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TI7E COLUMBIA HERALD: FRIDAY. JANUARY 21, 1808.
Published by the Herald Publishing Co.
In the County...... 11.00.
Oat of the County 1.25.
Entered at the post-office at Columbia, Ten
nessee as second-class mall matter.
F. D. LANDER, Editor.
To Meet In the Circuit Court Itoom In
Thin City Monday; Feb. Tth, 1898.
To tlie Democratic Executive Com
mittee of Maury County gentlemen:
Whereas, we, Sam Holding -and E. 8,
Fowler, have entered into the following
agreement, to wit: To submit our
claims as candidates for Judge, of the
Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial
Circuit of Tennessee to a primary elec
tion to be hold at the various voting
precincts of Manrv county, Tennessee,
on the Vltb day of March, 1H98, from the
hours of 9 a. m. to 4 p. m., for the pur
pose of deciding which one of us snail
be a candidate for said oflice before the
Judicial Circuit Convention, and it Is
further agreed that each of us shall
select one person who shall act in con
junction with the .committeeman at
each voting precinct in holding said
primary. We therefore ask that you
will call a primary election on the
above date and in accordance with the
above agreement in which all those
who have heretofore affiliated with the
Democratic party or voted for Bryan or
Palmer for president In 18WJ, shall be
allowed to vote, and that the vote of
each district be certified to the chair
man of the committee by those holding
the election and the chairman will can
vass the vote and declare the result.
This Jan. 10th, 1898. Sam Holding,
E. 8. Fowler.
The above communication has been
handed me as chairman of the commit
tee, any in obedience to the request
made therein I hereby call the Demo
cratic Executive Committee of Maury
county to meet in the Circuit Court
room In Columbia, Monday, Feb. 7th,
1898, at 11 o'clock a. m.
J. T. Williamson,
This Jan. 19th, 189a Chairman.
One of the County Democratic
Executive Committee, signing him
self "Committeeman," la an article
in this issue throws some light npon
the "no-prlmary" plan. We are
glad the light 19 beginning to break,
and we hope between uow and the
August election to furnish the peo
ple with all the Inside history of this
interesting little story. Our corres
pondent says, plainly and unequivo
cally that the committee was "pack
ed," by and for the supposed inter
est of certain candidates. He says
that it was "packed" two years ago,
for the purpose of defeating the
resolution to prohibit the use of
money, whiskey, and other corrupt
ing influences in the primaries; and,
our correspondent says, this is the
cause of the "widespread dissatis
faction" among the Democrats with
the primary plan.' He farther says
that the Herald knows of this
"widespread dissatisfaction,"-, but
ignores It. If we have ignored It,
it was unintentional. What we
have tried to emphasize is that the
return to the. free-for-all . boodle
elections was mora. objectionable, to
the Democrats of the county, and
the gopd' 1 people 'generally, 'than
even the "packed" primaries then
selves. In other words, that ' the
remedy was worse than the disease
Our correspondent's suggestion
that the committee be reorganized,is
impracticable. They received their
trust direct from the people, and
however much they have misused
it, we know of no power or authority
that can reorganize or discipline
them between now and the August
election. In lieu of our correspond
ent's suggestion, we ; would suggest
this. That he request the Chair
man, Maj Williamson, to, call the.
committee together again, and give
them a chance', to reverse them
selves. Several of them, we are in
formed, would be glad of the chance.
How many of them at that time
were, like our correspondent, indif
ferent, and being absent were voted
by some obliging friend, we know
not; possibly enough to reverse the
decision., Besides, since then they
have heard from the people, and the
people, unquestionably, are opposed
to this ruling. That should have and
doubtless has changed' some of the
members. It is not Improbable there
fore that if the committee should be
called together again, they would
make a different ruling. And if they
should call either a primary or con
vention, and throw around the nomi
nation restrictions forbidding the
use of money or whiskey, and mak
ing the penalty a forfeiture of the
nomination, then the "widespread
dissatisfaction" would quickly dis
appear, and the Democratic nomi
nation would be as it used to be in
Maury equivalent to an election.
During Mr. Cleveland's first ad
ministration, Miss Bayard, daugh
ter of the then Secretary of State,
committed suicide by shooting her
self through the heart, immediately
after a brilliant reception In her
father's home, given to the diplo
matic corps. Miss Garland, daugh
ter of the then Attorney-General,
in like manner killed herself a few
years later, and Miss Herbert, daugh
ter of the Secretary of the Navy, re
cently threw herself from a third
story window. This week Mrs.
Lane, daughter of ex-Senator Black
burn, stood In front of her mirror in
her dressing room, and shot herself.
What a sad commentary all this is
upon the fast life led by the fash
ionable set in Washington City.
The meeting of the subscribers
and stockholders of the Citizens'
Telephone Company .. at the' Opera
House last Friday, was in deed and
in truth a patriotic occasion. - A like
meeting is called for the same
place to-day, and we hope for even
a larger attendance, and that all
who come will bring their enthusi
asm with them.
The Herald congratulates the
stockholders of the Citizens' Com
pany, over the happy results of the
meeting last Friday. They did Just
exactly as they should have, , done,
in that they ppurned the offer to buy
them out, and instead went down in
their pockets like Datriots to Dav the
debt their struggling little company
had unavoidably incurred. Their
action has inspired more hope in
their ranks and more confidence in
the minds' nf ;ttie public, than kny
step taken since their organization.
They 1 have shown' their 'fith' by.
their works, and evinced a, determi
nation to win that must have struck
terror to the hearts of their enemies.
The Bell proposition was not read
to the meeting. ; They very properly
refused to hear it. They were not
for sale, aud didn't propose to be
bid at. They started out to fight a
monopoly, not to sell out to one.
That had been the prominent plank
in their platform, and they were not
ready to betray, themselves into , toe
hands of their enemy, or sell their
birthright for a mess of pottage, r 1 1
And now that some two or three
hundred of our citizens have taken
that stand, what are the balance of
us going to do about it? Whose
colors will we wear! Shall we fol
low a foreign flag, and give aid and
comfort to a foreign monopoly I
Shall we prove traitor to the little
Spartan band who are fighting for
the dear privilege of conducting a
legitimate business in their own
territory! Shall we give encourage
ment and support to a rich and pow
erful foreign corporation in their
avowed purpose to starve out a home
enterprise? ' . ;
is mat tne cnaracter or men wa
grow in Maury? We trow not! But
let us not deceive ourselves. We
cannot serve both the Bell and the
Citizens. Tbe man who helps the
one hurts the other. A man's "sym
pathies" for the Citizens' cause is
not worth a cent, so long as his name
Is on the Bell list. There is but one
effective way to fight monopolies,
and that is not to patronize them.
There is but one way to help home
enterprises, 'and that is to patronize
them. Talk is cheap. By our ac
tions we shall be judged. Is it right,
is it fair, is it patriotic, is it manly,
to swallow a fifty cent bait, when
we know that but for the public
spirit and true grit of those who
compose the Citizens' Telephone
Co., the old rate would still prevail?
Isitnotthe rankest ingratitude to
accept a rate purchased .'at the ex
pense of 5'our, neighbor? Is it notj
supremely selflsht to accept -a? gift
which Comes as blood ! money .from
your neighbors, 'your ' kindred and
your friends? Can any man's con
science rest easy when he has thus
sinned against his own kith and
kin?"Youwho bave'done without
telephones all your lives, can't you
do without a little while longer, un
til you ; feel able to 'patronize your
home company, or until the Company
gets able to build you a home-line
- Stop, realize this, my friend. -It
is Just such men and women as you
who give strength and powei to" all
these soulless. nlutocrAtiA. fnmfirn
corporations,, so grinding upon-the
labor of this country and,o ''merci
less in their rates." When the time
comes to vote they bait their hook
for the purchasable vote. When
the time comes to lobby, they bait
their hook for the purchasable legis
lator. When the time comes to
starve out competition, they bait
their hook with cheap rates, and the
men and women who bite at these
hooks are their aiders and abettors.
Let every man and woman, there
tore, who love their country better
than their own selfish convenience,
discard the Bell from their use and
come to the support of the Citizens'
Company. ' ' '
If the American's statement is
correct and we shall not under
take to prove the negative then the
Herald was wrong in its statement
concerning Mr. McMillin's record
for 1892. The Herald had been in
formed from more than one reliable
source, that Mr. McMillin dodged
the issue raised by the Alliance in
the campaign of 1892; that he did not
make any speeches in this State In
1892 outside of his own district, and
had to be urged and almost threat
ened before he would even come
hon.e and help organize his own dis
trict for the State ticket. This re
port, though possibly never before
published, has been current in politi
cal circles for the last five years,
aud the Herald simply gave pub
lication to what we considered ah
open political secret, and one we be
lieved and had good reason to be
lieveto be true. But we take it
that the American has, as it says it
has, taken the pains to examine its
files of that year, and that it learns
therefrom that Mr. McMillin made
some twenty-five or thirty speeches
during that campaign; and not
wishing or intending to do Mr: Mc
Millin or his political record any in
justice, we publish this correction.
Speaking of Gov. Taylor's unfor
tunate candidacy, for the Senate,
Col. A. S. Colyar, the veteran lead
er, wisely says: "A man can some
times overcome all his enemies, but
not many men can' succeed over
The American says that our Flo
t3rlal representative, Dr. Stockard,
is an 'enthusiastic McMillin man,
and that he is being urged to accept
the nomination for Senator from
this .district: Has his being "an
enthusiastic ; McMillin man" any
thing , to ,do with the "urging?"
Has the Doctor been made to believe
that that was the road to the Senate
from this district? And will the
American kindly name some of the
. '. tieoda Blacksmith.
i I wifch to employ a good combined
workman; good wages; to the right
man;, splendid locality and good
conveniences. Telephone or write
F. P. Brumbach, Columbia. Jan21-2t
LEGISLATURE IN SESSION.
'' (Continued from First Page.)
McKennon, Anderson & Foster.
THREE SPECIAL EVENTS THAT HAYE THEIK
BEGINNING HERE ON NEXT MONDAY MORNING.
do likewise. .If this be the law, it
gives countenance to official delin
quency. It condones, official delin
quency and invites perjury. It de
grades the public service.
"The necessity for the enactment
of another law for the assessment of
railway, telegraph and telephone
properties Is too obvious to need dis
cussion. "In my proclamation I suggested
the enactment of laws for the re
assessment and back-taxing of those
"If, for any of the reasons urged
by the railroads in their bills and
petitions, the assessments made by
the present State Tax Assessors are
void and cannot , be collected, it
would be no more than just and
right that a law should be enacted
which would authorize another as
sessment. Without such a law the
railroad, telegraph and telephone
companies would escape taxation
"Back taxation of property omit
ted from assessment or inadequately
assessed has been the settled policy
of this. State for nearly twenty
f'ears. ' Prudently guarded and
imited, the power to back assess is
a necessary one. Without it, the
State, by the negligence, inefficiency
or corruption of its assessing
officers, might lose a large part of
its revenues." ,
Concerning the assessment of 1896
he says!' ' . ... , 4 ; ,. .
' 1 "The State cannot afford to accept
fayment of taxes on this assessment,
t is too low and does the State great
injustice. It was made without au
thority and by a Board of Assessors
whose methods and official conduct
reBt under the severe and merited
reprobation of our Supreme Court.
I suggest, in order to settle this con
tention, that you enact such legisla
tion as will annul and set aside said
assessment and validate the assess
ments made by the present Assess
ors and Board of Equalizers. . ,
' "I am sure I am doingthe learned
Judge no injustice when I say that
the effect of the decision is to
emasculate and destroy the assess
ment act, take away from Assessors
tne best ana only reliable criteria 01
value, and make the Federal Court
the assessor of State taxes, " :
"If. his decision Is right, ' the
States have lost the ., authority to
levy and ( collect revenue from
foreign corporations. No tax can
be collected until , the assessment
upon which it is based has passed
the scrutiny and received the ap
proval of the Federal Judge. Until
then the hands of the State are tied
by injunction process of that court.
"The authority of the courts to in
terpose by injunction and arrest the
assessment of taxes or prevent their
collection is one fraught with
menace and danger to the State
Aside from unseemliness of drag
ging a sovereign State before a court
and subjecting it to tho humiliating
attitude 01 a common litigant, suci
a proceeding interferes with the
operations of Government by de
Driving the State of the means of
paying its necessary expenses, and
does untold harm to its credit.
suggest the enactment of such a law
as will as far as can be done, re
move the danger of the interference
bv the Federal Judges with the
assessment and collection of State
"What has been done by the rail
road and other companies resisting
taxation is calculated to arouse your
just indignation. The dignity of
the State has been Insulted and her
just authority defied. A deter
mined effort has been made to
escape au obligation which every
citizen, in one form or another must
bear fair and just taxation.
"But while this is true, your legis
lation, whatever it is should not be
conceived or matured in a spirit of
anger or resentment. I trust that
your proceedings will be guided by
wisdom and tempered with modera
tion. All legislation must be just
Hills Intioil uced.
In both branches bills were intro
duced to repeal the privilege tax on
cigars and fruit stands; to tax cir
cuses and menageries; to approve
the assessments of railroad, tele
phone and telegraph property now
in litigation; to provide for bnck as
sessing railroad, telegraph ati '-le-
Ehoue property for the difference
etweeu former assessments and
those of 1897, and to prevent tax
payers from enjoining the certifica
tion of taxes; placing a penalty of
ISpercenton tax-payers who seek
to interfere with the collection of
taxes; placing $700 privilege tax on
Half Yearly Clearing Sale of Silits, dealing Sale ol
Fine poijutti, Velvet and Tapestry Carpets, and our
SCATTERATI0X PRICES 0X FINE SILKS.
Six Hundred and Twenty-five Yards of Fine Fancy Taffeta Silks, left over from
a busy season's selling. Next Monday morning these silks will be divided into three lots,
with prices this way: All the 75c to 85c Fancy Taffetas will be 49c yard. All the 90c,
$1.00, and a few of the $1.25 Fancy Taffetas will be 69c yard. All the fine $1.50 and
$1.75 Fancy Taffetas will be 89c yard. Many Waist and Skirt lengths in the lots.
BRING THE MEASURE OF YOUR ROOM For a Fine Moquette, Velvet or
Brussels Carpet. Five styles of Tapestry Brussels Carpets, best 90c and $1.00
grades, Next Monday, made, lined, and ij in the city, laid at 75c yard. Two styles Mo
quette carpets, nowhere less than $1.25 yard, Next Monday, made, lined, and ij in the
city, laid at 95c. One only, Style Velvet, Carpet, $1.25 quality, Next Monday, made,
lined, and if in the city, laid at 95c yard. And this in the face of jumping prices on
carpets, but we want to make room for new comers.
SECOND MIDWINTER SALE of LADIES' MUSLIN UNDERWEAR.
NINETEEN HUNDRED AND TEN PIECES OF NEW FRESH LADIES'
MUSLIN UNDERWEAR, go on sale NEXT MONDA T MORNING, and
the prices quoted here continue in force all next week. This Muslin Underwear
has been made to our special order, and laundered in fresh mountain water, far away from
the contaminating waters of any city. Even our lowest priced garments you will find free
from the skimpiness that is usual, even in higher priced garments. And the prices? They
make home sewing a useless drudgery. The items mentioned here do not begin to cover
ii 1 i- a !::.: a i a. i - j .1 i .1 . 1 . . . ' ' ' ' ' ' .
uic siuck range. i vi&ii. is uie uesi pian, ana me earner tne uetter.
LADIES' NIGHT DRESSES.
No. 605. Ladies'
Sack Night Dress, of
good Muslin, cambric
ruffle, 35c each. Only
three pieces to a buyer.
No. 4000. Ladies'
Night Dress, of good
Muslin, High Neck,
trimmed with four clus
ters of plaits and inser
tion in yoke, 50c each.
A splendid garment.
Only three pieces to a
No. 663. Ladies'
Night Dress, of good
n. o3. Muslin, cambric ruffle,
six'clustersof plaits'jn yoke, high neck, $1.00 each.
No. 4005. Ladies'
Night Dress, of good
Cambric with Cam
bric Embroidery ruf
fles, low neck; $1.25
No. 4049. Ladies'
Night Dress, of good
Muslin, cambric ruf
flle, low neck, trimm
ed with cambric, in
sertion and , edging,
No. 720 XX. Cor
set Cover, of Cam
Only three pieces to
brie well made; I2c each,
(Continued to Seventh Fate.)
No. 741. Corset Cover, of
Cambric, low . neck,- pearl
buttons; 15c each. Only
three to a buyer.
No. 723. Cambric Corset
Cover, high neck, trimmed
with cambric Edging; 20c
each. Only three to a buy
er. No. 703. Cambric Corset
Cover, trimmed with cambric
edging, high neck ; 25c each.
Only three to a buyer.
No 480. Ladies' Drawers,
of Muslin, with deep hem
and cjuster of tucks ; 20c pair,
to a buyer.
Only three pieces:
No. 546. Ladies' Umbrella Drawers, of good
Cambric, deep lawn ruffle; 25c per pair. Only;
three pieces to a buyer. A specially good garment.
Drawers of good
30c per pair.
Only three pairs
to a buyer.
No. 548. La
dies' , Umbrella.
Drawers of good
lawn ruffle with
cluster of tucks
above ; 50c pair.
No. 179. Ladies' Skirt, of good Muslin, cam
brie ruffle and foot piece, two clusters of tucks ; 4SC
No. 2235. -Ladies' Cambric
wnn emoroidery ruiile and loot
cial garment; $1.00 each.
piece, a very spe-
ruffle for foot
piece and trimm
ed with pointed
Paris lace; $1.98
each. A hand
3MW4Mm dies' Chemise,of
mii good Muslin ,
v neatly made; no
No. 8876. . . J . '
each. Only three to a buyer.
No. 390. Ladies' Chemise, of good Muslin,
trimmed with imitation Torchon ; 25c each. Only
three to a buyer.
No. 460 Chemise of good Cambric, yoke
trimmed with four clusters of tucks and insertion ;
If you see it in our ad. it's so. -