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Thomas H. Mason, Business Manager
1 («n submit to no party
usag:e that binds tne to do that
which I believe against the
interest of the people.—Sena
tor Switzer of Putnam. *
I admit Jay Gould is an unsafe
luau for Senator; 1 admit ho is untit,
and will shape legislation to make
the rich richer and fewer, and the
poor poorer and man/er. but if by
trick, craft or cunning be captures a
t 'arcus, all Democrats must support
him. Let the public be d—d.—
I ~n mlei'bilt.
The question to be decided by the
election on the 5th is not,—whether
Mr. Lucas shall be Senator? The 1*.
S. Senate s ill determine that matter
and nothing we can do will affect it
one way or the other.
The question is this: We instruct
ed our representatives, in the House
of Delegates, to do what they could
to prevent Mr. Camden's election.
They obeyed their instructions.
Shall we punish them for doing
what we told them to do?
• This i9 the issue now before our
people, and there is no way to dis
guise it. The question is,—shall
we punish our representatives be
cause they did their duty?
Shortly before the election we
heard this conversation between a
voter and a candidate for the Legis
lature in this county.
V oter.—How do von stand on the
Senators!) ip.
Cakdidate.—If elec toil 1 will try
to prevent the election of any naan
like Mr. Camden.
Voter.—Then 1 will do all 1 can
to elect you.
Similar conversations occurred in
every part of Jefferson. Suppose
after these conversations our repre
sentatives had been instrumental in
electing Mr. Camden.—what would
voters sav?
Our representatives in the House |
did their duty and unless wo stand
by them we cannot expect other rep
resentatives. in future, to do right
when reward is offered for doing
We urge the people to think on
these things. Do not be misled by
false issues.
ft is an open secret that designing
men. hired for the purpose, are try
ing to conceal the true issue before
the jieople of this county and some
of our best citizens have been mis
led. A scheme is now on f«*o: to
stir up local and personal prejudices
and thereby influence voters to set
from prejudice and not from reason.
But we cannot believe that this
scheme will succeed. Thoughtful
citizens canuot fail to see that
shrewd nnd active politicians, who
have t»ecorae conspicuous as the par
tisans of Mr. Camden, are actuated
by motives which are not conducive
to the interests of the great body of
our people. Do not be deceived by
the partisans of Mr. Camden. Do
not be mislead by the enimissaries
of monopoly. You will not share
the reward which these men receive.
A mass meeting on the eighth
(first day of the Circuit Court) in
Ilardy, when a large crowd was
present, adopted nine resolutions
endorsing most heartily and in the
most unqualified terms the conduct
of the twelve who defeated Mr. Cain
den. The resolution says:
We are opposed to the re-election
ot Senator < 'aniden and Senators
Flournoy and Trice and Delegate
Chipley voiced our sentiment* by
their action in the Legislature.
It will be a remarkable sight ifJef
ferson county does not display a*
much devotion to the cause of true
Democracy as Hardy county- Ilardy
county has endorsed and stands by
her representatives who carried out
the pledges they made to the people.
The delegates from Jefferson did the
same thing and shall we go bach on
them? Let the people l»eware of tne
traps set by Monopoly.— The Spirit.
This is a canvass for ideas, not for
men. Let ns nominate for the Leg
islature the man who best represents
the ideas which actuated those who
resisted Mr. Camden's election.
We are not in favor of any candi
date whose conduct in the Legisla
ture will be influenced by adosure to
advance the personal fortunes of any
individual. If the contest for Sena
tor becomes a struggle between self
seeking politicians, all equally ready
to betray the principles they profess,
then we are done with it.
In our judgment the election on
Ai rii 5th will be more fir-reaching
in its results than any jocal election
ever liem. A combination of cir
cumstances makes this county the
Thormopyla*, and our people are to
decide whether the U. S. Senate is
to be controlled by millionaire ?PJ>
resentatives of monopoly or by
statesmen who serve the public at
► large. If at this crisis, and after
what has occurred, this county goes
for Camden, then that is the end of
the fight of the people against mo
Of late years the laws have been
shaped to increase the profits of
capital and to facilitate great com
binations whereby the big fishswal
low the small fish. If the real issue
be understood, one side will receive
no votes except from persons in the
pat of those who get rich by meth
ods that impoverish the major it}’.
: But all the cunning money can hire
is invoked to obscure the issue and
induce honest voters to vote contra
ry to their true interests. For ex
ample, ( amden represents and is the
embodiment of the very ideas aud
methods an agricultural county like
this is against, and yet ho expects
by means of his agents in Jefferson
to elect to the Legislature a man
who will support him, or, if he him
self cannot be Senator, then some
one with the same views and meth
ods on this issue, were it made
openly, there would be against Cam
den the largest vote over pollen, but
this issue is concealed and the
shrewdest politicians arc now at (
work in Washington to invent a way
to vote our people lor Camden with-1
out their knowing it. While farm
ers arc rustling to make ends meet
with wheat at 70 cents and while
mechanics are scheming to still fur
ther reduce family expenses, long
headed political managers are paid
fabnlous salaries by corporations to
invent new methods to trick the
farmers and mechanics into sending
to the Legislature a man who will
assist in electing Camden. Will
they succeed?
Instead of avowing theirtrue pur
pose they try to create an impres
sion that some sin was committed
when several of the best Democrats
in the legislature refused to support
Camden. The pretense is, they re
fused to go into a caucus and there
by bind themselves to vote for him.
This is a pretext; the truth is, the
only sin consisted in defeating Cam- j
den. The result of the caucus was
known beforehand. Ont of fifty
Democrats twenty-seven were al
ready pledged to him. To go into
caucus was therefore to elect Cam
den, and to stay out of caucus was
to defeat him. No politician will
come before the people on a proposi
tion, that the principles of the party
are to be sacrificed in order to pre
serve that invention of political
managers, Called c.vucvs. As the
matter stood the question was
whether to go in caucus and thereby
: certainly elect Camden or to stay
out and thereby defeat him. No
1 man, who is at heart, opposed to
having the Senate filled with repre
sentatives of monopoly would go
■ into caucus, or into any other meet
ing. if doing so elects the very man
who ought not to be elected. What
' does the farmer at the plow or the
mechanic at the bench care for cau
cus. when caucus means monopoly.
He cares for the principles of the
party, but not for devices to defeat
those principles. When we come
down to the bottom facts, the people
do not care a tig for any of the con
trivances of politicians and all this
pretended excitement comes from
men who arc trying to use party
machinery, because they arc hired
either with money or with Federal
i patronage, to re-elect Camden. The
, plan in Jefferson is, to have a great
| number of men talking as if caucus
was the salvation of Democracy, and
| the expectation is that the farmers
1 and mechanics will not see through
this conspiracy in time to avoid be
j ing fooled. Let our people under
stand once for all that, in this elec
NOPOLY, and it means also that
high protective tariff which has
well nigh bankrupted our people.
Let n>» man be deceived. When you
are coaxed for your vote, ask wheth
er the Talker ha3 a Federal office or
gets favors from the railroad or
whether he has any of his relations
supported by tax payers. We have
no choice for the Legislature, but we
j do want some candidate who will
' publicly say that he will not support
Camden or any man like him in
caucus or out of caucus. The elec
tion on the fifth will be conclusive
one way or the other. If money and
those who hold’ofT* Washington ;
are able to bamboozle the people of
Jefferson, then the men who have
biten trying to save the ship may as
well stand aside and let her go on j
the rocks.
During the last month three
things occurred and cither of them, ;
twenty years ago, would have set the '
people wild with excitement because !
alarmed for the near future.
First. The Cotton Seed Oil Com- 1
pan}’, of only five men, by combiua- j
tion obtained complete control of the j
manufacture and sale of the entire j
cotton seed product in eleven States j
which is worth annually $50,000,000, i
and as soon as this combination was j
made the price of cotton seed was
squeezed down from $14.50 to $9 a
Skcoxd. Mr. Camden, who, every I
one admits, could not be elected by i
a direct vote of the people, by means 1
of money and corporate influence :
held this State at bay for forty-five j
days and prevented any election ofj
Third. A secret deal was made !
and a combination was perfected j
wereby one railway corporation was j
to swallow* up several others, so that I
one central company would control i
16,000 miles of track with a yearly |
income ot $250,000,000 and with (
outstanding securities for $1,125,- j
000,000. This combination has been
delayed a little while but will go ;
through before summer and then a |
single corporation will control the
highways upon which 12,000,000 of
people and all their farm products
are dependent.
With these three events happening I
under our eyes and within less than
a month it is now proposed by intel
ligeut men in Jefferson to send to ,
the Legislature a man who will sup
port the ideas and methods ropre- ;
sented by 31 r. Camden.
The following adinirablo contribution
is sent to us from Mouroe county, and
we wish it could be read by every voter
in the Stale.
The Revolution was a war of the
people against the crown. Thomas
Jefferson took the side of the people.
The people won.
The late Senatorial contest in our
Legislature was a struggle between
the people and monopoly. The'Jef- j
fersonian Democracy, represented by
the historic Twelve, took the side of
the people. On one side was the in
fluence of combined monopoly and
the expectation of Federal appoint
ment. On the other side nothing
but a desire to act for the best in
terests of the people. Thus far the
people have won and Jeffersonian
Democracy triumphs. The caucus j
dogma for once in this State has
been downed as it long since ought to i
have been. Organization is ascssen-I
tial in political parties as in any
other association formed to carry for- ;
ward important principles. But
such organization should be effected
by the people themselves in mass j
meetings where citizens act in their
individual capacity and not iu an i
, official capacity. Such is the place j
to organize; such is the place to j
formulate doctrines and to select
: candidates who will be exponents of
[ the doctrines thus formulated. Un
i der such a process if a majority of
the Legislature be Democrats and ;
come to elect a Senator they will
choose a proper person. No member
has any right to vote for any man to
; whom his constituents are opposed, i
lie takes an oath to faith fully dis- I
! charge the duties of his office and j
I fbp most important of those duties
[ is the duty to re-pre-seat (to present
a second time) the wishes ot his
i constituents as those wishes were
pre sented to him at the polls, lie
has no moral or legal right to per
mit a caucus, or anything else, to
i stille the voice or thwart the vote he
; is sworn to give. He has neither
the legal nor the moral right to per- j
j form any official act except on the
j responsibility of his own conscience
and his own judgment. lie has no
f right to subordinate his own con-1
i science to the dictates of some un
| official body. The fundamental
! idea of our system of government is,
j that each member of a legislature
will represent the views of his own
! local constituency. He has no right
j to do any official act except in the
manner prescribed by the law of the
■ State and by that Constitution he is
sworn to obey.
But the office-holding managers
| iu this State and their servile fol- i
! lowers (to whom the Chestnut Bell
should be constantly rung) combat
the foregoing ideas, not by argu
ment, but, by crying out, BOLTER,
HONORED USAGES! There is no j
argument in these catch-words and j
j they have become disgusting to sen
sible men. The most time honored
custom is to abandon anything that
| militates against the public interest.
Caucus (Calk-House) means a se
i cret political meeting where men
may do in private what they arc
afraid to do in public. They have
almost always been the instrument
of corruptionists especially in mod
ern times. They have become the
main reliance of great corporations |
and money bags. Volumes might
^bcwritten'm^ thousands^of instan
ces cited ti» prove what we here say
if spaee permitted.
Now, to appiy facts to the
caucus at Charleston.. Ifow stand
the 12 “Kickers?” Theyptand as
model Jeffersonian Democrats and
patriots. A patriot is a man who
resists the blandishments of great
wealth and power and serves the |
masses withoot reward.
Should these 12 have acted con
trary to their judgment? Thomas
Jefferson once said: “No legislator
has any right to do that, the propri
ety of which he is conscientiously
doubtful.” Could the Kickers have
had any doubt of the propriety of
going into a caucus when they well
knew a majority of that caucus was
already pledged to Camden ? Could
they go into it when so large a ma
jority of their constituents were op
posed to Mr. Camden’s re election?
They were directly or undirectly
pledged not to vote for him. Did
they not know that he had sent hun
dreds of dollars to candidates for
the Legislature previous to the elec
tion? Did they not know that this
money would have been sent to the
executive committee instead of to
the candidate were it not inten led
to influence his conduct after the
election? Would tins money have
been sent to candidates openly, pub
licly and in the sunlight of criti
cism? Does it not strike every in
telligent man that for a millionaire
candidate for the Senate to thus
send rnqpey privately' to a person
likely to be in the Legislature is, to
say the least, moral bribery? Is Mr.
Camden willing to publish a list of
the persons to whom lie sent money?
Would this secrecy be maintained if
the act was proper? Is it safe to
have in the Senate a man who se
cretly sends money to candidates for
a legislature? It is admitted he did
so. Did the 12 do right to prevent
his election? Is it any answer to
erv out ROLTER and PARTY
A subsidized press may refuse to
publish these things, but they are
known to the people. We can un
derstand why an individual is un
willing to bring against himself the
antagonism of the powerful influen
ces represented by Mr. Camden. \\ e
can understand why a newspaper
may lx* afraid to incur the hostility
of Mr. Camden and the influences
behind him. We constantly see men
who think right and who do right,
but who are too poor to add to their
burden by publicly expressing opin
ions which would bring against
them the hostility of the class rep
resented by Mr. Camden. We mi
dmstand these things, but we can
not understand why Mr. Camden’s
managers should be such fools as to
suppose that these things are kept
from the people simply because they
are excluded from the papers. It is
said that the ostrich fancies itself
safe when its head is hid in the
sand, although its body (big as a
barrel) is exposed to full view. The
ostrich is not so foolish ns these
managers, if they imagine newspa
per silence will prevent the people
from knowing and from talking
about such facts as arc here pub
lished. They are being discussed
at every country store in the State,
and they are discussed the moro
earnestly because people observe
that they are kept out of the papers.
Depend 'upou it, West Virginia
voters will no longer submit to the
methods of the millionaire monocra
cy. Depend upon it, there are in
tiiis State many honest people who
cannot be bought, hired or bulldozed
and there are enough of them to
save the Democracy. The press may
continue to pour out its black . tor
rents of fetid ribaldry upon every
citizen who asserts his manhood,but
it will not strengthen the cause of
the class represented by Mr. Cam
den. Ho may gather about him the
men whose poverty compels them to
feed on the crumbs that fall from
bistable; he may gather about him
the venal and corrupt, and be may
silence the timid and the faint
hearted. but he will never subdue
that spirit, of independence which is
the very essence of Democracy.
True patriotism, like Truth, cannot
bo downed and kept down.
On the first day of the Circuit
Court (March Sth) the Democrats
or Hardy held :i mass meeting. Sen
ator Flournoy and Delegate Chipley
made speeches and Mr. Sprigg offer
ed the following resolutions which
were adopted:
N. 11.—We find them in the Ivtefli
geneer or the 12th,but not in tho Register.
Will the Register sav why it did not
print them?.
First—That the power of appoint
ment pertaining to any office is not
a personal right to be administered
in the interest or to promote the re
election or advancement of the indi
vidual holding it, but is a public
trust to be exercised for the benefit
of the people by a faithful and lion
est discharge of the duties of the
Second—That the Senators and
Representatives in Congress arc in
no true sense the representatives of
the people in regard to filling Fed
eral offices but only in discharging
the duties pertaining to the legisla
tive department; and their recom
mendations of persons for office are
entitled to no more weight than
those of other citizens of equal char
acter and intelligence and means of
Third—That the time and atten
tion of the members of the Senate
and House of Representatives should
be devote^to the faithful disc ifftrge
of tiie important legislative doties i
‘devolved upon them by the Cdpst^l
tution, for which they are paidX
FoubCB—That the conduct offien- i
ators Camden and Kenna in leaving ’
their places in the Senate of the •
United States, while in~ses9ion and j
when measures of the highest im
portance to the people were pending
before Tt. and lor attending to which
they were appointed and paid, and !
going to Charleston to instruct and ;
influence the members of the Legis- ;
lature of the State, in the discharge
of the high duties committed to
them by the people, for the purpose '
of securing the re-election of Mr.
Camden and remaining there—Mr. j
Kenna for days and Mr. Camden for
weeks, is such an exhibition of
faithlessness to public trust and
such a disregard of public duty' as
to deserve our condemnation.
Fifth—That the spectacle of the
Federal office holders in this State 1
appointed through the agency of j
Senators Camden and Kenna flock-1
ing to Charleston to influence and j
intimidate the members of the Leg-!
islature in the discharge of their j
duty and to secure the re-election of j
Mr. Camden to the Senate is humil- j
iating and disgraceful, and we call
upon President Cleveland to prevent
its recurrence in the future.
Sixth—That we condemn the con
duct of Senator Camden voluntarily
ottering and sending, as we are cred
itably informed he did do, to Demo
cratic candidates of the Legislature,
money to aid them in securing their
election, he being at the time a can
didate for United States Senator,
ami they being the persons to de
cide whether he should be elected or
not, and then going to Charleston to
solicit the votes of these persons—
whom lie had placed or attempted to
place under pecuniary obligations to
himself. This has 60 ranch the ap
pearance of bribery and is so un
worthy of the high office lit has held
that we denounce and condemn it.
Seventh—That we cordially en
dorse the action of our Senators and
Representatives in the Legislature,
who had the courage and independ
ence to resist wrong and do right.
That we were and are opposed to
the re elccliou of Senator Camden to
the Senate, and Senators Flournoy
and Price and Representatives Chip
lev voiced our sentiments bv their
action in the Legislature.
Eighth—That we sincerely desire
the unity, harmony and success of
\he Democratic party in this State,
but believing that can only he se
cured by an honest effort to reform
the methods of political action and
a recurrence to the fundamental
principles of the party wo do earn
estly recommend to the Democrats
in every county of this State to ap
point delegates to a convention to be
held in the present year at some
time and place hereafter to be des
ignated to consult as to the meas
ures to be adopted to promote the
future harmony and success of the
j party in the State.
Ninth—That we recommend to
the Democrats of this Senatorial
district that they appoint a delegate
trom each county and one from the
district at large to wait upon Presi
dent fleveland and lay our views
before him.
Tenth—That these resolutions lie
published in the Wheeling Itegiatcr,
Wheeling Intelligencer, and all the
Democratic papers of this Senatorial
We have advices from Moore Held
that the above resolutions truly re
flect the sentiments of an over
whelming majority in Hardy. It is
true there were a few individuals
present in that meeting who train
! with monopoly and they voted
against the resolutions, but iheir
number was too small to attract even
passing attention. On the next da)
these persons met together and
adopted the resolutions printed be
low. Our correspondent in Moore
field will presently give us the truth
respecting these two meetings. As
i a matter of course it was very easy
i for two or three men to meet, in a
back room, and adopt resolutions.
But the meeting which passed the
Sprigg resolutions was public and
open to all. It was on the first day
of court, when the grand jury wa9
present. The question suggests
itself to every one—Why did not the
movers of the second meeting go into
the first meeting and oppose the res
olutions? We presume they did not
I do so because they were in a hope
! less minority.
There is one feature about this
matter deserving notice. The Iicy
inter did not publish the Sprigg res
olutions until two days after they
had been printed in the Intelliyeu
cer, and then takes care to publish
' them in connection with the minor
ity resolutions of a (90-caIlcd) meet
ing held on the following day. Not
: only so, but the lteyister produces
i in its editorial columns the Vanmeter
! letter which was written about a
month ago. and has an editorial
j based on that letter and treating it
as voicing the sentiment in Hardy.
Be it remembered, Vanmeter was a
candidate against Senator Price for
; the Senate, and was defeated. Wc
j have several letters from that Sena
torial district and all of them tell
Chiplev ami
put iu type
a gentlemen,
•pre meetings, who in- j
forms us that the second meeting j
was a mere faree and the minority 1
resolutions only received ten votes
out of 70 Democrats present. The
firsi meeting was composed of repre
sentativc Democrats from every sec
tion of the county, (there were over
175 present,) and there were only 4
votes against any resolution.)
Whereas, At a meeting held in
the Court House on the 8th in9t. res
olutions were adopted which may be
construed to represent the views of
the Democrats of Hardy county, and
inasmuch as it is the purpose of the
authors and managers of said meet
ing to publish its proceedings in all
the Democratic papers of the State,
and, whereas, said resolutions con
tain Berious charges against the con
duct of certain honored and esteem
ed members of the Democratic
part)*, therefore be it
Jietolretf, Bv this meeting of
1st. Th.it the Democratic masses
of Hardy county are not represent
ed by the deliverances of said meet
ing, and that we as Democrats dis
claim any connection with, or re
sponsibility for, said resolutions;
and that we do most heartily con
demn and disapprove of them as
menus tending to provoke further
discord aud inharmony within the
tanks of the party.
2nd. We declare our faithful ad
herence to the principles and usages
of the Democratic party, and we dis
approve of all acts of the party's
representatives, whether official or
otherwise, which lead to the subver
sion of the right of a majority to
3rd. An extra session of the Leg
islature will greatly increase the
burden of an already overtaxed peo
ple, aud the condemnation of the
tax payers should rest upon who
ever may be justly held responsible
for its necessity.
4th. That these resolutions be
published iu the Moorefield Exam
iner, ami the editors of other Demo
cratic papers in this State, who pub
lished the proceedings of the meet
ing held in this place on the 8th
inst,, be also requested to publish
these resolutions.
Reprinted by Request.
Mr. VnnMeter. of Hardy, recently
printed ti very foolish letter con
demning the course of the gentlemen
who resist Mr. Camden’s election.
Mr. VnnMeter was in Washington
for a long time asking that his son
' be appointed ton Federal office. Mr.
Van Meter’s letter “went the rounds”
i of the Camden organs. We eon j
! dense from the last Hampshire lie-1
\cietr the following criticism of Mr.
VanMeter’s change of front. It was
I written for that paper by a sterling
1 Democrat in Komney.
While a caucus lias often been rc
; sorted to as a means of producing;
! harmony it was never deemed essen
1 tial to party organization much less |
was it considered a fundamental
principle. The principles of a party
are one thing, the mn»hfn»»rv or
methods adopted to soie<-i. uu-n to
give etfect to those prino, ics, is an !
entirely different thing. The meth-1
o Is should always he subordinated
to principles. Otherwise principles
: will lie sacrificed to mere form; the
! substance will be destroyed to pre
serve I lie shadow and the machinery
j of party will be used to defeat its
i principles. This has been the re
sult in many instances and has prob
ably done more than any other one
thing to corrupt our party politics.
: It has led to boss-rule. An arabi
I tious man,p raucssing little qualificn
! tions of the statesman, by the use
; cf money and adroit means, (unfor
j tunately now so well understood, hyik
a certain class of politicians,) in mj!
nipulating conventions, succeeds
nominating a majority of a Legists!
• tore. Then, all the other members, j
1 though of equal, if not superior in-J
tellect and character, must support!
the nominee. No matter how th!
majority has been attained, no mat!
ter though the nominee disregard!
the most important principles of tl
party; no matter how unfaithfnl faH
has been to the interests of the pefl
: p|e_—every individual must vote fo!
him. A Legislator takes an oathl
that, electing a Senator, he will ac!
honestly and (aithfnlly. This*
| oath must he disregarded and the i
Legislator must vote for a man!
who he believes is unsafe; must vot^l
i for a man who, in his judgment and h
who in the jndgment of his constitu!
ents, ought not to he elected; must!
vote for a man who he believes had Jj
; obtained a majority of the cauens bj!
I improper means. In other word!
the Legislator must sink his con-1
science, give up his judgment, lie-l
tray his constituents, violate his!
oath, because forsooth one candidate 1
for the Senate, by means of hiaJ
money, has procured the nomination!
• \ \ -; V • j,. ‘ :j0. . -\
of whaV is vailed a-calKus_ This
proposition will never supceed before
llie )>eopltt. This is the effect of the
position taken by Mr. Vanmeter.
He says:
It is a question of subordination to
the will of a majority of (he' Democrat ie
members in a Legislature. *
According to Mr. Vanmeter* con
ception. the obligation of an oath ie
to be determined, not by the indi
vidual, but by a majority of a cau
cus. Can there be a more demoral
izing doctrine? By means of such doc
trine Cameron was boss in PenneyH
vania and rhlcd like the Czarf of
Russia. It was this doctrine that
Mahonc adopted in Virginia. By
this doctrine the millionaire lord
and master of West Virginia, Mr.
Camden, will become onr boss and
party principles sacrificed to him.
As a citizen 1 will never consent to
it; my manhood rebels and my con
science cries out against it. As
Archie Campbell said,—“I carry
my sovereignty under my hat.”
When I cannot do this, I cease to be_
a man. I cease to be a Democrat
I cease to respect myself, and I for
feit the respect of my neighbors. It
is neither sound doctrine, sound
morals, nor sound Democracy. It is
not a principle of the party, and the
day is not distant when the word
caucus will bo a by word nod a re
proach. •. -
The following was printed iu the
editorial columns of tbo Wheeling
Register of yesterday and is here re
printed that the readers of the Dksi
ockat may form some idea of how
infamous are the scoundrels who
write about Mr. Mason in the Reg
\ inter. The statement that Mr. Ma
son ever, on any occasion, intimated
i a desire or expectation to use money
corruptly and the suggestion that he
said, he had money for such purpose,
arc infamous falsehoods, but lie is
powerless unless the scoundrel, writ
ing for the Register, gives his name.
Truly it has come to a wretched Bta'e
of affaire when a gentleman may bo
tbns traduced by some irresponsible
vagabond whose name is withheld
from the publk*.
The Conference in the 8upreme Court,
j 1 Room in Wheellnf in '84.
Fontth District, W. Va., \
March 14, 1887. 1
7V> the Editor 0/ the Register.
Mr. James M. Mason in the last
j issue of his paper, with an evident
: relish, refers to the conference which
i was held in tne Supreme Court-Room
at Wheeling during the State Con
vention in the summer of 1884. As
that gentleman has now assumed
the role of an apostle of pure meth
ods in politics, I beg.to call his at
tention to a little conversation be
tween us immediately aftei; the ad
journment of the conference referred
to, which he will recall. I. was u
delegate to that convention, and went
there in support of tho gubernatorial
I candidacy of Mr. VanMeter, of Har
t dy county. On the day before the
convention was to mcot, I was invit
ed by Captain Mathews, of Green
i brier, to go down to the Capitol to a
little meeting of anti-Faulkner dele
gates. I remained throughout the ses
sion of the conference and after its ad
journment Mr. Mason wai brought
and after being introduced by a mu
tnal friend, said: “Mr.--,this con
ferencc has proven thst we need
IUPRKyMhw votes to defeat Fanlkner;
your county has about eighty dele
gates here, and I want you to give
me the names of all the Faulkner
men whom 1 can reach with money,
j I have got the money to beat Cam
, den's man, Faulkner, and muftdo it.
; if it takes all the money in the Eirst
; National Bank."
Mr. Mason will remember this
I conversation and cannot deny it.
Since he has become a “political re
former" and now deprecates the use
of money in politics, I thought it
might be well to remind
little incident.

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