Clarion-Ledger, November 14, 1877

Clarion-Ledger, November 14, 1877

The Hinds County Victory.

In our last number, we stated in general terms the result in Hinds. The particulars are given in another column. The route of the Independents is more complete than was first supposed. What to outsiders, before the election, appeared “confusion worse confounded” in the multiplicity of office-seekers, was no confusion at all. The PEOPLE fixed their eyes upon the goal at which they were aiming – viz: the election of the straight ticket – and carried it through with the precision of a minnie ball. It was a decision not so much in favor of men as of measures, and of preserving the unity and harmony of the party by which the State has been reclaimed from misrule. A gratifying feature of the election is the fidelity with which the Democrats and Conservatives stood by Weldon Hicks, the colored representative on the Legislative ticket. He ran upwards of 700 votes ahead of the foremost candidate on the opposing ticket – a gentleman of popularity and deserved influence, and whose nomination on the regular ticket would have been supported with enthusiasm by the entire party. The election of Weldon Hicks (who, by the way, is an upright, deserving citizen, and reflects honor on his race) is an earnest of the good faith of the whites in their dealings with the colored people, and will give additional assurance that their interests are secure in the hands of the Democratic party.

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