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That the Republican State Central Committee of Kansas
Blew up a Bui'ding With Dynamite,
Hoping to Either Dynamite Peoples Party Editors, or Worse
Yet, Get Them Hung, by a Mob.
[second article.]
Last week we published the preliminary chapter of the story of the
Coffeyville dynamite explosion. The express office was blown up, and Mrs.
Dpham and Miss Upham, wife and daughter of the agent, were blown into
shreds—although both subsequently recovered.
A heavily-whiskered, cowardly looking, and ignorant wretch had come
into the office at Coffeyville, and with suspicious actions left the package
for L. Lowden, Winfield, which exploded that night at Coffeyville.
Instantaneouelv the entire republican press of the state published ac
counts thereof, and some statements unquestionably indicated that they
were prepared to accuse the Vincent boys, of Winfield, of being connected
therewith. Note that Winfield was about 65 miles west of Coffeyville, and
the name of “Lowden* (address of box) was not known at all in Winfield.
But there was a Miss Bowden, chief compositor in that office, now wife of
one of the editors; and the agent at Coffeyville, Upham, who addressed the
box, was hard of hearing. He has indicated that he may not have heard
the name right, when he wrote it upon the package at the request of the
ignorant man who handed it in.
Winfield became aroused to a great pitch of excitement, and the talk
became at once, pro and con, for or against the Vincents’ connection with
» the matter. Note that there was no name by which such connection of a
firm in one town should be connected with an explosion seventy-five miles
How was it so soon bruited abroad—within a few hours, or moments,
in the streets of Winfield, a fine little city—that two splendid fellows, of
spotless reputation, were wretches using dynamite for horrid purposes!
| Why, Ed. Greer, editor of the Courier, republican committeeman, and
J y a lawyer who was secretary of the republican club, and three or four oth
ers connected with the sending away oi Poorman at this time, all seemed
to know right off, that the Vincents were guilty of sending an infernal ma
chine, getting it the Lord knows where, and then bringing it by some false
beard ruffian to a little city 75 miles away—and there boldly expressing it
*/ to a name not existing in Winfield! Or if the name were meant for “Bowden”
—then sending it to a lady employe in the office!
And the county committee of the republican party at once knew all
about it, and spread the “news” broadcast!
But now let us get a tab on this Greer and his fellow-committeemen. If
that package of dynamite were to be received by any one at Winffeld they
} would be apt to watch the arrival and get it early, for the bearded fellow
\ who left it at Coffeyville told the agent that it must be handled with care,
“being glass,” and “not.given to the drayman /” Now then, WHO was at
the depot, or in the neighborhood, prowling about!—while expecting no one
on the train, nor having business with the agent?
Why. it was these two republican committeemen! Where were the Vin*
cents? And Miss Lowden? They were attending to their business as
1 usual!
What were these two men (who had secured the absence of Poorman
suddenly, and had immediately thereafter bruited abroad cruel supposi
tions and insinuations, against the Vincents,) prowling there for? Simply
this—as we shall prove:— To watch that box in its transport to the local
express office—and its removal by the Vincents. The conspirators did not
know the name was wrong. They surely supposed that it would be taken
by them, when delivered, or when told that it was there, for Miss J. Bow
•- ► den. Then they were to pounce upon them, by police or the marshall, sieze
the stuff, accuse them of vast conspiracy through the Union Labor organ
ization, —the “Videttes,” —and get them hung to the nearest lamppost—
r for every one was excited at that time over dynamite. Or, perhaps it was
\ to explode and destroy the Vincent building and all therein—and Miss Bow
den was to be a victim.
j. As to the connection of the local and the state republican committees,
two republican governors, members of the legislature, and, possibly, na
tional officials including J. G. Blaine, we shall begin unfolding a chain of
developments against which there can be no assaults. So far as the repub
j lican local committee is concerned there came a settled conviction, at once,
that they were connected with the crime.
One of the most singular incidents in connection with the event was the
previous sudden employment of two disreputable characters, who, from
that time on had the republican state organization at their command.
One of these was Poorman, spoken of before, who drew his checks on the
bank signed by the committee, with great energy one of SBS just preceding
i his disappearance on the eve of the explosion.
The other fellow was one Henrie, an anarchist, compeer of the Chicago
t Haymarket Anarchists, (if there were such), and one who enters into the
recent work of Mrs. Lucy Parsons as a “revolutionary socialist” of energy
and fearlessness, “who would cry out against and spare not the infamies of
the capitalistic system.” He was more than an anarchist. He was a low
■down fellow whose diseases were said in public print to be such as to keep
I him out of decent society. Not only that, but he was published as a dead
beat not only by the papers but by the commercial agencies.
We quote a letter of advice from the Commercial Agency in reference to
this wretch:
“Topeka, Kan., Nov. 24th, 1889..
* Dear Sir: —Yours of the 22d received, Mr. C. A. Henrie, is absolutely
worthless, and it would only be a waste of time to send the account to us.
He could not—and would not if he could—meet it.
Yours Respectfully.”
This anarchist Henrie was taken in charge immediately after by the
republican state committee, pushed into the state house as “Assistant La
bor Commissioner,” the office being made for him, and a salary for him
shoved through the legislature. Gov. Martin appointed him to the office.
When Martin was succeeded by Gov. Humphreys, the latter bounced the
impertinent rascal. But Henrie didn’t stay bounced. The entire republi
can machine was closeted with Humphreys and Humphrey yielded, and
Henrie was reappointed, in all his nastiness, to keep his mouth in proper
shape! We will introduce Henrie to the witness stand again.
Immediately after the explosion, the entire republican press of the state
jumped upon the Vincents as the guilty parties—two young men, 75 miles
/ away, with no one connected with their office by that name—unless it be
Miss Bowden! Such a general assault could only come through the state
! committee.
Of course we shall find that the state immediately set to work to dis
cover who were the perpetrators—in order that they might stamp out an
i archv and dynamite murders! Yes, they did for a few hours. They offered
a reward of SSOO. But almost immediately the hoirible fact became ap
parent —that the republican party was the villain. From that moment it
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ST. PAUL, MINN., FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 1892.
was impossible to get a warrant out, or a public sentiment among the offi
cials to back up any effort.
In fact a law was immediately passed? compelling all such actions to be
brought through the County Prosecutor. Citizens were compelled to put
up cost bonds before the action. The county prosecutor declined to act
when presented by detectives with the damning testimony.
On this subject we quote:
We quote from the Non-Conformist, a few days after—and after its
point-blank charge that Greer and the republican committee were back of
the crime. Remember that Greer was editor of the Courier, and Upham the
agent whose own wife and daughter were torn to pieces, marred for life,
and nearly killed; also that Sheriff Conner had forcibly reminded the repub
licans that if they dared to pursue the investigation they would locate the
job in their own ranks:
Why is it that not a republican official anywhere is putting forth a sin
gle effort of any kind to ascertain who is the guiltv man and bring him to
iustiee? Why is Mr. Upham so indifferent in the matter that for three days
he declined to contribute one cent to convict the author of the tragedy?
Why is Mr. Greer so very particular to keep away from Coffeyville?
Why do the republican managers in this county decline to accompany
Sheriff Connor to Montgomery county or anywhere els?, to make a rigid
search for facts ?
Why is the Courier so careful to post the public each day where Poor
man is and to impress it that he was in Ohio all this time?
Doesn’t the whole affair present an innocent side for the comfort of the
republican management? Their rest, however, seems disturbed; their fine
spun theories of protection interest them no longer. They are deeply ab
sorbed in meditation, their patriotism seems to have lost its vital spark,
and really they do not wear so agressive faces concerning the “amikists”
as they did a week ago. What does it mean? Why, to be charitable in
the matter, the necessity for an editorial expression of opinion is unneces
sary, but if the republican state and county central committees are not di
rectly the agents to that little premature affair over there, they certainly
have a great case at court, for people will talk, and they have to talk the
way the sign reads; and from the manner in which the dear old party over
seers are taking ther medicine, no further treatment is necessary.
We are still waiting patiently, but thus far vainly, for the republican
press to explain why C. A. Henrie, an avowed anarchist, was appointed by
the governor of this state to a lucrative position in the office of the state
labor commissioner. Until 'they do so they would do well to sing pretty
small and call no more names.
And the following from the Topeka Jeffersonian: [ln reference to the
statement that Henrie was in Topeka we shall present the testimony from
his own house that he was secretly absent]:
Ever since the explosion efforts have been made to have the republican
officials do their duty and arrest and piinisk the authors of the outrage,
but the county attorney of Montgomery county says no crime was com
mitted, and not a step has been taken to punish the guilty perpetrators of
the outrage. The last legislature was memorialized to investigate the mat
ter, but refused to do so.
The republican party sometimes makes professions of extra moralitv,
but must be judged by its fruit, its acts and its agents.
Now read from the Phillipsburg Democrat:
The American Non-Conformist, published at Winfield, Kansas, charges
leaders of the republican party with being responsible for the dynamite dis
aster at Coffeyville and says it is ready to prove it. If the charges are false
it is very strange that those republicans do not prosecute the publishers of
that paper. It looks rather dark for the g. o. p.
Now read this letter from a gentleman connected with the case as a
Vincent Bros., Winfield.
Gentlemen:—l notice in one of your issues you state that Gov. Martin
had refused to issue papers in the ■dynamite case, and, thinking you had
made the statement from what I told you, I desire to put you straight.
The fact is Gov. Martin had nothing to do with it. I called on Judge
Chandler, in Coffeyville, and stated to him that I had evidence enough to
convict the dynamiter and told him what evidence I had. The Judgewas sick
at the time and directed me to see the'County Attorney, which I did, and
told him that I had evidence to convict the man who delivered the box to
the express agent, and asked him Jot a warrant. He replied to me that he
did not think any crime had been committed, but said he would lay the
matter before the Attorney-General, and notify me on the following Fri
day, when action would be taken. I learned, a short time after,that he did
notify the Attorney-General, and he directed him how to proceed. I have
heard, nothing from the County Attorney-since.
Now take the following statement made by the Vincents:
Let us change the scene to the county attorney’s office a short time
following the explosion.
A gentleman enters and inquires if the-effer for a reward for the arrest
of the man who left the box of explosives, was made in good faith?
“I know no reason to the'contrary.”
“Well, then, if you will proceed to draw up the papers, I will furnish the
evidence that will convict.”
“What evidence have you got?”
“I have the evidence of a man who has shadowed the parties since a day
or two after the explosion. Has followed him from place to place, has
learned the names of the parties who came to see him, know with whom he
was corresponding, and the manner in which it was conducted. I have ad
vices that warrant me in applying for requisition papers, and I will produce
a statement that will establish the'identity of the depositor of the box, of
the party who purchased the -explosive, and whose money he was using to
pay for it.”
The attorney scratches his head, moves nervously about in his chair,
then says:
‘‘Well before I can do anything in this ease, I must consult higher au
thorities. I have the opinions of several leading members oi the bar to ef
fect that no crime has been committed, and if that ruling should prevail, I
would be left in attempting a prosecution. But I will advise at once with
the Attorney General, and let you know.
To this day not a word has been received from that officer. Later in an
other conversation with a similar object in view, the applicant for papers,
was heard to remark, with a smile, “l have worked up a good many cases,
but I never before tackled one, in which I could not get my papers when I
had the man I wanted, but I say right here, although, none of you can act
in the matter, get me the papers for the arrest of my man, and I will fur
nish vou
Deputy Sheriff Clifford throws a little light on the matter —as note the
statement that “they were expecting a box,” which “box” has never yet
been explained to detectives or others, nor has any clue been found who
was “expecting a box” that day: .
“As soon as I heard of the explosion,” said Deputy Sheriff N. M. Clifford,
“I took steps to find out who had offered the box for shipment. Upham
gave me the description of the man about the same as he gives it now. I
telegraphed to Sheriff Connor at Winfield, and met S. Cure the marshal of
Winfield, and introduced myself to him. He said I had better go and see
Greer. Mr. Cure took me to the Courier office and introduced me to Greer.
In the course of our conversation, I explained to Greer and the marshal
about the box, etc., and Greer said: “We expected a box like that, but not
so soon.’ I wondered what he meant by that, but said nothing. Later,
Greer said, I have been receiving telegrams by the dozens about this thing.
“While in Winfield, I learned that Cure was a member of the republican
county central committee. They tried to ‘rope’ me for all they were worth
about the box, and what was thought of it, etc., but I said very little. I
bad never met Greer before, and it seemed as if they wanted to keep me
there all the time. They took me to Greer’s office three time while I was
there. They blamed it on the U. L. party.”
Then let us follow the statement made by the Express Agent at Win
field, where the package was to be received. Note this, that Upham the re
ceiving agent at Coffeyville, whose wife and daughter had been nearly de
stroyed, had sent word to Winfield to see if any one there was to call for
evidence to convict.”
Peoples party candidates on county and legislative tickets must not
forget they cannot get on the tickets under the Australian law, unless they
have one and all the necessary number of sworn signers to a petition. IF
they delay too long it will be too late. They must see their County Audi
tors at once and get blanks and secure signers. This is of the utmost im
that package! That is the rendering of the following statement, and what
follows put a bad light on Upham:
Mr. W. H. Rigsby, agent of the Pacific Express Co., at Winfield, made
the following statement: “All I know about the affair is by hear say.
Here is a package that was put in at Coffeyville and sent up here to see if
any one would call for it. It is a brick put up in a paper box and wrapped
in dark paper, marked ‘L. Louden, Winfield, Kan., paid forty cents.
From P. Jasen. Coffey ville.’ There was no call for it. It seems strange to
me, that after Upham had been cautioned as he was—not to let the dray
man have the package, or let anything be set upon it—he should not mis
trust anything. It is an agent’s business to make out a waybill at once,
and copy it in his book. Upham’s conduct all the way through, leads me
to think that he must have known something about the sender of thatr
package. I cannot help thinking that there is a negro in the bush some
where. * * I never saw or heard of a waybill for the package, and do not
know whether there was ever a bill made out for it. There should have
been, however, and the books, of course, will show that.”
While we are dealing in circumstantial matter, it will be in order to call!
attention to the very diligent efforts put forth by the officers of th* law in*
Montgomery county, to do anything but get at the facts that would lead
to the detection of "the guilty parties. Has the public ever heard that a
judge or officer in that county, summoned witnesses before the Grand ,
Jury to testify? Have they eversummoned the editors of this paper before
them to fulfill our offer to put the officers on the right track?
Follow with the fact that, after the governor had offered a SSOO reward,.
and nothing done, a petition was sent to the legislature to have the awful
crime perpetrated. Read:
Following the murder of John M. Clayton, in Arkansas, the legislature
in Kansas expended a dejl of time, and much expressive patriotism over
the crime of democracy. Hardly had it died out before a petition was read
praying the legislature to investigate the Coffey ville affair. How it was
treated, our readers are familiar. Had there been the remotest sucpicion
that any of the U. L. managers were, in any degree, connected therewith,
how long would it have taken them to set a committee at work with the
State Treasury open to their necessities to bring the fiends to the bar of an
indignant and unrelenting legislature? What has Arkansas done? The
Judge laid down the riot act to the Grand Jury; they proceeded to work,
and what result? They return bills against many connected with the elec
tion troubles, and before they are done, will find the man who shot Clayton.
Did they gather inspiration from the actions of the Kansas legislature in
positively refusing to think about investigating crimes in our borders?
In Arkansas, the officers set to work with a will, and soon an
plice turns State’s evidence that unfolds the whole case. And we stand
ready to prove that two persons connected with this affair would have
turned State’s evidence had they been given the slightest inducement. Yes;
three, and for fear he would turn the much feared informant, is today
drawing a better salary than he ever thought of before, and the taxpayers,
of Kansas are paying it.”
May 7,1889.
Two more contemptible frauds perpetrated on a people than the reports of
Peek of New York, on labor wages, and of Yalesh, of Minnesota, on farm
mortgages. How the great stomach of humanity can take in such morsels
of putridity and. falsehood without re-gur-gi-ta-tion—followed by copious*
projection upward and outward—is the question for man to solve. The
fact is, violent emesis has already taken place. Peck has been arrested
for destroying the papers upon which he “based” his fraudulent reports—
and Yalesh stands before every Register of Deeds in Minnesota as a politi
cal liar and rascal. How much time—Yalesh—did you spend in Otter
Tail county examining the records? Or in Polk county—or in Dodge coun
ty, etc., etc.? Thou divinest spark of Minnesota Fraudulency! Before
thy monumental lyification future generations of liars will bow in humble
adoration. The devil and all his scaly satraps, in contrite spirit
and humble meekness, wipes his weeping nose and abdicates the throne
—to thee—thou mighty fabricationist and Prince of the Province of
Unborn generations, knock upon the doorway of the womb of Time
—hastening the days to come, that they jnay see these black-backed
striped snakelets—ere they sink down into the arms of the King-bee of
Peck is the latest purchase of the republican Giant of greed. He was
a democrat—and after showing a year since that all instances of the in
crease of wages were the results of “strikes”—he now comes forth and
claims that an examination of a “certain number” of manufacturers shows
that there has been a slight increase under the McKinley bill!
But the democratic party gets afttr this hireling liar—and behold, he
dare not show up any such examinations—and then he is arrested for
burning public documents to hide his infamy! Truly the Evil Genius,
which has destroyed the republics of the world by corrupting their popu
lace, shrieks with joy at the sight of Peck—and the republican idol, known
as “Miparti” grins from wooden ear to wooden ear, over its purchase of.
so apt a villain!
And where is \ alesh all this time—the sweet youth who has spent over
a year to demonstrate that the mortgage foreclosures of 1891 are only
one-fourth of those of 1881! This brilliant snipe has bathed his plumage
in the dews of the Yalesh of humiliation, and sugared his soul with the sa
craments of satan! Go to, thou purchased gimlet in the hands of the
God of Greed—go to thy master, banker Merriam, and get thy guerdon.
Then go hang thyself—if there are beams strong enough to stand the
We propose to publish in the Great West in the next few weeks ar
ticles on the following subjects:
1. To show that the plutocrats have ueed dynamite for destructive'
purposes, and given offices to well-known anarchists, whom they use to
make the labor cause odious.
2*”To show that Frick, the conspirator-manager of the Homestead'
works, wa» never even scratched by Bergman, the anarchist—nor shot—
but that the whole thing was a “fake” gotten up to make the labor cause
3.—That Wall street capitalists have combined to destroy the peoples
party, either by intrigue or iorce, and will publish their dispatcies to that
Notice.--An Important Matter!
Read the statement made by a local Winfield paper:
There Never Have been
Some Things to Think About
This Republic was founded f
upon principles which involved
the Dignity of Labor. To des
troy the power of Labor is to
construct Caste. A Caste cannot
co-exist with a Republic.
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