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JIM: The put-upon politician

M. Rey Yarberry's candidate won in 1906, even after a double washout in Columbia, gleefully reported by the Democratic Adair County News. His opponent sour-graped that the victory came from the free use of money and whiskey, which draws sharp rebuke, by "Jim," 105 years later! -CM

By "Jim"

In the course of doing a bit of research (a fine euphemism for "dodging work like the lazy dog I am" if ever there were one!), this snippet of political news came to light.

The July 25, 1906 News reported that "Col. Clark's circus drew a large crowd to Columbia last Thursday and the show was well patronized." It was quite too well patronized to suit one politician, no doubt.

D.C. Edwards was a Republican candidate for Congress from the 11th District that year, the primary election to be held on August 18th, and he sailed into Columbia to orate from the soapbox on Thursday, July 19th -- the day the circus came to town. (There's an old joke about the difference in a politician and a circus clown, but this being a family magazine, it isn't fitten to be printed here.) Anyway, the News, being a staunchly Democratic paper, with straight-faced glee informed readers that "Clark's circus drew the crowd and there was no speaking."

Mr. Edwards then made arrangements to speak that night, but unbeknownst to him, the Columbia Brass Band was giving an outdoor performance that evening--"and there was no speaking."

It certainly be interesting to know what sort of mutterings Mr. Edwards had about the double washout, but some things are best left unsaid. At any rate, with strong backing from Adair County's own M. Rey Yarberry, he won the primary by several thousand votes and was given the certificate of nomination, even though his primary opponent John White sour-graped that Mr. Edwards' win came from the free use of money and whiskey. (In Kentucky politics? Never!) - "Jim



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