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j Devoted id the 5ar interests or the Home, the 3hop and the firm .. . ' Tenth Year. No. 3. OFFICIAL STATU JfAPKK. 1 VEAH. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JANUARY 19, 1898 EVERY WEDNESDAY. TWO CENTS A COfY. SILVERITES FAVORFUSION Silver Eepublicans Satisfied With the Pree ent Admin ifltration, and Anxious to Help Be-elect It. The State convention of representa tives of silver leagues was held at To peka last week. The attendance was satisfactory and the delegates were rep resentative Kanoans. In the absence of President Tillotson, Dr. Lawrence, of Eldorado, presided. The latter wa3 afterwards elected Presi dent and Fred J. Close was named as i Secretary. The resolutions adopted fol low: "Resolved, That we hereby renew our faith In and pledge our efforts and votes to crystallizing Into statute law the great economic and financial principles contended for by the triune forces that In 1896 battled together for the election of William J. Bryan. "Rceolved, That we are unalterably opposed to the financial legislation pro posed by Secretary Gage, and the self appointed and self-styled monetary com mission, such legislation being contrary to American tradition and interest against the debtor and producing classes and in the interests of the creditor, en hancing the value of his securities and depreciating the price of the products in which such securities must ultimately be paid, thus making American indebt edness perpetual and placing posterity in bondage, increasing the already fic titious statutory value of gold, and at the same time further depreciating the use and value of silver. In contrast with the plan of Secretary Gage, who recommends the payment of our debts in gold, we commend to the thoughtful con sideration of all Americans the Stanley Mathews resolution adopted by Congress in 1878, and supported by Blaine, Logan, McKlnley, Garfield, and other great Re publican leaders, and representing the crystallized sentiment of the country relative to the payment of public obliga tions, which is as follows: " 'Resolved, by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring therein), That all the said bonds of the United States Issued under the said acts of Congress hereinbefore recited are pay able, principal and Interest, at the option of the government of the United States, in silver dollars of the coinage of the United States, containing 412y2 grains each of standard silver; and that to re store to its coinage such sliver coins as a legal tender in payment of said bonds, principal and Interest, is not In viola tion of the public faith nor In derogation of the rights of thepublic creditor.' " After the meeting a conference of sil ver Republicans was held, at which sat isfaction with the treatment accorded the party by this administration was expressed. The prevailing sentiment was that the present administration should be supported by silver Republi cans in the coming campaign without any demand for representation. Hanna Elected as Senator. The Ohio Senatorial election resulted in the return of Mark Hanna to the United States Senate for both the long and short terms by a majority of one vote. The vote In the respective houses on Tuesday showed a vote of 73 for Hanna with 72 votes for the combined opposition. This vote went to Mayor McKisson, it Cleveland, with the excep tion if one or two scattering voteB. The final vote on joint ballot was Hanna 73, McKIason 70, scattering 2. Griffith, of Union, who at first announced his op position to Hanna, went over to him and elected him. The result was not un expected, a3 it Is well known that the whole power of the party machine in Ohio, the national organization and the national administration was brought to line up the antl-Hanna Republicans. Representative Otis (Rep.) charges Hanna men with attempting to bribe him and demands an Investigation. Speaker Mason (Rep.) says that he op posed Hanna because one of his agents attempted to buy his vote on a street railroad measure two years ago. An Expensive Blunder Avoided. In 1896, the Republican national com mittee made a blunder which might have caused that party much trouble. Its national committee had prepared two kinds of literature on the silver ques tion. One variety, which showed that free coinage would raise the cost of farm products, was Intended for distri bution among laboring men who were interested in keeping the cost of living as low as possible, while the other variety showed that Bryanism would make money more plentiful, and Indi rectly reduce the price of farm products. This was Intended for farmers. In some way a car of the laboring men's litera ture was sent West, and the stuff in tended for farmers went East. The ar guments prepared for the laboring man would have converted the farmers to the cause of free silver, while the distribu tion of the farmers' literature would have had the same effect on laboring men. Thl3 story was told John W. Breidenthal by Cy Leland, who added that before any of the stuff was distrib uted the mistake was discovered and corrected. ' Criticism of Breidenthal Discussed. A McPherson Republican paper finds fault with Bank Commissioner Breid enthal because he did not advise the public in advance that the First State bank of that city was not absolutely safe. It Is doubtless true that Mr. Breid enthal knew long In advance of the clos ing of that bank that it was not in the condition it should be. According to the McPherson paper's Idea he should have advised the public of the state of affairs at once. This would have caused a run on the bank, and its failure would have been inevitable. It would have been the case with any bank, with the possible exception of a few of the largest and strongest In the State. Mr. Breiden thal, by reason of his experience and po sition, is a good judge of a bank's abil ity to pay out and gets its affairs in good condition. In this, as in other cases, he believed that in a few months, with judicious management, its condi tion could be materially improved and eventually the institution would be placed on a firm and permanent basis. In this case his expectations were not realized. If, however, one could go through the records of the Bank Com missioner's department It would be dis covered that Mr. Breidenthal has been the means of putting a very large num ber of weak banks on their feet without loss to anybody. His records show that this has been a wise policy and that it has been beneficial to both stockholders and depositors of banks. WILL GO IT ALONE. Middle-of-the-roaders Declare at St. Louis for Independent Action and Against Fusion. The middle-of-the-road Populist con ference at St. Louis January 12 declared that it would hereafter act independ ently of the regular party organization. The plan was favored by almost all who attended. The subject was fully dis cussed, and the plans outlined were agreed upon only after mature consid eration. The future plans of the partici pants, who represented nearly all of the States In which anti-fusion sentiment Is dominant, are outlined In the following report, which Is but a part of that pre sented to the conference: "To the People of the United States: "The fusion movement consummated at St. Louis in July, 1896-, and the inex cusable treatment of our candidate for Vice President in the campaign that fol lowed, give rise to such dissatisfaction among the rank and file of the People's party as to threaten the abao'ute dis memberment of the only political organ ization honestly contending for the so cial and political rights of the laboring and producing classes of the country. "It has been the purpose of the com mittee always to be courteous to the na tional committee and our supreme de sire has been at all times to promote a harmonious co-operation with said com mittee that factional differences might be obliterated, our prestige regained and our organization restored to Its once splendid estate. This committee feels confident of its ability to show that It is no fault of ours that the national com mittee is not present as a body to-day, but It does not choose to waste valuable time in wrangling over questions of olficial etiquette. We avow 'it to be our sincere purpose, now, as heretofore, to promote In every honorable way the re form movement on true Populist lines, and we deem the issue too momentous and the dangers threatening freegovern ment too imminent to allow us to pause to consider personal grievances or af fronts, or permit wounded dignity, real or Imaginary, to overshadow patriotic duties. "Under present conditions our be loved organization Is slowly but surely disintegrating and our comrades are clamoring for aggressive action. "Having In vain importuned those who assumed t be our superiors to permit us 10 aid them in the grand work of reor ganizing the People's party, that it may accomplish its glorious mission, we now appeal to the people, the true source of all political power." The referendum committee appointed Is as follows: Messrs. Dixon of Missouri, Tracey of Texas, Reynolds of Illinois, Matslnger of Indiana, and McGregor of Georgia. A national reorganization committee, headed by Milton Park, of Texas, had already been named. An effort will be made to tako a referendum of the fol-, lowers of the movement with a view to ascertaining their desires as to a date for holding the national convention. July 4. 1898, May 26, 1899, and February 22, 1900. are the dates which will be voted on. The arrangments for the vot ing contemplates that It be taken by committeemen and through the news papers. A majority of those present favored an early convention and aggres sive steps for reorganization. Have the Grain Dealers Formed a Trust? The Attorney General is In receipt of a complaint from Stebblns & Keith, of Kelly, Kas., In which it Is alleged that the Kansas Grain Dealers' Association is a trust. It Is alleged that the mem bers combine to prevent farmers from shipping direct and that they try to shut out small dealers by Interfering with their supply of cars. Kansas Grain Dealers' Meeting, The annual meeting of the Grain Dealers' Association of Kansas was held in Topeka last week. Governor Leedy delivered the opening address. Speeches were also made by State Grain In spector Culver and by W. W. Price, hla deputy. There were 110 of the 217 members present.' The meeting was sat isfactory to the members in every re spect. The story about a boycott being declared against Kansas City commis sion houses was denied. N8W York Journal Deserts Bryan. New York, January 15.- The New York Journal has printed an editorial la which weariness of Bryan is expressed. It complains that Bryanism la outgrow ing Bryan. The burden of the Journal's trouble seems to be that Bryan InBlsts on the ratio of 16 to 1 In the coinage of silver, while It would be willing to ac cept any ratio, even favoring 30 to 1. By its action the Journal virtually as sumes the newspaper leadership of Tam many Democracy, which would give up everything In order to win. Bailroad Conference Does Little. The conference of the Nebraska Board of Transportation with the Kansas Rail road Commissioners last Thursday ac complished little. The railroads of Ne braska have put Into effect the hundred pound rate which Kansas officers have recently knocked out. The Nebraskans seem disposed to permit the hundred pound rate to remain in effect if an equitable rate can be agreed on, which will not be an Increase in the old rates. This will be found to be a hard job. No results of value accrued from the conference. Kansas to be Bepresented at Omaha. A concerted effort will now be made to have Kansas represented at the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Governor Leedy recommended to the Legislature that an appropriation for this purpose be made, but the Leglsla-. ture did not take kindly to the sugges tion. Lately quite a sentiment has grown up favorable to the movement. The Gov ernor, in his address to the State Agri cultural Society, asked for the views of the members on the subject and they replied by unanimously adopting a reso lution favorable to Kansas representa tion there. Kansas Is in such satisfac tory condition this year that It should certainly take advantage of the oppor tunity to advertise Its condition to the world. Prominent and influential men are interesting themselves in the move ment and sufficient voluntary contribu tions are believed to be procurable to make the exhibit a success. Governor Leedy will appoint a commission as soon as It Is deemed advisable.