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Editor Register:- In your last issue, you admit to your columus an attack on Hon. E. P. Allen. The writer evidently ia among the number who wanted an office, and, as he says there were not enough offices to go around, he or his friend did not getthe appointment. First, he says: "Allen wants a third term," and he does not believe in third terms. Your correspondent evidently is a novice in reference to legisiative matters. In no class of work is there need of experience as in legiblation. I asked a prominent southern politician recently how they managed to take such excellent care of all southern interests in congress, when in so large a minority. "We send ourold members back to Congress and they are easily able to get along with your new members," was the reply. The little state of Vermont, by pursuing the policy of returning Edmunds and Morrill to the senate, has been able to keep her state at the head in influence upon the legislation of Congress. Your correspondent thinksitbetter to let a youngman have Allen's place. It does not seem possible that two terms in Congress can have so aged our present member that he should be retired for this ieason. Again, he says: "Any other republican in the seuond district could have done as well." It has always been said of the members of our party that we had too many statesmen and not enough of the rank and file. I have no doubt, if the inquiry was made, who these thousands of r;publicans are, who would make better congressmen than Allen, your correspondent would say that "his friends" had been urging him to allow the use of his name, as pre-eminently fltted for the place. That Allen has taken a prominent place in Congress, even your correspondent has to admit; but he says anyone can shout order or teil a story. It :s conceded that the contests in the. last Congress, both in parliamentary debate and general legislation, have been harder f ought and more triumpha won by the republican party than in any íress since the war. In all these, Congressnian Allen lias taken a prominent part and is being recognized as one of the leaders in Congress, though he has had buttwo terms. Again your correspondent charges that he has weakened the district by attempting to drive into obscurity its prominent men. To anyone who knows Allen, you haveto but mention it, to have it sáid that this is untrue. He is not jealous, he has a heart as large as an ox.and by nature is an honest man, and a man who will make this charge against him is a selfish, unscrupulous demagogue and the truth is not in him. Again he charges Allen with retaining demócrata in office. Your correspondent is evidently a firm believer in the spoils system, and wants an active young man who will neglect legislation for the purpose of putting his friends in office. That is not the mission of ihe repubhcan party and 1 do not care to work or vote lor a man who does only such work. Again, he says that Allen has ignored the claims of party and appointed men to office of doubtful party afflliations. It is not so written in the Kecord of appointments in this district. The men who hold office in this district under Allen are all men who have grown gray in the service, and who have borne the brunt of the hard work of many a campaign, while your correspondent was yet in his swaddüng dothes in party politics. They are men who wear no collar shaped by Allen, or any other man. Again he charges that in the canvass Allen is false, anddisloyal to the rest oí the ticket. The high sense of honor and justice, which Capt. Allen possesses, would not permit him to do this, and like the other charges, this lacks proof. But Allen gets democratie votes and will do so again. This is true, and thoagh your correspondent is exerting himself to prevent this, when the votes are counted, his efforts to prevent it will prove as futile as is his effort to stain the fair name and brilliant record ol one of the best congressmen the second district ever had, whose honest, patiënt and faithful work haa made for him friendships, which are a tower ol strength and which will result in giying him the largest majority he ever recei ved at the next election. Your correspondent eyidently has read the signsof coming victory, which pervades the whole district, and now seeks, by false and slanderous charges to break the force of the tidal wave which will shipwreck the young aspirant froin Lyndon, in the effort to sai his ship upon a sea of discontent in the republican party of the second district Yours.


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