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Jim Hill's Ballot-Stuffing Performance.


It was in the year 1877, at an election for Alderman of the West Ward of the city of Jackson. Jim Hill was present on the occasion and took an active part in the proceedings. M. M. McLeod and a white man were the candidates. It didn't suit Jim to draw the color-line on that memorable day, so he determined to ballot-box stuff the colored man, McLeod, out, and the white man in. But the vigilance of McLeod's colored friends was equal to the emergency and the immaculate Jim was caught in the act, by Elijah Robinson, of this city, and the charge of ballot-box stuffing was made and substantiated on the spot.

An affidavit was made before McKee, of the United States Court, and forwarded to Washington, where it still lies among the dusty papers of the Treasury Department. But the matter was dropped at home, and Jim Hill is to-day a blatant advocate of the purity of elections, a loud mouthed vilifier of the Democrats, and sternly opposed to ballot-box stuffing when he is not engaged in it himself.

The statement concerning the fraud which was sent to Washington was signed and verified by Wm. Dawson, Dan. Askew, Wm. Henry Robinson, M. M. McLeod and others.

There are fifty colored men still living in the city who remember the affair.




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