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Il B USTEES’ SALE n OF OXE OF THE MOST ggjjfcAßLE PROPERTIES te vicinity of Westminster, Carroll co., Maryland. virtue of a decree of the Circuit Court '•arroll county, sitting in Equity, passed in Vo. 2171, wherein John A. Krouse is Uiff and John F. Mitten and others, are Idants- tlie undersigned, trustees named id decree, will offer at Public Sale, on ,remises, situated on the public road, nfr from Westminster to Tannery Station, ,e’Western Md. Railroad, and within five ltes walk of the Court House, on Saturday, August 30lh, A. I)., ISS4. j'clock, p. in., the following valuable ds of band, to-wit: The Home Place, of which Daniel Mit lied, seized, and possessed, containing ORES OF LAND, MORE OR LESS, mprovements consist of agood Dwelling j.---, and Tenant House, new Switzer ky. Barn, Wagon Shed, Corn House (KU& and all other necessary out zOf’CZ' buildings, in good repair. . is a never failing well of excellent water ihc kitchen door, an abundance of fruit . choicest varieties; while the whole is under good fencing. S land is in a high and productive state tivation, and its proximity to Westmin ,akes it very desirable and well worthy tention of any one in want of a good A lot or parcel of Land, situated near ashington road, leading, from Westmin uid within 11 miles of said city, contain- Acres, more or less. This tract adjoins mis of Eli Buckingham, Jeremiah Slorp ihcrs, and has some timber 011 it. sale will take place at the late residence uiel Mitten, deceased, within a few min talk of the Court House, Westminster, sons desirous of viewing the premises ill upon Chas. K. Mitten, residing there id for further information .call upon or is the trustees at Westminster, Md. ms of Sale. —One-third part of the pur- ! money to be paid on the day of sale or i the ratification thereof by the Court, e residue to be paid in two equal annual nits from the day of sale ; the credit nits to be secured by the notes of the iser or purchasers, with security to be red by the trustees and bearing interest he day of sale. WM. N. HAYDEN, WM. A. McKELLIP, (iorsnch, Auct. Trustees, ling 2 I s. rpRUSTEES’ SALE I OF A VERY VALUABLE FARM, Near Winfield, Carroll County, Md. l!y virtue of a decree of the Circuit Court i fur Carroll county sitting as a Court of equity, I passed on the 17th day of May, 1884, wherein James Skidmore is plaintiff, and Katurah Skidmore and others are defendants, the un- i JiTsieued. as trustees named in said decree, will offer at Public Sale, on the premises, sear the village of Winfield, Carroll county. Md., 011 Thursday, the ~‘Sth day of August, ISS4, lit 1 o’clock, P. M., all that parcel or tract or part of tracts of land, containing 7S; ACRES OF LAND, MORE or LESS, and being the same land of which the late Hamilton P. Skidmore died seized and pos sessed. The improvements consist of a frame ‘wealherhoarded double dwelling house with large porch in front, two kitchens, and six rooms above and same number lalow: a good large bank barn [ with stabling, also cider pressl attached; well of water at liani.Pji.xi '.ulrC There are the usual other outbuildings in good n-jiair, such as meat house, carriage house, j wash house, Ac. There is a fine young or chard in hearing, and about 15 Acres in Tim- j her, furnishing ample fire wood for the farm, j This properly bva very desirable one, both j in respect totke quality of its soil, ns well as , its situation, beingvery convenient to schools, churches, railroad station, kc. Thc Termsnf Saleai'e: —One-third cash on the day of sale or upon the ratification there- | of hy the Court; the balance in one aud two | years; credit payments to be secured to the | satisfaction of the trustees and bearing inter- [ ■est from the day of sale. WM. A. McKELLIP, ITnlgteegl Tnlgteeg J. A. C. BOND, j-trustees. I*. A. Gorsuch, Auctioneer. NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Notiee is hereby given to the creditors of Hamilton I*. Skidmore, deceased, to file their claims with the vouchers thereof with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll county within two months from the day of sale. WM. A. McKELLIP, J. A. C. BOND, aug 2-ts Trustees. ( rpRUSTEES’ SALE -L op ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE AND DESIRABLE RESIDENCES ■On Main Street, in the City of Westminster, Carroll County, Md. By virtue of a deed of trust from H. L. Norris and wife, duly executed, acknowledged and recorded according to low, Abe under* i signed, trustees named therein, will offer at | Funlic Sale in front of the Postolfice, (Carroll . Hall,) in said city, the Brick Dwelling House j of said 11. L. Norris, at 2 o’clock, P. M., on | Mttmlni/. 2.lth day of August , A. D, 1884. This is a three-story building . containing 11 rooms, has cellar under the whole house, pump of never-failing and good water tmm2=£sSSmß£ also a cistern to supply the same with soft , water. There is a splendid variety of fruit, 1 such as apples, peaches, plums, grapes, Ac., 1 while the garden is second to none in West minster. It is rarely that so valuable a piece of town property as this is offered, at public sale, and it is well worthy the attention of any one in want of a home, situated in the most eligible and delightful part of an inland city celebrated for its health. Westminster may boast of its situation; with gas and an abun dant supply of the purest and best of spring ■ water, and situated 1000 leet above tide, and yet within one hours ride by rail of Balti more, making this property peculiarly advan tageous to people in the city who wish to j spend the summer in the country and yet not ' be deprived of attending to their daily busi- ! ness. For further particulars address or call upon Wm. A. McKellip, Westminster, Md. Term* of Sale. —One-third cash on the day of sale .or upon the ratificat ion thereof by the Court, balance in t and 12 months; credit payments to be secured to the satisfaction of the trustees and bearing interest from the day of sale. WM. A. McKELLIP, ) Trugteea N. D. NORRIS, Jirusiees. P. A. Gorsuch, Auctioneer. McKellip & Clabaugh, Solicitors, fifcaT’AH persons indebted to H. L. Norris on open account or otherwise are requsted to call at the store at once and pay the same, and thereby save coats. WM. A. McKELLIP, N. 1). NORRIS, aug 2-ts Trustees, TO FARMERS. As wheat is low—being worth less than $ 1 per bushel—l have concluded to reduce the price of “STAR BONK PHOSPHATE” to v3fi cash and S3B crop time, and $35 cash and s3f‘, time by car load. N. B.—“ Star Bone Phosphate* * has ex ceeded our most sanguine expectations, as those who have used it say that it yielded more to the acre than any other fertilizer in the market, and ti has been tried alongside of all of them. WAREHOUSE on Liberty st., near Depot. Telephone connection with >V. IT. Telegraph Office and my residence. july!9:tf JAMES E. SMITH. FOR SALE OR RENT— a large Dwelling, containing 12 . tooms, situated in the village of Hampstead, near the dpnt.. ‘ s surrounded by two acres land, upon which there is both fruit and or namental trees, and all necessary outbuild ings. Suitable for a hotel or boarding house. Fan be bought at a reasonable once, as par ties are absent- For terms apply to Dr. H. M. DRACH, Hampstead, Md., Or address Mrs. E. C. Tennison, New burgh, Charles county, Md. nmrls-tf t —— 213 c PUBLIC SALE OP TWO VAL UABLE FARMS By virtue of the power of sale contained in the last will and testament of Samuel Weant, deceased, and in pursuance of an order of the Orphans’ Court of Carroll county, Md., passed on the 7th day of July, 1884, the undersigned will offer at public sale, on the premises, sit uated on the county road leading from Piney Creek Meeting House to Two Taverns, about 1 mile from Harney, and adjoining lands of Jonas Hamer, Abe Ridinger and others, on Saturday , the 16th day of August , 188 4, at 1 o'clock, p. m., all that valuable farm, containing 118 ACRES OF LAND, MORE or LESS, improved with a large two-story Brick Dwelling Honsc, a Switz er Barn, 40x75, Wagon Shed.Bjjflgl®- Corn Crib, Wash House, and^*^ 3 ""* 65 " other out buildings; two wells of water, one at the barn and the other at the house. This property is under good fencing and has water in every field. 8 Acres of this property is in growing timber. Farm No. 2 adjoins the above described property, and contains GO ACRES OF LAND, MORE OR LESS, and is improved with a two story Brick Dwelling House, Hog House, Stable, is under good fencing, and has upon it about 8 Acres of good timber. There is a never failing spring of water near the house, an excellent young orchard in good bearing condition on this place. Also at the same time and place will be sold a Wood Lot containing 3 ACRES AND 2 , ROODS of Land, more or less, situated in Adams county, Pa., Hamiltonban township, 4 miles from Fairfield. This lot has on it first-class timber. Terms of Sale. —One-third part of the pur chase money to be paid cash on the day of sale, or upon the ratification thereof; the bal ance to be paid in two equal instalments of one and two years respectfully from day of sale, with interest.and to secured to the satis faction of the Executor. GEO. W. WEANT, Executor. Chas. B. Roberts, Attorney for Estate, july 19-4 t jgARGAINS, BARGAINS. J. T. WAMPLER j Cordially invites his friends and the public j generally to call and examine his LARGE STOCK OF GOODS, and compare prices before purchasing else i where. We have : LADIES’ DRESS GOODS AND DOMESTIC GOODS, kc., \ OF ALL KINDS. OUB NOTION DEPARTMENT Is full and complete with all the Latest Nov elties. In our QUEENS WARE DEPARTMENT, Which is the largest and best selected in the county, we defy competition. OUR GROCERY DEPARTMENT J Is always complete with all the various grades ! of Sugars, Coffees, Teas, Spices, Fruits, kc. j We keep also a Large Stock of— Japaned Ware, Tin Ware, Wooden Ware, Glass Ware and Sample Goods, i All of which we sell at Rock Bottom Prices, j J. T. WAMPLER, ap 22-tf West End, Westminster, Md. j Jj^LOUR! FLOUR!FLOUR! Westminster Flouring Mills, W. S. MYER & BRO. Proprietors. Mfliiufacture and have on sale the following I brands of Flour: Oriole Family 1 > Patent Process. A No. 1 Family) Westminster Family I New Parr’s Ridge Family I Process. Westminster Extra J Above Brands Flour on sale at Barrel Prices, ; in Half Barrel Sacks, (98 lbs.) Quarter “ “ (49 lbs.) Eighth “ “ (244 Jbs.) Sixteenth“ “ (124 lbs.) Have constantly on baud and for sale Bran, ! I Middlings and Offall in general. Agents for ! Standard Brands of Fertilizers. For sale at Manufacturers’ Prices, j feb 4 1882-ly j £4REAT BARGAIN'S IN FURNITURE, $5,000 WORTH TO BE SOLD WITHIN THE NEXT GO DAYS, REGARDLESS OP COST- | Parties desiring to pur chase will do well to call and examine our Stock before purchasing else where, and we will con vince you that WE SELL AS LOW AS ANY HOUSE IN THE COUNTY, TAKING QUALITY OP GOODS INTO CONSIDERATION. J. OEISELMAN k SON, niar 8 . Westminster, Md. GROCERY STORE AT YINGLING’S OLD STAND. Having taken the above stand, and stocked it with a new and fine variety of Groceries, such as SUGARS, COFFEES, TEAS, MOLASES, DRIED BEEF, BACON, HAM, BREAKFAST MIDDLING, CANNED FRUITS, SPICES, TIN, WOODEN & WILLOW WARE, TOBACCO, CIGARS, CONFECTIONERY, Stationery, &c., I respectfully ask a share of the patronage of our citizens. orders delivered in the town. E. ZEPP, june2l:6mos Westminster, Md. MAGISTRATES’ BLANKS for sale at this office. WESTMINSTER, MD, SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 1884. J Q. STITELY & SON, LIBERTY ST., WESTMINSTER, MD. Having associated with me in business my son Oliver, the business will now be run under the name and firm of J. Q. Stitely k Son, where you will constantly find on hand a full and select assortment of Agricultural Implements and Ma chinery of All Kinds. The Champion Cord Binders, Reapers and Mowers, Oliver Chilled Plows, Lebanon Wrought Share Plows, Hench Cultivators, SPRING-TOOTH HARROWS Both riding and walking; Evans Check Row Corn Planters, the Wyard Hand Planters, Corn SheUers, Peed Cutters and Mas ticators, Thomas Hay Rake, The RuUard Hay Feeder, Empire Engines, Separators And Clover Hullers, The Empire and Bick ford & Huffman GRAIN AND GUANO WHEAT DRILLS, Wheat Fans, Single and Double Shovel Plows, Single Trees. Also a PULL LINE OP REPAIRS. The Buckeye Iron Pump Cucumber Pumps and Tubing Of all kinds. We now call your special at tention to the celebrated Emerson Si Fisher BUGGIES AND PHiETONS. Have just received a fresh carload of them, and are now ready to accommodate our many friends and customers with the best Buggies in the State for the money. fIaT'AN UNRIVALLED COMBINATION Of cheapness, durability and style. Extra ordinary success! U&- OVER 100,000 CARRIAGES SOLD And perfect satisfaction given. Come and see the newest styles, with latest improve ments, and select a Buggy, Phaeton, Family Carriage, Cart or Spring Wagon, made hy i the Emerson Si Fisher Company expressly for 1 our trade. J. Q. STITELY Si SON, Liberty Street, opposite Depot, j feb 10 84:tf Westminster, Md. Buy your hardware and STOVES OF M. SCHAEFFER & CO WESTMINSTER, MD., NEAR RAILROAD. We are receiving an elegant line of fine heating Stoves, economical in fuel, ornamen tal in design, easy to manage and reasonable in price. Cook Stoves and Ranges in the latest and most approved patterns guaranteed. Sole agents for the celebrated New Light- House Cook and Excelsior Penn, Othello and New Record Ranges, also the New Golden Sun and Boynton 1882 Fire Place Heaters, the very best in the market. Keep on hand always a full line of HARDWARE, WOODENWARE, PAINTS, OILS, GLASS, PLUMBERS’ AND GAS-FITTERS’ SUPPLIES. ! Manufacturers of all kinds of Tinware. Roof ! ing and Spouting promptly attended to. i Call and examine stock and learn prices, sept 9-tf JOHN Gf. SHUNK AND HARRY S. ROOP, Iraving formed a Copartner | ship in business, offer to the public a full ■ line of Agricultural Implements, i Including the Y r ork and Champion Grain Drills, either of which is superior to any other i Drills offered, both having a perfect force j feed both for grain and phosphate. The South Bend Economist Plow with Reversible j Shear and Reversible Point, Wrought Plows, j Sulky Furrow Plows, Wheel Harrows, Feed Cutters, Engines, Separators and Saw Mills, Wind Engines, Western Wagons, | Cider Mills, Corn SheUers kc. We are also j prepared to furnish Iron Fencing. Also a full assortment of Domestic Sewing Machines, with the new Bent Wood Work, and new At j tachments. Oil and Needles for all Sewing I Machines. Will keep constantly on hand a J full line of Repairs for I OSBORNE’S HARVESTING MACHINES. I We hope by strict attention to business and j fair dealing to receive a liberal share of pa i tronage. Please call and examine our stock I at our Warehouse, adjoining H. W. Dell’s | Lumber Office, Main Street, Westminster, i Md. aug 2-tf SHUNK k ROOP. | H. HUBER, NO. 3 CARROLL HALL, DEALER IN j DRUGS, CHEMICALS, PATENT MEDICINES, AND PERFUMERY. j ESPECIAL ATTENTION PAID TO PHY SJCIANS’ ORDERS AND PRE SCRIPTIONS. april 25-tf PATAPSCO GUANO CO., BALTIMORE, j Manufacturers of the following Standard Brands of Fertilizers: i Fatapsco Ammoniated Soluble Phos phate, Grange Mixture, Dissolved S. C. Bone, Dissolved S. C. and Potash, Alkaline Phos phate, Dissolved Bone Phosphate, Dis solved Animal Bone, and Dealers in Pure Ground Bone and General Fertilizing Materials. For Sale hy JOHN LYNCH, july 12:2m0s Westminster, Md. JOE CREAM. Having received a large supply of Ice, lean now furnish Pic Nics, Sunday Schools, Ex cursions, Hotels, Boarding Houses and Pri vate Residences with.the best quality of Ice Cream and Water Ices at reasonable rates, ■fir Highest Cash Price paid for Cream. JAMES W. BEACHAM, mayl9;tsepl Avondale, Md. J JAVE YOU HEARD the HEWS? M. C. STRASBURGER HAS REMOVED INTO A LARGER STOREROOM, f r WITH A NEW AND INCREASED STOCK 1 OF — Groceries and Provisions, Queensware, J Glassware, Woodenware, Tinware, BOOTS AND SHOES, > And Notions. I HAVE THE LARGEST STOCK, AND > WILL SELL GOODS CHEAPER THAN ANY HOUSE IN CARROLL CO. Light Brown Sugar at 61 cents. White Sugar at 8 “ ’ Good Roasted Coffee at 12 “ f Good Tea at 30 11 i Canned Goods, Dried Fruits, Raisins, Figs, ' Dates, Oranges, Lemons, Flour by the barrel * or bag, Corn Meal, Buckwheat, Salt Fish, Cigars and Tobacco. r LIQUORS OF ALL KINDS. A Pull Line of Confectionery, which cannot be surpassed in quality, . And sell , them at way-down prices. I have just laid in a large stock of HAMS, BACON, CHIP BEEF, and BO- I LOGNA SAUSAGE, cut to suit. IF YOU WISH TO SAVE MONEY, GO TO !; Strasburger’s Cheap Store, In the building lately occupied r by Theodore Derr, ’ mar 22 Wkhtminsteii, Mii. | QHAS. C. KRAFT. I (Late Organist of the First Presbyterian and j I other churches in Baltimore for over 15 years,) j I I TEACHER OF PIANO, CHURCH AND | PARLOR ORGAN, HARMONY AND VOCAL MUSIC. Vocal Classes and Schools Taught. CONCERTS AND MUSICAL SOCIETIES CONDUCTED. TUNER AND REPAIRER OF PIANOS, j CHURCH AND PARLOR ORGANS. ; Permanently located at MARSH HOUSE, Westminster, Md. j All orders by mail or otherwise will receive I prompt attention. Refers to Dr. Chas. Billingslca, Westmin ster, Prof. W. H. Zimmerman, Westminster, New Windsor College, Protestant Episcopal Church, Westminster. scpl,B3-ly s RAINES & CO., Wholesale and Retail Grocers, Respectfully call attention to their large stock of Groceries, Ac., at their Store, a few I doors east of the Railroad Depot, Westmin- j | ster, Md. j Our facilities are such as to enable us to offer great inducements in prices, as we pur j chase for Cash and sell at Short Profits. Our stock consists of Choice Flour, Groceries, Queens ware, Stoneware, Glassware, WiUow - Ware, Woodenware, Fine Cutlery, Fish, Bacon, Hard, Salt, &c., &c. OUR LIQUORS j are the finest and best ever offered in this city, j and for medicinal or family use are unsur ! passed. Sole agents for the well knowm Welty , I Whiskey. ! Ale, Porter and Beer, by the bottle or 1 barrel. Sole agents for Briggs Bros, world-re nouned Garden and Fower Seeds. The highest market price paid for Country Produce. ; feb 22, 1879 HAINES & CO. QENTRAIi DRUG STORE, [ ! OPPOSITE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Main Street, Westminster, Md. JOSEPH B. BOYLE, SUCCESSOR TO WELLS BROS'., DEALER in Pure Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Perfumery, Fancy Articles, Hair and Tooth Brushes, Combs, Toilet Soaps, , j Segars, Ac. Also Trusses and Shoulder | Braces. | Pure Paris Green for Destroying Potato Bugs. PURE WINES AND LIQUORS FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES. i Patent Medicines, Horse and Cattle Powders, | Ac. A fine assortment of STATIONERY. B&“ Physicians’ orders promptly filled and i Prescriptions carefully and accurately com . poundpji. mar 17tf — i P>HILIP WALSH & SONS. ALL KINDS OF LUMBER A BUILDING MATERIALS, AT THE LOWEST MARKET BATES. 1 YARDS - Maryland Avenue and Oliver street; Harford Avenue and Hoffman street, BALTIMORE, MD, Convenient to Western Maryland Railroad. July 1, 1882-ly QEMETEBY WORK! JOHN BEAVER, MANUFACTURER OF ITALIAN AND AMERICAN , MARBLE, - ®“MONUMENTS, HEADSTONES, Ac., 5 Of the most Tasteful Description. Moderate Prices. Main Street, Westminster, Md. mar 1 6m* fclitol. MR. SLAINEjS RECORD. C’arl Nfbnrz'H Logical ami IHspaNNloualc Consideration of Mr. Blaine's Connec tion with llie Little ICoek Land Grab. Ac. Below is an extract from Carl Schurz’s great speech in Brooklyn, N. Y., August sth, at the meeting of Independent Republicans: Fellow Citizens : In obedience to the in vitation with which I have been honored, I stand here in behalf of Republicans, opposing the Presidential candidates of the Republican party. You may well believe me when I say that it is no pleasure to me to enter upon a campaign like this. But a candid statement of our reasons for the step we have taken is | due to those whose companionship in the pending contest we have left. It is, there fore, to Republicans that I address myself. I shall, of course, not waste any words upon politicians who follow the name of the party, right or wrong; but to the men of reason and conscience will I appeal, who loved their party for the good ends it was serving, and who were faithful to it in the same measure as it was faithful to the honor and the true in terests of the Republic. Let them hear me, and then decide whether the same fidelity will not irresistibly lead them where we stand now. THE TARIFF NOT THE ISSUE. At the threshold I have to meet a misap prehension of our motives. It has been said, and, 1 suppose, believed by some, that we were dissatisfied with the Republican party because its present candidates ware protec tionists. This is easily answered. Is Sena tor Edmunds, of Vermont, a free trader? On the contrary, he is well known to be as strong a protectionist as any member of the Senate. And who among the candidates be fore the Republican National Convention was the favorite of the same “Independent Re publicans” now opposing the Republican nominations ? The same Senator Edmunds. Why was he their favorite ? Because he was thoroughly trusted as an honest man who | could be depended upon to be faithful to those | moral principles and political methods, the observance of which would make and keep the Government honest. There was the de cisive point. We should have supported other Republican candidates even of less prominence and of less ability than Mr. Ed munds possesses, no matter whether they were as strong protectionists as he, provided i they satisfied that one fundamental require i ment of unimpeachable, positive and active j integrity. This is a fact universally known ! which no candid man will question. What, j then, has the tariff question to do with the motives of our opposition ? Nothing at all. ' And if any of those to whom these presents may come still assert that the tariff is the I moving cans? of our action, they convict j themselves of being afraid of the real reasons ! which govern us, and of seeking artfully to deceive the people about them. So far it may have been a mistake; now it will be a lie. Undoubtedly the tariff is an interesting and important subject; so is the currency; so is the bank question; so is the Mormon question; so are many others. At other times they might absorb our attention. Bui this time the Re publican National Convention has, with brutal directness, so that we must face it whether we will or not, forced upon the country another issue, which is infinitely more important, bt ' cause it touches the vitality of our institutions, j It is the question of honesty in government. I I say the Republican Convention has forced I it upon the country, not by platform declara ! tions, but by nominating for the Presidency a ! man with a blemished public record. Under stand me fully. The (piestion is not merely whether Mr. Blaine, it elected notwithstand ing his past career, would or would not give the country a comparatively honest adminis tration, The question is much larger than that. It is whether the public record of the Republican candidate is not such as to make his election by the American people equiva lent to a declaration on their part that honesty will no longer be one of the requirements of the government of the Republic. It is whether such a declaration w ill not have the inevitable effect of sinking the government for generar tions to come, perhaps forever, into a depth of demoralization and corruption such as we have never dreamed of before. If this is ; really the issue of the pending campaign, then i you will admit it to be the most momentous that has been upon us since the civil war; nay, as momentous as any involved in the civil war itself. Above all, let us be sure of the facts. Is the public character and record of the Repub lican candidate really such that his election would produce results of greater consequence to the future of the Republic than the deci sion one way or the other of any political question now pending ? Some of Mr. Blaine ? s friends assert that he is a much abused and calumniated man; that certain charges have been trumped up against him and exploded; that unscrupulous enemies are persecuting him with accusations of a vague and indefinite nature, using against him the insidious weapons of hint, insinuation and innuendo. If this be so it is wrong. Mr. Blaine has a clear right to demand the facts. The citizens I who arc asked to vote against him on the ground of his character and record have a right to demand the facts. And if, indeed, others have been vague in their statements oh a subject so important to the people at this time, nobody shall have any reason to com plain of a want of straightforwardness on my part. Nothing could be more distasteful to me than to discuss the personal conduct of a I public man. But it has been forced upon us i as a public duty, which, however disagreeable, must be performed. I shall certainly not abuse Mr. Blaine. I shall not even make a charge against him that he has not made against himself. You shall have his own words, taken from the official records of Con gress, by which to judge him. I shall leave aside all other accusations brought by others, however well authenticated or plausible, and confine myself to one representative and simple case. It is a somewhat tedious story. MR. BLAIKB’h RECORD. In May and June, 1870, an investigation was made by a committee of the National House of Representatives into the affairs of certain land grant railroads. This investiga tion brought out certain letters which Mr. Blaine, while Speaker of the House of Rep resentatives, had written to Mr. W. Fisher, of Boston, a gentleman connected in a business way with one of those roads. The first one of the letters I want to mention reads thus: Augusta, June 29,15G9. My Dear Mr. Fisher: I thank you for the article from Mr. Lewis. It is good in itself and will do good. He writes like a man of large intelligence and comprehension. Your offer to admit me to a participation in the new railroad enterprise is in every respect as generous as I could expect or de sire. I thank you very sincerely for it, and in this connection I wish to make a suggestion of u some what selfish character. It is this: You spoke of Mr. Caldwell’s offer to dispose of a share of nis interest to me, If lie really desires to 40 so, I wish be would ; puike the proposition definite, so that I could know ‘ just what to depend on. Perhaps if he waits till the full development of the enterprise he may grow reluctant to part with the share, and I do not by this mean any distrust of him. Ido not feel that I shall prove a deadhead in the enterprise if I once embark in it I see various channels in which I know I can be useful. \ r CTy hastily and sincerely your friend, James G. Blaine. Mr. Fisher, India street, Boston. This is what I*uck calls the “letter of ac ceptance.” The second, dated three days later, reads as follows: Augusta, Me., July 2, isr>9. My Dear Mr. Fisher: You ask me if lam satisfied with the offer you made me of a share in your new railroad enterprise. Of course. lam more than sat isfied with the terms of the offer; I think it a most liberal proposition. If 1 hesitate at all it is from considerations in no way connected with the char acter of the offer. Your liberal mode of dealing with me in all our business transactions of the past eight years lias not passed without my full appreci ation. What I wrote you on the 29th whs intended to bring Caldwell to a definite proposition. That was all. I go to Boston by the same train that carries this letter, and will call at your office to morrow at 12 M. If you don’t happeu to be in, no matter: don’t put yourself to any trouble about it. Yours, J. G. B. Mr. Fisher, Jr. Here let us pause a moment. Who were Mr. Fisher ana Mr. Caldwell ? Business men occasionally engaged in railroad affairs, in this case interested in the buildiug of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad in Ar kansas , and in the financial operations con nected therewith. It should be remembered that this Little Rock Railroad had received from the National Government a valuable grant of land, and that its interests could oc casionally be promoted or injured, as the case might be, by the legislative action of Con gress. And who was Mr. Blaine? He was at the time Speaker of the National House of Rep resentatives. And what is the Speaker of the House of Representatives? He is, without Question, by far the most powerful man in the government, next to the President of the United States. He appoints the committees of the House, in which all legislation is pre pared—aye, in which, it might almost be said, the principal business of the House is done. He can, if he pleases, compose those com mittees in away favorable* or unfavorable to certain lines of policy, or measures, or inter ests. He can make the Committee on Bank ing and Currency a protector or an enemy to 1 the national banks. He can give the Com ? mit tee on Pacific Railroads or on Public Lands a bias friendly or hostile to the land grant roads. And so on. He can reward and exalt, or punish and humiliate members whom he likes or dislikes, or whom he wants 3 to strengthen or to weaken, by giving them desirable or undesirable places on the com mittees. Moreover, he presides over the de liberations and administers the rules of the [ House. It is in a great measure in his power , to recognize or not to recognize members who J want to “catch his eye” in order to speak or T make motions. l He decides poiats of order —to be sure, sub t ject to appeal—but his bare decision, of 5 course, gees for much. And during those J days of hurry and confusion which sometimes [ occur, especially toward the close of the ses sion, a great many things may be put through J the House by his rapid action, of which only he and those especially interested and watch [ ful keep the run. In short, it is currently r said that a bill to which the Speaker is I seriously opposed has but a slim chance, aud 5 that a measure he desires to pass will fre quently find unexpected and powerful help. Such is the power of the Speaker, almost j too vast and arbitrary in a government like [ ours, especially as to the composition of the committees. But all the more important is it *to the country that this vast power, so dan gerous if abused, should be wielded with the utmost scrupulousness and the highest sense of [ official honor; and all the more important to ’ the Speaker himself that his disinterestedness, his impartiality—in one word, his official honor—should stand clean and clear not only * above reproach, but above the reach of sua } picion. Well, Mr. Blaine had for eight years been in various business transactions with Mr, , Fisher, in which he says Mr. Fisher treated him very handsomely. Now, he was thankful L to Mr. Fisher for his “generous” offer to ad mit him (the Speaker) “to a participation in . the new railroad enterprise"—that railroad , being a land grant road. The “terms” offered by Mr. Fisher, whatever they may have been, [ pleased Speaker Blaine greatly. But he \ wanted more. He wished very much that Mr. Caldwell, the business friend of Mr. [ Fisher, should “dispose of a share of his in terest" to him (the Speaker), and that without delay. And he desired Mr. Caldwell as well as Mr. Fisher to understand that he (Speaker Blaine) “would not be a deadhead in the en terprise if he once embarked in it,” and that he “saw various channels” in which he “knew , he could make himself useful.” But Mr. Caldwell seems to have been a little 1 hard of hearing in this respect. He may hav* thought that Mr. Blaine was neither a prac . tical railroad man to help in building a road . ior as useful a financier as a practical banker or Wall street man would have been in rais . ing funds. He seems to have feared that Mr. \ Blaine might turn out a deadhead in the en r terprise after all, and that his “usefulness in various channels” would not amount to much. And so for three months Mr. Blaine waited in vain for that “definite proposition” from , Mr. Caldwell, which he had so urgently asked for. Mr. Blaine then evidently grew impatient at Mr. Caldwell’s obtuse ness, and wrote two more letters calculated to quicken his intelli gence. The first was as follows : • (Personal. | Augusta. Me., Oct 4. iscii. My Dear Sir: I spoke to you a short time ago about a point of interest to your railroad company that occurred at the last session of Congress. It was on the last night of the session, when the bill renewing the land grant to the State of Arkansas for the Little Rock Road was reached,a nd Julian, of Indiana, Chairman of the Public I>andß Committee, and, by right, entitled to the floor, attempted to put on the bill, ns an amendment, the Fremont El Paso scheme—a scheme probably well known to Mr. Caldwell. The House was thin, and the lobby in the Fremont interest had the thing all set up. and Julian's amendment was likely to prevail if brought to a vote. Roots and other members from Arkansas who were doing their best for their own bill (to which there seemed to be no objection), were in despair, for it was well known that the Senate was hostile to the Fremont scheme, and if the Arkansas bill had gone back to the Senate with Julian’s f amendment, the whole thing would have gone on the table and slept the sleep of death. In this dilemma Roots came to me to-know what op earth he could do under the rules, for he said it was vital bis constituents that the bill should pass. I told him that Julian's amendment was en tirely out of order, because not germane; but he had ; not sufficient confidence in his knowledge of the rules to make the point, but he said Gen. Logan was ’ opposed to the Fremont scheme, and would proba -1 bly make the point. I sent my page to Gen. Logan with the suggestion, and he at once made tljc point. I could not do otherwise than sustain it, apd so the bill was freed from the mischievous amendment moved by Juliap, and at once passed without objec tion. At that time I had never seen Mr. Caldwell, but * you can tell him that, without knowing it, I did him a great favor, Sincerely yours, J, G. Blaine. 1 W, Fisher, Jr„ Ksq., No, 24 indla-stroet, Boston, On the same day he wrote a second letter U Mr. Fisher, which reads thus: 1 j Augusta, Oct. 4, lsf9. Mv Dear Mr. Fisher: Find inclosed contracts of i parties named in my letter of yesterday. The rc ! maining contracts will be completed as rapidly as ! | possibly, as circumstances will permit. ; . I inclose you part ot the (Joiujrcusumal Glebe of r April lb containing the point to which I referred at ’ some length in my previous Jotter of to-day. You 1 J will find it of Interest to read it over aud see what a ; | narrow escape your bill made on that last night of , the session. Ot course it was my plain duty to make ; the ruling when the point was once raised. If the 1 ; Arkansas men had not, however, happened to come ; 1 to me when at their wits’ end and in despair, the , ; bill would undoubtedly have been lost, or at least postponed for a year. I though the point would in -1 i lerest both you and Caldwell, though occurring bo , fore either of you engaged in the enterprise. , ! I beg you to understand that I thoroughly appre -1 elate the courtesy with which you have treated me > in this railroad matter, but your conduct toward me ; in business matters has always been marked by un , bounded liberality in past years, and, of course, I | have naturally come to expect the same of you now. ' ■ You urge me to make as much as I fairly can out of i the arrangement into which we have entered. It is natural that I should do my utmost to this end. lam * ! bothered by only one thing, and that is the indefinite i i arrangement with Mr. Caldwell. I am anxious to t acquire the interest he has promised me, but Ido ! not get a definite understanding with him as I have ; with you. I shall be In Boston In a few days days, i and shall then have un opportunity to talk matters over fully with you. I am disposed to think that : whatever I do with Mr. Caldwell must real!who : done through you. Kind regards to Mrs. Fisher. I Sincerely, J. G. Blaine. I W. Fisher, Jr. [ Now, Mr. Caldwell may have been very I i slow of apprehension. But these two letters ! (for they were evidently addressed to him through Mr. Fisher) were certainly clear i j enough to remind him that Mr. Blaine was something more than a mere railroad man or f Wall street financier; that, in fact, he was Spea | ker of the House of Representatives. They told him very pointedly that Mr. Blaine, as Speaker, had done him a great favor—although he had f done it “without knowing him," and in acor i rect way —but a favor which was of great value to the company. And it was certainly not the fault of Mr. Blaine’s Fetters if Mr. Caldwell did not understand that a Speaker I of the House, who could do such favors ; “without knowing it,*’ might do equal and 1 still greater favors while knowing it; and that, [ therefore, Mr. Blaine, as Speaker, had more i various channels in which to make himself useful, and to prove a liye-head in this land [ grant railroad enterprise, than a mere railroad I builder or a mere Wall street financier. And j writing two litters on the same subject in one ■ day, Mr. Blaine showed himself dreadfully in r earnest in pounding clear notions of the [ Speaker's opportunities for usefulness into [ Mr. Caldwell’s head, in order to induce that r gentleman to give at last to Speaker Blaine that interest in the railroad enterprise which the Speaker insisted upon having. Mr. Blaine’s friends dislike greatly to be i brought face to face with these letters. They cannot deny their genuiness and they cannot explain them away. Some of them content 1 themselves with the general remark that after [ all they were such as the Speaker of the [ House would have no reason to be ashamed i of. And then they at once change the sub * ject and apeak of the tariff. The fact is that t Mr. Blaine did see reason for being extremely - anxious that they should not become known. J He certainly did not consider them innocent t But they did become known in a very peculiar -way. Mr. James Mulligan, who had been the J bookkeeper of Mr. Fisher, having been sum moned to testify before the investigating com mittee, brought those letters among others 3 with him to Washington. This he did with \ Mr. Fisher’s consent As coon as Mr. Blaine i heard of the letters he called upon Mr. Mul a ligan, and the meetiag was a very curious one. . Mr. Mulligan, the next day, described it to - the committee under oath. He swore that 1 Mr. Blaine had come to him and implored i him most piteously to give him those letters; there were fifteen of them in all; that Mr. - Blaine almost went on his knees, saying that b if the committee should get hold of these - papers it would ruin him and sink him for ever; that Mr. Blaine had talked even of sui b cide, aud made an appeal in behalf of his - wife and six children, and that then he opened b to him (Mulligan) the prospect of a' consul t ship abroad; tnat Mr. Blaine, finally, wanted i at least to be permitted to look at toe letters, b which Mulligan did permit him to do on con s dition that ne would return them; that Mr. Blaine did return them and then wanted to , look at them again, and then refused to give them back, and against Mr. Mulligan’s pro- 1 test kept them Innis possession. I The next day Mr. Blaine testified that what j Mr. Mulligan had said-about his (Mr. Blaine’s) ’ being on his knees and talking of ruin and < suicide was “mere fancy.” As to the Con- i sulshin, he admitted he had alluded to some- thing like that in a jocular way. He disclaim* I ed meaning to say that Mr. Mulligan falsified; < 1 “not at all.” Mr. Mulligan might have put I i a wrung construction on what was said. But i i as to the letters, Mr. Blaine admitted that he 1 i took them from Mulligan and kept them 1 against Mr. Mulligan’s remonstrance. Mr. j Blaine insisted that the letters; being his : i “private correspondence,*’ were his property, i ■ in whatever way obtained, and he also re > fused to give them up to the committee. This is the story as it appears in the sworn testimony; it shows conclusively that, what ever his friends may now say, Mr. Blaine 1 ■ himself did not consider those letters at all i i harmless. You will readily admit, it is a ; sorry and humiliating thing to see Mr. Blaine, the late Speaker of the National House of i Representatives, involved in a pointed issue -of veracity on sworn testimony between him and Mr. Mulligan—Mr. Blaine’s own friend, Mr. Fisher, testifying that he had known Mul i ligan intimately for many years, and that [ “his character was the best, as good as, or perhaps better than, that of any man he ever knew;’* and another one of Mr. Blaine’s • friends, Mr. Alkins, swearing that he had never heard anything against Mr. Mulligan’s > reputation, and that he had never doubted anything Mr. Mulligan said—all of which you can read at length in Miscellaneous Document No. 176 of the House of Representatives, f Forty-fourth Congress, First Session. A sor ry story, I repeat; but the sorriest thing of all was that Mr. Blaine fatally discredit him self by daring and obvious misstatements of his own about ether points connected with 1 this affair, of which 1 shall speak later. At any rate, it is not denied by anybody that Mr. Blaine got possession of those letters and kept them without authority, in violation of his promise to return them, and that he made a desperate struggle to conceal them. This, I should think, is sufficient to show that Mr. Blaine himself in conscience felt those letters to be extremely grave things to him, and the smiles of his friends arc rather ghastly when they now try to make light of them. llow, then, did the letters come out? Mul ligan's testimony, being telegraphed all over the country, created a tremendous sensation. There was a universal outcry. It became I clear to Mr. Blaine that the further conceal ment of these letters was impossible. It was sure death. There was still a desperate chance in apparent audasity. The highly ex citing scene is still remembered as he himself read them to the House of Representatives. But he who cooly reads the printed proceed ings of that day will find some very curious and characteristic things. Mr. Blaine did not permit the letters which he read to pass into the hands of the officers of the House so that | their contents might have been verified. He 1 promptly put them into his own pocket again , and carried them away. And, secondly, in j reading them to the House he dexterously ! mixed letters of different pinods and about I different subjects together, so that no listener 1 could on the spot make head or tail to them. Thus Mr. Blaine could prevent tho House j ; from verifying the letters and from.at once i understanding their full import. But he could ; ! not prevent the letters as actually read from \ ’ | being subsequently arranged according to dates \ I and subjects and compared with the testimo- ; i ny. Then their connection became clear, and j with it their meaning. What is that meaning? | What does it signify when a Speaker of the I • ; House of Representatives writes to a business , I man that he (the Speaker) wants a profitable | interest in an enterprise the value of which , • has been, and may again be, affected by acts of the same legislative body over which that Speaker presides, and in which he exercises : great power; when that Speaker says he “feels ! that he shall not prove a deadhead in the en -1 terprise if he once embarks in it,** and that • ! he “sees various channels in which he knows | he can be useful;” and when finally, the de i j sired profitable interest not being forthcom f ; ing, he points to an exercise of his power as i Speaker by which, even “without knowing it,” , i he did a great favor to the party from whom he asks that profitable interest, thus pointing ! directly at the field upon which he can make : i himself most useful ? What does this mean ? j On its very face it means one of the highest 1 1 and most powerful officers in the Government i ; marketing his official j*ower for private gain. i It means official power offering itself for pros -1 ! Hint ion to make money , A FEEBLE DEFENSE. 1 say this is its meaning on the very face of it. Still, let us carefully examine whether I that face may not possibly deceive us. For j I explanation we naturally turn to Mr. Blaine j himself and to his nearest friends. What have i • ! they brought forth ? Letus sec. First, Mr. Blaine, in a solemn statement in I | the House of Representatives, said that the f “Company derived its life, franchise, and! . : value wholly from the State,*’ and that “tho | • | Little Rock derived all that it had from the r State of Arkansas and not from Congress.” | ■ The obvious object of this statement was to : convey the impression that the House, over j r j which Mr. Blaine presided as Speaker, had ! 1 no power over that land grant road or its in- | ! terests and value, and that therefore his own- j \ ing or his asking for an interest in that enter- i ; prise while he was Speaker was an absolutely ; • | harmless thing. I regret to say that this ex- I planation, coming from Mr. Blaine, w r as al- j most as bad as the original offense, for in ! : making it he deliberately said what he knew ! not to be true. And this I affirm, not upon the authority ef one of Mr. Blaine’s enemies r and detractors, but upon the authority of Mr. 1 Blaine himself. Remember Mr. Blaine’s let ! ter of Oct. 4, 1869, to Mr. Fisher. “It was I on the last night of the session,” he wrote, ' “when the bill renewing the land grant to the ' State of Arkansas for the Little Rock Road I was reached." This was the bill which he ■ informs Mr. Fisher and Mr. Caldwell would have failed to pass but for his (Speaker Blaine’s) opportune intervention. And Speak- | i er Blaine wants it understood that by inter- \ vening he did Mr. Caldwell “a great favor.” j Who was Mr. Caldwell? Was he the State iof Arkansas? No; he was the builder of the ; Little Rock Road. And it was he, the Little ; Rack man, and not the State of Arkansas, to | whom Mr. Blaine claims to have done that favor. Mr. Blaine knew, as every well-in -1 ! formed man knows, that land grants for rail ! roads, with some exceptions, were nominally | made to States but really with a specific road in view, and that all legislation concerning ; those land grant roads made to States for railroad purposes alwiys (Jircctly affected the interests of the roafis concerned. That he knew this is clear from the language in his i own letters. It is therefore, I repeat, not one i of Mr. Blaine's enemies, but Mr. Blaine him self, who has proved out of bis own mouth that when ho made this explanation in the House of Representatives he knew it tc be I untrue. i The second point alleged by Mr. Blaine in i his own defense is that he did not get any ! favor from those railroad men that was not open to anybody else; that is to say, properly speaking, no real favor at all. He declared > solemnly before the House of Representatives : that he bought his little Rock bonds and stocks “at precisely the same rates as others paid, 1 ’ i or, in the language of Mr. Blaine’s warmest friend and spokesman, “as they were sold on ! the Boston market to all applicants.” Here again Mr. Blaine has to face his own tell-tale : letters. What did that gush of gratitude mean when he wrote to Mr. Fisher: “Your offer to admit me to a participation in the new rail : road enterprise is in every respect as generous i as I could expect or desire;” “of course lam more than satisfied with the terms of the offer; I think it a most liberal proposition?” Did it mean: “Oh, Mr. Fisher, how generous you are in letting me have some bonds and stocks ‘at precisely the same rates as others • pay;’ it is such a liberal proposition?” What ! did it mean when he wrote further: “You spoke of Mr. Caldwell’s offer to dispose of a snare of his interest to rae; I wish he weuld ? make the proposition definite, so that I could i know just what to depend on?” And again: ? “I am bothered by only one thing, and that is definite and expressed arrangements with Mr. Caldwell. lam anxious to acquire the inter- est he has promised me.” Did this mean : that Mr. Caldwell’s interest, of which the I Speaker of the House was so anxious to ac quire a part, consisted only in the privilege of buying Little Rock securities at “precisely : the same rates which others paid?” Did it ; mean that Mr. Caldwell should graciously con ■ cede to him some right which “all applicants in the Boston market’' possessed ? What an auda s eious farce such an assertion would be! If I there is anything evident from Mr. Blaine’s own letters it is mat the Speaker of the House I wanted to be —and, according to his gush of , gratitude to Mr. Fisher, was—if not the fa ■ vored one in that railroad enterprise, then one of the favored few, on the “bottom floor,” in ) the “insideing,” who skim the cream before ! the public get at the milkpan. And when in VOL. XIX.-NO. 40. the investigation he hinted at his being situa ted in the enterprise no better than the public generally, he was confronted by Mr. Mulligan with a memorandum book in Mr. Blaine’s own handwriting showing that Mr. Blaine had received as a gratuity or commission about $130,000 in bonds and $15,150 in money. Thereupon there was dead silence on the part of Mr. Blaine. He had nothing more to say than that he did not want his private affairs inquired into. It is painfully evident that here again Mr. Blaine stands convicted, not by his enemies and defamers, but by his own pen, of having made solemn explanations of nis conduct before the House of Representa tives which were obviously untrue. These are the things referred to when I said that Mr. Blaine, in the issue of veracity between him and Mr. Mulligan concerning that famous interview, had put himself at a decided disadvantage by untruthful statements about other parts of this business. The third point urged in extenuation is that there was no subsequent legislation, concern ing that railroad, except, as Mr. Blaine said, an act “merely to rectify a previous mistake in legislation.’’ But, whether to correct a mistake or not, it was a very important act. It was to repeal a proviso that the granted lands “should be sold to actual settlers only, in quantities not greater than one-quarter of a section to each purchaser, at a price not ex ceeding $2.50 per acre." The repeal of that proviso was certainly calculated to enhance the value of the land grant very materially, and also that of the land grant bonds, of which Mr. Blaine had become a holder. Many members of the House voted against the repeal, but it was carried. The fourth point urged in favor of Mr. Blaine is that alter all ho did not make any money by the operation. It appears that the Little Rock enterprise proved somewhat wild cattish; that Speaker Blaine had disposed of a number of bonds among his neighbors and friends at high rates: that some of these, when the enterprise failed, grew ugly; that he found it best to take back the securities and refund the money; and so he claims that on the whole he lost instead of gaining. If this is so, it shows that this was not one of the operations through which Mr. Blaine made his fortune. But would his failure to make the money he desired and expected to make change the character of the transaction ? You might as well say, This man is a truthful man. To be sure, he lied, but nobody would believe him. Or, this man is an honest man; to be suro, he tried to pass counterfeit money, but nobody would take it. Would the conduct of the Speaker of the House on account of this failure be official power not offering itself for prostitution? No, it would only be official power offering itself for prostitution without, in this instance, realizing its price. Is there, then, nothing in the official record to put those fatal letters in a better light? Search and sift that record as carefully as you may, and you will search and sift it in vain. Y'ou will find other curious things. You will find this Speaker of the House “controlling" a large interest in another land grant road liable to be affected by Congressional legisla tion, the Northern Pacific, “a splendid thing,’’ which he himsef “can’t touch,” but which he can offer to his friend Fisher, cautioning that friend to be careful to keep the Speaker's ! name quiet. You find a large and mysterious sum of money passing through his hands, which he “had notin his possession 48 hours,” 1 but paid over to parties whom he tried to pro i tect from loss—a mysterious sum of money ; much inquired about, of which Mr. Blaine proved himself anxious to show where it had i not come from, but avoided showing where it 1 had come from. We find him mediating as a : friend between different interests and organi zations connected with railroads, and we be gin to ask ourselves with wonder whether there was a pie in which the Speaker of the House did not have his finger. OFFICIAL INTEGRITY THE FIRST NECESSITY. We find something more. We find Mr. Blaine again and again protesting against any line of inquiry which might “expose his private business.” What? Here was the late Speaker of the House of Representatives, the second officer in the Government, whose offi cial integrity was questioned, before an inves tigating committee of the same House over which he had presided; and he did not cry out: “Here are my books, here my bank accounts, here my letters, here my keys, I here my friends, here my enemies—take \ them all! Search, sift, question, leave no j stone unturned, no dark corner unexplored; hold up every circumstance in the least suspicious to the sunlight. 1 have been Speaker of the House of Representatives. When ray official integrity is seriously questi oned I must stand before the people, not only as onewho cannot be legally proved guilty, I but as one whom suspicion must not touch !” j No, he did not say anything of the kind. He i did not remember Alexander Hamilton's ex ample. What example was that? When i some mysterious circumstance had become known which threw a shadow of suspicion upon his official integrity what did Hamilton | do? Crouch behind the limitations of legal evidence? Protest against exposing his private j affairs? Not he. With a courage that must have wrung his own proud heart and pierced i with agony that of his wife, he tore the veil I from the mystery with his ewn hand, and, at ; the expense of confessing himself guilty of a | transgression of a widely different and pecu ! liarly “private" kind, he proved the stainless ; ness of his official character. Rather would he I have those of his failings exposed which men ■ are most anxious to conceal, rather the hap ! piness of his home endangered, rather his ! reputation as husband and a father questioned than leave the faintest shadow of suspicion upon his official houor. But what find we here? An official honor of a different kind. We find Mr. Blaine protesting again and again: “I do not think that my private busi ness ought to be exposed.” “I do not want all my private matters gone into that way.” What private matters? The pecuniary rela tions between the Speaker of the House of Representatives and operators in land grant railroads. Fiercely he struggled to keep the Mulligan letters concealed. On what ground? | Because, as he said, they were his “private correspondence,” which, he pretended, no bedy had any right to see. And what did we see, when at last that was found out what Mr. Blaine called his “private” correspon dence? And what would we see if that were exposed what Mr. Blaine called his “private” business? Again, it is not one of his enemies and detractors that asks this question. It is Mr. Blaine’s own language before the inves-’ tigating committee that forces it upon us. Analyze this case to classify it. Here we find not a mere solitary slip of the conscience, riot a mere occasional yielding to the sedhe tion of opportunity to eke out a scanty exis tence. Here we find the Speaker of the House of Representatives in a businesslike way participating, and urgently asking for a greater share, in a large enterprise, the pe cuniary success of which is in a great meas ure dependent on the action of the same House over which he presides, and in which he wields great power—/or the purpose of getting rich. We find him pointing out the exercise of his official power as a channel in whiefi hp already has made himself and consequently can make himself more use : ful, in order to obtain more of a valuable iq terest in such an enterprise, thus laterally trading upon his official trust and opportuni ties. To cover up these things we find him resorting to all sorts of barefaced untruths, deceptions, and concealments on the most so lemen occasions. The concealments resort ed to and the side perspectives opened by the official investigation strongly suggest the in ference that the case disclosed is only one of several. We find that he did get rich while in office, without any other regular business. His most devoted friend, by implication, ad mits his fortune to be nearly half a million, while the estimates of others go far beyond that. But the lowest estimate, about half a million, is wealth to all of our countrymen except a few. This is the character of the case. And this is the man we are asked te elect President of the United States, and to crown with the highest honors of the Republic. In the face of these facts? Perhaps you still doubt them, and I suggest to you another test. Tell one of Mr. Blaine’s spokesmen what I have said and ask him whether it is not true. The answer I predict will be, that the objectors to Mr. Blaine are all free traders; that I, in particular, am a very objectionable person who has done all sorts of wicked things and should not be believed. I advise you, then, to reply that you readily concede alUmy wickedness, but that lam not'a candidate for the Presidency asking to be voted for, while Mr. Blaine is, and that therefore you would like to hear about Mr. Blaine. The answer is likely to be that I am a much worse man than you ever thought I was; that the tariff is in danger; that unless the Republican Party tri nmpns the Democrats will come in, and that therefore Mr. Blaine must be elected. When you hear this answer you will then be sure enough of your facts. But will you still think of making him President?