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A Republican's View of the Insurance
Throwing politics aside and looking
ut the life and fire insurance business
from a purely business and moral stand
point, Webb McNall, in his efforts to
force a compliance with the laws of
the State, is right. Technically, in the
llillmon case he was wrong, but in jus
tice he was right. The Clarkson rate
book has just been decided to be an
illegal and swindling scheme by the Are
insurance companies on the people of
this State. Emporia people get it in the
neck as does every other community
who patronize these companies. You
have no way to reach them except
through your Insurance Commissioner,
the legally constituted officer of the
realm, and if he fails to do his duty
the business people of the State who
feel that they must carry some Insur
ance are at the mercy of a combina
tion of insurance cut-throats who are
robbiag them in both the rate and the
adjustment of losses. We do not neces
sarily have to indorse Populism to stand
by a Populist official who Is trying to
keep men from robbing you. If job
lots of these insurance companies shall
be driven from the State, it will be all
the better for the State. The companies
will be gone, but the money will re
main. It was, in former days, not only
a financial question, but a great moral
question, whether either life or fire in
surance should be allowed; but the devil
and the cupidity of mankind prevailed,
and now, in the height of their rapacity
and fraudulent practices, these compa
nies are considered bulwarks of safety
and angels of mercy. However, like the
whisky question, and some other ques
tions closely associated therewith, it is
generally conceded that they should be
regulated. After a while we will get
back to first principles and prohibit them
altogether. McNall and Boyle are two
State officers who have shown backbone,
nerve, grit and force in tackling frauds
wherever they liud them, from a wildcat
insurance company to the Kansas City
stock yards, and Governor Leedy is to
bo commended for proposing to stay by
them if it takes the last cent in the
treasury. Emporia Republican.
Actions Belie Professions of Belief.
General Miles, who has just returned
from a tour of observation and inspec
tion among the monarchical govern
ments of Europe, recommends that a few
Gatllng guns be mounted over the ap
proaches to the new Chicago postoffice
building as a precaution against the pos
sible onslaughts of future mobs. What
we would like to know is: WThere are
these mobs to come from, and why would
a government building be the object of
their fury? Our understanding of the
matter i3 that just as soon as the Re
publican tariff gets in good working or
der and the soundness of the dollar is
assured, the mills and factories will all
be opened, everybody will be employed
at high wages, crops will be good, and
contentment and happiness is to reign
supreme. What need will there be for
Galling guns then? Why should there
be mobs seeking to destroy the property
of so beneficent a government? This is
a case of where actions plainly belie pro
fessions of belief. Clay Center Dis
patch. Rufe Cone's Eemoval Demanded.
The Wichita Commoner demands the
removal of Rufe Cone from the Pop
ulist State committee. It charges that
he openly fights the State administration
and that he did everything in his power
to bring about the defeat of the local
ticket this year. Cone's position has
been taken, it is said, because he was
unable to' control the appointments on
the police board. In closing its article,
the Commoner says:
"As soon as the present board wa3 ap
pointed he commenced his fight. He
did not wait for developments so that
he might bring charges of corruption
in office. He commenced his fight at
once, plainly indicating that he would
fight any board appointed contrary to
"The board was not removed and he
tried to show his strength by wreak
ing his vengeance on the local ticket.
He has made hi3 threats of what he;
would do next year if the present polled
board was not removed. In short, he
has conducted himself entirely on the
rule or ruin policy and has shown him
self to be In no way fit to be in the
councils of a party that ia striving for
"We demand that Rufe Cone be re
moved from the State Central commit
tee. This demand is general among all
true members of the Populist party who
are familiar with the facts. It is de
manded for the good of the party, and
not in the Interest of the present board
of police commissioners or any other
While Republican papers are retailing
a lot of senseless and wholly false stuff
about the present management of Kan
sas charitable Institutions, a committee
of the G. A. R. is bringing to light shock
ing evidences of brutality in the Sol
diers' Orphans' Home In Republican Illi
nois. A dispatch dated November 5 from
"A shocking state of affairs in the Illi
nois Soldiers' Orphans' Home is being
revealed by the searchlight turned upon
it. Tho investigation is being conducted
by a committee of the Grand Army of
the Republic of Illinois, inspired by the
numerous charges of rottenness recently
put In circulation. Witnesses upon their
oaths stated that they had seen little
children -knocked down by Superintend
ent Magner. They swore that girls had
been kept in bed two days as punishment
for trifling offenses, and testified that it
was nothing unusual for the employes
to striko the boys with a leather strap
across the backs, or beat them on the
ears and head with their fists."
Eepublican Eow Begin3.
W. E. Sterne, whom Senator Baker has
recommended for United States Marshal,
refused to attend the meeting of the Re
publican State Executive committee last
Saturday, notwithstanding the fact that
lie is a member. He regards the present
organization as a thing which is intended
to be of greater service to Cy Leland
than to the party, and he will have noth
ing to do with it. The committee de--cided
to open headquarters for next
year's campaign February 1. The matter
of raising money will be discussed at
another meeting December 27. The post
masters will probably be assessed. This
early move Indicates that the Republi
cans realize that they have a hard fight
on for next year.
Not Much Politics in It.
The following from the Dodge City
Globe-Republican would probably apply
to nearly every county in the State:
"The election did not have much po
litical significance, Democrats and Re
publicans voting a 'mixed ticeket,' while
the Populists 'scratched' promiscuously.
The Populist defection wa3 not as great
as anticipated, and the loss of the Sol
diers' Home vote was a serious one to the
Republican ticket. Many Republicans in
the city voted for the successful Demo
cratic candidates, while many Populist
voters in the county voted for the de
feated Republican candidates."
The Union I'licllU-
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of Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and
Utah, and is the best route to Denver,
Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, San Fran
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The advantages gained by traveling
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equaled service, magnificent equipment,
double drawing-room Pullman palace
sleepers, Pullman dining cars, free re
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ers. For time tables, pamphlets descriptive
of the country traversed, rates of fare,
sleeping car accommodations, or any
ether information, apply to F. A. Lewis,
City Ticket Agent.
J. C. Fulton, Depot Agent.
"Among the Ozarks."
"The Land of Big Red Apples" Is an
attractive and interesting book, hand
somely Illustrated with views of south
Missouri scenery, Including the famous
Olden fruit farm of 3,000 acres In Howell
county. It pertains to fruit raising in
that great fruit belt of America, the
southern slope of the Ozarlts, end will
prove of great value, not only to fruit
growers, but to every farmer and home
seeker looking for a farm and a home.
Mailed free. Address J. E. Lockwood,
Kansas City, Mo.
Potato Farming on a Large Scale.
Kansas has some potato-growers who
do an extensive business. One firm in
Johnson county is thus referred to by
Mr Secretary Coburn in . late report:
"Their shipments last year consisted
of 23S cars and this year 257 cars, a car
load ranging from 450 to 500 bushels,
thus making their this year's output
say 125,000 bushels. Their market Is
found in every direction, extending from
Duluth to the Gulf and from New York
to New Mexico; they have recently
shipped seven cars to Buffalo, N. Y.,
which sold at 85 to 90 cents per bushel on
track, and were pronounced by the
handlers as superior to any others on the
market and commanding tho highest
prices. Much of their product is dis
posed of at home on bids by wire, but
if at any time such bids are not satis
factory they ship on consignment.
"Their Intention lis to plant next
spring 500 acres, and for this purpose
have just now purchased in Minnesota
5.0C0 bushels of seed potatoes for them
selves In addition to 4,000 bushels which
their neighbors will plant. About nine
bushels are used on an acre if the pota
toes are large; if small a less quantity of
seed is required. In a fair season and
from Northern-grown seed a crop of
200 bushels per acre is counted on. This
year's crop netted the growers from 45
to 50 cents per bushel, on track.
"The reasons they give for planting
seed from Minnesota are that such seed
sprouts more slowly and hence can be
planted early with less danger of being
injured by spring frosts; and a yield
of at least fifty bushels more per acre can
be counted on, with fewer culls than if
home-grown seed is used. Last year
buyers were willing to pay 4 cents per
bushel more for stock Northern seed,
which of itself would pay the difference
in its cost. They claim that the early
Ohio is the best all-around potato for
their purpose from the fact that it ma
tures fairly well before dry weather sets
in and will stand more handling during
hot weather without rotting tnan any
other early variety; but, maturing so
early and lying in the hot sand for two
of three months afterward their vitality
for seed is weakened.
"These gentlemen say that taking It
all in all it is an undisputable fact that
the bottom lands of. the Kaw valley are
First published November 17, 1897. J
proposals for bids.
Sealed proposal will be received by the Board
of Trustees of the State Charitable Institution
of Kansas, until 12 o'clock, neon, Tuesday,
December 7. 18U7, for a ward building adlacent
to the Asylum for Idiotic and Imbecile Youth,
located at Wlnfleld. Kansas.
This work In authorized under sections 2 and
8 of chapter 23 of the session laws for 18:7.
Bids will ne considered for the building as re
vised complete, except heating, and also as re
vised, but with theellmlnatlunof the west wing.
Plans and specification i may be seen on and
after November 20 at the asylum at Wlnfleld,
Kansas: at the ofllce of T. II. Lescher, State
House architect, Topeka, Kansas; and at the
otllce of William W. Hose, architect, Kansas City.
A certified check equal to 5 per cent, of the
amount of the bid must accompany each esti
mate, the same to be made payable to 1'. II.
Dolan, Treasurer of the board.
Blank proposals will be furnished to those re
The board reserves the right to reject any or
The provisions of the eight hour law (chapter
114 of the suasion laws of 18111) must be compiled
Proposals should be sealed and addressed to
W. L. Brown, President of the Hoard of Chari
ties, Topeka, Kansas, and marked plainly on the
outside, "Proposal for Public Work at Winliold."
8. C. WI1EELE It, Secretary.
unsurpassed by any known for potato
Nantu Fo Route California Limited.
The California Limited now runs twice
a week between Chicago and Laa An
geles, via Santa Fe Route. The third
annual season for this magnificent train.
Equipment of superb vesUbuled Pull
man palace sleepers, buffet smoking car,
and through dining car managed by Mr.
Fred Harvey. Most luxurious service
via any line, and the fastest time.
Another express train, carrying pal
ace and tourist sleepers, leaves daily for
Inquire of Local Agent A., T. & S. F.
Pass the Advocate to your neighbor
after you have read it. Let him find out
what he Is missing by not reading It
First published November 17, 1897.
PROPOSALS FOR BIDS FOR
Proposals for supplying tho articles named
herein are respectfully solicited. Bids will be
opened at the National hotel, Topeka, Kansas,
December 1, 18;i7, at 0 o'clock a. m. Award will
be made at 0 o'clock p. m. of December 10, 1897.
Bidders must be present at 9 o'clock a. m., De
cember 8, prepared to place their goods before
the various committees of the board.
Supplies should be, as far as practicable, de
livered on the cars at the towns whore the re
spective institutions are located, except as
herein otherwise specified, net later than De
comber 80, 18B7. Freight and all other charge
muHt be prepaid. No allowance will be mado
for bottles, boxe, boxing, cooperage ordrayace.
When one particular brand of goods is called
for, no sample is to be submitted and no bids
will be considered for any other brand. When
alternative brands are given, submit samplst.
When no particular brand Is designated, bids
should be on qualities grading from medium to
bet, and samples submitted.
Btdde's must not submit more than four sam
ples of any article.
Goods will be mbjact to Inspection, and all
articles that may In any respect fa.ll to conform
to the specific kind or brand called Ibrr to the
samples, will be rejected.
Supplies mentioned "As Ordered" are to te
shipped as ordered from the institution, and
must be new and fresh. The quantities given
are approximate only, and all goods ordered by
the different institutions in excessof the ached,
ule amount Bhall bo furnished at contract price.
The board reserves the right to reject any and
all bids, or to accept or reject any part of any
bid, if deemed for the best Interests of the State.
Bids must be made out upon the within pro
posal and net prices only given.
Payments will be made on or bofore January
15, 181)8, tor all supplies furnished bofore Decem
ber UU, 1807 ; provided, that vouchers la duplicate
are made out and receipted in due form and for
warded to the repective institutions on or be
fore January 1. 1VJ8.
When supplies are furnished monthly, or at
ordered, pu meats will be made on the 15th day
of the succeeding month in which supplies are
delivered, where vouchers are received before
the 1st day of the month.
A deposit of fifty dollars ($.10), or a certified
check for that amount, payable to P. H. Dolan,
Treasurer State Board Charitable Institutions,
must accompany each proposal as a guaranty
that the contract, If awarded, will be faithfully
compiled with, lilds notaccompanledby check
or rt raft will not be considered.
When samples are required, expressage must
be prepaid In full by the bidder to insure their
removal from the express olllce. Each sample
must lit! plainly marked with its price and the
name of the owner. Each institution to be far
nlshod with samples.
A bill In djtall must be sent when goods are
shipped, to secure acceptance of the same.
Envelopes containing proposals must be la
dorsed "Proposals for (Supplies." Samples and
proposes must be addressed to W. L. Brown,
care National hotel, Topeka, Kansas.
The board will not be responsible for saraplos
Duplicate schedules will be furnished upon
application to Dr. C. II. VVetmore, Superintend
ent Topeka asylum.
By order of the Board of Trustees.
W. L. BROWN. President.
By H. G. JUMPER.
S. C. WIIKELER, Secretary.
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IF YOU HAVE A
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Insures all kinds of farm property, school houses and churches aaainst loss or damage by fire,
lightning, windstorms, cyclones and tornadoes. It being duly authorized and chartered!
under the state las of Kansas, and Is not affected by the decision of the State Superintendent
of Insurance, which excludes all but Kansas companies from doing a windstorm business.
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II. P. DILLON, President. J. W. GOING, Secretary.
JOAB MULVANE, Vice President.
JOHN R. MULVANE, Treasurer.
EDWARD WILDER, Auditor,
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TOPEKA, - - KANSAS.
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