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WHY! ,
TLo pyramids i. c, the three which
monopolize the name (for some sixty or sev
enty more of inferior size exist in Lower
Eypt) stand in a, diagonal line from
northeast to, southwest; with', the sides of
each facjng the four cardinal' points. The
northern is the iargest, and usually called
the first, though some conceivo the second,
or middle one," to be in truth, the .oldest.
These two differ in fcizc and construction,
covering .over,, some twelve acres of, ground,
and rising to a. height of four hundred and
fifty feett Tbey.are now-tbo only surviving
remnants of1 the ftirridu.3 Seven -Wonders' of
the World, and arc without doubt the old
est as. we) a"s the largest edifices" extant.
ThVthird is but half tlreir size, but df su
perior construciion. All three, as Herodo
tus was informed, were executed by the
kings whose names they bore, for their own
sepulchres : tho first by Cheops, who reign
cd -fifty years, (be second by his brother
Osphretics, who reigned G fry -six years, and
the third by Myceriuus, son of Cheops.
The ."were faced with slabs of stone careful
ly formed, and presenting a smooth inac
CtAsible f-urface from top to bottom. There
ks:j inscription on the side of the first
pyramid, finm which llerodotus's guide
lead .to him that sixteen hundred (talents of
ilver had been expended in buying radish-"J-Vonion,
and garlic for the workmen.
No other writing-is mentioned, and this
has long miicc disappeared with the casing
f tones, which the Arabs b.ripped off the
iycuir.iids to use i; building their city of
Miisrcl Gnhireh (31israxu the Victorious),
by uubel'urers ignorantly called Cairo.
llarodotualearut thatrthi3 etone;was brought
from the Nile, and drawn by a causeway
erected for the purpose from tho river to
the end of the desert. This causeway,
winch took ten years in building, and was
formed of polished stones, scuptured with
animals, was, in his opinion, a work little
inferior to the pyramid itself.
What say the' pyramids themselves?
Fir.t, they affirm themselves to bo tombs
and temples. Sepulchral vaults have been
discovered under each, but there is no trace
of any religious uses whatever. The vaults,
howevdr, have no communications and
never jcould have any with the Nile, being
all considerably above the level. Hence,
the story, of Chcop tind his insulated tomb
only prove tnat tho priests were not ac
quainted with the intcjipr of the pyramids.
AJt jfhat time they were -first opened, we
know not, apparently not till after Herodo
tU4Si visit, perhaps before Strata's, wbo
mentions the entrance into the-Jarger one
covefed by a , movable stone. They were
probabjy violated by the Persians, and cer
tainly ,by .the Arabian caliphs of the seventh
century. Hence the absence of a body, or
iijy traces of one, in the larger pyramids,
doe n,(?t amount to a corroboration of the
legeqd that the founders were never buried
there. Though the vault -is empty, the
Great Pyramid contains what Herodotus
nor Dlouorus ever expected, a' chamber
indeed two in the heart of the superstruc
ture j and in one of these, called the King's
Chamber, a" plain 'granite 'Sarcophagus still
remains., . - i- "
y4ikau bovoted tfaatUftWho chambers
and vaults are secured by portcullises of
stone, with .every ,precaut.ion, against dis
tujbancc, o-j subsequent entry. r
-Another point to be noted is, that ,the
vaults are-.cntered by sloping passages open-iog-bigh
in the northern face of each pyra
mid, and running at about the same angle'
straight jiifoRljfe tjcjrelsj oAthe; earth. In
thejlreatPyranrid the .passage, is upwards
of-Tbree" hundred (cot kmg, -jIoA so exactly
straight that the sky is, visible from the
lower end. - Itaogje .gfiin tUc horizon is
26;S1, which,"accordingf to a" calculation
made by Sir John Herschel, would have
pointed- 4000 years ago to the 'star a in the
constellation of Draco, chic7C was then the
north star. This fact has been, called to
assist in determining the data of the stroc-
tuxc AtjilLq vents, wLeaoupled with tfae
xi"cinTjJ,a"cement 'of-iBtrsievit proves
that some astronomical . considerations were
in view, "though the pyramids were hardly
suited for observatories.
Baron Bunscn insists- oo idolatry' being
ccxffrwitb the language and nationality ot
Ept, and. vill fallowpf jio Bucb.changes
in JLhcieligionr iaonaxchy through airWs
--.- -1
flight will find in 'the pyramids themselves,
the clearest .evidence, of at "least an entire
revolution." Not only 'are the manifestly
different in character from all other1 'm'onu-
ments.but the very tradition of thelrl
tradition of their origin, wis lost 1 The idol
priests knew nothing about them. ' Their
founders were impious' accursed men', .who
ciosea , me tempies rniution, me ouep-,
herd, and eo forth. What does this mean
but' that they were men of another religion,
who lived before the temples' were7 built?
The Pyramid were like Stohehenge-rdlics
of a former .state" of society, which had no
succession among those who talked so igno
rantly. " , ' ., r i'
Of the numerous smaller pyramids, still
less is known than of tho famous three;
et around tho apices of the hoary struc
tures Baron Bunscn persuades himself that
ho has woven, so as never to bo removed,
a history to thiseffect : - n, ',' -
Man wis created in tho year B.C. 10,752,
when everything North' of the Alps was an
open sea, the Ural mountains standing up
as an island, and Brittania not having yet
arisen from out the azure main.'
The case is simply this1: We may con
jecture the oldest pyramid-to be of the age
of Abraham, say 2100 B. C; any earlier
date, is worthy only of the "Arabian
Night." The strongest grounds, moreover,
of this 'conjecture, are' cut away b'y the
Egyptologists, when they reject theaslro
nomical indications and dony a pre idola
trous origin. If the absence of sculpture
can be reconciled with the contemporaneous
idolatry, and. Chufus is to be connected
with the tombs of Ghizeh andBenibassanj
the argument becomes very strong for a
much later date. There is no trace of an
idolatrous building in Lower Egypt before
the Thebian -Amosis, who, according to; an
inscription yet remaining in the quarry,
built tho temple of Phthah at Memphis, in
the 22d year of his reign. The Egyptolo
gists choose to consider this a re-building
after the Shepherd desolation : but the
Shepherds are a myth, unknown to the
monuments as to the Bible and Herodotus.
Then, too, tho argument for unity of design
comes seriously into play"; only, instead of
carrying the sphinx back to Cheops, it
will Cheops down to the Sphinx. The
monster is unquestionably of Theban' origin,
and was probably constructed in the early
part of the eighteenth dynasty as a monu
ment to the new monarchy. In that case
the second pyramid may be the oldest, (as
Bunscn thinks) and Ainasis may be Sbafra
or Cbabryis, its founder. Chufu and Men
chcrcs may be successors or colleagues, and
Nitocrls may bo the regeut sister of Tho'th
ines III, whom Wilkinson calls AmUnncit
gori, and Lopsius, Numt Amen. For our
selves we incline to the queen of Psammet
icus as at least the second founder of the
third (or. rosy-faced) pyramid, and if one
was rebuilt in this acre of archaic restora
tion, why not the others also? Taking
this, the latest date, the pyramids will still
be tho oldest monuments in existence, and
the last of the seven wonders of the world.
Surely we may be content with so marvel
lous an antiquity, without following the
Prussian enthusiasts in their attempts to
out-Mantheo Mantheo. As a question of
critical evidence, there is absolutely nothing
in their speculations to deteranne, one way
or the' other, the problems that were inso
luble to' Herodotus. One' or two interest
ing coincidents between the. names in
Egyptian legend and the interpretation
from the monuments (genuine or fictitious)
is the utmost yet attained to. To set up
these scraps and guesses against the author
ity of such a history as the book of Gene
sis is, from a purely literary psint of view,
simply ridiculous.- To place them against
tho authenticity and inspiration of the
Mosaic writings, attested in the New Tes
tament even more strongly than in the Old
is an' offence to our cdmtuon Christianity
For hard lying' the following oan't be
beat. A correspondent wbo lives in New
Hampshire, states that in those parts re
sides a man called Joe, a fellow noted for
the tough iies be can tell, and as a. sample,
relates the following:
Joe called at Holton's one day, and
found him almost choked with smoke, whea
he suggested : ,.
" You don't know as mach .about man
aging smoky chimneys:ss Iidcy squire, or
you'd cure 'em."
"Ah," said Holton, with interest, ";did
yo ever see. a smoky chimney cured ?"
" Seen a Emoky chimney cured 1"- aajd
old Joe. "IUiipk I, have! Ihadlhe
worst one in seaboard county once, .and I
cured it a-little too much."'
"How was that,?" asked. Holton.
" Why you see," said -Joe, " joa see I
bailt a little house qnt.yonderat "Wotf
Hollow,, tea or' twelve, years, ago.;, Jjiai
Bush, the fellow tbat built', the (caimney
kept blind drunk three qnartersof the time,
and crazy drunk the other. 1 told him that
"he would have something wrong hot, he
stncK to it and finished tbe boose Well,
we moved in, and Wilt a fire thanext aiora;
ing to boil the tea-kettle. All "the smoke
- .v-t. t. r it J'.- i.t..
worse and worse. By-and-bv it cama ba to
rain, and the rahrtegalTto come down tbe
ehimnby. It pot tlja-lira- eat in a aiaota,
and directly it came down by the pailfbjL
romantic periods'. But'inauirie?of,a I6wer
cstuo luiuujjuiuq iwui iqq went Out QI IUB
windows; not a bit went up the flue. v yfe
tried it for two or tbree, days, and it
We bad to get the baby of the floor as 8660
we could'or it'woald have been drowned.
In fifteen ininutes the water stood knee
deeri dh5'the!I'n,oor. " Then' I went' out'tred
took a Took. - It J didn't rain half so hartta"isMi:h n tried" it .again, though rather
outside and! I pretty soon see-whsfwasthe
matter. The drunken cuss had put tbe
chimney wrong end up, and it drawed down
wards ;" it gathered 'all -the rain wribinra'
hundred'ryardfl,"and "poaredit down hy the
bucketrull.'q-' - t
" Weil, that was unfortunate," remarked
Holton. " But what in the world did you
do with the house-? Surely you never
cured that chimney ? '
" Didn'i I," 'though V answered old Joe.
"Yes I did."'' "- ' ' v
How P asked Holton. f
"Turned the other end up," said the in
corrigible," ' and then 'yon ought to have
seen it 'draw. " That was the way I cured it
toa much V' " " .
" Drew too much?" asked Holton.
" Well, squire, yow may judge for your
self," said-old Joe.' " Pretty soon after we
got the chimney down and the other end
up, I missed oue'of the chairs out of tfae
room, and directly L see another of 'em
shooting towards the fire-place. Next the
table went, and I seen the back log going
up. Then I grabbed the old woman under,
one i arm and the baby under ,'tothcr, and
started; -but ju9t as I, got to the door, 1
seen, a cat goiog across thefloor,.backwardsf
holding on with her claws to tbe carpet,
yelling awfully. t It wasn't no uec. I just,
seen her going over the top of the chimney,
and that, was the. last of her." ,
' " WJl, what did yon do then ?" asked
Holton. " Of course you couldn't live in
such a house ?' . . ' -
"Couldn't I, though?'; said Joe; "but
I did. I put a poultice on ,the jam of the
fire-place, and that drawed t'other way ; so
we had no more trouble."
Boswell, tbe inimitable correspondent' of
tbe Bloomington JrantagrapK. gets off the
following :
"Borne maliciously disposed person has
circulated the report tbat I failed in my ex
amination for a commission in the Corps do
Afriqoc. fortunately I kept a copy of the
record of examination; and I now give it to.
you, verbatim tt al, that all the world may
seo and be satisfied : ' :
Col. Dicight, Examiner What is the
position of a soldier ? - i
itos. About the same as that of a deck
hand on a steamboat, r
Col. How doyou form a company ?
Bos. Get out big hand bills, offering
$13 a month, $100 bounty, $25 down, one
month's pay in advance, and S2 premium
Say something about our glorious country,
free institutions, and the Fourth of July,
and you will soon have your company
Col. When you have formed your com
pany, what do you do then ?
Bos. Wear shoulder straps, and draw
129 per month.
, Col. How do you instruct your men to
mark time ?
lios. By cutting a notch in a stick for
each day two notches for buaday.
Col.Ahet Barking time, -what comes
next ? ,
Bos. March.' . . - .
Col. What next after march ? '
Bos. April. ' "
Col How do you open ranks 7 j
Bos. Fire a caanon ball into them;.
Col. Who are tbe highest military offi
cers? ifew. Generals. " 1
Co. Why are they called generals ? ..
Bos. Because they are: nobody in par
ticular. Col Very.welL What education have
yoa had ? . What branches are .you conver
sant with ? ; . f i. . . . . .
Bos Beech branches, mostly, as I lived
ia Indiana during aiy school days.
Col. Do you consider yourself capable
to instruct' and teach a company of Ameri
can citizens of African descent?
I think, sir, I can teach tbe young .idea
how to shoot.
- Col. What would be yoa principal aim
and end in such instructions.?!
2fot:My principal aim would, be at tbe
rebels the end, the eadof tbe war. .
The examination closed here, and the
Colonel's cupboard opened, and .we took the
oath together. I then took my hat .and my
leaVe. ,, "
One afteTBoon'I seated myself on a little
knoll in the woods to smoke and reauvfjfor
I always had a boo or newspaper with me,)
and had been1 enjoying myeeir tor- same,
time when 'I espied a' copperhead making
for a hole withia tea feet of where I set;
Of cowrse 1 threw down my book: and cigar,1
ari proceeded to'trj'atiew experiment.'
il At soon as 1 strrrea,'ine rmsoai maao a
grand rush for the hole;- but I caught his
tail, as he got' nearly ia, and Jerked him
8ometwentje feet "-baclrwafi. " He 4hrew
himself into! a coil in no time, aad waited
for pe to pitch iu. But I concluded to let
blmtry the hole ',gam. f Afkar'a while, he
coUjtimaelftpj Us, nil kapigttj qaiet
h raJarad:aoUd,i.afaftwaa
Ajai iJerWhim at4,li,oott;U
swth.jrofnd than be ade7ano.iher
grand rush for the. hob, in. a straight .line
for ay legs I But. tbat didn't- work, for I
got ovt'of the way-a4 gava hint aaother
flirt:' l ' ', k-',-1 . ; -
" j'Thia time "hVTay' still awhile, appearing
iu,eueofc(Qa m,cimrau uuo oa. vuer
slowly; tAfter felting his head a little: way.
in, facP shopped, and wiggled his tail as if
on barbosef for vae to crib' It. I' did' so ;
anil quicker than flash jie d,rew his head j
put aau cava wuaia aooa; a qaarxer ox. an
inch of striking me ia ihe iscei . However,
x jerxea'nim-qniie a aisiaace,1 ana r-esoivea
'ti lpMk',1'ouis!tVe next lime. Well, he tried
thVsaaVganje again, bu( it wouldn't work;
I wa,too quick for him.
This time he-lay ia a coil perhaps without
stirring'. r At last, however, he tried it once
more ,4He advanced' to within five feet of
the hole very slowly, coiled again, andtben,
by Heavens ! he got the start of me by one
df the cutest tricks. y on ever heard of. ,
" If ow was it ?" we all exclaimed in a
breath. J " .' ' - ;
" Why," safd 'the. narrator; 'sinking' his
oTce'to the acme of solemnity,' and looking
as honest and sober as a man could look,
"why, he jaiftarbed "'tis 'head toward my
bind, and Kent down that hole tail first!
I saw the rascal's eyes twinkle as he .did It,
too,' as .much as to sayr ( What doihiuk of
that, eh?' and.sinca then I ,havs, believed
that snakes have souls."
. ,rt - , ,
Says an exchange: Tbe invariable argu
ment of slaveholders) when urged to eman
cipate their slaves is, " They arc' unfit for
freedom, Wd' would -ridt know bow to take
care of themselves. They are better off 'in
slavery than if set free' Many of the
Northern States have similar feelings, but
the'fpllowjng incident from tbe experience
of Dr. Nelson, ibe distinguished author of
tbe "Cause and Cure of Infidelity,' is in
structive on this point
Although himself a slaveholder for many
years, he could not feel that slavery was
right, and when tbe colonization scheme
was started,. he entered heartily into it,
poping it would do away with tbe evil en
tirely ; but soon satisfied it would never do
that for his country, he turned his attention
to thoduty of " immediafo emancipation";
and after long and prayerful consideration
of the subject, he consulted his wife about
the matter, and' they decided to set their
negroes freo at once. So calling them
together, he told them of his convictions of
the sin of slavery, and that ho had decided
to givo tbem free pipers, -lbeir joy wns
unbounded, and he' was overwhelmed with
their vociferous' exclamations of." Tank you,
tuassa 1" w . , , c ' '
Old Lake," as he was called, was a very
stupid, carele.irf, indolent feliow, wbo seldom
diil any thing right, even when he was
told. If feent to tbe barn to feed the horse,
he was sure to leave the measure where the
horse would, kick it over, and everything
he uudertook seemed to go wrong. So Dr.
Nelson and his-wife conscientiously conclu
ded tbat it would not'bc right to 6et Iaac
adrift, for he never could take care of him
self, and would be in danger of starving.
Soon after, the doctor began to reason
with bis neighbors on tbe sin of slavehold
ing and the duty of emancipation, appealing
to his own examples evidence ot his sin
cerity. They replied tbat he bad not lib
erated, all, as Isaac was still a slave.
Dr. Nelson said it was very true, and
that for .conscientious reasons he did not,
think it would be right to turn off such a
stupid, fellow, and he retained him out of
pity for mm.
" Tbat is jaat the case .with our negroes,
they replied. "They cannot take care of
themaelvcsfO we keep them for. theirowa
good.'.' - 9 - -
Dr. Nelsoa was in a qaandary. " He.saw
that he must liberate Isaac at all events, if
he would have any influence with others in
the matter? Soke went -to him as be sat
in the kitchen one dayy'witbthe same1
leaden Jpok upen his face seeming more
asleep than .awake., " Isaac," saidDr.' N.
- YeSj.massa''' drawled Isaac.
" I have been thinking of giving yon
free .papers," (Isaac looked up, wondering
ly.) ",But lant afraid if X do you will
suffer," (Isaac opened bis eyes wider than
before.) " I'doo?t think you can take 'care
of yourself; I have-no idea you can."
(Isaac looked anxious.) "But I have made
op my' ntind llS set your free. "
- "Obj taok you, tank you, massa !" ,
f-And, Isaac, if youevcr get hungry,
just remember there is enough to eat in
my kitchen, and come and neip yourseti.
, Isaac nojspdber realized, that .bis master
wMio'eafaest than his face.. .lighted up,
aad ha barst oat, "Ob, took you,. tank
yoa, masaa ! Freedom is de sweetest ting
in the world, massa !'
. He. took his papers 'and left, and for' some
months Dr; 'Nelson heard adtbing of him.
But one day, as he 'was traveling, he saw
some ,one approacniog on Dorseoac&v ap
hBreSp'seart$e '"ivory " began to shine,
e eyea rolled-about in rather an unusual
manner, and who should the stranger, be
bjiOlaaafttOt tha alavebat Isaac
tita freeman, inl.new sait of clothea, and
with a feee akiawertapid, Ut fall of tie
eoMciMmaasmv -portaoa, aad hap pi
leas of Ita w Hft-! He! waa' imittttef
to&mtflfahbM&vtot' '. - r'
-rv" '- tiasia' lie
wMa0oiterl rtrecteeV & ,fr 3$
i J- 4 V
" But what hare you been doing, I?aac?"
" Ob, me been to work ; me got forty
delists in me pocket ; me own dis brack
ponyrteli what 'tis, freedom isde sweetest
tibgin de "world, massa!"
And Dr. Nelsoasaid" he never afterward
doubted that any slaves with the motives of
freedom to inspire, tbem to work, could
" take care of themselves." .
' Did you ever bear the story of Amos and
the nails? There wasonce a bad boy,
whose name was Amos. His father was a
very good man, and' was grieved and trou
bled at7 bis son's wickedness. He tried in
vain to'coovinco bim of his sin, and induce
tiim to do better. One day bis father said
to him':
' " Amos, here is a hammer and a keg of
nails. I wish you,""ecrytime you do a
wrong thing; to drive one of these nails
into this post."
1 ' Wellj'father, Iwill;" said Amos.
'After a- while Amos came to his father,
and said :
" I have used all the nails ; the keg is
empty ; come and sec."
I His father went -to the spot, and found
the postf black, with nails.
"Ob,! Amos,, bow sad 4bis is to think
of! Why will,you not try to turn about,
and be a good boy ?"
Amos 8tood,t-thoughtfully for a few min
utes and said" Father, I'll try, I know I
baveheen very bad.. Now I mean to pray
God to help mo do better."
"Very well," said his father; "now
take the hammer and every time you do a
good act, or resist a wrong one, draw out a
nail, and put it in the keg again."
. After a'while the boy came to his father,
and said : "Oome, father, -and see the nails
in the keg again. I' have pulled out a nnil
for every good act, and now the keg is full
" I am glad to see it, my son," said his
father, l but see, ihe marJcs of the nails
So with every wicked deed ; it leaves its
mark as the wages of sin. Ah i how care
ful we should be' to avoid sin.
Some" -people never begin, but always
"commence."' They don't live, but "reside."
They don't go to bed, but mysteriously "re
tire." They dont give, but "donate."
They don't eat or drink, but " partake of
refreshments." They are never sick, but
often " extremely indisposed," and instead
of dying at last; they " decease." These
words are of course occasionally appropri
ate and almost imitspensible to prevent rep
etition, but when they are used in prefer
ence to their less pretentious synonyms
simply because they are longer, they be
come intensely disagreeable to tbe refined
ear. "A little fun has been indulged in at
the expense of this weakness of persons
ambitious to'appear learned. " Go to thun
der," it is said, is now rendered, " Take
your departure to the abode of the reveher
ating echoes of heaven's artillery." " You
cannot make a purse out of a sow's car,"
is now construed, " It is utterly impossible
to fabricate a pecuniary receptacle from the
sracular organ of the softer sex of the genus
porcine." A delicate young lady, wheu
she is billious, complains of being William
ous, aad calls Hades, "Theoldgeutlemao's
fire-place. lhere is some ingenuity, at
least, in this.
1. If yu hav soop for brekfest, don't un
dcrtaik tu eat it with yure fingers, not if
yu kan git a fork, and newer wipe youre
aose on tbe tabil kloth, as long as yubav
got a koat sleiv.
- 2. If yu don't no how tu chu terbacker,
laze ho; time; 'the bost wa iz to go behind
abogpen and practize befoar yu cbaw in
pabliaif; but ia parsivefing is tbe only wa
yure pa lcrnt".
3. If yu bav got tu be 12 yeres oald,
and kau'tsware good, the chanciz air yu
wont ewer amonnt tu enny thing. About
as good a wa az I no of tu tern iz tu begin
by saing " condemit," and tben wuik up.
4. Laming how ta drink is a slow pro
cess; but iz dredful certin : cider iz putty
certin ta get the- haag with, rum cherry iz
much more sartiner.
5. Bi awl means at an early age get into
the habit ov staiog out late ov nites. Don't
miss a eirkas, tha is mesas of grsse. Kail
alLvirtew nonsense, aad suspect allemails.
Watch your older bru'her, aad brag on his
devil;tree. :
Foller theze rules cloas, and if tbat don't
make a plum or yu, u kan safely konklude
tbat y u bav uiistuk the crook of yure ge
neus, and properly wax designed for a des
cent maa.
jgyThe .Baltimore American says a
monument is to be. erected to the memory
of tha late John P. G lesson, who, whea in
Libhy Prison, uttered this seatiment:
"Rather than that my Government ehoatd
recede one inch from-her positioa as to the
exchange of prisoners, I woald endure the
saSsrwg twelve months longer." -
;- - ' ajLaa,r.
- Bm?A:hoBe painter in New York, grain-edV-doorso
exactly in imitation of oak,
lha"lasi yaaf it; put forth a .quantity of
lcav agd grew an excellent crop oi scorns.
21) t Xtnion
Junction, Kansas, Feb, 2?, 1864.
The Star-Chamber aad High Inquisitor Defeat or
tbe Bridge Bill Tho Union and tho Star Cham
ber Shameless Picfligacy A Caneus Speech
of a Western Morrbor Doa't Care a D a for
bis Constituents Tha Majority asked to kill
their Local Measures The Clarke ResolHtiona
Fulhnstoa threatened with Expateio-Aa Act
legating their VjUaiHy An Utterly ShajaeloM
Set of Shysters They Curse the Ualoa.
'Torucv. Feru.uy 17. ISC4.
DcvaU.xiox 'The Lejjislaturt has constituted
itself a S'.nr Chatflter"for the pnuuhmcnt and
Icrsecmion of till who may be opposed to the
dictatis or demands of tlio corrupt lenders of the
majority. In the House, S.un. Wood is High
Inquisitor, while in the Senate Unit office ia dis
triltuted between it vera I motubers.
Kvcry lucuiher who In.tl tho inanhood and
honesty to oppose the Seuatorinl election has
been pursued and jersecuted in every possible
manner. The bill providing for mortgaging the
500.000 acres of internal improvement lands for
the. purpose of raising money to build bridges,
was killed in the Hou?e on TuesJay, and it waa
openly nsserted that this important measure was
defeated because Sir. Jones, of Salina, was it
especial advocate. Mr, Jones, being a leading
member of the. minority, must of course be de
tested in any measure which would give him
any popularity. But the members from Davia
and Diukiusou in the House, have openly stated
that the article in the last TJxios is tho cause of
its defeat.
Your editorial strictures, so ably and unquali
fiedly denounoiug the infornal fraud, whereby
the people Ime been despoiled, or sought to be,
have created considerable excitement hero, Mr.
Taylor and Hersey are exceedingly irate. They
no doubt have reason to be. They see in it the
unmistakeable inklings of -what the people will
say of their course. The Inst numbers of tha
Umov were eagerly sought after and read. Mem
bers of the ' Star Chamber" boil over with rage.
Your member in the Senate comes in for his full
share of abase, as he is known to be one of ita
proprietors, and is supposed to le your Topeks
correspondent. It is a fortunate thing for him
that the days of inquisitions, faggots, thumb-
ecrewsjind nicks have passed, or he would be
quickly subjected thereto.
The darkest puges of the history of this State,
reeking as many of them do with corruption and
infamy, have yet to show an example equal ia
shameless profligacy to those now being enacted
here. ' The majority, bought and sold with the
most corrupt motives and means, have 'become
utterly shameless. Let me give some illustra
tions :
At a caucus held hy them in tho Representa
tives Hall last night, over which Senator Sherry
presided, and Sam. Wood was chief manager, it
was deliberately determined to kill every local
or other measure brought in by the minority, and
tu force through, under a suspension of the rule
if necessary, all measures of local advantage to
the majority. They announced this as their
policy, and said their action must be endorsed
by the people, let it cost what it may.
A Western member said that his constituent
opposed his action, nnd he did not expect to he
returned to the next Legislature ; but he had
voted to suit himself, and did not care a d d
what his constituents thought. He said that all
he asked of the Legislature was to kill the bill
making an nppropriaiion to curry on the Agri
cultural College at Manhattan, and another an
firopriatiog funds to nay the Land Office fees for
ocating the lands of ihe Institution. He said
that he and his colleague must vote for them,
but wanted the majority to kill thero.
To day, in the House, the resolutions asking
for the removal of Captain Sidney Clarke, A. A.
1?. M- General, came up. It will be reinciuliered
that Sam.'Wood, iu the early part of the session,
introduced tcsolutions declaring that Clarke had
made false charges against Governor Carney,
and ought to be removed. These were then re
ferred to a Speci-il Committee, of which Mr.
Fullington, of Riley, was a member. Tha
Chairman of the Committee. Mr. Giick, of Atch
ison, stated that he would not make a report.
Mr. Fullington also stated that he did not be
lieve it to be a proper subject for a legislative
body to discuss. Captain Clarke asked to be
heard before the Committee, if they wished ta
investigate the truth of his charges, but as they
signified no desire to investigate the natter it
was supposed that was the last of it. But a
chance has come over the spirit of their dreams,
and to day a long and labored report was intro
duced, accompanied by resolutioas asking tbe
dismissal of Captain Clarke, on the charge of
having slandered the Gunmor. Mr. Fullingtoa.
holding the same opinions as he first expressed,
declined lo sign the report, but asked the Chniri
man not to mention his name, ni bi hid no
desire to make a minority rvport. 1 1ns modest
request was not granted, and Mr. fullington
explained his position. On the vot: bing taken
on the adoption of the resolutions he ased to be
excused from voting. It waa refused. Ho thea
declined to. vote, as he did not believe the mat
ter a proper subject for legislative action. The
House was stonuv for a short time. Themniority
talked of expulsion. Mr. Fullington finally
yielded and voted in the negative.
i he House to day passsa an aei previa ing ior
the time of electing United States Senators. It
nroviilt that the nreaent Legislature shall elect
on the 9th of February, and that henfarter tha
Legislature preeedin ihe oae arser wmen mm
vacancy will occur shall go into Joint Convea
tion and elect on the 23d of January. This cor
rupt combination, after inaugurating one of the
roost damnable frauds ever perpetrated upon a
free people. ! the nMiliing impadeaea to
attempt to legalize thoir actios.
The Lecoaipton. Convention is made respect
able The Border Ruffian Territorial Legislature
tore was a pink of courtesy and fairnew by tha
side of this body. The Minneola swindlers wera
honest men in eoroimrison. Party anaals ears
point to no more wholesale corruption, aad fce
tion has never banded a more utterly shameless
set of shysters. They talk of Jim. forte's eovnp
.:.... . .....uha fnrtWir aasioH. 4JDteat God I
Jin. Lane, admitting tbat all ta tr they say
kira. ia a saint compared with what Ihey hava
showB themselves to be.
The Uanwr receive the svaarty monn w m
aen. mat. is wm ue 'i-" - t-j
Let jt continue to deal them trenehsat blow.

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