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McGrath Offers Bargains In
Ladies’ Dresses
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$5.95—Clearance of all Ladies’ Summer Dresses-—
* Voiles, Organdies and Ratines. Values up
.• to £15.00 for . '.$5.95
$9.95-—Clearance of all Ladies* Silk Dresses. Val
ues up to $30.00, for only.$9.95
$1.49—Clearance of Children’s Dresses. Values
to #5.00 for . , . .v, . $1.49 ' *
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| How Congressional Campaign Looks To A'
§j Woman Voter—-That Clerkship Charge.
Brookhaven, Miss., July 25, 1922.
jg To The Public: — > "
As the present campaign for representative in
as Congress from the Seventh Congressional District is
=5 the first I have ever noted from the viewpoint of a
EE prospective voter, I have followed it with especial in
25 terest.
I think that the district is fortunate in having
25 candidates of the character and qualifications of Mr.
5= Wall and Mr. Quin, but I am disappointed as I see Mr.
2= Wall’s campaign is beginning to be characterized by
25 petty attacks that becloud the real issues, and appeal
SE5 to the prejudice and smallness of human nature, rather
25 than its nobler side.
For Mr. Wall to reproach Mr. Qiiin with the fact
as that Mr. Quin’s wife drew a clerk’s salary for assist
ing her husband and his secretary in his office at
s= Washington, when he was allowed a clerk by the gov
55 emment, with no restrictions as to choice, the arrange
ss ment being entirely legal, seems strange in view of the
52 fact that we have never heard Mr. Wall condemn vstate,
EE county or city officers for employing relatives, here
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Mr. Wall, in his long experience as district attor
ney knows that it has been and is common practice for
a sheriff to employ members of his own family as depu
ties, at good salaries, and for the Chancery Clerk and
Circuit Clerk and perhaps other officers to do likewise.,
We have only to look within the Lincoln County Court
House to see that “family parties” are the rule in the
different departments. Yet we have heard no com
plaint of this from Mr.* Wall nor has he tried to have
enacted a law to forbid it.
In the Brookhaven Public School and ill other
schools in Lincoln County, we have had a father acting
as member of the board of trustees while in the body
of teachers it was his duty to select and supervise,
was his own daughter. Yet no protest against paying
taxpayers’ money to such teachers was heard from Mr.
Wall, nor did he offer to have a law enacted to forbid
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In the present state. department of government
with which I am poorly acquainted, I know that the
wife of at least one official is drawing a salary for act
ing as clerk to her husband, and a few years ago, the
niece of another d. d so. Doubtless there'are many oth
ers. Yet Mr. Wall does not mention no* complain* that
taxpayers’ money is beinfc paid to relatives of state of
ficials. Nor has he t&ed to effect legislation against it.
Maybe I am old fashioned in some respects, but I,
think it is regrettably that Mrs. Quin should have been
a target in what would naturally be assumed to he a
man's fio-ht. first hv a rumored misreDresentation of
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Throws His Influence Againsl
Election of Former Missis
sippi Senator.
Jackson, Miss., July 25. — In an
swer to a query relative to what he
thinks of former Senator James K.
Vardaman, who is a candidate for
the United States Senate, Dr. James
F. McCaleb of Carlisle, Claiborne
county, recently received a reply
from former president Woodrow Wil
son stating that he thought Mr. Var
daman “thoroughly false and un
Mr. Wilson’s letter follows: -
"Washington, D. C., July 8, 1922.
“My Dear Mr. McCaleb:-'
“I have your letter of July 5. In
reply let me say that I am not in a
position to review Mr. Vardaman’s
record in Washington in detail, but
I can sum up my impression of him
in a single sentence:- I think he is
thoroughly false and untrustworthy,
and that it would be a great detri
ment to Mississippi and the nation if
he should be returned to the Senate.
“With deep in terest in the out
come of. the contest of which you
speak, ,
“Sincerely yours,
"Woodrow Wilson.”
This is the second time Wilson has
thrown the weight of his influence
against the election of Vardaman to
During the campaign of 19lV he
vrote a letter to Hon. M. S. McNeill,
f Copiah, declaring that Senator
fardaman’s return to the Senate
vould be regarded by him as a con
lemnation of his administration by
he people of Mississippi.
Wilson was then at the height of
its power and popularity as Presl
ent, and his denunciation of Varda
aan went a long way toward secur
ng the latter’s defeat, if, indeed it
vas not wholly responsible for it.
Whether his interference in Mis
issippi politics will have a like ef
ect in the present campaign, re
nains to bp seen.
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7ord Car Crowded Into Ditch By
Passing Automobile Turns
Friday night, shortly before 9:00
I’clock B. B. Boyte and Hiram Max
veil were both painfully, though not
langerously hurt, when the Ford car
n which they were riding, was over
urned by another car in passing,
ifr. Boyte was thrown into a barbed
vire fence and sustained quite a cut
in the left side of his face. Mr.
daxwell was caught under the over
urned car and was bruised about the
ace and shoulder.
Mr. O. F. Armstrong, manager of
he 'Gulf Refining Co., at Brookha
■en, brought the injured men to the
iity from the scene of the accident,
vhich occurred south of town close
A tVio Divio Praomavv Ua n
hat a young man stopped him fur
her down the road and asked him
o see if anyone was hurt in •♦he ov
>rturned car. The young man who
itopped Mr. Armstrong is probably
he driver of the car that caused the
Mr. Boyte who lives ten miles east
>f Brookhaven, says that he did not
ecognize the fellow in the other car,
is he was busy trying to avoid a
imash-up when he realized the other
:ar was not, going tb give sufficient
•oom for passing.
Mr. Frank Furr Dies.
Mr. Frank Furr, of the Caseyville
ricinity died at three o'clock this
norning and will be buried at four
his afternoon at Union Church.
Mr. Furr had been suffering from
iaralysis and died after • a week’s
:onfinemont to his home. He was a
>out 60 years of age and leaves a de
moted wife and three children: Mmes.
rames Perkins of Brookhaven and
3rad Johnson of McComb, and Mr.
Horace Furr of Monroe, La., to whom
lympathy is extended in their sor
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First Political Address in Sev
eral Years to Draw Good
There may be “no Interest in poli
tics’’ in other parts of the State and
there may have been little or none
in Brookhaven and Lincoln county a
few weeks ago as evidenced at that
time by the forty or fifty voters who
Assembled themselves together to
hear first H." D. Stephen^, candidate
for the U. S. Senatepand second, Miss
Kearney, his opponent, but Thursday
evenin when “Percy Quin” spoke,
there was a reversal of minds, evi
dently. ✓
The City Haul’s seating capacity
was taxed to the utmost, many cars
having come in from the country
and vicinity showing a general in
terest in the election l>f Congress
man from the 7th District.
The speaker was introduced by
Hon. H. Cassedy.
In beginning his speech Mr. Quin
thanked the people of this vicinity
for their loyalty in the past.
He then briefly reviewed the sit
uation of the United States in the
period 1913-1920, recalling the dis
satisfaction over high prices whose
decline has not been sufficient to
relieve the strain produced by the
high cost of living. The Democratic
yieBiueui, men in me wmte House
was helpless to relieve the situation
because there was a Republican ma
jority of forty five in the House of
Representatives, and one, secured by
a corrupt use of money in Michigan,
according to the higher courts, in
the Senate. Then Wall street saw
to it that a “handpicked" man waB
given the nomination for president.
The strain and dissatisfaction of
the past war period operated to fa
vor the plans of organized capital.
Even some remote Southern states
showed a desire for a complete
change of administration. The re
sult was that Harding was elected
by a seven million majority— the
greatest in history.
Harding, having been placed in
power, must now carry out his
pledges. The speaker stated thaf
Harding was a "good and honest
man at heart” but his choice of cabi
net officers showed where his poli
tical sympathies lay. As secretary
of the treasury he appointed Mellon,
worth three or four hundred million
and head of the aluminum trust. He
is a type, said Mr. Quin, of the men
selected as cabinet officers, ambassa
dors and federal judges. Before the
late Chief Justice White of Louisia
na, head of the U. S. Supreme Court,
was buried, it was known that for
mer president Taft, repudiated by the
progressive element of his own party,
receiving only the votes of Vermont
and Utah ip his second presidential
campaign, would be appointed by
Harding to succeed White.
Mr. Quin stated that in the lower
house at present there are one hun
dred and thirty one Democrats and
one Socialist all the others beinfe Re-,
publicans in this body of four hun
dred and thirty five, one third are
Democratic. There are sixteen mul
timillionaire chairmen on the “steer
ing committee.” 'On such important
committees as the Ways and Means
Committee, Military Committee, and
Rules Committee, there are over
whelming majorities of Republicans.
Chi the Military Committee, of which
Mr.% Quin has been a member for
years, there are six Democrats and
fifteen Republicans, three of the lat
ter being from Pennsylvania.
An attempt has been made to foist
a big army and navy on the country
and to take the income tax ofE and ;
force it upon the masses of the people
in the form of a sales tax. If taxes
are to be lowered government ex
penses must be lowered.
An endeavor is noW being made by
Republicans to pass a tariff bill,
which, if passed, would result in a
crushing Republican defeat at the
hands of the people at the next e
Mr. Quin then discussed the sales
tax which would have been placed
upon such articles as shoes, cloth
ing, household and farm utensils,
to relieve those who at present pay
an income tax. This proposed tax
passed the Republican caucus and
| would have passed in congress if the
| Western Republicans had not united
I with the Democrats to defeat it.
Wall street and allied interests savi
to it that the nitrate plant at Mus
cle Shoals was not converted into a
fertilizer plant to supply low cost
fertilizer to the farmers. The Mili
tary Committee had seen that this
plant should be used for fertilizer in
peace times and preparation of pow
der and explosives in war, and the
biff dam, now one third finished
there was built for $17,000,000 and
machinery installed for $87,000,000.
The government combine^ with the
Alabamh Power Company to secure
coal for the plant’B operation ending
the completion of the dam. Sixty
seven per cent of the stock of the
Alabama Company is owned by a Ca
nadian Company which claims • to
own gvery water power site in Ala
bama and says it has contracts with
our gcfreriynent to prevent their be
ing turned over to the people.
Practically every one of the fifteen
Republicans on the Military Com
mittee was against accepting Henrr
Ford’s offer to purchase the concern
for ff" fertilizer plant.
The commercial fertilizer trust
fought Ford because they, have a
firm grip upon a national necessity.
Ford planned to utilize the coal, iron,
power and other resources of Alaba
ma in the manufacture of farming
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der the Tennessee River navigable
and open up a great water way 1
which embraced practically the whole c
Mississippi River system and thus I
bring about a lowering of freight I
rates. He proposed to manufacture 8
aluminum and use vast quantities of 8
the South’s cotton.
Mr. Quin then gave the history of 8
the committee votes on the Ford of- *
fer, the matter of the Gorgas Steam
Plant at Muscle Shoals, and the vote 1
in5- the House, and said he believed 1
that the representatives, after ming- £
ling with their constituents during
this congressional rbows, would be 1
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Quin, Himself, Dragged His
Wife Into the Campaign by
Wrongfully Placing Her Name
on the Public Payrolls at Washington as a
Dummy Through Which He was Able to
feKnock Down” $1,440.00 Per Year Out of
the Pockets of the Taxpayers of this Country!
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That Should be Repudiated by the Honest
Manhood and Womanhood of the Sev
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:y Quin’s *vife into this campaign!
Be it said to the everlasting disgrace
pf Percy Quin, HE draggefi-his good
wife into the campaign when he
WRONGFULLY placed her name on
he payroll at Washington as a dum
ny through which he could knock
Jown $1,440.00 per year out of the
:axpayers’ pockets of this country.
First, the evidence shows that
Mrs. Quin rendered no service what
iver to the taxpayers of. this country.
careful, reading of the affidavit
nade by Mr. R. Lee Stamps, Private
Secretary to Percy Quin, will show
:hat he says NOWHERE that Mrs.
Juin did any work. This affidavit
was drawn by a lawyer and the sleek
lawyer he is, tried to make the af
idavit state that Mrs. Quin did some
work but I did not believe and I do
lot believe that Lee Stamps will
nake the affidavit that she did any
work, because he has told too many
people in Brookhaven that he, Lee
Stamps, did all the work in that of
fice and that his hair had BEEN
This lawyer undertakes to fool the
people by abusing “The Evening
World”, a newspaper published in
New York. I hold no, brief to de
fend this paper. I never saw it be
fore until a copy was sent me mak
ing the disclosure of Quin padding
his payroll. I care nothing about
this paper, but for this lawyer’s in
formation, we direct his attention to
the Annual Report of the Clerk of the
House of Representatives which
shows (bat Percy Quin had his wife’s
name on the payroll and, through it,
was knocking down $1,440.00 a
year. Now, just leave the paper out
of it and criticise this report, if you
like! The Annual Report is not
“Negro-Loving nor South-Hating”.
It shows that Mrs. Quin was_on the
payroll. How anxious Quin and his
sleek lawyer are to becloud the issue
by cursing the newspaper! What
will they tell the people about the
Annual Report of the Clerk of the
House of Representatives, when it
shows that $1,440.00 was paid In
Mrs. Quin’s name?
Not only is that true: when Mr.
Quin was away from his lawyer, in
a joint debate at Allen, he ADMIT
TED that he had'his wife on the
payroll and the only explanation he
gave was .that she was his clerk. He
did not say she was rendering any
service. PERHAPS, if kr. Quin
could have gotten to his lawyer, he
would not have admitted it but he
would have denied it and come out
again in great boxcar letters, ‘(An
other Campaign Lie Nailed.”
This shrewd lawyer says he is de- <
fending Mrs. Quin! Mrs. Quin needs
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Drougnt around" to vote for it in
he next congress. Ford proposes to
educe fertilizer costs at least 33 per
Mr. Quin brougnt a nearty laugh
?hen he said a hundred pound sack
f fertilizer contained fourteen
ounds of sand ani'* that touch ex
cuse could be saved on freight and
and by the farmer utilizing his own
and bed. Ford proposes to distri
ute the fertilizer through the farm
rs’ organization of each county, sav
ag much on commissions, etc.
The use of fertilizer in concentra
ed form is already being demonstra
ed in a limited area of the United
Mr. Quin interestingly told, of the
asses incident molasses manufao*
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ture as we do it in Mississippi, bring
ing several hearty laughs and show
ing his knowledge of the process. In
fact Mr. QUin said that in 1887 he
joined the Farmers’ Alliance of
which his father ofras president and
told how Southern farmers broke the
cotton bagging trust which charged
exorbitant prices by refusing to buy
their product and 'wrapping their
product in improvised covers.
the speaker stated that* he had
oeen faithful te the people—loyal to
the district# state and nation.
He then denounced fully and vig
orously ,the report misrepresenting
Mrs. Quin’s religious affiliation and
the criticism made of her holding a
clerkship in her housband's office,
matters already familiar to thesis
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trict, but discussed In greater detail
by Mr. Quin. He stated that prac
tically all the Mississippi congreas
men had some relation as secretary
or clerk in their offices and that the
intimate interest of such employes
added value to service.
In 1917 and 1918 Mr. Quin paid
respectively $1500 and $1800 for oth
er office t held, the great volume of '
correspondence, eltc., incident to the i
war requiring it. Mr. Quin said it 1
had always been his policy to reply 1
to a letter the day it was received.
Mr. Quin referred to his support of
the Children’s Bureau and prohibi
tion measures, saying that he stood
for the hearthstone, the family fire- <
unswerving St?irn^7 1
A burst of enthusiastic applause
followed Mr. Quin’s speech, as at a
aumber of times during its course,
md scores of his auditors went up to
shake hands and assure him of their
ippreciation of his service and of his
speech, which was made in the sli
ding heat characteristic of the City
Hall at this time of the year; but
which seemed forgotten both by
speaker and people In the keen inter- .
sst of the occasion that gripped Mr.
Juin's audience for the two hours
lis address covered.
\o defense. There has been no charge He knows whom he is defending, and
nade against her and this lawyer he can't fool the public by the false
mows it. This lawyer was defend- pretense of defending Mrs. Quin,
ng PERCY E. QUIN, because he They know he is trying to cotfer up,
mew that the record showed a most with a multiplicity of words and mis
lisgraceful padding of payrolls by leading statements a shameful be
iim and taking out of the taxpayers trayal of the public trust by his
rackets of this country $1,440.00 per little political progeny that he calls
rear. No! It was for the purpose his "friend”.
it FOOLING the public that this law- This lawyer says, “Shame! Shame!
rer says he is defending Mrs. Quin. Shame on Hugh Wall”, to which no
uuuy listens, minx oi J. VV. uasse
dy crying out “Shame! Shame!
Shame on Hugh Wall!!” The people
know both of us. He is about the
last man on earth who ought to make
use of the word “Shame", in a poli
tical or any other sense. Hugh Wall
l^hs never been guilty of a shameful
act in his life and the lawyer who
wrote that “shame” knows It, and he
knows nobody will believe it, and he
HIMSELF. HE knows where the
sh^me is. “Shame! Yes! SHAME ON
PERCY QUIN”, who would betray
the people and knock down $1,440.
00 per year and not be brave enough
to take it in ITis OWN name, but
drags the name of his pure wif^ into
use as a dummy to take this money!
“Yes”, I say, “Shame on Quin”. And
shame on his LAWYER, who would
go in public print and endorse i{.”
Quin says that Wall doesn't criti
cise his record. Quin has NO record
to criticise, except this of,knocking
down money in* his wife’s name,
which I have exposed to the public.
Well, he has a record of SENDING
OUT GARDEN SEED, and that’s a
bout all the record he has and all
this tirade in the papers and abuse of
me by him and his lawyer is done
for the specific purpose of fooling the
people and detracting their minds
from the issue in this camf^ign. No
body will pay any attention to your
whining about your wife’s church
affiliations, which is done for the
sole purpose of covering up your own
No! I repeat, I did NOT bring your
wife into this campaign and, be it
said to your . everlasting disgrace.
YOU are the man that brought her;
I am not hiring any LAWYER to
write this for me. I am writing it,
myself. I have always been able to
do my own thinking and am man
enough to sign it myself.
To My Friends in Lincoln County:
I have invited my opponent to meet
me in joint debate, t^ut he has de
clined so far to meet me. Some one
has the habit of everytlrae he make?
an engagement in Lincoln County to
get out the report that it is a joint
debate and many of my friends are
fooled. I will meef Mr. Quin any
time, anywhere, but 1 cannot afford
and will not do the discourteous
tiding to butt in on his engagement
without an invitation. I make this
announcement so that my friends will
not be misled and in order that there
may be no mlsunderstandipg. 1 will
speak in Brookhavton Monday night,
August 7th. This will'be the only
speech 1 will make in Lincoln County.

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