(Local news transcribed from THE MONTGOMERY, ADVERTISER, Montgomery, Ala., February 7, 1900)
Plans for Holding the Democratic Primary Election
Eufaula, Feb. 6 – (Special) The County Democratic Executive Committee met at the court house here at noon today and was called to order by the Chairman, Hon. A. H. Merrill. Twelve members responded to roll call. The Chair then announced the object of the meeting which was for the purpose of deciding upon how to nominate State and county officers. The chairman further stated that the committee was without a secretary as T. W. Sheehan had moved from the county some months ago. Senator Jelks then suggested the name of R. B. Moore for that position and he was unanimously chosen. The chair announced the committee ready for business.
Judge W. H. Pruett of Clayton read a set of resolutions outlining a white primary for State and county officers to be held in each beat April 14th, allowing all white voters who would pledge themselves to support the nominee to participate. This however met with strong opposition in some eloquent talks from Senator Jelks, Col. H. Hawkins, Dr. J. Davie, and W. C. Swanson. The resolutions were then referred to the following committee, which was instructed to retire and bring in a report; Dr. J. Davie, Judge W. H. Pruett, Senator W. D. Jelks. The committee’s report suggested the holding of a white primary for the election of county officers April 14th and to permit all to participate who would pledge to support the nominee.
The State officers including two representatives to the lower House to be chosen by a convention which will meet in Clayton on April 21st for the purpose of selecting delegates to the State Convention.
W. A. Hatfield is recovering from his attack of pneumonia.
All traces of smallpox have vanished. The quarantine restrictions have been removed and the pest house abolished. The disease is believed to be completely eradicated. Out of town people being fully informed of its existance here exercised necessary precaution and as a result so far as can be learned not a single case exists in the county, at least in this section of it.