It will be remembered that a dispatch from Middletown, Conn. recently was made public setting forth that in 1862 the Savage Arms company of that place shipped 2,000 revolvers to the Knights of the Golden Circle at Columbus, O., and that “Gen.” Stevenson was one of those who stood responsible for the arms and was recognized as the agent of the K. of G. C. in the conduct of the business. The Tribune at the time of this publication suggested to the Democrats the advisability of finding out who this “Gen.” Stevenson is, and if he happens to be their “Gen.” Adlai E. Stevenson, to explain what he as a lawyer wanted of 2,000 revolvers and what he was at as an agent of that disreputable organization known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Nearly a week has elapsed and no answer has come. The Tribune, therefore, with added emphasis begs the Democrats to investigate this matter. If it were some other Stevenson they certainly should clear Adlai’s skirts, for the suspicion is a damaging one, and silence will be construed as giving consent. Adlai’s Bloomington organ should be especially alert in finding what Stevenson it was; and Adlai himself, if he can spare the time from Howling about the defunct force bill in the land of his forefathers, ought to make a categorical statement about those 2,000 revolvers, either proving that he was not the Stevenson who ordered them, or, if he were, stating why he needed such an intolerable number of revolvers in the pursuit of his duties as a lawyer. It is a serious piece of business, and time presses. Will Adlai, or some one for him, explain?
From the Chicago Daily Tribune, Thursday, September 29, 1892.
No More Rugby
On Account of a Fatality, Middletown, Conn., Boycotts That Game.
Middletown, Conn., Sept. 29.–The Athletic Association of the Middletown High School has passed a resolution that no more football games shall be played this season. Games already scheduled have been cancelled. This action is due to the death of Thomas Kelly, a member of the football team, who died at Meriden Hospital from injuries received in the game with the Meriden High School team on Saturday last. Similar action is expected on the part of the Meriden High School.