Grass Roots Politics, 1879
On Monday of last week the sovereigns of our county met in a mass convention at Carrollton, for the purpose of nominating a dead horse or two for the few State offices, which must, according to law, be filled. It is useless to add that two-thirds of the people who attended the convention were intoxicated, but it true nevertheless. So it is easy to comprehend how the affair was conducted – by yells, and brawls that were almost deafening. After a few short speeches were made, a resolution or two introduced – in favor of Blackburn for Governor – which were proclaimed to be all right and carried unanimously.”
A Carrollton corresponded to the Daily Commonwealth, February 11, 1879.