The Iola Register, Iola KS; 22 Sep1877; Pg 1; #39; Vol XI

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The Iola Register, Iola KS; 22 Sep1877; Pg 1; #39; Vol XI - BAD BI.00D, but to present his own claims and...
BAD BI.00D, but to present his own claims and those of his fellow-candidates, and that as an old citizen of the county he asked for respectful attention. Finding that the Democrats were determined to deny him the right of — free speech by punctuating every remark by deafening shouU, and that it was useless to continue, FInly tlescended from the stand. He was followed by Mr. Hicks, Independent candidate for the Legislature, a man who had previously voted the Democratic ticket. Hicks was subjected to the same indlKnitics that bad been heaped on Finly. The mob was uproarious in its applause, the effect being so confusing that it was impossible for the speaker to proceed. Hiclcs made a direct appeal to Col. McGInley, a leading Democrat present, to use his efforts to Iteep order, and this appeal was met with a shout. All through Hicks's effort to speak the crowd indulged in hoots, Jeering remarks and insults. It was impossible for any man to orate under such circumstances, and Hicks, finding bis endeavors futile, wisely sat down. No other Republicans or Independents attempted to speak. Upon a consultation it was decided to disperse,: and the meeting was accordingly dismissed. The Democrats were enthusiastic over their success in preventing free speech, and :retumed to town in high glee. Ellis also inade his way back to Fayette with his friends. The streets were full of boisterous Democrats, who indulged in the most vioient language towards Republicans, andjthreatened cartain 0B.V0XI017S 3IEN with a dose of mob law If they did not keep quiet. There seemed to he a portictdar aversion to Ellis on account of bis active opposition to the Democratic ticket and his Dold support of the opposing candidate. Ho was advised not to go on the streets, but bavlog business with one or two incn he went out to. find them. While cngiiged In a conversation with a young nun named Dudley Stewart, a violent Democrat^ the latter remarked: "Well, Ellis, the boys .wouldn't let you speak to-day." Ellis rejplied, "Yes, and it was a very \cowardiy act." Thi» brought on an •- altercation, whieh cnlminatcd in • . Stewart striking at Ellis. Kilts struck beck, when Stewart gathered a brick and threw it at Ellis, the comer of the missile grazing the head of Ellis. Ellis hadlohlaBandabeainrstlek, with wbichhestmck hiaantagonist»bIow,fellIng him to the ground. Dr. Renfbert, brother- in-law of Stewart, ran with a pistol, enrstng and flourishing Us weapon, but did not fire. The crowd benn to gather, and Ellis withdrew a short distance up the street. The crowd followed, uttering threats of lynch law all Hie time. A colored man ran bom the crowd to where Ellis was, and loid, "Getawar, Hr. Sllla, the crowd wUlIitirt yon." EHb retreated tip the street. Foss-

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