Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Some Mecklenburg County, Virginia News, Part II

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
December 20, 1902, page 2

"Mr. Thomas J. Morris, of Palmer's Springs, who had been a postmaster in Mecklenburg county for 51 years, is dead."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
June 14, 1905, page 3

"DEATH OF DR. MCLEAN - Dr. E. P. McLean, recently deputy collector of internal revenue for this district, died at 4 o'clock this morning at the Alexandria Hospital.  The deceased had for some time been suffering from chronic organic trouble.  He was in his 62nd year and leaves a widow and seven children - four sons and three daughters.  Dr. McLean was a native of Pennsylvania, and in early life served in the 66th and 155th regiments of Pennsylvania volunteers.  In 1875 he moved to Mecklenburg county, Va., where he practiced his profession, he being a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia.  He soon became active in politics and previous to the adoption of the present constitution had been elected a member of the legislature from Mecklenburg.  He had in the meantime been appointed clerk in the internal revenue office for this district and was transferred to this city about seven years ago.  He failed to sign the new constitution and his position as delegate became vacant.  Some time ago Mr. James Beamer, deputy collector of revenue, became incapacitated for duty by reasons of indisposition, and Dr. McLean had made many friends and acquaintances, and his munificence in many instances are well known to those with whom he was intimate.  His remains will be taken to Mecklenburg county for interment."

Clinch Valley News; Jeffersonville, Virginia
May 24, 1901, page 3

"JOINT DEBATE - MONTAGUE AND SWANSON MEET IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY - Richmond, Va., May 20 - The joint debate between Messrs C. A. Swanson and A. J. Montague at Boydton, Mecklenburg county, today, was the most interesting event of the present campaign.  Mr. Montague opened the discussion by an arraignment of machine methods and paid his respects to Senator Martin along the lines of his Roanoke speech.  Swanson rejoined in a vigorous address.  He denied that there was any ma[chine] in Virginia, but said if there was that Montague was using it and that he stood ready to help crush it.  He denied that he was a creature of Senator Martin and eulogized the Senator, saying, however, that if any one could prove that he had ever been guilty of a corrupt act that he would denounce Martin.  'Mahone in his palmiest days would have taken off his hat to Montague as a machinist,' said the speaker.  He intimated that the question of the school superintendent entered into the election of delegates and suggested that Mr. Montague tell who he favored for that office in Mecklenburg.  Mr. Montague closed the discussion in an earnest address.  He ridiculed the idea of there being no machine and showed that all similar mechanism had been constructed by United States Senators.  He closed by saying:  'Mr. Martin has declared that he will take Mr. Swanson's defeat as a personal one.  Is this a dual campaign for governor.?'"

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
December 19, 1902, page 3

"THE CASE OF DR. MCLEAN - The case of Dr. E. P. McLean, republican member of the House of Delegates from Mecklenburg county, is still attracting the attention of the legislature, and it is thought by many that the House will shortly declare his seat vacant and order a new election.  A sub-committee which had been studying the case has discovered that under section 163 of the code the seat is ipso facto vacant from the fact that Dr. McLean is in the employ of the United States government as deputy revenue collector.  Dr. McLean, it will be remembered, flatly refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new constitution and took his hat and left the hall.  The sub-committee is making inquiry with a view to ascertaining whether the Mecklenburg member has drawn mileage.  The point involved is that if he has not it would only be necessary to declare the seat to which he was elected vacant.  On the other hand, if he has drawn mileage he will have to be expelled for his refusal to take the oath and attend the sessions.  It was stated in Richmond yesterday on excellent authority that Dr. McLean had drawn mileage and that the committee resolution would probably recommend his expulsion.  It is doubtful that a report will be made to the full committee before the recess.  There is no question that the seat will be vacated by expulsion or declared vacant in consequence of Dr. McLean's refusal to take the oath.  The doctor is now in Richmond with Mr. Park Agnew, collector of internal revenue for this district, in whose office in this city he is employed, and will return here with Mr. Agnew tomorrow.  Their visit is doubtless in connection with the matters described above."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
July 8, 1908, page 1

"The only LAXATIVE GINGER ALE on the market; Mecklenburg Lithia Water Ginger Ale, 10c and 15c per bottle.  E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS."

"The new GINGER ALE, made with the celebrated Mecklenburg Lithia Water, 10c and 15c per bottle.  E. S. LEADBEATER & SONS."

Alexandria Gazette; Alexandria, Virginia
December 20, 1902, page 2

"DR. MCLEAN TO BE UNSEATED - The case of Delegate E. P. McLean, of Mecklenburg, who refused to take the oath under the new constitution, and the question of whose eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Delegates has been raised, involve some very nice questions of law.  Mr. Cumming, a member of the sub-committee to which the case was referred, has prepared and embodied in the form of a bill his views on the questions.  His first conclusion is that E. P. McLean was not ineligible to membership in the general assembly, which convened in December, 1901, by reason of his being a Federal office-holder.  His second conclusion is that the seat of Dr. McLean is now vacant, because of his failure to take the oath under the new constitution.  His next conclusion is that Dr. McLean should be expelled for non-feasance in office, that the county of Mecklenburg should not remain unrepresented on the floor.  After an elaborate discussion of the points involved, Mr. Cumming's final conclusion is embodied in a resolution that the seat of the member from Mecklenburg is hereby declared vacant, and the speaker of the house is directed to issue a writ of election to fill the vacancy existing.  Dr. McLean, who went to Richmond a day or two ago, has returned to his port in the internal revenue office in this city.  He says his action in the matter will be uncertain until after the committee now having his case in charge shall have reported."

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