In 1913, William Stearns of Fredonia, Republican candidate for district attorney, in a long distance telephone call to The Journal in Jamestown stated that his attention was called to a statement published in the Jamestown Post, purporting to quote Rev. Charles T. Shaw of the Jamestown Presbyterian Church. Shaw was said to have stated that Stearns was representing the saloon interests and that if this was true, "we ought to know it and see that he stays at home." "I wish to say," said Stearns, "that I want to deny that charge in as emphatic words as the English language will permit. I have no cases in my office now in which any liquor interest or any license question is involved and I have accepted no retainers from anyone connected with these interest."