San Frantastic News

San Francisco, California

Assimilation

The date is 1879, just today about 100 children from Indian tribes in Carlisle, Pennsylvania were sent to private schools in order to slowly assimilate Native American tribes. Although this is not taking place here in San Francisco, we should be concerned. We should not be allowing people to force Native Americans, with as many rights as us, to change all their customs and culture. By forcing them to cut their hair, speak the way we speak, learn the things we learn, and dress the way we dress, they are stripping these tribes of their identity. I hope that we can all agree that we do not approve, and that we will not stand for this. We all have the right to live the way we want, even when it means we are not all the same exact person.

Populism

Farmers struggled heavily with the conflict that the railroad companies had brought upon them in the 1880's and 90's. Farmers were outraged at the unreasonable prices of the railroads, which were set by the transportation industry at the time. The prices that the farmers had to pay to export their crops kept rising as their crop profits kept dropping. In addition to the decreasing prices, the paper money they were using was quickly losing value. Silver had quickly became popular during this time period and the paper money was worth almost nothing. All the farmers banded together in their anger to form The Populist Party or "The People Party". This political movement was founded in 1891 and was led by William Bryan. This Democrat and Populist fought for silver supply, more money circulation and to be a part of the federal loan program. Running against him, William McKinley fought for the Republicans, who wanted to use gold for money and have less money circulation for the people. McKinley won the election in 1896, which led to later reforms.

Current Events

Disastrous Fires- Valuable Property Destroyed and a Number of Lives Lost

Allentown (Pa.), April 24.— The Union Silk Mill at Catasauqua has been burned, with its valuable stock. The loss is between $250,000 and $300,000. Four employes were killed in attempting to escape. Thirty-live were injured, of whom several will die. The cause of the fire is unknown. Following are the names of the dead: Charles Frick, John Tottejeaxi and two unknown.

Later returns show seven dead and injured under the falling walls. An explosion of vitriol and acids occurred while the firemen were trying to rescue the goods iv the building. This caused the wall to fall. Ulysses G. Everett, 18 years old, and George were fatally injured. The following have been taken from the building: John Good, aged 27, a prominent young man; Joseph Lodigiana, an Italian boss dyer, and two others, whose bodies have not yet been recognized; George Pfaff, fatally injured; Michael Hynes, internally injured and cannot live; William Price, head cut; William Fenstermayer, leg broken and burned; Thomas James, burned and hit by the falling debris; George Feline), slightly injured ; Peter Derhammer, cut by living glass and debris. Many others were injured slightly. The tire is supposed to have been caused by spontaneous combustion.


Source: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC18900425.2.3&e=-------en--20-SFC-1--txt-txIN-san+francisco-------1

Land Purchase Bill- Gladtstone Makes a Strong Speech in Opposition to the Measure

LONDON, April 24.— The land-purchase debate was resumed in the Commons this evening. Gladstone spoke of the opposition to the Government bill, being convinced that the measure was not only complicated, but it did not undertake to solve the difficulty. While complimenting the principle of Pamela's plan, it was not clear in details. He sympathized with the object of the scheme, but it required explanation. Balfour's bill was replete with dubious points, biding the character of the measure. Some of his proposals were so objectionable as to justify its rejection. It was obvious that Ireland was opposed to the measure, seeing that live-sixths of the Irish members were strong in their opposition. As the Government was going to make Ireland a debtor, it was important that they should consider what was the attitude of the perSons they were about to subject to the debt. If they declined to recognize their obligations, it was a new wrong inflicted. The bill, he said, threatened a condition which would shock humanity, create disorder, and make worse the relations between the two countries. Goschen followed In defense of the bill.

Source: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC18900425.2.2.1&e=-------en--20-SFC-1--txt-txIN-san+francisco-------1

Letters to the Editor

As a businessman in the city, I feel that the work I do in order to get a decent amount of money shouldn’t be spent so heavily on farmers’ goods. After spending hours in the city every day, I feel that the money earned should be used to support my family more than only buying crops and farmers’ goods. Before the farmers raised the prices so drastically, and it didn’t cost a fortune to bring in the goods by railroad, I could spend less time away from my family; less time at work stressing over how i could keep everyone happy. The farmers don’t understand what the city people are going through and not only I, but plenty more people, believe that we would be better off without the farmers trying to sell their goods at such high prices just to make a pretty penny.

Sincerely,

A husband, and father of four,

John

City folk just don’t understand. The extreme prices we pay just to please them is underestimated. We go through more than they will ever know just in attempt to please them. The railroads are priced extremely high and we contemplate continuing supporting our families as farmers. Life is too hard and stressful as a farmer to happily make a profit and support our families. City people don’t understand and they never will.

Sincerely,

Farmer Joe

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