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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1894.
If you want to get np an Advocate
cIud, send for special rates.
The gold standard must go. If it
will not go alone silver may have to
bear it company.
Last week Jerry Simpson occu
pied the speaker's chair in the house
of representatives. This is the first
time a Populist has presided over
The principal difference between
the legislative war in New Jersey and
the one which was in Kansas, is that
neither party in Jersey has a rail
road to back it.
You can have the Advocate three
months for 25 cents, but as you will
want to renew at the end of that
time, you'll save postage and trou
ble by paying for a year now.
We can give the address of one of
the ablest and best known Populist
newspaper men in Kansas whose ser
vice can be Becured. He will lease
an office or work on salary.
How the legislators of New Jersey
are bringing disgrace on that state
by their quarrelling over the posses
sion of the senate chamber! They
are likely to drive western capital
out of the state.
Yocb Uncle Samuel has been called
upon to issue some more interest
bearing bonds for the benefit of your
other uncle, John Bull. And there are
men in Washington dishonest enough
to agree to the proposition.
If you have a neighbor or any ac
quaintance who is susceptible of
learning anything, give him the Ad
vocate for three months, or else
select a pamphlet from our list and
see what good it will do. You can
pass the book around, and if it fails
in one case it may succeed with
another. We want to teach people
tha right way to vote.
THINGS BY THE T7B0NG NAMES-
The business of a railroad company
has beon wrecked by its officials;
that's an unfortunate condition of af
fairs caused by"business depression.
The United States court puts the road
into the hands of a receiver so that
the bond sharks may be held at bay,
and the public is? charged high
rates while the road is being oper
ated and put in condition to be
turned over to the stockholders again;
that's lawful business.
The business of failing national
banks is taken care of by the United
States in a similar way, only its de
positors are usually left to whistle
for their money; that's "sound
And the great papers whose little
editors are tied down by ignorance
and corporation influence sing praises
to heaven for this time-honored sys
tem of court government and protec
tion to wealth; that's patriotism.
The home of a farmer or a me
chanic has been plastered with debt;
that's caused by laziness and neglect.
The owner dares not ask for the pro
tection of the court because the home
would be taken to pay the receiver's
fees, anyhow; so he tells the mort
gagee to wait till he can pay; that's
calamity. He asks the legislature to
help him save his home by making I
aws to protect him against the greed
of the mortgagee; that's repudiation.
He also asks that the railroad be kept
in the hands cf receivers or ether
United States officials, so that its em
ployes and its patrons will not be
robbed any more; that's paternal
ism. And maybe after he has asked
in vain for these things he will make
some uncomplimentary remarks about
our statesmen and our system of gov
ernment, and threaten to vote with a
party which is pledged to make radi
cal changes; that's ANARCHY.
But when we see men whose tern
porai condition nas Deen growing
worse for years, who have nothing to
live for except the prospects of being
slaves, and nothing to live on except
the annual promises of these so-called
statesmen, fighting their brothers in
adversity and diligently working
against the building of a new system;
that's well, there is no word at our
command that quite fits the casa The
reader may supply one that's a
matter of taste.
THEY ABE ALL ALIKE.
Our readers will remember that in
the Advocate of January 3 we pre
sented a few questions to the Abilene
Reflector on the occasion of the en
try of that journal upon our exchange
list We presented the question of
the idle millions of our land who,
with those dependent upon them, are
to-day suffering for the necessities of
life. We called attention to the anoma
lous condition of the country where,
on the one hand we have an abund
ance of food and manufactured pro
ducts for which there is no market,
while on the other are millions of
people suffering for these very things
and who are unable to procure them
some because of their enforced
idleness, and others because they
caanot sell above cost of production
their own surplus products. These
in brief are the questions presented
and we shall here repoduce the re
ply of the Reflector in full. It is as
The Topeka Adrccate objects to the lead
era of the Populist party being called
'cranks" or 'socialists." If there are any
other words to correctly describe the Lew
lling, Artz, Todd, Clemens, Simpson, Pef
f er orowd the latest edition of Webster in
this office fails to gire them.
And this is all. Now, inasmuch as
the Reflector, with other republican
papers, insists that the People's
party is dead beyond hope of resur
rection, and that the republican
party is to be restored to power at
the next election, we do not see that
it matters very much what the men
are who now occupy public posi
tions, so far as the questions pre
sented for consideration are con
corned. Let us suppose for the sake
of the argument that the members ef
the People's party are all cranks
socialists and anarchists. Let us
suppose that question settled just as
the Reflector and other republican
papers have settled it for themselves.
What then? If it be a fact that the
republican party is to return to
power, the people would like to know
what it proposes to do with the 3,000,-
000 of idle men now in the country,
and the starving women and children
depending upon them for thenecessi
ties of life. Judging from the sent
ment expressed by the republican
press upon the subject, they are to be
treated as vagabonds and put to work
upon the rock piles of our citiesjwhile
their families are left to starve.
What does the republican party
propose to do to facilitate the more
equitable distribution of the produots
of labor, so that one class of our peo
ple may not suffer for the want of what
another class has to dispose of and for
which there is now no market? These
are a few of the questions that have to
ba solved by some method very soon
or the scenes of the French revoln
fcion will be re-enacted upon Ameri
can soil How does the republican
party propose to solve them? Re
publican editors can howl "crank,''
' socialist" and "anarchist" till the
echoes reverberate from the Alle
gheny to the Rocky mountains, but
they cannot approach within hailing
distance of one of the great social
problems which are receiving the at
tention of the Lbest minds of the
world to-day. They would not dare
touch one of them with a ten foot
pole. They are all alike in this re
spect So far as we have observed Mrs.
Lease has made but one charge
against the state administration that
is at all specific That is, that the
administration is in partnership
with the gamblers of Kansas City. If
this is true, the people of Kansas are
entitled to know it The Advocate
is still waiting for the evidence to
present to its readers.
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where they will do some good.
"The Dead Line" is a story calcu
lated to interest those who have never
taken kindly to dry argument on po
litical subjects, and to wake up those
who have grown weary at the slow
progress of the reform movement
From the standpoint of morality it
will be profitable reading reading for
both young and old.
The story will run at least three
months, during which time the paper
will contain the usual amount of edi
torial and news matter.
Try a three month's subscription
at 25 cents.
During the reign of Henry VIII of
England no less than 300 persons
were hanged for asking alms, and
more than 70,000 persons were ex
ecuted for no graver offense than a
mere misdemeanor. What loyal sub
jects the republican newspaper fel
lows and the politicians in that party
in Kanshs would have been under that
monarch. How they would have
danced with glee around the gibbets
as the poor people expiated the crime
of being poor by kicking wind! If
Governor Lewelling had issued an
edict to hang all people for begging
for bread and seeking employment,
how much better it would have been
according to the idea of these re-
Mat the Lord be merciful to the
poor fool who says the People's party
is dying. There has not been less
than fifty new Populist papers estab
lished throughout the country since
the November election, and more
coming every day. The Populists
were never more earnest and enthu
siastic than they are to day, and the
logic of events was never more
clearly in their favor. The cause
never had so many papers, and at no
time ever put out so much reform
literature as to-day, and this litera
ture was never more willingly re
ceived, or eagerly sought by people
urenerallv than to-dav. Talk of the
People's party dying! He who be-
i; a a i-- mi i i
leves suca roi must db amy lnueea.
We desire to direct the attention of
the Topeka Capital to an article in
another column of this issue treating
of its deliberate and mendacious
misstatement of our position upon
the issues of our party. If the Capi
tal would devote more time to a fair
discussion of the principles we ac
tually do advocate, in accordance
with the announcement of its deter
mination to do so a short time ago,
and less time to the deliberate mis
representation of our position, it
would command much more respect
from intelligent and fair minded
This is no time to quibble over
little things. Voters must know
what they want their representatives
in office to do, and then there will be
no trouble over the Question of who
shall hold office.