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THE ADVOCATE, "'""IKS "Ti' Aim TOPEEA TMBUITE. OFFICIAL STATE PAPER. XT. IS,. P. A PUBU8HID 1YZBY WEDNXSDAT BT THE ADVOCATE PUBLISHES CO'JPAXY, Boomi 43 and 45 Knox Bonding, TOPZXA, - - - EAW3AS. $1.00 PER YEAH. ADVEBTL9ING RATE3. For tingle Insertion : Display matter, 20 cent! rr line, 14 Hoes to the inch. Beadlns notJass, 40 cents per line. Discount for loc-ume oon-racta, ilnd. Rural Press Assoo'n, P.Q.VAsVunT.Mgr. Boyoe Building. Intsred at the poatofflce at Topeka, Kansas, as second class matter. WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 1894. If the Ooxey army accomplishes nothing else, it may cause congress to disperse through fright, which would be better than to prolong the record they are making. Thi Populists are afraid the republicans are going to steal some of their calamity thunder. We think their fears are ground less. The republicans committed that folly onoe before. Emporia Republican, April 25, 181. What did they do it for "once be fore!" Was it because they believed in the principles they stole, or did they steal them to deceive somebody? It is all right for ex-President Harrison to look sad and solemn and wise while he speaks of the hard times and charges it all up to this administration; but when the politi cal history of the century shall have been written, read and understood, Mr. Harrison and his colleagues will be duly charged with a very large share of the blame for this trouble. All this talk of the fear of Popu lists that republicans will steal their thunder is the merest bosh. The formulation of the principles of the Populist platform, practically as it stands to-day, dates back to the or ganization of the Farmers' Alliance. These principles have been alter nately ridiculed and adopted by re publicans from that day to this. They first tried ridicule to defeat them. Failing in that, they adopted them in their platforms as a means of deceiv ing voters. It matters not to Popu lists what they do. Oontinued op position and ridicule of our princi ples are sure to work defeat, and every indorsement of them is a con fession that we have been right and that they have been wrong. Let them steal all they wish to of our thunder. Every piece of stolen property of that kind found in their possession is evidence of their hypoc risy and dishonesty, and will only multiply their disasters. ''WHAT COIEYISif MEANS." The State Journal of April 24 has a very fair and candid editorial re lating to the Coxey movement under the above title. After reciting the history of the movement and noting the change of sentiment in regard to it since it baa become apparent that the sympathies of the people along the line of march are with it, the Journal says: These men were made desperate by the persistent refusal of the people's congress to recognize the people's voice, or to apply a successful remedy to help the unem ployed. The eontageous spirit has been fostered by an ever ready congressional eagerness to bend the knee of servitude to, and answer the demands of Wall street and the capitalists. Wall street never makes a plea that goes unnoticed and seldom one that is refused. Legislation is hers to oom mand, and congress sits in mighty dignity and waita until the golden cord is pulled. It has seemed easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the poor and unemployed to find hope or haven within the walls of the oapitol. It will be a strong appeal to congress to legis late for others than the rich, to keep down the bonded indebtedness of the country, to restrict immigration, and to give the peo ple better roads. Its great result, if result there be, will be to compel oongress and the president to give ear to those who need legislation most; to those to whom it means not greater profits, more luxury, but work, food, olothing, nay, very existenoe. The Kansas City Journal of April 22 also has a very candid editorial upon the "grave situation" now con fronting the American people. After referring to the orderly character of the Coxey army and the sympathy of the people, the Journal says: And now the moral: These people are out of work, out of money and out of food, because, as they believe, from oonsequenoea of legislation past and proposed by con gress. They have petitioned in vain, as they think, and in desperation have re solved to carry their petitions in their per sons to the oapitol. They are doing so orderly, and with respect to persons, prop erty and the publio peace. If our publio authorities, municipal, oorporate, state or national, are wise and just, they will not turn this popular sympathy into demonstrations like those at Omaha and Counoil Bluffs. For years the old greenback and union labor parties, and later, the People's party, have been calling at tention to the discriminations against the masses and in the interest of the classes. Not only that, they have predicted the very conditions with which we are now confronted. They have predicted that if there should not be a change in the policy of this government, and if the rights of the common people should not receive some attention, the government would be overthrown by a revolution simi lar to those by which tyranny and oppression have been rebuked in other times and in other lands. What has been the answer to these claims and these predictions! Those who have foreseen these conditions approaching, and have foretold their consequences, have been ridiculed and denounced as fanatics and cal amity shriekers. It has been per sistently denied that the conditions existed, except in the imagination of a few visionaries who were seeking notoriety and political preferment When the People's party convention at Omaha in 1892 uttered the declar ation, "We meet in the midst of a na tion brort to tha vcrgs of corsJ, political and material ruin," that declaration was the butt of ridicule by the press and stump speakers of the old parties from Maine to Cali fornia. What more has the People's party ever claimed than is now ad mitted by the quotations from these two great republican dailies? These same papers have not only persist ently denied the discriminations which they now admit, they have all along sustained congress and the ad ministration m their course, declar ing that everything was all right, and joined in the clamor against the calamity howlers, who were pointing out these discriminations and warn ing the people against the dangers of their continuance. Now, when the pent-up fires ol the people's wrath are about to burst forth into a con suming flame, when the dangers that have been foretold are imminent, these public teachers tardily recog nize the stubborn facts, and feebly call for justice. It is better late than never, and we should be glad to recognize this acknowledgement of the righteousness and justice of our demands during the four years in which we have been engaged in this work, and to welcome the influence of these journals in behalf of justice for the common people, if we could believe it sincere and likely to con tinue. Had the republican party taken a firm stand four years ago against the aggressions of Wall street and in behalf of the people, the People's party would never have been born. To-day, however, this same republican party, as it has been for years, is the mere tool of corpo rations and of organized capital, and the two journals from which we have quoted cannot continue this demand for justice to the people and remain in good standing with the party to which they now adhere. What Coxeyism really means may be summed up in a very few words. It means justice or something else. What else? Let the history of the past answer. THE RIGHT OF PETITION. The Capital, in the course of a blood and thunder editorial concern ing the Coxey movement, in the issue of April 25, says: A petition from the people to those in power is always in order. Bat a petition aooompanied by the threats that fill the talk of the oommonweal leaders and their anarohistio friends who remain at home be comes simply inoipient rebellion. We sat in the gallery of the United States senate in August last and saw multitudes of petitions presented by sage senators protesting against the repeal of the Sherman law without the enactment of some compensating legislation for the increase of the currency. Those petitions were pig eonholed as fast as presented, and never afterwards saw the light of day. The same thing is true no mat ter what may be the subject of peti tion unless it comes from some de partment of organized capital. In that case it never fails to receive re spectful and servile consideration. This talk about the right of petition as belonging to poor men seeking re lief from the oppressions of organ ized greed is the merest bosh. Im agine some one arising in the con vention of 1776 on the day in which the fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and reminding them that "a petition from the people to those in power is always in order, but a petition accompanied by threats becomes incipient rebel lion." The people have petitioned until they have become tired of it, as the fathers had in '76, and now, as then, it is seen that something else must be done, or they must submit to be slaves. If this Coxey movement ter minates otherwise than peaceably, others than Coxey and his followers will be responsible for it. They have demonstrated their peaceable inten tions every day and every hour of their progress. The blindness and brutality of organized greed may precipitate a conflict, but if it does, the responsibility must rest where it rightfully belongs. NONSENSICAL HYPOCRISY.. The Coxey army of tramps is a purely democratic phenomenon, and an ugly one. When the workingmen of the United States get one more ohanoe, they will relegate that party whose principles are the legitimate manufactory of tramps, so far to the rear that it will oeaae to be a factor in Ameri can politics, until the present generation passes away and a new one shall have sprung up that will have to be educated, even as this one has been. Kansas City Gazette, April 21. Bosh. The editor of the Gazette, who is a republican candidate for governor of Kansas, would undoubt edly like to stuff this nonsense down the throats of Kansas voters. As an answer to it take the following from the Globe-Democrat, of April 23: Ex-Gov. RusseU of Massachusetts has an artiole in the May Forum to show that the demooratio party during the present administration has kept faith with the country. The party has done nothing be yond accepting certain republican financial and parliamentary ideas. To keep faith with the best interests of the country it should take its republican medicine more rapidly, if not more gracefully. These republican authorities should get together. The paragraph from the Globe-Democrat states a fact when it says the democratic party "has done nothing beyond accepting certain republican financial and par liamentary ideas," and those ideas carried into practice by republicans and democrats alike are responsible for the conditions that exist to-day. The two parties are both sausage from the same dog, all hashed and stuffed with the same machine. Thi sumptuous banqueting of Eelley's army from one end of Iowa to the other does not look much like proverty among the farmers of that great republican com monwealth. Capital, April 24. Their is no poverty among farmers in food products. Nature has not yet allied herself with plutocrats and monopolists, and the earth still yields her bounties indiscriminately to all who have access to the soil. Thejrs is a poverty of opportunity to dis pose of surplus products at a price above cost, and, we regret to say it, there has also been a poverty of good sense in continuing to vote, year after year, for the parties that have brought this condition upon them. There are indications of recovery, however, from this latter species of poverty, end recovery from that will soon k-d to laivcrsal recovery.