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THURSDAY. APRIL 11, 1912.
? ?i sMW??nwnayMa?aMaa-<aw-?w??.^a^aas?
WAIL OF A LOST SPIRIT.
General Ayers, the democratic nomi?
nes for congress in this district, roust
be either conscience-stricken or terribly
frightened about the record his party
has been making for so many years in
Virginia and th-jnfcinth district. On the
3rd instant he made public a circular ad?
dress to the voters of the Ninth district,
?n which he clamors for a pure ballot
and an honest election. It Bounds more
like the wail of a lost spirit than the
gentle, pleading voice of some guardian
in^el. It reminds one more of the piti?
ful plea of a Dives requesting that a
Lazarus be sent to even partially assu?
age his torment with a few drops of
pure water, than it does of the thunder
tones of some mighty, earnest reform?
er crying out against the political cor?
ruption that has so long prevailed in
Virginia. The General declares :
?'I do not want the support of
men who have to b.> bribed to give
;t. * * '
"1 therefore appeal to every vo?
ter in the district who has not paid
his poll tax, and qualified himself
to do eo at once?pay it before
May fifth?pay it yourself?pay it
with your own money, qualify your?
self to exercise the privilege of an
American citizen without wearing
any man's collar.
"I appeal to the heart and con?
science of the electorate of this
the greatest didtrict in the state,
' * * to join me in a supreme
to cut out and destroy this
cancerous growth which has been
ed upon the bedy politic?cor?
ruption of the ballot."
If these appeals from General Ayers
and proceed from the heart,
aid r. qaeet that another conven
tioo be called and that he be nominated
? as the candidate of his party,
his second nomination ought to
com* after due confession by himself
: nose who were most conspicuous in
? iring his present candidacy, that
responsibility rests upon him and them
p disgraceful political conditions
that now prevail in this district. In
the new or second convention he should
be sure that his friends Peyton St.
< lair, Bert Wilson, W. D. Smith, Jim
Stone, Barney (Judge) Campbell, T?te
I:\ine and Frank Wysor attend. And
it would be well for Judge Skeen to be
present to introduce his ringing Norton
resolution, with his former confession
as to when vote buying was first intro?
duced in the Ninth?and by whom.
Possibly General Ayers may recall
t*ie fact that he was a beneficiary at
the first state election held under the
first dishonest election law ever intro?
duced in Virginia. We refer to the
Ar.derson-McCormick election law, and
the election we have in mind was that
of 1885, when General Ayers ran for
r.ttomey-genera! on Fitz Lee's ticket.
It is well known that the purchasing of
votes was then introduced by the demo?
cratic managers; and that Ham Shep
ard, nephew of Senator Barbour, and
secretary of the democratic state com?
mittee, was sent over the state to train
men to use the kiss ballot and other
fraudulent methods for securing the
election of Lee and his associates on
the state ticket.
Then, General Ayers ought to remem?
ber that two years ago the most de?
bauching methods that were ever known
in the Ninth were introduced by Mr.
Stuart's managers. And the special
friend of General Ayers ?Mr. T?te Ir?
vine?a few days after Mr. Stuart's
nomination sent out a circular letter,
ng the Democratic leaders together
for the announced purpose of raising a
poll tax fund to pay the poll taxes of de?
linquent democrats and "anybody's
floaters." Don't the General know
how well Mr. Irvine's scheme worked?
Don't he know that the fund was raised
and thot the poil taxe? of about eight
thousand men were paid out of this ''und
?nil the Stuart democratic collar put
And don't General Ayers know that
?early in the "tuart campaign Mr. Frank J
^Vyaor sent oat hk celebrated "floater" ?
I circular to democratic workers at each
i precinct in the district, and that can?
vassers and checkers were sent through?
out the district ; that they checked up
six thousand floaters, the most of whom
were caught on the democratic hook
with a bait that the General is now
claiming is corrupting the ballot?
But the most inconsistent appeal made
by General Ayers is that the poor or un
j willing voters in the district shall pay
their own poll taxes and vote for him.
In this appeal he admits that he and his
democratic associates in the late con?
stitutional convention have degraded
the precious right of suffrage, secured
. to the citizens of Virginia by the Bill of
Rights, to a common privilege to be ex?
ercised by licensees at a certain purchase
! price. How can he expect a man of or?
dinary intelligence to think that there
is any great wrong in selling a thing
that he can only obtain by purchase? j
The General knows that he did wrong
in helping to so degrade the elective
franchise and to place such a serious
barrier between the voter and the bal?
lot box. And that wrong was intensi?
fied by offering a premium to those who
would not tear down the barrier that
they might as a consequence of failure
to do so lose their right to vote. The
General ought to be ashamed to ask the
voters of this district to tear away the
hateful obstruction he placed between
them and the ballot box and then vote
for him. Good and true men will tear
it away, but they should not vote for
AN UNFAIR IMPLICATION.
On the 2nd instant there appeared in
the Lynchburg News an editorial head?
ed: "Not Creditable to Mr. Slemp."
This editorial was based upon an inter?
view that Mr. Slemp was supposed to
have given out to the Washington cor?
respondent of the Richmond Times-Dis?
patch, and in which he was sa'd to have
made entirely conditional his acquies
ence in the reported desire of General
Ayers to use no money during the pres?
ent campaign in this Congressional dis?
trict. When we read the editorial of
the News, we were impressed with the
belief that the correspondent had not
correctly interpreted and stated the
views of Mr. Slemp. We were further
impressed with the belief that the
Lynchburg News was seeking to regain
its lost influence in the Ninth district by
giving to the interview, even as report?
ed in the Times-Dispatch, an artful
misrepresentation of Mr. Slemp's posi?
The Times-Dispatch headed the inter?
view: "Slemp In Favor of Clean Elec?
tions." The Lynchburg News headed its
editorial comment on the interview:
"Not Creditable to Mr. Slemp " And
in its editorial the News sought to show,
by implication, that Mr. Slemp was in
favor of using money for corrupt pur?
poses in elections. Now which of these
newspapers is most likely to be correct,
the one to which the interview was sent
or the one that gave it subsequent pub?
lication and seeks to analyze and inter?
pret its meaning?
On the 6th instant Mr. Slemp address?
ed a letter to the Lynchburg News
about its comments on what he terms
an "alleged interview." Mr. Slemp's
communication is published elsewhere in
this paper. Read it, and you'll agree
with us, that the News has been guilty
of a discreditable act and Mr. Slemp
The contention of the News that the
republicans do not speak truly when
they say that elections have not been
fairly conducted in the Ninth district
because of the use of unfair election
laws, gives ample ground for the re?
publicans to deduce, by implication,
that the News is not in favor of honest
If the present election laws were not
intended to be used fraudulently, why
were they framed to give so many op?
portunities for fraud? And why has
the Lynchburg News so recently ex?
pressed a wish that the election laws
could be more fairly interpreted and ad?
ministered in the Ninth district?
Commenting on a remark of Mr.
Slemp that there was no hope for hon?
est elections in the Ninth until the re?
publicans are permitted to name their
own election judges, the News, on the
30th of January, 1912, said:
"While having no sympathy with
this implied reflection upon demo?
cratic judges in the Ninth district,
and while convinced not only of
their integrity,|but that Mr. Slemp's
election and r??lections to ?Con?
gress and the uninterrupted series
of political triumphs of his father
before him, are sufficient to con?
vince that the republicans have had
a square deal at me hands of the
democrats controlling the election
machinery, we yet think it is but
fair that the local authorities of the
republican party should be accorded
the law-granted right of selecting
their election judges."
If the republicans in the Ninth have
been denied the law-granted right of
selecting- their ?lection judge?, have
they had "a *q*i?re deal?" Have not
the republicans been uniformly denied
this la a-granted right? And are not
the republicans wairanted in believing
that the party leaders who deny this
right do it for the purpose of fraud? We
republicans know that but for the most
constant watchfulness by republicans
and stern resolve to punish fraud when
detected, that the district would have
been stolen from us at each election
held since the adoption of the new con
. atitution, just as it was twice stolen
from General Walker and once attempt?
ed to be stolen from Colonel Campbell
The News of the 30th of January fur
: ther said:
"The News goes furtaer than
this. It would favor equal repre?
sentation for both republicans and
democrats on electoral boards and
in the polling booths, were such a
condition practicable or feasible."
And now the News says that the re- j
publicans of the Ninth have been given
"a equare deal" by the democrats, j
though they have been denied represen- ,
tation on electoral boards and refused !
one of the clerks of election at each i
precinct. It is "practicable or feas?
ible" to do this much in the way of giv?
ing the republicans "a square deal."
The electoral boards have been appoint?
ed at the suggestion of partisan demo?
cratic leaders; and the courts have re?
fused to exercise the power granted
them under the constitution of appoint?
ing republicans on these boards. Have
they been giving the republicans "a
The electoral board?, composed of
partisan democrat*, persistently refuse
to appoint republicans as clerks of elec?
tion, though the boards have authority
in the exercise of their discretion to do
so. Is this giving the republicans "a
I f the Lynchburg News will examine
the debates of the late constitutional
convention it will find that the Hon.
Henry C. Stuart declared that the only
sure way to absolutely safeguard the
ballot from fraud was to have one of the
two clerks of election a republican.
The News declares that all the elec?
tions held in the Ninth district, begin?
ning with and s;nce 1894, have been fair.
This we dispute; and if the News de?
sires it, we will present specifications it
cannot dispute to prove our contention.
RISING TIDE OF PROSPERITY.
' 'Throughout the south there are
seen evidences on every hand of bet?
ter times. Vast industrial and hy?
dro-electric plants, in which Cana?
dian and English capitalists are put?
ting millions of dollars, indicate the
faith of foreign investors; railroads
are pushing forward the betterment
of their lines; great reclamation and
irrigation enterprises are under way
at a cost of many millions of dol?
lars, making available millions of
reres of fertile lends; the iron mar?
ket, so long depressed, is showing a
much stronger tone; the cotton
goods trade.is better; building op?
erations are expanding, and wher?
ever one turns are seen signs of
betterment, with the outlook favor?
able for more activity than has pre?
vailed for several years.?Manu?
True! Then why should southern
people vote to give the rising tide of
prosperity a setback? There is no fact
of American history more patent than
that the periods of greatest progress
have been made under a protective tar?
iff, and, correspondingly, that the peri?
ods of depression are always under free
trade or, so-called, tariff for revenue
periods. The only hope for the ulti?
mate industrial supremacy of the south,
lies in its breaking away from partisan
politics, based on by-gone sentiment,
and stand with the party that stead?
fastly faces the future.
In another column will be found an
article from the Farm Life Bulletin that
should be read by every voter and tax
payer in the state. This paper is not a
political organ, and the views expressed
are those of a disinterested citizen, pa?
triotic and proud of his heritage as a
citizen of the Old Dominion. The views
here expressed are but the voicing Of
the latent protest against the machine
mismanagement of the state's affairs
that is gathering force daily, and which
?is destined to reform the management
of the government in the state. "The
Machine Must Go."
What a paradise this country would
soon be if only one-quarter of the good
things were realized that political can?
didates promise to secure if elected.
He is a real man who possesses fine
feelings and graces, for he is ever con?
siderate of the feelings and well being
Don't measure a man's religion by
Sunday alone. Judge hint by wnat he
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great knowledge, but the path of duty
everyone may tread.
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The Hand ot Esau.
Farm Life Bulletin.
The General Assembly of Virginia
has given to the state a fine exhibition
of an ancient drama entitled: "The
Voice of Jacob but the Hand of Esau."
They have been exceedingly busy. Long
days have been spent in discussion ard
the passage of bills. The voice of pa?
triotism has been loud upon the air and
conspicuous have been those who have
preached the dextrine of the rights of
the dear people. But after all that
they have done, after all this Jacob
voice, the hand of E*nau is much in evi?
dence. What have they done to rid the
state of the stench of convict labor? A
mere compromise. Six hundred con?
victs will still be leased to the highest
bidders and still the evils of the system
will abide, in spite of the fact that en?
lightened prison reform and humantari
an methods are finding adoption in other
What has been done about the pure
elections law drawn by that eminent
lawyer. Judge A. A. Phlegar, and offer?
ed by Messrs. Crockett and Chalkley?
Notwithstanding that Virginia has no
adequate pure election and corrupt prac?
tices act, notwithstanding the fact that
progressive sentiment everywhere is
demanding and securing laws that will
keep elections beyond the peradventure
of a doubt and secure to the electorate
the right of the majority to rule, thi->
worthy bill slumbers undisturbed in
What has been done concerning the
West bill which would require all officers
operating under the fee system to make
pubiic at the end of each year the
amount of the fees they have received
as the compensation of their offices? It
sleeps the sleep that many interpret as
meaning death And what is the objec?
tion to it? It does not propose to abol?
ish the the fees and place all offices up?
on a salary basis, as economy and effici?
ency would suggest and as a large por?
tion of the citizenship of the state de?
sire; it only proposes that the employ?
ees of the people shall tell the people
how much of their money they have re?
ceived for their services. What possi?
ble injustice could be done an office?
holder by such a tequirement? The fact
of the business is that the fat fee offices
are held by men of power in the organi?
zation of the dominant political party.
Around each court house in the counties
there is a strong political ring and these
politicians have more influence with the
committee considering the West bill
than the people of the state have. The
papers almost unanimously have clam?
ored for a businesslike adjustment of
compensation and there is a strong pop?
ular demand for it, but the powers that
have long been, end still be, prefer to
legislate for the benefit of the office?
holders' trust. The West bill sleeps in
committee, while many other bills of?
fered later have been reported and act?
ed on; but the people in the state are
not sleeping and one of these days they
will want to know why this hand of
Esau should be so apparent in the work
of the legislature.
And what about the Byrd primary
bill? Speaker Byrd, finely interpretirg
the demand of the public and recogniz?
ing the scandals that have besmirched
the conduct of primary elections too
often in the past, devised and offered a
bill by which the primary could be con?
ducted under the same safeguards as a
general election, by which the expendi?
tures of candidates could be limited, and
by which the appointment of election
officials should pass from the hands of
partisan political committees and fall
into the hands of the regular electoral
boards. Did it pass? There was much
talk before the session about the need
of such a law. The people generally de?
manded it, the press supported it, the
house of representatives passed it by a
large majority, but when it struck the
senate committee it was reported in
such shape as that its author would not
recognize it in the road on a bright run
shine day. As reported by this com?
mittee it limits the expenditures of can?
didates, but does not forbid friends
from spending all they please. It places
the naming of election officials just
where it has always bean, and just
where the machine politicians desire it
to continue, in the hand? of the local
committees of the party and it does
away with the holding of joint prima?
ries so that voters of each party may
participate in their own primary at the
same place and time. The hand of E:au
is apparent. The democratic machin?
is too well pleased with the system that
has given tenure of office to the sanie
old crowd year after year to adopt cny
method by which the aspiring candid it?
not in the good graces of the organiza?
tion may gratify his office-holding am?
He is not wise who can be deceived by
the voice of Jacob. That voice wil' con?
tinue to speak the same old political
platitudes for all time and will continu?
to tell of an ardent love for the rights
and liberties of the people. He who is
wise will look for the hand that does
things. Who directs the hand that con?
trols legislation it is not for us to s iv,
but this we do assert, that in m:in>
instances the pre election voice is not
owned by the same individual that oper?
ates the legislative hand. If the lead?
ers of the democratic party of the state
of Virginia are wise and have and know?
ledge of the cloud arising on the hori?
zon they will see to it that there is in
the future a consistency and harmony
between voice and hand and that they
are elected who will have greater re?
gard for the will of the people than for
the wishes of the office-holders and pol?
iticians. If they fail to heed this ad?
vice the common people of Virginia will
ero long save them the trouble.
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