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w, tn-ticei. PoMt Matter: Vistrtctt.
rnown, Steven L. Evans, Carroll.
Spring, Henry Nutter, Chest.
Cb A. G. Crooks, Taylor.
J'on J. Houston, Washint'n.
Kbc'ibur?. Jobn Thompson, Ebensburg.
v.i en Timber, C.Jeffries, White..
I ;in J - M. Christy, Galhtzin.
2mlS' Wm Tiler, Jr., Washt'n.
HK.t0wn I.E. Chandler, Johnsfwn.
johQStown, M Xdlesberger, Loretto.
Loretto, Durbin, Munster.
Munster, Andrew J Ferral, Susq'han.
Pltwville, Ctim. Wharton, Clearfield.
St. Agtne, peBerke Richland.
Scalp Level, Jjeolgftni Washt'n.
Sonman, George H. Wike, Croyle.
Summit, K shrv0Ck, S'merbill.
Wilmore, J
rnrncilES, MINISTER S,
. rev T. M. Wilson, rastor.
I """ Sabbath morning at 10
Wrenching e'ery . i. o.h.
Jt', a .' Rev. J. Persuing, Ap
Preacber a charge. UO. - Sabbath
,isUnt. I'reacning civ., . . .
morninsr. at 10 o clocK. "
o'clock, A. M. Prayer meeting ev crj
dajevening.au o cio... PowlL,
I Welch Jndtpenaeni i.t. f
JpJror.-Preaiing every Sabbath .morning ; at
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iOotlocK, anu iu c r , T i M Praver
Subbath ScUool Kt 1 o'clock, I . M. 1 raycr
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meeting on liie nrsi - , ,
taunth? and on every Tuesday, Tl.nr.day - and
Friday evening, cxccpiing the first cek in
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Caleinutic JecAorfi.t Rbv. Mora an Ellis
rastor.-Vreacliing every Sabbath evening at
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A. 11. Tiayer meeting every Friday evening,
at 7 o'clock-. Society every Tuesday evening
DiMcMesRsv. W. Lloyd, Tastor. Preach-
iArninir fit 10 o'cIOCK.
lVtor.I'rcaehing every Sabbath evening at
3 o'clock. Sal. bath School At at I o'clock, P. M.
acholic Uev. 11. C. Christy, Pastor.
Services every Sabbath morning at 10$ o'clock
Jul Vespers at o'clock in the evening.
I tern, didlv, nt 12.00 o'clock, noon.
Vusurn, ""-it" 12.00 o'clock, noon.
r.tem, daily, at 8 o'clock, P. M.
Western, " at 8 o'clock, P. M
The mails from Newman's Mills, Car
Mlltown, &"c, arrive on Monday, Wednesday
i.d Fridav of each week, at 3 o'clock, P. M.
Loavo Ebcnsburcr on Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays, at 7 o'clock, A. M.
Vest Halt. Express leaves at
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.Mail Train
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" Altoona Acconi.
Et Phila. Express
" Fust Line
" Day Kxpress
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Juijes of the Courts President Hon. Geo.
Taylor, Huntingdon; Associates, George W.
E.Vipy, Henry 0. Devine.
rrctkonotary Joseph M'Donali.
Jifjistfr awl Recordrr James Griffin.
Si.rriJ James Myers.
District AUorny. Philip S. Noon.
County Comnii'sionr John Campbell, Ed
ward Glass, F.. U. Dunnegan.
Clerk to Commiiikners William n. Sech
icr. Treasurer Issm "ffike.
Clrk to Treasurer John Lloyd.
Poor House Directors Ceoro M'Cullough,
George Delany, Irwin Ratiedge.
roor House Treasurer Ceorge C. K. Zalim.
Auhtors William J. Williams, Francis P.
rterney, John A. Kennedy.
County b'urie;or. Hetiry Scanlan.
Coroner. AVilliatn Flattery.
Mtrcantilt Avtirnix'r .Tli
Sup't. of Common Schools J. F. Condon.
R Joni JrnCS' gU JOne9' M
trough TrcaWr-Goo. W. Oatman.
J.""-Morri8 Peat.
'""V FvarTV nrU,ghe3 EvaD GriRith'
Tbo'r'RicharJ R Tibbott, Robert D.
fejrr''c''on"-I)anicl O. Evans.
Jr-J. A. Moore.
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" lllOS. J. Mill
ilur Wnef7-l3aac Crawford, James P.
Qk. ' klUeI1' 1L KiDk"d, George W.
fc7r7bert rElftnS' Jn0' E Sca.
C raT7John D- Tbomaa-
or Capt. Murray.
A r r SOCICTIES, &c.
rth Tn r 1IaU Ebensburg, on the
p Ja Tuesday of each month, at 7 o'clock,
nesdav"F: S8' Eb.nsburg,
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VranTI 'g;land DiTision No. 84 Sons of
ever? ? m, TemP"ance Hall, Eb
e. every Saturdav '
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Bolemn, yet beautiful to view,
Month of my heart, thou dawnest here,
With seor and faded leaves to strew
The Summer's melancholy bier;
The moaning of thy winds I hear,
As the red sunset dies afar,
And bars of purple cloud appear,
Obscuring every western star.
Thou eolemn month 1 I hear thy voice,
It tells my soul of other days,
When but to lire was to rejoice,
When earth was lovely to my gaze.
O, visions bright ! O, blessed hours !
Where are those living raptures now ?
I ask my spirit'i wearied powers,
I ask my pale and fevered brow.
Alas ! for Time and Death and Ctire, -
What gloom around my way they fling,
Like clouds in Autumn's gusty air,
The burial pageant of the Spring.
The dreams that each succeeding year.
Seemed bathed in hne3 of living pride,
At last, like withered leaves appear,
And sleep in darkness, side by side.
"From Godey's Lady's Book.
They wero loitering in the garden
Fred Davenport, with his hih-bred non
chalant air; Joim Fisk, with a look of
mingled crnbarra3Hmont and deGance ou
his pbin, manly face, ai:d Lalla, between
them, playiu her little part of artless
simplicity, and playing it well with a
glauce to the right and word to the left,
the brown eyes apparently not seeing the
utter dieoni(iture of cous-in John, a Mr.
Davenport proceeded, with his calm, clear
words, to cut and criticize llobt. Brown
ing's poems.
"Yes, Miss AViuslow," spoke the low,
distinct tones, where the tound of each
letter rant; gently out as the word glided
through the thin lips and pointed mous
tache, " the poems of Browning are his
own heart's deep red blood. They are to
poetry what the passionate violincello is
to music ; the low and throbbing under
tones which echo in our hearts loner after
lighter pounds have died away forever.
With your delicate taste so far removed
from the coarse realities of this working-
day world, I feel Bure you will appreciate
J the poeui?, and, with your permission, I
will bring them this evening, and point
out the gems."
While Lalla was "so delighted," and
" eo much obliged," John savagely tore
off a rose from a bush by his side, and, as
if in revenge for its ruthless murder, the
flower sent one of it3 long thorns spite
fully into the murderer's hand, and two
or three drops of the blood which had
been boiling through his veins for the
previous half hour, burst gaily forth,
tinging the white linen cuff with a hue
as bright as John's own celebrated ruby
cherries. But the brown eyes, apparently
so absorbed in Drowning, had seen this
by-play, and pulling a dainty handker
chief from her pocket, Lalla exclaimed
" Let rue bind this around your poor
hand, cousia John. I insist, for I am
somewhat interested in your recovery.
You promised 40 give me a ride in your
pretty new skiff, to-morrow evening, and
I have thought of it oh ! you cannot
imagine how often-!"-
Here the brown eyes cast a Ehy upward
glance, and completed the reconciliation
hich the little fingers and handkerchief
had begun. Calmed and controlled, the
great "six foot" John stalked on by the
side of the gray hat and feather, and con
soled himself for the continuation of the
Browning dialogue by watching the play
of the blender boots in and out under the
gray Balmoral.
Lalla mslow was the only daughter
of the village doctor. A warm-hearted,
bright disposition, a petite, graceful per
son, a quick mind and sweet voice would
have made her a general favorite even
without those brown eyes which shed
such a glory over the pensive face that a
astraDger would never dream of the mirth
concealed in the little, red mouth, until
the arching lips, gleaming teeth and merry
dimples showed his mistake: and the
brown eyes themselves, going over to the
enemy with long, twinkling lashes, put
his incredulity utterly to rout.
Yes Lalla was a belle ! It is true her
enemies said she was affected and senti
mental j and we confess that she did lisp,
kept a journal, and read the blue and gold
literature. Y"et, for all this, such was the
bliudness of the.young men of the vil
lage that they pxssed by the practical,
domestic young ladies, and ru?hed insane
ly after our little, lisping Lalla. Among
a crowd of admirers, cousin John had
generally etood foremost, and although
Lalla's flirting propensities had often pent
him fuming home to hi? broad farm lands
along the river, yet old, experienced gos
sips always prophesied, " Mark my words
Mrs. Jones, they will make a match yet."
This very fair July, when our story is
told, had seen cousin John far in advance
of his discouraged competitors, who, drop
ing off, one by one, took up various of
the practical damsels and tried to per
suade them (and themselves at the same
time) that they bad never really admired
that little flirt, Lalla Winslow,"and that
all tho time they had felt ''how much bet
ter a wife my dearest Betsy would make !"
But, married, and settled down into a
busy, prosy life, some of theso plain,
rough farmers cherished in their inmost
hearts, for many a long rear, a lingering,
lovely picture of little Lalla, with her
brown, beaming eyes.
Yes John Tiad been far in advance,
and had often gone over in his mind the
proper words for a proposal, , when there
arrived at the village hotel tho handsome
young lawyer, Fred Davenport, with a
vacation of thirty days, with plenty of
books, a marvelous fishing rod and model
gun, armed cap-a-pie- against birds, fish
and ennui. As may well be imagined,
Lalla, sighing for new worlds to conqu-r.
was much pleased with this discovery,
while Mr. Davenport was not slow to ad'
mire the " two eyes so soft and brown,"
and promised himself a nice little flirta
tion with tho village belle. The friend
ship so begun had flourished well, and
although the tenth day was waning away
that lovely afternoon in the garden, the.
time teemed ten centuries to poor, per
plexed John, who, unwilling to give up
entirely, hung arouna his 01a love witn j
mingled admiration and anger. At last,
as the Browning discussion branched oft
into Buskin, Turner and Dore, John
grew almost frantic. How he hated the
calm, intellectua lawyer !
" What business has he, with hi. kid
glove, to come here and talk about
'Ftiiiky' and the Lord knows whom else
besides, to my cousin Lalla !"
So breaking into the midst of " chiaro
oscuro" and " alto-relievo," he proposed a
walk to the river, a mile distant. Lalla
seconded the motion quite eagerly. Shall
we confess that tho latter part of the dis
cussion had been slightly over her little
head 'i And John thought gleefully of
those long lawyer fingers pulling the
heavy oars.
Leaving the beaten path, the little party
wandered along through the woods, and
Lalla, untying her round hat filled it with
hlue-beils, while Mr. Davenport recited
fragments of " Evelyn Hope." But, jut
as he reached the cadence, " I loved you,
Evelyn, all the while," a large black
snake, fully six feet long, darted across
the path in front of Lalla, who, palo as
death, sank to the ground, overcome with
nervous dread. John, seizing a stick,
sprang upon the reptile, and after a short,;
severe struggle, put an end to its crawl
ing lite, and turning, flushed with victory,
to reassure Lalla, saw Mr. Davenport at a
distance walking away as fast as his dig
nity would permit.
" Hallo, here ! you can come back now,"
fhoutcd John, " I've killed the snake
dead as a door nail !''
Nothing loth to exhibit his rival at a
disadvantage, John said, as he raised
Lulla from the ground
' Your city beau has been pretty well
scared, Lalla. I guess you'll have to con
tent yourself with farmer boys, after oil."
Now, this was an unfortunate speech of
honest, blundering John, fjr the spoiled
beauty could not brook anything like
" Cousin John," retorted the angry little
lady, " your remarks are unfair and ab
surd and and," finding no argument to
support her failing side, she added, with
a stamp of tho slender foot, " and I hate
you I"
Poor John ! And to finish all, at this
moment Fred Davenport rushed up to
Lalla, and, seizing both her hands, ex
claimed " My dearest Miss Lalla, arc you hurt ?
I feared your delicate nerves might be
shocked at the sight of such a monster,
and I rushed after a stone to crush its
hateful head. Tell me, oh I tell me with
your own lips that your are unhurt. Smile
again to comfort me."
To be addressed in such impassioned
language by such a distinguished gen
tleman was sweet incenso at Lalla'n little
shrine. She smiled, as she coyly with
drew her hands, and said
" I am indeed unhurt, and grateful for
your extreme kindness."
''Couldn't this stone "have served your
purpose, without going half a mile ?"
growled John, on whom this little con
versation had grated harshly, kicking, as
ho spoke, a fragment of rock in hi3 path.
" Sir !" said the lawyer, with a calm,
superior smile.
" You are a brute, John !" whispered
Then she turned to -Mr. Davenport,
and John had the pleasure of hearing her
entreat him, in a low tone, not to trouble
himself about her farmer cousiq.
" Oh, no !" replied Mr. Davenport,
stroking his moustache ; " he means well,
but is quite unpolished."
John's wrath was too deep for words,
but fear of the anger of Miss Brown Eyes
kept his rage quiet iu his breast. The
party strolled on, Lalla and the lawyer in
closo conversation while John loitered
behind, almost devoured with wrath and
In the meantime heavy clouds came
frowning over the sky, the rising wind
moaned through the trees, and whirling
circles of birds betokened a coming storm.
So absorbed were the two figures in front
that they never noticed these changes in
tho sunny afternoon, and bo angry was
John that he would not givo them warning.
"Let him get a drenching 1 It will
serve him right. I'd Ijke to see those
white pants after a regular soak !" thought
our farmer friend,-glowering at the ele
gant city clothes before him.
" Here a vivid flash'of" lightning and a
loud peal of thunder aroused the Brown
ingites, while, large drops of rain came
pattering down on the - shining beech
leaves over them.- A violent gust of wind
came; roaring through the forest, bowing
down the tali trees like reeds, and filling
our little heroine, with alarm. . .
; "Oh I John, what shall -we do?" she
cried; clinging to his strong arm.
"W;e must hurry to Graves foundry, on
the Mrd.stown road ; it is the nearest
place ot refuge. But .first, Lalla, put my
coat right over that foolish dress ; I don't
want it one bit it's just in the way," re
plied cousiu John, buttoning the garment
over the drooping shoulders, "and crush
ing, beyond hope. 01 recovery, the delicate
fluted ruffles. . .
. Drawing her hand through his arm, off
they started, leaving-Mr. Davenport to
follow at his will, which that gentleman
slowly did, with great damage to his slen
der bocts and snowy pants
As the tall - chimneys of the foundry,
belching out clouds of smoke, appeared
through the trees, the rain ceased, altho'
the skies still threatened auother outburst j
and Mr. Davenport, joining the cousins,
compared the rain-drops on Lalla's hair to
dew-drops set iu gold, and hoped she had
not taken cold.- That bright color would
seem to say "No," but he saw tho fair
throat exposed to the cool wind. Might
he. be allowed ? And. taking off his black
and white silk scarf, he fastened it around
Lalla's neck with the glittering diamond
"But you will take cold," objected
.Lalla. . . .'.
... "A thousand colds would be cheerfully
borne for the pleasure of Feeing you thus
adorned by my hand,"' returned the law
yer, with an eloquent glance.
. The little, country girl was not proof
against such flattery.
"How different from John's rough
ways "' thought she; then trdded, aloud,
"Ccusin John, you may have your coat
again : it hurts my shoulders.
Mr. Davenport assisted her in taking
off the rejected garment, murmuring many
regrets for the ruined ruffles, and the two
strolled, off to wards the foundry,... leaving
the much-enduring John scowling after
Much enduring ? Y"cs ; for all the
time he could not divest himself of the
feeling that the little coquette really, in
her inmost heart, liked him better than
she chose to confess.
room stood wide open to allow of fresh air
to the lumace-mea toiling over the molten
iron. It seemed like some great cave in
the bowels of tho earth, where swarthy
demons glided to and fro, while ever and
arou a harsh cry summoned them to re
ceive tho hissing, glowing iron, pouring
like liquid fire from a great caldron; and,
uuder all, sobbed the dull, heavy gasps of
the engine, like the iron king in living
"How can those men summon up their
courage to approach that boiling iron so
closely V said Lalla. "One drop of it
would burn their very bones :
"Oh! Miss Winslow," returned Mr.
Davenport, "that requires ouly animal
courage of the lowest order mere brute
force. A truly intellectual soul would
scorn such an ignoble quality, and soar
above to the calm regions ot moral supe
riority. To walk up to these fires, to at
tack any dangerous animal, requires but
a vulgar courage. How much more noble
the true spirit of chivalry, the soul-felt
knight errantry of olden tune I
Now, John had overheard this last ef
fusion, and felt that it was aimed at him
self and the poor black snake. His wrath
was on the point of exploding, when tho
large rain-drops and heavy thunder chang
ed his feelings into auxiety for Lalla iu
her thin muslin dress.
"You cannot stay in that stifling, dirty
moulding room, Lalla," he exclaimed.
"We must go up stairs into the mounting
room. Follow mo ; this is the shortest
On the other side of the foundry was a
long tramway, leading from the canal to
the third story, and used for dragging up
the newly-made castings to the mounting
rooms above. It was boarded over the
top and sides, lighted by an oc3asional
loop-hole, while through the centre ascen
ded the iron track, leaving but an inch or
two of space on either side. It was into
this species cf tunnel that John led the
way, as the nearest shelter ana the easiest
mode of reaching the mounting rooms
above. No thought of danger entered his
mind, as only the day previous he had
overheard the foreman say that they no
longer used that long tunnel, as the track
was out of order. Still nursing his wrath,
John stalked on in front, while Lalla lin
gered behind with Mr. Davenport, listen
ing to his quotations from Schiller's "Song
of the Bell," and rewarding the speaker
' s 1
with many pleasant words, each 01 wuicn
bent an additional arrow to John s heart
"Well, I'm afraid I've been mistaken
all this time," thought the young farmer.
"I've cared for her this many a long year,
and mv whole life is gone without her.
What are all my rich fields without the
hope. that she. will come- and' live in the
old frro:house ! And still, how kind she
was when sister died 1 how pleisant she was
all along until this city fellow came!
But I cannot think she really likes him,
such' a mincing, sour-milk charj."
Suddenly a bell rang out ajQ disturbed
John's meditations ; then a low, grating
sound, and the immense iron chain in tho
centre of the track creaked, tightened,
and began to ascend slowly, while down
at the canal the heavy, Droad car entered
tho tunnel and came rumbling up the
tramway, slowly, but surely, drawn by the
omnipotent power of steam. On it came,
filling up almost entirely the narrow pas
sage, the sharp grating of its loaded
wheels 6tnking horror to the souls of the
little group when the conviction of their
desperate situation flashed upon them.
' With one accord they raised a piercing
cry of distress, in the hope of reaching
tne tjars of the workmen above. All in
vain ; no sound was heard in reply but
the harsh grating or the iron chain with
its heavy load. Then, they turned and
ran upwards, until gasping breath forced
them to pause and see, oh : sight of hor
ror ! that the iron monster had gained on
them. The experience of John told him
that, even with superhuman. efforts, hey
could never reach the top before the heavy
wheels had ground them to pieces, and
tears of agony fell from his eyes as he saw
Lalla resign herself to such a death with
that tearless composure which the weakest
of her sex often exhibit in the hour of
peril. Mr. Davenport had sunk pale and
haggard to the floor, gazing with an idiot
ic stare at the approaching car, while
John glared wildly around, below, and
above. Suddenly he cried out -
" "Thank God, we are saved ! Daven
port, do you see that rafter above? If
you can climb hand over head to it, I will
try to climb up the Deam and raise Lalla
tnootri o v
with all our
strength, we may be able to hold her un
til the car has' passed by. It is our only
chance. - Hurry, man ! up with you I"
.With a bound the lawyer sprang to the
beam, and, putting forth all his strength,
commenced crawling, clinging, hand over
hand, while ' great drops ot perspiration
came dripping' dowu on those beneath,
who stood waiting his low progress with
breathless hope. For, with the words of
John, hope had again visited tho despair
ing girl, and ali herjbright; young life rose
before her with glowing sweetness. In
those dread momenta all little disguises
slipped away, and her own true woman
hood shone out. Stealing up to John,
she stood close by his side, while he called
out to tho climber above
"That's it ! up at last ! thank God !
Now, get up on that raltcr and brace your
self; twine your legs firmly around, and
be ready to hold Lalla when I lift her up.
Why, where are you going, man ? That's
the best place; there is no time to lose !
Here, Lalla, darling, tie vour shawl around
your waist and give me the euds. - Now,
then, Daveuport, are you ready?"
And, looking up, they saw the man off
at the other side of the building, climbing
still highcr; and leaving his companions
to their fate.
"Man devil," shouted John, "will you
leave us here to die ?"
No answer but a muttered curse ! The
car was very near them now !
"I could die bravely but for the thought
of you, my own darling I" gasped John,
clasping Lalla in his arms.
Droppiug her pale face on his broad
breast, Lalla whispered
"I always loved you, John. We will
die together !"
The bliss of those long-coveted words
seemed to throw new life into John's soul.
PlaciDg Lalla behiud him, he tied her by
her shawl to his shoulders, and bidding
her, in a hoarse whisper, to hold tight, he
commenced the ascent of that God-sent
beam. Clinging with arms and legs, his
hand3 all raw and bleeding, the blood
ringing and seething in his brain until his
eyes seemed starting from their sockets,
htill he went on inch by inch, with knot
ted muscles and unyielding sinews, slowly,
slowly while nearer aud nearer came the
iron Juggernaut.
Tho blood ran off in great drops from
his lacerated body, and his nails turned
blue ; he could not stop to look dowu ;
ouly the loud, dreadful roll of the iron
wheels sounded like thunder in his cars.
Lalla's lips touched his neck as if in a last
good-bye, and with one superhuman strain
he gained the rafter above. Dragging
himself higher by the strength of his
aims, Lalla, more dead than alive, was
ab'e to seat herself partially on the beam
and slip off tho knotted shawl, when the
car, passing underneath, struck heavily
against John's hanging feet, while with a
piercing shriek Lalla threw her arms
around the ghastly face and bleeding,
shoulders raised above the rafter !
An awful second passed, seemiDg like
hours to the straining muscles above, and
then the car passed on its dreadful way,
and John fell heavily to the floor, drag
ging Lalla with him. Falling upon her
preserver, she was only Etunned, and, re
covering, she rushed down the tramway
for assistance.
The workmen found John with a frac
tured ankle, lying like a corpse murder
ed upon the rack, with sunken, staring
eyes, purple lips, and raw wouuds on
hands, arms aud shoulders. The carried
him home, and Lalla Went with-thein ;
and John declares to this day that the
1 1 -
woria nover saw oat one better nurso
than LalU Winslcw via : Mrs. John
I have but littlo mora to nAd Tha
tunnel of which the foreman spoke was
One used For brininf final frn n
boring mine. The elegant Mr. Daven
port books, fishing rod and gun left
tVlA TrillnriA J r t V. J -
generally supposed he had enough of !ove
in a tramway.
Good Advice from an Unexpec
ted Quarter.
J. H. Reagan, Postmaster General of
the late Southern Confederacy, who has
just been released from Fort Warren on
parole, during his confinement therein
wrote a long letter to the people of Texan,
in which he gives them Borne very whole
some advice. He says they mu3t agree to
recognize thp supreme authority of tho
Government cf the United States within
the sphere of its power, and the right to
protect itself against disintegration by the
secession of the States. Also, they must
recognize the abolition of slavery, and the
right of those who have been slaves to the
privilege and protection of the law. He
says the only wise and safe course for them
to pursue is to accept promptly, unreserv
edly, and in good faith, the terms and pol
icy offered, and to go forward in the work
of reorganization and restoration of the
In reference to tbo reconstruction of the
State, he says :
"I have no doubt you can adopt a plan
which will fully meet the demands of jus
tice and fairness aud satisfy the Northern
mind and the requirements of the Govern
ment, without endangering good govern
ment and tho repose of society. This cau
be done by i ,
"First, extending the privileges and
protection of the laws over negroes as they
are over the whites, and allowing them to
testify in the courts ou the same condi
tions, leaving their testimony subject to
the rules relating to its credibility, but
not objecting to its admissibility. And
in this you will conform with the wi&e
current of modern legislation, and the
tendency cf all judicial decisions in all en
lightened countries.
"And second, by fixing an intellectual
and moral, and, if thought necessary, a
property test for the admission of all per
sons to the exercise of" the elective fran
chise, without reference to race or color,
which would secure its intelligent exer
cise. "My own view would be
" First, That n j person now entitled to
the privilege of voting should be deprived
of it because of any new test. I would
recognize in this tho differeuce between
takiug away a right uot heretofore exer
cised. " Second, That to authorize the admis
sion of persons hereafter to the elective
franchise, they should be, first, males;
second, twenty-one years of age; third,
citizens of the United States; fourth,
should have resided in the State one year ;
and in the district, county, or precinct,
six months next preceding any election
at which they propose to vote ; fifth, sho'd
be able 10 read in tho English language
understanding' ; and must have paid
taxes for tho last year preceding for
which such taxes were due and payable,
subject to any disqualification for crime
of which the person may 'have been duly
convicted, which 'may be prescribed by
" The adoption of these measures, in
addition to those before mentioned, would
ia my judgment, meit the ends of justice
and fairness; secure the re-establishment
of the State Government; the admission
of her Senators and . Representatives in
Congress, the suspension of military rule
and the restoration of civil, constitutional
and local self government. And it would
do more. It would secure you protection
against other great and pending evils;
and "3, I am persuaded, of the greatest
consequence to your future peace, pros
perity and happiness."
After a brief argument in support of
the foregoing propositions, the adoption
of which he contends would do much
toward the renewal of the ancient rela
tions of national harmony and fraternal
good will between all parts of the countrv,
he concludes as. follows :
" If the State will accept this policy at
once, it will attain the great ends here
tofore mentioned, and it will save its own
people from years of painful strife and
agitation on these questions, which would
at last, probably after years cf contention,
be found to be the only means of bringing
it to an end, even if it be led to nothing
worse. How iufioitely better it will be for
you, for both races, for the present and
the future, for the whole country, if you
will unhesitatingly recognize the unalter
able facts as to your condittoo, and the
inevitable logic of events : and hasten, as
it is in your power to do, the return of ,
the blessings of civic government and con-,
stitutional liberty; and avoid, as it is in
your power to do, tho fearful peril which
now lies before you."
SA man with a scolding wife, being
asked what his ocoupatiou was, replied
that he kept a hot kausd

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