100 years ago in The Sarato­gian

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gil­bert

Mon­day, Sept. 17, 1917

Sup­port­ers of Repub­li­can county chair­man can­di­date Fred­er­ick W. Ka­vanaugh ac­cuse a Saratoga news­pa­per of break­ing a con­tract to pub­lish pro-Ka­vanaugh ads un­der pres­sure from from County Judge Lawrence B. McKelvey.

The Ka­vanaugh camp makes the charge in an ad ap­pear­ing in to­day’s Sarato­gian. The ad al­leges that the weekly Saratoga Sun sold ad space in their next edi­tion, due to ap­pear to­mor­row, to the Ka­vanaugh slate of can­di­dates, only to turn down the ad­ver­tis­ing “through the dic­ta­tion of L. B. McKelvey.”

As a Demo­cratic pa­per, the Sun would seem to have no dog in the fight be­tween Ka­vanaugh’s in­sur­gent fac­tion and the fac­tion led by state sen­a­tor Ge­orge H. Whitney. How­ever, McKelvey, a former dis­trict at­tor­ney and part-owner of the Sun, is con­sid­ered a po­lit­i­cal ally of Whitney, whose lob­by­ing is cred­ited with se­cur­ing McKelvey’s judge­ship from Gov­er­nor Charles S. Whit­man.

“What is there about th­ese ad­ver­tise­ments that any pa­per could not print, and the peo­ple should not see?” the Ka­vanaugh ad asks.

Ka­vanaugh and Whitney have been ri­vals since 1914, when both wanted to suc­ceed Edgar T. Brack­ett in the se­nate. Brack­ett con­vinced Ka­vanaugh, a former sher­iff, to stand down that year, on the un­der­stand­ing that Whitney would step aside for him in 1916. When Whitney re­fused to do so, Brack­ett and The Sarato­gian backed Ka­vanaugh in a bit­ter pri­mary cam­paign. De­spite car­ry­ing Saratoga County, Ka­vanaugh lost the pri­mary due to over­whelm­ing sup­port for Whitney in Washington County.


Thirty more Saratoga Springs sol­diers are sched­uled to leave for the Camp Devens train­ing fa­cil­ity in Ayer MA next Satur­day in the lat­est call-up of draftees se­lected in the July 20 draft lot­tery.

The Spa City troops and 33 oth­ers from the rest of Saratoga County will re­ceive a “big city demon­stra­tion” on Satur­day af­ter­noon, or­ga­nized by the lo­cal Busi­ness Men’s As­so­ci­a­tion. The BMA meets tonight to “show that Saratoga Springs is still on the map and proud of her boys who have been hon­ored by be­ing a part of Un­cle Sam’s great army.”

While at­ten­dance at the meet­ing is “very sparse,” The Sarato­gian re­ports that “most of the live wires were on the job and ap­par­ently will­ing and anx­ious to put their shoul­ders to the wheel to strive for a proper farewell to the sol­diers.”

The lo­cal Women’s Re­lief Corps will serve lunch to sol­diers at the city ar­mory Satur­day morn­ing, and lo­cal baker Michael J. Row­land “im­me­di­ately of­fered to do­nate all the bread needed to make sand­wiches.” The BMA urges lo­cal busi­nesses to close early that af­ter­noon and join in the sol­diers’ pa­rade to the train sta­tion.

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