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T Ug DEMOCRAT.
i'nkl;*krr» anA Proprietor*. (j.Z) * tilts, Battonfleld Building, East Main Street JAM1 E, BATTEN FIELD, Editor. . •«. i i ■— i !■ rv ■ OUlt FAPEIt. YVe present the Democrat to its v,■; this morning, under n new head ami enlarged to a 32 column jtnp'T. We congratulate our read ^ c s upon the encouragement which I;.is been given, and the success which promises to crown the pub lic spirited enterprise of our citi n' • who have undertaken to iniii ’ up a first-class home paper; ru.' v. e Lake this occasion to re turn the thanks of the manage ment, as well as the gratitude of ili> writer, to the pnblic who have run us such flattering assuran ces o(‘ liberal support. Although uo arc not near satisfied with the present circulation of the Df.mo < rat and will not he satisfied un td it is placed in the hands of cv m v reader in l’ope county, wo are haltered with the eminent degree <>'■ success which has thus far crowned our efforts; for the Dem < ■ :: \t tliis week will he scanned liv no less than one thousand read ers. Our paper is not yet what we would have it, and it is not w hat we will make it if we have t :,c co-operation and support of Dope county. We intend to im prove, increase, and expend means on the improvement of the Demo < hat, in proportion as it is patron w.-d, aud promises to be useful ml beneficial to the interests of i'opc county. We know of no w.ison why the readers of our <•1111113* and our sister counties should not have just as good a pa per to espouse their cause hero at 11 iino, as to patronize papers w hose interests are !so far away f ; 111 us that ‘.here is but little or r*> common interests, and no mu tuality of benefit. The power of l!ie press for good, when exerted ,1 1 lie right channel, cannot be over estimated, or too forcibly ^ ’need before the attention of the H-ople; and the benefits flowing f: >m it are too wide-spread and moral to admit of any opposition vo it from any* sensible man on account of local, sectional or per sonal prejudices. Wc ask a fair and honest criticism oftlie conduct <>T cur paper up to the present time, and as we have thus far tried to discharge our duty hon estly and couseicntiously, we promise to continue to so do in 1 iie future. May we not ask our friends to make further and more <. arnest efforts to increase our cir culation, and thereby add to our usefulness? Let not any’ such dis reditable feeling as a narrow minded prejudice against our lo cation or the name of our paper, prevent an effort in behalf of a heme paper, which with the sup port of our people can and will be Antic to reflect credit abroad up on our county. Judge us fairly ami impartially, upon our merits, hear with our shortcomings, give us a hearty supi>oit and wc prom ise to still strive to improve both our paper and our readers. !\\ 1 *u 1R1 nt'KT Atulrnu- .Tulin. si.n, now Senator from Tenues I see, addressed the senate on Pres > ident Grant’s course toward Louisiana, on tlie 22d tilt. His speech was, as all who know,any thing of the man might suppose, earnest, forcible and pointed; and ^rukeimtLa^^^sf^murust^bhghC^ Giant, In the course of his , eeeli lie shows how surely • autism will lead to Empire* and "v nearly it has already placed > under an absolute Emperor’s Lei; and witli solemn warnings he cautions the American people ,mist the encroachments which V. u.ive been made upon the Consti in lion, lie disavows his aflllia ui with any political party, dining to be guided by the great principles of light and by the < (institution of liis country, lie Pwelfares his unalterable attach n cut to his country and the Con uition of-our fathers, and np i ids to the people, the source of power, to come to the rescue ;.ml save the country. The ; ; eeeli was an earnest appeal and I mi able argument in favor of Con kgitutionsl government, and the Eitntry will be much the gainer ■ his wise warnings and pointed ■ i a! - are heeded. I run < !«mrt of < Halms si W at h ' "ii 1ms decided against all !' rate elaimants in the Hot i iings case. and in favor of the t < o eminent. t THE CONNECTICUT EJEC TION. The attention of the public is now fixed in feverish anxiety on the approaching election in Con necticut. The campaign, and the final result of the election is of peculiar intenest to the whole country—republicans and demo crats; to the former as their last and only chance to put something like an effectual cheek upon the on-sweeping tide of popular opin ion which was expressed so em phatically last fall in favor of dem ocracy; and to the latter as the opening test, which will decide the success or defeat of their party, and be an endorsement or a con demnation of the third term as pirations of our president. Here the significance of the election is altogether different, and the issue of far more importance to the country, than it was in New Hampshire. Here the whole tick et, excepting perhaps Gen. Haw ley-, nominee for Congress from the 1st Dist, is in undoubted sympathy with the third term and with the whole administration policy. Even Gen. Hawley, owing to the embarrassing position he sustains, will be compelled to act in harmony with the party who nominated him, even at a sacrifice of his own independent inclina tions and temperament. An eva sion of the issues at stake on the part of Gen. Hawley-, will avail himself or the party nothing; it will only amount to a tacit ac knowledgement of the correctness, »1IU ill! uunivillilll UU|UlCO^iiUU IU the policy of the administration. This is the way the people will receive it. In New Hampshire the republicans cut loose from the personal fortunes and the obnox ious aspirations and inclinations of the administration, and the contest was only of local impor tance. The small victory of the republicans, if any victory can be claimed, was no less a rebuke and a disapproval ofGrantism, than it was an expression against demo cratic shortcomings. Both par ties are thoroughly awake to the importance and magnitude of the campaign, and its bearing upon the campaign of 1870, and the campaign will be vigorous and active. Both parties arc sanguine of success, but in a state where the public pulse beats so evenly on both sides, it is hard to divine the results of the election until further developments, which the vigorous prosecution of the cam paign will perhaps make known. From a fair view of the field at the present time it is safe to pre predict an easy, although, a close democratic victory. AS TIIE TWIG IS BENT, SO GROWS THE TREE. At the hazard of our being har ped at as a moralizer, we venture a suggestion to the parents of Russellville in regard to the atten dance of their children at Sabbath school. We have, it is true, a flourishing and well attended Sun day school, but we observe the majority of the attendants arc adults—young men and women. While this is all well, and while it is highly commendable in our young ladies and gentlemen to mu ouuimui ttuuuui, enure is something wrong when we see so few children present. We fear the parents of Russellville do not keep in mind, or do not realize the truth of the assertion at the h£»d ' of tills article—asjjxt*-twig j$ bent so groj]L‘i4j^**Tree. First impres Iffns, it should be rainembeaed, are tlie most lastingT and impres sions are more easily made upon the mind when young and uncoil taminated, ami before the finer scnsibilties have been blunted by contact with the demoralizing in llucnces of fast life. The moral caste of the individual is determ ined by his early training and as sociatious. Perhaps here lies the solution of the great problem of social and moral reformation. The moral tone of society, twenty years from now, would be far above the present depreciated standard, if more attention was paid to the way and manner in which childhood is passed. If more discretion was used in the selection of mental food for the young mind, and if the mass of coarse and trashy literature to be found in almost every household, was banished from the fireside, we would have men and women after while, of finer sensibility, of more honest considerations and of more correct views of life than tin1 great majority of the present generation of adults. There is no better sphere in which to placi the tender youth of our laud in artier to inculcate chaste and re fining principles, than right in the Sabbath school. There the twig.is given the upright po sition and kept braced and stayed in correct position against the rude and crushing blight of con tact with the vicious and vulgar influences of depraved society. May not the parents of our town be persuaded to sec that there is a larger attendance of children at f>ur Sucdaj' schools? SOCIAL DEMORALIZA TION. All around us, wherever we look, on our right hand and on our left, here in this place and there in that, in the high places and in the low places, every where that we can turn our gaze, we see unmistakable evidence of the de moralizing social tendency of the times. The corruption and vil lainy, which pervades our politi cal system of late years, seems to have shed out such a baleful and unwholesome influence, that tiie whole atmosphere appears to be pervaded with the poisonous seeds of excess And dissipation; and this evil seed seems to be taking root and growing and bud ding and bearing fruit in our so cial system. While the corrup tion and gross depravity Of the politics of the day ha^ awakened the whole people to a sense of the necessity for a reform in matters of government, and while the press of the country by its assid uous and constant warnings to the nnmiln Vina at.nrfrwl tl.n u-nrlr of reformation so much needed to purify our political system, it would seem that there is little effort being made, and few to raise a voice against the fearful tide of vice which threatens to sap the very foundations of our social system. The whirlpool of vice, excess, cxtravagauce and disipa tion in society rages on-, and all classes and conditions—the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the high and the low—plunge with reckless avidity into its tur bulent, surging vortex. The standard of morality is debased, and the whole moral tone of soci ety seems to be at a fearfully low ebb. Even the church and Chris tianity seems to be Inboring un der the disadvantages of a deadly lethergy, and her light seems tc shine but dimly and with a lurid and fitful glare, which only too well betokens a sad state of de moralization, even there. All over our land we may see the evi dences of the universally threaten ed decay of morals In any of our public journals we may see it recorded. Pick up one of our great city dailies and morning after morning we will see new and startling disclosures of crime, fraud, excess, debauchery, van dalism, vice, and general deprav ity. The hold head limes of mur der; arson; assassination; suicide; mysterious death; malpractice; a new scandal; a talc of crime and woe; bold and daring robbery; another heavy failure; convicted of embezzlement; diabolical out rage upon a helpless girl; too pround to beg, too honest to steal; malfeasance in office; missing bonds; five shots at his father; sad, sad ease; tampered with; &c. ifce., have become so common and frequent, as to scarcely stwtb^tf.e' morning rcadji^ and only attract iUi.'N’fcfdn on account of the morbid desire of the read ing public for this kind of materi al on which to feast the demoral ized appetite. The New York Herald in n re sent editorial ou the present apa thetic condition of public morals makes the following reference to the great Brooklyn scandal to il lustrate the low ebb to which the moral tone of society has receded; to-wit: For weeks the daily food of ev ery household this side of the Pacific coast has consisted of live or six column of line print, con taining details of which the large majoity of readers should be en tirely ignorant. This trial has educated the boys and girls of this generation in matters which spread a universal blush of shame on the cheek of the American people. It has prematurely de veloped youth and disgusted old age. It has filled the Post Office with tons of obscene literature, and dug wide channels for a per fect freshet of slang. Ten thou sand sermons cannot rub out the - foul impression already made. So far-reachirg is this pestiferous in-! ttucncc and so demoralizing is it j thnt it is the topic of conversation j everywhere—in the office, on the i street and in the drawing room;' and men and women find them ' selves engaged in an animated j eoutrover v upon the subject who a year ago would have colored to the roots of their hair if it had been inadvertently alluded to. The moral tone of the people has been let down by it, and as now and more nauseating facts arc evolved out of each day’s cross examination we begin to wonder if we arc not, after all, trying to sound the depths of a bottmkss bog. The avidity with which litera ture of this class is devoured, tolls only too truly the wide-spread de terioration of morals which eeist in our land. But unfortunately and unhappily for our land this is not the only direction in which we arc deviating from the path of rectitude and virtue. We see not only the spare moments of hun dreds of thousands of toiling men and women—some toilers at the loom and in the shop, some in the office and counting room; some in the broad fields, sun scorched and weary; some toilers at this and some at that; but all toilers—spent in consuming this class of literature without any re sult only to still further blunt tjie better moral feelings; but we »;e their hard earnings, acquired by incessant and life-wearing tol, squandered in excess and extrav agance in a vain effort to keej pace with the extravagant anc dissipated customs of the ag& Not only arc the actual earnings of lives of labor thus vainly squan dered, but we see many mortgag ing bouses and property to secure the means to thus float on the up per crust. And worse than all, we see some—many—living far ahead of their means in this futile at* quel—the announcement of an other failure—another ruined for tune, the hopes of another lift blasted. The expense, as tin fashionfjof to-day is, of enjoyinj an evenings amusement at tlu opera in the company of a young lady, is estimated at from 12 to li dollars. The cost of carriage, kid-gloves, boquet, and other in cidental expenses incurred, thus sweep away the weeks earnpgs of the average young man of soci ety. Fast-life begins now-a-davs, at early 3'outh and ends only at the grave. The youth of our country growing up under this baleful iulluence, make men who arc fickle minded, vain and de void of any force of charatter. We don’t live now as our grand fathers did. This is an era of progression; but would it not be weli to pause and see if we are not making rapid progress back ward in our social ethics. Would it not be well for the press of the country, the great prompter to all action, to investigate this matter and turn their voice against the tide of demoralization that is gaining so rapidly, and telling so fearfully on the moral tone of so ciet3’? Could not some of their space be more profitably employ ed in this way, than in newspaper controversies wherein the vilest slang is daily paraded before the public; and in the ventillation of scandal the details of which are shocking to modesty and preju dicial to virtue and decency? Grunt’s Laurels. The Saint Louis Republican speaking oi ino nomo service which President Grant has per formed for his country during his term of office, sums up thus: ._iSJJn lm-s.eiital^alictLurufl#d^ftts which will vex us as long as the nation lives, and he has set an example which embraces all those blunders and crimes which the rulers of a free country should avoid. lie has wrought more damage to the republican system in these six years than his succes sors can repair in the next fifty, and by his principles and actions has done more to demoralize pub lic sentiment and weaken public confidence in the stability of free institutions than all the trials and tyrannies of civil war. And with these credentials he has the mag nificent impudence to aspire to a third term, and there are fools and knaves who arc willing to en courage and assist him in it!” TreabI'iuck Spinner tendered his resignation on Monday the 20th ult. No more will we see his cu rious signature on our green backs. -- Arkansas Exportations. The steamer Lizzie Uea yester day brought to this port, consign ed to Col. 1). Ik Martin, 75 barrels of lime from White Cliffs, Arkan sas, on Little river, a tributary of Red river. The lime is a first class article, and the baarola con taining it are wi ll made and the neatest we ever saw. For a lime barrel they are a perfect success, and, what is better, are made at the kiln. White Cliff is one mass of lime and would furnish sulll c.icnt to supply the whole country. This is the first shipment of the kind that ever came down Ro 1 rivcr.—Shreveport Times. THIS PRESS AND THE PISTOL. Personalities in Journalism. The Landis-Carruth tragedy brings up the question of person al redress for grievances by the press; and forces us to express surprise at the inadequate protec tion afiorded by the law against a licentious and corrupt press. The liberty and freedom of the press as shadowed in legitimate and honorable journalism, is the boast of American statesmen; and while it cannot be too sacredly guarded, it is, in our mind, alto gether a different thing to guard the freedom of the press, and to license and encourage an abuse of the privileges of journalism. In the case before us we see ex emplified the evil results of this inadequate protection to private character. Here wo have it, in its most aggravated form. Here we have a striking illustration of the degree to which journalism may be abused and private charac ter injured, with impunity, so far as any remedy at law is concerned. Here is a case, where for years, a virulent and vindictive editor has lampooned and slandered a private individual of respectability and large philanthropic views; who has, by his abuse of the priv ileges of journalism dragged be fore the public, with a degree of maliciousness apparent to all ob servers, the private faults and de fects of a personal enemy, always with that insiduousness and studi ed guardedncSs which rendered 1C utterly impossiuie co ream 111111 through the law. Mr. Landis states that he has had legal coun sel watching for a long time for an opportunity to hold his tor mentor ameniable to the law for slander, but, that never yet has his skillful persecutor placed him self within the grasp of the law. Without coming out plainly and unequivocally and charging his foe with theft or some other indict able offense—which charge per haps, he knew he could not sustain, this unfortunate and misguided editor has managed through his paper, to malign and torment the object of his spleen, until li.e has been made a burden, and until the hot passions of human nature which are implanted to some de gree in every human breast, could no longer brook the insults, or be controlled by the ordinary consideration of the fear ful consequences of seek ing personal redress. ’T is a sad case, and the victim of these long persecutiifhs—now the avenger of his wrongs—is scarce ly less to be sympathized with, than the misguided editor, who by his indiscretion and abuse of his profession, has entailed upon himself the penalty of outraged rights, is to be pitied. The case has a general bearing Upon the whole fraternity of jour nalists, and demonstrates the ne cessity of correcting this growing tendency toward personalism. Journalism must be placed upon a more elevated plane; the abuses of its privileges must be stopped; . _ __ _a. __•/» .. ir*. ii. . ujivt iuuou jmu uj noviif wiv misguided creatures who have no better conception of the correct principles of legitimate journal i-rrrfflr.r to "make their papers in struments through which to vent their spleen on private foes, must be lorceil.to abandon the profes sion which they disgrace. The moral tone of public opinion should correct these evils; if that is not, sufficient to accomplish the needed reform, then this kind of freedom of the press, must be met with more stringent libel laws which will afford some adequate protection to private character. Thanksgiving Day at Kusscll ville. In obedience to a proclama tion issued by Ilis Excellency A. II. Garland, Gov. of the state of Arkansas, appointing the 25th day of March for thanksgiving and prayer, the citizens of Rus sellville met at the Cumberland Presbyterian church,—the Rev. Mr. E. Jones of M. E. church preached an eloquent and impres sive sermon from the 32 chapter j and 17th verse of the prophesy of Isaiah, and before he commenced the sermon he read the following paragraph from the proclamation of the governor: “With all this glorious promises for us and in view of the fact, wo huvc passed triumphantly through worse than a fiery furnace and that we have so many reasons to be thankful, I, think it appropriate to set apart a day of thanksgiving and prayer to the source of all law, to the source of all mercy and of blessing, to be observed by the state,”—which taken in connection with his text, which was as follows: “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteous ness, quietness and assurance forever,”—which was indeed ap propriate. Mr. Jones is a North ern man, and his sermon was well timed, and was well received by the congregation and commu nity. At night there was a mis sionary mass meeting of the differ ent denomiqations, a large con gregation having assembled, and after prayer by^lhc Rev. Mr. Smith of the C. ™ C.t Lewis W. Davis was called to the chair, and Frank Tkach «as elected sccrcta ry. The chairman called upon the Rev. Mr. Jones to state the object of the meeting. Tho as sembly was then addressed by the Rev’s Smith, Bryant, Peebles and Dodson, on the subject of missions. In response to the call, more than one hundred dollars was contrib uted as a thanks offering to be appropriated to Foreign Missions. The congregation dispersed with tile best of feeling and an humble Lope that the flag of our country may long wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave. * Railroad Meeting at Belle fonte. Pursuant to previous notice the citizens of Boone county met on th« 22d of March 1875, for the purpose of confering with a dele gation of citizens of Pope connty, on the subject of a railroad from uarauucuo to uarrison. On motion Hon. J. N. Coffey was called to the Jchnir, and Jos. II. Daugherty appointed scc’y. On motion a committee of three consisting of Messrs. W. W. Wat kins, G. C. Keele and the chair man of the meeting were appoint ed a committee to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting who made the following report: Mr. President: Your commit tee to whom was referred a reso lution relative to a railroad from Dardanclle on the Arkansas river by the way of Russellville, Dover, Cave City, Double Springs and Heliefonte to Harrison have had the same under consideration but a very short time and will be compelled to be very brief in their report, without discussing the general advantages of railroad fa cilities being as we arc isolated from the commerce of the world it is apparent to your committee that something is imperatively necessary to be done in order to place north-west Arkansas where the God of Nature intended her to stand—whether it should be a railroad, turnpike or what not. As to the feasibility or practic ability of the proposed road ac cording to hand bill, your com mittee is bound to look upon with favor the resources for building same, is for the counties to con sider, there is nothing like an eff ort. Keele, Watkins a Coffey, Com mitle. On motion J. H. Williams of Bellefontc township, S. D. Byrd of Washington, Beal Gaither and G. B. Greer of Crooked* Creek, W. A. Graver and Brice Milam of sugar l.oai ana James fli. imviu son and Thos. Carter of Blythe township were appointed to solicit subscriptions of stock in aid of the proposed road. On motion Jos. H. Daugherty, Jas. H. Patterson, W. W. Watkins, A. B. Corey and D. N. Fulbright, were appointed a committee to preparo an address to the board of trade of the city of Little Rock, showing the increase of trade which would result to that city from the building of the proposed road. Also to the president ami board of directors of the Cairo & Fulton and the Little Rock & Fort Smith roads, exhibiting to them the increased amount of freight and trade that would probably pass over their roads from the same cause. On motion of Col. Watkins a committee of three consisting of Messis. W. W. Watkins, A. J. Roberts and James H. Williams, were appointed to confer with a committee from Harrison for the purpose of fixing upon time and place for holding a county railroad convention, also to confer with a like committee of citizens from Double Springs should ouc be ap pointed. It was resolved that the sce,j furnish a copy of the proceedings of this meeting to the Boone Coun ty Record, the Highlander, and the Russellville Demockat for pub lication. On motion the meeting adjourn ed. J. N. COFFEY, Pres., Job. H. Dacuuektv. ISiA’y. | ^ * AMERICA’S CENTENNIAL. Appeal oft1*® Coirnnissoner H> the People of the State. Arkansians, the recent gover nor of our state has nominated and the president has appointed me commissioner to Represent Ar kansas at “America’s centennial. In accepting this important trust it will he niv pride aud ambition to perform all the respective du ties of my official position for the best interests of the state. 31 v mission, to make it a suc cess; requires your generous co operation-individual and united forces The life of a state is manifested by the energy of the people. It is not alone developed j by individual force but we must have combined action. 1 lie mix ed industries of all classes ol so ciety-producers and consumers —all acting in harmony, with n j determined agency—give life, health and vigor to all communi ties and to all states. It is through the blended compensating force, acting aud developing, so favor ably in an atmosphere of peace, that the pursuits of toil make all powers and nations prosperous, powerful and great. Arkausas is now sovereign and free and can enjoy political lest and security in state affairs. You have a state government of your choice—you lmv« confidence in the executive, and if you are pre pared for progress, with determ ined energy and earnest labor, in just ebedience to the constitution and laws—our hcretoUjre unfortu nate state must rapidly advance. With this new life—under good government, the state will* active ly recuperate, soon grow great in population and wealth. Progress must be the impulse and tl”e watedword with every in habitant, “and soon Arkansas, _ i_ _ infollirrcmf. mirri'os. ItMMVsl tv “ --n ' l C7 sive rule, will rise from the ashes where she grovels in the embers of a dying political fire, to l)3*one of the foremost states in the un ion.” Under such bright aaspi ees, when the star of hope gilds the aurora of the day of promise, atl lovers of the country should he aroused and valiantly strive to contribute to the prosperity c f our people, the welfare of the of the state and the pride of the rcpublacan. Arkansas has slumbered al ready too long! With sad dreams she has slept the “Rip "Van \\ in kle sleep” and now is the time, the the propitious time to awaken, truly realize her duty and he ready to promote her best in terest at the comiug day—“Amer ica's Grand Exposition-” However primativc we may ap pear, Arkansas must be r presen ted at the international exhibition in l«7t>. We must be there. Such relations with the external world will at once advance tl.c state. It will atTord us an oppor tunity to be more favorably intro duced to the investing, immigrat ing and migrating public—to lie placed legitimately in position where the wealth of the state will, in part, lie revealed to the powers of the earth. Unfold to view the elements of posperitv, our long hidden treasures, long buried nic talic and non metallc minerals, and soon we will find immigration pouring into Arkansas—rushing to us like a tidal wave in force, or in power, covering the surface of our whole State. If we cannot! show the diversification of indus tries or favorably compete with oilier states in fabric of the loom, material made from our own great staple productions, in the works of art, mechanism and manufac tures, we can otherwise give cv • t r» i vi • i. _ _ V_ mi H' vr» x’vruiiviiwao in »»v longing to the state and from the exhibition hope soon to realize j brighter, better days. With your ; aid, your ardor and voluntary ex- ! ertion, wei.in exui bit evidences i of the soil—products that are! found above and below the surface and make known, in the alphabet of nature, a portion ol our great and varied resources. You must not in- impressed with the fancy j that the people are not prepared ■ for exhibition, or too much iinpov- \ enslied. We will accept uo such excuses for your apathy. Your commissioner is determ ined to prepare, rnd you may rely upon it that the state shall not be denied aplace at America’s cen tennial. If we cannot afford to, make a grand display, we are re solved to do the best that circum stances will permit. “Wo can give sermons in stones” that must intelligible and eloquently speak for us a language fully un derstood by all civiizcd nations at the approaching gala epoch, The productive soil, ores and other valuable minerals, found throughout the upper ehorograph ieal division, beyond the margins of the great embay men t of our state, will plead forcibly for us. The testimony of our rocks must enlighten all and will be a power ful incentive to invite home and foreign capitalist—anon our state credit will be restored—our debt paid and again all will be pros pc rous. The character of the climate of Arkansas—quality of the soil— geographical position and rela tions with other states of the un ion; agricultural, mineral, manu facturing aud commercial advan tages, all surely entitle the state to lie placed as a peer, in the front rank with her sister states. G zone, e W. ha w k knck, ('omtnis.douer. j NEW ADVERTISES*ENTs. PR 0$PECTUS, WAR E’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE. A JOl'ltNAI. OF WESTERN THOUGHHAND LIFE, Independent in politics and religion » exposing rings and corruption * in all forms and places; di; - ^ cussing public men and ' measures without fqar or favor, and reflecting the advanced thought of Western minds on all subjects of general inter< t. WM. M. LBFTWICH, Editor. The West is fast becoming the cen tre of wealth, enterprise, population and power. The living issues nri ing from the relations of Capital ami Labor, the manufacturer and ii,e importer, tiie far mer and the merchant, the be d- ■* holder and the taxpayer, the poli tician and the people that have agi tated the Eastern and Middle ,Stale; for fifty years or more, have icon transferred to the Mississippi Val ley, and now challenge the vri«r-«t thought and freest discussion. Interests of no less moment be cause peculiarly Western growing out of the rapidly developing re - sources of the country, the invest ment of capital, the establishment of mannfacturics, the demands of commerce, the farmers market railroad and water transportation, * and the teeming products of miio and mountains, together with the constantly changing aspects of po litical, social and moral problems, all demand the sharpest scrutiny, llie boldest treatment, the wisest ad justment. Besides we cannot claim absolute immunity from the influence of rings, cliques, corruptionists and ilemagojnics, bummers, dead-beats, and political cormorants feed and fatten upon the toll and sweat of honest men. Consumers outnumber producers, and the law of supply and demaud is unbalanced. Great extravagance in the style of living is offset by the desperate struggle for bread’ and the severest contrasts in life are made appalling by the alarming increase of crime and the inorai degeneracy ot society. Peculation and perfidy in public places, the loose ideas of official re sponsibility, the want of public con science and confidence, the indiffer ence of the masses to public meas ures, tiie destruction of the forces and value of personal character, and the general giving way of the moral safeguards of social and domestic, life, all call loudly for reform. lint this journal will not essay the task of.reformation, as we are not particularly anxious just now for the glory of martyrdom. We do propose, however, to handle r 11 questions of public interest honestly and fearlessly, and no sect or section, party or power will be responsible tor our convictions or utterances. We shall assume the role ofinde pendent journalism; and if we can expose corruption, help men to a* better understanding of vital tions, elevate t lie tone of Western thought and life, contribute to tint value of personal character, the pro tection of public and private virtue, the purity and sanctity of social and , domestic life, the restoration of offi cial fidelity, wise legislation, just administration, a healthful public opitiiou, a quickened public consci ence, and the awakening of the peo ple to a livelier interest in public, affairs. If anyj of these tilings can lie done, life and labor will not be in vain. It is impossible to reflect, in this announcement the scope and design of a first-class, independent literary monthly; nor Is it necessary, since the caste of this form of journalism has long since been given. But we design making it the equal in every respect of the very best Eastern mag azines, No pains, labor or expense will he spared to make it compass the whole range of magazine litera ture, addressed, in the most attract ive form, to the statesman, the. schol ar. the student, the literateur, the ladles, the home circle, and all du - es of readers. Illustrations will bo Introduced as early as suitable ar rangements can be made, and many of the ablest writers of t ho country have been secured as contributors. This prospectus is not a feeler to •lacmduin tin. nvtont .-.C ... .1 i__... agement before publication, but it i* (lie announcement ol a forthcoming monthly periodical, which has a!- , ready a sufficient financial basis to make it a permanent and a success ■'•1 enterprise, such as the country needs, im'f.Vc people who are inter ested in the dlaeiissioiV of vital is ues will patronize. Kadi number contain not less than eighty pages, double column, and the first issue will be out about the middle of April. IVitli this foreshadowing, and u jth hearty “good will to men”—and women, too,—we nihke our hold ven ture, Invoking kindly criticism and fraternal courtesy. Price 30 ceuu a nuuUx.i- $3,S" r year, postage pro-paid. Sub erip lion must lie paid in advance, or on receipt of first number. Address all I 'laniiinleations for the editor to 1V.\I, M, 1,rrnvitli. T.!15 (iarrlson Avenue. And Itu.si uess ('orrespondent!.' to V.'auu & Co.. Times building, cor. Fifth and Chestnut Sts. St. Louis, Mo. “What’s a bonanza;” A plug hat, seven years old. As twice eleven is twenty-two, how can twice ten he twenty too. A man has bpen arrested for taking tilings ns they conic. M ill'—-One who shares our sor rows, doubles our joys, and quad ruples our expenses. \\ hy do people call for a piece of string, and did anybody ever hear of one calling for a whole one? Mohair chairs are going out of fashion, and we nrc glad of it. A mohair chair is the worst thing in the world to sit on when drawing on a pair of pants. How would you like to he one of tlie Beecher jury, and bode scribed as the “bigheaded young man with cars like transparent turrets?”