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Payment in advance In all cafes. ,
The Irish and the Negro---What
the Radicals Think of Them.
a Boms of the Abolitionists, and the sup
porter! of the "Rutop." Congress, lu this
county, are trying to creep out of the "ne
gro suffrage dilemma.
'We are not In favor of negro suffrage
oh.not-bufc ".. ' 1 , ' ' ;:;
' -But, What? ."
. if 'Why, but but well, we think a negro
has as go,d 0 right, aud is as fit to vote
. ; !
'Aswhrt . ' ' " '
VJVhy, as as well, as the low, ,degrud
fd, Ignorant Irish, who come to tills' coun
try la swarms, and always vote the "Dlm
mlkraUc'5 ticket. .. : t
Where are they t ' ;
; "Where ! why why In this comity,
and everywhere.', . -'.
What do they do f ' v
(,"Do!r-do l why, they are the miners,
colliers, teamsters, Ac they do the work
at our big furnaces."
Ain't tbey useful citizens I
"Why ,-well useful ? Yes, in that way
fhty sre, but" : ; ' . .
t But, vh'atf ;
'"Borne of them sell whisky, and a good
many drink It.''
, Iton't a good many of you do both ?
"Wefusf how r where?" ; 11
' Why, here, in Vinton county!
' ''Well really you are getting personal
why, yes; but but " ', ;
' But, whntt '.' ' ' : ',
''Why, iwhy, don't you understand?
why but we are loyal."
Are the Irish disloyal? "
t "Of course they are."
Why? . '
" Because because because why,
didn't we tell you, they vote the Democrat
ic ticket?
Is that the reason why the negro has as
good right and Is as fit to vote?
tfYes.f
Are you- in favor of taking away from
the Irish the right to vote ?
' "Can't say that we are."
You think they ought to vote, do you ? --"Yes,
we do.", - ,
1 Why, then, ought not the negro ?
"Well, well, I tell you, I can't ee why he
shouldn't, just as well as the Irish."
. But, still, you are not in favor of negro
suffrage? . r .. .
Oh, no; of course not." '
Well, why not ? ' '
"Oh, wa have enough voters now." .
' Do you think that the addition of so
uiauy more ignorant and degraded voters,
would bo more than the. country could
stand? Do you think it . would add . too
-inuch strength to the Democracy?
"Oh, no, indeed; the ucgros would not
vote with tho Irish. They would vote on
the other side- on our side."
' Was It because the Irish were Ignorant,
low aud degraded that thoy always vote
tho Democratic ticket? . ."'
. "Yes, certainly !"
Why won't the negroes vote It, then?
"Became because wby, because."
.Because what
"Because because well, they are loy
al." ; '
And that is the roason why yon want the
Irish to vote and don't want the negro to
votMa it? ...
"No, It Is no such thing."
Are you 16yal? '.;
I Certainly, guess we arc !'
: And the negroes are loyal?
''Certainly, Jbeyjare." : j
Andjthe Democrats, and what you call
the low, degraded, Ignorant Irish Dcino
cjatlc voters j-they are disloyal? : ' -. .
"Certainly,' they are." - ; v.ti:
And so you think ' that low, .degraded,.
Ignorant,,, whisky-selling and whisky
drinking people, who art not loyal, ought
to vote, but you" don't believe In having
any more loyal voters? .
i."Wel!,.have It so, if you please." ':
Would you not like to defeat the disloyal
vnta?
1 "Yes, Indeed."
"Wouldn't the "loyal" negro vote help
yon to defeat the "disloyal" Irish Demo
cratic vote? . '
"It would, indeed."
' SVdUldn't that be i blessing to the coun-
lios't assUredlyia great blessing."
Still, you jy you are not In favor of ne
gro suffrage , . .-. ... t-'.! -.
"We are not".... ; .'
-Do you feel sure that you are not lying?
No.we donWbut-' i.; ... . 1
Butwhatl ; ; I ' -,'
Negro suffrage Is not an Issue : we said
nothing about, it In our platform., V'e stand
by our plattorni.' .;'":: " ""
IIow.lpjagdld yu stand by the Crttten
den Resolutions, which In Congress, and
out of Congress, was made your platformt
Oh, rye had to do that to get votes; that
was buncombe. .,oi.-..v;-
That's what's the matte nowl- -
the Radicals Think of Them. [From the Mac-2-Cheek Press, Radical.]
General LeFever.
The Sandusky Register and the Hancock
Jeffersoniaa call us, to account for, our de
fease erthfi gentleman's 'jnilltary record.
Wt are' sorry tediffer with our good frieuds
e4'toi'liUVl:';and thliln par
ticular We are all' three: strlvlilg for the
same cause thaTlh vol Vei the" defeat of Le-
Fer, ftbd there is ho jpai, Jfor; ;any i other
than- harmonious action 2- But '. there Is
tomettlritf'more at stake thaX'th'Iftaud lS-
gaidlog Ji'.jla, fa no .1'ittle importaneev : we
at ttatad tO'take Issue with our friends.
KAOwlniftJeFevfir : 414 his '. $tf
rykM9oieat aoldienliV tbe late Vr,
we cannot alt by qu!etiyQd see .tho7 facts
anonymous scribbler, as the autbocof the
conimunicatlqntd tht1 ffferfthah is, mere
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his name and record by the Copperhead or
ganization.. . r
The Ilnneock JeiTersotiliin wishes to
know if Colonel Donu Piatt sustains a pol
troon ? Certainly not. Colonel Piatt does
not sustain Ben LeFever, be he brave or
cowardly. He seels his defeat, aud is
workiughard to accomplish that result.
But this cannot be accomplished by distort
ing his military record or abasing the sol
dier. Colonel Piatt recommended Major
LeFever lor promotion upon the recorded
recommendations of Generals Bosecraus,
Crittenden, and Colonels Stanley Matthews
mid Cummins, who affirmed tliut he was a
gallant and efficient ofllcer.
The charges preferred against- LeFever
by the anonymous author lu the JctTerum
Ian were, that ho did not enter the service
as a private, that he was under tire but
once, aud then was guilty of shameful
misconducts ,,..'. . 1 .
We'kncw these charges were false. We
knew Ben LeFever entered the service as
a private, fur we had seen his honorable
discharge, and the reportx of his superior
oiflcers, who speak warmly of his bravery
and obedience. Instead of being l.i one
only, he was in five of the hardest fouaht
battles In the Arrav . of the Cumberland,
and In all won for himself the confidence
aud support of his superior officers.
And when the proof is failed for, it con
sists of a protest, signed by all the officers,
to his promotion over tho iiend of. as they
claim, a more deserving officer, and the
ouly charge Is that LeFever has been
away top much from his regiment on de
tached service. Had he been open to the
charge of misconduct on the field, would
not these officers have used the fact to his
prejudice? They did not, nnd it is too
fate, in the midst of a heated political con
test, to prefer it now.
Our friends do not understand and ap
preciate the feeling that pervades the army
of the Union. At least a dozen brave Re
publican officers said to us at the late Con
vention, 'if this sort of thing goes on, we
will lose every soldier's vote in Ohio."
While appeals to patriotism make (is suc
cessful with the army, abuse of their com
rades will only weaken our cause. Wa
must remember that a large number of
these Soldiers arc old Democrats, nnd while
they w ill stand firmly by our Hag at home,
as they did in the field, are in no humor for
unmerited abuse of comrades. ,
Acquittal of Major Gee.
Major Gee, of the Confederate Army,'
had charge of the military prison al Salis
bury, North Carolina. He Avas paroled
with General Johnston's command, but
was subsequently arrested by order of
Stanton, and, after nine month's imprison
ment, was brought to trial before a milita
ry court, on tbe charge of violating the
laws of war, in cruel treatment of Federal
prisoners. After a protracted trial, in
which many witnesses were examined on
the part of the Government, Major Gee was
acquitted. . , ;
The Charleston Courier, " remarking on
the result, says:
It was probablv true that there was
freat suffering and mortality at Salisbury;
nt, as has been stated, it was fully estab
lished! . 1. That every officer connected with
that post and prison made every possible
effort to supply the prisoners.
2. That they were supplied to the full
extent of the ability ot the country and
the Government.
3. That ot no time. In no way. was there
ever made any difference as to the quanti
ty and quality of supplies furnished them
and the Confederate soldiers who guarded
tlieni; and
' 4. That their sufferings were caused by
the failure of their Government to furnish
thein with proper supplies, by Its refusal
to exchange them, and by Its hostile opera
tions, which rendered it impossible to se
lect a proper place for a prison depot."
What the New York Herald Thinks
will Result from the Philadelphia
Convention.
In its characteristic style the New York
Herald discusses the Philadelphia Conven
tion. It scouts the idea that a new party
will spring out of It; but It Is satisfied that
the Convention; will help do what the peo
ple have determined on doing, This opin
ion it states thus: . '
"The Philadelphia Convention may as-;
slst in the work by dividing the Republi
can party ; but so far as organizing a new
party is concerned, it will be as. powerless
as Jack Hamilton's mulatto Convention,
which is to meet In the same city, and to
be attended by delegates from Texas who
do business in Wall street, fand delegates
from North Carolina who reside iu.Herkl
mer.couuty, New York. Its moral effect
will be bendficlal; but the people will take
hold of the Issues In a more practical way.
They have the whole subject brought home
to their pockets every day by the taxes,the
tariff and 'the. high prices, and they see
Congress kept Irt .session 'by the jobbers
and. robbing the Treasury by wholesale.
Let the Philadelphia Convention open Its
doors wide to all men of all parties, so that
there may be a grand, uprising of the jjpli
tiulans; but the uprising of the people will
accomplish, more than any . Couveutlon.
Reading over the experiences pf Tyler and
Fillmore, we hiav nredlct that the Conven
tion, will tall ; but with its failure; it will
killrthe Radical party tbrough.the popular
A Tariff Dialogue.
.A junior partner in aheavyjob.
bing-house of; .New York; was yes
terday iryinp to get an .order: for a
big till of goods from one of the
largest wholesale .'; dealers, .when
the, following dialogue ensued, as
related to ug by the merchant him
self.'. It,; shows the sort , 6t influ
netti'SLt'iare relied , upon, to, pass
the pojwf B swindle : , . .
i t .PriimmerYoujr true policy is
to purchase.. at once -all the. goods
yQurhjDUBe ctttoarry, because there
y411 bp j a' large .advance in prices
tefy:SOOn; tt'J eriia ,.,' :.
! Merchant What makes- yoti
think sp f I look for a fall of gold, ,
and with it a decline in prices, '
Ihrummer nut the voiweu jgn
tariff bill, when it passes, will cause
an immediate riso in the price of
all kinds of goods; and the hquse
that has a big stock on hand. 'vM
realize a fortune , by the advapefy
It will beat old war times.' ',!
. Merchant Yes but will toe vol
well bill pass! For my pert, J
think H will, be defeated. , If it jets
through the House the Senate fcay
kill it.'and if it pasfjei, both Hous
es, the chances are th?t th presi
dent will , veto 1 it, ; Under those
circumstances, 1, don't deem it pru
dent to purchase' more gpods than
I need for my regular trade. .
. . Drummer I tell you the' bflr is
going through Congress !kitin."
Before I left home a milJioiifcreenr
backs had been raised by importers
and sent down to Washington ' Jo
grease the wheels' of, legislation
and make the bill move along
slick. J . '.
Merchant And1 to' stop ' creakr
ing. IIa,-ha,ha,both.
. Drummers-Yes: , to stop ' thy
noise or opposition, and to "slide her
Merchant But I don't believe a
million would . be"gin to go rosnd.
I. doubt whether money enoujjh
could de raised to pass the bill. ;
Drummer Easy enough.; Why,
just, consider that, the passage ' of
tne bin wouia put nuy minions pi
dollars into the pockets of the im
porters and jobbers of New; York
alone, ' and tens , pf millions m)i6
into the pockets of the holderiof
goods in Boston, Philadelphia and,
other large places. I tell yon iny
amount of money can be raised.-;-The
bill is bound to. pass.' Dcm'ti
you fear that Johnston will vetjo'itl
The . importers of New York are"
all his friendc. find support his 4,pbl
icy," and he can't afford to quarrel
with them. Your 1 Chicago merck
ants ought to buy all the goods'
they can get, and then use .their
influence with their represen'ta-j
tives to have them vote, for 3 the
bill. That's the ! way to , b'ake
money. ; , Your folks ain't up to
snuff out west." ; "
. Merchant Well, I gtiess Til not
give any order to-day. I'may be'
as you say, but I can't seo it. '
Drummer 111 go you 'a sait of
clothes' that , the, bill passes ' and
Johnson signs it. .. ,'J '.'
'Merchant-I'll take that 'bet.
Good day,' sir. Chicago; Trib
une, (Republican.), ' ,
The Deaths of the Presidents.
' The Nashville Union and 'Amer
ican thus notices an article in the
Cincinnati Gazette, upon which we
commented at the time. It Bays:
1 "Two whole columns were con
sumed in a malicious article up
holding the statement of a 'vile
penny-a-liner who has' recently
published a.' book 'charging' the
Southern men of the nation with,
the assination of President Ilarri-
rp nriA T innnln nnd tfiA
af fomntwl destruction of tub life'of
Mr. Buchanan. Jt exce'eds in menH
dacity and malignity the autnor oi
the calumny it indorses, in us
broad intimation that -'President;
Johnson, if not a conniver 'at the
murder of hi3: , predecessor, is" the
willing instrnment of those who
rlirl Mift deed and of those who re
joiced at itj'and in the latter cate
gory he places ' the' mass ' oi me
Southern people." -' ; '":
.'The Gazette is sinRing- lower
and. lower, 'and 1 seems1 t6 - bejin
..uii.nr (Via hA7A! ftrid r 'alula
of party degradation: !' It 1s m" 4
fair way to reach it." : ' ' "' ' : ' " : '
Harrison and Taylor died natnr-
1 JtU TVka'fnvmar WrUH AttAckv
ed with plurisy, in consequence: of
an unfortunate, exposure on .mo
day he wasinadgurated.: JThe 4th
of 'March 141, was a drizzly -day
of rain' an4 sleet and President
Harrison took' little' or no 'precau
tions against it'', The result was
that, ; old and infirm. ' the cold -became
pleurisy 'i'or ' 11 "
president -Taylor'!-died from an
attack of cholera ifiorbus, superini.
duced by too much exposure on
the 4th of July previous to:'his
death.'1 ; There waa no poison' about
his death or that, of Geheral Har
rison, and nobody ever supposed
there was until , vile party vmAligf
nRncy, years iafterj' made1 the ifftlj
charge,
: President lirtcon m$ a,ssassma
ted by! a mart ;whd hadjcld ! tie- ot
' With-' thr South. ' and
whose life had beeri spent m the
Nortfi;r 3--f i rno.u a;:,
-If an
the, life of MtlBflcha'nin,' ki whibh
there is nt positive- prooi, is was iy
the celebrated National Hotel pois
oner, in 1857. At that hotel were
many leading men of the South,
some of whom suffered for months
from a disorder which appeared to
be poison. The parties to. that!
deadly crime were generally sup
posed to be free-negro servants,
who had been instigated to it by
some Abolition miscreants of the
North, who owed a spite to Presi
dent Buchanan. ..
What Does Citizenship Confer?
'In his speech at New Albany, In
diana, quite recently, Governor
Morton, while he gave, strong ap
probation, to , the-.' Constitutional
Amendment that Congress has sub
mitted tt) the respective States for
ratification, wherein full and com
plete citizenship is conferred on
the Negro,' denied that it made him
a voter, and took Hon. Joseph ,E.
McDonald to task for having
claimed that it does do so. ' It cer
tainly follows that if a Negro isj
by the Constitution, declared to be
as .much of a , citizen as a white
maiL and that none of the rights
and immunities thus conferred can
be abridged by any of the States,
he is a voter as much an a white
man. ' At Bloomington, Indiana.
Mr. McDonald made a speech on
the 21st, where he discussed this
question thus: ' ' !
The first section of the proposed
amendment declares "that all per
sons born or ' naturalized in the
United States, and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of
the United States and Of the btate
wherein they reside.- No ' State
shall make or enforce any laws
which shall abridge the privileges
or immunities of the citizens of
the United. States."
A citizen, according to Aristotle,
"is one" who is a partner in the leg
islative and judicial power of the
country." -,- 'i ... ...
Bonnier says "a citizen is one
who under, the , Constitution and
laws of the United States has r a
right, to , vote for Representatives
in Congress and other , public ot
Seers, and .who is qualified to fill
offices in the rift or the people. -. -;
Webster defines a citizen ,16
mean "a person native or natural
ized, who has the privilege of ex
ercising the elective franchise, or
the qualifications ,,which enable
him to vote for rulers and purchase
and hold real estate." . . t ;., .
. These definitions are , sustained
by the judicial decisions of many
of the States, and by the Supreme
ICourt of the United States. ,
But. says Governor Morton, with
an air of triumph, women and chil
dren are citizens, and yet they do
not vote I To that I answer; Un
der the" Constitution as it now
stands (in a general sense,) white
women and white children are.
But black women and .black, chil
dren are not. If, however, ,ypu
adopt , the proposed , amendment,
you, cpnler.the same , rights upon
iiegrp women that are joow enjoyed
by white women, and upon negro
children the,, same rights which
white children have; and upon .ne
gro men the same rights' ' thafc,"can
be claimed for white 'men,!'arid, no
distinction can any longer be made
ori account' of color or race, for
the Tights, of citizenship, both Sliate
and National,, with all the concom
itant, rights and inimunities belong
ing thereto, are conferred upon the
hegio race to the same extent that
ihey are now enjoyed by the white
ace, and secured by,the same'eoh
ktitutlonal ' guarantees.' It is;
claimed by Governor1 Morton that
bw.anse the States Jnow regulate
'elective' franchise, and that;
pce? is not ;drectly takei' away
by Uje proposed amendments, that
alter the adoption tthe States may
(till prohibit negroes from voting
? r holding office. ' To this I answer,
hat) under tho Constitution, as it
no jv.i taads, States may uofc . only
reguiaU the elective franchise, but
each ta'ie may' f itself determine
W'hj may become citizens ' thereof,
and on what terms.; i In the -exeri
ciseiOt.thif right; Indiana! adopted
the-yhirteenth Article of, her Con-i
stion, ,',aiIed, : I have. nJ doubt,
tythe vote of , Governor Morton,
by which: she in 'effect declared that
negroeB1' should1, not ' acquire ' the
rights, of citizenship here; bu$;the
proposed amendment declares that i
alj persons .bprv.-in ., the .United
States," without regard to e', or
2olor, shall be' citizens,1 nbt;dnly of
1 the' United State's; but of the State
in which they reside,' and : at 'once
takes away' from - the States ! the
:owex! theyjioirposseaSj'of guard
ing themselves against the settle
meWi.ithia':Uicitr.liniit; of Bob
classes"as' theyiay deem 'delri
mental to them, .and while a State
may still prescribe a pterin of resi
dence for persons corning into and.
settling within its limits, the rule
under the amendment must: apply
to whites and .blacks alike. So of
the elective franchise, or any other
privilege of citizenship; for, being
alike citizens of the States wherein
they reside with their white fellow
citizens, the' negro could not be
kept from the polls by any . State
law which .did notj on the .same
terms and4 conditions, keep the
white mah, away. . Tho ; States
might 6till,: h doubt, prescribe
qualifications lor voters', such as
property or education,! but every
citizen white ; or black, who pos
iBessed those qualifications, would
be entitled to' vote. No State could
any longer say that none should
vote bnt white male ; citizens over
the age of twenty-one years, for
such a law would "abridge the
privileges and immunities of citi
zens of the United States." One
of the clauses' of the Bill of Rights
in onr State Constitution, declares
that "The General Assembly fhall
not grant any citizen, or . class of
citizens, ,priviliges, or immunities
which, upon the same terms, shall
not equally belong to all citizens."
Now, will any one say, if the Con
stitution of the United States con
fer upon negroes born in this coun
try, 'the right of citizenship, not
only in the United States,; but of
the State wherein they reside, that
every native born negro residing in
the State of Indiana would not be
the , political equal of the white
citizens of the State?., Aud being
Citizens of the State, what rights
enjoyed by the . white citizens
could, on account of their color,
be denied to them?.-
But, says, Governtfr Morton, "as
to what constitute citizenship in a
State depends upon its Constitu
tion and laws. The conditions dif
ferin different States." That , is
true under the Constitution as it
now stands, but how unfair to nrguo
thatitwill.be so still after tho
adoption of an' amendment by
which it is declared that citizen
ship in the United States and a
residence in a State shall constitute
all such without regard to ' local
laws or State Constitutions citizens
of such State. Again, he, (Gover
nor asserts that one may still be a
citizen ot tho United States.,, and
not a citizen . of any, State. That is
true, for he may reside in aTenitq
ry ; but what benefit is to result from
this sage discovery of Gov. Mor
ton's I am unable to see.. Lei him
or his friends answer this questiou.
Under the . proposed, amendment
can a man be a citizen oi the Uni
ted States and a resident of a State
and not be a citizen of such State?
And can any State law deprive any
class tf persons of such rights?
But I will not pursue this ques
tion any further at this time. Oth
er subjects demand your ' attention
and, mine. The purpose of thesei
amendments is plain;, it is to make
all persons bom in ,tliis country,
without ' regard .to race or . coloi,
"equal '.before the 'law:.? . It is , to
divide the power to govern, with
four millions, of an inferior race,
and this is well known to the Re
publican leaders inIndiana, but
they have not the honesty to avow
it, lest .the .people condemn them.
But I say to you be. not deceived,
for upon you finally rests the re
sponsibility of deciding these great
questions. Beware,, therefore, yqu
decide them right. ' , .." - ,- V
An Ugly Case of Miscegenation-
An Ugly Case of Miscegenation-Color-blinded Connubial Bliss
An Ugly Case of Miscegenation-Color-blinded Connubial Bliss Under Difficulties--Two Souls
An Ugly Case of Miscegenation-Color-blinded Connubial Bliss Under Difficulties--Two Souls with but a Single Thought--Two
Colors Mixed in One.
i LA.GO-" Didst thou noli aoeher paddlo
with the palm of hU hand Didst thou
not mnrk that?""
KODERIGO-'Tcs, , that I did; that
was but courtesy."
1AG0 "Lccherv. bv this hand: an in
dex and obscure prologue to the history of
lust and foul thoughts.-' .-. :
' ;The City Court was thrown into a
6tate of serio-comic agitation and
ludicrous . commotion - yesterday
morning, by the entrance of a sal
low-skinned wBuck-eye," with a
; thick-lipped Pinah, blacker than
the ace of spades, hanging loving
ly upon his arm.' . They filed in
to the caboose under, a police' es;
p cort, and constituted, an ' attractive
siae-snow to tne general, exuiwuon.
.Externally, the. male was,:wliite, to
all intents and purposes, and thB
female was a shiny dark as the in
side of a fresh box of blacking.-
They had been married, and m di
rect violation of the State laws ; so
the union was, of course, not bind
ing '.. ' i::v';J""r
Kevertiele'ssJ they clung to each
u 'ADYEETISrXG TEEMS. ' f .
One tqtiare, ten lines, . A QO
Each additional insertion, ........ - 40
Cards, per year, ten Unes, ....,r $ 00
Notjoe of Executors, Adalntetra .
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other with the tenacity of a South
American monkey's tail to tfcocba
limb. The court and audience
were pretty well prepared for tbe
development by the announce
ments in the morning papers in re
lation to the affair. On Friday
morning a paragraph appeared in
one of the city journals, to the ef
fect that, at the close of the ser
vices on Thursday, night, fat the
First Baptist Church, just as the
congregation were leaving, they
were invited to remain, and they
again took their seats. Thompson,
a white .man, walked up to the
front of the pulpit, accompanied
by a coal-black negro woman, and
producing his marriage license, the
twain were made one flesh and
and blood, in due form, by the offi
ciating minister of the church."
This statement was questioned
and condemned by the Banner,
with the suggestion -. that if the
white man and negro woman were
actually joined together, at the
time indicated by a disgusting
mockery of one of the holiest rites
sanctioned by the church, it could
only hxre occurred at the Colored
Baptist Church. Our surmise was
in the main correct. In the list of
marriage licenses printed yester
day morning appear the names of
the lively pair: "William A. John
son (not Thompson) to Josephine
McConnico." X. The marriage li
cense, of which we have been per
mitted a glimpse, bears on its front
the following: . -
"Vllllani A. Johnson to Josephine 11c
Connloo. Issued June 28, 1SCC.
"I solemnized the Rite of Matrimony be
tween the within named parties on the 28th,
of Juno. . ( ' i .
"NELSON MERRY."
The license was regularly issued
to tho man Johnson by the deputy
clerk of the County Court, never
for a moment suspecting that a
white man of the applicant's 'ap
pearance designed such a use or
abuse of its privileges. The offici
ating1 minister, Rev. Nelson Merry,'
is a freedman, for whose active part
in this interesting and' impressive
cercmony.he is liable to a fine of
five hundred dollars. .The case was'
called by the, Marshal, and the ma
ted doves ranged themselves in
front of the bench, the dusky bride
in sun-bonnet and calico, and her
"lord of the lion heart and eaglo
eyd" Clad in a dirty linen duster. '
To the question of the Court if he
was married to the negro woman,'
the so-called 'white man' replied
that he. was. He was from Ohio;
he did not know it was against the
law; he did not say to the clerk,
when apylying for the license, that
ho was going to marry a negro;
his courtship was so very brief it
amounted to no courtship at all.
And by this, his own confession, it
will be seen that he rushed into the
bridal noose and practically em-1
braced . the miscegonative faith
with the moral but reckless hero-'
ism of a martyr.
Together, they presented a very
pitiable picture of degradation, of
which the so-called white man was
the prominent figure. By the sys-
tern that ho would introduce here
in Tennessee, there is no doubt but
we should soon be rid of the inex--tinguishable
nigger but whether '
the country would be the better
for the cross remains to be dis.
closed. Such white men are not;;
likely to elevate the race, and we '
are surprised that even an ordinary
looking negress should mate with a '
ereature so utterly depraved.' - But
chacuh a son gout. If the appetite
of the Buckeyes runneth in that di
rection, it is none of our funeral. .
Black spirits and whit,'
Blue spirits and grav, .. ' , t(
' Mingle, mingle, nifiigle, : . . " (
You that mingle may. '
The Court fined thera $50 each, ;
and thoy are likely to work that ;
out among the anvil choristers of :v
the work-house stone-yard. '
P. S.i-Since he above was in "
type, the Reverend Nelson1 Merry ;
has been arrested and takenbeforo
'Squire -Matthews..- He was held !
to bail in the sum of one thousand :
dollars, to appear before him, at, J
the ' City Court-room, on ' Tuesday '
next. Jerry Stoddard, a colored ''
haokman, went ori ' his -bond, and
there the case rests until the law 1
takes1 it ' Up '- again. Nashville '
(Tenn.) Banner. . ' ', -' ' '
. - -r. ;.' :
AxTEitua Ward thinks it is a hard rt
thing not toJ have a:wife--no gen-t.l
tie heart to get up in the morning
and build the fire 1
o.l li)
CrjSAii poGiS.-4Japtain:GIazier,;c
Mayor's, Clerk, ',. informs ;" the , iOorn-i;t
mercial that he has colle.cU4 ili-ri:
ceiise Jes-pne dollar, each,-fpr "
5,525 degs," in one yeaf. ' " "

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