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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.

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