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" 'TIS IKE TO BE THE
Democratic Candidate for
State Treasurer Bursts into
Song against the Bosses
and the Boodlers.
(I3y Ignatius Breiinen.)
'Tis nice to be the leader of the l)em- .
And Moat our truest colors at the front, I
And have the opposition wipe you 1
rashly from the boards ?
'Tis nice to know you've stood the
Again, 'tis so entrancing, as you're
healing from your ills, I
To be the brave leader ? in the sett I- !
ing of the bills.
'Tis fine to be the leader when the.
"Will figure the assessments ? pro and
Then rubber-stamp the statement with
"a prompt remittance please."
'Tis nice to be the chairman ? are you ]
on? * I
And then, 'tis O, so pleasant when \
defeat has come your way
To get "congratulations for your gal- ,
lant fight for pay." j
'Tis fun to be the leader when there's
speaking to be done,
And get your own expenses as you go,
And get the palsied promise ? "What j
we'll give you when we've won. j
Will be the chief est laurel in the row,
Then when the votes arc counted and >
of victory they smack ? |
'Tis great to be the loader ? with a !
dagger in your back. 1
'Tis swell to be the leader when your :
cause is on the wane.
And fight an uphill battle from the
And know your fellow workers (?)
are "too busf' -'vThey explain) ?
To even grasp the hand to warm tin1 ;
It must be gratifying when at last j
you've won the day i
To have bigotry and boodle como
around and snatch your laurels
? ? Pan-Handle News, Feb. 10, 1911.
A PROTEST FROM
The masses of the Democratic party j
are clamoring for recognition and
are disposed to complain if their de- '
mands are not heeded. They insist. ?
that representatives of the milion- ;
aire interests do not represent their J
interests. Members of the Legisla- ,
ture no doubt will consult the wishes j
cf their constituents before the enact- l
ment of important laws. ? AVeston j
Democrat, January 13, 1911.
HON. STUART F. REED, of Harrison County.
Candidate for Secretary of Slate- He, stands loi all that i
best in official lile,
Are Grafton Democrats with
Their Party's Legislature.
Grafton Democrats in their mu
nicipal convention adopted resolu
tions condemning and repudiating:
i the Democratic majority uf the Leg
islature. Here are some of the
I things they said :
I "The Democrats of West Virginia
have been humiliated, chagrineck^nd
outraged by the perflfly of unfaithfhl
They further denounced "Those
of our legislators and representatives
who disregarded our wishes and their
own pledges and defeated the in
Relative to the charges of bribery:
"We are forced to the conclusion j
that those, who voted against the said j
investigation were all tarred with
the same stick." ? The Monroe
Watchman, March 23, 1 9 1 1 .
To paraphrase the Charleston Ga
zette. West Virginia now has two.'
Senators at Washington ? one Demo- 1
crat and Watson. ? St. Mary s Oracle,
March 17, 101 1.
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For? u u ci< [h
WILL OF THE PEOPLE
Frustrated by Corrupt Politics
(From the Webster Echo.) ,
That in the selection of Chilton
and Watosn for United States sena
tors by the Democratis caucus last
week, the will of the people was de
feated there can be no doubt. Dem
ocrats and Democratic papers
throughout the state are protesting
vigorously against that action and
condemning in no uncertain tones
those wVo are responsible for the
crime. MOsi of us can swallow Chil
Is This Editor, But He Advised
Let the Democratic members of the
West Virglr\ir Legislature remember
that no man's voluntary contributions
to the campaign fund, however gen
erous or acceptable, can probably
give him a prima facie title to the
raited States Scnatorship. Other
qualifications are imles-pensable. He
must (show himself tit for this high
'representative office ? l>y mentality,
by education, by loyalty to Democra
tic principles, by freedom from whole
some influences and above all,
character. Our legislators now hold
the destinies of the Democratic part}*
in the hollow of their hands- ? let them
take heed lest they be betrayed into
a fatal and irretrievable blunder. ?
Weston Democrat,. January. 13, 1911.
So far a careful inspection of our
exchanges fails to show more than
three papers supporting Senator
Watson with a view to re-elect him
at the end of two years, and those
three papers are not by any means
permitted to express independent
thought regarding matters politically. *
? St. Mary's Oracle, March 17, 1911.
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jton with a grain of salt, but none
j of us can swallow Watson with anyj
| quantity of it.
That this caucus could choose
Watson, who is supposed to be own-j
: ed body and soul by the corpora-:
tlons, when they had so many able,
tried and true men to select from,
is what the people can not under
Beyond all question, Hon. John!
, T. McGraw was the first choice of I
the Democracy f the state, and his,
defeat caused general and sincere
; mourning throughout Ike Democrat
ic camp. The manly course he pur
sued before and after the caucus
proves that- every inch of him is
good senatorial timber, and if the
; people could have a vote on the
; question Mr. McGraw would defeat
:his opponents ten.to.one. But, as it
; was, he found arrayed against him,
Standard Oil, the coal companies,
the rartroads and the "interests" in
j general, and, despite hie most gal-'
! lant fight, he could not hope to win
out against these great odds.
All honor to the Democratic mem
bers who so manfully stood up for
Mr. McGraw and the right, and may
! eternal shame abide in the bosoms
| of those w\io sold him out.
The threat made by Cornwell up
! on the eve of the caucus, that "we
intend to defeat. McGraw, even it
jit becomes necessary to knock the
j very foundation from under the
Democratic party of West Virginia,'"
was made good. Corrupt politics
i and boodle havo won for the time
being, but the grand old Democratic
party will survive even this great
blow directed at. "its very founda
tion," and ultimately come into its
own. for is it not he party of the
people?? January G. 1911.
0\ TO TTIK SA1IE.
For two years Clarence W. Watson
jrnay be a good Senator, and his
I friends ;it the end of that time may
be able to point their finger at us and
say they knew we were mistaken. Hut
we are going to keep in mind the
fact that eorporate interests are
sometimes willing to give a little in
order that they may be in a position
to take a gr^at deal. The supreme
test may not occur in thr noxt. two
years.-- St. Mary's Oracle, March 3,
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And they are still balloting for a
i Senator at Albany, We might easily
? ? spare 'em a couple. ? St. Mary's
Oricle, March 17. lf)l 1.
Of the Vote Sellers, Does
The Democratic members still re
fuse tp investigate themselvea qf the
charges of bribery in the election or
United States senators. It is re
ported that charged will -be ptresex^t
ed to the Grand Jury of Kanawha
county lay Prosecuting Attorney Avis.
More powor to Avis; if he dos so. .
Disfranchisement^ and a term in
prison is not too severe a sentence
for * representatives who* have ac
cepted hrftios or offered them. Go
in, Mr. Prosecutor, and you will
place your constituents under great
obligation to you. ? OPan Handle
News, February 17, 1911.
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Hirelings of "Special interests" or
corporations . and their supporters,
all look alike to us wbetner Republi
can or Democrat, only that we hate
the Democrat the more because he
is a blotch upon the pure ermine of
Democracy's immaculate mantle. ?
Pan Handle News, F ebruary 10,
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LETTER FROM AN
Condemns the Watson-Chilton
MacCorkle Combine of
Bosses and Boodle.
Editor Monroe Watchman:
The.. people.. w:ho are_ responsible
for Chilton, and Watson in the United
States Senate, who threw away a
Democratic voting majority in the
State Senate to insure their election:
are the men lesponsible for the injur
ing of Democratic chances in the state
for many a year to come. Why. should
you not condemn this bartering com
mercialism of a political trust on its
face value of pure cussedness? It
would not investigate itself and it
-trembles at the light your censure
| turns upon it.
Keep it tip until we \ rid ourselves:
j of the fools who think to still fool j
the Democratic masses and the "elec- j
tion-turning/' free-voting element of ?
tli e state. The Kid di tea' and oppor- !
tunists of the Legislature, are not j
likely, though, to have ever, thought t
of the future of the Democratic party.
, ? whether the people would put the
j party in power again or not. It was
I sufficient for them that they feather
their nests. I am glad to congratu
late you upon your m^tjly courageous
stand, but more so ia congratulation
i due our party, that we have you
among our journalists to combat the
i evil influence of such newspapers as
j the Charleston i(jlaz?tte. - The recent
Legislature has placed the battle-line
between the "real" Democratic party
? and the trust interests seemingly in
control of the party. The Democrat?
were asked to give the State repre
sentative Senators and better State
government. For*- El kins they were
! "persuaded" to give us Watson; for
? Scott, Win. K. Chilton, of conserva
? five and reactionary tendencies. Wat
son. of the Rig Interests, Chilton of
the Uig Interests, servitor. Very
: pleasant to the Democratic voters and
to the independent Republican voter
not owning Standaid Oil Stock. Thosf>
; 1 ?") recalcitrant Republican members
| of the Senate surely found a "soft"
; lot of statesmen to handle. Rather
j thun s*'?' their idols ? Watson and
J Chilton ? fall to the ground. they
j readily crossed their hands for tie
ing and made the Legislature non
Oh Watson and Chilton, De
clared Col, Harry Snyder
Cfeills Theirs "Dirty
On6" of the most substantial Demo*
cratlc noV?paper8 iu West Virginia
is the Register, published at Shep
hordstown.i \ in Jefferson county.
Jefferson county is the home of Dem
ocracy* pure and undclUed. Its peo
ple have not yet smelled< the taint of
Standard Oi}, nor felt the heavy hand
of the B. & Q. R. K., and the Fairmont
The editor of the Shepherds town
Register is Hon, Harry h . Snyder, a
man honored and respected by all
who know him. In last week's issue
of the Register, Mr. Snyder, who is
an able and interesting writer pre
sented his compliments to the Demo
cratic caucus a number of choice
paragraphs. Hore are some of them:
"THAT A VERY CONSIDERABLE
NUMBER OF SENATORS AND MEM
BERS OF THE HOUSE OF DELE
GATES SOLD THEIR YOTES VAT
CHARLESTON TO TIIE SUCCESS
FUL SENATORIAL COMBINATION
IS BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A
DOUBT? INDEED CERTAIN MEN
ARE POINTED OUT AS THEY
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effective for reformative work.
We must have the election of Sen
ators by a popular vote.
Go afte?r them. Mr. Johnson, and
with the assistance of "Johnstones"
all over the State we will leave none
of the traitors on guard, or, at least
in such a minority; they will not count.
I am sending this communication to
your paper direct because; Summers
county is without a Democratic
newspaper. The editor of our (erst
while) good paper is so busily en
gaged denouncing Roosevelt, Bryan,
Folk, Lafollette and other - "dema
gogues" that he can find no time to
devote to anything else except to con
demn the income tax. Federal taxa
tion of corporations, the initiative
and referendum, election of Senators
by popular vote and other like meas
ures. ? Amerlcanus, Hinton, W. Va.
Our corespondent claims the right
to an audience in a Democratic news
paper. He has never held an office in
his life, &s far as we know, but is a
working Democrat of proved fidelity.
? The Monroe Watchman, April 6,
HOW ARE YOU NOW?
Is Delegate Pemberton Still
It has been intimated that an effort
is to be made to read the editor, of
the Oricle out of the Democratic par
ty because he has refused to vote for
Clarence \V. Watson for United States
Senator iu the recent session of t lie
Legislature. In other words the
'Vpccial interests" have found that
they cannot use us, and are going to
discredit us in our own party. To all
of which we simply smile and reply
1 that the people of Pleasants count^
elected us to represent them, and
that in refusing to vote for Watson
we carried out the pledge we had
mvde in the campaign, to fight for the
people against corporations.
If that was not Democratic, we
have read Bryan'.* Commoner in vain.
? St. Mary's Oracle, March 31, 15)11.
We thought that Watson, Chilton
and MacCorkle expressed themselves
in favor of an investigation of the
(alleged bribery in the senatorial elec
tion. Why the change of mind? ?
.Pan Handle News, February 17,
WALK, AS GRAFTERS >TUO BE-Y
TRAYED THEIR CONSTITUENTS!
FOR MONEY! WHAT A BRAND OF I
SHAME THEY DEAR! HOW MEAN
THEY MUST FEEL IN THEIR qA'N
HEARTS, REALIZING THAT THEIR
BVIL IS KNOWft TO ALL MEN!
HOW GUILTY THEY WILL AP
FEAR WHEN THEY RETURN TO
THEIR HOMES! THE 1HRTY MON
EY THEY HAVE WILL NEVER DO
THEM ANY GOOD, FOR MONEY
CANNOT FAY FOR THE LOSS OF
SELF-RESPECT OR THE RESPECT
OF ONE'S FELL0W8"? Pnn-H?n ell a
News, Feb. 10. 19lH.
I It would be bard to express the
Indignation of Brooke county Dem
ocrats because , of tho selection o^|
United States senators. We have
been unable to find but two who fa
vored the election of Waton, after a
rather thorough search. Perhaps
these two are looked upon by ourj
legislators, as the Democratic party
of Brooke. ? Pan Handle News, Feb
ruary 2, 1911.
The Democrats had no way to ex
press their preferences for the United !
States senatorships in this state. No
wonder tho whole thing was a trav
esty on justice and a disgrace to the
stale. Hereafter they will be look
ing out and will be braced for the
occasion, never fear. ? The West Union
Kecord, Feb 3, 1911.
As Senators-elect Watson and
Chilton stated before legally elected,
that hey wanted an investigation
and that they would be willing to
resign if fraud in their election
could be shown, and as they seemed
to control the Democratic portion of
the Senate in promptly making a
compromise, to be sure to legalize
their election, how is it that they do
not have influence enough to secure
an investigation of the bribery
charges? ? 'Pan Handle New, Febru
ary 10, 1911.
It appears that our Democratc
I legislators don't want to have them
1 selves investigated. Why? A ma
jority of them are not guilty of ac
cepting bribes? ? Ran Handle News,
February 10, 1911.
Parsons Democrat- Warns Its
Party against Abol*
^ (From the Parsons Democrat.)
Democratic newspapers are very
actively pointing out the opportuni
ties for economy in the State admin
istration. The Wayne News expresses
the opinion, for instance that the State
can get along Very well " without .a Tax
Commissioner, and a Tax Commie*
sioncr's department. ' Like express
sions that have come from other
Democratic sources, and it seems
likely that an effort will be made to
reduce the efficiency of the Tax Com
missioner's office it" it -i^ not entirely
Of course we can got along with*
out the Tax Commissioner's Office.
Won't every tax dodger in the
State say so? Won't every man who
owns a lease hold acreage in coal,
oil or gas, and who has been com
pelled) to pay his tax upon It, say so?
Won't every railroad, that in the good
old days paid taxes on about one-fifth
of its property, and is now
assessed at its full value, say so?
Won't every rich family that. has been
compelled to pay the full amount of a
just inheritance tax, say so? Won't
every crooked sheriff and county court
in West Virginia, say so?
There is not the least difficulty in
finding abundant evidence of a kind,
to- the effect that the Tax C o hi in i ? s
er's office is not necessary. Why, in
deed, pay twelve to fifteen thousand
dollars a year for the maintenance
of an office that does no turn into the
State- less than two hundred
a year in taxes that would not other
wise be collected? Why, indeed,
maintain an office that compells
county sheriff's and county courts to
deal honestly with tax payers. The
sheriff of the good old Democratic
party of Randolph, for instance,- will
testify most heartily that the Tax
Commissioner himself is a busy body.
The sheriffs of a half dozen other
counties in the State who have been
compelled to restore to the taxpayers
sums aggregating over one hundred
thousand dollars a year in
taxes that would not other
eminently fair and unprejudlcedTSs
By all means do away with the Tax
Commissioner, and when you have
done away with him you 'Will* find you
have cut off the most important, the
mcst valuable and' the most efficient
part of the State government.
We have reasons to believe if the
truth were published that Watson
would not remain in the United States
Senate a single day. Can there not
be an investigation dating back be
fore the election last fall and follow
ing to the present time? A general
investigation, and find- out- whether
there is as much vileness and vicious
ness in the election of Watson as is
alleged. ? West Union Record. Feb. 17,
Senator Watson may vote with the
Democrats a part of the time (when
he is not absent) for two years in or
der to get to vote with the Republi
cans all the time for six years. ?
West Union Record, Feb. 17, 1911.
HOM. A. A. LILLY, of Raleigh County. 1
Biilliant young native- son who will be the next Attorney
General of the State,
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