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Public Money Squandered hy
Inasmuch as Democratic presses and
Democratic speakers continue to harp
on what has been done by the : Repub
lican party, we have gathered up a few
acts of the Democratic party, which
will show how very honest and how
very careful that party has leeri with
the State's money :
In IS3G, this State received on deposit
from the United States Treasurer in
gold, surplus revenue belonging to the
United States government, amounting
to $1,433,757.39. The faith of the State
was pledged for the safe-keeping and
for the repayment of the same when
ever called for by the United States.
Where is this money? If it was called
for to-day the Democratic party would
have to answer: We squandered it,
partly on work's of Internal Improve
ment which proved failures, and the
balance in the rebellion against the
government, which to-day protects us
and which loaned us the money.
In 1857, the Legislature passetfanaet
to create a sinking fund. It was en
acted that the dividends on stocks in
all railroads, plankroads, turnpikes,
navigation companies and all excess of
revenue collected after paying the nec
essary expenses or tne fctate . govern
ment, was set apart as a sinking fund
and placed in the hands of certain Com
missioners of the sinking fund for the
purpose of paying the debt of the State.
These Commissioners reported to the
General Assembly in December, 1SG0,
that they had received the sum of 457,
000 under the above act. Where is
that money? It was not Confederate
money, it was not in war bonds, it was
not in State scrip. It was invested in
old State boiuls, and during the war
those bonds wero exchanged for
State wau bonds and Confederate
ronds, and proved a total loss.
In 18G0,he literary fund of North
Carolina amounted to $440,3202. This
amount was invested in old State
bonds, Railroad bonds, bonds of Col
leges', &c. At the close of the war, a
committee appointed by the General
Assembly found that the literary fund
consisted of $351,500 of State war bonds
and $173855.50 of Confederate bonds,
ilc. The old State bonds had disap
peared and in their place was found
the above amount of worthless trash.
T tori "V" 1 1 il 1 nmtr TV? r
ill loo-, uriiiii v-wiivjjc, nu m
ity College) borrowed $10,000 from the
literary fund,- and gave a bond therefor
secured by real estate mortgage. Late
in 1S61, after every sane man saw the
Confederacy was a hopeless failure,
the literary Board, (Gov. Vance in the
chair) agreed to take Confederate notes
for all bonds, held by the Board and
Trinity College came forward with
$10,000 Confederate iftcney, paid it. to
the Board and took up its bond for that
We have not charged any one with
stealing any of the foregoing State:
money. But we do charge a gross mis
management and reckless investment
of State money by members of the j
Democratic party, and we do hold that
men who have brought nothing but
war, bloodshed and bankruptcy on our
people are not .worthy to be longer
If any of the above statements are
questioned, we are prepared- with the
proofs, and we trill only introduce Dem
Hon. Alfred Dockery.
We are authorized by this gentleman
to inform the delegates to the Repub
lican State Convention which meets in
this city on Wednesday next, that he
declines to allow his name to be
brought before the Convention for the
office of State Treasurer. Gen. Dock
ery is grateful for the honorable men
tion of his name which friends have
been pleased to make in connection
with the Important office of State Treas
urer. The "Old War Horse" of the
Cape Fear region will take an active
part in the approaching campaign and
will deal.destructive blows to the Ku
nnmncnicv wherever he may
1VIUA " ,
no-ik. The following is the letter of
Mr. Editor: I, "otico in 8ome of our
I nrooositious to connect
, y name ,vith the office of State Treasurer
hpfore the npproaciuu, -
U nd motives place me under c .umrtm.
,1 compel me to advise our friends that I
. ..Hnnini I TIC Lllli w . . -
-ould not accept iue mgu ...
Yr elected and therefore ask the pabli
nce, elect , w R ntmfc
rriSnT' with tie
Z ircumbent in the mant of be
Penitentiary --fVo thT opinion
formation I am Incli
that tne mn - expect to
fer by the re-election of him. I expect to
Hnpport the uorau.ru ALFBED DociCERT.
April 8th, 1S72.
There was a storm in Connecticut on
There w Democracy
Foretokening a pro
Tl,e election for municipal officers in
1,,e,. o on the 2nd Inst., re
CoIumlJ'ft. " , u Rcpubli-
orl.ven hundred majors
" 1 : r f
Gov. Vance and the State Debt;
Gov. Vance opened the campaign at
Statesville, on the 2nd Inst., with 'a
cnaracterisiic speecn. ui course it was
Interspersed with funny anecdotes and
laughter, but much of It was devoted
to the financial condition of th$ South
ern States. He spoke of our State debt
as follows: j ' "
44 In North Carolina, the debt and liabili
ties in July 1S61 were $9,609,500. Present
debt3 and liabilities, $34,887. 467.854 An in
crease of over twenty five millions'
Now let us examine the facts and
ascertain if this statement be true:
Mr. Kemp P. Aittle, State Treasur
er, on the 19th of November, 18CG, re
..... . . ..'-
ported to tne uenerai iissemoiy as ioi
Total State debt, ifav Oth.
Tntal Ktafo .lht . "Mnrrh 10.
18CC, lj, 433,000
So Mr. Battlemade the debt larger
by $397,500.00 in May, 18G1, than Gov.
Vance made it in July, 18G1.
Mr. Battle also reported, that the
State debt was increased during the
war, as follows:
By Treasury notes in cir
culation. $ o,24G,33G.25
By war bonds,
Making a war debt,
TV thnt nmntint must
be added the
vast amount 01 county lnaeDieaness in
curred for war purposes. J
There must be added also $2,019,449.-
03 of the school fund, which was des
troyed during Gov.
Vance's ad minis-
There must be added also $457,000 of
the sinking fund. This amount was
invested in old State bonds, but during
the war the old bonds were -pold and
that amount sunk in "non-taxable Con
federate States Bonds."
To ihis amount must be added all
the dividends which accrued to the
Sinking Fund after December I860.
Of course the good people of Iredell
would not laugh at so sacred aj thing as
the war debt incurred during Gov.
Vance's administration, and ko he did
not joke on that subject.
It would not do to remind them what
a howl went up from Conservative
throats in 1SG5 when the United States
Government demanded that the war
debt of the State and counties should
be repudiated, and that the good people
of the State should be debarred the ex
quisite pleasure of paying off Gov.
Vance's war debt. SoGov. Vancedidn't
tell that joke and nobody
The trick of the beaten and enraged
Democrats has been to stigmatize the
Republican party as made up of nig-
gers, trash ana scounareis. j co wen
did this vile deed succeed that thou
sands who hold with the principles of
the Republican party and thousands
who were anti-war or Unlonjmen dur
ing the war have dreaded . the odium,
or have been made believe (the false
hood, and are to-day associated with
the men politically whose treason they
abhor, and whose political doctrine
hey ever have despised. Fearful is
he chain that was welded to enslave
such men. The slanders and falsehoods
liad a terror almost equal to death, and
these men have been forced into lei
lowship with men who deny the war
reviled and threatened theml and who
how only use them to regain power.
Whenever one has dared to withdraw
from their vile association, r when a
Republican has made to Jiimself a
name as devoted to his country and
t bo has become
a target' for all the shafts of ridfcule,
malice, slander and miernai naie.
Thousands this" hour stand ready to
leave and array themselves on the side
. 1 il,. TTnln' Vvllt Vlr
oi law , peace unu me uiuu, uu
dare not. They cannot bearithus to De
assailed, and terror keeps them in
hnndflPi' This is a fair and full state-
ment of the case. We have
a word to
our brethren who have forsaken all
things for their country, for peace and
for truth. There is no more that can
be said of you. -Democratic! men and
presses have and do hate, slander and
revile you with malignant (falsehood.
You are done for. as far. as these
can do it. You cannot aad dare not
mnkft ipjif at the sacrifice ox truth and
your country and your fellow-citizen..
What is to do, but as the forlorn' hope
ot society and freedom to conquer the
South for eternal Republicanism, and
make the party the name the princi
ple, a glory and joy all over in every
nook of North., Carolina 4-until all
men respect ana nonor n ana you.
Now is the time to throw jjway all ti
midity and all policy, and in the com-
inir campaigu defy and despise all that
hate and falsehood can say and do.
r.nin'ti) eonciuer so in to be the rulers
and masters of North Carolina's desti
ny. -We believe this to be the put
nose of all true Republicans their all
is laid on the altar of the country's Re
We invite thethousanasoi gooamen
who in heart and principle are with us,
to come come ip a mass-me by
toucan!, and so swell the'triumph of
the'narty next summer that it shall
hush the voice or sianaer uuu paruijro
the hiss of silly pride. Many are com-
nrthe day of Republican tedemption
and glory is at hand. WTil
: ( v
For tho Carolina Era. ;
V; Franklin Cnnty- - -'
In" pursuance of previous notice, the
Republicans of Franklin county met at
th fYmrt TTnnse in Louisburar on Wed-
nftsdav- ADril 1st. forthe "Durnose of
appointing delegates to- attend -. the
State Convention at Raleigh, theth
Congressional District Convention, and
the 7th Senatorial District Convention.
The meeting was called to order by
J. H. - Williamson, chairman of the
County Executive Committee, and on
motion, C. H. Thomas was called to
preside over the meeting, who, on tak
ing his seat, explained tne object ol the
meetingln his usual brief and succinct
manner. On motion, J. B. Tucker was
requested to act as secretary.
' On motion of J. Reid, the chairman
appointed'a committee of ten to draft
resolutions for the action of the Conven
tion. The committee then retired, and
J. II. Williamson was. called upon to
address the meeting, which he did in
his . forcible style, and at tho close of
his remarks the committee reported
rhrmirrh thpir chairman the followinsr
preamble and resolutions; which were
unanimously adopted :
Whereas, The people of .Franklin
county do assemble for the purpose of
re-affirming our adherence to the great
principles of the National Union Re
publican party ; and whereas, it i3 a
great privilege vouchsafed to us to meet
and consult together for the public
good : therefore,
1. Jiesolvea, 'mat we endorse ine ad
ministration of President. Grant, and
that we pledge to him our hearty sup
port. . , -
2. That we endorse the administra
tion of Gov. Caldwell, and recommend
his nomination for Governor, but will
pledge our hearty support to the nom
inee of the State .Convention, for that
3.' That we recommend to the State
Convention our fellow-citizen, Capt.
Charles H. Thomas for Secretary of
State, believing him in every way
qualified to discharge the duties of said
office, and knowing him to have ren
dered efficient service in support of Re-
pu bl ican . pn ncipies.
4. That we do recommend to the 4th
Congressional District Convention,
Madison Hawkins, lsq., of Franklin
county, as a suitable candidate to rep
resent us in the next Congress of the
TTnitfHl States. He deserves all we can
confer on him, and we ask for his nom
5. That we recommend Col. T. Li.
Hargrove, of Granville county, as a
candidate for the office of Attorney
General.. knowing him to bean aDle
lawyer and true Republican.
a. Tnat we aiso recommenu auvm
A. Jenkins for State Treasurer.
r That. flfW rlAlAorntpo h Rtmointpd
by the chairman to represent this coun
tv in the State Convention, and that
all Republicans attending said Conven
tion will be autnonzed delegates.
I s That thf chairman of this meeting
appoint Un delegates to attend the 4th
Congressional District Convention, and
ten delegates to attend the Senatorial
District Convention, to be held at such
times and places as may oe agreea up
on, and tnat tne cnairman uuu secreia
rv ho ndded to this number, and also
to the list of delegates to the State Con-
9. That we endorse the manly and
noble service rendered by our represen
tatives, Gen. T. B. Hawkins, J. H.
Williamson and J. T. Harris, Esqrs.,
n the last session of our Legislature,
and that we approve their acts and ap
plaud their Republican principles, as
shown in all their official duties.
10. That the proceedings of this meet
ing be sent to The Carolina Era for
publication, requesting Republican pa
pers throughout the State to copy.
The following delegates were ap
pointed to the different Conventions :
Delegates to State Convention : .
P B Hawkins, J II Williamson, Jas
Reid, M Hawkins, J C Wynne, Jack
Shaw, L, Neal, Ben Smith, B Woodhff,
Ed Powers, J H Hogwood, Z Edwards,
R P Edwards, W Hawkins, F Wjight,
Andrew Green, K Thomas, C Jones,
T K Thomas, Wash Radford,. L Perry,
Osceola Thomas, Albert Davis, George
Webb, Ruffin Brodie, Jack Perry, Dec
Baker, Jesse Harris, John Pettiford,
Nat Harris, Terry White, Ed King, Dr
R H Timberlake, Capt C H Thomas J
B Tucker, J T Harris, Joe Harris, W
H Pettiford, B F Bullock, Jr, W A
Buckram, F P Haywood, W II Ram
son, II Dunston, Lee Long, C Conway,
II C Jones, Chas Malone, II B Webb,
Henry Fuller, Ned Alston F Ward, R,
Neal, W H Dunston, John Holmes.
District Convention :
P B Hawkins, J II Williamson, M
Hawkfiis, Jas Reid, Jack Shaw, Z Ed
wards, J C Wynne, T K Thomas, R T
Edwards, Ned Alston.
Senatorial District Convention:
P B Hawkins, J H Williamson B F
Bullock, T K Thomas, J T HarrisrM
Hawkins, Calvin Outlaw, Nat Harris,
B Woodliff, Ben Smith, C H Thomas,
J B Tucker. "
Madison Hawkins, Esq., was then
called upon, and in response made a
most telling speech. .4. .
Maj. B. F. Bullock was then loudly
called for, and came forward, and great
ly tolhe satisfaction of his friends, de
livered a chaste and handsome address.
On motion, the meeting adjourned,
after which the Rev. Joshua Perry and
Augustus Shepherd athlressed the au
dience on the subject of education.
C. H. THOMAS, Chm'n.
J. B. Tucker, Sec'y. . . -
"s ; For the Carolina Era.
On Saturday, the 30th day of March,
1872, according to previous notice the
Republicans of Burke county : met at
the Court House in Morganton for the
purpose of appointing- delegates to the
State Convention r in -Raleigh, on the
17th of April next, to nominate a can
didate for Governor and Lieutenant
Governor and other State officers. -: .
The meeting was organized by call
ing L A Taylor? Esq-to the chair, and
appointing Frank I) Irvin to act as
secretary. The objet of the meeting
was explained by chairman. -. .
The chairman appointed the follow
ing committee resolutions,. to-wit: R
A, Cobb, Joel Cloud and Samuel Bow-
Yn'in) a. A nVi.thrt committee retired
Capt. John T Patterson was called upon
to address the meeting, wno immediate
ly took the stand andfor about and hour
ana a nan, entenaineu me mre uy:
ence with" the most striking and telling
speach, dealing havy Mows to. the op
ponentg of liberty and fjeegovernmeutj
showing -up . in a masterly way the
fraud and .corruption of , the Democratic-Conservative
1 party. V ' f-.;
. , He left the stand amid great ap
plause.- When our fellow townsman
William F McKesson . was called on,
who took the stand for about one hour
arid kept the audience In a perfect up
roar of applause. We.thought he came
as near doing justice to the Democratic
party as could well have been done,
striking them on all sides, exposing
their fraud and corruption in full light,
na hp hnd flinnlft and- abundant oppor
tunities, to find them outj said he had
left the rotten Ship as rats leave a burn
ing barn, and so were good men doing
all over the State. Said he had now
cast his lot and his fortunes with the
great National Republican party, be
lieving that the only hope of the coun
tv And the libert v of the people depend
ed upon the success of that party.
The committee appointea w umn,
resolutions reported the following pre-
amable and resolutions:
Wirrnp a c ThotimA is fnfit-ftnnroach-
ing for the assembling of the Republi
can State Convention at itaieign, io
nominate a candidate for Governor,
Lieut. Governor and other State 01-
ficers; therefore be it, ' . ., 1
Tfjsiniiiprl. 1 . That we do most heartily
approve of the administration of Gov.
Caldwell, in his noble and maniy er
forts in preserving peace and harmony
t. hrnnarhniit. thp State, and we do most
earnestly recommend him" as our first
choice for re-election to tne nign posi
tion which he now 4 holds, and pledge
him nnr most heartv and united sup
port, should he receive the nomination
at said Convention.
9 Thnt frrr Lieut. Governor, we do
earnestly recommend J. W. Albertson,
of Perquimans county.
. 3. For Attorney General, -T. Ii. Har
grove, of Granville couuty.
4. For Public Treasurer, John Nor
fleet, of Edgecombe county.
5. For Auditor, W. F. Craig, of Mc
Dowell county. ,
-The abovecTesolutions were read and
And we do herebv instruct our dele
gates in said Convention to use all their
influence to procure the nomination of
The phnirman annointed the follow
ing rlelefmtes to renresent Burke county
in the State Convention at Raleigh, on
the 17th of Ajril next, to-wit:
Morganton Township Dr W A
Collett. James J Beach and Thos Haw
Silver Creek Township Thomas A
Seales and James McEIrath. I
Linville Township Samuel C Wil- j
son and Joseph B Hunter. !
upper CreeK to wnsnip josepn joen-
field and Theophilus Phillips.
Lower Creek .Township Harrison
Benfield and Cyrus Erwin. ,
Loveladv Townsrnp J w lierryanu
J Franklin. ;
Icard Township James Hildcrbrand
and William Abernethy.
Lower Fork Township Joel Cloud
and Sural Huffman.
Upper Fork Township J M Smith
and S E Poteet.
For proxies, R C Badger, J B Neath-
erviindDr T L Banks, all of Wake
county. There being no further busi
ness before the meeting, upon motion,
jt adjourned sine die. ,
tL. A. TA 1 iuit, unairman.
Frank D. I rwjn, Secretary.
; For the Carolina Era.
There was a Convention of the Re
publicans of Chatham, at Pittsboro, on
Saturday, the 30th of March, 1872. Silas
Burnes, Esq., as chairman of the Coun
ty Executive Committe, announced the
object of' the Convention, whereupon
Col. J A McDonald moved that Silas
Burnes be appointed President of the
Convention, which was unanimously
carried, and, on motion of B I Howze,
Henry C Atkins was appointed Secre
The President announced that the
Convention was organized and ready
for business," when Dr. A B Chafin
moved that the. President appoint a
committee of eight to prepare resolu
tions for the action of the Convention.
The motion was carried and the fol
lowing persons.appointed : A B Chapin,
H P Straughan, B I Howze, John
Smith, Thomas Blacknall, Thomas
Taylor, Kelley Mitchell and Joseph
Perry. After retiring for consultation,
the committee returned and reported
through their chairman, A B Chapin,
the following resolutions which were
unanimously adopted : ' -
1. Hesolved, The Republicans of
Chatham county in Convention assem
bled, hereby declare their unalterable
attachment to the principles of the Na
tional Republican party." v u
2. That we do most cordially and
heartily endorse President Grant and
his administration, as having brought
untold blessings to our : people, and
greatly contributed to the general wel
fare of the whole nation, and particu
larly to the Southern States of this
great republic, and we pledge ourselves
to use every honorable effort to secure
his re-election, by so doing we- believe
the safety of the ; nation and .people
would be best secured, and the affairs
of the National Government continued
in the hands of advise .arid energetic
patriot. ' . . - '.
3. That we heartily endorse the ad
ministration Of Gov. Caldwell, and ap
prove of his course in opposition to the
unconstitutional usurpations of the
Legislature, and as Republicans we act
cord to our Chief Magistrate our sincere
and heartfelt thanks. ? ;. .'
4. That the thanks of the Republi
cans of North Carolina are due to the
Hon. John Pool,- our United States
Senator, for the able, and determined
manner in which he has discharged
the duties of his office; and more espe
cially in bringing to justicer the mem-
fbers ot the Ku Klux Klan, thereby
f restoring peace to the State, and put
ting an end to organized midnight as
j sassination, and brutal outrages on life
1 and liberty on account of opinion."
j '5. That in tfie estimation of this Re
t publican Convention, that there is no
1 man in tbe Fourth ; Congressional Dis
trict who deserves to be honored in
preference of our fearless and patriotic
citizen,. Col. John A' McDonald. We
therefore earnestly recommend' that he
be nomhiated to represent this District
in the next American -Congress. In
view oT his earnest devotion to . tle
principles of Republicanism, to tjie in
terests ofjiis people, to the interests of
the whole. State; in view of the many;
services he has rendered theRepubli
can party, as a fire-tried Union man,
as a Grant elector, as an itble and pa
triotic member of the Conventions of
the State ; . as one to whose efforts is
largely due the glorious 1 Republican
triumph in Chatham and the State last
August: in view of these services we
would earnestly recommend him, and
We know of no man in" -whose hands
we misrht trust our standard with
greater confidence. - '
G. That we nledsre our earnest and
sincere support to the regular nominees
of the National Union Republican
party. - ' '
It was then moved bv J A McDon
ald and carried, that the same com
mittee be appointed to suggest names
nf rJeleo-fites tn the State Convention in
Raleigh, and also delegates to the fourth
Congressional District Convention, to
nominate a candidate for Congress.
The m mm it tee flo-ain retired. , and
thereafter reported the following names
which were accepted by the Conven
tion: Bear Creek Township. State Conven
tion, A B Chapin, Zachariah Burrows
District Convent in, A B Chapin and
Iliekoery Mountain Toicnship. State
Convention, William Rives, Brantly
Clark and Nathan Rives.
District Convention, W Flowers and
Matthews Township State Conven
tion, James Pace, May loyd Jordan and
Charles Em merson.
District Convention, James Pace and
Albright Township. State Conven
tion, J M Woody, Job Stewart and
District Convention, Patterson Pick
itt and Job Stout. ;'
Centre Township. -State Convention,
H P Straughn, Thomas Taylor and W
District Convention, J A McDonald
and Richard Ramsey.
Baldwin Toicnship. State Conven
tion, Elias Harriss, Thomas Cottenand
District Convention, Joseph Perry
and Edward Halidy.
s Hadley Township. State Convention,
Charles Daffrom, Pliney Baldwin and
District Convention, Joseph Wil
liams and Joseph Bayes.
Williams Township. State Conven
tion. Asa Eubanks, D C Goodwin and
District Convention, Lewis At water
and Wm. Clemmons.
JVeic Hope Township. -Thomas Bur
gess, Wm T Gunter and John Smith.
District Convantion, Jesse Horton
and Willis Byrd.
Cape Fear Township. State Conven
tion, Silas Burns, B 1 Howze and Thos
District Convention, Daldy Jones and
t Gulf Toicnship. State Convention,
Thomas Dorrity, Milo Moffitt and
District Convention, T Beal, D Hayes.
Oakland Township. State Conven
tion, H C Atkins, Renty Sanders and
District Convention, Calvin Watson
and Washington Farish."
On motion of W T Gunter, it was re
solved, that the chairman of the Coun
ty Executive Committee be requested
to call a county meeting on the 25th of
May next, to nominate candidates for
the Legislature and other county of
fices ; and that he be requested to give
one month's notice thereof in each
township in the county.
It was moved by B I Howze, and
carried, that any Republican of Chat
ham county who may be in Raleigh on
the 17th of April next, be requested
and authorized to join the delegates
appointed by this tJonvention, and
that the seoretary bo instructed to for
ward the proceedings of this Conven
tion to The Carolina Era for publi
cation, with the request that they be
copied by the other Republican papers
of the State. - i f
The business being despatched a call
was made for Col J A McDonald.
He stated, that-in the first place he
desired to return his thanks to the citi
zens of Chatham for their liberal sup
port for the Convention last Summer.
That, when he and his colleague, B I
Howze, first resolved to canvass the
county against the Convention, the
did not even hope to be elected, but
that before the race , was through he
predicted the resulti which followed.
He said that he feared that the honor
implied in recommending him as a.
candidate for Congress, was more than
he deserved; but nevertheless, if he
should be selected for that honorable
post, he would try to fulfill the wishes
of his warmest friends. -He would try
to meet his opponents at every possible
Eoint, and would do battle by day or
y night as .might be required JHe
closed with some telling remarks upon
general politics. - B I Howze was next
called for. He' congratulated the con
vention upon the harmonious and work
ing spirit which had ; prevailed. Said
there was a time to work, and a time
to speak that in view of the lateness
of hour, brevity , would best suit Avhat
he had to say. As the first public oc
casion which he had had however, he
wished to return his thanks to his fellow-citizens
for their liberal support on
the Convention question. The race was
undertaken under gloomy -j. prospects,
.but the result proved that the ieopIe
.were not deaf to honest and reasonable
appeals. .. , ',"
As to general politics Tie would pre
sent one thought which was a very en
couraging one. - In 1 1868 ? the -proud,
dignified, entelligent and defiant Dem
ocratic party (according to their own
claims,) disdained to listen to: any
terms of compromise. in . regard to re
construction. With Seymour and Blair
at their head, they were going to take
possession of Congress and the State
Legislaturt, hurl over board all ne
groes and scalawags, and install only
white men upon the basis of restricted
suffrage., . t . -
too weak to stana aione, ana is suppli
-ar- .rv" , .
cating disaffected RepuDiicans to give
them a leader upon their own terms.
To day they cry for Mr. Trumbull, the
next day for Judge Davis, and finally
beg the high honor to hold on to. Sum
ner's coat tail. If the honest,' solid,'
working, able, but modest adrainistra4
trion of Gen. Grant has achiewed so
much in four years, may we, not . hope
that in four years more, his wish will
be accomplished "Let ushavepeace.n
W. T. Gunter was then called for.
IJe said it was too late to make a-speech,
but we would avail himself of this oc
casion to put himself right before the
country.' It was charged that he' was
not a Republican. The chanre is false.
It is based upon his vote agajnst the
Shoffner bill. It was true he did vote
against that bill, but it was because he
thought some of the ; features of that
bill were unconstitutional j and so think
ing heiwas bound by his oath, to;, vote
as he did. And if he erred in that
opinion, i,he did. so in common with
many good lawyers in the State of both
parties; upon the great, vital questions
of the country however, he was .with
the Republican party now, as he had
been, and expected to continue to be.
He urged the Republicans to go into
the coming contest firmly, and they
will achieve success. v !
On motion of Richard Ramsey, the
Convention adjourned to meet again
at the same place on the 25th .of May
next.- ') -
SILAS BURNS, Chairman.
Henry C. Atkins, Secretary.
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- Bladen Count y.
;-i-A Convention of the Republican par
ty of Bladen county was held in Eliza
bethtown, on Saturday the 6th April",
1872, for the purpose of electing dele
gates to the State Convention.
On permanent organization, Howard
Wilkerson, Esq., was called to the
chair, and John M. Benson and Evon
der Singletary, Esq., to act as Secre-
The roll of the different Townships
was called, and the delegates from each
On motion of A. H. Perry, Esq., a
committee of one delegate from each
Township was appointed by the chair,
to draft resolutions for the action of the
The chairman appointed as said com
mittee Sheriff W H Sykes, John CrOS
land, A II Perry, E Singletary, J E
Eldrige, Watty McKeithan, Troy
Kemp, W A Atkinson and Euther Mc
Kinnis. Thecommitteeon resolutions through
their chairman, W A Atkinson, re
ported the following to-wit :
Resolved 1. That the Republican par
ty of Bladen county adhere to and re
affirm the great principles of the party,
announced at the variQus National
Conventions tkereof. ... .
2. Thnt we hie-hlv annreciate the dis
tinguished services of the eminent sol
dier, the upright and practical civilian,
who is now the Chief Magistrate of.this
republic, and we favor his renomina
tion and re-election to the office of
President of the United States.
3. That the Republican party of Bla
den county fully endorse and sustain
the administration of Governor Cald
well, that we especially commend the
firm stand he took against the unlaw
ful calling of a Convention, to change
the Constitution of this State. And we
believe that the thanks of the laboring
men of all parties are due him for his
action in the premises, whereby the
homestead law was saved from repeal,
and other detrimental charges in the
organic law prevented.
4.. That we fully endorse the. course
of the Hon. John Pool, our distinguish
ed Senator in Congress, and we believe
him to be the right man in the right
place. ... . -
5. That we more fully endorse the
course of Hon. J. C. Abbott, and earn
estly ask the Congress of the United
Status to five him the seat to which
he is entitled, and we earnestly recom-
menfi mm T.n rnenennie fii ine uiiiluu
States as a candidate for the office
C. That we recognize the claims of
W. W. Holden upon the people of
North Carolina, and hope the day "not
far distant that the Ku Klux Party of
North Carolina be so far broken .that
we may welcome him back to his na
On motion of W. A. Atkinson, the
chair appointed one delegate from each
Township to the State Convention, to
be held in Raleigh on the 17th of April,
1872, as follows: E D Bizzell, John
Crosland, A H Perry, E Singletary,
John Newell, J J Crobm, George At
kinson, Simon Hales, A Martin, John
Spaulding, J E Eldridge and Archy
Oh motion, the chair appointed as
alternates, W II Sykes, Sheriff, James
Daniel, Paul Russel, Sam McRay, Oli
ver Whitted, Alex McDonald, L W
Russ, E G Grunsley, John M Benson,
James Cashwell, Wm ' Farmhill, John
Williams, J. K Hammonds, David
Hester, Murdoc McRae, , Watty Mc
Keithan, D Blue, Esq., Wm Walker,
W'T Pridgen, Wm Devane, D A Mc
MiHan, W A Atkinson, Gabriel ' Mc
Koy, Owen Smith, Luther McKinnis,
George Hayes, R Simpson GilesSykes,
Jack 3IcColister, Chastine Martin, D
P Show. Troy Kemp and Rufus Reg
ister, c ; !;-r.' ' - ' :
.On motion, of J E Eldridge, it was
ordered that the proceedings of this
Convention be published in The .Era,
and Wilmington Post. . "
r On motion the Convention adjourned
HOWARD WILKERSON,. Chm'n. -f
;.'Joiix:M. Benson.:, r
Evqnder Singletary, ; .
1; - - - .- - ' ' ' Secretaries.'
w j v i For the Carolina J2i?V..
- ?? i Richmond Countj.- j
,: Pursuant to ' notice a meeting of the
Republican party of Richmond county
was held at;the Court . House in Rock-ino-hnm.
on the nth inst when and
! where the following, proceedings were
quested to act as secretary.. t , , . r
On: motion or Maj; R. TTTongGen. !
lfred. Dockery- explalnca" in a few .
inwt MmorVa hrh!Af. nf the I
well-timed remarks, theobject of the
meeting, to wiU.toseiecvaeiegates on
the partvof this county to attend the
Republican State Convention to be held
in Raleigh on the" 17th Inst., for the
purpose of -nominating candidates fbr
Governor and Lieut.-Governor, and
other State officers. . ,;, . ,r I
The 6bject of the meeting, being ex
plained, the following resolutions were1
introduced ' by Maj. It, T.Long, and;
without division, adopted unanimous-;
ly:- ;... .-v' . ... '. ! 'if, i J ,
1 Ttfi&fii.rvtl . That in the future: xi in
the past, we will adhere firmly 10 the
principles of the National Republican
party.; :: -...u ' 'iinr.i I ,
Thnt. w nnnrove of and cordially
endorse the administration of President
Grant as 'just, wise ana economical;
that he has reduced -and is still k-exluc-
ing the National debt, and has placed .
the National credit upon 1ft , firm basis.
3. That we pledge our undivided
support to Gen. Grant, and thUtwe
will use all honorable, means to secure
his re-election. ' . , r : , , ; ;- a j
4. That the Hon. O. H. Dockerv hav-,
ing, with the greatest fidelity, faithful
ly discharged all the many public trusts
from time to time reposed in him, we
confidently, present his nainor to ine
approaching Republican State Conven-,
tion as the most available candidate, of
our party for Governor of the State, re
cognizing, as we dd'his sterling integ
rity and true and unflinching Republi
canism and believing, as we do, that
he would discharge the duties of the
position with increased honor to him-'
self and to the great benefits pf . tho
whole people of the State ; ! 1 , ; t
Pending the consideration of tho res
olutions, the old War Horse, Gen'l
Dockery, arose, and notwithstanding
his head is white with the ffosts of so
many winters, he succeeded in dealing
the sham-Democracy such forcible and
telling blows, that we weie almost per
suaded to believe that the old hero was
really growing" young again.! - Fain
would we give you a brief sketch pf
his address, but we must desist,, from
want of time and space. He promised
to let the people hear from him fre;
quently during thq campaign this summer.-
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were appointed by the chair as dele
gates to the Republican State Conven
tion to be held in Raleigh on the 17th
inst : R. T, Long, T. M. Wright, Geo.
McMUlan, Marshall LeViner, George
W. McKinnon, 'James L. Yates, A. J.
Brown, Henry, C. Dockery, Robert
Fletcher, and as many other Republi
cans in good standing as may see prop
er to attend. 1 :
On motion, it was ordered that the
proceedings of this meeting be furnish
ed The Caholina Era and Wilming
ton Post for publication. ' -
Thereupon, on motion, the meeting
adjourned. Ii. b. WAUJi, tnm;n,
war. K. terry, ecy.
Tn nnrsnarrt to a call of the Republi
can Executive Committee, a number
of the Republicans of Gates county met
at the Court House in Camden, , on
Thursday April the 4th.. At"2 p. ni. the
meeting was organized by appolntbig
Wm. L. Reid, Esq., chairman, and A.
G. -Rountree was unanimously chosen
The cnairman called on Rev. L. W.
Boone to state the object of the meeting,
which he did in his usual style of elo
quence, hisj-emarks being appropriate
to the occasion. ..
. On motion of Rev. L. W. Boone, that
a committee of three bo appointed to
bring fourth the names of suitable per
sons as delegates to attend the Itepub-
4ican State Convention,, to be held rflt
Raleigh on tne J7tn, names as ioiiows:
A G Rountree, Asbury Reid and Elisha
Rooks. The committee returned and
presented the names of the following
gentlemen as delegates y Thos D Hof
Fer. A G Rountree, W O Green, James
Ballard, James R Rooks. Isaac Smith,
Jethro Bell and Jeremiah Jones. '
On motion, a committee was appoint
ed on resolutions. The committee re
tired, and reported the following
resolutions, which were unanimously
adopted and ordered to be puunsnea:
Solved 1. That WO approve Of the
.T,. nfa pr
r - . . . . At
call of a Republican" Convention, to bo
. - . - A 1 4X11. AP A f
held at ltaieign on tne inn 01 uymf
and instruct our delegates to cast there
votes of Gate3 county for Hon.1 Tod 1R.
Caldwell, for Governor of the State, i
2. We heartily endorse the adminis
tration of Gov. Caldwell, and japprovo
of his course'ln opposition tofthe.Un-.
constitutional call for a Convention.'
3. That? the arbitrary and partizan
acts of the Legislature which recently
adjourned, cannot but be condemned
by all honest men, and proves conclu
sively that the Democratic party can
riot with safety be trusted with tho 'af
fairs of this State in this day : of their
high party prejudices. , .j
' 4. That we most heartily endorse the
wise and judicious' administration of
eign i difficulties, and in redudrig the
national debt, and reducing the enor
mous tax under-which an impoverished
people were growing and wo therefore
heartily recommend his renominatlon
and election. - ',iv . "'' ! U .
5. That we tender our thanks to the
Hon. John Pool and Hon. C. L. Cobb,
for their course and efforts to sqeure an
enactnMai for the8amo -i ; s
C. The "proceedings of this meeting,
to be sent to the Elizabeth: City North
Carolinian and THEEra for, publica
tion. . : rsiKiV -;'....
7. That should no delegate ; bo : there
from Gates county,. it is especially) re
quested that the Hon, t C. LI Cobb act
as proxy for-Gates countvl i ' f
After thq business of the Convention
was dispersed of, Col. McD. - Lindsey,
being present, was called on to address
the meeting, which he drd. for .'some
time, his discourse was interesting and
-eloquently delivered, and ably- defend
ing the Republican party. His remarks
was often applauded, i , -, ,,,, r: : r -
William L. Reid, Esq., being called
upon, showed that the Democrats was
not fit to be trusted, that he was art old
line Whig; who had always doubted
tho fidelity, of the i Democrats,; And for
th Inaf. fewvejirshadbefnTTithrmn(yh.
ly convinced that they was wrong, and
that he. was- no' longer 'at peace with
ment, being often applauded, saying
speak.on; his concluding remarks wero
gratifying t6 Republicans. T- '
'-. fin motion: flfHrnTwl . ,l ' . r '
On motion. -flfHonrnorl
.s; -WM L. R.EID, Chairman
v. Mt iwu.MREE, secretary.