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MACOM J- -A 62d YEAR MACON, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 1911. NUMBER 23 SENATORIAL SITUATION SENSIBLY SIZED UP. . i i'i i.i .1 Capt. R. W. Banks Reviews Interestingly the Political Situation in Mississippi Thinks Vardaman Won't Win. Pascagoula, Miss., March 25. Editor Macon Beacon: -I confess I am one of those who see in Major Vardaman's candidacy a men ace to the happiness of the people and a danger to the prosperity of the state. He impresses me as being an insincere and mischieyous agitator whose teach ings spring from selfish, overweening ambition and will, if he finds a follow ing, inevitably lead to domestic dissen aion and the destruction of that politi cal tranquility without which there can be neither wise nor safe government secured to the southern states. His election weuld, I believe, be more than a local disaster; it would be a ca lamity to the South and an everlasting reproach to Mississippi. ;If you put to me the question, "Watchman, what of the night?" I make answer: While Vardaman has a number of admirers and adherents in Jackson county who believe he will car ry the county at the primaries in Au gust, there are too many citizens of in telligence and political integrity, too many political men of honest thought and common sense, if you please, who are voters and who are too well advised of his indifference to his official duties and obligations, too familiar with his short comings and graver offenses, and of his loose ideas of law observance and good morals, while governor, to make it at all probable he will win at the polls in Jackson county. With the facts already before the public, in reference to his use of G, & S. I. R. R. pass No. 864 which, in it self, was bad enough, but which he make absolutely inexcusaole and un pardonable by his disingenous state ments and dishonorable conduct about it, with the knowledge already before the public of his acceptance and use. throughout his gubernatorial term of Office, of telegraph franks from both the Western Union and the Postal Tel egraph Companies; with the exposu'e of his acceptance of unusual and ex pensive "champagne" courtesies at the hands of the Great Southern Hotel (of which Captain J. T. Jones is the re puted owner), and of his subsequent ungracious allusions to his then host, when he wrote in The Issue. "Old Man Jones would walk across hell on a rot ten plank to grab a dirty dollar;" with the exposure of his evasions, equivoca tions, fables and fabrications, in con nection with other crimes of omission and commission, in and out of office, of which he stands charged and of which he appears to be guilty, he has, it seems to me, very properly "cooked his goose" in Mississippi. Again, Mississippi is distinguished as a state which rarely makes a mistake in selecting her representatives to the United States senate. Wise selections have been the rule with her from her territorial days un til the present hour, and it is scarce possible shewill err this year. The dif ference in equipment, mental and moral, between either Percy or Alexander and Vardaman to answer to the name of Missississippi and become a spokesman for her in the senate is too marked to leave much room for doubt as to wheth er or not the honor will be conferred upon Vardaman. No amount of vigor ous protestation of innocence on his part, or bold denial of his guilt on the part of his partisans and fierce denun ciations of his opponents by him will ever satisfy the proud, spirited people of Mississippi of the major's innocence of the misdoings with which he stands openly charged, so long as his self-respecting pride is too small and his in tellectual cowardice is too great for him either to face his accusers or permit . them to face him on the charges he brings behind their backs and dares not make to their faces. In the role he is playing, the people see too much re semblance to the vaunting kid impu dently railing at the passing wolf from a place of safety on the housetop. Such tactics do not deserve success and have never yet won with a brave poople. From the best information I can get from over the state, the trend of public sentiment appears to be away from Vardaman. His personal popularity is passing; his political fortunes are wan ing, and defeat stares him in the face. He is killing himself by ill-timed, ill founded, ungenerous, senseless abuse of others. If time permitted, a roll call would discover the fact that hir appointees and their henchmen are his main sup port. At the State Capital, when he opened his campaign in the Colliseum t& assemblage was presided oyer by appoigtfe, ,w;or-$enTar' Chalmers M. Williamson, a carpet knight of un fleshed sword, but wit.ial as gallant a gentle and loyal, loving friend as ever stemmed the tide of battle or fell on any field of carnage who, in calling the meeting to order, dramatically inquir ed, "What means this sea of upturned faces?" and then proceeded to solve his own riddle by calling for reports. The first to answer was appointee "Judge" W. A. Roane, a long-haired apostle of Vardamanism from up-state. who report ed substantially that, in his neck ot the woods "the cattle" were thriving and increasing, and were all for the White Chief. When he spoke at Gulf port he was there presented to the audience by ap- Eointee "Judge" W. H. Hardy, who eing a gentleman gifted in speech and plausible address almost beyond com parison, gave the White Chief a send off in euphemisms more soothing in phrase than accurate in statement. A few nights later the White Chief was "billed" for Pascagoula. Here he was taken in hand by appointee Lord High Commissioner of Something, I do not know what, Hon. W. D. Bullard, who. in brief words and excellent taste presented to the Pascagoulans the ap pointing power to whom he was indebt ed for the name of which I cannot at this moment recall. Mr. Bullard's brother, appointee "Judge" R. L. Bul lard, of Hattiesburg, is also one of Vardaman's appointees; appointed, I believe, from Scott county. And so it goes wherever the ex-governor goes on his vote-hunting expedi tions, he there finds members of the no ble army of appointees upon whom he confidently relies and who do not fail to rally around the flag he bears and by personal effort and appeals, drum up a crowd in recognition of past favors; and in token, too, of his excellent judg ment in matters political, as evidenced by the wisdom and patriotism he dis played in the selection of themselves for posts of honor which, usually, are also positions of emolument. If cut loose from his appointees, and it is estimated they alone number more than 1,200, and from the personal in fluence they are exerting lor him; if deprived of the support of those men whose records long ago established their hate of the Democratic party, and its leaders under whom was won the rev olution of 1875 which resulted in the forced resignation of Governor Adel bert Ames, at one time military satrap of Mississippi, and the impeachment of your former distinguished fellow-townsman, our saddle-colored lieutenant-governor. A. K. Davis to repeat, if the support of his appointee and their fol lowings and that of the agitators of the Vardaman type who antagonized La mar, George and Walthall and, by every art and trick of demagoguery sougat to defeat the two latter, be cause of their opposition to the chime rical sub-treasury scheme in 1892, were withdrawn from Vardaman, he would scarce have a respectable corporal's guard now advocating his claims to further political preferment. Take away from him the support of his appointees, "Judge" Eugene O. Sykes, of Monroe county, a chevalier sans peuret sans reproche; of appointee "Judge" W. A. Roan-, of Yalobusha; of appointee "Judge" W. H. Hardy, of Harrison: of appointee "Judge" Bob Cochran, of Lauderdale; appointee "Judge" R. L. Bullard, now of Perry, et id omne genus; of appointees to mili tary honors, General C. M. Williamson and Colonel Robert V. Rachford, Arc ades ambo and their comrades of the governor's staff, seeking glory, with maiden swords, along primrose paths that lead neither to the cannon's mouth nor to the grave; of appointees of excel lent record all along the line to the tune of more than the proverbial thousand and one, embracing every occupation and station from village official to chief justice of the supreme court, inclusive, all of whom, figuratively speaking, are now "tearing their shirts" to boost him along and then deprive him of the one time populist hosta and the alliance crowd led by Frank Burkett, of "wool hat" and "good bye to George and Walthall" fame (by the way, the ablest of the lot as he is now the first in merit, if not in place, "the best and noblest of the race, among all the major's anti Democratic lieutenants), Hon. John A. Bailey, Hon. Polk Keeton and others of their ilk. together with the extreme wing of the prohibition party under the leadership of the late zealous, able and sincere partisan, B. T. Hobbs, of the Brookhaven Leader. In Vardaman's following are men of many political creeds opposed to the Democratic party who have for years impeded its progress and prosperity as far as it was possible for them to do. Among them, too, there are, to be sure, many honest, earnest, patriotic citizens, and among these are many who are misled, because of being misinform ed as to the facts, through the agency of designing demagogues. Never before, in any political year of Mississippi history, has so many lies been told from the hustings, nor so many slanders and .nfamous concoc tions of the brain been published in the press about any candidate as has been the case within the past twelve months in reference to Percy and Alexander, whose greatest sins are their superior ity, in intellect, courage and morals and political worth to Vardaman, ana their wisdom and patriotism in opposing him for the United States senate. Nor has a mere honorable or patriotic legisla ture, tekrcjr it si a whole, ever on- mm rm oe vievis -AV no1 As 6 Jt tea WOo ... V -1 ' "V. a m m m rut t, res n,i . win e t.. it S' it 9c 1 IT IS EASTER NOW or rather EASTER TIME. Your Spring Buying should start right now,. In our store Y j I we have provided for you Near Silk Foulard X"we,1-a" lines. are nV?e a 1 a a. completion ana we win ue pleased to show you through as we can dress every mem- 55 ?ssa Gen, ic .yo Dresses. 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(fHj' XrJ A-x ill i Co mf;:iy cgn I til , " ran I n. M Ml 1 M m'li vened in Mississipdi than which elected Hercy over Vardaman to the United States senate. Never was such political turpitude and intellectual cowardice witnessed in Mississippi as that of the White Chief who seeks to profit by the slander ana defamation heaped upon the legislature and Senator Percy by others, notably the shameless Bilbo, and yet runs from truth and facts, as they apply to him self and to them, as though justice is a raging: Hon, and dodges joint discus sions with either of his opponents like a truant school boy of the .olden times dodged the schoolmaster when flogging was in fashion. The spectacle of his dodging Percy and Alexander is as pitiful as his claims, his boastings and his denuncia tions of the honorable antagonist he feat 8 and refuses to meet in honorable, fair debate are contemptible. He is a cock that crows lustily on his own dung heap; to hear him one would think he was challenging the earth to test the keenness of his spurs. But alas! he is not "one of the tlue hen's chickens." Let but a Percy or an Alexander appear upon the scene and challenge him to back his crow by his spurs and then, like a barn yard fowl, he raises his hack feathers, droops his head and tail and slinks away singing the song of the dunghill. Lord! how I wish Old Cavett Big Bud God bless him, could take his money down and put it up once more on Alexander; for I know how it grieves his gallant soul to "pit a cock that won't fight" to put his money on a chicken that runs away, because he can't stand the cold steel of the gaff. Poor Em mett! how my heart goes out to him in his distress. He is game all right has a heart of oak; aye. a heart of gold and as true as death. When the contest was over and it was seen that Percy had won, Old Cav ett was among the foremost to congra tulate him upon his gallant victory. When the turmoil of the strife had ceased, and the smoke and dust of the battle had lifted so that men could see clearly to be glided by reason, it was Cavett who jjkroduced the ringing res olution breathfiig the spirit of truth and chivalric honor and expressing the very essence of,' justice in exonerating Senator Percy from any connection with or knowledge of bribery or corruption in connection with his election and Var daman's defeat, which thrilled the hearts of Mississippians with pride everywhere. ) It was a graceful and magnificently fitting thing to do ; and it was hand somely done too. And the gentleman from Noxubee emphasized his loftiness of soul when he said: "I introduce this resolution not as a Vardaman or a Percy man, but because I do not believe there is a par. icle of, taint upon Senator Per cy's commission." And when Percy like a crusader of old, returned from Holy Land, entering the lists at the Gelit!e and Joyous Pas sage of Arms of Ashby came back from Washington In Apiil 1910, and without hesitation or circumlocution, boldly issued his defy to Vardaman and Vardamanism, the challenge delighted no one more tnan E D. Cavett, the Old Confederate and 4 'Grand Cyclops of the Noxubee County Den of the Kuklux Klan." ' - For the eloquent words and the spir ited manner of Percy, before the joint session of the Mississippi Legislature, April 15th, 1910, had struck home and rang true. They struck a responsive chord in the heart of every loyal son of Mississippi, and when the speaker con cluded there was not a man within, the sound of his voice bat that knew his words were those of truth and soberness. It was realized that they were the ut terances of one who would die. if need oe, for honor's sake. They were words which carried hope and confidence to hearts of his follow ers and sent dismay to the souls ef Var daman and those advocating his cause who had engaged in disseminating the lies and slanders to which Percy had re ferred. It was superbly done, and there is scarce a doubt but that the knightly bearing, the courage, the cour tesv and the inerenuous manner of his throwing the gauntlet at the feet of the White Chief, challenging him to joint i debate in which the action of the legis lature (in conferring the commission of a senator upon Percy and refusing it to Vtrdaman because of the latter 's un worthiness) would be defended "before the people of the State of Mississippi" reminded Mr. Cavett, as it did others, that "The Crusader has returned." It was Ivanhoe. "The Disinherited Knight," home again and in the saddle, "riding straight up to the central pavil ion" and striking "with the sharp end of his spear the shield of Brian de Bois Guilbert until it runs again." And that redoubted Knight, who at Ashby's joust was thus unexpectly and rudely defied to mortal combat, was not more astounded than was Jas K. Vardaman at the direct, unevasive ond unequivo cal challenge, then and there, to him by the newlv made senator on his firt , home-coming. With love to all our friends. Your friend truly. ft. W. BANKS. 10 VOTES 10 if returned to the Macon Beacon by April 7th and properly filled out Name Address ...... tDisirict No Not Good after April 7 th Trade With Patty Bros. FANCY VESTS We have secured a special assortment of men's fancy vests in the latest fashiona ble cut and stylish shades. One of these vests will greatly add to the smartness of your appearance Come and see them their beauty will surprise youand their low price will be a still greater surprise. PATTY BROS. The Best Place to Trade Bargains in Horses- I offer for sale a grey mare 6 years old and a buckskin combination horse 6 years old. 'Both gentle and not afraid of automobiles, E. V. 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