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A Martyr of To-Day: The Life of Robert Ross, Sacrificed to Municipal Misrule, a Story of Patriotism Calling for Municipal Reforms.

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Pages: 32

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: General Books LLC (15 Jan. 2012)

By: James H. Ross (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter iv. martyrdom and transfiguration. there were events that preceded the fated election day of March 6, that were preludes to the revealed heroism of the several male members of the Ross family and to the shooting of one of them and to the martyrdom of Robert. February 3, 1894, a 'revolver caucus' was held, so called because of the use of revolvers to accomplish election purposes through fraud and violence. It was held in the first election district, on the west side of River Street. Inside of the room was one John McGough, who claimed to be a Republican, manipulating votes. On the outside were Bartholomew Shea, Jerry Cleary, Owen Judge, and others of the same stamp. The caucus was Republican, but the men named were reputed Democrats. They had no moral right to be there, and such as they will have no legal right hereafter if proposed State laws fixing penalties for such conduct are enacted and executed. Dem ocrats and residents in other wards voted. Repeaters voted. Pistol politics were exhibited in attempts to prostitute the purity of the ballot. Stanley O'Keefe was at the caucus, but testified at the murder trial that he did not take an active part. 'Did you vote?' asked the counsel for the prosecution. 'Yes, sir,' was the reply. 'Are you a Republican?' 'No, sir,' replied the witness: and then, seeing his mistake, he said that in ward elections he was neutral. John H. Boland, a well-known citizen and business man, an Irishman, a Roman Catholic, demanded that such voting should cease. John Ross was in the room. Turmoil ensued: the crowd from the outside forced its way into the room, and 'Bat ' Shea ran out the back way with the ballotbox, covering his retreat with a revolver. When on the witness stand, he was asked,--'What use did you have for the ballot-...

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