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THE JiJD VOO-A.T2a
Is there any possibility that the solicitude of the Republican press concerning the Alliance Co-operative Loan Association arises from interest ed motives? Jibrv Simpson dlu not get old John Sher man's scalp, but he got Brother Foster appointed spittoon cleaner by Speaker Crisp. There Is suggestion here of the limits of Jerry's capacity, Capital. Even that is more infinencethan the blackguard editor of the Capital has with the governor of Kansas. If Senator Teller's bill to appropri ate $15,000 to stock Alaska with rein deer should become a law, what a tremendous relief it would afford to the depressed industries and labor in terests of this country. Teller should be awarded a leather medal. The Record has all along Insisted on giving Senator Pt-ffer a chance, but if he is going to cut up such fool capers as his ridiculous pension bill the less consideration given him the better, Senator Pefter ought to learn some sense. Lawrence Record. Well, give us your objections to this bill. Don't be so vague in your oppo sition. Let os know just where you stand on the pension question. Senator Peffer's bill to increase the num ber of chaplains In the army would be more in harmony with the existing order, if it had pro vlded for the abolition of the office of chaplain altogether Plttalmrg Kansan. Yes,and it would be still more in har mony with the "existing order" if it provided for the abolition of a stand ing army altogether, as well as the office of chaplain. The first week of the year 1892 starts out well in the line of business failures, K. G. Don & Co. reporting the number at 435. The Capital might take this statement as a text for a sermon on the unprecedented prosperity of the country and the in estimable blessings of the "honest dollar." The Hon. Thomas Watson, of Geor gia, was true to his trust in the re cent organization of the House. He is a trne Alliance man, and one whom it will do to tie to. We predict that he is the coming man in that state. Being both able and honest, his con stituents will not fail to sustain and advance him. KEEP IT BEFOKE THE PEOPLE. The press of the old parties falsely report that the People's party of Kansas is dying out and the people are returning to their old parties. Notwithstanding these malicious falsehoods, the official returns of the last election show that the total vote of the state in 1891 was 49,299 less than in 1890, and that the People's party cast 6,388 more votes in 1891 than were cast for the state ticket in 1890; and that in counties where the People's party was defeated in the last election, it was done by a com bination of the two old parties against it Keep these facO before the peo ple. it Marks a difference. For a long time the Kansas newspapers said mean things about Senator Pcffer. Then when the Senator said so mioy god things about Plumb the boys let him alone, but since h in troduced bis fool bill to give the farmers of In diana 1100,000,000. the papers have settled down to expressions of sympathy far his family and friends. -Lawrence JouniL Yes, for a long time they "said mean things" not only about Sena tor Peffer, but about our entire dele gation in Congress; not on account of anything they had done, but simply because they were not elected by the Republican party. The Journal says they let the Senator alone after he "said so. many good things. about Plumb" until he introduced the bill to loan Indiana farmers 100,000,000. If he had only been sagacious enough to have introduced a bill to loan this $100,000,000 to the Nicaragua Canal Co., or to some other corporations in stead of to the farmers, every Repub lican paper on the continent would have praised him as a statesman of the highest order. What has the Journal to say of the proposal to loan $5,000,000 to the Columbian ex position and $100,000,000 to the Nica ragua Canal Co? That, we presume, is all right, and President Harrison and John Sherman are great states men because they approve it; but the man who proposes a loan to farmers, O, horror! He's a crank. WHO WILL AKSWER? The following questions are pub lished in the Girard Herald by Hon H. S. Allen, judge of that district We recommend them to the prayerful attention of the Republican press; but we do not expect to see them an swered. The Republican press is not given to answering questions. We asked Joe Hudson a few some time ago in relation to an old speech of his, and he has not had time to an swer, them yet The following are Judge Allen's questions: 1. Why do more than one-half the net earn lngs of the whole people of the United States go Into the treasuries of about one-thousandth part of the people? 2. Why do we grant special favors in the way of subsidies and corporate franchises to those who have most wealth? 3. Why is it that 10,000 persons save from their combined incomt-s $500,000,000 yearly? 4. Why are they not taxed on their income? 6. Why do 15 000.0( 0 persons, who with their wives and children, do substantially all the men tal and physical labor of the country, and pro duce substantially all Its wealth, have Incomes averaging less than $200 each? 6 Why do tht-se 15,000,0 o people bear all the taxes averaging $30 each, and pay all the bur dens of the national government? 7. Why di we Impose all national taxation on the expanses of the people? 8. Why do we not tax the Incomes of those who have Incomes far btyond theh needs? 9. Why should a man or woman pay a tax merely because he or she buys clothing, medi cine, food, building material, or household goods? 10. Why should perrons be require to pay more than their value for things made In the United States? . 11. Why should one class of clt'zens be favored more than another? 12. Why does capital Invested In small lunu la farming or any other private business yield such slight returns? 13. Why does aggregated capital Invested in vast sums yield such largi returns? 14. Why have the people of Kansas so little to show as their share of the annual Increase of f 1,500,0 0,000 In the nation's wealth? 15. W by do the people of Kansas owe many millions of dollars on bonds and mortgages? 16. Why are those moitgaget mostly held In Europe and eastern states? 17. Why do we not tax the revenue derived by foreigners from capital Invested In this country, as well as our citizens? 18. Why do we take part of the old soldier's pension away from him when he Invests it In things he needs? 19. Why do we make Mm pay another part above the LUr value of bis purchase when he bujs necessaries from his earnings or Income de rived from other sources? 20. Why do those who receive the greatest beneflu from his patriotism and his sufferings contribute nothing to Dispersion? 21. Why are. the teims, "honesty Justice and good faith" nsed with such telling force In favor of the nation's creditors and wealthy citizens, yet utterly forgotten and Ignored when dealing wlih us common people? i ATTENTION REFORM PRESS ASSOCIATION, There will be a meeting of the Na tional Reform Press Association at St. Louis beginning February 19. It is desired that there shall bo a full attendance as important matters will be presented for consideration. We are compelled to ask corres pondents to condense a little more than they are disposed to do jast now, or we shall have to reject Bomeof their communications, not for want of merit, but on account of length. "The Industrial Club Declaimer," jast published by the Vincent Broth ers, is a new departure in the line of reform literature. It is a collection of poems, songs and readings de signed for use in meetings of indus trial organizations. The publisher states an important fact when he says that "something beside the cold routine of "collecting dues," and "raising poiuts of order" is essential to success in maintaining interest in reform meetings; and the"Declaimer" will furnish a means of supplying "a long felt want" in this direction. Send for it Price 50 cents. THERE ARE TWO OF THEM. The Topeka Capital publishes the fact that Congressman Otia has re fused a railroad pass tendered him by the Santa Fe railroad, and its corres pondent assumes that all the rest of the Alliance Congressmen are riding on free passes. If the Capital cares anything about finding out the truth, and will consult the letter files in the general solicitors office of the Santa Fe railroad in this city, it will find a corespondence substantially as fol lows: Atchison, Topkwa & Santa F Kail- ) KOAnOMPANV, Law Drpr . V TopHKA, Kan , Dec. 9, 1891. ) Hon. John Davl, llowse of Repneentatlve, WanhinQtnn, D. C. : DitA it 8m:-I take pleaure In enclosing h rewlth time pass for 1892 over the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe lines In Kansas. Yours truly, O. It. Thck. To that letter Mr. Davis replied as follows: HOUSRKRKPRM'NTUTIVfH, U 8., I Washington, D. C, D-w, U i891. ) lion George RPck, Gmcral Solicitor Atchl- m. Toptka ! Santa Fe Railroad, Topeha, Kanas: Sir:-I And on my table your letter of the 9th Inst., Inclosing "time pass lor 192 over the Atchi'on, Topeka & Santa Fe line In Kansas." While thanking you for the courtesy, I beg leave to say that.as a public officer In the service of the United States, I cannot legally and con- Istently accept a time pss from a railroad cor poration. Itheref re enclose the pass and re turn to you. Very respectful!?, John Davis, M O. The Captial can now say that two of our Alliance Congressmen have re fused railroad passes. It is best to not presume too many things without knowing the facta. A PENSION MYNTKM WHIt H THE "CAPI- TAL" PROBABLY APPROVE. An old soldier writing from Aris- pie, Kansas, gives his experience with he pension department He was re ceiving the munificent sum of $2 per month for disability arising from dis ease contracted in the service in line of duty, and made application for an increase. It took two years and two months to secure the increase, and when it was allowed it was an addi tion of $2 per month. After bis law yer's fees were deducted,-which is al ways done by the department, it left him about two centa a day. for the twenty-six months which he had been waiting for his pension. In addition to the criminal delays under the spoils system of granting pensions we would call attention to the inconsistency of a $2 pension for any disease whatever. We under take to say that a disease that does not disqualify a man from pursuing his occupation to the extent of more than $2 per month, could not be de tected in any human body by the most expert living physician; and the absolute absurdity of a $2 pension is apparent on the face of it If a man is not entitled to more than $2, he is not entitled to anything. The Capital is opposed to Senator Ptffer's pension bill because it will dispense with some of the bloodsuck ers and give a jast pension to all who are .entitled to anything thus re moving the pension question from politics. MORE BLOODSHED IN JJOTKIN'S DIS TRICT. Another chapter has been added to the history of the Botkin judicial dis trict While we deplore lawlessness and bloodshed, we cannot refrain from saying that the people of that section of our state have been sub jected to outrages almost beyond the limits of hnraan indurance. They made an effort one year ago to rid themselves by legal methods of the libertine against whose tyranny all respectable people regardless of party were in revolt, and that effort was defeated by the corrupt majority of a Republican Senate. The best men of that body did not falter in their duty in that case. They voted for conviction, and some of them made personal statements in justification of their votes. Mr. Rub, a Republi can Senator from that district, said: To the bast of my knowledge and belief, the Judge supported me for both mv nomination and election. But, Mr. President, I can not help feelli g th itlf this Senate will permit Judges throughout thN state, whether It be In western Kansas, la a district of less than 2.0t 0oter. or whether 1C be In the central Dart, or even tn Shawnee county, to Imprison Innocent citizens of the Urned S'ates, and by their votes sanction such conduct, then the time w II come as nre. dlcte dby the lion. Wm. P. Hackney-tht time will come sooner than we look for it-when this Iblnjrwlllhaveto be stopped, If we can stop it. oioerwise mat time will cm tha Hackney pre dicted. AND IT WILL COME IN A DIFFER ENT WAY. Notonly are innocent citizens im prisoned without Authority of law, but the people of Springfield are robbed by the machinery of this liber tine court and the spoils divided with the Hon. (?) W. P. Hackney, who afterwards appears as one of the at torneys of the defense in the notori ous impeachment trial Legal meth oths fail to remedy the eviJs to which the people have been subject, and the result is that they have determined to take the law into their own hands. Notwithstanding all the outrages to which they have been snbject, we much regret that they did not have patience to wait until another Senate could be elected by the people, when, we believe, legal method would have been taken to redress their wrongs. The members of the Senate who voted 8gainst the conviction of Botkin will never return to that body, and we be lieve that there is still hope of ad justing all grievances by peaceable methods.