Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 23, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 8, 1899 Page: 4 of 16
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THE SOUTHERN MERCURY.
June 8, 1899.
Referring to the action of the Re-
form editors and the Populist Commit-
tee at Kansas City, the Indianapolis
Sentinel, the leading Democratic pa-
per of Indiana, says:
"The resolution of those populistlc
statesmen to keep in the middle of the
road is a wise one. There is no reas-
on in the world why those among them
who are honest, conscientious should
support the Democratic party, for that
party has no sympathy with their pe-
culiar ideas as to the functions of gov-
This is at least a frank expression,
for it has been the contention of Dem-
ocrats in the South that Populists
should leave their party and "come
back" to the Democracy on the ground
that the Democrats had-come over to
Populist principles. Of course Well in-
formed Populists could not be caught
with such bait, as they know that the
principles of Populism are very differ-
ent from even the professed principles
of the Democrats.
The Sentinel then proceeds to out-
line the fight of 1900, as between the
two parties saying:
"The flght next year will be between
the Republican and Democratic parties.
The trusts and the monopolies and
their supporters, the beneficiaries and
advocates of a protective tariff, the cor-
ruptionists and all who profit from a
loose and extravagant government, and
the gold monometalists will rally round
the Republican standard. The anti-
monopolists and anti-imperialists, the
bimetallists, the revenue reformers, the
friends of honest and economical gov-
ernment, will march under the Dem-
ocratic banner. A motley, straggling
mob, composed in about equal propor-
tions of cranks and boodlers, calling
themselves "Populists," will walk in
the middle of the road. The Democrat-
ic party will have nothing to do with
While we are inclined to resent the
imputation that Populists who refuse
to surrender their own principles and
adopt those of the Democratic party,
which, according to the Sentinel, has
no sympathy with Populism, are eith-
er "cranks" or "boodlers," still it is
some satisfaction to know that the
"Democratic party will have nothing
to do with" the Populists. Nothing
could be more satisfactory to us. The
Democracy in the past has never had
any thing to do with the People's party
that it did not debauch and betray It.
Not once has Democratic alliance ele-
vated the moral or political tone of
the People's party. And to feel sure we
are rid, for good and all, of the de-
grading, demoralizing Influence of the
old hag of prostituted Democracy,
would be indeed a most gratifying
But is such the case? The Demo-
cratic fox may think the Populist
grapes are too high to reach, since the
mid-roaders have made public their
plan of campaign and therefore decry
them as sour, but it could not be safe
to let him get a chance at those "sour
grapes," which he so eagerly scrambled
after in 1896. The Democracy may
"have nothing to do with the Popu-
lists" if the Popullsta refuse to recog-
them; but they will have no op-
ance wherever Populist voters are
needed to elect Democratic candidates.
Even in Indiana in 1896, the drowning
Democratic party's aid in Indiana in
list straws floating on the surface of
the political pool; and only the other
day, the Democracy's leader, Mr. Bry-
an, at a Populist banquet, flattered his
Populist auditors by declaring them the
chosen saviours of the nation, and that
their alliance with the Democracy In
1900 was a necessary part of the sal-
The despised Populists came to the
Democratic part'y aid in Indiana in
1896—voted for its electors, and its con-
gressional candidates in many dis-
tricts. For their pains they are now
denounced as "cranks" and "boodlers."
It must certainly be gratfying to the
Weavers, Aliens, Butlers, et al„ who
are responsible for past alliances with
the Democracy, to be spoken of by their
allies in such a contemptuous manner.
It is indeed ungrateful in the Democ-
racy to abuse those who saved it so
recently from well-deserved destruction
but ingratitude, base as it is, is only a
minor Democratic sin.
And on account of the many Demo-
cratic sins, for our own good, for the
honor and virtue of our party, let us
hope that the Democracy has made up
its mind to "have nothing to do with
the Populists." It would be a streak
of good luck for which we could well
build bonfires and sing glad hosannas.
But in the meantime, we who know the
old girl so well will keep our eyes on
her and see to it that she has no op-
portunity to tamper with the morals of
the People's party again.
MY NAME IS MORTGAGE.
I am the finishing touch to the home.
I am the last requirement of the farm
I am the last requirement on
You may build ever so grandly,
You may furnish ever so richly.
You may construct ever so homely.
You may live ever so poorly.
I abide with like composure with
Wealth does not embarrass me.
Poverty does not discourage me.
I get into correspondence
With my environments.
And composedly put in my time.
Patience is my principal virtue.
Waiting creates my wages.
I am the invisible man
Put into the house to collect.
Those who wine and dine as guests
Do not suspect my presence.
But I chalk my daily balance all the
I am great on the farm.
Abundant crops do not excite me,
Nor poor ones discourage me.
I am more industrious than the
Though he rises at dawn
And labors till night,
For I neither slumber or sleep.
No matter how poorly the farmer
I always farm at a profit;
If harvests are good, I have my
If crops fail I live on the land.
I go deeper than drouth.
Hot winds do not blow me away.
Cyclones do not uproot me.
A Great Contest
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DENTON COUNTY POPULISTS.
A whole business day may be saved
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arguments to assist you in deciding
how and via what route to purchase
The new schedule is as follows: leave
Ft. Worth, 8:25 a. m.; arrive Lincoln,
The Populists of Denton county will
meet at the court house in Denton at 7
o'clock p. m., June 24.
A. Collins, Chairman.
News, by J. L. Caldwell. The News is
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day of small things.
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Those wise old saws apply to the new
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