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YMF MACON r 63d YEAR MACON, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY. MARCH 29. 1912. NUMBER 23 LEGISLATIVE RESUME, Extract from an Undelivered Speech by One of the Minority The end of our labors has come and we now belong to history, rroiane history. What is called Barebone's t; t u i. t .11 i&riiaiueiu is wic must lauwuo Pparli&ments, wherefore we need not fear j lest we escape our due meed of fame, f None of our predecessors has shown less f fear of the constitution, nor in ineir Aflta shown smaller awe of the ten com- v'mandments or the multiplication table. We have convincingly demonstrated the moral superiority of erasing fluid over Three Feathers, and restored to Bribery that protection it has so long enjoyed and so well deserves. And while we have not succeeded in unseating one of Mississippi's United States Senators, we certainly succeeded in putting tacks in his chair. These things done and other things by us damned and done for, History will take note of, along with matters we cannot expunge. We have fought some hard political battles on this floor, but to our ever lasting credit, be it Baid we showed ourselves to be magnanimous in victory and good losers in defeat, thereby prov ing ourselves not only statesmen but gentlemen and philosophers as well. Who amonsr us shall ever forget that w J aggregation of statesmen congregated together in Tight-wad Alley, by them M selves likened to the Macedonian I Phalanx but by others likened to a flock hot sheep with a particularly wise and rafty bell wether at their heed-Ala rBaba and his Forty Thieves who V robbed poor Noel of all the glory and fruits of his latter administration. I tell you, gentlemen, in Union there is Btrength. From these we turn to where stands Louis Nicholson, the lone apostle of the Beventh beatitude, pouring forth the oil of joy on the troubled waters ot fac tion and sending out the gentle dove of peace, to receive her back again sore wounded and hurt but bearing in her beak a very small and very withered olive branch. Later in the session he was heard to quote to himself "Blessed I are the peace-makers for they shall see Delate."'' -. ,-, "v . Whoir6VW,disremember,'the apos trophes to the ?'Peepull." the choicest flower in the garden , of Edens and others. We have with Smith mounted into the higher altitudes and, skimmed the bfile empyrean, with Evan's sounded the deeper depths of abysmal profundi ty; have listened to the siren tones of Morrison, and seen the Thorian ham mer of Stennis in operation; have heard Milam standing knee-deep in the mire of faction, sing with great unction "Lord. Plant My Feet On Higher Ground," and the expunging chorus sing on March 7th, with great gusto, "L3t The Sunshine In." There are many other persons and things that will linger long in our. mem ories. The big hearted Anderson, the brave Barbee, and so on down the al phabet. There is Johnston of Coaho ma with a mind that works with the raDiditv of an electric motor and the Bfpnracv of an addine machine; Sam Johnston of Lowndes who showed he was a descendant as well as namesake of the great lexicographer by defining the income tax law as "An Act to1 cre ate 50,000 more liars in Mississippi," and the -other Johnsons making four of n kind, though seldom found in the same hand. The venerable Lewis, the militant Cavf tt. and Montgomery of . Leflore, wno never was in me majuiiL except when the greater number voted tVio same wav he did. The.e is Bennefield, knowing and known of til, and Brame the astutft, and the gentleman irom n "Sunflower who left the debate when he set Just as dark as it was when hi rose." 1 Pittman who would gleefully apply if the initiative and referendum to the law Of gravitation, huu ivcuiu " ",uHp Kenrner county famous. Sim- 111CV-W l pons, of all beloved, and Nabors, who was ao un-neighborly when he opposed vour bill; Hushing who rushed enrolled bills and other things, ana onenieia. with his roses, poet, orator and states man. There is Denton, the mornng (or evening) star, not visible except for short intervals but very ertuigent wnen above the horizon. . There is Sir.ipson rh discourager of verbosity and Daven port tae great expunger.' The sapient Gandy and Doctor uonn wno can cure a f f tho nines in five minutes. Call tho mil Mr. Clerk. And there is Mr. Speaker, soon by merited Dromotion to be translated tn hierher sDhere of action, where he will learn how it is to be declared out of nrrW when he thinks he is in order. The best of friends must part and we must aav arood-bye Going is gone and . we must to too. What there Is before h mty piYd un fcwww, At for IP", rpre- and having voted "aye" on all the good measures coming before the House, and no" on all the bad ones, I can go home in perfect safety. But as for some of you, oh, my brethern, when you have left this hall where you rank among the great ones of the earth ard gone home to your masters, the "Peepul" when you have vacated these comfortable seats of the mighty and taken a seat in the cars to go to meet an admiring or an enraged constituency, let us all hope that whether you return like Uly ses from bis wanderings in triumph and happiness, or like the Prodigal Son in ashes and humility, your Penelopes will greet you with ooen arms and the peo ple, in celebration of your -eturn, kill the fatted calf and not the legislator. Two years from now we will meet again. Again we will behold Oscar Johnston's brain at work and once more hear the voice of Edens' shatter slence. Changes may come twixt now and then. Some of us may be in Heaven some in Congress, or elsewhere, some married and some out on bail bonds. Here the speaker was taken off the floor on a point of constitutional law raised by Everett. LETTER FROM BIG BUD Editor of the Beacon: Well Mr. Editor, as I am here in the magic city with but little to do and not being very fond of sight seeing, will write you one more weekly that I hope will" not prove unintersting to your readers. I find Birmingham in a steady healtVy growth and every one enthused at its progress. Building is on a boom and they say 1912 is destined to be the banner year for building and other en terprises. Some fifteen millions are un der contract to be spent in this direction during this year. This looks big to me and 1 expect that they will in the near future reach the 500,000 inhabitant mark. I hear that our own Mr. Cooper has been over recently looking over the situation and says he has been visiting this place for the last twenty years and he finds property higher each time he comes and thinks of adding heavily to the investments he already has here. He is a msn of rare judgment and will no doubt make his usual success, in these investments. The people are in the midst of an exciting election, whirh comes off next week. I see the an nouncement of numerous lawyers for the position of Circuit and Appellate judges and this looks good to me, for I hope Mississippi, will some time follow the example of our sister state and elect our judges, but it does seem like we cannot even submit an amendment to the constitution that will be submitted constitutionally. We have adopted the amendment twice but the Supreme Court decided that the first time, while we had a ma jority of the votes cast, still, it ought to have had a majority of the registered vote, and thi3 time Governor Brewer vetoed the act placing the amendment in the constitution, as the amendment, making both the circuit and chancery judges elective, should not have been submitted as one amendment. So here it is and it will be at leat two years be fore it can be submitted again. It works well here and the Alabama judic iary ranks with that of any state. Hobson is going to have a close shave to be re-elected, and much as I admire the worthy eccentric Alabaipian, I thin he ought to be beaten. I have never forgiven him for voting to re-instate the negro soldiers (who shot up Browns ville) in the army and again his oppon ent showed as that out of 35 roll calls that were called on bills necessary for the success of democratic measures he was absent (lecturing) and failed to vote on 26 of these. Absenteeism is the bane of all of our legislators and no man, however bril liant he is, can do his duty by his con stituents and be absent from his post of duty half of his time. Well this cannot be charged against your representatives. I was there all of the time except the first three days of organization and Henry and Tom missed but very few roll calls. Henry and I had the advan tage of our colleague and senator, for while Mr. Brame was on important committees, h was not chairman and the chairmen of the committees were the ones that got into the limelight. The work o the legislature is done in the committees and after a question is threshed out in the committee room and a report is adopted the chairman of that committee has the presentation of the measure before the house. So how ever active and useful a man may be, and how hard he works on the commit tees, he gets no recognition except from the members of the committee. Mr. Brame was high up on the commit tee on railroads, and judiciary, impor tant ct?H1mittecS but hot chairmnn of Uhf( h bed nothing to fo With the etjen pn (he floor, Junlew Jt pi opposition. I was second on the Ways Means Committee, but Stennis was very efficient and needed no help. Henry was chairman of thp Local and Piivate Leg islation and I reckon had one sixth of all the business of the legislature hand led by his committtee. He had the floor every Saturday and frequently had to be allowed to present bills on other days. This gave him the opportunity to show what was in him, and he improved the opportunity. No one could have hand led his committee work better than he did. I was chairman, of the insurance committee and as but few understand anything of insurance, I had a time to get anything through the house. Men are always scared of anything they don't understand and when I mentioned insur ance they were ready for light. Then I have had virtual charge of military affairs, and all are prejudiced against the "National Guard," and they fought against all appropriations for this, and then I was in the pension committee and advocated taking Che negroes off the roll and this brought on a big fight. But I enjoyed it and was really sorry when the legislature adjourned, as it was too wet to come home. Me and mine had a glorious winter, I had plenty of legislative work to keep me busy, did not go to town but about twice dur ing the session and my daughter Hallie was well and she and Sallie and the children took in all the tnoving picture shows and everything else that came to Jackson and we indeed had a lovely time. I drew $500 from the treasury, and this was enough to foot all my bills and give Sallie and rne a thousand mile ticket each when we left Jackson, so I wa3 content. Walter had no committee assignments to amount to anything and as the work is done in the committee rooms, he had plenty of leisure to frolic with the ladies. I have always told your Aunt Sallie, that I did not care whafte she went nor how long she stayed, so she was back home when I got back, but several times she would not be at home when I got back, and I would fuss some. So one time I came back and found Walter had taken all of the family to the moving pictures, but Sal lie, and I .iskpd her "why did you not go?" and she said, "I was afraid I could not get back by the time you got home and I knew you would fuss about it. This made me feel so mean that I said "Honey I will not do that any more, you go where you please and stay as long, I will not say a word." She kissed me and said it was allright. The next day when I came back to dinner, Sallie was out, allright I said not a word. When I came back to supper she had come and gone again, I said nothing When I got back from the house that night about twelve o'clock, I chatted old Walter in his room a little while and then went in my room, and Dehold SaL lie was not there, 1 said "Walter where is Sallie," he liked to haye killed him self laughing and said she had gone to the moving pictures. I said, "Well I thought when an old lady got to be 65 years old you could turn her loose, but I see I am mistaken " So when she came in I said "you go back in bondage again, I can't trust you yet," and she smiled sweetly and said, "Well I have had one good free day anyway." Bilbo did not give Walter any commit tee assignments but Walter said he made a fair and impartial speaker and recognized him whenever he wanted the floor. Walter's knowledge of parli mentary law and the business of the state made him an important factor in all of the proposed legislations. Our house gave Speaker Quinn a handsome gold headed cane appropriately inscribed and he deserved it for he made us an admirable presiding officer. My grand son, Pierrie Robert,, whom Quirn had made page, gave Quinn a nice silver match box and his mother wrote the following lines that he presented with it "To my dear Mr. Speaker, I Rive this little case. Tlio 'tis meant to hold your matches ' My love does not fill the space," "You have been kind to your little page And 1 thank you most sincere. And beg you as we part To remember little Pierrie." Miss Kate Power had always been so kind in writing to say nice things about all of our family, that Sallie and Hallie bought ber a beautiful fountain pen and presented to her with the following lines, written by Mrs. Robert. My dear Miss Kate. ' "Sweets to the Sweeta" writes the lover to the maid. Eut a pen for your thoughts is the tribute to you paid." My little grand-daughter, Sadie Du vergene Robert, said, "1 want to put in a little rhyme my-self, bo she wrote the following: My dear Miss Kate, 'Y ou are such a friend, I take great pleasure in Kiving you this pen. So nice you are always sure to be. Take this pen and remember me." How is this for a eleven year old? Have I not got smart children? Well I go to Columbus last of the week and on home. Success to the bond imua for BlQ&VP. 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