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Sj, urn;l in New Orleans,
. ,f the' Lorns-,IA,
a necessity which has
..:. . m:tiniws painfully
, In the transition state
ii the.ir struggling efforts
.. ,.t p vition in the Body
IlJIi wi V conIceive to be their
.r"arl.le i that much infor
"gliil.a.ce, .licouragement,
.iiI r. pro,,,f hive lbeen lost, in
i. of th, l::ck of a medium,
, nl h th! ,, thdeficieneies might
,, Ii. \\'e shall strive to make
Si i 1LI a vie.silr., tum in these
..r itto indicates, the Lovi
hall be " Republican at all
,i, ,irall circumsan.trrc," We
,.,iate the security and enjoy
:r",) .ulcivil liberty, the abso
Ahtv :.1 uen belwfore the law,
1 ,rti., \ dihtribution of hon
,I 1 i.trI.e,, tl all who merit
4- ,f ;.llying animosities, of
' tr.h,.,e the memory of the bitter
.: w .rn,.nting harmony and union
.:I 'hl..s and bletween all in
t ,haill advocate the removal
icl d isaihilities, foster kind
" .:,,r,.earance, where malignity
'. .~,nut reigned, and seek for
.1 justice where wrong and
" tr,'vailed. Thus united in
n-1 ,l ,jeCt.s, wetshall conserve
:'t, re.ts, elevate our noble
,: env-iablle position among
SSt.t.. Iy the development
..::,!ta:lle resources, and secure
ti'- of the mighty changes
.,ry :anl condition of the
* :. i the ('ountry.
tlhi- t there can be no true
n':,,It the supremacy of law,
. stri,.t antl undiscrimi
i-tra:tion of justice.
'll ")rt the doctrine of an
'. in, of taxation among
fIlthful eoll.ection of the I
SI'",V,,y in the expendi
:in,.iily with the exigen- I
':. .t, t,, r Country and the
' 'very legitimate obliga- '
"-rain the carrying ont of
v::"',f the act establishing
'' chool system, and urge t
! '':a'"t d(ity the education of e
..'.. -vit lly connected with r
1 ]"i'htvuimtnt, and the secu
':.: I:lty of a Republican
1INAtL. t
':"v.rvus manly, independent, t
... I v,')onduct, we shall strive
)our pailer, from an ephem- a
tv. l ilvtrarv existence, and s
" p " o" nIlu a basis, that if we
o'iandil, " we shall at all I
* dwrve e success. e
ler and Statiooner ti
N Orleans, LowiiDn
Several violent and false accusa
tions having been made before the
Congressional Committee against
Lieutenant Governor Pinchback,
and that body adjourning before he
could avail himself of an opportuni
ty to exculpate himself, embraced
the opportunity of the presence of
the Committee in the Senate cham
ber, on Saturday last, and calling
a Senator to the chair, the Liouten
ant Governor took the floor and
I am again forced, Mr.
5 President, to claim the atten
tion of the Senate for a few mo
ments on a question of privilege. I
was not a little surprised on yester
day to see so many gentlemen rising
for the purpose of making personal
explanations ; but I find it explain
ed in the fact that serious charges
r have been made by certain witnes
ses before the congressional investi
gating committee against those gen
g tlemen as well as myself. This is
_ the first opportunity I have had
since I read the testimony of those
witnesses to make a personal ex
planation. I see that one Mr. S.
W. Scott testified that at one time
I was to be paid for some vote or
action of mine on the floor of the
Senate. I have not before me the
paper containing the evidence of
that gentleman, and, therefore, can
t not allude to it specifically. I de
sire to say to the Senate and the
e members of the congressional com
mittee who are present, that Mr.
Scott has stated that which he
- knows to be untrue. I had no
I knowledge of the gentleman prior
e to the time that we had before us
the bill which empowered the Gov
ernor to sell the stock in the Jack
son railroad held by the State. I
saw him then upon the floor of the
Senate lobbying, as I understood,
in favor of that measure. He tes
tifies that a large amount of money
was to be spent in its passage, and
r that the votes of legislators were to
be paid for by the issue of paper by
a Mr. Kimball, indorsed by himself
I (Mr. Scott) He says that I, among
- other gentlemen, received one of
those checks for $1000, and I pre
sume he intended to have the com
mittee infer that I received it in
consideration of my vote. I will
state to the Senate and the
members of the committee that Mr.
Scott led the committee to imply
that which was not true. I admit
his correctness in stating that I
held one of those checks. It was
placed in my hands for collection,
and I presented it to him for pay
ment. I am a commission merchant,
and sometimes have collected notes
for friends of mine. He was buy
ing paper of that kind, and says he
offered me $350, which I declined
to take. I do not know that he of
fered me that, but I suppose so.
How that paper got on the market
he knows better than anybody else
in the community. It is in my hands
yet, as I was not empowered to take
less for it than its face called for,
which was the reason I could not
accept his proposition. So muchi
for that transaction. Mr. Scott also
charges that Senator Beares and 1
myself opposed the new city charter
in consideration of a certain sum of t
money. That charge is untrue, and e
the gentleman can not produce any a
evidence to substantiate it The a
reason I opposed that bill is well g
known to the Senatorncw presiding
(Mr. Barber) as well astoevery f
other colored man in the Legisla- y
ture, and many not in it. The ques- s
tion was, who was to fill the offices
to be created ? A demand was made t
by me, at the request of the colored b
men of this city, that the Governor a
should appoint a colored man to v
the position of Administrator of
Public Improvements. The Gov- w
ernor would not comply with that a
request, and we determined then n
to oppose the bill to the last From b
that day I commenced my opposi- r
tion to the Governor. I opposed u
him for twoyears by my votes and g
by my inlunence in the Senate a
Chamber; and perhaps I wouldjp
not be supporting him now if I had
not become convinced that only'by
a- sustaining him could the Republi
be can party be saved in this State.
st As to the gentleman who testified
k, against me on political points (Judge
le Walker), his character is well known
Li- in this community. He is a blatant
d Democrat, and one of the most ma
of licious newspapers published in our
a- city-a sheet that would not scruple
to traduce the character of any
o_ man who was not in political accord
,d with it. The outrageous statements
of that gentleman were made for
r. no other reason than to make po
- litical capital for himself or against
me. There is one portion of his
testimony which seems to me to be
extremely spicy. I refer to the fol
lowing extract:
1 * * * "I was surprised to
k learn from Judge Dibble and Gen
e oral Sheridan that Pinchback was
the Governor's choice. I expressed
i- my disgust in emphatic terms;
L whereupon General Sheridan ex
s cused the choice as one to which the
d Governor was driven by the appre
e hension that if a conservative citizen I
was placed in the Lieutenant Gov
ernorship, the Legislature would im
e peach Warmoth in order to get that
r citizen into his place, and that the
e election of Pinchback would flank
e his movement. Judge Dibble gave
the same reason, and took the same
view. I denounced the proposition i
as indicating very low ideas and
e notions of action.
"Question-Did these gentlemen
r. deny that Pinchback was a rascal?
e "Answer-No; they said he was
o the smartest negro in the State."
r This, I say, is a very spicy piece
s of evidence. I reply that if either
Judge Walker, Judge Dibble, Gen
eral Sheridan or the Governor says
I that my election was affected for
e the purpose of preventing the Gov
I, ernor's impeachment, it is a positive
falsehood. ,I state emphatically
that were I satisfied that no other
I motive actuated those Vho sup
ported me than that alleged by
Y Judge Walker, I would not allow
f another day to pass without tender- t
I ing to the Senate my resignation as
f Lieutenant Governor. I hold, si,
- that I was elected to cement, if pos
- sible, the broken ranks of the Re- i
1 publican party of Louisiana, and
I not to prevent the impeachment of
Henry C. Warmoth. I care but
little whether Governor Warmoth 0
r be impeached before his term ex
L pires; I care still less whether he is
[ Governor hereafter, but I do care
3 for the success of the Republican
party. I am willing at any time to
be made the instrument of the a
preservation of the Republican
I party; I am prepared to occupy and
assume the responsibilities and du
ties of any office in which I can
subserve the interests of my people, h
my party and my State; but I am
not willing now, nor will I ever be
willing, to become the suppliant
tool of Henry C. Warmoth, nor
anybody else. If I had had the
slightest suspicion that such were
the motives that induced my elec
tion, I would have indignantly re- o
fusned to accept the position I occupy.
You know, Mr. President [Mr. Bar
bar], better perhaps than any other
person, that I am not President of
the Senate and Lieutenant Gov
ernor by rvson of any desire on
mypartto become so. You and I b
as you well remember, debated at
great length the question as to
whether it would not be impolitic w
for me to accept the position, and l
you, with many other of our repre
sentative men, urged me to do so. fe
Judge Walker goes on to say
that "he had no idea that his (Pinch- 0
back's) appointment was popular I
among the colored people. They m
would regard such a man as an un- pe
worthy successor of Dunn, who so
was justly esteemed by all classes c
as an upright, dignified, intelligent ha
negro, to whom Pinchback had w
been opposed. Pinchback was not a ca
representative man. His oppoint- to
ment, so far from pleasing the ne- su
groee, would be regarded by them co
as an insmmult." Of course that would I
Sprovoke a smile fom any intelligent p
id man who is at all cognizant of the
yy opinions of the colored people of
li- the State. Judge Walker, Colector
e. Casey, Mr. Packard and all of the
d opponents of the Republican party
e here, agree in according to Mr.
rn Dunn the position of the foremost
at negro in the State. If it be true
i- that he was so (and I have no de
sr sire to gainsay it,) does it not ap
le pear exceedingly strange to sensible
y men that, holding the exalted posi
•d tion of Lieutenant Governor, he
s could not force me to give way to
)r him in the late election for United
- States Senator ? Is it not aston
st ishing that he did not defeat me in
is the first election that took place
'e here after the war, when he ran on
L- an independent ticket for the consti
tutional convention ? Is it not sur
o prising that every time we measured
our political swords, I was the vic
g tor ? I do not cite these facts for
d the purpose of depreciating in any
j; way the merits of Mr. Dunn, but
for the purpose of showing that
e Judge Walker, in his testimony,
has had no regs-d fcr the truth. A
n gentleman wb testifed before that 1
committee ir oe interest of his par
ty, declared that the Democrats in I
,t the General Assembly had voted for
e Mr. West as United States Senator
k because they knew I would be ,
e elected if they did otherwise. That I
e is the strongest kind of testimony, i
it seems to me, of my representa- i
1 sentative capacity as a colored i
man ; and yet Judge Walker (
has the Ardihood to go before I
that committee and, in utter disre- I
gard of truth, assert that I am not
a representative man. I believe t
every unprejudiced, reasonable man t
will agree with me when I say that s
thisgentleman has made these Ptate
ments for th'e purpose of preventing c
if possible my wielding any influ
ence in the political affairs of the c
State. In other words, he knows n
that I am now inagurating a policy f
that will ere long, if these blatant I
demagogues are kept down, to make t
the Republican party of Louisiana v
a good solid unit; and he wants to I
thwart me in that enaeavor. He t
is afraid the Republican party may tl
be brought together again and the 14
State saved to Republicanism. That li
is what hurts the gentleman. He n
also says that my character is in- ti
famous, and I desire to inform the e
Senate and the members of the n
congressional committee in what ti
my infamy consists. I am infamous d
because I can not be frightened nor a
coaxed to support the Democracy; is
I am infamous because from the %
day the constitutional convention t]
met in this city I have championed sl
the cause of the down-trodden col- w
ored people. From that day to this sl
I have not failed, whenever the op- a
portunity presented itself, to cast h
my vote and raise my voice in be- ii
half of the class I represent. I have tc
stood firm at my post of duty, and fi
it was for that reason that Judge n
Walker and others of the same I
class characterized me as infamous. vi
I venture to say that had I been one iz
of those who were willing to sell d
out the rights and interests of the s
colored people and join in the effort o]
to divide and destroy the Republican ti
party of Louisiana, instead of the
Times, Bee, and other sheets of the
same character,aspersing my motives
and villifying my character, I would
be held up to thepublic gaze as one '
of the noblest of the black race, and
the brightness of Mr. Dunn's fame
would be pale before the shining al
lustre of Pinchback's name. But i
because, forsooth, I saw fit to stand
fearlessly at my post; because I
saw fit to advocate in season and
out of season, the rights of the race
I represent, I am a man of '"infa- al
mopes character." Who would ex
pect any other verdict from such a
source ? The black people, I am
confident, still trust in me. They s
have never yet failed to give me ei
what I asked. in the way of politi
cal preferment ; I am well known m
to them and they to me, and I feel m
sure there is no unfavorable ac- in
count to be balanced between u. If -
I have failed to do my duty, the in
people, the only earthly tribunal as
ie before which I shall be arraigned,
of will render their judgment against
)r me. Whether my character be in
ie famous, whether I am no longer
y worthy of the confidence of the peo
r. ple, will be decided in 1872, and un
st til that final decision is rendered I
te care not how much my character is
aspersed by demagogues, for I
know that a just and enlightened
e people will sustain me. So far as
i- my public duties are concerned.
elI propose to perform them in
o the future as I have in the past.
I I do not intend to be frightened
into the support of any measure; I
D do not propose to be brow-beaten
e into anything; I do not intend to
i be influenced by any motives save
those which should govern an hon
- est, true man. While I do not
I claim to possess all the honesty in
- the State, yet I venture to say that
r my character would appear as the
r driven snow in comparison with the
t character of those gentlemen who
t have seen fit to traduce and defame
me in their testimony before the
committee. If any one think more
t than another has caused these
- gentlemen to oppose me it is the
i fact that I have at all times endea
r vored to exclude from the floor of
r the Senate those lobbyists who have I
corrupted the Legislature, if it has '
been corrupted. How often have I
rose in my seat and asked that the 1
rules be enforced prohibiting those
men from entering the Senate '
Chamber? How often have I asked
the presiding officer to protect me
from the importunities of men who
were annoying me nearly to death I
to get me to support their pet meas- I
ures ? And yet these men have the a
audacity to go before the con- f
gressional committee and asperse my I
character. If I have trespassed c
upon the rights and privileges of r
others; if I have been guilty of any a
misdemeanor or malfeasance on of- c
fice, there is a way to punish me. a
Let these parties institute an inves- f
tigation, and if I am found guilty I
will bear the penalty without a mur
mur. But until I am adjudged guil
ty by a' competent tribunal, I ask
that these malignant vilifiers be si
lenced by the indignant voice of pub- a
lic opinion. If these gentlemen b
must vomit forth something in de
traction of my character, let them ii
confine themselves to the truth, and
not attempt by groundless accusa
tions, to cover up their own hideous h
deformites. The time will come,
and that soon, when I will be heard
in self-defense by the people, and
when that time does arrive these gen- a
tlemen will doubtless be missing. I
shall not fail then to tell the people a
what I know about these men. I
shall not attempt to cover up any of b
my political or personal actions; I Is
have done nothing that will not bear f
investigation-nothing that I desire f
to deny. Therefore, I can well af
ford to meet these honorable gentle- d
men before the people. I am sorry o0
I have been forced to occupy the d
valuable time of the Senate in mak
ing this personal explanation; but I
deemed it my duty in justice to my
self, to do so, as I will not have an
opportunity of being heard before
the congressional committee.
Vice President of the United States.
Few of as funlly realize how con- aL
stantly and how potentially our c
lives are infldnenced and even domi
nated by our daily habits. Shake- qi
speartaught us "how use doth breed o1
a habit in a man"; for the frequent b
repetition of acts causes a tendency, t
almost resistless, toward their reg- I
alar recurrence, which haeased ed
habit to be called a kind of second Ia
nature growing up within us. Ob- ca
servation, as well as personal experi- fa
ence, teaches as that Paley was
right when he mid: "Mankind act .
more from habit than reflection, for I
manisbut a bandle of habits" How
important, then-how vital indeed a
-that we should watch these habits a
in those near to us, as well ua inaoe
win - we do, that
d, "what at first an infant's hand could
at snap stiffen upon older limbs like
n- gyves of iron"; or, as Cowper so
er strongly expressed it:
"Habite are soon amsmed ; but, when we
I To strip them, 'tis being flayed alive.'
My attention was directed toward
d this subject by the request of an
eminent divine that I would write
an article for the Independent on
a the habit of using Tobacco ; to
L which I replied that it was scarcely
fitting that so new a convert should
assume the position of a lecturer
to others on a habit abandoned
only last spring. But I may say
e on this particular point, without 1
even apparent inconsistency, that
t every year's habit in that line makes
it more difficult to surrender it even
for health's sake. At first, as is
well known, the system rejects it,
as it rejects tartar emetic. Nature,
whoever, finally surrenders the con
test, and yields to its sway. It be
comes a companion and a solace ;
even more-a second nature, indeed.
When, at last, prudence, or duty,
or health, or example induce you to
discontinue it, there comes another
struggle, sharper than the first, and
perhaps more doubtful. It is the 1
contest between habit, on one side,
and will, on the other, with tempta
tion and appetite giving constant
aid and comfort to the former,
while the latter must fight its battle
alone, without such powerful allies C
on its side.
Bacon asserts that "habits, wisely
formed, become truly a second
nature, as the common saying is;"
and, believing that those unwisely
formed become the same, it may
not be unprofitable to look at a few
of the common everyday habits ofd
mankind that are not wisely formed,
and which we should seek to eradi
cate from our lives, as the farmer
seeks to eradicate the Canada thistle
from his field. b
Drinking.--No man ever became C
a drunkard, lived a drlndard's life,
died a drunkard's death, and filled P
a drundard's grave as a matter of q
free choice. No one even became at
an excessive drinker who did not
begin by the habit of being a mod- .
erate, a very moderate drinkcr. If t
it were the habit of all not to tabe -
the first step, and thus not become
moderate drinkers, the unutterable It
horrors and woe, the destitution
and crime, which result from this
master evil of intemperance would
cease. Wives and children, friends
and communities, would not mourn
over loved ones thus dishonered N
and lost. But it is the habit of
drinking becoming the law of their
being and of their daily life, the
lack of resisting power resulting
from this terrible thralldom, the
fever of habitual temptetion and
appetite, which causes that yearly
death-march of sixty thousand of
our people to the saddest of all
deaths and the saddest of all graves,
followed, as mourners, by half a
million of worse than widowed
wives and worse than orphaned
Profanity.-Perpape no -offens
against the laws of God and the
laws of man is more directly trace
able to habit than the vile impreca
tions which so often, on the high
way, shock and sadden the paseaer
by. The brutal language addressed
to brutes and beasts of burden, the
attempted intensification of private
conversation, even the profane lan
guage so often used in schoolboy
quarrels or the heated controversies
of partisans, seems prompted more of
by unwise and unrestrained habit
than by actnal wickedness of heart. ast
Year by year the habit grows, how- *
ever, into a second nature; antil at
last its victim finde it impossible to
cast it of and it becomes the fruit
ful parent of other evil habits.
"We are not wor st anee,
The courm s oevil begirn so slowly, A
ind form such slight source, an infant's I
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And philhsophy, aye, ami uuLioa, too,
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