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dbn't you forgjit it, nuther. Miss Kate
done live in dis heah house six months; an' she's a lady, she is, an' knowed 'spectable pussons when she seed 'em. "She must be a lady, that's so;" said Clarence with a sneer, "to have been so very familiar with an ignorant black servant. "Look hear, sah! You slim-legged white fool, who's you talkin' to? Don' you gimme no mo' o' your sass about Miss Kate, sah, or I'm liable to spile dem dandy clo'se you got on," said Slick with vehement but dignified anger. "What a champion Miss Cotterell has!" said Clarence stillsneeringly. It is worthy of old chivalry days. The young lady has reason to feel quite vain. "I don' know what you all mean by your shiveree days, but if you's sayin' anything dis'spectful o' Miss Kate, you done talkin' 'bout you' bettahs, sah. She wouldn't wipe her purty feet on de likes o' you you scrawny little Tom Thumb, you!" said the excited Afro American. "See here, Slick! I won't allow you to talk so to a gentleman who is my guest. Stop it, this instant, or I shall discharge you," said the Doctor. "Dr. Carlington, you sprise me! Am dis heah good-fo'-nothin little spindle legged thing yo' guest? 1's sorry for a 'spectable fambly, sah. But I aint goin' to take no mo' sass off 'n anything dat looks like dat. I'll bounce him if he opens his fool white mouf 'bout Miss Kate agin ; an' you'll jes' have to 'charge, dat's all. I aint goin' to 'low no gal vanized dwa'f to come 'round heah with no ins'lence to Slick Blackburn, an' don't you f orgit it you daddy slim legs, you!" turning to Clarence and beginning to disrobe preparatory to a threatened exhibition of muscle. Clarence was frightened, and seeing a policeman a block away motioned him to hasten to the scene. "You's done called fo' a p'liceman, has you you durned coward ?" sneered Slick. "Well, den, he don't come fo' nuflin. Take dat you soft headl Dat's fo' Slick Blackburn. Take dat fo' Miss Kate!" and the two boxes, one on either ear, set Clarence spinning and howling in the most undignified manner. "Dar's another f o' 'sultin de Doctah by bein' hisgues'fandthe blow blacked Clar ence's eye and knocked him down. Slick sprang upon him with "Now I's gwine to give you a good lickin' on behalf of de c'munity;" and was pounding away when the dilatory policeman arrived and pulled the irate Afro-American off. Dr. Carlington, who had never before known Slick to be angry or disobedi ent, was paralyzed with astonishment. Slick's proceedings had been so exceed ing expeditious that even had the Doc tor not been dazed and had he been willing to incur the risk of interfering, interference would have been impossi ble. Clarence was carried into the house by some of the men who had come running to see the fight. He was not seriously hurt but he was terrified almost to the point of insanity, and he was badly disfigured. Slick had, in actual fact, "spiled" the young man's "dandy clo's." The coachman was really an import ant person in the politics of the city on account of his influence over the voters of his own color; so it was not difficult for him to give satisfactory bail and avoid what he would have regarded as an everlasting disgrace imprisonment in the city jail; and as it was only rea sonable that the presence of Clarence as prosecuting witness should be re quired, Slick's case was indefinitely postponed, to be taken up when his victim should be ready, if ever, to ap pear in police court and testify to hav ing been thrashed, and to be cross-examined as to what he had been thrashed for. The shrewd Afro-American sur mised correctly that this would never take place, and that he might rest in perfect security from any tribulation with the law. When Mrs. Carlington heard that her coachman had dared assault her hus band's guest, that guest being a mem ber of one of the richest and therefore one of the most respectable families in the state, and that guest, moreover, having it in his power to help or to in jure the Carlington finances, she was greatly shocked, and seeking the bruised Clarence's presence, was profuse in her apologies, and bitter, not to say fierce, in her denunciation of "such insolent conduct on the part of a negro servant," ! whom she peremptorily ordered the Doctor to discharge "instantly." She declared she would not tolerate Slick's impudent presence a single moment. The Doctor, who, save as he feared the effect of the affair upon his chances of renewing the opera house mortgage, was, secrectly, rather pleased with Slick's display of 4 'science, ' 'assured Mrs. Carlington that the offending coach man had not only been already dis charged but had been taken to jail; at which news Mrs. Carlington was de lighted, and Clarence expressed sullen satisfaction. The young man. was obliged to re main in the house several days, as ho did not care to be seen with so dis mantled physiognomy, but in the mean time he wrote to his father that Dr. Carlington's coachman, a burly drunken negro,"had attempted to rob him and had made a vicious attack upon him to that end, but that the brave scion of the house of Diegtl had beaten the scoundrel into insensibility and arrested him, and was remaining in Cobden a few days in order to appear as a wit ness against the villain. In the same truthful communication he also said that Dr. Carlington was secretly a Peo ple's party man, and it would be better not to renew the mortgage; and sug gested that his father should write a letter to him, Clarence, telling him that it would be useless to devote further attention to the Carlington matter as the company had found that it would be unable to renew any more mort gages; and that Dr. Carlington should lose no time in seeking a new loan else where. The epistle also suggested that the opera house would be good prop erty to buy in under foreclosure while prices were down. By the time he was m condition to be seen out of doors, the proposed letter had arrived, and upon taking his leave, with profuse thanks the Doctor having declined all com pensationhe showed the letter to his host. The Doctor was greatly worried; and, when he had informed her, Mrs. Carlington was so incensed that her charms had produced so little effect on the young man, that she declared him a poltroon in not even attempting to defend himself when assaulted; and sending for Slick, she forthwith re instated her coachman and drove all over the city that very afternoon Eassing several times the Commercial otel. This also worried the Doctor, for he knew that it destroyed all hope of a reconsideration of the refusal to extend his loan. Next day Clarence went home. (To be continued.) Issues of the Hour. Editor Advocate: The time will soon be at hand when the People's party must, through its various conventions, again make a publio statement of the principles for which it contends. Thou sands are giving the matter of the next Populist platform county, state or na tionalthoughtful consideration. Shall that platform cover more or lesa ground than formerly? Shall it be longer or shorter, broader or narrower? I believe the mission of the People's party to be what I wish it. I believe the People's party has risen not merely to correct evils which have grown up with our sys tem of government but to so modify that system that such evila cannot exist. I believe the mission of the People's party is to virtually replace our present social system by one which will make the bar barous aocial conditions now found throughout our broad land impossible. Whatever the work which Populists pro pose to accomplish through their party organization, they should outline that work in their party platforms. I doubt if the length of that platform is a mat ter of much consequence if made as brief as is consistent with a fall expression. The work of the People's party is for human society as a whole and not for individuals or classes as such. No change can be consistently made in aocial conditions through political re forms without asking the consent and assistance of these who are to be af fected by the change. Logically, then, the first step in the work of reform u the extension 62 suffrage so that all, without distinction of race color or sax, may assist in the fullest pooaibla man ner. Having enfranchised our entire adult population there should next be provided the most efficient means of securing political reforms. There is no need of a further demonstration that our representative legislative bodies are practically useless as instruments for the accomplishment of reform work. Legis lative power should be taken from rep resentative bodies and be given directly to the people as the second step m the great work of reform. With universal suffrage and direct leg islation secured to the people, the work of reconstructing society in the interest of an advanced civilization may be be gun. The money question, the transporta tion question and the land question may now be considered singly or collectively. Probably a single proposition favoring the ownership of all publio utilities by the people and their use solely for pub lio benefit would cover the ground here. They are all publio utilities and should be owned and operated by the people. The labor question will now demand consideration. Labor must be guar anteed employment with a wage mea sured by the power of production. Last will come that unique question which worries politicians and vexes plat form makers, the relation of society to the liquor traffic. The liquor question is not properly an economio question, but it is so closely related to economio questions that it too must be solved. It is perilous to ignore it. It cannot long be ignored. It is political wisdom to grapple with it at once. To hesitate is to yield an advantage hard to regain. The People's party need not hope to avoid this issue. It need not think to postpone -it till other questions are settled. The liquor question is to-day knocking as loudly as any other at the door of the national conscience. It is wifdom for Populists to let it in and range it with the others in the party platform. If the People's party would satisfy all demands for organized politi cal action, as it should, no question will be ignored which is deemed of import ance by a considerable portion of our people. The platform of the People's party would, then, 83 a conclusion of the fore going discussion, contain: First A plank proposing universal suffrage without a distinction of sex. Second A plank proposing direct leg islation. Third A plank- proposing publio ownership and operation of publio utili ties, such as a money system, a trans portation system, and land. Fourth A plank proposing to guar antee to labor employment and a wage measured by the power of production. Fifth A plank proposing to abolish the liquor traffic by supplying at cost the legitimate demand for liquors through state agencies. In Kansas the existing laws need be disturbed only to remove the element of profit from all sales, unless there should later be a demand for an enlarged use of liquors. M. J. Wells. Woodston, Km. Prosperity. Editor Advocate: Our prosperity is once more restored through confidence by the repeal of the Sherman law. Such a glorious thought! now the poor la borers of this nation, especially of the west, who have not had a day's work since its repeal, can console themselves that confidence is restored and prosper ity osce more prevails! How it brings forth an abundance of the necessaries of lifd for the support of their families, and how happy they must be to know that Wall street's dear wish was gratified! The republicans while in power na tionally enacted the Sherman law which, resulted so disastrously and came so near precipitating this great nation on the rocks of destruction, but for the timely appearance of Grover on the scene of aotien who submitted the ques tion to Wall street (his dictators) and was instructed to immediately convene congress in extra session and demand of them the immediate repeal of the pur chasing olause of the; Sherman law, after which confidence would prevail over our land and the people be lifted from an impending mire. Well, that ounce of brain at Washington we call president did their bidding to a finish, notwith standing the millions of protests from the labor and wealth producing class of the west Their protests were scorned and ridiculed and amounted to naught in the eyes of the president and his fol lowers. The good times that were to come by the repeal of this law are etill coming, but they are not coming the farmers' way. Bat Wall street's appetite is appeased, and so the president draws a long breath of relief and leans back in his chair, slackens the reins of govern ment and once more the confidence of Wall street is sustained in him. If 50, 000 petitions from the laborers of the west be sent the president, a deaf ear is turned to every one of them; but let one Wall street money broker pull the string that is tied to Cleveland's nose, and he is up in a moment ready to convene con gress or open the gates of the treasury, issue bonds or anything that the dear people (Wall street) want. While the people who foot the bill are rudely pushed aside and any protest from them is treated with scorn. What is the next scene in Cleveland's side Bhow? Congress is in session and the senators and representatives are fresh from the people. Something must be stirred up like the Hawaiian muddle or the old bone of contention the tariff to divert the minds of senators and representatives from the living issues of the day for fear something will be dona for the relief of the people. They now say the finance question is settled, now give it time. For the Lord's sake how much time does it take? That time will never come as long as our finances are muddled up in the interest of the money lords, as they now are. Men must be men, not mummies, and think for themselves and vote for themselves. Drop all prejudice and think of them selves only as American citizens with the best interests of their country at heart, end not as democrats, or republicans, or Populists, or any other partyites. Too many men blindly follow their party,' never stopping to think or read any other way only as their party masters dictate. Men must learn to vote for men who are not bound liver and soul to the money power of this and foreign coun tries. 0. A. 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