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Tbe Facts In Begatd to the Death of J. L
Dodd at the Tojeka Asylum.
In a recent Issue the of J. I. Dodd
of Jewell county In the Topeka Asy
lum under suspicious circumstances
was reported. In this case as in all
others it is very hard to get at the
facts, a3 the attendants are taught that
it is their business to know nothing.
Five days before this trouble Dr. Dun
canson of Xenia, Kas., a patient, was
declared cured and ready for discharge.
He was formally discharged eleven
days after the trouble. He writes a
long letter to the Mankato Advocate
detailing the brutal incidents in con
nection with Dodd's death, from which
the following is taken. The men
Flint and Cludas were attendants and
were supposed to be taking care of the
lives of the patients Instead of hurry
ing them into their graves. The Doc
tor says:
"On Saturday morning, April 11, J.
I, Dodd was at breakfast with me,
took his medicine without trouble and
ate moderately. A little after 9 a. m.
I saw Dodd at the northeast hall door
rapping heavily and kicking lightly
and calling the Doctor to let him out
to go home. I tried to get Dodd to go
away, telling him Flint would get hold
of him soon, but Dodd'a mind was not
in a condition to be responsible and he
refused to take my advice. Soon Flint
went up behind Dodd, threw his right
arm in front of Dodd's throat, threw
Dodd's back onto Flint's right hip and
went south on the northeast hall drag
ging Dodd by the neck into the long
hall where he put Dodd into a
seat. Dodd soon returned to the
door and made more noise. Flint
brought Dodd away as before and
started west on the long hall toward
Dodd's room. After turning west into
the long hall Dodd slipped off Flint's
hip. I offered to help manage him,
but Flint refused help. Flint took
Dodd by the throat with Flint's right
hand, thrust Dodd's head against the
stone wall east pf door No. 19, threw
Dodd violently to the floor, dropped
onto Dodd's breast with his knees with
violence and all Flint's weight, slid
astride Dodd and choked him with
both hands until Dodd's hands fell.
Flint allowed Dodd to revive, helped
him up, told him to go to his room.
Dodd refused. Flint took Dodd over
his hip as before and started towards
Dodd's room. Dodd slipped off Flint's
hip as before and Flint took Dodd by
the throat and threw him violently to
the floor, jumped onto his breast as be
fore and choked him as before with
both hands. Charles Cludas asked Flint
to let him take Dodd to his room. Flint
told Cludas, "Keep your hands off, I
am going to conquer him." Flint
again helped Dodd up and tried to
drive him to his room. Dodd did not
know enough to give up and started
to go east. Flint was mad, Flint
again took Dodd by. the throat, threw
him violently to the floor and jumped
on Dodd with his knees as before and
commenced choking Dodd with both
hands as before, but seeing that Dodd
could not raise his hands, Flint jumped
up, grabbed the back of Dodd's coat
collar and dragged him into room 18
back downwards, Dodd's hands drag
ging on the floor. Flint shut the door
and I saw no more of J. I. Dodd.
Flint thrust his head out and called
Cluudas to shut the door. Cludas
came from near door No. 20 and
locked No. 18. No. 18 could not be
locked from the inside. While lock
ing 18 Cludas was called out and did
not return for perhaps ten or fifteen
minutes, leaving Flint locked in the
cell with Dodd. I stood near the door
18 and listened. There was not a
struggle. I heard Flint order Dodd to
get up. I heard three heavy blows
that sounded like kicks on a man's
ribs. I heard a groan full of agony
which may have come from Flint
when he saw the fatal results of his
cruelty. After a few minutes I heard
him put his victim onto the bed, then
all was quiet a few minutes. Flint
could not get out of No. 18 until
Cludas returned unlock the door.
Cludas attempted to go into No. 18,
but Flint pulled the door shut and
told Cludas to let Dodd alone awhile.
Flint did not bring the doctor at once,
but walked to and fro in the long hall
looking pale and frightened, and I felt
sure he had killed Dodd.
"In all the abuse that Dodd received
In my presence he showed no disposi
tionto strike or kick. His efforts
were directed to pulling at the cruel
hands that were shutting off his
breath. It seems most probable his
heart was ruptured by Flint jumping
on his breast with his knees while the
heart was tense with unusual exertion.
About a dozen intelligent patients saw
Dodd murdered, but not one dared to
report anything to Dr. Eastman. They
have no confidence in Eastman."
County Attorney Safford of Shawnee
county refuses to assist in the prosscu
tion of this man. Governor Morrill re
fuses to investigate the matter.
Superintendent Eastman neglects to
require humane treatment of patients.
The people should give the whole out
fit a vacation.
The Second District Situation.
The following in relation to the Second
district fight is taken from the Paola
"The dissatisfied Republicans of Doug
las and Wyandotte counties threaten to
bolt the nomination of Jack Harris for
Congress, and as these two counties give
the Republican majorities that insure a
Republican election the prospect of an
election of the opposition warms up
many and various candidates. The
Populist Congressional convention it will
be noticed is called for Ottawa, June 1G.
The candidates mentioned prominently
so far are Judge Little and Judge Durris,
of Johnson county, Senator Taylor
and M. S. Peters of Wyandotte
and various others. It is con
ceded by all that it would be
good politics to nominate a Wyandotte
county man and tbe probabilities are
that at the Wyandotte county convention
someone will be agreed upon as the
Wyandotte county candidate. If this
should prove to be a man satisfactory to
the Populists of the district, well and
"There is one Wyandotte man, who,
however, is not known to be a candidate,
but who can secure the Populist nom
ination and the vote of every Populist
in the district and who would also make
the most creditable Congressman that
we know of in the district, as well as the
most vigorous campaign if St, John is
not to be considered. We refer to S. II.
Snider, Insurance Commissioner under
Lewelling's term. He is a man
of superior ability, a good campaigner,
and is known as one of the ablest Popu
lists of the State and is one of the few
Populists who have escaped the criticism
of the opposition. We think it would
be good politics to select S. II. Snider as
our standard bearer in the Second
Think of it! Only 25 cents for the
Advocate until after the election. I
"Futures" la Produce and Trad Depression
The following is taken from corre
spondence of the London (Eng.) Post. It
la a plain statement of useful information
to all classes of people:
"It has aliaady been shown that free
dom of sale has been broken down by
the great elevator companies in tbe
United States, and these companies, like
all similar institutions, whether in this
country or on the continent, are becom
ing more powerful every day. As they
become wealthier the farmers become
poorer. These elevator companies are
only enabled to carry these large quanti
ties of actual wheat by having the power
to sell 'paper futures' against their actual
stock, and this consequently forms the
basis of the enormous gamble that is
hourly taking place, so that these com
panies practically originate the special
market for dealing in 'fictitious' produce,
which becomes a source of considerable
profit to them by constant manipula
tions. Somepeople seem to think that the
elevator companies in America are publio
benefactors, in accumulating for instance
80,000,000 bushels of wheat for the pur
pcses of the option, but they omit to
recognige the fact that the holding of
such reservoirs of wheat at given points
is a constant menace to the trade, and
makes possible considerable manipula
tion of prices by the elevator men who
are practically the proprietors of the
'option markets. The elvator men
having secured the bulk of the wheat
crops from the farmers, use their power
in turn to bewilder the crowd and
squeeze the miller and merchant, who
want some of this suspended wheat. It
is a great mistake to suppose that the
elevator men simply work for their real
charges; they look for large profits from
manipulations during the year, for they
can either drop a big pile of wheat on
the 'panic' stricken crowd of speculators
or stop the natural flow of business with
the legitimate trader. It was reported
in the Times last September that the
State Warehouse Commission of Illinois
had decided to revoke the license to
elevators whose owners trade in grain, in
order to break the power of tbe elevator
men to manipulate markets; but the
evil must not only be dealt with by the
different State governments, but must
be taken up as a whole by the federal
government, and all assistance should
be given by our own and other govern
ments to this end, to check this monstrous
system, which affects so largely not only
our own national prosperity, but also
that of our colonies and of all continental
"In tbe spring of last year there was
no actual shortage of wheat in the
world, but the elevator men in America
manufactured one by sealing up their
elevators, so that mills were rendered
idle in close proximity to wheat, and
merchants could not obtain the actual
article, because a corner had been agreed
upon, thereby forcing up values nearly
40 per cent, for a few weeks. This
illustrates tbe power and profit of manip
ulation. It is estimated that one
elevator man alone netted about $10,000,-
000 in these few weeks. No producer
benefited because his produce had been
drained away from him months in ad
vance and before another crop was
available. These operators again broke
down values almost to tbe previous level.
Such conditions occur periodically wher
ever there are international option
markets, and have been experienced
many years in the north of England,
where cotton mills have been rendered
idle entirely through 'corners' in Liver
pool. This means that gamblers can
and do stop the wheels of industry, not
be causa of an actual, but of en artificial,
Is needed by poor, tired mothers, debilitated
and run down because of poor, thin blood. Help
Is needed by the nervous sufferer, the men and
women tortured with rheumatism, neuralgia,
dyspepsia, scrofula, catarrh. Help comes
quickly when Hood's Sarsaparllla begins to en
rich, purify and vitalize the blood and send it
lu a healing, nourishing, invigorating stream to
all the nerves, muscles and organs of the body.
Xiir sil,' VJ'fc.
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shortage, to the serious loss of both the
spinners and their employes. And this
power of manipulation, practicable only
by means of this artiticial system, is
destroying free competition among pro
ducers, and is placing manufacturers in
the hands of these monopolists. All in
turn become their prey, whether pro
ducers, manufacturers, merchants, or
speculators, because when the actual
article la required by the manufacturer
or merchant, or is for sale by the pro
ducer, they can manipulate the market
at will to their own advantage, and thus
further upset the calculations of the
speculator. In this way a monopoly is
created and free competition is broken
down, to the serious disadvantage of
legitimate trade and bona fide specula
tion." "Loff-fiolling" in Politics.
This term, says Current Literature, is
an American slang expression for mutual
assistance rendered by persons in power
to the detriment of the general public.
The English phrase, "You scratch my
back and I'll scratch yours," and tbe
Scotch, "Caw me, caw thee," are
approximate equivalents. In its original
sense log-rolling is a sort of mutual-
help festival akin to the quilting-beea
and husking-bees. When a backwoods
man cuts down trees, his neighbors help
him to roll them away, and in return he
helps them with their trees. The phrase
was first applied as a metaphor to politics.
A and B, for example, Congressmen or
Assemblymen, each has a bill to pass.
Each agrees to support and vote for the
the other's bill. They are log-rolling for
each other. Furthermore, neither, we
will suppose, has any interest or belief
in eitber bill, but wishes to gain the
help of the promoters for some scheme
of his own. He and the promoters are
log-rolling for each other. From politics
the phrase has passed over to literature,
and has almost superseded the older
term "mutual admiration society," as
applied to a clique of authors who abuse
the contidence of the publio by mutual
puffery for individual interest.
Catarrh Cannot be Cured
connot reach the seat of the disease. Ca
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and in order to cure it you must take in
ternal remedies. Hall's Catarrh Cure is
taken internally, and acts directly on the
blood and mucous surfaces. Hall's Ca
tarrh Cure is not a quack medicine. It
was prescribed by one of the best physi
cians in this country for years, and is a
regular prescription. It Is composed of the
nesi ionics Known, combined with the best
blood purifiers, acting dlrectlv on the mu
cous surfaces. Tbe perfect combination
of the two ingredients Is what produces
such wonderful results In curing catarrh.
Send for testimonials, free.
F. J. Chuit & Co., Props., Toledo, O.
Bold by drugyhts, price 71c.

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