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Ballna Union: Judge Rees says
that Taft Is surrounded by false;
friends, who punuaded him to hand
the American people a gold brlok In
the Payne-Aldrlch tariff law.
Who are these false friends? Are
they not the entire Republican repre
sentation In both bouses of congress?
Only a score In the lower house and
seven senators of the Republican side
opposed the tariff bill. Does Judge
Bees claim that these handful of In
surgents represent the Republican
If the tariff law is a "gold brick"
is not the Republican party the confi
dence man who Imposed It upon the
country? Can Rees be consistent
and still claim that the people should
elect such a party to power? Why
does not the Judge leave such a rot
ten party? '
Why does be bave the cheek to ask
for a nomination at the hands of
suck a corrupt party?, The trouble
with Rees Is that he fs not sincere.
He wants office so badly that he ex
poses his want of political conscience.
' This Inordinate desire for office
made the Judge pollute the ermine
two years ago, and now It makes
him act in such an insincere manner,
as to cause people to lose confidence
in him. Rees should be fighting
tbe Republican party, Instead of beg
ging It to give him an office.
Is not Rees a "gold brick?"
The Manhattan Mercury prints this
In a light vein but really It may not
be ao far from tbe truth: Respon-
slblllty tor high prices seems at last
to bave been properly placed. The
entire blame seems to rest upon thea
trical managers and newspaper hum
orists. For the last halt century
these two classes of persons bar de-4
voted themselves Industriously to de-1
sloping the Idea that the 'farmer Is
Joke. They hare pictured him a
asaa of baggy overalls and ridiculous
whlsiers; they sir Insisted on his
kaeolie manner and speech; they
havetl4!cu!4 hi simplicity and cre
dulity. !'o one. no putter ho keen
kit atna) ef-koTSOT, enjoys being a
aatleaal Job aa the wastry boa
aid girls, Instead ef staying oa th
tarn to be laughed at. lave .been
coming to towa where they could do
on of the laughing. The rasa it has
beea dollar -wheat, forty east batter
aid act and the elevaa dollar kog.
Aid thert win be as improvement
aewspapera habits ally refer to- lis
farmer a dignified, libera) mlade.
utl! ft. puhlt aeee'ta It ttat tb
rood nrur4 a-mtlraaa and that oa
tht tint he Invariably gets the laugh
t-a the JwyT and ether smart pee
p's ta sm ' i
tfr w4'
1" ,'
The announcement that Tom Wag-
staff IB a candidate for governor
meant that Governor Stubbs will
bave some opposition worth while.
Mr. Wagstaff Is paesident ol the
Kansas Day club, Is as good a cam
paigner as Stubbs and a clean, clev
er gentleman. He was county at
torney of Montgomery county ana
was the first county attorney In Kan
sas to clean out the Joints. He did
It without any grand stand playing
and In a businesslike ' way that
counted. He is honest and would
make a good governor. There are
many thousand Republicans who be
lieve they should have some choice
In the nomination for governor and
they will bave It with a mighty good
man to support If tbey do not desire
to support Gov., Stubbs. ,
Paul Thieman In Kansas City
PoBt, Dem.: "Newspapers here, and
elsewhere, engaged in booming the
Republican Insurgents, had parox
ysms of Joy and fits of self-congratu
lation over a colossal victory which
did not materialize. The Democrats,
led by Champ Clark, naturally stuck
with the Republican Insurgents long
enough to gain whatever they could
gain out of the struggle. They
gained four members of a new rules
committee out of ten. , But
that was all possible to see In it upon
cooling down from the dramatic
excitement of tbe episode.
That's all we could see In It upon
studying the situation in oold blood."
T A. McNeal, the Insurgent can
didate for congressman In tbe First
district, makes tbe point tbat Con-
grcssman McKlnlay said reduction of
the ' tariff brought depression and
then contradicted himself by saying
tbe recent reduction In many articles
brought prosperity. Mr. McNeal
knows very well that McKlnlay said
no such thing. He said Democratic
reduction on a tariff for revenue basis
brought depression and It did, but
Republican revision In the Interest
of good business judgment Is a dif
ferent thing. Fairness In discussion
and fairness In quoting a speaker
ought to be a part of a square deal
er's platform. "
Although the cttliens of tbe Dis
trict of Columbia have- no voice In
the election of the President of the
United States, they have a whole lot
to do with Inaugurating him in of
fice once he la elected by the rest of
the country, and every time the great
day comes around and the Inevitable
snow and slush, freese and fog com.
bine to endanger the lives of every
body participating In the ceremonies
from the President to the proletariat.
the residents of the national capital
get , together and pass resolutions
calling upon congress to Submit to
the country as amendment to the
constitution changing the date of the
inauguration to some day later In the
season when the American eagle can
flop his wings and scream without
catching cold In his poor, old head.
No man who ever witnessed a proc
identia! inauguration In Washington
was ever known to defend ' the
wretched Judgment of the fathers
When they fixed upon the fourth ef
Hareb as the data for the ceremony.
When President Taft was Inaugurat
ed" the -weather was so bad that he
was ompelIe to deliver his Inaugu
ral nddreaa la' the Senate chamber,
instead' of. from tfct gnat tribune
tbaf had beea rested en tbe east
port! ef the capital, to the dtsap-
pwtotsseat ef thousand! of people who
had oome for hundreds of miles to
witness tig affair. -'
- For -wests after the fcurth ff
arch the daQr papers of the capital
announced la almost every Issue the
death of seme peraesv with U aot
that death had resulted from
ponre on I nanra ratios day.
Some people Insist that Colonel
Roosevelt is and always has been
hand In glove with the "Insurgent"
movement In Congress, says the State
Journal. Of course, Mr. Roosevelt
has been mingling now for more than
a year with tbe fauna of Africa and
bis Ideas on things may have changed
considerably, but at one time, at any
rate, he expressed himself forolbly
on this particular subject. And it
was not against that ''bugaboo,"
Cannonlsm, as many people would
like to bave every one else believe.
Indeed, It was Just the opposite. He
believed that the house of represen
tatives under the leadership of Mr.
Cannon bad accomplished a "phe
nomenal amount of good work." - He
deprecated any movement which
had for its object the disintegration
of the Republican organization and
such a method of procedure as It had
developed that effective legislation
could be brought about. Colonel
Roosevelt expressed these views In
a letter, which explains itself and
which was printed in the New- York
World recently. It follows:
"Oyster Bay, Aug. 14, 1900.
"To Hon. James E. Watson, M.
C. from Indiana.
"My Dear Mr. Watson: I
hear through Speaker Cannon
and Representative "Sherman
that you bave volunteered to
give your services to the con
gressional committee for t'he en
tire campaign, without regard
to the effect It may .have upon
your canvass In your own dis
trict, and I feel like writing
you a word of congratulation
and of earnest hope for the suc
cess of your efforts. If there
were only partisan issues in
volved In this contest I should
hesitate to say anything public
ly in reference thereto. But
I do not feel that such Is the
case. On the contrary,' I feel
that all good citizens who have
the welfaro of America at heart
Bhould appreciate the Immense
amount that has been accom
plished by the present congress
organized as It Is, and the urgent
need of keeping this organisa
tion in power. With Mr. Can
non as speaker the house has
accomplished a literally phe
nomenal amount of good work.
It has shown a courage, good
sense and patriotism uch that
it would be a real and serious
misfortune for the country to
fail to recognize. To change
the leadership and organisation
of the house at this time means
to bring confusion upon those
who have been successfully en
gaged In the steady working out
of a great and comprehensive
scheme for the betterment of
our social, Industrial and civic
conditions. Such a change
would substitute a purposeless
confusion, a violent and hurtful
oscillation between the positions
of the extreme radical and the
extreme reactionary, for the
present orderly progress along
, the lines of a carefully thought
out policy.
This letter was written at a time
when the "Insurgents" is the house
were just beginning to feel their oats.
And practically tbe Identical situs
tlon has existed in the house since
tbat date, or until last Saturday
when the "Insurgents" with their
Democratic allies, succeeded' in doing
the very thing Colonel Roosevelt so
forcibly deplored. Uhe new plan
which the "Insurgents" and their
Democratic brethren have adopted
may be effective in the administra
tion of the attain of the lower
branch of congress. There Is little
reason to believe, however, that it
will be. People wbo have the Idea
that the Democrats under the lead
erehlo of Champ Clark, went Into
this thing with -the pure motive of
bettering conditions In the house are
Jacking In political wisdom. The
Democrats went Into it to put the
Republican party In the hole. . They
want to kill the Taft program of
leclslatlon which a legislative . ma
chinery had been perfected to pass.
Nothing would please the Democrats
any better than lust such a result
They could go before tbe people and
Insist that the work of the present
cona-reta In carrvlnc out the Roose
velt "policies" aa they have beea de
veloped by Mr. Taft and la line with
the. demands of the people, had
amounted to nothing.
', Jackson certainly .aa a dandy
press agent . He reported that 100
gople cam from Oaag City to
Reading to . u opeaiag.aMeuag.
There were ealy eight ticket aold
daring the entire day at Osage City
for Reading. The press agent also
said that th band came frae. - The
leader says that Jacksoa fid them
for the trip.. The report also alaiav
ed that aa extra coach was hitched
oa behind the motor ear from Tope
ka. The motor ear eaa't pull an
extra coach. . A aa expert Brerar!
citor, Jacksoa'i arm agent Is a
ph. Emporia Journal.
The Home Telephone arid Telegraph Com
pany's Long Distance Copper Lines Furnish
a Public Necessity, the Basis of Value.
In making investments, the first consider
ation should always be the character of the
Every investor to whom income is import
ant, should learn the facts about the HOME
SECURITIES. They are acknowledged by
conservative investors as one of the safest
ways to earn 6 per cent.
There is a limited amount of Preferred
Stock offered for sale, bearing 6 per cent in
terest, convertible into First Mortgage
Bonds at any time, absolutely guaranteed as
to principal and interest.
For particulars ask
Abilene, Kansas
Another dream, the Central Kansas
Interurban, has gone glimmering.
Had, tbe Newton promoters acted as
they talked last December, filed their
charter and commenced business it
would have won. Abilene is wonder
ing If It .really got a ' square deal
from Salina and Newton.:,
The State Corn Show held at Man
hattan every winter has been credi
table but not big enough to suit the
Kansas Agricultural College and
now the Institute Department is of
fering to cooperate with commercial
clubs and farmers' institutes through
out the state for a series of local
corn shows, all leading up to the
state show, with all the prise win
ners from the local shows contesting
at tbe state show. The big Kansas
crop is corn and the college Is asking
for the ocoperatlon of the commercial
clubs In tbe great movement for a
bigger corn crop.
There are a hundred or more live
towns in Kansas that could have
corn shows that would be of great
value to the communities In which
they are held and would create great
Interest It is desired this year that
these shows shall Include not only
corn grown by the boys but they
should also have exhibits by tbe best
farmers of the county. Tbe Agri
cultural College will help In planning
prise lists and will send speakers
and Judges to the corn shows next
fall. It is recommended that all
prises tor men and for boys fifteen
and over be the same, trips to the
State Corn Show December 26-Sl
1910. This is being presented as a
business proposition and It la hoped
that many commercial clubs will take
up tbe work, at once.. .
shall I do with my money,
wae the question put to a broker this
week by a sw Investor who had sav
ed $(00 and wanted to get Into the
wheat market, and taake soate easy
money. "Do 70a see that bank aver
there?" aaswered the broker, point
ing across- the street ... "Yea take
your money and deposit It there la
the savings departs, where you
get ft per east a pear.- ,Oiv yowr
baak book n yoar wife, eaa go hack
to your work." This advice wastry
to aa investor Igaoraat of specula
tive deals la grain aad who could
not afford to loee. It la mtrly aa In
cident; etUl, It enow tbat aea brok
er took ape the moral as well a
tbe tuslaeas aid of the speculative
gam. EvJg Port.
The city administration has for
mulated a lengthy defense of Its act
ion In forcing on the people an Ille
gal election on commissioners. It
is published over the signature of
City Attorney Crawford. A large
part of It 1 taken up with abuse of
the Reflector, which of course has
no bearing oa the case, except to
show how sensitive the administra
tion- Is. regarding any publicity of
political game. In te article It
is stated tbat regarding tbe legal
publication calling the original elec
tion: ."
1 "The object of a notice is to
Inform the voter. that there Is
to be an election. This notice
the voters got by the publica
tion which was published three
weeks as required by the' law,
though the last publication was
not made as soon as tbe law re
quired." This Is clearly a mis-statement,
as Mr. Crawford well knows. The
law calls for three publications, tbe
last of which "shall be not less tnan
three weeks before election." The
election was March 1st, three weeks
nrior was Feb. 7. The first publi
cation In the Democrat was Feb. 10,
the second Feb. 17, the third was
tn have been Feb. it. but it was for
gotten until part of the edition was
printed and then was. put in a lew
nanera and this was called a publi
cation.. Why should- the admlnlsrta-
tlon and Mr. Crawford Stat that
only "the last publication'", was de
ficient If tbey wish to M15 tne irum
to the voters,. , , , 'rL; tA- '
The Reflector has a business in
terest la the city. Jt make so. dif
ference what kind of an aaminlstra
Uon is ruling the town ee loag as
it is wall don. Evory leading law
is th city, except Mr. Crawford,
says tbat any act that the eoamav
haaarr do-that is worth testing eaa
h. knocked : oat in th court. .1 The
taslnpasmM-et the dty who ar
aaxioaa ta havr ih town atr ahead
feel that tt 1 mighty ssaall business
for the mayor aad. attorney ta fore
a that. eft- -a coveramoat that Is
likely to prove axpeaaiv aad Mader
th tewfi progress palally wbea
it would have beta e easy to hare
tasted ta matter la tins aad tonad
that It we right-. Tele we -re-
rased and tbe electioa has beea pash
d as If th life of the politicians
wbo hav beea working day aad
aleht for saootba ta gwt the consals-
ioa Uiroasb oVlwndsd o It testead
of a paltry tioi a yr for the may-
'-If-J;- tJH,i-
or and $250 for the commissioners.
with of course the absolute power to
run the town, levy any kind of taxes
and favor any pets If the election
can be made to 'stick.
Mr. Crawford says it Is probable
that the businessmen will commence
some action to test the matter. We
hope they will. This town paid one
city attorney over $2000 trying law
suits over bonds repudiated because
of some trifling irregularity itf the
proceedings. It Is not disposed to
go through another experience of that
kind. Litigation means big fees for
lawyers and the people are the onea
who hav to pay, whether they want ,
to or not . .'li
lt seems strange that our city offi
cials Instead of being what they take
their oath to be and what they prom
ise to be In their anti-election plat
forms, builders of the town and ser
vants of the municipality in the lar
ger sense, so far forget their rela
tions to the community as to stoop
to misrepresenting plain matters of
fact as Is shown above and drag the
'city into more trouble and litigation
of which this town has had plenty
With all Its natural advantages '
Abilene has made much leas progress
than It ahould and It needs only
little travel and experience to realise
It. Nor will there be the progress
there should be until leu politics and
petty achemlng for personal advan
tage mark, the town's management
First of all, what I done should be
done' legally and not hav matter
tied np with a cloud over everything
that take place, -i- .. r
Aa a taxpayer aad a business In
terest of th town th Reflector has
a right to demand that tbe commis
sion form of government bo rasUtu
ted ae that User ahaU be Bo doubt
about the legality of ovary action and
la this we bave the rapport of every
one who bas thd real good of the
towb at heart"':1' i vi:i . -
. "Toe, may aay that u asaa who
wroU that told -a wicked Jia," a!4
Roosevelt, referring, ta aa interview
la a Cairo newspaper. . He I evP
dently Instituting ev ledges la hie
Jostiy celebrated Amalgamated Order
of Aaaaiaa as he irelee the East, .
Ex-Oovaraor Uoch baa closed a
leetare trip of 15,000 mile fbroogb
IS state, giving 107 lecture at
about $11 art each above ninawe
which as not as had. Co v. Hoch Is r
aa of the beet attractions aa it 1
lecture platform and I a speaker
who is alwtrs welcome.

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