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THE WEEKLY HERALD. E. E. riSE...........................Editor. TIIlIiSDAV, UtCL.'lBER 7, I87G. IllAMtSiilVIXC. Thanksgiving, observed yesterday, in ac cordance with custom and executive procla mation, had its origin in Puiitan New Eng land, where it is still to be found in its glory, as the great family festival of the year. It is said that the Puritans established this festival to supplant Christmas, w'hich they hated in proportion as Catholics and Episcopalians cherished and observed it. Whatever may have been the motives with which its observ ance was instituted, it has conquered for itself a national observance on higher and more creditable grounds. The season of the year is favorable for this part of the world at least, when the harvests are all stored and the forests have thrown aside their robes of ver dure, the better to buffet with the fierce winds. The religious element was strongest with the Puritan founders,—gratitude for the mercy and goodness of God in sending seed time and harvest. In something of the same spirit with which the old Jews offered the firstling of their docks and the best of their harvests to the Lord, so the Puritans, who were inclined to study the Old Testament more than the New, and insensibly adopted many of their customs and much of their spirit, heaped upon their groaning tables the best fruits of the autumn's harvest as upon an altar, and gathering every member of the family, of all generations, these modern patri archs entered upon this feast with all their souls as the most exalted worship. Grim Puritanism did not allow so many worldly pleasures, and we suspect they made more of the few left to them, of which eating was one. But it is principally as the great family fes tival of the country and of the whole year, that we think its most attractive feature is presented and its best influence is exerted, in New England its preparations occupy weeks—every wandering relative within reach is summoned home, the cars for days previ ous being crowded to their utmost with human bees Hying to their hives. Among other ob servances of the day, it was expected that the minister would do his part with a sermon largely political, historical, statistical, etc. It was the greatest treat that the pulpit furn ished during the year 'o many. There were few empty seats in church on such occasions, except as a few w T ere detained to give the finishing care to the cooking. We suppose it is not too much to say that the sweetest memories to one born in New England cluster about this day, of all the year the best. In becoming national, this feast has lost many of its original character istics. In fact it Is no longer the same in New England as formerly, and those who at tempt to celebrate the occasion in foreign lands feel much as the exiled Jews when called to sing their native songs by the waters of Babylon. Their hearts are away recalling the enchanted memories of childhood's home, and saddened by the thought of those gone never to return. We believe that our nation and our over worked people need more holidays than they now T have, and we rejoice that this Feast of Thanksgiving has become national. Its char acteristics must change in many respects, but we hope it will not part with any that have been its charm in days past. Surely, if any nation has occasion to observe a Thanksgiv ing it is ours, crowned with so many bless ings of every kind that a bountiful Providence had been showering upon us for a century Democratic politicians are not stout enough do a fraudulent act ! They attempted to ip the fruits of a little business in that line the Third St. Louis District, but it was obably nothing more than an innocent joke. a total poll of more than 16,000 votes, etcalf (Rep.) beat Frost (Dem.) by 8 ma rity. The contest was so close that the unt was gone over repeatedly, always with s same result, so that both parties became tirely familiar with the figures and satisfied at they were accurate. Subsequent to the nvass the returns were manipulated in the Ice of the County Clerk, and the vote of ,e precinct was changed from 272 to 292, ■ which Metcalf's majority was wiped out d Frost given a majority of 12. The fraud as immediately detected, but every effort to rrect it without an appeal to the courts was sisted. Finally, Judge Lindley interfered, anting a writ of mandamus compelling the )unty Clerk to change the return back to i original figures, and to certify the honest >te of the district to the Secretary of State, etcalf is thus elected by 8 majority, as at st shown, making the fourth Republican mgressman gained in the Democratic State : Missouri. a it Javing determined the result of the elec al vote in Florida, from the face of the urns, the Canvassing Board next proceeds an investigation of the frauds perpetrated a dozen or more counties of the State, nclusive and overwhelming evidence has m secured, showing the number and mag ude of the frauds consummated in efforts evercome the Republican National and de majorities. We are confident the full icial report of the Board will show a Re blican majority in the State of not less in 500, and it may reach 1,000 or more. In 1835 Marcus Morton was chosen Gov ernor of Massachusetts by a majority of a single vote. And the remarkable fact is that the rival candidate didn't contest. IMPEACHMENT. For the past fortnight, eyes accustomed to glance over Democratic papers have been everywhere met with the words, "Fraud" and "Outrage," until it is a real relief to have a change of any sort. "Impeachment" will do very well for a relief. Yes! the Confederate House pro poses to impeach President Grant ! For what? This is harder to tell, but we suppose for pre venting bloodshed and keeping the peace in South Carolina. Well, it is possible that the thing may be attempted. There is nothing too ridiculous or criminal that this House would be deterred from undertaking it. If not engaged in such a piece of folly, they will be in some other, where perhaps they might do even more harm. It is hardly possible that even a Democrat would expect to suc ceed in convicting the President before the pr. sent Senate. It must be for the moral ef fect of the thing—perhaps with the idea of frightening General Grant from interfering with their reconstruction measures in the South. We fancy that there are enough of these Confederate Congressmen who have met Grant in the field, and know how easily frightened he is, to take little stock in the success of this scheme. Perhaps this House may not be aware of the fact, but it is none the less true, that they have themselves been impeached and tried before the country, found guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, and their seats taken from them and given to others. If the course of this House had met the approbation of the people, would its membership have been so largely changed ? At the last session the members of the House could boast of coming last from the bosom of the body politic, and that its heart was Democratic and themselves the true rep resentatives. This delusion is dispelled. Their power for mischief is gone, and with so loud a popular rebuke ringing in their ears, we doubt very much whether they will find stom ach for impeaching the President for aught that he has yet done or that he is likely to do. Wherever the Democrats have succeeded in their schemes of terrorism at the South aud got possession of the entire State government, it is not likely the President will be asked for aid, unless, as we sometimes fear, the blacks be driven to desperation and rise on their op pressors with bloody vengeance. But iu those States where there are still Republican Governors, there will doubtless be frequent calls. We regret the necessity, but we aie glad that we have a President that will do his duty and cannot be frightened by bug bears of impeachment. THE ELECTION AT LAMAR*» HOME. The attention of our readers, at the time, was called to Hie iciuar kable dispatch tele graphed by Senator L. Q. C. Lamar from New Orleans to his friend, the ex-Confeder ate General, at Grenada, Mississippi, and by him given into the hands of the Southern Associate Press and sent broadcast over the country. The Senator, fresh from glorious conquests at home, and with a Democratic majority in his State of unprecedented di mensious, hastened dow T n to Louisiana to help out the count of the "bull-dozed" par ishes for "Tilden and Reform." The day after reaching New Orleans, taking in the whole situation at a glance, Lamar prepared his dispatch and flashed it to Grenada. He was sure Louisiana had been honestly carried for Tilden by 8,000 majority ; that notwith standing this fact the Returning Board would probably give it to the Republicans; that he had no confidence in Governor Kellogg or the Canvassing Board; that the troops order ed to New Orleans presaged the establish ment of a military despotism, etc. Now, in view of this remarkable dispatch, we ask the attention of Hebald readers to the fol lowing extract from a letter to the New York Times , giving an account of the manner in which the election was conducted at Lamar's home in Mississippi. We simply remark that Lamar's story concerning Louisiana is entitled to little weight in the light of the extraordi navy events which transpired under his own eye on election day at Grenada. Says the Times correspondent : I had related to me yesterday by an eye witness the manner in which the election was carried on in Grenada, Grenada county, Miss. He said the Democrats took possession of the polls early, and remained there, permitting no colored person to vote. About 3 p. m. one colored man worked his way through the crowd and was about to vote, when he was knocked down by some Democrats and pushed out. The colored people outnumber the whites three to one in the county. When the disturbance occurred, the colored people, numbering about seven hundred, went home. Supposing they might make some show of resistance, the whites got their shot guns and made ready. A cannon was stationed at the polls, and was fired regularly during the day, and an attempt was made to load it with shot when the disturbance occurred. Very few colored men voted in that county. A few days before, part of the town, including the post office and building in which the Repub lican newspaper was published, was burned, evidently by Democrats. The jig's up, and the most sanguine fol lowers of Tilden may as well pay their bets and quit. Miss Morse, who was engaged to Mr. Tilden if he succeeded in his race, has sailed for Europe, and left word that she never thought of marrying the old gentleman. Thus do even our dearest and most trusted friends turn against us in adversity. The Norwich Bulletin says it "had rather see Tilden President than Hayes counted in by fraud." That's just the way we feel ; we would rather see Hayes President than Tilden counted in by fraud. DELEGATE. Comparative Vote of Montana, 1871-6. The following figures, carefully compiled from official tables, show the vote in the Territory for Delegate for the years 1871-0. 1S76. 1S74. 1 COUNTIES. Kep. i h < ! - i I Dem. £ S3 t " Rep. 5 ' aT ! i O | CD Dem. •s* ** c 5. » Lewis and Clarke.......... 642 itn i 9S6 93S Deer Lodge................ 734 849 699 978 Jefferson.................. 222 296' 285 433 Missoula................... 1 165 333 184 414 Madison................... 5001 504 765 734 Gallatin................... 173 374 216 440 Meagher................... 242 299 260 343 Chouteau.................. \ 26 233 30 160 Beaverhead................. 276 148 j 104 149 Totals................... 2,980 i 3,827 3,529 4.584 Majority................. 1 847 1.055 THE LOUISIANA CANVASSING BOARD. The New Orleans correspondent of the St. Louis Globe Democrat furnishes the follow iug brief sketch of the members composing the State Canvassing Board of Louisiana: "Ex-Governor L. Madison Wells, Presi dent of the Board, was elected Governor of the State by the Democrats in 1800, but is now a stanch Republican. He is a descen dant of one of the oldest families of the State, an honest and honorable politician, and nothing can be alleged against, him with any truth for a foundation. He is ostracised and denounced solely for his Republican princi ples and position. Gen. Thomas C. Anderson is another ex ample of the effect of political opinion. Un til within three years he has béen considered less a Republican than a Conservative. He is a wealthy planter, and that he is personally esteemed in his section is shown by the fact that he has represented it twenty-six years in the General Assembly. Mr. Casanave is a free-born colored man, a slave-holder before the war ; is a man of education, business talent and some fortune, and is generally respected. As a Jury Com missioner, he has been very acceptable to his political opponents. Mr. Louis Kenner is another colored man, popular, and a fair representative of his race. Read those little specials to the World and Sun , from New Orleans. Their aim, evi dently, is to break the force of the evidence of Mrs. Pinkston, one of the "bull-dozers'" victims, recently testifying before the Re turning Board. To accomplish this object, the two prints, (both of one political house hold,; ought to come a trifle nearer agreeing. Does any rational man believe that the poor, mutilated creature testified as a '* Southern agents of Wor,d and so, let that man turn back to the scene iu the room of the Returning Board reported in our dispatches of Wednesday, recall the effect of the woman's story upon those present, and weigh the indignant words of Governor Palmer in denunciation of the terrible wrongs visited upon and suffered by the woman. The New York Evening Post to the Dem ocrats: "Should it appear, for example, that there has been one Republican vote in a parish in Louisiana where there are thous ands of registered Republicans, and where there has been until now an admitted over whelming Republican majority, the Demo crats will claim that the one ballot represents the full and honest Republican vote, and that there shall be no looking behind the returns. We can tell the Democrats now that while such a proceeding might secure the State for Mr. Tilden, it would not satisfy the country. If Mr. Hayes should arain the office of Pres ident by means as questionable as these, he would be justified in refusing it" Three distinct attempts to wreck the train on which General Sheridan traveled from New Orleans were made, the vigilance alone of the engineers serving to avert a calamity in each case. The men concerned in these attempts at wholesale murder are the "bull dozers," whose usual occupation is confined to the intimidation of "niggers," and whose proudest work consists in having perpetrated stupenduous election frauds, by which a half dozen or more of the parishes of Louisinna were carried for "Tilden and Reform." Talking about our civil service, some one tells in Harper's of an Ohio hotel-keeper ap pointed collector of internal revenue, who got, one day, in an envelope addressed to him officially, a $500 greenback with a slip of pa per, on which was written " conscience money." He put the bill in his pocket with out debate, simply remarking, "I always did suspect that barkeeper." Among the New Orleans specials of the 29th to the New York press, was one in re ference to the testimony of the colored wo man, Pinkston, telegraphed to the Sun. The Independent of yesterday published this special, crediting it to tae Times. The dis patch, as sent through ta Helena, is corrrctly printed in our news report to-day. Senator Kelly prints a card in the Ore gonian of November 18, saying : "I did not send the telegram mentioned in the East ern dispatches, stating that the election in Oregon was close, with chances in favor of a small Democratic majority." Moulton withdrew from the Beecher suit at a favorable juncture. People "were so ab sorbed in the Presidential election that they scarcely gave his square back-down a thought. H a rotirnd of o rrne I timp tn nOtiCC. Hayes' majority in Illinois is 17,406. Maryland gives Tilden a majority of 19, 799. Upper Main street Democrats declare them selves bored—bulletin board. Michigan rolls up a majority of nearly 25,000 for the Republican Electoral ticket. Tiip.ee hundred electors of this county were absent from the polls at the recent elec tion. Michigan Legislature • Senate, 23 Re publicans, 9 Democrats ; House, 74 Republi cans, 26 Democrats Tilden's majority in Arkansas will be about 19,500—a Republican gain of 14,500 over the September vote. It was a close contest, on the face of the returns, in Florida. The highest majority for the Republican electors was 43, and the lowest 39. The lightest vote ever polled at a general election in Montana was that of 1876. Some thousand or more voters remained at home election day. Florida reports, officially, her four elec toral votes for Hayes. Next and last comes Louisiana. A day or two at most, and we will name the President. If solid lying, resolutely followed for weeks, could have made a Democratic Presi dent, no possible blame can attach to the Independent bulletin board in failing to elect Tilden. Hayes' majority in Wisconsin is 6,300, and Downs, the elector who did not have his name on the form of return prepared by the Democratic Secretary of State, has over 1, 200 majority. Democratic papers are still trying to make lies do the work of electoral votes, while sensible people see that Tilden's Presidential chances are receding rapidly. Our advice to Republicans is to be patient and hopeful. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. In 1872 Florida gave a Republican majority of 2,33G, Louisiana of 14,634, and South Caro lina of 40,487. Now, all are claimed by the Democrats. Can the Ethiopian change his skin and vote the Democratic ticket ? or can the leopard change his spots and go for "Re form?" Several of the members of the South Carolina Legislature are missing, from some cause not yet ascertained, thus depriving that bodv of a Quorum. A w ••»**««»'•, probably, which will miss of its aim, unless the members have been disposed of by assas sination. California Pioneers. New York, December 1.— The Associated California Pioneers have inaugurated a series of monthly receptions of old ties, swapping pioneer experience and eliciting and recording personal historical facts connected with the pioneer days. The opening reception at the Sturtevant House w T as a decided success. --440^ ►* — Tilden*» Majority in North Carolina. Raleigh, November 28.—The proclama tion of Governor Brogden gives Tilden a majority of 16,178, with three small counties not yet heard from officially. Judge Lynch. Cincinnati, December 1.—A negro named Crutcher, for attempted rape on a white wo man in Mercer county, Ky., was yesterday taken by a mob near Nicholasville and hung. Tweed. New York, December 1.— The Herald announces that Tweed has determined to dis miss all his counsel and let the law take its course. [ - — - Fire. New York, December 1.—Thirteen build ings were destroyed by fire at Englewood, N. J., this morning. Loss, $6,000. Arrival of JeflT. I>avls. New York, November 25.—Jeff. Davis arrived to-day in the steamship Adriatic. Foreign Intelligence. St. Petersburg, November 25. —An im perial ukase has been promulgated providing that after the first day of January next cus toms duties shall be payable in gold or cou pons negotiable abroad, and also relieving common carriers from responsibility under contracts for the early delivery of mer chandise where interfered with by circum stances beyond their control. Calcutta, November 25.—The official Ga zette publishes a minute of Sir Richard Tem ple, Lieut. Governor of Bengal, giving the result of his visit to the districts of South eastern Bengal, which were devastated by the late cyclone. The minute confirms the previous estimate that 251,000 persons per ished in the cyclone. London, November 27.—It is stated that Captain Allen Young, who commanded the Pandora in her recent trip to the Arctic regions, will next spring again attempt the northwestern passage in that vessel. Berlin, November 28.—The Reichstag to day adopted clause 44 of the penal code bill, which prescribes that no publisher, printer, or member of the staff of a newspaper shall be compelled to give evidence in court when the responsible editor holds himself ready to answer for an offense. London, November 29.—The bullion with drawn from the Bank of England to-day was otimmant t* tVin United Ht&tfiS. FLORIDA. The State Officially Reported for Hayes, The Electoral Vote. Highest Ma jority, 43. Lowest, 39. Last but One of the Doubtful States Recorded for the Republicans, New York, November 29. — The Time* has the following special : Rooms of thk State Canvassing Hoard,) Tallahassee, November 2-8 > I hereby certify that the returns from all counties of the State, except Dade count}', were this day opened by the Board of State Canvassers. The vote for electors, as offi cially announced from the face of the returns iu detail, aggregates as follows: Humphrey.......................................'-31,328 Pearce........................................21,324 Long.................................... 24,323 Holden.......................................24,328 Young............................... 24,284 Call................................................24,285 Hilton...........................................24,283 Bullock...........................................24,281 The first four name are Republicans and the last four Democrats. [Signed] W. LEE APTHOI1PE, Clerk of Board. ROORBACKS. The Effectual Manner in which they are disposed of, The People cannot longer be Im posed Upon by Lies. Chicago, November 29. —An effort has been made in various sections of the country to convey the impression that Gov. Hayes would withdraw from the Presidential con test. The Genera) Agent of the Western As sociated Press is authorized to say that there is no foundation for any such story, and that Governor Hayes will abide the result of the official returns of the various States. It would seem that these stories have been started for a minokievouB pul poee. Among others \s one Vît at Gov. Dennison has been connected with them, which he contradicts in the following lan guage: "I may have had a casual conversa tion with the editor of the Aation on the sub- ject of the Presidential election, but never said to him, nor to any other person, that the solution of the question was for Gov. llayes to withdraw, or that fraud was to be used iu securing his election. I may have said that in my opinion Gov. Hayes will not accept the office of-President unless fairly elected, but I never purposed to advise him on that subject. I have telegraphed to him that, in my opinion, he is undoubtedly the next Pres- ident of the United States, and I believe that fraud alone can deprive him of 185 electoral votes. ------- ^ ^4 . 4 » m - SHERIDAN'S RETURN. Stories of Intimidation Not •Overdrawn. Attempts to Wreck the Train on Which He Left New Orleans. Chicago, November 28.—General Sheridan arrived this morning from New Orleans. He states that the stories of intimidation have not been overdrawn and cannot be. There was, he says, in reality no election in many of the parishes, the form being merely a blind for frauds, which will clearly be proven. At tempts were made to wreck the train on which he returned Monday night. Several plans were laid, but in each case the engi neers' vigilance averted the calamity which might have resulted. Democrats who are Saiil to Feel l «easy. New Y^ork, November 27.— The Herald * New Orleans special says: Ex-Governor Bigler and G. W. Julian, who have all along been most confident and hopeful of the com mittee, are to-day very despondent and are considering the proper course to pursue in the emergency now deemed inevitable. Both parties are collecting evidence and bringing negroes to the city as witnesses on intimida tion cases. The Republicans have stacks of affidavits and the Democrats have already received some COO from negroes who voted the Democratic ticket. The preparation of evidence upon both sides is upon so exten sive a scale, that there is no probability oi its ever beinj examined otherwise than super ficially. Everything is quiet, and business -