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Hon. J. W. BreidenthaU Chairman State Cen
tral Committee People' Party, Enterprise,
Deab Sib: I have juat returned home
after an absence of six weeks abroad, and
have only since yesterday been apprised
of the action of the convention of the
People's party at Wichita. I should be
"dull and Insensible indeed, did I not feel
most profoundly affected by the superb
generosity of the veteran soldiers In that
convention. Their enthusiasm and
earnestness In the patriotic desire to
close up the ranks and present a united
front to the common enemy is;iikea
bugle call to every man who loves his
country. I should desire no higher
honor than to stand shoulder to shoulder
In the ranks with men so brave and gener
ous, and I feel most keenly, my weakness
and Inability to do honor to our cause in
so conspicuous a position as that to which
I have been assigned. I can but pledge
the utmost earnestness and good faith In
the endeavor to maintain the principles
enunciated in the St. Louis platform, as
indorsed by the convention and which
again in the history of our country rep
resent the "resistance to tyranny" which
44ls obedience to God." With the most
profound thanks to the entire conven
tion I beg leave to place myself at your
disposal Very sincerely and fraternally
yours, W. A. Harris.
Linwood, Leavenworth County, Kan.,
July 3, 1892.
Mortgages released la twenty-nine cases:
Amount of judgments..... $17,077.36
Amount for which land sold 6,963.60
Balance unsatisfied judgments. 110,113.76
F. G. Johnson, Clerk District Court.
The1 state convention of the Prohibition
party, which met in this city on the 13th,
nominated the following state ticket:
For governor, I. 0. Pickering.
For lieutenant governor, II. F. Dou
thait. For secretary of state, II. W. Stone.
For auditor, Gabriel Burdette.
For treasurer, Joel Miller.
For attorney, R. II. Nichols.
For superintendent of public instruc
tion, Miss Ida Hodgdon.
For associate justice supreme court, C.
P. Stevens.
For congressman at large, Rev. J. M.
The following is the platform:
The Prohibitionists of Kansas,in conven
tion assembled, acknowledging their re
sponsibility to Almighty God and to their
fellow citizens for the proper exercise of
the election franchise, make the follow
ing declaration of principles:
We endorse the platform of the national
Prohibition party at Cincinnati
First We declare for the suppression
of the manufacture, sale, importation, ex
portation and transportation of intoxicat
ing liquors for beverage purposes, and
we declare that taxation or license of
this criminal business In any form, Is an
allaince of government with criminals
for felonious purposes, a fraud upon the
victims, and the abrogation of the or
dained use of civil government.
Second We denounce the hypocrisy of
the Republican party of Kansas in pre
tending to oppose resubmission, and
then providing for a constitutional con
vention; In declaring in platforms in
favor of enforcement, and then electing
three-fourths of the officials who are
known to be opposed to the law and in
favor of non-enforcement; in declaring
in favor of enforcement in the present
state platform and at the same time in
all the county platforms endorsing the
non- enforcement policy of the state ad
ministration; in attempting to deceive
the people by the enforcement plank,
while at the same time saloons are run
openly and license fees are collected sys
tematically in our cities and towns; in
appointing and retaining police commis
sioners who are enemies of the law,
under the federal constitution; the state,
not the municipality, is the unit of gov
ernment, and we insist upon the domi
nant party suppressing the municipal re
bellion aganist the state.
Third We deplore the number of par
dont granted to persons convicted of
violating the prohibitory law, both by
the present and past administrations, and
declare that the absolute power to grant
pardons Is as dangerous In a Republican
government, as is absolute power to con
demn and punish, and should not exist.
All power of the executive to pardon
should be limited and regulated by law.
Fourth We are opposed to the calling
of a Btate constitutional convention as an
unnecessary expense and an attempt to
sugar coat resubmission and force it un
wittingly upon the people.
Fifth Our Interstate commerce law
should be amended so as to prohibit the
Introduction of Intoxicants Into prohibi
tion territory.
Sixth No citizen should be denied the
right to vote on account of sex, and we
denounce the double dealing of the Re
publican party on this question, as
shown by their legislative record.
Seventh The circulating medium of
the country may rightly consist of gold,
silver and paper, and should all be of legal
tender and in sufficient quantity to
meet the demands of business and labor
and not less than $50 per capita. We
favor the free coinage of silver, and we
denounce the act of 1373 by which Bilver
was demonetized. All money should be
issued by the general government
Eighth All systems of transportation
and communication should be controlled
by the government In the Interests of the
the people.
Ninth We favor the raising of revenue
for the economical support of the gov
ernment by levying on what we possess,
and not on what we consume;' hence,
after protecting ourselves against foreign
governments which levy tariff on us, or
bar out our products from their markets,
we favor raising the remainder by a
graduated Income tax.
Tenth Non-residents should not be
allowed to acquire land in this country,
and we favor the limitation of corporate
ownership of land. All unearned grants
of land to railroad companies should be
reclaimed, and no further portion of the
national domain should be thus granted.
Eleventh Speculations In margins,
the cornering of 'grains, money and pro
ducts, and the formation of trusts and
combinations for the arbitrary advance
ment of prices should be prohibited.
Twelfth Our Immigration laws should
be so revised as to exclude from our
shores all paupers and criminals. The
required time of residence for naturali
zation should be extended, and no natur
alized pet son should vote within one
year after naturalization papers are is
Thirteenth We believe In organized
and combined labor, and that such labor
organizations should have the right to
be Incorporated, and should have all the
rights to which organized and aggregat
ed capital Is entitled.
Fourteenth Taxable property should
Delisted at actual value, lees any bona
fide Indebtedness of the owner.
Fifteenth We favor postal savings
banks; the payment of salaries Instead
of fees to all officials; the enlargement
Used in Millions of Homes 40 Yeats the Standard.
and enforcement of the civil service ays
tern, and we denounce the hypocrisy of
both the old parties in their treatment of
this question. We favor the Australian
ballot system, and we denonnce the ef
forts of the old parties to disfranchise
minority parties In the enactment of such
laws. We favor the election of presi
dent, vice president, senators, postmast
ers and all district federal officers by di
rect vote of the people.
The president and vice president
should be eligible to but one.term of six
years. We favor municipal ownership
of all public Improvements, such as
water, street cars and illuminative
plants. We favor liberal pensions for
our war veterans; laws, protecting social
purity; uniform divorce laws for all the
states, based upon the divine law; the pro
tection of all men in one day's rest in
seven. Arbitration Is the way to settle
all disputes, both between capital and
labor and between nations. We favor
the speedy opening of the Cherokee out
let to settlement. We favor such legis
lation as will encourage irrigation in
western Kansas. We denounce Pinker-
tonism and Carnegleism, convict, pauper
and child labor, and oppose grants of
money to sectarian schools.
Sixteenth The ballot box is the cor
ner stone of the republic. The ballot Is
the most sacred right of the American
citizen, and should be protected from
violence in the south, and from corrup
tion in the north.
An Exodus of Negroes from TcimcHe to
Kansas-Look Out for Them.
From the Kansas Commoner.
Fifteen hundred negroes en route from
Memphis, Tenn., to Wichita, is the con
dition of facts at the present time. The
significance of this fact Is quite impor
tant, and very suggestive, coming hb it
does right upon the heels of the state
ment that the state was being colonized
for political purposes by the Republican
party managers of this state.
A representative of the Commoner
made a partial investigation of this mat
ter yesterday, and from one of the prom
inent negroes of this city, learned that
negroes were being rapidly shipped to
this state from Tennessee and scattered
promlscously throughout the state. He
refused to state their real object in com
ing here, but partly let the cat out of the
bag when he admitted that every one of
them would vote the Republican ticket,
lie said, however, that besides the fifteen
hundred destined for Wichita, countless
numbers were being shipped to other
parts of the state, and that already
eighty-seven families had arrived at Sol
dier City, a small town In the northwest
ern part of Jackson county. The ne
groes coming to Wichita, of which
twenty or thirty families have already
arrived, are from Memphis, Tenn., hail
ing from that portion of the city known
as "the bend," a portion of the city ex
clusively inhabited by negroes, the vast
majority of whom have always been in
exceedingly straightened circumstances
financially, which naturally gives rise to
the conjecture as to how or where they
raised the means necessary to transport
themselves and effects from Memphis to
this city. One negro offered as an ex
cuse for this exodus that they were ilee
ing from mob rule, which may be true,
but when the reader, particularly he who
is familiar with the customs of the south,
takes into consideration that this Is one
of the dullest times of the year in the
south, and that the prosperous days for
the negroes are right during the cotton
season, and that the negroes who depend
upon the cotton industry for a livelihood
have been Idle for months past, he la at
a loss to conjecture by what means suf
ficient funds were raised to enable fifteen
hundred nagroes living In one neighbor
hood to arise as one body and migrate to
The executive committee has issued
the following call for funds, and we
kindly but earnestly plead for every re
form paper, every speaker, and every
loyal son and daughter of our cause to
lend a helping hand towards raising
funds in carrying out the principles for
which the People's party has been or
ganized. Headquarters of the national
executive committee during the cam
paign will be at Hotel 'Richelieu, St
Louis, Mo.:
To tlm lleform Workers Throughtntt th United
The national committee of tie People's
party makes this appeal to you for an im
mediate contribution for campaign funds.
The events of the past few days and the ad
vices received from every part of the Union
render it certain that a political crisis is
upon us, and we must be supplied with
funds immediately to enable the committee
to d'j the work that has been thrust upon it.
Civil liberty and publio order are at stake.
Do not delay a moment. Take up collections
at once and forward by money order, postal
note or draft, to M. C. Rankin, treasurer of
theoommittee,atTerreIIaute,Ind. Let every
patriotic man and woman Bend in at least
$1 each before the 21th of July. This money
is needed to meet the legitimate and indis
pensable expenses of the campaign. This is
the people's fight, and the people must sup
port it. "Quit ye like men; be strong."
Each individual will consider himself a
committee of one to forward $1, and in ad
dition the chairman of each club and each
speaker will read the address to his club or
audience and take up a collection, urging
each person to contribute at least $1, and
forward the same without delay.
II. E. Taubbsick, Chairman.
M. C. Rahkiw, Treasurer.
Where Will You Spend Your Vacation?
The Burlington Route has on sale
round trip tickets at greatly reduced
rates to Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt
Lake, San Francisco, Portland, Yellow
stone Park, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Spirit
Lake, the Black llilla, Puget Souno
points, and to all tourists points in Colo
rado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming,
Dakota, Minnesota, Alaska and Califor
nia. For rates and further Information,
address, A. C Dawes,
General Passenger and Ticket Agent, St
Louis, Mo.

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