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ESTABLISHED JOSKIMUS DANIELS, 1877. Editor. RALEIGH, N. C. . SEPT. 8, 1887. THE WORKIX(;JlAS'S ekiem "1'OU It E VENUE ONLY." Yesterday's Raleigh Signal and Greens boro North State contain a long card from John Nichols addressed to the editor of the Stave Chronicle. It is longer, weak er, dirtier, meaner, more ungentlemanly, and more untruthful than the previous card of this '-Friend of the vTorkingman,' who justly merits the contempt of every decent citizen. AVe do not thus charac terize him because of his false statements re'ardn.g the editor of this paper ;the truth ful record of his life, published in the Chronicle two weeks ago, is incontrovert ible evidence that he is guilty of transac-;.-.. .ii m:iL, him unworthy of the in." confidence of any honest man. In his reply Nichols attempts no de fense of his appointment of his son as ca det t "West Point. He says that a compet itive examination is a '-moral cowardice and a cloak of deceit for the Congress men"" who hold them. This is a sweep ing charge, and one that is not true,to make against the other members of Congress in North Carolina and elsewhere. He begs the original question, and seeks, by per sonalities and denunciations, to divert the public mind from the fact that, in order to decrease his family expenses, he pros tituted h:s power of appointment and vio lated his pledges, by appointing, without a competitive examination, his own son to West Point, lie makes no defense of his own unfaithfulness, and alleges in pallia tion of his offense only that other men have been guilt v of the same abuses of power. But the people cannot be blinded in any such way. They will remember that Nichols promised an equal opportunity for all ; that he was untrue to his promi ses. Violated pledges are not forgotten 1 hi a former article after our criticism -A the appointment of his own son to West Point, we charged and proved, by the records of the court and otherwise, that John Nichols was guilty of peculations and dishonesty while Prin cipal of the Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind; and. that, under the guise of friendship, he had borrowed from, and re fused to iav money to. a poor deaf and dumb man, and afterwards had failed to pay his deaf and dumb widow. In his life, blackened with misdoings, these two crimes iand although he may escape th tnented punishment, the crime exis stood out most prominently. These are grave charges. How does he answer them ? In a reply of two and a half columns of small type he devotes only thirteen line to an attempted defense. f n regard to the charge that he fed his family out of the provisions furnished for the deaf, dumb, and blind, he is as dumb as an oyster. He does, indeed, say that it is a "purely private' matter, and that he stands ready for trial, but he does not state that his going into bankruptcy made it impossidle for the State to recover the amount of his peculations. It is a natur al inquiry: Why sue a bankrupt ? What could the State recover out of a man who. in a suit pending against him, plead hi discharge in bankruptcy ? Over ten years Nichols has quietly rested under the impu tat'.on of dishonesty. An honest man would have demanded exoneration. Fail ure to defend himself will be regarded as virtual admission of guilt. Or the money out of which Mr. Holt, a poor deaf and dumb man. en his death bed, said Nichols had '-swindled' him, the reply is that it was scheduled in bank ruptey, '-but has since been paid on terms agreed upon by his representatives and myself."' The truth is: If more than for ty dollars of the amount has been paid, it has been paid within the last fourteen days. If our exposition of Nichols has compelled him to pay a poor deaf and dumb widow a claim that he had persist ently refused f pay for over ten years, although he was abundantly able to pay it, we feci fully repaid for any trouble our investigation into his dark ways has occasioned. Notwithstanding Nichols' as sertion, the.-e facts remain and will not down: That Holt died saying that Nich ols had swindled hiui, and troubled that he had to leave his wife and two small children in poverty; that the widow of Holt could not collect the amount, al though fiie sorely needed it and Nichols only agreed to pay it, after he came into i't uLic life, and then only in small in stallments of ten dollars a month, while he draw s a salary of sr.Oi0 ;i year. And lie is the Loud Mouthed Friend of the Poor! From ail such, "Good Lord, deliver us!' seph Bradticld, to the alleged Public Print ing ''deal." Mr. akley, who represented Durham in the last House, writes a card in w hioh he does not allesre that he ever heard the editor of the Chronicle say a word about the Public Printing contract. He does say that,onone occasion, Mr. Har dy, a soliciting agent of the Chronicle, said to him that "although the Chronicle was a Democratic paper, it nevertheless had no quarrel with and did not intend to make war on the Independents, and that the columns of that paper would always be open for communications in their defense, if free from personalities." That is the settled policy of the Chronicle. Any men or set of men can defend themselves in its columns in a communication, if free from personalities. That is Mr. Oakley's testimony. Stand aside Mr. Oakley! The next witness introduced by Nichols to prove the "deal"' is one, Joseph Brad field, of the county of Stokes, who was not a member of the Legislature. Mr. Bradfield"s testimony is the funniest joke of the year. He says that he thinks a "deal"' was made, but that he thinks a "deal" is neither improper nor dishonor able. His only complaint is mat ne think the editor did not stand up to the provis ions of the "deal." This is Mr. Brad field's testimony. Stand aside Mr. Brad field! Are there any other witnesses? Not one. Here Nichols rests his ease. Not withstanding his statements and intima tions that abundant proot ccald be had to prove his charge, he introduces no other witnesses than Mr. Oakley and Mr. Brad- field. Neither of them claim to know anything. Mr. Oakley quotes a saying of a soliciting agtnt of the paper, and thinks. Mr. Bradtield sees no wrong, if Nichols' charge could be established. He only thinks the charge is true. And with this so-called testimony, which would not weigh a feather in any court in Christendom, Nichols made the base and foul intimation that this w riter was guilty of making a deal. "We repeat to-day what we formerly said with deliberation: "If John Nichols says that the editor of this pajer made any deal, or any unworthy, or dishonorable combination with the Independents, or the Republicans, or anybody, to secure the Public Printing contract, lit, LILS. It nnv other man savs so. HL LILS. these are plain words, but they are used with the full knowledge of their meaning." B. Institution who was receiving a salary of 25 a month; and did not pay it du ring Holt's lifetime, as is evidenced by his assertion on his death bed, "Nichols' swindled me out of my money." If the money has been paid, it has been paid since our first publication. It is no virtue to pay a just debt because driven to it. How many more matters "purely pri vate," as Nichols terms his peculations from the State larder, (by what right does Nichols regard the State larder as "purely private?") Nichols has been guilty of, we know not. But these we have proven to the satisfaction of the public, and they are enough to consign him to everlasting disgrace. We have done. As a public journalist we have criticised Nichols, as a public man, and exposed his rascality. We have no malice in the matter. We have been prompted to our action by the sense of duty that requires us to hold up the wrong-doings of public officials. We may never refer to Nichols again. Certainly we shall not do so unless it becomes neces sary to save the people from his misrepre sentations and demagogueism. TROCHEE AMONG THE KNIGHTS. Wiogins predicts that the most violent wind-storm of the country will strike America the nineteenth of September. It is to consist of one hurricane coming across the Atlantic by way of London, and a counter gale which will come roaring down from the great lakes. The two will meet on the Atlantic coast September 19th, and just about tear the eastern half of the continent to pieces. Without reference to season the weather prophet, otherwise and more aptly known as the champion liar of the country, gets in his work and frightens credulous peo ple. The prospects are that September 19th will be a delightful day. The Goldsboro Argus comes to us en larged and improved. The Argus is, in every respect, a first-class newspaper. It thrives in fruitful soil. Goldsboro is lib eral in supporting its newspapers; and, in turn, its newspapers are earnest in advo eatine whatever helns Goldsboro. The a Argus is edited by educated gentlemen men who know what to put in a newspa per and (what is more important) what not to put in. It covers the old Messenger field and is an honor to its editors, its town, and to North Carolina journalism Much of the remainder of Nichols' card is devoted to abuse of the dead father of the editor of the Chronicle. In regard to the life of his father the editor made- certain statements in a former ar ticle. They need not be repeated. We should not refer to the contemptible allusions--(allusions which no decent man or gentleman would make) on the same line again but to say this: That the re peated statement that the father of this w riter w as in the I niou service. in the late war is untrue, and that the repetition of the statement, after our explicit denial, shows that Nichols has no regard for truth or decency. If any writing states the contrary of this, that writing docs not speak the truth. But if ail that Nichols has said in re gard to the parents of the writer were true, ii would not make him worse, nor Nichols better.. It has nothing to do with the public record of cither, and no man of common decency would have dragged it into a newspaper controversy. In all the history of North Carolina no man has held a public place who, to quote the words of the learned editor of the Elizabeth City Economist, has in so large a measure ex hibited "the ferocity of a tiger and a ghoul" as John Nichols. It has not been necessary for us to refer to Nichols' ances tors to show that Le is a dishonest and thoroughly bad man; if it had been, this writer can never so far forget that he is a gentleman as to descend into abuse of the dead. Then Nichols devotes nearly a column, written by himself, T. C. Oakley, and Jo- Failing, as he evidently perceives he has done, in bis "deal charge, Nichols attacks the management of the Public I'riiitii,. but onlv unon one ground: He - CD 7 t - charges that the examiners of the Mate Printinsr are "interested Parties."' The facts are: The Code requires two Examin ers, who must be practical printers, to examine the State Printing, pass upon the work and the bills rendered. The State Printer appoints one Examiner and the State Auditor appoints the other. As State Printer we appointed Mr. C. J. Betts, fore man of the Chronicle office. The Audi tor appointed Mr. L. O. Lougee, who is at present in the employ of Messrs. Ed wards & Broughtou, which firm, under con tract, does most of the printing and bind ing for the State Printer, as they did for Mr. Ashe and other State Printers. Mr. Lougee was the Examiner on the part of the State w hen Mr. Hale was Public Prin ter. Nichols writes nearly a column reflect ing, although he sneakingly disclaims any reflection, upon the honesty and integrity of these two upright gentlemen. Messrs. Betts and Lougee are capable, experienced, sober and upright printers. They belong to the Raleigh Typographical Union and are justly regarded among its best members. Mr. Lougee has held nearly every import ant office in the Luion. These are the only two mechanics who are officially connected with the State Printing. If Nichols is the friend of the workingman he claims to be, he wouid not reflect upon two gentlemen so hon orable and so worthy as Messrs. Lougee and Betts. lie would, rather, defend them when assailed by others. Nichols was once a printer, and, by the love of the craft ought to have refrained from his mean insinuations, which are all the meaner be cause of his disclaimer. Ihese two Ex aminers are poor men. Their integrity and their trade are their only possessions. Any man who utters a solitary word to shake the confidence of men in their in tegrity, is their worst enemy. This Nich ols, in his desperation, has done, and in their persons has offered an insult to every printer in the State. "An injury to one is an injury to all' is the motto of the craft. We lepeat that the covert attack upon two honest printers is another evidence of the hollowness of his professions of love for the workingmen. He is their friend when it pays him to be "a friend of the workingmen 'for revenue only, ' but if he thinks it will serve his pur pose, as in the present instance, he is ready to cast foul suspicion upon their reputa tion. The Chronicle will not permit, with out rebuke, this wanton and underhand attack upon the character of two men who are worthy members of the "art pre servative of arts." It will recoil upon the head of the "Friend of the Working men !"" But if every charge, every intimation, and every lie that John Nichols utters in regard to these men, tluj Chronicle, its editor, and his parents, were the truth they would not remove the following facts: First. John Nichols, in violation of his pledges to the workingmen, prostituted his power of appointment by giving his son the fat position of cadet to West Point, without allowing a chance to the sons of other men, to secure the place, by com petitive examination. This was a species of Nepotism as well as a violation of pledges, and a prostitution of power. Second. John Nichols, when Principal of the Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, fed his family out of the State lar der, and when suit was brought to recover the amount of his embezzlements, went into bankruptcy. See Record of the Dis trict court of the U. S. Third. John Nichols, when Priucipal of the Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, receiving a salary of $ 1,800 a year, with rent and fuel free, borrowed and re fused to repay, money from Mr. Holt a deaf and dumb employee in the D. D. & In season and out of season the Chroni cle nas sought to show ho an organiza tion of workingmen might aid in many ways. We have labored as has every other true friend of the workingmen to show that the only hope of bettering the condition of the workingmen was for the order to eschew politics. While this is so there have been a class of self-seeking demagogues who have per sistently labored to make the order an an nex of the Republican party. It seems that, in a measure, they have temporarily succeeded. A correspondent, signing him self "Centre Field," in the Craftsman the organ of the K. of L. has a long com munication in the last i-sue of that paper sharply criticizing some members of the State Executive Board for electing, as representatives to the General Assembly, a majority of Republicans. The correspondent says that Raleigh Knights controlled and that "plans had evidently been laid to elect two Raleigh brothers." Four out of five of the Board present were Republicans. "Centre Field' protests against the Knights of Labor hav ing anything to do with politics. John Nichols was one of the "Raleigh brothers."' The Knights are beginning to see that his only interest in the order is to make it aid Nichols and the Republican party. It is fast becoming a question with the Knights ot Labor, who are sincerely desir ous of elevating labor, whether the order or John Nichols shall go. Nobody now doubts that he is in the order for the same purpose that Flanagan, of Texas, was in the Republican National Convention of Issu. Flanagan said: "What are we here for. if it is not to make all we can?" The Chronicle knows that in the end the result will be the repudiation of Nichols and others of his stamp whose only object is to prostitute the order to selfish and Radical ends. Shorn of such traitors in the camp, the order will exert the influ ence which its numbers and character en title it. The Prohibition party in New York de clared in favor of a system of profit-shar ing between the employer and employee While the party knows, and all the world knows, that the Prohibition party can do nothing to bring about so desirable a state of affairs, it is yet significant that a new- party declares for a new and more equita ble division of profits. We do not believe that this division can come through legis lation, but proper legislation may. hasten it. Certainly any law seeking to secure a profit-sharing system would be an educator. THE VERDICT OF THE JURY. VOICE OF THE PRESS AGAINST JOHN NICHOLS. The Unanimous Expression ol the Press is that He is Guilty ot : 1, Peculatious 2, Want of Decency; 3, Ma kins a False Charge; 4, Mitreatins a Ileal Mute; 5, Betrayal of the W orliinsnien; , Other General Wrong Doings. The controversy between the editor of the Stats Chronicle ,and John Nichols, member of Congress from the Fourth Dis trict, has been generally commented on by the press in the State. The editors are almost the only parties who have read both sides of the controversy. They are, therefore, the most competent parties to speak of its merits. We had not intended to publish these extracts, and we would not do so now, but for the fact that in no other way can the people obtain the verdict, pronounced by those most competent to pass upon the merits of the controversy. In addition to the extracts, which we print, other papers have spoken, Jjut we failed to preserve their expressions. The Raleigh News-Observer published charges, as have several other papers. Durham Tobacco Plant, Alamance tile Selma News, Wilson Mirror, and other State papers voice, with those editors from whom we quote, the unanimous verdict against John Nichols. We trust that the readers of the Chiuin ci.e will give these extracts a careful perusal. Mr. Josephus Daniels, of the State Chronicle, and Mr. John Nichols, mem ber of Congress from the Raleigh district, are waging a bitter personal warfare in the papers. Mr. Daniels criticised Nichols for appointing his (Nichols'; son as a ca det to West point. Mr. Nichols replied in a very bitter, offensive card in some of the Republican papers. Last week's State Chkonu le leaves Mr. Nichols in a very unfortunate position. It makes him ap pear to be guilty of acts that no honest man and no gentleman could do. It js all the worse from the high official position he holds. The more we see of Mr. Daniels, the more we admire him. The Chronicle is an honor to the State. Sanford Express. our The ner, An incident occurred in the Stale Pro hibition Convention of Pennsylvania which is another indication that the Prohibition party is to also become the Womans Suf frage party. One Chas. S. Wolfe was elected Chairman of the Executive Com mittee. He stated that he was thankful for the honor but that he could not accept without consultation with his wife. He added, "I am grateful for your previous expression of confidence, but there are other claims on me." Henpecked, by Jupiter! The New York Democrats will hold their State Convention at Saratoga, Sept. 27th. It is believed that the present State offi cers will be renominated. Notwithstand ing the active opposition of the mugwumps thev were e'ected and it is believed that they cau carry the State again. It is not good policy to swap horses while crossing a stream. New York is essential to Demo cratic success next year, and the party cau afford to make no mistakes. There is quite an extended controversy going on between the State Chronicle and Representative Nichols, of this Con gressional District. The Chronicle shows up Mr. Nichols in a pretty bad light. Rocky Mount Pho-nix. The editor of the State Chronicle sits down hard on Congressman elect Nichols. He speaks plain words about the accusa tions Nichols brought against him. Daniels has looked into his public life and shows how suit was brought against him to com pel him to pay for feeding his own family out of i he public larder and how the suit has been continued and dropped on ac count of his plea of bankruptcy and how the legal papers in the suit have disap peared and how this suit hanging over Nichols' head as a mark set upon h;:n, for ten long years and yet he has never asked for vindication by I rial and he has never goi it any other "way. Daniels does not res; here but shows how Nichols while re . - . . i i i ccivitig ifixoo ;i year, oorioeu scein hundred dollars from an under officer (who was Deaf and Dumb) receiving &2 per month and for many long years has never paid it. Newton Enterprise. AN ABLE REJOINDER. From Goldsboro Argus. Some few weeks ago Mr. John Nichols, the Republican Congressman from the Raleigh district, published a card in the Republican papers of the State in defense of his appointment of his son to West Point. In so far as it was a defense it was well and shrewdly done. But Nichols could not content hitntelf with his own defense he must needs become aggressive and attack Mr. Josephus Dai. 'els. the young, able, versatile and manly editor of the State Chronicle. This part of Mr. Nichols' card seemed inspired by a mali cious littleness and meanness that has never been equalled in print in North Carolina. Among other things he inti mated that Mr. Daniels had .secured the public printing by a deal with the Inde pendents. Of course everybody knew t hat a replv would come from Mr. Daniels when he got well (for he was sick in-the mountains when Mr. Nichols' card ap peared) and the reply has come a calm, dignified, crushing reply a reply caleulat to make Nichols wish that he had never written a card. We wish that we could print it in full, but we have space for only a few extracts. The editor of the State Chronicle is out I in a long editorial answering John Nichols' dirty and ill-fated card. In so doing he J gives Nichols the lie square out and shows i that Nichols and his family had been j largely furnished from the pantry ot the Deaf, Dumb and Asylum. Greensboro Patriot. Our friend, Josephus Daniels. Esq., in his Raleigh Chronicle, goes for Mr. John Nichols with gloves off, and most deservingly so. The reference made by Nichols to Mr. Daniels' dead father was a piece of dirty, malicious littleness that calls for stern rebuke at the hands of all good people. Wilmington Messenger. Mr. Daniels had an editorial in the last issue of his paper which is manly and strong, showing up Nichols to be a traitor, a rascal and a rogue. When Mr. Nichols was in charge of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind Asylum he fed himself from the State's supplies for the asylum, for w. ich the board brought suit, which suit is pen J- ing vet. lie oorroweu money iroiu ;i poor mute in the asylum and never paid it back. Joe Daniels is an honor to his State and to his race. No man stands higher, and he did right in going for Nichols or any other man who is mean and traitorous enough to do as Nichols has done. If lie will act thus at home, what will he do Brother to him good, for Columbus Times. :md NICHOLS IV AN I.'N FOIITF N AT E POSITION. when he gets to Washington Vol 1VK it L- e,.n ! which we i ! you. The Pennsylvania Democratic Conven tion pointed with pride to the fact that since the Democratic party has been in power not one acre of the public lands has been granted to corporations, nor any land grant revived or exteuded. This is a record to point at with pride, especially when we remember that under Republican rule the public domain was given to railroads. WOLVES IN SHEEPS' CLOTHING. A tarmers Alliance in Indiana some days ago passed resolutions, which the alliance at Thomasville, Ga., thought in sulting to the President of the United States. The Georgia Alliance immediately adopted and forwarded to the President resolutions expressing unqualified condem nation of the insulting words, and de nouncing the motives by which they were inspired as "unworthy and dishonorable." Not content with insulting the President through the Grand Army of the Republic the partizan haters of the honest and un sectional rresident seek to make every organization an instrument to heap insult upon insult. In all history there has been no spectacle so despicable and so contemp tible as the hell born machinations of hat ir2 Republicans to offer insult to the honest est and biggest man who has occu pied the seat of Jefferson in half a century. All praise to the Thomasville Alliance for its manly words of condemnation They ought to receive the endorsement of every alliance in the Union. It is evident that there are, in Indiana in the Farmers' Alliance, emissaries of Republicanism who are seeking to make it an ally of that party,'as there are like traitors in the Knights of Labor in North Carolina. Such men and their ways must be repudiated, or no good will come from organization. The Chronicle would cau tion the farmers of North Carolina to keep their eyes open and to guard against Re publican agents who come in the guise of friends of the farmer. Radicalism is des perate and every possible agency is being employed to defeat the Democrats in the the next campaign. Watch out for the wolf in sheep's cloth ikg. The Knights of Labor have been be trayed by a North Carolina traitor; the farmers would do well to go slow and be ready to denounce any Republican tricks. The Asheville Citizen says that Presi dent Cleveland will visit Asheville on his Southern tour. The Chronicle rises to ask if Mr. Nat. Atkinson has given his per mission. It would be embarassing for Mr. Cleveland to reach Asheville Junction, and be compelled to go on without stop ping, because of Mr. Atkinson's failure to give his consent to the proposed visit. By all means, prevail upon Mr. Atkinson to withdraw his opposition ! The last issue of the State Chronicle devotes four columns to Mr. John Nichols, in reply to a card recently published by that gentleman in some of the Republican papers. The vindication is complete, and no doubt Mr. Nichols now w ishes his card had not been published. The controversy so far leaves no stain upon the garments of the Chronicle's bright young editor, but it leaves some very grave, charges to be explained by the Congressman from the Fourth District. Ashboro Courier. While the outlook for a good crop this Fall is bright, recent reports indicate that the crop will not be as large as anticipated earlier in the season. Probably the crop in Mississippi is injured more than in any other Southern State. In some portions of the State the cotton crop has been cut short from 50 to 65 per cent by worms. POLITICAL POINTS. The State Chronicle last week took Mr. John Nichols, representative from the Raleigh District, in hand, and did him tip in good style. A few weeks ago, in reply to an editorial criticism of his first official act, Mr. Nichols published an abusive per sonal card. The Chronh le's rejoinder fuliy meets and disposes of the reform Congressman's attack. Other articles iu the same paper contain charges and proofs of some things that are far from creditable to Mr. Nichols, and that places him in a very unpleasant situation. If he cannot explain them, he ought to resign and let his place be tilled by some one who can prove a better character. Lex ington Di-pateh. Them's our sentiments. Louisburg Times. Mr. Daniels lepHcstoMr. Nichol: gives him what he deserved. To the offen sive personal remarks of Mr. Nichols, the renlv of Mr. Daniels is very manly and proper, such as will excite the admiration of every filial son and honest man. And then Mr. Daniels proceeds to expose, by affidavits and emit records, some transac tions of Mr. Nichols that (to put ic very mildl do not entitle him to the confi dence of his constituents. Among other things, Mr. Daniels alleges that Mr. Nich ols was not square in his accounts when piiinipal of the Deaf, and Dumb ami Blind Asylum, and that the director.-; of thai institution brought suit against him to recover the amount claimed to be due, and that legal papers in the case have mysteriously disappeared from the court house ! Chatham Record. The reply of Mr. Josephus Daniels to Mr. John Nichols, in the Raleigh Chroni cle, is clear, pointed, personal and con clusive. It puts Mr. Nichols in a very unfortunate position. The Star has pub lished nothing of the unpleasant contro versy. Mr. Nicholsoughttorelievehiinseif, if possible, of the very ugly predicament in which the sworn testimony of Mr. Pell and the action of the Board of Directors of the Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb and the Blind place him. It is a very serious matter unexplained to rest upon a man who goes to the U. S. Con gross for the first time and in the attitude of a reformer. We have kind feeling per sonally for Mr. Nichols and have kno.wi him for a long time, and we would be glad to seehim exonerated fully. Mr. DarMela's reply to Mr. Nichols's personal attack upon himself and parents is all that n necessary. It is plain, direct and meets the charge. Mr. Daniels is nmkitiga very readable paper and is a youi-g man of high moral chaiaeter and of m:ieh intel lectual promise. His last number was specially interesting and contained eight or ten large columns trom las pen alone. 'Wilmington Star. "WHO.M TH E ;ods WISH ST ROY," ETC. TO !E- Elizabeth City Economist.) A controversy of extreme personal bit terness has been going on during the heated term of August bet ween Hon..i .hn Nichols, member of Congress elect from N C, and Mr. Jose A "LABOR" III'.WIU'G. V"rom Shelby New Era. Mr. John Nichols, the recently success ful "Labor" candidate for Congress from the Fourth District of North Carolina, has stirred up alout his ears a hornets' ne.-t which ought to drive him from public lif. forever. A short while ago, it will be n membered, Mr. Nichols, as his first . t":i -i . t i act, appointed his own son to a cad.-i.-hip to We.-t Point without the trouble ot : competitive exam inat ion. We sho::M haw considered this in most Congressmen comparatively venial offence, al'hough tl t Raleigh Chronicle sajs it is a wroii ' which the people have condoned only in men of brains and character, neither of which distinguishes Mr. Nichols. But in this case the offence w as without justitica tion or excuse. Mr. Nichols was avowed ly the "workingineifs"' candidate for Con gress, i'ii-1 liis whole canvass was based upon opposition to class privilege of cv, i v sort It was a demonstration of the rank lixpije. risy and venal selfishness lhat have char acteriZi'd the man's whole public career. Upon 'his appointment the Raleigh Chronicle commented in term that were severe, but that dealt cm-; t!v.. ly with Mr. N'chois' public capacity. V r Nichols, through the uepubiieun p.'U.'-rs ,: the State, replied, with a weak te!, n-. of himself This week Mr. Daniels completely deiiioi ishes the "Labor" Congn .-.-man. lie call ins attention to the fact that pu'.li'- otii., is a public trust, and that John Nit ':'! the hist man in North Carolina. ih-cd as he was, as the prt tentious and pr '. vh-, fri nd "f l lie workingman, wli ..ho:.;,j have appointed his ov:t son to office. ( r his own father and mother, no deti - -. was needed, but Mr. Daniels makes .;... fuil and complete and, concerning hi-ow n alleged trade with the Independents. Daniels declares - and every man u!,. knows him wiil believe him --that Do v.,ci was said to Speaker Webster or to an o;.. else that he would object to seeing :, print, that no promises were made, :u,d that Speaker Webster knew lint he v.ou'd not accept the Public Printinsr except a the nominee of the Democrat ie am ',- Mr. Daniels makes ag.-tin-l Mr. Ni.-t.i,'. two charges that, unless they can be d -proved and the evidence to suj p, i: ; least one of them is very strong--. shorn ; end Nichols' public career. What a sickening commentary i- t upon the character of a man who In- -. himself up as the especial cham; i :. : workingmen, the men whom he cad- . poor and the oppressed.: And yet ji well that these things have come to !;; , . It litis shown the workingmen wh: humbug, cheat and h' pocrite tle v to office when they left the only par has ever cared for them. It may them the lesson not, when they g politics on their own account, to eh' leaders old political hack- who otl of the spoils ot Republican misg ment. e t- of the Raleigh CiiitoN- The Chatham Record is nine years old We have the authority of Rory O. Moore that there is luck in odd numbers. Cer tainly luck has followed the Record every year since it was established, and on this ninth anniversary the Chronicle sends its greetings and hopes that the Record has, as yet, but seen the dawn of coming great ness and prosperity. One of the chief at tractions about the Record is that its editor never read of any strange occurrence, or monstrosity, but that he found one more wonderful in Chatham. To illustrate : Sometime ago the Statesville Landmark told about a cat in Iredell with 72 kittens. No sooner had the item appeared than a Chatham cat was found that had had 190 kittens. Commenting on the "seeing him and going him one better, the Landmark aptly says, "We may well say of our brother of the Record as was said of Iago: "Never any marvelous story But himself could tell a stranger." The Wilmington Messenger has been publishing War Sketches, prepared by a Northern hand, which did injustice to the South, but upon finding that they did this injustice, the Messenger has abandoned their publication. The Messenger did well to discontinue the sketches. We want his tory taught, but not a history that will be untrue and unjust to the South. Sylyanus H. Sweet, who was nomi nated for State Engineer by the United Labor Party, of New York, declines to run, saying that he will remain a I 'emocrat. It is current in the newspapers that Secretary Lamar is to be made U. S. Su preme Court Judge and that ex-Gov. Robt. E. Patt ison, of Pennsylvania, is to succeed him as Secretary of the Interior. The Pennsylvania Democratic Conven tion declared a "renewal of allegiance to the principles and declarations of the plat form adopted at Chicago in. 1884, which Mr. Cleveland, the nominee of the party, heartily endorsed." Mr. J. Ross Thomp son was nominated for Judge of the Su preme Court, and B. J. McGrauu for State Treasurer. The Convention was the most harmonious ever held. Mr. Randall was its master spirit. Although our State elections are more than a year ahead a number of names are being brought in prominence in connection with the Democratic nomination. Among the names brought forward so far we would be most heartily pleased to see that of Judge Clark on our ticket for Governor. A man so just in his rulings and so precise in his business could not help but make a good governor. Salisbury Watchman. "Steadman, of course," says the East ern man; "Armfield would set the West afire," says a western exchange, while those are not lacking who shrewdly inti mate tnat tnere is a gentleman away down in hot Brazil who will make things warm ior ine gubernatorial nomination next year. We heard one of the best politicians in Western Carolina say the other day: "Tom Jarvis will certainly come back and run for Governor and if they don't watch mighty close when the Senatorial contest comes around, he will be found occupying the seat of the Chesterfieldian Ransom." Winston Sentinel. Col. R. F. Armfield does not desire the nomination for Governor next year, and feels it due to those friends who are thinking of him in this connection to say so in time. Moreover, he believes that if he were nominated and were to accept the nomination, his position on the Blair bill would defeat him. He is unalterably op posed to it and would not hesitate to avow his opposition on the stump. He is in favor of dividing out among the States the surplus now in the treasury but is opposed to collecting any further surplus fo di vision for educational purposes or any other purpose. Col. Armfield believes in Cleveland, through and through, endorses his administration cordially and is in full accord with him in his civil service views. He says the President has had a bad law to execute but has executed it manfully. The law needs amendment but its under lying principle is correct its intent is to establish a merit system instead of the old system of favoriteism. Statesville Landmark. The reply of Mr. Josephus Daniels, edi tor of the State Chronicle, is a complete vindication of himself as to the charges made against him by John Nichols, and eats Nichols in an unenviable position, which in our judgment it will be hard to relieve himself of. The testimony of Mr. Pell and the action of the Board of Direc tors of the Institution for the Deaf and the Dumb and the Blind place him in an unenviable position. Mr. Daniels answers the personal at tacks of Nichols in a manly manner, and reminds him of some old things, which would have been better for the new Con gressman had they never been told. Still we are glad Mr. Daniels has turned on the light that the voters of the Metropolitan District may see what sort of a Dema gogue they have been deluded into electing to Congress. Smithfield Herald. NICHOLS NOT A HANOI' DECENCY Windsor Public Ledger. The editor of the State Chronicle has taken up the cudgels against one John Nichols, who is at present the representa tive in Congress from the Raleigh district. The Chronicle was after "Honest John"' for appointing his own son to West Point. The Ledger, commenting upon the affair sr. me weeks ago, was also i-evere in its ani madversions upon Mr. Nichols. This g' n tleman has been pleased lo sav .some raiher unfair things about Mr. laniei.s" father and mother, which wa.i in very poor taste, to say the least of it. Mr. Daniels has written a complete vindication of his parents, and given John a black eye. He also comes out squarely and calls him a liar. Though not given to harsh words. we commend the course of Mr. Daniels in his dealings with Congressman Nichols, as no man of decency or sense, in his quar rels with another will throw into the teeth supposed short- . E W A l V EKTIS E M E NTS. Josephus Daniels, editor of the State Chronicle, devotes considerable space in the hut issue of his paper in answering a card of Congressman Nichols which re cently appeared in the Raleigh Signal. The card contained a personal reference of that other the real or comings of his kiunery." JOHN" NICHOLS AM) THE CHRONICLE. STATE that reflected on the dead. manly and undignified. Mr. 1 1 was DanieN placed Congressman Nichols in a ve tiii has u n - pleasant position, having charged ami proven with affidavits that Nichols did not retire from the management of the Deaf and Dumb Institution with his accounts square, and that he further defrauded a poor widow out of jiiaiy entitled money. This is bad for the new Congressman and he should clear his skirts if he can. Ker nersville News. Brother Daniels of the State Chronicle, in his issue of last week, replies to the bit ter personal attack made a few weeks ago upon him by Hon. John Nichols. He is dignified in his rejoinder, but manages in our opinion, to put the Congressman rather at disadvantage and publishes ;m affidavit to the effect that Mr. Nichols, while manager of the Deaf and Blind In stitute, fed his family from ;he public lar der, and that the Directors of that insti tution entered iiroceedings agaiust him, which have not yet however induced him to make the "gleanings" good to the State. Milton Advertiser. The State Chronicle's reply to the hit ter of Congressman elect John Nichols in the Raleigh Signal, in which he endeavors tomaIigu the character of its editor, Mr. Josephus Daniels, is thorough and com plete in every respect Nothing is said that should not havo boen said and noth ing is left out that should have been said. It is pretty evident that the future Con gressman "ran his head into a hornet s nest," and although there was but one hornet therein, he was what is usually termed one of the 'bald faced species, and he used his sting with telling effect.' To say the least of the matter, we have heard nothing more from "the workingman's friend," which leads us to infer that he is thoroughly convinced of the fact that he bad tackled the wrong man and does not wish to renew the engagement. We really think it is time for this self-constitqted champioa of the rights of the "horny handed sons of toil" to go into his hole and then pull it in after him, unless he is able to refute some of the grave and criminal charges that the Chronicle imputes to him. Dunn Signboard. Cor. New Berne Journal. Mr. Editor. I have read the reply of Josephus Daide's to John Nichols with a great deal of pleasure, i take occasion to say that I knew the parents of the editor of the State Chronicle long before he has thought of, and if every young mau had as much leasoti to be proud of his pa rents as he has, there would be many a happier home in this country to-day. His mother was a quiet, amiable, gentle, Chris tian w oman, beloved by all who knew her. His father was an honest, steady, sober citizen, with many friends and a good rec ord. I do not know how it strikes the pub lic, but to the writer it is perfectly evident that for these boys to work their way up from poverty and helplessness and to ob tain to a coniiuanding'position of journal istic character and influence, and at the same time to strike off from the Union sen timent of their home and bravely place themselves ou the side of the people among whom they were born, while other so called leaders and patriots have forsaken the claims and interests of their native land, entitles them to the respect and ad miration of every North Carolinian. Ante Belli m. the Raieigh District phiio I 'ahi Is, editor ici.E, growing out of an article in the Chronicle, commenting in condemn:. tiott of an act of Mr. Nichols in appointing his son to a cadetship at West Point against the precedent and pliicti e of Congress men from the State heretofore, in referring the appointment to a competitive exami nation of applicants. The article in the Chronicle was severe and as it dealt with a persoual matter was necessarily personal but was legitimate and not beyond the bounds of decorum. To this article Mr. Nichols replied through the Raleigh Sig nal, a republican paper, in terms thai were inexcusably personal, that abounded in savage assaults upon the character of Mr. Daniels and unpardonable left reliee to tht poverty of his parents. We bear the pri vate character of Mr. Nichols spoken of by those who know him as amiable and, above reproach, but his reply to Mr. i laniels exhibits the ferocity of a tiger and a ghoul. It was unjustifiable. Aftcrsome delay, which caused regret with his friends, 1 He was absent in the mountains. Ki. 1 Mr. Ianiel replied to the personal arti cle of Mr. Nichols last week and after reading it we involuntarily exclaimed Nichols can no longer be considered a can didate for Governor of North Carolina, lie was completely demolished. When he mad.ened over the first article in the Chronicle God was preparing him for de struction. The reply of Daniels complete ly exposed, by testimony tnat is incontro vertible, thai Nichols, under the guise of U good man has been setving the devil in the livery of Heaven and is not fit to be trusted. Daniels riddled him with un gloved hands, and left him poor indeed. We have always had a suspicion that out voting friend had something under the velvet paw that it was not prudent to monkey with, and wo suppose the Hon. John Nichols now suspects something of t hat same. You C: c4l i V A w jiie i il A e-! I ! :oi' lei el ojterale ti;ee IMlWClS, IheV l.'CSUe other ergots of ilie 1. stuniach is nut of oo affceteu., ligeslii,n f;tii ei 'Hies inijioverisiu d. easy vieiini to any pi Miss M. V.. Boy!.-, of d: puts the whole ti-ii' a in a 11' she says : ' I use !io ot!: than Ayer's Tills, li e; anyone needs, in: ; ' :! snh money iu doctor-' bills." Here is au instance, of A Physician who lost his inedi( int! h at hand a bottle of Ave I ! St, Li A L YltOKING MAN'S I'UIENI) I Oil KEVENI'E ONLV. ' .I. .1. , ; i i : I'.ai i I' ll p.u ' HKI TAL. I .OIGNTFU:i AM) IJIS-l.l'iSTING. Hillsboro Recorder. Leaving out politics, we have hereto fore entertained a favorable opinion of Mr. Nichols. We regarded him as a mis taken, but honest man. WTe are sorry that recent developments have caused us to change our opinion. His brutal, undigni fied and altogether unnecessary attack upon Mr. Josephus Daniels, editor of the State Chronicle, in our opinion, was the smallest and weakest w e ever knew com ing from a member of Congress. By this attack. Mr. Nichols has disgusted his friends and convinced everybody that he is not possessed of that dignity of char acter, courtesy and culture of mind that belongs to every gentleman, and especi ally to the representative of an intelligent people in the National Congress. But we may not blame Nichols. It may be on ac count of his political associations. We Democrats, or those who call themselves Democrats, are alone to blame that the 1th District will 'ie so unworthily repre sented in the next Congress. We can say to such Democrats who staid at home or voted for Nichols as Bob Toombs said to some Democrats who in terrupted him, while making a Clay speech and had in their hands some polk stalks: Smeil your hands, smell your hands, you filthy Democrats. But the Republicans may make much of it this time. We beg to assure them, they will never do so again. Statesville landmark. The Stale Chronicle, some weeks ago, commented with some severity upon the fact that Congressman Nichols, of the fourth district, hadbestowe I upon his son, without the customary competitive exam ination, his West Point cadetship. To this criticism Mr. Nichols replied in a card addressed to Mr. Josephus Daniels, the editor of the Chronicle, which card ap pears simultaneously iu all of the Repub lican newspapers in the State. The card was smartly written but was brutally per sonal, and its tone was altogether unwor thy of a man holding the position of a Congressman. - The Chronicle of last week contained the editors rejoinder. He vindicates am ply his father and his mother, character ises as a lie the charge that he secured the State Printiug by a deal, and renews with great vigor and effectiveness his charge upon the Congressman. He alleges, and supports tne allegation by a sworn affida vit, that Nichols, while superintendent of the Asylum for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, furnished himself largely with supplies from the pantry of the institution for which he never paid; and that he borrow ed money from a subordinate officer, a poor deaf and dumb man, and paid him with a notice in bankruptcy, sending the poor fellow to the grave lamenting the destitute condition in which he left his family, the consequence of what he called Nichols' swindling him. The controversy is of such a character as no gentleman of Mr. Daniels' instincts can possibly take any pleasure in, but he handles the scapel with great skill and has much the better of the engagement. Nich ols (who is a '08 Republican and a "labor ing man's friend" for revenue ouly) made himself doubly as conspicuous as the Chronicle had made him, by his well ad vertised rejoinder to the original criticism, and finds himself now in much worse plight than if he had not replied at all. His antagonist has fouud every joint in his armor. His last state is worse than tne tirst. himself fully equip., M. I)., of San Jose, t ;li " Some three veil s accident, I was for.-e to prescribe Aver several sirk men ane neers ill the Sierra my medicine eh- st h crossing a mount. ii: surprised and d li the fills, so l.iit, h s -i. led to a furl her t . ;:, of your Ciiei i v !- rilla. I have iit.thhi, in. their fir. nr.'' John W. Brown. W. Va., writi -.: ' I pi rn lay pvae: lee, and, . I urge their -,.,., ;l T. E. Hastings. M Md., writes; That -, ; trot aui i-iii-c the e. e p : they are designed, is ;. t . proven to mens tin th-n-.' 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