OCR Interpretation


True American. (Steubenville, [Ohio]) 1855-1861, February 15, 1855, Image 1

Image and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84028817/1855-02-15/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

-"'.' :--. - " '. ; -4 - '( ' - .'.:.,.. - - --s'ji
. . .-v; - .- i"; '. ' ' ' - ... :;.v.;; vn...- '''-'"''-
P. B. CONN, PUBLISHER,
A N N U M,
CORNER MAEJLET AND 4TB. SIS.
EJVASMBIT II AIT ASCI
.C;:;;- Tfcsr7- : . ? . , : $ 2 per
Z. RAGAN, Editor and Proprietor.
From tbe Southern Lady'i Book.
LIGHT WORDS.
We have been friend together,
Shall light words part us now?" ,
''Then you are decided upon not speak
ing to. Horace "Willis this evening, my dear
Clara; and aro determined to let a few light
words, uttered in jest, sever tho tie of
early friendship?"
This speech was addressed by Miss Stan
ley to her friend", a young and lovely girl,
whose flushed cheek rested upon her hand,
as she sat in an abstracted mood by the
window.
"And would Georgian Stanley have me
listen calmly to his reproaches, and submit
to be reproved before a large circle of
friends? No! Clara Fenwick's ppirit can
not stoop to that 1"
"I think you were both to blame," re
plied Miss Stanley; "but your proud de
meanor, my dear Clara, provoked him to
tell you many unpleasant truths, and you
would not listen to his apolagy."
"I cannot conceive what apology he
could offer, for his mannor of speaking,"
returned Clara, proudly tossing back tho
raven curls that shaded her polished brows
at least I cannot accept one."
"And bo, for a few light words, you are
willing to cast from you the heart in which
you hare garnered up tho wealth uf early
hopes ; one who is rich in intellectual en
dowments, and whose high-minded virtues,
blonded as they are with those qualities
which throw a charm "over domestic life,
have prevailed upon a fond parent to give
into his hand the wealth of a young child's
affections. Do you think that you can
justify this course to your father ?"
The delicate hand of Miss Fenwick was
passed over her eye as her friend concluded
this appeal ; but in a moment she raised
her head, and, looking at her, though with
less of pride in the depths of her dark
eyes, she answered :
"I knew that you would tlamo me, and
perhaps I was wrong : but I cannot hum
ble myself to make concessions to him."
"Then you must prepare to drink a bit
ter cup," said Gcorgiana. "Strange, way
ward girl 1 I cannot help it, if I offend
you ; but 'tis ever thus, that pride usurps
the better feelings of your heart, and casts
a shade over many excellent qualities."
A cloud lowered upon Clara's face, but
the spoke not.
"I grieve for you, Clara," continued
Miss Stanley; "for I shall yet Bee the
light of this laughing eye quenched in
tears, this smiling lip quivering with sup
pressed emotion, and this sunny brow, the
dim shadowing of inward woe, this young
heart boweth till earth will be but a placo
of weariness."
"And you believe this to be my fate ?"
returned Miss Fenwick. "No ! Georgiana ;
, I have a spirit that will not bow. My
heart may break, but neither cheek nor
brow shall betray it 1" and a smile played
upon' her beautiful lip, as she turned dis
dainfully away. .
Tears started into the mild eyes oXMiss
Stanley, and a foreboding of comingor-
row pressed heavily upon her mind.
roee from her seat, and, laying her ha
unon Clara's arm. said solemnly and ii
7f ,
pressively: "We trod the same path
hildbh days, and culled the same height
flowers; and when my dear mother died
and I was left in lonaliness and sorrow,
you shared Both heart and homo with me;
una now, la tne nnccniy oi eariy menu
ship, I vow to devote myself to you in the
years of blight and dosolation, which my
prophetic spirit whispers are in store for
you if jou persist in your determination
Believe mo, dearest, that a meek spirit is
A jewel far above pearl or gem and you
would be more beautiful to Horace, when
' ingeniously confessing a fault, than radiant
with diamonds, yet with your forehead
bright with such dazzling scorn.
V. .' , '..
' A imall circle of frionds met that evon
beat Mrs. Lorton's,an aunt of Clara's,
tar whom she was' much attacbod ; end;
most . gladly would she have absented her
self, as Horaoe;was to b one of the party
mhU foitntal, gttoteb 1o
but she feared giving offenco to the sister
of her beloved parent, and was compelled
reluctantly to accompany Gcorgiana and
her father.
There was a brilliant flush on her check,
as she entered tho drawing-room of her
relative, that contrasted strangely with the
extreme paleness of her brow, over which
were simply parted the glossy tresses of
her dark hair; and the softened expression
of her eye gave a touching charm to. her
beauty. Friends gathered around, and
the whisper of admiration fell upon her
ear, but she heeded it not. The voice,
whose slightest tone would have been as
tho cadence of somo sweet dream, was si-
cnt ; the eye, that was wont to rest upon
her with looks of gratified affection, was
turned away, and the smile, with its pecu-
iar fascination, had faded from the lip of
her estranged lover. He stood apart, in
conversation with Miss Stanley, and had
not once addressed her. A few intimate
associates clustered around the couch on
which she waB seated, and entreated her to
touch the strings of her guitar, and, wil
ing to avert the scrutiny of her father,
who was closely observing her, she com
plied, and warbled forth a plaintive ballad.
At its conclusion, Horace drew near;
there was something in his air which
seemed to ask if she would reply to his
speaking, as he bent his eye upon her face
with a glance of reproachful tenderness.
Looks of surprise and inquiry wcro direc
ted towards them, and the pride of Clara's
soul was again aroused. A deep and bur
ning blush CHmncmod iter forehead, and
scornful smile wreathed her lip, as she mot
his gaze; and then, turning haughtily
away, her hand swept the strings, and she
lightly sung a lively air. Mistaken being !
it was long, long ere she again breathed
around the witchery of song. A mingled
expression of sorrow and resentment pas
sed over Horace's countenance, and his lip
quivered, as he bent down and whispered
a few words in her ear, in a tone so deep
and low, that they were not understood by
those around them, and then left tho room.
Clara turned as pale as death, and her fin
gers trembled on the chords of her guitar,
The heat of the apartment, she said, op
pressed her, and she could not sing, as she
took Georgiana's offered arm, and moved
to a window-seat. She did not weep, nor
faint. How prjd e will nerve tho breaking
heart ! but, though it supports its votaries
in society, it forsakes them in solitude.
"Do you know who yon palo girl is ?"
said Augustus Lewis to, his friend; as they
stood together by a window in the assem
bly room of Mrs. D . "What, in the
name of wonder, has come over you, Lay
ton ?" he continued, in a lively tone. "
have been in raptures with her companion
this hour, and you have listened, Without
understanding a word I say, or deigning
an answer. One would bolievo that you
were of the order of La Trappe. Do rouse
yourself, and givo me somo information, if
you can."
"Methinks the faco is one I should
know," replied Horace Layton, rousiug
himself from his abstraction. 1 "It has
awakened feelings and remembrances,
which, I thought, had been long since
subdued. It is Miss Fenwick ; but how
chanced 1 Forgive mo, my friend," he
added, "but I cannot remain here; I shal
only betray myself, and my heart swells
with agony, as I contemplate that altered
face. My impetuous temper has done
this."
"Stay, Layton!" exclaimed Augustus,
forcibly detaining him ; "they are urging
her to sing; you may be mistaken ; wait
till you hear her voice. I never saw
more beautiful face ; but there has boon
much suffering to shadow the brightness
of that face. . List to her song."
The fair girl had boon persuaded to sit
down to the piano, and pourod forth, in
tone of melancholy Bweetncss, the plaintive
ir of "Aul d Kobin Grey." Horace stood
as if riveted to tho spot, and, as the strain
djgj away, burst from his friend and rush
ed from the room. In the passage he me
jtfr. Fenwiok, who graspod his hand, and
drew him into on adjoining room. "My
Poor child!" was all he oould say: but with
uch a. look -of agony and despair as was'
felt an understood by the goncrous young
man.: -4 The appeal was not in vain,' and
American
STEUBENVILLE,
Horace assured him that he was ready to
forget the past.
"Heaven bless you, my dear boy!" said
the old man, as the tears stood upon his
cheek; "my poor girl has suffered bitterly
for her pride; but, believe me, Horace, she
has ever done you justice, and acknowl
edges that it was her own proud spirit that
caused your estrangement; but her hoalth
has failed, and I have been traveling from
place to place with her, endeavoring to
restore the bloom to her sad choek. But
heart at case will do wonders."
Clara was more than usually sad, and
Gcorgiana succeeded in drawing her from
he observation of the oompany into a pri
vate apartment.
"Oh ! that I could see you smile, dearest,
as in happier hours!" said Miss Stanley,
tearfully, as sho kissed her hueless cheek.
"Never! Georgiana, the brightness of my
early dream is past. Oh, this heartless
gaiety!" she added, as the murmur of many
oices, and the flow of song, camo borne on
the night winds to her ear. "Is it not a
mockery to a breaking heart, my kind
friend? Alas! you knew me better than I
did myself, and where now is my boasted
pride? this sunken form and dim eye are
any thing but proud. No! a little while
and I shall bo at rest."
"Do not speak so despondingly, dearest
Clara," replied her friend; "happy duys
may yet be in store for you." The words
were scarcely uttered, when tho door open
ed, and Mr. Fenwick entered, followed by
a gentleman. Clara sprang to her feet,
and a tide of crimson etainodher forehead
for a moment, and then, retreating, left
her pale as death, and tho single word
"forgive!" burst from her pallid lip, as
Iorace caught her sinking form and fol
ded Her to his heart.
"All is forgotten," he exclaimod, as con
sciousness returned; "but I shall not easi
ly forgive myself, until I see this palo check
wear tho bright tints that I so loved of
old." And as sho smiled one of her own
beautiful smiles, he bent fondly to her lips
with the kiss of reconciliation.
Throe months after .these events, Horace
sat with his young brido and Gcorgiana in
the happy home which was endeared to
them by so many early associations. The
silvery moonbeams were tipping the distant
hills, and casting a flood of radiance on bud
and flower. Gcorgiana wandered into the
garden, and did not return for nearly an
hour, when she came, accompanied by
Horace's friend, Mr. Lewis. She hid her
blushing face on Clara's shoulder, as Au
gustus told them that he had won the prom
ise of her hand, and begged them to con
gratulate him.
"That I do, most sincerely," exclaimed
Horace, warmly shaking his hand; "but
one word oi advice i sincerely nope you
will be as happy as I am; but think how
different might have been the lotofmyselt
and yon smiling girl, had wo not met so
accidentally and how many months of
of suffering we . both endured. Beware,
therefore, my friends, how you ever let fall
a few light words; for they may sever for
over the tic that binds fond and trusting
hearts." M. M
A German has recently discovered
that air passed through cotton is no longer
liable to fermentation or putrefaction. The
apparatus made use of in produoing the. re-
suit is simply composed of a glass globe
hermetically closed by a cork covered with
wax, and provided with two tubes, one of
which is itself terminated by a small tube
at right angles ; the second tube serves as
an aspirator, going down almost to the bot
tom of tho globe, and communicating her
metically with a gasometer; the globe
contains the fermentable substance, and
meats and broth subjected to the process
will keep good for several weeks.
Many promises are scattered in the
Bible like stars in the firmament; and if
it were always day, we should not have
known there was a star in the sky ; so ma
ny of God's promises only shino, or at least,
shine brighter in the night of affliotion.
8 It is a 'fine remark of Fcnelon,
"Bear with yourself iu correcting faults as
you would with others." Wo cannot do all
at once. But by constant pruning away
ot littlo-laults and cultivating humble, vir
tues, we shall grow towards perfec'tiorirv
OHIO, THURSDAY,, FEBRUARY 15, .1855.
Si.
SPEW OF '
Hon. W. B. Smfth, of Alabama.
The Naturalization lawsThe Soman Catho-
lio Chuta.
ni8TOEY OF THE JESUITS.
Xct us pause for a moment and contem
plate this vast power. How ingeniously
devised. How skilfully exerted ! Behold,
in some gorgeous chamber I say gorge
ous, for every Roman Catholic is gorgeous,
except the cells of its lousy monks, and
the dark cloisters of its lock-thorn nuns
behold in some gorgeous chamber, this
General ! this almost imperial master of a
society, whose arms reach from sea to sea
from continent to continent. Behold
him in the midst of the images of idolatry,
clothed as a cardinal, with hundreds of
clerks at his bidding. Behold him, with
his ingenious and learned minions, quick
to observe, eloquent to teach, and rapid to
execute! Behold him, turning over tho
pages of these carefully compiled registers,
iu whose cabalistic leaves are noted the
strength of every State's army; tho amount
of every prince's fortune; the size and po
sition of every monarch's fleet ; the secrets
of every king's bed-chamber; the inclina
tions and passions of every man and wo
man of power, rank and character. Behold
him with the lines of communication by
land and sea lying open before him. Be
hold him, as if standing upon a tall cliff,
which overlooks the universe, with his
eyes reaching the institutions of every
country and xttmwtp tha policy of ev
ery prince. Behold this Richelieu, leav
ing his messenger tho alternative of suo
cess or death in the rapid and safe execu
tion of a trust. See all this, and more
if your imagination can enlarge itself up
on the subject of this organization and
ask yourself, is not this a fearful power ?
tV. power exerted not for the free, not for
liberty, not to disenthral mankind but to
sustain the claims of the Tope to be su
premo in temporal and spiritual affairs.
Well ! You have seen the Cardinal in
his gorgeous chamber, his council house,
surrounded by his waiting emissaries, his
willing messengers N You have seen this
great central power now, let us look upon
it as it diverges upon the thousand chan
nels of communication, both by sea and
land. Who is that splendid chevalier,
dashing by with the rapidity of lightning,
with relays of fleet horses awaiting him at
every point; he moves like a bearer of dis
patches; he flies to the Pope? Behold
that dusty traveler winding his slow way
along the purlieuBof a city, keeping in the
back-ground, sluggish and lazy to all out
ward appearance, but with a bright eye,
and a face blazing with a secret ! who is
he? he, too, is going on a mission to the
principal of some far distant monastery,
with a communication from the General of
the Jesuits! Behold that anxious emi
grant creeping from the bunk of some late
ly arrived ship, casting his glad .and mys
terious glances along the fresh coasts, and
opening his ears to the liberty-chanting
hills of America ! Behold him with his
greasy sack entering the lanes and avenues
of the unwalled cities of the free ! Who
is that emigrant? Who but an emissary
of that central power the potent Cardinal?
Sir, the Jesuit comes iu all shapes, in
all forms. They are spread all over the
United States. They are men of the high
est order of intellect, education and learn
ing. They are educated diplomats, skilled
in all the arts and contrivances which tend
to tho concentration of power in the Pope,
and to tho diminution of power in the
people. They have charge of nearly al
the Roman Catholio colleges; nunneries,
seminaries, and ohurohes in tho U. States.
Having sworn obedience to the Topo, they
swear no allegiance except with mental
reservation to the Constitution of the
United States. They are ready to teach
the Catholio laity who apply for citizen
ship, that the oath to support the Consti
tution of the United States is no oath at
all, when it conflicts with tho duty to the
Pope or to his bishops.
The main end. proposed by this order is
to gain converts to the Romanish church
with country and nation, "and with amaz
ing industry and address, pureuo the .end
of thoirjnstijution. .;No..difHeulty so great
that they cannot surmount; no danger so
iterator, Iwcncc,' aito intern! itttlligtntt.
imminent that they vrill not 'undergo; and
no crime so shocking that they will not
perpetrate, and have not perpetrated, in
the advancement of their cause." - So in
genious" and persevering has this order
been in times post, that they established
churches in China and Japan three hun
dred years ago, the remains of which still
exist. "They ordained, in the last centu
ry, admission into the fertile province of
Paraguay, where they so secured the con
fidence of the people, that a few Jesuits
presided over many hundred thousands of
the natives." They take four vows chas
tity, poverty, monastic obedience, and im
plicit obedience to the Pope. They break
at pleasure, the vows of chastity and pov
erty, but were never known to break the
vows of obedience and secresy. The order
was annulled, for its many crimes, in the
last century. The Pope who annulled it
is thought to have beon poisoned for his
temerity. And now, again, they are re
stored to the bosom of the church, enjoy
ing, as common, tho fullest confidence of
the Pope.
, This order has beea guilty of every
crime and enormity which could degrade
and disgrace mankind History proves
the truth of these charges. There is abun
dant evidence, to show that the Jesuits, in
many parts of the earth, have carried out
the pledge, upon dispensation, "to assume
any roligion heretical," in order "to prop
agate the Mother Church." One of the
most remarkable instances is recorded in
tho career of Ricci, the Jesuit, who estab
lished Romanism in .China.
"He persuaded the Chinese that the doc
trines of Confucius and those of tho Gospel
were not essentially different,and that Jesus
Jesus Christ had been known and wor
shiped in their nation many years before,
Ie allowed tho Chinese converts to retain
their profane customs and the absurdities
of their Pagan ancestors."
And Pope Alexander VII., after inves
tigation, by solemn Bull granted the Chi
nese this indulgence.
This, sir, is the secret organization which
strikes not only at our liberty, but at the
ibcrty of all free nations. This is the se
cret organization against whom the Amer
ican party has taken its stand. These are
the Priests (many of them) who are the
keepers of the secrets of their congrega
tions; whose ears are the only speaking
trumpets through which an audienee is to
be asked or secured in Heaven ! "
So much, then, Mr. Chairman, in de
fence of the secresy of the American party,
The justification is complete. If I had
but five words to speak to this party, I
would say, preserve your secresy. Re
member the fate of Samson. Let no De
lilah delude you. Samson was a giant, in
vincible as long as he kept his secret.
When that was surrendered, "the Philis
tines took him and put out his eyes, and
bound him in fetters of brass."
The Alleged Oaths or this New
Ordek.
The American party is charged with
taking oaths. What if they do? For the
soke of the argument, let it be admitted
They aro native Americans; they are edu
cated to allegiance. It is not to be sup
posed that they could swear to anything
whiuh would be inconsistent with that al
legiance. I know that we are commanded
to "swear not at all ;" but ages and sages
have not been able to discover any other
purificator. In all the courts of Christen
dom, the oath is the only test of veracity
The feebleness of mankind makes it ne
cessary; the custom of the world makes it
honorable. An oath, solemnly taken, is
an element of purity. But this order finds
its justification in the practice of its ad
versaries. The two most distinguished
adversaries of this order, are the eloquent
statesman of Virginia, and the learned
gentleman from Pensylvania, (Mr. Chand
ler.) Mr. Wise, himself, after assailing
the order for its test oaths, utters, in his
letter, this solemn sentiment:
"Oh I my countrymen, did not that
'pledye' bind them and vt, their Jteirs,for-
tver to Jaith and Iwpein God and to char-
ityfor each other to tolerance in religion
and to 'mutability' in political freedom?
Down, down, with any organization.
then, tthich 'denounces' a 'separation' be-twoe-n
Protestant Virginia and and Catho-
'io Maryland-rbctween the children
' Carrol!, juiOT "Pritestant George
Wythe. There the names stand together
among the 'signatures,' and will redeem
their 'mutuaV pledget with my 'life,' my
'fortune,' and my 'taeredhon-r,' to far at
in me liet to help me, Almighty God."
The oath of the honorable gentleman
from Pennsylvania is no less solemn.
Mr. Chandler. - Do I understand the
gentleman from Alabama as ranking me
ith the opposers of the Know Nothing
party?
Mr. Smith. Certainly. I heard the
gentleman's speech.
Mr. Chandler. I would scorn to oppose
party of which no gentleman in this
House has admitted himself a member.
Mr. Smith. This remark of the gentle
man from Pennsylvania is not more full of
Jesuitism than his whole speech. The
only retaliation I have to make to that
venerable gentleman is, to condemn him
to read his own speech, so fresh from his
ips, and then for him to say again that he
would scorn to oppose the Know Noth
ings, and to inquire of himself, against
whom did I lovo these vituperative phra
ses? ,,.
But the gentleman's interruption shall
not have its desired effect; it shall not di-
ert me from reading his oath. Here it is:
"With my hand upon my heart, and
my eyes on Heaven, I call this House and
(speak with reverence) I call my God to
witness the truth of all the assertions,
made from my own convictions and knOw-
edge, and' my entire confidence in the
credibility of all the testimony which
nave aaaucea irom otners.
Now, sir, it is not -very common for a
member of Congress to swear to his speech;
but I admit tho right to do so. General
J ackson swore, "By the Eternal." Cicero
swore, "irodu immortalcs." Mr. Wise
swore, "So help me Almighty God." Mr-
Chandlor swears; "With my hand upon my
heart, and my eye on Heaven, I call God
to witness."
Now, sir, whichof these oaths is the
most solemn? Hannibal, at his father's
knee, swearing eternal enmity to the Ro
man people, uttered not the oath more sol
emnly than did the honorable gentleman
rom Pennsylvania. I do not censure the
gentleman for swearing. He has the un
doubted right; but I deny that he has it
exclusively. I deny that it is proper for
Kim to swear, and improper for the Know-
Nothlngs to swear. I have already given
you. the Jesuit's oath. It is hard to class
the Roman Catholio mode of attestation
and asseveration under the head of oaths,
They more particularly belong to the head
of damns, curses, anathemas. Then, sir,
away with this objection. The Native
American is the keeper of his own con
science. He will never surrender it to a
Priest he will never apply for absolution
of perjury. He knows his duty. He will
not falter.
Arrogance of the Roman Catholic
Church:
I now approach, Mr. Chairman, the most
delicate and important subject that has
ever engrossed the attention of the Amer
ican people.- It is my duty to proclaim to
my countrymen the dangerous tendency of
the Roman Catholic religion. From its
first days to the present, it has, on all oc
casions, without the slightest exception,
been averse to liberty, and to free institu
tions. It recognizes the doctrine of the
infallibility of the Pope. Its greatest wri
ters say, infallibility in the Pope is synon
ymous with sovereignty in a monarch.
"The true principle is," says De Maistre,
"that sovereignty comes from God." This
is the origin of the idea and phrase, "the
King can do no wrong." This same wri-
ter(who is alloman Catholio) says: "There
must always be one to whom it never can
be said, you hayo erred. . "No," says he,
further "if there be anything certain to
reason as well as to faith, it is that the uni
versal church is a monarcby. The very
idea that universality supposes this form of
government so all Catholio writers, wor
thy of tho name, agree unanimously, that
the rule of the church ia monarchical."
(De Maistre. Pope, p. 2, 8.) "Monarchi-
cal government, once, established, infalli
bility becomes a necessary consequence of
supremacy." (Ibid 4.).. "Ho who wou!
havo a right to say to the Popo that he
was wrong, wonld also, on the same ground;
Latuoiic
VOLUME I. NUMBER 7.
have a right to disobey hia, wbic would
entirely do away with supremacy or infal-
ibility." "Every diviuely instituted so
ciety supposes infallibility." : (Ibid 7.) ;
This same distinguished Catholio writer
says: "But there is nothing now in the .
church, and it will never believe what it
has not always believed." - Had he lived
little longer, this last phrase would have
sorely troubled him, since the- Pope has
lately proclaimed, as an. article of faith,
(belief) the Immaculate Conception of the
Virgin Mary! x -';
Bollarmine says; "The Pope cannot err,
as a Pope;" "the decrees of the council
are infallible."
Bishop England says: "We believe that
general council is infallible in doctrinal
decisions.
Do Maistre says: "I do not pretend to
raise the least doubt in regard to the infal-
ibilityof a general council." Further.
I firmly believe that God has preserved
the truly eocumemcal council from all er
ror contrary to sound doctrine."
I beg my hearers (and readers). to re
member these authorities; we shall need
them as we advance in argument; and let
me say, once for all that, on this grand
subject, I have not relied Upon Protestant
writers. I hare taken nothing from re
port, rumor or newspapers, I have eon
suited the purest sources of information,
and I pledge myself to the country that my
facts are taken from the most authentic
writers most of them professod and obe
dient Roman Catholics. -
Not" doubtiug 'that, In the above re
mark, the venerable gentleman from Penn
sylvania (Mr. Chandler) Intended to.be
personally offensive to me, and seeing that
tho sentiment is calculated to be offensive
to, at least, a very respectable number of
the best members of this Congress,- who
are the advocates of tbe American party,
I cannot allow that gentleman to escape
from the extraordinary position in which
his denial places him. He is not the first
man who, for the sake of a little prema
ture wit, has ventured to be glaringly in
consistent. . . . ,
The gentleman "would scorn to opposo
the Know Nothing party." ..
What are the facts ? In the reply to
the speech of the honorable gentleman
from Mississippi, (Mr. . Barry;) who had
vigorously assailed the Know Nothing par
ty, the Hon. Mr. Bonks made a speech in
defence of the organization and doctrines
of the so-called Know Nothings, in which
he referred, with much power and force,
to the Roman Catholio question. The
gentleman from Pennsylvania, a week or
two afterwards, put himself up as the cham
pion of the Roman Catholic Church, to
answer the said speech of Mr. Banks, and
to defend the Roman Catholie church
against the imputations, not only of Mr. f '-'
Banks, but of the Know Nothings. He '
rcfors to the speech of the honorable gen-'
tleman f rom Massachusetts, in his defence
of the secret combination to put down the
Catholic religion in this country, by deny
ing to its members the full right of citi
zenship. He says, in the opening of his
speech: "I purpose making some reply vto
tho remarks of the honorable gentleman
from Massachusetts, (Mr. Banks,) whore- t -
ctntly addressed this House, in committee,
on some of the prevailing topics of the
day, and made special and inculpatory al
lusion to the creed of the Roman Catholio
Church." Let us remember that these
"prevailing topics of the day,", which, the
Hon. Mr. Banks had discutsed, were the
topics brought up by the Know Nothings;
and this "inculpatory allusion," , was a so-
torious charge of the Know Nothinga
against the Roman Catholiq Church. And
the honorable gentleman from Pennsylva- '
nia took it upon himself to reply "believ
ing," as he said, "that sn attempt at suoh
a reply as the charge of the gentleman
from Massachusetts would suggest to
Catholie, is expected from me, as the old
est of the few, the very few, (I knor but
ono besides myself in this House,) who!
are obnoxious to any censures justly made
against professors of the Catholic religion." '
"Of the cruelty of disturbing the publio
mind with such questions, and diafranchis
ihg woll-dipposcd citizens, I shiU
speak. I shall Heave "to other times, and .
other persons, in othur places, too, the
V.:

xml | txt