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pmiiMcti Rrnf mm*v Cbc Cemmonwcâttb puMtebtno Co. JA». K. VA9DAMAN. ♦ -f ♦ + EDITO* M. T tWMV. LOCAL RIMTO* AND BU*l«Efl9 MAMAOP.il OFFICIAI OMAN OF LEFLORE COUNTY «itERNWOOD. MISS., JI NKS. U». Columbus, Mis*. To my Krlends: Ills with emotions of profund re gret mingled with sadness that 1 lay aside the pen, abdicate the editorial tripod, and enter another field of la bor for a season. There I* no work uncongenial to me a* newspaper writing. 1 like It be enuse of the opportunity which It. af fords to do good to my country, to I* of use to my friends and to expose my enemies, who are usually, in my judg ment, the public's eneiult*. Hut however dlsagrrcubic the change may lie, duty beckons me and I must obey. 1 have been an advocate of this war from its Inception. My very soul has been stirred to Its utmost depths. My sense of Justice lias l»een outraged by Spanish atrocities. I believe that Cuba should be free, and 1 am willing to prove my convictions, to sustain my doctrine with my service, and If need Ire, my life. I shall, therefore. Join the army and go at once to the front. The sacrifice an far as person al comfort goes, l* a great one. To leave a comfortable home, a dear wife and flvexweet and loving children Is u great sacrifice Indeed. But as stat ed above, believing It to lie my duty, I should Ire unworthy of them, disloy al to their better Interest, were I to refuse to respond to the rail* of my country at tills time. To a loving God and a host of dear friends 1 leave them to their kind and generous keeping until I shall return. The Commonwealth will lie under the able and discreet, management of Mr. H. T. Crosby, who will see to It that our readers get quid pro quo for their patronage. I want to take this israslon to thank my brethren of the press for their goodness to me. If ever a man was graciously treated by the newspapers of the state, I have lieeu. Many have been kind to beyond my deserts, and It uiAttors not where I may go, or whatever my fate, I shall always cherish a heart full of gratitude to the brave, chival rous and loyal editors of Mississippi. May the store of good luck ever be In their pathway. Bespeaking for Mr. Crosby the same Indulgent treatment which Ims boon in.. to me, and again thanking my friends and patrons, good-bye. Cordially and sincerely, . James K. Vaudaman, DR hid them 1'. B.—When opportunity presents Itself I shall contribute a letter to the Commonwealth which may be of in terest to our readers. J. K. V. Col. W. J. Hymn will go with Leo's Command to Cuba. l'at Henry will uecd an ounce of liquid air after the lUh, Gen. Blanco of Havana was shot hy a soldier In the Volnnteer Army of Cuba. Hobson's brother Is one of the now arrival* at the West Point Military Academy. Mississippi will have another bat* tall Ion, composed of six companies. Gov. McLaurin has been ordered to order It* formation at once. The forornor announces tho start ling fact that he docs not read the newspaper«. From his late actions, some one must read tliem to him. of The Enterprise, «f Indlanoln, came out last week with Mr. Henry's an nommément between two heavy black lino*. , It wa* all right but a little early. The Sod regiment left last Mon day for Jacksonville, Fla., to Join the .army of Gen, Lee. It Is thought the boy* will be kept there drilling for the next two months. it matters not what the Gover nor doe*, from spanking the eagle to taking too mu.'h mint Jullp, the Vicksburg Dispatch and the Green ville Democrat will offer some In his defense. I excuse Pat Henry told our people here lie would only endorse Catchlngs after he (Ditchings) at the convention dorsed silver, Tbe facts arc that before the convention he refused to run against Catching on the grounds 'hat bl* (Catchlngs') knowledge and Influence on levees all Issues. Henry is of the s: opinion to-day, at heart, but Ills bltton is office, which, cUangos all things. ■ h o wa* para mount, of t iruo t am as we know, j Srem is. v.cw, m.,.w. The Greenwood Unter, .rise and the Hell* Mag In reporting Mr. Henry's speech at Greenwood quote him a* making these assertion»: I That the statistics proved that Arkansas had receired twice and Louisiana three times as much for levees as Mississippi. I 2nd. That Chalmers and Lynch had got more money for levees In eleven years than Catching* had In fourteen. That of the last pitiful appropriation only a million and a half was made for this District, while Arkansas and Louisiana got three and four millions respectively." Assertions one and two are stated by llie Enterprise, three by the Klag: made no Idle assertion«, but had the I.EVEE FACTS AND FIGURES. Co. 3rd. which also say* that "Mr Henry statistics to prove every assertion. Hy some person or through some source. Mr. Henry ha* been misled into making the foregoing utterly and awfully fallacious statements, has ernetl in hurridly educating himself ou levee .lata is not strange, for there is a lack of easily acesslble record in summary or total*, that would pimlc any one who lias not kept tab on the Congressional and River Com mission proceedings in the past twenty year* for the editor of the Herald who Im* made the subject a specially during that |>erlod, to gather the following compilation which will show how v far Mr. Henry has mimed the bull*» eye of fact* In his maiden shot at levee lore. re I* If That he It has been no slight task erv II Is easy enough to get at the totals of funds expended by the Coin But the allotments for h mission. correct divisions among the district». which Is the point at issue; the in the absence of >ther sources reference, requires an exploration through many volumes, and thousand* of pages of un- indexed report»: *o far as and districts such as » without a summary by years re now submit for general information and future we kn referene: The years In vlilcli government aid ha- been extended through levee* through the River Commission Mr. Henry ha- divided Into tw,, periods: which we will follow. The first I» from 1*7 to KS5—during which the District, was represented by Messrs. Chalmers, Lynch and Jeffords; and the other, from 1885 to the pro it, or comprising Mr, Catching»' In the former period we find by tbe Mississippi River Commission reports -at Major Willard'* office) that there were expended by live River CVunuiLsslon *1», 013,000. wa* untie allotted for levee* until 18*2; the year of the great (Wi. »1,300,000 wa* so devoted, distributed a* follow*: several term* of Congressional servie**. Of this »um tbeie Then Upper Mississippi District Tensas (La. A Ark.) »100,000 Lower Î40.0VW Louisiana, South of Red River 110,000 ln I8M1 the Commission, which wa* being held down by a pro»«*», a!ox »g prohibiting flood protection expenditure*» set apart for levews tiw.ixtw. follows: ** j For Lower Mississippi District *2 «.,<kW Tv s ( ut. A Ark. 1SO.ÄW or ievee*». before Mr. eai with the year* .1 hi From 1885 to 189« the Commission ha* received from i ..serres* tis.i Of this the following sums were allotted for kv«s i s These »er« the only government expenditure* J Catclilngs entered Congress. We will now tevx&s 1880 Upper Mississippi District Tensas (La. & Ark.) Below Rod River 1888. »KKmKXi 135.000 Lower •• Upper St. Francis T«U! m. 40,000 tm Upper Mississippi District *50,000 Lower me. Lake B. protect; Tensas (La. A Ark.) 1890. Upper Mississippi District Tensas (La. A Ark.) Below Red River 1891. Upper Mississippi District Helena (Arkansas) " Iiolow Red River We now come to a notable Mm 260,000 Miscellaneous $6. FJF» Total «Ç. 000 *90,00 Lower Helena Total 1 * 0,000 450,000 " . .1*0,1 •1,080,000 180,00 *16,000 12,500 08, ooo Lower *• Tensas (La. & Ark.) Total . ■ .32,750 . .142,000 •250,000 period lo the history of government levee policy. In 1802 Mr. Catching} Induced the River and Harbor Committee and Congress, to take two advanced step* one a charge in the praseology of the bill, which required the Commission to prevent floods; the other the application of the contl system to the Commission work. noted In The herald of the 18th_ nuous contract congress con gress appropriated In 1892, *10,000,(too for the Commission for tnc four And through the latter Mr. Catching»—ns stated by Col. Maxwell—Induced the commission to allot six millions, levees as follows: In pursuance of the latter years ensuing. or over half, for 1892-1890. Upper Mills. District St. Frrncls (Ark ) White River (Ark.) " llelow Red River " *400,000 204.000 300.000 2.011.000 Lower •• < Helena Ark " * Tensas (Ark. and (La.) Total 050.000 209.000 2,100,000 , „ „ *0000,000 Till* distribution passed without any open complaint from tho Mlsslss tppi IHstrlets. 11, was accepted as right that owing to the disasters to the Tensas basin in 1892, while the Mississippi side escaped entirely, that the large sums for the former simply evened up the Inequalities of the two sides. But owing to iinptecedeiiUy cheap work, what had been the weaker became much the stronger And, wurse still, for the levees of middle and upper Bolivar, no amount was taken of the effect of the work the work on the White River basin and Raising the flood level, same alHiut the great disasters on And the of tho Mississippi side of the overflow of 1897;—which for the first time—raised the hue and cry that partiality Imd been shown Louisiana and Arkansas. Naturally enough, hut must sense lessly, ignorance and design had used this clamor against Mr. Catchlngs. The figures given do not contain all of the In the period compiled. moneys allotted to the levees There wore Special and high . water allowances, from reserve funds: supplemental to these stated, which were given out at the regular commission meeting. We find these all included and listed in the following true totals, by districts, In a paper prepared by Capt, Town send, and read before tbe River t ommissfon at its meeting In 1890 Upper Mississippi District *799,304 Lower Lake 11. levee protection 150,000 Tensas (Ark. & La.) Total 1,391,942 A rkaiisa* above White River 1,100,251 Below Red River 4,770,117 2,593,560 10,865,180 Not Included by Capt. Townsend. In to Of this total $1,400,000 was expended dut lug theClialmcrs-Lynch Jeffords term of fourteen years; or a little over a sixth of the River Commission total appropriations. And of that 480,000 was expended on the levees in Mississippi. During the eleven years of Mr. Catching« terms there were expended on levees *9.405,188; or nearly half of the commissions' total up propriatloa's. Of this sum *2,341,248 have been expended on the 308 miles of levees of Mississippi. The remainder, *7,083, 952. has been spent on the 389 mil*» of Louisiana and Arkansas levee lines. This brings the narrative Up to 1898. As to statement No. three from the Delta Flag, about the "last appropri ation." This was made in 1898, for the four years ensuing; ten million dollars. In the first year of the levees as follows: 1898. series the River Commission allotted for St. Francis (Ark.) District *t«,»7;, Cppcr Miss. -î Tensas, (La. ami Ark.) 1897 St. Francis District " Jpper Miss, Tensas (La. & Ark) " While River 16,875 290.000 135.000 18.259 Lower " 177,500 Below Red River $582 500 83,550 White River 1 73,000 Lower ' 518,100 Below Red River us, al 125,000 551,300 334. 050 I _ *1,884,000 lie Cmmnission has just met to make the third lev«- allotment of the foui ' ears. Millie Its final decision has not boon announced, the following distribution has been decided upon; 1898. Upper Miss. District Tensas (Ark A La.) Total Added to the levee $20,000 Lower •• 235,000 Below Red River 260,000 185,000 *700,000 m| iois received from the government during the years o Mr. latchings' service stated above-from 1885 to 1898 these other broc years make a levee, total of »li.K.tl.SW; secured from 1HS5 to 1898.' r this amount there lias been expended on the 308 miles of Mississippi levee 83,460 , 96, on the 389 levee miles of Louisiana and Arkansas *8.871 07" buch are the facts and ligure» of the record as to government levee funds. They have been.„piled at no little labor far beyond any call from the t t It, so and re j markable statement* which are merely used as a test. Correction of those, If needed at all, could hate been supplied In a dozen Une». This quite .ellew.tr« Mmmarj I- furnished to supply a general need. "**** " f ,he H ' lMebtd **' lhe tio ** * for,ly " ,n,,t * d ' I ,f '** wi!l lbe Her » ld U ' *»* w *•■*<•»«•. «"** d *' and ,,ucUoM " r "* iltUs *' f< ' r end * " f ,nrth ' lht ^»11 be gladly aeknowl I * nd f * ,r, F naoecUd.-VIctablir* Herald. half and Klag: the While the oe Executlïe Iiepartment, Jackson, Miss., June 18, 18»8. To the People of Mississippi: On the eve >f my going to Oxford to attend the meeting of the board of trustee* of the University, my attention was called to a publi cation of the matter of the funeral expenses of Senator George while hia body lay to Jacks-to A- the publication seem* to have been made on the supposition that It would unfavorable reflect on me, I respectfully ask that you permit me to state the facts so far as I was connected with the matter. t >n the receipt of the new* of Senator George's death ft wa* suggested to me by *om* citizen* of Jackson, that Inasmuch ashe had for a long time lived in Jack«.!), it » uid be very appropriate ft» his body to lie In state here, and that a* it wa> on the rout* from the coast to Carrollton, I telegraph a reque-t to his family to that end. I joined In this opinion and sent the telegram. of into for Com levee he task A erv The people of Jackson, or rather, people of Jackson spontaneously, and very properly, t<«>k charge of the affair, and made arrangements through a committee to receive the body. The expenses Incurred were made, a« I was at the time Informed, under the impression of the committee that all expen se* from the death to the burial would be paid by the United States senate. Some one or one* asked me to permit the Capitol Light Guards to attend the procession !■ Carrollton as an organization, which permission I gave, but stated that 1 left it optional with the company, as I had no funds to pay the of their expense* After It was ascertained by the committee of arrangements that the senate » uld not pay these expenses, a short time before the legis lature met last winter. I was requested to pay the bill out of the executive contingent fund. 1 stated ttiat I was busily engaged on my message to the - • l'.ure. which, with routine work, occupied all my time, and that my time would all ht 1 engaged while the legislature was In session, but that as -*>n a* I could find Urne, I would investigate and consider the matter, and 1 *lc - I find that 1 had lawful authority for *o doing, and considered that it was right in principle. I would pay the account out of the contingent fund. the and tbe At Uh *»i«e lime I casually scanned the account!; and at a glance I thought they were exorbitant O® iht B>.T »g !idfc«srsx*i j wx g of the 12th of February, the day after the legislature x ken down with neuralgia of the heart, which almost ' xm fre work for two months. So I did not willfully or negll desay invest (gallon and consideration. ** j prveli Mr. sawt»*, gask« and consideration, I concluded that I had no legal *1 r gis s, pay these bills out of tbe executive contingent fund. This 4*f jte-Tir servi«, to be determined by the governor, and not for As great as 1 regarded Senator Geoige as a statesman and *»7 ' * 'of lhat there is no more warrant in law and right for paying hi* i ttmeni ex s she ft ar ane ".'»»5* ptFpnmt* «5 Î live contingent fund than for paying out of the fund k evj* * *-» af any other man in the state. Whatever others think ■*«*.' a she administration of the law, the man who works in üh«! * : x : .- railroad, or on the farm, or at any other labor, manual 7*. <*agh: . be treated with the same consideration as the man of 5i* . -i - n, political or financial, In the land. Therefore, while I rext 1 have paid t .«*> bills out of the contingent fund, and anticipated that I * • : be »rr.i vned by those who maligned Senator George In Ills lifetime, but have bedaubed him with their hypocritical cant since his death, if I did not pay these, I felt that, while it was a small sum to the state, It dangerous precedent to set, and I declined to pay them out of the contingent fund. The money belonging to tills fund Is not mine. It is the money of the people of the state. That Its use Is left to the unrestricted discretion of the governor, is an exceedingly strong reason why he should be exceed ingly careful in its application. Being entirely occupied with official business, I have not time to even read unkind newspaper references, trusting, as I do, public Justice to divine the motives that prompt them, but In this Instance I hope I will be indulged for taking a few moments from an over-crowded business desk to put the facts before the impartial people of the state, that they may judge whether or not 1 should be blamed for declining to disburse their without lawful or moral right. e FJF» 000 wa* a A answer or money Most respectfully, A. J. McLai'kin. for I F RAT HENRY is elected congressman from the 2nd district, it will be due to the untiring work of his friends throughout the dis A trict. They arc organized and arc working like »leavers, do they approach but they have something to say about Henry, way here in Greenwood, we know from observation, and we believe the same work is everywhere else. Now, let the Catclilngs' men wake up, let them go to work. In two more weeks It will be too late. You say the planters throughout the delta, with few exceptions, warit Catclilngs. This wc be lieve to be true, but let them spend a few days In the towns Impressing the fact upon the young men who will listen to their advice, and heed their counsel, If they sec it for the best. No man It Is that of Catchlngs may need every vote you get him to be elected, and If he does not, a thousand over will not injure Ills cause. The poll book* of Leflore county have been checked, and in Greenwood it 1* claimed that Henry will beat Catchlngs a 100 vote. We do not bellCTe it, but unless the supporters of Catclilngs go to work, they may expect It. The only argument which the Henry men offer to-day Is Henrv I» for free sliver and if elected will look after levees, while Mr. Catchings, who they have misrepresented on the silver Issue will work for Its passage, and on the levee interest lie is the peer of any man in the South, and «an and will do more for the delta than any man It can »end. Go to work; let our people know the facts and when the 11th of July rolls around; Instead of Henry beating Catching» In this county, the shoe might, tit the other toot, or conic so near It that the small majority he gets will do no good. on of his at in In In for er» Ko Tin* ('nimmmwculth. VARDAMAN M'LAURIN. HERE were wars and rumors of wars In the land; and the mighty men of the west rose up against tlio*e of the land that llcth towurd the rising sun; and behold the slaughter of men was great upon the seas: and It came to pass there wa* a man eafled Vardaman, centu rlon of the bund called the Water Valley bund. Me was a brave man and full of luvtkof country, and desired with great desire to do battle king. It came to pass that the Iwhived physicians who ware sent out to ex amine the men who were about to go to brittle, said that this man Varda man, centurion of the band rolled the Water Valley baod, could not go to war because he had liecn crippled in the fight arm when a boy and therefore could not draw the long bow. But the r uler of the people bad great power In the land, and could remove all such d! »abilities from those who desired go to battle. And It came to pas* that the friend* of the man Vardaman and those who loved their country and desired to sec brave men go to war against the fqe, rose up and lieaought th e ruler of the people to permit to go. But tile ruler hai lened his heart, and would in for Ills and the We will and his •lie to him not let him go, saying the man had not asked to be permitted 3» go to wa t. Then tb* man Var daman sent a parchment to the ruler called a personal letter, told the ruler he was anxious to go where» brave In which he SpSfSPPH 1 ■ men were called to go to battle for our country. Rut the ruler ha.rdened his h«art again and would not let him go. And behold the people g row angry and rent their clothes and said one man to another, "What mat mer of man lx this who rules over us, and who will not let a man go to bnttl « for hi* country because of per««, al enmity between them?" And straight Way the people weal about toeleet this man Vardaman to rule orer them I w place of Mm that now ruleth And when he Is called to rule over us. hU- bitterest enemy will not t* pre vented from going to battle for his eouat ry, tor he 1* a patriot and would scorn to use his official position to puni*) i or vent petty »pile against an en emy. And the people considered the mi ,tter, and saw that It was good »„d behold it shall come to pass In the year 1900, the man Vardaman »hall hr called to rule over u», and he will make people will rejoice with exceeding grea t Joy. In the been .Hit ing ry said, a wlac and Juct ruler, mm) all the ♦♦ftnto.'» The Governor'* letter appears 1 n this Issue of tlie Commonwealth It, does not, take glasses to read bet ween the lines, for its demagoguery i» so plain that a blind man can road it by the sense of touch. McLaurin and Blanco will no doubt go down ' m history a* letter writers, S AV, MU. CLERK, we's had a stranger at our house last week and nuflln ud do de ole woman but name dat ar chile Ause after de Gob- ] ernor, but de folk* around dar 1* tellln' me he hab done sich bad things l»t*. ly that 'twould disgrace the chile, so Ise want a babus corpus 'sceeding ter git dat name off dc chile's mine. What will jer charge me. " "Oh, noth ing, Mose, " said the clerk. "Thanks yer boss, fer rather 'an had dat chil* (an' It* a bright one) disgraced by sich a name, I'd pay fifty dollars. Well, bona, I'll be back in about an hour and have yer sponge It. Good-bye." A SPIRITED POEM. to The spirited poem, "The volun teer." dedicated to the gallant Var danian, now captain In the United States Army, despite "the littleness" of Anse McLaurin, has much force and merit. It is contributed by a gallant young friend, and will not fail to strike a responsive chord in the heart of every true Mlsslssippian. a THK MISSISSIPPI VOLUNTEER. A captain on to Cuba bound, cries, "Pray thee do not tarry, Rut listen to the ringing sound of bu gles at the ferry. of "My boys await me at the gate, the troops are marching by them; Don't keep them, Govern«!, too late, let martial daggers try them. "I pray thee haste, my orders give, the laddies burn for glory. For gallant deeds they aye shall live, embalmed in song and story. a •'Free from the ranks they sought me out, to lead them on to battle, To bear their flag mid shot and shout, where cannon roar and rattle. "l'ray mark thee where on yonder field, itscrlmsonstripesunfurllng, Above the blue line tipped with steel, the warrior's pride is curling. Is 1, "Beneath its gleaming stars should fade ignoble aims and fände«, And thou and 1 link blade with blade while freedom's host advances. "Let love of state our strife dispel, fresh laurel lay upon her, Do each our duty stern and well, for Mississippi's honor." He heard the volunteer's appeal, with brow of scorn averted; "Come not to me for woe or weal, when thou my cause deserted. "The power now Is mine to wield, and by the God above me, A Clansman's vengeance thou shalt feel, for those who do not love me. "Take back the bitter words you've said; support my strong ambition; Bow down your Independent head; I'll give you your commission." The captain turned with heart aflame; In words of bitter beauty He urged Ills lads, "Forget the shame, but faithful do your duty. of "What though the Clansman curt de nied, a hundred men's petition, And through Ills private spite and pride refused me my commission. it "He truer tlmu, my gallant boys; for get your indignation; Fight on with sword and lifted voice, for home and state and nation." — Bolivar County Democrat. as as wc to as Wc »re glad to report that the governor was In Columbus Monday and returned without the loss of a single hair. But then we must member Capt. J. K. Vardaman and his company was there to protect him, and this the Columbus people knew. re the Cong. John Allen I* the right In the right place, and we hope his District will send him back. The Nnrth.East or West has not his equal In Congress for wit, and through that channel he has done as much for Ills district and the state as most any congressman there. His oppos er» may say what they please about INIvatc John Allen, but he Is honor to the state. man his hid for an Hon. John H. Miller, editor of Biloxi Review, one of the brightest and most fearless writers in Miss issippi Journalism has retired from the editorial chair of the above paper. We hope It Is not Ills Intention to stick hi* gifted pen In the rack for ever but that after a needed rest be will dip It again In the editor's buttle and uphold the honor It has won In his hands. "The pen mightier than •lie sword." he the less was . to yon and keep tbe PAT'S GAME COCK. "Among many tellingpolnts In Mr. Paxton's strong speech, one anecdote In particular wa* received with great laaghter and applause. He said that the game cock, which Mr. Heary proudly bore on hi» shoulder, when mounted on a prancing steed at the bead at the Catching's procession, had been trained to crow when his toe was pinched. U lien Mr, Long I no called .Hit to Mr, Henry, "What are you do ing to that procession?—you belong with us free »liver people. " Mr. Hen ry pinched the rooster's toe. Imme diately the cock «row and Mr. Henry said, "Impart from me; I kmiw not." -Greenville Times. Hod. of you A GOOD SHARE. A dispatch from Major Wm. star, ling, Chief Engineer of the lev« board, states that of the 373,000 still left for levee purposes of the river and harbors appropriation 130,000 U the amount apportioned to this district. This is in ad. dition to the *200,000 apportioned some time ago to this district and gives the district for the, year 18D8, altogether, »350,000. This will dö a vast work as the rights of way have been already largely provided for by the local board and the board will be able to do more actual work on tb« levees this year than for several years.—Greenville Daily Democrat. The above Is the best argument that we can produce why Gen. Catching» should remain in Congress. And shows that as long as he stay* our Levee system will get Its share of the appropriation made by the gen. Government. *350,000 is a very good credit to Cong. Catclilngs ability as a hustler and shows that while they claim he has only *2 in terest in the district lie must have a considerable one on his constituents tosccure the above amount. We thank the Democrat for letting his people know the truth and the work Gen. Cat ching.» is doing for his district. HBS8Y S AND CATCHING*' PRINCIPLBS COMPARED. Pat Henry said here, "He would not sacraflce principle for the sake of getting office as Mr. Catclilngs has done." Now let us spend a few mo ments In examining his record. It Is a fact well known In Vlcksbnrg If not In this County that he supported Mr. Beck a Republican for office in that city several years ago, when the democrats of Vicksburg was try- j Ing to defeat him. But aside from j that he claims to have always dorsed silver and he says Catching has always been against silver but still he endorsed Catchingg against the silver-candidate, Longinc and did not refuse the offer as delegate of the convention at Vicksburg to go to Oreenvile to District Convention but went there and worked for Cat* chings nomination. On the other hand Catclilngs had been and out spoken advocate of Gold and the people of till* district knew It but when the wish of his constituents known to him wanting the free and unlimited coinage of silver 18 to 1, he realizing as Mr. Henry said here In his speech "the vote of a en was representative is not his own but of a people who sent him there and gave It to him." .So In ac cepting the nomination he accepted silver and has ever since voted for it when the opportunity In Con gress presented itself. We do not I blame Mr. Henry for voting and I working for Congressman Catching» j as the Issue now, was the issue then, j the protection of our large plantations from the overflow and as he sized up Judge Loglno then wc size him up to day. No equal to Catching» for such work. But as to the principle of the can not see where Mr. Catchlngs lias sacrificed his In being for gold and accepting the nomination of a convention that as their -represen tatives he should men we vove for sliver any more than Mr. Henry a free silver advocate who accepted the place of representative vcntlon whose aim was to elect a gold bug as he calls him, and not support the free silver candidate In the race. of a con Jot« tV. Army. One of our Delta politicians of much prominence, was down at Camp Henry a few days ago to see some of his friends from the delta, who be longed to one of the companies, to hid them good bye before they left for Jacksonville, and on returning he and friends decided to stop at the Insane Asylum. While going through the wards he was espied by a harm less patient w,io Inquired where lie was from.— . Tbe Delta, replied Hie politician. I'atlent—Tbaf's where that there I fellow Henry'« trying to beat Tom ! Catclilngs is'nt Itf Politician—"Yes, I fire in that j district and to beat him o.U Tom has I to hustle this year. Patient— Is that what they sent yon hero for? Pol—No I am a Henry man— teath 1 and toe nail. Patient—Say mister they can't keep you here for that—Vour'e no lunatic, you are just an ordinary dam fool—and ff I were you I would Join tbe army. What*» tire matter with Uoi tersity? Nh's all right— Who said so/ Everybody— Because they elected Hod. Bob Stovers Sec. and Treasurer of the hoard of Trustees.