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JOHN P. BARKKTT, JOHN I. CASE. WALLACE CRUKLIjK. J rnurstKToRS. WALLACE KRUELLE. Kihtor. iiaiitfokd, oino corxTV, kv., DAY. APIIIL 14. 175. SELF-DEFENSE. CV1. NtoiIlnr.l Joliiwlon. In HrirlIliiK J-ru William I.rlnir AwinlK npon tl int. In f'o'iipfllcxl l Mrlp llio I.lon Nklu rrnas Vf Nolny Jf .nlsmTT ti A 1'ivHljr i'irlnroriiMiiiiiiIlro iih N-ru In lhr Iiittwrllal IlnM or IIIx lory Jo-limlvn'MNprrrli. Delivered nl ,.... 1 1 j: ..ii am M fi fi tl ;l V- Atirll . itfl Nuiiveuientl- Itrprnlcd nl Hop- klitoviiir. Peixow citizrns I appear before ou trt-lnv Inilefrrencf toaceiisenfihity which I f-rl" that I o.te no le-s to my own eflf- nwtwrt tlmn t mv frienils Iiere unci il.nm .limit ilie State. Mv name lia- before the Dcni-icralic parr of Ken Itlr.kv ns a candidate lor the Giibtrnatori I .Kimin.ition for more than ft year. Without anr intimation of such intention, nnil whollv without anr suggestion from ir rtnimultMtiou with me. or any of my friends, my name waa precented as that or one suitable to fill the office of Govern or. Xerer having been a candidate for anv office before the people, although a consistent voter and worker in the Dem ocratic party of Kentucky for twenty-one years, the proposition teemed to meet with such a response from the party that I 4id not leel at liberty to decline uie use of mr name. ' Hecoenizlne the dignity and responsibility of the Chief Executive Office I felt that it was neither to be tnnffht nnr declined, and. at an early pe riod,aid Irankly that, if my qualifica tions and services were such as commend. A tm in the notition. I should esteem it on l.nnnr to Twpivr the nomination, and, ;r.Wt,l would seek to discharge the duties pf it with fidelity and whatever of ability I might possess, a. remaence in Frankfort, embracing nearly two Guber-natorial'Urras,-under circumstances which ), ova r".rn me an insisht into and an intimate acquaintance with the details of tli KiftMitive administration of the Ktj.i. insnired me "with the hope that I micrrit hrWtothe office a Talnable expe rience not often possessed by one who has not occupied ine position, ut uuc u acquainted with (he grave responsibili ties. , From the time indicated I have endeav. ored to bear myself in a manner consist ent with the dignity and honor of the po ;tmn in which I now aspire. Deprived hr circumstances bevond my control of the opportunity of a personal acquaintance with the people of the State, except in a comparatively limited sphere, 1 nave, as mv Juties to my business and. family would permit, taken occasion to visit a number ol counties, and, while making inraelf familiar with the topographical features of the different sections of the State and its agricultural and mineral re sources, sought to become ueuer acquaint ed with the people, politically and social ly. Believing tnattne iemocra.uc (huj alinnld he left free to decide UDOn the real or supposed merits and qualifications of the several candidates, without undue ap peals to their prejudices or tiasnions, J have abstained from public speaking in advocacy of my pretentions, anO. have only in rare instances appeared before public assemblies,- ratner oneuj 10 upui rnnrn mr Mnfaneakin? than to make for- ft J 1 a lu&l addresses. WILLIAMS CnARCKS. Those who have observed the progress of the canvass will bear me witness that I have abstained, even under great prov ocation, from renlvine to charges made upon me more or less directly, by one of icy competitors iuea. w iiuaras;, who au dresAed vou here several weeks ago, even though friends, in whose wisdom and dis cretion I had confidence, have urged it as being. demanded by the .unwarranted na ture of the assaults to which I was sub jected. I have forborne patiently to take nart in discussions which seemed calculated only to stir up passions which should better remain dormant, preferring wen to make a Dersonal sacrifice than to eem to be a party to a system of elec- tlnneeriniT gi nnrel iu it is unbecoming. But my v ery forbearance has seemed only to encourage greater seventy oi auacK, until, at last, it is easy to see that I must either abandon the contest, with a sem blance of acouiescence in the charges with which I am assailed, or meet them in such manner as they deserve. I am here to-day for that -purposet and I trust that in what I have to say I shall be able to discharge 'my duty to myself and lriends, without deviating from a line consistent with the most scrupulous pro prieties of the occasion. I therefore beg vour careful attention to my remarks, which shall be as brief as the nature of the ttnliiect will admit. You heard the speech of Gen. Williams, which, as regards myself, is in substance that which he is reported to have made unanswered, in a number of counties in the State. I shall strive to restrain my natural resentment at the slurs and charges' with which he assails me, and .. . , t .. i. -lr the involuntary aension wnica iub en adultation provokes, wnile L caimiy re view the position he has assumed. The charces in his indictment are: First That I am "the candidate of the press rine." implyine that I have been presented to the Democratic party as the result of a movement set on foot by the "Kentucky Press Aeeoeiation," of which I have been for some time the president. Second That I am the candidate of the "Frankfort cliaue." implying the exist ence of an organized body of prominent politicians and placemen at rrankfort, operating in my interest and in their own as contradistinguished from that of the Democratic party. Third That he has, by his eminent services in two warn, as the "hero of Cerro Gordo" in the Mexican war. and as "the. hero of two hundred battles' in the late war. become entitled to the Govern orship, while I, from a failure to possess there military distinctions, am not the relf-laudatioii being coupled with inuen does intended to cast an imputation upon the humble part I. took in the late war. JOUNtsTON AMD THE PRESS. Now the prerA of Kentucky needs no vindication at mv hands. Its present at litudc, and its course through this protrac- It-d canvas, is the bcia refutation ot th charge upon which it is arraigned. .iiinrn with indignation, as one of its rep rernt;itives, the imputation that it has riipported ine with servility, or with any ' i . . c . : i . . ... . e rviufiice ui an oriiiA-ii uiuvt-iiiciiu iruui the mere (act of mv having been one o its members, I deuv a Cilse. in fact and in Ktilrit, anv attertiim that I have been iirrxerited. or am now siirtained, for the (itilicmatorial nominauon n "a press rnn-lidatc.'' It in true Mint nearly all of I In- nrwrpapcr nl Kentucky have, at one nine nr nno her. referred favorably to my j ii.iliff;ilion Inr the po.iliin of Govern or, Hhilvtiulii lVw liae advucatfl and still urge mv nomination. It is a source of pride and a -matter of grateful reflec tion that those with whom I have been associated in a common pursuit, and who, lor the past six or eight years, have had almost daily opportunity of weighing my fitness for position, by. the principles ad vocated or the sentiments expressed in my paper, have, with scarcely an exception, borne testimony to my capacity and fit ness for the position of Governor: and it is equally a source of pride that these ex- pres-ions have been tendered by those who differ from mc politically as well as my pany friends But it is with no re morse or disappointment that I have ob served that, notwithstanding the personal Inei ilslnp entertained Tor me, there is ft healthy division of opinion in the support extended to the several candidates for Governor. In point of fact, it is not true that I am supported by the press as a body. Because the gentleman who makes this complaint lias but lew newspapers which advocate his nomination, it does not follow that I am the recipient of its undivided support I have not made out a list of all the papers in Kentucky, and tabulated them as to their expressed prelerences, but 1 assert that, out of the whole list of Democratic journals, but a rmill proportion advocates my nomina tion, while the greater part are neutral or sustain the fortunes of some other aspi rant. It is doubtless true, as so often charged, that but few advocate the nomi nation ol General Williams, but this is his misfortune, not my fault. The very fact, however, that a large number advo cate the cause of other candidates than myself is proof of the independence of the press of Kentucky, and is a refutation of the aspersion that I am sustained by combination, so reprehensible in its purposes and designs as to deserve the condemnation of the people aud the Dem ocratic party. The very violence of the charge, and the evidence I have shown of its want onoundatton, should sumce to condemn it and cause it to be spurned as unwoniiy oi any wetguv or consiueraiion. LIE NO. I NAILED TO TOE COUNTER. If General Williams has incurred the ununfriendly criticism of any portion of the press it is a matter for which I am not in any degree responsible. It rests between him and those who. with a full sense of their responsibility to public opinion, have prosecuted whatever war fare they have made upon him. in my own conduct toward linn, both as an ed itor up to the time I retired from the management of the Yeoman in Decern ber. and as a candidate, I have observed toward him a courtesy worthy of better appreciation at his hands. During the whole period I never permitted my own name to appear in its columns in connec tion with my candidacy, and never copied an article Irom other papers compliment ary of myself, but copied every one wbtcl met my eye complimentary of General Williams or others, excluding all of a de rogatory character. Not only this, but when he was assailed, 1 wrote to editors whom I knew to be friendly to me; and requested them to abstain from all detrac tion of him, and besides wrote the follow ins letter which was published in the Paris Kentuckian, of the 'Jth of Decem ber last: "We have received the following pri vate letter from Col. Johnston, and while we do not deem it necessary to refute such an imputation or suspicion as it re ferred to. we take the liberty of publish ing Col. J's. letter because all who know him will recognize in it the same high bred, manlv spirit which forms all his wuoie intercourse wnn nis iciiowo. 'Editor Kcritueldan: '"The position which I have take'n not to permit the mention of my name in the columns of the Yeoman in connection with the candidacy for Governor, pre vents me from noticing much that is as distasteful to me as it can be to any one. 1 allude more particularly to me effort to disparage General Williams by papers friendly to me and otherwise. I have no desire to make any sucn canvass nor to profit by such a course, and in all cases where 1 have seen such notices in papers which favor me for the position I have written to the editors, requesting as a lavor to me and an act oi justice to General Williams, that they will not do so. For nearly two months 1 have been in Frankfort devoting myeelfexclusively to my business, and have not in that time written half a dozen letters respecting my candidacy, content to let others make the canvass and abide the issue. It, therefore, as you may conceive, annoys me greatly to have the impression go out, nowever indirectly, that 1 am either encouraging any warfare upon my opponents, or en gaged in promoting the advocacy of my claims through the press, l saw lor the first time in your paper of yesterday the reference to myself which you quote, and no one sooner than yourself would do me the justice to believe that 1 seek no such mention of my name, holding the dead too sacred to wish to profit by their mem ories. 1 nave no ambition in connection with any position of honor save the pride of obtaining it honorably and as the re cognition of merit, rather than the result 01 intrigue ur puiuiuai mrc-nurmng. " 'My bands are tied in my own defense again t any assault: and, as you may have seen ol late, x have Deen made ine target of the spleen of some who are only too eager to take the advantage of a delicacy which they can not appreciate. In view of this fact, I beg of your friend ship that you will, if consistent with your sense of propriety, insert a slight para graph to the eilect that youjenow that i do not approve the attempt to make capi tal for me at the expense of General Wil liams, for whom I entertain the most cor dial friendship and esteem. Very truly your friend, J.Stoddard Johnston. Frankfort, ity., uec. o, isi.- Afler this exposition of the facta in the case, it wilt be ditiicuu to convince any one that I have been wanting m courtesy to General Williams, or am in any way amenable to the violent charges against me in connection with the press with which he seeks to arouse indignation and sympathy in his behalf. LIE NO. II IMPALED. Of a similar character the threadbare charse that I am "the candidate of the Frankfort clique,"' the invariable refuge of every demagogue who leeling that he has not sufficient merit of his own to stand upon seeks to arouse prejudice by ap peals to the passion of his hearers. Were it even true that I had the supportrof the party leaders at Frankfort, who are sought to be stigmatized as a "clique" or "ring," it would be unworthy both of the gentle man who makes the charge and of those to whom he refers, to imply, as he does, that there was a corrupt combination on their part to control the Democratic party in my interest. But when I state, on the honor of a man, that I have never sought the influence of any one to whom he re fers, and that I have not, in fact, the active support of any one of them, except that of my partner in business, it will be apparent at'once to every fair-minded man that I nm recklessly assailed and sought to be traduced before the people of Kentucky j and the Democratic party, without regard to either fairness or trulbt It w easy to make n charge- bftt sometimes difficult to sustain it. I repel the insinuation wheth er direct or indirect, and whoever shall henceforth say that I am the candidate of any ring, clique or faction of any kind wnatsoever, will stand branded as a slan derer and a falsifier. In my humble sphere as an advoeatp of Democratic principles. and a worker for the success of the Dem ocratic party at large. I do not intend that my character shall thus be traduced and myself held up as a mere trickster, opera ting through selfish motives and seeking through local agenries to advance my own interests at the sacrifice ot honor. What ever renutation or standine I have attain ed has been honorably won, and is as dear to me as life itself, and I shall defend it against malice as I would my life. Hav ing pttrsned a line of conduct marked in every step by courtesy and an elevated sence of delicacy to the rights and feelings of every one, I appeal to all in whose bo soms there beats a manly heart to vindi cate me from aspersions like this, which tend to sap the very foundations ot my honor. No, fellow-citizens, I am theenn didnte and representative of no clique or taction, but relying on thecaui'e ot trtiiii, and with an eye single to the good of the whole party, and of my own honor, if 1 have offended at all it is solely in the pre sumption of daring to aspire to an olhce to which my competitor seems to think he alone is entitled. The Democracy of Ken tucky, although in some counties they may have been mixleil by these sp-r.ou appeals, will not permit me to be Htrickt-n down and condemned on charges s-o v.dd of any semblance of truth. To them in their assembled wisdom in convention l am willing to submit, content to abide their decision, and ever ready, as hereto fore, to sustain their decree, whether 1 or another may be exalted to the position to which I aspire. WILLIAMS CERRO O0RD0 TIKR0IS1I UNDER TUB VICBOSCOl'X OF UNBIASSED IIISTORV. I approach the third main point upon which be claims your support and bases the reason why 1 should be rejected confess I approach it with reluctance, and would willingly omit all reference to it uiu not unreicniingauiv require oiuerwioc. And first as to Gen. Williams' Mexican war fame. I can excuse much of his self- exaltation on the ground that he lias reached that age when the soldier likes to fight his battles over again, and by common consent considerable latitude is granted in the enterprise. But when his claims differ so materially with the rec ords of history it is not admissable that he shall take to himself credit which does not belong to him. He does not hesitate in his harangues to pronounce himself the hero of Cerro Gordo and to claim that he planted the flag of his country upon its gory heighta. I have heard of self-made men, but this may be said to be one of the most remarkable instances of a self- made military reputation on record. Has the lapse of time effaced from the mem ory of men the facts in regard to a battle 'which occurred in the lifetime of many of those now before me? The battle of Cer ro Gordo was fought by Gen. Scott in command of the American forces. Gen Williams was in command of an inde pendent "company originally composed of one hundred and hve men lrom the coun ty of Clark, of which Koger Hanson was the lieutenant. 1 have heard the latter describe the exploits of that company and of its Captain, and though as jealous as any man of the fair fame of his gallant countvmen, he represented their experi ence in action as a disastrous deteat, com pelling a retreat down a steep hillside with more alacrity than dienitv. and al ways pictured himself and his Captain as among the most skillful in getting down the precipitous heights. He was never aware that my competitor was entitled to the credit which he claims, but even charged and proved that cannonr bought to Kentucky as the trophy of the battle had been fished up out of the pool in which it had been thrown by the Mexi cans in their subsequent retreat instead of being wrested from the hands or the ene my in action. Nor was Gen. Scott less ignorant of the distinguished bravery of Captain Williams, for in his official re port of the battle he ascribes the honor of planting the flag or his country on the Mexican works to Lieut RobL E Lee. who, though thus officially indorsed and subsequently elevated to great eminence in the eyes of the whole world, was never known to boast of his exploits. In after years Chilton Allen, a distinguished noli tician, at a public dinner or barbecue, in a vein of humor and pleasantry, gave to Gen. Williams the sobriquet of "Cerro Gordo," and Roger Hanson subsequently in a race for the legislature against Wil liams, while humorously recounting the incidents of the battle, and the sham cap ture of the cannon, sarcastically applied it, and it has stuck ever since. The facts as I have cited them will be found in a letter written by Roger Hanson in 1851 and published in the papers at the time. They may be within the memory of some present 1 hey are familiar to all ot that day in central Kentucky. Disgusted that the people of Kentucky, did not appre ciate his great virtues, he has erected for himself, on the basis of imaginary fame, a monument so towering in height as to obscure in its shade that or .Lee, and even ofScott himself. Not content with this. he now demands of Kentucky the high est niche in her temple of fame as an ad ditional reward for his exalted services. LIE NO III. PUT TO THE SWORD. But great as Gen. Williams regards his services in the Mexican war, they are as nothing compared with his achieve ments in the late war, in which be boasts that he was the hero of two hun dred battles. History so far has failed to do him justice, and if he secures an ade quate record of his exploits be must nec essarily monopolize the pages of some fu ture historian, who may delight to hand down loan admiring posterity a narrative of his wonderful victories. II he confined himself to an enumeration of his own acts of heroism I should not complain, for these would then be properly measured as the mere boasting of a stilted vanity. But when in addition to magnifying his own heroism he seks to detract from the merits of others he treads upon forbidden ground, and must array against him the just censure of every honorable mind. The honor of a soldier is dearer to him than life itself, and however humble the sphere in ivhich he served, he cannot af ford to have charges or insinuations made which involve cither his courage or his fidelity to duty. It is distasteful in the extreme to me, as it must be to every man of proper sensibility, to allude to his per sonal service; but every sentiment of Eelf respect requires that I should repel the assaults of General Williams as they de serve. He has seen proper in various public speeches to refer to me sneeringly as an Adjutant General in the late war, a neiphew of Albert Sidney Johnston, a friend of Gen. Breckinridge, and occupy ing a position which removed me from service in the field, and enabled me to keep safely in the rear, enjoying ease and comfort, while he was exposed to the fury of battle. He has even conveyed the im pression that we sen' ed together in the! same campaign, and that alter escaping ine perns oi an engagement he would go , to the rear and find me secure in my ease. occupying a bouse, and'prepared to ex tend to him the hospitalities of a home, coupling his charge with the playful re mark that l would always give him a re freshing drink from a little brown jug. These charges in substance and detail I pronounce false and slanderous, without scintilla of foundation, except in the malice which prompts them. 1 can refer to the several officers with whom I served in the war, and by whose sides 1 rode into battle at Perryville. Murfreesboro. Clrcatuauga and a dozen others in the valley ot theShenandoah and other parts of Virginia and! Maryland for a refutation of a charge which impugns them no less tbai myself, for every one knows Ibat in time ol battle the position of adiutant w by the side of his- general, whose every important order he promulgates, i can refer to their published reports in which my name- appears, conspicuously men tioned for gallantry and efficiency, and I can refer to thousands of Kentucky sol diers uith whom I shared the dangers of i ie battle, never once being ott duty and altvays-where honor called me. During the entire Inn of my service I was con tinuously in the field, and never had but o-ie tttrlonsh of ten days, on sick leave. winch 1 spent under the fire of the batter ies pointed at Fort Sumpterand Charles ton, and never under arrest. When at the close ot" the v.nr I returned to my fiinily lerefl of fortune. I had the protxl consciousness of bringing with me a char acter unspotted by the breath or reproach, and whi'e I have life no one shall assault it with impunity. It is the only heritage I expect to leave reyehildren.and he who stabs it shall godowJvto infamy with my curse upon his hfao-. But what will b said by men of honor when 1 add, in reply, to Gen. Williams intimation that he had an opportunity of personally knowing of my service in the war, when 1 assert, as a fact, that I never served in the fame army with binv, and that we never were in ox near the same battle. 1 not only never gave him a drink after he was fatigued by the exposures of war, but his-history shows that he was much more in the habit of taking his drinks before than after battle. The first time I saw him was in March, 18C4,when I went with General Breckinridge as Ad jutant of the Department of Southwest ern Virginia. lie had served there con tinuously while I had served with the ar my of Tennessee. TIIR HERO AT RHEA TOWN, TENN. When I met him he was not in the ser vice, being under arrest and deprived of his command under the charges ol drunken ness in the presence of the enemy, and Conduct unbecoming an officer, at Rhea town. If General Williams has by his rashness brought this' exposeure jpon himself, he has no one to blame, but while he is' so vulnerable to censure I will no longer remain silent when I havl the means at hand forhis exposure. The facts are well known to hundreds of Cone federate soldiers, and are 'given in the following letter .addressed to me by Gen eral H. L. Giltner, who was second in command to General Williams, as fol lows: GEN. CI LINER'S LETTXR. ''Hunter's Bottom, Kt., Mar. 11, 1875. " Col. J. S. Johnilon: "Dear Sir Your communication of the 14th was handed me yesterday by your brother. Major H. H. Johnston. I am sorry to hear tbalGeneral Williams has attacked you so madly. In replying to that portion or your letter which re fers to the battle of Blue Springs and Rheatown, I have to rely on memory, as I have no records to refer to;ytherefore I may be mistaken in dates, hut in every other particular I will substantiate. "Shortly after I was brigaded under Gen. Williams, he temporarily organized a division out of the several organizations which constituted his brigade. I being the senior colonel, was assigned to the command of the first brigade, anl Col Jas. Carter, of the first Tennessee, to the second. We were in camp near Blue Springs, eight miles in frant of Green ville, Tenn., and I think it was on the 8th or 10th of October. 18G3. We were at tacked by Gen. Burnside's corps about 10 o'clock a. m. The engagement was vig orously contested until darjt, then fi: n ceased, with each belligerent occupying thesame line ol battle that we did in the morning when the fight was opened, with the exception of the enemy's right and left flanks which had been extended to our rear. In thia position Gen. William, accompanied by his staff, retreated from the field ard rode back to Greenville to telegraph Maj. Gen. Sam Jones. In the absence of orders I assumed command and fell back to the vicinity of Greenville, where I met Gen. Williams, and he con gratulated me upon my successful with drawal, and ordered the retreat to be continued. We moved on slowly and un molettid until the dawn of day. Then we were attacked in front by Col. Foster, (Federal), who was commanding 2,170 men. (We captured his morning report). After a short engagement we drove him from our front and then marched on for a few miles to Rheatown, where we were ordered into camp in the face of the ene my for the purpose of foraging. I remon strated, but the order was then made im perative, aud no alterative left me but to obey. One of the General's staff informed me that he was in no condition to com mand, and I must take care of my own men; consequently I made no forage de tails, but kept my men in hand. We were in camp but a short period until the ene my charged into Col. Carter's camp and stampeded a great many of bis men. I had my men mounted immediately and galloped to the rear, a few hundred yards, then formed, dismounted, moved forward, and met the enemy and checked their ad vance. This gave Col. Carter an opportu nity to rally his men and bring them up in good order. Here a desperate fight ensued for a considerable time, the range being too cloe for comfort. The enemy was continually receiving reenforcements, and extending his flanks. I had notseen nor heard from General Williams from the time I received the order to go, into cam p until I was making a reconnoissance in the rear for the purpose of selecting a position to fall back upon. I had assumed command of the division and was acting independent of my superior officer. Af ter the line was withdrawn and re-established upon the ground selected, then and there General Williams said to me that he was very sick and could not assist me, and that I would have to work out of our trouble the best way I could. He then mounted his horse and again went to the rear. "Some few weeks after this charges were preferred against General Williams by Captain Blackburn, of Colonel Car ter's regiment I never saw the charges nor the specifications, but was told that the charges were for drunkenness in the presence of the enemy, and conduct un becoming an officer. Specifications re ferred to the time and deportment as com municated in this letter. the General was relieved of his corn- rnand, and when again assigned to duty it was not in the Ifepartment ol a. W. Virginia, "It is not my desire to rob Gen. Wil iams of it single laurel that decks his brow, aor detract from the glory he claims as the hero of a hundred battles, but the statements I have made are facts, given in compliance with your request, and if lie isauacuing your war record lor polit ical cueci, ana me statements i nave made are worth anything to you. it is your privilege to use them. Respectfully, your friend, H. u. Giltnm." SOME MORE COWARDICE AT PEACH TCEE CREEK, OA. Heremained nnder arrest from October. 1803. till May, 1864. when, without trial or acquittal of the charges, he was as signed to duty in another deportment. .ven in his new sphere he was not wholly free from imputation of similar indiscre tions, his absence from the command of his brigade at Peach-tree Creek, on the 23d of July andatthetimeofStoneman'a capture, two or its mou notable engage- meats, Lol. Bteckenndge commanding in the first and Col. Butler in the second, being by many attributed to the same cause. JJut whether in deteat or victo ry, he seemed to have been equally the victim of misfortune, for as he suffered ar rest after the defeat at Rheatown, so after his vaunted victory at Saltville, in Octo ber, 1864, he was again placed under ar rest and stripped of command. The charges against him were still pending when the war closed in May, lebo, and the surrender of the Confederate armies came to him as a boon, which, while it brought captivity to others, was a release to him from bondage. Such is the military record of one who seeks to delude' the people of Kentucky with the falsef "glare of a reputation for glory which lives only in his imagination. with the facts of bislory staring ds in the ace tnat ne was ror more than one year, or more than one-foorth of hia term ol service, under the ban of a military nr rest youid enrontery go farther, or could additional words from me- speak more in bis condemnation or ray own vindication? , a hua have l sought to prick the bubble which has floated so long before the ad miring gaze of an indulgent and deceived , people. Willingly would l'have permit ted its owner to bask in the sunshine of his own vanity, had not forhearance ceased to be a virrne, and my longer si lence been capnbre-or misinterpretation. THE COURSE Or A BTlATE 80LDIEt AND TRUE OCNTLEXAN. For myself, I erased figlitinc my bat ties when the war dosed, and no one has ever heard me allmletothe'eyents dftbe war, or to my participation therein, as any ground for my support. My whole aim has been to leave- in the background all of the past, seeking to unite all Ken tuckians, of whatever antecedent,- in the advocacy of correct principles of govern nientraand the promotion of the peace. prosperity and honor of Kentucky, I have contended only that one's par ticipation in the war, whether enema side or the other, should not le urged as-an argument against his political advance ment, and always deprecated an appeal to the passions of the war as a stepping- stoneito preferment Bv the enforcement of such a policy we may hope to become thoroughly united as a people, and ulti mately efface all of the asperities, of the late struggle, and it behooves the De mocracy of Kentucky to guard well lest we shall bring ourselves into merited re proach by countenancing the pretensions of those who aim to ride into power by such appeals as those i have had to ex pose. As lor me, J am impelled by no over reaching ambition, holding ever mv own advancement subordinate to the good of the State reeling thus, and appealing alone to the just sence of the people of Kentucky, and of the honest manhood of the Democracy or Warren and the whol Commonwealth, I shall submit with de ference to whatever decision they hall make in regard to my aspirations, and labor ever faithfully lor the principle. I hold so dear, upon the triumph of which depend the destinies of our State andRe public. Ex-Mcnntor Jlacticn anil the Hero of Two Hundred Ilottle. Eoprru.LE, Kt., April 1, 1875 Editor Kentuckian: Dear Sir: My attention has been called to editorials in your paper of the 28th and also of the 30th of March, commenting on the course pursued by Gen. Williams in .Princeton on his recent visit to that place. Your informant is mistaken in saying that in Ins spetch he attacked my character for' integrity and honor, either directly or 1 . . 1 C . .! ' 1.1 L.1J uy insinuation, oucuau inuuigence, uoiu as he is, would have made the occasion lar more memorable than it is. What h mav have done in His private levees, 1 am not prepared to say, as I was not one of his admiring visitors. I have thought it just to myself as well as to Gen Williams, for whom I have but little admiration, to give this disclaimer. His entire abnegation ot the usual cour tesies between candidates for the same of fice, as exhibited toward myself and Gov ernor King on that occasion, might very well relieve me from any obligation to come to the relief of his character, but the support of my own manhood demand; that I make this correction, which I have no doubt you will readily publish, and, in so doing, ouuge your oueuieni servant, W. B. Machen. If a neighbor's dog kills your sheep, shoot the dog. If the neighbor geto his back up about it, shoot him. Our opinion, based upon the evi dence so far, is that Beeciier is guilty as charged, and that JTilton tried to coin an honest penny out of it. Every man thinks he can tame shrew until he marries. And then is astonishing how soon he becomes a bald- headed sucking-dove. The most aristocratic Bluegrass fam ily of our acquaintance, had a grandfa ther who "did the State some service" for uttering counterfeit money. Kentucky is still ahead. She now beats the little singing nigger of Virgin ia. Henry county boasts of a female child, less than two years old, who can sing an unlimited number of hymns with rare precision and correctness. Her parents are named Violet. Can it be that the proud State of the sing ing Violet is to become the forage ground of the bellowing bull of Mont gomery county? , Forbid it, May Con vention! COLONEL JOHNSTON'S DEFENSE We surrender the space usually occu pied by our news condensation toihe; speech of Col. J. Stoddard JofneaioN, delivered at Bowling-Green on Monday, the 5th instant, and subsequently re peated at Hopkinsville, at both which points Williams had made brutal, ly ing and malicious assaults upon hfe hon or as a man and his record as a soldier. WnxiAMS did not have the nerve to tay and.lten to the indignant denun. ciation of the gentleman he had out raged, at Bowling-Green, but ran out of the courthouse, as he has run out of battle aforetime. The present contest going on in this State is the most remarkable in the his tory of Kentucky politics. Williams-, the most vulnerable of men, whose en tire political record can be written in the two words, "unscrupulous- dema- gue"; whose military history was- dis graceful to the cause he espoused; and whose habits and character are those of a drunken, bullying- blackguard who would not hesitate to slander hia warm est friend or nearest relative if he could thereby accomplish a desired end; has succeeded In making the canvass too disgraceful almost for a gentleman to compete witn nun. uutcu to a re .. .. - . markable' degreo with the tongue of falsehood, he has "very nearly elevated the vice oi lying to a. place among the fine arts, and has not hesitated, after a fashion peculiar to himself, to exercise his wonderful gift of falsification upon Colonel Johnston on aH occasions-. The latter gentleman is one of nature's noblemen. Anions the- first and finest scholars in the State, ho stands in the front rank of her writers. Elegant in his manners and address, punctiliously correct in his conduct, hospitable almost to a fault, the soul of gallantry a? asol- dier, he is "the knightly scion- of a knightly .race," of whom it may be writ ten as was written of the- TJa y a rd; urns peur et sons reprod. And withal he is modest as a woman. In e-rervthinc he- is the opposite of his brutish assailant. Recognizing the fact that tire pceitiocr of Governor of Kentucky is too-exalted to be with impunity pulled down and dragged in the mire and filth, the blus ter and wrangle, the whLky and bribe ry of the hustings-scramble, Col. Jon-J- 8TON has held himself aloof from a con test on the stump with Wiluams. The latter, who imagfnes himself to be the greatest man in the world, nttribu ted it to fear of him, and so believing presumed upon tlx; belief. Col. John ston kept tha seal of silence npon his lips until forbearance not only ceased to be a virtue, but closely bordered up on a positive injury to himself. Indig nant beyond measure, he Iiaj been torn hi. it penea to address nis countrymen in self-defense, and it was a sorry day Jor illiams pretentions to heroism that he did open his lips. We ask our read ers to carefully peruse every word of Ins speech. While it cuts the bogus hero to the hollow like a keen-edged sword in every sentence; while it burns and blisters him as though it were a searing-iron; it is remarkable for its en- tire freedom from vulgar personal abuse. Instead of paying his assailant back in his own coin, with bleary winks, round oaths, and thinly-veiled obscenity, Col. JoirNsros'd speech is couched in lan guage as elegant as it is forcible; it is almost Addisonian in its construction. In ventilating the boastful pretend er'a military record, the Colonel neg lected to state the cause of Williams' arrest, immediately after the fight at Saltville, which thatFalstafflan individ ualhas magnified into a battle of thefirst magnitude, and of which he has consti tuted himself the hero. We are ena bled to supply the omission, thanks to gallant and responsible Confederates, who stand ready to produce the most conclusive proof of our statement when ever Williams has the temerity to dis pute it. Like he did at Rheatown and Peach Tree Creek, he retired from the field, got drunk, and whilo lying in a drunken stupor in the house of a man named Smith, enabled Burbridoe and his men to withdraw unmolested from the field, after Geu. Breckinridge had them in a cid de sac, from which they were enabled to escape only through Williams' drunkenness and incompe tency. For this he was placed under arrest. On this point, Gen. H. L. Giltner writes us as follows, under date of the 5th instant: "The enemy made his escape after "the Saltville fight through his Wn "uams" inactivity, or failure to act "promptly. He was in bed at Chas. "Smith's, when he ought to have been "in the saddle placing his men in posi "tionon SandHill Mountain in advance "of the enemy. I was occupying a po sition in their rear, with instructions "from -Gen. Breckinridge to charge "them as soon asGen. Williajis gained "their front; but the enemy quietly "moved off whilst the 'hero of a hun "dred battles' lay silently sleeping, and "probably dreaming of those many vic tories that he now so proudly boasts of." But we merely intended to call the attention of our readers to the speech of Colonel Johnston, and not to pinch the flesh from which that gentleman has so skillfully removed the cuticle. Goodness! Here we have been wast jng sympathy on Bessie Tutcter, think ing she was a chit of a girl, and bow she ,- . turns out to be a horrid old tharg- of' twenty-seven. Hereafter well insist en. looking at her teeth, rather than take a woman's word in regard to her age. Dan Yeast, a rich old miser of Mer cer county, visited Harrodsburg last; . , Friday, and got drunk. Id returningr r home that night he rolled oflTa cliff into Chaplin river, and, being bad Yeast, failed to rise. II w body was fished out next morning. We notice that in many portrons'of the State the disease- known as "dogs" is producing fearful mortality am on?." the sheep. Blue pills about the size of Jf cherry seeds, and half a teaspoonful of ' granulated saltpetre, sulphur and char-. . . coai, aammisterea to tne canine- from, i an iron tube, is a sure enrev Beech er is theclergyman who boast ed that Plymouth Church did not con tain one Democrat in it3 membership-, s i. Poor man! if there had been a JJemo- crat or two. beiongjng to his ehurch'fie " ' would not be in his present pickle. But very little of the Democratic salt of pa- ' rity would have sufficed to savor the . whole Plymouth earth. Under date of April 5, that gallant' es-Confetleratech"effem,GenerarH.) . Giltner, writes us: "I am not. sur-: prised at the course Gen. Williamh i pursuing, but am astonished to seehow ' hs nndigni6rbuiryuig is taking with the people. Our galknt friend evi , dently forgets that the great mass of . men delight in being htunbuggedV'rnrd "-' that pretentious felly is. nrore attractive " to. then than; modest wisdom. The clown of a cirrus will draw a larger-- crowd to any town ia Kentucky than couM .be prevailed upon to assemble t " heir Joux C. Bbeckinkidoe make a. ' peech. MILLIXERT .IX D iMjanta&TTiaking ! Mr. rrynr nd STuji Bll SallenjrT woald Trfpeclfu'rjr announce to the ladies nf lUrtfonl and Ohio cuantv, that tker hae juit oprocd a 31II.I.IXERY AND DKES.IJlAUIXfJ establistwcist on Dm east ildrof the eonrt bonn in Xis.WuVtn't oTifatano and (olleis aharrt lieir cnitois. Bonntt and Ht tnJ, trimnrt.am) repaired. Trimmings of all kiojj aim; an hand. Tbalateit fnhiom, the bn miterinU, an l the lowett prices. CJrittK Xeelufe-H awl Collnm, l Tall linvnf irvtltmf. Wo will nut nermlt. oureetra to be nnderiold. Call and examine lock and prices. nol5 tr NewGoods! New Goods FOB La ROSENBERG & BR0. Mammotn mm t- Ererjr department In our stock is fall and our prices are -down to tha C" Xwwest KTotclx I , VTe are confident that no other honte will do . as well by 70a M oars. We respeetf mllj so e. . licit an examination of onr ... GOODS AND PltfCES before making roar spring purchases, believ ing that It will pay yon to do so. no!5 tf HV. K. GREGORY. ' (Comtr Jadg.) ' ' ATTORNEY AT ZA W;j;:. ' HARTFORD, KY. .t: Pronspt attention given to the eonetton;of claims. OSct in 'he courthouse. . . - JI3S X. TOOL. Hartford, Kt. r.l.ivmir, m. OwtissVoro, Ky. ' rOGLE A SWEENEY,. ATTORNEYS AT LA TF,-. HARTFORD, KT. - Wm practice their profession in Ohio and- adjoining conntlesand in the Conrtof Appeals.-JJ Office on Maiket street, near courthouse. .9 . -7 JOHN O'FLAHERTY.: ATTORNEY AT LAW', ' ! ... HARTFORD, KT. " " Ccflcctiona Promptly Attended i , . " Office on Market, street,, oxer Mauiy's. Ua shop. janSvlj- JOHN P. BARRETT, . ATTORNEY AT LA W', -A: and Real Estate Agent, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY. Prompt attention given to the collection of . claims. Will buy, sell, lease, or rent lands or ri , mineral privileges on reasonable terms. Will , ' write deeds, mortgages, leases, Ae.and' at-' ' tend to listing and paying tuMOa lands be- longing to non-rertdents. stJ .wi . . is; "C? . '