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VOL. 6.
GARNETT, KANSAS, AUGUST 2,, 1895.
NO. 11.
Devoted to the interests of
THE MASSES.
A. 'Fearless, Aggressive, Progressive Advocate of
All Reforms.
W. 0. CHAMPE and ANNA CHAMPE Editors.
J. M. Alexander, ) . . .
W. II. Ambrose, '(Associate Ed.tors.
SUBSCRIPTION, ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR.
N. R. P. A. X K. R. P. A.
RUM AND RICHES.
A CONGRESSMAN GRAPHICALLY DESCRIBES
CLOSING SCENES OK CONGRESS.
We clip the following from M. W. Wilkins'
paper, the New Charter, of San Jose, Cal.:
When a man enters congress, he must choose
one of two things. If he wishes to be courted
and feted by Washington society; if he desires
the praise of the monopoly press; if he is look-,
iug after fat places for his relatives and friends;
if his heart longs for the smiles of aristocracy
and the fawuing of sycophants, he has only to
be the willing tool of monopoly, and all these
things are within his grasp. If thus he chooses,
his. future pathway is strewn with flowers, and
for him there is the purple and fine linen of
Dives.
. 611 the ' other hand, if he champions the
cajise of the people, and stands up for the na
tion's toilers, and antagonizes the Shylocks
who are enslaving the yeomanry of the coun
try, he will be called a crank, an agitator and
an , Anarchist. He will be scorned by society,
maligned, abused and ridiculed by the monop
oly press, and treated discourteously and snttb
ioed by those in power, and given to understand
t .hat he has no influence with the administra
tion.; ...
- This condition confronts every man who is
chosen to represent the people, and he must be
come an ally of .the aristocracy of wealth, and
desert the people, or stand up for the rights of
the people and be hated by the money power.
Surrounded by lobbyists and corruptionists,
with unlimited money to purchase votes, with
.avenue after avenue to luxury and ease contin
ually open to the mental vision, surrounded by
vice and profligacy, is it to be wondered that so
many of , our public men fall victims to the
temptation, and forget the poor toilers who
labor in the mines and forests, the vineyards
and the fields, and who are looking to their
leaders in such intense, tearful suspense?
With an earnest desire to reveal to the Amer
ican people this most shocking state of affairs,
and show them the sources of the great danger
which menaces us, I wrote my book "If Christ
Came to Congress." The pictures there drawn
are, no doubt, vivid and startling, but this is
because- they are true all taken from real life.
" The plutocratic press all over the country is
leaping abuse and vituperation on me for draw
ing aside the veil, so that the voters of this
country might look upon this shocking scene of
' corruption, shame and debauchery, and I have
been threatened with ostracism by Washington
society and expulsion from congress because of
' the revelations-and exposures I have made; but,
'.in spite of 'kl this,' I propose to wield ntv pen
and raise, my voice, in behalf of the honest toil
ers who have elected me to congress, and to
"cry aloud and spare not" until every man in
the land shall be acquainted with the true situ
ation and stirted to action. .
Let me conclude with a picture of the closing
scenes of the session of congress which expired
March 4th. It was the holy-Sabbath day, and
the church bells were ringing merrily over the
city. In the capitol, champagne flowed like
water; Committee rooms became temporary
brothels. Women of ill repute swarmed the
corridors, and sang songs in the public restau
rants with inebriated congressmen.' "I have
seventy-five dozen glasses out," said Tom Mur
ry, the disgusted caterer of the House restau
rant. That tells the story of the committee
rooms better than any words of mine could
utter. '
In front of the main door is a perfect cloud
of gentlemen interested in legislation. Some
are comparatively new. Thousands and hun
dreds of thousands of dollars are to be won or
lost in the next few hours.
Around at the other door are more, lobbyists,
and among them are some women. Backed up .
against the marble pillars everywhere are mem
bers buttonholed and on the defensive. Some
of these women are notorious. The very fact
that they are brought to bear upon any item of
legislation is enough to stamp it with condemna
tion. There , were poker games in the committee
rooms, and the sideboards were stocked with
the best liquid refreshments which can be
bought with the contingent fund. There were
the house and senate bars, where every one,
from the most respected citizen to the lowest
strumpet, could obtain a drink.
An aged senator passed into a private room,
with a hilarious member of the demi-monde on
each arm. '
A congressman was carried away by his
frieuds, fighting-drunk. A woman, with her
dainty-booted foot elevated on a committee ta
ble, and a glass of champagne elevated in her
hand, was singing a merry song, while a dozen
members and their friends sat around smoking
and enjoying the society of "the "lady."
But this is enough. I will cease. All of
this beneath the jeweled dome, between the
marble walls of the temple of liberty, amid the
royal surroundings of art expressed in bronze
and marble and the exquisite touch of the paint
er's brush. ' M. W. Howard.
More "Redeeming."
A patient "confined in the Topeka asylum
died last week and was sent to his .former home
at Hays City. The friends did not think the
corpse looked natural and the coroner was call
ed in. He empanelled a jury which returned '
the following verdict :
"The said jurors upon their oaths do say that
Gust Matter came to his death while a patient
of the insane asylum at Topeka, Kansas, by
having his neck broken, and we further find that
Dr. Eastman, superintendent of the asylum,
misrepresented the cause of his death."
This Dr. Eastman was removed by Governor
Lewelling and re-appointed by the present
"business" administration. But why is the
very pure State Journal so silent ? Hutchin
Gazette. The gold basis has been tried and found to
be a failure. The promised prosperity and in
flux of foreign capital has not materialized.
This foreign capital is a great will o' the wisp.
It is always just beyond reach, for some reason .
easily explained by the "financiers." It might
be better to have an adequate system of finance
of our own so that foreign capital would not be
needed. Let congress exercsse its constitution
al power "to coin money and regulate the value
thereof," instead of allowing a foreign country
do the regulating. Topeka State Journal.
Ex-Governor St. John speaks at Battle
Creek, Mich., August iith, instead of the 3d,
as we stated last week.
UNION REFORMERS' PLATFORM.
Following is the platform adopted at Staten
Island by the conference of united reformers.
It certainly is a good platform:
"As a basis of a union of reform forces.
"1. Resolved "That we Demand Direct Leg
islation, the Initiative and the Referendum in
national, state and lacal matters ; the Impera
tive Mandate and Proportional representation.
"2. That we demand that when any branch
of legitimate business becomes a monopoly in
the hands of a few against the interests of the
many, that industry should be taken possession
of, on just terms, by the municipality, the state
or the nation, and administered by the people.
"3. That we demand the election of presi-.
dent and vice-president and of U. S. Senators ,
. by direct vote of the people, and also of all
civil officers as far as practicable.
"That we demand equal suffrage without
distinction of sex.
"5. That as the land is the rightful heritage of
the people, we demand that no tenure should .
hold without use and occupancy. . ,
"6. That we demand the prohibition of the
liquor traffic for beverage purposes, and govern
mental control Of the sale for medical, scien
tific and mechanical uses.
"7. That all money paper, gold and silver
should be issued by the national government
only, and made legal tender for all payments,
public or private, on future contracts, and in
amount adequate to the demands of business.
"That we demand the free and unlimited
coinage of silver and gold at the ratio of 16 to
JUST TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE."
. It has recently, developed that Mr. Pullman f
didn't increase wages at. all, as was reported,
but merely increased the hours of the men,- so
that while they are enabled to make z little
more money the rate of pay remains the same.
It did seem strange that the tiger had ceased to
devour flesh.
Howard Citizen : "I reads dot Governor
Morrill ish going pack east on a visit soon,"
said one of our industrious German farmers
Saturday. "Now I likes to no ven he goes
init a hotel pack dere, vere vill he register from
now, py golly."
There are two kinds of people on earth to-day,
Just too kinds of people, no more, I say.
Now the sinner and saint, for 'tis well under
stood That the good are half bad, and the bad are
half good.
Not the rich and poor, for to count a man's
wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience
and health.
Not the humble and proud, Tor in life's little
span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man. " '
Not the happy and sad for the swif-tflying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his
tears.
No ; . the two kinds of people on earth I mean, '
Are the people who lift and the people who
lean.
Wherever you go you will find the world's
masses .
Are always divided in just these two classes.
And oddly enough you will find too, I ween,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.
In which class are you ? Are you easing the
load
By over-taxed lifters who toil down the road ?
Or are you a leaner, who lets others bear
Your portion of labor and worry and care ?
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Treasury Looter.
Under this head, we find a sensible letter to
the Farmer's Tribune, containing the following
startling facts : .
On January ir, 2,467,660 of paper money
was redeemed in gold by the secretary of the
treasury. No other government on earth would
pay out gold in that way, in place of redeem
ing with the kind of money issued by the gov
ernment in time of need when gold and silver
hid in. old greedy Shylock's coffers.
Redeeming intelligent money , of progress !
Money tuat had to be issued in case of. war to '
save the nation. Shylocks managed by their
lobyists, Belmont, Morgan & Co., to have that
word "except" engrafted on the back of all
the money with the fiat upon paper, except six
ty millions, which was the only cause of its
not being as good as gold, that clause prevent
ing it from doing all that the money with the
government fiat on metal would do. The mon
ey power has been gathering all the green
backs in and then presenting them at the gov
ermrient treasury for what they call redemption
in coin. Carlisle, a tool of monopolyr makes
the exchange and then issues bonds to get the .
gold back into the treasury. Takes this mon
ey which draws no interest out of circulation,
where it is so badly needed, and gives the mon
ey kings interest drawing bonds in place of it,
for an oppressed people to pay . interest on.
Mercury, Hickory, N. C.
"Moaejr lor do BreaekloV
It was election day. A minister of the gos
pel and a brewer met at the polls.
Brewer, Veil, minister, I subbose you votes
init dem venatics vot tinks beer vas awful
boison!
Minister: Oh, no! I guess not. I vote as
you do.
Brewer: Vot! I votes for peer and men who
helps me in my peesness. Let me see der dicket.
Veil, now, ish not dat goot? You h and
bray all der dime against mine peesness, but ven
you comes to vote, you vote shust like me and
all der saloon mens. Don'd you know ven dem
vimens vas round to get money, I vas shust so
mat. I geifs no money to a man vat interferes
mit my peesness. But now I sees you did not
mean anytings by der breachin' and der brayin'.
You do it shust to blease dose vimens and fools
vot say ve shall make no more peer. Veil,
shust as long as you votes right, you may breach
and bray, 'cause dem vot drink mine peer don'd
hear you, and he drinks' shust as much as if
you don'd breach. Here; I now geifs you ten
dollar,' and I geifs you so much efery year shust
so long as you votes mit me.
Minister: Oh, no! I could not take that. It
would be selling my vote which would not be
right, you know.
Brewer: Oh, veil! I see. I not geifs yon
der money for der vote, but for der breachin'
and der brayin', ven you means nodingby it.
Now.geif me your dicket, and I geif you mine,
and ve go oud and put dem in der pox, and I
tells der bcoples you votes shust like me, and I
votes shust like you; and der next dime dem
vimens come round, I geifs lots of money for
der breachin' and der brayin'. Union Signal.
When the writer visited Mrs. Lease's "den"
at her home in Wichita, he noticed a picture of
Senator W. A. Peffer in a conspicuous place.
Speaking of the Senator, Mrs. Lease said: "I
consider Senator Peffer the grandest, noblest
man in our national legislature. He is abso
lutely pure and incorruptible. By. the way, he
would make splendid presidential timber."
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