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- 1 1 j'fi For the Banner. :
. Mr. Editor. I have hitherto been quiet,
but not inattentive ohierrer of the sayings
.i.t AnlnM aF ttite nmient canvass. And
like others of Your correspondents I have
been struck with the extraordinary and in
consistent conduct of the whig leaders in
tbeir malignant opposition to our worthy
eaAdidate for the Legislature. We have
bid candidates fothis station, for several
years past, who were as youthful, as un
seUkd, s poor, and had as little pecunia
ry interest in the county, as Mr. Henderson;
and these candidates have most usuauy bee
mug. I do notremVmbir that our friends
mad any obieetion'td Mr. Porter, or to Mr.
Broad head when they were before the peo
ple, on account of (heir being young, or be
cause they were poor, and had no interest
to attach them to us. The latter gentleman
when he was! op for the Convention had
been, resident of the county quite as short
a period, had as little visible worldly ef
fects, was in everv respect as "unsettled"
then, as Mr Henderson is now ; and with
out intending any disparagement to that
sentleman. I hesitate not to say, that his
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claims upon the people' were no stronger
his talents no better, and his practical infor
mation less. Have the friends of these
gentlemen discovered, that the people have
had a plethora of such legislation, as they
dosed them with? Do they suppose the
people of the county sick unto death of their
legislation? lawyers legislation by unset
tied men. Do they seek to take advantage
of this supposed state of public feeling ?
After having profited by the confidence of
the people in young lawyers, to their own
hearts content, nntil it has been abused by
them, they are now found raising a clamor
gaiat 4 young man situated as they were
then, and in fact asking the people to pass
fitence of condemnatioifapbh Itie' act df
placing confidence in them. But with our
oppoaents "what is sauce for the goose is
not sauce for the gander." That whic!i
was no objection, na a recommendation to
their candidates, is an insuperable one to
ours. Why is this f How can we recon
cue this strange inconsistency ? now is it,
that they have just discovered that the peo-pU-have
been shaking fools of themselves,
and that the whig party of this county have
been the veriest dupes, that ever exercised
the right of suffrage? I may not have as
signed the true' reason fqr this glaring incon
sistency in the conduct of our opponents ;
if not, it can only be found in the marked
and prominent difference between the prin
ciples and feelings of the two parties.
When the whigs bring' forward a young
man, a lawyer, who has no visible property
to bind him in interest to the county, the
democrats make no objection to him on that
aeeounL But reverse the case, and the
whig fuglemen start with horror, and are
struck with utter astonishment. Now there
most be some reason for this, founded in the
principles of the two parties. Democracy
is liberal, while whiggery is exclusive.
Democracy confides in men, and in young
men; whiggery- distrusts the people, and
fears change and innovation ; and therefore
F8!,1 rrTt io youth and right.
Vemocracyia watchful over the rights of
"s waggery looks to the protection of
the rights of property, , and consequently
Prefers to elevate men of property to men
itboutit retfog" and Grubbin Hoe"
tyetftolir. Henderson because he has no
btommoQ with ns-As if it requir-
ttat mat should own houses and lots
staves, to identify him in interest
wiw tne am. of the people. In orter words
t candidate for leeistature should have
ome property, alUtiVof the treasure that
prisneth, before he is qualified to represent
the, people.,. The Co,Iini,ojf requires
WsflhlluiifiMti0 BBt awe writers are
Jff than the constitution and its fremers ! 1
yfaM. !4te number of the Sev-
.wy-tax," o cb objection has been urg
J tgwui Mr. Henderson-ibis is a cre
jow own fancy.. Bnt sir if this is
oat, i rneent, I mi, .are they have
SJJ thesuelvef tmderitood.-
i.-,'.f nr, that these writers
CBi-ged,tbat Mr. Hendanoowu aB.
"M,M w w.M.- i :. . - 7r.-:Trr."v town (mPINAcE;;;;:r.'--k:
VOL. 4.
settled." .How unsettled let me ask Can
it be said that a man is "unsettled" who
has been living in our mids lor four or five
years, proclaiming to ell that this was his
home, by every act of his proving " to be
his domiril, and in no instance leaving the
county except on a visit, or on business ?t-
He has lived in Missouri from Ins earliest
childhood, nd the ashes of his ancestors
now repose in her bosom. He has lived in
our county for the last four or five years,
and has never once spoken of a wish to
chanee-his location. With what fahness or
truth then, can it be said, that he is "unset
itled.'" No, it it not that he is settled in
the true sense of that woid, but it conceals
another and a different meaning. He owns
no visible property in the county, and there
fore he is unfit to legislate for that great in
terest property the balance wheel of our
institutions, and . the sheet anchor of ou
safety in the estimatien of some of our whig
leaders. Do these gentlemen forget that
we send a delegate to the legislature, to
represent, not money, or property, or lands,
or slaves, but to represent the people, to
represent men ? The architects of our con
stitution never dreamed of a senator or
member of the legislature's being a repre
sentative of property ; and therefore re
quired no property qualification, either for
the representative or the constituent
And does any man imagine as Petfog and
Grubbin Hoe would insinuate, that the own
ership of property would effect the action
of the representative in the discharge
of his official duties? Is this principle of
selfishness invoked by - Petfot and others,
the ruling motive of representative action?
According to their notions, a man ought to
be effected, by some selfish, pecuniary inte
rest, and ought to be so effected in every
act in bis official capacity, for unless he is
effected, the pepplejvill have no safo-guasd
by which their rights will be protected from
the improper legislation of the representa
tive. That doctrine may do for whig lead
ers; but I had supposed that the highest in
centive which Could operate upon the rep
resentative was the approbation of his con
stituency to receive from them on his re
turn home, the welcome plaudit, "well done
thou good and faithful servant."
In Mr. Henderson the people have far
greater assurance, than they can have in
his opponent, that he will to the utmost of
his ability reflect their will, legislate for
their benefit and promote their interest. He
is dependent upon the people. His opponent
is independent of the people. He has en
tered a profession of all others, demanding,
if he seeks success, popular approbation
and public confidence. His opponent can
give no such guaranty of 'his fidelity to the
interests of the people. He is young, talent
ed and ardent, and may reasonably expect
and hope by good actions to win a distin
guished name, his opponent is old, ai.d can
lever reasonably expect to attain to dis
tinction, and consequent usefulness as a
legislator. Mr. Henderson's past life is a
strong assurance of the fu'ure. The young
man who, left, at an early an tender age
ithout father or mother, with no patrimo
ny save his own native energy, with no
kind -friends to direct bim in the path he
should go, no guide, no light to his path but
the impulses planted by his creator unsus-
tained by the influences of wealth and
family, and unsupported except by his own
inflexible resolution, the young man I say
who could surmount all these difficulties
that have, hemmed him around, cannot but
deserve the confidence of the people and
will never abuse it. He has proved that
he is made of the right sort of stuff; and
for one I would rather give my voice of en
couragement and approval to such a man
than to vote for any old or middle aged man
that lives, who has rather been pushed a
lone by the current of accidental circum
stances, than by any great merit of bis own,
and of whom nothing can ever be manu
factured more than a " good clever sort of
a fellow.": 1 meat) not to speak disrespect
fully of Mr. Penlx, I think as much of him
as any of his friends, and would , not say a
harsh word of him. But let me ask why is
not Mr. Penix as much superior to Mr.
Henderson at a man, as he is older? -- His
early life was not so untoward.as that of
fT i' ::
Mr. Henderson, and his opportunities in ev
ery respect have been much better. But
who will tay that U it tupexior to Mr,
"UhiteB W Stand Divided We PAtt.
LOUISIANA, PIKE COUNTY, MISSOURI! MONDAY,
Henderson as a man in anl 'respect ?
John B. Henderson owes iat he is and
hat he is yet destined to br, to his own
diligent and unwearied application, and his
determined and unconquerable resolution.
And these are traits of winch pter all make
a man sink or swim. He is lust the man
that the people ought to delcht to honor,
and especially the men of old Pike, many
of whom like him, have had difficulties of a
similar character to contend with. They
know how to sympathize with tie friendless
and the fatherless, they have, sanyof them,
travelled the same road and bulled at the
same steep and rugged hill. And I doubt
tint hut thfv will enve him a tsutltifr-iiraoTi
not but they will give him a sbAftig- jffof
of their' confidence on the first "31ouday in
August, 1848.
In conclusion let me say to the voters of
this County, of all parties that if you have
been disappointed in bestowing office on
young vhig , lawyers, you should not
therefore refuse to try young democratic
lawyers. If they abuse your confidence
after being once tried it will be time to take
ground against all lawyers, young and old,
whigs and democrats. But several years
ago the people of this County, whigs aou
democrats, put a young democratic lawyer
in a highly responsible ouce. Me was not
older when elected than Mr. Henderson,
had not resided in the County so long, had
little or no property to tie bim to us, bat
he filled that office six years, and I think 1
may safely say that he gave a general sat
isfaction to the mass of the people, even
political opponents, as any one who held the
office in the County, whether old or young.
There mav be something in the ' political
principles of the men ; but whether this be
so or not, let us give Mr. Henderson a tn
al, I have the most undonbting confidence
that he will make us a useful, able, and effi-j
cient Representative. - :
" JOHN SMITH.
For the Banner.
Mr. Editor, I have carefully . watched
e course of the two parties since the open4D
ing of the present canvass; I havtkeptmyW,, candidate forgovenor in Kentucky,
eyes open and steadily and earnest' direct
ed to the movements of those who have been
called the political managers, wire-workers.
and jugglers of the two great parties of our
county. This constant and vigiunt obser
vation has irresistibly forced upon my miad
the striking contrast between th action of
the two parties, in their preparation for the
election which is now so close st hand.
The democratic party believing that every
member of the party, from every section of
the county, whether rich or poor, whether
he has held office or not, is entitled to all
the privileges enjoyed by any other mem
ber, based their action upon the popular
vote of the party, requiring a majoTty of all
the votes for the nomination of any individu
al. In conformity with that basis, the popu
lar vote, every section of the county sent
up their delegates with instructiossfresyKentu.v,. ,onfB(ltier. the dauntless
r .t i i .i
irom me people, ano me resuu was lie nom
ination of candidates, who were the choice
of a majority of the whole people, without
any sort of juggling or wire working.
Those candidates immediately took the
field, and, marched steadily forward neither.
turning to the right nor theneR to listen to
this or that political juggler. But with their
banners hoisted high, and their principles
openly declared, they are still upon (he field
with their faces to the foe, contenting for
great principles common to all, and hav
never faltered or changed front, at the bid
ding of any clique or set of political mana
gers who work for their own selfishends. i
And now let us review the actios of ths
other side, and see bow they have induct
ed the msel ves. In the first place thty come
into convention upon the unequal system
that every township, whether it had 4 or 200
votes, was entitled to one delegate to rep
resent, not the wishes of the people, ut the
territory of that township whether large or
small In the next place every toqrnship
having fifty whig votes was entitled to one
o v a j .
more delegate, but the township . UT,nghajsjk.epierce. A dinner was given to him
ninety whig votes was only eutitled to the
same weight, making fifty just equal to nine
ty beautiful tytetn, just sailed to the jug
glert who got it up. A system by toe aid
of which, (and that machine, to graphical
ly, described sometime ago, by a whig wrt
ter in your pper) they hoped Xa forte npoa
I the ceople candidatet 'just suited to their
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notions, subservient to their beck and their
nod. And did'nt they succeed. Aye podi1
NO. 18
you naa Deuer Deiieve iney din. At one
little turn of that machine, one of those
a a . . . i
candidates took the "belly ache" and back
ed off, and as sure as you live the other will
be taken with an ai'ing before th election.
He is already in leading strings, and the
choaking lias commenced, a few days will
tell his doom mark that. I cannot tell
what sort of "an ailing' he will be taken
with, but I Vshrewdly suspect" it will be
the same complaint that the Dr. had, or some
sort of numbness caused by the action, of
u powerful effeci Wpv
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on them; though it is hot easily discerned by
the eye of a common observer. No one to
look at that "slim fingered doctor," their
first choice candidate for the legislature.
would believe that he is in any worse health
now, or that he has been in any worse con
dition since, than he was on the day of the
nomination. The effects of the machine
are not externally but internally, and we
guess that the present whig candidates for
the sheriffalty will feel them soon, when the
new clique candidate is brought on the field,
I cannpt tell whether Mr. Penix will feel
the effects of this machine or not, but he is
a fit subject for it as he suffered himself to
be brought on the track after being choak
ed off by this system and machine of the
clique. Under these circumstances I can
not now vote for Mr.' Penix though I Lave
done so before, I am bftind to vote for John
B. Henderson the talented and bold advo
cate of principle, who will not be dictated
to by cliques. A VOTER.
A THRILLING RETORT TO A FED
ERAL ORATOR.
We find in the Louisville Democrat a
graphic letter giving an account of a great
n.AAt:M:M Rl..k.. .lM.kl.ll f!M.t
owei, tlia dsmo.
were the speakers. Garret Davis declared
that Polk had made but one good appoini-J
ment during the war that oi r ersiter Jf .
Smith. Says the letter:
" After his ( Davis' ) time was out, Pow
ell arose to reply ; and I can safely say that
I have seldom beard a more powerlul
scathing and withering speech ; and I doubt
not Mi. Davis and Ins whig friends will re
member it to their dying day. Every charge
that Mr. D.had made against general Cass
and Mr. Polk's administration, he most
triumphantly refuted. But when he came
to the expression, "Mr. Polk during this
war has made but one good appointment,
and that is Persifer F- Smith," Col. P
Tunied to Mr. Davis, and with his eyes
flashing indignant fire, said : " Persifer F
Smith tl-e only good appointment during
this war ! ! Kentuckians do you hear that ?
Whv, where is Butler the gallant, chiv
alrous, and world-renowned William u.
Butler one of the noblest and truest of
i. j ... . .
champion of his country's cause in two
victorious wars he who stood oy uwj
Hickory when he blasted the storms of war
and help to roll back the disciplined le
gions of 'old England,' and saved from the
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clutches oi a iicenmous anu urmui suiuie-
ry the great metropolis of the South.
William u. Busier not a goou appointment:
Why, he stood calm, unmoved, undaunted,
amid the iron hail of Montery, and in the
raging of that awful storm, said, 'Come,
comrades, let ns storm mese catteries ana
carrv the strongholds of the enemy,' and
there shed freely shed his blood in de
fence of his country's honor and glory.
His name is written upon the young renown
of his glorious old commonwealth, and his
.... m 1,
Kentucky heart is the nomeoi every nooie
and manly virtue. Oh I (exclaimed Col,
. V . a J 1 1
Powell in a voice of thunder; on I leoerai
whiirirerv where is thy blush I" Here a
perfect torrent of applause greeted the elo
quent speaker.
Mr. Davis arose and said he did not in
tend to say that Gen. Butler's appointment
was a bad one. He meant to say that
many of them were bad. "Which is bad"
asked Powell. "Why Pierce, and others,
said Davis. "Ah 1 1 will tell you fellow-
(citizens, saia
n;.-Tn." said Powell, "whv the Whigs
after his return home, by his neighbors and
friends; and in response to a sentiment in
honor of him, he denounced Tom Corwin
of Ohio, because he had, in his high place
in the Senate of the United states, at the
verv time thatSanta Anna was po'iriiie his
legions down upon the brave eld Geni Tay
lor and his heroio band this Tom Corwin
invoked, the vengtanct'et Heayeh upon
our cause, and hoped lt Mexicans would
grid our' toldiert vntA Kooav haa ana
hospitable grov,
For
tbir tk brave
AUGUST 7,1848.
1 NO. 63-3 ;
iSn Ordinance to provide for the Improve'-.
mcni oj certain iireeis, namta in .tfgjn- -ance
JVb. 69. -' -V-' i Z"V'-
Be it ordaiqe'd by the Board of Trustees of
the town of Louisiana, as follows ;
. Sec. 1. " The chairman of 'the ' board of
trustees is hereby authorized to contract
with Urson need, for the improvement of
Georgia and South- Caroline7stretts, at the
price and on the terms stated ii bis bids sub-
mitted to the board on the 28th day -of hn ;
1848, with the power and authority to "make
such alterations in said bids as may be ap
proved by the board. . , Such eonttaet to be .
submitted to, and subject to the approval of
the board in the manner prescribed., by or- .
dinance No. 69. : - . . ;.. ";.
Sec. 2. The chairman of 'the board' it '
authorised to contract for the making tit :;
two drain to conduct, the- water from. tbei-
m eutb'of SontS CaroUa'trl, eirtb bs?:
terms he can obtain, provided; the coat of
the same shall not exceed sixty-six dollars
and provided further, that no' warrant shall
ba drawn on the treasury for the same pre-
vious to the first day of Januaiy next. And
if there shall not then be funds in the tree-
sury to pay the same interest shall be al
lowed on the same at six per cent, per an
num from the completion-of the work till
the same s paid, and said warrant shall .
moreover o receivable tor taxes or aues
payable to the town for any such tales or
dues coming due after the said - 1st day of
January.
sec- 3. ' The street overseer is hereby
required, a soon as practicable after com-,:'
pleting the grading , required, on. Water
street, to proceed to grade and finish ac- ','
cording to the plan required by section Snd
of ordinance No. 56, for finishing Georgia
and South Carolina streets, so much of Main'
or Second street as lies between Georgia
and Sooth Carolina streets, except that the
gravelling of the drains shall be omitted uo-, .
less otherwisedirected by the Board. And; :
provided . also, that the cost of the same
shall not exceed ten dollars. ' "'
Sec 4. The street overseer is further re
quired, so soon as practicable, after com
pleting the work required in section 3d to
proceed to grade and improve in like man-t
ner, so much of Main street as lies between ;
Georgia and Tennessee streets, provided
the cost of the same shall not exceed twen-V1
ty dollars, and provided also, if any owner1
of -a lot fainting oa either aide of-aaid if anr
street, required in this section, to bet im-
proved, shall offer, and secure to be paid to
the street overseer the one half of the price
of grading he drain, the' overseer shall ;
therefore cause such part of the drain ta be:
gravelled in the same manner as . the other
drains provided for in ordinance No. 69,
and charge the remainder of the expense
to the corporation.
Sec 5. When the cbntract named in
section 1st of this ordinance shall be signed
and approved by the board, the chairman
shall give notice to the owners of lots on
aid streets, requiring shetn within sixty
days from the dateof the contract, to make, -side-walks
in front of their lots respective
ly, according to the provisions of ordinance
No. 59. And also a like notice te the own
ers or occupants of lots on Main street, to
soon as the street overseer shall commence
work on the same under the provisions of
this ordinance, requiring them in like man-
ner to provide such side-walks within sixty
days from the commencement of the work
ou each section of said streets.
Sec. 6. On failure of any owners, oc-.
cupants or tenants of lots, on whom notice
has been served, to cause side-walks to be.
made according to ordinance, the chairman
shall proceed in all respects as provided in'
ordinance No. 69.
Sec. 7. - This ordinance shall take effect
from and after its passage. , :S
Passed July 24th, 1848. .
Attest ; P. DRAPER, CPk B.T.
23"We are authorized to announce H.
W. P. Woottxn as a candidate for the office
of Justice of the Peace of Buffalo Town
ship, at the ensuing August election. " '
i ' - ' - I . - . , "
We are authorized to announce Hiram
G. Edwards as a candidate for the office of
Justice of the ' Peace of Cuivre township,'
at, the ensuing August election. ; .
We ' are authorized to announce Lewis '
A. Collins as a candidate-for the office of
Justice of the Peace of Buffalo township,
. .1 A I '
ai mo ensuing Augusi election. , ,,: , . . ,, -
We are authorized to announce Nimrod & Ed
wards Is a candidate for the office of Justice of .
the Peace of Buffalo township, at the nfrig?
August election. .. , . ;.,?
We are authorized to announce John CJ
Basye-as a 'candidate for the office of Jns.
tice of the Peace of Cuivre Township, at
the ensuing August eleotion. . ..
We are authorized to announce Geo. W
Conder, at a candidate for the office of Jus--
tice of the Peace of Buffalo Township, at,
the ensuing August election ': '
We are . authorized to annouael Mfm:
Ailsw, as a candidate for the office of 2
qf the Peace for Cuivre township, at th
jnr Angtut eleetiea. X1 )1
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