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TQ BOB KANSAS PEOPLE.
DEMOCRATIC PLOT TO RAISE THE PRICE OF TEXT BOOKS. Whe Pays the BIIIT RMl Reasons Why Mr. Ella S. Burton It Fight ing Governor Hooh. If the Democratic State committee 1a not navlnir the expenses of Mm. Ella 8. Burton, who ia traveling over -the state abuBing Governor Hooh, Prof. A. B. Carney, Democratic candi date for atate superintendent! of , public Instruction, D. O. McCray and other members of the text book com mission, who is? It is current gossip In Kansas that one branch of the book trust with headounrtera at Boston and Chicago is behind this Democratic onslaught on the schools of Kansas. Governor Vouh and the text book commission, and that it has found in the Kansas City Star, Mrs. Burton, Colonel Harris ai;d the Democratic committee, willing uilvotates. Certainly some "interest" ia paying the bill, because the parties named have never, been charged with working overtime on behalf of the poor school children of Kansas." It is no longer a secret that the book trust firm referred to has announced its in tention of coming to Kansas this win ter to lobby through an amendment to the present law raising the maximum prices about 40 per cent so that they -will be in harmony with Missouri prices. This same firm helped to kill state uniformity In Missouri in order that it could go back to high prices, and the Kansas City Star refused to xpose its campaign for plunder. In fact one of the managers has an nonrced that such a flgnt will be made in Kansas. The charge by Democratic leaders and the Kansas City Star that the present books are "cheap trash" is but the paving of the way for an onslaught for high prices be fine the legislature. With such advocates as Colonel Har ri. Mrs. Burton, W. H. Ryan and the Kansas City Star, it really does look like a formidable movement. These modern "reformers'Vstood together in I $97, when the legislature struggled to enact the present law which saves the people of Kansas one hundred tlous'ii d dollars annually. Colonel Harris was then a member of the state senate, and in committee of the whole fought to exclude cities of the first class from its operation. Then when the roll was called on the flnul I assume of the state uniformity bill he found it convenient to be "absent and not voting." During th's fight in the K'gislntvre the Kansas City Star was absolutely silent. The people appealed for a reduction in the price of school books f r their children, but that pa per turned a deaf ear and offened no help in throttling the book trust. With Mrs. Burton, it was on the side it the trust. And when the bill was passed and signed by the Governor, the Kansas City Star published an ed itorial sneer at the law and the peo " pie of Kansas, declaring that the peo ple and this law were very much alike in their "uniformity." A little later when the first text book commission met to put the new law into effect It faced Injunction proceedings brought by the book trust, through that other modern "reformer," David Overmyer, its attorney. The text book campaign planned by this "reform" junta is deep laid. The plot wns carefully thought out. Mrs. Burton had been connected with one branch of the book trust, and her se crets and purloined letters would be valuable. Colonel Harris' record In the state senate was "rigtit," and the Kansas City Star could be depended upon as in 1897 when It refused to I'elp pry loose the book trust In Kan sas. That amalgamation of interests was a nucleus that any book trust would welcome in a raid upon the leg li.lali.ro for higher prices and "busi i.ess." So, the word went forth from Democratic headquarter at Topeka and in the Kansas City Star office to charge Governor Hooh and his text hook commission with connivance) w :th the book trust. It mattered not if Prof Carney, the Democratic can (iinnte for state superintendent of public Instruction should be a victim v.cinis were necessary in the plot oud furney must take his medicine. Back of this text book commission "ianio' plot is some guiding hand, sonic power, some "Interest" that is paying .the bills. It is o unlike the Kansas City Star to work itself Into a latVr for "the poor school children of Kansas" unless there is .something in sigln at the other end of the line. Ct.'onrl Harris stood for the interests of the book trust in 1897, and it is not ltobahle that his long residence In Chicago and the trust influences that surround him there would tend to change his attitude now. And, then, there s Mrs. Burton who is traveling over the state making Democratio ' hpceehes In the name of Education, and in the "interest" of the "dear children." She says she would scorn to take nasty, tainted, Democratic mon ey from Bill Ryan in fighting for the noble cause of Education, but neither Mrs. Burton, the Kansas City Star or Colonel Harris have denied that they are in league with a branch of the' book trust that has organised to "com back to Kansas and claim its own." Somebody la paying the bill. Who is it! of any eight men on the editorial staff of the Kansas City Star, the pa per that has made the moat vicious attacks against the commission and Governor Hoch. ' These, are the men Governor Hoch ! selected as members of the state text book commission: President Joseph H. Hill of the State Normal school, Emporia; Frank Nelson, former state superintendent of schools, Lindsborg; Geo. W. Winans, former state super intendent of schools, Hutchinson; A. ; B. Carney, superintendent of schools, Concordia, and Democratic candidate ' for stnte superintendent of public in struction; W. B. Hall, superintendent of schools, Abilene; S. M. Nees, prin- , oipal of Montgomery county high I school. Independence; Willard 8. Lyon, former county superintendent, Lincoln, and D. 0. McCray, Topeka. Three things stand out prominent In the record of those who now profess so i deep iuterest in the "poor school children of Kansas." When the state uniformity law was enacted by the leg jislature of 1897, after the people of Kansas had appealed for protection against the rapacity of the book trust, i Colonel Harris, then a member of the state senate refused his aid and vote. I He tried to have the cities of the first ! class excluded from the operation of the law, and failing in that be absent ed himself when the final roll call was had on the passage of tne bill. The Kansas City Star also gave aid and comfort to the book trust and abso lutely refused to aid the people In this demand for cheaper achool books. Finally when the law was passed the Star expressed its disgust in an edit orial squib which sneered at the Ibw and the people of Kansas, declaring that they were very much alike, in. their "uniformity." As a last eff rt to defeat the will of the people as ex pressed by the legislature, injunction suits were instituted against the first text book commission to prevent the adoption of any books whatever in the District court of Shawnee county by the book trust, through David Over myer, it attorney. TROUTMAN'S ADVICE, URGES REPUBLICANS TO STRAIGHT TICKET. HAS HELD NO MEETINGS. Oevfrner Hoch Explodes Another Pome rati "Tojrt Book Issue." Governor Hoch la recent state ment on the text book commission question exploded the whole fabrica tion created by the Democrats in their i attempt to besmirch the character of the commission appointed by the Gov ernor. He pointed oat that during the life of the present commission aot achool book contract ha beea let, that wot one meeting baa been held by the commission, and that the board has transacted no official buslnea during its administration. In closing hi statement Governor Hoch asked the people to com par the character of the eight bb appointed on too amiaaioa by him with the character Says It Would Not Promote "Squara Deal" Cause for Republicans to Voto Democratio Ticket. In a speech at Wellsville, Kan sas, September 27, James A. Troutman, chairman of the Square Deal Republican club, told the voters to stand by the Republican ticket. Mr. Troutman declared that it was not the purpose of the Square Deal organization to repudiate the platform of the party, but to enlarge it so there will be room for all Repub licans and good citizens of the state to stand upon it in the work of crystal Izing into law) the reforms demanded by the people. He said the Republi cans of Kansas can get the needed re forms from their own party, and that, its congressional, state, legislative and judicial candidates can b depended upon to do the people's will. Mr. Troutman called attention to the fact that In this campaign no charge of per sonal dishonesty, or political venality has been lodged against any man on the Republican state ticket, and that the administration of the affairs of state had been so free from criticism that the Democrats in their platform found nothing to; condemn. Governor Troutman made it plain that It would not promote the Square Deal cause for Republicans to vote the Democratic ticket; the only result would be to weaken the power of the Republican party for good. As proof of this statement, he said: "In 1882, a good many Republicans thought the party deserved a lesson, and ihev halned elect a Democratio Governor. Por two yeara we witnessed the humiliat ing spectacle 01 a WTeiiiiH imusuluuiib hie exalted office to subserve the de manda of the criminals of the stato. As fast aa Republican courts and Republican offioera convicted violators of law, they were pardoned, and given permission, un der the flat of a Democratic Governor, to go on violating the laws of the atate. And the acta of nullification of t(ila Dem ocratic administration were sustained, by the united voice of the party that la now making a hypocritical pretense of stand ing for the enforcement of law. "Ten years later some of you thought the party needed another chastisement, and you Joined the opposition and helped to put the Republicans out or power. There is nothing left of that two years history, now, but an odoriferous reminis cence. . , , . "Again. In J89, some of you helped to rebuke the party at the poll". nd that two years constitute an epoch of political depravity unparalleled in the state's hla- t0WIth these three examples before you. do you think It payo to turn your own party down?" . Concluding his speech, Mr. Trout man nleda-ed every candidate on the ,' Republican ticket to stand for the re forms advocated by me square ueai organization. "If It were a case In which a bond could be given," he said. "I would not hesitate to sign a bond to the people of Kansas for the full amount of my meager possessions, that these pledges will be sacredly kept" , "1 embrace this first opportunity to say that every state, district and county can didate upon the Republican ticket will re ceive my vote this year. The Square Deal Club Is essentially and radically a Republican organlaatlon. It condones no premeditated ofTenae committed by Indi vidual Republicans but It abaolves the treat mass of the party from reeponslbll. Itr for thorn offenses. It la fundamental ly Interested 111 the triumph of right prln e'lDles and the enactment and enforcement of lust laws. I am the keeper of ne man a conscience, and the guardian of no man bYllot but my own. In my rpr,utlve capacity I have asked candidates to de fine their attitude upon th Jjueetlon. and they have done Believing that "hey ar. actuated by pure iw "J patriotic dealr-, I P'TJi., ,h pledgee at par ar.d shall give them my CyeTaupport. Thla la a campaign for Principles, and not crusade amlnat ten." With th hop of injuring Governor Hoch with th people th Democratic manager and th Kansa City Star ar accusing th Governor with being in learns with Chart! Curti and th railroads to elect Curti senator. Th best proof that the governor hae formed no entangling alliance with anybody on th senatorial goes' Ion I .,.. w. amr consulted any politician of any faction whe, he ' PP"' ,ncomP Imenury tr rri- Ren eon a enstor. Had he bad ,rf , n ... .llianra Such a th accuse him of he ntoet ertalily would bar appointed the man in th alliance. RIDICULED THE HOLY OVERMYER SAYS SACREO BOOK IS . NOT OF DIVINE ORIGIN. Mad His Attack on th Bible In Brief la the Supreme Court. Viniatnra of the enanel In Kansas undoubtedly will be urpried to learn that It remained for David Orermyer, Democratio candidate for attorney general, to discover that the Bible I not of divine origin and that the stories told in it ar no longer regard ed "by an Intelligent world" a true. Yet, thla statement has been mad by Mr. Overmyer in one of the brief which ha ha filed In the Kansas su preme court. Mr. Overmyer at that time told the story of th 23rd Psalm and for the benefit of the little child ren of the state who recite this psalm every week he dissected it and told what the different words and sentences meant Mr. Overmyer contended that this Psalm, if read by a country school teacher to the pupil of th School, tended to form a union of church and state. This was In the case of J. B. Billard againBt the Board of Education of the city of Topeka. muara oojecv ed to sending hi boy JO school be cnus the Bible was read In the morn ing exercises. In hla argument for Billard, Over myer said in part In th brief ha filed with th court: ' "Let us analyse this Psalm. Take th first clause. 'The Lord is my shepherd.' What does that meanf That might be a matter of construction, but broadly speaking It Is a committal to th propo sition that the God of th Jaws as de mn,A mn MAmmlced in the Bfble. Jeho vah, la the real, true and only God That He la a person In the form of a man, and that all that Is said shout Him In the Bible and all the claims that are made aa to His Interposition In the affairs of men and nations Is to be ac cepted as absolutely true; to repeat this verse seriously Is to accent Jehovah, and not only Jehovah, but ale that Is said about Jehovah, by those who claim to interpret the sorlptures religiously. '"I shall not want' Why nott Why, because the Lord Jehovah of the Jews wll) feed and supply me. That is what I maana - It means nothing. "He makefh mo to He down In green pasture.' Here tne cnua is mm as a little lamb, and the Lord Is the shepherd taking care of the lamb, pro viding a bountiful green pasture wherein the lamb may feed. "um iMtAth me heslde the atlll waters.' This Is substantially a repetition of the former phraaa. It as well aa the former phrase Is either entirely allegorical or It Implies that a personal God In the form of a man actually leads the person who repeats It Beside tne etui waiem. m i HaAn tht aunh lltorature does not Introduce Infinite confusion Into the minds of men Is Because they let it paaa with out attempting to think what It means. a.., airA th tioYt nhraae. 'He leadeth m In the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.' this, is noimng b mn1fv the Jewish God Je hovah nnd that too in conisast with other gods who were supposea to un time this was written. . A L "The Jews were Insisting that they had the real god and that they were hla real and only people: and this If Incul cated into tne mino ui u imiiu a , him aonent the theorv. Why should any American child be made to accept that theory" .in-L. mpt nf thla clause ariows distinctly the purpose of It because It uses these words: 'For His name s sake, and it Implies that the reason and the onlv reason that the Jewish God Jehovah I.. Ha th nftrHnn HiinnOSed tO bO led m tii, nr Hnrhtenuaness la for His name'i sake. Not for the sake of righteousness or Justice among men, out in or am- u a grandlie and exalt and put above all oth er gods and all other things, the Jewish r- T-hnvah '"Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.' To a cnua sucn mnituas- m "--- hr tnenmnrehenslble. How a rod and f staff could comfort anybody, a young child could not understand: such scrip ture, therefore would require explana tion to children, and In any event the entire proceeding would be a mere trav- M,t"Thou preparest a table for me In the presence of my enemies.' What enemies has a little child, and why should the Ood of the Jews prepare a table before html" FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN. Hoch Administration Obtains Increases In School Fund Interest. In It relation to th permanent school fund, th Hoch administration show s superior record and ha sur passed previous record aa shown by the per capita and total disbursements of the stata annual school fund. Th following table I a fine com pliment to the present administration. Per Capita Total. Tear Disbursement Disbursement 1901 W cents, 86,93l.W iqni fts cents, 421.649.ll loot It cents, 4OO.J87.80 !q04 cents. 408.120.31 joM 87 cents, 436.777.78 iTot 89 cents, 447,949.41 It I shown by the foregoing table that the years 1905 and 106 disburs ed to the echool district of th state a total of $883,747.24, which Is $75, 239.08 more than th total of 1903 and 1904, and $66,164.91 mpr than the total of 1901 and 1902. During the period covered by 1905 and 1906, Interest rate have been low compared to 1901-! but so carefully and faithfully has this fund been In vested, that no Interest has defaulted and no bonds are past due. The result is that the common schools of the state hare been able to have the bene fit of all the income to which they ar entitled from this fund. The record of the Hoch administra tion challenge comparison. , ABUSES ROOSEVELT, Th Star Joins Democratic Crew In Similng Mud at th PreeUMnt. Under the caption, Tb Motive Be hind the 'Big Stick,' " It I charged that President Roowvelt favor big corporation In Porto Rico nnd th Philippine nnd that n wonia suae law advantageous for them; that be aranta a bur military and naval force. to include subsidised merchant ma rine, and that he naa perverted the Monro doctrln in th Interest of th Asphalt trust la Veaeiuel. It is stat1 that not nntll he found it aecea aary to win Democratic (upport for hi poller of imperialism did ever say a word is praie of any Demo crat! statesman or Democratic achievement. Quotation follow from aon-e of th President s oooas reter- Ito Jefferson, Madison, Benton and ota i. . ito era i ne oova p"bw. The libelous end stands toue sayings re ft art the tr spirit of Thodo- Rons, relt. What a sow ears k aeld enlr I ia apaswral lor th "bis Uck" poOey. by Insinuating that such a poTtcy was really Inaugurated by Jefferson and Mon ro and not by "the big American cor porations, '' which h Is serving and which he seeks to enthrone In the Phil ippines, Porto Wca, Cua and Banto Ttn mlngo. Even when h Tflls the truth he does so Inorder to disguise an evil pur pose or to Justify by precedent the wick ed policy. Surely, no one who valuea aln cerity will be influenced by th utter ancee of Mr. Roosevelt. Th following charge is then ma: The President favors certain railroads and accepts gifts from them violates the Interstate commerce TaV demands and receiver money In favored banks without Interest diverts funds appro priated for one purpoe to another-al. lows public money to nay for a literary bureau to boom hla policy. Mr. Roosevelt haa shown greater regard for the Interests o corporations endless regard for the law than any other execu tive the country ha ever Baa. ATTACKED HARRIS'S VIEWS. Kansas City Star Says Hs Is Inoonslst ant en th Tariff. After his election aa United States Senator and upon taking hi depart- ' .i.. iit.t. H.nato. Senator ore irom um Harris made a brief speech outlining hi position on the tann ana -m 1. ... .Itnrlal In the Kan- .T-.mi.rv 28th. 1697, ana vny - the day after ne mauo . t a whnt rne MTAr uuuku v position on the tariff bill. Senator Harris- viewa. - . . - . i tm .. naar flanator Is either ambiguous or inconsistent. Ihat ia to aav. ne ia oppwhsu y -- wlu favor an early test of the Republican theory, which Is protection There Is a . . 1.. ii u i iro In a tit m. oa.ll- Hiorjr current- 111 :"r" - tloui utateiman In one of th as tateff who iiraanwa "vu";co"'"" Ml - law nut oppu""u w atr Harris reverses that gentleman J poaltion ana pracuu"j -j onooeed to a system but In favor of JdSpTmg it at a early a period as pos slble." . HE IS A DEMOCRAT. No Wonder Hq Wants Republican Judges Defeated. Cyrus Corning, who has been an opponent of the Bepublican party all his life, is one of the individuals who is urging old soldiers In their com plaint about the action of the 8u preme Court In selecting a reporter. The attacks on the Republican candi dates have been made by Mr. Corn ing, who has during the past week t,un ni,iihintf and circulatinir. un der the direction of the Democratio Stat Committee, such things as the managers of that campaign believe would damage the Republican ucKei. Mr. Corning, and some of hie friends, urge his responsibility as a member tha nMniiHllran nartv. He never has been a Republican and never will be and ia entitled to no consideration as such. PROHIBITION "HIDE BOUND" SO CHARACTERIZED BY DAVID OVERMYER IN CAMPAIGN SPEfclill. Says No Real Friend of Liberty Would Put Prohibition Provision In the Constitution. Colonel Harris, of Chicago, Demo cratio candidate for Governor H Kan sas, saya that be will compel the ab solute enforcement of tne proniDition law in every county of the state In the remote event of his election. Colonel Harris will rely on the co-operation of David Overmyer as attorney gener al to carry out this prom'se. A light investigation of Overmyer's pub lic record as a prohibitionist will af ford some Information aa to the sort of a man on whom Harris is relying. In 1894 Overmyer was the straight Democratic candidate for Governor. His candidacy accomplished the defeat of Governor Levelling for re-election. Overmyer made his campaign on an anti-prohibition issue. Following are extracts from some of Overmyer's campaign utterances on prohibition in 1894: "And no friend of liberty would ever undertake to put a provision of that kind (the prohibitory provision) m a constitu tion, no matter how mucn ne might think it ought to be the law, because if he were desirous to protect the liberty of the cltlaen he would he lmpresa-d Willi the fact that a provision of this kind once In the constitution might not be removed for yeara and years after the wrong of It had become clearly apparent, and that Is the very purpose of those who have de signs agalnat the liberty of the people. Their purpose Is to fnatcn the restrlctte featurea in the constitution of the state where It cannot be removed even after th wrong of It haa 1ieen discovered. 1 say to you now; I say It with a full sense of responsibility aa an American citizen and a citizen of the state of Kansaa, that no constitution should ever be permitted to contain provisions restricting the man ufacture or safe or Miy article which Is universally Inerchantable tn all the mar kets of the world. ".And It Is coming, the great, the liber al, the unfettered genius of America can never ha permanently tied down to a hide-bound and cohllttjw'ed' policy like that of prohlbttlon. It t list walk the plank. It muat die the death and It Will ere long." And this Is the same David Over myer upon whom Col. Harris would have the good people of the etate rely for enforcement of the prohibit ry law. DEFINES PARTY TREASON. Overmyer Saya the Democrat Who Votna far Republleana Is Traitor t His . . Prty. Th Democrat bar absolutely no hope of success in Kansaa this year unless they can secure the support of enough Republicans to overcome the 70.000 majority given oovemor men two years ago. When talking to Re publicans th Democrats therefore ad viae "rat r straigBt." Thi Is just a samp! of Democratic Inconsistency. David overmyer is naturally a spokes man of hi party in Kansas this year. What Overmyer thinka of the nar:y man who opposes his party ticket and lends aid and comfort to the political enemy waa ahown in a speech made at Kansa City, Kansss: "I say to ymi Dewou'ata, vote your par ty ticket. The Democrat who votes any part of the Republican ticket thla year is not a Democrat, teat la a traitor to the Dea-orraUo party." But bow Ocermyar s only nope of enece is based on th fond be! ef that he ran indue a considerable nam ber of Republicans to b guilty of what be would call treason Ob the part of a Democrat RAILROAD TAXES. KANSAS RECEIVES MORE PER MIL THAN ADJOINING SATTES. In This a In Other Campaign Issue Facts Provs Mlsropressntatlon by Democrats Extract From ths Records. There haa been much discussion dur ing the present campaign on the sub ject of assessment and taxation of property. It has been declared by some of those who are opposing the Republican ticket in Kansas that the party Is shielding the railroada and not requiring them to pay their full share of taxes. Members of the pres ent board of railroad assessors deny the truth of this Statement and their figures, taken from the tax records of the state, seem to bear out their state ments. T. T. Kelly, state treasurer and a member of the board of rail road assessors, haa made a statement concerning the assessment of railroad property and has quoted figures to show that his statements are correct He says: "The illustration, as to how prop erty Is assessed in one county, will be sufficient to demonstrate that, if rail road property and other property Is to be assessed on an equal oasis, men the assessment of railroad property must be reduced. "In Douglas county, which is an av erage county, land is assessed at (6,48 per acre; horses at (13.09 per neao; cattle 23.66; mules $14.60; sheep 97 cents; hogs $2.04. These values are said to be one-fourth of the real value of this class of property In that county. "It is not likely that the land in Douglas county can be bought for $25.92 per acre. It is not likely that horses six montns old, or over, can do bought for $52.36. or cattle for $14.64 "This county returned in money for taxation $52,000.00. At the name time that this assessment was made, tne Comptroller of Currency and the Bank Commissioner of this state issued a call for a statement of the conditions of banks, to the credit of individuals in that county, and it developed that there was on deposit in the banks at this time $2,600,000. But 6 per cent of it was listed for taxation, Douglas is taken as merely a sample. All oth er counties make practically the same ahowincr. Discussing the matter relating to the assessment of Railroad property in the state of Iowa, a Kansas paper re cently had this to say: "But land is assessed in Iowa on an average of $41.00 an acre and rail roads at 123.000.00 per mile." Again: "But If lands could be assessed at their actual selling value, so could railroad property be assessed at $40, 000 a mile, its estimated vulue in this state, (Kansas) instead of $7,300, its assessed value." "For the purpose of argument, I will admit for the time being that th's statement that railroad property In Iowa is assessed at $23,000 a mile and that railroad property In Kansas is as sessed at $7300 a mile Is true. Had the paper been solioitous in Its efforts to present the facts In this case, it would have inquired how much tax per mile the railroads of Iowa pay on this $23,006 assessed valuation, as compared with the amount of tax paid per mile by the railroads of Kansas, with its $7,300 assessed valuation. "The Official Report of the Railroad Assessors of the state of lows for 1905 shows that the railroads of low pay taxes on their mileage, pen mile, $213.09; and the same year, It could have been ascertained ; that the rail roads in Kansas paid taxes per mile $300.23; in other words, the railroads of Kansas, with one-third of tho as sessed value of the roads in Iowa, pay $87.14 more tax per mile than th rail roads do In the state of Iowa. "Now as to the valuation, on page 81 of the 34th annual report of the as sessed value of railroad property in the state of Iowa, issued July 27, 1905, is shown that the assessed value of railroads in that state is $5937.00 per mile and not $23,000 as stated. Twenty-three thousand dollars ia understood to be the actual cash value of railroads in Iowa, and under the laws of that state, property is as sessed st one-fourth of its actual cash valua. "W. R. Stubbs, who Is a railroad con tractor. In an interview a short time ago, said he could reproduce, or re build the 8900 miles of rnflnad In Kansas for $25,000 per mile and have millions left for his profit. If the rule applied in Iowa was applied to the as sessed value of the roads in Kansas, by multiplying the assessed value per mile, $7300, by four, ths actual value of these roads would be izy.zuv.uu per mile, or 14200.00 per mile mora than stubbs ears tbey can be built for and $6200.00 per mile more than tbey are valued st in Iowa. "Frequent references ' have been made to ths census report of 1900 anil the Inter-Stale Commerce Commission report, aa to the value of railroad property and the taxation of the same. I Insist that the question has not been fairly presented end t a reflection on the Republican Board of Railway As- MAaanra. "It is shown by Official Reports that railroad property Is assessed higher in the stste of Kansas than other classes of property and assessed higher than the sam class of property In other states. In the 1900 census report it I shown that th average tax paid per mile by railroad In ths United States I $237.00. In Kansa last year the amount of taxes paid per mil by th six principal roads of thi Stat was $300.23, or $61.23 more than th average tax paid par mil by th road of the United State. "In th states that adjoin Kansa the roads in 190$ paid as follow: Nbrsk P " Missouri 194.1 Pr "He Colorado 70.M par mile Oklahoma 17511 per mile Kansas 100.21 per mile jo that it is seen that railroads in this stat pay in tax $82.8$ per mile more than our neighbor on th north, Ne braska; $106.01 per mile more than our neighbor on the east, Missouri; $115.11 per mile mor than our nalgb- t.a ,k. ..,tii Oklahoma, and OWt Wl U1V ' , , $70.09 per mil less than our neighbor on the west,- uoiorauo. "It Is easy to explain why the taxes in Colorado should be higher than ths taxes In Kansas. Theer are no branch lines in that stat, ana w known that tunnelling through the -.4 h-ldvlne over the can- UlUUllttlllB Ul,U , , . ons and streams In Colorado Is much more expensive man laying tic rails on the plains of Kansas, in.. -i .a,at MHiau ronorts of ths 1U tllB """' -r United States you can take the thir teen contiguous states, represouuue mileage of S6IM mnea m heae railroads In these thirteen statea siciira -wsA hv thia renort it la shown that the railroads in Kansas pay 68 per cent more in iae iuu they do in these neighboring states. FORCED TO RETREAT. Democratic Candidates Dislodged by Re publican Records. n nmhahlv the first time In the history of the party In Kansas, the Democratio State convention couio find nothing In the record of the Re publican State Administration to at tract their usual condemnation and denunciation. While the Democratio campaign must necessarily be one of condemna tion, if the usual policy of the party ia followed, yet the speakers and the leaders have been unable to find an is sue upon which an aggressive fighting stand against the Republicans might he taken. The Democrats have been dislodged irxm .ht nnaltlnn which thev have taken In this fight by the truth about the Republican State Administration furnished from the records of ths va rious departments. HARRIS MEETINGS SMALL. TALKED TO ONLY 936 PEOPLE IN FIVE MEETINGS. Hoch Had Mors People in Esoh Meeting During Wlc Than Harris Had In all Flva. A Missouri newspaper supporting I ol. W. A, Harris, tne v,uiubo uhu the Democrats have nominated for Gov nnr nf Kansas., is maTdng a desper ate effort to create the ImpreBsion that fjol. Harris is being greeted by tre mendous crowds of enthusiastic sup porters at his political meetings. The otrtrtact tn this effect are willful and .lolih-rnt., misrepresentations made out of whole cloth. The Demooratic ...nnainn in KnnHRs tlila vear ia real ly attracting little attention from the voters. , t v wool; In Hontember. Col. 1"B lua, " " 1 ' . Harris addressed five purely political meetings in me aixiu cuubicooiu...., district. The meetings were at Smith Center. Mankato, Colby, Oberlin and Knrnatiie. floL Harris talked to a ,niai .vact.lv o.16 neonle. men. worn en and ohildren, by actual count in the five meeting. Sixty people heard Ifliin at Norontur, 76 at Colby, 140 at Smith Center and in the neighborhood of 300 t onh nf the other meetings. With thi. ,ni ni material the staff corres. pondents of the KanBas City Star are writing wonnenui una ui """ garding the tremendous enthusiasm for Harris. During the same week Governor Hoch delivered addresses at Alma, Manhattan, Hope, Lindsborg and Junc tion City. There were 900 people in the smallest audience he addressed during the week. Governor Hoch has drawn good orowds at his meetings throughout his campaign while Just the reverse has been true of his op ponent ' And CoL Harris is not the only Democratio spellbinder who la failing to draw crowds. David Overmyer, the nominee for attorney general, was billed for speeches both sfternoon and evening at Council Grove only a week or so ago. The afternoon meeting was cancelled because no audience as sembled to hear the "Brownie states man." In the evening Overmyer ad dressed an audience of only s few more than 100 people. He came away from Council Grove disgusted and dis appointed. .... Judge Jas. Humphrey, of Junction City, one of the Democratic nominees for railroad commissioner, addressed a meeting st Junction City week be fore last. There were Just eighteen people In the meeting wnen he began talking. Later the number was swol len to 87, but that was the limit. These are but illustrations of the apathy prevailing in Democratio ranks but they are convincing of the abso lute and Utter unreiiaoimy ui m Kansas City Star in Its reports of the progress of th campaign in Kansas. HYPOCRISY EXPOSED. Tom MoNoal Forcojl Hsrrls te Quit Handing Out His Bunc on Rooeeyelt. Colonel Harris, of Chicago, Demo cratic candidate fr Governor of Kjn sas. has quit trying to fool Ri-pobll n. with Insincere flattery of Presl dent Roosevelt since the exposure of bis hvpocrlsy and inconsistency by T. A. McNeal at a pol tical meeting In Douglas county a few weeks ago. In the fore part of the campaign Col. Harris in eacn or nis speoeu nuou t President Roosevelt in highly com. nlimentnrv terms in the hope that Re publican voters would draw the InferJ enc ma ne is nan ireuiii. Herri and McNeal wer apeakera at th. aame meeting in Douglas county. Harris spok first and worked off hi usual compliments to tn itepuoncan president McNeal followed and took fall oat of th Chicago colonel that the latter will not Jon rorget.- 1 am glad to hear a Democrat apeak ao hlahljr of our Republican President," he aald. "and I Infer from Col. Harris remarka that althoua-h he voted foF Par ker he 1 really glad Roosevelt was elect "A uweti started and It was too much lor the touchy Chlcaso man who Jumped esHledly to hla feel and shouted. "H a not ao. I aald nothing of the eort. Can t you be falrf . "There hs no Intention on my part to be unfair," MrNeal replied OUlelly. "If I hive tmarepreoented ril. Harris. I be his patoon. I elmply Inf-rred from his speech that while he voted for Parker he la pleaaed at Rooeav-H'e H-rtlon. Of rourae Cot. Harris Is sorry that Roose velt alefe and his tribute to th PreMdeat la therefore aaaaauif lea 1 atene corrected." FOR v THE BEEF . TRUST. COL. HARRIS SUPPORTS COMSINE AGAINST THE PRODUCERS. Official Record of Denver Meeting of National Live Stock Associa tion Show Thaw Facta. Colonel Harris the Democratio can dlrlatn for envsrnnr haa rnrv carefully avoided the charge that he is connect ed at Chicago with the most grasping and unconscionable trust that ever operated In this country. He Is the, general manager ot the Short Horn Breeders' association with a spacious office In the Stock Yards Exchange building, but his chief work seems to be to look after the interests of the railroads and packing trust. Colonel Harris in his Kansas ' speeches Is Just now out-Heroding David Overmyer and the otner re formers" In his assaults upon the rail--nana Ma admlla that he accented passes from the railroads while In public office, but he tells his audiences that he quit this business as soon as he retired from the United States sen ate. The evidence at hand does not bear out this claim of the Chicago candi date. During the past five years Col onel Harris has performed a greater service for the railroads and the pack ing trust than any other man In the Middle West. He is vice president and member of the executive committee of the National Live Stock association of iha TTnitnH stata with headauarters at Denver. In January 1906, Colonel Harris made the fight of his we at Denver to prevent this great associa tion fmm aiimlnntina- the railroads and packing houses from membership. In speeches, and in committee wora Colonel Harris Insisted that the rail roads and packers, "allied interests," should retain membership In the Nat ional Live Stock association. He begged that the association place this whole matter In the hands of the "Cen tral committee," composed of Harris, Nelson Morris, representing the pack ing trust, and other railroad represen tatives. The great fight against the railroad and packing house domination of the National Live Stock association which was organized for the protection of the stock growers against these two combinations, occurred at Denver in January, 1905. Colonel Harris was aware of the fight of the stock grow ers at that meeting, and he went to Denver with the determination of pro tecting the Interests of his friends, the railroads and packers. Preparatory for the campaign which he waged for these two combinations tie organized his Chicago forces. He arrived in Denver on the evening of January 8th, and the Denver Republican of the 9ttr gives this account of Harris and his party. "A train load of prominent cattlemen, railroad men. packers and othera allied with the cattle rnlalns Industry arrived . last night over the Union Paclllc In two special cars. This party consisted of Ar thur O. Leonard, aeneral mnnaaer of the Fnlnn Sine Yards of Chlcaso; Senstor W. A. Harris, Kansas; Dr. O. Howard risvlson, Mlllbiook, N. J.; William R Bklnner, aeneral mnnear International Live Stock Exposition; Morllnier Leaver Ins. John Clay, Jr., Alvln H d'n. Lawrence Champion, J. B. Pool, Chicago, James Brown, representing Armour ft f'o R. C. McManus, attorney for Swift Co : T. W. Tomllnaon, traffic manager Chicago, Burlington Qulncy Railway company; Mr. Bryan, attorney for Ar mour ft Co.; Nelson morn., v-m--1 .ranmnanled by his attorney Geo. Campbell." , . In his speecn in ubmsub-j ui w ers, Colonel Harris said: "First, let me say, as I happened te be one of the original committees that wae selected by the National Live Stock asso ciation IO CUIIB1UCI -I " took as a bssle of representation the very nteraats wnicn now rao"n --", SltlOn. IOUr curiaum.."., the railroads with the right to delegateA th rlht to repreientition. w maav no'chsC when' we discussed I this ,u Hon originally. The sam with th live .lock exchangee, and the swne with all other oranenes oi inuua.,. , V. ever, add the paeklny house "i".?': cause that aeemed to be one . K'fled with th. live stock Jnntore.t. and thought w would bring them all te- Agaln In a speech before the asso ciation Colonel Harris made this pies for the packing trust: ' , . .Ha Miintrv have oecu. pled an Isolated position VMJrw""! tee. and, wnne iney ms - ----i -rdem?ndhV ;r7e. ... L If a PW W wnn - Her. . a msn going aBbut th. state denouncing railroads Jm whose record In behslf of these com Idnatlons is written in every page of the official proceedings of the Nation- Live Stock associHiiuu ui ui States. As he protectee me r"n In the position of chairman of the senate railroad committee In 1897, so he has been their friend and champion before n organisation which the stock growers of the west have determined to throw off. Colonel Harris s known friendship for the railroads could be In a measure palliated by the voters of Kansas, but when he appears as the advocate and champion ot the packing trust which levies tribute on every man who raises live stock, as well as upon every clUsen who buys a pound of meat It sppears to be time to call a halt on hie hypocritical outcrj against trusts and combinations. The people of Kansas who hsve suf fered from the outlawed and grasping packing trust will know, if they wll. but read the record, how this moderr reformer has sought to tighten Its grasp upon them. Analyse the party he accompanied In apeclal cars from Chicago to Denver and then decide whether Colonel Harris's sympathies are with the farmers and stock grew ers of Kansas, or the railroad, stock yards and iiaektng trust Influences which surrouna ana aununaie mu. hi Chicago headquarters. If then- '1 a farmer or stockralser In Kansa who believe that th influences of the Armours, Swifts, Morris, and other packing trust magnate mrougn uieir friend and champion Colonel Harrl Is a good thing for this state, let him rise and speak. People ar compelled to smother resentment st least s iosen times day.