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'lesSIOUS C(MII;Uli( (. Ill eoinmuiifciillons appear
in in (lie (.oluinns of tills paper;
Tile following are Hie Ileniocratie nominees, se
lected iiy irnn:ir' election Miti'cli S, I sun, for the
ronnly olnces of 'Hciiton outity. ami llu v sliould
receive t be support of all true' iieiiiociids at the
lioils on the V t ii day of August, tsmi:
For ('utility Judge:
'15. C. SC11UGC1S..
For County Clerk: .
W. A. STEELE, Jn. '
Vor Circuit Cleric:
A. 11. BKOOKS.
Vv'. J. BARNES.
E. G. FLOWErtS.
J. T. EOWI.ES.
ITiIDAY,. JULY 11, 1S90.
The Nominee for Governor.
Only a few more days nnd we
shall know who will lie the Demo
cratic nominee for Governor of the
Stato of Tennessee.
There is a general drift and tend
ency of opinion toward the doctrine
of class in office, and while this
practice would bo very objectiona
ble and prove very unsatisfactory,
it also seems to smack somewhat of
tlie principle that the officers be
long not to the whole people, but
are for the benefit of the class the
incumbents would represent, and,
if carried out to its legitimate logi
cal consequences, would lead to the
inevitable dissolution of the party.
The absurdity of such an attitude
is patent to any thinking mind.
It would be a serious if not fatal
party blunder to nominate any man
solely or chiefly on account of his
profession or occupation, if he
should not be unquestionably com
petent, acceptable to the rank and
file of the party, and capable of
arousing its enthusiasm and rally
ing the Democracy to the polls.
The only ground upon which any
class of our citizens could demand
the nomination for Governor would
bo by presenting a candidate who
excelled all others before the con
vention, not only in qualifications,
ability, and eminent fitness for
the position, but also in avoilibility.
For it matters not how well quali
fied a candidate might be, or how
distinguished for eminent ability,
if, after all, he could not bo elected.
And again, the office of Governor,
or any other office in the gift of the
people for that matter, does not
belong to the fossil politicians, to
be secured as a reward for party
services, or to be captured from
the rank and file of the conserva
tive elements of the party by the
" rule or ruin" wing of it. In such
n case the success of the Demo
cratic party, which is largely in the
majority in the State, might be en
dangered by the lukewarm support
or the secret opposition of such of
its followers who rebelled at any
unfair or arbitrary methods.
If the Democracy next week se
lect a good and a suitable man, by
the fair and untrammelcd choice of
the party, there is no cause to doubt
why it should not carry the State
by an unprecedented majority.
CoxgeisS' has been is session
yeven months, legislation has been
wholy in the hands of the Repub
licans, nnd yet butonelawhasbecn
passed in all that time. Tax-payers
would do well to remember litis at
During a recess of county court
last Monday tin opportunity was
offered those who wished anything
at the hands of the "dear people"
to announce themselves.
lion. Vi 1 Monr.is announced
his candidacy on the Democratic
ticket to represent Denton County
in the next general assembly of the
State, lie is a true Democrat, and
nbould the party decide to take ac
tion he will abide tho result.
Hon.. J. M. Castile made the
announcement that he would prob
ably be a candidate on the Dem
ocratic ticket to represent the
counties of Denton, Carroll, and
Decatur in the next Stato senate
but was not yet ready to make pos
itive announcement to that effect.
AV. A. Swindle announced his
candidacy for the office of circuit
clerk, and said he was running on
the "Swindle" ticket. Ashe is a
Republican wo do not question the
fitness of the name he nppnes to
his .ticket. Z. M. WaLKEII, we un
derstand, had been previously
chosen by a Republican caucus.
"Wo await results as to whether Mr.
Swindle has tho back-bone to
withstand the party lash.
"W. G. Rodektson announced
his candidacy for sheriff, stating
that he was a Republican. As
IIaiive Aden was chosen by tho
same Republican caucus that named
Mr. Walker, Mr. Robertson is
placed in about' the same position
as he was in 18SG, when he entered
tho race for circuit clerk against
the will of his party bosses. The
party lash was brought into use at
that time and he was whipped into
line on the eve of election, which
will probably be tho final result in
Frank Davidson announced his
candidacy as an independent Demo
crat for the position of county reg
istrar. Mr. Davidson had tho right
and tho opportunity to run for the
Democratic candidacy before the
primary election, but failed to claim
his right or assert his candidacy,
and it is now too late for him to
ask the support of the Democracy
in the August election. He say3
he is a Democrat, but his action
says with greater force that he is
not. Of course he expects, and
perhaps has been promised the Re
publican vote, and hopes ho will
get the support of Democrats who
are his personal friends, and there
by secure tho office. But ho makes
a great mistake when he expects
Democratic votes. Benton County
Democrats are noted for their. firm
ness in Democratic principle and
party organization, and will set
down upon Mr. Davidson with
such force he will not want to enter
another race for public office for
some time to come.
A TROMINENT Republican' re
cently said that it can not be posi
tively stated whether the Republi
cans in the Senate are acting very
wisely or not in drafting a tariff
bill until tho bill makes its ap
pearance, but he " believes they will
have difficulty in fixing up any bill
which will not bo a tactical blun
der." Any tariff reduction bill is
bound to antagonize the maim f net
uring interests, and looking at it
wholly from tho standpoint of pol
icy, it seems the idea now prevails
among a few of tho wiser men in
the Republican party that it would
be judicious to allow the Demo.
crats to have a monopoly of that
until after tho November election,
Doubtless tho Republicans would
like to avoid the discussion of our
tariff system, but the Democrats
are the aggressors and they pro
poso to force the fighting all along
As wo predicted, tho Republi
cans were not sleeping but quietly
hunting up material for county of
fices. It ssems, however, that they
have more than. Ilify bargained for.
Hon. "W. P. Moiilils publicly an
nounced his candidacy for a seat in
tho lower house of the next general
assembly of Tennessee, last Mon
day, and requests us to make the
announcement in The Cjii:onicle
which we do elsewhere.
Mr. Mokeis is well known to
the people of Benton County, as he
has been in public life for a num
ber of years. He has served tho
county in tho capacity of county
clerk, one term in the lower house
of the general assembly, and two
terms in tho senate. Ho mado a
faithful public servant in each in
stance, and has a record of which
he is not ashamed. x s a tried and
true Democrat, a shrewd financier,
and faithful worker he is above re
proach. If elected to this position
ho promises to serve his constitu
ency as he has in the past work
for fair and conservative laws and
an economical administration of
Hon. H. C. Snodgi:ass was nom
inated for Congress Wednesday by
the Democrats of the Third District.
The great prohibition leader,
Gen. Clinton ,13. Fisk, died at his
home in New York Wednesday.
Did not Mr. B. F. Davidson vote
in tho recent primary election,
and by so doing agree to stand by
the choice of the same?
We would voto a straight Re
publican ticket before we would
voto for an independent candidate.
There is no Democracy in either.
, The Republicans of this county
seem to bo somewhat demoralized.
We wait for developments as to
what they will do with Robertson
W. N. Sloan has sold his inter
est in tho Waverly Times-Journal
to W. A. Jones, and the latter gen
tleman will continue tho publica
tion of that paper.
If tho full time of Davidson, the
independent candidate for regis
trar of Benton County could bo
accounted, ho would, no doubt have
been found in close communication
with some of the leading Republi
cans during the past few weeks.
In tho adoption of tho despotic
rules of the present House of Rep
resentatives, Speaker Reed and the
Republican leaders said their rules
were adopted to cut off unnecessary
debate and for the quick dispatch
of business. Does it not seem as
tonishing, if that was the purpose
of such despotic rules, that in the
seven months Congress has been
in session but one law has been en
acted only one law, and that ono is
to take money out of tho Treasury.
In conversation with a promi
nent citizen of this county Monday
he stated briefly his views about
the present system of road-working
in this county. In the first place,
it is a hardship with a great many
of those that arc compelled to work
tho roads, for so many don't own
even a horso to travel them, and the
sentiments of nearly all are: "I
don't care whether I work or not;
just so I get in my time! " Before
a man will do good work there must
be. some interest, or compensation.
Take ten good men and give them
fair wages, and they will accom
plish more work and givo better
satisfaction in the same length of
time than forty men will do under
the present system. It has been
suggested, and we are disposed to
favor the suggestion, that the next
general assembly enact a law that
will give every magistrate jurisdic
tion in all minor cases; let him
have a jury, if necessary, and try
the case, then let the prisoner work
his time on the roads of the county,
and let all other short terms do the
same, instead of confining them in
mines, mills, and on farms by con
tract, to compete with free and hon
The health of this community is b.tter
T. N. Garner visited relative in Henry
County this week.
A number of cur y ling people attended
tho dance at Sulnlmr Well tho 4th.
J. F. Pierce, ol Big Kmdy, and J. M.
Nobles, of Paris, visited relatives at this
jilnco this week.
Our termers are through working their
crops. Sumo of them being compelled
to quit on account of dry weather.
. G. Wilson and Misses Li! He' and
Lizzie Bushing attended the bran dance
at Bell's school house the 4th.
July 7, 1800. '
1 togi i lji r cor res pond ci i ce ,
Farmers are almost through with their
E. C. llubbs is having lumber hauled
for the erection of a new buildimr.
Miss Aduic Rogers, of Jackson, Tenn.,
is vl.sitingthe family of liev. J. L. Weaver.
The Huntingdon brass band discoursed
excellent, music tor us Thursday evening
Rev. S. II. Williams delivered the com
mencement sermon of tho Holladay In
dependent Normal School Wednesday
Miss Lizzie Anderson left for Sugar
Tree Saturday, where she will eugago in
Visitors from Carroll, Decatur,, and
other counties, and from every part ot
our own county, Benton, wore in attend
ance at th! school exercises last week
Much credit is due Professor Baber for
the success attained by the school.
July 8, 180O
The prospect for a good corn crop in
this section was never better.
Several from this place attended ser
vices at Matlock's Chapel Sunday.
Postmaster II , D. Odle and wife spent
last Sunday with the family of Mr. John
Mrs. Norman Collie, who has been vi
iting in Kentucky for several weeks, is
at home again.
Coxburgh was well represented at the
closing exercises at the Holladay High
School last week.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Fry, and M. A. Ilat-
ley and daughter, Miss Nannie Hatley,
went to Camden the first of the week.
Mr. E T. Wood has just received the
sad intelligence of the deatli of his broth'
er, Sol. G. Wood, at Lebanon, lad. T
Messrs. L'Ui. Thouiason, V. A. Has
sell, T. S. Weatherly, and J. AV. Whit
field, of Possum Creek, paid Coxburgh a
flying visit Sundav.
July 8, 1S0O
Frcm Matlock's Chapel.
The corn crop in the river districts is
cut short to some extent.
Several from this place attended the
closing exercises of the high school at
Holladay last week.
Bev. James Mullinax delivered quite
an interesting sermon at this place Sun
day forenoon and evening.
The fourth Sunday in July the funeral
services of Mr. John Henry will be de
livered at the cemetery near the resi
dence of Wesley Matlock,
With the exception of some late corn,
planted after the rainy season last spring,
the crop lias beenlaid-by in this locality.
The peanut crop is in prosperous condi
iton, but rain will be needed by the lat
ter part of the week.
Messrs. Theo. Weatherly, James Whit
field, and L. P. Thomuson, attended the
Sunday school exhibition at Bukersville
Sunday. They were so delighted with
their visit that they will most, likely re
peat the visit next Sunday.
July 7, lWKb
Thomas J. Lowery, esq. , attended court
at Camden yesterday.
Several of our citizens attended the ser
vices at Flatwoods Church last Sunday.
We understand that Mr. J.D. Holland
will teach the Chestnut Hill school, be
"Hot and dry!" "hot and dry!" is
the cry in this vicinity. Vegetation is
being parched up very fast.
Messrs. Lee Holland and D. Boll re
turned from a visit to Mr. W. II. Holland,
of Madison County, Sunday morning.
Hogs are dying in this section rapidly.
Some from the cholera, and some from a
disease heretofore unknown in this coun
Mr. J. D. Holland returned last Thurs
day from McLenioresville, where he has
been attending school for the past six
Prof. Doreey B. Thomas, jr., has been
secured to teach the public school at this
place. We flatter ourselevs that we will
have a good school.
We are glad to note signs of an inv
ii)'nveiiit'!it in the important matter ot
Statement Showing the Condition of
vlN accordance with an act of the legls-
lilt n re of Tciun vsce (Act ISM), clmp.
.'!7, sec. 80) requiring the same to be
published, I submit, the following state
ment fhowing the condition of the trus
tee's oilice of Benton County, Tenn., on
the 7th day of July, 1S!)0.
School : -
Credits 4, 100. 02.7
1 ,:;05.0'i 3
In hands of officers for collec
Over paid county
In hands of ofheers
Due fn road .
Balance in favor of trustee.
W. J. Bakxks,
Camden, Tenn., July 7, 1800.
our public school system, and we hope
the good work may continue.
Mrs. M. S. Stem and children are on a
visit to her brother, Kev. Virgil Bailord,
and her mother, Mrs. L. M. Bryant, at
Huntingdon. We wish them a pleasant
and enjoyable visit.
The interest in Sunday school work at
Wesley Chapel is increasing, so we are
informed. The cause is a noble one,
and should enlist the co-oporation of ev
ery christian heart.
A number of our citizens attended the
Sunday school at Chestnut Hill Sunday.
They have a very interesting and well
attended school at that' place, superin
tended by D. D. Pnflbrd.
July 8, 1800.
, The farmers are complaining of the dry
The crops in this vicinity are suffering
tor want of rain.
The weather is very hot, and a great
deal of sickness prevails.
Mr. James S. Doty is very bick with
dropsy, and is not expected to live.
Mr. Jordan Alsup is in from Bowling
Green, Ky., to look after the welfare of
Messrs. Peyton Pierce and D. II. Van
lluss. together with a number of others,
went to Camden Monday.
Aunt Betsey King was taken suddenly
ill a few days since with cholera morbus,
but with prompt medical attention she is
We have quite a curiosity in our midst
in the way of farm machinery. Mr. D.
J. Clement lias been mowing our mead
ows with a Wood's machine, drawn by a
yoke of oxen, and it is pronounced by
competent judges to be doing nice work.
Mr. Andrew Melton has moved his fam
ily from the Doty farm to his grandmoth
er's place, recently occupied by Mr. Wes
ley Melton, he having moved into the
Cantrell residence at Big Sandy, and ia
employed by the Louisville & Nashville
Railroad Company on ,tho pile-driver
Mr. Willie Eeaton was plowing in his
corn crop one day last week when his
horse became frightened, and kicking
clear of the plow and gear, ran to the
barn, without doing the horse or Mr.
Beaton any serious injury further than
a few slight bruises and demolishing the
plow and gear.
As the boys of D. II. Van Huss were
returning home at noon one day last
week they discovered a truant stvarni of
bees clustered around the limb of a small
tree. They procured a hive and suc
ceeded in hiving them without accident.
This is the fourth swarm of bees found
on his farm within the past few years, all
of which have been hived and they are
Quite a large crowd from this place cel
ebrated Independence Day by going to
the Sulphur Wells, in Henry County. It
was a gala day for both young and old.
There were more people present that day
at the wells than ever known before at
any one time, and as they day was a very
pleasant one all entered into the spirit of
the occasion and enjoyed themselves
to tho utmost, nothing occurring to mar
the pleasures of the day.
: July S, IS'.K).