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MIDDLETOWN, DEI«
SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 8, 1868.
—-- ' -fr
President Mäkln« «ad
The whole tribe of [Wife ssioiml politi
cians arc as in lustriuua^OH beavers in ad
vancing the interests of tlmir respective
favorites for tho Presidency. The most
notable movement, however, on the presi
dential chessboard, thus far, isflio Grant
meeting, held at the Cooper Institute,
New York, on the 4th of December last,
at the head of which was Alexander T.
Stewart. Esqr. the merchant millionaire,
who, from the selling of bobbin and laue
is turning his attention to political affairs,
ami especially to President making. Mr.
Henry Hilton, Chairman of the Exeoutive
Committee, appointed at the meeting, is
flooding the country with his pamphlets
and circulars, and evincing au activity
which would be truly commendable in a
A lending feature of this
movement is, that they profess to ignore
politicians and party platforms ; and yet,
in lookiug over their proceedings we find
the meeting was addressed by such old
party hacks as Francis B. Cutting, and
Daniel E. Sickles, who in the course of
their remarks endorsed the destructive pol
icy of the Radicals in Congress, which
endorsement was responded to, by this
« ■ mcotiug of the people irrespective of
party," by," loud applause." Here, then,
this assumption of "no party," is shown
to be a fraud and a deception, upon the
very face of tho proceedings of the meet
ing, as jpublished by themselves. • This
" no party," Grant movement is too trans
parent to deoeive any one ; aqd it is not
surprising that even some of those who
inaugurated jt, have already turned their
backs upon it. Witness the following
from the New Y ork correspondent of the
Philadelphia Ledger, who writes as fol
lows :
right cause.
There is quite a stir in political circles over a
letter which Commodore Vanderbilt ha« just ad
dressed to Mr. A. T. Stewart, giving note
he ( Vanderbilt ) has withdrawn from Abo Cooper
Institute movement which Und for Us. object the
' nomination of Gen. Grant to the Presidency.
The reason assigned for this unexpeted defection
Is the course the Ueneral s»W fit to adopt in re
gard to tlie reinstatement of Mr. Stanton in the
War Department. Tho tetter is very sharp, and
there is a loud cal) upon Mr. Stewart to make it
public.
We aro surprized that Com. Vanderbilt,
other man of common sense, hold
that
or any
ing principles 'adverse to destructive revo
lutionary radicalism, should be caught in
nucb a trap. However the Commodore
has extri^ted himself, all in good time.
As the caption we have clioBen for this
article, refers to President breaking, as
well as President making, it is not inap
propriate for us to print, in this conueetion,
the following extract from the Malt'-iS'fci
tery Standard of last week, in which
'Wendell Phillips makes grave charges
against Gen. Grant's character for sobriety.
From the Anli-Shrery Standard.
Wkndeu. UniM.n-a Cu.inozs Guavaii. Grant
anti-slavery jour
polities us the uegro
iui public men and mou
fulse to him. But
before
wiru DacxKKSNKSB. — This i
mil. Looking out on
looks on them, it deals
•ures ouly us they
experience has abundantly proved, ev
the existence of the present administration, that
only temperate men eau safely be trusted with
grave responsibilities. Temperance is the enb
stratum of all Other reforms. Bow sad the re
sult, when power is given to meu who
to-put an enemy in their mouths to steal away
their brains," this war has most impressively
shown us. Now rumors reach as from Washing
ton, coming from dilferent and trustworthy sour
ces, that General Grant has been seen unmistak
ably drunk in the streets of that city within'a few
weeks. We know nothing ourselves of thu truth
of these rumors. We make uo charge against
General Grant in this respect. But even the pos
sibility of the truth of these reports is of too mo
mentous importance to ho lightly dealt with.
The nation is bound to inquire
of candidates for high office. After the expe
rience of the last three years, it has
run the slightest risk iu this resjieet. No public
man, whose friends tire uskiug for him high office,
ought to complain of the strictest scrutiny by the
public as to his habits'in this particular. We
Call, therefore, on the natiunat and Stale temper
ance societies to investiguie these reports. They
have tins subject iu their special charge. They
are bound to give us tho facts, and save us from
even the possibility of such another infliction as
the nation now tuners. Especially we call on till
Hon. Henry- Wilson, a pledged teetotaller, to
am that thu -whole truth ia this matter is given
to the oountry. Be bus devoted himself to the
advocacy of Grant's claims. As a temperance
iflan he is bound to see that we rnli no risks of
this kind. Living in Wushingtou, he mustkuow,
qr have ample means of kuowing, the truth as
to this matter. If wo are unnecessarily anxious,
let him relive qs by trustworthy assurances that
Graut is now a tcuiuerauo
nil occasions, to withstand this temptation. If
the fact is not so, let him explain to liis temper
how lie dares to usk their votes
true
wont
to tin- habits
right to
man, fully able, on
ance associait»
for Grant. It is perilous enough to giro the
Presidency to a man who was, confessedly, an
inveterate drunkard two or three years ago. But
it will be the gravest crime to give it to him if
that vice still holds him in its iron grasp. Uf
coarse fidelity to tins negro must he our tint and
decisive test of any man's fitness for the Presi
dency. But this test of teuqierauce is also vital.
\V EM'XU. PttiLurs.
If these charges are not true, it will be
easy matter to disprove them, as Gcu.
Grant is in publie life, aqd his habits
must be well known to those who eomo
into daily contact with him. A simple
me irreapolisible party, will
must be done, if at all, by
men of aufficicut weight of character and
respectability to give the world assurance
of the truth of whatever they affirm. If
they are true, and caunot be satisfactorily
denied, they wiU prove to be very dama
ging to the aspirations of Gen. Grant, end
to the expectations of his friends.
Iu reference to these chargos of public
intoxication made against Gcu. Grant, the
Cincinnati Commercial attempts to soften
the matter by saying :—r" But as this usu
ally happens on Sunday, it does hot ob
struct public business or attraet general
an
denial, by. so
not do. It
day
for
of
of
8.0».«., Doolittle'« üètférT " 1
Read the able letter of Senator Doolittle,
of Wisconsin, on the 4th page of this issue.
Senator Doolittle is not a Democrat, hut a
Republican ; and his sentiments will doubt
less hare more weight with. Republicans,
ou. that acoouut. He lifts up his eloquent
voice, ami wields his facile pen, in earnest
protest against the usurpations of that
revolutionary cabal which «alls itself the
Congress of the United States ; and which
is trampling tho Constitution beneath it»
unhallowed feet, and profaning tho Temple
of American Liberty. It has erected a
military despotism in the South, more gal
ling and hateful than that ' exercised over
Poland, by Russia, or over her penal col
ony of Siberia. Not satisfied with this, it
is stripping the Executive of. the powers,
privileges and iinmuuities, conferred by
the Constitution, and destroying tho Judi
ciary, as established by the fathers of tho
Republic; bringing both the Executive
and Judicial branches of the Government,
into subserviency to the Legislative ; aud
erecting, fiver all, in tho person of Gen.
Grant, a military dictator, with unlimited
and irresponsible power ! ! !
"Onn such things he,
Aud overcome us like a summer cloud,
Without our special wonder?"
Will the people fold their arms and look
quietly on, while their liberties are thus
being wrested from them? Will they sub
mit to havo the chocks and balances of the
Constitution destroyed, by this reckless
revolutionary junto, calling itself a Con
gress, m Washington? In the eloquent
language of Senator Doolittle,—"Consti
tutional Liberty is already bound, scourged
aud crowned with thorns, in her own
sacred temple ! Shall the General of the
Army, urged on
Priests, crucify her, on
her own home, under her own banner,
amid the scoffs and joers of tho despots of
the World? Let the people answer."
by the Radical Chief
Capitol Ilill, in
Front Washington.
The latest news from the Federal capi
tol, is that reconstruction is still the order
of the day in Congress, and radicalism as
rampant as ever.
A letter from the capitol says :—So fur
all is quiet. The ^President won't recog
nize Stanton l'as Secretary of War, and
won't lose hia temper. Stanton won't go
out of .the War Department and Grant
still keeps fishing for the presidency.
Newspapers are talking of tearing the veil
from before Mr. Grant and letting people
see him in his true character.
1
G:i. last week, a
ten acres of iin
At a sale i
splendid village residence wi
proved land brought SliO ; a plantation of seven
hundred acres was sold for $184, and thirty acres
of fine cotton laud for $3.
Htr.es
It was contended, before tho abolition of
slavery, that the consumatiou of that meas
ure 1 would greatly enhance tho value of
real estate. But anyone with half an eye
can now see what ruin has been effected by
this act of national robbery. Instead of
advancing the prioe of real estate, it has
reduced it so low that it will hardly sell
for its taxes.
as
to
the
of
as
If
Gen. Howard has ordered the Froedmen's Bu
reau iu Maryland to be dosed up aflcr the 15th of
February.
It never was necessary, The negroes
were better off without the agents of the
bureau, who served no -better purpose,
there, than to get the negroes iuto occasion
al difficulties. If the bureau were abol
ished altogether, it would savo the country
the immense amount of money it has cost
to support this useless body of lazzaroui.
Acknowledgments. —Hon. James A.
Bayard will accept our thanks for impor
tant public document*.
Thomas E. Williams, Esqr. of the
Maryland Legislature, will also aoccpt our
thanks for a copy of the Governor's Mos
Bage aud the House Journal.
to
Tu» Presidency.- —Ex-Governor Sey
mour, of New York, has written another
letter, declaring that he is not a candidate
for (he Presidency. s Ho says his name
will not go before the democratic national
convention.
on
Belle Boyd Harding was last week divorced
from Eaniuei Harding, in the ttuureme Court uf
New York.
BcUe has a tameless spirit, and matri
mony was altogether too tome a thing for
her.
the
an
But
if
Uf
and
Tho Baltimore Gazette has come out in
favor of Hon. George II. Pendleton, of
Ohio, for President, aud the Baltimore
Commercial favors President Johnson.
be
will
by
and
If
end
the
usu
ob
Validity or 8 knator Hamilton's
Eelction. —Attorney General Jones, of
Maryland, on Wednesday submitted to the
House of Delegatee, as requested bye, ref
utation of that body, his official opinion in
regard to the legality of the election of the
Hon. Win. T. Hamilton as United States
Senator. The opinion maintains that Mr.
Hamilton was duly elected, in accordance
with the act of Congress, and also in ac
cordance with the spirit and intent of the
law of Maryland, whatever be its language,
requiring one Senator to lie an inhabitant
of the Eastern Shore and one of the West
ern Shore.
The House on Wednesday unanimously
adopted a resolution requesting the Gov
ernor to issue a certificate of election to
Mr. Hamilton.
Prentice wants somebody to keep tally
the Reconstruction laws.
Opening of the Queen Anne's and vulged
Kent Rail Road. out;
orable,
istfrei««* of Ore«kin« tin- Ood
Urotmu—Lure t om ounte of Pres
ure« i»> in Miiiingion.
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R n:"*{ or ,hc Tramer**. t0
Thuréjay, the 6th of February, will
long be remembered by the chiliens of and
Kent and Queen Anne's counties, as the have
day on which the earth was first broken
for the qonsiruction of the Queo*. Anne's
and Kent ltail lload. This interesting ull
ceremony took plaoo at Millington, Kent ready
couuiy. Md. under the sup avisioi) of the us
President and Directors of tho Company,
and under the immediate auspices of Eu- to
reka Lodge, No. 08, A. F. A. M. of Mil- Rail
lingtnn. serve
The day was nnspicions, overhead,though of
the ground was covered with snow, and and
every avenue leadiug to tho town was
thronged with sleighs and othor vehicles, time
which had conveyed an immense multitude
of spectators to the town to witness tho mote
ceremonies.
Not less than two thousand people were
present on the occasion, among whom were
many Delawareans, euoouraging tho citi
sens of Kent and Queen Anne's in their
praiseworthy enterprise. The Masonio Era
ternity were present in force, having frolcy
responded to the invitation of Eureka then
Lodge, at whoso iustanoo thoy were as
semhled. Besides the Eureka Lodge, large
deputations were present from Corsica the
Lodge, of Ceutreville; Chester Lodge,
of Chostcrtowu ; and Union Lodge, of Mid- met
dletown, Del. The ancient and honorable aud
Order made a very fiuo display as they
marched and countermarched through the
town.
The procession was formed at "high
noon" and moved in regular order, to the
sound of music from the Smyrna Brass ner,
Band, and was joined by a large number and
of citizons, and also by the Methodist Epis- up
copal Sabbath School of tho town, with
banners and other devices; and in the in- ced
tcrvals of the music by the Band, they
sang their sweetest carols aud contributed
much by their presence to .enliven tho
scene. the
A largo stand had been erected to ac- ing
commodato the Officers of the Hail Hoad
Compuny, tho Marshal and Officors of the
Order, the Orators of the day, and the
Reporters. The spot selected for break
ing the ground, immediately in front of
the stand, was surmounted by a beautiful
arch, and handsomely festooned with ever
greens. To Past Master Colonel Lemuel
Robkuts, of Queen Anne's county, was
assigned the honor of breaking the ground,
which duty he performed at fifiteettfininutes
of two o'clock, P. M.
The following is the Order of the Pro
cession, and of the interesting ceremonies in
inaugiuratod by Eureka Lodge, in honor of
the occasion ;
of
the
to
iu
tuU>A
Marshal of the Day.
Tyler, with drawn sword.
Stewards, with white rods.
Entered Apprentices.
■ F ellow Craft*.
Master Masons.
Junior Warden, carrying the Vessel of
Corn.
Senior Warden, carrying the Vessel of
Wine.
Past Master, carrying the Vessel of Oil.
Secretary and Treasurer.
Past Master, with Holy Biblo.
S. Deacon—W. Master—J. Deacon.
«Sabbath School.
Citizens.
The procession having arrived at the
arch, Opened to the rieht and left, and
uncovered, the Worship™ Master and his
Officers ascended to the platform, and the
rest of the brethren surrounded it. The
W. M. commanded silence in the usual
Masonic form, when a Masonic Ode was
sung in fine style. Prayer was then offer
ed by Rev. E. Stubbs, Chaplain of Chester
Lodge.
The W. M. and tho Officers then de
scended from the platform when the J. W.
presented the W. M. with the Vessel of
Corn, saying :
"W. M. I
Nourishment.
Thu W. M. poured it on the earth.
The S. V. presented the Vessel of Wine,
saying :
" W. M. I present you with tho Wine
of Refreshment."
The W. M. poured it on the earth.
The P. M. presented the Vessel of Oil,
saying ;
" W. M. I present you with tho Oil of
Joy."
The W. M. poured it on tho earth and
said :
present you with tho Corn of
" May the all-bounteous Author of Na
tnre Mess the inhabitants of this place and
country with all the necessaries, conveni
etvoies and comforts of life, assist in the
construction and completion of this Rail
lload, protect the workmen from accident,
long preserve this road from decay, and
grant to us all a supply of the Corn of
Nourishment, tho Wine of Refrcshnieut,
and the Oil of Joy."
To which the brethren responded: "So
mote it he."
Past MaBter Roberts thon oponod the
earth, when the Lodge gavo tho public
grand honors.
The W. M. James M. Lees, rcascendod
the platform and delivered tho Spade to
tho Contractor, George Stearns, Esq. of
Wilmington, saying:
" Worthy sir, having thus, as W. M.
of Eureka Lodge of Ancient, Free and
Accepted Masons, opened the earth for the
Rail Road, I now deliver this iuiplomout
into your hands, intrusting you with the
'supeiinteudanee and direction-of the work,
having full confidence in. y our skill aud
capacity to conduct the same."
The implement was received by Mr.
Stearns with a few brief but pertinent re
marks, in which lie assured the W. M.
that tiie road should be constructed upon
the "level" and upon the "squgrci"
A Masonic Ode was then sung, after
whicli the W. M. addressed the assembly
as follows:
" Men and brethren here assembled, be
it known unto yuu that we be lawful Ma
sons, truo and faithful to the laws of our
oountry, and engaged by solemn obliga
tions to erect magnificent works to be scr
viceablo-to the brethren and to fear God,
tho Great Architect of the Universe,
have among us, concealed from the eyes
< of all men, secrets which cannot bo di
of
of
in
to
We
of
vulged and winch have never teen found
out; those secrets are lawful and hon
orable, and not repugnant to the lawB of
Ood or inau. They were entrusted to the
. ....
Masons of ancient times, and having beeu
faithfully transmitted to us, it is our duty
eoilv Jy lbem uu j Mp *j ved to the latest
posterity Unless our craft were good
and our calling honorable we should not
have lasted for so many centuries, nor
should, we have been honored with the
patronage of so many illustrious men in
ull ages, who have ever shown themselves
ready to promote our interests and defend
us from, all adversaries. We have as
semhled here to-day, in the face of you all,
to open this the Quuon Anne'B and Kent
Rail Hoad, which we pray Ood may de
serve to prosper, by becoming the means
of promoting tiro interest of our counties
and State, and of promoting harmony and
brotherly love throughout the world, till
time shall be no more."
To which tho brethren responded, "So
mote it ho. Amen."
When the ceremony was over, and the
officers hud resumed their places upon tile
stand, Major Benjamin T. Higgs, of Del
aware, stepped forward and proposed three
cheers for the Queen Annes and Kent
Railroad, which were given with a will,
(leorgo Stearns, Esqr. tho Contractor,
then proposed three cheers for Major
Higgs, whose untiring exertions had been
mainly instrumental in* carrying forward
the enterprise to its present stago of pro
gross. The proposition of Mr. Stearns
met a hearty response from the multitude,
aud the welkin rang again. Hats and
handkerchiefs waved in the air,'and the
drums rolled responsive to the enthusiastic
shouts of tho people.
The Choir of the M. E. Church then
saug, in a very effective and spirited man
ner, "A Cry from Macedon iVt" '' Come
and help us," after which the Band struck
up an enlivening air. 7 ,
Tho Worshipful Master then introdu
ced to the audience Lloyd Tilglnnan, Esq.
President of the Queen Anne's Hail Hoad,
who made a brief address appropriate to
tli#oftasiou, paying a glowing tribute to
the Ancient and Honorable Order, thank
ing them in behalf of the Kail Hoad Com
pany for the handsome msnner in which
they had inaugurated the work.
Past Master Col. Lemuel Roberts, on
behalf of the Order, responded to the
complimentary remarks of Mr. Tilghniau
and made a statement showing.the resour
oesiuthc hands of the company for the
construction of the road,*whioh is con
traded for at $800,000. Queen Anne's
had given to the enterprise $110,000, her
portion of the internal improvement fuud
coming from the State, and had sub
scribed $00,000 more, making $170,000,
in addition to private subscriptions amouu
ting to $70,000, making the sum total of
$210,000.,
Major Benjamin T. Biggs, of Delaware,
was next introduced to the audience as one
of the "steam engines" of the Queen
Annes and Kent Rail Hoad, in allusion to
the enorgy he had displayed in pushing
forward (lie work. Major B. delivered a
very able and animated address, recurring
to the apathy and indifference ho had en
countered, when one year ago he first vis
ited Millington in furtherance of the pro
ject. In Queen Annes, at Ceutreville, he
met tho President and other gentlemen,
who were disposed to co-operate with him
iu the enterprise, and they set to work,
overcoming all difficulties, and now the
road is iu a fair way for speedy comple
tion. Major B. urged the importance
further subscriptions to ttt stock of t
road, and dwelt upon the many advanta
ges to result from it. He appealed to the
ladies, many of whom were present, to
give it their valuable aid, and advised the
single ones to refuse their hands to suit
ors who had not previously invested iu
Hail lload stock.
George Vickers, Esq. President of the
Kent Hail Road, next addressed tho as
semblage, seconding the efforts of those
wlm preceded him, by an earnest appyil
to all present in behalf of the work.
The beucdjctioii was pronounced by the
chaplaiu, when the brethren made the
usual response, after which the procession
returned to town aud was dismissed.
A sumptuous dinner had been prepared
for tho Order and all invited guests, at the
hotel of Mr. J. 8. Haines, by tho munifi
cence of Eureka Lodge, aud when the
brethren of the mystic tie were summoned
from "labor" to "refreshment," thoy
found that Kent was indeed "a land of
corn, and wine and oil," not merely em
blematically, but,,actually.
The day passed off with much good feel
ing. and everybody scorned to be imbued
with the spirit of the' occasion.
IVo understood that the contractors would
couimeuce the work in toll days, and that
Mr. Stearns declared lie would have it
completed at the expiration of six months.
good speed and hope to bo
lie iron horse, before tho
the
by
of
the
be
We wish him
conveyed by t
close of tho ensuing summer, over tho hills
and valleys of old Queen Anne's, and to
participate in tiie general joy which the
completion of tiie road will afford to her
citizens.
Ohio nut the Constitutional Amendment.
Tiie action of the Ohio Legislature in
withdrawing its assent previously given to
tiie fourteenth amendment of the constitu
tion of the United States opens up a new
question for tho consideration and decision
of Congress, »ml ns a last resort ofsthe gov
ernment. The resolutions of the Legisla
ture repealing the past notion of that body
wore presented to Congress on the 81st
of January, by Mr. Eggleston, who, in
presenting them, snid it was an unploasant
duty that he had to perform.
' TM,-- is the first ea»e of retroactive legla
lotion of tliis particular character in this
country , and lienee the subject was refer
red to the judiciary committee, with in
struction to inquire into the legality of this
action of the State Legislature.—Another
important question involved is whether the
President can send back to a State the re
cord of its action ratifying a constitutional
amendment upon subsequent action of snob
gisluturc, for the resolutions adopted re
quest the return of such record. We will
prut,ably have an early report upon the
subject from the judiciary committee, and
whatever may he tho action of the Nation
al Legislature, the subject will certainly be
taken to the court for final adjudication.
Le
it
Electing of Town Hall t ommliHionrn.
At a Meeting of the Commissioners of
the Middletown Hull Company, the fol
lowing address was reported, approved
and ordered to be laid before the public
through the columns of the Middletown
Transcript.
To THE CITIZENS OF MlDDLSTOWN AND
Vicinity. —The growing interest and in
creasing population of our village makes
painfully sensible tho gte&t need of a
Building of sufficient capacity to accom
modate the various Meetings, Conventions,
Lectures, Concerts, Festivals, Exhibitions
Ac. that are now driven from the village,
by reason of there being no place to ac
commodate them.
The Commissioners have obtained an
act of Incorporation from the State of Dela
ware.
Have succeeded in securing a most
eligible lot of ground 68 feet front upon
to erect thereon a
three (3) stories.
Main streot and propose
haudosomo building of
The first floor to be divided into four (4)
Store rooms, with suitable cellars. Thu
second floor to bo used as a Public Hall
53 by 60 with 16 feet eciling, fitted up hand
somely and to be used for all public purposes.
The third story will be used as a Library
and Lodge rooms. Flans and specifica
tions are now in the hands of Commiss
iduers.
To obtain the ninph desired object we
are authorized to solict subscriptions to the
Capital Stock at $10 per share, payable
in instalments as may from time to tiino
be necessary for tho progress of its erection.
Wo have found many of our citizons
enter with commendable spirit into the en
terprise, fully satisfied that the stock cun
and will be made to pay 8 per cent, and
every year will inorcBO its value. Appli
cation are daily being rcoeived for the
first floors, and the prospect of the Library
will be enthusiastically welcomed by old
and young. As an investment alone it as
desirable as any othor Stock offered, and
apart frein the dividends the increased
value of every kind of property in the
village and viciuity, by the erection of tho
building cannot be overestimated. So that
in reality the advantages to be dorivod by
such an improvement must be acknowl
edged, and the enterprise commend itself
to every man of business perceptions.
With these known facts bell
one can certainly refuse to subscribe at
least one share, aud wo now appeal to the
men of ability, enterprise sad commenda
ble town pride, to oome forward and com
plete the subscription to tho Stock, nearly
one half of which is now taken, and it will
be seen in the zeal manifested by our citi
zens whether wo are an energetic and enter
prising community or not.
Stock Books aro now open at Adams'
Express Company's office, Peninsula Ma
chine .Shop and at J. M. Cox & Bro'S of
fice. Also small books are in the bands
of friends of the Hall.
Respectfully«
ore uh, no
WM. H. BARR,
J, T. BUDD,
J. M. COX.
Political Change« In New Hi
ip »litre.
Charles Libby, Esq. the leading man on
the Republican State Committc, has pub
licly withdrawn from the party, and de
clares bis intention to support the Demo
cratic nominee. At the conclusion of a
somewhat lengthy letter giving reasons for
his course, he says ; " I feel that the coun
try demands and must have a change of
rulers, and feeling so, I cannot longer aot
with the Republican party, but shall give
my vote and influence iu favor of the Dem
ocratic party,
meeting in Littleton, New Hampshire,
which is described as " tho largest anil
most enthusiastic meeting that has ever
been held in the upper part of that State,"
the President, twenty-three viec-Presi
dents, and three Secretaries, so it is de
clared, were "all late of the Republican
party." The Concord Patriot Bays—"One
of the Vice-Presidents was a member
of the Republican State Central Committee
for the past and present year ; another was
apparently one of the most zealous at their
last State Convention." This wholesale
desertion of tho Rcpubliean party has
naturally enough sent terror in to thoir
midst. New Hampshire will be the first
of the State elections in 1868. It will be
the firat loud gun of the Democracy, boom
ing over the country tho approaching
sweeping victory of tho Presidential oam
paign. •
The Cleveland Herald says "it is no
longer a matter of doubt" that Hou. J. R.
Hubbell, of Delaware county, Ohio, for
merly Speaker of the House m that State,
and subsequently a Republican member of
Congress from the Eighth district, has
come out openly in opposition tatho Radi
cal Congressional policy.
At a lute Democratic
Tue Treatment oy Maryland.— 1 The
Alexandria Gazette has the following pithy
paragraph relating to the unconstitutional
aud arbitrary exclusion of Maryland from
her rightful representation in the United
States Senate, a fact which is beginning to
arrest the attention of the whole country.
Th constitution of the United States pro
vides that each and every State shall have
two Senators. Ill ten States—well, that's
nothing; we go on. Maryland, which
ucver "rebelled"—whieh novqy " seood
cd "—which furnished troops and arms
to the government during tho late
whieh was " Union "—which ia as
to
in
to
in
this
in
this
the
re
re
will
the
and
be
war—
muoh,
and always has been, as much a portion of
the " United States" as Massachusetts—is
Tho other
allowed but one Senator !
stands " knocking at the door"—nothing
"more 1
Alleged Insanity or Mas. Lincoln.'—
Private letters rccoivcd from Chicago state
that Mrs. Lincoln is insane beyond all
doubt. She recently sold all the furniture
in her house, and has two old men a* body
guard, believing that she will he robbed
and murdered. Her mania is for selling,
and a dread lest she come to want. All
her friends are said to be conscious of her
mental condition, but think, so long as she
is harmless, her removal to a lunatic asylum
would increase her derangement.— Boston
Herald.
A Fire occurred in Chicago, on the
28th ultimo,' which destroyed nearly two
millions of dollars worth of property.
For the Middletown Transcript.
Messrs. Editods. —It is not our prov
ince neither our intention, to cuter a con
troversial arena ; jmt we oaunot iu common
justice to the community about us remain
silent, when a certain Observer, tries to
explain to pObr Plummet, why a ruinous
system of credit exista.
Plummet has had trouble about getting
his wages, it appears, and Observer, from
hi* stand point, (whew we readily rcoog
nize asa Boss Manufacturer,) writhing un
der the atiug of Plummet's whip, throws
up the back of the agriculturist as a pro
tection for hisown misdeeds. This vicinity
consumes as much material if not more,
than any other of the same extent in the
Union, where tho demand is limited solely
the requirements of the agriculturists.
They here, as every where, constitute.
" bone and sinew," and we know mea
surably not only by remuneration for value
to such men as Observer for articles of hiH
manufacture, which are essential to the
productions and growth of cereals, back up
those very same manufiicturors by real cap
ital which enables them to float. The
landed proprietors, though slow to settle it
may bo at times, are the "forlorn hope"
often when banks lock up their treasures,
and he is trying by speculative tact to
strike the tide of fortune.
Cause and effect are inseparable ; hut
the aim to make farmers solely responsi
ble for an existing state of affairs from
which we all suffer, is simply absurd. To
one who wishes to get at the fountain head
of the evil, and correctly inform himself
whether or know, the farmer
as
for
the
we
ley
iu
in
it,
"
to
an
he
on
to
the
pays no
hoed to paper protests, or fails to meet his
requirements more than the mechanic, ..
refer him to the Bank officers, who if the
choBO to divulge could relate stories wine
are not "dreamed of in his philosophy.
If $500 saw overy laborer paid in town,
would it likewise furnish means to procure
material, aud a liko amount liquidate the
manufaturers debts ? Is it solely through
nonpaying customers who aro all " agri
culturists," as he denominates them, the
drivers of the world, who fail to replenish
his treasury, and take time to feed, that
Observer beholds the man of sin stirring
tho cauldrou of trouble.
The reply of the farmer to tho manu
facturer, concerning his wants invariably
meets with the rejoinder, " we don't want
the money under a year,
note for six mouths." '
able to meet it." " I'll attend to that."
" If it is not convenient for you to pay, I
will take it up." In his oagerness to sell
at the moment, he forgets anticipated trouble
and reserves his grumbling for a future
time, when worried by repeated duns from
city creditors he curses the farmer, and
credit system gcneruly.
But to arrive at the very head of this
offending is not so easily done ; (for evil
it is although no one with us suffers much
in the end.) From whence it first sprung
wo care not to déterminé. The old maxim,
the substance matter which tell us, that a
very common Observer may see liis brother's
faults, but requires more astute gentlemen
than himself or Plummet to tell their
is here
Whet
We
" I'll take your
• ' But I may not bo
own
palpable.
tt 1 er this system first originated
through the wealth of the manufacturer,
and indigence of the consumer, or by the
mutual consent of parties, we leave others
to determine ; ns for ourselves we think it
dates prior to tho time, when the steward
of Eden was granted life during good be
havior, but had his mortgage foreclosed by
usurping power, through the temptations
of his charming partner.
George's Point, Mi. Jan. 31*?, 1808.
The Cloutl In the West.
Tho foolish bondholders, on the Atlantic
coast, have not the faintest idea of how ter
ribly in earnest the great North West is
about paying off tho public indebtedness in
the same currency in which it
ted. It will be the part of wisdom, iu the
Bondholders, to compromise, and to take
their, pay iu greenbacks —-not more depre
ciated than these were in 1803—64—when
so much of the debt was contracted,
are in favor of paying off the debt honestly,
in greenbacks, at not less than an average
worth of fifty cents on tho gold dollar. This
will be a handsome profit for old money
bags, who bought these obligations at thir
ty-few cents on the dollar, and have been
drawing g itl interest at par, ever since.
The Marion County Republican Con
vention, in Indiana, (Indianapolis, the
capital, is in Marion County,) has passed
very strong Resolutions, that the Five
twenties, and other such bonds, ought to bo
paid off in greenbacks. The Port Wayne,
(Ind.) Democrat —next to the Indianapo
lis Herald, the most influential Democratic
paper in that State, predicts that thé Re
publican State Convention of Indiana will
endorse the proposition that tho Bonds
shall have no other payment than that kind
of currency promised for them.
We reo iffinicnd tiro shoddy Bondholders
to look ou'. for the Locomotive when the
bell rings !— Freeman's Journal.
cemtrue
II
to
Roiibino tiie Mails. —Numerous com
plaints havo boo t made of the loss of let
ters, containing money and othor valuables,
at various offioes on the Eastern Shore,
and the poBt-office authorities notified.
We learn from the Somerset Ilcrcdd that
Mr. Wagner, post-office detective, has suc
cceded iu unearthing one of the rogues at
Jacksonville, Somerset County. The cul
prit is Goo. 4V. Ward, assistant post-mas
ter, about 19 years of age. There is no
doubt of his guilt, as the decoy letters were
found upon hinr when arrested. Tho
young man is respectably connected, resi
ding with his mother, and was te be mar
ried during the present week.
of
all
All
her
she
Negro Outrage in Mississirri.—In
Jasper County, on th ) 25th aud 26tb ults.
a squad of freedmen who were charged
with stealing hogs, waylaid a constable's
posse who were searohing for them with a
warrant for their arrest. An afliiry ensued,
aud two white men were killed, ono mor
tally wounded, and five others severely.
Only one negro was wounded and arrested*.
Several parties are searching for tho perpe
trators.
A gentleman in Hartford has dined on
roast crow, apd pronounces it equal to par
tridge.
A severe famine prevails in Tetuan and
Tangiere, Morocco.
-
the
two
ItCRIB Of &<*<
California is rapidly coming to the front
as the wheat-growing .State of tile Union.
Her wheat crop for 1867 footed up to over
twenty million bushels, and us it realized
dd.pcr bushel, it follows
iJfcl6U,(HMJ,0IJ0 better off
for it. Add to that the value of 4,000,
ÜU0 gallons of wine mid brandy, and an
almost incalculable fruit crop, and you
have some idea of the money realized by
the farmers of California last year. It is
estimated that this year 1,000,000
will be planted in wheat alone,
average of thirty bushels per acre—the
estimate is a low one for California—and
we shall have 80,000,000 bushels of
wheat. This pinces Cal i for nia in the front
rank of wheat producing Stales. Her
corn crop is of small account, and the bar
ley and oat crops will, perhaps, he less than
iu 1807, hut the uggregutc will he enor
mous and must materially affect the grain
market.
The Kansas papers state that several
cases of poisoning have occured in that
State from parties eating buckwheat flour,
in which the seeds of the "jimpson" weed
had been mixed and ground. The symp
toms are intenso thirst, followed by crying *
and laughing fits, in which the pupil of the
cyebecomes greatly dilated, and finally de
lirium sets in. No one lias yet died with
it, hut several persons havo been affected,
and in one case a whole family of four was
thus poisoned.
In 1804 a hill was passed by a Radical
Congress authorizing what was called tho
" loyal citizens" of the " rebellious States"
to form State governments. Iu the Senate
an nttempt was made to require those
States to adopt negro suffrage. It was de
feated, with only five votes in the affirma
tive. Now negro suffrage is the corner
stone of the Radical party, and ten States
ruled by the sword, iu order that it may
he forced upon white men iu the North.
The captain and two sailors of the
schooner Moses Waring, which foundered
on the 18th ult., were picked up at sea by
the bark Minnie Gordon and landed at Gi
bralter. They had been seven days with
out food and were obliged to resort to the
flesh of the mate who had died from
haustion. When they were picked up
they were in the last stage of starvation,
hut arc now rapidly recovering.
A Mr. Bingham, formerly postmaster at
Abbeville, South Carolina, hut who had
been made Deputy Collector for informa
tion lodged by him which led lb the seizure
of over eighty distilleries in Abbeville,
Hart and Elbert districts, was shot recent
ly through the shoulder by some pxtgm
who is said to have been hired by tliedis
lillcrs for this purpose.
The Gardiner (Maine) Journal says the
millmcn. and everybody else almost, are
wishing for a rain, for the drought is very
great. The lumber mills lire running
half the time on turns, and the paper mills
arc running only about half time. Many
of the wells and cisterns arc also dry.
Iu 8t. Louis a father was so utterly
destitute as to be obliged to carry his own
dead child, nneoflined, to the cemetery ;
hut being unprovided with a burial certifi
cate was compelled to carry the body hack
to the city, and thence again to the place
of burial.
Dr . A . G . Moore, of Baltimore,
shot by Mrs. Edward A. Pollard, on the
28th. Mrs. P called on the Dr. an intimate
friend of her hutdand, at the Maltby
House, to learn of liis whorcabonts, wheu a
difficulty arose, resulting in the shooting.
A very severe gale passed over England
on .Saturday last. It did considerable dam
age to property, both in Loudon and Liv
erpool. Many persons were struck and
seriously injured by falling timbers, and
several were killed outright.
Two hundred carriage makers in Port
land, Maine, struck work last week lie
cause the employers reduecd the rate of
wages twenty per-cent. The latter prefer
to suspend operations rather than carry
them on at the old rate.
fully $2 60 in jgi
that she is tu-di
acres
Give the
cx
A New York restaurant keeper îb mak
ing arrangements to serve liis customers
with horseflesh. He proposes to give them
{ ilain sirloin, ribs, fillet steak, mince and
lash, besides soup, which is to bo compos
ed of tlnvlegs of the animal.
The'mincral and marl lands in Greene
and Madison, Y a., havo attracted a North
ern purchaser, who desires to buy 100,
000 acres in the mineral region, and settle
a German colony there.
The latest advices from Panama
repre
sent that the revolution in Peru has been
suceeessful. The Dictator was compelled
to take refuge on board the United States
steamer Wyack, which suou afterwards
conveyed him to Chili.
During the suspension of navigation, a
line of stages is being nui from Easton
Talbot county to Greensboro. The com
pletion of tiie Maryland and Delaware road
will avoid ally necessity for tbis a year
Atom now.
Eighteen prisoners escaped from jail at
St." Joseph, Missouri, on Saturday last,
During tlm mdre the brother of the Sher
iff was killed and one of the prisoners
verely wounded.
Late despatches received at London from
Athens report that another battle has tak
en plaoe between the Turks and tiie Cre
tans, in which the latter we
The first Alaska'paper was published by«
the expedition sent by the Western Union
Telegraph Company, and was called the
Ksqnimuu'jr.
President Sulnave, ofHayti, avows his
intention of preventing, by force of arms,
the cession of the Bay of Samana to tho
United States.
The Louisiana Republican Convention
have nominated a white man for G overnor
of the Stat^, and a black man for Lieuten
ant Governor.
A Man in New Hampshire has given
$25,000 toward the establishment of
Methodist Thcqjkigieal Seminary in Gi
at
no
se
successful.
a
on
and
many.
A little hoy of Orleans county was much
astonished tho other day when he found his
father'« ducks frozen fast in a pond.
Douglassville, in Berks county, has a
storehouse whicli bears the inscription. " A.
D. 1716."
The King of Denmark has signed tho
treaty with thcJTnitod States for tho Bala
of the Danish West Indios.
Tho gold mine near Charleston, South
Carolina, is said to he yielding one thou
sand dollars per week.

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