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5 dared to speak with no uncertain sound concering this gigantio fraud. Those who are undertaking this work of suppression know very little of the sentiment of the people con cerning Tee Advocate. They know very little of the people who are be hind it Though this report has re sulted in a temporary iojary of our credit, and though it will undoubt edly effect our business until the facts become known, we believe there will be a reaction in our favor, and that legitimate business men will rally to our support We believe also that the people of this country, and espec ially of Kansas, will refuse to see The Advocate permanently embarassed by these villainous methods. The Advocate will be found as heretofore doing business at the old stand. WHO THE CAMblDtTta Nil ALL BE, In response to our suggestion that candidates shall be named by the people for our state offi ;ers we have received some nominations without the signatures of the parties suggest ing the names. It is hardly necessary for us to say that we will pay no at tention to these suggestions or to any other anonymous communications. We do not propose that our enemies shall nominate our candidates, nor do we propose that any man who has not the courage to stand responsible for what he says shall have a hearing. The Advocate despises a coward, and abominates a man who would seek under the guise of a friend to our cause to name men for office in our party who could only lead us to de feat This is not a sentiment; it is straight business, and it will be con ducted on business principles. We want men named by our friends in this work, and we want them to be men whose characters will not need perpetual defense. The way the old soldiers of the north and south slobbe ed over each other at the St. Louis confeience was touching In the extreme. It will only take about two more such gatherings to place the rebel fUg be s'de the stars and stripes en the convention lull stage In the Interest of sectional unity and brotherly .love.-mporia Re publican. The old soldiers of the north and of the south who were at the St Louis conference, and thousands who were not there, have learned that the war ended twenty-seven years ago, and that the bloody shirt is no longer a potent factor in politics. These are facts which the Republican party has not yet learned, and which it appears to be too stupid to learn. Thi npw Alliance platform declares for the ub-treacury scheue, "or something better." The country will prefer "something btter" a great deal better. Emporia Republican. The platform, not of the Alliance, but of the St. Louis conference of in dustrial organizations, demands, as one of the means of placing the peo ple's money in the hands of the people, the plan embodied in the Farmers' Alliance sultreasury system, or some better system. Will the Republican give us a better system? Was Steve Eikins a member of Qaantr ell's band of cut-throats? This is a question the American people would like to see authoritively answered. TO THE "NATIONAL ECONOMIST." The Advocate desires at this time to address a few words and a few in quiries to the National Economist In its iBsue of Ffbruary 20, it feels called upon to make a defense of the National Union Company, and we submit that every argument presented would justify the methods of every trust md combine upon American soil and render the past opposition of the Alliance to these institutions a ludi crous farce. The Economist says that the National Union Company ''asks the endorsement of nobody but those 'with whom it proposes to do business, and a gratnituous condemnation from those not asked to endorse it smacks of persecution." We submit that no other trust on the American continent asks the en dorsement of anybody not even the people with whom it proposes to do business, and yet the Economist has hitherto been foremost in condemna tion of these monopolies. Was. the Economist engaged in a work of per secution when denouncing them? In its issue of November 7, 1891, is a five column article devoted to the interests of the Kelley Axe Company, of Louisville, Ky., and severely criti cising what it denominates the axe trust against which the Economist would have its readers believe the Kelley Axe Company was waging a bitter warfare in the interest of the people. We have already shown the hypocritical pretentions of the Kelley Axe Company in this respect and we do not propose to enter into a discus sion of that subject now. We regard it as a somewhat peculiar circum stance that the Economist should con sider itself justified in denouncing the the axe trust located in New York and sustaining the axe trust located in Louisville, Kentucky, and also sus taining the National Union trust which is the most gigantic trust of all In the article referred to the Econo mist says: The Farmers' Alliance has Inaugurated a war on trusts and combinations, and it U therefore the duty of all papers on the farmer' tide in that fight to give tuck information a may be ad lu obtained in regard 'o the various trust that do the mmt damage. There are many of them, and perhaps some of the worst are thoe made upon some ardcle of small value, which enables tbem to some extent to more readily es cape notice. The combination of the axe manu facturers Is a fair sample of this class of trust. We would inquire of the Economist if the axe trust ever asked its endorse ment or support? If not, was it en gaged in a work of persecution when it published the article in the issue of November 7, 1891? And while an swering questions upon this subject perhaps the Economist might be will ing to explain why, when the article relating to the axe trade was written, partaking as it did of the character of a eulogy upon the Kelley Axe Com pany, it was sent over to the Ameri can Axe Company (what it denomi nates the trust) in New York before its publication, with the information that it was designed for publication in the Economist f Is that journal in the habit of sending its editorials re lating to trusts to the officers of those institutions before publication in order to learn their opinion of them? It occurs to us that . this was rather a singular proceeding, to say the least of it It is liable to very unfavorable construction. We do not wish to be unjust or to arouse unnecessary suspicion against the national organ; but such incon sistency as appears in connection with this subject of trusts cannot pass un noticed. The Economis must explain these things or we shall be still more severe than we have been at this time. Other facts will be brought to light unless satisfactory explanations are given. This movement is far greater than any man in it and we do not propose to sit quietly by and see our people duped even by the national organ. When it is right we shall sustain it with the greatest of pleas ure, but if it goes wrong it will be deserving of even severer rebuke than the open enemies of our cause. THE CAMPAIGN OPENED. Its Character Clearly Indicated by the Tone of the Presa. The St Louis conference of Feb ruary 22, 1892, has passed into his tory. Its work is far from satisfac tory to the old ptfrty politicians. Al ready the character of the campaign upon which we are entering is indi cated by the press. It is to be a rep etition of that of 1890 in this state. The Lawrence Journal says the con ference was composed of two classes demagogues and lunatics. The demagogues framed the platform and the lunatics adopted it. Other Re publican papers speak of the conven tion in like terms, and the tone of the old party press everywhere suffi ciently indicates that the plan of campaign has been agreed upon by the bosses and accepted by their hirelings. There is to be no recognition of the intelligence of the people no at tempt to convince the reason or sat isfy the judgment of men. Ridicule, slander, personal abuse and false hood are the weapons to be used. The address preliminary to the St Louis platform contains a terrible in dictment against the old parties. The charges therein set forth are either true or they are false. If true, who will dare say that those parties are worthy of further confidence. If not true, all that the press of those par ties has to do in order to destroy the new party is to demonstrate that sin gle fact No party can be success fully established on a basis of false hood. Let the press of the old par ties show to the people that this ad dress makes false and UDjust charges and the work is done. They cannot do this by ridicule or abuse. They cannot do it by denouncing the great labor forces assembled at St. Louis as demagogues and lunatics. These denunciations are the weapons of weak men enlisted in an indefensible cause. StroDg men, conscious of their power and standing upon the eternal principles of right, appeal to the reason and the judgment, and not to the passions or prejudices of their fellowmen, and a cause that will not stand before such a test is not worthy of preservation. Sroacana for Tej Aotooitx SOXK OF THOSE BREAKERS. There was quie a delegation of Stanford boomers at the St Louis conference. Stanford literature was as free as the muddy water of the Mississippi, and the delegates seemed to relish the one about as well as the other. There were Kansas men among the boomers, we are sorry to say, but the little notoriety they gained was not of an enviable charac ter. It is everywhere belived that Leland Stanford is paying for this boom, and his tools are not likely to gain very great popularity in Kansas. The motive is too apparent We cautioned the people some time ago to look out for breakers, and that caution caused great commotion in certain quarters. There was much running to and fro, and hither and thither, and men got their heads very close together in confidential confer ence as to the wisdom and propriety of publishing an article of that kind. It was said that it was liable to cast suspioion upon innocent parties, and, all things considered, it was decided that we had done a very indiscreet thing. We have not heard of any of our farmer friends or any of our city me chanics or laboring men making any complaint, or expressing any fear that the artiole referred to was likely to throw suspicion upon them, and those over sensitive individuals who have such fears, we apprehend, may possi bly be open to suspicion. At all events we meant every word we said in that article, and we give fair warn ing that the end is not yet There will be no pins set up in our coming state convention if it is in our power to prevent it, and we believe it is. We intend that the people shall control that convention, and that boodle and boodlers shall take a back seat It is for this reason that we have offered our columns for a free discussion of the merits of the candidates. We have a few responses to our sugges tion this week, and we hope to re ceive many more. We hope to see so many good men named for positions upon our state ticket that the con vention will not be all at sea when it assembles, but that it will have only to make a choice from among many, any one of whom would give strength and credit to our ticket Let com munications be very brief upon this subject so as not to consume unneces sary space. More space will be given to a discussion of the merits of can didates after they are named. ATTENTION, CLKRKS OF DHI RICT COUBX?. We would like the name of every clerk of the several district courts of the state and registers of deeds who have been elected by the People's party. Will thoe gentlemen be kind enough to accommodate us? And will reform papers be kind enough to republish our request for this in formation? There is still hope for the country as long as Republican Congressmen are willing to pay our Alliance mem bers $50 a lesson for instrnntion in public affairs. If Farmer Fonston's purse holds out, and our Alliance members do not raise the priwof lessons he may accumulate consider able useful information before the closs of the session. .