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People's Voice.
Wrt. STRYKER, Editor and Proprietor.
TSSCED eve r Thursday and entered for
traniuiissmu oy mull at secooa class raws
Thursday, June 28, 1900.
F;r Fresi.leut-W. J. BGYN.
ForlVice Preslctent-CH S. A. TOWNE.
Tbc Supreme Court and the PropuscJ Con
stitutional Amendment.
An examination of the decisions of
the supreme court of Kansas shows one
astonishing fact. The large number of
cases in which judgment has been given
by a jury in the district court against
railroad companies for damage, either
loss of life or limb or property, and how
regularly those decisions are overruled
and sent back for a new trial. In al
most every instauce the court nullifies
the work of the lower court and of the
urv, and decides in favor of the cor
poration, usually on some technicality,
and apparently for no other reason
than because it can. After a case has
gone back and forth several times be
tween the district and the supreme court,
a process which costs the corporation
very little and the plaintiff very mirh,
a compromise for a small sum of what
is justly due, is accepted, and iu this
this way the supreme court has served
the main purpose for which it seems t?
hav e been create.!. The people support
the court by taxation and the court saves
to the corporations annually many hun
dreds of thousands of dollars justly due
to persons whom they have wronged.
The farther removed a judge is from the
people whose case he tries, the more
liable he is to be influenced by the
blandishments and many subtle agencies
brought to bear upon him by wealth
and position, and the less by the rights
of the people by simple justice and hu
manity. In the minds of some there is
a feeling that the supreme court is in
fallible, or nearly so, a feeling closely
akin to that of the unthinking citizen of
a monarchy, that the king can do no
wrong. It is today the most powerful
agency by which the strong oppress the
weak. It seeks to perpetuate ancient
custom aud observe technicalities rather
ban deal out simple justice. '. t i ; the rich
man's caurt, rarely hearing a case
in which a corporation is not a party
and usually to the detriment of the poor
man so unfortunate as to have his case
taken before it. It is one of the things
that have been inherited frm absolutism
and m :i rchical ideas of government only
rec.:; 1 universal and has been changed
leas, of all. It must be very materially
modified and shorn of some of its power
before government of and for and by the
jiwple in fact, is possible. It is organ
ized and its work assigned by our con
stitution on the supposition that the edu
cation, the prejudice, the passions of the
people of any locality are such that
justice canuot be done without the far
removal in time and place of cases in
volving large sums of money. Instead
of increasing their number from three
to seven as proposed in the constitu
tional amendment to be voted upon this
fall better make it impossible to appeal
the class of cases mentioned in the first of
this article and some other classes. The
work would then be reduced by more
than one-half. No increase would be
necessary and justice would be more
speedily rendered and the work of the
lower courts would be decreased rather
than increased.
Should the Republican party control
the next legislature J. R. Button will go
to the senate. A man whose unpaid
notes are not worth ten cents on the
iollar, a man without convictions or
character or visible means of support,
who once was repudiated by his own
party because he was a moral leper,
pushed to the front by the millionaires
because they hope to get back money
loaned him and by the fixers of the
party because he has no conscience, and
w'.ll do the bidding of the bosses. Such
is the Republican choice for the senate
of the United States to represent the
state of Kansas. We wish to ask
of honest, conscientious Republicans,
what do you think of this dose the
bosses have fixed tip for you?
Rotten at tbe Sun.
It is entirely logical that continued
probing of the Havana postal scandal
should develop an additional indication
of corruption, pointing to a system by
means of which certain persons on the
pay roll of the postoffice in Washington
also drew salaries in the Porto Rican
The carpetbag place-seekers, who are
the loudest howlers for imperialism and
the most vigorous wavers of Old Glory
when imperialism is assailed by consist
ent Americans, seem to have gone into
the imperialist business exclusively "for
the stuff." The methods in vogue in the
Havana nostal service are now shown to
have been the methods of spoilsmen
pure and simple. The later develop
ments of similar methods having pre'
vailed in Porto Rico shows that the car
petbag spirit has obaained there to an
equal extent. General Otis himselt is
on record as charging widespread cor
ruption among American civil officials in
the Philippines.
These recent developments will go far
to convince the American people of the
basic rottenness of the new American
doctrine of conquest, lK.t and h otv.
fhe holding of the Philipi.ies is dic
tated by the syndicates. The infamous
tariff taxation of Porto Rico was dic
tated by the syndicates. The breaking
of our solemn pledge for the independ
ence of Cuba is dictated by the syndi
cates. The organization of our "colo
nial" sen ice is dictated by the syndi
cates aud controlled by the carpetbaggers.
It will be well for the American peo
ple to think soberly about these develop
ments. Ther are contrary to anything
retofore known in our national his
tory, and infinitely humiliating to our
national pride. Are we willing that they
should continue? If we are not, we
should remove from power the political
party which is owned body and soul by
syndicates and carpetbaggers, and com
mitted irrevocably to imperialism and
the corruption ineYitable to imperialism.
The plans so carefully laid to boom
and nominate Teddie have all worked out
as planned by Hanna and the other man
agers. The show of opposition was
simply for effect; but it will avail
nothing. It has become an unwritten
law to renominate a president, but none
except Jackson, Lincoln and Grant (war
heroes) have ever been re-elected since
the days of the revolutionary heroes.
The effort to re-elect McKinley on the
strength of canned beef, Cuban frauds
and murdered Filipinos will not win
even with the Rough Riders to help to
herd the voters.
The charitably disposed of this coun
try who wish to relieve famine victims
iu India are authoritatively advised not
to send foodstuffs, but to send bankers'
drafts There is plenty of native grain
in India, they are told; the real trouble
being that the suffering people are too
poor to buy. So it seems that it is not
a famine at all. It is a manifestation of
poverty. There is no dearth, but indi-
Ihe masses get so small a share
A Congress of False Pretences.
The most characteristic feature of
the Congress that has just adjourned
was its insincerity. The session of
Congress that immediately succeeds a
presidential campaign is always
marked by n:ore or less hypocrisy, but
it is seldom made so manifest.
It is nearly thirty years since the
party in control of the executive at
sueh a time has also controlled both
branches of the national legislature.
Ordinarily a party that "wants to
make a record ' without having any
thing accomplished can do so easily
and agreeably by passing a popular
measure and letting the other party in
control of another branch take the re
sponsibility of beating it I5ut this
time the Republican party, controlling
both houses and the president, has had
to bear the whole responsibility for
everything done and left undone, and
it has not found the situation pleasant
For instance, the party professed vo be
favor of the Nicaragua canal bill.
The house passed the bill by an enor
mous majority. That would have been
a useful thing to refer to on the stump
if the senate had been Democratic.
Unfortunately the senate was Repub
lican, and as the party managers did
not intend to allow the canal to be
bnilt, they had to let one of their
hou es destroy all the political capital
the other had amassed.
Again, the Republican party nego
tiated a treaty the country would not
tolerate, turning the canal, when
completed, over to the British fleet
The Republican senate was afraid to
ratify it, aud unwilling to vote it
down; so it was simply tucked away in
a corner in the hope that the people
would forget it until after election,
when it could be brought up and put
into effect.
The Republican house professed to
be opposed to trusts, and passed a bill
for their repression. Eut as the party
did not want any anti-trnst legisla
tion, it had to resort again to the
humiliating device of having the sen
ate undo what the house had done.
On the other hand, the senate pro
fessed to be the ferocious enemy of one
particular trust, the armor plate com
bination, of which the house was the
defender. The senate kept up its
professions of virtue until the end of
the session, and then surrendered
everything the trust wanted.
Of course it was impossible to keep
the mask of hypocrisy always in place
in a matter so deeply affecting Repub
lican interests as the trust question.
When Congress adjourned Senator De-
pew said to the Journal:
l,ln my opinion there have been no
failures scored by this Congress; it has
achieved nothiog but the highest re
suits for the best good of the whole
In failing to pass the bill to prohibit
trusts, it sived employment to the
million people who would by its oper
ation have been thrown out of work,
and it saved to American commerce an
almost inestimable amount upon our
annual exportation to Europe.
That was ean.lid as much so as the
remark of Senator Ilanna during the
delate on the armor plate question:
"It is complained that upon applies
tion tbe manu'acturers of armor plate
of what they produce that they suffer refused to show their books and papers
from want in the midst of plenty of their an to five the cost? antl tneJ did P"-
own makuig. The Public. ' fectly right in not disclosing those
"Wilful Waste .
Makes Woeful Want."
& is as wasteful not to secure what
you need and might fuve is it is to squan
der what you already possess. Health is
a priceless possession. You can secure it
and hep it by taking Hood's .immW2i
which purifies the blood, cures disease, and
vroigorntes the whole system.
Mini in i mHww
facta Tint is their business, aid if
they choose not to give the informa
tion to the public, that is their busi
n ss al o,"
And so Mr. Ilanna and his associates
calmly vote to give SlT.Ooo.O M), more
or less, to a combination thatsavs tha
the cost of the arti.de it is sellin? to
the public is none of the public's busi
The Porto Rico matter gave occasion
for another exhibition of Republican
insincerity. When Congress met it
was to listen to exhortations from the
president to do our "p'ain duty" by
giving the Porto Ricans free access t
to our markets. "Plain duty" meant
nothing to Mr. McKinley, It sounded
well and seemed safe. But his recom
mendation immediately brought a
swarm of buzzing, stinging protected
interests about his ears. He promptly
retreated, and took his party in Con
gress with him. That the change of
programme was due to this cause and
no other was notorious. The protec
tionists, led by their oigan in New
York, boasted of their victory, and
taunted the wretched Porto R'cins
with their helplessness and their lack
of votes. Put the Republican leaders
in Congress, eongeuitally incapable of
a sincere statement of anything with
politics in it, had the assurance to put
in the preamble of their bill the asser
tion that it was passed for the benefit
of the Porto Ricans themselves, who
had money to pay crooked taxes, but
could not pay straight ones.
We needed a cable across the Pacific.
Of course, to statesmen such as those
who control the Republican party at
Washington, that could mean only one
thing subsidies to a corporation. But
there is a popular prejudice against
subsidies, even when it is not known
for crta;n that the pockets of the
statesmen who are voting for them are
filled with the stock of the corpora
tions they are subsidizing. ,So Con
gress, just before a president 'al elec
tion, had to be cautious. The house
passed a bill providing for a cable to
be laid chielly with government
money and owned by a corporation.
The senate amended it to make the
government own the cable after paying
for it The matter then went over
until after e'ection, when the cable
will doubtless be given to the corpora
The Republicans in Congress were
hungry for Shi p subsid ies. They could
hardly keep then hands off that gi
gantic job, even with the spectre of
November before them. But here.too,
they remained on the familiar ground
of pretence. They got their subsidy
bill in position to put through next
winter, and then passed the word to
keep quiet about it until after elec
So of the army. The provisional
army law expires next year, and a per
manent measure should have been
passed at this session to take its place.
The Republican party intends to have
a great standing army, and it shows
that noth'ng of the sort is wanted by
the people Consequently it passed no
army reorganization bill at this session
that was another thing that could be
handled better after election.
Nor would the party put its Philip
pine policy in the form of a statute. It
would not frankly expose its pro
gramme to criticism. It preferred an
indefinite regime of executive orders,
which might be un-American and
might cost a few lives, but would lend
itself to elastic representations on tbe
This Congress has been frank in
only one thing its repudiation of its
party promises on the financial ques
tion and its undisguised subserviency
to aggregated capital. New York
now a crime, nor is it disreputable; nor
is the possessor of it usually the best sort
of a missionary to send out to convince
men that there are higher kinds of suc
cess than money-making. It has never
yet been deemed wise to utilize Satan in
casting out devils. The only way a man
of wealth can qualify himself for the
service of mankind is by obeying the
injunction "sell that thou hast and give
to the poor." Kansas Populist
A Piylnx Business and Why It Pays.
Reports of the state banks of the
state for the past year show that twenty
five per cent of them made thirty to
thirty-four per cent; forty per cent made
twenty to thirty per cent; twenty-five
per cent made ten to twenty per cent.
This is above all expense and upon the
paid up capital. With a sound, sensible
financial system three-fourths of the
banks would go out of the business and
the remaining ones would not make any
such enormous profits. Nearly "all of
the many hundreds of thousands of dol
lars of their profit is a useless tax upon
the productive industries of the state
and the worst feature of the whole. mat
ter, is the fact that they are placed in
position not only to levy tribute upon all
branches of industry, but to dictate po
litically and otherwise what those who
are under their control must do. Ex
amine any bank and it will be found
that the loans and discouuts are several
times as great as the capital or in other
words, that the banks are loaning from
four to forty times their capital, usually
from four to ten times their capital.
Their loans are their deposits on their
debts. A larger volume of government
money, metal or greenbacks, would obvi
ate the need of so much borrowing and
make thesetremendous profits impossible.
Were it not that the bankers control the
government, such condition would not
exist. No other business in the state
the past year or ever, made one-half the
profits made by the banks, and no bank
honestly and carefully managed ever
failed. It was mismanagement of such
a character as should have sent some of
those connected with the failed Welling
ton banks to the penitentiary, that caused
the failures.
The fact cannot be too often or too
forcibly placed before the public that
the Standard Oil company, the West
ern Union Telegraph company, each of
of the great express companies, The
Federal Steel company and many other
large concerns are making this year, 100
per cent, upon their investments besides
a great increase in the value of their
capital stock due to this tremendous earn
iug power. It is only a question of a few
years until these enormous concerns al
ready overgrown, will be able at this rate
to gather into their insatiate maw the
whole of the country's product. They
can now regulate prices of all ordinary
products, prices of transportation, and
communication, bring on panics, in
crease or decrease the volume ot
money, make labor plenty or scarce,
in fact, be the masters of the destiny of
the industries, the wealth and the welfare
of the people. Every year the posibility
of more complete control of every de
partment of government and every av
enue of preferment aud every shadow
of power or influence by these few enor
mous concerns grows greater and the
power of the individual voter grows less,
and this must continue so long as pres
ent tendencies continue. What shall
the end be?
So far as we can see with "our dim,
earthly vision," the man w ho labors for
others and to try to make conditions
better for those who are to come after
him, is having his labor for his pains.
Individuals are sometimes grateful for
benefits; the community never is. He
who works for the emancipation of labor
is bound to abandon his thankless task
ia disgust, if he expects either reward
or appreciation from those he is striving
to benefit. But if he labors in the hope
or expectation of such recompense, he
is unworthy to be a teacle:or a leader.
His work is on the spiritual plane, and
work on that plane cannot be paid for
with material things. The promise is
not that he that soweth to the spirit shall
reap houses or lands, gold or gems, but
"life everlasting;" The greatest teacher
who ever lived had not where to lay his
head. The more a man amasses of the
things that canker and corrode and per
ish with the using, the less fit is he
to lead the poor out , of the wilderness.
The possession of great wealth is not
fr Mi Aftr.
Yf Urt. Etylet Uen arc so dif
fort it after marriage 1
Uiu BingMon So I've heard; but
why do you say It now?
"Wky. at ny request Charles willing
ly gave p going to the war; but. If
youH believe It, be tbows no Inclina
tiaa to girt up bU club for my sale."
fteate Transcript
C4.r Two Flags.
U wm a teldUr of fortune and a
priMicr of war.
"Come." they said, "sign the parole!"
But h only shook his head.
"Hvftrl" ht tald, proudly, "but I've
BO objections to signing the pay roll."
No, be wasn't ia the war busiresa for
sanitary mtotta. X. Y. Journal.
A Taake Ps.
Flrrt Spanish Citizen Carrambal
The Yankee pigs are Insufferable.
Second Spanish Citizen Of course.
But what U your complaint?
"I offered to let one kick me for i
peso, and he kicked me and refused ti
pay. Omaha World-Herald.
. A Ba Ca.e.
IUbernatlng Hawkins What's del
matter, Bill? Yer restless!
Wobbling William Yes; 1 don't
sleep good! I must have insomnia; 1
wake up every two or t'ree days!
Verjr Thick.
They were talking about the New
York fogs, and some one stated that his
ferry boat had stopped every few yards
on its way to the city, the fog being so
thick that it was impossible to sea
"Oh, that's nothing!" said anothef
man who was of the company. "Con
lug down from New Dorp the fog is
sometimes so thick that the engineer
bat to get out and lead the engine."
Cincinnati Enquirer.
Hit First Bee-SUng.
David Henry, aged three, not being
acquainted with ibe peculiarities of the
Insect took a half-frozen bee into his
hand one day recently, and soon there
after was wailing vigorously. His
mother rushed to the door.
"Oh, the poor child has been stacf
by a bee!" sue exclaimed.
? T-t-taln't a b-b-bee-e-e," sobbed the
victim; it's a b-b-bear-r-r-rP Judge.
I Bilk foulards! 1
A e will close our June business by offering
our Silk Foulai J Dress Patterns at a Big Redaction
for Saturday only. $5
6 Dress Patterns, Foulard fj
Silks, former prices 85c
and $1.00, sale price, per T
yard 65c
3 Dress Patterns, Foulard i
Silks, former price 50c,
sale price, per yard 42c '
1 Pattern Silk Grenadine, !
former price $1.00, sale H
price, per yard - 65c
1 Pattern Silk Grenadine,
former price 75c, sale
price, per yard - 49c
Shirt Waist Sale closes Saturday night, June
3O. Don't miss this sale.
Come and see us.
t j
it j
Trade at Spruance's.
It pays.
We are showing the largest and best
selected stock we have ever sold
them before for the same quality.
Our assortment and prices are at
tracting lots of buyers and, and our
prices can't be beaten. Special
values at 25c and 50c per garment.
Negligee and
Silk Front Shirts
We have never shown such good
values and patterns. From 50c to
A good all wool suit for $5.00,
85,50, $6.00. A good boy wool
suit for $1.5o and the largest line of
suits from 14 years to 20 years that
was ever shown in Wellington, and
at such Low Prices that you will buv
them when you see them.
Bring in the boys and we will
fit them with good clothing
at a Low Price.

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