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It is plain that Bill Hackney "didn't know it was loaded" when he went after Ed Snow' scalp with "copperhead" as his we r whoop. That proposition of George T. An thony to have a committee make cam paign editorial from free raw mate rial for the Kansas Republican press is in keeping with the man's nature. It is just as easy to organize Peo ple's party clubs these days as it was to get up military companies at the beginning of the war. Loyal men never hang back when there is work to be done. This man A. W. Smith is a farmer in the same sense that Ingalls was a soldier. For the last eight or ten years he has been farming the dif ferent railroads of the state while he was not in Topeka. This miserable country which trembles "on the verge of moral, political and material ruin," li by twenty billion dollars the richest country on earth. Capital. Granted Now be kind enough to tell your readers who owns this wealth and how they obtained it. Don't advertise dates for candidates or other publio speakers until you have ascertained whether they can 11 the appointment or not. It is not a good plan to disappoint your audi ences, when you can avoid it by com mupicating with the state committee. It looks as if George T. Anthony's war record was going to pan out as bad as that of Ingalls.' According to D. R's. history, which has always proven correct so far as it comcerned the illustrious defaulter, the most im portant chapter in the said war rec ord is where Governor Anthony orders out the militia to shoot railroad strikers. Mb. Rzid, the long-tailed candidate for vice president, is afraid the Dem ocrats will shuffle away from the tariff issue before the campaign is over, and take up with something else. Do not get uneasy about that, Mr. Reid. They will not abandon that issue so long as they can make capital out of the labor troubles, and there is noth ing else in their platform. Tui platform adopted by the People'! party convention at Omaha begins by asserting: "We meet In the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin," and a little further on demands that nation which Is so nearly ruined shall buy billions of dollars' worth of railroads, etc Emporia Republican. Yes, the People's party expects to redeem the nation from the "verge of moral, political and material ruin," and when once out of Republican hands it will be abundantly able to buy the railroads. were sold to the gold bugs for green backs at an average of CO cents on the dollar, and those bonds have been made payable in gold by subsequent legislation. "What have these patriots to say about the people being re quired by law to pay their debts in a dearer coinage than that in which they were contracted? It is a poor rule that will not work both ways. Many of the members of labor unions who have heretofore viewed the question of wages from an old party standpoint are now getting their eyes open. They begin to see that the case in haad demands heroic treatment If "every field of waving grain makes Republican votes," as the dis tinguished bummer from the Fifth district says, it must be that the num ber of Republican votes increases as the price of grain goes down. Per haps he means that every field of grain makes just that much more money for the railroads so that they can afford to buy voters in Tennessee and ship them into the state. IT IS A POOR BULK THAT WILL NOT WORK BOTH WAYS. Tom Reed, in a recent speech, made the following statement: There Is another class with whom I nave no sympathy, and that Is the class who desire to de base the currency for the purpose of paying tholr debts in a cheaper coin than that In which they had contracted them. These men are will ing to ruin the country for their own temporary benefit. And every pin-headed Republican editor and political demagogue echoes the sentiment During and after the war the bonds of the United States Th urban worklngmen are denied the right of organization for self protection; Imported pau perized labor beats down the! rwages; a hireling standing army, unrecognized by our laws, it es tablished to thoot them down; and thoy are rap Idly degenerating Into European conditions. Declaration of the People'i Party at St, Lcm.it and Omaha. Is it true, or is it not RAISING THE OLD CRY. The Standard Is trying to raise the old prohi bition Issue. The prohibition Issue with the Democrats of Leavenworth is like the negro question with the Democrats of the south they can't live without It Leavenworth Timet. Aye, and it is like the Republican cry of southern outrages and the bloody shirt All of these things are obsolete, and, in "that campaign of argument" upon which we are said to be entering, they should be displaced by the living issues of the day. When will this tomfoolery end and that "campaign of argument" begin? MORE HYPOCRISY ON THE SILVER QUESTION. As the masses of western people are in favor of the free coinage of sil ver, Republican papers feel in duty bound to make their western readers believe their party fayors it. The Atchison Champion, of July 20,quotes in its editorial columns an editorial from the Denver Republican of nearly a column, which exhibits the usual amount of Republican gall. We quote: fassed In the Republican senate, the silver bill was killed In the Democratic house of representatives. When this measure reached the house after its passage In the senate there was a fair prospect that Justice would be done to sliver and that It would be restored to Its proper place as a money metal But In the house It encountered the op position of Democrats who are hostile to silver coinage, and It had to contend against the cowardice of those silver Democrats who are subservient to Mr. Cleveland and who would sacilflce silver coinage or any other great popu lar cause to comply with his wishes. The Demo crats have In the house a plurality of 147. With this enormous strength they could have passed the silver bill by an overwhelming majority. But they did not do It. They proved unfaithful to the Interests of the people and showed by their action Just what may be expected of them In the event of Mr. Cleveland's election. This much boasted action of the Republican senate was effected by the following vote: For the bill. Democrats 17 Republicans it Against the blil. Democrats 7 " " " Republicans 18 The Republican pretense, therefore, that the passage of the bill by the sen ate must be credited to the Republi can party is hypocritical The editorial further says: There Is good reason to believe that If this bill had passed the house. President Harrison would have signed It. -What reason is there for any such belief? Has the president ever inti mated any such thing? Has he not, on the contrary, distinctly indicated that he would not sign such a bill? The writer attempts to be funny when he says "Mr. Harrison is known to be a bi-metalist" Really, when did this knowledge get out? One more question to the Champion. If free coinage of silver would be such a good thing for the people of Kan saswhy should they support Geo. T. Anthony for congress? We have received the first number of the Daily Commoner, published by B. E. Kies, of Wichita. It is a suffi cient guarantee of the character of this new venture to state its name and the name of its editor. The Weekly Commoner is perfectly familiar to Eansans, and the daily is therefore not in need of any recommendation from us. We can only wish it the most abundant success, which we know it will richly merit Long may it wave. A DASTARDLY OUTRAGE. One of the incidents of the military occupancy of Homestead, Pa., is the punishment recently inflicted upon a private in the militia service for the expression of sympathy with the at tempted assassination of 1 Mr. Fnck. The Advocate does not wish to be understood as 'speaking in approval of that cowardly act; nor do we wish to be understood as expressing ap proval of the act of the soldier in question. There are many reasons to doubt both the wisdom of and the authority for the use of military forces in guard ing private property under such cir cumstances as have prompted the oc cupancy of Homestead, but this ques tion need not be discussed in this connection. When the use of military forces becomes necessary, no reason able man will question the import ance of maintaining proper discipline. or of the use of such reasonablejneans as are necessary to that end. That such an example of cruelty and abso lute brutality as that recently prac ticed by CoL Streetor at Homestead is necessary, especially in time of peace, the American people will be slow to believe. The most complete report of the outrage we have seen is in the Clobe-Democrat of July 25, which is as follows: Homistkad, Pa., July 24. Thomas lams, a orlvateof Company K. Seventh Regiment, is In disgrace, as a result of his approval of Anarchist Bergman's attempt to kill Chairman Fnck yes terday. Wnen lams heard the news late In the afternoon he said to other members of his corn- can v: "Boys, let's give three cheers for the man who shot Frlck, hoorah." CoL Streetor walked to where lams stood. "Youm man. what did too mean by that?" lams looked down sulkily and answered: "I meant that I was glad that Frtck was shot, and I am, too." "Now, my friend, you are a soldier, and you have no business to make snch remarks. Do you want to retract It?" lams raised bis head and said: "No, sir; I am glad Mr. Frlck was shot, and I cannot retract anything I said that I really meant,'' The colonel turned and left him. Fire minutes later he gave the order for the regiment to as semble without arms. The men of Company K felt what was coming, and assembled with seri ous faces. lams was called before his regiment; the but tons cut from his uniform, and he was ordered strung np by the thumbs as long as he could stand the punishment. lams, who up to this point had stood flush, but entirely self possessed, turned the color of chalk and trembled. With another salute to bis colonel he turned and fol lowed the corporal to the guard tent Three regimental surgeons followed lams to the guard tent. The young man soon regained his self po sesslon, and held out his thumbs for one of his fellow-soldiers to tie. A stout piece of twine was tied tightly to each thumb, and lams raised his arms while the core, oral drew the line over the tent pole. The cord was pulled by three men until lams stood on tiptoe, and then It was made fast The young man's face was deathly white, but his eyes were brilliant with determination. His arms were rigid with his weight as the muscles stood out stiffly. The twine was cutting Into his flesh. but he pressed his lips firmly together and did not allow a moan to escape him. The surgeons, watch In hand, kept their fingers on his pulse. The beats came faster and faster, and slowly the man's head fell forward on his breast and his eyes closed. He could no longer press the ground with his toes, his dead weight bung heavy on the twine. Mlnnte after minute passed away, and his pulse-beats were constantly Increasing. At last one surgeon said: "One hundred and twenty beats; let him down." He had hung for nineteen minutes. A sur geon held blm firmly while the soldiers cut the cord. The body fell Into his arms and he laid It gently on the ground. The eyes opened, and lams said: "Let me lie here; I feel sick." They covered him with a blanket and with drew, and lams lay there In the guard tent all night. CoL Streetor made his report to CoL Haw kins, who Indorsed It and sent It by an orderly across the river to Gen. Snowden. Gen. Snow- den read It over carefully, and after Indorsing It wrote: "Dismiss this man In disgrace from your regi ment and drum him out of camp to-morrow." These were written orders, but to the orderly he rdded: "Tell CoL Hawkins to have the man's head shaved on one side before he Is dismissed." Early this morning the provisional brigade. under the command of CoL Hawkins, was or dered to assemble In parade; Three regiments of Infantry and a battery of artillery turned out and drew up In two lines facing each other on the parade grounds. The disgraced soldier was brought out by a corporal's guard and marched before the entire camp on the parade ground. He was then drummed out of camp. lams can not serve In any public office or vote under his sentence. He was punished for treason. The absolute brutality of this pro ceeding is revolting to every instinct of humanity. The severity of the punishment cannot be justified in time of peace. It is an outrage, not only upon the victim, but against the humanity of the American people. The following from the press dis-' patches will strike a responsive chord in the heart of every true man and woman in the country: Niw Yobk, July 26,-Chas. G. Burgoyne, a well known law printer of this city, to-day sent the following dispatch to lieutenant Colonel Streetor, In command of the Tenth regiment, stationed at Homestead: "Law abiding men who believe every man Is entitled to trial before condemnation and punishment will agree with me that the outrage perpetrated by you, In dorsed by your superior officer and participated In by your regimental surgeons, Is acrlme only paralleled by the dimes of the mob. My check -for a good round" sum Is at the disposition of any Pennsylvania lawyer who will undertake to bring you to Justice. Believe me, there are many man in this city, not only bumble citizens like myself, but military men aa wen, who are willing to loosen ihelr purse strings so that such a monumental crime may not go no punished." Burgoyne Is an American by birth and served with a Pennsylvania regiment in the late war. It is earnestly to be hoped that some attorney may be found to ac cept the check of Mr. Burgoyne and bring these men to justice. There will be no lack of funds to carry out vach a purpose. These autocrats, "clothed with a little brief authority," should be taught a lesson, and law abiding and liberty loving people will contribute liberally to this end.