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Volume XXI.
Number ' 1081,
Editob 'and Proprietor. ' v- "'
FRANK. I. WILSON. Associate Editor.
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The last Raleigh Register contains what purports
to be the substance of the speech delivered by Mr.
Rayner a few evenings since in Washington City ;
and finding the report in the Register, taken from
paper. - we consider it as au-
thentic as such reports usually are, and regard
Mr. Rayner as bound by it to the people of North
Carolina. Among other things Mr. Rayner said:
" Coining as I do from our labors at Philadelphia,
it is right that I should allude to the transactions of
the iate National Council. The enemy had circu
lated throughout the lund the story that division
and distraction had entered into th i American fami
ly at Pniladelphia. I can say with pride and joy
that thus in not the cose. There was no' division on
the great American principles the distinguished
features of the order.
On that distracting question which has entered
into and divided all political parties, and many
churches of the land, there was a difference of opin
ion. We did not attempt to patch up a theory that
should read two ways, and be fitted to each section;
but looking to one common cause, to the protection
of American Protestantism, we were nnited as one
man. On slavery alone there was a difference. The
members from the Forth, who disupproted, protest
ed, honestly and manfully, but did not secede. And
now, instead of coining into the field with one regi
ment, at the next election, we shall present two im
mense brigades that will sweep everything before us.
l.'ueers. Let not the powers here in Washington
and the pimps of the Roman hierarchy cackle over
our division of "sentiment on this question. There
is no hope for them in it. On the great question of
opposition to their encroachments there is no divis
ion no North, no South. All over the North our
camp fires are lighted on every hill-top. So also do
they send back th;ir greeting from the sunny
Here it is boldly asserted that, notwithstanding
the difference of opinion on slavery between South
ern and Northern Know Nothings, they are still
united as a party ; that the members from the North
" protested honestly and manfully" against the ma
jority platform, "but did not secede"; and that the
calculation, by a Southern man and a slaveholder,
is that in the campaign of 1856 the abolition forces,
under the lead of Ford, Wilson, Colby and Gardner,
will form one of the " immense brigades " destined,
in affiliation with Southern Know Nothings, to
sweep the country. There it is, fellow-citizens, in
terms so plain that he who runs may read.
Mr. Rayner declares as does also the " Ameri
can Organ " that the Know Nothing party is still
national, still a unit that the twelve abolition States
" did not secede," but onty protested " against the
platform adopted. Let us, then, as they insist upon
this state of things, take it for granted and look to
results. Massachusetts, under Know Nothing influ
ence, has nullified the fugitive-slave law, and set the
authorities of the federal government at defiance ;
Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sumner, her two Senators, stand
p edged to labor for the repeal of that law, and to
abolish slavery in the District of Columbia and in the
Territories ; in several of the Northern States Know
Nothing Senators have been elected, who are as hos
tile as Mr. Wilson is to the rights of the South, and,
taking all the free States together, - in the late elec
tions some fifty or sixty Know Nothing members of
the House have been returned, who will assuredly
vote with Wilson and Seward of the Senate for the
most ultra freesoil propositions ; in Maine, in New
York, and indeed throughout the free States Res
olutions have been adopted, either by Know Noth
ng Legislatures or State Councils, the tendencies of
which are, if carried out, to destroy the institution of
slavery or to force a dissolution of the Union ; and in
ew Hampshire, the old Democratic party, standing
upon the Baltimore platform and advocating the Ne
braska-Kansas measure, have been defeated, and, as
the result of it, John P. Hale, a vile abolitionist has
been elected to the United States Senate, and a man
elected Governor Mr. Metcalf who in his inaugu
ral address denounces the . repeal of the Missour
line as an outrage not to be submitted to by the
North, and, amongr other things,- insults the whole
Southern people by the charge that they, are con
templating the revival of the African slave-trade,
In. no instance has a national man been elected to
office ly the Know Nothings of the free States. The
Order, in that region, is a compound of all isms, the
leading features of which are hatred of the South,
and a determination, constantly expressed, to extir
pate slavery by abolishing it in the District of Co
lumbia, by abolishing it in the Territories so as to
prevent its spread, and by repealing the fueitive-
slave law, thus denying to Southern masters the
"gnt of capture and reclamation solemnly guaran
in the federal Constitution. This, in brief, is
me condition and these are the principles and objects
Jf the great body of Northern KnowNothingsand
r. naynev not only admits, . but declares u with
Pnde and joy " that they are his allies that he is
wiing with them against the Administration and
gainst Democracy that he counts upon them as
one of his immense brigades " in the contest of
I It is also stated in the papers that Mr. Ray n
a, ,n tne Convention at Philadelphia that
i n . i m . .
i epeai oi
a law of Congress' putting the South
ern people'under the ban of inferiority, : to say, the
le'ast of it, North of a certainline," was an outrage"
and that his right arm should have withered and his
tongue been palsied, before he would have voted for
it 1 ' All this is in entire consistency with his offer
in 'the same . Convention to ignore the question of
slavery to act with Wilson and his confederates
without any pledge or. guarantee - for the rights of
his section. , ' - . v .
But, Mr. Rayner may reply, orsome one 'of his
few friends may reply for him, that there were abo
litionists in the last Democratic National Convention ;
and that there are abolitionists in the Democratic
party in the free States. No such position can be
made good. There was one abolitionist Mr. Ran
toul in the last Democratic National Convention,'
but he was summarily, expelled, the delegates from
his own State voting to expel him ; and the Resolu
tion in the platform approving the fugitive-slave
law, was adopted unanimously in the Convention, as
it had been by the Committee on Resolutions. No
one claims for a moment, and no sensible Southern
man thinks of requiring that any portion of the
Northern people shall vote in Conventions that slave
ry is a political and social blessing in other words,
shall take the same grounds in the abstract in rela
tion to it that the great bulk of the Southern peo
ple occupy as its advocates and friends ; yet the
Democrats of the South have always asked, and
will always insist, that their associates of the free
States shall discountenance agitation on the subject,
shall go with them in maintaining the great princi
ple of non-intervention by Congress in the Territo
ries, and shall unite with them ir. protecting the in
stitution in good "faith in all cases where it is made
the duty of Congress by the Constitution so to do.
Thus far the Democrats of the free States, as a par
ty, have nobly and fully met the expectations of their
Southern associates; and we have strong confidence
they will continue so to do. ' That they have lost
ground by it as a party is admitted ; but herein is
their glory, and herein is the shame of Southern
Know Nothings in uniting themselves with aboli
tionists to annoy, denounce, and trample down a
body of men in the free States who have been as
true as steel to the Constitutional rights of slave
holders. That there are freesoilers and abolitionists
who call themselves Democrats, is also admitted;
but they are not reccgnized by the party North as
Democrats so far from it, they have been denounc
ed and cut off bv the Administration and its friends,
by Douglas, by Cass, by Buchanan, by Hibbard, by
the New Hampshire Patriot, by the Boston Post, and
by the Democratic journals generally of the free
States. Let one of these abolitionists dare to show
his face in the next Democratic National Conven
tion, and utter such language against the South as
Mr. Wilson uttered, Mr. Rayner sitting by ; and in
stead of being allowed to go on, as Mr. Wilson and
Mr. Ford did, and of being permitted " honestly and
manfully" to " protest," as Mr. Rayner declares his
abolition friends " protested," he will be hurled out
in disgrace, not more by Southern than by Xorthern
Let it be known every where in this slaveholding
State, that Kenneth Rayner, the leader in this re
gion of the Know Nothing forces, announces " with
pride and joy " that he is the ally and confederate
of the abolition Know Nothings of the free States ;
that Wilson and other abolitionists and disunionists,
did not secede from the Philadelphia Convention,
as at first stated in the papers, but only " honestly
and manfully protested," according to Mr. Rayner,
against the maiority platform : and that it is the
determination of Mr. Rayner, as announced in
his Washington City speech, to make common
cause with the traitors, the abolitionists, and
the disunionists of Massachusetts and New Hamp
shire against the Administration of President
Pierce, whose prominent fault, in the estimation of
these Massachusetts and New Hampshire traitors is,
that he advocates the equal right of the Southern
people with the Northern people in the territories
of Nebraska and Kansas, and unflinchingly, with
the military and naval power of the country, en
forces the fugitive-slave law ! Proclaim these facts
from the stump proclaim them every where, and
let the people consider, decide, and pronounce their
judgment. From that judgment there will be no ap
peal. It will consign Kenneth Rayner not only to
perpetual retirement, but it will blast him in histo
ry, as it will every mai who shall venture to defend
or even to palliate or excuse his course. What says
Mr. Miller ? Is he ready, on this occasion as on
others, to follow Mr. Rayner? What says Mr. Shep
ard ? Will he dare to approve Mr. Rayner1 $ course ?
But what must be the result of this campaign for
the Presidency into which Mr. Rayner is entering
with so much " pride and joy "? Does he calculate,
by thus truckling to abolition power, that he will
even obtain the nomination for the Vice Presidency ?
If so, vain calculation ! vain and empty hope !
The candidates will be taken fromCStates which af
ford reasonable grounds for the assurance that they
will vote the dark-lantern ticket; and no such assur
ance can be given by any same man, or will be re
ceived, if given, for North Carolina. Besides, Mr.
Rayner met in the Philadelphia Convention men of
depth and grasp of intellect men well versed in
human nature and in public affairs, and who are not
apt to mistake declamation about the Union, and a
buse of Catholics and foreigners for ability and states
manship. Again, these men, with'whom he has re
cently been in contact, and others of his brethren
who will compose the nominating national Conven
tion, have no doubt read his speech in the Conven
tion of this State in 1835, in favor cf religious liber
ty; and they have thus observed for themselves, by
a comparison of that speech with Mr. Rayner's re
cent efforts, that instead of having improved during
the last twenty.years, be has actually retrograded.
Under these circumstances,' not to mention others,
it is apparent that Mr. Rayner's chances for a nom
ination are exceedingly dreary. His offer that cf
allian ce with the abolition Know ' Nothings of the
North is very good in its way, and might have
some effect upon any otheorganization;" but George
Law with his offer of four or five hundred thous
and dollars for electioneering purposes, and the
fact that he resides - fh a State wnose .vote is of
much importance in the summing up will dis
tance Mr.T Rayner. George will bleed well, bat
how ho' will run is another question. ' Mr. Rayn
-er will, then, support some Know Nothing notn
inee : and his . two .immense brigades ; will do
9 9 At. ' a mm mm m
the same. There will be three candidates a Dem
ocratic national candidate, a Know Nothing, ai
Seward. -' If the Democrats - should not be able to
elect their -candidate, the election will go to the
House, and Seward will be President I : Opposition,',
therefore, by the Know -Nothings to the candidate
of the' national Democracy, will be substantially the
support of Seward ; for they,, as . at present consti
tuted, cannot elect, and the defeat ot the Democra
cy before the people will be the - election of Seward
by the House. " ' . v '
Mr. Rayner addressed the people here on Wednes
day night last,in explanation and defense of his course
at Philadelphia, and against Catholics, Democrats, and
foreigners. We did not hear him, but we learn from
persons who did, that his speech was the most com
plete compound of billingsgate, misrepresentation
and low slang ever delivered in this community
not excepting that made here in 1840 by W. G."
Brownlow, of Tennessee. We learn that he spoke
of President Pierce as a "wretch" lost to all self-respect,
and of the members of his Cabinetis his obe
dient slaves! He dwelt at length upon the Pope
and the Catholic church, retailing all the stale char
ges against that Church. He stated, among other
things, that the priest were sworn to curse, at stat
ed times, all Protestants as heretics ; and he repeat
ed, we understand, as a part of the malediction the
famous burlesque curse of Tristam Shandy ! He
said the Pope and his ministers claimed dominion
in this country, and argued to show that they were
advancing rapidly to its possession 1 He also char
acterized the nunneries as dens of prostitution 1 1 He
repelled, as a slander, the charge that he was pro
scribing either Catholics or foreigners ; and labored
with might and main to identify the Democrats of
the country with the Roman Catholics as their spe
cial friends and defenders.
We understand he was very severe in his remarks
upon those who have questioned the soundness of
his course on slaveiy in the Philedelphia Conven
tion. He said men who never owned a slave, and
never would unless they " stole" one, were charg
ing those who owned hundreds of slaves with being
abolitionists. This is not true. No person, in this
State, so far as we know, has charged him with be
ing an abolitionist ; but we now declare to the peo
ple, whst Mr. Rayner's own course at Philadelphia
abundantly establishes, that he was ready to act
with abolitionists and disunionists without any
pledge from tliem that they would cease to assail
the institution of slavery ; and we furthermore de
clare, what his own language here and at Baltimore
and Washington proves, that he is now the ally of
Wilson, Ford, Colby, dnd Gardner, all of whom
are abolitionists and enemies to the Union of these
States. That is the charge. As to the matter of
owning slaves, we would have Mr. Rayner to know
that those who own one, two, three or five slaves
are as deeply concerned in the preservation and ex
tension of the institution as he is. He may have
more dollars invested in it than they, but their rights
in the matter arc quite as dear to them as his can
be to him. We go further and say, that persons
who own no slaves are inseparably associated either
by blood, affinity, interest and business relations
with those who do ; and whatever contributes to
weaken the power of the South in this respect, or
to impair the safety and value of the institution,
must fall in the end with equal force with equal
ruin . upon all. His reference, therefore, to his
hundred negroes amounts to nothing. Persons
who are so fortunate as to own one hundred Afri
can slaves, generally possess a sufficiency of othei
property to render them comfortable in " these low
grounds of sorrow" ; and our opinion, is, that Mr.
Rayner would freely give up every slave he owns, if
the surrender would make him President of the Unl
ted States.
We understand he complained that he had been
personally assailed. We have heard of nothing of
the kind. His private character has not been touched,
nor is it likely to be. We have dealt with him only
as a public man ; and we shall continue to do so, with
a purpose which no amount nor manner of denun
ciation on his part will be able to shake. A large
portion of the people of North Carolina slavehold
ers and non-slaveholders, Protestants and Catholics,
natives and adopted citizens are heard through
these columns, not as sectarians not as person3
holding certain religious opinions, for in politics we
know no religion, and in religion we know no poll
tics; and 'that voice, which is the condensed will of
all those just referred to as citizens of a common
State, will be heard hereafter as now, without the
slighest regard to the threats of demagogues, and
without fear of what any man or set of men may do.
Mr. Rayner, we learn, advised his brother Know
Nothings not to assail their opponents to be prudent
to be on their guard to act on the defensive, but
to defend their honor, and, if struck to strike back,
giving two blows for one. He referred to the bowie
and revolver, and said he would defend himself, &c,
&c Now, wherefore all this ? Why stir blood al
ready sufficiently exzitcdt Why such language,
culculated though we feel sure such could not
have been his intention to array neighbor against
neighbor, and friend against friend ? Who has pro
posed a fight? Who talks of assailing the Know
Nothings personally? Why, these champions of
the Protestant religion these God-sent dissemina
tors of the faith and doctrines of the meek and low
ly Christ these defenders of the rights of consci
ence, of closet prayer, and of the glorious privilege
of saving their own sou's each in their own peculiar
way, and of repelling clerical instruction and advice
just as the sick man should repel a physician, or a
wronged man civilly should avoid a counsellor at
law these persons talk as familiarly of carnal wea
pons, of giving two blows for one,- of fighting and
the like, as if they had been . trained to arms and
stimulated by the neighing of the war-horse and the
smell of gunpowder! We beg thorn to be at ease.
No one thinks of assailing either their persons or
their, private honor ; but the Democrats, Mr. Ray
ner, are just as fearless as you can be, though they
may not think it necessary or. even becoming' to
boast of or to announce the fact in advance. .
"We dismiss this speech for the present, though it
may be our duty to refer to it hereafter. We should
be pleased to see it in print. Its circulation, with pro
per explanations and corrections by the publisher
in the way of notes, would render it quite as useful
to the Democrats in the present campaign as Mr.
Rayner's speech in the Convention of 1835, just
- issued from the "Standard" press. -f -
The stockholders of the North-Carolina Rail'
.road Company will hold .their annual meeting at
Greensboro' oo the 12th of next month. .
f--Mr. Rayner is reported in the Register as having
used the following language in his recent speech in
Washington City. wilh reference -to the President
and the members of his Cabinet : -
"You have not the sacred right of secret voting-
The minions of power are watching you, to be turn
ed out by the pimp of the White House, u you re
fuse to sustain him. A man sunk so low . we can
hardly hate.- We havp nothing but disgust, pity,
ard contempt. His seven waiters look and act like
whipt curs. . They are seven slaves who wait upon
his bidding, and who gloat over any poor man they
can throw out of employment for being independent
and acting like a freeman." , . - '
Can it be possible that Kenneth Rayner used that
language ? The President of the United States a
"pimp" a " man sunk so low " as to deserve noth
ing but ''disgust, pity and contempt" and his Cab
inet officers, including Mr. Secretary Dobbin, acting
like "seven slaves" and "whipt curs" !' Did he say
that? If he did, then we say that no just or fair-
mindedenan in North Carolina will endorse his Ian-
guage ; if he did, he has exhibited rage, malice, and
envy characteristic only of the desperate but baffled
and disappointed place-hunter ; if he did, he has
given the lie to his professions here at home, of no
partyism, and has forced the Democratic press of
his own State to unite with that of other States in
at last exposing him in his true colors to the hon
est masses of all parties, whose confidence he is seek
ing by a miserable, intolerant, anti-Constitutional
and anti-Christian crusade against foreigners and
Catholics. Mr. Rayner was speaking, be it remem
bered, in the federal capital, within sound almost of
the great officers of the Republic, whose good name
he was affecting so far as he could do it, through
imputations upon the character of those officers ;
for we say here, that if what he says of them be
true, this federal government ought at onco to be
destroyed by the people. He was speaking to and
inflaming the passions of a portion of those very
Know Nothings, who but a short time since endeav
ored to obtain control of the Washington Monument
Association, so as to advance in connection with
that sacred object their own selfish purposes who
but recently, as the City government of Washing
ton, appointed Know Nothing inspectors of elections
only, and no Democrats, so as to have no eye but
that of a sworn member on any frauds it might be
considered necessary to commit who flocked about
Henry A. Wise, when he attempted to speak at
Brown's Hotel, and by hisses and insulting expres
sions prevented him from being heard ; and who,
the very night that Mr. Rayner spoke' at Washing
ton, as we learn from the Washington Star, made
their way with transparencies and banners under
the windows of the President, yelling out their bru
tal blackguardism, and mingling shouts for "bam
with curses and denunciations of the Chief Magis
trate of the United States, whistling the "Rogue's
March" and the like in the immediate hearing of
his family ! Mr. Rayner, it seems, called the Presi
dent a "pimp" spoke cf him as deserving only of
'disgust, pity and contempt" ; and the crowd he
had thus harangued, went to .the White House to
act out the inflammatory sentiments uttered by their
Mr. Rayner has pretended until recently, that
Know Nothingism was a no-party affair that it
was neither Whig nor Democratic ; and that he' had
gotten rid of much if not all his former party feel
ing. xKnowing him as we did having witnessed
for years his intolerant and overbearing conduct as
a party man, we. placed little confidence in these
professions; and now the "curtain has been raised,
and he stands out as virulent and as violent a de
nouncer of a Democratic President and Democratic
Cabinet as any federalist in the land. "By their
fruits ye shall know them." Mr. Rayner hates
President Pierce wherefore? Has ho not proved
true to the Constitutional rights of North Carolina?
We defy him upd his minions to point to one instance
in which tho President has swerved from his duty,
or from the landmarks of the Constitution on the
question of slavery. Point it out, Mr. Rayner!
Let one of Mr. Rayner's slaves escape to Boston ;
his ally in Know Nothingism, Mr. Senator Wilson,
would not only harbor him, but he would put arms
in his hands, and a mob would be raised to defend
him ; but President Pierce would restore that slave
to Mr. Rayner would vindicate the majesty of the
laws over the heads of that mob, and would do it,
if the occasion required it, with cold steel and can
non balls. Mr. Rayner, behold your Chief Magis
trate! He is unpopular, we admit, in abolition
States his friends there have gone down, clinging
to the Constitution, under the pernicious flood of
the very isms you are now engaged in fomenting ;
but the fact that he is denounced and forsaken there
for his course on the question of slavery, pleads
trumpet-tongucd with all true-hearted Southern
men to rally the more closely and the more warmly
to his standard. Mr. Rayner hates President Pierce
wherefore ? Because he it a Democrat that is
the secret
Mr. Rayner appears to be grieved because the
people of the District of Columbia do not possess
the "sacred right of secret voting." Ah, Mr. Ray
ner, voters in Virginia and in the District of Colum
bia cannot rely upon the ballot system of voting as
an aid to the "secret" and sneaking organization of
the Know Nothings. Every man ther j must show
his hand ; and it was that mainly which secured
the election of Wise. Under monarchical forms,
theoretically Constitutional, but practically despotic,
as in England, tho "right of secret voting" may be
an object with good men ; but here, in this free
country, every sound reason is in favor of the vita
voce. ' "Men choose darkness rather light, because
their deeds are eviL"
"An Important Movement. A movement of some
importance has just been commenced in North Car
olina, and is soon to be submitted to the Legislat j-e
of that State. - It proposes first, to render legal the
institution of marriage among the slaves; second,
to preserve sacred the relations between parents and
their young children ; and third, . to repeal the laws
prohibiting the. education of slaves. .
We see paragraphs like the above going the founds
of the press. The only knowledge we have of any
such movement in this State, is derived from the
papers outside North Carolina. There is no " move
ment" of the kind being agitated in this State, so far
as our knowledge extends. . WiL Herald.'
A movement of this sort was attempted 'during
tho last Legislature, for we received through the
Post office a Circular urging the above propositions
among others, in regard - to slaves. - The Circular
bad no name attached to it, and we have no idea
whence it came. , -' ; -
A Know Nothing pamphlet made its appearance
in New Jersey not long since, in which it.wasstren-
uously -maintained that the Methodist Episcopal
; Church was liable to the samo objections in the pow-.
er of its Bishops as' the' Roman Catholic Church ;
and that both ought to be subjected to the same rule
of intolerance. -. : - -' ,
We learn that the work of proscription has already
: been-beguu by the Know Nothings of N. Hampshire.
Governor Metcalf and Council have removed Rev.
i Eleazer Smith from the office of chaplain to the State
j prison the sole cause being that he is a Democrat
! Mr. Smith is & highly - esteemed clergyman of the
! Methodist Church. ' On account of ill-health he has
: been unable to perform the duties of a Circuit preach
i er for some years past, and the small salary attach
; ed to the office from which be has been removed has
i been his chief means of support We do not know
; the peculiar religious opinions of his successor, but
' the probability is that he is an Universalist A Uni
j versalist, it is known, was elected by the Philadel
! phia Convention as the national Chaplain of the
'. Order. . -
In the language of Mr. Rayner, in the Convention
' of 1835, "if you exclude one sect, why not another
and another, and finally all except one?" and,
added Mr. Rayner, with great truth, "there is but
one step from religious freedom to the most bitter
and intolerant persecution;" We have heard it in
timated that there are Ministers of the Gospel in
this State who are Know Nothings. Can this be so?
Are they engaged in dcing what they have so often
denounced in the Catholics of the old world
. persecuting? Is Christ's kingdom of this world?
Is it to be advanced by the use of carnal weapons?
We concur with the Editor of a Methodist Journal
published in one of the Northern States, that " the
Ministers of the Gospel should Inow nothing but
: Christ and him crucified."- Judge Longstrect, a
distinguished Methodist, and a pious and learned
man, has well described the fruits of Know Nothing-
ism. He asks "what are they?" and gives the an-
swer as follows : -
: ""Most desperate and dangerous agitation Church
' es rending asunder pastors and flocks at variance
Christians losing all confidence in each other Saints
and Sinners in cose embrace Preachers of the
same church getting but half congregations and
i half support 4ine looking on approvingly, while
another is abused Teachers tottering their pupils
in midnight cliques friendship severing rage tak-
ing the place of love father against son brother
against brother. Thses things now are, and th y
: proclaim, truropet-tongued, what is coming, if the
, monster be not crushed at once. And all for what?
In honest ttuth, to get in the eut-s and get out (he
inn. This Is the true object of the order. Well,
it must take its course till reason resumes her seat"
The New York nerald, it is known, is pressing
the name of George Law as the Know Nothing can
didate for the Presidency. How much Law is pay
ing out, in hope of obtaining the nomination, is not
known ; but he is worth some two millions of dol
lars, and it is stated in the papers that he had agents
in the Convention at Philadelphia, who wero pri
vately pledging him for one hundred thousand dol
lars for electioneering purposes, in case of his nomi
nation. The Herald and the " American.Organ," Wash
. ington City, are just now engaged in a very pretty
little quarrel on the subject; and the "Organ,"
among other things, says : " We take occasion to
say to the " Satannic," that we shall not deal in gossip,
should we hereafter see fit to vnfold the chicanery and
corruptions practiced in Philadelphia, during the
year 1835, by politicians. We say, further, that
not one tittle of what occurred at Philadelphia, in
June, 1855, has yet been told." The Editor of the
Organ " Mr. Ellis was a member of tho Conven
tion, and ought to know all about these corruptions.
Perhaps Messrs. Rayner and Haughtdn, who were
also members, will enlighten the people of North
Carolina on the subject. .
We avail ourselves of this occasion to say to our
readers, thai we have carefully observed the rise,
the doings, and the progress of the Know Nothing
party we have studied somewhat the doctrines and
workings of the Order in the different States and in
the late Convention at Philadelphia and we know
something of the character of the men who control
it ; and while we cheerfully admit that there are gen
tlemen in the Order, and that even among the leaders
there is some honesty and patriotism, yet upon the
whole we believe it is the most uncharitable, selfish,
and corrupt combination that ever existed in this
country ; and that its permanent ascendency in the
Federal and State governments would lead to frauds,
embezzlements, peculations, riots, mob-law, disre
gard of public and private rights, and would end in
the dissolution of the Union and a bloody war be
tween the different races and sects in all portions of
the land. This is our opinion, and we are entitled
to it We shall, therefore, make war upon this Or
der as we would upon a deadly foe to the good name
of the Republic and the liberties of the people. ' We
ask no quarters, and we shall give none.
The largest meeting ever convened in Easton, (Pa.)
was held the other evening. A series of resolutions
were adopted endorsing the platform of the Phila
delphia Convention, and acknowledging it as a poli
tical creed, that will stand the test of time. Meet
ings of the American party seem to be popular now
in various sections of the country.
c Wilmington Herald.
The Editor of the Herald was suddenly called off I
"from labor to refreshment" while penning the
above, and so omitted to state the fact that these
same Easton Know Nothings " deprecate in the
most solemn and emphatic terms the repeal of the
Missouri compromise"; and also refused, at this
same meeting, to consider the majority platform as
endorsing the " Missouri outrage." The Editor of
the Herald "takes the papers" has seen these
facts, and will no doubt set his readers right He
will also pleasA state for we feel confident his read
ers are clever fellows, and would like to have all
the news that the National Intelligencer has shown
that the States in Convention in Philadelphia which
adopted this same platform, cannot cast a majority
of the Electoral totes. Quere1 Does the Editor
of the Herald regard the twelve free States that
went pff from tho Convention, as protest"-ants or
as "seceders"?
V One of the strongest evidences of the tot
tering condition of the Know Nothing cause in the
Eden ton District,' is the attempt of th Eden ton pay
per. to produce the impression: that ;Dr." Shaw U a
Catholic ! "Drowning men catch t straws." ; .v. .-'
- :tThe Editor of the Milton 'eromcle'makea
pecific and particular attempt ' to- produce the "im
pression on the minds of his .readers, that the'nia-"
jrity platfornfof the Philadelphia Convention was
dopted by that body in such a way as to entitle it
.o be considered a national platform: It is weU
..nown and the Editor of the Chronicle is certain- -
aware of the fact that this platform was aton
ed by the slaveholding States,' Missouri and Dela- .
rare excepted, and by "New York and California;
.nd that thirteen free States voted against it, and
hen seceded from the Convention. The very par
ies whom it was important to bind on the question
f slavery, refused to be bound and so the platform
i mainly the work of Southern men.'. As such, it
mounts to little. Notone State out of ten thatvot- r.
d for it will sustain the K. N. candidate.for the .
Residency at the polls. If Evans were oidy a Cath
lic, he would have now and then some troublesome
onfessions to make to his priest In view of his -ystematicJBbbing,
be may well exclaim, with one -f
the saints of old, " Lord, give me my purgatory
ierel" His conscience no doubt troubles him, but
hen he might go further and fare worse. '
By the way, is it true that the Know Nothing
odge in Milton has broken up ? Let us have the '
cts, Mr. Chronicle. If you have effected your pur
toses, the people have a . right to know what has
wen done ; if you have disbanded without accom
lishing your ends, let us all know why. The Catb
lics are still " going about like roaring lions seeking
rhom they may devour" the foreigners are still
oming to this yet peaceful but most badly fright
ncd State ; and the cry is, where is the Milton Know
fo thing lodge ? what is Evans doing? There are
our Catholic Churches in this State, and only a few
housand foreigners to only eight hundred thousand -atives
born. In view of these alarming facts, the -ry
again is, where is Evans?
One " flirt of his grey gander quill were worth a thous
and men."
Our readers will remember that the Know Notb
ngs and Abolitionists combined, recently carried
few Hampshire by a large majority, electing two
hird3 of the members of the Legislature and Metcalf
iovernor. The Democracy, as a party, stood firmly
y the fugitive slave law, and the principles of the
ebraska-Kansas bill, and they polled for Governor
vote nearly equal to their former votes; but the
-ombination referred to was too strong for them) and
hey were beaten. The cry of the Know Nothings
leaded as they were by John P. Hale, the traitor
3urkc, a negro preacher of the name of James, and
Jx-Governor Anthony Colby, who was a member of
he Committee on Resolutions in the Know Nothing
Philadelphia Convention was, down with Slavery,
Popery and Foreigners, and vp with the Maine li
luor law; and so they triumphed. What has been
he result? Why their Governor, in his Inaugural
Vddress, denounced the Nebraska-Kansas bill as an
tutrage, and declared uncompromising opposition to
he admissiou of any more slaveholding States; and
he Legislature has elected to the United States Sen
te two rank abolitionists, in the persons of John P.
lale and Mr. Bell.
"By their fruits ye shall know them."
New Hampshire, be it remembered, is one of the
States which, according to the "American Organ,'
rinted at Washington City, did not secede from the
'hiladelphia Convention, but only "protested." If
vhat the "Organ "says be true, then are Southern
tnow Nothings still in alliance with Colby, Hale,
letcalf, Bell, and the rank and file of the Know
nothings of New Hampshire.
A friend in Nash County, who is well acquainted
with the people and with the condition of public sen
timent, writes us as follows : .
" We have heard that it is currently reported in
Raleigh, that Mr. Branch will lose six hundred votes
in this county. Now, sirs, I think I speak what I
know when I say that Mr. Shepard will not getin this
county more than one hundred votes. This, I say
again, is a fixed fact ; and if any of the dark-lanterns
are disposed to dispute the assumption, I think they
can be accommodated in any amount they are dis
posed to hazard. Six hundred votes, indeed! but
this rumor is only in accordance with the systematic
falsehoods set afloat by dark-lanterns for effect
My word for it, we shall give L. 01$. Branch a clear
majority of ten hundred and fifty votes. Put that
down as certain." .
"The Documents. We have just issued' in pam- '
phlet form, the speech of Mr. Rayner in the Con
vention of 1835 in favor of religious liberty and
the letters of Messrs. Stephens, of Ga, and of Kerr
and Caldwell of this State, against Know Nothing
ism. We expect to publish other documents soon.
Send in, friends, and be supplied. We are not prin
ting with a view to profit all we expect is enough
to cover first cost and to pay postage on the docu
ments. You can send $1, $3, or $5, just as yon
choose, and yon shall have the documents accord
ingly ; and those who cannot pay, shall have them
for nothing. Push on the column I "'N
Fcsiox in Ohio. A large Convention was held
at Cincinnati on the 23d, to nominate delegates to
the Republican State Convention to be held at Co
lumbus on the 13th July. Owing to the fact that .
two calls bad been published one for the 23d, and"
another for the 7th July a good deal of excitement
prevailed ; but a compromise was finally effected,
and it was agreed that there should be only one Cook
vention, the Know Nothings, anti-slavery men, and
outsiders all uniting opposition to the administra
tion of President Pierce being the common object
Jcdcb Losgstkeet's Letter. The attention of
our readers is called to the noble letter which we
' publish to day, of Judge Longsireet, formerly of
Georgiaj and now President of the University of
". Mississippi. Judge. Longstrect, it is well known,'
has been for many years a shining and useful min
ster of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Read his
etter, and then hand the paper containing it to your,
jeighbors. "'--."'. j '
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Jane 20th, 1855, at Maple Cottage, Kew Haven, Coon., by
be Bicbt Rev. Bit-hop Williams, Frank G. Q- Cmsted, of
'htladt-lphia, to Elizabeth J., daughter of tbe late George
. ollok Devereox, of North Carolina. " '.-'; : -
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