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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.

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