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THE ADVO0ATE1 OL'Il KANSAS 1.0'ITOY. Kann.w, not to bo outdone ia any tiling, net oven by tho bloodthirsty brigridiors nway down m Loniniana, in Iho proud poimenHor of a lottery, nil t or own; not a small, iriHtaificaiit af fair, obncurely located end clandeu tiaoly operated, but n regular thor oughbred, chartered by our Hicre Ury of Stata and operated under tho protection of our great Common wealth. Of courHO it rauftt bo regard ed at a perfectly legitimate and re spectable institution, othorwino it would not bo chartornd and sustained in this great stato undor a Republi can adminintration We have read and heard many things relative to our lottory for months punt, aad wo reproduced from the Leavonworth Timm Homo time ago an article Hot ting forth Rome of its foaturos and u fow of its bnainoH transactions. Hav ing Borne curioHity to know rnorq about it, we made it n vinit a few days n;o and had the satisfaction of boo ing its machinery in full operation. Lent thoro should bo Home misappre hension relative to tho true character of the concern, we will pause at this point and discuss that question. Af ter tho publication of tho article in tho Leavenworth Time., it was ve hemently denied that the institution could bo considered in any sonBO as a lottory. After wo reproduced tho article of tho Times, in which soma referonco was mado to ex-At-torney General Bradford, wo roceivod a personal letter from that gentlo man, complaining of tho association of his name with the institution, and farther volunteering tho Htatement that it i'h not a lottery. Tho only allusion to tho ex-Attorney General that occurs in tho article referred to, ia the following brief paragraph: Kx-Attorney (leneral Bradford, A member of the Republican central committee, is tho at torney for this concern. Thin ho admits in his leltor to us to bo true, and then ho proceeds to njy: No oii will deny tho fact that I have as much right to defend mon chargfil with running a lottory as for teallng or vmnh r. Wo very willingly concodo to Mr. Bradford tho correctness of this proposition. As an attorney, hia dofenso of criminals connected with this concorn is porfoctly legiti mate and no one can complain of it He Bhould have stopped with tho above statement, howover. Ho waa not called upon as a witness to give testimony either for or against themo parties, end the following volunteer evidence is entirely gratuitous. He says: This Institution at Kansas City In wt a lottery; It Is a nort of (wnxfua witcn, similar, only on a larger urah', to nursing how many beans In a Jar or grains of corn In a Jar, so frequently prac ticed at CI. A. It. fairs or church festivals, Tho italics are Mr, Bradford's. This is a very innocent sort of amusomont, rarely. No wonder that the ex-attor-noy goneral Bhould fool bo free to do fend it Such innocent pafitimo might bo expected to bo encouraged by church going people and moralists irrespective of party or creed, and to merit tho fostering protection of this great commonwealth. But let us boo something of the true inwardness of this "church fes tival" amusement. As before statod, wo visited tho great moral "gunming mutch" for tho sole purpcuo of learn ing something about it Wo believe that we in a ino;uuro saccooded. Tho concern is chartered as "Tho Kansas Mereantite Awtociation," a name not at all suspicion; or calculated to caurio interference with its mail by tho United States government Its place of businefia is Hanson's opera house, 70 and 72 Central avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Its ticket all havo tho following ba3i'ncH3 like and very lucid and grammatically constructed head line: F.very purchaser of an article bought Is en titled to a premium, provided holders of said tickets have on them said number drawn at said drawing designated by daws of premiums, One would naturally suppoao from this business like Htatoment that tho "Kansas Mercantile Asrxxiiatton" had some kind of legitimate merchandise for salo. This, however, is not tho caao. Tho only Bales mado by this concorn are sales of "policy tickotp." The Bchomo ia ingeniously contrived to catch the email earnings of tho very poor, or the larger possessions of tho more fortunate. Tickets may bo bought for from 5 cents up to any amount that tho pur chaser may wish to invest. There are two drawings each day, one at 12 o'clock m., and tho other at 5 oclock p. m. Wo witnoflsod the 12 o'clock drawing. Wo noticod partic ularly the clans of people who wore present and took chances in the game. The drens and general appoaranco of tho great bulk of the crowd gave as eurance that they belonged almottt ex clusively to tho poorer class of labor ers. L'aHsing around among tho crowd and looking at tho tickets they had purchased we obnorvod that they were very largely of the fivo and ton cent varioty, with occasionally one in which a much larger Bum had been invested. There were, at a low eeti mate, 300 men, women, boys and girls presont on this occasion. , They were roughly clad in tho garb of laborers, and ovidontly could ill afford tho email investments which they had boon tempted to make. Tho appear ance of tho women anJ girls more especially bespoke poverty and hard iihip. Tho expreBsion upon their anxious facos during tho drawing told all too plainly how eoroly they stood in neod of tho pittance which they hoped might come to them from tho turn of the whool. Theso woro among the things wo loarnod upon this visit But wo loarned more. After all had boon supplied with tickets the mwiogor an nounced that the drawing would com monco. The numbers from one to eoventy-oight had been placed in the wheel and tho whool had been turned until they were thoroughly and indis criminately mixed. Tho tickets had written upon thoir face certain com binations of numbers between one and Boventy-eight, in rows of three or four in a row. In order to win in the drawing it was necessary that the numbors upon tho tickets Bhould come out of tho wheel in a certain order of succession, the dotails of which we do not understand. This is one of the things we did not learn and wo saw no one on that occasion who had a practical illustration of tho unccfirtu of tho "church festival'' sys tem of doing busings. When every thing was in readiness for the draw ing a smooth-faced young man was blindfolded, hia arm stripped above tho elbow, tho trap in tho wheel was openod, he put hia hand within and drew out a number. It wan handed to tho manager, who unfolded it in tho presence of the aiworably and declared what it was. A third party wrote it upon a blackboard. Tho drawing proceedod in this manacr until twelve numbers were drawn, when the anxi ous faces of thcue proBent were turned towarda the blackboard and the magio numbors wero carefully com pared with thoMO upon the tickota to see if they had corno out of tho wheel in such order as to uoenre to any one a prize. It was announced that an other drawing would tako place at 5 o'clock, and, aftor satisfying them Belves that fortune had not looked upon them with favor, the disappoint ed crowd pafiflod slowly and with ap parent reluctance into tho street Tho "church festival guonaing match" was for tho time being concluded. It is hardly nocennary to say more to convoy a corroct idea of the char actor of this concorn. It has agents in all the principal cities and towns in tho state, and probably in other states also, where its "merchandise" is sold. Tho mails bring hundreds of dollars to its managers every day,'in addition to tho local receipts. A cor respondent writing from Kansas City Kansas, to the Leavenworth Times undor date of October 18, 1800, says: Kanhah City, Kan., October is, mix). Editor IjsavtnuMtrth Tlmt: I see In your dally Ishuo of yesterday that you speak In unmeasured terms of the great gambling scheme that exists and Is carried on In K annas City, Kan wis, under the auspices of "Tho Kan sas Mercantile Association." This gambling scheme Is better known to the hundrods of poor people, who dally patronize It, as "policy," and they are duped Into putting in their last nlckle under tho delusion that their Investments will bring them In return many bright and shining dollars. But, alas I how few of them are so for tunate as to even ever see their hard earned nickles again. The charter of this nefarious gambling scheme was Issued undor the great state of Kansas and signed by Its great secre tary of state, "William Hlgglns. While on the face of tho charter It portrays "Mercantile Asso ciation," it turns out that the company operating under tho said charter have two dally drawings from a big lottery wheel placed In Hansen's opera house, In old Kansas City, Kansas. The profits of this gambling scheme are said to bo immense, as they have agents In all tho larger towns throughout Kansas. It Is common talk here, among a few knowing ones, that on the first day of each month a check to the amount of $r,o, out of the net profits of this company, passes tho Central bank of this city and the money Is sent to Topeka tor the purpose of divi sion among certain state officers. A great many of our best citizens here have given this matter considerable thought of Late and some definite action has been In contemplation to expose tho thieving scheme, but Inasmuch as your paper has enlisted itself in the good and noble work, wo hope for the good of nmnklnd in general and the.good morals of our state, that you will con tinue with your open batteries and urge aa Im mediate investigaUon of how this charter was obtained, and why it was granted by William UlgRins, when he knew at the time, and knows now (having but recently visited Mr. Kline, of this city, the manager) that the company was going to carry on a gambling scheme, only second to that of the Louisiana lottery company. Anon, Kansak. The Times has this to say edi torially: The Leavenworth Tim has often referred to this gigantic swindle, which Is dally robbing the people, but so far it seems tho policy lottery Is firmly established and receives the support of the strong arm of the Republican slate adminis tration. Of course, In a fraud like this It Is no easy mat ter to get at the facts M to who are the IntercHt ed parties. J'erjury is no terror to those who are InUrentAd In such a schrmeof plunder. Attempts have been msd to c,runh out the scheme hero In leaven worth, but every eflort has proved a fail ure, for the reason that thrt administration at Toprlta has discountenanced every attempt on the part of the city officials to throttle the mon ster, that moouter tt at dally robs tie poorest clans of our people of hundreds of dolUrs. No way hat been pointed out. The swindle has attached to It tho name of "Win. iltgglns, secre tary of state," and tho robbrry goes peacefully forward, the pwp'o are fleeced and the bread taken from tho mouths of the poor by authority given to the robbers on a parchment charter signed, "Wm. Hlgglns, secretary of state," with the great seal of the state of Kansas at tached. Tho "policy" shop scheme sends monthly to Topeka W of lis profits. Who gets this money? What are the facts? No one but tho robbers can tell. They only are inside. They only know all the facts, and they won't tell. The money ($5)o) Is sent to Topeka monthly. That much Is certain. Who owns this "policy shop?" Flnlay and Kline. Who Is Flnlay? Flnlay Is the father of Flnlay, the utate coal mine Inspector, appointed by the Governor. What Is Flnlay's reputation? FlnLay's reputation Is bad, so bad wo can not publish what Is said of him. Who Is Kline? Kline. Is a man who lias been for years engaged in games of hazard, and Is reported to have mado considerable money. Kline Is very Intimate with Hlgglns, tho sen-rotary of state. Their families are also Intimate and vlnlt;each other often. Kline is often assessed large sums of money for political purposes, and is reported to extend charity in liberal amounts and with a lavish hand In that direction. It Is claimed that this institution also pays large sums of hush money to newspapers as well as to politicians. Hilly Buchan, chairman of the Republican state central .committee, is reported to bo In friendly relation with tho proprietors of this policy shop. We are not writing at this time for campaign purposes. There is no election now pending. No partisan consideration should havo any inllu enco in determining tho judgment of any person concerning this matter. It is a subject in which every citizen of the stato ia interested, We under take to say that if ex-Attorney Gen eral Bradford docs not know tho true character of this concern for which he says ho is attorney, ho is not in poBROBeion of Buch information as will justify him in doclaring as ho did do, that it is not a lottory but a more "church festival guowsing match, only on a larger scalo." If he docs know its true character ho knows very well that it is a lottery of tho most disrep utable character and ho seriously compromises his manhood when ho makes such a statement as that quoted from his letter. If William Higgins, socrotary of state, does not know tho true charac ter of the institution which is operat ing under a charter bearing hia offi cial signature, it is high time for him to find it out It is unquestionably a most infamous institution. Protected by tho great seal of the state its man agers aro growing rich from thoir legalized robbory of the poor; and good citizens irrespective of party will hold the executive and socrotary of stato responsible for tho iniquities that may hereaftor bo porpotrated un der this chartor. SPECIAL NOTICE. No single subscription to Tus Ad vocate will bo taken after this date for lens than 11.00, tho prico for one year. Send $1 bill in carefully soaled letter at oar risk.