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VOL. in. NO. 24. TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1892. $1.00 PER YEAR. CONGRESSMAN DAVIS' PENSION BILL. A bill granting a pension to all ex-Union soldiers who served In the war ot the rebellion, and providing a special pension fund, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and Haute of Representative of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the secretary of the interior be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to place on the pension roll of the United States the name of any officer or enlisted man who served at the front during the late rebellion, irrespective of his present age. the same to be a service pension. To all who actually served at the front ninety days or more, but less than one year, at the rate of ten dollars per month. To all who served one year or more, but less than two years, at the rate otfifteen dol lars per month. To all who served two years or more, but less than three years, at the rate of twenty dollars per month. To all who served three years or more, at the rate of twenty -five dollars per month. The service pension to be as entitled, for service rendered, and in addition to any disability pension to which they may be entitled under the present laws, said pen sion to commence from date of filing ap plication therefor. Sec. 2 That if any officer or enlisted man has died, or shall hereafter die, from any cause, though not traceable to a re sult of army service, leaving a widow or minor child or children, said widow or minor child or children shall, upon proof of the soldier's death, be placed upon the pension roll, upon the applica tion therefor, at the rate of pension the soldier was receiving or entitled to re ceive at the time of his death, providing said amount shall not exceed thirty dol lars per month; and in case of the re marriage or death of the widow, leaving minor child or children under the age of eighteen years, such pension shall be paid to said child or children until they severally attain the age of eighteen years, said pension to date from the soldier's death, if subsequent to the passage ot this act Sec. 3. That no agent or attorney or other person engaged in preparing, pre senting, and prosecuting pension claims under the provisions of this act shall contract for, demand or receive, or re tain as pay for said services a sum to ex ceed ten dollars, which shall be paid upon the order of the commissioner of pensions by the pension agent making payment of pension; and any attorney or agent who shall willfully violate any of the provisions of this act or wrongfully retain or withhold any part of the pen sion or claim allowed or due eald pen sioner or claimant shall be deemed guilty I of misdemeanor, and upon ' conviction thereof shall for each and every offense be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or im prisoned not exceeding two years, or both, in the discretion of the court. Sec. L That for the purposes of this act all officers and enlisted men who were doing duty at the front on April thirtieth, eighteen hundred and sixty five (close of the war), or in hospitals suffering with wounds received in battle, or diseases contracted while In line of duty, and who were not thereafter con victed for any criminal act, shall be con sidered as honorably discharged. Sxo. 5. That this act shall apply to all who served In the army, navy, or marine corps of the United States during the late war of the rebellion; and It shall be the duty of the secretary of the interior to establish proper rules and regulations aa to the required evidence, and to em ploy all official and clerical force neces sary to ascertain and establish the just claims of all persons to whom this act shall apply. Sec. 6. That In order to provide a special pension fund to meet the de mands of this act, without drawing upon the tariff revenues and other usual re sources of the government, there is hereby authorized and levied special pension taxes as follows: First. On all incomes of individuals amounting to ten thousand dollars per annum, or over, but less than fifty thous and dollars, two per centum per annum; on Incomes of fifty thousand dollars per annum, or over, but less than one hun dred thousand dollars, four per centum per annum; on all incomes of one hun dred thousand dollars per annum, or over, six per centum per annum. Second. On all legacies and gifts to heirs of estates, properties and values of all sorts, counted In the aggregate, before division among the heirs, there is hereby authorized and levied taxes as follows: On all legacies of ten thousand dollars, or over, but less than one hundred thous and dollars, a tax of five per centum; on all legacies of one hundred thousand dol lars, or over, a tax of ten per centum per annum. Third. On all lands and landed es tates held by Individuals, firms, or cor porations, there is hereby authorized and levied taxes as follows: On estates of the value of ten thousand dollars, or over (not counting improvements), but less than fifty thousand dollars, two per centum per annum; on estates ot the value of fifty thousand dollars, or over (not counting improvements), but less than one hundred thousand dollars, four ; per centum per annum; on estates ot the value of one hundred thousand dollars, or over (not counting improvements), six per centum per annum. Sec. 7. That in case of deflcit in the pension fund, derived from taxes herein authorized, the treasurer of the United States is hereby authorized and directed to supply the said deficit from time to time, as it may occur, by new Issues of legal tender treasury notes. Sec. 8. That the secretary of the treasury of the United States is hereby authorized and directed to prepare and print rules of procedure, books, blanks, and other necessary documents, appoint tax collectors with Instructions as to their duties, requiring adequate bonds and the usual oath ot office; and to do and perform all other acta which may be necessary to collect and pay out the pension fund herein provided to the proper recipients of the same under this act. Sec. 9 That this act shall take effect from the date of passage, and all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed. EXHIBIT OF FARM CHOPS. OFFICBOFTHB DlRKCTOR-GltyjRAt, ) World's Columbia Exposition, Chicago, III., Jan. 7, 1892. ) dipartmint of agriculture, w. i. bu chanan, chief. W. 11. Smith, Eq , Secretary Kansas Colum bian Erposxtiun Commission, Topeka, Kansas. Deaii Sir: The following suggestions relative to the exhibits of farm crops from your state are herewith transmitted for your information: 1. All applications from your state for space In which to exhibit farm crops (other than dairy products) will be re ported by this department to your com mission for your information, and the ap plicant notified of such reference and ad vised to correspond with your board. 2. In all instances where a state or ter ritory has a regularly organized com mission or board to represent such state or territory at the exposition this de partment will rely upon such commission or board to arrange for such an exhibit of farm crops from said state or territory as will in the judgment of said commission or board adequately and justly represent the diversified products of such state or territory comprehended in the classifica tion of this department 3. The following Information will be required to accompany each exhibit: (a). Name of object; (b). Name of producer; (c). Place where grown ;(d). Character of soil;(e). Date of planting; ((). Quantity of seed planted per acre; (g). Method of cultivation; (b). Date of harvesting; (1). Yield per acre; (j). Weight; (k). Price of product at nearest home market; (1). Average temperature by months for the time intervening between planting and harvesting; (m). Average rain or snow" fall by months for the time Intervening between planting and harvesting; (n). Was exhibit produced by Irrigation? 4. Your board will be notified on or before March 1st next of the space that can be set apart in the agricultural building for the exhibit contemplated by this circular from your state. 5. You will be advised by this depart ment in ample time ' of the restrictions, limitations, quantities, etc., connected with such exhibits. 6. This circular is sent so that your board can make such arrangement as you deem best to secure a representative line of each ot the cereals, grasses, flbers.eta, produced in your state. 7. After notification by this depart ment of the space set apart for this ex hibit from your state, your board should consider the most satisfactory plan in your judgment to properly display your exhibit, and submit to this department a sketch as provided by section 7 of the special rules of the department. 8. By referring to the special rules of the department, you will see that there will be a special display of sugar beets ' during the two weeks beginning Monday, October 9, 1893, and a special display of potatoes and other tubers during the two weeks beginning Monday, September 11, 1803. 9. The right to modify the above reg ulations is reserved. Please acknowledge receipt, and advise If not clearly understood. Yery respectfully yours, W. I. BrCHANAN, Chief of Department of Agriculture. In view of the great hulabaloo raised over Rev. B. F. Foster, of this city, secur ing a position as a House employe at Washington, It may be of interest to say . that we have read a private letter written by that gentleman a few days ago to a friend here In Topeka, in which he says his position Is one in which he simply has charge of two official galleries, in which he says, parenthetically, there are no spittoons. He gets $2 a day, and gets fifty cents a day from another employe for assisting him. For the Information of the very hypocritical fellows who so freely criticised him he says, the "Chief of the cuspidores" gets a salary of $1,400 a year, and spltton cleaners $3 a day. Mr. Foster has other business in Washington this winter which he is attending to sue cessfully, too, without neglecting his du ties as a House employe. He also says his position was secured through the In fluence of a southern member, and not by the Kansas members. Alliance TribuM.