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AN IMPORTANT CONTEST. The Kansas Democrat, published at Hiawatha, and, by the way, one of the fairest and beet democratic pa pers in the state, in its issne of Jnne 21, declares its abandonment of the democratic party. It will hereafter support the trne principles of democ racy as expressed in the Populist platforms. From the editorial an nouncing the change we clip the fol lowing: Two years ago, when the democratic party oame into power, it was in a position to have wiped out the Populist party by giting the people the reforms they de manded and whioh the Chicago platform promised. Instead of bringing baok its followers who had gone into the Populist movement, its course has served to strengthem them in their new allegiance and to reinforoe them with many who still believed the democratic party was the party of the peorle. It had pledged the people legislation in behalf of silver; its uncondi tional repeal of the Sherman law oompleted silver's overthrow. Ik promised the repeal of the tax on state banks; it has killed with out debate a bill looking to that end. Its shibboleth was tariff reform; it has a bill now pending that no tariff reformer can defend. Having repudiated its platform we do not Bee how it can again go before the people under its present leadership with its record of broken promises and expect the people to believe in its sincerity. We believe the Populist party stands to day the party of the people; we admire it for its pluok, earnestness and enthusiasm with whioh it is meeting the questions of the day and when its convention at Topeka declared in favor of equal suffrage, we d oided to support its ticket and it will be found at the head of these oolumna during the present campaign. Think of that for a former demo crat. Carry the tidings to David Overmeyer. "BICH IN iPBOMISE BUT POOR IN PRO DUCTION." E. G. Dun & Co.'s weekly review of trade says: The week has been rich in promise but poor in production. It has promised that exports of gold would cease, but they have not. It has promised that the end of the ooal strike would bring immediate reoovery of industrials, but partial resumption of work discloses comparative scantiness of demand for production. This has been the trouble, not only of the past week, but of many years of republican and democratic rule. They have "been rich in promise but poor in production," save in the pro duction of millionaires and paupers, of low prices of the products of in dustry, and of enforced idleness of producers. People have been fed upon promises until the diet has be come stale, and there is a somewhat stalwart demand just now for some thing more substantial. THE VOICE OF CAPITALISM. The Trade Index is a journal pub lished at Kansas City, Mo., and said to be "in the interests of the mer chants of the great West." There is good reason to believe that the senti ments contained in the issue of June 15 are not in the interests of the mer chants or any other class of people in the "great West." There is good reason to believe that they are not the sentiments of a majority of the merchants or of any other class of the people of the "great West." Here is what the editor says: The Axaaricsa people are &i children playing with matches around an open keg of powder. We have Europe for an exam ple as to what will eventually be our fate if we waste any more sympathy on tramps and outlaws. Tramps! Yes. They were offered work and wages and refused it, and every mother's son of them ought to be chained to a cannon ball and put on a rook pile for the next six months, and the governors of Kansas and Colorado be yoked together with chains and balls to do duty for double time for the enoouragement and protection they have offered these law-breakers. As to the outlaws called strikers, only one rem edy, and that cannon ball and small arms to wipe the entire lot off the earth. Give them no quarter. Show no meroy to a lot of roughs who won't work or allow others to work, as these sooundrela are doing. Now, there is nothing revolution ary about that, is there t Suppose the Advocate were to contain a mild suggestion of some such treatment as is here suggested to be applied to mine-owners and millionaires; what would our republican and democratic friends say? What a howl there would be, to be sure. It should require no extended ar gument to convince the people of this country of the necessity of a change of governmental policy. The whole country to-day is shaken by the turmoil of the prevailing labor agitation. The spirit of unrest is everywhere. We are in the very midst of a revolution. The condi tions now prevailing have come upon us gradually as the result of causes long ago established and in constant operation for many years. The same causes that produced these condi tions will never remedy the evils. There must be a change, and the voters of the country must effect it peaceably at the ballot box or it will have to be effected by other means. Will the people take warning from the voice of history or must history again repeat itself in America? Coscibmsmas Cbablis Curtis, of Topeka and all Kansas, has mads a phenomenal reoord in his first term in the house. He has got more bills through a demooratio house than all the Populist representatives put together. Capital, June 22. And why shouldn't he? His bills are all democratic bills, and there is no reason why a democratic house should reject them. The value of a congressman cannot be measured by the number of bills he gets through the house in these days. The less we have of the kind of bills that can go through the present house the better for the people. By the way, what is the prospect for Mr. Curtis' bill to justify homicide, and the one to revise the English language and supercede Webster? The Concordia Empire of May 3 contained this bit of information: Following is a list of the Marshall oounty delegates to the congressional convention. Mr. Calderbead was allowed the privilege of naming them: W. II. Smith, Charles F. I'usch, J. W. Kinney, S. Reed. R. S. Craft, K. A. Berry, W. Hawk. Allen Reed, George W. Willis, John II. Trout, K. W. Hemphill, R. S. I'auly, E. Iientley. Who couldn't get a nomination for congress if he could be allowed the privilege of naming all the delegates to the convention? Tni republican platform of Penn gylvsnia deaaadi that eilvcr b$ re stored as standard money to the place where it was prior to 1873, and that the currency be increased to at least $10 per capita. Kansas repub licans are opposed to an increase of the currency and they don't know what they want to dowith silver. What is the genuine, simon-pure, sure-enough republican doctrine on the finance question? Who can tell? A citizen of Denver, in conversa tion with a Topeka man, recently ob served that there was one redeeming feature in the sending of "deputies" to Cripple Creek. There was not a murder or crime of any magnitude committed in Denver while they were gone. "Since the Populists gained con trol I am just a ljttle ashamed of my state. When strangers ask me where I am from, I avoid the question and say I am from the West." E. N. Morrill, candidate for governor. We observe that some papers, both Populist and republican, are running what they call an "equal suffrage column." We desire to say that all the columns of the Advocate are equal suffrage columns. If any sane man can tell why a Populist senator should vote for a duty on sugar, we should like to hear from him. Those votes by Senators Allen and Kyle make the average Populist very weary. NOTES AND COMMENT. Speaking of congress abolishing the sugar duty reminds one of the frog threatening to swallow an ox. Populists will be very glad to hear that John J. Ingalla now indorses both Morrill and hit alleged platform. Without abandoning the liquor dis pensary system South Carolina now tol erates joints joint debates between Governor Tillman and Senator Butler Seventy-three commonwealers were tried in Denver for seizing a Union Pa cific engine. One was sentenced to jail for (our months, six for thirty days each, and ihe remainder were discharged. The house committee on elections has at last decided that Colonel Moore shall represent the Second Kansas district. This will give Foghorn Funston time to come home and tight for a renomination. When Carl Browne went into the cap itol at Washington last Saturday to distribute Coxey campaign badges he was stopped by the police and threat ened with arrest for distributing "ad vertising matter." The air in the senate chamber be came so foul the other day that Senator Call took off his shoes and elevated his socks to the top of his desk. If old socks are to be used as a disinfectant they ought to be taxed. Ei-Senator B. W. Perkins died at his home in Washington, Jnne 20. He was an Ohioan by birth, and was 02 years old. lie was appointed by Governor Hum phrey in 1892 to fill the unexpired term of Senator Plumb and had lived in Washington since then. Ilia estate is valued at (50,000. The more Jerry Simpson roasts his opponents in the house the more they respect him. When he appeared on the floor last Saturday, for the first time in several wesks, he was grtstsd with a swna cx t jpixasv Ha raj cxiy ghost of his former self but he had lcit none of hia popularity. Oa Thursday Senator Allan ekinaod Senator Chandler of New Hatapshixs, La a colloquy over the tariff on lumbar, J then Peffar raked Uill ever the coali in a little scrap over income-tax. Thc. i moesbacka simply make asszs of than - selves when they attempt to argaa with or bully a thoroughbred Pop. The democratic state silver ; convex - ventionheld in Omaha, Neb., June 21, was attended by 1,000 delegates and a large number of visitors. They per fected a strong organization and re solved to make silver the supreme i&raa in the state. At night Congressman Bryan spoke to an audience of 4,500 peo ple, and set them wild with enthusiasm by indorsing the action of the Populib'j in congress. 44 We need money and wa need food," said he. "We are hungry for silver and we mast have it and will have it, whether it is mined in Colored or falls from heaven." That's all there is left of democracy in Nebraska. Tho Truth Peeps Oat. Amid the universal howl now raked by the daily press anent the "ignorant foreigners" who constitute the sole ma terial out of which the army of the un employed recruits itaalf, and who rict in our coal fields because they enjoy ths fun of being slaughtered by the gatliag gun, the cold, hard voice of fact finds it diffloult to get a hearing. Yet occasion ally the truth peeps out. Mr. Stead, for instance, has told us that out of 100, picked out of a crowd of 2,000 unem ployed in Chicago, fifty-nine were na tive born Americans, and It must be re membered that Chicago is an exception ally "foreign city. Now comes Mr. E. R. L. Gould, in this same number of the Forum, with a detailed account of "How Baltimore Furnished Tramps and Helped the Idle." In 1892 the polio a stations of Baltimore gave accommoda tion to 25,132 homeless wanderers; in 1893 the number had increased to 39, 07Gand the good people of Baltimore found it necessary to rise to the occa sion. Among other things they eatab- listed a "wayfarers' lodge" in January last, and the inmates, during the first twents days of February, proved to ba as follows: 50 per cent, were native born Americans; 17 per cent, were of Irish birth; 9 per cent, were Germans, C per cent, were English and 3j.f Scotch. And the nrutal Italians? The bloodthirsty Huns, the Slavs, etc., of whom we read so much? Well, they furnished the alarming proportion of 54 per cent.; 45J4 per cent, of the visitors were be tween the ages of 20 and 30, showing that it is the men who are in the very prime of life that are often suffering the most; iO)i per cent, professed skilled trades. The visitors are set to break ing stones, and eight hours work may earn $1, which is the limit price for a day's pay. Mr. Gould expressed the opinion that "there is no doubt that, after the experience gained, the experi ment could be repeated upon a larger scale and with even greater success. An essential feature, however, would be the purchase of a liberal supply of stone be fore the winter set in." Such is the cheery conclusion of an article which we can honestly recommend as a never failing antidote to find $iecU peaaimisra. Stone is surely plentiful enough, and to long as the supply holds oat, ths com monwealth is safe. Twentieth Century , June 21. The leading commercial school of the great Southwest, Wichita GammerclsJ csr-Y.rr.c.A.:':. ' ',.;.