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John 1 CorwiD, the Veteran Political
Writer, Dishes Dp Illinois for
the Tribune.
Hi Qivtt a Slashing Account of Hit Fight
in tha District! OutsMa
There Is Very Little Doing in the Con
gressional Aine Hereabouts at, the .,,.,..,
Present Time.
Mr. John A. Corwln, the veteran
political correspondent, writes us fol
lows to tho Tribune from Spring
field: '
"The fights In the Congressional
districts outside of Cook arc coming
on now. A good, many conventions
have already been called, and the
campaign will be exceedingly lively.
Conk county Is the last to make Its
Congressional nominations, but the
country districts make their selec
tions In the spring and t early sum
mer. I? some instances the nomin
ations aro virtually conceded now,
and the Held of Congressional news
is anything but barren.
The Eighth District will be repre
sented by Mr. ,A. J. Hopkins, who
will be nominated by acclamation.
Congressman Cbilds is in the new
Elgthth, but' will make no ennte'st as
against Mr.. Hopkins. The district
will glvo a Republican majority of
5,000 or 0,000 at least, and the Dem
ocratic nomination Is a matter of no
Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Jo
Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and Lee make
the Ninth, a'.hug'e Ropuollcun dis
trict. It Is tilled with available Con
gressional timber, but the nomina
tion seems to be drifting toward Mr.
'Hltt, who will get It by acclamation,
unless other candidates bestir them
selves. The new Tenth Is composed of
Whiteside, Hock Island, Henry, Mor
cer, Knox and Stark Counties and Is
ltepubllcdn a against the world.
From Indications it Is safe to say
Gen. Post will bo nominated, and
his election will follow as a mattor of
The Eloventh District was formed
for tho express purpose' of sending
Senutor AndyO'Cbnor to Congress.
The beneficiary is in California, and
will not accept a nomination which
ho can have for the asking. The dis
trict is Democratic by about 1,800,
and tho Democrats, strange to relate,
are shy of candidates. It looks now
as if Representative James A. Smith,
of Chntsworth, will be the nominee.
The Republicans will nominate Gen.
Henderson and try their best to carry
the district.
Htruiiffl In the Twelfth.
Tho Twelfth Is Republican, and in
it dwell .Joseph G. Cannon and Mr.
Wheeler, loth members of Congress
at this writing. Mr. Cannon has
Vermilion nnd Mr. Wheeler .Kanka
kee. Iroquois Is In doubt. L. F.
Watson, Dr. Secrlstnnd Mr. Hllcher
favor Cannon. Aleck South, Thos.
Vcnnum and others are fighting for
Wheeler. The delegation will prob
ably divide about half and half.
Will is the battle-ground. Both Can
non and Wheeler are striving to get
it Souator Cullom has many friends
in Will. His brother, Henry, has
Just finished a term" of four years as
Postmaster at Jollet The Repub
licans of Vermilion mot in conven
tion recently and indorsed Cullom
and Cannon. The delegation to the
State Convention. leads off with Mr.
Cannon as Chairman; closely foll6wed'
by Editor Jewell. Mr. Cullom wants
Vermilion to support him for a Sen
atorial nomination, and it stands to
reason his friends in Will will be of
a responsive mture when the Con
gressional tight comes up for settle
ment The new Thirteenth it Republican
through and through'. Congressman
Funk of McLean will ho renominated
beyond question, it is thought, al
though Champaign County will sup
port F. M. Wright The Demo,
cratlc nomination is of no conse
quence, being merely perfunctory.
Hardin Masters of Fulton County
will probably be named as the Demo
cratic candidate for Congress In the
Fourteenth District. The Demo
crats have a majority regarded by
them at . least. os, safe, and from
pretent Indications Masters will be
the nominee. John M. Nlehait9 .of
Peoria has been mentioned, but the
gentleman is a holdover Senator, and
the Democrats will take no chances
Is filling vacancies In doubtful dis
tricts occasioned by resignations. v
The' Fifteenth and Slxtecuth too
are Democratic districts. George A.
Anderson or Adams, Congressman
McDannold of Brown,. William Nocce
of McDonough, Truman Pluutz of
Hancock, Representative Meyers of
Henderson, and possibly J. II. Han
ley of Warren will bo the candidates.
It's anybody's fight, with the odds In
fdvtif of Neece. The Republicans
will nominate Gen. Marsh, who will
make a mighty effort to overcome
the Democratic majority of about '-,-
000 in the district.
t'MtiMUtr In the Mxtrrnth.
W. 1. Callon of Morgan, Ham
Bell of Macoupin, Joseph M. Pago of
Jersey, Heury Ralnoy or Judgo Lee
"Lakin of Greene,' Senator Sylvester
Allen of Scott, Finis E. Downing of
Cass, and Elsah Williams or Judge
Doocey of Pike will coutost for tho
Democratic nomination In the Six
teenth. Tho convention meets at
Jacksonville May 8. Tho nomination
of, a candidate for Supremo Judge in
the Fourth District will' do much to
ward shaping the result of the Con
gressional convention.
The Seventeenth Is the Springer
district, and Is composed of Menard,
Logan, Sangamon, Mason and Chris
tian Counties. It Is Democratic by
about 1,800 majority. The Impres
sion hus obtained throughout tho
State that this district was In great
fomentation and that nothing but
politics was tulked uboutordls.'ussed.
Quit.) tho contrary obtains. Some
tlmo ago tho Hon. Charles E. Hay, of
this city, was mentioned us a candi
date against Mr. Springer. This cre
ated something of a breeze at tho
time, but of lute nothing further was
heard of the matter. Mr. Hay Is a
prominent man In this part of the
State and stands high iu business
and social circles. Ex-Senator Shum
way, or Christian, was also brought
out. Mr. Springer will, ft Is be
lieved beyond doubt, bo renominated.
His election Is quite another mut
ter. Tho Republicans .can, If they
will unite on-u candidate, give Mr;
Springer an unusually hard fight
They may be uble to beat him. Some
years ago Major Connolly brought his
majority of 4,000 or 5,000 In tho old
district down to about 000. A good
many people believe the Major can
defeat Sprlngerthls time. The Ma
jor says ho will take the nomination
if it comes to him with any degree
of unanimity, and do his best to beat
Springer. He declares he will not en
gage in a fight before the nominating
convention. H. Clay Wilson, of this
city, will ask the convention to'nom
inate him. Mr. Wilson has been a
member of the Legislature from San
gamon County, and has a good fol
lowing among the Republicans. Ma
can County will offer ex-Senator, W.
C. Johns,- in the hop&of his nomina
tion in the event of a hot contest
among the Republicans of Sangamon.
Mr. Lawrriic In tlir Flrlit.
C. E. Lawrence, of Elkhart, Logan
County, will also ask the nomination.
Mr. Lawrence Is a wealthy farmer,
and some years ago acceptably repre
sented the old Logan County district
in the Legislature. He Is particular
ly strong amoug the farmers, and
promises, In tho event of his nomin
ation, to make A house-to-house can
vass of the district. The way the
tight is progressing, somo man out
side of Sangamon will be chosen to
contest with Mr. Springer.
Edward Lane will in alt probability
be renominated by the Democrats in
the Eighteenth. A number of pros
pective candidates have been men
tioned In thlsdlstrlct,-but Lane hus
the mutter well in hand and will win
without serious opposition. The dls
trlet Is Democratic, and the Republi
cans have little chance of carrying it.
The Nineteenth District will b?
close. The Democrats will nominate
George W. Fithlun, who has beeu
abusing tho administration and shout
ing for free silver and an Increased
tax on diamonds. The Republicans
will make a tight against Fithlun,
and have half a dozon candidates to
select from. Tom Golden, of Mar
shall, Clark County, utid Horace Clay
Clark, of Muttoon, would make the
cont?st, as wauld also Mr. Lynch, of
Olney. They have a good show nf
success unless, indeed, they get Into
u wrangle In their Congressional con
vention. The Twentieth District Is Demo
cratlc, and at present is represented
by Mr. Williams, of Carml, White
County, who succeeded tho Hon. Dick
Townshoud, deceased, of Shawnco
town. Mr. Williams will bo renom
inated by acclamation. Thero is no
candidate against him of sutllclont
strength to make. any trouble. Sen
ator James R. Campbell has, as they
say down in Egypt, "boon threaten-
,ln' " to bo u candidate for Congress,'
but James is not in earnest in the
premises. Ho Is a holdover Senator,
and the atmosphere of the State Cap
ital is more congenial than that of
Washington. James will want the
vote of Wayne County two years
hence in a Senatorial convention, and
Mr. Williams may be, ablo'to assist
him la getting it Mr. Campbell is
not a serious obstacle in Mr. Will
lams' path.
Anbltlotu Man la th Twenty-Ant.
St. Clair,' Clinton, Marlon, Monroe,
Washington, Randolph, and Perry
make up the new Twenty-first Dis
trict. Mr. William a Forman, of
The Head of Chicago's Electric Systems.
Washington, now represents it in
Congress. The district is loaded, to
the guards with ambitious Demo
crats.. It Is rich in Democratic
genius. St Clair has Nlc' Perrip.
Monroe is the home of Col. William
It. Morrison. Waterloo is the county
seat of Monroe, and Waterloo, ac
cording to John Reynolds' ?My Own
Times,'' was a town when Chicago
was unheard of. Col. Morrison is
the idol of the Democrats of Monroe, i
He Is the man of all men there, and
his word Is law. Every man, woman,
und child In Wnterloo 'knows the
Colonol. His coustltuency is sincere.
Peter Blckelhaupt, Judge Erb, Pete
Feller, everybody is for Morrison.
Rundolph is for Cole, who does not
want an office, and William Hartzoll,
who served a term in Congress once,
anil has over since been de
sirous of repeating the. experiment,
.lames D. Baker, the Warden of
the Chester Prison, may prove quite
u factor in Randolph County politics.
Clinton hus Rufus N. Ramsey, Au
gustus Van Hoorbeeko and Andrew
Jackson Sparks. Mr. Forman has a
proprietary Interest in Washington,
and William K. Murphy, Collector of
Internal Rovenue for the Cairo dis
trict, is the man of all men in Perry.
Thomas Emmett Merrltt has re
turned to political life in Marlon. He
was beaten for the Legislature some
years ago by gentleman named
Holtslaw. Thomas was sore at heart,
but ho bided his time. The Holts-
laws got Into an altercation, with tho
deadly hired man, and the result was
a suit brought by said hired man in
tho Circuit Court to rocover damages
for bodily injury. Mr. Thomas Em
mett Merrltt was the principal coun
sel for tho plulutilT. It is understood
as a result of tho proceedings said
hired man has accumulated somo
wealth, uad Mr. Morrltt Is rehabili
tated evory way. Mr. Merrltt will
seek nomination for tho Lsglslaturo
with some prospects of succoss,
lluril I.Iiiim fr l'urmiin.
That's the kind of a district Mr.
Forman has to tackle. He has all the
elements to contoud with, and his
preserves are tilled with men who
would bo glad to throw him down.
Does anybody for a minute suppose
Gen. Sparks or Gus Van Hoorbeeko
would decline a nomination to Con
gress? Would Mr.1, Merrltt, or Mr.
Hartzell, or Henry Setter, or C. D.
Halle, cast the honor aside? Nlo Per
rln of St. Clair would like to succeed
Mr. Forman, and St. Clair County Is
for him. Nlc Perrln Is an exceed
ingly bright young man, and has for
tome years been engaged in writing a
history of Illinois. He was formally
announced as a candidate for Con
gress, but last week a St. Louis news
paper said be had withdrawn from
the fight His friends here say he
will be a candidate, and will have
tho delegation from St Clair and a
portion of that of Monroe. It's to
Forman's interest to get Perrln out
of the way. Mr. Van Hoorbeeke
will have Clinton and possibly part
of Marlon. Mr. Forman will have
Washington and .Perry, with frac
tions of Monroe and Marlon. Mr.
William Hartr.ell will got Randolph
and some scattering strength from
other counties. It all hinges on Mr.
Perrin. If bo stays in the fight Mr.
Forman. ls.ln danger of. defeat.
Mr. Forman is by some of the lead
ers of the Democracy In his district ac
cused of Interference in the Sena
torial business in the Interest of a
gentleman from Northern Illinois.
In order to create a division, Mr.
Forman will be fought in his own
district A number of men down In
the Twenty-first think ho had better
attend strictly to his own affairs.
Down In tin- Tweiity-roiil.
The Twenty-second Congressional
District is overwhelmingly Repub
lican, and is composed of Jackson,,
Williamson, Saline, Union, Johnson,
Pope, Alexander, Pulaski, and Mas
sac counties. George W. Smith, of
Jackson, has represented the old dis
trict the Twentieth, in Congress for
several terms, succeeding John R.
Thomas. Mr. Smith lives in Jack
son county, and bo has its delegation
to the Congressional convention at
his back. He is one of tho best cam
paigners In Southern Illinois. Sev
eral men started out to get the nom
ination. J. A. Rose, of Golconda,
Pope county, who was ono of the
Trustees of the Chester Prison under
Gov. Flfer, wus a candidate. Alex
ander county offered two men N.
B. Thlstlewood and Walter Wurden,
Esq. Dr. Fowler, of Williamson, also
wanted tho nomination. The dele
gates from Alexundor wero Instruct
ed to vote for Thlstlewood. Mr. War
den withdrew from tho Congressional
contest and will return to the Legis
lature. Ho was tho Republican can
didate for Tempornry Speaker of tho
House at tho lust session, and this
time will seek the Speakership. He
will prove a likely candidate for the
place, too, having no end of friends
In tho House. Dr. Fowlor has Will
iamson County, und will be happy to
throw Its delegation over to Smith
if the votes aro necessary to Smith's
success. Mr. Rose has Pope County,
and that Is about tho extent of his
strength. Mr. Smith has Jackson
and Massac next door to Pope. He
will lund Union, Johnson, and Snline.
His nomination is about as sure as
anything can be in politics. Mr.
Smith knows his constituents, and he
knows them well. In the beat of
summer, in camnalgu years, ho wears'
long nair ana oox-ioeu tongue ooois,
a suit of farmers' satin, the coat be
ing a single-breasted frock, and a
hickory cane with a crook handle.
Thus equipped he sails down the Mis
sissippi and up the Ohio, patronizing
the packet boats. A campaign is a
season of great comfort for George
Washington Smith. He takes life
leisurely and gets elected every time.
The Ei-CoDgressmiD Is i Red-Hot
dite for Election to the Hi
tionl Senate.
Hi Will Fight Every Inch of the Grouse
with Shelby M. C.llsm, the
General Gossip of a Political Nature of Inter
est to Readers of "The
William E. Mason, of Chicago, and
Senator Cullom are now fairly pitted
against each other in a fight to cap
ture the Indorsement of the State
Republican Convention for Senator
or the control of the Republican side
of the next General Assembly. Five
of the county conventions preparatory
to the State convention have been
held. They wero called by organiza
tions favorable to Senator Cullom.
Three of them were captured by Mr.
Mason and two declared in favor of
the Senator.- iSo.tho tight stands as
between the two Republicans,, while
the Democrats are -getting ready to
take the scat of Senator Cullom for
ono of their number.
Tde two conventions that were
won by the Cullom people were held
beforo Mr. Mason announced himself
as a candidate. In fact when he did
open his campaign for Senator Cul
lom's Job the friends of the Senator
pretended to regard it as one of his
practical Jokes. They decided to
show at onco what an easy race their
man had against the Jocular man
from the West Side. They called
conventions in Clark, Richmond and
Jasper Counties, and were assured by
the Postmasters und Government
employes thero that the conventions
would Instruct for the man from
Sangamon. The conventions wero
held, the dato of tho lust one being
lust Saturday: All threo declared
for Mason.
Tho ox-Congressman says he has a
law business that takes him into
these three counties. The conven
tions being held at the county seats
and ho, happening to be there while
they were in progress, Just "dropped
in to pass a Joke or two" with his
friends, and the nam In the resolu
tions of Instructions' was changed
from Cullom to Mason in all threo
casos. This brilliant onslaught of
Mason's astonished the Cullom men
and they now believe that their op
ponent is not Joking. Daniel Ray,
ono of Senator Cullom's friends, who
is acommlttoo clerk In the Senate, has
come to Chicago and Illinois to see
to ic that the fences of the Senator
ure In better shape.
After Juspor County had declared
for Mason, Cullom's friends gave It
to tho Republican press that such
action wus not due to Mason's popu
larity, but becauso Cullom was un
popular with disappointed ofllco seek
ers. At this, however, Mason only
smiled, and followed his first victory
by bagging tho two other delegations.
This additional defeat tho Sonutor's
friends did not take time to explain.
Whether Mason wus loved too much or
Cullom too little was u matter of
small importance; at any rate, tho
Joke was getting serious and Senator
Cullom was appealed to. "Dan" Ray
was sent to Illinois in charge of a
corps of tho Senator's clerks, who aro
said to bo on the Government's pay
rolls, and they say that Mason will
not get away. with any more delega
tions so easily. But Mason continues
to wear bis contested smile; and his
friends say tbatne will saw. some
more wood soon.
It is said in Senator Cullom's be
half that he has sacrificed much for
the Republican party. Mr. Mason
admits this and says the Senator
ought not to be called upon to sacrl
flee any more. He says he is willing
to do a little sacrificing himself now.
In addition to bis popularity among
the Republicans, the ex-Congressman '
declares he finds many supporters in
Chicago because his townspeople be
lieve thore should be a Senator from
this city, whereas both of the present
Senators are resldonts of Springfield.
Mr. Mason believes, if the Cook
County Republicans are loyal to him,
as he is the only candidate from
Cook County, he will have enough
votes to nominate in the State con
vention or tho legislative caucus.
Mr. Mason was in his law office
Monday, having returned from his
trip to the southern part of tho
State, whither he went "on law busi
ness." Ho said he was well satisfied
with the progress of his campaign.
He did not care to talk about it
much, he said, so ho told a funny
William Dunn, whose father wa
one of the first settlers of Chicago
and who was himself born In this
city, is a candidate for tho Clerkship
of the Criminal Court. Ho Uvea in
Twelfth Ward and claims ho will
have the support of tho delegation
from that ward. A. O. Cooper and
P. J. Cahlll, who also reside in tho
Twelfth Ward, are candidates for the
Probate Clerkship. Each claims as
strong a support as Mr. Dunn.
William Boldenweck says he has
not withdrawn from tho contest for
County Treasurer. He is yet In tho
field and proposes to make a hard
fight to get tho nomtnutlon. Mr.
Boldenweck, it lis understood, is In
the Wulff-Hull-Korr combination.
R. E. Conway declines to be con
sidered a Republican candidate for
Congress in tho Lake-Cicero District
where Clayton E. Crafts wants tho
Democratic nomination. It is prob
able now the Republican nomination
will go to Charles E. Piper, President
of the Cicero Town Board.
As ex-Speaker Crafts is booked for
Congress, tho Democrats of tho Sev
enth Senatorial District talk of nom
inating Hope Reed Cody for the
Legislature. Cody ts a bright young
attorney, and son of ox-Olrcult Judgo
Hiram H. Cody. Mr. Cody rcsldos
at Austin.
Gen. Smith D. Atkins has begun
operations in Chlcngo to obtain part
of tho Cook County delegation. It
Is understood at tho conference last
week somo sort of a combination was
effected among the Cullom, Flfer
and Atkins forces with a view to
controlling tho State convention.
The dissensions In Cook County give
encouragement to this combine.
Ernst J. Magerstadt, it is said, will
bo a candidate for ono of tho court
clerkships, probably for that of the
Criminal Court
Samuol B. Raymond, who has boen
at St. Joseph's Hospital several
weeks convulesclng from an operation
for appendicitis, was taken to bis
home, No. 50 Cedar street, Monday
afternoon. Mr. Raymond ate dinner
with bis family Monday night and it
I was a happy gathering. It was said
at his home that ho had recovered

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