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The advocate. [volume] (Meriden, Kan.) 1889-1892, May 04, 1892, Image 4

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R. P. A.
Published every Wednesday by
Booms 43 and 45 Knox Building,
Editor and Business Manages.
KaVd,01009' Aoclate Editor,.
$1.00 PEU YEAH.
Dliplay matter, 20 cents per line, agate meas
urement, (14 lines to the Inch.)
Reading notices, 40 cents per line.
.Address all communications to
Topeki, Kansas.
Entered at the post office at Topeka, Kansas, as
second class matter.
State convention June 15, at Wichita.
First district-June 2, at Holton.
Second district-June 22, at Garnett
Third district
Fourth district-June 14, at Emporia.
Fifth district June 0, at Abilene.
Sixth district-June 2, at Colby.
Seventh districtJune 14, at Wichita.
The Advocate is the organ of the
It will make a specialty of every
thing that will intensify, the force of
the People's movement in the mo
mentous campaign of 1802, and
advance the people's interests at all
Yearly subscriptions, one dollar.
Campaign subscribers, CO cents, and
an extra copy to the person who
sends a club of ten. Circulate The
Advocate. It will bring victory in
The Industrial Advocate, of El
Dorado, raves and froths at the
mouth and utters incoherent mutter
ings respecting the editor of The Ad
vocate and the number of votes it
has been instrumental in losing to
the People's party; and all because
we do not fall in line with the fusion
ista and advocate the sacrifice of our
party upon the altar of Democracy.
The subscription list of The Advocate,
as compared with that of this insane
ranter, shows something of the opin
ion of the people of Kansas upon
this subject, and we are content to
rest the verdict in justification or
or condemnation of our course with
them. We are thankful that we do
not have to depend upon such con
tracted souls as the editor of the In
dustrial Advocate, either for our
opinions or support When our con
vention meeets, we shall see who
most correctly represents the senti
ment of the people, and we shall ac
cept the verdict gracefully. In the
meantime The Advocate will con
tinue to be found "in the middle of
the road."
A number of prominent gentlemen
have been named for the head of our
ticket by the people of the state, and
The Advocate in expressing its pref
erence from among these.does not pro
pose to attempt the foolish expedient
of trying to strengthen that preference
by disparaging the merits of other
candidates. There are certain consid
erations, however, which should have
weight in determining the choice of
our convention. There are two places
upon the state ticket that all will
concede should be filled by men
who are learned in the law associ
ate justice of the supreme court and
attorney general
We believe we shall voice the sen
timent 'of a very large part of the
voters in our own party, however,
when we protest against the selection
of the entire state ticket from the
legal profession. There is a tremen
dous effort being made to create a
boom for the candidacy of Attorney
General Ives for governor. We are
decidedly and unalterably opposed to
this. General Ives stated to us per
sonally that he would prefer a re
nomination to the position he now
holds. He has made the same state
ment to othera If this be true we
cannot be charged with antagonizing
his interests by opposition to his can
didacy for the other place. His nom
ination for governor would place
three attorneys instead of two upon
the ticket, which is rather more than
can reasonably be asked.
The voters in various parts of the
state have expressed their preference
for gubernatorial candidates from
among farmers and business men in
different localities. Are all other oc
cupations except that of the legal
fraternity to be ignored in the make
up of the ticket? Did this boom for
Attorney General Ives emanate from
the rank and file of Kansas voters)
While his candidacy has been sup
ported by some of them (and we do
not call in question their sincerity or
honesty), still, if we are to judge from
the correspondence that comes to this
office, the great mass of the rank and
file of our party do not desire his
nomination for that place.
There are still other reasons why
we are opposed to this nomination
that need not be stated here. We are
satisfied that, after mature reflection,
the masses of our people will agree
with us upon this subject. It is an
important matter, and should be dis
passionately considered.
In the issue of April 27 the Capital
A Republican paper Is expected to do a good
deal for harmony, but there are times when a
little plain truth will help to clear the atmos
The Capital has certainly done its
share of lying "for the sake of har
mony;" and it ought to be excused
for the departure from that policy in
a single instance in exposing the in
famies of Governor Humphrey.
We are now told by the Capital
that this governor, elected by the
great and only prohibition party of
our state, and on a prohibition plat
form, too, "has shown such sympathy
whith violators of the prohibitory law
in Atchison, Leavenworth, Kansas
City, Kan., and Wichita, that to-day,
with the governor's implied sanction,
his unwillingness to demand the en
forcement of the law, the saloons are
run with a fine representing a li
cense." We said this over two years
ago. It was as true then as now, but
the Capital denied it then. It had
not then seen the necessity of telling
"a little plain truth to help clear the
atmosphere." It did not see the
necessity until Hudson failed to be
appointed United States senator.
But the Capital does tell a little
more truth on this occasion. It tells
how Lew Hanback is kept out in the
Third congressional district fixing the
governor's political fences, and is
paid for this personal service out of
the "contingent fund." The state is
thus made to pay Lew Hanback for
electioneering in the interest of
Humphrey's boom for representative
of the Third district.
It remains now to be seen how
much the Capt'toZwill do for har
mony and how much for truth in the
future. It promises truth concerning
Governor Humphrey, but upon no
other subject.
A correspondent asks us to give the
occupations of our members of con
gress and United States Senator prior
to their election.
Hon. W. A. Peffer was for several
years editor-in-chief of the Kansas
Hon. B. H. Clover, of the Third
district, was a farmer.
Hon. J. G. Otis, of the Fourth dis
trict, was a farmer, and, we believe,
made a specialty of dairying and
stock raising.
Hon. John Davis, of the Fifth dis
trict, was editor and publisher of the
Junction City Tribune, which has
been a reform paper for many years.
Hon. William Baker, of the Sixth
district, was a farmer.
Hon. Jerry Simpson was, we be
lieve, at the time of his election, mar
shal of Medicine Lodge, Kan. He
owns a farm, however, near that town,
and had recently been a practical
Whatever has been their occupa
tion prior to their election, they have
all been doing some very good farm
ing since. They have planted some
good seed which will germinate in
due time with such vigor as to choke
out the stink weeds that have long
encumbered the ground. Their oc
cupation heretofore is not of half as
much importance as their occupation
It Is not probable that Geo. T. Anthony will
swap a certainty for an uncertainty by resigning
his railroad commlsslonershlp prior to his elec
tion as congressman at large. Atchison Cham
No, he will hold on to the commis-
sionership and make the salary pay
his campaign expenses. Governor
Humphrey will probably also con
tinue to pay the expenses of his cam
paign in the Third district from the
contingent fund of the state. Here
are at least two cases illustrating the
saying that "a publio office is a pri
vate snap."
The Kansas City Times of May 1st,
in a half column editorial, under
takes to point out to the people of
Kansas the miserable failure of their
representatives to accomplish any
thing for the benefit of their constitu
ents. The following is a part of
what it says:
One of the chief causes of the Alliance up
heaval In Kansas two years ago was an Impres
sion created among the farmers that their sena
tors and representatives In congress were neg
lecting home Interests; that when they got to
Washington they fell under the Influence and
control of the money power of the eastern
"plutocracy," and accomplished nothing of
value for their Kansas constituents. This Idea
was Industriously cultivated by the Alliance
candidates for congress and the senate, who did
not hesitate to promise great and substantial
benefits as the result of their election If that
could be accomplished.
Congress has been In session long enough now
for the first .Installment of these Important bene
fits, at least, to be received. Where are they?
Where are the wonderful things which Messrs.
Peffer and Simpson and Otis and their asso
ciates were going to do for their farmer con
stituents? They have not materialized. They never will
materialize. The Alliance statesmen have done
nothing, and they can do nothing. They are
utterly unfitted by education or experience for
legislative work, and they have mads a humili
ating failure. A few pigeonholes stuffed with
wild and Impractical bills, killed as soon as pre
sented, represent the sum total of their months
of labor.
The congressmen elected On the
People's ticket never offered the peo
ple any encouragement that anything
could be accompliehed for their re
lief in this congress. They never
thought of accomplishing anything.
Their constituents were not fools
enough to expect them to accomplish
anything With a Democratic house
and a Republican senate and execu
tive all alike pledged to Wall street
interests, standing between them and
any possible legislation in the inter
est of the people, no one but a fool
would think of such a thing. The
Times betrays its own imbecility and
insults the intelligence of its readers
by the publication of such rot
While upon this subject we desire
to ask the Times what the Democratic
house with its 148 majority has done?
Please enumerate the titles of the
bills it has passed for the benefit of
the people. Such partisan slush as
the Times is inflicting upon its read
ers is becoming exceedingly tiresome
and will have the opposite effect from
that which is intended. Our five
Kansas congressmen and United
States senator will have more com
pany after awhile and the pigeon
holes will then be filled with another
class of "impractical bills," which, in
turn will likewise be "killed as soon
as presented."
Some of our single tax friends
seem to have misunderstood the im
port of our reqeust to "let up" on sin
gle tax literature. We have no in
tention or desire to shut off that side
of the question. As we stated, the
subject is a legitimate one for discus
sion, and we are willing to present
both sides of it, but we were simply
submerged for the time being, and
something had to be done. Space in
The Advocate is limited, ranfortun-
ately, and there is a point beyond
which we cannot go. Please do not
interpret our request as indicating a
desire to muzzle discussion. We
propose to publish in time the articles
we have received.

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