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A common-sense view of the anarchist case, with some points apparently unnoticed by others

A common-sense view of the anarchist case, with some points apparently unnoticed by others
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: 1890s
This pamphlet, apparently, was written by G. C. Clemens. It presents the populist perspective on events related to the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, Illinois, on May 4, 1886. It is dedicated to Gov. Oglesby of Illinois who commuted the sentences of two of the men convicted in the case from death to life terms. The original is fragile but most of the text is available. A few letters or a word may be missing from what were the inside margins of the item.


An appeal to true Populists

An appeal to true Populists
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: Unknown
A historical analysis of the progression of the People's Party in the political process of the 1890s.


Gaspar Christopher Clemens

Gaspar Christopher Clemens
Creator: Downing, George
Date: Unknown
This black and white photograph shows Gasper Christopher Clemens. A Topeka attorney who represented clients from all walks of life. Clemens also gained the reputation as a lecturer who discussed the political issues of the day. When the Populist Party gained momentum in Kansas, Clemens became an active member and served in several positions. One was as legal adviser to Populist Governor Lorenzo D. Lewelling and the other as a court reporter to the Kansas Supreme Court. His battle for justice and equality for the common man, prompted Clemens to break away from the Populist Party, in 1897, and organize within the state the Socialist Party. In 1900, Clemens became the Socialist candidate for Kansas Governor and received about 1,200 votes. With this encouragement, he became the 1902 Socialist candidate for attorney general but was unsuccessful in his bid. After the defeat Clemens returned to his law practice to advocate and defend those in need.


Gaspar Christopher Clemens, The Labor Problem

Gaspar Christopher Clemens, The Labor Problem
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: 1887
This pamphlet is "for the Busy and the Tired." The author, G. C. Clemens, writes about the proverty that exists for most workers, including farmers. The original is extremely fragile and portions of the text are missing.


Gasper Christopher Clemens

Gasper Christopher Clemens
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This black and white photograph shows Gasper Christopher Clemens. A Topeka attorney who represented clients from all walks of life whom were believed to be falsely accused or denied their personal rights. Clemens also gained the reputation as a lecturer who discussed the political issues of the day. When the Populist Party gained momentum in Kansas, Clemens became an active member and served in several positions. One of those positions was legal adviser to Populist Governor Lorenzo D. Lewelling, and the other as court reporter to the Kansas Supreme Court. His battle for justice and equality for the common man prompted Clemens to break away from the Populist Party, in 1897, and to organize within the state the Socialist Party. In 1900, Clemens became the Socialist candidate for Kansas Governor and received about 1,200 votes. With this encouragement, he became the 1902 Socialist candidate for attorney general but was unsuccessful in his bid. After his defeat, Clemens returned to his law practice to advocate and defend those in need.


Newspaper clipping of illustration by Myron A. Waterman

Newspaper clipping of illustration by Myron A. Waterman
Creator: Waterman, Myron A.
Date: between 1890 and 1906
Newspaper clipping of an illustration by Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937). One man is sitting up in a coffin and gesturing with his hands and is talking two a second man. The second man, who strongly resembles G.C. Clemens, is smoking while reclining in a side chair with his feet up on a small pillow. The reverse includes a portion of the story being illustrated, which involves a reporter working on a story about accidental live burials while sitting vigil at the wake of a friend named Phil. Waterman first gained recognition as a political cartoonist and illustrator in the early 1890s while working as the editor of the Fort Scott Lantern. He held a number of other occupations throughout his life including working in the drug store business and serving as a deputy state bank commissioner of Kansas from 1894 to 1901. Waterman was a staunch prohibitionist and a member of the First Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, moving there from Fort Scott in 1893. In 1901 or 1902 he relocated to Kansas City, Kansas.


The Legislative conspiracy in Kansas. Court vs. Constitution. Who are the anarchists?

The Legislative conspiracy in Kansas. Court vs. Constitution. Who are the anarchists?
Creator: Waterbury, Edwin S. (Edwin Stevens), 1839-1924
Date: August 1893
This pamphlet presents the Populist version of the 1893 legislative war between the Populists and the Republicans. It was written by Ed. S. Waterbury, a lawyer from Emporia, who served as the Clerk of the Election Committee of the Populist House of Representatives. Waterbury describes what he believed was a conspiracy involving the courts. G. C. Clemens's assessment of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Albert Horton's decision in the legislative controversy begins on page 79. The original is fragile and some of the text has been lost. The pamphlet includes several photographs that are also available elsewhere in Kansas Memory.


The ultimate aim of trades-unions

The ultimate aim of trades-unions
Creator: Clemens, G. C. (Gaspar Christopher), 1849-1906
Date: 1890s
This pamphlet by G. C. Clemens discusses the need for labor reform through trade unions. He compares that movement to other 19th century reform movements such as the antislavery movement. The original is fragile and some of the content is missing on the interior margin of the pamphlet.


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