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BY M. I .
Have faith in one another,
V% h n yon nw;eL in frindshi,'sname,
For a tret friend is a bi other,
And his heart shouid he the same,
'Though your paths in life m:,y difter;
Since the hour when ir='t you met,
BuL have faith in one another,
You may need that friendship yet.
Have faith in one another,
When you whisper love's fond vow,
For 'twill not be always summer,
Nor always bright as now;
And when winter time comes o'er you,
if some kindred heart yon share,
Then have faith in one another,
You shall never know despair.
IHave faith in one another,
For shounl doubt alone incline,
It would make this world a desert,
Where thle sun would never shine.
We have all some transient sorrow,
Which overshadows us to-day;
But have faith in one another,
And it sooui shall pass away.
Have faith it one another,
Anlld let honor be your guide,
Let the truth alone be spoken,
Whatever may betide,
The false may reign a season,
And doubt not but they will,
Eut have faith in one another,
And the truth shall triumph still.
O1. TilEI
W\V, the Deh;loates of the Democratic
Party, in National Convention assembled,
do here declare the adninistration of the
ederal Govetrnment to be in urgent need
of immediate reform, do hereby enjoin up
on the nominces of this Con0vention, and
of the Democratic party in each State, a
zealous etfort and co-operation to this end.
and dohercby appeal to our fellow-citizens
of every former political connection to nn
docertake with us this lirst and most press
ing patriotic duty. For the Democracy of
the whole country we do here reaffirm our
tf!ith in the permanency of the Federal
Union; our devotion to the Constitution
of the UInited States krith its f~lamln-idents
universally accepted as i final setthlment
of the controversies that engendered civil
war, and we do here record our steadfast
confidence in the per petuity of republican
self-government; in aosolnte ;eelliescence
in the will of the majority, the vital prin
cilple of republic:; in ihe supremacy of the
civil over the nilitary authority; in the
total sep,:ration of Church and Stiate for
the, sake alike of civil and religious free
dom; in the equality of all citizens before
just laws of their own enactment; in the
iihberty of in'lividi:dl conduct unvexed by
simnptuary laws; in the faithful education
of the rising generation that they mma.lU
preserve, enjoy and transmit these best
conditions of human happiness, and hope
we behold the noblest products of a hUn
dred years of changeiltl history. but while
upholding the haond of our Union and
great charter of those our rights, it beo
hooves a free people to practico also that
,eternal vigilance which is the price of
to rebnuil and establish in the hearts of
the whole people of the Union, eleven
years ago happily rescued fronm the dan
ger of a corrupt cnt ran!isnl which, after
inflicting upon ten States the iapacity of
carpet-hag tyranniei, has honeycombed
the otlicers of thie FIleral Government it
self with incapacity, waste and fraud, in
fected States and mnuicipalities with the
contagion of misrule, and locked fast the
prosperity of an industrious people in the
paralysis of hard tillmes. Reform is neces
sary to establish a s.und currency, restore
the public credit, nd Imaintain the na
tional honor. We denounce the failure
tor these eleven years to make good the
promise of the legal tender notes, which
are a changing standard of value in the
hands of the people, and the non payment
of which is a disregard of the plighted
faith of the nation. We denounce the
improvidence which in eleven years of
peace have taken from the people in Fede
ral taxes, thirteen times the whole
amount of the legal tender notes, and
squandered four times this sum in useless
expense without accumulating any re
serve for their resumption. We denonuce
the financial imbecility and immorality
of that party, which, during eleven years
of peace, has llade no advance toward
resumption; that instead has obstructed
resumption by was,.insg our resources and
exhausting all our surplus income, and
'while annually professing to intend a
speedy return to specie payments, has
annually enacted fresh hinderancl there
to. As such a himnderance we denounce
the resumption clause of the act of 1M75,
and we here
We demand a j editions system of pl'erara
tion bhy public economies, by oflicial re
trenchments and by wise finance which
shall enable the nation to insure the
whole world of its perfect ability and its
perfect readiness to meet any of its prom
ises at the call of the creditor entitled to
payment. We behlcve such a system well
devised, and, above all, entrusted to corn
petent hands for execution, creating at no
time an artificial scarcity of currency and
at no tine alarmin.; the public mind into
a withdrawal ot that vaster machinery of
credit by which 97. per cent. of all business
transactions are performed-a system
open, public and inspiring general confi
dence would from the day of its adoption
bring healing on its wings to all our har
assel industry and set in motion the
wheels of commcurce, manufactures and
the mechanical arts, restore employment
to labor, and renew in all its national
source the prosperity of the people. Re
form is necessary in the sum and mode of
Federal taxation, to the end that capital
may be set free from distress and labor
lightly burdened.
levied upon nearly four thousand articles,
as a masterpiece of injustice, inequality
and false pretence. It yields a dwindling,
not a yearly rising revenue; it has impov
orished many industries to subsidize a
few; it prohibits imports that might pur
chase the products of American labor;
it has degraded American commerce from
the first to an infetrior upon the hibgh seas;
it has cut down the sales of American
manufacturea at home and abroad, and
depleted the returnls of American agricul
tare, an interest rollowed by half our
people; it costs the peolde five times moro
t!h:tu it pto lu:(ls t, tlhe Itr:.:(i;r,-, o istitictls
till ,lr te . of production mnil waste3
the fr;uits of labor; it prio tt's fauid .and
f1,-r.; ,II ,,lin V. 1 :criciHes di..s hestl
oii;i l; 1 It , i i 'ipts huoicst tlerchalnts.
We dlean tl thltt :il! ' c , toe :.,::oe tlaxa
tit,- shall 1w I le oyfor rT'velnue. Rt:.orin is
I.ec(ssary in tilh scale of public expenses,
lFederal, State and municipal.
frovm I1 i.0(0ii( gold in 1"t0 to 1!50,(000,
t); o1 trlie' lli'n 1 7l: oir ntg Ir atehr tlaxa
ion from 8I1u inau l. 0ld. in lG0O to
Ito imore lu th eight frti d)llae s per vertl.
Since the peace the ploph+ l ave paid to
their tax ;lgther, s more than fthriee the
suir of the national debt, and more than
twie that sal for the Federal Govern
(eilt alone. V'c i!el elardl I vigorous fru
c:llity in every dlepartmentlll andl from every
oilicer of the Goverullnnt. Reform is ne
cessary to put a stop t to the profligate
waste of public lands anlld their diversion
from a:ctual:l settlers by the party in power,
which has sqnualdcred two lhilired nmil
liois of acres upont railroads alone, and
olt of more l tl iei twic that agIrregaite
haslt disl)osedl of Ihss tlIanli a sixth directly
o tilleors of the soil. Reform is necessary
to correot thle
and the errors of our treaties and our di
p!oinacy which hlve stripped our fellow
citizcins of foreign birth and kindred race
recros.sing the Atlantic of the shield of
Amnerican citizenshipI, initl have exposed
our bretlhren of the Pacific slope to the in
cursions of a race not sprung from the
samnt great parent stock-in fact now de
niedl by law citizenship through naturali
zatiol,, ias being neither aceiistoaied to the
tradition of a plrogressive civilization, or
exercised in liberty unudr equal laws.
We tentnce tllhe policy which thus dis
cards the liberty loving Germanl, and tol
Orates the revival of the coolie trade in
Mongolian womenllUi imiported for innnoral
pulrpos,"s, and Mongolian men hired to
perform servile labor coitracts, and de
in(i(id stmih ill(olficationli f hei treaty with
the Chiiinese Empire, or such legislation
by C(ongress within a constitutional limli
tation, as shall prevent the further inipor
tation or imlnigration of the Mongolian
race. R1'foirm is nlcce;sary, and call never
he etffected buit by lmakilng it tlhe control
ling issue of the electionis, and lifting it
;hove the two false issues with which the
oflice-holding class a(nd the party in power
seek to sniother it. Thei falsi issues with
which they would enkindlle sectarian
strife in respect to the public schools, of
which the cstablishnment and support be
long exclusively to the several States, and
which the Democratic party has cherished
filromn their fuinndation anil resolved to
maintain without partiality or preference
for anv class, sect or creed, anil without
contribuiti'ng from the treasury to any.
'The fals issnu by which they seek to
light niliew the dying embers of sectional
haIte beltween two kindrtdi peoples lonce
liilliturally estrantiged, but nliO, reunited
ini one indivisible Republic anid a commlon
Reform is necessary in the civil service.
Experience proves thalt eflicient, econolli
cal conduct of the goverrntnl;ltal business
is nlit possible if its civil serv\ice be Snl,
jected to ellchatge at every eletionll, andlll be
a purse otfcred at the ballof-lox as a brief
reward of party zeal, i1steahd of posts of1
honor astiaield for proved conipetenicy and
held lor lidelity in the lptiublic elmploy.
That. the dispienlsing of patroniage slhonhld
ileither be a tax upon tilhe tinme of all onr
publiiiic nlem, nor the instrument of their
ambitin. Here agaili professions, falsi
lied in the performancce, attest that the
party in power can work out no practical
or salutary reform.
Reform is necessary even more in the
higher grades of public service. Presi
dent, Vice-President, Judges, Senators,
Represenrtatives, Cabinet officers - these
and all others in authority are the peo
pile's servants. Their offices are not a
private perquisite; they are pullblic
trust. When the annals of this Republic
proclaim the disgrace and censure of a
Vice-President; a Into Speaker of the
House of Representatives marketing his
rulilog as a presiding officer; three Sena
tors profiting secretly by their votes as
law-makers; five chairmen of the leading;
committees of the late House of Represen
tatives exposed in joblbery; a late Secreta
ry of the Treasury forcing bhalances in the
ipublic accounts; a lato Attorney-General
nlisappropriating public funds; a Secreta
ry of thebo Navy enriches or enriching
friends by percentages levied off the profits
of contractors with his department; an
Ambass:adlor to England concerned in
a disllonorahlo speculation; the President's
private Secretary barely escaping couvic
tionl, npon trial, for guilty complicity in
frauds upon the revenue; a Secretary of
iWar impeached for high crimes and con
fessed unisdemeanors; the demonstration is
comlplete that the first step must be the
public choice of honest men from another
party lest thile disease of one political
orgauization upset the whole body politic,
and thereby making no change of men or
party, we can get no change of measures
and ni reforlm.
All these abuses, wrongs and crimes,
the pirotduct of sixteen years of ascendancy
of the Republican party, create a necessity
for reform confessed bIy the Republicans
themnselves. But their reformners are vor
ted down in convention and displaced
from the Cabinet. Thle party's mass of
lhonest votes is powerless to resist the
eighllty thohsand otlic-holders, its leaders
and guides. Reform can only be had b)y a
peaceful civic revolutiol. We demand a
change of system, a change of administra.
tration, a change cf parties, that we may
have a change of men.
--MONTESQUIEU, the great French
Political author, says: "The tyranny
of a Prince does not bring a State
into greater danger than indifference
to the public good places a Republic.
The advantage of a free State is that
its revenues are better managed; but
when they are badly managed, the
advantage of a free State is that
there are no favorites; when this is
not the case, and when, instead of
the friends and relations of a Prince,
it is necessary to make the fortunes
of the friends and relations of all
those who take part in the govern
ment, the State is ruined."
-TaE Republican party has never
abated a monopoly. TheDemocratic
party has never created one; The
Republican party always multiplies
legislation. The Democratic party
persistently removes bad laws from
the Statute Book.
Michael Hahn Loses His Temper and c
Oct. 17, 1876. J
lion. Michael Hahn, State Registrar of
Voters:- S
SIR-Your communication of even
date herewith has just been handed s
to me. I am surprised that a simple Y
letter from me setting forth the not 1
unnatural apprehension, on the part t
of many voters, that the failure to s
attach the date to the stamp of "vo- f
ted" on so many registration papers t
of 1874 was a trick, should have elic '
ited from you such a reply. Do you P
not know the fact that our experi
ence in these matters in the past, a
and our observation in the present, 0
justify our fears. In your reply you a
enter into an elaborate defense of the r
Radical party, and express indigna- v
tion that it should be thought capa
ble of resorting to "subterfuge." I a
can hardly believe that your indigna- a
tion was real, and I think that you
were indulging a vein of ironical n
pleasantry when you penned the fol- n
lowing paragraph:
"I have not seen anything in the
conduct of those at present charged li
with the administration of the registra
tion and election laws in this State, or
on the part of the political committee 14
opposed to yours, that would justify s
such apprehensions; on the contrary,
every person (with rare and insignifi
cant exceptions) from the Governor u
down, manifest but one anxiety, and
that is to have a free, fair and honest a
election." e
Are you serious? If you are se- n
rious, I regret very much the neces- c
sity which compels me to dispel the
allusion under which you are labor- t
ing. I regret it, because I do not c
like to smirch an innocence as beau- k
tiful and refreshing as it is rare in a
the party which has the honor of d
numbering you among its members. r
Are you not aware that you have two t
men in your employment, trusted and 3
confidential agents, whose infamies c
and political harlotries are as well 8
known and as widely extended as the t
broad limits of this great country;'
who have been sold from hand to
hand until their rottenness stinks in
the nostrils of every decent man
from Maine to Texas? Need I men
tion the names-Blanchard and Cat- t
lin-arcades ambo? Who employed
them to commit the frauds now be
ing perpetrated, the like of which
were never known in any civilized
Is not the Governor, to whom you
refer, aware that thousands upon
thousands of fraudulent registration
papers have been issued, and are
now in the possession of creatures of
your Campaign Committee, over
which presides another innocent
creature who is also anxious for "a
free, fair and honest election?"
Are not both you and he aware that
the inventive genius of the shrewd
est and most unscrupulous scoun
drels in the United States have been
employed to devise ways and means
to prevent "a fair, free and honest"
expression of the popular will? If,
sir, you do not know that every
4word I have written is true, then in
deed, you must be as innocent as
Mary's little lamb.
The census taken under the auspi
ces and by direction of your prede
decessor in the offlice of State Regis
trar of voters-and let us admit, for
the sake of argument, that that cen
sus was taken in the interests of a
"free, fair and honest election"
shows that there were in the parish
of Orleans 15,485 colored voters, and
a colored population of 57,000, in
round numbers. Are you not aware
that at the present rate of register
ing colored voters (?) that there
will have been issued by the 28th of
October twenty-four thousand regis
tration papers to colored people in
this parish? Study these figures
well, for they may again appear to
Syour vision as avengers which may
strip from you the last shred of hon
est reputation.
Are you not aware that the func
tions of the mail-carriers and the
police force have been prostituted to
enable your campaign committee to
r perpetrate the greatest political fraud
of the century?
You appear to feel that your party
should be thought capable of subter
fuge in order to carry their point.
Permit me to say that that was the
mildest adjective which the Eng!ish s
language affords to qualify the least a
culpable act of your party. The ti
strongest expression which that aIn- o
guage furnishes is not adequate to i
express the character of the work ii
which all, "from the Governor down," t
are now doing in the interest of a ii
"free, fair and honest election."
It is useless, 'sir, for me to con- o
tinue this line of remarks, and I will I
conclude by saying that if you are S
sincere in the statements expressed 1
in your letter, it is tidle that the "
scales should fall from your eyes that li
you may discover the character of e
the company which you say; "It is te
to be feared that the mere expres- b
sion, in a public paper, of such ap- e
prehensions, over your own signa- n
ture, will tend to intensify the feel- a
ing already existing between the f,
party of which you are the official
head and the opposite party, and be
apt to fan into a flame the passions
of thoughtless men, now dormant
and subject to the control of more
reasonable and less excitable indi
viduals, although such, I am sure,
was not your intention." I am not
aware that my letter to you has ever
appeared in any public paper; if it n
has done so, it was published without F
my knowledge. The passions which g
now lie dormant, it is in the power C
of your party, and that of its friends ti
to bury in the grave of an eternal ob- c:
livion. On the other hand, you andl it
you alone, have control of the bel- f
lows which can fan that smoldering c,
spark into a flame; and the respon- A
sibility of the conflagration will be d
upoli you. Grant us a "fair, free ,
and honest election," instead of ex- e,
ercising your ingenuity, which I ad- E
mit to be great, to defraud us in the n
coming election, and no such confla- d
gration can ensue. The ashes upon a
the altar dedicated to hate will be-, s
come cold and the furies which have v
kept its flame alive will take their f,
flight from a State which they have s
desolated. I indulge in no partisan c
rhetoric, I am in too dead earnest in c
the presence of the issues which h
your party has presented to act, feel a
or write otherwise than as one who r
appreciates that there is a grave and
tremendous responsibility resting F
upon the committee of which he is l!
chairman. t
Since writing this letter, my sur- $
prise has been great to find that You r
have caused to be published my let
ter which, in your opinion, would, if s
published, "intensify the feeling al- t
ready existing," and " fan into s
a flame the passions now dormant, It
am, therefore, constrained to believe
that it is your intention and desire i
to kindle that flame and arouse those I
passions for partisan purposes, per- t
haps with the hope of having Gen.
Grant issue a proclamation for Lou- t
isiana, such as has just been hurled 1
against our sister State, South Caro
tina. I am, respectfully,
I. W. PArTTox,
President Democratic - Conservative
State Central Committee.
Thile Bayonet and Bloody Shirt
The Republican party has had ev
erything its own way at the South.
For a dozen years it has done what
it pleased, and how ignominious its
failure! It "reconstructed" the
Southern States, imposed upon them
new constitutions, conferred suffrage
or withheld it at its pleasure, reject
ed dr received elected representatives
at its will, maintained a standing ar
my, in sections alleged to be disaffec
ted subverted with bayonets a State
Government chosen by the people,
yet now again, after four years of
conclusive war and after eleven years
of fruitless experiment in every
method of denying self-government
to a people accustomed to be free, it
protests that the North shall com
bine against "a solid South." Its
Attorney-General tears to pieces the
latest decisions of the U. S. Supreme
Court (all its nine judges, Republi
cans save one) to light and feed and
fan the flames of civil strife, and its
Senators and Representatives go up
and down the land, flying for the
symbol of their new statesmanship,
Sthe old "bloody shirt."
When the Republican party aban
Sdoned the humane reconstruction
I policy which Lincoln devised, which
Johnson adopted, and which Thad
Sdens Stevens failed and overthrew,
they foredoomed themselves to the
Sfailure which is now blazoned In the
colonsial State debts, and the univer
sal exhaustion of the South, as well
as in the ::betted impoverishment of
the Nortoh. For we are members one
of another, ceither prosperity
throughout the Republic, nor the
ilepubiic itself, can exist, save
through lepublican self government as
in every State of the Union. But me
Attorlney-General Taft fixes the bay cl
onet and cries "charge" lest Wade
Hampton carry the negro vote of
South Carolina for the Democracy. p
And Senator Morton flaunts the an
"bloody shirt" lest Northern Repub- na
licans shall suspect that the last war in;
ended eleven years ago at Appomat- th
tox CourtHtouse' and lest they shall
believe with Grant, who wrote Dec
ember 18, 1865-"I am satisfied the h
mass of thinking men t, the South da
accept the present situation of af- wl
fairs in good faith." .hi
Is It Mlexico. pr
Arbitrary illegal arrests by Fede- o
ral soldiers, under the orders of Ii
Federal Deputy Marshals, have be dii
gun in South Carolina. Governor fai
Chamberlain, candidate for re elec- ati
tion, opposed not only by the Demo- ed
crats, but by a considerable and ke
increasing faction in his own party, nl
fears that he will be beaten. Ac tie
cordingly he appeals to the Federal fri
Administration for the. loan of sol- an
diers to help him to intimidate the ed
recalcitrant voters. Having arrang st]
ed a Board of State Canvassers of hi
Election and a Returning Board, the It
majority of whose members are can- sh
diclates on the same ticket with him, wf
and are thus by a monstrous perver on
sion of justice entitled to decide the fri
vote in their own favor; having Co
further managed that of the ninety- hc
six commissioners of election in the eg
counties, seventy should be his de- de
clared partisans and forty office- of
holders who hold their places by his W'
appointment; having thus prear- Ia
ranged the count in his own favor, ni
Mr. Chamberlain now summons tb
Federal marshals to arrest citizens
known to be opposed to him in poli- Is
ties. And all this in the United 13
States, and under the auspices of a to
party which once called itself the rc
pre-eminent friends of liberty, and g9
some of whose leadinge'embers held et
the Fugitive Slave law ;to be uncon- to
stitutional because it interfered with tl
the rights of the States. cl
Mr. Charles Franci Adams, in a T
recently published lattir, warned the o01
people against the revolutionary P
tendency of the Republican leaders. q
Was he far wrong? A. multitude of W
respectable citizens, among them all *b
the Republican members of the Sn- tl
preme Bench of the State, assert tI
publicly that there is no trouble, no o
political violence or lawlessness in 6
South Carolina. The citizens who a
have been arrested have submitted a
quietly. The Governor himself has
made no pretense even of an effort to i
subdue lawlessness; he has done *
nothing but issue a violent and '
incendiary proclamation and sent for e
Federal troops, like his prototype, t
Perrin, in Alabama, who shot a hole
through his own hat an'hd then called
for the soldiers. Does the Republi
can party of the NiJt'h consent to
such revolutionary acts as this? Is d
this a sample of what iftproposes to t
do if it is continued in power anoth
or four years? If s6, then the sa- V
fest, the only safe course for North
ern voters, is to turn it out. There
can be no doubt on that subject.
This is not Mexico;' but these acts I
of Governor Chamberlain, this mis
use of Federal troops and Federal
power, would if continued four years
longer, set us a long way toward
Mexico. If it is granted that the
political party which happens to
.possess the Federal Government
may march its soldiers into the
States for political purposes, then
we have paved the way broadly for
general civil disorder. If these pro
Sceedings in South Carolina are not
e promptly disowned by the Republi
' can candidate, every Northern citi
zen who has a stake in the country
ought to vote against him.-[N. Y.
I- -BELKNAP will return to Iowa,
r, where he still retains his legal resi
e dence, to vote for Hayes. Custer,
e poor fellow-his victim-would have
- voted fore Tilden.
Ytl1ow w Fever Stoty.
There was a curious incidentt in tho
yellow fever panic at Savannahwhich
has not attracted as muck attentiod
as it deserves. The hero of the
mournful episode was a young drug
clerk, and we venture to say that he
was not the soil of young fellow that
puts up prussic acid for paregoric
and sends fretting babies toy an eter,
nal sleep with a dose of laudanum
instead of soothing syrup. When
the fever broke out at Savannah the
whole force in the drug store where
he was at work deserted the post of
danger and heft the city. HIis friends
who lived in Augusta sent word to
him to come home, but he refused,
and remained bn duty until the pro,
prietor of the store ordered jiim to
close it. He then went to another
drug store in Savanualh and worked
laboriously as prescription clelk.
He was kept so busily engaged that
he had little time for his meals, no
chance to change his clothes and no
opportunity for rest or amusement,
His employer took the fever and
died, although the boy nursed him
faithfully. The cook took it, and he
attended to her also and she recovea
ed. A young comrade was then ta
ken ill and the steadfast druggist
nursed him and performed his du
ties in the store night atd day! - His
friend regained his health slowly,
and then the clerk was himself seiz
ed with the fever, but as he was
strong and cheerful he sent word to
his relatives that he had no fears.-o
It was then his companion's turn to
show the kind of stuff of which he
was made; and the material turned
out to be pure gold. He nursed his
friend from day to day, keeping up
constant communication with his
home by telegraph as long as the tel
egraph messengers could be persua
ded to venture into the infested part
of the town. His last despatches
were; "I will stick to him to- thO
last," and "I shall not sleep to
night." Both of the young men died4
that evening.
We are not much addicted to whati
is known in the newspaper profes
sion as gush, and have no desire te
turn a commonplace matter into he
roism by a few gorgeous phrased
glittering in the light of an overheat
ed imagination; but we are incline&d
to think that some honor is.due 0t
the memory of these two young fel
lows, and should be frankly paid,
They ,fonnd themselves, in the heart
of a city afflicted with the plague, a
place in which even brave.men ofter
quail and from which selfish ones al
ways shrink. They were in no sense
before. the public eye, and whatever'
.they did was done through loyalty
their own. impulses, not in.the hope
of reputation or reward. They:had
that kind of duty.: to perform whic1t
is the hardest that can be put upor
man. It was ugly, wearing,disagree
Sable and dangerous. The self-eacr~
fice required was not sudden and
startling enough to win glory, but it
Iwas of that:moderate, continuous and
r exhausting kind which only rare pa
tience can:stand, If these yOung
Georgians bad fallen side by side la
a battle field in- the endeavor to-sus
tain their flag or rescue each others
no one would have wondered at their
Sdeath; but to find them wearing out
their health in nursing the sick, and
faithful to each other through weary
vigils, is a sweet surprise. At a time
when the national character has sufd
fered a great deal abroad through
whom we are mainly known to other
Speoples, and the American is pic
tured as a hard, angular, superficial,
I unscrapulous personage, occurrences
like this at Savannah should bring
us re-assurances and comfort. It is
Sonly one incident out of many from
Sday to day suggesting rare powers
t and propensities for good. Every
skirmish on the plains, the overturn.
ing of a pleasure yacht, or the rescue
or f a shipwrecked crew, is sure to
bring some hint of a capability for
heroism which seems to be an Amern.
ican heritage. Few readers will fail
to respond to the words of the core
respondent who has told in a private
letter the facts which we have'nuet
repeated: "They were braVe '~y,
were they not? Does it make say
a, difference which side or which fla~g
i- such gouls foughtifor twelve yeard
r, ago? Can't you reach out an..Laks
ye hands over any distance?"- N. t

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