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"J N." to the President!
A STIRRING LETTER FROM A
LIVE PU1L OSO I 'HER I
LIFTING THE VEIL OF TRUTH.
"RECOXCILLATIOX IS WHAT
IT ALL MEANS!
DOLI) U T TER A N CES FROM A N
INSPIRED S OI ~R CE!
A true enurse marked out for the Pres!
dent to follaxo if (he South urc rcron
Montgomery, Af.a., Feb. 22, 1873.
To His Excellency, President G rant:
Kin.. Friknd-:?Tbc pleading rc
(lection of tha sympathy showninewhen
I Inst met you nt 0 illoua, II!., in 1868
prompts tue to address yuu this note.
I sic by t he(associated press dispatches
hat jou have in coutctnplution a tuur
over the Southern States. Raring
traveled in the South for the last few
months and knowing the feelings of the
Southern people towards you in the
Phiei Executive oT this nation, I can
assure you tint a cord in I reception tiwait 1
\ou it lid tl.at your presence here will
h. ve ti beneficial effect towirdd roedtiui
ling the prejudices which h is been en
?endend duiitlg the war. 1 liave dur
i:ig my j re.-eiit tour, made a j?re it man,)
appointment* to address the- people of J
id- thja section ?>*i my principles of Truth
mid Reconciliation, but le bring that '
views which do jus'ice to the motives
and i atriotisui of the Southern people
must rvsi*t the general prejudice* of the
North I prefer to more fully explain tbc'n
there before I ask u full recognition bv
the Pnssid'tho South. T i Souih rn
people have truly been misunderstood in
the bite conflict and tliov cauuot bo re
eoncilfu whilst their true motives .re
spurned with con temp), their pat riot into
dirscgnrded and their gallant dead ie in
disbotici eil gloves. ' '
Tbvy accept, philosphicaUy, th ? si - u ?
lion in which the lui'tUUiCS of war b ive
placed thoni. and entertain no idvi cd'
coutetiding for what they sincerely !
thought was riuht. Thcv ha.'e beau I
lecuiisiruetcd from a basis of preju
dice, they should uow be reconciled by
the influence of Truth. Their views of
right must be held sacred, or a union of
feeling cannot be effected. The triumph
ol the Federal Army over the Con Coder
ute Army established un principal of
Truth. The soldiers" of both unities
were fighting for t? ashington's princi
ples, as pure pntriots with a total dis
regard of each other's Maud point. Hcnc
they will have to change stand points,
and come to the truthful conclusion
that they were both right, the w ly they
viewed it wrong. And on no otlmr ba-i>
can a reconciliation uow hu effected but
tbr of equal honor und glory meted out
to' Federal uud Confederate alike. Had
the Confederate army triumphed over the
Federal, (which would have been cer
tain bad they held the resources of the
latter,) the North would not have chang
ed uud would have thought any loaa of
their uoble deud, and you aud the gal
lant Comuuder of that army, would have
cotitendent for the sincerity of your
principles the same as the S nth do now
for their Lost Cause.
The act of secession placed you in the
Presidential chair; without it, you
would now be uu bumble eitisen in the
private walks of life. I sincerely trust
you will, in this hour of your triumph
and exultations, feel tuward the South
as the lamented 1'residont Lincoln did :
"with charity fur all ami malice for
Without scccssiou throe millions of
blacks Would now be slaves, ami by the
sanctiou of a government which neither
thought of their abolition oti philosophi
eal principles, that of purchase, but
held the union of the Stutos, with
slavery recognised as a constitutional
ri^ht paramount to their liborty Their
freedon was thus compromised, and
they have achieved it by the blood of
both armies, hence their sympathies
must be equal in respect to the dead who
fell as martyrs to a principle of a mis
understanding by which they became
free. I have tried for the last twelve
years to take a philo*op.iieal view of the
struggle, and I trust you will, be next
December, reoouimend such niensures tu
Congress that will secure the same
pension" to the Confederate soldiers as
is now awarded to the Pcdcarl, and as
Time nlono fully lifts the teil of pre
judice which bus enshrouded tbo South,
at the close of your second term as
Chief Executive of the Qntiou, I thiuk
it would be philanthropic for you to say
to the impoverished Southern people,
I you deserve pay or a portion, at le:>st,
if not all, of our slaves, which they
would uow held bad they listened to the
demands of the North. However great
this may resist the prejudices of the
Northern people at present, I truly
deem it a truthful nnJ unprejudiced
v-iew of the claims of the youth, and
stand ready to assume nil the rcsponsibi
lily ol prejudice which it may engender
by self martyrdom losing truth for
truth sake. No omi can imiinngiue
without seeing the poverty of a great
portion of the Southern people, truily
thousands once wealthy are uow penui
hss, and the kindness ami generosity o(
the great mass of the people of the
Southern States is only equaled by the
heroic fortitud^Tand energy which they
display in rebuilding their desolated
country luid waste by war, the battles
having mostly been f.'Ughl 0.5 Southern
soil. Thousands of old grey headed
men can here be seen, men nith tlicir
forms bending to the tomb, that could
once pomuiatid their thousand* of ddlars. .
with now scarcely the necessary mem*
for u M-nt.ty hubaihti no and in ibi*
struggle lor ewiiMilutionnl liberty it
should he letiiouib? red distinctly, ?hat
the South did only ndiat the North
would have done had they been similar
It appears in the providence of (lod
that jlhi? war was o be. It wan fortun
ate for a lew. nuifirtunttto for th tusauJs.
Among the former you can truly be
classed. ; he oi n of all, botli .Sorili
ami South, nhoul 1 now be to bscotUJ
rccoiieilod. J<et the past be buried in
ubKvitin, ard let disinterested truth be
the basis f 1 hi which all should now ;
ealmly roasoh. The South has been j
impoverished and the North enriched j
by thia war. Honor and patriotism is
kull the South have ;? ft, and ibis should '
he held sacred.
Trusting you will not postpone you
till tided visit, and that 1 will have the ,
plea: ure cd seeing you before I gn
North, 1 with p'ensure subscribe my sei I ;
your true friend tor the Cause of Truth
McCutclicoville, Wyondo Co , Ohio
To His Kxcclloucy, President Grant.
THE SACHEM'S SEC11ET.
'Begone you miserable little beggar,
and never dare to show your fuce here
again, or 1 will kick you out of doors.'
and Doctor Skinner rose, as if to put
his threat into execution.
The b ?y whom ho h id afldrossed re
treat d before the great, burly man,
though his black eyes flashed vindictive
fire?his little hau ls were oienched, his
dark fi.ee flushed, nud his whole manne
told plainly that he wanted the Strength,
and not the will to, --?'?liate. And
once out of the house of th j physician
ho threw himself down l\cu tth the tirs^
sheltering tree nud brooded over his
The Doctor roturned with an angry
face indoors, flung himself savagely in
his arm chair und gave passionate and
audiblo uttcrnueo to his thoughts : 'The
young scamp, to kjep coming here duy
after day. Something mint be done to
quiet his tongue, or at last it mny raise
a wnt>p's nest over my cars, and 1 stu II
not er-cape without a sting. He knows
too much, and lucky for 111c that hu is
only a child. Yes, something must be
doue; and the sooner the butter. Let
mo see. Ho bus no relatives to be in
quiring into the matter and if he should
fail to turn up some day, then will be
no hue and cry. Lot me seo. If bis
body was found 10 the river uo one
could say that ho had not been acci
dentally drowned, even if thoy took
sulLcieut iuterest for that, which is
doubtful. Then the law and its officers
are very lax ou I he frontier, aud?but
good heaven I 1 am thinking of mur
dor 1' aid he started at tho sound of the
word, although it wis uttered by his
own lips. But nerving himself from a
bottle that stood near, he continued : 'If
his father did die, nothing can be said
about it. Such things happen in the
practico of every one of my profession,
and if ho chose to loave mo bis hnir,
that was his own business. The fact is,
ihe brat wns sjways a curre to hfin, and
he will be to me, unless I can get him
out of the way. Let me sec.'
While he was pondering thus.tbe boy
was thinking of the same subject but in
a very different strain. Young as he
was he became satisfied at the death of
bis fnther that he had not beo* fairly
dealt with, liut could prove (futhing.
Doctor Monroe Skinner was the only
physician ol any note in thai putt of the
country. His word was law in all
questions of medicine, and it would
have been a bold muu indeed, who
would hnvc d ired to accuse him of mal
practice. Hut, had such a charge been
made, ! w could it have beon proven 1
There was no chemist to analyze tho
contents of the stomach of tUe dead
man ? no one sufficiently skilled in
poison to apply the proper tests, jpd the
standing uf the doctor would havo out
weighed a score of witnesses before tho
u icducnted juries common upon the
frontier at that tiiuo.
Hut the pour orphan boy bad his owa
opinion uf the mutter. He remetiiburud
the lust ami fatal sickness of his fathor
?bis last kind words?the leuderuess
with which he had always bi en. treated
and hu could not understand why he
should have lern loft a beggar.
Perhaps others thought the same, but
they were wise in not expressing it, and
making an enemy of the nabob of the
ft? utter tillige. They knew little of
the Ii na i sickness of John MauDiyg. He
lud died suddenly, with no one save his
only son and the physician, and the
account the latter had giren of it could
not well khc questioned. But he was a
rich man?that is, he was the owner tf
many aorci of wild laud that would
lapidly iiiercase in price, an.'.when it
was Jouud that hu had tvilUd Onfll to
MvftttN >knm^ll^iToT>t therr^feuVj
doubtfully. However, there were nouo
to look after the interests of or take the
part of ihu boy, ??d he drifted from
place to place, though often visiting the
doctor nml cudcuvcriug to obtain what
ho firmly believed was hid right.
But ngain and again he had \ ecu re l
pulsu.d, even i lough the phyriciati mudc
a great sli.iw oft coder uu<s <o h:ui in .
public, Inlkiiig luudiy of what he in
truded lo do, and never duiug it j pro ',
I'cs. '.ng to pity a..d at thi same tiuio ,
cuvsing?jluyiug the saint and liriug
the siuuur?vaunting his liberality and
keeping his pockets closed, and at last
resolving to remove the boy from bis
path, though shuddering at even the
name minder like one who had already
tasted of the bloody cup.
If he had done so it could never be j
proved upon earth?oo, uot until h:s
trembling sou] awaited judgment before
a higher tubunsl.
j Rising from his chair?taking
another draught of his favorite pre
scription (for himself !j?Monroe Skin
ner walked to the window and grew still
moie uugry, as his eyes rested upon the j
pallid face of the boy, who was still
ly ing at a little distance, with his head |
resting agninst the trunk of a tree.
Repeating his favorite expression, he
retreated beyond the eyes of the boy,
that even ippeartJ to him to be reudiu^
his guilty soul, communed with himself
for a long time, and theu finding th it
John Muuning (he bore the same name
as his dead father) had dtsappea ed, he
started forth, mounted his linr.se, and
rode out of town, fcwuh his customary j
dignified bearing und not to be read
face, when he choose to euueeal his
But 'it nns no patient thut had ? all d
him from his comfoitablo office, as soon
became apparent; for, turning aside
from the vicinity of the sparse settle
ments, he struck into a wooded path,
ami went on until he reached a little
group of wigwams of the Indians otic of
whom?a sachem, by the caglo plumes
twined with his scalp lock?he familiarly
addressed and motioned aside, so thut he
could converse with him unheard.
'The medicine of the pile faces wnnt
more of the root (h it grows in the deep
swamps?'said the Indian questioning
'Yss, though not to-day. You koow
the boy thut is constantly following and
tensing tne. I want you to take him
out of uiy sight. Do you under
?Yes!' and the savage drew his scalp
ing knife from his belt sufficiently to
show the shinning blade and the keen
?No, no! Not in that mar mr,' wan
the hurried answer.
?Then the trail is dark The pale
i medicine mast clear it so that the red
man ? an see.
? 'Your^people are soon goio'.; off on
your annual buffalo bunt, I presume.'
The Indian bowed in affirmation,
crossed bis arms upon bis breast, stood
like a browed stature and waited to hoar
what more would be said.
Could you not taks the boy with yon?
I don't t>eo any difficulty in it, and w II,
you need not bring him back again?
can mauage to trade liirr off with some
distant tribe I tfelievo you often do
such things with your captives.'
'The light is beginning to break upon
tho trail,' replied tho Indian though
scarcely moveing a muscle yf his face.
'That's well. , Now we understand
each other. When, will you break jour
'When the ninon is dark again.'
'Let mo see, That will be in about
two woeks. Well, I suppose 1 shall
have to get along with tho troublesome
brut somehow until that time.'
'The warriors and hunters go first
very soon, and thu squaws aud papooses
'Ah! I low soon ?'
'All are ready but mo.'
'Whut keeps yon?'
'The rest are mounted. My pony died
last uight. Tho trail is very long, and
my moccasins would wear out ond my
feet become sore should 1 seek to keep
up with tliom. And he turned his eyes
to where the burse of the physician was
standing. 'Yes, yes, I see. If I give
y?u the horse, you will take caro that
the boy pesters me no more?that he
'The word of Big Elk has never been
broken. His tongue never lies. I).?es
the j' tie medicine not know this?and he
looked it? ^ manner that would have
Funde ri dcnlai ?imir?li> t dangerous.
'Yes, you have dealt ?quare!y with me.
I own, and if you still continue to do so.
will not be the lo*er. You mnt the
horse?be it a gojd ope au I will carry
you I'aM r.u? f-r?an 1 I want to bj clear
of the boy. That* n fair trade. So if
I happen to fi/.d tho .'table eUjor .open
and .the atae 1 g uo 1 shall a-.k u > ques
tions Jlul when shall the matter b:
'Tho pale ?.rill go on fo.it wli.-o tb
sun fcbiucs ag.iiu, or get u'iotlur h ir-e,
replied the ludiuu, permitting the steru
liues about bin mouth to relax into some
thing like a smile.
?To-uioirow ? So soon ? W'hyf bow
you, do iump at conclusions. No matter.
It shall be as you wish, and the fuel is,
that the thing shall be done quietly,
without noise, or coming to the knowl
edge of auy one.'
'The footstep* of Maple Leaf are soft
as the tailing of a a now Hake.'
'What has ) our daughter to do with
'The boy of the palo faces nnd the
child of the rod men arc friends. Sim
will lure him into tho forest aud none
of bis pc iple shall know that ho has
'A capital plan. Yo.i well deserve
your reputation fur wisdom; Big
'Is there anything, askcil the Indian,
entirely ignoring tho compliment, 'the
pale medicine would Itko to have from
the country where the gr ?und trembles
as tho herds; of buffalo pass ov?r
'I don't know. Let me Ree?'
'He who cures the sick of his people
lo\c to study (he nature ofserpeuts uud
test their potsious,'
'So I do. Aro there any different
oues where you arc going fiotu what we
havo about here!,
'Seme. Hut the rattlesnakes of the
mountains are as kings to those that
live in the prairie.'
'That I have heard. Yes bring me
the largest you can find. Mind, how.
ever that you knock its teeth ouu'
*lt shall be so harmless that a papoose
couH play with it in safety.
'That settles the matter. Mind you
make sure that the boy don't come buck
aud when you return I'll fiud moans to
further satisfy you for all your trouble
With a few words more tho physician
departed fully satisfied with the result
of his mission, except that he bagrodged
the valuable horse he had beeu
forced to yart with, uut daring to ques
tion the terms sa plaiuly implied by his
The Indian watcbod ui til he had
entirely disappeared and theo sought
hia daughter and whispered a few words
in her ear. To hear a command was to
ebey; and that afternoon the obhoxioue
boy was tempted to the forest?tempt,d
to pass the night there and to join ?be
Indians upoo their distant journey.
Abused and homeless as he was, this
did not prove a difficult task, especially
with the prospect of a great buffalo
bunt bofore him.
Provided with a peny by the Indian,
and constantly influenced by tho young
squaw, he came to lose, in a great de
gree, bia reroetrberance of wrongs and
bis love for civilised life ; and after
wandering with the tribe Tor several
years, was adopted into it?adopted
i heir manners and- customs and dress,
and, when di?gutsed by paint it Would
hove been very difficult to tell the real
from the counterfeit. This his natuarally
swarthy complexion and black eyes and
hair favored, and still the more so as he
invariably used the language of tha red
But the chauoos had been as a thou
sand to one against such a consumma.
tion. It had been the intention of Big
Elk to carry out his contract to the let
ter, and be would have done so had the
boy not displayed great bravery and
conning?bad not been tho means of
saving his life, and had be not boon
awayel fur more tha a he would have
been willing to acknowledge by bia
Of what had become of the detested
boy, Dr. Skinner never knew. The
wily Indian effectually blinded his eyes
when he visited, and as years passed
even permitted the physician to sea htm
(among others of his age,) and rejoiced
when be found that his disguise was uot
penetrated. Yes the counterfeit.Indian
knew him well enough, and all the old
hatred awoke within his bosom, was
in'eusified by the life ha had led and it
was lucky that the opportunity of re
venge did not orTer. And yet it wan
coming?was very near. When Big
Elk returned from one of his annual
v:s;tfl to the physician, his brow was
clou led and bis heart filled with anger.
11? bad*brcn Coldly* received, brutally
treated biiden to be gone for a miser
able, thieving Indian d ig, when he
hinted thai he should receive a proecut
as h .d ulways be mi the custom) for
removing the boy out of the way of the
great man. That be, a Sachem Or his
tribe, should be spoken to in this man
ner, rankled within his soul, aud he
pondered long upuu the course
he should follow.
11c saw clearly that the physician
would hare nothing more to do wilb
him. He had become very rich?tht
power ot the red man had been steadily
tailing?the great white ouo could
trample him under his feet like dust,
and there would be uouc to forbid.
Ever,)thing was fur the one aud against
.the other, aud Big Elk knew it would
not at.m\ < r for him to attempt any Open
revenge. Such a thing, however, was
foreign to bis nature. Like all of his
race, he loved to lie iu ambush until he
could crush his enemy without danger
For many hours be bitterly brooded
over the iusults be had roceived, then
sought Jubn Mauuiug (who bad grown
to the stature aud almost years of u
man,) took him beyond the bearing of
all and poured venom into bis ears, aud
awoke again, iu all ibe pristina fresh
ue?s the devilish fire that hud ioug
slumbered within bis breast.
'My son,' said the Suchern, speaking
?fter the mauner of the elders of this
race, 'have you forgotten the home of
your childhood, aud he who drove you
from it as the fierce wolle drives the
'Never !' was the curt reply.
'Then listen to me. The pale medi
cine bribed me to lure you away, that
you might no louger trouble him with
[ 'For my right I*
'Aye, 1 did so, and you have grown
into my heart like a son.'
The boy shook with anger, and as the
Sachem paused, he laid his hand in a
meaning manner upon bis hatchet, and
'No. Let your ears be open?your
besrt soft as the soil of tha prairie in
tha Spring time to receive, and hard a
it is in Winter to retain. He of whoso
wo are speaking loves to study the ser
pents that most men dread and shun
In a little box in tha room where ha
' keeps his medicines hs has those I have
-.......-? -? - ?
bronght bim e-? t?'~ T?illjliPj
handles thom as fearlessly and safelya*
ho could the s?Bglcss fishing worm. He
knows that?and the I udian dropped kin
voice into ' a whisper and finished Mb
aedteWBrs W 'lZ ti*oJ trnrntM
The boy ' " rT llt*^ IM a
been revealed to hitn, and^ jcj^kf^b*,
the usually steam lines about bis Wfljfc
?stern, fur the sorrows of hmfMB
youth and the habits of reticence WIM
inbihed mads him much morenv .Sanaa?*
wis usually the ease with one ofhfta^Pnii
'I will go,'he said at length. 'It will
not bring back, to me the broad lands %
know belong to me, but it will give me?*
'Revenge !' interrupted the India*,
breathing the word that was most den? to
his savage heart. ' atnt^ sjtfg*
Their consultation was continued ?t?
some time. Then they MP*rM<f4ttW??
the boy stole away from the encampment
and. hastened towards thevillVgw, grown
so now that he fouid scarcely fiodfnWK^ *
to the place he sought amid the iMMpes
houses. Bot he Bid so fiataaV (fetf?
abode of Monroe Skinner, watebedj, fcs&g
opportunity, aud, creeping within tibn. .
offico, deposited an open resicl of Water
behind the branches of feathery
asparagus that decorated the fir'e^jplnfln***
Then like a shadow he agaia depenleaVa
and no one kucw eitb.T of kit ejsAgjajt
or going, mfc?
'The next morning Doctor Skinner
i i ? i ? n a
was busy as usual in his afuce-??vett
more so. Ho had a professional friend
visiting him from trfcfBasl ^teiiPw^e^a^
he had not seen sinee they we&veApfeJk
cuts together?aud was showing bJsj||fljoj|t
curiosities he had collected, proudly t#
he bad done his iandcJ property ekfjp
'By the way,' said he, niter tfctfa***
rcy oi the room was finished. eVFjto$
take any interest in serpents ? I law**
some rare speeimeus that I have coileef
ed from time to time, and amnn?|ijnm^
the largi?t rattlesnake I ever aa?. Nay,
you need not start ; there is not the
slightest danger. I hatte handled ?Ppp**
for years without the ebanee ef beengt
poisoned, knowing what I do/ hm?
lie opened the box in which theT
were confined, dragged them fortk, and
in a moment the ugly monsters were
wriggling about the floor.*1*''
'This",'" he continue 1/ tattn; 'wf3<laa*|
largest, 'is King. An Indian btof^e%zt
it to me from the. Rooky Mounteiat/
'Be caraful,' was the reply pfjkjf^
ftiend, who shuddered and drew ayweg_t
at the sight- 'It is ncvor safe to handle
such things.' U *****
?O, pshaw! I have done no nit*!,
sand times,' and he con tinned tertjMeeW^
ing it for a time. Thon his attention
was called to other matters, lie pat it .
down, aud it crawled swiftly away tri
j on its companion behind the bushee itt
the chimney? the Doctor muttering
that it waa a favorite place witk*eaVMe4
when at large. lenvtjs*
The conversation flowed on with the
oldeu times fur a theme, and the ser
pent was forgotten until a paitcnt de
mauded the presence of Doctor Sktnntnv*
Then ho looked ab->nt hitn and foptfl
them oiled upon the floor. Ou? ?Jtejj?,
another he took up and threw them into
their box, and receiving a bite lfrofj _
several aud especially the largest. But'
he ouly laughed at the fears of his com
"Their bite is harmless,' he sspi 'I
have tested it again and again, No ser
pent oan?O heaven! bow oavme,.lhi0g
there?' sod be pointed to a little stre?s>
of water that trickled from the fire-place
?dashed thither, tore away the boihewY
discovered the vessel the boy had fine*
ed thore, aud sinking upon the floor ox
'Groat God! I am lost!'
An hour later he was a bloated dis
figured horrid corpse. From many"
wounds the poison had spread witer*
startling rapidity, and every effort t?
save him was in vain. Too very thing
he had most guarded agajnst hftd^hM*,
his death. He had learned that serpents
cannot produce poison unless they have
aooess to water?that kept front it, they
are entirely safe. | -: <q *dt sneeu
That was the uecect ? thai had been,
whispered by the aogrey Sachem and
the wronged boy bad made use of it for
a terrible revenge.
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