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[From the Charleston Courier.]
The action of the State Executive
Committee in selecting Charleston as the
placo for holding the Domocratio State
Convention, has been the subject of some
unfriendly criticism almost ever since the
first publication of the call. Tho re
moteness of tho locality from the North
ern anil Eastern "Panhandles," and its
dittanco from any completed railroad,
have been uiade tho basis if man; pre
dictions that the Convention would be
ilimly attended, and tho few delegates
that did find tbeir way thero would be
subjected to great discomfort and heavy
expense. The constitutional croakers
who are never happy unless thoy can
fin.l or invent some cause for complaint,
hav'o exercised tbeir gin to its fullest ca
pacity, and thoroughly pleased them
selves with gloomy forebodings.
Hut never have predictions of evil
more signally failed of fulfillment. The
Convention will roprosent tho State more
fully than aoy that bas heretofore been
held within its borders. Tbo delegates
now assembling in Charleston are, as a
body, the very best men in tho State, and
it would be difficult to find anywher* a
moro respectable, intelligent, and influ
ential mass of eitiiens than those repre
sentatives compose. The result thus far
has completely vindicated tho w'sdora of
(he committee'! action, and must effectu
ally silence tbo dissatisfied.
The voyage of the Argosy, bearing
delegations fiom the Northern Panhandle
?ad the river counties above Parkersburg,
hat been one of continued pleasure.
Leaving Wheeling promptly at 8 o'clock
on Monday morning, lb* boat was de
tained nearly two hours at Bellaire await
ing the arrival of the train bringing dele
gates from Hancock and Urooko coun
ties. At Moundsvillo the Marshall
eoaoty delegations were received; at
New Martinsville delegates from Wclael;
it other points delegations from Tyler
?od Pleasants wero taken on board, and
tarkersbnrg was reached about eight
o'clock in the evening. A number of
gentlemen fram Harrison, Lewis, Hardy,
and other countios, joined us there, the
(teamer Charmer, with a full load of del
egates from the East and along tho lino
?f the Baltimore li Ohio railroad, having
(tartcd two boars before.
Tbe soencry down tho Ohio and op the
Kanawha bat been inporb. The clear
blue of the sky, tho dark-gieen verdure
of tho forcst-clad hills, tho lighter tint of
the willows that fringe the shore, and the
grayish hoe of the water, bare formed a
combination that would delight the eye
'of an artist. No finer scenery can bo
found anywhere than that which presents
Itself constantly to tbe oyo of tho traveler
on these rivers at this season of the year,
and assuredly none more beautiful need
bo desired. Let tbo painter faithfully
and truthfully transfer these scenes to his
canvass, and the immortality of his fame
it mado secure. Our passengers have
thoroughly enjoyed tho beauty of the
country through which we bavo passed,
and havo given vent to many eipreiions
Tho Democratic State Convention is a
magnificent success. Thero is an itn
menso vitality in tbe old party yet, a vi
tality that persecution, proscription an J
defeat canuot quench. Delegates are
present from nearly all the counties of the
State, and, what is still better and moro
significant, theso delegates are, in overy
true sense of the tcim, representative men.
They aro tho leading man'of their several
countics, the men who, feeling strongly
themselves, carry with thorn the sentiment
of tho communities whero tbey reside and
tho circlcs in which they movo.
Among those present may bo mentioned
J J. Jacob, of Hampshire, a man of spot
less integrity and unbounded influonco in
his coun'j ; John J. Davis, of Harrison,
one of tho ablest men in the State, and
whese eloquence as a debater, fino scholar
ship, and polisbod, keen and incisive man
ner rendcrod him the terror of radical pol
iticians; Johnson N. Can.dt'n, of Wood,
whose wealth, solid position and political
skill gave blm commanding influence;
Iraok Hereford, o( Monroe, whose repu
tation as a skillful lawyer and an eloquent
speaker is well known throughout the
State; together with a host of others no
less known as the leaders of public senti
ment in their rcspectivo couutics. A
glance at the list of delegates present will
show any porson whe is in any degree
conversant with the political situation in
West Virginia and with tho people of the
State that the coming together for counsc
of so many of those who are our very fore
most cititens mast be productive of goot
The Wigwam is a frame structure, fifty
font by eighty feet Fijuaro oprrt on nl
; a platform for the officers is crectei
at odo end and another for music at the
other. The building in tastefully deco
rated with Dags which are fastened to all
the posts supporting the roof; an immense
natiunol banner Is gracefully festooned
over the officers' platform, and beuutiful
bouquets, the gift of no less beautiful la
bins of Charleston,are displayed in various
prominent positions. All around the hor
izontal beams supporting the roof, are dis
played the names of the counties of the
State, whilo the name "West Virginia"
appears in large letters above the speakers'
stand. A sufficient portion of what is,
both architecturally and literally, tho
ground floor, is separated from tho rest by
a substantial railing, and set apart for the
exclusive uso of dclegatesr Substantial
and comfortable seats are provided all
through tho enclosure,and all the arrange
ments indicate a thoughtful care upon the
part of tho projectors of the building for
the comfort and convenience of tho as
sembled delegates and the vast throng of
spectators in attendance. I have been in
formed that almost tho entire credit for the
excellence and good taste of the Wigwam,
as well as for the completeness of alt tho
arrangements which havo won tbo merit."
and approbation of all hero assembled, is
duo to General John n. Oley, whoso en
ergy and devotion to the couso of govern
mental .of inn are well known throughout
the State and merit all praiso.
On Tuesday evening a mass meeting of
delegates, citizens and strangers was held
in tho Wigwam. A largo audionco was
present and a number of ladies graced tho
assembly by their prcsenco. Tho meet
ing was called to ordor by E. B. Knight.
Esq , who, in an exceedingly felicitous
speech, welcomed the members of the
Conventiou to Charleston, tbo recently
designated Capital of tbo Stato, and allu
ded very happily to the result of tho elec
tion last fall, when tho tido of Domoorntic
success swept up the Kanawha Valley,
growing deeper and broader as it advanced
and produced the handsome majorities
given iu Mason, Putnam, Kanawha and
Fayetto counties. His speech was loudly
applauded by tho meeting. lie proposed j
Hon. John Hall, of Mason county as
Mr. Hall returned thanks for the honor
conferred upon him in a very appropriate
spercb of a few minntca (lunation, and,
when he had taken his seat, I'erry Simp
ion, Esq , of Mason county, was called
Ho responded in ? very happy manner,
and elicited frequent rounds of applause
by his bold and masterly denunciation of
the falsehoods and crimes of tho radical
party. lie asserted that in a speech at
tho Falls of Kanawha, two years ago,
Governor Stevenson emphatically deolared
that if negro suffrage was forced upon tho
people of this country, ho would forsako
tho radical party.
Mr. Simpson was followed by Colone'
Daniel D. Johnson, who, in a*characteris
tically smooth and well-spoken address,
set forth some of tho iniquities uf the
present administration of tho Govern
Jolin J Davis, E?q , and Colonel lton
jamin Wilson, ol Harrison, also addressed
the audicnco #ith much forco and good
efTect; but the principal sensation of tlic
evening was when Senator I'helps, of
Mason county, heretofore acting with the
radical party, was loudly called for and
reluctantly caine forward and took his
place before the pcoplo.
lie alluded to the peculiar embarrass
ment of his position, and spoko of meet
ing under one flag, the flag of our common
country, somo who had diffirecd widely
during the past years of war. Ho thought
it full tiino to bury and forget the past;
a Uoremmcnt as strong as that of the
United States could well afford and ought
to bo magnanimous. He was opposed to
any further proscription for opinion's sake
and for entertaining thc?o sentiments be
had been abusod and maltreated und called
a "Ku Klux" by bis former radical
friends and associates. Ho opposed the
ratification oftho Fifteenth Amendment,
because he thought each State should reg
ulate its own franchise, but in reply to his
entreaties for delay the radical mcuibers of
the Legislature had declared tlint if thry
did not ratify it in haste they could not do
it at all.
Mr. I'helps' speech was loudly cheered
at various happy hits, and called forth a
good degree of enthusiasm. It is under
stood that bo will "tnko the stump" this
fall and engage actively in the canvass tor
the success of the Democratic ticket.
Ho was followed by Okey Johnson,
Kiq., who delivered a very eloquent and
effective spcccli. Several other gentlemen
were called for by the crowd who seemed
reluctant to disperfe, but the meeting ad
journed about ten o'clock.
The perfect good order and behavior of
the vast crowd that throngs the city is
universally remarked. We never have
sei'n to large a bi dy of men, assembled
for any purpose whatever, that was better
or moro orderly disposed. No noise, tu
mult, rowdyism or drunkenness, have
been apparent, but all has been conducted
in the quietest and most decent manner.
The Convention was called to ordor at
11 o'clock by Lewis Baker, Esq., Chair
nan of the Slate Executive Committee.
After a few remarks by Mr. Baker rela
tive to the purpose of the Convention, Dr.
Monro, of Mason, nominated Hon. S.
Patrick, of Kanawha, for temporary
Chairman of tho Convention.
Mr. Patrick being unanimously chosen,
took his seat after a few wcll-ti*cd rn-.
marKs, in which he urged unity and har
mony of purpose as the chief clemeuts of
T. B. Kline, Esq., of Cobcll, nomina
ted Dr. C. P.T. Mooro, of Mason, for
temporary Secretary. Ho was duly elec
ted, and, on a moti?n by Lowis Bakor,
Esq., tho following comuiitteo on Crcden
Scnatorial District, was appointed, the
members of tho committor being recom
mended by their rcspectivo delegations:
1st District, Alfrod Glass; 2d, H. J.
McClam; 3d, W. I'.Willey; 4th, John
Basse!; 5th, J. G. Shilling; Gth, W. D.
Rollyson ; 7th, T. If. Harvey ; 8lh, II.
M. Scott; Oth, J. S. Thompson ; 10th,
R. W. Oilkinson; lltb, J. W. Kennedy.
F. Hereford, Esq , moved that a com
mittee on Permanent Orgoniiation bo des
ignated in tho same manner. Tho follow
ing named gentlemen were nppointed Baid
1st District, A. Wilson; 2d, J. W.
Gallagher; 3d, J A. Peters; 4th, J. R
M. Agncw; otb, D. H. Leonard; 6tb, A.
W. Woodford; 7th, J. W. Oakes; 8th,
J. B. Sweetland; Oth, K. Schon ; 10th,
G. A. blakcmorc; 11th, C. H. McCurdy.
Okoy Johnson, Esq., moved that the
committee on Resolutions bo appointed in
tho same manner.
The following gentlemen compose tho
Committee on Resolutions.
1st, J. 11. Gibson; 2d, A. B. Flem
ing ; 3d, T. Startimon; 4th, D.D. John
son; 5th, J. M. Jackson; Oth, W. P.
Cooper; 7th. II. S. Walker ; 8th. C. C.
Webb; Oth, P. Hereford; 10th, Joseph
Sprigg ; 11th, E. W. Wilson.
T. B. Kline, Esq., moved that a com
mittee for tho selection of a Stato Execu
tive Committee, bo likewise oppoinicd
In accordance with which tho following
committee was appjintcd.
1st, K. Q. Cracraft; 2d, B. W. Prico;
3d, W. A. Hanwav; 4th, B. Wilson; 5ih,
J. W. Conrod; Gth, T. B. Camden, 7th,
M. I. lladtr; 8th, T. B. Kline ; 9th, J.
II. McGinnis; lOtli, II.G. Davis; 11th,
W. T. Logan.
On motion, by J. M. Jackson, E*q.,
tho Convention took a recoss until two
o'clock P. M.
Upon tho reassembling of tho Conven
tion at two o'clock, tho committee on Per
manent Organiiation mado the following
report, which was adopted:
i okey Johnson, of Wood county, Pres
ident, H. R. Howard, of Mason, E. 0.
Cracraft, of Ohio, and John Bn'sol, of
Harrison, Secretaries; Vico Presidents,
Lewis Applcgate, W. B. Ice, John Wal
lace, David McGregor, W. T. Parshnll.
A. A. Lewis, W. L. Ilindman, J. S.
Wilkinson, W. McCrccry, E. 11. Soy
inuur, J. A. Thompson.
The parliamentary rules regulating the !
Legislature of West Virginia were adopted
for the government of tlio Contention.
Tbo following order of business was
adopted: 1st,Iteportof coinmiltecs; 2d,
Nominations of ofticers iu tho following
order: 1st, Governor; 2d, Judge of tbo
Supremo Court of Appeals; 3d, Auditor;
4tb, Secretary of State; Gib, Treasurer j
Gtb, Attorney General.
Tbe committee on Credentialstlicn pre
scutcd a report, setting forth that tbo fol
lowing named persons are entitled to scats
iu this Convention:
Hancock?J II Gibson, John Knor.
Urookc?Lewis Applegate, N Wells,
W Hukill, Abram Wilson, Alfred Gloss.
Marion?W 1) Ico, A B Fleming.
Marshall?Vf. B Price, J W Gallahor,
John Jefferson, W Cooil, Thomas I'atton,
A T Whittaker, II Miller, E II McClean,
James Crcsap, II J McClean,
Wetzel?Levi Shumau, W Moore, P
Monongalia?W P Willcy, W A linn
way, Jolm Wallace.
Preston?William Btarlztnnn, J A
Taylor?J D Holmes.
ltitchio?J T Stricklor, I Weill, D
McGregor, J 8 Vanpolt, W L ENtchkock,
T Porter, W MoNally, T Cunsy, E
McCulloeh, J L Cotrcll, W II Stoy, W T
Mathers, E J Knights, P Ferrell, F M
Tyler?D D Johnson, K (V Palton.
Pleasants?J 11 M Agnew, 11 A Gal
lagher, J 1/ Knightly, R Patterson, W G
II Core, W C Kultenoutter.
Doddridge?W II Iloslinion, H'
James, C C Davis, S B McMillan, Sam
uel McMillan, N Neeley.
Harrison?J J Davis, B IFilson, A V
Tborn, J II Boggces, T Dolan, B Oox, G
Sanduskey, A Nimer, A R Shinn, A 0
Dever, D Frysioger, J Bassel, John J
Hardy?J Sprigg, H S Carr, J S Cun
, Pendleton?G A Blakemore.
Lewis?A IK Woodford, A A Lowis, T
B Cain den.
Gilmer?S n Campbell.
Calhoun?A Nerman, J \Y Conrad.
Upshur?A A Lewis.
Barbour?D Frysinger, IF P Cooper,
G R Tingle, II S H'olkcr.
Braxton?WD Rollynon, J A Boggsl
Ohio?WH Stell, WT Frazier, L Ba
ker, J?B Hileon, J Faris, P W Bosley,
0 S Long, IF IT Miller, L D ITait, J
Robinjou, J Toliver, E G Cracraft, G
Forbes, J R Miller, H'Brown, G Sawtoll,
H B Miller, J W Boring, A Wilson, J
M Warden, A J Wilson, M VB Burrows,
G R Tingle, J II' Bruuer, J Bnrrows. J
If Sweeney, 1) L Hubbard, C McDonald,
C IF Sebright.
Putnam?WT Thompson, IF A Alex
ander, J Frazier, L T Vintroux, J M
Nash. C Landham, T Watkin'son, JStew
ard, T II Harvey, S Hereford, F P Car
penter, J Vanden.
Clay?B M Byrn, C IF Duffield, D M
Tierson, J II Mullins, D R Grass, I!
Sampled, M V Stevenson, B L Stcphon
son, J Saulsbury, A J Stephenson.
Nicholas?IF Shclton, M L llader, J
Cabell?T B Kline, H M Scott, J M
Morgan, A D Ncale, M Newman, Hon J
B Bowlin, S A Childcrs, T /Summers.
Wayne?G G Burgeas, C B IFebb, II
Spurlock, IF S Moore.
Boone?F M Meadows, R Workman,
E R Bias, L D Hagar, B S Chambers, J
Shillings, S Bullard.
Lsgan?Dr D D Meyer, W Mollahan,
Wirt?J T Clark, G E Ball, J L Enoch,
C J Caldwell, A B MeFarland, 8 1'
Wells, J C Hill, W V Kuoch, M A
Mason?Colonel C P Waggner, T Q
Hoggs, R Sibrill, C P T Moore, W II
Webster, J S Mochir, J A McCullough,
N Simpson, G II' Msrdock, J W Kelley,
G T Simpson, C Sehoon, D W Polslij,
J Knight, J P R B Smith, II R Howard,
A E Youug, E. Kimberling, J M Phelps,
W E Smith, C T Boalc, A Alexander.
Berkcky?W T Logan, L 31 Sharer.
Fayetto? II IF Brazee, R A Flanna
Hampshire? J J Jacob, J W Luichor,
II A Gilkeson, W Harper, J E Gibson,
G II Kidd.
Jefferson?J A Thompson, G M Beltz
Kanawha?B II Smith, Hon 8 Pat
rick, Dr Summers, II S Walker.
Mineral?T W Keller. G S Sims, W
T Engle, G K Lcpps, T Paxton, II G
Davis, F R Seymour.
Monroe?A 0 Tibbotts, F Hereford.
Morgan?H G Davis.
Wood?J M Jackson, Okey Johnson,
J N Camden, W 1' Thompson, W P
Cooper, G Neil, J W Horner.
[The abovo is not complete becauso the
reporter did not have time enough to copy
tha list of delegates in full, in consoquenco
of the immediate departure of tho boat by
which ho was obliged to return, aftor tho
adjournment of tho Convention ]
On molion, Hon. Spcnccr Dayton was
admitted to a seat as delegate from Bar
The committee on State Executive
Committee reported tko following as mem
bers of tbat committee for tho ensuing
Lewis Baker (Chairman) and George
11. Tingle, ofObio; Joseph W. Gallagher,
of Marshall; John T. Basse!!, of Harrison;
J. M. Jackson, of Wood; T. B. Clioo,
of Cabell; A G. Tibbctts, of Monroe;
A. K Summers and W. H. Hogeman, of
They also reported a resolution of
thanks to tho last State Uxccut'170 com
mittee for tbo ablo and faithful discharge
of their duties.
Objection having been roiscd by Jack
son, of Wood, to the appointment of
Chairman, by tbo committee, so much of
the report as made Lewis Baker Chair
man was withdrawn, and thus modified
tho report was adopted.
The committee on resolutions reperted
a majority and minority set of resolutions,
tho principal difference between tbo two
being tbat the majority report embraced
one endorsing tho " Flick Amendment,"
not included in the other.
Mr. Patrick, of Kanawha, moved tho
adoption of tbe majority report and with
drew hit motion.
Another delegato then moved the adop
tion of the minority report as a substitute
for the report, and, the question being on
the adoption of the substitute, Mr. Here
ford renewed Dr. Patrick's motion, and
spoke at considerable length in opposition
to the minority report.
The gentleman characterized the ques
tion beforo the Convention as one of the
most important that had ever been before
an; Democratic Convention in this State,
and, perhaps, more important than any
that trould have to be decided hereafter.
The substance of his argument was that
by tho adoption of the "Flick Amend
ment" the party strength in this State
would bo increased by 25,000 votes.
Mr. Walker replied in a very brilliant
specch. IIo said thoso who favored the
"Flick amendment" would sacrifice true
Democratic principles for the take of par
ty gain, and for his part, he would enter
into no dirty political barter. Democrats
would not have negro suffrage crammed
down their throats, as would be tbo case
were this amendment adopted. If the
negro must vote, Democrats couldn't help
it, but they would continuo to protest
against it in tho futnre as they bad dono
in tbo past. By the flagrant violation of
tbeir sworn pledges the Republican party
had added strength to tbo Democratic
party in tho State, and tho adoption of
tbo amendment was not at
all necessary to seenre Democratic ascen
dency. He was in favor of inscribing
upon our banners that tho white race is
tho ruling race of this republic. It was
the duty of Democrats to maintain the
honor and dignity of the Caucasian race,
and, as this is a white man's country, so
it cught to be a white man's government.
The sentiments of the speaker elicited
immense and long continued applause.
Col. D. D. Johnson of Tyler, replied.
The voto on the adoption of the substi
tute stood 324 for and 242 against, so the
substitute was adopted, and tho Demo
cratic party in this Stato now stand upon
the following platform of principles:
The Democratic and Conservative citizen! of
West Virginia, desiring to aid in preserving
her government r.nd in promoting the best in
terests of State and country-, present to the
voters of the State the following declaration of
principles and invite their co-opcration in giv
ing them effect.
1st. That tbo Federal Government has no
right to deny to States of this Union the privil
ege of equal participation In its nffiilrs, and that
all distinction against tho representatives of
States in Congress, and *11 Federal interference
in tho purely domestic concerns of the States,
is unwarranted by the Feueral Constitution and
ought to cease.
2d. That the present system of taxation,
raising, as it does, the bulk of the Federal rev
tnue from tho labor, rather than f.\m tie
wenltk of the country, Is unjust
and oppressive, and that this system should be
so reformed as to relieve the Industry of the
country from its unjust burdens, abolish the
unnecessary and vexatious features of stamp,
license and'income taxes, dispense with the ser
vices ol Federal spi?s, that pry Into the private
business of the people, eating out their sub
stance. nnd provide for the collcction of the
Fedeinl revenue by State and county officers.
3d. That tho Republican party by voting to
ratify the Fifteenth Amendment to the Consti
tution, lias shamefully violated Its pledges, that
ihe question of suffrage should be retained
within Ihe control of the people of the States.
Calling to political power an alien and inferior
class. It bus declared tho white race Incipnble
of self-government, lnopposltlon totbis mon
strous doctrine wt invite all intelligent white
men to uijite with us in asserting Ihe principle
that tho white race is the ruling race of this rc
4th. That the bill Wo enforce the Fifteenth
Amendment lately passed by Congress is cor
rupting to public morals in that it offers premi
ums for perjury, subversive of the States In that
it gives Federal authority control of State af?
fairs, and destructive of the pence of the country
in that it invests the negroes with exclusive and
p^culiai privileges, lifting them to power and
dignity through the degradation of the whites
5th. That wcare unalterably opposed to the
bill lately intioduced into the Uuited States
Senate for enforcing the social equality of the
races, placing negroes upon juries nnd abolish
ing nil distfnetions between t e races.
0th. That for the advancement of West Vir
ginia in all her interests and especially to secure
good government to her people, we demand
thorough reform in our system of local offices
and the greatest reduction in the number oi
such offlccs that may bo consistent with the
Prompt collection of the large balances in
favor of the State, which, through Republican
inefficiency have accumulated in the hnnds tf
delinquent sheriffs; such faithful manogement
of the State finance?, as will prevent farther de
ficiencies in the revenuo *\nd such economy in
appropriation as will secure the administration
of the Government, at the least cost to the tax
payers of the State.
A public policy that will invite immigration,
capital and enterprise into our State, in lieu of
the measures of the dominant party, that have
driven these elements of growth usd groatuess
from our midst.
The continued exclusion of negroes from the
public schools, attended by white children. In
opposition to thelladical policy of mingling the
races in these institutions, nnd of destroying
dur educational system, for the benefit of the
Full protection, to the people, ngainst the
outrages provided for by the registration law,
and constantly committed.by registration offi
The prompt abolition of every Test Oath upon
the statute books of the State.
And finally, to wipe out the injustice nnd the
disgrace incident to the disfranchisement in
our midst of twenty-five thousand men of our
otvn race, while negroes exircise the elective
franchise without hindrance or condition, we
demand a free ballot for white men nnd the Im
mediate enactment of such measures as will ic
We invito all good cltlfens, withont dlstlno
tloti of party, whether Democrats, Conservatives
or Republicans, to unite with us in giving efTect
to the policy here enunciated.
Nominations for Slate officers boing
next in order, T. D. Klino, of Cabell(
put in nomination for the office of Gov
ernor, J N Camden, of Wood.
Mr Jaokson, of Wood, immediately
arose and withdraw that geatleroau'a
name, pledging bio to support heartily
JAMES W. tt'OFFIKDIX,
hditor and I'uoraiiian.?
OJice, Ctntrt St.?opporit* Court Hume.
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Communications upoo all subject* interesting
to the public are respectfully invited. Tb?
real name must always accompany then, not
for publication, but as a guarantee of their
? truthfulness to the publisher.
the nominees of the Conrcnl'otf.
Hon Andrew Wilson, of Ohjoiput in
nomination for tho office of Governor,
John J Jacob, of Hampshire, and tha
motion was seconded by Mr Jackson, of
Mr Simpson, of Mason, put io nomina
tion for the same office, Hon John Hall,
Judga^Hindman pat in' nomination
Hon B H Smith, of Kanawha, but that
There being no other nominations, tho
voto was taken by counties and resulted,
376 for Jacob and 69 for Hall.
So Mr Jacob was declared the nominea
of tho Convention for Governor, and, on
motion, his nomination was made unani
Amid loud cries for Jacob, H G Davis,
of Mineral, advanced and offered a .iso
lation providing that the nominees of tba
Convention pledge themselves to a vigor
ous campaign, which was adopted.
The Chairman of tho Convention then
introduced Mr Jacob, who, in a few well
timed remarks, gracefully acccpted tha
The following gentlemen were put in
nomination for the office of Judge of tha
Supreme Court of Appeals: Messrs C P
T Moore, of Mason; Chirks Hedrick, of
Kanawha, and John W Kennedy, of Jef
The vote stood 281 for Moore, 180 for
Hedrick, and 67} for Kennedy.
So Mr Moore was declared the nomine*
of the Convention for the office of Judgs
of the Suprome Co^t of Appeals, and,
on motion, his nomination wai mad*
For Auditor, Major E A Bennett, of
Marion, and Daniel Meyer, of Kanawha,
were put in nomination.
Bennett receiving 430 vote* and Meyer
10T, the former was declared the nomine*
of the Convention, and, on motion, hi*
nomination was made unanimous.
For the offico of Secretary of State.
John M Phelps, of Mason, Thomaa J
Patton, of Marshall, and H W Braiie, of
Fayette, wero put in nomination.
Mr Phelpe recoiving 384 votes, Patton
146, and Bratie 24, the first named gen*
tlcman was declared the nominee of tba
Convention, and, on motion, bis nomina*
tion was made unanimous.
For the office of Treasurer, Benjamin
Griffith, of Hancock, and J S Burdett, of
Kanawha, wero put in nomination, tba
latter rccciving 368 votes, and- Griffith
180, was declared the nominee it the
Convention, and, on motion, this nomina*
tion was made unanimous;
For iho office of Attorney General,
Joseph Sprigg, of tlirdy, E G Cracraft,
of Ohio, and Henry M Brannon, at
Lewis, wero put in nomination.
Mr Crncraft declining, and the noma
of Mr Brannon having been withdrawn,
Mr Sprigg was, on motion, unanimously
declared the nominee of the Convention.
After tl.c pnssago of resolutions thank*
ing tho officers of tho Convention for tha
efficient discharge Of tbeir duties, the eit*
izens of Charleston for the kind reception
given Iho delegates, and directing tba
publication of the proceedings in all tba
Douiocrntio papers of tho State, tha
Convention adjourned tine die.
The Country Press,
In a roco.it Democratic meeting in
Wirt county tho following proceedings
took placo in reference to tbo proper sup
port which tho people should givo to
D. II. Leonard urged the Democracy
to support their county paper, in a few
brief but pointed remarks, and was fol*
lowed by W. W. Thompson, who, after
endorsing the remarks of Mr. Leonard,
introduced the following resolution which
was unanimously adopted t
Heiotied, That wo endorse tho conrso
pursued by tho Wirt County DtmocrcU
and plcdgo it oar hearty support.
There is no doubt of tho fact that tha
I'rcss is the great lever power that inovel
tbo public mind of tbo world, and moulds
governments and society. The circula
tion, therefore, of good newspapers is of
tbo greatest importance) and an impoti*
ant duty to be observed in giving them
this circulation is, to favor first the county
press. Tho people of overy eounty should
Bubscribo to their county paper, then to
their Stato papers, and afterwards, if they
aro able, they may patronlie leading jour*
nals outside their State. But to neglect
your own county and Stato papers, aud
s:nd your money abroad for papers which
do not and cannot represent your local
or State interest, Is an error that mint
good people oommit, and that almost bor
ders on a orlroo. In the coming oampsiga
we hope onr Dcmocratio friends every
where will take this eorreot and practical
view of the question, aid exert themselves
to disseminate correct information among
the peoplo In ovcry quarter by spreading
the circulation of tbeir tam pptn.-*