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.WIN FIELD SCOTT,
. For YlccPmSdNif,
WILUA'M A; GRAHAM.
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SU Louis, Mo, ' . -
' CHARUCS CURTIS,
' I f W ate amhoiovd to aiiiiouiM.o A. CUR T.i as
1 udii for KAHSRAL flection in N'ovrinbci. .
Ur. Elitort .
: Having in you r ptiper call xi i! by " Many
'Volar a," to bnowc a candidate for oflice of MAIL.
HAL lor (lie City of lliHitibal, al the e suing Novrm
ber alert ion, 1 cm but fWI in) self lUtteied by tuch
anark of llieir liigU repaid lor nr. I can only ay in
reply, that aa it it tin wi-h of many of uiy fiicnli lliat
.1 ahould accept lli call, I tlo so, pledging wyavlf, if
'elected, lo serve thm to lint btal of any ability.
. I tin, Very Kespactfully,
' : ' your Ohfilif nl ft-rvmif.
. .. AuEuat 26, 152. IIAKVEL JORDAN.
" U Wear authorized I oatmounreUf.. IIAWKIN3
' at candidal e Tor dECTOT ATT0E5ETi- election in
JHr. FMlari ' ' ,
6iai You will pleaso announce u-.y uaioo aa a
Candida' for ic-eleolion lo tit oHica of City MAIt
' iHAL, at the ensuing City Election.
R M. HAWKINS.
If John B. Lewi will consent to become a
candidate for the office of Recorder, lie will re
ceive tho support of MANY VOTERS.
Thcro will tie preaching in the 2nd Presbyte
rian Church on next Sabbath, by the Rev. Mr.
Finley, or the Uev. Mr. Baird.
Gon. Piaroa on the fogitlvs Slav taw.
When Gen. Tierce suid he loathed and ab
horred the Fugitive Sluvo Law, he was not a
.candidate for the Presidency. . After he re
ceived the nomination, he thought lie wns ren
dered by that act of others, a man of sufficient
- consequence to obtain credit when lie ventured
on a bare- faced denial of what a distinguished
- -Baptist clergyman testified to on oath. One
-of the Democratic speakers last Saturday even
ing broadly asserted that Foss. Was a liar. We
know it would be a great point gained, if the
' ; JJemocracy could generaiiy produce liiia impres
sion in lite South ; but when statements of that
character are made, we like to see the evidence
upon which they are founded.
' It is natural that a man who loathes and ub
Jiors the Fugitive Slave Law should desire ils
repeal. Admitting, Democrat, that you .may
doubt the direct testimony of Mr. Foss, given
in so solemn a manner, can you feci sufficient
certainly about the matter, to vote for a man
whce,-jpihipns have been proved by his re-
. peate! elections to Congress to accord with those
of thai anti-slavery section?
v Another speaker and we will premise that
- lie is the ablest Democrat we have listened to in
this Congressional District said, in th Cily
Hall, last Stturday evening, in substance M I ' pers at the south, if Gen. P. holds sentiments so
do not believe Gen. Pierce said he loathed and j accordant with my own on the fugitive slave
ii. j .u r . ci t i .,, ... law, why do I not support hnn for the Presi
abhorred the Fugitive Slave Law; but tAe Jut, d ' f 3 M erulwVi. two folj. rirgt, while
vAol of it f We ought not to ask of Iorthcrn j not joui;t tlat Gen. P. would act in entire
men, expressions of devotion lo the institution -accordance with the feelings of his heart, and
of slavery; like ours, their opinions are formed,
cultivated and regulated by the habits and asso
ciations among which they have been reared.
Southern men of intelligence regret that the
cupidity and avarice of Great Britain instituted
slavery among us. I was born a slaveholder ;
I am a slaveholder now; I expect lo die a slave
holder; but I regret the existence of the. institu
tion an evil fixed upon us by wrong conduct,
but not our own.''
We cannot subscribe to the sentiment ex
pressed by the words,' " if he did, what of it?"
Gen. Pierce has an unquestionable right to any
opinion lie chooses to enlertuin, and, as intima
ted, by the democratic speaker just referred to,
the sentiments expressed in Pierce's New Bos
ton speech are just such as might be most natu
rally expected from a Northern man. But the
right of opinion is not the question at issue the
question is, shall we elect a President who may
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sign a bill repealing the fugitive Slave Law T
It is very important to asccrtuiu whether Gen. J
Picroe is at heart the friend or the enemy of ;
that law. Below ,we give the celebrated uffida
yit of Mr. Foss, and also a letter on the same
subject subsequently written by him :
dfli-lavii of Mr. Foit.
. I. Andrew 1'. Foss. of Manchester, in the
county of Hillsborough, and State of New
Hampshire, depose and say, that on the 2d day
of January, le'52, 1 attended a political meeting
at iNcw lioston, in said county, which was ad
dressed by. Gen. Franklin Pierce; that I went
there for the purpose of reporting the speakers,
and that the report of ll.e speech of. General
Pierce, wherein ho declares that he " loathed
the Fugitive Slave Law," Sec, was furnished
by me to the editor of the Manchester Demo
crat; that the same was written out by me on
.the evening after the meeting from notes taken
on the spot ; and that the facts therein slated, as
published in said Manchester Democrat, and
also in the Independent Democrat, are true. I
distinctly recollect that Gen. Pierce said, among
other things, that he had "a most revolting feel
ing at the giving up of a slave, that he
'loathed the Fugitive; Slave Law;" and that
tlie same ' was opposed to humanity nnJ moral
right." . A."T. FOSS".
Stat ff New IlaMFsmac,
M-rrimac, ., July 23, 1852.
Personally appeared Andrew T. Foss, and
made solemn ouUi that Iho above alndavit, by
LUa subscribed, is true. Jfefore me.
JACOB S. JIARVEV.'J. P.
From the Noilolk Beacon.
Mr. William P. Jones, of the Northwest
River bridge, N'oiTulk county, lias received a
letter from the Rev. A. T. Foss in relation to
Mr. Pierce's New Boston speech, which he has
ent us for publication. Mr. J. says in Ins
teller to us S 'T.iKilo&cd is a letter from A. T.
Foss, which, if you think it will add to the al
ready abundant proof on the ru!jcct," &o.,
"you are at liberty to puUluli, 6ic.
MascuEtTEa, Aug. 23,' 1S52.
William P. Jokes My dear sir: I have
received yours of the 10th mst., in whiolt you
mako inquiries of me in regard to a specen mane
bv General Franklin Pierce at New Boston (N.
ILV which was reported by m, tho truthful
ness of which reDort has been denied. ' You also
inouire respeotinir an affidavit, which you siy 'is
ohareed to b a forzerv.' You request of me
'the ocrsonal favor lo inform you of the fuels
in the case, which, in common courtesy, I do
not feel at liberty to refuse.
The f not s are these: On the second day of
January last, Gen. Picroe, asrceable to previous
notice, made a political speech in New Boston,
on the issue tlutt was then before the pceple of
New Huniushire in their approaching election.
The iAue was this: Hon. John Alwood, the
Dcmocrutio nominee for the ofliue of Governor
hud expressed dissatisfaction with some features
of the Fugitive Slave law. For this he had been
dropped by his parly, and a new nomination had
been made. This occasioned a division in the
Democratic rnnks, end so many of the parly ad
hered to tho views of Mr. Atwood, that the par
ty were beaten in the ensuing election by a heavy
miijority. Another clcciioii was now at the uoor
and all the available urntors of Iho party were
broucht into the neld. New Boston, the home
of John Atwood, was assigned lo Gen. P. The
only question between Mr. Alwood and his
friends, and the leaders of the Democratic party,
was the Fugitive Slave law the town of New
Boston at the previous election, on thi very is
issue, hnd given her' entire vole lor Mr. At
wood, with tho exception of some forly or fifty
which were given to the regular nominee.
It was expectud of course, that Gen. P. would
speak with special reference to the fugitive
slave law; it was what he came for; it was what
the people came to hear. He did speak of that
law, and the result was that in the ensuing elec
tion New Boston gave a heavy majority against
Mr. Atwood. I was there to report thin speech,
and did so with entire fidelity, attributing no
word to Gen. P. which he did not utter. Seven
month after the publication of this report, it
was found necessary for Gen. P.'s interest to
deny its truth. As I felt entirely sure of the
correctness of the report, as I did not rely at nil
upon memory in ir.akmir the report, but wrote
the words which are uscribed to Gen. P. as they
fell from his lips, and therefore knew that there
was not a word in that report within quotation
marks, which he did not then and there speak
I therefore, when asked if willing to make an
affidavit to the truth of the report, felt no hesi
tancy in so doing. This is the affidavit I pre
sume, of which you speak.
These savinits of Grn. P.'s were uttered no
doubt at flint time to affect the pending election
And it is not at all surprising that he succeeded
so well in chancing the vole of New Boston,
since ho was so successful in convincing so ma
ny that the fugitive slave law was us revolting
to Ins feelings as to theirs; but to secure the peace
of thj country we. ought to submit to it for the
present. I will here do Gen. Pierce the justice
to say that however these sentiments might have
been dictated by policy, I have not the slightest
doubt that he spake the feelings of his heart.
These sentiments did not fall upon Democratic
ears as something new and strange; they were
sentiments which had been held forth by Gen.
P., by Democratic leaders, by Democratic legis
latures, conventions, and caucuses, in every va
riety of phrase, and with every assurance that
they were sincerely and heartily entertained.
I he question is being urged in Democratic pa.
certainly in harmony with his professions, in do
ing what he might be able to do for the modifi
cation of the fugitive slave law, and for the re.
novel of slavery from all those places where
the General Government have exclusive power
over it, if this could bo done in harmony with
ins noimcai aspirations aim mieresis, sun i io
not believe that he is capablo of acting from those
high moral considerations which ought alwayi
to control us. irrespective of perianal considers
'.ions. Secondly, I do not believe he possesses
the requisite statesmanship for so responsible an
You speak of yourself as a Scott Whig. I
truit you will not deem it a rudeness, if with en-
lire frankness I say, that while 1 feel myself un
able to vote for Gen. Pierce, much less do I feci
that I could eive inv vole to vour favorite nom
ince. While I can feel no objection to General
Scolt ns a statesman, I do feel a strong objection
to him as a pro-slavery man, occupying a plat
form which so far as slavery is concerned, seems
built in rivalship of the one on which General
r"-'rce, ,,n'!dlV siiios, ucn. Moliu a aouih-
crncr by birth and education, and it is a natural
ilfcren thut hf would not fcd ,h. tume re.
pugnauce to slavery as one born and educated
at the North, and should it be consonant with
- 1 interests, there are not the same grounds for
hope thai his influence would be given against
the institution of Southern slavery.
I believe the above fully answers the inqui
ries you have made, and it is entirely at your
With sentiments of respect,
Your obedient servant,
A. T. FOSS.
23" The spirit of interest recently manifest
ed in the welfarcof the Hannibal and St. Joseph
Railroad by our Palmyra neighbors, induces us
to suggest that now is a good time for some of
her citizens to take stock. , " Better late than
never," you know, gentlemen the books are
still open -and you recollect that a good Z"l
done at the " eleventh hour " was once spoken
of as worthy of commendation. Seeing that the
people of Palmyra are now uwakc to tiieir inter
ests in this matter, we hope they will not all
continue to neglect Uit opportunity for taking
R" Last Thursday evening a Democratic
peukcr in the City Hall, wound up a long
speech ubusing Scott, by saying lie would like
lo apeak of the greatness and goodness and
qualification of Franklin Pierce, " if lime
would permit ! " It wouldn't have taken him
long; but we fear time will always get scarce
when our Democratio friend approaches this
branch of bis subject. '
' Banatbal tott Club.
Tho tlnnifibal Scott Club lielil Its frglllur
weekly meeting lust Monday evening a cry
large number in attendance. .
, The following invitation from the Palmyra
Scott Club was received, accepted, and the let
ter referred to the committee of correspond
Palmtha, Missooai, )
September 25lli, lb52. J .
Gao. W. Caplimgeb, Fvq-,
President Scott and Graham Club,
Hannibal. Miaiouri !
Dea Sib: A Mass MectniK of the friends
of Scott and Graham will be held at this place
on Thursday. 7th day of October, 1852. IJis
tiniruiahed speakers from various portions of the
State have signified their intention of being pre
sent and addresiinir the people upon (he occa
sion. I am instructed by the Scolt Club at Pul
inyra to say lo their co-laborers at Hannibal,
lf!;il it will afford them srreat pleasure to have a
full delegation from your cily upon that day.
Ample preparations are being made to accummo
date all. Very Respectfully.
P. C. LANK,
President Scott Club.
Dr. R. N. Anderson, from committee on co;-.
respondence, reported that a letter had been re
ceivedfrom Mr. Thos. L.Anderson, appointing
Friday night, 1st October, as the lime when he
would address the people of this city.
Mr. M. P. Green being then called upon, ad
dressed the meeting at some length, showing
that tho contest between the two parties is one
of principle : the whigs being in favor of Inter
nal Improvements and a Protective Tariff; the
democrats making war. upon both. The whigs
are in favor of the Compromise ; the position of
Franklin Pierce upon this question is at least
doubtful. Ho should not be supported unless
ho shall show his hand distinctly upon the Fu
gitive Slave. Law the repeal of which would
inevitably destroy the Union, with all the high
hopes of ourselves and of other nations looking
to our example for encouragement.
Scott has been tried as a soldier mid ns a di
plomatist, and his political experience has been
ample to fit him for the Presidency. His posi
tion upon the whig plat Tor in is free from all
doubt wc know where he sluiids.'
A Protective Tariff has been recommended
by the present President of the United States, in
both his last messages. No attention was paid
to Iilssuggestions by n democratic congress and
he here asserted that but for tho discovery of
gold in California, this would have been one of
l!.o ivoi.t '.r.kruptcd countries or. the g!ubc
Our manufactories have been broken up. This
is a Railroad age ; railroads are being built all
over tho country, and the iron for all these is
imported, while the ore, rich and in profusion,
lies undisturbed in our own soil, because our
iron manufactories are not protected. If there
were no other reason for supporting Scott and
opposing Pierce, this alone should be a sufficient
reason with every man who desires to promote
his country's welfare.
We did not at first intend to report any of
the speeches delivered during the evening, and
on this account Mr. Green's remarks are too
much condensed to do him justice.
it it. o. o. Alien was next caucu upon, lie
said it wSs a common charge with the demo
crats that the whigs had declared no principles.
It ill becomes the democrats of this State, or of
any State in Ihe Union, to make this untrue
charge; for when the apparently intentional am
biguity is stripped from their State and Nation
al platforms, their principles are discovered to
be wrong. Admitting Pierce to be right on the
abolition question, he is wrong as regards the
interests of the West, if his speches and votes
in congress ore to be rolied on as evidence.
His endorsement of the Baltimore platform
proves nothing on this point ; for that may be,
and is, construed favorably for Internal Im
provxmcnts in sections cr neighborhoods where
they are popular, and against them where they
ore unpopular. Ilerej for instance, where they
are popular, the democracy tell us that their
platform favor Internal Improvements. But
how is it. in tho East ? There they go for In
lernal Improvements at home; but the moment
you ask for anything for the West, they spring
upon yeu the Constitutional question; then they
say their parly is against such measures, and
quote their platform to prove it. But go where
it is popular to advocate Internal Improvements,
and uliey are ready to say " O yes ! we ore in
favor of such works as the Hunniba! and St. Jo
seph Railroad our platform is only opposed to
a 'general tystem' of Internal Improvements!"
Now, I want to ask if Gen. Scott is so ambigu
ous on any question ? I have yet to hear him
charged with ambiguity on any but the compro
mise question. I assert that if Gen. Scott is to
be believed, he is sound on that question. If it
is clear lhat he accepted the nomination, it is
equally clear that he accepted the platform con
taining the endorsement of the compromise. If
one is doubtful, tho other is also. If Gen. Scott
becomes President of the United Slates, and
back out from anything he has promised, it will
be the first time in his life he has ever been
known to do so.
Although Gen. Scott has enrolled hi nam
among the highest on the records of fame, the
Democracy inaUt that he is unfit to be President.
Pierce has been but eight years in Concress; yet
they would have you believe that he is a able a
Statesman as Scolt, who has been about Wash
ington, and has been intimately associated with
the first Statesmen of the oge, for the last thir
ty-odd years! If lliQ be tree it can only be be
cause he lias more talent than Scott. But as
some Democrats will insist that the Whig can
didate is not fit for President, I will read svaie
Democratic testimony, to show that they are
mistaken when they say so.
No man evei yet Uarac diatinguibhed as t
SEPTEMBER 30, 1852.
military man, who was not a man of good mind,
osttssing sound judgment, and ocute discern
ment. Mr. Clay did not ssy " give us war,
peliience and famine, in preference to a mili
tary clyeftain,'' if ho has the other requisite
qualifications. Is Gen. Scott to be excluded
from office simply because lie hos fought Ihe
battles of his country?
Mr. Allen then road the following from the
New Orleans Delta, an intensely Democratic
Grs. Scott's Obdkbs. The spirit of Lun-
dy's Lane, of Bridgewater, ond of Qiieonslown
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pervaded the general oruer or me ganani. neon,
issued on the duy before the balllo of Cerro
Gordo. The calm del erminiition, heroic resolve,
firm purpose, and judicious foresight displayed
in this document must excite the warmest ap
plause and Inchest admiration of every Ameri-
can. in ocolt s vocauuiarv mere is no bucu
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word as Tail.' He never permits a doubt to
pass the high purpose he hos in view. There
is no looking back no return. "The enemy's
whole line of entrenchments ond batteries will
be attacked in front, and ot the same time turn
ed." and then he is not satisfied with the bare
victory. He will not slop his onward course
and quietly repose on hi laurels until he is re
inforced; but pushes on, not even resting from
the fatigues and wound of battle, nor awaiting
the slow approach of baggage wagons, but with
the determination to reap the benefit as well as
the honors of a victory, he pushes forward his
columns upon the heels of the fugitive enemies
and atop not llie pursuit until ihv.n is not one
left lo follow. Ulory, then, lo mnueiu ocou,
and lorever silent lie the rioaiu tongue or pen
a . . ltl
that would link his name with aught that is nut
glorious in action, invincible in courage, and un
failing in resources and wisdom. j
But this is not all I wish to produce still
further Democratic evidence lhat he is not the
ignoramus he is represented.
In the United States Senate, the bill creating
the office of Licuttnant General being under
consideration, the following observations were
Mr.' Hamlin, of Maine, (Pierce Democrat,)
said: 'I think as highly, and I speak openly and
publicly everywhere, of the distinguished Men
era! upon whom this rank is to be conferred, as
any Senator here."
Mr. Rhelt, of South Carolina. (State Rights
Democrat,) said: "I shall vole for the resolutions
on the simple ground that General Scott merits
it any testimonial of your scnb of his high
and distinguished services should be cheerfully
paid. He has shed glory on the United States,
and we, representing the Mates, ought to bestow
on him all the honor we can, with propriety be
stow. I shall vote, Bnd vole cheerfully, to he.
stow on this distinguished soldier the honor flie
resolutions propose, on tho simple ground that
he has fairly and gloriously won it."
Mi. Butler, uf South Curolir, (Sfutc Rih!
Democrat,) said: "I concur with my colleague
in saying that I shall vote for this resolution
most cheerfully, as a tribute, a personal tribute,
to General Scott. He has won for himself and
his country a historical reputation, and I am wil
ling, as far as I can, to bear testimony iu my
official character, to his merits."
Mr. Hale, of New Hampshire, (Free Soil
Democrat) said: "I believe, myself, that as far
as military skill and military prowess arc con
cerned, General Scott has a reputation, compar
ed with which no man in the world can stand
before him. I believe, and I am sustained by
information from military men who were with
him in Mexico, that greater skill, greater sci
ence, and more of those characteristics which
go to make up a great soldier, never were dis
played by any'mortal man than were displayed
by General Scott, from tho time he landed at
Vera Cruz, until he entered the city of Mex
ico." Mr. Foot, (Union Pierce Dem.) said: "I hon
or the illustrious personage alluded to so often
during this debate, os highly as any one here
As a patriot I recognize him as entitled to the
most profound respect; as a iugh-miuded and ac
complished gentleman, he possesses my esteem
and affection; as the victor upon many a well
fought field, in which the national honor was
maintained, and the enemies uf our beloved
country humbled before our triumphant flag, I
respert him, I am grateful to hiin. I urn proud
Gen. Cass, in a speech delivered in the Sen
ate, on the 24 lb. of last month, said:
I believe that General Scott is an honorable
and patriotic citizen, and that he has written
his name and hi deeds on one of Ihe brightest
pages or his country's history; and not one sin
gle breath of calumny from me shall wither a
single leaf of the laurel that encircles his brew.
His wreath was fairly won, and I will not be
one to prevent it from being fairly worn. 1 ha e
enjoyed his personal friundship for a long scries
of years, and I do not mean, at this day, by any
calumny to prove myself unworthy of it.
And in a speech to a Democratio mass meet
ing at Tammany Hall. New York, on Wednes
day night of last week, Gen. Cuss is reported
by the Herald to have administered the follow
ing rebuke to his parly friends. He said:
But my'fricni!7l desire to repeat here whatj
I have said elsewhere; that if in Ihis vast astern-1
bly, there is one man who came here expecting
me toabuse either party or candidate, he is syre
to go away disappointed. (Cheers.) My
friends, wo liave honorable contest enough Jith
the Whig party, without resortim? to abu If
three-score years and ten, which I have almost
attained, brings with it many evils, it brings
i, uiso, u rigni 10 give my opinion, ond
(with much emphasis) I will give it. (Cheers
and cries of bravo.) And that is, I trust no
Democrat, during the whole of this campaign,
will resort to this unworly mode of warfare.
My friends, we are all brethren of the ainc
great family, aid the whigs are just as much in
terested in the prosperity of the country as you
are. We are both on board -the same ship: and
must sink or swim together. (Cheers.)
The whigs have their own articles of nolitifnl
faith, and so have we. They believe they ore
i i .i! .i
gm, ami we oeucve mey are wrong. JJut ul
low mo to ay, my friends, that there is a terri-
!.Im r.v,-..x,.tali .. I.. ....!:. I 1 .. . ; .1
.v jiw.a.ij, ,u jjuihicjw auuse in me warm
muipuigiia oi mis country; and a spectator el
mo oiu woriu, on looking around on the con.
tending parlies, and reading (he parly journals,
wotrld actually think that no man is fit to be a
candidate for the Presidency unless he is the
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axemen rucui 10 ue iounu in the country.
t I I iir ii . .
v,uccre aim iuugiawr.1 ycii, l have no part
n I ... I. - . 1. . n "
" iw m "y sucn compact. 1 know Ucneral
Scott, ami 1 know that he is an honorablo mm,
nd thai he ha fought the battles, of his conntry,
and I have not a word to ay against him.
W are told by the democracy that Gen. Scott
is not friendly b? the Compromise, or that he1
did no service in aid of the passigo of that act.
I have Democratio evidence to show that ho aid
ed in its passage, and some democraliu authen
tic say that but for hiin it never would have
A democratic speaker said in tins Hail me
other night, that the people sometimes get wrong;
thus paving the way for Tierce's defeat, by
charging it in.advance upon the wrong-headed-1
ness of Ihe people. The democrats think the
people get wrong every time they happen to
elect a whig, and I can lei! them the peoplo are
going lo get wrong again, if the election of Scott
is to bo taken as evidence of that fact. .
Mr. A. said he would rather have a man for
President who had never been in Washington,
if ho had common honesty and common sense,
than one who had always voted against tho in
terest of the people. In hostility to Internal
Improvements, Tierce had gone beyond Jackson.
Jackson signed several bills for measures of in
ternal Improvement, sgainst which Tierce vo
ted, but which were passed over his head.
Yes, he even out-Jacksoned Jackson himself!
He has always manifested nn undying hatred to
Western improvements. Yet ihe Democrats
talk about electing snch a man in opposition lo
who, if he did not much in civil life, yet
all he did was right and proper, and in conform
ity to the Constitution. If Pierce ever voted
forony bill in favor of Internal Improvements,
I would thank any Democrat to show it. My
Democratio friends must excuse me for looking
to a man's acts rather than his words. No
Democrat pretends to believe that Scott would
veto any bill for internal improvements. Then
in that rcFpcct he is preferable to Pierce.
In 1815, Scott, then aged only 29, was offered
by President Madison a place in his Cabinet
Mr. Madison, the "model President" at that,
time probably the first Statesman, and the ablest
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exponent of the Constitution in the world would
not be likely to offer a place in his Cabinet to
an incompetent person. Yet we are told that
in 1852, Gen. Scott, with all his accumulated
years and experience, is not fit to be President.
The evidence that Tierce is an abolitionist is
at least as strong as his denial; so that it is about
the same as if he had never opened his mouth,
except to declare himself an abolilionist.
A talented democrat said in this Hull last Sat
urday evening, that 11 Foss was a liar and a
scoundrel, and if he were going lo establish a
manufactory of lies, he would buy him and hang
hiin out for a sign." Now, Mr. Foss is a dis
tinguished man in the East a respectable cler-
?7l2an i'.t "c! standi"!!. Such men out West
ore not expected to lie when they can make
nothing by it! Foss could gain nothing by ly
ing for Scott, because Scott is not the sort of
man to reward such conduct. If the gentleimiu
wants lo hang out people for signs, he may have
a good deal of work on his hands, for he may
hang out a host of hi democratic brethren, who
have given their testimony to the same facts
sworn to by Foss. Here is an extract which I
will read you from an editorial by a democratic
editor residing in Concord, where is also Mr.
Tierce's home. The editor is a prominent dem-
ocrat, for he has been Secretary of State in the:
State of New Hampshire; a position not likely
to be occupied bv an obscure man, or one who
is not respectable, or a man whose democracy
is at all doubtable. The "Independent Demo
crat," edited by Mr. Fogg, the editor and lale
Secrclary of State alluded to, says:
The extraordinary character of this reply of
General Tierce leaves us no alternative but to
believe the writer insane. That he would de
liberately pen such a batch of untruths, in his
right mind, is too monstrous for belief. He
certainly would not, unless laboring under some
fatal hallucination, venture to make nn issue of
veracity against as many unimpeachable citizens
as have already sworn to the accuracy of the re
port of his New Boston speech, lie must bo in
Before God and the hundicds who heard that
s pcoh, he kvnrim that he ulterrd the sentiments
attributed to him, fn all their length and breadth,
lie knoivs that he uttered similar sentiments at
Bradford and in this town. And yet he dis
honestly or insanely denies them, and claim the
I resiliency on the ground that he never uttered
a u'ora in disapprobation .ol slavery.
Gen. Tierce having been born ond reared in a
non-slaveholding State, it is fair to presume lhat
all his predilections are against slavery. He has
been elected to Congress several times, and is
well known to be the head and front of a parly
decidedly anti-slavery. Now when did he get
to be friendly to slavery ? I answer, when he
was nominated for the Trcsidency. Tierce is
the only man I have -ever heard of, who was
present und heard his New Boston speech, who
has denied that he uttered the sentiments of ab
horrence and loathing of the Fugitive Slave Law
nud the giving up of a fugitive slave, attributed
lo him by the late Secretary of State of New
Hampshire, and by numbers of other respecta
ble men, who have sworn to the truth of their
statements. It seems tome almost ns clear that
ho did utter them, as lhat our Savior turned vfa
ter into wine.
Mr. Allen having concluded his speech with
a few further remarks, a motion wag made and
carried, that a committee of three be appointed
lo select and announce a suitable place for Mr.
Thos. L. Anderson to uddrcss the people on Fri
day night. Dr. R. N. Anderson and lUr.
S. S. Allen und I. L. Holt were appointed said
On motion adjourned.
THOS. S. MILLER, Trident.
O. Clemens, Secretary.
The Ney Orleans Picayune ha the follow
ing from Galveston to the 3d inst.: r
A most cold-blooded and atrocious murder
was committed in Austin on ihe 2(3th ult., by
Blake H. Thompson. The, murdered man was
Win. Fiuiiin, and there doe nut annear to
have been the (lightest provocation on the nart
of the latter. Tlie citizen of Austin have of
fered tw hundred dollar for his apprehension.
HArtNiBAt Ahd rr. Joseph railboad.
That the people may not be erroneously ima
pressed as to the commencement of this work,
we will make a few remarks, from whioh they
will be belter able to form a mora correct opin
ion. " t .'' i
The Chief r.nginecr, (Maj. llucklin) with
his assistants ore now engaged (as before stated )
in running experimental lines, so as to embrace
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every possible advantage to oouiin me oest
ground; after they have finished their different
surveys, a report win do maue, uemonsirnung
upon eicntifio principles, and mathematical
calculations tho advantages and disadvantages
of each particular survey. Upon this report
the Directory w ill make a selection, and have
the route located.
It will be seen oil this requires time; and even
after the location is established a month or two
will probably intervene before the Contractors
can procure men and material sufficient to suc
cessfully carry on a work of such magnitude.
From what we can learn, the Chief Engineer
will be nblc to lay his report before the board at
the meeting in November, when the selection
will be made. The heavy responsibility rest
ing upon him, will not allow of his hurrying
over the ground without thoroughly satisfying
himself that he has tested ull practicable routes,
and he may not be oblc to complete his labors
in time; but we feel satisfied mat tne surveys
will be completed, and the work begun as speed-
ily ns it could be, to be done prt-perly. St. Jo
One of those destructive fires with which our'
city is occasionally visited, occurred this morn
ing nt about half past twelve o'clock commen
cing ill the rear of Mr. Alexander' extensive)
livery stable, on Chestnut, between Third and
Fourth streets. -.The fire was first discovered,
nmong some hay, immediately in the rear of thd
Empire Saloon, and adjoining the old Postoflice
alley. From the inflammable nature of the ma
terials, the flames rapidly extended to the car
riage sheds and stables in tho southerly and
fcsterly directions, and in fifteen or twenty mi-
nutes had attained such a seemingly fearful masJ
iy a, 10 mreatcn wi. . j ...,
ii ir lilivl hnnnili'il liv Third. I'ine arid Ihd
alley, but to cause apprehensions that the flame
would extend to Bates' Theatre, and spread even
to the valuable block on the west.
As soon ns the engines arrived, they were
promptly set in operation, ond were worked
with an energy we never saw surpassed. In
deed, to the firemen may justly be credited the
stoppage of the conflagration, which fearfully'
promised, for half on hour, to be as destructive
as any which has eycr afflicted St. Louis, ex
cept the memorable calamity of May, 1849.
The fire, after clearing out the whole of Mr.
Alexander's stables, the office above on Ches
nut, the sheds on the basement floor and above,
destroying a number of valuable carriages and
buggies, as well as a storage of Mr. Louis Niev
crgelder, in the rear of his building on the cor
ner of the alley, spread to Ihe west, and caught
the rsr cf Mr. J. CIithtis' rnnj of buildings'
on 1 lurd. 1 his, however, was soon extin
guished, with but little damage. The rear of
the Weld buildings was also threatened with in
evitable destruction at one time, from the flames
of the front of Alexander's s'able, ami tlie offi
ces above. The casl wall of the sfVMe fell ouC
upon the low roof over the back part of the
store in the Weld building neepjiied by Mr. Ca
jacea, fruiterer, and crushed it in.
The backs or the stores in the Weld building
were also badly scorched and injarcd. The
rear of the Law Commissioner's CooTt, and ad--joining
building were also scorched, and, at one
moment were on tire. By the unceasing labor
of the firemen, however, ull this destruction of
valuable buildings and property was warded off",
and the actual loss of buildings on this-side of
the ulley, confined to tlie large area of ground'
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occupied by Mr. Alexander's establishment'.-
On the west side of the alley, opposite to the'
spot where the tire originated, tlie premises of
Mr. Ashdown, gas fitter, became iriolved:
in the f!:jmes, and extended north to Mr. Bogg'a
carpenter shop, the rear of Messrs. Cook &
Mathews' dye house. The premises of Messrs;
Ashdown & Boggs were nearly gutted, the for
mer completely, by the second floor falling.
Organ &, Reveille.
Ths Approaching Congress.
The dispatch, published in cur paper yester
day morning, advised us that Col Benton had
left Washington on his return to Missouri.
This is only important as connected with the
plan which has been marked out for the next
We are informed, that tine his election to
Congress, he stated, in Washington City, to a
highly respectable citizen of this city, that lie
Wolllil rnllll-Il fn fllA Slnla nnrl mlA n flirt. .nT.
oanvass of it, going, as far as practicable intc
every county. That everywhere the i
intv. 1 lial evervwliern the issuer
should be his election to the United States Sen
ate in the place of Gen. Atchison, and on thi
issue he intended there should be no dodging or
doubt among candidates for the State Legisla
ture during the canvass. They must be explic
it and emphatic for or against him. This is to
be the test of their Democracy, fitness, capacity
and patriotism. If they come up to the standard,
well, if not, they must be opposed.
That he intends to make an indiscriminate
war on all caucuses and conventions, and insist
upon his own men (or friends) bcing the candi
dates, regardless of the wishes of his partizan
supporters. In a word, he is to enter such can
didates on tho course os he selects, and they are
to be jockeyed, groomed and run as sje directs,
and if. successful, must stand pledged to re-elect
him to the United States Senate at the expira
tion of Gen. Atchison's term. We allude to the
fact at this time, as we understand that much of 4
the arrangement are to be made at Jefferson du
ring the upproaching session of the Legislature.
It is well tliat the faithful and the Anties should
know where they stand ond what will be rc
quired of them. Republican.
Arrival of la Steaaisr Crsaeent City, front Havana,
. The Steamship Crescent City orriveu at Ner
York, on Sunday afternoon, from New Orleans
via Havana, having suiljjd from the latter port
on the 14th inst.
Lt. Tortcr, Commander of the Crescent City,
tvrotea letter on the 14th to the Spanish author
ities, denying tho reports that Mr. Smith, the
purser of the ship, had written any articles for
tKa American papers; protesting nguiust the in
dignity offered in placing police officers on board
to take charge of Mr. Smith, and informing
litem that the police officer would not be per
mitted to remain on board. He also warned')
them that 'any attempt to prevent him from
sailing, would be reported to tho United States
Government, to whom they wculd have to an
swer. A tlie ship sailed without interference,
the letter seem to have had the desired effect.
The Crescent City brings about fifty possen
gor, among whom, It is reported, .is- a special
agent of the Captaia General, to act as a spy.
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