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The Executive Committee.
4TBe Central and Senatorial Executive Com
mittee chosen by the D?mo;ratie State Con
vention, are as follows :
1 . ,,. , .A. 8. WALKER,' Chairman.
.' ' Central Executive Committee.
lat District. E. n. Pickett, Liberty. '
S. B. Bewley, San Augustine,
T. R. Bonner, Rusk.
Jamea W. Ewing, Palestine.
Jamel II. Jones, Henderson.
J. P. Douglas, Tyler.
James W. Pope, Marshall.
H. P. Mabry, Jefferson.
W. B. Wright, Clarksrille.
Wm. A.Wortham, Hopkins.
S. B. Maxey, Paris.
R. L. Fulton, Galveston.
P. E. Peareson, Richmond.
J. W. Henderson, Houston.
J. M. Maxey, Huntsville.
Seth Sheppard, Brenham.
G. J. Goodwin, Bryan.
A. W. Terrel, Calvert. . .
Capt. Geerge Clark, Waco..'
C. M. Winkler, Corsicana. '
John Hanna, Dallas.
K. T. Brougbton, Sherman.
W. E. Hughes, Weatherford,
R M. Forbes, Calboun.
Wells Thompson, Columbus.
J. D. Sayers, Bastrop.
W. D. S. Cook, Gonzales.
J. W. Posey, Georgetown.
C. Upson, San Antonio.
J. B. Carpenter,Corpns Christi.
.: The Democratic State Convention that as
sembled in Austin lost January, after the
adoption of its platform, passed the . follow
ing resolution :
"Resolved, That the Central Executive
Committee be, and they are hereby in
structed to take immediate steps to raise, by
joist stock or otherwise, a fund, and at the
earliest possible time establish a central
organ to be under the control of a committee
of three to bo selected by the Central Com
mittee. Which resolution was adopted."
A meeting of the State Executive Com
mittee was held in the city of Austin subse
quent to the adjournment of the Convention,
at which meeting the State Executive Com
mittee passed a resolution directing the four
resident members of the Central Executive
Committee in Austin and the Chairman to
carry out the resolution of the Convention
by the establishment of a Central Demo
cratic Paper.
In accordance with the resolution of the
Convention and of the Executive Committee
t large, the undera igoed report that they
have entered into arrangements with the
" Statesman Publishing Company" to publish
a Democratic newspaper in Austin to be
styled the Democratic Statesman, which
Riper will be sound in its support ot Demo
atic Doctrine. Under tbo management of
editors, counseling with a competent com
mittee, the undersigned trust that the paper
will, in all respects, meet with the approba
tion and support of the Democracy of Texa3.
We earnestly solicit, for the interests of
the party, that every mrmber of the Demo
cratic Executive Committee, and Democrats
at large, use their it fiance to extend the
' circulation of th paper.
Chairman Democratic State Ex. Com.
S. G. Sneed, "I
Wm M. Walton, V Central Committee..
M. H. Bower3, J
Austin. Texas. Julv 20, 1871.
Head the lesolutions of tho "Inde
pendent German People's Association."
. Senator Carl Scimrz, of Missonri, in
a late speech at Chicago, positively
asserts that be will not support Grant
if renominated.
From Sajj Faba. A friend writing
under date of August 15, says every
thing is quiet on that frontier, there
having been no Itidian depredations
for upwards of six weeks, and as a
consequence the citizens arc becoming
very careless with their stock. No
rain has visited that section since the
The Governor's Military Order.
Th citizens of Galveston, by resolu
tion, propose to request the Govern
or, to withdraw this order, as illegal
and tyrannical. The people of Earns
county denounce the same in the strong
est terms, and declare that they will
ignore the existence of the order, and
will conduct themselves during regis
tration and the election as though said
order had not been made, etc.
In our next tri-weekly issue we pro
pose to lay those resolutions before our
Democratic Barbecues. ThcDenioc
racy of Fayette county are all up and
doing. Grand rallies and barbecues
are to be held at the following places
and times :
Fayclvillo, Saturday, August 2G ;
Nccse's Store, Saturday, September
2 j Seibin, Saturday, September 9 ;
Berghalm's Store, Saturday, Scptem
ber 1G ; High Hill, Saturday, Septem
ber 23.
Speeches will be made in the Eng
lish, German and Bohemian languages,
by able speakers.
The Galveston Cily Council was ap
pointed by the Governor, the ihoicc of
the people being removed fur that pur
The Governor visited that city late
ly. The council snubbed him. One
man-server, Col well, tried to redeem
the council, by resolution. The effort
proved obortivc by a vote of five to
two. The Houston Union weeps and
exclaims: " It puts itself on record as
not endorsing the administration of
Governor Iavis. It does not unpport
the Governor's efforts to secure a full,
fair, and peaceable election. It smitts
the hand that made it!'' etc, etc.
The Union then hiuts that the ax
should bo put iu operation.
The Famine in Feesia. The dearth
extends over the entire lai d, and Per
sia has already lost cne-thiid cf her
population. Last year a partial fam
ine exhausted the cccumulated pro
visions of the country, ar.d to com
plete the misery, the Government
raised tLe taxes and thus beggared the
whole people. To escape etarvation,
parents have sold tbeir children into
slavery, and iu some localities the dead
have been disibtercd and eaten. In
addition to all this misery, the plague,
cholera and small pox, are busily at
work with the famine fever to depopu
late the country
It is estimated that Lefore this fam
ine is ended or.c-l.a!f cf the entire
population of Persia, consisting of ten
million, souls, will be swtpt out of ex
i&louod ty'etarvation and disease.
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Farther Executive Interfer
ence wltli Judicial Author
l lly. '
A most glaring interference by the
Davis-Alexander Executive Department
with the Judicial authority of the State
is made to appear and its gross usurpa
tions of Judicial functions and powers
are illustrated in the case of Thomas
E. Hogg, erparte, now pending in the
Supreme Court of Texas, the record of
which case has been kindly shown us
by an attorney of Hogg, the appellant.
This case, if not a monstrosity, is at
least a legal curiosity. .
The appellant, Hogg, was at the
general election held - in December,
1869, elected a Justice of the Peace
of Cherokee county, who qualified and
entered upon the discharge of his offi
cial dnties. Subsequent to his .elec
tion and qualification, one Thomas
Sheriff, a Lieutenant of State Police,
by letter communicated to the Execu
tive, in substance as follows :
That Justice Hogg was partisan in
the exercise of his functions ; that he
imposed heavy fines and large cost
bills upon colored violators of the law,
and small fines and light cost-bills
on Democrats for similar offenses; that
he had refused to approve the official
bond of the County Treasurer of Chero
kee county, an appointee of Davis ;
that he had instructed the Sheriff of
said county not to pay over money in
his hands belonging to the county, to
this Davis appointee, until his bond
had been approved by said Justice
Hogg ; and lastly, that said Hogg was
opposed to the State Police, and would
not permit the State Police to execute
process in criminal cases issued from
his court.
Upon these charges, Davis sat in
solemn judgment at the city of Austin,
without any notice to Justice Hogg,
and at a distance of over three hun
dred miles from him, and on the ex-
parte evidence furnished by Lieutenant
Sheriff, of the State Police, totally un
known to Justice Hogg, proceeded to
find Justice Hogg guilty of these
charges, and at once addressed a com
munication to M. Priest, Judge of the
Fourth District, including Cherokee
county, advising the Jndge of his ac
tion, and suggesting to the Judge to
immediately remove Justice Hogg from
his office and order an election to fill
the vacancy. Judge Priest without
delay, in vacation and not in term
time of his court, on the 13th of May,
1871, without notice to Justice Hogg,
and without testimony, but acting on
the suggestion of Davis alone, made an
order removing J ustice Hogg from his
office aad directing an election to fill
the vacancy, and caused this order to
be entered on the minutes of the Dis
trict Court of Cherokee county, and
enforced the same against Justice
HOC". The facts herein stated
are all the facts disclosed in the record
on file in the Supreme Court which
throw light upon this transaction ;
and these facts appear over the official
signature of Judge Priest being recitals
in his order of removal, and intended
by him as the justification of his ac
tion. The most prominent reason
g'ven by this Judge, 60 called, for his
order is, that Davis had found Justice
Hogg guilty, and had suggested his
immediate removal by the Judge.
Thus we have, in addition to the
most blatant usurpation of judicial
powers and functions and inexcusable
intcrmedling with a Judicial official,
a great outrage upon the sacred rights
of a citizen and public officer, by Ex
ecutive Davis. Besides this, we are
here furnished an index to the charac
ter and qualities of Priest as a man,
as well as an instance of the want of
fitness and qualification of the Davis
This man Priest, in this case, has
proven himself unworthy of the title
of Judge, wanting in legal intelligence,
integrity and independence, and that
he is a mere tool, to be used by his
master, Davis, for base party purposes.
- The cmolumeulsof the office of Jus
tice Hogg were as much property be
longing to him during his term of office,
as is land the property of the owner.
Of these he has been deprived, by the
lawless conduct of Davis and one of
his judicial tools. There can be no
pretense of authority in the Executive
to remove Justices of the Peace from
office. The District Courts of the
State, during the terms of those courts,
and not in vacation, can remove Jus
tices of the Peace ; and the District
Courts can remove only on complaint
being made, in those courts, of neglect
of duly or misconduct in office, and
after ten days notioe to the J ustice, of
such complaiut; and then only after a
regular trial, according to the rules of
In this proceeding, Davis and his
pliant Judge, without color or law,
have violated the organic law of the
State, which they have both sworn to
respect and observe, some of the pro
visions of which may be referred to :
One secures to the citizen "a speedy
and public trial by jury;" another
declares that "the right of trial by jury
shall remain inviolate ; " another se
cures the citizen on trial the right of
being "heard by himself, or counsel, or
both ; " another declare that the citi
zen on trial, "shall be confronted by
the witnesses against him ; " another
declares that "no citizen of this State
shall be deprived of life, liberty
property, or privileges, outlawed, ex
iled, or in any manner disfranchised,
except by due course of the law of the
land ; " and yet another declares that
"all county and District officers, whose
removals are not otherwise provided
for, and the removals of Justices of
the Peace are not otherwise provided
for, may be removed on conviction
bt a jury, 'for malfeasance, non-feas
ance, or misfeasance in office.''
In the face of all these salutary pro
visions, placed in the Constitution as
limitations and restrictions on the
powers of the Government and as
shields for the protection of the citizen,
it is difficult to conceive upon what
principle Davis and his supple Judge
assumed the authority for their action
in this case, except it is that Executive
authority in Texas is absolute and inde
pendent of the law, and uncontrolled
by Constitutional restrictions on the
Governor or guarantees to the gov
We unhesitatingly pronounce the
Executive, as we have in this and other
instances proven him to be, a tyrant
and usurper; and say that for his nu
merous crimes against the Constitution
he richly deserves impeachment. But
while we have no hope of such a bless
ing as that to our people, at present,
wa warn him and his servile Judges
that the day will come when they will
not have that immunity against ac
countability, which is offered by the
corruptions of these times; and when
the citizens who have been injured,
wronged and outraged by high-handed
disregard of their legal rights by pub
lic officials, will be accorded full re
dress by an honest, upright and en
lightened Judiciary.
Knaves ! by fraud and usurpation
yon have taken possession of all the
departments of the Government, and
not having the virtue required to pun
ish each other for your untold crimes,
you feci secure, but these things will
not always continue; the people have
taken the matter in hand and will apply
the remedy.
The Houalon Union.
This Radical sheet, under the edito
rial management of the Rev. Col. C.
C. Gillespie, familliarly called " Old
Grapevine," is a fair sample of the
subsidised organs of the party now in
power, and for the amusement of our
readers we make the following ex
tract from that journal of the 16th
instant, no doubt from the pen of the
praying, preaching, fighting, drinking,
swearing, rollicking, Old Grapevine
so called :
Load every gun you have to the
muzzle, and pour shot and shell, grape
and cannister, into the ranks of the
enemies of the Government. Show
them no mercy. They have raised the
black flag, and show no quarter to lie-
publicans. Return the fire with re
doubled fury. Republicans arc now
masters . of the position for the first
time in Texas. Let death and de
struction be dealt into the ranks of the
assaulting enemy. Let not a weak
gun be heard.
We would remind the Rev. Colonel
that a gun loaded. to the muzzle is
extremely dangerous to those who
discharge it, more so than to those at
whom it is aimed. He next says :
What does the Democracy suppose
will be the verdict of history concern
ing the persecution of Union men in
the South ?
But he does not allude to the Union
men he was going to hang with grape
vines, in default of hempen ropes.
He then goes on, in the people's
column, for which he says he is not
responsible, and says :
Verily, verily, the spirit of the Lord
seems to be with the good people of
Grimes. So mote it be.
Then fourthly, in an editorial, he
reminds ns of the shepherd whom Dick
ens discribed so inimitably, when
taken by the Wellers in a state of in
toxication to address his flock instead
of preaching, he cursed them ! Hear
him :
We don't know a prominent Demo
crat in the State who docs not hate
the "d d Dutch."
Fifthly, he Bays :
The Ku Klux Democracy have de
clared war upon the wives and chil
dren of Republicans.
Then, after having perhaps taken
about forty drops, to recover from
uttering such a whopper, he becomes
bold and warlike ; so mounting his
barbed steed to fight the souls of the
untcrrified, he exclaims, sixthly :
Undertake resistance to the law and
the Governor's order if you dare ! If
you do, we will make it the sorriest
day you ever saw. You are trying
the came of bluff, but it will not win
We are not afraid of you ; we aro as
bold as you are ; and we defy you.
Then, like Pilate when he gave
Jesus up to the Jews to be crucified,
our delectable shepherd of his former
Democratic brethren, piously exclaims,
seventhly :
Let them resist, and their blood be
upon their own heads.
Go it, Old Grapevine ! Go it, good
shepherd! But remember the terri
ble doom of the wicked !
Grapevine Shepherd, thee'll get thy farin',
In hell they'll roa9t thee like a herrin !
Gen. McCulloch' Letter.
We make room for .the rather ex
tended communication of Gen. Henry
E. McCulloch. We suggest to cor
respondents that communications
Bhould be as much condensed as pos
sible. Gen. McCulloch s letter al-
thoueh not new in matter is very im
portant in principles. Our readers,
we hope, will excuse its great length,
in consideration of the good intentions
of the author.
We do not think that Judge Han
cock is in the least danger of being
misunderstood in consequence of toe
letter published by his treacherous cor
respondent. All persona, both Demo
cratic and Radical, understand this
matter. Read the letter of Gen
McCulloch, for it is the expression of
a very earnest and well meaning Demo
Tlie Congressional Canvass
Great Democratic uaruecue
at Prairie Lea, In Caldwell
We regret that none of our friends
present on this interesting occasion
have remembered to furnish the Demo
cratic Statesman with an account of
the proceedings and speeches there.
Bat, in default of this, we find in the
San Antonio Herald of the 22d inst.,
quite an animated and encouraging
notice of the interesting occasion.
Wo quote a part of this spirited ar
ticle :
Judge Hancock is a powerful reason-
er, and an eloquent orator. The Fourth
District may well be proud that Buch a
champion will represent her interests
in the next Uongress. i speaK tnus
positively because his election is a
foregone conclusion. Degener can t
carry the State administration on his
Judge Hancock 6poke about three
hoars, and was frequently interrupted
by lead applause. At the conclusion,
all repaired to the bounteous collation
prepared by the munificent Democrats
ot Prairie Lea, and vicinity. Great
was the clatter of knives ana forks tor
about two hours. More than three
thousand were fed, and I am satisfied
there were taken up of the broken
fragments that remained twelve baskets
full of bread, and at least two fat roast
ed oxen.
At three o'clock speaking was re
sumed. Able speaches were delivered
by Gen. N. G. Shelly, Hon. John Ire
land, and W. 11. Uurgess, .Lsq. it
was nearly sundown when the meet
ing adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock
Saturday morning.
My space will not permit a detailed
account of the speeches to-day. From
9 o'clock until 4 o'clock tho vast
audience was entertained by such elo
quent orators as Col. Stell, Jas. Burts,
Esq., Gen. II. E. McCulloch and W.1I.
Burgess, who was again called with
loud cheers to the stand. 1 omitted
to add that the dinner of to day was
as bounteous as that of yesterday.
A striking feature ot this glorious
occasion was the order and decorum
which pervaded it. The people seemed
absorbed in the alarming issues of the
day, and intent on hearing every syl
lable uttered by the speakers.
I noticed two or three Radicals pres
ent. From their countenances, it ap
peared they felt like hunting their
holes, and pulling the holes iu after
This is the first of a series of mas3
meetings which will be held in this
Senatorial District. We are ablaze
with indignation at the foul usurpa
tions of the conspirators. All decent
and honest men will register and vote
for John Hancock, on the 30th of Oc
tober. Democrat.
Democratic Prospect In IVorlh
East Texas.
A friend of this city has furnished
the subjoined extract from a private
letter to him :
"The new paper, the Democratic
Statesman, is destined to do an im
mense amount of good it is a neces
sity that ought to have been supplied
long ago. The people of
North Texas never were so completely
aroused and determined for action.
While Conner was not the choice of
the entire conservative element of
this District, yet all acquiesce in his
nomination, and will give him a hearty
support. That he will be re-elected
there can be no manner of doubt, but
by what majority we cannot tell. It
ought not to be less than ten thousand.
Our District is the Gibraltcr of De
mocracy, and when the next Congress
assembles, and the roll of Texas is
called, we want no squeaking Radical
voice, like A. M. Bryant's, to answer
"here !" and if we can't have a united
Democratic delegation, we don't mean
o lose this District and have our p eo-
le misrepresented.
Tbe Congressional Canvass.
From the subjoined article iu the
San Antonio Herald, of the 18th inst.,
it would appear that many of Mr.
Degener's old German friends do not
relish his approval of the Davis-Alexander
measures after having heretofore
openly opposed them. We do not
wonder at this, by any means for
even German Radicals despise deeep
tion and insincerity. Nobody is will
ing to trust such a man :
"On Wednesday morning last, the
Radical managers had flaming handbills
posted all over the city calling for a
grand Ratification Rally to endorse
the nomination of Degener by the New
Braunfcls Convention. Of course we
did not fail to have a party on hand to
observe the spirit of the occasion, and
see how Degener would go down with
the tax ridden voters of old Bexar
since swallowing Davis, his police, tax
laws, etc. To say that, as a friend of
Judge Hancock, we have derived great
comfort from the repnrroi that "Rnlly"
is putting the case mildly indeed. It
was a total failure, a complete flash iu
the pan. The Germans did not attend
at all, except old Thielepape and one
or two other officeholders. Degener
must have felt the rebuke being ad
ministered to him for bis endorsement
of Davis and his administration. His
speech was a key to his feelings and
clearly showed how despondent he was.
He tried to throw off on Davis, but
saw it was no go, inasmuch as printed
copies of the Platform he had openly
endorsed before the New Braunfels
Convention were in circulation in the
"He cannot deceive or hoodwink the
voters. Party discipline and the force
of chicken-pie keep him in the Radical
traces, and it will avail him nothing
that he professes to disapprove a nor
tion of Davis' measures. He endorses
in the New Braunfels platform, Davis'
Militia and Police bills, the school bill,
printing bill, etc., and endorsing these,
it is of no consequence that he pretends
to condemn Davis less odious acts.
"We could not ask that things pre
sent a more flattering prospect for a
triumph of right over wrong, than is
presented in this District. The people
are thoroughly roused to the exceedin
great importance of an entire change
in their political rulers. Relief from
misrule and high taxes can only come
through such change and it is most
gratifying that many who have hitherto
been of the dominant party realize the
truth of this position, and will help to
effect this change. '
The Pittsburg Post proposes Gen
eral (icorge 15. McClellan for the
A Radical writing from Henderson
to the Houston Union, among other
smart things says: "You may well be
pround cf Quick. He scattered bread
upon the waters that will be gathered
many dajs hence."
Eddie's looking ahead. He knows
chicken pie won't last always. Bread
will do in the absence of better.
A special dispatch from this city
to the Houston Telegraph, of date
Wednesday, 23d, says: "A gentle
man informs me he had a conversa
tion to-day with a gentleman deputed
by the citizens of Blanco county to
get arms from the State, as they
were anticipating a heavy Indian
raid. Authorities informed him
only 500 were on hand, and could
spare none until after the election,
that said arms would be needed here
then. Such is the love for our bleed
ing frontier."
"Down with Corruption, Ignorance
and JlfeAvr Taxation," says the "Inde
pendent German People's Association"
of Galveston county. We call espe
cial attention to the resolutions of this
association, in another column. They
speak for themselves.
Democratic Clubs.
As a means of thorough organiza
tion of tho Democracy, no appliance
can be more efficient than the organi
zation ol Democratic clubs in every
neighborhood. We suggest this course
to our friends, with the hint that such
clubs constitute themselves clubs of
readers of tbo Democratic Statesman.
A terrible hail storm passed over
Albion, Wis., on tho 31st. Hail
stones fell two and a half inches in
diameter. The ground in places
was sufficiently covered to run a
sleigh. The corn and tobacco crops
in that vicinity are ruined. The
damage is estimated at $250,000.
Very Enthusiastic Reception
He is Welcomed with Music
and the Firing of Cannon !
Introduced by Mr. J. O. Meuse-
bacn, iormer State Senator !
Editor Democratic Statesman.
Say to your readers to be of good
cheer. The goal is nearly reached.
In a few more months the oppressed,
harrassed, burdened and over-taxed
people of Texas will regain their lost
power, and prosperity will once more
gladden their hearts. Wish you
could hare been here and witnessed
the enthusiastic receptien given to
John Hancock, the standard bearer
of the Democracy of the Fourth
Congressional District. How un
dauntedly and ' courageously he un
furls and waves it as the only banner
under whose folds our lost liberties
can be regained.
lie addressed about one thousand
of his fellow-citizens from the steps
of the court house last night, and
notwithstanding the fact that no
seats had been provided, for two
hours and ten minutes he held his
audience spell bound as he pictured
to them the unwarranted and oppres
sive acts of our so-called Governor,
lie talked slowly and earnestly, and
every word he said was fully under
stood, and made its impression on
the minds of his hearers. He was
several times interrupted with loud
cheering, and when his speech was
ended, three cheers were given which
no doubt were heard far beyond the
limits of the city.
The Germans are disgusted with
Davis and his administration and
their votes will tell powerfully in the
coming election in his downfall. The
old Banner county of Democracy is
coming to the rescue, and intends to
plant herself fairly on its platform
and battle for its success as in days
of yore. Hurrah for the Democra
cy of Comal. They are all right.
August 24, 1871.
Letter from General Henry K.
To tlie Edit r of the Democratic St& teaman.
Austin, August 22, 1871.
I find that some of our friends
complain of the expressions used and
feelings evinced in John Hancock's
letter to Mr. M. G. Anderson of San
Antonio, and cannot say that they
navo no reason to be both surprised
and annoyed that ho should have
written the letter to such a man, at
this time ; but wo are all liable at
times to commit blunders, as well as
to be deceived in men who pretend
to be our friends, and especially so
in these times of political vacillation
and corruption.
There are but few men now who
are not laboring under political dis
abilities to such an extent that the
Democratic party cannot use 'such as
they would prefer to bear their stan
dard in such a contest as we have
before u3 now for Congress, and no
one denies that Hancock is used as
the best material we can place our
hands on that is entirely free from
these disabilities both to beat .the
Radical party, and represent this
District in Congress. While I had
much rather support one who had
always agreed with mo in principle
and acted with mo in practice, if cir
cumstancos rendered it practicable
and advisable to do so, I think we
are very fortunate in having such an
available and efficient "tool" to use
under the circumstances that sur
round us now, and while I know, and
have known, that he does feel a del
icacy in bearing our standard in this
contest; not because he is notuffy
and emphatically with us in pnn
ciple, bnt because he knows that he
is not altogether acceptable to many
of our party. I can and do bear
witness that he is doing bold, faithful,
manly work as our candidate, stand
ing clearly on our platform, and is a
"tool" that is making both deep and
wide cuts into the Radical party, and
am proud to find myself enabled
to give my hearty and full support
to a man of fine capacity, excelent
ability, known political firmness and
high moral worth, and one whose
personal inregrity and honesty I
can fully vouch for, upon an intimate
acquaintance of over twenty years
standing, and I pledge my word to
our people if he is elected and takes
his seat in Congress, that he will not
be found in drunken revels and pla
ces of debauchery ; nor can tbe opo
site party buy him with greenbacks,
gold, or political position, but he will
be found always sober, at his proper
place, a faithful, honest, able and
true representative of his constitu
ents in accordance with Democratic
principles, and if we get this we can
ask no more.
In these times, with oar surround
ings, we must make use of the best
material we can find to acccomplish
tbe objects we nave in view, which is
the entire and complete overthrow of
the Radical party now iu power, who
are governing the country by usurp
ing tho reserved powers of the peo
ple, and disregarding the plain pros
visions of the constitutions which
they have sworn to observe and
support, and it is now the time, if
ever, to look to principles without
so much regard to men, and espe
cially thoso little faults aud errors of
which wo are all so full ourselves :
and I urge, yes, I beg and implore
every man who loves his country, and
looks torward with any hope to the
liberties of his children, to discard
all their little feelings of prejudice
and fault-finding," rise above them,
and with patriotic, manly determin
ation, put forth every effort to drive
away these hosts of plunderers of
the people's pockets, and destroyers
of their liberties, and place in their
stead such men as we may be best
able to use for this great purpose,
and such as wo know will properly
regard tho rights and liberties of tho
people, and look to their best inters
csts, financially, socially and politi
cally. It is well known throughout this
entire State that I am not fully satis
fied with our platform ; that though
I endorse it folly, as far as it goes,
that it would suit me better if it went
further that I want a higher,
clearer, stronger standard of Dem
ocracy more after the old honest
style of manliness and independence.
might hnd candidates that would
suit me better than some of those we
may "be compelled to use, yet I do
not suppose that any man who knows
me well would suppose for a moment
that I would abandon tho only party
in which the people can have any
hope, simply because everything is
not done precisely in accordance with
iy taste3 and opinions, and I am
gratihed that my love lor my country
and my own race predominates over
every selfish consideration, and that
I can yield to circumstances, and
even submit to oppression for a time,
in order to' see our people once more
free, prosperous and happy.
The Democratic party, aided by
the truly conservative, patriotic men
of all other parties, have a great
mission to perform in restoring the
liberties of the people and once more
placing the Governments, both Fed
eral and State, upon a safe, solid
and permanent basis by restoring
them to their constitutional liberties
and a strict observance of all the
restrictive provisions that are re
served to them in those instruments,
and the governments to an economical
and judicious and just administration;
and to do this they must first get into
power, which will require great sac
rifices of feeling as well as extra
ordinary effort, as our opponents
have great civil and military power,
as well as the purse of the Nation
and State to aid them in their pur
poses ; and we all know from the
past, and the present, that their
leaders (our rulers and oppressors)
have, are, and will be entirely un
scrupulous in the use of all these
means to defeat a fair election, as
they know that if the legal voters of
lexas have a fair opportunity to cast
their votes as freemen should, and
they (the votes) are fairly and hon
estly counted, that the Democratic
candidates will bo elected in every
instance by a large majority; and,
foreseeing this, tho Legislature has
passed the most extraordinary laws
regulating elections, ever passed by
any deliberative body, which will
enable them by their police, and
otherwise, to get up difficulties and
create cause for throwing out the
returns from any and every county
that polls a majority against their
party; and King Davis, or "Edmund
the First," has issued the most extra
ordinary edict ever seen in a civilized
country, not only restricting the
rights but destructive of the consti
tutional liberties of the peoplo ; and
yet we must submit to it, if we would
expect ever to secure our liberties ;
and it is to be hoped that every Dem
ocrat and conservative man, of every
name and party, will, on the days of
registration and election, obey this
edict to the very letter, and avoid all
difficulties of every kind ; prepare
yourselves by registration and go and
cast your vote, and thus not only
defeat this tyrant in his hope of dri
ving you into acts of resistance to
his acts of oppression, but defeat
every candidate that favors him or
his despotic, tyrannical party of
piunuerers. a no constitution de
clares that every male person twenty-
one years ot age, wno fcas been in
the btate twelve months and the
county six months, is entitled to vote.
and yet we all have to be registered
and pay twenty-five cents to one of
the lung s appointed registrars be
fore we can be allowed to exercise
this constitutional privilege ; but my
friends it is best to give them the
two bits without murmuring, and cast
your vote and try to get clear of
NO. 5.
these robbers than to fail to vote and
perpetuate their power.
When we review the history of
.1 .i
tne past, realize tne present, and take
a fair and comprehensive view of our
prospects in the immediate future, we
are necessarily forced to the conclu.
sion that there never was a time,
since the Revolution of 1776, when
our liberties were truly so much in
danger as they are at this hour, and
every lover of liberty must realize
the fact that, if he holds his liberties
even bow, he holds them by a feeble
tenure and that there is very great
danger that the last vestage of them
will, before many months, be swept
Heretofore I advised a peaceful
organized plan to secure a fair elec
tion, which is prevented by the King's
edict, but we still have it in our pow
er to secure evidence of the full vote
cast against the Radical candidates
without any violation of this edict;
as those who live at the county seat
are permitted to remain at or about
their homes, they can have a sepas
rate ballot box into which each voter
can place a duplicate of his ballot
with his name written on the back
of it, which will show how he voted,
and when the election closes these
results could be published to the
world. And while those who direct the
elections cannot be induced by moral
principle or legal restraint to make
a fair, honest count, they might pos
sibly be ashamed to swindle us in the
face of such clear evidence againt
them; and I now suggest this plan as
one that even the King cannot object
to upon any grounds; and I would
further suggest that one or two men
of high standing be selected at every
county seat to be present at the pubs
lie ballot box during tho entire time
of receiving votes, in order to bear
witness to all that may be done at
that time and place cither for good
or for evil, and I am satisfied if the
King issues no prohibitory edict, that
the most of the managers of elections
will not object to it, and when they
do, it will be sufficient evidence of
intended fraud to justify us in ma
king it public.
Lot all these things be done in a
manly, quiet manner, so that while
we submit to these oppressions and
wrongs, we will not sacrifice our own
self respect by a cowardly feeling;
and though submitting to the vilest
acts of oppression, still maintain our
self respect, and then when we have
done all and suffered all that men
can bear for the sake of peace, if we
cannot obtain our rights and have to
appeal to the first law of nature, we
certainly can expect a united people.
The road is rough and crooked
that we have to travel, and to me it
looks dark and gloomy, but I am pre
pared to enter upon it with a manly
step and firm heart, willing to trust
to our own efforts under the direc
tion of Divine Providence for success
and am confident, if we will but act
our part properly, we will succeed.
May God sustain us in the right.
Hejjry E. McCulloch.
To the Editor of tbs Democratic Statesman.
San Mabcos, Aug. 23, 1871.
1 had hoped to attend the Demo
cratic Barbecue at Prairie Lea where
the people of three counties were
assembled, but circumstances pre
vented, and business of a private nas
ture has kept me in this vicinity
longer than I had anticipated stay
ing. You have no doubt heard before
now of the killing of a negro near
this place on Sunday morning by a
Air. Driskill, and as the circum
stances have been, as usual, twisted
into "lawless outrage upon an inof
fensive freedman, 1 deem it proper
to give you herewith the unvarnished
truth of the matter as given by an
eye witness.
On Saturday evening last the ne
gro man Alex who was killed, came
into San Marcos from his home a few
miles in the country, and while uns
der the influence of whisky, raised
a row with Driskill, but which passed
off without anything more serious
than a "war of words." On the fol
lowing morning (Sunday) Mr. Dris
kill and young Hutchins went out
buggy riding, and when a mile or
two from town they met the negro
man Alex, who stopped his horso on
the road Bide and began to draw one
of the two pistols which he carried
on his person. Mr. Driskill, ob
serving this motion, stopped the
buggy, observing, "1 -suppose you
aro drawing that pistol tor my bene
fit," and immediately drawing his
own jumped out of the buggy. This
sudden action on his part caused the
negro s mule to start to one side,
thereby throwing its rider to the
ground, who, regaining his feet, at
once made for Driskill still attempt
ing to draw his pistol, which it seems
had become entangled in some way
Driskill stepped back a few paces to
avoid the negro, who still continued
to advance on him, and firing twice
the last shot took enect in the ne
gro's breast and inflicted a mortal
As showing the negro's intention
it is said that before leaving home on
Sunday morning he stated that he
would not return, that he was going
to hunt Driskill, and requested his
landlord, Mr. Malone, to attend to
the gathering of his crop.
The Democrats of this county all
seem determined to show their full
strength at the Congressional elec
tion, and if they have a fair vote
and a fair count, Hancock will carry
Havs by a large majority. But
from what Newcomb said here yes
terday, it seems that &fair count at
least, is not to be had, for he re
marked that the "Democrats might
out vote them, but as he had the
counting this time, he would be very
toonsn to let that go wrong.
The people are groaning under the
burden of taxation, and I heard an
intelligent farmer remark that Hays
county would not raise enough cot
ton this year to pay her taxes, and
not more than enough corn for bread.
Rutoo R. DrE.
Is published every Tuesday, Thursday aud
Saturday eTeniot;.
Is published every Thursday afternoon.
All business correspondence, communica
tions, etc, should be addressed to
Acstix, Tixas.
Lomdoi, August 22. Sobicrintisn to
American loan, noon to-day, fifty millions.
The Prince of Wales, from Hong Long for
Siam, foundered. Fire hundred Uvea lost.
Introduction of $75,000,000 of the fire per
cent loan to-day, by Jay Cooke, McCulloch
k Co., was a marked auccess. Subscriptions
exceeded in a single day tbe whole amount
offered. Continental subscriptions reported
large. Books will be closed to-morrow, in
stead of Thursday, as advertised. The Times
says further loans will be reauired before
the city of Paris is restored to her condition
before the war. .
alee ting between Emperors of Prussia and
Austria postponed.
Bsau.y. Aneost 22. Cholera is steadi'r
increasing at Konigsbnrff. and has aDoeared
atDantzic. No cases in Stellen or South
Munich, August 22. Committee of con
servative Catholics invited Catholics of Ger
many, Austria and Switcerland to congress
at Munich, September 22.
Pasis, Anrnst 22. The Budcret committee
fixes Thiers' salary at a half a million francs
per annum, exclusive of ordinary expenses.
YiWiLLig, August 2. A iaxoftwentr-
francs per kilogram of paper substituted for
newspnper stamp duty.
It Is leported that a compromise bas been
made regulating Thiers' tenure of Office. ' He
receives the title of president, aad holds
during the existence of the present Assem
bly. In courtmartial to-day members of tbe
Paris fire department, deposed, positively
swearing that the commune ordered the firing
of public and private buildings.
It omi, August 22. The government is
taking stringent measures against the Chol
era. London, August 21. Twenty millions of
five per cents, have been taken in advance of
regnlar opening. Syndicle bonds active at
1tvi'i premium.
VsRSiiLLis, August 21. Dispatch from
Algiers announces the arrival of a large num
ber of French troops.
Virsaillks, August 23. The prolongation
of Thiers' term is assured.
Another instalment of thirty millions of
francs has been paid Germany.
Tbe Government is acting in concert with
Italy to prevent cholera.
Berlin, August 23. Four cases of cholera
have occurred here; two were fatal.
A foreign ship arrived at bhields with
cholera on board.
Tbe potato blight in Ireland has been ex
aggerated. It seems official statements say
tbe crop is a good one.
London, August 25. An unknown schoon
er was sunk yesterday. Eight lives were
Cholera is being reported at Antwerp. The
Italian Government has ordered strict quar
antine of vessels from that port.
Tbe Boglish Foreign Oiuce is warned to
watch the proceeding of the Gastln meeting
between Prussia and Austria, that it means
more than the settlement of the Roumanian
Railway difficulty.
Berlin, August 24. Tbe Zeilung of to
day reports unfavorably of tbe negotiations
at Gastin, and that coolness will spring up
between Emperors of Germany and Austria.
Washington, August 25. During Butler's
speech at Sprinefield. T. B. Sandford de
nounced one of his statements as false, and
the audience was wild with excitement, and
cried Sanford down. Gen. J. R. Hawley sent
a dispatch which he requested some friends
to read to the meeting, denouncing Butler as
a liar and a blackguard.
Washington, August 22. Announced at
Treasury no more five per cents will be on
market after this week.
Advices from South Atlantic fleet state all
Negro cadet Smith is in trouble again for
harsh treatment of his fellow negro Gee from
Cincinnati, August 22. It is stated that
McCook has withdrawn from gubernatorial
LouiaviLLK, August 22. Kentucky Legis
lature stands, Senate 35 Democrats, 3 Ke-
puoiicans; House Hi Democrats, 10 Repub
licans. Montreal. August 22. The Mavor has
ordered stringent measures regarding city
cleaning, in view of possible approach ol
cholera. Disinfectants are supplied gratui
tously to the inhabitants.
TorEKA, Kansas, August 22. A week ago
in an election row at Newton, the terminus
of tbe Atkinson, Topeka and Santa Fe rail
road, a Texan was killed by one McClosky,
tbe Texan being tbe aggressor. Since that
time MuCIosky bas been appointed police
man. There has been a feud between Tex
ans which culminated in a general fight on
Saturday, in which McClosky and a Texan
were killed, and two others mortally and four
seriously wounded. There is bnt little law
in that region aud more trouble is anticipa
ted. Texan drovers congregate there in
great numbers.
Priladclphia, August 22. Jay Cook Ac Co.
fiscal agents, report that they have received
information from London that much more
than the amount allotted to Europe of the
new loan bas been subscribed, and it is be
lieved that tbe amount reserved to tnis
country will be closed this week.
New Yobk, August 21. About fifty suits
have been commenoed against tbe Staleu
Island Ferry Company for damages on ac
count of the Westfield explosion.
A special from Long Branch says: About
9 o'clock this morning Dr. H. T. Helm bold
attempted suicide. He borrowed a double
barreled shotgun, hired a carriage with a
colored driver, and started out on Ocean
Avenue towards Seabright to shoot meadow
larks ; below Arlington bouse be got out of
tbe carriage, placed the gun under bis chin
and fired. Being a small man the effort to
pull the trigger caused bis bead to move, and
bis face only was injured; In bis despera
tien, be repeated the experiment with tbe
same result. Tbe driver meantime rushed to
him, eaugbt bim fainting and bleeding in
bis arms, and brought him to Arlington Ho
tel, whence he was taken home.
Washington, August 23. Governor Potts
of Montana, apprehends an Indian war, and
is organizing tbe people, but will not call
them into service unless authorized by tbe
Secretary of War.
Tbe Wisconsin Democrats have nominated
Ex-Senator Doolittle for Governor.
Lexington', Ky., August 23. A block on
North Broadway, between Main and Short
streets was burned. Loss $100,000.
San Francisco, August 23. Tbe split in
Republican party, caused by Gorman, Secre
tary of the Senate, seems incurable. Com
mittees were appointed, and nominated two
tickets. Four of tbe politicians drew pistols
and knives. None were injured.
Long Island City, August 23. A jealous
husband, in attacking his wife with an ax,
broke a kerosene lamp. Three buildings
were burned in consequence. Fifteen fami
lies made homeless.
Saratoga, August 23. There was tre
mendous interest in the great four-mile race
between Longfellow and Helmbold. During
tbe first three miles Longfellow led by one to
two lengths. Helmbold began to gain on the
last eighth of the third mile, and passed a
strong half length ahead. Longfellow lost
during tbe last mile. Helmbold leading three
lengths at first quarter, six at half mile, and
finishing with sixteen lengths ahead of Long
fellow, amid most tremendous enthusiasm
and cheers. Time 7:49 J.
New York, August 24. It is said "Long"
fellow" strained a tendon of his leg, and i'
lamed for life. Twenty thousand dollars
changed bands on tbe quarter stretch alone.
Jobn Morrisiey won $50,000; Babcock, owner
of Helmbold, won $60,000.
Sax Francisco, August 25 Donabal
Stearns,a resident of Los Angelos since 1828
a native of Massachusetts, died there yester
day. His estate formerly extended from Los
Aagelos to San Bernandino, seventy-five

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