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N. R. P. A. Published every Wednesday by THE ADVOCATE PUBLISHING CO. Booms 4.1 and 45 Knox Building, TOPEKA, - - - . KANSAS. 8 McLALLIN, Editoh and Business Manaoib. $1.00 FEK YEAR. ADVERTISING RAMS. Display matter, 20 cents per line, agate meas urement, (14 lines to the Inch.) Reading u tl jes, 40 c-nts per Una. Aadress a 1 communlcatl.ms to THE ADVOCATE PUBLISHING CO.. Topeka, Kantit. Entered at, the post ofnc at Topefca, Kansas, as second class matter. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 1892. .Gi SPECIAL CLUB U3I. Tu Advocati & Nonconformist 1.75 " Kansas Fanner 1.75 " " National Reformer.... 1.05 TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. On the first day of March, 1892, The Advocate Publishing Company was organized under the laws of the state of Kansas and assumed control of the business of this office. The editorial and business management was placed in the hands of Dr. S. MoLallin. All bills due the old company must be paid to him and all obligations of the company will be paid by him. The incorporation of this company places our business upon a thor oughly substantial and absolutely re sponsible basis, and insures the in terest and co operation of a large number of people in the future suc cess of the paper. It will likewise insure increased confidence of pa trons and of business men through out the country and should result in a large increase of business. During the coming campaign Tns Advocate should be in every household in our state, and should likewise have a wide circulation in other states; and with the new impetus that will now be imparted to it its business patron 8ge should in every way be largely increased. Its future being now as sured the friends of cur cause should make renewed efforts to extend its influence, as in no other way can so much be done to contribute ,to the success of the People's party in this momentous year 1892. Two years ago Harrison Kelley was In Con gress vigorously supporting the force bill It Is said that he now wants to go bak there to fight the force bill -Emporia Republican, March 4, 1892. One year ago the Republican was whooping it up for Harrison Kelley as the man above all others who should be elected to Congress from this district To-day, if he were a candidate, the Republican would con sider him a very unfit man to be elected. Such are the changes wrought by time. THE QUESTION OF PROHIBITION IN KAN SAS. The daily press announces that Governor Humphrey, the executive head of the great and only prohibi tion party of our state, has added to his already long list of pardons by releasing from imprisonment Messrs. Tuchman and Jockheck, of this city. Mr. Jockheck has been one of the most notorious and persistent violat ors of the prohibitory law that ever disgraced the state. He is a bad man on general principles, and has an ut ter contempt of law. We are informed that the temper ance people joined in the application for their pardons. Of course; the tem perance people who are booming prohibition in Kansas as above all other issues, are doing so in the in terest of the Republican party, and not in the interest of sobriety and re gard for law; and hence, when the pardon of a violator of law promises a vote for that party they favor the pardon, and Governor Humphrey is always ready to grant it The long and the short of the matter is that prohibition in Kansas is designed by the Republican party, not for the suppression of the liquor traffic, but as a blind with which to obscure other issues now before the people. Many honest and sincere temper ance reformers have been beguiled by the false and hypocritical pretenses of the Republican party upon tnis subject from year to year, until for bearance can no longer be considered a virtue-and many of them are get ting their eyes open to the true situa tion. We desire at this time, and just in this connection, to call attention to a few very significant suggestions of leading Republican papers upon the subject of prohibition. The Atchison Champion of March 4, 1892, under the title, "A Gentle Hint," in the course of its remarks, says: The ChampUm Insists that the only wise course to pursue with reference to prohibition this year It to quit discussing it; to keep It out of the of the Dlatf onus or If. in the iudgment of the convention, sme expression Is needeo, given as little prominence as possible, and havlnir framed the Dlatform. nominate an honest man like Marshall M. Murdock, who, no matter what his private views on any question are, will not prove recreant to bis official oath, nor stultify himself by any unworthy course. That is, in plain Anglo Saxon, if it is necessary, in the judgment of the convention, to insert m tne platform a bait for suckers in order to catch the vote of the temperance people, do so by all means, but make it as little conspicuous as possible. Having done this, the next thing to be done is to nominate a man for governor like Marshall M. ,Mardocky who is known to be emphatically opposed to prohi bition, in order to catch the anti orohibition vote. We submit that this is a fair construction of the Champion's language. The Emporia Republican of March 2 has the following editorial, which we give entire because of its urgent solicitude upon this question: If prohibition Is not perfectly enforced In Kan sas It Is not the fault of the law. The law Is tronir and comprehensive, and If It were vigor ously executed In every city and county there would be no liquor traffic In thl state, in creat ing aud malntalnln the prohibitory law, there fore, tne Republican oa'ty has done all that lt,as a party, can reasonably do. The enforcement of laws depends upon the strength ox public seat ment In the communities to be governed by them. If public sentiment in Kansas is not sumoenuy Impressed with the value of prohibition as a state policy, the Republican party cannot com pel It to alter its opinions, nor can any other nartv. The task Is one for the temperance so cieties, the churches, the schools and the public press. It Is a moral, educational work, not a po litical one. Havlnj, created the law and success fully championed it against the organized efforts nf its enemies, the Republican party can do nothing better than to rest on Its oars till public sentiment catches up. Belnir Drohlbltlon's best friend, it Is manifestly to the Interest of the prohibitory policy that the Republican party maintain its supremacy in me state. Prohibitionists therefore should be so licitous for Republican success in the coming campaign, and to that end should be careful to throw no impediment in the party's way. The fight this year will ha a hard one: every vote that can be mustered will be needed to retain Kansas In the column of Republican states. W cannot afford to alienate any element of the party membership, If It can be honorably avoided. The exact number of antl-problbltlon votes In the state is not known, but it runs up into the thousands. They will au be needed to Insure success next November, and if they are not driven away will be cast for the straight Republican ticket. It remains for the majority element of the party to determine whether these votes shall be gathered in or turned over to the enemy. It would no doubt be a satisfaction to many en thusiastic Proh bltlonlsts to insert a long plank In the Republican state platform, reciting how the opponents of the law shoull be routed, aud bow the party Is going to stand by the law and make It still more rigid. But, under the circum stances, Is that necessary or expedient? We have the law why should we continually tan talize the opposition with It? If they are content to aeep silent on the subject why should not we be? This Is a matter of practical politics as well as of principle. Let us look at it in a practical, common sense way. The upholding of Kepuou can teachings and party success are at stake, and the emergency is, or may be, critical. Would It not be better to keep prohibition out of the platforms and out of the campaign this yetr, ana battle with an eye single to the success of the party ? Cannot Prohl Dltlonlsts. as well as resub mlssloolsts, see the wisdom of such a course? It would seem that all Republicans could and should. The very life of the party may depena upon It. The Lawrence Journal of March 3, has a leading editorial from which we extract the following: Attheleaane meeting on Tuesday there were Itenubllcans from every part of the state. They were representative Republicans, too, and voiced the sentiment of the counties from which they cam. A short time sufficed to show the drift of sentiment In reference to the treatment of the prohibitory law. The expresdon was al most universal that as a party measure It should be let alone until by circumstances It becomes an Issue. Few oppose this Ida. They declared that as long as the Republican party insisted upon thrusting it forward, so long wouia tne Democrats, at least, oppose it. The enemy the Republicans have to nght this vear. the element next in Importance to the Re publican party In the state, is divided upon the nuestlon. and has never made any declaration In reference to It. The Alliance regards the auestlon as settled, and unites upon what it con slders living Issues. Shall the Republicans Ignore the challenges thrown down by its new ODOonents. retreat ten years and entrench tnem elves behind a "prohibitory plank" and de mand the suffrages of the Intelligent voters of Kansas upon a question that Is as thoroughly settled as the location of the state capltol? Ordinarily the Republican party would laugh to scorn the man who Insisted upon fighting battles that had been won long ago. uutnere we find men, a few of them, who waat to fight spectres, and ghosts and reminiscences. It Is an uncommon sight. The Republicans are ever in the van battling for unsettled principles and disputed rights. Must the parry now, at the dictates of a few men whose nobby is proniw tlon, whose only hope Is agitation or dead issues, allow the living questions of the present to be thrust aside In order that they may "point with prld." to their victories of ten years ago, and ask the party to go before the people on what it did then and let the questions that are before us now be decided by other men? It must be apparent from the fore going that the Republican party in tends to go no farther upon this ques tion than may be necessary to hold the vote of that part of the temperance people who still worship at the party shrine, while it proposes on the other hand, to offer tha most tempting bait to the anti-prohibitionists in order to unite the two elements, if possible in support of its ticket It remains to be seen whether this double dealing will continue to succeed. FROM GEORGIA. We are in receipt of a letter from Atlanta, Georgia, from which we ex tract a few paragraphs of general in- terest The letter was a private one, and not intended for publication, but it contains so much encouragement to the people of the north and west that we cannot refrain from publishing it The writer is an attorney and has knowledge of what he writes: Atlanta, Ga , March 2, 1892. iff. M. H. McLallin, Topeka, Kansas: Dsar Midam: It may not be uninteresting to you to be assured that 'Independent political action" Is the watchword all along the line In Georgia, and that the People's party Is spread ing and sweeping all b-fore It. In the country about two-thirds of the people are solid for It, and in the cities about one-half are with us. This will give us a decided victory when the votes shall have been counted. I was talking with a farmer from Alabama a few moments ago. He tells me that Alabama is ready with a big ma jority for the People's party. We have a splendid People's party club that meets each Mondayjnlght, and Is growing with a rush. Old party bosses are alarmed. There Is consternation in their ranks. They see they must go with this gigantic movement or under It. The stupendous power of the plain people Is in mo tion and It Is always Irresistible In all states and nations where the will of the people Is the su preme law of the land, as it Is here. The subsidized press here as elsewhere will attempt to strangle and crush the movementand make It appear insignificant, but the people are aroused and will not be misled by misrepresen tations nor deterred by falsehoods. At last the people know the truth. They hear with respon sive thrills of hope and delight th grand, united clarion call from St. Louis, and they are ready to move forward in one solid phalanx with their brothers of the north and west for relief and re form to victory. Your friend always. Oscar Parkeh. THAT FUsION RESOLUTION. ... The Kansas City Journal and sev eral other Republican papers are wasting any amount of gas over an imaginary "split" in the Reform Press Association upon a fusion resolution. No fusion resolution was offered or considered by the association at its recent meeting. A resolution was submitted relative to the policy which the People's party should assume toward other parties in the approach ing campaign, but it said nothing about fusion, and there was no split in consequence of it The JournaV8 story is another in vention of the Fletcher Meredith va riety, and it might save a large amount of space and considerable wind by making sure of the facts before mak ing more extended comments. If it will take good care of its own party upon the fusion question it will have all the business it can well attend to in this line. ON TO OMAHA. Omaha is the place and July 4 the time for the nomination of the next' president and vice president of the United States. The convention to assemble on the anniversary of Amer ican independence has a very plain duty to perform. The St Louis con ference of industrial organizations has agreed upon a platform that is satisfactory to all, and which all are pledged to stand upon. The conven tion should plant itself squarely on that platform without any change, Dominate its candidates and adjourn. This course will insure success. Any other is fraught with danger. A.