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Huntsville Weekly Mercury (AL)
Huntsville Weekly Mercury (AL)
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Description: A Negro Wants It - Office Deputy at Montgomery

Date: August 24 1904

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 3, Column 3

Murphey Wishes to be Office
Deputy at Montgomery.
Claims the Job Was Promised Him
By the President’s Referee.
Montgomery, Aug. 18.—The resignation of Byron Trammell as office deputy under United States Marshal L. J. Bryan was accepted yesterday by Capt. Bryan, who returned from his plantation in Elmore County.
If Captain Bryan has decided who will succeed Mr. Trammell, who has already become postmaster at Dothan, he has not made any public intimation f the name of the appointee.
It is said that S. M. Murphy, the negro school teacher, is busy after the place, and declares that it was promised to him by J. O. Thompson and Charles H. Scott, President Roosevelt’s Alabama referees. Mr. Thompson has declared that the place will go to F. N, Winters, a republican of Dothan and the attorney-general in Washington has issued a letter by direction of the President himself, in which it is stated with emphasis that the referees shall have nothing whatever to do with the appointment.
There is a vague report that Messrs. Thompson and Scott hope to land Capt. Ben W. Walker in the office of Marshal at Montgomery, if they can succeed in ousting Capt. Bryan, and that they were moved to interfere with Capt. Bryan’s subordinate officers in the hope of placing him in disfavor with President Roosevelt.
Of course, these movements are based on the idea that President Roosevelt will succeed to the presidency after the November election.
In view of the recent circular letter from the department of justice anent Alabama patronage, Captain Bryan is moving slowly in the appointment of Mr. Trammell’s successor, and the referees are believed to be moving still slower.

Submitted: 07/27/20

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