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Editorial— Not Political Advertising.
Why The Reporter Is For Kitchin.
First—Because, as one of the central figures in the bitterest political fight that has ever been
waged in North Carolina, the enemies of the Governor have not been able to produce a single sus
tained statement against either his personal or political life. He stands as the ideal representative
of what we conceive to be cleanliness in politics, civic righteousness, justice to all men. special priv
ileges to no classes or interests, laws that will compel the rich man to bear his proportionate share
of the burdens of taxation along with his less fortunate brother.
Second Because, if Governor Kitchin is elected to the Senate, we believe he will have the courage
of his convictions, w.iich are right, and that he will never be found voting against the best interests
of the whole people, and favoring the corporations. But he will stand four square as he
has always stood with eye and heart big and broad enough to take in the common people, the laborer,
the farmer and the poor man.
Third—Because we believe him to tie the ablest statesman North Carolina has had since Vance,
would wield a powerful influence in the Congress, and would exert it always on the side of truth,
fairness, and justice. Those who are unrighteously seeking special privileges at the hands of the
government, and are trying with the power of unlimited money to divert the laws to their own ends,
have not been able to swerve him from the path of his dutv. to awe him from his obligations to his
country and to the people who fleet* d him. nor to bribe him to their nefarious service. If they have
not done so during his long public service. thr> will r.ot do so. He is r.ow too old to learn.
The enemies of Kitchin try to hurt his chances by claiming that "he is making a fight on Sim
mons," and hold Simmons up as an innocent persecuted martyr. They talk about "Simmons' seat
in the Senate." and "Simmons' influence," etc.
Simmons' record is public property. Kitchin has never spoken a word against Simmons' private
character. He has been into every city and county in the State and declared openly that Simmons
has grossly violated the pledges and the platform upon which he was elected, inviting Simmons to
meet him and disprove a single statement that he has made. Simmons declined to do it, and has
not denied the serious charges, but has defended them. Kitchin has made his case, and the people
are the jury. Senator Simmons owns no seat. It belongs to the people when his term is out. which
is now soon, and then the people can put him back if they want him, if not, put in another. Ac
cording to the evidence, Simmons has proved false to his trust.
The Reporter is for Kitchin. not for pay. hope of reward, or any other consideration of present or
future profit. We are not interested in politics, not seeking any political office or job, have
no axe to grin !, are not receiving a cent of pay for our editorial support of Kitchin. end no
promise of future reward or favor of any kind. We are for the Governor because we belie ve in
his honesty, his ability, his candor, his pure clean life, public and private, and his uraesuilalle
integrity. We believe that with us are nine-tenths of the Democrats of Stcks. who will le heard
from next Tuesdav in no uncertain tones.
BRYAN'S SECOND WARNING.
"Senator Simmons asks the people of North Carolina for reelection. He ought to be defeated. North Caro
lina is in reality a progressive State. It is entitled to representation in the United States Senate of a man
whose heart is known to be in sympathy with the hearts of the people. Mr. Simmons is not such a man.
He would do very well as a representative of the stand-pat Republican party. He will not do as a rep
resentative of the Derr ocratic party if that party is true to its principles/ I —The Commoner, Oct. 11, 1912.
DANBURY, N. C., OCTOBKR 30. 1912
The Country Newspapers
Are For Governor Kitchin
While Many of the Large City Dailes Are Fighting For
Simmons, the Smaller Weeklies Published In the
Country and Close to the Hearts Of the People, Stand
For the Rights Of the Farmers, the Laborers and the
Kitchin On the Press.
In his speech at Albemarle, N. C.. on October 10. IVI2. in behalf
h his candidacy tor the Senate, Governor Kitchin made the follow
ing reference to the attitude of the State press.
"While a number of the big daily papers of the State are bitterlx
opposing me in the senatorial campaign, I am gratified to note the
constantly increasing support 1 am receiving from the county and
local papers which are closest to the hearts and homes of the peo
ple. lam standing for the people in this fight and I gratefully ac
knowledge my appreciation of the cordial co-operation I am receiv
ing from so many of the newspapers of the people. I am inclined
to think more of these papers are now supporting me than any
other candidate: at least I have a most generous share. The purest
patriotism and the truest democracy are not to be found in the city
haunts of "big business", but on "the farms and in the villages
where men live in the open and are in closer sympathetic touch
with their fellowmen.--Durham Sun.
The Political Hypocrites.
The biggest rascal that ever betrayed the people and served the
special interests in Congress can come before the people with a bold
and plausible defense of his "record." With all the brass and
bluster and bravery that it is possible to bring into play, certain
machine partisan demagogues are now engaged in standing before
audiences telling how they have served the "dear people," when
they belong body and soul to "the interests" and now have the solid
support of the corporations and "special interests" of the State.
The strange part of it—the deplorable part or the whole business, is
that there is such a large element of dense ignorance among the
j voters and so many local "machine" politicians who care nothing
for principle and who are out for the "spoils" only. Perhaps the
most corrupt thing in North Carolina is modern 'machine' politics
--\\ hich is simply a scramble for political office.--The Carolina
The Peril of Special Privilege.
The way to defeat the conspiracy of special privilege is to vote for
Governor W. W. Kitchin in the Senatorial primary. If the special
privilege classes can succeed in getting enough Democratic react
ionaries in the Senate to hold the balance of power as they did when
Grover Cleveland was Piesident, there will be no relief for'the people
and the cost of living will continue to advance until all farmers and
workers will find themselves slaves used to build up fabulous
wealth for the few manipulators of government.--The Scottish
Out Of Harmony.
"Senator Simmons is now making a vigorous campaign and his
supporters are highly pleased, but there are some things that he
fails to make clear, he can do all the reasoning and explaining
that he wants to, but the simple fact that he voted so many times
against his party platform and against a majority of his Democratic
colleagues in the Senate is proof enough to us that he is not the kind
of Democrat that we need In the Senate. If Senator Simmons is
right, Senator Overman, Governor Woodrow Wilson, Hon. W. J.
Bryan and many other Democratic leaders are wrong in their views
on the tariff. If Senator Simmons is a Democrat now, he is cer
tainly not the kind of Democrat he was when he was elected to the
' Senate. We believe as fully as anything that he is a Democrat in
name only, but a Republican at heart."--The Rowland Sun.