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Well, it is funny, indeed, how some republicans up here plays fliperty flap since Col. Roosevelt carried Ohio. Nearly all these wishy washy Taft leaders and supporters are now saying “I am for Hughes, I never was for Taft,” after packing the convention at Jasper with nearly a car load of the colored boys and had them go against the will of the rest. In fact, over two thirds of the colored race and the whites, too, of Marion County, are for Col. Roosevelt and was for him at the time you lobsters cut your dash. I will truthfully state, as I said in the past, Roosevelt is the republican winner in this nation, and W. J. Bryan will be the democratic winner. There isn’t a democrat in the field can carry a two-thirds majority, which it takes to nominate in that party, except Bryan. Three times for Roosevelt in the chair, three times for Bryan, either president or three times defeated, but nevertheless all you Taft federal office holders through this part of the moral vineyard take notice, if ever you make application again to fill the office you will have to make it to either Roosevelt or Bryan. If you should make your application to Taft would look to me like a stub tail dog crossing a footlog on a moonlight night with a ham of meat in his mouth, and while crossing the creek he shies at his shadow on the water. He makes a dive at the shadow, misses his mark and loses the ham of meat in the transaction, and comes out the worst defeated dog on earth, and so this will be like these Taft fellows that really thought they were actually the republican party and in the majority, when in fact they were in the minority, and I fear they will come out at the little end of the horn, and another man will be in the saddle, so you just as well now begin to bid your friend Taft farewell, for in a few more days he will go down like the great sea ship, the Titanic, and say farewell to all.
We have had several law suits on one old plug mare worth $20, three replevy suits, one attachment, one levy by execution, and yet my feet are sure put to the fire to understand all the law points involved in so many suits of the same nature on a plain lien note with title retained. Just why the adverse party, the maker of this lien note, should be entitled to gain the possession of this property when the title at no time was ever in the maker, I am still at a loss as far as the law prescribes to thoroughly understand how one J. P. can render five different judgements in one cause of action, and get none of them appealed unless a confessed judgement can’t be appealed is why the parties are afraid to go up and get this same suit. The suit is still up and one suit by attachment is set before Esq. Merritt, and a replevy suit is set before C. H. Holloway, J. P., and it seems that there has been more law demonstrated and expounded in this particular case than has ever been known in the history of the county, and the end is not yet in sight. Both contesting parties are determined to test the validity of the law on a right and title and lien note. The attorneys engaged in this contest are McCurry, White and Morrison. Neither side seems in the least to be weakening and it seems to be dividing the people to a great extent, either on one side or the other of this issue. Esq. Holloway says this above named suit is the greatest mental strain ever came before him since his inauguration, and the most physical exertion ever known this hot weather on the part of the attorneys engaged in this famous law suit.
The next long and tedious law suit on file will be that of J. L. Wooten vs. M. T. Tipton for damage in a breach of a written contract extending over a period of five years. All parties to his breach of contract suit are prominent. It will be set before W. Johnson of Jasper, one of the oldest Justices of the county with many years experience.
Don’t fail to note that W. A. Cantrell will have to mighty near run sideways up here to keep from flying, for I tell you those democratic managers for the other fellow are doing him more injury than good. They don’t know how to manage a county campaign. Using profane and abusive language because your fellow citizen wont agree with you in the outset is a streak of and type of ignorance gone to seed.
I had a catfish and a big eel for dinner today and I feel so dadlammed heavy and stupid I can’t write anything of importance. I guess the readers will say I am like a catfish because they are all mouth and no brains.
Nancy White, the widow of the late Robt. N. White, is now bedfast and can hardly recognize any one. She is nearly totally blind and will last but a short while longer. She is suffering from one of the most dreadful cancers I ever saw.
W. H. Grayson and Dr. P. C. Grayson and wife, and Aunt Betty Grayson are now getting very feeble, and Nancy White, William H. Grayson, P. C. Grayson and wife are four of the oldest citizens living in this part of the 3rd and in just a short time they will be gone.
The blight in some parts of this end of the county has played havoc with the apple trees and a great number of pear trees. There isn’t more than one third apple crop, but the pear and peach trees are full. Dewberry, blackberry and huckleberry crops are good and will be plentiful. The cherry crop is light. The May cherry is a total failure. Mulberries and sarvices are plentiful around here, but the dry, hot weather is cutting short the early Irish potato crop. Beans, cabbages, and onions look well, and all other garden vegetables are good. The early hay crop is now almost ready to cut, and the outlook is that the hay crop is better than for years.
My old friend, J. W. Norwood, is the most brainy man at the company store when it comes to a political show down. He can always tell you what is going to happen before hand. He said long ago Roosevelt would get the nomination for president, and others hooted at that prophecy, all but me. I knew Mr. Norwood was keeping in touch with the issue, even to S. L. Havron who as a great democrat and wonderful leader said to me, “If Roosevelt gets the nomination there isn’t a man in the world can beat him.” Oh, how sensible some of you are. You speak the truth. The whole world has gone hog wild over the “Rough Rider.” Don’t all you fellows get excited now over the bear hunter and forget about B. Long running for Trustee of the county of Marion as you scan along down your ticket in the coming August election. He is fairly entitled to full consideration from both republican and democratic parties. He is our countryman by birth and it will be perhaps our last opportunity in life to ever extend to him a helping hand.
I see some of the old writers have dropped off and new ones stepped in, so I welcome both new and old. It is the only method in which we can get in close touch with the whereabouts of our friends, and keep in touch with the outside world, so, writers, please don’t fail to hand in the news and happenings of your locality, for I enjoy and appreciate reading all of your letters.
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