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Seward’s Little Bell.
it is said of Mr. Seward, lately Secreta ry of State, that, while in conversation, during the earlier half of the Lincoln ad ministration, with a British diplomatist and visitor, he made a boast of the extent of his official power, claiming that it was greater than that of Queen Victoria, or of any functionary of either England or France. To illustrate the truth of his claim, he pointed to a bell within reach of his hand and remarked : “I can touch that little hell four times and have any four per son- 1 please arrested within fifteen min utes in any four different parts of the conn in', and sent on their way to Federal pris ons." Mr. Seward evidently sought to as ;onish the English diplomatist, and no doubt, did astouisli him. Yet our Secreta ry was making no idle boast. He did not \ aunt greater power than he possessed. All that he said lie could do he did habitu ally. The country vividly remembers, and -urely it can uever forget, the events of those times. The era was one of terror. No Democrat could go to his bed at night with any confidence that he would not be a prisoner before morning. Many, all un conscious of crime or otfenee, slept in out houses, and others in the woods. I heir first anxious inquiry each day was, who of their neighbors had been seized during the preceding night. No explanation was deigned to the victims as to the causes of their arrest. They were not permitted to kiiow the character of the charges agaiust them. They were not even told in what direction they were to he taken or what bas tlies they were to occupy. Their guards, if questioned, were as dumb as so many Turkish eunuchs. Thus, in the full flush ot radical sway, was inaugurated the tyr mny, previously unknown and uuconceived among American citizens, which has result ed in what we now behold. 1 housands ot persons who tecl shocked in thinking of Mr. Seward and Ins “little hell,” perhaps neglect to inquire or to eou -ider whether the monstrous and startling jiower, which he boasted of and exercised, has ever been disowned or disused since. It is used as oppressively and as constantly i:; several portions of the Union as it ever was. In Texas, in Arkansas, in Mississip pi. in Georgia, Ac., men are arrested and thrown into prison hy little military tyrants without even the formality of the tinkling ot a little bell at Washington. Seventeen itizeus of the town of Jefferson, Texas, are to-day in prison, to be tried by a mili tary court, all arrested without warrant, all uninformed what are the charges they have to meet, who are the witnesses against them or when their trial is expected to take place, and all denied the benefit of counsel or of intercourse with the outside world, even with their own families. Men in Georgia] have been sent within tlie last year by mil itary courts to the Dry Tortugas, who were jei/ed at dead of night hy white and black men in uniforms, and kept in ignorance of the accusations against them till dragged before the martial tribunal “organized to convict.” Mr. Seward, a comparative nov ice, may have thought he ought to be at the trouble of touching a “little hell” for the arrest of every mau or body of men that he wished arrested, but the present authorities have got over all such obsolete ideas as that. What was new aud startliug v hen first practiced by him is “old-fogyism” now. A general order to satraps aud oth er- does all that Radicalism needs. Whilst the war lasted, the national ne cessities, the terrible dangers of our coun try, struggling for her very existence with the mighty armies of the South, were urged as an excuse for the exercise of unconsti tutional and tyrauical powers by the admin istration. The rights of citizens, it was argued, must in many cases he sacrificed to (lie public good. Such considerations, though they were uot wholly without influ ence, did not for a moment satisfy the scru ples or allay the detestations and alarms of those reflecting members of the community, who appreciated the great truth that our Constitution was made for war ns well as for pence, that the liberties of the citizens were as sacred in war as iu peace, aud that powers, usurped in war. no matter upon what pretense, would probably continue to be exercised when war should cease. What ever influence such considerations may have exerted then, they can exert none now. We have peace now or what should he peace and is called peace. We have had pence for years. It has been more than four years since the last Confederate army laid down its arms and acknowledged alle giance to the Federal Government. Yet the bloody tyranny, practiced with excuses in the worst times of the war, is practiced now without excuse, and every voice lifted against it is denounced by Radicalism as the voice of a traitor, aud he who utters it is threatened with a traitor’s doom. [Jour nal. A Perilous Adventure. : Ai «;l'sta, April 1. About a week ago a i young raftsman of this city by the name of Charles Marston created quite an excitement liy sailing over the Augusta dam. Yesterday he performed the feat again with the same suc cess. The large number of people that were assembled on the banks of the river, the wharves and even the mill tops, testified to the interest which the performance ofthis feat ex cited. To-day another exhibition of this kind took place. Major Frank Davis a well known citizen of Augusta, and a man of considerable proper ty. having made a bet of one hundred dollars that he would perform the same feat himself, the crowd, for the third time, gat acred in the vicinity of the dam. Considerable speculation was indulged in by outsiders as to whether the Major possessed the required amount of nerve and courage for attempting the feat, the majority of them in clining to the opinion that he would back down. This afternoon however he was promptly on hand and took his seat in the boat at about three o'clock, accompanied by Marston whom he had hired to go with him. The third attempt was not as successful as the two preceding ones had been. The boat passed safely over the falls, but whether from being over loaded, or from mismanagement or some other reason, the instant it touched the foaming eddy below, it was capsized and both men were struggling in the water. The boat rose bottom side up, and the men succeeded in getting hold of it, but the strong under tow began slowly but surely to draw them under the falls where certain death awaited them. To add to tlie horror of the scene a boat that had been stationed a short distance below the falls attempted to go to their assistance, but after approaching within a few rods they were unable to make any more headway against the surface current in spite of the most desperate exertions. The horrified spectators on the banks were momentarily expecting to see them either drawn under the falls or washed from their hold by the fierce motion of the water. Mars ton however had retained a hold on his paddle from the first, and he now succeeded in climb ing on to the boat and arresting the motions towards the falls, and at last, after great exer tion he managed to reach the other boat when both men were taken ashore more dead than alive. A White House Fracas. §«>natorRoflian<lthp President liave liijfli and profane w ords. Washington (12) correspondence of the N. V. Herald. Senator Ross, of Kansas, one of the gal lant seven who voted against impeachment,' bearded the Presidential lion in his den this morning. The report is that Ross went to the White House to look after certain ap pointments for his far-off State. He had nominations incompatible with the slate he (Ross) had made out for himself. Ross, like other Senators, is human, and has a soul not above yearning for the loaves and fishes. His soul felt sad at what lie had learned concerning the designs of President Grant, and, to give his soul comfort, he wended his way to the White House. He was admitted at the same time as old Zacli Chandler, but had the first chance to speak his little piece to the President. “1 come, Mr. President, to talk with you about the appointments for my state, hav ing heard that you intend to make certain nominations that may not harmonize with my desires, if you deem it worth while to consult them in the least.” To which Grant laconically iu interroga tively responded, “Well, sir.” This Presidential response was not iu the true manner to be relished by the Kansas Senator. “Am I to understand that I am rightly informed as to your stated intentions to disregard my preferences iu the matter of appointments, Mr. President?” inquired the Senator. ‘•That is a question hardly susceptible ot an answer, sir. To what appointments do you allude? Inform me and then I can re ply,” rejoined Grant. Senator Ross liked the second answer as little as the first, but having come for eu lightment he was determined not to go away in a fog. The Senator, therefore, with suppressed rage, explained the appoint ments to which lie had reference. “Frankly, sir,” said Grant, “I iutend not to make those appointments.” “What, sir! Yon scorn to accommodate me iu the least,” exclaimed Ross, boiling over with rage. “Sir, I believe 1 have given you my an swer,” firmly but sternly replied Grant. “This is not treating me fairly, Mr. President, nor as one gentleman should an other,” uttered Senator Ross. “I have no intention to be dictated to, sir,” said Grant, sharply. “Xor have I to be insulted, even by you, sir, were you twenty times the President,” exclaimed Ross, with his ire stirred op to white heat. “I must decline to be annoyed auy fur ther on the subject,” mattered Grant be-; tween his teeth, “and desire that the inter view should terminate.” You and your desires may go to hell !” roared out Ross. “Leave the room, sir ! Leave the room, or I shall force you out!” thundered Grant. Ross took his departure accordingly, iu a terrible rage, quitting the White House like one rushing from a plague, and hurried to the Capitol. President Grant threw him- , self into a chair the moment the door clos- j ed and wiped his brow with his pocket-; handkerchief, evidently very much agitated. Old Zaeli Chandler approached and was; thus addressed by the President “Excuse me for a few moments, Sena- [ tor. After that interview I must take a little time to cool oft.” Such is the account which I have learned and which 1 give j substantially as it came to me. I do not \ vouch for its truth, but have good grounds! to believe it is not very different from the actual occurrence. Storms, Freshet, &c. Sr. Louis, April 20. The damage by the hail storm yesterday is variously estimated at $20,000 to $100,000. The latter is probably the most correct. The Jemolition of glass alone is quite fearful. No serious casualties are reported. A Dubuque dispatch says a tornado passed j aver the upper portion of that city last even ing, destroying a large amount of property, ! carrying away houses, taking off roofs, ic. A number of persons were injured. It was the most destructive storm that has ever visited j this section. Chicago, April 20. The Illinois State Asylum for the Blind, at Jacksonville, was burned this morning. No lives lost. The furniture, &c., was saved. Loss to the State about $30,000. No insurance. The late heavy rains washed away au em bankment on the Toledo, Wabash and Western Railroad, between Springfield auu Decatur. The mail train west this morning was thrown down the embankment. No information has been received whether any one was hurt. Concord, N. II., April 20. The streams in Northern New Hampshire are very high. The upper dam on the Masconia at Lebanon Centre was carried away. Loss estimated at $2000; other damage was also done in that vicinity. At Ilarland, Vt., on the Vermont Central Railroad, last night, a culvert was washed away, and soon after au express train ran in to the opening. The engineer, Conductor and fireman received serious injuries, the iireman, it is feared, will uot recover. Several pas sengers were also injured. Montreal, April 20. Notwithstanding the ice in tile river remain ed unmoved, the water decreased considerably until noon to-day, when it again commenced rising, causing apprehensions of a worse flood, i The ice has broken up in Lake St. Peter, and will hasten the dislodgment here. Griliintown lies under two or three feet of water. The Glennifer, from Glasgow, the first ship this season, arrived opposite Farther Point this afternoon. A steamship is expected Satur day. There is still considerable floating ice in the riyer. Nashville, Tenu., April 20. The storm last night did great damage to the houses, fences, forests, &c., south and south east of this city. Roofs of houses were taken off, walls blown down and fences and trees prostrated. The storm extended as far as Chattanooga. Waterloo, Can., April 19. Nearly all the dams on the sources of Grand River are giving out. To-day those at St. Jacob, Breston, Waterloo, Bridgeport and Hollln were swept away, and others are ex pected to go to-night. Two bridges one house, side-walk and fences in this place have yielded to the flood. A man named Henderson at IIol liu, while endeavoring to save his dam was carried away by the flood and drowned. Large quantities of provisions stored in the cellars are destroyed. The damage to property in this section is very great. Reform League in Boston. Boston, April 19. A meeting will be held in Chickerlng Hall to morrow evening to initiate a Reform League, having in view— First—To secure a moderate and eflective tariff, which may be collected at the least cost and interference with the Industrial pursuits of the country. Second—To oppose all special legislation, in tended to foster private or class interest. Third—To secure some anunal payment of the principal of the national debt, and the re moval of some of the more onerous taxes. Fourth—To promote treaties of reciprocity with all the North American States. Fifth To promote reform in the civil service J and the appointment of government officers j on the sole ground of fitness and ability. ! Sixth To secure the return to a specie I standard of value as soon as possible. licmtblkan JoitrtmL THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 18G9. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNING, -BY WILLIAM II. SIMPSON. EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR. Subscription Terms. In advance, $2,00 a year; within the year, $2,50; at the expiration of the year, $3,00. Advertising Terms. For one square, (one inch oi length in column,) $1,25 tor three weeks, and 25 cents lor each subsequent insertion. A fraction ol a square charged as a full one. 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In declining to vote money to pay the interest on its war debt, and in the reasons it gave for that aetiou. it has touch ed the bondholders on the raw. A spasm and shiver runs through the radical ranks from lvittery to Quoddy. '•What!” they cry, “ are people begin iug to act and tulk like that? If they are, what are WE coming to?” And so the radical press all over the State falls to berating Montville. The Prog. Age publishes a semi editorial article over the signature of a star,—a bright particular star—that scintillates on skinniug the peo ple, and intimates that, like eels, they ought to get used to it, aud not mind the opera tion. And then the star, which is not of the first magnitude, twinkles feebly over the old weak talk about the government neces sities, its promises, the Supreme Court, &c., Ac. And then the star is sileut, leaving the reader to con over the nursery rhyme-— “ Twinkle, twinkle, little stnr— How I wonder who j ou tire The Baugor Whig likewise smells the smoke, and cries out that somebody is set ting the radical house on fire. Pondering over the result that may come out of this agitation, the Whig proclaims that '■ It is not a question for discussion.” People of Montville ! do you hear that? That paper, even the Baugor Whig, says you may not talk over your grievances ! If von heed this command, you will shut your mouths, leave your town house, take up the shovel iiud the hoe, aud go to work to pay your own tax aud that of you bondholding neigh bor. The Whig says you’ve no nronr to talk about (lie matter 1 But you say you have—we say you have —and everybody, not hound body and soul to the bondholder’s car, says you have. The Constitution gives you the right peace able to assemble and petition for the redress of grievances—and if those grievances are not removed, God gives vou the right to try other means. At least you can agitate—agitato. Per haps you will he sued for the interest due. Let it he done. It will draw public atten tion to your complaints. There was never a greater injustice inflicted on a people than this exempting the property of a class of men from the public burdens. Congress has the right to tax these bonds, if the State or town lias not—aud it should be done. That will open the way for all taxation. The proper way to get public attention upon this matter is to keep talking about it. That is why the bond-taxer’s organs cry out that it should not he discussed. But we say—talk about it—think about it—consult about it—act upou it. And in time we shall see this monstrous injustice righted. The Bangor Whig is poking its nose into the affairs of the Democracy of Maine, and advising the course to be pursued in making a nomination for Governor. It says— We have claimed for the eastern Democracy the honor of the nomination this year, and no doubt they will be gratified with a favorable response. If they are, why shouldn’t Mr. Boyn ton have it? He is about their ablest man, and he is the Deraoeratest Roman of them all. The idea of an honor coming to tire De mocracy of any section through a sugges tion from the Whig ! About the same time a dunghill fowl’s egg will be set under a goose and hatch a bird of paradise ! Mr. Boynton is a high-minded and well qualifi ed gentleman, who never was and never will be a time-server, who would make a good candidate and an excellent Governor. So would scores of other gentlemen in the party. But which of them shall be put be fore the people by the Convention is a ques tion concerning which Democrats will take counsel of each other rather than of the Bangor Whig. The radicals will have enough to do after the nominatiou, to ex cuse them from any trouble now. The Whig further remarks— While others in that party have had political night sweats and have become generally de bilitated through fears of the ‘-trooly loll” masses, and have almost surrendered to tfie Republican onslaught, he has never paled nor flinched. An impression has prevailed that the most debilitated political night Sweat ex tant is attached to that paper, and alter nates in its columns with that other symp tom of exhaustion, a profuse diarrhea. Med ically speaking, the diagnosis of the Whig j is not encouraging. | Gen. Herscy, of Bangor, Hon. E. Knowlton, of Montvllle, Hon. N. G. Hichborn, of Stock ton, Hon. Nelson Dingley of Lewiston, and Gov. Chambelain, are the radical canidates for the Gubernatorial nomination this year. The temperance men will probably make a separate nomination, and put Hon. Anson P. Morrill in the field. The prospects for a lively canvass are dally growing stronger. Let It come. The Two Joshuas. Just uow the rauks of the Republicans in this State arc greatly exercised to understand which of the Joshuas claiming their obedience is real ly the Lord’s annointed. They dwell both by the pleasant banks of the swift-flowing Kenne bec, even the stream that drains the famous Mooschead Lake,—the river that runs through Spragueville, where crazy-headed Kenuebeck ers slide over the dam in punts, aud get so per vaded by the subject that they say aud think nothing but dam for weeks together. Just be low the damdwelleth Governor Joshua,—calm, serene, cheerful, and confident iu his leader ship. Above towards the source of that sa cred stream, and Xys to Ticonic, is the abiding place of Sir Joshua—fierce, impetuous, and in his own opinion, resistless. Nothing is likely to so sorely perplex the an uointed in their coming contest with the unre generate as that of chosinr betweeu these prophets and leaders. As the fight bids fair to call for a pretty long day’s work, which of them can control the sun and moon ? and what kind of heavenly bodies will they recoguize? The metrical tragedy tells us that •‘Thu moon that rose last night, Round as my shield, had not yet tilled her horn,'’ tie. Now Sir Joshua tells 11s that this is all wrong —that the moon had no right to till a horn, or take a horn, or have anything to do with a horn. It makes a dissipated planet of her, aud dissi pation he can’t and won t abide. If he should have occasion to bid the moon stand still in the valley, to help out the light, she wou id be like ly to go reeling about under the influence of her horns, and be of no service. Gov. Joshua, on the contrary, thiuks a horn or two won't do any harm, and that it isn't worth while to send a State Constable with a search warrant after the planet. He honestly believes that an infrequent horn of moderate size condaces to health—aud that the beaming face of the jolly old moon, and the longevity of the man therein fully prove it. In short he believes in things as the Lord made them, aud meaus that, if tie Ticonic man in sists on attempting to improve the works of the Creator, there will really be, as the song says— " 1'empost in yon horned moon, And lightning in yoi cloud." Sir Joshua objects to having the assistance of the sun. too. It has got spots, and he be lieves in spotless things, like his own party. The light and heat of the sui, too, are stimu lating,—and he utterly rejects stimulants. Even navigators, when at sea, get out a glass and take the sun. That luminary has also been detected in violating the Ma ne law, by assist ing at vinous fermentation. Conspiring with the atmosphere, it has promoted intemperance by making wines, cider and small beer. And as a clincher on these offending bodies he sum mons in one Tennyson, an Englishman, who testifies that on one occasion, at sea— ‘•Far ran the naked moon across The heaving ocean’s houseless Held.” Would a planet of modesty ami propriety have done that? Again as to the sun, the same wit ness says— “How oft we saw th; sun retire, And burn the threshold of the night — Fall from iiis ocean lane ut lire. And sleep beneath his pillared light.” Isan’t that just like a drunken man reeling off tc lied ? To which, all and singular, Gov. .Joshua pleads the general issue, as aforesaid. How shall the perplexity ol the saints lie al layed ? The Kennebec Journal,whose editor recently left Knox County for a more profitable locality, draws wonderful inferences because the Messrs. Noyes, of the Patriot, have also left and gone to Saco, where they expect to do better. It asserts that the Democracy of the County do not support ministers or newspapers, hut do support grogshops, and adds. “We presume there is not a republican grogshop in Knox County.” There is no doubt of the Journal’s presumption—in fact there Is little else in the article alluded to. The facts regarding the Patriot are that the publishers agreed to issue for one year a Democratic newspaper, and car ried out the contract. Then they stopped it, because they could do better elsewhere. Suppose it should be argued that the Repub lican party of Knox is going to seed because it permitted the editor of the Free Press to be transplanted to another locality?—and that, because he couldn't flourish there, irreligion and intemperance prevail in that party? There Is nothing very wonderful in cither occurrence —hut the ostrich of the Journal, with his head in the Kennebec sand, seems unconscious of the exposure he is making of his rear. Cuban affairs are daily getting more and more complicated. Spain is straining every nerve to save the island from which she de rives so large a revenue. Ships and troops are continually arriving, while the most rigorous measures are taken against those suspected of favoring the rebellion. As the rebels have proclaimed the abolition of slavery, the situation naturally excites the uegro population to sympathy with the rev olutionists. At the lauding of a recent ar rival of Spanish troops at Havana, some negroes who shouted lor the revolutionary loader, were killed on the spot. On the other hand, reports reach us of the landing of expeditions from the United States, with aid and comfort for the rebels, and it is claimed that Spanish troops are de serting to them. The appointment of Rev. John L. Stevens as consul at Birmingham, is one fit to be made. That place is the great manufacturing city of England, and John has been “on the make” so long that he will appreciate the position. The new consul at Cork is Rev. .T. B. Gould of the Bangor Methodist church—whose principal duty will be to supply Grant's great consump tion of corks. Ilis badge of office will probably be a corkscrew. Elder Peck is not yet provid ed for. “Let us pray !” The attitude of the United States may he judged from the following despatch— New York, April 17. The Herald’s Wash ington special says it is confidently declared that the President has directed a peremptory demand to be made upon the Spanish authori ties in Cuba for the immediate release of the brig Mary Lowell and surrender of the two passengers taken from the Lizzie Major. It is said that Secretary Pish has already telegraph ed instructions to our representative in Cuba, to make this demand without delay, and a re fusal to comply promptly will be followed bv hostile demonstrations from our squadron cruis ing in that vicinity. The Portland Press, in a political article, ventures tlie assertion that “on inoral questions there is no middle ground.” As the radicals treat those questions there is frequently no ground at all. And when there is, it proves to be like the ground of those countries in which earthquakes prevail—terribly shaky, and occa sionally opening to let a saint through. The long procession of reformers who have disap pear In these cracks, even in Maine, is fearful to contemplate. - ne “four elders” are nearer to forty now. Public Meeting at U cion. The citizens of Union held a railroad meeting at Union Common Apr. 13th 1869. Meeting was call ed to order by N. Clark; G. W. Morse was chosen Chairman; A. L. Bartlett Secretary. Voted, that this meeting be open for discussion. Though the traveiiug was bad a great crowd assembled. Com mittees and citizens were present from “Warren* Appleton, Scarsmont and other adjoining towns. Great enthusiasm prevailed. Aide arguments were presented by gentlemen from the several towns, and the meeting was unan imous, that in consideration of the easy and natu ral advantages for a railroad, the abundance of wa ter capable of supplying all mills and factories which might bo erected, the great quantity aDd first quality of lime rock and slate cn the route, the great agricultural resources, the encouragement ol home industry, and for many other reasons well defined, that a railroad ought to pass and was des tined to pass from Warren to Belfast through the beautiful yalley ol St. Georges river. Voted, that a general mass meeting he held at Union Common, consisting of the several towns, on the first Saturday of May, at 10 o’clock 1’. M. to further discuss the merits of a railroad. A report is iu circulation that at the recent Convention of the Good Templars, iu this State, strong expression was given to the feeling that the Bepubltcau party was not sound on the prohibition questou, and the formation of a new party is called for. It does not require any great penetration to see that. The tem perance organizations are used as side-shows to the radical managerie, with great success. Hard drinkers themselves, the radical leaders iu private scotf at the endeavors of a few hon est aud earnest men tostop the traffic in liquors, and assure the thirsty camp-followers that cakes and ale shall abtmu !. Of the uniou ol republicanism and ramrodism there has been nothing begotten but hypocrisy and fraud. The larger part of the liquor sold in the state is by town agencies, that arc inn wide open to all comers, aud about election time attract crowds to the radical ticket, by dispensing rum free. With ail other rum shops closed, the drinker is given the alternative o f voting as the town rum shop dictates or of going dry. The whole sys tem is rotten to the core, and ought to be cut up, root aud branch. No wonder the Templars are disgusted. P. II. N., iu the Ellsworth American, puts the case very forcibly in favor of a railroad through that county. lie says— I have au idea—as every live man has—that may perhaps be worth a moments thought. The idea is—a road with a terminus at Bucks port—as a winter port scarcely excelled in the State—certainly equal to any on the River or Bay, almost never closed, and then only for a few days and when every other port is closed. Theu arises the question of direction and where the other terminus shall be. Perhaps the interest of Bucksport alone would suggest Mil ford or some point iu its vicinity. This, however, would not be a Hancock Coun ty Road, it would only bo a road in and out of it, whereas a County Road should connect the ports and theu couuect with the ou .side R. Road world,—now the question is of the possi bility of sack a road-, and can it lie built? My plan is from this always available port (• miinu. start olf in a north easterly direction, rim ing through Dedham, Amherst, Aurora and any other towns in a nearly direct line—about for ty miles, to tap the European and N. American Road. Theu the good City of Ellsworth, in the freshness and vigor of youth, might make a road of about fifteen miles, to tap this at the point most practicable for your convenience. Then perhaps, in time the road may be con tinued from Bucksport to the Central roa i at Bangor or to tap a road from Bangor to Bel fast and Butli. Now let some live man propose i more feas ible project if hr ran-, and if none then what say to this? But let something lie done ere we all emigrate or die of inertia! Glorying in One’s Shatne. Louisiana follows close in the track ot Kansas in rutilv ing the suffrage amendment, fUink of a slave State taking sack action ' Verity, “things is changed!'' A lew years age. no degree of insanity would have pardoned a man lor even dreaming of such an event. Well can we exclaim, .Shakspeareanly. “By St. Paul, the work goes bravely on I” ( Evening Dispatch (Had cal). Thus do Llie Radicals exult in what is their shame! We repeat the language of the Dis patch—think of Louisiana taking such action ! A few years ago no degree of insanity would have pardoned a man tor even dreaming of sucli au event as Louisiana’s ratifying a con stitutional amendment for establishing neg-o suffrage throughout the United States ! And why would no degree of insar ity a few years ago have pardoned a man for even dreaming of such an event! Why but because no degree of insanity a few years ago would have par doned him for even dreaming :hat a time was coming when the dominant party of the country would enfranchise Louisiana negroes, dlsfrau chise ail her respectable and decent white men, subjecting them to negro rule, and sustain and uphold the negro power by the whole military might of the republic ? Is there any especial occasiou to “exclaim Shakspeareanly" and fall to swearing by ‘‘St. Paul” because the Louisi ana negroes, mounted by the Federal Govern ment upon tne necks of the wliit^ race, go for creating negro suffrage throughout the conn try? Did “any degree of insanity ever dream” that the negroes, if the requisite power were theirs, would use it otherwise? [Louisville Courier-Journal. A Pinchbeck Administration From the Albany Argus.J That versatile comedian, President Grant, has just made his debut (how successfu lly re mains to be seen) in the character of Peter Funk, the mock auctioneer; and has attempted to palm off upon the people, whom he mistakes for greenhorns, pinchbeck for gold; and tin Senate, in its capacity of stool-pigeon, lias allowed this base metal to pass through its hands without exposing to the world its psuri ous character. As our readers are already aware, this Pinchbeck, who has been a member of the Louisiana Legislature, and whose charac ter is said to contain ns much alloy as the metal which is distinguished by his name, has been appointed Register of the Land-Office at New Orleans by the President, and lias been con firmed in that position by the Senate. In com plexion, this person is a deep brunette—in fact, a negro in every sense of the word—his an tecedents partaking largely of the same dusky tinge as his complexion. This appointment is not only Insulting to the psople of that locality, | but it does not appear to have given the most lively satisfaction to a portion of the Radicals themselves. Here Is the opinion of that apostle of the race, Mr. Greeley, upon it:—“The ap | pointment yesterday of Mr. Pinchbeck, of New Orleans, as Register of the Land Office may be a safe one, but the antecedents of the proposed Register are not wholly encouraging. Re publicans who recommend negroes to the Presi dent, injure the party and the cause iar more then they inijure him, when they recommend any but the very best and most absolutely un exceptionable men the race affords.” The unpleasant conclusion is gradually forc ing itsell upon the miuds of many, after review ing th eeveuts of the last few weeks, and ponder ing over the many peculiar appointments that have been made, that the administration itself partakes largely of a “pinchback” nature, and that, from present appearances, the ring of the (rue metal is little likely to he hea»d . Sad as it may be, this is beginning to be the convic tion of a large portion of the community, and, such being the case, the character of the pre sent appointment is not surprising, nor is the name of the candidate malappropo. Mr. Piuch beck, it will be remembered, is the person who threatened to lay New Orleaus in ashes some time ago. It will now be seen how far his in cendiary intentions will be carried out. Trickery on a Searsport Vessel. 1 Nkw Ori.kans, April 19.—Three affidavits were made against the parties Implicated in the brig C. C. Poison fraud, but ail of them have absconded. The cargo has been discharg ed by the United States marshal and only 200 bales of trashy cotton were found to represent 8S9 bales for which bills of lading had been : signed. Letter from Boston. Correspondence of the Journal. Street Sights—Street Cleaners—Sens Hors —Beggars—trough's Hectare -Northern Hsg'lits—Fashions. Ac. Ac. Boston. April 181k1. It may seem a contradiction to speak of a sense of loneliuess iu a vast crowd, iuit I nev er walk tlie streets of a large city w hout ex periencing this feeling. Wo have ali seen and felt, and poets, painters and writ; rs have por trayed to us, the impressiveness, the grandestr. the awful sublimity of towering mountains, of rugged precipices, of foaming waterfalls, and of the dashing, pitiless lightning But more than all these am I impressed with the vast ness and mys'.eriousness of (bid'screation, and of my own utter insignificance iu Lin.- erowdc i thoroughfares of a city—in seeing so many people hurrying past me, going hither and thither, ail absorbed and eagerly intent upon their own business, and am ng tin in notone familiar face. 1 shrink back into myself an.I feel indeed and in truth •'■alone, alone." How much there is to be seen and heard. The street sights of Boston have never ceased to be objects of interest to nr From tile gai ly adorned and fashionable lady wh > rides in her carriage, down to 1he humble shop-girl plodding her way wearily homeward, after a hard day’s labor. I often imagine this latter class, as the carriages of the wealthy roll by them, saying as did the Irishman, “If I was rich I’d ride in chaises, lint now 1’rapoor. 1—I—byjabez ! mud walk.” Among these many object.-* of curiosity, per haps tlie most noticeable, because there ar-- so many, are the .street cleaners. I don’t mean the women who wear long trailing skirts, lor those arc among the tilings that were and are not, but the large number of men which this careful city government employs to keep the pavements clean and in good condition—thus providing both for the health and comfort of its citizens. First come the sprinklers, dispens ing. with liberal hand, the watery element all over tile dusty ways, and alter them follow an army of sweepers with their long, heavy, brush brooms, which they swing quickly and dexter ously across the street. And hi', the heaps of dirt they collect. It is really wonderful. Af ter these come a vast number of men equipped with shovels or hoes as the case may be, and then the city carts, into which all this refuse matter is piled and then hauled away to some region of the city where they are making new land. Thus everything is turned to some ac count. Just at present the streets are much cut up by gangs of workm -u liking drains, re pairing or laying water and ga- pipes, laying paving stones, and performing other spring work. At one of these places, where the work men had dug a ditch some live or six l'eet in width across the street. 1 had an opportunity of seeing how ' r a car would pass without its motive power. Driving as nearly as possible to the edge of the ditch, the horses were sud denly detached and the car allowed to pass over the excavation. The horses were then driven round to the other side, and along we went. So much for human ingenuity. Aud now, having got the streets nicely cleansed, we have a chance to see the news boys, who are crying the morning or evening Post, Herald, Journal aud Advertiser, with the latest accounts of the “lire on Minuner St." or the “robbery on Hanover.” “Herald, sir! Have a Herald? ’ “Buy a paper, ma'm?"—and so on. And woe to the unfortunate wight who dares to sauce them, for he is pretty likely to get a stunning retort. They are witty and sharp, probably rendered so by ilii-i;' calling, and many are the sayings of '.lu lls which find their way into tin- public prim. 1 remember now one of their latest answers to the inquiry “What is a philosopher?" \ man who rhhs a velocipede 1" was the ready response. And then there are the can iy aud fruit stands tend ed by old women bowed down by the weight of years; the organ grinders- many of those be ing wounded soldiers trying to obtain an hon est living; the coal-men ; the rag pickers; the heavily loaded teams: the carriages ; the gay shop windows: and so many, many things- -all interesting, all noticeable, and worthy of des criptions. which, perhaps, i may attempt in some future tatter. And lastly, the little lag ged, half clad, and possibly half starved, children, selling small articles, picking up stray bits in the streets, ami sometimes beg ging pennies Irom the passers-by. Coming down Tlemon'. SC, a few wci k- ago. 1 was ac costed by a little lad with “Please, lady, give me just one cent —my urn tiler's very sick.” It was cohi, and almost uighl. 1 could not -top. and so passed along. But 1 could not so easi ly get rid of that, wee, childish voice, and those earnest blue eyes—th-y seem -d to be looking reproachfully after nu— so i retraced my steps and gave the little fellow some money. lie was apparently about, live years of age, and If his be a deceptive face and lying tongue, may Clod have pity upon poor fallen humanity. 1 had the pleasure last week, in common with many others, of listening to the inimitable (lough, the great temperance lecturer. His voice is not so good as in years agonc, but lie still retains the eloquence and earnestness which have made him so popular. His appeals always touch the heart. Yet perhaps his greatest power lies in his acting. To fully en joy what he says, you must see as well as hear him. for as the Dutchman said “he lectures mit his coat tail." Boston was visited on Thursday evening last by one of the finest displays of the Aurora Borealis which has been witnessed here for many years. The whole heavens seemed to be covered with the sparkling, scintillating flashes, assuming nearly every color of the rainbow, and quivering and darting across the sky like living things. As Abbott says. "I seem to see the Northern lights With their rushing splendors lly Like living tilings with ti nning wings Across tile sunless sky” As no letter is deemed quite complete with out a hint at the fashions, perhaps it will be necessary to add that the capricious goddess lias decreed that the ladies shall wear stripes this season, and alter this fashion the silks, poplins, delaines and calicoes are now made. The favorite colors arc green and white, and black and white. The latest style of dressing the hair is to arrange it in rolls or braids around an ornamental comb. These combs arc made of various materials ami in a variety of ways, and are quite pretty—some of them are also very costly. Tile dresses arc to tie turned away from flic throat, after the fashion of some years ago. l’i:ia it:. Twitched, the Philadelphia matricide who ended his miserable life with poison on the night before he was to have been executed, hud a fearful horror of the gallows. In entreating his wife to make a false confession that site and others committed the deed, he wrote - If you do it, you must not come to see me any more. If you do not do it, you will never see me alive again, for 1 cannot have my hands tied behind me and be led to the gallows, there to have a cap tied over my face, then a rope put around my neck and let drop! Awful! Horrible! Oh! think of this and save me! Oh! for Heaven’s sake save me! oh ' save me ! GENERALITIES. A fair at Portland, for the benefit of orphans of the war, realized SlsijO. Senator Ross, who was snubbed in the White House, by Grant, and who told his military highness to “go to hell,” has got even with Ulysses. He has secured the rejection of one of Grant's appointments, about which the ouarrel began. It is the first rejection. While riding recently in a Washington car a lady remarked, as she passed by Gen. Butler, •‘Look out for your spoons !" lie followed her, found she wa.-' employed in the Treasury De partment, and her plan” since is filled by a ne gro woman. Nevertheless, the caution to owners of spoons has its f >ret. Butler can claim to be the only Aineiican general who ever made war on wo men. It is reported the former harbors In Lower California are no longer accessible to ships, the bottom having risen in consequence of earthquakes. Maine men turn up everywhere. [Portland Press. They ought to be ashamed of it. The Louisville Journal says : “Wewishthat Grant could be persuaded to think that the country is some relative of his. He might then feel inclined to do something for it." A beautiful little family quarrel is going on between the Portland Press and the Advertiser. The latter which is smart and withy, rather twists its bigger adversary. i’he favorite revival preachers in some dis tricts of Kngland are "converted sweeps, clowns, tiddlers, and converted thieves.” A converted nigger minstrel, who sings hymns tolas banjo, is a great success. Here is an an nouncement in a South London paper:— ■ V 1 Wright, the converted burglar, will preach at the Wand-worth Assembly Rooms, and break open the do, rs of lleli wittia gospel jimmy.” It is reported that a fast-sailing propeller left New York a few days since, with guns and war material, and about twenty men. all Americans, In aid of the Cubans. The Portland Transcript, that always has a poetess or two in the leading strings, Is just now encouraging one, who gushes thus l'lu u you folded your strong arms around me, And pressed me close, close to your breast, And there stole o’er my weary spirit A feeling of peace and rest/ Quite likely! Tite radical majority iu Connecticut was hil -which will be just one a day for tite Democra cy to convert for the next year. 'The attention of our subscribers who pur chase their supplies in Bangor, is directed to the advertisement of the China Tea Company , located at 11 Central street, Thomas White, proprietor. We know from personal Inspec tion that his goods are very choice, and offered at remarkably low figures— an advantage which he can afford by enjoying uncommon facilities for purchasing. See advertisement in another column. A Washing ton letter says that “female pres sure has nnn-h to do with the disposal of places at Washington. Quite likely. Probably the clients of the lies’ looking pressuulsts get the fattest pluces. Marrikh. Mr. Wil iam Neill to Miss Jane Tier. A sail event, we rather tear; She turned to kneel, a nil dropped :i tear. The returning Congressmen bring the iit telligence that there is to be no disturbing of officers in Maine whose commissions have not expired. Wo mingle our tears with the dis appointed. and congratulate the incumbents, bet tts have peace. So far as we know, every pap r iu the State* whose editor holds a public office, Is terribly exercised li st what they term "Nye’s party" should injure the cause of Temperance. We have’nt seen them show so much interest in the cause before, since we have known them We hope they will give themselves no uneasi m ss, f ir the temperance cause will probably be fully as safe with its friends, as with politi cal office-holding editors. [Gardiner Home Journal, Starbird the young printer who shot himself iu Portland, w as sick with consumption. Poor fellow!—life was pleasant to him, but he chose the sudden leap in thedark rather than to watch death creeping slowlv but surely nearer dav by day. Ldwin Rogers, who < ommitted suicide iu a New T ork station house, wrote ids own obitu ary and gave it to a tricud to have published. It is generally thought that ex-Presldent Johnson will tie buck in the Senate before the close ot Gen. Grant’s term [Exchange. A men ’ The French inventor ot the velocipede came near starving to death before the public would buy them. Pity he hadn't quite. Pol. Mi Fuddon has been appointed Collector of Customs at Wi.-eusset. 1'he little steamer, General Grant, which [dies up and down the stream, has crept out of her winter's hibernation, and enlivens us with its busy pulling. Bangor Whig. A similar event happened at Washington on the Fourth of March. The match factory ot B. Banker A Co., Ken dull - Mill-, -plits into “lucifers," nearlv loot) cords of pine wood, making 110,000 gross ol matches. They also make live million Hour barrel plugs a year for the W ostcru market. All the vessels at the Charlestown ami Kit tory yards are being put in readiness for set ll means something—probably Cuba. That sailing over the Augusta dam may be '•illid a dam foolish undertaking. A Nashville druggist has invented a rat pui.nt made oi a preparation of phosphorus. You first catch the rat, then you paint him. After dark iie looks like a ball of lire, and going among his fellow rats, they vacate the prem ises, the “bright particular” rat following and hurrying up the rear. An<.i:i.s it Tin Si iti.i m:i:. The radical Legislature of Illinois has visited Lincoln's tomb. Mr. McComas, of Jarreltsvillc, Mo., having declined to marry Miss Cairnes, she went a gunning after him. and brought him down at the first tire The matrimonial market Is dull in consequence. Velocipede riding in the business portions of Syracuse, N. V., Ins been prohibited. Chariest), lingers, of the Boston Journal, the most success!)! newspaper man In New England, died of consumption last week, aged all. The passage In the steamship America, on her voyage around the world, is to cost A1CKO for each person. A wealthy merchant of Omaha, who heard Anna Dickenson lecture, offered to marry her but she said nay. lie might not have been so charmed with her subsequent lectures, had she said yea. The Machias Savings Bank has been organ ized by the choice of Hon. (leorge Walker, President and L. I. Keith, Secretary and Treas urer, The Larmlngton town agency has been brok en into and a quantity of rum stolen. A convict in the \ w 1 ork State Prison re cently died while being showered as a punish ment. lie had heart disease. Chief Justice Appleton holds the April term of the Court in Hancock County.