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W. D. RYAN, CANDIDATE FOR CON
GRESS ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET. The strides which the candidacy of W. D. Ryan, International Secretary Treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America, for Representative in Con gress from the 21st Congressional Dis trict, is taking, has attracted wide spread attention and has been the sub ject of fa vo • ;■ comment, coming from all parts of the District. Mr. Ryan’s long connection with the miners’ organ ization in Illinois and his recent eleva tion to the Inrternational office, his identification with the remedial labor legislation of the past ten years and his close connection with the business mer of' the District, unite to form no un certain indication of the strength h. would, if nominated, add to the Repub liran ticket next fall. Party leaders, throughout the foui counties comprising the District, have net failed to recognize his peculiar fitness for the office he seeks, and have openly declared their intention of sup porting him. A product of the masses, however, having worked for 22 years in lh«' coal mines, Mr. Ryan’s candi dacy depends upon the support he re ceives directly from the people. Mr. Ryan is a native of the state, having been horn in Will Co., 47 year# ago. At the age of fourteen he en tered the coal mines, working as a miner until 1S97, when he was elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the I’nited Mine Workers of Illinois. 'I’ ie many years (that lie spent in the mines gave him an intimate knowledge of the dangers of the life underground and formed in his mind the determin ation to devote his life to the-advance inent of the toilers. When he was made Secretary of the 11 inois miners the opportunity lie had desired was placed before him. He became one of the pioneer trades-un ionists of the state, and in company with John Mitchell and other men who distinguished themselves in the up building of the miners’ organization, he traveled throughout the state or ganizing the miners. During 'the ten years of Mr. Ryan’s connection with ' fie miners or me state uie organiza tion grew from a membership of about •">90 to almost 70,000, and the treasury, emp led during the strike of 1-897, had over $900,000 when ht> stepped-out of office. The close study which Mr. Ryan has made of labor conditions, both in this ouintry and abroad, as a representa tive of the American Federation of Labor, has made possible a great deal of I he legislation granting relief and protection to fhe toilers, that has been enacted by the legislature in recent ye irs and which lias placed Illinois in t ie front rank of the states, so far as 1 ibor legislation is concerned. It also serves as a guarantee of the efficiency of the service he will be able to ren di r as the representative of th-is Dis trict in Congress. The manner in which Mr. Ryan lias handled the large funds of the miners’ organization has won him much praise, not only from members of the union, hut from financial men throughout the country as well. Tt has given him a keen insight into the financial system of the country and has placed him in a position to be able to pass good judg ment on file important measures of currency reform, that will he brought i>< fore the next session of Congress. Mr. Ryan is not only one of the best known men in the District;—there are few men in the State of Illinois having a wider and more favorable acquaint ance than he has. He is known to be remarkably broadgauged in his views, genial and easy of approach. He has a glad smile for everyone, and men who know him well find in him a staunch friend. Being a self made man, in every sense of the word, Mr. Ryan knows full well the value of a good educa tion, and is a strong advocate of com pulsory education. He is practically responsible for the Child Labor law enacted by 'the state Legislature, which is by far the best that has been adopted by any of the states, and which has re sulted in sending thousands of children rom the* mines and factories of the state to the schools. Mr. Ryan is a firm believer in the ■fficiency of the primary election as a means of selecting the party candi dates and the fact that he would br able to appeal directly to the peopi< for support, was one of the princina factors that led him to enter the rac He has never before entered politics, but has always maintained a strong interest in public policies and public ■ men. JOE H. CONWAY. Peoria, 111., July 21, ’ns. Mr. D. J. Smith, editor of Peeri Despatch. My Dear Sir:—Find enclosed a cbecl for $2 for year’s subscription to you valuable paper, wishing you sucees ii your undertaking. It is somethin* that is sorely needed in this part of the state, for the advancement of th< negro socially, morally and politic1 1> But sorry to see your paper opposi q the renomination of our present n. good Gov. Deneen, one who has been • riend to the negro politically. He wa he cause of a military company being l’aced here, officered by colored m ?n ind more recently caused the appro nriation to be raised whereby Co. IS s now quartered in an armory ha-1 second to none in 'the state, and fur ther caused the naming of the Eight.1 Illinois (colored) regiment as one o' the regiments to go to camp at Indian ipolis, Ind., in September, with th% regulars of the United States, when hey will be further instructed in mili tary duty and work. Again wishing you success, I remain, Yours truly, JOE H. CONWAY. HARRY HARTS. ATTORNEY AT LAV CANDIDATE FOR PROBATE JUDGL. Mr. Harry Harts, subject of thi sketch, is a candidate for Probat. Judge on the* Republican ticket. Her is a young man who was born an reared here, well known by all the citizens: a clean character; reputatio uncheckered. The office to which he aspires is ; public trust; it requires a man wel versed in law—a man of good standing i such as lie is—he is endorsed, witliou reservation, by the best colored peopl ! in town. In him we have a true friend wh > knows, and respects, every man fc "hat he is—knows no man on accoui of color—a straight forward young gen tleman—has been a republican all (■ his life. His father, Capt. p. W. Hares, was Capt. for Co. C 67 U. S. Colored troops, during the Civil War. He will appreciate your vote and as sure you that the honor bestowed will not have been in vain. R .1. liundy was in Lincoln Tues . day at the celebration. Governor Deneen has produced a rec ord of thirty-five violent deaths and eighty-nine serious accidents in the state’s institutions during the Yates regime, which will confound and over whelm the pitiful Yates—or which would confound and overwhelm' him if he did not believe that the cure for the unfortunate results of lying—is more lying. Since Yates claimed to invite com parisons, and since he has insisted that an executive is “responsible” for any and all accidents, he cannot complain of the fatal application of the test for which he clamored. He frantically asks t.he voters to defeat Deneen for the I “horrors” in the asylums. What pun ishment would fit his own record of "horrors” and “crimes”? Verily, whoso diggeih a pit shall fall therein.—Chi cago Record-Herald. Bloomington, 111., July 31. 1.908. Headquarters Second Regiment of In fantry U. R. K. of P. This is to certify that brother knight H. H. Long has been duly appointe 1 and commissioned to organize a uni form rank in the Springfield district. He will therefore be obeyed and re spected as such. Witness my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1908. WM. O. KING, Lieut. Col Commanding 2nd Reg. of Inft., U. R. K. of P. All brothers of the Knights of Pythias ire requested to meet at Osborne bar ber shop, Tuesday, Aug. 11, on business pertaining to the formation of the uniform rank here in Springfield. LOCAL ITEMS. The Paris Wedding given under the auspices of Estella Chapter No. 3, or der of the Eastern Star, with Mrs. Ab ner Naylor, manager, was a grand suc cess on Tuesday evening, Aug. 4, at Masonic Hall. Eeverybody was highly pleased with the entertainment as : whole. The manager and committee wish to thank the patrons and parents for their assistance and attendance on this date. Everybody come to the Baby Exhi bition and London Wedding which will come off at the Union Baptist Church on cor. of 12th and Mason Sts., on Fri day evening, Aug. 14th, at the hour of 9 o’clock. Now the baby weighing the most lbs. ranging from 2 to 5 months, will get the 1st prize, and the baby weighing the least ranging from 2 to 7 months, will get the second prize. Now mothers bring out your babies to secure these valuable prizes. Entertainment given by the Missionary Circle of U. B. C. Admission 10 cts. j. c. McClain, Chairman of Com. MINNIE SIMS, Secretary New Hope Baptist Church Tenders Reception to Rev. Elzoy and Wife Last Monday night, the New Hope Baptist church was beautifully deco rated with palms, ferns and various beautiful blossoms. The event was a reception to their most worthy pas 'or, Rev E'zey and wife. The pro gram was worthy of special comment. 'Phe solos by Mesdanies Warrick and Yates were indeed fine. The Wel come Addresses by the gentlemen were eloquent. The Response by Mrs Elzey was delivered intelligently and eloquently. After the program a delicious supper was served. For Benefit of Old Folks’ Home ‘ One Girl in a Thousand,” is the subject of a play to be put on at Masonic Hall Wednesday evening Aug. 12th, Admission 2> cts. Every body invited. Wiliiam Shepherd, a candidate I for coroner, was born in this city. W. A. SHEPHERD Candidate lor Coroner The above is a likeness of VV. A. Shepherd, candidate for Coroner. Mr. shepherd was born in this county and has served the people in various capacities, all of which have met the approval of the people. He is a very clever gentleman as was shown while Jailer, and now vviiiie occup) mg * he position of Humane Otlicer. He U a staunch Republican and asks your consideration as a choice for Coroner of Sangamon county. We have known and dealt with Mr. Shepherd and tlod him a manly man and a c nnpetent and worthy man. Uniform Rank, K. P. At last the much talked of and long hoped for Company of Uniform Rank of Knights of i ithias iias been organized in this District and are now awaiting the pleasure of the Major General to muster them into sei vice. The company was organized last Monday evening. A number of Knights of all the lodges in this district met at Llieir Castle and fomied a temporary organization to .. .I,.,.,......,, u,.,, A !U.r Walker, C C,, Capital Lodge, is Cliaiiman, and Pro. T. li. Thompson M. F of P. K. Lodge is Secretary. Any new member desiring to enroll may call on the above officers Af terward the following officers were unanimously elected: Captain, J. 11. Johnson, D. P.; 1st Lieut., C. C. Rose, P. C ; lid Lieut. Win. PL Fisch, P. C.; Recorder, Albert Walk er, C. C.; Treasurer, Geo, W. Wells, M. of 1*'.. with i he rank of Sargeant, Guide, Capt. Geo. Harrison, 1st Sarg.; Sentinel, Frank Hopkin, Rank Sarg. The Company will meet again Mon day evening at their Castle Hall. A Welcome Surprise lo Rev Bloodworth Rev. Bloodworth made his annual report before his church last Friday ! night. The year was a prosperous 'one to them. Many souls were brought to Chrisl, and over $1,000.00 hare been raised. At the close of the report the Willing Workers’ club through their Secretary, presented the pastor a $10 00 bill, a token of their esteem and appreciation of his good work. The church, also, voted unanimously to raise his salary, $00 | per month. J, M. Mosby and T. D. Jackson left Tuesday for Quincy, where they will work in the interest of Sec. Rose and declare they will carry Adams counay.