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Two Factional Committees Held Executive Sessions - Joint Meeting Now Deliberating.

By far the most important meeting the Republican party of Mississippi has held for many years assembled in the Federal court room at noon today.

It is at present impossible to tell what will be the result of "the assembly called in the interests of harmony," but it looks very much like a compromise will be effected. The thirty delegates are still in session and it is thought they will adopt resolutions of brotherly love before nightfall.

The leading Republicans of the State are in attendance and all day long the lobbies of the Federal building have been thronged with politicians. Several days ago Chairman L. B. Moseley, of the Lynch faction, appointed a list of fifteen delegates to attend the meeting and participate in the deliberations. Chairman A. M. Lea, of the Hill faction, appointed a similar number.

These two committees met in separate rooms at noon today in executive session to decide upon a plan of action and terms of compromise to be proposed in the open assembly. The sessions lasted about one hour each and at their conclusion it was impossible to learn what either had decided upon. The Hill faction was represented by the following delegates: James Hill, Jackson; J. M. Leverett, Winona; W. D. Frazee, Okolona; C. H. Hovis, Ripley; Wesley Crayton, Vicksburg; Chas. Rosenbaum, DeKalb; Emile Engbarth, Rodney; Thos. B. Leland, Water Valley; Sam P. Heart, Clarksdale; T. V. McAllister, Vicksburg; A. J. Cook, Oxford; R. L. Johnson, Brandon; J. W. Bell, Pontotoc; Henry Mayer, Vicksburg, and G. E. Matthews, of Jackson.

The Lynch faction was represented as follows: M. A. Montgomery, Oxford; F. W. Collins, Summit; W. E. Molison, Vicksburg; C. A. Simpson, Pass Christian; L. K. Atwood, Jackson; A. J. Hyde, Meridian; Chas. Morgan, Jackson; R. A. Simmons, Richland; H. Kernaghan, Jackson; John R. Lynch, Natchez; E. F. Brennan, Brookhaven; J. H. Carr, Coffeeville; T. I. Key, Ocean Springs; L. J. Piernas, Bay St. Louis, and Thos. Richardson, of Port Gibson.

The proceedings were unanimous to a surprising degree. When the two delegations of fifteen members each got together the hatchet was buried and within a very short time all necessary arrangements were completed. Hon. A. M. Lea, United States district attorney, was unanimously elected chairman of the State executive committee. The resignations of the members of the two old committees were then called for and tendered and the convention elected a new State executive committee composed of fifty members, twenty-five being from each faction. L. K. Atwood was chosen vice-chairman and C. A. Simpson secretary. Wesley Crayton was elected treasurer.

An executive committee of eight members was elected composed of L. B. Moseley, chairman; E. E. Perkins, vice-chairman; T. V. McAllister, secretary, and W. A. Montgomery, F. W. Collins, A. M. Lea, L. K. Atwood and G. E. Matthews.

After the meeting Hill and Lynch both expressed themselves highly satisfied with the result. No plans have yet been formed to put out a ticket at the coming State election, but it is thought that a meeting of the committee will be called within the next few weeks to discuss the matter.


Clarion-Ledger, “Weekly Clarion-Ledger clipping,” Mississippi State University Libraries, accessed September 26, 2023, http://msstate-exhibits.libraryhost.com/items/show/296.

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