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THOS. J. ADAMS,.EDITOR
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25,1894.
THE CAMPAIGN MEETING- I
OUR POINT OF VIEW.
Ellerbe :-Well, Ellerbe is some
thing of a jimdandy himself.
Edgefield people took to him at
once and as naturally as falling off
a log. He made friends by his?
speech, his witticisms,and reparte.
Mr. Ellerbe, notwithstanding his ?
youth and gayety, is what we would f
call a solid chunk.
John Gary Evans:-Had the
crowd, at least it seemed so to a j
man up a tree and to the men on ?
the ground. Of course this was
the natural thing to expect, as
John Gary is almost, if not alto
gether, an Edgefield ?nan. He
probably had more votes in the j
audience than both the other gu
bernatorial aspirants put together,
if we may judge by the demonstra
tion. John Gary's speech was,
spicy, racy, and aggressive, and
our report of it does not do him
Tindal :-Made the best speech,
the most logical, cohesive, and
scholarly of the day, and yet he
didn't seem to be in it, so far as
this meeting was concerned. Mr.
Tindal's appeal to the Edgefield
County Executive Committee to
apportion the delegation from
Edgefield to the August nominating |
convention between the guberna
torial candidates in proportion to j
the vote received by each, was just,
eminently so, and should be grant
Richbourg and Watts :--The
contrast between Gen. Richbourg]
and Gen. Watts was stupendous.
Richbourg is a Marshal Ney in
stature and physique, while Watts
is hut little more than a Tom
Thumb in physical proportions,
yet a handsome little fellow. Both
claimed to have "fit" all through
tho Darlington war, and wanted
only one more chance to clean up
Pony Y'eldell :-Was cute, and
made a ringing little speech that
captured everybody, but being in
his own bungalow generously gave
the best of his time to his compet-1
itors. And really there was no use I
for Mr. Yeldell to speak at all for j
everybody is going to vote for him.
Mr. Mayfield:-Is a candidate
for re-election to the office of Su
perintendent of Education. He
made a solid, good from every
point of ?iew speech. and will
G. Walt. Whitman:-Was an
entirely new face to Edgefield
county, and we have no duplicate
of it in our borders. He made a
good and witty speech.
E. R. Thomas:-Next to Mr.
Tindal, this gentleman made the
best speech, from a mero literary
point of view, and most cogently
presented the reasons why he
should be re-elected railroad com
Gov. Tillman :-Has rounded
out considerably since 1892. He
fastens his belly band with a hook
now-buttons won't hold him. His
facial features have improved,there
is more of dignity, more of mas
siveness than before. The habitual
sneer is being gradually eliminated
by adipose tissue. As one lady
remarked at the stand, Tillman's
face would be Romanesque in
bronze statue. His speech was as
usual vigorous and pointed, but a
dearth of issues tamed it down
considerably, and it was cut short
by a generous allowance of his
time to Senator Butler, who had
been speaking in the rain for three
days and did not care to repeat
the experience. The Governor bore
himself as though he already had
won the fight, and we think he has,
and that he would honor the State
iu the United States Senate goes
Gen.Butler:-It may have been
Butler's magnificent courage on
the stand, or it may have been the
old love re-welling up in their
hearts for the old battle-scarred
hero, or it may have been some
thing else, but there were many
wild-eyed ramrackers yelling for
Butler, not enough, perhaps, to
elect, but enough.to take the sting
out of defeat, and show him that
Our judgment is that Tillman
nad the crowd at ll A. ML but at
3 P. M. we don't know. Right here
let us state that Edgefield is proud
(bigotty is a better word) of Till
man and Butler, and it may be
that all hands hollered for Tillman
when he was on the sta.id, and ali
hands for Butler when he was up.
Otherwise the relative strength of
the two would have to be diagnosed
tts pretty much of a muchness.
The only way that John Gary
Evans can be defeated is by a com
bination of the other gubernatorial
.candidates against him in the Au
gust convention, and it is even
claimed by some that he will g*t
the nomination on the first ballot.
We heard one man say, "I will
vote for Butler, but put my money
The injection of the Hamburg
matter into the discussion was un
fortunate, but we hope this trouble
is finally ended. No one doubts
that Tillman and Butler were both
at Hamburg during the memora
ble riot; the doubt is what good
it can do either of them now.
Butler's proposition at Lexing
ton that they should elect Tillman
President and return him to the
Senate would be too lovely for any
thing. Then fellow citizens wo
would get it all, and the Congress
of theee United Stales would per
haps have its residence in Edge
field. We could turn all the pris
oners out of the county jail and
use it for a "money mint."
To the Reformers of Edgefield
The following address issued by
authority of the State Reform Ex
ecutive Committee explains itself :
To the Reform Votes of South Car
The State Reform Executive
Committee met in the city of Co
lumbia on the 10th day of July,
1S94 in obedience to the call of the
chairman, all counties being re
p esented except the counties of
Lexington and Beafort.
It was found necessary to chan
ge the date of the club meetings
and county and State conventions,
alie also to make other changes and
requrements, all of which will ap
pear in the resolutions incorporar
en herein, and^stand in lieu of the
resolutions as adopted by the com
mittee on the 4th day of April
The following are the resolu
1. That a convention for the sug
gestion of candidates far Governor,
and Lieutenant ?ovemor be held
in Columbio, S. C., on the 16th day
of August, 1894, at 12 o'clock m.
2. That said convention be com
posed of delegates 'elected by con
ventions to be held in each countv
on Monday, the 13th day of August
1894, each county to be entitled to
double as many delegates as it has
representatives in both houses of
the General Assembly.
3. That county convenuons
aforesaid be composed of delegates
elected by various Reform clubs in
the county, each club to send one
delegate at large and one delegate
for every twenty-five members or
majorty fraction thereof. In
those counties where there are no
distinct Reform clubs the Reform
members of each club shall be cal
led by the executiqe Reform com
mitteeman to meet at the usiial
place of meeking and elect del
egates as aforesaid to the county
convention : Provided, "That in the
cities of Charleston and Columbia
r?e-fioafee?-oi^rbTm - -?lub? and
polling precincts shall be left to
the discrtion of the committeeman
of said counties. For the purpose
of said election the clubs afore
said shall be called to meet on the
Ilth day of August, 1894. At such
meeting no member shall partici
pate except such as voted for the
Reform delegates ia the August
primary of 1892, and all others
who will pledge themselves to
abide by and support the ticket
suggested by the State Reform con
vention of 1894.
4. That all Reform candidates
for State offices including Railroad
Commissioners shall publicly an
nounce their candidacy and shall
file with the chairman of the State
Reform committee a pledge to
abide by and to support the nomi
nees of said convention. That said
pledge phall be filed as aforesaid on
or before the 25th dav of July, 1894.
No vote for any candidate shall ?be
counted in the State convention
who has not complied with the fore
5. That the Reformers attending
the various club meetings called by
the committee on the 11th day of
August. 1894, be requested to ex
press.their chioce by ballot for Gov
smor and Lieutenant Goveruor of
this State, and that the chairman
of the delegation of the club to the
county convention be required to
make return of said choice to the
county convention to be held on
13th day of August, 1894.
6. That in holding the elections
in each Reform clubs provided for
to take place on the 11th of August,
1894, each club is to provide man
agers for holding said election.
The committee adopted the fol
lowing resolution :
Resolved, that this committee
suggest to the county Reform con
ventions to beheld on the loth day
of Angust, 1894, when they elect
delegates to the State convention,
to also instruct said delegates
whether or not to vote for the
nominating of a full set of State
officers including the office of Rail
This committee take pleasure in
commending to the consideration
the people of the State the address
issued bp the special committee on
the 4th of April, 1894.
J. THOMAS AUSTIN,
J. M. GLEDN,
J. R. EARLE,
H. A. DEAL,
J. C. OTTS,
In accordance with above the
Reformers of Edgefield county are
called to meet at their respective
club precincts on Saturday, Aug.
11th, and the County Convention;
is called to meet on Monday, Aug.]
13th, at ll o'clock A. M.
J. M. GAINES,
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THOS. J. ADAMS, PROPRIETOR.
EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JULY 25,1S94.
VOL. LIX. NO. 26.
hearers, although the subje
his speech is naturally dry ai
not much interest to the ge
public. Many people though
Thomas' speech the best t(
Among those who complim
it was ex-Governor Sheppard
Representative Wilbom, of
said his district was mode
asking offices of the people o
State. All it asked now wai
election as Railroad Commissi
He said he had done his dui
the people while filling other o
and could do so if elected l
missioner. While he would
oppress the railroads he wouh
that the people got justics,
attacked the inter State Comn
Comnission. Mr. Wilnora
THE PEOPLE ELECT THEM.
A great many people do
know that Railroad Commissio
are to be elected by the people
year and from now on and not
tbe Legislature, as hereto!
Three men are to be elected,
of them is to serve two y(
another foui and the third six.
three men elected will draw
the terms. Mr. Wilborn says i
certain to be elected, and is
tain that his good luck will j
him the six year term.
Chairman Timmerman annor
the caudidacy of J. Walter G;
of Greenville, and J. A. Sligh,
Newberry, as candidates for R
road Commissioner. He also
nounced the candidacies of all
absent aspirants for the diffiei
TINDAL TALKS OUT.
Secretary Tindal talked out
meeting to-day and furnisher,
political surprise. He tall
earnestly on this subject and
will be well for everbody to rf
what he said.
Mr. Tindal said that there i
matter of personal independe]
confronting the Reformers of I
State and it waa proper that tl
subjecl should be brought up
this county, a county renown
for independence in thought a
action. The question was how
get a fair expression of the I
formers of the State for Goverm
He proceeded to say that und
the plan adopted by the Refoi
Executive Committee the peop
will not get au opportunity of e
pressing a fair and square opiuio
Io illustrate this he said that 1
3upposed there are 4,000 Refor
votes in Edgefield County,
three of the candidates for Go;
?rnor should get 2,700 vote*, an
:he other 1300 votes the last ma
Rrould get the delegation to 'th
State Reform Convention. M
Tindal wanted to know if it wa
r'air or just for the man who. gel
1,300 votes to get the county. Ths
.vould not be an expression of th
.viii of the majority and th
minority man would get ever;
He did not believe that the pe o
pie wanted to be counted out br ti
lose their votes. The struggle o
the last four years had been fo;
?very man to have his vote ccun
ted. Was the plan to be operetec
the right one to get the v?tef
A NEW PROPOSITION.
"Now, I have a proposition tc
make to the people of this county
and through you to the people ol
the State of South Carolina." said
Mr. Tindal. The speaker said he
had hoped when the Reform Exe
cutive Committee met last rceek
that it would have provided awaj
out of this trouble. He had heard
in every county in the State thal
if every mau was not allowed tc
vote not half of the people will
go to the polls. The people say*
that a few men will be allowed tc
dominate the Reform faction ii
this plan is allowed to stand.
Mr. Tindal declared that thie
dissatisfaction should he put al
rest unless it was feared, that it
might lead to disintegration in
the Reform ranks. The people, he
said, will uot submit to any such
The proposition Mr. Tindal made
was thi? : When the vote for each
man in the county convention is
held let a tablulation bemade of the
vot throughtout the county. After
the vote is tabulated by the county
convention let the delegetes to the
State convention be elected in pro
portion to the vote each candidate
bas gotten. In other words, give
to each candidate a number of
delegates in proportion to the
number of votee he has received
in the club primaries. In conclu
sion let the State convention
tabulate the total vote of every
county and give it to the people.
Mr. Tindal again declared that
unless something is done there
will be an upheaval. If any man is
nominated by unfair and unjust
means the people will not stand
it. If there is a just and fa jr ex
pression all sides will be satisfied;
Voice: "Will you support the
Same man : "Well, we want a
farmer for Governor and we are in
favor of the Dispensay law."
Mr. Tindal said he hoped when
managers for the clubs are pro
vided there will be a fair represen
tation for each man.
LET CONSERVATIVES IN.
Mr. Tindal concluded by ad
vising the Conservatives to join
the Reformers and vote in the
primary for Governor. He would
say to the Conservatives that they
cannot expect The majority to
yield to them, but if they will
join with che majority there will
be peace and unity. Mr. Tindal
came out fairly and squarely for)
allowing. Conservatives to take
part in the primary if they wil
I join the Reform clubs.
Mr. Tindal asked the audience
to consider carefully what he had
said and to look upon this matter j
as patriots, with the love of coun
try uppermost in their breasts, and
advised the Conservatives to dis
tributi their votes between the
THE FOX COCK EIGHT.
The fight between the Swamp
Fox and the Game Cock is grow
ing more breezy The Swamp Fox
tackled the rooster to-day ; and the
rooster ruffled his feathers and hie
spurs deep iuto the cunning ani
mal of Marion. It was a shaap
brisk fight, and the Game Cock
who had the reply, was more
spirited and more aggressive
toward his opponent than at any
of their previous battles.
THE FOX IN THE RING.
The Swamp Fox was first in the
ring, ready for battle. He first
made an explanation of bis con
nection with the Farmers Alliance
and how that connection was
severed. After this he began to
spar with the Carno Cock, He
said the Game Cock had beeu
fighting just like a dung hill.
The Fox reviewed the Reform
recoid of the Game Cock, again
repeating his charges of the tardi
ness of Evans in becoming a Re
former; of his voting against Till
man and Clemson College, and of
being cheek by jowl with Haskell
Brawley and other lawyers in 1888.
Then he drifted down to now and
told his story of the undying love
of Evans for Tillman. This caused
great laughter and considerable
cheering for Ellerbe.
Voice : "Where were you during
the Darlington riot?"
Ellerbe : "I was in Columbia, a
good deal of the time with Gov
ernor Tillman. Auy thing else?
**I see you are mashed on
Johnny, but you are going to get
The Swamp Fox repeated that | e
it looks like the Farmers move
ment is developing into a lawyers'
movement. "I wouldn't have you
to discriminate against the law
vers," he said, but they have got
B.11 the offices. Out of the thirty- |J
3ne offices filled in the State
House and by the Legislature the
lawyers have twenty-one."
Voice : "Are you in favor of the
Ellerbe: "Yes, and I'll touch on
that in a few minutes. Do youjd
?vanta drink?" (Laughter.)
A FIGHT IN THE CROWD.
Ellerbe was interrrupted at this
point by a fight. A difficulty ^
xscurred between a white man and t
i negro and the negro was knocked v
iowu. Knives were drawn by
several men. The negro ran. It
was some time, however, before
quiet waa restored. Both Butler
ani Tillman made appeals to the | ^
crowd for order.
General Elerbe aided in restor
ingorder by telling a joke which
cauied merriment and laughter
andrestored peaceful feelings.
Diring the trouble General a:
Buter made an appeal in God's *
nam for order, saying that ladies
Elerbe continued his fun-mak
ingo* Evans. Next he discussed
natonal questions and the de
mads of the Alliance. He talked
of ?s record and work as a Re
B wound up by saying that
bot] he and Timmerman are 17*
farrers, and if put in charge of f
affa'S will make a gay ' team.
"Wi are not particularly good
lookng," he said, "but we will get
therall the same." (Loud ap.
HE NEEDS NO DEFENCE.
Lud and prolonged applause
greed the introduction of the
Aiki Game Cock. He said that
he ieded no introduction to the
peo]e of Edgefield County and
nee?d no defence in their
preaice. He had been raised
amcg them and loved them. He
couriered it cruel to have to stick
his mrs in the Swamp Fox but
he \8 going to do it. He was
ford to do it. He had gone into
thisaee oj] a hjgb. and dignified
plai and thought that a mfl.n
Bhoid seek the office of Governor
on b merits and not on his jokes.
He as not running on Ellerba's
weaiess. After these preliminary
remarks the Game Cock made a
flutter and dug his gaffs into the
He said Elerbe had attacked him
in Charleston while he was being
howled down like a dog. He want
ed to kown if this was not fighting
like a dunghill. Before he would
fight any Reformer that way he
would quit the race. Ellerbe gives
no reason why he should be Gov
ernor. He simply appeals to your
prejudice and your animosity.
Evans answered the charges
which Ellerbe had made. He said
that Ellerbe accused him of not
joining tho Reform movementun
lil late in the day. He would say
that he had been a Reformer as
long as Ellerbe and had fought
harder than Ellerbe. He had not
seen Ellerbe when the pistols were
flashing around Ben Tillman's
head in 1890 and 1892. Ellerbe
had made only two speeches in
these campaigns. Tillman, he said
needed no friends in 1888, but he
did need them in 1890, when his
life was in jeopardy on many an
Evans said that he was as much
of a farmer as Ellerbe. He owned
two farms and his motlier lived on
one and was dependent upon her
farm for a living. Did anyone
suppose that he would do anything
which would do anything which
would hurt his mother?
Ellerbe, Evans said, had been fired
out of thb Alliance because he was
a merchant. Turning to Ellerbe,
Evans asked :
"Are you a member of the
"Are you a merchant now?"
Evani: "Then why don't you go
back and join the order?" (Much
applause for Evans.)
Evans said that it was the mer
chant and not the lawyer who op
presses the farmer. He was as
much in favor of the Alliance ae
Ellerbe. The very demands that
Ellerbe is now standing on he
(Evans) had put through the
State Convention in Columbia.
He had been fighting for those
demands for years.
Evans accused Ellerbe of hav
ing dodged the Dispensary ques
tion in Charleston and Beaufort.
After he (Evans) had spoke on the
Dispensary in Beuufort Conserva
tives came to him and told him
that his speech had turned them
in favor of the law.
Evans discussed the Dispensary
in an able manner and had the
crowd with bim duri?g his re
A man told him that he wanted
Evans answered that the price
of whiskey was about to be re
duced to .$2 a gallon when the law
was declared unconstitutional. So
*oon as the law again goes into
effect the price of whiskey will be
Evans concluded by saying that
?vhen he is elected Governor he
proposes to set aside a room in the
Executive Mansiou for Edgefield
axon aud niH- kepp-gwnl -?repou?- -
iary whiskey for them to drink,
rhere was strong and hearty cheer
ng for Evans and he was present
id with beautiful bouquets.
There will be a meeting of the Col
ier Democratic Club at Matins's on
iaturday, July 28th, at 3 P. M. All
oembers are requested to be present.
T. L. MILLER, Pres.
J. N. Craiton, Sec'ty.
Washington Township Democratic
Jlub will meet at Modoc on the 2Sth
nst., at 4 P. M. A full attendance is
esired. By order
G. A. BUNCH, Pres.
J. W.Johnson, Sec'ty.
The Meriwether Democratic Club is
ereby called to meet at Meriwether
[all on Thursday, July 26th, at 3 P. M.,
o elect delegates to the County Con
P. B. LANHAM, Pres.
?dgefield Democratic Club.
rHE monthly meeting of the Edge
field Democratic Cub will beheld
a the court-house at 5 P. M., on Satur
ay, July 28, 1894.
Orator, J. Wm. Thurmond.
Essayist, A. E. Padgett.
Select Reader, John B. Hill.
The public is invited to attend. All
lembers are requested to be present
3 business of importance is to be at
W. H. FOLK, President.
CHAS. A. GRIFFIV, Secretary.
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