The Mineola Monitor (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 29, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 14, 1888 Page: 1 of 8
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MINEOLA, TEXAS, SATURDAY. APRIL 14, 1888.
b. b. hart.
jno. t. ckaddock.
HART & CRADDOCK,
Attorneys - at - Law,
Practice in the District and inferior
courts of the State and the Supreme
and Federal courts at Tyler.
HORACE M. GATE,
Attorney - at - Law,
Offers his professional services to the
people of Wood and surrounding coun-
ties. Will practice in all the courts of
the State and the Federal court at
W. M. GILES,
Attorney - at - Law,
R. N. STAFFORD,
Attorney - at - Law,
Real Estate Agent,
Will practice in all the courts of the
Seventh Judicial District. Special at-
tention given to collections of all kinds.
Remittances promptly made. Will also
buy and sell and rent real estate and in-
vestigate land titles; render and pay
taxes on same. .
D. W. CROW,
Attorney - at - Law,
Practices in the District Courts of
Wood and surrounding counties, and in
the Supreme and Federal courts of the
J. H. WILLIAMSON & SON,
All work wrrranted and satisfaction
guaranteed. Pl^te work a specialty.
Office over Co-Operative store.
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Having bought out the Lhingle Mill
formerly operated by Dan Sliamberger,
two mile8 East of Mineola, I have in-
creased the facilities and am getting out
Supply an^ Demand,
and in a few weeks will have a saw mill
located five miles North-east of Mineola,
in a first-class pinery, when everybody
can be supplied with Lumber and Shin-
gles without crossing Lake Fork. Good
roads to haul and good prices.
J. M. DREW.
Ullman, Lewis Co
I M PORTERS,
Notions, Staple and Fancy Groceries, Boots,
Shoes, Hats and Caps, Staple Drugs,
Hardware, Guns, and all kinds of
Tinware, Crockery, Glassware, Corn, Lumber and Shingles. We are
doing business in the Munzcsheimer building,
and carry a stock of
FIFTY - THOUSAND ■ DOLLARS.
We will meet any competition tor cash or on time. We solicit all the
trade to give us a call and we will do our best to please you in quantity
and price. 1
Stagner & LaForce, at their mill
on Winsboro and Hawkins road
nine miles from Hawkins, cut the
finest quality of Heart and Sap
Pine Shingles. They keep also a
yard at Hawkins and one at Lake
STAGNER & LaFORCE,
Pine Mills, Wood Co. Tex.
Succcssor to Elmer & Bre
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Fine Cutlery, Slab Steel, Bar Iron, Plows, House Furnishing Goods,
—COOKING STOVES —
Alro agent for the Star Standard Southern Cotton and Hay Prers. Alro for the
G. A. Kelly Plows. Also for Brown's Cotton Gin, Pratt's Cotton Gins, Stationary
and Portable Engines, Railroad Scrapers, Barrows, etc. And every other article
in the Hardware line. I am agent for the Charter Oak, Brilliant and Favorite
Cooking Stoves, and make them a specialty in our business.
V. T. Hart,
-Wholesale and Retail—
Dealer in Drugs and Chemicals,
Always in stock, Fine Toilet Soap, Fancy Hair and Tooth Brushes, Perfumery,
and Fancy Toilet Articlets, Trusses and Shoulder Braces, Grass and Garden
Seeds, Paints, Oil and Dye Stuffs, Pens, Ink and Letter Paper,
Glass, Putty, etc. Physicians Prescriptions accurately
compounded at all hours.
*W. E. WXGLEY.
UNDERTAKER'S GOODS, METALIC BURIAL CASES, SASH,
DOORS AND BLINDS, and '
House - ^-LxrrLisl^irLgr - G-oocLs
of every description.
Another Voice Raised tn Favor
the Heart-of-Oalc Plank.
Recently the Banner published
a letter from Hon. Seth Sheppard
to Hon. W. W. Searcy, chairman
of the Democratic Executive Com-
mittee of this county, as to the
course the party should take at its
next convention in regard to the
insertion of an anti-prohibition
plank in its platform, which met
with great favor. It now presents
the subjoined letter from Hon.
Horace Chilton bearing on the
same subject, and in which the
same opinion is expressed:
Tyler, Texas, March 26, '88.
Hon. W. W. Searcy:
My Dear Sir: Your favor ask-
ing an expression of my views
touching the future relations of the
Democratic party on the question
of prohibition, has been received,
and as the campaign will soon open
I feel that the comparison of opin-
ions should begin. ,
During the late canvass on pro-
hibition an extraordinary stimula-
tion was given to the study of the
principles of government. The
views of Jefferson and other great
Democratic exemplars were the
subjects of controversy, and their
names were more frequently in
the mouths of men than during
the whole period from the full of
the Confederacy to the year 1887.
The resentments and political
difficulties which sprang from last
summer's contest are regretful, but
against these we arc able to count
with satisfaction the bettor knowl-
edge acquired by the people con-
cerning the relations of the citizen
to his government. At the begin-
ning there was widespread miscon-
ception ; after three months of
discussion and refieeliuii the true
issue was plain.
Another misconception equally
as vital,seems to.prevail--in, some
quarters concerning the functions
of political parties. Instead of
being organizations by which " men
who think alike can act together,"
some persons would now degrado
them into organizations by which
men who name themselves alike
can vote together. The prohibition
leaders protest against the demo-
cratic party of Texas making any
declaration in its next platform on
the questions involved in the lately
defeated amendment. They are
reinforced bjf like councils from
anti-prohibitionists of distinction,
though it is hard to believe that
any considerable number of the
active opponents of prohibition
will yield to this pleasing but.fetal
advice. Such a course would be,
in my opinion, to surrender all the
practical results of the late cam-
paign. In a warfare of ideas, as
on a field of arms, that party which
after signal victory would stop to
give the defeated forces time for
recuperation, and allow them "to
pick their own opportunity for the
next assault, might take the high
title of magnanimity, but it would
justly deserve the name of folly.
Wc are told that because the in-
dividuals who have heretofore
faithfully voted for the democratic
nominations differed in their bal-
lots on prohibition the party or-
ganizations to which both sides
belong should so far respect that
difference as to remain silent on
the issue which produced it. This
argument appeals strongly to man's
native spirit of compromise, but
no prohibitionist in Texas would
be willing to live up to it as a rule
to be applied to all questions
through the sitting of one conven-
tion. Tested by the san}0 reason-
ing every plank of substance in
any democratic platform can be
rejected. The fault lies in suppos-
ing that the administration of gov-
ernment by means of parties is
like a domestic or social affair, to
be settled on considerations of del-
icacy for private feelings.
If prohibition sought success
only through the aim of morals or
church, it would not belong to the
domain of political parties, but
when it calls to its aid the arm of
state it must be settled as other
problems of government. In Texas
The leader in Quality of Groceries
and low Prices. Highest prices
paid for country produce.
they hope by the concession to
tide over the next democratic
convention and induce that body
through a sense of apparent securi-
ty to extend the toleration of its
silence to an issue the magnitude
of which was on all sidos acknowl-
edged. The truce which prohibi-
tionists propose is not a truce to
arrango for permanent peace, but
a truce to enable
them to make
IS-Highest market price paid for Wool, Dry and Greea Hides and Furs."
But it has been said that after the
declaration contained in the state
platform of 1880 it would be " trap-
ping" the prohibitionists, not to
declare against their method of
dealing with the liquor traffic.
This objection proceeds upon the
unwarranted assumption that to
announce a future policy would be
to reflect upon those who believed
in a different policy in the past,
and it would put limitations upon
democratic freedom of action such
as would be fatal to all progress.
In this particular case, if such sen-
timental considerations Bhould pre-
vail, the hands of the democratic
party of Texas would bo tied
through all the future on the ques-
tion of prohibition; for it is bad
faith to declare opposition to pro-
hibition because one convention
left local option an open question,
it would be worse faith to chango
the position of the party in 1890
or later, when two or more con-
ventions shall have passed by and
pursued practically the same policy
What democrat can feel pride to
see his party representatives meet,
distribute the offices, and leavo a
topic upon which the hopes and
fears of a hundred thousand Texans
have been so lately concentrated to
be dealt with by the doubtful agen-
cies of, the future. If the state
convention shall adjourn without
explicitly declaring the decision of
the party on this question, I shall
look for a reaction favorable to
prohibition. The managers of that
idea in Texas comprchond tho
situation, and hence they will
propose everything and suffer
everything, except the one thing
which the emergency demands;
that one thing is to lift the party
out of tho slough of neutrality, by
condemning the scheme of total
prohibition in plain words. Docs
any man believe that if the prohi-
bitionists had developed a large
majority in tho late election, they
would have hesitated to seize the
reins of democratic organizations
as the most useful and ready ap-
pliance by which the experiment
could have been put into effect?
Prohibition is on trial in Kansas
and Iowa to-day, not by itself, but
as a "policy of the republican party.
The republican platforms in those
states arc not silent. The demo-
cratic platforms are not silent.
From each the party voice sings
out with decisive force—the repub-
licans for and the democrats against
prohibition. It is only in Texas
that the democratic party is asked
to reproduce the Horace Greeley
mistake of 1872, when the national
convention plastered over it irre-
concilable differences on the tariff
by stating the situation, and un-
loading the whole subject back
on the people.
That many men who have here-
tofore given loyal support to dem-
ocratic nominations voted for pro-
hibition no one would bo hardy
enough to deny. The relative
proportions of the two elements
can bo well determined, but in
general character, political influ-
ence, and in actual numbers, the
democratic supporters of the pro-
hibitory amendment arc justly
formidable. Their sincerity de-
! mands every concession except the
I one of principle. If prohibition
was a little question or a new
problems ol government. In lexas question it might be waived, but it
its partisans have already forced i(j of orgnnif, importance, it is thor-
one state election upon the sub- oughjy understood, and if the dem-
jeet, and no man is authorized to; ocruti)! party wjn not foe,, the
say when another one will be, danger, it should bear withoutia
called for. It is true some prohi- murmur the reproach of its enemies
bitionists announce that no effort'
would mean no policy of revenge
or proscription. Tho two ideaB are
no more involved in each other
than a declaration in favor of silver
coinage would mean war on Presi-
dent Cleveland. As an individual
democrat I never yet saw ji plat-
form—I never expect to see a plat-
form—to which my mind renders
its adhesion throughout ami yot I
none tho less feol it to bo the duty
of tho party to take ground on all
It is claimed by somo that pro-
hibition is dead; that the last elec-
tion settled it, and that it will not
como to the front again during this
generation. The prohibitionists
themselves reckon more wisely.
A heresy propolled by the per-
verted energies of sevoral thousand
worthy mon bolonging to tho Chris-
tian ministry, almost enobled by
tho activity or a greater number of
earnest women, and offering^#!"
of agitation to tempt political
pirants continually will never
surely arrested until the power!
organization, the prestige and th6
standard of the if< morratic party
are thrown, squarely across U«;
Men call the democratic pari#
great. Great in what? uiu,
in numbers for in this it is rivi
by the republican party. Not*!®
victories, for it has lost as mwyf.
fields as it ever won. But jSbh'
greatness was achieved in tho days
when it was brave, tenacious, in-
domitable, aggressive iiur the truth,
risking defeat for the right, grap-
pling with all questions of gravity, .
and settling them not with tne
shallow devices of the hour but with
the deep wisdom of all time.
And if the democracy of foxas
with its firm hold and triumphant
history is too poor to speak ito
mind, what can wo expect of our
friends in other states, who work
under the shadow of narrow niajyifi
In conclusion I may add that •
hope anti-prohibition democrats alt*
over Texas will send representation
in the state convention. Tho object ^
to be reached is not to condemn or
humiliate prohibitionists, it is not
to vindicate or glorify anti-prohi-
bitionists, but it is to fix and petrify
,the result of tho August election.
Our purpose should not be low-
ered to the plane of faction, by at-
tempting any discrimination against
prohibitionists in the distribution
of party honors. If the luactiou
of the convention is characterized
by a sense of duty alone, none but
thoBo whose hearts already rankle
with defection can find excuse to
treat the decision of the democratic
delegates as a personal grievance.
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will be made to
sion of the o
next 1< gislat y
secure the submis-
sion again by the
jVhy ? Because
that it has no capacity to deal
with living issues.
A declaration in the platform
Won't Go Into Politics.
Touching the question of parties
in the Alliance, its business man-
ager, Dr. Maccuno, says:
The Alliance has developed in
the past two years a strong business
organization for business purposes,
and I think that the tenclcncy this
year to draw it into politics will be
less than it Was two years ago.
While the members ol the Allituiuo
recognize that they have a political
duty as citizens, they aleo recog-
nize that their relation to the Al-
liance is purely of a business na-
ture through which tho corrective
to several evils may be applied.
They recognize the fact that, con-
stituting a vast majority of both
parties, they at the same time con-
stitute a working majority of each
party, and if a man so situated un-
derstands his own interests, it
makes very little difference to him
which party succeeds, as iu the
nature of things his demands will
be respected by any party, Any
efforts this year to run the Alliance
into personal politics will prove a
failure. It did not start in that
direction, and every year of its
growth the danger from that sourco
will be lessened.
Lame Back, side' or chest. UM ,
Shlloh's Porous Plaster. Price 25 centf.
For sale by R. M. Armstrong.
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