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-Partnsi hi p NMkf. The undersigned have formed a co-partnership, to be known as the Statesman Pi-bush- ino Comi'asy, for the pnrpose of publishing a paper in Austin, Texas, to be called the "DEMOCRATIC STATESMAN," anil trans act Fuch bu.-ineB a lxMongs to a publishing company. ANTnONY PEFFKSBAUr.ri, JOHN 8. McKWK.N, KRKDKTT C. MUIIRAY. " ' - " CHARLES H. DEFFKNTAUfiH, Acstix, Jalj SO, 1871. , ., ' " FOR CONGRESS". F0TJRTII DISTRICT. HON. JOHN HANCOCK, Of Travis County. FIRST DISTRICT. HON. W. S. HKRNDON, Of Smith County. SECOKD DISTBICT. ' nOX. JOHN C. CONNER, Of Grayson County. THIRD DISTRICT. HON. D. C. GIDDISGS, Of Washington County. ELECTION October 3d, 4th, 5th and Gtb. AUSTIN. THURSDAY AUGUST 31, 1871 There are some w ho deem to be famed for bad deeds have fame at alL it better than not Tax-Payers' Meeting. The Tax-Payers' meeting next Sat urday, in this city, will be addressed by Governors E. M. Pease and A. J. Hamilton, and others. Remember, if you are wortb but one hundred dollars, two dollars and twen ty-five cents of it is taxed away from you bv the present Legislature. Ee- member this, and register; remember this, and vote. We see that the Steamship City of Houston, in a recent storm off the coast of Florida, came very near being lost. Some of our merchants are inter ested the vessel is safe, but at one time there was three feet of water in the hold. The Jonahs of Radicalism are all being cast overboard. Julius Sehutze is disowned by .the honest Germans of Galveston ; Clark by all well-meaning Republicans ; and even Baron Degener is cast, body and breeches, into the Radical cesspool, and old Comal pro uounccs against him. It is not best to always dispise little things. A great ting was once healed from a terrible plague through the information gleaned from the prat tling of a. captive child. So'wc may learn and profit by the prattling of Newcomb that he will count tite democrats out ! It will do to walcb. Oar thanks are due to Hon. G. R. Shannon for a large list of subscribers from Johnson and Tarrant tountios. In forwarding the list, the Colonel says : "Our district will go over whelmingly for Conner, and I hope yours will do as - well for Hancock The-political atmosphere of the county is improving generally. "It ia hot and dry. Crops in this section light." Foster, of the Georgetown Watch man. District Printer, Supervisor of Public Instruction of the 32d Judical District, and high-cock-a-lorum of the negro league of Williamson county, while on duty at Llano in his official capacity during the past week, was so drunk that it was a common remark, and his drinking and association with negroes was disgusting in the extreme. District Attorney Vaughn, of the 32d Judicial District, during the recent term of court in Llano county, was so drunk as to be unable to draw up in dictments or attend to his usual duties rri. l l.-i f a !. HMnn Alio cuuib, uub 1UL uiu niauu juij, would have closed its labors on Satur day and adjourned, while theprobabili ty was, that some one of the lawyers present would have to be appointed to attend to the duties of the District At torney in order to close up the bust ness of the court. The Gerniaus ot Galveston organ ized a club on the 19lh instant, with eirrhtv names enrolled. They call it the Independent Peoples' Club, and have adopted resolutions condemning the odious and ruinous measures of w auvib-a lacy-vuit. iiuuuuitstianuu, lij. rk rn t i- .3 recommending an organized effort to oust them from power, and then a re- turn to an honest and efficient admin istratiou of the Government. The Houston Telegraph remarks of it "Thus tho people arc moving all over the State, and it beWkens the early downfall of the corruptionists." Counting the Democrats Out. The dis-IIonorable James Newcomb is presented us in a new light. The latest is his assertion that ''the Demo crats might out vote thcin, but as tie HAD TITE COVNTING th?S time, llC WOuld be very foolish to let that go WRONG." We hac no doubt the thing will be tried, for nothing seems too mean, no work too dirty for those iu power. It therefore remains with you, Democrats, to REGISTER and VOTE, and see if they will dare execute mis THREAT. We chcerlully yield much ot our space to the proceedings of tho citi zens meeting of Travis, on Saturday last, 2Cth inst. The subject of the do liberations of the people on the occa sion referred to, is of the deepest im portance to all the people of tho State, of all parlies and all nationarties. The speeches of the able gentlemen who addressed the meeting are given in synopsis, as well as the conclusions arrived at by the people present, as preferable to any thing we could offer, by way of commentand advise in a mat ter at once so delicate and important. Wc sincerely hope that sndi wise counsel may prevail on the part of the people of the State, as may avert, at least in some degree, the crushing blow to our civil institutions, which seems to be threatened by the infatu ated Davis-Alexander administration. We can only advise moderatiou and firmness. Attention! Voters and Tax- Payers. Your attention is respectfully invit ed to a few items of law, and of facts, in all of which you are. deeply inter ested. That a great wrong is being done the people of Texas, there can be no doubt,. To doubt it, wculd be the exhibition of an imbecility of intel lect; and perrefsity-of spirit, so great as to shock the moral flense of all hon est and candid men. ; Heretofore yori have paid, by way of taxes, to support vour State Govt crnment, not less than four hundred thousand dollars annually. Since a new order of civilization has been in troduced, and n new political element has taken charge of public matters. how stands the case f In this ever-to-be remembered year, you are called upon to pay between five and six mil lions of dollars. Not only so, but ytur general elections, heretofore, did not cost you anything, or if anything, tho amount was so small as to make no impression; but now is it now i The registration act of 1870, twenty- seventh section, requires you to pay twenty-five cents for the humble priv ilege of expressing your political sen timents Say' there are a hundred thousand voters in the State, we then have a small item of expense to the people of twenty-five thousand dol lars. - The thirty-ninth section of said act, appropriates seven thousand dol lars to defray the expenses of registra tion, making thirty two thousand dol lars. The twenty-ninth section pro vides fcr the r paying the members of the boards of appeals, etc., the sum of five dollars a day. This expense will amount to thous ands. It is idle to suppose that seven thousand dollars will meet it and other expenses attending the process of regis tration. Like the appropriations to build a public edifice, that which was said to be sufficient to complete, was found to be only enough to lay the foundation. We conclude, without in dulging in the jpirit of extravagance, this matter of registration will cost the people not less than fifty thousand dollars, which will pass Into the pock ets of people who are not of you. The thirty-fifth section of the elec tion law provides that the Secretry of State may employ as many clerks as necessary, at five dollars a day, to com pile returns, etc This item of ex pense to the people, as well as the pay of judges and clerks of elections, is contingent and prospective ; and al though we cannot come at the amount, we may know by the experience of the past in other' matters, it will be ex tended and made to assume gigantic proportions. ' The fifty-ninin section appropriates ten thousand dollars to defray the expenses of the election, but this is a small matter. JVdd to it the other expenses, and you will see that a gen eral election will cost the people not less than a hundred thousand dollars Indeed, as our readers will see, Sena tor Hamilton estimates that expense at least twice as great, and ho ought to be a good judge. Thus it seems, on the score of economy in politics and in general government, we are degenerating with tho rapidity of a sunbeam. The twenty-second section of said act provides Sic. 22. That do district judge, police jus tice or justice of the peace bo all interfere, by writ of injunction, mandamus, or order of court, to compel any judge of election to do any act, or to prohibit him from doing any act, in bis official capacity, relating in any manner to the conduct of the election; pro vided, that nothing in this section shall be so construed as to exempt any judge of election from a suit for damages, or prosecution for violation ot the law in the conduct sf such election. This' section appears to be the nat ural offspring of a certain act of Con gress passed to forestall the Supreme Court, and to. prevent it from taking jurisdiction . of any matter, or thing which might prove troublesome to those in authority. According to this section, the hands of one branch of the Government are to be tied. This is precisely what the New York Nation calls "taking tne Dull by tne tail in stead of the horns " The people have always understood, that it was the province of Judgea or courts to de- claro what the law is; and to see that the citizen is protected in his legal rights. But here the Judges are told in advance, they shall not declare the law in time to protect the citizen Again, if this section is to be enforced, the judges of elections may commit all kmus ot unlawful and fraudulent acts to defeat the will of the people, aud to advance the ends of party, and the citizen is without a remedy. For it seems no injunction or mandamus is to issue; neither is the court permit ted to make any order for the protec tion of the citizen. Neither is the peace loving (save the mark) police to interfere. It is, however, provided in substance, that after all tho wrong has been done and fraud committed, the will of the people defeated, aud party interest advanced, the peson injured may. have an action lor damages against the judges of the election This is cool indeed; when it is well known that nineteen in every twenty of those who will be appointed to the positions are execution proof. The ruling spiiits of the day have made many and loud professions of their love for freedom, law, order and peace. But when contrasted with their acts, one is forcibly reminded of the peculiar characteristics of the cat aud the tiger, which take great pleasure in caressing their prey previous to devour ing the victim. Democratic Press of Texas. We are just beginning to receive, in exchange for the Democratic States man, most of the Democratic journals of the State, and to make ourselves acquainted with their contents and gen eral tone. So far as we have yet had time to read aud examine, these numerous journals, we are able and happy to say that we doubt if there is in any other State, in proportion to numbers, great er, if equal editorial ability. Certainly, in no other State, and at no other time, has there been uniformily .ex hibited more, if as much, earnestness and zeal in the cause of good govern ment and political truth, as is now displayed by the Democratic press of Texas. - As citizens of this great new State, we are justly proud of the abili ty, zeal, elevated tone and perfect fair ness of the Democratic prees of Texas. That our people appreciate, maintain and support such a periodical press, is ti e highest possible evidence of their intelligence and general enlighten ment, and must be so ngarded abroad. With such able coteinporarics, coadju tors, assistants and guides, it will be our fault if we fail to make the Demo cratic Statesman useful to the people and creditable to the party in whoso interests it has been established and is earnestly laboring. With all pur editorial brethren we sincerely desire to maintain the most kindly relations, striving at all times to profit by their wise suggestions, and to imitate, as far as may be, their earnestness, industry and ability, and as it were, to catch and reflect to all parts of the State, every flash and ray of light emanating from them. Fur Flying! Iu the discussion which took place between Hancock and Degener in San intonio, we understand that Degener's hair and hide were completely des troyed. His wool was made to fly promiscuously and his epidermis was taken off so nicely as to leave him in a perfectly raw state. The Hon. Secretary of State, James P. Newcomb, attempted to wag his tongue to the assembled multitude, but was summarily put down by a tor rent of hisses, lie essayed twice to speak, but each time was compelled, by the jeers and scofls of the indig nant multitude, to retiro ignoniiniously. Ilovr the Money Goes. His Excellency, E. J. Davis, orders twenty policemen on duty in each of the one hundred and thirty-five coun ties, judges and clerks, registrars and clerks, and publishes election notice, election order and police order. Be hold how one little election foots up : One policeman 24 days, at $3 per day, $72 for 135 counties, at tne rale ot au lor eacn county - $194,400 Registrars and their clerks, Judges and their clerks, half this amount 97.200 Election notices, orders, etc., in five dailies and thirty weeklies 10,400 Tolal C308.000 Nearly the whole expenses of the State Government for one year under Democratic administration ! Radical Retrogression. The Radicals are repeating the char acter that history furnishes of the knights and barons of "William the Red " or William Rufus than whom of both kings and men many stood fairer in history who were in truth far worse. He (the king) interfered in behalf of the conquered Saxons, whom, as soon as they had become his people, he had the absurdity to consider as in some remote degree entitled to his justice and protection ; while the great barons, who had helped him to conquer them and some did not regarded them only as flocks to be fleeced or money bags to be squeezed to the utmost. HANCOCK IN SAN ANTONIO The Old Bexar Democracy Great Outpouring of the Masses Democracy Vindicated by Her Champion ! Grfiat Enthusiam. and uavis and Degner Below Par. We have received a correspondence from San Antonio, at an Lour too late to put in type, that Hancock and Dege ner met in the historic city or old Bexar, and that Hancock like Cresar, "Came, saw, conqured." Hancock choose the point in which his slanderers had stated that he in sulted the Germans, to refute their vile lies aud hold them up to the scorn of the people they had sought to in fluence. His speech and rejoinder, held the 11 1 .3 immense audience spell oouna, save when they broke into thundering ap plause as the speaker denounced the iuiquities of the Davis-Alexander Deg ener government. Degener was com pletely used up. His face showed that he regretted ever having undertaken the defense of the Davis administration It is predicted that he will never meet Hancock again. Poor Davis poor Degcucr. Hurrah for Hancock and Democracy General Hamilton's Speech at Galveston. We see by the papers that Governor Hamilton made an animated speech at Galveston, at the conclusion of which he said : "I came here on private business. I was asked to speak. My inclination was not to do so ; but when I saw the infamous election circular, and saw the usurper, who ought to respect the office he held, but does not, come down and throw himself between two factions of his party. in the cesspool of politics, I determined to speak, and now, having got the padlock off my mouth, I intend to keep talking until the end of this thing." We are glad to see that Governor Hamilton is. impressed with the mon strous tyrauny of this threatened mili tary force to control the ensuing elec tion, as all other honest men are. In a previous part of this speech he said : "I do not know what other men are going to uo. l ao not au vise you wnat to do. but 1 say that on tne day ot election I intend to go into Austin, and will spend the day until sundown with my friends where I choose, and let him interfere with me if he dares. It is not his business to inquire why I am in the tawu, and, by the God that made me. HE SHALL NOT INQUIRE WHILE I LIVE I" We have not deemed it at all ncccs 6ary to notice in detail the false and abusive slang of the State Journal towards Judge Hancock. The abuse of that journal is to be expected, and cannot possib'y injure the Democratic candidate for Congress. Indeed, we do believe that the reputation of that paper is so low in the estimation of the voters of Texas, that its praise would be sufficient to create suspicion against any man, and its abuse is prima facie evidence of merit. This is believed to be the estimation in which that journal is generally held by the honest portion of the people. A friend and correspondent howev er, hands us the following : The State Journal vs. Hancock. Editor of Democratic S'.atsunan. "And the Journal has fastened on the Judge tho charge of giving in his taxable property at less than one third its real value." State Journal of. August 27. From long experience, the people of Texas have come to view every assertion of a political nature found in the Journal &sprima facie untrue; and they are not a little amused at the assumption of the Journal that its assertion can discredit the affida vit of Judge Hancock. This is not less ridiculous than a like attempt a few days since, by the same paper, to rebut the testimony of Judge Hancock and ex-Govcrnor ThrooU morton by the testimony of a hired pimp and spy, ycleped, Ilunnicut, who, by his own testimony, fastens the burning stamp of infamy on his shameless brow! who, a sworn policeman, aided the murderer of John Eikel to escape ! and who, dis regarding tho only recognized "law among thieves" fidelity to each other played fast and loose with his pals, Davis, Newcomb, Tracy, Quick & Co., till they dismissed him from his position of Captain of Po lice. With such witnesses they would discredit Judge Hancock ! S. Llano County Taxpayers Con vention. At a mass meeting of the citizens of Llano county, held in the town of Llano, on the 23d of August, 1871, tho following proceedings occurred : Capt. 1 rank Brenzealo was called to the chair, and William Ilaynie elected secretary. On motion, a committee was ap pointed by the chair, to report reso lutions expressive of the sentiments of the people. After a suitable time for prepara tion, the following resolutions were submitted and unanimously adopted: Whereas, Tbe people of Llano county have been called npon to express their opin ion of the enormous expenditures incurred, and tbe heavy taxes imposed npon our citi zens : and being already greatly impoverished by the depredations of the Indians upon their property, and feeling intensely tho burden of taxation now imposed and likely to be con- ti ,ued, to meet the extraordinary and extrav- agaat sums of money to be expended, m provided for by the legislation of the present Legislature ; and being desirous of co-operating in any movement for the relief of the people in all parts of the State, therefore, Resolved, 1. That we tend a delegation to the Taxpayers Convention, to be held at Austin on the 22d of September next. 2. That our delegates be and are instructed to unite in our behalf, in any memorial or other movement agreed upon by said con vention looking to sucn relict trom our burdens. 3. That unless the Legislature, upon re assembling, shall be willing to direct nn early elec'ion for a imc Legislature, so as to be able to assemble at the regular time of mect- ng in January, 1872, and shall inangurate some measures for retrenchment of expendi tures ana consequent reduction ot taxation, we would protest against any other or further legislation, and would regard a session save for these purposes, as onorous upon the people and wrong. 4. We again take occasion to urge upon the State authorities the need of an efficient frontier protection. 5. That tbe Secretary of this meeting be requested to send a copy of these resolutions to the Democratic Statesman, for publi cation. Committee Geo. W. Miller, S. L. Dalton, D. C. Cowan, James S. Bourland and John M. Smith. Dolegates elected to the Taxpayers Con vention from Llano county: J. F. Oatman, Esq., or Austin, Judge James S. Uourlurjd, Capt.G. W. Miller and Capt. Frank Breazeale. The meeting then adjourned sine die. Fbanz Brkazealk, Chairman. William Haynie, Secretary. At another meeting of the Denioc- racy the toiiowing resolutions were adopted : Resolved, 1. That we do approve of and ratify the proceedings of the Democratic State Convention at Austin in January last, adopting its platform and measures, pledging ourselves to forward the interest of the party by all legal means in our power. 2. We accept tbe nomination of Judge Hancock for Congress in this district 83 wise, and we assute him and hia supporters else where that we accord him our earnest and hearty support, and that we purpose casting for him our lull vote at the coming election. 3. That we, through our precinct com mittees, will secure a full registration of Democratic voters to the end that the like full vote may be cast at the coming and at all future elections. 4. That we have an abiding faith in tbe will of the Democratic party to furnish the frontier such efficient protection as will ren der person and property safe as in other parts of the State. 5. That in this great crisis of our 8 flairs when financial ruin is threatening, and the first principles of civil liberty seem to bo aAlnckod by the partv or faction in power, we do most cordially invite all good men to co-ope rate with us in our efforts to secure the country from those dangers. C. That a copy of these resolutions be tent to the Democratic Statismas for publi cation. Gio. W. Miller, Chairman. J. M. Moork, Secretary. The following gentlemen compose the Democratic Executive Committee of Llano county : Geo. W. Miller, Chairman ; S. L. Dalton, William Haynie, Frank Breazeala, Laurence Mi'ler, Jas. S. Bourland, D. C. Cowan, and J. 11. Moore, secretary. In a town in Ohio, not long ago, the women went in bands of two and three, with their knitting and sewing, into the dramshops of the place, and spent the whole day with their work, talking politely upon various topics. Husbands and friends came in, saw how things looked, and had not the courage to step to the bar and drink. This was kept up for some time. A poor fellow, whose coppers were terribly overheated, and who had wandered from bar-room to bar-room until he had completed the round, hoping he should find one unguarded, broke the spell. He poked his head in at the door, at first sheepishly, and then growing reckless 6waggered up to the bar, and turning to the women, who had dropped their knit ting and whose countenances had assumed a fearful expression, burst out, in a brazen manner as though it were exactly the right thing to do with the polite invitation : "Well, girls, what will you take to drink?" That cleared the bar-room, and the alarmed husbands reappeared Grand Rally Last Saturday. .The adjourned mass meeting of the Tax-payers, without distinction of party, met at Auction Mart, corner of Congress Avenue and Tecan streets,' on last Saturday. Hon. George Han cock took the chair ; S. G. Sneed was appointed Secretaiy; and Maj.C. S- West, C. Spauldiug, Peter Smith, R. Bertram, Behuke and Giles n. Burditt were appointed to prepare suit able resolutions, dining the . sitting of which the meeting was addressed by S. G. Sneed, Esq., in substance as fol lows : Mr. Sneed said that tne meeting was one in which every citizen was deeply interested. It was not a meeting of partizans of any parties ular political party, but that all were invited to participate and exchange views as to the best course of action. The election "Order" of Governor Davis had raised a cry of indignation in every part ot tne state, ana tne people everywhere knew he had as sumed powers that were not within his prerogative, and had taken a step even higher than ever before towards the chair of Dictator. Mr. Sneed said he disliked to take the initiatory step of suggesting a course of action in advance of the report of the com mittee, but would not shrink from the responsibility of openly express ing his views. Much had been said of the "order," and with some the impression existed that the restric tions on the citizen embraced in every paragraph of the order were dictato rial and unauthorized by any law. This view was erroneous, and it was important that we distinguish sharply between such portions of the order as should be observed, by virtue of existing laws which made such re quirements, over those portions that were purely emanations from Davis, in his capacity as Dictator, and which every one knew were encroachments on that liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. That paragraph of the order which prohibits the giving away or sale or barter of intoxicating drinks, at or within two miles of the county scat either during day or night of the time the election i3 going on, is nothing more than an announcement of the law. It was true that Gov. Divis had interfered in this order in regard to this matter, by directing hi3 min ions to take steps to closo all such establishments. The jurisdiction of this matter was given by law to the managers of tho election. But of this we should raise no question. Whoever violated this paragraph of the order was violating the law of tho land, and must take the conse quences. The soiling, bartering or giving away liquor or intoxicating drinks was illegal, and it waa hoped no ono would get into a difficulty on this account. Many, owing to an imperfect read ing of tho law touching the carrying of arms, labor under tho impression that the law no where prohibits the carrying of guns, but is confined to prohibiting pistols, knives and other deadly weapons that can be con cealed on the person. This is an error. Une section ot the law pro hibits tho carrying of pistols or any other firearms, or concealed deadly weapons, at elections or any other place where the people are assembled to perform any public duty. This would also include registrations. The law permits the carrying of arms at all places and times by tho citizen, if he has reasonable grounds for fearing an unlawful attack on his person, and the danger of attack is immediate and pressing. The arms in such instance must be borne openly on the person. Davis, in this part of tho order, has done no more than to announce the law. The remainder of the order could not be justified. The requirements to vote with the least possible delay, and then leave the polls and county seat, and return home to the usual avocation, was unauthorized by any law was dictatorial, tyrannical and a direct blow at the liberties of the whole people. Gov. Davis, in other p'ortions of his order, has shown such portions of the law a3 he relies on to support them. As to this portion, he has cited no authority he has none. Ho establishes a rule of con duct for the citizen, by restricting and confining his action, and thus making a law. It is the highest handed act of a dictator that has yet been done. No law nor part of law can be tortured by any construe tion into giving authority to Davis for this portion of the order. It is the act of a tyrant bent on mishief- a blow at the liberties of the whole people of every party, and every party is interested in this awful emer gency, llow shall we treat it t Shall we suDmit to oe controlled in our action by one who has no more au thority for such control than any private citizen ? Can we submit to allovfa - tyrant " and a dictator, who makes his awn laws, to suddenly scat himself on a throne among us, and issue his supreme decrees ? We must meet this terrible issue, let the respon sibility for the consequences fall where they belong. Whoever may attempt to mteriere with a citi zen, whether he bo State guard, militiaman, State police, sheriff or constable, or whatever else may be his title, or rank, whether the su preme commander Davis himself, or Davidson, his chief bully, will be a violator of the law. If a citizen is arrested under pretext of authority embraced in this paragraph of the order, the party arresting him com mits tne crime ot a laise imprisons mcnt, and is liable himself to imme diate arrest, indictment and punish ment, and in the end a civil suit for damages. Let this be tho course If any one is interfered with in any way under pretended authority of this part of tho order, let friends be ready to havo a warrant issued for the arrest of the offending officer If there be justice in the courts of tho country the remedy will correct tho evil, and the offenders will find to their cost that they will not be screened from the vengeance of the law when they become willing tools to a despot who would deprive us of our liberty. Tho committee appearing with the resolutions, Mr. bneed retired.j Resohfd, I. That we, the people of Travis county, in mass meeting assembled, are in favor of a fair, peaceable and fall expression of the popular will at the polls in the com ing election, and will discountenaoce any ef fort from any quarter or in any form to pre vent that free expression or to prevent any voter from giving bis support or advocacy in a careful way to the candidate of his choice. 2. That we regard the circular order of Governor Davis, issued on August 14, 1871, so far as it prohibits peaceable citizens from assembling together and from standing quietly in the neighborhood of tbe polls, without interfering with any one, and watch ing their servants discharge their duties and conduct their election, as ilNadvised, illegal and veil calculated to irritate the voters, and that efforts under that order to drive peaceable citizens from the polls, who are in terfering with nobody and violating no law, will most certainly tend to a breach of the peace, and to deter persons from voting, and prevent a free, fair and peaceable election, and any officer seizing such peaceable citizen will do so without authority rf law, and such officer will be liable to indictment for false imprisonment, and an action for damages. 3. That tbe first clause of the said circular ordering all persons not residiug at the county seat "to return to their homes and usuai employments with the least pos ible delay after depositing their votes," they re gard as an insult to the common sense of the people of Texa, as they are well aware that tbere is no law in this State interfering wilb their right of peaceable locomotion about the streets and public places of the county either before or after they have voted, and they feel deeply mortified and humiliated that an order exhibiting such ignorance, shall have emanated from tbe Executive office of this State. 4. That the Taxpayers Convention, when it assembles on the 22d of September, be re quested also to take into consideration this election order and memorialize the Legisla ture for its annulment in tbe particulars above referred to, and also to request that the election law be so amended as to provide a mode by which each voter may recognize his ballot which he sees it again, by having the said ballot properly numbered and identified; and also for tbe preservation for at least twelve months after tbe tloction of the orig inal ballots cast, so that they can be inspected judicially, if necessary, in any future criminal or civil proceeding or contested election; and ulso to provide for tbe repeal of those silly and wicked provisions of sections 21st, 22 i and 35th of tbe election law, by which, under pretense of riots or breach of the peace, the returning officer has it in bis sole, absolute power to exclude nil the votes polled in tne whole country, and the courts are absolutely prohibited from forcing him to do bis duty m this respect. 5. That said circular orde. and such wicked and mischievous provisions and sus picious omissions in the election law as are above referred to, seem to indicate a settled purpose to corrupt and misuse the ballot box in the comine election; we therefore urge all good citizens to vote peaceably and to prevent no man from voting, but at tbe same time to observe closely every violation of the law. with a view to indicting and punishing the guilty parties under the en forcement and Ku-Klux acts of Congress and tbe amendments to said acts. 6. That we disapprove and condemn tbe circular of the Chief of Police of August 1, 1871, calling into service for twenty-lour days, twenty special policemen in every county at tbe rate of $3 i er day, as oppres sive and insulting to our peopleand above all as placing upon our already over, burthen ed shoulder, tbe additional sum of at least $175,000. 7. That the Secretary of this meeting be requested to furnish to our Senators and Representatives a copy of these resolutions, with tbe request to present them to the Leg islature. Maior C. S. West, chairman of the committee, then proceeded to dis cuss and urgo the adoption ot the resolutions; he also dissected para graph by paragraph, Governor Davis election circular, and also the circu lar of tho Chief of Police, providing for calling into service special police- men in every county, lie men uis cussed that provision of the election law that prevented the judgea from putting a mark oh tho ballots (sec. 19 together with sections 21 and 35, that givo the returning officer the power to exclude the vote of the county on the ground of a pretended riot; and the clause prohibiting the courts from issuing any remedial writ to compel the officer to do his duty, and Coupling with these the Governor s order prohibiting the people from assembling for twenty or thirty days betore the election, and driving tho country people out of town immediately alter they have voted, and the order of the chief of police, detailing special extra police men for duty, as indicating a deep laid conspiracy and a predetermina tion, either to carry tho election by fraud, and by scratching and alttr ing the ballots, or else by rrieans of hia order with the assistance ot the police, to create riots and distur bances, and then refuse to count tne vote. In conclusion Major West said "It is high time, fellowxcitizens, that all of us, native and foreign, white and black, were looking into this question. This is a matter that alike concerns us all. Let us sec where we are drifting. The Bible gays "a tree is known by its fruits." 13 it possmie tnai me iruit oi an our strupzles for the last four or five -r . ., i .1 . ,1 nt. c .11 years, is, that we have lost tbe power - ' . .1.., SI of free locomotion, tnat tne uover nor can order the country people out of town, and disperse them with his police if they don't go ? Is it pos sible that power has passed from the people, and that the Governor can forbid you from assembling together, and proclaim silence to reign through out the State of Texas, for the space of ten or twenty days r If, then the Governor has the power to order you from the county seat, if he has the power to keep you from the neighborhood of the polls after you have voted, if he can prohibit you from assembling together, and can empower policemen to disperse you on the judgment ot the policemen. and without warrant, then 1 say. we have lost the power of self-gov ernmcnt, we have been robbed of it, for we could not part with the right. if we would, being a part of our man hood, we are slaves in every sense o the word, and the Government that can forbid free locomotion, free as scmbling, free speech and free ballot. is an unmitigated despotism, and ought not to be allowed to curse our land and crush out the spirit of al our people white and biacn. it we stand this, we will indeed have a hideous equality; not the equality freemen, but the equality of slaves. the privilege of obeying one common master. This conspiracy against you is deep laid and well planned. The authors of it knew that the ballot was the right arm of tho freemen, it is the only place where the people ex ercise directly that sovereignty which is inherent in them. If you can corrupt or control the ballot box, you corrupt or destroy the fountain of power. Without a pure and un trammeled ballot for all elections, no Stato can maintain its freedom. Hence they in their conspiracy to strike down your power, by this election circular and this election law, have made a bold attack upon the centre of our line, for the ballot box is the Gibraltar, it is the Mala koff of freedom; destroy that, and all is lost. They know this right well and hence their determined efforts by lawa and by orders not to have & fair; but if necessary to have an ran fair election. When they 6hall have obtained entire control of the ballot box. so aa to make it speak not the will of those who put the ballots in, but the -will of those who take the ballots out, they will have destroyed your right to vote, as certainly as if they had by law forbidden you to vote. And when they have done this, they will in the language of Mr. Clay, "have extinguished the bright est lamp that burnB on the altar of civil liberty." See to it then, that all of you vote, and also that your vote 13 counted, ana n mese men at tempt to drive you from the polls or Ku ivlux you with their ponce, or Lvu Klux your vote alter it is put in tho ballot box, indict and prosecute every mother's son of them under the Ku Klux laws of Congress. The aw was made for just such men, and the man who orders the people from noils, and forbids their assembly, is Ku Klux within the delmition ol that law, and the only genuine Ku Klux that I know of in the btate. Judge Ireland requests the publica tion of the following letter as explana tory of certain statements made in Mr, n F.iiintt' circular addressed to the Democratic Executive Committee : Letter from Judge Ireland. To the Edi'or of the Democratic Statesman. Seguin, Au. 19, 1871. I have iust read, for the first time, fiol. J. D. Elliott a "circular. In this circular, Col. Elliott says that, on complaining of the injustice, "Judse Ireland remarked that tho resolution, so far from being one of hostility to the Gazette was intended a3 an act of iriendship. This latter part of the quotation, (that the resolution waa intended as an act of friendship l never maae It could not have been made. We were not there to work in the inter est of any man or paper. It is equally true that we were not there working against tho interest of any one or any paper. Col. Elliott further says, that while Exposing the absurdity of looking to Mongrel Rings for standard Dem ocratic faith." Col. Elliott was ob jecting to the resolutions because it gave the control of the editorial department to the stockholders. cared nothing about who had control and thereupon arose and asked Col. Elliott, in open Convention, "if he would be satisfied if tho Democratic Committee was substituted for stock holders ?" to which he replied "per fectly." This was all that was said between Col. Elliott and myself. never appealed to him to withhold urther opposition, nor did I give him any other or further assurances than are stated above. 1 had no right or authority to give assurances. I was not one of the Executive Committee. Very respectfully. John Ireland.' Democrats and Germans in League. Editor of Democratic Suleiman. Let ua call attention to the follow z, in the Texas Democratic Plat form : 7. Resolved, That immigration of tbe white races irom an quarters ot tne world be en couraged, and there should be no unreason able impediments or delay to naturalization and citizenship, tho Democratic party having been unuormly in tavor ot a liberal policy towards persons of foreign birtb, who in good iaitn seek a home among us. The Constitution of the United States was framed under purely Dem ocratic principles. It gave the right of freedom of speech, of religion, and estaDiisnea me new-Dorn nation as a home for the oppressed of every land. "JNo religious test shall ever be re quired for office," wrote the worthy patriots in tnis, tne sacred bond o the nation, and when the Republic o lexas loomed into existence a con stitutional check was at once put upon exclusive religious privileges. The old established rights of tho Horn an Catholic Church, acknowledged un der the Mexican law, were superceded by the more enlightened doctrines of the Democratic conquerors, and to day, throughout the broad expanse of our land, every religious denomi nation enjoys perfect freedom in ex erasing and promulgating its peculiar doctrines. Under long Democratic adminia tration, the nation thrived, growing and spreading in its dominion through its various stages of progression and acquisition ; enfolding within its em pire and undents protection, Florida Louisiana, the great valley of the Mississippi, Texas and the other treasured jewels of the Mexican dia dem, until its confines rested upon the north, the south, the east and the west of this great Continent. Every wnere, throughout its vast expanse freedom of speech and religion was declared, and a new world, teeming t- 1 I" X 1-11 ,.P wiui ueauues, treasure, niauen weaitn and glorious climates was offered to .1 me poor, crowaeu ana oppressed people ot loreign despotisms. They were proviuea, as they flowed into our borders, with homes and lands and with their industry they became ricn ana nappy. In bygone days, the Democrats and Whigs opposed each other as political parties striving for the mas tery, but owing to the more generous ana popular measures of the first th latter fell into a minority, and, des perate for power, it dropped its time worn name and waged war upon tne Democratic party under o new ono and with new principles. The Whig party looked with jealous fear upon the rapidly increasing power of their old political foe. Under Democratic rule the rights of the foreigner were protected, and hence they increased until they began to appear as a pow. crful weight in the political balance. To gain power, tho opposition to the Democracy concluded to make one of tho boldest strokes which has ever been attempted in our political his tory a Btroke at constitutional righta. Their organization was secret and its membera were sworn by an oath to the firm support of its politi cal principles. The Democrats triumphed in the election of Pierce over Scott, and frantic from successive defeats, the opposing party dropped its name, resorted to the secret organization referred to, and commenced waging a war upon the Democratic party under the name of Know Nothingism. Its policy waa to take from foreigners their political and even religious rights, and by doing so stop emigration to the United states, u proposed to proscribe foreigners from office, and take away even their con ceded righta -of suffrage ; indeed, it -went further in making an attack upon the Roman Catholic religion, and denying to its believers, also, the right, though probably natives, of enjoying certain political privileges. Ibis attack upon Catholicity was made in consequence of fear of for- lgn influence ; in fact, the whole scheme was a vile intention to knock the foreign support from beneath the Democracy, by denying them and Catholics political rights, calculating that by such evil means the defeat and permanent downfall of their opponents could be obtained and ef- ected. But no such end was attained. State struggles came off with the defeat of this horrid ism, and finally, n loob, the Democracy spread itself in a powerful effort, and hand in hand with the foreigner and Catholic, con signed Know Nothingism to oblivion, and preserved to themselves in tact those sacred righta which the Constitution and laws had declared Bhould belong to them forever. The Democratic and foreign ele ments were identified up to the com mencement of the war. The Ger mans, more particularly, being raised in their native land to the profession of arms, were readily enlisted into the Union service. The ranks were rapidly tilled up by them, and a con stant, fresh supply was poured into the service during the entire term of the struggle. These men did not join the army for any love of cause. Thousands ot mem aia not Know what it was ; thousands did not even know the language of tha people for whom they fought. Largo bounties were paid, and so the homeless and friendless wanderer, just upon the shores, it was a happy chanca that he could thus get immediate employ ment, and to the German it only be came a renewal of a profession which he had known from earliest man hood. Few Germans lived in the South, and but few were in the Southern army. The ports were all closed, except at the North, and hence all the-foreign recruiting went into the Union armies, and naturally, as their numbers swelled to quite half of the whole force, this element became identified with the war party, and gave it their hearty support. It was not through principle but association they commenced to extend toward., the Southern people any hatred. But it should be remembered this war party at tho North was com posed largely of Democrats, some of whom were the most inveterate war men of the day ; yet so soon aa the battle waa over, so soon as the ban ners wero furled and laid away, these Democrats returned to their homes, and once more became the support ers of civil law. They were still the same men who struggled for the righta of the foreigner and Roman Catholic in 185G; the Democratic party was tho same, and the differ ence in the conduct of these men and their German associates, waa attribu table to the fact that they were raised under different institutions. The Germans, in consequence of their raising were awed by the prestige of the ruling party, which, in the chang ing of politics, represented the old political foes of the Democrats. They had simply not kept pace with their steadfast defenders, in consequence of hereditary ideas. Ilannilv tho German is to-dav waking from his forgetfulness, and falling into the ranks of those who said, in 185G, that ho had rights under the Constitution and laws, that should be his at every peril. In r i Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other States, and now in Texas, hia yoice is heard calling his brethren back to tho sido and support of his old friends. He fled from oppression and high taxation on the other side of the Atlantic, but now he finds that though tho support ho has given to tho powers that be was honestly and charitably given, ihey have turned against him, seemingly determined upon his destruction and the destruc tion of all who do not willingly bow to tyranny. We do not ask the Germans of Texas to reflect, for they are even now rapidly waking to a sense of their terrible situation. The reform has commenced, and like the raging tempest, it will take everything with it. They are too intelligent to be longer deceived ; they are beginning to realize that they have been lend ing their aid to the establishment of a Government more tyrannical even than the most absolute monarchy in Europe. They came among us to enjoy political liberty, and it ia bold ly denied them ; they came to enjoy respite from heavy taxation, and their last hard gained earnings are taken from them to line Radical pockets. We know you are not afraid to associate yourselves with your old Democratic defenders to throw off this yoke of tyranny. You have tried them and they have proved faithful. If they had not triumphed for you at the ballot box in 1850, they would willingly have shed their blood to secure to foreigners the rights guaranteed them. Your broth ers in lexas are rallying to the Democratic standard, and let ua again support each other as we did in the days gone by. "United we stand, divided we fall." C. The scene at the depot is one of animated appearance. A number of business housca are going up rapidly drays are passing to and fro with freight, and the movement of indi viduals evince more life than former ly, while the noise of hammers and Baws is at times really deafening. Our city is rapidly improving. Victoria A dvocate. Guai'E.s. The grape crop this year will be tho largest ever known. In California it is far beyond the product of any previous year. From North Carolina we learn that unusu ally large quantities are being ship ped to New York. On the islands in Sandusky bay, Lake Erie, the vinea are literally loaded. In the West the grape crop ia represented aa being bo large that the demand falls far below tbe production, and prices will not pay for picking and packing.