Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Southeast Missouri. The Condition of Things at Cape Girardeau and Thereabouts.
Newspaper published in: Chicago, IL
Cape Girardeau, Mo., Dec. 29, 1877.
To the Editor of The Inter Ocean.
Southeast Missouri is one of the oldest settled and least progressive sections of the Mississippi Valley. Bourbon Democracy and rebel prejudices have prevented its keeping pace with the remainder of the State in civilization and culture.
There are more persons in this Congressional district unable to read and write than in any other district in the State. It is the strongest Democratic district found in Missouri and its Democracy is of that stripe that desires the establishment of the whipping post and a repudiation of the national debt contracted to put down the rebellion. The leading organ of Bourbonism in Southeast Missouri, published in this city, the Democrat, advocates boldly the whipping post and all kindred barbarisms.
The Chicago Inter Ocean is quite extensively read in this city, and is doing much to enlighten the people, and infuse life into a dead community. It is regarded as the best journal published in the country.
The temperance move is beginning to reach this section of the country. Mrs. HOLYOKE, of your city, spent seven days in this country and accomplished much good. Several hundred signed the pledge, and a number of temperance organizations have been formed throughout the country. Mrs. HOLYOKE was heartily welcomed and gave great satisfaction. She has promised to return to Southeast Missouri in February, and labor among the people. She will be welcomed wherever she may go.
The Republicans of this district are in a hopeless minority, and all they expect is to organize and be ready to take advantage of any mistakes made by the Bourbon Democracy.