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Tuesday, July 5. 1892
DF.HOtRATIC UnWU TICKET.
For President Q ROVER CLKVELANn
For Vice President ADLA1 E. STEVENSON
For Governor JOHN p ALTGELD
JTor tonttrtssman at large JOHN 0 BLACK
For Congressman at large.. ANDRE W J HUNTER
For Lieutenant Govirnor JOSEPH B GTLL
For Secretary of State WM U HINKIOHSEN
For Auditor DAVID GORE
For Treasurer RUFUS N RAMSEY
For Attorney General M T M ALONE Y
For Elector, lltb Dlst J. H. HANLEY
ANOTHCR COPPER TRUST.
Producers Have Agreed to Restrict Pro
K dactlon After July 1.
The New York Daily Commercial Bul
letin: of Jung says: "After a long pe
riod of negotiation the producers of eon-
per in Europe and the United States
Jaaifc MttZS -3 f agreement to restrict
production after July 1 next. The Ameri
can producers have agreed to restrict
ttilir exports of copper to Europe, in con
sideration for which the Spanish produ
cers have pledged themselves to cut
flown their production 5 per cent. The
object of this agreement is of course to
bring about a higher level of prices."
Whether or not the producers can suc
cessfully hold together to put prices
back where they were during the exist
ence of the great copper combine in
1888-9, it is certain that there has been
left for them a duty of cents per
pound, which was about all McKinley
could do to invite another copper trust to
repeat the outrage perpetrated in 1889
upon tho American people. It will be
remembered that in 1889 the copper trust
Sold American copper bo much cheaper
in Europe that it was reimported and
sold at a profit here after paying a duty
of four cents per pound, and from April
to August, 1889, the foreign price never
exceeded eight cents and the domestic
price was never less than twelve cents.
But for the duty no such difference could
have existed and the effects of the French
syndicate upon our industries would have
been as slight as they were upon Europe
The effect of high prices for raw ma
terials of any kind is farreaching and
disastrous. How the consumers of cop
per were affected by the high prices of
1888 is described by James Powell, presi
dent of the Union Brass company, of
Cincinnati, in Tho Engineering and
Mining Journal of Jan. 19, 1889:
"When the syndicate began brass
workers all over the country were fully
employed at good wages, and while the
demand for goods may not have been
kept up at all times with the same vigor,
yet the price of the raw material was
such as to afford a living profit to the
copper producer only.
"The consumption of brass goods for
steam, water and gas has fallen off from
25 to 40 per cent., with no immediate
prospect of an improvement. The ma
nipulations of the combine have been the
most disastrous calamity for the general
copper consuming industries of this
country that has ever befallen them.''
As evidence that tho American end of
this "agreement" is made in good faith,
it is reported from Marquette, Mich.,
that a general strike is imminent at the
great Calumet and Hecla copper mine.
The company instead of acknowledging
openly that they intend to restrict pro
duction by closing the mine, announce
that the- will discharge all employees
who are members of the Knights of
Lalior or of an v other labor organization.
They know that this will not only pre
cipitate a long struggle that will restrict
production, but it will give them an op
portunity to utilize cheap "scab" labor
when they are ready to resume opera
tions, and tierhaps to starve some of the
strikers into accepting lower wages.
Henry George on Indirect Taxation.
In Henry George's "Protection or Free
Trade," which is just now being exten
sively circulated by members of con
gress, the author thus clearly shows
how oppressively indirect taxes and
especially tariff taxes bear upon the
poor, while the rich almost entirely es
cape: "A still more important objection
to indirect taxation is that when im
posed on articles of general use (and it
is only from such articles that large
revenues can be had) it bears with far
greater weight on the jioor than on the
rich. Since such taxation falls on peo
ple not according to what they have but
according to what they consume, it is the
heaviest on those whose consumption is
largest in proportion to their means.
"As much sugar is needed to sweeten a
cup of tea for a working girl as for the
richest lady in the land, but the propor
tion of their means which a tax on sugar
compels each to contribute to the govern
ment in the caso of the one is much
greater than in the case of the other.
So it is with all taxes that increase the
cost of articles of general consumption.
They bear far more heavily on married
men than on bachelors: on those who
have children than on those who have
none; on those barely able to support
their families than on those whose in
comes leave them a large surplus.
"If the millionaire chooses to live
closely he need pay no more of these
indirect taxes than the mechanic. I
have known at least two millionaires
possessed not of one, but of from six to
ten millions each who paid little more
of such taxes than ordinary day la
Being desirous of closing up all my
accounts at once 1 respectfully n quest
U indebted to me to call at my resi
dence, 1116 Third avenue, as early as
possible and settle, as I wish to have all
matters straightened by July 1.
Frank G. Yotjkg.
LIVELY TIMES REFORTED BY THE
EDITOR ANti MAYOR.
The Beautiful Private Graveyard1 Steve
Taylor Shows the White Feather, Juat
a the Editor Bald Running Dowp
Copyright, 1992, by t harles B. Lewis.
A Fine Point The editor of The Kick
er (who is ourself )' has a private graveyard
containing a quarter o an acre of ground.
Up to the present date there ane ten
mounds in the inclosurs, each representing
a person who died ver ; suddenly within a
few feet of us. As we aave been to the ex
pense of over $400 for uneral outfits, and
at least $150 more in s Klding the ground
and planting shrubs ai d flowers, we think
we can be pardoned f r any little display
of egotism on our part Our plot is one of
the sights of the town, ind is generally the
first thing a stranger inquires after. We
are now expending fifty dollars to improve
Vie highway connectin j the town and the
dot, and travel will . oon be made more
convenient. The poit t lately raised by
some of the boys is t lis: His honor the
mayor who is c
gun, and will
ho is ourself) is handv with the
probably shoot some one
within u short ttTtteifl I he line of duty. In
case he does, lotiW u yicon ko in as
No. li In The Kicker traveymT, or would
he be privileged to st; rt a new one on his
his own hook? The n atter is being gen
erally discussed and h is aroused great in
terest, and we shall si bmit it to an attor
ney this week for a Ieg:il opinion.
Steve's Mistake. Then Steve Taylor
was appointed town m irs'hal The Kicker
advanced the opinion i hat he was weak in
the back abS would "c-awl" if he got into
a, tight place. Steve a id his friends were
down on us for the am ouncement, and we
believe it was Steve h mself who fired a
bullet into this oflico one night a few
weeks ago and shot the pendulum off our
eight day clock. Th affair of Sunday
night proved the correctness of our opin
ion regarding Steve's sand. A Bad Man
from Znni broke loose ill of a sudden and
began firing right and left. Steve hap
pened to be within twenty feet of him, but
the "ping" of bullets started him off down
the street like an ante! jpe. His honor the
mayor (who is ourself was In church and
heard the firing. He -an straight for the
crowd, sized np the s- tuation at a glance
and next moment he 1 ad the Bad Man by
the neek. The fellcv was quickly dis
armed, and within five minutes of his first
shot he was lying on the floor of the cala
boose and wondering which side of the
United States had tipped up on him.
Monday morning he t us so anxious to get
out of town that he wss willing to go with
out his guns, which w:ll be sold at auction
for the benefit of the street improvement
fund. Steve Taylor h is handed in his res
ignation and begged our pardon. He
thought he had sand, I ut it was a mistake.
He will open a carpen ;er shop on Cactus
street, and his advert .sement will appear
in our next issue.
No Libel Suit. A
felt it our duty as a
to refer to Colonel Dai
the whisky ranch on
Plum Creek, as a man
few weeks ago we
Skinner, who runs
the other bank of
whose absence from
this locality would 1
e of great benefit.
We haven't time to li
k back through our
we had a ta .k with BDL
files, but we probably added t lint he was an
unhung villain whoe case had somehow
been overlooked. The colonel saw the
item and buckled on his gun to pay us a
call. The nearer he got to us the stronger
grew his feelings th it he was about to
monkey with a landslide two miles long,
and he finally stopped and turned back
and sent for lawyer -Iamilton. We were
informed yesterday n orning; that we were
about to be sued for $50,000 damages, and
we mounted our mi le and rode over to
The colonel saw us oming and got away
on his burro, but we run him down at the
end of a mile and tad a talk with him.
He not only assured is in the most em
phatic language that he had never enter
tained the idea of a li el suit, but that he
was an admirer of ot r straight-from-the-shoulder
style and desired to subscribe for
five copies of The K ckeb. We then re
turned to town to look for Lawyer Hamil
ton. Someone had lent him a mule and
he was headed for Clinch valley, but at
our second shot he nlled up and waited
for us to overtake Mm. He also denied
the reported libel suit and likewise ex
pressed his undying ndmiration for the
great family newspi per of the glorious
west. He wanted io subscribe for six
copies of Thk Kickei, but as our terms are
invariably cash in tf ance, and as he ceuh"
only raise fonr dollars, we let him off on
two copies. Should any of our friends
hear of any more im ended damage suits
against us they will confer a favor by re
porting at this office.
BROTHER GARDNER ON SIGNS."
Sudden Collapse of the Ghost, Sign and
Drawn . lu.lne.ti.
When the regular business of the Satur
day night meeting cf the Limekiln club
had lieen concluded I'.rother Gardner arose
and looked down th aisles as if in search
of certain members, . ind finally begun:
"It has lately cone to my knowledge
dat sartin members of dis club am firm
believers in signs i n warnin's. Pur in
stance, I am told d it Brudder Standoff
Jackson heard a cock strike thirteen
times de odder night an he was bo affected
dat he couldn't go to work next day. He
believed it was a sigii of u sudden death in
his fam'ly. I am to'i dat Brudder Givea
dam Jones saw de n w moon over his left
shoulder one nis;ht last week, an he done
felt so poky ober it i at he had to soak his
feet an go to led. 1 l'arn dat Brudder
Waydowu Be bee saw three white bosses
clus together de oddi r day on de street an
he run home to see il de baby was dead.
"Only last night I wm informed dat
Kurnel Kyonn John on, second vice presi
dent of dis club, sot up all night de odder
night bekase de fam'ly teakettle sounded a
warnin soon arter supper. It seems to
me, from what I hev heard doorin de
last fo' weeks dat nine-tenths of de
members of dis club am nightly 'spectin
to see ghosts walkin about deir bedrooms.
I desiah to call yo'r attenshun to bylaw
No. 651, which yo' hev perhaps dun forgot.
It reads dat any member of dis club who
believes in ghosts may be fined as high as
$16,000 or expelled from de club. De secre
tary will now call de roll. All yo' dat
believe in ghosts will stand up as he hits
The secretary called the roll, but not a
member stood up.
"De ghost bizness seems to hev played
out all of a sudden!" observed the presi
dent as the list was finished. "Perhaps,
howeber, we hev some members who be
lieve in signs an warnin's. De secretary
will call de roll agin, an de believers will
stand up. Befo' doin so I should like to
call yo'r attenshun to bylaw No. 653,
which reads dat any believer in signs an
warnin's may lie fined as high as $10,000
or suspended from de club fur one y'ar."
WAVDOWN BEBgl fctNNING HOME.
The roll was called again, but every ,
member seemed to hold himself down in i
"Doan' seem to be nobody standin up!" ,
said Brother Gardner, as he looked around .
the room. "We will now see how many
members believe in dreams. By law No.
653 reads dat any member who professes
his belief in dreams or who shall argufy to
anoiner memoer uai dreams am sent Dy ae
angels in heaven to warn us of what am to
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mav be fined as hish as $5,000 or
suspended fur six months.
All yo' dat
believe in dreams stand up as yo'r names
For the third time the roll was called
without a member moving a foot. As the
secretary sat down a profound silence fell
upon tho 100 men. The president finally
broke in on it by rising and observing:
"No ghosts no signs an wa rni ns no
dreams! Seems like I was dun mistaken
about it. Brudder Jackson, bow about dat
clock strikin thirteen times?"
"Reckon 1 counted one too many, sah."
"Brudder Jones, how about dat new
"I doan' believe in no new moons, sah."
"An, Brudder Belieo, yo' saw three white
houses an 'spected de baby to die. did yo'?"
"No, sah. I jest went back home to git
my Imninierdat I'd dun fcrgot."
"Oh, I see! Kurnell Johnson, how about
dat tea kettle?"
"Dat was all in fun, sah."
"It was, eh? Well, Izc powerful glod
to h'ar dat dis club am nil right on signs,
warnins. ghosts an sich, an I hope it
will stay all rigbt. be an ole man. an in
my time Ize met up wid heaps o' sich stuff.
It ar' my candid lielief, based on sixty
y'arso' walkin 'round on top dis y'arth,
dat de man who runs bizness 'cordin to
dreams an signs was bo'n fur a fule an
jist missed it by an inch! I haiut gwine to
be so arbitrary as to say dat eull'd folks
can't see ghosts sittin in de cane seat
rockin cheer at midnight, wid deir eyes
a-rollin an' deir teef a-clashim, or dat dcy
shan't h'ar death ticks in de wall an
strange whispers Hoatlnin denir. I simply
say dat members of dis club who see an
h'ar sich things will git down stairs an
out o' dis organizashun wid such sudden
rapid n'ss dat race bosses can't ketch 'em!
We will now bust up de meetin nn go
Getting Toned Up.
There was a fakir with an electrical ma
chine on wheels in the public square at
Chattanooga. Any one wanting his sys
tem toned up had only to hand him a
nickel and grasp the handles attached to
the battery. Business was growing a lit
tle slack when an old darky couple man
and wife came along and paused to see
and hear. After three or four minutes the
husband turned and said:
"Linda, I'ze gwine ter jfit my sistem
"Shoo, now, Moses! Doan' yo' dun go
foolin around 'bout yo'r sistem. Yo'r sis
tem's all right."
"I'ze feelin powerful bad jess now,
Linda. Reckon it might take dat feelin o'
"I'ze a-tellin yo' not to fool wid dat ar
masheen, Moses!" she vicrorouslv replied.
"Mebbe it's good fur de sistem, an mebbe
it 11 dun knock you frew de middle of next
week. You's too ole to take chances
"Keep quiet, honey. Reckon I know
what's fur de best. Hold dis washbo'd
while I git toned up."
GETTING TONED CP.
He passed over his nickel and seized the
handles. It was one of those batteries
which hangs onto a man until the current
is shut off, and the longer it hangs the
stronger the current becomes. The old
man had got about enough, and his back
was arched up and his feet spread apart,
when two dogs began fighting a few yards
away. The crowd made a rush, and the
old man at the handles was forgotten un
til he began yelling at the top of his voice.
As soon as the current was turned off he
dropped in a heap. We carried him to the
walk and laid him on his back and threw
water in bis face, and after three or four
minutes he opened his eves and (rasped out:
"Dat-dat yo', Linda?""
"Yes, dat's I!" she sternly replied.
"An what'sdun got de ruattah wid me?"
"De mattah wid yo', Moses? De mattah
widyo'? Why yo' dun saw a brass bar!
on wheels, an yo' paid five cents to git yo'r
sistem toned up by takin hold of' de
handles. Yo's got de tone! Yo'r mouf is
all d rawed around on yo'r shoulder, dat
left eye is all cocked up an boaf yo'r kneee
am wobblin like a rabbit in a bresh fence.
Git up, ole man git up an cum along an
bring dat tonewid yo', and be dun glad yo'
hain't an ole fool nigger no mo' I Yo's
bin toned, an yo's jess like a white gem'
I said to my mother, I will become a
messenger boy and support this family in
luxury, and so I went to the man who
bosses the office on Broadway and stated
my ambition. He said to me, are you a
rapid boy, and I told him I was the rap
idist boy in New York. He said, very well,
and he gave me what my ambition had
craved. I am there yet. I am No. 14 in
the office, and when I am sent out I am
chain lightning. I carried a message to
Russell Sage one day, and he looked at me
and said, why this rapidity of promptness?
And I said, it is my way, honored sir, and
I cannot hesitate to linger. He said, you
have started in right, and you will some
day lie blown up with a bomb and have
richness of wealth. After that I was more
rapid than before.
I met a editor on a Sixth avenue train.
He watched me closely for a long time,
and when he was assured of my untiring
vigilance he said to me that I should write
up my life and adventures for the public
to read. It would lead other boys to be
rapid and generous. He took a dime out
of his pocket and seemed about to hjm jt
to me as n reward for my unwearied zeal,
hilt his mind changed over and he restored
it q TTfe refe;:lacle, I was not quite so
rapid after TuaL
One day when I met a telegraph boy in
ExcliarYge place he said to me: "You are a
fool for your quick rapidity I have been
promoted three times, and yet I linger tg
saunter when carrying a telegram." I
said it was my ambition to lie the chained
lightningest messenger in New York, and
he said, you are a noble Uar. Tb.en we
fit. I licked. When he had been inglorl
ously vanquished I said to him, you can
now see the value of my rapid suddenness
and I hope you will reform and become an
I was sent in answer to a call from a
spacious mansion on Fifth avenue. I was
there with such incalculable rapidity that
the lady of the house says boy, I have seen
much rapid swiftness in my time, but
nothing to equal this. How do you man
age it? And I SAid it was the fires of am
bition blazing in my vouthful breast. I
should be proud to call you my son, she
aoisl on1 eri.. irn v-i ma on otra rilrl fvt
said, and she gave me an extra nickel to
assist me In my determined efforts to at
I met a policeman as I was passing up
Fourth avenue with my inconceivable sud
denness. He halted me and said boy, why
this unseemly haste to overtake your des
tination? And I said because I am working
in the interests of my employers, honored
officer, and I hope by the exercise of un
paralleled energy to merit promotion and
thus to fill the measure of my overpower
ing ambition. This is all at present.
Imitators and Impostors.
The tint quailed success of Allcock's
Porous Plasters as an external remedy has
induced ucfcrupulous partite to offtr im
itations, which they endeavor to sell on
the reputation of Allcock's. It is an
absurdity to speak of them in the same
category as the t r.:: porous plaster.
Their pretentions are unfounded, their
vaunlce merit unsupportid y facts, their
alleefd superiority to or equality with
Allcock's a false pretense.
Mhe ablest medical practitioners and
chemis;s and thousands of grateful pat
ients uniu in declaring Allcock's Porous
I Plasters the best
external remedy ever
Beware of imitations, do noi be deceiv
i ed by misrepresentation. Ask for All
I cock's and It t no solicitation or txplan-
ation induce you to accept a substitute.
Sidewalk brick at T- H. ElMs'.
Both the method and results when
Syrup of Figs is taken; it is pleasant
and refreshing to the taste, and acta
gently yet promptly on the Kidneys,
I Liver and Bowelg, cleanses the SV9
IX, cfflDMnn,- rliclc
aches and fevers and cures habitual
constipation. Syrup of Figs is the
only remedy of its kind ever pro
duced, pleasing to the taste and ac
ceptable to the stomach, prompt in
its action and truly beneficial in its
effects, prepared only from the most
healthy and agreeable substances, its
many excellent qualities commen d it
to all and have made it the most
popular remedy known.
Syrup of Figs is for sale in 75c
bottles by all leading druggists.
Any reliable druggist who may not
have it on hand will procure it
promptly for any one who wishes
to try it. Manufactured only by the
CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO.,
8AM FBAMOISOO, OAX.
Louisville, ky. new yore, jr. X
3. E. KE1DY.
T. J5. KK1DY.
We now have seme flrht-class bargains in real
estate which will net all the way f roro 8 t 12 per
cent on the investment, it win be to the Interest
of pa-ties who have their money placed at a less
rate of Interest to call andeiaminattit e bargains.
Room 4. Mitchell & I.ynde banding, ground
floor, in rear of Urlchel! A 1 ynce bank.
Tell yonr Grocer
you mutt have
J. B. ZIMMER,
Hae net received a large irrc'.ce of the latcn Imported atd Domestic Spring and Summer
Snitings. which he is selling at f 25.00 and np. Bis line of overcoatings cannot be excelled
wcit of Chicago. A very fine line of pants, which he is selling at fC .00 aEd np. Call early
and make onr selection while the stock is complete.
Stab Block, Opposite Haepeb Hotjbe.
OLD GUARD HAND-MADE
J. X. DIXON
And Dealer in Mens' Fine Woolens-
1705 fiucond Avenue
C. J. W. SCHREINER,
Contractor etnd Builder,
1121 and 1183 Fourth avenne. Residence 111 Fonnfc svetine.
Plans and specifications furnished on all classes of work : also agent o f filler's Patec aside
Sliding Blinds, gomething new, stylifh and desirable.
HORST VON KOEOKRITZ,
ANALYTIC AND DISPENCING
Will he located on Fifth avenue and
Proprietor of the Brady Street
I All k.nde of Cnt Flowers constantly on hand.
Green Honeee Flower Store-
One block north of Central Park, the large.t if la. SOi Brady Street. DaTtnportJowa.
Office and Shop Corner Seventeenth 81
and Seventh Avenue,
'All kinds of carpenter work a specialty.
Every MAN who would
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