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' '' VOL. VI, NO. 13. $1.00 A TEAK. TOPEKA, KANSAS, MARCH 28, 1894. OFFICIAL STATE PAPER. REVELRY AND MISERY. EAOH HAS ITS PLAOE AT THE NA TION'S CAPITAL Where Sweet Charity Discriminates Ed' tween Two Olasses of Poor, tha Worthy and Unworthy. Washington Correspondence. Aren't you tired of politics. I am. Lot ua talk society and fashion for a change. Not any country town, Ameri can backwoods style either, but way high up English style, such as we have here at Washington, don't you know. Why am I so frivolous ss to seek to tarn away your thoughts from immortal themes in this solemn Lenten season? I suppose itsbecauee solemnity and Lent failed to connect at the capital this year. How could we be pioua with all this regiment of sinful lobbyists badgering congress in the interest of tha sugar trust, the whiskey trust, the coal com bine and all the wicked rest of it right before our face and eyes? How could our congressmen keep track of holy days with all those "sugar stocks" and the other market upa and downs to be looked after? No, sir, it was out of the ques tion. Don't expect too much of human nature. There are only just so many hours in the day, so don't crowd con gressmen too hard; there was only just bare time for speculation and society this season. Seek not to uncover the secrets of their over-busy lives. Let their transactions remain' for the most part in executive session. It might be that some of them sank so far in sin as to eat meat instead of fan. But society has kept up. The stately receptions, the sumptuous etate dinners and the elegant parties, retired when Lent ar rived; they gave way to smaller parties, and more cf them, to theatre box parties and to every other conceivable species of gayety. The most popular paBtirae of the season was the "oharity" entertainment. In the name and grace of sweet charity society's grand dames became patron esses of musicales, readings and other divertisements, the proceeds of which went to the poor whom we have had more abundantly with us than ever be fore. Society has danced, sang and laughed much this hard, sad winter in bohalf of the poor. Society, as well as other people, and the newspapers, has ; drawn the line of favor and sympathy j between the "worthy poor" and the "un worthy poor." The worthy poor has seen better days, had never asked alms before, had been driven to it this year on account of threatened interference with the tariff, which brought on hard times. The worthy poor shrank from tilling of empty stomachs and no coal. Some of them were so beatifically worthy as to die of starvation without even hinting to their neighbors that they were tus sling with death. Society used $50 lace handerchiefs to wipe away a tear for such super mundane worth. But for those other creatures the "un worthy poor," society had only abhor rence and utter condemnation. The unworthy poor went out upon the street and told of their collapsed stomachs, told of little children crying for some of the bread which might have been made of the wheat which the farmers fed to their hogs, told of their human needs in a brazen, shameless fashion. The un worthy poor are shabby, disreputable, dirty looking people; they do not use Sear's toilet soap. They have been known to lie, yes, actually lie, incredible as this may seem to Senators Brice. Gor man and one or two others. Several times this winter these un worthy poor have violated the' rules of the "associated charities" and obtained bread and old clothes at more than one disbursing agency. Theyre repeaters, these shameless fellows are, to take two loaves of bread instead of one. Sooiety is humiliated that these unworthy poor belong to the human race. There is but one consolation therefor; the last vestige of humanity is rapidly disappearing from multitudes of them; they are becoming fiends with a nightmare of dynamite. Arrived at that last stage in their jour ney from innocent babyhood, whence every mother's son of them started, so- ciety owes it to itself to destroy the bomb-throwing monsters. Call out the military. Speculators in stock must be protected and society must "patronize" dolls fairs and private theatricals to give alms to the worthy poor. Speaking of our facilities for disposing of the unworthy poor after the fitful fever of life has reached the bomb throwing stage, reminds me that to-day our big thirteen-inch naval gun, the largest ever fired in America, is to be tested at Indian Head. Our elegant "Dolphin," which was ao recently snubbed by President Cleveland, will steam down the Potomac, bearing 150 congressmen, ever so many diplomats and distinguished gentlemen to see the firing and hear the big noise. About 16,000 worth of powder and other fixings will be used up to-day to show off our big gun. The secretary of the navy will be present and the whole a flair will be made as impressively patriotio as possi ble in order to impress congressmen with the immense practical value of the navy. Scores of congressmen will return from Indian Head just bursting with patriot ism, and full of loud boasting over our ability to lick any Britisher who sails the ocean blue. Down at the navy yard we are making (Continued on page 6.) IT WAS CHILLY. Weather Calculated to Cool the Ardor of the Commonweal Army. Massillion, Ohio, March 26. The severe cold weather and snow storm froze the vim out of General Coxey's army of the commonweal yesterday, and when the time came for the army to start to Washington a great many had disappeared. About, 100 of them, how ever, faced the storm and started out. Among the arrivals on Saturday was Douglaas A. MoCallom, who represents Mrs. Lease, and asked permission to have her address the army at Pittsburg, which Coxey refused. Henry Vincent, editor of the Chicago Express, also arrived. Not to exoeed a dozen had overcoats or gloves. They had slept Saturday night on pallets of straw in the airy and cheerless circus tent, and they were greeted yesterday morning by the dis agreeable discovery that no detailed ar rangements had been made for feeding them. Several hundred persons watched their departure from Massillion. About 3,000 persons assembled at the tempo rary camp at Reedurban and a host greeted the crusaders at Canton. A heavy snow storm set in before the de tails of the camp had been completed and the trampers are huddled around a roaring camp fire. About two-thirds of the men enlisted made the trip. Coxey has buried his disappointment over the non- appearance of the myriad he ex pected, and is exultant over the handful who reported for business. senator Stewart's advice. Washington, March 25. Senator Stewart, of Nevada, has sent Mr. Coxey the following message: "United States Senate, March 21 Dear Sir: The preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was entrusted to the people under the con stitution of the United States. A free ballot was the means by which the sovereign people could retain the rights acquired by the patriots who gained the independence and established the govern ment of the United States. There was a time when the ballot placed the con trol of the government in Washington's, Jefferson's, Jackson's and Lincoln's hands. Such use of the ballot sent terror and dismay to tyrants, despots and plundering oligarchies throughout the world. "The enemies of justice and human rights predicted that the success of the ballot was temporary; that man was not capable of self-government. The de struction of ancient republics and the repeated failures of the people to govern themselves was cited in proof of their contention that despotism, oppreeeion and slavery were the fate of the human race, 'mere have oeen no Washlnztons. Jeffersons, J&cksons or Lincolns elected president of the United States in tha two decades. Asoall'esa derpot of alien origin is monarch of ths commercial world. His name is money. Hia-lnstru- f ments of oppression are btniaESu--. bonds. His eervanta are administrative and legislative bodies. The army you are collecting used the ballot to put the army, the navy and the treasury departments under the con trol of banks and bond-holders and place in the halls of congress repre sentatives to do tha biddingof money changers. "The idea of November are approach ing. An opportunity for the people to strike for liberty will again be presented. The old parties, which have surrendered the rights of the people to the rula of of concentrated capital, will ask for a ' renewal of their lease of power at the ballot box. Every movement of the people to obtain relief outside the forms of law will be denounced as anarchy. The purse strings of the nation are held by congress under the dictation of the administration, and the president is commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States. The attempt of a starving multitude to march to Washington will furnish an excuse for using the power of the governments of states and of the United States to put down anarchy and insurrection. The vigor with whioh the laws will be executed against starving people will be argument in the next election for con tinuing in power concentrated capital as a necessity for the maintenance of law and order. "The sufferings of tha people are the result of electing men to office who do the bidding of the money powers, which have destroyed more than one-half of the metallic money of the world by legis lation, and corn si ad the other half. Twenty years of uninterrupted rule of banks and bondholders has concentrated ths wealth of the world in the hands of the few, and enabled them to seize the telegraph, the press and nearly every other avenue through which the people can obtain information of the cunninjr devices by which the parasites absorb what the masses produce. There is but one battlefield where the forces of liberty and equality can meet and overthrow the enemy of human rights. There is no law now on the statute books author izing the president of the United States to march an army against the people at the ballot box. Every attempt to place the ballot under control of federal au thority has thus far been successfully resisted. Let your army be reinforced by the millions of ths unemployed and by the wealth producers of the nation, and be thoroughly mobilized for the battle) in November, when a tlotcry for ' ; (Conlin vtdon nogt 8.) ! i i ; J Y 4