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$7.50 Year. $2.00 If Not Paid in Advance.
'Let all the ends thou aimest at be thy Country's, thy Gods and Truth's."
Price Five Cents Per Copy.
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hursday, lYlay 29.
and his Merry Company in his
Superlative Success,
fhe Chorus. . A Stage full of
Girlish Loveliness. Gowns
Garnered in the Swell
Shops of Paris.
Elaborate and Colored Stage Pictures
Two Round Dozen of Whlstly Lyrics.
And Fun? Well, there's
Reserved Seat sale will open at the Box Of
krt Monday morning, May 2i, at 8 o'clock
I-Iiaip. Ont-of-town parties wishing tickets,
dmuld write to CEO. E. FOX. Manager of
I Auditorium.
Tin' free list for this engagement is entirely
suspended. .
Plain Facts for the Voters of Vermont to Consider.
What.Mads the WrCulIoughites Real Reason
They"Were Afraid of Clement-How It Hap
pened, and Where and When.
"You no need to have set a trap for
us: we'll be thero anytime vou want
Unfni.,lv uo null uu ...... ,.tl,,.,. ,!-, l .
Rosult of Cauouses Un to This Morning- Mn p, ;.nA Tw,i,iBnr. VAn,u,llt nf
Even of Proctor's 14 Four Are Due to the Local Ontion Lenirue to Chairman
the Essex Cheat How He Squirms to Gordon of the Republican town corn
Avoid Facing a Vote at Rutland-The Pop- "'j"''8- , , x , , '
. . , .. . . What, he referred to was what the
ular Vote McCullough 3,66, Proctor 409, Mf,CullouKh men are hotly denoune
Clement 1203. ing as a "snap game" in calling the
Rutland, Mav 22. The caucus here ; caucus next Saturday at least echoing
(this evening bv a unaniinuus vote verbatim the bowlings of the Procto
I elected a solid Clement delegation to nans all over the state at the early
I the slate convention. ; caucuses last week which McCullough
' j carried every one, except that at Es-
Glastenburv, May 22 At the Kepub- 'sex which means a contest before the
lican caucus held Wednesday, one del- ; state convention.
The Proctor Professions.
(Letter April 16, to Rev.
A. Russlow.)
"I am perfectly willing
to state to you frankly my
position in respect to the
Prohibitory Law. I am and
always have been in favor
of it and I always so voted
when in the Legislature. I
believe it is better suited
to promote the welfare and
sobriety of our State than
any scheme of license."
The Proctor Proceedings.
cgate was elected for McCullough.
West Rutland, May 22. At the Re
publican caucus held this evening four
delegates were elected for Proctor.
As It Stands This Horning,
McCullough Proctor Clement
Real Estate Ail's.
6i Main St., Ilruttleljoro, Vt.
Kami HartraiiiH.
'-!') acre farm, 7 miles from Hrattleboro,
good cottage house and barn, running
water to house and barn, ten acres tillage,
balance pasture and timber. A snug
home for some one. $725.
Three acres, house and barn, good fruit
orchard, on main road 4 miles from llrat
tli'boro, land all tillage and just the place
for gardening. $775.
Twenty acre farm, best loam soil, nlent.v
fniit.li j story house, six rooms, and barn,
:,4 mile lo school, church, P.O. This farm
is in Conn., a short dfstance "from Willi
inantic. a town of 10,(100 inhabitants. The
owner was ollercd ss.(M) last Spring but as
the place was leased he could not sell. It
is now offered for StiWI. Just the tdace
I"! .IMM-OlIJt
"TTfASTEn A good farm in Vermont
V or New Hampshire. Would like
one with pond or small body of water for
trout raising. Will give in exchange, a
good paring business. What hare you
got '.'
10 PENT Tenement 5 rooms on Canal
street. Modern. $12.00.
rpo KENT Tenement 5 rooms, corner
X Church and Elliot streets. This is
desirable as it is ncai Main street. 10.00.
rpo PENT 5 room tenement, good gar
JL den. want a small family, only S8.0O
per month.
rrw RENT 14 Rooms on one floor. .Just
X tile place to take roomers. There
never w as such a demand for rooms as the
present. Here is a chance for someone to
make a good living in this business.
After the above letter
was published, an Orleans
County republican wrote
Mr. Proctor asking him if
he would VETO a Local
Option High License Bill,
if such a bill was passed
at the next session of the
Legislature ?
Mr. Proctor replied say
ing that his letter to Mr.
LY HIS VIEWS on thetem-
perance question.
The Village of Proctor is completely the child of the Vermont Marble Company. (Fletcher D.
Proctor, Manager.)
Every acre of its land is held from the Proctors and each deed has a clause which recites that the
condition on which the deed is given, is that there shall be erected a dwelling house 25 feet from the
street line, costing not less than $800. These terms prevent the erection of tiny business block or place
of business thereon.
So not a bit of merchandise of an' kind can be sold in Proctor without the consent of Fletcher D. Proc
tor. The contract as he has made it has, in ever) case, given him absolute power of prohibition. Isnt
it worth while to find out what kind of prohibition it is that Fletcher D. Proctor has always believed in
and that grows and flourishes not only with Proctor knowledge but under the aegis of Proctor Protec
tion. That is, what is prohibition a la Proctor! Is it anything but Free Rum labeled Prohibition?
Let the facts answer.
Number of V. S. licenses on those premises as controlled by Proctor at the time Fletcher D. Proc
tor became candidate for Governor as shown by the Internal Revenue Records of Portsmouth, X. II., 3
Number of these licenses according to same record at present, Q
Or one for each 400 of population. Even the license laws allow only one for each 1,000 of population.
Do you believe Fletcher D. Proctor does not know this?
You will hear the excuse that it is two per cent, beer only that is sold in these places, but sell
ers do not buy United States licenses lor the fun of it.
Sec. 4519 Vermont Statutes says :
"A person who knowingly lets a building, tenement, place or room, owned by him or under his
control, (for the sale of intoxicating liquors) or knowingly permits the same, or any part thereof, to be so
used, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars and not less than twenty dollars."
Why is this law not enforced against Fletcher D. Proctor? Why are these dives permitted to
run openly and defiantly in Proctor and all through Rutland county?
Because Fletcher I). Proctor controlled the nomination of the State's Attorney.
Why doesn't he himself stop it? "'
Well, the Italians who operate the Proctor quarries would not stay there if they could not have
their wine and beer; so it is local option-free rum, that prevails in Proctor.
There is a place in Vermont (not Proctor, and we do not say any such thing about Proctor be
cause we do not know) where the pay for the wine and beer supply for the Italians is deducted from
their pay.
I llolton
I llorset
Huntington .
So. Hurlington
1'ow ual
Mont pel ie'r
West Rutland
Total M towns
The truth about them undoubtedly
was that they were called all in Chit
tenden county to get ahead of Clem
ent's appearance there. Neither Mc
Cullough nor Proctor have any appe
tite to await the landslides"of public
sentiment that apparently follow Clem
ent's appearance anyvvbere. The local
developments of the past week justify
a surmise that this was the real ani
mus of the call here.
The facts are that the call was de
cided upon Friday evening at a "run
together" of the Proctorians at Water
man it Martin's office, at least the an-
nouncement was made the next day
j from attendants at that conference that
j the caucus would be held next Satur
I day. The ugly look of the matter is
that this decision was made without
ithe presence or knowledge of, or any
I consultation with, the one McCullough
man on the committee, Col. H. E.
Taylor. It is fair to presume that the
other two members of the committee,
Messrs. Gordon and Spaulding, when
they went to the gathering, had no
idea of deciding upon the caucus ques
tion; to suppose otherwise would be to
charge Sheriff Gordon with trickery,
of which no one can believe him cap
able, even in politics, in going to a
committee meeting, without notifying
Of Proctor's little 10, only 0 are un
disputed or sure of admission to the
convention. The McCulloughites will
contest the Kssex delegation on the
ground of fraud and they have at least
specious grounds in the fact that the
vote was way beyond the party vote ever I his colleague in the same office and at
cast in town, and undisputed fact that ithe next desk to his. The necessary
it was swollen by a special train of Ca- inference, then, is that going to the
nadians brought in just before the bal- ! gathering as individuals, not commit
loting, imported last fall and brought teemen, they turned themselves into
in by the Proctor management as ithe latter and took committee action
charged. Also in the record fact that ; as a result of what developed at this
The Barony of Proctor. Shall it Become a
Barony of Vermont?
mo REST-
X Tenet:
rno REST
inent, G rooms, Central St., $9.
Two tenements in W'hetstone
lllock, - - $7 and $9.
Mention this paper when writing.
Sext Saturday, between Dunham Bros,
and theV. M. C. A. teams.
We have done our best to furnish them
with goods that ought to warrant
a home run.
Are you interested ?
H. M. WOOD is the Dealer.
I'ANV is the greatest international life insur
!'n company because it has more policy
hoiiP-rs throughout the civilized world than
.on ether company. It also leads every other
('pany in the I nited States.
I". W. l llll.DM, Resident Cashier.
Hrattlelioro, A t.
tl'olt REST Ih-sirable Summer place 2i
inil.-s from Hrattleboro. House partly
: : .u-lud. Apply
Reformer office.
M to rent, So. 6 High street.
To REST Tenement of li
W illiams street.
ve rooms, at -2
Ti ill SALE A good Estey Organ.
X Lock Box &o.
Proctor's candidacy is
professedly and pre-eminently
representative of
the Vermont idea.
Proctor or the Vermont Marble Company own ever' foot of land in that village suitable for build
ings or building purposes, and none other than an employee of the Vermont Marble Company of which
Fletcher D. Proctor is President, can buy a building lot there. Every deed has a printed clause that
any building erected thereon shall be removed at the will of Proctor in the event of marble deposits be
ing found on such lands, and that the purchaser, or his heirs, administrators or assigns, shall not erect
any building thereon for conducting a store or for business j)urjoses of any description.
The Vermont Marble Company owns and conducts a large store in the Village of Proctor; no
other exists. It is said employees are not forced to trade there, nor is the company obliged to employ
them if they go seven miles elsewhere to trade. Coupon books representing fifteen dollars each are sold
to the employees of Mr. Proctor not the salaried employees, but the Day Laborers.
Proctor rents to his employees the houses in which they live. Proctor owns the water system
upon 'which these workmen are dependent for water for domestic purposes. The water tax for family
use is at the lowest nine dollars per year. In Bradford it is five dollars, St. Johnsbury seven dollars,
Lyndonville five,dollars per year. In Brattleboro, owing to the peculiar difficulty of the supply and the
fact that the main part of the houses were supplied by the Aqueduct Companies earlier in the village,
th charge is only eight dollars.
If it is Free Hum in Proctor, it is a good ways from free water. Hundreds of the employees re
ceive but one dollar and fifteen cents per day in wages, ten hours constituting a day's work.
How much cash do you think these employees of Mr. Proctor ever handle?
An organization has recently been formed by men employed by the Vermont Marble Company,
having for its object the improvement and betterment of the condition of these laborers. Those promi
nent in perfecting that organization have been discharged from the employ of that Company. WHY?
The only market in Proctor is owned by Proctor as is also the only blacksmith shop. Mr. Proc
tor also owns the Cemetery in Proctor. Living or dead wage earners in Proctor seem to be subject to
Mr. Proctor's will.
Now we can begin to understand why -Proctor when in the Legislature, opposed the Weekly
Payment Bill as well as the Australian Ballot Law.
If Fletcher D. Proctor is the peoples' candidate why is lie going about the State seeking votes?
Why is Redfield Proctor bringing great pressure to liear on Federal office holders compelling them to support his son?
If Fletcher D. Proctor was drafted by the people why is it necessary for him to call to his aid Dr. Webb whom the people have
rejected? . . , ,.
Is it reasonable to expect that high license newspapers and dyed-in-the-wool high license advocates such as Governor Smith and many
others would support Fletcher D. Proctor if lie was in fact a zealous temperance advocate and believed in the enforcement of the prohibi
tory law ?
General McCullough is a conscientious and consistent temjierance worker, and was instrumental in closing all the saloons in North
Bennincton, his home. To-day there is not one to be found in that village.
r .C T 1 " f( f irYrt W'IQ or twenty years, and as long as connected
VOXe TOr JOnil VJ. lVlUOUllULlgll, With the Bennington & Rutland Railroad Company,
paid better waires than any Vermont Railroad Company, and never missed a pay day. Mr. McCullough pays his own help liberally ; he is
and always habeen a friend of the laboring man. He stmds today the unanimous choice of Bennington County, which for forty years has
not had a Governor.
Are the voters of Vermont who believe in fair play going to aid in the defeat of General McCullough and the election of Fletcher
D. Proctor simply to gratify the wishes of Vermont Machine politicians?
Has Vermont become so English that the voters must allow the son to follow in the footsteps of the father and create a royal house ?
there were 12 more ballots in the box
than names checked. The McCullough
ites protested the result and demand
ed another ballot, which the manage
ment refused.
Clement's 10 from Rutland are also
disputed and sure to be thrown out of
the convention if necessary to carry it.
The facts are that Clement wanted a
caucus there fur moral effect and that
was just what the Proctorians didn't
want to contrast with their bragging
about what they would do to Clement
in their mutual home. Six of the 11
members of the city committee met,
decided to call the caucus last even
ing, signed it nnd sent it to the two
city papers to be published. Before it
appeared one member backed down
evidently under Proctor pressure and
ordered, in writing, his name stricken
from the call. The other five refused
to recognize his right to thus reverse
his action, and went ahead regardless
of it. Then the other six met Tuesday
and issued another call, signed by
them for another caucus June 0. The
ClemiMit crowd met that yesterday with
a call, signed by 504 of the Republi
can voters of the city, for a mass meet
ing also held last evening to give the
party a new organization
conference or what seemed to be in the
Proctor interest.
Monday morning they presented the
call to Col. Taylor for signature, and
he finally signed it, "under protest, "
as he declared before a number of wit
nesses, and improving the opportunity
to tell them Nn "language that was
plain" what be thought of that kind
of polities.
The plain moral of the thing is that
the place for committee work, repre
senting a whole party, is not in gath
erings of any faction or part of a par
ty, but in meetings of the committee
regularly called by the chairman held
by itself, as far as possible beyond the
reach of the influence or interested
views of any faction.
The only ground of objection to the
call as made is insulliciency of notice.
There should be time enough for pub
lication and reading in the local pa
pers, which in this case will only come
out the day before the caucus and will
not in natural course be read by a
large part of the farmers and laboring
men until Saturday night or Sunday.
But in this case there is ugliness
enough developed and canvassing
enough being done so that every voter
is pretty certain to Know about it in
That and the caucus were attended 1 season. So whatever the nurnose. the
by 8.").'! out of the loOt Republican caurse adopted is going to hurt Proc
voters of the city as shown at the last tor rather than help him, as is always
state elect ion -or just 100 more than a j the case when unfairness or even the
majority of the whole Republican vote, (appearance of it goes before the whole
There is likely to be a very interesting people.
subsequently when this delegation is - , ,
thrown out of the state convent ion. The Prospects Outside of Brattleboro.
At anv rate it is to be described as , The Reformer last week addressed
anything but prettv politics on Proc- letters to several of the leading men
tor's part in either "of these places. ! ?' f ch town in the county asking their
The Montpelier tight Wednesday Judgment of the situation and pros
evening was a prettv one. Proctor's , I''t. for a resum? today which 19
name didn't appear at all and both j most .like y to carry his town, Proctor
factious united in the effort to down or McCullough. whether there is any
-!,. rr,r nn,l foil inst s v short of t. inign license sentiment in rneir towns.
The vote was 28G for Clement ticket
and 28(1 for McCullough, 59 Troctor.
All the caucuses thus far have been
held in what were supposed to be
either McCullough or Proctor stiong
holds for "prestige purposes. Clem
ent's show has now just begun and
will be worth watching until the end.
Another reason for so many caucuses
in Chittenden county last week was to
get ahead of Clement's speechmaking
The votes at the Bennington, Rich
mond, Charlotte, Shaftsbury, Wood
ford, Pownal and Stamford caucuses
were unanimous for McCullough.
These represent a Republican vote of
11KJ0 at the WOO state election. If
Proctor has had any unanimous votes
the despatches do not record the fact.
The Williston, Bolton, Huntington
and Jericho results are simply given
without the votes. In South Burling
ton the vote was 59 Clement and iti
McCullough, Proctor not mentioned ;
Georgia, 70 Proctor, T.i McCullough ;
Kssex, 218 Proctor, 19.5 McUullougu :
Arlington, KKi McCullough, and 8
scattering: Westford, 128 McCullough
and 08 Proctor ; Elmore, 28 McCullougn.
To get an index so far as possible
of the popular vote, besides the vote
given where contests are reported, we
shall have to count the whole Republi
can vote in towns that were unanimous
for McCullough ; and in order to be
sure to be fair to Proctor, we will also
count the whole vote on the side that
won in the towns where no contests
are mentioned. The result of this
computation is :
McCullough, 370G Proctor 409 Clem
ent 120:i.
There is a curious divergence of views
in some of the reports from the same
towns. But summarizing by majori
ties the predictions from each town,
the results, outside Brattleboro, are:
McCullough Proctor
Windham 2 Hrattleboro 9
Wilmington a stratton 1
Whitingham 2 Somerset 1
Westminster 3 Marlboro 2
Wardsboro 2 Jamaica 2
Vernon 2 Halifax 2
Townsbend 3 tiuilford .2
Kockinghain 7 Oumiuerston 3
Putney 3 Dover 2
Sewfa'ne 3 Hrookline I
Iondonderry 3 Athens 1
'(irafton 3
This is certainly the hottest cam
paign known in Vermont The poli
ticians on both sides are moving every
thing to secure the delegates for their
sides. Even Congressmen and United
States Senators and minor government
officials are flooding the mails with let
ters, commanding, appealing or cajol
ing people to support Proctor.
The tickets for Frank Daniels and
his great company in his newest comic
opera success. Miss Simplicity, will go
on sale Monday morning, May 2G, at
8 o'clock sharp, at the box office.
Xot a single town, except Rocking
ham and Brattleboro, indicates any
expectation of a Clement delegation.
One of the Wilmington replies says
there is "no doubt that on a direct
vote the town would give a majority
for license, but probably it will not
have a vote in the Republican caucus. "
Another from the same town says
there is certainly a strong license sent
iment in the party, but the subject is
"practically ignored" in the canvass.
A Xewfane observer finds "now and
then" a license man, and in Towns
hend there is "very little" of the
sentiment. In Jamaica is perceived
"a strong undercurrent" that way,
but not sufficient to carry the caucus.
So it goes generally, reports from eight
different towns being "scattering,"
"not enough," "uncertain proposi
tion," "not much in evidence," etc.
A Bellows Falls observer admits the
Clement men will "make a good vote,"
but don't think they can win.
A Wilmington reiiorter says that
"practically all the Webb men went
over to McCullough when Webb drop
ped out." Another says many changes
from McCullough to Proctor are re
ported in the last few days, and adds
"ask Clark Fitts why."
The melancholy feature of all is that
no less than six towns report "scarce
ly a ripple of interest," or words to
that effect. This is the condition in
which the "hired men" get in effect
ive work and make caucus and conven
tion simply worthless to the state or
as an expression of the public will.
An annual meeting of the Brattle
boro & Whitehall R. K. will be at the
Brooks House Saturday, May 13, at
10:30. adv.

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