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Supplement to THE KEMPER HERALD.
PLATFORM OF CHARLES SCOTT. He Regards Governorship the Highest Honor, and When His Term Shall Expire Will Devote Remainder of His Life to Agriculture. WillJGive Practical Business and Non-Factional Administration. He Belongs to No Man or Set of Men, and Will Favor Liberal Appropriations for the White Boys and Girls of the State. / Hon. Charles Scott thus formally announces his candidacy for the governorship of Mississippi: Rosedale, Miss., March31, 1906 To the Democratic Voters of the State of Mississippi: * My Fellow Citizens: In making this formal announcement of my candidacy for the governorship of Mississippi, I wish to reaffirm my former statement, that I aspire to this exalted position for the sake of the honor which goes with it, when honorably attained, and when its sacred and important duties are ably, impartially and honorably performed. In voluntarily offering to assume these new and great responsibili ties, I do so in the hope and belief that my long and varied experience as a lawyer of extensive practice and a business man whose agricul tural, commercial and other inter ests have required the constant ex prrise and development of execu tive ability, may assist somewhat, in the intelligent and conscient o js discharge of the varied and com plex duties devolving upon the chief executive of a great state, to which duties I shall earnestly and assiduously devote my whole of ficial life, having already taken the preliminary steps necessary by so arranging my private affairs t: at they will require no part of my time nor attention after the present yearn To begin with, I want it distinct" j ly understood that I am no man s candidate, and that I belong to no man and to no set of mcn> I also want it understood that I am running solely on my own mer" its, whatever they may be, and not on the demerits, real or imaginary, «• of any of my numerous and honor able competitors. I will state further, at the out set, that I have not made, nor do I intend to make, any trade or com bination with any other candidate nr candidates for any office, state, county, municipal or national. I have not promised, nor do I intend to promise, directly or indirectly, any office or appointment or emol ument which has been, or which may hereafter be placed by law at the governor’s disposal, whether acting alone in his official capacity, or as a member of any committee or other official board. Not only so, but I distinctly state that no one is now or shall hereafter be authorized to make any promise whatever in my name. No real friend of mine will seek to misrep resent me in this, or any other mat ter; and if any pretended friend, or other person, should pretend to use my name in making any such promise, directly or indirectly, by innuendo or otherwise, I hereby vigorously and indignantly repudi* ate it. The democratic voters of the state should and will vote for every candidate, I am sure, according to their respective views of his hon esty, ability, and fidelity, all of which are necessary qualifications for the proper and satisfactory dis charge of his official duties. This is one of the greatest benefits secur ed to us by the primary election laws, and no trades, combinations, br promises of official appointment should be countenanced or tolerat ed or approved. If elected governor, as I expect to be, I shall give the state an in telligent business administration along practical lines, such as may seem requisite and necessary for the conservation and betterment of the material interests of the whole people. Being a firm believer in the prin _ • i .... 4.1_ a__4.:„ __ V_ 1 V/l b(iV UV1UUV.1 UllV pin | which gives equal rights and op portunitiss to all, and special priv' ileges to none, and fully realizing with all true Mississippians that we are indebted to this party of Jefferson and Jackson for the pre servation and maintainance of civ ilization and white supremacy in the south, I shall continue in the future, as in the past, to be guided in matters political by the party mandate and the party policy. I shall not play “pea nut” poli tics,” however, nor shall I pro claim any doctrine of false democ" racy, to the detriment of the true interests of our people, all of whom are alike concerned in upholding the majesty of the law and in the welfare of the community. In my efforts in this direction, I shall confidently rely on the co-op eration of the whole citizenship of Mississippi. Distinguished at all times, by their probity, industry and earnest patriotism, they will ♦ riloocuro it» I10I nitur tn /Ipttplntt and utilize the marvelous resources and potentialities of our beloved state, many of which, now dormant, only await the vitalizing touch of capital and opportunity to spring into life, thus adding enormously to th£ wealth of the state, bv in creasng the value of our cotton and other products, through the estab lishment of cotton factories and woodwork factories of various sorts and other plants throughout our borders. It is admitted by all patriots and publicists that the prosperity of the people, the morality of society, and the safety, and perpetuity of our political instituions are dependent, primarily, on the education and in* telligence of the people. We can not marvel, then, that the free school system of American has al* ways been, and is now, recorded as the foundation stone upon which rests our whole social and politiaal fabric. Fully realizing this momentous fact, I shall earnestly favor for the dominant race adequate, indeed, liberal, appropriations for' educa tional purposes, so as to afford a good common school education, free of cost, to every child within the confines of the state. Missis sippi is already justly commended for her liberality in such matters, but I should like to see more money devoted to the neighborhood schools, for the benefit of those of our people who, for want of means, can not afford to give their children a collegiate education. With the continued rapid devel >pment of our resources and the large increase in taxable property which will be secured as one result of a wise and economical state administration, this can be done without adding one cent to our tax rate, and with out deducting one, cent rrom tne higher educational institutions for both sexes, which are deserving of every care and consideration at the hands of the state. All highly civilized nations have long ago approved the importance of general education, and the Ger mans are especially active along this line. We are informed by a recent writer of note, that they provide ‘ ‘education up a to certain point, which would be a high one if taken upon any standard applied in the United States, compulsory to the youth of both sexes, and be yond that point thev offer, at very small cost, the highest possi ble education for those who seek it.” I do not believe in compulsory education in this country nor is it necessary here, but I submit that the proud state of Mississippi, the state of Davis and Lamar and George and Walthall and many other eminent statemen and publi cists, should see to it that proper educational facilities are afforded -ill flto ronrritior frnm tllP kindergarten and common school instruction up to the highest clas sical and scientific education attain' able under modern methods, not neglecting by any means, the in' dustrial, technological, and agri cultural branches, which be of the greatest practical benefit, in proper ly developing the varied resources of the state. The foregoing are my views with reference to the white population of the state. As for the education of the negro population, I am strong ly impressed with the idea that it should be, for the most part, along industrial lines so as to aid in prac tically equipping them, as far as possible, for the useful duties which they are to perform. I favor, in the main, the primary election laws, including this meth od of voting for our representatives in the United States Senate. It is known of all men that the welfare of the state has buffered at times, in the past, by ill feeling and interneciarv strife engendered and kept alive by the baleful fires of factional politics. As hereto fore stated, I am not the represen tative of any man, or set of men. but if elected to the office of chief executive of the state, I shall be the servant of the whole people, and I pledge myself in advance, to give them, a non-factional admin istration, and as I shall be altogether untrammelled and unembarrassed by factional or other alliances, I shall be in position to discharge the important duties of this ex alted office without fear or favor. interests of the whole people. In conclusion let me say, my countrymen, that my campaign will be conducted vigorously, in dustriously and persistently at all times, but always on a high and honorable plane. It is unwise and would prove detrimental, perhaps to the best interests of the state, to precipitate an active political con test in the wav of public gatherings and speeches until the coming fall or winter, but I will endeavor, from time to see as many of you as pos* sible in oerson, and later on. I will take pleasure in addressing the vo ters in each and every county of the state1 as a practical man, on the political and practical issues of the day. An open field and a fair fight is all I expect or desire and, thereafter. I will cheerfully abide your decision whatever it may chace to be. I regard the governorshp of Mis sissippi as the highest honor that can be enjoyed by a southern man of the present day. It was elevat ed, if elevation was necessary, to a position tar above that of the United States senatorship, when the great southerner, Jefferson Davis, resigned his seat in that au gust assembly to enter the guber natorial contest in this, his adopt' ed state. If then I am elected by you to this exalted office, after serving your interest for the full term with unswerving fidelity and all the ability I may possess, I shall thereafter be content to leave other honors to your more worthy sons. As for myself, I shall not become a candidate for the United States senate under any conditions dur ing the continuance or after the expiration of my gubernatorial term, but it will then be my pride ! and pleasure to devote the remain der of my alloted days to agricul tural pursuits and to the service of \ our state and common country in I the honorable position of a private 1 citizen of this great commoti | wealth. Yours respectfully, CHARLES SCOTT.