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$1.00 A YEAS. REDEEMER MORRILL. NOT ONLY AN USUEEB BUT A COLD-BLOODED LAND BHAEX. H8 Extorted Money Irom Poor Home steadersA Eecord That Ought to Drive Him Irom Decent Society, It takes more than, sensational cam paign utterances to prove a man a crimi nal after ha has made a practice of con fining his business acts to the require ments of the law. Yet R. N. Morrill, candidate for governor, stands convicted of the most inhuman selfishness and cruelty to his fellow men that could be practiced within the bounds of law. lie stands charged by his neighbors of hav ing made false statements to the assessor in order to avoid paying his just share of taxes, and of having collected usurious interest from the poor. He may be a law-abiding man but in these days it takes mere qualifications than that to gain a man the confidence and respect of the people of Kansas. A man may stand up for law, as Bhylock of old did, and be a villain still. The matter of Mr. Morrill avoiding the payment of taxes on his possessions and of praoticiig usury we leave for the future and pay attention to his rec ord of robbing the homestead settlers of Kansas. The facta stated below, to gether with the affidavits corroborating them, were published by the Washing ton Republic, in a locality where hun dreds of witnesses stand ready to verify them. Those who do cot con sider this statement satisfactory should write to L. J. Sprengle, Washington, Kas,, for a list of names of those who have been swindled by E. N. MorrilL There is plenty of time in which to do so before deciding as to whether he is a fit man for governor of Kansas: In aid of thebuildingof theSt Joseph & Denver City railroad, the general gov eminent by act of congress granted to said railroad company IK million acres of land through portions of Marshall and Washington counties Kansas, and several southern counties in Nebraska. The original grant consisted of every odd numbered section for ten mile on each side of the railroad through the territory named, which had cot already been settled on through homestead, pre emption, etc. As many of these lands had been settled on, the railroad was given an additional ten mile on each side of the original grant from which out of the odd numbered sections it could se lect enough land to make good all that was lacking in the original grant. This last concession was known as the 'in ctemnity limit" or grant, so called be TOPEKA, KANSAS, cause it was to indemnify the railroad oompany for the shortage in the original grant. The original grant was dated March 21, 1870, but the land office at Concordia did not receive the word until April 15, 1870. May 14, 1870, the said railway com pany mortgaged its lands to the Farm ers' Loan & Trust company, of New York for S million dollars. In oourse of time this mortgage was foreclosed, and August 30, 1876, was bought in by what was known as the "purchasing committee" September 23, 1876, this "purchasing committee" deeded the lands to the Kansas & Nebraska Rail way oompany. The same day the latter issued a "deed of trust" to Henry M. Batterworth and Charles W. Hassler, trustees, to a large part of the lands. December 20 of the same year, 1876, the trustees gave a power of attorney to Alfred Mitchell, a Wall street million aire, empowering him in their names to sell the lands. Morrill & Janes, bankers and real estate men of Hiawatha, Kas., were made the agents for the sale of the lands by Mitchell, and as Mr. Janes' part of the business was to run the bank, Mr. Morrill bad charge of the real estate business of the firm, and that he had practically unlimited powar to fix prices and dispose of the lands will shortly appear. The spring of 1870 was when the great bulk of Washington county was homestaaded, and the number of tracts entered between the date of the land grant, March 21,1870, and the time the land office at Concordia was first notified of the grant, viz , April 14, 1870, was very large. These settlers went ahead and improved their places, totally unconscious of the lines that were work ing and being worked to finally deprive many of them of their homes. At that time few newspapers were read by the settlers, because few were published and they were too poor to buy them had they been obtainable. Hence it was a long time before many of them learned that there were adverse claims to their lands. hxnb7 speebs experience. "Static of Kansas, ) Washington County. ) Henry Speers, of lawful age being first duly sworn deposes and says: I am a resident of Washington county, residing on the north half of the northwest quar ter and north half of the northeast quar ter, section 31, township 1, range 2, which I homesteaded in 1871, it having pretiously been filed on. In 1872 1 got notice that my homestead entry was cancelled and that I had ninety days in which to appeal I, with others who had been served with similar notice, made the appeal and in 1872 Mrs. Eliza Taylor, who then resided on the same cscticn of land I did, received word from SEPTEMBER 19,1894. the land cfflce that her land "had been relieved of suspension," and as her land had been filed on the same day mine was, I took it for granted that mice had also been releived. I paid no attention to the matter and in 1877 went to the county se at and made my "proof" papers before John A. Bull, clerk of the court I paid the usual fee and proof notico was published. I received my final re ceipt in due time, end in 1870 1 sent this receipt to the landcffice and asked for my patent. I was notified some weeks after ward that my homestead entry and final receipt had been cancelled, and that the land had been patented to the St. Joe Sc Denver City Railroad company. Just about that time one A. Q. Speer came to my place stating that he had been sent out by Morrill & Janes to appraise all the lands claimed by them and also the improvements. I ran him off the place, bat reconsidering, I called him back and told him if his principals bad any claim on the land that they would doubtless have it appraised any way. But I was naturally incensed over the matter as it was my home and I had staked my all on it. He told me that he would intercede with Morrill in my be half, and would tell Morrill that he had discovered he and I were related, and that Morrill might thereby do a little better by me than he otherwise would. Later I found that he had cot forgotten his promise, for I received a letter from Mr. Morrill in which he stated that Mr. Speer had spoken particularly about my case. He offered me a deed to the land for $80. Th ereupon I spoke to my neigh bor, T. W. Baird, whose land was simi larly clouded. We went to Washington, the county seat and asked Law yer T. J. Humes what we had better do in the matter. He advised buying. Believing that the whole busi ness was a steal, we concluded that the best thing to do was to send Mr. Humes to see Morrill and have matters arranged in a legal way. This we did as soon as we could "rustle" the money, part of which I borrowed from J.W.Taylor, then a resident of Haddam, my nearest postoffice and trading place. Mr. Humes went to Hiawatha and found to hia as tonishment that Morrill had raised the price on me to $160. This was only a few weeks after receiving word that I could hare it for $30. I sent the money I just as soon as I could secure it, and I want to say that on account of disposing of everything I could spare, I had noth ing left with which to buy sufficient clothing for the following winter, and as a consequence myself and family nearly froze to death that winter. To this day I never get cold but that I feel like abusing E. N. Morrill. Mr. Humes told Morrill that he hadn't ought to be hard on Spers,as ha had rabsd the OFFICIAL STATE PAPEB. money as soon as he could, and that ha wanted the land for a home, and didn't want anything against it. Morrill r pked that I had waited too long and ha would do no better. Thereupon Mr. Humes paid him the $30, and Morrill prepared a bond for a deed, and two cotes of 040 each for me to elgn and entrusted Mr. Humes with the bond. I signed the notes and Mr. Humes gave ma the bond, remarking: "Henry, you bed better put the bond on record risbt away, for there is no telling what tha old d 1 might take a notion to do. "Mrs. Taylor above referred to in du.i time obtained a patent for her land, but notwithstanding that fact the party io whom I afterward sold the laid as hsr administrator had to pay Morrill $1C0 for a quit claim deed. I know of cmy in my neighborhood who had to even mortgage their farms in order to git the same kind of a cloud removed from their titles by Morrill. I know of other oates where money was paid to Morrill for the same purpose, even after a patent had bees issued to the purty living on the land, and in nearly every case it worked a hardship. "My brother-in-law, Martin L. Bower, homesteaded the same day I did, I acci dentally saw a list of the Morrill & Jizzi land for sale in this county. Amonjf them wa3 that of Mr. Bower the north west quarter section 7, township 2 range 2. Knowing that he had proved up and had hia final receipt, but had cot received his patent, I became uneasy and wrote to him, he being at that tima temporarily in Illinois. At that time I wrote to Morrill to know what it would cost for the deed, stating that Bower wa3 an old soldier and all that he had in the world was this land. Morrill replied that under the circumstances he would deed to Mr. Bower for $100. About that time I heard by the merest acci dent that one John Swicson living cost Cuba, Republic county, Kas., had de posited $480 for Bowers' land. Imme diately I wrote to Morrill to know bow I should send the $100. On the 14th of Jane I received word to send it by draft and that he would have to have it by June 17.' I had no time to loaa, and started to ride my horae to Washington, without going home. I stopped at Will Qray's and he put a horse in and W3 hitched to his wagon and drove to Jacob Blocker's to get him to go to Washis ton with us to help secure the money He said he had 225, and he nnhesitat ingly advanced it, so we only had to borrow $175. This we borrowed cf H. 0. Sprengle and sent the draft that me j day through Fred Heads bank, and the :i saved my friend's home. And yet & v tell me 'Morrill is thsfrlatdcf thecU soldiar.' don't believe a word of is. They cay we got geed hom3 from Mcr Continued on page it.