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HAsnTiLLE emz3 OPTOETUHITY EiG JGU2XAL O Vol. VIII. NASHVILLE, TENN., FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 1013. No. 37. "There will be no bulldozing at the polls next Thursday. Every man in this city, white and black, is free, and has a right to vote for whom he wants to, so go to the polls in the morning, and if you think that I am the man vote for me and if you do not, vote your honest convictions, you have the right to vote and you shall vote." Mayor Hilary E. Howse at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Monday Night. will Ett 1 Mlldsd. The Nashville Banner of Thursday, Sept 4, and in subsequent issues has continued glaring headlines about Negroes being illegally reg istered in the city. This information, it is claimed, has been received at the Cooper and Meeks headquarters. The strange part about this whole affair is, in every Ward where the Negro vote has been large, the charge Is made that there has been fraud. The Third Ward in mentioned particular ly and to cover the wickedness of the trick it is stated that in all wards where the white vote has increased it hag been because new comers have settled there permanently; but it is charged by the peretrators of this dirty politics that fraud has been practiced in the Third Ward. This charge emanating as it does from the Cooper and Meeks headquarters has caused a wave of indignation to sweep over the Third Ward and oth er wards where the Negro has a large vote. It is particularly bo of the Third because during the last two or three years more Negroes have bought homes in that Ward than in any otaer Ward in the city. Ne groes of that Ward are striving hard to make it as good as any other sec tion of the city. They have. a special pride in it, and consider as an insult this chnrge that hps been laid at their door. This attempt to scare Negroes away from the polls by threats and Minuations has hau and is still liv ing a telling effect. Negroes are ri-'T-hing the confusion that men who will allow their compaign :i.an agers to put out such a slanderous statement without raising their voices against this unfair and cowardly at tack on the colored voters as unfit to hold any office where the interests ot J the colored people wild be at Btake.j They are concluding that after all the followers of Mr. Cooper and Mr. Meeks are nothing more nor less than the same lily white crowd that has for many years been laboring to stop the Negroes rom voting, the .same crowd that is waiting for a chance to disfranchise every Ne gro in Tennessee. The eyes of the colored voters are opening to the true conditions that confront them and they are deciding that the ele ment supporting Mr. Cooper and Mr. Meeks wont do, and that If these candidates allow them to put out a faulse etatement as was published in the Banner they would if elected be domineered by the same forces. Big rallies are being held every night in all parts of the city, and every where this threat to arrest Negroes by wholesale is being discussed. Mayor Howse has said however, there will be no bulldozing and his word is sufficient guarantee to the Negroes. T!h Platform off Hilary Eo Mows I believe that the people of Nashvill are entitled to and that modern proges and modern sanitation demand that the prominent uptown thor oughfares of our city be haved with some smooth surfaced material, which can be flushed daily. I believe that the streets throughout all sections of our city should be improved and repaired before permanent injury is done. If re-elected on September 11th, as I expect to be, I will co-operate with the Commissioner of Streets in giving Nashville streets equal in beauty, attractiveness and sanitation to the streets in other cities in the country. I will back the Commissioner of Finance, Lights and Market House in in giving the people of Nashville lights in every section of our city and will advocate at the earliest possible moment the erection of an up-to-date sanitary Market House, ol also pledge myself to maintain the sacredness of the Sinfcink Fund and co-operate with the Commissioner of Finance in administering the financial department of the city in an honest an ecoomical manner in order to maintain the present splendid financial con dition of the city. I will advocate the increased efficiency of the Fire Department until every home in the City of Nashville is given adequate protection. I be lieve that every Improved street in the City of Nashville should be sprinkled and I promise to co-operate with the Commissioner of this Department until the people who pay taexs derive the benefit to which' they are justly entitled. The Waterworks Department is owned and operated by the City,.. Is is a success financially and an abundance of pure, clear water is furnished to all the people who have water connections. However, I believe every fam ily in the City of Nashville should have mains laid to their premises and I will work with and assist the Commissioner of Waterworks in making water accessible to every family of this city. I I believe the streets in all sections of the city should be kept clean and sanitary in the interest of the health of the people and I will advocate the purchasing of a suffieicnt number of "Flushing Machines" to flush all streets, that are now or may hereafter be paved. I will advocate the working of, prisoners confined in the workhouse in Keeping weeds cut, cleaning alleys and doing such other work, as will beautify the city and promote the health of the people. I will stand by the Park Commission in their efforts to give our city the most magnificent park system in the South. I will continue to con tend for parks and playgrounds until every child in the cit y of Nashville can find a conveniently located spot, where they can enjoy the innocet amusements of childhood. Society owes it, and humanity demands, that every child that is born into the world be given a a'r opportunity to live and become a healthy citizen. When I am re-elected I will bend all the energies I possess in as sisting the Health Department in eradicating contagious disease and car in for hte poor and unfortunate babies. It will be my constant endeavor and ambition to see the death rate continue to be reduced under the wise direction of our most effiicent Health Department that has already done wonderful work. The poor, the sick and the afuicted of God's creatures are those who are most in need of hospital facilities. It should be a matter of pride to are most in need of hospital facilities. It should be a matter of pride to all the people of Nashville, repardless of politics and personalities, to view our magnificent hospital and contemplate the good work that is being done for humanity there. When I am re-elected this department of the City Government will be given my personal attention, for I contend that it is criminal to lalow poor, unfortunate people to suffer and die without medi proper medical attention. No child, whether rich or poor, white or black, should be allowed to reach maturity without an opportunity of acquiring sufficient education to conduct their affairs. Free tertbooks should be furnished to all children who are unable to purchase them and ample buildings and facilities should be furnished to every child. When re-elected I will continue in the future as I have in the past to give the Board of Education my hearty support in keeping the City of Nashville at the head of the procession in educational lines. When you economize or stint in promoting the educational facilities cf Nashville you are selling the welfare of the next generation for paltry dollars and cents. ' The people of Nashville possess a vital interest other than financial in the Tennessee Central Railroad. This Railroad was made possible by the sacrifices and ptriotism of our people. I remember before this Railroad was constructed that rent signs adorned hundreds of buildings in the busi ness section of our city. Since the building of this road we have been blessed with prosperity, factories have been built and labor has been in demand, building operations have increased from year to year and Nash ville is now in a fair way to be a city of 250.000 population in the next few years. The people of this city should not allow our progress to be re tarded and our prosperity to be confiscated through double dealing and duplicity. When I am re-elected I will protect the Tennessee Central Rail road to the extent of every 'aw on the statue books. Of course the one million dollars which we have in the road should be protected, but the road tself Is of incalcuable value to every man, woman and child who lives in the borders of our c'ty. I will co-operate with the commercial bodies of Nashville, and the peo ple of Nashville, to procure fair and favorable railroad rates and thus de craese the cost of coal and the other necessities and comforts of life. TTTT MOWS Judge Meeks, over his name, charges that saloons have increased during my administration from a little over 100 to over 600. This is false. United States Government license and records of County Court Clerk a Hunt's Office show that only 280 places where any kind of liquor is being sold are now running In Nashville, and this includes clubs, hotels and drug stores and fifty-four Government licenses that did not allow the sale of even ordinary beer. The state-wide prohibition law went into effect on July 1, 1909, and for the first few months thereafter the most strenuous efforts were made by the then Mayor of Nashville to enforce the law, and yet in the face of these efforts, the records show, that when I became Mayor on October 19, 1909, there were already 259 liquor dealers licensed by the Federal Government In Nashville who had taken out their licenses since tho prohibition law had gene Into effect, less than four months be fore. Where does Judge Meeks get his 500 Increase? "TELL THE TRUTH." Judge Meeks, over his name, states that the resorts of prostitutes are everywhere in the city in the business sections and In the residence dis trict. "This Is false." The respectabel residents of this city, I would have Judge Meeks understand, would never submit to the resort of pros t.tutes In their neighborhood. These respectable residents fcnow that this 66 11 (s the Trath I; 99 MAYOR HILARY HOWSE. is false and will, I believe, rebuke the charge. "TELL THE TRUTH." Judge Meeks, over his name, charges that a score of gambling houses are running wide open in the center of the city. Some men on the inside in his campaign, will admit, know more about the location and running of gambling houses in Nashville than I do. I do not believe that there are anything like twenty of them, nor any more of them than have always been in this, or any other city of its sie. "TELL THE TRUTH." It is not fair to publish broadcast false statements reflecting upon the good name of this city and its people, in an effort to ride into office. i Judge Meeks and the members of the committee running him for Mayor have been living In Nashville during the four years I have been Mayor. Not one of these mn ever came into my office, or wrote or telephoned to tne, during these years, making any complaint about conditions in NashvUle. Some of them have come into my office and solicited my co-operation and aid, which they have received. All I want them to do now is to "TELL THE TRUTH." Despite false statements and political slanders, the truth-loving people of Nashville know whether Nashvilie is now worse or better than it has been In the past; and the ladies of Nashville know whether they are pro tected on th streets or not. "TELL THE TRUTH."