Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 8, 1900 Page: 3 of 16
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Thursday, January 8, 1900.
power, nor In the power of anyone
felSe, to point to any good to this na-
tion from fusion with the Democratic
party, or from the fusion of any other
national reform party with a corrupt
Old party, either Whig or Democratic.
The present Republican party is the
Outgrowth of a fusion of the abolition
party with the old corrupt Whig party,
and a political party growing out of
a fusion of the present People's party
with the Democratic party would soon
become as intolerably corrupt as the
present Republican party is. Abide by
the old rule as already quoted, 'have
no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather repress
"I wish I had my paper that I found-
ed in 1879, the Nonconformist, back in
my bands, or one even so small as the
one I send you to look at; I could do
some solid work yet. If I could get
the help needed I would do it.
"Truly your friend for no fusion.—
James Vincent, Sr."
BREAKING AWAY FROM FUSION.
Juat as the fusion tempter begins
his insidious work in Texas, the bands
are being broke in Kansas and the
Northwest, and men of bravery and
brains are rejecting the unholy alli-
ance of Populism with Democracy.
One of the ablest Populists in Kan-
sas, and a leader high up in the party,
is Hon. G. C. Clemens 6f Topeka The
following interview with Judge Cle-
mens which appeared in the Kansas
City Journal, speaks for itself, and de-
fines the position of many an honest
Populist in Kansas, who has in the
past sacrificed his political conscience
to the "triune" schemes. Judge Cle-
"I have been scolded some for pub-
lishing my interesting political lucu-
brations in Republican papers, but
how else is a poor Populist, so unrea-
sonable as to be sincere, to get any-
thing published for his brethren to
read? The extent to which I have been
belabored since my remarks to the
state committee at their last meeting
indicates that what I said was deemed
to be of some consequence, yet with
two exceptions only, so far as I know,
the fusion press has been silent as the
grave about the fact that I said any-
thing. The fusion papers seem to be
under a censorship as severe as that
they complain of Otis for maintaining
So again I must go into the Republi-
can press to make my position cl-ar.
I have n«t left the Populist party. I
am waiting to see whether, when the
state committee gets throuhg with it,
there will be anything left to leave.
Besides, I find it much harder to leave
the party over whose cradle I helped
watch, than it was to leave the party
into which I was born. But I cannot
stand everything. If the state ticket
is to be divided I must go. I have
written and spoken too much in years
past to make it possible for me to en-
dure that and retain my self-respect.
Nor do I propose to become a Demo-
crat. I believe in affimation. Mere
negation can do no good for the people.
The Democratic party does not pro-
pose to take a single step in advance.
All its demands amount to no more
than that we shall get back to the
good old times.' Back to bimetallism;
back to where we were before the
trusts came. The Mississippi is re-
quested to withdraw from the Gulf
and flow back to its source and stay.
We need but to go back to 1872 to find
everything precisely as the Democratic
party wishes things to be again. We
had bimetallism then, and we had
neither imperialism nor trusts. Yet
the people were not happy. At that
time the Knights of Labor had been
three years in existence; the Grange
had been organized five years and had
reached even Kansas. We do not
know yet what else the Democratic
party may stand for, yet the Populist
state committee insists upon 'allying*
us at th's early date and upon forcing
us > give up our own party to become
perm^. nitly 'triuned.' I don't pro-
pose to 'triune' a little bit. If we are
not to have a Populist party any more,
then I have an engagement elsewhere.
And I propose to know about it soon."
This is strengthened by a masterly
editorial in the Montana Sentinel, the
official organ of the Populists of Mon-
tana, against any further fusion, in
which the writer declares:
"They (the labor voter) all realize
that it would be absolutely hopeless
to attempt to reform either the Demo-
cratic or Republican parties in this
state. Each of those parties has such
a strong political machine that the in-
dependent citizens are powerless to
force any recognition for them."
It is very poor generalship for Texas
Populists to begin to countenance fu-
sion just as those of the Northwest
are beginning to break away from it.
Since making a public declaration
in last week's issue of my action in the
1896 presidential campaign, I wish to
state my reasons for voting for the
McKinley electors. I believed if we
gave W. J. Bryan our entire support,
that there would be no way left except
for us to repeat the same thing in all
the campaigns in the future. Now if
that prophesy has not come true, then
I am very badly informed. And I hold
to the idea that we had no presidential
and was left free to support any can-
didate for that office that we choose.
Because the individual voters of Texas
had instructed their delegates to nomi-
nate none except straight middle-of-
the-road men, and wh'en the conven-
tion disobeyed the positive instruc-
tions of the men who made them dele-
gates, then every individual voter was
released- from carrying out any trade
they may have made. I only bound
myself to support Populists. I was not
even bound to support Thomas E.
Watson, because I could not support
him without supporting a detestable
Democrat that had insulted every
Populist, that had sense enough to get
in out of the rain. W. J. Bryan in-
sulted the Populists when he refused
to accept the nomination of the St.
Then the Chicago platform does not
contain any of my kind of Populism.
I have not got any redemption money
mixed with my currency plan, and 1
have not been able to find any such
mixture in the Omaha platform, which
is my political guide until there is a
better one made. If W. J. Bryan were
preident he could not pass a frea coin-
age silver law, any more than he can
now. If the entire Democratic ticket
of 1896 had been elected, the Demo-
cratic party had single gold standard
representatives enough nominated to
defeat any silver measure that might
have come up. Now please excuse me;
1 will not be bound to any party except
the party I belong to, and that party
is the Populist party. If this does
not find its way into the waste basket,
I can imagine some fusionist, when
reading these lines, wondering how
long I have been living in the South,
and what part I took in the civil war,
For the benefit of such imaginative
minds, I will say that I took some
part in it. I enlisted in Capt. John
H. Conners' Company H, Col. Wilkes'
Twenty-fourth Texas cavalry, and was
captured in the first engagement, that
being at Ark Post; was held prisoner
of war about two months in Camp But-
ler, near Springfield, 111.; made my
my escape with Wm. Wyatt, then of
Washington county, Texas. The first
Confederate soldiers we saw were
some of Gen. Marmaduk's Texas cav-
alry. I joined that regiment and wa.j
with the boys on the famous raid that
Gen. Marmarduke made in Missouri to
Cape Glrarddeau. I cast my first vote
for Throckmorton for governor of
Texas. From that time up to 1892, I
had contiued to vote the Democratic
ticket, a thing I will never be guilty of
My advice to all Populists is to keep
in the middle of the road, but if you
are sold out to either of the old parties
and left without a nomineee, vote for
the other old fraud, and by that course
we can make the fusionists very scarce
in our party.
I feel very certain that McKinley will
be elected • this year, and all that Is
left us to do is to work to convert
men to our way of thinking and get
ready to make a strong fight in 1904.
We may be able to dislodge the Demo-
crats in some of their strongholds
even this year, as W. J. Bryan has
proven himself to be a corruptionist
equal to Goebel by the action he has
taken in Kentucky this year. I do not
care who our party nominates, so he
is a man of ability, and who is a true
and tried Populist. We have thous-
ands of men in our party just as ca-
pable as "Windy Willie," and I do not
think we need to be looking for mate-
rial outside of the People's party to
fill any positions.—N. C. Bawcom,
Sweet Water, Texas.
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