News from Kansas.
FREE-STATE CONVENTION AT TOPEKA- REFUSAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMING ELECTION, ETC.
ST. LOUIS, Monday, March 23.
The Topeka correspondent of the Democrat says:
“The Kansas Free-State Convention was in session at that place on the 10th and 11th inst., C. F. CURBIER presiding. The Committee on the platform reported a series of resolutions- stating that the people of the Territory cannot participate in the election called under Pro-Slavery Constitutional Convention Act, without compromising their rights as American citizens and jeopardizing the public peace; that the Topeka Constitution is still the choice of a majority of the citizens of the Territory, and they urge upon Congress the immediate admission of Kansas as a State under that Constitution; that peaceful relations between all its citizens are regarded as indispensable to the welfare of the people of the Territory, and they urgently appeal to all men to submit the differences of opinion growing out of the question of its domestic institutions to the ballot box, provided that any attempt to abridge or impair the freedom of speech or of the ballot-box, shall be held as just cause for departure from this policy; that no tests shall be made for membership of the Free-State party, save the exclusion of slavery from Kansas; and finally, that they are inflexibly determined to abide by the principles of equality and squatter sovereignty as enunciated in the Kansas-Nebraska bill.