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Devoted to the Interests of the Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union and Other Kindred Organizations.
VOL. III. NO. 18.
81.00 PER YEAR.
One of the ancient philosophers, who
was wont to utter sententious remarks,
put forth the following: "Vice, virtue
and time are three things that never
stand still."
. One of the last roses of summer for
Kansas Republicans was uttered jointly
and collectively by a committee of nine
political barnacles, as a supreme ex
tremlty of their wisdom In these glowing
"Our debts stand for oar investments and
and not for our losses. They represent our
enterprise, and not our misfortune; our
property, and not our poverty.
"Kansas is emerging from an era of gen
eral depression that is not limited to state
"The wandering vagabonds who have
joined the Alliance for political purposes
only, and who are trying to make a Uving
by the sweat of their jaws instead of honest
toil, will of course fail to pay their debts."
Now as misfortunes never come singly,
and as "with what judgment ye judge, ye
shall be judged again," the following
literary political exotic is submitted. It
appears in the Washington, (D. C.) Post,
of yesterday, and furnishes a striking,
telling commentary on the enterprise,
the presumption, the self righteousness,
the vanity, not to say the wickedness of
the remnant of Kansas Republicanism
"In high places," yea, In the exalted (?)
executive chamber of the once modest
commonwealth of honored Kansas, mak
ing it companionable matter for the
stately, commercial, prohibltion-Repub-publican
address of Bentley, Troutman,
et al., above referred to. But here is the
choice matter:
Governor Humphrey, of Kansas, seems to
be a modest person. All he wants is the
best of everything and lots of it. What's
mors, he wants things free of charge. It
appears that in Kansas there is no fund set
apart for the governor's little luxuries, so
that he must either pay for things or induce
their owners to part with them. A few cen
turies ago, gentlemen of lofty spirits and
large needs could gratify their appetites by
the simple and earnest process of taking
whatever happened to strike their fancy,
and no doubt Governor Humphrey, had he
lived in those days, would have been in it
with all four feet. But in these degenerate
times people must pay or beg, unless they
are willing to steal, and the Kansas gover
nor, with all the haughty instincts of a Sir
Walter Raleigh or a Sir John Hawkins, finds
himself compelled to reach for things in
this humiliating style:
Stat ot Kashas,
Executive Depabtmest,
Goverxob's Office, Tofsxa, Deo.
Dxab Sib: For several years many of the
leading newspapers and periodicals of this
country have been sent to the governor's
office, where they are regularly spread upon
the tables of the reception room for the
comfort and pleasure of visitors. There is
no fund set apart for maintaining this col
lection, and we must, therefore, depend
upon voluntary contributions.
"Governor Humphrey directs me to write
you and request you to send your publica
tion for 1892, beginning at the present time.
We will take pleasure in giving it a promi
nent place on our tables, and shall be glad
to reciprocate your courtesy in all proper
ways. Very respectfully,
D. 0. McCbay,
Executive Clerk."
"This refreshing proposition was probably
sent out in ciroular form, but the copy
quoted above is taken from the columns of
the New York Mirror, one of the brightest
and most entertaining of the periodicals de
voted to the drama. Commenting upon the
same, the Mirror. takes occasion to say
that in the whole course of its existence it
has encountered no euea demonstration of
pure, unadulterated gall. And it adds:
"After giving to an appreciative public the
foregoing insight into that chronio Ameri
can offloial deadheadism which is at once
the wonder and the admiration of the
oivilized world, it remains only to say that
if Governor Humphrey wishes to spread the
Dramatio Mirror u oon his office table for
the comfort and pleasure of his visitors, he
is at liberty to do so on payment of the sub'
scription price, $4 a year (in advance,) or
he oan buy it weekly for 10 cents a copy
rrom ms newsman.
"It would be interesting to know just how
many and what class of newspapers, peri
odicals, etc, Governor Humphrey has been
enabled to "spread upon the tables of the
reception room for the comfort and pleasure
of visitors," as the result of his appeal to
the almsgiving propensities of property
holders. A publication of the list might
serve to encourage other governors who
know what they want and are not too bash
ful to ask for it."
Now with becoming humility, on the
hypothesis that virtue Is making rapid
strides in the southeast corner of the
Kansas state house upper story it
might be suggested that in order to pro
mote and greatly augment "the comfort
and pleasure of visitors" In the govern
or's office at Topeka,to meet with farther
approval of the varied class of executive
visitors, that a beseeching application
In the name of the state be also made for
other papers In the city of Gotham say
Harpers' Bazaar, the Police Gazette,
etc., etc. That might be considered a
farther severe rebuke to "the wandering
vagabonds who have joined the Alliance."
At the commencement of the Christian
era, when the gentle Nazerene the car
penter's son, who was cradled In a man
gerhad arrived at the age of the priest
hood, when It would be legitimate for
him to go forth both to preach and to teach
did not he denounce the scribes and
Pharisees of his time, with an earnest
and righteous condemnation prefacing
his declarations, "Woe unto you, woe
unto you?" And now in this Fifty
second Congress animated by the same
common hatred of the People's party,
are not the Georgia Blount and the Kan
sas Fun&ton both tarred from the same
odoriferous tarry stick? Listen to the
following from the Washington corres
pondent of the Atlanta (Ga.) Constitution,
referring to Hon. James II. Blount:
" 'I supported Mr. Crisp first because he is
worthy of the office. I supported him
seoond because I am a Georgian and I will
never miss a chance to advance the position
of my state. I have but a poor opinion of
the man who feels not a thrill of prida as
honors press upon those who are his neigh
bora and friends.'
"Mr.Blount not only joyfully supported his
colleague, but he did effective work among
many, who, for certain reasons, might have
strayed off to Mills.
"In striking contrast with Mr. Blount,
stands the lean figure of Tom Watson.
Elected as a Demoorat, through a Demo
cratic nomination which he has grossly be
trayed, while Georgians were intensely in
terested in the success of their candidate,
Watson stood off among strangers and
leered at his countrymen. When one vote
might have brought to Georgia the honor
which her sons craved, this recreant
Demoorat, with a dishonored Democratic
commission in his hands, false to the pride
of his state, stood off among the enemies
of Georgia.
And now catch the following from the
correspondent of the Constitution as the
utterances from the Georgia congress
men, excepting Speaker Crisp, the new
Senator John B. Gordon and the lean
figure of Tom Watson:
"I looked up the Georgia members as best
I oould, among the crowds which crowded
the Metropolitan to night. They were all
overjoyed." Said Mr. Lester:
"I am swimming in a sea of glory. Geor
gia has captured the prize. Oh, for some
o fSavannah's artillery punch to celebrate."
Mr. Turner. "Georgians should all feel
proud of the position which their state.oo
cupies to-day. The battle has been worthily
Mr. Moses: "I believed in Crisp from
the first. His election is a good beginning
for the cause of the people. The money in
fluence was arrayed against him, which was
enough to array Alliance men for him."
Mr. Livingston: "I have acted for the
best interest of Georgia, the Alliance and
Democracy. The Democracy is the party
of the people. The people have recently
formulated some demands, which the De
mocracy, by the election of Mr. Crisp, has
daoided shall be fairly discussed. Of the
result cf that discussion I have no fear.
There must be financial relief, and I am
sure that the Democratic party will cot pass
the opportunity by."
Mr. Blount: "It was Georgia's royal day,
and Crisp is her princely son."
Mr. Everett: "The place for Georgians
is Georgia, and the post of honor is the
maintenance of state prestige. As an Alli
anceman, I am proud of Crisp."
Mr. Lawson: "I am from old Putnam,
where fidelity to principle and truth is the
first law. Crisp's election puts Georgia ia
the proudest position she has occupied siacs
Toomb's eloquence thundered through the
halls of the Senate."
Mr. Winn: "It is an Alliance victory.
There were the men from Wall street on
every corner fighting Crisp. The. election
of Mills meant the strangling of financial
legislation; the election of Crisp means that
the Democracy is again the party of the
people." . ?
Senator Colquitt could hardly express hl
feelings: .
"I am proud for Georgia," said ha.
"Proud for the Democracy and proud for
the people. The Democracy no w goes into
battle on its whole record, without a singls
plank being sidetracked. Financial reform
and tariff reform are bound together and
must not displace eaoh other. The whola
platform will be held aloft, and every Dem
oorat will find there his (hare in the struc
ture. Eighteen hundred and ninety-two
will give us a Democratic president."
The People's party will probably love
"Tom Watson" "for the enemies he has
The following matter from Mr. Wataoa
to the People's Party Paper at Atlanta
shows that there was no need "of Savan
nah's artillery punch" to celebrate Crisp'g
victory. Read the following:
Underneath the room in which the Demo
cratic caucus was held a bar room was in
full blast. Eight or ten waiters alooat
crushed each other in the haste necessary to
serve thirsty Congressmen and lobbyhta
with wines, whiskies and beer. Let the peo
ple at home bear in mind that this bar
room is situated in the marble eapitol built
with their tax money.
In this beastly way do the officials of the
government defile the temple of the people
and turn it into a scene of drunken debauch.
Crisp is supported by the machine politi
cians, by the boodlers, the subsidy hunters,
the protected industries and by Wall street.
Tammany hall is for Crisp. All the power
of that unspeakably corrupt organization Is
put forth in his behalf. Every newspaper
in the land which was noted for its opposi
tion to Cleveland's tariff reform message is
supporting Crisp. Every . Democrat who
followed Randall in his high tariff views is
for Crisp. Who believes the Augusta Chroa-
iole, the Atlanta Constitution, or the New
Tork Sun dcsiro tariff reduction? Nobody.
These papers opposed free salt for the people;
J i m 11 11 ' . .
iivu juo iwr me outiou raisers, irwj wool JO
all alike, and the reduction on iron goo 's
(Continued on fifth page.)

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