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(ORGANIZED 1880.) OBJECTS.-The Society was organized by citizens who believe that the success of our government depends on the active political influence of educated intelligence, and that parties are means, not ends. It is entirely non-partisan in its organization, and is not to be used for any oiher purpose than the awakening of an intelligent interest in government methods and purposes, tending to restrain the abuse of parties and to promote party morality.

Among its organizers are numbered Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, who differ among themselves as to which party is best fitted to conduct the government; but who are in the main agreed as to the following propositions:

The right of each citizen to his free basis, and all paper-money must be convoice and vote must be upheld.

vertible on demand. Office-holders must not control the Labor has a right to the highest wages suffrage.

it can earn, unhindered by public or priThe office should seek the man, and not vate tyranny. the man the office.

Trade has a right to the freest scope, Public service, in business positions, unfettered by taxes, except for governshould depend solely on fitness and good ment expenses. behavior.

Corporations must be restricted from The crimes of bribery and corruption abuse of privilege. must be relentlessly punished.

Neither the public money nor the peoLocal issues should be independent of ple's land must be used io subsidize prinational parties.

vate enterprise. Coins made unlimited legal tender must A public opinion, wholesome and ac. possess their face value as metal in the tive, unhampered by machine control, is markets of the world.

the true safeguard of popular instituSuund currency must have a metal tions.

Persons who become members of the Society are not, however, required to endorse the above.

METHODS.--The Society proposes to carry out its objects by submitting from time to time to its members lists of books which it regards as desirable reading on current political and economic questions; by selecting annual courses of reading for its members; by supplying the books so selected at the smallest possible advance beyond actual cost; by furnishing and circulating at a low price, and in cheap form, sound economic and political literature in maintenance and illustration of the principles above announced as constituting the basis of its organization ; and by assisting in the formation of reading and corresponding circles and clubs for discussing social, political, and economic questions.

ORGANIZATION.-The Society is managed by a General Committee, selected froin different sections of the United States. The correspondence of the Society is divided among five Secretaries, one each for the East, the Northwest, the Southeast, the Southwest, and the Pacific Slope.

It is suggested that branch organizations be formed wherever it is possible (and especiality in colleges) to carry out the intentions of the Society. Any person who will form a Club of ten persons, each of whom shall be an active member of this Society, will be entitled to a set of the tracts already issued.




Extended by the author from the article in the Cyclopædia of Political Science, by

permission of the publishers, Messrs. Melbert B. Cary & Co., Milwaukee




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