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♦ STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE $
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♦ Let evwry member come ♦
ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR.
o' r QL. VII. NUMBER 9.
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THE . >/ MS COME.
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Mr. Fullwood of Polk County
Urges Prompt Action.
TO REVIVE AND INVIGORATE NOW.
Properly Organized, the 'Populisms of
Georgia Can Win the Next Campaign
Wants Every County to Pre
pare for the Fray.
Editor People’s Party Paper.
As secretary of the Powder Springs
mass meeting, the proceedings of which
were published in your recent issue, it
became my duty to furnish the Hon
John D. Cunningham a copy of the res
olutions passed at that meeting.
For the information of your readers
I take the liberty of quoting from his
private letter to me dated, Chicago,
Nov. 4th, as follows:
“Your letter of the 17th has just
reached me, having been forwarded
after a long delay from Marietta.
“In regard to the resolutions you
enclose, will say that I think myself
it would be a good idea for the
State Executive Committee to meet
and outline a programme for future
action and I have written our friend
James Sibley, and asked him to issue
the call and you will no doubt see the
same published in the next People’s
Party Paper, or at least in the follow
ing one.
I shall make a strong effort to attend
this meeting although to do so I will
no doubt have to make a special trip
at quite a loss of time and money. I
have requested Secretary J. L. Sibley
to call the meeting on the second Wed
nesday in December, as owing to the
long delay before receiving your letter
and the resolutions, the time between
now and the first Wednesday would be
too short I think.”
It will be seen from this extract from
Mr. Cunningham's letter that he fully
approves the resolutions passed at
Powder Springs and has called a meet
ing of the State Executive Committee
in accordance therewith. As the call
ing of these meetings and the sense of
the term organization or re-organiza
tion does not appear to be fully under
stood by some, I will say that the only
motive is to revive and invigorate our
present organizat ons and form others
in fields which we have not yet occu
pied
True many strong Populist counties
may not feel the need of this early ac
tion but there are many that do, and
after the fusion and confusion of the
last campaign it would infuse new ac
tivity and courage if the S'ate Commit
tee would meet and unfurl the banner
of true Populism There are 109,000
meS in Georgia who vote the Populist
ticket, with these properly organized
we san win, without it we cannot.
Its time we were drilling for the big
gest battle we have ever had.
John L Fullwood
ACTIVE POLK POPULISTS.
They Pass Resolutions of Interest to Sister
Counties.
Chairman J. A. Burdett called the
meeting to order at 11 a. m. Mr. J. N
Blankinship was elected secretary and
the following resolutions offered by
Mr. John I. Full wood, were passed by
unanimous vote.
Resolved Ist, That we endorse the
action of Chairman J. A. Burdette in
calling this mass meeting.
Resolved 2nd, That we heartily ap
prove of the action of State Chairman
Hon. John D. Cunningham and State
Secre'ary Hon. J L. Sibley, in calling
our state executive committee together
on the 2nd Wednesday in December for
consultation and action.
Resolved 3d, That ours being a re
form party, we believe it to be incum
bent upon us to hold early conventions
and show to the masses that we are
worthy of their confidence by selecting
men of undoubted ability and integrity
for our star dard hearers and by pla -ing
them upon a platform of equal and
exact justice between man and man.
Therefore we urge our state committe°
to call an early state convention and to
use their influence to secure an early
national convention.
Resolved 4th, That the all important
question of the coming campaign to
Georgians is to wrest our state govern
ment from the hands of those who
have abused the confidence of the peo
ple who placed them in office, and have
used the power conferred upon them to
further their own selfl-h ends regard
less of the interests and welfare of the
masses of the people.
Resolved sth, That the political de
bauchery of the last campaigns and the
utter disregard by the dominant party
of its p edges to the people have open
ed the eyes of thousands of honest
Georgians to the recks upon which our
ship of state is rapidly drifting, and
while they may differ with us as to
some national questions if we act wise
ly they are ready to help us place the
reins of state government in the hands
of brave and competent men.
Resolved 6th, That we recommend
a man for leader and governor whose
ability, none can deny, whose courage,
none dare question, whose integrity,
his enemies will vouch for, a man
whom Populists love to honor, whom
republicans respect and support and
whom democrats will vote for.
One whose prejudice would not close
his official ear to capitalists and corpo
rations, neither would it be deaf to the
cry of the widow and the orphan.
A man whose brow has never fel'
the breath of scandal in public or pri
vate life, the equal of the great
the friend of the poor and wh<
dares to do right because Thou Goe
seest me. A gentleman, a scholar, i
statesman, a patriot, a Christian, thi
Hon. Thos. E. Watson, of McDuffie.
Resolved 7th, That we request th.
Advance Courier and the People’s Par
ty Paper to publish these proceeding
and ask other reform papers to copy.
J. A. Bubdette, Chm.
J. N. Blankinship, Sec.
THE PEOPLE’S PARTY PAPER
KILLED THE BONDS.
Representative Hogan Takes a Strong
Hand Against Them.
Representative Boi<eui let’s bill to
issue bonds to satisfy the bonded debt
of 1866 was killed in the legislature
last week by a vote of 59 to 74.
These bonds were issued Feb. 17,
1866 and to mature February 17,
1871 and were for $16,000. These con
vention bonds were handled by Henry
Clews & Co., of New York, as fin>-ncial
agents for Governor Bullock. Various
reports favorable and unfavorable have
been made by legislative committees
since and their repudiation has caused
the most bitter reports against the
state’s credit to go out from Wall
Street. The holders are now ready to
take 4 per cent although the bonds call
for 7 per cent.
Mr. Hogan, of Lincoln, wanted to be
nut on record in the right light upon
this maUer. But for the fact that he
knew they were on the wrong side, he
said, he would hold his peace. He
said it was the same old question
which had been tormenting the house
for twenty-odd years, and every time,
he was proud to say, the representa
tives fresh from the people had slain it
He was proud that this was no party
question. As a Populist, he accorded
to the Democrats interest in the wel
fare of the state.
He said.that Henry Clews & Co. acted
as the financial agents for Governor
Bullock, and the finances of the state
were in a deplorable condition. He
read from the message of Governor
Smith to the legislature of 1873 a
statement of a suspicion to the effect
that Henry Clews & Co. were convert
ing to their own use paid up bonds of
the state, and that the attorney gener
al of Georgia was refused an inspection
of the books and accounts of Henry
Clews & Co. Another statement was
read from Governor Smith to the effect
that no satisfactory settlement could
be had with Clews & Co , who claimed
that the state owed them $170,000.
Mr. Hogan read further from Gov
ernor Smith a statement that certain
bonds redeemed and paid got into the
possession of Clews & Co , and were
sol data bogus sale in New York on
one day’s notice, for the purpose of se
curing a color of title to bonds already
paid Mr Hogan read from the repo-t
of Dr. Boz -man, the then treasurer
that the 825.500 of bonds held by E P
Seott and E L. Haves were part and
porcel of the bonds redeemed by the
sta’e and illegally sold and put baek
into the market by Clews & Co. in 1873.
As the bonds in question were held by
E L Hayes, this was directly on the
matter before ’he house.
Mr Hoi/an disputed the statement
by Mr. BoUeullet that the matter had
never been adversely reported on by
any committee or sub committee.
Tlie bill was killed and the Bullock
bonds go over another session.
The Greatest Georgian.
Sam Jones’ meeting at Canton has
come and gone and the quiet little city
has settled down to business again, but
not to be old Canton for the next gen
eration to come.
The grace of God manifested through
the preaching of this bold soldier of the
Cross of Jesus is to be seen (the effects)
in the changed attitude of almost the
entire population in and around “New
Canton.”
The thousands that attended the ser
vices day and night for eight days will
never forget the demonstrations of the
spirit as they increased from hour to
hour. The hundreds of concessions to
each proposition made by the evangel
ist as the meeting progressed fully per
trayed the fact that God was again
visiting the earth in “pentecostal pow
er.”
Two noble members of the Canton
Bar coming out boldly on the Lord's
side were a part of the fruits of the
great revival.
The doors of all denominations, '
classes and orders were thrown open,
every gate stood ajar, every heart was J
warmed and every conscience made to
feel better. Money sufficient was paid ‘
in and subscribed to build a large au
di’ orium or tabernacle to the honor and
glory of God. Rev. Jones was ably ,
assisted by Rev. Q lillian, Allen Alday, J
Evangellist Tillman and our home 1
ministry.
Good men, such as Mr. Ryman of
Nashville, contributed liberally and
nobly in defraying the expanses of the
meeting and in building the taberna
cle. God will greatly reward such lib- 1
erality and Christian manliness. As
an evidence that the glorious influence
of the meeting is still alive I will relate
just one circumstance : I was at wo-k
in th«- field a few days days ago when
one of my neighbors came a:oug and
called to me and told me a strange
circumstance was taking place in a
f imily on his farm. A little girl, said
he, is unde’ deep conviction and imag
ines ’ hat the devil is after her and it
seems impossible for her tu be recon
ci ed. Rev. Co per was sent for, went,
and held prayer, the girl was filled
with the Holy Ghost and a general
family revival occured.
We learn from God’s blessed book
that they “that turn many to righte
ousness shall shine as the stars forever
and ever.”
Who of these will be able to look up
on the brilliancy of that crown that
awaits Rev. Jones in glory. God bless
him and his.
J. D. Dobbs.
Ha* Cost Two Million*.
Secretary Long reports that it has
cost already $2,000,000 to keep the
; United States cruisers guarding the At
lantic ports to prevent fiilibustering ex
; peditions getting off to Cuba. Unless
• Congress appropriates more money,
the navy department will have to
> abandon the patrol service inaugurated
L by Cleveland. Spain however com
i p ains against the laxity of the United
■ States vessels.
j Turkey and Austria.
Austria has demanded certain con
i ees-ions by Turkey. Unless granted by
November 19th, her gun boats will
bombard Mersina. War is possible,
but not probable.
SLOW OLD SOLONS.
They Grind Out New Bills and
then Reconsider.
HAMMERING NOW ON THE CONVICTS.
What Was Done in and Senate Dar
ing the Weeks—A General Brawl
Over the University and the
Congressional Fund.
The legislature has done little this
week, except killing the child labor
bill; wranglirg as to the extent of the
courtesies to be shown the University
Trustees who want a hearing, the sen
ate calling for a joint hearing on Wed
nesday morning and the house passing
a resolution hearing them as commit
tee of the whole at 11 o’clock Wednes
day ; giving a few hours to the peni
tentiary debate taking no action as
yet; passing new bills and then recon
sidering them the following day and
minor routine matter. The bill giving
greater tax exemption for churches
and schools was passed. The recom
mendations of the Blalock committee
in the form of new bills has developed
considerable opposition, one being the
reduction of oil inspectors salaries from
$125 to 866 per month.
The situation is now thoroughly
complex. All legislative business is
being laid aside in the house for the
convict question. All kinds of bills are
being introduced. A casual observer
watching the tone of the speeches so
far made and the interest developed
would be safe in predicting that the
old lease system with a few and a very
few modifications will be adopted
Honest reform on this line will be
shelved on the final vote, after allow
ing various ambitious legislators to
fire off their prepared speeches. Talks
with leading members verify this in
every particular. Mr. Hall denies it is
his bill that is now before the house
known as the Hall bill but he spoke
for it on the first reading.
The state library among its thou
sands of books has no Bible. A bill
appropriating 85 for one was defeated
in the finance committee.
A commission to investigate confed
erate cemeteries with a view to im
proving them will be appointed if
bill for such purpose passes.
The fight over the University promi-
to be-a long and lively one, both m
the senate and house.
The bill making it penal to hire mis
demeanor convicts to private parties
came up in the house. West of Loundes
opposed it and on motion, the bill was
killed by being tabled.
Bills introduced in the house —to pro
hibit the manufacture of spirituous or
malt liquors in Georgia; additional
840 000 appropriation for indigent pen
sions; changing the date of protection
for singing and insectivorous birds
from March 15 to Nov. 1 to Feb 15 and
Nov. 15; authorizing the railroad com
mission to regulate and arrange rail
road schedules so as to make close
connection at junction points when
the interest of the public require it;
limiting the solicitor’s fees to 85 in
ganding cases; requiring cotton seed
buyers to keep a record of seed bought
also making misdemeanor to remove or
deliver cotton seed between suns; fix
ing common school term at 6 months;
repealing the registration act of 1894;
allowing female students at Georgia
State Industrial College; prohibiting
sale of seed cotton between Aug. 15
and. December 15; requiring prosecu
tion of croppers or farm laborers in
county when violation of cont act
originates; making it penal to give fie
eitious name in business or otherwise;
amending the prohibition law of
Franklin county requiring a practicing
physicians’ prescription to secure liq
uor for medicinal purposes; authoriz-
Ellijay to issue 850 000 of bonds for
scbrols, prohibiting the sale of liquor
in Elbert county; reducing jury panels
from 48 to 36; withdrawing the land
scrip and Morrill funds from the Uni
versity, requiring juries to fix penal
ties where discretion is given by law;
providing a dispensary for Statesville;
making it unlawful to fire a pistol at
any picnic or on any excursion train
except in self defense.
Bills passed—lncorporating Thomas
ton; amending Hawkinsville city char
ter; establishing prohibition in Hart
county; b >nd amendment to Waycross
charter for sewers and water works;
city court for Waycross; abolishing
board of commissioners of roads and
revenues of Miller county; amending
Unadilla charter.
The dental examining board bill was
parsed In the Senate.
By a vote of 14 to 22, the Senate re
fused to reconsider its passage of the
bill enlarging the power of exempting
from taxation of all property of reli
gious bodies and educational institu
tions.
The Senate passed the bill permitting
defendants bona fide to possession of
land under claim of title to setoff value
of improvements.
The co:education bill admitting girls
to the State University will be consid
ered on Nov, 18.
By unanimous vote women physicians
were made eligible to appointment as
assistant physicians at the insane asy
lum.
An appropriation of 82,000 passed the
house to replace and repair county
maps in secretary of state’s office. For
a portrait of Chas. F. Crisp 8500 was ap
propriated.
The omnibus pension bill was defeat
ed In the house.
The senate passed the Turner bill
making it an offense for any one not a
member to wear the badge of an order.
“EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL; SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO NONE.”
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19. 1897.
| ROUSE UP YE POPULISTS!
Prepare Now for the Battle of Your Life in Old
g Georgia and Win the Fight.
® The Populists of Georgia are more than one hundred thousand strong. Year
by year our ranks are swelled by new converts who seeing the light dare to face
X the enemy. The confusion of 1896 is now fast fading away and new hopes are
budding and growing. Shall we allow victory so close at hand to escape us in
X 1898 ? to
§ Every county in Georgia has held, is holding or should hold a “revival meet
ing” and send the glad tidings all along the line, cheering up the despondent and
x urging the zealous to still greater efforts. Send in your calls and follow this by a
good report of yonr meetings. Send in names of new workers with their address
x an I above all, organize! organize! organize!
A lisle work now, a word here and a word there, a steady captain in this
Sd : strict and a “wheel-horse” for that will do wonders. M : x with this a full dose
7X of literature regularly and with precision and the outlook will soon encourage
✓2 others.
S? Come into the fight now ! Scatter your paper into every nook and corner of
X your county —don’t worry abo’t the next county —make yours solid or do your
S best to keep the “skirmishers” back. Now is the time ti outline your work for the
X coming year. Meet soon and find out “who is who ! ”
S Chairman Cunningham has called the State Executive Committee to meet.
X Let every member get there ! Let every district be represented ! Now is the
S time to put in club work. Roll up the list. Every hour will count.
g STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
X The Executive Committee of the People’s Party of this S ate is hereby called
to meet at the Jackson Hotel, Atlanta, Ga., at 11 o’clock, a. m., De ember 8,
(the second Wednesday) to consider such business as may come before it.
0 J. D. CUNNINGHAM, Chairman.
LR J- L. SIBLEY, Secretary.
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The next day it reconsidered its vote
and the bill is still ponding
The fight on the University opened
in earnest on Monday. Governor At
kinson sent a message requesting the
General Assembly to allow the trustees
of the University to reply to the recent
criticisms made against the institution.
Ex-Governor Boynton and Mr. Blalo-k
opposed such a hearing, but a substi
tute allowing the hearing before the
house as a committee of the whole was
accepted.
The house presented an unusual spec
tacle on Monday. Representative Un
derwood, of Franklin county, backed
by a petition with 1099 non partisan,
signers wanted the city court of that
county abolished. The judge of the
circuit court opposed the bill and the
house committee had reported ad
versely. Messrs. Hogan and Bagget’
appealed for a fair showing for Mr Un
derwood. A vote was taken and a di
vision showed no quorum. On motion
the doors were locked and messengers
sent into the cloak rooms for absentees
Three members were reported outside
Finally when the speaker threatened
’he arrest of the absentees a quorum
was secured. A vote of 24 to 69 defeated
Mr. Underwood’s bill.
The election of judges and solicitors
by the people’s bill, is special order for
Friday, November 19th.
The bill protecting dry town and dis
tricts in wet counties, also dry counties
from liquor drummers was passed.
Senator Carter in the Senate on Fri
day denied an alleged interview with
him published in the Macon Telegraph
reflecting on Hon. Thos. E. Watson,
the statements contained therein being
the words of the correspondent.
The Constitutional Convention bill
was overwhelmingly defeated in the
house.
Senator Kilpatrick opposed the bill
giving more power to exempt from tax- '
ation the property of chu-ches and all
property belongirg to colleg s and in
corporated schools. The vote on the
bill stood ayes 22, Brinson, Cartor,
Comas. Culver, Dunwoody, Everett.
Goldin, Golightly, Gray, Ham, Hop
kins, Hudson, McFarland, Redwine,
Starr. Stewart J. A., Stewart, T. D
Thompson, Turner, West noreland
Wilcox and Wooten. Nays 14, Allen,
Blalock, Brooke, Castleberry, Cook,
Flewellen, Kemp, Kilpatrick, Mann.
Sheffield. Shropshire, Strother, Van
Buren, Walker, J. Y.
Stone Mountain and Decatur are
fighting hard for the county site of De
Kalb county. Stone Mountain won the
endorsement of the house committee
The bill creating a secret ballot on
the Australian system is supposedly
f avored by the larger part of the As
sembly. No d tails are provided for
by the bill. Felder, of Fu ton, intro
duced it The joint committee has
voted favorably on the bill.
Henderson, (Populist), of Fo-svth
county, has introduced a bill providing
a school book commission of the Gov
ernor, Secretary of State, Comptroller
General, Attorney General and State
School Commissioner to contract for
school books, also that no school books
shall be used except those bought by
the Commissi >n and that the uniform
textbooks shall not be changed more
than once in 5 years.
Reid’s bill for a bourd of arbitrators
for labor matters is before the house.
The bill prohibiting minors playing
upon pool tables except by parental
consent passed the house unanimously.
Appointments by the governor con
firmed by the senate.are: John W.
Phillips, Judge Franklin County Court,
A N. King, solicitor of same, A. C.
Riley Judge and W. C. Davis solicitor
of Houston county court, John G Hale
i solicitor Dade county court, D W.
Clarke, solicitor Wayne county court
1 Three of the strongest and most pop
ular men of Augusta are running for
mayor- The campaign is the hottest
’ the city has ever known. Every nerve
is strained to the utmost to register
- voters yet there will be only about
7 500 registered. And this is the same
l Augusta where the Democrats reported
i 15 876 votes to defeat the Hon. Thos. E.
. Watson. —Advance Courier.
FAVORED OLD MEXICO.
Has Many Climates and Much
Wealth of Products.
MRS. EMMA RIED TELLS OF BOTH,
Describe* th* Invigorating Effects of High
Altitudes and *he Peculiar Beauty
of the Mountain Scenery—A
Veritable Tropical Climate,
Though occupving a comparatively
small area, Mexico is favored with
greater varieties of climate, of products
of the soil and of mineral stores, than
Her ’orrid. temperate and cold zones
are defined more by altitude than lati
tude, and are due to her position al
most wholly within the tropics, con
junction with the mountainous charac
ter of the country.
Thus at the sea level are found exces
sve heat and the luxuriance of tropi
cal growth, with, presumably, their
■ffspring malaria. An elevation of
'our thousand feet escapes the viru
'ence of both temperature and vegeta
tion, while still possessing the languor
ous balm of a perpetually mild summer,
and a rich growth of semi-tropical
fruits and plants. This one of Mexi
co’s natural terrsces is the paradise of
the indolent and the invalid and con
tains several sanitary resorts, such as
Cuantla and Cuernavaca, for victims of
pulmonary diseases. It is the niagnifi
■cent plateau that carries its three hun
dred leagues at an elevation varying
from six to eight thousand feet, that
forms the baek bone of Mexico, geo
graphically, historically and commir
■ially. Here is found the tempera e
c imate that most conduces to health
aud activity of mind and bodv, and
from here has extended with Mexico
City as its fountain-head, the remarka
ble national development that is bring
ing Mexico in to prominence.
A fourth climatic possibility is in the
-till higher elevations of perpetual,
though not severe, cold
The scenery of Mexico is peculiarly
beautiful, its mountain massiveness
mH grandeur being clothed perpetually
in verdure and vivified wi h tropical
bloom. The agreeable features of the
•1 imate. are the invigorating effects of
ths high altitudes, the purity of the
air at these great elevations and the
mildness and equability that result
from the sun’s unvarying rays. The
disadvantages are in little peculiar!
ies not easy to diagnose, such as sud
ten and severe eo'ds (in the damp val
ley of Mexico), indigestion from a too
•i-imulating diet of meats and coffee,
and the easy irritation of the skin from
he sting of gnats, fl as and 11 es. Ha-
■>itually one feels extremely well, exu
ber nt, in this tropical ozone, but s
iable to sudden indisposition from ap
pa-ently insufficient causes
The rarefaction of the air presents
difficulties to some constitutions, I
though not all cases of cardiac troubles
are adversely ass cted by the increased
action of the heart. The lungs ex
pand and ultimately grow stronger
with the necessity for increased respi
ration, though their development is
often cut short, in the damp and un
sewered city of Mexico, by a sudden
and fatal cold.
Winter and summer have little mean
ing here where the only changes are
known as the wet and the dry season.
From June until October rain falls,
Usually during the night, for two or
three hours out of the twenty-four
Six months of unbroken fair weather
follows the rainy season, and it is dur
ing this dry season that we have, here
in the mountains of Guerrero, a warm
winter clima’e than during the rainy
summer. We have indeed found a per
petual spring time where the mercury
knows little variation from 70 degrees
at any time or season.
In the metropolis rs Mexico, unfor
tunately situated in a bed of lakes and
not yet perfectly drained, the chill of
the unheated stone houses is extreme
ly trying during December and Janua
ry, while in April and May the ther-
mometer goes up into the 80's and the
poisonous dust of an unsanitary city
fills one’s mind with apprehension and
the hospitals wi h fever cases. It is
only fair, however, to state that an
immense and expensive drainage sys
tem has just in w reached completion,
and a proper system of sewerage will
fol'ow.
The lack of a sufficient water-supply
dur ng the dry season, in some portions
of the country, is a serious calamity
In the old mining city of Zacatecas,
where one fountain furnishes the, onl ■
supply for the nse of eighty-five thou
s-nd peopte, the water is obtained,
during the dry seas m, in jugs, as it
drips, drop bv drop, from the scantily
supplied rese-voir.
In Mexico City artesian wells, some
seven hundred in number, have been
sunk, to supplement the spring Water
that has been flowing into the city" for
centuries over a magnificent old Span
ish acqueduct, and the water supply is
row sufficient for all purposes except
the flushing of the city sewers.
In the unwatered sections of ftK’xico,
planting time is at the beginning of the
rainy season, but along the water
courses and where irrigation has b-en
accomplished, the dry season is equal
ly good for vegetable growth, and seed
lime follows harvest without intermis
sion.
Thus the city of Mexico is furnished
every day in the year with an abun
dance of every variety of vegetables
and fruits and at reasonable prices—a
statement that could scarcely be made
of any other city in the world.
(Continued next week)
Emma L. Reed.
Mr Stro’ber** Card.
( State of Georgia,
( Senate Chamber
Atlanta. Ga.. Nov. 12, 1897.
Editor People’s Party Paper:
Dear Sir : In your issue of today I
notice a. letter from Senator Brooke,
and an editorial in reference to my
canva-s and position on the Anti-Bar
room Bill.
F rst, let me disclaim saying to the
Senator anything about p'edges. In a
casual way I said I was nominated bv
Lincoln county under rotation on the
old platform about six weeks before
oxir State Convention adopted the p-es
ent Sta’e platform, construed by some
as a Prohibition platform, while I was
not a Prohibitionist, and did not so
construe it, and this difference brought
about considersble confusion.
Now in reference to your friendly
but caustic criticisms, let m“ say I had
determined to decline my nomination
under the above confused state of af
fairs My immediate friends insisted
and p-evailed on me not to de -line
until I had stated my position before
the Senatorial C invention. As they
agreed with me and thought the con
vention would If not, then decline
the nomination. This I did, and also
told them if they could not accept my
construction of the platform made
after my nomination. 1 would will
irgly withdraw and they could nomi
I nate some one else. Suffice it to say, I
was nominated by nearly a two-thirds
vo’e on first ballot, and afterwards
made unanimous as I thought, this
however was a nrstake, and th« con
fusion arising upon the diffe’ent con
st-uctions placed up >n the platform
continued In this dilemma 1 knew,
but one other course, and th’s was to
go to the chairman of my party 'n my
crunty and ask him to call a mass
meeting to endorse my position or ac
cept my withdrawal. This step Ito k
although I received nearlv a two-third
vote on first ballot at the District Con
vention. Could Ido more?
The Chairman finally called me in
private counsel with four leading and
in fl iiential Populists of my county. Af
ter due consideration these gentlemen
formulated the card, signed by myself
and published in the district papers,
and referred to in your editorial. This
card they said met the demands of the
platform; that it did not pl- dge me to
Prohibition or any particular bill, but
only against bar rooms, and they knew
that this was the construction of nearly
all the Populist of Lincoln county.
Briefly this is all. Re p' ctfu'lv.
A. E Strother,
Senator Twenty-ninth District.
HERE IN OLD GEORGIA.
Doings of a Week Gathered in
Brief Paragraphs.
SOLID NEWS FOR A SOLID PEOPLE.
Happening* of General Interest From
Many Conntie*—Crime* and Crimi
nals—Wbat the Other Fellow
Saw And Tell* Yon About.
The celebration of the semi-centen
nial anniversary of the birthday of
Atlanta, as a city, will be celebrated
next spring with great eclat by the
Pioneer Society.
Plans and arrangements have been
made for the erection of a bicycle fac
tory and variety works in connection
with an iron foundry in Cordele. Work
will soon commence on the plant.
Sam Kemp shot and instantly killed
Hu’hd Lambert Saturday evening a’
Woodc’iffe. near Sylvania. The killing
’eeins to have been deliberate and wil
ful murder, as Kemp walked up to
Lambert and shot him dead, and then
fl-d. Both are colored.
A movement is on foot to move an
immense cotton mill from Utica, N Y ,
t.n Kensington. The mill will employ
2 000 hands and will be one of the
largest in the country. Several south
ern capitalists are interested. A tract
of 200 acres have been purchased as a
site for the mill.
On Thursday night the prisoners,
seven in number escaped from the
Nashville jai l . They sawed through
the strong iron bars of the floor with
steel drills. They cut rff all comtnuni
ation by cutting down the telephone
poles and wires.
Mr Gus I’ey a well known citizen of
Augus’a was killed in a most peculiar
manner in that city Thursday night
As he wa< leaving his house bis foot
slipp’d on the front porch and he fell
down the steps to the ground a distance
t twelve feet. He fell head foremost,
breaking his neck.
Dr. Thomas E Rogers, the Wsco
physician who was placed on trial in
the United States court before Judg
Newman Tuesday, has been und
guilty on toe charge of counterfeiting
and sentenced to the peniten'iary in
flolumbus. 0., for four years, and to
pay a fine of SSOO.
Felton Clements the 14-year old son
of R E. Ciements of Buena Vis’a
while out hunting Friday, found a
negro child .3 years old. in the words
The child had been dead several days,
and its body had been almost eaten up
by dogs.
Mrs Frances Hixon, a niece of th ■
Cherokee ehieL John Rons. riled at. her
home, at FL ntstone, Thursday, in th
eightieth year of h<-r life. She had
retained her knowledge of the Chero
kee language to the day of her death
She leaves forty five great-grandchil
dren, all of them living in North Geor
gia.
Leonard White of Hickory Grove,
Crawford county, killed himself in
stantly on Saturday last by the acci
dent vl discharge of his gun. Mr.
White had been hunting and he sat
do ’n on a log to rest, but on getting
up the hammer of his gun struck a
knot on the log discharging the gun
and the contents entered his head.
Indictments have been returned by
the grand jury against twenty of At
lanta’s leading merchants for selling
cigaret’es to minors. The crusade was
inaugurated several days ago by Judge
Candler of the superior court, whose
attention was directed to the violation
by a boy smoking in the court room
The witnesses before the grand jurv
were all boys, about 100 of them, who
told where they bought the “coffin
nails.” Other indictments are expect
ed.
A gold medal has been awarded the
state of Georgia for the general agri
cultural display made at the Tennessee
centennial. Thego’e nor has received
notification of this fact from the expo
sition authorities, accompanied by an
order upon a Nashville jeweler for
said gold medal, which will be deliver
ed to the state upon payment of price
of the same. Gold medals, such as are
awarded by the Tennessee centennial,
cost variously from 8135 to 8 50 each
The state of Georgia can get just as
fine a medal as she is willing to pay
for. At ’he same time she is restricted
to the purchase of gold medal-- and
cannot practice economy by choosincr a
bronze medal, which costs but one
dollar.
National New*.
A b ; ll, which legalizes non-Catholic
marriages in Peru and which makes
legal all civil ceremonies performed b>
the mayors < f towns in the presence o’
two witnesses, was sanct oned by con
gress just be'ore adj >urnm nt Tne
passage of this measure is a great tri
iimph for liberal ideas for the govern
ment
The yellow fever reports b’come
more and more encouraging each day
now, and there are reasons for i> duig
ing the hope that the visi'ation is about
st an end Quaran ine regulations are
being modifitd in all sections, and
business is once more beginning to
move in its accustomed channels
Miss Ray, a literary woman who is
also a philanthropist, has given $lO,
600 towards the formation of a n gro
colony in Alabama. It is stated to be
her purpose to work out a scheme for
“harmonizing the race problem” at
this colony.
At Knoxville John Anderson, aged 33,
angered over domestic troubles and un
ba anced by religious fervor, kn-lt on
the rai road track. Bible in hand, to
pray, and a passing train decapitated
him.
The first lodge of Free Masons in
America was established in Boston in
1733, the next was in Savannah in
1755 And they were called free be
cause nobedy but a free-born man could
become a member of the order.
♦ YOUR PAPER NEEDS YOUR HELP ♦
♦ Now, liaise a club for 1898. ♦
♦ Now all together A
X▲▲AAAAAAAA▲AAAAAAAAAAAAAA
ONE DOLLAR PEE YEAR.
WHOLE NUMBER 374
ANSWERS MR. BATEMAN.
Another Pop ’list Criticism for the Man
from Maine.
Editor P rty Paper.
In your is-ue of Oct 29. We find an
article from L. C. Bateman in which
he says the Populists must under no
consideration nominate a Populist like
Watson or Norton in '9OO and that he
will spend no more 'ime or money in
fighting a forlorn hope if long haired
cranks are to rule tbe roost and dictate
our poliey. Now, Mr Editor, as to
the hair, I plead guilty to the first
count, and if refusing to surp ?rt any
but a Populist who can show the scars
of many a well fought battle consti
tutes a crank, then I plead guilty to
the whole indictment, and am happy to
say that I have earned the title of long
haired crank and expect to be able to
hold it in the future. Immediately pre
ceding and following this paragraph
Mr Bateman dictates to the Pops that
they must nominate Wharton Barker
or they might just as well scuttle the
ship. )
Why bless your soul Mr. Bateman,
tbe ship was scuttled at St. Louis by
such men as Butler, Allen, Weaver,
Peffer, Pence & Co., for a mess of polit
ical hash, and the only consolation I
had out of the whole business was that
they did not get the hash.
Now this infamous clique told us
that the only hope of the People’s Par
iy lay in the nomination of Bryan be
cause he was a silver Democrat. Now
I saw a letter from Butler as chairman
directed to one of our fusion D mocrats
(I don’t recognize a fosionist as a Pop
u'ist) dictating to us Pops up here that
we must fuse Get one or two electors
if we could, but we must fuse anyway.
We fused by endorsing the whole Dem
ocratic ticket and I fused by staying at
home ard spendirg the d»y in fasting
and praver, as did the rest of the Pop
ulists in this S’ate.
Now, Mr. Bateman virtually admit
ting that Barker is a silver Repulican,
save the Pops must nominate him in
1900 or they had better scuttle the ship.
Butler, Weaver. Allen, Peffer, Pence
& Co , told us Bryan was a silver Dem
ocrat but we must nominate him or our
party would cease to exist, and had it
not been for some o’d wheel horses
like Tom Watson who stood like patri
ots in the middle-of-the-road and did
call ant service in the cause of the hu
man race Populism would hsve been
numbered with the things of the past.
I h»ve learned to swear by the
O naha platform and one clause of it,
if I'remember rightly advocates the
ini iative and refer ndum in govern
ment, Now why not apply it in our
pa-ty management. W« ha->-e plenty
of time between this and 1900 tn find
out exactly who the plebians that com
pose the Peop'e’s Pa ty want as our
standa r d bearer in 1900 and thus dis
pedSC iwlth Isioy
short ha'red cranks at the same time.
If we eannot trust our people in the
manag'-ment of our partv affairs we
had not best try it in the affairs of gov
ernment. I, like Mr Bateman, have
b»«>n upon the picket line of tha' grand
li't’e army, who have been battling
for human rights engaged in cutting a
road throng i. the forest of political
prejudice and b'idging the slough of
ignorance in which the American voter
was wallowing.
Now, I am free to confess that I am
cranky on some subjects and one of
them is that men like Norton and Wat
son who have borne the heat and bur
den of the day, when supp -r is about
ready shou'd not be asked to step aside
and let some one who has never done
anything tft earn it sit down at the
first table and eat all the pie. Once for
ad let Populists keep straight down
the middle-of-the-road, look not to the
right or the left, always keeping in
mind the fate of Lot’s wife. Don’t
stop to ask si ver Democrats or elver
Republicans what to do, and when peo
ple see you have confid-nce in your
selves they will have confidence in you.
D d the Republican party ask the Dem
ocrats or Whigs who to nominate in
60? In fact did any party ever make
a success by pandering to the dictates
of ether parties? Where would our
Republic have been if Washington had
asked Briti-.h Generals where to place
his men and who should command
them? Let us have done with this
bickering and if we have a Populist
Party let Populists lead it, then the old
guard will buckle on their armor, then
our ranks will close up and the column
move on to victory.
S. B. Hazen.
Winamac, Ind.
O’Qainn on Trial.
The bar k eper, O’Q linn, accused of
killing Officer Ponder in Steinau’s
i'h >lesale whi key house in Atlanta on
Mm day November Bth was put on
trial Monday November 15 This is the
quickest record ever made in Fulton
ou ty O’Quinn’s attorneys have made
a strong defence and established an
al bi, showing that he was at work
when the shooting took place, although
the state sought to disprove their evi
dence.
Later —He was acquitted on Wednes
day.
Boggs and Hunnicutt.
Chancellor B 'gg< and Professor Hun
nicutt who holds do vn the chair of
Agricu'ture at the University are com
ing before the trustees. The Chancel
lor wants Hunnicutt fired because he
talked too mui'h about the *acu tv and
the college Hunnicutt won’t go U it’l
he has bad a hearing. This is the re
sult of the committee investigations
and reports now bi so e the assembly.
Smph and C»up-r.
Major Smythe is Atlanta’s new post
master He has appointed Ed. Blood
gett his assistant Major Couper, Dr.
Fox’s assistant, wants to keep his job
and refused to leave with Dr. Fox, and.
appealed to the United States Court.
Judge Newman will decide if Civil
Service will keep Couper in and Blod
gett out
Judge lewis Now.
Hal Lewis has been appointed Su
preme Judge, Judge Samps Haris
having d clined the appo ntment Mr.
Lewis has accepted. Judge Spencer
Atkinson takes his new office as Rail
road Commissioner on January Ist

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