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Kansas Struggling for a Foothold.
XPLORERS, hunters and miners,
Had crossed those lovely plains, When naught but the savage Indian
Held sway o'er these domains.
But the onward words of America's son's
Were, “westward we will go!
We'll wield the plow and hoe!"
At first her growth was very slow,
But healthy it must be;
Called "Squatter Sovereignty."
In '58 another dose was mixed
And it was a bitter pill!
And known as the "English Bill.”
For thirty years they've made their home
Upon the Kansas soil; But grasshoppers, drouths and prairie fires
Have made them double toil.
But now, such things she looks upon.
As a relic of the past;
Some states she's sweeping past.
In '59 they tried to get
The first pre-emption through; But the blue lodge clan, who lived in the south
Said, "Boys 'twill never do!"
Next they tried for a homestead bill,
And they thought they'd get it; It passed the house-Republican
But 'twas defeated in the senate.