Rodolph Hatfield mentioned in Morrill voting article Eagle 13 Aug 1895
HE MADE ONE Y0TE EEV. BLACK ADMITTED THAT HI DID NOT VOTE TOR MOBEILL- He Holds the Gowniort letter Vp Before a U aad order Meetta mad Shewed that He fca'd Ceualted' Him Aboat the Appolatmeat for a Felice CeasaalMtoB for Wichita Will Tote for Morrill xt Time If He Holds Mia Grip Declares that Morrill is Better thaa the Platform on which He was Elected. The Good Citizens league held its regu lar meeting in the first Presbyterian church last night. There were not to exceed eighty people people present. The meeting was for routine business but there were some pretty lively scenes before the meet ing adjourned. President William Smith called the meeting to order. Hiram Imboden lead in singing America. He called for some one to come to the piano, but there did not seem to be any pianist present If there were they did not volunteer volunteer to play. After the singing Rev. Watson led in prayer and the meeting was ready for business. The prominent men pres ent when the ball was started were Rudolph Rudolph Hatfield. Billy Smith. Will Dean, Hiram Lewis. A. E. Helm. Rev. S. Marsh, Dr. Neeley, J. D. McEwen, D. A. Mitchell. E. L. McCIure. Rev. Watson. Watson. J. M. Knapp and Ben Black. Mr. McCIure as chairman of the campaign committee reported that they now had the police commissioners and an assistant attorney general and now all the league had to do was to sustain sustain them. He stated that a letter had been received from the attorney general general in which he stated that the law must be enforced. Colonel Lewis said that Mr. McCIure had failed to state that a good many letters had been written In regard to the proposition to start a new dally paper and that an old newspaper man would come here next week to look the field over and they hoped fo be nble to show him that a new paper here will be a profitable Investment. This statement was loudly cheered by Billy Smith. Rodolph Hatfield, J. D. McEwen and Hiram Imboden by bring Ing the palms of their hands violently together. In referring to some of the committees committees President Smith mentioned the name of Rev. Black of the South Law rence avenue Christian church when Colonel Lewis wanted to know If he was the man who got sick. This was supposed to refer to a state ment in the Eagle several days ago to the effect that Rev. Black had become become sick of this movement and had written Governor Morrill to retain the old board of police commissioners and it brought Rev. Black to his feet before before Colonel Lewis had scarcely asked the question. "In thirty years work" he said "this Is the first time I was ever called upon to explain my actions In a temperance meeting. "This movement started In my church I and It whs on account of a joint at English park. Some men who have become become prominent in this movement since It has become popular utterly refused refused to take any part In it at that time." Then he proceeded to explain the letter letter that he had written to Governor Morrill and said it was written a (considerable (considerable time before the new commission commission was appointed and not about the time the Eagle had stated. He held several letters up before the audience In a dramatic way which caused several people to cry out, read it! read it! He proceeded to read the letter In question and It proved to be In answer to one written to him by the governor. In the letter he suggested to the (?overn or to give the commissioners a chance as he believed they Intended to execute the law. He also stated that an assistant assistant attorney general oucht to be appointed and he recommended J. E. Brown of Holton for the position. Ho then explained that he had written written the letter In Mr. Jones' office and he indorsed It and he held up the letter to show the letter head of ex-chairman of the board of police commissioners. Colonel Lewis here am5e to state that i at the time Brother Black wrote that I letter he too had confidence that the om ooara mtenuea to execute me law but that after thfy hesitated and began to wink and blink around he lost con fidence. Colonel Lewis said he did not think any the less of Brother Black when he read that article In the Eagle and Hi ram Imboden added "No, nor anybody else. This endorsement brought Rev. Black to his feet again. He stated that he did not vote for Governor Morrill and he thought he would vate against him for a second term but If he stuck to his present position he would not only vote for him but he would work for him Mr. McCIure then got the floor and stated that there had been some debts incurred In this movement which would require $100 to pay thm, and he suggested suggested that a committe be appointed to raise the money. Messrs. Knapp, McCIure McCIure and Imboden were named as euch committee. Brother Knapp explained that the law could not b enforced in Leavenworth Leavenworth because there wre only 1.TO0 people In that city belonging to Pro-testent Pro-testent churches, while Wichita but little larger, had 7,000 Protestant? Brother Hiram Lwla added that Leavenworth Leavenworth ought to be annexed to Missouri Missouri and the suggestion was cheered Mr. Knapp moved that a vote of thanks be tendered to Governor Morrill and Attorney General Dawn's on account account of the position In favor of the enforcement enforcement of law In Wichita, and that the same be published In the papr. The motion was adopted by a rising vote Mr. Hatfield suggested that a committee committee ought to be appointed to confer with the commissioners and awist them. WHI Dean endorsed the Idea and said since they had commenced they ought to make a clean sweep of It Mr. McCIure shut this suggestion fl by stating that a letter had been r"elv-ed r"elv-ed from a secet organization whlh proposed to furnish the evidence to convict the Joints.