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Tlie Lwrejs and the LegNalure.
It i.s remarkable to what extreme
lengths the organs of the Ku KIux De
mocracy of this State will go, for the
Mike of a little political capital.
borne few weeks since. The Xeirs, of
this city, which by its overheated zeal
and mendacity is fast taking the wind
out of the sails of Tlie Sentinel vessel-
sought to attach the responsibility of
the Lawrey banditti, upon Gov. Cald
well. It declared that he wa3 respon
sible for these cut-throats' and robbers
being at large, and affirmed that he had
not performed his duty In the matter
of their capture, or exerted . proper ef
forts in wiping out the disgrace which
attaches to the State in permitting them
to openly defy the law. The hue and
cry thus raised by TJie Keics, was
quickly taken up by. The Greensboro
Patriot The Wilmington Slart and the
whole kennel of the Ku KIux pack.
Lengthy double-leaded leaders with
flaming capitals have been written on
the subject, and an immense amount of
gas expended by these indignant jour
nalists in a vain effort to fasten the res
ponsibility upon the Executive of the
Now, what are the facta? Is there
. any truth in the charges thus made by
these valiant knights of the quill, who
quietly sit in their offices and write
flaming editorials on the subject, and
then retire to downy couches to dream of
battles with the terrible robbers? These
sheets know they are perverting facts
when they make these charges. They
know that Gov. Cald:ell is in no wise
responsible for the fact that these out
laws are yet unpunished. Yet they
persist in charging him with a neglect
of duty and thereby attempt to blacken
his good name, simply to create party
capital, and pander to a wicked, mali
ciousand depraved spirit which governs
in all things his political opponents.
It is well known that the Lowrey
gang of outlaws had its origin in the
year IS60. Previous to that time the
individuals comprising the party were
runaway mulattoes from the press
gang of the Confederacy which sought
their labor on the' fortifications at the
mouth of the Cape Fear.and as they were
forced to seek shelter in the swamps to
evade Impressment, naturally became
thieves to obialu me means of living.
When Sherman's army entered this
State on its northward march, Its left
wing covered the territory in which
these runaways were h id . It was charg
ed, (with how much truth we do not
know) that they gave aid and comfort
to the federal forces, and- led the plun
dering bummers of that command to the
houses of the piost prominent Confed
erates. After I that army, had passed,
and the county of Robeson had again
fallen into Confederate possession, the
incensed white citizens organized a
body of men to catch and punish them
for their course of conduct while the
county was in the possession of the
Federals. It was then the first mur
der was perpetrated. The aged father
and brother of three of the present gang
were caught, and without trial, tied up
and shet to death with musketry. It was
this crime which aroused the tiger in
the hearts of the sons and brothers
which transformed them from simple
thieves to highway robbers and mur
derersand led to the bloody vendetta
that has since -prevailed. The com
manding officer of this party of lyn
chers was soon after way-laid and mur
dered, and another active participant
in their arrest early met the same fate.
Fcace had then been declared, and for
these murders the gang was outlawed
by the Courts, and in their swamp fast
nesses they defied the law, and the of
ficers charged with its execution. Since
that time more than a score of victims
have fallen in attempts to effect their
capture. We give this brief review not
to palliate in any degree the enormity
of their crimes, or to set up a defence
in their behalf, but simply as a matter
of history. . if
These men were prociaimeti ouuaws
h ,iAfiprs of all law during tnc wnoj
of Gov. Worth's administration of the
State Government, as well as that 01
Gov Ilolden. The former did nothing
whatever, us Executive of the State, to
capture or destroy the gang; and it is
well to note that these eminent croak
ers who are now so eager for an exhi
bition of stern Executive authority
were at that time as silent as the grave
concerning his duty in the premises.
a'. no ftmp nrevious
te the elec-
tion of the last Legislature, and whilst
themilitia law of the State was ( in an
effective condition-he ordered the mi
litia of Robeson county to be organized
o assist the civil authority in effecting
their capture. By this aid the whole
cranff with one exception, was caught
Sd lodged in prison to await their trial
under indictments by the Courts. But
bXe the time of trial arrived-or
thc" after some of the party had been
tried and convicted of murder, the ma-,
jo Uy succeeded in breaking Jailed
a-ain reached their swamp fastnesses.
Numerous efforts have since then been
to effect their capture W
- k ho Hvil authority, and
trlbuted to the aid afforded the! fugi
tives by the settlement of ' mulattoes "
among whom the outlaws had hiding
places caused such chagrin that the
pursuers were often irullty themselves'!
of outrages and wrongs scarcely less
heinous than those charired upon the
pursued. United States troops have
also been repeatedly sent to assist the
county authorities. Added to these,
numerous parties of self-summoned
men, in disguises, which were doubt
less suggested by the operations of the
Ku KIux who were at that time spread
ing terror in the central portion Of the
State, would make occasional raids in
to the disaffected quarter, and failing
to catch or obtain information of the
outlaws for whom they professed :to be
hunting, they would wreak theirj cow
ardly venereance upon the inoffensive
mulatto citizens of that district. In
this way, several deliberate and wanton
murders were perpetrated, so glaring
and outrageous, that It became the duty
of Judge Russell, when the white peo
ple of Robeson failed to indict hem,
to interfere; and the result has been,
that more than a baker's dozen of the
chivalry" have been forced to flee the
State, outlawed for deliberate murder,
they dared not face the
In the meantime, the Genera
sembly. the members of which
elected in Aucrust. 1870. and of
nearly two-thirds belonged to the
KIux Democracy, beeran its sessions.
Among their first acts, before the dep
osition of Gov. Ilolden was the re-
nefll of every feature Of the militia
law that could be rendered operative.
Visions of future Kirk demonstrations
preyed upon their guilty consciences,
rand they made haste to wrest all power
from the Governor which would
ble him to vindicate tne majes
the law, and arrest those who
The representative from Robeson
county, together with the entire bem-
ocratic majority in both Houses of the
General Assembly voted for the repeal
of the operative features of the militia
law. although thev knew that by so
w u v i -
doing, they would paralize the only
organization that had ever coped
sueecssfullv with the banditti of their
mnntjr Tho militia nf IlohCSOn COllll"
ty formed an almost isoiaua vvr
tion in the State. Its militia had been
enrolled, mustered and ffieered for
this very purpose. Rut what bared
they for their own constituency?. By
striking down the militia arm of the
State were they not protecting
Ku KIux brethren who might
some future time imperiled?
The consequence has been, the flow
ery gang has since established a king
dom, and defied all authority, march-
incr rousrh shod over the edicts of the
law, and treating with supremej con
tempt the paper proclamations author
ized by the General Assembly offering
a reward for their capture, " dead or
alive." A reward of $5,000 fo the
capture of these outlaws, was all the
General Assembly then gave the Robe
son representatives for their surrender
of the operative teaturo of the militia
act. The Governor of the State prompfc
ly published his proclamation of re
ward as authorized by the dominant
party in the Legislature. He could do
no more The Legislature had shorn
him of all authority to further act in
the remises. Nevertheless, he felt
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thnr something should be done! In
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the earlv part of last summer he visited
that section with the view of consulting
with the prominent citizens as to some
effective method to be used. They
pointed to the militia as the only force
that had ever hitherto been of any
avail, and notwithstanding the known
inefficiency of the organization, under
the manipulation of the Gencrat As
sembly, an effort was made to again
use the militia. But it failed. Failed
because the men of Robeson knewjthat
the law was inoperative, and refused
to obey the officers. The Governor
then sent his Adjutant General tothat
section. He consulted with the lead
ing men and proposed the raising of a
force of fifty volunteer citizens, to be
fed and paid by the county, and agreed
to take the field himself. He obtained
the co-operation of a liko number of U.
S. troops. Though the proposition of
the Adjutant General was agreed to,
were the volunteers furnished? Scarce
ly half the proposed fifty were forth
coming at the time agreed upon the
number never increased, and after a
four week's campaign, the citizen mi
litia dwindled to the number of three
men. and finding no co-operation from
nfp directly Interested, the
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troops were recalled, and. the Adjutant
General was reluctantly compelled to
abandon any further attempt.
in the fall of last year. In
December the Legislature again met.
It knew the powerless condition in
which it had placed the ExecutiVe.
He called the attention of the General
Assembly especially to this matter ; and
the Adjutant General, in his Report,
alluded to it as follows : j
" In conclusion, I would add, that the mil
itary organization, which I attempted to in-
daring the past fall, to snbdue a gang of
outlaws who have for sometime eve rawed
that Motion, resulted In failure. 'iue law
is too much out of joint to perfect an organ
ization which would le eflective for such i
Diirnosei and from local causes I doubt If
bvpii thfl orcranized militia of the county.
without fctrict discipline, would accomplish
their capture. Tne inaian cnaraciensuus
of the banditti, the peculiar character of the
KMtion in which-' thev onerate.- and other
local causes, render operations against them
bv militia as ordinarilv organized. of doubi
ful practicability. An independent body of
men. raised for this especial purpose wouia.
in 11 likelihood Drove successful, and it
would be eminently proper, if .authority
was given by law, to that end-
Did this Democratic Legislature heed
the suirtrestions of the Governor and
Adjutant General? Not at all. :No ef
fective measure whatever was enacted
to meet the emergency. The members
wer privately appealed to to authorize
the ralsing of an effective company to
catch or exterminate the outlaws.
Thev would listen to no susrestion of
the kind. The very . thought of a mus
ket and bayonet in the hands of a sol
dier, gave them a 44 Kirk ague." Dur
inn- their session, the outlaws were if
anything even more bold than usual.
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They outlawed and threatened the
life of the Senator from Robeson, who
had for months been a refugee from his
own noine. xne ljeerisiaiure Knew
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these facts, but they refused to do any
thin? whatever to wine out the dis-
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grace, rne "uovernor nas too mucu
power yet," said some, and they ad
journed after increasing the reward for
the capture of the banditti to $40,000.
These are the facts. Let the people
judge for themselves who is responsible
for the disgrace which attaches to this
State In permitting these outlaws to so
long set the law at defiance.
Which did they Do ?
Last summer during the Convention
campaign Democratic members of the
General Assembly assured the people
that in case Convention was voted
down tliey would be forced to resign
their seats, levy a tax of $50 on each
$1,000 valuation of land, or perjure
Did any of them resign ? Only three,
and the people elected Republicans to
fill two of the places. Did they levy
the $50 tax on each $1,000 valuation of
land? They did not.
The ouestion recurs: Did they per
jure themselves, or were they only try-
ing to frighten tne people Dy tening a
than resign, are they worthy to be
If thev deliberately told a falsehood
to fright: n the people into the support
Of an unconstitutional measure, are
they fit t be trusted ?
Take either horn you choose, gentle
We are informed that the Democrat
ic Ku KIux of Caswell county, con-
m i J . A X A. .
scious oi aeieat in August u?ai, me
endeavoring to effect a compromise
with Republicans, by parceling out the
offices of that county to Republicans
and Democrats. " Surely, there is no
Republican, who will, for a moment,
listen to this propositi from the arch
enemy of Republican liberty. There is
no middle ground in the contest that is
before us. There can be no compro
mise with the Ku KIux Democracy
without a sacrifice of principle. Otu
friends in Caswell will be recreant to
the trust reposed in them as members
of the Republican party, if they listen
to the insiduous compromise proposi
tions of the Evil One. A victory awaits
us in August. It should be complete
and decisive. Our Caswell friends must
not make it partial by compromising
with the enemy.
j CoL WiUiam F. McKesson, Ksq., of
Burke county, heretofore a prominent
and active memler of the Democratic
party, has renounced his allegiance to
the rotten and sinking concern. Last
week he attended a Republican Con
vention at Marion, McDowell county,
and In a speech of great power, gave
his adhesion to the great principles of
progress and human rights, as embodied
in the platform of the invincible na
tional Union Republican party.
By the by, Col. McKesson is the
father-in-law of our talented towns
man Fabius H. Busbee who aspires
to be a leader of the Democratic party,
"We advise Fab., if he desires to hold
on to his present political opinions, not
to make a summer trip to Burke, as
that climate is said to be not healthy
for the stability of Democratic princi
ples at this particular juncture.
, Tammanj Offspring.
The Patriot, a Democratic organ of
the vilest type, published at ashing
tou, D. C, drew its first breath by vir
tue of the Millions stolen from the tax
payers of New York by William
31. Tweed. We are not surprised that
thechosen and acknowledged exponent
of the Ku KIux Democracy at the Cap
ital of the Nation, should have been
started upon money stolen by leaders
of the Democratic party. It bears the
well known marks of corruption, fraud
and robbery. We doubt not that it was
siml bv the Chief of Democratic
Rogues Bill Tweed. Such, fellow
citizens! is the history of one of the or
rans of the Ku KIux Democracy.
The Republican County Convention,
convened Wednesday at the Theatre.
M. I. E. West. Chairman of the County
Committee, called the meeting to order
and Mr. E. Y carpenter,, was eiecieu
permanent Chairman, l . a. Jtienry,
Secretary, L. B. Abbott, Asst. Secreta
TTnnn motion! Messrs. 0. Hubbs, C.
R. Robbins, R. C. Kehce, A. Bass and
J. : Mnnford. were appointed a Com
mittee on credentials. '
Upon motion, Messrs. L.' J. Moore,
A. S. Seymour, O. Hubbs, J.Mumford,
V. L. Wetherinerton. J. Podette, A.
Bass. Furnev West and Mc!ses T. Bry-
n - were n nnoi n ted a Com m i ttee to
The following resolutions were unan
Resolved. 1st. That the hearty support
of the people of the . United States is
due to the administration of President
Grant, for its wise and statesmanlike
policy as shown in its conduct of both
foreign and domestic affairs: for its
humane and christian treatment of the
Indian tribes on our frontier; for its
energetic enforcement of law generally
and especially in the States of North
Carolina and South Carolina; for its
large reduction of taxation ; for its econ
omy in the collection or tne puonc rev
enue and the consequent unprecedented
reduction of the National debt; and for
its firm mamtainance of the equal
rights of all men under our Constitu
tion and laws. And that.while we will
cast our suffrages for whatever candi
date may be nominated by the Phila
delohia Convention, we 1 believe that
both gratitude and sound policy will
induce the Republican party, to sup
port for a second term the Statesman
who'has so prosperously filled the pres
idential chair, for the last three years;
the successful conqueror of Rebellion
and the destined conqueror of Peace.
Resolved, 2nd. That our present Rep
resentative in Congress, ' the Hon.
Charles R. Thomas, is entitled to, and
possesses our full conhdence; that we
are proud of him, as an upright able
and unswerving Republican and that
our delegates to the Congressional Con
vention are instructed to cast united
and entire vote for his re-nomination
first and if there is occasion, last and
all the time.
Resolved, 3rd. That the firmness, good
judgment and fidelity to principle of
Governor Caldwell, recommend mm
to our continued confidence -and that
we cordially endorse his administration
as Governor and his claims to the sup
port of the Republican party for re-
Resolved 4th, That we are highly
gratified at the frequent mention of the.
name of It. t iehman, Jksq., in con
nection with the non?iniiv" "XJ!C":
tenant uovernor ana oi tne name ot
Augustus S. Seymour, Esq., in connec
tion with that of Attorney General.
We heartily endorse them and each of
them as true Republicans and as worthy
and able to fill the respective oflices for
which they have been severally named,
and recommend them to the favorable
consideration of the State Convention
to be held at Raleigh, on the 17th of
Resolved 5th, That the late State
Legislature has by its unconstitutional
enactments; by its denial of the right
of petition ; by its covert laws in favor
of bloody and illegal secret political or
ganizations in our midst ; by its unjust
and unequal manner of redisricting
the State and its general partizan leg
islation, shown itself unworthy of the
confidence of the people of North Car
Resolved Gf h , That we approve of the
laws passed by Congress for the sup
pression of the so-called Ku KIux Klan
and that our thanks are due and
hereby tendered to the Hon. John Pool
and lion. C. R. Thomas, for their ef
forts to secure the enactments of the
On motion the following delegates',
were appointed to the State Conven
tion. Hon C R Thomas, Hon It F Leh man ,
Hon A S Seymour,' Hon Geo Greeri, E
R Stanly, Thos Powers, E Hubbs, E
A Richardson, J C Harrison, Thos A
Henry. Geo Fisher, Jno R Good, Fxl
R Dudley, Jno Stilley, C J Gibbs,
Blake Howell, I E West, J M Kilburn,
A J Marshall, AG Nelson, G C Rix
ford, O Hubbs, John A Richardson, P
M Draney, W G WestD N Kilburn,
Austin Blount. L L Randolph, W L
Palmer, Jno Patterson, S T Jones,
Alex Jackson, Geo B Willis, It Han
cock, Jr. E W Fisher, F E Alfred, Geo
E Tinker, Isaac Patterson, R C Kehoe,
W Dove, L J Moore, H C Richardson,
Chas Sutton, Ed II Hill, Adam Culley,
Jacob Grimes, Israel B Abbott, C R
Robbins, Sandy Baron, Moses T Bry
an, Chas. Hibbard, J LHassell, J Bate
man, Benj Bennett, Sylvester Gaskill,
Garret Moye, Cicero Wright Cane Ber
ry, Simon Sikes, Benj H Harris, E P
-i i xt' x x r Tir:n.: tt:.
lxjreii, vx y i ouujf, u ii v uiviu, xair
am Daniels, J B Roberts, R R Green,
Rufus L Cotter, Benj Culley, Sly vester
Mackey, John S Manix, E W Carpen
ter, Amos York, Rich'd Tucker, E E
Tucker, Southey Hunter, Major Dixon,
Willis Pettipher, David Speight, Jos
Hoover, Geo W Nason, Jr.r Ed Ha
vens, Willis M Lewis, Timothy Keel
er, .It J Brown, Furney West, D H
Harris, Jno Bantom, Jno B Brown,
Alex Bass, Thos S Battle, V A Craw
ford, Jos Mumford, J V Wilson, Jos
Nelson, David Wilson, Jno Latham,
Jesse Brooks, W W Lawrence, W Cul
ley, Limber Lewis, T F Woodward,
H B Bennett, Geo II Grover, William
Moore, Mich'l Sawyer, Phillip Lee,
Titus Boyd, Jas Frazer, Southey Froin
veil, Pompey Eromveil, W H Hunni
cutt. . '. ' .
The following resolution was also
- Resolved, That any Republican, res
ident of Craven county who shall be in
Raleisrh. oh the day the Convention is
to be held, and who having obtained a
certificate from the Chairman of the
delegation, above named, i3 hereby de
clared a delegate appointed by this
Convention. ; -
Upon motion, L. J. Moore, E. R.
Dudley, R.1 C. Kehoe and Jno. R. Good,
were appointed delegates to the Dis
The Convention was ably addressed
by Hon. C.!R. Thomas, L. J. Moore
and H. C. Richardson and the -best
feeling and harmony prevailed through
out the" Convention. - I
E. W. CARPENTER, ChWn.
T. A. Henry, 1 j
J. B.-Abbott, '
. Secretaries. ,
; por the Carolina Era.
iNorlliamptoii ' Countyj
There was a meeting of the Republi
cans of Gaston Township, Northamp
ton county, held at Dr. Turner's Store
on Saturday, lGth March, 1872, when,
on motion, Terensa F. Moore was made
Chairman, and D. Turner elected Sec
retary. The object of the meeting was
explained by the Chairman, who gave
the ku klux some hard blows, it being
to reorganize theTownshipCommittee.
The following compose that Commit-i
tee for the present year, viz: ' ( j
Messrs. T F Moore, Wesley Brooks, ;
James Mason, James Taylor, Solomon !
Vincent, Ruck Floyd, Lera ttyKes,
Isaac Garner, Gilliam Peters, Stephen
Rook, Albert Turner, Nelson Squire,
Edmond Vincent, Coy A LeeandD
On motion, it was requested that the
Secretary send the proceedings to The
CaPwOLIXA Era and request publica
: T. F. MOORE, Ch'm'n.
D. Turner, Sec'y., 1
' For the Carolina Era.
I. According to previous notice, the
Republicans of Montgomery county as
sembled at the Court House, in Troy,
on Saturday, the. 23d of March, 1872,
for the purpose of appointing delegates
to represent us in the Raleigh State
Convention. After the crowd had as
sembled, the meeting was organized
by calling Allen Jordan, Esq., i to tne
chair and requesting P. H. Morris to
act as secretary, after which the chair
man explained the object of the meet
ing, and announced the meeting ready
for business; when, on motion of C. C.
Wade, Esq., a committee of three was
appointed to draft resolutions express
ive of the sense of the meeting. The
committee, consisting of C. C. .Wade,
John Boggan and Littleton Dennis, re
ported through their chairman, C. C.
Wade, the following preamble and res
olutions, which were unanimously
i Whereas. It becomes the Republi
cans everywhere to make known to the
State and the wThole country that they
still maintain the principles of the
great National Republican party un
sullied ; and, whereas, we believe Pres
ident Grant, as the Chief Magistrate of
our Nation, has kept steadily in view
the principles of the piattorm upon
which he was elected, and maintained
unimpaired their requirements, and
that he has continually diminished the
TVntional" doht hv. his well directed
management oi tR finances Inf fh
same, that he lias raised our once ue
preciated national currency to value
almost equal to gold, and that With the
assistance of a bold and fearless Con
gress he has succeeded in putting down
organized crime and lawlessness in ev
ery State and section where it has been
our national misfortune to find it.
Therefore." be it
Resolved, That m view of the
we are wining again to piace
the helm of the Government
next four years, and hereby pledge to
him our support for re-election j
i Resolved, That we are not unmindful
of the well merited services of the Hon.
John Pool, our U. S. Senator, and that
we see no cause why he should not pe
re-elecied by the next Legislature. .
liesoivea, xnat we recognize iu ins
Excellency, Tod. R. Caldwell, an able
-statesman, an honest gentleman, and
well fitted for the high position ne now i
occupies by the suffrages of the people j
- . i r i j I i
of the State.
! Resolved, That while we cannot wish
for one to servo us better than qur pres
ent Governor, we must recommend for
the consideration of the State Conven
tion to be held at Raleigh on the 17th
of April next, the name of our neigh
bor and friend, Hon. O. H. Dockery,
for the nomination for our next Gover
nor, as we know him to be a-tried Re
publican, a true patriot, and ! an able
statesman, and well deserving the
highest position in the gift of the peo
ple of his native State, and that jf he
should receive the nomination at said
Convention we will give himjour un
divided and hearty support, believing
none to be more fit and entitled to our
confidence than he. j
Resolved, That we will support no
man for office who has been guilty be
yond a doubt of fraud, corruption or
malfeasance in office. I
Resolved, That we re-assert the great
principles of the National Republican
party, viz: Universal education and
equality of all men before the law.
Resolved, That the chairman of this
meeting appoint three delegates from
each township in this county to repre
sent us in the State Convention.
Resolved, That the Convention to be
held for the purpose of nominating
county candidates for this county; shall
be called by the chairman of this Con
vention, and. that each township shall
be entitled to three delegates who shall
have one vote, and that in case any
township shall fail to hold aj meeting
and appoint delegates, the Trustees of
such township, . or any one of them
may, with two other good men select
ed by himself, constitute the delegation
from such township, and in townships
where there are no Republican Trus
tees, any ex-magistrate agreeing with
us in politics may select two other good
men who shall constitute the delega
tion from such township in case they
shall not hold a meeting for.the. pur
pose of appointing such delegates. .
Resolved, That a committee of three ;
be appointed by the chairman of. this j
meeting to confer with a committee of .
like number from the county of Rich-1
mond, to decide which county shall be
entitled to the ; candidate for Senator. :
and that the place of their meeting i
shall be the place where the polls are I signature of "Ad Rem" in your paper
compared in this Senatorial District, j of the 26th inst. has seen fit to recom
Resolved, That a copy of these resolu-! mend me to the Republicans of the 2d
tions be sent Tiie Carolina Era for r Congressional District, for the nomina
publication. v . f j tion for Congress; I am no candidate
The chairman then appointed the for Congress, and if I was it would have
following , named gentlemen as dele- ;
gates to the State Convention; viz :
C C Wade, D Wright, P H-Morris,
L Dennis, N W Smart, J G Christian,
John Beggan, W G DeBerry, Jones
Smith, G M Ballard, P Fraser, W T
Wade, J G Skinner, Jas Haywood, C
J Cellis, John Robertson, Duncan Par
sons, Neill McCallum,Dan'l McAulay,
S L Parsons; Norman Martin, G W
Cagle, Reuben Freemen, Jesse Free
man, Reuben Deaton, Peter Cornelison,
Wi lliam Thomas, P C Callicott, W H
Hurley. PC Riley. AS Harris. J G
Morgan and William A Russell..
On motion of C C Wade, Esq., the
name of the chairman was added to the
list of delegates already appointed.
- The chairman then appointed C C
Wade, Neill Mclnnis and P H Morris
Senate ' Committee to confer with a
committee from Richmond county as
above resolved. ; - r . :
On motion, the.chairman's inline was
added to the committee. , .
On motion the meeting adjolirried.
" ALLEN JORDAN, Chm'n.
P. H. Morris, Sec'y. , t : .
! V :Vt..-.-. " ' -i
Tli a Editor must not be understood as endor-
i ,. ... ...... .
Iiik the sentiments of his correspondents.
Communications on alf subjects are solicited,
which will be given to the readers of The Eka
as containing the views aad sentiments the
writers. . - . - .
For the Carolina Era. .
: Mr, Editor : This is Court week
with us, and has been a busy time a
great deal of business having been done
on the docket Judge Henry presiding.
On Thursday, at the adjournment of
Court, we had an enthusiastic meeting
of the Republican party in the Court
House, all portions of the county being
represented. Much , good feeling and
harmony prevailed, and every . one
seemed alive to the issues of the ap
proaching campaign, i V
Resolutions were adopted, endorsing
Gov. Caldwell's administration, and
urging his re-election.
We had several fine speeches from
gentlemen present, all in the same vein
urging harmony in our ranks and'
success in the coming struggle. Col.
Wm. F. McKesson, of Morganton, who
has united himself with the Republican
party, being present, was called upon,
and in his inimitable style, for nearly
two hours, entertained the audience
handsomely. He denounced in vehe
ment and severe terms the course of the
Ku Klux Klans in their lawless efforts
to subvert the State Government in vi
olation of law, and commended Gov.
uaidweii ior his stern and uncompro
mising opposition to their lawlessness,
and his endeavors to maintain peace
and order. He spoke in terms of en
comium and praise of President Grant's
administration ; said he was the right
man in the right place, and hoped he
dream he was particularly happy and
facetious on his late Whig " allies " in
the Democratic camp, and in his side
splitting allusions to such old line
Whigs as Vance, Merrimon, and oth
ers, who served as foot-balls for modern
Democracy. He kept the audience in
a roar of laughter by hfa description of
the antics which these gentlemen are
constantly I compelled to cut to prove
their "war record" and their secession
proclivities in order to keep themselves
in odor with the true Democracy. He
told the audience he wanted no office,
and would have none, but had got tired
of staying in the ranks of a party that
had always despised him and liis
friends, and had only used them as
tools, by which they, the simon-pure
Democrats, could climb into office,
place and power. He said that during
the war, their loyalty to the Confeder-
ate cause, and since the war, their loy-
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altv to the Democratic party had al
ways been suspected, and they have
been compelled to. take backseats in
the party, while less worthy and more
unscrupulous democrats, who had al
ways abused him and his friends, were
put forward as leaders. He said that
lie actually associated with these Dem
ocrats until he had gotten the locooco
stink on him. He called upon the
old line Whigs to come out from among
them; told them that the Democratic
ranks was no place for them, and urg
ed them to abandon a party Which only
despised them, while they used them.
He said the only and proper place for
the old line Whigs was in the Repub
lican ranks. This was an organization,
controlled by the old leaders of the
Clay and Webster.. parties;. men who
were their friends, and who sought to
deal justly with all men of all parties.
We must not omit.to notice his anim
adversions on the mismanagement of
the affairs of the' Western North Caro
lina Railroad, by its present officials.
Being a heavy stockholder himself, and
a large contractor, he could speak with
accuracy of the details of the blunders,
to call it by no harsher name, by which,
under its present management, the
road has been permitted " to be sold at
Sheriff's sale, and purchased at the sum
of two or three hundred dollars, by a
"ring?' In closing his speech, Col.
McKesson took occasion to bid a long
farewell to the Democratic Ku Klux
party, and to announce himself for the
future a Republican. :
All in all, Mr. Ed-j, we had a
splendid meeting. 011 party is on
rising ground in McDowell, and we
have accessions to our membership ev
ery day, on account of the develop
ments of the Ku Klux outrages and the
utter hoi low-heartedness and faithless
ness of Democratic pledges and promi-,
ses. You may look for a rousing ma
jority from us in Ausrust next.'
! Yours truly, - v - "
v A Republican.
i Marion, March 2D, 1872.
For the Carolina Era.; '
Sot A Candida' e.
IVf r . Fnrrrm t A writer over' the
been publicly, known before this.- - :
xiuuij&a iu my uicuu, au xvchj,
for the compliment. ' , : , , f
mi i. i fJ 1 U A A . It
I am, very rcspectmiiy, &c., - .
John II, Collins.
Halifax, N. C, March 29, 1872.
, .. . ; For tho Carolina Era. V
"A TaxPajcr," alias English Bnlij 1
.; Mr. Editor: My attention has been
called to an article in your ,-paper Of
March 29th, signed 14A .Tax Payer,'
which states that the red no-horned
cow grazing dn the city -lot adjoining
Carson D. Murry, fca, - is tho property :
of the State. , This ..statement I ;pro- .
nounce false and the author of It a base
liar and a vile" slanderer. To enable 7
the public to place a proper estimate '
upon any? statement this calumniator' j '
may make,: I will proceed to ventihitb.
him." VI 1 , - e,-? . a u
He is considered "by.' many 'as the , .
"Bully of the town," and the knowl- '
edge of having established thw clmrac-
ter has greatly increased his insolence.
He is the fellow who jQgured so con
spicuously before the .Penitentiary in-' .
vestigation committee and whoso evi
dence was ; impeached bv two highly
respectable witnesses. . sFor particular
see printed report of committee. a .
" He is the superintendent of .the Gas,
Works. His rough and insolent man
ners, meddlesome and quarrelsome dis- '
position, and gross neglect of business, : .
is said to be the principal cause of so .
much dissatisfaction with the patrons
of the Gas Company, and 1 has induced' '
a large number of them to stop usln ! '
gas. This fellow cursed and threatened ;
to thrash one of the patrons of the gas ;
Company,.a business man on Fayettej-.
ville street, because he made some com-
plaint about his gas. Is it to the Inter- ;
est of the gas Company to retain in
their employ a man who is so obnox- ,
ious to their patrons, and this commu-..
nity?; ' -. : rs ; r ,
lie is the "Bully " who was charged
by Jas. H. Harris, Esq., ex-member of
the Legislature, with, being an Euro-,
pean "convict. V, .'
He is the gentleman who applied for ' .
the position of Deputy Warden of the
Penitentiary. He thought on account
of his monkey-wrench reputation and
his. having ground meal for Thos. G.
Sparrow, that the Directors would not
dare to vote against mm. f
From the foregoing exposition a cor- :
rect idea can be formed of t he character
of "A Taxpayer."
D. Carson Murray,
April 3d, 1872. j
.; I For the Carolina Era.
lion. Thos. Settle.
Mr.- Editor i As numerous corres
pondents from the Western and Central
portions of the I State have expressed,
through the columns of tiie h,ra, their
views in reference to proper nominees
for State officers; we deem it no more
than fair that the East should be heart!
in the subject. ' r
W'hile we freely accord to Gov. caidj
well his due meet of praise, and heartily
endorse his opposition to the unconsti4
tutional action of the. Legislature, still
Wft profo Judgd ottlo us our candidate
for Governor. In the approaching con-j
flicf we shall ned our most popular
.yH nble men to uphold the standard
of Repubiicai- gainst the Demo
cratic hordes. .... i
With Judge Settle as our leader wi
can carry the Stftte by a large majority.
Tho Republicans of the East would re
joice to see i him nominated, and.no
other man would insbire the Demo-i
crats with such (uneasiness and fear.
For the position of Attorney General
we know of no man so eminently1
qualified as HonL J. W. Albertson, of
Perquimans. As a lawyer he stands
at the head of his profession in the first
district, wljile as a stump speaker ho
has few equals and probably no supe
riors in North Carolina. The character
of his mind is logical and analytical,:
as was clearly eyineed in his masterly
discussion of the "Convention Act," iii
the canvass of last Summer.
One choice for Auditor is John W.
Betts, of Granville. Mr. Bctts is a man
of fine character land ability. His suc
cess to the Republican party has been
invaluable and he deserves somo re
compense at its hands. Though living
in a different locality we acknowledge ,
with gratitude and pleasure his efforts
in opposition to the ku klux Democracy,
and pledge him al cordial support shell Id
he bo nominated. . ; " i
With these names-and others of cquaj
reputation inscribed upon our banner,
we can march to) victory almost with-
outjstriking a blow. Pasquotank, i.
For the Carolina Enu ,!
After a great and un
successful revolution the financial con
dition of the South is as might bp ex
pected a depioribie one. It will not do
to say that this or that party since the
close of the rebellion is responsible for
it. The fault lies with those who with
out a resonable consideration or causa
E lunged us into a pecuniarily exhaust!
le war. It cannot be denied that
North Carolina Is nearly as bad off Iri
that respect as any one of her late cont
federates, but I see no reason why she
should not with her great resources
speedily emerge 'from -her present! con
dition,- provided able and competent
men are continued In the various do
partments of her; government, particu
larly in the Treasury office. Without
at all intending!
Jenkins, I woulq in behalf of a largo
number of. votera In this section of tho
State suggest to the Republican Con
vention soon to assemble in Raleigh,'
the name of John Watts, of iMartln
county, as a fit and in every way canaJ
hie man to fill the position of Treasurer!
or jNortn uaronna. jur. watts is a
thorough going Republican, and .has
followed tho principles of that party -through
evil as j well as good report
ivs a nnaneier ne is certainly tho equal
of any man in this State. It is truly to
be hoped that the Convention will taW
his claims upon the party Into consid-
J eration. i . . W. . f
j , From the Pioneer. , j
Mr. Editor: While others are 1 nrrui '
posing candidates for Governor In the1 1
coming election, allow me to suggest '
the name of Hon! Geo. W. Logan of'
Rutherford. He deserves the hnm noJ .
at thc'hands of the R
Heis in ( every wav fitfnri
lie office, and the crreat mns nf T?rf
puoiican voters in . JNorth
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- i.i i.s ' . - i.wiuk
wouiu -picier ixiin io any one else
With Judge Logan in the Govern-
ors Chair, corrupt rings and Ku Klux
j murderers would have to lie low.
i I. :
gammout-u uj , .: -
-befrig mainly at-
nndor tne UIW 111 n"" " ,
- their want of success-