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Hew to the Line.
Vol. I.
No. 18.
XTOR 1866.
For President:
Fbr Vice-President:
We fling this banner to the
breeze, and nail it to our masthead.
It will inspire hope, and bring a
rich reward to toiling millions of
or countrymen.
Hurrah ior Morgan and Bryan!
8ikce the recent disturbancebe
tweea the United States and Eng
land over tie affairs of Venezuela,
a Se'uth American republic, fre
caeat reference has been made to
what is known as the "Monroe
Doctrine." We question if a ma
jority of the people really under
stand, the meaning "and history of
the phrase. We will, therefore,
briefly state the origin and signifi
cance of the principle as expressed
by the words "Monroe Doctrine."
For some years prior to 1822,
Mexico and the South American
States, bai been struggling to
achieve their independence from
Spain, their mother country.
Henry Clay had exerted himself
Lwith much enthusiasm to induce
ingress to recognize their inde
pendence, but such' a step had been
considered premature. In March,
1822, his efforts were successful,
and a bill was passed by Congress,
on the recommendation of the
president, recognizing the indepen
dence of Mexico and the South
American republics, and providing
formaintaining diplomatic relations
with them.
The next year President Monroe
declared in his message to Congress
that, "As a principle, the American
contiaeats, by the free aad inde
pendent position they bare assumed
and maintaiaed, are henceforth not
to be considered as subjects "for
future colonization by any Europ
ean power."
This claim tha't the Western con
tinent belongs, to repablieaaisw,
and k not to be tbe scene of Earop
tft rteboBMs for the agrandbe-
t, or MtaUkknent of nay new.
kingdom or empire, has since-that
time been known as the Monroe
Doctrine, and has jcorae to be re
garded as one of the cardinal points
of the policy of the government of
the United States.
Its application in the present
crisis is against England in her at
tempt to claim a large area of
the republic of Venezuela, under
the pretext of a disputed boundary
line, and by which, if successful, a
large number of citizens of the re
public would be transformed into
aliens, and become inhabitants of a
monarchy. The United States, be
ing the stronger power of the New
World, considers it her moral duty
to be a protectorate for all weak
er republics as against the encroach
ments of kings or emperors. It is
the duty of all true Americans to
stand by the Monroe Doctrine at
this time.
During the past few days, there
has been considerable talk upon the
streets and in the press, in regard
to the duty of Democratic members
of the legislature, in the election of
the two U. S. senators. It is urged
by some, that' in order to expedite
legislation, and avoid a long, drown
out fight, the Democratic members
should unite upon two of the best
Republican candidates, and vote to
elect them, since it appears that
there is no chance to elect a Demo
crat. Such a suggestion deserves the
bitterest kind of rebuke. The
long line of Democratic statesmen
who have passed over the Great
Divide, from Jefferson down to
Thurman, would turn over in their
graves with disgust at the very
thought of such a step. The men
who would be guilty of such per
fidy, would be. and ought to be,
consigned to political oblivion, and
the brand of infamy put upon their
memories, ever afterward. We can
not believe there is a single Demo
cratic member who would entertain
such a thought for a minute. If
there is, he must have an "itching
palm" to sell and barter his vote
for gold. There could be but one
construction of such action, and
that would be, that the member
who did so had placed his vote in
the market for the highest bidder.
We think the man who would sug
gest such a dishonorable act, knows
but little of Democracy and less of
honesty. If such a policy were
panned under like circumstances,
then there would be no Democratic
party today. If, because we are in
the minority, and it is evident we
uuuui cici;i uur party uicu, vc
should go over to the enemy, and
sacrifice duty and honor, then let
us dissolve the republic, and go
back to despotism. We would be
unfit to rule ourselves, and we
ought to have an Enperor, or a
Czar to govern. It is needless for
us to tell the members of the legis
lature, of the new state of Utah,
what their duty is in this regard.
If there was no other guide, con
science alone would point out the
way. But the people, whose voice
must be respected, have said vote
for Rawlins and Thatcher; and we
believe everyone who is a Democrat
and an honest man will do so.
If there is a single Democrat who
would vote with the Repu blicans in
the selection of a Senator, he should
be drummed out of the Democratic
camp to the tune of the "Rogue's
March," and he ought to wear
penitentiary stripes during the rest
of his life.
We do not deem this article
necessary for any member of the
legislature, but it is intended to
rebuke and silence any man who
offers such a suggestion, be he a
Democrat, or a Republican mas
querading under the guise of a
If any person approaches a Dem
ocratic member with such a scheme,
he should be spit upon in contempt
and scora. Such men would black
en the memory of the dead.
The National Federation of
Colored Men was organized at
Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 14. The
principles of the federation are set
forth in the "Address to the Coun
try," which was presented by the
committee appointed for that pur
pose. The objects of the organiza
tion are defined to be: The assertion
of opposition to every species of in
justice perpetrated upon the raee;
to render more effectual the moral,
educational and social forces which
8,000,000 of free men aught to ex
ercise; to form a compact national
organization; to assume a new atti
tude among the citizens of the
nation, not unduly arrogant, but
one which shall resent the assump
tion of inferiority. This, the ad
dress declares, is necessary to do
after a generation of selfish indif
ference and un-American and non
Christian contempt on the part of
the white race. A copy of the ad
dress will be presented to Congress.
The country will be divided into
districts; as northwest, northeast
southwest and southeast, and each
district will have a vice-president
and secretary. D. A. St raker of
Detroit, was elected President; J.
M. Henderson of Detroit, Secretary;
Geo. Knox of Indianapolis, treas
urer, and R. T. Greener of New
York, national lecturer.
A resolution was adopted calling
on Congress to use all honorable
means to secure the release of ex
Consul Waller from prisoninFranee.
The movement is a good one, and
demonstrates how little the north
ern white people as a class, care for
their colored brethren; as most of
the promoters are from northern or
eastern states, where they see and
feel the need of action in this direc
tion. The negroes in the South
have less cause for complaint than
they do among their pretended
The Cuban war is still in a state
of semi-activity. The latest from
the seat of war, indicates another
victory for the insurgents who are
said to be getting in shape to cap
ture the city of Havana. Should
they succeed in this and be able to
hold that city, it would be the most
signal victory for the insurgeats
that has yet come their way.
We made another pleasant visit
during the past week to the exhibit
of the Society of Utah Artists,
where we had the pleasure of meet
ing President Evans of the Society,
who expressed great satisfaction
over the success that has crowned
the efforts of the promoters. Mr.
Evans has informed us that the at
tendance has been much larger
than on previous occasions of this
kind and he thinks the people are
beginning to appreciate the efforts
that are made by our home artists
in endeavoring to advance the stand
ard of art in Utah and the West.
We cannot refrain from again
mentioning some of the beautiful
pictures we saw.
The portrait work of Mr. Will
Clawson deserves the commendation
of ail lovers of true art as it is our
opinion that he excels his fellow
members in the production of fine
portrait work. One of his master
pieces is a life size portrait of Mrs.
John Beck. The artist has wrought
out with lifelike effect the delicate
and refined features of this beauti
ful lady, as well as the textures
of her elegant yellow, silk dress
and rare lace.
Mrs. E. C. Carson has several
canvases devoted to scenery.
"Evening in the Woods," has the
soft and quiet effect that nature
puts on at the close of the day.
"Autumn Pines," by this same
clever artist is admired by all lovers
of the beautiful in nature; and
we again urge all those who appre
ciate art in the highest degree, to
visit the exhibit of the Society of
Utah. Artists, 67 B. First South St.
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