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An Abilene man carries $90,000 of life
Tho first train was run Into Hiawatha
la March, 1871.
I There Is a demand for residence prop
erty in Topeka.
Of nine Trustees in Lane county the
Populists elected six.
A polltcal cadaver Is what Joe Bris
tol's paper calls Dill Hlggms.
Ellsworth Ingalls Is said to be a can
didate for the Atchison postofllce.
Senator Baker announces that he Is
opposed to the annexation of Hawaii.
The Horton Commercial has inaugu
rated a fight on the Joints of that city.
The Republicans only got eight of
twenty-five Trustees In rhllllps county.
Of twenty Township Trustees In Ot
tawa county the Populists elected four
teen. Chester I. Long has not yet got enough,
ho he announces his candidacy for Con
gress. Jerry Simpson claims to have the last
letter written by Henry George prior to
The Populists elected sixty-seven
township oillcers in Ottawa county, while
the Republicans got fifty.
A chattel mortgage on a "mule colt
with curly hair and blue eyes" was filed
in Miami county recently.
Pratt county, which has been con
trolled by the Populists for several
years, has $19,909.30 in the treasury.
Bert Logan, Chairman of tho Osage
county Populist committee, Is opposed
to the renomination of Governor Leedy.
Tho water supply i3 short at Welling
ton. In many Kansas towns this would
cause neither remark nor Inconveni
ence. Mo3t Itepublicans newspapers have
quit waving the "bloody shirt," but the
Junction City Republican 13 not In that
Senator-elect Stone (Pop.), of Leav
enworth county, has a Republican
brother who is State Auditor of Ken
tucky. State Grain Inspector Culver reports
receipts amounting to fl.0GG.55 In his
department for October. The expenses
The discovery of a fourteen-Inch vein
of coal four feet below the surface Is
reported from a point near Cottonwood
Falls, in Chase county.
Superintendent McNall Is preparing to
vigorously enforce his order prohibiting
the further use of the Clarkson rate In
tha writing of fire Insurance.
It was the senso of a majority of the
F.ourbon county fusion commltteo that
a union of all silver forces for the fu
ture was a wise course to pursue.
The Hill City Reveille says: "We are
I'll! of the same opinion that It Is bet
ter to divide the offices with our friends
than with our political enemies."
The Rock Island is contemplating run
:,'.ns a new local train from Horton by
" ay of Topeka to Kansas City In the
tiyrnlng, to return in tho evening.
Yates Center Advocate: "It Is gener-
My admitted that the worst thing that
f r:r happened to Kansas was the boom,
,1 yet all Kansans pray for another
Johnson county voted by a majority of
,riC0 to enforce the hedge and weed
. Uting law. Fred Vandegrlft must have
ltx down there with his hedge fence
Tlie Mall and Breeze prints a picture
, i Wiillam Martindale, of Emporia, and
iracterlzes him a3 a probable can-
Ijte for the Republican nomination
The miserable apology for a picture
cun'ln Sunday's Kansas City Times
Xtk the name of Mrs. Diggs under it
to '.more like Mrs. Stafflebach than
y other Kansas woman.
.Tho festive Johnrabblt Is too much in
".I.lence in Sumner county, and the
Vr mty Commissioners will pay 3 cents
rh for the ecalps of the members of
' ' ) rapidly-Increasing tribe.
Xirwin Independent: Fire R. W.
mer from the Secretaryship of the
1 rd of Railroad Commissioners is our
1 1 of the matter. If he is too Repub
. a In Ms make-up to support the Pop
ulist ticket In Jewell county he has no
right to hold his position."
Ex-Cltv Attorney Boone, of Wichita
who was disbarred before he left that
city, is a fugitive from Justice,-being
charged with embezzlement from a Chi
cago firm by which he was employed.
Kansas Cltv Star: "Shawnee county'
Republican majority is becoming shaky
Tho county continues to go Republican,
but Bometlmes the faithful hold their
breath until the result 13 announced."
Tho comfortable majority given In fa
vor of the poor farm proposition in
Rooks county Indicates that the Repub
licans of that county are not banking
on an ovordoso of McKlnley prosperity.
Tho Mayor of Coffeyvllle ha3 Issued
a proclamation for a special election
to be held, December 5 to vote on the
Drono<lon' to issue $17,000 in bonds to
be used to erect a light and power plant.
W. C. Olson has transferred the Wa
Keeney Independent to A. H. Cox and
W. L. Olson. Mr. Olson has built up a
good paper which ha3 exerted a com
mendable Influence in Trego county politics.
At 3 o'clock in the afternoon one day
last week the proprietor of a little store
at Milton, In Sumner county, delivered
his available cash to a man who pro
duced a convincing Winchester request
The Lebanon Journal says that Ban
ner township, Smith county, the pre
cinct in which Webb McNall votes, gave
the largest Populist vote In proportion
to the total vote cast of any township
in the county.
The Executive Council has made con
tracts amounting to about $18,000 for
the completion of the dome of the State
House. Tho old dangerous scaffolding
which has been In tho rotunda so long
will bo removed.
A Pratt county young lady explains
tho defeat of two candidates on the
Populist ticket by saying that they mar
ried Reno county girls and thereby of
fended marriageable daughters of a
large number of voters.
President Andrews, who was deposed
from Brown University and afterward
reinstated when It was apparent that the
move was unpopular, will lecture before
the Kansas State Teachers' Association
at Topeka In December.
The affairs of an Abilene bank have
just been wound up and the depositors
get 3 per cent, of their money. The lia
bility were $080,000 and the assets at
tlie time of the failure were given at
about the same amount.
Cherokee county voters gave a major
ity for a new jail. Galena provides more
business for a county jail than all of
the remainder of the county, and the
proposition was very properly given a
majority In every ward.
J. J. Herman, Trustee of Smoky Hill
township, McPherson county, has filed a
complaint with the Board of Railroad
Commissioners charging that the rates
charged by the Union Pacific between
Sallna and McPherson are excessive.
Ernest Wilson, who has been running
the Richfield Monitor-Republic as a non
partisan paper, will quit that sort of
ihlng and run a silver paper. He favors
Bryan for the Presidency In 1900. His
paper is the only one published in Mor
John E. Turner, a stockman of Coffey
ville, has been convicted in the District
court of Montgomery county on a charge
of moving cattle across the quarantine
line without permission. The penalty
provided by the statute Is $500 to $1,000
fine and thirty days to one year in Jail.
An Oklahoma banker presented him
self at the State prison at Lansing with
commitment papers for himself. He
came unattended by officers to serve a
three years' sentence, having entered a
plea of guilty to a charge of receiving
deposits when his bank was In an Insol
The Shawnee County Farmers' Insti
tute will meet at Oak Grange hall, Mis
sion Center, December 9 and 10. Ad
dresses will be made by Professors Cot
trell and Graham, of the Agricultural
college, Miss Gertrude Coburn, Bradford
Miller, T. W. Harrison and others. H. II.
Wallace Is Secretary.
Henry Scott.who ran for Judge against
Sam Vandlvert eight years ago and who
was a Judge In Oklahoma by appoint
ment of President Cleveland, has broken
into Tammany Hall, and the dispatches
Indicate that he has obtained a front
scat. He is a candidate for appointment
as Corporation Counsel.
Lawrence Jeffersonian: "If It Is true
that It. W. Turner, Secretary of the
Railroad Commission, fought the silver
ticket in Jewell county, he should be
fired. It places the State administra
tion in a bad light to have an appointee
in one of the best positions making an
active fight against a local ticket."
The Mound City Torch of Liberty
charges that the Observer (Rep.) pre
sents a bill to the County Commissioners
for a "counter for printing press, $2.50,"
and that It was allowed. A citizen of
Linn county is quoted as saying that
the editor has not as yet presented a
bill for his board, but that it will doubt
less be filed soon.
The Supreme court has decided that
the present method of computing good
time for the prisoners at the peniten
tiary is correct. The charge that the
prison officials were keeping prisoners
beyond the time provided by law there
fore amounts to nothing and has about
as much foundation as other charges
brought against them.
Hiawatha has an old soldier contro
versy of a new sort. A plat of ground
was set apart In the cemetery for de
ceased veterans. It was owned by the
G. A. R. post. A colored veteran was
recently Interred there and the widow of
a white veteran Immediately had the re
mains of her husband taken up and
moved to a private lot. This is drawing
the color line after death.
Wellington Voice: "The theory that
Populist majorities are regulated In size
by good, bad or Indifferent crops Is
knocked into smithereens. At Topeka
Sumner county is credited with being
the banner Populist county in the State,
and It Is yet within the memory of the
most obtuse Republican that her wheat
crop was nearly double that of any other
county in the State dollar wheat (?),
too, you know!"
Senator W. E. Sterne, who has been
recommended by Senator Baker for
United States Marshal, objects to Re
publican headquarters ibeing kept open
In Topeka all winter. He says that if
some one were put in charge who would
work for the Interests of the whole
party, it would be all right; but that its
Influence would be U3ed to strengthen
the Leland faction. As Leland Is fight
ing him. Sterne don't want his strength
increased If he can help It.
A lot of Republican papers and poli
ticians are wearying people with whom
they come in contact with a lot of stuff
about the enormous coal output of the
penitentiary under Populist manage
ment and the attendant injustice done
to free miners. Why don't the miners
go after the Republicans who sunk the
coal shaft In the first place? And why
do they complain about what they call
an abuse which Is not so bad as when
In the hands of Republicans?
In Bourbon county the vote on County
Coroner was a tie, each candidate re
ceiving 2,156 votes. The tie was settled
by the board as provided for by law, and
Doctor Cummings, the Populist candi
date, won. Doctor McLemore, the Re
publican nominee, Is a colored man.
All of the other Republican candidates
were elected, but they like the colored
man so well that they scratched the
only one on the ticket, notwithstanding
tho fact that he ran for an unimportant
Kansas City Star: "The lawyers are
showering compliments upon G. C.
Clemens for his Supreme court reports,
which are said to be the best arranged of
the long series back to the beginning.
The Index is especially comprehensive
and reduces the difficulty of locating
points in the subject matter to a mini
mum. The headings to the various
cases are arranged with a view to clear
ness and to telling the story contained
In the case in a few paragraphs In true
The friends of F. C. Johnson, of Phll-
lipsburg, were very much disappointed
because of the failure of the Justices of
the Supreme court to name him as State
Librarian. Mr. Johnson s work In a
political way has been fully as extensive
as that of any member of the party.wlth
a few exceptions, in Kansas. He Is a
man of high character and unusual abil
ity and Is amply qualified for the place.
But the Justices saw fit to give it to
another; and In view of the fact that
the selection was such that it was no
discredit to him to be defeated by one
of the standing that Mrs. DIggs enjoys,
Mr. Johnson's friends are satisfied.
Wellington Voice: "Many veterans
may not be aware of the fact that under
an act approved March 6, 1896, the Union
soldier who applied for a pension under
the new law, act of June, 1890, and whoso
claim was rejected, can have It recon
sidered and in the event of his pension
being granted he Is entitled to all ar
rearages that would have accrued to him
under his original application, provided
It is shown that he was disabled In a
pensionable degree at the time his first
application was filed."
Ellsworth Populist: "We have seen
men before now that were too modest
to vote for themselves, but a little the
best job of this kind of work was done
In a certain road district in this county
last week. The report is, one of the
judges on the election board in the east
part of the county took the ballots be
fore they commenced voting and wrote
his own name In for road overseer in
the blank spaces left for that purpose.
It is not necessary to state that he was
elected. We don't know how true the
story is, but it is said to be a fact."
The announcement that ex-Warden
George H. Case, of Mankato, will be a
candidate for the Republican nomina
tion for Governor has caused the resur
rection of an old story about him. He
was a candidate in 1888 and Captain Nor
ton, of Mitchell, was a candidate for Sec
retary of State. Case's fight defeated
Norton, but all of the circumstances
tended to show that Case was merely
running in the interest of Humphrey and
that he got Warden of the penitentiary
as pay for his work. Naturally the fel
lows In the Big Sixth are a little slow
about pushing his boom until they can
learn whether he Is In earnest or merely
operating as a sideshow for some one
President McKlnley will doubtless
read the following estimate of the value
of his latest appointee from ex-Speaker
Lobdell with a pleasurable feeling:
"There may have been sumo political
wisdom in giving Barney Kelley a soft
political job, but to our uninitiated mind
the reason why a worn-out old political
hack, powerless for good and with but
little power for evil, who has already
received $16,000 in cash for four years
of public service, who hasn't a constitu
ency in wfylch he could elect a State
delegate or recall a halting Republican,
should be preferred, Is very obscure.
There Is, however, one consolation his
bellyaching around at political conven
tions will be stopped and he will prob
ably be far enough away so that his dis
turbing influence will cease to be felt."
A western Kansas aspirant for office
is ready to agree that there is a wide
difference in the worth of personal
friends. The convention in which he
was Interested was to be held In a neigh
boring city, and one of his local friends
Insisted that he had better be on the
ground early In order to take advantage
In the aforesaid aspirant's interest of
any circumstances which might occur
prior to the arrival of the main show.
This appearing to be a good Idea, It
was approved and carried out. When
the friend reached the convention city
he found a liberal delegation represent
ing his townsman's chief opponent. He
inquired why this candidate was not in
evidence and was told that it was not
believed to be necessary. "Well," he
said, "If you fellows expect to stand any
show whatever in this convention you
had better get Mr. here at once." Mr.
's friends wired him and he came and
put up such a fight as to make the re
sult decldely uncertain for a time. It is
unnecessary to state that the first men
tioned aspirant did not fully approve
his friend's method of taking advantage
in his interest of ante-convention circumstances.
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