The Amy of the Commonweal.
Editor Advocate: Histor ia re
peating itself in our age. We have
maenad anoiner imuuiuuu. yvtiuu u
national life. Old partiea and policies
are worn out We have lived without
political or state reform for twenty-five
years, conservatism nas cnangea to
retrogression. The extremes have
touched. Radicalism must follow retro
gresaion. A new departure, a new align
ment of forces must be had. The prea
ent conditions mean death to all progress.
The old order is dying hard. It assumes
the role of a martyr, and will die with
out confessing its eins. We are m a
period of unprecedented decay. The ad
ministration, the congress, the courts,
. are devoid of the springs of intelligent
action; over all pervades an atmosphere
of hypocrisy and imbecility. Like Bel
ehazzar, they are feasting while the
Meads are approaching. With shame
leas disregard of the rights of the people,
the theory and traditions of popular
government, the rulers of the nation
have struck off at one blow mors than
half of an already short currency fund.
This is the greatest and most unjusti
fiable public crime of the century. A
gold standard and its incidents, a policy
of monarchial government, is adopted
without let or laave of the people, and
without any modification to meet the
altered conditions of a new and free
country. A false and unsettled issue
over tariff reform is kept up in congress
whioh allows a few "home industries" to
plunder and throw oat of employment,
a patient and long suffering people. Gov
eminent is held with its "nozzle against
the bank,1' away from the masses, for
fear that they will get the benefits of
or tne paternalism" that the gold-bugs
and home "industries" enjoy. The ma
ioritv must DUt UD with "individnaHam"
and "competition," while the minority
have the harvest fields of "paternalism"
and "monopoly." The attitude of gov
ernment in this country is no different
or better than monarchy. It is em
ployed to assist in the discrimination of
the few against the many. We have in
operation the converse of what popular
government should be. These wrongs
have not passed unnoticed and without
protest. The weak small voice is abroad
through the land. The word of warn
ing has gone forth. It has been drowned
in a confusion of tongues. A few true
men have spoken out m the national
council, but they have been jeered and
mocked. Petitions of grievance have
found their way into the waste basket
The people, the right, must not be heard.
This is a rule that has served absolut
ism for centuries, but they must and
will be heard.
The army of the commonweal is a pe
tition "in boots" to congress to correct
existing abuses insofar as that body can
do so. Nothing is asked but what con
gress has both a legal right and moral
obligation to do. The opposition to thia
army is on line with the opposition and
disregard of the people that have actuated
the national rulers for years. It differs
now only in being direct, instead of in
direct, as heretofore. Coxey's army
more nearly represents the people in
sentiment than the rulers row in power.
A Coxeyite who would not make a better
legislator than John Shermas, or presi
dent than Grover Cleveland, is unworthy
of a day's rations.
But what is the meaning of all this?
The meaning is that the people an
goaded to desperation. Wrong has been
borne from governmental agencies as
long as it can be well secured. The peo
ple of the colonies bore with government
Injury until it reached a point where j
they flew to dangers that they knew not !
of to escape the pressure of known evils.
The land is liable to blaze into war at
any moment if striking the fiint is kept
bo near the tinder.
If consrreaa would grant the relief
asked, and kings have granted more
to their incensed subjects, the army
would disband. But should not con-
ro33 do that, the army has the oonsti
tutional right to assemble and petition
it The constitution grants that right.
It was bought with the blood of the rev
olutionary fathers. If the army ia
chafed, it is a menace undoubtedly, but
if not chafed, it may be as harmless as
a petition from a remote constituency.
But though this army pass away, is there
not an example left behind for others to
follow? If present conditions do not
abate, it is liable to happen again, and
draw additional force and purpose. Evil
deeds bring evil incidents. The army is
a natural consequence of legislative evils.
As Satan could not conquer sin because
derived from him, neither can the pres
ent authority conquer the army because
derived from it
How can the conditions be removed?
Legally and constitutionally there ia but
one remedy, that ia the ballot The bal
lot has not done ita duty. If it had,
there would have been different rulers,
and juster ones. But a just and patri
otic use of the ballot might not always
avail to prevent the present conditions.
The electoral machinery is defective,
and should be amended. It lacks the
popular initiative or response in a great
many important particulars, and thia
lack has partially caused the present
conditions, and the muster of the army.
If the people had been permitted to take
a direct vote on the repeal of the "Sher
man law," or the veto of the "seignior-
age bill," or the rule for counting a
quorum, or the "Wilson bill," far differ
ent results would be recorded. The ser
vanta would not be above the masters.
The masters would not have to assemble
at Washington taonfront their recreant
Government is carried on in this way
in the republic of Switzerland. We
might profitably learn a lesson from this
little land of patriots and statesmen
that would at one and the same time
keep down arrogant authority and
render assembled democracy unneces
sary. As it was said years ago, so it may
now be said, "Eternal vigilance is the
prioe of liberty." Is there anyone so
dull as not to comprehend this? If bo,
let him look into the faces of his help
less family. Let him in this trial of the
passing of the "bitter cup" resolve to
stand olooe to the flag, and what it sym
bolizes. Lay aside prejudices and party.
Come out aa a patriot in times of peace
as he would in war, and help save the
only fabric of government in the world
worth saving. Do justice to the "tramp"
and the "millionaire," and see that they
do justice. The harvest of many fields
will sorn be garnered, or lost in the win
now of the threshing floor.
Cottonwood Falls, Kaa.
From the Wlnfleld Amendment Club.
Editor Advocatb: Tuesday even
ing, May 1, an equal suffrage contest was
held in Manning's opera house under the
auspices of the Winfield Amendment
club. This club numbers over 300 mem
bers. The exercises were ! introduced by
singing. The invocation was by Presi
dent Phillips of the Southwestern Kan
O. A. Hott a republican real estate
agent, spoke on the subject of "Woman
and Man." He referred to Columbus.
who could not sail on his voyage of dis
covery until he applied to and received
help from a woman. So it must ever be
woman who equips man for all great
voyages of life.
Dr. W. T. Wright, a physician of re
nown, who also ia a republican, spoke
upon "The Inalienable Rights of
Woman," and why they have bo long
been deprived of these rights. He says
woman has the same inherent rights as
man, and receives them from the same
The Rev. D. C. Hoover, a noted pro
hibitionist, spokj on the "Tyranny of
Prejudice." The ravages of prejudice
are found everywhere. Every new idea
is crucified on the cross of intolerance.
This will never be a free nation until all
the intelligence and patriotism have a
voice at the polls.
The Rev. E. P. Hickok, a republican,
and one of our best prohibition workers.
reoited "Two Stars." This was, in part,
original, and spoke very touchingly of
the only two stars on the woman's flag.
H. T. Trice, a stirring real real estate
agent, and a republican, took for his sub
ject "Women and Her Political Peers."
He illustrated with pictures in a pleas
The last contestant was a democrat,
our ex-mayor, P. H. Albright Kansas
has never known a mora thoroughly re
liable loan agent than he. Mr. Albright's
subject was, "The Indian and the Eggs."
The Indian could eat but six of the
seven eggs given him, so he gave one to
his wife. It is the brute in man that
opposes woman's suffrage. The most
intelligent men are in favor of it
While waiting for the decision of the
judges, J. C. Bradshaw, of the People's
party, editor of the Free Press, spoke on
the subject, "It Is Just, It Ia Right"
He gave a beautiful tribute to woman
The Rev. H. T. W. Kuehne, a republi
can, with pleasing remarks, presented
the prize, a beautiful bouquet tied with
yellew ribbon, to the successful contest
ant, the Rev. D. E. Hoover.
German Baptist Annual Meeting.
The annual meetinjr of the German Ban.
tist brethren will be held at Meveredale.
Pa., on the Pittsburg Division of the Bal
timore z Ohio railroad, oommenoinir May
For this oooasion the B. & 0. Railroad
oompany will sell excursion tioketa to Mb
ersdale and return from all stations on its
system of lines at rate of one first-class fare
for the round trip. From points east of
and including Pittsburff and Wheelinffth
tioketa will be sold from May 22 to 28
inclusive, and will be valid for return pass
age within thirty days from date of sale.
rom points west of Pittsburff and Wheel
ing the tioketa will be sold from 21 to 26
inclusive, and will be valid for return cas.
sage within thirty days from date of sale.
For time of trains, eto., address nearest
agenl of the B. & 0. Railroad oompany, or
0. P. MoCarty, Oen'l Pass. Agent, B, &0.
S. W. Railway, St Louis, Mo.; L. S. Allen,
Ass't Gen'l Pass. Agent, B. & 0. Railroad,
Chicago, 111.; E. D. Smith, Div. Pass.
Agent, B. 4 0. Railroad, Pitaaburg, Pa., or
B. F. Bond, Dir. Pass. Agent, B. & O. Rail
road, Baltimore, MdL; Cbaa. O. Soull, Gen'l
PaSfl. AffenL R. Ar. f RailwxaA P.lMmn.
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