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Indianai-olis, Ind., Dea 19.- The JJirmingham (Ala.) committee, consisting of six Democrats and three Republicana, called upon General Harrison Tuesday afternoon and presented the address of Southern protectionists, the substance of which has been printed. At its head wa9 Thomas S. beddon, a son of the Confedérate Secretary of the Navy. The Southerners were welcmed cordially by.the President-eloct. Mr. Seddon acted as spokesman and explained to General Harrison the causes leading to this new muve in the South looking to a readjustment of party Unes. The committee say that General Harrison talked freely on the subject of protection and the benefits the Ivorthwest had reaped from it, which were also open to the South. The committee was particular to impress upon General Harrison the importance of appointing representativo men to office in the South. Hidden in this movemont exists, it is said, what ma.y prove the greatest poiitical project of this generation. A well-defined programme for the founding of a new poiitical party in the Southern States, the leading spirits of which wiil be the business element, especially the manufacturing interests of the South. Said one of the committee : " We regard the old Solid South as a thlng of the past; it is gone forever. Tne election of General Harrison and the certatmy ot the admisston of two or three new Republican States strips the South of her former power in National politics. The break-up is upon us. We must look to arranging new lines, and in doing so we propose to malie new alliances and to bring about a settlementof the perplex ng race issue.'1 The new party will not antagonize the colored men or drive them from its membership, but it will be organized almost entirely by white men who expect no support, to speak of, from the negro at the outset. Protection and fair elections are to be the corner-stones of the new party, and its charter members are men of sucb. unbounded wealth and influence that the movement assumes a formidable aspect even when only partly uncovered.


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