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CONCERNING KANSAS. TOASTS AND BOASTS. lKo tile Young Statesmen jfinjoyed Life at Their Kansas Day Banquet. uAd astra per asperan was the retro spective and prophetic inscription borne by the banner that floated over the ban quet board arourid which were seated the representative men of the "young crowd" that had gathered at Topeka on Kansas day, January 29. Ad astra per aspera might have nnant up in the clouds without any difficulty, or knocked sky-high and laboring under great diffi culty, or up a tree with the bull dog at the bottom, or there is no difficulty in getting to the top when the bottom ia knocked out. Any one of these free translations would have beet appro priate; it depended altogether on who read it, and in what kind of a light he looked at it. To the ambitious young crowd it meant up in the clouds without any difficult;; to the old crowd it might mean up a tree with a bull dog at the bottom. The banquet was sumptuous, it was all that the highly pampered palate of an editor could demand. The banqueters wefe young men, ambitious young men, promising young then. Just the kind of men to draft a republican platform. That was not the object of the meeting, but not a youth present but felt that Providence had eepeoially ordained him for that purpose. Not one among them but felt tins-ling in every tissue of his "corporosity" the ability to hew out the planks and frame a platform that would boar his party to victory. But no, that Was not the object of their coming to gether. They had asssmbled for the . purpose of toasting the younjj crowd and roasting the old crowd, off ering up, as it were, the old crowd as ft sacrifice that the party might be cleansed of its im puritiei. And as the chicken consomme, mushrooms, and green pea a went down, hope and ambition rose, till some could almost feel the reins of government within their grasp. Men who, for three long weary years had not dared to hope for even a batch of county printing, now could almost see themselves cashing state vouchers, or even endorsing them. Others who, in' the recent past, would hardly have risked to make the race for road overseer could now, in their imagi nation, almost hear the halls of congress echo to their tread. Looking up from a dish of planked white fish and potatoes duchesst" to the banner, "Ad attra per atpera? and it now meant: Everything is lovely and the goose hangs high. "Kansas" was the first toast responded to. The substance of the speech was that we rise by stepping stones of oar dead selves to higher things. The youthful speaker admitted, like a good penitent little boy, that every licking we got makes us better. He said that the late upheavel, it properly looked at, might be regarded as a benefit, that Is, if it could be made to appear that the blow or kick was intended for the old man and not for the boy at alL He wound up with a plea for clean men and a return to principles whatever that might mean. "The Survival of the Fittest" was the next toast. From the drift of the speak er's remarks the survival of the fittest seemed to mean that the eastern money loaner had gobled up more Kansas farms in the last year than tor ten years be fore. He cited several other minor fcxts, and closed by saying that if he nht bs allowed to frame the next plat 'f,;rr: tnd eta republic?;:! cos! "hi found to fit the offices, the party would survive. "Taking Bearings" was the next toast tackled by a Lawrence youth. "A third of a century ago," eiaid the speaker, Hhs republican party, then in its prime, and full of promise, a duality which it still retains unimpaired, reached forth its arms into the west and rescued a beauti ful maiden naitied Kansas, rescued her from the Missouri bushwhackers. All these yeirs have they lived together in love and harmony, till cow, when the old man is tottering with age and decre pitude, and there is nothing left from which to get alimony, the old gal is suing for a divorce." The closing remarks of the speaker were devoted to roasting the old crowds, outlining a platform and ad vertising for clean republicans to come and stand on it. "Why a Young Man Should be ft Re publican" was the toast assigned to an ambitious young stripling from Salina. Starting back at the time of the flood the speaker began his' research and thrashing the jungles of history as he ad vanced, he left no nook or crevice un examined. At times glimpses of his tall form might be seen towering among the Roman senators; then again faint echoes might be heard coming from the dark ages, aa the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. Advanoing to a more mod ern period, he accompanied Columbus on his first voyage of discovery. Then in succession he fought through the revolu tion and the late rebellion, till at last, with a flourish and a gesture that swept the hollandaise potatoes, broiled quail on toast and orange jelly from the table for a yard around him, he summed up the result of his research in one grand sentence, the only reason that he had been able to find, and that was that a young man should be a republican be cause bis father was. With a platform such as he would recommend, and clean republicans to run for office, the speaker closed by insuring success and victory. "The Young Crowd" was the title of the next toast, taokled by one of the youth ful yearlings. The young man said that they were not candidates tor office. All they asked was the naming of the candi dates and the making of the platform. The task that they had set tor themselves was the purifying of the party, and they proposed to do that by turning down every dad in the old crowd who had ever held an office or even run for one. Several other toasts were responded to, but they were mostly seconds tt the sentiments already expressed. The cry ing need of the hour was for olean men; and if the supply is only equal to the de mand, and if (he young crowd are only equal to the task and don't become con taminated by coming in contact with so muoh corruption, great results may be looked for. Occasionally one of the old crowd would look in on the boys, but he would always pause at the door, where, after listening to their prattle for a while, he would turn and walk away, smiling to himself as if to say, "the boys are fooling with a gun, but I know it isn't loaded. The last time it went off it kicked me over, and blew the lock off, and it has never been repaired." Poor old fellow, he knew that the young crowd was im peaching him, but what odds; impeach ment meant only disqualifying for hold ing office, and the Populists had already put him through that degree. Eve;7 dog has his day, and Kansas day this year bolonged to the young dog. The old &02 hid besa suspected of kill i:2 rt::?, tha rrcl h:4 bo 23 found Li his teeth and the evidence was strong against him. The flocks had been scat tered and lost, and now the young dogs were straining at their chains and howl ing to be turned loose that they might round them up again. But the wool that was found in the teeth of the old dogs uded to grow over the sheep's eyes. It isn't there now and they will be hard to round up. Con Hxal?. NOTES. Topeka ministers have begun discuss ing the causes of poverty in earnest. Now the question will be solved. There is a charity society being or ganized in Topeka which is on a fairway toward getting ready for practical work by May 1. The license of the Home Insurance company has been revoked by Superin tendent Snider, prohibiting that com pany from doing busines in Kansas. Jim Legate is starting a paper in Leavenworth to be called "The Inde pendent" It Jim's memory don't fail him before February 11 the first issue is likely to contain some "disclosures." Joe Rosenthal is treasurer of a society composed of the members of the Doug lass house of representatives, whose motto is "stand up for Kansas" and whose emblem is a sledge-hammer. Some people have mistaken the sledge hammer on the letter heads for a por trait of Joe. Talk about disgracing Kansas! All the world is agog over the act of repub licans at Hiawatha, who, a few days ago, pulled down a union flag which the women of the city had put up, simply because the women had pinned some suffrage badges on the flag, to make it appropriate for their meeting which was being held at that time. Junction City Tribune: The court room was filled beyond its seating ca pacity to hear Frank R. Forrest's im passioned speech, Monday night. He was listened to with the closest atten tion and was frequently applauded as he made a particularly good point. He handled the old parties without gloves and showed up the devilishness of the proposed bond issue. The state treasurer's report tor Janu ary shows that the receipts of the treas urer's office daring the month were $626,217. The disbursements were $195, C73.13, leaving a balance of cash on hand February 1 of $1,079,171.60. The amount on hand a month ago was $643,627.73. The bonds purohased during the month amounted to $81,565. Bonds paid off, $81.57561. Amount of bonds on hand, $0,873,720.63. The republican Kansas City Times is in a spasm caused by its discovery of a very defective bribery law in Kansas. This law imposes a penalty on the giver of a bribe to a legislator, but not on the legislator himself, and the Times de plores the fact that a man who is in the legislature for something besides his health may not only accept a bribe with impunity, but may actually hold up and bleed the giver of the bribe for an in definite time afterward. It's very sad, and ought to be remedied for the benefit of the Times and its republican friends. There's bad blood in Sedgwick county. "Prince" Hallowell, the viotim of Jerry Simpson's first campaign in the Seventh district, and George Douglass each want the Sedgwick delegation for congress-man-at-larare. Hallowell proposes that they two meet in joint debate at nine different points in the county, and in that way give the people a chance to choose. Douglass does not respond, Ifuppccably because he is afraid hit competitor will attack his sledgeham mer record in the legislature. If thty don't discuss that, what In the world will tbey talk about? Just thick of these two Dromios meeting and making faces at each other, both afraid of politi cal issues. A Hotable Book. We would like to call attention to a very notable and worthy book, which is now being placed before the people of Topeka, namely, the Rav. John Henry Barrows story of the "World's Parlia ment of Religions," which was held in Chicago during the month cf September, 1893. This work, as presented by Dr. Bar rows, is complete in every detail, show ing the correpondence relative thereto, which was conducted by Dr. Barrows personally on the one hand, and on the other by heads or representatives of the various faiths, religions and sects of the whole world, pro and con, giving, verbatim, all of the parliamentary papers which ware read before this great as sembly by the representatives of their respective faiths Mahomedan, Con fucian, Favist, Buddhist, Jain. In fact, all the known religions of the world. All of these papers are copyrighted by Dr. Barrows in Eagland and America, and cannot be published by any one else. There are several so-called "Congress of Religions" on the market in one vol ume of something like 1,000 pages of coarse print, cheap paper and cheaper bindings, and sold for a corresponding cheap price, which have been compiled from newspaper reports made at the time, which were necessarily cut and abreviated for laok of space. Yet, the publishers of these utterly worthless piracies unblushingly put them out as "authentio reports." One of these re liable histories, of which several have been sold in Topeka, contains thirty-six errors on one page, namely, page 36. Another one issues a circular to its agents calling attention to the coarse print in their book, making it easier to read. In this connection it might as well call attention to the paper, which ia also coarse; to the fact that there are only nine words per line, thus having a good, wide margin, and only thirty-forr lines per page, or 303 words per page &nd a little over 1,000 pages in one voi ume. This would seem to be an ad vantage as against the Barrows book, which is in two volums, containing 1,600 pages in' all, with 300 half-tone engrav ings. The letter prees averages thirteen words per line and forty-four lines per page, or 572 words per page, which makes more than twice the amount of reading matter contained in the other works, and, being in two volumes, much easier to handle. Before purchasing any work it would be well to see the Barrows, as there is none other that is worthy of considera tion. Burke & Chamberlain, of Omaha, Neb.; are general agents for Kansas and Nebraska. Mr. Eugene Whitney is their representative in Kan sas, and several agents have been ap pointed in Topeka. Be sure and see the Barrows book before purchasing any. Poor Man's Party. fcjHXLBYYTLLi, III., February 3. A new political organization, styled the Poor Man's party, was organized here last night 115 voters signing as charter members. William M. Stone and Allen Mathews are the promoters. It is the intention of the adherents of this new party to organ ize lodges through the state. Their motto ia the poor against the rioh. No man is lijib!i if worth more than $2,500.