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OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE PEOPLE'S PARTY OF KANSAS. VOL. HI. NO. 49. TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1892. 01.00 PER YEAR. ATTENTION, OLD SOLDIERS. To the Editor of Thb Advocate: I would like to aak through the col ums of your paper a favor of each of the old soldiers who were present at the convention that nominated W. A. Harris for congressman at large, and that sec onded his nomination. The favor that I would ask la, that they would send me a brief history of their army life. How long they served, how many engage ments they took part in, etc. My reasons for making this request will be made known through The Advocate later on, but will say at this time that I wish to refute a statement made in Cuba by a prominent Republican of Washington county concerning the nomination of "Mr." Harris. It is a very good plan to take some of the statements of these pa triotic Republicans, these guardians of our American institutions, and use them for campaign purposes. P. T. Baker. Cuba, Kansas. COUNTY UNIFORMITY OF TEXT BOOKS. To the Editor of Thb Aovocatb. I have been deeply Interested in read ing the discussions in The Advocate on the school book question, especially your review of Mrs. Stiteler's annual circular, and wish respectfully to dissent from some of your arguments. Do not think for a moment that I shall try to uphold the American Book company, or any other trust, for my affections are not cen tered upon them any more than are yours; but some of your propositions seem erroneous to me, and I ask the In dulgence of an expression on the subject. Tou say, "It may be stated, first, that school book publishers sell their books to Individual districts as cheap as to en tire counties." The statement will not apply to this county, at least. Before the adoption of county uniformity we paid 25 cents more for the same histories, grammars, physiologies and arithmetics, than we now pay; 10 to 35 cents more for readers; 10 cents more for spellers, and other books In proportion. Remem ber, this difference is on exactly the same books. At that time the publishers fur nished a few districts only; now they supply the whole county. County uni formity has accomplished a saving of at least 25 per cent on the cost of text books in this county.. You regard her statement that "No two school districts in the county have Just the same books" as an exaggeration, because, you say, aa there are over 100 districts in the county It would require "fifty different kinds of each text book." I believe you are mistaken. Suppose they have but five complete series of text books, we find by applying a well-known mathematical rule that the five series would be capable of 120 different com binations, thus showing that with five complete series of books a different series may be given to each of 120 districts. You say such a step is ill-advised, because the next legislature will be sure to take action on the matter, which would make still another change necessary. Would it? I think not The statutes of the state delegate to counties the right to adopt a uniform series of books for a period of five years, and also the right to make a contract for their supply. After the contract. has been made, can the legislature nullify It? Surely not, without Impairing the obligation of con tracts. It seems to me that the only way In which the contract could be nullified would be by inserting a clause to that effect in case of legislative action, or by the mutual agreement of the parties interested. As far as legislative action b concerned, superintendents cannot be blamed for pinning but little faith to It, for they have been agitating the subject for a n.mber of years without any en couraging results, and have about decid ed that relief must come through their own efforts, if it come at all. Let us have legislative relief, by all means, but let us help ourselves In the meantime. There are several other points In your article that I would like to notice, but do not wish to be too verbose. I would be glad to see a continuation of the discus sion, for It Is only by constant agitation of the suject that we may hope for any thing from the legislature. If any of my statements are illogical, puncture them, and let all that is said on the subject be In the interest of truth and economy. Yours very respectfully, O. B. Flemwo, County Superintendent Ottawa County. Minneapolis, Kml, July 21, 1802. ' ' AT HOMESTEAD. The Labor Trouble Results in the Shooting of Manager Frlck. Matters at Homestead remained com paratively quiet during last week until Saturday, when the public was startled by the news that H. C. Frlck had been aa salled in his office and seriously wounded by a young man who afterward gave his name and address as Alex Bergman, New York. The dispatches state that about 2 o'clock p. m. Bergman entered Frick'a private office in Pittsburg. He had been a frequent visitor there during the past few days. Mr. Frlck and a partner, Mr. Loishman, were in the office together when Bergman approached "Fnck," and, drawing a pistol, fired at him, The first cartrl Jge did not explode, but the second did, and the bullet entered the back of the manager's neck. He tried to escape, but the assailant fired again and effected another wound in the neck. Mr. Lelah man then caught Bergman, who drew 8 knife and attempted to stab him, when Frlck came between them and received two knife wounds In the left elds about the ribs and hip. At this point others entered the room, and Bergman was cap tured and taken to ja!L The assassin says he is a Russian Jew, 20 years old, and Is a compositor on a New York paper. He came to Pittsburg for the purpose of killing Frlck. When asked why he wanted to kill him he re plied, "You know why." At the jail the officers noticed that the prisoner had something in his mouth, and forced him to disgorge a dynamite cartridge, which it la supposed he carried for the purpes e of suiciding. Reports from New York say he la a member of an anarchist so ciety. The surgeons attending Mr. Frick think he will soon recover. The locked and and striking workmen deplore the crime, and say they know It will hurt their cause. They seem to have known noth ing of Bergman's Intention. The news created a profound sensation all over the country. A young private named lams, who was in the militia camp at Homestead when the news of the Frick shooting came, shouted, "Three cheers for the assassin f and Capt Streeter, of Company E, had him strung up by the thumbs for half an hour as punishment When released he was exhausted and unconscious. Afiar he recovered one side of his head w&3 shaved, and he was drummed out of camp with a suit of cast-off clothing In stead of a uniform. This Incident shows something of the sentiment among the militiamen, as well as the brutality of the officers. The "brave" captain will Srobablv hear from the Pennsylvania ,w on the subject of martial punishment Tha SUnberry (Mo.) Normal School, Actual Basinets College and Eclectic Shorthand Institute. The great school for the masses. Its twelfth year will open August 30, 1892. Bend for a large free catalogue to Jwo. K. Fislkb, President, Btanberry, Mo.