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A LITTLE HIBTOBY GONUEBOTG THE HON. (?) RALPH BTJBTON. In the proceedings of the grand lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which convened in the the city of Topeka October 12, 1886, we find the following record of ap- peaL A. H. Dow, from the committee on appeals submitted the following report, which was adopted: S. W. Graves and others vs. Wm. Penn Lodge JNO. 78. To the Grand Lodge of Kansas 1. 0. 0. F,: Your commute on erievancea and appeals, to whom was referred the appeal of 8. M. Graves et al, against the action or wm, renn lioage no. 78, have had the same under consideration, and would report the following statement of facts and their conclusions thereon: On the 22d of May, 1886. charges were pre ferred against Bro, Burton for conduct unbecom ing an Odd Fellow. Specification: That on or about the 3d of May, 1886, Bro. uurion aia uniawiuuy conceal, or cause to be concealed, money that belonged to others (namely, Fargo Express Co.) to about the sum of $450, and reported It stolen. These charges were duly referred to a com mittee to register the evidence. The commhtee met June 8, when the accused plead guilty to a shortage of 180 or S30, irom cue aousnern nansas Kaiiroaa company. On .Tuna 10 the committee reported, and on June 17 the scrutiny was had, and the brother was expelled rrom tne order. From this action of the lodge this appeal Is taken. Applicants make the following points In the appeal: Flrst-That the lodge erred In voting on the question of expulsion instead oi wnetner we ac cused was guilty or nou. snndThaf. thA Nobis Grand erred In an noundng the vote for expulsion. Number of votes cast were iweniy-nve seventeen lornuu eight against The Noble Grand did not vote, and should have been counted In the negative. The vote should have been announced seventeen for expulsion and nine against. Third That at the tcrutlnv. before the voting took place, the secretary read a report of the financial standing of all members present, a copy of which is hereto annexed. That by said report there were seven members present disqualified from voting, being more than thirteen weeks In arrears, that the appealing brothers are they that voted against expulsion, ana are not uur teen weeks In arrears for dues. Fourth That the charges against Bro. Burton anfttlflpd that ha had secreted about $150 belong- in? tn th Welli-Farcro Exoress company, when the accused testified that he was short in his accounts with the Southern Kansas railroad In the sum of 980 or 990. The following are the conclusions of your com' mlttee: First It was not error for the lodge to vote on the penalty, the accused having vir tually admitted his unlawful act. Second The vote being seventeen for ex pul sion and eight against. It was not error In the Nome urana announcing tne penalty to do ex pulsion. Third From a careful examination of the secretary's report filed as a part of the papers in the case, we find the following facts: There were twenty-eight members present. The sitting Fast Grand and the counsel for the accused are prohibited from voting. The Noble Grand did not vote, and, being mx months In arrears, was not entitled to vote. (Of the twenty five members who voted, thirteen were In ar rears for dues, leaving but twelve members who were legally entitled to vote. Of the seventeen members who voted far expulsion, nine were In arrears, this leaving but eight legal votes for ex pulsion. Of the eight members who voted against expulsion, four were in arrears for dues, thus leaving but four legal votes against expul sion. Now, ss eight Is two-thirds of twelve. It follows that, throwing out of the count all those who were In arrears, the brother was expelled by a constitutional majority. Fourth We are unable to see how this play upon words materially alters the facts In the case. Whether tecreting, embezzling, defaulting or $hnrtage are the terms used, and whether 1450 or 990 be the amount char ed; and whether It be the Fargo Express company, or Southern Kansas Railroad company that lost by the ac cused, the fact remains that the brother unlaw fully appropriated to his own use money belong lsgto other parties. We are of the opinion that our order cannot afford to countenance malfeasance of this character. We would therefore reccommend that the appeal be dismissed. Respectfully submitted, A. H. DOW, II. IL Gravis, 8. J. JONI8. J. C. SIHMOX8, It. C. Walt in, J. H. IIowk, J. IL 8MITH, Committee. Ujjdkb Geo. T. Anthony's order, the Topeka merchant could sell goods westward as far as Strong City, bnt there the barrier of freight rates would rise insurmountable, and if he cared for his treasury, he must turn back. Strong City is half way between Wichita and Topeka, but sugar origi nates east of the Missouri river, and must be hauled 228 miles to Wichita and eighty miles back to Strong City, or a total of 308 miles, while it is only hauled sixty-seven miles to Topeka end eighty miles to Strong City, or only 147 miles in all. Yet the freight paid by Wichita and Topeka whole salers would be virtually the same. Is it equalizing freights to charge the Wichita merchant only half as much as Topeka? A PAPEE WITHOUT A PRINCIPLE OB A POLICY. A few years ago the Capital was for absolute free trade. The bosses said a high protective tariff was the proper thing, and it has been howling for high tariff ever since. Two years ago, in answer to an in quiry from a correspondent, it stated the amount of money m cir culation at upwards of $52 per capita. The bosses said that wouldn't do, and ever since it has been doing its best to prove that the answer was a lie. Two years ago it was howling for the free and unlimited coinage of silver. The bosses said that must be stopped, and it stopped. What pnn ciple or what policy does the Capital represent, anyhow! " Kansas," says the Advocate, " could stand a little prosperity occasionally." That is a good deal more than the People's party can do. Em poria Republican. The People's party is enjoying a very fair degree of prosperity, thank you, and if the corn crop turns out as well as the wheat crop, our farmers will be able to make liberal contribu tions to our campaign fund, and we will give the "stand up" crowd all the calamity they want in November. By the way, this reminds us that John W. Breidenthal will take wheat and corn as contributions to the campaign fund. Farmers in every neighbor hood can club together and make up a carload and ship to him at Enter prise, Kas. He will apply it where it will do the most good. The erudite editor of the Capital has made the startling discovery that somebody has said that somebody told him that Sir Isaac Newton had said that a paper currency is worth less trash, and thereupon in the course of his meanderings with New ton among the stars he issues a man ifesto declaring that the editor of the Advocate is a dogmatic ignoramus and don't know what he is talking about It is suggested that the edi tor of the Capital has probably made a mistake in his authority, and that it is Isaao Walton instead of Isaac New ton to whom he refers, as his story reads more like a fish story than like the conclusions of a philosopher. Those republican patriots who are so horified that the great and good democratic party of Kansas should condescend to mix with calamity howlers should cast their eyes south ward occasioaally. What is the mat ter with' the republican party of the southern states that it should do just what Kansas democrats are doing? Things seem to be getting terribly mixed all around, and the chances are that before the November election there will be neither democrats or re publicans north or south. The Peo ple's party seems to be absorbing the rank and file of both at a rate that gives the bosses hysterics. Blood t shirt waiving can not win canmsec In Missouri any more. The democrats are doing a good deal of this at present This shows that their cause is weak, and that they are frightened at the prospects. There is no bloody shirt busi ness on the republican side. Globe-Democrat. Neither can bloody shirt waving win in Kansas any more, but in Kan sas it is the republican party that is doing the waving. If bloody shirt waving by democrats in Missouri in dicates weakness of the party, what does it indicate in Kansas? The Capital begins the month of September with the usual number of specials announcing failures of Peo ple's party meetings and the gather ing of the multitudes at republican rallies. People's party, meetings are all said to be much smaller than two years ago. Inasmuch as the files oi the Capital ef two years ago shov our meeetings to have been tota failures, they must indeed be small affairs now. Bats! Government Ownership the Only Bemedy. From the Chicago Herald, August 27. m'leod's rebellion. Striking switchmen are not the onl) rebels in the country. A more deliberate effort'to defy the law was never made h America than that of which the officer of the Reading railroad were guilty, and which they declare they will continue in spite of the Injunction obtained against them. The decision of Chancellor Mo 0111 Is a singularly able paper. It recites the special privileges granted the rail road company and the benefits the pub lic has a right to expect and demand In return. It shows that every step of the companies has been to form a monopoly in the mining and handling of coal which can only oppress the public. And It for bids the continuance of that agreement by which the unjust acts were to have been consummated. "The injunction will have as much ef fect as if directed against the Sioux In dians," is the contemptuous and defiant comment of President McLeod on the deliberate mandate of the law. He is scornf ul In his boasted rebellion against the courts, the legislature, the people, and all established authority. Even if he does not conclude to appeal his case to a higher court he knows plenty of ways to outwit the chancellor and continue the robbery for which his combine was ef fected. He boldly points out how this stool-pigeon can nominally fill the presi dent's chair in one corporation and that stool-pigeon can do a like service In an other, lie and the other conspirators have buttressed themselves with con tracts which may be useful, but which ire not to be Invoked If other dishoneet aeasures will avail. They own and coa rol more than half of the coal mining tnd coal carrying industry. And he will lefy every law of the land but he will lave his bond. Compared with this colossal lawless tess, the switchman's strike la a very Ame affair. In the latter case power as found and promptly found to re store their rights to the people. In Buffalo to-day a man may work where he will. A car may go where a master sends it. Merchandise Is safe, and pas sengers untroubled. Teace waa con quered with a strong hand, because there Is higher power than the will of the peo ple. GThe will of the people is with Chan cellor McGlll and against the rebellion of McLeod. It will have to re respected in New Jersey as it was respected In New York. Thi Advocati has a larger circulation than any other paper in Kansas. REASONS WHY Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder Is The Best. Firstly. It is the oldest Cream of Tartar Baking Powder in the world, and has stood the test of 40 years. Secondly. 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