The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, 22Sep1877; Pg1; #39; Vol XI

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The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, 22Sep1877; Pg1; #39; Vol XI - of Samuela. 13th on to by St. is SHOT-GUN...
of Samuela. 13th on to by St. is SHOT-GUN POLITICS. The JHlMlsaippi Flan of Conducting Campaign—An Armed Mob of Demo- crnta FreTentlos Bepnblican Candidates from SpeaklDK. [From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.] Mr. J. C. Ellis, of Fayette, Jefferson County, Mississippi, arrived in the city, Saturday Saturday morning, and mak«s a statement which goes far to show that the btill-dozer of that Southern region is neither dead nor slumbering, and that in spite of pacification and conciliation, the " Mississippi plan" of conducting political campaigns is not yet a thing of the past. Mr. £llis was bom and reared in Jefferson Cotnny, Miss., and kis father has resided there nearly HO years. The Ellises were Union men during the war and had to flea to the Federal lines to escape rebel violence. Since the war they have been Republicans. The senior Ellis occupied a place on the Bench six years, being now a practicing lawyer at Fayette. J. C. Ellis was district Clerk for four years, and is also an attorney, but, a week ago, was compelled to leave the country to escape the violence of- a Democratic mob. He is now a refugee, and docs not dare return for fear his life will be taken by a mob. A reporter of the Glohe-Dtmoerat interviewed Mr. Ellis, who makes a statement substantially as follows: follows: A campaign is now In progress In Mississippi for the election of county oflicers and members of the Legislature. Under the bull-dozing process the Republican party of the State nas become' so disorganized and disintegrated that few straight party nominations nominations are being made, -the Republicans generally giving their support to independent, independent, conservative candidates. THK RKPUULICANS of Jefferson County, feeling assured that in spite of the fact that they had a majority of votes in the county, would not be permitted to install their nominees even if they were elected, concluded to make no nominations, but to support Independent candidates for the Legislature and for local offices. Somo of the Independent candidates were Republicans Republicans and others Democratic The first grand rally of the campoign was announced to take place Saturday, September 8, at a school-house five miles from the town of Fayette. Among the speakers who were to address the meeting were: Mr. Ellis, R. J. H. Finly and —. Hicks, the two latter candidates candidates for the Legislature. Ellis left l-'ayettc about 9 o'clock in the evening, on horseback, for the place of meeting. W'hcn half way there, be met a number of colored people considerably excited. He asked them whv they were leaving the schoolhouse. schoolhouse. They stated that a targe number of armed members of the Democratic Clubs had made ti(cir appearance on the ground and warned tliem to.leave, as there would be bloodshed if thaTndopendents and Repiib- licans attempted to hold a meeting. Ellis appealed to the colored men to return with him to the school-bouse and participate in ing'by the'Conrt-house, be appealed to the Deputy Clerk, who stood at the doorway, to use his authority as a conservator of the E eace to 'prevent the mob' from following im. The deputy replied he had no power to act. Ellis (ontinued his retreat, eluding his pursuers, and reaching in safety the house of his father, situated in the suburbs. Thinldng the mob might follow, he shut and locked the doors, and loaded what guns and pistols there were in the house. There was a great din of voices up the street, and a friend brought the intelligence thatthe mob was increasing, and that there were open THREATS OF LYSCHIXG Ellis, and advised the latter to get away as quick as possible. Verv shortly afterwards the Sheriff arrived and proposed to arrest Ellis for his assaiUt on Stewart, stating that Stewart's skull was fractured. Ellis prevailed prevailed on the Sheriff not to take him into town, where he might be seized {bv the mob, but to wait untilKonday morning, -when Ellis would voluntarily give himself tra. The Sheriff returned without Ellis. The noise continued to grow louder and louder, and being convinced the mob would storm the house in a few minutes and kill or capture him, Ellhi went out the back way, gettini into a cornfield at the rear of ids father' residence From his concealment he could plainly hear the shouts of the mob. When darkness came on he went across fields to the house of a friend named McClure. He sent a messenger to see what woa going on in town, and learned that the mob, finding he had escaped from hia father's house, ha* sent parties in every direction in search of bim, and the intention of lynching him, if he could be eaught, was boldly and publicly expressed. Ellis spent tEat night In the garret of McClure's house, and also the following day. In the afternoon he wrote a note to bis father, father, asking for adricc. His father replied that the mob-feeling was as violent as on the day before, and under no circhmstances ought be to show himself in public, but to escape from the country as speedily os possible. possible. That night Ellis, under the guidance of two friends, left McClure's.house, traveling traveling a path through the woods in the direction direction of acertain railway station on the Jackson Jackson railroad. Ellis traveled till daylight, and during the day RE.MAIKED COKCEALED in the woods. At nightfall he resumed his Journey, and reached the railway station in time to take the midnight north-bound train. ; He came through without delav,and reached St. Louis Saturday morning, where lie is stopping with relatives and friends. He stated to the reporter that ho never intended intended to return to Jefferson County, as he is convinced the bull-dozers would not permit permit him to live there, and he proposes to settle in a clime where shot-guns are not looked upon as necessary agencies in the settlement of vexed political questions. the City was been murder and The column to in the one Kansas, the that its withheld shall »3 go and It is fore, Its best the moral its the and State its land away " eattle them sweeping five

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