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SUPPLEMENT TO THE GREENVILLE TIMES.
- cannot ln case numa y Ui'i the Ins ei'llm'tuf to llm ti eii-uirer I he n ib-H , Iiim h , Jet tlutt wits what in Hun i n' -the iiuli-9 o( turned over In the tn'imuror ii In aid hy llm lux rnllintor i t pay iur t:iv In thn C"l ,,tli juiir'iuiti'a. Tuli-i the de I llm pi iti-Uiiiij lii'iiHiiriT, and In trann ii'ii unit it Imiliwl loo and ri'iniifl n levee ln'.iiil. it in lint nil. I liuM in n.y Ij mill a tied u i n ' ' of ft ili'i'il i'( truHt tii to ir.sert iu a speech executed tii .'luili day u( Nihi'ihImt, by larlc Kelt In his brother Hon. Ui . Hoott, trustee, tn BiM'iirK In I'. I., oiies, t I'iisiin r of l!-livr county, jlllin.C,:!, in in ly twelve- thousand dol lars, due mill pa able thini lint in tciuliHl In .liiiiuary 1st, 11.1. After wards Mr. Sc. tr entered on the ninrin of the ili'i'il record that it was eUciidcd tj thn '.'itli 1 1 : i y i.l Jmif, lMh'i, three years nml ii luilf. Uuw cuiiie lib uwint,' "the cnunty treasurer lliia lari hiuu of money, l' iii'iiin'it. 'llm rrily was that while Mr. Jones mi inasurer Mr. Scott yave attention tn the dis bursement r Hi o enmity money, mid that when lio failed in business ho owed tho nullity this lare mini of money. but may be that was a litlte debt if taxi's mi ivuiuh lie was pelting a little extension nf three and a half years? The treasurer and the board of supervisors must have been extremely clever to liiin. No woilcr people, thought ho bad undue influence over them. SCOTT Ol'KNS WAK. 1 did not appoint a levee board nuti eervient to Mr. Scott, ami he at once eoniiuenced the war on me. Anil Mr. Jvrott is an attorney lor the V. A M. V. K. K. company, and that intensified his opposition. There has been no scandal connected with the new levee board. The old board paid discounts and commissions on the sale of Ii per cent bonds, The new beard has made arrangements tn refund at 5 jut cent interest, at a pre mium, the bonds issued by the eld board at ti j'or cent interest, and at a discount. The uld board left a bonded debt of over a million dollars, on which the new board is paying ti per cent inter est. The money collected is being faithfully Applied for levee purposes. This is the icpurt to me and I be lieve U to be true. At least 1 appointed good and capable Wee commissioners, and that was all a governor could do. The governor does not have control of the board. 1 ap pointed Dr. liarden. who was working his way from obscurity to high rank in his profession; Hon. II. Ii. Koote, of unquestioned character, an ex-stale senator, and sun of that eminent jurist Judge Koote, of Noxubee county; Capt. Harris, an ex-eonfedei ate soldier who gave four years of his life to his country in war, and to the farm ever since the war , Ihe sturdy and clear headed farmer, V. C. Boyd, of liolivar county; the chivalrous yet gontle Capt. J. M. Montgomery; Hon. J. M. Jayne, a lawyer who stands in the first class cf the profession, whose fidelity to the levee interests all admit ; and Hon. Fred Clarke, an equally eminent lawyer, and faithful official, the son of ex-governor Clark wbcse shattered "uba testified to his fidelity to bis country. There is nothing of which to i9 ashamed in the personnel of th board, and vet for appointing them J. received the ill will of Mr. Chits. Scott, who, Mr. Smith said never told an untruth in bis life, itheref te beg to read an extract from the pen of Mr. Scott, in June, 115, in the lioli var Democrat. It speaks of me, but I hope I will not incur the change of im niodtsty for reading it. Listen: CHAS. SCOTT QUOTKD. "The subject of this sketch is with out doubt the best kno.vn and most universally admired gentleman in the state of Mississippi. He is a man of keen perception, shrewd judgment, bright intellect and penetrating obser vation. Asa lawyer, he stands near the head of his class in the state, as a man he is loved and esteemnl by the people of Mississippi -with the excep tion of a few chronic o'Vice seekers, who harass him with jealous hatred, because in their shrivnM mind is cherished the idea that were he out of the way they would secure some office." "As a senat'.r he stands unrivalled and at the head of the list of representatives, from the various states.in the halls of congress. When appointed to fill the unexpired term of Uen. Walthall, he was com paratively unknown out.side of the boundaries of his own state, but wh?n his term expired last March his name was familiar to the reading public from ocean to ocean, and fro i the -reat lakes to the gulf. In the history ' " mcrican congress no other n gained such widespread or been accorded such ';nition, while serving his 1 that gre:.t assembly of ned men. is proud of her junior val mind snared far 'political prejudice. 'foor of the senate anso of tariff "cuii'd a township u ..f the colleges in " v hi. had the appro- ,.ovinmeut building V on! &"(), IJUO to eci.Vd the grant 111; Kailroad com icres nf the finest northwest ; one '.ni ing nf a mil- Westeril States nt with lius :ext he in issane of a ' domain a issi ppi. ' .L'KS. ve de 1 and "bv ible ue. cenlH cotton. If iutif the mniicy of th countiy i drslmje.l prices oi cmiou and labor ui"l fall one half. U is thi grasping gn ed of Lumbard street nd Wall (.licet wh" wanH to di'Slroy ll the moiiev i-M'epl what I hey thsiu b'Im hain that lai ruined aiues. Mr. .Siiiith si'lectid as thu lepieneuta tivu of tln op"sub,n In opeu llm rai:'aign, nays thai taxes are 0 millls iniw aii.i that is an evidence ul malailiuiiiisiiatioii of IL governor'i ollic. Tile legislature n.aki s appropratioin and leins taxes to meet them ilh , Hie governor's approval, ti e governor , has ing the veto power, w hich can b overruled ly two-thirds vote. 1 tbiull the rrseiii legislntuie has been ecu-, mimical in its appiopi iat urns, and il bn not levied great r taxes ihan neces sary to meet them. 1 Vetoed a few ap pro'prialion bills, and was sustained, III every instance. Indeed, neithsr i house to which 1 have sent a veto niei ! sage ever passed it over my veto, and this is a record refulatory i f Mr. i ta.nitli's baseless assei lion that thers was au opeu rupture Pel ween me unu the legislature. Hut if anything as wrong iu Hie appropriations Mr. Smith lias been a slate senator mums entire time I have lieen govcrnm, uuu he ought to have called attention vt the, senate to any reckless or extrava- gaut appioprialion. H he ever op-1 posed bv voice or vote any appri pn-1 ation while he was iu the si nalo il . nveer got out on him. Mr. Smith's attack upou the admin-1 istratiou of the revenues is a direct, attack upon the legislature of which i he was a member, and 1 will liere give a plain statement of facts which will be the best refutation of the attack ol him lind 11 is "tiirure furnieln r." Hy the constitution of l-L.ii,acction 6, article H. provision was maue mr common school lund, only the intciesl of which could be used. THE SCHOOL t'CND. January 1H, ISTo, upon the vote ol the vear previous, this section was amended, so as to make I he entire common school fund distributable everv year pro rata among theedocabie children of the state. This fund was composed of all lands escheated or for feited lor taxes, and tines and whisky licenses. See amendment constitu tion of KSt'.H. Section 7-J1 of the code of 18SU provid ed that if these fines, whisky licenses, etc.. did not amount to JJiki.wO the amount should be mad" up fnm the general fund; and sejtion TM required a countv levy for school purposes, nu to exceed three mills. This is the act of laS2.p. 77, amended section 721 so ai to make up what the lines, whisky licenses, tax and etc., lacked of mak ing KtOO.OOO, and required a county levy of 3 mills for school ouiposes. It would he ton tedi ue, and tire some to von, to detain you with very ysar of Gov. Lowry's term, and 1 ivill thereto! e take only the last year. lhSI. The common school fund received from fin-s, whisky licenses, it '., was l-M, 370.7. See auditors riprt. Dei:. 8, 1SSS), p. 7o. Disbursements for com mon Bcbool fund were f.H.-'j.i. !-ee same report p. -.t.'1;. ltiis shows that out ui me privilege and 4 mill state taxes of that year $S9,Ss9.(J4 went to common schools. Fines and forfeitures, except lictore .'ustices of the reave, aie borne by the counties, section 'o, constitution oi 1SJ. Kxpenses of prosecutions were then homo bv tne counties. Code 1HH0, sect inn l.'itci. In 1SS8 onlv twenty one thousand dollars was allowed for pensions to disabled confederate soldiers. Acts 183, p. .''.0. The amount now allowed is sevenl v-five thousand dollais. Acts 1 894, p. "41. Would Mr. Smith and his co adjntors deny this small pittance to these needy soldiers who sealed their patriotism with their blood often the blood cut out by frozen ground from their l aie feet, in order to reduce the tax? When 1 was in tne constitutional convention I tned that by constitutional provisions every one of these soldiers and widows should receive a pens on of seventy-five dol lars a year, at least, and I am still of the same opinion. In l'.l less than ninety thousands dollars was paid out of the general fund for public schools. In 189.-I nine hundred and lifly thou sand dollais was paid out of trie g' n eral state fund for common s hools. Do Mr. Smith and his co-dajut' rs want to stop the common schools? In 1839 the boards of supervisois were required to levy a school tax of o mills or mere. See Acts. J 8S9, p. 71, sec tion 75. In 18H8 the boards of super visors did not levy a school tax. And the 4 mills state lax of 119 to the :i mills or more county school taxes and you had a 7 m'ills or more tax of 1HSU against ti1 mills tax of 1S!)S. At page 44 of the report of state superintendent Preston, of Jan. (i, W.H for K. 1M). 1891, he says : "The school revenues for the past year were equivalent to a levy of 7.8 mills on the whole property of the state. " UiNKAIK CAMPAIGNING. Mr. Smith states that during my administration the bonded indebted ness of the state has increasd 8100,000, and by implication lays this tn my charge. When the facts are known sucb a chage by Mr. Smith will (lis gust every thinking, honorable man who is not blinded by prejudice. I was inaugurated January 21st, 1890, and there was not money enough in the treasury to make the January distribution of the school fund. On the 11th of February, twenty-one das after 1 was inaugrated, the bill was introduced for the issuance of these bonds for 8100,000. See House journal 1896, p. 279. Mr. Smith voted for the bill in the senate. See journal 1898, p. u47-."18. Shame upon such unfair campaigning ! In 1880 an act was passed for the is suance of five hundred thousands of six per cent bonds, payable January, 4, 1907, and sil per cent bonds were issued to that amount. See Acts 1886, p. 24. Under an act of 1 s.ts, au thorizing the issuance of JoOO.liirO of t per cent bonds. Heo acts lss, p 223, 1103,000 bonds were issued, due :l senary 1st, 1890. All this was during Gov. Lowry's in cumbency. The state is now p a; ing intsrest on tbeee bonds. See paie '!) if treasirer's report,- of November tb, 1897 Listen to that hero in war i natriotV in peace, who never shirks iuty nor shifts a responsibility, M. Storje, in his last message U: ogislature, in 1890. He fays at "The financial condition of e, as shown by the current re the auditor and treasurer, ii satisfactory or encouraging. intioduction into otlice in at once confronted with n.nlications, which, with ission, have continued lent time. 'I he diflicul 'sfuliy combated until the snecial session o) f JSW, oy nui'-n me t 3 passed, e. xcess of (lis le 1 1 it n 1 -v.'."., 1 aim Bipenses of the stud' government 111 all Its departments, dining the current biennial term. " 'Phis was two weeks before my inauguration. 1 dn not present these llguies and facts to hIiow that the leigslature from l-.it! to 1MK) were extravagant ill ap propriations, for the. governor has very little to ilo with appropriations as a rule for I do imt think they were ex travagant. Hut 1 present them to show that this prilling of Mr. Smith, and his "painstaking tigure fur nisher" is diHcngenoiis. TI1K r.M'lTOl. MATTKK. 111 opening the campaign Mr. Smith devoted considerable attention to the capitol bill. 1 snpp iS" that serves as weil as any thing else to ibeoy public attention from his client, the i. A M. V. railroad company, anil 1 will ac comodate him as far as lime will allow for I have extended this address tin' far to elaborate that matter. It i more fully elaborated in my veto iocs ,.,, in lli. House ioumal of 18. i7. r; Mr. Smith attempted to prejudice ! the members of the legislature by dis uniting what I said at lla.lehurst. 1 never intimated mat me icgisiauirr was putting up a job on the state. 1 have never uttered a wold of reflection i upon the legislature. '1 hey thought i and acted and discharged their consti i tutional ilutv in the way they coiiBid ! ered r'ght. 'When the bill came to me ; the constitution re.iuiied me to exam ine it. and if 1 could not approve the bill to point out my objections to it to the house of reprsentatives where it originated, anil 1 did n. The consti tution then required the house to vote on it, and if it was not patsed by two thirds it was at an end. The houBe voted on the bill after the veto, and a majority of the house voted against tho bill'. Did Mr. Smith care any thing about a capitol? Just before the legislature convened In April, 1897, 1 was told by a mutual in,,,l Mr. Isadom Aimer, a woitby gentleman who has the esteem of Bisrvone who knows hi m. that Senator r-smitti had saltS that he would not talis ,(KkJ for his seat in the senate, to tight the administration. As Mr. Smith's statement was mnde in a pub lic place, and he at the tune openly expressed it, i wrote Air. Ariner suicr the announcement of Mr. Smith to leak here, to give me the languago and here it is : Jackson, Miss., Dec. 20th, 1898. Governor A. J. McLaurin. Dear Governor: In answering your letter 1 wish to say that 1 heard Sena tor Smith, of Warren county, at the randah of the Fdwards lloiiBe, ex press liiuiseir that ne lnienoeu u pend his vacation in Jiempnis, um he was delighted tu be back for the ailed session of the legislature, and would not take 8"i,000 for his seat in the senate to fight Ar.se McLaurin's idministration and eive him hell. 1 his is as near iis I can remember the con versation now. Yours very truly, I. AK.Ml'.K. Mr. Smith did fight my adminis tration. In 1S9G the legislature passed a reso lution appointing Col. Power, Gen. Nash and me a committee to procure plans and specifications for a capitol. The word flans is used uere in me plural just as the word specifications a nil examination oi tne resolution will show. Mr. Smith speaks of our disobeying the resolution. The legis- lalure had no power by a resolution 10 uiniand us. What we uiu was in courtesy to the legislature, we may not have understood what the legisla ture wanted, but we did our best to accommodate mem iy securing nuui we thought splendid plans and specifi cations and what we thought they de sired us to no. in inuen oi appieci- ation the house passed Hub resolution; 'Kesolved, That the thanks ot me house be t( ndered the capitol commit tee for the efficient service rendered the state in the discharge of the duties imposed on them, and for the impartial manner they have acted toward all competing architects." See nouse journal, ItvJi, p. 64. 1 never knew Mr. weathers unin February, 1890. Mr. Patton was bom in the same county in which 1 was born. The committee was favorablo to his plans and would, I think, have adopted them if he would havo agrmd to make two changes in them which he -fused. A fter we had faithfully heard the architects present their plans mcst of them, including Mr. Gordon, wrote us, requesting us to recommend only one lo tho legislature inr nunpiioii. These letters can be found in the veto missage in house journal of 1897. The house adopted the weathers plan bv a large majority. When the senate amended by inserting the Gor don plans the house by a largo ma jority refused to concur. After tho bill as it was nnaliy passed was agreeu upon in committee conference the sen ate rejected it, and afterwards recon sidered and adopted it. Hut the sen ate once rejected the very hill 1 vetoed. After the bill was presented to mc-. the business of the session was finished except the signing of the lull, it 1 should approve it. I asked Mr. Gor don to bring me the specifications mentioned in the bill, and he brought specifications and began to run through them witn me. 1 saw pencil marks through parts of the bill, and I asked him what it meant, to which ho repli.d that the speeitieaitors were diawn for a capitol to be built on the penitentiary site and he made those changes because the legislature had the day before c ianged the place to the present capitol site. Upon exami nation afterwards I found that the specifications were ior a couri nouse. They never mentioned any state omce, nor library or representatives hall, nor senate chamber, nor any omce or place pertaining to a state house, liut ttiey specified a district court room, n com missioners' court rooir, grand jmy room and a court house square, and many other such court house evi dences. 1 found that he had struck out, with these pencil marks, in many instances, first class material. After discovering these I called Mr. Gordon's recollection to his Btate. moots, and pointed out, in the specifi cations, the fallacy of tbera. He ad mitted that the specifications were ib awn for a court house, but did not recollect for what one. New Y'orK had at that time, as I was informed, expended twenty twenty mil lions dollars on aoapitol that had been planned to cost five millions, ard it was not finished even then. I was thereby admonished to be cautious when bonds were to be issued to build a capitol, which would aggregate, principle and interest, nearly two mil lions of dollars, that Mr. Smith could have declared was added to the balance lo the bonded debt during my admin istration. I had beard repjorts detri mental to Mr. Gordon's reputation as in architect and man, as an unreliable ir. hitect could put up an outrageous job upon the state, I felt that three quarters of a million dollars, was too much to risk without making an in vestigation. I, theiefore, before i had made' the discovery of Mr. Gordon's I iite character, by his misrepresenta tions to ue, sent Hon. Then. Mc Knifclit, a gentleman of unimpeachable Ic.iaeli-r and veracity, to Texas to n.iUc tin; investigation. It is easy i; nigh t" get cei lihcation of character, i . i Ni.. iiiiiim i ui i ii ill n in i rnikin t 1 1 iiu iiiirv m ' .... , -. 1 u l.ol ulna vou want in a business I transaction of million of dollars are j facts. This was lor the state and 1 I paid it out of the contingent fund. I N.i questions ol veracity evei arose ; between Gov. Jones, Speaker Mcl'ool 'and inc. (Jov. Joins in a card in the I papers said -I do not quote the exact 1 language ns the caul is not before me j-that he had by oversight done niu an unintciitioi.il! injustice. AUDIT LOlinvINU. Mr. Smith said some one told some gentleman that he paid mil' of my hrotheis fJMJ to lobby for the Weath ers plan, and that he can give the names of the gentlemen whom the ,ame one told. Like the fellow who mid he saw a niaa throw an elephant over the feme and if vou didn't bp lieve it he roll Id show yau Ihe elephant. I know nothing about that. 1 never heard of it before. He doesn't 'b'Sig-, nate any one of my brothers. Walter Mclaiirin wrote to Mr. Weathers and nsked him if he had paid any one of nv brothers and ho emphatically said he had ii"t. and his letter was pub lished. Ii is shocking to an attorney f the V. A M. V. railroad company that one should receivo a leo io loony with the I gislature. And yet a great imrt i f this war is because of an effort oi that corporation to shirk taxes un i!er statutes lolitued lliroilgll me Itituie. l et tho time was when even Mr. Smith didn't act as if he thought it wrong to receive a lee to lobby. There in no Inw in this atntfl L'H.nat n miih Ink i no A left lit luliiiv will iuc Intr m ni urn. if fin is a nrivato citizen. The question of the propriety ol such a thing, in morals, is debatable, and every one ruuBt decide it for himself. Hut 1 reiterate, if any one of my brothers ever received anything for lobbying with the legislature 1 nevei had the least knowledge or intimation of it. In ny event I can't seo how I can be held cnlpabable. 1 refrain from an appropriate retort which 1 really think merited by ono in am bush. It is said Mr. Weathers assist ed me in the dissection of Mr. Gor don's specifications. This is not true, and I hae so stated in the public press. Mr. Weathers never saw the specifica tions from the time Mr. Gordon put tbem in my hands until I sent them to the house of representatives, if he ever saw them at all. Except while he was before the committee explain ing his plans, all the conversation I had iu my life with Mr. Weathers, put together, would not aiiiaiint to twenty minutes, except while he wae before the committee. After 1 vetoed the capitol bill it was referred by the speaker of the house tu a house committee on the capitol, com posed of twenty-fiv members, and I am informed by'Mr. Williams, a mem ber of this committee, that, on that evening, the committee unanimously agreed to recommend that the veto be sustained, GORDON'S JOB. The next morning, however, the com mittee made a report, recommending tho passage of the bill over tho veto. Now, if any one will read that report and the specifications carefully he will see that Mr. Gurdon was putting a job on tho house committee. F.vidently from that report he carried different specifications before the committee from the ones he gave me. I sent the ones he gave me with my veto message to the house and they ars in the jour nal, and in them not a word is said ol bouse of representatives, senate cham ber, supreme ourt room, governor's room, or of the dimensions of the building; or of the entire superstruc ture of marble. Yet that report says these are in his specifications. It must have been then that Mr. Gordon presented to the committee on capitol, after tho veto, different specifications from these ho gave me when I asked him for the specifications lueiitiontd in the bill, and upon this it may be the committee changed its mind tu recommend next nmruing. If Mr. Gordon had these difforent specifica tions who would have known, if the bill had passed, what set was men tioned and intended in the bill? II would have left it to him to have fixed what he oleased. Tho house sustained my veto by a majurity vote. APPROPRIATIONS FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. I approved the appropriation for the Industrial Institute and College and I approved the provisions for equal dor mitory privileges to all pupils', whether falling industrial or academic courses, Hinelv or together. I thought, and think now, all pupils ought to have miii treatment. In tnat message i said : "The suirit of the law will not per mit any discrimination against or in favor of any pupil or class of pupils attending the institute and college." That part of tho bill which offered to take from the trustees and give to the president the management of the college that tho law gives to the trus teeB, necessarily changes the law, which , nn onlv be done bv the legislature, and 1 think violative of section 09 of the constitution, which I am sworn to support, and support as I undertsand il. after a faithful consideration of it. I, therefore, under section 73 of the constitution disapproved that part ol the bill. Une ot tne supreme juuges, .lurk'B Terral. than whom not a more ht iudce ever graced a court, agreed with my views on this consti tutional question. After b divided flunreme court hud decided that the appropriation could not be niBde then available, I ap lied to the board of control who had fifty thousand dollars which they did not need and there is no law to turn it into the state treasury, and it is laying idle, and the board of control agreed to let the college have twenty-nve thousand dollars of this money until Ihe next session of the legislature, when the annropriation will become available under the decision of the Kiiriremo court on condition that the board of trustees would comply with rerv eniidition of the legislative bill to which the trustees agreed. This money would not have cost the state any interest, but Mr. Smith filed a bill of injunction against the state treasurer, who is exoHicio treasurer of the board of control and holds this money for the board paying the order of the board to the trustees or tne coi and the state was thereby com pelled to pay about twenty-five hundred dollars interest to get the money, while there is fifty-thousand dollai s of idle monev in the treasury of the board of run trnl. and out of ti the amount bor rowed could have been had without interest. When the state treasury bad no money to cash warrants 1 bad made the same arrangement with the board of cootrol for tht Asylum here and in Jackson, and the niODey was replaced to the board when the state treasury wss renleted, and Mr. Simth never ut tered a word auainst it that I ever i u. C3 ... lil. ,....,a,,,a inn for not I liorrnninu- tloO.000 at tier cent from I en 1 .1. i'lr. n " " "o"" Vieksliurir bank without tho Bern t.lanee'of law : and vet he cannot let the harmless transaction of using f2o, fHl ,f iille mbnev without interest, to eairv out toS the letter the bill fur nfiii-h he voted without n in . ......I i..r. No ilium t on I'onii wan ever piii'ii. " 1 "i informed, for 1 lave never Been the bill nor any pro tees, if, imbed, any process was ever isMicl. When th" bill, with the liat, was tlinl, the truste -s could not wait the dehiy of a suit and let the college ''lloes amboilv believe that Injunc tion was in go d fail1' t" protect the stale from l.ws? X", if was thought tu cmhiirriiss me, unci It was part of the light au'tiinsl the I ) 'iiioci at iu ad ministration, in which h" valued his seat in th" senate at So, 001), If he m a Demiiorat a Democratic aduiin itHration was entitled to his support. I am glad to sav that rotwithstand ing Mr. Smith's interposition of ob stacle to Ihwart the ellorls to obtain monev to open this institution of teaming, it is flourishing under the able management of an able anil learned president, with a splendid corps of teachers and a bright attend, ance of pupils of every one of whmu the school is proud. The three departments of the state government are equal, and each must construe the constitution for Itself. I do not think the constitution prohib ited the appointment of Mr. Hyrd. If i , ,.,ioi.l..n in the construction of the constitution It was a mistake of judgment. RUMORS OF DEALS. Mr. Smith says: "During the cau ,, .!,, r in the session of 1890. the air was filled with rumors of deals on' the part of the governor.with refer ence to the appointment of Judges and ..l,r,,.lh,rij anil nromises were made here and there that it tins senator or that representative would abandon V,air i.tmlCt, nil d vote for Gov. McLau rin that he should be a judge or chan cellor." ... , 1 construe this to mean tnat i maue promises alleged in me seiueucc. neither made a pronnso nVVw ment in consideration of support for the senate, or anything else, nor a deal of any kind, and if any one olse ever made siicU a deal or pruuiiso it without my knowledge or connivance, and if I had known it I would un hesitatingly have condemned it. A governor who would prostitute mc hiirh omce or tne state womu uenumj of the lowest depths. I will not define now the man who will let nis spue flippantly make such an accusation against the governor. I speak ror ruyseii, boo. my uuimm nhiiri tv. No living man can buy here, or dead one in my judgment, that 1 have committed anoflicial act tainted with corruption. In shame and sor row I confess that I have sined against my Maker, I have not against Missis sippi. It i Ban served my vjibiuii " faithfully, ana neon as true to uuu, no I have been to Mississippi, I would not now cany a scar upon my heart left by the searing iron oi sin. Throe leBsions of tbe legislature have expired since then, why were not these henious charges brought to the attention of tbe legislature, wuere i could face my accusersr wny ciia not the indignant senator to whom this proposition was made call the attention of the legislature at once to it? Did he regard it or too trining lnsignincoucoi Or was his indignation Corn alter some disappointed application for office? I would not give much cre dence to the statement at this late day. of such a man. I never gave en- cojragment to, but discouraged tne mention of my name for senator, in 1890. When urged to enter tne race i refused. I became sick tbo night suc ceeding my inauguration. Took to my bed the second day, where 1 remained for a week, and was sick in bed when the nomination for senator was maue. As to the $4 000. 1 stated at Missis- ., T 1 1 I t.t.l 1... a sippi Ulty mat. 1 unu owu ton. uj man who opposes me tout uuo ui enemies in Vicksbnrg had said to bun ther bad raised there in one day $4,000 to fight the administration. I gave tho substance of bis statement to me. I said I didn't know who raiseu tne monev. The railroad company mere was fighting me and they hed an at torney there who was fighting me, and who had said he wouldn't take five thoncaml dollars for b is seat in the senate to fight my adimnistration, and that might account for the tight on mo by somo newspapers whose editors had cause to be friendly to me. Notwith standing Mr. Smith's donial I believe now that he took part in raising una .1.000. I never sent any man to see uui. Jones in reference to the senatorial appointment. Mr. SruilU cnarges me witu m-po-tism. I appointed my brother circuit judge on strong recommendations, Mr. Smith moved the senate to con firm without reference to a committee, which was done, an unusual compli ment and distinction. That be has made a good judge, Mr. Smith does not and will -not deny. Hy his dis patch of business, consistent with a just administration of law, he saved thousands of dollars of cost and court expenses to the taxpayers the first term of court he held, as compared with the preceding term. They were asked to itemize the ac count and show another appointment by me of my kiu-folka, and they can not sHW it. In his desperation, Mr. Smith invades the precincts of the privacy of ray family, and says that at tho time Judge Stevens was appointed it was a matter of common knowl edge that Judge Stevens was engaged to be married to my daughter, lho statement is untrue. They were not engaged to be married, so far as I knew then or know now. I appointed Judge Stevens March 19, 1896, and he was confirmed that day by the senate. He had met my daughter for tbe first time just two months and one weeit hnfore. Thev were married the 15th .day of the next December. In the deartn or anyimng ui Kt and abuse me for he conjectures that would have appointed a brother and charges it. There has never been to me any other sucb strong petition for appoint ment as was presented for tbe appoint ment of Sylvester McLaurin. The pe tition came from all walks, callings and professions. I believed then and believe now there would not have been six votes against his confirmation. Sen ators from his district would not have opposed him when the people so gen erally demanded bis ifppointment, and other senators would not when the senators of the district wanted it. Got. Lowry appointed his brother-in-law circuit judite and Bupreme judge, and two of his sons and two of his sons-in-law private secretaries. SENATOR GEORGE'S FUNERAL EXPENSES. In reference to tbe funeral exposes of Senator George. I voted as a legis lator for Senator George on tne nanot by which he was first nominated for the i isan When Im ri ed in Hi .nnte. n 1880. When he ana in ci loxi I telegraphed at the suggestion of frienda here a request, that his body be allowed to stop here on the way to Carroliton and lie in state a day. Citizens selected a committee who took charge of the management. It was e i Dec ted that the exseneea would De small and made up try private purse, to which I was ready to con tribute. Afterwards it wss supposed that the U. S 8nat would pay the ncenaei and. they wr made greater- I . . .. 11M 4-1. m I' A. re- iy them out of the eontlngeni nun. jv n investigation I believe 1 could arbitrarily do it, but that I could not lawfullv (in It. 1 offered tu conlnubte ten dollars and if necessary twenty live dollars, of own money. Hut ine cuiiiiugcm fund was for public, not private pur poses, and as great a jurist and tales man as I regarded Senator G.nrge, I do not believe I had any more lawful right to pay bis funeral expenses out nf that fund than to pay the humbler. Inmost inan'i in the itate. i woU,u willingly hove paid the entire bill out nf iiiv own purse, but every dollar I had when inaugurated, together with my salary was none aA I was not financially able. . The men who originated this cry are not friends of Senator George s memory. They maligned him in his lifetime, as they do me now. mil they thought they could make it do duty to excite prejudice. It would extend this address too long to answer nil the misstatements of Mr. ..-Smith. Let these snluce. In reference to the methods rind men, who Incubated the "scheme" to defeat me. On the night of therst n of this month, three days after Mr. u,:n,'o o,.b,.Ii. & caucus was held in the club room in Vicksburg between Mr. Smith, Mr. E. N. Thnnlas. of, Greenrille, and otners, to worn u scheme to defeat me and Mr. Thomas staled afterwards, that night, that they had "schemes" matured thai would defeat me. 1 state this on in formation entirely reliable. v., f..ho,v i.itiznns of Mississippi, 1 never gave out any interview in Wash ington last summer. In my room with a number of gentlemen, and oneol them a newspaper correspondent, who wrote after 1 left and sent that which purported to be an interview. Another correspondent showed a copy of it tn me ns I was getting on the cars, and J told him it was unauthorned and asked him to stop it. Til E GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY. 1 have not desired to be a candidate for tho senate. If I had received as a Democratic .administration the lcyal support of those who claim to be Democrats I don't think I would have been a candidate, liut with the de nunciation and abuse of those who claim to be Domocrats there is but one wny open for me to pursue. I announce to you mat i Bra a tun rosed u vy them 1 w"8 B,K.,1 ,l" J a n,aonr ,l,fl 0 HCI IOn OI U II teu Otnt. o , " senator by the people. As the consti tution is now, the only way the people ci.n hnve a direct vote for their choice for senator is by a primary election. It is the fairest way. It gives no chance for bosses and schemers, but every man is allowed to vote for hiB choice, I am willing to risk the peo ple. My accusers have put me on trial and I am entitled to a jury composed of the entire Democratic party. No man ought to object to this fair mode of election. I served for little more than a year in the United States sen ate. If I served you efficiently and you feel that your interest and the in terest of the country will be as safe with me as any other, I most respect fully" solicit you to elect me to a full term in the United States senate. A MIRACLE OF LONGEVITY. 9aoh Is Roman Opinion Beapeotlno; the. Life of tho Pop. The pope appears to have recovered from the serlouu disposition which gave rise to the recent alarming re ports. His holiness has never bad a Btrong constitution. About his twen tieth year he believed that he was wasting with phthisis, and wrote an eloquent piece of Latin verse on his ap proaching end, "Why Flatter Thyself?" Ten years later, when he was apostolic delegate at Benevento, he came near dying of a pernlalous fever. It was thought that ha was lost. He was saved by the act, then thought fool hardy, of Dr. Volpis, physician to the king of Naples, In plunging him into a bath ot cold water at the moment of the most violent attack of the fever. Leo XIIL has not gone out of the vast lnclosure which surrounds the Vatican In twenty years, and yet has surpassed tbe years of life of Plus IX., who alone of all the popes had exceeded the years of Peter. In the eyes of super stitious Romans Leo XIII. has per formed another miracle of longevity. He has escaped a critical date, one determined by a cabalistic calculation, which set the end of his life for the year 1892. It Is said all his pre decessors In this century, Plus IX., Gregory XVI., Pius VIII., Leo Xu., Plus VII., have obeyed the law of fig ures. Leo XIII. alone has escaped It, and the same calculation, If It were exact In bis case, would ssslgn him ten years more of existence, which would make the pontiff surpass avra the ag of Dog Dandolo. WHY? Why Is It that a free lunch Is never free? Wby Isn't asking a man's nam a question of Identity? Why Isn't the bride well drsssed who is well groomed? Wby shouldn't a maa be excused for being bigoted against bigotry? Whv Isn't tbe bump of caution placed on tbe front of a man's head? Wby does tbe average woman pre fer being Idealized to being under stood? Why does the man who pats you on tbe back always tun his own back to b patted? . Gnr. Mctlllllln Inananritleil Nashville, Term. In the hall of the house of representatives l o . d:ty, in the presence of an immense throng, Benton MCAliilm was inau gurated governor. ' The hall was decorated with the national colors and flowers. After prayer Gov Tavlor delivered his farewell -nd- dross. Mr. McMillin then took the cath of office, which wa3 adini'iis- tered by Chief Justice Snodjrraas, of the supreme court. Ernptlona oT VeauTlut. Naples. The eruptions of Mottnt Vesuvius are attaining great propor tions. The now of lava is unpre- cidented and streams of fire are pour ing in all directions, though an yet no serious damage hs occurred. LAUCHTER-PROVOKINC ST0HIF.S FOR LOVERS OF FUN. rather Ul lo Mull,-Tiiruln, ' uut Ir Tlia l.lloml lillou.ii,, Noail of lho Mninmil llui, l;ioii, mTIio Cuurao i. r True l.uvr, l:i:,, ;t Bnlil a young nml taetluM liil,nu4 To llU Inexperience. I wife, "If you wouhl but give un lending HiK'h a fashionable life, Ami devote mure time to meiititig.. llow to mix and when to tetU Then, perhaps, you nnhl nnilo. ( Such an mother used tu iniil.e.'' ' Ami the wife, resenting, miwuvr.-.l (For the worm will turn, ymi kiion), ,If you would hut give up leir.-eit And a score of elulis or mi To devote more time tn liimuie-s- YVhuu to buy and what t stake Then, perhaps, you might initio' nionej Buck as father used to make." j Turning Nlfflit Into liar. "Does your baby give yon much trouble at night?" "No. We've fooled il by liavingaj eleotrio light put up in front ut our house." Chicago News. One Exception "Certainly no gentleman wouhl re. use to offer a lady his seat." "Not if it's in the New York Stuck Exchange. They cost $28,000 apiece." Clevejanil Plain Dealer. An Kxouanjre of Coiniliineiitii, The House "How aro you? It strikes me you are not looking very well." The Well "Strikes me you look a little peaked yourself." Judge. The Remark of a Unite. "Here is an article headed 'From War to Wedlock,"' said Airs. TirT us she looked over the newspaper. "Tlnit is an alliterative title." "Yes." added Mr. Till; "allilera- "'p. - X ttlllinillicc t.. ----- ... . i i didate for United States senator for tive, but tautological. the term beginning March 4th. 1901, ' and 1 ask that a state Democratic ih. to. t. l.. primary election bo ordered for this Bessie "I thought Nellie hiunler nflii;o, and that the man receiving the g0u was to have been married lust majority of tbo votes bo the nominee j week." uf the p'arty for election. In my last jeS9ie "So she was, but C'uarlio's regular message I advocated the mem- j . , ftl. wJlQ ha(l l)Cea siTeIl upi ;3 oralizing of congress for an amendment M a(fam..'Harlem Life. The Literal Idiot. The Sentimental One "Alail Many a smiling face conceals au ach ing heart." The Literal Idiot ''It seems to me that an achiug tooth would be mora likely to be there." Indianapolis Journal. More Dangerom Than Scoreliln:,'. Jim "You look awfully gliiui. What's the matter?" Jack "Been bicycling." "Met with an accident?" "Yes, rode a taudem with a pretty girl and got all broken up." Detroit Free Press. Tho Modern Cupid. He "You remember Cupid used to be pictured going about with a quiver full of arrows?" She "Oh, yes, I remember dis tinctly." "Well, now ne goes aooui witit a bag full of golf Bticks." ioulvers Statesman. A Palpablo Ei anion. The Policeman "What's your trade?" The Suspect "An ironworker. "Is that so? I'll see what yon know about it. I used to bo . r.i the trade myBelf," "I I mean in alaunary. xuuiuu- apolis Journal. Short Lived. "When we were married," sobbed tbe young wife, "te said lie loved me with a love more enduring ttiun tue everlasting granite!" ' "And it didn't last?" qneneu tu sympathizing friend. "Lastl" echoed the young wife, dry ing her tears. "It didn't last as long as a oedar blook pavement." Chicagt Tribune. When Men Aro Dlflorent. Young Mrs. Styles "Men are s different after marriage!" Miss Singleton "So I've heard; bul why do you say it now?" Young Mrs. Styles "Why, at U13 request, Charles willingly gave up go ing to the war; but, if you'll believi it, he shows no inclination to give ii his club for my sake!" Boston Trau script. Boarding Home Strategy. Rnene Tbe breakfast table of 1 West End boarding house. Mr. Smithers "Pass the salt please." No notioe is taken. Mr. Smithers (raising hiB voice) "Pass the salt, please." His neighbors are absorbed in thei conversation, and his request remain unheeded. Mr. Smithers "Have you heard thf latest scandal?" Everybody (eagerly) "No; what 11 it?" Mr. Smithers "Pass the please." Golden Penny. The M ot the Moment, sal 1JM "Suppose," suggested t' e woman's page, "t" the article on The Lo' "Won't brosqua SOBP''" for 9 dr. I,? red fp!