Rodolph Hatfield in Eagle Article. He 'warns' Wichita Papers. 18 July 1895

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Rodolph Hatfield in Eagle Article.  He 'warns' Wichita Papers.  18 July 1895 - ; HE FOLLOWS GRANT GOOD CITIZENSHIP LEAGUE HELD...
; HE FOLLOWS GRANT GOOD CITIZENSHIP LEAGUE HELD A MEETING LAST NIGHT. Don S. Colt Will Follow Grant When He Want to 1'Ight Col. Lewis Says Wichita Wichita is Ignored Rudolph Hatfield Warns the Daily Tapers of Wichita to Beware Billy Smith States Briefly the Object of theI-casueThey are Against the Sa-Ioons Sa-Ioons Eemarks About Morrill's Back. bone. "When Billy Smith, president of the Good Citizenship league called the meeting: to order in the First Presbyterian Presbyterian church last night the house was comfortably filled. In order that all present might know the object of the league he stated its principles briefly a3 follows: 1. To prevent, by persoal effort, the romination and election of corrupt can didates and the enactment of corrput la.ws in city, state and nation. 2. To secure fidelity on the part of of-f;cers of-f;cers intrusted with the execution of Che laws. 3. To exterminate the saloon as the greatest enemy of Christ and human-' human-' ity. 4. To preserve the Sabbath. 5. To purify and elevate the elective franchise. 6. To promote the study of social wrongs and the application of the remedies. remedies. 7. In general, to seek the reign of yhatsoever things are true, honest. Just pure, lovely and of good report. Theroutinebusinessof the leaguewas hurried through for the reason that a great majority of people present were not members, but had come to hear the epeaking. Colonel H. TV. Lewis was the first speaker introduced by President Smith and was received with applause. He said: "All reform in order to succeed succeed must have enthusiastic advocates. It was the enthusiasm of &uch men a3 Luther and Knox that made the reformation reformation a success, and ground priest craft to the dust. Colonel Lewis tried to prove the justice justice of the cause of the Good Citizenship Citizenship league by frequent quotations from the Scriptures, and he wanted the people like Joshua of old to "chose ye, this day, whom ye will serve." "There is now a crisis in the affairs of this city. When the prohibitory law was adopted the temperance people lay down to pleasant dreams, while the turn power was all the time wide awake. "It enlisted the press of this city in its cause, and the daily papers taught the people to despise the law and heap anathemas on the law's defenders." "The voice of God was now speaking to tlie people of "Wichita. The tight is on. It is the saloon on one side and the Itinmo rn tVin rtVrr Vrm tvHI Yin rnm- rtelled to take your stand on one bide or tjhe other." He belittled the argument that the sialoons ought to be allowed to run because because the city got a revenue and said, "What a multitude of sins a little leve-(nue leve-(nue will cover." j "The amount of revenue obtained from the saloons has never exceeded M5.000 and S7 cents on $1,000 of the cash value of Wichita .will make that much." "If the leaing papers can be believed the city of Wichita is a target for the rest of the state. It is ignored in state convention, and by the railroads and the rest of the state." Rodolph Hatfield was the next speaker. speaker. He said: "I feel that this hour bears burdens of responsibility tint oueht to be met with fortitude and patriotism. patriotism. "Somebody once said, I believe it was Bushnel. that "the soul of all improve ment Is the Improvement of th soul.' "There "will always be men of vicious habits and purposes and it is for them the law is made. We have one advant age in the argument against the sa loons; all parties admit that the liquor trallic is an evil." Mr. Hatfield thought the great drawback drawback in this movement was a class of people who claimed that the law could not be enforced. He called them "Can-nots." "Can-nots." "I do not, however, want to harshly "riticlse any one. This is a free country 'iml every one has a right to his own opinions. "I read an argument in a newspaper which attempted to justify the violation violation of the prohibitory law because the people had ignored the fugitive slave law. "I cannot see the force of that argument." argument." and then he went on at some length to show that the fugitive slave law and the Dread Scot decision were plain violations of the rights of man. v. hile the prohibitory law was for the flevation -f humanity "I want to say to the two daily papers papers of this city." said Mr. Hatfield, and to the liquor dealers, bewars of the cr round upon which you stand. An aroused public opinion may yet call you to answer." He did not believe that the revenues the city received from the liquor traffic traffic made us rich. If we send out 510 for liquor and the city gets back $4. it looked to him that we were out just $G In th operation Rov. Don S. Colt was received with applause, and atfer it has subsided he said: "I am only a plain Methodist preacher preacher saying earnestly that the rum power rught to go. Th voice of God rings in cur ears, and humanity appeals to us to stand tirm in this cause. "I have always upheld the good name of Wichita: her womanhood and her manhood. All we want is an opportunity opportunity to show that the manhood and womanhood of Wichita can clobe the joints. "The judge on the bench ance said to an Irishman: 'The evidence shows that you threw a brick at John Smith, and Tat Added: 'Faith, your honor. It shows more than that; it shows 1 hit l.im.' "The stiffeneing of the governor's back bone shows that the temperance people have hit something. "Just as long as the present police commission show a determination to enforce the law the good people of Wichita ought to stand to thfir backs. Jiut they want to show more determination determination than they have yet .--hown. "I have been told that they closed the front doors of the saloons. I do not entirely believe that. "I was in a barber shop the other div and there was a saloon just across the 'street. I believe they called it SchAitzler's saloon, and I saw squads of nien go in and come out wiping their moyiths. They had evidentlv been drihking and they went in and out of thJ front door. 'I am doing business on a street in WHchita, and it is reported that I have sriiuggled goods in my possesion. 'An officer looks in and sees me sell fymuggled goods. He arrests me and iJhat officer swears he saw me sell those jfeoods; he saw me tie them up and deliver them to my customer, and saw him pay me. "Then I go into court and swear that I did not sell the goods, and my customed customed swears that he did not buy any goods of me. Now it may be in a case of that kind that a conviction could not be had. "But in a case where a man is known to be an honest officer, I think his evidence evidence ought to outweigh that of a man known to be a violator of the law. "The moonshiner hides his still away in the mountains where it can not be found by the officers of the gevorn-ment, gevorn-ment, and if we had that) kind of affairs affairs here open saloons would not be running on the streets. Rev. Colt wanted every man and woman woman in the city who wanted the joint3 closed to sign a petition to that effect. This was a time for action instead of for talking. When he wanted to go on dress parade, he would follow McClel-len, McClel-len, but when he wanted to fight, he iould follow Grant. He closed in an eloquent appeal in which he sopposed Abraham Lincoln saying the law could not be enforced, and refering to the voice of patriotism and the cry of the oppressed slave. SOME WICHITA WOMEN" WKITE. About Some Letters Written the Editor of the Eagle The editor of the Eagle has found a majority of the unselfish, loving and pure of this world to be women. Even women of impure lives are less selfish less biggoted and more loving than men; more forgiving, more self-sacrificing, more charitable, than her loud professing brother. The editor of the Eagle has a great many woman friends, with very many of whom he is personally acquainted. Occasions bring these women friends and allies to his side. Why he should be so honored and trusted becomes puzzling when the fact is remembered how many ungracious things he has said of female suffrage and other fads of the "new woman." But he has these women friends and is correspondingly correspondingly proud of the fact. The trust is mutual. The soul-burthens of this world, the betrayal of life's most sacred sacred confidences, the unspeakable woes entailed by unequal and unjust moral standards are all forced upon the shrinking shoulders of gentle, trusting, loving unselfish women, from which very fact she becomes a power in every moral conflict, in every contest involving involving the hopes and aspirations of human ity. But to what we desire to speak: Their church next to their home is sacred to women, its minister next to her sons and husband, confided in, therefore, therefore, logically, these are interests which the editor must take chances in criticising. So much in leading up to an explanation due those of Wichita who have in taking sides with us as against their own minsters have written written us letters which have not appeared. A short note was printed from the hand ui.iii. oiuuiemyer, lur ine reason mat she is the widdow of the editor and founder of one of the great journals of the country. Two other ladies autho rized us to use their names to criticisms criticisms more severe than anything we have written. Two of these letters are from menVbers of the Presbyterian church, two from the Methodist and one each from the Unitarian and Christian Christian societies. Everyone is a mother. After a few months have slipped by these women friends will probably agree that it was just as well their letters failed to appear in these columns. columns. But they will please understand that their sympathy does not want for appreciation here. We are more than thankful for their words, not because the gratification afforded In the caustic caustic character-delineation of their several several ministers, but from the fact of the assurance that he who commands the commendation of pure women cannot be so far wrong. GOOD 1EOAD riiOISLEM SOLVED. O. C. Daisy With His llrn.ul Tire Sprinklers Slakes a Coud Road. The question of how to have good roads is discussed more or less in all the btates. In some of the states the propositon has been made to employ state con- icts in improving the public highways. highways. So far as good roads are concerned in Kansas O. C. Daisey has solved the problem. He has shown by actual demonstration demonstration that good roads can be made here by the use of broad wagon tires. The first block south of Douglas on Emporia is naturally as muddy a sec tion as can be found on that street when there is rain and was formeily very muddy. For the past few years Mr. Daisy has been getting water at the corner of Williams and Emporia and his big sprinklers are many times a day run to and fro over the section of the street named. The wagons which draw these heavy sprinklers have a broad tire and people have notices that these tires keep the street level and smoothe. People who have observed It have been heard to frequently remark that if every wagon in the state of Kansas had such tires that the public roads and streets would be as tmoothe as the asphalt pavements. There are a number of people in this city who believe that when the question question of good roads has been finally settled settled in Kansas that it will be done by compelling persons driving a narrow tire wagon or carriage over the roads to pay a heavy toll. It has been noticed that the sections of Lawrence and Emporia avenues sprinkled i keep much smoother than tlu sections not sprinkled and require less work to keep them in good condition. condition. Some of the broad tire advocates admit admit that the sprinkling keeps the street from blowing away but they claim that the smoothness of these streets is due more to the broad tires of the big sprinklers that are constantly being driven over them than to any other cause. It is claimed that if heavy iron rollers were kept constantly going over the roads that the result would be hard, smoothe road and that the next best think to an iron roller is the broad tire wagon. HE SUED T1IC CITY. an It a a a to Ilr. 1'urr I'uts in a IJI Claim for Tentorial Injuries. Yesterday Dr Parr brought suit against the city for the sumof 56,275 damages. This is one of the biggest personal damage suit ever broucht against Wichita, and it is interesting to know how it will come out. It is interesting for two reasons, for inee the discharge of the sidewalk force, for want of re-enue re-enue to ray them, many such tuits are expected, by reason of broken and defective sidewalks. In his petition Dr. Parr alleges that he was traveling on Seneca street on the West Side and by reason of a defect in in of all credit a of evidently danger the

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  2. 18 Jul 1895, Thu,
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