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VOLUME FORTY-FOUR VARDAMAN’S CANDIDACY. Discussed by Hon. B. F. Bell from a Logical Standpoint. Kclltur Times: Probably, never before in the history of Mississippi has the dem ocratic family been so disrupted and torn to pieces by its members as it is today. Dissent ions have arisen which have culminated in bitterness and strife that make the heart sick and inspire poignant grief in those who love the ways of peace and harmony. Truly, in the present political situation, the fath er has risen up against the son and brother against* brother and the yoice of discord is heard in every quarter. The conservative ele ment of our citizenship are crying “peace” but echo replies, “there is no peace”. For this political chaos there must be some cause. For this con dition of party disruption and res ultand hatred, in many instances, between men who ought to stand shoulder to shoulder in the great battle of state progress, there is unquestionably some spirit of evil bent. I take it there is not an ad vocate of peace, not an exponent of common and mutual prosperity who takes delight in present con ditions. If 1 am right in my premises, then I believe that this is the time in Mississippi politics when every man ought to think for himself with to the dis covery of the cause of *ur present political troubles. When we find men aspii ing to jiolijical preferment, whose lives 'have demonstrated a determination to'uphold the bannar of honesty! ami integrity, assailed, maligned, slandered and charged, never spe cilicallv, but in a general way, with all manner of evil and wrong, to the man who desires to see the right prevail, and whose purposes arc true and patriotic, there was never a more opportune time for character study. We have before us in the present senatorial cam paign, three aspirants for this high office. Two of these gentle men had never held political office before Senotor Percy was selected by the famous secret caucus. The other has spent many years in po litical office. #ix-Gveruor Vardanian lias made bis political record and it is left behind him-'■<“'a.test of bis honesty and integrity and to be compared with Ids pre-election promises. Surely, it is not a crime to adopt Mr. Vardanian’s own pur pose and plan with reference to other public officials, and “let the blessed sunlight of publicity shine in" upon his own record. If he w is right in making declaration of this purpose, is it wrong for 'any. right thinking man to d(T the same with reference to Gov. Vardanian? If this question is answered in the affirmative then Mr. Vardanian must stand or fall by by the offi cial record he has made. If it is answered negatively, then we con cede that it is none of Mr. Varda man’s business, a i I none of our business how our public officials manage our governmental affairs, and they should never he required to render an acc ,unt of their sf< w ardship. Can we, a free people., who boast of our democratic form of government, concede the nega tive to this great question ? Think about it! It means that our de clared constitutional rights as citi zens are as “a sounding brass and a tinkling cvmbal’*. tOn' the other hand, if we answer! the question affirmatively, then it U- not onl.v a right of (j O V, Varda* mart to watch every act of our pub lic servants mulko take them ‘Jo tfisk for any mis'tusance or mal feasance, disqualifications, incoin petency, or other reason tending to jeopardize our rights and inter ests as a common people, but it is the right of the humblest citizen of the commonwealth to do so. It this is not true, then our officials are not our public servants, but we are a common peasantry who dare not question official action; we yield to the operation of the ancient doctrine which prevailed that “the King can do no wrong”. We are but the contributing sub jects of an official regime and in voke a doctrine which belies our form of government and places nitroglycerine at its very founda tion. The records of a public servant are the witnesses of his steward ship. They are the foot-prints which he leaves behind him point ing the way he has taken. They are his protection against vicious assault and his covert from the harrassment of unjust criticism. To him who has kept sacred the trust which has been comnitted to him by the people, they are the lights unto the pathway of such as would judge erroneously and a lamp unto the feet ot such as as- j sail public reputation. They speak J for men after life’s mortal coil Imc-j been shuffled off and their account-1 ing rendered finally and according to the Arch-Angel’s record. On the other hand, they tell the people who have trusted, of the error of those whom they trust, and they tell it, not in,the hand writing of the people, but in the handwriting of the official. Assuming that there can be no question of the right of the people to judge their public servants 'ac cording to the record, if the peo ple call into question this record, is it right that they should he met with contempt and charged with slandering, vilifying and If this record shows mifaitfnulness upon the part of the person mak ing it, have not the people a right to call upon that person to make an effort to satisfy their minds n* to any irregularities? Surely this is reasonable. Suppose the guar dian in charge of a child’s estate should present to the' court an ac count of his' which showed irregularities, expenditures made, but no vouchers to show for what purpose, investments of guardianship .nJjnhy with no ac counting for sui investments, up propriarion of ’this ujoney to (he use of the guardian 'without expla nation, established proof, that such appropriations were legal? Would the court- having .jurisdic tion grant an'/tunputtaiu-c to such a and his bond f Would it not he a p<>p^ thai woyld authorize a court to take sucp ’atwojl? We must all concede that iji Would he indeed a law most dan* gerous of the in ■ ftgtu\iate*fehiUreri of onr country j Suppose tlflit when called to ac count, such a guardian should re fuse to answer, hut, to the con trary, should tackle the court with such language as we have seen in print since the beginuiiig of this' campaign. This would inevitably' result in the imprisonment of the guardian. It is argued that, it is upon the opposition to Maj. Var danian to prove his guilt under flu charges of crookedness beyond r. reasonable doubt. This is especial ly argued bv Judge Blount, This is true in matters of criminal runs editions. But, we must not. forget that where fiduciary relations an involved, the rule of evidence is widely different from that an nounced by Judge Bloutjt . i lOV. Vardanian was a fidm-mry. In dVus the trustee for the funds; of tip, state of Misrissippi, and wl.ermllu STARKVILLE, MISISSSIPPI, JUNE 16, 1911 records [which he made himself show unfaithfulness to his trust, a prima facie case is made against him and the burden of evidence shifts to him and he must rebut the case made against him. lias he done it? Surely, his heated and vicious denunciations of those who deal with his rewords in no way re buts the proof against him. Furthermore: has Vardanian been true to his preachments? Is the profundity of his love which he announces from eyery stump for the farmer and laboring man backed up by any action or effort in behalf of this noble class of our common citizenship? As legisla tor and governor, let his record speak on this behalf. Where is the law of which Vardanian is’ the father, or where is the official act directed to the betterment of the conditions of the farmer and labor ing man which we can place to his credit? It is true he calls us by affection ate names. He says “(jod bless yoh”; but did lie not say the same thing to Hon. John Allen, a rail road lawyer. •' an we say with the j approval of on; conscience that his) professions of love are not merce- [ nary? Does not tlie undisputed | evidence show that his love for the [railroad man rinds its sequel in bumming a ride on a freight train which resulted in the loss to the conductor of his position. Do you discover fidelity in this conduct? Do you find any fidelity in his pro fessions of loye toward the labor ing man when ha refuses and has refused for a long time to pay Mr. ( J. D Gunther an undisputed bale lauce of 95.00 for placing a tin; p'oofaipou his,.housef Is this-oJA ,-j Write Mr. Gittiter at Canton, M,iss., then write Maj, Varuaman.aipjj seej if he will the fact, i IJfF a rntlnlcp’aying .profession | (Crtove to the iwrmer, when hr re-f fuses to pay |fr. Win. fUeCaullu, an honest, fymi -! er. a Iml mice on the • • '• -. '‘v. ** purchase pnteft oP&SWdtf,.. Is I his a lie] Write Mr. at (ire-1 uada. Miss.. K. F. D. 1. then I write to the Major ami -see il l.e■ will publicly dispute the account: or deny'tlie indebtedness. Furthermore; does his integrity' find its proof in the fact that .\Li. \ arditman collected something over ik-OO.Ot) belonging jo Mr. ID An parson, manager of the Ijed l>ath-Stayton Dyccnm bpreau and refuses to turn it ovi|j i ix|^u.~4J I lls tins a lie? Write -AffrCai'siin It Columbus, Miss., then write Mr. Vardanian ail'd see if%a\ dll pib Holy deny it. ; v ~ Do not thesptSfnl’fcS 'Rhow that ids pWfessions of the hope of reward either in coin or votes, or bolh? Det the labor ing man and the farmer compare his style of dress, ids mciufirn () f living ampthe corns in bnTi ands with that of this great exponent of the cause of the farmer and labor ing malt, and honestly discover, if you can, where there is any possi ble terms of comparison, or ary analogy between Ids p.ofossions ' and Ids practices, On the other hand, let us see! the sincerity of Mr. Vardanian in j his vivid denunciation of the trusts and-corporations, against" Whom he is doing his be ,1 to array the mi thiuking people. If you curse and abuse me and seek to incile a gen-1 eral sentiment against me, would you expect to be called a man of honesty and sincerity if yon should ’ turn right around and enjov such privileges ns yon might be able to receive at my hands? Mr. Vaida tiian rode on fee pa;s >O, g(;,j over the U. S. 1. I;., 1;. 1 nies this? Well, ~appose we be lieve this denial in t’.'c fi ce of all the proof, including his signature, submitted upon this proposition. Does he deny the franks furnished him by the Western Union and Postal Telegraph Companies, two of the largest corporations with which we have to do? Does he | deny that he accepted a Pullman i ivr tendered him by the Illinois j Central U. K. Cos. to attend Mis sissippi day at the St, Louis World’s Fair? How many farm ers and “horny handed sons of toil” enjoyed the pleasures of libs free trip along with the Governor? Well, it may he said that his con sistency was manifested in the veto of the Merger bill, of which we have heard so much. Let us in vestigate this question. How mfiuy farmers and laboring men did he call into consultation when he was deliberating upon ibis co lossal and momentous questioi . How many objects of his great heart’s love were called into his confidence while his brain was taxed with this problem and he was in that attitude so often ex pressed by himself, “1,11 he damned if I do, anti I’ll he damned if I don’t?” Who was his coun sellor then? Hon, John Allen, a railroad lawyer, was the one from i whom he sought advice. A law- I yer representing one of the very roads involved in (he, mergei | scheme. And, this lawyer, know ing that the merger was just as | effectual without, as with, the bill, stated that it made no difference, except that to- veto it would "be good polities." Hence, knowing j that the railroad wouldn’t get mad , with him, and knowing that he would need "good polities,” in the fmthcrauee ofjps political ambi [tious, he vetoed the v mSasur< . Then, in contradiction of hi.- ' veto, ho does not deux (hut sum of he acted has before tlie legislatuie |) , J j'to effect a railroad merger. To ! Whose hand was he playing wln-i j lie voted-lo yxempt from Inxalim j money loalied at 8 per cent.? A\'as this in favor of the “horny i handed sons ot toil,” or in fav> r of (lie banking .institutions and i mollify lenders of the eonntr ? Yet he is trying his best to array the farmer' and laborer again t , these ilTslitutions. Can v, e Ido wifh(il}f them? How? i As fo his (pialllieatioiis as an I office-holder. He boasts, with a of pride, that h ■ has yiever owned thtrty days rations ■ahead in his Docs this draw r Jipn to him? Is;this the presci -; Jttition of a n.crijr that entitles him! consideration? If a man lui£,any property at all, he cei(air ly hits the eipdvalcnt, at least, cf‘ and() days'rat ions ahead. Therefore, 1 his statement amounts to an ad mission that all the taxes he has i ever paid to the state is his poll I taxes—jnsl enough to qualify him | as a voter and enable him to run I for office, which he hns always done. If his statement ns to this be true, presuming him to ben' I mini of d<) j ears of age. and pre i sinning that lie begun to pit* pole j taxes at -1, lie l:iu paid, in taxes, in all ids life, the sum toTa! oi l s7.d<). yet, he has drawn from Urn ’Ktcinjury of the state many thousand, dollars/legilin utely ooUeotCd* and if his tecords are -correct (and they make out the ease Until he rebuts it), he has ic ceived thousaiids ol dollars of the people’s money, to put it mildly, ex-officio, for which he lias never accounted. As to,the negro question. May we not discover hi,-, infidelity In .comparison of his pre-election promises with hh official action. ! lie was pledged to the separat'd:; of the school funds, thereby re pdriipt the oegi'y to pay STATEMENT SIIOWINO THE COXlflfSsOE THE MERCHANTS & FARMERS BANK, OF STARK UILLE, MISS. ON JUNK 7, 1011. I’uhlished I >\ direction of Chapter 14 of Mississippi Code of mod RESOURCES: Loans ami Discounts on on personal endorsements, real estate or collateral securities $ 02 288 54 Overdrafts a,BfW.lt Hankiu# lloiisc. Furniture and Fixtures 4.741 20 Other Real Estate 74 Due from other Ranks ... 24 575 75 oh *> ttelns • ’ 711 7s Ctwb on Hand 5.45:402 r,)till Slo::, 1u0.14 JAARIfATIES: Caitilol I’aid in g 25,004 10 1 udhided Profits, less Expenses and Taxes d.2'U (58 Individual Deposes subject to Oheck 5:5.751 til Time Certiticat.es of Deposit 17 [ H;tl 7!1 Cashier's Cheeks Outstanding . ja-> jj Reserved for Taxes ’ . . . 302 ott ° U 8108,100 14 Of the Ahora .1 mount of Krt.i* un i Disc mots: To ((Hirers of the Rank To Oirectorrs of the Rank g -Jl tl'l'i To stockholders of the 15,ink ’ ! * I. A !• Rush. ,)r.. Cashier. Merchants & Farmers Rank, of Stark- V 1 e * Mississippi, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a tru • full and -exact -talem mt of the Assets and Liabilities of said Rank on the day and date named therein, as shown by the hooks of same. A. )•. Rush, .lit.. Cashier. sworn to an I sulw.tr before m a Chanc ny Clerk in an I for tic County of Oktibbeha. Mississippi, this, the Dili day of dime. util. E. O. Moli.waix. Clerk. IV Me D. Molt, WAIN, Examined and found correct. E. .1. Smith, Auditor. This, dune 12. 1911. Comparison- or Deposits, -lune 7. tons / S . .4, <BB ON dune .. I IMP dune 7. 11(1(1 0 dune 7, lid | v . . , . < 1,33.4 40 * our checking or savings account cordially invited. ,t'or his o\vn v ftiuc*Ll4 Vi i without lie aid of school money butt,d by the wlihe people of the stole. ■Hid ,be clu il ? Did lu- oven at t.'ii ]it to do it, in- to have il dm e by a friendly legislature? Look at (he record for ti e answer. Dut, " the contrary, he pardoned as many negroes, it not more, than any governor v.e ever had. Do not these failures eOnvii.ee ns tin t his promises were merely ap) eals to the passions and prejudices of the people? Did he not denounce the penitentiary farm system as a bad institution because the state was raising cotton in competition with free labor and thereby renin iig the value of the fanners’ cot ton in the markets of the wrld? I>ii wo not s(;e now that this was a fallacious appeal to the mitliink in”; fanner? The system ke de nounced is stiii elTeetivo and very effeetual in defraying the expenses of the state government, and the farmer has not suffered five cents worth. Did he try to tear down this system? Del the records speak. As to Bilbo. .Judge Blount, in joint debate with lion, •lohn Allen, voicing the sentiments of bun deeds of \ ardaman supporters in the state, openly denounced and repudiated bilbo and culled Allen to an agreement that such an ob noxious name should not he men tioned again during their debates. Vet. take the perfidy of bilbo away from the much abised se cret caucus, and we are left with |-out.a charge against its so-called rottenness. Can we, as thinking men. denounce the man and cling to his perfidy? Can we east him ] away as a rotten degenerate, yet i ! roll the things that made him rot- I ten as a sweet morsel under our tongues? Det us answer these things in tiie light of reason ami abide by our lamest conclusions. Discredit bilbo and you discredit I the foundation upon which a sin gle sentence of argument can be made against the secret caucus. If the caucus was rotten, Bilbo revealed its rottenness, ami is a hero that ought not to be discred ited. It Mr. Vardanian is the ‘hero” of the several funds, and for this species of “heroisiff” should be rewarded by the political i NUMBER 25. prefenneift lie ' is asking, then liil ,JU ** ,lie of the secret cun -us rotten ness, mid ought to re cci\e Ins row uni. 1 do not assume, in writing this, v lO V 1 of . R Political lender, nor I'" 1 anticipate flmt, because I have expressed myself, my influ euyc in the county, or elsewhere, „ 1 sltimperc from the .uuuimui ranks. Furthermore; 1 recognize in every man the right to vote as he pleases 11 is trail chise as a citizen ought to lie su- V ml to him. and he ought to know, hctler than any one else, what his conscience am! deliberate judgment leads him to do, and for this, how ever if may he. 1 will never think the less of him. Mr. Vardanian, to use an old expressit u, will make me just as good a United States senator as he will any one else: hut candor, in view of the fore going comparisons, compels me to say that, we would all he better off without a senator. Respectfully, 11. F. liEU, Murkville, Miss., .lime Id, lUU. Fine Farm for Sale. M.\ farm live miles from town oil May hew road consisting of .‘illd acres tine land especially adapted to grasses. Good residence, fine water, stables and all the improve* meats of a modern farm. The en tire place if under hog proof new wire fence. For particulars ad dress. •loiiN Rand, Max hew, Miss., R. F. I). 1 Lot For Sale, Fdcganl building lot. ISO f (e t ti-onl by 210 feet deep (would make two lots), Montgomery street, o minutes walk from public school. *>ood elevation, good drainage, southerly slope. Bargain. F. L. Weih. 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