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THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT.
Bosewater Tells About the "Scandalous
Incidanta' Of the Republican
The Veil Lifted. The Record of Re
publican Infamy Is Exposed
Majors Will De Defeated.
The political world was start'ed by
the appearance of the following letter
over the well known signature of "E.
Kosewater.'Mn the Omaha Bee of Aug.
24. It has created a decided sensation
and lessons the already small chance of
republican success in tho coming elec
tion. This letter should be carefully
read by every voter in Nebraska. It is
hero published almost in full. The
italics and small caps are ours.
THE CANDIDACY OF THOMAS MAJORS.
It was my sincero desire and inten
tion to keep private all that transpired
beforo the republican state committee
at its session Monday night and ac
quiosco in the action then and there
taken. But tho ardent supporters of
Colonel Majors have seen lit to print
garb'.ed and distorted reports, which
place me in a false light before my
fellow republicans, and Mr. Majors has
sought to fasten a stigma upon me in
his speech of acceptance under which
no self-respecting American citizen,
and especially a man occupying my
position; can afford to rest.
The tact that I am a member of the
national committee gives warrant to no
candidate to cast aspersions upon me,
much less to charge me with complicity
in one of the greatest crimes that has ever
been perpetrated against the people of this
state. Whatever the consequences
may be, I am now compelled to give
publicity to the scandalous inci
dents that took place while the state
committee was in executive session and
relate as near as I can remember what
was there stated by me.
The committee then proceeded with
its routine work of balloting for its
officers. Immediately after tliis work
was completed Mr. Tate read his letter
of declination as candidate for lieuten
ant governor. This was followed by
an informal ballot to fill the vacancy.
Upon the announcement that Majors
had received twenty-one of the thirty
three votes cast a motion was made to
adopt the informal ballot as formal.
The chairman, Mr. Cady, then deliber
ately stated the motion and turning to
the audience asked whether anybody
had anything to say. Thereupon I
arose to my feet and respectfully asked
permission to make a statement bear
ing upon tho question then
pending before tho committee,
with all outsiders excluded.
When a motion was made that the
request be granted a great uproar arose
from tho audience. Protests were
madeatoncoby two Lincoln editors
who have for years been afflicted with
Ilosewaterophobia, and they werb
seconded by several ghost dancer3 who
had been lubbying for Mr. Majors.
They denounced the attempt to go into
secret session as an unheard-of proceed
ing, and demand d that one of their
number should be admitted to repre
sent Mr. Majors. I stated that I had
no objection, provided that the party
would treat the disclosures as confiden
tial, but I preferred, if possible, to talk
in the presence of Mr. Majors himself,
and asked that he be invited to be
f (resent. Tho committee voted to go
nto executive session, from which all
outsiders, excepting myself, Messrs.
Majors and Bushnell, his advocate,
The rooms in which tho committee
held its meeting, in the second story of
the Capital hotel, were nearly on a
level with the roof of an adioininsr
annex. No sooner had the rooms been
cleared and the doors closed than the
ruffianly crowd in the corriders be
gan to show their displeasure by howl
ing, stamping their feet, kicking the
partition walls throwing missiles at the
windows, one of which they broke. A
number of them carried on their
assaults from the roof. Every two or
three minutes they hammered at the
door, and whenever it was opened by
the doorkeeper the mob shouted for
Majors. This disgraceful distuibanca
continued the whole time that I was
speaking. Such conduct would have
lxjen resented even by a committee cf
All this time Mr. Majors wa3 sitting
unconcerned in tho room, evidently en
joying the brutal performance of the
mob gathered there expressly in his in
terest. HaJ he Veen possessed of a
spark ol common decency and respect
for tho committee and his party, he
would have made an appeal to his dis
orderly friends to desist while the com
mittee remained in executive session.
My position in the room was immed
iately opposite and facing Mr. Majors,
who sat within six feet of me. My dis
course all tho way through was couched
in gentlemanly language and free from
any personal allusion to Mr. Majors
outs:do of bis official career and politi
cal associations. After exhorting the
committee to weigh well the grave
responsibility which they were about
to assume 1 called their attention to
the following facts:
First. That the friends of Mr.
Majors, both in Omaha and in other
paitsuftho state, publicly announced
their intention of pushing Majors ahead
of Crounse, which would mean either
that they would omit voting for
Crounse or vote directly for Van Wyck,
This would doubtless be followed by a j
counter move on tho part of Crounse
men to leave Majors behind, and as a
result we would bo distracted by inter
nal dissension, when all our energies
should be directed against the common
enemy. Mr. Majors himself was quoted
as saying only a ft w days ago that he
was nearer governor now than any
other man recently mentioned for the
place, meaning Crounsn.
Second. That Mr. Majors' record as
contingent congressman and lieutenant
governor would subject him to attacks
which could not be defended and
would deprive the par! y of the advan
tage it now has in its claim that the
men on its ticketoare clean and un-
Third. That Mr. Majors was in-
dirsctly, if not directly, implicated in
the conspiracy which resulted in the
abduction of Senator Taylor from this
state while the legislature was in ses
sion in 1891
At this juncture Mr. Majors asked
from whom I had received my informa
tion. 1 replied that it came from the
man under whose care Taylor was
placed by the conspirators and carried
away from the state, and furthermore,
through a letter from Taylor himself
which discloses the fact that Walter
Seely, Majors' r private secretary and
intimate associate, had drawn and
pocketed tho salary of Taylor after his
abduction and that the drawing of the
salary by beeley can be verified from
the rt cords of the state treasurer.
Mr. Majors then asked what relation
the man who carried of Taylor bore to
myself, to which I replied that the
only relation he bore to me was that I
had several times employed him as a
detective, which was his chief occu
pation. Fourth. Douglas i county is to be the
battle-ground, and Mr. Majors has
weakened himself by his bitter and im
politic warfare upon Omaha, and every
thing that concerns Omaha. This
would have a damaging effect among
Omaha business men and Omaha peo
p'a pith local pride.
Fifth. Mr. Majors is known to
BE A MEMBER OF THE A. P. A. AS-
suuiatiujn, a secret anti-uatnoiic or
ganization. Without disparaging
those who belong to this order, and
recognizing its strength in Douglas
county, it is manifest that Mr. Majors
will inevitably be drawn into a reli
gious fight, when the party should
strictly confine itself to the political
issues of the day.
Sixth. Mr. Majors' campaign has
developed the fact that his candidacy
is in tho interest of the railroads, to
whom ho has rendered service in his
omciai capacity, instead oi being a
source of strength this fact would be
come a source of weakness. . In closing
I made an earnest appeal to Mr. Majors
to decline the nomination, which would
confer no new honor upon him, but
WOULD INEVITABLY RESULT IN HIS
OWN DEFEAT AMD WOULD EMBAR
RASS THE PARTY.
Mr. Majors did not see fit to respond
personally, but Busbnell made a har
angue, in which he glossed over the in
delible blots, upon Mr. Major's record,
sought to ridicule the damaging dis
closures I had made, and wifuad up by
a personal tirade against me. Al
though I remained in the room until
Bushnell had finished T did not deem
it worth while to indulgo in any con
troversy with him, and when the com
mittee voted to adjourn the executive
session, I left tho room.
The shouts for Majors, w' ich shook
the house a few minuses later, apprised
me of the fact that Majors had. been
nominated, and later on I heard that
he had made a rousing speech, in
which he referred to me as a -'little
Bohemian." On that point I scarcely
need to apologize for my mother nor
my motherland. Mr. Majors will
probably remember that there are
over 10,000 voters of Bohemian birth
who will remember his sneers at their
I must say, however, I was decidedly
taken back on reading that portion of
Mr. Majors' speech in which he had the
cool audacity to charge the abduction
of Senator Taylor upon me. What
right has Mr. Majors to make such an
assertion even by innuendo? What in
terest did 1 have in smuggling Taylor
out of the state? What possible object
could I have in engaging in such a
HIGH-nANDED CONSPIRACY? What
was I to gain by it. and why should I
hire anybody to do i ? Does he im
agine that he can clear his own skirts
by taking advantage of the mere fact
that I had at one time employed the
man whom the conspirators hired to
carry out their infamous plan? Why
did he not also charge me with the
other infamous, under handed
criminal business carried on in the
state capitol by his man Friday and
associate. Walt Seeley? Why did
Mr. Majors make these cowardly
assaul s upon me when my back was
turned? Why did he not make his
alleged defense and pour out his out
rageous calumnies in my hearing when
I faced Jiim while addressing the com
mittee? He had ample opportunity
I realize that this is a very unfortun
ate and untimely controversy, but I
cannot and will not tamely submit to
such ind'gnity and calumny.
My opposition to the nomination of
Majors either as governor or lieutenant
governor has been solely inspired by a
desire to save the republican party
ron a defensive campaign and with a
view to reinstating it in the confidence
of the discontented elements that have
revolted against corporation rule. The
chargo that I am trying to play
dic'ator or boss comes from the
wreckers who by their shameless
conduct and reckless subserviency to
corporations have brought the party to
the verge of ruin. I have dictated no
candidate, but have endeavored
honestly to induce the party to nom
inate candidates who needed no de
fense. The fact tht the nominations
made by the state convention have
given universal satisfaction affords
striking proof that my efforts had not
been in vain.
I confidently believe that this ticket
will be triumphantly elected, although
Mr. Majors will be a source of discord
from now until election unless he is in
duced to withdraw.
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