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TWOT TTF - A -TXT Willi Official County Paper Wa-KEENEY, KANS-, JUNE 24, 1911 33 rd Year Number 17 WES V v. CARRIE NATION Was Obesed With Desire for Wealth; Says Press Agent. John M. Gregory, who was for a time press agent for Mrs. Carrie Na tion, has written the article printed below, which he has entitled "The Tragedy of Carrie Nation. " He vouches for the correctness of the ar ticle, saying that it is true in every detail. "When the newspapers of June 10 flashed the news that Carrie Nation, the Kansas saloon-smasher, had died at Leavenworth, Kan., the night be fore, a pitying smile went over the country. The notice of her death: served only to bring back to the minds of the public the Carrie of ten years ago the fiery, fearless, saloon smashing, journalistic joke, who served to hit the national sense of humor as the acme of the screaming ridiculous. - "And therein lies the grim tragedy of the life of Carrie Nation. The pa thos of this gray-haired, broken-hearted, fanatical old woman is inseparable from the humor she aroused. Both pathos and humor were with her through the years when she thunder- d s damnation to saloonists and wreaked destruction to their places of business. -It was many times more in evidence at her death bed, when, broken in spirit and mind, she breathed her last with none of those with whom and" for whom she had fought to soothe her dying hours. Two nieces, a strange hospital sur geon and a head nurse were her only attendants. "The lwo dominant features of Carrie Nation's character were dia metrically opposed. On the one side was the crusader, the - leader, the fearless fanatic boldy defying the world; greedy for "money and seeking the best method for gettingit; alive to the value of advertising and quick to grasp the dramatic and sensation al; a grafter of the lowest kind; a mi ser in her love for gold; a glutton for publicity; a leech; a money-vampire. "On the other hand was her simple motherly character, as lovable as that of any woman I have ever known. Sometimes she would make one won der how she could be the termagant she was. She rarely referred to her smashing tour, and when she did it was with a quiet little laugh, her gray eyes sparkling and her fist clenched as she would describe how the men-would flee the saloon by the rear door when she entered the f ron't. The waste, the injustice, the crimin al side of her actions, never seemed to enter her head. "Many of Carrie Nation's sensation al deeds were inspired by her press agents or the press agents of the the aters in which, during a few years, she worked. She was keen, too, in making her contracts, She received from $250 to $1000 a week for lectur ing at theatres, and always with the .privilege of selling in the lobby her little gold hatchet pins and the his tory of her life. This privilege . would net her from $100 to $250 a week extra. "The first work I did for her was as a press agent for a theatre in At lanta, Ga. The house was putting on sensational plays at popular prices, and Carrie Nation was signed for two twenty-minute lectures each day, for which she received $500 for the week . Union Pacific New and Direct Route TO Yellowstone VIA Denver and Salt Lake , I-iO-w Fares 3 Fast Trains Daily v See Denver, Salt Ialce and the "Rockies" Electric Ligl-ited Observation Trains H. G. KAILL, A. G. P. A. . 901 Walnut Street, KANSAS CITY, Ha -Bell-Mai 6S30 Phono Ha with the usual lobby privileges. The house manager chose "Ten Nights in a Bar Room" for the week's production and Mrs. Nation's profits for the period amounted to nearly $1000. "In spite of the money she made, she refused absolutely to stop at a first-class hotel. She preferred rath er to go to a cheap place, because, she said, she needed her money more than the hotel-keepers did. Not a single suggestion made by me, with a view., to making her stay in Atlanta more sensational, was re jected by her. She arrived Sunday night and early Monday morning be gan her ecusade. There was a big ad vertisement for cigarettes in a drug store window in the center of the city, in which a man made up to rep resent a manikin, with electric wires attached, smoked cigarettes. I sug gested that Mrs. Nation pull him out of the window backwards. . "Of course there was a big crowd in front of the window and the little old woman saw her first chance for a sensation. She marched determined ly into the store, stopped in the cen ter and began a tirade against ciga rette smoking. Then, when the store became crowded with people, she went to the window, opened the back of it, grasped the performer inside by the scruff of the neck and yanked him to the floor. The manikin was so surprised that he became galvan ized into the liveliest lay-figure imag inable and the crowd roared. The next day the window was empty and remained so for the rest of Carrie Nation's stay in Atlanta. "I suggested to her that Governor Hoke Smith was an inveterate smok er, "is he? Well, let s go to see him,-" she said. It'll make good newspaper take, won't it?" "We went to' Hoke Smith's office, but that gentleman was too shrewd for Mrs. Nation. He recognized her when she opened his door without being announced, and immediately threw his cigar into acuspidor. Mrs. Nation was satisfied to give him a mild reprimand, and we left for more fertile fields. . "Down to the police station the lit tle woman marched, followed by a crowd, which jeered and laughed at her. When we went into the station the chief was seated at his desk smoking a big black cigar. Mrs. Na tion went up to him, grasped the ci gar and crushed it in her hand. "Don't you know you are smoking yourself into hell?" she screamed. Then she lit into the chief and gave him the warmest ten minutes he had experienced for some time. "Of course the newspapers were full of Mrs. Nation's doings, and none could be more pleased at the publicity than she. She would get out on the street at 7 o'clock in the morning and work until the matinee. I asked her once why she did it. It's good advertising son," she smiled. It gets the people into the theater, and we need the money" "Mrs. Nation cleared nearly $150,- 000 from her lectures in churches and theaters. She would refuse, however to go to a church if a theater made her a better offer. A minister once upbraided her for this, but she snap ped him up with, "When I fish I go where the fishes are." 1 "It is a bitter commentary on her life that she died leaving an estate of only $10,000. All the money she National Park i-Kain 1109 made went to support useless tracts and grafting editors of various so called prohibition papers. One paper, published in Washington, D. C,, ate up thousands of dollars of her money. She even mortgaged her home, she told me, to help keep this paper go ing. Her estate consisted of a few houses and lots in Shawnee and Guthrie, Okla., -an insurance policy and a bank account of $1,000 in Alex andria, Va. Her only daughter, Mrs. Charlion A. McNab, received the es tate. The Woman's Christian Tem perance Union of Kansas was left Mrs. Nation's autobiography, "Book of My Life." 'Mrs. Nation died of paresis, brought on by a nervous breakdown from worry over a lawsuit to recover money due for her lectures. She died as she had lived after she found herself famous. She was obessed with the desire to get money. I have always been In doubt whether or ,not She was sincere in , her prohibition fight or whether she saw in it a method for gain. She was either a shrewd, unscrupulous business wo man, or she was insane. I am more inclined to believe, from the contra dictions in her character, that she lost her mind before her first saloon- smashing expedition. 'It was Carrie Nation's boast that when she died the Lord would raise up other woman to 'carry the nation'. The pity of her life shows the futili ty of a hopeless task. .When she died her own Kansas, which she made 'dry' was overrun , with boot leggers and dives. She witnessed the prohibition wave surge over the south. At her death she saw the re action, and that the southern states had begun to repeal the laws which they found, impossible to enforce. It. was these facts, it is said, that v went far toward making her a broken, dis- j appointed old woman during her last years, when anyone could lead her I without resistance. The hopelessness of her efforts to establish a reform through fanaticism, the ceaseless de mands of the blood-suckers who lived from her earnings, her lonely life and her death without friends to comfort her - made "the tragedy . in - Carrie Nation's life." Topeka Daily Capi tal. ' - BOND ISSUE The interest on $7000 for twenty years at 5 per cent is $7000. The in terest on the same for two years at 6 per cent is only $840. Let the .vot er take his choice. A Farewell Party Given te Will Porter Thursday night the neighbors of Will Porter all gathered at his bache lor quarters and gave him a farewell party. The evening was . spent in dancing and general conversrtion. The ladies brought ice cream and cake which was served during the evening. Will says there will be no more baching for him in his new home. Theieighbors were all sorry to lose so good a neighbor and friend from their midst, but wish him prosperity in his new home. He left Sunday morning for Soldier, Kans., where he will farm the coming year. Weather Report Maximum and minimum tempera ture according to the government thermometer at Wa-Keeney for the week ending Wednesday noon. Max. Mm. Thursday 97 68 Friday 92 66 Saturday .81 59 Sunday. 88. ... ....57 Monday 92 55 Tuesday 92 59 Wednesday. . 95 57 1 Within the last week we have had two light showers amounting to a- bout one-fourth inch of rainfall. Dr. M. J. Brown, Specialist, of Salina, will be at the American House, Tuesday, July 11th, El lis, July 12th, prepared to treat the medical and surgical diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat, and glasses scientifically fitted. For Sale 16 acre ranch in north' western Colo; 3-wire fence, all around cross fence, house, barn, well of fine water, 30 acre meadow of timothy and wild hay, 40 acres in cultivaton, 100 more can be cultivated. Will raise from 26 to 40 bu. per acre of wheat, oats, barley, and rye. Free stock range, free coal, half cash, time on balance at $13.50 per acre with crops. L. W. Selby, Meeker, Colo. Itch! Itch! Itch; Scratch! Scratch! Scratch! The more you scratch the worse you Itch. Try Doans Oint ment. It cures piles, eczema,' -any skin itching. All druggist sell it. Capper for Governor Topeka, Kansas, June 12, 1911. Arthur Capper, publisher of the Topeka TJaily Capital and Farmers Mail and Breeze, today announced that he would be a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor at the primary next , year. Mr. Cap per has never been an aspirant for public office and says he would not have thought of asking for this nom ination had it not been suggested and urged by many of the leaders of every element in the party. His de cision to become a candidate was reached by Mr. Capper after a care ful study of the political situation in Kansas. He consulted with many of the state, as well as with the lead ers and is led to believe that his can didacy will be received' with much favor at" both the primary and the election. Mr. Capper states that he A V f. . 1 y -ARTHUR CAPPER is not running as a factional candi date, and he solicits the support of all factions. His formal announce ment is as follows: I am a candidate for the Republi can nomination for Governor and I ask the support of the Republicans ofiJ&snaaa at the primary -etJ;lon In 1912.V : ' 1 I have been interested in progres sive Republicanism; not as a game of political advantage; not for the pur pose of furthering the interests of any faction nor to advance the for tunes of individuals; but as a means of working out sound policies of gov ernment;' of correcting the- abuses that have arisen, and of promoting the rights and the prosperity of all the people. I believe in party organization. I believe in political leadership, but I am now and always have been op posed to political combinations whose power is intended to be used for the benefit of corporate interests and not for the benefit of-fche people gen erally. Enlightened and determined public opinion, working chiefly through the Republican party, has wrought tremendous changes in polit ical affairs in Kansas in recent years. The people are taking the public business more directly into their own hands. Our election machinery has been changed so as. to make it more nearly a real vehicle for the ef fective -expression of the popular will. It is a constructive age in politics; the light is being turned on; evil ten dencies in many directions have been checked; the methods which are against the public good and degrad ing to the public morals are being corrected; the burdens, of taxation are being equalized; and the affairs of the state administered more efficient ly and more honestly than ever be fore. I have faith that Kansas will continue to lead in the study and the solution of the great social and eco nomic Questions upon which all fu ture progress rests. I am in hearty sympathy essentially with the Repub lican program of political progress as it now exists in this state and in the nation, and I have been glad to be in a position to further in some degree tliis great movement. As a Republican candidate for Gov ernor, deeply interested in Republi can success as the best means of fur thering the policies in which I be lieve, I shall stand squarely for measures which I regard as vitally necessary to clean, efficient, progres sive, popular government. I believe in the strictest accountability of the executive to all the people, and if I am elected Governor I shall be under obligations solely to the "people to give the people a business adminis tration, with the same strict atten tion to economical expenditure of the public money I employ . in my own business. I believe that every man who draws a dollar.- from the State Treasury should render full the well known Eye Specialist and Optometrist will again be in Wa-Keeney June 23 and 24 Better have your eyes attended to before it is too late. Strauss has made a life study of the eye, and can givethe very best of references. N. B Strauss is registered with the State. See him at service In return. I shall stand for the' lowest taxes consistent with efficient public ser vice in a growing state; for aggres sive war upon all forms of inefficiency,- graft and political corruption, whether found within my own party or outside of it; for non-partisan ad ministration of the state's schools, colleges, charitable and penal insti tutions; for the strict regulation of public utilities; for fair and equitable transportation rates; for the encour agement of every effort intended to keep corporations within safe and honest bounds; for election laws mak ing the will of the individual voter effective on state and national ques tions; for a more practical system of good roads for the farmer; and for all hopeful, progressive, constructive legislation. I believe still more in human rights. I shall do all in my power to promote decency, sobriety and morality. I promise to enforce all laws now on the statute books. I am in cordial sympathy with the pur-; pose of the. provision of the State, Constitution prohibiting the traffic in intoxicating liquors, and I shall work for its strict enforcement in every portion of the state. I shall stand for everything that will con tribute to the state's material and moral well-being and advancement. If Governor I shall do my best to keep out the grafters: the leeches; the hangers-on; the jobbers; the use less officials, clerks and commissions; to abolish the excessive salaries; the jokers In legislative acts; and the ex travagant appropriations; and shall endeavor to handle . the business of the state with justice and economy and on the broad basis of the great est good to the greatest number. I am deeply interested in the de velopment of our material resources. I believe in the Kansas of yesterday and today and even more in the Kan sas of tomorrow. We are only just beginning our career as a great com monwealth. We should let the peo ple of the world know that this state, which ha" the cleanest and best gov ernment in America, made so under the rule of the Republican party, al so offers tremendous industrial and agricultural possibilities; and that wonderful opportunities await not GRAND CELEBRATION July Fourth This celebration is triven under the ausDices of the Ellis Commercial spared to make the day an enjoyable one. This celebra tion is entirelv on us come and spend the day with us and - visit with old neighbors ana have All Amusements Free!! ' Ne admission will be charted to the ball fame or race track Base Ball Game Hays vs. Collyer There will be several horse races and a number of other amusement features which will be worth while witnessing, there being over $400 driven in prizes. At night there will be a good fireworks display. Trego House only the thrifty, clean handed citi zen, no matter what his color or country, but the ambitious, enter- J prising non-resident manufacturer and business man who seeks a more . promising field. I was born in Kansas; I have lived here all my life; and every interest I have is centered in Kansas. What ever measure of success I have achieved in life has come to me as a citizen of Kansas. I have unbounded pride in the state and unlimited con fidence in the future. I have done what I could for a better and great er Kansas. My continuous residence at the Capital of the state for over twenty-six years has given me unusu al opportunity to become thoroughly familiar with every department of the state's business. I have been a Republican ever since I could vote and j, am proud of the record made by my i (-party in the state and in .the nation. I have advocated certain principles' and certain ideals of public service and I have, endeavored to. Mya . yp to these ideals and these principles. I will make no brass band cam paign for this office. As a candidate -I' shall go before the people with nothing more than a plain, straight- forward platform of the things I be- ' lieve my business experience equips me to do, and my pledges will be lim ited to those I think I can honestly ' fulfill. If I become Governor I will take the office un trammeled by a single promise, expressed or implied, save my public promises to the voters. I do not care to be elected Governor If to do so I must enter into any rela tions with any person; any political -factions or any business interests which will make it impossible for me to serve the public properly. If I oc cupy the executive chair I want to feel that I have been chosen and elected by the rank and file of the voters of this state, and that I owe no allegiance but to them. I want it understood that I am not -; running as a candidate of a faction. I solicit the support of all Republi cans regardless of their former affilia tions, and promise them that if elect ed, I shall be Governor for all fac tions and for all the people, and shall administer the powers entrusted to me without favoritism and without prejudice toward any. Ellis, Kansas Club and no pains will be a good oia lasmonea time.