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gret to see that a correspondent of the Bloomington
Herald, attempts, by inuendo, to cast suspicion upon
the political integrity of the Hon. J. W. PAUKKR, of
the Council. The writer of the communication (who
is certainly a gentleman of intelligence, and, we
doubt not, quite sincere in his own political senti
ments) evidently wrote under excitement and a great
misapprehension of facts. A truer friend to the cause
of democracy holds not a seat in our legislative halls,
than JONATHAN W. PARKER—noris there one more
laborious or zealous in behalf of the general interests
of the Territory or the particular interests of his con
stituents and friends. And the worthy editors of the
rsUoim'rigton Herald may rest perfectly assured that
Mr. Parker ever has been and is now their friend,
personally and politically, and disposed to bestow
upon them every favor in his power. How a doubt
should exist to the contrary is to him, as it is to all
others, a matter of much surprise.—Territorial Gaz.
03* AS for ourselves, we have never doubted the
Democracy of Mr. Parker. We have not the vanity
to suppose that we are the pets of the Democracy of
Iowa, and did not look upon his opposition to the
resolution proposing to give this establishment the
printing of the laws as ail indication of an abandon
ment of his principles. Our correspondents do not
always speak our sentiments, and yet it does not fol
low that we should, in publishing their communica
tions, accompany them with a disclaimer. In our
last, our correspondents from that city did not take
the same view on some subjects, yet wc withheld
While wo are proud to number Mr. P.
long the staunchest democrats of the day, from the
relation which we have ever held towards each other,
and die attachment on our part sincere, we must
confess that we were unable to find a cause for the
courae he pursued—it was to us unexpected. We
should be sorry to do him the least injustice, even by
a slight insinuation from a correspondent, and hope
if any has been done, our disclaimer may repair it.
EWe learn from Burlington, that the Council
has, by a unanimous vote, authorized us to print its
journal at th^resent session, at the price heretofore
paid for such work. Very good decision, in our
opinion, and we believe their constituents will agree
with us.
And the whigs voted for us too, or at least did not
us. Well, we would give them a little
if they had not taken advantage of Mr.
[absence, and tried to defeat the object of
To what kind whig we are indebted
Ift Mpbrt, we know not, but here's our
°f this Territory, fca»e aft afcng
out against raising the party question,
it we have no interest in the presidential
|06auae forsooth, we have no vote. Do you
now, gentlemen You have the
nt on your side now, and
question. We hope to hear
tales from you now.
iDw. 11, 1840.
rial, the people have been
(Mficw with suspicion, *ny pemon found
name than that which came
poor man** inhcritanoe,from his parents. In
aach acaae, without other testimony, they charge the
mdlfMoai (in their minds) with being guilty of some
crime which rendered him odious in the sight of die
community, if not subject to a severe penalty under
the laws. By the sam^coursc of reasoning, the self
styled Whig party of the present day are doubly
guilty. At each successive Presidential election they
have assumed a'new name having looked back at
their past coarse they found that it was too much
disgraced to render another contest under it at all
prudent. In 1832, we find them under the name of
National Republicans, shouting at the defeat of the
Democratic Republican party, and in '36, they claim
ed to be the genuine Whig party of '76 but they
could not gull the people into a belief of their fabri
cated stories, and have sought to steal the time-hon
ored name of Democratic Republicans, under which
the genuine Republicans have made battle against
them since the days of Jefferson. While some
have attempted to steal it by peace-meals, calling
elves Dcmotytfic Him isun Whig9, others,
among which is the Western Virginia Times, pub
lished at Wheeling, have the bold impudence to dub
their candidates the Democratic Republican Ticket.
Now these facts prove something. They show con
clusively that that party are themselves aware that
their course has been unjust, and seek to avoid the
odium which should be cast upon them by changing
their name, and also that the Democratic Republican
Patty, (sometimes called Democratic only, for brevi
ty,) have honored their name, by a straight forward
and consistent defence of the same principles they at
first profess^. Comment-on such testimony is un
Neighbor Logan of the Iowa Sun. in acknow
ledging the defeat of Mr. Van Buren, and the election
of the cider barrel, says it now becomes the duty of
the Democratic party to cast their eyes around to find
a successor, and expresses a preference for Gen. Scott,
as most likely to run well. With due respect to the
opinions of friend Logan, we beg leave to differ with
him, and that widely too. Gen. Scott won more
gloiy at Lundy's Lane, ten times over, than Gen.
Harrison did in all his victories, (when his defeats
are deducted,) yet we should feel sorry to see his
uan£ seriously recommended. We shall not attempt
to discus^ his merits, but admitting that they are ten
times greater than his friends assert them to be, still
we would prefer another. Mr. Van Buren will have
served fouryears on the 4th of March next—served us
.faithfully. never swerving, with honor to himself and
Ikdvantage to his country. Without doing an act for
which IW apu condemn him, is it fair to throw him
%side atl(l take up another, after we arc sure the
higs have again got where they can use themselves
up As for Van Bureri's claims, the country owes
him nothing—he has done but his d'ify, and that he
owes to his country without rew?ti but he is our
he ground of g«(pediency. Must we
^knowledge that he has erred in advocating princi
ples we hold dear 1 No. It will not do to fall into
their footsteps, and select a hero, because they have
•ucceeded with a mock hero for a tool. Let us take
up the came man and show them that we ask no
military titles to give us strength—that principles are
what wc are contending for, and that it is upon the
intelligence of the people^we rely, and not upon a
blind attachment to a title. Martin Van Buren i3
our first, second and last clioicc.
,rt "-'3:,'
The qttaatton —to who ahall be employed to print
tile Inn is yet undecided. We understand there
is a disposition on the part of some of the Demo
cratic members to give it to no press out of the city
of Burlington, and as the whigs are determined to
"stick to tile Hawkeye, we presume the contest will
by between the Gazette and the Hawkeye.
By what course of reasoning any Democratic
member ha» come to this determination, we know
not. Do they suppose that becausc the seat of gov
ernment is temporarily located there, necessarily ex
pending a large sum of meney in that place, its
citisens must have a preference over others, because
of their locality 1 Or do they suppose no others ca
pable of doing the work properly If such be their
ideas, we must insist that they are based upon false
premises. There are other establishment than tbose
in Burlington, that can do the work in a manner
that will bear the closest inspection, in every respect,
and we are not too modest to acknowledge that it
could be so done at this office. Burlington has cer
tainly no cause to complain that she has not received
a full share of public patronage, for much has been
expended there.
We do not wish to be understood as wishing to
prejudice the claims of our neighbor of the Gasette.
We have no doubt they are capable of doing the
work well, and with despatch, and if they are the
choice of the Democracy, over other establishments,
because of their devotion to the cause, we should
feel no dissatisfaction in seeing them selected—we
are for the cause and not for ourselves alone.
Towards the Hawkeye, we confess we have no
such kind feeling, and we are proud of the abundant
evidence wc have that the feeling is reciprocal, and
therefore cannot wish to see the job given to it. No
sooner had the Democratic members shown a pre
ference for the supporters of their principles, than it
commenced a series of wanton attacks upon them,
without cause. So far has it carried its menacing
threats, that the Legislature cannot give the con
tract to it, without acknowledging thereby, that they
arc driven to that course, through fear of the influ
ence of the Hawkeye. We have a majority in both
branches, and shall it be said that the Democratic
Legislature of Iowa dare not refuse to give their de
criers hush-money 1 We cannot believe that the
Democtacy are to lie thus driven into measures, but
that they will stand firm to the last When flushed
with victory there is less honor to be gained by an
adherence to principles than in trying times—those
that forsake us in these times, never Were with us in
principle—only for expediency.
Let the democrats of every county be on their
guard and take care of themselves—especially in those
counties where the democratic majority is ascertain
ed to be small—such as Lee, Washington, Muscatine
and Johnson. A desperate eflbrt will be made by the
feds throughout the Territory—but their greatest en
ergies will be turned towards the couuties where our
majorities are small. It is here that the hottest of the
battle will rage. Therefore let our friends look out.
Let them rouse up, organize, and prepare themselves
for action."—Territorial Gazette.
Old Muscatine is wide awake Although our
majority at the last election was small, yet it was de
cisive, and can be maintained at any day with our
present population. The Whigs then made every
edge cut, and had the Democracy gene as far as
If Dr. Duncan can establish these charges, as we
have no doubt he can, the House of Representatives
should again show that no certificate of election,
based upon fraud, shall be evidence of a title to a
seat. The great number of votes then cast, over
"the number polled at the Presidential election, is
good evidence that foul play was practiced. From the
determined character of Dr. D. we have no doubt
that he will investigate the matter so as to convict
the perpetrators of the crime, that they s^Pf receive
the punishment they merit
(Cy Messrs. J. & J. Harper, extensive publishers
in New York mightdo well to send to Iowa forproof
readers for their establishment Between Cedar and
Muscatine counties, we think they can find son^
excellent ones, and chaste, classic scholars at that
They found two or three typographical errors in
week's Herald! They certainly can't want any
ter recommendation—if they do we will send
a paper published spontaneously at—Iowa City. If
they are wanted before the opening of
the 5th of Match next, our Whig
envelope and frank them one.
did to shove in challenged votes, the majority would
have been greatly increased. We are proud to sea
the Demociats of Muscatine, instead of despairing at
our late defeat in the States and becoming lukewarm,
strengthened in their attachment to the party, and
buckling on their armor for another campaign, with
renewed energy. We hope to see our friends of the
other counties do likewise. The triumph will be weD
worth all the toil it can cost.
To our friends of the Gazette, we would urge
the necessity of active exertions in Des Moines. She
has the strength of all the Whig counties put togeth
er, and yet the Whigs have carried the county for
some of the larger offices by very small majorities.
Let us not be contented with barely holding our own,
but let us take the Whig camp. In doing this is
where the glory lies. Let the Democrats commence
their work with the saire zeal that characterizes the
Whigs, and the result vill show a triumph that will
silence the oft repeated assertion that the Territory
belongs to the Whigs.
QCj'The Hon. Alexander Duncan, Rc'preai'ntative
in Congress from the 1st district in Ohio, has noti
fied Nathaniel G. Pendleton, (his competitor at the
late election.) that he shall contest his right to a seat
in the next congress, for various reasons, specified
in his letter of notification, duly served. Dr. D.
alledges that Pendleton received votes from persons
who had not the legal right to vote being residents
of other States and of other districts in that State,
and that votes were obtained for him through fraud
and corruption, by giving and promising meat, drink,
money and other rewards. He further charges that
persons voted for him (Pendleton) twice—that in
the 2d ward in the city of Cincinnati and other pre
cincts. tickets were introduced into the ballot-boxes
and counted, for which there were no names on the
poll-books, and that at the said precinct or ward, the
judges of the election refused to ask persons offering
to vote, such questions as were proper to prevent il
legal voting, when challenged, all of which are in
violation of the constitution of that State, and the
laws thereof regulating elections.
."*"*• T*-
(XJ*EMCTION F*ACD8.—The space in our pa
per usually devoted to political matters, has been so
crowded for two weeks past, that we have been una
ble to publish a full account of the frauds which
have lately been brought to light in New York and
Philadelphia. The entire exposition would fill our
sheet for six weeks, so we have copied an article
from the Globe, and one from Bennett's Herald, em
bodying the principal facts with appropriate com
ments thereon, in a small space, and ask our readers
to give them a perusal, and then say whether an hon
est political party can sanction such crime! Since
the disclo ures have been made, the whig journals
giggle over it as "a hoax—a capita! joke," &c. To
them it is a capital joke, for by the frauds they have
placed their co-workers in lucrative offices, while
they were in the minority, in warmly contested
elections. The Democracy have not been vigilant
and watchful, or the gang had been found out and
broken up in time to have saved the two States from
the disgrace of being swayed by dollars and cents,
to the building up of a party composed of the fag
ends of every faction that has sprung up in our land.
Does it 6trike any one with surprise that they can
chuckle over such disclosures with impunity It
need not To carry their point without any regard
to the means used, was what they set out for, and
they know that the character of the party has ever
been so low that no underhanded measures would
fail to receive the sanction of the party. With but
few exceptions^ the whig journals approve of the
frauds, endeavoring to treat the investigation as an
unimportant matter, got up by the Democracy to
make political capital for the Presidential election,
and endeavor to keep public attention from their
own sins by charging Democrats of high standing,
with offering bribes for testimony that would impli
cate the leaders of their party. Such subterfuges
will be found unavailing—the stain is fastened upon
them and cannot be wiped away or concealed from
public view.
Let the Democracy throw it at them upon all oc
casions—the crime is a damning one, and he who is
guilty of participation in it, is a traitor to his coun
try, and deserves a rank as far below a menial slave
as is the name of Arnold below that of Washington.
FASHION.—" Fashion rules the world is an old
saying, the truth of which every days experience
goes to prove, and that a man might as well be out
of the world as out of the fashion," is another,
which it would be difficult to disprove to the satis
faction of thousands whose agency in keeping this
world of ours in its proper track, is indispensable.—
Our forefathers, plain and honest old souls, set us
good examples, but the love of change and variety
has led us astray, and wc have been so long wander
ing that we have got lost in the fog, and heaven on
ly knows whether we shall ever regain the path from
whence we strayed.
In the days of the patriots, honor and distinction
were acquired only by a faithful discharge of duty
towards our common country. It was in these days
that our present form of gpvernment was conceived
and established at a cost with which all are familiar.
In forming our government, offices were created for
the mutual benefit of the whole, without any de
sire to provide good situations for worthy men.—
Violations of public duty were- for sometime un
known, and when first discovered, brought disgrace
upon the rccreant. But these days were not lasting.
Public officers yielded to temptation, and to make
good their earthly fortunes, appropriated part of the
funds of the nation to their own benefit, and about
this time, fashion had taught a great number to rev
erence wealth above honor, and hence the tcinpta-.
tion increased as the penalty softened down bv the
encroachments of that austere ruler.
The first instance of the triumph of the influence
of wealth over moral honesty, which we shall men
tion, is one which we would willingly pass, but for
the cffect it may have had in producing a state of
morals discreditable to us as a people. We allude
to the misapplication of funds by old John Adams,
when President of the United States, as shown by
the books of the proper Department at Washington
and other indisputable testimony. The sum mis
applied was small, yet it was appropriated for a spe
cific purpose, and applied to his own private use, tor
which he never accounted to the government.
Recollections of his patriotism and noble stand ta
ken during the gloomy period when the Declaration
of Independence was maturing, caused less to be
said about it than would have been, had a man less
famed in revolutionary times, been the aggressor.—
This fact, so startling to his co-patiiots, was not pass
ed and forgotten by the younger aspiring scions then
looking forward to the time when they were to come
upon the stage of action. They beheld a patriot of
the revolution, forgetting the duty he owed to his
country and the dangers of a bad example, appro
priating the people's money to his own use, and up
on looking around, they found a large political party
ready to smother, if not approve, this demoralizing
act. How natural, then, did the reflection spring up
in the minds of thousands, that if it was no crime
for John Adams, President of the UniU-^tates, to
rob the people, it was much more excusable in them,
of whom the nation, not knowing, expected but lit
tle 1 This example had its effect, and has continu
ed growing until the nation has been aroused to its
dangerous tendency.
Side by side with this evil has the influence of
wealth grown, till honor lost in acquiring wtrij&b,
if lost it can be, leave? not a sting behind. WtMlth
is so much reverenced, that its possessor has little to
fear from what the honest may say cf the manner in
which it was obtained. Instance the case of Little
berry Hawkins, Receiver of Public Money, in Ar
kansas, which we shall give as the first of the large
DEFAULTERS, (so called as less offensive to fashion,
than ROBBERS, the proper title). Ho had in his
hands a large amount of public funds, and giving to
his securities the amount for which they were bound,
pocketed the balance, and as is the fashion in such
cas&, told the government to whistle for its n:
fcins understood the fashions of the1
his wealth would enable him to
among his fellow men, and be*
what the world might
in his little circle. Af
nce in his wealthy
at the fashion of the
he was considered an
unnoticed, and was
hfe, which
times. He
now) «nee he fata made fonself wealthy by robbing
the people, he is hailed as MIBTXH Hawkins.
The case of Mister Hawkins is not a solitary one.
Indeed they have become so numerous that they are
spoken of as matters of course in community, and
passed off as if there was no breach of trust—no vi
olations of those principles of honor so essential to
the well being of society, and the recreant admitted
to the society of honorable men,as though he had
always acted uprightly.
During the great panic, so many merchants failed
that it became so fashionable that hundreds thought
it disreputable to meet their dues, and failed, full
handed, to save their credit, or rather their reputation
as fashionable business men. Merchants, banks and
loafers, all yielded to the influence of fashion, and
suspended, without the fear of censure from a fash
ionable world, deranging the affairs of our whole
There are other influences which fashion possess
es, that are doing their works of destruction among
us, and yet the trivial circumstances from whenee
they derived their origin, would scarce be suspected
of being the causa of the dan jer they have wrought.
We shall notice but one at present, lest we extend
the length of our article to such jan rt?ent as will
prove tiresome to the reader.
After the winding up of the last war, by the glo
rious victory at New Orleans, as the militia were re
turning to their homes in a bad condition, a poor sol
ditr who had lost his horse, and was travelling on
foot, becamc lame and gave out. Gen. Jackson came
riding along, and found him seated on a log by the
roadside, and enquired as to the cause of his delay,
which was no sooner told than the old soldier dis
mounted and bid the lame man take his horse and
proeeed on his journey. When he had overtaken
his mess and told his story, they were surprised and
expressed fears that their old commander would give
ott, one remarked that he was "tough as old hicko
ry." When it was found that Gen. Jackson was a
ble to keep on his way, the whole army united in
calling him Old Hickory, and from them it spread to
the nation. When his name was brought before
the country as a candidate for the Presidency, the
cognomen was applied1 to him, and the hickory bush
and broom adopted by the Democratic party, as em
blems representing their choice. His triumphant
victory led his defamers to believe there was magic
in a hero, magic in the cognomen, and magic in the
emblem. To apply this supposed magic to their
own u^e, they brought out a candidate whom we
need not describe—all that it is necessary to say is
they fitted all to him.
With our example before them, they, by a slight
circumstance obtained a few emblems of their can
didate, a barrel of hard cider, a log cabin and a
'coon skin. Duiing the late contest for the Presi
dency, scenes that would have disgraced the inhabit
ants of Botany Bay, were daily witnessed in our
principal cities—members of churches whkh pro.
hi bit drunk ness and rioting, were seen staggering
and groaning with exhausted lungs, around a bar
rel of hard cider made of brandy and water—young
ladies and old matrons, in the excitement, forgot
that by the reverence paid by man to their sex, they
held a station above the rabble, were seen attending
diunken revelries—and school-boys have been ta
ken home at midnight in a state of intoxication!
When politicians arc reproved for such a course,
they reply that we shouted for Old Hickory, raised
hi hory poles and used hickory brooms. When
the females were ridiculed for their participation,
they become snappish, and say they claim the right
from precedent!—that our mothers in the revolution
waved their handkerchiefs on the approach of heroes,
and employed themselves in runing bullets during
the revolutionaiy war. True, they did participate
in that struggle, but it was a holy, patriotic struggle
for deliverance from the yoke of tyranny, and not a
political struggle for power, to be wielded by a nest
of federal whigs, whom the people in their sober
senses had twice decided against. There's the dif
ference. How much better if they would follow
their examples at the spinning wheel!
Frauds at elections, unknown in early times,have
become so fashionable, that it is now a common say
ing that' all's fair in politics.' For a year or two
pest, they have been fust increasing, and have now
reached an alarming extent, and if not now check
ed, will cause this happy Union's sun to set before
many more seasons shall roll round.
We admonish our countrymen, as they love life,
liberty and happiness, to commence a work of refor
mation. The times are growing evil, and each er
ror is made an excuse for thousands in those that
follow us. How evil then is the tendency of a bad
example! Let the press speak in tones of thunder
agaii.st the prevailing fashions, threatening the over
throw of every system of morals, and let every in
dividual, however humble, reflect that they possess
an influence which must be felt, and casting their
eyes around and beholding the evil times we are in,
and set themselves to work, and all will soon IN ir
stored. Without it we have little to hope for.
The Galena Democrat of the 28th ult says:—
sleighing was never better in our neighborhood, we
are informed, than at this time. In the country, the
snow is several inches deep and solid, and the roads
and prairies as smooth as a barn floor." We can but
envy our old friends of the mines their merry sleigh
rides. They do the thing up nicely. In our more
southern regions we have had no pleasures of the
kind thus far. The slight snows which have fallen,
soon disappeared, leaving us a thin coat of mud to
paddle through, while oar northern neighbors have
fine sleighing. Let MUthenK» corpeoujr cold win
ters as they to
See prospectus la mother column. E. E. Fay,
Esq. will receive subscriptions and forward tlie funds.
CC/'The weather has been quite moderate for a few
days past, and the river is nearly clear of running icc.
*7 3fr*
Th-t those gentlemen named will obtain an
extension of the time within which they were
to have put the ferry aforesaid into operation,
cannot for a moment be supposed, without se
riously doubting the disposition and interest
of our citizens, as well as the good sense of
our Legislators. In fact I do not believe they
will for a moment think of applying for what
they know cannot and will not be granted, un
less in open defiance of the unanimous will of
our citizens and those of the adjacent country,
on either side of the Mississippi.
In this state of things what shall be done.
It seems to me that one of two courses should
be taken Either that ths town, through its
corporate authority, should apply for the char
ter, or that it should be invested in a stock
company care being taken that the shares be
of the proper size, and covjined to the citizens of
Ike town.
That the ferry privilege will in a few years
become valuable, no one will pretend to doubt.
The interest and growth of the town material
ly depends upon our securing the immediate
operation of a ferry at this place. Let us then
take the subject at once under considciation,
and effect such means as shall sccure this im
portant interest to ourselves,eithercorporately
or collectively, and no longer suffer the whole
town and its interest to be absorbed or kept in
check by those who either have not the means
or desposition to advance them.
It will be recollected, that in a previous
number, I stated that the Committee on the
Library reported to the Council a Joint Reso
lution, making an appropriation to procure a
number of works which the Library does not
now contain, and the want of which is seri
ously felt. After mentioning that the Council,
whose members are gentlemen of education,
literary attainments, and withal, men of taste
in such matters, had passed the resolution
without opposition, I gave as my opinion, that
il would pass the House of Representatives
with like facility. In this, however, I was
unexpectedly deceived, as the Resolution did
not meet with even a charitable reception, hut
met an inglorious and untimely death. To
the. catalogue of useful and needed works
which the Resolution contained, was added,
by some cf the mnre scientific and literary gen
tlemen of the House, the "Picayune," "Rob
inson Crusoe," "Tom Thumb," "Comic Al
manac," and several others which 1 will not
name, least I offend the good taste of your
readers—when the Resolution was suffered by
a few worthy friends to die even a disgraceful
death rather than live a more disgraceful life.
For the honor and reputation which it be
comes us to stamp upon our flourishing Terri
tory, I regret that such a record should have
to be made, but if the "Gothic age" is to be
revived, it is well that ths people should be
apprised of the fact.
On Friday evening last, the third lecture of
the course was delivered before the "Society
for the diffusion of Useful Knowledge," by
Gen. Learned, of this city, upon Agriculture,
as the advertisement said. At the time the an
nouncement was made, many of the friends of
the Society, which is intended (or at least it
was so supposed) to benefit the people, not a
parly was afraid, and the result has confirm
ed their fears, that the lecturer, who is a gen
tleman of acknowledged abilities, and a warm
and active partisan, would take occasion to in
troduce his party predilections into his dis
At a period when, and in a place where par
ty excitement is raging almost to open vio
lence, such a course should be reprobated, as
tending to destroy the object which the worthy
founders of the Society had in view from its
The Council have disposed of their Jour
nals, and by a unanimous vote gave il to the
publisher of the Bloomington Herald.
The House of Representees (as you are
aware) disposed of theirs to the publisher of
the Du Buque News.
The Laws yet remain to let out, and as
there is a determination not to send thern out
of this city, the contest will t»e between the
two papers of this place.
And as
Yours, iStc. APOSITE.
December 7,1840.
Capitol at Frrttm City—Penitentiary at Fort
Madison—Bloomington Ferry.
MESSRS. EDITORS—Joint Resolutions
passed both branches of the Legislative As
sembly, appointing Committees, to consist of
three each, two to be selected by the House
and one by the Council, to proceed to Iowa
and Fort Madison, and to examine into
progress of the Capitol and Penitentiary,
'all matters connected therewith, with pow
send for persons and papers, take testi
ly, fee.
ere has been several rumors abroad here,
|ch may have possibly reached you section
the Territory.
From the first commencement of the session
there has existed a disposition on the part of
many members of each of the two branches
of the Legislative Assembly, to hold the next
session of the Legislature at Iowa Cily, to
prevent which, the opponents of the measure
propose a Committee of Investigation to ex
amine into the conduct of the Commissioner
of the Public Buildings, and th^progress of
the works under hie charge.
For the Herald.
the period approach­
es which determines the forfeiture of the ferry
privilege granted to Warfield & Williams, by
the first Legislature of Iowa, it behoves the
citizens of our town to take the subject into
consideration, and devise such plans ad will be
productive of the most good to the town and
the citizens at large.
H. J. P. T.
NATIONAL HOTEL, Burlington,'?
December 5th, 1840. y
Library-—Public Lectures—Journal of the
MESSRS. EDITORS—The revolving of another
week, while it reminds me of my duty to the
Herald, affords but little, that are fit subjects
lor reflection or communication.
The Gazette of to-day contains a chapter
on "Quarrels," from which we learn, that to
quarrel is "one of the most easy and common,
as well as foolish things in the world." So
easy and common has it become, that even you
have suffered yourselves to get into a quarrel
about what] Why "chaste and appropriate
language and with whom] those whose
opinions should be acknowledged and received
as (he Standard on all such topies. But lest
"apposite illustrations and neatly turned peri
ods" be in the way of your victory,.it might
be well that your^elvfts alono should manage
the controversy.
lion of the Director of the
been circulated, at his request, iHfc» CtMttif?
tee was got up to examine hi
As the Reports of both of th
Keen received, accepted, referred to
Committees and their reports thereon?
ing of, the doings of said officers
accepted—the friends of those tfentleoMp
averse to the proceedings, till the fl
aforesaid, who being above the 8U*pfo&j»<
wrong act, declared that for their own
cation, they desired that such
might be appointed. And as members
gislativo bodies are fond of such Comtnit
as it gives them a play spell or recreation
more confining duties, and at the same
desirous to have a full exposition of the
ceedings in each case, the Resolutions
received their support. The Ccmmitte
have not yet been appointed
In t|ie House of Representatives, Mr. Iset
presented the petition of C. H. Warfield at*
J. Williams fur an extension of the time with
in which they were to put into operation a
horse or steam ferry boat at the town of Bloom
The petition was referred to the Committee i
on Incorporations—there to die a natural death.
In the Council, Mr. Hastings gave notice,
that on a future day he would introduce "A
Bill to grant to the Corporation of Blooming
ton the Ferry privilege across the Mississippi
River, opposite said town."
Yours, &c. APOSITE.
From the GMto
The battle being over, and the smoke cJ&Ar
ed away, the wounded taken care of, and t#r
interment of the killed postponed until aitff
the fourth of March, now is the time to i«vj«w
the field of action, and carefully to collect.^or
present use or future history, all the impottant
facts connected with this extraordinary 'Ejec
tion, w'hich cannot fail to form an imptwfsnt
epc ch in our political annals. What^radstoi*
cr give to this contest a character different hpm:
any which has preceded it, is the first in
in our history in which the MONEYED
in its various forms and ramifications, a*db*
its numerous applications—in oppressed, se
duction, and direct corruption, has triffipled
over the popular will in the election oyPfO|i
dent. This power is the the only enemy thnt
is, or can be, dangerous to our^opular jn#tftu
tions and public liberty andifcis is thqr first
instance in which its agency has (Teen*exeTTec?
over the whole Union, and with a successful
result. This election discloses the real dan
ger to the Republic, and the popular princi
ples on which it is based. To understand the
subtle workings of this "root of all evil" in
politics, it is virtually important that measures
be immediately adopted in all the States to
ascertain the various ways and means in
which money has been employed to influence,
and control public opinion: whether by op4
pressien or coercion by hiring and organizing!'.*
bands dT depraved wretches to perpetrate^
frauds on the ballot boxes in the publication
of the im
and pamph
have caused
termess in importing "pipe layers" from jn®
State to another, or from county to county, in
the same Stati* in paying travelling agents,
orators and song^singers to delude the people
in the erection of iog-cabins as rendezvous to
draw together the worihless and the vicious,
to debauch them with hard-cider,
them for political action and lastly, in tb
various ways of direct and indirect briber
and corruption in the purchase of to.
Let every single case of fraud upqji the bal
lot box, every purchased vote, and the instru
ment by which it was bought, be ascertained
as far as may be practicable, and every illegal i
vote polled, and evidence be taken of the facts.
Now is the time, when these subjects are fresh
in the minds of the people, to attend to this!
matter in every State. We call on the Dem-5"'
oeratic press of the country to co-operate in|
this undertaking, and upon our political friends
individually and collectively, every where, top
lend their assistance. Let the depth of the in
iquities and corruptions which have been per-j
petrated, be explored to the bottojp, and all
be brought forth to the light of day^ Wheroi
it can be done, facts should be verifiW by affi
davits. The mass of testimony can be sent
to the Democratic members of Congress of
the different States, and it can then be decided
here what disposition to make of the matter.
It should, in some cheap form, be published,
so that it can be put in the hands of every bon
est man in the United States, of whatever par
ty, who loves liberty and venerates our
unions. These abominable frauds and crime*
strike at the very foundation of our in£titu»
tions, and we must learn the depth and h**?*®!
ply a
speedily too, no
te but the bare
'/ike the decay-
of the evil, to enable us io aj
if that cannot be done,li' Ml
thing will remain to the pi*
forms of the Republic, whit
ing walls of a once gorged
serve only as mouldering ni|
departed liberties. These
standing imposition upon oi
world for whilst we claim to beTree^
be the slaves of corruption. Our Governs
will be the most profligate and corrupt intp^Jf,'^^
world and following the example of eiber^
Republics, the people becoming disgusted
js edifice, will
tents of our
tWill be a
the vile instruments of fraud and corruption*
will first seek relief in revolution, and, per*.
haps, end their career in despotism. $•
That these sad forebodings, drawn frQmtW^
history of other Republics, may not prove
prophecy as to our own, it is our fervent prayer
to heaven, that the people may arouse them
selves, before it is too late, to the danger thai
threatens their liberties.
From the New York [Whig]
At last the "Glentworth Papers" are
these mysterious evidences of political
are now spread before the world. Read
and shudder, ajl ye pious moralists
In the investigation before the R«
yesterday, a full report of which is a
another part of this paper, our readel
find a correct transcript of these damn|
dences of fraud and villainy of "his
spectable members of society." All tl
ges made by Stevenson are made out]
fullest extent. The letter of Glentwol
self, written to one of the Wall stwetl
Glentworth's associate, and addresse
"appointing power," through (it saidl^firl
ven in
a masterpiece of eloquent con*
position. Severity, recklessness and auda*
cious effrontery run through it in equal propov
tions. Mr. Glentworth boldly avows his
and charges the Governor:
reports injurious to the reputa-jam guilty, you are jffipty ^v
•t- W
of tbese fraads,
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