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From our archives: Vacancy sparked Lee-Whiteside squabble

What we thought: 125 years ago

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorial appeared in the Telegraph on May 15, 1888.

Will our dear friend and well beloved brother enlighten us as to Lee county’s title to the vacancy?– Sterling Gazette

This is the mild mannered manner in which brother Cobb puts the question to the Telegraph as to the reasonableness of Lee county’s claim to the balance of Judge Crabtree’s senatorial term. It is a question about which there should be no dispute.

Whiteside county had the senator one term with the fair understanding that Lee should have it the next. We do not understand that Senator Crabtree’s resignation, per se, deprives Lee county of any of its rights in the matter. Lee county is still entitled to the office during the balance of the term. Just as much so indeed as though the judge were continued.

The Gazette seems to imagine that the defeat of Johnson threw Sterling and the entire county of Whiteside into some sort of condition of pitiable martyrdom from which it is the especial duty of Lee county to furnish relief!

Again, we may be permitted to suggest that Lee county did not defeat Johnson. Our friends in Whiteside should understand that in a race, they must not place a three-minute horse in the two-twenty class and hope for success.

The fact is, there never was any sort of a chance for Johnson’s nomination for circuit judge. That Freeport nomination was another illustration of unrequited ambition, in a new shape; wisp of tempting hay hanging just in advance of the Whiteside nag’s nose to keep him on a lively trot, with no intention by those who fixed it to the end of the pole over his back, ever anticipating that the bait would be reached.

However, as we have before said, there is nothing small about Lee county. Perhaps if you agree on some good man, we may give Whiteside the senator.

There now; keep quiet and don’t pout.

Defeat of Direct

Tax explained

A correspondent desires that the Telegraph explain the bill over which there was so much trouble in Congress, resulting in a deadlock, called the “Direct Tax Funding” measure.

It was a bill providing for the refunding to the loyal states of 20 millions of dollars, paid to the general government in 1861 to carry on the war against the rebels; the nation then being much in need of money, the United States Treasury having been drained by the Buchanan administration and much of the money stolen from the subtreasuries by the disloyal Southern officials.

The solid South was opposed to this money being paid back to the loyal states, and therefore the “Direct Tax” bill was defeated.

Horse runs wild;

the reason why

Daniel Bresnehan’s horse yesterday, usually a well behaved beast, took it into its head (its legs concurring) to run away, and for a short time the animal made it very lively for that “Democratic platform,” while the Democrat himself was not as well satisfied as he was upon learning of Cleveland’s election.

We presume that the equine, in the exercise of its good horse sense, had become somewhat disgusted with Cleveland’s free trade plank.

We are pleased to note, however, that no damage resulted to either our friend, his dray, or the horse; and it is possible that his Democratic principles are unshaken.

As to the harness; there is hardly a trace of it left.

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