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Thursday, Dec. 27, 1883.
TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION.
One Corrr, Ose Tear,
" Six Months,
S. K. STKOTHEB.
Mitorx ;. ViibUnher.
The tariff question, while of vital im
portance, should not subordinate every
other interest. An honest government
should be demanded, and the people
should see to it that the monopolies,
corporations and land syndicates, whose
murderous hands are clutching the
throat of the country, are driven from
their usurped strongholds.
The condition of Kansas, so far as
the above powers are concerned, is not
worse than other parts of the country.
The country has suffered, not in one
state but in many states, at the hands
of a party which professes to be the
"friend of the people and the Savior of
the nation." The public domain has
been shamefully and illegally given to
the railroads; the rights of the settler
have been ignored, and to all cries of
distress, to all appeals for justice a deaf
ear has been turned. Granting that
the republican party has the disposition
to right the wrongs which it has in
flicted upon the people, it is yet seen to
be powerless. It is so completely in
the power of the railroad and money
powers that it can do nothing. The
people can not look to it for relief, any
more than Labor can look to Capital
for justice. Some other factor besides
the republican party must right the
abuses and wrongs and tendencies of
the present governmental system.
The democratic executive of Kansas
has pointed toa way of escape from this
relentless, killing power. His labors in
behalf of the common people is an earn
est of what may be expected from the
party when it is accorded power in
higher places. Gov. Gijck's electri
fying message to the Legislature, where
in he pointed to the imperative necessi
ty of railroad reform; his consistent
attitude since; his invaluable assistance
to state agent Crawford in the lat
ter's successful attempt to restore a
million acres of illegally certified land
to settlement, and Ins continued efforts
in the same direction, all point to a new
and brighter era.
"And now," says the Kansas City
Times, "as a last blow, crushing the
flickering hopes of the desponding re
publican politicians, come the develop
ments in the Allen county land case,
showing that a republican executive of
former years, one Honorable Thomas
Osborx, known in his day as the boon
companion of all fast livers at Topeka,
was primarily responsible for that, per
haps, most glaring case of outrage on
the rights of the Kansas settlers, hav
ing at the bidding of the corporations
illegally certified to them the lands in
question, thus driving to the verge of
desperation and ruin hundreds of set
tlers, who even yet do not know wheth
er the courts will ever confirm to them
the title for their homes, which have
been rendered valuable by years of labor.
For the pretentious party of morali
ty, the once dominant republican party
of Kansas, what a scathing rebuke is
afforded by the picture thus thrust be
fore their attention. Let it go to the
cabin home of every settler of Kansas
that one difference between democratic
and republican rule is, that while a re
publican governor at the bidding of
powerful corporations, steals lands
from defenseless settlers, in defiance of
law ; a democratic executive can be de
pended upon to strain every nerve, and
beard the corporations, to restore to
these same settlers their hardly earned
This is a question which should be
removed from the prejudice of partisan
politics ; it is a question which should
be studied calmly and carefully, and
the offenders should be brought before
the bar of public opinion for judgment
and punishment. The facts are unde
niable, and as citizens, not as politi
cians, the voters of this state should
demand a cleansing of so monstrous a
system as the one which now inflicts
and oppresses them.
It "Won Once.
Tilden and Hendricks were elected on
a "tariff for revenue only"' platform. It
is said that Tilden himself formulated
the following aggressive plank in the
platform of 1S76, and on it was won the
We denounce the present tariff, levied
upon nearly 4,000 articles, as a master
piece of injustice, inequality' and false
pretense. It has impoverished many
industries to subsidize a few. It pro
hibits imports that might purchase the
products of American labor. It has de
graded American commerce from the
first to an inferior rank on the high seas.
It has cut down the sales of American
manufacturers at home and abroad and
depleted the returns of American agrik
culture an industry followed by half
our people. It costs the people five
times more than it produces to the
Treasury, obstructs the process of pro
duction, and wastes the fruits of labor.
It promotes fraud, fosters smuggling,
enriches dishonest officials, and bank
rupts honest merchants. We demand
that all custom-house taxation shall be
only for revenue.
"Why should the democrats be afraid
to champion tariff reform on the basis
of a "tariff f orrevenue only?" Hancock
was defeated for no other reason than
that he repudiated, late in the campaign
this distinctive utterance of the platform
on -which he stood. "Honest govern
ment" and a "tariff for revenue only1'
will bo the shibboleths of .victory. Car
lisle stands on alevel with the platform
St. Louis is making a strong bid for
the National Democratic Convention
and the "old ticket." "Western dem
ocrats will favor St. Louis' claim be
cause of her geographical position, and
because a successful ticket was nomi
nated there in 1876. Persons who
have a grain of superstition hi their
bodies will recognize the eminent fit
ness of holding the Convention at St.
'High prices encouraged speculation,
and speculation led to overproduction.'
jVcuj York Sun.
The Sun will soon strike solid ground
in its effort to properly grasp the tariff
question. High protective duties cre
ate high prices; high prices stimulate
production beyond the demand; the
manufactories close until the surplus
goods are disposed of, and the protected
workman suffers in enforced idleness.
The democrats of the Second Con
gressional District, Kansas, should be
alive to the issue of the day. A con
gressman is soon to be elected in that
District to succeed to the seat made
vacant by the deatli of Dudley C.
Haskell, and the fight should be made
on the tariff question. Let the demo
crats nominate a man on a platform
which will directly oppose the protec
tive principle of the present tariff. An
open fight on this issue would be of
national importance, and the democrats
need have no fear of the result.
Allen Sells, of Sells Bros, circus,
was defeated at the recent election in
Topeka for mayor. Bradford Miller,
the prohibition candidate, was elected
by a decisive majority, somewhere in
the neighborhood of 500. Prohibition
is looking up at Topeka, but a number
of prominent saloons are still open.
What is Mr. Miller going to do with
them? All sorts of wickedness and
iniquity should be stamped out of exis
tence. We all agree that such a mi
leimiuni would be welcomed unani
mously. But what will Miller do ?
The irrepressible Sol Miller, of the
Troy Chief, says : "On Cliristmas eve.
the Chief considers everybody its friends
and all who feel like partaking of a
glass or two of the best egg-nog con
cocted'in Kansas, are cordially invited
to come up and stick in a snoot." The
" snoot" accompaniment probably taxed
the philanthropist's generosity. The
prohibition law should be enforced.
The Reflector turned on its water
faucet, and endeavored to satify its
thirsty friends with a liberal supply of
this Garden of Eden liquor. Eggs
were scarce and high at Abilene.
New York Sun: It is
the Republicans should turn out the
Democratic officers of the Senate, and
elect Republican officers. This pro
ceeding does not savor of that strenuous
zeal for civil service reform which ani
mates the breasts of all true Republicans
from Hoar to Maiioxe. It is sad to
notice that our esteemed Republican
contemporaries don't see anything
strange about the course of these Re
publican Senators. Alas! that such
darkness should enshroud the minds of
the grand old party that lives to elevate
the public service and taxes! Can it
be that Eaton- and Gregory and
Thomas lived in vain.
A self-constituted committee of Con
gressmen, led by ex-Speaker Keifer and
others of his stamp, are urging Secreta
ry Folger to suspend the collection of
the tax on warehouse whisky. It is
not probable that Secretary Folger will
listen to the demand. If he should at
tempt to suspend the whiskey tax, his
disgrace and expulsion from office would
naturally follow. There is no law, or
shadow of law, which would justify
such suspension. The whiskey which
is stored in warehouses is the result of
an overproduction in the face of a known
demand. It is a speculating quantity,
and the speculators should be made to
suffer. Certainly the Secretary has no
right to give relief to the whisky ring.
Tuesday night of last week, Major
Henry HoricrKS, chairman of the rail
way commissioners, died at his home
in Leavenworth, and the sad event los
es to Kansas another valued and valuable
citizen. Major Hopkins Avas born hi
England, coming to this country when
very young. He brought a company of
Illinois soldiers to Kansas and joined
the Second Kansas volunteer infantry
in 1861. It is said of him that he pos
sessed a remarkably correct judgment
of men and rare executive ability. As
chairman of the railroad commission he
was in a position to command all the
resources of his mind. His work in
that field is not far enough advanced to
be judged, but had life been spared him
it is believed that it would have been
conscientious and faithful.
The Kansas City Times puts a truth
very directly as follows: "This matter
of a protective tariff goes right home to
the people, to the producer and consum
er on our western prairies. Our Kansas
farmers, after years' of struggles with
border difficulties, with drouths and
floods and other privations, incident to
the settlement of a new country, nave
at last got tolerably forehanded. They
woidd like to enjoy the fruits of their
toil and industry. They can now afford
many of the luxuries of life, or could if
it was not for the insatiable demands
of the eastern protective tariff cormor
ants. Suppose the good farmer's wif e
wants to carpet her new house. She
wants to put on considerable style; say
she has $75 to buy her carpeting. She
comes to Kansas City (or Abilene) and
finds that the carpeting she could get
for S75but for the iniquitous tariff, she
will be required to pay $165, She could
get good English carpets for $75, better
than what she has to pay $165 for. "We
are exact as to figures, because of an il
lustration before us. And yet there are
$100,000,000 surplus for grabbers and
plunderers in the treasury, put there by
this outrageous system for no other
purpose than plunder."
Speaker Carlisle has announced
his committees of the House for the
Forty-Eighth Congress, and his selec
tions give almost universal satisfaction.
The ways and means committee is com
posed of pronounced tariff reformers,
and its chairman is Morrison, of Illi
nois. It is evident, notwithstanding
republican journals to the contrary,
that the democrats in the House will
very decidedly take hold of the tariff
question. The ways and means com
mittee is composed of the following
members: Morrison, Mills, Blount,
Blackburn, Hewitt, of New York,
Herbert, Hurd, Jones, ol Arkansas,
Kelley, Kasson, of Iowa, McKinley, of
Ohio, Hiscock, of New York, and Rus
sell. Mr. Randall is chairman of the
appropriation committee, which is as
follows: Randall, Fornev, Ellis, Hol
man, Hancock. Townslfend, Keifer,
Cannon, Ryan, Colkins, Hoar, and
"Washburne. The above names are a
guarantee that strict economy will be
practiced in the way of government
appropriations. Mr. Anderson, of Kan
sas, is placod on the public lands com
mittee, and the appointment is an ex
cellent and well deserved one. After
the holidays the real work of the ses
sion will begin, and it will then be seen
that the committees were wisely made
up. If "democratic blunders" keep on
leading to a purer government, the peo
ple will not be satisfied imtil the party
" blunders " into complete power.
The leading papers of the East are
bewailing the disappearance from the
high seas of the Yankee sailor, the syn
onym of bright intelligence, boundless
resource and unapproachable courage.
It is a fact that he has disappeared.
"Where, twenty and thirty years ago, the
cheery presence of hundreds of them
could be seen, not more than one exists
to-day. But, twenty and thirty years
ago, American shipping covered the
seas, and merchantmen, flying the stars
and stripes, were seen in every port.
Now, the number of American carrying
vessels is humiliatingly small, and the
Yankee sailor, the best sailor in the
world, has turned his talents in a more
profitable channel. With the decline
of American shipping, came the decline
of the Yankee sailor. "What has driven
American commerce from the seas? One
word answers the question: Protection.
As an illustration of the truth of this
answer: During I860, the culmination
of a democratic free trade era, the value
of goods carried by American vessels
amounted to $507,247,757. During
1877, after 17 years of republican high
tariff rule, the amount had fallen to
$316,670,2S1; and for 18S3 the value of
goods carried by American vessels will
not be worthy even of mention. The
United States, by reason of her posi
tion and her progressive population,
should lead the world in all things.
But high protection has pitiably reduc
ed her to a standing not even re
spectable. It is time for the voters of
this country to look at this tariff ques
tion intelligently and free from party
bias and prejudice.
The Old Story.
Girl in a blaze ; man hi a maze. Girl
accusing; man confusing. Girl storms;
man warms. Girl quickens attack;
man tries to talk back. Man repents (?).
Girl relents. Girl cries ; man lies.
Girl beams ; man schemes. Girl for
gives ; man still lives. And with two
Irving tickets, an opera promise and a
pound of caramels, makes himself as
solid as the democratic platform.
Friday Evening, Dec. 28th.
Largest In The Country!
Smith's Original Mammoth Double
Uncle Tom'S Cabin
Realistic RepresentationGreat Company
25 Celebrated Performers,
S Colored Plantation Singers,
2 Topseys, in Songs and Dances,
2 Marks, the Lawyers,
2 Laughable Trick Donkeys,
6 Mammoth Bloodhounds.
The Jolly Coon Quartette.
Old Time Southern Plantation Scenes ,
Happy Days in the South; We'll
Dance and Sing the Lib-Long Day ;
Magnificent. Allegory and Transfor
mation Scene ; Street Parade by the
NOVELTY DlUJM CORPS.
UNDER AND BY VIRTUE OF A SPECIAL
alias order of sale Issued by the' Clerk of
the District Court of Dickinson County, State or
Kansas, In a cause pending therein, wherein
Robert Chapin Is plaintiff, and John J. Collins
and others are defendants, I sill, on
Jfonday, January 2S0i, A. D., 1884.
at the front aoor of the court house. In the city
of Abilene, County of Dickinson, State of Kan
saat 10 o'clock, A. JL, of said day, seU to the
highest bidder for cash, the rollowlnjr described
real estate, to-tvlt: Lots number one (1), two (2.)
three (3) and four (4), in block number nineteen
(19) in Kuney and Hodge's addition to the town
(now city) of Abilene, In Dickinson County,
State of Kansas. The said real estate will be
sold pursuant to the Judgment of the Court In
said cause recited In salu special alias order of
Witness my hand this 6th day of December,
A. D. 1SS3. HENRY LTTTS,
IS 5tJ Sheriff 01 Dickinson County, KftPS3F,
BATTB & JACKSON,
(Successors to Dr. Crise,)
Dental Parlors Cor. Broadway and Second Sts.,
All operations known to the Dental profession
performed in the most tkillful manner. Teeth
extracted without pain by the use of local anaet
theticd and gas.
I. M. POTTEE,
Woodbine, P. 0., Kas.
Will cry sales of all kinds at reasonable rates.
Satisfaction guaranteedor no pay.
of all kinds.
JB Just received a car load of barbed
wire, which- will be sold at bottom
prices. Agent for the Iron Monitor
Wind Engine. A TLN SHOP attached
with the store. Jg8 Call an see him.
Cor, "Broadway and 4th St.
No. 13 tf. ABILENE, EAS.
THE PALM LEAF PLUG
' CHEWING TOBACCO.
AND THE GUVNOR
5 CENT CIGAR,
FOUND ONLY AT THE
LITTLE RED STORE.
A. K. VANDERBILT, Pro. By
EAST THIRD STREET.
ALWAYS ON HAND.
ICE CREAM AND OYSTERS
FEED aid SALE STABLE.
South side of railroad on Cedar St.,
D. H. Metzger, Pro.
Also proprietor of
Sew Tears. New
Ever brought to the "Western country, comprising in part the following:
Handsome Celluloid Dressing Cases From $2.50 to 5.00
Covered in the richest colors of Plush. An elegant line of
Cups a,n.d. Sau.ceis, Enjigs, cScc, of eTrersr stsrle.
WV.sc Bvoorc. WvAevs, oWeX Ses, N"ases
CUT GLASS PERFUME BOTTLES,
"WoJoVvco. 'Wave, Wv.Vvfc.g, lascs, "Wovc "Bocs.
Shaving Sets and
NEW YEARS CARDS,
We have, without doubt, one of the finest and cheapest lines of Christmas Cards ever
displayed, and of more elegant styles than ever before. Donft fail to call and seo onr
stock before lmrchasing.
The markets are corrected every Wednesday at
Wheat Xo. 2 (eoft.)
Wheat So. 2 (hard) 6
Wheat Xo. 3 j"
Wheat No. -1 i
Chickens per doz 2-C0H
Flour, patent, per 100 lbs ;"
Flour, straight grade j
Turkeys, per lb i
Chickens per H) Vi' ox.
Hogs per 100 .jj
Cattle per 1001b 4SI46O
Unbaled hay, perton 4.0Q4.5U
&j House Painting! Hard WoodK
Finishing! Carriage Painting. p
Tftrn i .
&T All contracts tilled "to t'r dot-" S
faction guaranteed in every respect. Give us a
SSl sS-orer City Blacksmith shop, Imme
diately west of Ronebrake's establishment.
LANCASTER & MCDOWELL.
Timber Farm for Sale.
one hundred and sixty acres olO, 40 acrra
timber and 70 acres bottom land, In Noble town
slilr. is offered for sale at 25.00 per acre. A
lbc& louse barn, com cribs and other improve
ments on the Place. Chapman creek runs
hXh the " W which can toe :utallzed lor agri
cultural or stock purposes. For further partic
ulars, apply on the premises.
MRS. 1SABELLE HAIRE.
Business Men Attention.
FRANK A. SMALLEY,
And Practical Book-Keeper, will adjust and jnort
books furni trial and balance Ehcets, rt'gutato
partnJhipintercts&c.,in city or country , on
?rt notice, in be manner at readable rate.
Hi"hest references furnished. Al.-o an pc
xenced AUCTIONEER, " ill , cry sales in the
countr". onicc, cor. 3d & Broadway over Ogdcn,
Weutworth & Hill's Hardware store.
PRANK A. SMALLEY.
ABSTRACTS OF TITLES FCTSISHED,
TAXES PAID, RENTS COLLECTED
and money judicially invested for non-residents.
I represent several of the best Fire, Lightning
and Tornado Insurance Companies in the world.
Lancashire, Manchester, England, British Amer
ica Toronto, Canada, Fire Association, of Phila
delphia, Glen Falls, Seir York. All business
promptly and faithfully attended to.
. i. t ari,Dniic "Rnvplnnps.
It you want ucusiut""") .- -ir --.
Billheads, Statements, Business Cards,
Invitations, Programmes, Circulars,
siting Cards, Sale Bills, &c, you can
be" accommodated on short notice and
at "bedrock prices" at the Heflectou
octce. sansiitHWH h"v
-FT.-RV7C-FR has rented of Mr. Hum.
!'n, - f - ,-r, thA r.TTY MILLS, and on
vmicj UBiui.m-- -
2Tov. 1st, 1883, tne ousmebs x ,
STODDARD & FLENNER.
-ri.n imw nrhp.ir, in store have been
on our books with the balance due on
STODDABD & PLEN2TEE.
Ton will now see on exhibition one of the
Finest Assortment -of
NEW YEARS GOOD
BUGGIES, SPRING WAGONS,
Tin Roofing and
Call and get prices before buying elsewhere.
Ilave just received
above goods and
WILL SELL YOU A NICE
AND YOU WILL BE
Protected from the Sun,
Or if you want to take the
They will sell you one like tliis
in which you can take your
Family to "Meeten," your
Grist to Htll, or
Your Marketing to Town.
J. I Bonebrake I
BOXES OF FANCY BOX
From 10 cents to 3.00 per box.
Spouting a Specialty
an immense stock of
if you will call we
you that we are
BUGGY LIKE TUIS ONE
In which you can enjoy
Or if you want to make an extended drive
put up the top
AND YOU CAN
Or if you want one both
and use they can sell you a