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THUBSDAY, APRIL ,26 18S8.
JH5U. COOPER, President
I. e.L.MOOBE, Vice, President.
HICHAKD WARING, Secretary.
A. W. RICE, Treasurer.
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MWN J. COOPER, A. W. RICE,
, L. MOORE, B. F- NELSON,
fitCHARD "WARiNa, Business Manager.
Ther is a motive for Rohrer trying
to shove Mr. Griffin off to Wichita.
IfrvGriffin's friends should see to it
tk'ai.the purpose is not accomplished.
" Whenever Geo. W. Martin and Geo.
Rohrer pretend to be in favor of a tem
ptranca man for any position, it can be
lafely Set down that there is a colored
geqtleman hid away in the woodshed.
Uon.'iJvE. .Burton will deliver the
Memorial oration in Abilene on May
0th. Abilene Post, No. 63, wisely
concluded that there was no necessity
ef going abroad, when we have the
Tery best talent which the state affords
in our midit.
2(o other President since the inaugu
ration of the Government has made so
olean a sweep of the officeholders with
in hlB power as Mr. Cleveland, and no
man ha8 ever made such extravagant
professions of "civil service reform" as
tola same gentleman.
In order to make the present admin
istration understand its duties it is
necessary for Congress to re-enact laws
already on the statute book. Congress
r-enacted a law last week for the ben
efit of Mr. Cleveland and his obtuse
Secretary of the Treasury.
The friends of Albert Griffin should
see to it that' he is given a position on
the Fifth District delegation at Clay
Center. His enemies are endeavoring
tOBide-trackhim, by pretending to be
for him at Wichita, where they know
he stands no show to go to Chicago.
. The Sou.ti.is still the Big Boss of the
Democratic party. If you don't be
Ifeye it, just witness the neatness and
dipatchr.witK which the Southern
njipnodris 6f that pafty bulldoze their
northern brethren into acquiescence on
every issue that comes up in Congress.
Tile facfftbatGeo". Rohrer and Robt.
Knox, two of the rankest anti-prohi-biikmists
in Abilene, should be most
actiTc'in opposing Albert Griffin as a
delegate from the Fifth District, and
urging that he be saddled onto the
"Wichitaconvention, is explained only
npon the theory that these gentlemen
are compassing the absolute defeat of
The unlimited cheek, displayed by
the Manhattan Republicans on last
Saturday has scarcely, if ever before,
been equalled by that notorious office
seeking community. There are proba
bly more professional politicians to the
sqaare yard in Manhattan than in any
other city of like pretensions in the
State. They all seem to be "very hun
gry and very thirsty" and they have no
lack of brass to make their wants
known. In their unreasonable de
mands they have as little regard for the
"rights and equities" of other'commu
nities as has Grover Cleveland for Civil
Service rules. Three conventions have
been called -a State convention at To
peka. a congressional convention at
Junction City, a delegate convention
at Wiehita. Notwithstanding there
are 105 other counties in Kansas and
1,410,000 people in the State outside of
Riley county, yet these inveterate office
seekexe from Manhattan have the
audacious hardihood to ask of the Re
publicans of Kansas the three highest
honors within the power of these three
conventions to bestow. They demand
governor at Topeka, a Congressman
at Junction City, a delegate at large
from Wichita. Manhattan already has
a Congressman, a State House Commis
sioner, a Regent of the State Univer
sity, a Deputy Auditor of State, a State
Benator, and a vice-President (of the
Santa Fe R. R. Co.,) and now she de
mands all the remaining offices within
the gift of the people. Three years
xgo through the efforts of Hon. J. R.
Burton, Mr. J. E. Bonebrake, of Abi
lene, was appointed one of the three
Commissioners of the State Reforma
tory. This is the only crumb of a
political office, State or District, elec
tive or appointive, which Dickinson
eounty has had for ten years, and now
btca.U8e.the Republicans of this county
have requested a favor from, the Wich
ita convention, these Manhattanites,
with their accustomed intolerable
Rreed, say, "You must not have it, we
have ffinaiftorthat as well as for every
other position in the State.'' The Re
flector is of the. opinion that it is
high time that the Republicans of this
county,iu)d'this District and this part
of the State are awakening to the fact
.that they are being unmercifully "sat
down on"T toy the egotistical clique of
g&nt Fe railroad politicians, who re
side at Manhattan, and beaded by E.
B: Pcrcella "vice-president of that rail
road. Mr. Anderson, of Manhattan,
will be renominated without opposition.
Aifor the other demands made by
Manhattan let bier step down and con
sent to a division of the honors. There
is m Airthly .reason why Mr. Griffin
!&sfB&gJ to Chicago from Clay Center,
M Hate-leave the field open, at Wieh
4t fee fMse ether equally worthy com-
IfWGf wipwrc swa of xtamr.
The City is Crowded With Delegates
from All Parts of the State.
at the Con-
Hon. J. R. Burton and Senator Kelley
Address the Meeting.
The day to which Abilene has been
looking forward and for which all Cen
tral and Western Kansas has been
waiting, in order that a fitting expres
sion of the people's sentiments on the
Capital Removal question might be
The morning in Abilene opened
favorably as regards the weather. By
eight o'clock the business streets were
a waving, fluttering mass of bunting
and flags. Many private residence
were also profusely decorated. Every
one seemed in the best spirits and
ready to make the day a success as well
as a pleasure-
At 9 o.'clcck the various committees
met, as notified yesterday and as pro
vided for by last evening's meeting
in the Board of Trade rooms.
Every member was enthusiastic in
the performance of his part in the day's
Soon after the Reception. Commit
tee, forty strong, headed by the Ga
zette band marched to the Santa Fe
depot and met the Solomon, Salina,
Minneapolis and Manchester delega
tions, of which a list is given in an
other column. They were escorted
to headquarters and a rest was taken
until the arrival of the noon train with
the McPherson, Lyons, Geneseo dele
gations aboard. The two former of
these were accompanied by excellent
bands. That of Lyons being the
Knights of Pythias band and a fine or
ganization. By tlie time tins irain was
in at least seven hundred strangers
were in the city, and many more came
on the Rock Island and later trains of
the Santa Fe. McPherson alone sent
148, Lyons 50, Minneapolis 30, Hone
SO, and other towns in proportion.
Several airs were played in front of the
Stanton House and then tickets, good
for eatables, were distributed to all
guests by the Executive Committee,
and an adjournment was taken for
Long before the time for the after
noon meeting, 2 o'clock, a large crowd
was waiting for admittance to the Ope
ra House, but officers held the people
back until the delegates were seated,
after which little space was left in the
great audience chamber.
At -:30 tue convention was uuu"u iu
order bv Dr. J. M. Hodge, who ex-
presed the gratitude and satisfaction
felt by Abilene's citizens in seeing so
magnificent a gathering of delegates in
Rev. Dr. McKcehan, of this city,
then eloquently invoked the Divine
blessing upon the meeting.
Dr. Hodge then introduced "the fa
vorite son" of Abilene, Hon J. R. Bur
ton, who said, in substance: "After
today no more scorn will be hurled at
Capital Removal. The" question will
lie seriously considered;- This is a pub
lic question and should be considered
from that high plane from which pub
lic questions should be viewed. It is
one affecting the public welfare. Not
in theory alone, but in practice, this
government belongs to the people and
they are to govern. Public opinion
should and does determine the settle
ment of questions of public welfare.
The integrity of the common people
must rule. The capital is sixty miles
from the east line of the State and the
same from the north. It was located
when there was no Abilene, no Salina,
no McPherson, no Lyons, no Ellsworth,
"We have nearly two million people
and when we are the greatest State in
the Union shall it be said that the
capital was settled for all time when it
was taken from LeCompton and taken
to Tepeka? Let us consider the ob
jections to removal: First; the settle
ment upon another location will stir
up a local warfare, as county seat fights
have done. But we have learned to
solve questions by the ballot and as
intelligent citizens of a great State,
settle this as all other questions by the
silent yet powerful influence of the
ballot Second, the State has spent
$800,000 in erecting the capital at
Topeka. We can solve the difficulty
by saying that l,we, Dickinson county,
will give a million dollars for a capi
tal." Lyons, McPherson, and Salina
will do the samething.The money is out
of consideration. Third, It would dis
turb vested rights in Topeka. It is
true it would injure many of our
friends in Topeka. It falls most, too,
upon the poor man. It is a sacrifice
for 40,000, but there are a million and
a half of us out here, to say nothing of
the children yet unborn. It is a sacri
fice but the individual must sacrifice
personal good to public welfare.
"There is one rule that has no excep
tion The greatest good to the great
est number. It is for the good of Kansas
to have the capital removed from its
present location. First, we cannot
build a great city so close to Kansas
City; here we can have one that will
rival Chicago. Second, the capital is
the center of the State, politic
ally, educationally, etc., and to a great
degree shapes 'public questions. How
many State officers come from west of
Topeka? To do anything you must
have connection with Topeka. We
want the capital where it is accessable
and so keep the politics of the State
pure. Third, 100,000 trips are made
yearly. The extra cose of reaching it
is borne by those in the western part
of the State taxation amounting to
one million dollars.
If there are any small local feelings
among us we are unworthy to be here.
Let us agitate. Pick out your legisla
tor carefully, and instruct him to push
this thing. Let us tell our representa
tives that we want the capital re
moved, that we mean business, and
they will help us. Let us organize and
be sincere and make our
force a compact one. We all want it
but we have no selfish thoughts. We'll
fight it out first for Removal alone;
when the other question comes up,
where it shall be, we will do our best
to get it. "We want to make you wel
come; we want you to go away
charmed with Abilene. We will give
you. all you .want to eat and everything
you ought to drink and bid you a
Mr, Burton's address was replete
JWitliexeiiiKit bitsacti ha was every
moment interrupted by loud and con
tinuous applause. At the close the
hurst was almost deafening. As an
address of welcome it was eloquent,
logical and characteristic of "our Bur
ton" which is the best praise that can
Hon. W. S. Stambaugh arose, and,
that it might be said that this conven
tion builded well, moved the election of
Hon. H. B. Kelley, of McPherson, for
president of the convention. He was
Amid rounds of applause Senator
Kelley arose and addressed the conven
tion. He referred to the fact that a year
ago he moved the stopping of appropri
ations for capitol buildings and started
the ball of removal. He spoke of the
favorable impression which was made
upon various Legislators when it was
first broached. When the first appro
priation for Topeka was voted, it was
thought that the 6th P. M. was the
western boundary of the State. In 1875
a resolution to divide the State was in
troduced into the Legislature. Kansas
lias been settled against protest. It
has been thought that the western part
was valuless for fanning. But we have
proved that Kansas is 400 miles long
and 200 wide. It is time we were build
ing a Kansas City on Kansas soil, for
Kansas business. Wherever we locate
the capital, there will be the railroad
center of the State. Railroads are en
teriug the State avoiding the badly lo
cated capital. They converge toward
Central Kansas, and there is the place
for our capital.
We want to reach out our
hands, and, so to speak, bring them to
a focus. If we do this we can plant a
city that will be the great political,
business and educational center of our
magnificent commonwealth. The pres
ent Capital is like- a fruit tree planted
under the shade of the great oak, Kan
sas City. It has been dwarfed. Our
money goes to Kansas City. Let us
take the iruit tree and plant it where
it can flourish and thrive.
We have no hard feelings against
Topeka; but that city shall not threaten
u 3 if we agitate the question applause.
I have nothing against railroads, but it
is unfortunate for our capital to be so
located that it cannot outgrow railroad
influence. The railroads make a kind
of political aristocracy which influences
for the worse the condition of state
Referring to the fear of local dissen
sions in re-locating the capital the Sen
ator claimed that all towns in central
Kansas would join hands in the matter.
Let us not appropriate another dollar
tor additions to the State institutions
in the east, but rather duplicate them
in the western part of the State. There
is not a town in the State which can't
duplicate the capitol and make money
by it. But we are threatened, and
must be prepared to meet opposition
and bribery this fall, if we are to ac
complish anything to our interest.
Let us say to the politicians of the east,
"it is our business not yours."
In thanking the convention for the
honor of his election, he spoke of Mc
Pherson's enthusiasm in the matter
both in the city and county. He sat
down amid tremendous applause.
Dr. J. M. Hodge moved the election
of Chas. S. Martin, of Salina, as secre
tary. It was carried unanimously.
Hon. E. Bronson moved that each
delegation present a name representing
the delegation for vice-president. Car
ried. The following gentlemen were
nominated and elected:
Abilene D. R. Gorden.
Solomon H. Whitley.
Lyons T A Butler.
LaCross Jno AFrasier.
Concordia A Carnahan.
Kemopolis II D AJorgau.
McPherson F B Webster.
Minneapolis D C Chipman.
Lincoln L F Harris.
Trescott Guy Adams.
"WaKeeny G C Ward.
Hayes City John Slyler.
Manchester H Flora.
"Wallace A L Wilson.
Lindsburg Dr Curtis.
Salina C S Radcliff.
Bennington R W Flournoy.
Brookville Wm Turton.
Gypsum C A Johnson.
McPherson J M Monstroine.
Russell E L Barton.
Bunker Hill J C Gault.
Carlton L. A. Peck.
Windom J. A. Norton.
Gove City W. I. Loyd.
Wilson F. E. Jerome.
Geneseo W. J. McClure.
Verdi J. J. Jeness.
Chapman Dr. E. Barker.
Osborne J. h Lipton.
A motion that a Committee on Reso
lutions, consisting of a member from
each delegation, be appointed by the
Chair was made. Amended that the
numbr be made seven. Carried.
Voted that each county name a mem
her for the committee. The following
were appointed: J. M. Hodge, A. A.
Carnahan, F. B. Webster. C. E. Cros
by, A. O. Whaley, A. M." Saskey and
J. B Corbet.
Adjourned to S o'clock this evening.
The crowd which all day thronged
the streets yesterday did not disperse
as evening appeared, and when, after
supper, the bands began to play, the
streets were full of people. The Ga
zette band and the Lyons K. of P. band
entertained the throngs from the band
stand until adjournment to the opera
house at S o'clock. As in the after
noon, the house was crowded.
President Kelley called the house to
order, and the Secretary read the list
of vice-presidents as given yesterday.
The committee on resolutions report
ed the following:
Whereas, At thotimcthc present State capi
tal was located the Sixth principal meridian
was supposed to have been then and forever,
the western boundary of the habital portion of
Kansas, the extreme frontier of settlement by
the agricultural population ot the State and
Whereas, Tho boundary line has since been
moved westward to the Colorado line, adding
two hundred and twenty-five miles in length
to the State, in fact, more than doubling' its
supposed area when Topeka was selected as
the seat of government, and
Whekeas, This new portion of the State now
contains a thrifty farming1 population, Ave
times greater than the total of the State when
the location or the site of the state capital was
decided upon, and
Whereas, Tho Kansau of twenty-flvo years
ago, with his meager knowledge of the future
dimensions of his State, fertility of the soil
and the possibilities of its great future, made
the mistake of sharing the institutions for the
present and future Kansas, according to his
then imperfect knowledge and want of a true
conception of the future of the Stato of which
he was but a child citizen, and
Whereas, Having made new reckoning of
the length, breadth, resources and grand pos
sibilities of the Kansas of today and of the fu
ture, and believing firmly that her institutions
shaped by but one hundred and twenty-five
tnousana people, twenty-nvo years ago. ought
now to bo remoulded to suit the dimensions of
the Stato and tho convenience and be-t inter
ests of the present population of nearly two
millions, and soon to be three millions of peo
ple, and the mistakes of a few early settlers
should not be Termitted foreverto workinlus- I
ttandadetrimcnttotbostate:jj. kx ja&mjMSJt& c& iAJ.
Resolved, By the representatives of the citi
zens of Central and v estern Kansas in conven
tion assembled, that we" will now and in the fu
ture oppose any further appropriations by the
State .Legislature for the enlargement of the
pre&ent State institutions of whatever kind.
That we pledge ourselves to oppose further
appropriations for work on the state house,
that, while we favor maintaining our present
state institutions where located, we favor and
here recommend the adoption of a new policy
commensurate with our new growth, present
and future importance, and that in this Une
wo ask all of Central and Western Kansas to
unite with us in the work of duplicating every
one of the present state institutions, locating
the new buildings most advantageously to the
interests of the State among the several towns
of Central and Western Kansas, and tke state
capital at some suitable central point to be de
termined by the ballots of the people of the
Resolved, That the time, in our oninion. has
pome for CflStinir nnoti lnfttutiniiQ und nhnn-
ing the future of this great state, the true in- chair from the list of vice-presidrnts
SrsTJodbynS t0 consist of one member from
Resolved, That while the poopio of Kansas each county represented in the conven-
in a remarkably short spaccof timo have made tion.
a phenomenal agricultural development, they j m r Wphsfw mITpiI nnnn Hio t-iaif
have yet to unite their en"rts to build in this ' . 'a' "eO'TOr caned upon tu6 131t
vast and fertile agricultural region a commer- mg delegates for three rousing cheers
mm (.-vuiur uuiumunsuraie wiiaiueimporuuii-e
nnii rifmnnds nf this mnt Sfnto
Ke solved. In our judjraient. That if we build
. . . .... . . ...
a city on Kansas fcoil, tor Kansas business, we
must get from beneath the shadow of the
great commercial center on Missouri soil into
which the wealth of Kansas has been poured
for a quarter of a century.
Resolved, That in our Judgment a central lo
cation for the State Capital wiU bring to the
new location all the great lines of road in tho
State, and thus give such impetus to the
growth or the new site that it will bound for
ward to a mugnincent city of commercial im
portance, making a ioIitical and commercial
capital worthy ot the great State of Kansas.
Resolved, That we ask the people of Central
and Western Kansas to unite in this work, es
pecially calculated to promote tho interests of
their section and to benefit the whole State.
That we ask citizens of all parts of the StBte to
unite with us, independent of political affilia
tions, in this work that is but justice and equi
ty to all, and in lino of the best interests of the
Resolved, That we recommend the holding
of a convention at an early date after tho No
vember election, of all members and senators
elect to tho Legislature in sympathy with
these resolutions, tho time and place of meet
ing to be named by the executive committee
Resolved, That this convention tender its
thanks to the citizens of Abilene for the inter
est they have shown in the matter of calling
this convention, and for tlioir generous hospi
tality in so magnificently entertaining the del
egates. That to the board of trade, tho sever
al committees and the press of the city, our
thanks are especially extended. To tho rail
roads, for favors shown, also, our thanks aro
P. B. WEllSTElt,
A. A. Carnahan,
C. E. Crosuy,
A. O. Whaley,
A. M. Laslev,
J. 1). COHIIET.
LOOK OUT FOR
J. G. HAMAKER & CO.'S
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1 OftO YARDS heavy Gingham Sheeting at 8c.
f( YARDS new style Dress Ginghams at 10c.
1 AAA YARDS Satines at 10, 15 and 22c.
O AA A YARDS, good quality, bleached Muslin at
YARDS Gambetta Suitings, full 3G inches wide, all
seven shades of grey and tans only, 50o per yard.
YARDS of different
Goods, from 12 1-2
Our Prices on Everything in the line of
DRY GOODS, shall be the Lowest, strictly
Gash and One Price only.
TOO MANY GOOES compels
nd Shoes at a plump REDUCTION" 'OF 25 PER CENT.
We are largely overstocked on Ladies' Fine Kid Shoes and Slippers,
and will now sell you these fine goods for less money than you will pay
for inferior goods.
We keep the REYNOLDS BROS, goods altogether, the best fitting
and best made Shoe in the country. ..
We are determined to reduce stock and if good goods, at fearfully
low prices, will interest you come'and see us. .
Also, a big stock of Mens' Shoes in medium priced goods that "we
positively will sell at manufacturers' prices.
Please Look Us Over
mtT i "f" A A
Governor Glick, in response to re-1
peated calls, made his appearance and
talked briefly but earnestly in behalf of
Central and "Western Kansas.
The Arion Quartette convulsed the
audience with a "torpedo and whale"
song which was loudly cheered. This
song "The Capital and the People" was,
too, arrauged for the occasion.
Upon motion, it was voted to make
the temporary organization permanent
for the ensuing year. To the list of
officers was added a treasurer, C. H.
Lebolfl. of Abilene.
It was then voted to appoint a com
mittee on constitution and by-laws,
said committee to be appointed by the
fnr Ahilpnp rhpv warn
1U1 dUUBUe, CUey WCfO
I 'PttA Anntrnnfmn
then adjourned to
meet at the call of the president.
After the reading of the resolutions,
the Gazette band entertained the audi
ence with an elegant selection. F. B.
Webster, chairman of the committee on
resolutions, spoke at some length upon
the removal question aud in the course
of his remarks alluded to the excellent
music furnished by the band and vocal
ists. Messrs. Tilton, Larkely of Rice Co.,
Ward of Wa-Keeney and Robinson of
McPherson, discussed the resolutions
at some length, after which they were
unanimously adopted as read.
Charles Harrison, in his inimitable
style, entertained the audience with a
topical song composed for the occasion.
It was entitled"The Capital Move." In
response to the continued applause he
gave an encore particularly adapted to
Abilene. The concluding stauza was:
"For this we "can promise, as certain as fate,
E'er long in this city will stand
The capital buildings of our sunny State,
And perhaps too the Nation's so grand.
All Kansas will sing without ceasing our praise
And call as the brightest and best;
The Nation its hat will admiringly raise
To Abilene, Queen of the West."
The President on yesterday vetoed
three more private pension bills.
Camels Hair Suitings and Bangalines,
entirely new, at 50, 65, 75 and 85c.
styles and fabrics of worsted Dress
c up. Trifle over half former prices.
U3 to offer our entire stock of Boots
Before You Buy.
PTT f M
And offer my Entire Stock of
$25,000 Worth of Goods
AT A GREAT SACRIFICE,
Close Them Out Before I Go.
The golden opportunity offered the people of Central Kansas to purchaw
goods in my Une, at lower prices tfcan it was ever thought possible to offer,
me store I now occupy has b'en purchased by another party, and he takes pos
session July 1st, consequently I am compelled to vacate, and offer my entire
BvOCa. 3 w cl
To close it out before that date.
Of El-versr Description.-
All the new and nobby styles in Gentlemen and Boys
Clothing. An immense new Spring Stock just opened, will
be sacrificed to close it out. Now is the time to purchase
your clothing to last for the next two years. Another such
opportunity to buy good goods cheap, is not likely to occur
again in years.
At One-half Actual Cost Value,
To close them out. Underwear, Shirts, Collars, Cuffs,
Neck Ties, Handkerchiefs, Gloves, Hosiery, etc. The knife
has been put in very deep, and values cut in two .
,000 In Boots and Shoes!
Never before in the history of Abilene have the gentle
men had such a grand chance to obtain bargains in Boots
and Shoes. My entire Stock must go, without regard to
cost or value.
n a w m
The largest stock of FASHIONABLE HATS i nCentra
Kansas, at wholesale prices, to close them out.
if Tsu laid lo Travel H, West, h or Mi is? Tin
During the next two years, buy your
TRTJlSnKS A.ISTD VALISES
Now, at Simon Rothschild's Great Closing-Out Sale.
. As a Sample of lie Immense
Kentucky Jeans Pants
All-Wool Cassimere Pants
AN-Wool Cassimere Suits men's
All-Wool Cassimere Suits boys'
All-Wool Cassimere Suits, child's
Seersucker Coats and Vests
Ten Ounce Duck Oyeralls
4-Ply Linnen Collars
4-Ply Linen Cuffs
Good White Laundried Shirts
Best White Laundried Shirts
Good Working Shirts
And the entire stock at
During this G-reat Closing-Out Sale no
credit will be given. This stock will not be
replenished, so make your selections now
while it is complete.
SIMON -: ROTHSCHILD,
Palace Clothing Store,
A.bilene? -:- Kansas.
Bariains I am Offerii I Quote :
the same unheard-of
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