Statesville, N.C. 1894. Dated in type Nov. 5, 1894. Broadside, printed in two columns separated by a rule, 6-3/4" x 11." Old folds, with a small split at a fold intersection [no text lost; blank verso with browning around the intersection]. Else Very Good.
[offered with] PRINTED BROADSIDE ADDRESSED TO "MR. L.C. STEVENSON, FANCY HILL, N.C. DEAR SIR: YOUR LETTER TO HAND AND NOTED. SAY FOR ME THAT ANY MAN WHO SAYS I WAS INFLUENCED BY ANY MOTIVE OTHER THAN PRINCIPLE TO WRITE MY CARD TO THE REPUBLICANS OF IREDELL COUNTY IS A SCOUNDREL AND A LIAR, A POLTROON AND A COWARD, AND I CHALLENGE ANY MAN AT HIS PERIL TO MAKE THE CHARGE OTHERWISE TO ME SERIOUSLY OR WHERE I CAN GET IT. A.D. COWLES. STATESVILLE, N.C. NOV. 5., 1894." 5" X 7." Bold type faces. Old folds, light wear, Very Good.
The "Card" is an appeal "to members of the 'Republican Party of Iredell County' to not align themselves with the Populists in this election, but to vote for 'Furches and Faircloth and other Republican judges and solicitors, Sharpe and Brown for the Senate, and Morrow for the House." He concludes with: 'Remember, Republicans, poor bleeding Kansas! Take the advice of the National Republican Committee; hold to your true principles; defend your colors; vote the Republican ticket and be saved" [Duke U Broadsides and Ephemera Collection].
Cowles was a lawyer, merchant, and Benjamin Harrison's appointee as local postmaster. He was also a McKinley elector. His obituary refers to him as "General." Cowles was an Adjutant General in the North Carolina National Guard. He was 43 years old when he died in 1899. His objection to the Populist Party is that it is "an attempt to organize one class of citizens against another class-- laborers against capitalists-- it must lead to more pronounced conflicts, aggravate all evils of organized lockouts and strikes, and tends to civil war, not peace."
OCLC 746002576 [1- UNC] [first item] as of January 2023. Item #39065