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-WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED OUR FALL SHIPMENT OF-
Which is larger than ever before. We handle nothing but the
outlier n "W"liite Lead..
Which is conceeded the best in the market. Also the celebrated
VANE CALVERT & CO.'S MIXED PAINT, WWchwliaw handled for tMj needs no recommcndaUon.
woyniiBMiMMttjwMiMwottM JOHNSTON'S DRY SIZED KALSOMINE.
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J. H. BRADY
A Farmer Speaks His Views of
the Judical Situation.
Two Letters on the Eligibility of
Miss Alice Junken.
REAL ESTATE AGENT
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THE PALM LEAF PLUG
Agent for U. P. R. R. Lands, National Land Company's
Land, Agricultural College 'Lands.
If you want to buy a Farm, call and see him.
Correct Abstracts Made For All Lands In Dickinson Co.
Money Loaned at Lowest Rates.
Taxes Paid for Non-Residents.
Xo Charge for Showing Lands. Eetter Bargains now than ever before.
4 tf J. H. BRADY, Enterprise, Kansas.
AND THE NEW YARA
5 CENT CIGAR,
FOUND ONLY AT THE
LITTLE RED STOBE.
A, K. YANDERBILT, Pro. y
A New Fall Stock Of
THIS WEEK AT
J. M. BRENIZER.
0GDE3ST, WHSPTWORTS & HILL,
Tinware, Table and Pocket Cutlery.
INTo Fancy Prices!
We have in stock a line line of breech and muzzle loading guns, all
kinds or gun fixtures and ammunition.
FPh a Po rrt ara Would do well to notice our large line ot Furst Bradler and N,
dXiiicx Thompson Plow's, the Thompson Mowers, and the Schuttler
Garland StOVeS and HangeS Immense lino of them always on hand
TIN, COPPER AND SHEET IRON WORK MANUFACTURED ON SHORT NOTICE.
Hdmember. the Place Corner Broadway & Third. Nc.i-3m
And Other Interesting Matter.
A FARMER'S VIGOROUS SAXOX.
Mil. Editor Will yon allow a farmer to ventil
ate the political situation in this the 8th Judicial
District? The two candidates now in the field are
both democrat, and thlifact gives a republican
the opportunity not only to write his views but to
vote his choice free from party lines.
The convention that met in Abilene to appoint
delegates to the District Convention, was con
trolled by a set of bull-dozcre, as every one at all
conversant with the proceedings of that meeting
very well know. Everything was cut and dried
by the Abilene ring beforehand and put through
the convention according to orders. In order to
make it look as though the country districts and
all parties were to be treated fairly, the delegates
were selected from both parties and well distribu-
icojpver tiic county; Duttlic ring was very care
ful to appoint men that could not attend the Con
vention at Junction City. Their alternates were
mostly lawyers in good standing in the ring. What
a skillful legerdemain trick! Now you have it;
now you don't have it ! How long will the Abilene
ring continue to hoodwink and mislead the people?
In the opinion of the writer their day of reckoning
is near at hand. The people of Dickinson county
had no part or lot in the matter. Had their wishes
been represented, the ring man Nicholson would
not be the nominee.
The attorneys who misrepresented this county
claim that the election of Judge should be left to
them. Now, if that is true, we fanners may as
well stay at home and let the lawyers do all the
voting. That would mean money for the lawyers
and taxes for the farmers. When Cant. McClure
had found how the thing had been manipulated in
this county he ref nsed to let his name go into the
convention, intending to be an independent can
didate for the Judgeship. It is true that his name
was presented to the Convention, but it was with
out his knowledge or consent and so stated at
the time, and any statement to the contrary is false
and the author knows it.
The speaker for the ring in this county attempts
to defame the good name of Capt. McClure by call
ing him "Mossback Bourbon," &c. The defamer
is the pest of society. Unfortunately, they exist
in every community. How is it that Capt. McClure
is n bourbon, and Nicholcon a conservative and a
patriot? Capt. McClure volunteered in the 5th In
diana Regiment and served under Jim Lane
through the Mexican war, then but sixteen years
of age. Does that make him a bourbon and a moss
bank? He came to Kansas in 1855 and settled on a
piece of land near the mouth of Lyons creek in
Davis county, and his wife, brave woman as she
was, did not sec the face of a white woman for one
long year. At the time Fort Sumpter was fired on,
Fort Riley, near Junction City, was officered by
southern sympathizers, and the town was about
equally divided. A few union men set abont rais
ing money to procure a flag, Capt. McClure taking
an active part. He was notified that he had better
let that alone, as an attempt to hoist the flag might
cause blood shed. This threat fired on the patriot.
When all was ready Capt. McClure, in his eager
haste to sec the flag under which he had fought
floating out, seized the rope, pulling rapidly, and
in his haste broke it, he tumbling over it. The
boys set up a good laugh. The rope was soon re
paired and then the dear old flag floated out. Was
it this act that made him a bourbon? In Ma, 1801,
Capt. McClure enlisted and commanded a company
in the 2nd Kansas Regiment, commanded by Col.
II. R. Mitchell ; was at the battle of Wilson Creek
when Gcn'1 Lyon was killed; had his foot shot off
Sept. 4th same year. After he recovered from his
wound and was able to wear an artificial leg, he
again entered the service and was appointed quar
ter master of the 11th Kansas Regiment, comman
ded by John Ewing. He served until the close of
the war, for the union. Now, when the life Wood
was flowing from his mangled limb, where was
this conservative man, Nicholson. Quietly repos
ing under the British flag at Nova Scotia. Where
were these, his traduccrs? Is there a true Kansan
that will not resent this attempt through a subsi
dized press to ostracize a worthy man, who,to save
the life of the nation, was willing to sacrifice his
own. Comrades, will you not resent this attempt
to defame, traduce and vilify one who, like you,
bid adieu to home and dear ones to defend and up
hold the dear old flag? In the opinion of the writ
er, Capt. McClure is worthy and well qualified. Of
this man Nicholson wc know nothing.
ties shall always go unquestioned? Do
the voters of Dickinson county, for a
moment, believe that our law-makers
would have left the matter in question
able shape if they had intended the law
to be as "Lex" claims it is? Do con
stitutional provisions and statutes of
this nature usually come down to us in
such uncertain terms as is claimed in
the case in hand? Is every body, and
is everything, that is not. in express
terms of constitution and statute dis
qualified for office eligible to office?
Does not the fact that the cause of wo
man's eligibility needs so much explain
ing and deciding by lawyers and courts
tend to the conviction that it is against
reason? Is it Avise for us to adopt a
course which is admitted by its most
enthusiastic supporters to be question
able, and to need all the defence and
explanation that" can be brought to bear?
These are questions winch appeal to the
intelligence of voters, and which they
shall be called to pass on at next Tues
day's election. The importance of the
matter demands that every voter shall
divest himself of all false sentiment on
the subject and seriously consider it in
all its bearings.
JLhe statute creating the office of Re
gister of Deeds employs the masculine
pronoun. "We have "Lex's'' statement
for this. lie cites another statute which
says the words imparting the masculine
gender may he extended to females.
When they may be so extended he does
not pretend to say, but he knows as well
as all other intelligent men know, that
they can not be so extended indiscrimi
nately, and a careful reading of the
statutes will convince any one that they
never intended that such extension
should obtain in matters of so great mo
ment as the most important county of
fice, a matter that affects every person
in the county, and shall affect as well,
future generations, and which shall be
as lasting as time itself. In such mat
ters our statutes are plain and make the
necessary distinction in sex. They do
so in regard to the office in question.
Eomance, so often the effective tool
of humbug, should have no place m de
termining this question for the voters
of this county. Plausibility, expedien
cy and all sickly sentiment should be
remanded to the back ground. Eeality
and hard common sense should be
brought to aid each one of us in casting
Two courses are presented for our
adoption one very questionable, the
other unquestionable. Which shall we
EAST THIRD STREET.
ALWAYS ON HAND.
Confectionary -v? Candies
ICE CREAM AND OYSTERS
Is She Eligible?
Editors Keflector: The com
munication of "Lex," in your last is
sue, contains all that can be said in fa
vor of electing a woman to the office of
Eegister of Deeds. This all will
Does "Lex" make a strong case in
favor of his fair client? We think not.
We all know who "Lex" is, and we
know he has more than ordinary incen
tives to exert himself in behalf of the
cause he espouses. All the advantage
that legal learning may give is with
him, and so far as the question of eligi
bility is affected by. decisions of the
courts he should know whereof he
speaks. He makes no claim, can make
none, that the question of woman's eli
gibility to the office of Eegister of
Deeds has been passed upon by the
courts of any state. He only claims
that a decision of our Supreme Court
has been made regarding the office of
Superintendent of Public Instruction;
that the constitution and the statutes do
not in express terms disqualify women;
and that their acts in subordinate capa
cities have gone unquestioned. Admit
the claim. Does it prove anything? Is
it any guarantee to us that the constitu
tion and the statutes contemplated or
intended, by their provisions as they
stand, that women shall be made eligi
ble to office, or that their acts as depu-
Eligibility of "Women.
Editor Eeflkctor In your issue
of Oct. 25, "Lex," in a carefully pre
pared but evasive article, tries to prove,
beyond the peradventure of a doubt,
that a woman is eligible to the office of
Eegister of Deeds. But he fails. We
said in a former letter that we doubted
Miss Alice Junkens' eligibility to the
office in question, ow we propose to
prove her ineligible,
In the act to organize the Territory
of Kansas, section 23, we find the fol
lowing: "And be it further enacted, that every free white
male inhabitant above the age of 21 years, who
shall be an actual resident of said Territory, and
shall possess the qualifications hereinafter pre
scribed, shall be entitled to vote at the first elec
tion, and shall be eligible to any office within the
said Territory; but the qualification of voters, and
of holding office, at all subsequent elections, shall
be such as shall be prescribed by the Legislative
Assembly: Provided, That the right of suffrage
and of holding office shall be exercised only by
citizens of the United States and those who have
declared on oath to support the constitution of the
United States, and the provisions of this act."
This is plain enough, is it not? And
the State Constitution does not change
the substance of the above article. Sec
tion 1, article 5, of the Constitution,
Every white male pcr.-on, of twenty-one years
and upwards, belonging to cither of the following
classes who shall have resided in Kansas six
months next preceding any election, and in the
township or ward in which he offers to vote, at
least thirty days next preceding such election
shall be deemed a qualified elector."
And from such eminent authority as
Webster we get the following definition
of the word "citizen" in its legal sensed
"A person, native or naturalized, who has the
privilege of voting for public officers, and who is
qualified to fill offices in the gift of the people."'
Hence, your readers will at once see
that to be eligible to any office within
the gift of the people (unless by special
enactment) one must be a citizen, and
to be a citizen one must be a voter or
elector. In the State of Kansas women
cannot vote for a candidate for the office
of Eegister of Deeds. Therefore, Miss
Junken cannot vote for herself or for
any other candidate who may be rim
ning for the office to which she aspires.
This is in accordance with the Consti
tution and laws of the United States
and of the State pf Kansas. Miss
Junken is not an elector, therefore she
is clearly ineligible to the office of Eeg
ister of Deeds. This is contrary to the
bar of this count', the members of which
knew they were doing wrong when they
signed a paper expressing their belief
that she was eligible.
The decision of the Supreme Court in
the matter of School Superintendent,
does not apply to the office of Eegister
of Deeds in the slightest degree. By
special legislative enactment, woman
has been granted the right to vote at
school elections. She is therefore an
elector in school matters, and being an
elector is eligible" to any school office.
In the face of "Lex's" challenge, that
we could not produce a single provision
of the Statutes which would support
our statement that women were given
the right to vote at school elections, we
produce section 9, of article 3, of the
school law, which reads,
"The following persons shall be entitled to vote
at axt district meeting: First, all persons pos
sessing the qualifications of electors as defined by
the constitutioh of the state, and who shall be res -idents
of the district at the time of offering to vote
at said election. Second, all female person-over
the age of 21 years, not subject to the disqualifica
tions named in section second, article fifth, of the
constitution of the State, and who shall be resi
dents of the district at the time of offering to vote."
The section of the constitution allu
ded to disqualifies persons "under guard
lansliip, non compos mentis or insane "
Do the voters of this county need anv
stronger proof to establish the ineligi
bility of Miss Junken to the office to
which sue aspires? The Constitution
of the Lmted States and of Kansas, and
the laws of Kansas, say that to be eligi
ble to office one must be a voter. Miss
Junken is not a voter; there isn't a law
yer m this or any other county who will
say that she is; therefore, she is not eli
gible to the office of Register of Deeds.
In Answer to Rip Van Winkle.
Editors Reflector: I notice In your Issue of
Oct. 25th, a communication from "Rip Van Win
kle" In which he says: "if woman Is to assume
the duties or man and Is to rise to distinction In
the political arena, run our caucuses and conven
tions, I presume that we men will be compelled
to remain at home, nurse the babies, cook and do
up the general housework and have everything
serene on the arrival of our wives, or our daugh
ofl the political stump." it the election of Miss
Alice Junken to the office of Register of Deeds Is
likely to bring such dire calamities down upon
the devoted heads of "we men," then our vener
able "Rip'- (of blessed memory) would do well to
arm himself with a scrubbing brush and nursing
bottle, and prepare for the sacrifice forthwith.
"Rip" further says In effect that woman's only
mission is to "provide a good warm dinner or
supper of a cold day." it seems that people who
have enjoyed good warm dinners and suppers
during the past eight years have been obliged to
cuuor nave mem cooked, without the assistance
of Miss Junken as she has, during that time, per
formed the bulk of the work in the Register's
office. "Oh! Consistency thou art a jeweL"
"Either I mistake his shape and making quite"
or this "Rip Van Winkle" is the veritable cham
pion of woman's rights In whom the woman
haters of Industry and all the region round about
were wont to find a foeman worthy of their steel
in days of yore. In the language of the Immor
tal A. Ward, "Why this thusness?"
. VOX PLEBEIAN.
The wheat looks well in this vicinity.
niikhonehan?iia.ml3rllave m0Ted nere frm
nmsborough. He Is having a larce store built
and expects to have it completed in a short time.
sSFUe' f Florence neld services here last
Mr. Herington has moved to Enterprise.
While some travelers were camping near Mr
Balenttae's residence a short tmie since thev
helped themselves to turkeys byklllmg them
with clubs. They were caught In the act and
made to pay for all damages?
The Presbyterians held services here Sunday
Rev. H. H. Honnel officiating. Freachlntr nSitn
the 4th Sunday in November, promptly afliTm
.. lT's aiB-
Another Card to the Public.
As it is being widely published and circulated in
this the 8th Judicial District, that Capt. J. R. Mc
Clure is acting in bad faith inannouncinghisnamc
as a candidate forjudge, we deem it our duty, in
justice to him to make public the following state
1st. Captain McClure refused to allow his name
to be presented to the Judicial Convention which
convened at this place on the 25th day of Septem
ber, 1883, and his name was presented to said Con
vention without his knowledge orconscnt, while he
was absent at Clay Cente'ron professional business,
and against his express request to the delegates of
his county before he left.
2nd. Wm. S. Blakely, one of the delegates from
Davis county, publicly, in said convention, stated
that the presentation of Capt. McClurc's name was
unauthorized and the Convention so understood it.
James Ketner, Chairman Convention.
Wm. S. Blakely, )
W. B. Clarke, J-Delcgatcs.
JonxK. Wright, j
Junction City, Kansas, October 20, 1883.
A new presidential star has appeared
in the political firmament. Whether it
will prove a comet cannot yet be foie
told, though there are indications that
it may have come to stay. Its-name is
Harlan, the justice of the supreme court
whose dissenting opinion in regard to
the civil rights law has attracted toward
him so much attention, and especially
influenced the colored voters in his favor.
"I tell you that Harlan is likely to be
come the strongest candidate that the
party could put up," said a gentleman
in political circles here. "The republi
can party was likely to lose a good deal
or srrengtn by tins decision, for the col
ored vote was anxious to cut loose from
it anyway, but if they take up Harlan
as their candidate next year, instead of
the decision hurting them, it will bring
back every colored votar that they ever
had, and bring in what few had been
with the democrats before. It's their
only hope. Unless they can carry some
of the southern states the chances are
decidedly against them, arid with the
defection from their ranks which the
civil rights decision was likely to make,
their was no hope of their carrying a
southern state. With Harlan and a fair
vote they could carry Virginia, Missis
sippi, Louisiana, Florida andXorth Carolina."