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ABILENE, DICKINSON COUNTY, KANSAS, JUNE 21, 1888.
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Topeka will have an ice plant. Now
the politicians can keep cool.
The more the people consider the
"Crawford County System," the more
they don't like it.
Presiding elders1 terms were, by the
M. E. general conference, extended
from four to six years.
It is reported thai locusts are inflict
ing their presence upon Minnesota.
"We hope the reports are exaggerated.
Kansa3 wishes no people a visitation
from the grasshoppers.
The "Wichita Journal heads a dis
patch, "Sheridan Dyeing." This is the
most unkindest cut of all. No one, not
even his worst enemies, ever accused
gallant Phil of that.
The Yale faculty has just issued an
iron-clad decree which prohibits abso
lutely the use of intoxicating liquor by
any of the societies made up of stu
dents of that university.
Noble Prentis thinks it a strange
contradiction that, while slavery has
just been abolished in Brazil, thousands
of people are voting the Democratic
ticket in enlightened America.
One of the questions asked a candi
date by the Military Examining Board
is: w"What is the weight of a regiment
of cavalry?" Why not ask how many
spoonfuls of sand in a sand bank?
John X. Lewis, of Boston, who
makes the clothes of the Beacon Hill
dudes and does a business of over 51,
000,000 a year, was once a slave, and
followed off Sherman's army in Georgia.
It is believed that New York's new
method of executing murderers by elec
tricity will preserve the beautiful smile
which illumines their faces as they an
nounce that heaven's gate is open wide
The money spent for drinks in an
American city of 200,000 inhabitants
isputdownat $25,000 per week the
year round . That is 51,300,000 thrown
away, and worse, and seven-tenths of
it comes from day laborers.
The editorial columns of our ex
changes bristle with complaints re
regarding the villainous postal mail
service with which this country is
cursed. Says one, after stating that it
takes a paper ten days to make a two
days' journey: "If President Grover
cannot do something better for us with
his "reformed" service, we move that
in future shipments of postal matter be
made by the old ox-team route, which
was more reliable and in many in
asces as fast."
A writer in the Hutchinson News
puts it thus; "Four more years of
rebel rule and not an old soldier in
America will hold an office, unless he
votes the Democratic ticket Fifty
seven crippled veterans were put out
of office in the departments in "Wash
iagton during the first year of Cleve
land's reform (V) administration, and
their places filled with rebel soldiers or
able-bodied northern or southern Dem
ocrats. And yet we are told that
Cleveland has done more for our sol
diers than any Republican President,
but with the official record before me I
brand it as a campaign lie."
There is every prospect. that the pol
itical campaign of the present year will
be the most salutary through which the
country has passed since the great civil
war. It will be a campaign of educa
tion for the people on one of the most
important subject that effect thebr
well-being and that of the republic as
one of the nations of the earth. Never
before, at least Jiot within the rscol-
lectioa of the present generation of
voters, .has the question of a sound tar
iff policy beea brought to a direct issue
before the people, ' and consequently
the country has sever had the educa
tion upon the principles and working
C such -a policy that can only some
frosi a popular agitation, arousing the
tteatioa. arid exciting the keen inter
rt otle gnat sum of the people.
How Gresham Gave Eailroad Labor
ers the Preference Over Bond
holders. In 18S3 the Toledo, Cincinnati & St.
Louis Railroad Company (a narrow
gunge line between Toledo andSt Louis)
had nui largely behind in the payment
of wages. The road was losing at the
rate of 51,000 a day, ond the men when
they were paid received receiver's
checks, which the men could only dis
pose of at a discount of from 25 to 50
cents on the dollar. The matter was
brought to the attention of Judge
Gresham, then United States Judge at
Indianapolis, and he directed the bond
holders to pay their men promptly in
cash or shut up the road. Judge Gresh
am thought he could run the road and
earn enough to pay operating expenses.
To this the bondholders replied that
they would like to have the court do
that, and Judge Gresham replied that
was just what he meant to do. He re
jected at once all the names proposed
for receiver by the bondholders, remov
ed the old receiver, and appointed Gen.
JohnMcNulta (now receiver tif the
Wabash) to run the road directly un
der the orders of the court. The ap
pointment of McNulta gave great
offense to the bondholders, who filed
a protest against the appointment and
gave notice of their abandonment of
their property as being worthless. Gen.
McNulta, however, took charge and
soon changed the condition of the road.
While it had lost $1,000 a day before,
it now made about 5350 a day. After
a while he had a large surplus on hand
and proposed to pay back labor debts,
to which the bondholder's committee
objected and applied to Judge Gresham
to restrain the receiver from paying out
the money for back wages. Judge
Gresham was indignant and perempto
rily refused to grant their request, and
at once issued an order directing the
receiver to pay all labor claims in pref
erance to all other claims.
It is unfortunate for the American
public, wisely says the Detroit Free
Press, that there are men so low in
their tastes and so ignorant of the pro
prieties that they are willing, not only,
but really desirous, to make the Presi
dential campaign of 1888 the counter
part in scandal and vituperation of the
campaign of 1884. A dispatch from
New York City is to the effect that
certain politicians there are preparing
to make this element of filth a feature
of this year.
The political history of this country
cannot find any equal to the methods of
1884. Not only was a political warfare
waged which was a disgrace to politics,
but a reflection upon the sense, the de
cency and the intelligence of the Amer
ican people. The best people and the
ablest newspapers, without regard to
party affiliations, set the seal of their
emphatic condemnation upon the whole
proceeding. Charges upon one side
were followed by charges upon the
other. Recrimination followed recrim
ination. Honor and decency were
alike forgotten and the newspapers
were filled with details which were not
only wholly irrelevent to the conduct of
a political campaign, but which, to the
better class of the various communities,
were decidedly offensive. The pro
tests against this course were many and
o loud that it was generally believed,
at least it was hoped, that no such
campaign would ever again disgrace the
history of American politics.
"Whether or not public taste shall be
vjtiated; whether or not a desire .for
newspaper scandal shall be cultivated,
largely remains with the newspapers.
As the educators of a majority of the
people,, the press should be united in ;
opposing any such prostitution of its
columns. Let us seek to elevate and
purify politics instead .of debasing and
making it objectionable. And let it be
the aim of party managers and the
papers to enlist the aid and sympathy
of th$ best spirit of the nation and not
to aberrate it by the inundation of filth
into our political campaigns.
The Democrats are going into the
race this year on a free-trade platform.
Dickinson county farmers cannot af
ford, one of them, to support a doc
trine, which, if carried into effect, will
rob them of good markets for their
Gath says that he heard a Massachu
setts camp follower remark that he had
come out on the train from Massachu
setts, which contained about all of the
St. Louis delegation, and that there
was just one decided, uncompromising,
unapologizing Cleveland man among
Prof. Blake, of the Kansas Farmer
editorial staff, prophesies that Kansas
is going to be in the front rank of
States that produce grain. Plenty of
rain and warm weather for the corn
will follow the harvesting of the wheat
crop, which is already past danger from
drouth or chinch bugs.
There is considerable curiosity being
manifested to know what Grover wil
say in his letter of acceptance. It is
announced that Grandpa Thurman
will go soon to Washington to help
Sonny Cleveland fix up the document.
It is safe to wager that little will be
said regarding a second term.
The New York Tablet, one of the
most influential of the Boman Catholic
organs in this country, says: '"We
warn Grover Cleveland that not 40,000
nor 50,000, but 100,000 Irish-Americans
in the Empire State will manifest at
the polls their condemnation of his
pro-British, un-American and anti
The Kansas City Times recently gave
a column to telling the Democrats
"How to win in Kansas." The Leav
enworth Times thinks it can give an in
fallible rule. It says: "If the party
can carry it out we can give a much
shorter method, to wit: Prohibit schools
and legalize saloons. Even then it
would take years and years."
"Last year," remarked a stock man
who owns a farm, "I sold my wool for
cash. This year I get no offers, but if
I should get the prices quoted, for 1,600
pounds, I would lose $100. It is all on
account of the Mills bill and the free
wool nonsense. 'Vote for Cleveland,'
did you say? Ask me if I am a fool
with the experience I have had with
The Panama canal is still being
worked upon. Most of the work now
being done is at the excavation of the
heads of the locks where the masonry
is needed. The work between it is
intended to carry on while the masonry
is being erected and the gates, etc.,
placed in position. In this work of
canal-building there are now employed
about 5,000 laborers on the ten locks,
and about 1,000 skilled laborers, be
sides a small army of clerks. De Les
seps may see his favorite scheme com
Emperor Frederick is dead. The
honor of ruling over one of the greatest
nations on the earth was his but for a
short time. He had it in his heart to
better his people's condition, and for
that reason the civilized world will the
more deplore his decease. That any
improvement in Germany's condition
will be made by the despotic, high
spirited "William, who has already as
cended the throne, is extremely doubt
ful; though it is perhaps too early to
judge. Again goes up the cry. "The
king is dead; long live the king."
A serious charge has been brought
against Prof. Townsend, principal of
the Boys' High School at Philadelphia,
and the matter will be brought up for
investigation at the next meeting of the
School Board. It is charged that
he insulted the memory of George
Washington, the allegations being that
he told his class in history that theie
was a colony of colored people in one of
the Western States who were the de
scendants of "Washington, the mother
being a black woman. Prof. Townsend
denies the charge, and says that it is
gotten up to defeat him for re-election.
The matter has caused considerable
These are facts! The Democratic
party has had control of the house of
representatives for six years, says the
Topeka Capital, dining which time the
surplus revenues have grown to be op
pressive. In all that time the party
has not been .able to present a measure
which even the Democrats could unite
on. As a party they are consequently
responsible for all the evils of a surplus
in the treasury vaults and the conse
quent danger to the money market.
They are entitled to the credit of hav
ing by a crude and in a dangerous way
averted actual calamity last year, but
the want of statesmanship on the part
pf the Democratic leaders is the basis
of the whole trouble. Time and again
the Republicans since the war have re
duced revenues internal and custom du
ties, and did so in the last Congress in
which they had control of the house.
In view of these facts the Democratic
platform i3 a tissue of misstatements
and is misleading in every way.
Neither Bandanna Hor Shirt.
General Bradley T. Johnson has been
waving something lurid for the benefit
of the friends of the "Lost Cause." It
was not a bandanna, that is certain;
for he was not at St. Louis, but at Bal
timore, and the only noble old Roman
whose praises he sounded was Jefferson
Davis. It was the Confederate flag
which be figuratively unfurled in the
Maryland. cemetery where southern sol
diers are buried, and he did not hesitate
to flaunt it in the face of the loyal
North on the very day of President
ClevelariS's renomination. This brief
passage gives the spirit of the Briga
dier's appeal for unity in this period of
'reconciliation and goodwill" under
the undivided Democracy:
The South is progressing. She is not
dead. These old Confederate soldiers
and their descendants elect ninety out
of every 100 Congressmen, thirty-four
of the United States Senators, and the
President of the United States. The
Government of the United States is
controlled by Confederate soldiers.
These old Confederate soldiers are not
idle. Their work for twenty-six years
in Government, in railroads and in in
dustrial enterprise of all sorts is mak
ing itself felt all over theland. In 1890
Texas will send twenty-five men to
Congress. The anxiety will then be
not who can carry New York in elec
tion, but who can carry Texas. Every
Confederate soldier carries with him.
chained to his heart, a casket of his
dead hopes and aspirations which he
will carry with him through life as
Douglas did the heart of Bruce to the
Holy Land, to show his devotion to the
cause for which he fought. I cannot
forget Jefferson Davis. He is a patient
statesman and hero. He is renowned
for his patriotism. I hope he will go
down to his grave with the disfran
chisement his enemies have put upon
him, for I am sure he never would ac
cept the right of suffrage except by
unanimous consent, of which there is
not the remotest hope.
If veterans of the Union armies will
read these incisive sentences they will
not be at a lossro understand the Pres
ident's reluctance to sign relief
measures for their impoverished and
bedridden comrades, or his refusal to
attend the last National Encampment.
Tne Confederacy is in the saddle and
it rides as it pleases. The soldiers who
fought against the Union virtually
elected President Cleveland and little
short of a majority of the United States
Senate. The President's main reli
ance for re-election is-.uon the same
Confederate host, who will deliver to
him without a struggle the electoral
vote of every one of the southern states.
When General Johnson says that "the
Government of the United States is
controlled by Confederate soldiers," he
may be indiscreet, but he tells the
plain truth. The Brigadiers who with
him cannot forget Jefferson Davis, but
on every occasion speak of the arch
conspirator of the Rebellion as a pa
tient hero, an exalted patriot and a
noble martyr, have not, indeed, been
idle since the war. They have regained
for the South the supremacy which
it enjoyed in slavery times. They con
trol Congress and the National Admin
istration. They hold the fate of every
Northern industry in the hollow of
General Johnson may have chosen an
unfortunate day for flaunting the glory
and power of the Confederate soldier,
but he blurted out the truth. His tri
umphant speech may not accord with
the Democratic cymbals in convention
over the restoration of peace, harmony
and fraternity in the American Union,
but there is more sincerity in it than
there was in any declamation that was
heard in St. Louis. While the dele
gates there assembled fluttered their
red bandannas in a frenzy of emotional
partisanship, he gazed with devotion
at the old Confederate flag and calmly
rehearsed its victories and conquests
since the collapse of the Rebellion.
Reading Them Out of The Party.
The fiat of the Administration has
gone forth, says the Iowa State Regis
ter, and all Democrats who refuse to
subscribe to the free trade programme
are to be excommunicated and cut off
without right of clergy. The Admin
istration organ at "Washington has
just printed a fierce attack upon Ran
dall and all the Democrats who follow
him, declaring that they are traitors to
the party and should be disowned and
repudiated. It insists that Mr. Cleve
land hereafter shall treat them as ene
mies and that no Democrat who refuses
to accept the free trade doctrines of the
President's message and the adminis
tration bill, shall receive any favor at
Mr. Cleveland's hands. Thus the crack
of. the "whip is heard and the bulldozing
tactics of the administration fairly be
gun. It is nothing new, however, for
the free trade majority of the Demo
cratic party to attempt to intimidate
and suppress the protection minority.
It has tried this before and always failed.
It will have no better success now.
Mr. Cleveland may threaten and may
use his power to club recalcitrant
members as has always tried to do, but
lie will find each time that a little mi
nority of self-respecting Democrats wjll
come up smiling after each attack.
Free trade can't be crammed down the
throats of the entire Democratic party
without a very vigorous protest from a
CALLS FOE REPUBLIC A3T CONVENTIONS.
A delegate convention of the Republi
cans of Kansas will be held in thoeitv of Tope
ka, on July 25, 1K at the hour of 12 o'clock,
m., for the nomination of candidates for
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court,
Lieu tenant-G o vernor.
Secretary of State,
Auditor of State.
Treasurer of State,
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
lclejates to the conventions mentioned
above shall be elected by county conventions,
duly called by the several county Republican
committees, un.der such rulcsnnd regulations
as may be by them prescribed. The county
conventions to be held not later than May ;",
ISsd. The basis of apportionment ot delegates
to said State conventions will be one alternate
to each 400 votes cat for Timothy MeCarthv,
for Auditor of State, .November. ISSff. or frac
tion or 200 or more votes. One delegate and
one alternate caeh will be allowed mall unor
ganized counties and counties organized since
November 2, ISMi. Delegate are apportioned
to the several counties as follows, to-w it:
Hour boil 7
Chase.... ........ ,5
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Coll eo 4
Riley .'.'.'.'. '
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Lincoln 15 '
The voters of Kansas who are in favor of a
freennd untrammelcd vote and a fair count,
who favor the strict enforcement of the law,
who cherish the defenders of the country and
favor a liberal pension to all who are disabled,
who favor such laws as will protect home pro
ductions, home manufacturers and home
labor, who favor free schools and popular edu
cation, and who are in luvor of ajr.tin placing
the government in the hands of thoe who
saved it instead of thos who sought its de
struction, are cordiitlly invited to participate
in the primaries, county and State conven
tions. P. I. HoNEim.KE, Chairman.
Henry Rhanw.ey, Secretary.
A delegate convention or the Republicans of the
23rd Senatorial District of Kansas-, consisting of
the counties of Clay and Dickinson, will be held
in the Town oflndni-try on Monday, August 27,
1SSS, at the hour ot l oclock p. m. for the purpose
or placing in nomination a candidate for State
Rach county will be entitled to a representa
tion of eight (3) delegates and eight (8) alternates.
D. A. valentine, A. S. Davidson,
A Republican county convention will beheld
in the court house in Abilene, on Saturday,
July 21, 1863, at 11 o'clock, a. m., for the pur
pose of choosing delcjrates and alternates to
represent the Republican party of Dickinson
county, ns follows:
Six n't) delegates and six (() alternates to at
tend the Republicad State Convention to be
held at Topeka, Kansas, on Julj 2."., l?. to
nominate a candidate for the oilice of go
ernor, state treasurer, auditor of btato and
other state olliccrs.
The delegates to the county convention will
be selected by the holding of Republican pri
mary elections in the various votinjr precincts
and wards, as has been customary for a num
ber of years past, on Thursday, July in, ltt,
between the hours of two and six o'clock, p.
The basis of representation shall be one del
egate for each :!0 votes cast for U. 15. Allen,
secretary of state, at the election of Novem
ber, ISNi, which will jrive the following appor
tionment to the several voting precincts in
Abilene, First Ward 3
Second Ward a
Third Ward 3
Fourth Waid 3
Iluckeye township 3
Chcever townsnip 2
Enterprise .. 4
Fragrant Hill township 2
Gartleld township , 2
Grant township 5
Hayes township -
Jefferson township - -
Logan township "
Liberty township... 3
Lyon township ... 3
Noble township -
Newborn township -.- 3
Uidge township 2
Rinehart township. -
Sherman township S
Sand Springs - 1
Solomon City "
Union township 1
Willowdale township 3
Wheatland township. ,,.-. 2
At the county convention held at the conrt
honse In Ablleue In the fall or 1837 the following
resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That we believe the "Crawford conn
ty svetem" of holding primary election prefer
able" to the one now in me in ttis connty, and
hereby Instruct the County Central Committee
to adopt the same. . ,
"By this wc mean that the primary election for
county officers shall be held each year on the nrt
Tuesday In September; that the returns dnly cer
tified shall be forwarded at once to the secretary
ot the central committee; that the ccntr.il com
mittee meet on the first Friday after the primary
election and canvas the returns, and declare
thoe parties nominated by the Republican party
who have received the most votes tor the respect
ive offices. That each commissioner district
elect two members of tb central committee, and
thai the whole county elect one at large at the
t the last county convention which met to
elect delegates to the congres'sional and district
conventions, an effort was made to rescind tne
above resolution; this wasopposed on the ground
that the convention was not fully attended and
the people had not discussed tnie question at their
primary meeting. After discussion, it was
finally resolved tnat the county central commit
tee should call "pedal attention to this subject
so that the voters might discuss this question at
the July primaries, to the end that their delegates
to the connty convention July 21st may be pre
rirpi mvnti-. intelligibly and in such manner a?
will be a fair expressloa of the opinion of the
Republican voters of the county on this question.
We herewith append another resolution that
was adopted at the Republican convention !
fall as follows:
Resolved, "That we, as Republicans, ought nc;
to honor in com entlon any person whose adher
ence to the principles o! our party is question,
We respectfully urge upon all Republicans the
duty and Importance of attending the primary
meetings, and especially consider the Crawford
county system of nominating candidates for coun
ty office. J. M. Ucdge, Chairman.
G. W. C. RonnzB, Setfy.
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Take advantage of
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time is short and July 1st will soon be here,
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this opportunity, and