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THE ADVOCATE. CONCERNING KANSAS. NOTES. Jerry Simpson's health has greatly improved during the past week. The Riley county convention will be held at Manhattan, May 31, with seventy-one delegates. Two more newspaper souls have been saved. The Downs World and the Madi son Index will be Populist in the future. Frank R. Forrest and Joseph Taggart are to hold a joint discussion on the finance and tariff qieatioas at Brook villa, Siline county, neit Saturday even ing. Iloch's boom for the governor nomina tion has about flattened out. It was a poor, little, sickly thing when it was hnm. and it never crew very much. At least, most of the republican delegates are being instructed for Morrill Fletcher Meredith, who has a record almost equal to that of Congressman Breckenridge, has been nominated for the legislature in the Hutchinson dis trict in opposition to the Hutchinson News, a paper of his own party. Senator Leedy gloriea in the distinc tion of representing the petitioners for equitable railroad rates before the board of railroad commissioners. Mr. Leedy may have been charged with doing more than he really did toward the rata move ment, but he is not a man who sits around and talks without acting. Dispatches have been sent out from Topeka stating that there was no inter est manifested here regarding the Coxey movement. This is false. It signifies the most intense interest when audiences gather two or three times a week and listen to the repetition of long-winded speeches until the speakers sink from sheer exhaustion. Cherokee county has a rival for the championship belt. In Osborne county Bloom township's vote was, Populist, 80; republican, 13; and the vote of Winfleld township, same county, was Populist, 54; republican, 8. But this record from South Shirley, Cloud county, beats 'em all. II. H. Young reports it: Populists, 84; republicans, 1; democrats, 000,000,000. A circular from Mrs. Johns says: "The question of whether or not women should be enfranchised ia to be debated in Wichita on the evening of June 20. The high contending parties to be Rev. Annie II. Shaw for the affirmative and T. B. Wall for the negative. Both sides of this important question will get a thorough airing on this occasion. The forensic power of Dr. Shaw and Judge Wall ia considerable. This event is awaited with much interest." The best plan the republicans could adopt in order to redeem Kansas would be to pay baok some of the money and property their officials have stolen from the state in past years. Here is another example: The books of the Osawatomie asylum show that in 1800 that institu tion received 30,666 bushels of coal, in 1891, 11,104 bushels, and in 1892, 8,158 bushels, and the consumption for 1893 was about the same as for the previous year. There is no reason why the insti tution needed more coal in 1891 and 1882 than in the last twoyeaxs. Now the question is, who got the proceeds of the coal that was stolen from there. The Railroad Assessment. It would take one man's time to keep track of the numerous misrepresenta tions that are being made to throw dis credit upon the present managemsnt of state affairs. The State Journal em phasizes the assertion that the board of railroad assessors have conceived a plan to reduce the assessment on rail road property and to conceal their ac tions until after the state convention, and perhaps until after the election. To prove this the Journal calls atten tion to and misconstrues a circular re cently sent out by Auditor Prather to county clerks, drawing from this circu lar the conclusion that "this reform ad ministration propose to openly violate the law in regard to the railroad assess ment making the excuse that it has always been done and that if they obeyed the law too muoh money would be collected from the railroads. The circular to county clerks explains itself. It is aa follows: Dzab Sib: The board of railroad asses sors met aooording to law on the third Mon day in this (April) month, organized and adjourned until the May 22, for the purpose of giving railroad companies time to send in the rest of their returns, and also gave the secretary of the board time to procure what information could be gathered from the oounty olerks as to the assessment. This year real estate is valued and the board desires to know whether there will be any material change from two years ago on real estate, and if personal property will vary from last year. We have heard from some counties whore the valuations have been reduced. The general revenue fund of 3 5 mills, and the interest fund of .2 mills are fixed by law, and the board of equaliza tion oan not change them. The board of equalization last year reduced the current university fund from .2 to .1 mills, making a total of 3.8 mills. The law says property must be assessed at its actual cash value but no penalty is attached, henoe it is never done, and if it was we would have a larger amount of money taken from the tax payers and piled up in the treasury not needed. The legislature must take some action before assessments oan be made at actual cash value without doing the people an injustice. Please give me what inform ation you possess and oblige. Weaver 8peaks Plainly. The agitation in favor of nominating General Weaver for congress in the Sixth district, in case be ehouldjmove to Beloit, as he thought seriously of doing, was practically stopped, for the time be icg t least, by the following letter from the general to Chairman Briedenthal. It ia dated April 23: Mr Dzab Sib: I have been requested by a large number of citizens residing in fully one-halt of the counties composing the Sixth congressional district of your stats to move into the district, stating it to be their purpose to make me their candidate for oongress at the ensuing election; more re quests are still being received daily by every mail. While it is true that I have been more or less identified with the reform work in Kansas for the past fifteen years, and have repeatedly met the people of said district, I oould not seriously oonBider the request unless it were made with practical unanimity, and I would then have to feel that oompllance with the request would be conducive to good feeling everywhere throughout the state. Kansas must be car ried this fall; and no friend of humanity will, at this critical juncture, do anything whioh might, by any possibility, lead to dis oord or dissension. While I feel prof oundly grateful for the high oompliment whioh so many of the people of the Sixth district have paid me by requesting my settlement among them, yet feeling that there might arise among our friends some objection to the movement, I consider it my duty to ds oline the most generous and complimentary offer. You can count on every effort on my part, as well as on the part of every friend I have In the world, to secure a glorious victory in Kansas, and I shall work unceasingly to that end. Fraternally yours, J. B. WlAVBB. DuttenHoute.Topeka.Ks., 11.25-41 .50 per day Boasting Senator Wolcott. Since the extra session, when Senator Wolcott was representing the silver in- teresta of theJWestern states, something has transpired to change the senator's views regarding the labor question. On April 26, he addressed the senate in opposition to Allen's resolution favoring respectful treatment to the common wealers. This quotation is sufficient to show the tone of Wolcott's speech: I am tired of this talk of natural demon stration. In Colorado to day, orushed and humiliated as she is by the action of con gress, I venture to Bay no man is suffering because he oan find no work, or no willing handu to assist in supporting him until work oan be found for him. I believe the time has oome when those of us who are in publio life ought to begin to oultivate more regard for the perpetuity of republican in stitutions and to pander less to that mis called portion of the labor vote, whose labor is with their throats and never with their hands. The speech has aroused indignation among people of all parties, many of whom are disgusted with the senator's inconsistency. The Kansas sentiment regarding it is very well expressed in the following letter by S. II. Snider, super intendent of insurance: Senator Wolcott, Washington, D. C. : Dbab Sib: Your utterances on the floor of the United States senate, April 26, (as given in the press dispatches) in your speeoh in opposition to Mr. Allen's "Coxey Resolution" challenges an emphatio pro test from every loyal, intelligent American who reads the same. When you say there is to-day "no man who sincerely desires to work for the support of himself and family, who oan not obtain work," you plaoe your self positively in one of three positions, i. e. you are ignorant of the present conditions of not only your own state but this whole country, or you knowingly prevarioate, or you feel that so august (?) a personage as a United States senator is too far removed from the common people who oompose the majority of his oonstituenoy, to be under any obligations to heed their petitions or protests. If the first or last position be true, you are unfit to represent a body of Ameri can people; if the seoond, the sooner you are impeaohed the better, because the people are thinking and arriving at oonvictions and settled conclusions with greater rapidity than ever before, and they will not muoh longer tolerate disloyalty to pledges given and gauzy exouses in plaoe of integrity in their sooallid representatives. The Coxey movement is not the result of a session of legislation but of years of en actments by just such individuals as you and your plutooratio colleagues, by your own words, prove yourselves to be. You have been legislating for the power in this land represented by a minority of its citi zens, i. e., wealth. No refusal to listen to their petitions has ever been made , no matter in what form they came; no effort has ever been made to protect the city of Washington, the national treasury, or the balls of congress against their insiduous entrance; at their diotation we have had forced upon us a contraction of the cur rency; combines, trusts and monopolies of every kind and description have been fos tered; a high protective war tariff given them (under the guise of "protection of American labor") and under this system these highly protected industries have caused to be shipped into this oountry Italian pauper la borers, who have no oonoeption or knowl edge of our form of government, to sup plant loyal American citizens whose skill, labor and enterprise has made the gigantio fortunes arising out of this system whioh sophistry has called their protection. Ameri can citizens, sons of fathers who fought in revolutions whioh gave birth to the prin ciples of what would be the grandest gov. ernment on earth if administered as the will of the masses dictated; such men, ac cording to you, your oolleagues and a sub sidized press, are vagabonds, because, on account of conditions brought upon them by vioious legislation enacted by men they trusted, they have no visible means of sup port. For years they have petitioned congress for relief, but their written petitions have been utterly ignored; now they oome, peace ably, in person to ask that their rights be respeoted and petitions oonaidered. They form the largest body of personal petitioners which has ever gone to the national capital, and though in comparison with our whole popu lation their number may seem small, yet it is net, for baok of them are millions whose hearts beat in sympathy with them. They are only the oommittee. They are not men of the wont element of the oountry, but are true citizens, loving liberty, home, and a government of the people. Men who real ize, as do their sympathizers, that as the oreature is not greater than the creator, oongress must be amenable to the power whioh created it, and nine-tenths of the people are to-day demanding relief at its hands. In view of the above facts whioh should be patent to every unbiased, thinking man, we demand for them a most respectful and cordial hearing. I am, sir, yours truly, S. H. Smidsr. Topeka, Kas., April 27, 1894. Reform School Investigation. Superintendent Hitchcock, of the Boys' Reform school near Topeka, is being investigated for alleged abusive treatment of the inmates of the school. The complaints were made by different persons and Noah Allen is conducting the aggressive side of the case. Some of the evicence given is very damaging to the superintendent, but both sides of the the case have not yet been heard. What Is It? Editor Advocate: Is it patriotism that imbues President Cleveland that, causes him to rest as stolid and motion less as one of the many marble statues in Washington, while the whole inter esta of a nation of 70 million people, along with the lives of individuals, are being murdered? Is it Jeffersonian democracy or Lincoln republicanism that is bracing this latter-day Nero to sacrifice this nation to the golden image in Wall street, while he pays off bis thugs in patronage-pie? Is he and his pie eating congress, so blind, so devoid of reason and justice, that they for a moment suppose that they, with the damnable laws of their own making, can "check" this whole people, while they hurry this nation over the road to eternal perdition, with no word or action of the people in remonstrance? Is every other interest of this broad dominion to be sacrificed for blood-sucking, life-eating bonds for bank-sharks? Where is the hope for the life of this nation if not invested in the people? Is it vested in a president whose greedy money-maw seems to crave the earth and the fullness thereof? Is it vested in any congress, whioh, upon the whole, has perjured itself for the past thirty years? Who now wonders at the great, good Lincoln, writing his friend in Illinois: "I tremble for my country?" Had the bankers of New York a right to repair to Washington in a Pullman special train to petition Mr. Cleveland to veto the seigniorage bill? Certainly. Have the Coxeyites the right to walk there, hundreds of miles through snow, rain and mud, to petition a perfidious congress for relief? "By the eternal," we shall see. As long as the common weal ere go in order and peace, I am sure that the beet wishes and eympathy of a large majority of the people are with them. May the old Liberty ball catch on to the resonant tones of the weary footsteps of the commonwealers and ring out a new Declaration of Independ ence that will be a loving pride of all Americans. Jim M. Kane. P. S. All of our friends here are ask ing for the kind blessings of heaven for your Washington correspondent, Mrs. Anna L. Diggs, particularly for her last letter in the Advocate on Coxey. J. M. K.