As to the political
standing of the county; how the freeman of Fannin regard the right
to vote, and in what esteem they hold the liberty of all men, rich
or poor, the following, an incident of the campaign of 1884, will
serve as a sample.
The managers of the Studebaker wagon factory threatened to discharge
and otherwise mistreat their employees if they did not vote the
republican ticket. This dastardly act coming to .the ears of the
banner county's freemen, a portion of them paid for one of the
factory's wagons, and with suitable demonstrations kindled a fire
beneath it and reduced it to ashes. They then wrote and had
published in nearly all the journals of the state the following
Dodd City, Tex.
Nov. 4th, 1884
Messrs. Studebaker Bros.
South Bend, Indiana
Since the information that you threatened to disfranchise your
employees, who failed to vote as you directed, we have this day made
arrangements to purchase one of your wagons, "coal oil" the same and
burn it in the presence of the voters of this precinct. (Blaine's
letters will not be included in this burn.) The event will be duly
advertised and published, with a request that the press of the state
copy the same. We burn the "Studebaker," without knowing who will be
president; we burn it in the same spirit that the tea was thrown
overboard in Boston harbor in 1776; we burn it to commemorate the
infamy you have heaped upon the workmen in your factory; we burn it
that it may be emblazoned to Texas that you have placed a bulldozing
bulletin on the walls of your factory, addressed to your workmen,
after you have condemned "Copiah County, Mississippi" and
'"Danville, Virginia," that we may condemn your lying cant and
anathematize your hypocrisy, and that we may make your vile names
odious for all time to come, where liberty is known and freemen
exist; we burn it to indicate the full measure of our belief, that
we consider you as the embodiment of all vileness, of low, dirty and
abominable villainy and of being guilty of a sin that threatens the
institutions of this country, by trying to rob freemen of their
birth rights and stultifying decency by bulldozing those who are
under you ; we burn it to let our fellow countrymen of Texas know
that we never desire to touch or handle any of your creation or make
and that we consider the despicable coercion as treason ; we burn it
to consume the spokes, hubs, axles, etc., that have been made by the
blood and sweat of victims, whom you have reduced below the standard
This letter has two hundred names signed to it. In the Democratic
Party of the county, the recognized authority is the Executive
Committee, of which Dr. B. Dabney is chairman.
This committee shapes the local campaigns, and its advisory councils
are participated in by such men as Dunn, McClellan, Lipscomb, Dabney,
Chenoweth, and other prominent men all over the county. The
Independents are led by Col. R. W. Campbell, Judge H. W. Lyday,
James Monks and many other good men in different parts of the
county. Col. Robt. Taylor is the representative man of the
Republican party, not only in the county, but of all this portion of
The following vote, polled at the general election of 1884, for the
three candidates for governor, is probably a fair test of party
strength in the county at present:
Ireland, Democrat, 3724.
Jones, Independent, 911.
Norton, Republican, 99.
Ireland's majority over all, was 2714.
The Independents and Republicans had no local ticket in the race,
nor were either of them thoroughly organized.
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