The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, March 30, 1905
The city election is over and the results accepted cheerfully by the people of Chariton who demand a clean and progressive administration of affairs and will be suited with nothing less. Capt. G.W. ALEXANDER won over Attorney J.W. KRIDELBAUGH only by a meagre majority and the honors between the two tickets are about equally divided. Most excellent men have been selected for the council and will guard well the public weal. Capt. ALEXANDER has the majority with him and has been Mayor before. His official acts are open and his administration will be watched with critical interest. Of the defeated candidate we wish to speak. He is a young man of exceptional ability and made a great race. His morals are exemplary and was in every way fit for the position had circumstances surrounded him with success at the polls, Monday. Many who voted against him did so with deep regret and no one exalts in his defeat -- at least not for the sake of defeat. There are a few things to be regretted. So often unnecessary heat is aroused in almost issueless contests. To some extent this was the case, Monday. As to the successful candidate it is not necessary to mention, or what might have otherwise been the result of the election. MR. KRIDELBAUGH suffered temporarily from a false charge. Perhaps some, not taking time to think, were influenced thereby, who in more sober moments were fully convinced of its falsity. These things usually spring not from headquarters but are "floaters" grasped at incidentally, and should be avoided. However, MR. KRIDELBAUGH is broad enough to rise above these petty incidents of election day.