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THE IMPtSONIAN.
L THE MALIGNANT GOSSIP OF TH
J GLOBE.
We have so far taken no notice of tl
very pusillanimous and disgraceful court
m . pursued by the Globe in regard to the ac
V T of General Harrison immediately before h
lamented death, and its malignant desi
brat ion of his memory since. We have m
thought proper to disgust our readers, or to shoe
the moral sense of community by giving add
tional publicity to the petty but malignant gossi
of that print. It has now but little power to <3
mischief, and we shall not offend our readers b
advertising the diabolical fabrications which ha?
day after day appeared in its columns since tb
decease of General Harrison. It is sufficient 1
say of them that their object seems to have bee
to show that Gen. Harrison was the mere to<
of his Cabinet?that he knew nothing of the
acts, and that he was the unfit and imbecile ma
in mind and body that the Globe and other prim
of its kindred hadpreviously charged. And I
prove this, not only is the sanctity of th,e deat
chamber aqd of the tomb violated, and the fee
ings of the broken-spirited and amiable family c
the late beloved President, harrowed and rudel
invaded, but the people of the whole union, wh
have with feelings which do them immortal h(
nor, joined without regard to party in sincer
expressions of grief at the sudden and startlin
calamity of his death, and of respect for hi
memory, or have by a respectful silence show
their regard for the feelings of others, and the;
awe and reverence for the power of the A
mighty, have been grossly insulted.
For weeks past it has been almost the dail
business of the Globe to drag out to the gaze <
the world, the privacy of the late President's s<
cial visits to the families of his neighbors, of h
sick room and death bed, and to do this, not 01
lv ia truth violated as. usual, but the ladies <
this city are brought up as evidence to sustaih IK
silly and malignant charges. We know not whi
participation if any they may have had in th
disgraceful business, but had they any participi
tion in the matter, we could imagine no more te
rible punishment for a modest and true womat
than to see her name even mentioned in ths
" infamous sheet."
If our intense disgust with its whole condu<
would permit, we might find much amusemei
in the " backing and filling "?the asserting on
I day, and explaining the next?the shuffling pr<
varicatingand denying to which the Globe hs
been obliged to resort to save its friends froi
disgrace and contempt, and to screen itself froi
merited punishment from the living whom it ha
had the audacity to involve in this disgtaceft
matter.
We are not about to enter at length into a cor
troversy so disgraceful. But to show the Amei
ican peopb that the language applied to th
Globe is not too harsh, and that much more i
justly merited, we make some quotations froi
one of its communications, remarking, by th
way, that the tone and language even of tin
communication is more decent and respectfulfalse
and malignant as it is?than the editoria
to which we have alluded.
We quote from an article headed "Causes c
Gen. Harrison's Unexpected Death:"
" One short month has terminated his career, ar
Death has dashed from his lips the cup containing ll
. precious draught, when it was scarcely tasted.
"All know that Qeneral Harrison was aged, (in h
68th year) and conscq\|eiitly infirm; indeed his co
stitution was more impaired than many of his ag
Instead of remaining at home during the canvass
last summer and fall, and permitting his friends
electioneer for him, all that know any thing of tl
campaign know that he was drawn out by his pari
sans?out in the woods?here?there?every whereengaged
in haranguing large multitudes to advan
and secure his election, by proving to the people th
he was physically competent to the office, flow ii
menso was the labor! how extensive the corteepo
dence, and how great the anxiety of mind, atlendii
his situation at that time, few, in all probabilit
know."
Gen. Harrison was aged, though not more i
than many of his predecessors, but as all h
neighbors, and the citizens of Cincinnati, w<
know, unusually healthful and vigorous for
?r i.:_ ...... ini _ i .
muii ui ma yvaia. i husu wno nave almo
daily seen bim for years past walking with elasl
step, and expressive eye, up the steep ascent
the steamboat-landing at Cincinnati to the cil
and witnessed his utter disregard of bodily
mental labor, can attest this truth. Ay, and he
is a sad admission. Gen. Harrison and 1
friends wished and intended that he should i
main at home during the campaign, in the peat
ful retirement of his beautiful farm, with his t
fectionatc family, preserving his health and pi
paring himself for the important duties of t
office which the American people were deti
mined, in spite of all obstacles, should be cc
ferred upon him, not for his own good, but
save the country. But he was not permitted
do this.
The Globe, and other unprincipled papers
fP L ,
hiVOL.
1Y NO. 19.]
its party throughout the land, almost without
exception, commenced their outrageous slanders
and abuse of the venerable man. Many well
ft * ? n < ? - a
meaning oui misiniormea men 01 me mie au
ministration party were induced to believe these
W oft-reiterated charges, and they, too, joined the
malignant cry. Could any honorable man, who
iix valued his character,?any soldier, who prized
of his professional honor-r-any man of proper pride,
who valued the good opinion of the country,
^ which, from boyhood, he had faitbiully served,
25 remain quiet, while in every party sheet sent
abroad to the four corners of the land by the offib?
cials of the Government, and their minions emBj.
ployed hereand every where?from every postof?11
fice, custom house, and land office in the Union,
were circulated the most unfounded assertions
of against his intellectual and moral character, and
Br his physical ability?charges of cowardice and
^ want of skill as a soldier, and that he was so
?r imbecile, in mind and body, as to require a
l'" " committee" to keep him out of the way of obb_
servation ?
w Gen. Harrison weold not, and could not, rest
m quietly under this. " My military reputation is
dear to me, and 1 am astonished that they should
be so base as to assail it," said the noble old
~~ soldier to us just one year ago, *' and I cannot
F' understand how men can be willing to assail
and falsify the military history of the country
ie as they do, to reach me." "These things are to
?e be expected, and the degraded source from which
is they come should be considered," was remarked
is in reply. "Sir," said h.e "I cannot and will not
e- quietly permit the public to be deceived, and the
d* honor of the country's arms assailed through
k me."
i- Gen. Harrison did, for a long time, remain at
>P home quietly, leaving the aroused and generous
1? American people, who were burning with iny
dignation at their wrongs, and the tyranny and
e the deception of their " rulers" continued for
ie long, long years to fight their own battles and
t0 avenge themselves and their own chosen candin
date. But at last he was compelled, notwithstanding
he had refused various invitations to do
it so, against the wishes of his friends in Ohio, to
D take the field in his own defence. His first
ts movement was in June last, when he journeyed
0 from Cincinnati, some 250 miles, to Fort Meigs,
h to meet the people, and to show them there,
i' surrounded by the gras3-grown memorials of his
^ own services, and sufferings, and glories, that
y he was not the " dotard," the ''imbecile," "the
0 " coward," that he was sworn to be by every
Van Buren paper, and almost every oifice-holder
e and demagogue in the country.
8 We well recollect the relief felt in this part of
1S the country and New England, by men who
n had begun to fear that there might be some little
ir truth in the charges of " imbecility," so pertinaciously
repeated, when they heard that the General,
stopping but a single night to rest at Co?
I ? 1 * ? *V / _!
y luinuus, on nis journey, on me louowing mornjf
ing, delivered from the steps of the hotel, one of
> the most appropriate, ready, and brilliant imis
prompfu speeches ever uttered.
We next hear of him at Fort Meigs, addres^
sing upwards of 40,000 citizens, and sending
ie his clear and powerful voice, without efiort, to
14 the outermost verge of the iodfeense crowd.
18 And such was the force, and beauty, and effeet
of his address, and of his venerable appearr~
ance, that shout after shout resounded along the
?> valley of the Miami?Old Miami of the Lakes?
11 which in years gone by, had been crimsoned
with the blood of freeman and foe?and copious
:t were the tears that flowed down the manly
it cheeks of his hearers. From thence the good
e man returned by way of Cleveland (where even
2- his venerable presence could not restrain these
is vipers from insulting him) to his home. Here
n he was not permitted to rest. Committees from
n Louisville?Loco-focos in disguise?visited him,
is and with other emissaries from all parts of the
il country, opened the subject of " Abolition,'*
" that they might entangle him in his talk."?
l- The wretches, instead of being driven from his
r- door, were treated with mildness, and quietly
ie referred to his speeches on that subject, and
ia copies were given them. Nor was this ail?but
11 we forbear to continue the painful recital.
ie The People of Ohio well know with what
it extraordinary ease he discharged these labors^
? and with what firmness and putience he bore the
Is unparalleled abuse of his enemies.
Those who heard him address the 80,000
if people at Dayton, and the crowd at Greenville,
at Wooster, and elsewhere, will never forget the
)(] thrilling eloquence, the wisdom, mildness and
ie spirit of his effort, or the excited feeling of the
ig crowds of honest and intelligent freemen who
n- heard him. The 23,000 majority which was
:?j. given him by the citizens of that noble State,
t0 against the bitterest opposition of a desperate
tie press, and of the officers of the State and Gen^
eral Government, and the degraded and maligce
nant attacks of the two most " honorable" and
al ' illustriously obscure" Senators, Tappan and
Allen, and the prostitution of the Vice Presiig
dent, Johnson, who travelled all over the State
y> in company?the two Senators falsifying history,
uttering falsehood and calumny, appealing to the
90 lowest passions of the crowd, and then referring
1,9 to Col. Johnson for proof of their assertions;
L*^ and he, poor man, in fear of his party, endorsing
a in his English, all their falsehoods and perver,9t
sions show the opinion of those who knew
10 him best. Gen. Harrison wa3 elected.
We make another quotation :
y> He went to Virginia, to visit the home of his childor
hood, and the scenes of early life; but we are told that
<>n his wav thither, whilst there, and on the road back,
hi* mind was kept almost constantly on the atrctch by
m applications to consider claims for office. The few
*e- days that intervened before the inauguration he had
;e. to suffer the infliction of the importunities of the office
begging members of Congress, who had the knowledge
of, and access to, his whereabouts,
re The inauguration came. The old President was
he rno#1,,ted on horseback, and instend of proceeding directly
to the Capitol, was marched by a circuitoui
tr- route of nearly two miles through an atmosphere ol
>n- To u?e the languagi of one of his political
trionds, when he arrived there, "hisdress was as whiW
as a miller'M, and he was so faint that alcohol anc!
to other appliances were required to bathe his head ani
temples, ' After speaking bareheaded in the open aii
for an hour and a half with a trumpet-toned voice,'
I 01 as was said by a paper in this city, to the immense mul
" v
E MA
FOR TI
WASHINGTON CITY, J
tude present, he was again placed on bora
I rode to the W hite house; but when ho ari
was he permitted to retire for rest and r
after the immense exertions of the day 1
had to stand until the vast assemblage con
vidually introduced to him. I have heai
lievr, that as the visiters came to offer tl
1 urofessedly in congratulation, it was "Hen
, here are my letters," and "Here, General, i
"At another time, two respectable gent lei
city called and found the President in tk
leading to the saloon. He asked them in
and with a frankness that surprised them sai
tlemen, I have been almost run down ; I ca
it: this turning out of worthv men 1 neve
sent to. Only just now a beautiful your
woman called on me, and said, 'My husbam
out of employment, and we are actually h
expensiverity having nothing to eat.' "My
continued the President, "it almost kills
hardly stand it: the unworthy will not go ot
worthy shall not be turned out." Now, th
that can be established upon good authority.
The immedeate cause which worked up h
excitement into paroxysm, was a chill produ
ing caught in a light rain, being so closely I
be detained on his way home after a walk,
ill, letter after letter came, bearing from thi
the other applications for office. Some of I
left in the ha nds of friends in this city, and
livered. Day by day during President J
iUntsi, men were turned out of office, i
had been expelled before his illness, appeal*
he assured them that he knew nothing of it,
was affirmed that he did it. And, but a I
before hie death tumoral w?r* iliamiawd ?um
ploymeuts.
Thus excited by continued applications,
them of a conflicting character, and the mor
flection that although he had denounced pri
he was forced by those around him to d<
never intended, when dozing his mind was ?
ly running on the distress inflicted on the n
less families within hail of his own dwelling
proscription was still pressed upon him !
has ever tare a man laboring in the last st
flammation affecting all his vitals?the staU
the President died?does not know that
eubsuUut tendinum comes on, and the mut
lirium, as was the case with the President, o
rupted by broken expressions?whilst the
pinching and pulling the bedclothes?the mi
and anon recurring to and dwelling on whal
pressing on it and producing anxiety durin
This was the case with President Harriso
dreds of individuals had been here from t
March demanding the places ef others, whom
tion they insisted on. Their letters, thei
applications, were forced on the President,
claims were pressed by the Cabinet. A
President is told that if his political friends a
warded, his forces will be disbanded, and at
session of Congress he will find himsell in tl
ty. The work of excision is pressed on. 1
dent is ill, absent from his family, without th
tention of the wife of his bosom, most of his
and grandchildren are distant. He beheld t
who had accompanied him to Washington an
but without the power to resist the torrent a
his feelings. He hears only of his ca
know that they are paying ofl' their politica
by depriving whole families of the means
tence. The Preachers of the Gospel, the a
Christian Churches, the meek quiet citiz
came here to get offices, and who staid here
Sot them?some of them just on the eve of
ent's death?had received their pay; but
those lovely women and children who have
In this state, laboring under a delirium, the I
of his distracted mind were turned toward the
the cruel policy of his cabinet, and expresi
stantly escaped him deprecating the cruelti
he had endeavored in vain to arrest.
It was in this way President Harrison
who will say he was qot persecutedto' the de
We take it upon ourselves to pronout
vile assertions and insinuations in rega
debilitated condition of the President 01
at the Capitol, as false. When he en
Senate Chamber, before commencing
gural Address, his appearafice indica*
usual degree of fatigue, and immediat
wajrds be romnieared/ and eontiuu
out interruption, its delivery, thrtM
voice to the very outermost limit of
mense crowd for the space of more tha
and a half. We were near him tlien i
wards as he walked up the steps to thi
and we appeal to every man then on
of the Capitol to say whether one m:
hundred of that audience could have p
such a task with so little effort or fatigt
Who that was present will ever, can
get the clear, calm, earnest voice, an<
sive manner, with which, near the c<
of the Address, he, without the usual
took the solemn oath? The whole croi
it, and with a simultaneous impulse
signal or example, all bared their heac
appealed to Heaven. From a desire
the wishes of the multitude, the Pres
the afternoon, received those who ca
him, but he " shook hands" with none
few were introduced or conversed wii
But we presume and believe that the
that men took that occasion to present
plications For office, is another of the i
founded statements so common in that
If true, we doubt not that these individi
some old stagers of the spoils party,
have not been either few or modest
some weeks past.
All this might have been prevented 1
Harrison followed the example set by "
trious predecessor" of stationing an ari
try at the door of the White House to
the thousands of<( cobblers and tinkers'
' log cabin gentry" who wished to see t
sident.
It is true that the President elect wa
tuned for office, both before and after 1
guration. He expected it. It was notl
or strange. The custom of personally i
office was introduced into this count)
friends of Gen. Jackson in 1829, and
practised by them ever since. And
cannot be denied that many worthy r
been driven by the late terrible reverse
office, and that many from a sincere
serve their country in the places no\
those who have aided and abetted in pi
the Treasury, have urged their applic
Yet we have never known any an
crowds we have lately seen, so import
earnest, and pressing, in annoying the
present President and heads of Depart
those who have all along supported th
former administration, and held offii
them. They arc always foremost; ant
decent men, who have conscientious!
for years to reform the abuses of the 1
p nistration, are jostled aside by these g
I so well practiced in making their v
| public crib, and in monopolizing its fa1
I The privacy of the President's Hot
, his sick room, it seems, from late artit
- Globe, was invaded by these people.
\
DISON!
IE COUNTRY.
IATUBDAY EVENING, MAY 8, 1841.
eback, and kind and paternal feelings of the good man wer
e fresh men! distressed and assailed, even while stretchei
Nay, he upon his dying bed, by the wives of those who
ild be uidi- conscious of having abused their offices, an<
leir"hands, knowing that no manly argument could prevai
?, General, with a just man, to retain them in office, resort
*** e<* lo 8Uch means as these to save themselvei
ncn of this .
ie passage lrom the consequences of their own misconduct
to the fire, We do not mean in this, any allusion to any
id t t .
nnotstand Particvlar individuals ndmed by the Globe:
r will con- far from it, we honor the motives, and sympaI's'taneS
l^'Ze l^e ^"ee^n88 ?f those ladies who wishere
in thie ^ t0 sa^e their husbands or brothers from the
dear air?," just consequences of their violations of duty
it*and "the ani* Propriety. But we have said enough on this
ia' is a fact subject.
We will only add, that, after a full inquiry
cedTby'be- 'nt0 all the circumstances of the case, we have
iteeet on to no idea that Gen. Harrison's lamented death
But when was caU8ej or much accelerated, either by the
a one and . . '
them were ordinary or unusual circumstances arising out ol
never de- his official position. We saw and conversed
iome'who wit'1 him alone, a day or two before his illness,
d to him: and we remember well saying, immediately afthough
it y^e had never before seen him in
so apparently fine health and apirita. n on that
occasion. His manner was calm and quiet, and
tifyUqfre- not ^at a man 8Uffer'ng fr?m annoyance and
ascription, nervous excitement. We were present at his
soniinuaT ^eat^' an<^ never have we seen a death-bed more
iany help- peaceful or free from pain. It is true, that for a
and yet fepv moments immediately preceding his death,
ace* of in- ar* a^'er 'he good man had become unconscious,
i in which tije affectionate ladies of his family, his relatives,
{ when^ a had been obliged to retire,'overcome with watchftwTiritpr^
ihg and grief; but through his whole sickness,
patient is the tender care of a daughter's affection soothed
[ever* was I P?how, and anticipated every want,
ig health. The most assiduous and skilful medical aid
hefim of WQS always at hand, and his last breath was
sproeciip- Watched with tearful eyes by the brave comr
PeJ1^nal pinions of his youth?by his distinguished Ca^last
the htaet Counsellors, his warm personal friends,
re not re- aid by a few of those who had known him long
the called well. The venerable man of God was also
le minori- j , . . ......
'hePresi- 'fere to administer comfort in his dying moe
kind at- aients.
hefriend" as one could wish himself or his
ound him, dearest friend to die?in peace, and apparently
nd relieve Without pain, surrounded by his relations and
binet, to I. r '
.1 friends, ftiends.
ofsubsis- We have been compelled, by the indecent
ens^who (1our3e 'he paper alluded to, to utter these
until they sentiments, painful as has been the task, and we
where'are now as^ men, of all parties, who possess
no bread 1
th e common feelings of humanity, if we are not
aat efforts nght in condemning that journal, as devoid of
ti1 ? even the decency of the brutes of the field ?
uons con- ~ 3
es which The only animal of all the brute creation,
died and ever ^nown '? disturb the sacred repose of the
athl' buried dead, is the Hyena, and the story that
ice these *his hateful beast is guilty of the act, is yet conird
to the ?idered fabulous. We say farther, that if the
i arriving death of Gen. Hartison was induced, either by
tered the efforts in self-defence, during the late politi
the Inau- C{d campaign, or by the importunities of those
ed no un- w^? sought office, or to be retained in, or restor
ely after- ed '? office, the late and present friends of thes<
ed with- papere making the charge, alone are answerable
"5* . AMOB KENDALL ALIVE.
tne lmn
an hour We had almost forgotten that this Ex-Post
md after- master General was still in the field, but fou
1 Portico columns of extracts from "Kendall's Expositor'
the steps 'n '^e Glute of the 29th ult. remind us both ol
in in five '^e wor,hy and of his '.'love of the excitement ol
lerformed composition." He has retired to his den, but
ie has not forgotten either how to growl or to
. bark.
ever, or- ^ repjy t0 sucj, an imraense heap of verbifi
lmnrps
, . ace would be a discouraging task: we propose
onclusion , - .
.. . onlv a few remarks,
dictation, '
vd heard Amos is evidently excited, and gives sufficient
, wjth0Ut proof of "loving the excitement of composition."
Is as he aPPears to making some high-strung apto
gratify peal3- *n l'ie first place, he don't like the special
iident in sessi?n Congress, being afraid of what they
lied u'pon wil1 do- He says ,hcT arc ?oinS "to abolish the
and but Treasury."
th him? He speaks of "the tremendous effort to run
assertion down the late Administration." That it seemed
their ap- to Amos and some others " tremendous," we
usual un- think may be true. General Jackson, however,
paper.? prophesied, when he got the first two numbers
jals were of the Madisonian, that the Administration
for they would be " blown up." "Running down" and
here for " blowing up" are pretty much the same, and we
agree with Amos, that it was rather " tremen!iad
Gen dous." At least, we don't wonder he thought so.
his illus- He says the objects were ^office-seeking and
- -i -- tYtnn/ni.*?svlrV*)tr Vnrv wpII thic maxr nnt nnlv
nea sen- y .. - -> ?- ?j ? j
keep out be innocent, but quite patriotic and useful, ll
' and the was certain the offices could not be in worse
heir Pre- bands, and a change of Government implied a
change of officers. The charge of Amos, in the
s impor- ^rst these counts, is, that the Republican;
his Inau- souSht what they sought, to wit, a change
ling new They got it, too, that's better. Certainly Amoi
soliciting wou^ not say that this 8reat army of Republi
ry by the cans a^ exPected office for themselves,
has been But there is the sin of "money-making." I
though it i? quite certain few people have had much chanc<
ncn have making money for a few years past, and it i
s to seek equally true, that this was the great fault. Th
desire to people found that they could not make money a
v held by things were going on, but that all were growin,
lundering P??r> They, therefore, wished for a change
:ations.? that they might make money. But with A mo
long the this was their crime. They sought a change t
unate, so rulers, and a chance to- make money. The
! late and wi^ doubtless plead guilty to the charge wliic
ment, as Amos has brought against them,
elate and Next, Amos is greatly concerned, that th
ce under credit Of the debtor States will he resuscitate
1 modest, under the new Administration. He is alarme
ly labored at the prospect; starts back from it withoffecte
ate admi- horror. Once down, he wants to keep ther
rentlemen down. He says, in case of the revival of the
ray to the credit, the bonds they have given for $200,000
vors. 000 will be worth $200,000,000! This, he think
ise, and of wiI1 be a sad event.
;les in the Amos makes his dolorous appeal to "farmer
And the planters, mechanics, and other workingmt
[AN.
[WHOLE NO. 172.
e oj America," warning them against the bad efi
fects of baring the credit of the country restored i
, Unhappily for Amos, all these classes have had
i too much experience already of the bad effects of
| the want of credit.
Amos complains that the Republicans (4rudei
ly assailed the late Administration." Doubtless
, it seemed "tremendous." It would have been
more gentle to have said nothing.
; Amos brings in charge against the present
. Administration, that it has not restored in full
, the prosperity of the country in three weeks,
i "Plain men, honest men, listen," says Amos,
44 State stocks are to be brought up to a par!"
Could any thing be so horrible ? 44 Let not
names deceive you. Wolves appear in sheep's
clothing." Yes, we have had good proof ol
that.
The old cry of foreign influence is not forgotten
by Amos, and he fears that people will yet
cross the Atlantic to (> start another coon-skin
chase, with hard cider, leg cabin, and every cunning
and corrupt contrivance and appliance
which can induce a man to tell a lie or raise a
yell." These savage yelJs of "coon skins, hard
and log cabin," are 44 tremendous" in the
ears or Amu*.
Amos says: "We cannot describe the precise
shape which the monstrous project will assume,"
but sure he is, it will be "monstrous and tremendous."
Amos is fully persuaded that the leaders
of the party now in power have got some plan
on foot to relieve the country, and this to him is
a great subject of alarm.
One part of this plan, he think3, is a National
Bank. "Debts and banks," Amos says, 44goto[
gether. Banks create debts, and debts create
banks." Or, as the boy wrote down in his task
for hi* schoolmaster: 44 Lying is a great sin,
Therefore, drunkenness ought to be avoided."
A National Bank, we know, is a great sore to
Amos and his friends, and they may be excused
for being a little morbid on the subject.
Amos thinks we are about to become a nation
of princes and paupers, and that the 44 log cabin"
is nothing more or less than an incipient prison
house. This last idea doubtless was suggested
by the caricature representing Martin Van Buren
caught in a log cabin, one end of which the
Republicans had set upon a figure four, with a
barrel of hard cider underneath, which tempted
so many thirsty loco-focos to crawl under for a
drink, that they sprung it, and caught Mr. Van
Buren. General Jackson having heard of his
successor's troubles, came to his aid with a bag
of Cotton for a fulcrum, a hickory pole for a lever,
and worked away with all his weight, but
only succeeded in starting up one corner, just
enough for a rat to get out. V an Buren's head
was to be seen at the grated window, with his
finger pointing to the door way, which, it appeared,
was banked up by an avalanche of Clay. |
This, doubtless, iq the origin of Amos's vision
! of the Log Cabin prison. We dont-wonder.
Amos estimates the cost of every loco-foco vote
bought over to the Republicans the last Presi!
dential campaign at $30, the aggregate of which
?the majority having been, wt believe, 140,000
' ?was of course between four and five million of
* dollars. Unless loco-focos can be bought up at a
cheaper rate, Amos thinks a National Bank will
be indispensable to the Republicans to cany on
this trade in another form, and that nothing can
^ no wprevent it44 but a peal of popular thunder."
This, he thinks, would frighten and deter them.
^ Amos becomes quite frantic. He says, "it is j
' enough to crush our mountains, dry up the foun'
tains of our rivers, and blast our fields and pas'
tures with the barrenness of Sahara!" Tremendous
J"
44 Farmers of the North and West," he cries,
44planters of the South! Would you like to
see it ?"
But finally. Amos gives warning, that all these
measures will be pronounced and treated as unconstitutional
and void of obligation. The people
will cast them off.
" Merciful God !" Amos exclaims, in view of
the prospect before him. It is, indeed, to him,
quite " tremendous."
Nevertheless, Amos be patient for a little season,
and let us try. It is true, you are out of office
just now, and we are almost inclined to sympathise.
But, if you cheer up, and live long
enough, your turn may possibly come round
again.
DEMAGOGISM.
A man that works on feeling and prejudice,
without reason, for political ends, rs a demagogue.
A press that prompts and nourishes
such moral trash is of the same character. The
symptoms of demagogism, in the political mountebank,
are certain cant words and phrases,
which rouse the feelings, but lead to no reflection.
In the press it is manifested in the same
way, with this addition, that, instead of emphasis
of voice and manner, which characterize the
mountebank in the utterance of his key note
words and phrases, it employs large staring capitals
and italicised words. For example, look
into the Globe and Expositor. These artifices
1 aie intended to strike the senses, not the mind.
The people of this country had long been im8
posed upon in this way. But the year 1840
e was an epoch in our history, which brought the
9 people back to reflection and common sense.?
? The Globe, Kendall's Expositor, and othei
Loco-foco prints are still at their old tricks.?
5 Look on their sheets, and behold the CAPI}
TALS, the italicised sentences, exclamations,
^ cant words, cant phrases, and other demagogical
artifices of the kind. But it is too late.?
The American people think now.
e There was for example, the old song of foreign
d influence and British gold?all used up the mo^
raent it was proved to have bovght up an army
of Loco-foeos, inasmuch as it was no great comn
pliment to the party. It proved too much to be
"r palatable. That cry, kept up by demagogues
?" and a demagogical press, once had great influs'
ence. Now it has none, as the people are averse
to a libel passed on themselves. Neither Ben?,
ton's denunciations, nor the Globe's screaches,
m nor Kendall's staring capitals, nor ever so many
italics produce one bii of effect, as they intend;
but the contrary. The people see and understand.
AM
NATIONAL BANK is now held up in capi- '
tals as a horrific sign, just at a time when it
seems to operate rather as a lure than a terror.
The people are beginning to think,?"Well, "?
after all, we did well with a national bank, and H
hare done very badly since we had none. If y
the Government can give us a good and safe '
one, constitutional, and send to the penitentiary J
or hang the first and every officer that is ac- J
commodated out of the bank with which he is 'H
connected, we'll try it again. Huzza! foraNa- V
tional Bank on such terms." If we do not mis- I
take, there is a strong current of popular feeling jl
setting that way just now, as the only remedy
for our commercial, monetary, financial, and
fiscal disasters. No use, Amos, Blair, Rives
&Co., in parading capitals, and setting up
italics against the current. The tune of L>ema- I
gogues palls on the public ear. The people want
reason, common sense, not big words, high
sounding phrases, and appeals to feeling. Old t
pirjuuices are assuming new snapes. Better i
handle them cautiously. I
It is remarkable, that all the demagogical cant I
that has been of so much avail in the politics of |
this country, is loosing its influence. They who I
trade in that species of capital, if not content to !
go into an honest business, must make a new \
shift, and get up something new. Wlhen they
have got so far as to be forced to exclaim in despair,
like Amos, in his Expositor, "merciful ; *
God 1" (we beg pardon for such profanity, but it /M
seems necessary to show what trouble they are ' Jjj
in) it may be well for them, and time for them,
oitkflr tr\ vonor.t *%.m sms lasli.
We congratulate the people of this country
for these symptoms, that demagogism is getting v
to be appreciated. The people wont hear it;
they are disgusted with it; they are nauseated to I 9
the very bottom of their stomachs. They want
good, sound, common sense?practical measures
?redeeming, restoring measures?something
that will bring back prosperity. They have
lost nearly all, got down to the bottom of the
hill, and know well where to lay the fault. Now,
they want a chance to get up again. It
wont do, Amos?it wont do, Messieurs
Blair &, Rives, to try to deceive the people any
longer. No more cant, no more demagogism,
no more appeals to old worn out prejudices. It
is as bad stock as the United States Bank. Both
require equally to have their charters renewed,
to cut down their capitals, and to recommence
business in an honest way.
FIRST OF MAY.?CAPITOL GROUNDS.
The last two months have been characterized by cold'
wet, windy and disagreeable weather. Never, in this
climate, to our recollection, has winter contended so
fiercely against the advances of spring. We have
had a succession of snow storms, rains, heavy clouds,
and high winds. The earth has been wet and cold? ,
the buds and blossoms have come slowly forth and
late?the seeds sown by the husbandman have been
chilled and rotted in the earth, and, in some parts of
the country, fearful apprehensions and actual distress
have been produced among the farmers. We have
known gardens made early in March, even farther
North than this. Now, it has not been deemed prudent
to prepare the gardens here, and the first of May
is past.
May-day, hitherto so gay and joyous, has come and
gone, and no Flower GLueen is seen. The elements
have dealt rashly with her subjects. Such as have v
ventured forth, are chilled and drooping, and others
have hidden their heads till the sun shall begin to
drive away the wintry damps, and the Queen of May
shall come forth in new life and beauty. Then will
the tulip and ths hyacinth, the lily and [the rose, vio
with each other fur the favor of their queen, and the
face of nature will begin to glery in the beauty of tho
flowers, and the whole air t seams redolent with their ^0 I
delightful perfumes. Sad weather; how have you ' 1
stunned the flowers, and disappointed their fair lady
patronesses. Surly dog; we trust the sun and the
earth will triumph over you yet, and, in their reciprocal
achievements, give us assurance that, although
j clouds and darkness may endure for a time, yet sun
shine and joy come at last.
If the " Kino of Dav" should condescend to show
himself for any length of time again to an admiring
world, we commend the ladies, who lore to promenade,
to the environs of the Capitol. There are few spots
in the world more beautiflil than those green arbors,
tasteful flowei beds, jet d'eaux, grassy slopes, monuments,
artificial lakes, and pleasant shades. There is
a delightful mixture of works of art, though few, and
the sweetest productions of nature. When time shall
have matured the plan of the Government, it will be
perhaps the most beautiful artificial enclosure in the
Union. It is becoming more and more frequented in
the morning and evening walks of our citizens, by
ladies and gentlemen, and as it is the only public enclosure
suitable for promenading, it will finally become
to Washington, though on a smaller scale, what the
Mall is to Boston, or what the Regent's Park is to
London. But the mere mention of Regent's Rark, or
the Battery, or the Boulevards, are, of course, sufficient
to excite the envy of a Washingtonian. The
Capital of the United States has no public enclosures,
except such as are necessary to hem in the Government
Buildings, and they are only large enough to
keep the world outside at a convenient distance when
the gates are closed.
But the vegetation and the weather at the present
moment, are at least four weeks " behind their time."
It is stated in our exchange papers, that there was
tleighing a few days ago in the State of New York,?
effects produced, it appears to us, by the immense
quantities of ice which have drifted down in moun
tainoua masses from the polar regions. The Great
Western arrived last week at New York, reports that
she coasted along some seventy miles of ice islands,
some of them more than itre hundred feet high! off
New Foundland.
The packet ship South America from. Liverpool, reports
the same fact.
I This unwelcome neighbor has been pouring in upon
us for some weeks past a succession of N. E. winds
and storms, which are the terror of the invalid and tho
annoyance of the healthful.
Ili.inois.?We believe no special election for members
of Congress has l>een ordered in this State, so
i that it will very likely be unrepresented at the Extra
Session.
Preparations for the regular contest on the first
Monday in August continue. In the First District,
- . - vr u l. k .
, Hon. John Keynomp, ? ? ? ? ??u .
or three others of like faith.
In the Second, Hon. S. H. Anderson, V. B. Lieut.
Governor, is regularly nominated by his party. Hon.
Zadok Casey, is also a candidate. He is inflexibly
hostile to the Sub-treasury, is not averse to a National
Bank, and avows his readiness to give a liberal and
independent support to the new Administration.
In the Third District, Hon. John T. Stuart, present
Republican member, is a candidate, and can haidly be
beaten. Murrajr M'Connell, of Morgan Co., is proposed
as the Opposition candidate.
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