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Devoted to the interests of THE MASSES. A Fearless, Aggressive, Progressive Advocate of All Reforms. PUBLISHED EVERY TUESDAY EVENING. W. 0. CIIAMPE, Editor. W E Alexander, ) Associate Eds. J. M. Alexander, ) SUBSCRIPTION RATES : Local edition, per year, - - $1.00 Foreign edition, " - - - 50 K. R. P. A. prohibition and Resubmission. It is not without regret that we witness the effort of Prohibitionists to create a prejudice against the proposition of the last legislature submitting to the people, in 1892, the question of holding a constitu tional convention to revise and amend the constitution now in force. To assume, as did the late Prohibi tion convention, that the proposition is a re-submission scheme, is entire ly unwarranted, for the facts do not justify the charge. The members of that convention knew that a proposition to re-submit was voted down by the last legislature. If they had reflected that no vote of any kind was to bo taken until 1892, and then only as to whether a con vention should be held, they would have seen the absurdity of their position. Now, suppose the people vote for a convention in '92, the in-1 coming legislature will have to pro-! vide for its being chosen, and its work will go before the people for approval or rejection ; so that the question of re-submission cannot be , voted on till '94, if at all. Now, we believe the constitution, aside from the prohibitory clause, should be amended. Some of the best lawyers and prohibitionists be lieve in a constitutionol convention because we have outgrown the old constitution. The people can, and ought to, be trusted with their own affairs ; so let the question come up on its own merits, and be voted on accordingly. Shrewd bankers and other men with money have been buying a great many farms in western Kansas within the past year, getting title to them for little more than the mortgage. These buyers will real ize from fifty to three hundred per cent, on the money they actually invested. Ottawa Republican. In other words, the farmers of western Kansas ltave had to give up their farms to the mortgagees. No doubt,' every time one of those farms was gobbled up, some Repub lican paper of that section got upon the house-top so- to speak and yelled, "Another mortgage releas ed !" That's the way they do in this part of the state. What is It? If the present so-called Republic an party is not a secret political party, then what is it ? We haven't heard of its being denied that the Knights of Reciprocity is a secret political order. Then if it be a se cret political order, it is a partisan one, of Republican origin. Its signs, grips and objects are partisan Republican politics. Next is the Republican league, a pledge-bound order, also of Republican party origin. This one is the outside sentinel or door of the order of Knights of Reciprocity. These two are a unit within and for the party, trying to save the life and success of the party. Their objects are one and the same. If we were going to write the name of its se cret order, we would write as follows: Order of R. P. pledge bound league of Khights of Reci procity; which, when itterpreted, would mean, Republican party in secret league, bound and pledged Jo protect capitalist monopolies and combinations of trusts. That Bogus Resolntion. We are in recoipt of a letter from Byron T. Park, of Erin, N. Y., con taining a clipping from the New York Advertiser relative to the al leged Hutchinson resolution, pub lished by the Interior-IIerald. We have published the bogus resolution and the resolution that was really passed by the reform editors at Hutchinson ; hence, we think it un necessary to publish them again. We will simply say, for the benefit of our correspondent, that the bo-! rus resolution is a lie, made out of whole cloth, and was published and circulated for the sole purpose of injuring the People's party. . The Republican Calamity League party adopts thesame old stereotyped campaign resolutions, make the same old stereotyped campaign speeches, with one or two excep tions, which are, first: They now give the People's party the whole amount of abuse that they formerly have been giving the Democrat par ty ; and second, they leavo out that resolve, that "prohibition is the fixed policy of the state, and that the party is in favor of enforcing the prohibitory law." So we see it has unloaded prohibition and taken its load of abuse off the Democrat party and heaped it on the People's party. We says calamity is not making the party change from bad to worse. Trying to dethrone the money king, while leaving the beer king undisturbed, is like trying to carry a hornet's nest while the hornets are in it. The Beacon. Trying to dethrone the beer king while leaving the money king un molested, that stands behind the beer king, is like trying to kill a mad Dull by cutting off its tail ; or trying to raise hornets without a nest. The way to kill a mad bull is to cut off its head. The way to get j rid of hornets is to destroy their nests. The way to down the beer monopoly, or any other monopoly, is to knock the money power from under it. It's the power that is holding up the cussedness we have in our government. Calamity Republicans, and How Mortgages are Being Paid oil in Kansas. We clip the following from the Iowa Tribune : The census bureau has sent out its report of the mortgage indebt edness of Kansas. The report shows that the estimates used by the Alliance speakers and writers have been accurate. The total mortgage debt of the state is $2,35, 485,105. This is all. on farms and lots, and does not include the state and railroad land contract debt, amounting to $7,061,718. Of this total debt 167 millions is upon acres and 68 millions on lots. Thirty four per cent, of the debt on acres is in the western half of the state and sixty-six per cent, on the east ern half. The assessed valuation of all property in the state, except rail roads, is only $290,593,711. The mortgage debt equals eighty-one per cent, of this. The Kansas Republican papers ought to begin action against Por ter at once for "slandering their state, advertising their bankruptby, discouraging immigration and driv ing away foreign capital." Porter has certainly given the Kansas Re publican editors a very black eye, but they come up smiling with a new lie about the rapidity with which the farmers are paying off their mortgages. A Stevens coun ty, Kansas, farmer, who has until recently been a staunch Republican, writes under date of August 26th to the Chicago Sentinel as follows : "The editior of the Topeka Cap ital, (Aug. 16, 1891), a leading Re publican daily paper, devotes much space to prove that the fanners of Kansas are in a prosperous condi tion ; not borrowing a dollar but paying off their farm mortgages at a rapid rate. He quotes figures from the rec ords to prove what abomtnable liars the "calamity howlers" are. He names Stevens county, and that is what I wish to explain, and what is true of this county is true of all tlie southwestern counties in the state. He takes the month of July, 1891, and shows how many mortgages were filed for record none. In another column shows mort gages paid off and canceled (large amounts.) Now for the facts in the case. Long before July, 1891, every loan company doing business in this county withdrew their agents. Not a dollar can be had on any terms. Then, again, the amount of can celled mortgages as shown is noth ing more or less than the poor farmer, who was threatened with immediate foreclosure and could not meet his interest coupons semi annually and had waived his right of appraisement, (knowing the land would not bring one-half the indebt edness, and if sold at forced 6ale, would leave a heavy personal judg ment over him) reluctantly agree ing to deed his cherished home to the loan company. Many of them did not receive a dollar ; some few were paid ten or fifteen dollars be cause it was cheaper than foreclos ure. Not . a single farm mortgage in this county was paid off by the mortgagor. That Telegraph Report. The following is an extract taken from Col. L. L. Polk's speech deliv ered at Iowa's capital : "The telegraphic report," he said, "was a lie utterly without founda tion ; there was no such demonstra tion ; he was as safe on the streets of Wichita as in his own city of Raleigh ; he had never been in or about a confederate prison in his life ; had never reached a higher rank than third lieutenant in the confederate army ; had never cap tured but one Union prisoner, and if he were here to-day he would testify that he had treated him as a brother. He would give $1,000 to any man who would produce any reliable evidence contradictory to this denial. The report was in its conception, its spirit and its utter ances, a wicked, malicious, coward ly lie." Col. Polk then denounced in the most emphatic manner those who would tear afresh the nation's wounds, and who were determined to prevent if possible a fraternal union of the producers north and south. He declared that in the south the Farmers' Alliance has been the most potent factox in bring ing back 'reconciliation. With much emphasis he declared that any man who in the south would appeal for support on the ground of dead prejudice would be politically buried by the Alliance, which controlled the majority of the Democratic votes of the south. Who ever ( waved the bloody shirt there would be buried, with the unsanguined garment as Ins shroud, face down ward, and told to scratch to the place where he belonged. In North Carolina, he said, any speaker who abused the north would be hooted off the stand. Unfortunately both north and south a few newspapers and loud-mouthed fellows misrepre sented the feelings of their sections, and the honest people had long been misled, but thank God, the scales have fallen from our eyes, and from your eyes, .and we know that on both sides there is but oris feeling: a desire, to seo this country become free." There was never a time when our hearts did not beat in unison, but our party bosses did not want us to know it. I appeal to the young men who bear no wounds of war, whose ears have never heard the beat (f the war drum, whose eyes have never seen the red glare of battle, and whose hearts should have none of the hatred, animosity and prejudice of other years to heed this message of peace we brng to you. In 1865 God de creed I repeat, God decreed we should be one people, and let us not with our puny efforts try to set aside the intentions of the Almighty. Send Ten Cents for a bundle of Reform papers for distribution among your weak-kneed friends. Get up a club. Send for rates.