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An Exploded Slander

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ni August issu, Messrs. Alonzo Stacy and Betb licun, botli of tliis city, wont to Hudson to make democrat campal'n sp-eehes. When tliey got there thêy otiiul tiuit Hou. Jolm Tarseny, of Kansas City, was tliere vÍ3iting old friends, and Unit Capt. E. P. Allen was also there, mi lor appotatment to makc a republican fcaoipaign speech. The deraocrats of Hudson were anxious to hear a speech from tlieir old townsman, Tarseny, and after some negotiations it wns arranged tliat a joint discussion should be held by Messrs. Tarseny and Allen, and a largely attended open air meeting was the result. Mr. Tarseny spoke for an hour; he was followed by Capt. Allen, iu an hour and a half'a speech, and then Mr. Tarseny ended the dieeussion with a speech of half an hour, at the conclusión of which he proposed three cheers for Capt. Allen, w!iich were eiven with a will ; then Capt. Allen called for three cheers for Mr. Tarseny, which were given with equal hciirtiness, and the large meeting broke up with the best of feeling on both sides. In the issue of his paper the next week, the editor of the Hudson Ga.ette charged that Cpt. Allen, in his speech, "went so far ns to make it a hei nous crime- a capital crime- to vote the democratie ticket at the north, declarinjr that any man who would ask a repubücan to vote the democratie ticket ought to be shot in his tracks ! " Why this slander was coined, for uer ie was, it is Impossible at this time to teil. It had little or no effect, for no one believed t. Capt. Allen promptly detiied It, aiid we supposed the concoction was put to rest witli the other sensational stories circulated in tliat heated politica! campaijni. The present editor of the Gazette bas taken it froin its grave, whcre it had better far have been allowed to remain, and is again áttempting to galvanize it into lift for use in the present campaign. Fortunately, the Times is In position to put a quietus on the story by the testimony of a living witness, and oue that will not be dlscredited by any one in this congressional district. The witness is Mr. 8eth IJean, one of the leading lawyers in the district, whose ability, integrlty and democracy are alike beyond question. Mr. Stacy, unfortunately, like some of the other witnesses, is bevond the reach of' the newspaper interviewer. The Times called on Mr. Bean at nis oflice, on öaturday eveninif last, and the following conversation occurred, after the matter of the August, 1880, meeting had been mentioned: "You remember that meeting distlnctly, do you not, Mr. Beau ? " "I do, sir." "I presume you were on the platlorm during the meeting? '' "I was, sir." "And as you were engaged in campnign work that fall, you natuially paid close attention to the speeches made?" "Most assuredly." "Partlcnlarly, Capt. Allen's? '' "Particularly Capt. Allen's." "You have seen this story about Capt. Allen saying in that speech somethiiig to the effect 'that any manwho would ask liim to vote a democrat ticket ought to be shot in his tracks, or words to that "I have.1' "Had he said any such thing you would have heard it, and remombered it, would you not? " "Most certainly I should." "Wcll, did lie raake use of any such laniruage or anything like it? " ; "Ue dd not. And f have tóld Capt. Alien so myself. There is no truth In it. I am, of course, anxious for Mr. Salsbury's electlon, but I do; not want, neither does he want, to gain any advantage by the slander of an opponent, and there is absolutely no truth In tliis story." Now, certainly, tbe elander should not only be allowed to rest, but the Gazetfe should retract it.


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