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SOME POINTS FKOM THE PRESIDENT’S
I earnestly recommend, as soon as
the receipts of the government are quite
sufl’icient to pay all the expenses of the
government, that when any of the
United States notes are presented for
redemption in gold and are redeemed in
gold, such notes shall be kept and set
apart, and only paid out in exchange
for gold. This is an obvious duty. If
the holder of the United States note pre
fers the gold and gets it from the gov
ernment a United States note without
paying gold in exchange for it.
SPAIN AND CUDA.
That the government.of Sagasta has
entered upon a course from which re
cession with honor is impossible can
hardly be questioned; that in the few
weelcs it has existed it has made earnest
of the sincerity of ita professions is
undeniable. I shall not impugn its
sincerity, nor should impatience be
suffered to embarrass it in the task it
has undertaken. It is honestly due to
Spain and to our friendly relations with
Spain that she should be given a reason
able chance to realize her expectations
and to prove the asserted efficacy of she
new order of things to which she stands
irrevocably committed. * * * Not
a single American citizen is now in ar
rest or confinement in Cuba of whom
this government has any knowledge.
The near future will demonstrate wheth
er the indispensable condition of a
le to all
jiy to be at-
.aed. If not, the exigency of further
and other action by the United States
will remain to be taken. When that
tiine comes that action will 'be deter
mined in the line of indisputable right
and duty. It will be faced, without
misgiving or hesitancy in the light of
the obligation this government owes to
itself, to the people who have cOnfided
to it the protection of their interests and
honor, and to humanity.
The gratifying action of our great sis
ter republic of i'’rance in joining this
country in the attempt to bring about
an agreement among the principal com
mercial nations of Europe, whereby a-
fixed and relative value between gold
and silver sh.all be secured, furnishes
assurance that we are not alone among
the larger nations'of the world in realiz
ing tne international character of the
problem and in the desire of reaciiing
gQjYjp Wise and practical solution of it.
THE CIVIL SERVICE.
The important.branch of our govern
ment known as the civil service, the
practical improvement of which has long
been a subject of earnest discussion, has
of late years received increased legisla
tive and Executive approval. During
the past few months the service has been
placed upon a still firmer basis of busi
ness methods and personal merit. * * *
There are places now in, the classified
service which ought to be exempted, and
others not classified may properly be
ncluded. I shall not hesitate to exempt
cases which I think havS 'been impro
perly included in thgclassified service or
include those which in my judgement
will best promote the public service.
The system has approval of the people,
and it will be ray endeavor to uphold
and extend it.
Another Fool liaw.
This is the first time we ever heard of
it, but a correspondent of the Yadkin
Eipple says the last Legislature passed
the following act:
The General As!embly of North Car
olina do enact:
Section 1. That Charles Hoots, of
Yadkin county, be allowed to enter the
State Hospital at Morganton for treat
Section 2. That all laws conflicting
with this aotare hereby repealed.
SECTIONS. That this act shall be in
force from and after its ratification.
Eatified the 6th day of March, A. D.,
The writer says Hoots’ father made
application for his son’s admission into
the Hospital but Dr. Murphy refused to
receive him, notwithstanding the act of
the Legislature. Whereupon the cor
respondent waxes very indignant and
wants to know if officers, who are ser
vants of the people, are aboye the law.
We know nothing more about the case
than we have quoted but we have no
doubt that Dr. Murphy has done exact
ly right. If the Hoots boy deserves ad-
missioii to the State Hospital it was not
lOpass a law to get him there.
If he is not entitled to admission he
should not be received. The whole
thing is ridiculous, anyway. What did
a parcel of legislators know about
whether Hoots was entitled to admission
to the State Hospital ?
llow She Worked It.
The other day I noticed a married
couple walking down one of the main
thoroughfares of Bradford, and the hus
band, noting the attention other wo
men obtained from passers-by, remark
ed to his better half: “Folks uivver look
at thee. I wish I’d married some .one
The dame tartly replied: “It’s thy
fault. Dusta think a man’ll stare at me
when you’re walking with me ? Thee
step behind, and thou’ll see whether
folk don’t look at me.”
He hung back about a dozen yards,
ond for the length of a street was sur
prised to see every man his wife passed
stare hard at her, and turn round and
look at her when she had passed.
“Forgive me, Sal, lass!” he contritely
exclaimed. “I was wrang, an’ I tak’ it
back. I’ll nivver say owt about thy
face again.”. Thy wily feminine had
accomplished the trick by putting out
her tongue, and grimacing at every man
Professer (lecturing)—Oxygen, gen
tlemen, is essential to all animal exis
tence; there could be no life without it.
Strange to say, it was not discovered
until a century ago, when
Student—What did they do before it
I was discovered, professor?
Jailer—“So you are here again! I
thought you would be better after your
first punishment.” Prisoner—“So I
am, but I wish to become better.”
“Nothing yet,” said the lawyer, “the
jury is hung.” “Gosh !” exclaimed
the prisoner, “that beats it! I knowed
my friends ’ud linch ’em if they got a
chance at ’em.”
“Fifteen days’ sentence,” said one of
the bystanders. “That’s a high price
for the stealing of one apple.” “That’s
nothing,” said another. ’ “Adam took
only one and was condemned to hard
labor for life.”
“Mr. Sheriff,” remarked the judge
sternly, “have that man remove his
hat from his head in the court room.”
Bicycle girl in bloomers, indignantly—
“Indeed, and I am no man, I thank
you.” .Judge—^“And I swear I’m no
A snappish female of the Amazon
type whose husband sat sheepishly by,
was being interrogated rather vigorously
by the opposing counsel, when she
blurted out angrily: “You needn’t try
to catch me; you tried that once before
and couldn’t.” The lawyer leisurely
replied, “Madam, I have not the slight
est desire to catch you, and your htis-
band looks as if he was sorry he did.”
A Georgia Lawyer, in a recent case,
closed his argument with a Scriptural
quotation. All were completely as
tonished when tfae jury returned a ver
dict of “not guilty.” The lawyer after
wards approaching the foreman, said:
“lam anxious to know how, or on
wliat point of law, you based your ver
dict.” “Itwasn’tno law pint,Colonel,”
replied the foreman, “but we couldn’t
jest git over the Scripture.”
An Irishman being examined as a
witness as to his knowledge of a shoot
ing affair: “Did you seethe shot fired?”
he was asked. - “No, Sorr, I only heard
it, ” was the reply. “That evidence is
not satisfactory,” the magistrate said
sternly. “Stand aside I” On leaving
the box directly his back was turned he
laughed devisively. The magistrate
indignantly called him back and pro
ceeded to reprimand him. “Did you
see mo laugh, your honor?” asked Pat.
“No Sir, but I heard you,” was the
reply. “That evidence is not satisfac
tory,’, said Pat. This time all laughed,
except the magistrate.
In 1892 the vote in the Annual Con
ferences of the Methodist Episcopal
church on admitting women into the
General Conference stood: Ayes, 7,502;
nays, 2,GOO. In 1867 it stands: Ayes,
7,452; nays, 3,G36. The majority of
about three to one in favor of the pro
posed movement has fallen in five years
to a majority of only about two to one.
Whence it appears that reforms do
sometimes go backwards, at least for a
Learning does not come as the result
of a few spurts of mental energy, but
as tlie result of slow, steady, long-con-
HILL ARP'S LETTER. ■
Charlotte, N. C., is a growing city of
20,000 people. Charlotte has the best
advertising sketchbook I ever saw. It
is beautifully printed and illustrated
and seems to be founded on facts. They
are distributed from all the hotels and
are pleasant reading on the train. It
tells all about the health and climate
and altitude and business and resources
and public morals, but what amazed
and impressed me most was the circle
map that shows the number of cotton
mills within a radius of 100 miles from
Charlotte. On this map are black dots
numbering the mills a^^f;v^'-y town and
the aggregate is 210, or about 62 per
cent, of all the mills in the South.
These mills operate 1,028,000 looms and
are capitalized at $50,000,000. This
little book contains'a tabular statement
of all these mills by name and capacity.
Charlotte has eleven of her own.
Now-; I was ruminating about this in
connection with five-cent cotton. And
there is some comfort in it, for we keep,
at home all the profit there is in manu
facturing and we give employment to
thousands of our poor’ and dependent
people. Suppose that every township
in Georgia had a cotton mill and that
all its earnings were spent and scattered
in the community, then we wouldn’t
feel so bad over the low price of the
great staple. We would indirectly share
in the profits of manufacturing.
Once again I visited the old time-
honored cemetery—the first graveyard
of old Mecklenburg county. I was
sorry to see that it has of late been neg
lected and has grown up in briars and
weeds. I took note of some of the old
inscriptions and this one esjiecially at
tracted my attention:
“Oh, Crux—ave spes unica.
‘ ‘Sacred to the Memory of Patrick Harty,
who was born in Tiperrary, Ireland.
“It is a holy and a wholesome thought
to pray for the dead that they may be
loosed from their sins.—II Maccabees
There lies a good Roman Catholic,
thought I. He went to purgatory and
the priest prayed for him. Then I ru
minated about Maccabees not being in
ttic sacred cannon, but was in the Apoc
rypha, and the Apocrypha was ruled
out of the King James version in 1826.
Then I turned to an old Bible that had
the Apocrypha and found that the 12th
chapter of II Maccabees had only forty-
five verses but the last three had the
same injunction to pray for. them who
are dead, and furthermore, that Judas
Maccabees raised among his soldiers
2,000 drachma as a sin pfffiripg for
those wlio were slain. 1 ni.jK.c U'o com
ment on this. Martin Luther transla
ted the Bible and left iu it these two
books, as he said, for human consid
There is another tombstone at Che-
raw that interested me, for it marks the
grave of no man or woman now known.
It reads as follows:
"My name—my country—wjaat are they to
Wliat—wliether high.^' low my pedigree;
Perhaps I far surpassed all other men,
Perhaps I ffeu below them all-what then ?
Sufllce it, stranger, that tliou seest a tomb.
Thou kuowest its use—it hides no matter
The other morning about daybreak I
left Charlotte for Lumbertou, on the
Wilmington road. The breakfast liouse
was seventy miles away at Hamlet, and
when we got there I he.ard the conductor
Say, “Twenty minutes for breakfast.”
I dident liear him say change cars for
Wilmington and points this side. You
see I am getting quite deaf in one ear
and can’t hear at all out of the other,
but my wife says it is astonishing how
quickly I hear the breakfast bell. We
had a splendid meal, and I regained ray
seat in the same car. When about a
mile from town the conductor called for
my ticket, and recognized me as bound
for Lumberton. He frantically pulled
the bell cord and told me to get off and
hurry back, for maybe I C4iuld catch
the Wilmington, train. Kight then I
was distressed, for I knew there was no
other train that day, and I was billed to
lecture that night. The sand was shoe-
mouth deep, but I gripped my baggage
and foxtrotted about 200 yards and sud
denly discovered that I would have to
put on brakes, for my wind was giving
out. Another hundred yards and I had
to stop and blow, for my heart was
thumping like a bass drun^ and there
is so mucii'heart failure no 'days t^at
I got alarmed and put dow y valise
and sat on it. Just then 11 ny train
st,eaming away like a snake ..ne grass,
and I involuntarily exolaijf J, “Fare
well, vain world. I’m goinj, ome.” 80
I took my time and made haste slowly,
and when I reached the station 1 was
the picture of disappointwut ana de
spair. “What can an ol< man do but
die?” I murmured. Wish now I had
my photograph as I was foxtrotting
through that sand, and then another as
I saw that train steaming away without
me. But .all’s well that ends well. I
found found a freight train that was go
ing to leave for Lumberton at 11 o’clock,
but the conductor couldent say when it
it would get there. I wir»d, my friend
that I was left, but to hold the fort, for
I was coming—and he did. It was only
ferty-four miles, but if took us over
eight long hours to get there. I had
only time to wash m) and brush up and
eat supper, but I found a good liouse
full awaiting me. My subject ^was
“Ths Cracker and the Cavalier,” and
my friend introduced me by saying:
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have the
pleasure of introducing to you the dis
tinguished Georgia cavalier, who will
now proceed to address the North Caro
lina crackers.” Well, this brought
down the house to start on, and put ev
erybody in a good tumor, especially
when I apologized f(|ir my delay and
portrayed my trials I and tribulations.
Lumberton is a good/old town, and has
the best waterworks 1 that I have seen
anywhere. They hiye four blowing ar
tesian wells for public use, and many
mo»e private ones.' jThese public ones,
including pipes- atid everything, cost
less than $1,000, anjd.I know of many
a town that would ^ive $10,000 for sim
ilar privileges. Lumberton does not re
alize what a treasure that water is, for
it is cold and pure.
The next stop was at W’eldon, in Hali
fax county. I don’t know what these
people have done to McKinley, but he
has already appointed eight negro post
masters in the county and six of them
have accepted and are in office. The
people are hot, I tell you, for the ne
groes outnumber the whites and brag
that “their time has come'Stlast, thank
It used to be that when a man wasn
irreverent enough to tell a man to “go
to hell” he would tell him to go “Hall
fax.” I understand now what he
meant. It has been nearly fifty years
since I stopped at Weldon and the town
hasn’t changed much. The people are
high-toned and have good manners, for
they live close to the Virginia line and
come from the:iaristocratic stock.
From Weldon I journeyed to Wash
ington, on Pamlico Sound, a live'.y city
of 6,000 people. I was escorted to the
Ricks house, where all the drummers
congregate, for Mrs. Ricks is a mother to
them all and they love her. I found
her house full of them. They come
and they go on every train. I like the
drummers and sympathize with them,
for they are far from home and many
of them have •families and haye to leave
them, as I do, to make a living. I am
a drummer myself, but I don’t like the
name. It is slang and-does not fit such
a respectable class of gentlemen. It
originated from the old militia musters
when drum and fife were used to call
up the boys and get them in line. The
sergeant would cry out: “Oh, yes; oh,
yes; all who belong to Captain Jones’
company parade here. Then the drum
would rattle and the fife would whistle
and the boys would gather and fall into
line. Drumming now means come
right here and buy my goods and the
drummer rattles his tongue with earnest
alacrity. I feel sorry for them now,
for 5-cent cotton has nearly ruined
their business. Blit they keep going.
They are everywhere. They get on and
off at every station by night and by day.
They keep up the hotels and largely
help out the railroads. They are smart
and good looking and well behaved and
know more about everything than any
other class. They are continually rub
bing against the world and absorbing
Well, this is the historic region where
Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colony was
planted and where Virginia Dare was
born. I saw Virginia. Her name was
on a beautiful steamer that was loading at
the wht’.rf. A sweet little girl laughed
at me for not knowing all about Vir
ginia Dare a long time ago. Her father
says that Mr. McMillan, of Red Springs,
has written a book about the lost colony
and that the Croatans now have' free
schools that are separate from both
white and black races. The lost colony
amalgamated and miscegenated with
these Croatans and no doubt but that
Virginia Dare’s blood Hows in some of
From here I am homeward bound
and am happy on the way.
Whose Tongs Were They?
There are some people whom it is
peculiarly unsafe to overreach. Chris
tian Work tells a story of one of them,
in which an icevv.agon and its driver
figure conspicuously. The driver was
delivering ice in the usual course, when
on comin,g to the liouse of one of his
customers, he found the owner seated
ui)On the front door-step. No sooner
had the wagon stopped than the house
holder was at the curbstone, carefully
eying the scales upon which the ice was
being weighed. The driver paid no
attention to his significant looks, but
after weighing a small lump of ice,
started with it toward the house.
“Hold no!” said the customer.
“I’ll take that in. You needn’t
“All right,” replied" the driver.
“But you want.to be quick, for it’s a
warm day, and we’ll have to deliver
the stuff iu sponges if we let it stay out
in the sun much longer.”
The customer disappeared. In a
little while he came out of the house,
and seating liimself on the door-step,
began to whistle.
“Well,” shouted the iceman, “I can’t
stay here till next winter!”
“Are you waiting for anything?” in
quired the customer.
“Of cour.=!e I’m waiting for some
thing! I warn
“The tongs th.at you used'to carry
the ice in.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, but I don’t care to
lend them,” replied the householder.
“Lend them? Whose tongs do you
think they are?” shouted the driver.
“Mine,” was the reply.
“Miiybe you’ve gone down-town
unbeknown to anybody and bought out
the ice company and all its furniture!”
.sarcastically rejoined the iceman.
“No, but I bought those tongs. I pay
you so much a pound for your com
modity, don’t I?”
“Well, I noticed that the tongs were
weighed in with the rest, and I am not
going to pay for tongs at so much a
pound and not get them. I have been
taking ice from you for the last three
months, a^id that makes at least ninety
pairs of tongs still due me. If you have
any proposal to make in the line of
trading ice for tongs, I’m willing to
listen to it.”
Whether or not the driver had any
such prosposal to make is not stated,
but it is safe guessing that that customer
was never agained called upon to pay
for ice that he had not received.
SAM JONES ON PAYING DEBTS.
Rev. Sam Jones preached in Athens,
Ga., recently to a great crowd which
filled the auditorium and gallery and
blocked the doorways. He had a great
deal to say about character and reputa
tion, and hit some hard licks against
slander. He compared character to
the thick armor that covers a battleship,
which no guns afloat can pierce.
“The devil tries to break down your
character,” said he, “and if he can’t
do that he does the next best thing—he
tries to destroy your reputation. If he
finds a man is going to heaven in spite
of all he'can do, he says, ‘I will keep
him from taking anybotly along with
him,’ and sets about to break down the
man’s reputation. There will be some
men and some preachers iu hell why
will be tongue-damned. There are
some of these little talking Alexanders
of the Coppersmith brand who aie going
about saying things about the brethren.
And there are Mistress Alexanders, too.
Some women have tongues long enough
to sit in the parlor and lick a skillet in
the kitchen. I’d rather have a man
shooting at me with a pistol than have
a woman come at me with her tongue,
because the man will miss you about
every other shot, but the old sister will
bipp you every time.”
“Brethren, if every man in this con
ference with too much tongue had it
cut out, there would be a pile of tongues
three feet high.”
Mr. Jones gave some striking ex
amples showing how scandals grow out
of nothing, and said:
“Brother, when there is anything of
that kind going round the best thing
you can do is not to hear it, but if you
do hear it, say, ‘Brother, let’s bury this
thing right here, and don’t you tell it
any more, but if it is something that
must be investigated, when the time
comes we will go before some discreet
committee, and if there’s nothing iu it
no harm will be done.’ ”
Mr. Jones has a good deal to say
about the criticism of men who don’t
pay their debts. ^
“I have traveled all over this Union,
and' never had but three men. to tell me
they didn’t owe a nickel. I believe the
Methodist preachers pay their debts bet
ter than any other class. I have loaned
lots of them money and never had one
of them to go back on me yet, and I
never asked one for cent. You have to
give them time, sometimes, but they
come up at last.
“When I went down on the old Van
Wert circuit,Bill Cunyers had CQllected
$65 the year before for his work. I got
into my one-horse wagon with my wife,
and we put everything we had in that
wagon. I owed $700 and it-took me
five years to payit. Many a time I’ve
plowed and hoed cotton and sold it to
pay that debt, and my wife did the cook
ing and ironing, and I cut the wood and
brought the water, and we lived as hard
as any negr.o in the town. But I paid on
that debt, two dollars at a time. And
then, [after paying the two dollars, I
went into the pulpit and preached the
gospel with my elbows almost out. Yet
the cold-hearted member who got the
two dollars sat there and sa’d, ’I would
respect Sam Jones more if he’d pay his
“But, bretliren, I didn’t wear any
fine clothes. My wife didn’t wear any
fine dress. If you are wearing fine
clothes and paying nothing on your
the devil will get you if you don’t mind.
The iplain truth is you ain’t honest, and
there’s no use lying about it.
“This talk about preachers not pay
ing their debts ! If all the people in
Athens who don’t pay their debts were
put in jail there wouldn’t be enough left
oulside to bring them breakfast. When
a wolf falls wounded the rest of the pack
stop to eat him up. Brethren we are
not wolves. Are we going to eat a
brother up when he falls down wound
Here Mr. Jones paused, and with a
twinkle in liis eye said:
“A brother near the pulpit winked at
me, as much as to say; “I’m wound
The audience caught the significance
of the joke aiid laughed heartily.
He touched on his personal exper
“I’ve had the same pack after me.
When they told it that I was seen half
drunk in a barroom I said: ‘Boys, I’m
thankful that’s a lie. A lie don’t hurt
my feelings specially, but I’ll tell you
wliat does hurt. It’s when they acci
dentally tell the truth on me. Ever
been there ? I’ve been attacked by the
devil in all these ways.
“Ho tried to break down my charac
ter; ho tried me with a hard life; he
tried to break down my reputation, and
he tried to buy me. Money llowed in
like water, but thank God I think I’ll
get to heaven in spite of all that.”
Here Mr. Jones closed with a touch
ing reference to his children, which was
spoken in a husky voice, and moved
some of his hearers to tears.
TOM WATSON AFTER BUTLER.
The father of twin babies had been
left temporarily in charge of them. At
the ond of half an hour he weakened.
“Angelina,” he called out to his wife,
in a voice of agonizing protest, “you’ll
have to come and take one of these
boys. No man can serve two masters!”
Growth of the TJaytist Church.
Raleiqii, Doc. 5.- The Baptist State
convention meets in its sixty-seventh
annual session December 9 at Oxford.
Dr. A. C. Barron, of Charlotte, will
preach the annual sermon. Reports
show churches, 1,400; membership,
140,000; preachers, 700; baptized during
the year, 8,500. Financial statistics:
Missions, State, Home and Foreign,
$30,000; education of ministers, $2,500;
orphanage at Thomasville, $15,000—
total, $325,000. These figures do not
include the Western North Carolina
convention, which reports 20,000 mem
bers. The year’s work is one of the
best in all fhe sixty-seven years’ history
of the convention. When the conven
tion was organized there were only
15,000 members of the Baptist churches
in the State. Now, including negroes,
there are 325,000.
Waits to Know What He Has Done Witli the
Populist Party—Calls Him a Praull
and a Wortliless Fellow.
Hon. Thos. E. Watsoa, of Georgia,
in the People’s Party Paper says:
Will some zealous believer iu Mary
Ann Butler tell us what that eminent
fraud has done with the People’s party?
_ Wher3 was it during the recent elec
tion ? What figure did it cut ? What
was its vote.
In the off year election after the pres
idential year of 1892, the People’s party
was intact, well organized, aggressive;
coherent and effective. It polled near
ly two million Populist votes for Popu-
ulist candidates running upon Populist
From North to South it was united;
from JEast to West it knew but one doc
trine and followed but one flag.
Where is the party now ?
Where was it during the recent elec
Who can say it is intact, well organ
ized, aggressive, coherent and effective?
Who can say it cast two million
votes ? Who can say that it is united,
that it has but one dostrine and follows"
one flag ?
Was it a Popuhst victory in Nebras
ka? By no means. The Democratic
name covered the whole thing; the
Democratic colors waved ovor all the
troops; and a Democratic politician got
the only office that was at steke—the
Supreme judgeship. The Pops got two
miserable little college regencies that
would not be called officers anywhere
on earth except in a convention where
fusion tactics had made lunatics out of
Did the populists win any glory in
Kans.as ? By no means. They went
down in the silence of common defeat
because the fusion between Democrats,
and Populists was a mere corrupt bar
gain for the spoils of office.
In Colorado how was it - Colorado,
where a few years ago a Populist Gover
nor ruled triumphant ? Democrats and
Republicans united and routed tne Pop
ulists who had been torn into factions
by the fusion of 1896.
Our party iu 1892-4-6 was growing
in Virginia and Maryland. Where is it
now ? Gone!
Not a greasy spot left in the pan.
In Kentucky how was it ? Brave Joe
Barker led the middle-of-the-road fight
and did it brilliantly, but with Butler
knifing him at the same time he was
powerless to make headway.
In Iowa how is it—the home.of Jas.
B. Weaver? Less than six thousand
Populist voters remain; the others are
Democrats in name, in policy, in prin
ciple and in organization. As Populists
they have absolutely no separate exis
tence. The Democrats have swallowed
them “'nodaciously. ”
So it is all around. A magniflcient
party of two million men has disap
peared. It has been swallowed up asv,
though the earth had opened and taken
it in. Such annihilation has not been
known since the earthquake of Lisbon.
Will some zealous Butlerite please tell
us what that eminent fraud has done
with the People’s party ? Has he lost
it ? Has he hid it ? Has he loaned it
We trusted him with it; it was in good
condition when he took it, and now we
What have you done with it ?
You are the last one that had it. We
want you to account for it.
In 1892 and 1S94 we could turn to the
official returns of the election and tell
to a man how many Populists voted.
Can you do it now ? How many Pop
ulists voted in Nebraska to give that
Supreme Court judgeship to a Demo‘
You don’t know and nobody on earth
How many Peps, voted in Kansas ?
You can’t tell and nobody else can.
How many Pops voted in Ohio, in
Kentucky, in Iowa, in Virginia ?
You don’t know, and nobody else
You are chairman of a once great
party, are you not ?
How many voters are in your party
You can’t answer.
You miserable failure and fraud, you
must go back to the tables of 1892 and
1894 before yon can even guess at the
Populist vote. You can’t, to save your
worthless life, tell what the strength of
your party is to-day.
Y^ou are a nice fellow for chairman,
arn’t you ? You’re a good pall-bearer
that’s about what you are.
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There’s just one way to resurrect the
Populist party: Re-organize from the
ground up, and rigidly exclude from
control every leader tainted with fusion
—the people are all right; it’s the cor
rupt leadership which has hurt us.
From Red to IJIiick.
Mr. Arthur Stancil, of Morning
Star township, was in the city yester
day, but friends who knew him from
boyhood would have passed him on the
street without a nod of recognition.
Mr Stancil was born with red hair, and
was known as a red-headed boy and
man. His hair is now a pronounced
black, streaked with gray. He had an
attack of typhoid fever and his scalp
blistered by the doctors. When he re
covered hia hair grew out black, and
later became streaked with gray.
The man who finds no joy in his re
ligion hasn’t got the genuine article.
A young gentleman took his little sis-
to see a family in which he was a regu
lar caller. The little girl made herself
quite at home, and showed great fond
ness for one of the young ladies, hug-
her heartily. “How very affectionate
she is,” said the lady of the house.
“Yes, so like her brother,” responded
the young lady unthinkingly. Pater
familias looked sternly over the top of
his spectacles, the young gentlemati
blushed, and the rest were silent.