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5 at this time as to desire to invest such an immense amount of capital in the interest of its members; for, bear in mind, the advocates of the scheme say to us that is designed to build up and strengthen the Alliance, because only members of the order will be en titled to that wonderful rebate on purchases. How these New York millionaires do love the Alliance all at once. Can you think of any pur pose they can have in view? We can. They desire to swallow the order and get it out of the way. They undoubt edly think this will be be easier and cheaper than to defeat it in a square fight at the polls. This is another of the purposes of the company ffhich, as Mr. Snyder says, is 'but poorly understood by the people," and it is one with which he, being a Bepubli can Alliance man, is probably In hearty sympathy. SPECIAL TO EDITORS OF REFORM PAPERS. There will be a meeting of the Kansas Eeform Press Association some time after the meeting of the St Louis conference probably dur ing the first week of March. The Alliance Tribune is in error in an nouncing the date positively as March 3. Brother McDowell misundrstood us in regard to this matter. The meeting maybe at the time named, but we have not yet heard from the president as to the exact date. It is desired that every editor of a reform paper in Kansas will so arrange his business as to be able to attend this meeting, as business of import- 'Knmni mmo nn rnr vMiciflororinn It is desired to take steps by which our reform papers may be benefitted, not only in their editorial work, but in a business way as well, and pre liminaries have already been ar ranged whereby this end may be accomplished if all reform parers will unite with us and put their shoulders to the wheel for the good of all. There should be no selfishness or ri valry in the ranks of our reform press. We have a great work to do during the coming year, and we should get together and unite upon the best method of doing it, and then, . with one accord, concentrate our com bined power for its accomplishment It would not be wise to disclose the measures that have been taken to ad vance our business interests. These will be fully presented at the meet ing. The National Association at St. Louis will probably perfect these measures, and every reform editor in Kansas will find it to his interest to be present at the March meeting. The legislative committee of the Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union, representing the sentiment and acting under the instruction of the representatives of the men who feed the world, have addressed a memorial to Congress asking for cer tain needed legislation. Now watch and see how promptly the servants of the people hasten to respond to this memorial. Ir the Alliance party will agree not to faie with the Democrats on presidential electors this year, the Republican party will Emporia IU publican. As far as our voice or influence goea, we are agreed. THE PLATFORM. Notwithstanding the arguments of the various parties who have written on the subject, each advocating the necessity of placing some particular plank in our platform, we still re main of the opinion expressed some time ago that the one great necessity is to simplify. We are in favor of many reforms that we would not name in a platform. It is not neces sary to name them. The proper time to make demands upon a party is when it is in a position to grant the things demanded. We have tried the old parties long enough to know that there is no reform in them upon any question. Let us try a new one, and if that does no better, drop it and try again. The great difficulty with the American people is that they are party idolaters. Let them forsake their idolatry, and be governed in the exercise of the elective franchise by good sense and sound judgment instead of party prejudice, and they will soon reach a solution of the prob lems now confronting them. We have given space to several of the communications advocating this plank and the other as the one thing needful, and still we do not believe any of them are needed. Members of the People's party should remember that, in order to gather to itself the numbers neces sary to success, there are many diff erent industrial organizations that must unite. In order to unite there should be as few things as possible presented concerning which differ ences may arise. Each must be will ing to concede something, and none should be required to give assent to propositions to which they have reasonable objections. For this reason the fewer the propositions pre sented the better. What is a plat form worth without success at the polls? Let the advocates of each of the many planks that have been sug gested succeed in securing their in corporation into the platform of the party, and let the party fail of success, and what has any one gained? On the other hand leave all the multi tudinous questions now undergoing discussion out of the platform. Let all the various elements that are dis satisfied with present conditions come together and unite upon one or two single propositions concerning which there is little difference of opinion among the industrial classes, and go before the people upon these and suc ceed, and the party will then be in a position to grant reforms that may be demanded either in the interest of the whole people, or of any special element of our population. Success is the one thing most needful, and, in our judgment, the party may be trusted to do ample justice to all whenever it is in a position to do so. If it does not we will then favor im posing upon it more pledges before extending its lease of life. Let us first have success, and we can multi ply our demands as we see the need of them. JOHN DAVIS' PENSION BILL The Capital does not like John Davis' pension bill any better than it does Senator Feller's. Mr. Davis proposes a very liberal service pen sion to all old 8oldiers,and he proposes to raise the money with which to pay it by a tax on incomes and legacies. Of course any measure that has the audaucity to propose to lift the bur den s of taxation from industry and place them on the leeches of society would be expected to meet with the Capitats opposition. So far as we are concerned we are sure that the bill has merit. That a tax of the kind indicated should be levied by the government we are sat isfied, and we would have.no objec tion to the application of the revenue thus acquired to the payment of pen sions, provided other measures are adopted for the increase of the cur rency. Senator Peffer's bill will meet the unqualified endorsement of Alliance men both north and south because it proposes to pay the pensions in a legal tender currency issued for that purpose. It provides for an imme diate increase of the currency and a means of putting it in circulation. On account of this feature alone it will be received with more favor in some quarters than the bill presented by Mr. Davis; but if the increase of the currecny is made absolutely cer tain by other means, the objection that will be urged against Mr. Davis' bill will not be serious. Both bills have merit, and either would be a measure of justice that would be ao ceptable to the constituents of the gentlemen who have introduced them and to those in whose interests they are framed. BINDER TWINK FROM HOME GROWN MATERIAL. In another column will be found the advertisement of the Nebraska Binder Twine Company, advertising binder twine from home grown fibre. This company will have a certain amount of twine to dispose of to Kansas farmers this year, and we have the assurance of a representa tive of the company that, if the busi ness should prosper and the company should receive sufficient encourage ment from Kansas people,other factor ies will be started in this state, and home grown Kansas fibres manufac tured into binder twine for the use of Kansas farmers. There is no kind of doubt that the National Cordage Company, through its ally, the National Union Com pany, will endeavor to freeze out the home institution. Binder twine made from fibres grown in foreign countries will undoubtedly be offered in this markets where the Nebraska twine is for sale at figures below cost of pro duction. You know that we are told that the National Union Company is designed to be of great benefit to the people. It is designed to furnish them cheap goods, and then it gives a rebate, too; and the suckers all bite at these . cheap goods and these re bates and help to freeze out all home establishments like this one in Ne braska. By consulting other articles in this paper the generous character of the trust and its disposition to "help" the people will be discovered. Space forbids extended remark upon this binder twine business this week; but we desire to ask all farmers of good sound sense, as we hope all Kansas farmers are, which is likely to be, most profitable to them to purchase trust twine made from im ported fibre, or to encourage an es tablishment of this character which uses material grown by Nebraska farmers, and proposes to extend its business and give Kansas farmers an opportunity to grow the material for the manufacture of their own twine? This company proposes to sell twine as cheaply as it can be made. If the trust offers to cut these prices the people should understand why it is done. It will be remembered that trust twine has been held at pretty high figures in years past. The re daction that has been secured has been the result of what competition has existed. That has been disposed of now. All the competition that now exists is to be found in a few little es tablishments of the kind wo are con sidering. What will farmers do with these? Will they sustain them and help to build them up, or join hands with the trust and help to freeze them out because the trust may, for that purpose, offer its twine a fraction of a cent cheaper? We shall see. LOOK OUT FOR BREAKERS. The reform press has frequently warned the people that the present dangers to the People's party are not from the outside. Several papers have uttered these words of warning and have cautioned the people to keep a sharp lookout for breakers. It will be acknowledged, we think, that Tug Advocate does not often strike in the dark. We are not often hasty, and we do not speak as a rule until we have a good solid basis for what we have to say; and we think the time has come for us to utter a preliminary word of caution, and suggest to the people all over the state that they keep their eyes and ears open. Tliere are breakers ahead. The Advocate is not popular in certain quarters be cause it cannot be "used." But we are not seeking either popularity or office, and when we discover any devilment the people are going to hear of it. We are opposed to trick ery and jobbery and boodle politics in our own party as well as any other, and while we have a means of reach ing the people we shall expose these things whenever we learn of their existence no matter wno may be hurt. We have not carried our investiga tions far enough as yet to justify the use of names, but we will say this now: there is boodle in Kansas. Schemers have charge of it Their emissaries are to day scattered all over the state. They are very inno cent and very oily tongued fellows; and you will not talk with them long until you will be able to see that they have something on their minds. Draw them out, but don't let them draw you in. wnue we are not reaaytosay any more just now, we believe this much is necessary to be said because we desire that others may be on their guard as well as ourselves. In short we don't wish to do all the watching or hunt up all the devilment. We want the help of the people, and we prom ise not to be found wanting m the time of need. Do not look upon this as sensational or regard it as a scare. You will wake up to its reality in good time. LOOKOUT!