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, VOLUME ' I FALLS CITY , NEBRASKA , FRIDAY , AUGUST 12 , 1904. NUMBER 32 . ,
1.1 , J , , The Democratic
I -rr _ County Convention
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. : . The decadence of office seeking ,
; : . " , : in the democratic party is one of
. the recent developments politi-
c 4 ca11y. Candidates have to be
drafted and even then they refuse
to stand hitched. Even that Bar-
I Ids of Richardson county politics ,
, . George Carpenter , caught the infection -
fection and went through the
, . . . . , form 'of saying no , but he said it
in such a shy uncertain manner
t the convention permitted him to
serve as a sacrifice and nominated -
o ed him.
A few straggling delegates
wandered into the court room
. : Monday afternoon and seated
themselves at convenient places
-I and went through the form of
; nominating a county ticket.
Chris Nolte was make chairman
and Charles Davis secretary ,
_ , which organization was made
\.0 S permanent on motion of James
Whitaker who sat in the rear of
the han and kept careful vigil
z , over deliberations of the body.
' \orehcad : then moved the appointment -
poidment of a committee of five
to choose delegates to the state
convention , which motion carried
'i ' and the committee appointed as
j' per stipulation. At this time R.
C. James was made the nominee
for county attorney without op-
posit iO1. Mr. James is said to te
a pretty decent sort ot youngman
but in as much as he is utterly
" without experience and has not
as yet tried his first case , it is
hardly probable that the demo-
critic party seriously . places him
I ' before ; the people as one entirely
competent to handle the grave
legal propositions which a county
w attorney always encounters.
tR After this nomination Mr.
\Vhitaker came to the rescue and
1 moved that an further votes be
announced by the chairman of
the several legations without
' taking a ballot. This would not
make it necessary to disclose just
how few delegates were in the
J'- hall. The convention approved
of the wisdon of James and the
motion was carried.
Nominations for representative
being in order Hon. Fulton Pet-
ers of Barada nominated Henry
Gerdes of Barada in a few well
chosen words. John Morehead
seconded the nomination of Mr.
Gerdes stating that he was the
J only man in the county who
could sage the state from graft-
ers. Mr. \'Iorehead delivered an
impressive appeal to the convention -
tion on the lines of the revenue
lv stating that the only reason
the grafting republican had pas-
sed the law was to get the state
treasury full of money and then
steal it as they had heretofore
done. He warmly commended
Mr. Gerdes as one who would
protect the interest of the people
against this "grafting- element. "
The convention cheered his remarks -
marks enthusiastic1y and Dr. J.
L. Gandy , John Gagnon and
other delegates who are in sympathy -
pathy with 1\'Ir. Morehead in his
fight on dishonesty warmly con-
gIatulated him at the conclusion
of the speech.
Joseph Glasser of Humboldt
nominated \Vm. McCray. \Vm.
.Kleber of Arago nominated Jos-
eph FrederIck. Morehead nomi-
nated John Lichty. Frank Si-
mons nominated George Carpenter -
ter , pronouncing him the best
W. J. Bryan democrat in the
state. L. A. Ryan nominated
\V.\V. Jenne. McCray stated to
the convention that he could not
accept the namination , he did
not want it and would not take
it. John Lichty said the same
thing positively declining to run
George Carpenter also declined ,
at which Frank Simons again ad-
dres'sed the convention stating
that the convention need not be
alarmed that l\Ir. Carpenter
would accept him all right if
they would nominate ! him. \V.W.
Jenne then declined in a patriotic -
otic and l forceful speech. The
delegates then desired informa-
tion. They wanted to know
whether they should vote for the
men who had declined and if not
there was only one candidate left.
After considerable confusion
Chas. Davis took the bull by the
horns and started to call the ron
which resulted in the nomination
of McCray , Carpenter and Ger-
des. John Gagnon was elected
chairman of the county central
commith J.- L. Dalby then
asked to read a resolution which
caned on Judge Kelligar to de-
pose Dr. Burchard from the in-
sane commission because he was
a republican aad put Dr. Wiser
on because he was a democrat.
Morehead , Gagnon and others
who ! knew the reason why this
appointment had been made by
Kelligar and who feared some independent -
dependent delegate would intro-
duce a resolution to have the
judge depose John Martin as
court reporter and put a democrat -
crat in his place immediately got
busy to smother the solution
by appointing a committee and
have it refered , which was < lone.
By this time the clegates hav-
ing accumulated an enormous
thirst and some one suggesting
that a collection be taken up for
the janitor. Time members of the
convention made a break for the
door and one of the most remark-
able conventions : ever held in the
county came to a close. No fav-
orite was brought out for state
The ticket is weak , one of the
weakest ever put before the vot-
ers of this county. The repub-
lican party feels that the fight is
a foregone conclusion and is ready
and eager for the fray.
Fal1oon , Weaver and other
leading democrats who sacrificed
the county ticket last fall in the
interest of Judge Kelligar , and
who are usually on band when
the party has a chance to win ,
did not grace the convention
with their presence even as spec-
We regret that Wp can not
furnish the full text of Moreheads
speech. It would be interesting
reading to the republicans of this
county. It was really an able
effort on grafts and grafters delivered -
livered by one who knows.
We predict that John Hossack
will clean up John Gagnon about
as electively as Jack Crook did
Dalby was the bad boy of the
convention. How his resolution
did stir up the animals.
For some reason the resolution
committee did not report a plank
endorsing Judge Parker and the
St. Louis platfor-m.
\Ve presume that McCray will
follow the example of Judge
Parker and resign from his pres-
Johnnie Martin , who with his
affected drawl , pronounced the
democratic convention the-most
motley-'gang that ever got together -
gether , " and who holds the most
lucrative position in southeastern
Nebraska in the gift of this par-
ty , has served notice on Dr.\Viser
that Ke11igar will not pay any
attention to the resolution asking
for Burchard's removal and \Vis- - \
er's appointment as a mcmber of
the lunacy commission.VC await
with interest to learn who the
Judge obeys this grafting family
or the democratic party.
Misrepresentation [ , . . .
There is no limit to what some ,
people will resort to in order to .1
injure a competitor in busincss. I"
Last week Thomas Martin was
in Shubert and while in conver- , _
sation there stated that the 'rri- t
bune was ready to quit business
and was at that time looking for
alocation. Now if everybody in the
county knew the reputation of ,
the said Martin as well as it is
known in this City , there would
be no need 01 our saying any
thing about _ it , for here people
know he will tell anything that
happens to come into ! that narrow c
contracted brain. As wc saidE' 1--
before we would not nay any
attention to his ravings but for
the fact that there are lots of
people in the county who are not
acquainted with him amid we
wish to set them right. As far
as the t1'ribune's quitting busi-
ness is con . : erned , there was
never anything farther from the
Our subscription list is grow-
ing at a rapid rate and our job
department is kept busy ; we
have the confidence of the majority -
jority of people in this locality
and are recognized as 1'1IJ : republican -
publican paper of this city.
\Vith these conditions it don't
look as though we were ready to
quit. Of course if the Martins
could have their way we never
could have started , but thank the
Lord , even with a millionaire behind - .
hind them they are not all power-
ful and the 'rribune exists and
will continue to ' exist and give
the people the best local paper
in the county , and the republicans
a party paper that will always
be true to its principles and can-
didates , Tom Martin to the con-
trary notwi thstand ing.
Struck by Lightning.
The barn of Fred Scholl who
lives nine miles north of this city
was struck by lightning Tuesday -
day morning during the severe
electrical storm and burned to
the ground. About twenty eight
loads of new hay were destroyed.
Time contract for the building
of the new Episcopal Rectory
was let Monday night to Bohrer
Bros. , the stone work to J. Jelli-
son and the digging to Dennis
McCarty , work to commence
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