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8 THUS ADVOCATE, c A CAMfAIGN OF INSULT. It must be humiliating to the proud leaders of the once great Democratic party to take refuge under the filthy mantle of Mrs. Lease. The above coarse and insolent ut terance fell from the lips of the stan dard bearer of the once great Repub lican party of the state of Kansas, at the opening of the campaign at To peka July 15. It has been repeatedly announced by Republican leaders that the com ing campaign would be one of educa tion and argument, but at its very inception the opposite course was pursued. Inflammatory appeals to sectional prejudice, discussion of worn out and irrelevant topics, super ficial mention of live questions, and ribald abuse of People's party leaders these constitute the entire "educa tional argument" of Messrs. Anthony, Burton, Smith, et al The blackguard reference to Mrs. Lease by Farmer Smith is one upon which not only every member of the People's party, but every woman in the state, as well as every lover of purity and refinement in American politics, should set the seal of con demnation and disgust , While men alone occupied the po litical arena they might and did with impunity be as vulgar and abusive as their inate coarseness prompted. That they did thus dare and do is the direct cause of the appalling demora lization of politics a demoralization which has driven decent men from the political arena, left the field clear for bummers, thugs, tricksters and hypocrites, whose villainous proceed ings have turned that whioh should have been conduced on a higher plane of patriotio citizenship into a "dirty pool," whose miasma has poisoned the entire nation well nigh unto death. The advent of women upon the po litical roBtrum in protest against the evils which threaten the destruction of their special sphere the home is the signal which sounds the death knell of brutality and cannibalism in v politics. Men will give and take blows which they will not permit a woman to receive without indignant protest Such is the natural instinct of all de cent men. If Farmer Smith or any other of the Republican candidates persist in their vituperative mention of Mrs. Lease they will discover that the out raged sense of every true Eansan will fittingly rebuke their loaferism. And this righteous wrath will be aroused, regardless of assent or dis sent from the political docrines Mrs. Lease advocates. Kansas sentiment overwhelmningly stands by the right and the duty of woman to use her God given endowments in patriotio service of her country and her state. Mrs. Lease has used her natural gifts for such high purpose, and to such effect that she is the target of the old politicians' weapons of mud and slander. It is doubtless difficult for the campaigner of the obsolete school of Anthony and Smith to real ize that Kansas politics has moved en to a higher plane, and that the gladi atorial methotds of their departed day are under a ban. It is annouced that Mrs. Laura M. Johns will "take the stump" for the Republican party of Kansas. It would be quite following in the wake of Republican candidates who spoke under the shadow of the capital dome of the great woman-loving state of Kansas, were the People's party speakers to insult and vilify Mrs. Johns, but the miscreant who should so blackly demean himself would receive swift rebuke from all true disciples of the soon-to-be vic torious reform party. CONTRIBUTE TO TEE CAMPAIGN FUND. We call attention of readers of The Advocate to the appeal of our na tional central committee for campaign funds. It must be remembered that our committee cannot call upon bank ers, corporations or protected manu facturers for these funda We can not do as the Lawrence Record says the Republican party did in 1888, "mortgage the bones and blood of the people" for the sinews of war. Oor committee must depend upon the voluntary contributions of the people who expect to be benefitted by the success of the People's party. A very small contribution from each one will make a large fund, and will not be felt by those who make it We sug gest that every subscriber to The Ad vocate send us ten cents at least for this campaign fund. Send more if you please but each subscriber can certainly afford ten cents and you will be surprised at the amount that will thus be realized. Ik connection with the testimony of Mr. MoLuckie, before the congres sional investigating committee, the following from Mr. McKinley's speech in congress on September 27, 1890, may be of interest: The metal schedule, which occupies 25 pages of the bill, has received earnest consideration because of the Importance of the great indus tries It represents. Nothing has been done In the metal schedule that can result In loss of bus iness or prestige, and nothing that can call for a reduction of wave or a dlminuatUm ofthcnum her of workingmen employed. Consider this in connection with the conspiracy to reduce the price cf steel billets upon which the sliding scale was based. For the benefit of those Republi can patriots who are now vehemently censuring the Democratic house for defeating the free silver bill passed by the Republican senate we would remind them that there are in the senate twenty-eight Democrats and fifteen Republicans in favor of free silver, and ten Democrats and thirty two Republicans against it From this it may easily be seen who may be credited for the passage of the free silver bill by that body. Let no west em man be deceived by the deceptive pretenses of Republican politicians. DON'T DO IT. Don't do what T Don't go to a post master and give him your money to send for The Advocate and let him deduct from your subscription 25 per cent for sending it It don't do you any good and it hurts us. Don't send postage stamps. In nine cases out of ten they stick to gether or stick to the letter, so that they are worthless when they get here. THE TENDENCY OF THE TIMES. The strikes at Homestead and in the mines of Idaho are only indica tions of the general unrest that every where pervades society throughout the world. In nearly every country upon the globe the rapid concentra tion of wealth in few hands is con stantly widening the gulf between the patrician and the plebeian classes. As wealth increases in the hands of the few they become more and more arrogant and more and more greedy in their demands. The tendency of the times is to constantly lower the standard of wages paid to labor lm order to constantly add to the accu mulations of the non-producing class es. The strikes that occur from time to time are merely local protests against this general policy. In every instance almost organized labor is defeated. There is always to be found a sufficient number of idle men who have either been formerly forced into idleness in consequence of the depressed condition of all industrial pursuits, or have been imported from the idle hordes of foreign countries for the purpose, to displace organ ized labor, always at lower wages than have been formerly paid. The Pinkerton army, or if need be the state militia or the army of the Unit ed States, under the pretense of pro tection to vested rights, can always be relied upon to assist in the dis placement and to see that it is accom plished to tho satisfaction of the em ployers of labor. As Mr. Carnegie observes, the owners of the mills have a right to transact their own business in their own way. Labor is never conceded to have any rights that cap ital or government authorities are under any obligations to respect After the displacement has taken place and non-union men have sup planted organized laborers, it is only a question of time when they in turn find it necessary to organize against the further encroachments of their employers. Soon a reduction from the lower price which they had at first consented to accept is demanded. Then occurs another strike, and again the idle hordes are drawn upon to take the place of the strikers, and the military again stands ready to see the new infamy consummated. The slid ing scale of wages always slides downward, and the constant tendency of the times is the perpetual degra dation of labor. The revolts that have thus far broken out have been local and easily subdued. How long the great producing masses will thus submit to be defeated in detail re mains to be seen. The hope that the great industrial revolution now pend ing may be peaceably accomplished at the ballot box seems frequently to be overshadowed by serious doubt That the revolution is to come in one form or another is as certain as that God's eternal justice must eventually prevail among men. The arrogance and greed of the Shylock classes may force a repetition of the French revo lution; and should they do so, on them must rest the terrible responsi bility. Of one thing they may rest assured; as sure as the blood of the patriot fathers flows in the veins of their worthy sons they will not long submit to the system of robbery that the last quarter of a century has im posed upon them. The demand is for simple justice, and that the indus trial hosts are determined to have at whatever cost OTIS DISABILITIES ABE BEHOVED. A few Republican patriots are in great agony on account of a dread suspicion that our candidate for con gressman at large has never been re lieved of his political disabilities aris ing from his participation in the late unpleasantness. If they will consult the session laws of 1872 they may be relieved from this terrible anxiety. It will be found in due time that Mr. Harris has all the abilities requisite to success and that the disabilities cling to the Republican candidate. They are of such a character that the legislature cannot relieve him of them. It is necessary for him to be born again. Some of our exchanges express sur prise at Gen. Snowdon's haughty, imperial manner of addressing the Homestead strikers. If they knew him they would expect nothing better. He is personally known to the writer. He is a born aristocrat, and one of the most contemptible of his kind. In walking the street he can see nothing below the second story window, and common people are completely below his notice or consideration. It is fit ting that just such a man should command the military forces sent to aid Mr. Frick in displacing unoin with non-union labor at the Homestead works. Great is protection. Kansas is always proud of Mrs. Lease, and was never more so than at the Omaha convention. No wom an in America was ever more villified than she has been by the scandal mongers of the Republican party, and in the face of it all her fame grows brighter as the days go by. Her power in this reform movement was never greater than at this mo ment Her influence in the coming campaign will be greater than ever before. The more she is villified the more the great masses of the people respect and admire her. Kansas can be relied upon to stand by Mrs. Lease. Rev. W. G. Todd, of this city, will speak in the interest of the People's party during the campaign. Mr. Todd is a gentleman of culture, of wide experience and of broad views. The Lincoln Beacon, speaking of his fourth of July address at that place, says: The oration of Rev. W. 0. Todd was a master piece of political philosophy and arguments for the rights of the "average man." Besides giv ing the greatest satisfaction to all sympathizers with proposed economic reforms, the oration has received many compliments from Democrats and Republicans present. Mr. Todd will strengthen our cause whereyer he goes. ' Free coinage is again defeated in the house, and this is unquestionably a final disposition of the question at this session of congress. This is proper. Sto&cvxii for Tbj Advocati.