The following is from the Washington Post of August 23, 1893 and is printed here in its entirety.
“Secretary Carlise has held up the appointment of J. P. Shipp as keeper of the Neuse River Lighthouse, North Carolina. Mr. Shipp was recommended for appointment by the Lighthouse Board. He is now assistant keeper. On the report of Commander Sterling, inspector for that district, the former keeper, J.W. Brabble, was removed for being away from his station eight days at a time without permission.
“It appears that Brabble is a Democrat and Shipp is a Republican. These facts were brought out by Congressman Branch of North Carolina, on whose request the appointment of Shipp was held up.
Secretary Carlise, in a letter of last March, said that no lighthouse keeper would be disturbed by him in his official position merely because of his political opinions.”
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