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VOL. III. NO. 8. TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1891. $1.00 PER YEAR. CABINET GOSSIP. To the Editor of Thk Advocate. It is not likely that any one will be able to discover for a certainty whom Mr. Harrison has selected for a cabinet position until. after the November elections, but it is be lieved that he has already made up his mind on the subject. It is presumed by politicians that the appointments which the president now has at his disposal will be distributed with an eye to strengthening his position with relation to a renomination. That Mr. Harrison appreciates the influence of ap pointments on politics is shown, it is claimed, by his decision to hold over those he might make at this time until after the November elections. It is generally con ceded by politicians that Mr. Blaine is the only person whom Mr. Harrison has any thing to fear from in the next Republican national convention, and that his danger in that quarter lies not in Mr. Blaine's anxiety for the nomination, but in the popular eon- timent in favor of the selection of the Maine statesman, regardless of his preference in the matter. Mr. Blaine is doing nothing to strengthen or to sustain this sentiment, so his friends say, and it is understood that there will be no resistence offered to any efforts that may be made in behalf of Mr. Harrison to over come it It is believed by the politicians that from this time until the meeting of the convention Mr. Harrison will devote him self assiduously to strengthening himself in those localities where Blaine has the strong est hold upon the people, believing that if he can get support from one or more of Blaine's strongholds everything else will fall naturally his way. He had a little ex perience of this sort at the last national convention. When the California delega tion voted for him, the rest all oame tum bling. It is believed that he now contemplates using the two cabinet appointments and probably some of the other appointments to strengthen himself in New England and on the Pacific coast. Circumstances may arise which will make the president want Mr. Miller to remain in the cabinet, and of course if they should the attorney general would accomodate himself to the presi dent's interests, but the present expectation of both the president and Mr. Miller is that the latter will retire from the cabinet to go on the bench. It is believed then that a California man, probably Mr. Estee, and Governor Cheney, of New Hampshire, will be appointed to the cabinet vacancies. It is urged by Senator Chandler that the ap pointment of Mr. Cheney would greatly assist him in his work for the president in New England, and that Secretary Proctor is of the same opinion. The above from the Washington Star, of the Cth Inst, shows most forcibly how presidential patronage Is being used to secure delegates for the renomination of th? President, and, as stated, thwart the choice of the people. At the same time a suit Is pending In the courts here, Instituted by this same president and his subordinates, against clerks in the departments for soliciting or contribuing funds for the polit&l suc cess of his -and their party in Virginia. Can anything more forcibly show the hypocracy of politicians, and absurdity of the so-called civil service law? It would seem that no other argument was necessary to show the necessity for an amendment to the constitution by which no president should be permitted to be his own successor. Here we have the appointment of the cabinet officers who are to shape the policy of the government, and even the judges in the highest courts, traded off for delegates to the national convention to secure the renomination of the Presi dent! Not only that, but we see It an nounced by this same paper, and others recently, that the collector of customs in New York, and of at least one of the judges of the new court of appeals, is to be made to suit certain politicians of that state in exchange for delegates to convention, and to enable two men in the ring to control the election of United States Senator and other officers, state and national. Under such a state of affairs, what a farce it is to talk about this being "a government of the people, by the people and for the people." It is no such thing. It is simply a government of the office holders and politicians for their own ben efit, regardless of the people. Citizen, Washington, D. C. HOLD YOUR HAY. To the Editor of Thk Advocate. I have recently been to Kansas City to look up the hay market. I found It glut ted like the wheat market, and prices be low cost Now what is the remedy? I suggest every owner of a hay press to ship only half as much as formerly, and prices will soon rise so we can get pay for our work. Suppose we all stop ship ping for one month. Prices would soon go up to f 8 and $10. I don't blame the consumer for buying as cheap as he can we would do the same thing but I would as soon play for nothing as work for nothing. Let us try it, I know it will work. Please give this a place in your valua ble paper, and ask all other Alliance pa pers to copy. Respectfully, J. P. Mather. Council Grove, October, 8, 1801. P. S. I presume all other towns are In the same condition. J. P. M. FORCED TRIBUTE. Persons against whom mortgage fore- closurs has been Instituted should write to W. P. Rightmire. Topeka, Kan, if they wish to save their homes. An Independent Wheat Buyer at Wadena Baises i Wheat Two Cents per Bushel and the Railroads Refuse to Furnish Him With Cars. From the Great West A Wadena special to the Pioneer Press under date of September 17th, says: J. M. Stowe, who has been buying wheat on the streets here, has been unable the pasfif ew days to secure cars in which to ship his grain. He has applied to the local agents of the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads for cara but these roads decline to furnish him with the same. When the railroad commissioners were in Wadena, a week or so since, Mr. Stowe in formed these gentlemen that he had been unable to get oars in which to ship his grain and they told him to again apply for a car and if it was refused him, he should imme diately let them know and they would in vestigate the matter. V A day or two after the visit of the com missioners Mr. Stowe applied for a oar and it was refused him. He telegraphed to the railroad commissioners not only once but three times, and up to date has received no reply to his telegrams. Mr. Stowe says the railroad companies have instructed their agents here not to let him have a car in which to ship wheat. When Mr. Stowe began buying wheat he raised the price of that cereal 2 cents per bushel over that being paid by the three elevators here. As soon as it became known that he was on the market and had raised the price, everything possible was done to get him off the market and he was offered a position as wheat buyer at a station on the Wadena fc Park Rapids road, which he re fused to accept. Mr. Stowe is still buying wheat and will keep on doing so, and will have cars to ship it in if the railroad commissioners will come to his rescue. Another exhibition of the power of corporations to oppress, and another argument In support of government ownership of railways is here furnished. An independent buyer raises the price and maintains it two cents above the market, and demonstrates thereby that the farmers of Wadena county are de prived of two cents on every bushel of wheat sold. Falling to buy up the Inde pendent man they proceed to drive him out of the business by refusing him cars, and the farmers are thus forced to pay a tribute of two cents per bushel on their wheat. Are the railroad commissioners powerless to protect the interest of the farmers against corporations? Is it not to protect the citizens against extortion that the commission was created? come up to torment and humiliate him in after years. Eighteen years,however,is a good while to go baok in a personal record to find something rooky. Emporia Republican. It ought, however, to make the blun derer more charitable toward those who are treading in his footsteps. It looks very much out of place for an editor to call men thieves, Idiots, knaves and scoundrels for advocating Identically the same thing he advocated eighteen years ago. There is a certain humility that bitter becomes a reformed Republican who has gone off after strange goda than the loud denunciation of those around him for a similar fault. A renegade ought to learn to be modest, not to say decent. State Journal. Tbi Allxasoi Advocat resurrects a calamity speech delivered by Major Hudson, of the Topeka Capital, in 18, in which the Republican party is severely roasted. A man seldom tnakes a bad blander that doesn't KANSAS STATE ALLIANCE. Fourth Annual Meeting at Sallna, Octo ber 3 1 KeJucel IU 1 1 road Rate. All roads included In the Trans-Missouri Passenger Association, have grant ed a rate of one and one-third fare on the certificate plan as explained below: On the certificate plan In use on most of the railroads in the territory of this association, the passenger pays full fare In going to the meeting, and secures & certificate (or receipt) therefore from the ticket agent, by request, at the time of purchase, and this certificate (or receipt) when countersigned by the proper official at the meeting, becomes authority for the sale of a return ticket over the same road, between the same points, at one- third fare, thus making one fare and one third for the round trip. Where the journey Is made over more than one line, It is frequently necessaay for the passen ger to purchase a separate local ticket and procure certificate thereof for each of the lines in this territory over which he travels in going to the meeting, aa many of these lines do not honor the cer tificates of other lines. Passengers should therefore ascertain from the ticket agent what portion of the journey can be covered by the certificate procura ble of him, and should purchase tickets and secure certificates as may be necessary. Failure to procure or present a certifi cate invalidates any claim for reduction In return fare. The ticket purchased for going passage may be either unlimited or limited, ac cording to the rate paid or regulations in effect on the line over which it reads: but the return ticket sold at the reduced fare will, in all cases, be limited to con tinuous passage. Certificates will not be honored for re turn tickets at reduced .rates unless pre sented within three days after the date of adjournment of the meeting, nor will certificates be honored in cases where going tickets were purchased more than three days prior to the commencement of the meeting. J. 15. French, Secretary.