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How Sumner County People Are Robbed.
KANSAS CITT v ON THE ROAD TO CIVILIZATION. T53UED every Thursday nd entered for 1 transmission by mall at second class rates $1.00 PER YEARLN ADVANCE Thursday, August 2, 1900. People's Voice. WM. STRYKER, Editor and Proprietor. PEOPLE'S PARTY TICKET. National. For President-W. J. BRYAN. For Vice President CH AS. A. TOW.NE. State. For Associate Justice DAVID MARTIV. For Goveri.or-JOHN W. BKr.lDF.NTHAT, For Lieutenant GoYernor A. M. HARVEY For i-ecretarr of slate-ABE FKAKKJ. For State Treasurer- ON WAY MARSHALL For Attorney General neh i. FARRELLl For Auditor-E. J. WESTGATE. For State Stip'tindent-Levl HUMBARGER For Suiit'endent of Insurance". McN ALL For Conirressmsn at La'gre-J. D. BUTKI The government had better own rail roads than islands; better own telegraphs than cannibals; own telephones than tropical beasts and jungles, better have postal savings bants, than yellow fever. Chicago Record. There is more joy in a printing office over one sinner who pays in advance and abuses the editor on every occasion, than over the ninety and nine who borrow the paper and sing his praise without con tributing one cent to pay the bills. Ex. The standard Oil Company employs 35,000 men. The average salary is less than two dollars per day. At two dol lars the total yearly salary paid would be $21,840,000 which is less than the in come of John D. Rockefeller, the presij dent of the concern alone. The Carne gie conibi nation and many others are clearing 100 per cent on enormous cap ital. I low long will it take for these large concerns to absorb even-thing, and what chance is there for the common man to "get to the top?" The gentlemen who are so fearful of socialism when the poor are exempted from an income tax, view with in difference those methods of taxation which give the rich substantial exemp tion. They weep more beeause $15, 000,000 is to be collected from the in comes of the rich than they do at the collection of $300,000,000 upon the goods which the poor consume. And when an effort is made to equalize these burdens, not fully but partially: we are called an archists. William J. Bryan in the House of Rerjresentatives. Republican papers should get together, In Kansas they are all saying that Popu lism has been swallowed up by Democra cy. Iu the East the swallowing is the other way. Here is a sample from a New York paper. "Who is William Bryan? He is the candidate of the Democratic party. He is the platform of the Democratic party, He is the Democratic party. The Demo cratic campaign this year is to be a cam paign of, by and for William Jennings Bryan. Who is this man Bryan? Who is the whole thing in Democratic poli tics? He is a Populist from Lincoln, Nebraska." When our flag was floating over Mex ico and Chapultepec and Vera Cruz the slave power demanded of John Quincy Adams and Sumner and Lincoln and others who believed as they did that they should answer the question: "Who will haul the flag down?" Toombs and Davis and Yancey were determined to consecrate that territory to slavery the same as Hanna and McKinley and Roose velt would the Phillipines. The par allel is complete. The purposes now are the same as then. The slave power is in c?ntrol. Its god is gold and its purpose is to use the whole machinery iof government for its nefarious pur poses, but right shall prevail as it did in the overthrow of chattel slavery. So shall right prevail in the overthrow of industrial slavery not only in our posses sions, but at home as well. Daily Mall, May 3, 1S95: "We are in receipt of another batch of literature from that infernal, pesky 'Sound Cur rency' committee of New York City. We really suspect that the one on 'States as Bankers' is interesting reading. But the circular letter that accompanies it is what gets us. It gives the price of this pamphlet as 'ten cents each' and it probably costs all of ten cents to pub lish it. Then a confidential note to 'the editor' is added saying: 'We shall be glad to furnish you 100 copies free of charge.' Why should these people furish us fro.oo worth of these pam phlets, each week, or $520 worth per year, 'free of charge?' Who pays this $520? Why do they pay it1 If they are so anxious to send $520 worth of printed matter to us, how much money are they figuring on spending throughout the Luited btates? Where does this money come from and why does it come?" The editor of the Mail and Star can doubtless answer the above questions asked by himself as he is now freely using the literature and arguments furn ished by "that infernal, pesky 'Sound Currency1 committee of New York." The article here quoted appeared also in the Star. WLLL- i.nqio: This is an exact repre sentation of the line of the Santa Fe from Kan sas City to Galveston, taken from their map. The Rock Island is par allel and the distances are practically the same. The rates are the same over all roads. The shortest route over any road from Kansas City to Galveston is over 200 miles greater than the distance here given from Wellington to Galveston. The following are dis tances and rates per bushel on wheat over the Santa Fe. Wellington to Kansas Clty.212 miles -.Mc- Wellluttion to Galveston, 710 mllfS 18.6c Kansas City to Galveston. SftJ miles 9.!tc Chicago to Kansas litv, miles 8.1c The bulk of the wheat shipped from Sumner county goes direct to Galveston. GALVESTON An investigation shows that no other portion of the whole wheat region is so mercilessly robbed as Kansas and no portion of the state worse than Sum ner county. The rate on wheat to Kan sas City was raised over 20 per cent last January and is higher now than it has been for years. The distance from Fargo, Dakota, to Duluth. is 251 miles and the rate is less than five and a half cents, while from here to Kansas City, 252 miles, it is 8.7 cents. Duluth prices are the same as Chicago so that the same grade of wheat will bring eleven cents more in the center of the Dakota wheat fields than here when with a proportion ate rate to the Gulf we should get within four cents as much. But it is not the railroads alone that plunder the Sumner county wheat raisers. One of the most perfect organizations in existence is the Grain Dealers' Association. With head quarters in Chicago it includes nearly every grain buyer in Sumner county. The purpose is to freeze out the "scoop shovel man" and put all of the business of grain shipment in the hands of those owning elevators so that no one not own ing an elevator who will not belong to the organization and join in helping to plun der the farmers can do any business. Every morning a telegram goes out to every member of the association giving prices for that day and that is what is paid. There is no need of going from our town to another. It is a trust, a pool, each member working under or ders. If the organization is not yet complete and any member becomes ob streperous he will soon be disciplined. It is immaterial to each buyer at any point whether he gets a larger or a smaller share of the business, the profits all go into a pool and he gets his share. The price of wheat in Sumner county has been for some time and is now four to five cents less than the Kan sas City price minus the freight. It is the intention of this associa tion to take that much or more from the wheat shipped from this county, and give it to the local memlers. The profits of those in Kansas City and Chicago come out later. Four cents a bushel on 5,000,000 bushels means $200,000 to local grain dealers. Whether local grain deal ers can help this or not, they are sharing in the profits of this robber organization. Minnesota and Dakota farmers have risen against this extortion and have built their own elevators. Next week we will say more along this line. Is there a remedy or must we quietly submit to the shearing process? It will at least be possible to learn the kansas City price any daily paper will give it. Deduct nine cents for freight The difference between this remainder and the local price is the local dealers' profit Two cents is a liberal margin and a large profit United and vigorous protests may have some effect in reducing this four or five cent margin. Better still, it may break up the organization and al low a farmer to ship his own wheat. Try it. Look for sale bills of sale of R. H. Lambeof Mayfield, August iSth, cow, mules, buggy, household furniture and other articles too numerous to mention. Hob Juhnson, wbobroke prairie in Eepub'lc county In the early days, is now worth $100,000. He went tare footed in the early times, and the sole of his foot became so hard i bat he could strike a match od it as easily 43 he dow can on the sole of his shoe. The Fort Scott Coiveatlons. The harmonious action and the splendid ticket nominated at Ft Scott were the only things remaining nec essary for certain defeat of the Repub lican party in Kansas this fall after its wretched mismanagement of affairs both state and national. Webster Davis, General Weaver, Cyclone Davis of Texas, David Over myer, John Atwood and others were the orators of the occasion. Never in the history of our country, since the I days of the revolution were such themes offered for oratory ac the present occasion affords and nwer were they better used. Never in the history Porto RJoo: "Say, mistah, is you buryln a fren of jrcmr'nr -Cleveland Plain Dwder. of Populism has every person who at tended a state convention been so thoroughly enthused and so thorough ly satisfied with the work done. The proposition urged by Jerry Simpson to nominate a United States senator was voted down principally be cause the call did not include it and the matter had not been discussed. The question of Associate Justice was by far the most important one be fore the conventions, The following excellent write up on this and other matters is from the Kansas Populist: "The gage of battle had been thrown down by the railroad corporations, when one of their attorneys on the democratic executive committee, at the Throop hotel, succeeded in so man ipulating affairs in the division of officers between tha Democrats and Populists and Silver Republicans, as to shut David Martin out of the race, because those corporations recognized in him a man who could never be swerved from the line of his plain duty to the people. For two days at Ft Scott, the battle raged over this ques tion and everything else was subor dinated to it It was an issue on which the people were wide awake. They felt that to permit the railroads to blacklist Judge Martin, no matter who else might be nominated, would indicate the surrender of our party to the corporations and lose us thousands of votes in the state. Some of the leading politicians thought differently, and were urging a ratification of the Throop hotel agreement, in the inter est of harmonious fusion. On the other hand, a good many democrats saw the wisdom of acceding to the Populist de mands and permitting us to nominate Martin, and were advocating that course. "A conference committee of fourteen Populists, seven Democrats and seven Silver Republicans were appointed by the three conventions to find the way to get together. The Populists de manded the justiceship; as a counter proposition the Democrats were will ing to go Into a joint convention under the two-tir!rds rule to make the nomi nation. The Populist committeemen came within one vote of accepting this, standing seven to seven Jupon it Finally, however, it was decided to concede that place to the Populists, and allow the Democrats to name the attorney general. This decision was arrived at late Tuesday night, and there was bitter opposition among the friends of the candidates thus shut out. When it came to a vote in the Populist and Democratic couventions, though, the overwhelming sentiment was in favor of the adoption of the re port. Indeed, it was followed by a magnificent demonstration, lasting a quarter of an hour, and accompanied by the waving of flags and every pos sible exhibition of joy and enthusiam. "This matter settled, everything else came smoothly and easily. During the demonstration referred to, an immense picture of Breidenthal was let down from the gallery tnd held aloft over the chairman's desk, and hailed with tumultuous applause. "The platform, which is published elsewhere, was received with frequent applause, especially the allusion to the South African republics; and it was adopted without a dissenting vote. Its declarations in favor of public ownership of monopolies are as rad ical and as far reaching as any social ist could ask, and are in keeping with the position of our candidate for gov ernor as an avowed socialist" Where is Mistah Simons. Ah there, Mistah Simons, who are you for, for senator? Which promise are you going to keep? The promise to John Xyce, Baker's postmaster, or the promise to . D. Krell, W. W. Schwinn and H. L. Woods, to support Burton. Jim Simpson, Burton's manager, made his headquarters with Schwinn & Woods while here, and they fixed, as they thought, Simons for senator and then smooth Jno. Syce, Baker's postmaster at Caldwell, slipped in and got a Baker pledge. C. G. Epperson went to Mulvane this morning. A LIFELESS AFFAIR. Republican County Convention Poorly At tended and Lacklnj In Enthusiasm. With the exception of the lack of attendance and of enthusiasm, the Re publican county convention Tuesday was a typical old-time Republican con vention run from start to finish by a county seat ring, made up largely of lawyers. Since the 82,000 Republican majority was wiped out by Populism in 1S90, there has been a willingness to consult the country voter and give him a chance in naming a county ticket, but that was not done on Tuesday. The country delegates were simply allowed to vote for the slate prepared for them The revolt against County Attorney Ready was so strong that he could easily have been defeated for re-nomination in spite of the slate if any other attorney in the county had thought there was any possible chance of election. Several townships were instructed against him and almost every Republican attorney in the county was earnestly importuned to accept the nomination, but would not. Overholtzer was turned down at the de mands of Richards and the Wellington lawyers because they could not run him and the office to suit themselves. Espy was turned down because he insisted on the business of the county being done fairly and honorably, on business princi ples, and would not allow any ring or clique to dictate to him or to pluuder the county. The ticket nominated is of, for and by the bosses and will be repu diated by all Republicans who desire good government and who wish to re buke bossism. The election this fall will be a repetition of last, except that fusion majorities will be larger. The Republican ticket is exceptionally weak on the whole this fall as it was last. A strong fusion ticket such as was nomi nated last fall can easily be elected. Elsewhere the proceedings of the con vention are given in detail. Later we shall have more to say concerning cer tain candidates. The Voice stands for good government regardless of party. It has not criticized a Republican be cause he was a Republican, and it will not, neither will it defend a fusionist, in wrong-doing or who is not worthy the confidence and support of the people. Reference to Stanley and his admin istration brought no applause. When the motion was made to declare Ready's nomination unanimous the noes were almost as unanimous and as loud as the ayes. Few of the delegates to the con vention had ever seen I. P. Parsons, the nominee for clerk of the court. The ring had decided to turn Overholtzer down and down he went Parsons is the homeliest man in Sumner county. The most vigorous cheering done during the convention was Parsons cheering his own nomination. Morris township was not represented at all and many others only partially. Since September 1st, over 18,000 Chi nese and 24,000 Japanese have entered Manila. These people g!adly work for ten cents per day and the labor is largely performed by them. When the first ship load of Chinese entered Manila after it came under McKinley's author ity they were refused admission under the Chinese exclusion act. Word was sent to the president and at a cabinet meeting it was decided to suspend this law which the president had solemnly sworn to enforce, and admit the Chinese without lin it. This has been done with the above result If McKinley can vio late his oath and at the dictation of the exploiters of labor suspend one law he can suspend any and all laws whenever these same exploiters of labor demand it. For Sale or Trade Feed Mill with good established whole, sale and retail tiade. Will dispose of machinery separate ly, or will dispose of machin ery and building together. J.A.STEVENS, Wellington, Kas. na n 1 u vj ca ca ca ca G3 CJ ca S'J ca LJ ca LJ ca C'J r.a lj r.a LJ ca CJ ca ca ca lj ra ca ca CJ ca L'J ca LJ ca LJ ca LJ ca L'J ca LJ n LJ ca LJ ca LJ ca L'J ca LJ ca LJ ca LJ ca LJ ra LJ ca LJ ca LJ ca L J ca L'J ca LJ ca LJ ca L'J ca LJ ca LJ Commencing Friday, Aug. 3, Closing Saturday, Aug. 11. We have too many Laces and Embroideries and must reduce the stock to make room for NEW FALL GOODS WE WILL GIVE ONE-FOURTH OFF ON EMBROIDERIES AND LACES on front center table. Get ready for your fall sewing at cut prices at the above. We have a few Shirt Waists left; save time md money by buying them at 33 cents and 50 cents, worth up to fi.75. Ask to see our Crash at 3 cents and 5 cents. You can make money by buying goods off of our 5 cent table. You will want Shoes and we can suit you and fit every member of the family. ca LJ m ca L'J ca LJ r.a C3 114 N. Washington Avenue, Wellington Sow(oS L"XV1 II JIT". P t !! T ! 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