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Governor, making no other nominations. It passed a large number of resolutions in favor of promoting temperance by State and National legislation and indorsed woman suffrage.
The election resulted in the choice of the entire Republican ticket, by a plurality of about 42,000.
Almost the entire vote for Jessup seems to have come from Republicans who supported the remainder of the Republican candidates.
The Annual Convention of the Woman’s Suffrage Society was held in Des Moines on the 24th of October, Among the resolutions adopted were the following:
“Whereas the ballot is necessary to uproot many evils which afflict society and, Whereas, Women are deprived of this potent, silent power, therefore Resolved, That it is not the duty of women to contribute to the support of the clergy who oppose their enfranchisement.
Whereas, Congress had enfranchised the negro, alien and ex-rebel, and Whereas, Women are as intelligent as the aforesaid classes, therefore, Resolved, That the citizens of the State unite in a petition to Congress for a sixteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United Stares, giving women also the ballot upon equal terms with men.”
The annual session of the State Grange, was held at Des Moines, beginning on the 11th of October, and continuing four days. Among the resolutions passed were the following:
Resolved, That the State Grange favors the repeal of the resumption act and the remonetization of silver and the repeal of the National Bank act, and asks the General Assembly to memorialize Congress to shape the financial policy of the country in accordance with this resolution. We are in favor of the following changes in our laws; to abolish the grand jury, to compel litigants to give security for cost, to tax the whole cost of jury to the losing party, to fix by law the fee of attorneys appointed by the court to defend criminals, to regulate the compensation of shorthand reporters, to abolish the office of county superintendent, to compel sheriffs to report their fees as other county officers.
On the 28th of August, 1877, the country in the vicinity of Des Moines was visited by one of the heaviest rainfalls