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Regardless of Party

Schwartz, W. B. - 1894-10-11REGARDLESS OF PARTY

The Attorneys Commend Hon. S. M. McGregor as a Judge

It has been currently rumored during the present campaign, that Judge McGregor in the discharge of his official duties upon the bench, has shown partiality and favoritism to certain attorneys practicing in his courts; that said rumors have been circulated by certain parties for the purpose of influencing votes to oppose his re-election; that they are false and without any foundation whatever. We take pleasure in publishing the following statement voluntarily furnished by the members of the bar of Clay and Putnam counties, who have signed the same without regard to party affiliation, as an act of simple justice to Judge McGregor, whose conduct upon the bench has been characterized at all times and upon all occasions by absolute fairness and impartiality to all litigants and their attorneys. He has no pets or favorites at the bar to whom he show special favors. All such charges are false, as is shown by the following statements, over the signatures of the attorneys practicing in the two counties composing the judicial circuit in which Judge McGregor holds the courts:

“We, the undersigned attorneys of Clay and Putnam counties, hereby gladly bear willing testimony to the uniform and unfailing kindness and courtesy of Hon. S. M. McGregor, Judge of our courts, to everyone connected with or having business therein; and especially do we commend and honor him for his fairness and impartiality toward all attorneys at the bar, in the conduct and management of their business in said courts. We do not believe anyone can truthfully make a charge or entertain a just cause of complaint against him contrary to the above statements.

This October 8th, 1894.

S. W. Curtis, W. B. Schwartz, Albert Payne, J. M. Rawley, Homer H. Harris, Thomas W. Hutchison, Will P. Blair, Robert Fisher, Frank A. Horner, Peter T. Luther, Geo. A. Byrd, A. W. Knight, Geo. A. Knight, e. S. Holliday, Charles E. Matson, Stokley Campbell, Jas. A. McNutt, Geo. W. Wiltse, Jno. T. Gardner, S. B. Riley, John Hutchinson, Jr., Jacob Herr, D. E. Williamson, John P. Allee, Smith c. Matson, C. C. Matson, P. O. Colliver, J. H. James, Smiley & Neff, Henry H. Mathias, Tarvin C. Grooms, Silas A. Hays, W. S. Scott, Jno. W. Lane, G. C. Moore, Jonathan Birch.

“Regardless of Party,” The Brazil Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 11 October 1894, p. 1, col. 4; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 1 March 2014.

Democratic Jamboree

Schwartz, W. B. - 1892-03-31DEMOCRATIC JAMBOREE

A Typical Democratic Mass Meeting Held Here on Saturday Evening


He Withdraws from the Race Amid Considerable Consternation

The Democrats had a mass convention at Music Hall Saturday evening. It was a grand affair – a hot convention indeed. The hall was full of old time Democrats, who made the occasion a lively one. Obstreperous speeches were all the go, and the usual amount of “booz” was there to aid them in the struggle. When the convention was at its height, “You are a liar,” “So are you,” and such like expressions, rang out in clear voices on the contaminated air that surrounded the typical Democratic gathering. Those who were present and did not have a finger in the pie declared it to be a fine specimen of the old time school.

J. L. Wilson was chosen chairman and J. W. Jarvis secretary, but it is evident the secretary failed to catch the important points, as they were so rapidly promulgated.

Senator George A. Byrd wasn’t in it. This fact was vividly demonstrated from the outset, as a solid delegation of those opposed to him were chosen to the congressional convention. Who they want as their leader it is a difficult matter to conjecture, and the air is full of rumors that the end is not yet; that a cyclone of dissatisfaction pervades the Democratic ranks in this county that will culminate in a disastrous “split-up” in the Democratic circles, as Mr. Byrd’s friends stand solid for his support, thought they are in the minority. The action of the convention is causing considerable dissension, and hoary headed, full-fledged Democrats, who have heretofore been looked to as leaders, vow they will not swerve from their all honored candidate for love or money.

The following delegates were selected to the various conventions:

State – O. T. Stark, George Dickson, M. R. Yocom.

Congressional – Moses Rodenbarger, Wm. Lynch, Robert Neal.

Senatorial – J. L. Wilson, M. R. Yocom, Wm. Zeller.

Judicial – Geo. Jones, Paul Wimsey, Martin Schultz, Elmer Miller, G. K. Dickson, D. W. Bridges.

Joint Representative – John A. Morgan, Daniel Beard, Concord Caylor, P. C. Stevenson, George Rowe, Rev. J. W. Jarvis.

County – A. Haggart, J. Hoffa, J. C. Koehler, Wm. McDonald, Jack Bray, W. B. Schwartz, Jesse Slough, J. L. Sullivan, Lewis Brehmer, John Stunkard, Henry Boucher, A. D. Smith, J. A. Newton, Geo. Englehart, Paul Wimsey, J. A. Turner, John Jones, Wesley Reed, F. M. Wright, Mike Murphy, Neal Carr, Wesley Thomas, James Foster.

“Democratic Jamboree,” Clay County Enterprise (Brazil, Indiana), 31 March 1892, p. 1, col. 1; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 8 February 2014).

More politics

Schwartz, W. B. - 1890-02-05THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

The Senator Gets There With Both Feet

No Demand for Untitled Workers

The Democratic county central committee met at the court house in this city Saturday afternoon for the purpose of organization by the election of new officers and to transact other matters preliminary to the inauguration of the campaign.

The townships were all represented by their respective committeemen and other Democrats of greater or less local prominence. For chairman there were five candidates, Senator Geo. A. Byrd, J. M. Hoskins, the former chairman, W. B. Schwartz, P. B. Triplett and Geo. R. Schultz. For some reason Mr. Hoskins was not in demand for chairman this year, and when the ballot was counted it was found that he had received no votes, while Mr. Schwartz received four and Mr. Byrd all the rest, which gave him the place by all the majority necessary. Mr. P. B. Triplett was selected for secretary. No treasurer was elected.

The committee decided upon a delegate convention to be held in Brazil on the 19th of April. This will make the campaign nearly seven months long. The purpose of this early convention is alleged to be to keep down heat in the party, to forestall the development of too many candidates, and, above all, to give ample time for the hot elements to cool off. From present indications it is expected that the mass of the party will be pretty well heated up, and like a lake of hot lava, it will take it a long time to cool off, especially in the summer time. It is designed to have the April winds to fan the hot brow of Democrary for a few days after convention, before going into the summer solstice.

As things now stand politics is all in the Democratic party. The contest for the nominations is hot, and like a hot box, will continue to grow hotter as the end of the journey is approached.

“The Democratic Caucus,” Clay County Enterprise (Brazil, Indiana), p. 4, col. 3; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://www.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 26 January 2014).