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PICKENS & CO., EDITORS.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1850.
DEMOCRATIC TOWNSHIP ftlEETIXGS.
lu accordance with the usages of the party, the
democrat of the county ill meet in the several
Townships on SATURDAY the 23d or March,
for the purpose of appointing delegates from each
Township to meet in Comity Convention at Bow
ling Green on the 271 h of April, for the nomination
of suitable persona to be run a candidates for the
different offices at the Angutt election. Let evert
Democrat be present at the Township meetings.
1 ne wm or March was recommended a the most
suitable time, to prevent any interference with
business at a later period of the Spring. The eom
- ing election is an important one to the Democratic
party, and in order to ensure rueceas, nothing is re.
quired but sea and deUruiinaliuu. One and all
should (urn out. -
la this number of our paper will be found
o Address to the Democracy of Pike, from
the Committee appointed to write one at
the late Democratic meeting held in Bow
ling Green. It is short and to the purpose J
breathing the right spirit, and will no doubt
be read by all. The language of this ad
dress, though directed to the party in Pike,
will lose nothing of . its force and merit, by
its perusal and application throughout the
THE TOWNSHIP MEETINGS.
Let it be remembered that these meeting will
be held on the 23d of March. No Democrat
should be absent. It is a loss of but one day,
and that is at a season of the year to interfere bull
little with business. "Eternal vigilance is the
price of liberty," and it behooves every Demo
crat to shake of! his lethargy, and take an inter
est in the success of the cause. Our common
enemy is buckling on his armor for the contest
Slowlv and .ilentU th- WW. . rrenarin.
present, as they conceive, in solid column an!"6 Mtot patriot sages, will tend once more
irre.lible front. Their only hope is to dividei10 impetuous zeal and thus unite feelings
and conquer. They know the strength of theforiner,y nngti.
Democracy, and despair of success in an open! This Tleslon
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field and a fair fight. They must resort to arti-
a. .i.- j.w 1 .
fiee or the day is lost Many extravagant anti
cipations are made upon the division in our ranks,
and the vain hope is boastingly entertained that'law' liave upon them. Almost with-
Democrat. will desert the standard under which out interruption since the formaUon of the con
they haVe so long fought.nd join in the ranks of ,U.l'!t,on' 016 Feral Government ha. been ad-
an old and deadly enemy, to battle against their
former friends, They expect to see them adth.
part of the simple man, who wamed intolife
the poisonous serpent to sting his own family.
Their motto is to encourage dissension, to irri
tate' passion, to estrange feeling, to produce di
visions, to stir up angry contentions, in order
that the triumph of Whiggery may be sung over
the defeat of those principles, for the prostration
of which their energies have been bent since
the days' of Hamilton and Adams. Let the Dem
ocratic party rise as ne man, and bid them "lay
not that flattering unction to their souls." Let
us show our enemy that they are "leaning upon a
broken staff," and are indulging a hope that al
lures but to delude. Our .principles are now
the same , as when they fired (he bosoms of the
partyln tfae great conflict between Jefferson and
Adams, upon the result of which depended the
ultimate success of our free institutions. The
alien and sedition laws were then exercising their
baneful influence over the liberties of the people,
and executive authority is now carried to a dan
gerous extent, in the unjustifiable proscription of
good men for ' mere opinion's sake. Repeated
pledges are disregarded, justice is trampled un
deV'foot, ana the freedom of speech and action is
rebuked. "Honeifj, capacity, and fidelity," have
eeased to' exert an influ&ice over executive and
cabinet ambition. The bold an J fearless, though
honest in official station, are sow ostracised to
five ptaoe to cringing sycophants and political
friends" "The suppliant hinges of the knC"
most oe bent to power, in order that "thrift may
ioiiow lawning." .
These things are suggested for the mature con
aideration -of every member of the Democratic
party,' that no 'selfish feeling may operate toJ
weaken his attachment for the great principles
which, Ee at the foundation of our Republican in
stitutions,: and give them all the strength and
charta that they possess; It is the peculiar boast
f our party that prineipU has ever been the polar
star of its political action. It was for measures
that Jafferson,' Jackson, Polk' and. Cass contend'
ad; and every Democrat can see the beneficial
Sect iif these measures, in the prosperity of our
emmon country abdfthe happiness of its citi-
sens, snail we now abandon our zeal and waste
our energies ? Is. there any cause for such a
dere'ttctipa from pur duijr ? Or can we'expect
to have even one favorite idea advanced by the
uveess ef w poliUoal opponents P " Will they
not, when ence in power, deceive a hope o vain?
A'frlend (aMum a firm and working demor
et'.luiiit MGtl $ eJulrof jghf bcrilw1ple,f'or tupport again'tt a supposed conspiracy
,I,Uaacoffipanyingth nasset. There
ia by, klkimr, the vther s by ctintt.- On
. tetxtdn: i we have an eximple of
'fAf$4jt'$mjll )f. w "fatujrsVw: thbiks to
V oit.r4.iad Air hit. kfadneas, and hTe; i ope
UNION AND HARMONY.
nitskl wool ia. ho.intr manifested
of late by many of the old and ataunch mem- it be the wish of the people that he should be By reference to the proceedings ota Mem
bers of the Democratic party in this county, upon defeated, then no Benton man should complain at ocratic meeting, held intneOottrt House at
th. subject of uniting and organizing thoroughly the will of the majority. If the, -decree that he Bo togO jeen 0 the J J
for the approaching contest. It is known thatais worthy of longer support, let their will be;.t J be'geen that the udersigned were
slight division exists iif our ranks, occasioned bygone, "though the heavens fall." Our C0"M-pp0;nte( committee to address you on
the "anneal" of Col. Benton from the inslrtic-pondent advises that parallel columns be opened!.! . jmDorianCe ofa thorugh organization of
tions of the last Legislature on me suujeci oi
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slavery. It is thought that tins division is by
means justified by a difference of principle, candidates, pledged to carry out the instructions
I are opposed to the passage of the Proviso.'of the msjorily, as ascertained by a count of the
and think it an improper assumtion of power on
the part of Congress to interfere with the insti -
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tution. of slavery, either in the Territories or
me uinncioi uunmuM. many oeueve u un- jomy ... u ue.ru m WH0 w;8,e. to .ee those principles main-
constitutional, and all believe it inexpedient and ean ask more. Knowing our correspondent, as taj( lhejr ri,unp, over error in Missouri,
wrong. Then as a matter of principle there can(a firm and reliable Democrat, ever foremost inmust now gec an( fee the absolute ncces
be no difference of such importance as to divide (the brunt of the battle and acting for the success sity 0f united and concerted action on the
and distract the party. "Again this question is of principles alone, upon every occasion, we j part of the friends of democracy. The ex
likely toon to receive its quietus, we hope, for- cheerfully give place to his communication, andipericnce of ages lias taught us the truth
erer. It has been signally rebuked ly a large recommend it to the attentive perusal of everyjthat no great party has ever long maintain
: .u- it...-- r o-...m,i;m. anAer. Our friend, throughout the eountv will, ed the ascendant, while discord reigned in
HIHIO.UY II. "IO nuuas vi a... p v
theJiotism of the Senate will doubtlessly
sign itto its everlasting grave, .ne sooer sen -
ses of the people have become aroused, and they
have determined to check the restless spirit that
would indulge a false sympathy at the expense
of iustice and constitutional right. The North-
era people begin now to see that reckless dema-l
gogue. were only appealing to their Prions.! .. for t,)enominationof a cand;date to
against the institution of slavery, to secure theiri , , . .
6 . , . . , ,. ... . ,, 'Congress, and the most appropriate tune
istania in vinlalinr the hnnil union and lav-. 11 r
ing sacrilegious hands upon the constitution of
The South spoke the language of conscious
right, and called upon the patriotism of the North
to aid her in maintaining the principles of equal
ity and justice, which lie at the foundation of
the federal compact. This language may at times
have been strong and impassioned, but always
excited by the intemperate and improper course
of those who were urging upon hsr impolitic and
objectionable measures. Such men as Cass,
JDickinson and Douglas from the North, speaking
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fore them. Some of their great principles hav
greaj principles have
been firmly established, and the most salutary
n,siere? unoer m' conoura "na. W "'e
Dem0?raUc Partf: "r conTttr7 10 P"""'
cond.Uon of wealth and prosperity, evidences the
character of that policy.
There are many questions of State policy at
this time, too, of momentous importance. Con
stitutional amendments, making a great but per
haps salutary change in out organic law. are now
before us for consideration. The question of
building a Railroad from St. Louis to the western
borders of the State in the direction of the Paci
fic, will no doubt attract much attention in the
coming canvass. The improvements the Osage,
and the Railroad from Hannibal to St Joseph,
are questions of importance. Some interest too
will soon be felt again on the subject of Bank
ing. The charter of the State Bank will expire
in a few years, and the great change that is an
ticipated in our monetary affairs, from the rich
deposits of gold in California, will doubtless ren
der this a question worthy of much reflection
and calm consideration.
If the Democrats are in the majority in the
State, and must stand responsible for its legisla
tive policy, how necessary it is that minor things
should be discarded from their political action,
and that subjects involving not only our present
interests as a State, but those of the far-future,
should meet with decided preference in their
considerations. Otherwise, it will be impossi
ble to retain a controlling influence in the settle'
ment of these and other important questions of
State policy. Nor can anything be done by any
'nartj or body of men, without union and harmo
ny. When jarring factions are embittered, their
discord ftiv be traced through their best mea
sures, and it to? often perverts the bet design.
The Democracy ofJhis county have long fought
under the same banner, aij we doubt not each
member of the parly would sincer'cV deprecate
a state of affairs, that would place him in A posi
tion antagonistic to Jus former friends. The
work can as well be commenced in Old Pike as
in any county within the State. The example
will be followed in other parts, and the inflated
hopes of our opponents will cease to furnish food
for their animation. The busy scenes of prepar
ation will be seen no more, and the cheerful
smile will give place to gloomy sadness. These
things we have said for the due consideration of
the party both Benton and Anti-Benton.
Our correspondent "Jefferson" recommends a
plan of compromise, which no donbt will meet
with the concurrence of every Democrat is the
eonnty. If there be any division in the parly,
it must result from-the position of Col. Benton.
tie has. "appealed to the people, the whole peo-
to remove him fronj the Senate of the United
Stabs jj He asks them to say whether be shall
be removed from hi place by his enemies, or re-
Itained as the representative - of the State.
It is impossible to' decide a question of this
character, wtfhout snb,mjtting it directly to the
a ... ..i
should be obeyed. Col. Benton stands before tne
L.t im.i.t.,,- r reelection or defeatt and if
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in tne pou noons, ncauea "uenion ana ahu-
Benton." That the party unite and select two.
vote. No angry feeling need then be engender-jevery
ed. The party can unite upon other questions,""' "" V' ' "
..t. f li .l , ,i .1 our party through their delegates in Nation-
with a full confidence that the voice of the ma-, P i ,44 J 4g qm
con-aubmU their view, .n
ru. ?nu. ""'!the harmony of feeling and unity of action
march up to it boldly and fearlessly,
SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
The "Hannibal Courier" of the 14th inst.
. . f ...i,;.., of . Riatriet Con-
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amu place lur uuiuing mc naiiir, rrvu.i.i.iciius
St. Charles as the best place, and the 3d or
4th Monday of April as the most proper
time. The last Convention was held at
Herman, on the southern side of the river,
and we presume there will be but little ob
jection to holding the next at St. Charles.
The 3d Monday of April will be late enough,
as a later day might produce inferference
with the business of the farming communi
ty, which will doubtlessly compose a large
majority of the delegation. Several of the
counties have already called meeting?, and
it is necessary that there should be some un
derstanding on the subject.
We therefore propose St. Charleses the
most appropriate place, aad the 3d Monday
of April as the best time for holding the
Convention. If a more convenient time or
place can be thought of by our friend, we
shall be glad to hear their suggestions.
Per telegraph for the Republican.
Tremendovt Fire in A'ew Orttant Pic
ayune Ojjfue DetlroytdThirltj Build
ings li timed Muatly Large Stores
Loss Estimated at Half a million.
New Orleans, Feb. 1C.
A tremendous fire broke out this morn
ing, commencing on Camp street. Already
19 buildings are in ashes, most of which
are large stores. The Picayune office and
Robb's extensive banking house are des
troyed. The fire is not yet extinguished.
Loss about a half a million mostly insured.
Thirty buildings ate destroyed.
The steamer Georgia left New Orleans
on the 12th, for Cliagres, with 460 passen-
bound for California.
Mississippi Senator. -Jtf. Davis has
been re-elected to the Senate of the United
States for six years from the time when his
present term expires. He was electen on
the second ballot. Roger Barton was his
In the House of Representatives of the
United States on the 5th inst. Mr. Bay
presented the memorial of the Legislature
m .a a a, . . a a) a
respecting the school lands within the Jim
its of this State.
Also, the memorial of the Legislature of
the said State, asking for a donation of
land to the soldiers in the Millitary service
of the United States in the war of 1812.
Also, the memorial of the Legislature of
Missouri, asking for a grant of the right of
way through the public lands, and a dona
tion of the alternate sections, to the Missis
sippiand Missouri Railroad Company, to
aid in the construction of said road.
. Also, the memorial of the Legislature of
Missouri, asking a donation of land for
every person, head ofa family, or who may
lie.'f "fter become sucn; which were sever
ally referred to the committee on Public
Mr. Bay also introduced, on leave, the
following bills, which were read twice and
referred to the Committee on the Revolu
tionary Claims, viz;
w m m w
A bill for the relief of Nicholas LachanCO
and others and
A bill for the payment of the debts due
the heirs of Antoine Peltier.
On motion of Mr. Bat.
Resolved. That the committee on Public
Lands be instructed to inquire into the ex
pediency of rescinding or modifying a res
olution adopted by the House of Represen
tatives on the 4th of May, 1848, requiring
the Clerk to procure a map of the public
lands in each State, showing the state of
the snrvey.and also what has been sold.
Wilmot Repudiated in Pennsylvania.
the Ltomocratf of Schuylkill, Bedford and
Wayne cpuntiesrin the old Keystone State.
har.e adapted strong resolutions unanimous
ly repudiating MrAVilmot end hk Proviso.
To the Democratic Citizens ol rise
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tne democratic party, preparatory to me
ensuing August election, in discharging
the duty thus imposed on us, we snail oe
very brief; because we feel assured that
true aeioocrai in o..ihy, every
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of its friends. Knowing this, those who
desire to see our party prostrated, and all
our cherished principles trodden under foot,
are now making an effort to excite preju
dice and to engender bad feelings in the
minds of some who have heretofore acted
with us as friends in a common cause.
The cause of "equal laws and equal rights."
This effort to disorganize, to distract, to dis-
sever and defeat us, should meet with a
rebuke commensurate with its baseness.
It is by this means alone, that the opponents
of democratic principles can ever expect
to succeed. They know that those princi
ples meet with a friendly response in the
liearts of a majority of our citizens. They
know that we have the numbers; and that
so long as we are united in action, so long
as we rally to the support ol our principles
and our part', regardless of minor differ
ences about men, so long as we present an
unbroken front, we are unconquerable.
How important then, that every democrat
should divest himself of all predilection or
pit-iudice fr or against men, whether for
the State or National Legislature, and look
to principle alone as the guiding star cf his
action. Men are but mortal?, principles
are eternal. Men may change, principles
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never can. i lie democratic int eung oy
which we were appointed la committee, a
dnpted a set of resolutions briefly reitera
ting the principles which have received the
adherence of the democratic republican par
ty from the days of Jefferson and Jackson, to
the present hour. -To those principles we
most heartily subscribe, and we sincerely
believe that they will ir.ee t with cordial
response in the breast of every democrat in
the County. Let os then in a spirit of frater
nal leelinir, with the glorious old motto.
union,concession,harmony eve rvthingfor
the cause and nothing lor men," determine
to select as our agents, those who with the
greatest ability will most truly reflect those
principles. Let us assemble together in
township meetings as. recommended and
consult each other in a spirit of fairness, as
to the persons best calculated to bear the
banner of democracy m triumph througl
the coming contest. We jay contest, for
the signs of the times are now portentous
of a struggle. Our banner, the banner of
Democracy has floated proudly over our
Mate lor the last twenty years. Will we
now see it struck by a fratricidal hand to
the ground, and left ingloriously to trail in
the dust? No never! Then let every man
who desires to see it still float gaily on the
breeze, buckle on his armor and prepare
for the contest With the motto "divide
and conquer," our opponents are preparing
for a guerrilla warfare. Our motto must
be, "in union there ia strength," and our
watchword "organization." The meeting
at Bowling Green has announced the word,
and let every township tend back the echo.
From center to extreme and from extreme
to center let it echo and re-echo, organ
izx! organize!! The good old platform
of democratic principles is broad enongh
for every true Republican. Then let every
democrat endeavor to divest himself of all
irejudice, and actuated by a high and holy
ove of principles, step boldly on it. On that
higbhnd noble ground, let us all fearlessly
lane our stand shoulder to shoulder, and
then firmly nnited as a band of brothers,
pass the word from rank to rank, "in union
there is strength'
To the several township committees we
would more particularly address ourselves.
We would warn them that the 23d day of
March, the day agreed upon for holding the
township meetings, is close at hand. it is
made their especial duty to see that the time
and place of holding the township meetings
tri published and known throughout their
respectiv e townsnips, mat there may be a
general turn ojt and a lull and fair expres
ston bad from every township. i Jhey were
each and all placed upon those committees
because of the confidence known to be fell!
by the democratic pany in. their ability,
men cucrKTt tueir vieuanco ana tueir iaun
fulness to the cause of democratic princl
pies.: We trust that this confidence has not
been misplaced; and that each aad every
one of them will faithfully and xealbusly per-
lorm the duties imposed on him.,vJf bow
aiiY wan suuuiu ieei inuispuvcu o
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act, it win men become his duty to make it
known to the committee of his ''township,
that hhf place may bo promptly filled by
torn one who will. To prevent misundtr-
a nnnrii - -
tanding it will be well to hold the towashiif
meetings at the usual place for inch meet
ings in each township: that is at Spencer
burg for Spencer township, at Frankford
for Peno, at John Love's for Salt River, at
Louisiana fof Buffalo, at the Court HouiV .
for Cuivre, at Clarksville for Calumet, at r''
Tisdel's fot Miss., at Brown's for Hartv
ford, and at Vannoy'e1 for Indian Creek, but :
this is a matter for the better judgement oT
the several township committees. We
trust that each township committee will or
ganize immediately, and report its organi
zation to the County committee at Bowling
Green. When this is done, the. first. step. -will
have been taken towards an cranizatica
of the party, "a consummation devoutly . to
be wished for." Not only thn committee!
bnt every democrat in the county should
feel an interest in publishing the time of
noiuing me townsnip meetings, ana in get
ting a full and fair expression of his town
ship. To ensure this end it is hoped, that ,
every good democrat will be present, snd
act for himself. This is his duty to himself
and his party. Then let him by all me ana ,
endeavor to do his duty, and not purposely .
or negligently stay away, and then whett
it is to late too be remidied, say that things .
have not been managed in a way to suit biau
Such a course would be most ruinous td hit
own interest as well as a wrong to his party
Ardently desiring the thorough organiza
tion of our party, and the triumph of our
principles in August next, we have the hon
or to be, your friends and humble servant,
JOHN C. WELBORN.
S. F. MURRAY,
A. F. TRAINER,
THO'S. R. VAUGHAN.
For the Banner.
Messrs. Editors: As an humble voter in
the ranks of the Democracy, I beg leave to
make a few plaiu suggestions to my fellow
Democrats through the columns of the Ban
ner, the organ of the party in this county.
We have approached an important era in.'
the history of the party in Missouri' ' Much
depends upon the developments of the ap
proaching campaign. An illustrious leader
in the State has come into open war with
many distinguished members cf the party,
"and we present an apparently broken front
to our old and argus-eyed enemy, the wbigsy
whose highest aim, judging by their presses
and public men, is to "divide and conquer.
It remains then to be seen whether the
Democracy of Missouri will be true to them
selves and their principles in the coming
ordeal. And what is this temporary divis-,
ion in the party about ' Is there any prin
ciple or measure at issue ? None at all.
Then where is the difference ? "Benton or
no Benton," is the rock upon which onr paw ...
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nival opponents wisu to see US Spill. A -
sober word for the consideration of all good
Democrats: Have tee, as a patriotic and
national party, no higher ends to answer
than a mere clamor for men f Shades of
departed sires forbid the idea. When it is .
so acknowledged and by our actions know . '
ye that we are also judged the good and
the virtuous of all classes will seek new al
liances to promote their country's good.
As I have said, there is no principle at
issue between the two wings of the nartv
in Missouri. But there are cardinal nrin.
ciples of the party that I would brine to i
your memory for which, as patriots, wa'j
snouia rnaxe a common cause. The same .
that were proclaimed by our party in Na-r
tional Conventions assembled at Baltimere,
and battled for, time and again, by the yec
manry of the land, from the St. Johns to
the Sabine. The same in substance that .
were briefly embodied in resolutions and
passed by the meeting in Bowling Green on
tue tin insi., and published in the last Ban
ner. The doctrine of the Democracy of
Missouri is the same upon all subjects, in
cluding the all-absorbing question of sla
very. The supporters and : opponents of
Col.. Benton are all for non-interference ty
Congress with the subject of slavery, and
differ only as to hu position upon thatques-v
tion. Of the merits of this difference, t
is not my purpose now to speaVK further
than to put the question calmly to every dem-!
ocrat of principle Witlvou rally for the
principles and consequent success if your
party, or sink all in a fruitless contention
about the opinions of men Wa profess to '
be a Dartv of ririnolnlaa. nvvnal liw ma
rities, as it respects a preference for men.
hen let us, like intelligent freemen, stand' '
siae by sine, with tho glorious old motto-7
"Everything for th cause, nothing for men,
to cheer us on to the work. Thia done, let
a majority vote determine tho streegth ot
Benton. And the better id determine thisy
let parallel columns be opened at the elec
tion, headed "Benton" and "No Benton,''
with the understanding that the rote thai-
taken, shall be instructions to tbt members
elected. ' '
This, it appears to me. Mefirc Fdltmt-
is all that any Democrat can ask, and is the
happiest mode of disposing of that great '
bugbdar of "Benton or no Benton." If wo
are wise we. will see the hopes of our politi- .
cal opponents dashed upon tho samo rock
Ereparedin their minds for the wreck of our , v
ark. v ' . JEFFERSON..
CapU McLean, 17. S. mail agent for the- '
Pacific mil service 'informs the editors of' V
tho New Orleans Picayune "that ' hettcefof-7 -
ward there wi!f be neither obstructions Bof '. 7
delay in tho transmission of thenlai cro
tho Isthmus;. The evils' Tatery'tompf afaad-.
oi nave noon 'intctuiuy remedied, - '- - "