Atlanta Constitution, September 25, 1890 : Front Page

Publication: Atlanta Constitution September 25, 1890

Atlanta Constitution, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1890, Atlanta, Georgia TOL. XXII ATLANTA, t THURSDAY MORH-Ura-, SEBTEMBEB 25, 1890___TEN PAGES. MAGUNE ANSWERS GOVERNOR GORDON. He Replies to the Attacks of the Latter, PBICE JIVE CENTS. pose of exposing mo to the ridicule and con- tempt of the people. Every private citizen uowever humble, has some" rights that should be respected, and not the least of theaa is his good name. I have never fflD WRITES fl SflLTY CURD. Farmers' Co-operative Cotton and Paper Stock Company" TBIH fi CAPITAL OF Dr. Macune Says This is the Cause of the Trouble. GTOV, September "Farmers' Co-operative Cotton. Oil andjPaper Stock Company." The aboi. o la the headline of a circiilar which has created a sensation among too Farmers' Alliance people hero. It is, however, not the headline bat what follows that created the sensation. Below the headline 13 this announcement: "John B. Gordon, president; Jj. Polk, and chairman of the board of directors. Then follows the directors, -among whom are C- "W. Macune, the man Governor Gordon has been so severely denouncing on the stump. Coloiiol L. L. Polk, the president of the Farmers' Alliance, expresses himself in terms of indignation that his name should be thus used. He received a copy of the prospectus a few days ago. When soon Colonel Polk said: was very much surprised to receive tnls pros- pectus with my name on it aa vico presi- dent, as I certainly never authorized it- As soon as I read it I telegraphed Gov- ernor Gordon to know by -whoso authoiity my name had been used. The company supposed to be a one, and I surprised that my name should bo handled so freely in an affair of such magnitude. I could not understand what Governor Gordon, or the man who put my naino on it, meant. Governor Gordon re- plied that he put my name on it by au- thority inferred; that my name would be taken off at once and that none of the circulars bad been used. However some of them must have been sent out for one was sent to me. Indeed, I do not know to extent they have been distributed." The al Lance president turned around in Iiis chair, looked over some papers and then said: "This thing places in a ridiculous attitude. I could not think of giving a monied enterprise the benefit of my official name. I have had hundreds of propositions made me since I have been president of the alliance but have, course, refused them all and would not think of going into any enterprise by which the of my official name would mate money for myself. Again, this circular places Governor Gordon in an inconsistent predicament. It seems from this that al- though he has denounced Dr. Slacune as everything that is bad, he is willing to take him into a confidential business enterprise Trith him in the matter of investing the sum of and Dr. Macnne's name was without his knowledge also. It looks strange tp me all through." m Dr Macune could not be seen by your correspondent, who is informed that the doctor left for Georgia yesterday, on a mis- sion concerning the enterprise with, which his name has been used. E. "W. B. BtACUNE TALKS. any political position, never oeen a oaiid.date for any office or a candidate ior the nomination to any office, and never in- tena to be, and therefore I realize that public is not interested in mo personally, and I would not intrudoupoh you with, this com- mun- cat Jon but for tho fact that your good governor haa so ridiculed me before the alli- ance people of your state as to if. not a disgrace to that order, on account Pf tbo responsible position I occupy in its ranks. Hi-, donunciati probably in the heat of has bean bitter and extreme, and it continues to ra echo and reverberate from one end of Georgia to the other. I shall not, in protest my on n innocence, neither shall I disclaim being "piebald" or "zebra as ho alledgoil. I surely cannot, by a just public, be held responsible for my physical defects, if I have any, or any ungainly ap- pearance. My politics were correctly stated in a recent issuo of Tho Southern Alliance Farmer. I wont to Texas when a boy, have lived there to the present, and never failed to vote tho dem- ocratic ticket but once, and that was in 1872, when I, hke many other good and sound dem- ocrats, including that great Georgia statesman, Alexander Stephens, refused tosupport Horace Greeloy. Fortunately I have the very best evidence that could possibly he adduced to meet the heated ridicule and denunciation of Governor Gordon, and that is tho cool, calm and deliber- ate letters of Governor Gordon himself, written before he became agitated by the vexations that attend political strife, and after my posi- tion, record and Conger lard bill history had been published all over Georgia. On the 21st of July last I was stopping at the Kimball house. Tho clerk told me Governor Gordon had called twice to see me, and handed mo a letter as follows: STATE OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Ga Hon. C. W. Ma6une. My Dear Sir I would be glad of a few conversa- tion with you bciore jou leave the city. "Very trulyi J. B. GORDON. I immediately went to the capitol, met the governor in his office, and for over an hour listened to his description of a corporation ho was forming for the purpose of operating the Evans process o" extracting cotton seed oil by methods per ton choicer than the old methods. I was deeply interested in any method for increasing the gains to the cotton planter, and told Governor Gordon that I was on my way to Little Rock, Ark., to meet tho state alliance of that state, and if he would formulate the whole matter in writing I would present it to them on its merits. This ho agreed to do. On the 24th of July I re- ceived in Little Rock a letter from Governor Gordon containing the typewritten prospectus of tho proposed corporation, ila organization, objects, methods and benefits. This document I file. as I do the original letters, with yon, for-tho inspection of any who desire to do "so, and will simply quote the leading features of the prospectus as an appended to my card. Tho following letter accompanied the pros- pectus in the same envelope: STVTE OF GEORGIA, EXECUTIVE DnpAirritFj.T, ATLIMM, Ga .July 21, 1800 C. W. MeCune, Little Rock, Ark. Bear Doctor: The eccloacd is hastily written but will explain sufficiently, I trust, the plans of our movement. Fleaso raid it over carefully and hold coun-cl over it with tho brotherhood. You will observe tlmt the nimes of tho directors for several states are leit blank Advise ms how best to nil them. Each director will be yn en (italics hi-) possibly of stock but let this lie confi dcntial for the present. Youis ti iiiy, jr. B GORDON. Now I submit that Governor Gordon when cool and collected approached me, when I knew him to be governor of the great state of Georgia, hunted me up and addressed me on the "executive department" paper, knowing oral dissertation on the value of its expunge the entice which called for dm loc: The resolution was adopted. MR. TURNER'S APPOINTMENT. Mr. Turner was today appointed one of the house conferees on the tariff bill, to take the place of Mr, Mills, who is absent from the citv. Judge Crisp is yet quite unwell. He was, however, able to go down to tho house this afternoon for an hour. As the business of the session will be practically over this ,-tfeek, be will leave for homo on Friday. Judge Crisp has been in "Washington continually since the 1st of'last December. It is some what of a coincidence that both Mr. Venable and Colonel Elliott, the two democrats who unseated yesterday to make room for negroes, were renommated to- day for the next house. It is qmtesafe to pre- dict the election of both by very large ma- jorities. 0 POCKETED THE CASH. The negro Miller, who was yesterday de- clared entitled to the seat of Colonel Elliott, of South Carolina, made hia appearance this morning, and was sworn in as a member of the house. He at once rushed to the office of the eergeant-at-armg to gee the salary due him. It was about to date. "When he pocketed it and walked away, be was the happiest man in America. He and Langston have been given seats together in the rear corner on the democratic side, the republican side being filled. riUBCSTEBlNO DISCONTINUED. The democrats decided today that tbey would mako nothing by filibustering against the tariff and other measures, and that even though they would, it would bo a violation of the agreement entered into between Senators Quay and Gorman, by which the force bill was passed ovefr for this session. Consequently they will aid in the rapid dispatch of business, and have an adjournment aa early as possible. ,The conference committee on the tariff is ex- pected to report tomrrow. In thai event it will be debated in the two houses probably to- morrosr and Friday, and be sent to tha presi- dent on Friday afternoon or Saturday morn- ing. He will sign it without delay and return it to the house by Monday. Other matters will then be rushed through, in great haste, and the leaders on both aides are calculating upon adjournment on next "Wednesday, October 1st. COLQUITT ON GORDON. Senator Colqnitt returned from Atlanta this morning. In speaking of the senatorial situa- tion, he said: "I saw Governor Gordon and many of his friends. They are quite confident, and unless be has been deceived, his election is assured. Ontho other hand, I met many prominent alliancejnen, who oppose Governor Gordon, whocaid that while he would get a few alli- ance votes, he would not bo elected senator. Their Idea is to divide up the vote by bringing out two or three candidates. Aa to Mr. Nor- wood's letter, instead of injuring Governor Gordon it has created a sympathyin his favor, and will not injure his chances of election in the least. Yes, I think Governor Gordon will be elected, but he will have considerable trouble." DENNXNQ'S COMMISSION. Denning's commission as postmaster at Au- gusta will he issued thia week, and he will as- sume the duties of the office next week. Upon Senator Colquitt's return today the confirma- tion officially announced. Thomas J. Byrd was today appointed post- master at Screven, "Wayne county. _______E. W. B. A Republican Candidate Spealts. -i -----iy way. There was the usual great crowd at the town hall entrance to see him pass, and his appearance was warmly criticised by many. Birchall has raised up in th_e community two clearly denned parties__ one m his favor and the other against him. The latter party are the more numerous, and they are having their own way pretty well during the presentation of the case for the prosecution, but the prisoner's friends are stal- wart and are quite convinced either that lie ia inuocent or that'it will bo impossible to prove Him guilty. There was a great crowd in the courtroom including over a hundred ladies. J.he prisoners wife and sister-in-law were nofc present, Mrs. Birchall being too nervous and ill to stand the strain of watching the court proceedings. STORY OF THE CaOTH On the 5th day of February last, Reginald] Birchall and his wife, accompanied by Doue- B. Pelly and Frederick 6. Benwell, sailed f rom.Livernool to Now York. During the voy- age Bircliall and told men in glowine terms, of their stock farm- in Can- ada, lighted by electricity, lahero tho youna men wore to be taken as "student and taught to till the soil. Benwell had withnlm and Pelly had about the same Thar give most of this to Birchall tor tuition. a farsn ntgltt to an aud waa well received. The party arrived in New York on Febra- n two davs'ard then went U i Baply on tjie moraine of February mh the paity went Niagara Falls, On4 Bircha and Benwell going early and Mrs. BirchaU and Pelly by a later train. "When, the twolatter arrived there Birchall and Ben- well could not be found, but late that uisht Birchal appeared alone. He expiated tfiat Benwell went to "Woodstock to loot at al and expected to bo gone several days. BENWELL'S coiry- Forajo. On February 2Ut last, the body of Benwell was found m Princeton swamp with bal- let ho.eam his head. Suspicion pointed to iiircfiall, and he was arrested, charged willi committing the murder. When Bengali's body was frund and Birchall arrested, Pt'Jy and Mrs. Birchali were also taken into custody. Pelly told his story and it did much to unravel tho mystery. He was discharged, as was Mrs. .UircbaU subsequently, no proof being obtain- able connecting her with tbo crune. Pelly stated that he behoved Birchall also i Birchall enticed him to secluded along; the nvcrbank, and believed that .Bircball in- tended throwing him over the precinico but something always interposed. THE EVIDENCE. The evidence as to the post mortem examina- tion of Benwell occupied the session up to recess. Dr. Taylor, the physician who was called in see Ben well's body when it was found in the swamp, was the first witness. He tested that the clothing was frozen to the gronnd. In view of the attempt, which the defuuse is expected to make, to prove that tho body did not lie in the swamp during the storm of .bebruor.v 17th, the day when BarmveU was tilled, Dr. Taylor was minutely examined as to the condition of the body. He said ho be- lieved that when found it bad lain less than seven days in the four. He descn bed the wounds and expressed the opinion that it was imposs.blo that they could have been self-inflicted. The cross-examination of Dr. Taylor and Dr. VTelford, who followed him, was directed towards the theory of suicide. Dr. Taylor be- came somewhat confused under the cross-er- auiination of Mr. Backstoct, counsel for tho defence, who elocited from witness that sines the event he had been reading up on medical _ conditions with reference to corpses; thai" statements of today were .much fuller tban any ho had given before. Another point brought out in the cross-examination, of which the prisoner's counsel made cood use, was that the shirt on tbo body that it had lain out in a storm such as pre- vailed on tho night after. Benwell disap- peared. Two or three other minor points tended to the advantage of the prisoner. r-EIXY ON THE STAND. Fifteen witnesses were examined after re- cess. One was Pelly, Birchall's companion- on the Atlantic voyage, who identified several letters pet in evidence as having been Britten by Birchall. Another was C. Odea, of Toronto, an expert in handwriting, who testi- fied that the letters identified by Pellry aa written by Birchall and tho famous letter writ- ten to Colonel Beuu-ell, father of the victim in this tragedy, wero ia the same hand. Chief Young, of the Niagara police, tostifield to the arrest of Bifchall. The man was in bed when arrested. He arose when told he was arrested, asking no cxpJaua- dtioa and making no comnlaint. He acted as if he knew. Young identified Ben well's keys as articles found on Birchall. When tbe court rose at 6 o'clock there was a great crowd to see Birchall come out. Ho passed through the staring crowds without seeming? discomfited. Today Archibald Nnma and Baird Murrav, both living at Brant ford at fcho time of the murder, confessed Detective Murrav tho entry made for a lark. Two fictitious wefe made; ono "T. C. Benvrell, Bristol, "Flno-lnnr? and nnofTiAT- TXT and another "J. Europe." This is considered to bo blow for the defendant. a heavy "KBttTTZEK SOKATA." A JodffO Decides That the JBook Is Rot Obscene. PHILADELPHIA.. September In the case of peddlers of an English translation of CouuC Topi tot's "Kreutzer who Iiad been arrested on tho charge of Belling; obscene literature, Judge Thayer, in the court of com- mon pleas, today decided that the book ia not obscene and that the relatora had committed no> offense agaist th They were, therefore, discharged from custody. ount's Advice. A PARIS, September The eiomto de Paris has "written to Senator Boreher regarding the Bonlangist revelations, justifying the course he took in using the "weapons with which the republic provided aha in order to divide republicans and allow the country to speak for itself. He advises his friends time iu recriDi riatiops u-ver, the but to affirm clear'y llit-tr faith id nnmartU.Lai itrjfcv 'SPAPERf ;

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Publication: Atlanta Constitution

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Issue Date: September 25, 1890

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