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Republicans Could Not Stomach the Negro
and Agreed In Favor of Representa
By a unamious vote the national
house of representatives, on Thurs
day. agreed to the report of the
elections committee in favor of Rep
resentative LevLr. whose seat was
contested by Aaron Dantzler, col
.red. There has never been any
k)ubt as to the action of the con
mittee. but the friends of Dantzler
hoped the house would postpone
passing upon the committee report
until a later period. Dantzler has
nade himself obnoxious to mem
bers by daily hangmng around the
house. occupying vacant chairs on
the republican side of the chamber.
Neither his atire nor his personality
are attrictive. and the action of the
house today deprived him of fur
ther privilege of the place.
In making its report in favor of
Mr. Lever, in the Dantzler-Lever
contest, from the 7th South Caro
lina district, house committee on
elections, No. i. takes the ground
that the investigation shows that
Dantzler, a colored man, was not
elected. At the same time the com
mittee refuses to say that Lever
was elected, and the report leaves
him in the same position as if no
contest had been made.
The basis of Dantzler's claim was
that the constitution of South Caro
lina and other States to representa
to the Recostruction Act of June
25. x868, readmitting South Caro
lina and other State to representa
tion in congress. which contained
no provision as to educational and
property qualification. as fixed in
the present constitution and laws
passed under it. He averred that
if certain citizens of his district had
been allowed to vote. under the pro
visions of the Act of 1868. he would
have been elected. The report oT
the committee passes over this
claim. by declaring it to be plain
that Dantzler was not .elected. but
it goes on to say that if the- house
should declare that there was no
valid election. then there could be
no one chosen to fill- the vacancy
thus created until the constitution
and election laws of the state should
be changed. If the house declare
the seat vacant. and thus set a pre
cedent. the report goes on to say.
that as practically the same "fun
damental conditions" exist in Vir
ginia. North Carolina. Georgia,
Florida. Alabama. Mississippi,
Lousiana. Texas, and Arkansas, the
house would be obliged to unseat
almost all of the membership from
those states, until their constitu
tions shopuld be changed so as to
comply with the Reconstruction
Continuing the report says:
"However desirable it may be
for a legislative body to retain con
trol of the decision as to the elec
tion and qualification of its mem
bers, it is quite certain that a legis
lative body is not the ideal body to
pass judicially upon the constitu
ticriality of the enactments of other
bodies. We have in this country a
proper forum for the decision of
constitutional and other judicial
questions. If any citizen of South
Carolina. who was entitled to vote
under the constitution of that state
of 1868, is now deprived by the pro
visions of the present constitution
from voting, he has the right to
tender himself for registration and
ior voting, and, in case his right is
denied, to bring suit in a proper
court. for 'the purpose of enforcing
his right, or recover damage for its
denial. That suit can be carried
by him. if necessary, to the supreme
court of the United States. If the
supreme court of the United States
shall declare in such case that the
fundamental conditions in the Re
coinstruction Acts were valid and
constitutional and the state consti
tujtionsl are in violation of those
Acts, and hence invalid and uncon
stitutional. every state shall be
compelled to immediatelyv how in
submission to the decision. On the
contrary, the djecision of the house
of representatives upon this grave
judicial question would not be
considered as binding or effective
in any case except the one acted
upon.~ or as a precedent for future
action in the house itself."
FOR TIM PRESEDENCY.
Senator Clay, of Georgia, Talks of the
Most Available Democrat for the
In reply to a letter of inquiry
from Hon. H. H. Cabaniss. presi
dent of the Augusta Chronicle.
Senator A. S. Clav has written the
following interesting and signifi
cant letter. which is printed in to
'Tnited States Senate. \Vash
ington. D. C.. March i;th. 190.
I ion. H. H. Cabaniss. Augusta, Ga.
My Dear Sir: I received your
favor a feW days ago in regard to
national politics. Pressing official
dutics have prevented an earlier
reply. I take pleasure in complying
with your request.
Tile Democratic party is in the
minority in both branches of con
gress. and has been for years. i
our party shall be overwhehmingly
defeated~ in the coming election I
see little hope for the party in the
"If we make a strong aggressive
fight led by a candidate worthy to
be the standard-bearer of our party.
we undoubtedly will make aginst in
the doubtful states, and even should
we be defeated, the party will be
strengthened and united for future
usefulness. - I frankly admit that
we have before us a herculean task
to defeat the party now in power.
NECESSARY TO WIN.
"We must look to New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, Dela
ware, Maryland. Illinois, Indiana
and the solid south to elect a Demo
"In making the nomination, good
sense demands that we szhould con
sider the situation ex;sting in those
states. and that we should consult
the best Democratic thought in the
doubtful states before electing a
"I believe the delegates to the
national Democratic convention
from the doubtful states will have
great weight in selecting our candi
[ must conme however, to your
questions. and answer them direct
"As to Mr. Hearst. he is not re
arded here by members of con
ress as an available candidate.
Very few members of the house
favor his nomination. I am str-!;
o democratic senator. so far as I
have heard, believes that his noni
nation would be a wise one. I
have talked with many leading
democrats from doubtful states
ad I have never yet found a
single one who thought that Mr.
Hearst would make a strong pres,
idential candidate. I have no per
sonal acquaintance with Mr.
earst. I have never met him.1
onsequently no one can say thatI
m actuated by any other motives
than the good of my party. He
has been a loyal and faithful dem
crat. but I do not believe him an
available candidate for president.
[ make no charge against his pri
vate or public life. I do not ap
prove of the assaults made against
his private life. I believe his nom
ination wvould result in our over
whelming defeat. We might
not r:ecover from it in twenty
"WYe have two elements in the
emocratic party. Mr. Cleveland
represents one, and Mr. Bryan the
other. If possible we must nomi
nate a candidate that will unite the
two elements; otherwise defeat is
"Mr. Gorman is strong with
both branches of congress, and is
well equipped to make a good pres
ident. I have never heard any
expression from him in regard to
his candidac-:. He has the confi
dence and esteem of his party asso
ciates. The general impression
prevails here that Judge Parker
will be nominated. If the New
York delegation favors his candi
(lacy I believe he will be nominated
practically without opposition.
rman could Ibe nominated if he
had the sulport of Newv York.
ludge Parker is a clean man.
an able lawyer, a consistent and
loal (democrat. and if noiminatedl.
would dloubtless unite the different
elements of the party. The idea
seems to prevail that Judge Parker
stands the best chance to secure
the nomination. I hardly think I
shall be able to attend the state
convenion. Certamnly not, unless
congress should adjourn before
that day. o ihpro
nal regard. I am.
*Verv trulv vour friend.
A. S. Clav."
WINTHROP GEIS $20,000
Gift from Andrew Carnegie, Secured
Through the Efforts of President
It has been zm!n;.(unced that Win
thro) college. at R'ck I fill. has re
ceivedi a gif S of 20.000 froi An
drew (:arnle fr ~a library build
in.-yrintenl!ino 1.(of Educa
tion .\artin y .s ' kift was only
'on the e-m' t ntht the college
.e th:t pr.per car 1: taken of the
em;A ' tllit the library
wa.S we'! '%p-id ithi books and1(
that th.e l :i t ail tim,cs he kept
theeE:rt o Pre-ide'nt . ohn son-,.
w h ima i til i l ill. " ind
for som'e t ime. h' ianuarv. h)em at
tended the <ii".e r iVelln by Richard
(rgden to) lrominen*t e(uvat-rs in
New York citv. and while there he
visited a representative,of Mr. Car
negie. le was then promised that
Mr. Carnegie's attention would be
called to the matter. and the an
nouncement of the gift was receiv
ed a few days ago in a very brief
letter, stating the conditions named
above. The board of trustees of
the college has been called to meet
on April ii. and preparations will
be made at once for the erection of
the building and letting the con
tract. The money is to become
available at once and the only ex
pense to the college is the salary of
the custodian or librarian.
Fearful Odds Against Him.
Bedridden. alone and destitute.
Such. in brief was the condition of
an old soldier by name of J. J.
Havens. Versailles. ). For years
he was trouhIc with Kidner lisease
and neitlr do,ctor nor iiedcines
gave hii relif. .\t length he tritd
Electrie incr. t Iu.t him- on his
feet in s1or ore)Cr a!il now he testi
nes. "Il on the r''ad to comiplete
recoverV.'* on earth f,lr Liver
and Kidn troubles and all forms
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