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CONCERNING KANSAS. NOTES. The annual stata poultry show will ba held in Topeka, January 8 to 13. Some Council Grove speculators have taken a notion that there is a natural oil tank underneath them, and are pre pariig to bore for oil A. W. Little, wh was tried at Olathe for the killing of Lawyer Johnson over a year ago, waa acquitted of the charge of murder. He pleaded self-defense. Joseph Moore, republican, secured hia election aa representative the Silina district by promising the democrats to vote for Overmeyer for United States senator. It is wbiapecred that a majority of tha next Kansas hous will be resub missionists and the prohib. who forgot bia party on election day is becoming alarmed. U. M. Lawrenc?, republican represen tative elect of the S xty seventh dis trict, Sedgwick county, died last Satur day. H. W. Ruble, Populist, is the pres ent member from that district. A spe cial election will ba called. Dr. McCacey has resigned bis position as superintendent cf the Topeka Insane asylum, but the supreme court has en joint d the board of charities from ap pointing a successor until the casa of Dr. Eastman shall have been tried and decided. The North Central Kansas Teachers' association met at Abilene last week and elected J. W. Hullinger,of Junction City, president; J. II. Nioely, Abilene, vice-president; Mrs. Carson, Clay Can ter, secretary, and A. Henry Minneap olis, treasurer. The Abilene papers tell of a republi can jamboree in Abilene, a banquet given to celebrate their lata viotory, which was paid for with funds col lected for charitable purposes. And Riv. Birnard Kelley was there in all his glory and hypocritical piety. A Leavenworth scheme, probably hatched by Jim Legate, is to have the legislature appropriate $50,000 to reim burse Leavenworth for the amount paid to secure the location of the National Soldier' home. A circular has tbeen sent to all the Grand Army posts in the state, asking their aid in the matter. The contest for the state printership seems to ba between J. K. Hudson, George W. Crane, E. W. Hooh, El Greer, and several minor candidates. The old-time dynamiters ought to rally around Greer, but unfortunately for him. the chief conspirator of the gang of '83, Henry Booth, was defeated this year. E. W. Hooh, the Marion Sunday school politician, uses the term ' Christ mas tree politicians" to designate those who bob up for appointments after a republican viotory. Tee term waa in vented to apply to those who get on the political Caristmaa tree and hang there till they get knocked off. Hoch ia one of 'em. The meetirg cf the state board of ag riculture to be held in Topeka January 9 to 11, will be devoted largely to the subject of irrigation. The saoretary counts on the attendance of 0 H. Ling street of Kearney oaunty, George M Manger of Greeawood, Caanoellor Snow of the state university, A. B. Mont gomery of Sherman, Senator Shearer of Marshal), Prof. Hilton, E)bert Hay and other experienced irrigationists. It is cot fair to judge womankind in general by the class of women that bob up at every opportunity and get posi tions of publio employment by appoint ment or otherwise. Of course, it ia a severe drawback to the suffrage move ment in Kansas that a brace of females in a publio institution can keep up a continuous wrangle during a campaign to tha dire detriment of tha party re sponsible for their appointment. Yet it may be hoped that with the realization of equal "snffraga that class would be relegated to obscurity by their own sex, just sa the masculine riff raff which al ways comes to the surface with the suc cess of a new movement must be rele gated. What shall be said of the Colo rado women who voted out the party that shared the fruits of its viotory with them, ia another qiestion. That seems to be a lack of intelligence. The Official Canvass. Tha canvassing of the state election returns has been delayed by tha failure of a few county clerks to sand in their returns as instructed by the secretary of state, and by tha errors of other county darts. In cases where there were discrepancies in tha clerks' state ments, the secretary of state reported the errors back and called for a cor rected statement, instead cf making cor rections himself or leaving the matter for tha board to straighten out, aa has been done heretofore. It appears that in soma cases the county trustees obeyed tha instructions of Chairman L)land and made an "ex aggeration" in favor of tha republican candidates, for fear the election would be close. For example, in Phillips county, errors were made in the count on five offices of the state ticket, that is, in five cases tha republican candidate was oredited with more votes than were cast for I im and the Populist was given less than were cast for him. Strange that all these errors should have been made in favor of one side. So it was dona in many republican counties, but seeing that the result would be safely republi can, tha county olerks in most cases made the necessary corrections before reporting to the secretary of state. The "exaggeration" in Phillips county had increased the average republican majority from 22 to over 100. Nation il Committee Meeting. Chairman Taubeneck has called a meeting of the national committeemen, and invited ohairman of state com mittees, members of the National Re form Press association, Populist sena tors and- senators elect, congressmen and congressmen-elect, and all other Populists who desire to attend, to be at the He dell hotel in St. Lmis, November 28 and 29. In his call he says: "Tha object of this meeting is to map out a policy for an educational campaign between cow and tha next national con vention, and any other business which may coma before the committee. The committee will discuss and 'act upon every phase of tha present political and industrial situation of the country. Tnia will be the moat important mealing held since tha Omaha convention." "Mrs. Parker's Complete House keeper" comprises nearly 500 pages filled with illustrations, and is very at tractive bound in boards, withachromo lithographed cover in colors. Sie an nouncement ia Mother oolamn. NOT VEBY "8LI3IY." H. B. Kelly Writes to Sol Miller, the Troy Blackguard and Republican Leader. If this should meet the eyes of Bill Hack ney, T. L. Boni, Dr. Buds, H. B. Kelly, and a few others of that stamp, we would like to know how they are feeling. When men, thinking their party in a desperate strait, try to make cheap capital by trying to start a stampede agiinst it, they must feel ohesp and slimy when they find themselves floun dering in the ditoh, after the triumphant procession has gone by. Troy Chief. My Dear Milleb: I have co objec tion to letting you know how I am feel ing. Of course, a measure of disappoint ment and chagrin always follows defeat where victory may have reasonably been expected. B at where conviction leads to tha cause of right and justice, tem porary defeat seldom does, and caver should, lead a man to regret hia course. A man feels "cheap and slimy" in mat ters touching the election franchise and partisan filiation only when his ballot represents prejudice instead of prin ciple, party instead of patriotism, and re venge instead of reason. Political parties are cot founded upon good fellowship, nor upon the superior purity of one set of men over another, nor can they exist long upon the an tiquity of names and sham pretenses. Tney must rely upon living vital issues that are of interest to tha public A measure, once a wise policy, may, by change cf conditions, become unwise and pernicious in general application. The great principles of the republican party, national sovereignty, maintenance of the union, destruction of ohattel slav ery, a free ballot and payment of all ob ligations growing out of tha prosecution of the war for the Union, have all become accepted, even though some, like the prohibitory law, may cot ba lived up to. These achievements wa cow "point to with pride," but they constitute co part of the living questions of the present. Two measures McKinley tariff and the gold standard neither of which in volvea principle, but both of which are mere qaestions of policy, are all that re mains of republican creed, these having been injected by special interests to be subserved under the specious plea of "protection to labor," and "honest money." The manufacturing and money loaning sections as buyers of agricultural staples have through the plea of "hon est money" fastened the single gold standard of values upon this country, enabling them thereby to secure the raw products of agricuture at the lowest range of prices in a world market by a world standard. These same interests paid for and framed a bill, to shut out world competition, giving them the ex clusive privilege of the American mar ket for the sale of their wares. Thus the manufacturer makes his purchaaea of raw material and labor in a market where the world competes, while selling these same classes his goods in a market where tar.ffj ehut out the world and trusts determine prices. Tariff having ceased to protect labor cf shops or farm, proteots nothing but trusts and profits of manufacturer. With these two instru ment?, gold standard and McKinley tariff a, the farmer ia selling short and buying long resulting in a fierce strug gle by the farmers for existence, while tha industries working these ..instru ments through the republican party, have made millionairera of their man agera and stockholdirs. A man never feels "cheap and slimy," when ha has conscientiously discharged his duty as a citizsn;but when stimu lated only by hop of a place at the pis counter, or when making a campaign, of personal abuse, slander and villification while touching publio'queations, assum ing an attitude false to tha interests of the people of the state, he would doubt less feel "cheap and slimy." The.corporations have not only camped within the folds of tha republican party, but they have taken possession and have become the party dictators. Name and not principles gave viotory to the party the present year. Victory, how ever, that will ba reversed in a couple of years, that being time sufficient to de monstrate tha hollo wnesa of promises, to "check shrinking values, to restore prices, re establish confidence, put money in circulation, bring good times, close tha joints and jails the gamblers." Thesa promises of the campaign by republi cans will stand unredeemed and defeat the party in the election of 1806. Re spectfully, H. B. Kelly. About Alfalfa. Tha report of tha Kansas department of agriculture for November, just issued, ia a handbook of 210 pagea devoted to akalfa, its history, characteristic?, culti vation, worth and uses, discussed by the most scientifio observers and praotioal growers and users in the twelve alfalfa producing states and territories of the union. Probably at co previous time in tha history of tha central wast, or tha re gion west of th Missouri river and east ward of the continental divide, and es pecially in Kansas and Nebraska, have tha agricultural population taken suoh an intense and intelligent interest aa cow in tha question of what crops are best adapted to their conditions of lo cality, soil and climate, and the methods best calculated to give adequate returns for values invasted in their production. One of those crops upon which the larg est measure of new interest has'centerad during the past year or more, in Kansas, is alfalfa, and the yields and profits real ized from its growth in many counties, reported by gentlemen of the highest in tegrity, unmistakably indicate that in this plant, a large area, if cot all of Kan sas, has un agricultural acquisition of tremendoua importance. The November report, upon which Secretary Coburn and hia clerical force hava bean at work for several weeki will be of great interest to tha agricultural ists of the state. Sorghum. Joseph Daniels, of Hiattvill, Kas., claims to have made $31.75 in one year, from the sorghum crop of a plat .of ground containing six square roda less than an acre. Tha story ia told in the Capital: "Ha stripped the leaves from the cane and tied it in bundles for feed, obtaining one ton. Ha topped the stalks and haul ing them to a common syrup mill near by and hired it made into syrnp, obtain ing 183 gallons; he threshed the seed, ob taining forty-four bushels. The product of that plat of ground thus footed up aa follows: One ton of fodder. 16; 183 gal lons of syrup at 25 cents, $45 75; forty four bushels of seed at 50 cents, $22; total $73 75. "It will be seen that the estimated value of the items are low with the ex ception (f the ton of fodder or blades. The syrup is worth from 30 to 40 cents per gallon, and he expects to realzs cot laea than 75 cents per bushel for hia cane seed. Tha latter item alone would in crease the total to $84 75." "How to be Your Own Lawyer," over 500 pagea, u a work which should be In the house of every farmer, mechanic and merchant. S announcement in another column.