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if ! VOL. Vr, NO. 5. $1.00 A YKAR. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY 31, 1894. OFFK IAL STATE PAPEB. PLEDGES INVIOLATE. A PAETY EEOOED THAT SHOULD INdPIEE EVLBY POPULIST WITH COURAGE. Theaj Words Appeal to Loyalty and Com mon Sense, Not to Prejudice Address of the People's Party Stats Central Committee- To the People oj Kansas: As representatives of the People's party of this stata we deem it proper at thia time to address you with a brief re view of the poUtical situation from a Populist- standpoint, and in thia mmoer call attention to the position our party has occupied in the pat, its present attitude and its future prospects, aims and intentions. Baicg without the support of any daily paper having an extensive circula tion amoDg the people of the state, our party is deprived of the UBual means of presenting its views to the publio and in therefore compelled to reeurt toother means of reaching the masses and com standing their attention. Since the party we have the honor to represent promulgated its platform of principle?, many events have transpired in our state and cation, which, in our j 'dgment, warrant an expression from the committee, to the end that the peo ple may know the true position occupied by our party, and may be able to judge it correctly ; and while this committee realizes that it is acting without instruc tions from the membership of the party, it feels competent to give a fair expres sion of the views- entertained and the principles advocated and supported by the party and believes that the time is opportune for such an expression. Witb this apology for addressing the publio at this time we would call attention to the political events of the past two years and the recent political situation and ask all fair-minded people to answer the question, which of the three prominent political parties of to-day has made true predictions as to the effect of the success of either and the probable result of a continuation of certain policies. The People's party eutered the cam paign of 1K02 upon a declaration of prin ciples which in strong terms outlined ihe condition of oar country and demanded legislation that in its judganat would remedy the evils that affl.cted us. Kansas was made the ground upon which the new party was to fight its most effective battle and by reason of this fact it was assailed on every hand, its leaders and representatives were de nounced as thieves, demagogues, rascals and anarchists, its portrayal cf the de plorable condition of the people declared . to be a tissue of falsehoods, its predic tions a to future results of a contiaua tion of the then existing fiaancial policy and its proposed remedies were declared to be the vaporingsoi vishcary theorists, malcontents and political imbeciles. r The party was charged with being composed of bankrupts end repudiatora and it was claimed capital and capical Lata were leaving the state as a result of the existence of our party. Voters were appealed to and urged not to bring dia aster upon the state by placing this party in power. No argument was presented to meet the claims of the new party, but the opposition entrenched in state and federal positions, fortifl d with the sup port of all lead kg daily papers that cir culated in our state and supported by the corporations, feeling secure in it position) resorted to vilification, misrep resentations and abuse instead of argu ment. Daily reports of alleged deeer tions from our ranks were circulated through their papers, the immense audi ecces which greeted our speakers every where were reported as ditmal failures, while much smaller meetings of their prty were reported as "mighty thronars." Here and there an individual was found who could be persuaded, bull dozed, or bought into deserting tbe party, and each case of this character was heralded to tha world as evidence that the People's party was "falling to pieces," and desertions by scores, by hundreds and by thousands were reported for each such case, and, finally every absent voter who would return to the state and vote the republican ticket was fur nished free transportation fir the round trip. Mmy men who had removed from the state with their families years agu returned on free payees and voted the republican ticket. In this manner no le38 than 15,000 votes were ad ted to the opposition, a large portion of which were fraudulent and illegal. Loan agents alsj contributed their share .by refusing to renew farm loans for Populists without first extorting from them a pledge of their support for the republican ticket. But notwithstanding this terrific opposi tion, the new party was successful and the party that had held undisputed sway for over thirty years was dutorone J, and the epitaph should then have bee a written, "weighed in the bilaios and found wanting." Bit there was yet a chaace to turn dafeat into partial vio tory. It was discovered that the legia latare (the lower hoas) would be very close and there was yet a ray of hope. Discarded by the people who once were proud of the privilege of voting their ticket and of being counted as one of an 82,000 majority, repudiated at the ballot box In the state and nation, yet goaded to desperation by the loss of the "loaves and fishes," this once grand party coolly (ConUmed 9 pag 8.) CHEAP EAW MATERIAL Used in the Manufacture of Supreme Court Court Judges A Scathing Criti cism. Special Correspondence. Time was when the civilized world be lieved the king could do no wrong. That superstition died, but its undeveloped ghost had not had enough of earth life; it hung around until it got the chance to reincarnate in our United States belief that our supreme court is immaculate. Sixty-five million American citizens will some day break the hypnotic epU which has so long enthralled them, and they will see that the nine euperanuated lawyers trigged out in black Mother Uubbard gowns have nothing supernat ural about them. Some day men will not speak with bated breath of a "decision of the su preme court," exactly as the men of long ago with upturned, reverent faces said ''It is the king's will" And when that good day shall come when men shall clearly see that in a true republic "vox populi" should be the supreme court of appeal. Then they will look back to Oruver Cleveland and see that they have turn to thank for a large share of their disillusion. Thanks be to Qrover, who never dreamed of advancing human pro gress or anything else except the money speculators and his own private fortune, he has let much light upon the manner in which these begowned oracles of the supreme court are manufactured. Mr. Cleveland has not onlv succeeded in making the pretidential office a ques tionable honor, but he is now Btnvicg to make the supreme bench a perch of less dizzy altitude. First, he tried Mr. Iljrn blower, a third rate New York lawyer, wttBd chief merit lay in the fact that he h d rendered some personal service dur i ig Mr. Cleveland's lawyer period in Na Y rk city, and the further fact that Mr. Hurublower was obnoxious to Senator iLlJL Toere was much secret sesaioning done by the senate over this supreme judge appointee, resul ing in the defeat of the third-rate lawyer, whereupon the president to revenge himself on Senator Hill for defeating Mr. Hornblower, ve toed the New York bridge bill, a measure which Senator Hill had championed. Thus far the game between the White Ujuse and the United Slates senate was a draw. Then Gover dealt himself a new hand and flang an other New York lawyer in Brother Hill's face. Tnis man Peckham, they say, does not even size up with Horn blower as to ability, but that's not the point; once get him inside the Mother Hubbard and boost him on the supreme bench and the superstition of our day would regtrd decision ''handed down" by him and the eight othtr Mother Hubbards as second only to holy writ. The supreme merit of Mr. Peckham, in the eyes of the president, lies in the fact that he haUj Senator Hill. Mr. Peckham onoa said that Hill was "a reptile in politics." Ergo, the lawyer is supremely fit to be come a member of the last and highest court of appeal in thia great nation of ours. Now, if such high-soul ad business u this does not let in a little light upon tbe occult method by which a triciy limb of the law may be hocus-pocuaod into a being fit to arbitrate for several millions of American citizens, then I am no good gue&aer. The thing which chiefly interested me in the Hornblower contest was the fast that Senator Martin voted for his con firmation. It was, among the democrats in the senate, a straight fight among the administration and anti administration forces. Brother Martin's name on the president's side emacked of pie. G rover eau be depended upon now to do his part in the way of patronage for the democratic senator from Kansas, Let no one hope that the good action of the house in the way of abolishing bounties and duties, and possibly pass ing an income tax bill will be sufficiently . ablebodied to become actual law and be turned looso upon the people. The sen ate can be depended upon to olaw over and chew up everything done in the house. It is more than glorious to note the rapid spread cf Populist ideas here in Washington. It dots my soul good to know that even Cleveland and his crea ture, Carlisle, are aware that the peoplj are catching on to their villainous schemes to concoct a monev avitAm purely in the interest of money loanera. Yen, even dull Cleveland and his man Cbrasle have discovered that they have pressed the people a little too sorely, and law-defying as they are, they are troubled. The chief talk in the lobbies, in the hotels, and everywhere ia of Carlisle's bond issue is it legal or not? That is the question men are anxiously debat ing, and nine out of ten of the congrecs- man privately question the legality. My delight over Mr. Cleveland's de molition of his party is tempered by ray pity for his congressional supporters, Po r fellows, what hard lines for them. Senator Allen will be chief counsel in the injunction suit which 'Master Work man Sjvereign will bring. What a lovely boomerang Mr. Carlkla started. The country will know mora about the whole bond scheme before this case is done with. Arois L. Diacs. . Washington, January 27. The thirteenth annual encamnaient cf the Q. A R. will ba held at Navtm. February 20.