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R. L. COLLKV5, Editor and Pi op. office of nubttrsdnc West Harvey Avr.nK ' cwesvoi in AriiDgwi:i li'i el. iei'",'Mui L. .o. 8.1. TERMS Per Year iiAdid hi i 7HURDAT, JUNE 1 , 1899.J Tnc telegraph companies are still defying the laws at Kansas and charging the old rA:. Truly our people arc long Kttfcrwff. The stamps trom the Crteaey post office were fouud at Wichita Ust week hid in a manure pile. There were 90,000 one cent atampi in sheets of 1000 each. The fusion party platform in 1900 will contain a plank against traits. So will the Republican platform, but in the case oi the Republicans u will be put there to blind the people- There is a good deal of "Ton scratch ray back and I'll scratch yours," in the complimentary re marks bestowed oo State Officials, Grimes, Nelson and Clark by the Topeka .Capital.. give the above amount to the mem bers of the Twentieth rcg:ment? They would go into hysterica if nothing else at such an expenditure of the state's money. But they will appoint asylum committees and other committees to travel over the state for political purposes at a much greater sum. Looking at it from the above standpoint would it not be brs'. for the boys to be mus tered out a i San Francisco, than to be brought b ick here like so many fine steers to be sren? of coursr, Topeka and Leavenworth would like j to have them mustered out there for the amount of money that will be spent in town, but the boys know best what they want and Alger will probably give them the opportunity oi deciding. The boys ought to know how the state legislation has treated her volunteers before taking a vote on this point. Money might be some object to them. Governor tStanley failed in secur ing the appointment of J. D. Elliott, son of Captain D. S. Elliott of the 20th Kansas volunteeas, who was killed in the Philippines, as a lieu tenant in the regular army. The National Democratic com mittee has decided to hold an early national convention, says Brieden thal, and the Populist committee will hold one aboHt the same time, and are certain to fuse on a national ticket. It now turns out thrt Funston had a press agent while colonel of the 20th Kansas who was employed by him and a number of large news papers; hence the reason so much was heard of him while the noble 20th was doing good work in the Islands. Attorney General Godard is doing something for his salary at last. He has discovered it would be against the anti-trust law for the insurance companies to reduce the cost of insurance in Kansas. Meantime other trust companies infringe the laws all the time, but our acting at torney general has not time to check the methods of those trusts that extort money from our people. R. H. Hansberger, who has this week announced himself a candidate before the primaries f the Populist Democrat ocnventlon, is one of the best known men in northwest Sum ner county. He came to Kansas twenty-one years ago from Virginia and located near where he now lives. He married Miss Carnes, a sister of Will Carnes, ex-county clerk, fourteen years ago. He is a graduate of Eastman College, Va. He was a candidate lor county clerk in 1891 before the Populist convention but was defeated by a small majority. His brother is now sheriff in Virginia, their old home. If Mr. Hansbarger gets the nomina tion he will surely be elected. Shall we bring the noble Twen tieth regiment home to be mustered out instead of mustering them out at San Francisco, when they will be entitled to travel pay at the follow ing rates per man? Colonel, $1,150; lieutenant colonel, 5; two majors, $822 each; sur geon, $822; twelve captains, $591 each,- assistant surgeon, $?93: sec ond assistant surgeon, $493; twelve lieutenants, $193 each; twelve sec ond lieutenants, $459 each; chaD lain,' $591; adjutant, $591; quarter. master, $591 ; sergeant major, $122; quartermaster sergeant, $122; hos pital stewards, $201; acting hospital steward, $129; chief musician, $27 first sergeant, $129; sixty sergeants, 102 each; 120 corporals, $96 each; 1,C00 privates, $83 each. Now, we would all like for regiment to come home in a body, but the boys will need all the mon ey they can get to start them in business and in life anew when they return to their homes, and the Re publican legistature will not allow them one cent of extra pay for they have been tryed on that point. Last winttr when the Populist senate passed a bill allowing the voluteer privates 5 per month state pay the Republican house killed it. What would they do if asked to the More than 200 operators have been discharged by the Western Union Telegraph Co. in Kansas City Mo., and Kansas. They claim that the company is not paying ex penses. Who believes it? For years the company has prospered and built new lines paid for by dividends on watered stock and now when the Populist legislature gels after them and compels them to reduce their rate what a pitiful howl goes up from them. The poor operator is fired out of a job and others made to work double time, for the sole pur pose of making an impression upon the wonderful court of visitation. Oh, how honest they will be and what sympathy they will have for the poor telegraph company who by their story is losing all kind of money and having to curtail ex- peases by discharging clerks and operators. The decision has not been rendered, but just wait and see if the prediction of the Voice is not correct in what the opinion will be. The wonderfully honest admin- istration of ours is working havoc! with legislatson against combines! and trusts and scare the people against such legislation. Oh, sweet scented Sunday school Stanley, your work is too coarse. The people will not be blindfolded by you. They read your honest court's opinion in advance, and are not startled when it comss out. That the law is un constitutional and is void for it works a hardship upon the poor telegraph company. 'Would Ed Little be the proper man for the fusion nominee for gov ernor of the state of Kansas" is the question that is now agitating the minds of the opposition forces. We, to a certain extent agree with ex- Governor Leedy who says: "I want Ed Little to come back to Kansas and run for arovemor. I want to have the people of the state of Aansas pass upon this question. Mr. Funston is guilty of one of the basest acts of ineratitude it has hen mv misfortune to witness during my life. tie owes everything to Ed Little, yet at the first opportuity he had noth ing that was too mean for him to do or say. "If the people will nominate Ed Little for governor I will stump the state for him, and one of the places which 1 will visit will be Iola. I will prepare a speech giving the details of this affair, and I will pay my respects to Mr. Funston in his own town. I have no fear of the result an-t am confident that the people who believe in justice and decency will stand bv Little, even though Funston has made himself a hero." But would it not be a good idea to wait, for the present, on this point and see which way the Republicans lean. If they go crazy over Fun ston then, we think it would be a good idea to show the people that there are other men in the Twen tieth Kansas than Funston. Fun ston is a brave man and a good soldier, but he is out of his sphere in politics as much so as if Hobson was in Kansas City's slobber house society, and the Republicans will find it out when it is too late, probably. Wm. McDosald, a colored porter In Puckett's restaurant at Caldwell, was arrested and taken off of the Rock Island locals Monday morning, by City Marshal Sbawver, at the Instance of Mr. Puckett, and held for tbeft. Puckett came up on the 8:40 passenger and filed complaint against the negro, charging him with stealing a pair of shoes. McDonald was fined 110 and costs and committed to jail. An or der came from Caldwell that afternoon to hold the negro on the charge of stealing some clothing from a tailor. - S 'iV O X. -k. . Bmts the y? In Kind Yoo Haw Irwars Bougtt oignuure A TRAMPS PHILOSOPHY. Mr. Edlter: Say, I'm all mixed up. Before I be came a tramp I was something of a poli tician, and I remember the rousing con ventions we used to have large crowds, everybody having an equal voice thor oughly democratic you know. But alas! for progress and advancement. I was lounging on the steps the other day and I heard a low hum of voices within. By listening closely I discerned that it was a central committee meeting. Glancing in I saw that there were exactly seven men present. When committees had been appointed, one man resigned and another one remarked, "Well you fel lows go ahead you have it all fixed ud anyway." This showed me that times had changed, and when two or three fellows think they are real smooth and the central committee chairman is what we tramps call a "dead easy mark," they have a little love feast all their own But the bone and sinew of Democracy comes forth later at the hour for labor, and these sandpapered in dividuals find that there are other peb bles on the beach, after the waves of common sense have washed all the "smooth" ones away. The Kansas City Times mentions sev eral barbers, hotel clerks and lawyers as probable fusion candidatas for congress from this district. Some of them are really laughable, and all the old Demo crats are laughing over them. If the writer of these articles could select the candidates it would be a case of the old fable of the dog walking over a stream on a foot-log and carrying a piece of meat in his mouth. Seeing, as he thought another dog in the water, with a piece of meat, he dropped his own and plunged after the other dog, while his meat floated away. In grasping for the shadow he lost the substance. The shadow was larger than the substance Well, so is one of these candidates. I hear that the new paper over at Oxford is to be called the Bee. They should secure the editor of the Mankota Advocate, whose name is Honey. The ladies call him "sweet thing." Speaking of names I saw the Garden City paper today. The name of the business manager is Keep, while the editor's name is Mum. Not appropriate for news paper men perhaps, but if the first Oxford editor had been guided by these names, there would have been no second paper there. I laid around Oxford for some time, and when I think of two papers running within Its narrow limits, I can but say "Woe unto you scribes," etc. The most amusing thing in this land of ours is the method of our so called charitable societies. They are social gatherings and do about as much real charitable work where it is needed as satan does for relig ion. Here is a bona fide report of a Baltimore society's receipts and expenditures: Receipts, $7,320.68; officers salaries, $5,234.23; rent and incidental, $2,040.15. The grand total of $48.30 was actually ex pended for charity. These large contributions are yearly sapped from kind hearted citizens, to pay for the idle and useless lives of these prof ligate hypocrits, while in our midst are thousands of deserving men, women and children in destitution and want. Shall we wonder at the increase in crime? Oh, charity the bread that should feed a nation! What sins are committed in thy name. A tonic manufactured in New York is advertised thus: "Send for album of photographs and endorse ments of emperors, empress, princes, etc, etc." If I controlled this coun try not one American would be al lowed to buy that stuff or patronize its owner after he insults the nation by telling us to use what is recom mended by pops in other countries. Why is tne endorsement of a prince worth more than that of a Santa Fe conductor? It isn't worth half so much. The conductor, the clerk, the printer or the farmer was born 'neath free American skies; in his veins flows the pure blood of good breeding and of pure ancestry. His life of usefulness has cultivated a healthy intellect. What of royal families? A weak-minded set, an impure race in whose blood courses the germs of vile diseases born of sin and shame. Useless lives spent in iniquity and ended in imbecility, insanity or crime. The few excep tions only prove the rule. Yet peo ple who call themrelves Americana, go blundering after this billious con ceited lot, with the veil of idiocy covering the shame, and American girls seek for titles. They are not Americans. They are serfs and puppets, unworthy the name. My fellow tramp is nobler far thar. they, for he is at least sincere and faithful to his fellows. Gathered from the Assessor's Returns. There is much interesting and valu able information contained in the abstracts of assessors' returns, which are ntw complete for tbe county. They show the number of fanus in Sumner county to be 3,7)8, with 486, 029 acres under fence and 184 701 acies oot under fence. One town-hip Creek has flfteeu streams and 101 wells. TbU is the best watered town ship in the county, and ia appropri ately named. Tbe preseut cash value of farms and Improvements U $9,324,840, an increase in valuation or $183,500. Tbe present cash value of farming Imple ments and improvements I? $150,675, an increase of $36,467. Tbe acreage of winter wheat is 293,864; last year, 300,631. Rye, 2,129; last year, 2,549. Corn, 113,636; last year, 98,869 (an increase of 14,767 acres). Barley, 2,911; last year, 965. OaU, 31,139; last year, 34,105. Irish potatoes, 694. Sweet potatoes, 55, Flax, 24. Hemp, 10. Broom com, 10. Millet and Hungarian grass, 2,320. Sorghum for syrup or sugar, 144; for feed or seed, 9,659 (an Increase of 4,012 acres over last year). Kaffir corn, 4,064 (increase of 1,374 acres over last year). The number of bushels of corn on hand March 1, 1899, was 411,677 170,463 bushels less than a year ago. The amount of wheat en hand was 679,860-294,266 bushels more than in 1898. The number of acres of clover in cultivation is 15; timothy, 16; blua grass, 55; alfalfa, 2,872 (an increase of 837 acres in one year); orchard grass, 29; other tame grasses, 5. There are 124,351 acres of prairie under fence or used for meadow. There were 19,603 acres of prairie hay cot in 1898, and 4,469 acres of tame bay. The value of garden products mar keted during the year was $7,648, an increase of $2,662 over the preceding year. Note particularly this item: Tbe value of poultry and eggs sold for the year ending March 1, 1899, was $87, 234. The preceding year It was $85, 768. The amount of cheese made in fac tories was 9,672 pounds; the preceding year, 542 pounds. The amount of butter made in factories was 119,210 pounds; in families, 496,152. There was a big increase in the amount of butter made iu factories. The amount made In families shows a slight falling off. The value of milk sold (not counting that aold U? I lit factories) was $9,644. '1 lie iiuml)' r of horses in the county oui-ide ( f V llington, is 16,428; mules atid axse.-. 2,612; milch cows, 10,080; other cattle, 24,816; sheep, 1,169; swi ne, 28.951. They all show a slight increase except in hogs. The value of all animals fattened and slaughtered, or sold for slaughter, was $633,806. The number of frui, trees Iu bear ing are as follows: Apple, 151,941; pears, 6,729; peach, 110,382; plum, 12, 803; cherry, 41,703. Not In bearing: apples, 26,535; pears, 2,932; peach, 39,570; plum, 3,361; cherry, 11,311. There are 10 acies of raspberries in tbe county, 33 acres of blackberries, 8 acres of strawberries and 78 acres of vineyard, which produced 263 gallons of wine. The value of horticultural products last year was $8,069. There are 203 stands of bees in the county. Q.A.R. Memorial Sermon. Although the afternoon was very warm, a larpe audience assembled at the auditorium Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock to attend the O.A.R. Memor ial services. The Grand Army post and Woman's Relief corps marched from G.A.R. ball to the auditorium iu a body. The services opened with tbe doxol 'gy by the quartette and congregation. The invocation was delivered by Rev. Ebright, aod Mrs. H. L. Woods, Mrs. W. T. McBride and Mr. H. L. Woods and W. EL Burks sang an anthem. Scripture reading by Rev. Mayse was followed with prayer by Rev. Smith. The quartette sang "Praise Ye the Father," and Rev. Doughty delivered the Memorial sermon. His subject was "A Good Soldier." He dealt with Christianity and patriotism and his talk was very interesting. Another selection by the quartette and tbe services closed with a benediction pronounced by Rev. A. O. Ebright. The services were presided over by Rev. Stauffer, vice president of the Ministerial union, in the absence of President Cunningham. A dispatch to Sunday's K.it.sa Cily Journal says that the attorney general baa been asked by the com missioners of this county to render an opinion in regard to tbe mare's nest discovered by some of the over tealoui enemies of the new jail propo sition. Commissioner Espy says be knows nothing about It. The anti jail push has probably asked for the opinion. A. Spring is Now Here, Measures taken for Suits and also for the Celebrated Sunflower Pants-All Wool, Fit Guaranteed, for $3.50 And we are ready with a Com plete Line of NEW Suits, Hats, Shirts, Ties, Etc., in fact Every thing, the Very Latest. Saylor & Meyer WELLINGTON, KAN. P C0FFEYVILLE LIGHT BONDS. Brine Premium of $170-Wellington Could Do til Same. Coffeyville, May 29 The 817,000 worth of bonds authorized by a vote of the people on December 8, 1897, to be issued and used in the construc tion ot a municipal electric light and power plant, have beeu sold by a unanimous vcte of tbe city council. The purchasers are John Nuveen A Co. of Chicago. They offered 1 per cent premium for the bonds, on any amount from $14,000 to 117,000, hence the total premium will amount to from $140 and $170. The bonds bear 5 per cent interest. The work will at oiice begin on the electric light plant. To Test Validity of Fee and Salary Law. Charles B. Hardy, register of deeds of Kingman count) , is defendant in a suit to recover fees for the county under the fee and salary law of 1897. He proposes to fight the law, to test the regularity of its passage as his defense. Under the old law he was entitled to all the fees he could col lect, but if the new law is to be to forced he owes the county about $300. Hardy wholly disrega-ded the law, acting on the advice of lawyers, who told him that it was not effective. He retained all his fees Instead of paying a share of them to the county The defense is that the only evi dence of what the law is, is the en rolled bill. Tbe only proof of its passage is the house and senate jour nals. These journals were so printed that the senate record is mixed in with the house record in such a way aa to form a tangle which falls far short of giving a record of the bill. While this technicality seems an unimportant one, there i6 a possibility that it will invalidate. If It should, county i ffleeri and ex county officers all over the stato would soon be pre senting claims for fees paid into tbe treasuries of their several counties. The report m wheat is very di couraging in some localities Tbe weeds are growing faster than the wheat where it is tbin on tbe ground, and all are complaining about that at this time. Ever body's wheat is thin and not very tall. Tbe cool weather is advantageous to the wheat and retards tbe growth of tbe weeds. Many pieces will not be cut for tbe reason of tbe weeds and tbe wheat being so tbin. OAti v O . .j. A. ban the A ' AlfTft 6MM ANNOUNCENENTS. SHERIFF. I, R. H. HANSRARUBR do hereby an nounce to tbe People's party, Democrat end my frlendi that I will be a candidate for sheriff before the county convention to be held on tbe 21th day of June, lfttt. by tbe fusion Populist-Democrat party. Very re spectfully yourt, R. H. HANSBARGER. Asylum Will be Located This Week. Senator T. J. Anderson returned Friday evening fni his trip with the legislative committee which has been viewing proposed locations for the insane asylum. Speakingof the work or the committee he said: "We have visited the last of the fourteen towns asking for the asylum. All of them have inducements of one ourt and another to offer and I have no idea what the committee will do. We will meet in the lieutenant gov ernor's office i n the state bouse next Wednesday to begin our deliberations. We have told the committees of the various towns that at that time we will hear any additional presentation of facts which theey have to present. We do not care to hear more argu ments but will give each town twenty minutes in which to present any addi tional facts. "I presume all of tbe towns will wih one more word and suppose that it will lake at least a day to hear them. We can then get dowo to bus iness and determine where the asy lum shall be located." Topeka Cap ital v An old railroad worker was con- verted and being present at a meet ing at which there were many Inqui ries, was asked to lead in prayer. He hesitated a moment and then with trembliug but clear resounding voice he said, reverently: "O Lord, now that I have fl igged thee, lift up my feet from tbe rough road of life and plant them safely on the deck of tbe train of salvation. Let me use the safety lamp Known as prudence and make all tbe couplings in the train ilh the strong link of love, and let my hand lamp be tbe Bible. And, Heavenly Father, keep all switches cIujou lual kad off on tbe sidings, especially those with a blind end. O Lord, if it, be thy pleasure, have every semaphore block along the line show the white light of hope, that 1 may make tbe run of life without stop ping. And Lord, (ire us the ten commandments for tbe schedule, and when I have finished tbe ran on schedule time and pulled into the great dark station of death, may tbe superintendent of the Uoiverse sy 'Well done, thou good and falthfui servant, come aod sign the pay rou and receive your check forVtera - i happiness,' "