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The Indiana Blocks of Fire Idea Enlarged
to Be Fat in force at Once-Editorials
From Headquarters Proposed Simpson in
Special correspondence to tne Kansas City Star.
Topika, Kan., July 15. The Republi
can candidates met their central commit
tee yesterday afternoon and organized for
the campaign. Jim Simpson, of Mc
Pherson county, was elected chairman,
and Prank L. Brown, of Garnett., secre
tary. The campaign decided upon waa
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twenty Instead of blocks of five for voting
After the candidates had met In the
Copel&nd parlors and decided upon the
chairman and secretary they made their
report to the committee, and then some
one called for suggestions from the can
didates. Ex-Governor Anthony, the
" nominee for congressman at large, re
sponded to the Invitation. He said he
regretted that outsiders had made their
way into the committee rooms, for this
might be the only opportunity he could
have of speaking to the entire committee.
However, there were some things which
might as well be recognized. The Re
nnhllrjtna had a hard flarht on their hands
and should organize to meet it.
There was one thing he wanted to
suggest, Mr. Anthony said, and that was
the organization of the state in voting
squads or "blocks of five," If the commit
tee pleased. There had been lots of non
sense written about this sort of cam
paign organization.' It was the only
sensible thing to do, but ha would sug
gest squads of twenty. It would not be
necessary to speak of them as ublors of
twenty." The idea was to have one Re
publican In each voting squad of twenty
who would be held responsible for the
manner in which all voted, and who
would see that they came out to the polls.
This work should be placed in the hands
of a sub-committee of three selected
from an executive committee of nine, and
should have the beet politicians in the
In addition to this Idea Governor An
thony had another. It was to have a
state convention of Republican , editors
under the control of the central commit
tee, and an organization perfected by
which one committee could draft short
editorials of one stick or perhaps two,
and have them appear each week, the
central committee paying for the compo
sition and such other compensation as
might be agreed upon. The haphszzard
way in which the Republican papers had
been conducting the canvass should be
stopped, and they should be shown that
It was not smart to make flings at such
Republican measures as the McKlnley
The convention of editors provided for
will be selected by senatorial districts,
and one editor will represent each dis
There was nothing left for the central
committee to do In the selection of
officers. The candidates took the whole
matter in charge. Lynch, candidate for
treasurer, Bruce, the candidate for audi
tor, and Davia, the candidate for school
superintendent, wanted Dr. Diddle, of
Emporia, but five candidates stood by
Simpson, and he was reported as the
unanimous choice. There were several
candidates for secretary, but Frank L.
Brown was agreed upon as a compro
mise. For assistant secretary Louis
Bears, chief clerk In the secretary of
state's office, was chosen.
After the evening session the following
executive committee was elected, of
which the chairman and secretary of the
general committee are ex-cfflclo mem
bers: At large, E, B. Whaley, of Topeka;
Dr.T. C. Biddle, of Emporia; M. W. Levy,
of "Wichita, and G. L. Ccates, of Kansas
City, Kan.; First district, Frank Crowell,
of JAtchison; Second district, John H.
Madden, of Mound City; Third, Charles
Yoe, of Independence; Fourth, J. M.
Miller, of Council Grove; Fifth, T. L.
Bond, of Sallna; Sixth, C. B. Daughters,
of Lincoln; Seventh, W. F. Edmonds, of
The executive committee did not ad
journ until late, and discussed at length
the various plans submitted for organiza
tion. Governor Anthony's suggestion to
divide the state Into blocks of twenty was
given careful consideration, and in ac
cordance with his Idea, the sub-commlt-I
tee of three was appointed to see that
the work was carried out This commit
tee will consist of E. B. Whaley, of To
peka, Frank L. Brown, of Garnett, and
Dr. Biddle, of Emporia. If there are any
Intensely practical politicians in Kansas,
the gentlemen who have been given the
shaping of these blocks are they. Whaley
la a ward organizer in Topeka, Brown
had given evidences of rare cunning in
the Second district fights, and Biddle Is
anew man to state politics by whom
Lyon county politicians swear. The com
mittee will probably have Its headquar
ters at the southwest corner of Ninth
street and Kansas avenue.
At the ratification meeting last night
speeches were made by ex-Governor An
thony, J. II Burton, A. W. Smith and B.
K. Bruce.
Republican Batlflcatlon Notes.
The chairman and "Farmer" Smith
at the Republican ratification meeting on
Thursday evening in this city, made
quite a display of the ensanguined un
der garment, but somehow it failed to
call forth the expected response from the
There was the least enthusiasm at
this meeting that we have witnessed at
any political gathering of any party for a
long time. Even the speakers were un
able to enthuse, and the response from
the audience was very feeble. Some
thing was evidently wrong with the
A good crowd assembled at the
meeting In the early part of the evening,
but its staying qualities were not up to
the regulation standard. Even before
the close of Anthony's address people
began leaving In Bquads, and the squads
were not small, either.
Mr. Burton during his speech ex
pressed a fervent wish that he could
have that audience out In the Fifth dis
trict He will undoubtedly have the
same longing tor an audience in the Fifth
district many times during the campaign,
nia remark was an unintentional con
fession of the condition of his party out
there where he la looking for votes.
When someone called for CoL Tom
linsonthe chairman said It was time to
go home, and the audience agreed with
him and went
Campbell Unlvenlty IIu Seventeen De
partmenta, Including Preparatory School, Business
College, College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, College of Music and Art, Nor
mal College, Schools of Pen Art, Elocu
tion and Oratory, Shorthand and Type
writing, Telegraphy, etc Independent
non-sectarian. Tuition low. Good board
$1.50 to $3. If interested, It will pay you
well to send for a catalogue. State what
you wish to study. Car fare over $4.50
refunded. Address,
E. J. HoKNsnsL, President,
i Holton, Kan.
In no civilized country on the face of
God's eaith was there ever organized
among men a combination so destructive
to legitimate journalism, so prejudicial to
a transmission of legitimate Information,
so capable of moulding public sentiment
In the wrong dlrectlo naad imposing in
calculable misfortunes upon the masses,
as that combination known on this conti
nent as the Associated Press.
With a complete monopoly of all the
news of the country, an unlimited
power to suppress or distort facts; with
every inducement to pander to and be
come the tools of political conspirltors
and capitalistic rogues; armed with an
arbitrary power to crush out every
species of competition; bankrupt such
newspapers as are at war with its meth
ods, and supplant legitimate journalism
by the establishment of a phalanx of
dictatorial personal organs, under a spoils
seeking management; it muat be regard
ed by all thinking persons as capable of
becoming the most dangerous and re
lentless foe to civilization that has ever
existed among mankind.
A robber who should buy up the pota
toes and bread in a community, stand off
all legitimate competition with a club,
and substitute saw dust for a diet, would
be killed by the infuriated populace
without delay; but a corner on news, a
stab at mental liberty, placing a bludgeon
in the hands of an unscrupulous aristoc
racy, with which to maul the intelligence
out of labor; placing the reading public
at the mercy of soulless political leaders
seem by common sensent to be privi
leges conferred upon a few pampered
political pets, which are more extraor
dinary and more monstrous than any
thing In the world's history.
Let a Wall street ' Shylock sneeze,
Cleveland ' go a fishing, Sullivan get
drunk, or Jay Gould's bull pup have a
fit, when- forthwith, to the exclusion of
everything which Interests humanity,
this all Important news Is flashed across
this continent at any cost, and published
in all the papers under its thumb as
literature for the home and mental food
for the rising generation; but trifles like
railroad wrecks, where humanity is
crushed to death by carloads to appease
the greed of railroad kings, robbing
Credit Mobiller rings, conspiracies to
wipe out our national money and fund
the debt Into gold bearing bonds for toil
and grief to liquidate; demonetization of
silver, that national banks may grow fat
from the sweat of labor, these may be
suppressed with safety.
Not content to furnish Its news with
out discrimination, and at the same price
to all alike, it creates pools and monopo
lies among the favored flunkies in each
of our large cities, and for enormous
prices paid, confers upon a comparatively
small number of papers the privilege of
these options and favors, from which all
others are precluded.
Persona armed with these Indigencies
are thus placed beyond competition, and
licensed under the name of political or
party journals, to conduct sheets so no
toriously undeserving of patronage as to
require lottery schemes, gift enterprises,
and the donation of dowdy chromos to
perpetuate their existence.
Meanwhile legitimate journalism goes
begging, and the only editorials in these
great (?) dailies which create the least
suspicion of intelligence behind them are
the half suppressed utterances of the real
ability In this once noble profession,
which now crouches as hired men under
the Iron heel of a brutal and brainless
Hence our political dailies, our metro
politan journals, the "great educators,"
self styled, with their flaming headlines
of brutal dog fights, and columa devoted
to lascivious advertisements, or to details
of beastly and criminal slugging matches,
are thrust into our homes as "moral re
form sheets," "religious journals," for
the improvement and elevation of our
families, and forced upon society as ma
liciously and feloniously as a rape is per
petrated upon a defenseless woman.
And now, after twenty years of un
paralleled prosperity, after unbounded
wealth has been taken from our oil fields,
and the mineral regions have given up
untold millions of wealth; in a country
whose agricultural and pastoral regions
are unsurpassed by any on earth; among
a people who have enjoyed peace and
prosperity and labored incessantly; un
der administrations which for twenty
years have imposed upon the people the
most onerous burdens of taxation, we
find we have 9,000,000 mortgages on our
homes; we are $18,000,000,000 in debt;
we pay $2,000,000,000 Interest yearly;
our public lands have all been given to
thieves, and our poor people are buying
them back for homes, paying big Interest.
We had 13,000 business failures in Amer
ica last year. Every private business
among us is paralyzed, except banking
and money lending, and 2,000,000 tramps
howl with hunger at the gates of mill
ionaires, yet the blatant demagogues of
the two old political parties still presume
enough upon the prejudices and stupidity
of the American people to believe that
they will, In the coming election, lend
their aid to a continuance of this hell
begotten system. Z. Shed in the Age.
AlUanoA Notice.
Leavenworth County Farmer's Alliance
and Industrial Union will hold its regu
lar quarterly meeting at Tonganoxle,
Kansas, July 23, 1893. New offices will
be elected for the ensuing year. Each
sub-Alliance is expected to send a full
delegation to said meeting.
County Secretary.
I have a certificate which I find I am
unable to use, for a six months course,
including board, at a leading Kansas
City business college, which I will offer
at a bargain for cash. Address, "Henry,"
this office.
Veterans' Return to Washington.
The Grand Army encampment at
Washington In September will be the
occasion of the re-union of thousands of
veterans who parted In that city in 1865,
after the grand review following the sur
render at Appomatox and the capitula
tion of Richmond. Again after a lapse
of 27 years, thousands of veterans will
march down Pennsylvania avenue to be
reviewed again by the president of the
United States, members of his cabinet,
and other distinguished personages. It
will be a spectacle seldom equaled in the
magnificence of the display and In the
number of men participating. Excur
sion tickets to Washington via the Balti
more & Ohio railroad will be sold by
all the roads in the west at exceedingly
low rates. The chief delight of the trip
to Washington will be the journey via
the picturesque Baltimore & Ohio,
which crosses the Allegheny mountains
and for 250 miles traverses territory
fraught with the most thrilling Incidents
of the war. For more detailed Informa
tion as to time of trains, rates and sleep
ing car accommodations, apply to L. 8.
Allen, Aast Gen. Passenger Agent The
Rookery, Chicago. Upon application,
Chaa. O. Scull, Gen. Passenger Agent
Baltimore, ML, will send free of charge
a handsomely illustrated guide to Washington.

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