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W. E. & A. W. BBATTON,
At Bratton's Building, East of the
Court-IIouse. '
One year, $1 BO
Eight months, 1 OO
wir montns, GO
Payment In advance In all cafes. ,
[From the N. Y. Herald, Dec. 22.]
The President and General
Grant on Southern Restoration
Grant on Southern Restoration---The Radicals
President Johnson, supported by
General Grant, that great master
of the art of flank movements, had
handsomely talked of the radical
leaders of the Senate, and cut off
i their retreat.' The special message
to that body, in response to a reso
lution calling for certain infbrma-
tion in reference to the condition
t of the Southern States, furnished
information which will be very
gratifying to tho country at large,
but which wa8 gall and wormwood
- to the implacable radical Sumner.
The- President speaks encourag
ingly of the loyal temper and incli-
; nations of the Southern people, and
entertains no doubt "that they will,
at 'a very early period, be in a con
dition to resume all their practical
relations with the Federal Govern
ment." Most of the reclaimed
States have ratified the Constitu
tional Amendment, "and in nearly
all of them measures have been
adopted, , or a new pending to con-
, fer upon the freedmen the privile
ges which are essential to their
comfort, protection and security."
General Grant, from his personal
observations, during his late South
ern reconnoissance from the Poto
mac to the Savannah river, cordially
sustains these views of the Presi
dent. It is evident that the general
effect upon tho Senate of these
encouraging reports was good; but
instead of softening the warth of
Sumner they inflamed it into an
uncontrollable fury.
"We have," said he, "a message
from the President, which is like
the whitewashing message of
Franklin .Pierce with regard to the
atrocities .in Kansas." Called to
account by Senator Doolittle for
this outrageous expression, Mr.
Sumner had "nothing to qualify,
nothing to modify, nothing to re
tract." But when another Repub
lican Senator, Mr. Dixon, of Q'on
, necticut, - haying faith - in tho
President's patriotism and policy,
.remarked that he could not in
silence hear this remark, that the
Executive had presented a white
washing report that, in other
words, ho had, by falsehoods and
mistatements, covered up certain
facts there was a change in the
mind of the unfortunate Sumner.
He saw that there was a limit for
his folly, even in a Republican
Senate, beyond "which he could not
6afely pass. .His charge of white
washing was"' not intended in the
offensive sense understood by other
Senators. lie had no reflections to
make on the. patriotism or truth of
the President; but he remembered
the whitewashing message from
Franklin Pierce, and that they all
Called it a whitewashing document.
Thus-the highly vaulting Sumner
was suddenly biought to with his
face to the ground. .This, of itself,
is a trifling . incident; but, in con
nection with tho fact that it puts a
check upon the mad career of Sum
ner as the 'radical leader of the
Senate, it becomes an incident of
sorne- importance. It indicates the
strength of the President's policy,
. and that the Republicans in Con
gress begin to appreciate the
necessity of co-operation with him,
if they would maintain their posi
tion as the party in power.
The check upon Thad. Stevens,
the Radical leader of the House, is
still more remarkable. On Monday,
upon the question of referring the
President's Message, he enlarged
upon his theory that the late re
bellious States are now legally in
the condition of unorganized Ter
ritories, and that, as 6uch, they
must be reconstructed by Congress.
On Tuesday tho Secretary of State
officially announced the ratification
of the constitutional amendment
; abolishing and prohibiting slavery
1 by three-fourths of all the States,
including in this ratificntion such
States as Virginia, North and South
Carolina, Georgia and Alabama,
thus recognizing them as States in
the Union, and legitimately acting
as such through their Legislatures ;
, , and what has Mr. Stevens to say?
He can say nothing against the
proclamation without putting him
self in a very bad position, and he
can say nothing in its favor with
out stultifying himself, and so he
discreetly remains quiet.
Thus, upon the most important
measure the constitutional aboli
tion of slavery President Johnson,
through his Southern restoration
. policy, has completely flanked the
. radicals, and holds them as Grant
held Lee within the limits of Peters-
I ' ' ' " X '" II - ' - - . I - I. I. - ' I - . I
burg, in a position from which
there is no escape. The radicals
can no Jonger venture upon the
ground that the States excluded
from Congress are out of the Union,
because that doctrine upsets the
great constitutional amendment
an amendment which the people
of all parties and all sections ac
cept as a fixed fact. The radicals
themselves accepting it The
Administration, having thus gained
the important point that the late
rebel States are not' only in the
Union, but are legitimately recon
structed in their new Legislatures,
it is apparent that President John
son has the game in his hands and-j
tnai his policy must prevail.'- The
acceptance by Congress of the con
stitutional ratification, as declared
by the Secretary of State, gives the
victory to the Administration.
"A Collision Inevitable."
"Agate," the special Washing
ton correspondent of the Cincinnati
Gazette, a correspondent who is
usually well informed as to the
purposes of the Republican party,
is fearful that "a collision is inevi
table" between Congress and the
President'. Referring to Mr. Sum
ner's speech, ho has this to say:
"It is not impossibe that this
opening for a rupture may close, as
two or three previous ones have
closed ; but it is not to bo denied
that the prospects are squally. If,
as it would now seem, the Presi
dent has 'determined to force
through his reorganization policy,
a collision is inevitable. Congress
is really more determined on this
point than it was on the first day
of the session.
"A number of gentlemen have, it
is true, sloughed off from the un
wieldly majority; and still more,
under the potent pressure of Execu
tive influence, are sure to do the
same thing. But the bone and
sinew of the Union majority, the
men who act from convictions and
not from. anxietv.for.JJia-jujcond-
hand dispensation of morsels from
the White House kitchen, have no
notion whatever of reversing or
modifying their action. They will
prevent the admission of any Sena
tors or Representatives from the
seceded States till after the thor
ough investigation and report
which they expect from their com
mittee. Their course then must
depend on the aspect of affairs thus
presented ; but it is drawing upon
no spjnt of prophecy to say that
the chances for the present South
ern applicants will not grow
"It is hoped and with good
reason that the rresident recog
nizes this determination, and like
a wise statesman means to shape
his course accordingly. It was
Caleb Cushing, I think, who said of
John Tyler, that the mistake the
Whigs made was in forgetting that
his Administration was an estab
lished fact. The mistake the Whigs
made then, the President would
make now, should he forget that
this Congress, whose term lasts
nearly as long as his, and whose
magnificent majority counts far
above a hundred, after all the drift
wood that has been adhered to
rather than been a part of it, has
washed away that this Congress,
thus potent and lasting, can either
make or ruin his place in history.
Mr. Johnson will be a less shrewd
politician than his record would in
dicate, if he should fail to see this ;
or if he should fail to remember
the other fact that Tylerized Ad
ministrations, cannot be re-elected?
JEMr. Barnett, Mail Agent on
the Cincinnati & Chicago Air Line
railroad, informs us that the safe
of the Treasurer of Pulaski county,
Indiana, was broken open on Sun
day night at Winnemack, and be
tween seven and eight thousand
dollars in money stolen. No traces
of the thief or thieves has been dis
covered up to last night. The
Court House, in which the office of
the Treasurer i3 located, is a new
building, and the arrangements for
the safekeeping of the funds were
Gazette, December 28.
Theodore Hook once said to a
man at whose table a publisher got
very drunk : 'Why, you appear to
have emptied your wine cellar into
a book seller.'
'Here's Webster upon, a bridge,'
said Mr. Partington, as she handed
Ike the dictionary.. 'Study it con
tentively and you will gain a great
deal of inflamation-' -
Traitor! spare that flag 1
Touch not a single start
IU sheltering glory uow
Still blazes near and far;
Ttvas our forefathers' hand
That placed It o'er our head,
And thou shall let stand.
Or perish with the dead.
That dear old precious flag,
Whose glory and renown
Are spread o'er land and sea, .
And wouldst thou tear It down ?
Traitor! forbear that touch!
Rend not its heart bound ties 1
Oh, spare that glorious flair.
ill streaming through the skies, .
When I was yet i boy
' I gloried in the star'
e In io.
Ana raised :ny voice
To greet Its folds of lightr-
For it nv home Is dear:
Dear is my native lam!;
Forgive tht foolish tear,
But let that, old flag stand I
My heart strings round thee cling
Close as the stripes, old friend ;
iiiy praises men snail sin.
Till time Itself shall end
Old It a?, the storm still brave.
And, Traitor, leave the spot!
While I've a hand to save,
Thy touch shall harm It not!
Mr friend Kelly was walking
down Main -street, Milwaukee, last
autumn, in a brown study upon
some abstruse subject, his vision
horizontal and vacant, and his step
rapid and careless, when just as he
had forded one of the crossing
streets and lifted one foot to place
it upon the curbstone, a big, but
cowardly yellow dog came sweep
ing along, followed by a black
animal of the same species. The
yellow dog whized past him, but
the black specimen, oblivious to
all things but the object of pursuit,
as every dog should be on such an
occasion, and, possibly, somewhat
under the control of his own mo
mentum, struck Kelly's perpendicu
lar leg, while the other was walking,
and knocked it out from under
him. My friend went down instan
ter. His glossy beaver bounced
upon the pavement, and continued
its journey. Spectacles danced
iimrlino. infn iha, miter whil h?Q
chfl wl ' cftutlr a iroinot n Vi ,rYv n r 'nT
out if ft giiuvA ngaiiiov t Diiuuiau o
window like a pellet paper on a
Kelly gathered himself together,
picked himself up, and looked after
the dog that had done the mischief,
expecting to find him "hove to" in
canine dismay at the accident he
had caused; but, to his autter as
tonishment, the animal seemed as
regardless of his equilibrium as of
any other trival matter, and was
making after the aforesaid yellow
dog at as great speed as though he
had not tipped over the best fellow
in Wisconsin.
While my friend was down, a
clear, musical, girlish laugh had
rung out upon the air. It was so
evidently spontaneous, so charm
ingly musical, was so suddenly
checked, and withal so good a cause,
that Kelly could scarcely be angry
or even disconcerted.
When the gentleman had recov
ered from his surprise at the heed
lessness of the quadruped, he
bethought him of the music. There
were half a dozen ladies in view,
but by a trigonometrical calcula
tion he reached the conclusion that
the laugh must have come from
either a dainty little blue hat with
delicate, straw-colored trimmings,
or a decidedly sober and ancient
brown one the two being in con-
j unction. Of course he fastened
upon the blue hat ; for never since
the flood did a grave, unfashionable
bonnet give out such gushing
laughter as that.
Kelly was not a city gentleman
not he. He was a squire in a rural
town, a leader of town affairs. A
man of mark; to whom the village
politicians looked for shrewdest
counsels, on whom abused people
called for advice and redress, and
in whose hands friendless widows
put the management of their scanty
estates, sure that all would be done
for them and the little orphans that
tact, fidelity, and a warm heart
could accomplish.
The blue hat was a city hat ; and
the brown hair it covered, together
with the hazel eyes that sparkled
in front of it, were ofcity growth.
But the sober, brown hofinet was a
rural affair; and the lady finder it
was a rural aunt of good dimen
sions, both person and heart Be
fore the catastsophe which brought
out the laughter, the aunt was
listening attentively to the lady's
very eager request that she would
try and procure her a school near
her country home; after theaeef'
dent the broww bonnet gave a very
appropriate and impressive lecture
on the improyriety of laughing out
that way, "when the street was full
of folks.".
'Why, who could help it, auntie I
Did you ever see anything so
funny f Laugh? I didn't laugh it
laughed itself. 0, dear,' and then
the little figure trembled from hat
to slipper under the shaking of
suppressed merriment. Indeed, to
escape another lecture, she had to
cover lips, nose, and eyes almost,
irr scented linen cambric.
'Well, you see, auntie,' said the
little blue hat, recurring to the
former topic, 'father isn't rich,
indeed I don't think he is as well
off as he seems to be; family is
large all girls, too, just a 'bill of
expense you know, and don't like
to have father furnish me music
lessons any longer, for I know he
can't afford it. But I wouldn't give
up my music for the world ; only I
want to pay part of the expense
myself. Father isn't able ; he looks
more and more care-worn every
day. I am really afraid,' and here
the voice leu and became very
serious, 'I am really afraid things
are going wrong with him. Besides,
I want to be doing something, I'm
a better girl when I am not a drone,
and dependent. Yes, auntie, I must
and will have a school there !
Will you help me V
The brown bonnet caught the
girl's enthusiasm and promised,
You must have known, reader,
from the brief description of my
mend Kelly, that he was the town
school superintendent. Who else
was so well qualified to look after
the interests of the public schools ?
One morning at six o'clock, my
friend rises at five, and has a good
fire in his office and an appetite for
breakfast at six, a rap fell upon
the outer door. Kelly rose and
opened it.
'Good morning ladies 1 walk in:
The brown bonnet said 'good
morning' with dignity ; the blue hat
pronounced the same blessing tim-
Ml 11 11 1.
iuiy ; com wanted in.
My niece would like to be exam
L-" 10 Uie 8Cn001 in OUr
'Certainly,' said the town super
intendent, laying the poker on the
table, 'Certainly your aunt beg
pardon your niece shall be exam
ined, madam. Warm morning,
marm,' wiping the prespiration
from his face with a sheet of blot
ting paper.
'Bless you 1 it's the coldest morn
ing we've had this fall,' said the
astonished aunt 'Why, Mary's face
has been like a peony, all the way,
ridin' in the wind. Jest look at it.'
There was no need ; for my friend
had seen something more than the
blue hat, some minutes before.
Certainly, madam, certainly
very red I mean very cold indeed,
ma'am, very.'
The town superintendent was not
long, however, in getting better
tossession of his faculties ; and at
ength the examination com
menced. Your residence, if you please,'
said Kelly, blandly.
'Milwaukee,' timidly.
'May I ask where you were edu
cated?' continued the questioner,
looking for once into the eyes
which were sparkling, despite the
blushing embarrassed features.
'In the public schools, sir.'
Did you graduate ?'
Yes, sir.'
May I look at your diploma?'
The lady handed a roll tied with
blue ribbon. Kelly tried hard to
untie it, but soon got the knot in a
very bad fix. The pretty fingers
of the blue hat were called into
requisition, and the knot was con-,
quered close before him under his
own eyes. Opening the roll.
'Mary Denver I Is that your
Yes, sir.'
'Your father's name V
'Yes, sir.'
'Why, I was clerk in his store
when you were a child. He was
the noblest employer I ever had
made me all I am. I mean that he
made me upright for that is all I
am, any way.'
Kelly promised a certificate said
he would bring it over next day,
which he did.
During the whole term he was
very faithful in his official visits to
the scho&if and just before the close
rf the session my friend said
Mary,I wouldn't teach anymore,'
O, I must I like it, besides I
haven't accomplished half I want
to, yet.'
What dtf yfftf want to' icCoftK
' want to Continue my music'
'Wliat el not'
'I want to clothe Minie. "
'I want to feel that I am useful,
that I am doing something.'
'I want to hire you Mary; and
will pay you wages that will enable
you to do all this.'
YoU Want to hire me! What
can I do for youf
'Keep my house, and be my wife,
And then the town superintend
ent got his arm around Mary's waist
and held her tight, though she
struggled a little at first.
'Let me, go a moment, and I will
tell you.'
He released the little figure, and
Mary stood before him, trembling,
blushing, twining the strings of the
blue hat around her finger, looking
down upon the floor, glancing once
into his earnsst eyes, her breast
rising and falling till the cameo
swayed like a ihip upon billows.
'Do you Jove me?'
'With icy whole soul.'
'Did you ever love anybody else ?'
'Never in my life.'
'Can a little girl like me look
ing earnestly in his face 'can a
little girl like me, devotedj loving
you almost to reverence, make you
happy always ?'
'None in all the world but you.'
The little maiden stepped close
to his side, and hid herslf under his
The jaunty blue hat is in a favor
ite closet in my friend's new house,
in a glass case, on the under shelf.
Anecdote op Washington. The
Rev. Dr. Ely relates an interesting
anecdote of Washington. It oc
curred during the General's visit
of 1789, at West Springfield, Mass.
Washington was standing on the
bank of the Connecticut, waiting
for a ferry boat Dr. Ely says :
"Whilst I was gazing upon him,
one of the postillions drove up, and,
dismounting and uncovering his
head, said, in the most deferential
manner, and with an expression of
injured dignity : .
- "Your Exelency, as.jwe. were
driving along, a little way back,
we overtook a man with a loaded
cart, who occupied the entire road.'
1 asked him to stop his team that
we might pass by. He declined.
I then told him that it was Presi
dent Washington's chariot. He
again refused, and said he would
not stop, that he had as good a
right to the road as George Wash
ington had.
"And so he had," was the simple
reply of Washington.
"The postillion, after a moment's
look of wonder and astonishment
at the condescension of the Presi
dent of the United States, quietly
put on his hat and again mounted
his horse. I watched the cortage
until it was out of sight; but my
impression and memory of Wash
ington are as vivid and distinct as
if I had seen the great man only
0 Idlknkss. When God tfanted snon-
ges and oysters he made them, and put one
on the rock and the other in the mud.
When he made man, he did not make him
to be an oyster or a sponge ; he made him
with feet and hands, and head and heart,
and place to use them, and he said unto
him, "Go and work t" But I tell you If a
man has come to that point where he is
content, he oujrht to be put In his coffin, for
a contented life man I a sham. If a man
has come to that point in Which he savs, ' I
do not want to know any more, or do any
more," he is in a state in which he oujrht
to be changed into a mummy. Of all hide
eous; and of mummies those are the most
hideous ; that are running about the streets
and talking.
Two small urchins were in con
versation the orher day, when one
said, 'Ain't you got a grandmother?'
o. 'I tell yer, responded the
first, 'they're tip-top. Let yer do
as yer please; give yer as much
good stuff as yer can eat, and the
more you sars 'em the better they
likes it.'
Didler invited two or three to
drink, and was telling big stories
about himself. 'Come,' said one of
the party, 'you have told ts what
you can do ; now tell us what you
cannot do.' 'Well, that's easily
done,' replied Didler, 'I can't pay
for the drinks you have just had.'
It is an actual fact that a man
who attempted to" hug a beautiful
woman named Miss Lemon, has
sued her for striking him' in the
eye. He is altogether unreason
able. Why should he squeeze a
lemon unless, he wants a punch'.
'Julius, why didn't you oblone'
youf stay at. tha seaside?' 'Kase,,
Mr. Smith, they charge tod much.'
How so, Julius?' 'Why, d'tf land
lord charge' dis coloYed individual
with stealing the silver spoons.-.
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One square, ten lines, $100
Each additional insertion, - 4(V
Cards, per year, ten line, ' 8 OO
Notices of Executors, Administra
tors and Guardlsiis, 200
Attachment notice before J. P, . . 2 OO
Local notices, per line, . . - 10
- Yearly idvertbmenU will be charged ;
$00 per column, and at porportienate :
rates for less than a column. ray able iq
A Roadside Dialogue.
fAnd sor Squire, you don't 'take
the county paper?', ' , ,.t .
'No, Major, I get the city papers
on much better terms. I take a
couple of them.' ... ,
'But, Squire, the county papers
oftenprove a great convenience to
us. ; The more we encourage them,
the better the editor can afford to
make them.'
Why I don't know any conven
ience they are to me.'
'The farm you sold last fall was
advertised in one of them, and
thereby you obtained a customer.
Did you not?'
Very true, Major, but I paid
three dollars for it' ' '
'And you made more than three
hundred dollars by it Now, -if
your neighbor had not maintained
the press, and kept it up ready for
use, you would have been without
the means to advertise your prop-.
erty. But I saw your daughter's
marriage notice in those papers,
did that cost you anything ?'
'io, but'
And your brother's death with a
long obituary notice. And the
destruction of our neighbor' Riig'.
house by fire. You know these
things were exaggerated till the
authentic accounts of the news
papers set them right'
'O true, but'
'And when your cousin Splash
was up lor the Legislature, you
appeared much gratified at his de
fence which cost him nothing.'
Yes, yes, but these things are
interesting to the readers. They
cause tho people to take the paper.'
'Wo, bquire Grudge, not if all
were like you. Now I tell you, the
day will surely come when some
body will write an eulogy on your
life and character, and the printer
will put it in types with a heavy
black cut over it, and with all your
riches, this will be done for your
grave as a pauper. Your wealth,
your morality, and all such things
will be spoken of, but the printer
boy, as he spells the words in ar
ranging the type to these sayings
will remark of you l'oor mean
devil, he is even sponging his obit
uary I Uoou morning, Squire.'
Sions. When will si and
wonders cease? Not till the des
troying angel shall clip short the
thread of time, and the heavens be
rolled together as a scroll. Not a
day passes but ve see good and bad
signSjas the following will show:
It is a good sign to see a man
doing an act of charity to his fel
lows. It is a bad sign to hear .hiin
boasting of if.
It is a good sign to see an honest
man wearing his old clothes.
It is a bad sign to see them filling
the holes in his wiildows.
It is a good sign to see a man
wiping the prespiration from his
It is a bad sign to see him wipe
his chops as he comes from , the
It is a good sign to see a woman
dress with taste and neatness.
It is a bad ' sign to see her hus-
band sued for her finery.
It is a good sign for a nan to
advertise- in a" paper. .
It is a bad sign to see a sheriff
advertise for him.
It is a good sign to see a man
sending his children to school.
It is a bad sign to see them edu
cated at evening schools,- on the
To Democrats Generally. A
cotemporary truthfully says,- now i3
the time to push true Democratic
papers in every direction for it is
only by sowing the seed that we
may hope for a good harvest.
Democrats too often wait until
just before election, before they
begin to circulate their papers, and
thai time is generaly too late.
Abolition tares have sprung up,
and the good seeds will not take
root. Reader, if you have a Demo
cratic neighbor, of one Who is a
moderate Republican, do not rest
until. you have induced him to take
a good Democratic paper. ' Your
own county paper first, and others
afterward, -
The Death of Great Men. It is
noted as a peculiar fact that, three
of the prominent members of the
Republican party have died, within
a brief space of time,- while indulg
ing in pleasurable recreation!
Joshua R.- Giddings fell by the side
of a billiard-table ; President Lin
tfolri died in a theatej,. and Mr.
Corwin was stricken down while
enlivening the festivities- of
evening with jokes. .
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