A look back

From the Farmer’s Advocate, September 18, 1926

‘Party Difficulties’

“Editor, The Advocate:

The writer has no ambition to appear as a party leader. He has been defeated too often for that. He simply desires a personal word with C.M. Seibert and W.W. Downey, two gentlemen, for whom I have the highest regard either of whom I would regard it a privilege and pleasure to vote for, as I believe either would wear the ermine with credit to the party and honor to the profession. The presence of either of you on the bench, however, is not essential to party progress, and the efforts of either of you would not prevent a rise in the Opequon Creek in a rainy season. Both of you are resorting to too much law — too durn much law. One of you brought a Republican Judge to the county to settle a purely party question, Col. Brown and Clarence Martin consenting. The other has taken his case before Court of Appeals of the state, a Republican tribunal, A.C. McIntire consenting. Some one may say these eminent jurists wearers of the ermine, will lay aside their partisanship. Will they? The Ohio river may change its current, but it is not likely to do so. They will lay aside their partisanship to the extent that the Electoral Commission did in the famous eight to seven decision in the Tilden-Hayes case, which years afterward was proven beyond question that Mr. Tilden was elected.

Whilst I think the Shepherdstown contestants showed poor sportsmanship in taking the case before the county committee. They should have taken their medicine with closed mouths — a very difficult feat for Shepherdstown people. Once the case was before the committee, the latter’s decision ought to have been final, except on appeal to the judicial executive committee, or a higher party tribunal. This is simply the opinion of a layman of the Wigwam. That the question is a party one and should rest with the sovereignty of the voters, an opinion not concurred in by the able defenders of the doctrine of local self-government — Messrs. Brown, Martin and McIntire.

Finally, Gentlemen, you are injuring the head of the ticket; weakening the chances of R.E.L. Allen of election, and breaking the morale of the party. Why not pocket your ambitions and bury your selfishness in the muddy waters of the Opequon, as many other good men have done?


W.W. Brown

Shenandoah Junction

Sept. 14, 1926″

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