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Vrrtotu reeeivlnf the tZOVLK'S VOICE
have not themeetvee eubeeribed. need
feel no vnrarlneni about taking it from the
office. Jt hat been paid for by tome friend
and at expiration of time will be stopped,
and no bill will follow.
Still the negroes come.
Negroes in the east and Mexicans in
the west "give us a free ballot and a
fair count."
The Kansas City Times is authority
for the statement that Lou Hanback
is standing up for Kansas as yet.
The Republican machine's ambition
for a "free ballot and a fair count"
had reference only to the South.
It is said that if the Republicans
are successful this year they propose
to build a monument to the memory
of old Father Ham.
Wheat touched the lowest point in
St Louis and Chicago last Saturday
that it has touched for over twenty
Having spent so much money to
get the negroes on the ground, do
you suppose for a moment, farmers,
that they will not try to vote them?
Harper county had an old-time
Alliance and Peoples party rally Mon
day with a big procession. Jerry
Simpson, Gov. Lewelling and Noah
Allen were the speakers. Harper is
ablaze with reform sentiment.
When you have read the Voice
make it a point to hand it to your
neighbor who does not take it. He
may not be of same opinion politically
as yourself, but the chances are that
if he keeps up his reading long he
will be getting his eyes open.
Four farmers of Butler county un
dertook and did rob a railroad train
on the Frisco last Saturday, and were
in limbo before the close of Sunday.
They doubtless went on the theory
of retaliation, railroads having been
robbing the farmers for years, but
they found they could not
make as brilliant a success as the
railway companies. Served them
right. They ought to have gone to
howling calamity.
The Wichita Eagle makes special
mention of the fact that the business
house of'Lcwelling & Co. was not dec
rorated in honor of the soldiers last
week. It failed to note the fact,
however, that Mr. Lewelling was out
of town, and that his business partner
is a rantankerous Republican. Mr.
LeweYUntr would have canceled some
of his appointments and staid at
home the last week, had not'the re
quest of his friends for a slight rec
ognition on the program been refused
by the committee in charge. Judge
Thcodosius Scalawag Botkin was rec
ognized, however.
The G. A. R. encampment at Wich
ita last week was what it was intend
ed to be a great Republican "blow
out." Weaver, Simpson and other
famous Topulists were prominently
displayed on the posters, but those in
charge were careful to see that they
did not get on the program. Those
brave old soldiers who had broken
with the Republican party in re
sponse to honest convictions, who
went to Wichita, (and there were not
many of them who cared to attend)
found that they could not gather a
round the camp fire, mingle with
their comrades, and listen to the nar
ration of the events of their old camp
life, without submitting to base ap
peals to the prejudices of the war,
and suffering absolute insult to their
integrity and intelligence from a pro
miscuous lot of demagogues selected
for the occasion. If there ever was a
time when the G. A. R. was non-par
tisan that time has passed. The
mask has been thrown off. The in
evitable appeal to prejudice rather
than reason was present in nearly
every speech, and the universal in
sinuation was that all Feople's party
men were insane. The notorious
Judge Botkin whose courage to plot
the assassination of Sam Wood was
given him by the Republican senate
of Kansas, was accorded the platform
to heap a mass of misrepresentation
upon Jerry Simpson, but Jerry's place
on the program was purposely delayed
until the last day in the evening,
when the committee had become well
aware that Jerry was safely out of
town. We hope Republicans may
have no more to say about secret so
ciety politics.
"Farmer" Smith and Chester I.
Long laboriously orated with 150 to
200 auditors at South Haven Tuesday
and Mulvane on Wednesday. At the
latter place some "miscreant" had
billed the town with a lot of slips
headed "Take One," containing the
"Farmer's" Alliance record as copied
in full elsewhere in today's paper, and
although he pretended to be thank-
ful for the service rendered by the
said "miscreant" he floundered around
in copious perspiration, magnanimous
explanation and apparent indignation
for fully a half hour, but never once
told his audience whether they did or
did not renresent his views. Neither-
speaker touched a single, solitary ques
tion of political economy not one.
The heighth of their statesmanship
seemed to be in searching out techni
cal short-comings, posing as the guar
dian of all patriotism both state and
national, dismissing the claims of oth
ers with a bit of ridicule and sarcasm.
"Farmer'' Smith, who wants to be
Governor of the great state of Kansas
said that the Alliance had taken ref
uge "under the filthy mantle of Mrs.
Lease." Think of the weight of that
argument and the standard of dignity
expressed by it. If the Republican
party hopes to redeem itself by this
sort of speeches it is doomed to bitter
The Monitor is trying its best to
make a little political capital against
the editor of the Voice because of
the criticism it has offered concerning
the candidacy of Mrs. Carson for
county Superintendent. A more un
fair statement of our position could
scarcely have been made than that
which it perpetrated last week.
Starting out by saying: "We get a
sample of the high moral and religious
plane on which the Voice proposes
to conduct the county campaign in
the attacks it is making week after
week upon Mrs. Carson, the Republican
candidate for superintendent of
schools," it proceeds to hold us up as
an ungallant whelp who has been
"emboldened" by Mrs. Carson's tem
orary absence from the city "to
attempt to discredit her standing as
an instructor."
Now, really, we thought we had been
fighting "skunks" in close quarters
long enough to have established a
reputation that should have spared
us the ignominious charge of awaiting
the convenient absence of a lady
candidate before we should dare to
speak a word of criticism concerning
her candidacy. It seems that Grand
mother Campbell refuses to recognize
the fact, so we submit it to the peo
ple. Now as to the "attack." We
have made no "attack" whatever on
Mrs. Carson. We have always credit
ed her with being a lady of . fine at
tainments. We say here now at the
outstart that we have no doubt she
is-amply qualified so far as education
and experience as a teacher goes, to
fill the office of county superintend
ent. The criticisms which we saw fit
to offer concerning her candidacy was
prefaced as follows:
The Voice recognizes in Mrs.
Carson a lady of culture and
refinement and would be the
last one to intentionally do her an in
justice. Nevertheless there are some
things touching her filling the posi
tion to which she aspires which appear
to be incompatible and which should
undoubtedly debar her from receiving
the boon which she craves."
We then set out that because of her
sex she was physically incapacitated
to visit all the schools of the county '
as required by law, and showed that
with all his vigor, Supt. McLaughlin
had been unable to get around to all ,
of them. Sumner county is one of the
largest counties in the state and has
197 school districts. A large part of
these visits must necessarily be made
when the weather is cold and disagree
able. The law evidently considers
these visits important, else it would
not have so specified, and in reality
they are important. We also showed
that Mrs. Carson had spurned the
offerof the People's oarty to make
her Superintendent two years ago,
that the breach made by her declin
ation was filled by J. W. McLaughlin,
who had been elected in the face of a
violent personal campaign against
him, and had filled the position so sat
isfactorily as to make friends of his
enemies and to cover his record with
honor and respect from every quarter;
that he was better qualified for a sec
ond term than he was for the first,
therefore Mrs. Carson was not enti
tled to the support of People's party
men. Now there is nothing in this
that is derogatory to Mrs. Carson as a
lady or as an instructor certainly
nothing that will in any way compare
with the unjust personal attacks
made upon Supt. McLaughlin last
year. But says the Monitor, "The-
Voice publishes as a fact to her dis
credit that she resigned as principal
of the high school rather than stand
an examination." The Monitor tells
people that we made this statement
as an evidence of the superiority of
the educational attainments of Mr.
McLaughlin, but it was not made in
that spirit at all. We called atten
tion to it by saying, "Great stress is
placed on Mrs. Carson's scholarship
and ability. Where has it been
shown? She resigned her position as
principal of the high school before she
would stand an examination by the
school board." And further on In the
same paragraph we asked: "Then
where is the evidence of her superior
ity in education." We don't like to
see people lay claim to such great su
periority without some proof of the
same. The Monitor does not deny but
what she did resign and for the rea
son we stated, but says she "objected
to an arbitary ruling of the board re
quiring them to pass an examination
in all branches taught or likely to be
taught in the high school instead of
on studies they were expected to
teach." Our information is that the
board required examination on the
branches laid down in the curriculum
of the high school, and had they re
quired anything short of that they
would have been derelict of their
duty under the law. Because no latin
class was "in sight" was no reason
why the principal of a high school
professing to teach it should not be
prepared to teach it if necessity arose
for it. But, pleads this whilom
champion of the "oppressed," Mrs.
Carson was willing to take the full
examination, if insisted on, but de
cided to make common cause with
Miss Price, who was not." So you
would have us believe Mrs. Carson
was on a "strike." Your record on
that line has not been very favorable
nor particularly lenient toward those
who make "common cause."
We honor and respect Mrs. Carson
as heretofore stated, and we only de
vote this space to her candidacy be
cause her friends have seen tit to
claim so much superiority for her
over others, and not because we wish
to take away from her one atom of
the reputation she has made as a
teacher and a lady.
The statements we have made con
cerning her candidacy have been
made in all good feeling, and we are
quite sure we have said nothing that
was untrue, nor have we related truths
in a harsh manner. Her candidacy is
public property and the people have
a right to expect fair criticism of the
To the Alliance and People's Tarty of
Sumner Connty.
Brothers: The time for decisive
action is at hand. The trumpet has
sounded the call and the hour is at
hand when every true friend of our
great reform move must gird on his
armor and go forth to the mighty
conflict upon which we are about en
tering, the result of which must and
will decide the weal or woe of our fair
country and state yea, 1 feel I may
truthfully say the destiny of our na
tion. Already our enemies, the sworn
enemies of human rights and human
freedom, are marshaling their cohorts
for the mighty struggle. The lines
are drawn, the plan of the conflict al
ready mapped out by the bosses and
heedless of what they are doing, the
great mass of the old parties will rush
to the conflict' with them. It is a
question of party supremacy and not
of principle. Led on by their leaders
and old party bosses, who hunger for
ottices, they will rush madly to the
polls and cast their ballots, not for
principle, but, as I have said, for
party supremacy, utterly regardless
of what the result of that ballot may
For many years this has been the
character of all our elections. Decep
tion and fraud have been practiced
upon the unsuspecting people by their
leaders in order to continue them
selves in office and to keep the reins
of government in the hands of their
party, until the language of Scripture
is fulfilled: "If the blind lead the
blind both shall fall into the ditch."
Every thoughtful man in Sumner
county, who has come out of the old
parties and has identified himself
with the Alliance and People's party,
will bear me witness that the above
assertions are true.
Today, my brethren, we are reaping
the reward of such blind folly. Love
of party supremacy has driven us to
the conditions which surrouud us to
day, which if not speedily checked,
must and will be the death of free
government in America.
As I sit alone and take a retrospect
ive view of conditions surrounding us,
I am forced to the conviction that if
ever in the history of our government
there was a time for candid, serious,
sincere, honest thought and careful
consideration of the conditions and
circumstances which surround us, it
is now.
As I cast my eyes on the vast field
spread out before me and take in, as
it were at one glance, our entire na
tion in a death struggle for existence,
I behold a hideous monster, whose
name is monopoly, enthroned in Wall
street, who sways his scepter over our
nation in defiance of all law and Jus
tice. With his relentless hand he
lias taken hold upon the vitals of the
nation and as each succeeding day
passes by he continues to bind his fet
ters tighter and tighter upon the vi
tals of the nation. Labor in all its
forms is crushed beneath his iron heel.
Thousands who would gladly work if
they could get it to do, are compelled
to remain in idleness and starve, beg
or steal and thus end their days in
state prison. Industries and business
of every nature is stagnated and
thousands of business men are every
year driven to the wall and all this is
true, despite all the long-winded and
labored articles of the subsidized
partisan press upon the proseperity
of the nation. In the midst of this
general wreck, monopoly sits enchron-j
ed in the midst of his ill-gotten gains, '
stolen from labor and production and
wlyn the people dare to 6pcak of law
and justice, he waves his scepter tri
umphantly, and with defiance ex
claims, "The people's laws be d d!
I know no law but what I buy."
My brethren, these conditions sur
round us today, all assertions of the
g. o. p. press to the contrary, and if
permitted to exist much longer, in
the language of John Hancock we
may also exclaim, "the sun of Amer
ican liberty has forever set." Fraud,
deception and corruption of the
deepest dye exists on every hand and
no thinking man, if he calmly and
unprejudicedly views the situation as
it is, can fail to see it.
It has already become evident that
there is nothing too low for Republi
can leaders of today to stoop to in
order to retain the reins of govern-
ment, both state and national. Some
times I think if the Republican party
of Lincoln's day could view the cor
ruption of today, it would blush for
shame, hide itself in the folds of
the stars and stripes and forever
vanish out of sight.
I may be severely criticised by the
Republican press of Sumner county
for these assertions, but this I expect.
Let me say, I seek no higher reward
than the approval of a just God and
my own conscience and that I have.
I stand upon the people's platform,
whose principles I have advocated for
so many years and no Incentive or
offer of bribery or reward will ever
tempt me to step off of it and until I
pass into the celestial government of
God above, I exepect to give my ener
gies of mind and soul to the cause of
the people against all monopoly, tyr
anny and oppression.
Brethren and friends of reform, the
conditions I have spoken of surround
us today. What are you going to do?
Are you going to stand shoulder to
shoulder in Sumner county for our
cause or will you allow little petty
grievances and deceptions and false
assertions of the g. o. p. lead you back
to cast your ballot against our belov
ed cause?. Let me appeal to "you not
to listen to the siren song of those
who wave the bloody shirt and for
the sake of success even assail the
character of upright christian gentle
men, in the hope of gaining success,
by false assertions and base false
hoods. Know you not that such men
would assail the character of Jesus
Christ, were he on earth and opposed
their views? No, a thousand times
no. Let none of these things move
you. Be men! Be heroes in the
strife! Stand with both feet firmly
planted in the middle of the people's
platform, not with one foot on the cor
ner or edge, but both In the middle
and with the stars and stripes waving
above you, cast your ballot for the
whole people's ticket. Do this and
certain victory will perch on our ban
ner. Old D. T. Rose.
Tbe Salt Problem.
Editor Voice:
Nine out of every ten people admit
that there is need of reform, and that
there is something wrong with present
social conditions. But like an owl at
midday they are unable to see things
clearly, so flounder around and inaug
erate strikes etc., in a vain effort to
change the existing order of things
But a strike never did and never can
remedy these evils which are so pat
ent to all. Working men strike to
day, and perhaps, from necessity,
their employer is compelled to concede
their demands. But the same con
ditions will exist tomorrow, and then
perhaps their employer will have a
little time to prepare for a struggle,
and the men find themselves locked
out. And thus capital and labor war
with each other, both losing, and nei
ther accomplishing anything towards
bringing about a condition that will
in future make such a conflict an ut
ter impossibility. Very recently the
salt rakers at Hutchinson struck for
tl.73 for 12 hours work, a raise of
23 cents for 12 hours. The men were
notified to go back at the old scale or
come in and get their pay; the com
pany claiming that they could not
afford to pay the increase, and have
shut down their works. It maybe
true that they cannot afford to pay
more, but it is a fact that the salt
companies of Kansas pay in excessive
freights, enough to pay their salt
rakers 20 cents an lufur, and their
coopers 3 cents per barrel, instead of
4 and leave themsel vps .a nicp
round sum for dividends. It seems
that the people of this state are blind
er than the noonday owl: they know
these things, for the salt wen. the
wholesale grocers, and the implement
men of Kansas have repeatedl vhrought
the matter of rate discrimination be
fore the Inter State commerce com
mission, without being able tgain
the slightest relief. It is dollar and
cents that people are after, and it has
been truly said that a dollar saved is
better than a dollar earned. Then if
there is any way for people to save
dollars, is it not strange that tley
will hesitate? There is but one thiog
in this world that will keep the mass
es from doing so, and that Is, that it
might conflict with some of their old
traditions and be contrary to the
principles of the political party that
accident has made them a follower of-
Away with p:irty, say I, if it is being
used to rob me, and up with the one
that will save me a dollar! Kansas Is
the center of the Union, and Hutch
inson the great salt center nearly the
exact geograpical center of the United
States. With equal charges, then.
throughout the U. S. for equal dis
tance, Kansas ought, and would fur
nish more than one half of this coun
try with salt. With such a territory
to supply, Hutchinson, Wellington
and those cities of this state fortu
nate enough to possess salt, would
spring into cities of the first magni
tude in a short time; property would
advance; empty stores and dwellings
fill up and wealth and prosperity
come to the Deonle. This condition
can oe brought about in but one man
ner, and that Is for the government
to take the railroads and operate
them at cost. That this would fail
to do so I challenge any man to deny
through the press. And as it will do
this, why do people hesitate for one
minute to work for, vote for the only
party that is pledged to bring around
this altered condition? The saving
in freights to the salt owners would
enable them to pay their help 25 per
cent more, and leave a large surplus
for themselves. Now, honor bright,
Republicans can you, honestly, truth
fully, point to one single solitary sen
tence in the Republican platform
that you know, or even think will
save one farthing, to you? No, you
cannot. Then why do you tarry with
them longer? Shake off the shackles
that bind you to them and come out
boldly for the People's party; the
only party that today can and will
save dollars for you; the party of la
boring people and for the laboring
class. Can you not, laboringman,
better intrust your interests to those
engaged in the same walks of life as
yourself, than to those who neither
toil nor spin? The farmer will be in
terested in having the same laws as
yourself ; the latter cares naught for
you only to use you to further their
own selfish ends. For once, then,
leave the Republican party and see If
the world will not revolve as usual.
E. E. Beat.
Hutchinson Kansas, August 20, 1802.
The time has come for me to be a-
bused again, I judge from what ap
pears in the Monitor. Gentlemen, I
have no time to "Come Down" there
fore I hope the good people of Sumner
will bear in mind my actual service
for them during the past two years,
that is ask themselves, what have I
seen and what do I know of the Sup
erintendent's work? How have I been
treated? I do not intend to write an
other article in defense of my work,
I understand I am to be abused by
little sheet, not far away. However
InroDose to manifest a christian
spirit during the mean time, do my
work faithfully and If re-elected con
tinue on this line, looking after the
moral character among teachers as
well as text-book ability, thereby
protecting the innocent girls and boys
of our county. I know that my work
on this line of morality has caused
some unfriendly feeling. However, I
am not ashamed of the past. Any
one can come into my office and call
for any record of my proceedings and
I sincerely hope all will be found ac
cording to law. Ih closing I ask my
friends not to publish or resent any of
the enemy's work if I have enemies.
No doubt I shall be made to appear
quite ignorant, probably steal a horse
or two, but I am determined no one
shall catch me on the stolen horse.
Bidding the reading public adieu on
subjects of this character and hoping
Mrs. M. M. Carson a christian lady
and myself shall be treated with re
spect due from an enlightened com
munity. I am respectfully your servant.
John- W. McLauoiilix.
County Superintendent.
The Honest Yeomanry of Sumner foiui'
ty Becoming Indignant at tk
Importition of Negroes for
.the Purpose of De
stroying Their
A Scheme oil Foot to right it to the
Wtter End.
There was a little gathering of Al
liance men in Wellington last Tues
day and while talking over business
matters the subject of "negro colo
nization" came up. Several red-hot
speeches were nuititt against the high
handed outrage ;.nd indignation knew
no bounds. A scheme was set on foot
to gather up a wtgou load of wheat
from each township in the county
with which to head' the procession in
Wellington on the- day of the first
People's party rally. There being
thirty townships this would make 30
wagon loads of wheal- and then the
proposition was to load it into cars
and ship it to market, the proceeds to
go to a fund to prevent the perpetra
tion of this infamous outrage on the
peaceable and law-abiding citizens of
this county, and to prosecute the
negroes and the perpetrators. A
number of townships have already
pledged the load of wheat and it is
safe to say that not a sirjgle township
In the county will fail. Aside from
the grand purpose in rtow it will
make quite a novel sight. Let each
township take hold and make this
move a success. Those desiring to
contribute their grain for that pur
pose should leave their names with
their central committeemen.
A Few of the ''Visionary, Impracticable
ftii Unconstitutional'' Measures
Advocated by 'Farmer' Smith
The following resolution -were re
ported to the McPherson county Al
liance in January 1SW) by a voinmittee
of which A. W. Smith was-chairman:
First That we demand the aboli
tion of national banks, and the sub
stitution of lcg::l tender treasury
notes issued in lieu of national bank
notes iu sutliciant volume to cdo
the business of the country on a cash
system regulating the amount needed
on a pcrcapita basis as the business
interests of the countrv exrand, and
that all money issued be legal tender
for payment of debts both lublic and
Third That we demands the free
and unlimited coinage of silver.
Fifth Believing in the doctrine of
"eoual rights to all: snccial. Drivileires
to none," we demand thai taxation
national or state, shall not be used to
build up one interest or cla at the
expense of another. We believe that
the money of the country should dc
keDt so much as possible, imthe hands
of the people and hence w-demand
that all revenues, national, state or
county, shall be limited to the nec
essaiy expenses of the gcrernment,
economically and honestly, adminis
tered Sixth That congress issae-a suffi
cient amount of fractional paper cur
rency to facilitate exchange through
the medium of the UniSed; States
Sevunth That the meaas-of com
munication and transportation shall
be owned by, and operated in the In
terests of the people, as in; the United
States postal system.
Eighth that we favor commercial
treaties which will discriminate In
favor of those nations which accept
silTen as legal tender money, as well
as gold, and against those-which have
demonetized silver.
Ninth That we advocate free
sugar with bounty to home produce
equal to present tariff duties, free
lumber and free coal.
Fifteenth Resolved, That we will
not support for the nomination any
man for United States senator, mem
ber of congress, state setator or rep
resentative, who will not, to his
utmost ability, aid in, carrying out
the objects of the above resolutions.
All of which Is respectfully sub
A. w. Smith,
C. W. Vittcm,
J. S. Hoover,
Hurrah for Jerry.
Cbrklian Standard.
The committee of corgress, charged
with investigating Mr. Watsons
statement that the members of con
gress have been upon the floor drunk
and reeling aoout tne aisles, maae a
report just before- the final adjourn-,
ment on August 5. in which they say
that, while certain members have
been in the House while under the in
fluence of liquor, Mr. Watson s charges
are not true. Jerry Simpson, how
ever, brought in a minority report de
claring the charges to be true, and
citing evidence given oeiore me com
mittee in support oi nis declaration.
Since the days of Caleb and Joshua
we have had great respect for minor
ity reports, and Jerry Simpson's does
not tend to lessen that respect. Mi
nority reports are usually the
offspring of conscience and convic
tion in legitimate wedlock.
Hail Insurance written up by Black,
& Murrell at low rates. 33tf

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