the
republicans, ye shall in no case be re-
tained in office.
Ye have heard that it was said by
them of olden time, "Thou shalt not
kill;" but I say unto you, build big guns
and shoot the everlastin' stuffin' out of
them who don't walk a chalk line.
Agree quickly with the adversary
if he is stronger than you.
Ye have heard that it was said by
them of olden time, "Thou shalt not
commit adultery." My experience with
Maria Halpin is, that it is very good
advice, but very difficult to be govern-
ed by. This question is of a local char-
acter, and I think we had better refer
it back to the congressional districts.
Breckenridge may be able to throw
some light on it.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures
upon the earth, but put them in the
bank or invest them in bonds, Or in
some trust, where other thieves cannot
break through nor steal.
Again, ye have heard that it hath
Jfrs. Judge Feele
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been said by them of olden time, "Thou
shalt not swear;" but I say unto you,
thou shalt not swear at anything but
the populists and the ashhepper.
Give unto him that asketh of thee;
give him something, if nothing but a
To him that would borrow of thee
turn not away, but charge him "all the
traffic will bear."
Ye have heard that it hath been said,
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor and
hate thine enemy;" but I say unto you,
love your enemies, eyen the republi-
cans, and hate the populists, your
Take heed that ye provide soup-
houses for the poor, for a hungry man
is liable to blow you up with dynamite.
JUST WHAT'S THE KATTXB.
Money in the banks accumulating.
Money in the channels of trade di-
Business failures increasing.
The value of money and securities
The value of property and labor fall-
Pauper accounts*piling up.
The wolf prowling around the hovel
of the poor.
Business struggling for life.
Labor forced to idleness.
Crime on the increase.
Want and misery stalk abroad at
Shylock's millions doubling up.
The widow's mite melting away.
Mutterings of discontent among the
The sound of revelry in the halls of
Justice whetting its sword.
Vengeance in the air.
Revolution in the land.
Hark t—Chicago Sentinel.
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