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Wednesday, March 23, 1892*

The House having under consideration the hill (H. R. 4426) f o r the f r e e coinage o f gold
and silver, f o r the issue o f coin notes, and f o r other p u r p o s e s -

Mr. B A N K H E A D said:
Mr. S P E A K E R : I send to the Clerk's desk House bill 3990, introduced b y me
January 18, and ask him to read it, as I want to incorporate the bill as part of
m y remarks.
The Clerk read as follows:


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
Congress assembled, That whenever the circulation of any national bank, or any portion
thereof, shall be surrendered, the Secretary o f the Treasury shall thereupon prepare an
equivalent amount of legal-tender Treasury notes, of the denominations now provided b y
law, f o r national bank notes. T h e y shall be a legal tender f o r all debts, public and private,
and shall be paid out b y the Treasury of the United States in accordance with the appropriations made b y Congress, o r in satisfaction of such demands against the Government as
Congress may direct, and may be redeemed in coin as legal-tender notes n o w are. The coin
n o w held in the Treasury f o r redemption o f legal tenders shall also be applied t o redemption
o f notes herein authorized.
SEC. 2. That f r o m and a f t e r the passage o f this act n o import duty shall be levied o r
collected u p o n salt, lumber, nails, cotton ties, bagging f o r cotton, binding-twine, farming
implements, wool, tin, glass, crockery, cotton, and woolen goods of every description, and
no import duty in excess of 20 per cent, ad valorem shall be levied or collected upon any
products manufactured f r o m iron.
SEC. 3. That in order to meet and cover any deficit in the necessary revenues o f t h o
Government which may arise f r o m and f o l l o w the passage o f this act, the Secretary o f the
Treasury is hereby authorized and directed t o prepare legal-tender Treasury notes o f like
denominations t o those n o w issued in the sum of
millions, and to pay the same t o the
creditors of the United States, in compliance with appropriations made b y Congress, and
f o r such other purposes as Congress may direct.
SEC. 4. That the Treasury notes herein provided f o r shall b e a legal tender f o r the p a y m e n t ^ all debts, public and private, and f o r the redemption thereof it shall be the duty o f
the Secretary o f the Treasury t o cause t o be coined a sufficient number o f standard silver
dollars, o u t o f the bullion in the Treasury, which, when coined, shall be deposited in t h o
Treasury, t o b e used in such redemption.

Mr. B A N K H E A D . Mr. Speaker, the discussion of questions not properly
before the House is to be deprecated, but such is the practice, and I will avail
myself of the present opportunity to submit some remarks touching the objects
and scope of the bill just read from the Clerk's desk. If the conditions were the
same all oyer the country and everywhere, there would, perhaps, be no just cause
for complaint.
If the laws passed by Congress bore equally and justly on all classes and in all
sections there would be no excuse for the universal complaint that comes from a
large portion of our common country. There must be a cause for the unequal
distribution of wealth in this country, with the greatest degree of prosperity ever
known in one section and universal distress and bankruptcy in another section,
of a country governed by the same laws. As representatives of the people assembled from every quarter of the Union it becomes our duty to diligently inquire
into the causes that produce these unequal conditions and if we can discover the
cause to apply the remedy. It may be necessary to treat the subject heroically
and use such remedies as will produce results speedily.
Mr. Speaker, I have the honor to represent in part the State of Alabama.
That State was abundantly blessed by the Creator. Her resources are unequaled.
Her soil is fertile and yields abundantly to the labor of the farmer. Her mines
are the richest in the world and her climate unsurpassed. The farmers of Alabama have produced and sold in the years 189CM91 two of the largest cotton
crops ever produced in that State. Our mines and furnaces are all running up to
their full capacity.
Our people have worked harder, produced more, and sold more than ever before, and are growing poorer each year. Farmers who were last year out of debt
and even with the world this year find themselves involved and unable to make
a crop without resorting to the ruinous mortgage system, and in many instances
mortgages will not relieve the situation, because the merchants and bankers are
also greatly distressed. Universal bankruptcy threatens the South, while the
greatest prosperity prevails in the North and East and West.

Where All the Money Is.
Mr. Speaker, I send to the Clerk's desk to have read a statement published in
the New Y o r k World on January 31,1892. I call the attention of the House and
country to this most remarkable statement. It deserves the careful consideration
of every member of this House and the friends of good government everywhere.
The man who gives serious thought to the subject will be impressed by it. I
hope by calling attention to this alarming condition of things to direct the minds
of Representatives to the importance of some legislation by this Congress that will
tend to a more equal distribution of money, and in some degree prevent the accumulation of the lifeblood of the nation in the financial heart of the country.
A c c o r d i n g t o yesterday's bank statement, five N e w Y o r k banks hold deposits amounting- to more than $148,000,000. The deposits in sixty clearing house banks exceed the total
greenback currency o f the country b y about 50 per cent, and nearly equal the entire interestbearing debt o f the Government. This is a suggestion of the extent to which New Y o r k is
the financial agent, tho banker o f the American people, the source and center o f all A m e r i can enterprises that employ m o n e y in the work ot the world.

On the same day the financial review of the World has the following:
Money o n call was abundant in supply at IK t o 2 per cent.

A few days thereafter 1 received the following letter from a prominent banker
and financier in Alabama, ?nd I beg leave to insert a copy of the letter in my remarks :
H o n . JOHN H . B A N K H E A D ,

Washington^ D. C.,
MY DEAB SIR : Y o u r letter touching the financial situation in Alabama has beon r e ceived. In reply I beg t o say that m o n e y is exceedingly tight and the rate of interest ranging at about 12 per cent. The trouble is, our farmers have no collateral to offer at this rate
that the banks can accept and use. Unless relief comes f r o m some unexpected source I
would not venture t o say what the result will be.

These are the conditions that confront us, and I for one believe that the true
cause of this unequal distribution of money is to be found in the national-banking system, the tariff and pension legislation of the country. The bill just read
is intended to remedy these conditions to which I have alluded. The scope and
purpose of the bill is twofold. First, to increase the circulating medium, and'
second, to more equally distribute the same. Political economists tell us that the
money of a country is its life-blood and that in quantity it must be sufficient, and
the quality good; that money performs the same function in the body politic that
blood does in the human system, and that an insufficient supply of money and
deficient distribution works the same disastrous results to business as a like condition of blood does in the human body.
If the body is strong, active, and vigorous the blood must flow unobstructed
to every part of the body, and if there is an excessive collection in the heart or
head, that, disease necessarily follows. So with the money of the country—the
lifeblood of the nation. It must be equally distributed. It must flow unobstructed through the channels of trade and commerce and find its way to every
household in the country. If not, stagnation immediately sets in and decay and
death follow.
I know that it is argued by some that these conditions are not the result of
legislation, but of natural laws. I do not subscribe to this view of the case, but,
on the contrary, believe that legislation which has for its object unequal benefits
to different sections of the country is the true cause. I understand how difficult
it is to frame a system of laws that will bear equally on all people and sections,
but-I can find no excuse for the present system that is founded in class legislation.

To Prevent Contraction.
Mr. Speaker, the object of the first section of the bill is to prevent any possible contraction of the volume of money by the surrender of national-bank notes.
Before the act of 1890, known as the "Sherman silver law/ 7 the law required a
national bank which surrendered its circulation in whole or in part to deposit in
the Treasury of the United States an amount of legal-tender notes equal to the
amount of bank notes propose^ to be surrendered, and the Treasury notes so deposited were held in the Treasury as a redemption fund for the national-bank
notes as they came into the Treasury.
The legal effect of the law was to make an absolute contraction of the volume
of money to the extent of the bank notes proposed to be surrendered, because an
equal amount of .legal tenders was held in the Treasury, provided by the bank,
with which to redeem the notes when received into the Treasury, and when so
redeemed the notes were canceled.
Now, the Sherman silver law requires that legal-tender notes deposited by a
bank to cover the amount of its notes outstanding shall not be held in reserve,
but shall be covered into the Treasury as assets of the Government, and the outstanding notes of the bank which surrendered its circulation shall be redeemed
out of the receipts of the Government when they rea6h the Treasury. This was
a valuable provision, though it was inspired by the fear that without this fund,
which had reached the amount of 875,000,000, held as a reserve in the Treasury, a
deficit in the national Treasury would be developed; but it does not go far
My proposition makes it impossible to retire from circulation at any time the
amount represented by t h e surrendered bank notes, because it requires the Secretary of the Treasury substantially to put a legal-tender note in the place of
every bank note canceled. It in this important respect goes beyond the provision of the Sherman /law, and provides that after a bank note is canceled a
legal-tender note shall be put in its place in the circulation. This will make it
impossible for a bank to lessen the volume of circulation, because for every note
of a bank canceled a legal tender shall take its place in the circulation. If this
were the law banks would not surrender their circulation in order to reduce the
volume of money that it might be made dearer and property cheaper.

A t one time we had nearly $400,000,000 in circulation; now we have not more
than $180,000,000. There has thus been an enforced reduction of the volume of
circulation of $220,000,000 since 1878. If my proposition had been the law our
volume of circulation would be greater by $220,000,000.
My object is to stop the constant habit of the banks of inflating and contracting the volume of circulation as they may deem it to their interest. I f the combined wisdom and patriotism of the American Congress can devise a plan by
which this wicked system of expansion and contraction at the pleasure of the
banks can be prevented and a uniform volume of money kept in circulation, the
whole country will rise up and call them blessed. The Government of the
United States has assumed the responsibility of giving to the country a sufficient
and uniform volume of money with which to transact the business of the country,
and I hold that it is the duty of the Government to do that and not delegate its
authority to the banks of the country.
Men everywhere are seeking their own interest regardless of the effect on
their fellow-men, and when individuals or corporations are permitted to regulate
the supply of money, we may expect that it will be done in the interest of the few
at the expense of the people. I believe it to be the duty of the Government to
take hold of the question with a firm hand, and never slacken its grasp until some
system is devised or some law passed that will regulate this money question in
the interest of humanity.
I do not believe that the Government should unduly and unjustly restrict
capital or interfere with its legitimate functions, but I do not believe that the Government should give its aid to capital for the purpose of oppressing the people and
making their burdens more difficult to be borne. To that end, and with the belief that the national banking system is oppressive and that the banks are using
their power under the law to the great injury of the business of the country, I
have introduced this bill and hope to see it, or something having the same effect
in view, pass this Congress.

Enormous Taxes Collected.
Mr. Speaker, while the first section of the bill deals with contraction and
undertakes to prevent it, the second and third sections contemplate an expansion
of the volume of money. I believe that the chief cause of the distress that prevails in some sections of the Union is directly traceable to our taxing laws and
the law of distribution after the money has been gathered into the Treasury. I
believe it is conceded by all that the amount of money in existence in this country does not exceed $1,500,000,000, and of this amount it is fair to presume that
one-third, at least, does not circulate and therefore takes no part in the business
of the country.
The Fifty-first Congress appropriated for the use of the Government more
than $1,000,000,000, and the Fifty-second Congress will not be able to get much
below this amount. This is a cash transaction. This amount of money must be
collected from the people in the United States within two years to meet the appropriations made by this Congress. One-half this amount, or §500,000,000, must be
paid this year and a like amount next year. Thus we see that the amount necessary to meet the annual appropriations of the Government is equal to one-half of
all the money in circulation in the whole country.
One-third of the amount in existence is out of circulation in the vaults of the
treasuries of the Federal, State, and municipal governments and hoarded. Onethird collected each year performs a journey to the different places of deposit of
the Government to be paid out on appropriations authorized by Congress, and
one-third remains in circulation to meet the demands of trade and business; but
it is the system of distribution, perhaps, that affects most disastrously the section
of country from which I come and in part represent.
The people of the Southern States perhaps pay over one-third of the amount
of revenues of the Government, and it might be interesting to them,to know how
much of this vast sum is returned to them in the distribution after it has gone
into the Treasury and is being returned to circulation through the appropriations

of Congress. I do not desire to go into statistics, for they are dry and uninteresting as a rule. I will therefore only refer to one item of appropriation, and I do
this, Mr. Speaker, to show how unequal the distribution is and to show why it is
that the people of the South are growing poorer each year although their crops
are larger.

The Unfair Distribution.
I have said, Mr. Speaker, that perhaps the manner of distribution of money
has more to do with the result than any other one thing. I believe that this
Congress has passed a bill appropriating about $140,000,000 for the payment of
pensions. This large sum must first be collected from the people. It is a cash
transaction, not credit, not checks or drafts, but cash. The amount is more than
$2 per capita, or more than §3,000,000 for the State of Alabama, or nearly twice
the amount collected for State and county taxes in that State, or, to put it more
plainly, each family of five are taxed more than $10 for pensions.
This money, the representative of one month's labor for the head of the family on the farm, or one-twelfth the year's return for labor, goes into the pocket of
some pensioner, many of whom are rich men and women. A very small per cent
goes back to Alabama, for we have but few pensioners, and those we do have are
not as a rule entitled to the money they receive.
Mr. Speaker, the saddest thing in life to me is to see a poor Confederate veteran as he drags himself from his cabin to the field of labor, to earn bread for his
wife and children, and to realize that one-twelfth of all he makes must be taken
from him to pension some camp follower or bounty jumper. But I do not care to
pursue this question for fear I may let my feelings get the better of my judgment
and say something which had better be left unsaid. I will say, however, that I
thank God that I have never seen or heard one of those old Confederate veterans
in the poorhouse, and they are all too proud to beg.
But, Mr. Speaker, it is in the second section of- the bill that I feel the deepest
interest. I am here, sir, ready to vote for every measure that has for its object the
placing on the free list of any article of necessity to the American farmer or any
article largely consumed by the laboring masses in this country. I am ready to
vote for every measure offered that gives a reasonable promise of relief to a suffering constituency. I would place every article named in the second section of
the bill on the free list.
I am not only ready but beg for the privilege of voting for measures that will
reduce the revenues of the Government $150,000,000. I will do it with the direct
object of creating a deficit in the Treasury to that amount. I want to see a Treasury deficit. I want to see the statesmen inquiring of each other where the money
is to come from to meet extravagant and useless appropriations. I want Congress
to realize that the Government is the poorest thing on earth, without a dollar of
its own and no means of getting a cent except from the taxpayers of the country
or by the issuance of legal-tender money, for the redemption of which, in coin,
the taxpayer gives his obligation.
Mr. Speaker, I believe that the only way to distribute money is to permit the
man or woman who creates it to keep it. W h e n the earnings of labor have been
taken from the citizen under and by virtue of the tariff system, and put into the
Treasury of the United States, there is no means of equal distribution, no way of
getting it back into the pockets of the people the result of whose labor it is. On
the contrary, the whole amount goes out on large contracts and to meet the various appropriations made by Congress, and can not, under the very nature of things,
be returned to those who pay it.
It makes no difference how much money may be in existence in the United
States; it makes no difference what the per capita amounts to. The burning question is, how is it distributed? Is the $24 per capita now said to be in existence
actually in circulation, or is the business of the country really conducted^on half
that amount?
W h y is money abundant in New Y o r k at 1} to 2 per cent, when in Alabama
the prevailing rate is from 12 to 15, and many farmers are paying 20 per cent.?
T h e reason is, Mr. Speaker, that under our system, the American system, the sys-

tem that gives the farmer the home market, you take from us one-third of all we
make and give it to somebody else and give us nothing in return except the assurance that the tariff is not a tax.
I want to illustrate, if I can, how the farmer will be benefited by reducing the
tariff on what he buys. Let us suppose that a farmer with wife and three children
buy each year manufactured goods amounting to $100. He raises three bales of
cotton and sells it at $40 per bale. He gets $120 as the proceeds of his year's labor.
He settles with his merchant and pays the hundred dollars for goods consumed
during the year.
The farmer has $20 left to pay tuition, taxes, the preacher, and other incidental expenses. Now, suppose he had bought the supplies for $75 and made three
bales of cotton and sold the cotton at $40 per bale, receiving $120 for same. How
will the account stand ? He pays the merchant $75 for the same goods that last
year cost $100 and has left $45, more than twice as much as the year before.
•The $75 paid the merchant immediately goes to the wholesale merchant in
the North to pay for dry goods, or to the West to pay for groceries, or for a mule
to make the crop, the $45 instead of $20 remains and circulates among the farmers
in the neighborhood, thus more than doubling the amount of money in circulation
in the farming districts of the country.
Mr. Speaker, it is money in circulation that moves through the channels of
trade and commerce, and passes from home to home in the payment of debts,
that gives activity to business, happiness and contentment to the toiler. Money
that does not circulate does not perform the functions of money, and Is of no use,
and may as well not exist. Money out of circulation represents a dead man's relation to society. While a man lives he circulates and helps his neighbors roll
logs, build houses, work the public roads, patronize the neighborhood schools,
and pay the minister, but when he dies he does not roll logs, nor build houses,
nor work the public roads. He ceases to circulate; he is no longer useful, except
the memory left of him.
So with money when hoarded in vaults or in the Treasury. It is dead and
of no use or benefit to anyone.' I want to appeal to my Western friends who are
now boasting of their immense prosperity and remind them that it all comes
from God-sent curses on the grain-producing countries of the Old World. Suppose there had been no increased foreign demand for your surplus products. The
same tale of woe would come up from Kansas that we heard here two years ago,
when her poverty-stricken farmers were appealing to the generosity of Congress
to supply themuwith grain with which to plant their crops.
This policy you are pursuing is fast destroying your best customer, the cottonplanter of the South. When he has been destroyed and can no longer buy your
pork and flour and mules, where will you turn for a customer? Y o u r ' h o m e
market has been destroyed and the foreign market shut off by prohibitive tariff
duties, and then you will console yourself by roasting your toes at a burning corn
fire and selling pork at 2 cents. Y o u will then realize that you have killed the
goose that laid the golden egg. But that is the American system, and Americans
must defend it if they starve in doing so.

Farmer and Manufacturer.
Mr. Speaker, this is a fight between the American manufacturer and the American farmer. One is contending for the home market and the other for the foreign
The American farmer must find a market abroad for his surplus, and when he
finds it he must sell his product for gold, because the law of barter has been
repealed by the high rate of duty to be paid when entering the home market so
sacred to the American manufacturer. The farmer must pay a high rate of duty
on agricultural implements with which to make his crop, and then send his surplus abroad to be sold in the open market in competition with farm products
cultivated with implements made in this country under our protective system and
sent abroad and sold to our competitors for very much less than our own farmer
can buy them. This is the American system.

Mr. Speaker, I will insert in my remarks some tables showing the price paid
by the farmer in this country for agricultural implements with which he earns his
bread, and also^the price paid by the foreign farmer when sent to our competitors
abroad. It will be seen that the American farmer pays nearly 50 per cent, more
for these implements of agriculture than the foreigner pays, and it must not be
forgotten that the price to the home farmer is the wholesale price, while the price
to the foreigner is the retail price free on board the vessel at the port. These
tables will be interesting reading to the farmers in this country, and will perhaps
give them an insight into the American system, so much praised by our Republican friends.
The farmer in the Sixth District of Alabama will perhaps stop long enough to
inquire if this is the way the tariff affects him, and it may be he will conclude
that the amount of taxes paid in the way of tariff duties has something to do
with his present distressful conditions. He may be unkind (?) enough to inquire
of the advocates of this system why it is that he pays 50 per cent, more for a plow
made in this country than the foreigner pays for the same plow wrhen made nere
and shipped abroad.
Here are the figures. They speak for themselves, and much more eloquently
than I can present them:
Cultivators, protected 45 per cent.
To f o r market. ( eigners.
Wheel hoe, cultivator rake, and plow



2takes and tedders, protected 45 per cent.
To f o r market. eigners.
Lock-lever rakes.
Self-dump rakes
Hay tedder,
Potato digger




Plows, protected 45 per cent.
Home 1 T o f o r market. j eigners.
Chilled, 9-inch cut
A l l steel, 9-inch cut
Chilled, 10-inch
A l l steel, 10-inch
Chilled, sr
Chilled, j r
A l l steel, sr
A l l steel, jr.
Two-gang plows, all steel











58.80 |


These are the prices that the foreign farmer has t o pay f o r one plow, and the prices
which the American dealer in plows has t o pay in large lots at the f a c t o r y . The foreigner
pays no more f r e i g h t than the American dealer—sea freights are cheap. Farmers know tho
prices they have t o pay the local dealers.

Shovels, protected 45 per cent.
To f o r market. eigners.
Shovels, cast steel, long handles, round point:
No. 1, per dozen
No. 3, per dozen
Cast steel, D handle, round point:
No. 2, per dozen
No. 3, per dozen
Spades, cast steel, D handles, No. 2, per dozen.....
Spades, No. 3, cast steel, long handles, per dozen,





These are the prices f o r home and export trade of the shovels manufactured by one of
the most prominent members of the famous i4 Home Market Club " of Boston. Other manufacturers of shovels offer similar discounts. One firm in particular, whose advertisement
has a very prominent place in the Australasian and South American papers, gives a discount
on its list prices to the home market of from 15 to 25 per cent., while f o r the export market
its discount of 33K per cent. For export all goods are delivered free on board at Boston or
Now York.
Hammers, protected 45 per cent.
Round hammers:
No. 5, per dozen
No. 7, per dozen
No. 8, per dozen
Solid cast steel:
Adze, eye, nail, 7-ounce, per dozen
1-pound 4-ounce, per dozen
Machinists' ball pein:
1-pound, per dozen
2-pound 8-ounce, per dozen
Black, 10-inch, per dozen
Bright, 10-inch, per dozen
Mechanics' black, 10-inch, per dozen
Other, bright, 10-inch, per dozen
Nickeled, 10-inch, per dozen
Polished ratchet brace:
8-inch sweep, per dozen
12-inch sweep, per dozen
Polished patent brace:
8-incli sweep, per dozen
11-inch sweep, per dozen
Bit braces:
7-inch sweep, per dozen
12-inch sweep, per dozen
Spdfford, 7-inch sweep, per dozen
14-inch sweep, per dozen
Sleeve brace, 12-inch sweep, per dozen..

To f o r eigners.















^.res, protected 45 per cent.
To f o r Home
market. eigners.
First quality, bronzed, per dozen
Beveled, per dozen




Top fullers, flatters, set hammers, cold chisels, railroad track chisels, hot chisels, &c.,
are quoted at the same price per pound as top swedges f o r the home and export trade r e spectively.

Anvils * vises, and gaskets.
[Protective d u t y : Anvils, 2 cents per p o u n d ; vises and gaskets, 45 per cent.]
To f o r market. eigners.
Anvils, 100 t o 800 pounds, per pound
Vises, solid b o x :
No. 25
No. 100
No. 160
No. 200
Gaskets, corrugated copper, per square inch..





The McKinley tariff bill raises the d u t y on anvils. Anvil manufacturers may probably
b e able t o lower the price f o r export, while they add one-half cent per pound to Americans.*
Sad-irons and fluting machines.
[Protective duty,

cents per pound.]
market. eigners.

Sad irons, nickel-plated, per dozen sets..
K n o x fluting machines, &-inch




To f o r eigners.



Similar discounts on Crown. Eagle, and American fluting machines.
Kitchen hollow ware.
[Protective duty, 1% cents per pound.]

Flat-bottom kettles
Round-bottom kettles, 10^-inch,
Spider, 8-inch
Spider, 12-inch
Griddle, 10?4-inch

Similar favorable prices t o the e x p o r t trade are given on all other kinds o f hollow ware.
The above are taken as samples only.
Plated ware, protected

35 per


F o r what is called hollow ware, such as tea sets, cake dishes, etc,, listed at $10, the home
dealer pays $5.40, b u t the buyer f o r the foreign market pays only $4.61 f o r the'same article.
On knives, forks, spoons, and other flat ware listed at $10, the price to the dealer in the
" home m a r k e t " is $4.36, but a b u y e r f o r export, regardless o f the Quantity ho may take,
pays only $3.73 f o r the same articles.
, On every protected industry here named the McKinley tariff has increased the p r o tection f r o m 20 to 200 per cent, above the figures here given. On e v e r y item named in the
preceding tables the home market price t o Americans was advanced October 6 f r o m 10 to 40
per cent., b u t the foreign market price to foreigners was not advanced one cent, and will be
Mr. Speaker, if the duty on cotton goods should be repealed the price of raw
cotton would advance 2 cents per p o u n d before the i n k could dry w i t h w h i c h the
P r e s i d e n t signed t h e bill.
B u t , sir, w h e n w e h a v e r e d u c e d t a x a t i o n a n d r e t u r n e d to t h e s i m p l i c i t y a n d
e c o n o m y of our forefathers, w e will o n l y h a v e reached t h e half w a y house.
business o f the country d e m a n d s a large increase in the circulating m e d i u m , a n d
t h e farmers a n d laboring people generally will n e v e r cease to agitate t h e question
u n t i l a n i n c r e a s e is m a d e .
T h e subtreasury and land-loan schemes m a y not be practical and m i g h t not
h a v e t h e effect t h a t t h e i r a d v o c a t e s c l a i m f o r t h e m , b u t , sir, t h e r e is j u s t i c e i n t h e
d e m a n d s o f t h e people, and unless their w i s h e s are consulted, the t i m e is n o t far
d i s t a n t w h e n t h e r e .will b e a n u p r i s i n g i n t h i s c o u n t r y t h a t w i l l s h a k e t h e v e r y
f o u n d a t i o n o f t h e G o v e r n m e n t itself.

W h e n the'people can no longer stand the oppression, when they can no longer
remain silent, when the time comes, as I believe it will if they are not given relief,
that the masses in this country rise up and demand justice at the hands of the
lawmakers, I trust that I may be found on the side of the people and fighting with
them for what I believe to be just.

Essence of Democracy.
The essence of my Democracy is my sublime confidence in the people. They
will do right when the right is understood by them. This is their Government
and they will control its destiny. When it becomes oppressive they will try to
reform it. When it becomes unbearable they will destroy it and build upon the
ruins another, fashioned with their own hands. I warn you, gentlemen, not to
tempt them too far. I remind you that it is unwise to treat the sufferings of the
people lightly.
Mr. Speaker, conditions change. A circulation in the early stages of civilization and when the business of the world was conducted by barter would be entirely inadequate now7.
A s civilization advances and new fields for business and enterprises are developed the amount of money in circulation should be increased in the same proportion. I undertake to say that the history of the world does not furnish an instance of prosperity and contentment where the amount of money in circulation
is decreasing. On the contrary, prosperity always follows in the wake of an increasing money. The marvelous inventions of the last quarter of a century have
revolutionized trade and commerce and given an impetus to business heretofore
These new forces coming into play have created a new order of business, and
time contracts are largely resorted to, because by this method only can the millions of laborers in this country be kept employed. Contracts must be made, in
many instances years in advance. I think it would be fair to assume that but for
this system of contracts the business of the country would come to a standstill and
enforced idleness on the part of laborers would result.
It seems therefore to be plain that any serious enhancement in the value of
the unit of money that takes place between the time of making the contract and
its fulfillment always works a great hardship on the debtor class. Many of the
homes of this country have been bought on time, and no doubt a very large number of them are mortgaged for the purchase money. It requires more sweat and
labor to discharge these obligations than the contracts imply, because the value of
money has advanced and more labor is required to secure a dollar than when
the contracts were made. Shrinkage in the volume of money is the most prolifiic
source of bankruptcy and ruin to the debtor class.
Mr. Speaker, it may not be out of place to contrast the difference in effect between an increasing and decreasing volume of money upon the business of every
country where the conditions have prevailed.
These conditions have not escaped the attention of observant waiters, and we
are therefore not left to guess at results.
David Hume, in his essay on money, says:
It is certain that since the discovery of the mines in America industry has increased in
all the nations of Europe. * * * W e find that in every kingdom into which money begins
to How in greater abundance than formerly everything takes a new face; labor and industry
gain life, the merchant becomes more enterprising, the manufacturer more diligent and
skillful, and even the farmer follows his plow with greater alacrity and attention. * * *
I t is of no manner of consequence with regard to the domestic happiness of a state whether
money be in a greater or less quantity. The good quality of the magistrate consists only in
keeping it, if possible, still increasing; because bv that means he keeps alive a spirit of industry in the nation and increases the stock of labor, in which consists all real power and
riches. A nation whose money decreases is actually at that time weaker and more miserable
than another nation which possesses no more money but is on the increasing hand.

William H. Crawford, Secretary of the Treasury, in a report to Congress dated
12th February, 1820, says:
All intelligent writers on currency agree that when it is decreasing in amount poverty
and misery must prevail.

JMr. R . M . T . H u n t e r , i n a r e p o r t t o t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s S e n a t e i n 1852, s a y s :
Of all the great effects produced upon human society by the discover^ of America there
were probably none so marked as those brought about by the great influx of the precious
metals from the New World to the Old. European industry had been declining under the
decreasing stock of the precious metals and an appreciating standard of values; human ingenuity grew dull under the paralyzing influences of declining profits, and capital absorbed
nearly all that should have been divided between it and labor. But an increase of the
precious metals in such quantity as to check this tendency operated as a new motive power
to the machinery of commerce. Production was stimulated by finding the advantages of a
change in the standard on its side. Instead of being repressed by having to pay more than
it had stipulated f o r the use of capital, it was stimulated by paying less. Capital, too, was
benefited, f o r new demands were created f o r it by the new uses which a general movement
in industrial pursuits had developed; so that if it lost a little by a change in the standard, it
gained much more in the great demand f o r its use, which added to its capacity f o r reproduction and to its real value.
The mischief would be great indeed if all the world were to adopt but one of the precious metals as the standard of value. To adopt gold alone would diminish the specie cinv
rency more than one-half; and the reduction the other way, should silver be taken as the
only standard, would be large enough to prove highly disastrous to the human race.
T h e E n c y c l o p e d i a B r i t a n n i c a , 1859 (article P r e c i o u s M e t a l s , b y J . R . M c C u l loch), s a y s :
A fall in the value of the precious metals, caused by the greater facility of their production or by the discovery of new sources of supply, depends in no degree on the theories
of philosophers or the decision of statesmen or legislators, but is the result of circumstances beyond human control; and although, like a fall of rain after a long course of dry
weather, it may be prejudicial to certain classes, it is beneficial to an incomparably greater
number, including all who are engaged in industrial pursuits, and is, speaking generally, o f
great public or national advantage.
S e n a t o r JONES o f N e v a d a , i n h i s g r e a t s p e e c h d e l i v e r e d i n t h e S e n a t e o f t h e
U n i t e d S t a t e s i n 1890, u s e d t h e f o l l o w i n g l a n g u a g e t o u c h i n g t h e i n f l u e n c e o f t h e
volume of money upon prices:
There can be no truer index of the value of money than the general range of prices.
Price is the mercury by the rise and fall of which the heat and struggle of industrial and
business life are daily measured and made plain. Where the tendency of this indicator continues downward there is no more certain sign that money is increasing in value. During
a period of falling prices the fear of impending calamity hangs like a pall over the business
or the country.
Notwithstanding unremitting efforts men feel themselves constantly on the edge of
disaster. Gloomy forebodings and timidity take the place of confidence and courage.
A shrinking volume of money is the most insidious f o e with which civilization has t o
contend. I t is my firm c o n v i c t i o n Said the Senator—
that the inexpressible miseries inflicted upon mankind by war, pestilence, and famine have
been less cruel, unfeeling, and unrelenting than the persistent and remorseless exactions
which this inexorable enemy has made upon society.
As the volume of money contracts prices decline, and with the decline of prices comes
stagnation of industry and the relegation to idleness of thousands of willing workmen.
M r . S p e a k e r , i t does, n o t t a k e a financier t o u n d e r s t a n d t h i s . T h e h u m b l e s t
f a r m e r i n t h e l a n d k n o w s it. H e u n d e r s t a n d s p e r f e c t l y w e l l t h a t s c a r c e m o n e y
m a k e s l o w p r i c e s ; l o w prices b r i n g t o t h e m h a r d t i m e s . H e u n d e r s t a n d s p e r f e c t l y t h a t it r e q u i r e s t w i c e as m u c h l a b o r n o w t o p r o d u c e a d o l l a r a s i t r e q u i r e d
b e f o r e 1873, w h e n s i l v e r w a s d e m o n e t i z e d , a n d o n e - h a l f t h e m e t a l b a s e d e s t r o y e d .
H e c a n n o t b e d e c e i v e d b y W a l l street a n d m a d e t o b e l i e v e t h a t m o n e y is a b u n d - *
a n t , a n d t h a t t h e r e is n o e x c u s e f o r t h e c r y o f h a r d t i m e s r a i s e d b y t h e formers o f
t h e c o u n t r y . T h e y r e a l i z e t h a t t h r e e d a y s o f s w e a t a n d t o i l is r e q u i r e d n o w t o
discharge a debt t h a t could h a v e been paid w i t h t w o d a y s w h e n the obligation
w a s c r e a t e d . T h e y b e l i e v e , a n d so d o I , t h a t t h i s is c a u s e d b y a c o n t r a c t i o n o f t h e
a m o u n t of m o n e y in circulation.
T h e p r i c e s h a v e f a l l e n j u s t a s m o n e y rose, b y r e a s o n o f t h e s h r i n k a g e i n v o l u m e , and w e believe t h a t prices will continue to fall and debts grow harder to p a y
u n t i l t h e v a l u e o f m o n e y is l e s s e n e d b y a n i n c r e a s e i n v o l u m e .
W e do not think
w e o u g h t to be called b y hard n a m e s because w e ask for fair treatment. W a do
n o t a s k f o r f a v o r s , b u t "for j u s t i c e , a n d t h a t w e w i l l i n s i s t u p o n s t e a d i l y u n t i l i t
Mr. Speaker, gentlemen tell us t h a t w e h a v e a larger per capita circulation
t h a n a n y E u r o p e a n c o u n t r y , F r a n c e e x c e p t e d . B u t t h e y f o r g e t to m e n t i o n t h e

difference in conditions. The population of European countries is so dense that
banking f a c i l i t y are found on every square mile.
The census of 1890 shows the population of the United States to be only 21
persons to the square mile, while in England and Wales there are 498 persons to
the square mile. If all the people of the United States were put into the State
o f Texas there would only be 365 to the square mile.
The mistake gentlemen make is their disregard of conditions. There are
large sections of the United States where there are no banks and the population
are compelled to rely on money that circulates among them for the transaction of
their business. It is a home circulation we need, not bank credits. Our farmers
do not use checks and drafts as a rule, but cash is passed from one man to another
in payment of debts. These European countries have no frontier to extend, no
forest to subdue. Their policy is to concentrate the monejr of the country in the
hands of a few noblemen, while ours should be to distribute wealth and make
every American citizen a participant in the blessings of government.
If our population was as dense as Europe we would not need so much per
-capita circulation, because banks wo^ild be established at every man's door. We
can no more fashion our finance after Europe than we can our free institutions.
This country is large enough and rich* enough to maintain its own financial system
.and the sooner we do so the better.
Mr. Speaker, I have said that I desired to see an empty Treasury; that a deficit of $150,000,000 would be hailed as the greatest blessing that could come to
the American farmer, and that I would accomplish it by placing on the free list
every article named in the second section of the bill read by the Clerk. I want
our cotton-planters to send their surpl us abroad and exchange it for such goods as
t h e y need, and bring them home free of duty. W e must exchange our surplus
for the surplus of other people. We must have freer trade. Protection for the
sake of protection must go, and in its stead we must have a free exchange of commodities. W e must have reciprocity with our customers and not our competitors.

Where the Money Comes From.
If I am asked where the money is to come from to meet the expenses of the
Government.when the revenues have been decreased by the amount that would
follow placing on the free list the articles named in the second section of the bill,
my answer is that the Government has the same right to issue money that it has
to levy taxes.
This happy experiment was resorted to once when the life of the nation was
threatened, and can be again now when the distressed cry of the citizens is
coming up from every quarter. The contest then was between two opposing
armies, now the conflict is between the sheriff and the landlord and debtor class.
T h e homes of the country are rapidly passing from the hands of the once happy
^and contented owner/into the grasp of corporate power and syndicates, and we
knowr the history of all countries where the homes of the citizens have passed
from their hands.
The home is the nursery of patriotism in this country. It is the conservative
thought and action that comes from the owner of the home that makes republican institutions possible.
They must be protected by a just system of laws; a system that gives every
man an even start in the race for life. A system that offers equal justice to all
m e n and special favors to none; a system that makes it possible for a farmer in
Alabama to enjoy the fruits of his labor as well as the mill owner in Massachusetts ; a system that encourages the farmer to follow his plow with the same assurance that he will receive and enjoy the fruits of his labor, the same as the
manufacturer does.
Now, let us return to the third section of the bill, which authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to prepare legal-tender Treasury notes of like denominations
to those now issued, and to pay the same to the creditors of the United States in
compliance with appropriations made by Congress and for such other purposes as
Congress may direct. Who can offer a legal or constitutional objection to this

proposition? W h o will say that the G o v e r n m e n t can not do t h i s ? T h e p o l i c y
m a y b e q u e s t i o n e d , t h e w i s d o m o f s u c h a c t i o n m a y b e d o u b t e d , b u t t h e r i g h t tod o s o is u n q u e s t i o n e d .
B u t s o m e o f o u r f r i e n d s m a y s a y t h i s issue w o u l d b e fiat m o n e y ; n o t h i n g b a c k
o f i t b u t t h e p r o m i s e o f t h e G o v e r n m e n t to p a y . I w o u l d refer t h a t class o f o b j e c t o r s t o t h e f o u r t h section of t h e bill, w h i c h directs t h e S e c r e t a r y o f t h e T r e a s u r y
to coin a sufiicent number of standard silver dollars out of the bullion in t h e
T r e a s u r y , w h i c h , w h e n c o i n e d , s h a l l be d e p o s i t e d i n t h e T r e a s u r y t o b e u s e d i n
t h e r e d e m p t i o n of t h e T r e a s u r y n o t e s issued u n d e r t h e p r o v i s i o n s of t h i s act.
G e n t l e m e n m a y tell u s t h a t t h e b u l l i o n i n t h e T r e a s u r y is n o w r e p r e s e n t e d b y
s i l v e r c e r t i f i c a t e s i n c i r c u l a t i o n . T h e a n s w e r is, t h e §100,000,000 o f g o l d i n theT r e a s u r y is r e p r e s e n t e d b v $345,000,000 of l e g a l - t e n d e r notes n o w i n c i r c u l a t i o n , a n d
if §100,000,000 o f g o l d c a n float $345,000,000 o f l e g a l - t e n d e r notes, $250,000,000 o f
s i l v e r can s a f e l y a n d s u c c e s s f u l l y float $500,000,000 o f t h e s a m e k i n d o f n o t e s .
I n all t h e y e a r s s i n c e t h e a c t w a s passed c r e a t i n g a r e d e m p t i o n f u n d f o r t h e
g r e e n b a c k , n o t a d o l l a r h a s b e e n p r e s e n t e d f o r r e d e m p t i o n . So it w o u l d b e w i t h
the silver redemption fund. W e must broaden the metallic base upon w h i c h o u r
financial s t r u c t u r e rests or i t w i l l t o p p l e a n d f a l l w h e n it r e a c h e s t h e p r o p o r t i o n s
d e m a n d e d b y t h e increasihg trade and commerce of the country.

Free Silver Coinage.
G e n t l e m e n t e l l us t h a t i f w e o p e n o u r m i n t s t o t h e f r e e c o i n a g e o f s i l v e r t h a t
t h e s i l v e r o f t h e w o r l d w i l l c o m e t o us, a n d t h a t o u r g o l d w i l l g o o u t .
S p e a k e r , I d o n o t b e l i e v e t h i s d o c t r i n e . I c a n s e e n o g o o d " b u s i n e s s r e a s o n f o r it,
a n d t h e s e q u e s t i o n s a r e all g o v e r n e d b y b u s i n e s s c o n d i t i o n s .
I will print with my r e m a r k s a declaration of the National E x e c u t i v e Silver
C o m m i t t e e , i s s u e d J a n u a r y 8 , 1 8 9 2 . T h i s is t o m y m i n d a c o m p l e t e a n s w e r t o
t h o s e w h o oppose free c o i n a g e :
The National Executive Silver Committee, in session at Washington, declares that continued experience demonstrates that there can be no adequate or final solution of the money
question but by reendowing silver with the money function and making silver coins staryiard money, coequal f o r all money uses.
The present policy of making subsidiary money of silver to be redeemed in gold, and of
piling continually higher the fabric of credit and credit money on a constantly diminishing
basis of gold, is unsound and unsafe, and must come to an end. The enormous increase in
bank credits and other forms of credit currency in recent years, relatively to the volume of
gold in which they are ultimately redeemable, imperils financial stability everywhere, and,
is a standing menace to all business enterprises, for, under this system, panics must occur
more certainly and more frequently and be more disastrous when they do occur.
What is wanted is not more credit money relatively to standard money, but more standard money relatively to credit and credit currency—a broader basis of primary money and
not a higher superstructure of credit devices. This can be secured only by making silver
and gold coequal as money metals, with the coihage of both on equal terms.
The act of July 14,1890, as interpreted by the Treasury Department, under which 4,500,000
ounces of silver are monthly bought and stored as collateral securities f o r notes redeemable in gold, makes no addition to standard money, while it raises higher the fabric of credit
on a foundation that is growing narrower and not broader. This addition to the currency
volume might as well be of greenbacks as in the f o r m now given to it. It requires, therefore, no extraordinary financial acumen to foresee that this condition can not long be maintained.
The plain solution of the difficulty is the full monetization of the silver accumulated
under this act, to the end that this and all other silver that anybody may choose to devote
to monetary use, may go to swell the volume of money of final redemption f o r all other
forms of currency.
* 1 .
Tho facts upon which bimetallists base these conclusions are undisputed and indisputable. The arguments by which they are established are unanswered and unanswerable.
These facts are that the supply of gold is admittedly inadequate to provide f o r the world's
needs f o r money; that many times more people are now ma^e to use gold exclusively as
standard money than in 1873; that the production of gold is diminishing, while population,
wealth, and commerce, and the consumption of gold in the arts are rapidly increasing—the
increase in the demand f o r the arts and dentistry in the United States alone being sufficient
to absorb, aceording to the report of the Director of the Mint, in ten years more, the entire
gold product of this country. That the value of gold under these influences has largely in~
creased and must continue to increase, and prices as certainly continue to fall, is too manifest to require argument.
What a fraudulent pretense, in view of these facts, to insist that gold alone is a stable o r
an honest money standard. Scales that measured equities with no more precision or fair-

ness than gold registers the value of products and the equities between debtor and creditor
in deferred payments would be tolerated nowhere outside a robber's den.
In view of the glaring facts, which no one pretends to deny, of the change in the money
standard through the increase in the value of gold, as the direct and necessary consequence
o f demonetizing silver and restricting the money function to gold alone, what else than f o o l ish homage to knavery is the babble about ''honest money" and "short dollars," which constitutes so large a part of the stock answers to the demand f o r free bimetallic coinage?
Nohing could be more absurd or ridiculous than to claim that a shapeless lump of silver, to
which monetary use is denied, measures the value of silver coins which have monetary use
added to whatever other uses silver may be applied. G old, treated as silver has been, would
act in the same way.
If, since 1873, both metals had been accessible f o r money uses, as f o r indefinite ages before, the annual addition to the metallic stock of money f o r the world would have been
somewhat less than from 1849 to 1873, but would probably have been sufficient to have maintained reasonable stability in the value of standard money. So now, while it is as certain as
that time will continue that, irader existing conditions, through inadqequacy of supply f o r
money purposes, gold will continue to increase in value, and prices, measured by gold, continue to fall, it is reasonably certain that the supply of both metals will be sufficient to
maintain fairly stable relations between money and commodities, and thus secure to the
industrial world what it has sorely lacked since 1873.
The bugaboo of foreign silver coming here no longer alarms intelligent men. Under
f r e e coinage silver would be $1.29 an ounce here; it is $1.38 in India, and with open mints
would be $1.33 in the states of the Latin Union, which is the value of all the coined silver
o f Europe.
The requirements of England and of the continent f o r silver to pay balances to the
East would not be materially changed whether a profit of the difference between 95 cents
and $1.38 were made on the silver sent there, or only the difference between $1.29 and $1.38.
India absorbed quite as much silver in years before the fall of silver here as since then, and
will continue to absorb both gold and silver, But whether our silver goes abroad at 95 cents
o r $1.29 is quite material to this country, not only from the direct loss on the exported
silver, but in the far greater loss sustained'on the price of wheat and cotton and their manufactured products, which have and will follow closely the rise and fall of silver bullion, f o r
reasons so often explained
If wheat at the present time is less influenced by the price of silver bullion than cotton,
it is due entirely to the failure of the wheat crop in Europe.
If the value of silver here should fall to 50 cents an ounce, as it probably would if demonetized as gold monometallists would have it, while its purchasing power among twothirds of the population of the globe continues at $133 to $1.38, then the production of silver
in this country should be made a crime, as its continual production and sale here at the low
price, while used in other countries at the higjh price, would be destructive of our agricultural and manufacturing interests.
The silver question, therefore, is an issue, and one that vitally concerns the welfare not
only of the industrial classes but of business men generallly, and it will not down at the bidding of any party; nor can it be ignored, thrust aside, or dodged. It is a living isstie and
must be met and settled; and the only permanent settlement of it is the restoration of free
bimetalic coinage or the ultimate abandonment of the principle of automatic regulation of
money through tho production of the precious metals.

Mr. Speaker, the senior Senator from Indiana presented a petition in the
Senate recently from a Grand Army post in Indiana, praying for the defeat of the
free-silver bill now pending. In doing so he made some observations that so fully
express my views on the subject that I offer them as a part of my remarks.
Sir, I speak not f o r others upon this question; I speak f o r myself, and recognize the responsibility I owe alone to those who have f?ent me here. It is said there is trouble in the
silver question at this time. It is said it is dividing and distracting political parties, that
there are divisions in both parties in regard to the proper course to pursue. This all may be
true, but the friends of silver* have not made the trouble. Gladly would we have seen the
silver dollar let alone in its sphere of usefulness and honor. Deeply do we regret the continued and venomous assault upon it. We are simply defending one of the institutions of
the founders of the.Government from the greed and avarice of the great money changers
o f the world.
W e look back in history and find ourselves in company with Washington, Jefferson,
Hamilton, Madison, John Marshall, Monroe, Jackson, Clay, Calhoun, Webster, Van Buren,
Silas Wright, Marcy, Seymour, Benton, Cass, Dougjas, Hendricks, Morton, Allen G. Thurman,
Salmon P. Chase, and Abraham Lincoln. No fault was ever found in silver by these illustrio u s men, nor danger feared by them on account of its existence and use as money. The
statement that the silver dollar ever cheated or defrauded any human being out of his just
dues or the reward of his labor is shown to be false on every page of American history. For
nearly twenty years past we have listened to dismal prophecies as to the injurious effects of
silver currency. No one of them has been found to have been true at any time in the annals of the Republic.
I seek to proscribe no man on this question. I do not present it as a party test, nor shall
I submit to having it so presented to me. I shall pursue f o r myself the line ofc duty which
lays so plainly before me, and I shall do so without let or hindrance f r o m any source. I shall
vote my own convictions and answer to my constituents f o r my action. Nor will the silver
issue ever obstruct my vision nor my course as to other and perhaps greater issues. It is in
f u l l harmony?with the overpowering and masterful issue of tariff reform, and it has proved
itself a powerful help and handmaiden to free government in the defeat of the bill intended
f o r the forcible subversion of free elections throughout the United States.

It is lately claimed, however, as a last resort by its enemies, that nothing should be attempted at this time on the subject of silver, because nothing can be accomplished; that,
owing to the fact that the two Houses of Congress and the executive department of the
Government are not in agreement, no measure on the subject can become a law. If this is
a reason f o r nonaction on the subject of silver, it is a still more powerful reason, and pleads
with still higher force against any action on the still greater subject of tariff reform. The
free coinage of silver can pass both branches of Congress, but will doubtless be vetoed b y
the President; while any measure of tariff reform, free wool, or anything else, can pass only
one House, with the absolute certainty of being vetoed if by any possibility it should pass
both. Such a reason f o r nonaction on any subject is worthless and untenable. Let us, therefore, do our duty as each one sees it for himself.
But let there be action—bold, constant, and aggressive action—against every evil insight,
leaving the consequences to that high Providence which rules in the councils of nations, as
well as in the affairs of men- The spirit of the people at this time expects no one to shrink
back from the conflict at any point in the line of battle simply because he is not assured of
immediate success. The Bruce of Scotland was taught the ultimate point of courage, duty,
and endurance b y the climbing spider's repeated failures, but constant action and final success. The just ends in view by the laboring people of the United States in the present crises
of their affairs are few and simple, but as far-reaching and as powerful as the mighty principles which uphold life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They may be stated, in brief
space, as follows:
First. Absolute equality in the burdens and blessings of government founded on a tariff
reform which will place, as nearly as possible, all the necessaries of life on the free list,
causing wealth, and the graduated incomes of wealth, rather than the wants and necessities
o f working people, to pay taxes and furnish Government revenue.
Second. A full and sufficient volume of money in circulation, consisting of gold, silver,
and legal-tender paper currency, at par with each other and incontrovertible.
Third. Free elections in all the States, untrammeled by " force bills," or any other Federal machinery implying a want of faith in the intelligence, the honor, or the patriotism of
any portion of the American people.
I ourth. Rigid economy in public expenditures so that no more billion-dollar Congresses
may come to curse the country.

Southern Bankruptcy.
Mr. Speaker, I am not one of those who believe that the free coinage of silver
will bring all the relief the country needs. If I am honest with myself and the
people whom I represent I will say that I do not expect a very large increase of
the circulating medium to result from free coinage, bat I think it is a step in the
right direction. I believe that it will tend largely to restore confidence and
greatly encourage the farmers and wage-workers of the country. It will be a return to the constitutional money of our fathers. I believe that a very large increase in the volume of money is absolutely necessary, and that better and more
equal distribution is imperatively demanded.
The South is perhaps more depressed and threatened with universal bankruptcy to a greater extent than any other portion of the country. The reason is
perfectly apparent—we do notsharein the distribution of money from the Treasury.
T h e Government commenced to rob us as soon as the war was over by taking
$75,000,000 of cotton tax without excuse or justification. Of this amount Alabama
paid $10,38S,072.10, or $7 per capita, or $35 for each family of five persons for her
present population. This is our money; give it back to us in silver dollars or
legal-tender notes issued for that purpose.
The money is now in the Treasury and Congress refuses to return it. W h y
hot pay back this money to the rightful owners, as you did the direct tax and
other claims less honest? W h y not direct the Secretary of the Treasury to pay
this amount to the South with a new issue of legal-tender notes ? If we could get
$75,000,000 now for distribution it would relieve us and send our people to work
with renewed energy and more love for the flag and confidence in the Government.
Mr. Speaker, those who make their bread by the sweat of the brow have my
sympathy, and I will go with them as far as the cabletow which binds me to good
government and a sound currency will permit.
As I have already said, I beg for an opportunity to vote for a measure placing on the free list all the articles named in the bill, and coupled with it authority
to issue legal-tender notes to pay the obligations of the Government, thereby in a
short time doubling the volume of money in circulation.
If this policy is pursued we will soon see the greatest degree of prosperity in
this country ever known. Farmers will be able to raise the mortgages which

threatened to make millions of homeless people. The comforts of life will be in
the reach of all industrious citizens. The cry of hard times will be silenced, and
in its stead will come songs of rejoicing from all quarters of this broad land.
Others may do as they like. As for myself, I will vote for any and all measures that promise to wipe away the bitter tears poverty brings; that will help to
pay the mortgages; that will free the farmers from the strong chains the money
power is forging about them. Give them an even start in the race for life. Lift
as many of the burdens as possible from their shoulders and let the proudest boast
of America be of her citizen farmers.

Horace F. Bisbee, printer, Post Building.