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TOPEKA, KANSAS, NOVEMBER 17, 1897.
OFFICIAL STATE PAPER.
DAY OF THANKSGIVING.
Kansas is Grateful for Bountiful Harvests
and Better Times.
Governor Leedy has issued his
Thanksgiving proclamation, which is as
State of Kansas, Executive Department.
In conformity with the custom estab
lished by our forefathers, following the
examplo of the President of the United
States, In accord with the practice of my
predecessors and in grateful acknowl
edgment of the gracious favor of Di
vine Providence vouchsafed this com
monwealth during the last twelve
months, I, John W. Leedy, Governor of
Kansas, do hereby designate, proclaim
and set apart Thursday, November 25th,
1897, for a day of Thanksgiving in the
State of Kansas.
Bountiful harvests in most sections
of the State have filled our bins and
granaries. An eager demand from for
eign countries ha3 furnished a ready
market and better prices for our farm
products. After seven years of self
denial our people have so reduced their
enormous indebtedness that at last their
liabilities bear.a reasonable ratio to
iheir resources. The attacks upon this
State to which It has been so long sub
ject have been discontinued and the
reputation of Kansas is again as good
as its character always has been.
For these blessings let ib return
thanks to that Great Author of the
universe, who watched over, and guided
our fathers when they established upon
these Western prarles the foundations
of our State. In the day of our rejoic
ing let our people not forget the poor
and needy of the great cities and of
foreign countries, but send up our peti
tion that the Giver of all good things
may enable them to be as self-reliant,
as self-supporting and as self-respecting
as are the citizens of His commonwealth
To these ends I recommend that our
people refrain from their usual avo
cations and on that day make fitting
acknowledgment of the manifold bless
ings a Great Creator has bestowed upon
our beloved State.
' Given under my hand and the Great
Seal of the State of Kansas, at the Cap
itol, in the city of Topeka, this 11th day
of November, In the year of our Lord
1897. J. W. LEEDY,
Attest: W. E. BUSH,
Secretary of State.
Bank President in the Penitentiary.
Kansas City, Mo., November 11.
President J. C. Darragh, who has been
on trial for the past week at Indepen
dence charged with wrecking the Kan
sas City Safe Deposit and Savings bank,
was found guilty shortly after 5 o'clock
, this afternoon and sentenced to two
years In the State penitentiary.
The bank failed on July 10, 1893. It
was the largest savings bank in the
State. It had $2,000,000 in deposits,
nearly all from poor people, and when
it failed only $11,000 in cash was In its
vaults. Darragh and Elmer C. Sattley,
the bank's cashier, were both arrested,
charged with receiving deposits when
they knew the bank was in a failing con
dition. Sattley owed the bank $83,000,
all except $5,000 of which was unse
cured, and Darragh owed it $164,000, of
which $96,000 was protected by doubtful
securities. Both were highly respected,
and the failure caused a sensation. Each
was Indicted on numerous counts.
Sattley was tried and convicted In Au
gust, 1894, and sent to the penitentiary
for four years. He was pardoned this
year by Governor Stephens and went to
Chicago. Darragh was also tried in 1894,
but the jury disagreed. In the present
trial, which began on November 1,
most of the Sattley evidence was re
hashed. The case, went to the jury at 3 o'clock
this afternoon and a verdict was ren
dered after two hours' deliberation.
Boyle Will Kun for Attorney General.
A variety of booms having been
started for Attorney General Boyle, and
the newspaper talk in regard to the mat
ter having become annoying to him, he
has issued the following statement:
"I am not and will not be a candidate
"I will not be a candidate for Con
gressman in the Second district.
"I will be a candidate for renomlna
tion as Attorney General.
"I have had no disagreement with
"I am standing by Webb McNall in
his fight against the insurance com
panies and as a matter of simple justice
to the people I will continue to aid him
ai much a3 I can in my weak way. He
Is? making the right kind of a light and
ought to be encouraged.
"I am making an effort to discharge
the duties of my office, although the
fakirs seem to have difficulty in un
derstanding that I have business to en
gage my attention and have no time for
Soldiers' Orphans' Home Not Closed.
Republican papers are filled with com
ments on the closing of a private or
phans' home at Leavenworth, which are
so stated that they lead to the Impres
sion that a State soldiers' orphans' home
or some slmllarState institution has been
closed, either through refusal of the Pop
ulist Legislature to make appropriations
for It or through the unwillingness of
Fopulist officers to expend money appro
priated for that purpose. As a matter of
fact, the Populist Legislature, adminis
tration or any of its employes have no
control either direct or indirect over the
Leavenworth institution and are In no
way whatever responsible for its closing.
The last Legislature appropriated $700
annually for the Kansas Orphans' Home,
and a similar amount each for the St.
Vincent's Orphan Asylum and the Kan
sas Protective Home Association, all of
Leavenworth. The figures for previous
years are not at hand, but it Is undoubt
edly true that this is approximately the
same amount as Is usually given to these
private Institutions. If any of these pri
vate Institutions have closed, it surely
cannot be chargeable to the present ad
ministration or to the last Legislature.
Mrs. Digg3 Appointed State Librarian.
The Justices of the Supreme court
have agreed on Mrs. Annie L. Diggs for
State Librarian. It is conceded that
the place could have been given to a no
more honest nor earnest worker. Mrs.
Diggs is a woman of unusual ability and
one who will perform the duties im
posed upon her as faithfully as her abil
ities and strength will permit. In mak
ing this appointment the court had a
large number of applicants from which
to make the selection, and all are ready
to concede that Mrs. Diggs' services to
the party and her high character and
ability entitle her to all honors that it
may seam wise to confer on her.
THE PEOPLEHEARD HIM.
Governor Pingree Pleads for Municipal Re
form Before a New York Audience.
New York, November 12. Governor
Hazen Plngree, of Michigan, delivered
an address last night before the Nine
teenth Century Club at Sherry's. There
was a very large attendance at the meet
ing, the Sherry ball-room being filled
with men and women In evening dress.
The Governor stated that It was the
duty of every good citizen to take an
active interest In the politics of his
municipality, not only to vote, but to
take part actively in caucuses and pri
mary elections. Then reviewing his con
nection with Detroit, as Mayor, during
the past seven years, he told how, under
his administration, the city had acquired
its own electrical lighting plant and was
now splendidly Illuminated at less than
half the old rate; how gas had been re
duced at least one-third in price; how
the toll roads had been made public thor
oughfares; how the street pavements
had been wonderfully Improved; how
the public school facilities had been bet
tered; how the street car facilities had
been greatly Increased and the cost of
transportation lessened so that now one
company sells six tickets for a quarter
with transfers, and another eight tickets
with transfers; how all street car com
panies had been compelled to sell work
Ingraen's tickets at 3 cents during cer
tain hours, and how, by the starting of
an opposition company, telephone rates
had been reduced more than 75 per cent.
Continuing, he said:
"This period has been to me more
like one of war than peace. I was se
lected as a candidate by the most in
fluential people. I discovered after elec
tion that the railroads were paying less
than their share of taxes. I said so, and
the railroad support immediately left
me. I discovered that the gas com
panies were charging exorbitant rates.
I said so, and the owners of the gas
stock turned their backs on me. I found
the bankers speculating with city funds.
1 denounced the practice, and they de
nounced me as unsafe. I attacked the
turnpike roads, and their owners called
me an anarchist. Every time I attempted
to correct an abuse, I lost a largo and
influential class of supporters. I was
four times elected Mayor, but In each
campaign was made painfully aware ot
the loss of old friends, although my ma
jorities crept up from 1,500 to more than
10,000. When the influential classes
turned their backs upon me, the com
mon people always stood by me. You
will not be surprised that I have come
to lean upon the common people as the
real foundation upon which good gov
ernment must rest.
"As to a remedy for these evils, my
experience has brought me to the con
clusion that the streets of a city belong
to the people and that no Mayor or
Council has a right to barter them away.
The remedy against many of these evils
is municipal ownership and entire abo
lition of monopolies, or, if monopolies
must exist, which depend upon public
favor, their absolute control and depen
dence upon the people. This remedy
will not only solve many municipal prob
lems, but will bring other agencies of
commerce under proper Buojeetion. We
are jobbing out the sovereign power of
the people to speculators. My experience
is that those who stand foremost In the
synagogue of a Sunday, and are engaged
the rest of the week In bribing alder
men, or getting up stocfc jobbing
schemes to defraud the widows and or
phans, are the most dangerous mem
bers of society.
"How long can a government last
which increases constantly the burdens
of tho Industrial classes, and give3 to
those who prey upon the bone and
sinew of the nation? Here In New York
I fear that my remarks will not be well
received, but I believe that self govern
ment by the people and for the people
has not reached that stage which all men
who love liberty hope It will eventually
"It is the duty of the government to
protect the weak against the strong, the
poor against the selfishness of wealth.
I say right here that until the Republi
can party comes out as a champion of
the average man and his welfare, and
unless It ceases to cater to syndicates,
trusts and monopolies, It will bo buried
In oblivion. We must begin by advocat
ing a municipal ownership of natural
monopolies and take away from them
the Item of profit and relieve the wage
earner to that extent."
The Stato of Manhattan.
New York, November 12. It is said
one of the first bills to be introduced
In the Legislature will be one providing
for the creation of a new State by per
mitting a constitutional amendment to
be passed and approved by the United
States government divorcing sixteen
counties of the State and Including them
In what shall be known as the State of
The plan proposed Is for the counties
of New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond,
Suffolk, Westchester, Orange, Putnam,
Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster, Greene,
Rockland, Albany, Rensselaer and part
of Schoharie to be formed Into one State
with a population of 3,902,220, as com
pared with 2,631,123 for the forty-four
remaining counties. This would make
the new State of Manhattan the second
largest State In the Union in regard to
population, Pennsylvania alone exceed
Tho remaining counties left to com
prise the State of New York would make
a Stale the sixth largest in tho Union,
exceeded only In population by Pennsyl
vania, Manhattan, Illinois, Ohio and Mis
souri. The new State would contain a
territory In its sixteen counties of 8,960
square miles, as compared with a ter
ritory containing forty-four counties of
40,493 square miles.
Good Things for Cuba.
Madrid, November 11. A royal de
cree granting autonomy to Cuba will be
formally gazetted on November 23.
Havana, Nov. 11. Marshal Blanco
has abrogated the orders of his prede
cessor as to the destruction of fields and
huts of the Insurgents. He has also can
celled the prohibitions by which the
Spanish soldiery have been prevented
from camping in the towns.. The new
orders direct that the soldiers shall be
provided with blankets and water-proof
coats and that when In camp they shall
always be sheltered as far as possible
from the rains and dew.
The City Council of Philadelphia, by
a vote of 78 to 52, has passed an ordi
nance giving to a private company a
lease of the city's gas plant for thirty
years. The plant Is valued at $40,000,
000 and the new company gets the use
of It upon an agreement to furnish gas
at $1 per thousand. The galleries were
crowded with citizens and they hissed
and cried "shame" a3 the vote was be
ing taken. It took half an hour to clear
the galleries and proceed with the work,