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BY E<>. W. KU3A\.
NEW SERIES. Select Poc t r ji. HOME A A I) FRIENDS. BY CHARI.ES SWAIN. Oh, there's a power io niak* each hour As sweet as heaven designed it, Nor need we roam to bring it honiP, Though lew there be that find it ; We seek too high for things close by, And lose what nuture found us; for life hath here no charm so dear As home and friends around us. We oft destroy the present joy for future hopes, arid praise tlipm ; While flowers as sweet hloorn at our feet, If we'd but stirop to rai-t* them ; |'oi things alar still sweeter are. When youth's bright spell hath bound us ; j',i,t soon we're taught that earth was nought Like borne and friends around us. The friends that speed in time of need, When Hope's last reed is shaken, To show us still, that, come what will, We are not ipiite forsaken; Though all were night, il but the light From Friendship's altar crowned us, l'would prove the hliss of earth was this— Our homes and friends around us. "li; ilia \fmmF Emira-ic Bieihifi* of the State-! BEHOLD THE MORNING- STAPs! Tf i K CO*' ST IT IJT IOS S. FROM POLLUTION! ■'! ] I (; LOR TOPS SI CUT For Sucli as Love thi'ir Country and her Institutions!!! Thirty Tliousaud Freemen in the Field!! of Democratic Sentiment FOR CIVIL AM) RELIGIOIS LIBERTY! NI) I I TIZ I: N To BK ENSLAVED OR BUTCHERED!!! ON ACCOUNT OF Esis Birth Place or fiScligioti! WHAT a glorious sight was witnessed last < veuitm in the st-ontaneous movement of thirty thousand freemen, tietermioed to sustain the Constitution of our beloved country us it was handed down to us hy our nohle fathers, its I urchase was with blood, and its inheritance is li> sacred to permit the corrupt, the imbecile, and the profligate to annul its sacred provisions, or tamper with its holy precepts. Gui liber- are safe iti the custody of the Democratic figiniis. and the iiuiihering phalanxes of the ene my,as tliey move over the unev> n ground selec ted hv themselves, w ill be thrown into disorder, and totally routed. The charge of thiily thous and freemen, armed, with Justice and Rigid, which are the powers that Omni| tence wields, cannot he withstood in tfie battle-shock. Penn sylvania ts still "the land of the free and the home of tire brave." She will never permit any of her citizens to he robhed of the privilege giv en them hv the laws and Constitution. I'he political traitors of the day may plot their trea in, hut a righteous judgment w ill consign them to destruction. Fur every CATALINI: in the enemies ranks will L found a Cicwo among the Democratic forces. All is safe with our patriotic Spartans, whose battle cry is Victory, Victory, ami they will assuredly secure it. From every quarter of the compass, "the cry was still they come," flaunting their saucy Iran tiers to the breeze, amid triumphant si touts and songs of rejoicing. The air was filled with martial music, and ever and anon, the loud huz zas assured us that Democrats can never he re duced to slavery. Legion followed legion in successive order, until the eye tired with their numbers. Throughout the whole route t,iki*n hv our brethren, on their march to the birth place of our Freedom, they wore greeted with the cheers of the patriotic and the oncouiage ment of the ladies. Occasionally some skulk ing miscreant of a Know Nothing would utter an mMilling remark, and then hide himself a mong kindred spirit.- who dared not execute what their cowardly heaits prompted. They had men to deal with, and the sneaking pol troons feared to encounter them with any thing hut the vile exclamations prompted by their e ijually wicked hearts. Never before has Philadelphia made so im posing a display. The fame and sinew of her strength was out toG-rtilv their unalterable ad hesion to the principles of free government, and against the dcsjiotic. notions of serfdom. Every where throughout the dense mass of people, there was but one determination, and thut was to strike down that infamous band of traitors who meet in secret to plan their measures for the destruction of our liberties. Heart respon ded to heart, and thought to thought, that the glorious fabric of civil and religious freedom be queathed to us was in danger, and hand convul sively clasped hand in assurance that each was ready for the conflict, and determined ujion victory. Those who expected an easy conquest of the Democratic forces, have been stricken with dismay at our numbers and discipline, and are terrified with fear. Pack to the dark dens 1 of despair will they again he driven, to contem plate trie power of truth over error. At about S o'clock, even before any of the ward processions had arrived, the meeting was one of the largest ever held in the State House vard; but when the Wards began to tile into the square, nothing could have been more grand and imposing. The banners and varied color ed lights, had the most brilliant effect, and peal upon peal of cheers, such as have never Injure startled the old oaks, went up. They were joy ous shouts that came warm from the hearts of resolute freemen, and met a response in every soul. For two hours the various precessions continued to arrive, until the yard was filled.— Thirty thousand patriots must have been in at tendance throughout the evening up to the hour of adjournment. A number of Whigs and Natives admitted that it was the largest meeting ever held in the same place, and admitted that it w as tlie precursor of success to the Democratic party, not only in the city, hut the State also. The stand on Walnut street front was ta ken possession of by numerous speakers, wlro, for pi ore than two hours, entertained a dense auditory. At intervals these made the welkin ring with huzzas, in answer to the telling truths uttered hy the speakers. The Chestnut street stand was earlier filled with gentlemen, who stir red the partriotic blood hy their eloquence and powerful appeals in behalf of our threatened Constitution. The whole square was alive with shouts that are the precursors of triumph. To our Democratic hrethen in the Slate, we do not hesitate to declare that all is well in I'liila- I delphia. We are certain of victory, and bid 11 lent rejoice and partake in the enemies over throw. Hundreds of indies were in the Square to grace it with their presence, and encourage their hus bands, fathers and brothers to stand bv their own and their children's rights. Tliey too partook of the excitement of the occassion, and frequent ly applauded the speakers. They instinctively know that freemen alone can make good hus bands and fathers, i While tfie meeting was in progress a beauti ful piece of phvrotechnic art, with the words "Civil and Religions Liberty," was exhibited over the range of gas lights above the speaker's heads. Its ignition was electrical and caused thunders of applause. It was appropriate to the occasion, and touched everyone present. — Different colored lights were also exploded in various parts of the yard, which tended greatly to eliven tlie scene. The meeting was every j wav worthy the Democracy of Philadelphia. • From the Seventh Ward, there was a beauti ful black banner, emblematical of the thirteen States. It was borne on a handle, and attracted mere than ordinary attention, i'he stars were ■ brilliantly lighted. There was another from this glorious Ward, ' quite large in size, with a lull sized Rooster, j which reminded us of "Charrqmn, crow." It ! bore from the beak of the rooster, "7 /1 c day is i There was also an emblem from the Eleventh Ward, with the good old ship "Constilution upon its (ront, with an admirable motto, which, • we believe, was we "Live to Conquer." 'i'he First and Second Wards, as had nearly all the .other Wards, banners, and lanterns, that did us good to look upon. One of the banners of the Second Ward was inscribed on one side, "The Constitution and the Union must and shall be preserved," and on the reverse, "We honor the men of !?7ti and 1787, the fathers of the Republic and the Constitution." As the Seventh Ward entered the Square, cheer after cheer went up. We would add that the Nineteenth Ward, a good, glorious Democratic Ward, came into the Square with one ol best hands of music we have ever listened to. This Ward deserves great credit. The Org.mizalifiii of (he fileefiitg. James R. Ludlow, Esq., Chairman of the Democratic Committee, called the meeting to order, and made the fill lowing speech : Freemen — Citizen.* of the / uile.d Stales nj jlmericu:— ; We have assembled to night to celebrate the adoption of the Constitution of the I nited States. Solemn and momentous will be ourdeliberntions ' when we remember that our business here to night involves the happiness and prosperity of the whole people. Under the sacred charter of our liberties, our beloved constitution, the republic has gro vn from infancy to manhood. Impious hands it is true have from time to time been raised to des troy the Constitution, but the sterling sense of the masses of the Community has thus far under a kind Providence averted that melancholy re sult. Strong men marching under the banner of democracy, have met and successfully over thrown the fanatics and bigots of the land, until we had fondly hoped that the Constitution was placed beyond the reach of another assault. Amazing as it may seem to be, it is neverthe less true that once again our opponents are en deavoring to deprive the nation of its coining ' glory, denying the right of popular government, I and proscribing men because of their birth place and religion. Like a pestilence this moral epidem ' ic is sweeping thro' the land—and, it behooves r the constitutional Union party, in one word the " Democratic party, lo denounce these men and I measures, as hostile to the best interests of our ' country and destructive of constitutional liberty. ' : It is well for Pennsylvaniarss to assemble to s gether and boldly give their sentiments at such 5 a crisis, and upon the adoption of the constitu -1 , tion, and above all, it is most ptoper for us, the * , natural guardians of yon Hall of Independence, to announce to the Union our loyalty to the Constitution from this sacred spot. "i That we may now proceed with our deliber ations I move you that the following officers j preside over this meeting. The motion was t ' adopted amidst the wildest enthusiasm. FRKSinEXT, Hon. JOHN RCWHINS, Jr. BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, SEPT. 29, 1854. Itfr VICE PRESIDENTS. 1. Peter Logan, <S. P. Armhruster, 2. 1. N. Alarsellis, i>. Hugh Clark, 3. C. McDonougti, 10. J 11. Dohnert, 1. C. |). Meiggs, 11. Andrew Hague, r>. i>eiij. Rush, 12. Ceo. Williams, ti. W. C. Patterson, 13. T. J. Timnunins, 7. Wdward Wartman. SECRETARIES. Albert H. Ashton, John 11. Frick, llenrv Thouron, Tims. W. Higgins, Daniel Daughertv, John Robberts, George K. Childs. MR. BOBBINS ON TAKINO THE CHAIR. Mr. Bobbins, in being called to the chair, ex pressed his thanks- for the honor conferred in selecting liim as the Chairman of the meeting, atui said tiiat he had no need to assure the mul titude assembled that fhe duties devolving upon bin would he discharged to the best of his a! Hi ties. That it was his duty to state that the meet ing was called as a l)e;nociatic mass meeting for the-purpose of commemorating the anniver sary of the adoption of the Federal Constitution of the United States. At that time the Consti tution had been assailed. The right of the peo ple to make their own laws had met with open resistance. It is under similar circumstances that von have assembled, here this evening in defence of the Constitution. It was at this very spot that the sages of A merica met to prepare a Constitution to he sub mitted to the people of the several States of the Union. Von have been called here this even ing also for the purpose of listening to the prin ciples which have regulated the affairs of this government expounded: to. hear the nature of ; those laws and that constitution which have j hitherto assisted to protect you in your rights.— When the liberties of n nation are jeopardized hy the machinations of turbulent factions and isms, it is time that every freeman should aiise and maintain his rights at the ballot box. \ our presence here this ev< ning in such mighty num bers is but the good omen of the approaching downfall of error and fanaticism, and the tri umph of truth, right and liberty. [Loud ap plause..] MR. RESIT OX RESOT.TTtONS. J. Murray Rush, Esq., then rose to intro duce the resolutions, and in doing so spoke sub stantially as follows: FLXI.OW-CITIZENS —The duty has devolved upon me to submit to you a series of resolution* to which when I have read-them, I shall ask your unanimous assent. 1 cannot offer llnth without asking your indulgence for a brief re mark upon the occasion which calls them forth. It lias ever been the habit of the people of the I nited Stairs to commemorate, in public meeting, the returning anniversary of the trF-at est day in our national history, and the biitli-day ol the illustrious chief Whose fame and virtues have been called the "property of mankind." The Democracy have added to these two great national festive days, the anniversary of that which associates itself, upon the '- 111 of j Januaty, with the fame and achivetm nts of the ; great Ji. tison. Hitherto, no public celebration j of the people has recalled the greatest civil j event in our national hirtorv, tin* formation ol the Fedeial Constitution. It mav he other-! wise, hut i am not a" are of the fact; and I re joice that the great Democratic party of the Consolidated city of Philadelphia has been the first of the two gieat parties of the nation to commemorate it in a manner commensurate with the mighty results which have sprung from it. Fellow-citizens, you have assembled to-night in good old-fashioned st v le. ft is cheering'to patriotism to heboid Ibis great and etbusiastic assemblage, tailed to celebrate the formation ol a Constifution without which the history of the ! victories of the revolution, would have been j written with the saint* pen which recorded tfie horrors and idoodshed of domestic strife. 1 urn j to the tnoiiit ntous history of that t rn, you find 1 that from the period of peace in 1753, to the 1 7th September I 7SS, (he confederacy had difli- j cullies to surmount which, after every tiling j find hern tried. se< med insuperable. Public j credit w as blasted: tin- j üblic n venue could not j he collected: the win eis of government were j almost stopped; tin* jealousy of the tlifieient ; states of the old confederacy was so gn at that no 1 national movement for any purpose, could In- j effected, ami finally bloodshed and civil discord j showed themselves in the north. Already had j one effort to call a Convention af Annapolis, to! form a Constitution failed; and even fun ign na- i tions refused to enter into commercial relations ; with the S'ates, on the ground that then* was no national power to enforce the performance of a treaty. Suciet\ was on the brink of dissolu tion. t mler these circumstances, the great and good ol the land made one final effort to arrest the approaching national catastrophe. Another energetic call for a Convention was made, and after difficulties almost insurmountable, within the walls of old Independence Hall, was seen a body of patriots and statesmen, presided over by the immortal Washington, who devoted themselves, front the month of May to Septem ber, 17SS, to the great work which their coun trymen had committed to their hands. With closed doors that Convention sat. On thelTth September, the Federal Constitution was given to the world, as "//re result of a spirit ofamiiy, and of that mutual defence and concession which j the political necessities' of the situation of the States rendered indispc usable." A storm of opposition followed its submission j to the States, but from that moment tlie face o! j the nation changed. The following March j the first inaugural address of George \\ ashing-J ton, as President of the ) 'nited States, was pro nounced, and the star of* this great republic i i broke forth in brilliancy and power, i Fellow citizens, the anniversary of such a, day deserves celebration! It is (ifi years ago to-day since this great | ' event! Powerful have we become, and hap- i pv, and prosp rou* and honored among the na- Freedom of Thought and Opinion. tr~ f tions of the earth. Our commercial, manufac turing, and agricultural resources have started fin* political economist awakening great enqui ry ipto the workings of our system. The Federal Union has become the home of the of foreign governments, and the priife.* of every lov4r of constitutional free dom. The home of the oppressed ffid I say?— Ay?, tiie democracy would make it so. Such lum* tliey e,vcr made if, offering tin* warm wel cdsfb' aiHl country to the. foreign born of every chiae and sect who land upon our shores, and whs ask for co-equal citizenship with tile native !>or4. Tjip"Democracy can never consent to pro se, fie any class of citizens who are obedient to tii'jpaw'B. It is fit in celebrating the great event ofoHe* formation of fhe Federal Constitution, thai we should proclaim to our political oppo nents in a voice not to be mistaken, that perfect equality of rights is tlie cardinal principle ofthe Dejnocratic creed, and also that we do not for get! that foreign swords and foreign blood w ere enisled in the war ol our independence; that the gigantic intellect of Hamilton was largely instrumental in procuring the adoption of the constitution by the States, and that a large i source of the present power of the nation is in tint effective industry, talents, and virtues of our foreign born citizens. But fellow citizens ] will detain you no longer from the resolutions. I have thought this little review of tlie circum stances which marked the day we celebrate, might be acceptable to you preliminary to ol f-*riqg them for your adoption. I will now read tin* resolutions. Resolved. That tlie anniversary of tlie forrnniinn j of the Constitution ol the United States is deemed an , appropriate ocea-inn by the Democracy of tlie Con ' soliilated City of Philadelphia to meei in mass for flie celebration ol that gieut event so remarkable in the history of civilized mank nd. Resolved, That the adoption of this great instru ment of constitutional freedom, lias secured tlie bles s of free and eijiial eov i rnmeitt to miliums ol peo ple, whose Wonderful progPess in nil the elements of national power and achievement is without parallel, artd justifies the proud hopes of a mighty nation, that the Kepuhlir of the United States will live to tlie oldest age that Divine Providence may allot to human institutions. Resolved, That the unprecedented growth of the United States, in it- wonderful advance Iromnn infant government to-an admitted m-eqnality with the first poweisoltho earth, has been, while their public councils were -haped and directed, by the git at le --morrutle parte. Resolved, That the cardinal principle and spirit ot the Federal Constitution, as wuler-tood hy the De mocracy, is that ol equal privileges to all. No geo graphical lines are recognized as prescribing the lim it# within which itie enjoyment of every political privilege -hall subsi-t. The largest constitutional l ight- of the largest number, perlect freedom of reli gious opinion, and erjiial participation in the conduct and administration ol affairs by ail classes ol citizen-, sVdlier nl native or foreign birth, are essential jirin of Fhe Democratic Constitutional creed. Resolved, That the doctrine which would exclude our lellow-cilizeiis of foreign birth, or any particular religious sret, from all the equal privileges ol the Aruei ic-an tiovemmeiit, is dangerous To the best in terests, glory, and power ol the Nation, and it is in violation of the true spirit and intendment of the I e deral I "oust itution. j Resolved. That the administration of Prtsi.lent ! FRANKLIN I'IERCK has been directed with a sin j gle eye to the tiue interests ol the people ; arid that i I in- President's enlightened approval ol the recent fc j gislation of Congress lor the formation "I the terrilo j ties* ol Nebraska Kansas, proves him to b a [ CHIEF MAGISTRATE, imbued with just primiplrs I of ('.R,s nr. r IOXAI. FKLI IIOM, recognizing in its broad est sense inn Pi'.iM n*i.i; or" SKI-K-GOVKIIXMEXT. and eminently entitled to the warmest support, and cor dial confidence of the United Democracy. Resolved, That the administration of Governor WILLIAM ISIGI.HR meets our entire approbation,; and we Iptl him with pleasure as our standard-bearer HI the approaching contest, and we will give him our undivided and warmest support. Resolved. That in our candidate for Judge of the Supreme Court, r.i ! UIAII S. DUACK, we present to tin* ; •npte .111 upright and patriotic citizen, who in the pet lorrnance of'h;- judicial duties, has displayed j an ext . Itencc of private character and professional i worth and ability. ILa t commands our confidence am! I support, li his name atom* constituted the recom i inundation ol our ticket, it would he sufficient to > command the be-t exertions of the republican party. I Resolved, That ill HENKI S. M. IT, our candidate j fur Canal Commissioner, we recognize a man ol -tel ling worth, great energy ol character, and well uual | filed to pei burn tin* important and arduous duty ol i managing the public work-. Resolved, '| pat our candidate# for Representatives j to Congress are men of attainments, honesty of pur pose, and purity of sentiment, that their election i will secure 1 tie -e 1 vires ot competent and patiiotic j officers, who will always l>e found battling in the j van of Democracy for ttic Constitution and the t - j mon. Resolved, That we will give our cordial and uni j ted support to the whole Democratic ticket as the i only means ol perpetuating **ttu* great and essential i principles ol liberty and iree government;" and that 1 a firm and uniled effort a* the approaching election ! w ill hear the Democratic banner to a triumphant re sult. OLD WESTJIOREIAM) SPEAKS! Palt'iotic AflSdrt'Nw Of the Democracy of Westmoreland County! FELLOW CITIZENS :—\\ v consider it our du ty to urge ti j on you tin* importance of a vigor ous and united effort at the approaching elec tion. The opponents ol the Democratic part} , prostrated hy tlo ir defeat in 18f>2, having again rallied, and are appealing to tfie worst pr>jutli tes, and lesorting to every esjiedfont, lor tlie purpuse of obtaining an ascendancy in the State. We could heartiiy wish that the Democratic party, after their repeated victories, should en joy re j iose : but in a Republican .Government, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty: and those who are not willing to watch and guard ■ tlie sacred treasure, are not worthy to enjoy its : blessings. We do not propose to review the history of the two great parlies which have al ways divided the country; l>ut we can a.-sert • that which is known to every intelligent citi j zen of the community, that, from the adoption j of the Constitution until tin* termination of the i Mexican war, every great measure ot national | jroliey, whether of war or during peace, worthy of the spirit of the age, which tias borne the j test of tune, and been in accordance with our i republican institutions, and finally met with j the general approbation of the American peo i pie, has been originated, sustained, and carried into successful, operation by the Democratic par ty: among the most prominent of which mea sures, We may refer to the rights secured to tlie several States—the present system of naturali zation laws—tlie acquisition of Louisiana—the war of US 12, declared for the maintenance ot our rights us a maritime nation—the overthrow of the United State's Bank—tlie establishment of the Independent Treasury System—the re peal of tlie Bankrupt law—and the extension of our "boundaries to the Pacific Ocean, tie* result of thy late war with Mexico. To each of these measures of national policy, so vitally impprtnnt to the interests of our country, adopt ed in spite of the warm opjiositioii ol Federal ism, every member of the Democratic party can point as monuments of the wisdom and pa triotism of the party. in the present campaign, our opponents are not willing to meet us on former issues; they ignore tlie past, and depend lor success on Un feeling of opposite).*) in the north to the Nebras ka hill, and on the co-operation ot a new secret society—tin* Know-Nothings. Relying on the former, they encourage and arouse the almost dormant spirit of Abolitionism, and, as al lies of the Know-Nothings, they are contented to see excited the religious prejudice of the community, and to hear revived, in the State founded by William Perm, the "no Popery cry" of British Toryism. In regard to the pas sage of tin* Nebraska hill, we have only to say that there is in the minds of men of botli parties an honest difference of opinion on tlie subject. The measure w as sustained ami opposed l v nan of both parties. The* Whigs of the South, who meet in political convention, and form the same party as the whigs of the North, sustained the hill almost unanimously. The Democratic mem bers of Congress who voted for the bill hare met, and are prepared to meet tln ir respective constituents and take the responsibility of their votes. But Gov. Bigfor is in no manner re sponsible for the acts of Congress. He should stand or fall on the merits of his own adminis tration, and not be struck down on account of legislation in which be had no voice, and over which he had no control. As Gov. Bigler would have received no credit for a series of popular measures of Congress, so it is neither right nor just to hold him responsible for the enactment < fa bill, to the passage of which fie neither contributed bv word or deed. The Know-Nothing organization, originating in the great cities, the ulcers of the body poli tic, fins spread over the country ; and onroppo nents, ever ready fo gather grist from all quar ters, have formed a coalition with this mushroom taction : and we must admit that they have given a certain degree of influence to an organiza tion, the most disreputable which has yet ap peared on tin* Western side ofTl#Atlantic. It we understand the object of thf J? - Nothings, as avowed by their papers, they declare opjio sition to all foreigners and to all members of the Roman Catholic Church, whether native or fon ign, and a determination to prevent them from obtaining an v office of trust or profit: they also announce their political hostility to any portion or part vof the American people who shall svmpnthlze with and support for office, any of the classes they have proscribed: they also jirojiose an extension of the time required hv tin* present laws lbr the naturalization of foreigners : ami, in order to carry into effect these objects, thev have organized secret socie ties, in which their leaders arrange and direct tin* movements of the members. While we admKe the noble ambition which prompts men to aspire to'jvolitical honors, and are willing to make every reasonable allowance for shifts and expedients ol political leaders, we cannot refrain from exjiressing our jtrofound regret that the W iiig party of Pennsylvania, the followers of Webster and of ( lav, in whose great heart there was love and sympathy lor men ol every creed and everv clime, should, tor the hone of a nvre temporary triumph, contribute aid and comfort to an organization, and endorse doctrines which strike at the political equality of American citi zri>s —(he corner stone of our Republican insti tutions; and we have everv reason to believe that thousands of pure and patriotic Whigs, with whom a love of country is far stronger than a submission to party discipline, will cut loose from this alliance, in which tlu ii leaders are endeavoiing to entangle them, and will range themselves side hv side with their Demo cratic brethren, who, though differing with them on minor topics, have been, and. will con tinue to be, the defenders of the religious and jiolitical rights of every American citizen. The great principle ol religions liberty—of the political equality of man, whatever might he his religions belief—was universally recog nized on the American continent years before the adoption ol the Constitution. Exiles from persecuting laws—the English Protestant, the French Huguenot, and the Roman ( athoiic— settled the American wilderness. Alike, the}' endured the privations of Colonial settlement ; together, they struggled through the contest with great Britain ; united in council, their blood mingled in the battle-fields of the Revo lution : as one people, they adopted a Constitu tion—the admiration and veneration of the world, the example and hope of all nationali ties. Under that Constitution, each citizen be ing equal in the eyes of the law, an unparal leiled, almost miraculous, degree of national prosperity has been achieved: and yet the A inericau people are now* asked to undermine that glorious fabric, reared ly the abilities and cemented bv the blood of men of all creeds, and, in the Nineteenth Century, to renew tin* religions agitations which disgraced the Six teenth —to jiroscribe a large, influential, and intelligent class of our lello.v-citizens—to with draw from them every mark of public confi dence and regard—to disfranchise them from holding any office of trust and profit, and treat them as enemies of the Republic—not because they refuse to discharge faithfully flu* duties of good and peaceable citizens, obey the laws, hear their portion of the public, burdens, and identify themselves, in war and peace, with the inter- TI3RJIB, s'2 PER. YEAR. VOL XXIII, NO. a est and honor of our country, but because they entertain a particular religious belief, and wor ship God after the manner of their fatheis, at cording to the dictates of their conscience. If the American people will regard with in difference this tirst attack upon the political rights of a particular class, who can foresee the consequences ? The same popular sentiment which deprives them of the right oi holding of fice, can, with less difficulty, he brought to hear upon their right of su(lrage. Laws will be re quired to sanction what public opinion dictates. The rights of Human Catholics may he first sa crificed, but what sect or class will be selected as the next victims? When an attempt is made to light tlie torch of discord in our midst, to ie vive the passions and prejudices of an age w hen political and religious iiberlv was unknown, to introduce a new element into our political con test—that bigotted bitterness and uncompromis ing hostility which has in all ages characterized religious controversy—to disfranchise our neigh bors, in whose veins may flow the blood of rev olutionary sires, who may have passed through the war of 1812, and (ought under the Ameri can Hag in every battle in Mexico, it becomes the duty of all parties to pause and to reflect upon the cruelty and gross injustice of this new movement : and it is the especial duty of the .National Democratic Partv of the Lnioh, to a rouse and present a bold and united opposition to tiiis most dangerous attack upon political equality—the most sacred right of American citizenship. A lore of country, a spirit of jus tice, and a sense of self-preservation, should in fluence and govern our conduct. We do not it el surprised at the hostility of (he Know-Nothings to foreigners meeting with a certain amount of sympathy from the oppo nents of the Democratic party. Since the ad ministration ol the elder Adams—the days ot the alien and sedition laws—Federalism has al ways regarded, with a jealous eye, the toiling millions of the old world, who come, with will ing hearts and strong arms, to add to all the elements of our national prosperity. The tac tics of 1 So'J, when the "sweet Irish brogue and mellow German" sounded so sweetly, was a mere experimental variation from a long settled policy. The present system of naturalization laws, the Democratic party originated, and still adheres to. The cheapness am! facilities of transportation are bringing annual!* to our shores thousands n! emigrants fiom the crowded jMjjiulation of the old world. Shall we contin ue to receive them as citizens, as we have here tofore done, and give them a voice and interest in the administration of Government, or shall we admit tin in as rtsidents, and deny them the rights of citizenship, and thus ia.Se in our midst a vast population, who, having no voice in its Government, fee! no interest in the pros perity oi the country ? I-non this question, the Demociatic party will he fmnd faithful to its long cherished principles, and the welfare of the country. The candidates placed in nomination by the D< mocratic convention, are deserving (it sup port. The differences of opinion whifcn exist ed before the nominations were made, were settled bv the action of the convention.— The candidates are only known as the repre sentatives of Democratic principles; and as such, it is the dntv of every Democrat who de sires to preserve the organization of his party, to give them a generous support. Governor ]!igh*r has been long and favorably known to the Democracy of the State. For a number ot years, his name has keen familiar as one of the most able, active nnd influential of the public, men of Pennsylvania : and as to ills administra tion, the highest compliment that can Le paid him has been rendered ! v Ids opponents. They do not assail or hope to defeat him on account ol anv errors of his own; but tin y attack him on account of the legislation of Congress. Let every public officer Ire held responsible for bin own conduct, and n >t (Br tin* acts of others, with whom In* is in no n anlmr connected. Judge Black is well known to the voters of this countv. Ff abilities of the highest order, an intinate know ledge of his pt"b ssi< 11, a pu ritv of life, and an honest, fearless- manliness of character, are qualities deserving of supjrort, there is no man in the State more worthy the confidence of men of all parties than the pre sent Chief Justice of Pennsylvania. The candidate for Canal Commissioner, Col. Mott, has been oxjrosed to malignant assaults, and charges of the most disreputable nature have been preferred against him ; hut his letter to Mr. Bonham has put to rest the slanders of his enemies, and his election will secure to the Stat" the services of an efficient officer. We also recommend to your support the re gular nominated candidates for Congess, State Senator, the Legislature, ami the several coun tv offices, as gentlemen worthy of receiving and capable of discharging the duties of their several offices. The candidates, fellow-Democrats, are before you. You know their principles, ami the ques tions involved in the present campaign. \\ est moreland has always been regarded with pride by the Democracy of the Slate. They ex pect from her a good report at the coming elec tion. Jt is for you to say whether, by your in difference and lethargy, you u ill give addition al weight and importance to a secret political organisation—an organization which, in a Go vernment of the people, where all political movements should he above hoard and open to the public eye, shrouds its actions, in dark ness and mystery, whose members are reputed to be sworn, not to the Constitution of their country, but to the vows of their order, and who, in midnight sessions, at the instigation of their leaders, prepare their plans to strike down, without a hearing or trial, the purest and best men in the land—or whether you will rally un der the old standard, he found where you have always been found, in the path of duty, and re pel tiiis fresh and most dangerous attack upon the institutions of our country. 1. J. BARCLAY, Chairman. SaMCi't. Hit.;., Secretary.