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The advocate. [volume] (Topeka, Kan.) 1894-1897, October 17, 1894, Image 4

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40 cents per Una. Discount for long-time eon-rasta.
)Ind. Rural Press Aacoe'n,
Boyoe Building.
Entered at the poitofflceat Topeka, Kansas, as
seoond el&si matter.
First district .. .H.C Solomon
Second district Frank L. Wlllard
Third district J-D;,BStkl
Fourth district .8. M. Scott
Filth distrlot w,v!olin iJ1"
Sixth district Bk"
Seventh distrlot Jerry Simpson
At-Large. W. A. Harris
For Governor. .L. D. Jewelling
For Associate Justice George W. Clark
For Lieutenant Governor D. I.
For Secretary of State. . . J. W. Amis
For Auditor of State V?APJ&!T
For Treasurer of State W. H. Biddle
For Attorney General John T. Little
For Superintendent of Publlo Instruction
Tmx republican managers are still
raking the sewers.
Investigations are being made to
find what interest Jim Legate and
Pete Kline had with Morrill in the
land frauds.
It is neck and neck between Over
raver and Pickering. Beta are being
offered that Pickering will have the
more votes of the two, for governor.
Pets Kline, the great republican
high priest of purity and redemption,
is now in jail in St. Louis for forg
err, but his associates are still at
Tia solicitude of the Kansas City
Times just now for the enforcement
of the prohibitory law in Kansas is
truly pathetic It is quite enough to
bring tears to the eyes of a "big In
jun" cigar sign.
How would a Kansas man feel if
he should go east and have to admit
that a common land swindler and
blackmailer had been elected gov
ernor of his state! He would prob
ably say he was "from the West."
A favoeitb expression of the
"stand-up" orators is that the
republican party has the co"2rr3
of its convictions. - That nzil Gc.-ja
that it has about the same amount of
courage as it has of convictions. To
be mors explicitit has neither courage
nor convictions. It hasn't expressed
itself clearly on a single point this
year except irrigation.
Although the matter of the Pullman
car assessment has been explained
so fully that republican editors are
getting ashamed that it was ever
mentioned, local 'liars are still mak
ing what capital they can out of it.
A correspondent at Groveland, Kas.,
writes the Advocate; "I have been
informed by a republican that Gov
ernor Lewelling lowered the assess
ment rate on Pullman palace cars
and raised it on common coaches."
The governor is not a member of
the board of railroad assessors or of
the board of equalization and has
nothing whatever to do with the
The campaign liars at republican
headquarters overlooked several im
portant facts when they sprung this
First There were never any taxes
on sleeping cars collected under re
publican administration. The Pull
man company had no occasion to
trouble itself about an adjustment
of the assessment rate .so long as it
was not paying taxes.
Second The railroad companies
said in their statement to the board
of assessors that they were part own
ers of the Pullman cars and this
necessitated classing these cars with
railroad property.
The republican assessors had as
sessed first-class Pullman sleepers at
$6,000 and had not collected the tax.
Attorney General Ives instituted suit
to collect the tax, and after the case
going to the United States supreme
court, and being decided in favor of
the btate, the taxes were paid.
In 1893 the owners of the Pullman
cars represented that during the
World's Fair year they were using
their oldest and worst-worn cars in
Kansas and their best ones in the
East It was just as fair for an as
sessor to heed the statement of the
owner of a sleeping car as to consider
the statement of a farmer with re
gard to his property, yet that year
the cars were assessed $1,000 higher
than the value at which they were
given, and they were still $1,500
lower than they had been the year
before. The tourist cars, which were
represented to be of the same class
as theretofore used in the state, were
raised in valuation along with other
railroad property. These tourist cars
were valued the same in the assess
ment of 1894 while the first-class
sleepers were raised in valuation to
Now since these standard sleepers
were classed with railroad property,
and the board was equalizing the
different kinds of (railroad property,
they had a full right to lower the
value on these cars and raise it on
other items. And the decrease is al
most nothing as compared with the
increase cn other railroad property.
Thi tctrl decrease on the Pullman
c:r3 r.rr.cmiad to fwarcely 2,C0Q to
the whole state, while many counties
received more than that . in increase
on other railroad property. It must
also be remembered that there are
less sleepers of all kinds running in
the state than there were several
years ago, and also thatfcn some roads
the Pullman has been replaced by
the Wagner car, which accounts for a
part of the falling off in amount of
the Pullman company taxes.
Let us now compare the assess
ment of cars by the republican board
of 1892 with that of the board of
Standard sleepers, each $6 000
Tourist sleepers, each. 1 600
Dining cars, each 2 000
Average 13 166
Standard sleepers, each Jo 000
Tourist sleepers, each 3 000
Dining cars, each 3 500
Average 13 833
To show that the sleepers were
assessed in common with other rail
road property, we find the following
entry in the proceedings of the old
board, on page 423 of Auditor
Hovey's report of, 1892:
Resolved, Thai standard Bleeping oars,
owned by the Pullman Palace Car com
pany and by the railroad companies, or by
the railroad companies and Pullman Palace
Car oompany jointly, and used in the state
of Kansas, be assessed at $6,000 each, and
tourist oars, owned as above at $1,500 each.
But the greatest humbug con
nected with this matter is the rot
about the board of 1893 raising the
valuation on the poor man's car and
lowering it on the rich man's car.
Did anybody ever hear of the as
sessed valuation of a car having any
thing to do with determining the
fare or the cost to the passenger in
any way? It is the very silliest non
sense and yet this is all the argu
ment they have tried to get out of it
Perhaps those who use this argu
ment can explain what is shown on
page 422 of the auditor's report for
1891-'92, viz: That dining cars
owned by the railroad companies
were assessed at $4,000, while those
called Pullman dining cars were as
sessed at $2,000.
As to the members of the Populist
board of assessors .having been in
fluenced by passes', from the Pullman
company, we can only say that there
is nothing to indicate the truth of it
while there is evidence to show that
at least so far as the governor is
concerned there is no truth in it what
ever. A letter from the governor's
pnvate secretary, Fred J. Close,
which has been published in a num
ber of papers, covers this ground.
We quote from it as follows:
So far as the trip to Chicago is concerned,
I was myself with the governor and paid
for the berth that he and I occupied and he
paid me one-half of that amount baok. In
the first plaoe we had a berth for which I
had paid and we gave that up to a lady and
went into the other ear and paid for another
berth. Our republican friends try to make
muoh over the fact that the board of asses
sors reduced the few Pullman palace cars
that run through this state because they
felt that they were assessed too high. Have
you heard of any of these papers giving
credit to that same board for having raised
the assessment on all railroad property in
the state over 9 million dollars? Our re
publican brethren stem to be straining at
a gnat and swallowing a camel, but it only
shows the desperate straits to which they
are jrat for campaign thunder. They Lava
ccthiaj ia tbeir pkiforca ox thoix candi
dates that reoommenda them to the people
and so must resort to vile, slanderous mis-,
representations in order to try to hold the
few that they have left.
Governor Lewelling and Attorney
General Little may have laid them
selves open to the criticism of many
wise and honest people by deigning
to notice the villainous charges made
by the hired henchmen of the repub
lican state committee, but a serious
consideration will bring most people
to the conclusion that they have done
the proper thing. It is all right for
a citizen to proceed on the legal
maxim that a man is innocent until
proven guilty, but a public official is
unmindful of the rights of his con
stituents, and especially of his party
supporters, if he allows a misrepre
sentation of his official life to go un
noticed. The republican campaign is being
run by the most conscienceless and
charaoterless gang of scoundrels that
ever disgraced a community, yet
there are thousands of hon
est citizens in the state who
do not know that Although
the people of Kansas are far
better posted in politics than those of
any other state in the Union, thou
sands of our voters do all their read
ing during the campaign. These are
confronted week after week with the
lies this despicable gang have put
out They grow anxious to know
how muoh truth is in the statements
and are not satisfied with a denial
from any other source than the per
son accused. Haying heard a denial
from that source, and seeing no
speck of proof to sustain the accusa
tions made, if they can overcome
their prejudice they will naturally
sympathize with the person who has
been maligned.
Having manfully told the public
that the charges of corruption
against them are false, our officials
can go ahead and confidently expect
that the good people of Kansas will
not encourage lying by voting for the
Tnx republican central committee
has been getting out a new supple
ment for republican newspapers of
the state. We are beginning to re
ceive copies of it in our republican
exchanges. It contains all the let
ters, interviews with Mrs. Lease and
other Populists, and all the scandals
of former supplements except the
Pilcher scandal. What's the matter
with thatt Surely this party of pur
ity is not going to abandon such cam
paign material as the Populist bar
barism at the Winfield asylum.
Stand by your stuff, gentlemen; it is
all you have.
Isn't it a somewhat remarkable
circumstance, if the present adminis
tration is defending the gamblers
and joint keepers, and if the repub
lican party and its candidates are the
implacable enemies of these outlaws
that they pretend to be, that every
last gambler and jointist should be
opposing the re-election of his friends
aLcl putting campaign material into
the hands of his enemies in order to
help them succeed T Haven't the re-
Snblican managers got the plan of
isir campaign a little mixed!

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