NP, DB 1/9/1862

From the Daily Bulletin (Charlotte, N. C.)
January 9, 1862
Editor of the Bulletin:
   "Agricola," in your Wednesdays issue, states that "the country has not been indifferent to the contest now pending in our town for Commissioners." While we are willing to see our country friend take an interest in our town election, yet we beg of him to take a truthful view of the matter, and make a truthful statement of the point at issue.
   He states that the town subscribed $40,000, paid half the debt, and now certain parties do not want to pay at all. Agricola mistates the matter, (whether willfully and with evil design or not, we do not say.) The town subscribed not $40,000 -- but $60,000, with the condition for an independent guage. The Commissioners of the year 1860, without authority from the people, reduced the subscription to $40,000, and gave up the independent guage, and virtually made the road an extension of the C. & S. C. R. R., and Charlotte a way station thereon.
   The Board of 1861 doubting the authority of the preceding Board to undo what the people themselves, through the ballot box, had ordered, refused to sanction this change of subscription and guage, and therefore refused to pay the interest on the debt after such a change, so prejudicial to the interests of this town, and so contrary to the original contract. They regarded the interests of the town of Charlotte as paramount to the interests of the C. & S. C. R. R. Co., who were extending their road at the expense of the Corporation of Charlotte -- and they throw themselves upon the verdict of the people of the town to say whether they have done right in protecting the town from such an imposition as the extension of the C. & S. C. R. R. Co. {Charlotte & South Carolina RR}, commonly called the A. T. & O. R. R. {Atlantic, Tennessee & Ohio RR}, is likely to be.
   Agricola may be a stockholder in the C. & S. C. R. R. If so, 'tis plain why he thinks the present Board wrong; he will make his profits in increased dividends; and it matters not to him if the people are saddled with a heavy and urgent debt.