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COME DOWN, MAEY ELLEN 1
Mrs. M. E. Lease got oft her old story about
her father and brother or two being killed to the
Union army during her speech here Friday even
lag, it hai been aim ist two yeart since sha was
known to tell this on thrplatform. Th last
time ihe told It on the stump was two years
ago, la a southern Kansas town, when a man
arose la the audience and stated that he had
worked as a hired man for Mrs. Lease's father
back In the 60i, during the civil war, and that be
knew her famlW tor some time, and that her
father not only was not killed In the Union army
but that he never enlisted in the same, but
stayed at home and worked his farm. The
hired man also stated she did not hae any broth
ers old enoutfh to enlist In the army at tha close
of the rebellion. The statement made by the
gentleman who called Mrs. Lease down on this
matter two years ago was fuly substantiated
later on by affidavits whhh wwe extensively
published. She must have been little short of
campaign thunder this season If she had to re
bash ex ploded hash of 189) to Interest her hearers.
It may do for Geergla, but Kansas people are a
little more Intelligent, as a rule, even In Atchi
son. AlohUmn Cham pwn, July 10, 1893.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF TH
Dear Sir: Oq laat Thursday, July 8,
I bad the honor to speak In your city,
and addressed a great, lntellent audience
for more than two hours on the living Is
sues of the day. You have not attempted
to deny an argument or controvert a
statement made In regard to the political
situation, and this la moat flattering to
the principles which I advocate, and
surely indicative of the fast falling pow
ers of the forlorn political party you rep
resent But evidently feeling In duty
bound to say or do something valiant,
and with "the ruling passion strong In
death," you accuse me of falsehood In re
gard to my soldier father and brother. I
herewith enclose the name, regiment and
companies of each, that you may, by
writing to the adjutant general, assure
yourself of my veracity. My father, Jo
seph P.Clyens,of Ceres, Allegheny county,
N. Y., was a private In Company B, One
Hundred and Forty-seventh New York
olunteers, enlited, I think, in May, '62.
Was taken prisoner at the second day's
battle of the Wilderness, while giving
water to Gen. Wadsworth, who lay
dying on the field; was taken to Salis
bury, N. C, afterwards to Andersonvllle,
Oa., where he starved to death the fol
lowing Auguat. If you will write to
John Holcolmb, Ancln Creek, McKean
county, Pa, (his fellow prisoner) he will
tell you of the dying memge sent by
that well loved father to his little chil
dren In their far away home. He will
tell you, too, that while he was yet speak
In, the dead cart" rumbled through
the yard, and my father, while )et
breathing, was added to the ghastly load
and carried away.
Mv eldest brother, Patrick Henry
Clyens, not quite seventeen, enlisted in
Anrll. 'Gl. in the famous "UucKttii" regi
ment of Pennsylvania sharpshooters; he
was ahot throuch the heart while charg
ingupthe bloody slopes of Fredericks
burg on the mornioe of December lo, oj,
If you have any curiosity In regard to
him, 1 can show you the testament
stained with his life blood, and a minie
rifle ball taken fiom the dead boy on the
battlefield by a comrade and sent to hla
mother: also a letter to that mother from
his commander, Coif Kane, in which he
said, "no braver soldier ever laced
My adopted brother, Daniel Green
Clyens. in the same regiment ana com
pany, enlisted in the same year; he was
among the "missing" at the battle of
Lookout Mountain. My mother's brother,
CoL James Murray, fell for the flag
while leading hla regiment at the battle
Now, sir, you or any soldier can cor
robobate this statement if true, or rb
futb it if false. If I have had the temerity
to blazon a falsehood to the public, let
It be known. I wlU cheefully pay all
expenses for witnesses and "affidavits of
those who testify different from above.
The truth will bear any amount of In
vestigation. If. on the other hand, you
have causelessly and maliciously assailed
a soldier's daughter and sister, whose
whole life has been a struggle with pov
erty because of that cruel war, then I call
UDon every soldier, every G. A. It. veter
an, by that solemn obligation which he
took "to defend the widows and orphans
of his dead comrades," to denounce you
as a cowardly fals.fier, beneath the con
tempt of men and women, and unworthy
a membership In any political party.
Yours for truth,
Mary Elizabeth Lease,
A MNISTEa'8 OPINION OF THE POPULIST
From the Haven Independent.
I cladly comply with your request to
give a few words of personal testimony
to the People's party nominee for governor.
I had the pleasure of receiving Mr. L.
D. Lewelling and his family into the
membership of the Fourth Congrega
tional church of Wlohlta when I was
pastor there. The church was one of
the newest and weakest in the city, and
nothing but ther highest and most un
selfish motives could have led him to
Join us. Since then I have become quite
Intimate with him and know much of his
Inner life and the motives that Inspire
He was born and raised a Quaker, and
has in him still a strong vein of the re
ligious fervor of that church. He Is
never so Interested or so eloquent as
when dwelling upon the religious phase
of the coming reforms, In which he be
lieves the Holy Spirit la leading the
mlnd8of men. Indeed he would have
entered the ministry long ago had It not
ben for some theological dogmas which
he could not accept. He Is a deep stu
dent of history and of present economic
questions. A real, practical "father
hood of God and brotherhood of man" is
the foundation of his plans for all re
forms, ne is as far removed as possi
ble from the rantankerous, demagogic
leformer, whose strongest motives are
excitement and notoriety.
One proof of the purity of his politics
is the fact that he made absolutely no ef
fort whatever for the nomination, and
did cot even know that his name would
be presented until a few days before the
Lewelllng Is a poor man, and if he
makes a vigorous canvass at his own ex
pense It will about bankrupt him.
As to his position on the great ques
tions of the day, his own speeches are the
best witness, and as to the merits of the
reforms which hla party proposes each
mutt judge for himself.
. I wish merely to bear testimony to the
personal character of one who is appeal
in to the suffrage of all the state.
I have known Mr. Towelling for five
years and can testify that he Is an edu
cated, pure-minded Christian gentleman,
with whom an oath of office will weigh
more than any supposed party advan
taee, . Festcs Foster.
Pastor Congregational church, Haven,
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